HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Richmond 15 Marion 0

Richmond 12 Marion 0

Logansport 10 Twin Lakes 4

McCutcheon 9 Chesterton 8

Lafayette Jeff 12 Huntington North 8

Kokomo 13 Lafayette Central Catholic 4

Northeastern 17 Seton Catholic 2KNIGHTS 17R 8H 2E…CARDS 2R 2H 8E….Northeastern scores 6 runs in the bottom of the first inning then added 4 in the second and third, closing out the game with 3 in the bottom of the fourth. Seton committed 8 errors and 11 walks.

Hagerstown 5 Cowan 2

South Adams 5 Union City 0…INDIANS managed only 3 hits. Pitcher Camden LaFuze struck out 11

Brownsburg 4 New Castle 2

Mt. Vernon 6 Scecina 1

Batesville 7 New Palestine 5

Hamilton Southeastern 7 Pendleton Heights 3

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-AREA/NCC

Logansport 5 Twin Lakes 4

Kokomo 13 Hamilton Heights 6

Lafayette Jeff 20 Faith Christian 5

Lafayette Jeff 22 Faith Christian 11

Winchester 13 Southern Wells 1…GOLDEN FALCONS: Brooklyn Hummel 4-4 2R RBI….Taylor Baker 2-4 2R 5RBI…Alexis Roth 2-4….Gena Moore 2-4 RBI

Decatur Central 5 Pendleton Heights 1

Shelbyville 18 New Castle 3

Mt. Vernon 18 Indy Lutheran 1

South Adams 10 Union City 0

Union County 4 Connersville 2…PATRIOTS: Annalea Adams 3-4 3RBI….Tori Russell 2-3 2R

MASTERS LEADERBOARD

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Hideki Matsuyama697165 -11 (205)F
2tXander Schauffele726968 -7 (209)F
2tMarc Leishman726770 -7 (209)F
2tWill Zalatoris706871 -7 (209)F
2tJustin Rose657272 -7 (209)F
6Corey Conners736968 -6 (210)F
7Jordan Spieth716872 -5 (211)F
8Brian Harman696974 -4 (212)F
9Tony Finau746673 -3 (213)F
10tRobert MacIntyre747070 -2 (214)F
10tSi Woo Kim716974 -2 (214)F
10tBernd Wiesberger746674 -2 (214)F
13tPatrick Reed707570 -1 (215)F
13tKevin Na757070 -1 (215)F
13tHenrik Stenson737171 -1 (215)F
13tStewart Cink746972 -1 (215)F
13tViktor Hovland737072 -1 (215)F
13tRyan Palmer746873 -1 (215)F
13tCameron Smith746873 -1 (215)F
13tJustin Thomas736775 -1 (215)F
21tPhil Mickelson757269 E (216)F
21tFrancesco Molinari747369 E (216)F
21tWebb Simpson707670 E (216)F
21tJoaquin Niemann757170 E (216)F
21tScottie Scheffler737271 E (216)F
21tJon Rahm727272 E (216)F
21tShane Lowry717372 E (216)F
21tMackenzie Hughes727272 E (216)F
29tMatt Wallace747271 +1 (217)F
29tCharl Schwartzel747172 +1 (217)F
29tMartin Laird747172 +1 (217)F
29tBubba Watson747073 +1 (217)F
29tMatthew Fitzpatrick747073 +1 (217)F
29tTommy Fleetwood747073 +1 (217)F
29tMatt Jones746974 +1 (217)F
29tCollin Morikawa736975 +1 (217)F
29tCameron Champ726877 +1 (217)F
38tSebastian Munoz747371 +2 (218)F
38tJason Kokrak717671 +2 (218)F
38tLouis Oosthuizen767072 +2 (218)F
38tHarris English747173 +2 (218)F
38tBryson DeChambeau766775 +2 (218)F
43tIan Poulter747372 +3 (219)F
43tTyrrell Hatton717474 +3 (219)F
43tAbraham Ancer756975 +3 (219)F
43tMichael Thompson727275 +3 (219)F
47tPaul Casey737473 +4 (220)F
47tBilly Horschel767173 +4 (220)F
47tChristiaan Bezuidenhout707674 +4 (220)F
47tGary Woodland737275 +4 (220)F
47tBrendon Todd737176 +4 (220)F
52Jose Maria Olazabal757175 +5 (221)F
53Jim Herman767076 +6 (222)F
54Adam Scott747379 +10 (226)F

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Interleague
San Diego7Final
Texas4
American League
Kansas City Postponed
Chi White Sox 
 
NY Yankees0Final
Tampa Bay4
 
Seattle4Final
10
Minnesota3
 
Oakland7Final
Houston3
 
Detroit3Final
Cleveland11
 
Boston6Final
10
Baltimore4
 
LA Angels1Final
Toronto15
National League
Miami3Final
NY Mets0
 
Milwaukee9Final
St. Louis5
 
Colorado3Final
San Francisco4
 
Chi Cubs2Final
Pittsburgh8
 
Philadelphia4Final
Atlanta5
 
Cincinnati3Final
Arizona8
 
Washington5Final
LA Dodgers9



NBA SCOREBOARD
Toronto
135Final
Cleveland115
 
LA Lakers126Final
Brooklyn101
 
Philadelphia117Final
Oklahoma City93
 
Sacramento112Final
Utah128
 
Houston109Final
Golden State125
 
Washington106Final
Phoenix134
 
Detroit103Final
Portland118

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida1Final
Dallas4
 
Boston2Final
Philadelphia3
 
BostonPostponed
Washington
 
Detroit5F-SO
Carolina4
 
Chicago4Final
Columbus3
 
Ottawa5Final
Toronto6
 
Winnipeg5Final
Montreal0
 
Tampa Bay3Final
Nashville0
 
Minnesota2Final-OT
St. Louis3
 
Edmonton0Final
Calgary5
 
VancouverPostponed
Calgary
 
Los Angeles4Final
San Jose2

TOP HEADLINES

A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take Masters lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The storms that stopped play for a little more than hour Saturday at the Masters were expected. The masterpiece delivered by Hideki Matsuyama after the break was not.

Matsuyama played the final eight holes in 6-under par, turning a two-shot deficit into a four-shot lead. With four flawless swings and three putts late on the back nine at Augusta National, he went from part of a logjam on the leaderboard to the cusp of becoming the first Japanese player to win a major.

The final touch was a superb par save from 25 yards behind the 18th green for a 7-under 65, the only bogey-free round this week at the Masters.

“I wouldn’t have believed it,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter. “But I did play well today. And my game plan was carried out, and hopefully, tomorrow I can continue good form.”

It all started in his car, where the 29-year-old waited out the storm delay. Part of the time was playing on his phone. He also thought about his last shot, a drive into trees right of the 11th fairway.

“During the rain delay, I just figured I can’t hit anything worse than that,” Matsuyama said. “And so maybe it relieved some pressure. I don’t know. But I did hit it well coming in.”

Matsuyama was at 11-under 205, four shots clear of Xander Schauffele (68), Justin Rose (72), Marc Leishman (70) and Masters rookie Will Zalatoris (71).

It was 10 years ago when Matsuyama first played in the Masters as the Asia-Pacific Amateur winner. He learned then he could handle Augusta National as the only amateur to make the cut in 2011, finishing on the same score (1-under 287) as defending champion Phil Mickelson.

Now comes the real test.

“If Hideki plays well, he can control his own destiny, I guess,” Leishman said. “But a lot can happen around here. I’ve seen what can happen. I’ve had bad rounds here myself and I’ve had good rounds. You can make up four shots fairly quickly, but you have to do a lot of things right to do that.”

Matsuyama did just about everything right, starting with his first shot after the delay – a 7-iron he punched under the trees and onto an 11th green slightly slowed by the moisture to 20 feet for birdie.

After his birdie from 10 feet on the 12th, Augusta National came to life. Imagine the roars if there had been a full capacity of spectators.

In a sequence that took no more than two minutes, Schauffele ran in a 60-foot eagle putt across the 15th green to momentarily tie for the lead at 7 under; back on the 12th, Rose made a 25-foot putt for his first birdie since the second hole, giving him the lead at 8 under.

That lasted as long as it took Matsuyama to cash in on his 5-iron to the 15th by making a 5-foot eagle putt to reach 9 under, his first time in the lead. And no one could keep up.

“I’ve been playing with the lead the whole week, and obviously there’s been an hour where Hideki has sort of moved out there in front,” Rose said. “All the guys chasing at 7-under par are all capable of that little run Hideki has had. So it’s all up for grabs tomorrow.”

Matsuyama followed with an 8-iron to 5 feet to the front right shelf on the par-3 16th for birdie, and his pitching wedge to the back pin on the 17th had enough spin to settle 10 feet from the hole for another.

Corey Conners had a hole-in-one on No. 6 in a 68 and was at 6-under 210. Jordan Spieth was within two shots of the lead despite a double bogey on the seventh hole, but he couldn’t keep pace and shot 72 to fall six shots behind.

Matsuyama will play in the final group with Schauffele, a comfortable pairing. Schauffele’s mother was raised in Japan and he speaks enough Japanese to share a few laughs with Matsuyama during Saturday’s pairing.

That won’t eliminate all the pressure. A major is on the line, and no other course than Augusta National is capable of serving up surprises.

Matsuyama’s lone shot at a major was at Quail Hollow in the 2017 PGA Championship when he was one shot behind with three holes to play and missed a crucial par putt. He was in tears after that round, a player under enormous pressure in golf-mad Japan.

Matsuyama wasn’t the first Japanese star of his generation – that was close friend Ryo Ishikawa – but he is by far the most accomplished. Matsuyama has 14 worldwide wins, five on the PGA Tour. He has reached as high as No. 2 in the world.

He rarely can go anywhere on the PGA Tour without a dozen or more Japanese media following. Their numbers are limited this year because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

“Being in front of the media is still difficult. It’s not my favorite thing to do,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter. “It’s been a lot less stress for me. I’ve enjoyed this week.”

A victory would give Japan a sweep this week. Tsubasa Kajitani won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur last Saturday.

“I wasn’t able to watch it. I was playing last week in Texas,” Matsuyama said. “It was fantastic. I hope I can follow in her shoes and make Japan proud.”

T-wolves owner: A-Rod, partner in agreement to buy NBA club

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said.

The agreement, which also includes the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league.

The Athletic first reported the $1.5 billion sale.

Under the conditions of the deal, Taylor would keep control of the club for the next two years and bring on Rodriguez and Lore as partners until a handover in 2023. In a phone interview with The Associated Press, Taylor said their connection went “terrifically well” and that he was “happy” and excited” about what’s to come.

Kanter has 30 rebounds and Blazers beat Pistons 118-103

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) With each rebound that Enes Kanter added to his new Portland record, his teammates on the bench wildly cheered.

Kanter had 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 118-103 on Saturday night.

Kanter bested Sidney Wicks’ Portland record of 27 rebounds set in 1975. Kanter also surpassed his own career high of 26 set while with the Knicks in 2018.

The raucous sideline cheers were a fitting tribute to Kanter, who has served as both a backup and a starter this season as needed.

“I was so happy when I looked at the bench and everybody was up, everybody was cheering, everybody was smiling, everybody was supporting their teammates. That’s what we’re all about,” Kanter said. “That’s what Blazers basketball is all about, just supporting each other.”

Damian Lillard had 27 points and 10 assists and CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Josh Jackson had 21 points for the Pistons, who trailed by as many as 24 points. Frank Jackson finished with 17 points

Center Jusuf Nurkic was not available for the Blazers because it was the first of a back-to-back. The starting center had knee swelling that kept him out of a game earlier this week against the Clippers.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts said before the game that Nurkic would be available for Sunday night’s game at home against Miami. Kanter started in Nurkic’s place.

“When you look at the effort that it takes to rebound, the persistence at both ends, the beating that you have to take, all of those things are tough to do,” Stotts said. “And the fact that Enes is such a great guy – you can tell by the benches’ reaction, how happy the team was for him – but to get a rebound record speaks a lot about the person’s will and drive.”

Lakers pull away after ejections, rout Nets 126-101

NEW YORK (AP) Dennis Schroder helped send a Lakers team missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis off to a sizzling start.

And after Schroder was thrown out along with Kyrie Irving in the third quarter, the defending champions really turned it on.

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Schroder scored 19 points before he and Irving were ejected and the Lakers beat the Brooklyn Nets 126-101 on Saturday night.

“Today we were out here competing, making shots and, yeah, that’s the best win of the year I would say,” Schroder said.

A nationally televised matchup already missing plenty of star power lost even more when Irving started jawing with Schroder and neither player stopped quickly enough for the officials.

The Lakers had led most of the way and were ahead 66-62 when Irving fouled Schroder with 9:41 left in the third. Los Angeles blew it open soon after the ejections with a 15-2 burst to open an 88-71 lead.

A potential NBA Finals preview had a preseason feel with so many top names unavailable. James (right ankle sprain) and Davis (right calf strain) remain out for the Lakers, while James Harden is sidelined with a strained right hamstring for the Nets.

The Lakers handled being short-handed much better, putting eight players in double figures. Ben McLemore, in his second game with Los Angeles, scored 17.

“I learned a lot from today’s game, that we have a lot of guys in this locker room that are very tough,” Drummond said. “Despite who’s on the other side of the court, they’re going to come out and play.”

Kevin Durant scored 22 points in his second game back following a 23-game absence with his own hamstring injury. Irving added 18, but the Nets had their nine-game home winning streak snapped.

Trent scores career-high 44, Raptors rout Cavaliers 135-115

CLEVELAND (AP) Gary Trent Jr. scored a career-high 44 points and the severely short-handed Toronto Raptors scored a franchise-record 87 first-half points en route to a 135-115 blowout victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.

Trent made 17 of 19 field goals, including shooting 7 of 9 from 3-point range, and went 3 of 3 from the foul line in 33 dynamic minutes. The third-year pro was acquired from Portland with Rodney Hood on March 25 for Norman Powell.

“I’ve brought everything I learned from the great players in the Portland Trail Blazers organization to my new team,” said Trent, who is averaging 17.9 points in nine games with Toronto. “I took everything they taught me to heart, and I appreciate being put in certain situations to show what I can do now.”

The Raptors, who built an 84-46 lead late in the second quarter, were without their top three scorers in Pascal Siakam (rest), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor strain) and Kyle Lowry (right foot infection), who are averaging a combined 57.5 points.

Toronto rookie Malachi Flynn had season highs of 20 points and 11 assists in his second NBA start, while OG Anunoby scored 15 points and Yuta Watanabe added 14 off the bench. Trent also matched his career best with seven rebounds.

“Gary doesn’t need a whole lot of encouragement to keep shooting, which you can probably tell,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said with a chuckle. “And he was feeling it, too. It was one of those nights, right?”

Devin Booker scores 27 points, Suns rout Wizards 134-106

PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns used a 44-point third quarter to rout the Washington Wizards 134-106 on Saturday night.

Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 assists and Phoenix had only three turnovers to tie the franchise record. The Suns have won 17 of their last 21 games and are 37-15 overall.

Raul Neto had a career-high 24 points for the Wizards, and Russell Westbrook added his NBA-leading 22nd triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. They played without NBA scoring leader Bradley Beal.

There were 13 ties and 10 lead changes in the first half. Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer with a second left in the second quarter to give the Suns a 57-55 halftime advantage.

