INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

CROTHERSVILLE 14 ROCK CREEK ACADEMY 4

INDY GENESIS HOMESCHOOL 9 SUMMIT 4

INDIANAPOLIS KINGS 19 INDY GENESIS HOMESCHOOL 6

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 8 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 4

SOUTH-CENTRAL 12 ARGOS 2

SOUTH NEWTON 3 FRONTIER 2

HIGHLAND 13 HEBRON 2

LOWELL 9 KANKAKEE VALLEY 6

WINCHESTER 10 MUNCIE BURRIS 0

UNION COUNTY 18 TRI 12

LOOGOOTEE 10 MITCHELL 9

BARR REEVE 15 ORLEANS 5

NORTH DAVIESS 5 N. CENTRAL 2

CONCORD 22 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2

ADAMS CENTRAL 11 S. ADAMS 0

MISSISSINEWA 11 BLACKFORD 3

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 5 SHAWE MEMORIAL 3

FOREST PARK 3 TECUMSEH 1

NORTH DECATUR 12 SOUTHWESTERN 0

CLINTON PRAIRIE 6 FOUNTAIN CENTRAL 4

HOBART 11 WHEELER 4

CASTON 25 CULVER 1

ALEXANDRIA MONROE 5 ELWOOD 1

SHAKAMAK 21 BLOOMFIELD 14

SHENANDOAH 14 MUNCIE CENTRAL 0

HAUSER 12 S. DECATUR 2

RIVERTON PARKE 6 N. PUTNAM 5

LAPEL 10 CENTERVILLE 0

PAOLI 8 CRAWFORD COUNTY 4

LINTON STOCKTON 7 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 0

TIPTON 11 SHERIDAN 10

WEST VIGO 15 CLAY CITY 1

EASTBROOK 14 OAK HILL 13

NORTHWESTERN 9 TAYLOR 6

LAVILLE 16 TRITON 1

WHITING 7 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 5

WES DEL 12 LINCOLN 9

IRVINGTON PREP 13 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 10

PERRY CENTRAL 10 HENRYVILLE 9

SPRINGS VALLEY 12 CANNELTON 1

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 18 MARIAN CATHOLIC 14

EDGEWOOD 22 CLOVERDALE 2

WOODLAN 13 SOUTHERN WELLS 0

BENTON CENTRAL 13 COVINGTON 3

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 9 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 8

SCECINA 15 TRITON CENTRAL 14

PRINCETON 3 HERITAGE HILLS 2

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 20 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 0

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 5 SHORTRIDGE 2

WESTVIEW 11 CHRUBUSCO 1

CARROLL 6 HOMESTEAD 2

BELLMONT 8 DEKALB 5

PARKE HERITAGE 13 S. PUTNAM 3

PIONEER 12 N. JUDSON 11

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 7 FORT WAYNE NORTH 6

WARREN CENTRAL 4 MERIDIAN 2

FRANKTON 4 MADISON GRANT 2

BATESVILLE 11 RUSHVILLE 1

FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 7 FORT WAYNE LUERS 2

FREMONT 11 LAKELAND 1

COLUMBIA CITY 8 LEO 3

GIBSON SEVEN 9 TELL CITY 1

SALEM 8 CORYDON CENTRAL 4

HAGERSTOWN 15 EASTERN HANCOCK 1

CHATARD 4 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 2

FAIRFIELD 4 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0

WINAMAC 6 KNOX 2

MCCUTCHEON 11 TRI WEST HENDRICKS 5

NORWELL 12 HUNTINGTON NORTH 7

LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 2 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 1

SILVER CREEK 2, SCOTTSBURG 1

HARRISON 8 CARMEL 2

FRANKFORT 5 WESTERN BOONE 4

MOORESVILLE 8 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 1

SOUTH DEARBORN 9 CONNERSVILLE 3

LAWRENCE NORTH 13 SOUTHPORT 2

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 5 WESTFIELD 3

WESTERN 13 DELPHI 2

AVON 5 ZIONSVILLE 4

EASTERN 14 CULVER ACADEMY 10

FISHERS 6 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 3

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 8 LEWIS CASS 2

WASHINGTON 3 PIKE CENTRAL 2

GREENCASTLE 12 DUGGER UNION 6

BEN DAVIS 8 PLAINFIELD 5

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 7 VINCENNES RIVET 0

HERITAGE 6 JAY COUNTY 3

CASTLE 6 ANDERSON COUNTY 3

BROWNSBURG 4 NOBLESVILLE 1

BREBEUF 12 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

SOUTH-CENTRAL 12 MORGAN TWP. 7

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 18 N. DAVIESS 2

BOONE GROVE 8 HEBRON 0

NORTH JUDSON 14 CULVER 1

KANKAKEE VALLEY 4 KNOX 0

WESTVILLE 11 LACROSSE 1

ANDREAN 8 HANOVER CENTRAL 4

CLINTON CENTRAL 10 CLINTON PRAIRIE 5

CASTLE 4 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0

SCOTTSBURG 16 CLARKSVILLE 2

RIVERTON PARKE 3 N. PUTNAM 1

MITCHELL 6 PERRY CENTRAL 5

BELLMONT 25 BLUFFTON 10

NORTH POSEY 17 BOONVILLE 0

EAST NOBLE 10 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 7

SOUTH BEND CLAY 12 ELKHART CHRISTIAN 1

HOBART 8 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 6

HERITAGE HILLS 10 S. SPENCER 4

CHARLESTOWN 9 EASTERN 2

ELWOOD 6 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 2

WES DEL 10 TRI 2

PIONEER 10 W. CENTRAL 2

CONNERSVILLE 3 LINCOLN 0

OAK HILL 6 EASTBROOK 2

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 16 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 0

SEEGER 15 TRI COUNTY 4

DELPHI 6 N. WHITE 0

ADAMS CENTRAL 18 S. ADAMS 9

MONROE CENTRAL 14 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 6

CENTERVILLE 13 WINCHESTER 5

EAST CENTRAL 11 LAWRENCEBURG 1

MORRISTOWN 14 WALDRON 10

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 13 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 4

ORLEANS 5 PAOLI 1

EVANSVILLE NORTH 3 MOUNT VERNON 2

TECUMSEH 13 SOUTHRIDGE 0

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 12. LINTON STOCKTON 1

HAUSER 11 S. DECATUR 0

FRANKTON 3 MADISON GRANT 2

SPRINGS VALLEY 2 BORDEN 0

NORTH MIAMI 15 SOUTHWOOD 0

TAYLOR 8 SHERIDAN 5

HARRISON 10 BENTON CENTRAL 5

NORTHEASTERN 7 HAGERSTOWN 5

HAMMOND MORTON 15 WHITING 4

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 10 N. HARRISON 4

WESTERN BOONE 9 FRANKFORT 5

SHELBYVILLE 11 INDIAN CREEK 1

WESTVIEW 4 CHRUBUSCO 0

NORTH CENTRAL 14 RITTER 2

DALEVILLE 20 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 0

HOMESTEAD 17 FORT WAYNE LUERS 1

LOGANSPORT 11 NORTHWESTERN 0

MCCUTCHEON 10 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0

NEW PALESTINE 8 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 5

MONROVIA 3 SOUTHPORT 1

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 6 KANKAKEE TRINITY 3

PARKE HERITAGE 6 S. PUTNAM 1

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 17 MARION 2

EASTERN HANCOCK 12 ANDERSON 2

LEWIS CASS 13 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3

MARIST 7 CROWN POINT 1

EASTSIDE 20 W. NOBLE 1

MOORESVILLE 11 CENTER GROVE 2

BEECH GROVE 7 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 2

HERRON 12 CHRISTEL HOUSE 2

SOUTH KNOX 15 NE. DUBOIS 2

JEFFERSONVILLE 5 NEW ALBANY 1

WOODLAN 15 SOUTHERN WELLS 2

CARROLL 6 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1

EASTERN 4 PERU 0

CULVER ACADEMY 9 ARGOS 7

LEO 10 GARRETT 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 18 TELL CITY 0

WEST VIGO 13 GREENCASTLE 3

PIKE CENTRAL 5 FOREST PARK 0

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 5 BREBEUF 0

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 9 PIKE 6

SEYMOUR 11 EDINBURGH 1

UNION COUNTY, 10 N. DECATUR 0

LAKELAND 8 FREMONT 6

WINAMAC 7 CARROLL 6

RONCALLI 11. MERIDIAN 1

SOUTHMONT 1 LEBANON 0

BARR REEVE 10 WASHINGTON 7

LAPEL 3 DELTA 1

YORKTOWN 5 MOUNT VERNON 4

FRONTIER 5 S. NEWTON 3

HUNTINGTON NORTH 19 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 0

FAIRFIELD 7 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 6

CATHEDRAL 9. BEN DAVIS 5

SOUTH DEARBORN 4 FRANKLIN COUNTY 3

DECATUR CENTRAL 6 MARTINSVILLE 3

MATTOON 14 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 7

NORTH NEWTON 13 LAFAYETTE JEFF 3

AVON 10 PLAINFIELD 7

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 5 SULLIVAN 2

KOKOMO 19 WARREN CENTRAL 1

ZIONSVILLE LAWRENCE NORTH 5

LINTON STOCKTON 9 EASTERN GREENE 1

CORYDON CENTRAL 15 AUSTIN 4

MISHAWAKA 1 PENN 0

CASTLE 13 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0

FLOYD CENTRAL 12 ASSUMPTION 1

ANGOLA 12 CENTRAL NOBLE 2

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 22. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 11

NBA PLAYOFFS.

MIAMI 99 PHILADELPHIA 90

DALLAS 113 PHOENIX 86

NHL PLAYOFFS

BOSTON 5 CAROLINA 2

TAMPA BAY 4 TORONTO 3

ST. LOUIS 5 MINNESOTA 1

EDMONTON 4 LOS ANGELES 2

MLB

BALTIMORE 3 ST. LOUIS 2

HOUSTON 11 MINNESOTA 3

OAKLAND 5 DETROIT 3

HOUSTON 5 MINNESOTA 0

TEXAS 3 KANSAS CITY 1

NY YANKEES 15 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7

NY METS 4 WASHINGTON 1

CINCINNATI 4 PITTSBURGH 0

PHILADELPHIA 9 LA DODGERS 7

MINORS

CHARLOTTE 8 INDIANAPOLIS 4

FORT WAYNE 5 SOUTH BEND 0

COLLEGE BASEBALL-HCAC TOURNAMENT

ANDERSON 6 HANOVER 2

EARLHAM 5 ROSE HULMAN 3

FRANKLIN 7 ANDERSON 3

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

VILLANOVA 2 BUTLER 0

CLEMSON 7 NOTRE DAME 3

COLTS  SCHEDULE

Sept. 11, Sunday, at Houston Texans, 1 p.m., CBS

Sept. 18, Sunday, at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Sept. 25, Sunday, vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Oct. 2, Sunday, vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Oct. 6, Thursday, at Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. (Thursday Night Football)

Oct. 16, Sunday, vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

Oct. 23, Sunday, at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Oct. 30, Sunday, vs. Washington Commanders, 4:25 p.m.

Nov. 6, Sunday, at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Nov. 13, Sunday, at Las Vegas Raiders, 4:05 p.m.

Nov. 20, Sunday, vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m.

Nov. 28, Monday, vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN (Monday Night Football)

Dec. 4, Sunday, at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m., NBC (Sunday Night Football)

Dec. 11, Bye

Dec. 17 or 18, at Minnesota Vikings, time TBD

Dec. 26, Monday, vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m., ESPN (Monday Night Football)

Jan. 1, Sunday, at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Jan. 7 or 8, vs. Houston Texans, time TBD

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Heat beat 76ers 99-90 in Game 6 to advance to East finals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Butler knocked Joel Embiid out of the playoffs, then walked over to his former 76ers teammate and hugged him, told him he loved him and was proud of him.

Butler then headed out of a familiar court a winner – and straight into another conference finals with Miami.

“Now I’m where I belong,” Butler said. “Guess where I should have been a long time ago.”

Butler scored 32 points and waved “bye bye” to the Philly crowd as he sent Miami into the Eastern Conference finals with a 99-90 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night in Game 6.

The Heat will play the winner of the Milwaukee-Boston series. The defending champion Bucks lead that series 3-2, with Game 6 on Friday night in Milwaukee.

The Heat reached the conference finals for the second time in three seasons, again with Butler leading the charge. Philly fans – and many inside the 76ers organization – still can’t believe the franchise let Butler get away after the 2019 season. He did not mess around and scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in the third quarter when the Heat used a 16-2 run to take control. Butler scored 33 points in Game 3 and 40 in Game 4 and took 29 shots in Game 6.

“I think he’s one of the ultimate competitors in this profession,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He was brilliant all series long. The challenges only get tougher here. He saw there was an opportunity to end this tonight and he wasn’t going to let this get to seven.”

Embiid, the NBA scoring champion, had no significant help and scored 20 points with 12 rebounds on 7-of-24 shooting.

“I know I tried. I think for the most part, we tried,” Embiid said. “It just wasn’t good enough.”

Embiid remained to this day befuddled and hurt that the Sixers passed on Butler after forming a trio with Ben Simmons that – egos aside – could have contended for championships for years.

“I still don’t know how we let him go,” Embiid said. “I wish I could have gone to battle with him still.”

Coming off a 35-point victory in Game 5, the Heat wore down a battered Sixers team. Embiid looked gassed as he gamely tried to carry the Sixers. He had little lift and had a pull-up jumper blocked by Bam Adebayo in the third.

The Sixers parted with Butler in large part because they chose Simmons as the cornerstone ball handler. Simmons was unhappy and forced a trade this season to Brooklyn for James Harden. Harden, a three-time scoring champion, was supposed to shoulder the load with Embiid for a potent postseason push. Harden instead all but disappeared in the playoffs. He had a fantastic Game 4 at home against Miami but otherwise was a turnover machine. When he lost another ball that led to a Heat bucket and an 80-63 lead in the fourth, the Sixers were booed off the court.

Harden scored all of his 11 points in the first half. He had four turnovers and four baskets. Harden, who has a $47.4 million player option for 2022-23, missed both shots in the second half and scored his last basket at the 3:31 mark of the second quarter.

Few in Philly would give The Beard a passing grade. Harden said he would return next season.

“I’m sure since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden,” Embiid said. “But that’s not who he is anymore.”

Coach Doc Rivers implored his team to “fight for this!” in the huddle during the fourth. The 76ers just fell flat.

“I came to the conclusion at the end of this game that we were not good enough to beat Miami,” Rivers said.

Rivers is signed through the 2024-25 season and another early exit – the 76ers were the No. 1 seed last year and lost in the second round – and his job status is a hot topic of conversation.

“I don’t worry about my job. I think I do a terrific job. If you don’t, then you should write it,” Rivers said. “Because I worked my butt off to get this team here. When I first got here, no one picked us to be anywhere. Again this year, the same thing. If that’s how anyone feels, write it. I’m going to feel secure about it.”

Max Strus had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat. Even another abysmal night from 3-point range – Miami missed 21 of 28 attempts — failed to matter.

Embiid again gutted out a postseason game in his mask (right orbital fracture) and will have surgery on torn ligaments in his right thumb. He was only cleared to return last week from a concussion. He held the back of his head after he knocked it on the court after a fall late in the second quarter. Embiid still played 22 minutes in the first half and scored 14 points.

“Joel, my guy. My brother. Who I’d pick for MVP,” Butler said. “It feels good to beat him. I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve got a lot of love for this city. A lot of love for guys in that locker room. So any time you get to beat a former team, it’s special.”

Embiid missed the first two games of the series as he recovered from the concussion. The Sixers lost both games in Miami. Would a healthy Embiid have made a difference? Maybe not but it’s still another sudden end to the All-Star cornerstone who has yet to taste a conference final. Maybe he would have played in one or two had Butler stuck around.

“At some point, you’ve got to stop looking at coaches and the front office,” Embiid said. “You’ve got to look at the players. Maybe we’re just not good enough.”

Embiid still looks at the one that left him for Miami. Wearing black sunglasses and a black bucket cap, Butler said no hard feelings, the NBA is a business.

“It didn’t work out,” Butler said. “I’m not complaining. I love being in Miami.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Heat: Kyle Lowry sat out again with his left hamstring injury. He paced the Heat sideline like a coach and called over his teammates during free throws and other breaks in action to talk strategy.

76ers: Danny Green left in the first quarter with a serious left knee injury. Embiid went up for a bucket and crashed on Green as they tumbled to the court. Green, who averaged 5.9 points this season, grabbed his leg and was carried off the court.

TIP-INS

Heat: Are 7-1 in closeout Game 6s since 2006. … Won their 30th career playoff series.

76ers: Have not advanced past the second round since 2001.

Doncic, Mavericks cruise past Suns 113-86 to force Game 7

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic has his first victory in an elimination game.

Now the young Dallas superstar gets another one – and another Game 7 to boot.

Doncic scored 33 points and the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 113-86 on Thursday night to force a deciding game in the Western Conference semifinals.

The home team has won all six games, none with a margin closer than seven points. A trip to the West finals will be at stake Sunday in Phoenix.

The Mavericks won when facing elimination for the first time in three tries with the 23-year-old Doncic, their three-time All-Star point guard.

The two losses came against the Clippers the past two seasons, including Game 7 in Los Angeles last year after the visitors won the first six games, a first in the playoffs. Dallas is playing beyond the first round for the first time since winning the title 11 years ago, when first-year coach Jason Kidd was the point guard.

“I don’t know if he was playing as if he was trying to do something different,” Kidd said. “I think he enjoys the moment. You guys have seen a little bit longer than I have up close. He’s not afraid of the stage. I think you guys call it the first time winning an elimination game. He’ll be in this situation a long, long time.”

The Suns, seeking a second consecutive trip to the conference finals, are going the distance in a series for the first time in two postseasons with Chris Paul and Devin Booker. The previous three went six, including Phoenix’s loss to Milwaukee last year in the NBA Finals.

Booker scored 19 points but was shut out from 3-point range (0 of 4) while going 6 of 17. Deandre Ayton had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul added 13 points.

The top-seeded Suns were held to a season low in scoring, regular season or playoffs, for the second time in the series. They shot a playoff-low 40% with 22 turnovers, the most all season.

“I don’t have enough time to talk about everything that’s eating at me,” coach Monty Williams said. “I didn’t think we understood the desperation they were going to play with. Couple that with the turnovers that we had tonight, it’s a recipe for what we just got.”

The 37-year-old Paul is now in line for his eighth Game 7, while the 27-year-old Booker is about to play his first.

“Greatest two words in sports,” Booker said. “I’m excited to feel the energy. I’m excited to be a part of it. It’s a great opportunity.”

Reggie Bullock scored 19 points for Dallas, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range after being held scoreless and getting just five shots total in Game 5. Jalen Brunson added 18, and Spencer Dinwiddie had a series-high 15, all on 3s (5 of 7).

Doncic played through an apparent left leg injury that sent him to the locker room when he would have been out of the game anyway in the second quarter. He returned to the bench and rode a stationary bike before re-entering the game.

Soon after, the Mavericks went on a decisive 19-5 run to finish the first half, turning a two-point lead into a 60-45 halftime edge.

It was a home-team replay of the third quarter from Game 5, when Phoenix went on a 17-0 run for an 18-point lead and ended up winning by 30.

Doncic, who had 11 rebounds and eight assists, fought his shot while fighting the injury early, but had a 3 on the late first-half run and scored 10 in the third to help the Mavericks push their lead to 22 (94-72).

Paul avoided the problems with fouls that cost the Suns in the second loss in Dallas. But he was never much of a factor, getting just seven shots.

Booker was stuck on eight points while Dallas pulled away in the second and third quarters, opening the second half with a miss on an ill-advised 3 and not scoring again until the Suns were down 21 late in the third.

“I think we won this game on the defensive end,” Doncic said. “We’ve got another game. That’s fun. It’s playoffs, and we’re going to give our energy.”

TURNOVER TURNAROUND

Booker’s eight turnovers also were a season high, regular season included. The Phoenix miscues came after Dallas had 12 turnovers in the third quarter of Game 5 while getting outscored 33-14. Paul wasn’t as bad as the seven turnovers in the first half of Game 3, the most he’s ever had in a half in a playoff game. But he had five more in Game 6.

TIP-INS

Suns: Ayton got a technical for elbowing Doncic in the face when Doncic fouled him on a dunk in the third quarter. Doncic missed the technical free throw, and Ayton finished the three-point play. … Bismack Biyombo didn’t have the same impact as the replacement for JaVale McGee, who didn’t play for the first time in the series. Biyombo had four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes.

