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MINNESOTA 127 SAN ANTONIO 121

DENVER 122 MEMPHIS 109

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CAROLINA 5 BUFFALO 3

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Tiger is back at Masters, and it already felt like a victory

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods playing the Masters again, his shirt as pink as the azaleas at Augusta National, would have been enough reason to celebrate Thursday.

It felt that way to him, too.

Woods twirled his club after good shots, and there were enough. He pumped his fist after his longest birdie putt. And then normalcy gave way to reality when he used his wedge as a walking stick for his once-battered and now weary legs for a final climb toward the 18th green.

Another par save for a 1-under 71, four shots behind Sungjae Im.

But this wasn’t just about a score. Woods was competing in a major, the first time in 508 days since a car crash some 14 month ago that shattered his right leg. That much was clear when asked if simply being able to play felt like a victory. His answer: “Yes.”

“If you would have seen how my leg looked to where it’s at now, the pictures – some of the guys know; they’ve seen the pictures – to see where I’ve been, to get from there to here, it was no easy task,” Woods said.

It doesn’t figure to get any easier the rest of the way.

Still to come is Friday, the first time he will have walked 18 holes at Augusta National on consecutive days since the accident with what he described as “lots of ice” in between.

Ahead of him are a collection of players who have won majors, who have won at Augusta, and who have spent the last year honing their games instead of figuring out how to get from a hospital bed to finding joy in the simple pleasure of walking.

Im, the 24-year-old South Korean known for rarely missing the center of the club face, ran off three straight birdies at the start, recovered from a pair of bogeys with a 12-foot eagle putt on the 13th and added a late birdie for a 5-under 67.

He was one shot ahead of Cameron Smith, playing for the first time since winning The Players Championship a month ago. The Aussie with the mullet had the most dynamic round of the day with his eight birdies, all between a double bogey at the start and the finish.

“To be honest, those couple of double bogeys really didn’t have too bad a shot in them. It’s not like I was scratching it out of the trees,” Smith said. “Just misjudged the wind on both wedges. Just left myself in a bit of a tough spot. Other than that, it was just really solid.”

Im’s 67 was the highest score to lead after 18 holes at the Masters since 2014, and that was to be expected. Even with 2 inches of rain that softened the course, the front that cleared out the clouds brought enough wind to jangle the nerves at every turn.

Dustin Johnson, who held off Im and Smith when he won the Masters in November 2020, was 4 under through 10 holes and poised to present a daunting target with the scoring holes ahead of him. He had to settle for pars, dropped a shot late and was in the large group at 69.

Also at 69 were former Masters champion Danny Willett, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Joaquin Niemann, who holed out for eagle on No. 9 and still didn’t get the biggest roar of the round. He was playing with Woods, who heard them all day.

The crowd was so large that Woods could barely be seen over so many heads as he walked from the clubhouse to the putting green and then to the first tee, big cheers at each station, all the way down to Amen Corner until the end.

“Probably at the beginning I noticed that there was a lot of people, but then I was trying to talk to my caddie, and I couldn’t hear anything that he was saying,” Niemann said.

Overlooked in Woods playing again was the return of the spectators, and it was a beautiful and roaring marriage. There were pockets of cheers from around Augusta National, and endless cheers for Woods.

He missed that. They missed him. And he didn’t waste time giving them reason for hope by making a 10-foot par putt on the first hole.

“The place was electric,” Woods said. “I hadn’t played like this since ’19 when I won because in ’20 we had COVID and we had no one here, and I didn’t play last year. So to have the patrons fully out and to have that type of energy out there was awesome to feel.”

He couldn’t feel the same about his legs. He said they were sore, which he expected, but he could compete over five hours on soft turf and so many undulations.

He came within a few feet of an ace on the par-3 sixth. He made a 30-foot birdie on the par-3 16th, and his other on an approach that hugged the top of the green at the par-5 13th for a simple two-putt. His big regret was a pitch that came up woefully short on the par-5 eighth, followed by a chip that was too strong and a poor putt.

He dropped another shot from a 4-iron chip on the 14th that ran 8 feet by.

It wasn’t his best. But after going that long without serious competition, he had few complaints.

“I’m going to be sore, yes. That’s just the way it is,” he said. “And this is only one round. We’ve got three more to go. There’s a long way to go and a lot of shots to be played.”

But it was a start, and that felt like a win. And he was among 17 players from the 90-man field who broke par, and that was big.

“I was able to finish up in the red,” Woods said. “I’m right where I need to be.”

The thousands of spectators who stood a dozen deep in some spots, who filled every inch of grass around Amen Corner, couldn’t have agreed more.

Mahle shines in 6-3 win as Reds spoil Braves’ celebration

ATLANTA (AP) The Cincinnati Reds watched with admiration as the Atlanta Braves celebrated their championship.

Then the Reds launched a new season by outplaying the champions.

Tyler Mahle allowed only an unearned run in five innings to outpitch Max Fried, Brandon Drury hit a three-run homer and the Reds beat Atlanta 6-3 on Thursday night to spoil the Braves’ World Series celebration.

The Braves unveiled their World Series pennant in right field in a pregame ceremony after two parachutists landed in the outfield carrying championship banners.

“It was great,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It was fun to be part of that atmosphere, really.”

Fried, the winning pitcher in the World Series-clinching Game 6 win over Houston, couldn’t repeat that success in his opening day start.

Fried (0-1) allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He left the game with two runners on base before Drury’s homer off Collin McHugh, making his Braves debut, landed in the Reds’ bullpen behind the left field wall.

Austin Riley hit a two-run homer for Atlanta off right-hander Dauri Moreta in the eighth.

Mahle (1-0) was sharp in his first opening day start, allowing only three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Mahle said he wasn’t distracted by the Braves’ pregame ceremony.

“I didn’t really watch any of it, actually,” Mahle said. “I kind of heard it, but I was doing my own thing.”

Bell said he was impressed by Mahle’s perfect fifth inning.

“We’ve seen him do it a lot where he gets stronger during the game, but today said a lot about him because he hadn’t really got that deep in a game in spring training,” Bell said.

Tony Santillan pitched a perfect ninth to earn his first career save.

Kyle Farmer’s second-inning single drove in Tyler Stephenson, who was hit on his foot by a pitch from Fried, for a 1-0 lead.

Fried was faced with the first bases-loaded, no-out situation of his career in the third. Joey Votto’s single drove in Jonathan India. Aristides Aquino scored on Stephenson’s lineout to right field for a 3-0 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: The rotation could look much different by the end of the month. LHP Mike Minor (left shoulder soreness) will throw a simulated game in Atlanta on Friday. RHP Luis Castillo (right shoulder soreness) played catch on Thursday and will throw in the bullpen this weekend. Bell said Minor is “slightly” ahead of Castillo and both could come off the 10-day injured list this month. … IF Donovan Solano (left hamstring strain) will have at-bats in the simulated game.

Braves: Throwing fastballs timed at 100 mph, rookie right-hander Spencer Strider recorded five strikeouts in two perfect innings. … Hall of Famer Chipper Jones threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The celebration continues on Sunday, when players will be presented their World Series rings.

Ian Happ gets 3 hits as Cubs beat Brewers 5-4 on opening day

CHICAGO (AP) Ian Happ had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Thursday on opening day.

Nico Hoerner hit the majors’ first homer of 2022 and Kyle Hendricks pitched neatly into the sixth, leading Chicago to the victory on a chilly, overcast afternoon at Wrigley Field. Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki reached three times and scored in his first big league game.

On a day stuffed full of firsts and debuts, Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes and catcher Omar Narvaez became the first battery to use baseball’s new electronic pitch-calling system in a regular-season game. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Suzuki singled in the fifth for his first big league hit and walked twice. The 27-year-old finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with Chicago in March in the Cubs’ biggest move of the offseason.

Andrew McCutchen, Willy Adames and Rowdy Tellez each had two hits for Milwaukee, and Lorenzo Cain drove in two runs. McCutchen served as the designated hitter in his first game with his new team after agreeing to a one-year deal last month.

The Brewers erased a 3-1 deficit with two runs in the seventh, but the Cubs went ahead to stay in the bottom half.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Happ hit a drive off Jake Cousins that caromed off the wall in center. Clint Frazier and Willson Contreras scored on Happ’s second double of the day.

The reigning NL Central champions got one back on Cain’s sacrifice fly in the eighth, but David Robertson worked the ninth for his first save since 2018 and No. 138 for his career.

Aaron Ashby (0-1) got the loss. He was charged with one run and three hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Making his third consecutive opening-day start, Hendricks permitted one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander, who had a career-high 4.77 ERA last year, struck out seven and walked three.

Chris Martin (1-0) got two outs for the win in his Cubs debut.

The Brewers jumped in front when McCutchen singled and scored the majors’ first run on Cain’s groundout in the fourth. But the Cubs responded with three in the fifth.

Patrick Wisdom hit a sacrifice fly before Hoerner drove a 1-1 pitch from Burnes into the bleachers in left for a tiebreaking two-run shot. It was Hoerner’s first big league homer since Sept. 21, 2019, against St. Louis.

AP Source: Pirates, 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes agree on 8-year deal

(AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are building around third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes.

A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press the Pirates and Hayes have come to terms on a new eight-year, $70 million deal pending the 25-year-old Hayes passing a physical. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement isn’t expected until the team’s home opener on April 12.

Hayes batted third in Pittsburgh’s season opener in St. Louis on Thursday but left with an apparent injury in the first inning to his left hand or wrist. He was limited to 96 games last year due to a left wrist injury.

The deal gives the team some stability as they continue a methodical build-up under general manager Ben Cherington. Hayes, the son of former major leaguer Charlie Hayes and a first-round pick in the 2015 amateur draft, reached the big leagues in 2020.

Hayes entered the 2022 season hitting .280 in 120 career games. Known for his strong defensive play, Hayes made a splash upon his arrival in September 2020, winning Rookie of the Month during an electric debut. He struggled in 2021 amid the wrist issue.

The contact also gives a fan base growing antsy after three straight last-place finishes a player to attach itself to. The Pirates are still in a transition period, with most of the prospects they’ve accumulated since Cherington took over in the fall of 2019 still at least a year or two from arriving in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates are expected to finish at or near the bottom of the NL Central again with a largely unheralded and inexpensive roster. Cherington has said repeatedly that the team will start making investments when it believes it is close to winning, and the agreement with Hayes provides the first tangible evidence of a long-term plan at the big-league level.

The contract, which goes into effect this season carries through at least 2029 and includes an option for 2030.

Braves’ Acuña describes feelings for Freeman as ‘nothing’

ATLANTA (AP) Don’t count Ronald Acuna Jr. among the Atlanta players who will be missing Freddie Freeman as the Braves open their season.

Acuna said in an Instagram Live interview he had no feelings for Freeman, the former longtime Braves first baseman who helped lead Atlanta to the World Series championship last year and then signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Asked if he would miss Freeman, Acuna replied “Me? Nothing.”

Added Acuna, according to a translation of the interview in Spanish conducted by Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times: “We just shared the same stadium. … We had several clashes.”

Acuna attempted play down his comments before Thursday night’s opening game against Cincinnati.

“To be honest, I think it was just exaggerated and blown out of proportion by the media,” Acuna said through translator Franco Garcia.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said he was not aware of any conflicts between Acuna and Freeman.

“If it was, it was between those two,” Snitker said.

Acuna is the first Atlanta player to have anything but praise for Freeman, the 2020 NL MVP.

White Sox 3B Moncada to miss 3 weeks with strained oblique

DETROIT (AP) The Chicago White Sox expect third baseman Yoan Moncada to miss the first three weeks of the season because of a strained right oblique.

The team placed Moncada on the 10-day injured list on Thursday as part of a flurry of moves to get the roster down to 28 players.

General manager Rick Hahn told reporters in Detroit, where the White Sox open against the Tigers on Friday, that Moncada will likely miss about three weeks. The 26-year-old Cuban was scratched from the spring training finale against San Diego on Tuesday.

Moncada batted .263 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs last season, helping the White Sox win the AL Central and make the playoffs for the second straight year.

The White Sox placed right-handers Ryan Burr (strained right shoulder strain), Joe Kelly (right biceps nerve injury) and Lance Lynn (right knee surgery), left-hander Garrett Crochet (left elbow surgery) and outfielder Yermin Mercedes (fractured left wrist) on the injured list.

Chicago recalled third baseman Jake Burger and right-hander Matt Foster from Triple-A Charlotte and selected the contracts of lefty Tanner Banks and righty Kyle Crick from the minor league club. Chicago also designated outfielder Micker Adolfo for assignment and outrighted catcher Seby Zavala to Charlotte.

Twins get Paddack, Pagan from Padres for Rogers and Rooker

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan from the San Diego Padres on Thursday for All-Star left-hander Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker.

The Twins also will receive a player to be namedm and the Padres will get $6.6 million in cash.

Paddack and Rogers are the key pieces of the deal.

Paddack was 7-7 with a 5.07 ERA in 22 starts and one relief appearances. The 26-year-old walked 22, struck out 99 last season. He has pitched in parts of three seasons for the Padres since 2019, going 20-19 with a 4.21 ERA.

Pagan made a career-high 67 relief appearances last season, going 4-3 with a 4.83 ERA. The 30-year-old has pitched parts of five major league seasons with Seattle, Oakland, Tampa Bay and San Diego, going 13-10 with a 3.73 ERA. He saved 20 games for the Rays in 2019.

Rogers was selected to his first career AL All-Star team in 2021, going 2-4 with a 3.35 ERA and a 13.17 strikeout-per-9.0 innings pitched, sixth highest among AL relievers and 10th-best in the majors. The 31-year-old began the season as the Twins’ primary set-up man, finishing with eight holds on the season, while also converting nine of his 13 save opportunities. Since 2016, his 319 appearances rank fourth in the AL and first most among AL left-handers

Rogers went on the injured list for the season on July 27 with a left middle finger sprain.

Rooker split the 2021 season between Triple-A St. Paul and Minnesota. He played in 58 games for the Twins last season, hitting .201 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 16 RBIs.

Paddack has a $2.25 million salary this year and Pagan $2.3 million. Rogers is at $7.3 million and Rooker at $708,350 while in the major leagues and $176,693 while in the minors.

Max Scherzer ‘good to go’ for Mets debut at Nationals Park

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer declared himself “good to go” for his New York Mets debut in Friday’s second game of the season against the Washington Nationals, the club he helped win the 2019 World Series.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner developed a problem with his right hamstring late in spring training camp in Florida and there had been some uncertainty about when he would be able to make his first appearance of the regular season.

With fellow Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, twice a Cy Young honoree himself, sidelined for at least a month or two because of a shoulder blade issue, New York’s vaunted rotation appeared to be headed for a slow start under new manager Buck Showalter.

But Scherzer said he came through some fielding work just fine at Nationals Park before Thursday’s game on opening day.

“I knew it was a hiccup. I knew it wasn’t a major, like, injury. I’ve done this a couple times and had an idea what it was,” Scherzer said, speaking to reporters in front of a locker in the visiting team’s clubhouse at the stadium he called home for 6 1/2 seasons until getting sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline in late July.

