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Simmons leads 76ers past Wizards; Westbrook injured
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons put a spin move on Russell Westbrook that sent him sprawling to the floor several minutes before an ankle injury sent the NBA’s triple-double king to the locker room and nearly into the stands to confront a misbehaving fan.
With Simmons soaring and Westbrook ailing, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Washington Wizards 120-95 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
Game 3 is Saturday night at Washington.
Westbrook went down after colliding with Furkan Korkmaz early in the fourth quarter. He limped off the floor and then was restrained by security after a fan threw popcorn at him as he was headed under the tunnel.
“We’ll see,” Westbrook said about his availability for the next game. “Hurt it twice in a short amount of time. We’ll see what happens.”
As for the incident with the fan, Westbrook said: “I wouldn’t come up to me on the street and throw popcorn on my head, because you know what happens. … In these arenas, you gotta start protecting the players. We’ll see what the NBA does.”
Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Wells Fargo Center rebuked the fan in a statement.
“This was classless, unacceptable behavior, and we’re not going to tolerate it at Wells Fargo Center,” Camillo said.
LeBron James spoke out about it on Twitter: “By the way WE AS THE PLAYERS wanna see who threw that popcorn on Russ while he was leaving the game tonight with a injury!! There’s cameras all over arenas so there’s no excuse!”
Simmons and Joel Embiid each scored 22 points and Tobias Harris added 19 for the top-seeded Sixers. Simmons added nine rebounds and eight assists after becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to have at least 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a playoff game in a 125-118 win in Game 1
Mitchell nets 25, Jazz overcome Morant, Grizzlies 141-129
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell scored 25 points in his much-anticipated return from a sprained ankle and the Utah Jazz overcame Ja Morant’s franchise-record 47 points in a 141-129 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, tying the first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Mitchell, who was limited to 26 minutes, made five 3-pointers. Rudy Gobert had 21 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Jazz.
“He was really antsy to get back out there and you know he missed it. So it was great, getting his energy, his his positivity his aggressiveness,” Gobert said.
Mike Conley had 20 points and a career-best 15 assists, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 points to help the Jazz knot the series.
“Mike had 20 and 15 Rudy at 21 and 13 — we did a lot of really good things so it made my job easier. I didn’t have to come in and just do everything. I was able to just find my spots and attack and just kind of just do what I do,” Mitchell said.
Morant broke Conley’s Memphis playoff scoring record, and became the first player to score as many as 71 points in his first two career playoff games since the NBL merged with the BAA to create the NBA before the 1949-50 season.
“I just got to be aggressive at all times. I put that pressure on myself to get us back in the game. I was able to get to my spots on the floor and make shots,” Morant said.
Two Gobert dunks off pick-and-rolls powered a 10-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters and gave the Jazz a 110-97 lead following a three-point play by Mitchell.
Dillon Brooks, who scored 23 points, had a dunk that got the Grizzlies within 121-112 with 7:06 to play, but Memphis couldn’t stop Utah’s multifaceted attack, which scored at least 36 points in three of the four periods.
Rose, Randle rally Knicks past Hawks to tie series at 1-1
NEW YORK (AP) Down 13 points, the New York Knicks needed a change in the second half beyond starting Derrick Rose.
They needed the Julius Randle they saw in the regular season.
Rose scored 26 points, Randle shook off a miserable first half to lead a third-quarter turnaround and the Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks 101-92 on Wednesday night in Game 2 to tie the series.
Randle was 0 for 6 with just two points at halftime. But with Rose moving into the starting lineup to open the third quarter, Randle made a 3-pointer to start the period and scored 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting as the Knicks surged into the lead.
“Obviously we were disappointed with the way we played in the first half, but I knew in the second half there’d be great fight and there was,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.
“And I think Julius hitting that shot, Julius is not going to go away. He’s going to keep coming. He’s got a great will, great determination and he’s a fighter.”
The winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player award finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds despite another poor shooting night. He was 5 for 16 after going 6 for 23 in the opener.
But he came through with it counted along with Reggie Bullock, who made four 3-pointers in the second half and also had 15 points as the Knicks guaranteed there will be at least one more home game in this surprising season.
“Obviously, throughout the game there’s going to be frustrations, but we know who we are as a team,” Randle said. “We’re never going to doubt whether we can win a game or not.”
Trae Young scored 30 points for Atlanta after having 32 and hitting the tiebreaking shot with 0.9 seconds left in Game 1. Bogdan Bogdanovic and De’Andre Hunter added 18 apiece.
Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Panthers 4-0 to advance
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy wrapped up a series with a Game 6 shutout for the second straight time, stopping 29 shots in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Wednesday night.
Vasilevskiy also shut out the Dallas Stars last year to win the Stanley Cup.
The Lightning advanced to face the Carolina-Nashville winner in the second round.
Steven Stamkos scored his third goal of the series and Pat Maroon added his first. Brayden Point added his fourth of the series in the third period and Alex Killorn had an empty-net goal with 1:42 left.
Rookie Spencer Knight, back in net for Florida after his strong playoff debut in Game 5, finished with 20 saves.
Tampa Bay advanced to the second round for the fifth time in the past seven years, showing they know what it takes to win and advance in postseason, improving to 9-0 in the next game following a playoff loss dating back to last season.
“It was 60 minutes of just sure will and compete,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “To win in this league, that’s what you need. When you make the playoffs, you need it from everybody. The players gave it. They get all the credit in the world. They stayed in the fight, they worked their tails off, they were rewarded for it.
“To close teams out, especially one as talented and well-coached as Florida was, you don’t want to risk going to Game 7. That’s a hell of a team over there, but the boys played like champions today.”
The Panthers haven’t won a playoff series since the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” said Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who finished the series with 10 points. “I thought we had our chances in the series. Could’ve went either way. Early we were down 2-0, it could’ve went the other way. You want to win. You play hockey to win.”
The Lightning grabbed the early lead when Tyler Johnson raced past Anton Stralman to negate an icing call, picked up the puck behind the net to feed a backhand pass in front. After the puck initially bounced, Maroon was able to get a whack at in the air to backhand it past Knight at 6:16 of the first period.
Nelson helps Islanders beat Penguins 5-3 to reach 2nd round
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders didn’t get discouraged when they kept falling behind. They just kept their focus, got a big surge in the second period and ran past the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the playoffs.
Brock Nelson scored twice in New York’s three-goal second and the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 in Game 6 on Wednesday night.
“There’s going to be ups and downs, you’re going to be behind,” Nelson said. “It’s a race to four games. One play isn’t going to be make or break. It’s how you respond and react to that. You’re going to get a moment. You want to take advantage of that, turn the tide back in your favor whenever that chance comes.”
The Islanders will face Boston in the next round, and fans chanted “We want Bos-ton! We want Bos-ton!” in the closing minutes.
Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and two assists, and Kyle Palmieri and Ryan Pulock also scored to help the Islanders beat the top-seeded Penguins in the first round for the second time in three years. Josh Bailey and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had two assists.
Ilya Sorokin stopped 34 shots to move to 4-0 with a 1.95 goals-against average in the series. He had seven saves in the first period, 15 in the second and 12 in the third to finish with 150 in his four starts.
Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jeff Carter and Jake Guentzel also scored for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry made 19 saves.
The Penguins outshot the Islanders 12-5 in the third period, and pulled Jarry for an extra skater with about 1:15 left but couldn’t break through New York’s stifling defense.
“It’s never a good feeling when you lose,” said Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby, who was held to one goal and one assist in the series. “We felt good about our group and we thought that we could make a run. For it to come to a halt is disappointing.”
After reaching the second round just once in a 25 years from 1994-2018, the Islanders have now done it in three straight years.
Fiala, Wild force Game 7 with 3-0 victory over Vegas
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have proven themselves to be a tough out. The Vegas Golden Knights could use some work on their finishing touch.
Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in the third period to break open a scoreless game, Cam Talbot had his second shutout of the series and the Wild again staved off elimination with a 3-0 victory over the Golden Knights on Wednesday night.
“We’ve been playing like this all year long. When it comes down to it, when we need a big stand or a big game or a big period, we just always seem to find a way,” Talbot said.
The first-round series moves back to Las Vegas for the decisive Game 7 on Friday night. The Colorado Avalanche, who tied the Golden Knights for the best regular-season record in the NHL, await after sweeping the St. Louis Blues.
“It’s an opportunity to come out in your home arena with all your fans excited and full of emotion,” right wing Reilly Smith said. “So it’s the stuff we dreamed about as kids.”
Ryan Hartman scored first and Nick Bjugstad tacked on the last goal in support of Talbot, who made 23 stops. He had 38 saves Monday night to help the Wild steal Game 5 while being outshot 40-14.
“I knew the chances were going to come,” Hartman said. “It was only a matter of time.”
Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 21 stops, gave up three goals for the second straight game after allowing only four scores over the first four games.
Fiala, the team’s second-leading scorer during the regular season, went without a point in the first five games until tallying two at the best possible time. The Swiss left wing zinged a slap shot on a power play from the circle that sneaked underneath Fleury’s pad.
The Golden Knights nearly tied it moments before that on Chandler Stephenson’s shot from behind the circle that Talbot never saw. Alex Tuch was in the crease, arguing he was being pushed by Matt Dumba, and the goal was waved off. Not even the challenge by Vegas coach Peter DeBoer worked this time, after two earlier goals in the series by Joel Eriksson Ek were overturned by video review.
“If that one stood, I probably wouldn’t be sitting here right now. I’d just be getting fined,” Talbot said.
Record-breaking kicker Adam Vinatieri plans to retire
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Adam Vinatieri used his strong leg to become the NFL’s career scoring leader.
A surgically repaired left knee apparently will force him out.
The 48-year-old former Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots star told former teammate and SiriusXM radio host Pat McAfee that he plans to retire.
“By Friday, if paperwork goes in, you heard it here first,” Vinatieri said.
He hasn’t played since missing three of four field goals in a 31-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 1, 2019.
Vinatieri’s final kick was blocked and returned 63 yards to break a 17-17 tie. He went on injured reserve the next week and later had surgery on the knee, and his rehabilitation process was complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vinatieri didn’t play last season.
This is not how anyone expected Automatic Adam to go out.
After he missed six extra points and eight field goals in what turned out to be the worst season of his 24-year career, the Colts opted not re-sign Vinatieri, who still wanted to play.
His decision this week ends one of the longest and most distinguished careers in NFL history.
Vinatieri scored 2,673 points and made 599 field goals, breaking both records previously held by Morten Andersen.
Vinatieri also played in 365 regular-season games, second behind Andersen (382), and is the only player in league history to top the 1,000-point mark with two different franchises.
He entered the league as undrafted free agent and became known as the best clutch kicker in NFL history. Vinatieri made 29 game-winning kicks during his career, including three that won Super Bowl titles for New England.
Vinatieri started the 1996 season by missing four of his first six field-goal attempts, and then-coach Bill Parcells considered cutting him. But the rookie saved his job with a 31-yarder into the into the wind and rain with 36 seconds left in a 31-0 victory over Arizona.
Trevor Williams pitches Cubs past Pirates 4-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) Trevor Williams pitched six innings and singled twice against his former team, helping the streaking Chicago Cubs top the stumbling Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Chicago won for the fifth time in six games and stayed a half-game back of NL Central-leading St. Louis. David Bote hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, and Kris Bryant had three hits and two RBIs.
Williams (3-2) permitted one run and three hits in his first win since April 17. He struck out seven and walked none.
“He was fantastic. He was sensational,” Bote said. “That was fun to play behind. He was working quick, and the ball was zipping through the zone.”
Williams allowed seven runs in 7 1/3 innings in his two previous starts against Pittsburgh this year. He spent his first five seasons with the Pirates before being released in November.
After allowing a one-out triple by Ben Gamel in the first inning, Williams retired 14 batters in a row.
Williams said his troubles against the Pirates stemmed more from being unable to execute pitches than emotion.
“I was obviously familiar with their hitters but facing them for the third time makes them a lot more familiar as far as looking at them from the other side,” Williams said. “I was able to piece together (pitch) sequences and just tried to continually attack.”
Cubs starters have a 2.98 ERA in the last 10 games after registering a 4.81 mark in the previous 16 games.
“The rotation has really righted the ship and been the version we expected them to be and the version they expected themselves to be at the start of the season,” manager David Ross said.
Williams also went 2 for 3 at the plate, helping Chicago score in the second and sixth.
