HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
PENDLETON HEIGHTS 2 RICHMOND 0
LAFAYETTE JEFF 5 WEST LAFAYETTE 0
ZIONSVILLE 4 HARRISON 2
KOKOMO 11 TWIN LAKES 1
MADISON GRANT 3 ANDERSON 2
UNION COUNTY 13 CENTERVILLE 3
LINCOLN 5 NORTHEASTERN 4…GOLDEN EAGLES: Jeran Troutwine 1-2 2RBI….Mason Dick 1-2 2RBI….Landon Hicks 1-2 RBI…PITCHING: Mason Dick 7IP 4H 4R 4ER 7K…NORTHEASTERN: No stats provided
HAGERSTOWN 12 RUSHVILLE 6…TIGERS: Ben Williams 4-4 2R….Quaid Mull 2-4 2RBI 2R…Dom Anderson 2-4…. Cole Tracy RBI….Carter Craig RBI…TIGERS stole nine bases…
SHENANDOAH 15 BLUE RIVER 5
MONROE CENTRAL 4 COWAN 3
COLUMBUS EAST 9 EAST CENTRAL 2
NEW PALESTINE 7 NEW CASTLE 3
EASTERN HANCOCK 1 DALEVILLE 0
BATESVILLE 11 LAWRENCEBURG 2
MT. VERNON 7 YORKTOWN 1
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
HARRISON 10 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
KNIGHTSTOWN 21 MUNCIE CENTRAL 3
UNION COUNTY 13 CENTERVILLE 3
COWAN 13 MONROE CENTRAL 2
NEW PALESTINE 7 GREENFIELD 0
PENDLETON 12 NEW CASTLE 2
EAST CENTRAL 8 FRANKLIN COUNTY 0
NBA PLAY-IN GAMES
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INDIANA GIRLS TRACK SECTIONALS AT CONNERSVILLE
1) Connersville 114
2) Hagerstown 101
3) Centerville 90
4) Richmond 77.5
5) Rushville Consolidated 70
6) Northeastern 54
7) Union County 46.5
8) Tri 28
9) Cambridge City Lincoln 20
10) Seton Catholic 14
1 Yorktown YORK 153.5
2 Delta DELT 113.5
3 Jay County JAY 99.5
4 Muncie Central MUNC 73
5 Winchester Community WINC 66
6 Monroe Central MONC 33
7 Wapahani WAPH 26
8 Cowan COWN 13
9 Wes-Del WESD 12.5
10 Muncie Burris MUNB 9
11 Randolph Southern RAND 8
12 Union (Modoc) UNMO 2
FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2020-21/2020-21%20Delta%20Sectional.pdf
Pacers knock out Hornets
The Indiana Pacers’ bid for a playoff berth continues after the team eliminated the Charlotte Hornets with a 144-117 win in the first game of the Eastern Conference’s inaugural play-in tournament.
The ninth-seeded Pacers will face the Washington Wizards for the East’s eighth and final postseason berth.
Despite missing several key members of the rotation – starting center Myles Turner and wing Caris LeVert chief among them – eight Pacers players scored in double digits; Oshae Brissett, who only joined the team in April after initially signing a pair of 10-day contracts, led the way with 23 points.
Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and eight assists, while Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and nine assists. Both Pacers mainstays had been listed as questionable until just under an hour before tipoff.
Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 23 points. Star rookie LaMelo Ball tallied 14 points and four assists in 27 minutes of action in his first taste of an elimination scenario.
Tatum scores 50, Celtics beat Wizards 118-100 in play-in
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics were one of the NBA’s worst teams over the final month of the regular season.
Thanks to Jayson Tatum, they’ll still have a chance to make a playoff run.
Tatum scored 32 of his 50 points in the second half, and the Celtics rallied to beat the Washington Wizards 118-100 in the play-in round on Tuesday night.
Kemba Walker added 29 points for Boston, which secured the seventh seed for the playoffs and a first-round matchup with second-seeded Brooklyn. That series opens on Saturday.
Tatum has drawn criticism at times for his quiet leadership style. He said Tuesday’s performance was how he wants to lead.
“I know that my teammates, I’ve earned their respect. I’ve earned the respect of the guys I play against,” he said. “I believe in myself. That’s all that matters.”
The Celtics struggled down the stretch, dropping 10 of their final 15 games of the season. Coach Brad Stevens said having to respond was in line with a season in which they had to fight through multiple players being unavailable because of injuries and stints in the league’s health and safety protocols.
“We’ve been through a lot, so we’re hardened in a lot of ways,” Stevens said. “We’ve been backs against the wall for most of the year. … It takes a lot of togetherness and it takes staying together through tough times.”
Washington hosts Indiana, which rolled over Charlotte in Tuesday’s other play-in game, for the eighth seed on Thursday. The winner of that game will face Philadelphia, the top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Bradley Beal scored 22 points for the Wizards. Russell Westbrook added 20 points and 14 rebounds. Ish Smith had 17 points. But the Wizards struggled from deep all night long, going 3 for 21 from the 3-point line.
“We couldn’t find it. We couldn’t find the basket,” coach Scott Brooks said. “We haven’t shot well all year long but we’re not a 3-for-21 shooting team.”
Turnbull twirls 5th no-hitter of MLB season, Tigers top M’s
SEATTLE (AP) Spencer Turnbull pitched the fifth no-hitter in the majors already this season, sending the Detroit Tigers to a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Turnbull, who led the big leagues in losses when he went 3-17 two years ago, had never gone more than seven innings in any of his previous 49 starts over three seasons. But a fastball in the mid-90s (mph) and a biting slider kept Seattle batters guessing and added to a growing list of mound gems in 2021.
The five no-hitters through May 18 match the 1917 season for the most in baseball history by that date. Two have been thrown in Seattle by opposing pitchers this month.
Turnbull’s no-no was the eighth in Tigers history and their first since Justin Verlander’s in Toronto on May 7, 2011.
“He was pretty relentless,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’m really proud of him. He’s worked really hard and deserves every bit of tonight.”
The 28-year-old right-hander got a great defensive play from third baseman Jeimer Candelario in the seventh inning and then struck out Mitch Haniger in the ninth to end it.
Turnbull (3-2) struck out nine and walked two. He issued a free pass to Jose Marmolejos leading off the ninth when a full-count curveball missed wide, just the second baserunner for Seattle. Turnbull struck out Sam Haggerty for the first out and got Jarred Kelenic to ground into a fielder’s choice for the second out.
Haniger, who came closest to a hit for the Mariners earlier in the game, went down swinging on a 95 mph fastball for the final out. Turnbull screamed in joy and was engulfed in a hug from catcher Eric Haase before being overrun by teammates.
“He delivered some pretty good 3-2 breaking balls,” Hinch said. “He kept kind of answering the challenge.”
Turnbull didn’t make his season debut until April 21 because he contracted COVID-19 and missed a couple of weeks. But he joined a no-hitter list for 2021 that already included San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove at Texas on April 9, Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon against Cleveland on April 14, Baltimore’s John Means in Seattle on May 5 and Cincinnati lefty Wade Miley against Cleveland on May 7.
DeSclafani sharp in return to Cincy, Giants beat Reds 4-2
CINCINNATI (AP) Anthony DeSclafani gave up one run over seven good innings, Alex Dickerson hit a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Tuesday night.
DeSclafani (4-1), who signed with the Giants after five seasons in Cincinnati, was outstanding in his first appearance back at Great American Ball Park, scattering six hits and striking out seven.
“I felt like today I definitely had to grind, make pitches,” DeSclafani said. “I didn’t feel like I was ahead of a lot of guys. I’m just glad I was able to make the pitches when they mattered.”
Jake McGee pitched the ninth and got the Reds in order for his 11th save.
Brandon Crawford hit his team-leading 10th homer for the NL West-leading Giants, who took the first two of the four-game set with the Reds.
Luis Castillo (1-6) struck out 11 through five innings and gave up three runs, all on Dickerson’s homer.
With Crawford and Mauricio Dubon on base in the Giants fourth, Castillo threw a 1-1 changeup that Dickerson hammered over the right-field fence, one of his three hits in the game.
Jesse Winker led off the game with home run for the Reds, but they couldn’t get another runner past second base until Nick Castellanos homered in the eighth off reliever Zack Littell.
“(DeSclafani) gave up the leadoff home run, but he continued to attack the strike zone,” San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said. “If you attack the strike zone against good hitters, you’re going to get hit, but you have to get right back in the strike zone.”
Bote, Happ homer as Cubs beat Nationals 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) David Bote and Ian Happ homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Chicago slugger Anthony Rizzo left the game because of tightness in his lower back, but the Cubs got enough big hits to come away with another win after pounding Jon Lester the previous day in his return to Wrigley Field.
“I think we’re in a good spot,” Kris Bryant said. “A lot of young guys kind of stepping up. … It’s just kind of fun to see new faces take on some roles and get their feet wet. I’m really looking forward to seeing them develop and continue to get better in the big leagues. Who knows how the rest of the season’s gonna play out? But I think we’re in a good spot, for sure.”
Bote broke a 3-all tie with a two-run homer against reliever Will Harris (0-1) in the sixth inning. Happ made it 6-3 with his drive to the basket in left-center against Wander Suero leading off the eighth.
