HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL – NCC/AREA
McCutcheon 9 Huntington North 2
Anderson 2 Hamilton Heights 0
Fishers 12 Kokomo 0
Harrison 10 Chesterton 9
Crown Point 12 Lafayette Jeff 9
Centerville 25 Muncie Burris 1
Union County 5 Winchester 2… PATRIOTS: Mason Hornung 2-4…. Alex VanWinkle 1-3….Blake Richards RBI…. Noah Taylor 1-3 R….. Josh Klein 1-3 R RBI…. Eric Burdine 2R RBI 2B…Patriots stole 7 bases….. PITCHING: Hornung 7IP 4H 2R 0ER 9K 1BB
Eastern Hancock 31 Tri 0
Shelbyville 16 Triton Central 0
New Palestine 16 Knightstown 4
Connersville 3 Yorktown 2
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL – NCC/AREA
Franklin County 7 Northeastern 0
New Palestine 14 Plainfield 0
Greenfield Central 12 Wapahani 6
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
San Diego 3 Texas 0
Tampa Bay 10 NY Yankees 5
LA Angels 7 Toronto 1
Cleveland 4 Detroit 1
Oakland 6 Houston 2
LA Dodgers 1 Washington 0
San Francisco 3 Colorado 1
Atlanta 8 Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 6 Arizona 5 (10)
Indiana 111 Orlando 106
Boston 145 Minnesota 136 OT
New York 133 Memphis 129 OT….DESMOND BANE: 16PTS, 5REB, 2ASST
Atlanta 120 Chicago 108
New Orleans 101 Philadelphia 94
Denver 121 San Antonio 119
Charlotte 127 Milwaukee 119
Washington 110 Golden State 107
LA Clippers 126 Houston 109
NY Rangers 4 NY Islanders 1
Pittsburgh 6 New Jersey 4
Washington 4 Buffalo 3
St. Louis 9 Minnesota 1
Colorado 2 Anaheim 0
Vegas 7 Arizona 4
San Jose 5 Los Angeles 2
Earlham 8 MSJ 3
Earlham MSJ 2
Ball State 7 Akron 3
Evansville 5 Bradley 3
Central Florida 8 Cincinnati 6
Davidson 10 Dayton 8
Davidson 2 Dayton 1
Indiana State 4 Illinois State 2
Iowa 7 Minnesota 1
Toledo 8 Kent State 7
Louisville 4 Florida State 3 (10)
Western Michigan 9 Miami Ohio 0
Western Michigan 4 Miami Ohio 3
Ohio State 7 Michigan 4
Michigan State 7 Penn State 4
Ohio 6 Eastern Michigan 3
Notre Dame 10 Georgia Tech 9
Seton Hall 3 Butler 2
Seton Hall 7 Butler 5
St. John’s 2 Xavier 1
Illinois Chicago 13 Northern Kentucky 6
Northern Kentucky 8 Illinois Chicago 5
THE MASTERS LEADERBOARD
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Justin Rose||65||72||-7 (137)||F|
|2t||Will Zalatoris||70||68||-6 (138)||F|
|2t||Brian Harman||69||69||-6 (138)||F|
|4t||Marc Leishman||72||67||-5 (139)||F|
|4t||Jordan Spieth||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|6t||Bernd Wiesberger||74||66||-4 (140)||F|
|6t||Tony Finau||74||66||-4 (140)||F|
|6t||Justin Thomas||73||67||-4 (140)||F|
|6t||Si Woo Kim||71||69||-4 (140)||F|
|6t||Cameron Champ||72||68||-4 (140)||F|
|6t||Hideki Matsuyama||69||71||-4 (140)||F|
|12||Xander Schauffele||72||69||-3 (141)||F|
|13t||Ryan Palmer||74||68||-2 (142)||F|
|13t||Cameron Smith||74||68||-2 (142)||F|
|13t||Collin Morikawa||73||69||-2 (142)||F|
|13t||Corey Conners||73||69||-2 (142)||F|
|17t||Bryson DeChambeau||76||67||-1 (143)||F|
|17t||Matt Jones||74||69||-1 (143)||F|
|17t||Stewart Cink||74||69||-1 (143)||F|
|17t||Viktor Hovland||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|21t||Mackenzie Hughes||72||72||E (144)||F|
|21t||Robert MacIntyre||74||70||E (144)||F|
|21t||Shane Lowry||71||73||E (144)||F|
|21t||Tommy Fleetwood||74||70||E (144)||F|
|21t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||74||70||E (144)||F|
|21t||Michael Thompson||72||72||E (144)||F|
|21t||Henrik Stenson||73||71||E (144)||F|
|21t||Brendon Todd||73||71||E (144)||F|
|21t||Abraham Ancer||75||69||E (144)||F|
|21t||Bubba Watson||74||70||E (144)||F|
|21t||Jon Rahm||72||72||E (144)||F|
|32t||Martin Laird||74||71||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Kevin Na||75||70||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Gary Woodland||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Tyrrell Hatton||71||74||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Scottie Scheffler||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Charl Schwartzel||74||71||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Harris English||74||71||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Patrick Reed||70||75||+1 (145)||F|
|40t||Jose Maria Olazabal||75||71||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Matt Wallace||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Louis Oosthuizen||76||70||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Jim Herman||76||70||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Joaquin Niemann||75||71||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||70||76||+2 (146)||F|
|40t||Webb Simpson||70||76||+2 (146)||F|
|47t||Jason Kokrak||71||76||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Francesco Molinari||74||73||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Billy Horschel||76||71||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Phil Mickelson||75||72||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Adam Scott||74||73||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Sebastian Munoz||74||73||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Ian Poulter||74||73||+3 (147)||F|
|47t||Paul Casey||73||74||+3 (147)||F|
Rose clings to 1-shot Masters lead as Spieth, Thomas lurk
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Justin Rose apparently didn’t get the memo that Augusta National was a little more forgiving Friday in the Masters. The consolation was still having the lead, but just barely.
Rose didn’t hit one putt hard enough to get through the fringe behind the fourth green. Another putt on the sixth hole didn’t have enough pace and returned back to him some 60 feet away.
All around him, major champions and a Masters rookie scored well enough to close the gap. The contenders even included Si Woo Kim, who broke his putter in anger and used a fairway metal to putt the final four holes.
Rose was among 12 players who broke par Thursday. He wasn’t among the 40 who broke par on Friday.
“I didn’t quite appreciate the scoring was going to be quite so good today,” he said.
Even so, his even-par 72 was good enough for a one-shot lead going into a weekend filled with a little mystery how Augusta National will play and plenty of possibilities for who will win the green jacket.
One certainty: It won’t be Dustin Johnson, who took 64 putts in 36 holes and missed the cut by two shots.
Rose was at 7-under 137, one shot ahead of Brian Harman (69) and Will Zalatoris (68), the 24-year-old from Dallas who still doesn’t have a full PGA Tour card.
“I wanted to be here my entire life,” Zalatoris said after birdies on his last three holes to get in the final group. “Some people shy away from that, but I’m excited to be here. There’s no reason to feel intimidated now. I made it to here. And obviously, the job is not done by any means.”
Jordan Spieth (68) and Marc Leishman (67) were two shots behind. Spieth stands out for his wizardry around Augusta National – one green jacket, two runner-up finishes and a third place in his seven appearances – and because he is coming off a victory in the Texas Open that ended a drought of nearly four years.
“Having made a triple and five over-par holes through two rounds, I feel pretty good about being at 5 under,” Spieth said after a 68.
The group three shots behind included Kim, who shot 69 without having much a chance to make birdies with a fairway metal on the greens. After a three-putt bogey on the 14th and a chip that nearly ran off the green at the 15th, he jammed the head of the club into the turf and damaged it.
Asked if he had a backup putter, Kim replied, “No. I don’t want to answer anymore. Sorry.”
Rose was staked to a four-shot lead at the start of a warm, overcast day and it was gone after his fourth bogey in seven holes. He didn’t drop a shot the rest of the way, picked up three birdies on the back nine and salvaged the day.
“Just a classic day at Augusta National when you’re slightly off,” Rose said. “I kind of told myself going up the eighth hole, `You’re leading the Masters.’ Your frame of reference is a little bit different to yesterday. Four ahead is something, but you’re still leading. So just enjoy it and keep it going.”
The course played to an average score of 72.2, compared with 74.5 for the opening round.
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Tony Finau each had 66 to get within three shots. Also in that group was Justin Thomas, who can returned to No. 1 in the world with a victory. He missed a short par putt on the final hole and shot 67.
“For as tough as this place has been playing, I felt like it was as easy as it could have been,” Thomas said.
The wild card in all this is Zalatoris, built like a 1-iron and already renowned for his ball striking. His late run began with a 9-iron to a back right pin on the par-3 16th to 10 feet and ended with a wedge from 138 yards on the 18th to 5 feet.
“Being here is a childhood dream,” he said. “Final group on Saturday is pretty cool.”
Zalatoris played some of his best when golf was shut down during the pandemic. Zalatoris was on the Korn Ferry Tour and, when golf resumed, he had five straight finishes in the top six, including his first victory.
That got him into the U.S. Open, where he tied for sixth. Now he has temporary PGA Tour membership and is among the top 50 in the world, getting him into the Masters. That’s why he talks of an “attitude of gratitude.”
Zalatoris also is a quick study with a long memory. He grew up with the kids of former PGA champion Lanny Wadkins, and took in tales of Wadkins and his 23 times playing the Masters. One story Zalatoris heard when he was 14 years old came in handy on the par-3 12th hole.
“He just said that whenever it’s into the wind … it just doesn’t really affect the ball as much,” Zalatoris said. “And when it’s downwind, that’s where guys tend to struggle.”
Hearings result in 13 of Texans QB’s accusers being ID’d
HOUSTON (AP) The names of 13 of the 22 women who have filed lawsuits accusing Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual assault and harassment will be made public following court hearings Friday.
During two hearings, Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, asked that the names of the 13 women, who have sued under the name Jane Doe, be publicly identified so his client can “have a chance at properly defending himself.”
Tony Buzbee, the lawyer for the 22 women, argued against releasing their names, saying doing so could put their lives in danger. One of two accusers who made their names public during a news conference Tuesday has already received death threats, Buzbee said.
During the first of Friday’s court hearings, state District Judge Dedra Davis ordered that the lawsuit of one woman be refiled within two days with her name on it.
At a second hearing related to lawsuits filed by 12 other women, Buzbee told state District Judge Rabeea Collier that nine of the women had agreed to make their names public. Collier then ordered the other three to refile their lawsuits with their names included.
Court records show Hardin has filed motions asking that the seven remaining women who have not revealed their names also make their identities public.
During Friday’s hearings, Hardin accused Buzbee of using press conferences and social media to make coordinated attacks against Watson that the quarterback’s legal team could not fight because they don’t know the women’s identities.
Hardin said he sympathizes with the online attacks the accusers have faced, but that Watson has also suffered consequences, as he has been repeatedly called a rapist on social media.
“Deshaun Watson is not responsible for third party crazies out there that abuse these women,” Hardin said.
Hardin has called the claims against Watson “meritless” and has alleged they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000.
Hometown no-no: Musgrove no-hitter for Padres vs. Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) A long-time member of the Friar Faithful, Joe Musgrove knew all about San Diego’s no-hitter history.
There wasn’t any.
Musgrove, the 28-year-old pitcher who grew up just down the road in El Cajon, California, threw the Padres’ first no-hitter – in the team’s 8,206th regular-season game – allowing only one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
San Diego had been the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter.
“It’s awesome to have it be in a Padres uniform,” said Musgrove, who had never thrown a no-hitter at any level. “To have it be the first in the history of the franchise, that’s incredible.”
It was only his second start for the Padres – a team that started playing in 1969, for which his family has long had season tickets, and for which he now wears No. 44 to honor former Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, one of his favorite players growing up.
Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum. He threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes.
“I wasn’t coming out of that game. I knew once I gave up the hit, I expected that would be my night, and I’d be all right with that,” he said. “I was just so locked in. I had no intention of coming out of that game.”
Padres manager Jayce Tingler let Musgrove go the distance because he was so efficient – and knowing what it would mean to have a hometown player end the franchise’s no-hitter drought in its 53rd season.
“I think in a way that makes it, if it can be any sweeter, any more special for him, to do it growing up in San Diego and this being his team, it’s about the perfect story written,” Tingler said.
The only Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning. Jose Trevino had a hard line out to right field for the final out of the eighth, and pinch-hitter David Dahl ripped the first out of the ninth right at second baseman Jake Cronenworth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa made the final out, a routien grounder to short.
“There was like three different scenarios where I thought I lost it,” said Musgrove, who described himself as “freaking exhausted.”
Barnhart’s two-out single leads Reds over D-backs 6-5 in 10
PHOENIX (AP) Tucker Barnhart hit a run-scoring single in the 10th inning, Tyler Naquin crushed his big league-best fifth homer, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Friday night.
Eugenio Suarez started the 10th on second base and Barnhart brought him home with a two-out single to left-center off Alex Young (0-2). Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett got out of a bases-loaded jam to earn his second save, retiring Pavin Smith on a slow grounder for the final out.
The Diamondbacks trailed 5-0 before scoring three times in the seventh. Kole Calhoun’s two-out, two-run double was the big hit in the rally.
Eduardo Escobar then tied it with a towering two-run homer in the eighth off Lucas Sims. The second baseman pumped his fist as he rounded first base after belting his second homer of the season.
The Reds came into Friday’s game on an offensive roll, batting .316 with 14 homers during their 5-1 homestand to start the season. The team’s 57 runs through six games were a franchise record.
It didn’t take Cincinnati’s bats to get going on the road in Arizona’s home opener: Jesse Winker smoked a double off the top of the wall near the 413-foot sign in right-center to start the game.