“We just had to lock in,” Booker said. “I think we were low on juice in the first half and they weren’t stopping. They are going to keep coming at you so we wanted to put some type of statement in the game and lock in. We did that and ran away a little bit and held that lead the rest of the time.”

The Suns opened the third quarter with a 21-4 run. Booker had 10 points in that stretch.

“In the second half we were getting stops and playing in transition,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Once we did that and Devin has it going like that, the spacing that we can provide him, we can be pretty difficult to stop.”

Phoenix outscored Washington in the 44-24 in the period to make it 101-79. The Suns shot 64% from the field in the third and were 6 of 10 from behind the 3-point arc. The 44 points were the team’s season high for a quarter.

“They started raining 3s on us,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “Attacking us, getting out on transition,”

Beal sat out the game because of back tightness.

Joel Embiid scores 27 points, 76ers beat Thunder 117-93

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Joel Embiid had 27 points and nine rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-93 on Saturday night to pull even with Brooklyn for the Eastern Conference lead.

On Friday night in a loss at New Orleans, Embiid went just 5 for 16 from the floor and scored 14 points. He was 10 for 17 in three quarters of work against the Thunder and had four blocks.

Even with the off night against New Orleans and the 10 games he missed with a bone bruise in his left knee, Embiid still feels he should be at the top of the league MVP race.

“When it comes to the MVP stuff, I feel like I’m still right there,” he said. “When I’m on the floor, I feel like I’ve been the best all season, just doing my thing, just dominating with the help of my teammates and the coaches putting me in the right positions to succeed.”

Furkan Korkmaz added a season-high 20 points and a career-high five steals for the 76ers. They didn’t like the way they played against the Pelicans, but felt better after Saturday’s effort.

“We responded good,” forward Mike Scott said. “The great thing about the NBA — there’s a lot of games – back-to-back, quick turnarounds. You learn from your mistakes and you keep moving. No matter the team and no matter the record, it’s always great to come in and get a win, especially on the road.”

Darius Bazley had 17 points and nine rebounds in his first action since missing 15 games with a shoulder bruise.

“We’re happy he’s back,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said. “We’re happy he looks like he’s in pretty good shape, body looks good. Just keep building from here. This is an important 20 games for him.”

Thunder guard Lu Dort scored 15 points in his first action since missing seven games while in concussion protocol. Tony Bradley added 16 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has lost six straight.

The 76ers led 66-53 at halftime. Embiid made just one of his first four shots, but he went 6-for-6 the rest of the first half and finished it with 21 points. The 76ers led despite making just 5 of 21 3-pointers before the break. The 76ers led 90-76 heading into the fourth quarter.

Vandy’s Scotty Pippen Jr. declares for draft with no agent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open.

Pippen announced his intentions Saturday morning with a social media post. He said he was blessed to come to Vanderbilt.

“We all have dreams and I am ready to pursue mine,” Pippen said.

The son of six-time NBA champ and one of the league’s 50 greatest players Scottie Pippen, he ranked second in the Southeastern Conference both in scoring at 20.8 points and with 4.8 assists a game. He ranked 16th nationally in scoring per game.

Coach Jerry Stackhouse said Pippen earned the right to check out his draft status and has Vanderbilt’s full support.

“He has shown tremendous growth in his time here at Vanderbilt, and his record-setting sophomore season was just a peek at his potential,” Stackhouse said in a statement. “We want Scotty to make the best decision for him and his family and we will help any way we can while he explores his options.”

Locastro’s speed, Smith’s pitching help D-backs top Reds 8-3

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has often said that Tim Locastro is the fastest man in the majors. You don’t have to take his word for it: The video game MLB The Show agrees.

“He’s got a 99 rating,” Lovullo said, grinning.

Locastro showed off that speed Saturday night with four hits and a stolen base that broke a big league record, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks cool off the Cincinnati Reds 8-3.

Locastro’s theft of second in the sixth inning was the 28th straight stolen base to start his career without getting caught. That broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who stole 27 in a row from 1979-81. Records have been kept since 1951. The Baseball Hall of Fame requested Locastro’s cleats, which he had specially painted for the occasion.

Locastro grew up in upstate New York, close to the Hall of Fame’s location in Cooperstown.

“Having my cleats there, it’s unfathomable,” Locastro said.

Riley Smith (1-0) threw six impressive innings in his first major league start, giving up just two runs on eight hits against a Reds team that had won six in a row. The 26-year-old right-hander took the rotation spot of lefty Caleb Smith, who was moved to the bullpen after struggling during his first outing.

Riley Smith navigated Cincinnati’s hot lineup with relative ease. His only trouble came in the second when the first four batters reached base on a walk, double and two singles, including run-scoring hits by Nick Senzel and Jonathan India.

Smith was able to limit the damage by retiring Tucker Barnhart and pitcher Jeff Hoffman for the final two outs. He struck out two and walked one.

“He was commanding the baseball on both sides of the plate,” Lovullo said. “Trusting his fastball, and there were some quality changeups that got him back into the count.”

The Diamondbacks – who came in hitting just .205 through eight games – broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Three runs scored on Stephen Vogt’s two-out single. Two scored easily and then Eduardo Escobar was able to come around all the way from first when Senzel slipped in center field while trying to pick up the ball.

Escobar added his third homer of the season on a solo shot in the seventh, clearing the 413-foot sign in center. He’s homered in three straight games for the second time in his career. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his second homer of the year.

Locastro was a catalyst all night in the leadoff spot with four singles, two runs scored and a stolen base. His playing time in center field has increased after Ketel Marte recently went on the injured list with a strained hamstring.

“He’s not just fast,” Lovullo said. “He’s a good baseball player who’s learned how to hit.”

Hoffman (1-1) took the loss, giving up three runs over 4 1/3 innings. Eugenio Suarez hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot in the eighth.

Keller shines, Pirates end 6-game skid, tag Davies, Cubs 8-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mitch Keller’s stuff has never been in question. It’s a lack of command that sometimes handcuff the pitcher the Pittsburgh Pirates view as one of the cornerstones of what they’re trying to build around.

The 25-year-old has been searching for it all spring, with little progress to show for all the work he was putting in on the side.

The search came to an end on Saturday night against Chicago. Working effectively up in the strike zone, Keller threw five efficient innings as the Pirates used an early burst to chase Zach Davies in an 8-2 win over the Cubs.

Keller (1-1) bounced back from a rocky 2021 debut by allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk.

“I mean, had a rough spring, rough first outing,” Keller said. “So it felt really good to just kind of have a good one out there. Just all the hard work I put in just kind of finally paid off tonight and really excited to keep going after this one.”

Keller’s fastball can touch the high 90s. Locating it effectively, however, is another matter. He walked batters in 11 1/3 innings in spring training and issued four free passes in three innings in a loss to the Cubs last weekend.

Things went far better in his second go-round with Chicago. At one point he retired nine of 10 batters and threw 57 of his 80 pitches for strikes, a significant step in the right direction after he threw just 42 of 77 pitches for strikes while laboring through three innings against Chicago last Sunday.

“Just got to put a lot of work in and just get confidence through little things, like throwing program, bullpens, whatever it may be to just find that confidence and have it translate over into the game,” Keller said. “I was super confident out there tonight. I thought I did a pretty good job of not letting the first inning run get to me.”

Colin Moran, Bryan Reynolds and Jacob Stallings all drove in two runs during Pittsburgh’s seven-run outburst in the second against Davies (1-1). Phil Evans, with his brother Michael in the stands for the first time since Evans broke into the majors in 2017, added his team-high third home run.

Chisholm homers off deGrom, says heater on ‘lighter side’

NEW YORK (AP) Jazz Chisholm Jr. watched Jacob deGrom’s first 100 mph fastball whiz by and wasn’t impressed.

“People were saying, `It’s an angry 100, it gets on you,'” the Marlins’ brazen, blue-haired Bahamian said. “It didn’t really get on me like I was expecting.”

“Some people’s 100 is a little lighter,” he added. “To me, it felt like he was on the lighter side.”

Safe to say, Miami’s youngsters don’t scare easily.

Chisholm hit a stunning homer off an otherwise dominant deGrom, Trevor Rogers beat the two-time Cy Young Award winner for the second time and the Marlins blanked the New York Mets 3-0 Saturday.

DeGrom (0-1) matched a career best with 14 strikeouts over eight innings, the 23-year-old Rogers (1-1) fanned 10 in six and the teams combined for 28 overall.

For a while, the difference was Chisholm’s rip in the second inning.

DeGrom looked unhittable early – until the 23-year-old Chisholm barreled a 100.4 mph, 0-2 fastball thrown above the strike zone. The left-handed hitter’s drive reached the second deck in right field for a 1-0 lead and was estimated at 402 feet.

Chisholm took a 100 mph strike to start the at-bat, then found himself swinging too quick for a 99 mph pitch. He claims he was looking for something offspeed when deGrom reached back for a third straight heater – 100 above the letters.

“He threw me a fastball up and I just reacted to it,” said Chisholm, who called deGrom the best pitcher in baseball. “Got my hands above the ball, and yeah, it was a homer.”

It was the first 0-2 home run deGrom has allowed in the majors.

“He sold out for it,” deGrom said. “Probably should have done a better job recognizing he was going to try to get to that fastball.”

Red Sox extend win streak to 5, beat Orioles 6-4 in 10

BALTIMORE (AP) Rafael Devers homered and the Boston Red Sox scored twice in the 10th inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Christian Vazquez to extend their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

“It’s a good vibe,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “A lot of people don’t feel like we have any superstars. This is a good baseball team. They did everything right toward the end of the game.”

Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini hit his first home run since his return from cancer surgery that caused him to miss the 2020 season. It was Mancini’s first homer since Sept. 28, 2019.

“Our dugout exploded when he hit that homer,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It seemed like there was a lot of relief for Trey coming into the dugout after that.”

The Orioles scored twice in the eighth to take a 4-3 lead on a fielder’s choice by Maikel Franco and an RBI single by Freddy Galvis off Adam Ottavino. Boston tied it in the ninth on a fielder’s choice by Bobby Dalbec against Cesar Valdez, who had converted his two previous save chances.

“As soon as I hit it, I was just flying. … I mean, flying for me,” said Dalbec, batting only .095 this year. “I knew that was a big-time run there obviously and I was just trying to leg it out.”

Michael Chavis, recalled from the alternate training site earlier in the day, entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th and scored on a low pitch by Dillon Tate (0-1) that rolled to the backstop. Vazquez added an insurance run with a single off Wade LeBlanc.

Matt Barnes (1-0) struck out two in the ninth and Matt Andriese earned Boston’s first save of the season.

Devers had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have won five consecutive games for the first time since August 2019. They opened the season with three straight losses.

Bichette drives in 5, Blue Jays rout Angels 15-1

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Bo Bichette had five RBIs, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run double during a seven-run second inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped a four-game skid by routing the Los Angeles Angels 15-1 on Saturday night following a rain delay that lasted more than 2 1/2 hours.

Bichette had two-run doubles in the third and fourth, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added RBI singles in both innings as the Blue Jays went up 14-1. The pair drew bases-loaded walks in the second from Jose Quintana (0-1), who allowed seven runs, five hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

“We all needed a night like this,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “It was great to see. Great at-bats.”

After the start was delayed 2 hours, 38 minutes, the first four innings took 2:07 to play. Overall the game lasted 3:21 and ended about 12 hours before Sunday’s series finale was scheduled to start.

Steven Matz (2-0) gave up one run and five hits over six innings.

“We know our lineup is really, really good,” Matz said. “It’s fun to see them jell together.”

Anthony Rendon homered for the Angels, who were trying to go 7-2 and set a franchise record for the best nine-game start to a season.

“It was a weird night,” manager Joe Maddon said. “They beat us fair and square. That’s the kind of game when it’s all said and done, I’m fine with throwing it in the nearest trash can.”

Padres follow up 1st no-no with 7-4 victory over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Trent Grisham hit a go-ahead homer for San Diego in the seventh inning and the Padres followed up the franchise’s first no-hitter with a 7-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

A day after Joe Musgrove pitched that no-hitter, the Padres won their seventh in a row against Texas. Eric Hosmer and Ha-Seong Kim also homered for San Diego.

“I laid down down last night and for 45 minutes was still wide awake. I just couldn’t fall asleep, just so much adrenaline,” Grisham said. ‘So happy for Joe, so happy for the city of San Diego.”

But the Padres, who ended a 13-season postseason drought last year, are still focused on every game.

“We know the grind, and I think it’s more we have big goals,” Grisham said. “We kind of have that in mind. We have that trust in each other.”

Grisham put San Diego up 5-4 with his two-run homer off reliever Wes Benjamin (0-1). The leadoff-hitting center fielder was born in Burleson, Texas, about 30 miles from Globe Life Field. His season debut came Friday after being on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, and working out in Arizona.

“He’s been great, both defensively and then offensively,” manager Jayce Tingler said of Grisham, who is 4 for 8 in his two games.

“The at-bats in Arizona that he had, those are paying dividends. His rhythm and timing, he looks good at the plate,” Tingler added. “That’s what we expect from Grish.”

Ryan Weathers (1-0) struck out three in his two innings, though he gave up a tiebreaking solo homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the fifth.

Taylor’s homer propels Dodgers to 9-5 win over Nationals

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers outfielders Chris Taylor and Zach McKinstry are more than making up for the absences of MVPs Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

Taylor hit a three-run homer and McKinstry made big plays with his bat and arm Saturday night in Los Angeles’ 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals.

With Betts sidelined by a sore back, Taylor batted leadoff and was in center field. McKinstry is seeing regular time in right with Bellinger on the injured list due to a calf injury.

“Taylor holds his own in the way he plays the game, but for Zack to pick us up was big. Every time he plays he impacts the game somehow,” manager Dave Roberts said.

AJ Pollock also drove in three runs for the defending World Series champions, off to a 7-2 start that includes wins in four of their last five games. Julio Urias (2-0) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Juan Soto homered twice and Ryan Zimmerman got three hits for the Nationals, who remain without four players due to coronavirus cases and quarantines. Zimmerman has multiple hits in three of Washington’s five games

Taylor’s two-out drive to left field off Patrick Corbin (0-1) was the key hit during a five-run second. Taylor’s first home run of the season came two batters after McKinstry’s single plated a pair of runs to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

McKinstry made a big defensive play to end the top of the first when he threw out Zimmerman at third after a bloop RBI single by Starlin Castro.

“Every day I’m getting more confidence and picking up stuff. Whether it is moving in when pitchers are throwing batters inside or maybe taking a couple steps toward the infield,” McKinstry said about playing right field.

Freeman homers, drives in 3 as Braves edge Phillies 5-4

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the seventh inning to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

The Braves, who opened the season with four consecutive losses, have recovered with a four-game winning streak, including the first two games of this series against the NL East rival Phillies. Atlanta’s 0-4 start included three losses in Philadelphia.

Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza’s double off Archie Bradley (0-1) started the seventh. Ronald Acuna Jr. singled, moving Adrianza to third.

Freeman hit a one-out grounder that left-hander Jose Alvarado fielded on the mound. Alvarado looked to second, but with the infield drawn in for a play at the plate, no fielder was covering the bag. Alvarado then threw late to the plate. Adrianza scored without a slide.

“You’ve got to put the ball in play sometimes and I was able to get one to Alvarado,” Freeman said.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi said he approved of Alvarado looking to second in hopes of starting a double play. He said the problem was shortstop Didi Gregorius broke for the grounder instead of covering second base.