“I blacked out twice,” Williams cracked when asked about his hitting.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 11th save of the season and No. 359 for his career, moving into 11th place on baseball’s list. Chicago relievers have surrendered only one unearned run in 32 1/3 innings in the last 10 games.
Pittsburgh dropped its fifth straight game. Rookie Wil Crowe (0-3) recorded just four outs.
“His fastball was not effective, and I thought the best chance we had of winning the game was going to the bullpen and the bullpen did a great job,” manager Derek Shelton said.
Edman hits 2 HRs, Cards beat White Sox 4-0 to avoid sweep
CHICAGO (AP) Giovanny Gallegos came in to a sticky situation, with the St. Louis Cardinals clinging to a one-run lead and two on in the seventh inning. It quickly became a heated one.
Umpire Joe West ordered him to switch caps because there apparently was sunscreen on the bill. Manager Mike Shildt, thinking his player was unfairly singled out, got ejected during an animated argument.
That overshadowed everything else in the Cardinals’ 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
“This is baseball’s dirty little secret, and it’s the wrong time and the wrong arena to expose it,” Shildt said. “Here’s the deal. First of all, Gio wears the same hat all year. Hats accrue dirt. Hats accrue substances. … Did Gio have some sunscreen at some point in his career to make sure he doesn’t get some kind of melanoma? Possibly. Does he use rosin to help out? Possibly. Are these things that baseball really wants to crack down on? No.”
Tommy Edman homered twice, and the Cardinals avoided a three-game sweep.
Shildt was ejected with one out in the seventh, after Genesis Cabrera hit Yoan Moncada, putting runners on first and second.
The Cardinals brought in Giovanny Gallegos. West, who on Tuesday set Major League Baseball’s record for most games umpired, said second-base ump Dan Bellino noticed a substance on the brim of the pitcher’s cap.
West said Gallegos told him it was sunscreen. Even so, he made the pitcher switch caps before throwing a pitch because “we don’t want anybody to be accused of cheating or any of that stuff.” The cap was sent to the commissioner’s office.
“The whole point of this is we’re trying to protect his pitcher, and he got ejected,” West said.
Shildt, who was tossed for the second time this season, said he appreciated the motivation. But he questioned why there was enforcement.
“Let’s go check the guys that are sitting there going into their glove every day with filthy stuff coming out, not some guy before he even steps on the mound with a spot on his hat,” he said.
Once the situation cooled, Gallegos squashed the threat, striking out AL MVP Jose Abreu and Mercedes.
Goodrum doubles, scores in 8th as Tigers beat Indians 1-0
DETROIT (AP) On the same day the Tigers’ general manager criticized his team’s defense, Detroit made enough plays in the field to win a game in which it had just three hits and scored once.
Niko Goodrum doubled, advanced on Jake Rogers’ bunt and scored on Robbie Grossman’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and the Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Detroit did solid work early when Cleveland was batting to keep the game scoreless.
Maybe the Tigers heard about what general manager Al Avila said.
Avila addressed the team’s shortcomings and didn’t hold back, speaking virtually to the Detroit Economic Club before the game.
“Our defense has let us down,” Avila said.
That was not the case Wednesday night.
The Tigers turned a double play in the second inning and ended it at home with Rogers tagging out Josh Naylor, who tried to score from first on Owen Miller’s double, after center fielder Akil Baddoo connected with shortstop Niko Goodrum for a relay throw.
“Two perfect throws from Akill and Niko,” Rogers said. “That’s what you dream about as a catcher.”
Detroit’s Jose Urena gave up three hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings before exiting with a forearm injury in the middle of an at-bat after a trainer made a brief visit to the mound.
Jose Cisnero, Michael Fulmer (4-3) and Gregory Soto completed the four-hitter, with Soto earning his fifth save.
“There’s nights we’re a little challenged (offensively) and thankfully we’ve pitched well enough,” Indians manager Terry Francona said.
Cal Quantrill (0-1) allowed two over three innings, along with the game’s only run, and moved toward the team’s goal of having him work longer stints.
“We got Quantrill more stretched out,” Francona said.
Cleveland’s Triston McKenzie gave up one single and three walks while striking out five in five innings.
The Tigers ended a four-game losing streak overall and a six-game skid against the Indians.
“We’re knocking on the door,” Detroit left-hander Derek Holland said. “Soon we’re gonna kick that thing down.”
Callaway banned through at least 2022 after harassment probe
NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was suspended by Major League Baseball on Wednesday through at least the end of the 2022 season following an investigation of sexual harassment allegations.
Shortly after MLB’s announcement of the suspension, the Los Angeles Angels said they had fired Callaway, the team’s pitching coach since October 2019. The Angels suspended him on Feb. 2 at the start of MLB’s investigation.
Commissioner Rob Manfred did not release details of what MLB’s probe determined, but said in a statement “I have concluded that Mr. Callaway violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.”
In a report published on Feb. 1, The Athletic said Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos.
Callaway sent uninvited and sometimes unanswered messages to the women via email, text or social media and asked one to send nude photos in return, according to the report. He often commented on their appearance in a way that made them uncomfortable and on one occasion “thrust his crotch near the face of a reporter” while she interviewed him, The Athletic said.
“We want to thank the many people who cooperated with our Department of Investigations in their work, which spanned Mr. Callaway’s positions with three different clubs,” Manfred said. “The clubs that employed Mr. Callaway each fully cooperated with DOI, including providing emails and assisting with identifying key witnesses.”
Manfred said once the 2022 season ends, Callaway can apply for possible reinstatement.
Callaway did not respond to a text from The Associated Press seeking comment.
ESPN reported a statement it said was from Callaway that it quoted as saying: “I apologize to the women who shared with investigators any interaction that made them feel uncomfortable. To be clear, I never intended to make anyone feel this way and didn’t understand that these interactions might do that or violate MLB policies. However, those are my own blind spots, and I take responsibility for the consequences.”
Star forward Drew Timme will return to Gonzaga next season
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, who led the West Coast Conference in scoring last season, announced Wednesday that he will return for his junior season with the Bulldogs and won’t pursue professional options.
Timme will improve a roster that includes the nation’s second-ranked recruiting class.
“After reviewing options with my family, I’ve decided to return to Gonzaga,” Timme said in a news release. “I am excited to come back to Spokane and continue my collegiate career.”
“I love playing at GU, being a part of the program, and can’t wait to play in front of the best fans in the country again,” Timme said.
The Bulldogs won their first 31 games last season before losing to Baylor in the national championship game. The 6-foot-10 Timme won the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award along with earning other honors.
Timme scored 19 points per game last season and also led the WCC in field-goal accuracy at 65.5%, which ranked third in the nation.
INDIANA TRACK: Stone Headed To Nationals and Two Qualify For Quarterfinal Races
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a men’s competition day as Indiana Track & Field saw one advance to the national meet and two others move on to Friday’s quarterfinals in their respective events.
In his first regional meet of his young career, Nathan Stone he punched his ticket to the final of the pole vault in Eugene, Ore. on Wednesday night. The Indianapolis, Ind. native cleared a height of 5.25m (17′ 2.75″) to finish in seventh overall.
Rikkoi Brathwaite earned an automatic spot in the quarterfinal of the 100m with a personal best time of 10.21.
Keeping the personal record streak alive, Parker Raymond also clocked a personal record in the first round of the 800m. The freshman crossed in a time of 1:48.11 to earn an auto qualifying spot in Friday’s quarter final race.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Thursday, May 27 where the women will kick off their time at the NCAA East Preliminary. Competition is slated for 3:00 p.m. starting with the long jump and pole vault.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: PURDUE MGOLF // BRADLEY SET FOR NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT GRAYHAWK
BRADLEY SET FOR NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT GRAYHAWK
- Purdue senior Cole Bradley will compete in his first NCAA National Championship this weekend, when he arrives as the Grayhawk Golf Club as one of six individual qualifiers and 156 total players vying for individual medalist honors.
- Play will begin Friday morning with the first of three rounds concluding on Sunday. A fourth and final round will be contested Monday to determine the National Champion. To advance to Memorial Day, Bradley must finish among the top-nine individuals not on one of the 15 advancing teams. In all, 84 individual players will play in Monday’s fourth and final round.
HOW WE GOT TO THIS POINT
- Bradley had a tournament to remember at the NCAA Noblesville Regional on May 17-19, earning the individual-advancing spot after earning medalist honors.
- Bradley was in a 17th-place tie after 18 holes and an even-par round of 72. He recorded three birdies and 14 pars, but lost a ball on the par-4 13th hole that resulted in a triple-bogey for his 72.
- He then moved up 10 spots into a tie for seventh with a second-round 69 for a two-round total of 3-under par 141 (72-69), three shots off the lead.
- Bradley then saved his best for the final round and a memorable back-nine surge. He trailed by three shots through 11 holes, but played his last seven holes in 5-under par to move to 10-under par to win the individual title. He entered the difficult par-3 17th hole tied with West Virginia’s Mark Goetz, but managed to record the round’s only birdie on the 17th hole, then birdied No. 18 with a downhill, bending six-foot putt for the two-stroke victory.
SOME MORE FACTS ON BRADLEY’S WIN
- Bradley entered the Noblesville Regional ranked No. 173 in the country according to Golfstat. He moved up 48 spots to No. 125 with the victory.
- Became Purdue’s first NCAA Regional individual champion since Lee Williamson in 2002, and only the second NCAA Regional medalist in school history.
- Bradley’s 65 tied the competitive course record at the Sagamore Golf Club.
- His 65 tied for the lowest score by a Purdue golfer in NCAA competition and his 7-under par was the best in NCAA competition in relation to par. The 65 is also tied for the fifth-best, 18-hole score in school history.
- Bradley’s 54-hole score of 10-under par 206 is the ninth-best, 54-hole score in Purdue history and the 10-under par is the fourth-best score in relation to par. The 206 is the third-best NCAA Regional score, but the best in relation to par. Bradley also shot a 205 at the Pullman Regional in 2019.
BRADLEY’S BOILERMAKER NOTES
- Bradley has recorded eight straight rounds of even-par or better in NCAA competition.
- Now owns the No. 9 (72.50 in 2020-21) and No. 10 (72.97 in 2018-19) lowest stroke averages in Purdue history.
- Ranks No. 8 on Purdue’s career stroke average chart (73.56)
- The win in Noblesville marked his first career victory. He’s finished in the top six of an event just once before.
- Bradley is the only player in school history to have two rounds of 67 or better in NCAA competition.
- His four rounds in the 60s in NCAA competition are the most in school history.
- Enters National Championships with four straight rounds of even-par or better.
- Father, Rob, is the head coach at Purdue and will be walking with him in Scottsdale.
PURDUE TRACK: Colebrooke, Moore Advance at NCAA East Prelims
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior Samson Colebrooke and freshman Marcellus Moore each advanced to the quarterfinals in two events as the Purdue track & field team opened competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
On a hot, sun-soaked afternoon that turned into a pleasant evening, Colebrooke and Moore advanced in the 100- and 200-meter, and Colebrooke notched the second-fastest 100 time in school history in the process. Colebrooke and Moore were two of six Boilermakers to compete a total of nine times on Wednesday’s opening day of east prelims action.
In both of their events, Colebrooke and Moore moved on from Wednesday’s 48-runner first-round field to Friday’s 24-competitor quarterfinals. The top 12 finishers on Friday advance to the national semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12.
In Purdue’s first running event of the day, Colebrooke and Moore each recorded top-17 finishes in the 100. Colebrooke finished in 10.18, the seventh-fastest time overall and a mark that is tied for No. 2 in team history. As a top-three finisher in his heat, he automatically qualified with the second-fastest time in the third heat. In the next heat, Moore finished in 10.24w, which was the 17th overall and third-fastest among non-automatic qualifiers.
Less than two hours later, the duo added a berth in the 200 quarterfinals. Colebrooke was 15th overall, in 20.84, and Moore was 23rd, in 20.91. As he finished fourth in the second heat, Colebrooke notched the fastest non-automatic-qualifying time. Moore, who was fourth in the fourth heat, edged out the 24th-place finisher by 0.01 seconds to claim the final non-automatic berth in the quarterfinals.
Junior Jalil Brewer competed in the shot put and placed 15th overall, just three places and 0.19 meters shy of punching his ticket to the NCAA Championships. His throw of 18.49 meters, which came on his second of three attempts, would be tied for No. 9 in team history if he weren’t already No. 3. Brewer’s weekend continues with the discus on Friday.