“I was able to tell Buck: `Hey, Buck, I’m good to go,'” he said.

Scherzer became a free agent during and signed a three-year, $130 million contract with the Mets, part of a big-spending offseason for owner Steve Cohen.

During his time in Washington after getting a seven-year, $210 million deal before the 2015 season, Scherzer won a pair of NL Cy Young Awards (his other came in 2013 in the AL with Detroit), tossed two no-hitters and had a 20-strikeout game, in addition to helping win a championship two years ago.

Giannis, Holiday help Bucks rally past Celtics 127-121

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Bucks turned up their defensive intensity just in time Thursday night to beat the short-handed Boston Celtics and take over second place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Once the playoffs arrive, they’re hoping they can make those game-changing runs a little earlier.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday each scored 29 points and the Bucks defeated the Celtics 127-121 by closing with a 9-0 spurt.

“It would be a lot easier if we don’t wait until the last quarter or last couple of minutes to get stops, but it happens,” said Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton, who had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. “No matter how the game’s going, I just love the way we keep competing.”

Miami (52-28) has clinched the East’s top seed, but the projected playoff order of teams behind the Heat remains uncertain.

The Bucks (50-30) moved a half-game ahead of the Celtics (50-31) and a full game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers (49-31), who lost 119-114 at Toronto on Thursday. Milwaukee visits the Detroit Pistons on Friday and Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday in its final two regular-season games.

Milwaukee withstood a triple-double from Boston’s Jaylen Brown, who had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Brown’s 11 assists matched his career high.

One night after a 117-94 victory at Chicago, the Celtics held Jayson Tatum and Al Horford out of Thursday’s game. They also were missing Robert Williams III, who hasn’t played since March 27 due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.

“We’ve seen that growth from (Brown) this year,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “With certain guys out, he had the ball more and had to make those plays.”

Milwaukee capitalized on Boston’s lack of size without Tatum, Horford and Williams by outscoring the Celtics 54-35 in the paint and 14-5 in second-chance points.

The Celtics still almost won by shooting 21 of 50 from 3-point range.

Boston’s Marcus Smart shot 7 of 12 on 3-point attempts and scored 29 points. Daniel Theis had 22 points and Derrick White added 19 for the Celtics.

Bobby Portis scored 17 points and Brook Lopez had 15 for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo had 11 rebounds and five assists. Holiday had eight rebounds and eight assists.

Smart put Boston ahead 119-118 on a 3-pointer with 4:25 left and added a driving layup nearly two minutes later to make it 121-118. Portis tied it by sinking a 3-pointer with 2:11 remaining.

The Bucks took the lead for good when Antetokounmpo made the second of two free throws with 1:31 left. After White missed a 3-pointer, Holiday converted a putback of his own miss to make it 124-121 with a minute remaining.

“I guess I just got lucky, really,” Holiday said. “I left it short and it came back to me.”

After Theis couldn’t score from right under the basket, Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 125-121 with 39 seconds left.

George Hill stole the ball from Brown on Boston’s next possession and got credited with the game’s final basket when Theis was called for goaltending with 23.1 seconds remaining.

Nuggets clinch playoff berth with 122-109 rout of Grizzlies

DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic made history on the night his Denver Nuggets clinched a fourth consecutive playoff berth with a 122-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jokic became the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a season.

He had 35 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals Thursday night.

“Dude is really great at basketball,” teammate Bones Hyland said.

Jokic’s big night came after taking an inadvertent elbow from Jaren Jackson Jr. to the right forehead and temple that drew blood in the opening minute.

After having to retreat to the bench twice to stop the bleeding, Jokic donned a red headband for the remainder of the game as he helped the Nuggets (48-33) overcome a shaky start to avoid a season sweep at the hands of the Grizzlies.

“The MVP isn’t even a competition,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone declared afterward. “There’s other great players. I’m not saying they’re not great players. But what Nikola Jokic has done this year – with this team – everything we’ve had to go through, is just incredible.

“He was good last year and he’s even better this year.”

Despite missing stars Jamal Murray and Kevin Porter Jr., the Nuggets clinched a top-six spot in the Western Conference playoffs and avoided the four-team play-in thanks to another outstanding performance from the reigning MVP.

They can still win the Northwest Division with a victory Sunday night against the Lakers and two losses by the Utah Jazz (48-32), who finish up against Phoenix and Portland.

Aaron Gordon added 22 points for Denver and Desmond Bane had 14 points for the Grizzlies, who were coming off an overtime loss at Utah on Wednesday night, have already captured the first division title in their history along with securing the second seed in the West.

Pascal Siakam has triple-double, Raptors beat 76ers 119-114

TORONTO (AP) Pascal Siakam had 37 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his third career triple-double, Gary Trent Jr. scored 30 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-114 on Thursday night.

Siakam shot 14 for 28, going 1 for 7 from 3-point range. He made 8 of 10 free throws.

“Pascal, obviously, was awesome,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers called Siakam “phenomenal,” and said the Raptors forward is “playing sensational basketball.”

“He made some crazy shots,” Rivers said. “When he gets in the paint, he’s so clever.”

Precious Achiuwa scored 20 points and made a career-high five 3-pointers, and Scottie Barnes had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Raptors win for the seventh time in eight games.

“We come out and try to be aggressive,” Siakam said. “No matter who we play, if we keep our focus and intensity, and do the things that we know we can do, we’ll be dangerous against anybody.”

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and James Harden had 13 points and 15 assists for the 76ers, whose hopes of winning the Atlantic Division title took a hit.

Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points, and Danny Green shot 6 for 7 from 3-point range and scored 18 points for Philadelphia. The Sixers (49-31) remain a half game behind Boston (50-31) after the Celtics lost to Milwaukee.

Toronto is two games behind Philadelphia. Both teams have two games remaining. The Raptors won three of four against the Sixers this season, meaning the Raptors hold the tiebreaker.

Rivers called it a “frustrating loss.”

Auston Matthews sets Maple Leafs season record with 56 goals

DALLAS (AP) Auston Matthews has the most goals ever in a single season for the Toronto Maple Leafs – and the most in the NHL by an American-born player.

Matthews set the franchise record with his 55th goal in regulation Thursday night, then scored No. 56 in overtime to break the American record and give the Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars.

“This was Auston’s night,” coach Sheldon Keefe said. “It’s much deserved and to finish it with an exclamation point.”

Matthews, who had tied Rick Vaive’s 40-year-old Maple Leafs mark of 54 goals two games earlier, broke that with his one-timer from the bottom of the circle to the left of goalie Scott Wedgewood after taking a pass back from Mark Giordano on a power play for a 2-1 lead with 1:02 left in the second period.

“I just laid it there for him and he just pounded it,” Giordano said.

The game-winner winner came when he took a pass from William Nylander and was able to swipe the puck around Wedgewood 2:10 into overtime.

The 56th goal surpassed Jimmy Carson and Kevin Stevens, at 55 each, for the most by a U.S.-born skater. It also was Matthews’ 52nd career multi-goal game, passing Pat LaFontaine’s 51 for the most by a American-born player before age 25.

The 24-year-old from Arizona, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, emphatically pumped his right arm when the puck got through a narrow gap between the goalie and the post on the record-setting 55th goal in the second period.

“I just saw the puck go in, and I was just so excited honestly,” Matthews said. “There really was not that much else to it. (Giordano) made a really nice pass and he put it right in my wheelhouse, so I just tried to attack the puck and I was able to sneak it in. So it was a lot of stuff going through my mind.”

Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen swiped the puck away, but the record-breaker was retrieved and tossed to the Maple Leafs bench by Mitchell Marner, who grew up in the Toronto area.

“It’s a hard thing to score a lot of goals in this league, and he’s made it look really easy,” Marner said.

Dallas tied it at 2 with 14:17 left on a laser shot by John Klingberg on a pass from Joe Pavelski. The Maple Leafs went ahead 3-2 on Morgan Rielly’s goal just less than five minutes later, but Pavelski tied it again on his 26th goal with 2:23 left in regulation.

Tyler Seguin scored his 21st goal for the Stars, who remained in the Western Conference’s second wild-card spot through 70 games with 84 points – two points ahead of idle Vegas and with two games still in hand. Wild-card leader Nashville won earlier Thursday and has 86 points in 70 games.

Toronto is second in the Atlantic Division with 98 points in 71 games.

Matthews tied Vaive at 54 with three goals on Monday night at Tampa Bay, his fourth hat trick this season and eighth goal in a six-game scoring streak. He had three assists but no goals on eight shots at Florida the following night.

“A lot of guys when they get 50, they take a breath maybe for a game or two,” Giordano said. “He’s actually turned it on even more. It’s impressive.”

His record-breaking 55th goal came on his 10th shot against the Stars, and his game-winner the game on his 12th shot.

Sharks GM Wilson stepping down after 19 seasons

Doug Wilson is stepping down as general manager of the San Jose Sharks, he announced Thursday.

“These past 19 years … have been a privilege and one of the most fulfilling and enjoyable periods of my life,” Wilson said. “I have been incredibly fortunate to work for and with some of the most talented and passionate people in the game of hockey.”

The 64-year-old has been on medical leave since November. Assistant general manager Joe Will will continue to serve as interim GM until a new hire is in place.

“While I have made great progress over the last several months, I feel it is in the best interest of the organization and myself to step down from my current duties and focus on my health and full recovery,” Wilson said. “I look forward to continuing my career in the NHL in the future.”

Since Wilson took over as GM in 2003, the Sharks have earned 14 playoff berths, five division titles, and one Stanley Cup Final appearance. Only the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins won more regular-season games than the Sharks during Wilson’s run, and only the Bruins, Pens, and Tampa Bay Lightning won more postseason contests.

Wilson made several savvy moves during his tenure, including one of the most lopsided trades in NHL history. In November 2005, he acquired Joe Thornton from the Bruins in exchange for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart, and Wayne Primeau. Thornton went on to win the Hart Trophy that season and holds the franchise record for most assists.

Some of Wilson’s other notable moves include drafting future captain Joe Pavelski in the seventh round in 2003 (his first draft as GM) and trading Charlie Coyle, Devin Setoguchi, and a first-round pick to the Minnesota Wild in 2011 for future Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns and a second-rounder.

“If there’s one name you could think that’s built this franchise from the bottom up, it’s Doug Wilson,” Sharks head coach Bob Boughner told NBC’s Sheng Peng.

Sharks owner Hasso Plattner stated he’ll immediately lead “an extensive, external search” for a new GM alongside Will and team president Jonathan Becher. No timeline has been set.

The Sharks missed the playoffs just once in Wilson’s first 15 seasons but currently sit seventh in the Pacific Division and are on track to miss out for a third straight year. Veteran defenseman Erik Karlsson said the team should feel “uneasy” in light of Wilson’s decision.

“If they bring in someone new, we all know what that means,” Karlsson said, according to The Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka. “We’re in a position right now where we haven’t done very well for an extended period of time. … Things are going to change, things are going to have to change.”

Hall of Fame five-time Super Bowl OT Rayfield Wright dies

(AP) — Rayfield Wright, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle nicknamed “Big Cat” who went to five Super Bowls in his 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, died Thursday. He was 76.

Wright’s family confirmed his death Thursday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which said Wright had been hospitalized for several days following a severe seizure. The Cowboys also confirmed the death.

A big player for his era at 6-foot-6 and over 250 pounds, Wright had already been a backup tight end for a couple of seasons when coach Tom Landry asked him about playing tackle. A surprised Wright said he had never played tackle in his life, but Landry told him he would make a good one.

Wright first started at tackle in a 1969 game lined up against Deacon Jones, the most dominant pass rusher of that era. Wright held his own and settled in as the full-time starter at right tackle in 1970, when Dallas made its first Super Bowl. The Cowboys then won their first Super Bowl title in 1971, the first of six consecutive seasons Wright was a Pro Bowler. He was a three-time All-Pro.

“He was absolutely the best,” Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach said before Wright’s hall induction in 2006. “Rayfield was a big, strong guy that was able to transfer his size and strength from tight end to tackle. He also had such quick feet that he was able to deal with some of the faster defensive ends and even the linebacker blitzes. If he got beat, I don’t remember it.”

His “Big Cat” nickname was because of being so nimble for his size.

Dallas won another Super Bowl in 1977, but Wright played only two games that season because of knee surgery. He had played in 95 of the team’s 98 regular-season games, starting 94 of them, the previous seven seasons.

After Wright started only 16 of his 31 games in 1978 and 1979, he was released by the Cowboys the following spring. He signed with NFC East rival Philadelphia, but officially retired because of lingering injuries early in training camp without playing a game for the Eagles.

“Rayfield Wright was the epitome of what it takes to be a Hall of Famer,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who bought the team in 1989. “His grit, his agility, his passion, his charisma and his love for football, the community and his family always shined through. He remained an important part of the Cowboys family long after his playing days ended.”

Wright was diagnosed with early stage dementia in 2012, but had long been plagued by seizures since his retirement. He believed they were from the effects of continued blows to the head while playing football. He had long hidden dealing with headaches, dizziness and, at times, unexplained irritability and forgetfulness.

In a 2014 interview with The New York Times, Wright said he incurred so many concussions during his NFL career that he couldn’t even count them.

When finally inducted into the Hall of Fame more than a quarter-century after his last game, Wright was presented in Canton, Ohio, by longtime Fort Valley State football coach Stan Lomax.

Wright didn’t even make his high school football team for three years in Griffin, Georgia, before he went to Fort Valley State in his home state to play basketball. The following summer, Lomax made him quit his summer job at a mill to get ready to join the football team.

Report: Jets have inquired about Metcalf, Cooks, Brown

The New York Jets have inquired about trading for DK Metcalf, Brandin Cooks, or A.J. Brown as they look to acquire a game-changing wide receiver, sources told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

All three names have been tied to the rumor mill recently, though the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Tennessee Titans reportedly haven’t made their respective stars available for trade.

The Jets revealed their desire to add a marquee wideout by making a run at landing Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs ultimately traded Hill to the Miami Dolphins.

New York reportedly also had interest in Calvin Ridley before the NFL suspended the Atlanta Falcons star for gambling on games. The Jets talked to the Dallas Cowboys about Amari Cooper as well before they sent him to the Cleveland Browns.

Metcalf, Cooks, and Brown are all entering the final year of their contracts. All three are in line for massive new deals due to their abilities to stretch the field and in light of the exploding receiver market.

The Jets struggled in the passing game last season, with Elijah Moore leading the club in receiving with 538 yards and five touchdowns. Corey Davis put up 492 yards and four touchdowns in his first campaign with New York after coming over as a free agent from the Titans. Moore and Davis both missed stretches of the season due to injury.

Silver concerned NBA’s ‘star players not participating’ enough

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has his eye on the “trend of star players not participating in a full complement of games,” he said Wednesday after the league’s two-day board of governors meeting in New York City, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

While acknowledging that the NBA lacked “a great solution” for the issue, Silver did cite two areas of emphasis for combatting marquee players’ absences from the lineup: improving best practices for injury management and incentivizing player participation by tweaking the format of the season.