Mavericks: This was the 10th consecutive time this season the Mavericks have answered a loss of at least 20 points with a victory. The streak is actually 13 games going back to last season, including a playoff win at the Clippers after a 25-point loss at home. … Dallas recovered from a slow start from 3 to finish 16 of 39 (41%). It was another strong night despite the continuing struggles of Doncic, who was 2 of 8 to put him at 7 of 33 over the past four games.

Point scores in OT, Lightning-Maple Leafs head to Game 7

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning saved their season, keeping their bid for a three-peat alive.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Thursday night, staving off elimination and forcing a winner-take-all Game 7 in the first round playoff series between the Atlantic Division rivals.

Brayden Point scored the winning goal on a rebound with 1:56 remaining in the first extra period, touching off a raucous celebration in the stands at sold-out Amalie Arena and handing Toronto another crushing postseason blow.

Ondrej Palat, Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Lightning, who blew a two-goal lead for the second straight game and trailed 3-2 entering the third period.

But unlike Tuesday night, when Toronto came from behind to win Game 5 at home, the Maple Leafs couldn’t hold off the reigning champs to claim their first playoff series win in 18 years.

Game 7 is Saturday in Toronto.

“All we did was buy another chance to keep our season going,” Point said.

“It all comes down to one game. … Those are fun ones to play in,” Cirelli added.

The Lightning are trying to become the first team to capture three consecutive Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders won four in a row from 1980-83.

The Maple Leafs, who’ve been eliminated in the first round each of the past five seasons, are 0-for-their-last-8 in close-out games as they chase their first postseason series win since 2004.

“We had our looks in OT. Unfortunately we weren’t the ones to cash in on our opportunities,” Toronto’s John Tavares said.

“We worked hard all year to earn home ice, and we’ve got a great opportunity going home in front of our fans to try to close this thing out,” Tavares added. “Look forward to the opportunity. It’s what the game’s all about.”

Andrei Vasilevskiy had 30 saves – nine in overtime – to improve to 18-0 in games following a playoff loss over the past three postseasons.

“It’s about wins this time of the year, and this group has proved that we don’t care how it gets done,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “We just want to get it done.”

Jack Campbell stopped 32 of 36 shots for the Maple Leafs, whose fortunes shifted dramatically when they were whistled for two high-sticking penalties within a 16-second span of the third period.

The Lightning capitalized on the 5-on-3 power-play opportunity, with Kucherov’s goal making it 3-3 midway through the third period.

Special teams also played a role in Tampa Bay’s first two goals – Palat scoring while skating 4 on 4 in the opening period, and Cirelli’s short-handed goal leaving the Maple Leafs with a two-goal deficit that Auston Matthews and John Tavares wiped out over the last half of the second.

Matthews cut into the deficit with his fourth goal of the series. Tavares scored twice in the last 34 seconds of the second period to put the Maple Leafs ahead 3-2.

“I thought we were playing a good third period up until they had the 5 on 3,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said.

“We were protecting our net well. We were defending well. We were in good position. I loved how we were playing,” Keefe added. “The 5 on 3 turns things, and then it took us a bit to really get our game going from there.”

The Maple Leafs rallied to win Game 5 at home, overcoming an early two-goal deficit and scoring three times in the third period to win 4-3 and take a 3-2 series lead.

The Lightning, meanwhile, faced elimination in a series for just the second time over the past three postseasons. The Islanders extended them to Game 7 in last year’s conference semifinals, with Tampa Bay’s winning 1-0 before going on to defeat the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

The defending champs once again scored the first two goals Thursday night, with Palat taking advantage of a turnover in the neutral zone to beat Campbell on a breakaway and Cirelli using a spin move to shake defenseman Mark Giordano and put Lightning up 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 10:46 of the second period.

Matthews scored less than a minute later, re-directing Giordano’s shot through heavy traffic and past Vasilevskiy to trim Toronto’s deficit to 2-1. It looked like one goal might stand through the end of the period until the Maple Leafs mounted a another charge in the final minute.

Tavares’ hard shot from the left circle deflected off Vasilevskiy’s pad and up over the Lightning goaltender to tie it at 2. His second goal gave the Maple Leafs the lead with just eight seconds left before the second intermission.

With Toronto’s David Kampf and Alexander Kerfoot both in the penalty box for high-sticking, Kucherov – assisted by Point and Stamkos – delivered his second goal of the series.

The Maple Leafs outshot the Lightning 8-2 over the first 11 minutes of overtime.

“We had plenty of opportunities to finish the game and finish the series,” Keefe said. “It didn’t go our way, but (there’s) lots of belief in our group, and we’re excited to play Game 7 on home ice in front of our fans.”

Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins earned themselves a seventh game with another dominating performance at home.

The problem: The clincher will be at Carolina, where the Hurricanes have been just as unbeatable.

“Everybody loves a Game 7,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after the Bruins won 5-2 on Thursday night to even their first-round playoff series against Carolina at three games apiece. “We’d rather be at home, I’m not going to lie to you.

“But we’d play them on Mars if we had to.”

Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 shots, and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston in the sixth straight blowout for the home team. Charlie Coyle also had a goal and an assist for Boston, and Erik Haula and Derek Forbort added third-period goals before Curtis Lazar backhanded the puck into the empty net with 4:17 to play to make it 5-1.

“We’ve got to win, now, one road game. That’s in front of us,” Cassidy said. “We knew that when we started, we’d have to win at least one to advance. So here it is.”

The Hurricanes will host Game 7 on Saturday in Raleigh, where they have gone 3-0 by a combined score of 15-4. The winner will play either the Penguins or Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Friday night.

“The good news is we have another game to play,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Right now, it’s tough. You should feel brutal, to be honest with you. And then you wake up, and you feel excited that you have an opportunity.”

Two days after losing 5-1 at Carolina, the Bruins returned home and put up an equally one-sided performance.

Andrei Svechnikov scored twice and Antti Raanta made 29 saves for the Hurricanes. Neither Swayman, a rookie, nor Raanta has ever appeared in a seventh game.

“I can’t wait,” said Swayman, who took over as starter after Linus Ullmark lost the first two games in Carolina. “It’s Game 7. We’re extremely excited. … It’s a fun atmosphere to be a part of. Couldn’t ask for much more.”

Marchand broke a scoreless tie 46 seconds into the second period, taking a long cross-ice pass from Connor Clifton and skating to the right circle before wristing it over Raanta’s glove.

Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the last two minutes of the period, poking in the trickling rebound of David Pastrnak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal game early in the third before Haula and Forbort gave Boston back its cushion.

Svechnikov’s second goal came with 2:30 left during a power play for a double minor to Marchand for spearing.

BYE BYE BERGY

The game could be the last at the TD Garden for future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain is unsigned for next year and has declined to talk about his future during the season.

In an 18-year career, all of it with Boston, Bergeron has scored 400 goals with 582 assists and won the Selke Award as the best two-way forward four times. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the Final two other times.

COMEBACKS

After top defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned for Game 5 after he missed just one game in the COVID-19 protocol, No. 2 blue liner Hampus Lindholm returned for Game 6. He hadn’t played since showing signs of a concussion in Game 2.

Lindholm led all players in ice time with 24 minutes, 48 seconds.

“Watching hockey is not something I’ve ever been good at,” he said. “Super happy to be out there.”

NOTES: Tomas Nosek had two assists for Boston. … Carolina scored once on six power-play opportunities, with Boston killing a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. The Bruins were 1 for 3.

Bruins back home, beat Hurricanes 5-2 to force 7th game

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins earned themselves a seventh game with another dominating performance at home.

The problem: The clincher will be at Carolina, where the Hurricanes have been just as unbeatable.

“Everybody loves a Game 7,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said after the Bruins won 5-2 on Thursday night to even their first-round playoff series against Carolina at three games apiece. “We’d rather be at home, I’m not going to lie to you.

“But we’d play them on Mars if we had to.”

Jeremy Swayman stopped 23 shots, and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston in the sixth straight blowout for the home team. Charlie Coyle also had a goal and an assist for Boston, and Erik Haula and Derek Forbort added third-period goals before Curtis Lazar backhanded the puck into the empty net with 4:17 to play to make it 5-1.

“We’ve got to win, now, one road game. That’s in front of us,” Cassidy said. “We knew that when we started, we’d have to win at least one to advance. So here it is.”

The Hurricanes will host Game 7 on Saturday in Raleigh, where they have gone 3-0 by a combined score of 15-4. The winner will play either the Penguins or Rangers in the Eastern Conference semifinals; Pittsburgh leads that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Friday night.

“The good news is we have another game to play,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “Right now, it’s tough. You should feel brutal, to be honest with you. And then you wake up, and you feel excited that you have an opportunity.”

Two days after losing 5-1 at Carolina, the Bruins returned home and put up an equally one-sided performance.

Andrei Svechnikov scored twice and Antti Raanta made 29 saves for the Hurricanes. Neither Swayman, a rookie, nor Raanta has ever appeared in a seventh game.

“I can’t wait,” said Swayman, who took over as starter after Linus Ullmark lost the first two games in Carolina. “It’s Game 7. We’re extremely excited. … It’s a fun atmosphere to be a part of. Couldn’t ask for much more.”

Marchand broke a scoreless tie 46 seconds into the second period, taking a long cross-ice pass from Connor Clifton and skating to the right circle before wristing it over Raanta’s glove.

Coyle gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead in the last two minutes of the period, poking in the trickling rebound of David Pastrnak’s one-timer. Svechnikov made it a one-goal game early in the third before Haula and Forbort gave Boston back its cushion.

Svechnikov’s second goal came with 2:30 left during a power play for a double minor to Marchand for spearing.

BYE BYE BERGY

The game could be the last at the TD Garden for future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins captain is unsigned for next year and has declined to talk about his future during the season.

In an 18-year career, all of it with Boston, Bergeron has scored 400 goals with 582 assists and won the Selke Award as the best two-way forward four times. He won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went to the Final two other times.

COMEBACKS

After top defenseman Charlie McAvoy returned for Game 5 after he missed just one game in the COVID-19 protocol, No. 2 blue liner Hampus Lindholm returned for Game 6. He hadn’t played since showing signs of a concussion in Game 2.

Lindholm led all players in ice time with 24 minutes, 48 seconds.

“Watching hockey is not something I’ve ever been good at,” he said. “Super happy to be out there.”

NOTES: Tomas Nosek had two assists for Boston. … Carolina scored once on six power-play opportunities, with Boston killing a 5-on-3 advantage in the second period. The Bruins were 1 for 3.

Binnington makes 25 saves, Blues win 5-1, eliminate Wild

ST. LOUIS (AP) It was a Jordan Binnington type of game.

The St. Louis Blues goalie has earned a reputation as a clutch performer when the team has a chance to close out a playoff series. And he proved it again Thursday night.

Binnington made 25 saves and the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 in Game 6 to advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. The St. Louis goalie improved to 5-1 in potential series-clinching games.

“It’s just his demeanor, you know, he loves this kind of stuff,” Blues coach Craig Berube said.

Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in a dominant second period during which the Blues outshot the Wild 22-5 and took control of the game.

Nick Leddy also scored, Colton Parayko added an empty-netter and David Perron had two assists as St. Louis won its first series since defeating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final in 2019.

“It was a tough, tough battle,” Bozak said. “That’s a very good team over there. It’s kind of a shame we played in the first round of the playoffs. It was two of the top teams in the West and they deserve a lot of credit for the season they had.”

The Blues will travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche in Game 1 of the second round. The dates and times for the series had not yet been announced.

Matt Dumba scored in the third period for the Wild, who hit three posts in the game, including two in the third.

After losing Games 4 and 5 and facing a must-win, Wild coach Dean Evason started Cam Talbot over Marc-Andre Fleury in goal. Talbot, who finished the regular season on a 13-0-3 run, made 22 saves.

“This is one of the most special groups I’ve been a part of,” Talbot said. “We’re really building something here. So, as much as this hurts right now, I’m proud of the guys, proud of the way we battled all season long.”

Leddy gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with 5:01 left in the first period. It was the first goal by a Blues defenseman in the series.

“There are a lot of emotions coming home and the building was electric and, yeah, everybody was kind of caught watching a bit and obviously Binner did an amazing job of shutting the door there early and then Ledds makes a great play and a great goal,” O’Reilly said. “That just kind of helped us kind of settle down and start you know, building our game.”

Binnington helped the Blues overcome a shaky start in the first by erasing several quality Wild chances coming off turnovers. He also got help from his post on Marcus Foligno’s shot.

“We had a good first period and kind of weathered the storm,” Binnington said. “They came out hard and they were playing desperate and I think we matched that and then we came out in the second period and played really hard.”

O’Reilly’s power-play goal gave the Blues a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Brayden Schenn set up the one-timer from the slot with a perfect pass from behind the net.

Bozak cleaned up a rebound off Alexei Toropchenko’s shot to extend St. Louis’ advantage later in the second. Toropchenko created the chance by getting around Mats Zuccarello while driving to the net.

“Just follow the big boy to the net,” Bozak said. “He made a great play, a nice move, and I was lucky enough to be in the right spot at the right time and have an open net there.”

Tarasenko’s power-play goal with 1:24 left in the second made it 4-0. It was his fourth goal in the last two games.

“We’ve been able to handle adversity, we’ve been a bounce-back group and we got to this spot tonight and we didn’t handle it very well,” Evason said. “You know, why? We’re gonna have to sit down and evaluate individually and collectively.”

MOVING UP

Tarasenko passed Doug Gilmour for the fourth-most postseason points in Blues franchise history with his hat trick in Game 5. Tarasenko (57 points) is one point shy of tying Al MacInnis for third.

FACE IN THE CROWD

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright attended the game and participated in the pregame hype by beating on a large drum and leading the crowd in a “Let’s Go Blues” chant. Fellow Cardinals Steven Matz, Paul Goldschmidt, Harrison Bader and Giovanny Gallegos and manager Oliver Marmol also attended the game.

NOTES: The Blues had at least one power-play goal in each game. They went 8 for 26 in the series.

Overton gets 1st win, Reds beat Pirates 4-0 for 1st shutout

PITTSBURGH (AP) Connor Overton got his first major league win and combined with two relievers on a four-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds’ first shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

A 2014 amateur draft pick who debuted last August with Toronto, Overton (1-0) was claimed by the Pirates in September and made five appearances for Pittsburgh. He became a free agent after he refused an outright assignment, and he signed with the Reds on a minor-league deal in November.

“It was nothing I haven’t experienced before,” said Overton, who spent two stints in independent ball before making it to the majors. “I didn’t really dwell on it. I kind of just put my head down and kept working.”

He allowed three hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings with one strikeout. The 28-year-old right-hander got nine outs on ground balls.

“I’m trying to be efficient, fill up the zone, let the ball be put into play and let the defense work,” Overton said.?

He threw 50 of 91 pitches for strikes. Cincinnati manager David Bell said the efficient approach allowed him to let Overton become the first Reds starter this year to pitch into the seventh inning.

Luis Cessa got five straight outs and Art Warren pitched around a leadoff single, getting Daniel Vogelbach to ground into a game-ending double play.

Cincinnati has the worst record in the major leagues at 8-24; the Reds are 3-1 against Pirates and 5-23 against other teams.

Tyler Stephenson hit a second-inning single that drove in Mike Moustakas, who led off with a double, and hit a 401-foot home run into the left field bleachers in the fourth. Stephenson had three hits, raising his batting average to .349.

Colin Moran and Tyler Naquin hit RBI singles in the eighth off Duane Underwood Jr., who was activated from the 10-day injured list following a right hamstring strain that had sidelined him since April 8.

Pirates starter JT Brubaker (0-3) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.

SMOOTH DEBUT

Cam Alldred, a 25-year-old left-hander, made his MLB debut for the Pirates in the sixth. Alldred retired Moustakas on a popout, threw a called third strike past Stephenson and retired Moran on a groundout. Alldred gave up a leadoff single in the seventh to Naquin, then was replaced by Heath Hembree.

?”It was unbelievable. A lot of emotions going through my body,” Alldred said. ” I was really happy to see my family and friends come out and support me.”

A Batavia, Ohio native, Alldred piched for the University of Cincinnati from 2016-18. He was called up to the majors for the first time on Wednesday.

“I was fired up to see that we were playing (the Reds) next,” he said. “That was pretty cool to open against them.”?

ROSTER MOVES

Pirates: Claimed RHP Tyler Beede off waivers from San Francisco, recalled INF Rodolfo Castro from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned INF Cole Tucker and RHP Max Kranick to Triple-A and designated RHP Beau Sulser for assignment.

Reds: Selected the contract of RHP Robert Dugger from Triple-A Louisville, recalled RHP Jared Solomon from Louisville, optioned RHP Dauri Moreta to Triple-A and assigned LHP Phillip Diehl outright to Louisville.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Lucas Sims (back spasms) was placed on the 15-day

injured list, retroactive to Wednesday.

Pirates: OF Jake Marisnick had left thumb surgery and will miss four to six weeks.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Tyler Mahle (1-4, 6.46 ERA) is to start Friday against Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (0-4, 6.11).

Bannon singles on 1st big league pitch, O’s top Cards 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to get a hit on the first pitch of his big league career, Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom homered and the Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

“I let him know he’s in the big leagues an hour before the game, ” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “So, he’ll never forget that. I know it’s a special day for him and his family.”

Bannon a 26-year-old third baseman, was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game and singled on a pitch from Steven Matz (3-3) with two outs in the second inning, one batter after Mateo homered to put the Orioles ahead.

“I trusted the scouting report. I stuck to my approach,” Bannon said. “I got a pitch middle and put a good swing on it. It was a fastball right down the middle.”

Bannon went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and two flyouts. The 2017 Big East Player of the Year at Xavier, he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2017 amateur draft and traded to Baltimore in July 2018 in the deal that brought Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“I felt really like I didn’t get my feet under me until the fifth or so inning,” Bannon said. “After a couple of at-bats, that’s when it really sunk in where I was. It was a weird feeling being out there early in the game. It was awesome. It’s definitely good to be here. It’s cool to be here in the locker room.”

The previous Orioles to get a hit on their first pitch were Rhyne Hughes on April 24, 2010, at Boston and Willie Morales on April 9, 2000, against Detroit, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Bemboom hit his first big league home run since September 2020 in the seventh, and Cedric Mullins added an RBI single off Genesis Cabrera later in the inning for a 3-0 lead.

Matz lost his second straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

“As far as stuff goes, definitely a lot better today,” said Matz, who in his previous start lasted just two innings, allowing a career-high eight runs and three homers. “A good stepping stone.”

Baltimore took two of three from the Cardinals and improved to 4-1 in rubber games this season after going 7-5 in such games in 2021.

Keegan Akin (1-0), the second of six Orioles pitchers, got just his fourth win in 16 big league decisions, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out four on a bullpen day for the Orioles.

Bryan Baker gave up one hit in 2 1/3 innings of his first big league start.

Dylan Carlson hit a solo homer off Cionel Perez in the seventh after Tyler O’Neill bounced into a double play. Nolan Arenado added a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Joey Krehbiel.

Felix Bautista got four straight outs for his second save of the series and the season.

“It’s always been my dream to close games for a team,” Bautista said through a translator.

A double play, the Orioles’ third, ended the game. O’Neill, who hit a one-out bloop single, was doubled up when Mateo ran down a fly in short center.

“We want to be aggressive. We took a gamble on it,” said O’Neill, who is hitting .200.

Trey Mancini singled twice and has a hit in eight of nine games since returning from bruised ribs on May 3.

TOP TEN

With his start at first base against Baltimore, Albert Pujols played in the 2,987th game, passing Barry Bonds for 10th place. Pujols went 0-for-1 with walk and remains three hits shy from tying Eddie Collins for 10th at 3,313 hits.

HOME RUNS

The Cardinals have homered in eight consecutive games. That’s the longest active streak in baseball and tied with Atlanta and Houston for the longest in MLB this season.

DAY OFF

Cardinals CF Harrison Bader and C Yadier Molina had the day off. Carlson moved from right to start at center and Andrew Knizner caught.

ROSTER MOVES

Orioles: Selected the contract of RHP Denyi Reyes from Norfolk. His first appearance will be his major league debut. RHP Travis Lakins Sr. and LHP Paul Fry were optioned to the Triple-A team.