The final event of the night was the 10,000 meters, where junior Curt Eckstein placed 19th overall in 29:27.70. His time would be seventh in the Purdue record books if he didn’t set the third-fastest time two weeks ago. The race marked the end of the season for the Oldenburg, Indiana, native, who also competed at the 2020-21 NCAA Cross Country Championships and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.
Senior Malcolm Dotson raced twice, in the 200 and 400. He was 29th in the 200, in 21.04w, and, just over an hour earlier, was 41st in the 400 in 47.80. Dotson will race again as part of the 4×100 relay with Colebrooke and Moore on Friday.
Sophomore Isaiah Martin began the meet in the long jump, where he was 40th overall. He earned a mark of 6.99 meters, which came on his first attempt. Martin’s season continues at the NCAA Championships, where he qualified in the decathlon.
The four-day meet continues on Thursday, May 27, as Purdue’s women make their NCAA debut at North Florida’s stadium. The men are back in action on Friday, May 28, and the women conclude the meet on Saturday, May 29. On Thursday, field events for the Boilermakers begin at 3 p.m. ET, and running events commence at 7 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, field events start at 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, and running events get underway at 5:30 p.m.
Fans can follow all the action with live results, a live video stream (Thursday | Friday | Saturday), and the event schedule (PDF). Direct links are available on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField and on North Florida’s East Prelims headquarters page. Additional updates can be found by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Twenty Boilermakers, 11 women and nine men, qualified in 25 total events. The NCAA East Prelims, along with the West Prelims, feature 48 qualifiers in each individual event and 24 teams in each relay. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12.
PURDUE WRESTLING: Wrestling Announces 2021-22 Non-Conference Slate
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland announced the Boilermakers’ 2021-22 non-conference schedule this week, unveiling seven events for next season’s squad. The 2021 Boilermaker Duals in Holloway Gymnasium will be Purdue’s lone home event of the fall, returning to both the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational and the Midlands Championships, and traveling to four road contests.
“We’re excited about how next year’s schedule has come together,” said Ersland. “We were able to line up a variety of opponents from different conferences and return to a pair of excellent two-day tournaments in CKLV and Midlands. The goal is always to prepare our guys for the Big Ten schedule and the postseason, and I think we’ve done that with this schedule.”
The Boilermakers will open 2021-22 with road contests at Rider and Drexel, repeating a trip from the 2007-08 campaign. Purdue will compete at both schools on November 6, traveling the 45 minutes between campuses for respective duals. The Boilermakers swept the trip in 2008, earning a 24-18 win over the Broncs in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and following with a 35-6 win over the Dragons in Philadelphia.
Purdue remains on the road for the second weekend of the season, heading to Cleveland for a matchup with the Cleveland State Vikings. Purdue last met the Mid American Conference foe at the 2007 Boilermaker Duals, hosted at Benton Central High School in Oxford, Indiana, and posted a 30-6 victory over the Vikings.
The 2021 Boilermaker Duals will be hosted the weekend November 20-21, as Purdue hosts Duke, Northern Illinois and Bellarmine for a quad in Holloway. Duke is led by a pair of former Boilermaker assistant coaches as head coach Glen Lanham and assistant coach Tom Erikson return to West Lafayette. Northern Illinois returns to the event for the second straight time, coming to quad in 2019, where Purdue earned a 31-8 victory over the Huskies. Bellarmine is a recent addition to NCAA Division I status and the dual will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.
The Boilermakers return to the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational on Dec. 3-4, looking to repeat one of their best finishes in program history from 2019. Purdue placed fifth with 92.5 team points, crowning one champion and earning a pair of runner-up finishes, including returning senior Devin Schroder at 125 pounds. The team’s five placewinners matched its highest total in program history as two others earned fourth place at their respective weights, including Kendall Coleman at 157 pounds.
Purdue’s final dual of 2021 will come on hallowed grounds as Ersland returns to his hometown and high school in Humboldt, Iowa. Both Ersland and Iowa State head coach Kevin Dresser competed for the Wildcats, and the Boilermakers and Cyclones will meet on Sunday, Dec. 19, for a dual at Humboldt High School. Purdue and Iowa State have met just twice all-time, matching up on neutral turf in 1966 (Terre Haute, Indiana) and 1993 (Ann Arbor, Michigan), with the Cyclones winning both duals.
The final non-conference event of the season remains the Midlands Championships, hosted by Northwestern at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on December 29-30. The Boilermakers showed out at their last Midlands, crowning a pair of champions and finishing eighth with 75 points, despite the absence of Schroder from the lineup. Coleman took fourth at 157 pounds to round out Purdue’s trio of placewinners in the Boilermakers’ third-highest point total in event history, and their third top-10 finish in their last three trips to the tournament.
The Boilermakers await a conference schedule, but the Big Ten Championships are set for March 5-6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, while the NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 17-19 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
PURDUE BASEBALL: Grad Ceremony, Senior Day Part of Purdue’s Final Weekend
GAMEDAY INFORMATION: 3-TEAM POD
Purdue (14-25) hosts Penn State (17-23) and Minnesota (5-29)
Thursday, May 27 to Sunday, May 30 / BTN & BTN+
Purdue vs. Penn State: Thursday at 4 p.m. & Friday at 2 p.m.
Purdue vs. Minnesota: Saturday at 6 p.m. & Sunday at 4 p.m.
Penn State vs. Minnesota: Friday at 6 p.m. & Saturday at 2 p.m.
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PURDUE’S PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Thursday: Calvin Schapira (Jr, LHP) vs. PSU’s Bailey Dees (Jr, RHP)
Friday: Trent Johnson (Sr, RHP) vs. PSU’s Conor Larkin (Jr, RHP)
Saturday: Cory Brooks (R-Jr, RHP) vs. TBA for Minnesota
Sunday: TBA for Both Teams
Purdue vs. Penn State
All-Time: Purdue leads 51-33
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 27-14
Current Series Streak in West Lafayette: Purdue has won 5 straight (Since 2014)
First Meetings of 2021: Split 2 games in East Lansing (April 10-11)
Last Series in West Lafayette: Purdue swept a 2-game set (March 2019)
First Meeting: Purdue 4, Penn State 2 (March 1983 in Lakeland, Florida)
Purdue vs. Minnesota
All-Time: Minnesota leads 117-57-2
All-Time in West Lafayette: Minnesota leads 43-28-2
Current Series Streak in West Lafayette: Minnesota has won 7 straight (Since 2010)
Last Weekend in Minneapolis: Purdue won 3 of 4
Last Series in West Lafayette: Minnesota swept a 3-game set (May 2016)
Purdue’s Last Series Win in West Lafayette: Purdue swept 4-game set (April 2008)
First Meeting: Minnesota 14, Purdue 9 (April 1901 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball closes out its campaign with its first-ever four-game weekend at Alexander Field, hosting Penn State and Minnesota for the Big Ten’s final three-team pod of the unique 2021 season.
Thursday’s weekend opener vs. Penn State has been moved up to a 4 p.m. ET first pitch. Sunday’s weekend finale vs, Minnesota is also set for 4 p.m. Both games will be televised live on Big Ten Network. As of Wednesday afternoon, tickets remain available for all four days of the pod. Penn State will play a doubleheader Friday and Minnesota takes the field twice Saturday. Action begins at 2 p.m. both days.
The Boilermakers have two special events planned. University provost Jay Akridge will be on hand Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to award diplomas to the program’s seven spring graduates – Zac Fascia, Skyler Hunter, Kyle LaPlante, Trent Johnson Tyler Powers as well as team managers Drew DelaCuesta and Paul Holaway. The team was in Maryland during commencement Saturday on campus two weeks ago.
Sunday’s annual Senior Day ceremony is slated for 3:40 p.m., with 12 seniors recognized for their contributions to Purdue baseball. Along with four members of the support staff, eight players will be honored as they close out their Purdue careers this weekend – Cory Brooks, Mason Gavre, Ben Nisle, Miles Simington, Fascia, Hunter, LaPlante and Johnson. Powers plans to return next season to utilize his final season of eligibility.
Hunter is an unprecedented five-year starter in center field. He has been a constant in the lineup since Opening Day of the 2017 campaign. He has started 216 of the Boilermakers’ 222 games over the last five seasons. The switch-hitter enters the weekend with 260 career hits, most among active players in the Big Ten, and will make a run at third place (266) on the program’s all-time list this weekend.
Brooks, Johnson and Nisle all came aboard in the fall of 2017. They teamed with Hunter to help lead Purdue to 38 wins and an NCAA Regional appearance during the memorable 2018 campaign. Johnson and Nisle both represented the Boilermakers on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and Hunter was on the Big Ten All-Tournament Team that year as Purdue qualified for the championship game for the fourth time in program history.
Johnson is one of just two pitchers this century to pitch on Opening Day four years in a row and is the program’s all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings (9.46, minimum 125 innings). Nisle is a four-year starter in left field and has been a constant in the heart of the lineup dating back to Purdue’s 21-2 run during the second half of his freshman campaign.
Johnson and Brooks are slated to start in their final outings, taking the ball Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Fascia is the Boilermakers’ first full-time catcher to be a three-year starter since current big leaguer Kevin Plawecki (2010-12). Fellow transfers Gavre, LaPlante and Simington all joined the program in the fall of 2019. They were Opening Day starters in each of their two seasons. LaPlante earned his degree from Purdue in just two years. Simington has enjoyed a dynamic senior season in right field, leading the team in hits, RBI and batting average. During the home-opening weekend, Gavre hit the program’s first walk-off home run since 2006.
Going into last weekend’s action, the Boilermakers remained the only team to sweep one of the Big Ten’s three-team pods this year, accomplishing the feat the weekend of April 17 to 19 in Champaign (vs. Michigan State and Illinois). Nebraska has joined the list, winning all four of its games vs. Indiana and Ohio State in Bloomington and clinching the league title Sunday in the process. Coincidentally, the Huskers have now won the Big Ten title twice since joining the league during the 2011-12 school year. Purdue has been playing in Minneapolis both times Nebraska clinched. Back in 2017, it was the Boilermakers’ series win at Minnesota that same weekend that allowed the Huskers to take the title.
Minnesota and Penn State actually played a three-game series against each other at Alexander Field in April 2018. The Gophers swept the three-game set, which was moved from Minneapolis due to snow. Minnesota is 8-0 all-time at Alexander, sweeping series against Purdue in 2016 and 2018 en route to winning the Big Ten regular-season title.
Purdue’s last four-game home weekend doubled as the program’s last series win against Minnesota in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers swept the four-game set at Lambert Field in April 2008, the final season in which Big Ten weekends were four-game series. Purdue hosted Michigan State the following month but rained shortened the series to a three-game set.
BOILERMAKERS ALL OVER THE BASES IN MINNEAPOLIS
• Purdue posted a remarkable .474 team on-base percentage in the Minnesota series, racking up 39 free passes (30 walks, 9 HBP) to go along with 51 hits. It was a big reason why the Boilermakers scored 46 runs, their most in a four-game series since a March 2008 sweep of Western Illinois (47) at Lambert Field.
• Six Purdue players with a minimum 10 plate appearances had an OBP of .500+ – Tyler Powers (.909), Ryan Howe (.714), Ben Nisle (.600), Mike Bolton Jr. (.526), Miles Simington (.524) and Evan Albrecht (.500). Powers and Howe joined Cam Thompson (vs Iowa) as Boilermakers with a .700+ OBP in a series this season. They also accomplished the feat for the second time in their careers, joining Bryce Bonner as the only Boilermakers to do it twice since 2016.
BUTLER TRACK: Keane Caps Day 1 at NCAA East Regional by Advancing to Eugene in the 10k
Day 1 is in the books at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary in Jacksonville, Fla.
Barry Keane punched his ticket to the upcoming NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Keane earned one of the 12 spots in the NCAA field with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000 meters. Keane posted a time of 28:54.74.
Alex Masai of Hofstra won the race in 28:29.97. The 12th spot went to Christopher Alfond of UMass-Lowell (20:09.47). Butler’s Simon Bedard placed 41st in a time of 31:02.61.
Keane and Bedard will also run in Friday night’s 5,000 meters, joining teammate Euan Makepeace.
Freshman Jesse Hamlin qualified for Friday’s quarterfinals in the 1,500 meters. His time of 3:43.87 was third in heat and ninth among the 48 runners. The top 24 advanced to the quarterfinals as 12 spots in Eugene will be up for grabs. Matthew Wigelsworth was 40th in a time of 3:50.23.
Tom Pitkin also advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals with his performance in the 400-meter hurdles. In the sixth and final heat Wednesday, Pitkin got to the line in 51.78, which was good for third in the heat and one of the 24 qualifying positions. Pitkin’s time is 23rd among those who advanced.
Brendan Watkins posted a 39th place in the long jump, registering a mark of 7.01 meters (23 feet). JuVaughn Harrison of LSU was the top performer with a leap of 8.14 meters (26 feet, 8.5 inches). The top 12 jumpers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Watkins will also participate in Friday’s triple jump.
Competition runs through Saturday. The remaining men’s events will be contested Friday, while Butler’s women will compete Saturday.
Friday features the two events that will each have three Bulldogs among the 48-person field: the 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter steeple.
Butler’s 12 student-athletes participating in the Regional tops the previous school record of nine in 2011, which was the first year the meet changed to a two-region format.
The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Gargano Earns All-BIG EAST Second Team Honors
NEW YORK – Butler outfielder James Gargano landed on the All-BIG EAST Second Team after a vote from conference head coaches. The Bulldog senior started in 36 games this season and led the team in runs, hits, home runs and total bases.
Gargano hit at the top of the BU batting order throughout the season and would hold onto a .277 batting average after a team-best 141 at-bats. He recorded 39 total hits, including six doubles and seven home runs. Gargano was one of just three Bulldogs to reach 20 or more RBI’s during the 2021 season.
13 extra base hits helped Gargano bump his slugging percentage up to .468. He walked 13 times and was hit by a pitch six times to end the year with a .360 on-base percentage.
Gargano used his speed on the base paths and to cover left field for BU. He stole a team-high 10 bases and posted a .980 fielding percentage.
A four-year starter for the ‘Dawgs, Gargano capped off a stellar career with 103 runs, 130 hits and 68 RBI over 139 games played.
All-BIG EAST First Team *
Dylan Tebrake, Creighton, So., RHP ^
David Festa, Seton Hall, Jr., RHP
Nick Zwack, Xavier, Sr., LHP
Nick Mondak, St. John’s, RS-Jr., LHP
Caleb Wurster, UConn, So., LHP (RP)
Jerry Huntzinger, Seton Hall, Sr., C
Natale Monastra, Xavier, Sr., C
Matt Toke, Seton Hall, Sr., 1B
Carson Bartels, St. John’s, Grad, 2B
Jack Housinger, Xavier, Jr., SS
Marty Higgins, St. John’s, RS-Fr., 3B
Alan Roden, Creighton, Fr., DH ^
Kyler Fedko, UConn, So., OF ^
Chris Winkel, UConn, Sr., OF
Erik Stock, UConn, Jr., OF
All-BIG EAST Second Team
(listed alphabetically by team)
James Gargano, Butler, Sr., OF
Ben Casparius, UConn, Jr., RHP
Reggie Crawford, UConn, Fr., 1B/Utility
Austin Peterson, UConn, Jr., RHP
Pat Winkel, UConn, So., C
Paul Bergstrom, Creighton, So., LHP (RP)
Ryan Mantle, Creighton, Sr., 3B
Andrew Meggs, Creighton, So., 2B
Parker Upton, Creighton, Sr., OF
Ethan Routzahn, St. John’s, RS-Jr., RHP (RP)
Tyler Burnham, Seton Hall, Sr., LHP
Casey Dana, Seton Hall, Sr., DH
Will Gale, Seton Hall, RS-Fr., OF
Gordon Graceffo, Villanova, Jr., SP
Andrew Walker, Xavier, So., OF
^ denotes unanimous selection
* due to a tie in voting, there are two catchers listed on the all-conference first team
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Football Program Adds Seven Transfers for 2021
MUNCIE, Ind. — The defending MAC champion Ball State football team has added seven transfers to its roster for the 2021 season.
The Cardinals will welcome the three graduate transfers and four undergraduate transfers to the program. All will be eligible to compete immediately.
They will join a BSU program coming off a championship season that saw the Cardinals finish 7-1, win the first bowl game in school history and end the year nationally ranked at No. 23 in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls.
Ball State returns 16 “super seniors” and 20 starters from that team to go along with 21 incoming freshmen (PDF) and these seven transfers.
Incoming Transfers for 2021 (bios below)
Chayce Bishop, WR, 5-11, 190, R-Fr., Franklin, Tenn. (Independence) (Tennessee)
Casey Coll, TE, 6-2, 245, Grad, Lizton, Ind. (Tri-West) (Saint Francis)
Trenton Hatfield, S, 6-2, 203, Grad, Muncie, Ind. (Central) (Illinois State)
Jayshon Jackson, WR, 5-10, 175, Jr., Chicago, Ill. (Simeon) (Cincinnati)
Damon Kaylor, OL, 6-5, 315, R-So., Huntington, Ind. (North) (Michigan State)
Latrelle Smith, CB, 5-10, 170, R-So., Hampton, Va. (Phoebus) (William & Mary)
Jordan Ward, DL, 6-1, 285, Grad, Frederick, Md. (Briar Woods) (VMI)
Chayce Bishop, WR, 5-11, 190, R-Fr., Franklin, Tenn. (Independence) (Tennessee)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent one season at Tennessee where he redshirted … HIGH SCHOOL: Played two seasons at Independence as a wide receiver and defensive back after starting his career at Brentwood High … played for coach Scott Blade at Independence … Class 6A first-team all-region as a senior in 2019 … the No. 35 overall player in the state of Tennessee for his class on the 247Sports Composite rankings … caught 38 passes for 588 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior … also a member of the track team and a state champion in the 4×100 meter relay … PERSONAL: Son of Blaine and Cella Bishop … father was an all-conference safety at Ball State and later a three-time All-Pro with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans organization … born May 4, 2001 … full name is Chayce Xavier Bishop.
Casey Coll, TE, 6-2, 245, Grad, Lizton, Ind. (Tri-West) (Saint Francis)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Played three seasons at Saint Francis in Fort Wayne … a member of the Cougars’ 2017 NAIA national championship team … a second-team All-Mid-States Football Association selection in 2019 … recorded 31 career receptions for 314 yards and five touchdowns … had a long catch of 64 yards … HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Tri-West where he was coached by his father Chris Coll … a first-team all-state and first-team All-Sagamore Athletic Conference selection as a junior and senior … two-time team captain and MVP … finished his high school career with 158 receptions for 2,283 yards and 23 touchdowns … caught 11 touchdowns as a senior … helped Tri-West win the 2014 Class 3A state championship … graduated with a 3.9 GPA … PERSONAL: Son of Chris and Deena Coll … has two brothers … brother Clayton is a linebacker for Ball State … born Sept. 11, 1998 … full name is Casey Michael Coll.
Trenton Hatfield, S, 6-2, 203, Grad, Muncie, Ind. (Central) (Illinois State)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Played three seasons at Illinois State after redshirting as a true freshman … appeared in all 26 games over the 2018 and 2019 seasons and two of the four games in the Redbirds’ shortened 2021 spring campaign … spent time at quarterback, running back and on special teams in addition to his work at safety … helped Illinois State to the FCS quarterfinals in 2019 … HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter as a quarterback at Muncie Central … played for head coach Adam Morris … set school career records for total yards (7,062), passing yards (5,503) and total touchdowns (57) … an all-state and three-time All-North Central Conference selection … chosen to play in the Blue-Grey High School All-American Game as a senior … East Central Indiana Athlete of the Year by the Star Press … team captain … racked up 3,503 yards of total offense with 32 total touchdowns as a senior … helped lead Central to the most wins in school history and its first playoff win in 11 years … named MVP at the Best of the Midwest Combine and the Preps 2 Prospects Showcase before his senior season … named a top-five quarterback at the Nike Elite II Regionals … also a four-year letterwinner in basketball, earning IBCA Top 100 underclassmen honors as a junior … member of the National Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society … honor roll every semester … PERSONAL: Son of Lynne and Dr. Bob Hatfield … the youngest of six children … mother played volleyball at Florida State, and father played football at Wabash … grandfather Ted Fullhart played basketball at Ball State, and brother-in-law Darius Hill played football for the Cardinals … born Sept. 24, 1998 … full name is Trenton Dailey Hatfield.
Jayshon Jackson, WR, 5-10, 175, Jr., Chicago, Ill. (Simeon) (Cincinnati)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Played three seasons at Cincinnati … recorded 67 career receptions for 786 yards and three touchdowns … second-leading receiver with 337 yards on 27 catches for a Bearcats team ranked among the top 10 nationally in 2020 … an American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team selection … HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Simeon … played for coach Dante Culbreath … a composite three-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 19 player in Illinois by Rivals.com … earned a spot on the 2017 Chicago Sun-Times All-Public League Football Team … played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, cornerback and safety at different times … also ran track… tabbed as one of the top 10 wideouts and top 50 players in Chicago prior to the 2017 season by the Sun-Times … named to the 2016 Sun-Times All-Public League Football Team … also a consensus all-city, all-conference and all-state player in 2016 … PERSONAL: Son of John and Sardashia Jackson … has three sisters and two brothers … born Dec. 6, 1999 … full name is Jayshon Jamal Jackson.
Damon Kaylor, OL, 6-5, 315, R-So., Huntington, Ind. (North) (Michigan State)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Michigan State … earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a redshirt freshman in 2020 … HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Huntington North … played for head coach Rick Burnau … ranked one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the state of Indiana by 247Sports (No. 3), ESPN.com (No. 3) and Rivals.com (No. 4) … rated among the top 100 overall players in the Midwest by ESPN.com … named one of the top players in Indiana by Rivals.com (No. 13), ESPN.com (No. 13) and 247Sports (No. 20) … listed among the best offensive tackles in the nation by Rivals.com (No. 83) and ESPN.com (No. 85) … played both right and left tackle at Huntington North … named to the All-Northeast Indiana First Team by The Journal Gazette … two-time All-Northeast 8 Conference selection, including first-team as a senior … also competed in shot put and discus … PERSONAL: Son of Blaine and Teresa Kaylor … born Sept. 24, 2000 … full name is Damon Blaine Kaylor.
Latrelle Smith, CB, 5-10, 170, R-So., Hampton, Va. (Phoebus) (William & Mary)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at William & Mary … appeared in all 12 games with nine starts as a true freshman in 2019 … registered 47 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble … had 10 tackles with a TFL at Virginia and nine stops against No. 2 James Madison … did not play in the Tribe’s shortened 2021 spring season … HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner as a defensive back, wide receiver and returner at Phoebus High School … played for head coach Jeremy Blunt … first-team all-state, all-region and all-district as a defensive back as a senior in 2018 after totaling seven interceptions and 40 solo tackles … also compiled 1,279 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 to earn second-team all-state honors as a punt returner … a first-team all-region and all-district selection as a punt returner in 2018 … second-team all-region and all-district choice as a wide receiver as a senior … first-team all-district as an all-purpose standout in 2018 … first-team All-757 defensive back by the Daily Press as a senior … earned Highest Honors academically at Phoebus … PERSONAL: Son of Julius and Lisa Leaks … has three siblings … sister Roshelle is a member of the track & field team at Delaware … born Sept. 5, 2001 … full name is Latrelle Ivan Smith.
Jordan Ward, DL, 6-1, 285, Grad, Frederick, Md. (Briar Woods) (VMI)
PREVIOUS COLLEGE: Played four years on the defensive line at VMI … a first-team All-Southern Conference selection as a senior … two-year team captain … part of a turnaround that saw the Keydets go from 0-11 his freshman season to 6-2 with the program’s first SoCon championship since 1977 and first-ever FCS playoff appearance in his final campaign … appeared in 42 games and made 18 starts for his career … racked up 125 career tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks … had a career-high 4.0 sacks in the shortened 2021 spring season, including 2.0 in a playoff game against No.1-ranked James Madison … had a team-high 11 TFLs in 2019 … Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll selection on multiple occasions … HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Briar Woods for coach Charles Pierce … posted 165 tackles over his final two seasons with 14 TFLs, 6.0 sacks and four forced fumbles … also had an interception … had 118 tackles and 11 TFLs as a senior … named his team’s MVP and defensive player of the year as a senior in 2016 … first-team all-conference and second-team all-region in 2016 … a second-team all-conference selection in 2015 … also a three-year member of the swimming team … a four-year honor roll student … National Honor Society member … an Eagle Scout … PERSONAL: Son of Tanya and Kelvin Ward … has one brother and one sister … father played football at Appalachian State … born June 17, 1999 … full name is Jordan Emanuel Ward.
NOTRE DAME TRACK: SHOAF SETS ND RECORD AND ADVANCES TO NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Fighting Irish track and field men’s team got the NCAA East Regionals underway for Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon and evening. The Irish qualified one individual for the NCAA Championships and had two more move on to their event finals on Friday with a chance to move on to Eugene in June.
Michael Shoaf was the first Notre Dame athlete to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene next month with the performance of his life in the shot put. Shoaf set the Notre Dame program record with a mark of 18.91m to take ninth and earn a spot in the championship field.
Yared Nuguse, the NCAA record holder and defending champion in the 1,500m, easily qualified for Friday’s finals by winning his heat with a mark of 3:44.34.
In the 800m, Notre Dame’s Samuel Voelz cruised to a second-place finish in his heat by crossing the line in 1:48.47 to post the fifth best time in prelims and earn a spot in Friday’s final with a chance to go to Oregon for the NCAA Championships.
Day two of the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville will feature the women’s team, as events begin on Thursday, May 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET with the hammer throw and javelin.
NCAA REGIONALS – DAY 1
May 26, 2021
5 – Samuel Voelz (1:48.47 – Qualified for Friday’s Final)
15 – Yared Nuguse (3:44.34 – Qualified for Friday’s Final)
48 – Jake Renfree (3:57.59)
14 – Kenny Vasbinder (29:10.14)
22 – Joshua Methner (29:35.76)
24 – Kevin Salvano (29:41.21)
30 – Danny Kilrea (30:00.09)
38 – Tom Seitzer (30:38.78)
46 – Brendan Fraser (32:33.39)
16 – Colton Crum (5.15m)
9 – Michael Shoaf (PR: 18.91m – ND Record – Qualifies for NCAA Championships)
24 – Logan Kusky (61.87m)
19 – Austin Parsons (66.40m)
45 – John Keenan (59.36m)
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: NO. 3 IRISH SHUT OUT HOKIES, 8-0
CHARLOTTE — The top-seeded Notre Dame baseball team continued its winning ways in the first game of the ACC Championship with a 8-0 win over 12-seed Virginia Tech Wednesday at Truist Field.
Jared Miller and Zack Prajzner were the stars at the plate for the Irish against the Hokies, as Miller finished the day with two extra base hits and two RBI. He led off the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season and then hit an RBI triple the very next inning. Prajzner set a career high with four hits with an RBI and a run scored.
On the mound, Will Mercer had one of his best performances of the season to start the Irish off. He tied a career high with five innings pitched, did not allow a run and scattered three hits. Alex Rao came on from the pen for the next three scoreless innings without allowing a hit. Then Liam Simon finished the shutout off with a scoreless ninth inning.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Offense was at a premium early on as both pitching staffs were putting together a strong game through the first four innings.
The Irish broke through in the fifth inning as the bases were loaded with just one out. With Carter Putz at the plate, the ball got away from the Hokie catcher and Prajzner scampered home for the first run of the game.
Mercer was on it for the Irish after working around a few errors in the first inning. The Hokies loaded the bases but Mercer got a fly out to end the frame without any damage. After that inning, he retired 10 Hokies in a row between the first and fourth inning. After five innings of work, the Irish held a 1-0 advantage.
The Irish continued to work in the sixth, this time with a leadoff home run. Miller crushed a ball 420-feet over the center field wall for his fourth home run of the season. Later in the inning, Brooks Coetzee scored on a fielder’s choice from Spencer Myers. Myers also came home to score in the inning after an RBI single by Ryan Cole to left field.
Notre Dame kept the offense rolling in the seventh inning and Miller was the catalyst once again. He tripled down the left field line to score Jack Brannigan from first. Miller came home on the very next batter as Coetzee tallied an RBI single to left. After seven innings of play, Notre Dame led 6-0.
The Irish added two insurance runs in the ninth when Carter Putz scored on a sacrifice fly and Prajzner tallied an RBI single.
Pool A will be on the line on Friday when the Irish face the eight-seed Virginia Cavaliers. The winner of the game will move onto the semifinals on Saturday against the winner of Pool D. Friday’s matchup between the Irish and Cavaliers will start at 11 a.m. ET from Truist Field and will be aired on RSN (check your local listings) and the ACC Network Extra.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Advance in Winners Bracket as Guerrero Tosses Complete Game
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Indiana State’s Geremy Guerrero was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday and answered with a complete-game effort as the two-seeded Sycamores defeated No. 6 seed Illinois State, 5-2, at Itchy Jones Stadium in the opening round of the MVC Championship Wednesday.
Guerrero struck out four Redbirds and surrendered just one free base over the nine-inning outing. The left-hander allowed one run in the second and another in the ninth on seven Illinois State hits but settled in during the middle of the game, and at one point retired 10-straight ILS batters. The Metamora, Ill., native improved to 10-1 on the season — moving into a tie for sixth-place all-time in single-season wins.
Guerrero was rock solid on the mound, but the Sycamores (28-17) got a career performance from right fielder Ellison Hanna II as the Nassau, Bahamas native belted two home runs in the game — matching his total on the season entering the game.
After Illinois State (23-33) scored the first run of the game in the top of the second on a Joe Butler single to center, Hanna answered emphatically with a first-pitch two-run blast that cleared the scoreboard in right center.
Both Guerrero and ILS starting pitcher Colton Johnson controlled much of the middle portion of the game from the mound as each sat down at least eight straight batters.
The Sycamores would get a couple insurance runs in the seventh inning as Hanna belted the first pitch that he saw out to right field for his second home run of the game. ISU kept the momentum going as Sean Ross reached on a base hit before coming home to score two batters later on a Josue Urdaneta double to left.
Indiana State picked up back-to-back doubles from Miguel Rivera and Brian Fuentes in the eighth to add to the lead.
First Team All-MVC selection Jordan Schaffer reached on base hits in three plate appearances for the Sycamores while Hanna added three hits and three runs batted in. Rivera and Ross each tallied a pair of base hits as ISU outhit the Redbirds 13-7 on the day.
Johnson took the loss for Illinois State and fell to 3-5 on the season. The Sycamores put up a season-high 11 base hits on the Redbird ace while only striking out three times and drawing one walk.
Butler led the Redbirds at the plate with a three-hit day while Tyson Hays added two hits.
Indiana State had the leadoff man reach in five innings but also rolled into four double plays during the game — including three in the first five innings.
The Sycamores will play the winner of the Southern Illinois and Bradley game Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.
INDIANA STATE TRACK: Lewis-Banks Qualifies for Hurdles Quarterfinal on Day One of East Regional
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Matthew Lewis-Banks led the Indiana State delegation on day one of the NCAA East Regional, earning a spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 110-meter hurdles on Friday.
Lewis-Banks unleashed the best performance of his career in the opening round of the 110-meter hurdles in Hodges Stadium. Battling heat and humidity in addition to some of the best athletes in the nation, Lewis-Banks qualified for Friday’s quarterfinal round with an automatic spot, placing third in the final heat with the seventh-best time in Sycamore history of 13.79. His time was good enough for 19th overall and he will take the track once again at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, May 25 for the quarterfinals.
The freshman campaign of thrower Wyatt Puff came to an end on Friday evening. Competing in the men’s shot put, Puff placed fifth in flight one with a best toss of 16.98m (55-08.50). Puff earned his way into the East Preliminary Round at the MVC Championships after placing seventh with the seventh-best toss in ISU history of 17.81m (58-05.25), seeding him at 42nd in the East.
The lone Sycamore sprinter of the day, JaVaughn Moore, saw his individual season end in the men’s 100-meter dash first round. The Marietta, Ga., native clocked a time of 10.58 to claim an eighth-place finish in heat one of the event. Moore’s individual season wraps up with three Missouri Valley Conference titles (60m dash, 100m dash, 200m dash) while also earning runner-up honors in the indoor 200-meter dash. At the Crimson Tide Invitational, Moore ran to the third-fastest time in ISU history of 10.39 to qualify for the preliminary round. The outdoor sophomore’s week isn’t completed, however, as he will compete as a member of the men’s 4X100-meter relay squad on Friday.
Frankie Young III’s standout season came to an end on Wednesday in the men’s long jump. The Zionsville, Ind., native was slated to enter the East Preliminary Round with the top mark in the Valley of 7.52m (24-08.25), which was also the sixth-best jump in Indiana State history. The outdoor sophomore placed no lower than seventh in a regular season meet during the 2021 campaign.
Action at North Florida will resume on Friday afternoon with Kevin Krutsch in the men’s high jump at 1 p.m. ET.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Battling back, Evansville falls in wild MVC Championship opener
CARBONDALE, Ill. – Battling back time and time again, the University of Evansville baseball team came up just short in its MVC Championship opener in a 10-9 loss in 12 innings to Illinois State on Tuesday evening at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
“It was just a heartbreaking loss. Our seniors left it all out on the field,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “The efforts we got from Troy Beilsmith, with some unbelievable at-bats, Ben Komonosky, caught just such a great game, Craig Shepherd, who’s fought through injury over the past month and he couldn’t get in there tonight, and then for Nathan Croner to go out there and make some competitive pitches deep, deep into that game. Our seniors really left it out on the field and our program is better today than when these seniors came in years ago. I couldn’t be more proud of them and just proud of our team and the effort we gave in a hard-fought extra-inning battle. No team wanted to lose that game and here we are in the middle of a competitive Missouri Valley Conference game where are backs are against the wall, we just put up such great effort and had multiple chances to close the door and couldn’t find a way to get the final two outs with the lead. This team is special to me. All year they’ve battled back and never gave up and it was a good step in the right direction for our program and I’m really proud of each and every one of them.”
A game that was closely contested from the first pitch, opened up with explosive offensive efforts from both sides. The Aces got rolling in the top of the first as sophomore Eric Roberts blasted a three-run home run to give Evansville the lead.
A back-and-forth contest saw the pendulum of momentum sway to Illinois State as the Redbirds tallied three runs in both the bottom of the first and second innings, taking over a 6-3 advantage.
As has been true all season, Evansville was resilient. The Aces pulled a run back in the third as Kenton Crews capitalized on an earlier Redbird error, driving-in Beilsmith with a double down the left field line.
Beilsmith scored another run in the fifth as Tanner Craig drove a single up the middle to cut Evansville’s deficit to just one. Later in the fifth, the Aces tied the game with an RBI single from Danny Borgstrom that rewarded Craig for his earlier RBI.
For the second time of the day and the first since the top of the first, Evansville took the lead as it was Borgstrom again who drove home a run with another RBI single, this one down the left field line as Roberts crossed home to put the Aces in front, 7-6.
Despite giving-up six runs early, Evansville starter Shane Gray settled in and recorded four-straight clean frames to keep the Aces in the game.
As was true all day, each Evansville run was answered by the Redbirds as Illinois State scored off an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at seven.
Evansville turned to reliever Jakob Meyer in the eighth with two outs and Meyer helped the Aces get out of a bit of a jam, inducing a groundout to end the threat.
As the game entered extra innings, the Aces took a lead following a marathon at-bat. Brent Widder worked a 13-pitch at-bat that would result in a base-hit. Widder took the 13th pitch and chopped it high into the air. As the ball floated in the air, Widder sprinted towards first as Malley headed home. The ball stayed in the air long enough to allow Widder to reach safely and Malley to score, giving UE an 8-7 lead.
With one out, Illinois State answered in the bottom of the 10th, scoring with a long drive to center that fell in.
Evansville nearly replicated the 10th inning in the 12th as Widder again came to the plate with Malley at third. Working much earlier in this at-bat, Widder bounced a ball to short that forced a difficult throw from the Redbird shortstop reaching safely and advancing to second as the throw went wide, again scoring Malley to take a 9-8 lead.
Meyer’s day came to an end prior to the bottom of the 12th after the closer dodged jam after jam, going a season-high 3.1 innings, allowing one run and recording four important strikeouts.
In the bottom of the 12th, the Aces brought veteran Nathan Croner to the mound. Croner quickly worked a leadoff strikeout to hand Illinois State an out to open the inning. The next batter, Ryan Cermak, tied the game with one swing, lifting a solo homer to left center to lock the game at nine again. After a pair of walks and a hit by pitch, Croner found himself in a difficult spot, working a 3-2 count to Jeremy Gaines. Croner’s pitch was connected with by Gaines, who sent it over the mound and up the middle, scoring Joe Butler and giving the Redbirds a walk-off win.
Evansville’s season concludes with a 28-27 record as the Aces earn their first winning season since 2016.
INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Smith Voted DII Freshman of the Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Indianapolis pitcher Kenzee Smith was named the 2021 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year, the NFCA announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Smith, a first-team NFCA All-American, played an instrumental role in the Greyhounds’ road to a NCAA Midwest Region final. In 31 appearances and 24 starts, the rookie hurler posted a 23-3 mark with a 1.21 ERA and 173 strikeouts over 167.1 innings of work. Smith registered eight shutouts, held her opponents to a .168 batting average and surrendered just four home runs in 677 plate appearances.
In addition to her All-America and freshman honors, Smith is a finalist for the Schutt Sports / NFCA DII Pitcher of the Year and was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year. Ranking highly in several NCAA statistical categories, the Indianapolis native and Decatur Central grad sits in the top 25 in victories (t-7th), hits allowed per game (11th), complete games (15th), ERA (16th) and strikeouts (25th).
Created in 2015, the award honors the outstanding athletic achievement among freshman softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II. To be eligible, student-athletes must come from a NFCA member institution. With the cancellation of last year’s season due to COVID-19, eligible candidates may hail from the 2020 and 2021 freshman classes.
The other seven finalists for the award were Kutztown’s Brianna Hughes (Atlantic), Augustana’s Torri Chute (Central), Georgian Court’s Alyssa Herrera (East), Rollins’ Ali Shenefield (South), MSU Denver’s Shelby Robb (South Central), Columbus State’s Caitlyn Canady (Southeast) and Northwest Nazarene’s Sidney Booth (West).
Past winners include Janessa Bassett (Dixie State – 2015), Autumn Humes (Harding – 2017), Bailey McKittrick (Central Oklahoma – 2019), Callie Nunes (Concordia Irvine – 2018) and Charlotte Romero (Colorado Christian – 2016).
INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Greyhounds Dot All-GLVC Football List
INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference released its 2020-21 All-GLVC honorees Wednesday, with UIndy earning a number of accolades. In addition to six Greyhounds on the all-conference list, UIndy garnered three of the five major awards, including GLVC Defensive Player of the Year Mitch Dewitt, GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year Daveon Bell and GLVC Coach of the Year Chris Keevers.
Dewitt established himself as the top defensive back this spring, becoming the first Greyhound in program history to be named GLVC Defensive Player of the Year. The graduate student out of New Paris, Ind., tallied nine tackles, two pass breakups, and one quarterback hit in three games, with a pair of stops coming in the GLVC championship game against Truman on April 24. In addition to the major award, Dewitt was a unanimous selection to the All-GLVC First Team.
Joining his teammate as unanimous choice on the league’s top team this spring is Bell, who earned UIndy’s first GLVC Special Teams Player of the Year since Brad Schickel in 2017 and first Greyhound returner since Reece Horn in 2015. Bell led the Conference with a kickoff return average of 29.6, totaling 296 yards on 10 attempts. The senior also fielded seven punts, compiling 85 return yards with a long of 34. The local product of Lawrence Central led the Greyhounds with 285 yards and 26 receptions as a wideout, scoring one touchdown.
Keevers returned UIndy to form this spring, leading the Greyhounds to their league-best seventh GLVC championship with the 46-29 win over Truman on April 24. UIndy averaged 45 points offensively this spring, while the defense allowed just 17.3 points per game and tallied a shutout in the season opener at Quincy University on April 3. Keevers’ win marks the fifth time a UIndy mentor was voted the league’s Coach of the Year and the first since four-time recipient Bob Bartolomeo in 2017.
Also recognized Wednesday were All-GLVC First Teamers Dan McHale (OL), Aaron Matio (WR) and Connor Steeb (DB). Tight end/h-back Joseph Sarabia collected All-GLVC Honorable Mention. See below for the complete 2021 All-GLVC football teams and major award winners.
In addition, Dewitt was selected as UIndy’s GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award Individual nominee. The student-athletes chosen were individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners.
GLVC OFFENSIVE OF THE YEAR
Cooper Callis, Jr., Southwest Baptist
GLVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mitch Dewitt, Gr., UIndy
GLVC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daveon Bell, Sr., UIndy
GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Nolan Hair, Truman
GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR
Chris Keevers, UIndy
ALL-GLVC FIRST TEAM
|Dan McHale, Gr., OL, UIndy||Shelby Benn, Sr., DL, MCK|
|BJ Wilson, Jr., OL, QU||Collin Olla-Chatman, Fr., DL, QU|
|Danny Presler, Jr., OL, WJC||Kenderick Scarbrough, Fr., DL, TSU|
|Ryan Truvillion, Sr., OL, S&T||Mike Tucker, Sr., Sr., LB, MCK|
|Jacob VanDoren, Sr., OL, TSU||Peyten Chappel, Jr., LB, QU|
|Jake Stevenson, Sr., OL, MCK||Reed McBroom, Sr., LB, TSU|
|Cooper Callis, Jr., QB, SBU||Aaron Harris, Jr., LB, SBU|
|Cody Schrader, So., RB, TSU*||Kole Wagener, Sr., LB, WJC|
|Daveon Bell, Sr., R, UIndy*||Mitch Dewitt, Gr., DB, UIndy*|
|Aaron Matio, Gr., R, UIndy||Connor Steeb, Gr., DB, UIndy|
|Jalik Jaggwe, Sr., WR, WJC||Ben Watson, So., DB, TSU|
|Curtis Cuillard, Sr., R, SBU||Myles Nash, Fr., DB, WJC|
|Jacob Ellis, Jr., TE, TSU||Devon Myles, Sr., DB, MCK|
|Jacob Morris, Jr., O-UT, TSU||Caleb Shipley, Sr., D-UT, MCK|
|Robert Greco, So., DL, TSU||Josh Lazaro, Sr., K, MCK|
|Alec Devecchi, So., DL, TSU||Jaylen Jefferson, Jr., P/KR, TSU|
|Chase Cole, Fr., P, S&T|
|* denots unanimous selection|
ALL GLVC HONORABLE MENTION
|Nino Schmitt, Sr., OL, S&T||Steven Leadlove, Sr., TE, MCK|
|Josh Thornton, Sr., OL, S&T||Chance Deitz, Jr., O-UT, SBU|
|Zach White, Jr., OL, WJC||Killian Carper, So., DL, SBU|
|Dami Oyesanya, So., OL, SBU||Marcel Scott, Jr., DL, QU|
|Nathan Schaffner, Gr., OL, SBU||Henry Preckel, Jr., DL, S&T|
|Max Snell, Jr., OL, QU||Isaiah Estes, Fr., LB, TSU|
|Nolan Hair, Fr., QB, TSU||Troy Landon, Fr., DB, SBU|
|Will Schnieder, Sr., QB, WJC||Ben Thomas, So., DB, TSU|
|Josh Brown, Sr., R, S&T||Drew Crooks, So., DB, MCK|
|Jake Bachman, So., R, MCK||Lazerick Hill, Fr., DB, QU|
|Dante Ruffin, Jr., R, TSU||Bryton Lewi, Jr., DB, SBU|
|Jordan Kent, Fr., R, SBU||Gianni D’Arienzo, Sr., DB, WJC|
|Joseph Sarabia, Sr., TE, UIndy||Joshua Scheiderer, Jr., K, TSU|
GLVC SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD
Truman State University
GLVC SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES
Mitch Dewitt, UIndy
Devon Myles, MCK
Todd Drury, S&T
Will Henegar, QU
Cooper Callis, SBU
Dante Ruffin, TSU
Danny Presler, WJC
VALPO BASEBALL: Valpo Falls to DBU to Open Double-Elimination Portion of MVC Tournament
The Valparaiso University baseball team faced a quick turnaround with the first game of the day on Wednesday following a resilient, extra-inning win over Missouri State that wrapped up late Tuesday evening. Top-seeded DBU defeated Valpo 12-2 in seven innings to begin the double-elimination portion of the MVC Tournament at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale. Valpo will be back in action in an elimination game that begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
How It Happened
Valpo starter Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) retired the side in order in the opening inning, but was touched for a pair of runs in the second, a DBU inning that was aided by a passed ball. A 5-4-3 double play helped minimize the second-inning damage to two.
DBU plated eight runs in the bottom of the third to increase the lead to 10-0.
Angel DiFederico ripped a two-run triple in the top of the fourth to get Valpo on the board. Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) and Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) had connected on back-to-back singles to start the inning and crossed the dish on the DiFederico drive to right center.
Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) worked a scoreless fourth, but DBU added to the lead in the fifth on a solo homer to make it 11-2.
Left-hander Jake Miller (Chesterton, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) came on for the sixth and worked a scoreless inning to keep the deficit at nine.
DBU scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to invoke the run rule.
Inside the Game
DiFederico’s triple was the first of his collegiate career.
Valpo’s six hits all came from different players.
Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) extended his on-base streak to 18, tying Steven Fitzsimmons for the second-longest streak by a Valpo player this season behind Brady Renfro’s 21 gamer.
Valpo played errorless defense for the 18th time this season.
This was Valpo’s first game decided by a double-figure margin since a 12-1 setback on April 18 at Indiana State.
Valpo (15-34) will play an elimination game on Thursday at 10 a.m. against the loser of Wednesday’s game between Indiana State and Illinois State. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.
MIAMI TRACK: Two Clinch Quarterfinals Spots on Day One of NCAA Prelims
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — In the Florida heat and humidity, five RedHawks competed at the NCAA East Region Preliminary on Wednesday.
Sophomore Anthony Camerieri was the top RedHawk in the men’s 1500 meter event, qualifying for the Friday quarterfinal. Camerieri took sixth in the third heat, finishing in 3:44.18, the-13th fastest time overall in the event. Christopher Torpy and Sean Torpy also competed in the event for Miami, with Chris taking 37th overall with a time of 3:49.20 and Sean taking 46th with a 3:55.55. Wrapping up his career in the 1500m, Christopher Torpy finishes his time in the Red and White among the top-10 in Miami’s record book in the 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase. He made three career appearances in the NCAA preliminary rounds throughout his career and booked a trip to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships for the 1500m in 2018-19, where he was named a second-team All-American.
Finley Mclear continued his stellar 2021 outdoor track season over in the men’s 800 meters, grabbing first place in his heat with a 1:50.85, which automatically qualified him to Friday’s semifinal. Andrew Schroff and Sean Torpy joined Mclear in the 800m, as Schroff took 36th overall (1:51.74) and Torpy grabbed 40th (1:52.17). Sean Torpy wraps up his Miami career after the 800, finishing his time at Miami with three Miami all-time top-10 times in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m, and was Miami’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year in 2018-19. An Honorable Mention All-American as a junior, he has made three NCAA preliminary appearances during his time as a RedHawk, including a trip to the National Championships as a junior in the 800m.
The RedHawks continue their adventures in Jacksonville with day two of the NCAA East Preliminary. Olivia Bechtel is the lone Miami competitor tomorrow, as she looks to add to her record-breaking senior season in the 200- and 400-meter events on the track.
WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raiders begin HL Championship play Thursday morning against Milwaukee
Teams: No. 1 Wright State (32-11)
No. 2 UIC (29-16)
No. 3 Youngstown State (32-22)
No. 4 Milwaukee (20-31)
Location: Nischwitz Stadium / Dayton, OH
The Wright State baseball team begins its postseason run on Thursday morning as the top-seeded Raiders take on No. 4 Milwaukee in the opening game of the 2021 Horizon League Championship. Wright State captured the HL regular season title for the third consecutive season (2018, 2019, 2021) and the fourth time in the last five years overall to earn hosting duties for the tournament at Nischwitz Stadium. The Raiders are 32-11 overall this season, while Milwaukee was 20-31 during the regular season.
No. 2 seed UIC and No. 3 Youngstown State meet in the second game of the tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. The winners from games one and two on Thursday will advance to face each other at 12 p.m. on Friday, while game one and two losers will face off in an elimination game Thursday night.
Tickets are available for purchase, with all purchases to be made at the gate at Nischwitz Stadium. All-Tournament Passes can be purchased for $25, while Day Passes are $10. Horizon League students with their ID cards and children under five years old are admitted free. Spectators should stay in their family grouping and maintain social distancing. Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors. The university strongly recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks when they cannot maintain safe distancing from others.
All games of the 2021 Horizon League Championship will be streamed on ESPN+, while fans can follow the action with live stats for each game. All links are available on the team’s schedule page.
LAST TIME OUT
Wright State posted 27 runs in a three-game series win over visiting Charleston in a late series added to keep the Raiders sharp for this weekend’s Horizon League Championship. The Raiders hit .271 as a team with an .469 slugging percentage, totaling eight doubles, three home runs and one triple as seven different players drove in multiple RBI, paced by Sammy Sass’ eight RBI. On the mound, Wright State pitchers struck out 23 batters in 27 innings, allowing seven runs (seven earned). The Raiders had 15 different pitchers see action in the series in preparation for the HL Championships.
HAMILTON NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Quincy Hamilton earned Horizon League Player of the Year honors on Tuesday afternoon, marking the third straight awards season that Wright State has captured HL Player of the Year honors, following Peyton Burdick in 2019 and Gabe Snyder in 2018. Awards were not presented due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 season. Wright State has won eight Player of the Year honors overall, all since the 2007 season. Hamilton hit for a .358 overall average with 17 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 53 RBI with 70 runs scored, with his batting average improving to .412 in Horizon League contests.
CHECKING THE LATEST TRENDS
Entering the postseason, Alex Alders’ 10-game hitting streak is the longest active mark on the Raider roster, followed by Alec Sayre’s nine-game hitting streak. Sayre previously had a 13-game hitting streak during the season, while Sammy Sass had a 16-game hitting streak, the longest on the roster this season, snapped in the Milwaukee series late in the regular season. Justin McConnell had an 11-game streak earlier in the season as well. Damon Dues has reached base in 19 straight games, with Justin McConnell having reached in 18 straight games. Sammy Sass, Tyler Black and Alex Alders have all reached in 10 consecutive games. Quincy Hamilton had his 30-game reached base streak snapped in the Milwaukee series, while 10 different Raiders have had reached base streaks of 10 or more games at some point during the season. Damon Dues and Tyler Black have both tallied 19 multi-hit games to pae the offense, followed by Hamilton (16), Sass & Alders (14 each). Tyler Black, Sammy Sass and Zane Harris all have 15 multi-RBI games to lead the team, while Hamilton (14) and Sayre (10) are also in double digits.
Entering the postseason, Wright State leads the country in five national categories: Batting Average (.336), On-Base Percentage (.446), Slugging Percentage (.567), Doubles per Game (2.70), and Scoring (10.4 per). The Raiders’ 448 total runs is No. 2 nationally, while their 116 total doubles is No. 4. Wright State’s 284 total drawn walks is No. 7 nationally, while the pitching staff’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is 3.21, which is also No. 10 nationally.
HL AWARDS SEASON
Wright State received 11 Horizon League honors, the league office announced Tuesday, headlined by Quincy Hamilton earning Player of the Year honors and head coach Alex Sogard winning his second straight Coach of the Year award. In addition to the major awards, the Raiders placed five players on the All-League First Team, with Tyler Black, Austin Cline, Sammy Sass and Alec Sayre joining Hamilton. Three Raiders – Bradley Brehmer, Damon Dues and Zane Harris – earned Second Team honors, while Jake Shirk earned All-Freshman Team honors. (All-Freshman eligibility was limited to those players using their first year of collegiate eligibility in 2021.)
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
No. 2 UIC
UIC enters the postseason with a 29-16 overall record and a 28-11 HL record, while Youngstown State is 32-22 overall with a 24-16 mark in the Horizon. UIC has won 11 straight games and 19 of its last 20 overall. UIC and Youngstown State split their eight regular season meetings, with each side winning three of four games at its home park.
No. 3 YOUNGSTOWN STATE
Youngstown State has won eight of its last 10 games, including taking three of four at home against Milwaukee to close the regular season. UIC and Youngstown State split their eight regular season meetings, with each side winning three of four games at its home park.
No. 4 MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee enters the HL Championship as the No. 4 seed with a 20-31 overall record and had a 17-23 mark in Horizon League play. Milwaukee lost three of four this weekend at Youngstown State, and has lost seven of its last 10 overall. The Raiders and Panthers met once during the regular season, with Wright State taking three of four games on May 7 and 8 while outscoring Milwaukee 57-18 in the series.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Opens A-10 Championship Against No. 3 Rhode Island Thursday
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will open the Atlantic 10 Championship on Thursday at 3:30 against Rhode Island at The Diamond on VCU’s campus.
It marks the second-straight season the Flyers have made the Atlantic 10 Championship and UD will play as the two seed in the tournament after finishing with the league’s second-highest winning percentage behind VCU.
The Flyers enter the contest after sweeping George Washington over the weekend to secure a spot in the tournament. The team has now won 11 straight conference contests and sit with an A-10 record of 12-4 and an overall record of 22-25.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Dayton joins VCU, Rhode Island, and Saint Joseph’s in the four-team, double elimination tournament. VCU plays Saint Joseph’s Thursday at 12 p.m. The winner of that contest will play the winner of Dayton’s game with Rhode Island on Friday at 12 p.m. The two opening-round losers will play again on Thursday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game.
Friday will open with the two opening-round winners. The winner of that contest will play in the championship game on Saturday, while the loser will take on the winner of the Thursday night game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in another elimination game.
The championship will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m. If the last remaining undefeated team loses that contest, a second one will be played on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Every game in the Atlantic 10 Championship will be streamed on ESPN+ and will have free live stats available. Tickets are available for the general public as well.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
The Flyers had seven different student-athletes receive eight honors from the conference in the end-of-season awards. Juniors Marcos Pujols and Benjamin Blackwell each received All-Conference First Team honors, with Pujols doing so as designated hitter and Blackwell as shortstop. Pujols also received All-Conference Second Team honors at first base alongside senior Riley Tirotta at third base. Freshman Parker Bard was named to the All-Rookie Team and graduate students Tyler Jones and Ben Olson as well as senior Mitchell Garrity were named to the All-Academic Team.
Pujols has been on a tear this season, leading the team offensively with a .366 batting average. In 16 conference games this season, the junior is hitting .500 and has eight home runs, both of which leads the team. The Dayton designated hitter is also sporting a team-high 15 game hitting streak entering the postseason. Tirotta has also been a mainstay in the UD lineup this season. The senior leads the Flyers and ranks second in the conference with 14 home runs this season. His 54 RBIs ranks ninth in program history for RBIs in a single season. Senior Mariano Ricciardi also comes into the game on a streak, as the second baseman has reached base in 33 consecutive games and ranks second in the Atlantic 10 with 65 hits.
To this point in the season, the Dayton pitching staff ranks third in program history with 407 strikeouts in 2021. Senior Hunter Wolfe has been a big part of that, leading the team with 86 strikeouts this season. The lefty ranks tied for fifth in program history in single season strikeouts with the 86 and also fifth in career strikeouts with 211, just seven behind Luke Trubee for fourth on the all-time list. Olson has also had success in conference play, leading the team with a 2.25 ERA against Atlantic 10 opponents. Bard also is sporting a 3-0 record against conference teams.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Rhode Island enters the week with a 27-24-1 overall record and a 14-6 record in the A-10. The Rams swept Massachusetts in four games over the past weekend, taking Thursday’s contest 17-6 in eight innings. URI returned to sweep a doubleheader on Friday and finished the series with a 16-1 victory.
Sonny Ulliana leads the team offensively among qualified hitters with a .329 average in 33 games this season. Ulliana also ranks tied for third in the conference with 17 doubles in 2021. Austin White is right behind him at .310, with White being named to the All-Conference Second Team. White also ranks second on the team with 15 stolen bases. Xavier Vargas has been the main power provider for the Rams, leading the team with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 49 games this season.
On the mound, Mike Webb has been the main force in the rotation, earning All-Conference Second Team honors as well. Webb leads the way with seven wins as well as four complete games this season. His 63 strikeouts also leads the team. Ryan Twitchell has also been consistent for Rhode Island, leading the team with a 3.18 ERA in 13 starts. Out of the bullpen, Zach Fernandez leads the team with two saves and 18 appearances while sporting a 2.52 ERA in 35.2 innings this year.
This marks the 40th time these two teams have met, with Dayton being 15-24 in those contests.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Closes Season With 13-9 Loss To ECU
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team saw its 2021 season end on the second day of the American Athletic Conference Tournament with a 13-9 loss to top-seeded East Carolina in an elimination game on Wednesday at BayCare Ballpark.
The fourth-seeded Bearcats (29-26) fought back from being down 11-1 and scored three runs in the final two innings but stranded 14 runners and left the bases loaded twice.
An impressive group of seniors made their final appearance in the Red & Black, 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.
ECU (39-14) needed eight pitchers to hold off the UC comeback in the four-hour, 17-minute marathon and move on to play Friday. Pirates second basemen Connor Norby, a UC nemesis all season long, hit a pair of home runs in back-to-back at bats in the first and second innings and finished 3-for-4 on the day with 5 RBIs.
The Pirates led 5-0 after the second and 11-1 after the fifth with UC starter getting touched for seven runs and reliever Dean McCarthy giving up four. Segal took the loss and ended the campaign at 5-4.
UC added a five-spot in the sixth against four different ECU pitchers. Mercer’s bases-loaded, 2 RBI double pushed him over 100 for his career and scored Griffin Merritt and Stapp, who led off with back-to-back singles between pitching changes. Bellini was up next and hammered the first ball he saw to the bullpens in left field, a three-run shot, his third homer of the season and the score was 11-6.
ECU shortstop Ryder Giles, moved to the mound to pitch, single handedly killed the no-out rally by making an incredible catch on Nicholson’s line drive, throwing out a tagging Komistek at second and striking out Tanner Holen to end the frame.
Cincinnati added two more in the eighth on Nicholson’s 2 RBI double to left center, scoring Bellini and Komistek but ECU nullified it with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame to lead 13-8.
Jake Murray made his final collegiate at bat memorable, pinch hitting in the ninth and tattooing his third home run of the year to right field to make the tally 13-9.
• Bellini finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in, two walks and a pair of runs scored.
• Nicholson was three-for-five with a double and two RBIs. In two games in Clearwater, he had five hits.
• Komistek finished up the season with five hits in UC’s two AAC games, including two home runs, two walks, a double, four runs scored and five RBIs.
• UC closed the season with double-digit hits in six-straight games and plated 64 runs in that span.
OHIO STATE TRACK: THREE ADVANCE AT NCAA EAST PRELIMS
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first of four preliminary days at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., are in the books and three Ohio State men’s performers have moved on to the quarterfinal round in a total of four events. After an off day tomorrow, the men’s competition will resume on Friday at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.
Eric Harrison, whose fine spring campaign includes a Big Ten championship in the 200 meters, has advanced out of the first round in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He qualified 13th in the 100 – the top 24 advance in each event – with a time of 10.21 and he qualified ninth in the 200 with a time of 20.62.
Big Ten champions Tyler Johnson (400) and Nick Miller (800) each advanced in their specialty. Johnson was 11th in the 400 with a time of 46.08 while Miller was 11th in the 800 in 1:49.12.
Four other Buckeyes competed Thursday but did not advance: Kainnan Ramsey and Adrian Curry in the 100; Donnie James in the 200 and 400; and Luke Bendick in the pole vault. Robby Oswald attempted to vault but was unable to because of the lingering injury he suffered in his final jump at Big Tens. Tyler Johnson also competed in the 200 but appeared to shut things down midway through the race. He finished but did not advance.
The Ohio State women will be competing on Thursday. A total of 12 individuals will be competing in nine events, starting at 1:30 p.m. with Sade Olatoye and Sarah Stanley competing in the hammer throw and the javelin, respectively.
XAVIER BASEBALL: BIG EAST Baseball Tournament Action Starts on Thursday at Prasco Park
CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball (25-24, 15-11 BIG EAST) opens up play in the 2021 BIG EAST Baseball Championships, presented by Jeep, on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Xavier, the No. 4 seed, will open up play against No. 1 Connecticut.
The winner will advance to play the winner of game one, between No. 2 seed Creighton and No. 3 seed Seton Hall on Friday at 6:30 p.m. The losing team will play the loser from game two on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
The BIG EAST Baseball Championship Presented by JEEP, held at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio runs from May 27-30, featuring the top four teams from the BIG EAST regular season.
The format of the tournament is double elimination. The first five games of the championship will be carried on the BIG EAST Digital Network Presented by SoFi. Championship Sunday will air on FS2, including a Game 7 if necessary.
Game 1 on Thursday between No. 2 Creighton and No. 3 Seton Hall and will start at 2:30 p.m. ET. Game 2 between No. 1 UConn and No. 4 Xavier will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET.
The winner of the tournament receives the league’s automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Championship.
Xavier won the tournament in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
The BIG EAST announced in 2019 that Prasco Park would serve as host through 2022, extending the partnership, which began in 2018, through five years. Xavier will remain the co-host of the annual postseason tournament.
Xavier enters the first round game against UConn at 2-3 all-time after splitting the season series, 2-2, at Hayden Field on April 25-27.
The Musketeers are 13-15 all time after splitting the season series, 2-2, in Omaha on the weekend of May 20-22.
Xavier is 11-13 all-time against the Seton Hall Pirates after going 2-2 in the four-game series at Hayden Field, running from May 7-8.
INDY INDIANS BASEBALL: Storm Chasers Best Indians In High-Scoring Battle
PAPILLION, NEB. – With 13 hits and a key game-winning home run off the bat of Emmanuel Rivera in the seventh inning, the Omaha Storm Chasers handed the Indianapolis Indians their third consecutive loss on Wednesday night, 10-7.
It marks the first time this season the Indians have lost three straight games. With the Omaha win, the Storm Chasers take over sole possession of first place in the Triple-A East Midwest division.
The Indians (11-8) bats came alive early in the game, loading the bases three times in the first two innings to get on the board first. Kevin Kramer singled home Chris Sharpe following a leadoff walk to begin the game, and a bases-loaded walk to Anthony Alford put the Indians up 2-0 in the first.
With two outs in the second inning, the Indians struck again. Bligh Madris drove in his first two Triple-A runs on a single to left field to put Indianapolis up, 4-0. Omaha starter Scott Blewett walked four batters and surrendered all four runs before exiting the game through 1.2 innings.
The Storm Chasers (12-7) began their comeback in the fourth inning with three runs, capped off with a bases-loaded single of their own. A two-run home run by Ryan McBroom gave them the lead, 5-4, in the fifth.
Indianapolis and Omaha went back and forth, with Indy tying the game twice but never regaining its lead. Anthony Alford drove in both of the game-tying runs with a home run in the sixth inning and an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game, 7-7, following Omaha’s second two-run homer of the night.
Geoff Hartlieb (L, 0-1) surrendered the home run to Rivera in the seventh inning as Omaha’s game-winning run. The Storm Chasers then tacked on two more runs in the eighth, both off Indians closer Jandel Gustave.
The Indians had two hits in the final three innings, both coming off Eddie Butler (W, 1-0). Gabe Speier (S, 4) allowed one baserunner in the ninth but closed out the game unscathed.
The six-game series continues tomorrow night at 7:35 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (0-0, 2.30) will face off against RHP Ronald Bolaños (0-1, 4.35).
INDY FUEL HOCKEY: FUEL CLOSE OUT ROAD SWING WITH LOSS TO WHEELING
WHEELING – Playing their final game of a 10-game road swing, the Indy Fuel visited the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. Indy would be the first team to get on the board thanks to a goal from Spencer Watson. The Nailers would respond with five straight goals, eventually taking the 5-1 win.
Through the first 17:33 of the opening period, neither team would be able to get on the board. Crashing the net after a Fuel shot, Spencer Watson gave the Fuel a 1-0 lead when a puck bounced off of him in front of the net past Tommy Nappier. The Nailers would outshoot the Fuel 11 to 7 but goaltender Billy Christopoulos held on to send Indy into the locker room leading 1-0.
After failing to capitalize on an early power play, Indy would trade chances with the Nailers to start the 2nd period. Wheeling’s Tim Doherty would take advantage of an Indy turnover and walk out front to beat Billy Christopoulos with a backhand shot to tie the game 1-1.
Doubling their goal total a minute later, Patrick Watling crashed the net for a loose puck and pushed the puck past Christopoulos. Referees would review the goal for goaltender interference but would ultimately decide there was no infraction. Tapping home a behind the back pass from Brendan Harris, Nick Rivera scored Wheeling’s third goal of the game at the 16:38 mark in the 2nd period. Wheeling would hold on to the lead for the remaining minutes, sending them into the locker room up 3-1.
The Nailers took a 4-1 lead two minutes into the third period when a streaking Kyle Marino beat the Fuel defense and tucked a wraparound past Christopoulos. Putting the Nailers’ fifth goal on the board, Tim Doherty got alone in front of Christopoulos and tucked the puck into the back of the net. Indy would be unable to score in the remaining minutes, falling 5-1 on Wednesday night.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1904 In the team’s 3-1 victory over the Superbas at the Polo Grounds, Giants first baseman Dan McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32 year-old Kentucky native’s mark will be surpassed in 1912 by A’s second baseman Eddie Collins who will swipe six bags in a game twice during the seas
1923 In the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 12-4 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Cy Williams smacks a two-run home run to become the first major leaguer to hit 15 round-trippers in a single month. The 35 year-old center fielder will lead the National League this season with 41 long balls.
1928 After he clears waivers in the American League, the Braves purchase 35 year-old first baseman George Sisler from the Senators for $7,500. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 15-year career in Boston, hitting .326 during the three seasons he spends with the team.
1937 Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.
1941 Play stops in the seventh inning of the Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds, so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address over the stadium’s PA system. After FDR announces the Unlimited National Emergency Proclamation, the tied 1-1 contest resumes after a 45-minute delay.
1951 A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite the promotion of the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, compiling a .477 batting average while hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York.
1955 In the first five innings of a 16-0 Red Sox rout of the Senators, Norm Zauchin drives in ten runs. Boston’s 26-year-old first baseman accomplishes the feat with home runs in the first, second, and fifth frames, along with a fourth-inning double.
1959 National League president Warren Giles rules the final score of Haddix’s ‘perfect game’ is 1-0. Hank Aaron (for leaving base path) and Joe Adcock (for passing Aaron) are declared out, with Adcock’s round-tripper scored as a double instead of a home run.
1960 Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt, which has a 45-inch circumference, helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn’t feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.
1968 Major league baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces Montreal’s addition to the circuit. The Senior Circuit also awards San Diego an expansion team.
1974 In a game that takes only one hour and thirty-eight minutes to complete, Pirates starter Ken Brett blanks the Padres 6-0, allowing just two hits in the Three Rivers Stadium contest. In the second game of a twin bill, the Bucs’ southpaw pinch-hits a seventh-inning two-run triple, which contributes to the Pirates’ 8-7 victory over the Friars.
1981 After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees in an attempt to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle’s explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals’ manager Jim Frey complains.
1984 Mario Soto, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who initially called Ron Cey’s foul ball down the left-field line a home run. The Reds’ right-hander also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, prompting NL president Chub Feeney to suspend the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he receives this season.
1984 “How do you fine a batboy?” – WILLIAM CUTLER, president of the Pacific League. Portland Beavers batboy Sam Morris is thrown out of a game by umpire Pam Postema for refusing to retrieve a folding chair that his ejected manager Lee Elia had hurled into right field during an animated tirade. The 14-year-old junior high school student, who declined to follow the arbitrator’s directive out of loyalty to his skipper, will not have to pay the $25 fine, which is usually automatic when tossed from a PCL game.
1986 “What do you expect when they build a ballpark on the ocean?” – Oil Can Boyd, after a game at Cleveland Stadium, located on the shore of Lake Erie, is postponed due to fog.
The Red Sox are credited with a 2-0 victory when the delayed game cannot continue due to the dense fog that rolls into Cleveland Stadium. The contest, which ends with the Tribe having baserunners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompts Boston’s right-hander Oil Can Boyd to infamously blame the lack of visibility due to the ballpark’s proximity to the ocean, not nearby Lake Erie.
1987 Davey Johnson surpasses Gil Hodges as the winningest manager in Mets history with his 340th win, a 4-3 triumph over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The New York skipper, who has averaged 98 victories during his first three seasons, will compile a 595-417 record (.588) during his six-plus years with the team.
1990 Giants’ hurler Rick Reuschel joins Frank Tanana, becoming one of two pitchers to give up round-trippers to the future all-time major league home run leaders Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, who takes him deep in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates. In 1973, while pitching for the Cubs in his sophomore season, the right-hander served up the 691st of 755 career round-trippers blasted by Bad Henry.
1992 The last-place Braves beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 9-3. The victory is the start of a 78-37 run, which will propel Atlanta to its second straight West Division title, finishing eight games in front of the Reds.
1993 After hitting just .143 in 26 games for the Rockies, former Brave superstar Dale Murphy retires from baseball. The two-time National League MVP leaves the game with a career average of .265, 398 home runs, and 1,266 RBIs.
1995 In a complete-game effort, Steve Ontiveros limits the Yankees to one hit in the A’s 3-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A two-out sixth-inning single spoils the 34 year-old right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter by Luis Polonia.
1997 At the Metrodome, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his major league mark for home runs hit through May when he goes deep for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota. The Mariners outfielder had established the record in 1994.
2000 The Cardinals pay tribute to Hall of Fame hurler Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue created by sculptor Harry Weber outside of Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to be honored in such a manner by the Redbirds.
2000 The recently elected Hall of Fame first baseman Tony Perez (24) joins manager Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18), and Frank Robinson (20) to become the sixth person to have his uniform number retired by the Reds. After being acquired by the Reds in the offseason, Ken Griffey Jr. agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father as a member of the Big Red Machine.
2003 In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black, and Richard W. Goldberg, a significant victory by the commissioner’s office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption.
2004 At Kauffman Stadium, the visiting Tigers tie a club record by collecting 27 hits, including Carlos Pena’s 6-for-6 performance, in a 17-7 rout of the Royals. The first time Detroit banged out that many safeties in a game occurred against the Yankees at the end of the 1928 season at Navin Field.
2004 After beating the Oakland A’s, Curt Schilling, on his way home from Fenway, calls the cops on his cell phone to report an erratic driver. The Westwood Police Department apprehended the driver and pulled him over.
2006 Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 6-4, making the right-handed hurler the 104th player to amass 200 victories. Pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon establishes a rookie record by recording his 18th save in 18 tries.
2008 After Jamie Carroll gets caught in run down off first base, the runner on third, David Dellucci, breaks for home, scoring on the first baseman’s throw in the dirt, which allows Carroll to get to second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, to move to third. Chuck Murr, the official scorer of the Indians’ 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases, making it the first triple steal to be accomplished since 1987 when Atlanta pulled it off against Houston.
2008 With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Connecticut’s Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.
2009 Gerry Rodriguez completes his cycle with a tenth inning walk-off home run. The minor leaguers four hits help pace the Rome Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League contest.
2009 Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combine to throw six wild pitches, marking only the fifth occurrence of the dubious feat since 1900. Dice K ties an 80-year club franchise with four errant throws to catcher George Kottaras, with relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each uncorking one.
2012 A sign showing Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning homer in the Mets’ 3-2 victory against the Braves in New York’s first professional sports event following the 9/11 terrorist attacks proves to be the winner in the revival of Banner Day, a tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, included a section of NYC’s former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza’s heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, “The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let’s Go Mets.”
2017 “We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of Homer at the Bat.The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992.” – Hall of Fame President JEFF IDELSON, commenting about the Cooperstown celebration of the animated series.
The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts fictional cartoon character Homer Simpson as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons episode ‘Homer at the Bat.’ As part of the ceremony, a roundtable discussion of the much-beloved episode includes comments by real Hall of-Famers Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, who played themselves on the animated show, as well as executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, and executive story editor Jeff Martin.
2019 In the eighth inning of the team’s 6-2 victory over the Rangers, Mallex Smith steals home, the first Mariner to accomplish the feat since Dustin Ackley in 2012, to complete the rare stolen base cycle. The center fielder swipes four bases in the T-Mobile Park contest, trying a franchise mark shared by seven Mariners.
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