“The play-in tournament, I thought, was a beginning of creating renewed incentives for teams to remain competitive and be fighting for playoff position,” Silver said. “It might be through in-season tournaments and changes in format where we can (raise player participation).”

Aside from absences related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which required the NBA to adjust its contract rules to allow an influx of players on 10-day hardship contracts amid the spread of the Omicron variant, more than a few stars’ seasons have been significantly affected by injuries and other disputes.

A trio of 2021 All-Stars – including the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson – have yet to appear in a game this season. The third, Ben Simmons, was initially sidelined amid a trade holdout with the Philadelphia 76ers; after his move to the Brooklyn Nets in February, he re-aggravated a back injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season and play-in games.

Though healthy, seven-time All-Star Kyrie Irving has logged just 27 appearances for the Nets. As he is unvaccinated against COVID-19, he was unable to participate in home games until New York City created an exemption for athletes and entertainers in its local health rules.

Some of the other notables who will finish the season having played fewer than 60 games are LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Ja Morant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Bradley Beal, Paul George, Damian Lillard, Jarrett Allen, Brandon Ingram, Kristaps Porzingis, Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Rose.

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Indians Split First Doubleheader of 2022

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Behind a 10-hit outpouring from the Indianapolis lineup and multi-hit performances from prospects Rodolfo Castro and Cal Mitchell, the Indians won Game 1 of Thursday night’s doubleheader vs. Omaha, 5-3. The Storm Chasers countered and won the nightcap, 6-2.

The Indians (1-2) came back from a 3-2 deficit through four innings with a three-run spot in the bottom of the fifth in the night’s opening game. An RBI single by Ji-Hwan Bae – his first Triple-A RBI – followed a leadoff double by Jared Oliva to tie the contest. With runners at the corners, Rodolfo Castro then drove in the game-winning run off starter Austin Cox (L, 0-1) with a sacrifice fly to score the speedy Bae.

The scoring began with an RBI triple off the bat of Mason Martin in the first inning and back-to-back doubles by Canaan Smith-Njigba and Mitchell in the second. The Storm Chasers scored three runs in the third to take a short-lived lead.

Reliever Hunter Stratton (W, 1-0) did not allow a hit through his 2.2 innings as the Indians took the lead back, and Yerry De Los Santos (S, 1) came in to slam the door with 2.0 perfect frames.

In Game 2, Omaha (2-1) scored two runs in the first inning and never relinquished the lead en route to a 6-2 win. The Indians twice tightened the deficit to one run, but a two-spot in the sixth inning put the game out of reach.

The Storm Chasers were highlighted by a two-homer and six-RBI day by Royals prospect Nick Pratto. Colten Brewer (W, 1-0) struck out the side in his 1.0 inning and Beau Sulser (L, 0-1) took the loss with three runs surrendered in 3.2 innings.

The Indians will look to tie the series at two games apiece tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Chase De Jong (0-0, -.–) will face off against RHP Daniel Mengden (0-0, -.–).

Indiana-Purdue Series Shifts Dates Due to Weather

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  As a blast of winter weather moves through the state, the Indiana baseball program has altered its weekend schedule at Purdue. The series will now run Saturday-Monday, April 9-11 at Alexander Field in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The change will now see the Hoosier (11-16 ,1-2 B1G) and Boilermakers (19-5, 1-3 B1G) play at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, throw the first pitch at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 and conclude the series at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 11. You can follow along via B1G+, the Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network and live stats.

Boilermakers in Pro Ball Begin Their New Seasons

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Headlined by Kevin Plawecki and Nick Wittgren once again being on Opening Day rosters at the big league level, Purdue baseball alumni are beginning their new seasons this week in professional baseball.

Plawecki begins his third season with the Boston Red Sox and is on an MLB Opening Day roster for the fifth consecutive year. Wittgren is back in the National League after signing with the St. Louis Cardinals in March shortly after the lockout ended. He’s on an Opening Day roster for the third consecutive season.

Over the last two seasons, Wittgren and Plawecki have both appeared in the MLB postseason. Wittgren pitched in a 2020 Wild Card Series for Cleveland, becoming the first Boilermaker to take the field in a playoff game since 1996. Plawecki started four playoff games for Boston last season, including the AL Wild Card Game win vs. the New York Yankees. He became the first position player among Purdue alumni to see action in the postseason since Archi Cianfrocco in 1996 with the San Diego Padres.

Josh Lindblom remains under contract with the Milwaukee Brewers but is not on the 40-man roster as he begins the season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Lindblom’s 3.10 ERA in 104 2/3 innings with Nashville last season ranked No. 2 in the International League among starters with at least 100 innings.

Nick Dalesandro has moved up to the Double-A level in the Arizona Diamondbacks farm system. Kyle Johnson is back in affiliated baseball after signing with the Chicago Cubs organization in the offseason. He’s also projected to begin the season at the Double-A level, continuing to serve as a relief pitcher after being a four-year starter in center field for Purdue.

MLB Opening Day was pushed back to Thursday, April 7 this year due to the lockout. Minor League Baseball teams opened their seasons over the course of the week of April 4 to 8.

Football Set for Saturday’s Spring Game

WEST LAFAYETTE – For the first time since 2019, Purdue Football will hold a spring game. The Boilermaker offense will battle the Boilermaker defense with kickoff set for noon on Big Ten Network (April 9). Admission into Ross-Ade Stadium for the event is free.

The format will be the same as the 2019 game. The offense will have traditional scoring, while the defense will earn points based on specific stops. In the 2019 edition, the defense emerged victorious 53-39.

Purdue wraps up the spring, its sixth under head coach Jeff Brohm.

BACK IN (OLD GOLD &) BLACK

• Purdue returns 15 starters (7 offense, 8 defense) from last season.

• Offense: RB King Doerue, TE Payne Durham, C Gus Hartwig, LG Spencer Holstege, RT Eric Miller, QB Aidan O’Connell, WR Milton Wright.

• Defense: SS Cam Allen, CB Jamari Brown, DT Branson Deen, LB Kieren Douglas, LB Jalen Graham, FS Marvin Grant, DE Kydran Jenkins, DT Lawrence Johnson.

• The Boilermakers also have their special teams unit back in field goal kicker Mitchell Fineran, punter Jack Ansell, holder (quarterback) Jack Albers and longsnapper Nick Zecchino.

EARLY ENROLLEES

• Head coach Jeff Brohm and Purdue were active in the early December signing period with the addition of 19 new Boilermakers.

• Five members of the 2022 class enrolled in January to join the Boilermakers for spring ball: QB Brady Allen, DT J.P. Deeter, DT Mo Omonode, WR Zion Steptoe and DE Joe Strickland.

OPEN THE PORTAL

• Purdue welcomed eight transfers to West Lafayette during the offseason: QB Kyle Adams (James Madison), WR Elijah Canion (Auburn), CB Tee Denson (Kansas State), OL Sione Finau (FIU), CB Bryce Hampton (Adams State), LB Scotty Humpich (Murray State), CB Reese Taylor (Indiana), WR Tyrone Tracy (Iowa).

NEW COACHES

• Head coach Jeff Brohm introduced four new assistant coaches this spring with the addition of David Elson (linebackers), Garrick McGee (wide receivers), Ryan Wallace (tight ends/assistant offensive line) and Ashton Youboty (cornerbacks).

• Elson, a former head coach at Western Kentucky and a defensive coordinator at several stops, spent the 2021 campaign with Purdue as a defensive quality control coach.

• McGee joined the Boilermakers with 26 years of coaching experience, including time as the head coach at UAB and several stints as an offensive coordinator; he most recently coached quarterbacks at Florida in 2021, but has six years under his belt as a wide receivers coach.

• Wallace has spent the past five seasons on Brohm’s staff, serving as an offensive and special teams assistant.

• Youboty was an All-Big Ten cornerback at Ohio State and played five seasons in the NFL before making the transition into coaching; he coached cornerbacks at Youngstown State for the past two seasons after serving as a quality control coach at Wisconsin for three years.

A LOOK AT THE 2022 SLATE

• The 2022 slate, the sixth season under the leadership of head coach Jeff Brohm, features six games at Ross-Ade Stadium, including a season-opening matchup against Penn State on a Thursday night (Sept. 1).

• Purdue remains at home to host in-state foe Indiana State (Sept. 10) for the first of three straight non-conference games. The Boilermakers hit the road to face Syracuse (Sept. 17) before returning home to take on the Florida Atlantic Owls in Purdue’s annual Homecoming game, closing out the month of September (Sept. 24).

• The Boilermakers have back-to-back matchups at Minnesota (Oct. 1) and at Maryland (Oct. 8). Purdue welcomes Nebraska to West Lafayette (Oct. 15) before another away game at Wisconsin (Oct. 22). The month of October features three road contests and ends with an off week for the Boilermakers (Oct. 29).

• Purdue alternates home and away games throughout the month of November, starting with the Iowa Hawkeyes making their way to Ross-Ade Stadium (Nov. 5). The Boilermakers look to keep the Cannon when they travel west to face Illinois (Nov. 12). Northwestern visits West Lafayette for the final home game of 2022 (Nov. 19), while Purdue travels to Indiana (Nov. 26) to close out the regular season and battle for the Old Oaken Bucket.

BROHM AND THE BOILERMAKERS: YEAR 6

• Jeff Brohm enters his sixth year at the helm of the Purdue Football.

• Brohm boasts a career record of 58-39, a .598 winning percentage, with nearly half of those wins coming at Purdue.

• A program with a combined nine wins in the four seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue matched that output in one season – a memorable 2021 campaign.

• The Boilermakers have made three bowl appearances in five years under Brohm, joining Joe Tiller and Jim Young as the only Purdue coaches to accomplish that feat.

• Over Brohm’s five seasons at the helm, the Purdue offense has  averaged 419.8 yards per game and 27.6 points per game.

• Purdue has had three All-Americans since Brohm’s arrival; the Boilermakers only had three All-Americans from 2004-17 (13 seasons).

• Boilermakers have won individual Big Ten honors under Brohm’s guidance: Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), Big Ten Wide Receiver of the Year (Moore – 2018, Bell – 2021), Big Ten Tight End of the Year (Brycen Hopkins – 2019).

2021: A HISTORIC SEASON

• Purdue finished the 2021 season with nine wins for the first time since 2003, when the Boilermakers also were 9-4.

• The nine wins were second-most in program history, as the Boilermakers record at least nine wins for the 12th time in the

team’s 134-year history.

• Two of those victories were over previously unbeaten No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) and No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), giving the Boilermakers two wins over Top 5 teams for the first time since 1960.

• Purdue finished with a record of 6-3 in Big Ten play, the most conference wins in a season since the 2003 team went 6-2.

• The Boilermakers tied for second in the Big Ten West, finishing in the division’s top three for the third time in five seasons under head coach Jeff Brohm (2017, 2018, 2021).

• Purdue won five games away from home for the first time since 1943, going 5-2 away from Ross-Ade Stadium.

• Purdue entered the College Football Playoff rankings at No. 19 on Nov. 9, the first-ever in the CFP era for the Boilermakers.

• The season was capped off with a thrilling 48-45 overtime victory over Tennessee in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl.

• The Boilermakers held four opponents to fewer than 10 points in 2021, the first time it has achieved the feat since 1978, when six opponents were held to single-digit point totals.

RECORDS BROKEN

• The Boilermakers produced several new school records during the 2021 campaign, courtesy of the passing game.

• Purdue broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 4,620 to top the previous record of 4,208 set in 1998.

• The Boilermakers broke the program record for passing yards per

game with 355.3 to eclipse the previous mark of 341.8 set in 1985.

• Purdue totaled 221 passing first downs to best the original record of 204 set in 1998.

• Boilermaker quarterbacks recorded 407 completions to pass the previous record of 377 set in 1998.

• Purdue quarterbacks also completed 70.8 percent of their passes, including 70.2 percent by Aidan O’Connell; both percentages are new school records.

2021 NATIONAL LEADERS

• Completing 70.8 percent of passes, Purdue led the Big Ten and ranked second in the country.

• The Boilermakers limited making penalties, committing a conference-low 4.5 per game that was the 10th-fewest nationwide.

• Purdue’s passing offense ranked fifth in the country and second in the Big Ten with 355.4 yards per game.

• Opponents were only been able to convert 8 of 22 fourth down attempts for a .364 conversion rate, putting the Boilermakers 11th nationally in defending fourth downs.

• Purdue’s red zone defense also ranked 23rd in the country.

AIR IT OUT, AIDAN

• Starting his career as a walk-on before taking over the starting duties, Aidan O’Connell put together a memorable 2021 campaign.

• O’Connell earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004.

• O’Connell’s .718 completion percentage set a new school record and ranked fourth in the country; he also completed 26.3 passes per game to rank sixth nationally.

• Despite splitting time at points of the season, O’Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally).

• In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell threw for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell had a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

• O’Connell passed for a career-high 536 yards in the win over No. 3 Michigan State before ending the season with 534 yards against Tennessee in a TransPerfect Music City Bowl victory. He joined Drew Brees as the only Purdue quarterbacks to record multiple 500-yard games over a career, while becoming the only one to reach the 500-yard mark twice in a single season.

• The gunslinger produced six 300-yard games, the third-most in a single season and the first Purdue quarterback to accomplish the feat since Curtis Painter in 2007.

ALL-AMERICANS NFL BOUND

• Purdue will have to replace a pair of All-Americans in WR David Bell and DE George Karlaftis as the two Boilermakers are entering the 2022 NFL Draft.

• The dynamic duo became the first teammates to earn All-America accolades since 1980 (Mark Herrmann, Dave Young).

• A finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, Bell was named First Team All-America from four (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Walter Camp Football Foundation) of the five outlets recognized by the NCAA to just miss out on being a unanimous selection; however, the Purdue wide receiver became the 21st consensus All-American in Purdue history and the first Boilermaker since Rondale Moore in 2018.

• Bell earned the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year as the best receiver in the Big Ten, leading the conference in catches per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (116.9); both marks ranked Top 5 in the country.

• Bell racked up 1,286 receiving yards on the year, just 21 yards shy of the school record for a single season, while missing two games.

• Bell set a new Purdue record with 17 career 100-yard receiving games, ending his career ranked in the school’s all-time Top 10 for receptions (4th), receiving yards (5th) and receiving touchdowns (T-5th).

• Karlaftis became the first defensive Boilermaker to earn All-America honors since Ryan Kerrigan (2010).

• Karlaftis led the Boilermakers in tackles for loss (11.5), sacks (5.0), forced fumbles (3), fumble recoveries (2) and quarterback hurries (8), earning First Team All-Big Ten honors along the way.

• Karlaftis was one of only four Big Ten defenders to force at least three fumbles throughout the 2021 campaign.

Butler VB Adds Jalissa Trotter to Coaching Staff

Head coach Sharon Clark has announced the hire of Jalissa Trotter as an assistant coach for the Butler volleyball team.

Recently an assistant at Ouachita Baptist, Trotter played collegiately at Syracuse from 2015 to 2018 and then professionally for a season with Polkky Kuusamo of Finland’s Mestaruusliiga. She ranks eighth in Syracuse history with 2,520 career assists.

“Jalissa is a highly driven coach. Her attention to detail is impeccable and will serve our program well,” said Clark. “She is energetic, has a high IQ, and a tremendous work ethic. She has great experience as a former ACC setter at Syracuse. She will be a tremendous role model for the young women on our team.”

The Arkadelphia, Texas, native has athletic bloodlines, including her mother Melissa Trotter-Hardy playing volleyball at Henderson State (1994-98) and her uncle Jeremiah Trotter playing in the National Football League.

Trotter will focus on working with the Butler setters and offense.

What They’re Saying…

Erin Glickert, SUNY Cortland Head Coach

“Jalissa was one of the most hardworking and driven student-athletes that I have had an opportunity to coach. She was a curious learner and tried to find any way that she could to become a better athlete, player and leader for the team on and off the court. I have no doubt that she will translate that drive into her coaching career and be passionate about helping other student-athletes and Butler Volleyball achieve their goals.”

Tyrone Jenkins, Untouchables EPA Volleyball Club Co-Director and Head Coach

“Today is a big-time day for the Butler University volleyball program. I’ve known Jalissa for a long time, as I’ve had the opportunity to coach her at the club level, and have watched her grow from the high school level to the collegiate and professional level as a player. Jalissa is a very driven young lady who is very passionate about volleyball and helping young athletes excel not just in the sport but in life. She is committed to doing things the right way. Her players are getting a coach who will be passionate about helping them be better players and helping them grow as people. She will challenge them, treat them like family, will be a great representative of the university, and will continue to grow as a great coach!!”

Butler Softball Looking for Successful Series at St. John’s

Series Information – St. John’s

DATE:                         Friday, Mar. 8 – Sunday, Mar. 10

LOCATION:                Queens, N.Y. / Red Storm Field

LIVE STATS:             Gm1 / Gm2 / Gm3

LIVE VIDEO:             Gm1 / Gm2 / Gm3

Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler softball team will be in Queens, N.Y. this weekend for its fifth BIG EAST series of the season. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play St. John’s on Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 12 pm, and Sunday at 11 am.

The Bulldogs (19-13, 7-4 BIG EAST) currently sit in third in the conference standings behind UConn and Providence. Butler most recently won one game in a three-game clash with UConn, and then lost a midweek, non-conference game with Indiana State.

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Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (44th nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.46) and is second in ERA (2.31). She also comes in at number two (63rd) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.89) as well as walks allowed/7 innings (1.57). Ricketts ranks third in the conference (95th) with 93 strikeouts.

Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (29th nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 22.5 at bats per strikeout. She is also tied for the lead in the conference with a .378 batting average. Her eleven stolen bases put her seventh in stolen bases/game (.37).

Bri Avery is tied for the lead in the BIG EAST with a .378 batting average and is fourth with 13 stolen bases (87th) as well as stolen bases/game (.42).

Monique Hoosen leads the BIG EAST in home runs (8) and is fourth in slugging percentage (0.682). She is also fourth with two sacrifice flies.

Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 80th nationally with 0.17 sacrifice bunts per game.

Ella White’s three sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 29th nationally. Her nine doubles put her in fourth in the conference with 0.30/game.

Alyssa Graves ranks second in the BIG EAST with 5.63 hits allowed/inning. She ranks third (74th nationally) with 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings and fourth with 87 strikeouts.

With her 28th career win last weekend, Karli Ricketts has moved into a tie for ninth on Butler’s all-time list.

With 497.2 career innings pitched, Alyssa Graves has now moved into the sixth position on Butler’s all-time list.

Monique Hoosen’s home run last weekend was her eighth of the season, tying her for seventh on Butler’s all-time list. She is tied with Karli Ricketts in that position, along with four former Bulldogs.

Paige Dorsett’s home run on Wednesday was the first of her career.

Kinley Longest’s home run on Wednesday was her second of the season and of her career.

SCOUTING ST. JOHN’S

Series Record: St. John’s leads, 14-8

Last Meeting: April 3, 2021 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 8, St. John’s 2

Butler swept the 2021 series in Indianapolis, winning 3-1, 4-1, and 8-2.

The Bulldogs have won the most recent four games after St. John’s had won the eight games prior.

St. John’s previous series: The Red Storm took two of three in a series with Creighton. (In a midweek contest, St. John’s lost to Stony Brook, 8-0, in six innings.)

The Red Storm is 8-25 with two losses to Auburn, three losses to UConn, and three losses to Villanova.

For the season, the St. John’s trails its opponents in hits (221-202), runs (136-123), and RBIs (118-109).

Batting leaders for the Red Storm include London Jarrard (.373), Meisha Murray (.242), and Natalie Casto (.214).

St. John’s most often relies on pitchers Hannah Mearns (3-12, 70.0 IP, 5.40 ERA, 44 K) and Carolina Zamudio (3-10, 73.2 IP, 5.62 ERA, 64 K).

Lewis Announces Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State head men’s basketball coach Michael Lewis has completed his staff. Lou Gudino, Jamal Meeks, Ben Botts and Bill Comar will be joining Lewis for his first year in Muncie.

Gudino will serve as the associate head coach, while Meeks and Botts will be assistant coaches. Comar will be the special assistant to the head coach.

The newly formed staff with ties to the state has a total of 76 years of experience with 33 postseason appearances and numerous conference championships, either as a coach or as a player.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the staff that we’ve been able to assemble here at Ball State,” Lewis said. “I think it’s a very well-rounded staff with outstanding experience from winning programs. Each one of these individuals provide different traits that lead to success and are men of high character that our players can look to for direction and guidance. I wanted to put together a staff that is about the players, winning with no ego, and guys with experience in high-caliber programs. I feel like I was able to do that with these four guys, and I can’t wait to get started. When putting this staff together, Mick Cronin gave me the advice to hire guys that you believe could be head coaches. I think we’ve be able to accomplish that with these hires.”

Gudino is a 24-year coaching veteran with stops at New Mexico State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, and most recently, Wichita State. He spent the last four seasons at Wichita State, and last season served as the associate head coach. While with the Shockers, Gudino helped coach six all-conference selections, including the Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth-Man of the Year and Co-Player of the Year.

Gudino helped Wichita State reach the NIT semifinals in his first season in 2018-19. During the 2019-20 season, he aided in one of the best starts the Shockers have seen with a 15-1 mark, which saw the squad ranked in national polls for six weeks. In 2020-21, he helped guide the Shockers to an NCAA Tournament berth.

In his lone season with New Mexico State, the Aggies won the Western Athletic Conference Championship, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. While at Indiana State (2007-17), the Sycamores made five consecutive postseason trips, highlighted by a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance and back-to-back NIT bids in 2013 and 2014.

Gudino spent two seasons at Louisiana Tech (2005-07) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The Bulldogs posted a 20-13 record his first season and went 11-5 in WAC play on their way to an NIT bid.

Gudino, a graduate of South Vermillion High School in Clinton, Ind., is no stranger to Indiana basketball. Gudino earned his bachelor’s degree in financial management from Indiana in 1997 and received his master’s in sports management from Incarnate Word in 2003.

GAME 8 PREVIEW: #10/15 DUKE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – No. 16/13 Notre Dame travels to Durham, North Carolina, to take on a familiar ACC rival in No. 10/15 Duke. The game is slated to start at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 9. The game will be broadcast live on ACCNX.

GAME DETAILS

Location: Durham, N.C. | Koskinen Stadium

Schedule: April 9 — 1 p.m. ET

Stream: ACCNX

Live Stats: UND.com

Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse

For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame

THE DUKE SERIES

• Saturday will be the 28th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Duke.

• The Irish trail in the series with the Blue Devils, as Notre Dame has a 11-16 record in the matchup.

• The two sides played twice last season with the Irish winning at Arlotta by a score of 13-8 and Duke winning in overtime at Koskinen with a score of 13-12.

• In the win, Morrison Mirer led the Irish with four goals and Wheaton Jackoboice added three.

• At Duke, the Notre Dame attack was paced by Pat Kavanagh, who finished with four goals and three assists.

THE JAKE TAYLOR GAME

• Junior attackman Jake Taylor broke the Notre Dame single-game record for goals in a game in his first career start against No. 18 Syracuse, scoring eight goals.

• The eight goals are the most scored in a game by any ACC player during the 2022 season.

• The Denver, Colorado, native scored four goals in the first quarter to help the Irish take a 9-0 lead after 15 minutes of play.

• Taylor surpassed the previous mark of seven goals which occurred three times prior for Notre Dame. Randy Colley (3/13/93 vs. New Hampshire), Ryan Hoff (3/13/07 vs. Drexel) and Matt Kavanagh (3/25/14 vs. Ohio State) previously held the record.

• Taylor now has 11 goals in his Fighting Irish career and 10 on the season.

THE KAVANAGH BROTHERS

• Pat Kavanagh became the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history in 2021 and his brother Chris joined the 2022 squad as an attackman.

• Pat currently leads the team in points (33), goals (14), assists (19). He is tied for first in caused turnovers (9) and second in ground balls (26) while Chris is third in points (18) with 13G and 5A.

• The brothers have linked up on 10 goals this season, with one assisting the other’s goal.

• In the 2022 season opener, Pat and Chris combined for 14 points off eight goals and six assists, despite each playing less than a half.

• The Kavanagh’s combined for 13 points in the blowout win over Syracuse. Pat had nine points (3G, 6A) and Chris added four (2G, 2A).

• In just 12 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33-assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.

• Of the five Tewaaraton Finalists, Pat led the group in assists per game (3.17), ground balls (35) and caused turnovers (9).

• Pat’s 38 assists over 12 games ranked third in the NCAA and led the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.17.

• In the final game of the 2021 regular season Pat broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.

CAUSING HAVOC

• The Irish lead the ACC and rank second in the country in caused turnovers per game, averaging 11 per game.

• The Irish defense has caused double-digit turnovers in six of its seven outings and have registered at least nine in each game.

• Notre Dame recorded a season-high 14 caused turnovers  against Georgetown on Feb. 26.

• Jason Reynolds, Matt Douglas and Pat Kavanagh are tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with nine apiece.

• In just his first start of the season, Matt Douglas caused three turnovers against No. 2 Virginia.

CASHING IN ON THE EMO

• Notre Dame enters the weekend ranked third in the country in man-up offense this season in EMO efficiency.

• The Irish EMO unit has cashed in on 12-of-19 chances (.632) this season.

• Seven players have combined to score the 12 goals, with Jeffery Ricciardelli leading the team with three goals. Pat Kavanagh, Eric Dobson and Chris Kavanagh have each scored two man-up goals.

CHALLENGING SLATE

• Notre Dame has never shied away from putting together a challenging schedule and the 2022 slate is no different.

• Of Notre Dame’s 12 regular-season opponents, seven are currently ranked in the top 20 in either the USILA or Inside Lacrosse polls.

• Six of Notre Dame’s first seven games have come against teams ranked in the USILA and Inside Lacrosse rankings at the time of the game, including three ranked in the top three.

• All four of Notre Dame’s losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10 in this week’s polls.

ALL CLEAR

• The Irish have been exceptional at clearing the ball this season, ranking third in the country with a 89.6 percentage.

• Notre Dame went 24-for-27 in the win over Syracuse, 23-for-25 on clears against Michigan, 25-for-25 against Maryland, 19-for-21 against Georgetown and 24-for-25 in the win over Detroit Mercy.

• On the other side the Irish ride has held opponents to clearing at just a 77.6 percent clip, ranking eighth in the country.

CORRIGAN ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER

• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, 2021, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).

• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.

• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.

• Corrigan has an overall record of 326-172 in his 36 seasons of coaching.

• The head coach is 316-157 in his 34 seasons at Notre Dame.

• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.

GAME 13 PREVIEW: BOSTON COLLEGE

FOR STARTERS

The Irish head to Newton, Mass. for an ACC matchup against the Boston College Eagles.

There will be live stats available and the matchup will be streamed on ACCNX.

After 12 games, Madison Ahern leads the team with 38 goals.

Bridget Deehan established a new career high for the second time this season. She notched 19 saves in the matchup against North Carolina.

Madison Mote tallied a career high in goals and points against Duke with five goals, two assists, and seven points.

Maddie Howe notched a new career high against the Yale Bulldogs with seven goals.

Hannah Dorney leads the Irish with 21 caused turnovers and currently ranks second in the ACC with an average of 1.75 caused turnovers per game.

Bridget Deehan ranks first in the ACC in saves per game (9.36) and third in save percentage (.452).

Sophomore Lilly Callahan appeared in goal for the Irish against Detroit Mercy where she saved a career high six shots.

Freshman Ciara Mazzone made her way into play against Detroit Mercy and recorded her first collegiate career goal.

Notre Dame is coming off a 2021 campaign in which it finished 11-7 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.

THE NOTRE DAME – BOSTON COLLEGE SERIES

The Irish and Eagles will be meeting for the 20th time on Saturday with Boston College holding the overall advantage in the series 11-8.

Notre Dame and Boston College last met in the NCAA Quarterfinals where Notre Dame eventually fell to the Eagles 21-10.

In their last meeting Madison Ahern collected a team-high four points, Kasey Choma netted a hat trick and Bridget Deehan made 10 saves.

The Irish closed their season after their matchup against the Eagles when they earned their fifth NCAA Quarterfinals berth. They had also won two straight NCAA Tournament contests for the second time in program history in 2021.

IN THE POLLS

After twelve games of the 2022 season, the Irish are ranked No. 18 in  the IWLCA/IL Women poll.

The Irish were  ranked No. 5 in the IL Women/IWLCA Preseason Poll.

Five other ACC programs are currently ranked in the top-25 according to the  IL Women/IWLCA Preseason Poll, including #1 North Carolina, #2 Boston College, #4 Syracuse, and #7 Duke, and #16 Virginia.

The Irish checked in at #7 in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll.

TOP FIVE SCHEDULE

The Fighting Irish have already played six top-25 opponents in the 2022 season and will play two more in the regular season.

The ACC is home to six ranked opponents in #1 North Carolina, #2 Boston College, #4 Syracuse, #7 Duke,  #16 Virginia, and #18 Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has one of the top five hardest schedules in Division I women’s lacrosse according to lacrossereference.com.

ALL-AMERICAN Girls

Madison Ahern and Kasey Choma were named midseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse/IL Women on March 31, 2022.

Five Irish were named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans including Kasey Choma (Second Team), Madison Ahern (HM), Maddie Howe (HM), Jackie Wolak (HM), and Bridget Deehan (HM).

Kasey Choma was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American squad, and was also ranked among the top 50 lacrosse players in college checking in at #34.

Choma and Ahern were both named to the USA Super Sixes roster for the 2022 World Games on March 30.

IRISH PROS SET FOR MLB OPENING DAY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A total of 16 Irish alumni are set to begin the baseball season as Major League Baseball kicks off on Thursday. The Irish have six players on MLB rosters and 10 more in minor league systems as all levels of baseball begin this weekend.

Coming off his return to baseball in 2021 and the Comeback Player of the Year Award, Trey Mancini is back with the Orioles as he signed a one-year contract extension in the offseason. He is joined in the AL East by Cavan Biggio and David Phelps, who are both north of the border with the Toronto Blue Jays.

A.J. Pollock has relocated from LA to the South Side as he was traded from the Dodgers to White Sox this past week. After making their MLB debuts last season, Matt Vierling (Phillies) and Sean Guenther (Marlins) both made the 40-man rosters for the 2022 season.

10 other Irish players will begin the season in the minors with four in Triple-A (Brandon Bielak, Joe Hudson, Nick Podkul and Peter Solomon), two in Double-A (Cole Daily and Torii Hunter Jr.), three in Single-A (Cameron Junker, Joe Boyle and Niko Kavadas) and Tanner Kohlhepp, who is waiting to be assigned.

Irish Baseball in MLB

Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays

Sean Guenther – Miami Marlins

Trey Mancini – Baltimore Orioles

David Phelps – Toronto Blue Jays

A.J. Pollock – Chicago White Sox

Matt Vierling – Philadelphia Phillies

Brandon Bielak – Sugar Land Space Cowboys (AAA – HOU)

Joe Hudson – Durham Bulls (AAA – TB)

Nick Podkul – Buffalo Bison (AAA – TOR)

Peter Solomon – Sugar Land Space Cowboys (AAA – HOU)

Cole Daily – Harrisburg Senators (AA – WSH)

Torii Hunter Jr. – Rocket City Trash Pandas (AA – LAA)

Cameron Junker – Greensboro Grasshoppers (High A – PIT)

Joe Boyle – Dayton Dragons (High A – CIN)

Niko Kavadas – Salem Red Sox (A – BOS)

Tanner Kohlhepp – Detroit Organization

IRISH TAKE OFF FOR WEEKEND ACC SERIES AT SYRACUSE

The University of Notre Dame softball team heads to the Empire State for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with the Syracuse Orange this weekend. The Fighting Irish enter after taking two of three from Georgia Tech on the weekend, and handing sixth-ranked Northwestern its sixth loss of the season Tuesday night.

Notre Dame has won 12 of the last 13 games, with the one loss being a one-run game in the series opener with Georgia Tech. In ACC play this season, the Irish have taken two of three series including a sweep at Pitt. The Irish took the lone game that was played in the series with top-10 ranked Duke.

The Irish offense ranks second in the ACC and 14th nationally with a .331 team average. Karina Gaskins and Abby Sweet lead the offense, hitting .417 and .411 respectively. Leea Hanks adds a .374 average from the lead-off spot with a team-leading 10 doubles, four triples and four home runs. Sweet leads the team with 15 stolen bases as Notre Dame’s 1.66 stolen bases per game average ranks 33rd nationally and is the second-most per game in the conference.

In the circle, the trio of Payton Tidd, Alexis Holloway and Shannon Becker have held it down this season. Tidd leads the Irish with 90.2 innings of work in 14 starts and 21 appearances this season. She owns a 2.93 ERA with 63 strikeouts, holding opponents to a .204 average. Holloway has nine wins in 13 starts this season. She’s totaled 69 strikeouts in 80 innings. Becker leads the team with a 1.62 ERA in 18 appearances. She’s thrown 60.2 innings with 54 strikeouts.

Syracuse enters at 19-12 and 3-8 in conference play. The Orange have competed against NC State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Pitt. Syracuse won its last two games, defeated Pitt 5-4 and 1-0 in a doubleheader last Saturday. Prior to the series with the Panthers, Syracuse was swept at Georgia Tech but had won its previous seven games.

The Orange offense is led by graduate infielder Neli Casares-Maher. Casares-Maher is hitting at a .378 clip in all 31 games. She’s homered six times with eight doubles and scored a team-best 29 runs. Angel Jasso hits for a .368 average in 29 starts. She’s hit a team-best 10 doubles with two homers and driven in 19. She leads the team with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Another hitting over the .300 line is Kelly Breen. She’s driven in 24 runs, the most on the team this season to go with a team-best seven home run. Breen is hitting at a .307 average, scored 15 runs to go with seven doubles.

Syracuse pitching has been solid this season, as five pitchers have combined for a 3.55 team ERA. Lindsey Hendrix has 16 appearances and 11 starts, logging 60.0 innings. She’s limited opponents to a .238 average, striking out 67 hitters and earning a 6-3 record. Cummer Clark is 7-1 on the season, working 46.2 innings. She’s held opponents to a .172 average against, but has not pitched in two weeks. Ariana Adams is the team-leader with 19 appearances, earning a 5-6 record with a 3.57 ERA.

Syracuse Scuffles

The series with Syracuse goes as far back as 2001 when both schools competed as part of the BIG EAST conference. The Irish hold a 28-10 advantage. Since both teams have joined the ACC, Notre Dame’s advantage has slimmed winning 8 of the 13 ACC matchups. The Orange have had the better end of the last two meetings. In 2019, Syracuse took two of three at Skytop Softball Stadium, and in 2021 the Orange took a neutral site game in February. The Irish own a 10-6 series advantage in New York, but have not taken a three-game series.

Thou Shalt Not Steal

The catching combination of Shelby Grimm and Carlli Kloss have limited the opponents running game better than any tandem in the ACC. Kloss has thrown out four of nine attempted base stealers, and Grimm has tossed out eight of 17 attempts. Combined, the Irish have thrown out 12 of 26 attempted base stealers and the .538 stolen base allowed percentage is the lowest in the conference. Grimm also picked off a runner this season.

Getting Out of the Blocks

Notre Dame has scored 46 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 128 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 15-2 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 22-2 on the season. The Irish have hit seven of their 35 home runs in the first inning this season. The only other inning with as many home runs is the fourth inning.

Scoring in ACC Series

Notre Dame scored 36 runs in the three-game series with Georgia Tech this weekend. Its the most runs scored in a three-game ACC series in program history, outscoring the 35 that Notre Dame scored in a three-game series in Charlottesville in 2014.

The Irish scored 36 runs in a three-game series against Seton Hall as a member of the BIG EAST in 2010.  The 12 runs per game in the series is the highest average runs per game in a conference series in since 2000 when Notre Dame average 12.5 in a doubleheader with Providence in South Bend.

National and ACC Player of the Week

Karina Gaskins had one of the most productive weeks in all of NCAA softball two weeks ago, leading the Irish to a 5-0 record and a three-game ACC sweep at Pitt. She finished the week 12-for-16 with a double, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games, four of which were multi-hit and multi-RBI games.

Over the last 10 games, she’s hitting at a .594 average with four home runs, 20 RBI and scored 12 runs.

Record Setting Night

In the home opener against Detroit Mercy, the Fighting Irish scored 18 runs, tying a school record for runs scored and the largest margin of victory. The original record was set March 11, 1994 in an 18-0 victory over Robert Morris. Eight of nine starters had a hit and five players who didn’t start the contest registered one of the 18 hits. 15 different players scored a run in the victory.

Any Means Necessary

Offensive stand out Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She’s second on the team with a .519 OBP this season. (Gaskins – .540 OBP) Sweet owns a .411 batting average, drawn 11 walks and has been hit by 13 pitches. The 13 hit by pitches in 35 games ranks 9th nationally in HBP per game. Her .701 slugging percentage is second-highest among the Notre Dame regulars. (Gaskins – .771)

Bench Bombs

The Notre Dame bench came up big last week, helping the Irish go 4-1. In the midweek games, Rachel Allen hit her first career homer against Loyola Chicago. In the series with Georgia Tech, the Irish were 3-for-6 pinch hitting. Carlli Kloss and Quinn Biggio each had a hit off the bench. Joley Mitchell had a pinch hit appearance in the bottom of the eighth in the series finale, a walk-off three run home run to take the series. In total, Notre Dame pinch hitters are 20-for-65 (.308) this season.

Lineup Shuffle

After starting the season 14-4, Notre Dame made a move in the lineup switching Leea Hanks and Abby Sweet. Hanks took over in the lead off role and Sweet assumed Hanks’s role in the 3-spot. Since that move, the Irish are 14-3, Sweet is hitting for a .412 average with three doubles and three home runs. Hanks has five doubles, three triples and found her power game with four home runs. The biggest difference in the lineup has come from cleanup hitter Karina Gaskins. Since the move, Gaskins is hitting .574 with 27 RBI, seven home runs, seen an 2:1 BB:K ratio and has scored 16 runs.

Working in TRANsistion

Emily Tran has appeared in 25 games this season, all of which have come as a pinch runner. In that role, she’s scored 11 times, and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. She’s the primary speedster off the bench for the Irish. She entered as a pinch runner in the finale with Georgia Tech, forcing pressure as she scored with a passed ball and two wild pitches in the fourth inning.

An Extra Run

After averaging five runs per game in 2021, the Irish offense has upped that number to 6.86 per game this season, ranking 11th nationally and second in the ACC. Abby Sweet and Leea Hanks have each scored 39 runs, tied for 18th nationally in runs per game.

Top 25 wins

Against LSU, the Irish rallied late, using a fifth inning home run from Payton Tidd to tie it, and Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh. Tidd shut the door as the Irish earned the 8-6 win.

Notre Dame followed that with a 9-2 win over then No. 9-Texas. A 7-run fifth inning paved the way for the first win over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee in 2019.

The Irish added a top 10 win after knocking off No. 7 Duke at home. Notre Dame used a 3-for-3, 4 RBI performance from Karina Gaskins and got a dominant start from Payton Tidd. Tidd worked 7.0 innings and allowed just one hit in the 8-1 victory.

In a midweek matchup with #6 Northwestern, Tidd again shined in the circle. throwing a complete game, allowing just five hits and two earned runs. The Irish offense got a run early with a Kronenberger double and rallied for two in the sixth. Hanks drove in the game-winning run with a double.

Sister Sister

Notre Dame softball has a pair of sisters on its roster this season. Shelby and Cassidy Grimm are playing their second collegiate season together in 2022. Alexis and Anna Holloway are playing their first year of softball together this season. The extra year of eligibility for Alexis allowed for her to stay at Notre Dame long enough to play with her younger sister.

Sycamores Pick Up Two-Time All-American Cade McKnight for 2022-23 Campaign

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball Head Coach Josh Schertz has signed Cade McKnight (6-9/240/Grinnell, Iowa/Truman State) for the upcoming season. McKnight will join the Sycamores as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.

McKnight joins the Indiana State basketball program after a standout career at Truman State — a Division II member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference — where he has helped the Bulldogs to 20-wins and the Division II NCAA Tournament for three consecutive seasons.

“I am so excited to add a student-athlete of Cade’s caliber to our program. In between the lines, he is a two-time All-American and in the classroom, he is a First Team Academic All-American,” Schertz said. “Cade has a fantastic work ethic and is the rare player for whom winning is enough. He has a unique combination of size, strength, skill, and intelligence that allows him to stand out while amplifying his teammates’ strengths. Cade McKnight is a perfect fit for our system as well as our culture here at Indiana State.”

McKnight has racked up several postseason honors following the 2021-22 season, including being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American team for the second-straight season and NABC First Team Midwest Region. He was one of the top scorers in the GLVC, finishing the year with 19.2 points per game to earn First Team All-GLVC honors. He shot .574 from the field and .395 from three-point range as well grabbed 6.4 rebounds per game; all of which set new career highs. With 1,608 career points, McKnight ended his career fourth on the all-time on the Truman State men’s basketball scoring list.

The forward earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in 2020-21 after scoring at an 18.1 clip, averaging 5.4 rebounds and shooting 52.4 percent from the field to earn his first NABC All-American honor. He helped the Bulldogs to a Midwest Regional Championship while earning Most Outstanding Player of the Midwest Regional before TSU’s season came to an end against Flagler at the DII Championships in Evansville. McKnight posted a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds in the game as Truman fell 70-69.

After a stellar year in 2018-19, McKnight earned GLVC Freshman of the Year as well as the All-Freshman Team and Second Team All-Conference after starting 28 games, averaging 26.6 minutes. He averaged 13 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a rookie. He followed his first season at TSU, making 26 starts en route to earning Second Team All-GLVC honors. He ranked second on the team with 14.1 points per game.

Over 100 games at Truman State, McKnight started each one averaging 28.8 minutes per game. He posted a career average of 15.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists while shooting 57.5 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from distance and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe.

Dominant on the court as well as in the classroom, McKnight earned First Team Academic All-American honors from CoSIDA last spring and was also named Academic All-Region by the D2CCA. He posted a 4.0 GPA in the Master’s of Leadership program last season. McKnight is also a four-time Academic All-GLVC honoree.

At Grinnell High School, McKnight was a three-year starter and letterwinner. He averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior with 33 total blocks while shooting over 60 percent from the field. McKnight was named Second-Team All-State by the Iowa Newspaper Association and Des Moines Register All-State Honorable Mention. He was a three-time All-Region and three-time First-Team All-Conference player and finished his career as Grinnell’s all-time leader in career blocks and surpassed 1,000 points with 1,185.

He was also a three-year starter and letterwinner as a quarterback on the football field where he was named First-Team All-District, Honorable Mention All-District and led the district in touchdowns. Off the court and field, McKnight was a member of the National Honor Society, a three-time Academic All-State for honoree and was named to the High Honor Roll all four years.

McKnight is the third transfer signing with the ISU Basketball program for 2022-23 along with Jayson Kent of Bradley and Courvoisier McCauley of DePaul.

Indiana State makes first MVC road trip to Valparaiso

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State continues its road trip this weekend with a three-game series at Valparaiso University and Emory G. Bauer Field as the Sycamores continue Missouri Valley Conference play.

First pitch in Saturday’s opener is set for 2 p.m. ET, while Sunday’s doubleheader is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET first pitch. All three games in the series will be carried live on ESPN3 and on 105.5 The Legend, while live stats will be provided on ValpoAthletics.com.

Weather Adjusts Weekend Schedule

Indiana State and Valparaiso made the announcement about the schedule change leading up to the weekend. The Sycamores and Beacons have pushed the series back to Saturday and Sunday due to the threat of increment weather on Friday. The series adjustment marks the fourth time Indiana State has seen a series or game adjusted in the 2022 season.

Purdue Recap

Indiana State scored eight unanswered runs after the sixth inning, including four in the go-ahead 10th frame, as the Sycamores topped host Purdue on Wednesday evening at Alexander Field, 10-6. Seth Gergely connected on the go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 10th inning as the Sycamores sent nine batters to the plate in the decisive frame. Jordan Schaffer and Sean Ross added RBI singles in the inning as Indiana State picked up its fourth consecutive win over the Boilermakers.

The Sycamores trailed 5-0 through the first two innings before fighting their way back into the contest. Sean Ross sparked the rally with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Purdue lead down to one run, while Grant Magill evened the score at 6-6 with a sacrifice fly in the top of eighth to set the stage for the Sycamores’ 10th inning.

Joey Hurth went two shutout innings in picking up his fourth win of the 2022 season. The redshirt sophomore pitched around a single in the ninth and hurled a perfect 10th in taking the midweek win. Connor Fenlong added a strong three innings in shutout relief to keep the Sycamores within striking distance in the contest.

Seven Indiana State players posted multi-hit games in the win, while Seth Gergely and Tyler Nelson both tripled to highlight the Sycamores at the plate. The Sycamores improved to 4-3 against Big Ten members in 2022 following the win.

Scouting Valparaiso

Valparaiso enters the weekend with a 11-13 record as the Beacons wrapped up a majority of the non-conference schedule heading into the week. Valpo took on Milwaukee in a midweek series prior to the weekend with the Beacons falling in both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader to the Panthers. The Beacons picked up series wins over Alabama A&M, Omaha, UIC, and St. Bonaventure, while splitting a four-game series with Murray State to highlight their season. Valpo dropped series to Memphis and SEMO, as well as a midweek contest to Notre Dame.

Valparaiso was selected eighth overall in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll as picked by the conference’s head coaches. The Beacons received 15 points overall in the poll after finishing 16-35 overall. Valparaiso returned eight position starters and nine key pitchers from the 2021 team that highlighted their year by winning two games in the MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the league.

Headlining the Valparaiso team heading into the 2022 season was the return of reigning MVC Freshman of the Year Kaleb Hannahs. Hannahs, son of ISU skipper Mitch Hannahs, earned Collegiate Baseball Newcomer Freshman All-American honors and All-MVC Second Team recognition after leading Valpo in batting average.

Alex Thurston and Kyle Schmack have been the hottest hitters at the plate for the Beacons this season heading into the weekend series. Thurston paces the way with a .365 batting average with five doubles and a triple over his 31 hits. Schmack has a .360 average with a team-high 18 RBI on the year, as well as leading the team with eight stolen bases. Overall, Valpo is hitting .266 as a team with 13 home runs on the year.

ON the mound, Colin Fields has been the ace of the staff with a 3.03 ERA over his seven starts. He boasts a 4-0 record overall with a 65:25 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Trent Turzenski (3-4, 6.34 ERA) also boasts seven starts to his name on the year with a team-leading 38.1 innings pitched. Reliever Bobby Nowak (0-1, 4.82 ERA) paces the Beacons with six saves over his 10 appearances. The Valpo pitching staff has posted a 5.88 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .286 against the Beacons this season.

Beacons Top Player

Valparaiso’s player to watch coming into the season was sophomore infielder Kaleb Hannahs and the West Terre Haute native has delivered. Hannahs is tied for the team lead with four home runs, while his eight doubles paces Valpo on the year. Additionally, he is the team leader with 24 runs scored and has been adept on the base paths with six steals.

Opponent History

Indiana State holds the 49-29-1 all-time record against Valparaiso dating back to the series opener back on April 17, 1948. The Sycamores are 10-0 against the Beacons since Valpo joined the Missouri Valley Conference back prior to the 2018 season. The Sycamores last made the trip to Emory G. Bauer Field in 2018 with Indiana State taking all three contests. Indiana State has won the last 15 games in the series dating back to the 2007 season. Valpo leads the series in Valparaiso with a 10-7-1 mark against the Sycamores at home.

Last Time against Valparaiso

Indiana State swept the season series against the Beacons last season with the Sycamores taking all four contests against Valparaiso over the April 16-18 weekend at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores picked up the series-opening 5-0 win on Friday, before taking both games in Saturday’s doubleheader by scores of 11-2 and 6-2. ISU followed up with the Sunday sweep with a 12-1 win. Aaron Beck hit an incredible .857 (12-of-14, 3 2Bs, 9 RBI) over the four-game series, while Jordan Schaffer (.385) and Josue Urdaneta (.333) also stood out at the plate over the weekend.

Against the MVC this season

Indiana State is 2-1 against the Missouri Valley this season following their series win over Illinois State this past weekend. Valparaiso opens Valley play this weekend with the three-game series against the Sycamores at home.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 14-7 overall record in non-conference play heading into the weekend’s contests against Valparaiso. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 6-1 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-3 in true road games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), and Purdue.

Mastodons Drop Heartbreaking Five Set Match Against Ohio State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team dropped a five set thriller against Ohio State (25-21, 20-25, 26-28, 27-25, 15-12) on Thursday, April 7 at the Gates Sports Center on Arnie Ball Court. 

With the loss, the Mastodons’ overall record drops to 15-11 and 6-7 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Ohio State’s record improves to 12-13 overall and 6-7 in the MIVA.

After dropping the first set, the ‘Dons got out to an early 9-5 lead in the second. During the stretch, Rico Wardlow had two kills, while Kade Bontrager, Jon Diedrich and Vicente Ibarra added kills. Bryce Walker also added two service aces. The Buckeyes eventually took a 19-17 lead. However, the ‘Dons finished the set on an 8-1 run. The serving of Carlos Mercado was a big reason for the late push. He had one ace in the stretch, but his service pressure flipped the set in the Mastodons’ favor. It helped force the Buckeyes to bench starting setter Noah Platoff late in the set.  

Neither team led by more than two points to start the third set. Despite being down 22-18, the ‘Dons went on a 6-1 run to tie the set at 24-24. Zach Solomon had two service aces during the run. The ‘Dons scored four of the last six points to win the set. In the stretch, Diedrich had two kills and scored the set clinching point off a service ace. 

In the fourth set, Ohio State led by as much as 13-8. The ‘Dons responded with a 15-10 run to tie the set at 23-23. In the stretch, Diedrich, Wardlow and Ibarra each had multiple kills. The ‘Dons turned away two set points but ultimately the Buckeyes won the set. 

The Mastodons and Buckeyes went back and forth to start the fifth set. The ‘Dons scored consecutive points once, to go up 3-2. It was their only lead of the fifth set. Ohio State scored consecutive points to go up 4-3, 9-7 and 15-12. 

As a team, the ‘Dons hit .349 and had 11 service aces. Walker recorded a career-high six aces. 

Offensively, the ‘Dons were led by Diedrich with 22 kills and. He hit .357. Ibarra added 14 kills and hit .414. Solomon had a career-high 51 assists. Over the last two matches, Solomon has 93 assists and is averaging 10.33 assists a set. Troy Gooch led in digs with 14, a season high for a MIVA match. This is the seventh time Gooch notched 10+ digs in a match. He reached 200 digs for the season in the match. 

The Buckeyes hit .437 as a team. Samuel Clark led the Buckeyes with 21 kills. 

The ‘Dons host Ball State on Saturday, April 9 (7 p.m.) in the regular season finale. The ‘Dons will celebrate senior night and will honor three graduating student-athletes prior to the game.

 

Schedule For Cancun Classic Announced

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The three-game schedule for the 2022 Cancun Challenge has been released. The slate features one game in the United States for the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program before shifting to Cancun.

The Mastodons open the event with a road game at Northwestern on Friday, November 18. It will be the second time the ‘Dons play Northwestern, the ‘Dons fell 73-49 on Feb. 11, 2006.

In Cancun, the ‘Dons will play Eastern Michigan on Nov. 22. A contest with Southern Miss or Winthrop will follow the next day.

All games will be played at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The 2021-22 Mastodons won the Horizon League Regular Season Championship and finished with a 21-12 record.

CANCUN CLASSIC COMPLETE SCHEDULE

US GAMES (times TBA)

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Eastern Michigan at Bradley

Winthrop at Auburn

Friday, Nov. 18

Southern Miss at Liberty

Purdue Fort Wayne at Northwestern

MEXICO GAMES (all times ET; second team listed is home)

Tuesday, Nov. 22

MAYAN DIVISION

12:30 p.m. – Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Eastern Michigan

3 p.m. – Southern Miss vs. Winthrop

RIVIERA DIVISION

6 p.m. – Bradley vs. Auburn

8:30 p.m. – Liberty vs. Northwestern

Wednesday, Nov. 23

MAYAN DIVISION

12:30 p.m. – Purdue Fort Wayne/Eastern Michigan loser vs. Southern Miss/Winthrop loser

3 p.m. – Purdue Fort Wayne/Eastern Michigan winner vs. Southern Miss/Winthrop winner

RIVIERA DIVISION

6 p.m. – Bradley/Auburn loser vs. Liberty/Northwestern loser

8:30 p.m. – Bradley/Auburn winner vs. Liberty/Northwestern winner

‘Dons Take Momentum of Michigan Win to Milwaukee This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After stepping out of league play on Wednesday to earn a win at Michigan, the Mastodon baseball team heads to Milwaukee this weekend for a three-game series against the Panthers.

Game Day Information

What: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-22, 2-7 Horizon) at Milwaukee (11-10, 2-2 Horizon)

Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | Franklin Field

When:

Friday, April 8 | 4 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 9 | 3 p.m. ET

Sunday, April 10 | 1 p.m. ET

Live Stats: GM 1 | GM 2 | GM 3

Watch: ESPN+ (Friday only)

Weather: Friday: 39/31, rain | Saturday: 43/31, cloudy | Sunday: 45/40, partly cloudy

Series History: Milwaukee leads 9-3. The ‘Dons played four games in Milwaukee last season. Prior to last season’s series, the last time the two teams played was 2011.

Scouting the Panthers: Milwaukee’s last time out was on Tuesday when the Panthers took a doubleheader from Valparaiso by scores of 3-2 and 8-3. The Panthers are 2-2 in league play with a win over Northern Kentucky and UIC and two losses to Northern Kentucky. Riley Frey has thrown a season-high 36.0 innings for Milwaukee with a 1.33 WHIP. He has a team-best six starts on the mound. The Panthers have three student-athletes with 20 or more hits on the season.

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne: RHP Mitchell Spencer (6.43 ERA, 1-2), RHP Jacob Myer (8.27 ERA, 1-4), RHP Rex Stills (3.71 ERA, 1-2)

Milwaukee: LHP Riley Frey (5.25 ERA, 3-1), RHP AJ Blubaugh (1.87 ERA, 3-1), RHP Nick Gilhaus (3.57 ERA, 1-2)

On That Michigan Win:

– The Mastodon bullpen threw 7.1 shutout innings.

– It was the Mastodons’ first win over a Big Ten team since defeating Purdue twice in 2016.

– All nine starters reached base in the contest.

– Justin Miller threw the final 3.0 innings of the game to earn his first career save. He had four strikeouts.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 29.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– The ‘Dons have hit a home run in nine of the last 10 games.

– Cade Fitzpatrick has five home runs in league play, first in the league for Horizon League contests.

In All Games: Cade Fitzpatrick ranks second in the Horizon League in home runs (6), OPS (1.122) and slugging percentage (.676). He is third in batting average (.378).

Is That Good?: Cade Fitzpatrick is 26-of-54 (.481) in his last 16 starts with 14 runs scored.

Career Day For Lang vs. Valpo: Jack Lang had four hits at Valparaiso on March 29th, matching his career high. Two of the hits were home runs, giving him his first career multi-home run game. His five RBIs against Valparaiso were not only a career high for him, it was the first time a Mastodon knocked in five runs since Jackson Boyce on April 4, 2017 against Cleary.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20). Fitzpatrick was named one of the best hitters of March 20th by D1Baseball.com.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 160 career strikeouts, fifth in program history. He needs six more to reach 166 for his career and take over third place in program history. Evan Miller is in third place with 165.

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Valley play opens for Aces with weekend series against Salukis

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Coming into the weekend on a five-game winning streak, the University of Evansville baseball team begins Missouri Valley Conference play against Southern Illinois on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: Southern Illinois

The Aces and Salukis renew a long-standing rivalry this weekend with Friday night’s matchup marking the 161st meeting between the two schools as SIU owns a 96-64 advantage in the all-time series.

A year ago, Evansville and SIU met eight times, doing so in both conference and non-conference play. In the final series of the season between the two, UE and SIU split a four-game set at German American Bank Field.

SIU enters the weekend with the best record in the MVC, having amassed 21 wins to just eight losses so far this season, coming off a 2-1 series victory over Bradley to open MVC play and a midweek victory over Murray State on Tuesday.

Evansville’s win over Indiana on Tuesday marked the Aces fourth-straight victory over Power 5 opponents.

Widder’s Hot Streak

In his third season with the Aces, third baseman Brent Widder has caught fire.

Over the last five games, Widder is the best hitter on the team, batting .476 with a pair of homers and seven RBI.

Widder has done his best work at the plate in night games this season where the junior has hit a scorching .591 and reached base 62.5% of the time.

Pitching Coming Around

Facing some of the top teams in the nation to open the season, Evansville’s pitching staff has settled in and shown its ability as of late.

In the last five contests, the Aces arms have combined for a 3.72 average with 37 strikes and 24 walks.

Over the last five games, five pitchers have a sub-2.00 ERA with starters Shane Gray and Shane Harris both falling in that category.

Baseball Alters Upcoming Home Series Against Missouri S&T

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team will be altering its upcoming weekend series with Missouri S&T, head coach Al Ready announced.

The Greyhounds and Miners are now set to begin play with a single game on Friday at Center Grove High School beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The series will continue on Saturday with a nine inning game at 1 p.m. ET at Greyhound Park.

Finally, both programs will conclude the weekend with a doubleheader of a pair of seven inning games on Sunday at Greyhound Park beginning at noon ET.

The Friday game at Center Grove HS will feature live stats but not live video. Both days at Greyhound Park will have both live video and stats. UIndy will enter the series with an overall record of 11-15 while Missouri S&T holds a 14-12 overall mark.

NO. 2 WILDCATS VICTORIOUS OVER INDIANA TECH

MARION, Ind. – No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis kicked off the Doc Richards Tournament at Howard County Tennis Center today with a convincing 4-0 win over Indiana Tech.  Indiana Tech was undefeated in the fall portion of the season and came into today’s match with only two losses.  With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 34-3 on the year.

SINGLES

No. 1: Martin Carrizo / Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) def. Gomez / Storani (IT) 6-2

No. 2: Jeremias Rocco / Josh Turnquest (IWU) def. Zobel / Labbe (IT) 6-1

No. 3: Isaac Steiner / Karl Wurth (IWU) v. Parkington / Fedorwics (IT) 5-3 DNF

DOUBLES

No. 1: Jeremias Rocco (IWU) def. Storani (IT) 6-2, 6-2

No. 2: Martin Carrizo (IWU) def. Kargin (IT) 6-2, 6-2

No. 3: Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) v. Laudas (IT) 6-2, 5-4 DNF

No. 4: Karl Wurth (IWU) def. Fedorwics (IT) 6-2, 6-1

No. 5: Isaac Steiner (IWU) v. Labbe (IT) DNP

No. 6: Josh Turnquest (IWU) v. Zobel (IT) DNP

Bradley sails five home runs in sweep of Defiance

RICHMOND – The Earlham College baseball team remained perfect in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action with a sweep of Defiance College on Wednesday evening with a combined score of 52-10.

The Quakers improved to 15-5 (4-0 HCAC) while the Yellow Jackets fell to 6-12 (1-3 HCAC).

Andrew Bradley was hitting for the moon with five home runs and 12 RBI on the evening. The junior from Stow, Ohio was 8-10 in the batter’s box and posted a slugging percentage of 2.5.

Christian Lancianese recorded a .833 batting average on six at-bats with five RBI. Dillon Fischer and Nate Hemmerich earned winning decisions after tossing six and five innings respectively.

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 40   DEFIANCE 7

Fischer threw the opening six innings of game one, allowing six hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts.