“If you have a chance to turn a double play, I’m OK with you turning the double play,” Girardi said. “The thing is Didi’s instincts took him to the ball and Alvarado has no way to know.”

Adrianza also thought Alvarado was going to throw to second base.

“That’s why I didn’t slide,” Adrianza said. “Thank God I scored the run.”

Sean Newcomb (1-0) had strikeouts on four of his six outs in relief of Ian Anderson. The right-hander yielded four runs in 5 1/3 innings and gave up homers to Andrew McCutchen in the fifth and Bryce Harper in the sixth.

Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Each starter endured a long first inning.

Meadows, Arozarena homer, AL champ Rays beat Yankees 4-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays keep finding ways to frustrate the New York Yankees.

Austin Meadows and Randy Arozarena homered off Domingo German, helping the Rays extend their mastery over their AL East rivals with a 4-0 victory on Saturday.

The Rays have won 10 of 12 regular-season games between the teams since the start of 2020. Tampa Bay also eliminated the Yankees from last year’s playoffs in a five-game series that went the distance.

Six Tampa Bay pitchers combined to limit the Yankees to five hits, with an injury-riddled bullpen delivering a strong performance after starter Chris Archer departed with a forearm injury that landed him on the 10-day injured list.

“Any time you shut out a team in major league baseball, it’s saying something,” manager Kevin Cash said. “When you do it in that fashion against that lineup, it’s really saying something.”

Meadows got things rolling for the Rays with a solo homer in the first inning, his third of the season. He had three hits in Tampa Bay’s 10-5 win over New York the previous day and has homered three times in eight career at-bats against German (0-2).

Arozarena, a rookie who keyed the Rays’ run to the World Series with a breakout postseason, hit a 420-foot solo shot in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. The ALCS MVP hit .377 with 10 homers and 14 RBIs in 20 postseason games last fall.

García HR, 5 RBIs; Brewers end Cards’ 4-game win streak, 9-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Avisail Garcia homered, doubled and drove in five runs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat St. Louis 9-5 on Saturday, ending the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak.

Keston Hiura hit a three-run homer that capped a five-run burst in the seventh inning that made it 8-2. The Brewers won for the third time in four games.

“You just got to keep working, and don’t lose your energy, your focus,” Garcia said. “Don’t be frustrated because it’s a hard game. And we can control our focus, our energy and what you pull every single at-bat.”

Garcia’s two-run homer off Carlos Martinez gave Milwaukee a 3-0 lead in the fifth. Garcia drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth and added a two-run double in the seventh.

“Just a day to break through like that, at the start of the year, is great for your confidence and feel like you helped the team win and so he definitely did that today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Garcia’s five RBIs marked his most since he drove in six on May 20, 2017 as a member of the White Sox.

He took a less is more approach with his swing.

“Just see it and hit it,” Garcia said. “You’re strong. I just have to touch it.”

Brewers starter Adrian Houser (1-1) allowed runners in each of his five innings and was pulled after walking Yadier Molina to begin the sixth. Houser was aided by double plays in the second and third innings and he struck out Paul DeJong to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

Houser pitched around Nolan Arenado to load the bases ahead of DeJong.

“We were confident in knowing that we could get DeJong behind Arenado so we weren’t willing to give him (Arenado) anything he could drive and get some runs in there,” Houser said. “So, we played a little safe there. I had to make the pitches and we made the pitches and got out of it.”

Yankees option German after rough outing vs. Rays

The New York Yankees optioned Domingo German to their alternate site after the right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits – including two homers – over four innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday, the team announced.

German, 28, earned the final rotation spot out of camp after authoring a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over 13 innings in spring training. Deivi Garcia seemed to be the other pitcher competing for the fifth starting spot behind Gerrit Cole, Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, and Jordan Montgomery.

German has struggled to a 9.00 ERA and 7.91 FIP over seven innings in two losses. Surrendering four homers this year, German has prolonged a streak of allowing at least one home run per start to 12 games dating back to July 18, 2019.

The team is expected to add right-handed pitcher Albert Abreu in a corresponding move, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. It’s unclear whether Abreu will get the spot in the rotation or if it will go to Jonathan Loaisiga or Luis Cessa.

Lightning land Savard from Blue Jackets in multi-team deal with Red Wings

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired highly sought-after defenseman David Savard from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a multi-team trade involving the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Saturday.

The Lightning sent their first-round pick in 2021 and a third-round pick in 2022 to the Blue Jackets, while their 2021 fourth-rounder went to the Red Wings. Tampa Bay also acquired defenseman Brian Lashoff from Detroit.

The deal took some serious savvy for Lightning general manager Julien Brisbois to pull off.

Columbus retained 50% of Savard’s expiring $4.25-million cap hit after first flipping him to the Red Wings for Lashoff, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. Detroit then traded Savard to Tampa Bay and retained another 50% of his contract in exchange for the Lightning’s fourth-rounder.

The Blue Jackets then sent Lashoff to Tampa for the Lightning’s pair of draft picks.

Savard rounds out what’s already one of the league’s best blue lines. The Lightning rank seventh in goals against per game (2.50) and own a 53.25 share of expected goals at five-on-five this season.

Savard, 30, will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He’s contributed one goal and six points while logging 19:38 of average ice time through 40 games.

The 6-foot-2 blue-liner was selected by Columbus in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and has played all 10 of his NHL seasons for the Blue Jackets.

UMass routs St. Cloud State to win 1st-ever national championship

The University of Massachusetts knocked off St. Cloud State 5-0 on Saturday to claim the first NCAA men’s hockey championship in program history.

Minutemen netminder Filip Lindberg made 25 saves for his second shutout of the tournament while forward Reed Lebster led the club with one goal and one assist.

Defenseman Aaron Bohlinger’s first career goal opened the scoring before Lebster gave the Minutemen a 2-0 lead. Philip Lagunov scored an incredible shorthanded marker to make it 3-0. Matthew Kessel and Bobby Trivigno also found the net for UMass.

Trivigno, who was suspended for the 2019 title game against Minnesota Duluth, was named the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

UMass’ stunning turnaround is one for the ages. The Minutemen went 5-29-2 just four seasons ago and have rapidly ascended to the top of the college hockey world.

Indiana Baseball No-Hits Illinois, 8-0

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team recorded the team’s first no-hitter in nearly 37 years on Saturday night at Bart Kaufman Field, as RHP McCade Brown and RHP Braydon Tucker combined to no-hit Illinois, 8-0. The no-hitter is the first for Indiana since April 25, 1984, when the Hoosiers blanked Rose-Hulman, 6-0.

With the win, IU improves to 13-7 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Fighting Illini fall to 8-12 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• Brown (4-2) earned the win for the Hoosiers, tossing five, shutout innings. Brown struck out nine batters and walked seven on the night.

• Out of the bullpen, Tucker pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn the save, striking out one, while issuing one walk.

• After three scoreless frames, the Hoosiers scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. INF Kip Fougerousse started the scoring, plating a pair with an RBI single to left field.

• OF Morgan Colopy followed with a no-doubt, two-run homer that cleared the stadium in left field. His 451-foot shot was his second of the season.

• Colopy came through in the clutch again in the bottom of the sixth for Indiana. The freshman lined a single to right field, scoring two more to push the IU lead to 6-0.

• The Hoosiers added two more in the seventh, one on a wild play that included two errors from the Illinois’ pitcher and the other on an RBI single from OF Grant Richardson.

• In the bottom of the ninth, Illinois OF Cam McDonald reached on a throwing error to lead off the frame. Tucker then induced a fielder’s choice to get the first out of the inning.

• The righty then sealed the no-hitter, inducing a 6-3 double play to end the game.

NOTABLES

• Colopy’s four RBI on the day are career-high and the most for any Hoosier this season. He batted 3-for-4 on the day with a triple, home run and a run scored.

• Fougerousse ended the night 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

• INF James Espalin made his collegiate debut, earning the start at shortstop. The freshman made a handful of nice defensive plays and also scored a run in his debut.

• The shutout is the second for IU this season. The team also blanked Penn State, 8-0, on March 13.

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will wrap up the team’s three-game series with Illinois on Sunday, April 11 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.

Boilermakers Blanked by Penn State in East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Calvin Schapira matched his season high with seven strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning, but Purdue baseball was shut out for the fourth time this season in an 11-0 loss to Penn State on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions (8-12) pounded out 17 hits while ending the Boilermakers’ five-game win streak in the head-to-head series. It was a 3-0 game entering the top of the seventh before PSU scored eight times over the final three frames. The Purdue bullpen has been charged with 13 runs over its last 4 2/3 innings dating back to Sunday’s rubber game loss to Iowa.

Schapira (0-3) was in position to post his third consecutive quality start. But Penn State opened the seventh inning with consecutive singles and both runners came around to score. The lefty pitched into the seventh for the second time this season. He did not issue a walk and his seven Ks were a big reason why the Boilermakers (4-14) racked up 12 strikeouts, posting a double-figure total for the seventh time this year.

Kyle Virbitsky (1-2) put together his finest outing of the season for Penn State, limiting Purdue to five singles over 8 1/3 innings. He also did not walk a batter while striking out six. The six through nine portion of the Boilermakers’ lineup was 0-for-12 against the right-hander.

Ryan Howe made the top defensive play of the day, a diving stop behind the second base bag to take away a one-out single. He flipped to Justin Walker Jr. at second to retire the lead runners. It kept PSU from having runners on the corners, but the Nittany Lions still scored the game’s first run later in the frame.

Skyler Hunter singled to lead off the first and sixth innings, recording his 69th career multi-hit game and moving into eighth place in program history with 234 career hits. The switch-hitter has hit safely in five straight games.

Tyler Powers singled in his final at-bat to extend his career-long reached base safely streak to 12 consecutive games, the longest on the team this season. Powers also made a nice play defensively when he third baseman pounced on a sac bunt attempt and retired the lead run at third base for the first out of the seventh inning.

Ben Nisle’s single in the fourth inning extended his reached safely streak to seven straight games. Miles Simington was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and is also riding a seven-game reached safely streak.

Purdue was 1-for-12 with runners on base and 1-for-10 with two outs. Penn State recorded seven of its 17 hits with two outs.

The Boilermakers are scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday, taking on Penn State at noon and Michigan State at 4 p.m. ET.

Butler Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader at Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Butler won the first game at Seton Hall 7-4 behind seven strong innings from Connor Schultz, but would lose the finale on Saturday by the same score. The Bulldogs are now 6-12 overall with a 1-3 mark in the BIG EAST.

Schultz threw a complete game in the opener, striking out eight and only walking one over seven full innings. His first win on the mound (1-3) came with great run support over the early stages of the contest. BU scored three runs in the first, one in the second and three more in the third to build a 7-0 advantage. All four Seton Hall runs crossed home plate in the fifth.

All six Butler hits came from a different player in game one. The top of the order got things moving in the right direction for Butler. Gargano went 1-for-3 on the day with a walk and two runs scored. Zach Orn was also productive in the nine-hole with a team-high two RBI.

BU scored three runs in the first off just one hit. Freddie Matos singled through the left side of the infield to move Gargano around to third. A Pirate throwing error on a fielder’s choice helped Butler score their first two runs and Andy Bennett would be credited with a sac fly to score Dan Harwood.

In the second, Aaron Steinhart hit a two-out double down the line in right to score Gargano. BU kept the momentum going in the third with three more runs. The ‘Dawgs took advantage of a Seton Hall error to score the first run of that inning and Orn’s two-RBI double to center would then score Margroff and McGrath.

SHU avoided the shutout by posting five hits in the fifth inning. All four runs against Schultz were earned.

Game two featured Seton Hall holding onto a 4-0 lead after four innings. The ‘Dawgs cut the deficit in half with two runs in the fifth. They would go on to tie it with single runs in the sixth and seventh, but the bottom half of the seventh would send them back home at 1-3 in the conference.

A throwing error and a sac fly in the first gave the home team a quick 2-0 lead. Scotto homered in the fourth to extend the Pirate lead to 4-0. The ‘Dawgs got going in the fifth. McGrath scored on a passed ball and Gargano would send Orn home with a single to center.

Bennett got BU within one in the sixth with a double down the right field line to score Matos. Gargano would knot the score at 4-4 the next inning with a solo homer to left.

The Pirates countered with three runs in the seventh. Dana hit a one-out double down the left field line to score Huntzinger and Luders. Toke followed in the order with a double of his own to send Dana around to score.

Gargano went 3-for-5 with two RBI and scored a run in game two. Dan Harwood also had a multi-hit game for BU.

John MacCauley got the start and threw 5.1 innings. He left with no decision, but struck out four and only walked three. The loss fell to Alex Voss while the win was credited to Payero (2-1). Waldis entered the game for the four-out save, his second of 2021.

Butler will return to action next weekend with a four-game series at Xavier. Game one is slated for Friday at 3 PM.

Cardinals Blast Akron In Doubleheader Sweep

AKRON, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team outscored Akron 14-2 to sweep both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday and clinch another series win. BSU has won seven games in a row and heads into Sunday’s action having moved into first place in the conference standings.

“Our guys continue to battle and show their grit,” head coach Rich Maloney. “We have a competitive group who play for one another. We got contributions from a lot of different guys.”

Over the two games, Ross Messina and Adam Tellier each had three RBIs while Tellier and Aaron Simpson scored three runs apiece. Justin Conant had a team-high four hits, a sacrifice and a walk on the day.

Game 1 (Ball State 4, Akron 2 (9 innings)) – GAME 1 BOX SCORE (PDF)

Chayce McDermott threw eight strong innings in the scheduled 7-inning game, outlasting Akron and allowing Ball State to find the winning runs in the 9th. McDermott allowed just two runs on four hits and retired 24 of the 30 batters he faced. The game was tied 2-2 for much of the day when pinch hitter Cade Fitzpatrick delivered a clutch double. He scored on a single by Tellier, who would steal 3rd base and score on a sac fly off the bat of Messina. Andre Orselli worked a clean bottom of the 9th for his fourth save.

Akron managed four hits on the day but hung tight with BSU behind starting pitcher Taed Heydinger. Heydinger pitched into the 7th and allowed just one earned run. Akron matched its hits total by committing four errors in the game.

Game 2 (Ball State 10, Akron 0 (7 innings)) – GAME 2 BOX SCORE (PDF)

Ball State manufactured a big inning in the top of the 2nd to put the game out of reach early as Lukas Jaksich cruised to lead Ball State to a shutout win.

The Cardinals scored five runs without getting a hit in an inning that featured five walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch. That was way more than Jaksich would need, as the left worked a clean five shutout innings with nine strikeouts. Trennor O’Donnell got the last six outs in the easy win.

Messina clubbed an opposite-field solo homer in the 4th inning and Simpson pulled a pitch over the fence in left in the 5th inning. Simpson also homered in Friday’s win. Two more walks in the 6th inning led to Ball State runs as Trenton Quartermaine delivered a 2-RBI single. Tellier tacked on an RBI double in the 7th to make it a double-digit day for BSU, which clinched the series and has only lost one series all season.

It was Ball State’s third shutout of the season. BSU has allowed three or fewer runs in 16 of its 27 games this season.

MOVIN’ ON UP: Ball State’s 3-0 Friday-Saturday lifted the Cards past Miami into first place. BSU (9-2) is a half-game up over MU (10-4) in the standings heading into Sunday.

WALK THIS WAY: After not accepting any walks in the first game on Saturday, BSU walked seven times in the nightcap. Two more batters were hit by Akron and three wild pitches were thrown.

UP NEXT: BSU concludes the series at Akron Sunday at noon.

NO. 12 IRISH ERASE SEVEN RUN DEFICIT TO BEAT NO. 14 GEORGIA TECH, 10-9

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team had a flair for the dramatics Friday night at Frank Eck Stadium as it overcame a seven-run deficit to win 10-9 over No. 14 Georgia Tech. The Irish (14-5, 13-5 ACC) trailed 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth and 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth but scored eight runs in the final two innings to come back and win.

“That is one of the greatest team wins I have ever been a part of,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “I have coached for a while and played for a while, I can’t remember anything like that.”

Heading into the bottom of the seventh with the Yellow Jackets (14-11, 11-8 ACC) holding a 7-2 lead, the Irish scored four runs in the inning to get within one. Jack Brannigan hit a solo shot to begin the inning and Niko Kavadas hit a two-run homer with two outs to pull within one.

“The number of guys we had in this game, I think we used 22 players and eight pitchers,” stated Jarrett. “Some of those guys pitched for the first time and some pitched for the first time this season and position players got in for the first time. You are juggling everything that you possibly can to have a chance at the end.”

After giving up two runs in the top of the eighth, the Irish took their first lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. A double from Zack Prajzner scored David LaManna for the first run of the inning and Spencer Myers came up with runners on the corners. He hit a single to right that cleared the bases after an error to tie the game at 9-9. Then with the bases loaded, Carter Putz worked a walk to bring in the game-winning run in Myers.

“I can’t say enough about how the guys responded,” said Jarrett. “Like I have said numerous times, this is the toughest team I have ever been around and they find ways to stay in games. Just can’t say enough about our guys, I can’t.”

After coming on in the top of the eighth, Joe Sheridan nailed down the final three outs to put the cap on the comeback win to open the series. Sheridan was one of eight pitchers the Irish used on the night.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Georgia Tech started off swinging in the top of the first and plated three runs to take an early lead on the Irish. They continued their hot streak at the plate in the third inning by scoring two more runs. After three innings of play, Georgia Tech held a 5-0 advantage.

Tech added two more runs in the top of the fourth but the Irish broke through in the bottom half of the inning. Brannigan doubled to the wall in right and with two outs, Jack Zyska scored all the way from first. The very next batter, Prajzner singled through the left side and scored Brannigan from second.

Notre Dame went to the pen early but got a strong relief performance from graduate student Jack Sheehan. Making his first appearance since the 2019 season, he tossed 2.2 innings of work and allowed just one hit and no runs to keep the Irish within striking distance.

The Irish comeback began in the seventh with the solo homer from Brannigan to lead the inning off. After a two-out RBI single from Ryan Cole, Niko blasted his 12th home run of the season to pull the Irish within one at 7-6.

The Irish continued to fight after allowing two runs in the top of the eighth. LaManna led off the bottom of the inning with a double and then scored on the double from Prajzner. Brooks Coetzee singled to the pitcher to put runners on the corners with just one away. Myers’ single to right scored Prajzner and then Coetzee after the ball got past the right fielder and Myers advanced to third. Two straight walks loaded the bases for Putz and he took four straight balls to reach base and bring home Myers as the go-ahead run.

Sheridan allowed a base runner in the ninth but closed the door to pick up his first win in an Irish uniform.

UP NEXT

The Irish will be back on the field in a short time on Saturday in hopes of clinching the series. The start time has been pushed up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of inclement weather later in the day. The game will still be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra and the Irish will send LHP Aidan Tyrell to the mound.

Sycamores Shutout as Illinois State Picks Up First Win of Weekend Series

NORMAL, Ill. – After sweeping a Friday doubleheader, No. 23 Indiana State baseball was shutout for the first time since February 23, 2020 as Illinois State picked up a 5-0 victory at a rain-drenched Duffy Bass Field Saturday.

Left-handed closer Tyler Grauer made his first start since 2017 as the Sycamores (15-8, 2-1 MVC) manage their way through the first four-game weekend series of the season. Grauer retired the first three batters he faced before the Redbirds (12-17, 3-4 MVC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second.

Illinois State’s Jake McCaw picked up a one-out hit-by-pitch and would take second on a wild pitch before coming home to score two batters later when Hayden Jones doubled to the gap in left. Ryan Cermak scampered home from third on a chopper to second before Grauer was able to stop the damage with a strikeout.

The Redbirds added to their lead in the fifth after a leadoff single came around to score when Cermak picked up a base hit through the left side of the infield. Illinois State put insurance runs on the board in the eighth on two-run home run by Jones.

The Sycamores struggled at the plate, recoding just six base hits while going 0-for-15 with runners on base. Jordan Lussier was strong over seven innings for the Redbirds as he improved to 4-1. He struck out five and issued just one walk. Derek Salata picked up a two-inning save – his fifth of the season.

Grauer took the loss for ISU, falling to 1-1 on the year. The Shawnee, Kan. native went 3.1 innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out three of the 17 batters he faced. Will Buraconak went 2.2 innings in relief, striking out two.

Seth Gergely recorded the only extra-base hit for the Sycamores with a double in the seventh.

Cermak and Jones led the way for Illinois State as the duo combined for three hits each while Jones drove in a trio of runs as well. Hays added two hits for the Redbirds.

The two squads are set to return to the diamond for the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Baseball Falls in Extra Innings to Western Michigan, 3-2

OXFORD, Ohio —  Through many weather delays and extra innings, the Miami University Baseball team lost 3-2 in a late-night extravaganza against the Western Michigan Broncos. With the loss, the RedHawks fell 17-12 (10-5 Mid-American Conference) while the Broncos improved to 10-11 (10-5 MAC).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the bottom of the sixth inning, senior Michael Morissette singled up down the middle. Following a wild pitch and a walk, graduate student Will Vogelgesang singled, driving in Morissette to get Miami on the board. Redshirt freshman Nate Stone hit a sacrifice fly, scoring junior Mac Hippenhammer, giving the RedHawks a 2-1 lead.

However, in the top of the tenth inning, the Broncos scored a run, securing a 3-2 win.

GAME NOTES:

Sam Bachman threw six innings, allowing just one run while striking out eleven batters.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will play game three of their series with the Western Michigan Broncos tomorrow, Sunday, April 11. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at McKie Field in Oxford.

Baseball Doubled Up By UCF On Saturday

CINCINNATI – The offenses returned to University of Cincinnati Baseball Stadium on Saturday, but the Bearcats were doubled up by UCF, 20-10, in American Athletic Conference action.

Game time was moved up to 10 a.m. ET, six hours ahead of the originally scheduled first pitch and most of the 4:43 matchup was played under rainy skies. The teams combined for 30 runs on 26 hits with 30 walks and 28 runners stranded.

UCF (14-17, 4-3 AAC) scored at least one run in every inning but the eighth and tallied four runs each in the sixth and ninth frames. UC (12-16, 1-6 AAC) had a 6-5 lead starting the third inning but fell behind and couldn’t convert its late opportunities, leaving the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings.

The Knights broke a six-all tie in the top of the fourth after back-to-back, run-scoring hits by B McCabe and J Montes

The Bearcats defense turned three double plays, adding to their NCAA-leading total of 33.

NOTABLE

• Jace Mercer finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored an RBI, two walks, a double, triple and stolen base.

• Paul Komistek his his fourth home run of the season, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a walk

• Joe Powell was 2-for-3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored.

UP NEXT

The teams will close out their four-game series on Sunday at noon ET. Game time has been moved up an hour from 1 p.m. to avoid forecasted inclement weather in the afternoon. An audio-only stream of the game will air on GoBEARCATS.com with live stats on BearcatStats.com.

Drake Defeats Butler Football 33-7

INDIANAPOLIS – The Drake Bulldogs evened their overall record on Saturday (2-2) with a 33-7 victory over Butler at the Sellick Bowl. 23 second quarter points proved to be the difference in this outcome as the two teams battled under wet conditions.

The first fifteen minutes came and went without any points, but Drake would enter Ian Corwin into the game to start the second quarter and take control of the action. Corwin connected on seven of his eight pass attempts for 75 yards and added three touchdowns, all of which came before the half. He also rushed the ball six times for 67 yards.

Corwin was the true difference maker in the end. His first TD pass covered 32 yards and went to Colin Howard. The second was a six yard throw to Caden Meis and the third came with just 18 seconds left in the half to Brandon Langdok.

Butler broke up the shutout late in the fourth quarter with Bret Bushka finding Luka Popovic for six. Bushka found Popovic open in the left side of the end zone from 38 yards out.

Connor Reid and Tommy Carlsen tied for the team lead with 11 tackles each. Reid also had an interception for the Bulldogs, his first of the season.

Butler will return to action next Saturday with a game at Morehead State. The rematch against the Eagles will start at 4 PM.

Comeback Effort Falls Shy, Morehead State Edges Valpo

The Valparaiso University football team made a valiant comeback effort on Saturday afternoon in Morehead, Ky., but host Morehead State came away with a narrow 28-24 victory after owning a 21-0 first-half lead at Jayne Stadium. Valpo couldn’t complete what would have been the program’s biggest rally since 1995, incurring just its second setback in a season where all five games have been decided by 11 points or fewer.

How It Happened

The game got off to an unfavorable start for the guests as the Morehead State offense made it look easy on the opening possession, marching 63 yards on five plays for a quick score to go up 7-0.

Valpo punted on its first two possessions, the second of which led to a big return that set Morehead State up at the Valpo 17-yard line. The defense stood tall, forcing three straight incomplete passes before Trent Miller (Gibsonia, Pa. / Pine-Richland) blocked a 26-yard field goal try to keep it a seven-point deficit. 

Brandon Barbee had a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 14-0 Eagles with 2:45 left in the first quarter.

Another Valpo punt and another big return allowed the Morehead State offense to yet again set up shop in Valpo territory. That drive resulted in a one-yard touchdown plunge by QB Mark Pappas, and Morehead State’s lead was 21-0 with 12:25 to go in the half.

Ben Nimz (Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial), who was inserted midgame at the quarterback position, helped facilitate a 10-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in Valpo’s first score of the game. Nimz found Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) for 14 yards on 3rd-and-4 from the Valpo 41, and later the young quarterback took off for a 20-yard rush. Gabe Lawson (Cranberry Township, Pa. / Seneca Valley) came in and found the end zone on a keeper from 2 yards out to cap the drive and cut the lead to 21-7.

A stellar three-and-out by the Valpo defense forced a quick punt by Morehead State. Although Valpo’s next drive stalled, Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) delivered a 56-yard punt that pinned Morehead State on its own 4.

The defense put together another three-and-out, setting up a 28-yard punt return by Josh Becton (Kansas City, Kan. / F.L. Schlagle) coupled with a Morehead State personal foul that gave Valpo the ball on the Morehead State 13 late in the second quarter.

Head coach Landon Fox rolled the dice on 4th-and-4 from the Morehead State 7, and a direct snap to Washington paid dividends in the form of a 5-yard first down run. Washington later barreled into the end zone from a yard out to make it 21-14 going into halftime.

Valpo received the second-half kickoff and turned that drive into a nine-play, 75-yard scoring possession. Lawson played a critical role, running 7 yards for a first down on 3rd-and-2 and scampering into the end zone from 3 yards out to tie the game at 21 with 9:41 left in the third.

Another quick drive by Morehead State resulted into a punt, and Valpo appeared to be on the verge of its first lead of the game. Nimz completed a pass to Deuce Larose (Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Cardinal Gibbons) for an 18-yard pickup, but a fumble at the Morehead State 2-yard line allowed the Eagles to take over.

Valpo’s next drive resulted in an interception, but then Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) corralled a tipped pass in the end zone for his weekly turnover. This marked the fifth straight week that the freshman was involved in a key takeaway and the fourth straight week that came in the form of a pick. 

Valpo took over in a tied game with 14:04 left in the fourth, but couldn’t gain any positive yardage on a three-play drive. The Eagles (3-3, 3-2 PFL) responded with a seven-play, 47-yard scoring march that culminated with a 2-yard Pappas to BJ Byrd TD strike to make it 28-21.

A 56-yard kickoff return by Charlie Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) and a 34-yard run by Washington helped Valpo find the red zone on the ensuing possession. However, the team settled for a 21-yard field goal, and kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) converted to make it a 28-24 game with 4:33 remaining.

The Eagles picked up a pair of first downs before being forced to punt, and Valpo took over on its own 10 needing to go 90 yards to win the game.

Barbee made another pick to account for the fourth turnover forced by the Morehead State defense, sealing the victory for the hosts.

MARIAN PUNCHES PLAYOFF BERTH WITH 41-34 FRANCISCAN BOWL WIN

Fort Wayne, Ind. – After enduring a three-week layoff from cancelations due to COVID-19, the Marian football team closed their regular season on a winning note, clinching a spot in the NAIA Football Championship Series with a 41-34 win over the University of St. Francis in the Franciscan Bowl. The Knights close the regular season with a 5-1 record and a 3-1 mark in the MSFA Mideast League, winning their third straight Franciscan Bowl title.

St. Francis began the game with possession after the Knights won the coin toss, and put together a methodical opening drive pounding the ball on the ground. The Knights defense came up with a stop after Ryley Pease stopped Matt Crable in the back field for a loss, and the Knights limited the Cougars to a field goal attempt. With their first possession, Marian marched the ball across midfield, but got denied on a third down run play to end the opening series with a punt.

Marian’s defense came out dialed in on their second series, and quickly forced a punt to set up the Marian offense. Frankie Young and Daylen Taylor marched Marian into the red zone, and on the 12th play of the series Taylor swept the left end for a 15-yard touchdown, setting up a frenzy of scores. A Ricky Kwak interception on the ensuing Cougars’ drive gave the ball right back to the Knights, and in three plays Marian found the end zone with Young hitting Ben Stevens for a 37-yard strike. Marian led 13-3 after the Stevens score with 9:13 remaining in the first half.

The opportunistic Marian defense pounced again on the Cougars’ fourth series of the game, with Logan Blake getting to the quarterback for a sack of Crable, stripping the ball away to land in the hands of Isaac Johnson. The Knights scored two plays after the fumble, with Young hitting Johnny William on an 18-yard score, pushing the visitors ahead 20-3. Williams’ touchdown was his 42nd receiving touchdown in his career, tying Krishawn Hogan for the program record. Trevor Adler made the final highlight of the explosive half, blocking a St. Francis punt with 32 seconds remaining in the half to preserve the 20-3 lead.

Marian started the second half with the ball, and continued to find success, with Taylor ripping off a 49-yard run on the first play of the series. Seven plays later, Young found William through the driving rain for a 10-yard touchdown, giving William his record setting score. Trailing 27-3, St. Francis again took a slow and methodical drive, scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion after a 12-play, 72 yard series that lasted nearly seven minutes.

Marian increased their lead on the next posession, finishing off a 14-play series with a Credell Prather wildcat touchdown run, giving Marian a commanding 34-11 lead. St. Francis answered the Prather touchdown with a quick scoring drive, as Crable found Jordan Schmeling in tight coverage to once again come within two scores. The Cougars scored again after a Marian three-and-out, and crawled within eight after Crable threw his second touchdown pass of the game.

William recovered a St. Francis onside kick try with 4:14 remaining, and after Taylor moved Marian from their own 45 to the Cougars 35 yard-line, Trent Gipson put the nail in the coffin racing down the Cougars sideline for a 35-yard score. The freshman’s first career touchdown gave Marian a 41-26 lead with 82 seconds left in the game. St. Francis would add a late touchdown with 11 seconds remaining, but William again recovered the onside kick, and with no timeouts left to prolong the game, Marian knelt out the remaining time to win the Franciscan Bowl 41-34.

In his record setting game, William led Marian in receiving with 93 yards on six receptions, scoring twice to become Marian’s all-time record holder for receiving touchdowns. Young was 14-22 through the air with 190 yards and three scores, while Taylor ran for over 100 yards for the first time in his career. Gipson finished with 61 yards on the ground, and joined the three-headed freshman core of Taylor and Prather with rushing touchdowns in the win. Defensively, Logan Blake was all over the field leading the team with 14 tackles, including a pair of sacks. Sir’Zion Dance made nine tackles, and Cameron Harris had five.

Marian will await their draw in the NAIA Football Championship Series to determine their first round opponent and location. The draw is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET and will be aired on the PlayNAIA Facebook page.

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST 3, ASBURY 0 – RSC CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RECAP

EATON, Ohio – Nothing could rain on this moment.

The Indiana University East women’s soccer team braved a steady downpour on the way to a 3-0 victory over Asbury University at Eaton (Ohio) High School on April 10.

“This team has dealt with its fair share of adversity and more,” IU East coach Shane Meridith said. “I can’t speak enough about their character, ambition and willingness to do what it takes to accomplish a goal.”

With the win, the Red Wolves (11-3-1) claimed their second straight title in the River States Conference Championship Final and earned a bid to the NAIA National Tournament.

“We were coming off a loss to (Asbury) recently where they won it in the last few minutes,” Kelsea Joseph said, referring to a 1-0 overtime loss to the Eagles during the regular season. “We were just really hungry to come back and just do it.”

“It’s just crazy to think about all of the work that we have put in and how much we have grown together,” Joseph continued. “There was just something else today with the unity. We were ready, and we were all in.”

IU East’s assignment for the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round will be announced April 12.

Asbury finishes the season at 10-6-1. IU East defeated Asbury 1-0 for its first conference tournament title back in 2019. 

“As far as the game, it would be very shortsighted to name a player or two or three, as we had a total team effort with lots of people playing at a very high-level,” Meridith said. “This one is special.”

The Red Wolves scored twice in the opening period before adding the final tally late in the second half.

Kimberly Trapp found the back of the net at 26:06 to put the Red Wolves up 1-0.

The second score at 31:11 was credited to Joseph after Sophie Pohlabel headed the ball off a corner kick by Lexi Berkely.

“It was wild,” Joseph said of the corner. “I always love going in on the corners. Sophie and I were just there. I didn’t know it went in and she didn’t know.”

Ellie Guenther, who was in the mix in front of the goal, informed the duo that the ball did indeed end up in the goal.

“That was really cool,” Joseph said.

Berkely picked up the last goal at 85:53 with an assist from Angely Luna.

IUWS Faces off Against No. 6 Penn State in Big Ten Regional Weekend Finals on Sunday

Number four seeded Indiana women’s soccer heads to University Park, Pa. for a match with the number one seeded No. 6 Nittany Lions in the Big Ten Regional Weekend finals. The game will take place at Jeffrey Field with the teams set to take the pitch at 2 p.m. ET. on Big Ten Network.

SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS

No. 6 Penn State (9-1-1) closed out the regular-season with a 3-0 win over Nebraska to clinch the Big Ten championship title for the second consecutive season.  The win over Nebraska extended the Nittany Lions winning streak to five. Redshirt sophomore Ally Schlegel leads the Big Ten and the Nittany Lions’ attack with nine goals along with five assists this season. Senior Frankie Tagliaferri leads the Big Ten with nine assists while contributing six goals. Goalkeeper Katherine Asman ranks second in the Big Ten in saves (.833) with a total of 40 saves this the season.

Penn State leads the series 26-1-2. In the regular-season, Indiana fell to the Nittany Lions, 2-1, at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. The Hoosiers are looking for its first win since November 8, 1996.

LAST TIME OUT

The Hoosiers were scheduled to play Michigan on Friday, April 9, but the match was deemed no contest due to COVID-19 issues within the Wolverines Program. Indiana wrapped up its 2021 spring season at Purdue where the in-state rivals battled 110 minutes before coming to a 0-0 draw at Folk Field on Sunday. Anna Bennett looked to strike first in the fourth minute, but it went wide. Sophomore Avery Lockwood had an on target shot in the 42nd minute, but Purdue’s goalie was there for the save. Senior Melanie Forbes saw a great opportunity in the 105th minute but it went wide. Senior Hanna Nemeth had the best chance with under a minute left in double-overtime, but the keeper pounced on the ball to keep the game scoreless.

NEW HOOSIERS HAVE IMMEDIATE IMPACT

•Indiana women’s soccer welcomed six new freshmen to Hoosier Nation. Four freshmen earned starts in the first five games of the season – Anna Aehling, Anna Bennett, Gabi Rennie and Jen Blitchok. Sofia Black and Zoe Tiger have also provided great minutes off the bench for the Hoosiers.

•Bennett and Aehling are the only two freshmen who have started in all nine of IU’s games this season.

•The freshmen love to share the ball as three Hoosiers Bennett (2), Aehling (1), Rennie (1), Blitchok (1) totaled seven of Indiana’s eight assists to earn their first career points.

FRESHMEN FIND THE NET

•Gabi Rennie scored her first collegiate goal in victory over the Spartans on Wednesday, March 31.

•Sofia Black scored her first collegiate goal in the 2-0 win against Michigan. Classmate Bennett scored the gamewinner against Wisconsin for her first career goal.

•Freshman forward Jen Blitchok recorded her first points after netting a brace in Indiana’s 3-2 victory over Maryland on March 7. She is the second Hoosier to earn a brace this season. Senior Melanie Forbes also scored a pair of goals against Iowa on Feb. 28.

NEWS AND NOTES

•Indiana wrapped up the regular-season with a 6-4-1 record, its best finish since 2013. This is the most B1G points in program history (19).

•IU earned its sixth conference win with a 2-1 victory over Michigan State to tie the program record for most conference wins since 1998 and 2013.

•Indiana achieved its first five conference win season since 2013 when the Hoosiers went 6-5-0 in conference play. This is also a new record of conference wins under head coach Erwin van Bennekom after the Hoosiers went 4-5-2 in his first season in 2019.

•The Hoosiers defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor for the second time in program history and the first time since 2006.

•Indiana earned its fourth shutout this season against Michigan on Sunday, March 28.

•Eight different Hoosiers have recorded a point along with five assists on eight goals.

•Senior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has earned five victories this season along with four shutouts. She ties first along with two others (Shannon Flower, Ashley Davis) for most conference wins in a single season for Indiana.  Kopel ranks second with 26 and counting for most career victories in the Indiana women’s soccer program. She also holds Indiana’s program record for career shutouts with 21.  She also holds the record for most shutouts in a season with nine.

• Kopel recorded a new season high of seven saves against Ohio State.

IUMS Advances to Play Maryland in Big Ten Tournament Semifinals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 6 Indiana (8-1-0) defeated the eighth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats (2-8-1) by a score of 3-0 in the opening round of the 2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Saturday evening.

KEY MOMENTS

• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra opened the scoring for IU on Saturday evening. Fellow sophomore forward Herbert Endeley won a penalty in the seventh minute. Bezerra was calm and collected from the spot, firing to the right of the Northwestern keeper to give IU the 1-0 lead.

• In the 19th minute, Bezerra fired a shot that missed just right of the net. The shot came off his right foot from just outside the box but could not find the target.

• IU added to their first-half lead with a goal from redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink off a Northwestern goalie mistake. Wittenbrink’s tap-in goal handed IU a 2-0 lead right before the break.

• Wittenbrink went for goal again in the 58th minute but his attempt went just left of the net. After cutting in on his left foot from the edge of the box, his shot went across the face of goal and out for a Northwestern goal kick.

• Bezerra scored his second of the match in the 73rd minute to put the first-round tie to bed. After redshirt junior midfielder Joe Schmidt dispossessed the Northwestern midfielder, he darted through the defense and played a perfect ball to Bezerra. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year cut in on his right foot and placed the ball past the Northwestern goalie for the 3-0 lead.

• Freshman defender Joey Maher had the final look on target for the Hoosiers Saturday evening. Maher flicked in a header that was saved off the line by the Northwestern defense.

NOTABLES

• IU is 9-0-5 in the last five Big Ten Conference Tournaments. Its last loss came in the Big Ten Championship match against Maryland (2-1) on Nov. 16, 2014.

• The Hoosiers are now 5-0-2 against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament with six of those coming in the first round.

• Bezerra bagged his third brace of the season and his eighth goal of the campaign. He now has 16 goals for his career.

• Redshirt sophomore Bryant Pratt recorded his first game action of his career. He and sophomore goalie Roman Celentano combined for the clean sheet. It was IU’s seventh clean sheet of the season.

• Wittenbrink scored again for IU, the fourth time he’s done that this season.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Victor Bezerra (2), Ryan Wittenbrink

ASSISTS: Joe Schmidt

UP NEXT

Indiana will host the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins on April 14 in Bloomington with a shot to head to the Big Ten Tournament title match. The game will be televised on BTN at a time to be determined.

Butler MSoccer Knocks Off Creighton, 3-2, for Senior Day Win

The Bulldogs capped the spring 2021 season in style, posting a come-from-behind 3-2 win over visiting Creighton Saturday in Indianapolis. The match served as Senior Day for the Bulldogs, who recognized the program’s seven graduating student-athletes.

With the result, Butler finishes the season at 4-6-2 overall and 4-2-2 in BIG EAST play. Creighton ends their regular season at 6-5, including 5-3 in conference play. The Bluejays will be one of two teams representing the Midwest division in next week’s BIG EAST Tournament.

Creighton scored twice in the first 15 minutes of the second half to erase a 1-0 Butler halftime advantage.

That is when the Butler rally began. In the 75th minute, senior Ethan King scored the first goal of his Butler career in the final outing of his Butler career. He took a beautifully-played ball from Jack Haywood that split a pair of Creighton defenders, and King was able to beat Creighton keeper Nathan Schnur.

The game-winner came off the foot of Haywood, who sent a free kick from 25 yards out into the top right corner. It was his first goal of the season and second of his career.

Butler’s opening goal came from Jack Streberger, which was also the first of his career. Haywood started the score with a nifty pass to Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. in space. He sent a pass ahead to Streberger, who took one touch and then slide the ball by Schnur and just inside the left post. That tally came in the 41st minute, putting Butler on the board after being unable to convert two quality chances in the opening 10 minutes.

Butler out-shot Creighton, 13-10. Haywood led the Bulldogs with four shots, finishing the match with a goal and two assists. The Bulldogs also had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Creighton committed 18 fouls and was assessed four yellow cards in the match.

The match served as Butler’s spring finale. With lightning in the area slightly delaying the start of the match, the Bulldogs recognized their graduating student-athletes during halftime: King, Justin Savona, Jack Woods, Kenzith Andrew, P.J. Garcia, Usman Gil Ivern and Michael Cohen. Woods saw his first game action in the match.

Soccer Hosts Eastern Michigan Sunday for MAC West Title on Senior Day

The MAC West Division championship and a spot in the MAC Championship game are on the line Sunday when Ball State hosts Eastern Michigan in the regular season finale.

This sprint of a season has come down to this. The formula is simple. A Ball State win sends the Cardinals to the title game. Any other result and Eastern Michigan goes.

Ball State (5-2-1) led the division for several weeks before falling from that perch last weekend with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan. The Cardinals bounced back with a 1-0 victory at Northern Illinois on Melissa Diceman’s late goal and can reclaim the top spot against EMU.

The Eagles (6-2-0) have moved to the top with a three-game winning streak. Their last loss came to Ball State in Ypsilanti when second-half goals from Nicky Potts and Mac Henson helped the Cardinals overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.

Eastern Michigan has not played since last Sunday, its midweek game at Toledo called off for a COVID issue with the Rockets program just like Ball State’s matchup at Toledo was the week before.

Sabrina McNeill leads Eastern Michigan with six goals on the season and scored the EMU goal in the first meeting between these teams this season. The Eagles have scored 16 goals on the year, while Ball State has allowed only six.

Diceman and Tatiana Mason lead the Cardinals offensively with three goals each, while Potts — a 2019 All-MAC First Team midfielder — owns a goal and four assists.

BSU won the West Division each of the last three years the conference used a divisional format in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The league went back to divisions for this COVID-shortened season.

The West Division winner will square off with East Division winner in a MAC Championship game on Saturday, April 17.

Men’s Soccer Wins Title, Hosts A-10 Championship April 15-17

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.  – The Atlantic 10 Conference men’s soccer championship will take place at Baujan Field April 15-17 with the University of Dayton being the No. 1 seed and regular season champions.

The Flyers won the regular season title with 13 points and a 4-1-1 conference mark ahead of second seed Saint Louis with 12 points, and third seed Fordham and fourth seed George Washington, both of whom had 11 points to wrap up the group. 

Dayton will open the tournament hosting George Washington at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 15 followed by Saint Louis and Fordham at 4 p.m.

The winners of the semifinals will face off on Saturday at 12 p.m. in the A-10 Championship game.

The Flyers won their seventh A-10 Championship after going 4-3-1 overall this season and 4-1-1 in league play.

Men’s Volleyball Advances To MIVA Tourney Semifinals With 3-1 Win Over Ohio State

MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 4 seeded Ball State men’s volleyball team came up big Saturday night in Worthen Arena as they earned a 3-1 victory over the fifth-seeded Ohio State Buckeyes in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament quarterfinals.

It marks the first time since the 2017 season that Ball State will advance to the semifinal round which will be played next Saturday, April 17 at top seeded Lewis.

Ball State 23-year head coach Joel Walton said tonight was a complete team performance and that you do not win a match like this without everyone firing.

The Cardinals (12-7) win tonight over the Buckeyes (9-10) most certainly proved Walton’s statement to be true.

Graduate senior Blake Reardon, who was a freshman the last time the Cardinals won a quarterfinal round, had an impressive performance after leading his squad with 19 kills off of 32 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Junior Kaleb Jenness was not too far behind Reardon turning in a 16-kill showing.

No team is successful without a good setter in which senior Quinn Isaacson dished out a game high 53 assists to his counterparts while also leading the Cardinals with 13 defensive digs.

Last weeks’ MIVA Defensive Player of the Week, junior Felix Egharevba, registered seven block assists while the team as a whole totaled 19.

Egharevba also had nine kills off of 12 swings for a .667 attack percentage.

To sum things up, tonight’s tournament match against the two historic rivals consisted of 30 ties and nine lead changes.

After 13 ties in the first set alone, the score was knotted for the last time at 29 apiece. That’s when middle hitter Will Hippe answered with an ace to give BSU the opportunity for set point. Ohio State would then commit an attack error on the next play which would lift the Cardinals past the Buckeyes, 31-29.

After that, Ball State cruised past Ohio State in the second set, 25-19. BSU had some stellar defensive plays at the net along with impeccable placement in kills pushing the Cardinals advantage to 2-0 for the match.

The MIVA regular season matches between these two longtime rivals went to five sets so it came to no surprise the Buckeyes came back to take the third frame from Ball State, 25-21.

The fourth set was a tight one with Ohio State controlling the tempo so it looked as if the Cardinals might have to go into an extra period for the third time this season.

But fortunately, BSU prevailed after Reardon and Jenness had some crucial kills followed by some Ohio State miscues which eventually led to the Cardinals securing tonight’s victory over Ohio State.

Walton was a bit emotional after the contest and rightfully so as this was his final home game in Worthen Arena. Walton had announced his retirement from Ball State prior to the start of the 2021 season.

He said he was grateful that Ball State gave him the opportunity to coach at his alma mater. Walton also said after the match he told his guys to be road warriors because he is not ready to stop coaching and wants to keep going.

IUE VOLLEYBALL

RICHMOND, Ind. – The first April volleyball match on Lingle Court featured a record-setting performance.

Jessica Swimm set a single-match program record with 29 kills as the Indiana University East volleyball team went four sets against NAIA No. 24 Bethel University (Ind.).

Final score: 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23 in favor of the Pilots.

IU East is 13-4. Bethel is 24-6.

This was the last of three spring matches against Top 25 opponents on the IU East schedule in preparation for the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship, which begins next weekend.

Swimm’s 29th kill late in the fourth set broke a program record that had been set in 2014. The point reduced Bethel’s lead to 24-23 and gave IU East a chance to force a fifth set, but the Red Wolf rally fell just short.

IU East led the third set from start to finish and held a 17-12 advantage in fourth set in the best showing of its three spring matches.

“We really took what we learned at practices this week and transferred it over to the game,” Swimm said. “I feel like we were extra competitive today, and I think we are all excited for next week.”

Four players recorded double digits in digs for a hustling Red Wolf defense, led by Sammei Fulkerson-Bird with 17. Jenna Mitchell served up three aces.

IU East fans can watch the pairings for the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship at 11 a.m. (IU East time) on April 12 at the PlayNAIA Facebook page. NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship Opening Round matches are April 17.

Indiana in First Place After Day One of Boilermaker Invitational 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf opened play in a pair of tournaments hosted by Purdue on Saturday with the team currently leading the Boilermaker Invitational. The second round was halted due to darkness but the Hoosiers completed their round to end the day in first place, led by three in the top-5 of the player leaderboard. Meanwhile, Brock Ochsenreiter currently leads the Boilermaker Individual event.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

April 10-11

Boilermaker Invitational • West Lafayette, Ind.

Kampen Golf Course

Par 72 • 7,465

Live Scoring via Golfstat

CHIP-INS

• Four groups had their second rounds halted due to darkness and will resume in the morning. All five members of the Hoosier lineup were able to complete the round.

• As a team, the Hoosiers are 10-under on the day, carding a 280 in the opening round and a 286 in the second. The 280 is the second-best round for IU this season.

• Freshman Clay Merchent is in second place after recording a new career-best round of 67 in the second 18. He was 5-under on the front nine as he picked up five birdies. In the opening round, he shot an even-72 and is five-under on the day, just one stroke back of the leader.

• Junior Mitch Davis is 4-under to sit in third place, carding a 69 and 71 on Saturday. Davis had four birdies in each round and tied his season-best with the 69.

• Freshman Drew Salyers is tied for fourth place and also delivered a 69 in the first round as he parred or birdied every hole. He carded an even-72 in the second round and was 3-under on the day.

• Senior Ethan Shepherd and junior Harry Reynolds are both tied for 36th place. Both shot a 1-under in the first round before carding a 76 in the second.

BY THE NUMBERS – TEAM

Pos. (unofficial)NameR1R2Totals (to par)
2Clay Merchent7267139 (-5)
3Mitch Davis6971140 (-4)
T4Drew Salyers6972141 (-3)
T36Ethan Shepherd7176147 (+3)
T36Harry Reynolds7176147 (+3)

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

April 10-11

Boilermaker Individual • West Lafayette, Ind.

Ackerman-Allen Golf Course

Par 72 • 7,109

Live Scoring via Golfstat

CHIP-INS

• Indiana has five competing in the Boilermaker Individual. Both rounds were completed on Saturday.

• Ochsenreiter shot a 69 in the first round before carding a 68 in the second round. It’s his best round since shooting a 64 in the second round of the Steelwood Collegiate in Oct. 2018. Ochsenreiter is 7-under heading into the final round with a two-stroke lead.

• Sophomore Eric Berggren is tied for fourth place at 1-under after carding a 72 and 71, respectively. The 71 is a new career-best.

• Senior Evan Yakubov is tied for 14th at 1-over. He shot a 71 in the second with five birdies and made the turn at 3-under.

• Senior Tate Heintzelman is tied for 25th place at 4-over. Sophomore Drew Giacchetto is in 35th place at 11-over.

BY THE NUMBERS – INDIVIDUALS

Pos.NameR1R2Totals (to par)
1Brock Ochsenreiter6968137 (-7)
T4Eric Berggren7271143 (-1)
T14Evan Yakubov7471145 (+1)
T25Tate Heintzelman7573148 (+4)
35Drew Giacchetto7679155 (+11)

UP NEXT

The Boilermaker Invitational will see the field wrap up play of the second round before going in to the final round Sunday morning. Those in the Boilermaker Individual will tee off the final round at 8:41 a.m.

Purdue in the Hunt at the Boilermaker Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team pieced together two solid rounds and sit in a second-place tie after 36 holes at the Boilermaker Invitational held at the Kampen Course.

Most teams were able to finish their second rounds before darkness fell. However, about three groups remained on the course and those groups will conclude round two Sunday morning, before everyone begins their third and final rounds with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The Boilermakers fired a 36-hole total of 6-under par 570 (282-288) to trail leader Indiana by four shots. The Boilermakers are tied with Kent State (two groups remaining), are one shot ahead of Illinois and three shots in front of Minnesota. Those five teams are the only teams under par.

Nearly perfect conditions greeted the golfers this morning, and scores reflected the good scoring conditions. In round two, a heavy rain squall moved in about midway through the round and showers fell intermittently for the remainder of the round before the horn blew at about 8:30 p.m. ET, tor darkness.

Leading the Boilermakers is freshman Herman Sekne, who sits in T-4th at 3-under par 141 (68-73). Sekne shared the lead after 18 holes and is just three shots off the pace set by Minnesota’s Angus Ferguson (138).

Joe Weiler also had a strong day, sitting in T-11th at 2-under par 142 (69-73). Weiler was rolling in round one at 4-under par before a double-bogey on the par-5 16th brought him back to the pack.

Cole Bradley had a consistent day on the links, posting a pair of even-par 72s for a 144, good for T-20th.

Peyton Snoeberger is tied for 26th at 1-over par 145 (73-72), while Nick Dentino is tied for 36th at 3-over par 147 (76-71).

The Boilermakers are looking for their first Boilermaker Invitational title since 2011.

Buckeyes 10th After Soggy Day 1 at Boilermaker Inv.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – 
After a pleasant morning round, Ohio State slogged its way through a rainy second round to posts rounds of 288-298 and sit in 10th place through 36 holes of the Boilermaker Invitational.

The Kampen Course at Purdue is hard enough under normal conditions but the breeze and rain in the afternoon didn’t make scoring easy. Max Moldovan and Elis Svard are both 2-over par for the tournament. Moldovan had rounds of 71-75 and Svard posted scores of 72-74.

Jackson Chandler had the lowest second round for the Buckeyes with a 73 and he is +4 through 36 holes. Felix Kvarnstrom led the team in the morning with a 70 but came home with a 79 in the afternoon and is a shot behind Chandler at 5-over. Adam Wallin rounded out the Buckeye scorers with a pair of 76s.

There is also an individual event running at the same time on the adjacent Ackerman-Allen Golf Course. Three Buckeyes are competing in that tournament. Caleb Davern made four birdies and two eagles in his two rounds and is 1-under par after rounds of 72-21. Kevin Stone made a total of nine birdies on the day and posted rounds of 74-70. Grant Engle returned scores of 74-72 and is 2-over par. All three Buckeyes are in the Top 20 of the individual tournament.

The team event was suspended due to darkness at 8:35 p.m. and will resume on Sunday morning with the final round to follow.

TEAM       288- 298 (+10)        T10th

Moldovan         71-75 (+2)        T29th

Svard                72-74 (+2)        T29th

Chandler           75-73 (+4)        T46th

Kvarnstrom       70-79 (+5)        T49th

Wallin              76-76 (+8)        T63rd

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Davern             72-71 (-1)         T4th

Stone                74-70 (E)          T10th

Engle                74-72 (+2)        T19th

#4 Irish Drop Thriller to Top-Ranked Tar Heels

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Bridget Deehan matched her career-high with 14 saves and Maddie Howe collected a hat trick, but No. 4 Notre Dame dropped an 11-10 nailbiter to top-ranked North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.

Eleven of Deehan’s 14 saves, including numerous point-blank stops, came in the opening half to anchor the Irish defense. 

Jackie Wolak scored twice for the Irish while Kasey Choma, Madison Ahern, Samantha Lynch, Madison Mote and Hannah Dorney also netted goals for Notre Dame.

Defensively, Kelly Donnelly racked up a game-high three caused turnovers to go with a pair of ground balls. Deehan also earned five ground balls to go with her 14 stops.

As a team, Notre Dame went 20-for-20 on clears and earned a 16-9 advantage in ground balls.

HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Tar Heels took a 5-1 lead to open play, the Irish answered with a 6-1 run to close the half and lead 7-6 at the break.

The run included two goals by Wolak, including one just before the buzzer, and markers from Lynch, Ahern, Choma and Howe. 

Deehan, who was spectacular all day, made 11 saves in the first-half to keep the Irish within striking distance and eventually propel Notre Dame to the one-goal halftime lead.

The Tar Heels scored the first three goals of the second half before Howe netted back-to-back goals to even the score at 9-9 with 14:10 remaining.

Mote evened the score again at 10-all with 8:33 to play, but North Carolina scored the eventual game-winner with 7:11 remaining.

NOTABLE NUMBERS

  • Bridget Deehan matched her career-high with 14 saves for the second straight contest. 
  • Deehan has racked up 40 saves in her last three outings with a combined .571 save percentage, all against top-10 ACC opponents.
  • Samantha Lynch is up to a team-high 27 goals and 33 points in nine games.
  • The contest was a culmination of the program’s seventh annual Daughters For Dads campaign to raise funds for cancer research.

UP NEXT

  • #4 Notre Dame (6-3, 3-3 ACC) heads back on the road this week for a pair of matchups at No. 5 Boston College.
  • The Irish and Eagles meet first this Thursday (April 15) at 5 p.m. in a contest that will be televised on ACC Network.
  • Game two between Notre Dame and Boston College is set for Saturday (April 17) at 11 a.m. and that tilt will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

Maryland Clinches Share of Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Championship

Terrapins win fifth Big Ten title in program history

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team clinched a share of the 2021 Big Ten Conference title following its 18-12 win at Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins have now won five Big Ten championships since the league was formed in 2015.

The three-time NCAA champion Terrapins last won the Big Ten regular-season championship in 2018, which marked Maryland’s fourth-consecutive title dating back to 2015. Additionally, the Terrapins have won the Big Ten Tournament twice (2016 and 2017) and went on to win the NCAA national championship in 2017 following a 16-3 campaign.

With Saturday’s victory against Michigan, the Terrapins completed a season sweep over the Wolverines to improve to 8-0 on the year. Maryland currently ranks No. 2 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I Coaches Poll and will close out its season with contests at home against Ohio State (April 18) and at Johns Hopkins (April 24).

Additionally, the Terrapins have now clinched the No. 1 seed in the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament and will receive one of the tournament’s two first-round byes. The 2021 Big Ten Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will feature a six-team field and will begin on Saturday, May 1, with quarterfinal games being played on the campus of the higher seed. The semifinals and championship game will be played at Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Thursday, May 6, and Saturday, May 8.

No. 14 Buckeyes Defeat Blue Jays, 14-12, in B1G Contest
Reid leads Ohio State with four goals and six points

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team posted a 14-12 win over Johns Hopkins in a Big Ten Conference game Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes led 10-7 at halftime. The Blue Jays (2-6) tied the game at 10 in the third quarter but the Buckeyes (4-4) answered the JHU run with three straight goals to pull away for the victory. 

The Short Story

Johns Hopkins led 2-0 early and the Buckeyes tied the game with 7:21 left in the first. After the Blue Jays pushed ahead 3-2 at 5:56 Ohio State went on a six-goal run, including three straight from Ryan Terefenko, for a 6-3 lead after the first quarter and 8-3 advantage with 11:03 left in the second. The teams traded goals twice after that for a 10-5 Buckeye lead with 4:07 remaining before halftime. The Blue Jays then went on a run of their own, with two before the end of the half and the first three of the third quarter, to tie the game at 10 with 5:50 left in the third.

Ohio State responded, as Jack Myers scored man-up to put the Buckeyes back ahead with 3:43 left in the third. Jackson Reid and Tre Leclaire tallied in the first five minutes of the fourth for a three-goal cushion. Hopkins drew within two twice in the final 8:43 but Ohio State closed out the win.

Reid led Ohio State with four goals and six points, while Myers had a hat trick and two assists for five points and Terefenko had a hat trick and eight ground balls. Johnny Wiseman had three points, with a goal and two assists, and Grant Mitchell (two assists) and Mitchell Pehlke (goal and an assist) each had two points. Justin Inacio won 13 faceoffs and picked up four ground balls and Jeff Henrick and Stephen Zupicich also had four ground balls each. Alec Van de Bovenkamp had seven saves for the Buckeyes.

Quoting Coach Nick Myers

“Another hard fought Big Ten game just as we expected. We made the plays on offense when we had to and got contributions from a lot of different guys which we’ll need moving forward. It was awesome to see Buckeye Nation back in The Shoe and we thank them for their support.”

How it Happened

  • The Blue Jays led 2-0 on goals at 13:19 and 12:17 but the Buckeyes answered to tie the game as Scott White scored off an assist from Grant Mitchell at 8:23 and Jack Myers tallied unassisted at 7:21.
  • The Blue Jays’ Brendan Grimes put Hopkins back ahead (3-2) at 5:56.
  • Ohio State then went on a six-goal run that led to an 8-3 lead with 11:03 left in the second quarter.
  • Mitchell set up Mitchell Pehlke at 4:34 to tie the game before Ryan Terefenko took over, scoring three in a row – at 3:35 (man-up, assisted by Jackson Reid), 2:53 and 1:54 (on an assist from Myers). Terefenko’s goals gave Ohio State a 6-3 lead after the first quarter.
  • Myers and Reid tallied in a 52 second span, at 11:55 and 11:03, for an 8-3 Ohio State advantage. The Blue Jays stopped Ohio State’s run on a Garrett Degnon goal at 10:25.
  • Myers found Reid for a Buckeye goal at 9:24 and the teams traded tallies at 5:33 and 4:07, with Johnny Wiseman setting up Reid at 4:07.
  • The Blue Jays scored twice in the final 3:07 of the quarter, with the second with just six seconds left in the clock, for a 10-7 Ohio State lead at the half.
  • The Blue Jays tied the game at 10 with three straight goals to open the second half. The first goal made it a two-goal game at 13:45 and the score remained 10-8 Buckeyes until two JHU goals in eight seconds at 5:50 and 5:42 deadlocked the score.
  • Myers scored a man-up goal at 3:43, assisted by Reid, to put Ohio State back ahead, 11-10, and the margin remained one goal entering the final quarter.
  • Wiseman set up a Reid tally 52 seconds into the fourth quarter and Tre Leclaire converted off a pass from Pehlke at 10:31 to push the Ohio State advantage to three (13-10).
  • The Blue Jays scored two of the final three goals, with tallies at 8:43 and 3:30 sandwiching a Wiseman goal for the Buckeyes at 3:55, for the 14-12 final. `

Statistically Speaking

  • The Buckeyes had the shot advantage, 39-37. Alec Van de Bovenkamp had seven saves for the Buckeyes and the Hopkins goalie made eight stops.
  • The Blue Jays had the slight advantage in ground balls, 31-30, and faceoffs, 16-14.
  • Each team had 21 clear attempts – Ohio State was 18-for-21 and Johns Hopkins was 17-for-21. Ohio State had 14 turnovers, Johns Hopkins 15.

Up Next

The Buckeyes travel for a game at Maryland at 5 p.m. April 18, televised by BTN.

Ohio State Suffers 3-1 Loss to Penn State

Buckeyes knocked out of Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ohio State (3-6-1) fell to host Penn State (7-1-1) 3-1 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Spring Big Ten Tournament at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The Buckeyes were the aggressors early with five quick shots in the first 20 minutes of action. Penn State was first to score however on its first shot of the day in the 22nd minute. 

The Nittany Lions scored again in the 29th minute for a 2-0 advantage heading into the halftime break.

A goal in the 55th minute by Penn State made it 3-0 Nittany Lions. 

The Buckeyes scored late on a cross from Channing Chasten headed in by junior Devyn Etling in the 88th minute. It was Etling’s 10th career goal and first of the year. The assist was the first of the season and second in two seasons for the sophomore Chasten.

Ohio State finished the opening half with seven shots. The four Penn State shots were on net in the first half. The Buckeyes held the advantage in corner kicks, 5-1. For the game, Ohio State took 13 shots, three on net while the Nittany Lions took 11 shots, six on frame.

Season Concludes at MIVA Tournament

Buckeyes finish the year with a 9-10 record

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ohio State men’s volleyball team (9-10) came up short to fourth-seeded Ball State (12-7) in the quarterfinals of the MIVA Tournament, 3-1 (31-29, 25-19, 21-25, 28-26), on Saturday at Worthen Arena.

Sotiris Siapanis had a career night with 25 kills while hitting .308. Martin Lallemand added 16 kills and Samuel Clark chipped in 14 kills. Noah Platfoot and Michael Wright handed out 28 and 26 assists, respectively. Wright also tallied 10 digs to record a double-double. Ethan Talley, Clark and Siapanis had four blocks apiece. 

SET 1: After starting the match with a deficit, the Cardinals pulled ahead 15-13. A kill by Jack Stevens and a BSU error tied the score at 21-all. The teams traded the next 15 points before Ball State closed the extended set on a 3-0 run for a 31-29 win.

SET 2: Ohio State called a timeout as it fell behind 13-10. The Cardinals strung together three straight points to extend their lead to 17-12. The Buckeyes went on a 4-0 sprint, which included three kills by Siapanis, to pull within one at 17-16. Ball State had five of the last six points for a 25-19 tally.

SET 3: The lead swayed from one team to the other until a 4-1 Buckeye run gave them a slight 15-13 advantage. Ohio State continued to hold Ball State at arm’s length to secure a 25-21 victory.

SET 4: The Buckeyes went up 6-2 before the Cardinals made up the difference to lock the score at 7-all. Ohio State regained its upper hand, 20-16, but Ball State tied the rally at 22-22. The teams split the next eight points before a pair of OSU errors handed the Cardinals the set, 28-26. 

Buckeyes and Wolverines Play for Series Sunday

Michigan rebounded from a 7-4 loss to Ohio State Friday with a 7-0 win Saturday 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won the opener of this huge, three-game series on Friday, 7-4. Michigan evened the series at one win apiece today with a 7-0 victory. Game 3 will be a nationally televised broadcast tomorrow (Sunday) at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. Ohio State, which had its five-game winning streak snapped, is now 13-8 on the season and Michigan is 14-7.

Ohio State sent national pitcher of the week Seth Lonsway to the mound for his typical Saturday start. The junior struck out 10, after striking out 17 Indiana Hoosiers last week, but gave up five hits and five walks that lead to four earned runs. He drops to 1-4 with the loss.

“We weren’t able to control their run game today,” Ohio State coach Greg Beals said. “There were a couple of situations where we had them and yet we didn’t execute. I give Michigan credit as they had a game plan against Seth and executed it. They were able to capitalize when they had guys on base and we weren’t able to.”

Michigan scored a run in the second before adding three more in the fourth off one hit. The Wolverines benefited in the inning off three walks, four stolen bases, an error and a wild pitch to build a 4-0 lead for starter Cameron Weston.

The Wolverines added two more runs in the sixth off a two-run home run by third baseman Christian Molfetta and they added a single, final run in the seventh.

Weston pitched 6.2 innings of five-hit, shutout baseball to get the win and improve to 4-1 on the season. He walked three and struck out five.

Unlike Friday, when Ohio State hitters had 13 hard-hit balls, Saturday was markedly different against Weston and two relievers. The Buckeyes managed just five singles – two by Conner Pohl – and hit into three double plays.

Riley Bertram, whose error Friday led to three unearned Ohio State runs, led the way for UM with three hits, including two doubles, and also three runs batted in and two runs scored. 

Ohio State Earns a 3-2 Win Over Michigan For Doubleheader Split
Meggie Otte drives in two, scores the winning run in Saturday’s nightcap

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some late-inning magic returned to Buckeye Field on Saturday, and when the dust settled on a doubleheader involving Ohio State and Michigan, the Buckeyes had secured a 3-2 win in the second game thanks to some timely hitting and heads-up base running.

Ohio State battled back for a 2-0 deficit late in the second game to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The key hit was a two-run single from Meggie Otte and aggressive base running that allowed Otte to steal home as Niki Carver was caught in a run down after singling to right field. Payton Buresch and the Ohio State defense then shut the door in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing just one base runners over the final two innings.

For the Buckeyes, it is their fourth win over Michigan over the last four seasons and improves their record to 13-9 on the season. The two teams play the finale of their four-game series tomorrow at Buckeye Field beginning at 1 p.m.

Game One: Michigan 3, Ohio State 1
Pitchers Allison Smith and Alex Storako dueled in the opening game on Saturday’s doubleheader. The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth when Michigan hit back to back solo home runs – both just over the left field fence – to take a 2-0 lead. The Wolverines tacked on a run in the top of the seventh on Natalia Rodriguez’s RBI double for a 3-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the seventh, catcher Sam Hackenbracht continued her hot hitting when she belted a solo home run to left center with two outs in the inning. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, Hackenbract is batting .538 over the last five games that she’s played in with four home runs, nine RBI and a 1.462 slugging percentage.

Smith struck out five Wolverines in her seven innings of work, including four over the first two innings.

Game Two: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2
Both pitchers – Ohio State’s Buresch and Meghan Beaubien for Michigan – were in control through the first three innings. The biggest defensive play early in the contest came from Otte in center field, who threw out Lexie Blair as she attempted to score from second on a single by Hannah Carson.

In the Michigan fourth, pinch hitter Lexi Voss delivered a two-out, two-run single to right center field that broke the scoreless tie. In the fifth, though, Ohio State got those runs back – and then some.

The rally started with a walk by Taylor Pack, who was then pinch run for by Lindsey Potter. Taylor Heckman pinch hit and came up big in a big spot, getting an infield single to put two on with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt from Carley Gaskill moved the runners over but a ground out by the next batter left Ohio State with two outs.

That wasn’t a problem for Otte, who hit a 1-1 pitch just over the second basemen into right field, scoring Heckman and Potter. The next batter, Niki Carver, singled and but then got caught in a run down between first and second. Meanwhile, heads-up base running in the form of a delayed steal by Otte got the go-ahead run across the plate.

Michigan went quietly in the sixth inning and was retired in order in the seventh, punctuated – fittingly – with a weak pop up to the pitcher for the final out.

Buresch (6-2) gave up seven hits over seven innings and walked just one. She also fielded her position, finishing with two assists and one putout. Only one of UM’s seven hits went for extra bases.

Ohio State’s five hits came from five different players. On defense, Otte not only finished with two RBI but also had the key outfield assist in the first inning. Mariah Rodriguez was busy at second base, making eight assists and one putout.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Several New Faces Join Indy’s Probable Rotation

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The Indianapolis Indians starting rotation in 2021 will likely feature many new faces after 600-plus days without organized baseball in the Circle City. The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season in 2020 has also led to a modified upcoming season, from alternate sites in April to six-game series between single opponents once the Triple-A season officially gets started. With those changes, it’s likely that some adjustments will be made with the starting rotation.

In preparation for the long-awaited 2021 MiLB season, we looked at the potential six-man rotation that could lead the Indians come May 4.

Max Kranick: After spending the 2020 season at Pittsburgh’s Alternate Training Site, the 23-year-old Kranick could be a fresh face in Indianapolis this season. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the 11th round (345th overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Valley View (Archbald, Pa.) High School. The right-hander spent the 2019 campaign with High-A Bradenton and went 6-7 with a 3.79 ERA (46er/109.1ip) and 78 strikeouts in 20 starts. Although he hasn’t pitched above High-A, he will look to make his Triple-A debut after opening the season on Pittsburgh’s Alternate Site roster as the club’s No. 30 prospect according to Baseball America.

James Marvel : The 27-year-old right-hander is the only familiar face in the possible starting rotation for the Indians. The Pirates selected Marvel in the 36th round (1,087th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Duke University, and he made the jump to Indianapolis during a stellar 2019 campaign. In 11 starts with the Indians, he went 7-0 with a 2.67 ERA (18er/60.2ip) and 53 strikeouts. He won 12 consecutive decisions between Altoona and Indianapolis and led all qualified Pirates minor leaguers in ERA (2.94 [53er/162.1ip]), total wins (16) and strikeouts (136) to be named Pittsburgh’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Wil Crowe : Crowe came to Pittsburgh in December 2020 as part of the trade that sent 1B Josh Bell to the Nationals. Crowe was selected by Washington in the second round (65th overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. He quickly rose through the ranks and made his major league debut on Aug. 22, 2020. The right-hander went 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA (11er/8.1ip) in three starts with Washington while splitting time between the alternate site and majors. He has made 10 career Triple-A starts, all with Fresno in 2019, and went 0-4 with a 6.17 ERA (37er/54.0ip) and 41 strikeouts. He was also named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year during his 2018 season with High-A Potomac. Crowe is ranked as Pittsburgh’s No. 20 prospect by Baseball America.

Cody Bolton : Bolton was selected by Pittsburgh in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Tracy (Calif.) High School and enters the season as the club’s highest ranked prospect (No. 7, _Baseball America_) on Indy’s probable rotation. Before spending 2020 at the alternate site, the right-hander earned Florida State League midseason All-Star honors with High-A Bradenton while going 6-3 with a 1.61 ERA (11er/61.2ip) and 69 strikeouts in 12 starts. His dominant start to the 2019 season earned him a promotion to Double-A Altoona in June, where he went 2-3 with a 5.85 ERA (26er/40.0ip) and 33 strikeouts.

Miguel Yajure : After making his major league debut on Aug. 31, 2020 with New York (AL) and no Triple-A experience, the 22-year-old Yajure could be suiting up for the Indians this season. He was signed by New York (AL) as a non-drafted free agent in 2015, then was traded to Pittsburgh in a January 2021 deal that sent RHP Jameson Taillon to the Yankees. He appeared in three games with the Yankees and posted a 1.29 ERA (1er/7.0ip) with eight strikeouts. The right-hander spent most of the 2019 season with High-A Tampa where he recorded a dominant 122 strikeouts in 22 games (18 starts) with an 8-6 record and 2.26 ERA (32er/127.2ip). He spent August with Double-A Trenton and was named to the Florida State League All-Star team after the season. He enters the 2021 campaign as the Pirates’ No. 10 prospect by Baseball America.

Chase De Jong : The veteran right-hander signed with Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent in January. He was selected by Toronto in the second round (81st overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and has 15 games of major league experience under his belt after debuting on April 5, 2017. He spent time in independent ball before being signed by Houston for part of the 2020 campaign, where he appeared in three games (two starts) with a 14.73 ERA (12er/7.1ip). He spent most of 2019 with Triple-A Rochester and recorded a 9.73 ERA (49er/45.1ip) with 30 strikeouts in 13 games (10 starts). During his 2016 campaign with Double-A Tulsa, he was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year.

INDY FUEL: SIX GOALS LIFT INDY OVER FORT WAYNE

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ORT WAYNE – Playing their second game of a three-game series this weekend, the Fuel visited the Fort Wayne Komets at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Indy would score six goals and Tom Aubrun would stop 43 shots en route to a 6-3 win on Saturday night.

Although earning a power play in the first 10 minutes of the period, the Fuel would be outshot 8-0. After defending a barrage of Fort Wayne opportunities to start the period, Indy would take the first lead when Dylan Malmquist fed a streaking Matt Marcinew and he tipped the puck past Stefanos Lekkas.

Indy thought to have doubled their lead when Nick Hutchison fired a slapshot through the glove of Lekkas but after review, the referees ruled that the whistle was blown before the puck crossed the goal line. Indy would eventually double their lead when Brent Gates one-timed a cross-ice pass from Jared Thomas over the shoulder of Lekkas.

Controlling the play for the first few minutes of the second period, the Komets would eventually take the lead when Morgan Adams-Moisan tapped in a back-door pass from Matt Murphy. The Fuel would take back their two goal lead when Terry Broadhurst jumped on a rebounded shot and put the puck over the shoulder of Lekkas. Referees would review the goal for goaltender interference but would eventually rule it a good goal.

Taking advantage of a man advantage, Randy Gazzola gave Justin Vaive a back-door pass and he tapped the puck into an empty net. The Fuel would hold on to their one-goal lead for the remaining three minutes and go into the locker room leading 3-2.

The Fuel would be the first team to get on the board early in the third period when Matt Marcinew beat a Komets defenseman on the rush and tucked the puck between the legs of Lekkas. Tripling their lead with 12:15 remaining, Willie Raskob went coast to coast and beat Lekkas with a wrist shot. Fort Wayne responded immediately when Anthony Nellis put a shot over the shoulder of Aubrun to make the score 5-3. The Fuel would defend a massive push from the Komets before Jared Thomas put home the empty netter to close out the 6-3 win.

Rain wins again; Martinsville to have doubleheader Sunday

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Rain forced the postponement of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway after just 42 laps Saturday night, setting up a doubleheader Sunday.

The day will start at noon with the completion of an Xfinity Series race that was suspended after 91 laps Friday night. That race has 159 laps to complete, and the Cup completion will begin at 4 p.m. in conditions that weather forecasts suggest will be sunny and in the mid-70s.

Denny Hamlin passed pole-sitter Joey Logano just four laps into the race and led the rest of the way until light drizzle intensified and the drivers were told to come down pit road for a red flag delay. Conditions on the track were good, but pit road was very wet.

Climbing from his car, Martin Truex Jr. joked that visibility wasn’t much of a problem.