Winker gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in his second at-bat, slicing a single to left field that scored Barnhart. Naquin crushed a solo homer – his fifth in his first 21 at-bats this season – to push Cincinnati ahead 2-0 in the fourth. The Reds added two more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.
The Diamondbacks fell to 2-6 for the season and have lost three straight.
Tyler Mahle started for the Reds, struck out six and didn’t give up a hit, but he also walked four and needed 92 pitches to get through four innings. Cionel Perez (1-0) got the win, retiring two batters in the ninth.
The D-backs hosted fans at Chase Field for the first time since Sept. 29, 2019 – 558 days ago – when they beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 in the season finale. Arizona announced a socially-distanced crowd of 19,385, which was a sellout. The stadium can normally hold about 48,000.
Dodgers’ Roberts thinks Bauer being ‘singled out’ by umps
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he believes right-hander Trevor Bauer is being “singled out” by Major League Baseball after umpires in Oakland collected several baseballs he threw in his last start, apparently to examine for foreign substances.
Roberts also acknowledged Friday that he has noticed umpires collecting sample balls from every pitcher as part of the sport’s crackdown this season on pitchers tampering with balls.
But the World Series-winning manager openly wondered why only Bauer’s name appeared as an apparent target of MLB’s investigation in a report by The Athletic on Thursday.
“I just hope that our player is not singled out,” Roberts said. “That’s the one thing I want to guard against.”
When asked directly if he felt Bauer is being singled out, Roberts replied: “At this point, yeah. … I don’t know (why). That’s the only name I’ve heard floated around.”
In his pregame news conference before the Dodgers received their World Series rings in their home opener at Dodger Stadium, Roberts wondered why Bauer was specifically mentioned in The Athletic’s report, which was based on unnamed sources.
“I’ve noticed every game so far, they’ve taken balls out of play” from every pitcher, Roberts said.
Bauer reacted to the report on Twitter on Thursday, writing: “wonder where the articles about balls from every other pitcher being taken out of play in literally every other game this season are? Also lol to (at)MLB who already has ‘sources’ talking to gossip bloggers about a supposedly confidential process a week into the season.”
Baseballs loaded with foreign substances such as pine tar typically have higher spin rates when thrown properly, improving the movement of both fastballs and breaking pitches.
MLB disciplinarian Mike Hill sent a memorandum to all 30 teams in late March announcing an increase in the monitoring of baseballs. Statcast data is also being reviewed by the commissioner’s office to analyze spin rate changes among pitchers and comparing game data with career norms.
Bauer’s spin rates have gone up and down during his career, and he has spoken openly about the efficacy of using foreign substances to improve pitches, saying in 2018 that the competitive advantage created is significant, and that cheating is likely impossible to police.
Bauer’s spin rates rose significantly last season when he won the NL Cy Young award with Cincinnati, but he is far from the only pitcher with improvement in that area.
Bauer pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball against the Athletics on Wednesday in his second straight strong start for his new team.
After posting an NL-leading 1.73 ERA and 100 strikeouts to win his first Cy Young award with the Reds last season, Bauer returned to his native Southern California with a three-year, $102 million contract with the defending champion Dodgers in February.
Dodgers put Cody Bellinger on injured list with calf problem
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed former NL MVP Cody Bellinger on injured reserve with a bruised left calf.
The World Series champions made the move Friday before Bellinger and his teammates received their championship rings ahead of the Dodgers’ home opener against Washington.
Bellinger was accidentally spiked by Athletics reliever Reymin Guduan on Monday while beating out an infield single in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-3 win in Oakland.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said they had not seen “significant” improvement in Bellinger’s leg since the injury, but the outfielder was already jogging and moving. He missed the final two games of Los Angeles’ series in Oakland.
“All the tests say it’ll be a short-term missing of time rather than a long-term, which is great news all around,” Roberts said.
Bellinger batted .211 with two RBIs in the first four games of the season. He is eligible to return April 16 when the Dodgers open a series in San Diego.
Mookie Betts also wasn’t in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ home opener against Washington due to back stiffness, but Roberts thought the former AL MVP could be available to pinch-hit. Betts was scratched from Wednesday’s game in Oakland.
Versatile veteran Chris Taylor took Bellinger’s typical starting spot in center field for the Dodgers’ home opener. Zach McKinstry started for Betts in right field.
Yankees slugger Judge out of lineup for 2nd straight game
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was held out of New York’s lineup for the second straight game Friday with soreness in his left side.
The Yankees were also without third baseman Gio Urshela for the series opener after he was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to side effects from a coronavirus vaccination.
Judge had a homer, three hits and four RBIs in a 7-2 win over Baltimore on Tuesday night but didn’t play in the Yankees’ 4-3, 11-inning loss on Wednesday. New York had Thursday off, but the right fielder still wasn’t ready to return Friday.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Judge hit in the cage before Friday’s game against AL champion Tampa Bay and might be ready to return Saturday.
Judge has not undergone any tests for what Boone calls general soreness.
“I just felt like it was something I wanted to do, at least give another day, and we’ll see where we’re at in 24 hours,” Boone said. “It’s simply wanting to play the long game. These are things that you want to feel good about when you let it rip.”
When asked if the Yankees consider this an injury, Boone said he didn’t know how to answer that.
“If I answer yes or no it’s going to be conflated a lot of different ways,” Boone said. “So, I don’t have him in the lineup today. I feel like he could probably play today. More evaluation in 24 hours.”
Judge, the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, missed 142 games spanning 2018-20, going on the injured list at different points for a right wrist fracture, a left oblique strain and twice for right calf strains. He also broke a rib last March but was ready for opening day after the pandemic delayed the start of the season.
“It’s all baked in the cake,” Boone said. “Obviously there’s no secret how important he is to our club. Trying to weigh all those things into account.”
Through five games, Judge is hitting .364 with two homers, five RBIs and a 1.028 OPS.
Holiday, Sabonis lead Pacers past Magic, 111-106
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Indiana Pacers shooting guard Aaron Holiday might want to get used to being a top scoring option off the bench after the way he consistently shot in the last few games.
Holiday scored 20 points and Domantas Sabonis added 16 points, 15 rebounds and six assists in his return from a three-game injury absence to help Indiana hold off the Orlando Magic 111-106 on Friday night.
Holiday made six of Indiana’s 11 3-pointers, two nights after scoring a season-best 22 points in a victory over Minnesota. He made his first four attempts from beyond the arc, giving him nine consecutive 3-point makes dating to April 3 against San Antonio. He finished 6 of 10 from beyond the arc Friday.
“I’m not used to having great games, but I’m used to shooting the ball and making buckets, and I hold myself to a high standard,” said Holiday, who has made 13 of his last 19 3-point shots. “When I’m really mad is when I have really bad games. I had four turnovers today and that was just me making dumb plays.”
Sabonis, who played for the first time since April 2 because of a sprained left ankle, did most of his damage in the first half when he compiled 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.
Doug McDermott made 8 of 13 shots and added 19 points off Indiana’s bench. The Pacers improved to 15-12 on the road and 20-6 when leading after three quarters.
“We’re getting guys back, we moved the ball nicely and we’re sharing it really well,” Indiana coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “We’re getting big contributions from our bench. That overall readiness is what I’d like to see continue.”
After seeing a lead once as large as 15 points shrink to three in the third quarter, the Pacers opened the fourth quarter with a 16-6 run to push the advantage back to 10.
Orlando guard Terrence Ross sent a scare into the Pacers by scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Ross converted two thunderous dunks seconds apart in the final period to draw the Magic to 108-104. After Malcom Brogdon’s free throw pushed Indiana’s lead back to five, James Ennis III made two free throws to get the Magic to 109-106 with 14.9 seconds remaining. T.J. McConnell sealed it with two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining.
Brogdon returned after missing the previous four games with a right hip injury. He had 11 points, missing all five of his 3-point shots.
Mo Bamba had 14 points and six rebounds for the Magic.
“I’m definitely trending up, but I’ve got to be tougher on myself,” said Bamba, who blocked three shots.
Hawks win 120-108, overcome 50-point game by Bulls’ LaVine
ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young scored 42 points, Clint Capela had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks overcame a sizzling performance by Zach LaVine to beat the Chicago Bulls 120-108 on Friday night.
LaVine scored 39 of his career-high 50 points in the first half, and Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 10 rebounds but the Bulls’ three-game winning streak was snapped. Chicago was trying to win four straight for the first time since December 2017.
LaVine, who set the NBA high for points in the first half this season, scored 25 straight in the second quarter, but the Hawks didn’t go easily, taking an 86-84 lead entering the fourth.
Atlanta has won five of six to stay competitive to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
“I think it was very important for everybody for the confidence, especially winning these games in the fourth quarter,” Danilo Gallinari said after scoring 20 points in a reserve role. “I think it gives everybody a lot of confidence. You win games like this and the next time you’re going to approach it the same when you’re in a tight fourth quarter when you know what you want to do and the shots you want to take and the plays you want to play.
“The chemistry is getting better.”
It appeared the Bulls were in good shape when LaVine hit a layup to put Chicago up 88-86 with 11:07 remaining. But Gallinari drilled a straightaway 3 at the 5:48 mark, and Atlanta was on the move. Young fed Capela for an alley-oop dunk two possessions later to make it 104-101 in favor of the Hawks.
Another straightaway 3 by Gallinari and a bank shot by Young put Atlanta ahead 111-103 with 3:26 to play. LaVine came out of a timeout to commit a traveling turnover, and the Hawks took a comfortable 10-point lead on Capela’s dunk with 2:42 remaining.
Jokic leads Nuggets to 8th straight win by beating Spurs
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets watched not one, not two but three close-in shots miss in the closing seconds.
Things are definitely bouncing their way at the moment.
Jokic had 26 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds to help the Nuggets win their eighth straight by holding off the San Antonio Spurs 121-119 on Friday night when DeMar DeRozan’s shot attempt at the buzzer rolled out.
“In those situations, the clock moves so slow,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “It’s like you’re watching a movie. I was just waiting for the buzzer to sound before the ball went through the hoop. Feel really fortunate to pull this one out.”
The Nuggets led wire-to-wire, building a lead that stretched to as many as 18 points in the first half. But things got tight at the end after Derrick White hit two free throws with 10.7 seconds remaining to trim it to 120-119.
After Michael Porter Jr. made one of two free throws, the Nuggets were anticipating the Spurs calling a timeout.
Instead, Keldon Johnson sped up the floor and, with Porter guarding him closely, bounced a running layup off the back iron. Waiting on the other side of the basket was Dejounte Murray, whose left-handed tip went wide and to DeRozan. The putback by DeRozan rimmed out at the horn as the Nuggets breathed a heavy sigh of relief.
“This is a little bit of a stressful job,” Malone said. “We’re lucky to win this game.”
From DeRozan’s vantage point, he thought all three attempts were good looks and going in.
“We fought hard,” DeRozan said. “I can’t be more proud of our team.”
Jokic posted his 54th career triple-double. Porter had 22 points and reserve Monte Morris chipped in 21 as the Nuggets beat the Spurs for the second time in three nights.
Aaron Gordon still hasn’t lost in a Nuggets uniform since being acquired in a trade with Orlando on March 25. He finished with 11 points.
Williamson scores 37 points, Pelicans beat 76ers 101-94
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Zion Williamson scored 14 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-94 on Friday night.
Williamson scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and eight of the Pelicans’ first 10, extending an eight-point lead to 86-71. He scored three more times after the 76ers pulled to 94-87 with 4:03 left.
Williamson was 15 of 28 from the field and added 15 rebounds and eight assists. Brandon Ingram added 17 points, but shot 5 of 21 in his first game back after missing five with a right foot injury.
“My teammates were giving me confidence and saying we trust you and every move you make,” Williamson said. “All that stuff plays a part.”
Philadelphia, which missed an opportunity to tie Brooklyn for the best record in the Eastern Conference, tied a season low with 94 points.
Joel Embiid, who had scored 59 points in two games since returning from injury, had 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
His teammates struggled just as much as he did against the Pelicans, who had given up 123 points to Atlanta and 139 to Brooklyn in their last two games. Tobias Harris led the 76ers with 23 points, but no one other than him or Embiid had more than four field goals.
“It was just a bad loss for us,” Harris said. “We never brought the physicality to the game. They got all the 50-50 basketballs and all the hustle plays. We came into the game just thinking we were going to outscore them.”
They had no answer for Williamson, who showcased his unique skills by playing point guard in the half-court offense all the way.
“He’s as physically gifted as they come,” Harris said. “He’s the real deal. He has the size and the speed and the agility to make plays downhill.”
Tatum’s career-high 53 help Celtics top T-Wolves 145-136
BOSTON (AP) The only regret Jayson Tatum had about his first career 50-point game was that his 2-year-old son wasn’t there to see it.
But the All-Star has a solution for that.
“It just means I’ll have to do it again someday,” Tatum said. “He’ll be there next time.”
Tatum scored a career-high 53 points – including 18 in the fourth quarter and overtime – and the Boston Celtics held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 145-136 on Friday night.
It was the first 50-point game for the 23-year-old, who eclipsed his previous high of 41. Jaylen Brown had 26 points. Marcus Smart added 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds to help Boston post its fourth win in five games.
“Scoring 50 is a big thing in this league and especially at this age,” Tatum said. “It’s a night I will always remember. First 50-point game and we got the win on top of that. … Every win right now is big. So we’ll take it.”
Boston erased what was a 17-point deficit in the third quarter and led by as many as eight in the fourth before Minnesota rallied to send it to OT.
The Celtics surged again at the start of the extra period and took a 135-129 lead on a 3-pointer by Kemba Walker. Minnesota got within 135-132 on a three-point play by D’Angelo Russell. But Boston outscored the Timberwolves 10-4 the rest of the way.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Russell finished with 26 points and Anthony Edwards added 24.
“I thought we fought hard. We gave ourselves some chances,” Russell said. “At the end of the game, all you can ask for is a chance.”
The last time a Celtics player scored 53 points in a game was Isaiah Thomas in Boston’s win over Washington in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 2, 2017. Coach Brad Stevens said he saw symmetry in that performance and Tatum’s on Friday.
Jays eye Buffalo; affiliate shifts to New Jersey
The possibility of the Toronto Blue Jays playing games this season in Buffalo, New York, has prompted the Triple-A affiliate to temporarily relocate to Trenton, New Jersey.
The Buffalo Bisons announced they will open their season in New Jersey next month while their home field is renovated in anticipation of the Blue Jays’ arrival.
The Blue Jays have opened this season at their spring training home in Dunedin, Florida. Though no date has yet been set, the team plans to shift to Buffalo as early as late May unless it receives approval to resume playing in Toronto.
The upgrades to Buffalo’s Sahlen Field include moving the bullpens off the field to behind the outfield walls, building new batting cages and renovating clubhouse and weight room facilities to meet Major League Baseball standards.
The Blue Jays played a majority of home games in Buffalo last year after Canadian health officials denied the team’s request to play in Toronto because of cross-border travel restrictions stemming from the pandemic.
South Carolina’s Martin receives 2-year extension, no raise
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin has received a two-year contract extension through the 2024-25 season.
The school’s board of trustees approved the deal on Friday.
The move ends more than a month of questions about Martin’s future after the Gamecocks finished the season with a 5-16 record and have not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since he led them to the Final Four in 2017.
Martin did not receive a raise – he’s set to make $3.2 million next season – and the university will not owe him a buyout if he’s dismissed in the final two years of the deal. Martin also won’t owe the school if he leaves for another job during the last two seasons of the contract.
Martin will make $3.3 million in the final three years of the contract.
The coach has a 153-131 record in nine seasons at South Carolina. His teams have gone 70-88 in Southeastern Conference play.
Martin and the Gamecocks struggles this year in part due to the coronavirus. Martin twice tested positive for COVID-19, once last May and again in January. The team played just twice between Dec. 5 and Jan. 16 because of stoppages brought due to the pandemic.
Martin could be coaching a vastly different team next season.
Four players – forwards Jayln McCreary and Justin Minaya, and guards TJ Moss and Trae Hannibal – had entered the transfer portal since the season ended with 76-59 SEC Tournament loss to Mississippi on March 11.
Two additional players, starters in forward Keyshawn Bryant and guard Jermaine Cuisnard, have entered the NBA draft process. Neither has hired an agent so they could return to college.
Martin picked up commitments from two transfers, Murray State guard Chico Carter Jr. and George Mason forward AJ Wilson.
Carter, who is from Columbia, averaged 12.7 points for the Racers last season. The 6-foot-7 Wilson enters as a grad transfer and is George Mason’s all-time career leader with 212 blocked shots.
The team’s leading scorer, junior forward AJ Lawson, has not yet made his intentions know for next season. Lawson went through the draft process after his freshman season, but returned to school. He was interested in the NBA after his sophomore season until the pandemic changed the process and he once more returned to campus.
Had the university fired Martin, it would’ve owed him $6.5 million – a hefty sum given the $12.9 million it paid dismissed football coach Will Muschamp to settle his contract.
Martin’s assistant coach Chuck Martin, no relation to the head coach, also received a one-year contract that was approved by the trustees.
Cincinnati fires John Brannen after internal review
Cincinnati has fired head coach John Brannen after a review of the program, the school announced on Friday.
Brannen was placed on paid administrative leave on April 3 as the school conducted its investigation.
“Ultimately, the university is acting in the best interests of our student-athletes and of the institution, and this decision is reflective of our commitment to both, as well as to our values we hold dear,” athletic director John Cunningham said in the statement. “As this is a personnel matter, we are unable to provide further details of the program review or the decision.”
The move comes after a mass exodus of players from the Bearcats’ program following the season.
“It was just hard. To the point where, at some points during the season, I kind of didn’t love the game of basketball,” one player told The Athletic’s Justin Williams. “It wasn’t fun to me anymore. I lost the love of the game. And I feel like that’s all because of coach Brannen.”
Brannen spent two seasons with the Bearcats following a four-year run at Northern Kentucky. Cincinnati finished the 2020-21 season with a 12-11 record, its worst winning percentage since 2008.
Big Ten Announces 2020-21 Men’s Soccer Postseason Honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced the 2020-21 men’s soccer All-Big Ten teams and individual honors Friday as selected by a vote of the head coaches. Indiana, the 2020-21 Big Ten Champion, claimed three honors as Victor Bezerra was named Offensive Player of the Year, Roman Celentano collected Goalkeeper of the Year honors and Todd Yeagley was voted Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Michigan’s Jackson Ragen was named Defensive Player of the Year and teammate Marc Ybarra earned Midfielder of the Year accolades. Ohio State’s Laurence Wootton was selected as Freshman of the Year.
Bezerra leads the Big Ten in points (15), points per game (1.88), goals (6) and goals per game (0.75) this season and was the unanimous selection as Offensive Player of the Year. He is the third Hoosier to earn the award since it was created in 2009 and the first since Eriq Zavaleta in 2012.
Ybarra, who was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2019, was named Midfielder of the Year after he tied for the Big Ten lead with five assists this season and tied for third with nine points. He becomes the second Wolverine to be named Midfielder of the Year and the first since Tyler Arnone in 2013.
Ragen, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019, was voted Defensive Player of the Year after tying for third in the Big Ten with four goals this season. He is the first ever Wolverine to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Celentano was the unanimous selection as Goalkeeper of the Year after posting a 0.25 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and six shutouts in eight games, all of which paced the Big Ten. He becomes the second Indiana student-athlete to be named Goalkeeper of the Year and the first since Trey Muse in 2018.
Wootton tied for the Ohio State team lead with two assists this season and ranked second on the Buckeyes in points with four. He is the fifth Buckeye to be named Freshman of the Year and the first since Matt Lampson claimed the award in 2009.
Yeagley was voted Coach of the Year after leading Indiana to the 2020-21 Big Ten Championship, marking the team’s third title in as many seasons. The Hoosiers are the first team to win three consecutive Big Ten Championships since the program won nine straight from 1996 through 2004. Yeagley was also named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2010, 2018 and 2019, and was the NCAA Coach of the Year in 2012.
Bezerra, Celentano, Ragen and Ybarra were all unanimous selections on the All-Big Ten First Team and were joined by Wootton, Indiana’s Spencer Glass, Michigan’s Joel Harrison, Northwestern’s Ugo Achara Jr., and the Penn State trio of Danny Bloyou, Brandon Hackenberg and Pierre Reedy. The full All-Big Ten Teams are listed below.
The Big Ten also recognizes nine Sportsmanship Award honorees. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees is also listed below.
The Big Ten Tournament begins on Saturday with No. 2 seed Penn State playing host to No. 7 seed Ohio State at 12 p.m. ET on BTN. No. 4 seed Maryland will host No. 5 seed Rutgers at 1 p.m. on BTN+, followed by No. 6 seed Michigan State at No. 3 seed Michigan at 2 p.m. on BTN and No. 8 seed Northwestern visiting No. 1 seed Indiana at 7 p.m. on BTN.
The semifinals will take place on Wednesday, April 14, at the sites of the highest remaining seeds in each half of the bracket, while the final is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, at the highest remaining seed.
2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Awards
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year: Victor Bezerra, Indiana*
Big Ten Midfielder of the Year: Marc Ybarra, Michigan
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Jackson Ragen, Michigan*
Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year: Roman Celentano, Indiana*
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Laurence Wootton, Ohio State
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Todd Yeagley, Indiana
All-Big Ten First Team
Victor Bezerra, Indiana*
Ugo Achara Jr., Northwestern
Danny Bloyou, Penn State
Marc Ybarra, Michigan*
Laurence Wootton, Ohio State
Pierre Reedy, Penn State
Spencer Glass, Indiana
Joel Harrison, Michigan
Jackson Ragen, Michigan*
Brandon Hackenberg, Penn State
Roman Celentano, Indiana*
All-Big Ten Second Team
Paul Bin, Maryland
Farai Mutatu, Michigan State
Ritchie Barry, Rutgers
Herbert Endeley, Indiana
Ben Bender, Maryland
Jack Beck, Michigan State
Seth Kuhn, Penn State
Daniel Munie, Indiana
Brett St. Martin, Maryland
Nick Stone, Michigan State
Kris Shakes, Penn State
All-Big Ten Freshman Team
Joey Maher, Indiana*
Ben Bender, Maryland
Jacen Russell-Rowe, Maryland
Bryce Blevins, Michigan
Quin Rogers, Michigan
Jack Zugay, Michigan State
Rom Brown, Northwestern
Parker Grinstead, Ohio State
Laurence Wootton, Ohio State*
Peter Mangione, Penn State*
Tim Bielic, Wisconsin*
Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Spencer Glass, Indiana
Mike Heitzmann, Maryland
Carlos Tellez, Michigan
Isiah Handspike, Michigan State
Max Silberg, Northwestern
Mitch Bergman, Ohio State
Nicholas Rieple, Penn State
Nick Cruz, Rutgers
Tim Bielic, Wisconsin
* – Unanimous selection
2020-21 All-River States Conference Women’s Soccer Teams & Awards announced
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2020-21 All-River States Conference Women’s Soccer Teams & Awards have been announced after the vote of the league’s 11 head coaches.
The All-RSC First & Second Teams consist of 14 players each — four forwards, four midfielders, four defenders and two goalkeepers. Also announced are the individual awards and the RSC Women’s Soccer Champions of Character Team.
Midway (Ky.) University senior forward Brynn Bradley headlines the All-RSC Teams & Awards as both the RSC Player of the Year and the RSC Offensive Player of the Year. The Nicholasville, Ky., native leads the conference with 12 goals and 29 points on the year. She has five assists on the year as well.
WVU Tech junior goalkeeper Jenna Miller was voted as the RSC Defensive Player of the Year. The native of Lake Jackson, Texas, leads the conference with 112 saves, a figure that ranks ninth nationally. She posted a 1.67 goals-against average and came up big with PK stops in a playoff victory.
University of Rio Grande (Ohio) midfielder Lorna Campos was voted as RSC Newcomer of the Year. The freshman from Santiago, Chile, started all 12 games and collected five goals, five assists and 15 points. She was the top vote getter among new players to the league.
Point Park (Pa.) University’s John Newbery was selected as RSC Coach of the Year. The first-year head coach led the Pioneers to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and an 8-2 RSC record. That tied for the RSC regular season championship.
The complete All-RSC First & Second Teams are posted below. The RSC Champions of Character Team honors one player from each school who was nominated by their coach as the member who best exhibits the NAIA core values of the respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
2020-21 ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAMS & AWARDS
RSC Player of the Year — Brynn Bradley, F, Sr. — Midway (Ky.)
RSC Offensive Player of the Year — Brynn Bradley, F., Sr. — Midway (Ky.)
RSC Defensive Player of the Year — Jenna Miller, GK, Jr. — WVU Tech
RSC Newcomer of the Year — Lorna Campos, M, Fr. — Rio Grande (Ohio)
RSC Coach of the Year — John Newbery, 1st Season — Point Park (Pa.)
ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER FIRST TEAM
|First Name||Last Name||Yr.||Pos.||School|
ALL-RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER SECOND TEAM
|First Name||Last Name||Yr.||Pos.||School|
RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER TEAM
|Asbury University||Olivia Ruckriegel|
|Brescia University||Aubrey Jones|
|Carlow University||Abby Marinucci|
|Indiana University East||Kelsea Joseph|
|Indiana University Kokomo||Karlie Kellett|
|Midway University||Melanie Smith|
|Oakland City University||Becca Rutherford|
|Ohio Christian University||Mylie LaFountaine|
|Point Park University||Bailey Boyd|
|University of Rio Grande||Christa Hopper|
|WVU Tech||Anna Baker|
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: IU Men’s Golf Heads to West Lafayette This Weekend
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf travels to West Lafayette this weekend as the team lineup will tee off in the Boilermaker Invitational and a group of individuals will compete in the Boilermaker Individual. Both events begin play Saturday morning.
Boilermaker Invitational • West Lafayette, Ind.
Kampen Golf Course
Par 72 • 7,465
Live Scoring via Golfstat
TEAMS COMPETING (16)
Illinois (6), Ohio State (38), Kent State (47), Indiana (53), Wisconsin (64), Northwestern (70), Purdue (71), Michigan State (78), Cincinnati, Toledo, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Ball State, Southern Illinois
(Golf Stat rankings)
Clay Merchent (Fr.; 72.00)
Drew Salyers (Fr.; 72.75)
Ethan Shepherd (Sr.; 74.00)
Mitch Davis (Jr.; 73.41)
Harry Reynolds (Jr.; 74.69)
Brock Ochsenreiter (Gr.; 73.53)
Eric Berggren (So.; 77.08)
Evan Yakubov (Sr.; 77.15)
Tate Heintzelman (Sr.; 75.35)
Drew Giacchetto (So.; 81.64)
• The team event will tee off Saturday at 8 a.m. in foursomes with the field playing 36 holes on Saturday before returning for the final round Sunday.
• This marks the 17th year of the Boilermaker Invitational. The last two years of the event – 2018 and 2019 – saw weather cancel the final day.
• The Hoosiers have competed in every year of the event except for 2011. Indiana has twice won the Boilermaker Invitational in 2006 and 2012.
• Indiana alum Jorge Campillo twice won the tournament in 2006 and 2008 and still owns the tournament’s 54-hole record with a 201 (-15), and is tied for the best 18-hole record with a 63 (-9). Both were set in 2008.
Top-10 Finishes This Season
With last week’s results in the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational, the Hoosiers now have seen nine top-10 individual finishes this season, already the most since the 2012-13 season. Freshman Clay Merchent leads the way with three top-10 finishes, while classmate Drew Salyers has two.
Indiana with Two Second Place Finishes
IU came in second place in last week’s Hoosier Collegiate Invitational, the second time this year the for the Hoosiers. Indiana opened the season with a title at the Big Ten Match Play Championship.
Tournament No. 1 Recap – Big Ten Match Play Championship
The Hoosiers rallied to defeat Iowa, 3-2, in the Big Ten Match Play finals to earn their first title in the event since 2009. IU defeated Wisconsin in the semifinals, 3.5-1.5, and earned 4.5-0.5 victories against both Ohio State and Minnesota on the way to the championship. The event saw the Indiana debuts of freshmen Drew Salyers and Clay Merchent. Junior Harry Reynolds earned Big Ten Men’s Golfer of the Week for his 4-0 performance while the team was named Golfweek’s Men’s Team of the Week.
Tournament No. 2 Recap – Mobile Bay Intercollegiate
In the first stroke play event of the season, Indiana came in second at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. It marked the best team finish for Indiana in a stroke play event since the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational in Sept. 2018. The Hoosiers were led by Merchent, who finished tied for third. All six Hoosiers competing, including Brock Ochsenreiter who played as an individual, finished in the top 31.
Tournament No. 3 Recap – Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island
Merchent led the way as he picked up his first career eagle on his way to a tie for ninth place. Junior Harry Reynolds (T23) and senior Ethan Shepherd (T30) also picked up top-30 finishes for the Hoosiers, who turned in their best round on the final day (285) and finished in ninth place.
Tournament No. 4 Recap – General Hackler Championship
Indiana made a final day push to move up three spots and finish in seventh place at the General Hackler Championship. Merchent carded a 2-under 70 to move up 16 spots and finish tied for eighth. Fellow freshman Drew Salyers also landed in the top-20 as he tied for 29th.
Tournament No. 5 Recap – Hoosier Collegiate Invitational The Hoosiers made their competitive debut at The Pfau Course last weekend as they played host to The Pfau Course. Indiana came in second place with everyone in the team lineup finishing tied for 21st place or better, including Salyers and Reynolds finishing tied for seventh. Shepherd competed as an individual and finished tied for fourth place.
PURDUE MGOLF // Purdue Hosts Boilermaker Invite at Kampen Course This Weekend
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team begins its push toward a possible postseason berth this weekend when it hosts the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course.
Fifteen teams will descend on West Lafayette, highlighted by eight Big Ten teams in a preview of the Big Ten Championships coming later this month at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana.
The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday, followed by 18 holes on Sunday on the par-72, 7,405-yard layout.
THE FIELD (Golfstat Rankings)
(38) Ohio State
(47) Kent State
(78) Michigan State
(121) Illinois State
(150) Eastern Michigan
(151) Miami, Ohio
(166) Ball State
(175) Southern Illinois
Joe Weiler, Senior / Bloomington, Indiana
Named first-team All-Big Ten and PING All-Midwest Region a year ago.
Finished T-4th at the season-opening Timuquana Collegiate (-8; 208).
Co-leader this season in stroke average (72.33).
Recorded a 72.05 stroke average last season – good for fourth in school history.
Now owns six top-20 showings in his last 11 events (five top-10s).
His 73.60 career stroke average is seventh in school history.
· Cole Bradley, Senior / West Lafayette, Indiana
o Shares the team lead in stroke average (72.33).
o Posted a top-10 finish at the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay (T-10).
o Team leader in rounds of even-par or better (7).
o Has had a counting score in all 12 rounds this season.
o Ranks 10th on the school’s career stroke average list (73.66).
o Played his 100th career round at the Hootie Intercollegiate (now has 103 rounds).
· Herman Sekne, Freshman / Oslo, Norway
o An outstanding talent, Sekne placed fourth at the Kiawah Invitational.
o Recorded second career top-20 showing at the Calusa Cup (T-15).
o Has four rounds of even-par or better.
o Team leader in birdies made (43).
o At his current pace, would break the school record for stroke average by a freshman (72.58).
o His 206 in the Kiawah Invitational tied for the lowest 54-hole score by a freshman in school history.
Peyton Snoeberger, Sophomore / Williamsport, Indiana
Owns a 74.92 stroke average through three events this season.
Has had a counting score in 11 of 12 rounds.
Has four rounds of even par or better.
Nick Dentino, Sophomore / Carmel, Indiana
Recorded one of the best freshman seasons in Purdue history a year ago.
Set the school record for stroke average by a freshman (73.05).
Posted best finish of the season in the Hootie Intercollegiate (T-33rd).
Had a streak of five straight rounds of even-par or better – 9th longest in school history.
Leads the team this year with 139 pars.
· Andrew Farraye, Junior / St. Augustine, Florida (Individual)
o Ranks fourth on the team in stroke average (73.88).
o Had three rounds of par or better (9 total rounds).
o Has five career top-20 showings (15 events).
The Kampen Course is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.” Kampen receives high marks, being ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana. The course has also played host to a number of prestigious collegiate and public tournaments such as the 2000 Men’s Big Ten Championship, the 2003 Women’s NCAA Championship, the 2004 Indiana Open, the 2005 Women’s Western Amateur, and the 2008 Men’s NCAA Championship, the 2017 NCAA Men’s Regional Championship and is slated to host a 2024 NCAA Men’s Regional.
Saturday: Showers; 68 degrees; SSW wind 14-21 MPH.
Sunday: Showers; 62 degrees; SW wind 15-18 MPH.
BOILERMAKER INVITATIONAL HISTORY
This year’s event marks the 17th year of the Boilermaker Invitational. The Boilermakers have won the event twice (2004, 2011) and finished in the top three in 10 of 16 previous tournaments. Illinois leads the way with four team titles in 11 appearances, while Kent State has three titles in 10 trips.
OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF: Big Four-Week Stretch Starts at Boilermaker Invitational
Dates: April 10-11, 2021
Course: Kampen Course & Ackerman-Allen Course – West Lafayette, Ind.
Par/Yardage: Par 72 – 7,405 yards | Par 72 – 7,109 yards
Live Scoring: Team Event | Individual Event
Format: Play 5, Count 4
Tee Times: Saturday – 36 holes
Sunday – 18 holes
Teams: Illinois (Golfstat Rank: 6), Ohio State (38), Kent State (47), Indiana (53), Wisconsin (64), Northwestern (70), Purdue (71), Michigan State (78), Cincinnati (101), Toledo (119), Illinois State (121), Eastern Michigan (150), Miami, Ohio (151), Minnesota (156), Ball State (166), Southern Illinois (175)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team begins the final push of the regular season this weekend at the 17th annual Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. There are two events this weekend, a team event on the Kampen Course and then an individual event on the Ackerman-Allen Course. Both tournaments will be 54 holes events with 36 holes scheduled for Saturday and 18 holes scheduled for Sunday.
Ohio State’s lineup for the team tournament this week will Maxwell Moldovan, Felix Kvarnstrom, Adam Wallin, Elis Svard and Jackson Chandler.
Kevin Stone, Grant Engle and Caleb Davern will be competing in the individual tournament.
This will be the first of four consecutive weeks of competition to finish the regular season. Next weekend the team will be in Arizona for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, followed by hosting the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on April 24-25 and then then Big Ten Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on April 30-May 2.
Max Moldovan has opened his collegiate career with three Top 10 finishes. He was fourth at the Kiawah Invitational, sixth at the Spartan Collegiate and a runner-up finish in one of the best fields this season at the Valspar Collegiate
Moldovan has yet to card an over-par round through his first nine rounds and leads the team with a 69.11 scoring average. Six of his nine rounds have been in the 60s.
Felix Kvarnstrom has been in the Top 25 in all three events and is coming off an 11th place showing at Valspar. He is second on the team with a 71.00 scoring average.
For Davern and Stone, this will be their first collegiate events of 2021. Engle played as an individual at the Kiawah Invitational, finishing at 6-over par.
The Buckeyes have finished under-par in each of their first three stroke play events and are coming off a third-place finish at the loaded Valspar Collegiate. They only teams they lost two at the Valspar were No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 Wake Forest.
This is the first time since 2003-04 that has finished under-par in three consecutive events.
The weather does not look good this weekend. A 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday and an 80 percent chance of rain on Sunday is what’s in the forecast.
OHIO STATE: MSOC: Wootton Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Laurence Wootton, a midfielder with the Ohio State men’s soccer team, was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year Friday by the conference coaches, the league office announced.
Wootton, a native of Halstead, England, also was a 2021 First Team All-Big Ten selection in addition to making the conference All-Freshman Team. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman squad.
Another Ohio State newcomer, Parker Grinstead, a midfielder from West Chester, Ohio, also earned a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Senior Mitch Bergman, a defender from Canal Winchester, Ohio, was named Ohio State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honoree.
Wootton has started all nine games for the Buckeyes during the 2021 spring season and has played more than 80 minutes in eight, which includes a stretch of four games playing all 90 and one with 110. He leads the team in shots with 12 and has four points with a goal (a game winner at Michigan State March 3) and two assists on the year.
TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked Wootton as the No. 4 Freshman in the country and the top freshman in the Big Ten.
Grinstead has played in nine games with four starts. He leads the team with eight points and in goals scored with three.
Bergman has been a mainstay in the Ohio State lineup the last four years with 58 games played during his career. He will graduate in May 2021 with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
OHIO STATE MVOLLEYBALL: MIVA Tournament Opens at Ball State Saturday
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The postseason is upon us as the fifth-seeded Ohio State men’s volleyball team prepares to open the MIVA Tournament against fourth-seeded Ball State in a quarterfinal matchup. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. on Saturday in Worthen Arena.
Ohio State vs. Ball State | April 10 | 7 p.m. | Muncie, Ind. | Live Stats | Live Stream
HISTORY WITH BALL STATE
Ohio State leads the all-time series with Ball State, 100-87. The Buckeyes are 32-38 when playing in Muncie, Ind., and split their regular season series with the Cardinals. Ohio State took the initial meeting on Feb. 27 in five sets before dropping a 3-2 decision in Columbus on March 11.
Rookie Sotiris Siapanis was selected as the MIVA Newcomer of the Year and received All-MIVA First Team distinction while senior Martin Lallemand garnered second team recognition on Friday.
Siapanis is the fifth Buckeye to be tabbed as the league’s top newcomer and first since Nicolas Szerszen in 2015. The 6-foot-3 outside hitter led all freshman and ranked second in the MIVA with a .363 hitting percentage. He averaged 3.93 kills per set to check in at No. 10 nationally. Siapanis has registered double figures in kills in all 12 of the matches he has played in, including a career-high 23 against Purdue Fort Wayne, and has hit above .300 on 10 occasions.
Lallemand picked up All-MIVA laurels for a second time in his career after being a first team selection in 2020. He put away 3.33 kills per set, the second-best total for the Buckeyes, and earned a .295 hitting clip. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter has tallied 19 service aces and his .35 aces per set was fourth in the conference standings.
LAST TIME OUT
The Buckeyes (9-9) wrapped up their regular season with a 3-2 loss to Quincy last Saturday. Lallemand led the offense with 23 kills and a .515 hitting clip while Siapanis put up 19 kills. Michael Wright distributed 41 assists and Noah Platfoot added 13 helpers. Luke Meidel and Siapanis both tallied eight digs while Justin Howard turned in five blocks.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State (11-7) finished its regular season slate with a five-set win over McKendree last Saturday. The Cardinals had four players earn All-MIVA honors with a pair on the first and second teams. The squad is led by Kaleb Jenness with 3.77 kills per set, which ranks 19th nationally. Quinn Isaacson averages 10.70 assists to check in at No. 4 in the country. As a team, Ball State is third nationally in kills (13.28) and assists (12.26).
Siapanis is averaging 3.93 kills with a .363 attacking clip, which ranks 10th and 15th, respectively, among the nation’s leaders. Wright distributes 9.79 assists per set, the 15th-highest total in the country. As a team, the Buckeyes are 11th in kills (12.63), 12th in assists (11.73) and 15th in hitting percentage (.280).
INDIANA BASEBALL: Hopkins’ Walk-Off Home Run Gives Indiana a 6-4 Friday Night Victory
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In a weather-delayed night, the Indiana University baseball team won a dramatic, 6-4 game over Illinois on Friday evening to open up the three-game weekend series at Bart Kaufman Field. C Collin Hopkins’ ninth-inning two-run home run sent the Hoosiers home with their second walk-off victory of the season.
With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 12-7 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Fighting Illini fall to 8-11 on the year and in league action.
• INF Kip Fougerousse homered on a rope to left field in the bottom of the third inning to give IU the lead, 1-0.
• Illinois fought back and took the lead off of three runs in the top of the fifth inning.
• DH Drew Ashley went deep in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game after Illinois took the lead in the top of the inning. His two-run shot was his third of the season.
• INF Cole Barr struck a solo shot over the center field wall to give IU back the 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
• Illinois hit a solo homerun in the top of the eighth inning to bring the game level.
• Friday afternoon’s contest featured a nearly two-hour long weather delay in the top of the eighth inning with the scored tied 4-4.
• Hopkins sent IU home with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, blasting a two-run bomb over the left-center field fence for his second homer of the year.
• Fougerousse’s third-inning home run was the first of his career.
• Sommer struck out five while allowing three runs in five innings of work.
• RHP John Modugno pitched two innings in relief, striking out two while allowing just one hit.
• Stahl went two innings and allowed just three hits in relief following the weather delay.
• Barr earned his third home run of the season.
• Hopkins’ walk-off was the first of his Hoosier career.
• RHP Nathan Stahl (2-0) was awarded the win after tossing two scoreless frames.
• IU will return to Bart Kaufman Field on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for the second of a three-game set.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Gabbi Jenkins Breaks Career Steals Record, Hoosiers Split with Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Gabbi Jenkins added three stolen bases to break the Indiana softball program record for career stolen bases on Friday. Jenkins and Grace Lorsung hit home runs for the Hoosiers, who won game one 4-1, but had their seventh inning rally come up short in a 4-3 loss to Purdue.
Game One: Indiana 4, Purdue 1
• In the top of the fourth inning Macy Montgomery got an infield hit and stole second base. Annika Baez followed with an RBI single to shallow right field to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.
• In the bottom of the fourth inning Purdue had runners on first and second with one out. Emily Goodin pitched back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
• In the bottom half of the fifth inning Purdue’s leadoff hitter doubled, but again Goodin got a strikeout and two ground outs to protect the Indiana lead.
• Grayson Radcliffe homered in the sixth inning and Grace Lorsung added 2 RBI for a three-run inning to increase the Indiana lead to 4-0.
GAME 1 NOTABLES
• Emily Goodin pitched her second straight complete game as she went all seven innings.
• Goodin tallied eight strikeouts in the first game against Purdue.
• Indiana collected eight hits in the opening game of the series.
• Macy Montgomery went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Montgomery also recorded her first stolen base of the season.
• The home run by Radcliffe was her second of the season.
• In back-to-back innings the Indiana defense held Purdue scoreless after the Boilermakers placed runners in scoring position with one or less outs.
Game Two: Purdue 4, Indiana 3
• In the bottom of the third inning Purdue scored the opening run of the game on a flare to left field that scored one.
• Purdue scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with a leadoff triple and three doubles.
• In the top of the seventh inning Grace Lorsung led off and hit a home run to bring the Hoosiers to within three at 4-1.
• With two outs the Hoosiers managed to get within one run at 4-3. Taylor Lamert hit a single, followed by a Gabbi Jenkins double and Grayson Radcliffe triple.
GAME 2 NOTABLES
• Taylor Lambert notched her first triple of the season in the top of the third inning.
• Gabbi Jenkins broke the Indiana program record for career steals and now has 91. The previous record was set by Aimee Lonigro in 1997.
• The home run for Lorsung was her second of the season.
Indiana will continue the series against Purdue on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Seton Hall Takes Two from Butler Baseball
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Pirates won two close games over the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon to open up BIG EAST action. Seton Hall edge Butler 3-2 in game one and collected a 7-5 victory in the nightcap.
The forecast in South Orange changed the schedule for the two teams. Butler and Seton Hall were slated for a doubleheader on Saturday, but played two on Friday due to incoming rain this weekend.
The ‘Dawgs scored first in the opener with Freddie Matos doubling to left center to score Aaron Steinhart in the third. SHU tied it up in the bottom half on an extra base hit.
The 1-1 tie was broke up in the fourth with a single from Sylvester. Steinhart pulled BU even in the fifth with a double to left that scored McGrath. Sylvester came back to the box and won the game in the bottom of the fifth with a single to left that scored Dana for the win.
Jack Myers tossed all six innings in game one. He struck out four and walked two. McLinskey (2-0) won while Waldis (1) picked up the save.
Game two got off to a rocky start with the Pirates owning a 5-1 lead after four. Steinhart got BU on the scoreboard in the third with single to left score Orn. The game tightened up in the sixth with a two RBI single by McGrath that sent Bennett and Matos home.
Dana homered in the seventh to extend the lead, but the Bulldogs would not go away. Jacob Margroff stole second in the eighth and the throw was off allowing Bennett to get around for a run. Margroff advanced to third on the throwing error and made it a one-run game off a wild pitch.
Hack doubled in the eighth to add an insurance run and the game would end at 7-5. Probst earned his first save while Burnham picked up the win. Joe Graziano was hit with the loss. He threw 3.2 innings, same as Nick Eaton in relief. Greg Gilbert also touched the rubber for the final two outs.
BU and SHU will return to action tomorrow with a 12 PM first pitch.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Make it 10-0 in #MACtion For Softball After Friday Sweep of Kent State
MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State softball’s Friday doubleheader versus Kent State at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex had a little bit of everything.
Strong pitching, amazing fielding, timely hitting and some big blasts. End the end, however, it was a familiar tune; a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinals to improve to 16-9 overall and an even more impressive 10-0 in Mid-American Conference play.
In a battle of two of the league’s most dominating offenses, the opening game turned out to be a pitcher’s duel. The winner, Ball State sophomore hurler Deborah Jones who limited the Golden Flashes (11-16; 8-6 MAC) to four hits in her first complete game shutout of the season. She also struck out a pair of KSU batters to improve to 6-2 on the year.
In the nightcap, it was Ball State’s offense which dominated thanks in part to four home runs, including two from senior designated player Delanie Johnson.
Johnson actually led the offense on the day, going 5-for-6 with two home runs and a team-high four RBI. She was almost a perfect 6-for-6, but Kent State’s left fielder Alexis Taube robbed her of what would have been a walk-off three-run blast in the sixth inning of the nightcap, bring back what would have been Johnson’s third home run of the game with a leaping snow cone catch.
Not to be lost in the nightcap, the effort of junior pitcher Tieghan Morio who turned in another brilliant performance for the Cardinals. She held the KSU offense which entered the weekend averaging 7.83 runs per game in league play to just two runs and seven hits. Morio also collected four strikeouts to improve to 6-2 on the year.
With wet weather in the forecast for the remainder of the weekend, the Cardinals and Golden Flashes will attempt to play a 10a doubleheader Saturday. While there is no general public attendance at this year’s Ball State softball home games, fans can still follow the action with live stats and free live video on BallStateSports.com.
GAME 1 RECAP: Ball State 1 – Kent State 0
With Jones dealing in the circle, all it was going to take was one or two big hits for the Cardinals. Those came in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The first, freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy’s MAC-leading fourth double of the season to open the frame. Sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn followed with an RBI double to nearly the same spot in right-center field to drive in the game’s only run.
GAME 2 RECAP: Ball State 7 – Kent State 2
The second game started with Kent State scoring the first run in the top of the first, courtesy of a two-out RBI double from Taube.
The Cardinals would not trail for long, however, as Johnson and junior second baseman Amaia Daniel blasted back-to-back solo home runs in the bottom of the second.
The Golden Flashes were able to tie the game in the top of the third after using a little small ball to push a runner to third and eventually across the plate on a two-out single.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth when junior Faith Hensley deposited her fourth home run of the season over the fence in right-center field.
Ball State would use a little small ball of its own to push an early insurance run across in the bottom of the sixth. Senior right fielder Haley Dominique opened the inning with a four-pitch walk.
Enter senior pinch runner Katie Janiga who moved to second on a sac bunt from senior first baseman Janae Hogg. It was the second successful sac bunt of Hogg’s five-year career. Senior catcher Stacy Payton took advantage, smashing an RBI single into center field.
After a single up the middle from Hensley led to runners on second and third, the Cardinals were done with the small stuff. Johnson would drive in three runs in the next at bat with her second home run of the game to cap the scoring.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Baker, Big Innings Get Cards 7-3 Friday Win
AKRON, Ohio – Eight strong innings from John Baker and a couple big innings were all the Ball State baseball team needed to win 7-3 on Friday at Akron. BSU is now 7-2 in league play and, as of Friday evening, just one game out of first place.
TOP HALF BRINGS THE BATS: Ball State’s 1-5 hitters combined for seven hits and six runs. Adam Tellier and Ryan Peltier each had two hits and Nick Powell and Aaron Simpson each scored two runs. Ross Messina pulled an RBI double in the 3rd inning and also drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.
In the bottom half of the order, Decker Scheffler came off the bench to add a 2-run double late in the game. Trenton Quartermaine opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 2nd.
SIMPSON GOES DEEP: The game was 4-2 in the 9th when Simpson led off the inning with a homer to right-center. The senior centerfielder has a nine-game hitting streak where he’s hitting 10-for-28. Scheffler’s hit later in the 9th effectively put the game away. “I was just thinking fastball,” Simpson said about his second home run of the year. “I got one over the plate and hit a good line drive to right-center field. We needed an insurance run, so it was a bit at bat.”
GREAT EIGHT FROM BAKER: Baker (3-1) was his usual ace self, working 8.0 innings and striking out eight. Akron (9-13, 3-10 MAC) scratched a run across in the 3rd and got a solo homer in the 6th. The 6-9 hitters in Akron’s lineup combined to go 1-for-16. Mac Ayres and Andre Orselli combined to finish the bottom of the 9th.
STRIKEOUT RECORD COMING: Baker owns 348 career strikeouts at Ball State, more than any active pitcher in NCAA Division I. He is within nine strikeouts of the school record, held by Bryan Bullington (2000-02).
REST OF THE WEEKEND: Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 11 a.m. Chayce McDermott will pitch the first game, with Lukas Jaksich scheduled to work the nightcap. Sunday’s game is scheduled for noon.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 12 IRISH ERASE SEVEN RUN DEFICIT TO BEAT NO. 14 GEORGIA TECH, 10-9
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team had a flair for the dramatics Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium as it overcame a seven-run deficit to win 10-9 over No. 14 Georgia Tech. The Irish (14-5, 13-5 ACC) trailed 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth and 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth but scored eight runs in the final two innings to come back and win.
“That is one of the greatest team wins I have ever been a part of,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “I have coached for a while and played for a while, I can’t remember anything like that.”
Heading into the bottom of the seventh with the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 11-8 ACC) holding a 7-2 lead, the Irish scored four runs in the inning to get within one. Jack Brannigan hit a solo shot to begin the inning and Niko Kavadas hit a two-run homer with two outs to pull within one.
“The number of guys we had in this game, I think we used 22 players and eight pitchers,” stated Jarrett. “Some of those guys pitched for the first time and some pitched for the first time this season and position players got in for the first time. You are juggling everything that you possibly can to have a chance at the end.”
After giving up two runs in the top of the eighth, the Irish took their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. A double from Zack Prajzner scored David LaManna for the first run of the inning and Spencer Myers came up with runners on the corners. He hit a single to right that cleared the bases after an error to tie the game at 9-9. Then with the bases loaded, Carter Putz worked a walk to bring in the game-winning run in Myers.
“I can’t say enough about how the guys responded,” said Jarrett. “Like I have said numerous times, this is the toughest team I have ever been around and they find ways to stay in games. Just can’t say enough about our guys, I can’t.”
After coming on in the top of the eighth, Joe Sheridan nailed down the final three outs to put the cap on the comeback win to open the series. Sheridan was one of eight pitchers the Irish used on the night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Georgia Tech started off swinging in the top of the first and plated three runs to take an early lead on the Irish. They continued their hot streak at the plate in the third inning by scoring two more runs. After three innings of play, Georgia Tech held a 5-0 advantage.
Tech added two more runs in the top of the fourth but the Irish broke through in the bottom half of the inning. Brannigan doubled to the wall in right and with two outs, Jack Zyska scored all the way from first. The very next batter, Prajzner singled through the left side and scored Brannigan from second.
Notre Dame went to the pen early but got a strong relief performance from graduate student Jack Sheehan. Making his first appearance since the 2019 season, he tossed 2.2 innings of work and allowed just one hit and no runs to keep the Irish within striking distance.
The Irish comeback began in the seventh with the solo homer from Brannigan to lead the inning off. After a two-out RBI single from Ryan Cole, Niko blasted his 12th home run of the season to pull the Irish within one at 7-6.
The Irish continued to fight after allowing two runs in the top of the eighth. LaManna led off the bottom of the inning with a double and then scored on the double from Prajzner. Brooks Coetzee singled to the pitcher to put runners on the corners with just one away. Myers’ single to right scored Prajzner and then Coetzee after the ball got past the right fielder and Myers advanced to third. Two straight walks loaded the bases for Putz and he took four straight balls to reach base and bring home Myers as the go-ahead run.
Sheridan allowed a base runner in the ninth but closed the door to pick up his first win in an Irish uniform.
The Irish will be back on the field in a short time on Saturday in hopes of clinching the series. The start time has been pushed up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of inclement weather later in the day. The game will still be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and the Irish will send LHP Aidan Tyrell to the mound.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: No. 23 Indiana State Sweeps Doubleheader at Illinois State to Open MVC Play
NORMAL, Ill. – Indiana State baseball opened Missouri Valley Conference action with a doubleheader sweep of Illinois State Friday at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. The Sycamores took the opener from the Redbirds, 4-2, before closing out the day with a 6-1 victory over seven innings in the nightcap.
Indiana State improved to 15-7 on the season and 2-0 in MVC action while Illinois State fell to 11-17 overall and 3-3 in League play.
Max Wright led all Sycamores with a .429 average on the day (3-for-7) to go along with a .556 on-base percentage after drawing two walks. Wright recorded two extra-base hits, including a home run and a double for a 1.000 slugging percentage. Seth Gergely finished with a .375 average (3-for-8) in two games to go with two RBIs.
Game One Recap – Indiana State 4, Illinois State 2
Left-hander Geremy Guerrero recorded the longest outing of his career as the Sycamores rallied back from a two-run deficit to take the opener. Guerrero gave up a two-run home run in the first inning but did not allow another run over his 8.1 inning outing.
The redshirt senior retired 12-straight Illinois State batters before ILS was able to pick up a base hit with an out on the scoreboard in the ninth. That was when the Sycamores went to the bullpen for closer Connor Fenlong who recorded his fourth save of the season as he shut down the comeback attempt with a groundout and a strikeout.
Guerrero improved to 6-0 on the season as the Redbirds scattered seven hits against him. The Metamora, Ill. native struck out five and issued just one walk.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Sycamores were able to put a run on the scoreboard. Max Wright kickstarted the rally with a single to center followed by a base hit from Brian Fuentes to put runners on the corners. Illinois State committed one of their five errors as first baseman Jake McCaw was not able to hold on to the ball allowing a run to cross the plate. Gergely continued his hot streak with a two-out two-run single to put the Sycamores on top, 3-2.
Indiana State picked up an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Wright recorded his team-leading sixth home run of the season to left-center.
Wright and Gergely had two hits each to lead the Sycamores as Josue Urdaneta, Diego Gines and Brian Fuentes added hits of their own.
Illinois State’s Colton Johnson took his first loss of the season on the mound, falling to 2-1. The right-hander gave up three runs – all unearned – over six innings. Johnson struck out six while walking one. Colin Wyman pitched three innings of relief, striking out three.
Tyson Hays and Ryan Cermak led the way at the plate for ILS, going for two hits each. Cleanup man Jordan Libman hit a home run and drove in two for the Redbirds.
Game Two Recap – Indiana State 6, Illinois State 1
Tristan Weaver (1-2) put together his best outing of the year as he went a season-long six innings on the mound to pick up his first win. The left-hander allowed one run in the first inning before he shut the door on the Redbirds the remainder of the game, striking out five and walking just two.
Dominic Cusumano, who finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, drove in the first run of the day for the Sycamores in the first inning with a single to left. The hit scored Wright who started the two-out rally with a double to the gap in left.
A run was gifted to the Redbirds in the bottom of the first when the home plate umpire called obstruction on Wright at the plate after Gines sent a rocket from left, allowing Wright to tag the runner out.
That would be all the offense that Illinois State would get in game two as Weaver worked himself out of several innings as ILS left eight runners on base.
Indiana State continued to put up runs with two in the third, one in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Fuentes brought in the go-ahead runs in the third with a two-RBI single to center to put ISU on top 3-1 and the Sycamores would not look back. Urdaneta added an RBI single in the fourth before Aaron Beck put his mark on the game with his second home run of the season – a two-run blast to center – in the fifth inning of play.
Cam Edmonson closed out the game for the Sycamores in the seventh inning, picking up two strikeouts in his series debut.
Beck and Cusumano led ISU in the game two with two hits each.
Jack Anderson was charged with the loss, falling to 1-2 on the season. The right-hander went just three innings and surrendered three earned runs while striking out three. Nick Gile led ILS two hits.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Scherry’s ninth-inning hit powers Evansville to 5-3 win
PEORIA, Ill. – On a night that saw flashes of the best of the Aces in all three facets, the University of Evansville baseball team captured a 5-3 series-opening victory over Bradley on Friday night at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill.
The win was the Aces eighth-straight victory, matching the eight consecutive victories Evansville earned around the same point in time during the 2019 campaign.
“Great opening win to the series. Shane Gray was outstanding tonight making some big pitches,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Our offense came through as we had many quality trips to the dish for two runs in the 9th. That collection of quality at bats was truly special to see.”
Shining on the mound, sophomore righty Shane Gray made the start for the Aces, finishing with seven innings pitched, allowing just one run and striking-out a career-best 11 batters. Earning the win on the night was freshman Jakob Meyer, who entered with one gone in the eighth and shut down the Bradley effort in the ninth. Meyer concluded his outing having lasted 1.2 innings, giving up one hit and striking-out three.
Evansville pushed a run across in the third to open the scoring as freshman Simon Scherry drove a single through the left side, scoring senior Ben Komonsoky. In the next inning, the Aces scored another as junior Tanner Craig smashed a solo home run on the first pitch of the inning, clearing the left field wall and lifting Evansville’s lead to 2-0.
Gray got out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth as the Braves loaded the bases with one out. The West Hamilton, Ohio native locked-in over the next nine pitches, striking-out Husmann on three pitches and then ending the inning with a backwards K of Keaton Rice.
A sacrifice bunt in the fifth helped Bradley have the lead, but Evansville again saw Gray come up with clutch pitches in important situations.
Evansville pushed its lead back to two in the seventh as redshirt junior Kenton Crews looped a triple into left center field, scoring freshman Brent Widder.
After Gray exited, the Aces looked to continue to limit the Braves. Bradley mounted a comeback though, scoring twice in the eighth, tying the game as it moved to the ninth.
As has been true for much of the season, Evansville’s offense responded when it was needed in the ninth. A leadoff single by pinch hitter Eric Roberts helped spark the Aces offense. Widder responded by laying down a sac bunt to advance Roberts. After Crews was intentionally walked, redshirt senior Troy Beilsmith reached on a fielder’s choice that gave Evansville runners on the corners. Beilsmith advanced to second on catcher’s indifference and that proved key for the Aces. Freshman Simon Scherry delivered what would be the game-winning hit, ripping a single through the right side that scored Roberts and Beilsmith, handing the Aces a 5-3 lead with three outs remaining.
Meyer returned back to the mound in the ninth and following a leadoff walk, the Columbus, Ind. native did what he has all season. In the next two at-bats, Meyer induced swinging strikeouts, giving the Braves a runner on first with two outs. Down to their last out, the Braves sent Vogel to the plate, who looked to have delivered a base-hit to center, but was robbed by Widder, who soared into the air, grabbing the ball and ending the game with a 5-3 Evansville win.
Evansville and Bradley continue their four-game series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 PM at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill.
MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Falls in Doubleheader to Western Michigan
OXFORD, Ohio — Through a series of rain delays, the Miami University baseball team fell twice in a doubleheader against the Western Michigan Broncos on Friday. In game one, the RedHawks lost 9-0, and in a late-night game two, the ‘Hawks fell 4-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In game one, the RedHawks suffered a 9-0 defeat to the Broncos.
In the bottom of the fourth inning of game two, freshman Dalton Back hit a ground-rule double to right-center field. In the following at-bat for Miami, junior Cole Andrews hit a two-run home run to deep center field, tying the game up at two.
In the bottom of fifth, sophomore Brian Zapp led off with a single. Following a sac bunt, redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond tripled down the right-field line, giving the RedHawks a 3-2 lead. However, the Broncos came up with two runs in the top of the seventh to come through with the win over the RedHawks.
Jonathan Brand threw 5.1 innings in game two, allowing just two runs while striking out 13 batters in his start.
The RedHawks will play game three of their series with the Broncos tomorrow, Saturday, April 10. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at McKie Field in Oxford.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Falls Twice At Davidson To Open A-10 Play On Friday
DAVIDSON, N.C. – The University of Dayton baseball team dropped both games in a doubleheader with Davidson on Friday night at Wilson Field in Davidson, N.C. In UD’s first Atlantic 10 games of the season, the Flyers fell in the first seven-inning game 2-1 before finishing the night with a 10-8 loss to the Wildcats in seven innings.
The Flyers now sit at 10-21 overall and 0-2 in A-10 play. Senior Hunter Wolfe kept the Flyers in the first game, with his seven strikeouts putting his career total at 188, putting him in fifth place in Dayton history in the category, as he passed Tom Harrison, Austin Cline, and Craig Stammen on the day and sits 30 behind Luke Trubee for fourth place.
Graduate Student Eddie Pursinger and junior Marcos Pujols each homered on Friday, with Pujols hitting his in the first game and Pursinger leading off the scoring with a two-run home run in the second game.
ON THE MOUND
Wolfe got the ball in the first game of the doubleheader and did not disappoint on the mound once again. The lefty pitched a complete game while allowing just two unearned runs on four hits while picking up seven strikeouts through six innings. The outing continued a stretch of dominant starts from Wolfe, as he has now allowed just three earned runs in his last 40 innings spanning six starts and two complete games. The lefty has 57 of his team leading 63 strikeouts in this span.
Bottom 5: (2-0 Wildcats)
Davidson led off the inning with a single. After a strikeout by Wolfe, another single advanced the runner to third and a wild pitch put two in scoring position for the Wildcats. A groundball got away from Pujols at first allowing one run to score and a wild throw home allowed the second run of the inning to score, making it 2-0.
Top 7: (2-1 Wildcats)
Pujols led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season to cut the lead to one in the final inning, but the Flyers could not bring the tying run home and fell in the first game by this score.
ON THE MOUND
Junior Bryce Hellgeth got the start for the Flyers, going the first two innings for Dayton, picking up five strikeouts while allowing four earned runs on two home runs. Graduate student Ben Olson would enter for Hellgeth, going the next full inning for Dayton, allowing one run on a home run.
Freshman Austin Brush was next, also pitching one inning allowing five runs, three earned, on four hits. Graduate student Tyler Jones made his 80th career appearance, one of just three in the history of the program to reach that feat. Pitched one-third of an inning, allowing one hit before freshman Parker Bard relieved him.
Top 1: (3-0 Flyers)
Senior Mariano Ricciardi led off the game with a single to right field. Junior Benjamin Blackwell moved him to second with a walk and Pujols was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior Riley Tirotta brought Ricciardi home on a ground ball to the shortstop to give the Flyers the lead. Pursinger followed that with his seventh home run of the season to make it 3-0 early in Davidson.
Bottom 2: (3-2 Flyers)
Hellgeth walked the leadoff hitter and after back-to-back strikeouts a home run to left center field cut UD’s lead to one.
Top 3: (4-2 Flyers)
Blackwell reached on an error to open the inning, advancing to second on the throw. He would steal third and score on an RBI single by Tirotta, extending Dayton’s lead to two.
Bottom 3: (5-4 Wildcats)
A leadoff walk followed by a home run tied the game at four. Olson would enter and get back-to-back groundouts, but a solo home run gave broke the tie in favor of Davidson.
Bottom 4: (7-4 Wildcats)
A one-out walk followed by a fielder’s choice gave Dayton two outs. An error on senior Mitchell Garrity in center field brought home the first run of the inning. A double on the next at bat made it a 7-4 deficit for UD.
Bottom 5: (10-4 Wildcats)
The Wildcats led off the inning with back-to-back singles followed by back-to-back doubles brought home three runs and made it 10-4 Davidson.
Top 6: (10-8 Wildcats)
Graduate student Chris Cabrera led off the inning with a single to center field. A walk by junior Jay Curtis and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with nobody out. Cabrera scored on a groundout by Garrity making it a 10-5 deficit. A single by Ricciardi brought Curtis home and a double by Blackwell put two in scoring position once again. Pujols brought two more runs home with a single off the right field fence to cut the lead to two, but Dayton could not bring home any more runs in the next two innings giving the game its final.
The Flyers will return to play the third game in the series at Davidson Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Splits Twin Bill With 2-1 Win Over UCF
CINCINNATI – After an offensive barrage in game one of the doubleheader, the University of Cincinnati baseball team scored single runs in the third and fourth innings and three pitchers combined to hold visiting UCF to one run in the nightcap, a 2-1 Bearcats win in American Athletic Conference action Friday at UC Baseball Stadium.
Cincinnati (12-15, 1-5 AAC) snapped a five-game losing skid and picked up its first conference win of the season while UCF fell to 13-17 and 3-3 in AAC play.
Griffin Merritt singled to right center with one out in the bottom of the fourth to plate the go-ahead run in the form of Paul Komistek who led the inning off with a double and tagged up on Jake Hansen’s looping line out to left field.
From there, UC starter Garrett Schoenle and relievers Jackson Murphy and Dean McCarthy combined to hold the Knights to one hit over their final five innings, striking out six.
The Bearcats had taken a 1-0 lead on Joey Bellini’s two-out single in the third to score Cole Harting. Harting had reached on a passed ball after striking out, stole second and took third after a throw by UCF’s catcher caromed into short center.
The Knights got on the board with a one-out home run from Josh Crouch in the top of the fourth inning.
Schoenle (2-1) picked up the win while McCarthy pitched the eighth and ninth for his first career save. UCF’s Kenny Serwa (0-2) was tagged with the loss.
The teams return to the field on Saturday, April 10 with a 10 a.m. ET first pitch due to some expected inclement weather in the Cincinnati area. UC RHP Jalen Wade will face off against UCF RHP AJ Jones. The game will air on ESPN+ with live stats on BearcatStats.com.
XAVIER BASEBALL: Musketeers Drop BIG EAST Opener at St. John’s
QUEENS, N.Y. – Nick Zwack matched his career high in strikeouts on Friday afternoon with nine, but the Xavier baseball team dropped its BIG EAST opener, 2-1, at St. John’s.
Xavier moved to 9-14 (0-1 BIG EAST), while the Red Storm improved to 10-5 (1-0 BIG EAST). Game two of the weekend series is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.
XU AT THE PLATE
Xavier held a 5-4 advantage in hits on Friday afternoon and left four more runners on base (10-6).
Andrew Walker was the only Musketeer with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an run and a double. He now has six multi-hit games on the year, including four straight games with two or more hits.
Jack Housinger went 1-for-3 with a double, extending his hit streak to six games. Natale Monastra also collected a hit (1-for-3), also posting a hit in his sixth straight contest.
XU ON THE MOUND
Nick Zwack (2-3) pitched 6.2 innigns, allowing three hits and two runs (one earned). He matched his career high in strikeouts with nine. The Monticello, Minn., native has thrown nine strikeouts in a game five times during his career.
Jonathan Kelly pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief, surrendering one hit to go along with one strikeout.
HOW THEY SCORED
2ND INNING | Luke Stephenson grounded out to third base, scoring Andrew Walker from third base. Walker reached base on a double to left center field and advanced to third on a stolen base.
2ND INNING | Marty Higgins hit a two-out, RBI single up the middle to score Vincent Bianchi and tie the game at one.
6TH INNING | Ryan Hogan crossed home plate on a two-out, bases loaded walk of David Williams.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Stay Scarlet Hot, Beat Michigan 7-4
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ohio State scored five unanswered runs to come back and beat Michigan 7-4 in game one of a huge weekend series in Ann Arbor on Friday afternoon.
The Buckeyes slugged 13 hits on their way to a fifth consecutive victory. OSU is now 13-7 on the season and pull even with Michigan for second place in the Big Ten standings.
“We’ve got some tough guys that just keep battling,” said Brent Todys. “We’re never going to be the team that just goes away. 1-9 we have guys that can get a big hit. We kept fighting today and we’re having some fun right now.”
Michigan held a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before the Buckeyes struck for two runs to tie the game. A two-run Michigan homer in the bottom of the sixth again put UM in front by two but the Buckeyes rallied for three in the seventh and tacked on another two insurance runs in the ninth to take game one.
All nine Buckeye starters reached base in the game and Ohio State had runners in scoring position in seven of the nine innings. The 13 hits were tied for the second most in a game this season
Catcher Brent Todys was 2-for-4 at the plate and led the team with three RBI. He had the go ahead two-run single in the seventh and then delivered another RBI on a sac bunt in the ninth.
Conner Pohl also had two hits and a pair of RBI while freshman Kade Kern continued to rake, collecting three hits, including a double, to go along with a run batted in.
In total, five different Buckeyes had multi-hit games as Sam Wilson and Colton Bauer also had a pair of hits.
On the mound, Garrett Burhenn started and went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and striking out six. Joe Gahm came out of the pen and did his thing, getting the final out of the sixth and would go on to get his first win of the season and the second of his career. Gahm has made a team-high tying nine appearances and has yet to allow a run in 4.1 innings.
The star on the mound Friday was Patrick Murphy. He came on and worked a scoreless seventh and eighth inning. His shutdown inning in the seventh after the Buckeyes rallied to take the lead in the top of the inning was a big point in the game.
TJ Brock then came on and closed the door in the ninth, recording his Big Ten leading seventh save of the season.
Michigan threatened in the first but a couple of Burhenn strikeouts ended the threat. In the second, the first two Wolverines reached base and runners were on the corners with nobody out. Burhenn again got a strikeout and picked the runner off first for two quick outs. But a two-out single to center by Tito Flores gave Michigan a 1-0 lead.
Flores struck again in the fourth with another two-out RBI single to push the lead 2-0. OSU left-fielder Scottie Seymour led off the fifth inning with a triple to right center, the first of his career. He scored a batter later on a groundout up the middle by Nick Erwin.
But the Buckeyes weren’t done in the fifth. Three singles from Wilson, Zach Dezenzo and Kern produced another run and the game was tied 2-2 at the halfway point.
With two outs in sixth, Flores came to the plate again with a runner at second. And he again delivered. This time with a two-run home run to left to again put Michigan in front 4-2.
The Buckeyes scored three times in the top of the seventh to take their first lead of the game. Pohl single to right to score Mitchell Okuley and cut the lead to 4-3. After a walk to Bauer, Todys came through with a two-out, two-run single to right. Those were Todys’ second and third RBI of the season.
In the ninth, Dezenzo walked and Kern singled to start the inning and then Pohl came through with another solid single to right to score Dezenzo. With one out, Todys laid down a perfect bunt on a safety squeeze to bring in Kern. Those were two huge insurance runs and made the ninth inning a little easier for Brock.
Start time for game two on Saturday has been pushed up to Noon as rain is expected later in the day.
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball climbs the HCAC standings with a sweep against Mount St. Joseph
SCORES: G1 – Earlham 8, Mount St. Joseph 3 / G2 – Earlham 5, Mount St. Joseph 2
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Randal R. Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 15-7 / Mount St. Joseph 8-14
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College and Mount St. Joseph had to endure a nearly two-hour lightning delay to complete their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday night at Sadler Stadium, but when both games were complete the Quakers emerged with a sweep over the Lions. Earlham notched an 8-3 victory over MSJ in game one, before surviving the delay in a 5-2 triumph in game two.
Danny Dopp belted a solo home run in the top of the third inning to put Earlham in front, 3-2.
The round-tripper was Dopp’s second of the season. The Quakers plated three more runs in the sixth inning – all through a fielding error on the Mount St. Joseph right fielder – that extended Earlham’s lead to 6-2.
Mount St. Joseph got one of those runs back in the bottom of the eighth inning when Patrick Murray’s RBI single to left-center plated Tyrell Anderson.
A pair of base hits in the ninth inning from Dopp and Austin Hatfield drove in Connor Drews and Jason Grace, giving Earlham an 8-3 lead.
Earlham starter Joey Gerbus fanned nine MSJ batters and scattered six hits over seven-and-a-third innings on the mound to improve to 4-0. Jacob Renner came on to close out the game and pitched one-and-a-third innings of no-hit ball with three strikeouts.
Dopp finished the game 2-for-4 at the plate with one run and two runs batted in. Isaiah Shake and Christian Lancianese each had two hits.
Earlham broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 5th when Connor Drews got aboard on a single and scored on Dopp’s two-out triple to right-center, putting the Quakers in front, 2-1.
The Quakers tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth. Isaiah Shake reached on an error and crossed on a Christian Lancianese double down the left field line. Marc Gendreau singled home Lancianese later in the frame with a shot to center field, extending Earlham’s lead to 4-1.
Mount St. Joseph plated a single run in the bottom of the inning when a balk allowed Matt Brankamp to score to cut the margin to 4-2. Brankamp reached on a base hit to left field earlier in the inning.
Earlham got the run back in the top of the ninth on Brian Pincura’s solo shot over the “Maroon Monster” in left field for his third home run of the season.
Nick Carrizales started on the mound and lasted six innings on his way to the win, recording four strikeouts and scattering three hits. Domanick Michael picked up the save after coming on in relief of Chance Strickley, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings for the Quakers.
Earlham baseball will host Transylvania University in an HCAC doubleheader on Sunday, April 11, at Sadler Stadium. First pitch of game on of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
INDY FUEL: KOMETS STUMP THE FUEL IN 4-1 LOSS
INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning a three-game series on Friday night, the Indy Fuel hosted their I-69 rival Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets would take the lead in the first period before seeing Indy tie the game in the second. Scoring two goals in the third period, the Komets would take the first of the three-game series by a score of 4-1.
With each team having power-play chances to start the opening period, neither team would be able to put the puck in the net. Taking advantage of a Fuel turnover, Anthony Nellis sprung himself a breakaway and tucked the puck through the legs of Bakala to give Fort Wayne a 1-0 lead.
Earning an early power play in the second period, the Fuel would tie the game after Matt Marcinew won an offensive zone faceoff and deflected a wrist shot from Terry Broadhurst past Stefanos Lekkas. After several chances on both sides throughout the middle period, the Komets would eventually take the lead back when a wrist shot by Zach Pochiro was deflected and beat Dan Bakala over the shoulder.
The Komets would be the first team to get on the board in the third period when Jackson Leef beat a Fuel defenseman off the boards and put a wrist shot past Bakala. After killing off a penalty of their own, Fort Wayne got back on the power play and AJ Jenks tucked a puck past Bakala to take a 4-1.
IU EAST CROSS COUNTRY: CROSS COUNTRY: IU EAST AT NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Indiana University East’s swiftest cross country Red Wolves ran stride for stride with the nation’s best on April 9.
Chance Klipstine and Julia Arruda represented IU East at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships at Seminole Valley Cross Country Course.
Klipstine was 244th in the men’s 8K race in a time of 27:57.81.
Arruda was 275th in the 5K women’s race in a time of 21:11.02.
“In this whirlwind of a year, I’m proud of how Chance and Julia competed after just two months of being back to practice with the team,” said IU East coach Adam Mengel. “Just to make it here is an accomplishment in and of itself. They both ran great races in the midst of training for their track seasons, and I’m excited to see what they can do the rest of this year and in their future seasons.”
Arruda ran in the day’s first race and recorded her second-best time of the season in a crowded field. She finished sixth out of the 17 River States Conference entrants.
“Never ran with that many runners, ever!” Arruda said. “What a crazy race. So much mud! However, it was a blast. I will never forget this race, and I was happy to be a Red Wolf. What an experience, and I’m glad to have been a part of it.”
Klipstine departed from the starting line an hour later. As he did at every other 8K cross country race in his season of consistent excellence, Klipstine finished with a time in the 27:00s.
“It was great to race against such a huge and talented field of runners from all around the country,” Klipstine said. “Definitely an experience I won’t forget. I was happy with my performance, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully, I can make it back for next season and build on the progress I made this year.”
IU East cross country runners have now competed at the national meet in nine of the past 12 years. IU East sent runners to both the men’s and women’s national meets in the same year for the first time since 2017 and the third time overall.
Arruda and Klipstine earned their spots at the national meet based on their finishes at the RSC Championships in November. The national meet was moved to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zouhair Talbi from Oklahoma City University won the men’s race in 23.45. Emma Wilson from Huntington University won the women’s race in 17:02.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1913 In a game that features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington’s Walter Johnson gives up an unearned run in the first inning of the home opener, but the ‘Big Train’ will not yield another tally for 56 innings. The Senators beat the team now known as the Yankees, 2-1, switching from the Highlanders, the nickname the team had used since the franchise moved from Baltimore to New York for the 1903 season.
1947 During the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league team at Ebbets Field, the Montreal Royals, Dodgers’ president Branch Rickey issues a brief statement to the press. The two sentences will forever change the game when the team announces “The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately.”
1959 On Opening Day, Nellie Fox, who goes 5-for-7, hits an unlikely two-run homer off Don Mossi in the top of the 14th inning to beat Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 9-7. The White Sox second baseman, called ‘Mighty Mite’ by his teammates, did not homer in 623 at-bats the last season.
1961 In the last opener ever to be played at Griffith Stadium, rookie president JFK throws out the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history as the ball sails over the heads of the players lined up in front of the presidential box. The newly elected Commander in Chief, an avid Red Sox fan, stays for the entire game and sees the ‘new’ Washington Senators, the former team having moved to Minnesota, play their first game, losing to the White Sox, 4-3.
1962 Wally Post hits the first home run in Dodger Stadium history, a two-out, three-run shot in the seventh inning off Johnny Podres that proves to be the difference in the Cincinnati’s 6-3 victory. The left fielder’s round-tripper to center field is a fair ball, unlike some others hit in the ballpark where the foul poles are discovered to be positioned in foul territory, requiring special permission from the National League to be recognized as fair during the first year in the team’s new home in Chavez Ravine.
1962 In front of 52,564 fans, Reds infielder Eddie Kasko doubles off of Johnny Podres in the first-ever at-bat at Dodger Stadium, and Duke Snider’s single in the bottom of the second accounts for the home team’s first hit. After playing their first four seasons at the LA Memorial Coliseum, the team drops a 6-3 decision to the Reds in the debut of the new $22 million ballpark in Chavez Ravine, financed with a low two-percent interest loan from the Union Oil Company in exchange for exclusive rights to advertise within the stadium.
1962 At Colt Stadium in Houston, thanks to a pair of three-run home runs by Roman Mejias, the Colt .45’s, in their first-ever major league game, defeat the Cubs, 11-2. Former Yankee hurler Bobby Shantz gets the win for the new franchise on the owner Judge Hofheinz’s 50th birthday.
1968 In the Red Sox’ 7-3 win at Tiger Stadium, Carl Yastrzemski homers twice on the first day of the season, with one being an inside-the-park round-tripper. Marlin third baseman Emilio Bonifacio will stroke the next Opening Day inside-the-park poke 41 years later when he circles the bases for a four-base hit against the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium.
1969 Tommy Agee hits a monster shot into the top tier of the stadium in left field, making the blast the longest home run to reach the seats in Shea Stadium history. The Mets place a disc in the upper deck at the Flushing ballpark to commemorate the Mets center fielder’s historic homer.
1971 Despite temperatures in the low 40s, a crowd of 55,352, the largest in the history of Pennsylvania ever to watch a baseball game, witnesses the Phillies’ first game at Veterans Stadium. Jim Bunning throws the first pitch, and Larry Bowa singles for the park’s first hit, in Philadelphia’s 4-1 defeat of the Expos.
1973 A crowd of 39,464 chilly fans watches the first game at Royals Stadium and sees the home team rout the Rangers, 12-1. The ballpark, which will be renamed Kauffman Stadium in 1993 to honor the team’s beloved owner, is recognized as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball.
1976 With the bases loaded and the Brewers trailing the Yankees by three runs, Don Money blasts Dave Pagan’s 1-0 pitch deep into the left-field bleachers for an apparent walk-off grand slam. After the outfielder circles the bases, the home run is nullified when New York manager Billy Martin vehemently charges the field insisting a timeout had been called before the pitch by first base umpire Jim McKean, who initially denies the skipper’s claim, but then admits he had, leading to Milwaukee’s eventual 9-7 heartbreaking loss.
1976 After being granted his free agency in a landmark case which will forever change baseball, Andy Messersmith becomes one of the first major leaguers to use his new status to sign with a team of his choice. The former Dodger right-hander comes to terms with the Braves and will post a 16-15 record during his two-year tenure for his new club.
1977 At Fenway Park, the Indians (13) and the Red Sox (6) established a major league record for the most runs scored by both teams in one inning. The eighth inning barrage proves to be too much for Boston as Cleveland beats the home team, 19-9.
1979 After yesterday’s 10-2 Opening Day rout by the Blue Jays, White Sox owner Bill Veeck offers free admission to fans for tomorrow’s Comiskey Park contest. The outcome will also be disappointing for the Southside fans when the Pale Hose allows six Toronto runs to score in the top of the eighth inning and lose the game, 9-7.
1979 At the Astrodome, J.R. Richard, striking out 13 batters in a complete-game effort, sets the record for most wild pitches in a game, uncorking six in the Astros’ 2-1 victory over a win over the Dodgers. Braves’ knuckleballer Phil Niekro will tie the Houston right-hander dubious mark later in the season, each surpassing Tiger rookie Charley Wheatley, who threw five in one frame in 1912.
1980 At Arlington Stadium’s season opener, Jon Matlack and Yankee southpaw Ron Guidry match zeroes for nine innings. In the 12th, with his 1978 Opening Day nemesis, Richie Zisk, at the plate, Goose Gossage allows Mickey Rivers to score the game’s only run from third base when his first and only pitch is wild, giving the Rangers a 1-0 victory.
1981 On Opening Day, White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, playing the first game of his career while not wearing a Red Sox uniform, makes a dramatic return to Fenway, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth to knot the score at 3-3. Chicago will tack on two more runs in the ninth and will beat Boston, 5-3.
1982 A crowd 62,443 fans shows up with the game-time temperature 38 degrees with a wind chill of 17 to see the Indians drop the season opener to the Rangers, 8-3. The team removed five hundred tons of snow from the Municipal Stadium field before the game.
1984 Martha and the Vandellas’ iconic hit Dancing in the Streets, which was recorded a couple of miles north of the ballpark twenty years ago at the Motown Studios, finally is played over the public address system at Tiger Stadium. Jim Campbell, the Detroit’s GM who thought the lyrics might cause rowdiness in the stands, finally gives in to the wishes of his younger fans, resulting in a ballpark tradition of the crowd cheering when Martha Reeves belts out the immortal words, “Can’t Forget the Motor City.”
1985 Cal Ripken sprains his left ankle during a pick-off play in the third inning of a game (444 of the streak) against the Rangers. The ‘Iron man’ does not leave the game, and X-rays taken later in the day will reveal no fractures.
1989 Ken Griffey Jr., the youngest player in the majors, hits his first career homer on the first pitch he ever sees at his home ballpark, the Kingdome. The 19 year-old, son of the Reds outfielder with the same name, takes White Sox right-hander Eric King’s pitch deep on his father’s 39th birthday.
1989 Dave Stieb pitches his third one-hitter in his past four starts when the Blue Jays beat the Yankees in the Bronx, 8-0. The 30 year-old right-hander had also limited Baltimore and Cleveland to a lone hit during his last two starts the previous season.
1990 At the SkyDome in Toronto, George Bush becomes the first U.S. president to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in Canada. After the international toss, the Blue Jays beat the visiting Rangers, 2-1.
1990 Detroit skipper Sparky Anderson decides to walk Wade Boggs intentionally three times, tying a major league mark for a nine-inning game. The Tigers’ strategy pays off in preventing additional runs from scoring, but the team still drops a 4-2 decision to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1992 Dave Eiland hits his only big-league home run in his first major league at-bat and becomes the first hurler to accomplish the feat which also allows a homer to the first batter he faced in the major leagues. In 1988, as a rookie for the Yankees, the Padres right-hander gave up a round-tripper to Paul Molitor, who was the first batter he faced in his big league debut.
1997 Alex Fernandez, making his first appearance in Chicago since leaving the White Sox after signing with the Marlins as a free agent in the offseason, comes within two outs from pitching a no-hitter at Wrigley Field. Cubs’ pinch-hitter Dave Hansen’s infield hit off the pitcher’s glove breaks up the no-no, but the right-hander’s one-hitter hands the Northsiders a 1-0 loss, with the team falling to 0-8, the worst start in the club’s 122-year history.
1998 “Well I love that dirty water
Oh, Boston, you’re my home
(Oh, you’re the number one place)”
Following the lead of the NHL’s Bruins and the NFL’s Patriots, the Red Sox begin playing Ed Cobb’s Dirty Water, a song sung by the Standells known for its iconic lyrics, ‘Boston you’re my home,’ after the home team wins. The debut of the Fenway Park tradition is memorable when the inaugural use of the team’s victory anthem plays on the PA system as Mo Vaughn is circling the bases following his walk-off grand slam, giving the BoSox, who had entered the frame trailing by five runs, an improbable 9-7 walk-off victory over Seattle.
1998 Trailing Arizona 4-2 at Qualcomm Stadium with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Steve Finley erases the two-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The Padres’ center fielder, who will accomplish the feat again in 2004, hits the game-ending round-tripper off Felix Rodriguez.
2000 Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 400 home runs when he goes deep into the left-field seats off Rolando Arrojo in the fourth inning of the Reds’ 7-5 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. Thirty year-old ‘Junior’ reaches the milestone 107 days younger than Jimmie Foxx, who accomplished the feat in 1938 playing with the Red Sox.
2003 Astros’ outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds’ National League record when he hits his 31st career leadoff homer, a shot off Cincinnati’s Danny Graves in Houston’s 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park. Rickey Henderson holds the major league mark, homering 80 times as the first batter for his team.
2003 In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado’s first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro’s soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.
2006 During the Devil Rays’ home opener, a snippet of More Cowbell, a skit from Saturday Night Live, originally aired in the spring of 2000, is shown at Tropicana Field. The use of the video clip, suggested by the team’s new principal owner Stuart Sternberg, will inspire the Tampa Bay fans to start the tradition of clanging bells at the ballpark during games.
2006 Rather than exploit the free-agent market next season, David Ortiz agrees to a $52 million, four-year contract extension with the Red Sox. The deal, which keeps the popular designated hitter in Boston until 2010, also contains a team option for 2011.
2007 After four days of weather-induced postponements, including blinding snow and sub-freezing temperatures, the Cleveland Indians play their home opener on the road, beating the Angels at Miller Park in Milwaukee, 7-6. The last time a series changed venues, the games were played in U.S. Cellular Field when the Marlins hosted the Expos in Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan hitting Miami in September of 2004.
2012 The Marlins suspends their manager Ozzie Guillen five games after he praises Fidel Castro in a magazine interview. The comments of the outspoken skipper deeply offend the large Cuban exile community living in Miami, many of whom were victimized by the dictator.
2012 The Indians announce Carlos Santana has signed a five-year extension, with a club option for a sixth year, reportedly worth $21 million. The 26 year-old catcher joins the team’s shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who signed a two-year extension last week with the Tribe, as a player with less than three years of service locked up through their arbitration-eligible years.
2012 Vin Scully misses the Dodgers’ home opener for the first time in 35 years when doctors order the 84 year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster to rest as he recovers from a bad cold. The last time the team’s play-by-play announcer was absent from the season’s first home game he was calling the first round of the Masters in 1977.
2013 The Red Sox regular-season span of 794 sellouts ends when a less-than capacity crowd attends the team’s 8-5 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park, easily surpassing the previous baseball record of 455 full houses at Jacobs Field, established by the Indians from 1995 to 2001. With the addition of postseason games bringing to the total to 820, the franchise also passed the Portland Trailblazers’ mark of 814 consecutive sold-out contests, making Boston’s stretch the longest in the history of major professional sports.
2014 Twenty-four year-old sophomore hurler Danny Salazar strikes out ten White Sox batters in 3.2 innings during the Indians’ loss at U.S. Cellular Field, marking the first time since 1914 that a starting pitcher whiffed ten batters without finishing the fourth frame. The right-hander gives up five earned runs and six hits and gets all his outs via the strikeout, except for Adam Eaton, who is thrown out at second base, trying to stretch a single into a double for the first out in the third inning.
2015 Mound opponents Cubs Travis Wood and Tyler Matzek of the Rockies each hit eighth in their team’s lineup, marking just the 12th time in major league history that both pitchers have not batted ninth in the same game. The last time this occurred was in 2008 when the Cardinals, led by Tony La Russa, who frequently employed his hurler in that slot, played the Pirates.
2015 Mark Buehrle becomes the 113th pitcher in major league history to win 200 games when he hurls six solid innings in Toronto’s 12-5 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 36 year-old southpaw, who has also played for the White Sox and Marlins, is the second pitcher to reach the milestone while wearing a Blue Jays uniform, joining Roger Clemens, who accomplished the feat in 1997.
2015 At Great American Ball Park, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman throws a 101 mph fastball by Matt Holliday to get the last out in the team’s 5-4 victory over St. Louis, making the fireballer the leader in saves by a Cuban-born player with 115. The 27 year-old Holguin native surpasses Pinar del Rio’s Danys Baez, who, beginning in 2001, closed for six teams during his ten-year tenure in the major leagues.
2015 The Red Sox take six hours and 49 minutes to beat New York at Yankee Stadium, making the contest the longest game in franchise history. The 19-inning victory lasts 14 minutes longer to complete than a 2001 loss to the Rangers in Texas.
2017 Wil Myers completes the second cycle in Padres’ history when he triples in the top of the 8th inning of team’s 5-3 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. The 26 year-old first baseman joins Matt Kemp, who accomplished the feat two seasons ago after the franchise had gone 35 years without one.
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|NY Mets||2||2||.500||1.5||1 – 0||1 – 2||2 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 2||W 1|
|Atlanta||3||4||.429||2||1 – 0||2 – 4||3 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 4||W 3|
|Washington||1||3||.250||2.5||1 – 2||0 – 1||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 1||1 – 3||L 3|
|Miami||1||6||.143||4||1 – 5||0 – 1||0 – 1||0 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 6||L 4|
|Cincinnati||6||1||.857||–||5 – 1||1 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 1||1 – 0||6 – 1||W 6|
|St. Louis||5||2||.714||1||1 – 0||4 – 2||3 – 0||2 – 2||0 – 0||5 – 2||W 4|
|Chi Cubs||4||3||.571||2||3 – 3||1 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 3||0 – 0||4 – 3||W 1|
|Milwaukee||3||4||.429||3||1 – 2||2 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 4||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||1||6||.143||5||0 – 1||1 – 5||0 – 0||1 – 6||0 – 0||1 – 6||L 6|
|LA Dodgers||6||2||.750||–||1 – 0||5 – 2||1 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||6 – 2||W 1|
|San Diego||5||3||.625||1||4 – 3||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 3||5 – 3||W 1|
|San Francisco||4||3||.571||1.5||1 – 0||3 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||4 – 3||W 2|
|Colorado||3||5||.375||3||3 – 4||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 5||3 – 5||L 1|
|Arizona||2||6||.250||4||0 – 1||2 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 1||2 – 5||2 – 6||L 3|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Brooklyn||36||16||.692||—||22-6||14-10||6-2||19-11||8-2||2 W|
|2 Philadelphia||35||17||.673||1.0||20-5||15-12||9-2||24-7||6-4||1 L|
|3 Milwaukee||32||20||.615||4.0||18-8||14-12||9-0||18-10||4-6||3 L|
|4 Charlotte||27||24||.529||8.5||13-9||14-15||7-1||15-11||7-3||2 W|
|5 Atlanta||28||25||.528||8.5||14-10||14-15||3-3||14-12||6-4||1 W|
|6 Miami||27||25||.519||9.0||15-13||12-12||5-5||16-15||5-5||1 W|
|7 Boston||27||26||.509||9.5||17-10||10-16||4-6||18-14||6-4||2 W|
|8 New York||26||27||.491||10.5||15-10||11-17||1-8||18-17||5-5||1 W|
|9 Indiana||24||27||.471||11.5||9-15||15-12||5-4||14-17||5-5||2 W|
|10 Chicago||22||29||.431||13.5||10-16||12-13||4-3||12-12||3-7||1 L|
|11 Toronto||20||32||.385||16.0||11-14||9-18||3-5||13-18||3-7||2 L|
|12 Cleveland||19||32||.373||16.5||11-13||8-19||3-5||13-14||4-6||2 W|
|13 Washington||19||32||.373||16.5||10-16||9-16||2-7||8-23||4-6||2 W|
|14 Orlando||17||35||.327||19.0||10-17||7-18||4-5||10-19||3-7||4 L|
|15 Detroit||16||36||.308||20.0||9-15||7-21||0-9||10-22||4-6||1 W|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||39||13||.750||—||23-2||16-11||4-2||17-8||8-2||1 W|
|2 Phoenix||36||15||.706||2.5||19-8||17-7||5-3||22-9||8-2||1 L|
|3 LA Clippers||36||18||.667||4.0||21-8||15-10||8-2||22-10||8-2||4 W|
|4 Denver||34||18||.654||5.0||18-9||16-9||7-1||18-11||9-1||8 W|
|5 LA Lakers||32||20||.615||7.0||16-11||16-9||3-6||20-11||4-6||1 L|
|6 Portland||30||21||.588||8.5||15-10||15-11||4-5||16-14||5-5||2 L|
|7 Dallas||29||22||.569||9.5||13-10||16-12||5-3||16-15||7-3||1 W|
|8 Memphis||26||24||.520||12.0||12-14||14-10||4-5||12-17||6-4||1 L|
|9 San Antonio||24||26||.480||14.0||12-17||12-9||4-6||13-19||2-8||5 L|
|10 Golden State||24||28||.462||15.0||15-10||9-18||3-7||12-14||2-8||1 L|
|11 New Orleans||23||29||.442||16.0||15-13||8-16||6-3||13-17||5-5||1 W|
|12 Sacramento||22||30||.423||17.0||12-15||10-15||4-5||10-14||5-5||5 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||32||.385||19.0||9-18||11-14||3-7||11-20||2-8||5 L|
|14 Houston||14||38||.269||25.0||7-19||7-19||5-7||10-20||2-8||1 L|
|15 Minnesota||13||40||.245||26.5||8-17||5-23||3-6||9-22||3-7||2 L|
|New York Islanders||41||26||11||4||56||22||122||96||17-2-2||9-9-2||7-3-0|
|New York Rangers||40||19||16||5||43||18||131||109||9-7-3||10-9-2||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||39||14||19||6||34||14||101||127||4-14-3||10-5-3||3-5-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||39||26||11||2||54||26||127||92||15-4-2||11-7-0||5-4-1|
|St. Louis Blues||40||18||16||6||42||16||116||126||6-9-4||12-7-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||39||18||17||4||40||13||111||129||8-7-2||10-10-2||7-3-0|
|Los Angeles Kings||39||15||18||6||36||14||106||115||7-7-4||8-11-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||40||27||10||3||57||26||133||100||13-6-2||14-4-1||8-1-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||40||27||11||2||56||26||138||101||15-4-0||12-7-2||5-5-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||42||15||19||8||38||13||106||137||8-7-6||7-12-2||2-7-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||42||13||23||6||32||13||91||135||9-9-4||4-14-2||3-5-2|