Bradley hit four home runs in the first round of the doubleheader. Through the first three innings, he was 4-4 with four homers and 10 RBI. Shortstop Phoenix Guzzi scored four hits and two RBI while Lancianese hit three RBI singles. Maxwell Fries recorded five RBI from three hits and a double.

The win is the largest in program history dating back to at least the 1977 season, and the first time the Quakers have scored 30+ points in a game since defeating Transylvania 32-6 in 2011.

The Quakers scored 11 runs in the first inning, kickstarted by Lancianese reaching home on a throwing error from the catcher after he stole third base. After an RBI single from Fries, Bradley sent a two-run shot over the left-center fence.

Zach Swearingen hit an RBI single to right field to bring Devin Basley home, and send the Quakers back to the top of the lineup with two outs.

Christian Lancianese and Fries combined for four RBI on their next at-bats before Bradley cleared the Maroon Monster in left field for a two-RBI shot.

The Quakers added 10 more runs in the third inning while holding Defiance to none. The score was so high that it caused issues with the video stream scoreboard.

Fischer kept Defiance off the board until the top of the fifth inning when the Yellow Jackets scored off of a wild pitch. The Quaker pitcher escaped the inning with two runners stranded on base and allowed two more runs in the sixth.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 12   DEFIANCE 3

Bradley recorded four hits in game two with one homer and two RBI. Christian Lancianese had two hits and two RBI, the sophomore also stole three bases.

David Lally began the contest on the mound and tossed three innings with four hits and two earned runs before Hemmerich took over. Hemmerich completed five innings and allowed just three hits and no runs while tallying seven strikeouts.

Defiance scored the first run of the contest in the top of the first after a wild pitch from Lally advanced two baserunners.

The Quakers responded in the bottom of the inning with three runs. Christian Lancianese scored from a passed ball before Nathan Lancianese reached home on a throwing error from the catcher. Cameron McCabe reached base on an error from the first baseman, which allowed Easton Embry to come home for the final Quaker run of the inning.

The Yellow Jackets fielded two more runs in the top of the third inning before being shut out the remainder of the contest.

With the score tied at three in the bottom of the third inning, Bradley hit his final home run of the evening to center field for the go-ahead run.

The Quakers will continue their HCAC slate at Hanover College on Sunday, the doubleheader is set to begin at noon.

Baczek, Anderson Receive D3Wrestle.com Honors

Wabash College 184-pounder Chase Baczek was named to the 2022 D3Wrestle.com All-Freshman Team, while Little Giant head coach Brian Anderson was named the website’s 2022 Coach of the Year.

Baczek was one of 21 first-year wrestlers named to the D3wrestle.com All-Freshmen Team. The first-year competitor from Libertyville High School recorded 34 victories this season. He qualified for the 2022 NCAA Division III National Championships by finishing third in the 184-pound bracket at the Central Region Tournament held at Adrian College. Baczek advanced to the second day of competition at the national tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to finish in sixth place overall and earn All-America honors in his first season of collegiate competition.

Anderson earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Little Giants to the program’s highest finish at the NCAA national tournament. Wabash finished second by one team point as the national runner-up to Wartburg College. The Little Giants finished the championship weekend with a school-record five All-Americans, including second-place finishes by Carlos Champagne, Kyle Hatch, and Jack Heldt along with a third-place finish by Alex Barr. Heldt also earned the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.

Anderson was named the Division III Head Coach of the Year at the NCAA National Tournament while his staff earned National Assistant Coaches of the Year honors. Anderson was also named the Central Region Coach of the Year at the tournament at Adrian.

A total of seven Wabash wrestlers qualified for the national tournament to equal the program’s highest number of NCAA Championship qualifiers. The Little Giants won the Central Region title by 23 points over second-place Baldwin Wallace.

Wabash finished 8-1 in dual meets under Anderson this season, including a 3-0 record at the University of Dubuque Duals and a 4-1 mark at the National Wrestling Coaches Association National Duals in Louisville, Kentucky.

Baseball at Manchester Moved to Sunday; Announces Other Game Updates

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team has announced they will now play Manchester University on Sunday, April 10, instead of the originally scheduled date of Saturday, April 9.  First pitch remains at noon.

The contest against DePauw University that was scheduled for Sunday, April 10 has been postponed to later in the season.  The date will be announced at a later time.

The weekend doubleheader against Transylvania University on Saturday, April 16 will now be played on the Louisville Slugger Field, home to the Triple-A Louisville Bats.

Rose-Hulman currently stands 10-7 on the season.

Softball: Yellow Jackets Complete Sweep against Ravens

Defiance College swept the Anderson University softball team during Thursday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) at the Raven Softball Field.

The Yellow Jackets (12-8, 3-1) secured a 10-0 win against the Ravens (2-14, 0-4) in six innings in Game 1. Defiance then recorded a 13-3 victory in five innings in Game 2.

Molly Buck, Kayla Dillinger, Taylor Johnson, Ariel Lee and Ashley Wheeler each provided singles in Game 1, rounding out Anderson’s five hits.

During the bottom of the second inning in Game 2, Faith Muterspaugh put the Ravens on the board with an RBI single. Mackenzie Beattie knocked in Lexi Rankin on a sacrifice fly in the same inning. In the fourth, Sami Herron scored on a wild pitch for the Ravens.

In addition to Muterspaugh’s run-scoring single, Herron and Lee each added singles to round out the Ravens’ three hits in Game 2.

Anderson hosts Transylvania University (15-9, 3-1) for Senior Day in an HCAC doubleheader on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Raven Softball Field.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1934       At Shibe Park, 15,000 fans witness the first legal baseball game between major league teams played on a Sunday in the city of Philadelphia. The Phillies beat the A’s in a hometown exhibition game, 8-1.

1947       In an exhibition game against the Indians in Sheffield (AL), second-year player Whitey Lockman breaks his leg while sliding into the second base attempting to break up a double play. Except for two September appearances as a pinch-hitter, including getting a hit in his first at-bat, the Giants’ sophomore outfielder misses the rest of the season.

1953       Bernice Lombardi finds her husband Ernie lying on the bed after the former major league catcher slit his throat from ear to ear with a razor he found in a relative’s bathroom. The former Reds’ backstop, battling a similar bout of depression that caused his teammate Willard Hershberger to commit suicide in 1940, is given little hope to live at the time but manages to survive his horrific self-inflicted wound.

1963       The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, the game’s last 30-game winner, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968, helping Detroit win its first World Series in 23 years.

1963       In his first major league plate appearance, Pete Rose works out a walk-off Earl Francis in the Reds’ 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Crosley Field. The eventual all-time hit leader will be held hitless, going 0-for-3, but does score his first major league run when Frank Robinson homers in the bottom of the first inning.

1963       After being promised the Secretary of Labor would intervene to mediate their dispute, the striking food vendors do not appear at the ballpark, resulting in President Kennedy not having to cross a picket line before tossing out the ceremonial first pitch at D.C. Stadium. The Senators drop a 3-1 decision to the Orioles, and JFK’s suggestion of playing Tom Brown doesn’t pan out as the rookie first baseman fans three times.

1964       Five days before the start of the season, right-hander Jim Umbricht, the only pitcher to post a winning record in Houston’s first two seasons, loses his well-publicized battle with cancer when he succumbs to malignant melanoma. The popular 33 year-old Colt .45’s relief pitcher, whose uniform number 32 will be retired by Houston, underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his leg before the 1963 season, returning to the club to post a 4-3 record along with a 2.61 ERA in 35 games.

1966       Thanks to the Monsanto chemical company’s experimental nylon playing surface, the Astros and Dodgers play baseball’s first game on synthetic grass. The original plan to play all-dirt field, necessitated by the need to paint the Astrodome’s glass panes to reduce the glare, which prevented natural grass from growing, is alleviated by the use of ‘AstroTurf.’

1969       In the first game in franchise history, Padres’ right-hander Dick Selma collects two hits and strikes out a dozen batters, going the distance in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Astros at San Diego Stadium. Ed Spiezio gets the club’s first hit, a fifth-inning solo home run, and Ollie Brown’s sixth-inning RBI double proves to be the difference.

1969       Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro, playing his first game since being severely injured, makes a dramatic comeback, connecting for a two-run homer in the tenth inning and scoring the eventual winning run in the top of the 12th in Boston’s Opening Day’s 5-4 victory. The 24-year-old Revere, Massachusetts native, known as the Pope of Kenmore Square, will experience moderate success during the next two seasons but will never fully recover from the damage sustained in his left retina after being hit by a pitch thrown by Jack Hamilton on August 18, 1967.

1969       The Pilots make their major league debut, defeating the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 4-3. Scoring all of their runs in the top of the first inning, Seattle’s leadoff hitter Tommy Harper starts the game with the franchise’s first hit and then crosses the plate with its first run, when Mike Hegan, the next batter, hits the first homer in team history.

1969       The Royals play their first game in franchise history and join the winner circle along with the other three new clubs making their debuts today. Reliever Moe Drabowsky picks up the win when Kansas City beats the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3.

1970       As partial compensation for the loss of Curt Flood, who refuses to report to Philadelphia, the Cardinals send minor league prospect Willie Montanez to the Phillies. The former St. Louis outfielder had taken exception to the trade without his consent, ultimately leading to his unsuccessful challenge of the reserve clause to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1974       Braves outfielder Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader with his 715th, going deep in the fourth inning off Dodger hurler Al Downing in Atlanta’s home opener. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ equaled the Bambino’s mark on Opening Day in Cincinnati.

1975       In the season opener at Fenway Park, Tony Conigliaro, who retired four years ago after being traded to the Angels in 1970, plays in the first game of his attempted comeback with the Red Sox. As a designated hitter, the 30-year-old Pope of Kenmore Square will collect only seven hits in 21 games, singles in his first at-bat in Boston’s 5-2 victory over the Brewers.

1975       Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in major league history as his Indians defeat the Yankees 5-3. The Tribe’s new player-manager hits a home run in his first at-bat as the designated hitter.

1984       In the Mets’ 3-1 victory over Houston at the Astrodome, Mike Torrez’s pitch smashes Dickie Thon’s face, compromising the promising 25-year-old Houston shortstop’s career. The remorseful right-hander’s fastball breaks the orbital bone around the left eye, ending the infielder’s season and impacting his future as a major leaguer due to problems with depth perception as a result of the injury.

1986       Will Clark homers on his first swing in his first major league at-bat, facing future Hall of Fame right-hander Nolan Ryan. The 22-year-old Giants rookie first baseman’s first-inning solo round-tripper contributes to the team’s Opening Day 8-3 victory at the Astrodome.

1986       Jim Presley hits two home runs, helping the Mariners beat the Angels, 8-4, in a dramatic extra-inning comeback Opening Day victory. The Seattle third baseman’s two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth off Donnie Moore knots the game at four runs apiece, and his two-out grand slam off Ken Forsch in the following frame ends the Kingdome contest.

1988       Gary Carter, celebrating his 34th birthday with a 3-for-3 day including a home run, is doubled off second base after Howard Johnson lines out to right field to end the game on a bizarre play. Shortstop Juan Samuel, who had started to throw the relay from outfielder Chris James back to the mound, tags the Mets’ catcher straying off the bag for the final out in the Phillies’ 5-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.

1989       In Anaheim, Olympic hero Jim Abbott makes his major league debut, losing to his childhood hero Mark Langston and the Mariners in an eventual 6-2 Angels defeat to Seattle. The 21-year-old southpaw, who never played in the minor leagues after being drafted in the first round by California in the amateur draft last year, pitches without the use of a right hand.

1991       The Reds establish the record for consecutive Opening Day wins when the team beats the Astros at Riverfront Stadium, 6-2, their ninth straight, thanks to a solid outing from Tom Browning, who gives up five hits in 8.1 innings. Cincinnati surpasses the winning streak of eight consecutive lid lifters the Mets put together from 1971 through 1978.

1991       In a 5-4 Opening Day loss to the Brewers at Arlington Stadium, future Hall of Famer Goose Gossage (2008) relieves in a game started by Rangers hurler Nolan Ryan (1999), also an eventual member of Hall of Fame. The matchup marks the first time in major league history that a 300-game winner appears in the same contest with a teammate who has 300 saves.

1993       Contributing to the Indians’ 15-5 rout of New York at Cleveland Stadium, Carlos Baerga becomes the first major leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. In the seventh, the Tribe’s second baseman, batting right-handed, goes deep off Steve Howe and, later in the frame, connects with a pitch thrown by Steve Farr from the left side of the plate.

1994       Kent Mercker, throwing his first major league complete game, no-hits the Dodgers, 6-0 at Chavez Ravine. The Braves left-hander was one of the three Atlanta pitchers, along with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena, to throw a combined no-no against the Padres in 1991.

1994       🇰🇷Chan Ho Park becomes the first Korean to play in the major leagues when he makes his pitching debut at Chavez Ravine. In one inning of work, the 21-year-old Kongju City native gives up two runs on one hit, walking two and striking out two batters in the Dodgers’ 6-0 loss to Atlanta.

1997       In a 14-8 Mariners victory over the Indians at the Kingdome, M’s pitcher Josias Manzanillo, who doesn’t wear a protective cup, is hit the groin by a Manny Ramirez 107 mph line drive. Now a firm believer in using protective gear, the 29-year-old reliever goes on the 15-day disabled list for surgery needed to repair a tear in his testicles.

1999       After participating in 243 major league games, Jim Abbott finally gets his first at-bat, grounding out to third base in the Brewers’ 9-4 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The 31-year-old southpaw, born without a right hand, signed with Milwaukee in the offseason after spending the first nine years of his career in the American League, where the designated hitter replaces the pitcher in the batter’s box.

2000       Blue Jay southpaw David Wells’ nine-hit complete game 4-0 shutout against Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington snaps Kenny Rogers’ 19-game home winning streak. The Gambler’s accomplishment, compiled while hurling for the Yankees, A’s, Mets, and Rangers, is the third-longest in major league history.

2003       At the home opener at PNC Park, Pittsburgh unveils a sculpture of Ralph Kiner. The Hall of Fame home run hitter, depicted in the bronze artwork gripping a Kiner-model Louisville Slugger bat, joins Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner, and Roberto Clemente as other former Pirates honored with a ballpark statue.

2003       At Wrigley Field, a few of the 29,138 patrons at the Cubs opener show their displeasure when the Canadian national anthem, “O’ Canada,” is performed before the game against the Expos. Their reaction comes from the “The Star-Spangled Banner” getting booed at the Islanders-Canadiens hockey match in Montreal by fans in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq.

2003       By going went 4-for-4 along with three walks, Rockies’ first baseman Todd Helton sets a club record by reaching base in all seven plate appearances in Colorado’s 15-12 loss at Coors Field. Chris Stynes also set a franchise mark for most plate appearances in a game with eight.

2003       In a frigid 35-degree home opener, with the fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his first major league home run, a grand slam into the right-field bleachers. After being greeted with a warm reception in the pregame ceremonies and a standing ovation after making a great defensive play, Godzilla receives a thunderous applause and curtain call from the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd after his fifth-inning bases-full poke against the Twins.