Willson Contereras had two hits, including a two-run single in the third against new dad Patrick Corbin. Bryant singled twice and drove in a run.
Keegan Thompson (2-1) tossed 1 1/3 innings after Zach Davies pitched into the sixth. Thompson also got his first major league hit when he singled in the sixth.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances as the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games.
Davies gave up three runs and seven hits. The right-hander exited after former Cubs infielder Starlin Castro homered leading off the sixth and Josh Harrison singled.
Davies also laid down two sacrifice bunts, setting up Contreras’ hit in the third and Bryant’s RBI single in the fifth.
Corbin went five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. The two-time All-Star rejoined the team following the birth of his first child, Weston Alan, last week.
The Nationals simply didn’t come up with the big hits, going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position and leaving 11 on base.
“You can’t be too fine,” manager Dave Martinez said. “You can’t look for the ball right down the middle. You’ve got to get up there, try to get a ball that you feel like you can hit, especially early in the count.”
Mets’ Pillar has multiple nasal fractures after hit by pitch
ATLANTA (AP) — New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures when he was hit in the face by a fastball from Braves reliever Jacob Webb, a frightening scene that shook both teams.
Pillar met Tuesday with a facial specialist in Atlanta to determine the next steps. He was placed on the 10-day injured list, but was at Truist Park to watch the second game of the series between the NL East rivals.
“It was such a scary moment,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “It unbelievable that he’s here and walking around.”
While Pillar is expected to be out for an extended period, he jokingly told Rojas that if “he could see a little better, he’d be fighting with me to be in the lineup.”
Shortly after Rojas spoke, the Mets announced they had acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Chicago Cubs for cash. The 34-year-old Maybin had been in the minors this season and the Mets assigned him to Triple-A Syracuse.
Angels star Mike Trout out 6 to 8 weeks due to calf strain
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is expected be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained right calf, a setback that could keep him out through the All-Star break.
The Angels put Trout on the injured list Tuesday, a day after he made an early exit in a 7-4 win over Cleveland. Trout came up limping after running toward third on an inning-ending popup in the first.
Manager Joe Maddon said after the game that Trout was in a lot of pain.
The three-time MVP is sixth in the American League with a .333 batting average, and was 1 for 17 in his past six games. He snapped a five-game hitless streak Sunday at Boston, which was one game shy of the longest of his career.
Tim Anderson backs Mercedes with La Russa upset about blowout HR
If you play for Tony La Russa, violate baseball’s unwritten rules at your own peril.
The Chicago White Sox manager didn’t approve of Yermin Mercedes hitting a home run off a 3-0 pitch during Monday’s blowout against the Minnesota Twins.
“He made a mistake,” La Russa said Tuesday, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “There will be a consequence he has to endure here within our family.”
La Russa also said Mercedes won’t replicate the swing in a similar situation.
“That’s just sportsmanship, respect for the game, respect for the opponent. … He’s not going to do that again,” La Russa said, according to Chris Emma of 670 The Score.
With the White Sox leading the Twins 15-4 with two outs in the ninth inning, Mercedes destroyed a 47-mph pitch from position player Willians Astudillo for a solo home run.
“The fact that he’s a rookie and excited helps explain why he just was clueless,” La Russa added, according to Rogers. “But now he’s got a clue.”
After the home run, La Russa apologized to Minnesota because Mercedes ignored a take sign, Rogers notes.
For his part, Mercedes didn’t see anything wrong with swinging for the fences.
“I’m going to play like that,” Mercedes said, according to Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago. “I’m Yermin. I can’t be another person because if I do that, everything changes.”
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson defended his teammate in a comment on NBC Sports Chicago’s Instagram post about the situation. Mercedes appreciated the nod.
Veteran San Francisco Giants left-hander Alex Wood also voiced his support for Mercedes and decried the unwritten rules.
The long ball was the 28-year-old’s sixth of his impressive rookie campaign. He’s slashing .364/.410/.574 with 25 RBIs in 36 games so far.
Vasilevskiy stops 32, Lightning top Panthers 3-1 in Game 2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A bounce off a Panther. A bounce off a post.
The Tampa Bay Lightning got two big breaks, and they’re going home in full control of their matchup against the Florida Panthers.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots, Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat had first-period goals and the Lightning beat the Panthers 3-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Central Division first-round playoff series.
“We’ve got a lot of work left to do,” Tampa Bay’s David Savard said.
True, but the odds seem to be in his team’s favor. It’s the seventh time that the Lightning have won the first two games a series, the third time doing so on the road. They’ve never lost one of those matchups, and will look to put Florida on the brink of elimination when the series shifts to Tampa on Thursday night.
Yanni Gourde added an empty-netter off a giveaway with 1:25 remaining for the Lightning. Tampa Bay improved to 28-0-0 this season – including both games of this series – when leading after two periods, and have won 41 such games going back to last season and their run to the Stanley Cup.
“That was more indicative of the way we can play,” Stamkos said.
Mason Marchment had the goal for Florida, which dropped consecutive games on home ice for only the second time this season.
Florida went with Chris Driedger in net after playing Sergei Bobrovsky in Sunday’s series-opening 5-4 loss. Driedger, on his 27th birthday and appearing in his first postseason game since 2014 when he was in major junior hockey, playing for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He stopped 26 shots.
“He kept us in the game and gave us a chance,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said.
The fortunate bounces staked Tampa Bay to a 2-0 lead in the opening period.
Tuch scores twice, Vegas beats Wild to even playoff series
LAS VEGAS (AP) Alex Tuch had two goals, including the tiebreaking score in the second period, as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Tuesday night and tied the first-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored for Vegas. Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves in front of a sold-out crowd of 8,683.
Matt Dumba scored for the Wild. Cam Talbot, one of eight goalies in NHL history to post a playoff shutout with three or more franchises after the Wild’s 1-0 victory in Game 1, made 25 saves.
Game 3 is set for Thursday in St. Paul, Minnesota, where the Wild are 6-0-2 all-time against the Golden Knights.
The game opened with a bit of role reversal from Game 1, which saw the Golden Knights with a 42-30 advantage in shots on goal. Instead, it was Minnesota opening with offensive firepower in the first, outshooting Vegas, 17-10 on goal, and 24-18 overall.
Carrying over an exquisite strategy from the opener, the Wild made it difficult for the Golden Knights to get inside shots, suffocating them by sending two skaters at almost anyone on attack and taking away the passing lanes.
And when either team was able to penetrate the zone and put pressure on the goal, Talbot and Fleury were equally spectacular. If it wasn’t Talbot making a poke check on Vegas captain Mark Stone in what might have been the Golden Knights’ best opportunity, it was Fleury making stops from rapid-fire attempts off rebounds in front.
Dumba opened the scoring when he took advantage of a screen in front of the net and used a wicked wrist shot from the point to beat Fleury on the glove side.
Minnesota’s lead didn’t last long. Marchessault answered 18 seconds later with a shot from the right dot, giving Vegas much-needed life. It was Vegas’ first goal in 95 minutes, 45 seconds, of the best-of-seven set.
The Golden Knights took the lead when defenseman Alex Pietrangelo raced into the zone and fired a shot that caromed off Talbot’s glove and behind the net. Vegas forward Mattias Janmark raced in and backhanded the puck to the slot, where Tuch was there to clean it up, giving Vegas its first lead of the series with 2:41 left in the second period.
Tuch closed things out with a power-play goal with 52 seconds left in the game.
Jarry rebounds with 37 saves, Pens even series with Isles
PITTSBURGH (AP) Tristan Jarry challenged himself to simply be better following a shaky performance in Pittsburgh’s playoff opener.
Admittedly, the soft-spoken goaltender knew the bar wasn’t particularly high. Not after giving up four goals – most of them on relatively innocuous shots – in a Game 1 loss to the New York Islanders.
Two nights later, Jarry looked like the player whose steady play helped propel the Penguins to the East Division title. Solid at the start and stoic at the finish, Jarry turned aside 37 shots as Pittsburgh evened the series with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night.
“I mean, that’s his old self, that’s his game,” Penguins defenseman Mike Matheson said of Jarry. “That’s what we expect from him. I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary for him, as crazy as that sounds. He plays at such a high level for us, to call that his norm is pretty impressive and is a testament to how good of a goalie he is.”
The victory was the first in the playoffs for Jarry as the Penguins won for just the second time in their last 12 postseason games.
Game 3 is Thursday night in New York.
Jarry, in his first season as Pittsburgh’s unquestioned No. 1 goalie after two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray was traded away last fall, stressed he didn’t try to complicate things after four sometimes iffy periods in the opener.
“I was just playing it how it lied,” Jarry said. “That’s a big thing for me I’m just trying to stop everything that comes at me, put my best foot forward and try and get in the way of it.”
The Penguins needed Jarry to get in front of every one of them during a taut third period as they clutched a one-goal lead. The last 90 seconds were the most fraught after a delay-of-game penalty by Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust gave the Islanders their only power play of the night. Yet Jarry turned aside a wrist shot by Oliver Wahlstrom with 1:12 remaining and the largest crowd to watch a game in Pittsburgh in 14 months exhaled when the final horn sounded.
“That was probably the biggest moment of our season as of yet and (the penalty kill) came through,” Matheson said.
Rust and Jeff Carter scored during a dominant first period, and Jarry did the rest to outduel New York’s Semyon Varlamov.
