INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

1A Final | Barr-Reeve 64, Kouts 48 

2A Final | Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 55, Parke Heritage 40

3A Final | Silver Creek 50, Leo 49

4A Final | Carmel 51, Lawrence North 46 OT

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-AREA/NCC

Franklin County 8 Richmond 7

Franklin County 14 Richmond 1

Centerville 22 Randolph Southern 1..Javontae Pamplin 3RBI, Alex Wandersee 2H, Colton Rinehart 2H, Keegan Schlotterbeck 2H, 2RBI, Jacob Crowe 2RBI (Centerville 22R, 11H)

Centerville 23 Randolph Southern 1….Bulldogs 11 hits

Pendleton Heights 11 Hagerstown 3…Tigers manage just 2 hits. Freshman Kayne Ervin 1-2 RBI, Freshman Cole Tracy RBI, Senior Dom Anderson H, RBI

Union County 18 Shenandoah 1….John Ridenour 3RBI, Alex VanWinkle 2-2 4R RBI, Mason Hornung 2RBI, Josh Klein 2RBI, Mason Wicker 2RBI, Eric Burdine 2RBI, Pitching: Hornung 4IP 3H 1R 0ER 8K 0BB

Shenandoah 21 Union County 9….Patriots gave up 17 runs over the last 3 innings. Alex VanWinkle 3H, Mason Wicker 3H 2RBI, Eric Burdine 2RBI, Mason Hornung 2H

Lafayette Jeff 7 Kankakee Valley 1

Lafayette Jeff 11 Twin Lakes 1

Harrison 33 North Newton 0

Harrison 13 North Newton 3

McCutcheon 25 Pike 4

McCutcheon 5 Hamilton SE 1

Anderson 11 FW North 1

Columbus North 12 Mt. Vernon 10

TH North 15 New Castle 14

Avon 19 New Castle 9

Wapahani 24 Muncie Central 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-AREA/NCC

Centerville 15 Randolph Southern 2…Jade Hill 3H, 3RBI, Morgan Clark 6RBI, 3H (Centerville 15R, 15H)

Centerville 23 Randolph Southern 10…Bri Shephard 3H 2RBI, Jocie Collins 4H 2RBI, Faith Reese 3H, Harmony Owens 2H 3R, Jade Hill 3H 4RBI…(Bulldogs 19H)

South Dearborn 9 Lincoln 8….Kaylee Gabbard 3H 2RBI, Maddie Bogue 2RBI, Jaela Patton 2RBI, Allison Frost 2H 2SB, Alyssa Messer 3H

Southern Wells 14 Union City 9

Greensburg 3 Connersville 2

Connersville 13 Greensburg 3

Greenfield Central 12 Southport 2

Greenfield Central 15 Southport 5

Frankfort 14 Lafayette Jeff 9

NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR

Baylor 78 Houston 59…STATS: https://www.thescore.com/ncaab/events/529007/stats

Gonzaga 93 UCLA 90 OT…STATS: https://www.thescore.com/ncaab/events/529008/stats

NBA SCOREBOARD

Dallas 109 Washington 87

New York 125 Detroit 81

Miami 115 Cleveland 101

Philadelphia 122 Minnesota 113

Indiana 139 San Antonio 133 OT

Utah 137 Orlando 91

Portland 133 Oklahoma City 85

Milwaukee 129 Sacramento 128

NBA BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events

MLB SCOREBOARD

Miami 12 Tampa Bay 7

Minnesota 2 Milwaukee 0

Seattle 4 San Francisco 0

NY Yankees 5 Toronto 3

Baltimore 4 Boston 2

Detroit 5 Cleveland 2

Kansas City 11 Texas 4

Houston 9 Oakland 1

LA Angels 5 Chicago White Sox 3

Chicago Cubs 5 Pittsburgh 1

NY Mets and Washington postponed

Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 0

Cincinnati 9 St. Louis 6

LA Dodgers 6 Colorado 5

San Diego 7 Arizona 0

MLB BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events

NHL SCOREBOARD

Boston 7 Pittsburgh 5

Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 1

Nashville 3 Chicago 0

Buffalo 3 NY Rangers 2

NY Islanders 3 Philadelphia 2

Dallas 3 Carolina 2

Florida 5 Columbus 2

Ottawa 6 Montréal 3

Colorado 2 St. Louis 1

Minnesota 2 Vegas 1

San Jose 3 Los Angeles 2

Vancouver at Edmonton postponed

NHL BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/events

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD

Earlham 9 Manchester 1….Brian Pincura HR 4RBI, Austin Hatfield 4H…Pitching: Aidan Talarek WP 8K 1ER

Manchester 10 Earlham 6…Connor Drews 3H, Christian Lancainese 2RBI, Marc Gendreau 2H

Valero Texas Open
Apr. 1-4, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
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6tLucas Glover736770 -6 (210)F
6tTom Hoge687666 -6 (210)F
6tMatt Kuchar707070 -6 (210)F
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77tWill Gordon727477 +7 (223)F
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INDIANA BOYS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Barr-Reeve Tops Kouts for Second State Championship
Class 1A’s top-ranked Barr-Reeve took command right from the start of the state title game and rolled to a 64-48 win over Kouts.

Junior forward Hagen Knepp canned a 3-point basket 33 seconds into the game and the Vikings never trailed, capping a 29-2 season to capture the program’s second state title. Barr-Reeve finished the season on a 23-game winning streak.

Coach Josh Thompson finished his third year at the helm and has guided B-R to an 80-6 record. The Vikings only losses this season came at the hands of Class 4A finalist Carmel and Class 2A finalist Fort Wayne Blackhawk.

Barr-Reeve took a 26-14 lead at halftime and Kouts could only climb as close as 37-30 during the second half.

Curt Hopf led the way for the winners with 23 points and 19 rebounds, while Knepp added 16 points and 10 rebounds. His 19 rebounds set a Class A state championship game record topping the previous mark of 15 set by Hauser’s Bobby Jolliff in 2006.

The Vikings’ Brycen Graber recorded 13 assists which, was not just a Class A championship record, but tied an all-time record regardless of class set by Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew in the 1994 semifinals. 

Kouts, making its first appearance in the state finals, got 21 points from Cole Wireman and 15 from Cale Wireman.

The Mustangs of coach Kevin Duzan finished the season at 29-3.

Furst Lifts Blackhawk Christian to second title in three years
Fort Wayne Blackhawk finished the Class 2A championship game on a 20-9 run to lift it to a 55-40 victory over Parke Heritage.

Senior Caleb Furst, a 6-10 Purdue recruit, led three Braves in double figures with 20 points as Blackhawk captured its second straight state title after winning in Class A in 2019. Zach Burke and Jacob Boyer each chipped in with 14 points for the winners.

Coach Marc Davidson’s top-ranked squad finished the season at 27-3, including wins over Class A champ Barr-Reeve and 3A finalists Leo and Silver Creek.

Blackhawk trailed, 5-4, early before a 14-1 run gave the Braves a lead they didn’t relinquish. The Wolves of coach Rich Schelsky did close within 35-31 late in the third quarter, but fell victim to Blackhawk’s closing run.

Parke Heritage, in only its third year as an IHSAA member, finished the season at 27-4. Connor Davis led the charge for the Wolves with 18 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Silver Creek Edges Leo for Second 3A Title in Three Years
Silver Creek’s Kooper Jacobi turned in an 18-point, 18-rebound performance and Trey Schoen hit a free throw with 11.3 seconds left to lift the Dragons to a 50-49 win over Leo in the Class 3A title game.

The winners (25-4) held a 10-point, 46-36 lead after two free throws by Brandon Northern with 4:32 left, but Leo refused to fold as it did in the semi-state round when the Lions overcame a 16-point, halftime deficit to beat South Bend Saint Joseph.

The Lions pulled within 48-47 after a basket by Blake Davison with 40 seconds left, but a free throw by Northern put the Dragons up, 49-47 with :13 left. Northern missed the second free throw, but Schoen rebounded, was fouled and hit the first free throw to provide the eventual winning point.

The victory follows up the school’s girls Class 3A state championship in February. Silver Creek’s girls took the 3A title with a 54-48 triumph over South Bend Washington, making Silver Creek only the third school in IHSAA history to win the boys and girls titles in the same school year. Silver Creek joins Oregon-Davis (1A in 2007) and Warren Central (4A in 2018) to accomplish that feat.

The SC boys victory also gives them their second straight 3A title after winning in 2019.

Purdue-recruit Trey Kauffman-Renn added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons of coach Brandon Hoffman.

Davison led Leo, making its first-ever state finals appearance with 20 points. The Lions of coach Cary Cogdell finished 24-5.

Carmel Outlasts Lawrence North for Second 4A Crown in Three Years
Junior guard Josh Whack scored seven points in overtime (all on free throws) to lift Carmel to a 51-46 win over Lawrence North in a battle of Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference entries in the Class 4A championship game.

With the game tied at 38-38 after regulation time, Carmel opened the extra session with a 3-pointer by Connor Gioia, then scored its final 10 points from the free throw line. Whack’s first free throw broke a 42-42 tie and the Greyhounds (26-2) never trailed again.

The title is the second straight for Carmel, which also won the 4A title in 2019. Coach Ryan Osborn’s squad also was a finalist in 2018. It gives the program its fifth state title, joining Marion, Muncie Central and Washington as the only schools in the state to win as many state championships.

Lawrence North was also seeking its fifth title – all under long-time head coach Jack Keefer. The Wildcats were 4-0 in their previous state championship appearances.

Lawrence North (28-3) will be left lamenting its free throw shooting as they missed seven of their first eight attempts, finished 5-of-13 in regulation time and 6-of-17 for the game.

Brian Waddell led Carmel with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Whack finished with 11 points. C.J. Gunn led LN with 18 points.

INDIANA HS ATHLETICS

(IHSAA RELEASE)

Executive Committee to freeze Enrollment Numbers for One Year The IHSAA Executive Committee today approved retaining the member school enrollment figures from the current classification cycle thus delaying realignment and reclassification for one year. This year’s enrollment numbers showed significant fluctuation in the case of many schools likely affected by the pandemic and raising questions about their true representation. Following prolonged discussion during today’s monthly meeting of the Executive Committee, members voted 18-1 to extend the classification cycle by a year. However, points earned through the Tournament Success Factor last year (2019-20) and this year (2020-21) will still be applied toward sectional groupings for the 2021-22 school year. To reiterate, all schools will remain in their respective current classifications in each sport for one more year except for those who meet the Tournament Success Factor criteria. Next year, the IHSAA will resume reclassification of team sports using certified enrollment figures from the 2021-22 school year for the next two-year cycle (2022-23, 2023-24). Tournament Success Factor points from the 2020-21 and 2021-22 tournament results will be applied toward that next two-year cycle. Given that last year’s state tournaments in boys basketball, softball and baseball were cancelled, no schools in those sports will move up in 2021-22 since those schools will not be able to achieve the point totals necessary (6 points). Schools already playing up a class in those sports could remain in their same classification (2 points) or revert to their enrollment class once point totals are applied.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINAL FOUR: Baylor routs Houston 78-59 to reach title game

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Scott Drew decided to leave his comfort zone at tiny Valparaiso for the scandal-plagued basketball program at Baylor, explaining to his father that there was nowhere for the Bears to go but up.

Now, they’re one win away from the top.

Led by Jared Butler and the rest of their brilliant backcourt, a defense that refused to give Houston an inch, and a coach intent on making the most of his first trip to the Final Four, the Bears roared to a 78-59 victory Saturday night in their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament semifinals in 71 long years.

“Every day you’re grinding, and you don’t really look back. You’re pressing forward,” Drew said, “but I’m so blessed to have these unbelievable players that bought into what we like to do with the program.”

Or, as Butler put it: “This is what we came to Baylor to do.”

Butler scored all 17 of his points in the first half, but just about everyone from Baylor (27-2) got in on the act, with five players scoring in double figures. They doubled up Houston after 10 minutes, built a 45-20 lead by halftime and coasted the rest of the way in the first Final Four showdown between schools from the Lonestar State.

They’ll face Gonzaga, the overall No. 1 seed, or upstart UCLA on Monday night for their first national championship.

“That was one of my goals, to leave a legacy at Baylor,” Butler said. “And you have to win national championships. You have to win. You have to be a great program, be about great things, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Marcus Sasser had 20 points for the cold-shooting Cougars (28-4), whose dream path to their first Final Four since 1984 — they faced teams seeded 15th, 10th, 11th and 12th along the way — ended with a whimper against a team focused squarely on this night since the moment last year’s tournament was canceled because of the pandemic.

For Drew, the wait had been even longer.

He took over a program 18 years ago embroiled in arguably the biggest controversy in the history of the sport: the graphic shooting death of player Patrick Dennehy, his teammate Devon Dotson pleading guilty to his murder, attempts by then-coach Dave Bliss to cover it all up, and NCAA sanctions that lasted well into Drew’s own tenure.

Yet somehow, the son of longtime Valpo coach Homer Drew always pictured the very scene that unfolded Saturday night: His team playing selflessly, almost effortlessly, never once feeling the pressure of college basketball’s biggest stage.

Well, there were a few things Drew probably didn’t picture.

Instead of 70,000 fans reaching to the rafters, the Bears were cheered in the lower bowl by thousands of cardboard cutouts — from the late Georgetown coach John Thompson to New Mexico State mascot Pistol Pete — due to measures against COVID-19 that have forced them to live in a bubble for the last three weeks.

The roughly 8,000 fans that were allowed through the doors, socially distanced in a vast ocean of blue seats, provided a muted soundtrack to the blowout inside the cavernous home of the Indianapolis Colts.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: To the bank! Suggs hits the winner, Zags top UCLA 93-90

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Jalen Suggs took the inbounds pass and saw nothing but clear sailing. Three dribbles. Past the half-court line. A little stutter-step.

And straight into history.

The Gonzaga freshman banked in a shot at the buzzer from near the Final Four logo for a 93-90 overtime win over UCLA on Saturday night that vaulted the Bulldogs to within one win of an undefeated season and the national title.

Talk about a perfect finish!

This thriller in the national semifinal was the best game of the tournament, and, considering the stakes, it served up possibly the best ending in the history of March Madness – a kiss off the glass from near midcourt to keep a perfect season alive.

“Stuff like this is something you dream of as a kid and that you practice on your mini-hoop,” Suggs said.

After the shot went in, Suggs ran to the mostly empty press row, jumped up on the table, pumped his fists and let out a huge yell to the crowd of 8,000-or-so socially distanced fans. The refs checked to make sure he got the shot off before the buzzer sounded. He did, and the Bulldogs moved to 31-0 and into Monday night’s final, where they’ll play Baylor for the title.

They are the first team to bring an undefeated record into the championship game since Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979. Bird lost that game to Magic Johnson and Michigan State. It means Gonzaga could become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to go undefeated.

“We were lucky enough to hit a 50-footer,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “So it helps when you have a magical, special guy like Jalen, special at the end of games.”

Even without Suggs’ shot, it would’ve been hard to beat this game for pure excitement – a welcome relief in a tournament that has produced mostly blowouts and duds, sort of like Baylor’s 78-59 snoozer over Houston earlier in the evening.

The nightcap featured 15 ties and 19 lead changes and an 11th-seeded UCLA team that simply wouldn’t give in. Even though they lost, the Bruins snapped a streak of 27 straight double-digit wins by Few’s juggernaut.

Some might say it was the greatest game ever.

“I’d say no because we didn’t win,” UCLA coach Mick Cronin said.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Cincinnati coach John Brannen on leave amid school inquiry

CINCINNATI (AP) The University of Cincinnati on Saturday put basketball coach John Brannen on paid leave pending an investigation after six Bearcats players decided to transfer last month.

The school announced March 26 that it had launched an investigation amid reports that a rift between Brannen and players had led to the requested transfers. Among the six who entered the transfer portal during a week in March were four members of the 2020 freshman class.

The Bearcats finished 12-11 in Brannen’s second year at Cincinnati after a 20-10 season in 2019-20. He previously coached Northern Kentucky.

NBA NEWS: Pacers end three-game skid with 139-133 OT win over Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Caris LeVert scored 26 points and the short-handed Indiana Pacers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 139-133 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

“We just wanted to come out and try to just have fun with the game again,” LeVert said. “I feel like we were kind of letting the losses take away from the fact we get to play basketball for a living. I think today we got back to just having fun and it showed out there on the court.”

Indiana had a season-high point total even with injuries sidelining Domantas Sabonis, Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb.

Aaron Holiday, Myles Turner and T.J. McConnell each had 18 points for the Pacers. McConnell and Turner combined for 11 points in overtime.

The Spurs lost their second straight home game in overtime and are 2-6 in their nine-game homestand, which concludes Monday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“We just can’t give up 139 points,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “The 139 points killed us. End of story.”

Spurs veteran DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for his 450th career game with at least 20 points. Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson each had 20 points and Derrick White added 18.

San Antonio outscored Indiana 5-0 in the final two minutes to force the extra period.

San Antonio cut Indiana’s lead to 126-125 with 50.2 second remaining on a layup and a pair of free throws by Rudy Gay. Jakob Poeltl then picked off a wild pass from LeVert in the lane. DeRozan, who made one of two free throws to tie the game at 126, missed an 18-footer at the close of regulation.

San Antonio, which entered the game 21-3 when leading by 10 points, took a 10-point lead in the opening period. Indiana pushed back and grabbed an 11-point lead in the second quarter.

“We just got to communicate better,” Johnson said. “Communicate better, guard better. It’s all things that we can fix and get better at.”

The Pacers came within four points of tying their season high for first-half points without Sabonis, Brogdon and Lamb, who account for 51.5 points per game.

“It felt really good,” said Indiana guard Kelan Martin, who had nine points. “The energy was just different.”

Indiana had only one 3-pointer in the first quarter, but the long-range shooting wasn’t necessary. The Pacers’ first 12 points were in the paint, as were 10 of the Spurs’ first 12.

Indiana was shooting 68% from the field with 2:30 left in the first half and closed the first half at 66% in taking a 67-59 lead.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game

News of Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from Georgia over its sweeping new voting law reverberated among fans Saturday, while Gov. Brian Kemp vowed to defend the measure, saying “free and fair elections” are worth any threats, boycotts or lawsuits.

The Republican governor said at a news conference that MLB “caved to fear and lies from liberal activists” when it yanked the July 13 game from Atlanta’s Truist Park. He added the decision will hurt working people in the state and have long-term consequences on the economy.

“I want to be clear: I will not be backing down from this fight. We will not be intimidated, and we will also not be silenced,” Kemp said.

“Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola and Delta may be scared of Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden and the left, but I am not,” he said, referring to companies that have also criticized the new law.

Three groups already have filed a lawsuit over the measure, which adds greater legislative control over how elections are run and includes strict identification requirements for voting absentee by mail. It also limits the use of ballot drop boxes and makes it a crime to hand out food or water to voters waiting in line, among other provisions.

Critics say the law will disproportionately affect communities of color.

Georgia Republicans say the changes were needed to maintain voter confidence in the election system, and the governor insists opponents have mischaracterized what the law does. Yet GOP lawmakers made the revisions largely in response to false claims of fraud in the 2020 elections made by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Abrams, who has championed voting rights since narrowly losing to Kemp in the 2018 election, is among those who have spoken out against the law. The Democrat is being closely watched to see if she seeks a 2022 rematch.

Baseball fans, meanwhile, appeared divided on pulling the game from Georgia.

Patrick Smith, a lifelong Braves fan in Ellisville, Mississippi, said he thinks the league made the right decision and noted that not taking a stand would have polarized some supporters.

“When governments restrict access to the ballot box, someone has to step in to encourage these entities to roll back those measures,” he said.

Lorre Sweetman, in Kahului, Hawaii, said it was a poor move by MLB because it wasn’t based on the actual new voting laws but on “political pandering” and misinformation.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Reds scrap with Cards at plate, tangle in outfield, win 9-6

CINCINNATI (AP) Nick Castellanos stood over, flexed and jawed at St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodford after scoring, setting off a series of scuffles that included relievers shoving in the outfield as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cardinals 9-6 Saturday.

St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright was knocked around for six runs and chased in the third. The next inning, the teams started tagging each other.

Castellanos, who homered on opening day and hopped out of the box before tossing his bat, was plunked by Woodford with two outs and none on in the fourth. Castellanos retrieved the ball and offered to toss it back to Woodford before flipping it out of play.

A wild pitch soon sent Castellanos scampering home from third and he scored with a headfirst slide for a 7-2 lead as he bumped into Woodford, who took the throw from catcher Yadier Molina at the plate.

As Castellanos began walking away, Molina rushed up and tapped him from behind, and the benches and bullpens emptied in a wild scene.

There was more pushing and shoving before order seemed to be restored. But as relief pitchers for both teams were heading back to their bullpens, they tangled in the outfield.

Castellanos was the only player ejected. Aristides Aquino replaced Castellanos and led off the sixth inning with a home run.

Tucker Barnhart’s two-run homer ignited a six-run third for the Reds.

Tyler Mahle (1-0) struck out nine in five innings, allowing two earned runs.

Paul DeJong hit two solo home runs for St. Louis. Nolan Arenado connected for his first home run with the Cardinals.

Wainwright (0-1) lasted only 2 2/3 innings and gave up five earned runs and seven hits.

Back in 2010, the Cardinals and Reds got into a major brawl at Cincinnati. Molina and Brandon Phillips began barking at the plate and eventually Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto got pinned against the backstop and tried to kick his way out.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Arrieta makes triumphant return as Cubs beat Pirates 5-1

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta pitched six solid innings in a triumphant return to the Cubs, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward homered, and Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Arrieta (1-0) got a warm reception prior to the game, then gave up just one run and six hits. The 35-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked one.

Arrieta played 4 1/2 years for Chicago, winning a Cy Young Award and a World Series, before signing with Philadelphia in March 2018. He returned to the Cubs in February for a $6 million, one-year contract.

“I’ve been anticipating this day for a while,” he said.

The Cubs have, too.

“It brought back good memories of having him on the mound and pitching against the Pirates, good memories of him doing that a lot,” Bryant said.

One of Arrieta’s most memorable performances with the Cubs was his five-hit shutout in the 2015 wild-card game at Pittsburgh. He struck out 11 and did not walk a batter.

The Cubs beat St. Louis in their division series before losing to the Mets in the NLCS. A year later, they won it all, ending a championship drought dating to 1908.

Arrieta said he spent the past few days riding his electric scooter around the city, taking in the familiar old sights and mingling with the fans as much as he can.

“I look forward to more scooter rides, meeting more people,” he said.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Mercedes 1st modern player to open year 8 for 8, streak ends

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Yermin Mercedes finally made an out, but not before the Chicago White Sox rookie became the first player since at least 1900 to begin a season with eight straight hits.

The 28-year-old Mercedes got hits his first three times up Saturday night against the Los Angeles Angels before a flyout in the eighth inning. On Friday night he became the second player in the modern era to get five hits in his first career start, and the first to go 5 for 5.

“I never imagined that. It is great for me,” Mercedes said after the White Sox lost 5-3 on Saturday. “Now, it’s a new day for me. I want to keep doing well and work with my approach. I want to play every day and I’m excited for that.”

The previous best start to a season was by Cincinnati’s Chris Stynes, who began 1997 with seven consecutive hits.

Mercedes was supposed to have the night off Saturday, but manager Tony La Russa said he earned his way into the lineup with Friday night’s performance.

Mercedes, Chicago’s designated hitter for the second straight night, homered off Alex Cobb’s splitter to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead in the second. Mercedes followed that with a single in the fourth and an RBI double in the sixth.

“All of his hits have been clutch and he has been putting us in position to try to win. He has had a great approach, especially with two strikes,” La Russa said.

Before this season, Mercedes had only one at-bat in the majors, making an out in his debut last year.

“I’m just trying to wait for my pitch and not do too much. Just stay right there and swing hard,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it is two strikes or no strikes, I just want to see the ball.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA WBB: Grace Berger Named WBCA All-America Honorable Mention

ATLANTA – Junior guard Grace Berger has been named a WBCA All-America honorable mention, announced by the organization on Saturday.

The Louisville, Ky. native is one of 42 honorable mention honorees and one of five players from the Big Ten to earn All-America honors. She repeats as an honorable mention selection from a season ago (2020).

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

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

INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Falls at Ohio State, 5-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indiana University baseball team fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 5-2, in the second game of a doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 11-6 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes improve to 11-7 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• Trailing 2-0 after three full innings, INF Grant Macciocchi got the Hoosiers on the board with a solo home run down the right-field line. The homer was his second of the season.

• Down 3-1 in the top of the fifth after an OSU home run, INF Cole Barr hit his second long-ball in as many days, crushing a solo shot over the fence in left-field to make it a one-run deficit again.

• The Buckeyes added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, one unearned, to take a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning.

• In the top of the ninth, the Hoosiers loaded the bases with two outs, but the rally ended with a popout.

• LHP Ty Bothwell (1-1) took the loss for Indiana, tossing 4.2 innings and allowing three runs. He allowed just three hits and had five strikeouts.

NOTABLES

• RHP Nathan Stahl tossed 2.1 innings of relief for the Hoosiers, allowing two runs, one earned on two hits. He also had a pair of strikeouts.

• Also out of the bullpen, RHP Reese Sharp pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will conclude the team’s series with Ohio State on Sunday, April 4. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Tripped Up at Ohio State, 6-0, in Seven Innings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indiana University baseball team dropped game one of a doubleheader at Bill Davis Stadium to Ohio State, 6-0, in seven innings on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 11-5 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-7 on the year and in league action.

KEY MOMENTS

• OF Grant Richardson and OF Morgan Colopy each had one hit on the day for the Hoosiers.

• RHP McCade Brown (3-2) took the loss for the Hoosiers, allowing five runs, only two earned, in four innings of work. He allowed four hits and struck out six.

• RHP Tucker Braydon pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit.

NOTABLES

• INF Cole Barr’s reached-base streak was snapped at 10 games.

• Indiana was shut out for the first time since a 4-0 loss at Illinois on May 3, 2019.

UP NEXT

• The Hoosiers will conclude the team’s series with Ohio State on Sunday, April 4. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. ET.

INDIANA SOFTBALL: Hoosiers Put Up A Fight But Drop Both Games To Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa. – Indiana Softball (8-11, 8-11 Big Ten) played two games on Saturday afternoon against Iowa (12-7, 12-7 Big Ten). The Hoosiers fell to the Hawkeyes in both games of the day.

Game One: Iowa 8, Indiana 0

KEY MOMENTS

• Gabbi Jenkins hit a leadoff double to center field to get the Indiana bats going in the first. Grayson Radcliffe moved Jenkins up 60 feet to third with a sacrifice bunt. Jenkins was picked off shortly after to empty the bases.

• Bella Norton got on base with a two out single to center but was stranded.

•  The Hawkeyes got two runs on the board in the first with a homerun over the right center field wall.

• With two outs in the third, Natalie Foor replaced Emily Goodin in the circle and delivered her first strikeout to get the Hoosiers out of a jam.

• Radcliffe led off the fourth by smacking a single to left field. After stealing second to get in scoring position Desiree Dufek hit a grounder to the short stop, but it moved Radcliffe to third.

• Aaliyah Andrews extended the fourth for Indiana with a walk and went on to steal second to but Radcliffe and Andrews were left on base.

• Iowa added another three runs to their lead with a base clearing double off the center field wall.

• The Hawkeyes batter hit one out to the center field wall that was ruled a homerun to increase the lead to 7-0.

• After walking in the final run, Iowa would take game one by a score of 8-0.

NOTABLES

• Gabbi Jenkins, Bella Norton, and Grayson Radcliffe recorded hits.

• Aaliyah Andrews and Grayson Radcliffe tallied a stolen base.

Game Two: Iowa 1, Indiana 0

KEY MOMENTS

• Gabbi Jenkins led the first off with bunt that got her safely to first. Grayson Radcliffe hit a single down the line as Jenkins tried to reach third but was out on the play.

• It took until the fifth before either team would get a run across the plate. The Hawkeyes saw a solo shot to left field to take a 1-0 lead late in the game.

• Looking for the equalizer in the seventh, Desiree Dufek got on base via a wild pitch. Aaliyah Andrews laid down a bunt single to put two runners on with no outs.

• Annika Baez got the sac bunt down which got Andrews to second and Lambert, who was in to pinch run, to third.

• The Hoosiers were threatening but Lambert was picked off to end the final game of the day.

NOTABLES

• Gabbi Jenkins has had a hit in the leadoff spot in two-straight games.

• Jenkins, Macy Montgomery, and Grayson Radcliffe had hits.

• Emily Goodin pitched a complete game, allowing one run on five hits. This was her XXXX complete game of the season.

UP NEXT

Indiana will close out its series with Iowa on Sunday, Apr. 4 at 3 p.m. ET. The series finale will broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Boilermakers Score 6 in the 6th to Even Series with Iowa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Three different Boilermakers had three hits or three RBI and Purdue baseball scored six times in the sixth inning to outlast Iowa 10-8 in a Saturday slugfest at Alexander Field.

The Boilermakers (4-12) posted season highs for runs and hits (11) and won on Saturday for the third consecutive weekend. Sunday they’ll go for their first Big Ten rubber game win at home since May 2009.

Zac Fascia had two hits in the sixth inning as part of a three-hit, three-RBI day. Cam Thompson doubled twice as part of a three-hit day. He delivered a two-run double with the bases loaded to open the scoring in the bottom of the sixth.

Tyler Powers’ two-run double in the third inning headlined his three-RBI day. Powers has reached base safely in a career-high 10 consecutive games. Miles Simington doubled for the fourth consecutive game and reached base safely twice for the fifth straight game.

Purdue used six pitchers, receiving at least one big out from each of the final three. Avery Cook closed out the win for his first save as a Boilermaker. Eric Hildebrand escaped a bases-loaded jam without a run scoring in the top of the eighth, coming through with a timely strikeout followed by an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play. Ricky Castro needed only one pitch to retire the Hawkeyes’ No. 3 hitter and escape a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning.

Jackson Smeltz worked three hitless innings in his first career start at Alexander Field. It was also the lefty’s first start of the season and he was lifted after throwing 54 pitches.

The six-run sixth inning rally gave the Boilermakers the lead back after Iowa (8-9) scored four times in the top of the frame to take its first lead at 5-3. The Hawkeyes scored in each of the final five innings, but Purdue’s big inning ultimately helped outnumber the four single tallies scored by the visitors.

“In many ways it was our best team win of the year because so many different guys contributed in key spots,” Purdue head coach Greg Goff said. “I was really pleased with the way we responded after Iowa’s big inning. It was an offensive day with the wind blowing out, but our pitchers did well to limit Iowa to single runs. They made some big pitches with runners on base. The fan support and energy at the ballpark also provided a big boost again, especially with the momentum swings late in the game. I can’t say enough about the fans and how they’ve been eager to scoop up as many tickets as we’re allowed to make available.”

Sunday’s rubber game is slated for 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Henley Tosses 1-Hitter, Purdue Splits Doubleheader

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue softball team split its doubleheader at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers nearly pulled off a four-run comeback in the opener but fell 5-4. In the second game, a first-inning offensive strike was enough run support for a one-hitter from pitcher Savanah Henley.

Minnesota (14-5) built and maintained an early lead in the opener, before Purdue (6-13) outdueled the Golden Gophers in a pitching battle in the afternoon.

Freshman Kiley Goff had a solid afternoon between the two games, going 5-for-6 with four RBI and her first career home run. Alex Echazarreta and Henley combined for 17 strikeouts, six hits allowed and just one run surrendered.

GAME 1

Purdue nearly pulled off a late-inning comeback in the opener. Down four runs heading into the sixth, the Boilermakers plated a trio scores on home runs, but Minnesota managed to hold off a the late charge in a 5-4 decision.

Goff went 3-for-3 with three RBI to power the offense, while Echazarreta’s first home run of the year capped a 1-for-3 outing.

The Boilermakers took an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Cora Bassett laced a double to left field. Goff then dribbled a single up the middle, giving Bassett enough time to round from home from second.

The early lead was short lived. Minnesota plated four runs in the bottom of the first, all with two outs, as Purdue used three different pitchers in the frame.

After brief appearances by starter Sydney Bates and reliever Brenna Smith, Alex Echazarreta found her rhythm in the circle. The junior worked through 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts, five hits and one earned run against. 

The only blip against the righty came in the fourth inning on a solo home run.

Purdue nearly pulled off the comeback for the second straight game, this time coming off the strength of the long ball. Goff tattooed a two-run shot to left field in the top of the sixth, her first career home run. In the seventh, Echazarreta gave herself some run support with a solo homer on an 0-1 delivery to make it a one-run game. 

Purdue – 4, Minnesota – 5

Winning pitcher: Autumn Peach

Losing pitcher: Ashley Peters (3-3)

GAME 2

While the early game featured offensive fireworks in the early and late stages, the afternoon contest was a pitchers’ duel. Henley and Minnesota starter and 2019 All-American Amber Fiser surrendered just five hits and fanned 20 batters in the contest.

Henley went the distance the first win of her career. The southpaw fanned 13 batters, tying for sixth most in program history and the most since Lilly Fecho’s same total against Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 28, 2016.

The freshman issued four free passes, including a pair of intentional walks, and gave up her only hit in the first inning. She needed just 96 pitches for the complete game and kept the Golden Gophers to 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Goff and Rachel Becker were the lone Boilermakers to get hits off Fiser, both going 2-for-3. Kaitlyn Brannstrom was the only player to draw a walk off the Minnesota righty. Fiser finished gave up four hits and two runs, one earned, with seven strikeouts.

Purdue jumped out to another early lead in the nightcap. The Boilermakers put a pair of runners in scoring position with no outs in the first. Goff kept her stellar day rolling with an RBI single up the middle to bring in Becker from second. Kaitlyn Brannstrom then drove in Bassett on an RBI groundout to make it 2-0. 

Purdue left runners stranded in the second, fifth and sixth innings, but the two-runs were more than enough for Henley to complete her shutout gem.

Purdue – 2, Minnesota – 0

Winning pitcher: Savanah Henley (1-3)

Losing pitcher: Amber Fiser (6-4)

NOTES

• Purdue’s win was its first over Minnesota since May 2, 2014. 

• Bassett’s double in the opener was her sixth of the year.

• Becker’s first-inning double in the second game was her team-leading 10th extra-base hit of the season.

• The one-hitter was Purdue’s first since Fecho did it on April 17, 2015, against Iowa.

• Bassett improved to 6-of-7 when stealing in 2021.

UP NEXT

Purdue will close out its four-game set at Minnesota on Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. ET first pitch.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Purdue Falls 3-2 in Regular-Season Finale

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In the regular-season finale, No. 8 Purdue volleyball (14-6) fell to Illinois (7-11), in five sets (25-15, 21-25, 25-18, 25-27, 11-15), snapping its five consecutive match win-streak.

The Boilermakers held match-point in the fourth set (24-22), however Illinois stormed back to take the set in extras, and go on to defeat Purdue in the fifth.

No. 8 Purdue concluded the regular season with its second 14-win Big Ten season since 1987, joining the 2011 team (16-4) as the only programs to accomplish the feat.

In the team’s third fifth-set match of the season, Caitlyn Newton and Hayley Bush recorded their fifth and 12th double-double of the season, respectively. Newton’s 14 kills were second-most, while setter Hayley Bush tallied a season-high 55 assists to go along with 17 digs. 

Defensive specialist Marissa Hornung recorded a season-high 21 digs, the most since the win at Michigan on 11/27/2019.

Set One | 25-15

No. 8 Purdue opened with a 7-2 lead. Although Illinois brought the match back within two points at 2-10, Purdue responded with an 8-1 run to pull away. Maddy Chinn and Caitlyn Newton led the set with four kills apiece.

Set Two | 21-25

Illinois took the lead 18-17 after a 6-1 run. Despite Purdue tying up the set 18-18, the Fighting Illini recorded the next three points to pull away. After subbing in, Johnson recorded two kills for a would-be momentum swing to 21-22, however upon review, a Purdue rotation error nulled Johnson’s second point. Illinois went on to close the set with a 3-1 run.

Set Three | 25-18

Purdue held match-point at 24-22, in large help to the team’s 9-1 run to make the score 17-8. In that run, five of the Boilermaker points came on block assists, with middle blocker Trammell on four of them. Despite a 5-1 run in response by Illinois, Purdue closed out the set with an ace by Hornung.

Up Next

The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday April 4 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The 2020 NCAA Volleyball Championships, hosted entirely in Omaha, Nebraska, are set to begin April 13 and 14 with the first and second rounds.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Morehead State Tops Butler Football 35-14

INDIANAPOLIS – Morehead State came up with a 35-14 victory over Butler at the Sellick Bowl on Saturday afternoon. Mark Pappas led the Eagles to victory with 382 passing yards and two touchdowns.

How it Happened

Morehead State came out strong to score the first 21 points of the game. Butler forced a fumble on the opening possession, but missed a field goal for a shot at the lead early. The first points on the scoreboard would belong to the visitors as Pappas found Campbell-Clay for a 26-yard passing TD. The game moved to 14-0 in the opening stages of the second quarter with Aguero crossing the goal line from one-yard out.

MSU attacked through the air once again to make the game 21-0. Pappas hit Byrd on a 24-yard TD pass with 8:48 to play in the second. BU got picked off twice in the second frame, but would get points on the board before the half. Nick Orlando went under center and would step up in the pocket to find Austin Schwantz on an 11-yard TD pass. Butler’s second TD of the game also included Orlando as the quarterback. He rushed in from one-yard out to close the third quarter.

Turnovers would be the story in this one as Morehead State picked off Brown for a fourth time in the fourth quarter to eliminate any chance of a comeback. Barrett made the interception at the 25-yard line and would return it 75 yards for the final score of the day.

Stat of the Game

Kavon Samuels rushed for 104 yards on 25 carries. He averaged 4.2 yards per rush.

Inside the Box Score

– Johnny O’Shea led Butler with eight catches for 108 yards

– Sam Brown completed 21 passes for 198 yards

– Brown also rushed for 51 yards

– Devin Aguilar was the leader on defense with a team-best 10 tackles and an interception

– Bradley Magee impacted the game with nine tackles

– Gabe Hicks was all over the field with eight tackles, a fumble recovery and one interception

Up Next

Butler will host Drake next weekend, Saturday April 10 at 12 PM.

BUTLER BASEBALL: Ball State Takes Saturday Doubleheader vs. Butler Baseball

MUNCIE – Ball State recorded two wins against Butler on Saturday afternoon to reach their 15th win of the season. The Cardinals won 10-1 in game one and 16-10 in game two.

Game One

Ball State scored two runs in the third, two more in the fourth and erupted with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a win in the first game of the doubleheader. Butler made the game 4-1 in the fifth when Nick Ortega doubled to score Keenan Taylor, but the Cardinals took control of the action in the sixth after a home run from Powell.

Chayce McDermott threw four innings and was credited with the win. He struck out eight batters and did not allow a hit. Lukas Jaksich and Trennor O’Donnell also touched the rubber for BSU. All four BU hits came vs. Jaksich.

Connor Schultz was hit with the loss for Butler. He threw 5.2 innings and struck out seven.

Game Two

The nightcap was a wild one that featured Ball State scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh and six in the bottom of the eighth to come out on top.

Butler would lead early after a two-run home run from Dan Harwood. The advantage didn’t last long however as BSU countered with a four-run first inning. Harwood wasn’t done. He returned to the dish in the third inning and delivered a single through the right side to score two runs and tie the game at 4-4.

Powell would homer again for Ball State in the third to break the tie. His solo shot to center came on a 1-0 count.

The Bulldogs got a double from Steinhart in the fifth to score a run and would lead 8-5 after the top of the sixth inning. The contest drastically changed in the seventh however as Ball State reclaimed their lead 10-8.

Fans in attendance got a show in the eighth inning. Duncan Hewitt would knot the score at 10-10 with a two-run homer to left field. Scheffler would not be outdone however as he lifted the Cardinals to victory with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to seal the win.

The loss went to Jack Pilcher (0-2), while the win would be credited to Andre Orselli (2-0). BU used seven pitchers in game two while Ball State sent eight guys to the mound.

Butler will return to action next weekend for the start of BIG EAST action. Seton Hall will host BU on April 9 for game one of a four-game series. First pitch is set for 3 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL: Butler Softball Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader with St. John’s

The Bulldogs finished off a three-game sweep of visiting St. John’s by taking both ends of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Butler Softball Field in Indianapolis.

The Bulldogs took the first game by a score of 4-1 before winning the second game, 8-2. The second game was called in the sixth inning to accommodate St. John’s and their travel plans for this evening.

Following the weekend, Butler is now 13-14 overall and 5-7 in BIG EAST play. St. John’s is 7-11 (4-7).

Alyssa Graves evened her record at 4-4 on the year with a strong outing in the first game, allowing only one run and two hits in her seven innings of work. She struck out four.

After St. John’s scored a run in the top of the first, a two-out rally from the Bulldogs in the bottom half of the frame gave the home team a 2-1 advantage. The two runs came on back-to-back RBI singles from Mallory McMahon and Maddie Moore.

The pitchers traded zeros until the bottom of the sixth when the Bulldogs were able to push across a pair of insurance runs on Zoe Herdman’s single through the left side.

Butler had six hits in the contest, including two each from Herdman and Mackenzie Griman.

Kayla Kmett took the loss for the Red Storm, allowing all six hits and four runs in 5.1 innings before giving way to reliever Angela Saric. 

In the second game, Butler erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit. The eight runs came on five singles, three walks and an error as the Bulldogs methodically went about their business.

Mackenzie Griman picked up her first win of the season (1-2), tossing five-plus innings and allowing both St. John’s runs (both unearned). She struck out four while giving up only five hits. Karli Ricketts came on in relief in the sixth inning to close the door.

Butler had only six hits in the game, including two each from Fey and Bri Avery. It was Avery’s two-run single that started the scoring for the Bulldogs in the fifth inning.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday with a non-conference game at Miami (Ohio).

BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL: Luka Garza Receives Naismith Trophy

INDIANAPOLIS — University of Iowa senior Luka Garza is the recipient of the 2021 Naismith Trophy, the most prestigious individual basketball honor presented annually to college basketball’s most outstanding player. The announcement was made Saturday afternoon on CBS Sports Network by Barry Goheen, Atlanta Tipoff Club chairman.  

“Winning an award in Naismith’s name is an honor my family and I will always treasure,” Garza said. “Naismith changed my life, and so many others by creating the game that so many love. In 2015, when my dad and I watched Frank Kaminsky accept the Naismith Trophy in Indianapolis, I never thought I would be in this position six years later. I am forever thankful to the University of Iowa, Coach McCaffery, the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates, my family, and the countless other people and coaches who have helped me along the way. This is not an individual honor, but a team award and I am so proud to be able to bring this award home to Iowa City. Thank you to the Atlanta Tipoff Club for this prestigious award and thank you to Naismith for changing my life and so many others with the game of basketball.”

Iowa is one of just six institutions to have both a men’s and women’s Naismith Trophy honoree, joining Duke, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas, and Virginia. Megan Gustafson was the recipient of the 2019 Naismith Trophy following her senior season.

Garza will be presented the iconic Naismith Trophy, originally sculpted in 1982 by Atlanta’s Marty C. Dawe, on the University of Iowa campus this spring. A replica trophy will be donated by Herff Jones to the University of Iowa.

The most dominant player in men’s college basketball, Garza has been named national player of the year by all of the major organizations and publications, including the Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association (Oscar Robertson Trophy), Sporting News, Basketball Times, and The Athletic. Iowa’s first two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American is also a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award, which will be announced on Tuesday.

Garza led the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to 22 victories and a third place Big Ten finish in 2021. The Washington, D.C., native led the nation in total points (747), player efficiency rating (35.84), 30-point games (8), field goals made (281), and 20-point games (22). Garza ranked second nationally in points per game (24.1), fifth in free throw attempts (199), 10th in free throw makes (141), and 11th in double-doubles (13). His 747 points extended the single-season school record he set last season (740).

“Luka just concluded a remarkable college career and had tremendous expectations to live up to all season long. He displayed complete dominance on the court throughout the course of an incredibly challenging basketball season,” said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year broke Iowa’s 32-year old scoring record held by Roy Marble on Feb. 21, 2021. He finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 points, which ranks seventh-best in Big Ten history. In addition to ranking first in career scoring, Garza is tops at Iowa in 30-point games (13), conference scoring (1,399), field goals made (870), field goal attempts (1,594), and 40-point games (2); second in rebounds (931); fourth in double-doubles (34); fifth in blocked shots (154); sixth in free throw makes (446) and attempts (636); and 16th in 3-pointers made (120). He is the only men’s basketball player in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,250 points and 900 rebounds.

Garza was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s national voting academy, comprised of leading media members from around the country, current and former head coaches, former award winners and conference commissioners, all of whom based their selections on outstanding on-court performances during the 2020-21 college basketball season. Additionally, fans had the opportunity to cast a ballot. The Naismith fan vote accounted for five percent of the overall vote. The vote was tabulated and certified by Aprio, a premier, CPA-led business advisory firm, headquartered in Atlanta.

ND BASEBALL: No. 12 Irish Shut Down No. 17 Pitt, 4-1

PITTSBURGH — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team continued its success on the road with a 4-1 win in the series opener against Pitt Saturday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field.

“(Will) Mercer, (Tanner) Kohlhepp and (Joe) Sheridan all pitched effectively in conjunction with solid defense against a very good Pitt team,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “The play in the first inning when (Brooks) Coetzee played the ball off the wall, and (Niko) Kavadas threw the lead runner out at the plate was a big moment.”

The Irish (12-4, 11-4 ACC) struck first with two runs via the long ball in the fourth by Carter Putz and Niko Kavadas. The pitching and defense was stellar for Notre Dame as they kept the Panthers (12-9, 8-8 ACC) off the scoreboard until the final inning.

“(Mitch) Myers, their starting pitcher, has been so consistent and tough all year,” said Jarrett. “He really pitches a quality game. Putz has driven several balls with authority to right center field this season and drove one out on a very nice swing. Kavadas worked into a good count and drove a low fastball nicely as well.”

Will Mercer, Tanner Kohlhepp and Joe Sheridan combined for the win, allowing just one run and five hits throughout the game. Notre Dame added two more runs in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach and clinch their sixth-straight road win.

“Turning three double plays was obviously a huge piece in the efficiency of the game and the pitching and defense combination has a way of keeping teams in games,” stated Jarrett. “Scoring two runs in the ninth was good to see and hopefully we can continue to evolve offensively.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

Pitt looked to jump out to an early lead in the first when Ron Washington doubled to the wall in right. Kyle Hess was trying to score from first but a perfect relay from Brooks Coetzee to Kavadas to David LaManna gunned Hess down at the plate and got the Irish out of the inning.

Both teams did not make a dent in the scoreboard until the top of the fourth when the Irish bats came alive. Putz got the Irish started with a solo home run to center field for his first homer of the season. Kavadas doubled the lead later in the inning with his 11th home run of the season, a 441-foot solo shot to right field. After four innings, Notre Dame held a 2-0 lead.

Mercer had a solid outing for the Irish against the Panthers. He tossed four innings of work and kept Pitt scoreless while striking out four. Kohlhepp came on for the Irish in the fifth and continued the strong play on the mound for the Irish.

Kohlhepp pitched three innings of work. He did not allow the Panthers to get a hit during that time while striking out two. The Irish turned to Sheridan in the eighth to shut the door.

The Irish added two insurance runs in the ninth as Putz and Kavadas scored their second runs of the game on base hits from LaManna and Coetzee. That was more than enough offense for Sheridan as he tossed the final two innings to earn the save and clinch the win.

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Niko Kavadas hit his 11th home run of the season to lead the team. He has totaled 35 career home runs which places him sixth all-time in team history.
  • Carter Putz hit his first home run of the season to open the scoring in the fourth inning.
  • Notre Dame clinched its sixth-straight road win and improved to 8-2 on the road this season.

UP NEXT

The Irish will take the field on Easter Sunday in hopes of clinching the series. LHP John Michael Bertrand will be on the mound for the Irish as Sunday’s game is set for a 3 p.m. ET start and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra.

NOTRE DAME TRACK: IRISH CLOSE OUT LOUISVILLE INVITATIONAL WITH EIGHT EVENT WINS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Irish wrapped up the second and final day of the Louisville Invitational by posting eight first place finishes on Saturday.

The men’s throwers tallied their second win of the weekend with John Stefan taking first in the event with a mark of 17.79m.

Notre Dame picked up two other field event wins on the day, as John Keenan won the javelin with a throw of 60.92m. In the pole vault, the ACC indoor champion, Colton Crum, recorded his first victory of the outdoor season by clearing 5.12m.

On the women’s side of field events, Madison Schmidt won the high jump, clearing 1.76m to take the crown.

Erin Sullivan had a notable performance on the track for the Irish, crossing the line in 2:11.16 in the 800m race to place first. The Irish also managed to take the top two spots in the 3,000m race, as Meghan Scott crossed first in 9:39.75 followed by teammate Erin Strzelecki in 9:40.11.

Andrew Delvecchio turned in a winning performance in the 1,500m race, crossing the line in 3:56.99 to take the top spot. The other Irish victory came in the men’s 400m hurdles, as Osy Ekwueme won with a time of 58.20.

The Irish split squads next weekend, competing in both the Hurricane Alumni Invite in Miami and the Joe Walker Invitational in Oxford, Mississippi. Both are two-day meets that begin on Friday, April 9.

LOUISVILLE INVITE
Louisville, Kentucky
April 3, 2021

MEN

400m
2 – Joseph Dobrydney (49.91)
3 – Luis Cossio (51.21)
4 – Paul Baynes (51.53)
6 – Lukas Mitrius (52.95)
7 – Rafael Coppola (PR: 53.46)

400m Hurdles
1 – Osy Ekwueme (58.20)

800m
3 – Connor Sheilds (1:53.95)
4 – Andrew Delvecchio (PR: 1:53.99)
5 – Vincent Zona (1:54.25)
6 – Luke Phillips (1:54.28)
9 – Wil Zinkan (1:58.44)

1,500m
1 – Andrew Delvecchio (3:56.99)
5 – Wil Zinkan (4:00.03)

3,000m
3 – Alex Luz (8:29.02)

4x400m
2 – Notre Dame ‘A’ (2:25.09)
3 – Notre Dame ‘B’ (3:29.23)

High Jump
4 – Sam Grewe (1.88m)

Javelin
1 – John Keenan (60.92m)

Pole Vault
1 – Colton Crum (5.12m)
4 – Matthew Quintal (4.32m)

Shot Put
1 – John Stefan (17.79m)
3 – Michael Shoaf (17.61m)
6 – Henry Boudreau (15.85m)

WOMEN

100m
9 – Shae Douglas (12.91)

100m Hurdles
4 – Alaina Brady (14.22)

400m
4 – Judith Lanahan (PR: 58.98)

400m Hurdles
2 – Caroline Isemann (1:03.99)
6 – Ailish Chambers (1:06.43)
7 – Juliana Keenan (1:07.84)

800m
1 – Erin Sullivan (2:11.16)
4 – Catherine Coffey (2:15.11)
5 – Megan Hughes (PR: 2:15.28)
12 – Jocelyn Long (2:21.65)

1,500m
2 – Jocelyn Long (PR: 4:34.09)
7 – Cassie Keyes (4:46.92)

3,000m
1 – Meghan Scott (9:39.75)
2 – Erin Strzelecki (9:40.11)
5 – Kyleigh Spearing (9:47.30)
7 – Madelyn VanBlunk (10:18.62)

3,000m Steeplechase
3 – Anna Fischer (11:44.82)

4x400m Relay
2 – Notre Dame ‘A’ (3:54.85)
4 – Notre Dame ‘B’ (4:02.40)

High Jump
1 – Madison Schmidt (1.76m)

Javelin
2 – Siobhan Loughney (34.77m)

Long Jump
3 – Alaina Brady (5.86m)

Shot Put
3 – Rachel Tanczos (15.11m)
4 – Abbey Kapitan (14.99m)
5 – Maura Kimmel (14.77m)
8 – Alesis Juntunen (13.88m)
10 – Ava Butterbaugh (12.32m)



INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Soccer Clinches No. 2 Seed to Highlight Program Turnaround

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The 2021 Indiana State soccer team has accomplished more this season than any previous Sycamore squad has ever done, culminating in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Northern Iowa to secure its fifth win of the conference season and officially clinch the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.

Over the program’s 20-year history, there have been more downs than ups, having finished in the bottom third of the league in all but six seasons. The Sycamores, behind their 5-2 MVC record this spring, receive a first-round bye in the MVC Tournament and will host a semi-final match at ISU Memorial Stadium in the coming weeks.

ISU, behind fifth-year head coach Julie Hanley, has orchestrated one of the top turnarounds in the country after winning just six combined league matches in the previous six seasons. Historically, Indiana State has only had four seasons with three-or-more Valley wins, and only two with four victories. The 2021 spring campaign has seen the Sycamores set a new program record for Valley wins (five) while registering the most shutouts against MVC opponents in program history (five), and the future looks just as bright.

The 2021 spring roster, composed of 17 freshmen and sophomores and just six juniors and seniors, has thrived amidst a time of chaos. The team’s five league victories have set the ISU record for most wins in conference play, all while maintaining the high academic standard set under Hanley’s tenure with a team GPA well above a 3.5 cumulative mark, including four 4.0s.

ISU’s calling card throughout the campaign has been its defense, with freshman keeper Maddie Alexander collecting five shutouts this season. The five clean sheets in Valley play are a new program record, but the rookie goalie has had help along the way. Center backs Kloe Pettigrew (freshman) and Chloee Kooker (sophomore), as well as left-back Danielle Varner (senior), right-back Serra Hanrahan (sophomore), and defensive midfielder Isabella Hunter (freshman) have stymied opposing offenses all season.

The offense has produced at a high level as well, scoring 1.0 goals per game, good for third in the conference. Indiana State’s best offensive feature is that a strike can come from anywhere. CeCe Wahlberg (sophomore), Audrey Stephens (freshman), and Katie Yankey (freshman) have each scored two goals on the campaign, while Anna Holcombe (sophomore) and Carlie Jensen (freshman) have one. Perhaps even more impressive about this young Sycamores squad: 21-of-22 (95 percent) total points on the season have been registered by underclassmen.

Even though much of the success has come from its treasure trove of talented underclassmen, the upperclassmen have provided essential leadership and on-field experience to lift the program to new heights. Senior Danielle Varner has played all but 27 minutes this season, while junior Sidney Ewing leads the Sycamores with two assists. Senior Camryn DeGrafft and juniors Jensen Margheim and Alise Emser have helped see Hanley’s vision for this program to its new mark, providing strong play on the field in reserve roles.

Indiana State has seen the success on the field equate to individual accolades from the league office as well, having earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week honors four times during the spring. Defender Chloee Kooker was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week (March 9) and keeper Maddie Alexander followed it up with a Freshman of the Week (March 16) nod a week later. Midfielder CeCe Wahlberg was the first Sycamore to earn Offensive Player of the Week (March 23) this season, and most recently Audrey Stephens was named Freshman of the Week (March 30).

Before the team hosts its Missouri Valley Conference semi-final match, the Sycamores will close out the regular season with a match at in-state rival Evansville Wednesday April 7 at 7 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Sycamores Earn Series Sweep at Valpo

VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team earned a series sweep over Valparaiso Sunday afternoon. The Sycamores (10-16, 4-5 MVC) used four home runs en route to a dominate 8-2 victory at the Valparaiso Softball Field.

KEY MOMENT

TeAnn Bringle lead the Sycamores going 2-for-3 while hitting her second home run of the year. The Trees also had blasts from Isabella Henning and Annie Tokarek.

SCORING SUMMARY

Top 1st – (ISU 1, Valpo 0)

Isabella Henning hit a solo shot over the left field wall — her sixth of the season.

Bottom 3rd – (ISU 1, Valpo 1)

Valpo got on the board with an RBI single.

Top 4th – (ISU 6, Valpo 1)

The Sycamores had a big inning with three home runs from Annie Tokarek, TeAnn Bringle and Mycaela Miller.

Top 6th – (ISU 7, Valpo 1)

Olivia Patton singled up the middle to bring in another Sycamore run.

Bottom 6th – (ISU 7, Valpo 2)

Valpo plated another run on a wild pitch.

Top 7th – (ISU 8, Valpo 2)

Kaylee Barrett singled and then scored on a wild pitch.

PITCHERS OF RECORD

Win: Arielle Blankenship, Indiana State (3-2)

Loss: Caitlyn Kowalski, Valparaiso (4-8)

Save: None

ON DECK

Indiana State will travel to Charleston, Ill. on April 6 for a non-conference doubleheader with Eastern Illinois slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Billikens Salvage Series with a Saturday Win, 8-5

ST. LOUIS – No. 23 Indiana State could not secure a series sweep Saturday as Saint Louis took the weekend finale, 8-5, at the Billikens Sports Center. The Sycamores uncharacteristically committed three errors on the day that led to four unearned runs – the difference in the game.

Left-hander Tristan Weaver was charged with the loss after a 5.1 inning start on the mound, falling to 0-2 on the season. Making his return from an early season injury, Weaver struck out five and did not issue a walk, but Saint Louis (8-18) was able to pick up six hits on the Auburn, Ill. native with most of the damage coming in a four-run third inning.

Seth Gergely connected on his first home run of the season in the top of the third – a two-run blast over the wall in right field — to break the scoreless ballgame and push Indiana State (13-7) ahead. The ISU lead was short-lived as Saint Louis answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

SLU’s Ryan Hernandez and Tyler Fogarty recorded back-to-back singles to open the frame before the Sycamores were able to get the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt. The out was followed by a throwing error from Grant Magill that moved both runners into scoring position. Jake Garella made the Sycamores pay as he tied the game with a two-RBI double to center before Cam Redding left his mark on the inning with a two-run home run to extend the Billiken lead to 4-2.

Diego Gines cut into the Saint Louis lead in the fourth with a solo home run to leadoff the inning. ISU would get three base hits in the frame, including the third RBI of the day from Gergely as he singled up the middle to tie the game at four. Jordan Schaffer hit his first home run of the year in the fifth off SLU reliever Charlie Sheehan to put Indiana State back out in front.

Saint Louis put together their second four-run inning in the sixth after picking up three hits, a hit-by-pitch and two Sycamore errors. After a strikeout to begin the inning, Weaver tagged the second batter he faced while an infield error allowed the second baserunner to reach, forcing ISU to go to the bullpen for right-hander Connor Fenlong.

Fenlong was able to retire the first Billiken he faced with a strikeout before SLU strung together three-consecutive base hits to go along with a wild pitch that scored a run. All four runs that scored were unearned.

SLU outhit Indiana State for the first time in the series, 10-8. Saint Louis also hit 4-for-10 with two outs and 6-for-14 with runners on base.

Sheehan was credited with the win, moving to 2-1 on the season after pitching four innings, striking out six and allowing just one run. Ryan Patel earned his first save of the season after closing out the final two-third innings.

Indiana State is back in action on Friday as the team begins Missouri Valley Conference action with a four-game series at Illinois State.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: ‘Dons Go Extras in Game One, Take Series Finale From Robert Morris

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball nearly took both games from Robert Morris on Saturday (April 3), but split the doubleheader with the Colonials, dropping game one 4-3 in nine innings and winning the second 9-5.

Game 1 – Mastodons 3, Colonials 4

Seven innings was not enough to determine a winner in the third game of the series, as Rachel Everson hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie it at three. The game went on for another two innings after this point.

After RMU took the lead in the top of the ninth, Kyndell Ethridge doubled down the left field line, then advanced to third after Morganne Denny’s sacrifice bunt. The Colonials held Ethridge at third to escape with the win.

RMU opened the game with three runs in the top of the first after the first three batters were walked. The ‘Dons cut into the deficit in the third inning with a pair of runs. Madeline Swart tripled to bring Meagan Mullaney home, then Swart advanced home to score on an error by the left fielder. This was the Colonials’ only error of the game.

Lauren McConnell got the start for the ‘Dons and thew six innings. Shaina Eyre entered the game in the seventh, but took the loss to fall to 3-7. Rachael Rhinehart for RMU got the win in two innings of work to improve to 5-2.

Game 2 – Mastodons 9, Colonials 5

The difference in game two came in the third and fourth innings, which featured the Mastodons putting a pair of crooked numbers on the scoreboard. The ‘Dons scored five in the third and four in the fourth.

RMU scored one in the third, but the ‘Dons responded quickly. Ethridge doubled to score Swart, then Denny drew a walk, then Alise Hale singled up the middle to load the bases. Everson brought Ethridge home on a sacrifice fly to right, but Emma McMillan loaded the bases again by drawing a walk. The floodgates opened in the next at bat, when Mullaney singled to score Denny and Hale. McMillan scored on a throwing error from second base. This was the fifth run of the frame.

In the fourth inning, Ethridge scored again when Denny blasted a home run over the center field wall. Two more runs would score thanks to another bases loaded scenario. Hale scored on a wild pitch, then Everson scored on a fielder’s choice to make the score 9-3.

RMU got two runs in the sixth, but the Mastodons lead had ballooned to too big of a margin. The ‘Dons stranded 14 runners on base in the contest, including three in the fourth and fifth, and two in the sixth.

Eyre pitched all seven innings to move to 4-7. Madison Riggle took the loss for RMU to fall to 4-3.

With the split, Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 5-15, 4-12 Horizon League while Robert Morris moves to 16-10, 11-7 Horizon. The Mastodons have a midweek doubleheader at Green Bay on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. ET. The Phoenix are 9-9 in league play but are riding a four-game losing streak.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Madelyn Wurster Named to Horizon League All-Tournament Team

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced its All-Tournament Team on Saturday (April 3) and Purdue Fort Wayne’s Madelyn Wurster was selected as one of the honorees.

In Purdue Fort Wayne’s first season in the Horizon League, the Mastodons finished fourth in the regular season to earn a berth to the League Championship. The Mastodons played top-seeded Wright State in the semifinal round, in which Wurster was the team-leader in kills with nine, averaging to 3.00 per set. The junior opposite also had six digs and block.

Wright State went on to win the Horizon League Championship with a five-set win over UIC in the final.

The Mastodons concluded their spring 2021 season with a 10-7 record and will return to the court in the fall for their second season in the Horizon League.

#HLVB All-Tournament Team

Abby Kanakry, Northern Kentucky

Madelyn Wurster, Purdue Fort Wayne

Martina Delucchi, UIC

Paola Santiago, UIC

Mallory Ladd, Wright State

Celia Powers, Wright State

Nyssa Baker, Wright State (MVP)

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL: Eryn Gould takes over third on UE home run list

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Senior Eryn Gould hit the 25th home run of her University of Evansville career and is now alone in third place on the Purple Aces all-time list.  She hit a leadoff home run on Saturday with the Aces falling by a 9-1 final in the series finale against UNI.

Gould’s home run gave Evansville (17-11, 5-4 MVC) a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Panthers (15-13, 7-2 MVC) scored five in the bottom of the second before pulling away for the win.

The Panthers’ Kamryn Shaffer led the second off with a solo home run before Adara Opiola hit a grand slam that gave them a 5-1 lead.  UNI added three more in the third and one in the fifth to clinch the victory.

UE had three hits on the day.  Aside from Gould’s home run, Jessica Fehr and Lindsay Renneisen each posted hits.  Gould continued her unbelievable streak of reaching base; she finished the game 1-for-1 while adding two walks.  The Panthers finished the day with six hits.

Making the start for UE, Izzy Vetter struck out five and walked five over the course of four innings.  Seven of the nine runs given up were earned.  Kailyn Packard tossed all five innings for UNI and allowed three hits while walking three.

Evansville is back on the road next weekend, traveling to Southern Illinois for a 3-game series on Saturday and Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Hounds Blank Hawks in Season Opener

QUINCY, Ill. – The UIndy football team (1-0, 1-0 GLVC) returned to the field in impressive fashion Saturday, shutting out Quincy University, 38-0. A slew of Greyhounds had standout individual performances, while the UIndy defensive unit held the host Hawks to a mere 56 total yards on the afternoon.

INS & OUTS

Strapping on the pads for their first official game in some 500 days, both offenses were slow to get going; the teams combined for five punts and a pair of lost fumbles in the first quarter alone.

But it was the Hounds that took advantage late in the opening period, scoring on the second play after the Hawks’ aforementioned turnover. Senior QB Bryce Stancombe found Frank Bentley on a quick hitch and the latter took it the rest of the way for a 17-yard score – the first touchdown of Bentley’s career.

The Greyhounds piled on from there in a variety of ways, scoring three more TDs, two safeties and a field goal. Redshirt-freshman JaQuan Buchanan had a memorable collegiate debut, racking up 101 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards while scoring a pair of touchdowns.

Stancombe finished 24 for 33 for 275 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Eight different Greyhounds recorded at last one reception, led by seven catches for 76 yards by senior Daveon Bell.

Defensively, UIndy notched its first shutout since October of 2017. More notably, not one but two defensive rarities happened Saturday, as the Hounds recorded two safeties for the first time since before 2002*, while Quincy’s 56 total yards is the lowest sum by a Greyhound opponent over that same time frame.

INSIDE THE BOX

– Three Hounds tied for the team high in tackles, as Benjamin Hunnius, Clay Schulte and Connor Steeb each had seven stops.

– Schulte also added two sacks and four tackles for a loss, including one in the QU end zone for the last of the D’s two safeties

– Bell tacked on 85 return yards to finish the day with a game-high 161 all-purpose yards.

– Like Buchanan, fellow-running back Chris Payne made his first appearance in an NCAA game. He garnered the start in the backfield before earning 14 carries for 61 yards.

– Sophomore Brian Mullins handled the kicking duties, going 2-for-2 in field goal attempts and 4-for-4 in PATs while averaging more than 50 yards per punt and nearly as much on kickoffs.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will take advantage of the upcoming open date to prepare for McKendree. UIndy will host the Bearcats at Key Stadium on Saturday, April 17.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S LACROSSE: Barnett Sets Program Record Against #12 Saints

INDIANAPOLIS – After taking down the No. 12 Maryville Saints (5-2, 5-2 GLVC) in a road contest on Wednesday, the No. 14 UIndy men’s lacrosse team (7-1, 7-1 GLVC) faced off against the Saints for a second time this week on Saturday, this time at Key Stadium. The game was right down to the last 10 seconds of action, but Austin Barnett’s action in the other 59 minutes and 50 seconds garnered a new program record with 20 saves, only allowing eight goals.

INS & OUTS

The Saints got off to a hot start in the contest, scoring the game’s first three goals. It didn’t take the Greyhounds long to answer, as four different student-athletes would slam five unanswered goals in the back of the net through the second quarter to put the Hounds ahead in the game. After a tightly-contested first half score of 5-4, in favor of UIndy, Drew Billig owning a pair of scores and held an assist to his name. The teams would be about even on attempts at the goal at the half, UIndy taking 18 compared to Maryville’s 17.

The Saints would dominate the second half in the face-off, claiming all 10 meetings in the back 30 minutes. This would lead to the Saints’ 24 shots in the back half of the contest, Barnett collecting 14 saves and only allowing four goals. After Maryville snagged two-straight goals by Jake Foster in the final five minutes of the game, the tie game would slowly wind down little by little.

From the Saint’s eighth score, the UIndy defense would go on lockdown for the rest of the contest. Jack Belobrajdic would cause a turnover after the Saints won a face-off, Barnett collected his 20th save of the game, Kyle Basch taking a ground ball. The Greyhounds would take four shots at the goal in the final five minutes, but the one shot by Brian Robb would make all the difference. After Wyatt Auyer tossed the ball across the field for another look, Robb caught the pass and immediately sent it about 15 yards from the net. The shot buried low, it would zip past the goalkeeper with 7.5 seconds left in the contest to be the final goal of the game.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Hounds’ defense forced 20 turnovers against the Flyers, the fifth-straight game of 20 or more turnovers forced.

– Jack Sullivan led UIndy in ground balls for the second-straight contest, collecting five in the win.

– The Greyhounds converted a season-high 23 clears against the Flyers.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will take another undefeated weekend into a single road contest next week, taking on the Davenport Panthers for the second time this season on Friday, April 9. That game in Grand Rapids, Mich., will kick off at 1 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Hounds Sweep Tritons; Remain Undefeated in GLVC

ST. LOUIS – The #9 University of Indianapolis softball team extended their win streak to 13 on Saturday with a pair of road wins at University of Missouri-St. Louis.  The Hounds remain undefeated in conference play with a 5-0 and 10-1 win over the Tritons.

Game 1 | UIndy 5, UMSL 0

The Hounds plated their first run in the top of the second with Hanna Burris drawing a walk with the bases loaded.  UIndy added insurance runs in the final two innings with a pair of home runs.  Haylie Foster led off the sixth with a solo home run while Emily O’Connor blasted a three-run homer in the top of the seventh.

O’Connor finished game three three-for-four at the plate with three runs driven in and two runs scored.

Hallie Waters dazzled in her 11th win of the season, striking out 12 while holding the Tritons to just three hits and zero runs.  She currently has a 20-inning scoreless streak.

Game 2 | UIndy 10, UMSL 1

UMSL scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first before the Hounds responded with 10 unanswered runs.  With two outs in the third, Gianni Iannantone doubled to center, allowing Sydnie Foster to score from first.  O’Connor followed that up with a single to right center, scoring Iannantone and putting the Hounds ahead 2-1.

The Hounds plated three runs in the both the fourth and fifth inning.  Taylor Danielson ripped a one run double and Kamrie Foster drove in two with a single to right field in the fourth.  Back to back single from Sydnie Foster and Brooke Montgomery plated a trio of runs in the fifth.  UIndy scored their final two runs in the 10th with Foster and Montgomery going back-to-back once again, this time with a pair of doubles.

Kenzee Smith picked up her 9th win of the season in the circle, striking out six while holding the Tritons to one run off of three hits in a complete game performance.

Sydnie Foster went a perfect four-for-four in game two with four runs scored and two drive in.  Danielson finished two-for-three with three runs scored and one driven in.

UP NEXT

The Hounds return home this week for a midweek non-conference doubleheader against Lake Erie on Wednesday.  UIndy returns to GLVC action next weekend, travelling to Truman on Saturday and William Jewell on Sunday.

INDIANAPOLIS VOLLEYBALL: Hounds Drop Home Finale to USI

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis Volleyball team dropped its home finale against University of Southern Indiana 3-0 on Saturday at the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

For the senior celebration, seniors Taylor Jacquay and Katie Furlong made their last match in Ruth Lilly a big one.

The Greyhound seniors include: Jaquay, Furlong, and Emily Ellis.

ONE LAST DANCE

The Greyhounds posted 44 kills on the loss, led by standout seniors Taylor Jacquay, who posted eight, and Katie Furlong who posted 12.

Jacquay also led the Greyhounds in digs with 15, and added an ace. While Katie Furlong led the Hounds in blocks with three block assists.

Alex Equihua contributed 33 assists for UIndy, while MaKenna Barnhart added three aces and 14 digs.

The Screaming Eagles were led by Casey Cepicky who contributed 33 assists, two aces, and 12 digs.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-USI posted 10 blocks, while the Hounds had six.

-The Screaming Eagles out dug (71-70) and out aced (6-5) the Hounds.

– The Greyhounds posted 22 attack errors and posted a .151 hitting percentage.

UP NEXT

UIndy will travel to #1 Lewis on April 9 at 8 p.m. ET for the second to last match of the regular season.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Sauceda Scores Two in 3-2 Win Over S&T

ROLLA, Mo – Kiki Sauceda scored two goals within two minutes in the Greyhounds 3-2 win over Missouri S&T on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET at Allgood-Bailey Stadium

The Greyhounds were outshot by S&T 19-13 but came out on top with the win secured by Dana Youssef goal. This marks the Hounds six straight win.

“We had to battle a physical S&T side,” Head Coach Holly Cox said. “We showed a lot of character coming back from being down 1-0 early in the game”

TAKING DOWN THE MINERS

“Sauceda stepped up her game,” Cox added. “Finished with two big chances to put us back up in the lead.”

The junior midfielder, posted three shots on goals off of five shots. Sauceda was followed by Taylor Peck in leading the Hounds with a shot on goal and as well as an assist.

Laura Shake took the win for the Hounds, posting six saves in her 90:00 minutes.

While S&T goalkeeper Rylee Hanes allowed two goals and Kristin Steins allowed one and posted two saves in her 68:30 minutes. The Miners were led by Sydney Gratz who posted two shots on goal, scoring one, off of four shots.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-S&T had 14 shots in the second half, while the Greyhounds had four.

-UIndy had two corners throughout the match, while the Miners had four.

– The Hounds drew six fouls, and committed four.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will host Maryville on Friday April 9 at 5 p.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS BASEBALL: Baseball Takes Maryville Series; Hounds Slam Two

INDIANAPOLIS- The University of Indianapolis Baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, senior Hunter Waning kicked off the big inning by slamming a ball out of left field, during the Hounds 11-4 win over the Maryville Saints on Saturday at Greyhound Park.

 John Carpinelli followed up Waning with a three-run dinger out of the left-center gap.

Defensively Freshman Xavier Rivas (2-0) showed his teeth on the mound, taking his second win of his career by only giving up three hits in 6.1 innings pitched. The freshman pitcher had seven strikeouts and four assists during his time on the Mound.

BIG AT BATS

The Greyhounds flexed their strength on the plate with one of their biggest batting days of the season. With first baseman John Carpinelli leading the Hounds with his three RBI homer, four the Hounds had a total of eight RBI on the day.

Slugger Trey Smith posted three hits on the day and scored three runs in four at bats.

With the Hounds up seven to four in the top of the seventh, the Saints fought back. Scoring four runs off of three hits and an error by the Hounds. However, the Hounds answered back with three runs to end the seventh up 10 to four.

The Greyhounds ended the day with eight hits which included three doubles, proving their offensive dominance.

See Coach Landon Hutchison and players Xavier Rivas and John Carpinelli speak about the series win here.

Tanner Marshall took the loss for the Saints, striking out six Hounds in 5.0 innings pitched.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Saints left seven on base, while the Hounds left three.

– Maryville commited three errors while UIndy had one.

– UIndy stole two bases.

– UIndy posted 27 put outs, while the Saints had 24.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will travel to St. Louis, Mo where they will take on the University of Missouri – St. Louis on April 9 at 4 p.m. ET.

VALPO WSOCCER: Soccer Claims Key Three Points With Senior Day Win

Celebrating its seniors on Senior Day at Brown Field Saturday in the final regular season home match, it was the youngsters who led the way as the match got underway, as a pair of freshmen scored for the Valpo soccer team in a key 2-1 victory over Missouri State. The win and the three points keep Valpo in the hunt for hosting a potential MVC Tournament quarterfinal match.

How It Happened

A slow start both ways saw the first shot for either side come in the 19th minute.

With the match nearing intermission, it was Valpo which struck first in the 39th minute. Senior Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) delivered a perfect ball from the left side into the box from 45 yards out. On the other end, freshman Lindsey Dusatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) ran by her defender and then beat MSU goalkeeper Kaitlin Maxwell to the ball, sliding a right-footed effort along the ground inside the left post to give Valpo the lead.

Valpo had an opportunity to double its lead in the 52nd minute, but freshman Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) put her shot off the right post.

Eight minutes later, James came through to make it 2-0 to the Brown and Gold. The rookie controlled deep in the attacking third on the right side and used some footwork past a couple defenders to keep control. James then unleashed a curling shot with her left foot from the edge of the box which bent its way into the upper-left corner of the goal to double the advantage.

The Bears looked to make it a one-goal game in the 67th minute, as after a scramble following a corner, MSU’s Kara Privitera had an effort with the goalie off the line. But waiting on the line to clear away Privitera’s shot was junior Peyton Flynn (Poplar Grove, Ill./Belvidere North).

MSU found the back of the net in the 69th minute on a rebound goal from Anna Durnin.

While the woodwork was unkind to Valpo earlier in the second half, it came in handy late in the match, as an MSU header in the 85th minute rattled off the crossbar and back into play.

Inside the Match

Saturday’s win puts Valpo at nine points through seven MVC matches, tied for third in the conference table pending a pair of matches later Saturday evening.

With one MVC match remaining, Valpo has already tied its highest point total in conference play since joining the Valley.

Dusatko’s goal in the first half was the second of her rookie season. Maris’ assist on the opening goal was not only her first of the year, but her first since an assist in the season opener of the 2018 campaign.

James notched her team-high third goal of the year with her second-half tally, which was her first career match-winning goal.

Valpo out-shot MSU for the match, 17-14, and put seven shots on goal to the Bears’ four. Valpo goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a pair of saves in the winning effort to go with the team save credited thanks to Flynn’s clearance.

Valpo has surrendered one goal or fewer in nine of its 10 matches this season. This year’s squad is attempting to become the third Valpo side under John Marovich to surrender more than one goal just once in a season, as the 2014 team held 19 of 20 opponents to zero or one goals, while the 2012 side kept 18 of 19 opponents under two goals.

Prior to the match, Valpo celebrated the four seniors on this year’s squad playing their final regular season match on Brown Field — Maris, Lauren Torhorst (Waterford, Wis./Waterford Union), Tahelah Noel (Buffalo, N.Y./Christian Central Academy) and Kiera Pratt (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central). All four started on Saturday and played at least 40 minutes.

Maris, Coryell, Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) and Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) all started for the 10th time in as many matches this year, with the latter two extending their consecutive matches started streak to 28 apiece.

Next Up

Valpo (3-3-4, 2-2-3 MVC) concludes the regular season Wednesday evening at Illinois State with a 5 p.m. kickoff as it looks to secure a spot in the MVC Tournament and a potential home quarterfinal. The match is slated for broadcast on ESPN+.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL: MARIAN 3, IU EAST 0

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University East volleyball team continued its pre-nationals preparation with a visit to the reigning national champions on April 3.

IU East fell in three sets at No. 6 Marian University.

Final score from the Knights’ Physical Education Center: 25-16, 25-11, 25-23.

IU East is 13-3. Marian is 15-4. Both teams have qualified for the NAIA Women’s Volleyball National Championship starting April 17.

The Red Wolves held leads of 17-13 and 21-19 in the third set before the Knights rallied to avoid a fourth set.

Jessica Swimm put away 11 kills for IU East. Sophie Rogers added five kills on a .400 hitting average. Swimm, Rogers, Teah Barrett Matthews and Reece Shirley all had a hand in three blocks apiece as the Red Wolves had a 7-3 advantage in team blocks.

IU East returns to Lingle Court on April 10 to host No. 23 Bethel University (Ind.) in the Red Wolves’ final pre-nationals spring match. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.

MARIAN SOFTBALL: MARIAN WRAPS WEEK WITH DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT AGAINST HUNTINGTON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team ended their week with a 4-2 record, splitting Saturday afternoon with Huntington University at the Marian softball diamond. The Knights were defeated in game one Saturday falling 2-0, before rebounding in game two with a 5-0 win. Marian is now 24-8 overall this season, and 13-3 in Crossroads League play.

Game 1 | Huntington 2-0 Marian

Huntington got the early jump on Marian in game one, bringing home a run in the top of the first inning on a one-out solo shot from Paige Eichelberger. The Foresters then held Marian silent in the bottom of the first as Meghan Fretz picked up a pair of strikeouts, allowing the visitors to carry a 1-0 lead into the second.

Sydney Wilson was able to muster a scoreless second after stranding two hits, but was unable to keep a scoreless third as Jada Crofoot slammed a two-out solo homerun to right center to double the Foresters’ lead. Lauren Landes busted Fretz’s perfect start to the game by dropping a single to left, and moved into scoring position by stealing second base, however Marian was unable to get a hit to bring home their first run of the game.

Both the fourth and fifth innings were scoreless frames, as Wilson and Fretz were perfect in each inning. After Wilson tossed her third consecutive three up, three down inning, Marian had their best opportunity of the day in the home half of the sixth. Caitlyn Phillips recorded a one-out single for the team’s second base runner of the game, while Savannah Harweger picked up a bunt single to get two on. Despite a pair of base runners with the lead in scoring position, the Knights were unable to scratch out a run as Fretz forced back to back flyouts to right field to end the threat. Fretz then retired the Knights in order in the bottom of the seventh, closing the 2-0 Huntington win.

Phillips, Harweger, and Landes combined for the Knights three hits in the game one loss, as the Knights went 3-24 at the plate as a team. Wilson suffered her fifth loss of the season, allowing four hits in loss, two of which were solo homeruns. Wilson had four strikeouts in the losing effort.

Game 2 | Marian 5-0 Huntington

After enduring a scoreless game one and first inning, Marian’s bats came to life in the bottom of the second inning, delivering the first runs of the day for the home team. Sierra Norman opened the second with a lead-off single, and picked up second base after a sacrifice bunt. Lanie Horen and Lauren Landes helped fill the bases with a single and walk, but with the bases loaded Phillips hit into a fielder’s choice. Marian was down to their last out in the frame after Norman was gunned down at the plate, but Harweger kept the inning alive, providing fireworks with a bases-clearing double. The three-RBI hit gave Marian a 3-0 lead after two complete innings.

Marian tacked on runs in both the third and fourth innings, owning a five-run lead. Shelbie Stotts drew a walk to begin the third, and after stealing second and reaching third on a wild pitch, an RBI double from Norman picked up the Knights’ fourth run of the game. Kassidi Cadle then tagged an RBI double in the fourth, helping Marian get out to their 5-0 lead.

Defensively, Jaylah Guilliam helped Marian own the tempo in game two, as the freshman was in a groove in the circle. Guilliam faced the minimum in each of the first three innings, and in the fourth picked up a strikeout to strand a pair of singles. Guilliam again faced minimum in the fifth and sixth innings, as she cruised through the Foresters batting order. Huntington was able to pick up a late one out single in the sevneth for their fourth hit of the game, but the rally efforts were cut short after the freshman righty forced a pop out and groundout to end the game.

Stotts and Norman each had two hits in game two, while Harweger, Norman, and Cadle drove in the five Marian runs. Guilliam earned the complete game win, tossing just 84 pitches in her seven innings of work. The freshman struckout two batters while allowing four hits.

Marian will stay at home for their next CL doubleheader, hosting Grace College on Tuesday, April 6 to close the first half of the league season.

OHIO STATE WSOCCER: Buckeyes Record 3rd-Consecutive Shutout Win

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 23 Ohio State (6-1-3) finished the regular season Saturday with a 1-0 win over Michigan State (1-9-1) at Old College Field at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have won the last four games, three by shutout and are 4-0-2 in the last six outings.

Sophomore Emma Sears scored her six goal of the year in the 5th minute to give Ohio State the early lead and the win.

After 45 minutes, the Buckeyes led 8-6 in shots with a 4-1 edge in shots on net. For the game, Ohio State owned a 12-10 edge in shots, 6-3 on goal.

Senior keeper Bailey Kolinski posted her third-consecutive shutout, saving three Spartan shots on goal.

The Buckeyes now await the conclusion of all conference games and the Big Ten postseason schedule to be announced.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Earns Doubleheader Sweep of Eagles

YPSILANTI, Mich. —  Behind Tyler Wardwell’s potent bat and a pair of good starts by Sam Bachman and Jonathan Brand, the Miami University Baseball team took both games against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on the road. The RedHawks took a first-inning lead in both games and never relinquished it to secure the doubleheader sweep.

With the road win, the ‘Hawks continue the season with a 16-9 overall record (9-2 Mid-American Conference), while Eastern Michigan falls to 8-12 (4-7 MAC).

HOW IT HAPPENED: Game One

Redshirt freshman Benji Brokemond led the game off with a single. Graduate Student Will Vogelgesang then singled, giving the RedHawks runners on first and second. Following a fly-out, Brokemond scored on a wild pitch while Vogelgesang advanced to second. Junior Cole Andrews then drove in Vogelgesang, giving the ‘Hawks a two-run lead.

In the top of the fourth, senior Nate Stolze doubled to left field. Junior Tyler Wardwell then followed up with a single, bringing home Stolze to extend the Miami lead.

In the top of the fifth, Vogelgesang reached on a hit by pitch. Freshman Dalton Back then singled to the left, putting runners on first and second. Redshirt freshman Nate Stone then singled, scoring Vogelgesang, giving the RedHawks a four-run lead and the victory.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Game Two

Brokemond started game two with a double down the right-field line. Back then reached on a hit by pitch. Back then stole second, then came around to score on an error following a walk of Stone. Andrews and Stolze were each hit by pitches, loading the bases to provide Miami with an opportunity. Wardwell then singled and advanced to second on the throw while clearing the bases and gave the RedHawks a 4-0 lead.

To lead off the bottom of the second, senior Michael Morissette hit a solo home-run to right field, putting the RedHawks up 5.

GAME NOTES:

Wardwell went 3-for-5 with four RBI’s while also reaching base three other times. He also stole three bases in game two.

Vogelgesang reached base four times, including two singles, while also scoring twice.

Stone reached base three times, with an RBI and a run scored.

Brokemond went 3-for-8 with a double, walk and a run scored.

Bachman threw four scoreless innings in game one, striking out six batters and picking up the win.

Brand threw five scoreless innings in game two, striking out five batters while allowing just one hit.

Senior Logan Schmitt threw three innings out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits and a run.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks will square off with the Eagles in a single game tomorrow, April 4. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Oestrike Stadium.

WRIGHT STATE VOLLEYBALL: Raiders capture first HL tournament title; secure second straight NCAA appearance

The Wright State volleyball team is heading back to the NCAA Championship for the second straight season after the top seeded Raiders won the final two sets and defeated No. 2 seed UIC 3-2 on Saturday afternoon to claim the program’s first Horizon League tournament title.

The Raiders (16-1) earn the Horizon’s automatic qualifier spot in the NCAA Championship, with Selection Sunday set for tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Wright State earned the athletic department’s first-ever at-large bid when they were selected as part of the 2019 NCAA Championship field, but this year the Raiders won’t be as anxious as they wait to hear their name called. This spring’s entire NCAA Championship will be held in Omaha, Nebraska, with first round matches set for April 14.

On Saturday, Wright State dropped the first and third sets while taking sets two, four and five. It was just the third five set match of the year for the Raiders and just the sixth time this season that they have played more than three sets.

Nyssa Baker was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP after recording 18 kills, 16 kills and 28 total points across Wright State’s two postseason wins, while Mallory Ladd and Celia Powers were each named to the All-Tournament team.

As a group, the Raiders tallied a .217 hitting percentage, including marks of .342, .214 and .294 over the final three sets, while UIC finished with just a .101 hitting percentage while Wright State held the Flames to negative percentages in the final two sets (-0.135 and -0.083).

Ladd finished with 15 kills to pace the Raider offensive attack, while Sam Wolf added 10 off the bench and Powers tallied nine of her own. Baker finished with nine kills and nine blocks, with Powers and Teddies Sauer each recording seven blocks.

Lainey Stephenson passed out 40 of the Raiders’ 51 assists, while four players – Jenna Story (18), Powers (17), Stephenson (14) and Ellee Ruskaup (12) – all had double-digit digs.

DAYTON MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Powers To 5-1 Win Over Duquesne

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s soccer team made it four games in a row without a loss after earning a 5-1 victory over Duquesne Saturday afternoon.

The Flyers (3-3-1, 3-1-1 A-10) played the majority of the game a player down, but still managed to defeat the Dukes in a crucial conference game.

GAME RECAP

The Flyers opened the scoring with a Jake Feiner goal, his second in two games in the 37th minute.

UD was down to 10 men after a late first-half red card.

Dayton extended their lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute. Elias Harryson headed in a free kick from Geni Kenyane.

After Duquesne cut the lead to 2-1 in the 55th minute, Jonas Fjeldberg restored the two-goal lead in the 71st minute off a cross from Bryce Glisson.

In the 78th minute, Fjeldberg got his second goal of the game to make it 4-1.

He then assisted Kingsford Adjei in the 79th minute to cap off the game.

Fjeldberg finished with two goals and two assists. Adjei had one of each.

Marc Kouadio recorded six saves in the effort.

COACH’S COMMENTS

“I thought their response was great,” said head coach Dennis Currier. “Getting four goals with a man down, I think their response was really good. We knew that if we win this game we are playing in the final in our pod division. I thought in the first half we looked good then once we got the red card, the game changes from there. But we are really good in transition and finding the outlets of Kingsford and Jonas. We were able to start rolling and get some goals. It was a great win for us today. A lot of grit on our guys’ part, a lot of running in the second half to shut them down. I was real proud of them today.”

UP NEXT

The Flyers will finish up the regular season on the road at St. Bonaventure next Saturday, April 10.

DAYTON VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Captures 14th A-10 Championship Title With Sweep Of VCU

DAYTON – The University of Dayton volleyball team has claimed the program’s 14th Atlantic 10 Championship title with a 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-19) win over No. 2 VCU in Saturday’s finals match. Dayton earns the A-10’s automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Dayton improves to 13-1 on the season while VCU moves to 13-5 overall.

KEY STATS

• 50 – as a team, Dayton tallied 50 kills to VCU’s 34, the second-most kills by UD in a three-set match this season (53 at Xavier)

• 14 – junior Jamie Peterson led all attackers with 14 kills. She was one off the double-double with nine digs to go with five assists and two blocks

• 10 & 8 – sophomore Amelia Moore was the second Flyer with double-digit kills (10) and led UD at the net with eight total blocks

• .636 – with seven kills in 11 attempts, senior Bridget Doherty posted a .636 hitting percentage while also setting 34 assists for the match

ALL-CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Lexie Almodovar, Dayton

Bridget Doherty, Dayton

Amelia Moore, Dayton

Jamie Peterson, Dayton (Most Outstanding Player)

Megan Brzozowski, Fordham

Gabrielle Shilling, Rhode Island

Jasmine Knight, VCU

NCAA TOURNAMENT INFO

The 2020-21 DI Women’s Volleyball Selection Selection Show is on ESPNU at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 4, which is when the field of 48 teams will be announced for this season’s championship. The first round is Wednesday, April 14 , and the second round will be April 15. Regional semifinals are Sunday, April 18, and the regional finals April 19. The national semifinals are Thursday, April 22, with the 2021 national championship on April 24. The tournament will be held at the Chi Health Center Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: FUN DAY AT THE BALLPARK! BUCKEYES SWEEP INDIANA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s pitchers ruled the day as the Buckeye collected 28 strikeouts and limited league-leading Indiana to just two runs in a double-header sweep on Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium.

The Buckeyes (11-7) won game one 6-0 behind a 17-strikeout, complete game shutout from Seth Lonsway. In the night cap, the combo of Jack Neely, Griffan Smith and TJ Brock combined for 11 strikeouts and held IU to just two runs in a 5-2 victory.

At the plate, Zach Dezenzo, Mitchell Okuley and Kade Kern each had two hits. Dezenzo’s two hits both were solo home runs in the first inning of each game to get the Buckeyes jump-started. Conner Pohl also had a home run on the day.

Indiana came into the weekend with the best pitching staff (numbers wise) in the league and today, the Buckeye offense had just 10 hits in the two games. But they put the ball in play and took advantage of six Indiana errors on the afternoon.

The two teams will finish the four-game series on Easter Sunday. First pitch is slated for 2:05. Ohio State will start junior right-hander Will Pfennig while Indiana will counter with sophomore righty Gabe Biermann.

GAME 1 RECAP

Seth Lonsway. 17 strikeouts.

That’s it. That’s the story. Lonsway was dominant. The best start of his career. He worked quick and was efficient. The Celina, Ohio native three a complete-game two-hitter and recorded 17 strikeouts of the 21 outs in the game. The 17 Ks were a career-high and he walked just one batter while throwing 95 pitches.

The only outs that didn’t come via the strikeout was a double play up the middle in the fourth, a groundout to Erwin in the fifth and a lineout to Okuley in the seventh.

At the plate, the Buckeyes took advantage of four Hoosier miscues. Dezenzo and Pohl each hit solo home runs. Sam Wilson also had a two-run double and Colton Bauer had his first triple of the year.

Ohio State put a run on the board in the first on the Dezenzo homer and then get two unearned runs in the second. Wilson delivered his two-run double in the fourth to push the lead to 5-0 and then Pohl hit his home run in the sixth to provide the final margin.

Not a lot of offense was needed when Lonsway was dealing the way he was on Saturday. It was fun to watch.

GAME 2 RECAP

Ohio State got another good start from Jack Neely and then Griffan Smith came out of the pen to deliver 3.1 scoreless innings. TJ Brock came on in the ninth to lock up his league-best sixth save of the season.

Okuley had two hits and two RBI in the game. His solo shot in the fourth was his team-high tying fifth of the season.

Just like in game one, Dezenzo started the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning. The game one homer was a bomb to center. This one was a fly by down the rightfield line that kept carrying and snuck inside the pole. Conner Pohl and Kade Kern followed with two-out walks and then Okuley hit a single through the right side to score Pohl and stake the Buckeyes to a 2-0 lead.

Indiana cut the lead in half with a solo home run to center by Grant Macciocchi in the top of the fourth but then Okuley hit a solo shot in the bottom of the inning to again give the Buckeyes a two-run lead.

Another solo homer for Indiana in the top of the fifth, this time it was a bomb off the bat of Cole Barr, cut the lead down to one again at 3-2. The score stayed that way, thanks to the superb work by Smith, until the bottom of the seventh. That’s when the Buckeyes loaded the bases with nobody out. Dezenzo hit a grounder to third and the third-baseman threw home for the force and the first out in the inning. Pohl them followed with a hard grounder up the middle. Short stop Macciocchi looked to have a beat on an inning-ending double play but the ball went under his glove and into center field. The error allowed two runs to score and the Buckeyes finally had some breathing room.

Brock loaded the bases in the ninth but shut the door with a pop-up and the Buckeyes had their first double-header sweep of the Hoosiers since April of 2007.

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: OHIO STATE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM PENN STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The momentum that Ohio State built last weekend in taking three of four games from Maryland traveled with the Buckeyes to State College, as Ohio State swept a doubleheader from Penn State on Saturday to improve to 11-7 overall.

The Buckeyes won game one, 2-1, behind a gem in the circle from Payton Buresch and then collected 12 hits and scored nine runs in a 9-3 triumph in game two. Sam Hackenbracht went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in the second game to highlight the offensive effort.

Ohio State and Penn State will continue their four-game series tomorrow at noon. The game will be streamed live on BTN. On Monday, the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions wrap up the series with a 1 p.m. game.

Game One: Ohio State 2, Penn State 1

The bat of Carley Gaskill (two hits – one double, one home run) and the arm of Payton Buresch (7.0 innings pitched, two hits allowed) was the winning combination to get the day started. Gaskill hit a double off the top of the right field fence in the third inning and pinch runner Lindsey Potter came around the score later on an RBI groundout by Tegan Cortelletti.

Meanwhile, in the circle, Buresch was in complete control. At one point, she retired 10 straight batters and didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the sixth inning. In the seventh, she gave up a lead-off home run to Penn State’s Melody Coombs, but quickly worked around that and retired the next three batters on consecutive ground outs.

Ohio State’s 3-4-5-6 hitters – Niki Carver, Ashley Prange, Kaitlyn Coffman and Taylor Pack – all recorded a hit. Gaskill’s double and home run were the only extra base hits of the game.

The win for Buresch was her fourth of the season. It was the eighth time in nine starts that Buresch has surrendered two or fewer earned runs.

Game Two: Ohio State 9, Penn State 3

Ohio State found the offense that has been the cornerstone of its wins last weekend vs. Maryland and pulled away for a 9-3 victory that was keyed by Sam Hackenbracht, who went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI.

After recording just two extra base hits in game one, Ohio State was quick to jump on Penn State starter Kylee Lingenfelter in the second game. Meggie Otte blasted a solo home run in the top of the first, and Hackenbracht followed in the bottom of the second with the first of her two round-trippers to left center.

Penn State cut the Ohio State lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second on an RBI single to center, but a three-run, two-out rally in the top of the third game the Buckeyes even more breathing room with a 5-1 lead. The rally was started when Ashley Prange doubled to left center, scoring Otte, and then continued with a two-run Hackenbracht home run to straightaway center field.

In the top of the fifth, Hackenbracht added her fourth and fifth RBI when she singled to center field, scoring Prange and Tegan Cortelletti. She then finished off her perfect day at the plate in the seventh inning when she hit another run-scoring single to center that scored Cortelletti. Kaitlyn Coffman finished out the scoring with an RBI single to right center to give the Buckeyes a 9-3 lead.

A well-balanced offensive attack saw six players record hits. In addition to Hackenbracht’s line (4-4, two HR, six RBI, two runs scored), Cortelletti was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Coffman also collected two hits while Prange and Otte added RBI.

In the circle, Allison Smith picked up her team-leading seventh win of the season, pitching a complete game while allowing eight hits to go along with seven strikeouts.

OHIO STATE WSOCCER: BUCKEYES CONTINUE UNBEATEN STREAK AT MICHIGAN STATE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 23 Ohio State (6-1-3) finished the regular season Saturday with a 1-0 win over Michigan State (1-9-1) at Old College Field at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing. The Buckeyes have won the last four games, three by shutout and are 4-0-2 in the last six outings.

Sophomore Emma Sears scored her sixth goal of the year in the 5th minute to give Ohio State the early lead and the win.

After 45 minutes, the Buckeyes led 8-6 in shots with a 4-1 edge in shots on net. For the game, Ohio State owned a 12-10 edge in shots, 6-3 on goal.

Senior keeper Bailey Kolinski posted her third-consecutive shutout, saving three Spartan shots on goal.

The Buckeyes now await the conclusion of all conference games and the Big Ten postseason schedule to be announced.

OHIO STATE MSOCCER: REGULAR SEASON ENDS WITH SENIOR DAY VS. MSU SUNDAY

Game Basics

Follow live stats at OhioStateBuckeyes.com and watch the live stream on BTN+($).

Nine seniors will be recognized in pregame ceremonies during Senior Day festivities. Joe Ortiz, Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, Noah Lawrence, Mitch Bergman, Matteo Bennati, Samuel Buzzas, Xavier Kennedy, David Abonce and Matt Kiley will be honored for their contributions to the program.

Freshman Parker Grinstead scored once and assisted on another goal in a 2-all double-overtime tie with Michigan in Columbus. Classmate Ty Konrad notched his first career goal to tie the game at 2-all in the second half.

Down a goal early, Ohio State scored four unanswered goals in a 4-2 win vs. Northwestern March 7. Freshman Parker Grinstead scored twice while redshirt freshman Sean Ryan and junior Luke Kiley each added a goal in the win.

Freshman Laurence Wootton scored in the first half and senior Samuel Buzzas added a goal in the second to give the Buckeyes back-to-back shutouts over league opponents with a 2-0 win at Michigan State. Wootton’s goal was the first of his career. It was No. 4 for Buzzas.

Senior Joe Ortiz scored for the Buckeyes in a 1-0 win at Maryland Feb. 27 to give the Buckeyes their first win against the Terps in College Park in series history.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1911       The Most Valuable Player award is introduced and sponsored by Hugh Chalmers, an auto manufacturer. The first winners of the MVP, selected by a vote of one baseball writer representing each franchise in the league, will be Tigers’ outfielder Ty Cobb and Frank Schulte of the Cubs.

1918       The Phillies trade infielder Bert Niehoff (.255, 2, 42) and send cash to the Cardinals for rookie right-hander Mule Watson. Niehoff will play just one more season before retiring, while Watson will pitch two seasons with Philadelphia, posting a 7-11 record, before being traded to the Braves.

1948       Before an exhibition game in Orlando, with an ambulance driving the two participants, accompanied by a doctor and a pair of nurses, to the starting line, 84-year-old A’s manager Connie Mack challenges Clark Griffith, the 78-year-old owner of the Senators, to a foot race. The sprint from third base to home plate ends in a tie, which Commissioner Happy Chandler, who officiated the affair, describes as “a dead heat.”

1966       On the nationally-televised Hullabaloo, a program which showcases rock and roll groups, host Soupy Sales and his two sons, Tony and Hunt perform Meet the Mets, with the unlikely tune also accompanied by go-go dancers halfway through the song. The Sales’ children appeared on the program as the guest musicians, featuring their rock and roll band, Tony and the Tigers.

1968       Due to today’s assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, most of the major league teams will decide to postpone their Opening Day games until the reverend’s funeral takes place in five days. Surprisingly, the Dodgers, at first, are the notable exception, even though the Phillies, their opponents on April 9th, say they will forfeit rather than play on the national day of mourning.

1971       The Phillies dedicated the newly constructed Veterans Stadium, a name selected by the Philadelphia City Council to honor United States vets of all wars. The new ballpark will be harshly criticized for its upper deck’s height and for many of its seats being so distant from the field that it will difficult to enjoy the game without binoculars.

1974       In front of a crowd of 52,000 at Riverfront Stadium on Opening Day in Cincinnati, Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record of 714 by hitting a first-inning two-run homer off Jack Billingham. The Atlanta front office had considered keeping ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ on the bench during road games so the slugger could try to equal the mark in front of the hometown fans, but commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered the Braves to put the outfielder into the lineup for at least two of the three games against the Reds.

1978       The Expos reveal their new mascot named Souki, an odd-looking character wearing an Expos uniform below a giant baseball head with antennae. The Mr. Met-like figure, whose rights sell for fifty dollars, will be released after one season, after proving to be unpopular with the fans due to his strange looks and quirky behavior.

1988       In a 10-6 victory over the Expos, Kevin McReynolds and Darryl Strawberry each hit a pair of home runs, helping the Mets establish an Opening Day record with six homers. The ‘Strawman’s’ second shot, estimated at 525 feet, hits above the dome’s light rim and is believed to be the longest dinger ever stroked at Olympic Stadium.

1988       Blue Jay designated hitter George Bell becomes the first player to hit three home runs on Opening Day, helping Toronto defeat Kansas City at Royals Stadium, 5-3. The second, fourth, and eighth inning round-trippers are all given up by Bret Saberhagen.

1989       On Opening Day, Tommy John ties a record by playing in 26 seasons. The Yankee veteran hurler beats the Twins, 4-2, for his 287th win, putting him 19th overall in career wins.

1994       A total of 56,706 fans attend Opening Day, making it the largest crowd ever at new Yankee Stadium. The Bronx Bombers do not disappoint the throng when Jimmy Key beats Kevin Brown and the Rangers, 5-3.

1994       In the inaugural game played at Jacobs Field, President Clinton throws out the first ball, and ‘El Presidente’ Dennis Martinez throws the first pitch when the Indians defeat the Mariners in 11 innings, 4-3. With Bob Feller, the author of the only Opening Day no-hitter game in major league history in attendance, Mariner southpaw Randy Johnson holds the Tribe hitless for the first seven innings.

1994       Eddie Murray becomes baseball’s all-time leader in games played at first base, manning the position in 2,369 major league contests to surpass the mark set by Jake Beckley, a Hall of Famer whose career spanned from 1888 to 1907. After the top of the first inning, the 38 year-old Indians infielder carries the bag off the field to keep as a souvenir.

1994       On Opening Day at Wrigley Field in the Cubs’ 12-8 loss to New York, Tuffy Rhodes, who has hit only five round-trippers in his first 280 major league at-bats, hits three home runs on Opening Day, becoming the first player to homer in his first three at-bats of the season. The three solo round-trippers, all off Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden, will account for nearly half of the outfielder’s total for the year when he finishes the campaign with only eight round-trippers.

1994       Before the Cubs’ 12-8 Opening Day loss to the Mets at Wrigley Field, First Lady Hillary Clinton becomes the first wife of a sitting president to throw the season’s ceremonial first pitch. Bill’s spouse then joins Harry Caray in the broadcast booth and sings “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” with the beloved announcer during the seventh-inning stretch.

1998       Mark McGwire begins what will be a historic season, homering in the fourth consecutive game to tie Willie Mays’ National League record for most homers to start a season. Big Mac’s three-run blast in the sixth inning helps the Cardinals beat the Padres, 8-6.

1999       Opening Day starts in Mexico, making it the first time baseball’s first pitch comes outside the U.S. or Canada when the Rockies defeat the National League’s defending champs Padres, 8-2. Darryl Kile goes 6.2 innings to get the win in the Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey contest.

2000       At Safeco Field, Darren Lewis plays right field in Boston’s 2-0 victory over Seattle. The 32 year-old outfielder is the 13th different Red Sox player to start in that position on Opening Day for the past thirteen years.

2001       For the first time since June 7, 1995, the Indians do not have a sellout crowd at Jacobs Field. The streak of 455 games of consecutive full houses, a major league record, will be broken by the Boston Red Sox in 2008.

2001       Hideo Nomo, throwing the earliest no-hitter in major league history, blanks the Orioles, 3-0 at Camden Yards in his first start in a Red Sox uniform. Second baseman Mike Lansing makes an outstanding play with one out in the ninth to preserve the Japanese-born hurler’s second career no-hitter.

2001       Vinny Castilla launches the longest home run to date at Tropicana Field when he hits a Joey Hamilton pitch 478 feet over the domed stadium’s left-field fence. The Devil Rays’ third baseman’s third-inning three-run blast isn’t enough to overcome the three round-trippers clobbered by Carlos Delgado in the team’s 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays.

2003       At Cincinnati’s new Great American Ball Park, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Latin American player and 18th to hit 500 career home runs. ‘Slammin’ Sammy’ reaches the milestone in the seventh inning when he drives a Scott Sullivan 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats.

2003       The Coneheads stage a reunion at Shea Stadium as David Cone returns to the mound after taking a year off and hurls an impressive five innings of shutout ball in the Mets’ 4-0 victory over the Expos. In memory of one of the founders of this unique idea which started in 1988, the group hangs a banner featuring a picture of Scott Saber, who was killed during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, smiling in his Conehead.

2005       Dmitri Young becomes the third major leaguer to hit three home runs on Opening Day, joining George Bell (Blue Jays, 1988) and Tuffy Rhodes (Cubs, 1994). The 31-year-old Tiger DH’s hat trick contributes to the team’s 11-2 rout of the Royals at Comerica Park.

2006       The Padres are rained out at home for the first time since May 12, 1998, a span of 635 consecutive home games played, mostly played at Qualcomm Stadium. The postponement, just the 16th rainout in the franchise’s 38-year history, is the first washout at the club’s new home, Petco Park, which opened two seasons ago.

2006       Kansas City voters approve a $250 million proposal to renovate Kauffman Stadium. The facelift of the 35 year-old home of the Royals will include the addition of dugout suites, new clubhouses, an exclusive restaurant, and the replacement of the orange seats throughout the stadium with new blue ones.

2007       Tuffy Rhodes becomes the first non-Japanese player in Nippon Pro Baseball history to drive in a thousand runs. Only two of the 28 players who have reached the milestone have accomplished the feat in fewer games.

2008       Carried by his momentum trying to avoid the pitch, Astros catcher J.R. Towles does a handstand at home plate after getting hit above the knee during the second inning in Houston’s 4-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In his next at-bat, the 24 year-old-backstop from Crosby (TX) hits a two-run homer, a feat he accomplishes standing on his feet.

2008       Before their home opener, the Blue Jays announce reaching agreements with outfielder Alex Rios (.297, 24, 85) and second baseman Aaron Hill (.291, 17, 78). The 26 year-old Toronto fly-catcher will earn nearly $70 million over the next seven years, the second richest deal in franchise history, and the club’s newly signed infielder, also 26, inks a four-year contract worth $12 million.

2008       With fans chanting “Robbie, Robbie” before the home opener against Boston, the Blue Jays honor Roberto Alomar by inducting their former All-Star second baseman into Toronto’s Level of Excellence. After the team plays a video montage of his career highlights in a darkened Rogers Centre, the dramatic pregame ceremony continues when a spotlight shines on second base revealing the honoree.

2012       Joey Votto and the Reds agree to the longest guaranteed contract in major league history, a $251.5 million, 12-year deal. The dollar amount, second only to A-Rod’s $275 million and $252 million pacts with the Rangers and Yankees, easily surpasses Ken Griffey Jr.’s $116.5 million, nine-year signing in 2000 as the richest in franchise history.

2014       Charlie Blackmon ties a team record established by Andres Galarraga in 1995, collecting six hits in the Rockies’ 12-2 rout of Arizona in the team’s home opener at Coors Field. The 27 year-old platoon outfielder is the first major leaguer to collect three doubles, two singles, and a home run in a major league game.

2016       The Dodgers hand the Padres the worst Opening Day shutout loss since at least 1913, and most likely in the history of the game, blanking the Friars at Petco Park, 15-0. The contest marked both skippers’ managerial debut, with LA’s Dave Roberts and San Diego’s Padres Andy Green piloting their first major league game.

2016       Although he limits the Rangers to just one hit, Mariner right-hander Felix Hernandez loses for the first time on Opening Day, snapping a streak of six victories to start his team’s season. Seattle had the opportunity to become the first franchise in modern baseball history to win ten consecutive season openers, but sloppy defense allows three fifth-inning runs in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Texas at Globe Life Park.

2016       Trevor Story becomes the first player to hit two home runs in his first regular-season game on Opening Day, and the fifth rookie to accomplish the feat in his major league debut. The 23 year-old Rockies shortstop hit both round-trippers off Diamondbacks’ ace Zack Greinke, a three-run home run in the third and a solo shot in the following frame of the team’s 10-5 victory over Arizona at Chase Field.

2017       Stephen Piscotty’s dangerous journey around the base paths ends when he crosses the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring the Cardinals’ only run in the team’s 2-1 loss to the Cubs at Busch Stadium. After reaching first due to being hit by a pitch, the outfielder, attempting to take second on a wild pitch, gets nailed in the elbow by catcher’s throw, and he is struck on the helmet sliding into home plate with an errant throw by the second baseman.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1983

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. [Monday]-From the moment Jim Valvano watched Houston slam dunk Louisville, 94‚81, in Saturday’s semifinals of the national collegiate basketball tournament, the North Carolina State coach knew what his Wolfpack had to do in tonight’s championship game against the Phi Slama Jama fraternity. “We’ve got to control the game and put ourselves in position to win the game,” Jim Valvano said. “Going down the stretch, we want to have a chance to win the game.”

Seldom has a coach been more prophetic about the “tempo” of a game. As the final seconds flashed away tonight, North Carolina State won the title, 54‚52, when the sophomore forward Lorenzo Charles soared up to grab Derek Whittenburg’s long one-hander that was short and to the right of the basket and jammed it down with only one second showing on the clock.

Not only had the Wolfpack been in position to win, but Jim Valvano had virtually predicted the score. “If the score is 100-to-something, we’re not going to win the game,” he said yesterday, “but if it’s in the 50’s…” As it developed, the score was in the 50’s, and North Carolina State, which had a relatively mediocre 20‚10 record until it swept to six tournament victories, again holds the national championship it won in 1974 with David Thompson as its jumping jack and Norm Sloan as its coach.

“It’s a dream,” Jim Valvano was saying now after the presentation ceremony. “That’s what I told the players at halftime, that they were 20 minutes away from the dream. I had the dream for 16 years as a coach, and they had it all their years in college.”

But what is now a dream for North Carolina State will be a nightmare for Houston and its 61-year-old coach, Guy Lewis, who was unable to hold onto what he had called “the big carrot hanging out there on a stick.” Going into the last three minutes, Houston had a 52‚46 lead after Clyde Drexler made two foul shots in a one-and-one situation. But the Phi Slama Jama fraternity never scored again. Two of the Phi Slama Jama fraternity brothers, Michael Young and Alvin Franklin, were fouled and went to the line in a one-and-one situation. But each missed his first free throw. “The whole thing came down to what everybody had been predicting all year,” Guy Lewis said later, “that we’d miss a couple of free throws at the end of the game and it would cost us, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Jim Valvano knew that for all their spectacular slam dunks, Houston had been less than spectacular from the foul line, shooting only 61 percent. “They’re not a particularly good foul-shooting team,” the Wolfpack coach said. “So we figured we’d try to make ’em beat us at the foul line if they could. As soon as Drexler made his two shots, I told my players not to foul him, so we fouled Young and Franklin, but not Drexler again. Not the guy who made ’em. Make sure it’s somebody else. Put the pressure on somebody else, an old Italian trick my father taught me in high school.”

“It feels awful,” the 61-year-old Lewis said. “I’ve never lost a game that I didn’t feel awful, but this one was terrible. But in basketball, you throw the ball up and you take your chances.” That’s exactly what happened when Derek Whittenburg threw the ball up and Lorenzo Charles stuffed it Phi Slama Jama’s face.

Jim Valvano coached at North Carolina State from 1980 to 1990, when he resigned because of accusations that he was involved in recruiting violations. He died of cancer at age 47 in 1993.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3415.69420-414-118-223-77-32 W
Brooklyn3415.69420-614-95-218-108-24 W
Milwaukee3217.6532.018-714-109-018-97-33 W
Charlotte2523.5218.513-912-147-114-105-51 W
Miami2624.5208.514-1212-125-516-154-64 W
Atlanta2524.5109.011-914-153-313-126-42 W
New York2525.5009.514-1011-151-618-155-51 W
Boston2425.49010.014-910-163-516-134-61 W
Indiana2226.45811.58-1414-125-313-165-51 W
10 Chicago1928.40414.09-1610-123-39-112-86 L
11 Toronto1930.38815.010-129-183-512-172-81 W
12 Washington1731.35416.510-167-151-77-223-73 L
13 Orlando1732.34717.010-157-174-410-174-61 L
14 Cleveland1732.34717.011-136-193-513-143-75 L
15 Detroit1435.28620.09-155-200-910-224-61 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3811.77622-216-93-216-69-19 W
Phoenix3414.7083.518-816-65-220-88-25 W
LA Clippers3218.6406.517-815-106-218-107-32 L
LA Lakers3118.6337.016-1115-73-520-105-51 W
Denver3018.6257.514-916-97-116-118-24 W
Portland3019.6128.015-1015-94-416-127-31 W
Dallas2721.56310.511-1016-115-215-147-34 W
San Antonio2423.51113.012-1612-74-613-173-72 L
Memphis2323.50013.512-1411-94-512-176-41 W
10 Golden State2326.46915.014-99-173-712-143-72 L
11 Sacramento2228.44016.512-1410-144-510-136-43 L
12 New Orleans2127.43816.514-137-145-312-175-52 L
13 Oklahoma City2029.40818.09-1511-143-711-203-72 L
14 Houston1335.27124.56-177-184-69-172-83 L
15 Minnesota1238.24026.57-175-213-68-223-72 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals372494522212711313-4-211-5-27-3-0
New York Islanders382410452211179015-1-29-9-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins3824122502112610216-3-18-9-16-3-1
Boston Bruins34191054316968610-5-29-5-35-4-1
Philadelphia Flyers361714539161091328-7-39-7-23-5-2
New York Rangers37171553916117998-6-39-9-26-3-1
New Jersey Devils35131663213841084-11-39-5-35-3-2
Buffalo Sabres378236225821284-11-44-12-22-6-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche37258454251328317-4-28-4-28-0-2
Vegas Golden Knights362410250241138414-4-210-6-05-4-1
Minnesota Wild362311248221048913-3-010-8-26-3-1
Arizona Coyotes371715539149911410-8-37-7-25-4-1
St. Louis Blues371615638141031184-8-412-7-22-7-1
San Jose Sharks371716438121051227-6-210-10-26-3-1
Los Angeles Kings36141663413981026-6-48-10-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks38112162810851275-12-36-9-33-7-0
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs372410351231219312-6-212-4-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers3823141472312510913-8-010-6-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets3822133472212110410-6-212-7-15-4-1
Montreal Canadiens3416994115111947-6-29-3-75-3-2
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Calgary Flames38161933515981159-7-17-12-23-7-0
Ottawa Senators381321430111011428-7-45-14-04-3-3
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Tampa Bay Lightning37269254251298815-3-011-6-27-3-0
Florida Panthers382594542412710313-4-312-5-16-4-0
Carolina Hurricanes36249351201199211-2-313-7-05-3-2
Nashville Predators392018141179911311-8-09-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks3917175391510912210-7-27-10-33-7-0
Dallas Stars35131210361298947-6-76-6-34-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets39141783612981267-6-67-11-23-5-2
Detroit Red Wings39122252912831249-8-33-14-24-5-1

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Baltimore201.0000 – 02 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
Tampa Bay21.6670.50 – 02 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 1L 1
NY Yankees11.50011 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 1W 1
Toronto11.50010 – 01 – 11 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 1L 1
Boston02.00020 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Detroit201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
Kansas City201.0002 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 02 – 0W 2
Minnesota11.50010 – 01 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 1W 1
Chi White Sox12.3331.50 – 01 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 21 – 2L 1
Cleveland02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 2L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston301.0000 – 03 – 00 – 00 – 03 – 03 – 0W 3
LA Angels21.66712 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 10 – 02 – 1W 1
Seattle21.66712 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 1W 1
Texas02.0002.50 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 20 – 00 – 2L 2
Oakland03.00030 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 30 – 3L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia201.0002 – 00 – 02 – 00 – 00 – 02 – 0W 2
Miami12.3331.51 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 2W 1
NY Mets00.00010 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
Washington00.00010 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
Atlanta02.00020 – 00 – 20 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 2L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs11.5001 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1W 1
Cincinnati11.5001 – 10 – 00 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1W 1
Milwaukee11.5001 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 1L 1
Pittsburgh11.5000 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1L 1
St. Louis11.5000 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 10 – 01 – 1L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Diego301.0003 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 03 – 03 – 0W 3
LA Dodgers21.66710 – 02 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 12 – 1W 2
Colorado12.33321 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 21 – 2L 2
San Francisco12.33320 – 01 – 20 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 2L 1
Arizona03.00030 – 00 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 30 – 3L 3