Cardinals: Activated INF Edmundo Sosa from the 10-day injured list. In two injury rehab games with Double-A Springfield, Sosa went 3 for 8 with a hit-by-pitch and played shortstop. In 10 games this season with the Cardinals, Sosa is batting .160. … INF Kramer Robertson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Robertson, the son of LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, appeared in two games after getting called up on May 10.

WAINWRIGHT BACK

RHP Adam Wainwright, 40, threw a bullpen session Thursday and could start Sunday against San Francisco. He was placed on the COVID-19 IL on May 6, two days after he started at Kansas City.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: Transferred RHP Chris Ellis (shoulder) to the 60-Day injured list. Ellis, 29, underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in early May and will miss the remainder of the season. … INF Ryan Mountcastle (wrist) missed his second consecutive game. … Ramon Urias (abdominal discomfort) missed his fourth successive game.

Cardinals: RHP Drew Verhagen (right hip) was set to make his second rehab start Thusday night at Double-A Springfield.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Jordan Lyles (2-5, 4.05) is to start a series opener at Detroit on Friday. Lyles allowed four runs – two earned – and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings against Kansas City on Sunday.

Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks (1-2, 3.78) is slated to start in Friday’s series opener against Francisco. Hicks has not gone longer than 4 1/3 innings in six starts this season.

Altuve, Tucker HR, Astros swamp Twins to complete suspension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Altuve homered, doubled and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros piled on when play resumed, beating the Minnesota Twins 11-3 Thursday in the completion of a suspended game.

The Astros led 5-1 after three innings on Wednesday night when the game was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning. The teams were to play their regularly scheduled game later Thursday.

Twins manger Rocco Baldelli was back in the dugout on Thursday after missing a week due to COVID-19. Bench coach Jayce Tingler had been running the team in his absence.

Kyle Tucker also homered and Jeremy Pena had two hits and drove in three runs for the Astros, who have taken the first two games of the series.

Bryan Abreu (2-0) earned the victory in relief of Jose Urquidy, who gave up one run over three innings before the game was suspended. Abreu allowed one run and struck out four in two innings pitched.

Chris Archer (0-1) gave up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.

When play restarted, the Twins closed to 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by Mark Contreras, who was making his major league debut.

But Houston quickly blew it open with a six-run sixth. The barrage started with Tucker’s solo homer, a high fly to right field. After Pena struck out, the next six batters reached base. Jose Siri and Martin Maldonado singled off Yennier Cano, who had come on in the fourth in relief of Archer.

Cano was replaced by Cody Stashak, who gave up consecutive doubles to Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman. Yordan Alvarez singled and Tucker capped the burst with an RBI single.

FLASH-BACK

Twins utilityman Nick Gordon, son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, made his first major league appearance on the mound in the ninth inning. He gave up a single to Pena, but retired Tucker on a popup and Siri and Maldonado on infield grounders.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: INF Luis Arraez was activated from the COVID-19 IL before the start of Thursday’s scheduled game.

UP NEXT

Astros: Houston will send RHP Luis Garcia (3-1, 3.45 ERA) to the mound to face the Twins in Thursday’s scheduled game. In his most recent start, Garcia allowed one earned run and two hits while fanning nine in seven innings against Detroit.

Twins: Minnesota will counter with RHP Josh Winder (2-0, 1.61), who has pitched six innings and allowed zero earned runs in each of his two major league starts. He struck out eight and walked none in a win over the A’s on May 6.

Brown hits go-ahead HR in 8th, A’s take 4 of 5 from Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Seth Brown hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Thursday.

Michael Fulmer (1-2) got the first two outs of the eighth, but Jed Lowrie drew a walk and Brown homered to right on a 92-mph fastball. The Tigers have lost nine of 10.

“I felt my top hand was leaking out on my first couple at-bats,” said Brown, who had gone 0 for 3 with a strikeout before the homer. “I just wanted to keep everything tight and try to put a good swing on something.”

Oakland came to Comerica Park this week with a nine-game losing streak, but won four times in an unusual five-game series. The Athletics’ only loss came when they were the official home team in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader – a game they were originally supposed to host before the season’s first series was postponed by the lockout.

“Coming here on Sunday night, I think we were all pretty frustrated with how we were playing,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “The guys made some adjustments and it obviously paid off. It feels good to be back on track.”

A.J. Puk (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for his first win since topping Kansas City on Sept. 17, 2019. He missed the 2020 season with shoulder issues and was limited to 13 1/3 innings in 2021.

“A.J. has been phenomenal – he’s pitching as well as he has since he was drafted,” Kotsay said. “We talked throughout spring training about my expectations and the progress he needed to show to stay here, and he’s done everything I’ve asked.”

Dany Jimenez pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six opportunities.

Miguel Cabera made it 3-all in the Detroit sixth with his 601st career double, tying Barry Bonds for 17th all-time. Jeimer Candelario opened the inning with a triple off Domingo Acevedo and scored on Cabrera’s 3,014th career hit.

Oakland starter James Kaprielian allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings.

“I didn’t have my best stuff, which hurt the team today, but the guys picked me up,” he said. “That’s what I expect from this group. I never doubted that, as bad as things got last week.”

After beating the Tigers by a combined 13-1 in the previous two games, Oakland took a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the series finale. Tony Kemp led off with a single and stole second, Shelden Neuse walked and Lowrie hit an RBI single.

An out later, Ramon Laureano hit a bouncer back to the mound, but pitcher Beau Brieske misplayed it to load the bases and Christian Bethancourt followed with a two-run double.

Brieske, though, didn’t allow another run, giving up four hits and three walks in six innings.

“I felt a lot better later in the game than I did early, so that’s something to build on,” he said. “I need to just stay loose and have fun. I get myself in trouble when I try to be fine.”

Detroit put together a rally in the fifth. With one out, Willi Castro singled and Spencer Torkelson walked. Tucker Barnhart followed with an RBI double and Robbie Grossman’s groundout scored Torkelson to make it 3-2.

“We had a bad start and a bad finish to the game, but we did show some life in the middle,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s just another way to lose.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Victor Reyes (quad strain) went 3 for 4 with a homer and three runs scored in a rehab appearance Wednesday night with Triple-A Toledo.

TOUGH MONTH

Detroit is 2-10 in May with both wins coming in doubleheaders. They haven’t won a game without losing on the same day since a 5-1 win over the Dodgers on April 30.

MOVING UP THE LISTS

Cabrera is six hits behind Rafael Palmeiro for 29th place on the career list. It was also his 1,121st extra-base hit, moving him ahead of George Brett for sole possession of 18th place, one behind Manny Ramirez.

SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST

The Tigers’ 9-23 record is the same as last season’s after 32 games. A year ago, they went 68-62 in their final 130 games to finish with a respectable 77-85 record.

“I don’t care about last year,” Hinch said. “Everybody wants an analysis, but I’ve got to figure out how to beat the Orioles tomorrow. We’re sick of losing.”

UP NEXT

Oakland: The Athletics will head home for a four-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels, including their second doubleheader of the week on Saturday. Daulton Jeffries (1-5, 5.22) will start the opener while the Angels have not announced their rotation.

Detroit: The Tigers remain home for a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 4.50) will pitch Friday’s opener against Baltimore’s Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.50).

Álvarez HRs twice, Astros top Twins 5-0, win 10th straight

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Luis Garcia and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter, Yordan Alvarez homered twice and Jeremy Pena capped a big day with three hits as the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Houston completed a three-game sweep. Before the regularly scheduled game, the teams completed a game suspended after three innings on Wednesday night due to severe weather. Jose Altuve homered, doubled and drove in three runs in an 11-3 victory.

Pena had two hits and drove in three runs in the first game, giving the Astros shortstop 20 RBIs, most among rookies. He left the second game in the fourth inning with what appeared to be a minor knee injury.

Alvarez drove a pitch from Josh Winder (2-1) over the wall in center field to give the Astros a 3-0 lead in the third inning. His second homer of the day and 10th this season came in the ninth off rCole Sands.

Garcia (3-1) gave up five hits and two walks while striking out nine in five innings to win his second consecutive start. Seth Martinez, Blake Taylor and Rafael Montero worked the final four innings, limiting the slumping Twins on two hits. Minnesota has scored just 10 runs in six games since shortstop Carlos Correa injured a finger.

The Astros led 5-1 after three innings on Wednesday night when the game was suspended due to heavy rain and lightning.

Twins manger Rocco Baldelli was back in the dugout on Thursday after missing a week due to COVID-19. Bench coach Jayce Tingler had been running the team in his absence.

Kyle Tucker also homered for the Astros. Bryan Abreu (2-0) earned the victory in relief of Jose Urquidy, who gave up one run over three innings before the game was suspended. Abreu allowed one run and struck out four in two innings pitched.

Chris Archer (0-1) gave up four earned runs on five hits and three walks in three innings.

When play restarted, the Twins closed to 5-2 on a sacrifice fly by Mark Contreras, who was making his major league debut.

But Houston quickly blew it open with a six-run sixth. The barrage started with Tucker’s solo homer, a high fly to right field. After Pena struck out, the next six batters reached base. Jose Siri and Martin Maldonado singled off Yennier Cano, who had come on in the fourth in relief of Archer.

Cano was replaced by Cody Stashak, who gave up consecutive doubles to Altuve, Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman. Alvarez singled and Tucker capped the burst with an RBI single.

FLASH-BACK

Twins utilityman Nick Gordon, son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, made his first major league appearance on the mound in the ninth inning. He gave up a single to Pena, but retired Tucker on a popup and Siri and Maldonado on infield grounders.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: Pena is listed as day-to-day with right knee discomfort.

Twins: INF Luis Arraez was activated from the COVID-19 IL before the start of Thursday’s scheduled game.

UP NEXT

Astros: Houston had not announced a starting pitcher for Friday’s opener of a three-game series at Washington

Twins: Minnesota will send Sonny Gray (0-1, 3.48) to the mound Friday as the Twins host the Cleveland Guardians. Gray struck out seven in four scoreless innings against Oakland in his latest start.

Walker, Mets cruise past Nats 4-1, win another series

WASHINGTON (AP) Taijuan Walker stood astride Juan Soto after tagging him out during a collision at third base that the Washington Nationals slugger felt was more violent than it needed to be.

Walker and the New York Mets are punishing the NL East.

Walker pitched seven innings of no-fuss, scoreless ball, and the Mets remained unbeaten in 10 series this season, cruising past the sloppy Nationals 4-1 on Thursday.

The burly right-hander tagged Soto at third after the Nationals’ best hitter made an elementary baserunning gaffe, getting himself into a rundown after Josh Bell hit a grounder to the left side. Soto slid into Walker’s forearm a few feet in front of the bag and argued for an obstruction call, but Walker already had the ball when Soto got there.

“It was unexpected. I got a little mad because it was a rundown and I didn’t think he was going to slide into me,” Walker said. “Smart play, I guess, the guy was going to second, but in the moment I wasn’t too happy about it.”

After tagging Soto, Walker threw wildly to second base, and right fielder Starling Marte threw back to third to nail Bell and end the Nationals’ best chance to rally.

“Things like that, when we’re behind like that, those are not good baserunning decisions,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “We need to make better decisions.”

Mark Canha went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs for the first-place Mets, who took two of three from the last-place Nationals. New York has won nine series and split one, and hasn’t lost two straight games in a month.

“We have a hitter of the day. We give the award out when we come in,” Canha said. “Today it was me, and then, what’s cool about this team is, I feel like, I’m pretty sure all our hitters have won the award at some point this year. … Someone always is the hero, and that’s been the coolest part of this year.”

Walker (1-0) allowed three hits, walked one and threw 85 pitches in the longest of his four starts this season, which was interrupted by a stint on the injured list with right shoulder bursitis.

Seth Lugo struck out two in the eighth and Edwin Diaz allowed Soto’s two-out homer in the ninth before retiring Bell to complete the four-hitter.

Soto said he was at fault on the rundown play, which came after he opened the fourth inning with a double off the wall in right-center.

“I was just caught in the middle of nothing,” he said. “I tried to slide. I didn’t try to hurt him or anything like that. He’s got to give me room to at least slide on the base.”

The Mets only managed five hits, but they went ahead 2-0 in the first inning on Canha’s bases-loaded single. New York took advantage of wild Nationals starter Joan Adon (1-6), who walked five of the first 10 batters he faced.

Tomas Nido added a run-scoring single with two outs in the fourth that chased Adon, who also hit J.D. Davis in the back with a fastball – the 24th time a Mets batter has been hit this season, which leads the majors.

“For what it’s worth, he gave us 80-something pitches,” Martinez said of his rookie starter. “It could have been even uglier than that. It could have destroyed our bullpen for the weekend. But he battled as far as he could battle.”

Canha homered in the ninth off Steve Cishek.

ROSTER MOVE

Needing a long relief option, the Mets recalled right-hander Jake Reed from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned righty Stephen Nogosek, who threw three hitless innings Wednesday night.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: C James McCann was held out of the lineup with a sore left wrist.

Nationals: SS Alcides Escobar missed a third straight game with infection under the nail on his left index finger. Martinez said the finger has been drained multiple times but Escobar is not expected to go on the injured list.

UP NEXT

Mets: Return home to face Seattle on Friday with Max Scherzer (4-1, 2.92 ERA) starting against the Mariners’ Marco Gonzales (1-4, 3.91).

Nationals: Josiah Gray (4-2, 3.45) starts the opener of a weekend series against Houston.

Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy arrested in domestic-violence case

DENVER (AP) Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested Thursday on a domestic violence-related charge in suburban Denver and was being held at the Arapahoe County Jail, which is next to the team’s training complex.

Jeudy, the Broncos’ first-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2020, was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown called a news conference for Thursday evening to discuss the case.

Here’s what was known ahead of that news conference:

–Jeudy was arrested around midday during a “call for service,” sheriff’s spokesman Deputy John Bartmann said.

–The report on the incident that led to Jeudy’s arrest could not be released Thursday because the case was still under investigation, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Ginger Delgado.

–Delgado said domestic violence enhancers are added to cases when the victim is someone who either had or has an intimate relationship with a defendant. Because of the domestic violence enhancer, Jeudy couldn’t be released on bond until appearing before a judge, she said.

Messages were left for Jeudy’s representatives, and the team issued a statement saying it was “in the process of gathering more information.”

Jeudy, 23, was the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft but has largely been a disappointment in the pros.

He had a propensity for drops his rookie year when he caught 52 passes out of 113 targets for 856 yards and three touchdowns. He sustained a high ankle sprain in the 2021 opener and finished with just 38 catches for 467 yards and zero touchdowns last year.

“There are things you can control and things you can’t control. Those first two years are gone now, so I’m just focused on this year,” Jeudy said last week during a break in the Broncos’ offseason training program.

Jeudy also spoke about the recent birth of his second daughter and he said he was aiming for a bounce-back season this year under new coach Nathaniel Hackett and newly acquired QB Russell Wilson.

Rams to host Bills to open NFL season; Broncos at Seattle

(AP) — To the Super Bowl winner goes the spoils of opening the entire schedule at home.

So the Los Angeles Rams will host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, Sept. 8, to begin the 2022 season.

It’s a juicy matchup of the team generally considered the title favorite by oddsmakers in the Bills traveling to SoFi Stadium, where the Rams won the championship over Cincinnati in February.

The Bengals are home to their division rivals, the Steelers, on Sunday, Sept. 11 when all but two other teams get started. Those two clubs playing on Monday night also offer an enticing storyline: Russell Wilson bringing his Broncos to Seattle. The Seahawks traded their longtime quarterback to Denver in the offseason.

Sunday’s prime-time game features Tom Brady – unless he retires again before September – and the Buccaneers at Dallas. Brady’s decision to unretire after a short hiatus forced NFL schedule makers to scramble and redo some of the game slots.

The rest of the opening Sunday has some eye-opening matches, such as Jacksonville, with new coach Doug Pederson, at Washington, with new quarterback Carson Wentz. Pederson coached Wentz in Philadelphia and won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, although Nick Foles was behind center with Wentz injured.

Several key division matchups are on tap for Sept. 11: New Orleans at Atlanta, Indianapolis at Houston, New England at Miami, Las Vegas at the Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay at Minnesota.

“Expecting to have an unbelievable crowd there,” Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell told the Vikings’ website. “I’ve talked a lot about being on that visitor’s sideline, so I know what the Packers will be in store for on opening weekend. I expect to see a stadium full of purple. It’s a great opportunity for us and a challenge.

“What a way to start your season – a challenge but also a great way to kick-start what is hopefully going to be a great 2022.”

Also, it will be Cleveland at Carolina, San Francisco at Chicago, Philadelphia at Detroit, Baltimore at the New York Jets, Kansas City at Arizona, and the New York Giants at Tennessee.

Teams that will open on the road and will be home in Week 2 include Kansas City hosting the Chargers in the first Amazon Prime Video game on Thursday night. Also, it will be Miami at Baltimore, the New York Jets at Cleveland, Indianapolis at Jacksonville, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Carolina at the New York Giants, New England at Pittsburgh, Seattle at San Francisco, Houston at Denver, Arizona at Las Vegas, Chicago at Green Bay at night, Tennessee at Buffalo on Monday night, followed by Minnesota at Philadelphia.

Finally playing at home in Week 3 will be Indianapolis against Kansas City, Minnesota against Detroit, New England vs. Baltimore, and Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay, with Brady facing Aaron Rodgers.

The remainder of the entire schedule will be released later Thursday evening.

Previously revealed was that one of the Christmas Day tripleheader games, Denver at the Rams, will be televised by Nickelodeon as well as CBS. Slime, anyone?

Another twist will have that doubleheader on the second Monday night of the schedule – with an overlap. On Sept. 19, the Titans at Buffalo starts 7:15 p.m. EDT. At 8:30 p.m., Minnesota takes on the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Previously announced were the international games:

-Nov. 13, the first regular-season NFL game in Germany, Tampa Bay vs. Seattle in Munich.

-Oct. 9, Green Bay becomes the final team to play in Europe, facing the Giants at the home of Premier League soccer team Tottenham in London. The previous week, Minnesota plays New Orleans there.

-Oct. 30, Wembley Stadium will host the Broncos against the Jaguars.

-Nov. 21, San Francisco and Arizona at Mexico City.

Top pick Travon Walker signing $37.4M contract with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) No. 1 overall draft pick Travon Walker and the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms Thursday on a four-year, $37.4 million contract that includes a $24.4 million signing bonus.

Walker’s deal is fully guaranteed and includes a team option for a fifth year, both standard for NFL first-round picks. He’s expected to sign the deal later Thursday, one day before the Jaguars begin a rookie minicamp.

He’s the 10th first-rounder from the 2022 draft under contract, including four of the first six selections. He will count $6.8 million against the team’s salary cap this fall.

The Georgia pass rusher rose up draft boards following an impressive combine and landed in Jacksonville to play opposite 2018 Pro Bowl alternate Josh Allen.

The Jaguars chose the 6-foot-5, 272-pound Georgia native over Michigan star Aidan Hutchinson, who set a school record with 14 sacks in 2021 and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting. The team later added a pair of inside linebackers, Devin Lloyd and Chad Muma, in hopes of improving a defense that ranked 20th in the league in yards allowed in 2021 and gave up nearly 27 points a game.

Picking Walker, though, wasn’t nearly the slam dunk that drafting quarterback Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 was a year ago. Critics argued that Hutchinson was the more polished product and pointed to Walker’s limited college numbers. He had 9+ sacks in three years in Athens, including six during last season’s national championship run.

But Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke and coach Doug Pederson see a more versatile player in Walker, who logged snaps at defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker in Georgia’s vaunted defense last fall. His highlights include more than sacks; he stops the run, tackles speedy receivers in the open field and tips passes that lead to interceptions.

He bided his time as a backup for two years with the Bulldogs and started to blossom as a junior. He started all 15 games in 2021, finishing with 37 tackles, including 7+ for a loss, and two pass breakups.

The Jaguars plan to take it slow with Walker, letting him learn the outside linebacker position before shuffling him to other spots along the defensive front.

Matthews, McDavid, Shesterkin are finalists for Hart Trophy

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid are two of the finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy, the NHL’s most valuable player award.

New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin is also in contention for the prize awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.”

Matthews, who earned this season’s Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal-scorer, had career highs with 60 goals and 46 assists.

He became the 21st different player in NHL history – and first in a decade – to score 60 goals in a season.

McDavid, who earned the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer this season, also established career highs with 44 goals and 79 assists.

The reigning Hart Trophy winner, McDavid never went more than three games without a point.

Shesterkin, who earlier this week was selected as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, as the NHL’s best goaltender, had a 2.07 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and six shutouts.

