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No-hitter for 2nd straight day: Kluber pitches Yanks’ gem

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Corey Kluber stopped for a moment before his first pitch of the ninth inning.

“I had to take a breath after the warmups and calm myself down a little bit,” said the pitcher nicknamed Klubot for his robot-like demeanor.

Kluber then finished the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second in two nights, leading the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday.

“It was a lot of fun, I think it was a special night,” Kluber said. “I’ve never been part of one, witnessed one, let alone thrown one.”

There have been four no-hitters in a 15-day span. The six total are the most this early in a season.

Kluber came within a four-pitch walk to Charlie Culberson in the third inning of throwing a perfect game.

“I don’t really do too much with what-ifs. Obviously I would’ve like to not walk a guy on four straight pitches,” Kluber said. “That being said, at that point in the game, it’s still 0-0, so my thoughts after that walk were try to get out of the inning without allowing a run.”

The 35-year-old right-hander pitched his gem a night after Detroit Tright-hander Spencer Turnbull threw one against Seattle, marking the first no-hitters on consecutive days since 1969, when Cincinnati’s Jim Maloney threw one on April 30 and Houston’s Don Wilson on May 1. There were two no-hitters on June 29, 1990, by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela and Oakland’s Dave Stewart.

Kluber (4-2) struck out nine. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner threw 71 of 101 pitches for strikes in his ninth start for the Yankees, lowering his ERA to 2.86 and winning his fourth straight decision.

With his fastest pitch at 92.5 mph, he mixed 31 curveballs, 27 cutters, 23 sinkers, 18 changeups and two four-seam fastballs.

“I had butterflies in that ninth inning, I’m getting a little emotional now, even just getting to witness that was was really, really special,” manager Aaron Boone said. “And to see his teammates and the excitement of everyone for Corey and just the excitement for themselves being a part of such a thing. What a performance.”

Flaherty earns ML leading 8th win as Cards beat Pirates 8-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jack Flaherty earned his major league-leading eighth win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals scored five runs in the second inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 on Wednesday night.

Flaherty (8-0) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in six innings of work. He is the first Cardinals pitcher to win eight straight starts since John Tudor and Joaquin Andujar each accomplished the feat in 1985.

“It means we’re playing some pretty good baseball,” Flaherty said. “We’re doing a pretty good job out there as a team.”

Flaherty also became the first St. Louis pitcher to go 8-0 in his first nine starts since Bob Gibson in 1965.

“Jack’s one of the elite pitchers in this league and we know that we’ve got a really good chance to win every time he goes out there,” said Tommy Edman, who drove in three runs for the Cardinals. “It’s tough to have eight straight starts where you get that win. It just shows the consistency that he has.”

Kodi Whitley relived Flaherty in the seventh and allowed three runs on a walk and two hits without recording an out. Tyler Webb, Genesis Cabrera and Ryan Helsley bridged the gap to Alex Reyes who struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 13th save in as many opportunities.

Paul Goldschmidt had three hits and two RBIs as the Cardinals improved to 5-0 against Pittsburgh this season.

“The top two guys were getting on base a lot,” Goldschmidt said about Edman and Dylan Carlson. “We were able to get them in enough times and just some big hits, especially early there.”

Pirates starter Trevor Cahill (1-5) allowed four runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter. He departed the game suffering from left calf discomfort with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the second inning.

“I wouldn’t say there was a pop,” Cahill said. “It was just kind of there and just got to the point where I felt like I really couldn’t compete any more.”

Cahill was removed while facing Flaherty after walking Harrison Bader and Justin Williams and plunking Edmundo Sosa with a pitch. The Pirates say he is day-to-day.

Gausman sharp through 6 innings, Giants beat Reds 4-0

CINCINNATI (AP) Kevin Gausman’s nasty, diving splitter and fastball are confounding enough for hitters, but when his slider is working, too, the San Francisco Giants starter doesn’t give up much.

The 30-year-old right-hander put together another solid start on Wednesday night. With all three pitches working, he allowed just one Cincinnati hit through six innings as the NL-West leading Giants cruised to a 4-0 win over the flailing Reds.

“My slider from the get-go was really good tonight, and that kind of alleviated some of the pressure off me, for sure,” said Gausman (4-0), whose 1.66 ERA through nine starts puts him among the NL leaders. “It’s a pitch I throw pretty rarely, to be honest. To have a good feel for it straight out of the gate, it was nice.”

Mike Tauchman had an RBI single in the fifth for San Francisco, and Buster Posey padded the lead with a three-run double in the ninth, one of his three hits.

The Giants got a great outing from a starter in beating the Reds for the third straight night. Logan Webb threw six shutout innings Monday in a 6-3 win, and Anthony DeSclafani permitted one run over seven innings in a 4-2 victory Tuesday.

“I just think we’ve got a good thing going,” said Gausman, who didn’t allow a hit until Tucker Barnhart led off the fifth with a double.

Cincinnati managed just two more hits after Gausman handed the game to the bullpen. Tyler Rogers put a couple of runners on in the Reds ninth but worked out of it.

“Gausman has been pitching well all year,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “The strike zone must have looked a mile wide. He was throwing pitches that just clipped the corners.”

Two starts removed from his no-hitter May 7 against Cleveland, left-hander Wade Miley (4-4) gave up a run and six hits through 4 2/3 innings for Cincinnati. His early exit came because of a sore foot.

Soto hits scoreboard, Scherzer wins again, Nats top Cubs 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Juan Soto homered off Wrigley Field’s right-field scoreboard, helping Max Scherzer win his third straight decision in the Washington Nationals’ 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Soto became the 16th player to hit the scoreboard that was installed in 2012, hitting a 421-foot drive on a 3-2 slider in the fifth from Jake Arrieta (4-4) that gave Washington a 4-1 lead. Soto also singled twice.

“He’s been hitting the ball hard, but now he’s starting to elevate the ball,” manager Dave Martinez said.

Soto hit his fourth homer this season. He missed time with a strained left shoulder.

“It’s just feeling better,” Soto said. “I put the ball in the air a couple of times and it feels almost normal again. We’re catching the ball out there and just letting it fly.”

Scherzer (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings with eight strikeouts and four walks. The three-time Cy Young Award winner labored at times against the Cubs but has given up just four runs over his last four starts.

Scherzer wasn’t happy with his four walks, but credited the Cubs hitters with tough at-bats that drove his pitch count to 100.

“I did what I had to to get though,” he said. “I just didn’t execute when I should have executed. I always shoulder the blame when it comes to walks and that’s probably why the pitch count got out of control.”

Kyle Finnegan, Daniel Hudson and Brad Hand combined on three-hit relief. Hand struck out three in the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances despite allowing Javier Baez’s solo homer.

Ian Happ’s RBI single had pulled the Cubs to 4-2 in the fifth.

Arrieta allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings in his second start since coming off the injured list caused by a cut in his right thumb. Washington stopped the Cubs’ three-game winning streak and dropped Chicago to 21-21.

“I came out a little flat,” Arrieta said. “I just didn’t get into a rhythm. A tough night, not what I want, especially going up against Max.”

Giolito gives Sox 8-inning, 2-hit outing to beat Twins 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Chicago White Sox have been carefully built into a World Series contender over the last few years, and they’re playing this season like they believe it.

Lucas Giolito gave up two hits over eight innings with a season-high 11 strikeouts, guiding the White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday.

“I really love the way that we’re going about our business on a daily basis,” Giolito said. “Our next step is having that expectation to win every single day, having that supreme confidence in ourselves as a unit, and I feel like we’re there right now.”

After ending an 11-year absence from the postseason in 2020, the White Sox haven’t broken stride. With their 20th win in their last 28 games, they matched San Francisco for the major leagues’ best record.

“Last year we got that little taste, and now we want the whole thing,” Giolito said.

Giolito (3-4) threw 111 pitches in his longest start of the year, another stride forward after a rough first month. The third-inning fastball that Nelson Cruz hit to center for his 10th home run accounted for Minnesota’s only runner past second base. Cruz also singled in the first.

“He’s a really good pitcher,” Cruz said. “He always has that really good changeup that keeps hitters off-balance.”

Giolito faced the minimum batters from the fourth inning on.

“He just did everything that our team needed, and we can’t give him enough credit,” manager Tony La Russa said. “What you saw today was a combination of his talent and his guts.”

Liam Hendricks pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances, celebrating a game-ending strikeout of Max Kepler with a shout and an exaggerated arm pump. The White Sox are 14-2 after losses this year.

“The most exciting part about this club is the character,” La Russa said.

Civale, Naylor lead Indians past Ohtani’s Angels, 3-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ever since Aaron Civale was a youngster coming up in Connecticut, he has thrived on being the underdog in a big pitching matchup.

Not many names in baseball are bigger than Shohei Ohtani these days, and Civale more than held his own against the Angels’ two-way star during another big win for the Cleveland Indians.

Civale pitched seven strong innings, Josh Naylor drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth and Cleveland overcame Ohtani’s latest do-everything performance for a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Ohtani pitched five-hit ball into the fifth with five strikeouts for the Angels, and he subsequently moved from the mound to right field for 1 1/3 more innings, allowing him to get a third at-bat. The majors’ home run leader went 1 for 3 at the plate with a bunt single.

But Civale (6-1) yielded four hits and a walk while striking out eight in the latest impressive start of his first full major league season. Going against Ohtani fueled his fire.

“When I was a kid playing in high school or college, I’ve always loved playing against the guy that was the bigger name,” Civale said. “It’s never been me as a primary, but I’m OK with that. I like the challenge it presents. That’s something I love to work through. I love pitching against those guys. That’s what makes for great baseball. I take those challenges every time.”

Jake Bauers homered and Franmil Reyes had an RBI double as Cleveland took the final two games of its series in Anaheim after a four-game skid.

Civale threw 114 pitches and kept the Indians in it until Naylor delivered the go-ahead RBI with a single that glanced off reliever Tony Watson (2-2) in the sixth.

“He’s not afraid of anybody, man,” catcher Austin Hedges said of Civale. “This is a good hitting team, (but) he’s not afraid of any lineup.”

James Karinchak pitched the ninth for his fifth save. Cleveland didn’t allow an Angels runner past first base in the final five innings.

Jared Walsh hit his eighth homer and Jose Iglesias had an RBI double for the Angels, who have lost six of eight. Los Angeles is 0-2 since losing Mike Trout for at least six weeks with a strained calf.

LeBron’s 3 lifts Lakers over Warriors in West play-in game

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James persevered through an injured ankle, a big first-half deficit and being poked in the eye late in the fourth quarter to add another highlight to his impressive resume.

James made a long, go-ahead 3-pointer with 58.2 seconds remaining, rallying the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a Western Conference play-in tournament game Wednesday night.

“After the finger to the eye, I was seeing three rims and shot at the middle one. By grace, I was able to knock it down,” said James, who finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season. “I’ve been poked in the eye before.

“It is going to be sore tonight and tomorrow, but we got a big-time win.”

James was poked by Draymond Green while driving to the basket with 2:07 remaining. But he made the biggest shot when the defending NBA champions needed it the most. His 34-foot, 3-pointer over Stephen Curry as the shot clock was winding down is his longest make of the season. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it is also the longest go-ahead shot in the final 3 minutes of any game in his career.

“He proved why he is the best player in the world. Just add it to the list of great plays and accomplishments,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

Anthony Davis scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, as the Lakers won their sixth straight and overcame 37 points from league scoring champ Curry.

Golden State had a chance to send it into overtime, but Kent Bazemore had a bad inbounds pass and sealed the victory for the Lakers – who earned the seventh seed for the playoffs and a first-round matchup with second-seeded Phoenix.

“He made a great shot, obviously, at the end. We’ve played against him so many times over the years, we know how good LeBron is,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.

Golden State hosts Memphis, which defeated San Antonio in Wednesday’s other play-in game, for the eighth seed on Friday. The winner of that game will face top-seeded Utah.

James and Davis were 3 of 19 from the field in the first half before getting back on track. They combined to go 14 of 22 in the second half.

Los Angeles trailed by 13 at halftime and were down by 12 midway through the third quarter before rallying back. They didn’t get their first lead until Kyle Kuzma’s layup 56 seconds into the fourth quarter put them up 81-79.

The final 12 minutes saw three lead changes and five ties. The Warriors were up 98-95 on Curry’s bank shot before the Lakers scored seven of the game’s final nine points.

Alex Caruso scored 14 points and Dennis Schroder added 12.

Andrew Wiggins added 21 points for Golden State.

Grizzlies end Spurs’ season, advance to face Lakers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The young Memphis Grizzlies finally have a play-in victory to their credit, yet they’re nowhere near satisfied.

Dillon Brooks scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to put Memphis ahead to stay and the Grizzlies eliminated the San Antonio Spurs 100-96 on Wednesday night in the first Western Conference play-in game.

“It feels good, but I mean we’re not in the playoffs yet,” Grizzlies guard Ja Morant said. “Just have to turn the page.”

The Grizzlies will play at Golden State on Friday night for the No. 8 seed and a first-round series starting Sunday against top-seeded Utah. The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Warriors 103-100 on Wednesday night to take the No. 7 seed and a first-round spot against Phoenix.

Memphis is trying to snap a skid of three straight seasons without a postseason berth with last season ending with a loss to Portland in the NBA’s first play-in game.

“We still have one more in front of us,” Grizzlies center Jonas Valnciunas said. “Really important. The same importance as tonight. It’s going to be do or die. That’s how we build our confidence. That’s how we build our experience.”

Valanciunas had a season-high 23 rebounds and 23 points for Memphis. Morant added 20 points and six assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. had 10 points.

DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay each scored 20 points as the Spurs lost their fifth straight. Dejounte Murray had his fifth triple-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Keldon Johnson added 11 and Jacob Poeltl 10.

Coach Gregg Popovich said he told his Spurs he didn’t know if he’s ever been more proud of a team that just doesn’t quit.

“No matter what the mistakes, no matter what the circumstances are, they really fight,” Popovich said. “That’s a good base. So, I’m really proud of the way they conducted themselves and played to win.”

The Spurs last led 83-81 on Johnson’s 3 with 6:55 left. Brooks started his scoring spurt with the Grizzlies trailing 80-79, and his driving 5-footer with 5:57 to go put Memphis ahead to stay at 85-83.

“We put ourselves in a hole early, but we fought all the way back, and had the game,” DeRozan said. “Let a couple of possessions slip away from us, and that kind of hurt us.”

MacKinnon records hat trick, Avs beat Blues 6-3 in Game 2

DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon finished his first career playoff hat trick with an empty-net goal to help the Colorado Avalanche pull away late for a 6-3 win over St. Louis in Game 2 on Wednesday night after the Blues avoided a pregame virus scare that nearly sidelined several players.

Joonas Donskoi scored twice and Brandon Saad added an empty-netter as Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Since moving to Denver, Colorado is 13-1 all-time in best-of-seven postseason series when capturing the first two games.

Trailing 3-0, Sammy Blais scored for St. Louis in the second and Brayden Schenn added another with 9:53 remaining to make it a one-goal game. Schenn’s power-play goal followed Nazem Kadri being assessed a five-minute penalty for an illegal check to the head of Justin Faulk.

MacKinnon gave Colorado a 4-2 lead with 4:35 remaining, only to see Mike Hoffman score 15 seconds later. Saad scored an empty-netter with 2:09 left and MacKinnon added another with 11.9 seconds remaining, with fans tossing hats onto the ice in celebration.

It was the first hat trick by an Avalanche player in 24 years. MacKinnon also had an assist.

Philipp Grubauer finished with 32 saves.

Game 3 will be Friday in St. Louis.

Donskoi scored 35 seconds into the game, the second-fastest goal to start a playoff game in Colorado/Quebec history, according to NHL research. The fastest was 29 seconds by Quebec’s Wilf Paiement in Game 2 of the 1982 division finals.

The anxiety level for St. Louis increased well before puck even dropped when several Blues players returned positive COVID-19 tests. Later, they were cleared after the results from a lab were investigated with follow-up tests coming back negative.

Among those missing from the morning skate were forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz, along with goaltender Jordan Binnington. The Blues remained without leading scorer David Perron, who’s been on the COVID-19 protocol list since the weekend.

The speedy Avalanche kept constant pressure on Binnington, who made 29 saves.

Smith scores in 2nd OT to lead Bruins past Capitals 3-2

BOSTON (AP) Craig Smith has a mantra that he pulled out after scoring the winning goal against Washington on Wednesday night: “I love winning, but I hate waiting.”

The Bruins forward took care of the first part after he’d had plenty of the second, scoring 25:48 into overtime to give Boston a 3-2 victory over the Capitals and a 2-1 lead in their East Division first-round playoff series.

Smith outraced Washington defenseman Justin Schultz to a puck that Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov left behind his net. The Bruins forward swept it around before Samsonov could get back in position to end the third straight overtime game in the series.

“I just tried to jump on it and see if I could create a little bit of a turnover there. They gave me just enough time,” said Smith, who also had an assist. “It just worked out. He was still out of his net trying to get back in, and I just snuck it in there.”

Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall also scored for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 35 shots. The Bruins fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 before twice tying it, taking their only lead on Smith’s game-winner.

“We had a lot of good looks and then obviously got a break at the end,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “It’s a second-effort league and that’s how you score. That’s the way goals go in when goalies are on. You need to get two or three whacks at it.”

It was the 11th straight one-goal playoff game between them since 1998.

Game 4 is Friday night in Boston.

Aho, Nedeljkovic lift Hurricanes past Predators, 3-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Alex Nedeljkovic stayed composed and steady all night in net. It’s a good thing the Carolina Hurricanes’ penalty kill did, too.

That’s why they are up 2-0 in their first-round playoff series on the Nashville Predators.

Nedeljkovic finished with 32 saves to lead a perfect showing for Carolina’s kill, helping the Hurricanes beat the Predators 3-0 on Wednesday night.

The 25-year-old made his first career playoff start Monday in a series-opening 5-2 win, then found himself under plenty of pressure considering the Hurricanes were called for nine penalties and spent nearly all night protecting a 1-0 lead.

And yet, the Hurricanes turned away all seven power plays despite playing without top-line defenseman Jaccob Slavin.

“It seemed like more than seven tonight,” Nedeljkovic said.

Carolina had killed 19 of 20 penalties over its last eight regular-season games, and has killed all 10 in the first two games of this best-of-seven series.

“They’re not always going to be pretty,” Nedeljkovic said. “Tonight there was a lot of sacrifices around the board there. Guys were blocking shots, guys were diving to make plays, get pucks out – it wasn’t our best, but it was a really good effort, a really gutsy effort.”

Sebastian Aho scored twice, including when he finally gave the Hurricanes some breathing room by skating down a loose puck to score an empty-netter at 19:07 of the third to make it 2-0.

Warren Foegele added a third goal in the final seconds, a rare success for Carolina against Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros.

The Hurricanes won Game 1 on Monday, scoring three times in the final 20 minutes to break open a 2-2 game. That game included the first for the Hurricanes since the easing of public-gathering restrictions in the state, clearing the way for 12,000 fans to attend and create a rowdy and loud home-ice edge.

Helleybuyck makes 32 saves, Jets beat Oilers 4-1 in Game 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor Helleybuyck made 32 saves on his 28th birthday, Dominic Toninato broke a tie midway through the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

“Today has been an exciting day for me,” Hellebuyck said. “Everyone around the rink has been making me feel real happy about my birthday. This is the perfect way to celebrate it. And I just thought it was a good team game tonight.

“Our details were right and I thought our offensive game came when it needed to.”

Playing just his third game for Winnipeg, Toninato tipped in Logan Stanley’s blast from the blue line, but the puck flew out so quickly it wasn’t immediately signaled a goal. The 27-year-old Toninato made his debut in the second-to-last game of the regular season.

“I thought it was initially in,” Toninato said. “I actually rose my stick right away, but then the play kept going. I was like, `Oh no, now I’m going to look kind of dumb.’ And then, luckily I got back to the bench and the guys said it was in, so it was a good feeling.”

Tucker Poolman tied it midway through the second, and Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler added empty-netters for Winnipeg in its first playoff meeting with Edmonton since 1990.

Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujarvi scored his first playoff goal in his NHL postseason debut. Mike Smith made 18 saves.

Connor McDavid said he and his Oilers teammates needed to make things more difficult for Hellebuyck.

“I think we can do a better job being hard on him, getting bodies there,” McDavid said. “We had that in spurts. Other times he was able to catch it and the play was done.

“As forwards, we’ve got to do a better job of getting there and bringing traffic to him.”

No fans were allowed in Rogers Place, but Alberta Health provided an exemption for a dozen front-line health workers to attend.

Game 2 is Friday night in Edmonton.

Indiana Finishes in Ninth Place at NCAA Regional

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf wrapped up play in the NCAA Regional at Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Wednesday, putting together its strongest round of the week and finishing in ninth place. Two Hoosiers finished in the top-30 as Mitch Davis tied for 23rd and Brock Ochsenreiter tied for 28th.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

NCAA Regional • Tallahassee, Fla.

Seminole Legacy Golf Club

Par 72 • 7,505

Live Scoring via Golfstat

Indiana Team Standing: 9/14 Teams • 869 (290-290-289; +5)

Top Indiana Individual: Mitch Davis • T23 • 216 (72-71-73; E)

CHIP-INS

• The field began on split tees with Indiana starting on No. 10.

• Host Florida State took home the team title as they ended the event at 34-under par. Advancing to the NCAA Finals with Florida State are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Liberty and TCU. Georgia’s Davis Thompson won the individual title, while Jacksonville’s Michael Sakane came in second and earned the individual spot at NCAA Finals.

• The ninth-place finish is the best for the Hoosiers in a Regional since also finishing ninth in 2012.

• As a team, the Hoosiers posted a 289 on Wednesday, shaving one stroke off the first two days’ total. They finished with a three-day total of 5-over-par 869.

• Davis maintained his 23rd place standing, carding a 1-over-par 73 in the final round and finishing the event with an even-216. He was 1-over on the back nine but picked up three birdies on the front nine.

• Brock Ochsenreiter carded an even-72 on the final day, as he finished the regional tied for 28th at 1-over-par 217. After making the turn at 4-over, he was exceptional on the front nine as he parred or birdied every hole to post a 4-under and draw even.

• Freshman Clay Merchent saved his best outing of the event for last as he carded a 71, matching the low for any Hoosier on the week. He birdied twice and parred every other hole except for No. 18 to move up 10 spots on the final day. Merchent finished at 5-over on the week and tied for 47th place.

• Classmate Drew Salyers tied for 51st place as he shot a 78 on Wednesday, bringing his three-round total to 7-over-par 223.

• Senior Ethan Shepherd moved up five spots on the final day to finish tied for 56th place. He carded a 73, including an impressive 33 on the front nine with a trio of birdies.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Bradley Crowned Individual Champion at NCAA Regional; Weiler Finishes 10th

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – There’s clutch and then there is what Cole Bradley was on the back nine of the final round of the NCAA Golf Regionals at the Sagamore Golf Club.

Facing a three-shot deficit with just seven holes to play, Bradley birdied five of the last seven holes to win his first career collegiate tournament in stunning fashion. Bradley totaled a 10-under par 206 (72-69-65) to defeat West Virginia’s Mark Goetz by two shots (74-66-68=208).

“This feels great to get my first career win at a great venue like this and in regionals. It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Bradley. “I missed a short birdie putt on 11, and had to shake that off and keep going. I made a couple good putts to get me going again and just made some good swings down the stretch. The fact I was able to play really solid all week does a lot for my confidence and will really help me next week.”

Playing in the final pairing of the tournament, the duo waged a memorable battle in the final round as the gallery grew around them.

Goetz started the day in fourth (-4) and Bradley in seventh (-3) as the leaders were at 6-under par entering the final round. Goetz took the lead early in the round, moving to 7-under par through nine holes while Bradley was 5-under par. Arkansas State’s Zan Luka Stim would take the lead at 8-under par through 14 holes for him, putting three shots between him and Bradley down the stretch.

“We didn’t really focus on that and talked about the same thing all three days. Let’s worry about what we can control which was his shot-making and forget everything else. I had to remind him a couple times and he had to remind me once on the back nine. I think he just hit some really solid tee shots and irons and executed on the greens,” said head coach Rob Bradley. “Today, he wasn’t in trouble at all and never got out of position. That was the story of his round.”

Goetz (-8) and Bradley (-6) would both birdie 12, then Bradley started his surge. He rolled in a 25-foot birdie on 13 to cut the lead to one shot, then shared the lead after 15 holes with Missouri’s Ross Steelman at 8-under par with another birdie, while Goetz fell one back with a bogey on the par-5 15th.

Goetz would birdie 16 to tie Bradley at 8-under par, while Stim and Steelman fell off pace with late bogeys. The pair headed to the difficult 235-yard, par-3 17th hole, a hole that played the hardest during the tournament, a full half-stroke over par.

Bradley threw a dart to about four feet to a difficult hole location, resulting in the round’s only birdie on the hole to take a one-shot lead into the par-5 18th hole. 

On the final hole, Goetz’s approach landed about four feet from the hole, while Bradley sailed the green on his second shot. Thinking Goetz would make birdie, Bradley put his chip to about six feet. Bradley rolled in the birdie putt to clinch his first career victory.

“I thought Cole played really well the first two rounds and let some things slip away. He made one big number in the first round and there were a few spots yesterday that we didn’t take advantage of, but it was as good as I have seen him hit his irons and he putted great all week. There was something special in there if he could get it going,” said head coach Rob Bradley.

Meanwhile, Joe Weiler closed out his season with another outstanding effort, finishing tied for 10th at 3-under par 213 (70-72-71), for his fourth top-10 finish in eight events this spring. Weiler played outstanding golf the last month of the year, finishing fourth at the Boilermaker Invitational, 25th at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, second at the Big Ten Championships and 10th in the NCAA Regionals.

“I thought Joe had an outstanding week and he played great golf all season, especially the last month,” said Rob Bradley. “He was in position all week and was just really steady in all phases. The last two events really showed what he is capable of and we’re looking forward to him coming back next fall.”

Weiler started the round with a bang, recording three straight birdies to surge to second place at 5-under par. He bogeyed No. 4, but birdied Nos. 7 and 9 to move to 6-under par for his round and one shot out of the lead. Double bogeys on 10 and 16 ended his threat, but he remained in the top 10 for the second straight week.

Bradley will now head to Grayhawk Golf Club and the Raptor Course in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the NCAA National Championships on May 28 to June 2.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Boilermakers Travel to the Twin Cities for Final Road Trip

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GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (11-24) at Minnesota (4-26)

Thursday, May 20 to Sunday, May 23 / BTN+

Series Opener: Thursday at 7 p.m. ET

Game 2: Friday at 7 p.m. ET

Game 3: Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

Game 4: Sunday at 2 p.m. ET

Siebert Field / Minneapolis, Minnesota

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Thursday: Calvin Schapira (Jr, LHP) vs. MINN’s Noah DeLuga (Fr, LHP)

Friday: Trent Johnson (Sr, RHP) vs. MINN’s Nolan Burchill (R-Sr, RHP)

Saturday: Cory Brooks (R-Jr, RHP) vs. MINN’s Jack Liffrig (R-So, LHP)

Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs MINN’s Tom Skoro (R-Sr, LHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Minnesota leads 116-54-2

All-Time in Minneapolis: Minnesota leads 66-24

Last Meeting: Minnesota 6, Purdue 4 (2018 Big Ten Tournament title game in Omaha)

Last Series: Minnesota swept a 2-game set (April 2018 in West Lafayette)

Last Series in Minneapolis: Purdue won 2 of 3 (May 2017)

Last 4-Game Series vs Minnesota: Purdue swept the series (April 2008 in West Lafayette)

Last 4-Game Series vs Minnesota in Minneapolis: Minnesota won 3 of 4 (May 2004)

First Meeting: Minnesota 14, Purdue 9 (April 1901 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball plays six of its final eight games this season vs. a Minnesota team it has not faced since the championship game of the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, beginning with a four-game series this weekend in the Twin Cities.

The Boilermakers embarked on their final road trip of the season Wednesday morning after a fourth game was added to the series at Siebert Field, which now begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s first pitch is also set for 7 p.m. ET before day games on Saturday (3 p.m. ET) and Sunday (2 p.m. ET).

This will the fifth of six four-game weekends for Purdue this season. However, each of the first four four-game weekends featured a doubleheader. The Minnesota series represents Purdue’s first since the opening weekend of the 2017 spring break trip at Cal State Northridge that the program will play four days in a row. The Boilermakers are scheduled to do the same next weekend as they host Penn State and Minnesota for a three-team pod at Alexander Field.

Purdue travels to the Twin Cities for the second year in a row but will be making its first appearance at Siebert Field since the final weekend of the 2017 regular season. The Boilermakers joined Iowa and Minnesota in representing the Big Ten vs. Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State at the conference challenge inside U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. The Gophers also played their first 11 games of the season inside the Vikings’ Purple Palace this year.

Purdue’s last two series at Siebert Field (2014, 2017) both featured a suspended game that was finished the following day. In 2017, the Boilermakers and Gophers played 20 innings on one memorable Friday in May, with Purdue winning its first series in Minneapolis since 2000 and clinching a Big Ten Tournament berth in the process.

The schedule oddities created in part by the pandemic continue to abound as well. Purdue and Minnesota have only played nine games against each other since the start of the 2015 campaign, the Boilermakers’ fewest against any Big Ten rival. Over the next 11 days, they’re scheduled to square off six times. From 2012 to 2016, the Boilermakers played only three games in the Twin Cities. During the pandemic-impacted 2020 and 2021 campaigns, Purdue will end up playing seven games in the heart of the Upper Midwest.

The Boilermakers did play 11 games in Minneapolis across the 2003 and 2004 seasons – all at Siebert Field, including the 2004 Big Ten Tournament. But with Minnesota baseball moving to the Metrodome, Purdue did not return to Siebert until May 2014. In the meantime, the Boilermakers played the Gophers in the Metrodome in 2009 and at Target Field in 2011.

Purdue has not played a Big Ten team six times in one season since Ohio State in 1995. That season featured a four-game series at Lambert Field and two meetings at the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus.

BOLTON BURNING UP THE BASE PATHS

• Mike Bolton Jr. has racked up 11 stolen bases in Purdue’s last 14 games, moving into fourth place in the Big Ten in steals while remaining perfect on the season at 12-for-12. Around the league, Iowa’s Ben Norman (12-for-12) is the only other player to reach double figures while remaining perfect on the season.

• Bolton has become the third Boilermaker since 2001 to reach the double-figure mark without being thrown out. Only seven Boilermakers since 2001, including assistant coach Harry Shipley, have swiped at least five bases in a season without being thrown out. Stephen Talbott did it in both of his underclassman seasons and his 2011 mark of 17-for-17 is the only perfect total higher than Bolton’s.

BEST WEEKENDS FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2021

• The Boilermakers only scored three runs in their series at Maryland so the pitching really had no margin for error. The bullpen did its part to keep Purdue within striking distance. Highlighted by Ricky Castro’s career-high eight strikeouts Friday, the bullpen posted season-best marks for hits per nine innings (6.57) and strikeouts per nine (12.41). The relievers also posted a respectable 4.25 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

• vs Nebraska: 16 2/3 IP, 13 H, 14 BB, 22 K, 3.24 ERA, .220 B/Avg, 7.02 H/9, 11.88 K/9

• at Champaign Pod: 15 IP, 11 H, 9 BB, 14 K, 3.60 ERA, .204 B/Avg, 6.6 H/9, 8.4 K/9

• at Maryland: 12 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 17 K, 4.38 ERA, .209 B/Avg, 6.57 H/9, 12.41 K/9

• at East Lansing Pod: 15 IP, 19 H, 12 BB, 18 K, 4.80 ERA, .306 B/Avg, 11.4 H/9, 10.8 K/9

• at Indiana: 12 1/3 IP, 17 H, 3 BB, 17 K, 5.11 ERA, .333 B/Avg, 12.41 H/9, 12.41 K/9

NISLE’S EXTRA-BASE HITS ADD UP TO 1.000 OPS

• Ben Nisle has already become the only Boilermaker since 2001 to homer in five consecutive weekends. He nearly made it six straight weekends but his drive to deep left field Sunday hit off the top of the wall for a double, his third double of the Maryland series. With seven extra-base hits and an .885 slugging percentage during his current seven-game hit streak, Nisle improved his chances of posting a 1.000 OPS this season. With 20 extra-base hits in 35 games, he has compiled an extra-base hits per game mark (.571) that is among the best by any Boilermaker since 2001. With Purdue only scheduled to play 44 games this season, the per-game rate (along with slugging percentage and OPS) is the fairest way to provide context to the remarkable season Nisle is having.

BUTLER BASEBALL: Butler Baseball to Play Georgetown at Smith Stadium

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INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Georgetown will end the 2021 regular season with a four-game series at Smith Stadium. The games shifted to College Park, Maryland due to Montgomery County’s guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

Updated Schedule

Thursday, May 20 – 3PM (Doubleheader)

Friday, May 21 – 1 PM

Saturday May 22 – 1 PM

Probable Starters

Thursday: RHP Jack Myers vs. RHP Jae Gnazzo

Thursday: RHP Nick Miketinac vs. RHP Carter Bosch

Friday: LHP Nick Eaton vs. TBD

Saturday: RHP John MacCauley vs. TBD

BIG EAST Standings

Creighton 13-4, 21-11

Seton Hall 16-7, 23-19

UConn 9-4, 26-16

Xavier 13-9, 23-22

St. John’s 9-14, 18-19

Villanova 7-11, 19-13

Butler 5-12, 11-22

Georgetown 5-16, 5-22

BIG EAST Schedule (May 20 – May 22)

Butler at Georgetown

Seton Hall at UConn

Villanova at St. John’s

Xavier at Creighton

Butler vs. Georgetown at Maryland

Butler’s series at Georgetown has been moved to Shipley Field at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland. The field was moved to its current location in 1952. It has seating capacity for 2,500 fans and has a FieldTurf playing surface.

Bulldog Bits

– The Bulldogs are 10-4 this year when they score first

– Jonah Wichman jumped into the starting lineup for the first time in his career vs. St. John’s (5/14)

– Jack Myers leads the team in innings pitched (58.2)

– Nick Eaton has been on the mound for Butler’s last two wins

– Connor Schultz leads the team with 53 strikeouts

– James Gargano leads BU in hits (34) and runs scored (27)

– Brody McGrath is batting .308 vs. BIG EAST opponents

– Four of Dan Harwood’s five home runs this season have come against conference opponents

– Butler’s last road game was at Xavier on April 18

– James Gargano is hitting .424 when batting with two outs

– Dan Harwood is batting .360 with runners in scoring position

Scouting Georgetown

The Hoyas lost to George Washington on Tuesday night by the final score of 15-4. There were 29 total walks in their last non-conference game of the 2021 season. The setback moved their overall record to 5-22.

In BIG EAST play, Georgetown is 5-16 this year with a recent 5-1 victory over Xavier. Eddie McCabe, AJ Lotsis and Andrew Ciufo are some of the top players in the lineup. McCabe leads Georgetown with a .229 batting average. He has 19 hits, including two doubles and a homer. Lotsis is holding onto a .202 BA and is the team leader in runs scored with eight. Ciufo has some speed with four stolen bases this season. He is also the team leader in RBI’s with 12.

The top two pitchers on the staff are Carter Bosch and Nolan McCarthy. Bosch is 1-2 on the hill with a 3.33 ERA. He has 35 strikeouts over 27 innings pitched and has only allowed five extra base hits. Opponents are hitting just .148 against right-hander in 2021. McCarthy has one more strikeout than Bosch to lead the team with 36. He is 0-3 this year with a 3.48 ERA. Over 33.2 innings of work, McCarthy has only walked eight batters.

All-Time Series

The Bulldogs and Hoyas have each recorded nine wins in this series dating back to the 2014 season when Butler joined the BIG EAST. Neither team has put together a clean sweep either. BU won two games in 2018, 2017, and 2016. Georgetown won the weekend series 2-1 in 2019, 2015 and 2014. At Georgetown, Butler is 4-5 with their last win coming 3-2 a year ago in the opener.

BIG EAST Rankings

– Georgetown’s Carter Bosch leads the league in hits allowed per nine innings (4.67).

– Connor Schultz ranks second in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.82).

– Dan Harwood ranks third in slugging percentage (.622).

#BIGEASTBase Weekly Honor Roll

Nick Eaton helped BU find the win column against SJU with a two-hit, one-run, seven-inning complete game against the Johnnies. Eaton struck out three in the 4-1 win and did not issue a walk. He got BU to the finish line on 99 pitches.

On the Move

James Gargano stole a base in each game vs. St. John’s last weekend. He leads the team with nine steals in just 10 attempts.

Reached Base Streak

James Gargano has reached base safely in nine-straight games for Butler. The longest streak of the season for BU belongs to Freddie Matos who reached base in 13-straight games earlier this season.

Up Next

The top four teams in the BIG EAST standings will make up the tournament field for the BIG EAST Championship. Action at Prasco Park (Mason, Ohio) will start on May 27 and a champion will be crowned by May 30. 

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF: Cascino Caps Stellar Butler Career at 2021 NCAA Regional

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Butler’s Michael Cascino finished off the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional and his Bulldog career Wednesday afternoon as the 54-hole event concluded at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind. 

Cascino tied for 56th overall as his Wednesday 79 moved him to 227 (+11) overall. He shot rounds of 75 and 73 over the first two days. There were 75 players in the field with Cascino as one of 10 individuals.

Cascino’s Wednesday scorecard included three birdies on the par-72, 7,173-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature design. He was undone by a 10 on the 16th that saw windy conditions put three balls in the water on the par-4.

Cascino’s NCAA Regional performance caps one of the most accomplished careers in Butler golf history as the senior captured the 2021 BIG EAST title in a playoff to earn the Regional appearance.

Purdue’s Cole Bradley shot a seven-under 65 Wednesday to take individual top honors and earn a berth in the upcoming NCAA Championships. He finished at 206 (-10), which was two shots better than West Virginia’s Mark Goetz, who shot 68 Wednesday to finish at 208 (-8).

Texas captured the regional title with a 54-hole total of 844 (-20). That was five shots clear of Tennessee. North Carolina, Louisville and UAB grabbed the automatic bids to the NCAA Championships with their top-five finishes. UAB shot 275 (-13) Wednesday, the best round posted during the Regional by four strokes, to climb into fifth place.  

The Sagamore Club is one of six regional sites across the country.

The top five teams from each regional, along with the highest finishing individual not associated with one of those teams, advance to the NCAA Championships to be held May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: #3 ND BASEBALL: Series Preview – Virginia Tech

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is off on the road to close out the ACC regular season slate. The Irish are heading to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech in the final series of the season before the ACC Championship in Charlotte. The series kicks off on Thursday instead of the usual Friday start with the ACC Championships beginning next Tuesday, May 25.

Hitting The Road

  • The Irish are taking to the road for their final road trip of the regular season and final conference series of the year.
  • The Irish are set to close out the ACC slate with a three-game series in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech.
  • The Irish are making their first trip to Blacksburg since 2016 and hold a 14-9 all-time record against the Hokies.
  • The series history is tied at 3-3 in games in Blacksburg but the Irish swept the three game series against the Hokies in 2016 and have won the last two series against the Hokies all-time.
  • Virginia Tech enters the series with a 27-20 record and are 16-17 in ACC play. This past weekend, the Hokies dropped two of three games on the road against Duke.

Irish Clinch Atlantic Division Title

  • Following losses by Florida State and Louisville on Saturday, the Irish clinched the ACC Atlantic Division championship for the first time in program history. 
  • It is the first regular season championship for the Irish since 2006 when they were in the BIG EAST.
  • With the division title clinched, the Irish secured a top-two seed for the upcoming ACC Championship in Charlotte.
  • Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Irish hold a conference best 22 wins and have won nine series this season, which also leads the ACC.
  • To clinch the No. 1 overall seed for the ACC Championship, the Irish need to secure one win or a Georgia Tech loss will also clinch the top-seed for the Irish.
  • The day prior to clinching the division championship, Notre Dame was selected as one of 20 potential hosts for the upcoming NCAA Baseball Championship. They were one of two ACC teams to crack the list as Pittsburgh was the other ACC representative.
  • The final 16 hosts will be announced on Sunday, May 30 before the entire field gets announced the following day.

Irish Rally To Beat Valpo

  • In their final non-conference game of the regular season, the Irish used another late rally to come away with a victory.
  • Notre Dame faced a 3-0 deficit going into the eighth inning and only had one hit on the game.
  • Things changed quickly for the Irish and two bases loaded hits changed the tide of the game.
  • The first run of the inning came off the bat of Jared Miller as he singled to score Brooks Coetzee.
  • Following a Nick Juaire single and a walk to Zack Prazjner, Spencer Myers doubled down the left field line to score two and tie the game at 3-3.
  • Ryan Cole walked to load the bases again and the Carter Putz sent them all home after a triple down the line in right field.
  • The Irish scored one more in the eighth, bringing the total to seven runs in the inning and gave them a 7-3 lead. 
  • The eighth inning has been the most productive inning this season for the Irish as they have scored 44 runs in the eighth this season.
  • Aidan Tyrell got the final two outs for the Irish as they earned the 7-4 come from behind win.
  • It was the third time this season the Irish have won a game after trailing heading into the eighth inning. 

Road Less Traveled

  • With the 13-9 series-clinching win over Boston College on April 24, the Irish won their sixth-consecutive ACC road series dating back to the 2020 season.
  • It is the longest road series winning streak for the Irish since they joined the ACC back in 2014.
  • The last time the Irish won six straight conference road series was back in the 2000-01 seasons when they won six straight conference road series over Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Connecticut and Villanova.
  • The Irish have been dubbed the road warriors as they have won nine of their last 11 ACC road series dating back to the 2019 season.
  • In the shortened 2020 season the Irish finished 9-1 on the road, it was their most road wins since the 2015 season.
  • During his two-year tenure as head coach for the Irish, Link Jarrett’s squad has a 23-5 record on the road.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following nine ACC series wins and five of those coming on the road, everyone is taking note of the Irish.
  • The Irish are ranked as high as No. 3 in the Baseball America poll, the second time this season the Irish cracked the Top-3.
  • The Irish are also ranked in the Top-5 in Perfect Game’s poll as they rise to the fifth spot this week. 
  • Notre Dame also ranks in the Top-10 in D1Baseball (#8), USA Today Coaches Poll (#9) and the NCBWA Poll (#9).
  • A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LACROSSE: #5 IRISH TAKE ON #4 BOSTON COLLEGE IN NCAA QUARTERFINALS

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OTRE DAME, Ind. —After a pair of victories over Robert Morris and Virginia last weekend at Arlotta Stadium, the Irish have reached the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fifth time in program history (2002, 2006, 2009, 2016, 2021). The Irish are vying for their second appearance in the National Semifinals (2006) with a victory this Saturday at No. 4 Boston College in Newton, Massachusetts.

#5 NOTRE DAME vs. #4 BOSTON COLLEGE

Date/Time: Saturday, May 22 – 3 p.m. ET

Location: Newton Lacrosse & Soccer Field, Newton, Mass.

Coverage: ESPN3

Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax

Game Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS

The Irish have won two games in a single NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history (2006).

The Irish opened the NCAA Tournament with a 16-0 blanking of Robert Morris, which was the first-ever shutout in the history of the NCAA D1 Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.

The Irish followed up that performance with a 13-8 triumph over Virginia in the second round, and were led offensive by Jackie Wolak with career-highs in points (6) and goals (4).

Wolak now leads the Irish in both points (48) and assists (19) this season.

With 10 saves last Sunday vs. Virginia, Bridget Deehan has reached the double-digit saves mark in eight games this season and is the ACC’s leader in saves per game at 9.24.

Samantha Lynch saw her first game action since April 10 last weekend and netted a goal in last Sunday’s win over Virginia.

Four Irish earned IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region honors this weekend, including three First-Teamers in Savannah Buchanan, Kasey Choma and Bridget Deehan along with Second Team honoree Madison Ahern.

Four different players have between 45 and 48 points in a balanced Irish offensive attack, including Jackie Wolak (48), Kasey Choma (47), Maddie Howe (45) and Madison Ahern (45).

Maddie Howe sits just three points shy of becoming the seventh player in program history to hit the 200 career points mark.

2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT

All eight national seeds earned a berth in the quarterfinals, including five ACC programs in #1 North Carolina, #3 Syracuse, #4 Boston College, #5 Notre Dame and #7 Duke.

The winner of the Notre Dame/Boston College matchup will take on the winner of the Stony Brook/North Carolina contest in the National Semifinals.

The Final Four is slated for May 28 & 30 and will be hosted by Towson University at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland.

THE NOTRE DAME-BC SERIES

The Irish and Eagles will be meeting for the 19th time this Saturday in Newton with Boston College holding a 10-8 advantage in the all-time series.

Notre Dame will be looking to avenge a pair of road losses to Boston College last month in Chestnut Hill.

Saturday marks the first NCAA Tournament meeting between the two programs.

The two sides have only met in postseason play twice, both Boston College victories in back-to-back ACC Tournaments in 2017 and 2018.

HCAC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 2021 HCAC Baseball Tournament Preview

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CARMEL, Ind. – The 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Baseball Championship advances into its second weekend, with Transylvania University earning the No. 1 seed, and the right to host the remainder of the tournament.

All 10 HCAC baseball teams advanced to the 2021 HCAC Tournament, with the first weekend of the tournament a best of three series format contested at the higher seed. The No. 1 seed Transylvania defeated the No. 10 seed Defiance College, in two games (11-9, 8-2) to move forward and secure hosting rights. In Franklin, Indiana, Franklin College downed Mount St. Joseph University in two games (12-7, 11-6) to punch their ticket to the final weekend.

In the No. 3/8 matchup, the No. 8 seed Bluffton University pulled the upset over the No. 3 seed Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in two games, upending the Fightin’ Engineers 11-10 and 9-7 to advance to the final weekend. The No. 4 seed Earlham College bypassed the No. 7 seed Manchester University, with a two game sweep (7-6, 9-8) to move forward in the tournament.

In the final matchup the No. 5 seed Anderson University swept the No. 6 seed Hanover College in two games (8-0, 10-3) to advance in the tournament.

Four of the five advancing teams will retain their seed, with Bluffton reseeded as the No. 5 seed moving forward. The tournament will be a double-elimination tournament, with contests starting on Thursday, May 20. All contests will be held at Kentucky Proud Park, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

On Thursday, games will get started with No. 4 Anderson facing off against No. 5 Bluffton. The second game will feature No. 2 Franklin against No. 3 Earlham. The winner of game one will advance to face the No. 1 seed Transylvania in the final matchup of the day. Games will be held Friday, May 21, Saturday, May 22 and, if needed, Sunday, May 23.

For more information on HCAC baseball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores and Aces Faceoff in Regular Season Finale in Evansville

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball is set to wrap up the regular season with a four-game series against Evansville beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. ET at Braun Stadium. The squads will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 2 p.m. before the finale on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Thursday’s game will air on ESPN3 while the remaining three games of the series will air on ESPN Plus. The series will also be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Luke Martin on the radio call. Fans can also listen on WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley on Thursday and Saturday. Fans can also follow along on the go via live stats, at @IndStBaseball on Twitter and on the Indiana State Athletics March On App.

THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION

Game One – TBA           

Game Two – TBA

Game Three – TBA

Game Four – TBA

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY

» The Sycamores come into play at 25-15 overall and 12-8 in Missouri Valley Conference play. ISU is hitting .271 as a squad led by Max Wright (.308, 8 2B, 11 HR, 29 RBI, .608 SLG) and Jordan Schaffer (.307, 7 2B, 3 HR, 24 RBI, 36 R, .405 SLG) while three other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. ISU’s Aaron Beck has jumped onto the scene with a .378 average with 34 hits in 30 games played (20 starts). Ellison Hanna II is also hitting .340 in 22 games (14 starts) with eight extra-base hits, including two home runs. Indiana State boasts the top team ERA in the MVC at 4.17. ISU’s .979 fielding percentage ranks 19th nationally and first in the MVC.

» Evansville enters play with a 26-24 overall record and a 9-14 mark in MVC action. The Aces are coming off a weekend series win over Valparaiso after taking 3-of-4 against the Brown and Gold. The team is led offensively by Troy Beilsmith (.317, 15 2B, 6 HR, 31 RBI) and Kenton Crews (.316, 9 2B, 30 RBI). As a club, Evansville is hitting at a .264 clip while the pitching staff holds a 5.15 ERA. Shane Gray leads the rotation with a 6-2 record in 13 starts. He holds a 2.02 ERA and has struck out 70.

» The Sycamores lead the all-time series with Evansville, 107-65. Indiana State took two of three games at Braun Stadium in 2019. The two squads did not play in 2020 due to COVID-19.

» As a team, Indiana State is #34 in the RPI with three wins over quad 1, five wins over quad 2 and six wins over quad 3 opponents. ISU’s strength of schedule ranks 77th nationally.

» The Indiana State pitching staff has been strong this season, combining for a 4.15 team ERA which ranks 56th nationally and best in the MVC. As a team, ISU also ranks 10th in walks allowed per nine innings (2.91), 20th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.00) and 19th nationally in WHIP (1.26). Five Sycamores who have pitched at least an inning have ERA’s under 4.00 through 40 games.

» Guerrero has started 11 games on the mound for the Sycamores and currently holds an 8-1 record. His 1.75 ERA leads the Missouri Valley Conference and ranks 13th nationally. Guerrero also leads the MVC in opposing batting average (.167), runs allowed (17) and runners picked off (3). He ranks in the top-5 in strikeouts (87-2nd), innings pitched (77.1-2nd), wins (8-2nd), walks allowed (12-2nd), doubles allowed (4-1st), earned runs allowed (15-3rd).

» Guerrero enters this weekend leading the MVC with an ERA of 1.75. Only two other ISU pitchers have ever finished a season leading The Valley in ERA. In 1983, Paul Quinzer led the MVC with a 2.04 ERA and in 2013 current Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Manaea paced the league with an ERA of 1.47.

 » Connor Fenlong continues to pitch the ball well in relief. The right-hander has pitched 26 innings over 15 appearances and leads the team with a 1.73 ERA. Fenlong has struck out 23 while allowing eight walks while holding opponents to a .214 average against. He leads the Sycamores with five saves and has been a part of both of ISU’s combined shutouts.

» Right-hander Jake Ridgway pitched 4.2 shutout innings in relief for the Sycamores over the weekend against SIU. The hurler struck out three and allowed only four hits in what was his longest outing of the season.

» Tyler Grauer sits at 19 career saves and is one shy of moving into a tie for second place. Craig Kozlowski holds the ISU career record with 26 saves from 1982-86. Austin Conway sits in second place with 20 career saves from 2014-17.

» Max Wright is currently on a 20-game reached base streak. The redshirt senior is third on the team with 44 hits while leading the team with 31 walks and eight hit-by-pitches. Wright has had 11 two-hit games this season as well as 11 multi-RBI games.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Indiana State comes to town to faces Aces on Senior Weekend

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EVANSVILLE – Closing-out the regular season, the University of Evansville baseball team welcomes in Indiana State for a four-game series on Senior Weekend at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: Indiana State

The Aces and Sycamores revive a rivalry that has been contested 173 times.

Indiana State owns a 108-65 edge in the all-time series history between the two.

In recent terms, the Sycamores have won the last three meetings in the series, capturing a 7-0 win in the opening game of the 2019 MVC Championship and winning the last two of the regular season series in 2019.

Both teams enter with plenty at stake with Indiana State able to finish anywhere from the two seed to the four seed and the Aces able to slot in anywhere from the three seed to the eight seed.

The Sycamores are slightly reeling entering the weekend, having dropped a four-game series to Southern Illinois last weekend.

Evansville won its first series since April 9-11 with a 3-1 weekend victory over Valpo last weekend.

Using the Long Ball

In the month of May, Evansville has relied on the long ball to generate its offense.

So far, the Aces have hit 13 homers during the month of May, the most they have hit in any month this season.

On a per game basis, Evansville is averaging 1.2 home runs per game in May, compared to 0.8 in April, 0.6 in March, and 0.6 in February.

Man of the Month

Redshirt freshman pitcher Shane Harris has shifted into another gear in the month of May.

Harris’ season ERA of 7.82 is sure not to raise any eyebrows, but as a player battling back from injury, the more recent numbers better reveal the quality of the newcomer.

During the month of May, Harris holds a team-best 1.29 ERA in seven innings pitched, striking-out four batters and holding opponents to just a .167 batting average.

Harris has also earned his first collegiate win this month with a 4-3 win over MVC regular season champion DBU on May 1.

BIG 10 SOFTBALL: Big Ten Announces 2021 Softball Postseason Honors

Michigan and Maryland standouts earn individual awards

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 All-Big Ten Softball Teams and individual awards Wednesday, with Big Ten Champion Michigan and Maryland earning individual accolades through a vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches.

The Wolverines captured three of the four individual awards. Junior outfielder Lexie Blair was selected as the Player of the Year, while junior Amber Storako was unanimously chosen as the Pitcher of the Year and Carol Hutchins earned Coach of the Year honors. In addition, Maryland outfielder Jaeda McFarland was named Freshman of the Year.


Blair is the 14th Michigan student-athlete to earn the Big Ten Player of the Year award, with Wolverine standouts having now received that honor a total of 20 times. The most recent Player of the Year to come from Michigan was Sierra Romero, who collected the last of her three awards in 2016.

With Storako’s selection, 14 Michigan hurlers have garnered Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades a combined total of 16 times. Storako is also the fifth unanimous Pitcher of the Year honoree in conference history and the second in as many seasons, following Minnesota’s Amber Fiser in 2019.

McFarland makes program history as the first Maryland softball player to earn a Big Ten individual award since the Terrapins joined the conference prior to the 2015 season. She is just the third Maryland player chosen as Freshman of the Year in any conference and first since 2013, when Lindsey Schmeiser was the ACC Freshman of the Year.

This marks the 18th Big Ten Coach of the Year honor for Hutchins in the 36 seasons the award has been presented, dating back to 1985. Hutchins has now been voted Big Ten Coach of the Year 11 times in the past 17 seasons, most recently in 2018.

A native of Winter Garden, Fla., Blair ranks among the top five in the Big Ten in six offensive categories — second in batting average (.411), hits (58) and runs scored (39), as well as third in doubles (15), fourth in on-base percentage (.465), fifth in slugging percentage (.660). Her batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are also career highs.


Storako, who was among the top 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, has posted a 21-3 record this season and leads the Big Ten in wins (also 14th in the nation), ERA (0.88; sixth in the nation), strikeouts (252; ninth in the nation), shutouts (7; 17th in the nation) and opponent batting average (.128). Originally from Frankfort, Ill., Storako also leads the country in strikeouts per seven innings (13.0), ranks fifth in the NCAA in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (2.99) and stands 10th nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.41).

McFarland, a resident of Orange Park, Fla., ranks among the top 10 in the Big Ten and led the Terrapins in triples (4; tie-2nd), stolen bases (13; seventh) and hits (46; ninth). She finished second on the team with a .326 batting average this season and also led Maryland with a .496 slugging percentage, 18 RBI and 22 runs scored.

Hutchins has guided Michigan to a 36-6 record and its 22nd Big Ten championship, as well as its 20th outright conference title. It’s also the Wolverines’ third consecutive Big Ten crown and 12th in the past 13 seasons. Michigan has consistently been ranked among the top 25 in all major national polls, currently standing 18th in the D1Softball.com poll and 20th in both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and USA Softball polls. The Wolverines, who have won 30 of their last 33 games, are one of three Big Ten teams (along with Minnesota and Northwestern) to earn a berth in this year’s NCAA Tournament.


Blair and Storako were named first-team All-Big Ten performers and were joined on the 18-member squad by Illinois’ Kailee Powell, Indiana’s Gabbi Jenkins and Grace Lorsung, Michigan’s Lou Allan, Meghan Beaubien and Taylor Bump, Minnesota’s Natalie DenHartog and MaKenna Partain, Nebraska’s Billie Andrews and Tristen Edwards, Northwestern’s Rachel Lewis, Jordyn Rudd, Skyler Shellmyer and Danielle Williams, Ohio State’s Mariah Rodriguez and Purdue’s Rachel Becker. Blair, Storako and Lewis were all unanimous first-team selections.


McFarland highlighted a group of 18 student-athletes named second-team All-Big Ten honorees, while nine students were voted to the conference’s All-Defensive Team and 11 chosen for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, including McFarland.

The Big Ten also announced the 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The complete All-Big Ten teams and individual honorees can be found below.

2021 Big Ten Softball All-Conference Teams and Individual Awards

(as selected by the Big Ten coaches — players in ALL CAPS were unanimous selections)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lexie Blair, Jr., OF, MICH

PITCHER OF THE YEAR: ALEX STORAKO, Jr., P, MICH

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jaeda McFarland, Fr., OF, MD

COACH OF THE YEAR: Carol Hutchins, MICH

First Team All-Big Ten

Kailee Powell, Jr., 1B, ILL

Gabbi Jenkins, Sr., OF, IND

Grace Lorsung, Fr., DP, IND

Lou Allan, Sr., 1B, MICH

Meghan Beaubien, Sr., P, MICH

LEXIE BLAIR, Jr., OF, MICH

Taylor Bump, Sr., 3B, MICH

ALEX STORAKO, Jr., P, MICH

Natalie DenHartog, Jr., OF, MINN

MaKenna Partain, Sr., 2B, MINN

Billie Andrews, Fr., SS, NEB

Tristen Edwards, Sr., OF, NEB

RACHEL LEWIS, Sr., 2B, NU

Jordyn Rudd, Jr., C, NU

Skyler Shellmyer, Jr., OF, NU

Danielle Williams, Jr., P, NU

Mariah Rodriguez, So., 2B, OSU

Rachel Becker, Jr., SS, PUR

Second Team All-Big Ten

Delaney Rummell, So., 3B, ILL

Avrey Steiner, Jr., 2B, ILL

Jaelyn Vickery, Fr., OF, ILL

Emily Goodin, Sr., P, IND

Grayson Radcliffe, Sr., 3B, IND

Denali Loecker, Fr., 1B, IOWA

Jaeda McFarland, Fr., OF, MD

Taylor Okada, Jr., 2B, MD

Julia Jimenez, So., 2B, MICH

Emily Hansen, Jr., DP, MINN

Amber Fiser, Sr., P, MINN

Katelyn Kemmetmueller, Sr., 3B, MINN

Autumn Pease, Jr., P, MINN

Morgan Newport, Grad., OF, NU

Sam Hackenbracht, So., C, OSU

Cora Bassett, So., OF, PUR

Kaitlyn Brannstrom, Fr., 1B, PUR

Fiona Girardot, So., 2B, WIS

All-Freshman Team

Jaelyn Vickery, OF, ILL

Grace Lorsung, DP, IND

Brylee Klosterman, OF, IOWA

Denali Loecker, 1B, IOWA

Jaeda McFarland, OF, MD

Ashley Miller, P, MSU

Sara Kinch, C, MINN

Billie Andrews, SS, NEB

Allison Smith, P, OSU

Kaitlyn Brannstrom, 1B, PUR

Peyton Bannon, OF, WIS

All-Defensive Team

P: Amber Fiser, Sr., MINN

C: Jordyn Rudd, Jr., NU

1B: Kailee Powell, Jr., ILL

2B: Rachel Lewis, Sr., NU

SS: Natalia Rodriguez, Sr., MICH

3B: Taylor Bump, Sr., MICH

OF: Gabbi Jenkins, Sr., IND

OF: Taylor Lambert, Sr., IND

OF: Jaeda McFarland, Fr., MD

Sportsmanship Award Honorees: Addy Jarvis, ILL; Gabbi Jenkins, IND; Grace Banes, IOWA; JoJo McRae, MD; Sarah Schaefer, MICH; Joanna Bartz, MSU; Carlie Brandt, MINN; Karlee Seevers, NEB; Mac Dunlap, NU; Megan McMenemy, OSU; Kennedy Legg, PSU; Sydney Bates, PUR; Hailey Hoklotubee, RU; Maddie Schwartz, WIS.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S GOLF: Bronnenberg Captures Program’s First-Ever Individual National Title

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – UIndy junior Keegan Bronnenberg made history Wednesday at the NCAA DII Championships, becoming the school’s first-ever men’s golf individual national champion. The Muncie, Ind., native led the Greyhounds to a 18-stroke win in the 54-hole stroke-play portion of the tournament, securing the No. 1 seed entering tomorrow’s medal/match play quarterfinals.

The Hounds will be paired up with eighth-seeded Lee University tomorrow morning, with tee times set to start at 7:30 a.m. ET. The Championships are being held at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Bronnenberg carded scores of 76-69-75 to finish at +4 – two strokes ahead of second place. As the individual medalist at Division II’s marquee event, he bested the previous best finish by a Greyhound of fourth place, attained by Seth Fair in 2010.

The four-way tie for second included standout senior Erik Edwards (74-73-75). Taking advantage of a fifth year of eligibility granted due to the pandemic, Edwards settled at +6 during stroke play, one stroke ahead of teammate Ian Carroll (74-73-76) in sixth.

Ian’s brother Cam Carroll also snagged a top-15 spot. Highlighted by a second-round 71, the younger Carroll finished at +13 to share 15th place. Senior Oliver Mast (80-74-81) tied for 28th among the 84-person field.

TUESDAY RECAP

The UIndy men’s golf team made a giant leap Tuesday at the NCAA DII Championships, using a two-under 286 to vault four spot into No. 1 on the team leaderboard. As one of four Greyhounds in the top six, junior Keegan Bronnenberg carded a second-round 69 to lift him into a tie for first individually.

The Greyhounds have built a healthy 16-stroke lead heading into Wednesday’s final round of stroke play. The Hounds are in prime position to snag a top-eight spot after tomorrow to qualify for Thursday’s medal/match play quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, the individual national championship will be decided by tomorrow’s final stroke-play results, with Bronnenberg making a strong pus in the second round. The Muncie, Ind., native carded 13 pars and four birdies Tuesday on the way to the posting the field’s lowest score of the week. He now shares the top spot with Lee University’s Oliver Lewis-Perkins at +1.

A pair of Hounds are right on their heels, with Erik Edwards (74-73) and Ian Carroll (74-73) tied for third at +3. Junior Cam Carroll (77-71) put up a red number Tuesday to springboard into a five-way tie for sixth at +4.

Senior Oliver Mast carded a two-over 74 Tuesday to move up to a tie for 28th.

Wednesday’s final group will feature three top-10 teams in Golfstats rankings. No. 10 UIndy will be paired with tip-ranked West Florida and No. 4 Arkansas Tech, with tee times starting at 12:05 p.m. ET.

MONDAY RECAP

The Greyhounds opened play at the 2021 NCAA DII Championships Monday with a 13-over 301, good for fifth place among the 16-team field.

The Hounds were led by the senior tandem of Erik Edwards and Ian Carroll, as both carded an opening-round 74 to share 9th place. Carroll easily had the team’s best back nine on Monday, coming in with a one-under 35.

Junior Keegan Bronnenberg sits at +4 in a tie for 27th, followed by junior Cam Carroll (+5) in 36th and senior Oliver Mast (+8) in 51st.

Arkansas Tech (+7) tops the team leaderboard, with its first-round 295 good for a four-stroke lead over second-place Georgia Southwestern.

Individually, the duo of Santiago De La Fuente (Arkansas Tech) and Ian Trebilcock (Washburn) pace the field at -1.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Valpo Duo Earns Freshman All-American Honors
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The Valparaiso University football program continued to haul in postseason recognition on Wednesday as a pair of rookies received Freshman All-American honors from HERO Sports for their performances this spring. Defensive back Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) and kick returner Charlie Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) both earned the high accolade.

The lone freshman on the All-Pioneer Football League First Team, Turner finished his season as the FCS nation’s true leader in takeaways with six. He recovered fumbles in Week 1 and Week 6 sandwiched around a four-game stretch of contests with an interception in Weeks 2-5. The rookie was named the co-PFL Defensive Player of the Week for Week 3.

Turner’s four picks helped him become one of only five Valpo players with four or more interceptions in a single season over the last 12 years despite the fact that this year’s slate was shortened to six games. The FCS National Freshman of the Year finalist ranked in the top 10 nationally in interceptions per game, led the nation in interceptions per game among freshmen, became the first Valpo player with interceptions in four straight games in over two decades and became the first Valpo freshman with four interceptions in a season in over 20 years.

A Second Team All-PFL honoree, Maxwell finished his season as the FCS national leader in kickoff return average at 29.8 yards per return. He was named a national player of the week honorable mention following his Week 6 performance against San Diego, which featured an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He accrued 151 return yards in that game, the most by any PFL player in a single contest this season. The 86 yarder marked the second-longest return by a PFL player this year.

Freshman All-American

Offense

QB Mark Gronowski, South Dakota State

QB Cameron Ward, Incarnate Word

QB Tony Muskett, Monmouth

RB Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State

RB Devon Starling, Tennessee State

RB Dontae McMillan, Weber State

RB Lan Larison, UC Davis

RB Damonta Witherspoon, Murray State

OL Evan Roussel, Nicholls

OL Grey Zabel, North Dakota State

OL Justice Guillory, Stephen F. Austin

OL Michael Dorundo, Duquesne

OL Clayton Frady, Gardner-Webb

WR Antwane Wells Jr., James Madison

WR Bo Belquist, North Dakota

WR Yogi Flager, Butler

WR Ty James, Mercer

WR Josh Sterns, Houston Baptist

TE Ethan Howard, Southern

Defense

DL Jared Verse, Albany

DL Ty French, Gardner-Webb

DL Carson Hatchett, The Citadel

DL Eli Mostaert, North Dakota State

DL Jonathan Hammond, Davidson

DL Caleb Fox, Stephen F. Austin

LB Isaac Dowling, Mercer

LB Adam Bock, South Dakota State

LB Jaylen Swain, Jacksonville State

LB Jamar Shegog, Robert Morris

DB Myles Harden, South Dakota

DB Keyon Turner, Valparaiso

DB Pig Cage, Nicholls

DB Alijah Huzzie, ETSU

DB Braiden Clopton, Sam Houston

DB Dorian Davis, Western Carolina

Special Teams

P Zach Haynes, SEMO

P Scotty Roblow, Northwestern State

K Seth Morgan, Sam Houston

K Tyler Larco, UT Martin

LS Micah Torres-Whitmer, Grambling State

PR Alijah Huzzie, ETSU

KR Charlie Maxwell, Valparaiso

Sophomore All-American

Offense

QB Justin Miller, Southern Utah

QB John Bachus III, UT Martin

QB Jeff Undercuffler, Albany

RB Juwon Farri, Monmouth

RB Otis Weah, North Dakota

RB Geno Hess, Southeast Missouri

RB Javon Williams Jr., Southern Illinois

FB Hunter Luepke, North Dakota State

OL Garret Greenfield, South Dakota State

OL Mason McCormick, South Dakota State

OL Bucky Williams, Austin Peay

OL Tylan Grable, Jacksonville State

OL Noah Atagi, Weber State

OL Isaiah Helms, Western Carolina

OL Prince Pines, Sam Houston

WR Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas

WR Hayden Hatten, Idaho

WR Abdul-Fatai Ibrahim, Alabama A&M

WR Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin

WR Jaxon Janke, South Dakota State

TE Derek Kline, San Diego

TE McCallan Castles, UC Davis

Defense

DL Jevon Leon, Sam Houston

DL Davoan Hawkins, Tennessee State

DL Micheal Mason, Wofford

DL Logan Jessup, Central Arkansas

DL Damon Washington, Lafayette

LB Stone Snyder, VMI

LB Tristan Wheeler, Richmond

LB Jason Johnson, Eastern Illinois

LB Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross

LB Donovan Manuel, ETSU

DB Chris Edmonds, Samford

DB Nicario Harper, Jacksonville State

DB Eddie Heckard, Weber State

DB Cody Cline, Charleston Southern

DB Noah Plack, Delaware

DB Lance Wise, Mercer

DB Montrae Braswell, Missouri State

DB Marcis Floyd, Murray State

Special Teams

P Timmy Bleekrode, Furman

K Matthew Cook, Northern Iowa

LS Robert Soderholm, VMI

PR Devron Harper, Gardner-Webb

KR Cameron Myers, Central Arkansas

All-American (All Classes)

Offense

QB Eric Barriere, Eastern Washington

QB Eric Schmid, Sam Houston

QB Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana

RB Julius Chestnut, Sacred Heart

RB Otis Weah, North Dakota

RB Pierre Strong Jr., South Dakota State

OL Cordell Volson, North Dakota State

OL Drew Himmelman, Illinois State

OL Mason McCormick, South Dakota State

OL PJ Burkhalter, Nicholls

OL Raymond Gillespie, James Madison

WR Jakob Herres, VMI

WR Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston

WR Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas

TE Trae Barry, Jacksonville State

Defense

DL Isaiah Chambers, McNeese

DL Jared Brinkman, Northern Iowa

DL Mike Greene, James Madison

DL Joseph Wallace, Sam Houston

DL Jordan Lewis, Southern

LB Colby Campbell, Presbyterian

LB Stone Snyder, VMI

LB Tre Walker, Idaho

LB Ryan Greenhagen, Fordham

LB Storey Jackson, Prairie View A&M

LB Logan Backhaus, South Dakota State

DB Kordell Jackson, Austin Peay

DB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas

DB Nicario Harper, Jacksonville State

DB Qua Brown, Southern Illinois

DB Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston

Special Teams

P Daniel Whelan, UC Davis

P Garret Wegner, North Dakota State

K Ethan Ratke, James Madison

LS Robert Soderholm, VMI

PR Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston

KR Christian Watson, North Dakota State

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Hosts George Washington In Crucial Atlantic 10 Series

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DAYTON – The Flyers open with a game on Thursday at Woerner Field at 3 p.m. before returning for two seven-inning games on Friday night at Day Air Ballpark, home of the Dayton Dragons, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for those games are still available. UD will finish the weekend with Senior Day on Saturday at Woerner Field with first pitch scheduled for 12 p.m.

The Flyers need to win three of four against George Washington to clinch the team’s spot in the Atlantic 10 Championships, as the Colonials are currently holding the final spot in the tournament’s field. If Dayton wins the series outright, UD would secure the second spot in the South Division to make the Atlantic 10 Championships for the second-straight time.

All four contests will feature live stats and Thursday’s game will feature a broadcast with a paid subscription to ESPN+. Friday’s doubleheader will feature a radio stream for each game and two different options in the second game of the evening.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS

Dayton has won seven-straight conference games, but fell twice to West Virginia in a doubleheader last Sunday after the series scheduled with VCU was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. The team’s record stands at 18-25 and the conference record at 8-4. As a team, UD has hit 56 home runs, the sixth-highest season home run total in program history. This year’s team is five behind the teams from 2000 and 2002, which both hit 61.

Offensively the Flyers have five hitters with a batting average north of .300 this season, led by junior Benjamin Blackwell. The Dayton shortstop leads the team and ranks seventh in the conference with a .358 batting average. Blackwell also sits third in the A-10 in hits with 57 and fourth with a .464 on-base percentage. Right behind Blackwell is senior Mariano Ricciardi, hitting .337 this season. Ricciardi has reached base in 29 consecutive games and has a team-leading 33 walks this season, tied for the eighth-most in a season in program history. Ricciardi is a career .338 hitter, and currently sits with the seventh-highest career batting average in program history.

Junior Marcos Pujols enters the weekend with an 11-game hitting streak, which is the longest on the team to go with his .335 batting average. His 41 RBIs and eight home runs put him in eighth and ninth place in the conference, respectively. Senior Riley Tirotta is the only one on the team with more home runs and RBIs than Pujols this season. Tirotta is hitting .318 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI. He is tied for ninth in program history in a single season with his 12 home runs and is tied for second in the Atlantic 10. His 45 RBI puts him in sixth in the category and eight out of the program’s top 10 list. Graduate student Chris Cabrera is coming off a 3-for-7 performance at West Virginia, putting his batting average at .301 this season.

Senior Hunter Wolfe has been the ace of the rotation all season. The senior has 80 strikeouts this season, just two outside of the top 10 on the all-time single season leaderboard. Wolfe also has 205 in his career, putting him in fifth place all time and just 13 behind Luke Trubee for fourth in program history. He also has a career earned run average of 3.56, which would also put him in fifth in program history. As a team, Dayton has 381 strikeouts this season on the mound, which is tied for the third most a Dayton team has ever had alongside the team from 2012. Graduate student Ben Olson is second on the team with 46, and also ranks second with three wins on the season.

SCOUTING THE COLONIALS

George Washington enters the weekend with a 26-14 overall record and a 14-6 record in the A-10. The Colonials took three out of four from Richmond last weekend and followed that up with a 15-4 win over Georgetown on Tuesday.

Offensively, the team is led by Steve DiTomaso with a .359 batting average, which ranks sixth in the Atlantic 10. Steve Barmakian leads the team with 50 hits and is second with a .350 average and 13 doubles. Barmakian has also been perfect on the basepaths, stealing nine bases in nine attempts this season. Noah Levin has been the main source of power this season with five home runs and 43 RBIs, both of which lead the Colonials.

On the mound, Jaret Edwards has been the ace in this rotation, ranking third in the Atlantic 10 with a 3.04 ERA in 50.1 innings this season. Edwards has three complete games and has held opposing hitters to a .220 batting average this season, and has only allowed one home run in 2021. Harrison Cohen has also been a staple of the pitching staff and leads the team with 60 strikeouts in just 54.1 innings on the mound. Out of the bullpen, Trevor Kuncl leads the team with six saves this season and 18 appearances.

MATCHUP HISTORY

This marks the 61st time these two teams have met, with George Washington holding the series lead.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Closes Regular Season Against Tulane

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CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team closes out the regular season at home, welcoming Tulane for a four-games series which will run Thursday-Saturday at UC Baseball Stadium. The teams will play a Thursday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET followed by single games at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday’s game will feature the Baseball Bark in the Park event. All pets of Bearcats ticket holders receive free admission if their human has purchased a ticket for the game.  View more information online.

All four games air on ESPN+ with Matt Noonan (pxp) and Andy Nagel (ana) calling the action. Live stats are available at BearcatStats.com.

SERIES INFORMATION

Live Stats: BearcatStats.com

Watch: ESPN+

Series Record: Tulane leads 45-14

Last Meeting: May 2019 (AAC Tourn.)

CINCINNATI

2021 Record: 25-24, 14-14 AAC

Head Coach: Scott Googins

Record at UC: 91-91 (4th)

Career Record: 432-448 (16th)

TULANE

2021 Record: 28-18, 17-6 AAC

Head Coach: Travis Jewett

School Record: 127-110 (5th)

Career Record: Same

PROBABLE ROTATIONS

THURSDAY, MAY 20 – 1

1 p.m. • ESPN+

LHP Garrett Schoenle vs. RHP Braden Olthoff

WATCH • LIVE STATS

THURSDAY, MAY 20 – 2

45 Minutes After Game 1 • ESPN+

RHP Zach Segal vs. LHP Jack Aldrich

WATCH • LIVE STATS

FRIDAY, MAY 21

1 p.m. • ESPN+

LHP Evan Shawver vs. RHP Donovan Benoit

WATCH • LIVE STATS

SATURDAY, MAY 22

1 p.m. • ESPN+

RHP Jalen Wade vs. TBA

WATCH • LIVE STATS

SERIES BUSINESS

Tulane holds a 45-14 edge in the all-time series, but UC has won the last two matchups, including an 8-4 win on May 23, 2019 in the AAC Tournament in Clearwater, Florida.

A LOOK AT THE LANDSCAPE

Heading into the last week of the regular season, not much is decided and the top five teams in the AAC standings are separated by four games. ECU holds a one-game lead over Tulane at 18-6 and 17-6, respectively. Wichita State (15-12) is third, followed by the Bearcats and UCF, both at 14-14. The AAC Championship starts Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida.

ABOUT THE BEARCATS

UC is 25-24 and 14-14 in AAC play after beating ECU in 10 innings and dropping a one-run and two-run game to close the series.

As a team, UC is hitting at a .275 clip with an AAC-leading 84 doubles and 566 home runs with double-digit hits in 26 games.

On the mound, UC has a team ERA of 5.56 with 398 strikeouts over 235 walks.

SENIOR SALUTE

UC honored its senior class prior to Saturday’s matchup with the Pirates, including: Joey Bellini, Dondrae Bremner, Jake Hansen, Tanner Holen, Dean McCarthy, Jace Mercer, Jake Meyer, Nate Moore, Jake Murray, Eric Santiago, Garrett Schoenle, Wyatt Stapp, Jalen Wade and student managers Michael DeLong and Jake Swearingen.

HONORING THE PAST

UC will step back into the annals this weekend and honor teams from 1961 and 1971 on Saturday.

1961: Legendary coach Glenn Sample took over the reins of the Bearcats. In his first season, Sample leads UC to a 19-5-2 record, the MVC Championship and a District IV Playoffs appearance. Bill Faul becomes Cincinnati’s first baseball all-American, as he is named a first-team choice. Faul also sets a UC best with 24 strikeouts in one game.

1971: The 1971 Bearcats finished 26-18 overall and received an at-large bid to the District 4 playoffs in East Lansing, Michigan. UC made a run, knocking off Michigan State and Southern Illinois before falling in consecutive games to the eventual national-runner-up Salukis. UC was one win away from playing in the College World Series. The team set a UC single-season record with 22 triples.

FLAIR FOR THE DRAMATICS

UC earned a doubleheader split with No. 11 ECU thanks to a 7-6, walk-off win in 10 innings.

Cincinnati got a pair of runs on a throwing error by ECU’s Connor Norby who mishandled a bouncer from Cole Harting and threw it over the first basemen to allow two runs to score.

It marked UC’s second-straight, extra-innings walk-off over a ranked team at UC Baseball Stadium. The Bearcats knocked off then No. 5 Louisville, 13-12 in 10 innings on March 30, 2021.

MILESTONE WATCH

Jace Mercer has 57 career stolen bases and needs four to move into No. 6 all-time (61).

Mercer also needs 10 hits for 100 in his career and seven RBIs for 100.

Eric Santiago has 211 hits and needs 9 to tie for 10th all-time at 220 hits. He also needs eight doubles for 50, which would put him at ninth all time. 46 is 10th.

Evan Shawver needs five strikeouts for 150 in his career.

Wyatt Stapp is 10 hits from 150 and 21 RBIs from 100.

TURN IT UP!

The Cincinnati infield has turned an AAC-best 47 doubles plays this season and trails Arizona State (52) and Auburn (50) nationally. UC leads the American in fielding percentage at .979

GOING, GOING, GONE

The Bearcats have belted 56 home runs thus far in 2021, third in the American behind ECU (65) and UCF (62).

Griffin Merritt leads the team with nine long balls while Jace Mercer, and Cole Harting are on his heels with eight apiece.

Merritt has hit seven of his nine homers against AAC foes.

UC is 12-4 in 16 games this season when hitting two or more home runs and 17-10 when hitting a home run in a game.

UC has seven players with four or more homers this season.

A LEAGUE-PLAY REVIVAL

Ryan Nicholson has overcome a slow start and has his hit .314 in AAC play. His 26 walks are a team best.

DUAL ROLES FOR MCCARTHY

LHP Dean McCarthy has split time as a starter and reliever this season, making 16 appearances in 2021.

The grad transfer from Elon made seven starts to open the campaign but his last nine trips have been out of the bullpen.

He has pitched 59.0 innings, going 4-3 with three saves.

THE BULLPEN CREW

Jackson Murphy (19), Beau Keathley (16), Nathan Moore (15) and Max Bergmann (14) lead the way in bullpen appearances while Aiden Bradbury, Dean McCarthy and Zach Segal all have nine.

Keathley, McCarthy and Segal have all spent time as starters.

Murphy’s 2.67 ERA is the lowest on the staff and the hurler has 29 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched.

Bergman came on in relief in game one vs. ECU and gave up five hits and a single run in 6.0 innings, his longest career outing.

TRENDING TOPICS

UC dropped three to No. 11 ECU but five of the eight games between the teams in 2021 were decided by two runs or less.

Joey Bellini batted in seven of the Bearcats runs and had two doubles among his five hits.

Ryan Nicholson hit .333 for the week with five hits and four RBIs.

Dean McCarthy struck out six in two appearances.

Cole Harting and Tanner Holen drew four walks apiece.

Eric Santiago crossed the plate five times and had four hits.

MERCER A TOUGH OUT

Jace Mercer snagged a spot on the AAC Honor Roll two weeks ago after hitting .556, slugging .833 and racking up 10 hits, including five doubles along with four runs scored and two walks at Houston.

He has hit .396 in AAC play, racking up team bests with 44 hits, nine doubles and 12 stolen bases.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians and Saints Suspended in Eighth

(INDIANS RELEASE)

ST. PAUL, MINN. – In a rainy start to the series between the Indianapolis Indians and St. Paul Saints, the second game of the six-game set was suspended in the bottom of the eighth inning tied, 2-2, on Wednesday night due to inclement weather. The game will resume play at 7 PM ET on Thursday evening, with the regularly scheduled game beginning no earlier than 8:05 PM ET. The nightcap will be a nine-inning contest.

The Indians took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when T.J. Rivera doubled for his first hit with Indy and came around to score on a two-out RBI single by Joe Hudson. They tacked on another run in the fifth following a leadoff double by Ethan Paul.

St. Paul took both runs back on a two-run homer off the bat of major league rehabber Alex Kirilloff in the sixth inning before the game was suspended in the middle of the eighth inning.

Chad Kuhl started for the Indians on his first major league rehab assignment from the Pirates. He allowed just one hit and one walk through 3.0 innings of work and fanned five. Both St. Paul runs came off Cody Ponce, who piggybacked with Kuhl for his shortened appearance.

The Indians are in the first of a two-week road trip at St. Paul and Omaha before returning back to Victory Field on June 1. Single-game tickets for that homestand go on sale on Monday, May 24 at 10 AM ET. 2021 season tickets, mini plans and flex plans come with priority seating access. To purchase, or for more on the Indians, visit IndyIndians.com or contact the Victory Field Box Office at (317) 269-3545 or Tickets@IndyIndians.com.

INDY FUEL: RUSH SNEAK PAST FUEL IN OVERTIME

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APID CITY – Playing the first of four games in five days, the Indy Fuel visited the Rapid City Rush at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Both teams would score eight goals throughout regulation eventually forcing overtime. Jumping on a rebound in the overtime, Rapid City’s Peter Quenneville gave the Rush a 5-4 win in the first of the four games this week.

After a fire wagon start for both teams, the Rush would be the first team to get on the board when a deflected shot by Avery Peterson trickled through the fivehole of Fuel goaltender Billy Christopoulos. Indy’s Matt Marcinew would attempt a response by crashing the net but referee Sean MacFarlane would call it no goal after the net came off it’s moorings before the puck crossed the goal line. Immediately following the official’s review, Jared Thomas fired a wrist shot off of the faceoff over the shoulder of David Tendeck.

Giving up a long 5-on-3 power play to start the second period, Indy would kill off the initial penalty, springing Chris Martenet on an odd-man rush. Martenet streaked down the sideboards and threw a puck on net that deflected past Tendeck.

The Rush would respond to Indy’s goal just over 90 seconds later when Cedric Montminy tucked a puck past Fuel goaltender Billy Christopoulos. The referees would review the goal for goaltender interference but would ultimately uphold the call, tying the game 2-2. After back and forth play from both teams, Rapid City took the lead when Coulter fed Hunter Garlent on a 2-on-1 to make the score 3-2.

Taking advantage of strong offensive pressure, Rapid City’s Cedric Montminy jumped on a loose puck and fired it past Christopoulos. Indy’s Cliff Watson cut the Rush lead in half when he put home a rebound off of a shot by Nick Hutchison. After 40 minutes of hockey, Rapid City took a 4-3 lead into the locker room.

After Rapid City controlled play to start the final stanza, Indy picked up a power play where they would put two shots on the net that would be fought off by Tendeck. The Fuel would eventually breakthrough with six minutes remaining when Willie Raskob deflected a wrist shot by Michael Pelech to tie the game 4-4. Neither team would be able to break the tie through the remainder of the game, sending the teams to a seven-minute overtime period.

Jumping on a Fuel turnover in overtime, Hunter Garland got alone on a breakaway and hit the post. Rapid City’s Peter Quenneville hopped on the rebound and tucked it past Christopoulos to give the Rush a 5-4 win in overtime.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1878       In a 3-1 National League loss to the White Stockings at Chicago’s Lake Front Park, right-hander Jim McCormick of the Indianapolis Blues becomes the first player born in Scotland to appear in a major league game. Next season, as a 23 year-old, the Glasgow native will manage the team, which will move to Cleveland, making him the youngest skipper in the history of the game.

1918       In what will become a precursor of a tragic event, Indian outfielder Tris Speaker is struck on the head by a pitch thrown by Red Sox hurler Carl Mays. The submarine pitcher, who will fatally bean Ray Chapman with a ball in 1920 as a member of the Yankees, denies Speaker’s allegation that the pitch was intentional.

1919       Red Sox southpaw Babe Ruth 
hits the first of his 16 career grand slams. The bases-loaded home run proves to be the difference when Boston and the ‘Bambino’ beat the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, 6-4.

1920       The Chicago police, dressed as soldiers and farmers, raid the Wrigley Field bleachers, arresting two dozen Cub fans for gambling. All bets are off when Grover Cleveland Alexander blanks Philadelphia, 6-0.

1925       Tris Speaker, scoring from first base on a single, plates the winning run in the Indians’ 10-9 walk-off win over the Yankees. The Tribe scores six times in the bottom of the ninth to accomplish the incredible comeback.

1932       Paul Waner, known as Big Poison to his teammates, strokes four doubles in one game, tying a major league record shared with 11 other players. The 29 year-old future Hall of Fame outfielder’s quartet of two-baggers enables the Pirates to beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 5-0.

1940       Tiger slugger Pinky Higgins hits three consecutive home runs at Briggs Stadium, going deep in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. The 31 year-old third baseman’s offensive output includes a three-run homer and a pair of two-run round-trippers, accounting for seven of the runs in Detroit’s 10-7 victory the Braves.

1945       Pete Gray leads the St. Louis Browns to a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees, scoring the winning run in the nightcap and collecting three hits in the opener. During the Sportsman’s Park twin bill, the one-armed left fielder makes ten putouts in the outfield.

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1947       In a game that features no extra-base knocks, the Pirates defeat the Braves at Forbes Field, 4-3. The teams compile a total of 22 hits, all singles, with Pittsburgh collecting a dozen.

1947       A’s catcher Buddy Rosar drops Walt Judnich’s pop-up, ending his record-setting errorless game streak at 147 games. The All-Star backstop’s perfect fielding included the span of the 117 games he played for Philadelphia last season, handling 605 chances without a miscue during the entire campaign.

1948       In front of only 5,001 fans in Chicago, Joe DiMaggio strokes four extra-base hits for the fourth time in his career when he hits for the cycle for the second time in a 13-2 rout of the White Sox. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ paces the Bombers’ 22-hit attack with two homers, a triple, a double, and a single and drives in six runs.

1951       Philadelphia center fielder Richie Ashburn, who will lead the NL in hits this season, goes 4-for-6 and 4-for-5 during the Phillies’ sweep of a twin bill from Pittsburgh. The eight hits that Whitey collects during the Forbes Field’s 17-0 and 12-4 victories are all singles.

1953       In just their thirteenth home game of the season, the Milwaukee Braves attendance surpasses the entire total of 281,278 fans attending their 77 contests in Boston last year. The team will set a National League record for attendance when 1,826,397 patrons pass through the turnstiles this season, more than the combined total of the last three years in the Massachusetts capital.

1958       The Cardinals trade Alvin Dark to the Cubs in exchange for hurler Jim Brosnan. Both players will be productive on their new teams during the remainder of the season, with ‘Blackie’ hitting .297 in 114 games for Chicago, and the newest Redbirds’ right-hander will compile an 8-4 record for St. Louis.

1959       The Yankees slip into last place when the team drops a 13-6 decision to Detroit in the Bronx. The Bronx Bombers’ position in standings marks the first time in 19 years that the club has occupied the basement of the American League.

1962       Ken Hubbs collects eight singles in eight trips to the plate during the Cubs’ doubleheader sweep of the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The BBWAA will select Chicago’s second baseman as the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

1968       For the second time in his career and the second time in franchise history, Jim Fregosi, with a single in the 11th inning, hits for the cycle in the Angels’ 5-4 victory over Boston at Anaheim Stadium. The California shortstop became the first player to accomplish the feat for the club in 1964.

1969       At RFK Stadium, Pilots manager Joe Schultz is ejected for disputing Bernie Allen’s fourth inning ‘foul’ two-run home run that ties the score at 4 in a game his team will eventually lose to Washington, 6-5. According to Jim Bouton’s account in his book, Ball Four, the Seattle skipper is tossed after offering his glasses to the plate umpire Ed Runge.

1970       With an RBI-triple in the eighth inning, Rod Carew completes the cycle, becoming the sixth player in franchise history and the first Minnesota Twin player to accomplish the feat. The 24 year-old All-Star second baseman’s four hits contribute to the team’s 10-5 victory over the Royals at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

1976       A shoving match, after a home-plate collision between Lou Piniella and Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, escalates into an ugly bench-clearing brawl. Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles and Boston’s Bill Lee fight so fiercely that the ‘Spaceman’ suffers a separation of his left shoulder, significantly affecting his pitching career.

1978       Willie Stargell hits the longest home run in the history of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, smashing a ball 535 feet into the 300 club deck level in right field in the team’s 6-0 victory over the Expos. The yellow upper deck seat, which replaced the original red one to commemorate the location of the Pirates’ first baseman behemoth blast, is now on display at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

1979       Don Sutton becomes the franchise’s winningest pitcher when he is credited with the victory, tossing eight innings in the Dodgers’ 6-4 victory over the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 34 year-old right-hander’s 210th win surpasses the team mark established in 1969 by Don Drysdale.

1983       Phillies southpaw Steve Carlton becomes the second of three major league hurlers this season to surpass Walter Johnson’s career strikeout total of 3,508 K’s, a record that had survived for 56 years. In April, Nolan Ryan broke the Big Train’s mark, and Gaylord Perry will reach the milestone later in the season. (Ed. Note – Some websites, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, ESPN, and Baseball-Reference, differ with the official MLB stats, crediting the Washington Senator legend with 3,509 career strikeouts, with an extra strikeout recorded in his rookie season accounting for the difference – LP).

1985       The record-streak of 458 major league games played from the start of the season ends due to inclement weather. Rain postpones the contest between the Brewers and Indians scheduled to take place at Cleveland Stadium.

1987       In a season of streaks, the second-place Brewers end a 12-game losing streak by beating the Chicago White Sox County Stadium, 5-1. The 21-15 Brew Crew had opened the season winning 13 consecutive games.

1991       Jeff Reardon becomes the fourth major leaguer to compile 300 career saves. The 35 year-old right-handed reliever, who will retire with 367 saves, reaches the milestone when he retires the side in order in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 3-0 victory over Milwaukee at Fenway Park.

1999       In a twin bill sweep of Milwaukee, Mets’ third baseman Robin Ventura becomes the first major league player to hit a grand slam in both ends of a doubleheader. The infielder also hit a pair of ‘grand salamis’ in a game against Texas while playing for the 1995 White Sox.

2000       After being released earlier in the month by the Mets for not hustling, Rickey Henderson, in his first at-bat for the Mariners, hits his record 76th career leadoff home run, a shot off Esteban Yan in the team’s 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay at Safeco Field. With the round-tripper, the future Hall of Fame outfielder joins Ted Williams and Willie McCovey as the third major leaguer to have homered in four different decades.

2001       Barry Bonds becomes the thirteenth player in major league history to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats. The Giants outfielder went yard in his final two at-bats yesterday, and homers in his first two official turns at the plate today.

2004       Cardinals’ catcher Mike Matheny handles his 1,295th chance without an error to establish a major league record for backstops. Charles Johnson, playing for Florida, had set the previous mark in 1997.

2006       After barreling over fellow catcher Michael Barrett in a play he considered hard but clean, A.J. Pierzynski is surprised when the Cub backstop shows his displeasure by punching him in the face. The incident ignites a bench-clearing brawl between the Windy City rivals that leads to a 15-minute delay and four ejections during the White Sox’ 7-0 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

2006       After a 29 at-bats homerless drought, Barry Bonds finally catches Babe Ruth with his 714th home run. The historic homer, which ties the designated hitter for second place for career round-trippers, comes during the second inning of an interleague contest against the A’s, with the pitch thrown by southpaw Brad Halsey landing in the first deck of the right-center stands of McAfee Coliseum.

2009       After setting a franchise record in the sixth inning with 11 putouts in the outfield, Jacoby Ellsbury ties the big league mark when he catches the final out of the game for #12. The Red Sox center fielder equals the 1929 performance of Braves’ outfielder Earl Clark and Lyman Bostock, who also accomplished the feat in 1977 playing for the Twins. (Ed. Note: Opposing center fielder Vernon Wells of the Blue Jays does not record any putouts in the team’s loss 8-3 loss to Boston at Fenway Park. -LP)

2010       Trailing the Reds 9-3 starting the bottom of the ninth, Brooks Conrad’s pinch-hit grand slam gives the Braves an incredible 10-9 walk-off victory at Turner Field. The seven-run frame’s big blow by the 30 year-old journeyman barely clears the fence, with the ball deflecting off Laynce Nix’s glove when the left fielder reaches over the top of the wall at the 380-foot sign.

2012       Babe Ruth’s circa 1920 jersey sells to an undisclosed buyer for $4,415,658, the most significant amount ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia, according to auctionreport.com. The woolen uniform top was probably worn by the Babe during his first season with the Yankees after being traded by Red Sox’s owner Harry Frazee.

2017       Terry Collins, a 67 year-old baseball lifer, passes Davey Johnson (1984-1990) to become the longest-tenured manager in Mets history, reaching 1,013 games with the team. The oldest skipper in the majors, sees his charges hang on to a 7-5 victory when Addison Reed strikes out Angel pinch-hitter Danny Espinosa on a 3-2 count with the bases loaded after three runs have scored in the top of the ninth inning at Citi Field.

2018       Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks equals Aroldis Chapman’s mark for the fastest pitch known in baseball history when he throws, a pair of pitches clocked at 105 mph in team’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies at Busch Stadium. The 21 year-old Redbird rookie right-handed reliever had never appeared in a game above Class A before starting the season with St. Louis this year.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston2618.59113 – 1213 – 611 – 67 – 46 – 85 – 5W 1
Tampa Bay2519.568111 – 1214 – 79 – 82 – 19 – 97 – 3W 6
Toronto2318.5611.510 – 613 – 128 – 51 – 35 – 87 – 3L 1
NY Yankees2419.5581.511 – 913 – 1011 – 146 – 14 – 27 – 3W 2
Baltimore1725.40586 – 1711 – 88 – 140 – 08 – 82 – 8L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2616.61914 – 812 – 82 – 217 – 96 – 47 – 3W 1
Cleveland2318.5612.510 – 713 – 111 – 315 – 83 – 46 – 4W 2
Kansas City2022.476610 – 1210 – 104 – 39 – 164 – 24 – 6W 2
Detroit1726.3959.59 – 128 – 141 – 58 – 136 – 48 – 2W 3
Minnesota1427.34111.58 – 156 – 121 – 37 – 103 – 112 – 8L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland2618.59114 – 1212 – 611 – 99 – 13 – 66 – 4L 1
Houston2518.5810.515 – 910 – 95 – 40 – 320 – 98 – 2W 1
Seattle2123.477512 – 129 – 116 – 56 – 76 – 73 – 7L 3
LA Angels1824.42979 – 119 – 133 – 76 – 57 – 114 – 6L 2
Texas1926.4227.510 – 129 – 1410 – 74 – 65 – 82 – 8L 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2017.54111 – 49 – 1311 – 62 – 55 – 16 – 4L 1
Philadelphia2221.512114 – 78 – 1411 – 128 – 32 – 44 – 6L 1
Atlanta2023.465310 – 1310 – 1011 – 117 – 31 – 24 – 6W 1
Miami1923.4523.58 – 911 – 145 – 63 – 69 – 84 – 6W 1
Washington1722.43649 – 108 – 126 – 95 – 44 – 64 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2518.58114 – 811 – 1010 – 1012 – 53 – 36 – 4W 2
Chi Cubs2121.5003.515 – 96 – 127 – 69 – 123 – 05 – 5L 1
Milwaukee2122.488410 – 1211 – 104 – 910 – 86 – 14 – 6L 2
Cincinnati1922.463510 – 109 – 120 – 09 – 66 – 134 – 6L 3
Pittsburgh1725.4057.58 – 119 – 140 – 07 – 165 – 64 – 6L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco2716.62814 – 413 – 126 – 47 – 311 – 77 – 3W 4
San Diego2717.6140.515 – 1012 – 70 – 07 – 617 – 119 – 1W 6
LA Dodgers2518.581215 – 610 – 125 – 12 – 812 – 58 – 2W 3
Arizona1826.4099.59 – 99 – 177 – 135 – 16 – 103 – 7L 4
Colorado1529.34112.513 – 122 – 173 – 32 – 58 – 213 – 7L 5

MLS STANDINGS

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