Report: A’s officials to visit Nevada to explore Las Vegas relocation
Oakland Athletics team officials will visit Southern Nevada next week to explore the idea of relocating the franchise to Las Vegas, sources told Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
A group, including A’s president Dave Kaval, plans to meet with local government officials to determine if Las Vegas is a fit, according to Kantowski’s sources.
Las Vegas was among a list of potential future options for the A’s after the organization was instructed by Major League Baseball to begin exploring relocation last week.
Charlotte, Nashville, Portland, Montreal, and Vancouver have also previously been mentioned as relocation sites by baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
The A’s have been pursuing the construction of a new ballpark in downtown Oakland with the Coliseum no longer a viable option for future play, but the stadium project has been in limbo for years.
Colts change offseason schedule by cutting deal with players
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich is always considering new approaches to finish the job.
So this offseason, he made a proposal to starting center Ryan Kelly.
Rather than wait until the traditional three-day mandatory mini-camp in June, Reich and general manager Chris Ballard asked Kelly whether his teammates would be interested in holding light, in-person, voluntary workouts for two weeks and then get eight full weeks off before the start of training camp.
It was almost an instant hit.
“We have a four-hour day, we test, work out a couple times a week, we do individual (drills), we run routes in the air, we do walkthroughs against the offense,” Kelly said. “I think this is the best offer I saw out of everybody in the NFL and it just goes to show the Colts being proactive about health and safety. I think it just makes sense going forward.”
Workouts began Monday at the team complex, and while it was unclear if anyone opted out, most opted in.
Team officials made four veterans — Kelly, three-time All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson, All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton available for interviews. All participated.
Reich said new quarterback Carson Wentz also was in town, but sat out Monday because of a non-COVID-19-related illness. Indy hopes to have Wentz on the field Tuesday. Recently signed left tackle Eric Fisher also was at the team complex, but he’s still recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon suffered in January.
The traditional offseason format was tossed out last season amid the pandemic, and if players have anything to say about it, the previous workout scheduled may be scrapped for good thanks to the new the 17-game regular-season schedule.
What players found out last year, NFLPA president J.C. Tretter wrote on Monday, was that they stayed heathier without all of the offseason team activities. Tretter explained on the union’s website that the union had been increasingly concerned over the past decade about the intensity of offseason workouts and the pressure to attend practices.
He believes last season’s virtual workouts changed the game.
“Players felt better, physically and mentally, and the injury data supports those anecdotes,” Tretter wrote. “Our player leaders proposed changes to their teams’ programs (this year), such as shortening the number of weeks of the offseason program and decreasing the number of practices, as well as decreasing intensity by converting practice to walkthroughs and removing 11 v. 11 periods.”
But as players from some teams, such as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, announced they wouldn’t attend the voluntary workouts, Reich and Ballard were already devising a solution.
Burrow’s doctor says QB is on track to play in season opener
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is on track to play Week 1, nine months and 10 days after he underwent reconstructive knee surgery, his doctor said.
The former No. 1 overall pick is less likely to play in the preseason, as doctors want don’t want him taking contact until the nine-month mark post-surgery.
“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” Dr. Neal ElAttrache texted ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”
ElAttrache operated on Burrow on Dec. 2, 2020, after the quarterback tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 against the Washington Football Team. Players typically return from ACL surgeries in 9-12 months, but the additional damage Burrow suffered was expected to keep him out closer to a year.
Burrow threw for 2,688 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 65.3% of his passes before his season ended.
“We are very happy with his recovery to say the least,” ElAttrache said. “Notwithstanding the nature of his injury and extent of his reconstruction, his knee is performing perfectly.
“We just had him tested out here with a high-tech video and biomechanical evaluation and he was ahead of where we anticipated and well into the return to performance phase of his recovery. With him already performing this way, it’s ‘all systems go’ for the start of the season.”
Burrow, 24, said in April that he was ahead of schedule and expected to take the first snap of the season opener. Cincinnati will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 12.
Pass rusher Jordan Smith signs rookie contract with Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars signed fourth-round draft pick Jordan Smith on Tuesday, getting the second of their nine selections under contract.
Sixth-round receiver Jalen Camp signed Monday.
Under the NFL’s rookie slotting system, Smith was expected to sign a four-year deal worth about $4.22 million. The contract includes a signing bonus around $740,000. He will count roughly $845,000 against the salary cap in 2021.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Smith started his college career at nearby Florida, but was dismissed after getting caught up in a credit card scandal that involved several teammates. He ended up at Butler Community College in Kansas and then transferred to UAB, where he had 14½ sacks and 27 tackles for loss in two seasons.
Jacksonville traded up nine spots to take Smith with the 121st overall selection.
Clemson-Georgia leads ABC’s early-season prime-time slate
ESPN has filled the first three prime time slots on ABC’s Saturday Night Football in 2021 with non-conference blockbusters.
The network will open its Saturday Night Football slate Sept. 4 in Charlotte when Clemson and Georgia, a pair of national contenders, square off at Bank of America Stadium. Sophomore quarterback and former prized recruit D.J. Uiagalelei is in line to make his third career start for the Tigers, who lost phenom Trevor Lawrence to the NFL draft.
Michigan will house the ABC telecast the following week when Washington pays a visit to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines went 2-4 in a shortened 2020 season, while the Huskies went 3-1 in an even shorter campaign under rookie head coach Jimmy Lake.
ABC will cap the early-season portion of its schedule Sept. 18 in Happy Valley as Penn State welcomes Auburn. The Tigers are hoping new head coach Bryan Harsin can unlock an offense that sputtered more often than not under predecessor Gus Malzahn.
ABC will also air the Alabama-Miami afternoon affair Saturday, Sept. 4, and the Notre Dame-Florida State evening matchup Sunday, Sept. 5.
The Saturday night game on ABC typically draws ESPN’s top broadcast team, which includes play-by-play man Chris Fowler, color analyst Kirk Herbstreit, and sideline reporter Maria Taylor.
Former Louisville assistant charged by feds with extortion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a former University of Louisville assistant basketball coach with attempting to extort the university after his dismissal from the team.
Dino Gaudio threatened to go to the media with alleged NCAA violations by the team, according to a charging document filed in federal court.
During a March 17 meeting with team personnel, Gaudio said he would expose alleged violations by the team “in its production of recruiting videos for prospective student-athletes and in the use of its graduate assistants in practices,” according to the document filed in Louisville on Tuesday.
Gaudio had been told his contract would not be renewed and he threatened to go public with the allegations “unless he was paid a significant sum of money,” the document said. Authorities said Gaudio demanded 17 months’ salary or a lump sum payment.
Gaudio and another assistant left the team in March after a season in which the team did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
“The university and I were the victims of coach Gaudio’s conduct and I will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in their investigations,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said in a statement Tuesday. “We take seriously any allegation of NCAA violations within our basketball program.”
The university said it could not comment “due to the ongoing federal investigation and the NCAA process.”
Gaudio is charged with interstate communication with intent to extort. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Gaudio had been the head coach at Wake Forest University from 2007-10. He then spent eight years as an ESPN analyst before joining Louisville in 2018. Gaudio also previously led Army and Loyola-Maryland and worked with Mack at Wake Forest.
Gambling firm FanDuel investing $15M, hiring 900 in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Gambling company FanDuel says it will invest at least $15 million and hire more than 900 people, opening an Atlanta office focused on product development and technology operations.
The company, a subsidiary of British-based Flutter Entertainment PLC, made the announcement Tuesday.
FanDuel is the leading online sports betting and gambling company in the United States. Its platform is available in 10 states but not in Georgia. State lawmakers this year balked at efforts to legalize sports gambling in Georgia, despite a push from Atlanta’s four professional sports teams, who said it would deepen fan engagement.
FanDuel also operates physical sports betting locations in some states with casinos. Sports gambling in some form, sometimes only inside casinos, is allowed in 11 states and the District of Columbia.
The company says it has more than 12 million customers in the United States with headquarters in New York and other offices in Los Angeles; Orlando, Florida; and Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland.
Flutter bought out most of the minority shareholders of FanDuel last year for $4.2 billion in cash and stock, after buying 58% of the company in 2018.
Economic development officials said they don’t know yet where FanDuel will locate in Midtown Atlanta. Because those details remain up in the air, they also said they don’t know how much FanDuel is likely to get in state, county and city incentives. The state has promised job-training assistance.
The company said it will look to Georgia’s public and private universities to create courses to train future employees and actively recruit on local campuses. FanDuel also said it would work to provide resume-building workshops and mentorships for local residents seeking to become employees.
FanDuel Chief Product Officer Sarah Butterfass said the company was attracted to Atlanta by its need for a diverse talent pool.
Federer loses comeback match to Andujar at Geneva Open
GENEVA (AP) Roger Federer lost his comeback match after two months away from tour on Tuesday, falling to Pablo Andujar 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Geneva Open.
His first match on clay in almost two years kept him on court for almost two hours in only his second tournament since the 2020 Australian Open. The past 15 months have included two surgeries on his right knee.
“It (losing) never feels great,” Federer said. “Looking at the long road that I have been on from the comeback, sure it’s rewarding to be back on a tennis court but you know I expect better from myself.”
In the decisive set, the top-seeded Federer forced a service break before Andujar rallied. Federer saved two match points on his own serve, but the third ended with a wayward forehand under pressure on the baseline.
Acknowledging he had not deserved victory at the end, Federer said “there was just not enough happening in my game.”
“I was a bit limited today, I felt, on the court. It is what it is. You just have to accept it and move on,” he said.
Next is the French Open, site of Federer’s most-recent match on clay – a 2019 semifinals loss to Rafael Nadal – before Tuesday’s defeat.
“Roland Garros is not the goal,” said Federer, an eight-time Wimbledon champion who lost an epic final there in 2019 to Novak Djokovic. “The goal is the grass so I still have time.”
The 39-year-old Federer and 35-year-old Andujar were facing each other on tour for the first time, and the Spaniard said Monday he wanted to be able to tell his grandchildren he had played the Swiss great.
Andujar put his hands to his head after clinching victory and exchanged an almost apologetic smile with Federer at the net.
Before going on court, Federer was a spectator for part of the ATP Tour debut of perhaps the best prospect in Swiss men’s tennis since his own rise in the 1990s.
With Federer watching some of the match, 18-year-old Dominic Stephan Stricker beat former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the first round.
Stricker, last year’s French Open junior champion, is ranked 419th. Cilic, who won his only Grand Slam singles title in 2014, is ranked 46th.
The Swiss left-hander had nine aces and no double-faults. He broke Cilic’s serve four times and was broken only twice.
“I was getting nervous,” Stricker said. “It was actually OK until 5-1, 30-love. I was happy to finish it at 6-1 and not serve again.”
Stricker has practiced previously with Federer. His next opponent will be 40th-ranked Marton Fucsovics, who beat Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen 7-5, 7-5.
BIG 10 BASEBALL: Michigan and Nebraska Earn Weekly Baseball Honors
Wolverines’ Burton named Player of the Week; Huskers’ Povich voted Pitcher of the Week; Huskers’ Anderson earned Freshman of the Week
Player of the Week
Ted Burton, Michigan
2B – So. – Huntington Beach, Calif. – Edison
- Batted .583 (7-for-12) with three doubles and a home run to help Michigan win the weekend series vs. No. 21 Indiana
- Finished with a 1.083 slugging percentage and a .615 on-base percentage on the weekend
- Gave the Wolverines an early lead on Friday with a solo homer, finishing with two hits and two RBI in the win
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Michigan Big Ten Player of the Week: Jonathan Engelmann (April 23, 2018)
Pitcher of the Week
Cade Povich, Nebraska
P – Jr. – Bellevue, Neb. – Bellevue West
- Tossed 7.0 shutout innings and allowed just two hits in a series-opening win against Northwestern on May 14
- Struck out five and faced more than the minimum in an inning just once when he stranded a two-out double in the fourth
- Gave up a two-out single in the fifth, but then picked off the runner, and also erased a leadoff runner in the sixth with a pickoff after he reached on an error
- Wins his second career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Cade Povich (March 30, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Max Anderson, Nebraska
3B – Omaha, Neb. – Millard West
- Went 7-for-10 (.700) at the plate with two doubles in a two-game sweep of Northwestern
- Finished with a 1.167 slugging percentage and a .714 on-base percentage on the weekend
- Recorded three hits in Friday’s win before notching four on Saturday and finished the series without an error in 13 chances
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Leighton Banjoff (March 2, 2020)
BIG 10 SOFTBALL: Michigan, Minnesota and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards
Wolverines’ Beaubien, Golden Gophers’ Kinch and Wildcats’ Newport are final weekly conference honorees for 2021 season
Player of the Week
Morgan Newport, Northwestern
Grad. – P/OF – DeKalb, Ill. – DeKalb – Master’s Program: Sport Administration
• Batted .600 with a 1.300 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage in Northwestern’s series win over Nebraska last weekend, collecting two home runs, six RBI and three runs in the four-game set
• Also pitched the series finale Sunday, earning a complete-game victory in the final home appearance of her career while striking out seven
• In that same finale on Sunday, went 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored
• Received Academic All-Big Ten honors the past three years (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor, both this season
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Morgan Newport (March 30, 2021)
Pitcher of the Week
Meghan Beaubien, Michigan
Sr. – LHP – Newport, Mich. – Saint Mary Catholic Central – Major: Biomedical Engineering
• Went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, two complete-game shutouts and nine strikeouts to help Big Ten Champion Michigan finish the regular season with a four-game sweep of Rutgers
• Tossed the eighth perfect game in Wolverine history, and second by a Big Ten pitcher this season, on May 15, striking out five in the five-inning victory
• Added a complete-game two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts in the series opener on May 14
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2019, 2020)
• Garners her eighth career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and third this season
• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Meghan Beaubien (May 11, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Sara Kinch, Minnesota
C – Temecula, Calif. – Great Oak – Major: Undeclared
• Compiled a .429 batting average, .857 slugging percentage and .429 on-base percentage in Minnesota’s series win at Penn State last weekend, hitting two home runs with three RBI and two runs scored
• Had hits in all four games of the series, including home runs in the Golden Gophers’ victories on May 14 and 15 (the latter in the nightcap of a doubleheader)
• Added two hits in Minnesota’s victory in the opener of the May 15 twinbill, as well as Sunday’s series finale
• Receives her third career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Sara Kinch (April 20, 2021)
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Ball State Football to Visit Auburn in 2025
MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State football program has lined up a trip to SEC country as part of its future scheduling. The Cardinals will travel to face the Auburn Tigers for a Sept. 6, 2025 matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Ball State’s most recent meeting with an SEC opponent came in 2015 at Texas A&M. The Cardinals and Auburn have squared off three times previously, most recently in 2009.
“This game will provide our football student-athletes a platform to compete on another big stage with a rich intercollegiate sporting experience,” said BSU Deputy Athletic Director Haven Fields, an Auburn graduate. “It will enhance our recruiting efforts and create memories that will last a lifetime.”
“As an Auburn alum and football letterman, it is exciting to have the opportunity to travel back South to compete against the SEC.”
Ball State has momentum building after an historic 2020 season that saw head coach Mike Neu’s Cardinals win the program’s first MAC championship since 1996 and notch its first-ever bowl victory in the Arizona Bowl. The Cardinals finished the season ranked No. 23 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls.
Ball State completed spring practice earlier this month, as the Cardinals prepare for their title defense this fall. BSU will open the 2021 campaign Thursday, Sept. 2 against Western Illinois at Scheumann Stadium and travel to visit Penn State the next week.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Three Hoosiers in Top-30 After Round Two of NCAA Regional
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Indiana men’s golf returned to Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Tuesday for the second round of the 2021 NCAA Regional. After 36 holes of play, the Hoosiers currently sit tied for ninth place. Junior Mitch Davis is pacing the IU lineup as he is tied for 23rd at 1-under.
NCAA Regional • Tallahassee, Fla.
Seminole Legacy Golf Club
Par 72 • 7,505
Indiana Team Standing: T9/14 Teams • 580 (290-290; +4)
Top Indiana Individual: Mitch Davis • T23 • 143 (72-71; -1)
• The field began on split tees with Indiana starting on No. 1.
• Host Florida State continues to lead the field at 24-under. Jacksonville’s Michael Sakane is currently the top individual with a score of 11-under-par 133.
• As a team, the Hoosiers matched their first-round total with a 290 on Tuesday.
• Junior Mitch Davis fired a 1-under 71, the best round so far this week for a Hoosier. He was 1-over at the turn before carding a 2-under on the back nine with three birdies. After shooting an even-72 yesterday, he now has a two-round total of 143.
• Brock Ochsenreiter and freshman Drew Salyers both moved up six spots as the two each carded a 72 on Tuesday and are at a 1-over 145 for the week, tied for 29th. Ochsenreiter had three birdies on the day, including two on the front nine to make the turn at 1-under. Salyers once again shined on the front nine as he carded a trio of birdies and was 2-under. He parred the first seven holes of the back nine before a pair of bogeys to finish the round.
• Freshman Clay Merchent is tied for 57th place and tied his first-round score of 75. He picked up three birdies on the front nine but hit some trouble on No. 5. He is currently 6-over after two rounds.
• Senior Ethan Shepherd is tied for 61st place after carding a 79 on Tuesday. He was best on the front nine, making the turn at 1-over par.
BY THE NUMBERS
Totals (to par)
The final round will get underway tomorrow off of split tees beginning at 8 a.m. IU will go off of No. 10 starting at 9:25 a.m. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Bradley Surges in NCAA Regional Round 2
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Cole Bradley shot a 3-under par 69 to move into the top 10 and put himself in position to advance to the National Championships after the second round at the Sagamore Golf Club. Bradley and Joe Weiler both sit in the top 10 individually after 36 holes at the NCAA Regional.
The duo is part of 75 individuals competing for spots in the NCAA National Championships held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning in late May. To advance, Weiler or Bradley will have to be the top finisher not on a top-five advancing team.
Bradley had an outstanding front nine to move into a tie for seventh at 3-under par 141, posting rounds of 72 and 69 thus far. In Tuesday’s second round, Bradley started his round birdie-eagle to move to 3-under quickly for the tournament.
He then double-bogeyed the par-3 4th hole, but responded with birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 7 and 12 to move to 5-under par for his round and into a share of the lead. He finished with bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17, to fall to 3-under par, but sits in third place individually among non-advancing teams.
Weiler is tied for 10th after rounds of 70-72=142 (-2), four off the individual lead. He would alternate birdie and bogey for most of the day, recording birdies on Nos. 2, 6 and 14, but bogeys on Nos. 3, 10 and 16. Nonetheless, Weiler remains in the hunt to advance.
The leader is UNC Wilmington’s Blake McShea (70-68=138), leading West Virginia’s Mark Goetz by two shots (74-66=140). Bradley and Weiler are third and fourth among non-advancing players.
The top-five teams have pulled away from the field as Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisville and North Florida are at least nine shots clear of the sixth-place squad, UNC Wilmington.
The final round will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET, at the Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana, on Wednesday. Weiler will tee off at 9:53 a.m. ET, and Bradley will start at 10:04 a.m. ET.
OHIO STATE MEN’S GOLF: Buckeyes Fifth with a Round to Play at NCAA Regional
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Ohio State posted another solid round of 3-under 285 on Tuesday in the second round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and are in fifth place with a round to go.
The top five teams and top individual not on one of those five teams after Wednesday’s round will qualifying to the NCAA Championship in two weeks at the Grayhawk Golf Club.
Just like in round one, the Buckeyes started on the tougher back nine and played it better today, making the turn at 1-over for the day. On the front, the Buckeyes didn’t make as many birdies as in round one, but it was enough to elevate them into fifth place at 7-under par. OSU has a four-shot lead on sixth place TCU and is just two shots behind Georgia for fourth place.
Individually, Felix Kvarnstrom came home with a second nine 33 to post a 2-under par 70. He birdied his final two holes, including the par-4 ninth, which played as the hardest hole on Tuesday. In fact, there were a total of four birdies on the ninth hole each of the first two rounds. Kvarnstrom birdied the hole both days and so did his teammate Maxwell Moldovan. The Buckeye freshman posted a second consecutive round of 1-under 71 and is tied with Kvarnstrom in 18th place.
Jackson Chandler followed his opening round 70 with an even-par 72 and joins his teammates in 18th place at 2-under par. Elis Svard is a shot behind those three at 1-under par as he too posted a 72 in the second round. Adam Wallin bettered his opening round score by two, carding a 2-over 74 on Tuesday.
For the third consecutive day, Ohio State will start on the back nine. The Buckeyes will be off at 8:30 a.m. and are paired with Georgia and TCU. Follow along all day on Golfstat.com.
Ohio State 284-285 -7 5th
Jackson Chandler 70-72 -2 18th
Maxwell Moldovan 71-71 -2 18th
Felix Kvarnstrom 72-70 -2 18th
Elis Svard 71-72 -1 23rd
Adam Wallin 76-74 +4 57th
BUTLER MEN’S GOLF: Cascino Posts Strong Second Round at 2021 NCAA Regional
Butler’s Michael Cascino continued his strong play at the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional with a Tuesday round of one-over 73.
The 54-hole event concludes Wednesday at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind.
Cascino’s Tuesday scorecard included four birdies on the par-72, 7,173-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature design. He was two-under on his round after a birdie on the 578-yard 14th before a tough closing stretch.
Cascino is tied for 45th overall as his Tuesday 73 combined with an opening-round 75 Monday. His 148 total is four-over.
Nick Infanti of North Florida and UNC-Wilmington’s Blake McShea are tied for the individual lead at 138 (-6) entering Wednesday’s final round. There are a total of 75 players in the field with Cascino as one of 10 individuals.
Texas retained the team lead, standing at 561 (-15). The Longhorns entered the day with a three-shot advantage and were able to extend that to a seven-shot margin over second-place Tennessee. North Carolina, Louisville and North Florida round out the top five teams.
The Sagamore Club is one of six regional sites across the country.
The top five teams from each regional, along with the highest finishing individual not associated with one of those teams, will advance to the NCAA Championships to be held May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Wednesday’s tee times will start at 7:30 a.m. ET. Admission is free.
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball headed to HCAC Baseball’s championship weekend in Lexington
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College will begin its journey through the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament’s championship round by facing no. 2 seed Franklin College on Thursday, May 20, in Lexington, Kentucky.
First pitch between the Quakers and the Grizzlies is slated for 2:00 p.m.
The Quakers, who advanced after their two wins over Manchester University, have been reseeded as the no. 3 seed in the five-team, double-elimination championship round. Top-seeded Transylvania University will serve as the host, with no. 4 seed Anderson and no. 8 seed Bluffton rounding out the field. Bluffton has been reseeded as the no. 5 team in the field.
All five teams will be playing for the HCAC Tournament Championship and accompanying automatic berth into the 2021 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.
All games will be held at the University of Kentucky’s Kentucky Proud Park.
“This is the best time of year,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s head baseball coach and interim director of athletics. “We work all year to be in this position to play for a conference tournament championship and a bid to the NCAA tourney. Our guys are very excited for this opportunity.”
Earlham is led by fifth-year senior Danny Dopp, who enters the final HCAC weekend ranked fourth in the conference with a .405 batting average and fourth among conference leaders in doubles with 15. He currently paces the Quakers with 39 runs batted in. Out of Dopp’s 53 total hits, 26 have been for extra bases, and he has set Earlham career records for hits, doubles, and runs batted in recent weeks. Senior Austin Hatfield is batting .315 for the Quakers with 14 doubles and 29 RBI, while Brian Pincura (.266) and Marc Gendreau (.252) are also among Earlham’s RBI leaders with 26 and 24 respectively.
On the mound, senior Joey Gerbus (7-1, 2.95 ERA, 74 K) has been the Quakers’ dominant no. 1 starter over the entire 2021 season, and has cracked Earlham’s top five in career strikeouts with 188. Nick Carrazales (5-2, 5.36 ERA, 31 K) has been Earlham’s no. 2 starter in the latter half of the season, with Domanick Michael (3-2, 5.40 ERA, 31 K) coming out of the pen setting a new Earlham single season saves record with eight.
Below is additional information about the 2021 HCAC Baseball Tournament championship round at Kentucky Proud Park:
2021 HCAC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, May 20
10:30 a.m. Game #1: No. 4 Anderson (22-17) vs. No. 5 Bluffton (18-22)
2:00 p.m. Game #2: No. 2 Franklin (25-12) vs. No. 3 Earlham (23-18)
5:30 p.m. Game #3: Winner Game #1 vs. No. 1 Transylvania (28-10)
Friday, May 21
10:30 a.m. Game #4: Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2
2:00 p.m. Game #5: Winner Game #2 vs. Winner Game #3
5:30 p.m. Game #6: Winner Game #4 vs. Loser Game #3
Saturday, May 22
10:30 a.m. Game #7: Loser Game #5 vs. Winner Game #6
2:00 p.m. Game #8: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #7 (Championship Game)
Sunday, May 23
12:30 P.M. Game #9: Winner Game #5 vs. Winner Game #7 (If Necessary)
ADMISSION: $10 per day; children 11-and-under are free. Students, faculty, and staff of any HCAC institutions will be admitted free with a current campus ID. Gates will open 60 minutes prior to the first game of each day’s session.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Illinois Edges Indiana in 10 Innings, 3-2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team fell in 10 innings to Illinois on Tuesday afternoon, 3-2, at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 24-13 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Fighting Illini improve to 19-19 on the year and in league action.
• Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Hoosiers cut the lead in half with an RBI double off the bat of OF Morgan Colopy. The freshman’s two-bagger was his seventh of the season.
• Indiana tied it up in the next frame at 2-2. With the bases loaded and one out, OF Grant Richardson hit a deep fly ball to center field, scoring the runner with a sacrifice fly.
• Illinois took the lead in the top of the 10th inning on a solo home run off the bat of Taylor Jackson.
• In the bottom of the frame, Colopy singled and then reached second base on a passed ball, but was stranded there to end the game.
• OF Drew Ashley extended his reached-base streak to 21 games.
• LHP Ty Bothwell tossed three innings in his start for IU, allowing two unearned runs on three hits, striking out seven.
• RHP John Modugno was great for Indiana out of the bullpen, tossing three scoreless, no-hit innings, striking out four.
• RHP Grant Macciochi had a career performance on the mound, pitching a career-best three innings of relief and striking out a career-high four batters.
• The Indiana Hoosiers will face Nebraska on Friday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Bart Kaufman Field. The game will be televised nationally on BTN.
VALPO BASEBALL: Baseball to Close Regular Season in Springfield
Valparaiso (14-29, 9-15 MVC)
at Missouri State (17-22, 7-13 MVC)
Hammons Field | Springfield, Mo.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 11:30 a.m. CT – RHP Easton Rhodehouse
Friday, May 21, 2021, 10 a.m. CT (Game 1) – RHP Colin Fields
Friday, May 21, 2021, to follow (Game 2) – RHP Ryan Mintz
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 11:30 a.m. CT – TBD
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will close out the 2021 regular season this weekend with a four-game series against Missouri State at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. This is the second straight Missouri Valley Conference slate that reaches its conclusion with Valpo visiting Missouri State, as the team also wrapped up the 2019 campaign by facing off in Springfield. All eight teams will qualify for the upcoming MVC Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., but Valpo could be seeded anywhere from third to eighth based on the results of this weekend’s games across the league. Note that suspended games (resumed the following day) are a possibility this weekend as play must be finished by 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday due to Missouri State sharing a field with the Springfield Cardinals.
Last Time Out: Valpo incurred its lone home series loss of the season by dropping three of four to Evansville to wrap up the Emory G. Bauer Field slate. The Brown & Gold prevailed 5-1 in Game 2 of the series, but high-scoring battles went the way of the Purple Aces in the other three showdowns. Valpo rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth in the series finale to force extra innings, but a high-scoring 10th frame turned a seven-all deadlock into an 11-9 win for the visitors.
On the Air: Fans can watch from home all weekend long as all four games will be streamed on The Valley on ESPN. Game 1 of the series is on the ESPN+ docket, while the remainder of the set will air on ESPN3. Links to live video, audio and stats courtesy of Missouri State Athletics are posted on ValpoAthletics.com.
Series Notes: Valpo hopes to break through with its first-ever victory over Missouri State this weekend. The Brown & Gold hold an 0-9 mark in a series that dates back to 1985. The Bears ended Valpo’s season in 2019, as the teams met four straight games, three to close the regular season and one in the MVC Tournament. Missouri State swept the regular-season set in Springfield and grabbed a 7-1 victory in Normal, Ill. to open tournament play. The six MVC regular-season matchups have all gone Missouri State’s way, but five of the six have been determined by two runs or fewer. Seven of the nine matchups have occurred since Valpo joined The Valley with the other two coming in 1985 and 1987.
Senior Salute: This year’s senior class features four players who have been staples in the program for the last five seasons after making immediate impacts as freshmen in 2017. This will mark the final regular-season weekend for the veteran quartet of RHP Jon Tieman, RHP Easton Rhodehouse, OF Steven Fitzsimmons and OF Riley Dent. In addition, LHP Josh Currier, a senior in his fourth year in the program; SS Damon Jorgensen, who is in his third year at Valpo after transferring from Coffeyville; and OF Jonathan Temple, who is in his second season with the Brown & Gold after transferring from Modesto JC, are coming down the final stretch of their collegiate careers. Graduation details and future plans for each senior are listed below.
- Jonathan Temple is a communication major with a minor in economics. The Turlock, Calif. native’s future plans include starting a marketing career in the Midwest.
- Damon Jorgensen has earned a degree in communication and plans to work for Cintas beginning in June.
- Josh Currier is a nursing major with a minor in psychology and will graduate from Valpo in May 2022 with his BSN and plans to start his career on a medical surgery floor.
- Riley Dent completed his undergraduate degree in marketing in May 2020 and will finish his MBA in August 2021.
- Steven Fitzsimmons completed his degree in political science with minors in business administration and communication in May 2020 and will finish his MBA in August 2021.
- Easton Rhodehouse is a 2020 Valpo graduate with a degree in political science and will finish his MBA in August 2021 and move to Denver to pursue a career in finance.
- Jon Tieman is a 2020 Valpo graduate with a degree in finance and minor in business analytics. Upon completing his MBA this August, the Crystal Lake, Ill. native will pursue a job in finance in the Chicagoland area.
Schmack in the Record Book: Valpo head coach Brian Schmack reached a significant milestone by beating Evansville on May 15 as he garnered his 150th career victory, becoming just the fourth head coach in program history to reach that mark. He joined an elite list that also includes Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013). Earlier this season, Schmack surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987), who is now fifth with 147 career wins.
Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his eighth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2021 season, he has served as the head coach for 336 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into a tie for third in program history for number of seasons coached with eight, matching Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Schmack has now been at Valpo longer than his predecessor Woodson, whose seven-year run lasted from 2007-2013. Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 136 ranks fifth in program history, with Rick Ferchen fourth at 147. The former big-league pitcher led Valparaiso to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. He followed that up with a 22-win season in 2015, then guided the team to its first winning record since 2013 in 2016. In 2017, Schmack continued his success despite managing a youthful roster that featured 11 freshmen and 15 total newcomers. He led his team to 24 wins, including a strong finish to the regular season that saw them win eight of their last 11. The 2018 season saw Valpo transition to the Missouri Valley Conference. The Brown & Gold made an immediate splash in the highly-respected baseball league, putting together a strong showing in the 2018 MVC Tournament, including a 13-10 victory over host Dallas Baptist, a team that went on to receive an at-large NCAA Regional berth. During the 2019 season, Schmack’s squad equaled its win total from the year prior despite playing in a conference that was ranked sixth nationally in RPI and sent three teams to NCAA Regionals. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.
Home Success Sustained
- When Valpo lifted the lid on its home slate on April 23, it became the final team in the nation to open the home portion of its schedule.
- The team snapped a stretch of 45 consecutive games away from home dating back to May 14, 2019, a 4-3 victory over Chicago State.
- Playing home games is always important in terms of results as Valpo finished with a winning record at home for the fifth time in the last six seasons and 12th time in the last 14 campaigns. The team posted a 7-6 record at Emory G. Bauer Field this season.
On the Rise
- Based on this weekend’s results, Valpo could finish anywhere from third to eighth in the MVC standings in a conference ranked seventh nationally in conference RPI. If Valpo finishes in sixth place or higher, it would mark the team’s best finish since joining The Valley. A third or fourth place finish would be even more significant, as it would earn Valpo a first-round bye in the MVC Tournament.
- Regardless of how this weekend unfolds, the program has taken a significant step forward in its fourth year (third season due to COVID) in the Missouri Valley Conference. Valpo has already clinched its highest league winning percentage since joining The Valley.
- After opening the season with an 0-8 MVC mark due to playing the league’s top two teams on the road, Valpo has gone 9-7 in its last 16 MVC dates.
We Are Young
- Based on the 2020 season not counting as a year of eligibility due to COVID-19, Valpo has a young roster of seven seniors, no juniors, seven sophomores and 20 freshmen.
- 1 percent of the team’s at-bats this season have been taken by freshmen and 68 percent have come from either freshmen or sophomores. Entering this weekend’s series at Missouri State, Valpo’s top four players in terms of batting average are all freshmen.
- On the mound, Valpo has received 147 1/3 innings from freshmen, 131 1/3 from sophomores, none from juniors and 74 1/3 innings from seniors. Overall, 41.7 percent of the team’s innings are coming from freshmen and 78.9 percent are from either freshmen or sophomores.
- Alex Thurston batted a team-best .417 during the series vs. Evansville (May 14-16), while Jonathan Temple slashed .400/.571/1.100 during the four-game set, totaling 11 bases and launching two home runs.
- After starting the season with a .200 average through his first 11 games, Kaleb Hannahs is hitting .348 over his last 32 contests, posting a .443 on-base percentage in that time.
- Over his last eight appearances spanning 10 games, Angel DiFederico leads the team in batting average (.414), on-base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.483).
- Steven Fitzimmons had a big weekend at Bradley on May 7-8, posting a team-high batting average of .438 during the four-game set. He drove in five, scored six times and compiled a .500 on-base percentage while slugging .625 in the series.
- Fitzsimmons owns a current 16-game on-base streak after he strung together an 18-game on-base streak earlier this season.
- After starting the season with a .155 batting average through 15 games, Riley Dent is hitting .308 over his last 28 outings.
Slamming the Door
- A pair of Valpo seniors have continued to climb the program’s all-time saves list.
- Easton Rhodehouse picked up a pair of saves in the weekend series vs. Illinois State, nailing down Valpo victories on April 30 and May 2.
- The May 2 save was the 11th of Rhodehouse’s career, moving him into sole possession of fifth place in program history.
- Rhodehouse needs two more saves to advance another spot and move into a tie for fourth all-time with Justin Cracker (1998-2001).
- Jon Tieman worked the final four innings of a 5-1 triumph over Evansville on May 15, nailing down his 10th career save and third this season. He is tied for sixth in program history with Dallas Cawiezell (2005-2007).
In The Other Dugout: Missouri State
- Dropped three of four at Illinois State in its most recent series, but salvaged the finale with a 2-1 win. All four games were decided by one or two runs.
- Will celebrate their seniors this weekend as Saturday will be Senior Day.
- Under the direction of longtime head coach Keith Guttin.
- Mason Hull is hitting .329 in 27 games, while Drake Baldwin owns a .305 batting average in 38 contests. Jaden Rolffs is the team leader in home runs (10) and RBIs (27). Remarkably, he has nearly as many home runs as he has singles (11) this season.
- Picked to finish third in the MVC Preseason Poll.
INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Smith Tabbed NFCA Player/Pitcher of the Year Finalist
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UIndy softball student-athlete Kenzee Smith was one of just 15 players selected Tuesday as finalists for the 2021 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year Awards.
A graduate of local Decatur Central High School, Smith ranks highly in the nation in a number of statistical categories, including victories (ninth), hits allowed per game (11th), complete games (12th), ERA (14th) and strikeouts (25th).
The newly-named GLVC Freshman of the Year and All-Midwest First Team honoree is one of only two rookies on the NFCA’s 15-woman list (see below). She is also the first Greyhound to be named an NFCA Player/Pitcher of the Year finalist since all-time great Morgan Foley in 2016.
The award was created in 2015 to honor the outstanding athletic achievements among softball student-athletes throughout NCAA Division II. In 2019, the Association expanded the award to include a Player and Pitcher of the Year. To be eligible, student-athletes must be nominated by their member head coach.
With the cancellation of last year’s season due to COVID-19 and a higher percentage of eligible candidates, an additional five players have been added to the traditional top 10. The NFCA Division II All-America Committee will be announce the winners on June 3.
2021 SCHUTT SPORTS/NFCA DII PLAYER & PITCHER OF THE YEAR TOP 15
Tatum Brummitt, Senior, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Bailey Byers, Senior, Malone University
Hannah Rose Corbin, Sophomore, Columbus State University
Kendall Cornick, Senior, Augustana University
Sydni Hawkins, Junior, Missouri Western State University
Alyssa Herrera, Freshman, Georgian Court University
Hannah Marsteller, Sophomore, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shanna McBroom, Graduate, West Texas A&M University
Nicole Pennington, Junior, Valdosta State University
Morgan Perry, Senior, Saint Anselm College
Ellie Smith, Sophomore, Colorado Mesa University
Kenzee Smith, Freshman, University of Indianapolis
Kylee Smith, Senior, University of North Georgia
Mackenzie Ward, Junior, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Faith Willenbrock, Senior, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
MARIAN SOFTBALL: MARIAN’S SEASON ENDS IN 12-INNING LOSS TO COLUMBIA COLLEGE
Columbia, Mo. – The Marian softball season came to a close on Tuesday afternoon, as the Knights lost a hard-fought 12-inning marathon to No. 7 Columbia College in the NAIA Opening Round elimination bracket. Marian ends the season with a 45-15 overall record.
Pitching dominated the first three innings of the game, as Sydney Wilson and Lexi Dickerson each threw a perfect nine outs to open the elimination game. Dickerson carried her perfect start through the top of the fourth after retiring the Knights in order, and in the home half Wilson lost her perfect bid after giving up a lead-off single to Taylor Barnes. The Cougars were able to move Barnes into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and two batters later Allison Keen slipped a single through the left side of the infield to put Columbia on top 1-0 after the RBI.
Trailing for the first time in the game, Marian’s bats broke up Dickerson’s perfect bid in the top of the fifth inning, with Sierra Norman breaking the game open with a base hit to left field. Sarah Kush dropped a sacrifice bunt to push Norman into scoring position, and Raegan Hiatt followed the at-bat with a single to put runners on the corners. Abbi Wirey finished the job with an RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Norman from third to tie the game 1-1. Wilson protected the tie with three straight outs to Mackenie Dalton at second base, carrying the 1-1 score into the top of the sixth inning.
With the bats alive, Marian’s offense continued to make contact in the sixth inning getting a lead-off double from Caitlyn Phillips. Two batters later Shelbie Stotts traded places with Phillips, roping a double down the left field line to score Phillips and give Marian a 2-1 lead. Marian’s lead didn’t last long however, as Karolina Arbrova and Barnes recorded back to back triples to start the bottom of the sixth inning, pushing across the tying run. Wilson kept the game squared at 2-2 and held Barnes at third, ending the inning with three popouts in the infield to send the game to the seventh inning.
Marian was unable to keep their offensive hot streak going in the seventh inning as they went down in order, and in the home half of the seventh Columbia made noise with two singles in their first three plate appearances. Wilson was able to get a groundout to pick up the second out of the inning, and with two runners in scoring position, Phillips made a critical out, sticking with a bobbled line drive to get the out at first base to push the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth Marian’s bats picked up a lead-off single from Dalton, and two batters later Savannah Harweger picked up a one-out single, but the Knights were unable to scratch out a run as a pair of groundouts ended the inning. Wilson quickly retired the side in the bottom of the eighth, and in the ninth Kush doubled with one out to provide a base runner, ending the day for Dickerson. Alyssa Roll came on in relief for the Cougars, and after walking Hiatt, settled in with a pair of infield outs to end the inning.
Wilson got out of a jam of her own in the bottom of the ninth, stranding a lead-off single at third base with three straight outs, ending the inning with a leaping catch in foul territory to Phillips at third. Each side picked up a hit in the 10th inning, but neither side was able to score after the two pitchers closed out the frame.
Marian had a chance in the top of the 11th to win after Norman singled to right to lead off the inning. Kush dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Norman, and ended up safe at first after Keen made an errant throw to the bag. Norman took third on the error as she moved 60 feet away from scoring, but a strikeout from Roll started a chain of three straight outs to leave two runners on base. Wilson got out of the 11th unharmed after allowing a two-out single, but in the bottom of the 12th, Wilson magic wore off, as Karolina Arbova delivered a one-out walk-off home run to deep center, scoring the winning run.
The Knights had nine hits in the 12-inning 3-2 defeat, stranding nine runners on base. Norman led Marian in hits going 2-5, while seven other Marian batters each had one hit. Phillips and Dalton each made eight total outs in the game, and Norman made 13 putouts. Wilson allowed three runs in her 11.1 innings, striking out two batters on 127 pitches.
Marian ends the season with a 45-15 overall record, reaching the NAIA Opening Round for the sixth consecutive season.
IU EAST WOMEN’S TENNIS: NAIA WOMEN’S TENNIS NATIONALS: MIDDLE GEORGIA 4, IU EAST 0
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MOBILE, Ala. – A breakthrough season for the Indiana University East women’s tennis program concluded with an appearance at the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship.
IU East dropped a 4-0 decision against Middle Georgia State University on May 18 in a first-round national tournament match at the Mobile Tennis Center.
IU East (13-9) was the No. 21 seed for the 24-team event. Middle Georgia, the No. 12 seed, moves on to the tournament’s Round of 16 with a 6-4 record.
IU East made its national tournament debut. The Red Wolves earned their trip to Mobile by winning the River States Conference Championship for the first time in program history.
“Every story, even the best ones, have an ending,” said IU East coach Jacob Rankin. “We ran into a strong opponent today and played our hearts out. For it being our first time here in program history, we played surprisingly relaxed.”
IU East’s Linda Marino had won the first set at No. 2 singles when Middle Georgia clinched the match.
Marino and Camila Caballero were tied late in the No. 1 doubles match before the Knights wrapped up the doubles point.
Six of the seven players who took the court for IU East were underclassmen, including four freshmen.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team and the history we made,” Rankin concluded. “We’ll miss Shelby (Good), our senior, but sent her off with a great senior season. We’ll come back even stronger next year!”
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Bats Heat Up In Series Opening Victory
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians offense erupted for seven runs in the first three innings on Tuesday night to take the series opener at the St. Paul Saints, 7-3. Indy recorded its most hits of the season in a single game with 11 and went 4-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
Hunter Owen and Anthony Alford led the offense with three RBI apiece and combined for five of the Indians 11 hits.
St. Paul (5-8) took the lead early against Indians starter Beau Sulser in the bottom of the first when Nick Gordon led off the inning with a single. He later rounded the bases to score on a one-out groundout from Brent Rooker.
A half inning later, the Indians (8-4) wasted no time and scored four runs on three hits to take the lead, 4-1. Christian Bethancourt led off the inning with a single to right field, followed by a walk to Chris Sharpe and RBI single by Anthony Alford. Still with no outs, Owen doubled down the left field line to score two more and record his first hit with the Indians this season. St. Paul’s Griffin Jax recorded the first out of the inning with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Joe Hudson to score Owen.
Indy tacked on three more runs in the the top of the third when Kevin Kramer singled on a line drive to right field and came around to score on back-to-back doubles from Sharpe and Alford, who collected his second and third RBI of the night. An infield single up the middle by Owen scored Alford and gave Indy the 7-1 lead.
After the first run in the first frame, Sulser (W, 2-0) held the St. Paul offense scoreless until the fifth inning when he gave up two runs on three hits. With two runners on, he ended the inning with a strikeout to earn his second win of the season.
The Indians bullpen entered in the sixth inning and shut St. Paul out for the last four innings. Braeden Ogle threw two relief innings with four strikeouts while Tyler Bashlor and Jandel Gustave combined for three strikeouts in the final two innings.
Griffin Jax (L, 1-1) took the loss on the mound for the Saints after accounting for all seven earned runs in five innings of work.
Bethancourt went 2-for-4 on the night and extended his hitting streak to five consecutive games to begin his season with Indianapolis.
The game began on an uneasy note for Indianapolis when center fielder and leadoff hitter Travis Swaggerty exited the game with an injury after being picked off at first base to open the first inning. With catcher Jason Delay as the lone position player on their bench, the Indians removed the designated hitter and operated with the pitcher’s spot hitting at the top of the lineup for the remainder of the game.
The Indians continue their series at St. Paul Wednesday night at 8:05 PM ET. RHP Chad Kuhl, in his first major league rehab appearance with the Indians, will take the mound in a piggyback start with RHP Cody Ponce (0-0, 5.87). RHP Chandler Shepherd (0-1, 9.82) will take the mound for the Saints.
INDY FUEL: FUEL RECEIVE TWO FROM THE AHL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Tuesday that goaltender Billy Christopoulos has returned to the Fuel following his loan to the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans. Additionally, defenseman Dmitri Osipov has been assigned to the Fuel by the Rockford IceHogs.
Christopoulos, 26, re-joins the Fuel after appearing in five games for the Rochester Americans, earning a 6.03 goals-against average and .815 save percentage. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound goaltender has appeared in 11 games for the Fuel this season, registering a 2.13 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Osipov, 24, has played five games for the Fuel this season, registering four penalty minutes. The native of Moscow, Russia skated in 22 games with the IceHogs during the 2020-21 season tallying two goals, four assists and 34 penalty minutes.
Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1915 Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke files for the patent for flip-down sunglasses designed to for use in the outfield. In addition to the sunglasses, which he believes are “good for motorists, too,” the future Hall of Famer also creates and will be issued patents for a sliding pad and a mechanical method of positioning the tarpaulin.
1918 The Senators play the District’s first Sunday game, beating Cleveland in a dramatic, 1-0 twelve-inning contest in front of the largest crowd in the history of American League Park. The 17,000 spectators packed into the Washington D.C. ballpark include 2,000 soldiers, who are guests of the team, several U.S. Senators, and a Justice from the Supreme Court.
1929 At Yankee Stadium in a section known as Ruthville, a 17 year-old college sophomore and a sixty-year-old truck driver die, with another seventy-five fans reported hurt when an unusually violent storm causes the crowd to stampede trying to seek cover. The incident in the right-field bleachers occurs when the sudden cloudburst makes it obvious the contest will end with New York ahead of the Red Sox, 3-0, at the end of four and a half innings, making the contest an official game.
1933 For the first time in major league history, brothers on opposite teams homer in the same game. Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell takes his brother Wes deep, but the Indians’ righty returns the favor as he homers in the third on a pitch called by his sibling.
1941 Lefty Grove wins his twentieth consecutive game at Fenway Park, the longest home-park streak in the big leagues. The southpaw starter establishes the new record when the Red Sox beat Detroit, 4-2.
1954 Bob Carpenter apologizes to second baseman Granny Hamner for having him followed by a detective. Although his team is one game-behind from first place, the Phillies’ owner suspected his players were not ready to play mentally or physically.
1956 Dale Long’s eighth-inning Forbes Field’s two-run round-tripper against Chicago is the first in a string of eight consecutive games in which the Pirates’ first baseman will homer. Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987) and Ken Griffey Jr. (Mariners, 1993) will match the Adam, MA native’s major league mark.
1962 Cardinal Stan Musial singles for his 3,431st career hit, establishing a National League record. ‘Stan the Man’ delivers the historic hit as a pinch-hitter, something he will accomplish coming off the bench 14 times in 19 at-bats (.735) this season.
1968 At Tiger Stadium, Earl Wilson stops Senator Frank Howard’s home run streak. The ‘Capital Punisher’ established the major league mark by hitting ten home runs in the previous six games.
1972 In an exchange of outfielders, Cincinnati trades Bernie Carbo, their number-one pick in the 1965 draft, to the Cardinals for Joe Hague. Unknown at the time, the move is precipitated by an ugly incident that occurred when the spring training hold-out becomes physical with Reds’ GM Bob Howsam during a contentious negotiation session.
1976 The day after Carl Yastrzemski passes Boston legend Ted Williams for the most games played in a Red Sox uniform he enjoys a memorable day a the plate, going 4-for-4, including three home runs and four RBIs. Yaz’s offensive output contributes to the team’s 9-2 victory over the Tigers in the Motor City.
1979 After a bitter strike, the major league umpires return to work when the MLUA and MLB agree on a contract allowing umps to have in-season vacations, the institution of a 401(k) plan, increases in salaries, pensions, and per diems, and a return to merit-based assignments for post-season games. During the six-week work stoppage, amateur arbiters replaced the men in blue.
1981 After giving up a single to leadoff hitter Terry Harper, Pirates’ hurler Jim Bibby retires the next 27 Braves en route to a 5-0 one-hitter. The right-hander threw a no-hitter as a rookie with the Rangers.
1984 Joining the club in St. Louis, Reds’ rookie Eric Davis makes his major league debut, grounding out to short as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 9-1 loss to the Cardinals. When Cincinnati forgets to pack an extra road uniform, the 22 year-old rookie needs to wear a numberless jersey.
1993 With the team record mired at 13-25, Jeff Torborg is replaced by Dallas Green as the Mets skipper. The 1990 American League Manager of the Year with the White Sox posted an 85-115 record (.425) during his brief stint with New York.
1994 The first ‘Jay Buhner Buzz Cut Night,’ which will become a popular recurring promotion, is held at the Kingdome. Mariners fans, willing to have their heads shaved to emulate the team’s right fielder, who plays an active role by encouraging fans to participate and giving a few haircuts himself, receive free admission to seats in right field to cheer on ‘Bone.’
1998 For the second time this season and fourth time in his career, Mark McGwire hits three homers in a game. ‘Big Mac’ becomes the 12th player to have two three-homer games in a season when he smacks three two-run round-trippers against the Phillies.
1998 After giving up an eighth-inning three-run homer to Bernie Williams, Armando Benitez nails Tino Martinez between the shoulder blades, igniting a bench-clearing brawl. Graeme Lloyd races in from the Yankee bullpen to punch the O’s closer, and Alan Mills bloodies Darryl Strawberry’s face after the New York outfielder ends up in the Baltimore dugout also trying to get a shot at Benitez.
2000 In the park’s last year, Jason Kendall became the first Pirate to hit for the cycle in Three Rivers Stadium. The Pittsburgh backstop has a two-run homer in the first inning, a single in the second, a double in the third, and a two-run triple in the eighth to join Giant Jeff Kent (1999) as the only player to accomplish the feat in the stadium’s 31-year history.
2001 Reversing their original decision, the Elias Sports Bureau, major league baseball’s official statistician, will now list Randy Johnson’s 20 strikeouts as tying a record. Although the game went extra innings, the Big Unit’s nine-inning performance now ranks with Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood 20K outings in the 2002 record book.
2002 Cubs’ first baseman Fred McGriff’s two-run homer at Miller Park ties Ellis Burks’ record of homering in 40 different major league parks. The ‘Crime Dog’s’ eighth-inning blast knots the score 3-3 in an eventual 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Brewers, snapping Chicago’s nine-game losing streak.
2004 Brad Thompson breaks a 97 year-old minor league record set in 1907 by Irvin Wilhelm by hurling 57 consecutive scoreless innings. The 22 year-old Cardinals farmhand, playing in the Southern League for the Tennessee Smokies, falls just two innings short of Orel Hershiser’s professional mark of 59 established in 1988.
2004 Yankee spokesman Jason Zillo announces Cracker Jack, which has been baseball’s most famous snack for over 100 years, will not be sold at Yankee Stadium and will be replaced by a product known as Crunch ‘n Munch. According to Yankees’ officials, the short-lived change, due to the fans’ adverse reaction, is being made because Crunch ‘n Munch tastes better, but may have happened due to Frito-Lay’s decision to package the game’s well-known treat in only bags and not boxes.
2004 Breaking a record he set two weeks ago, Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to hit a pinch-hit home run. The Braves’ first baseman is 45 years, 269 days old when he accomplishes the feat.
2008 Jon Lester, diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two seasons ago, no-hits the Royals, 7-0, becoming only the third lefty in franchise history to throw a no-no at Fenway Park. The 24 year-old’s batterymate, Jason Varitek, also makes the record books for being the first backstop to catch four no-hitters in the majors.
2009 Dontrelle Willis wins his first game in nearly 20 months, limiting the opposition to one hit in 6+ innings in the Tigers’ 4-0 victory over Texas. The former 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, who signed a three-year deal worth $29 million with Detroit last season, was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder during spring training.
2010 After being benched for criticizing Fredi Gonzalez, who pulled him from the previous game for loafing, Hanley Ramirez, at the prompting of Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Tony Perez, apologizes to his manager and individually to his teammates before today’s contest in St. Louis. The visiting All-Star shortstop and reigning National League batting champ, amidst of being booed by the Busch Stadium fans, collects three hits and drives in a run in the Marlins’ 5-1 victory over the Cardinals.
2010 Mets center fielder Angel Pagan initiates the tenth triple play in franchise history when he snags Nationals’ Cristian Guzman’s sinking liner with first and second base occupied. Backstop Henry Blanco fields the outfielder’s overthrown ball over the infield, throwing it to shortstop Jose Reyes, to double up the runner at second, with the infielder relaying the ball to Ike Davis, tripling up the runner at first, to complete the first major league 9-2-6-3 triple killing.
2011 In the Rockies’ 7-1 victory over Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park, 40 year-old Jason Giambi becomes the second-oldest player to hit three homers in a game. In 1962, Stan Musial became the oldest major leaguer to accomplish the feat when he hit a trio of round-trippers at the age of 41 facing the Mets in the Polo Grounds.
2013 After pinch-runner Cliff Lee becomes a pickoff victim at first base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Phillies catcher Erik Kratz, who did not start the contest, ties the game with a solo home run to left field off Cincinnati flame thrower Aroldis Chapman. The next batter, Freddie Galvis, blasts a home run to complete the improbable Citizens Bank Park comeback, giving Philadelphia a dramatic 3-2 walk-off victory.
2016 At U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale, with a four-hit complete-game 2-1 victory over the Astros, improves his record to 9-0 to become the first White Sox pitcher in nearly a century to win his first nine starts of the season. Ed Cicotte also accomplished the feat during the infamous 1919 Black Sox season.
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