“You could see a lot more than we could at Bristol two weeks ago,” Truex said, referring to the dust that was so challenging when the series ran on dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Weather forecasts all day called for rain around race time, and monsoon-like conditions arrived around the 7:30 p.m. scheduled start time. Jet dryers circled the track for more than an hour, then made two passes on pit road trying to limit the puddling.

The race got underway at 9:25 p.m.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans flood onto the field, disrupting the game in the top of the ninth inning. After warning the growing crowd of over a thousand patrons, who continue to pour onto the field, home plate umpire Bill Klem decides enough is enough, forfeiting the game to the visiting team, 9-0.

1907       “Boy, they sure called me lots of names when I tried on those shin guards. They must have been a good idea at that, though, because they tell me catchers still wear them.” – ROGER BRESNAHAN, reflecting on being the first major league catcher to wear shin guards.

On Opening Day, playing against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan becomes the first player to wear shin guards in a major league game. The future Hall of Fame receiver’s innovative protective device, fastened with straps and hooks, was made of leather.

1912       Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3, in a game that features 13 ground-rule doubles hit by the visitors because of the overflow crowd placed in the outfield and along the foul lines. The future Hall of Fame southpaw’s streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.

1912       Redland Field, the steel and concrete ballpark named to match the team’s moniker and hue, makes its debut with the hometown Reds beating Chicago, 10-6. In 1934, the Cincinnati ballpark will become known as Crosley Field in honor of the team owner Powel Crosley.

1928       Forty-year-old veteran Ty Cobb and 41 year-old Tris Speaker, who spent last season with the Senators, both start in the outfield on Opening Day for the A’s, batting second and third, respectively. The 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park marks the first time the future Hall of Famer players have played teammates in a game.

1932       The Cardinals trade future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey to the Reds for outfielder/first baseman Harvey Hendrick, right-hander Benny Frey, and cash. The former Redbird outfielder led the National League in hitting last season, batting .349 for the World Series champs.

1954       The Yankees trade two minor leaguers along with rookie right-hander Mel Wright to the Cardinals in exchange for 38 year-old right-fielder Enos Slaughter. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will hit only .239 in 79 games during his first tenure with the Bronx Bombers, but Bill Virdon, one of the prospects dealt to the Redbirds, will be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1956.

1961       The upstart Angels, playing their first game in franchise history, defeat a strong Orioles team at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 7-2. Ted Kluszewski homers twice, and Eli Grba tosses a complete game for Los Angeles.

1961       Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski, in his major league debut, singles off Kansas City’s Ray Herbert in the team’s 5-2 Opening Day loss at Fenway Park. The 21 year-old left fielder from Bridgehampton, New York, will amass 3,419 hits during his 23-year Hall of Fame career with Boston.

1961       On Opening Day, the flag is hung at half-staff at Crosley Field to honor the memory of late owner Powel Crosley, Jr., who passed away two weeks earlier. The Reds, the eventual National League Champions, get off to a good start by beating Chicago, 7-1.

1961       Robin Roberts, in his twelfth-straight Opening Day start, is tagged with the loss when the Phillies lose to the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The right-hander’s effort ties Grover Cleveland Alexander’s National League record for consecutive season openers.

1962       After being rained out the previous night and with some players getting stuck in an elevator, the Mets make their National League debut in St. Louis, losing to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 11-4. The defeat will be the first of a record-setting 120 losses the New York expansion team will suffer this season.

1963       Don Leppert, who went deep on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues playing for Pittsburgh, hits three homers in the Senators’ 8-0 victory over Boston at D.C. Stadium. The catcher’s solo shot in the fourth inning, three-run blast two frames later, and bases-empty blast in the eighth will account for twenty percent of his four-year career total of 15 round-trippers.

1964       A small plane privately scatter the ashes of former Houston right-hander Jim Umbricht over Colt Stadium, his home ballpark with the Colt .45’s for the past two seasons. The popular 33 year-old reliever, the only pitcher to post a winning record during the expansion team’s first two seasons, lost his well-publicized battle to a malignant melanoma three days ago.

1966       Twenty years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Emmett Ashford becomes the first black major league umpire, working third base when the Senators host the Tigers on Opening Day at D.C. Stadium. The dapper Californian arbitrator will become well-known for his flashy style, which includes sprinting around the infield after foul balls, his karate chop strike calls, and pirouetting while dusting off home plate.

1968       Detroit gets the first of the 103 victories of their World Champion campaign in a dramatic manner. Gates Brown, pinch-hitting for Jon Warden, hits a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Boston at Tiger Stadium, 4-3.

1969       The Pilots, who won on Opening Day in Los Angeles against the Angels, are victorious in their first home game in franchise history, blanking the White Sox, 7-0, at Seattle’s Sicks Stadium. Gary Bell, called ‘Ding Dong’ by his teammates, manages to keep Chicago from scoring, although the right-hander yields nine hits and walks four batters en route to the complete-game victory.

1971       Jerry Grote hits a walk-off homer in the 11th inning off Wayne Granger at Shea Stadium. The New York catcher’s game-ending round-tripper accounts for the only run scored in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

1985       Cal Ripken, nursing a sprained left ankle suffered while covering second base on a pickoff play in yesterday’s game against the Rangers, is ordered by the doctor not to play in today’s game against the Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Orioles shortstop’s streak of consecutive games, which would have ended if not for the team’s exhibition contest in Annapolis, is in its infancy at 444 games.

1990       Mark Langston, tossing seven innings in his Angel debut, and Mike Witt, author of a perfect game in 1984, combine to pitch a 1-0 Opening Day no-hitter against the Mariners at Anaheim Stadium. Dante Bichette’s seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded accounts for the game’s only run.

1993       When Brewer catcher Dave Nilsson catches for Graeme Lloyd, they become the first all-Australian battery in major league history. The 23 year-old backstop hails from Brisbane, Queensland with his rookie batterymate calling Geelong, Victoria home.

1994       In the inaugural major league game played at The Ballpark in Arlington, Holly Minter, posing for a picture, is seriously injured when she slips and falls 30 feet from the upper deck in right field to the lower section of the new $189 million stadium. The Rangers report a security guard was en route to tell the 26 year-old fan to move away from the railing.

1994       The Rangers play their first major league game in The Ballpark in Arlington, losing to Milwaukee, 4-3. Texas leadoff hitter David Hulse gets the stadium’s first hit, a first frame single, and Dave Nilsson hits the first home run in the $189 million facility, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.

1996       Greg Maddux’s major league record of road victories is halted at 18 with a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Braves right-hander was 18-0 with an ERA under one run per game in 20 regular-season road starts dating back to July of 1994.

1997       To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the integration of baseball, Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter, and Pumpsie Green each threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. In 1959, Green became to the first black to appear in a Red Sox uniform, making Boston the last team to integrate in the major leagues.

2003       In the first of its ‘home’ games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Expos rout David Cone and the Mets, 10-0. The Montreal franchise, which is now owned by major league baseball, will play 22 games in the commonwealth this season during the exploration of a new venue for the poorly-attended Canadian team.

2003       Although, Dale Petroskey still would cancel the ‘Bull Durham celebration due to the anti-war criticism espoused by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, the Hall of Fame president wishes he had called the co-stars rather than just sending a letter. The decision creates a firestorm with Cooperstown receiving over 5000 emails as well as noted author Roger Kahn canceling his planned August appearance to speak about his new book “October Men,” a work chronicling the 1978 World Champion Yankee team, as a protest.

2006       At the home opener at RFK Stadium before the hometown team’s 7-1 loss to the Mets, Dick Cheney, wearing a red-and-blue Nationals jacket, becomes the eighth sitting vice president to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. After the veep hears a chorus of boos, he bounces the pitch in front of home plate when throwing the ball from the front of the pitching mound.

2006       Bob Sheppard misses his first Yankee Stadium home opener since 1951 after sustaining a hip injury at his home yesterday. The long-time public address announcer will return to the microphone during the team’s next homestand.

2006       Jeromy Burnitz, Ryan Doumit, Jack Wilson, and Craig Wilson hit solo home runs in the Pirates’ 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at PNC Park. The quartet of round-trippers blasted by the Buc sluggers is each player’s second homer of the season. (Ed. Note: Our thanks to L. Cole for suggesting this entry – LP)

2008       At Minute Maid Park, the Marlins set a club record, blasting six home runs en route to a 10-6 win against the Astros. Jeremy Hermida hit a pair of round-trippers, and teammates Mike Jacobs, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, and Mike Rabelo contributed solo homers in Florida’s fourth straight victory, matching the team’s longest winning streak last season.

2010       Mike Leake becomes the first pitcher since Ariel Prieto in 1995 to make his big league debut without ever spending a day in the minor leagues. The 22 year-old Reds’ right-handed starter gives up four hits in 6.2 innings, getting a no-decision in the Reds’ eventual 3-1 victory over Chicago at the Great American Ball Park.

2010       The Diamondbacks score a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning of a 15-6 victory over Pittsburgh at Chase Field. The infamous frame features eight hits, including a trio of home runs hit by Chris Young, Kelly Johnson, and starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, which also ties a franchise mark for a regular-season game.

2016       Rookie first baseman Tyler White, who set an Astro record for total hits in the first five games played with the team, is named the American League Player of the Week. The 25 year-old thirty-third round pick out Western Carolina batted .556, scored three runs, blasted three home runs, and collected nine RBIs to cop the prestigious honor in the first week of his major league career.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston53.6253 – 32 – 05 – 30 – 00 – 05 – 3W 5
Baltimore44.50010 – 24 – 24 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 4L 2
Tampa Bay44.50012 – 02 – 42 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 4W 2
Toronto45.4441.51 – 23 – 32 – 10 – 02 – 44 – 5W 1
NY Yankees35.37523 – 30 – 23 – 50 – 00 – 03 – 5L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota53.6251 – 14 – 20 – 02 – 11 – 15 – 3L 1
Cleveland43.5710.53 – 11 – 20 – 04 – 30 – 04 – 3W 3
Chi White Sox44.50011 – 03 – 40 – 01 – 03 – 44 – 4W 1
Kansas City33.50012 – 11 – 20 – 01 – 22 – 13 – 3L 2
Detroit35.37523 – 30 – 20 – 03 – 50 – 03 – 5L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston63.6671 – 25 – 10 – 00 – 06 – 36 – 3L 2
LA Angels63.6674 – 22 – 12 – 13 – 11 – 16 – 3L 1
Seattle44.5001.53 – 31 – 10 – 02 – 30 – 04 – 4W 1
Texas35.3752.52 – 31 – 22 – 11 – 20 – 03 – 5L 2
Oakland37.3003.51 – 62 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 53 – 7W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia53.6255 – 10 – 25 – 30 – 00 – 05 – 3L 2
Atlanta44.50012 – 02 – 44 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 4W 4
NY Mets23.4001.51 – 11 – 22 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 3L 1
Miami26.25031 – 51 – 11 – 10 – 30 – 02 – 6W 1
Washington14.2002.51 – 20 – 21 – 20 – 00 – 21 – 4L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati62.7505 – 11 – 10 – 05 – 11 – 16 – 2L 1
St. Louis53.62511 – 14 – 23 – 02 – 30 – 05 – 3L 1
Chi Cubs44.50023 – 31 – 10 – 04 – 40 – 04 – 4L 1
Milwaukee44.50021 – 23 – 20 – 03 – 20 – 04 – 4W 1
Pittsburgh26.25041 – 11 – 50 – 02 – 60 – 02 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers72.7782 – 05 – 22 – 00 – 03 – 17 – 2W 2
San Diego63.66714 – 32 – 00 – 00 – 04 – 36 – 3W 2
San Francisco53.6251.52 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 15 – 3W 3
Arizona36.33341 – 12 – 50 – 01 – 12 – 53 – 6W 1
Colorado36.33343 – 40 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 63 – 6L 2

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3617.67920-516-129-224-76-41 W
Brooklyn3617.67922-714-106-219-117-31 L
Milwaukee3220.6153.518-814-129-018-104-63 L
Charlotte2724.5298.013-914-157-115-117-32 W
Atlanta2825.5288.014-1014-153-314-126-41 W
Miami2725.5198.515-1312-125-516-155-51 W
Boston2726.5099.017-1010-164-618-146-42 W
New York2627.49110.015-1011-171-818-175-51 W
Indiana2427.47111.09-1515-125-414-175-52 W
10 Chicago2229.43113.010-1612-134-312-123-71 L
11 Toronto2132.39615.011-1410-183-514-184-61 W
12 Cleveland1933.36516.511-148-193-513-153-71 L
13 Washington1933.36516.510-169-172-78-234-61 L
14 Orlando1735.32718.510-177-184-510-193-74 L
15 Detroit1637.30220.09-157-220-910-224-61 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4013.75524-216-114-218-88-22 W
Phoenix3715.7122.520-817-75-322-98-21 W
LA Clippers3618.6674.521-815-108-222-108-24 W
Denver3418.6545.518-916-97-118-119-18 W
LA Lakers3320.6237.016-1117-93-620-115-51 W
Portland3121.5968.516-1015-114-516-146-41 W
Dallas2922.56910.013-1016-125-316-157-31 W
Memphis2624.52012.512-1414-104-512-176-41 L
San Antonio2426.48014.512-1712-94-613-192-85 L
10 Golden State2528.47215.016-109-183-713-143-71 W
11 New Orleans2329.44216.515-138-166-313-175-51 W
12 Sacramento2231.41518.012-1510-164-510-154-66 L
13 Oklahoma City2033.37720.09-1911-143-711-201-96 L
14 Houston1439.26426.07-197-205-710-212-82 L
15 Minnesota1340.24527.08-175-233-69-223-72 L
 

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference

NHL STANDINGS

GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals4126114562413812513-5-213-6-26-4-0
New York Islanders412611456221229617-2-29-9-27-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4126132542314111616-3-110-10-17-2-1
Boston Bruins382111648181089610-5-311-6-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers401915644181191439-8-310-7-34-4-2
New York Rangers401916543181311099-7-310-9-26-3-1
New Jersey Devils391419634141011274-14-310-5-33-5-2
Buffalo Sabres409256246931414-13-45-12-23-5-2
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche40279458271429517-4-210-5-27-1-2
Vegas Golden Knights392611254261279215-4-211-7-05-4-1
Minnesota Wild4024133512311910914-4-010-9-35-3-2
St. Louis Blues411916644171191287-9-412-7-23-6-1
Arizona Coyotes4119175431611412910-8-39-9-26-4-0
San Jose Sharks401818440131131338-8-210-10-26-4-0
Los Angeles Kings401618638151101177-7-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks41122273111921335-13-47-9-33-6-1
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4128103592713910514-6-214-4-19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets4125133532513410911-6-214-7-17-2-1
Edmonton Oilers4225152522513412013-8-012-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens381712943161181088-8-29-4-74-4-2
Calgary Flames4117213371610812410-9-17-12-22-8-0
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators421325430111121598-9-45-16-03-5-2
 
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes40279458231329914-2-413-7-07-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4128112582714110115-4-013-7-25-5-0
Florida Panthers4226124562513311514-4-312-8-16-4-0
Nashville Predators4222191451810911911-9-011-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks4219185431711813211-8-28-10-35-5-0
Dallas Stars3915141040141091018-6-77-8-35-3-2
Columbus Blue Jackets431520838131091418-8-67-12-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings43142363413961399-9-45-14-24-4-2