2004       After showing a video tribute for him on the scoreboard, Jimmy Carter, a close friend of Padres owners John and Becky Moores, throws the ceremonial first pitch before the first major league game at Petco Field. During his one term in office, the 39th Chief Executive became the first president not to throw a ball on an Opening Day since the tradition started in 1910 with William Taft, but does the honors before Game 7 of the 1979 World Series at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.

2004       In the first game at their new downtown ballpark, the Padres come from behind twice to beat the Giants in 10 innings at Petco Park, 4-3. After Trevor Hoffman blows the save in the ninth, San Diego scores in the bottom of the frame, knotting the score at 2-2 and then scores more two runs in the tenth after falling behind again in overtime.

2005       Jimmy Carter, who was not invited by the current administration to be part of the American delegation for today’s funeral of Pope John Paul, attends the home opener at Turner Field. The former president and his wife Roslyn, who both stayed for the entire game, enjoy watching the Braves beat the Mets, 3-1.

2008       An emotional Bill Buckner returns to Fenway Park for the first time in more than a decade to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox home opener. The beleaguered former Boston first baseman, best known for letting Mookie Wilson’s grounder roll between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, receives a heartfelt standing ovation from the stunned crowd as he slowly walks from left field to the pitcher’s mound.

2008       The Mets are beaten by a pitcher who is older than Shea Stadium when 46-year-old southpaw Jamie Moyer pitches six strong innings, getting the win in the Phillies’ 5-2 victory at the team’s 45 year-old ballpark. With their loss, the Amazins’ finish with an excellent 29-16 (.644) won-loss record in home openers in the aging Queen’s venue.

2008       At the Play Ball, Chicago! Event in the Windy City, the U.S. Postal Service unveils a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The tune was written on a New York City train a century ago when songwriter Jack Norworth, who claimed never to have seen a major league game, wrote the lyrics after seeing a sign about a contest at the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants.

2008       On the last Opening Day in the Queens’ ballpark, the Mets unveil a disc with William Shea’s name, honoring the namesake of their stadium. The New York attorney is credited for bringing the National League back to the Big Apple following the Giants and Dodgers’ departure after the 1957 season.

2009       Striking out twice in his first two at-bats against the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium, Daniel Cabrera establishes a dubious batting record when he strikes out 16 times in 16 consecutive at-bats. The Nationals right-handed starter had shared the mark of 15 with Juan Eichelberger (Padres, 1980) and Mike Thurman (Expos, 1998).

2010       In a deal that covers one season beyond his arbitration-eligible years, Yovani Gallardo (13-12, 3.73) agrees to sign a five-year $30.1 contract to stay with Milwaukee. The 24-year-old Brewer right-hander, considered the ace of the staff, was the team’s second-round pick in 2004.

2011       After being informed by MLB that he faces a 100-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy for the second time, Rays’ outfielder/DH Manny Ramirez announces his retirement as an active player. The 12-time All-Star, best known for helping the Red Sox win two World Championships, ends his 19-year big league career with a .312 batting average and 555 home runs.

2013       On a controversial game-ending strike call by plate umpire Marty Foster, Joe Nathan retires second baseman Ben Zobrist on a pitch that is clearly out of the strike zone to earn his 300th career save when the Rangers beat Tampa Bay in Arlington, 6-5. The Texas right-handed reliever becomes the 24th major-leaguer to reach the milestone.

2014       Yankee third baseman Yangervis Solarte becomes the first player in major league history to double six times in the first seven games of his career when he collects a pair of two-baggers in the team’s 14-5 loss to Baltimore in the Bronx. The 26-year-old rookie, who will be traded to the Padres in July, along with minor leaguer Rafael De Paula, for Chase Headley and cash, ends the day with a .429 batting average, going 12-for-28 since the start of the season.

2015       Adrian Gonzalez becomes the first major league player to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season when he goes deep three times in the Dodgers’ 7-4 victory over San Diego at Chavez Ravine. The Los Angeles first baseman joins Carl Furillo (1955) and Jimmy Wynn (1974) as the only players in franchise history to have homered in the first three games of a campaign.

2016       Trevor Story becomes the first player in major league history to homer six times in the first four games of a season when he goes deep twice in the Rockies’ 13-6 loss to San Diego at Coors Field. The 23-year-old Colorado rookie shortstop is the fifth player to homer in four consecutive contests to start a season, and a feat also accomplished Chris Davis (Orioles, 2013), Nelson Cruz (Rangers, 2011), Mark McGwire (Cardinals, 1998), and Willie Mays (Giants, 1971).

2016       The Cardinals establish a major league record with three pinch-hit home runs when the team rallies from a four-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 7-4. Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia each come off the bench to hit solo shots in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, respectively, contributing to the 0-3 Redbirds’ first victory of the season.

2017       Tommy Hansen, who did not hit a home run as a member of the freshman team last season, becomes the first high schooler in history to hit three consecutive grand slams in one game when he goes deep three times in Roncalli’s 12-1 win over Metamora Township (IL). Five other players in a high school game have also hit a trio of bases-full round-trippers in a high school contest, but none accomplished the feat in consecutive at-bats.

2017       The Phillies, using nine hits, none of which is a homer, and four walks, score 12 first-frame runs en route to a 17-3 rout of the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The dozen tallies mark the biggest first inning in franchise history.

2018       In his pitching debut in front of the home crowd, Shohei Ohtani retires the first 19 batters he faces, yielding one hit over seven shutout innings in the Angels’ 6-1 victory over the A’s. Marcus Semien’s one-out single in the seventh inning breaks up the 23-year-old right-hander’s bid for a perfect game.

2018       At Yankee Stadium, Giancarlo Stanton becomes the first major leaguer to strike out five times in a game twice in the same season, having accomplished the dubious feat in his home debut in New York five days ago. The final ring of his platinum sombrero ends the contest with two runners stranded on base in the 12th inning of the Yankees’ 8-7 loss to the Orioles.

2019       Chris Davis breaks the record for the longest hitless streak in major league history at 0 for 47, surpassing dubious mark Eugenio Velez set with the Giants and Dodgers in 2010-11. The Baltimore fans, who had begun regularly booing the Orioles outfielder with the $161 million fully guaranteed contract, were very supportive when he lined out to deep left field in the fifth inning in the game against the A’s to take his place in baseball infamy.

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
VIRGINIA AT MIAMI7:00PMACCN
LSU AT MISSISSIPPI STATE8:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CLEMSON AT PITTSBURGH5:00PMACCN
OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY6:00PMSECN
ARIZONA ST. AT OREGON10:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT NY YANKEES1:05PMNESN
YES
CHI. WHITE SOX AT DETROIT1:10PMESPN+
NBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
OAKLAND AT PHILADELPHIA3:05PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-CA
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY3:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA4:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT COLORADO4:10PMATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT SAN FRANCISCO4:35PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
NY METS AT WASHINGTON7:05PMSNY
MASN/2
TEXAS AT TORONTO7:07PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS9:38PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
XFINITY: CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG 2507:30PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
MILWAUKEE AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NEW YORK AT WASHINGTON7:00PMNBATV
NBCS-WSH
MSG
CLEVELAND AT BROOKLYN7:30PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT TORONTO7:30PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT MIAMI8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
CHARLOTTE AT CHICAGO8:00PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT DALLAS8:30PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
PHOENIX AT UTAH9:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
OKLAHOMA CITY AT LA LAKERS10:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
PORTLAND AT DALLAS10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY7:00PMNHLN
NESN
BALLY SPORTS
BUFFALO AT FLORIDA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG-BUF
NY ISLANDERS AT CAROLINA7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
COLORADO AT WINNIPEG8:00PMALT
SPORTSNET

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
SUPER FEATHERWEIGHTS: MIKAELA MAYER VS. JENNIFER HAN10:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
KENTUCKY AT TEXAS A&M4:00PMSECN
RUTGERS AT NEBRASKA4:15PMBTN
TCU AT TEXAS6:00PMESPNU
OKLAHOMA AT OKLAHOMA ST.9:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE HOCKEYTIME ETTV
FROZEN FOUR8:00PMESPN2
COLLEGE LACROSSETIME ETTV
JOHNS HOPKINS AT OHIO STATE12:00PMESPNU
DUKE AT VILLANOVA1:00PMFS1
NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA4:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
OLE MISS AT KENTUCKY12:00PMSECN
AUBURN AT ARKANSAS2:00PMSECN
ALABAMA AT FLORIDA3:00PMESPN2
FISHINGTIME ETTV
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES8:00AMFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
MASTERS3:00PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
CHI. WHITE SOX AT DETROIT1:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT MINNESOTA2:10PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
TEXAS AT TORONTO3:07PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
BOSTON AT NY YANKEES4:00PMFS1
NESN
YES
MIAMI AT SAN FRANCISCO4:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
OAKLAND AT PHILADELPHIA4:05PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-CA
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT WASHINGTON7:05PMSNY
MASN/2
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT COLORADO8:10PMESPN+
ATTSN-RM
SPORTSNET
SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT LA ANGELS9:07PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
IMSA: GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH5:00PMUSA
NASCAR CUP: BLUE-EMU MAXIMUM PAIN RELIEF 4007:30PMFS1
NBATIME ETTV
INDIANA AT PHILADELPHIA1:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
NEW ORLEANS AT MEMPHIS6:00PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
GOLDEN STATE AT SAN ANTONIO8:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
SACRAMENTO AT LA CLIPPERS9:30PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
NEW JERSEY AT DALLAS2:00PMMSG+
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT PITTSBURGH3:00PMESPN+
ABC
FLORIDA AT NASHVILLE6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS7:00PMNHLN
MSG
SPORTSNET
CALGARY AT SEATTLE7:00PMSPORTSNET
ROOT SPORTS
COLUMBUS AT DETROIT7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MONTREAL AT TORONTO7:00PMSPORTSNET
ANAHEIM AT PHILADELPHIA7:30PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
NY ISLANDERS AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMMSG+
BALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT VEGAS10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
COLORADO AT EDMONTON10:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
SAN JOSE AT VANCOUVER10:00PMNBCS-CA
SPORTSNET

NBA STANDINGS

ASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-MIAMI5228.65028-1224-1612-234-166-45 W
2 XY-MILWAUKEE5030.6252.027-1423-1611-332-186-42 W
3 X-BOSTON5031.6172.528-1322-189-733-197-31 L
4 X-PHILADELPHIA4931.6133.022-1727-146-1030-206-41 L
5 X-TORONTO4733.5885.023-1724-1610-530-218-22 W
6 X-CHICAGO4535.5637.027-1318-2210-629-224-63 L
CLEVELAND4337.5389.024-1619-219-626-243-72 L
BROOKLYN4238.52510.018-2124-1710-629-216-42 W
ATLANTA4238.52510.027-1415-249-626-257-31 W
10 CHARLOTTE4139.51311.021-1920-207-825-256-41 W
11 WASHINGTON3545.43817.021-1914-267-824-265-51 L
12 NEW YORK3545.43817.016-2419-214-1120-305-51 L
13 INDIANA2555.31327.016-259-302-1411-392-88 L
14 DETROIT2357.28829.013-2710-306-918-324-61 L
15 ORLANDO2160.25931.511-2910-312-1311-403-71 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6317.78832-831-910-538-127-31 L
2 XY-MEMPHIS5525.6888.029-1026-1510-535-167-32 L
3 X-GOLDEN STATE5129.63812.031-1020-1912-431-194-63 W
4 X-DALLAS5030.62513.027-1223-1813-234-167-32 W
5 X-UTAH4832.60015.029-1119-2114-132-184-62 W
6 X-DENVER4833.59315.523-1725-166-1029-226-41 W
MINNESOTA4635.56817.526-1420-2112-432-205-51 W
LA CLIPPERS4040.50023.023-1617-248-724-264-63 W
NEW ORLEANS3644.45027.019-2117-236-925-257-32 W
10 SAN ANTONIO3446.42529.016-2418-226-924-267-31 L
11 LA LAKERS3149.38832.020-2011-293-1316-341-98 L
12 SACRAMENTO2951.36334.016-2513-265-919-314-62 L
13 PORTLAND2753.33836.017-2310-301-1411-391-99 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2456.30039.012-2912-276-1017-334-61 L
15 HOUSTON2060.25043.011-299-313-1311-413-75 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS70491561044629421029-6-020-9-68-2-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES71461781004523717126-6-420-11-45-3-2
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS7146196984427421925-7-221-12-47-2-1
NEW YORK RANGERS7246206984222018623-7-423-13-27-2-1
BOSTON BRUINS7044215934222319022-11-222-10-37-3-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS72412110923823719719-11-522-10-54-5-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING7043207934123320221-7-522-13-24-5-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS70382210863323020517-15-521-7-56-4-0
NEW YORK ISLANDERS6932289733119218918-13-414-15-56-4-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7233336722923026918-15-415-18-22-5-3
11 DETROIT RED WINGS7128349652520527218-13-610-21-33-5-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES72263511632320025514-17-612-18-55-2-3
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7026386582518922713-20-313-18-35-4-1
14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS71233711572218525113-17-610-20-54-6-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7124416542121826816-17-48-24-22-7-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS71204011511718827210-20-410-20-74-4-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE70501461064726819328-4-322-10-38-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES7143199954124917721-8-722-11-26-3-1
MINNESOTA WILD6943215913825421524-7-219-14-38-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES70402010903825420323-9-417-11-66-3-1
EDMONTON OILERS7242255893825422823-12-019-13-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS73382510863420920818-16-420-9-64-4-2
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7041254863923320322-11-019-14-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS7040264843620721022-9-218-17-27-2-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7239294823522821520-14-319-15-17-3-0
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS72342810783120820414-14-620-14-44-3-3
11 WINNIPEG JETS71332810763121822219-15-214-13-85-5-0
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS72283212682420123416-17-512-15-71-7-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS7029329672718422416-16-513-16-43-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS71243611592018824911-18-613-18-52-6-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7123426522118524612-20-311-22-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7122445492117825910-24-112-20-42-7-1
 

LAST UPDATED APR. 8, 1:47 ET

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
BALTIMORE00.0000 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
BOSTON00.0000 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
NY YANKEES00.0000 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
TAMPA BAY00.0000 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
TORONTO00.0000 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
KANSAS CITY101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
CHI WHITE SOX00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
DETROIT00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
MINNESOTA00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
CLEVELAND01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON101.0000 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 01 – 0W 1
OAKLAND00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
SEATTLE00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
TEXAS00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
LA ANGELS01.00010 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 1L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS101.0000 – 01 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
MIAMI00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
PHILADELPHIA00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
ATLANTA01.00010 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
WASHINGTON01.00010 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 1L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CHI CUBS101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
CINCINNATI101.0000 – 01 – 01 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
ST. LOUIS101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 00 – 01 – 0W 1
MILWAUKEE01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
PITTSBURGH01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 1L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ARIZONA101.0001 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 01 – 01 – 0W 1
COLORADO00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
LA DODGERS00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
SAN FRANCISCO00.0000.50 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 00 – 0
SAN DIEGO01.00010 – 00 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 10 – 1L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT