MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL 4

5:14 p.m.: Houston vs. Baylor….GAME PREVIEW: https://www.thescore.com/ncaab/events/529007/PREVIEW

8:34 p.m.: UCLA vs. Gonzaga….GAME PREVIEW: https://www.thescore.com/ncaab/events/529008/PREVIEW

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL – NCAA TOURNAMENT

Stanford 66 South Carolina 65….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/wcbk/events/954173/stats

Arizona 69 Connecticut 59….GAMNE STATS: https://www.thescore.com/wcbk/events/927028/stats

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

McCutcheon 13 DeKalb 11

Mt. Vernon 8 Noblesville 4

Shelbyville 11 East Central 9

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Lawrence North 10 Richmond 0

Fishers 10 McCutcheon 2

Avon 12 Harrison 9

Hagerstown 8 Franklin County 7

Center Grove 5 Pendleton Heights 3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tampa Bay 6 Miami 4…GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74458/stats

San Francisco 6 Seattle 3….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74394/stats

Baltimore 3 Boston 0….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/72999/stats

Chicago White Sox 12 LA Angels 8..GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73115/stats

Houston 9 Oakland 5…..GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74524/stats

LA Dodgers 11 Colorado 6….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/72795/stats

San Diego 4 Arizona 2….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73802/stats

NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 130 Golden State 77….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522404/stats

Boston 118 Houston 102….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522405/stats

Dallas 99 New York 86…GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522406/stats

Charlotte 114 Indiana 97….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522408/stats

Memphis 120 Minnesota 108….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522407/stats

Atlanta 126 New Orleans 103….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522409/stats

Utah 113 Chicago 106….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522410/stats

Phoenix 140 Oklahoma City 103….GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522412/stats

Milwaukee 127 Portland 109…..GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522413/stats

LA Lakers 115 Sacramento 94…..GAME STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522411/stats

NHL SCOREBOARD

Washington 2 New Jersey 1

Toronto 2 Winnipeg 1

Edmonton 3 Calgary 2

Colorado 3 St. Louis 2

Arizona 4 Anaheim 2

San Jose 3 Los Angeles 0

PGA LEADERBOARD-TEXAS OPEN

Valero Texas Open
Apr. 1-4, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Cameron Tringale6669  -9 (135)F
2tMatt Wallace6968  -7 (137)F
2tJordan Spieth6770  -7 (137)F
4tKevin Stadler6970  -5 (139)F
4tKyle Stanley7168  -5 (139)F
4tErik van Rooyen7168  -5 (139)F
4tBrandt Snedeker7267  -5 (139)F
8tMatt Kuchar7070  -4 (140)F
8tLucas Glover7367  -4 (140)F
8tBrandon Hagy7070  -4 (140)F
8tCamilo Villegas6476  -4 (140)F
8tAnirban Lahiri7169  -4 (140)F
8tDoc Redman7268  -4 (140)F
14tRafa Cabrera Bello7071  -3 (141)F
14tRory Sabbatini7170  -3 (141)F
14tHideki Matsuyama6774  -3 (141)F
14tKeith Mitchell7269  -3 (141)F
14tCharley Hoffman7566  -3 (141)F
19tSung Kang6676  -2 (142)F
19tSebastian Munoz6874  -2 (142)F
19tChase Seiffert7270  -2 (142)F
19tCameron Davis7171  -2 (142)F
23tSeung-yul Noh6776  -1 (143)F
23tNick Taylor7370  -1 (143)F
23tPat Perez7073  -1 (143)F
23tAdam Hadwin7073  -1 (143)F
23tSepp Straka7172  -1 (143)F
23tKyoung-Hoon Lee7073  -1 (143)F
23tRyan Moore7172  -1 (143)F
23tGary Woodland7172  -1 (143)F
23tRyan Palmer7271  -1 (143)F
32tLuke List7371  E (144)F
32tPadraig Harrington7074  E (144)F
32tMartin Trainer7074  E (144)F
32tSi Woo Kim7272  E (144)F
32tMatthew NeSmith7371  E (144)F
32tCharl Schwartzel7173  E (144)F
32tRickie Fowler7668  E (144)F
32tJimmy Walker7272  E (144)F
32tKeegan Bradley7173  E (144)F
32tTyler Duncan7371  E (144)F
32tChris Kirk7272  E (144)F
32tTom Hoge6876  E (144)F
44tJohn Huh7273  +1 (145)F
44tMartin Laird7273  +1 (145)F
44tChesson Hadley7372  +1 (145)F
44tJoseph Bramlett7273  +1 (145)F
44tVincent Whaley6976  +1 (145)F
44tTom Lewis7372  +1 (145)F
44tDenny McCarthy7174  +1 (145)F
44tAbraham Ancer7273  +1 (145)F
44tTroy Merritt7669  +1 (145)F
44tCorey Conners7174  +1 (145)F
44tAaron Wise7570  +1 (145)F
44tGraeme McDowell7471  +1 (145)F
44tPatton Kizzire7174  +1 (145)F
44tD.J. Trahan7471  +1 (145)F
44tVaughn Taylor7174  +1 (145)F
44tGreyson Sigg7372  +1 (145)F
44tSebastian Cappelen7471  +1 (145)F
61tWill Gordon7274  +2 (146)F
61tK.J. Choi7274  +2 (146)F
61tKelly Kraft7571  +2 (146)F
61tCameron Champ7769  +2 (146)F
61tJoel Dahmen7472  +2 (146)F
61tLanto Griffin7571  +2 (146)F
61tBeau Hossler7472  +2 (146)F
61tDoug Ghim7472  +2 (146)F
61tSam Fidone7472  +2 (146)F
61tKristoffer Ventura7472  +2 (146)F
61tBen Martin7373  +2 (146)F
61tScottie Scheffler6878  +2 (146)F
61tBranden Grace7571  +2 (146)F
61tBrendan Steele7076  +2 (146)F
61tScott Stallings7769  +2 (146)F
61tBo Van Pelt7472  +2 (146)F
61tTain Lee7373  +2 (146)F
61tRafael Campos7274  +2 (146)F

LPGA LEADERBOARD

ANA Inspiration
Apr. 1-4, Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Patty Tavatanakit6669  -9 (135)F
2Shanshan Feng6769  -8 (136)F
3Moriya Jutanugarn6869  -7 (137)F
4tAnna Nordqvist6870  -6 (138)F
4tCharley Hull6969  -6 (138)F
6tGeorgia Hall6970  -5 (139)F
6tInbee Park7069  -5 (139)F
6tJin Young Ko6970  -5 (139)F
6tSophia Popov7069  -5 (139)F
6tMirim Lee6970  -5 (139)F
6tLydia Ko7069  -5 (139)F
12tDani Holmqvist7070  -4 (140)F
12tNanna Koerstz Madsen7268  -4 (140)F
12tYui Kawamoto7169  -4 (140)F
12tLeona Maguire6773  -4 (140)F
12tPajaree Anannarukarn7169  -4 (140)F
12tYuka Saso6971  -4 (140)F
12tGaby Lopez7367  -4 (140)F
12tChristina Kim7070  -4 (140)F
20tJennifer Kupcho6972  -3 (141)F
20tAustin Ernst7368  -3 (141)F
20tAlly Ewing7170  -3 (141)F
20tMegan Khang6873  -3 (141)F
20tNelly Korda7170  -3 (141)F
20tJeongeun Lee7170  -3 (141)F
26tAmy Olson7369  -2 (142)F
26tRyann O’Toole7171  -2 (142)F
26tDanielle Kang7270  -2 (142)F
26tGerina Piller7072  -2 (142)F
26tJaye Marie Green7171  -2 (142)F
26tGabriela Ruffels7270  -2 (142)F
26tHannah Green7171  -2 (142)F
26tMi Jung Hur7171  -2 (142)F
26tYu Liu7171  -2 (142)F
26tLexi Thompson7072  -2 (142)F
26tMinjee Lee7270  -2 (142)F
26tAzahara Munoz7072  -2 (142)F
38tSei Young Kim7271  -1 (143)F
38tAriya Jutanugarn6875  -1 (143)F
38tLauren Stephenson7172  -1 (143)F
38tBrittany Lincicome7370  -1 (143)F
38tAmy Yang7073  -1 (143)F
38tBronte Law6974  -1 (143)F
44tPernilla Lindberg7272  E (144)F
44tNasa Hataoka7569  E (144)F
44tKelly Tan7173  E (144)F
44tEun-Hee Ji7272  E (144)F
44tXiyu Lin7272  E (144)F
44tCeline Boutier7569  E (144)F
44tMi Hyang Lee7371  E (144)F
44tCaroline Masson7371  E (144)F
44tLinnea Strom7569  E (144)F
44tJennifer Song7272  E (144)F
44tBrooke Henderson7569  E (144)F
44tStephanie Meadow7173  E (144)F
44tMel Reid7173  E (144)F
44tCydney Clanton7470  E (144)F
44tSo Yeon Ryu7272  E (144)F
59tAditi Ashok7372  +1 (145)F
59tStacy Lewis7669  +1 (145)F
59tCristie Kerr7273  +1 (145)F
59tHee Young Park7372  +1 (145)F
59tJessica Korda6976  +1 (145)F
59tKristen Gillman7273  +1 (145)F
59tJenny Shin7174  +1 (145)F
59tNicole Broch Larsen7174  +1 (145)F
59tHyo Joo Kim7273  +1 (145)F
59tAngela Stanford7273  +1 (145)F
59tAngel Yin7273  +1 (145)F
59tMaria Torres7372  +1 (145)F
59tPornanong Phatlum7075  +1 (145)F

INDIANA STATE BASKETBALL FINALS SATURDAY

Class A State Championship | 10 am ET

Kouts (29-2) vs. Barr-Reeve (28-2) 

Class 2A State Championship | 1:30 pm ET

Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (27-3) vs. Parke Heritage (27-3)

Class 3A State Championship | 5 pm ET

Leo (24-4) vs. Silver Creek (24-4) 

Class 4A State Championship | 8:30 pm ET

Carmel (25-2) vs. Lawrence North (28-2) 

PLAYERS TO WATCH TODAY IN THE STATE FINALS

Hunter Kneifel, Kouts: 10.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 62% FG

Parker Kneifel, Kouts: 9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 62.2 % FG,  48.7 %-3FG

Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek: 21.4 points, 11.2 rebounds,  64% FG

Christian Johnson, Parke Heritage: 16.3 points, 6.8 rebounds.

Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek: 25.0 points, 11.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists

Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve: 19.4 points and 9.2 rebounds, 64% FG

D.J. Hughes, Lawrence North: 13.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 68.2% FG

Connor Gioia, Carmel: 6.5 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds

Brycen Graber, Barr-Reeve: 8.0 asst., 6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds

C.J. Gunn, Lawrence North: 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds

Blake Davison, Leo: 16.8 points, 3.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds

Riley Ferguson, Parke Heritage: 12.4 points, 2.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds

Caleb Furst, FW Blackhawk Christian: 21.5 points, 14.3 rebounds, 66.4% FG

Marcus Davidson, FW Blackhawk Christian: 12.9 points, 3.6 assists and 2.9 rebounds

Connor Davis, Parke Heritage: 14.6 points, 8.0 rebounds,  64% FG

TOP HEADLINES

INDIANA STATE BOYS BASKETBALL FINALS-SATURDAY APRIL 3

IHSAA RELEASE

(1A CHAMPIONSHIP)

KOUTS (29-2) vs. BARR-REEVE (28-2)

SATURDAY, APR. 3  10 AM ET  BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE

KOUTS MUSTANGS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Kevin Duzan Record at Kouts: 107-43 (6th Year) Overall: 150-105 (11th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #3, Coaches Poll (Single Class): NR

An IHSAA member school since 1919, Kouts is playing in the state finals for the first time in any sport.  With a victory, Mustangs would become first 30-win Class A state champion of the multiple class era.  Mustangs rank fourth in the state in scoring (75.8 ppg) and fifth in margin of victory (23.1 ppg).  Team has reeled off 20 straight victories to reach the state championship game.  Champions of the Porter County Conference with a 7-0 record this season.  The state championship game against top-ranked Barr-Reeve will be the first ranked team the Mustangs have faced this tournament.  Won first sectional championship since 2012 with its 67-53 win over Washington Township on March 6.n Won first regional title since 2001 with its 56-42 victory over Triton on March 13.

Season Results (29-2)

11/24 Marquette Catholic W 87-71

11/27 at Hebron W 90-63

12/4 at Covenant Christian W 92-30

12/5 Kankakee Valley W 85-43

12/11 South Central W 91-58

12/12 South Bend Clay W 93-59

12/26 Bloomington South L 50-41

12/28 Terre Haute South Vigo W 80-61

12/29 Cloverdale W 68-50

12/30 Linton-Stockton W 40-35

1/12 Andrean L 73-59

1/15 at Washington Township W 92-53

1/16 Rensselaer Central W 72-53

1/19 Westville W 84-60

1/21 at South Central W 69-44

1/23 at Boone Grove W 79-50

1/29 at Boone Grove W 63-52

1/30 Westville W 87-60

2/11 Morgan Township W 58-44

2/12 at 21st Century Charter – Gary W 68-67

2/17 at Lake Station Edison W 89-46

2/19 Hanover Central W 62-32

2/20 Lowell W 69-62

2/23 at River Forest W 78-49

2/26 LaCrosse W 83-42

Kouts Sectional

3/2 Hammond Academy W 112-45

3/5 Morgan Township W 85-56

3/6 Washington Township W 67-53

Triton Regional

3/13 Fremont W 66-62

3/13 Triton W 56-42

Lafayette Jeff erson Semi-State

3/20 Southwood W 86-70

BARR-REEVE VIKINGS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Josh Thompson Record at Barr-Reeve: 79-6 (3rd Year) Overall: 189-162 (14th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #1 Coaches Poll (Single Class): #9

Top-ranked Barr-Reeve making school’s seventh state championship game appearance and looking for second title in boys basketball.  School looking for second state championship this school year after volleyball team won the Class 2A crown on Nov. 7.  Vikings have appeared in five Class A title games in last 12 years.  Team’s only losses have come to other state finalist teams. Lost at 4A finalist Carmel 57-55 in OT on Dec. 23 and lost to 2A finalist Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 75-66 as part of the Hall of Fame Classic in New Castle on Dec. 30.  Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #4 North Daviess 40-38 in the sectional semifinal def. #2 Loogootee 56-38 to win fourth straight sectional title def. #8 Tindley 72-25 to claim semi-state championship  Champions of the Blue Chip Conference with an 7-0 record this season. Head coach Josh Thompson is in his third year coaching Barr Reeve and 14th season overall. He was a member of Bloomfield High School’s Class A state runner-up team in 1998.

Season Results (28-2)

12/5 at Vincennes Rivet W 75-26

12/8 Bloomington South W 41-36

12/11 Southridge W 52-19

12/12 North Harrison W 61-38

12/15 North Knox W 81-30

12/17 Northeast Dubois W 77-25

12/23 at Carmel L 55-57

12/30 Fort Wayne Blackhawk L 66-75

12/30 Blackford W 71-46

1/2 at Washington W 72-45

1/5 at Orleans W 53-42

1/8 Evansville Mater Dei W 67-31

1/15 Loogootee W 67-64

1/16 at North Daviess W 39-38

1/23 Heritage Hills W 59-35

1/29 at Shoals W 78-27

1/30 Castle W 61-54

2/1 at Wood Memorial W 67-28

2/4 at Jasper W 56-54

2/12 South Knox W 51-32

2/13 Eminence W 96-47

2/20 at Rock Creek Academy W 71-45

2/26 at Bloomfi eld W 54-41

2/27 Shakamak W 69-39

North Daviess Sectional

3/2 Washington Catholic W 81-24

3/5 North Daviess W 40-38

3/6 Loogootee W 56-38

Loogootee Regional

3/13 Trinity Lutheran W 63-38

3/13 Lanesville W 64-34

Washington Semi-State

3/20 Indianapolis Tindley W 72-25

(2A CHAMPIONSHIP)

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN (27-3) vs. PARKE HERITAGE (27-3)

SATURDAY, APR. 3  1:30 PM ET  BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE

BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN BRAVES CAPSULE

Head Coach: Marc Davidson Record at Blackhawk: 173-50 (8th Year) Overall: 258-120 (18th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #1 Coaches Poll (Single Class): #5

Top-ranked Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian making school’s third appearance in state finals and first in Class 2A. Team has won 10 straight games. School chasing second state championship in three years. High-scoring Braves lead state in that category at 82.7 points per game and also lead state in margin of victory at 25.5 points per game. Braves have defeated three other state finalist teams this season, two in overtime. Beat 3A Silver Creek 94-84 in 2OT on Dec. 12, beat 1A Barr-Reeve 75-66 in OT in the HOF Classic on Dec. 30, and beat 3A Leo 74-42 on Feb. 23. Team outscoring six tournament opponents by 29.8 ppg (80.1- 50.3 ppg). n Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #8 Blackford 88-61 for the semi-state championship.

Season Results (27-3)

12/1 FW North Side W 98-48

12/4 New Haven W 86-33

12/5 Hamilton (OH) W 57-30

12/12 Silver Creek W 94-84

12/18 at FW Canterbury W 82-42

12/22 Gary Lighthouse CPA W 118-75

12/30 Barr-Reeve W 75-66

12/30 Shenandoah W 66-59

1/7 at FW Wayne W 77-42

1/9 FW Concordia W 107-63

1/12 at Homestead L 72-60

1/16 FW Luers W 87-71

1/21 Bowman Academy W 91-63

1/23 Lakewood Park Christian W 107-26

1/26 FW Dwenger W 57-49

2/4 at FW South Side W 89-44

2/6 Indianapolis Tindley W 67-50

2/9 at FW Snider W 88-81

2/12 Indianapolis Cathedral L 86-78

2/13 Elevation Prep L 90-82

2/17 at Marion W 89-71

2/20 at Indianapolis Attucks W 75-72

2/23 at Leo W 74-42

2/25 FW Northrop W 95-53

Bluff ton Sectional

3/2 Bluffton W 86-44

3/5 Whitko W 78-39

3/6 FW Canterbury W 93-51

North Judson-San Pierre Regional

3/13 Churubusco W 68-55

3/13 Bowman Academy W 68-52

Elkhart Semi-State

3/20 Blackford W 88-61

PARKE HERITAGE WOLVES CAPSULE

Head Coach: Rich Schelsky Record at PH: 58-22 (3rd Year) Overall: 77-52 (5th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #5 Coaches Poll (Single Class): NR

Fifth-ranked Parke Heritage making school’s first state finals appearance in any sport. Parke Heritage is a two-and-a-half year old consolidation of Rockville and Turkey Run high schools in west central Indiana. Team aiming for state championship in just its third state tournament. One of two three-time state finalists (Kouts, Leo) in this year’s event. Wolves rank 12th in state in points allowed (42.1 ppg).  Champions of the Wabash River Conference with a 7-0 record this season. Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #2 Shenandoah 52-33 to win its first regional crown on March 13. Wolves won school’s first sectional championship a year ago prior to the pandemic.

Season Results (27-3)

11/28 North Knox W 60-53

11/28 at Linton L 56-65

12/4 at Riverton Parke W 82-45

12/5 South Vermillion W 56-42

12/12 North Putnam W 57-44

12/19 at South Putnam W 74-36

12/26 North Central (Farmersburg) W 60-47

12/28 Greencastle L 51-63

12/29 Northview W 47-45

1/2 Crawfordsville W 60-52

1/8 at North Vermillion W 81-33

1/15 at Covington W 62-48

1/16 at Cloverdale W 65-48

1/23 Cascade W 64-41

1/26 South Vermillion W 50-38

1/29 at Riverton Parke W 73-44

1/30 at Lafayette Jefferson L 49-54

2/4 Attica W 63-15

2/6 Tri-West W 62-48

2/12 Fountain Central W 74-36

2/13 Lafayette Central Catholic W 46-30

2/19 Seeger W 64-38

2/23 at Southmont W 64-54

Cloverdale Sectional

3/2 Cloverdale W 48-25

3/5 Southmont W 66-34

3/6 North Putnam W 48-42

Greenfield-Central Regional

3/13 Triton Central W 47-30

3/13 Shenandoah W 52-33

Washington Semi-State

3/20 Southridge W 40-36

(3A CHAMPIONSHIP)

LEO (24-4) vs. SILVER CREEK (24-4)

SATURDAY, APR. 3  5 PM ET  BANKERS LIFE FIELDHOUSE

LEO LIONS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Cary Cogdell Record at Leo: 240-151 (17th Year) Overall: 251-181 (19th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #9 Coaches Poll (Single Class): NR

Leo making school’s first appearance in the boys basketball state finals. Lions rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat South Bend St. Joseph 61-59 in the semi-state championship. Blake Davison connected on a runner high off the glass with 1.3 seconds remaining for the final margin. Lions won first 11 games of the season but dropped three of the last four regular season games before getting hot in the tournament. Leo is one of three first-time state finalists (Kouts, Parke Heritage) in this year’s event.  Champions of the Northeast 8 Conference with a 7-0 record this season. Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #5 South Bend St. Joseph 61-59 for first semi-state title n Fell to 2A finalist Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 74-42 on Feb. 23. Avenged a regular season loss to Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger with a 55-45 win for its second straight sectional crown on March 6. Head coach Cary Cogdell is a 1994 graduate of Leo High School and played on sectional championship teams as a junior and senior.

Season Results (24-4)

11/28 at Fort Wayne South Side W 66-56

12/2 Fort Wayne Wayne W 49-39

12/4 Fort Wayne Snider W 91-84

12/8 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers W 57-51

12/19 Shenandoah W 59-43

12/21 Fort Wayne Concordia W 75-57

12/30 at Warsaw W 69-55

1/5 at Fort Wayne Canterbury W 74-33

1/9 Norwell W 53-43

1/15 New Haven W 68-52

1/23 at East Noble W 46-30

1/25 at Fort Wayne North Side L 68-72

1/27 at Huntington North W 44-37

1/30 Bellmont W 47-43

2/6 Carroll (Fort Wayne) W 39-37

2/8 at DeKalb W 57-53

2/9 Angola W 62-43

2/12 Columbia City W 69-52

2/17 at FW Bishop Dwenger L 56-60

2/19 at Lakewood Park W 70-35

2/23 Fort Wayne Blackhawk L 42-74

2/26 at Woodlan L 43-46

Woodlan Sectional

3/3 Angola W 64-38

3/5 Fort Wayne Bishop Luers W 76-70

3/6 FW Bishop Dwenger W 55-45

New Castle Regional

3/13 Mississinewa W 79-43

3/13 Northwood W 47-46

Elkhart Semi-State

3/20 South Bend St. Joseph W 61-59

SILVER CREEK DRAGONS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Brandon Hoffman Record at SC: 200-73 (11th Year) Overall: 200-73 (11th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #2 Coaches Poll (Single Class): #9

Silver Creek returns to boys basketball state championship game for second time in three years aiming for second title. Dragons will look to replicate the school’s girls team which won the 3A state title on Feb. 27. With a victory, Silver Creek would become third school to achieve the girls-boys sweep in the same year (Oregon-Davis 2007, Warren Central 2018). Team enters state championship game on a 13-game win streak. n Finished second in the Mid-Southern Conference with an 8-1 record this season.  Silver Creek avenged one of its regular season losses defeating #8 conference champion North Harrison 44-41 in the sectional semifinals. Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #8 North Harrison 44-41 in the sectional semifinals def. #4 Heritage Hills 52-48 in the regional semifinals def. #6 Guerin Catholic 54-46 for semi-state crown. Fell to 2A finalist Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 94-84 in 2OT on Dec. 12. Head coach Brandon Hoffman is a 1998 Silver Creek graduate where he play basketball all four years for the Dragons.

Season Results (24-4)

11/25 at Columbus East W 106-81

12/1 at Charlestown W 78-31

12/4 Clarksville W 76-38

12/11 at North Harrison L 61-63

12/12 Fort Wayne Blackhawk L 84-94

12/18 Jeffersonville W 77-67

12/29 Providence W 62-41

12/30 Clarksville W 95-49

01/02 Bedford North Lawrence W 74-51

1/8 Eastern (Pekin) W 95-34

1/15 at Brownstown Central W 61-40

1/16 Bloomington North W 94-74

1/22 at New Albany L 72-81

1/29 at Madison W 69-56

1/30 at Bloomington South L 41-42

2/4 at Salem W 105-66

2/9 at Floyd Central W 68-59

2/12 Scottsburg W 94-46

2/19 Corydon Central W 92-54

2/20 Plainfield W 68-61

2/24 Austin W 87-51

2/26 Seymour W 72-56

Charlestown Sectional

3/2 Corydon Central W 77-42

3/5 North Harrison W 44-41

3/6 Madison W 83-71

Washington Regional

3/13 Heritage Hills W 52-48

3/13 Connersville W 31-30

Seymour Semi-State

3/20 Guerin Catholic W 54-46

(4A CHAMPIONSHIP)

CARMEL (25-2) vs. LAWRENCE NORTH (28-2)

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CARMEL GREYHOUNDS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Ryan Osborn Record at Carmel: 90-18 (4th Year) Overall: 90-18 (4th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #2 Coaches Poll (Single Class): #2

Carmel returns to its third state championship game in four years aiming for school’s fifth boys basketball crown. With a win, Carmel would become fourth school with five or more state championships (Marion, Muncie Central, Washington). Greyhounds will face conference rival Lawrence North in the third straight 4A title game between Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference teams. Second meeting this season between the two schools following the Greyhounds’ 63-49 road win on Feb. 4. Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #1 Homestead 60-49 in regional semifinals def. #8 Lafayette Jefferson 50-49 for regional title def. 10 Gary West Side 53-50 in OT for semi-state crown Carmel defense ranks sixth in the state allowing only 40.4 ppg. Both regular season losses were one-point decisions – 51-50 vs. Indianapolis Cathedral and 35-34 at Fishers. Champions of the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference with a 7-0 record this season.

Season Results (25-2)

11/24 Columbus North W 61-51

12/4 Lawrence Central W 64-35

12/5 Zionsville W 49-34

12/11 at Noblesville W 64-36

12/18 at North Central W 56-49

12/19 at New Albany W 50-42

12/23 Barr-Reeve W 57-55

12/30 Anderson W 44-30

1/8 at Center Grove W 51-44

1/9 Westfield W 54-30

1/13 Cathedral L 50-51

1/19 at Perry Meridian W 58-34

1/22 at Pike W 73-55

1/23 Brownsburg W 58-45

1/29 Ben Davis W 67-41

1/30 at New Castle W 72-25

2/4 at Lawrence North W 63-49

2/5 at Fishers L 34-35

2/12 Hamilton Southeastern W 49-30

2/13 at Carroll W 43-34

2/19 Warren Central W 56-47

2/23 at Crispus Attucks W 64-32

Carmel Sectional

3/5 Hamilton Southeastern W 46-33

3/6 Westfield W 53-27

Logansport Regional

3/13 Homestead W 60-49

3/13 Lafayette Jefferson W 50-49

Lafayette Jefferson Semi-State

3/20 Gary West Side W 53-50

LAWRENCE NORTH WILDCATS CAPSULE

Head Coach: Jack Keefer Record at LN: 787-304 (45th Year) Overall: 848-330 (49th Year)

Associated Press Poll (Four Classes): #3 Coaches Poll (Single Class): #3

Lawrence North making its fifth appearance in the state finals, aiming for fifth crown in boys basketball and first since 2006.  With a win, Lawrence North would become fourth school with five or more state championships (Marion, Muncie Central, Washington).  Wildcats, riding a 12-game winning streak, are 4-0 in previous state championship games.  Second meeting this season between the two schools following the Wildcats’ 63-49 home loss on Feb. 4.  Ranked teams they’ve faced this tournament: def. #5 Indianapolis Cathedral 75-63 in sectional first round def. #7 Warren Central 46-45 in sectional semifinals def. #6 Plainfield 43-39 for its first regional crown in 15 years. Finished second to Carmel in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference race with a 6-1 record this year. Head coach Jack Keefer, in his 45th season, has been the only coach in school history, and is the second-winningest coach in state history (848 wins). He trails only J.R. Holmes of Bloomington South (861 wins), LN’s opponent in the semi-state.

Season Results (28-2)

12/5 Hammond W 52-51

12/9 Lawrence Central W 58-53

12/12 Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) W 58-57

12/19 at Fort Wayne Northrop W 89-42

12/22 Fishers W 65-60

12/29 Indianapolis Tindley W 84-49

12/30 Gary West W 61-60

1/2 at Indianapolis Attucks W 67-56

1/8 Warren Central W 63-43

1/12 North Central (Indianapolis) W 69-59

1/13 at Lawrence Central W 81-67

1/15 Pike W 64-62

1/16 Warren Central W 59-56

1/22 North Central (Indianapolis) W 64-60

1/23 Homestead L 50-55

1/29 at Center Grove W 45-35

1/30 Jeffersonville W 55-50

2/4 Carmel L 49-63

2/6 at Connersville W 40-36

2/12 at Ben Davis W 57-39

2/13 at Fort Wayne Snider W 95-70

2/19 at Pike W 75-67

2/20 Floyd Central W 66-49

2/23 at Hamilton Southeastern W 68-42

Indpls. Aresenal Tech Sectional

3/3 Indianapolis Cathedral W 75-63

3/5 Warren Central W 46-45

3/6 North Central (Indianapolis) W 62-49

Southport Regional

3/13 Ben Davis W 58-44

3/13 Plainfield W 43-39

Seymour Semi-State

3/20 Bloomington South W 54-52

ARIZONA UPSETS UCONN

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Aari McDonald and Adia Barnes have marched Arizona out of the basketball desert to the doorstep of a national championship.

McDonald scored 26 points and led a smothering defensive effort as the Wildcats beat UConn 69-59 Friday night to advance to the women’s NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time in school history.

The Wildcats never trailed against the favored and fabled Huskies, who have made the Final Four 13 consecutive times, but haven’t made the championship game since 2016 when UConn won its 11th title.

And Barnes, who led Arizona to the NCAA Tournament as a player two decades ago, is now just the third coach to lead her alma mater to the championship. It comes five years after she took the job to rebuild one of the worst programs in the Pac-12.

Arizona will face Stanford on Sunday in the first all Pac-12 final. Barnes got there by beating UConn and Geno Auriemma, who coached all of UConn’s 11 championships.

“No one thought we’d win, no one thought we’d be here,” Barnes said. “We don’t care. We believed in each other. We believed, our team believed.”

McDonald, who stands just 5-foot-6, has led the way on the court since transferring from Washington and sitting out her first season when Arizona won just six games.

She did it all for the Wildcats against UConn with slashing drives, pinpoint shooting from long range, and a defensive intensity that held UConn’s star freshman Paige Bueckers in check for long stretches.

Arizona held UConn to a season-low in points and led by 14 late in the third quarter before holding off a late push. At the final buzzer, McDonald threw the ball high in the air and was mobbed by her teammates near center court. Then she shared a long hug with Barnes.

The small, but mostly pro-Arizona crowd at the Alamodome — the NCAA put limits on attendance because of the pandemic — chanted “U of A!” Arizona players came over to the loud rooting section, pointing to jerseys and waving hands up to get them to get louder.

STANFORD REACHES TITLE GAME

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Haley Jones came up with a big shot, and Stanford got a little bit of luck to get back to the national championship game for the first time in 11 years.

Jones scored 24 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 32 seconds left, to help Stanford beat South Carolina 66-65 on Friday night and advance to the women’s NCAA Tournament title game.

“It was a battle. It was a really tough game where we had to work really hard,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said.

It’s Stanford’s first trip to the title game since 2010, which was also in San Antonio. The Cardinal lost to UConn in that contest, 53-47. Now they’ll face Pac-12 rival Arizona on Sunday night. The fourth-seeded Wildcats knocked off top-seed UConn 69-59.

Leading by one, the Cardinal turned it over with 6.2 seconds left at midcourt and Brea Beal missed a contested layup as Lexie Hull hustled back to get in her way. Aliyah Boston grabbed the rebound, but her putback attempt also bounced off the rim setting off a wild celebration by the Cardinal.

AP Sources: NCAA has not tested for drugs at championships

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has not tested players for performance-enhancing drugs at March Madness and other recent college championships, The Associated Press has learned. Three people with direct knowledge of NCAA testing protocols said full-scale testing has not resumed since the coronavirus pandemic shut down college sports a year ago.

Although athletes may have been tested on campus, either through the NCAA program or those run by schools, the NCAA has not ramped up its usual testing program at national championships such as the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. The tournaments wrap up with Final Four games starting with the women’s semifinals Friday.

The NCAA has tested for drugs since 1986, and has changed and enhanced its policy over the years. Unlike some leagues and anti-doping organizations, it does not reveal the number of tests it conducts. Players who test positive can be kicked out of championships, and can lose a year or more of eligibility.

But the three people familiar with testing protocols told AP that the number of tests received from NCAA events went to zero after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports last spring. They said testing has recently resumed sporadically, but only via on-campus collections.

The people, who did not want their names used because of the sensitivity of the subject, all confirmed the same thing: No tests from the organization’s signature events — the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and, earlier this year, the college football playoffs — have been received by the labs that analyze the NCAA tests.

The NCAA wouldn’t answer questions about specifics of its drug-testing program, and says the mere possibility of unannounced tests can be a deterrent to doping. In an email exchange with the AP, NCAA spokesman Chris Radford would not answer whether testing was being conducted for players after they arrived in Indianapolis and San Antonio for the tournaments in mid-March.

“We do not confirm drug testing at championships sites, especially when they are ongoing,” the NCAA’s chief medical officer, Brian Hainline, told AP in a follow-up email. “That would defeat the purpose of our unannounced testing at championships. Further, we do not announce when we perform our extensive year-round unannounced drug testing outside of championships.”

This shutdown comes as the NCAA focuses on coronavirus testing as a way of keeping March Madness on track. On Thursday, NCAA president Mark Emmert said the association had conducted more than 41,000 COVID-19 tests over the course of the basketball tournaments.

Houston police says it’s investigating Texans QB Watson

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is accused of sexual assault and harassment in lawsuits filed by 21 women, is being investigated by police after a report was filed regarding the NFL player, officials said Friday.

In a tweet Friday, the Houston Police Department said a complainant had filed a report with the agency about Watson.

“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the law enforcement agency said.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has called the allegations “meritless” and has questioned the claims made against the NFL player, alleging they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000.

“We welcome this long overdue development. Now we will learn the identity of at least one accuser. We will fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department,” Hardin said Friday in a statement.

It was not immediately known if the person who filed the report with Houston police is one of the women who has filed suit against Watson. Tony Buzbee, who represents the 21 women, did not immediately return an email seeking comment Friday.

The women, in lawsuits filed in state court in Houston, accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will while he got a massage. At least one woman has alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex during a massage in December. All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business.

Earlier this week, Hardin offered statements from 18 different women who said they had worked with Watson and he had “never made them feel uncomfortable or demanded anything outside the scope of a professional massage.”

MLB moving All-Star Game in response to voting restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball announced Friday it was moving this summer’s All-Star Game from Atlanta’s Truist Park, a response to Georgia enacting a new law last month restricting voting rights.

MLB had awarded the game to Atlanta in May 2019 and the game was scheduled for July 13 as part of baseball’s midsummer break that includes the Futures Game on July 11 and Home Run Derby the following night.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to move the All-Star events and the amateur draft, which had been scheduled to be held in Atlanta for the first time. A new ballpark for this year’s events wasn’t immediately revealed.

MLB’s announcement came eight days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a sweeping Republican-sponsored overhaul of state elections that includes new restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are run.

Manfred made the decision after discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association, individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year.

“I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft,” Manfred said in a statement. “Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”

“Fair access to voting continues to have our game’s unwavering support,” Manfred said.

Source: Oklahoma hires Loyola’s Moser as men’s hoops coach

(AP) — Oklahoma has hired Loyola Chicago’s Porter Moser as its men’s basketball coach, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced.

Moser will replace Lon Kruger, who retired last month after 10 years coaching the Sooners.

Moser led Loyola to two deep runs in the NCAA Tournament — the Ramblers reached the Final Four in 2018 and the Sweet 16 this year. He went 188-141 in 10 years at Loyola and has a 293-242 record in 17 seasons as a college head coach, with stops at Arkansas Little Rock (2000-03) and Illinois State (2003-07).

In 2017-18, the Ramblers went 32-6 that season and charmed the nation in an unexpected run buoyed by one last-second shot after another. Along the way, their 98-year-old nun and team chaplain, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, became a celebrity, with bobbleheads and athletic apparel and national TV interviews. The Ramblers beat Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas State to reach the national semifinal, where they lost to Michigan.

Loyola made another run this year, led by the nation’s stingiest defense. The Ramblers went 26-5 in their fourth straight year with 20 or more wins. They earned their first AP Top 25 ranking since March 1985 and won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the second time in four years.

Purr-fect night: Bauer wins LA debut, cat on field at Coors

DENVER (AP) Trevor Bauer made his Dodgers debut on the same night a gray cat got comfy in the Coors Field outfield.

It was all just purr-fect for the defending World Series champions.

Bauer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing a pair of two-run homers, and Los Angeles held on after building a big lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Friday.

The game had a little bit of everything, from seven of the Dodgers’ 16 hits going for extra bases – no homers, though – to the cat making a surprise entrance onto the field in the eighth. The furry feline hung out in center with Cody Bellinger for a moment before being picked up and ushered out by stadium personnel.

“They’ve been different,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said of two wild games at Coors Field to start the season. “That’s this ballpark.”

Bauer (1-0) was purring along through six innings as the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner baffled the Rockies with a dancing slider and nasty cutter.

Then, the seventh rolled around.

Trevor Story broke up Bauer’s no-hitter with a single and Charlie Blackmon ended the shutout with a two-run homer. Ryan McMahon later followed with another two-run homer. David Price eventually replaced Bauer and proceeded to give up back-to-back homers to Dom Nunez and Sam Hilliard, suddenly turning a 10-0 rout into a 10-6 game.

“We showed a lot of life there in the seventh,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “Overall, we can take a little something from that big inning.”

Mercedes gets 1st 5 career hits, White Sox beat Angels 12-8

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Yermin Mercedes got his first five major league hits and drove in four runs, and Jose Abreu hit a grand slam for the Chicago White Sox in their 12-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Mercedes, a 28-year-old catcher playing in his second career game, went 5 for 5 in an extraordinary performance as Chicago’s designated hitter. He delivered a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run double in the ninth inning of Chicago’s first victory this season.

The only players since 1900 to get five hits in their first career start are Mercedes and Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators, who went 5 for 7 in 1933. Fred Clarke also did it for the Louisville Colonels in 1894.

Albert Pujols hit a three-run shot for his 663rd career homer, Shohei Ohtani homered in the ninth inning and Mike Trout had two hits for the Angels. Jose Iglesias and Dexter Fowler both got their first hit for their new club, but Los Angeles’ long-standing rotation problems have already returned in 2021.

Abreu staked the White Sox to a big early lead when the 2020 AL MVP cracked his third career slam off Andrew Heaney (0-1) in the third inning. Heaney retired Chicago’s first seven batters before falling apart, allowing eight of the next nine to reach base and yielding seven runs on five hits.

Mercedes put the White Sox up 7-1, but Los Angeles gradually trimmed the margin to 7-6 before Chicago’s five-run ninth. Tim Anderson homered and Yasmani Grandal added a two-run double before Mercedes doubled to left.

Michael Kopeck (1-0) won in his first appearance since 2018, and Liam Hendriks got a four-out save in his White Sox debut.

Short-handed Hornets rout slumping Pacers 114-97

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Charlotte coach James Borrego said he was as proud of this Hornets victory as any other in this challenging season that has tested his team’s depth.

Already missing an injured backcourt, the Hornets overcame losing guard Gordon Hayward to a right foot sprain for the second half and beat the Indiana Pacers 114-97 on Friday night.

“We had a number of guys out. We had scoring out,” Borrego said. “But this team just continues to fight and figure it out.”

Reserve guard Miles Bridges scored a season-high 23 points to lead seven double-digit scorers.

“It’s always tough seeing one of your teammates going down,” Bridges said. “I feel like everybody had a step-up mentality.”

Bridges scored 16 of his points in the second quarter, and a 3-pointer in the final seconds gave the Hornets a 60-49 lead at halftime.

Cody Zeller scored 17 points and Terry Rozier 15 for Charlotte, which has won five of seven.

Hayward got the Hornets off to a fast start with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in the first quarter. The Hornets, who managed just 11 first-quarter points in a Thursday loss at Brooklyn, took a 28-24 lead.

“Gordon was having a heck of a game,” Borrego said. “We could have crumbled. We could have given in. But this group will not give in. … This is what our season has been about, and we’re built for this.”

The Pacers, according to leading scorer Caris LeVert, played “uninspired.” He had 16 points.

“I feel like the losing is getting to our spirit,” LeVert said after the Pacers fell to 8-14 at home, which includes losing eight of nine at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Suns lead by 30 after 1 quarter, cruise past Thunder 140-103

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker scored 32 points, Chris Paul had 17 points and 12 assists, and the Phoenix Suns built a 30-point lead by the end of the first quarter en route to a 140-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

The Suns won their fifth straight game, and this one was decided in a hurry. Booker shot 11 of 20 from the field, made three 3-pointers and added five assists. Paul made all eight of his field goal attempts.

Phoenix dominated from the opening tip, sprinting to a 22-5 lead in the first six minutes. The Suns shot 15 of 25 from the field (60%) and led 43-13 by the end of the quarter. Oklahoma City shot just 4 of 25 (16%) from the field in the opening quarter, struggling to find good looks with an injury-depleted and inexperienced lineup.

The Suns are now 20 games over .500 and have a 34-14 record. Phoenix hasn’t made the playoffs in over a decade but has the look of a team that could make it deep into the postseason.

“Just getting better, continuing to get better to reach our goals down the line,” Booker said. “We always say we’re not playing against our opponents. We’re playing against ourselves.”

Booker threw down a huge one-handed jam during the opening blitz, slicing right through a flat-footed Thunder defense. The 30-point advantage was the largest for the Suns in any single quarter of any game in franchise history.

“I just like winning,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “30 points, one point, whatever it is. I want to get our team used to winning games and the value of being a good team. It’s something I don’t take for granted. I’ll coach any situation that has us in the victory column.”

Raptors rout Warriors 130-77 for 2nd win in last 15 games

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Pascal Siakam scored 36 points in three quarters on his 27th birthday, and the Toronto Raptors routed the Golden State Warriors 130-77 Friday night, with the largest margin of victory in the NBA this season.

Toronto shot 53.4% in the game and won for just the second time in 15 games.

“Losing is not fun, and anything that lifts us out of that is good,” said Siakam, who also had seven rebounds and five assists. “The hardest thing to do when you’re losing is to stay together, and that’s what we’ve been trying to do. Obviously, it’s just one game and we’ve got to get some wins in a row.”

The Raptors pushed their lead to 61 points when Malachi Flynn hit a short jump shot with 6:29 remaining.

Gary Trent Jr., who posted a career-high 31 points Wednesday in his fourth game with the Raptors, finished with 24 points and OG Anunoby added 21. Flynn put up 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

The 53-point win was the biggest in the NBA this season, two points wider than the final margin of Dallas’ 124-73 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 27. The last time an NBA game was decided by more: Dec. 8, 2018, when Boston beat Chicago 133-57.

And the numbers of note didn’t stop there.

The 61-point lead was the largest in the NBA since Charlotte led Memphis by 65 points on March 22, 2018. The only other game in the last 25 years to see a lead exceed 60 points was Feb. 27, 1998, when Indiana beat Portland by 65 points.

Jazz beat Bulls for record 21st straight at home

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz have not lost at home since the calendar turned to 2021. Their latest victory was one for the history books.

Mitchell scored 26 points and the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls 113-106 on Friday night for their 21st straight win at home, a franchise record.

Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 13 rebounds as Utah (37-11) won its eighth in a row overall despite getting outscored 68-40 in the paint. Jordan Clarkson scored 19 off the bench. Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points and a season-high eight rebounds.

The Jazz allowed only 10 points in the paint in the fourth quarter after giving up 58 through the first three periods.

“They came out aggressive. They came out wanting to get into the paint,” Mitchell said. “It’s going to happen some games. It’s just about how much can we limit it from happening? We didn’t really do too good of a job of it tonight, but we were able to adjust and figure it out as the game went on.”

Thaddeus Young scored 25 points to lead the Bulls. Zach LaVine added 23 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds.

Chicago (19-28) dropped its sixth consecutive game, with losses to Utah bookending the streak.

“If we just win a couple more possessions, it’s our game,” LaVine said. “It seems like every game comes down to a couple of these possessions.”

After trailing by 11 late in the second quarter, the Bulls tied it at 62 on a pull-up 3-pointer from LaVine early in the third. LaVine’s basket finished off a 13-4 surge to open the period.

Antetokounmpo has 47, Bucks beat Blazers 127-109

(AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 47 points and 12 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped the Portland Trail Blazers’ four-game winning streak with a 127-109 victory Friday night.

Jrue Holiday added 22 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who led by 24 points during the third quarter.

“At the end of the day I just tried to be aggressive,” Antetokounmpo said. “Tonight was one of those nights I was able to be good in the paint.”

The game featured two of the league’s best scorers: Damian Lillard was averaging 29.8 points, second in the NBA, while Antetokounmpo entered fifth with 28.3.

Lillard finished with 32 points for the Blazers, who have dropped six straight against the Bucks.

Antetokounmpo’s 47 points matched his season high but fell short of his career high of 52. He was 18 of 21 (85.7%) from the field and made all of his shots in the paint.

“He was really good. He got some great finishes, he’s making kind of the elbow jumpers, the free-throw line jumpers. So this is a really special game for him,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

Lillard said Antetolounmpo is tough to stop.

“He’s just more naturally gifted than anyone else,” Lillard said.

Jeff Teague, signed by the Bucks on Wednesday after he was waived by the Orlando Magic, made his debut and played 10 minutes. Bobby Portis, who missed the previous four games because of health and safety protocols, also returned for Milwaukee.

Tringale takes 2-shot lead after 2nd round at Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Cameron Tringale made a move for his first PGA Tour victory with a 3-under-par 69 Friday and a two-shot lead after two rounds of the Valero Texas Open.

Tringale, a 12-year veteran, was at 9-under 135 after a round that included five-straight birdies and leads Jordan Spieth and Englishman Matt Wallace.

Spieth continued his comeback from a three-year winless slump and was at 7-under after a 70. Wallace shot 68. Kyle Stanley also shot 68 and was at 5-under with Brandt Snedeker (67), Kevin Stadler (70) and Erik van Rooyen (68).

First-round leader Camilo Villegas shot a 76 to fall five shots back in a group that includes Matt Kuchar, who shot his second 70.

Tringale led by as many as five strokes after he closed out his front nine with consecutive birdies on his fourth through eighth holes and then birdied his 11th. Three of those featured approach shots that left him with putts of less than 5 feet.

“I just hit a lot of really good iron shots to those holes,” Tringale said. “I think my furthest putt was 4 feet, so just good approaches to the green. Still gotta roll those in, but was able to do it. I took advantage most of the time.”

His birdie run marked a quick turnaround from his start when he opened with bogeys on his first two holes.

“I was really just trying to get back into the round and get into the red numbers again,” he said. “I kept it in play and just had a lot of looks and a few went in.”

A win would give Tringale, 33, his first official Tour win. He won a team event at the Franklin Templeton Shootout with partner Jason Day in 2015. This year he was tied for seventh at Pebble Beach.

Spieth continues to look like he’s getting past a slump that has seen him drop from No. 1 in the world in 2016 to No. 92 in January. Now 53rd, he’s in good position for his fifth top-10 finish in the past two months after a four-birdie round. He hasn’t won since 2017.

“I’m really pleased with where things are at, but they’re not where I want them to be at,” Spieth said. “I’m trying to kind of take it slowly and patiently and reward myself, be excited about the good ones and not get too down about the bad ones.”

He opened with birdies on his first two holes but fell back to even for his round with bogeys at 11 and 13.

“I thought the start was key for me, and I got off to a great start,” he said. “I put some really good swings on the ball after kind of being a little sloppy at the end of yesterday’s round.”

Spieth birdied the par-5 14th by getting up and down from a greenside bunker. He had an easy 3-footer for birdie on the next hole and almost chipped in for another at the 17th.

Wallace is also looking for a first PGA Tour trophy, but he’s won four times on the European Tour since 2017. He had a bogey-free round. Only one of his scoring putts — a 20-footer on his 11th — came from more than 5 feet away.

“Whenever you go bogey free, whatever golf course it is, it’s nice, but especially here,” Wallace said. “I’ve been feeling comfortable about my game for a while now, just trying to hole a few more putts and keep the scoring going and making the right putts at the right time.”

Snedeker, four strokes out of the lead, opened his round with three-straight birdies and added another two holes later. He pitched in for an eagle at his par-4 8th hole but played even par the rest of the way.

Phil Mickelson recovered from a first-round that saw him take a 10 on the 18th hole. He shot 3-under 69 on Friday. He’ll head to Augusta next week after missing the Texas Open cut at 4-over.

Wie West tumbles out of ANA; Tavatanakit keeps 1-shot lead

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Michelle Wie West tumbled out of the ANA Inspiration on a hot, breezy Friday afternoon in the desert. Patty Tavatanakit held onto the lead.

Playing for the second straight week after a 21-month break, Wie West followed an opening 2-under 70 with a birdie-less 79 to miss the cut in the first major championship of the year.

“Wasn’t a good day,” Wie West said. “Got a little mucky from the first hole. Was right up against a tree. … I feel like I’ve had some really good moments and some really bad moments. Definitely a lot of positives to take from and definitely have my work cut out for me.”

The long-hitting Tavatanakit took the lead with an opening 66 and shot a 69 in 97-degree afternoon heat to reach 9 under, a stroke ahead of Shanshan Feng.

“I didn’t want to take it the way that like, `Oh, I’m leading a major championship,'” Tavatanakit said. “I just wanted to look at it as it’s another round, it’s another tournament, even though it’s a big tournament.”

Tavatanakit holed out from 115 yards for eagle on the par-4 15th on her first nine, with the ball flying into the hole.

“I thought it was just a good shot,” Tavatanakit said. “I thought it hit the pin and went somewhere else. No one clapped, there are no fans. We couldn’t figure it out. It was so bright we all couldn’t see.vI walked up and looked in the hole and I was like, `Oh, it went in.'”

The 21-year-old former UCLA player from Thailand missed the cut last week in Carlsbad in the Kia Classic with rounds of 71 and 79. She tied for fifth in February in the Gainbridge LPGA for her best LPGA Tour finish.

Wie West bogeyed the first three par 5s – the lowlight a 100-yard drive into a left-side tree on No. 9. With only mask-less father B.J. following her with no spectators at Mission Hills, she opened with bogeys on Nos. 1-3 – a day after making long birdie putts on each of them to start her back nine.

The 31-year-old Wie West returned to competition in Carlsbad, missing the cut with rounds of 81 and 74. She was playing for the first time since marrying Jonnie West, the son of basketball great Jerry West, in August 2019 and giving birth to daughter Makenna last June.

“Making the right decision takes practice, too,” Wie West said. “That’s something that is hard to practice when you aren’t playing, and that’s probably where the rust really showed.”

Feng also is coming off a long layoff after sitting out 16 months because of the coronavirus pandemic and a recent visa delay. The Chinese star birdied the final two holes for a 69.

“Result-wise it doesn’t really matter because I’m very happy about what I’m doing as the first tournament coming back,” Feng said.

International players held the first 19 positions on leaderboard, with Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand third at 7 under after a 69.

“Just have to be a lot of patient out there,” Jutanugarn said. “I’m not a long hitter, so I just have to take what I can and just trying to play smart.”

Two-time major champion Anna Nordqvist was 6 under after a 70. She birdied two of the last three holes.

“Having won two before, those are the ones that motivate me to go practice every day,” the 33-year-old Swede said. “If you got a little bit of a taste of it, like it’s just such an incredible feeling.”

Charley Hull also was 6 under after her second 69. She birdied three par 5s.

NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-TE KYLE PITTS, FLORIDA

As a former quarterback, Kyle Pitts’ journey to tight end started one day at summer football camp while at Temple. Moved to tight end in an experimental role, his future remained there following that day. At Florida, he became a focal point of the team’s offense. From multiple platforms he proved to be a dominant option in the passing game as well as a serviceable threat as a run blocker. At 6-foot-6, he plays just as big as his size indicates. More in the role of a big receiver, Pitts can align outside, in the slot, or place his hand in the dirt in-line. As an F tight end, his combination of size, athleticism, and hands makes him a multi-level threat for creative offensive coordinators. As a run blocker, he’s sustainable and willing as a one-on-one blocker, but also isn’t afraid to get his face dirty in the box, either. Pitts will need to go to a team that can use him in creative ways with an outside-the-box thinker orchestrating the offense that allows his assets to shine.

NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE- WR JA’MARR CHASE

Ja’Marr Chase was Heisman Trophy winner and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow’s go-to target in LSU’s record-breaking offense in 2019. As a true sophomore, Chase set the single-season SEC record for receiving yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20). When focusing on the 2019 campaign, Chase’s route-running technique, hands, ball skills, post-catch ability, and blocking shined bright in a historic season for Chase and the LSU offense. The challenge forecasting Chase to the next level is we’ve only seen him find success with Burrow and offensive coordinator Joe Brady in 2019 when the environment was ripe to produce. Additionally, while Chase has good size and athleticism, those components aren’t elite traits that would be preferred for a wide receiver prospect selected high in the first round. With that said, his polish shined across those 14 games, where he showcased the makings of a dynamic No. 1 receiver in the NFL that has the skill set needed to produce at all levels of the field. Ideally, Chase would have a larger sample size of production to evaluate, but we’ve seen what he is capable of at his best and that is exciting. 

INDIANA BASEBALL

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indiana University baseball team fell in the series opener at Ohio State on Friday afternoon, 3-2, at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

With the setback, the Hoosiers fall to 11-4 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes improve to 9-7 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• Trailing 2-0 after three innings, the Hoosier cut the lead in half with an RBI double down the left-field line off the bat of INF Jordan Fucci.

• In the top of sixth, INF Cole Barr blasted his first home run of the season deep over the fence in center field, cutting the OSU lead to 3-2.

• LHP Tommy Sommer (3-1) took his first loss of the season. He pitched five innings for the Hoosiers, allowing three runs on five hits, while striking out five.

• RHP John Modugno tossed shutout innings of relief, surrendering just one hit with one strikeout.

• LHP Braden Scott pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout.

NOTABLES

• OF Drew Ashley saw his 39-game reached-base streak that extended back to the 2019 season come to an end.

• INF Cole Barr pushed his on-base streak to 10 games.

• On the day, the Hoosiers let six runners on base.

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will continue the team’s series with Ohio State with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 3. The first game is slated for a 1:05 p.m. start, with the second scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. approximate first pitch.

INDIANA WBB

ST. LOUIS – Junior guard Grace Berger has been named a USWBA All-America honorable mention, announced by the organization on Friday.

This is the first USWBA All-America honor in the program’s history. Berger earned her second All-America accolade as she was named a 2020 WBC All-America honorable mention.

Berger helped guide the Hoosiers to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance and a 21-6 overall record and second place finish in the Big Ten with a 16-2 overall record. She averaged 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals per game and a +2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio this season. She finishes the season as the NCAA leader in triple-doubles with three and became just the fifth player in NCAA history to have two triple-doubles against the same team this season (vs. Penn State).

Berger shot 44.1 percent from the floor and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. She scored in double figures 23 times and had six 20-plus scoring games, where she set a season-high 26 points against Maryland. The junior guard finishes the season on an eight-game double figure scoring streak which included all four games in the postseason. Berger earned All-Big Ten first team honors for the second-consecutive season and was also a Cheryl Miller Award Top 10 watchlist candidate and on the midseason Wade Watch Trophy watchlist during the season.

INDIANA SB

IOWA CITY, Iowa. – Indiana Softball returned to action on Friday afternoon when they took on the Iowa Hawkeyes. Back-to-back homeruns by Aaliyah Andrews and Annika Baez sent the Hoosiers passed the Hawkeyes, 4-1.

KEY MOMENTS

• On the first pitch of the game on Friday afternoon, Gabbi Jenkins singled to left field off an error by the Hawkeyes short stop. Although the Hoosiers offense was alive to start the day, a quick out and a double play ended the first inning.

• Emily Goodin retired the first six batters she faced to keep the game scoreless.

• In the third inning, Iowa put runners on the base paths threatening to strike first. A pop out and fly out got the first two outs while Andrews had a diving catch to retire the side

•Amber Linton then entered the circle for the Hoosiers in the fourth as Iowa started to see base production. 

• The Hawkeyes got on the board first in the fourth inning with a RBI single.

• Down to the final out of the sixth inning for Indiana, Bella Norton cracked a RBI single that plated Grayson Radcliffe and tied the game at 1-1.

• After neither team could get anything going in regulation, the two teams headed to extra innings.

• Indiana’s bats came alive in the ninth inning when Aaliyah Andrews recorded a two-run homerun that sailed past the center field wall to put the Hoosiers on top by two.

• Baez dinged one over the left field fence in the same inning that padded the Indiana lead.

• With Goodin back on the mound, the Hoosiers collected a quick three outs to get the 4-1 victory on Friday afternoon.

NOTABLES

• Six different Hoosiers had hits throughout the contest. 

• Aaliyah Andrews hit her first career homerun in the ninth inning. Andrews also saw her first multi-hit game with two hits. 

• Annika Baez recorded her second homerun of the season.

• Grayson Radcliffe and Desiree Dufek had one stolen bag each.

• Emily Goodin received the win and is now 4-6 on the season. Goodin allowed just two hits and no runs through 5.1 innings pitched.

• Amber Linton went 3.2 innings where she gave up one run on four hits.

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers return to the diamond on Saturday, Apr. 3 for a doubleheader against the Hawkeyes. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET with the second game to follow.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the sweep of Illinois, No. 8 Purdue volleyball (14-5) won its fifth straight match (and 13 of its last 14), downing the Fighting Illini 25-10, 27-25, 25-20.

The Boilermakers recorded a .352 hitting %, the third-best efficiency rating this season. Defensively, Purdue tallied 56 digs and 12 total blocks, seven of which were notched in the first set, on the team’s way to victory.

Freshman Taylor Trammell matched a career-high 10 kills in the victory, joining senior Caitlyn Newton to lead the team. Additionally, the newcomer recorded eight block assists in the outing.

Meanwhile Jena Otec’s 23 digs is just two shy of the program record in three setters (25 last by Kelli Miller, 2006). The senior libero is just the sixth Boilermaker in program history to record at least 23 digs in a single match.

With the win, No. 8 Purdue improves to 6-2 at home, with all six victories coming in sweeping fashion.

Set One | 25-10

In the 20-minute set, Purdue recorded seven total blocks, six of which included Trammell, on its way to the most decisive set-victory of the season.  The Boilermakers took a quick 7-0 lead to open the match, including three straight kills from Grace Cleveland, and never looked back. No. 8 Purdue finished out the set with no tied scores or lead changes.

Set Two | 27-25

Otec recorded two consecutive aces to help Purdue get off to a 5-1 run to start the set. Illinois gradually fought back, bringing the score within two (18-16) to force a Purdue timeout. The Illini continued its attack, bringing the score to the closest yet of the night, 20-19, however a kill by Newton and Koch spur a four-point run to give Purdue match point (24-19). Illinois refused to give Purdue its final point, storming out to a 6-0 run to force extra points. Grace Cleveland broke the 25-25 stalemate before Newton recorded a kill and sealed the set win with a block assists alongside Trammell.

Set Three | 25-20

Despite a 3-0 Illinois lead, Purdue regained the advantage with a 7-2 run, which included a pair of kills from Newton. When Illinois came within one point of the Boilermakers (7-6), Koch recorded a key kill, then again to break the 9-9 tie to maintain Purdue’s lead. Jael Johnson hit a string of kills, giving Purdue the momentum needed to pull away (15-11). Despite Illinois cutting the lead once more to 22-20, Cleveland put two straight away before Otec aced the match point.

Up Next

The regular season finale is slated for tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

PURDUE BASEBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s first extra-innings game at Alexander Field in two years featured Ben Nisle’s first home run at home since 2018, but it was Iowa that scored twice in the 10th to take the series opener 4-2 Friday.

Eric Hildebrand escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning to extend the game, but the Boilermakers (3-12) were unable to pitch over three walks (two intentional) in the top of the 10th. Brett McCleary delivered the game-deciding, two-run single with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th.

Nisle went deep to left field with an 0-2 count in the third inning, giving Purdue a 2-1 lead. It was his third home run of the season and 12th career, both representing team-high totals. His last home run at Alexander was April 13, 2018, as part of a multi-homer game against Minnesota. Due to injury in 2019 and the shut down last year, Nisle entered the day having played only seven games at Alexander since the start of the 2019 campaign.

Calvin Schapira put together another quality start, working six innings of two-run ball for the second weekend in a row. The lefty surrendered only three hits while striking out six. Iowa (8-8) opened the game with consecutive hits, a double and RBI single, but Schapira settled in and did not give up another hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning.

A two-out dropped fly ball in short right field led to an unearned run, the game-tying tally, for the Hawkeyes in the fifth inning.

Iowa used just two pitchers in the win. Dylan Nedved (2-0) struck out five over 3 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. He entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, fanning Nisle to escape the jam. Only a two-out single from Justin Walker Jr. in the ninth inning kept Nedved from retiring all 10 batters he faced. Trenton Wallace also put together a quality start, striking out eight over 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball.

Walker also delivered Purdue’s first RBI of the game. With the bases loaded and one out in the second inning, his fly ball to right field plated Mason Gavre as the Boilermakers pulled even at 1-1. Consecutive singles by Ryan Howe and Skyler Hunter helped set the stage.

Nick Alvarado was effective in long relief as the first Boilermaker out of the bullpen for the second straight Friday. He did not surrender a hit over 2 1/3 innings and has conceded just an unearned run over 6 1/3 innings in his first two appearances at Alexander Field. Alvarado worked around consecutive one-out free passes in the eighth inning.

Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

FRIDAY NOTABLES

• Miles Simington recorded his fourth straight two-hit game. He doubled over the right fielder’s head in the sixth inning and is 8-for-17 over the last four games.

• Tyler Powers’ six-game hit streak came to an end, but he drew a two-out walk in the seventh inning as the last batter Trenton Wallace faced. That free pass extended Powers’ reached base-safely streak to nine consecutive games. The senior batted leadoff for the first time as a Boilermaker on Friday.

• In the ninth inning, Eric Hildebrand plunked Iowa pinch hitter Austin Martin with a 2-2 pitch. A swinging-bunt single followed to load the bases with one outs. But Hildebrand responded with a big strikeout vs. Iowa’s most veteran hitter, Ben Norman. More impressively, Hildebrand came back from a 3-0 count to retire Matthew Sosa on a ground ball to first base for the final out of the frame.

• Evan Albrecht made three fine plays at second base, helping record the final out of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Albrecht also teamed up with Justin Walker Jr. for hit-and-run single in the seventh inning that led to the bases-loaded opportunity.

Purdue’s last extra-innings game at home was a 10-inning victory vs. Penn State on March 31, 2019. The Boilermakers had not lost in extras at Alexander since April 2017 vs. Ball State.

PURDUE SOFTBALL

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue softball team dropped its series opener on the road at Minnesota on Friday afternoon 8-5. The Boilermakers plated four runs over the final two innings and brought the tying run to the on-deck circle, but the Gold Gophers shut the door on the comeback bid.

Purdue was narrowly topped in the hit battle, 9-7, but played flawless defense compared to Minnesota’s four errors.

The Boilermakers’ freshman class had the lion’s share of production on the offensive end. Kiley Goff led the way on the afternoon with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, her third multi-hit game this season. Kaitlyn Brannstrom was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. Kiara Dillon tallied her first career multi-RBI outing with a 1-for-2, 2-RBI performance.

Minnesota opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, but Purdue responded in the top of the second. Sydney Bates dropped down a would-be sacrifice bunt, only for the Golden Gophers to throw the ball into right field and allow Goff to trot in from second.

The hosts then scored five unanswered runs through the fifth inning, before Dillon cut the gap down to three with one swing of the bat. After a leadoff walk from Brannstrom and a single from Bates, the freshman roped a 2-RBI double up the middle to make it 6-3 Minnesota.

Following two more Minnesota runs in the bottom of the sixth, Purdue scored twice more in the seventh. Rachel Becker came home on a throwing error with one out, followed by an RBI groundout from Brannstrom.

Purdue used two pitchers on the afternoon. Starter Ashley Peters fanned four in her five innings of work, but gave up seven earned runs on seven hits and three walks. Reliver Sydney Preston tossed the sixth and struck out one and gave up one earned run.

The Boilermakers’ offense scored five runs against Minnesota’s starter and 2019 All-American Amber Fiser, tied for the second most she has allowed this season. The righty tossed the complete game with four strikeouts, seven hits and a pair of earned runs.

Purdue (5-12) – 5, Minnesota (13-4) – 8

Winning pitcher: Amber Fiser (6-3)

Losing pitcher: Ashley Peters (3-3)

NOTES

• Purdue’s leadoff hitters were 4-for-7.

• Preston made her fifth appearance out of the bullpen this season.

• The Boilermakers were 2-for-4 with runners in scoring position and less than two outs.

• Peters’ four strikeouts were one shy of her career high against Penn State earlier this year.

• Purdue stranded eight runners to seven for Minnesota.

• Cora Bassett picked up her fifth double and seventh extra-base hit of the campaign.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will square off with the Golden Gophers on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

PURDUE WBASKETBALL

Incoming freshman Sacha Washington, a 6-foot-1 forward announced Thursday night she’s re-opening her recruitment.

Before committing to Purdue, Washington also considered Georgia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Auburn, Florida and Old Dominion.

Senior Karissa McLaughlin and junior Kayana Traylor – entered the transfer portal within the last week.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

Karli Ricketts pitched a gem as the Bulldogs posted a 3-1 win over St. John’s Friday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Ricketts struck out eight Red Storm batters, while allowing only four hits and a walk. She threw 118 pitches in her seven innings of work, improving to 8-5 on the season.

After St. John’s was able to push across their only run of the day in the top of the first inning, the Bulldogs responded with a three-run second inning. An SJU throwing error contributed to the three unearned runs.

Loren Simpson tied the game with an RBI single. With two outs and runners on second and third, Lauren Fey tripled off the right field wall to score two teammates and give Butler a 3-1 advantage. The teams would trade zeros the rest of the way for the final.

Fey had two of the Bulldogs’ five hits.

Erin Brown took the loss for the Red Storm.

With the result, Butler improves to 11-14 overall and 3-7 in BIG EAST play. St. John’s is now 7-9 (4-5).

The teams are scheduled to conclude the series Saturday with a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

BUTLER BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – Ball State broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning and a three-run home run in the top of the ninth would lift the Cardinals to victory over the Bulldogs 7-2. The win takes Ball State to 13-9 overall while the loss moves Butler to 5-7.

Jack Myers had a solid outing with six strikeouts and no walks over seven full innings of action. The outcome came down to the bullpen where Ty Johnson would be credited with the win (2-1) and Jon Vore would take the loss (0-2).

Ball State hit the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning off a triple from Powell to right centerfield. The second run for the visitors crossed home plate in the third off a wild pitch.

Butler battled back and tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning. Andy Bennett hit a triple down the line in right to score Dan Harwood and Keenan Taylor.

The 2-2 tie ran into the top of the eighth inning, but Ball State would grab the lead with an RBI single to left. The game would blow up for the Bulldogs in the ninth with Messina hitting a three-run shot over the wall in left. Powell also tripled in the inning to score Peltier.

Andrew Orselli entered the game in the eighth and would be credited with a five-out save. Butler also used Nick Eaton and Lukas Galdoni out of the bullpen.

Nine Butler hits were recorded by five different players. Four of the five had two hits on the day. Freddie Matos was 2-for-4 from the plate and Brody McGrath was 2-for-3. Harwood went 2-for-5 with a run scored and Bennett was 2-for-3 with the two RBI.

These two teams will return to action with an 11 AM doubleheader at Ball State tomorrow.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – – The Ball State softball team jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after the first two innings and never looked back, winning the series opener at Central Michigan by a final score of 14-6.

With the win, the Cardinals improve to 5-0 in Mid-American Conference action and are now 11-9 on the year. The Chippewas fall to 4-15 overall and to 2-7 in league play with the loss.

Much like last weekend’s series sweep of Bowling Green, it was another solid all-around team effort which led to today’s victory. In all, 11 different players pounded out hits to help the Cardinals produce season-highs of 14 runs and 17 hits.

Senior catcher Stacy Payton led the way with a 4-for-4 day at the plate, while also scoring three runs, driving in three RBI and drawing a walk. Junior outfielder Faith Hensley led all players with four RBI, while eight different Ball State players drove in at least one run.

On the rubber, junior Tieghan Morio picked up her third win in MAC play, limiting Central Michigan to seven hits and five runs, only three of which were earned, over the first 5.0 innings. She also struck out four batters, as did senior reliever Alyssa Rothwell who held CMU to just one hit and one run over the final 2.0 innings.

The Cardinals opened the scoring with three two-out runs in the top of the first courtesy of a two-run double from Payton followed by an RBI double from Hensley.

The two-out barrage continued in the second, as Ball State added six more two-out runs, starting with a RBI single up the middle from senior outfielder Haley Dominique. Following a CMU pitching change, a walk to BSU’s all-time leader in walks, senior first baseman Janae Hogg, loaded the bases.

Payton followed with a walk of her own to extend the lead to 5-0, while Hensley added three more RBI with a bases-clearing double to left center. Senior designated player Delanie Johnson pushed across the final run of the inning with a single up the middle.

While CMU would score four in the bottom of the third and another in the fourth, to cut the lead to 9-5, they would get no closer.

Senior outfielder Kendall Fields would get into the action in the top of the fifth, countering CMU’s run an inning earlier with her first RBI of the season on a single to left.

Ball State closed out its scoring with four more runs in the top of the seventh. The first two came on back-to-back RBI doubles from senior infielder Gabby Magnifico and Fields. Three batters later, freshman outfielder Hannah Dukeman added an RBI single for the third run of the inning.

Redshirt sophomore outfielder Jazmyne Armendariz gave Ball State its final run with a sac fly to left field.

CMU would tally one more run in the bottom of the inning, on a solo home run, to cap the scoring at 14-6.

The two teams will meet again Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Margo Jonker Stadium.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL

ATLANTA — Zoe Nunez crossed the 3,000-assist mark as #22 Notre Dame closed the regular season with a four-set triumph (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-22) over Duke on Friday evening inside O’Keefe Gymnasium.

With the win, the Irish finish the regular season slate at 14-3 overall and finish second in the ACC with a 14-3 mark in conference play. Notre Dame, vying for its third NCAA Tournament berth in the past four seasons, awaits the NCAA Selection Show this Sunday, April 4 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Nunez, who totaled 38 assists and 11 digs on Friday, is the eighth player in Irish history to hit the 3,000-assist mark.

Charley Niego paced the Irish with 15 kills and added 15 digs and three aces for her eighth double-double of the season. Aubrey Hamilton added 11 kills while Lindsey Miller notched nine kills and a game-best .600 hitting percentage.

Hattie Monson led Notre Dame with 16 digs and Hannah Thompson and Miller tied for a game-high six blocks. Caroline Meuth also added five blocks for the Irish, who totaled 12.5 team blocks in the four sets.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

The Irish earned a 9-5 lead to open play before Duke earned the next four points to make it 9-all. After the sides worked to a 13-13 tie, the Irish went on a 3-0 run to take a 16-13 lead.

The Blue Devils responded with a 5-1 stretch to go up 18-17 and force an Irish timeout. After the break, the Irish used a 4-1 run, including two kills by Meuth, to lead 21-19. However, Duke closed the frame on a 6-0 run to take the first set, 25-22.

Second Set

The Irish used a 6-1 run, which involved three kills by Niego and a pair of blocks by Thompson, to earn an 11-5 lead in set two. After Duke closed the gap to 13-10, Notre Dame earned five of the next seven points to restore a six-point lead at 18-12.

A kill by Nunez, followed by a block by Nunez and Miller, clinched a 25-17 set win for Notre Dame to even the match.

The Irish hit .394 in the stanza with 16 kills to go with five blocks.

Third Set

Notre Dame converted four straight points to go up 8-3 and force an early Duke timeout in the third stanza. Back-to-back kills by Niego and Thompson forced another Blue Devils timeout later in the set and pushed Notre Dame’s lead to 17-10.

The Irish stayed in front from there with a kill by Niego clinching another 25-17 triumph to give Notre Dame a 2-1 lead.

Fourth Set

Notre Dame earned a 6-1 lead before Duke battled back to go up 15-13 and force an Irish timeout.

Duke took a 20-17 lead, but the Irish answered with four straight points, including an ace by Niego and a kill by Hamilton, to retake the lead at 21-20.

The Irish maintained the lead from there and took the fourth set, 25-22, to clinch the four-set victory.

Up Next

#22 Notre Dame finds out its NCAA Tournament fate this Sunday (April 4) with the NCAA Selection Show slated for 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

The Irish are vying for their third NCAA Tournament berth in the last four seasons and 21st trip to the NCAA Tournament in program history.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

ST. LOUIS – Redshirt senior Geremy Guerrero retired the first 18 Saint Louis batters he faced as No. 23 Indiana State ran away with a 13-2 victory to secure the series win Friday at the Billikens Sports Center. The Sycamores improved to 13-6 on the season while SLU dropped to 7-18.

Guerrero, a Metamora, Ill. native, continued his dominance on the mound as he improved to 5-0 on the season. The left-hander did not allow a runner to reach base until the seventh inning of play when Cole Smith led off the inning with a single through the right side. Guerrero struck out seven over eight complete innings while allowing four hits and one run to the Billikens.

Indiana State’s bats were hot throughout the day, matching a season-high with 16 hits overall. Both Jordan Schaffer and Mike Sears led the charge at the plate with three hits apiece. Schaffer tallied two of ISU’s four doubles on the afternoon while Mitch Barrow connected on the lone home run of the game during a pinch-hit at bat in the ninth – a two-run bomb to extend the ISU lead to 13-1.

The Sycamores picked up where they left off in the series opener, scoring three runs in the first inning thanks to a trio of walks. Diego Gines brought home two runners with a double to the gap in right before crossing the plate when Dominic Cusumano singled to center.

Saint Louis went to the bullpen in the second for right-hander Colin Townsend who lasted just 2.1 innings after allowing four runs on five hits. Schaffer continued the offensive barrage in the third with a leadoff double and was later brought home on a Brian Fuentes single to left. ISU went on to score three runs in the fourth after loading the bases with a hit-by-pitch, a single and a fielder’s choice. Josue Urdaneta brought in a run on a groundout before Schaffer singled to center to plate two more runs.

Sears collected his first RBI of the game in the fifth after singling up the middle to score Gines who reach on a hit-by-pitch earlier in the inning. Similar to game one in the series, ISU took advantage of SLU miscues in the field, scoring on a pair of errors in the sixth, as well as a two-run double from Max Wright.

Kyle Harbison recorded his first RBI of the season in the ninth with a groundout to short.

Urdaneta, Wright and Gergely also had a multi-hit day for the Trees.

Right-hander Lane Miller made his first appearance of the season as he rehabs from injury, pitching the ninth inning.

ISU outhit Saint Louis 16-7 on the afternoon and did not commit an error while SLU committed three. Six Billikens saw action on the mound. Scott Youngbrandt took the loss, falling to 2-3 after allowing three runs and two hits in the first. The right-hander walked three of the first four Sycamores he faced. 

Indiana State will look for the series sweep of SLU on Saturday with first pitch set for 2 p.m. ET. There will not be a live stream of the game, but fans can follow along via live stats or via Twitter.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team swept its doubleheader against Valparaiso Friday afternoon. The Sycamores (9-16, 3-5 MVC) mercy ruled Valpo in game one by a score of 13-3 and earned a shutout win in the second by a score of 10-0 at the Valpo Softball Field.

KEY MOMENT – GAME ONE

The Sycamores used the long ball to power over Valpo in game one, coming away with a  13-3 five-inning victory. Amanda Guercio blasted a pair of home runs in the game going 4-for-4 with five RBIs. Bella Peterson and Annie Tokarek also recorded home runs for the Trees.

SCORING SUMMARY – GAME ONE

Top 1st – (ISUI 6, VU 0)

Mallory Marsicek drew a leadoff walk and Bella Peterson brought her home with her fourth home run of the season. Isabella Henning also drew a walk and Annie Tokarek plated two more ISU runs with her second home run of the year. Mycaela Miller drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in another run. In Marsicek’s second at bat of the inning, she drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.

Bottom 1st – (ISUI 6, VU 1)

Valpo plated a run with an RBI double down the left field line.

Bottom 2nd – (ISUI 6, VU 3)

The Brown and Gold plated two runs with a triple to left field.

Top 4th – (ISUI 9, VU 3)

Amanda Guercio connected on her fifth home run of the year bringing in three runs for the Trees.

Top 5th – (ISUI 13, VU 3)

Back-to-back doubles from Bella Peterson and Isabella Henning plated a pair of Sycamore runs. Amanda Guercio blasted her second home run of the game to bring in two more ISU runs.

PITCHERS OF RECORD

Win: Gabbi Schnaiter, Indiana State (4-3)

Loss: Madison Wathen, Valparaiso (0-2)

Save: None

KEY MOMENT – GAME TWO

Lexi Benko went the distance throwing her first career complete game shutout. Benko fanned seven Valpo batters while only giving up a trio of hits.

SCORING SUMMARY – GAME TWO

Top 3rd – (ISU 2, VU 0)

Bella Peterson doubled to left center field plating TeAnn Bringle and Alexis McCullough to give ISU the early lead.

Top 4th – (ISU 3, VU 0)

Annie Tokarek led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Kristen Kelly pinch ran for Tokarek and TeAnn Bringle brought her in with a single to right field.

Top 5th – (ISU 4, VU 0)

Isabella Henning drove in McCullough with a sacrifice fly to left field extending ISU’s lead.

Top 6th – (ISU 5, VU 0)

Kaylee Barrett hit her first double of the season and plated a run to extend ISU’s lead.

Top 7th – (ISU 10, VU 0)

Isabella Henning hit a solo home run over the left center field wall, her fifth of the year. Lexie Siwek singled up the middle to bring in a run. Mycaela Miller hit a bases-loaded double to bring in a trio of runs.

PITCHERS OF RECORD

Win: Lexi Benko, Indiana State (2-4)

Loss: Caitlyn Kowalski, Valparaiso (4-7)

Save: None

ON DECK

Indiana State will look to sweep the series against Valparaiso with the series finale on Saturday Apr. 3 at noon a.m. ET

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A big win and a close loss highlighted a unique day of baseball for the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons against the Northern Kentucky Norse. The ‘Dons won game won 14-0 and fell in the second game 5-4. The opener was played at the World Baseball Academy and the second game was played at Parkview Field.

Game One – Mastodons 14, Norse 0 (scheduled seven inning game)

The ‘Dons hit three home runs in the opener. Garett Lake opened the scoring with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. The ‘Dons scored five runs in the second inning. The big hit was a two-RBI single by Aaron Chapman. The third inning saw Evan Huffman hit a home run and then Robert Young III hit a home run deep over the left field wall in the fourth inning.

Chapman finished with three runs scored. Lake knocked in four runs in the game. Trenton Stoner had three runs scored and two walks with one hit. Eight of the Mastodons’ nine starters picked up a hit.

The Mastodons’ impressive offensive performance was matched by Gerald Pintarich’s performance on the mound. He earned the win and is now 2-1 after striking out 10 in 5.2 innings. He gave up only two hits in the game. Nathan Hefle threw the final 1.1 innings to complete the shutout. All told the duo gave up only three hits in the contest.

The last time the ‘Dons scored 14 runs in a game was May 7, 2017 in a 14-7 win over Omaha.

Game Two – Norse 5, Mastodons 4

The ‘Dons were quick on the board in game two. Jack Lang opened the game with a double and moved to third on a delayed steal. He then scored on a wild throw by NKU’s pitcher on a pickoff attempt at first. The second run of the game scored in the third on a Stoner two-out RBI single to knock in Chapman.

Northern Kentucky scored all of their runs in the sixth and seventh innings. First it was a single run in the sixth to make it a 2-1 score. Then it was a four spot in the in the seventh. The Norse were already up 3-2 when Griffin Doersching hit a two-run home run off the apartments in left field.           

Now down, 5-2, the ‘Dons kept battling. The eighth inning saw Purdue Fort Wayne score twice with just one hit. Purdue Fort Wayne hitters worked three walks and benefited from two wild pitches.

In the top of the ninth with two outs, Justin Greene chased down a deep fly ball to right field with a diving play to keep it a one-run game. Purdue Fort Wayne put two on in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get the tying run home.

Jacob Myer finished with a line of five runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in 7.0 innings. He took the loss and is now 3-2. Noah Richardson also went seven for Northern Kentucky and picked up the win. Nick Noble threw the final 1.1 to get his first save of the season.

Chapman finished with a run scored, a hit, a stolen base and two walks.

The ‘Dons had six stolen bases in the game.

Northern Kentucky is now 9-12 (7-7 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 8-13 (5-9 Horizon League). The two teams will play a doubleheader at Parkview Field at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday (April 3).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team had winning runs on deck in game one and on second in the game two, but the Robert Morris Colonials held off two walk off chances 5-3 and 10-9 on Friday (April 2). Both starting pitchers for Purdue Fort Wayne, Shaina Eyre and Lauren McConnell, struck out a career-high seven batters each.

Game 1, Mastodons 3, Colonials 5

The Colonials never trailed in game one, using a two-run first inning that saw them score on a fielder’s choice and and an error. Purdue Fort Wayne tied the game after scoring a run in the second on a solo home run from Kyndell Ethridge, then another in the third when Meagan Mullaney singled up the middle to bring Rachel Everson home.

RMU got two runs in the fifth: a solo shot on the first at bat and a single that scored an unearned run. The Colonials tallied another in the following frame, which came on another single RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Everson got on with a single, advanced on a wild pitch, then was brought home by Madeline Swart’s single to right field. With the tying run at the plate, however, RMU pitcher Rachael Rhinehart got one of her five strikeouts to stifle the chance of a walk off win.

Eyre threw all seven innings and finished with seven strikeouts, which tied her career-best. She was credited with the loss to fall to 3-6. Rhinehart got the win to move to 4-2.

Game 2, Mastodons 9, Colonials 10

The rematch featured a furious comeback attempt from Purdue Fort Wayne, with six runs in the last two innings of play.

In the sixth, Camryn Mosher doubled to right center to score Everson and Morganne Denny. After RMU got a two-run homer in the seventh, the ‘Dons countered with a three-run bomb of their own from Denny. This shot over the right field wall scored Alise Hale and Kennedy Steele. On the subsequent at bat, Everson knocked a home run to cut the RMU lead to just one at 10-9. Mullaney drew a walk after Mosher singled, putting the winning run at first. Swart struck out, but reached first on a wild pitch to load the bases, but the Colonials got out of the jam on a fielder’s choice at third.

The Mastodons had the lead for three innings, however, as they scored two in the first and one in the third. In the first, Olivia Stansbury singled up the middle to score Swart and Hale double to score Stansbury. In the third, Kennedy Steele scored on a throwing error from first that was trying to catch her out at third base.

The Colonials cut into the Mastodon lead and built their own in the fourth, putting four up on the scoreboard thanks to a two-run homer, a sacrifice fly and an error. The fifth and sixth saw two Colonials cross home plate in each, both a double through the left side.

McConnell (0-3) recorded her career-high seven strikeouts in just four innings of work. Jadelyn Johnson came in to strike out two in relief. RMU’s Dana Vatakis (6-4) got the win and Rhinehart got her first save of the season.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 4-14, 3-11 Horizon League while the Colonials improve to 15-9, 10-6. These two teams will meet again tomorrow at the Purdue Fort Wayne softball field for another doubleheader starting at noon.

IUPUI SOFTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The day featured a slugfest and a pitching duel but IUPUI fell on the wrong side of both as the Jags lost to Youngstown State in two games on Friday (April 2).

The first game of the day was a 12-7 win by Youngstown State before the Jags lost game two 3-0.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 12 – IUPUI 7

Jennah Speth and Jordan Barnes both went deep for IUPUI in the first game of the day but the offense could not keep up as Youngstown State took game one 12-7. The Jags finished with five hits in the game with Barnes collecting two.

Youngstown State jumped on IUPUI starter Lexi Lucas with back-to-back solo home runs to start the game. The Jags responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run from Speth.

In the third inning, IUPUI jumped ahead with a double from Maicey Bedrick to score Lauren Youngblood, who reached on an error to start the inning. Rachael Gregory delivered a two-RBI single to score Ryliegh Marsh and Bedrick.

A big inning doomed IUPUI in the game as Youngstown State scored nine runs in the top of the ffith. A solo shot led off the inning. The big shot came with a grand slam with one out to put the Penguins up 8-5 and two batters later, a two-run home run made the score 10-5. The ninth run of the inning came off of a bases loaded walk.

Bedrick scored Youngblood in the bottom of the inning with a sac fly and Barnes homered in the bottom of the seventh but the Jags could not pull together a late rally.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE 3 – IUPUI 0

The first game featured 20 hits between the two teams but the second saw just seven as IUPUI fell 3-0 to Youngstown State.

Jennah Speth and Jordan Barnes collected the only two hits for IUPUI and Speth had a solid outing allowing just three runs on five hits but the Jags could not get anything going off of Youngstown State starter Elle Buffenbarger.

Avrey Schumacher did the damage for Youngstown State, hitting two home runs. Schumacher hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie before hitting a two-run home run in the sixth to extend IUPUI’s deficit.

IUPUI only managed one base runner in the first five innings, getting the runner to second after stolen base.

In the sixth, Rachael Gregory led off with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball but a foul out and a strikeout ended the threat.

Down 3-0 and facing its final three outs, Speth singled but the Jags could not move her any further than first as Youngstown State closed it out with three-straight outs.

UP NEXT

IUPUI and Youngstown State will face off in another double header on Saturday (April 3) with the first game beginning at 12 p.m.

VALPO BASEBALL

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped a back-and-forth affair at Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite Dallas Baptist 9-8 in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. The one-run contest came after the Patriots had also prevailed 8-4 in the opener. Fifth-year senior Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) had a career showing in Game 2, posting four hits including two doubles and a home run.

How It Happened – Game 1

Valpo jumped in front with a first-inning run as Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper), Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]) all notched base hits. Jorgensen’s single plated Schmack to account for the first run of the game. Valpo had a chance for more with men at second and third and one away, but DBU ace Dominic Hamel struck out back-to-back batters to end the inning.

DBU took the lead with six runs in the bottom of the first.

The Valpo bats went back to work in the top of the second, as the lower third of the batting order strung together three straight doubles. The third of those came courtesy of catcher Jake Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel), a two-bagger that plated a pair and cut the DBU lead to 6-3.

Valpo scored a third second-inning run thanks to a Schmack sacrifice fly to make it 6-4, then reliever Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) retired the side in order in the bottom of the second to keep the deficit at two.

McCluskey worked 1-2-3 for the second straight frame in the third with help from the second diving catch of the day by Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) in right field.

Two run-scoring singles in the fifth allowed the Patriots to expend their edge to four at 8-4. Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee CC]) was summoned from the bullpen with a runner at first and nobody out, and the righty retired all three men he faced to keep it 8-4, which proved to be the final score in the seven-inning contest.

How It Happened – Game 2

DBU struck first in the nightcap, pushing across a pair of first-inning runs. 

The Valpo offense exploded in the top of the third, bouncing starting pitcher Ray Gaither from the game in an inning that featured five runs on seven hits including four doubles. Drudge, Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) and Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) all notched doubles that drove in runs, with Hannahs’ two-bagger plating a pair. Kapers put the finishing touches on the prosperous inning with a soft single up the middle that expanded the lead to 5-2.

DBU’s Austin Bell hit a three-run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the third.

Valpo responded with a long ball of its own in the top of the fourth as Dent smashed his third extra-base hit of the game – a go-ahead, solo shot to left center that put Valpo back in front 6-5.

DBU homered to again tie the game in the fifth, but then Dent continued his tear at the plate with his fourth hit of the contest, a run-scoring single in the sixth that put Valpo back in front. Later in the inning, Drudge lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 8-6 in favor of the guests.

The Patriots cracked their third homer of the game to move a step closer in the bottom of the sixth, then tied the score at eight with a seventh-inning run. A two-out single by Jackson Glenn in the bottom of the eighth put DBU up 9-8 and proved to be the difference in the game.

Inside the Games

The nightcap was Valpo’s first game with five or more doubles since May 8, 2018 at Western Michigan.

Schmack had hits in both games to boost his hitting streak to 11, this team’s longest such streak this season. The sophomore first baseman has matched Dent’s 2019 streak, Valpo’s longest over the last three seasons.

Fitzsimmons upped his on-base streak to 17 by reaching in both games of the double dip. He owns Valpo’s longest on-base streak since Giovanni Garbella reached safely in 18 straight in 2018.

Dent’s dinger marked his third of the season, moving him into a tie with Drudge for the team lead. He entered the series with three doubles this season and has doubled that total with three more in the first three games in Dallas, including two in Saturday’s nightcap to lift his team-high total to six.

Dent enjoyed the first four-hit game by any Valpo player this season. The most recent four-hit output by a member of the Brown & Gold came on March 23, 2019, when Fitzsimmons notched four knocks vs. Butler. Dent’s four hits in Saturday’s second game also marked a career high for the fifth-year senior.

Hannahs, Schmack and Fitzsimmons added two hits apiece in Game 2, helping Valpo outhit DBU 14-10. The 14 hits marked the team’s second-highest total this season behind 15 on March 20 at Western Kentucky.

The one-run setback marked Valpo’s third loss by the slimmest of margins in 2021. 

Up Next

Valpo (5-15, 0-3) and DBU (17-7, 3-0) will close out the conference-opening series with a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday at Horner Ballpark. Links to live video, audio and stats courtesy of DBU Athletics can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.

MIAMI BASEBALL

YPSILANTI, Mich. —  Behind spectacular pitching from Jacob Webb and Grant Hartwig, along with a home run from Brian Zapp, the Miami University baseball team picked up a conference road victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 4-3, on Friday afternoon.

With the road win, the RedHawks continue the season with a 14-9 overall record (7-2 Mid-American Conference), while Eastern Michigan falls to 8-10 (4-5 MAC).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the top of the second inning, junior Cole Andrews led things off with a single. Later in the frame, senior Michael Morissette walked, putting two RedHawks on base. Zapp then followed up with a home run to right field, allowing the RedHawks to bring in three runners to give Miami an early 3-0 lead.

At the top of the fifth, graduate student Will Vogelgesang reached base on an error that allowed him to get to second base. Freshman Dalton Back followed by singling up the middle, which allowed Vogelgesang to score and secure the road victory by making it 4-3.

GAME NOTES:

Vogelgesang went 2-for-4 on the day, contributing with a triple and a run scored.

Back also had a solid day for the RedHawks and went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Andrews went 2-for-3 with a run scored while also reaching on a hit by pitch.

Hartwig started on the mound for Miami and threw six innings, striking out seven while allowing just two runs. Webb came in and pitched three innings in relief, striking out four.

WHAT’S NEXT:

After taking game one, The RedHawks will square off with the Eagles in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 3. The first pitch for game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.

MIAMI VOLLEYBALL

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—In a gritty, hard-fought semifinal battle in the opening match of the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Miami University volleyball team was edged in a five-set decision by Bowling Green on Friday evening at the Stroh Center. The No. 4 seed RedHawks (13-9) went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 seed Falcons (21-1), 25-15, 21-25, 25-27, 25-22, 12-15.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

A senior Sarah Wojick service ace to open the match along with two kills from senior Avarie Powell helped Miami take a fast 4-1 lead in the first set. The RedHawks pushed their lead to seven, 12-5 with help from a sophomore Allyson Severance service ace. A late 4-0 spurt spurred the Red and White to a 21-12 advantage. Another Severance service ace pushed Miami’s advantage to double figures, 23-13, and Miami went on to claim the first set 25-15. The RedHawks hit a sizzling .545 for the set with Powell accounting for five kills and junior Sophie Riemersma notching four.

A Powell kill followed by back-to-back kills by junior Gaby Harper handed Miami a quick 3-0 edge in the second set. BGSU retaliated with four unanswered points to take their first lead of the match. Neither team led by more than two until the Falcons used a 9-1 run to take a 20-13 advantage. BGSU was at set point, 24-17, but Miami rattled off four straight points, including two kills from Wojick and one from Riemersma, to close within three, 24-21. A BGSU kill ended the RedHawks’ run and gave the Falcons the second set, 25-21, to even the match at one set apiece.

Two kills from Powell and one from Harper gave Miami an early 4-0 advantage in the third set. The RedHawks pushed their lead to five points three times early on, the last coming at 11-6 off a Harper kill, but BGSU notched four straight points to shrink the gap to 11-10. Bowling Green took its first lead of the set at 17-16, but a kill by Harper and a senior Abigail Huser service ace quickly gave Miami back the lead, 18-17. The teams continued to go back and forth before a kill and service ace by the Falcons edged Miami in the third set, 27-25.

Four straight points helped BGSU take an early 9-5 lead in the fourth set. Miami came back to knot the set, 11-11, off a blistering kill by Wojick and a powerful block from Powell and Harper. A kill from freshman Maggie McCrary handed the RedHawks their first lead of the set since the opening point, 19-18. The Falcons came back to post a 22-20 lead, but Miami scored five unanswered points all off kills to close out the fourth set and capture the 25-22 win to force a fifth set.

The fifth set was nip and tuck with neither team leading by more than one until the Falcons posted a 9-7 edge. BGSU pushed its advantage to 13-9, but Miami chiseled away and closed within 14-12 off kills by Powell, Severance and Wojick. The Falcons captured the fifth set, 15-12, in a hard-fought battle.

NOTES:

Senior Morgan Seaman amassed a career-high 62 assists and added 12 digs.

Powell led four RedHawks in double figures for kills with 18. Riemersma and Wojick each notched 16 kills, while Harper added 15.

Huser notched 24 digs.

Miami scored the first point in all five sets.

The RedHawks hit an impressive .545 in the opening set and .450 in the fifth set, with just one attack error in each set.

UP NEXT:

Miami concludes its stint in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

WRIGHT STATE VOLLEYBALL

The Wright State volleyball team is looking for its first Horizon League Championship in program history on Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded Raiders host No. 2 seed UIC in the 2021 Horizon League Championship.  The Raiders are 15-1 overall, while UIC is 14-2 overall.

Saturday’s match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start . Fans can follow the action via live stats or streaming via live video on ESPN+.

The Raiders played in the Horizon League title game one other time in program history, falling in five sets to former HL member Loyola in 2005, while the Flames have finished as tournament runners-up twice, in 2016 and 2012.

Last time out, Wright State took care of No. 4 seed Purdue Fort Wayne in three sets in the semifinals of the Horizon League Volleyball Championship. Fort Wayne dug itself into a hole early, committing seven attacking errors in both of the first two sets on the way to set hitting percentages of -.053 and .040, finishing with a .054 overall team hitting percentage. Teddie Sauer led the Raider offense with an 11-kill afternoon, the only player to reach double digits, while Nyssa Baker finished with nine kills and a match-high seven blocks. Celia Powers added eight kills and four blocks as well, while Lainey Stephenson passed out 30 of Wright State’s 41 assists. Jenna Story recorded 24 digs as the Raiders had three players with double-digit dig totals, with Story joined by Powers’ 16 and 13 from Stephenson.

FLAME FACTS

UIC was 14-2 this spring, with the lone Horizon League loss coming in four sets on Feb. 22 at Milwaukee. The Flames also dropped a four set match at Xavier on March 15. Seven of UIC’s 14 wins have come in three sets, with the Flames having played seven four set matches and two five set matches. Wright State and UIC did not meet this spring and split the two meetings in 2019. The Raiders trail 26-35 all-time in the series.

UIC NOTES

UIC put together a comeback for the ages on Sunday (March 28) in the Horizon League semifinals, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit and an 18-8 hole in a decisive set four to take a 3-2 win over No. 3-seeded Northern Kentucky. Paola Santiago, Martina Delucchi and Morgan Kull all finished with double-doubles for the Flames in the win. Delucchi led the team in kills, terminating 18 while also digging out 18. Santiago led the way in digs, collecting 20 digs to go with 17 kills, while Kull ended the day with 13 digs to go with 29 assists. UIC’s offense stands at one of the best in the nation, ranking 13th in the nation in kills per set, averaging 14.22 terminations per set as a team. UIC also ranks 14th in the nation in assists per set, averaging 13.15 helpers per set as a squad and 44th in the nation in hitting percentage, hitting at a clip of .250 as a team. The Flames’ offense sits at the top of the League, leading the conference in hitting percentage (.250), assists (13.15 per set) and kills (14.24 per set). UIC also leads in the League in service aces, averaging 1.69 per set, while limiting its opposition to a conference-low 0.76 aces per set. On the defensive side, UIC ranks fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.177), opponent kills (12.19 per set) and it comes in at fifth in digs (17.00 per set).

NATIONAL ATTENTION

Wright State is No. 6 nationally in both Team Digs per Set, averaging 19.98 per, and in Team Attacks per Set (40.16) entering Saturday’s HL Championship. The Raiders are also No. 7 nationally in Opponent Hitting Percentage (0.107) and No. 12 nationally in team Blocks per Set (2.75). Wright State leads the Horizon League in each of those categories. Jenna Story is No. 1 the nation in Digs per Set average at 6.33 and has 348 total digs on the season (No. 27 nationally), while Nysaa Baker is No. 12 nationally in Blocks per Set average (1.49 per). The Raiders are turning heads nationally, having received votes in the Feb. 15, March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29 AVCA Coaches Polls.

MATTERS OF FACT

Head Coach Allie Matters is the first coach in Wright State program history with earn multiple Horizon League Coach of the Year honors. Current Wright State Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator (and former Raider coach) Joylynn Brown was honored by the Horizon League as its 2001 Coach of the Year.

RPI SEE YOU

Wright State currently has the No. 28 RPI in the country, its best in program history. The Raiders are not alone in the RPI, as the Horizon League also has Milwaukee (No. 44), Northern Kentucky (No. 88),  and UIC (No. 96) inside the top 100 in the RPI rankings.

GOOD TO BE HOME

Despite their 8-0 road record this season, and a 16-4 overall mark away from McLin Gymnasium over the past two seasons, the Raiders are no doubt be happy to play inside the familiar confines for the 2021 Horizon League tournament. Under head coach Allie Matters, Wright State is 24-4 at home over the last three seasons. The Raiders 24 home wins since Matters took over surpasses the 21 total home wins that the program tallied from 2011-2017 before Matters arrived.Wright State has won 19 straight Horizon League regular season home matches stretching across the 2018, 2019 and spring 2021 seasons.

DAYTON BASEBALL

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The University of Dayton baseball team split a doubleheader against Xavier at Hayden Field in Cincinnati. The Flyers won 4-1 in the first game before dropping the second contest 5-1.

UD sits at 10-16 in 2021. In the first game, each of the first eight hitters in Dayton’s lineup got a base hit, and all nine reached base in the victory. Senior Hunter Wolfe tossed a complete game picking up 10 strikeouts over the seven-inning contest. Senior Riley Tirotta put the exclamation point on the victory with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Tirotta picked up two hits in the game two loss, as did senior Mariano Ricciardi, who drove in the lone run for Dayton. Junior Bryce Hellgeth and freshman Austin Brush pitched 4.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts between them to lead the Flyers on the mound.

GAME ONE

ON THE MOUND

Wolfe continued his streak of impressive performances, notching his fifth straight game going at least six innings with eight or more strikeouts while allowing two or fewer runs. The senior scattered five hits and three walks in his complete game shutout and picked up 10 strikeouts in his third win of the season. Wolfe moved into eighth place in program history with 181 career strikeouts. He is just three behind Tom Harrison, who pitched for the Flyers from 1990-93.

SCORING PLAYS

Top 3: (1-0 Flyers)

Graduate student Chris Cabrera led off the inning with a double to center field and two batters later senior Mitchell Garrity walked to put two on. Junior Benjamin Blackwell brought home the game’s first run with an RBI single to right field.

Top 5: (4-0 Flyers)

Ricciardi hit a one-out single to center field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Blackwell reached on a walk and junior Marcos Pujols advanced the runners with a groundout to first base. The Musketeers changed pitchers and Tirotta hit the first pitch he saw for a three-run home run to put the Flyers up four with what would later become the go-ahead home run.

Bottom 5: (4-1 Flyers)

Xavier led off the inning with back-to-back singles. A passed ball put two runners in scoring position and after a strikeout, a groundout to Blackwell brought home a run and finished the scoring and gave game one its final score.

GAME TWO

ON THE MOUND

Junior Dylan Keller started the game for the Flyers, getting the first out of the game before eventually giving way to Hellgeth. Hellgeth would go the next 2.2 innings, striking out four and giving up one hit without allowing a run.

Sophomore Nate Espelin pitched the fourth inning, allowing two runs on three hits while picking up two strikeouts. Brush would go on to finish the game for the Flyers, pitching two hitless innings, also picking up four strikeouts in his time on the mound.

SCORING PLAYS

Bottom 1: (3-0 Musketeers)

Keller’s first pitch of the game ended in a leadoff home run for Xavier. After a strikeout, a triple and wild pitch brought home the second run of the game. Two walks brought Hellgeth into the game and a balk with a runner on third made it 3-0.

Bottom 4: (5-0 Musketeers)

Espelin came in and got the first two Xavier hitters out. A walk, wild pitch, double, and back-to-back singles brought home the next two runs.

Top 5: (5-1 Musketeers)

Garrity singled through the right side with one out and junior Jay Curtis moved him to third with a single up the middle. Ricciardi brought home Garrity from third with a two-out single through the left side to give the game its final score.

UP NEXT

The Flyers will return to Dayton for a doubleheader at Woerner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.

DAYTON VOLLEYBALL

DAYTON – The University of Dayton volleyball team has advanced to the finals of the 2020-21 Atlantic 10 Championship with its 3-0 win over fourth-seeded Fordham Friday. The Championship is being hosted by the top-seeded Flyers at Frericks Center April 2-3.

Dayton will square off against No. 2 VCU in the finals, the fourth-consecutive time the pair have matched up in the title match.

KEY STATS

• 44 – as a team, Dayton recorded 44 kills to Fordham’s 31

• 31 – senior Bridget Doherty tallied a match-high 31 assists, her third 30+ assist performance in a three-set match this season. Doherty also had 11 digs for her second double-double this season

• 20 – junior Maura Collins led all passers with 20 digs, her second-consecutive and third overall 20+ dig performance this year

• 12 – junior Jamie Peterson posted a match-high 12 kills as one of two Flyers in double-digits. Freshman Lexie Almodovar had 10 kills.

• 10.0 – the Flyers had a total of 10.0 team blocks led by freshman Alayna Yates with two solo and three assisted blocks

UP NEXT

 On Saturday, No. 1 Dayton will square off against No. VCU in the championship title match. First serve is set for 12 p.m. ET at Frericks Center. There will be no public ticket sales due to COVID-19 restrictions. The match will be available via ESPN+ and Statbroadcast.

DAYTON IN THE A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP

Dayton is on the hunt for its third-consecutive and 14th overall A-10 Championship title. In 24 appearances in the post-season conference tournament, the Flyers have tallied a 32-10 overall record and, since the team joined the league prior to the 1995 season, UD has only missed the championship twice (1995, 1999). Dayton boasts a total of 13 championship titles, five more than former A-10 member Penn State (8).

DAYTON SOFTBALL

DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team split its Atlantic 10 doubleheader against Saint Louis at the Billiken Sports Center Friday afternoon.

In game one, the Flyer offense was stifled and SLU won 15-0 in five innings.

UD replied with 14 hits in the second game. After two innings, Dayton fell behind 6-2, but responded with seven unanswered runs and held on for a 9-7 win in the second game. In the top of the third, Abby Ehrenborg hit solo homerun to cut the SLU lead in half. After Ali Weekly scored on a Megan Ward hit and SLU error, Alyssa Cacini hit a two-run homer to tie the game in the fourth. Dayton scored three more in the fifth as Taylor Erschen hit a bases-loaded double for 3 RBI.

Dayton moves to 10-13 overall on the season and 5-1 in Atlantic 10 play. The Billikens are 6-19 overall and 1-5 in A-10 action.

GAME ONE

Saint Louis 15, Dayton 0 (five innings)

10 – The Billikens jumped to a 10-0 lead with six hits and two Flyer errors in the bottom of the first.

4 – Dayton committed four errors in the game.

3 – Olivia Lessmann came in relief on the mound, pitching 4.0 innings and striking out three.

0 – The Flyers were held hitless in the shutout.

Winning Pitcher: Chloe Wendling (1-5)– 5.0 IP, CG, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, 3 strikeouts

Losing Pitcher: Sarah Bailitz (3-5) – 0.0 IP, 3 hits, 7 runs, 7 ER, 3 walks

GAME TWO

Dayton 9, Saint Louis 7

14 – Dayton responded with 14 hits in game two. Weekley was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and Katie Reeg was 3-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Ward (2-for-5 with a run scored and 1 RBI) and Briley Sidor (2-for-3 with two runs scored) also had a multi-hit game for the Flyers.

3 – Erschen led the way with 3 RBI

7 – Kelsey Gumm struck out seven and had no earned runs.

13 – The Flyers left seven on base and the Billikens left six stranded in game two.

Winning Pitcher: Kelsey Gumm (2-4) – 6.0 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 ER, 7 strikeouts, one walk

Losing Pitcher:  Kaili Hanner (0-4) – 0.1 IP, 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, one walk, one HP

UP NEXT

Dayton will continue A-10 play on the road at Saint Louis April 3 in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team was shut out, 7-0, by No. 11 East Carolina on Friday afternoon in American Athletic Conference action at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Bearcats (11-12, 0-2 AAC) failed to plate a run for only the second time this season, dating back to a 5-0 loss at No. 25 Clemson in the season opener on Feb. 19.

Jace Mercer, who made his 150th career start on Friday, finished with two hits while Cole Harting and Griffin Merritt had the other hits for the Bearcats. Ryan Nicholson drew a pair of walks.

ECU (20-5, 2-0 AAC) starter Gavin Williams was dealing, scattering four hits over 6.2 innings and striking out 13. He moved to 3-0 on the season.

UC starter Dean McCarthy took the loss. He threw 6.0 innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out six in the 96-pitch affair.

UP NEXT

The Bearcats and Pirates will close out the series with a Saturday doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Bearcats LHP Evan Shawver and Pirates LHP Jake Kuchmaner are the game one starters. The second game of the twin bill will start approximately 45 minutes after game one ends with UC LHP Garrett Schoenle opposing ECU RHP Tyler Smith on the mound. The game will stream on ECUPirates.com with live stats on BearcatStats.com.

OHIO STATE MVOLLEYBALL

QUINCY, Ill. – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team picked up its third straight sweep with a 3-0 victory (25-20, 25-19, 25-18) over Quincy on Friday night. The Buckeyes move up to 9-8 (8-5 MIVA) on the season as the Hawks drop to 4-12 (1-12 MIVA).

Sotiris Siapanis had a match-high 10 kills, followed by Jacob Pasteur with nine and Martin Lallemand with eight. Siapanis and Lallemand hit .600 and .545, respectively, with only three errors in 26 total attempts between them. Michael Wright chipped in 33 assists and Samuel Clark tallied three blocks. Luke Meidel and Pasteur added five digs each.

SET 1: Ohio State doubled up with an 8-4 advantage to start the match. The Hawks called for time after a 4-1 Buckeye run put them down 13-8. Quincy tried to capitalize on OSU miscues but a Siapanis-Clark rejection secured a 25-20 win for the Buckeyes.

SET 2: Back-to-back kills by Lallemand put Ohio State ahead 13-9 and sent Quincy to its bench. The Buckeyes went on a 6-1 sprint, extending their lead to 19-11. The Hawks strung together three straight points but a service error halted their efforts, 25-19.

SET 3: The Buckeyes opened the frame on a 10-4 run, which featured three kills by Siapanis. Ohio State kept the momentum going as it cruised to a 25-18 victory.

UP NEXT

Ohio State and Quincy conclude the regular season at 8 p.m. Saturday.

XAVIER BASEBALL

CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball split a pair of seven-inning outings on Friday at Hayden Field, falling 4-1 in game one, then bouncing back to even the series with a 5-1 win in game two. The series continues with another doubleheader set to begin on Saturday at noon.

Trevor Olson got the start in game one, striking out a career-high nine in 4.2 innings of work but the Flyers took a one run lead in the third and pushed it to a 4-0 advantage with a three run homer in the fifth. Xavier got a run back in the bottom of the frame on an RBI by Andrew Walker brining in Garrett Schultz, but were unable to pull any closer.

In game two, Nick Zwack made the start on the mound, going the full 7.0 innings, allowing just one run on seven hits, striking out eight without a walk. Xavier scored three in the first inning and added two more in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead into the fifth where the Flyers got a run back but were unable to get any closer, evening the series at 1-1 with a 5-1 Xavier win.

Xavier moved to 7-13 on the season while Dayton moved to 10-16

MARIAN SOFTBALL

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian softball team finished their four-game road trip with a pair of shutouts on Friday afternoon, as Sydney Wilson and Abigail McPherson each tossed a complete game shutout against St. Francis. The wins move Marian to 12-2 in Crossroads League play, and 23-7 overall this season.

Game 1 | Marian 6-0 St. Francis

The Knights and Cougars were locked into a tight pitcher’s duel early, with the opening game remaining hitless through the first three innings. St. Francis’ Mackenzie Rust held Marian without a base runner in their first nine trips to the plate, while Sydney Wilson was nearly perfect, working her way out of a two-out walk in the second inning.

Savannah Harweger broke up Rust’s rhythm in the top of the fourth, singling to start the inning to give Marian their first base runner of the game. After a sacrifice moved the shortstop into scoring position, Raegan Hiatt was able to drive in the first run of the game with an RBI single. After a tow-out base hit from Sierra Norman, the Knights continued to tack on runs, with Emma Maple slamming a triple to right field to clear the bases. Following the two-RBI hit from the designated player, Marian led 3-0.

Wilson carried her no-hit bid into the bottom of the fifth after tossing a scoreless fourth inning, and reached 13 hitless outs to start the game before giving up a one-out single. The southpaw shook off the hit with a flyout, while Hiatt made the third out of the inning catching Elandra Shafer stealing to face the minimum in the frame.

The Knights expanded their lead in the top of the sixth, with Lanie Horen tagging a one-out single to left, bringing home a run after Hiatt singled to open the frame. An Abbi Wirey single one batter later would score two more runs, as Horen and Maple touched the plate giving Marian a 6-0 lead.

With the comfortable lead at hand, the Knights finished strong, as Wilson stranded a hit in the bottom of the sixth with a strikeout while leaving two Cougars on base in the seventh to complete the 6-0 shutout win. Wilson earned her 10th win of the season after tossing her 11th complete game of the year, allowing four hits to go with five strikeouts. Wirey and Hiatt combined for four of Marian’s nine hits in game one, while Maple had the game’s lone extra base hit with her triple.

Game 2 | Marian 4-0 St. Francis

Game two again started in a pitcher’s battle, this time featuring Abigail McPherson and Brooke Herron. Herron faced the minimum in the Knights’ first trip to the plate, while McPherson stranded a hit and walk in the first while getting a pair of punchouts to end the half inning. After a scoreless second, St. Francis threatened to score in the home half of the third by picking up a pair of base hits, but were unable to drive in a run as the freshman pitcher closed the door with a flyout.

Marian’s offense was able to break the game open in the fourth inning for the second straight game, as Shelbie Stotts picked up a one-out double. The catcher didn’t wait long to round the bases, as Sierra Norman launched a two-run home run to left field two batters later, providing her team a 2-0 lead. The scoring threat continued after Wirey and Horen reached base on a single and walk, but Herron was able to get out of the inning with a flyout. With a lead at hand, McPherson struckout the side in the bottom of the fourth, registerring her first collegiate three strikeout inning.

The Knights added insurance runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, driving home one run in each half inning. Kassidi Cadle provided an RBI single in the top of the fifth to make it a 3-0 game, while in the seventh Cadle again provided an RBI hit, doubling in Mady Foster to show 4-0 on the scoreboard.

McPherson mowed down the Cougars in the final three innings of the game, striking out the side for the second consecutive inning in the fifth, while tossing a perfect sixth. St. Francis would make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh as they picked up a two-out single and walk, but McPherson was able to close the game with a strikeout, sealing the Friday afternoon sweep.

Abigail McPherson had a career day, recording her sixth win of the season. The freshman ended the day with a career-high 11 strikeouts, hitting double-digits for the first time in her career. McPherson struckout seven straight batters at one point in the game, and allowed five hits in her complete game outing. At the plate Cadle and Stotts led Marian with two hits each, while Cadle and Norman each had two RBI.

Marian will come home to play Huntington on Saturday afternoon. The doubleheader with the Foresters is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.

MARIAN BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team took down No. 23 Indiana Wesleyan in game one of Friday’s doubleheader 4-3 before falling 8-2 in the second showing of the day. The Knights move to 17-15 on the season and 10-8 in Crossroads League play following the conference doubleheader split.

Game 1 | Marian 4 – 3 Indiana Wesleyan

The first inning saw quick work on the mound from Noah Sackenheim and took the Knights into the bottom half with no damage done. The Marian batters had ideas of their own and got off to a hot start early in the inning.

The inning started off with Trey Heidlage finding himself aboard on a walk followed by a Matteo Porcellato single to the first baseman. The Wildcats were able to get log two outs while allowing another walk.

Bryce Davenport stepped up for the Knights and scored both Heidlage and Porcellato before being thrown out at second to end the inning. The two-RBI single to right gave Marian an early 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

Despite the early advantage by the Knights, the Wildcats responded with three runs of their own in the top half of the second inning, quickly negating the lead and putting Marian behind 3-2.

After an uneventful third inning, the Knights’ bats got hot to start the bottom half of the fourth. Sean Dieppa, Hironori Kato, and Tyler Hargrove rattled off consecutive singles, moving station-to-station and loading the bases with no outs. Porcellato drew a walk and knotted things up at 3-3 with Deippa scoring on the play.

Despite the bases still being loaded, the Indiana Wesleyan pitcher struck out the next two batters and got out of the jam after only giving up on run on the walk.

Davenport continued to hold the Wildcats in check at the bat and kept the contest tied at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Hargrove reached first off an error to start the home frame of the sixth. The centerfielder was moved over on a Heidlage sacrifice bunt to set up Porcellato with a runner in scoring position and only one out.

Porcellato came through for the Knights and hit a line drive to right centerfield to score Hargrove and put Marian on top 4-3 after six innings of play.

With two outs and a runner on second base in the top of the seventh, Davis Enfield came in to relieve Sackenheim and popped up the batter to get out of the inning unscathed. The Knights were held in check in the seventh and eighth, but Enfield continued to deal on the mound.

The freshman Enfield struck out four of the seven batters he faced in the final two innings and did not surrender a hit. Enfield clinched the seven-out save with a strike out to end the game and solidify the 4-3 game one victory over the 23rd-ranked Wildcats.

Sackenheim came out of the contest with his third win of the season after six and two-thirds innings pitched. The three runs surrendered in the second inning went unearned giving the combined pitching line no earned runs over the course of nine innings.

Marian racked up 11 hits in the game and were led by Dieppa and Porcellato each tallying three to their names. Porcellato and Davenport accounted for all four RBIs on the afternoon, each notching two apiece.

Game 2 | Marian 2 – 8 Indiana Wesleyan

The second game of the day did not see the same results from either team. Indiana Wesleyan started off the game with two runs in the first inning and then four in the second. The Knights were started off in the first inning by a Heidlage double, but the team could not string together hits.

Trailing 8-0 in the third following a two-run top half, the Knights caught some luck and had Hargrove and Heidlage hit by back-to-back pitches with two outs. Although Marian had two runners on base, the two-out rally would not last long as the Wildcats’ pitcher was able to sit down the next batter, retiring the side with no damage done to the Indiana Wesleyan lead.

Jared Berger sat down the Wildcats in straight order in the top of the fourth inning, but despite a Dillon Olejnik single, Marian still entered the fifth trailing 8-0. Berger was relieved by Michael Mates in the fifth after retiring the first two batters of the inning with a fly out and strikeout. Mates drew a fly out to right field and kept the deficit still.

Hargrove and Porcellato tried to get things going in the bottom half. With one out, Hargrove knocked a single to left. Two batters later, Porcellato logged another base hit to center and moved Hargrove to second. Once again, the Wildcats defense shut down the threat and ended the inning without the Knights being able to make a dent in the lead.

In the bottom half of the sixth, following a Mates dominated top, Donavan Shepherd got ahold of a pitch and knocked it to deep left center for a double. The Knights were not able to make anything of the two-out double and headed into the final inning still trailing 8-0.

Reese Wills came on the mound for the final inning and struck out the side in straight order. The Wills strikeouts carried over the Knights’ offensive efforts. With one out, Hargrove tallied another single by beating out the throw after hitting a high chopper to the pitcher.

Heidlage walked next to put runners on first and second with one out. Porcellato tattooed a ball to deep right field to notch a double and score Hargrove to put the Knights on the board late. Kahi’au Quartero followed the double with a ground out to second to score Heidlage from third.

The rally was put to rest two batters later, giving the Wildcats the game two, 8-2 victory.

Porcellato led the day hitting with five hits and three RBIs. Hargrove tacked on two hits during game two to total three on the day. In the second game, Marian out-hit the Wildcats 18-13 on the day after edging out Indiana Wesleyan in the category 7-6 in game two.

The Knights come back Saturday at 1 p.m. to host the No. 23 Wildcats for another Crossroads League doubleheader.

EARLHAM BASEBALL

SCORES: G1 – Earlham 8, Defiance 2 / G2 – Earlham 14, Defiance 8

LOCATION: Defiance, Ohio – Rutter Field

RECORDS: Earlham 11-6 / Defiance 4-13

DEFIANCE, Ohio – Earlham College baseball combined for 23 hits on the day over both ends of its doubleheader with Defiance College and posted a sweep over the Yellow Jackets on Friday afternoon at Rutter Field. The Quakers won the first game of the twinbill, 8-2, and completed the sweep with a 14-8 triumph in game two.

GAME 1

Earlham put up runs in three of the first four innings, including a two-run home run from Austin Hatfield in the first inning. After a Defiance run in the home half of the first and single Earlham run in the third to make the score 3-1, the Quakers manufactured two runs in the fourth on two hits and two Yellow Jacket errors. Brian Pincura had an infield single that plated Easton Embry with an unearned run for the Maroon and White.

Defiance got one run back in the seventh, cutting the Earlham lead to 5-2, before the Quakers put the game out of reach with a three-run uprising in the ninth. An RBI single by Connor Drews was one of two Earlham hits in the frame, to go with two walks and two Defiance errors.

Starter Joey Gerbus fanned eight Defiance batters over seven innings on his way to the win, allowing just four hits. Dillon Fischer came on to pitch the eighth and ninth innings to earn his first save.

Drews, Cameron McCabe, and Danny Dopp each had two hits to lead the Quakers at the plate.

GAME 2

Earlham two advantage of three big innings to post a big lead over Defiance, before the Yellow Jackets rallied in the late-going and threatened to make a game of it.

A two-run double from Pincura keyed a four-run second inning for the Quakers, and Earlham extended its lead to 9-1 in the fifth inning on a three-run blast off the bat of Michael Medley.

The Quakers pushed four more runs across in the sixth inning on two hits, four walks, and one Yellow Jacket error, with McCabe and Medley each hitting RBI singles.

Defiance answered with six runs in the seventh, capped by a three-run home run from Michael Reese.

Nick Carrizales got the start on the mound and improved to 3-0 with the win, after lasting six innings and recording three strikeouts. Evan Griswold and Jacob Renner combined to finish off the last three innings.

Drews and McCabe each had three hits while Medley tallied four RBI. Earlham’s 14 hits in the game was a season-high for the Quakers, eclipsing the previous mark of 13 set at Transylvania (3/7) and matched at Franklin (3/27).

NEXT UP:

Earlham baseball has the quick turnaround to face Manchester University on Saturday, April 3, at Sadler Stadium. First game of the doubleheader will start at 12:00 p.m.

INDY FUEL HOCKEY

NDIANAPOLIS – Playing their first of two games this weekend, the Indy Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. The Nailers would get the first lead of the game in the second period but would be tied immediately by Indy’s Chad Yetman. Austin Fyten would net the game-winning goal at the end of the second period to hand Indy the 3-2 loss.

Through the first 10 minutes of the opening period, the Fuel led the Nailers in shots 9-6. Both teams traded scoring chances but both Tom Aubrun and Taran Kozun held the opposing teams at bay. With neither team be able to capitalize on their chances, heading to the locker room tied 0-0.

The Nailers would be the first team to get on the board when they capitalized on a Nick Hutchison slashing penalty. Getting alone in front of the net, Nick Rivera put home a loose puck in front of Aubrun to give the Nailers a 1-0 lead. The Fuel would respond immediately with a goal of their own when Chad Yetman beat Kozun with a wrist shot on an odd-man rush. Wheeling’s Austin Fyten gave Wheeling their second lead of the game when he jumped on a Fuel turnover and fired a shot over the shoulder of Aubrun.

Controlling the first half of the third period, the Nailers put 12 shots on Tom Aubrun. Indy would respond with several shots of their own on Kozun but would be turned away. Outshooting the Nailers 18-13 in the third period, Indy would not be able to get the puck past Kozun, eventually falling 3-2 on Friday.

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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       Although Christy Mathewson tried to return the money, A’s owner Connie Mack accuses him of reneging on his contract to play the 1901 season with the fledgling American League team. After meeting with the A’s manager in January, ‘Big Six,’ committing his services to Philadephia when he received a signing bonus but used the offer to get a richer contract from the Giants.

1923       Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg file suit against the White Sox for back salary and $400,000 in damages. Both expelled players, acquitted for allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series, were still banned from baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, even though they were found not guilty of the wrongdoing in a much-publicized court case.

1950       Considered a well-guarded secret, Mel Parnell reveals he pitched all but three of his 39 games for Boston last season with a sore elbow. The 27 year-old ‘Dusty’ finished the season 25-7 with a 2.77 ERA for the second-place Red Sox.

1961       New York investors Jack P. Schleifer and Milton Schwartz take a title to Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, in hopes of developing the property as an industrial center with bowling alleys and a restaurant when the Phillies move to a proposed new ballpark in the northeastern part of the city. The 52 year-old ballpark, home for both the A’s (1909-1954) and Phillies (1938-1970), will eventually become the Deliverance Evangelistic Church’s site in 1991.

1966       In his first at-bat against Juan Marichal since the pitcher’s bat-yielding incident last season, Johnny Roseboro hits a three-run inside-the-park home run in the Dodgers’ 8-4 victory over the Giants. Before starting the spring training contest, San Francisco GM Chub Feeney attempted to arrange a handshake between the combatants, with the Los Angeles catcher, who has a $110,000 lawsuit pending against the right-hander and the hurler’s team, declining the offer.

1966       In a special lottery, Tom Seaver picks the Mets from names tossed in a hat that also included the Phillies and Indians, signing with New York for a reported $50,000 bonus. Tom’s dad threatened a lawsuit after his son’s contract with Atlanta was voided because the right-hander’s college team had played two exhibition games, but signing a pro contract also prevented the future Hall of Famer from playing on the collegiate level.

1967       Al Jackson, competing for a spot in the Cardinals’ rotation to replace an injured Steve Carlton, yields twenty hits over nine innings in an exhibition game. The southpaw’s poor outing comes against the Tulsa Oilers, the Redbirds’ Class AA minor league team in the Texas League.

1968       The Tigers trade left-hander Hank Aguirre to the Dodgers for minor leaguer Fred Moulder, the player to be named later. The All-Star southpaw, better known for being the worst hitter in major league history, will compile a .085 batting average during his 16-year major league career, striking out in an astounding 236 times in his 388 at-bats (61%).

1969       The Phillies trade first baseman Bill White to the Cardinals for infielder Jerry Buchek and utility player Jim Hutto. White will retire after one season in St. Louis, eventually becoming the president of the National League after a 17-year stint as the Yankee broadcasting partner of the long-time legendary voice of the Bronx Bombers, Phil Rizzuto.

1974       The Indians trade Pedro Guerrero to the Dodgers for pitcher Bruce Ellingsen, who appears in only 16 games for Cleveland in his one year in the majors. The 17 year-old infielder/outfielder will compile a .309 batting average, becoming a five-team All-Star during his 11 seasons with the team.

1984       On Opening Day, Tiger rookie Barbaro Garbey becomes the first Cuban refugee to play in the majors when he grounds out in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter for Dave Bergman. The 27 year-old utility player will stay in the game, playing first base in Detroit’s 8-1 rout of Minnesota in the Metrodome.

1985       The owners’ proposal of expanding the League Championship Series to best-of-seven is agreed to by the Players’ Association. The LCS started as a best-of-five series in 1969 when the leagues divided into divisions, with both the Orioles and Mets sweeping their opponents in three games.

1987       The Cubs trade starter Dennis Eckersley and prospect Dan Rohn to the A’s for three minor leaguers who will never appear in a major league game. The future Hall of Famer known as ‘Eck’ becomes one of the game’s top relievers, saving 320 games during his nine-year tenure with Oakland.

1989       In his first major league at-bat, Mariners’ center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. doubles off Oakland’s Dave Stewart. The 19-year-old ‘Junior,’ the son of an active major leaguer outfielder playing with the Reds, will establish himself as one of the game’s superstars before retiring in 2010.

1989       The Mets win their 11th consecutive home opener, beating St. Louis at Shea Stadium, 8-4. The Amazins’ have now won on Opening Day in 18 of the last 20 seasons.

1990       Billy Hatcher, who is in the delivery room with his pregnant wife when the phone rings, is informed by Pirates manager Jim Leyland that he has been traded but doesn’t ask to which team. After his daughter Chelsea is born, the former Buc outfielder gets a call at home from Cincinnati general manager Bob Quinn to welcome him to the Reds.

1994       The new season begins at Riverfront Stadium, in a game that is not embraced by the local fans or Cincinnati owner Marge Schott, with the first Sunday night opener ever played in major league history. On a frigid Easter Sunday evening, the Cardinals beat the Reds in the controversial contest, 6-4, in front of the smallest opening day crowd in the ballpark’s 24-year history.

2000       With their 8-0 and 21-1 victories over the Clafin Panthers, the Savannah State nine extends its consecutive-game winning streak to 42 games. The Tigers’ twin sweep sets an NCAA record, eclipsing the Marietta College of Ohio record of 40 straight wins established by the Division II school last year.

2002       Barry Bonds becomes the second player in baseball history to begin a season with consecutive two-homer games. Eddie Mathews also hit a pair of homers in each of the Braves’ first two games against the Pirates to start the 1958 season.

2005       Alex Sanchez becomes the first major leaguer to be publicly identified under baseball’s new steroid policy. The Tampa Bay outfielder receives a ten-day suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

2006       🇯🇵 Seattle’s Kenji Johjima becomes the first Japanese catcher to start a major league game. The Mariners’ 30 year-old backstop homers in his debut in the team’s 5-3 loss to the Angels.

2006       Sportsnet NY, the Mets’ new team-owned network, broadcasts its first regular-season baseball game. During the third inning of New York’s 3-2 victory over the Nationals, SNY experiences technical difficulties that blacks out the telecast for nearly twenty minutes.

2007       On Opening Day, Marcus and Brian Giles bat first and second in the San Diego lineup in the Padres’ 7-0 victory over the Giants. Skipper Bud Black’s batting order marks the first time that brothers have hit one and two in a game since Matty and Jesus Alou did it for San Francisco in 1965.

2008       A three-and-a-half pound red-tailed hawk, known to nest at the historic ballpark, attacks a Memorial Boulevard Middle School student during a Fenway Park tour. The 13-year-old from Bristol (CT), treated for a small scratch on her scalp at a local hospital, has a familiar name to Red Sox fans, Alexa Rodriguez, similar to the much detested third baseman of the Yankees who also is 13 (uniform number).

2008       Twenty minutes before their game, the Dodgers announce reliever Hong-Chih Kuo will start in place of Chad Billingsley, who, in turn, will be in the bullpen. The unusual move, made due to the threat of rain at the start of the contest, is also employed by the Giants, with Merkin Valdez beginning the game with the announced starter and eventual winner, Tim Lincecum entering the game in the fourth inning.

2008       At Comerica Park in Detroit, the Royals beat the Tigers, 4-1, completing a season-opening three-game sweep. The victories mark the first time that Kansas City had started the year with a sweep on the road since 1977, when the team also won the first three away contests of the season in the Motor City.

2008       In a dazzling debut, Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto fans ten batters in an overpowering seven-inning performance when Cincinnati beats the visiting Diamondbacks, 3-2. Using a 96-mph fastball and devastating changeup, the 22 year-old rookie, who started last season pitching in the low minors, strikes out eight of his first 13 Arizona batters he faces.

2009       The Mets, obligated only to pay the major league minimum of $400,000, sign Gary Sheffield (.225, 19, 57) in hopes of adding a much-needed right-handed bat to the lineup. The 40 year-old offensively challenged outfielder, who has 499 career home runs, was unexpectedly released by the Tigers earlier in the week despite having $14 million left on his contract.

2009       On a damp and chilly New York night, both the Mets and Yankees open their new stadiums with exhibition games. The double debut in the Big Apple sees each team come away with a victory when the Amazin’s beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and the Bronx Bombers launch three homers to defeat the Cubs, 7-4.

2010       Adam Lind (.305, 35, 114) and the Blue Jays agreed to an $18 million, four-year contract that includes three additional years with a club option. The 26 year-old outfielder, flanked by several teammates, announces the deal at a press conference held before an exhibition game in Houston.

2011       Ranger teammates Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz become the first pair of players to homer in each of the first three games in a season playing for the same team. The duo’s weekend of round-trippers enabled Texas to sweep their season-opening series against visiting Boston.

2016       On Opening Day in Kansas City, with the team’s theme “We Are The Champions” playing in the background, over 2,000 fans participate in the Relay the Way event, establishing a new record when they line up to complete the longest first pitch in baseball history. The ball, which is tossed hand to glove for four hours, travels a distance of nine miles and raises over $100,000 for the Royals’ Urban Youth Academy charity.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Brooklyn3415.69420-614-95-218-108-24 W
Philadelphia3315.6880.519-414-118-223-77-31 W
Milwaukee3117.6462.518-713-109-018-97-32 W
Charlotte2523.5218.513-912-147-114-105-51 W
Atlanta2524.5109.011-914-153-313-126-42 W
Miami2524.5109.013-1212-125-515-154-63 W
New York2425.49010.014-1010-151-617-154-63 L
Boston2425.49010.014-910-163-516-134-61 W
Indiana2126.44712.08-1413-125-313-164-63 L
10 Chicago1928.40414.09-1610-123-39-112-86 L
11 Toronto1930.38815.010-129-183-512-172-81 W
12 Washington1730.36216.010-157-151-77-223-72 L
13 Orlando1731.35416.510-157-164-410-174-62 W
14 Cleveland1731.35416.511-136-183-513-133-74 L
15 Detroit1434.29219.59-145-200-910-214-61 W
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3711.77121-216-93-216-69-18 W
Phoenix3414.7083.018-816-65-220-88-25 W
LA Clippers3218.6406.017-815-106-218-107-32 L
LA Lakers3118.6336.516-1115-73-520-105-51 W
Denver3018.6257.014-916-97-116-118-24 W
Portland2919.6048.014-1015-93-415-127-31 L
Dallas2621.55310.511-1015-115-215-146-43 W
San Antonio2422.52212.012-1512-74-613-174-61 L
Memphis2323.50013.012-1411-94-512-176-41 W
10 Golden State2326.46914.514-99-173-712-143-72 L
11 Sacramento2227.44915.512-1310-144-510-137-32 L
12 New Orleans2127.43816.014-137-145-312-175-52 L
13 Oklahoma City2028.41717.09-1511-133-611-194-61 L
14 Houston1335.27124.06-177-184-69-172-83 L
15 Minnesota1237.24525.57-175-203-68-223-71 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals372494522212711313-4-211-5-27-3-0
New York Islanders372310450211148814-1-29-9-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins372411250211219516-3-18-8-17-2-1
Boston Bruins3318105411589819-5-29-5-35-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers351714438161071298-7-39-7-14-5-1
New York Rangers36171543816115968-6-39-9-16-3-1
New Jersey Devils35131663213841084-11-39-5-35-3-2
Buffalo Sabres367236205791263-11-44-12-21-7-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche36248452241308216-4-28-4-28-0-2
Vegas Golden Knights35249250241128214-3-210-6-06-3-1
Minnesota Wild352211246211028813-3-09-8-26-3-1
Arizona Coyotes371715539149911410-8-37-7-25-4-1
St. Louis Blues361614638141021164-8-412-6-22-6-2
San Jose Sharks361616436111021207-6-29-10-25-4-1
Los Angeles Kings3514156341396996-5-48-10-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks38112162810851275-12-36-9-33-7-0
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs372410351231219312-6-212-4-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers3823141472312510913-8-010-6-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets3822133472212110410-6-212-7-15-4-1
Montreal Canadiens3316894115108887-5-29-3-75-2-3
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Calgary Flames38161933515981159-7-17-12-23-7-0
Ottawa Senators37122142810951398-7-44-14-03-4-3
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning36259252241278714-3-011-6-26-4-0
Florida Panthers372494522312210112-4-312-5-16-4-0
Carolina Hurricanes35248351201178911-1-313-7-06-2-2
Nashville Predators381918139169611310-8-09-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks3817165391510911910-7-27-9-33-7-0
Columbus Blue Jackets38141683612961217-6-67-10-24-4-2
Dallas Stars34121210341195927-6-75-6-33-3-4
Detroit Red Wings38122152912821229-8-33-13-24-5-1

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay201.0000 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
Baltimore101.0000.50 – 01 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Toronto101.0000.50 – 01 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Boston01.0001.50 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
NY Yankees01.0001.50 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Detroit101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Kansas City101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 01 – 0W 1
Chi White Sox11.5000.50 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1W 1
Cleveland01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
Minnesota01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston201.0000 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 02 – 0W 2
LA Angels11.50011 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1L 1
Seattle11.50011 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 1L 1
Texas01.0001.50 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
Oakland02.00020 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 20 – 2L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia101.0001 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
NY Mets00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
Washington00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
Atlanta01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
Miami02.0001.50 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Pittsburgh101.0000 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
St. Louis101.0000 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
Chi Cubs01.00010 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
Cincinnati01.00010 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Diego201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 02 – 0W 2
Colorado11.50011 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1L 1
LA Dodgers11.50010 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 11 – 1W 1
San Francisco11.50010 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 1W 1
Arizona02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 20 – 2L 2