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike not running in Preakness

(AP) — Rich Strike will not run in the Preakness after his major upset to win the Kentucky Derby, keeping horse racing from having a Triple Crown winner for a fourth consecutive year.

Owner Rich Dawson made the stunning announcement Thursday, 10 days before the race in Maryland.

Dawson said he and trainer Eric Reed agreed to stick with the initial plan for Rich Strike and rest him for five weeks. Rich Strike, at 80-1, was the biggest long shot to win the Derby in more than a century. Only Donerail in 1913 paid more to win.

The plan now is to have Rich Strike ready to run in the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 11. Dawson said it was wise for the colt to get extra rest and not face a short, two-week turnaround at Pimlico.

“It’s very, very tempting to alter our course and run in the Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a great honor for all our group,” Dawson said in a news release. “However, after much discussion and consideration . we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie.

“We thank the wonderful Preakness and Pimlico folks that have reached out and very much appreciate the invite.”

Reed did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Rich Strike was not expected to be the morning-line favorite for the Preakness, with Derby runner-up Epicenter and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath set to be part of the field. He could have been the first Derby winner not to go off as the Preakness favorite at post time since 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

With Rich Strike’s surprise withdrawal, the Preakness will go on without the official Derby champion for the second time in four years. Country House and disqualified winner Maximum Security skipped the race in 2019.

Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit finished third in the 2021 Preakness after testing positive following the Derby for a substance not allowed on race day. Mandaloun, who was elevated to the 2021 Derby win long after Medina Spirit tested positive, did not run in the Preakness last year.

Rich Strike’s incredible charge past the leaders down the stretch at Churchill Downs after being initially left out of the Derby field became one of the biggest upsets in sports. The owners, trainer Reed and jockey Sonny Leon had all never won the race.

Adding to the impressive tale, Rich Strike had won only once before and had been claimed for $30,000 – pennies in racing and unlikely for Derby-caliber horses.

Neither Reed nor the Maryland Jockey Club immediately responded to messages from the AP seeking comment.

With Rich Strike pointing to the Belmont, the Preakness appears to be a wide-open race among horses back from the Derby, potentially including Zandon and fourth-place finisher Simplification. Trainer Chad Brown, who saddles Zandon, is also expected to enter Early Voting.

Horse racing has had two recent Triple Crown winners: American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018. Each was trained by Baffert, who is currently serving a suspension in Kentucky for medication violations that is being observed in Maryland and elsewhere. Baffert transferred Derby horses Taiba and Messier to former assistant Tim Yakteen.

Neither is expected to run in the Preakness.

Longtime Baffert friend D. Wayne Lukas confirmed Wednesday that filly Secret Oath would run in the Preakness and decided to pick a different race next Saturday for Ethereal Road – the horse that was scratched to make room in the Derby for Rich Strike.

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Baseball Gameday: host Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – This weekend in the Big Ten will go a long way in clarifying or distorting the Big Ten Tournament picture as all but one conference series pits a top-8 team against one looking to get into the playoff picture, including the Indiana baseball program hosting Minnesota for three games at Bart Kaufman Field.

Saturday’s (May 14) game time has been shifted to 4 p.m. and will not be televised on the Big Ten Network. Prior to that contest, the program will honor its seniors as part of a pregame ceremony.

Indiana (22-26, 8-10 B1G) sits in the No. 7 spot in the standings and enters its final home series of the season winners of its last three Big Ten series: vs. Nebraska, vs. Illinois and at Michigan. The Hoosiers are being powered by a trio of freshmen, Carter Mathison, Josh Pyne and Brock Tibbitts. They are looking to etch their place in the record books as the first trio of rookies to drive in 40-plus RBIs in the same season in program history.

For Minnesota (14-31, 4-14 B1G), the Gophers enter off of just the second series win of the season and first since mid-March. UM took the final two games from Nebraska in Minneapolis last weekend and will be searching for its first true-road victory since the season opener. The Golden Gophers are not eliminated from tournament contention, either, entering the last weekend needing some wins to get close to a trip to the Big Ten Tournament.

Gameday Info

Friday, May 13, 2022

IU: Jack Perkins, RHP, R-Jr.

UM: Richie Holetz, RHP, Sr.

Live Video: bit.ly/3yz0iGa

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Saturday, May 14, 2022

IU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, Sr.

UM: Tom Skoro, LHP, R-Sr.

TV: Big Ten Network

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Sunday, May 15, 2022

IU: TBA

UM: Aidan Maldonado, RHP, R-Jr.

Live Video: bit.ly/3yuPitn

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Quick Hitters

Indiana and Minnesota will meet for the sixth straight conference season over the weekend, with IU winning seven of the last eight meetings.

Freshman Carter Mathison became IU’s freshman home run leader with his 15th longballl of the season at Michigan. The mark is the second highest total in B1G history for a freshman.

Mathison and fellow freshman Josh Pyne sits No. 2 among Big Ten freshmen in RBIs (44) and teammate Brock Tibbitts is close to joining the 40 RBI club, as well.

Mathison is riding a 15-game reached base streak entering the weekend versus Minnesota. It is the second streak of 15 games for the rookies in 2022.

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis and freshman Carter Mathison are tied at No. 2 on the Big Ten home run charts, with their 15 longballs sitting No. 34 nationally.

Indiana’s pitching staff is on pace to become one of the most productive strikeout units in program history. The 2022 staff already ranks No. 3 on the single season charts.

Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 8 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score on the year.

Indiana had three alums on MLB rosters to start 2022 and saw a school-standard four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 94 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Scouting the Opponents

Minnesota enters with a 14-31 overall mark and a 4-14 record in the Big Ten.

The Gophers are coming off the first winning weekend since March as it took two of three games from Nebraska at home.

On the road this season, Minnesota is just 1-16 with a 1-2 record at a neutral site. The lone road win came in the season opener at FAU.

Brett Bateman leads the offense with a .321 average, 59 hits, 35 runs scored and 18 stolen bases, while Jack Kelly owns a team-best 37 RBIs.

Chase Stake provides the power with 10 home runs and 14 doubles to go along with 33 RBIs.

Aidan Maldonado is the lone starting pitcher from the opening weekend rotation that is still in the weekend role. He owns a 4.06 ERA over 62 innings of work.

The pitching staff is having a similar year to IU, as they walk the second most batters in the conference and rank middle of the pack in most other categories.

Series Notes

The all-time series includes 165 previous meetings, with Minnesota leading on the ledger, 111-54.

Indiana has won seven of the last eight meetings, including five straight entering the weekend.

The two programs will meet for the sixth straight conference season, dating back to 2016.

IU and UM met in the opening weekend of the season in 2021 in Minneapolis as part of a three-team pod with Rutgers, before a three-game series in Bloomington in late April. IU won all five meetings.

The longest winning streaks belong to Minnesota at 15 and 12 straight. The 15-game streak stretched from 1964-72 and the 12-game streak went from 1974-88.

IU has won the last four series in Bloomington.

Purdue Set for Crucial Series vs. NU in Chicagoland

GAMEDAY INFORMATION

Purdue (27-16, 7-9 B1G) at Northwestern (21-23, 7-11 B1G)

Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 / Watch B1G+

Series Opener: Friday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Middle Game: Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. ET

Series Finale: Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. ET

Rocky & Berenice Miller Park / Evanston, Illinois

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Friday: CJ Backer (So, RHP) vs. NU’s Sean Sullivan (Fr, LHP)

Saturday: Wyatt Wendell (R-Jr, RHP) vs. NU’s Michael Farinelli (Grad, RHP)

Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs. NU’s Grant Comstock (Fr, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY

All-Time: Northwestern leads 116-95-2

All-Time in Evanston: Purdue leads 53-49-1

Last Series: Purdue won 2 of 3 in Evanston (March 2019)

First Meeting: Northwestern 10, Purdue 3 (1900 in Evanston)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As the Big Ten Tournament chase nears its climax, Purdue baseball faces what amounts to a make-or-break series at Northwestern, with the winner earning the inside track to a berth in Omaha.

First pitch at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park in Evanston is slated for 4:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (all times ET). Due to a COVID-19 pause for the Wildcats in early May last season, Northwestern was the only Big Ten team the Boilermakers did not play during 2021’s unique conference-only 42-game schedule.

Purdue has not played NU since the opening weekend of the 2019 Big Ten season. The Boilermakers have played 130 games vs. 37 different teams since their last series with Northwestern.

While Purdue did not win its series last weekend in Iowa City, by going 3-3 vs. Michigan and Iowa – which were a combined 16-8 in Big Ten play as of April 29 – the Boilermakers kept themselves relevant in the Big Ten Tournament chase. They also got some help from the teams at the bottom of the standings last weekend. Ohio State scored 45 runs in its sweep at Northwestern and Minnesota rallied to take two of three vs. Nebraska. Penn State’s sweep of Michigan State in Happy Valley also helped Purdue’s cause.

With Purdue and Northwestern playing each other this weekend coupled with Nebraska having to play at Illinois (14-3 at home) before hosting Michigan State next weekend, the winner of the Purdue-NU series is likely to move into the driver’s seat among those four teams for a berth in the Big Ten Tournament.

If the Boilermakers can go 3-3 over the next two weekends, with at least two of those wins coming this weekend in Evanston, it should be enough for a return trip to Omaha for the conference tournament. If they lose two of three this weekend, they’ll likely need some help around the league next weekend while also potentially needing multiple wins against a Maryland (38-10) team with the best overall record in the league.

WEEKEND NUMBER 8 OF BIG TEN PLAY

Conference records in parentheses

• Purdue (7-9) at Northwestern (7-11)

• Nebraska (7-11) at Illinois (12-6)

• Minnesota (4-14) at Indiana (8-10)

• Maryland (13-5) at Michigan (10-8)

• Iowa (12-6) at Michigan State (6-12)

• Penn State (10-8) at Ohio State (6-13)

• Bowling Green at Rutgers (16-5) – Non-Conference

FINAL WEEKEND OF BIG TEN/REGULAR SEASON (May 19-21)

• Maryland at Purdue

• Northwestern at Minnesota

• Michigan State at Nebraska

• Rutgers at Michigan

• Indiana at Iowa

• Illinois at Penn State

• USC Upstate at Ohio State

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHASE OPPONENT BREAKDOWN

Top 4 of the 7 would qualify for Big Ten Tournament

• Penn State (10-8): at Ohio State (6-13), Illinois (12-6) – Combined: 18-19 (.486)

• Michigan (10-8): at Maryland (13-5), Rutgers (16-5) – Combined: 29-10 (.744)

• Indiana (8-10): Minnesota (4-14), at Iowa (12-6) – Combined: 16-20 (.444)

• Purdue (7-9): at Northwestern (7-11), Maryland (13-5) – Combined: 20-16 (.555)

• Northwestern (7-8): Purdue (7-9), at Minnesota (4-14) – Combined: 11-23 (.324)

• Nebraska (7-11): at Illinois (12-6), Michigan State (6-12) – Combined: 18-18 (.500)

• Michigan State (6-12): Iowa (12-6), at Nebraska (7-11) – Combined: 19-17 (.528)

PLAYING CLOSE(R) TO HOME

Purdue has eight players with hometowns that are within 100 miles of Evanston. Six of the eight players are the on travel roster this weekend…

• Ryan Howe – Mount Prospect

• Mike Bolton Jr. & Cam Hill – Chicago’s South Side

• Ricky Castro – Naperville

• Carter Doorn & Ty Gill – Northwest Indiana

• Paul Toetz & Evan Albrecht – Milwaukee Suburbs of Greendale & West Bend

PURDUE NOTABLES

• Purdue stole its 100th base of the season Tuesday vs. Butler and with 102 steals is now only four shy of the program record (106) from 2000.

• Cam Thompson is riding a 43-game on-base streak, reaching base safely in every game this season. It is believed to be the third longest active streak in the country.

• Troy Viola is riding a 15-game on-base streak in Big Ten play dating back to April 1 at Illinois. Viola’s .421 batting average and .554 on-base percentage in Big Ten play are both No. 2 in the league.

• The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with a .988 fielding percentage in conference play.

• Khal Stephen has struck out 11 of the 18 batters faced (61%) over 4 2/3 innings inning in his last two appearances. In the outings vs. Iowa and Butler, he struck out at least five and at least half of the batters he faced. He became the ninth active Boilermaker with an outing with at least 5 Ks while striking at least half the batters he faced. Purdue has posted 10 such outings dating back to the start of the 2021 campaign. From 2005 to 2020, the Boilermakers only had seven such outings.

Purdue Men’s Golf Ready for NCAA Regionals at PGA National Resort

TOURNAMENT INFO

May 16-18, 2022 Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

PGA National Resort – Champions Course

7,048 yards | Par 72

ADMISSION: FREE TO ALL SPECTATORS

THE TEAMS (In Seed Order)

Rk.    Team                     Head-to-Head

3.       Vanderbilt                     0-0-0

10.     Florida                          0-2-0

15.     Notre Dame                  1-0-0

22.     Florida State                 1-0-0

26.     PURDUE

34.     New Mexico                  0-1-0

40.     South Florida                0-1-0

45.     Little Rock                     0-0-0

53.     College of Charleston    1-1-0

60.      Indiana                          2-2-0

66.      San Diego                     0-0-0

117.    Davidson                       0-0-0

172.     Loyola Maryland           0-0-0

179.     Charleston Southern    0-0-0

Purdue Aims to Return to NCAA Championships

• Purdue heads to the Sunshine State for the second time in its last three regional appearances, when it heads to PGA National Resort and the Champion Course for the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional.

• The Boilermakers are in search of its fourth NCAA Championships appearance in the last eight tournaments. The top-five finishers from the regional will advance to the Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, on May 27 to June 1, for the NCAA Championships.

• Purdue was awarded the No. 5 seed in the regional, and is 5-7-0 against teams in the field.

• Purdue is one of six Big Ten teams to advance to regionals, joined by Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Northwestern.

Purdue on Record-Breaking Run

• Purdue will play in its seventh NCAA Regional in the last eight chances after missing Regionals last season — although we contend that Purdue would have played in Regionals if it played in the fall season of 2020. It’s the best stretch for the Boilermaker program since the 50s and 60s.

• Purdue made 19 straight NCAA Championship appearances from 1949 to 1967, winning the National Championship in 1961.

The Underdog Role Fits Well

• In five of the six previous years, Purdue has exceeded their seeding expectations at NCAA Regionals advancing to the NCAA Championships three times and losing in a playoff once in the process. Now in 2022, Purdue hopes to play to its seed or beyond to reach its fourth National Championship in eight years.

Year     Seed     Finish         Score             Site                                 

2014      8th          3rd              894               Suger Grove, Illinois

2015     10th        T-5th            847                Lubbock, Texas

2016      6th           5th             910                Stillwater, Oklahoma

2017      7th           5th             882                West Lafayette, Indiana

2018      7th           9th             853                Kissimmee, Florida

2019      10th        T-9th           832                Pullman, Washington

2021       5th                                                  Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Current Players in NCAA Competition

• Cole Bradley

2018     Kissimmee, Fla.             75-70-70=215         -1             T-32

2019     Pullman, Wash.              68-70-67=205         -5             T-24

2021     Noblesville, Ind. (Ind.)    72-69-65=206         -10            1

2021     Scottsdale, Ariz. (Ind.)    66-73-75-75=289    +9            T-39

• Andrew Farraye

2019     Pullman, Wash.               XXX-71-73=144     +4              —

• Joe Weiler

2019     Pullman, Wash.                72-74-XXX=146     +6             —

2021     Noblesville, Ind. (Ind.)      70-72-71=213         -3             T-10

Boilermaker Notes

• Purdue’s three NCAA Championship appearances since 2014 are the second most in the Big Ten (Illinois – 7; Purdue – 3; Northwestern, Penn State – 1).

• Purdue had three All-Big Ten honors (Sekne, Weiler – 1st team; Bradley – 2nd team) for the first time since the 1981 squad had five All-Big Ten honorees. The two first-team honors are the most since 2000 (Chris Mayson, Lee Williamson).

• Purdue’s No. 26 Golfstat ranking is its highest entering the NCAA Regionals in 20 years (21st – 2002).

• Purdue’s No. 5 seed is its highest seeding in school history.

• Purdue’s 285.52 stroke average for 18 holes is the best mark in school history by over two-and-a-half strokes (288.19 – 2002).

• Five representatives have advanced in U.S. Open qualifying (Brian Carlson – 2018 grad; Benjamin Cai – incoming FR; Joe Weiler, Andrew Farraye and Herman Sekne).

Purdue Individual Notes

• Herman Sekne … 1st-team All-Big Ten (unanimous) … 2nd on single-season stroke average list (70.81) … 1-of-2 players in Purdue history with 3 career tournaments of 205 or better … 17 rounds of even-par or better, good for 8th in school history … nine rounds in the 60s this season.

• Joe Weiler … 1st-team All-Big Ten … 1-of-4 players in school history to earn two first-team All-Big Ten honors … 4th on single-season average list (71.63) … 73.05 career stroke average is 4th in school history … ranks 9th in school history with 11 career top-10 finishes … leads team in pars (314).

• Cole Bradley … 2nd-team All-Big Ten … 6th on single-season stroke average list (71.85) … 5th on career stroke average list (73.21) … will move into 2nd on career rounds played list (149), events list (50) and strokes list (10,688 currently) … 1-of-2 players in Purdue history with three career tournaments of 205 or better.

• Andrew Farraye … 3 straight top-20 showings … team-best T-9th at Big Ten Champs … 4 top-20 finishes … 10-of-24 rounds even- or under par.

• Nick Dentino … 7 rounds of par or better … 4 career top-20 showings … played on counting team in six of eight events this year.

• Peyton Snoeberger … 72.00 stroke average in 6 rounds … 3 rounds of even-par or better … two top-15 finishes in his two events played.

Weather Forecast

• Sunday, May 15 (Practice Round) — 87 degrees, Mostly Sunny, SSE wind 5-10 MPH

• Monday, May 16 (First Round) — 89 degrees, Mostly Sunny, SSW wind 5-10 MPH

• Tuesday, May 17 (Second Round) — 90 degrees, Mostly Sunny, W wind 10-15 MPH

• Wednesday, May 18 (Third Round) — 90 degrees, Mostly Sunny, WSW wind 10-15 MPH

Creighton to Host @ButlerUBaseball This Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler will travel to Omaha for the first time since 2016 to face the Creighton Bluejays this weekend. Friday’s game on FloSports has been moved up to a 12 PM start due to Kid’s Day at Charles Schwab Field. Saturday’s 7:30 first pitch will come under the lights in Omaha and stream on the Nebraska Public Media Network. Sunday’s getaway game will move back to FloSports and start at 1 PM.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 13 – 12 PM (Kid’s Day)

Saturday, May 14 – 7:30 PM (Military Day)

Sunday, May 15 – 1 PM (CU Senior Day)

All games played at Charles Schwab Field

Probable Starters

RHP Adrian Vega vs. RHP Dylan Tebrake

LHP Cole McDaniel vs. RHP Dominic Cancellieri

LHP Cory Bosecker vs. LHP Cade Lommel

Scouting Creighton

The Bluejays are 25-16 overall with a 10-5 record in BIG EAST action. They are 14-4 at home this season, but head into the weekend on a five-game losing streak. Omaha topped Creighton 5-3 on Tuesday night and the Bluejays were swept by #15 UConn last weekend. CU also took a 9-3 setback at Xavier on May 1.

2022 BIG EAST Preseason Pitcher of the Year Dylan Tebrake will try to get Creighton back on the right path. The right-hander is 6-2 on the mound this year with a 2.82 ERA. Alan Roden is another high profile player on the Creighton roster. The Preseason Player of the Year honoree is batting .392 in 2022 with 40 runs scored and 37 RBI. Second baseman Andrew Meggs Jr. and Paul Bergstrom also earned preseason honors for CU. Meggs is batting .324 and leads the club with 42 runs scored. Bergstrom has made 21 appearances out of the bullpen and holds a 4.71 ERA to go along with a 3-2 record.

First Time in a Long Time

The Bulldogs have not played a series in Omaha since 2016! Butler hosted the action in 2021, 2019 and 2017. The 2020 series was canceled due to COVID-19 and the 2018 series was moved to Roy E. Field in Edwardsville, Ill. due to weather.

Last Series vs. Creighton

Butler and Creighton were slated to play four games last year but heavy rain in the Indianapolis area knocked out the final two contests of the weekend series. The first game of the series was by far the best with Creighton edging Butler 11-10 in seven innings. CU would sweep a doubleheader on May 8 with an 8-2 win over the Bulldogs in game two.

BIG EAST Standings

UConn 14-1, 40-9

Creighton 10-5, 25-16

Xavier 9-6, 26-23

Georgetown 7-8, 28-19

Villanova 7-8, 17-24-1

St. John’s 5-8-1, 19-27-1

Seton Hall 4-10, 15-32

Butler 2-12-1, 18-30-1

Tournament Talk

The top four teams in the BIG EAST standings make up the tournament field in Mason, Ohio. The double elimination tournament will start on Thursday, May 26 at Prasco Park.

Grand Slam at Alexander Field

Aaron Steinhart hit a go-ahead grand slam at Purdue in the top of the third inning. Steinhart leads Butler with eight home runs this year. He is also tied for the team lead with seven multi-RBI games.

First One was a Good One

Adrian Vega’s first start of his collegiate career came last weekend at home against Xavier on May 7. The true freshman threw a season-high 98 pitches, covering 5.1 innings against the Musketeers. He stuck out seven and only issued one walk. Over his last three appearances, Vega as 14 strikeouts and just one walk (11.1 IP).

Hitting Streak

BU shortstop Travis Holt will take a six-game hitting streak into Nebraska this weekend. Holt led-off for Butler at Purdue and responded with a 2-for-4 game. He had a single in the third and a double in the fourth. Tuesday night was Holt’s 19th multi-hit game this year.

Pepiot Makes MLB Debut

Former Butler pitcher Ryan Pepiot made his MLB debut on Wednesday for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pepiot started against the Pirates and threw 77 pitches over three scoreless innings. Pepiot struck out the first batter he faced with a changeup and opened his big league career with a 94 MPH fastball down the middle of the plate.

Up Next

Butler’s final non-conference game of the 2022 season will be played on Tuesday, May 17 when the Bulldogs travel to Fort Wayne to play the Mastodons. First pitch is set for 3 PM.

Cardinals Host Bobcats for Final Regular Season Home Series

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returns to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for the last time during the regular season as Ohio comes to town. The Cardinals and Bobcats are scheduled to play a single game on Friday, May 13, a doubleheader on Saturday, May 14, and then a single game on Sunday, May 15.

Prior to Sunday’s game, BSU will honor its nine seniors for Senior Day. Adam Christianson, Jake Lewis, Max McKee, Andre Orselli, Nick Powell, Trenton Quartermaine, Tyler Ruetschle, Steven Washilewski, and Amir Wright will be recognized.

Ball State is coming off a 3-1 series win at Kent State. The Cardinals improved to 32-15 on the season and enter the weekend 26-5 in Mid-American Conference games. The Bobcats enter with an overall record of 24-19 and are 16-12 in league play.

Three-Peat Schweitzer

For the third time this season, Tyler Schweitzer was named MAC Pitcher of the Week. Schweitzer was phenomenal for the Cardinals in his lone start over the weekend against Kent State. He picked up a complete-game shutout and scattered just two hits. He finished with nine strikeouts and did not walk anyone. Opponents only hit .087 against him for the week. He improved to 8-2 on the season. For the season, he leads the team with eight wins and bolsters an 8-2 record. He has tallied a team-high 86 strikeouts in 70 innings of work. Opponents are hitting .186 against him. He bolsters an ERA of 2.19 and a WHIP of 1.01. Schweitzer is expected to get the start in game one against Ohio.

Triple “Cole”mination

Zach Cole leads the NCAA with eight triples on the season and that is more that 81 NCAA DI teams. He is tied for the single season record for triples in Ball State history. He currently leads the team with a .662 slugging percentage. He is second on the team with a .324 batting average and is second with nine home runs. He has scored 33 runs, driven in 31, stole six bases, and has hit four doubles.

The Wright Stuff

Earlier today, Amir Wright earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. Wright has reached base safely in 46 of the 47 games this season. He leads the team with 45 runs scored and leads the team with a .364 batting average. He is tied for second in the NCAA with six triples. He has 29 walks, 24 RBIs, nine stolen bases, nine doubles, and one home run. Wright is currently 12th in the nation as the toughest to strikeout and leads the MAC with a strikeout average of 14.7. He has struck out just 12 times in 176 at bats.

Maloney Magic        

Rich Maloney won his 900th game as a head coach at NIU earlier this season. He moved his win total to 909 after a 3-1 series at Kent State He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 120th in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 83rd among NCAA DI coaches all-time.

Power Bats

The Cardinal offense features 12 guys that have combined for 54 home runs. BSU is tied for 78th in the NCAA in home runs and is third in the MAC. The team has produced 299 RBIs and has produced 323 runs.

Above Average Hitters

Nick Powell has bolstered a .309 batting average. He is second on the team with 38 RBIs. Powell has scored 40 runs. He is second on the team in doubles with 11 and has hit three home runs. He has added three triples and has drawn 14 walks. Trenton Quartermaine is fourth on the team with a .299 batting average. He leads the team with 13 home runs and is tied for second in the MAC. He paces the team in RBIs with 51, which is tied for 65th in the nation and is second in the MAC. He has the second-best slugging percentage of the Ball State attack with a .580 mark. He is third on the team with 10 doubles. Quartermaine has been walked 29 times.

Kloser Klein   

Sam Klein solidified his role as a closer as he has nine saves, which is tied for 21st in the NCAA and leads the MAC. He has struck out 37 batters in 26 1/3 innings on the mound. Opponents are hitting just .156 against him.

Solid Staff

The Cardinal pitching staff is eighth in the NCAA with 7.33 hits allowed per nine innings, which leads the MAC. The Ball State pitching staff is tied for 21st in the NCAA and leads the MAC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.4.

Meet the Pitching Staff

Ty Johnson is the scheduled starter in game two and enters with a 7-2 record. Johnson has tallied 60 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings of work with an ERA of 5.07 and a WHIP of 1.09. He has held opponents to a .211 batting average. Trennor O’Donnell is projected to get the start in game three against Ohio and enters the weekend with a 5-2 record. He has produced 57 strikeouts and a 5.26 ERA in 51 1/3 innings. He has a WHIP of 1.38. Ryan Brown, Nate Dohm, Ty Weatherly, and Casey Bargo have 20 or more strikeouts with 47, 36, 32, and 24, respectively.

Possible Starting Matchups (subject to change)

Friday: Tyler Schweitzer (LHP) vs. Edward Kutt IV (RHP)

Saturday: Ty Johnson (RHP) vs. Eamon Horwedel (RHP)

Saturday: Trennor O’Donnell (RHP) vs. Hudson Boncal (RHP)

Sunday: TBA vs. TBA

Weekend Schedule

Friday: 3 p.m.

Saturday: Noon

Saturday: 3:30 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m.

*Times and locations are subject to change

Cardinals vs. Bobcats: The Series

Ohio enters the weekend with a 66-54 series lead against Ball State. The Cardinals are 28-28 at home against the Bobcats. Last season, the two squads split a four-game series, with Ohio winning the last two games. BSU is 16-21 against Ohio under Head Coach Rich Maloney.

Scouting Ohio

Edward Kutt IV is slated to get the game-one start for the Bobcats. He enters with a 4-3 record in 66 innings of work. He has a team-high 69 strikeouts. He has an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.41. Eamon Horwedel has an ERA of 5.06 and is the projected game two starter. He has 12 strikeouts in just 10 2/3 innings on the mound. He has a 1-0 record and a WHIP of 1.59. The probable game three starter is Hudson Boncal. He enters with a 2-2 mark with 34 strikeouts. He has thrown 36 1/3 innings with an ERA of 5.94 and a WHIP of 1.57. Colin Kasperbauer leads Ohio with a .383 batting average. He is second on the team with 39 runs scored, 38 RBIs, and 15 doubles. He paces the team with three triples. Isaiah Peterson is second on the squad with a .343 batting average. He’s produced a team-high 45 runs. He has added 32 RBIs, eight doubles, five homers, and two triples. AJ Rausch rounds out the .300 hitters with a .333 average. He has 35 runs scored, 31 RBIs, 13 doubles, six home runs, and two triples. Spencer Harbert leads the Bobcats with nine home runs.

Ball State Adds Grad Transfer Thomas Allen

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball program added Thomas Allen as part of the 2022 recruitment class on Thursday. Allen is a graduate transfer from NC State and will be eligible immediately.

Allen is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He will provide the Cardinals with leadership and experience as a graduate transfer. He posted a career-high 18 points in 2018-19 on two separate occasions, once against Creighton and the other against Purdue, both while at Nebraska.

He spent the last two seasons with the Wolfpack. During the 2020-21 season, he averaged 7.4 points per game before his season was cut short to an injury. He appeared in 17 games, including 15 starts. Allen shot 36.4 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from 3-point range. He added 43 rebounds, 28 assists, 22 steals, and two blocks.

Allen started his NCAA career at Nebraska. While with the Huskers, he was the only freshman to contribute regularly during the 2017-18 campaign. During his time in Lincoln, he earned the Sam Foltz Hero 27 Leadership Award, and he earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team, both in 2019. In his final season with Nebraska, Allen averaged 8.7 points per game. He shot 43.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the arc as well as 86.2 percent from the free-throw line. He brought down 81 rebounds, dished out 59 assists, notched 38 steals, and blocked six shots.

From Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis

“I was able to coach him for two years at Nebraska. I’m very familiar with not only his game, but the type of person he is. He’s going to bring a ton of value to our team from an experience and leadership standpoint. He’s played at a high level. He’s going to bring a lot of those attributes to this program as we build into a championship program.”

NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUND 1: MICHIGAN

#6 NOTRE DAME vs. #21 MICHIGAN

Date/Time: Friday, May 13— 8:00 p.m. EST

Location:  Evanston, Ill. – Martin Stadium

Live Stream: ESPN+

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Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax

FOR STARTERS

The Irish will meet up with the Michigan Wolverines for the second time this season in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. There will be live stats available and the matchup will be aired live on ESPN+.

The winner of the Notre Dame/Michigan contest will take on the winner of the Northwestern/Central Michigan in the second round on Sunday May 15.

Entering the NCAA Tournament, Kasey Choma leads the team with 57 goals.

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

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

Hannah Dorney leads the Irish with 27 caused turnovers and currently ranks fourth in the ACC with an average of 1.44 caused turnovers per game.

Bridget Deehan ranks third in the ACC in saves percentage (.444) and second in saves per game (8.67).

Madison Ahern is ninth in the ACC in points per game with 4.11 points per game, and she is also fourth in shots per game with 6.39.

Jackie Wolak is sixth in the ACC in assists per game with 1.67.

THE NOTRE DAME – MICHIGAN SERIES

The Irish and Wolverines will be meeting for the fifth time overall on Friday at Martin Stadium.

This is the second meeting of the season for these two teams. They met in February when the Irish fell 11-7.

Kasey Choma, Madison Ahern, and Madison Mote each netted two goals. Hannah Dorney tallied one goal.

Bridget Deehan tallied seven saves while in goal.

2022 NCAA TOURNAMENT

 The 2022 NCAA Tournament has Notre Dame traveling to Evanston, Illinois for the first and second round.

The winner of the Notre Dame/Michigan contest will take on the winner of the Northwestern/Central Michigan in the second round on Sunday May 15.

Notre Dame meets up with Michigan in the first round and before that matchup is Northwestern and Central Michigan..

The 2022 NCAA D1 Women’s Lacrosse Championship features 29 teams, with the top-three seeds earning a first-round bye.

A nations-best six schools from the ACC are in the NCAA Tournament, including two of the three top seeds in #1 North Carolina, #3 Boston College.

The winner of the Evanston Regional will meet the winner of the Princeton Regional on May 19. The Final Four is slated for May 27 & 29 and will be hosted by Johns Hopkins University at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland.

IRISH vs. OTHER EVANSTON REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS

This will be the second meeting against both Northwestern or Central Michigan.

Against Central Michigan, the Irish won 24-5. Madison Ahern netted a career high of six goals in the contest.

Maddie Howe notched her 200th career point in the season opener.

Jane McAvoy, Ava Kristynik, and Mary Kelly Doherty each registered their first collegiate career goal with the Irish.

Notre Dame holds the 2-0 overall advantage over Central Michigan.

Against Northwestern, Kasey Choma led the team with four goals, and Maddie Howe, Jackie Wolak, and Kelly Denes all tallied three goals each.

Bridget Deehan tallied 10 saves during the contest.

Northwestern holds the advantage in the overall series with Notre Dame 22-5.

The Irish and Chippewas have never met in the NCAA Tournament, and have met with Northwestern seven previous times in the NCAA Tournament.

KRONENBERGER EARNS TOP 10 2022 SCHUTT SPORTS/NFCA DIVISION I NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Freshman Jane Kronenberger was named to the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 10 list Thursday afternoon. The Cincinnati-native is the third Fighting Irish softball player to earn the recognition, joining Alli Wester, (2016 Top 10) and Karley Wester (2014 Top 3).

Kronenberger earned a pair of All-Atlantic Coast Conference awards for her performance this season. She was a Second Team All-ACC honoree as a designated player, while earning a spot on the ACC All-Freshman team.

This season, Kronenberger is hitting for a .398 average, ranking second on the team and tops among freshman in the ACC. She’s hit 10 doubles three home runs and is third on the team with 28 RBI. She’s earned a .614 slugging percentage, trailing just ACC Player of the Year Karina Gaskins for the team-lead. Joining Kronenberger on the list from the ACC is Emma Lemley (Virginia Tech) and Michaela Edenfield (Florida State)

2022 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 10

Jordy Bahl – Oklahoma

Mac Barbara – San Diego State

Jada Cecil – UC San Diego

Michaela Edenfield – Florida State

Bri Ellis – Auburn

Tatum Kresley – UMES

Janke Kronenberger – Notre Dame

Emma Lemley – Virginia Tech

Sierra Sacco – Louisiana Tech

Cydney Sanders – Arizona State

Up Next

The Irish await their postseason fate Sunday as the NCAA Selection Show will begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

#19 IRISH FALL TO #15 CLEMSON AT ACC CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

In the first round of the ACC Championship Tournament, the fourth-seeded University of Notre Dame softball team dropped a 7-3 contest to the fifth-seeded and 15th-ranked Clemson Tigers at Vartabedian Field, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. The loss is just the Fighting Irish’s 10th of the season as Notre Dame is now 39-10 on the season. Clemson improves to 38-14.

Graduate student Alexis Holloway started the game in the circle. Holloway worked 4.2 innings, allowing five hits, five earned runs and struck out two. Payton Tidd came on in relief. Tidd threw 2.0 innings, allowing two hits and two earned runs. Shannon Becker retired the one hitter she faced with a strikeout in the seventh.

The Irish offense was limited to just six hits in the contest, three going for extra bases. 2022 ACC Player of the Year Karina Gaskins hit her 13th home run. Carlli Kloss and Miranda Johnson each added a double and Leea Hanks had a bunt single and scored a run. In the seventh, Johnson added a single the other way and Sarah Genz had an infield hit.

The Irish got on the board first in the first inning. Hanks dropped down a bunt single and scored when Gaskins homered to left field to put Notre Dame up 2-0.

Clemson tied it with a two-run homer of their own in the top of the second from Alia Logoleo.

Another home run, this a solo shot from Cammy Pereira put the Tigers up 3-2 in the fifth. The rally wasn’t over yet as a single from Valerie Cagle and a walk put two on. Aby Vieira drove a double to left that scored two and extended the lead to 5-2.

A solo homer from Cagle in the seventh extended the lead to 6-2. Another run came in on a single after two walks put two on.

The Irish showed fight in the seventh, taking advantage of an infield hit and an error to score a run, but came up short with the winning run on deck.

Up Next

The Irish await their postseason fate Sunday as the NCAA Selection Show will begin at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Sycamores Fall to Illinois State in MVC Tournament

SPRINGFIELD, MO. – Indiana State softball saw its 2022 season come to a close at the MVC Tournament, falling 4-2 to Illinois State on Thursday afternoon at Killian Stadium.

The Sycamores jumped out to an early lead thanks to the bat of Bella Peterson who ripped her 10th home run of the season over the wall in right center to put Indiana State up 1-0 after the first inning.

In the top of the second, the Trees loaded the bases with just one out after singles from Lexie Siwek and Abi Chipps and a Cassie Thomerson walk. Illinois State was able to escape without any damage to keep it a 1-0 game.

Indiana State starter Lexi Benko worked another scoreless inning in the second, picking up her second strikeout in the frame.

Abi Chipps made it a 2-0 game as she recorded an RBI single in the top of the fourth which scored Lexie Siwek who reached with a leadoff walk.

The Redbirds offense got going in the bottom half of the frame, striking for four runs in the inning. The first three batters reached to load the bases, setting up a base hit up the middle which tied the game at two apiece. With one out in the inning, Illinois State got another single up the middle which put the Redbirds ahead 4-2. Lexie Siwek made a pair of nice plays at third to limit further damage and end the inning.

In the top of the fifth, the Sycamores put runners on the corners with nobody out after Bella Peterson began the inning with her 21st double of the season. Annie Tokarek moved her to third with a single to left field. Illinois State was again able to strand the Sycamores, getting three straight groundouts to retire the side.

Lexi Benko set down the Redbirds in order in the bottom of the sixth to send the Sycamores to the plate for a chance at a rally.

Redbirds starter Amanda Fox was able to retire the Sycamores 1-2-3 to finish the game and advance Illinois State to the next round of the MVC Tournament.

The Sycamores finished the game with eight hits, led by Abi Chipps who went 3-for-3 and Bella Peterson who finished 2-for-4.

Indiana State closes the season at 25-27 while going 11-15 in conference play and now has a 31-37 all-time record in the MVC Tournament.

Sycamores close out road trip at Southern Illinois

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes out its final road trip of the 2022 regular season this weekend as the Sycamores make the trip to Carbondale, Ill. and Itchy Jones Stadium for a three-game series at Southern Illinois University on May 13-15.

Friday’s game will be carried live on ESPNU with first pitch set for 4 p.m. ET. Saturday and Sunday will be streamed on ESPN3. All three contests will also be streamed via 105.5 The Legend.

Celebrate the Season at Terre Haute Buffalo Wild Wings

The Indiana State Athletic Department has teamed up with the Terre Haute Buffalo Wild Wings to help celebrate the season with the Sycamores on Friday, May 13, at 4 p.m. The event will held in conjunction with Indiana State baseball’s nationally televised baseball game against Southern Illinois on ESPNU.

In addition to watching the game, fans will have the opportunity to meet members of the ISU athletic administration and coaching staffs throughout the two-hour event. Sycamore Sam will also be on hand with Indiana State athletic giveaways. Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase or renew their 2022 football season tickets on site.

To register, click the link here.

Vanderbilt Recap

No. 24 Vanderbilt took advantage of a pair of Indiana State errors in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Sycamores fell at Hawkins Field in extra-innings, 8-7.

Indiana State loaded the bases in the top of the 10th inning and threatened to break the contest open, but a key defensive stop by Vanderbilt first baseman Parker Noland kept the Sycamores off the scoreboard in the frame.

A pair of Sycamore errors led to Vanderbilt’s Enrique Bradfield Jr. sitting on third base with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. VU’s Spencer Jones came through in the clutch against ISU reliever Jared Spencer (1-3) with his sixth hit of the ball game bringing Bradfield home for the walk-off.

Josue Urdaneta drove in four RBI and homered for the Sycamores as Indiana State fell in extra innings for the first time in the 2022 season. Urdaneta homered in the first, added a two-run double off the left field wall in the second, and then connected on a run-scoring single in the top of the ninth to highlight the ISU offense.

Jake Ridgway went 5.0 innings in a masterful relief appearance on the mound for the Sycamores in support of starter Brennyn Cutts. Ridgway surrendered four hits and three runs while striking out five in his longest relief outing of the 2022 season. Spencer went the final 2.1 innings allowing three hits and one unearned run in taking the loss.

Scouting Southern Illinois

Southern Illinois opens up the weekend series with a 35-13 overall record, 11-4 mark in Missouri Valley play with two conference weekends to go. The Salukis have won four consecutive games following last weekend’s sweep of Missouri State, while topping SIU-Edwardsville on Tuesday night, 22-10.

The Salukis have been effective at home with a 20-7 overall record at Itchy Jones Stadium. Highlighting their home wins this year include series wins over Central Arkansas, Western Michigan, Illinois, Bradley, SIUE, and Valparaiso. Southern Illinois also boasts conference series wins at Evansville and Dallas Baptist among their victories on the season.

SIU was tied for third in the MVC’s preseason coaches poll with Illinois State. The Salukis received 39 total points after a record-setting season that included a school-record 84 home runs and a 40-20 record in 2020. Highlighting the returners on the roster were preseason selections Cody Cleveland and JT Weber.

In addition to the aforementioned names, Kaeber Rog has been among SIU’s hitting leaders on the season with a team-best .376 batting average with 76 hits and 41 runs, while adding 18 doubles, 12 home runs, and 46 RBI. Weber continues to be the power bat in the lineup with a .372 average with 18 home runs and 51 RBI, while Nathan Bandy (13-for-15) and Cody Cleveland (10-for-12) lead SIU’s stolen base efforts on the year.

Noah Farmer (5-1, 4.04 ERA) has been the Salukis most consistent pitcher on the mound with a team-high 13 starts and 62.1 innings pitched on the year. Seven different pitchers have earned starts on the season with Tanner Lewis (4-1, 5.58 ERA) expected to be in the weekend rotation for the Salukis.

Salukis Top Players

Southern Illinois’ offense will go as far as J.T. Weber will carry them as the senior outfielder remains one of the most dangerous hitters in the Missouri Valley Conference. Weber is the conference leader in slugging percentage (.704), runs scored (56), and RBI (51), while sitting second in hits (73) and home runs (18). He also sits among the NCAA leaders in each category, including in the top 30 in hits, hits per game, home runs, runs, and total bases.

Opponent History

Southern Illinois leads the all-time series 100-91 dating back to the first contest back in 1967. SIU started the series on a 12-game winning streak before Indiana State took its first win in the 1971 season. The Sycamores have won four consecutive series in Carbondale dating back to the 2010 season when ISU and SIU split the two games played. The Sycamores are 7-2 against SIU under the helm of head coach Mitch Hannahs with ISU’s two losses both coming in series openers in both 2014 and 2018. SIU won three of the four regular season contests last year at Bob Warn Field snapping Indiana State’s four series winning streak dating back to 2015.

Last Time against Southern Illinois

The Sycamores and Salukis met up six times in the 2021 season with four games at Bob Warn Field in the regular season, while two more contests came in the MVC Tournament. Southern Illinois took the regular season series winning three of the four games, while Indiana State bounced back to top the Salukis twice in the postseason, including an elimination game that ended SIU’s season.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 15-10 overall record in non-conference play following their midweek loss at Vanderbilt. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 7-2 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-5 in true road non-conference games 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), Purdue, and Illinois.

Sycamores in the MVC

Indiana State enters the week sitting in sole possession of fourth place in the Missouri Valley regular season standings with an 8-7 mark on the year. The Sycamores sit four games back of leader Evansville (12-3) and three games behind Southern Illinois (11-4). Dallas Baptist (9-6) is a game ahead of Indiana State, while Bradley (7-8) moved up to one game behind the Sycamores following their series win over the weekend.

Missouri State and Illinois State are both 5-10 in conference play with two series to go, while Valparaiso sits eighth with a 3-12 mark. Missouri State, Illinois State, and Bradley all sit in a three-way tie for fifth at 5-7 on the year. Valparaiso is currently eighth in the standings with a 3-9 mark. The Sycamores still have weekend series at Southern Illinois (May 13-15) and a home series against Dallas Baptist (May 18-20) left in the regular season schedule.

Back on the Road

Indiana State currently has a 6-7 record in true road games this season and a 6-3 mark in neutral site contests since the beginning of the 2022 season. The Sycamores have dropped four of their last five games on the road following trips to Illinois, Bradley, and Vanderbilt. ISU’s lone win during the stretch came last Saturday opener with the Sycamores taking the 8-5 victory in 12 innings over the Braves.

Indiana State is hitting .290 on the road with six different players hitting .300 or better on the road. Isaiah Thompson (.412) has been the team leader at the plate with seven hits in 17 at-bats, while Josue Urdaneta (.393) and Sean Ross (.364) have also been dominant at the plate on the road. Ross leads the Sycamores with eight extra-base hits, including two home runs, while adding a team-high 18 RBI in road games this season. Josue Urdaneta (7 XBHs, 13 RBI) is coming off a four-RBI performance with his first road homer of the season this past Tuesday against Vanderbilt.

From a pitching standpoint, Matt Jachec (2-1, 3.67 ERA) continues to be the standard on the mound by pacing the Sycamores in innings pitched (27.0). Joey Hurth (1-2, 3.09 ERA) has two saves and has allowed batters to hit just .256 from the plate, while Jake Ridgway (three), Luke Patzner (two), Jack Parisi, Connor Fenlong, and Brennyn Cutts (twice) have all drawn starts on the road. Jared Spencer has also turned in several strong road performances and posts a 1.23 ERA and 1-1 record on the mound.

‘Dons Host Milwaukee on Friday, Travel to Wright State Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons (13-32, 10-14 Horizon) play their final four Horizon League games of the season this weekend. First up the ‘Dons will host Milwaukee on Friday (May 13) in a noon doubleheader at Mastodon Field. The ‘Dons will then travel to Wright State on Saturday for a twinbill against the first-place Raiders.

The ‘Dons have a bye in league play the following weekend and will play at Akron as the rest of the Horizon League closes out the conference slate. This means this weekend will be the Mastodons’ final chance to add to their league record to qualify for the Horizon League Championship.

Friday, May 13 | noon

vs. Milwaukee (18-25, 7-12 Horizon)

Doubleheader | seven inning game followed by a nine inning game

Weather: High of 85, low of 60 | sunny

Series History: Milwaukee leads 9-6

Live Stats: Link

Scouting the Panthers: The ‘Dons took all three at Milwaukee in a Horizon League series earlier this season. Mark Connelly is hitting a team-high .311 on the season. He owns 38 hits. He is also slugging .434. Riley Frey has thrown a team-best 64.0 innings. he has 70 strikeouts.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP Rex Stills (3.56 ERA, 1-2), TBD

Panthers: LHP Riley Frey (4.92 ERA, 4-4), TBD

Saturday, May 14 | noon

at Wright State (23-22, 11-5 Horizon)

Doubleheader | seven inning game followed by a nine inning game

Weather: High of 82, low of 63 | chance of rain

Series History: Wright State leads 7-4

Live Stats: Link

Scouting the Raiders: Wright State took all three from the Mastodons earlier this season. In league play, Julian Greenwell is hitting a team-best .369. He is one of five Raiders hitting .300 or better in league play. Jay Luikart owns seven home runs in league play. Jake Shirk has a 1.18 WHIP and 3.25 ERA in Horizon League contests.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: TBD

Raiders: TBD

Sure Hands: Starting shortstop Jarrett Bickel has 48 assists and 33 putouts with only one error over the last 19 games.

More On Bickel: Among everyday shortstops in Horizon League play, Jarrett Bickel has a league-high 111 chances with only four errors. He also has league-best 64 assists and 43 putouts.

Jack With The Bat: Jack Lang is hitting .469 (23-of-49) over the last 13 games with seven multi-hit games. He is 9-of-12 over the last three games.

All The Way: JD Deany picked up his first career complete game on Sunday at UIC. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, allowing two runs for the ‘Dons to win 3-2. He has allowed two or fewer runs in three of his last four starts. Each have been six innings or longer.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 44.

– The Mastodons’ 44 home runs are tied for fifth in program history for home runs in a season. The total is third in Division I era program history.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– Jack Lang is second in the league in home runs with 10. Ben Higgins is tied for third with nine.

– Jack Lang’s 10 home runs has him tied for seventh in program history for most home runs in a single season.

Record Time: The Mastodons recorded three triples in game one at Milwaukee on April 9, a new school record for triples in a game.

Cade Recognized: Cade Fitzpatrick was selected as one 10 position players in the Midwest having a breakout season by www.D1Baseball.com.

In League Games:

– Ben Higgins leads the league in hits (36), batting average (.391), slugging percentage (.696) and OPS (1.173). He is second in on-base percentage (.477).

– The ‘Dons lead the league in hits (237) and are tied for the league lead in triples (6).

– Cade Fitzpatrick leads the league in RBIs (25) and is sixth in both batting average (.364) and slugging percentage (.659).

– Jarrett Bickel is fourth in doubles (8).

– JD Deany is second in batters struck out looking (15) and fourth in opposing batting average (.230). His 4.12 league ERA is seventh best.

– Jacob Myer has given up only seven walks in league play, second fewest among qualified pitchers.

– Brian Skelton owns a team-best 2.29 ERA with a 3-0 mark over 19.2 innings.

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 172 strikeouts, third most in program history. In second place is Samuel Walker with 179 from 2008-11. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

Two in a Row: Jacob Myer was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 12 after not allowing any runs in 8.2 innings. He got the win against Michigan and Milwaukee. On April 19 Ben Higgins was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week. He went 9-of-13 (.692 batting average) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.154 slugging percentage and a 1.904 OPS. He had two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored.

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

Up Next: The ‘Dons host Butler on Tuesday (May 17) in the final home game of the season.

KATE BRUCE NAMED IUPUI’S HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department has announced the hiring of Kate Bruce as the tenth head coach in the history of the women’s basketball program. Bruce comes to IUPUI from Walsh University where she was the program’s all-time winningest head coach and guided the Cavaliers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

Bruce compiled a 134-43 (.757) record over her six-year tenure, including a 28-5 mark and the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 appearance this past season. Her .757 winning percentage ranks among the nation’s best over the past six years while she’s also guided Walsh to an impressive 100-25 mark (.800) in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank the search committee for its work throughout the entire process. We’re excited to name Coach Bruce the next head coach of our basketball program. She emerged from a deep and talented candidate pool and impressed us with her winning background, her vision for continuing the program’s success and her ability to connect with her student-athletes,” Perry said. “She’s going to be an incredible addition to our department and a great leader for our young women. We’re excited to welcome the Bruce family to the IUPUI Athletics family.”

“We are delighted to welcome Coach Bruce to lead our women’s basketball program at IUPUI. An All-American athlete herself, Coach Bruce’s winning record speaks volumes as does the coaching legacy she represents,” interim IUPUI Chancellor Andrew R. Klein said. “We look forward to Coach Bruce leading our team to success both on and off the court.”

“I am very excited to be the next Head Women’s Basketball Coach at IUPUI. I would like to thank Chancellor Klein, Dr. Perry and the search committee for this incredible opportunity,” Bruce said. “My family and I are thrilled to become a part of the Indianapolis community. I look forward to building on the previous success of IUPUI women’s basketball that the university and Indianapolis communities can continue to be proud of.”

Bruce led Walsh to back-to-back G-MAC regular season and tournament titles in 2019 and 2020 and was named the 2020 G-MAC Coach of the Year. Her 2020 squad had the first undefeated mark in G-MAC history at 18-0 and set a program record for most consecutive victories (26). The team ranked No. 5 in the country in scoring offense (85.6 ppg) and finished the year with a 28-2 record. She won 20 games or more in four of her six seasons and had a winning record in all six seasons.

Bruce recruited and coached the top two leading scorers in Walsh history in Sha Carter and Mayci Sales and, in total, recruited and coached one Regional Player of the Year, two All-Americans, two G-MAC Players of the Year, one G-MAC Freshman of the Year and 12 all-conference performers.

Bruce has been successful at every stop, excelling as a player, assistant coach and head coach. She starred at Florida Gulf Coast University for legendary head coach Karl Smesko, earning Division II All-America honors while helping the Eagles to the 2007 NCAA Division II National Runner-up finish. Despite playing just two seasons at FGCU, she finished as the program’s all-time leader in points, field goals made, free throws made and free throw percentage. She played one season professionally for the Perrik Jumpers in Holland before returning to FGCU as graduate assistant coach in 2008.

A year later, she was promoted to an assistant spot and helped FGCU to a 50-12 overall mark and 34-6 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference while earning back-to-back WNIT berths in 2009 and 2010. She later had assistant coaching stints at Youngstown State (2010-13) and Ohio University (2013-16) before taking over the Walsh program in 2016. At YSU, the Penguins won 23 games and advanced to the 2013 WNIT in Bruce’s final season with the program.

At Ohio, the Bobcats went 62-33 in her three seasons and won back-to-back Mid-American Conference (MAC) titles in 2015 and 2016. OU won a school record 27 games in 2015 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.

Kate and her husband Jesse are the proud parents of three children – Brenna, Laney and Evan.

Bruce will be officially introduced on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. inside the Jungle on the IUPUI campus. The event is open the public and media members are welcome to attend.

Valpo Baseball to Celebrate Seniors During Final Home Weekend

Bradley (16-25, 7-8 MVC)

at Valparaiso (14-28, 3-12 MVC)

Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.

Friday, May 13, 3 p.m. CT – RHP Colin Fields

Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m. CT– LHP Jake Miller

Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The final home weekend of the season is upon us as the Valparaiso University baseball team will welcome in Bradley for a three-game weekend series that gets started on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The series will culminate with Senior Day on Sunday as the program recognizes five senior players and two senior managers. Catcher Jake Kapers, outfielder Jeremy Drudge, RHP Colin Fields, LHP Keegan Bates and RHP Zach Fricke will be celebrated on the field prior to Sunday’s contest. In addition, four-year student managers Sam Miller and Evan Smith will be part of the Senior Day recognition. A busy weekend will also feature a Valpo baseball alumni event with a number of players from the program’s past planning to be in attendance on Saturday.

Recently in Valpo Baseball: Valpo played competitive baseball against a top-10 RPI opponent, but visiting Dallas Baptist came out on top in all three contests last weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Patriots, who are well positioned to earn an at-large NCAA Regional berth if they do not secure the league’s automatic bid, came into Northwest Indiana and swept Saturday’s doubleheader with 5-1 and 3-0 wins. The guests completed the series sweep with an 8-3 victory on Sunday. Valpo got strong pitching during Saturday’s twinbill, but ran into a DBU team with a stellar pitching staff of its own.

Following the Beacons: No ESPN3/+ broadcast will be available for this weekend’s games. The Friday game of the series will have a radio broadcast on WVUR, the final Valpo broadcast for Garrett Willis. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter. A link to live stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (166-263), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 15-20 record over 35 all-time matchups with the Braves in a series that began in 1991. The two teams split a four-game set in Peoria a year ago. The last time Bradley visited Emory G. Bauer Field, the Braves won two of three in Valpo’s first-ever MVC series. A walk-off home run by Zack Leone in the bottom of the 10th helped the Brown & Gold win the middle game of the series. Valpo is 4-8 against Bradley since joining The Valley.

Notes Wrapping Up DBU (May 7-8, L 5-1, L 3-0, L 8-3)

Kyle Schmack delivered a solo home run in the first inning of the series opener. That marked his fourth home run in league play this season, the most on the team and tied for the fifth most in the conference. Furthermore, Schmack moved into a tie for the team lead with seven total home runs this year.

Four of Valpo’s seven hits in the series opener went for extra bases, part of a game where the Beacons outhit the Patriots 7-5, the second straight series opener where Valpo fell despite owning the edge in the hit column. However, Valpo stranded 10 on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Kade Reinertson doubled in the second game in the series, his first career extra-base hit.

The Valpo pitching staff did not allow any walks in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the team’s fifth walk-free game of the season. Jake Miller and Nolan Lebamoff combined to strike out 12 against no walks in the contest.

Seven of Valpo’s nine batters produced a hit in Sunday’s series finale, but none of them enjoyed a multi-hit game.

Alex Ryan delivered his team-leading fourth triple of the season. He is one of three players in the conference with four or more triples as he ranks tied for second in The Valley in that category. Two of Ryan’s triples have come in league play, making him one of only two Valley players with multiple triples in conference action this season.

Tucker’s Tear: Second baseman Nolan Tucker has been on an offensive tear of late, leading to him being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, May 2.  Tucker posted a robust .667 batting average in a three-game weekend series at Southern Illinois and an overall average of .563 over four games that week. He went 8-for-12 in a road series with the Salukis while driving in four runs and scoring three times. Three of his eight hits in the series went for extra bases. Entering the final home series vs. Bradley, Tucker ranks among the Missouri Valley Conference leaders in batting average (.375, fourth) and on-base percentage (.437, eighth) and leads the team in both categories. In MVC-only action, he owns a .389 batting average that ranks fourth in the league. This marks a noteworthy turnaround for Tucker, who entered the season as a .188 career hitter over two injury-riddled seasons. Weekly awards can be hard to come by in such a strong baseball conference, as this marks the team’s first weekly award of the season and just the third Player of the Week honor since joining The Valley (Sam Shaikin, Kaleb Hannahs).

In the Other Dugout: Bradley

Picked to finish fifth of eight in the MVC preseason poll.

Coming off a home series win over Indiana State where all three games were tightly contested. The Braves dropped the opener 8-5 in 12 innings before rallying to win the series with 4-3 and 5-3 triumphs.

Led offensively by Connor O’Brien, who is running away with the Missouri Valley Conference batting title by hitting .411. He ranks 12th in the nation in batting average.

Own series wins over Dallas Baptist and Illinois State.

Softball Comeback Effort Comes Up Short at MVC Tournament

After falling behind by seven runs in its MVC Tournament opener against Indiana State Wednesday, the Valpo softball team put together a furious comeback effort, closing to within two runs before succumbing to the Sycamores by a 9-5 final in Springfield, Mo. Valpo’s four seniors all stood out in the final game of their careers, combining for seven of the Beacons’ 10 hits, three runs scored and four RBIs.

How It Happened

­Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) led off the game with a double down the left-field line, but was only able to advance as far as third base.

Indiana State put four runs on the board in the bottom of the first, three of which were unearned.

Valpo picked up a hit apiece in each of the next three frames, as Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) looped a two-out double into left in the top of the second, Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) laid down a two-out bunt single in the third and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) picked up a one-out infield single in the fourth, but the Beacons were unable to convert any of those runners into runs.

Indiana State scored an unearned run in the third and two runs — one of which was unearned — in the fourth to extend its lead to 7-0.

Valpo cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fifth. Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) took advantage of an error to reach to lead off the frame, and a single and subsequent steal from Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) gave the Beacons two runners in scoring position with nobody out.

An RBI groundout from Moeder brought Hecker home with the Beacons’ first run of the game. Three batters later, with runners on the corners and two outs, Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) battled, fouling off three two-strike pitches before lining a 1-2 pitch into left to score Skapyak and make it a 7-2 game.

Skapyak helped keep the score the same in the bottom of the fifth as well, throwing out an Indiana State runner at home trying to score with two outs to keep it 7-2.

Valpo kept the pressure on offensively in the sixth inning. Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) led off the inning with a first-pitch liner into center for a single, and Beckemeyer followed with a single of her own as the first two batters of the inning reached.

After back-to-back outs, Moeder stepped up and looped a first-pitch single off the chalk on the left-field line — running all the way, Tonoian beat the throw home for Valpo’s third run of the game. Then, with two in scoring position as Moeder had moved up to second on the throw home, Westphal drilled a first-pitch single back through the middle to cut the deficit to two runs.

Indiana State doubled the lead in its half of the sixth on a two-out, two-run homer, and while Herschbach drew a one-out walk in the top of the seventh, Valpo could not put together another rally.

Inside the Game

Valpo tallied 10 hits as a team on Wednesday, the fifth time in the season’s last eight games that the Beacons reached double figures in the hits column.

Valpo’s five runs marked its highest output in a defeat since a 10-6 loss to Bradley on April 3.

Three of the Beacons’ four seniors concluded their career with multi-hit games on Wednesday. Westphal reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk, as she posted her 11th multi-hit game of the year and her third multi-RBI game.

Westphal closed the season on an eight-game hitting streak and an 11-game on-base streak.

Moeder went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two runs driven in. It was her 10th multi-hit game of the campaign and her second multi-RBI game of the season.

Beckemeyer registered a pair of hits as well and scored a run, her sixth multi-hit game this year.

Tonoian rounded out the quartet of seniors in their final game in a Valpo uniform, picking up a hit and scoring a run.

Herschbach reached base twice with a single and a walk on Wednesday, and also stole a base, finishing the year a perfect 13-for-13 on the basepaths.

Skapyak registered a stolen base as well — her seventh of the season in as many attempts — as the Beacons finished the year 51-for-58 in stolen base attempts, finishing with the most steals of any Valpo team since 2011.

Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) started and went the first four innings, giving up just two earned runs over that stretch. Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) threw the final two frames.

Inside the Careers

As noted, four players wrapped up their time in the Valpo uniform on Wednesday.

Beckemeyer finished her three seasons at Valpo with 57 hits, 15 runs scored and 22 RBIs over 97 games.

Tonoian sits in a tie for second in program history with a .991 career fielding percentage, and picked up 43 hits, 29 runs and 30 RBIs in 132 career appearances, including 100 starts.

Westphal ranks fourth all-time at Valpo with 40 career stolen bases. She started each and every one of her 144 appearances, tallying 98 hits, 57 runs scored and 38 RBIs in addition to her impressive stolen base numbers.

Moeder, who was named a Second Team All-MVC and All-Defensive Team honoree earlier on Wednesday, closed out her career starting 145 straight games for Valpo in center field. She swiped 31 bases over her four seasons, eighth-most in program history, and also totaled 120 hits, 64 runs and 27 RBIs.

MARIAN BASEBALL CLAIMS 5 ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2022 Baseball All-League honors on Thursday, following Mount Vernon Nazarene’s run to the regular season championship and Taylor’s unbeaten streak through the CL Tournament.

The Marian baseball team received five All-Crossorads League Honors in 2022, led by Matteo Porcellato’s First Team honor. Marian’s five honors come on the heels of a season in which the Knights set six new offensive records as a team.

The All-Crossroads League honors were voted on by the league’s head baseball coaches.

Matteo Porcellato earned his second straight All-Crossroads League honor in his senior season, landing on the First Team Outfield list in his final collegiate year. Porcellato played in 50 games on the year, making 49 starts at short stop and in center field. Porcellato led the team in batting average hitting .380, while slugging .625 and reaching base at a .496 clip. The senior recorded a team-leading 70 base hits, posting 17 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs to produce 45 RBI. Porcellato led the team with walks, and led Marian with 21 stolen bases on the year.

Bryce Davenport was named the Crossroads League Second Team first baseman, as the Marian sophomore had a dominante 2022 season starting 51 of 52 games played at first base. On the year Davenport batted .339 and slugged .661, leading the team with 12 home runs. Davenport had 57 RBI in his 60 base hits, and scored 47 runs on the year. Davenport doubled 19 times on the year, and in the field made 323 putouts from his first base position.

Joining Davenport on the All-Crossroads League Second Team was right fielder JJ Rivera, who was also named to the CL Gold Glove Team. Rivera made an impact in his first season as a Knight, leading the team in doubles as he set a new single season record with 25 two-base hits. Rivera hit .340 overall on the year and slugged .519, adding four home runs to his batting totals. In the outfield Rivera had a .978 fielding percentage, making 86 putouts and one assist from the outfield.

Rivera was joined on the Crossroads League Gold Glove Team by Dion Wintjes, who earned his first career All-CL honor. Wintjes batted .248 on the year, appearing in 42 games with 41 one of those starts as the catcher or DH. Wintjes hit eight doubles and had three home runs, drawing 24 walks to record 31 RBI. Behind the plate, the Gold Glove catcher held a fielding percentage of .980, picking off a pair of runners at first while also catching 16 runners stealing.

With the efforts of Marian’s four All-Crossroads League players, the Knights broke six new offensive records in 2022 as a team. Marian ended the year with a team best 1791 at bats, 558 hits, 37 home runs, 377 RBI, 803 total bases, and 88 stolen bases. Marian’s new home run record breaks the mark set in 2010, while the total bases, at bats, and hits break the marks set by the 2018 team.

Marian finished their year with a 27-27 record, placing sixth in the Crossroads League regular season while finishing fourth in the league tournament.

RECAP | Grizzlies Move Into Winner’s Bracket at HCAC Tournament with Win Over Anderson

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball team began their post-season journey on Thursday (May 12) afternoon when they took on the #4 seed Anderson Ravens in their first game of the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

Senior Nick McClanahan turned in a gem for the Grizzlies (29-12), shutting down the Ravens (20-20) over eight innings. The Grizzlies scored twice in the first inning and never looked back on their way to a 7-3 win and a spot in the winner’s bracket.

How it Happened

With two outs in the first, the Grizzlies rallied for a pair of runs to open the scoring. Matt Earley ripped a double into the gap that scored Sean Sullivan for the game’s first rurn and one batter later, Tysen Lipscomb doubled the total with a single that brought Earley home.

The Ravens cut the lead in half in the third but Noah Wood restored the two-goal lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI single that made it a 3-1 game. Clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth, Franklin’s offense came through with a big inning that put the game away. AJ Sanders brought home a run with a bases-loaded single and Sullivan followed with a big two-run double to make it a 6-2 game.

Lipscomb capped the scoring for Franklin when he scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.

McClanahan (6-0) was brilliant over eight innings of work, allowing two earned runs on six hits with five walks and seven strikeouts. The Union, Ky.-native moved into sole possession of third place in a single season with 87 strikeouts, and sits just four back of setting a new single season record.

Earley, Sullivan and Colby Reed had two hits each for the Grizzlies, leading the offense.

Up Next

The Grizzlies look to punch their ticket to Saturday’s championship round with a win on Friday (May 13). Franklin will meet #2 seed Earlham with a spot in the championship round up for grabs. First pitch is set for approximately 3:30 p.m.

Baseball Rally Falls Short vs. Earlham; RHIT Faces Hanover on Friday at 12:30 PM

KOKOMO, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored twice in the eighth in a late rally, but fell short 5-3 to Earlham College in the opener of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Thursday at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

Nathan Burke had an RBI pinch-hit single and Brett Tuttle hit a sacrifice fly to bring Rose-Hulman’s 5-1 deficit within 5-3 in the eighth.  Jacob Renner was able to pick up the final three outs for Earlham to pick up the save, after Justin Dillhoff tossed seven innings to pick up the win.

Kade Kline led the Rose-Hulman offense with two singles and one run scored.  Colter Couillard-Rodak and Andy Krajecki added one hit and one run, and Manuel Lopez had an RBI double to bring home the first Engineer run.

Ian Kline had three strikeouts in five innings of work, and Michael Yager tossed three scoreless innings to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching performance.

The Fightin’ Engineers (25-12) return to action on Friday at 12:30 pm with a matchup against Hanover College.  The winner will return to action at 6:30 pm on Friday in another tournament elimination game.  The tournament continues through Sunday.

EARLHAM 5, ROSE-HULMAN 3

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers were trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning when they first put runs on the board. Rose-Hulman got on the board thanks to Lopez’s RBI double with one out.

The Quakers expanded their lead to 5-1 before the Engineers offense got back to work, cutting into that lead in the eighth. Burke’s run-scoring single highlighted an inning where Rose-Hulman scored twice, which brought the score to 5-3 in favor of the Quakers. The Engineers were unable to get any closer, as neither team scored again in the ballgame.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the eighth, when it pushed two runs across.

» Rose-Hulman went 2-for-5 (.400) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 35 Earlham hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out four.

» Lopez led the Engineers at the plate, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

» Earlham was led offensively by Christian Lancianese, who went 1-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.

» Justin Dillhoff led the Quakers pitching staff, throwing seven innings of three-run ball.

Six Tigers Earn ALL-NCAC Honors

Greencastle, Ind.: After completing a program-best 11-4 and making its first appearance at the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, the DePauw University women’s lacrosse team had six players named to the 2022 all-conference team.

Emma Kennedy (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./ Bishop Chatard), who led the NCAC in goals (66), points (75), and shots (127), was one of four midfielders selected to the all-NCAC first team. Kennedy started in all 15 games for the Tigers and broke four program single-game records and six program career records. She finished her career first in career points (174), goals (55), shot attempts (304), shots on goal (240), free-position goals (43), and draw controls (204). Kennedy earned an all-NCAC honorable mention in 2019 and all-NCAC first team in 2021.

Emily Howard (Sr., McCordsville, Ind/ Cathedral) was among four defenders chosen to the all-NCAC first team. Howard finished the season leading the team in caused turnovers (31) and tied for first in ground balls (41). Starting in all 15 games, Howard tallied two single-season records and broke two program career records. She completed her career with the Tigers first in ground balls (125) and caused turnovers (105) and now holds the single-season records for most ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (31). Howard previously earned all-NCAC second team in 2019 and all-NCAC first team in 2021.

Attack Bria Randolph (Jr., Baltimore, Md./ Friends School of Baltimore) was named to the all-NCAC second team after completing the season with 26 goals, 24 assists, and 50 points. Randolph’s 24 assists led the NCAC and the Tigers in assists and tied the single-season assist total held by Nicole Gibson since 2017. She was third on the team in goals and finished the season second in points.

First-year midfielder Bridget Driscoll (Fr., New Albany, Ohio/ New Albany) was selected to the All-NCAC second team. Driscoll finished the season third in the NCAC and second on the team in assists with 21. She recorded 22 goals, held the third-highest point total on the team, and had the second-highest draw control total (61) for the Tigers.

Goalie Lydia Hollis (So., Findlay, Ohio/ Culver Academies) earned all-NCAC second-team honors after allowing just 41 goals and recording 43 saves in NCAC play, for a save percentage of .512. Hollis completed the season 9-4 overall and was fifth in the NCAC in total saves (95) and fourth in the NCAC in save percentage (47.3).

Sophomore attack Graesen Campbell (So., Oak Park, Calif./ Oak Park) was selected as an all-NCAC honorable mention with six goals and one assist in conference play. Across the season, Campbell tallied 32 goals and nine assists for 41 points. She was second in goal scoring and was tied for third in assists on the team.

Christie ties Hanover single season homerun record; HC drops game one with Anderson

KOKOMO, Ind. – Sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) tied the Hanover single season record for career homeruns as the Panthers fell in the HCAC Tournament opener to no. 4 seed Anderson, 6-2.

Junior Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start going four complete innings surrendering just four runs on eight hits.

The Hanover Panthers surged ahead early as Christie provided the fireworks in the top of the first inning with a solo shot to left field that tied the Hanover all-time career homerun record, 1-0.

The Blue and Red added an insurance run in the top of the third inning led off by Christie who singled before a senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) connection set the stage for junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.). Dupps delivered collecting the RBI with a sacrifice fly to center field, 2-0.

However, the Ravens would sore back using a one run third inning and a two run fourth inning to claim their first lead of the afternoon, 3-2.

They never looked back plating two more runs in the seventh inning to secure the HCAC Tournament opening victory, 6-2.

The Blue and Red return to the diamond on Friday, May 13 at 12:30 PM.

LICHTY, MCCUTCHEON AND WILSON AMONG THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Three members of the HU baseball team were recognized as some of the best in the Crossroads League as announced by the league office earlier today.

For the second straight year, Daniel Lichty and Ian McCutcheon earned First Team All-Conference praises. 

Lichty, who has three league badges to his name, was named the All-Conference third baseman this season for his outstanding work on both sides of the ball. At the plate, the Ontario native (London HS) posted a .337 batting average and a team-leading 67 hits which included pounding out 18 doubles, four triples and seven homeruns. His resume also includes driving in 46 runs and swiping 20 bags.

Defensively, Lichty was named to the Gold Glove Team for the second consecutive year. He committed ten errors at the hot spot for a fielding percentage of .927, racked up 86 assists and turned six double plays.

McCutcheon (Huntington North HS, Huntington, Ind.) was one of four outfielders on the top team. It’s the third time he’s been honored by the CL. His .377 batting average is the fifth best among his league peers and tops among his teammates. He also led the Foresters in slugging percentage (.747) and on base percentage (.485). Of his 61 hits, he cranked out a team-leading 14 dingers. He scored 61 times and logged 48 RBI.

Satchell Wilson was the shortstop pick for the Second Team. He leads the league in stolen bases with 30 in as many attempts. With his .329 batting average, the Anderson native (Lapel HS) hammered out 57 hits on the year, 14 for extra bases, knocked in 35 runs and scored 41 times. Defensively, he turned 21 double plays, carried a .933 fielding percentage and logged 129 assists.

The Foresters finished the year with a 27-23 record.

Three Cougars: Carpenter, Painter, & Konstanty Earn 2022 All-CL Performer Honors

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Men’s track & field team is excited to announce that three Cougars, freshman Spencer Carpenter, sophomore Joe Painter, and senior Jordan Konstanty have all been elected to the 2022 All-Crossroads League Team as top performers during the outdoor season.

The All-Crossroads League honors are awarded to any individual or relay that finished among the top-three in an event. At the Crossroads League Championship last week, Carpenter capped off his historic freshman season by winning the 1,000 meter run with a new league record of 2:28.77. He took off with just 150 meters to go finishing over two seconds behind the runner-up, and his time also places him fifth in the NAIA.

In the weight throw, Jordan Konstanty threw for 18.99 meters on his last throw to win the league title, and it is also a new school record which Konstanty previously set last week at 18.06 meters. The Cougars senior finished first out of 21 throwers, beating the runner-up by 0.27 meters.

Meanwhile, in the pole vault, sophomore Joe Painter finished fourth out of 13 with a distance of 4.65 meters.

Earlier in the season at the Indiana Little State Championship, Carpenter placed fourth out of 21 runners in the men’s 3000 steeple chase with a time of 9:51.71 for another school record.

Both Carpenter and Painter’s performances during the indoor track & field season earned them both NAIA All-American honors.

Cougar fans, stay updated on all events and recaps with USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

Four Cougars: Maley, O’Neill, Ebetino, & Hall Earn 2022 All-CL League Performers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Women’s track & field team is excited to announce that four Cougars: junior Leah Hall, freshman Mariah Maley, senior Hailley O’Neill, and junior Alex Ebetino have all earned 2022 All-Crossroads League Performer Honors after the outdoor track season.

Last week at the Crossroads League Championships, Leah Hall had perhaps the biggest performance of all the Cougars. Fresh off of earning NAIA All-American honors for the indoor season, Hall picked up where she left off by winning the 10K where she ran a time of 36:37.99 and won the event, placing first out of 15 runners and in the process set a new USF program and Crossroads League record.

Her time was almost one minute faster than the NAIA A standard placing her top 10 currently in the NAIA. Another third place finish came from freshman Mariah Maley in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:07.43 as she placed third out of 11.

Another individual champion was junior All-American Alex Ebetino, who won the 5K, placing first out of 22 runners with a time of 17:55.77 while senior Hailley O’Neill didn’t finish too far behind as she finished third in the 5K with a time of 18:29.47.

Like Hall, Ebetino also earned NAIA All-American honors for the indoor season, and the performances of the four top performers propelled the Cougars all season long, and they’re hopeful that Hall & Ebetino returning for their senior seasons continue to lead the team and the university through the record books.

Cougar fans, stay updated with all events and recaps with USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.

Men’s Tennis advances to NCCAA championship

MOBILE, Ala. – Grace’s men’s tennis team continued its romp through the 2022 NCCAA National Championships, picking up its third straight sweep on Thursday.

The Lancers dispatched Asbury 4-0; Grace finished pool play unbeaten without dropping a single team point across the three matches.

As a result, Grace has secured its spot in the 2022 national championship match. The Lancers, who are aiming for a repeat of their 2021 NCCAA title, will play the finals on Friday morning at 10 a.m. against Judson.

It sets up a national championship rematch as the Lancers defeated Judson 4-0 in last season’s title bout. Grace’s win in 2021 marked the first national championship in team history.

Thursday saw Grace win the doubles’ point to start the match. Facundo Paredes and Ivan Antinori clawed their way to a 7-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Fabricio Galvan and Nicolas Doria teamed up for a win at No. 2 (6-2).

Paredes also was victorious at No. 1 singles by the score of 6-1, 6-4. Pablo Gregori (No. 3) and Francisco Margaria (No. 6) collected the final two singles’ wins to secure the match.

All matches of the NCCAA tournament are held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

DOUBLES

1. Paredes/Antinori (GC) def. Lewis/Cavero (AU) 7-5

2. Galvan/Doria (GC) def. Ingles/Teixeria (AU) 6-2

3. Candia/Gregori (GC) did not finish

SINGLES

1. Paredes (GC) def. Ingles (AU) 6-1, 6-4

2. Galvan (GC) did not finish

3. Gregori (GC) def. Cavero (AU) 4-1, ret.

4. Candia (GC) did not finish

5. Doria (GC) did not finish

6. Margaria (GC) def. Tirado (AU) 6-0, 6-3

Pair of Lancers nab All-League honors

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace College’s baseball team had two pitchers named to the All-Crossroads League Team on Thursday.

Hunter Schumacher was named Second Team All-Crossroads League after posting a 3.91 ERA. The junior pitcher picked up three wins, a trio of saves and struck out 35 batters across 23 innings.

Evan Etchison joined his teammate on the Second Team All-Crossroads League. Etchinson led Grace with 60.2 innings pitched, and he recorded an incredible 91 strikeouts across his 14 appearances. His 91 strikeouts ranks second all-time in Grace’s team history for a single season.

Etchison had a pair of memorable games as well this year, including a 13-strikeout performance against Goshen and a program-record 16 strikeouts in an appearance against Bethel.

The Lancers’ 17 wins this year are the most since 2016 and tied for the fourth-most in program history. Grace also reached double-digit wins in league play for the fourth time ever, including twice under head coach Ryan Roth.

SMWC Sprint Football Announces Inaugural Schedule

The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods sprint football team has released the first schedule for the fledgling program, which will begin play this fall in the Midwest Sprint Football League under the guidance of head coach Blaine Powell.

The Pomeroys will take the field for the first time Saturday, Sept. 17 against Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana, against the host Crimson Wave.

The Pomeroys will play the program’s first home game Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. against Quincy University at West Vigo High School’s Jay Barrett Field. Action will be streamed live at smwcathletics.com. The Pomeroys will celebrate homecoming the following week on Oct. 1 as they will face Midway University at 2 p.m. at Jay Barrett Field.

On Oct. 15, the Pomeroys will travel to Louisville to face Bellarmine before the final home game Oct. 22 in a second battle agai powell

nst Calumet College of St. Joseph.

The regular-season finale is Oct. 29 at Fontbonne University, a catholic university in St. Louis. All six games are MSFL opponents.

The MSFL championship game will take place Nov. 5 with the winner earning a bid to a bowl game against the winner of the Collegiate Sprint Football League on Nov. 19.

Powell and his staff are still in progress of building a roster, and he looks forward to getting that finalized and preparing for preseason camp.

“We don’t know anything about any of the teams being a first-year program for all the schools,” Powell said. “We’re going in kind of blind. All the schools will be getting started just a month before school starts. It’s going to be challenging. We’re thinking the best that’s for sure.”

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods 2022-23 Schedule

Sept. 17 – at Calumet College of St. Joseph, TBD

Sept. 24 – Quincy University, 2 p.m.

Oct. 1 – Midway University, 2 p.m.

Oct. 15 – at Bellarmine, TBD

Oct. 22 – Calumet College of St. Joseph, 2 p.m.

Oct. 29 – at Fontbonne University, TBD

Nov. 5 – MSFL Championship, TBD

Nov. 19 – MSFL champion vs. CSFL champion, Site TBD

Rodammer picks up pair of league awards

JACKSON, Mich. – Goshen outfielder Jenner Rodammer picked up a pair of conference awards on Thursday when the Crossroads League announced their end-of-year baseball awards. The sophomore earned a spot on the All-Crossroads League Second-Team and the Gold Glove Team at the centerfield position.

Rodammer was among the top 25 in the conference in runs, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases, batting average, and slugging percentage. He led the Leafs with a .333 batting average, 44 runs scored, 59 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, 91 total bases and a .514 slugging percentage.

Rodammer improved significantly over his first-year campaign. Last year he had a batting average of .195 with 16 hits. Early in the season, he had a notable game when he was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with two runs, an RBI, and a walk in an 11-7 win over Toccoa Falls (Ga). His play improved once Goshen got into the more difficult conference games – and he even had multiple hits in seven straight league games.

Defensively, Rodammer had a .993 fielding percentage, which was the 14th best in the league. He was 5th in that category among players with at least 85 total chances. He had 138 putouts and just one error all season.

Mount Vernon Nazarene was the regular season league champion, whereas Taylor won the league tournament with a 12-9 victory over Huntington on Wednesday. The Trojans took home three major awards with TJ Bass as Player of the Year, Luke Shively as Pitcher of the Year, and Kaleb Kolpien as Newcomer of the Year.  Mount Vernon Nazarene head coach Keith Veale was named Coach of the Year.

Goshen concluded the season with an 11-39 record and a 6-30 mark in Crossroads League play. The Maple Leafs proved to be building up this past season – as they made leaps and bounds forward from the season before.

RHIT Women’s Golf Places 21st at NCAA National Championships

HOUSTON, Texas — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team placed 21st at the NCAA Division III National Championship to cap the 2022 season on Thursday at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Fightin’ Engineers recorded team scores of 339, 317 and 329 during the three days of play.

Precious Saelee led the Rose-Hulman performance with a 72nd place finish out of 150 players.  Saelee completed rounds in 81, 79 and 81 for a 3-day total of 241.

Rachel Zhang had the best round of the weekend with a 75 on Wednesday.  Her 75 marked the lowest single round score for a Rose-Hulman player at an NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship.  Zhang finished 77th with scores of 89, 75 and 78 for a 3-day total of 242.

Rose-Hulman has now placed 14th and 21st in its two trips to the NCAA Division III National Championships over the past two seasons.  The Fightin’ Engineers have also won three consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships.

ROSE-HULMAN SCORES

NCAA DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP

Precious Saelee 81-79-81=241

Rachel Zhang 89-75-78=242

Meg Fosnot 81-80-83=244

Svarnika Bommakanti 88-83-87=258

Lily Byrne 90-84-91=265

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Upland Bracket for 2022 Opening Round Revealed

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA has announced the 46-team field of competition for the 2022 National Tournament Opening Rounds, including the four additional teams set to compete in the Upland Bracket alongside No. 22 Taylor (40-16).

The number-one seed in the Upland Bracket is also the No. 1 team in the entire nation, Southeastern (51-3) out of Florida, who will play Monday evening, May 16th, at 7:00 pm against the winner of the four-and-five-seed play-in game.

Columbia College (38-12) out of Missouri will serve as the four-seed in that game, set to take on the fifth-seeded, Bryan (27-26), in the Opening Round’s first game scheduled for Monday at 12:00 pm ET.

Following Monday’s opening game will be a matchup between the Upland Bracket’s two-and-three-seeds, No. 19 Northwestern Ohio (37-12) and No. 22 Taylor (40-16) respectively, with that game scheduled for a 3:00 pm start.

Tuesday, May 17th, will then follow a similar schedule to Monday, with games scheduled for 12:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 7:00 pm, while Wednesday, the 18th, presents a 3:00 pm semifinal matchup and a 6:00 pm possible championship game. If necessary, Thursday, May 19th, would conclude the Upland Bracket opening round with a final game slated for 12:00 pm.

The winner of the Upland Bracket will earn an invite to the 65th-annual Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, set to unfold between May 27th and June 3rd.

As the host for the 2022 National Tournament Opening Round Upland Bracket, No. 22 Taylor (40-16) makes its eighth appearance on the national stage in program-history, with its last two visits occurring in 2016 and 2018.

Stayed tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for more information regarding the Upland Bracket Opening Round, set to commence on Monday, May 16th, at 12:00 pm ET.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1884       Umpire Van Cort infuriates the visiting Detroit Wolverines when he calls their batter out on a third-strike foul tip in a National League contest played at the South End Grounds. Mike Hines, the Beaneaters’ backstop, clearly did not catch strike three because the ball becomes wedged in his catcher’s mask.

1910       Issuing just one walk, which spoils his bid for a perfect game, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, who is part Chippewa, throws a 4-0 no-hitter at Shibe Park against the Cleveland Naps. The home plate umpire is Bill Dinneen, who tossed a no-hit game against the White Sox playing with the Pilgrims (Red Sox) in 1905, making him the only person in big-league history to both throw a no-hitter and call one as an umpire.

1915       White Sox hurler Red Faber hurls only 67 pitches in his complete-game 4-1 victory over the Senators. The future Hall of Fame right-hander keeps his pitch count by needing to throw just three pitches to retire the side in both the third and fifth innings.

1937       At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ducky Medwick hits two home runs and two doubles. The Cardinal outfielder’s 12 total bases contribute to the Redbirds’ 15-3 rout over the Phillies.

1941       After five undistinguished seasons of being called the Bees, the National League club in Boston reverts to its original name. New owners of the Braves had hoped to change the team’s image by renaming the franchise.

1948       On WBZ-TV, the first Red Sox game ever televised from Fenway becomes must-see TV when Boston scores three times in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 6-5 walk-off victory. Bobby Doerr’s three-run home run dramatically ends the contest after the White Sox tallied two runs at the top of the frame to break the 3-3 deadlock.

1950       Ted Williams apologizes to Red Sox fans for the ‘insulting’ gestures he made after being booed by the Fenway Faithful for allowing the eventual winning run to score on his second error of yesterday’s game. In response to the patrons’ vocal displeasure, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ had bowed three times to various sections of the Boston ballpark and made an obscene gesture with his finger.

1955       After Sam ‘Toothpick’ Jones walks the bases full in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs right-hander whiffs Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas to preserve his 4-0 no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately, only 2,918 fans are on hand at Wrigley Field to witness the first no-hitter ever thrown by a black player and the ninth rookie to throw a hitless game.

1956       At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory. The right-handed ‘Oisk’ also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.

1956       Don Ferrarese gets his first major league victory, blanking the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. The Orioles rookie southpaw loses a no-hitter when Andy Carey leads off the ninth inning with a single.

1958       In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The Say Hey Kid’s second round-tripper, a fifth-inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam hit by a San Francisco Giant.

1962       Craig Anderson, who will not win another major league game, dropping his next 19 decisions that include 16 this season, gets credit for the victory for both ends of a twin bill when the 5-17 Mets beat the Braves at the Polo Grounds, 3-2 and 8-7. The victories account for the first doubleheader sweep in franchise history and mark the first time a major league team has accomplished the feat with two walk-off homers, thanks to the ninth-inning heroics of Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges.

1966       The first game ever played at Busch Memorial Stadium is an extra-inning affair. Lou Brock plates Curt Flood with a 12th-inning single off future Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Braves in their new ballpark.

1968       Luis Tiant improves his record to 5-2 when he tosses his fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Orioles in the first game of a twin bill at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. ‘El Tiante,’ finishing the season with a 21-9 record, will post a league-leading 1.60 ERA in 34 appearances for the Tribe.

1968       The Mets play their 1000th game in franchise history, losing to Chicago at Wrigley Field in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3. The Amazins compiled a 332-664 record with four contests ending in a tie during the span but start their next 1000 matchups with a resounding 10-0 rout of the Cubs in the nightcap.

1970       At Wrigley Field, only 5,264 fans are in attendance to see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is Frank Secory, one of the umpires of the 1953 contest in which Mr. Cub hit his first round-tripper. The second-inning line drive hit off Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers, bounces back onto the field, and the Atlanta outfielder Rico Carty gives the Cubs’ first baseman the ball.

1971       In the top of the seventh inning, Carl Taylor goes into the Baltimore clubhouse and sets fire to his baseball equipment and uniform in front of his locker. The soon-to-be suspended 27-year-old Royals’ outfielder told manager Bob Lemon earlier to get a new left fielder because he was not helping the team or himself.

1972       In a contest that takes five hours and 47 minutes to complete, the Brewers beat the hometown Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 4-3. Mike Ferraro singles off Bert Blyleven to plate Ron Theobald with the decisive run in the top of the 22nd inning.

1974       In a 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Bronx native Ed Kranepool collects his 1000th major league hit. The James Monroe High School graduate will play his 18-year career with the Mets, retiring as the all-time franchise leader with 1,418 hits.

1978       At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine flyball to right-center field becomes an Amos Otis walk-off inside-the-park homer when Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collide in the outfield. The misplay turns a sure Goose Gossage save into a devastating loss for the World Champions Bronx Bombers.

1979       An anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, Bill Murray, reports that 42-year-old Chico Escuela (a fictional baseball player portrayed by Garrett Morris) has informed the Mets that he is quitting baseball. Although “baizabol be berry berry good to him,” a crushing blow off the bat of Dodgers’ first baseman Steve Garvey into the Dominican’s infielder’s crotch ends an inspiring comeback.

1990       Blanking the Dodgers at Shea Stadium, 7-0, Frank Viola gets his seventh consecutive win from the start of the season. The Mets southpaw sets a franchise record of nine straight victories, dating back to his past two decisions last season.

1996       Jerry Goff, playing in his first game of the season, ties a modern major league record when he allows six passed balls in the Astros’ 7-6 loss to the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The 32-year-old Houston backup backstop, filling in for starter Rick Wilkins, who caught all 13 frames of yesterday’s extra-inning loss to Montreal, equals the dubious mark for misplaying six pitches in one game shared by Harry Vickers (1902 Reds) and Geno Petralli (1987 Rangers).

1997       In a Jet magazine article, Frank Thomas, “hurt” and “embarrassed” by the portions of his ESPN interview that ABC’s “Nightline” used in their segment about Jackie Robinson, says the piece misrepresented his remarks. The network shares the White Sox All-Star saying he rarely thinks about Robinson’s efforts in breaking down baseball’s color barrier.

1998       The Padres’ home game streak, which started in April 1983 without a rainout, ends in a scheduled contest against the Mets, a team washed out eight times already this season. A game in San Diego hadn’t been rained out in the previous 15 years, covering 1,184 games.

1998       Mark Grace is the first player to have his home run ball land in the swimming pool, located 415 feet from home plate just behind the right-center field fence of the new Bank One Ballpark. The Cubs’ first baseman, who will become a fan favorite in Arizona after signing as a free agent with the club in 2000, will not accomplish the feat again during his three seasons of playing in the desert.

2000       Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston’s Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.

2000       John Wetteland, in a less-than-spectacular outing, earns his 300th save when he allows five hits and gives up three runs in 1.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 13-11win over the Angels at Edison Field. The right-handed hurler, who will end his career with 330 saves, becomes the 12th reliever in history to reach the milestone.

2001       Arbitrator Alan Symonette orders baseball to reinstate nine of the 22 ‘resigning’ umpires released two years ago and must give them back pay for missed time. The ruling also states veteran umpires Frank Pulli and Terry Tata need not retire after the season.

2001       Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter to become the all-time Blue Jay career leader in round-trippers. The first baseman hits his 204th home run in a Toronto uniform in a 7-2 loss to Seattle at the SkyDome.

2001       At Qualcomm Stadium, Marlin right-hander A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0, in a game where every opposing regular batter he faces reaches base. Although no Friars get on with a hit, San Diego has plenty of opportunities when the 24-year-old North Little Rock (AK) native throws 129 pitches, issuing a record nine walks and hitting one batter in the hitless gem.

2004       As the Minute Maid Ballpark crowd responds with a standing ovation, former Iraqi hostage Thomas Hamill throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Astros’ game against Miami. The 44-year-old Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary KBR employee, who escaped after being wounded and captured during an attack on his convoy, throws a strike despite wearing a cast on his throwing arm.

2004       In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big-league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA’s lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball, watching the increasing total displayed on the scoreboard.

2007       Angels’ right-hander Bartolo Colon wins his 12th straight decision against the Rangers as a starter to tie a major league mark. Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat facing Seattle from 1998 to 2004, is the only other hurler to win a dozen consecutive starts against an opponent.

2008       In the nightcap of a twin bill against the Blue Jays, Asdrubal Cabrera completes the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. The Indians’ second baseman catches Lyle Overbay’s line drive, then steps on second to force out Kevin Mench and gets the third out by tagging Marco Scutaro, the runner from first base.

2008       Buster Posey, who starts the game as the catcher, eventually plays all nine positions for the Florida State Seminoles in a 10-0 victory over Savannah State. The future Rookie of the Year, after playing every infield position from the second to the fifth inning, moves to left field to begin the sixth before shifting to center with two outs, strikes out both hitters that he faces in the seventh before becoming the right-fielder for the final out of the frame.

2009       In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases, including the swiping of second and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to achieve the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies’ right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).

2013       The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo agree to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could reach $68 million over nine seasons. In January of 2012, Chicago acquired the 23-year-old first baseman and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres in exchange for right-handed starter Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

2014       Yankee right fielder Alfonso Soriano becomes only the seventh player to collect a thousand hits in both leagues when he singles off Mets starter Bartolo Colon in the bottom of the second inning of the team’s 9-7 loss at the Bronx ballpark. The 38-year-old Dominican outfielder, the first major leaguer to record 100 HRs, 500 RBIs, 500 runs, and 100 RBIs in each circuit, joins Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera, and Carlos Lee in reaching the milestone.

2015       Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mark McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have traveled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins’ 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine.

TV FRIDAY

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INDIANA ST. AT SO. ILLINOIS4:00PMESPNU
GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE5:30PMSECN
WAKE FOREST AT NORTH CAROLINA6:00PMACCN
XAVIER AT UCONN7:00PMFS1
NEBRASKA AT ILLINOIS7:00PMESPNU
MISSISSIPPI AT LSU8:30PMESPN2
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT12:00PMESPNU
SEC TOURNAMENT3:00PMESPN2
SEC TOURNAMENT5:30PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: SOUDAL OPEN7:00AMGOLF
CHAMPIONS: TRADITION1:30PMGOLF
PGA: BYRON NELSON4:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT WASHINGTON7:05PMATTSN-SW
MASN/2
BALTIMORE AT DETROIT7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT NY METS7:10PMROOT SPORTS
SNY
TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SAN DIEGO AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT TEXAS8:05PMNESN
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT MINNESOTA8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMYES
NBCS-CHI
SAN FRANCISCO AT ST. LOUIS8:15PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT COLORADO8:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
LA ANGELS AT OAKLAND9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CHI. CUBS AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
PHILADELPHIA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMTNT
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON7:30PMTBS
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: CALGARY AT DALLAS9:30PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION A: ANDERLECHT VS ANTWERP2:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ARSENAL2:45PMUSA
USL LEAGUE ONE: GREENVILLE TRIUMPH VS FORWARD MADISON7:00PMESPN+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: ORANGE COUNTY SC VS FC TULSA10:00PMESPN+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: LA GALAXY II VS LOUISVILLE CITY10:30PMESPN+
NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS OL REIGN10:30PMCBSSN

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA12:00PMSECN
LOUISVILLE AT VIRGINIA TECH1:00PMACCN
OLE MISS AT LSU3:00PMSECN
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA4:00PMBTN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
AAC TOURNAMENT11:00AMESPN2
ACC TOURNAMENT1:00PMESPN2
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT3:00PMESPN2
SEC TOURNAMENT5:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: SOUDAL OPEN7:30AMGOLF
PGA: BYRON NELSON1:00PMGOLF
CHAMPIONS: TRADITION3:00PMGOLF
PGA: BYRON NELSON3:00PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
SAN FRANCISCO AT ST. LOUIS2:15PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT ATLANTA4:05PMFS1
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
BALTIMORE AT DETROIT4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT MIAMI6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT WASHINGTON7:05PMATTSN-SW
MASN/2
BOSTON AT TEXAS7:05PMMLBN
NESN
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT NY METS7:10PMROOT SPORTS
SNY
CLEVELAND AT MINNESOTA7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT CHI. WHITE SOX7:10PMMLBN
YES
NBCS-CHI
KANSAS CITY AT COLORADO8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
CHI. CUBS AT ARIZONA8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
LA ANGELS AT OAKLAND9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
PHILADELPHIA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
MMATIME ETTV
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS: JAN BLACHOWICZ VS. ALEKSANDAR RAKIC10:00PMESPN2
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
INDYCAR: GMR GRAND PRIX3:00PMNBC
NASCAR TRUCK: KANSAS8:00PMFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 6: BOSTON AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMESPN
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 6: MEMPHIS AT GOLDEN STATE10:00PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 7: BOSTON AT CAROLINA
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 7: TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 7: ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 7: LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: CELTIC VS MOTHERWELL7:15AMCBSSN
SERIE A: EMPOLI VS SALERNITANA9:30AMPARAMOUNT+
BUNDESLIGA: BAYER LEVERKUSEN VS FREIBURG9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: WOLFSBURG VS BAYERN MÜNCHEN9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS HERTHA BSC9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS BOCHUM9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: AUGSBURG VS GREUTHER FÜRTH9:30AMESPN+
BUNDESLIGA: STUTTGART VS KÖLN9:30AMESPN+
ENGLAND FA CUP: CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL11:45AMESPN+
SERIE A: HELLAS VERONA VS TORINO12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: UDINESE VS SPEZIA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: ROMA VS VENEZIA2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: TORONTO FC VS ORLANDO CITY SC3:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: MONTPELLIER VS PSG3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS NANTES3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NICE VS LILLE3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS LOS ANGELES FC3:30PMUNIVISION
BRASILEIRÃO: PALMEIRAS VS RB BRAGANTINO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: CEARÁ VS FLAMENGO3:30PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS ATLÉTICO GOIANIENSE6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: INTERNACIONAL VS CORINTHIANS6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: ORLANDO PRIDE VS KANSAS CITY CURRENT6:30PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS COLUMBUS CREW7:00PMESPN+
MLS: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS SJ EARTHQUAKES7:00PMESPN+
MLS: CHARLOTTE VS CF MONTRÉAL7:00PMESPN+
NWSL: NJ/NY GOTHAM FC VS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: PHILADELPHIA UNION VS NEW YORK RB7:30PMESPN+
MLS: INTER MIAMI VS DC UNITED8:00PMESPN+
MLS: CHICAGO FIRE VS CINCINNATI8:00PMESPN+
BRASILEIRÃO: FLUMINENSE VS ATHLETICO-PR8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: RACING LOUISVILLE FC VS HOUSTON DASH8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: HOUSTON DYNAMO VS NASHVILLE SC8:30PMESPN+
MLS: REAL SALT LAKE VS AUSTIN9:30PMESPN+
MLS: PORTLAND TIMBERS VS SPORTING KC10:00PMESPN+
MLS: LA GALAXY VS DALLAS10:30PMESPN+
USFLTIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS AT NEW JERSEY3:00PMFOX
WNBATIME ETTV
PHOENIX AT SEATTLE3:00PMABC
CHICAGO AT MINNESOTA8:00PMNBATV

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES238.74214 – 49 – 412 – 69 – 12 – 18 – 2W 4
TAMPA BAY1913.5944.59 – 710 – 65 – 12 – 410 – 77 – 3W 1
TORONTO1715.5316.510 – 67 – 98 – 81 – 38 – 43 – 7L 4
BALTIMORE1418.4389.59 – 75 – 114 – 84 – 33 – 46 – 4W 1
BOSTON1120.355124 – 97 – 115 – 114 – 61 – 22 – 8L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA1814.56311 – 77 – 76 – 57 – 25 – 55 – 5L 3
CHI WHITE SOX1515.50028 – 87 – 75 – 24 – 104 – 37 – 3L 1
CLEVELAND1515.50027 – 58 – 103 – 46 – 33 – 47 – 3L 1
KANSAS CITY1019.3456.56 – 94 – 101 – 57 – 61 – 53 – 7L 1
DETROIT923.28196 – 133 – 102 – 43 – 61 – 81 – 9L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2111.6569 – 412 – 72 – 47 – 011 – 610 – 0W 10
LA ANGELS2112.6360.512 – 79 – 55 – 46 – 26 – 56 – 4L 1
SEATTLE1418.43879 – 75 – 112 – 56 – 44 – 52 – 8L 1
TEXAS1317.43376 – 107 – 72 – 42 – 15 – 97 – 3W 1
OAKLAND1419.4247.54 – 910 – 107 – 74 – 71 – 24 – 6W 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2211.6679 – 513 – 613 – 72 – 17 – 36 – 4W 1
ATLANTA1517.4696.59 – 96 – 84 – 66 – 43 – 45 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA1517.4696.59 – 96 – 84 – 91 – 26 – 24 – 6W 2
MIAMI1417.45276 – 78 – 108 – 21 – 23 – 102 – 8W 1
WASHINGTON1122.333114 – 137 – 94 – 91 – 35 – 84 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2012.62510 – 410 – 83 – 315 – 70 – 15 – 5L 1
ST. LOUIS1714.5482.58 – 79 – 73 – 36 – 44 – 45 – 5L 1
PITTSBURGH1318.4196.57 – 96 – 93 – 16 – 133 – 34 – 6L 1
CHI CUBS1119.36784 – 117 – 81 – 25 – 74 – 63 – 7W 1
CINCINNATI824.250125 – 93 – 152 – 26 – 70 – 135 – 5W 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2010.66710 – 310 – 72 – 28 – 26 – 57 – 3L 2
SAN DIEGO2012.625110 – 710 – 55 – 39 – 35 – 56 – 4L 1
SAN FRANCISCO1912.6131.511 – 78 – 57 – 63 – 25 – 35 – 5W 5
ARIZONA1715.53149 – 98 – 69 – 72 – 25 – 57 – 3L 1
COLORADO1615.5164.511 – 55 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 64 – 6L 4

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT