INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SECTIONALS-STARTS NEXT WEEK

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1. Highland (7)

G1: Highland vs. Hammond Central.

G2: Lake Central vs. Hammond Morton.

G3: Munster vs. East Chicago Central.

G4: Merrillville vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

2. Valparaiso (6)

G1: Chesterton vs. Hobart.

G2: Lowell vs. Valparaiso.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Crown Point vs. Portage.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

3. Plymouth (6)

G1: Michigan City vs. South Bend Adams.

G2: South Bend Riley vs. Plymouth.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: LaPorte vs. Mishawaka.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

4. Penn (6)

G1: Goshen vs. Warsaw Community.

G2: Penn vs. Elkhart.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Northridge vs. Concord.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

5. DeKalb (5)

G1: East Noble vs. DeKalb.

G2: Fort Wayne Snider vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

G3: Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

6. Huntington North (6)

G1: Columbia City vs. Fort Wayne North Side.

G2: Huntington North vs. Homestead.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne South Side.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

7. Logansport (5)

G1: Logansport vs. Lafayette Jefferson.

G2: Harrison (West Lafayette) vs. Kokomo.

G3: McCutcheon vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

8. Noblesville (6)

G1: Zionsville vs. Noblesville.

G2: Westfield vs. Hamilton Southeastern.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Fishers vs. Carmel.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

9. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (6)

G1: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Pendleton Heights.

G2: Richmond vs. Greenfield-Central.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Muncie Central vs. Anderson.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

10. Pike (8)

G1: Pike vs. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks.

G2: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Lawrence Central.

G3: Lawrence North vs. Ben Davis.

G4: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Indianapolis Arsenal Technical.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

11. Roncalli (6)

G1: Roncalli vs. Perry Meridian.

G2: New Palestine vs. Southport.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Warren Central vs. Franklin Central.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

12. Terre Haute South Vigo (6)

G1: Terre Haute North Vigo vs. Decatur Central.

G2: Plainfield vs. Brownsburg.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Avon vs. Terre Haute South Vigo.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

13. Center Grove (6)

G1: Mooresville vs. Franklin Community.

G2: Center Grove vs. Greenwood Community.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Whiteland Community vs. Martinsville.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

14. Bloomington South (6)

G1: Columbus North vs. East Central.

G2: Bloomington South vs. Shelbyville.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Columbus East vs. Bloomington North.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

15. Jennings County (6)

G1: Jeffersonville vs. Jennings County.

G2: New Albany vs. Floyd Central.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Bedford North Lawrence vs. Seymour.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

16. Evansville Reitz (6)

G1: Castle vs. Evansville Central.

G2: Evansville Reitz vs. Evansville North.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Jasper vs. Evansville Harrison.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

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17. Griffith (4)

G1: Andrean vs. Griffith.

G2: Calumet vs. Gary West Side.

Championship: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

18. Kankakee Valley (6)

G1: Glenn vs. Knox.

G2: River Forest vs. Culver Academies.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Hanover Central vs. Kankakee Valley.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

19. South Bend Clay (5)

G1: South Bend Clay vs. New Prairie.

G2: Mishawaka Marian vs. South Bend St. Joseph.

G3: South Bend Washington vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

20. Northwestern (7)

G1: Peru vs. Western.

G2: Benton Central vs. Northwestern.

G3: West Lafayette vs. Twin Lakes.

G4: Maconaquah vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

21. Jimtown (6)

G1: Tippecanoe Valley vs. Wawasee.

G2: Lakeland vs. West Noble.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: NorthWood vs. Jimtown.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

22. Angola (7)

G1: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger vs. New Haven.

G2: Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

G3: Angola vs. Leo.

G4: Garrett vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

23. Bellmont (6)

G1: Oak Hill vs. Marion.

G2: Norwell vs. Mississinewa.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Bellmont vs. Heritage.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

24. Yorktown (6)

G1: New Castle vs. Hamilton Heights.

G2: Yorktown vs. Jay County.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Delta vs. Guerin Catholic.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

25. Crawfordsville (6)

G1: North Montgomery vs. Lebanon.

G2: South Vermillion vs. Frankfort.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Crawfordsville vs. Northview.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

26. Danville Community (5)

G1: Greencastle vs. Brebeuf Jesuit.

G2: Tri-West Hendricks vs. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.

G3: Danville Community vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

**27. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (5) Redrawn on May 12 after

Christel House dropped out

G1: Beech Grove vs. Herron.

G2: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Indianapolis Washington.

G3: Indianapolis Shortridge vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

28. Edgewood (6)

G1: Brown County vs. Edgewood.

G2: Indian Creek vs. Sullivan.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: West Vigo vs. Owen Valley.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

29. Rushville Consolidated (7)

G1: Lawrenceburg vs. Greensburg.

G2: Franklin County vs. Rushville Consolidated.

G3: Batesville vs. South Dearborn.

G4: Connersville vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

30. Madison Consolidated (8)

G1: Brownstown Central vs. Silver Creek.

G2: Charlestown vs. Scottsburg.

G3: North Harrison vs. Corydon Central.

G4: Salem vs. Madison Consolidated.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

31. Princeton Community (6)

G1: Pike Central vs. Washington.

G2: Vincennes Lincoln vs. Princeton Community.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Southridge vs. Gibson Southern.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

32. Evansville Bosse (Braun Stadium) (5)

G1: Mt. Vernon vs. Evansville Memorial.

G2: Boonville vs. Evansville Bosse.

G3: Heritage Hills vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

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33. Whiting (6)

G1: Hammond Bishop Noll vs. Lake Station Edison.

G2: Bowman Academy vs. Illiana Christian.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Whiting vs. Wheeler.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

34. Boone Grove (6)

G1: North Judson-San Pierre vs. Boone Grove.

G2: Rensselaer Central vs. Hebron.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: North Newton vs. Winamac Community.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

35. Westview (6)

G1: Fairfield vs. Prairie Heights.

G2: LaVille vs. Central Noble.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Bremen vs. Westview.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

36. Eastside (6)

G1: Eastside vs. Churubusco.

G2: South Adams vs. Adams Central.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Woodlan vs. Bluffton.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

37. Wabash (6)

G1: Wabash vs. Rochester Community.

G2: Carroll (Flora) vs. Lewis Cass.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Whitko vs. Manchester.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

38. Delphi Community (5)

G1: Seeger vs. Fountain Central.

G2: Clinton Prairie vs. Delphi Community.

G3: Western Boone vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

39. Eastern (Greentown) (6)

G1: Tipton vs. Taylor.

G2: Blackford vs. Eastbrook.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Madison-Grant vs. Eastern (Greentown).

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

40. Frankton (8)

G1: Elwood Community vs. Monroe Central.

G2: Lapel vs. Wapahani.

G3: Frankton vs. Alexandria Monroe.

G4: Winchester Community vs. Muncie Burris.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

41. Centerville (5)

G1: Union County vs. Hagerstown.

G2: Shenandoah vs. Centerville.

G3: Northeastern vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

42. Indianapolis Scecina (5)

G1: Triton Central vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

G2: Knightstown vs. Heritage Christian.

G3: Eastern Hancock vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

43. Park Tudor (6)

G1: University vs. Speedway.

G2: Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) vs. Park Tudor.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Monrovia vs. Cascade.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

44. Parke Heritage (5)

G1: North Putnam vs. South Putnam.

G2: Southmont vs. Cloverdale.

G3: Parke Heritage vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

45. South Ripley (6)

G1: Switzerland County vs. Southwestern (Hanover).

G2: South Decatur vs. South Ripley.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Milan vs. North Decatur.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

46. Providence (6)

G1: Clarksville vs. Henryville.

G2: Eastern (Pekin) vs. Providence.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Crawford County vs. Austin.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

47. Mitchell (6)

G1: Linton-Stockton vs. South Knox.

G2: North Knox vs. Paoli.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Mitchell vs. Eastern Greene.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

48. Evansville Mater Dei (6)

G1: Evansville Mater Dei vs. Forest Park.

G2: South Spencer vs. North Posey.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Perry Central vs. Tell City.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

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49. Westville (8)

G1: Kouts vs. Washington Township.

G2: Hammond S&T vs. Marquette Catholic.

G3: Covenant Christian (DeMotte) vs. Westville.

G4: Morgan Township vs. 21st Century-Gary

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

50. South Central (Union Mills) (7)

G1: Triton vs. Culver Community.

G2: South Bend Career vs. South Central (Union Mills).

G3: Argos vs. LaCrosse.

G4: Oregon-Davis vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

51. Fremont (7)

G1: Fremont vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian.

G2: Elkhart Christian vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury.

G3: Lakewood Park Christian vs. Bethany Christian.

G4: Hamilton vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

52. Caston (7)

G1: Caston vs. West Central.

G2: North Miami vs. Pioneer.

G3: Northfield vs. Southwood.

G4: North White vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

53. Lafayette Central Catholic (6)

G1: Attica vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

G2: North Vermillion vs. Riverton Parke.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Covington vs. Faith Christian.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

54. Tri-County (6)

G1: Frontier vs. Sheridan.

G2: Tri-County vs. Rossville.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: South Newton vs. Clinton Central.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

55. Anderson Preparatory (7)

G1: Daleville vs. Southern Wells.

G2: Tri-Central vs. Anderson Preparatory.

G3: Liberty Christian vs. Cowan.

G4: Wes-Del vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

56. Seton Catholic (6)

G1: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. Tri.

G2: Randolph Southern vs. Union City.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Seton Catholic vs. Blue River Valley.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

57. Shakamak (6)

G1: White River Valley vs. Eminence.

G2: Clay City vs. Bloomfield.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Shakamak.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

58. Indiana Deaf (6)

G1: Indiana Deaf vs. Tindley.

G2: Providence Cristo Rey vs. Traders Point Christian.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Irvington vs. Bethesda Christian.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

59. Morristown (6)

G1: Greenwood Christian vs. Morristown.

G2: Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Indianapolis Lutheran.

G3: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G4: Waldron vs. Edinburgh.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

60. Jac-Cen-Del (5)

G1: Rising Sun vs. Oldenburg.

G2: Jac-Cen-Del vs. Trinity Lutheran.

G3: Hauser vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

61. Lanesville (5)

G1: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Orleans.

G2: Borden vs. South Central (Elizabeth).

G3: Lanesville vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

62. Shawe Memorial (4)

G1: Crothersville vs. New Washington.

G2: Shawe Memorial vs. West Washington.

Championship: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

63. Loogootee (5)

G1: Vincennes Rivet vs. Shoals.

G2: North Daviess vs. Loogootee.

G3: Barr-Reeve vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

64. Cannelton (5)

G1: Northeast Dubois vs. Tecumseh.

G2: Cannelton vs. Springs Valley.

G3: Wood Memorial vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

INDIANA SOFTBALL SECTIONALS: UPDATE

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1. Lake Central (7)

G1: Hammond Morton vs. Hammond Central.

G2: Merrillville vs. Lake Central.

G3: Highland vs. Munster.

G4: East Chicago Central vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

2. Chesterton (7)

G1: Michigan City vs. Lowell.

G2: Crown Point vs. Hobart.

G3: Portage vs. Chesterton.

G4: Valparaiso vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

3. Mishawaka (5)

G1: Mishawaka vs. Penn.

G2: LaPorte vs. South Bend Riley.

G3: South Bend Adams vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

4. Warsaw Community (5)

G1: Goshen vs. Northridge.

G2: Concord vs. Warsaw Community.

G3: Elkhart vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

5. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (5)

G1: Fort Wayne Snider vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

G2: DeKalb vs. Carroll (Fort Wayne).

G3: East Noble vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

6. Columbia City (6)

G1: Fort Wayne South Side vs. Columbia City.

G2: Fort Wayne North Side vs. Homestead.

G3: Fort Wayne Wayne vs. G1 winner.

G4: Huntington North vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

7. McCutcheon (5)

G1: Logansport vs. McCutcheon.

G2: Kokomo vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

G3: Lafayette Jefferson vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

8. Fishers (6)

G1: Hamilton Southeastern vs. Carmel.

G2: Noblesville vs. Westfield.

G3: Zionsville vs. G1 winner.

G4: Fishers vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

9. Pendleton Heights (6)

G1: Richmond vs. Pendleton Heights.

G2: Greenfield-Central vs. Mt. Vernon (Fortville).

G3: Anderson vs. G1 winner.

G4: Muncie Central vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

10. Ben Davis (6)

G1: Pike vs. Ben Davis.

G2: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Lawrence Central.

G3: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. G1 winner.

G4: Lawrence North vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

11. Franklin Central (6)

G1: Southport vs. New Palestine.

G2: Warren Central vs. Roncalli.

G3: Perry Meridian vs. G1 winner.

G4: Franklin Central vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

12. Plainfield (6)

G1: Terre Haute North Vigo vs. Plainfield.

G2: Avon vs. Terre Haute South Vigo.

G3: Brownsburg vs. G1 winner.

G4: Decatur Central vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

13. Mooresville (6)

G1: Mooresville vs. Center Grove.

G2: Franklin Community vs. Greenwood Community.

G3: Martinsville vs. G1 winner.

G4: Whiteland Community vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

14. Bloomington North (6)

G1: Columbus North vs. East Central.

G2: Bloomington South vs. Shelbyville.

G3: Bloomington North vs. G1 winner.

G4: Columbus East vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

15. Floyd Central (6)

G1: New Albany vs. Jeffersonville.

G2: Floyd Central vs. Seymour.

G3: Jennings County vs. G1 winner.

G4: Bedford North Lawrence vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

16. Evansville North (6)

G1: Evansville Reitz vs. Evansville Central.

G2: Evansville North vs. Castle.

G3: Evansville Harrison vs. G1 winner.

G4: Jasper vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

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**17. Griffith (4) Redrawn on May 3 after Gary West dropped out.

G1: Calumet vs. Griffith.

G2: River Forest vs. Hanover Central.

Championship: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

18. Kankakee Valley (5)

G1: Knox vs. Plymouth.

G2: Glenn vs. Culver Academies.

G3: Kankakee Valley vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

19. Mishawaka Marian (5)

G1: South Bend St. Joseph vs. New Prairie.

G2: South Bend Washington vs. Mishawaka Marian.

G3: South Bend Clay vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

20. Twin Lakes (7)

G1: Western vs. Peru.

G2: West Lafayette vs. Benton Central.

G3: Maconaquah vs. Twin Lakes.

G4: Northwestern vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

21. Wawasee (5)

G1: West Noble vs. NorthWood.

G2: Jimtown vs. Lakeland.

G3: Wawasee vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

22. Garrett (6)

G1: New Haven vs. Angola.

G2: Leo vs. Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran.

G3: Garrett vs. G1 winner.

G4: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

23. Bellmont (5)

G1: Heritage vs. Bellmont.

G2: Norwell vs. Marion.

G3: Mississinewa vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

24. Delta (6)

G1: Hamilton Heights vs. Yorktown.

G2: Jay County vs. New Castle.

G3: Delta vs. G1 winner.

G4: Guerin Catholic vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

25. Lebanon (5)

G1: Tri-West Hendricks vs. North Montgomery.

G2: Crawfordsville vs. Lebanon.

G3: Frankfort vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

26. Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter (5)

G1: Indianapolis Shortridge vs. Brebeuf Jesuit.

G2: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks vs. Danville Community.

G3: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

27. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (5)

G1: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard vs. Beech Grove.

G2: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Herron.

G3: Christel House vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

28. Owen Valley (6)

G1: West Vigo vs. Owen Valley.

G2: Northview vs. Indian Creek.

G3: Edgewood vs. G1 winner.

G4: Brown County vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

29. Franklin County (7)

G1: Lawrenceburg vs. Franklin County.

G2: South Dearborn vs. Batesville.

G3: Connersville vs. Greensburg.

G4: Rushville Consolidated vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

30. Corydon Central (8)

G1: Silver Creek vs. Brownstown Central.

G2: North Harrison vs. Corydon Central.

G3: Scottsburg vs. Madison Consolidated.

G4: Charlestown vs. Salem.

G5: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

G6: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

Championship: G5 winner vs. G6 winner.

31. Gibson Southern (5)

G1: Vincennes Lincoln vs. Princeton Community.

G2: Washington vs. Pike Central.

G3: Gibson Southern vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

32. Heritage Hills (5)

G1: Evansville Bosse vs. Mt. Vernon.

G2: Boonville vs. Evansville Memorial.

G3: Heritage Hills vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

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33. Wheeler (6)

G1: Andrean vs. Whiting.

G2: Hammond Bishop Noll vs. Lake Station Edison.

G3: Illiana Christian vs. G1 winner.

G4: Wheeler vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

34. North Judson-San Pierre (7)

G1: Boone Grove vs. Winamac Community.

G2: North Newton vs. North Judson-San Pierre.

G3: Rensselaer Central vs. Pioneer.

G4: Hebron vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

35. Westview (6)

G1: LaVille vs. Westview.

G2: Central Noble vs. Prairie Heights.

G3: Fairfield vs. G1 winner.

G4: Bremen vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

36. Eastside (7)

G1: Eastside vs. South Adams.

G2: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers vs. Bluffton.

G3: Woodlan vs. Churubusco.

G4: Adams Central vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

37. Wabash (6)

G1: Rochester Community vs. Tippecanoe Valley.

G2: Manchester vs. Lewis Cass.

G3: Whitko vs. G1 winner.

G4: Wabash vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

38. Southmont (5)

G1: Seeger vs. Delphi Community.

G2: Clinton Prairie vs. Southmont.

G3: Western Boone vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

39. Oak Hill (7)

G1: Madison-Grant vs. Taylor.

G2: Tipton vs. Eastern (Greentown).

G3: Oak Hill vs. Eastbrook.

G4: Blackford vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

40. Lapel (7)

G1: Alexandria Monroe vs. Lapel.

G2: Winchester Community vs. Frankton.

G3: Wapahani vs. Monroe Central.

G4: Elwood Community vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

41. Union County (5)

G1: Union County vs. Shenandoah.

G2: Northeastern vs. Centerville.

G3: Hagerstown vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

42. Eastern Hancock (5)

G1: Eastern Hancock vs. Knightstown.

G2: Triton Central vs. Indianapolis Scecina.

G3: Heritage Christian vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

43. Cascade (5)

G1: Monrovia vs. Covenant Christian (Indianapolis).

G2: Cascade vs. Park Tudor.

G3: Speedway vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

44. South Vermillion (6)

G1: Greencastle vs. Cloverdale.

G2: Parke Heritage vs. North Putnam.

G3: South Putnam vs. G1 winner.

G4: South Vermillion vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

45. Switzerland County (6)

G1: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. North Decatur.

G2: Austin vs. South Ripley.

G3: Switzerland County vs. G1 winner.

G4: Milan vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

46. Mitchell (6)

G1: Crawford County vs. Providence.

G2: Clarksville vs. Eastern (Pekin).

G3: Mitchell vs. G1 winner.

G4: Paoli vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

47. South Knox (6)

G1: North Knox vs. Southridge.

G2: Eastern Greene vs. South Knox.

G3: Linton-Stockton vs. G1 winner.

G4: Sullivan vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

48. Forest Park (6)

G1: Tell City vs. Evansville Mater Dei.

G2: Perry Central vs. South Spencer.

G3: North Posey vs. G1 winner.

G4: Forest Park vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

1A

49. Kouts (7)

G1: Kouts vs. Marquette Catholic.

G2: Morgan Township vs. Westville.

G3: Washington Township vs. Hammond S&T.

G4: Covenant Christian (DeMotte) vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

50. LaCrosse (7)

G1: LaCrosse vs. South Central (Union Mills).

G2: Oregon-Davis vs. Argos.

G3: South Bend Career vs. Culver Community.

G4: Triton vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

51. Fremont (5)

G1: Elkhart Christian vs. Hamilton.

G2: Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. Fremont.

G3: Lakewood Park Christian vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

52. North Miami (6)

G1: West Central vs. Northfield.

G2: Southwood vs. Caston.

G3: North Miami vs. G1 winner.

G4: North White vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

53. Riverton Parke (7)

G1: North Vermillion vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

G2: Attica vs. Riverton Parke.

G3: Covington vs. Fountain Central.

G4: Faith Christian vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

54. Rossville (7)

G1: Frontier vs. Carroll (Flora).

G2: Rossville vs. Sheridan.

G3: Clinton Central vs. South Newton.

G4: Tri-County vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

55. Daleville (6)

G1: Liberty Christian vs. Cowan.

G2: Southern Wells vs. Daleville.

G3: Wes-Del vs. G1 winner.

G4: Tri-Central vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

56. Tri (5)

G1: Blue River Valley vs. Randolph Southern.

G2: Tri vs. Union City.

G3: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

57. White River Valley (6)

G1: Eminence vs. White River Valley.

G2: North Central (Farmersburg) vs. Bloomfield.

G3: Clay City vs. G1 winner.

G4: Shakamak vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

58. Bethesda Christian (7)

G1: Providence Cristo Rey vs. Riverside.

G2: University vs. Bethesda Christian.

G3: Irvington Preparatory vs. Traders Point Christian.

G4: Indiana Deaf vs. G1 winner.

G5: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

Championship: G4 winner vs. G5 winner.

59. Indianapolis Lutheran (5)

G1: Indianapolis Lutheran vs. Edinburgh.

G2: Greenwood Christian vs. Morristown.

G3: Waldron vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

60. Rising Sun (5)

G1: Hauser vs. Oldenburg.

G2: Jac-Cen-Del vs. Rising Sun.

G3: South Decatur vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

61. Borden (6)

G1: Lanesville vs. Orleans.

G2: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. West Washington.

G3: Borden vs. G1 winner.

G4: South Central (Elizabeth) vs. G2 winner.

Championship: G3 winner vs. G4 winner.

62. Henryville (4)

G1: Rock Creek vs. New Washington.

G2: Trinity Lutheran vs. Henryville.

Championship: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

63. North Daviess (4)

G1: North Daviess vs. Loogootee.

G2: Shoals vs. Barr-Reeve.

Championship: G1 winner vs. G2 winner.

64. Northeast Dubois (5)

G1: Cannelton vs. Springs Valley.

G2: Tecumseh vs. Wood Memorial.

G3: Northeast Dubois vs. G1 winner.

Championship: G2 winner vs. G3 winner.

INDIANA BOYS TRACK SECTIONALS

RESULTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Sports/Boys/Track/2021-22/State-Tournament#41952746-sectionals

INDIANA GIRLS TRACK REGIONAL PERFORMANCE LIST

PORTAGE: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Portage%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

KOKOMO: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Kokomo%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

LAFAYETTE JEFF:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Lafayette%20Jefferson%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

MARION: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Marion%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

BEN DAVIS:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Ben%20Davis%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

FRANKLIN:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Franklin%20Community%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

BLOOMINGTON NORTH:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Bloomington%20North%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Evansville%20Regional%20Performance.pdf

NBA PLAYOFFS

BOSTON 127 MIAMI 102

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NHL PLAYOFFS

TAMPA BAY 2 FLORIDA 1

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ST. LOUIS 4 COLORADO 1

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CINCINNATI 4 CLEVELAND 2

BALTIMORE 9 NY YANKEES 6

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 7 KANSAS CITY 4

BOSTON 12 SEATTLE 6

HOUSTON 5 TEXAS 1

SAN DIEGO 2 PHILADELPHIA 0

NY METS 7 ST. LOUIS 6 (10)

ARIZONA 3 CHICAGO CUBS 1

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TOLEDO 4 INDIANPOLIS 2

INDIANAPOLIS 8 TOLEDO 4

WEST MICHIGAN 4 FT. WAYNE 2

SOUTH BEND 3 WISCONSIN 2

WNBA

DALLAS 94 PHOENIX 84

LAS VEGAS 93 MINNESOTA 87

BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/wnba/scoreboard.asp?day=20220519

COLLEGE BASEBALL

MARYLAND 14 PURDUE 7

MIAMI 6 NOTRE DAME 4

IOWA 30 INDIANA 16

BALL STATE 7 MIAMI OHIO 4

EVANSVILLE 9 VALPARAISO 2

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NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

TOP NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

McIlroy powers to a 65 for early lead at PGA Championship

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tiger Woods made it sound as though Rory McIlroy played a brand of golf with which he wasn’t familiar Thursday in the PGA Championship.

McIlroy looked free and easy and saw only opportunity at Southern Hills. He blasted his driver over trees and into fairways, setting up some of his seven birdies that carried him to a 5-under 65 and an early one-shot lead.

Woods picked his spots and was never terribly crisp on a right leg he said felt worse than it did at the Masters last month. He fell apart in the middle of his round and at the end, finishing with two bogeys for a 74 and his worst start to a PGA since 2015.

It was just what McIlroy needed as he tries to end nearly eight years without a major, many of those chances doomed by bad starts. This was his lowest start to par since a 5-under 66 when he won the PGA at Valhalla in 2014, the last of his four majors.

“I think when your game is feeling like that, it’s just a matter of going out there and really sticking to your game plan, executing as well as you possibly can and just sort of staying in your own little world,” McIlroy said.

“I feel like this course, it lets you be pretty aggressive off the tee if you want to be, so I hit quite a lot of drivers out there and took advantage of my length and finished that off with some nice iron play and some nice putting.”

Will Zalatoris and Pebble Beach winner Tom Hoge each opened with a 66, while Matt Kuchar and Abraham Ancer were another shot behind.

McIlroy and Woods were joined in the group by Jordan Spieth, who lacks only this major to complete the career Grand Slam and arrived in Tulsa with his game in good form. But a series of missed birdie chances was followed by a series of missed par putts, and Spieth never quite recovered. He had a late birdie and saved par on his final hole at No. 9 for a 72.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler was among those who played in the afternoon, as the heat index crept toward 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius).

The difference between McIlroy and Woods was clear early in the round. On the 461-yard 12th hole, Woods hit iron off the tee that left him 178 yards. McIlroy pounded driver with a slight fade with the prevailing breeze, leaving him 86 yards.

He hit lob wedge to a foot for birdie.

That was the start of four straight birdies for McIlroy, which included a 6-iron to 25 feet for his longest birdie of the day at the par-3 14th.

McIlroy made birdie on the two par 5s from greenside bunkers, hitting a 3-iron both times on the 628-yard 13th and the 665-yard fifth. He hit another big drive on the tough par-4 second, leaving 7-iron to about 10 feet. That one felt like a bonus to him.

“You go out there and hit driver a lot, and if you have a hot week, you have a hot week and you’re up there,” Woods said. “The game is just different. It’s much more aggressive now, and I know that. But I was playing to my spots. If I would have hit the ball solidly on those two holes and put the ball in the fairway, I would have been fine.”

He was speaking of No. 4, where he put iron in the rough and McIlroy hit a 327-yard drive up the hill and into the wind that left him a flip wedge to the green (he missed an 8-foot putt); and the ninth hole, when Woods’ tee shot hit a tree and left him a 4-iron to the green.

The bigger concern was his leg. Woods has said he has good days and bad from a leg badly injured in his February 2021 car crash, and this didn’t looked like a great one. Of equal concern was going into Friday nine shots behind McIlroy and likely having to fight to make the cut.

The warmth – not oven heat like the 2007 PGA in August – and mild wind led to ideal scoring, though Southern Hills still had enough defense.

Only 17 of the 78 players from the morning wave broke par.

“I don’t think a major champion here has ever been double digits under par, so you know the scores aren’t going to go much further,” Hoge said. “It’s a grind out here. If you get out of position in the rough here, it’s tough to control the golf ball around these greens because they can get running off so fast. You just try to keep it simple.”

One other part of Southern Hills’ history with seven previous majors: Five of the champions had at least a share of the 18-hole lead.

Xander Schauffele was in the group at 68, while Tony Finau was among those at 69.

John Daly tried to revive some memories at age 56 and with a beard longer than any rough at Southern Hills. He opened with a 67 in 2007 and was 2 under through 10 holes until fading at the end with four bogeys over his last five holes for a 72.

Celtics roll past Heat 127-102, tie Eastern finals at 1-1

MIAMI (AP) His team was down by 10 in the opening minutes, and Boston coach Ime Udoka was making no effort to hide his level of disappointment.

His message was simple.

“Wake up,” he told his team.

Oh, they listened. And the Eastern Conference finals are all knotted up, the series about to shift to Boston with the Celtics now holding the home-court advantage.

Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each had 24 and the Celtics went on a massive first-half run to roll past the Miami Heat 127-102 on Thursday night in Game 2 of the series.

“Guys have pride and looked at a golden opportunity that we kind of lost (in Game 1) and thought we could do much better,” Udoka said. “And we did that tonight.”

Smart was a rebound shy of a triple-double, after adding 12 assists and nine rebounds.

Grant Williams scored 19 points for Boston, which used a 17-0 run late in the first quarter – fueled by five 3-pointers in the span of six possessions – to take control. Payton Pritchard and Al Horford each had 10 for the Celtics.

“We were pretty confident,” Pritchard said.

Jimmy Butler had 29 points in 32 minutes for Miami, which fell to 7-1 at home in these playoffs. Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo each scored 14 points, and Tyler Herro added 11 for the Heat.

“This only counts as one,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what the experienced players in the locker room and staff understand. We don’t like it. They played extremely well. You have two really good teams and we just have to figure some things out.”

The Celtics – now 4-0 in these playoffs in the game immediately following a loss – made 20 shots from 3-point range to Miami’s 10. Game 3 is Saturday in Boston.

“It’s a loss, whether you lose by one or by 20,” Vincent said. “It’s regroup, go back to the drawing board and get ready for Game 3.”

And the margin could have been worse: Boston led by as many as 34 points in the fourth, putting this game on the cusp of really good Celtics history and really bad Heat history. The Celtics’ record for biggest postseason win ever is 40, the Heat record for biggest postseason loss ever is 36, and those numbers were within reach before a meaningless Miami run over the final moments.

Boston trailed by 10 in the first quarter, then outscored Miami 60-21 over the next 18 minutes – a 39-point turnaround that wound up leading to a 70-45 halftime lead.

The 25-point halftime lead was the biggest by the Celtics in any road playoff game, topping a 22-point edge at the break at Chicago in 2009.

“They came out,” Heat center Bam Adebayo said, “and hit us in the mouth.”

Brown had 11 points in the first quarter, when the Celtics went 9 for 11 from 3-point range. Tatum then had 17 points in the second and Boston kept pulling away, on a day where everything went the Celtics’ way. They learned earlier in the day that two starters – Horford (virus-related issues) and Smart (mid-foot sprain) – were cleared to play in Game 2 after missing the series opener.

“I got to get my rest, got to get my health back, got to watch and see some things and come out and execute in this game,” Smart said.

And the good news kept coming well into the night.

Butler did all he could to try and manufacture a comeback, scoring 16 points in the third quarter and getting the Heat within 17. But a 12-2 run late in the quarter by the Celtics restored a 27-point edge. The lead was 96-71 going into the fourth and the outcome was never remotely close to being in question the rest of the way.

Miami didn’t even use its starters in the fourth quarter.

“It has to hurt,” Butler said. “They tried to embarrass us. They did embarrass us. … Overall, we just have to be better.”

TIP-INS

Celtics: Technically, Boston had one other “road” game with a bigger halftime lead. The Celtics were the designated visitor on Sept. 7, 2020 – in the bubble at Walt Disney World – when they led Toronto by 27 at the break. … With Horford back, Grant Williams returned to his off-the-bench role. … Tatum got his second foul with 4:14 left in the first, after charging into Butler. The entirety of the 17-0 run came with him on the bench.

Heat: Kyle Lowry (hamstring) sat for the eighth time in the last 10 games. … It was the first game since Dallas-Atlanta on Feb. 1, 2020 in which both teams had a 10-point lead in the first quarter…. P.J. Tucker had Miami’s first five points, all in the game’s first 51 seconds. It was his 863rd career game, the first in which he had five points in the first minute. Those were his only points of the night, and he left in the third quarter with a left knee contusion.

25 TWICE

This Boston team is the sixth club in the last 25 years to have two separate games where it led by at least 25 points in Miami in the same season. The Celtics also did it on Nov. 4. The other teams who pulled it off: Milwaukee last season (won NBA title), San Antonio in 2013-14 (won NBA title), Boston in 2007-08 (won NBA title), Toronto (2007-08) and Charlotte (2000-01).

500 AND COUNTING

The Heat announced their 500th consecutive sellout, excluding games affected by the pandemic. Only Dallas (867 and counting), Portland (814 from 1977 through 1995), Boston (662 from 1980 through 1995) and Chicago (610 from 1987 through 2000) have streaks that the NBA counts as being longer.

Hornets GM Kupchak signs multiyear contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets’ general manager.

Kupchak’s contract was set to expire this summer.

“For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years,” Kupchak said Thursday on a videoconference call. He would not say when the contract expires.

The 67-year-old Kupchak will continue to lead the team’s search for a coach.

He said the team already has interviewed eight to 10 candidates and could speak with a few more over the next week or so. He prefers to make a hire in the next two weeks and at the very latest before the June 23 NBA draft.

The Hornets fired coach James Borrego last month after a meeting with owner Michael Jordan in Florida. He said it was “ultimately my decision” to fire Borrego but that he had Jordan’s support.

Charlotte went 43-39 this season and finished in 10th place in the Eastern Conference before losing 132-103 to the Atlanta Hawks in the play-in tournament. It was the second straight year the Hornets were embarrassed in the play-in game.

Kupchak said the back-to-back lopsided play-in losses were a factor in the decision to part ways with Borrego after four years, but he refused to go into details regarding the other reasons for his dismissal.

He said the Hornets want to find a coach who can help the team “take the next step.”

He said the goal this past season was to make the playoffs, something the Hornets failed to do for the sixth straight season. Charlotte has not won a playoff series in more than two decades.

“It was just time to go to another voice and look for another coach to bring us the same kind of improvement that coach Borrego did the first three years,” Kupchak said.

Kupchak emphasized trying to stay the course and build around the team’s nucleus that includes All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball and forward Miles Bridges.

He said one of the immediate goals this offseason is to re-sign Bridges, a restricted free agent, after a breakout season in which he averaged 20.2 points and seven rebounds per game.

“Miles made a big jump,” Kupchak said.

The Hornets have the 13th and 15th picks in the draft, and their most pressing need remains finding a big man, primarily for rim protection. Kupchak is hoping one of the team’s younger players – they recently drafted Kai Jones and Nick Richards – might be able to step up and fill that role.

Regardless, it doesn’t sound like the team will go overboard in trying to sign high-priced veteran free agents to compete for a title. Kupchak doesn’t want this to be a one-year plan; rather, he said the focus should be on building a consistent winner.

“The thing we have to be careful about is thinking that we’re better than we really are,” Kupchak said. “We are not a team that is going into the NBA Finals. Although Atlanta got into the conference finals a year ago, I don’t know how realistic that is. I’d like to get us into the playoffs, and wouldn’t it be great to win a round? And then anything after that would probably be gravy.”

Colton scores late, Lightning beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) In four games over a pressure-filled week, the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone from the brink of playoff elimination to a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Ross Colton scored with 3.8 seconds remaining, giving the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series on Thursday night.

The Lightning have won four straight since falling behind Toronto 3-2 in the first round and will look to take a commanding series lead over the Presidents Trophy-winning Panthers when the matchup moves across the state to Tampa for Game 3 on Sunday.

Colton said he was just trying not to get scored on in the final minute. He wound up being the hero when Nikita Kucherov retrieved a loose puck behind the Florida net and flicked a perfect no-look, backhand pass that Colton lifted over Sergei Bobrovsky’s right shoulder to win it.

“I was kind of trying to sit back and let the plays come to us. But when you’re on the ice with (Kucherov), you have to be ready for anything. Once I saw the puck behind the net, I just went to the front of the net,” Colton said.

“He’s got eyes in the back of his head, as you can see, because I didn’t even know he knew I was there. He gift-wrapped it for me,” Colton continued. “Luckily it just squeaked under the bar there, but unbelievable play by him.”

Florida, which had the NHL’s best record during the regular season, now has to win four of the final five games in the series to advance to the Eastern Conference final.

The Lightning, meanwhile, are playing like a team determined to become the first to win three straight Stanley Cup titles since the New York Islanders captured four in a row in the early 1980s.

“We’re two games closer to where we want to be, but we’re not there yet,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “I told you this in the last series, and I’m going to tell you again: Tonight was just one game. We’re here to win a series.”

Florida interim head coach Andrew Brunette expects the Panthers to bounce back when the series resumes in Tampa.

“Obviously, it’s really hard. It’s not easy. This is a roller-coaster ride that were are on,” Brunette said. “The sun will come up, and we will wake up, and we need to keep playing like we’re playing.”

Tampa Bay’s power play once again was a catalyst, producing Corey Perry’s first-period goal after delivering three goals in the Lightning’s 4-1 victory in Game 1.

Florida’s power play, meanwhile, continued to sputter.

The Panthers scored the third-most power-play goals during the regular season, but entered the second game of the series 0 for 21 in man-advantage situations through seven postseason games.

They were 0 for 4 Thursday night, with the team’s lone goal coming on a 30-foot shot from Eetu Luostarinen that trickled past Andrei Vasilevskiy with 1:53 remaining in the second period.

“They are squeezing it,” Brunnette said of Florida’s power play. “It’s really unbelievable. I liked the urgency, thought we had some looks. I thought it was better. There was a great opportunity to capitalize.”

Bobrovsky said the Panthers have to try and forget this loss and come back ready to fight on Sunday.

“Obviously everyone is disappointed,” Bobrovsky said. “It was quiet, but all the guys are pros. They understand that the next game is big. We can make a difference in the future, not in the past. That’s it. We have to stay together and keep working.

“This is a good challenge for us. The whole year we have been fighting. We have found a way to come back in games, from adversities. This is another test for us. We’re just going to reset and regroup for the next one.”

Vasilevskiy stopped 34 of 35 shots for Tampa Bay. Bobrovsky finished with 25 saves.

NOTES: Brunette is a finalist for NHL coach of the year, as is former Panthers coach Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers and Calgary coach Darryl Sutter — the brother of former Panthers coach Duane Sutter. The finalists were announced Thursday. … Tampa’s Amalie Arena is playing host to a concert Saturday, so the teams get an extra day off before starting a back to back with Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Monday. … Thursday marked only the second day that the Panthers had a home playoff game on the same day that the Miami Heat — their South Florida neighbors who play about 45 minutes south — had one of their own. The first such day was Tuesday.

Perron scores twice, Blues even series with 4-1 win over Avs

DENVER (AP) Between the new line combinations and wrinkles – using five forwards on a power play – there was one big-time constant for St. Louis: Jordan Binnington.

Stellar in goal yet again.

David Perron scored twice as St. Louis juggled its offensive pairings, Binnington made 30 saves and the Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Thursday night to tie their second-round series at a game apiece.

Jordan Kyrou added a goal and Brandon Saad sealed it with an empty-netter for the Blues, who rode another superb performance from Binnington. The Blues goaltender stopped 51 shots during a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1.

Binnington’s flashing his 2019 form, when as a rookie he led the Blues to a Stanley Cup title with a 16-10 mark and a 2.46 goals-against average.

It was also his 20th career playoff win. There are only two other goaltenders who have as many postseason wins as him since 2019 – Andrei Vasilevskiy (40-21) and Tuukka Rask (22-16), according to NHL Stats.

“We played a connected hockey game,” Binnington said. “We talked about just controlling the puck and tracking back hard and trying to outnumber them all over the ice. We did a great job.”

Gabriel Landeskog scored on a power play early in the third for Colorado to make it 2-1. But Perron answered right back with his seventh goal of these playoffs.

Darcy Kuemper stopped 28 shots. Two of the goals he allowed were redirected off the stick of a defenseman.

The difference in the game was this: Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche found open ice a scarce commodity against a physical, hard-checking and more determined Blues squad.

“We didn’t have our jump tonight,” MacKinnon said. “Our execution was off. Yeah, just weren’t feeling it, just fighting it out there. It’s unfortunate, but it’s 1-1.”

Game 3 is Saturday in St. Louis.

Among the line changes by the Blues was pairing Pavel Buchnevich with Ryan O’Reilly and Perron. Buchnevich finished with two assists.

“We made some good plays,” Perron said. “We also think we can be even better, which is a good sign.”

The Blues had a 5-on-3 advantage late in the second period when Devon Toews was called for tripping and Valeri Nichushkin for goaltender interference after slamming into Binnington, whose stick went flying. The Blues went with five forwards on the play.

Perron made them pay when his liner deflected off the stick of Josh Manson – who scored the OT winner in Game 1 – and past Kuemper.

Earlier in the second, Kyrou’s shot deflected off the stick of defenseman Samuel Girard and over the shoulder of Kuemper.

“That’s the playoffs right there for you – big roller-coaster,” Perron said. “Obviously we didn’t feel good about ourselves that last game. We probably had two or three players that had good games. That was it. And tonight we had a lot more guys and it was important to find a way to win one here on the road.”

Colorado defenseman Cale Makar was shaken up late in the first period when he fell to the ice and hit his leg on the post, knocking the goal off its moorings. He gingerly skated to the bench, but was back on the ice after intermission.

This remains a cloud hanging over the Avalanche: They’ve been ousted from the playoffs the last three seasons in the second round.

“It’s one game,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We knew this was going to be a long, hard series. They answered back … Now, the onus is on us.”

FIVE CLUB

With his second goal of the series, Kyrou joins the list of Blues players who now have five or more goals in this postseason. He joins O’Reilly (six), Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko (five), giving the team the most scorers with five or more in the playoffs.

O’Reilly’s run of a goal in five straight games was halted.

TOP LINE

MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen had an assist on Landeskog’s goal. It’s the 13the time the three of them have all factored in on the same playoff goal. That’s the second-most by three teammates in franchise history, trailing only 14 from Peter Forsberg, Valeri Kamensky and Claude Lemieux.

MIC’D UP MANSON

Manson was wearing a microphone in Game 1 when he scored his overtime goal. It captured all the screams as he and his teammates celebrated. One of the first to greet him was Girard.

“I actually didn’t know,” Girard said of the Manson’s microphone.

Predators extend coach John Hynes, assistants through 23-24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have extended the contracts of coach John Hynes and his assistants through the 2023-24 season, trying to build on a season with several individual successes for a franchise that wound up being swept in the playoffs for the first time.

General manager David Poile announced Thursday that Hynes and his assistants have agreed to the extensions.

“I believe John and his coaching staff are the right move to lead us back into Cup contention, and I will do everything in my power to give him the necessary tools to accomplish that goal,” Poile said.

Poile hired Hynes in January 2020 to take over as Nashville’s third head coach all-time, replacing Peter Laviolette. Hynes has won only three playoff games with the Predators, who have not won a postseason series since the first round in 2018 after winning the Presidents’ Trophy with Laviolette.

Top-seeded Colorado finished off a sweep of Nashville on May 9 as the Predators finished the season winning one of their final nine games.

That’s despite a lineup with captain Roman Josi, a Norris Trophy finalist, posting the highest-scoring season by a defenseman in 29 years, goalie Juuse Saros, a Vezina Trophy finalist after notching 38 of Nashville’s 45 wins, and Matt Duchene, who set the franchise’s single-season, goal- scoring mark with 43, one more than Filip Forsberg.

Hynes said the Predators wanted to be hard to play against with an aggressive, fast style. The Predators led the NHL in fighting majors, total penalties and penalty minutes. Hynes said that’s already an area where they are working to clean up penalties that playing with better discipline can avoid.

“We’ve all got to be better to get to a level where that series can be much more competitive than it was,” Hynes said.

Poile noted Thursday that Nashville has worked to turn one of the NHL’s older rosters into one of the league’s youngest. During the series with Colorado, only six Predators remained from that 2018 first-round win over the Avalanche: Josi, defenseman Mattias Ekholm, centers Ryan Johansen and Colton Sissons, Forsberg and Saros.

The general manager said the sweep at Colorado’s hands made clear that Nashville is more than just one or two players away. Nashville did reach an eighth straight playoff berth, tied for second-most in the NHL with Washington and trailing only Pittsburgh’s run, but Poile said his job is to get better talent for Hynes.

The plan to turn Nashville back into Stanley Cup contenders has the backing of the ownership group, something Poile talked repeatedly about over the past 10 days with team president Sean Henry and team chairman Herb Fritch.

“We have the group’s full support,” Poile said.

Poile didn’t have anything new to report on negotiations for a contract extension for Forsberg, who scored a career-high 42 goals in 69 games this season. Poile said Forsberg has earned the right to be a free agent but wants to keep him on the team.

“We are going to continue working to try to find that right deal that works for both sides, and we know that he can be a big piece of where we are trying to go,” Poile said.

Sutter, Brunette, Gallant are finalists for NHL’s top coach

NEW YORK (AP) Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL’s coach of the year.

Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists.

Sutter started his second stint behind the Flames bench on March 4, 2021, as a midseason replacement for the fired Geoff Ward. After the Flames missed the playoffs in 2020-21, Sutter oversaw the biggest season-over-season improvement by any team in the NHL. The Flames captured the Pacific Division title and had the NHL’s sixth-best record (50-21-11) in 2021-22.

Brunette led the Panthers (58-18-6) to the first Presidents’ Trophy in franchise history as the NHL’s top regular-season team.

Gallant became just the second head coach in franchise history to win 50-plus games in his first season, guiding the Rangers (52-24-6) to their best record since capturing the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014-15.

Naquin homers, Reds down Guardians 4-2 for 2-game sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) Tyler Naquin wasn’t aware there was an award given to the most outstanding player in the Ohio Cup until it was handed to him.

“I’ll take all the trophies I can get,” he said, smiling.

Naquin homered in the fifth inning, scored on Kyle Farmer’s go-ahead single in the eighth and led Cincinnati to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday, the Reds’ first series sweep of their northern neighbors since 2014.

The Reds won both games in the rain-extended interleague set, and are showing positive signs after starting the season 3-21. They’re 8-5 since May 5, and split the season series with Cleveland.

Naquin tore up his former team, batting .533 (8 of 15) with three homers, four RBIs and seven runs in the four games.

For his efforts, Naquin, who was drafted by Cleveland in 2012 and was a key contributor from 2016 to 2020, was presented with the Frank Robinson Most Outstanding Award as the series’ top player.

“I didn’t even know that was a thing until they brought it in here, ” he said. That’s cool.”

Naquin, who has found his groove since dropping in the Reds’ lineup, is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and six RBIs in eight games against the Guardians.

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said with a wink when asked if it’s satisfying to swing well against his former team. “I’ve got a lot of good relationships over there.”

Cincinnati snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the eighth off Trevor Stephan (2-1), who gave up three straight singles to start the inning and threw wildly to first for an error after fielding a bunt.

Farmer’s single to left scored Naquin, the second run came in the eighth came home on Stephan’s throw and TJ Friedl hit a sacrifice fly.

Luis Cessa (2-0) replaced effective Reds starter Tyler Mahle in the seventh and got the win. Tony Santillan worked 1 2/3 innings for his second save.

The Guardians got within 4-2 in the eighth, when Jose Ramirez hobbled back into the batter’s box after fouling a pitch from rookie Alexis Diaz off his right shin, and hit an RBI single. But Santillan came on and got Owen Miller to ground into an inning-ending double play.

“That’s the key to the game right there,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Cleveland starter Cal Quantrill pitched seven strong innings, but remained winless despite another solid outing by the right-hander. He allowed just one run and five hits, walked none and struck out five.

Quantrill has quietly been one of the AL’s best pitchers since last June, when he moved into Cleveland’s rotation. Over his previous 26 games, the right-hander had a 3.05 ERA, the league’s fifth lowest.

Naquin, tied it 1-1 in the fifth with his fourth homer. He jumped on Quantrill’s first pitch, driving it over the wall in left-center for his second homer in the series.

“Actually, it was a pretty good changeup,” Quantrill said. “Or at least an 0-0 changeup. Just a good piece of hitting. I’d probably throw it again.”

STAR WATCH

Ramirez will undergo X-rays on his shin. The All-Star third baseman writhed on the ground for several minutes after smashing it.

“Hit above his pad, just below his knee,” manager Terry Francona said. “For him to react like that, he’s a pretty tough kid. He’s going to get some X-rays, but he’s sore.”

TITO BACK

Francona was back running the team after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing four games. Cleveland’s base coaches, Sandy Alomar and Mike Sarbaugh, are still sidelined.

Francona, however, will miss Friday’s series opener against Detroit to have a minor surgical procedure. He’s expected to return Saturday.

VOTTO UPDATE

First baseman Joey Votto will finally rejoin the Reds for this weekend’s series in Toronto after missing 16 games following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. He’s been out since May 3.

A Toronto native, Votto said he dealt with symptoms for more than a week after getting the virus.

Before going out, Votto was batting just .122 with one extra-base hit in 22 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (shoulder strain) will make his third rehab start Friday for Triple-A Louisville. He’s slotted to throw 80-85 pitches, and barring a setback, will join Cincinnati’s rotation soon after.

Guardians: 1B Josh Naylor is expected to return Friday after testing positive with COVID.

UP NEXT

Reds: Stay on the road against the Blue Jays with RHP Luis Castillo (0-1, 5.59 ERA) starting Friday against Hyun Jin Ryu (0-0, 9.00).

Guardians: Continue their homestand against Detroit. RHP Aaron Civale (1-3, 9.85) carries a 6-0 career record against the Tigers into the series opener against LHP Tanik Skubal (3-2, 2.50).

Santander’s 3-run HR in 9th leads Orioles past Yankees 9-6

BALTIMORE (AP) Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game sweep by beating the New York Yankees 9-6 on Thursday.

New York lost for just the second time in 11 games and is still a major-league best 28-10. The Yankees fell to 18-1 when scoring five runs or more this season.

The Yankees were down to their last out in the ninth when DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single off closer Jorge Lopez that tied it at 6.

The Orioles answered when Austin Hays reached on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who had pinch-hit in the top half of the inning. One out later, Trey Mancini singled and Santander followed with a drive to left field for his seventh homer of the season.

When Santander connected, it had plenty of distance – the only question was whether it would be fair or foul, and it easily was inside the pole at Camden Yards.

Giancarlo Stanton homered over the left field wall, which was moved back 26 1/2 feet since last year and was called “a travesty” by New York sluggers Aaron Judge this series. Stanton became the first Orioles opponent to clear that fence. He has 11 home runs and he leads the league with 35 RBIs.

Felix Bautista (1-1) picked up the win for the Orioles.

Orioles reliever Bryan Baker entered with a bases-loaded jam and no outs in the sixth. He struck out Gleyber Torres and Aaron Hicks before allowing a two-run single to Isiah Kiner-Falefa that boosted New York’s lead to 5-3.

The Orioles responded in the bottom half on an RBI single by Tyler Nevin, a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to Cedric Mullins and a single by Rougned Odor off Chad Green that gave Baltimore a 6-5 lead.

Green then left the game with right forearm discomfort and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the first off Orioles left-hander Bruce Zimmermann on an RBI single by Stanton off the left field wall.

The Orioles tied it at 2 in the second on the two-run shot by Robinson Chirinos off Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery. It was the first home run by a Baltimore catcher at home this season.

Baltimore took the lead in the third when Anthony Santander doubled and scored on a single by Jorge Mateo.

It was just the second time Montgomery allowed more than two runs over eight starts this season.

Stanton delivered again and tied the game with a solo shot in the fourth that traveled 392 feet.

EJECTION

Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the seventh for arguing with home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez after a swinging strikeout.

DEFENSE

The Orioles turned double plays in the second, third and seventh innings and lead the league with 49.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Tim Locastro (back strain) is progressing well, swinging the bat and hitting off a tee, but there is no timeline for when he will be back in the lineup.

Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (left wrist, forearm) will likely come off the IL Saturday.

UP NEXT??

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (2-1, 1.35) ERA will start the series opener Friday against the Chicago White Sox and LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-3, 5.54). Cortez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his seven starts this season.

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (1-3, 4.18 ERA) opens the series against the Tampa Bay Rays and LHP Jalen Beeks (1-0, 1.72). Wells has a career 7.04 ERA in his five career games (one start) against the Rays.

Robert homers, drives in 4 as White Sox beat Royals 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luis Robert homered and drove in four runs as the Chicago White Sox rallied past the Kansas City City Royals 7-4 Thursday to win the five-game series.

Robert delivered a pair of RBI singles before hitting a two-run homer into the left field stands in the eighth. His sixth home run of the season capped Chicago’s sixth come-from-behind win.

“I was trying to not strike out,” Robert said. “I was just trying to put the ball in play. I was expecting a fastball and he just made a mistake and I took advantage of it.”

Pinch-hitter Adam Engel gave the White Sox their first lead with an RBI single in the seventh off Gabe Speier (0-1) that broke a 4-all tie.

“Guys at first and third, I was already in a good situation there,” Engel said. “Just had to put the ball in play and keep it up the middle there the best that I can. In order to do that I just looked for a pitch over the plate and tried not do too much.”

Tim Anderson had two hits, two walks, two RBIs, and stole two bases, recording his 10th multi-hit outing in his last 18 games.

“I was just trying to get a run in and get that egg off the board,” Anderson said of stealing second and third ahead of Robert’s first RBI single, opening the White Sox scoring in the third. “I was being myself, playing my game, and having fun while doing it. Just putting us in the best position to be successful.”

Said Chicago manager Tony La Russa: “He’s very special. He’s as special as our fans think he is. The more people around the country that know it, the better.”

Chicago took three of five from the Royals. It was the first five-game series at Kauffman Stadium since Chicago also won three of five in April 2018.

Bennett Sousa (2-0) earned the victory as four Chicago relievers held Kansas City scoreless over the final four innings. Liam Hendriks worked around a pair of singles for his 12th save.

Hunter Dozier had three hits and drove in three runs for the Royals. He had a two-run homer in the first and an RBI single in the third.

Kansas City scored in each of the first three innings against Vince Velasquez, recording an extra-base hit in each frame. He went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, fanning three.

“It seemed like my stuff was working very well today, but they were just guessing right,” Velasquez said. “Dozier was hunting fastballs the whole time. I could have been a bit better with executing fastballs up at the top of the zone. I’m not really happy with the outing.”

Royals starter Carlos Hernandez struggled with his control, walking five and allowing five hits in three-plus innings.

“(Hernandez’s) tempo was a little bit slow,” Royals catcher Sebastian Rivero said. “He was trying to think on too many things at one time. He was not feeling the ball. He couldn’t grip it the way he wanted to. The ball wasn’t doing what he wanted.”

Chicago loaded the bases on consecutive hits to start the fourth before Anderson hit a two-run single, driving Hernandez from the mound.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals OF Michael A. Taylor was placed on the COVID-19-related injured list.

TRANSACTIONS

Royals OF Dairon Blanco was selected from Triple-A Omaha.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Continue their road trip in New York where LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-3, 5.54 ERA) faces Yankees LHP Nelson Cortes (2-1, 1.35 ERA). Royals: LHP Daniel Lynch (2-2, 3.30 ERA) goes against Twins LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-0, 1.80 ERA).

Darvish leads Padres past Phillies 2-0 with 7 sharp innings

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Yu Darvish put the tying runs on base and the heart of the Phillies lineup was coming up.

With the way Kyle Schwarber and the suddenly silent bats have been swinging, Darvish breezed through the order in the sixth inning without a run allowed, a peak performance for the Padres ace.

Darvish escaped a jam and retired $179 million of offense in Schwarber and Nick Castellanos in a key spot, pitching seven shutout innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-0 win over Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Padres took two of three from the Phillies and moved 10 games over .500 (24-14). The Padres have won five of six road series this season.

Darvish (4-1) struck out five, walked none, allowed six hits and continued a run of solid starts. But it was the veteran right-hander’s work in the sixth inning that helped the Padres win the series.

“I asked him how he felt after the sixth and he said he felt fantastic,” Padres interim manager Ryan Christenson said.

With good reason.

Darvish allowed one-out singles to Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm that put runners on the corners with the Padres ahead 2-0. Schwarber, batting .189, struck out swinging. Castellanos, the cleanup hitter, grounded into an inning-ending forceout.

“I wish I would have got the job done there,” Schwarber said. “That’s the thing that will sit with you. You’ve got to put the ball in play. You don’t know what can happen from there.”

Bryce Harper lobbied hard for the Phillies to sign Schwarber and they gave the outfielder a $79 million, four-year contract. Castellanos got a $100 million, five-year contract. That’s $179 million on two sluggers that have gone cold as Harper sits out with a sore elbow. The Phillies were shut out for the fifth time this season.

Harper missed a fourth straight game from the lingering effects of platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. The Phillies hope Harper can return Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“It’s a presence that’s missed,” Schwarber said. “But it’s a team. We all want Bryce in the lineup. He’s a staple MVP. We want him in the lineup. When he’s not in the lineup, we need to be able to pick that up.”

The Padres have won each of Darvish’s last six starts since April 17 and he’s 4-0 over that span.

“He had all of his pitches working. He was in the zone,” Christenson said. “It was just a great game by him.”

Luis Garcia got two outs in the eighth. The Padres move to bring in lefty Taylor Rogers to face the left-handed Schwarber backfired when he lined a single up the middle. But Rogers got Castellanos to ground into another forceout to end the inning. Rogers worked the ninth for his 15th save.

Every Padres starter had a hit.

The Padres and Phillies each won 3-0 games in the first two games of the series and this one also had little offense. Robinson Cano lined an RBI single to right — and nearly took out teammate and baserunner Wil Myers — off Kyle Gibson (3-2) and Ha-Seong Kim added a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning.

Gibson struck out seven, walked none and gave up eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“We’ve had guys with struggles for a substantial period of time,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “Everybody’s struggled a little bit. But eventually numbers get back to what’s on the back of a baseball card. These guys have some good times coming.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Harper hasn’t played right field since April 16 and will remain as DH whenever he returns. He took light swings each of the last two days. OF Mickey Moniak (broken wrist) started a rehab assignment in extended spring training in Clearwater, Florida. SS Didi Gregorius (left knee sprain) has no timeline for a return.

TIP OF THE CAP

Harper seemed to find a hat in the stands a fan was wearing that he liked more than his own Phillies cap. Harper tossed his maroon Phillies hat into the stands and the fan threw his back to Harper for the trade. The fan who claimed he got the hat tweeted it was autographed by Harper.

DOG DAYS

As concession stand prices soar in all sports, the Phillies scheduled only two $1 hot dogs promotions this season. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania got the message from fans the team needed more cheap meat and tweeted, “I agree, more Dollar Dog Nights. (at)Phillies, let’s do this.”

ON THE MEND

The Padres still don’t know when manager Bob Melvin will return following prostate surgery last week. Melvin had another exam scheduled for Thursday where could he receive the OK to return to the dugout this weekend.

“I haven’t felt a lot of stress in the dugout,” Christenson said.

UP NEXT

The Padres wrap their road trip with three in San Francisco. The Padres send LHP Sean Manaea (2-3, 3.77 ERA) to the mound Friday against Giants RHP Jakob Junis (1-1, 1.74).

The Phillies host the Dodgers for three and send LHP Ranger Suarez (4-1, 3.72) to the mound Friday against LHP Julio Urias (2-3, 3.00).

After Mets lose Scherzer, Alonso HR in 10th beats Cards 7-6

NEW YORK (AP) There are two constants to the Mets’ season: injuries and wins.

They learned Thursday that Max Scherzer will join fellow ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list for a lengthy stretch. Then New York wasted a ninth-inning lead against the St. Louis Cardinals and fell behind in the 10th.

Pete Alonso ended an afternoon of twists with a two-run homer into the left field second deck leading off the bottom of the 10th for a 7-6 victory that sent the Mets flying even before they headed to Colorado for the start of a six-game trip.

“We’re just a bunch of resiliant guys, and we’re gritty,” Alonso said after a 447-foot drive that was so emphatic he patted his chest five times with both hands before starting his trot. “When you get guys that are talented and love to win and are a group of tough men, you get games like this.”

New York took three of four from the Cardinals and at 26-14 is tied for the fourth-best 40-game start in Mets history. In a game with four lead changes, Jeff McNeil had a tiebreaking, two-run single, three RBIs and made two snazzy catches.

The Mets said during the game that Scherzer had been diagnosed with a strained oblique muscle in his left side after leaving Wednesday night’s win following a pitch. Scherzer is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks, another blow to a team that leads the NL East despite missing deGrom, No. 5 starter Tylor Megill and catcher James McCann to injuries, along with relievers Sean Reid-Foley and Trevor May.

“It’s a great opportunity for guys that we’re talking about bringing in here,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Got some guys that will meet us in Denver and try to hold fort..”

McNeil, hitting .400 with runners in scoring position, had a run-scoring infield groundout in the first and a two-run single in the fifth off Nick Wittgren that put the Mets ahead 5-3.

He climbed the wall in left-field foul territory to grab Paul Goldschmidt’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly, pushed off with his right foot and threw to second to nab Brendan Donovan, who tried to tag up from first. Then, with a runner on first in the eighth, McNeil made a sliding catch on a soft liner to deny Dylan Carlson and threw to second from his back.

“He’s the Flying Squirrel for a reason,” Alonso said.

Goldschmidt had four RBIs for the banged-up Cardinals, who trailed 2-0 before rookie Juan Yepez homered in the second for the first of his three hits.

Goldschmidt went deep in the third off Chris Bassitt and his RBI double gave St. Louis a 3-2 lead in the fifth but Brandon Nimmo’s RBI grounder tied the score in the bottom half.

Harrison Bader reached on an infield hit leading off the ninth for his third single, stole second for the second time on the day and advanced to third on a groundout. Goldschmidt tied the score 5-all with a two-out infield single off a foot of shortstop Eduardo Escobar as Edwin Diaz blew a save for the second time in 11 chances.

With the Cardinals in extra innings for the first time this year, Albert Pujols brought home the automatic runner with a run-scoring double-play grounder off Colin Holderman (1-0) in the 10th.

Alonso took a slider from Giovanny Gallegos (0-2) and turned on a fastball for a 114 mph drive, his third game-ending home run. Alonso has 10 home runs and leads the major leagues with 36 RBIs.

New York moved a season-high 12 games over .500 and finished 5-2 against the Cardinals to win the season series for the first time since 2014. The Mets have won 10 of 12 series this year and are 3-0 in extra innings.

“Pete saved us,” Bassitt said.

Bassitt allowed four runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, while Hudson gave up four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Hudson paused for a four-to-five-second stop in every pitch from the stretch, contributing to a 3-hour, 41-minute game time.

“The pace of today’s game wasn’t really pleasant,” manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s just a matter of get the ball and get back on the mound – let’s get going. There’s a pace to it and an aggressiveness to it, to keep the infield annd outfield engaged, and I need to see more of that.”

He also promised bullpen changes.

“There will be some reshuffling of that and see who can get outs,” he said.

PROSPECTS ARRVING

LHP Matthew Liberatore, the 17th overall pick in the 2018 amateur draft, will be brought up by the Cardinals to start at Pittsburgh on Saturday in his major league debut. Libertore, acquired from Tampa in January 2020, is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Memphis. St. Louis selected the contract of Nolan Gorman from Memphis, and he is to start at second base on Friday. Outfielder Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder impingement) was placed on the 10-day and RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

OUCH!

Cardinals right-hander Andre Pallante took a 111 mph liner from Alonso off his left shoulder in the seventh that went for an infield single. McNeil, the next batter, hit a 99 mph comebacker off the pitcher’s left foot, and Pallante retrieved the the ball to throw to first for the out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: C Andrew Knziner left in the middle of the fifth inning after taking a pair of foul tips off his mask earlier in the game. … INF Edmundo Sosa didn’t play after straining his left ankle while sliding into second when he was caught stealing in the fifth inning Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (4-3, 3.15) takes the mound on Friday. Pittburgh starts RHP Zach Thompson (2-3, 5.47).

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73) starts Friday’ against Colorado RHP German Marquez (1-3, 6.16).

Zac Gallen, Daulton Varsho lead Diamondbacks past Cubs 3-1

CHICAGO (AP) It was a grind for Zac Gallen. An impressive one.

Especially at the very end.

Gallen pitched five effective innings, Daulton Varsho homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Thursday night, stopping a six-game slide.

Gallen (3-0) allowed one run and two hits, continuing his strong start to the season. The right-hander issued three walks and hit a batter, but he wiggled out of a jam in his last inning while earning his first win in his fourth career start against Chicago.

“Warming up before the game, just didn’t feel particularly sharp,” he said. “Same thing in the fifth, wasn’t exactly sharp, wasn’t able to really execute to the best of my abilities.”

After finishing 2021 with a career-high 4.30 ERA, Gallen has permitted two or fewer runs in each of his first seven starts this year.

“Really just try to put a stop to the losing streak, get us back to playing baseball like we were a week ago,” Gallen said. “We’re a good team.”

The Cubs got Marcus Stroman back from the COVID-19 injured list, but they went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left nine runners on base. Yan Gomes doubled home Willson Contreras in the fourth for the team’s only run in the opener of a four-game series.

Stroman (1-4) allowed three runs, two earned, and five hits in five innings in his first start since May 1. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

“I thought I competed pretty well, and I was in the zone,” Stroman said. “I’ve had layoffs like that before in the past, and I’ve been kind of all over the place. Just to be around the zone and give my team a chance, I think it’s something good to build off.”

Stroman retired his first nine batters, but Varsho drove his first pitch of the fourth deep to center for his seventh homer. Josh Rojas and David Peralta tacked on two-out RBI singles for a 3-0 lead.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the fifth on Christopher Morel’s 11-pitch walk in his third big league game, Andrelton Simmons’ eight-pitch walk after falling behind 0-2 and a hit by pitch for Contreras. But Ian Happ bounced to second on the 10th pitch of his at-bat, ending the inning.

“They outpitched us tonight,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I thought our guys fought hard.”

Sean Poppen, Joe Mantiply, Ian Kennedy and Mark Melancon then combined for four innings of two-hit relief. Kennedy struck out Patrick Wisdom with runners on second and third in the eighth, and Melancon earned his eighth save.

“There were some really, really touch-and-go moments overall for this game,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “But we execute at a very high level when we need to, and that’s what we’re all about.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks: C Jose Herrera was placed on the injured list without a designation, indicating a potential COVID-19 issue with the team. The move with Herrera comes one day after LHP Kyle Nelson and OF Cooper Hummel were placed on the IL without any injury designation. The team announced the same move for INF Nick Ahmed on Monday. With Herrera out, C Grayson Greiner was promoted from Triple-A Reno. … 2B Ketel Marte returned to the lineup after missing two games with left hand soreness.

Cubs: RHP Michael Rucker was placed on the 15-day injured list with left turf toe. To make room for Stroman on the 40-man roster, RHP Alec Mills was transferred to the 60-day IL. … INF David Bote (left shoulder) went 1 for 3 with a double in his first rehab game with Triple-A Iowa. … INF Nico Hoerner (right ankle) is building up his running progression. … SS Ed Howard, the No. 16 pick in the 2020 amateur draft, will miss the rest of the season because of a hip injury. Howard, 20, was with Class-A South Bend when he got hurt. “He’s going to have surgery,” President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer said. “The early prognosis is really good as far as a comeback.”

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Right-handers Humberto Castellanos and Kyle Hendricks pitch on Friday afternoon. Castellanos (2-1, 4.15 ERA) tossed 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Cubs at Chase Field on Sunday. Hendricks (2-3, 4.03 ERA) has permitted just one run in 14 1/3 innings over his last two starts for Chicago.

Mets ace Scherzer likely out 6 to 8 weeks for oblique strain

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle in his left side, the latest blow to a New York pitching staff already missing ace Jacob deGrom.

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, had an MRI on Thursday, a day after he pulled himself from a start against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 1-1 count on Albert Pujols in the sixth inning after feeling “a zing” in his left side.

New York said the scan detected a moderate-to-high grade strain.

The 37-year-old right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts after signing a $130 million, three-year contract with the Mets. An eight-time All-Star, Scherzer has struck out 59 and walked 11 in 49 2/3 innings.

The Mets began the day with a six-game lead in the NL East.

“He’s been pitching with a blister issue, the thing with the baseball – the seams are different,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said before the game. “That’s one of the reasons why he really struggled with his breaking ball, to command it, because he was trying to keep from ripping that open again.”

Scherzer is 195-98 with 3.15 ERA in 15 major league seasons. He won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with Detroit and the 2016 and 21017 NL Cy Youngs with Washington.

DeGrom has been out since spring training because of a right scapula stress reaction, and he is not likely to pitch for the Mets until late June or July at the earliest. Tylor Megill went on the 15-day injured list Sunday with right biceps inflammation.

David Peterson probably will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to join a rotation that includes Chris Bassitt (4-2 2.34), Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.73) and Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.52).

Peterson, a 26-year-old left-hander, is 1-0 with 1.89 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance for the Mets this season and 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts at Triple-A.

In addition, catcher James McCann is sidelined until late June or early July while recovering from a broken hamate in his left wrist. Relievers Sean Reid-Foley (Tommy John surgery) and Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) also are hurt.

Guardians’ Ramírez hurts shin vs Reds, undergoing X-rays

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Guardians star third baseman Jose Ramirez will undergo X-rays and other tests on his right shin after being injured during an at-bat in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Ramirez collapsed in pain after fouling a ball off his shin in the eighth inning.

After going down, he rolled onto his back in the dirt near home plate, and the 29-year-old Ramirez needed several minutes to recover. He then hobbled back into the batter’s box and promptly hit a single for his 34th RBI.

Ramirez was pulled for a pinch-runner after the hit.

Guardians manager Terry Francona said Ramirez, one of baseball’s best all-around players, will have his leg checked for any serious damage.

“He’s pretty sore,” Francona said. “Hit above his (protective) pad, just below his knee. For him to react like that, he’s a pretty tough kid. He’s going to get some X-rays, but he’s sore.”

Ramirez has been in a slump of late, but he’s still the biggest threat in Cleveland’s lineup and the Guardians can’t afford to be without him for too long.

It’s possible he could miss a game or two, dependent on the X-ray results.

Ramirez signed a seven-year, $141 million contract extension with Cleveland on the eve of opening day.

Meanwhile, Francona, who just returned to the team after being out with COVID-19, will miss Friday’s series opener against Detroit to have a minor surgical procedure. He’s expected to be back Saturday.

Francona was sidelined for much of the past two seasons with serious medial issues. He managed just 14 games in 2020 due to gastrointestinal issues, and stepped away last July following foot surgery.

Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will fill in for Francona against the Tigers.

‘We’re done’: A&M’s Fisher fires back at ‘narcissist’ Saban

(AP) — The Southeastern Conference spring meetings will be held in person for the time since 2019 in a little less than two weeks.

It is unlikely two of the SEC’s superstar coaches will be chumming around Destin, Florida, together.

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher called Nick Saban a “narcissist” on Thursday after the Alabama coach accused the rival Aggies of using name, image and likeness deals to land their top-ranked recruiting classes.

Less than 24 hours after Saban said Texas A&M was essentially “buying” players, Fisher called an impromptu news conference to blast college football’s most accomplished coach and his former boss at LSU.

“It’s despicable that a reputable head coach can come out and say this when he doesn’t get his way or things don’t go his way,” Fisher said in College Station, Texas. “The narcissist in him doesn’t allow those things to happen — it’s ridiculous – when he’s not on top. And the parity in college football he’s been talking about? Go talk to coaches who have coached for him. You’ll find out all the parity. Go dig into wherever he’s been.”

Texas A&M had the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country for 2022 after beating Alabama during the regular season. The Tide’s class was No. 2. In his session which lasted about 10 minutes, Fisher declared: “We never bought anybody, no rules are broken. Nothing was done wrong.”

The Crimson Tide lost to the Aggies in 2021, but went on to win the SEC championship and play for the national title. The Aggies finished 8-4 in their fourth season under Fisher, who, like Saban, is among the highest-paid coaches in the game at more than $9 million per season.

The public spat is perhaps the ugliest display of the growing angst and concerns among college coaches who are wrestling with two big changes: The compensation era, launched last July, and its impact on recruiting, and the ease with which players can now transfer.

Saban, who has won six national championships and is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, has called the current state of affairs unsustainable. At an event in Birmingham, Alabama, he said some schools were spending “tons of money to get players.”

“You read about it, you know who they are,” Saban said Wednesday. “We were second in recruiting last year. A&M was first. A&M bought every player on their team. Made a deal for name, image and likeness. We didn’t buy one player. But I don’t know if we’re going to be able to sustain that in the future, because more and more people are doing it. It’s tough.”

Fisher was an assistant under Saban in the early 2000s at LSU, working as offensive coordinator on the Tigers’ 2003 national title team. That relationship is now badly damaged.

“We’re done,” Fisher said, adding Saban reached out by phone but he did not take the call. “He showed you who he is. He’s the greatest ever, huh? When you got all the advantages, it’s easy.”

He said Saban’s comments were insulting to Texas A&M and the families of the players who signed with the Aggies.

“Some people think they’re God,” Fisher said. “Go dig into how God did His deal. You may find out about a guy, a lot of things you don’t want to know. We build him up to be this czar of football. Go dig into his past or anybody who’s ever coached with him. You can find out anything you want to find out what he does and how he does it.”

“There’s a reason I ain’t went back and worked for him, with opportunities. I don’t want to be associated with him,” Fisher added.

Texas A&M plays at Alabama on Oct. 8, but Fisher and Saban won’t have to wait that long to cross paths with the SEC meetings just around the corner.

“I don’t cheat. I don’t lie. If you did my old man slapped me across the face. Maybe someone should have slapped him (Saban),” Fisher said.

The 56-year-old Fisher won a national championship in 2013 as head coach at Florida State before receiving a 10-year contract for $75 million to leave Tallahassee for Texas A&M in 2017.

The NCAA lifted most of its rules barring athletes from earning money from sponsorship and endorsement deals last July, but there are concerns among many in college sports that NIL deals are being used to as recruiting inducements and de facto pay-for-play. Last week, the NCAA issued guidance to Division I members to clarify its rules against boosters being involved in recruiting.

In February, Fisher went off on competitors who were pushing rumors that Texas A&M had spent $30 million on NIL deals to land one the highest-rated recruiting classes in history.

The 70-year-old Saban was more targeted in his critique of the current state of college football then he has been in the past. He also mentioned Jackson State and Miami in his remarks.

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders, an Pro Football Hall of Famer, landed one of the top recruits in the country in cornerback Travis Hunter, who had been committed to Florida State until a signing day flip in December.

“We as a PEOPLE don’t have to pay our PEOPLE to play with our PEOPLE,” Sanders tweeted Wednesday night. Hunter also chimed in on social media.

As for Fisher, he said he’s looking forward to the Destin meetings.

“I don’t mind confrontation. Lived with it my whole life,” Fisher said. “Kind of like it myself. Backing away from it isn’t the way I was raised.”

Pac-12 scraps divisions after NCAA Division I Council votes to eliminate requirements for FBS conference title games

The NCAA Division I Council announced Wednesday that it will relax restrictions on college football’s conference championship games, allowing conferences to determine the teams that would participate in their respective title game. The decision paves the way for conferences to avoid having title-game matchups determined by division winners as well as possibly eliminating divisions altogether.

It didn’t take long for a Power 5 conference to change things up. Minutes after the NCAA announcement, the Pac-12 announced that starting in 2022, the conference’s title game would feature the teams with the two highest winning percentages.

“Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize CFP invitations and ultimately win national championships,” said Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff in a news release. “Today’s decision is an important step towards that goal and immediately increases both fan interest in, and the media value of, our Football Championship Game.”

The SEC, meanwhile, doesn’t plan to make any quick changes to its divisional setup, according to commissioner Greg Sankey, as the conference prepares to grow to 16 teams with the additions of Texas and Oklahoma.

Sankey told Yahoo Sports that the SEC has had “a yearlong conversation when we go to 16 what will our divisions look like or what our schedule will look like. Those possibilities include no divisions. It is on our list. We are not going to do it in a knee-jerk way in reaction to today’s decision.”

In its release, the Pac-12 outlined how, in five out of the past 11 years, divisions have kept the conference’s title game from featuring a different matchup that includes two teams with better rankings. In 2011 and 2012, for example, the conference title games would have featured Stanford and Oregon — both ranked in the top 10 those two years — had it not been for divisions, which allowed an unranked UCLA team and then a 9-5 UCLA team to play in the title game instead of an 11-1 Stanford team and an 11-1 Oregon team.

As the Pac-12 made sure to note in its announcement, the conference originally brought this motion of deregulating title games to the council. The motion, according to the Pac-12, was “unanimously supported by all FBS conferences.”

This news has also been a long time coming for the ACC. In 2014, the conference first started pushing for deregulation as it relates to the divisional format, believing every league should have the right to determine how to run its championship game.

But the legislation the ACC initially proposed never passed. When commissioner Jim Phillips took over the ACC in 2021, he said the league would once again revisit this topic — echoing the thoughts of his predecessor, John Swofford. Only, at this moment in time, deregulation has made its way across the college football landscape. Eliminating the divisional format seemed like the next logical step.

Like the Pac-12, the ACC believes scrapping the divisional format will allow for more compelling matchups, more opportunities for teams to play each other and the opportunity to get multiple teams into the College Football Playoff. Since the inception of the playoff, the ACC has made seven appearances (six of them by Clemson), while the Pac-12 has had only two appearances.

The potential scrapping of divisions will have ripple effects on conference scheduling. The Pac-12 said in its release Wednesday that even though the current conference football schedule, based on two divisions, will remain in place for the 2022 season, scheduling scenarios for seasons beyond 2022 will continue to be reviewed.

At the recently concluded ACC spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida, the league discussed getting rid of divisions and moving to a 3-5-5 scheduling format: three permanent rivals for each team, and then rotating through the remaining 10 league teams — five one year, five the next.

Though the ACC did not take a vote on the divisional format, all indications are this will pass at some point and go into effect for the 2023 season.

“The two drivers to this: One, is the opportunity for our student-athletes to play every school in the ACC over a four-year period of time,” Phillips said last week. “The other piece of it is, I’ve always felt that was a local decision about how you handle your conference. You’re seeing that across multiple conferences that they’d like to dictate what their championship structure looks like, and which will lead into eventually an expanded football playoff.

“You want your two best teams to have a chance to play at the end of the year for a lot of reasons.”

USC lands All-American WR Jordan Addison from Pitt

LOS ANGELES (AP) All-American receiver Jordan Addison is transferring from Pitt to Southern California.

The Biletnikoff Award winner announced his decision Thursday on social media, ending weeks of speculation on where the top receiver in college football would play.

“The last few weeks have been very difficult,” Addison wrote. “I struggled with my decision as to whether I should exercise my right to enter the portal. Student athletes have not always had that opportunity, and I made that choice.”

Addison entered the transfer portal before the May 1 deadline. He visited Texas and USC and strongly considered Alabama before choosing the Trojans. Addison reportedly has a close relationship with new USC quarterback Caleb Williams, a fellow Washington D.C.-area native who transferred from Oklahoma earlier in the offseason.

Addison made 100 receptions for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns in the 2021 season, his second with the Panthers. With Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett off to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Addison’s decision to find a new home was among those that called attention to the current state of the transfer process and what role name, image and licensing considerations have in players’ decisions to transfer.

Addison is the Trojans’ latest major addition since the arrival of coach Lincoln Riley, who has thoroughly transformed the roster with extensive use of the transfer portal.

Also joining USC under Riley: Former Sooners receiver Mario Williams, Oregon running back Travis Dye, Arizona State linebacker Eric Gentry, Alabama linebacker Shane Lee and Colorado receiver Brenden Rice, among others.

Consensus Mock Draft: Top 3 far from clear in first look after Draft lottery

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In our first look at the best mock drafts around the internet, the theme seems to be uncertainty. There isn’t a consensus No. 1 pick like there’s been in past years (every mock had Cade Cunningham going first last season) and up and down the lottery there is much variation. Granted, this is the first look after the lottery, and things will come together after teams start meeting with players, but this is shaping up to be a very intriguing Draft.

The leading candidates for the No. 1 pick are Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero. There had been some early chatter about Jaden Ivey jumping, but that was only if certain teams needing a point guard landed the top pick. As it is, the Magic hold the pick and will likely take one of the three bigs, even though they’re well stocked in the frontcourt. Prognosticators seem split between Smith and Holmgren as the pick (seven have Smith, four have Holmgren and one lone mock has Banchero to Orlando).

Things could get interesting at No. 4, where the Sacramento Kings surprisingly landed on lottery night. The pick here would likely be Jaden Ivey if he’s available, but the Kings are pretty set in their backcourt with DeAaron Fox and Davion Mitchell, whom they took last season with the No. 9 pick. Ivey is an athletic point guard and the Pistons would be thrilled if he slips to them at No. 5. Will Sacramento grab the best player available or go toward finding the right fit for their roster?

One player seeing a lot of variation is Duke’s A.J. Griffin. The big man appears as high as No. 5 in one mock (SB Nation) and as low as No. 12 in another (USA Today). Between those two predictions, he shows up most commonly at No. 8 to the Pelicans. The Ringer calls him “one of the most talented scorers in the Draft” but also points out he missed time in high school due to knee and ankle injuries. It’s possible teams are waiting to see more on the talented shooter.

Unlike previous seasons, there’s not a single player in our lottery that is coming straight from international play. The closest we have to an international prospect is Australian Dyson Daniels, who is using the NBA G League route to the NBA. Daniels averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists with the G League Ignite. Much like fellow Australian Josh Giddey, who was taken 6th overall last season, Daniels is a willing passer who could make an immediate impact in his first season.

Keegan Murray should be hearing his name in the middle of the lottery. The 6-foot-8 forward out of Iowa appears as high as No. 4 (ESPN/Net Scouts), but no lower than No. 8 (SB Nation). His most likely landing spots are the Pistons at No. 5 or Pacers at No. 6. He shows up nine times in those two slots.

Nine players appear in the lottery in all 12 mocks we survey: Smith, Holmgren, Banchero, Murray, Ivey, Sharpe, Griffin, Mathurin and Davis.

MOST COMMON PICKS

No. 1 (Magic): Jabari Smith (7)

No. 2 (Thunder): Chet Holmgren (7)

No. 3 (Rockets): Paolo Banchero (9)

No. 4 (Kings): Jaden Ivey (7)

No. 5 (Pistons): Jaden Ivey, Shaedon Sharpe (5)

No. 6 (Pacers): Keegan Murray (8)

No. 7 (Trail Blazers): Jalen Duren, A.J. Griffin, Bennedict Mathurin (4)

No. 8 (Pelicans): Jalen Duren, A.J. Griffin, Bennedict Mathurin (3)

No. 9 (Spurs): Jalen Duren (3)

No. 10 (Wizards): Johnny Davis (5)

No. 11 (Knicks): A.J. Griffin, Dyson Daniels, Bennedict Mathurin (3)

No. 12 (Thunder): Jeremy Sochan (4)

No. 13 (Hornets): Mark Williams (6)

No. 14 (Cavaliers): Malaki Branham (8)

Most common (above): Pick at which the player is most commonly projected, with number of mock drafts in parentheses. For example, Jabari Smith is projected to go 1st in seven of the 12 mock drafts listed below.

Top 14 (below): To calculate the consensus, we award 14 points for every mock draft in which the player went first overall, 13 for second, continuing to one point for the final lottery pick. The player with the highest point total represents the top overall selection, which is as follows:

1. Chet Holmgren | Orlando Magic

Gonzaga | Position: F/C | Height: 7-0
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 2 (7)

His length and size make him an elite shotblocker on defense, but his skinny frame could hurt him against larger post players.

2. Jabari Smith | Oklahoma City Thunder

Auburn | Position: F | Height: 6-10
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 1 (7)

Has the size and length and picture-perfect shot to become an elite scorer and the versatility on defense to become a two-way star.

3. Paolo Banchero | Houston Rockets

Duke | Position: F | Height: 6-10
Status: Freshman
Most Common: 3 (9)

His size and athletic ability make him a perfect fit in today’s NBA; should be able to contribute right away and eventually progress into a perennial All-Star.

4. Jaden Ivey | Sacramento Kings

Purdue | Position: G | Height: 6-4
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 4 (7)

Ultra athletic guard in the mold of Ja Morant, he can create his own shot with a quick first step. Will need to improve defensively to become elite.

5. Shaedon Sharpe | Detroit Pistons

Kentucky | Position: SG | Height: 6-6
Status: FreshmanMost Common: 5 (5)

Athletic wing who can make a difference on both ends, with finishes around the rim and a reliable jump shot. Sat his freshman year at Kentucky, so the year layoff could affect his transition.

6. Keegan Murray | Indiana Pacers 

Iowa | Position: F | Height: 6-8
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 6 (8)

Good decision maker with the intelligence and athleticism to become a reliable defender on either big men or wings; steady jump shot that should improve with time.

 7. A.J. Griffin | Portland Trail Blazers

Duke | Position: G/F | Height: 6-6
Status: FreshmanMost Common: 7 (4)

One of the best scorers in the Draft, thanks to an arsenal of moves and a solid midrange game; has the wingspan and size to become a lockdown defender.

8. Bennedict Mathurin | New Orleans Pelicans

Arizona | Position: SG | Height: 6-6
Status: SophomoreMost Common: 7 (4)

A willing shooter who established himself as one of the nation’s best shooters off the catch; His skillset should translate well to the NBA, where spacing should help him get his shot.

9. Jalen Duren | San Antonio Spurs

Memphis | Position: C | Height: 6-11
Status: FreshmanMost Common: 7, 9 (3)

Young talent with big upside, a physically gifted big man who can finish around the rim; potential to become top defender who can protect the rim and defend the pick-and-roll.

10. Johnny Davis | Washington Wizards

Wisconsin | Position: SG | Height: 6-5
Status: Sophomore
Most Common: 10 (5)

A guard who likes to work in the paint, Davis has a midrange game that could translate well to the NBA; has shown the desire and passion to become solid defender.

11. Jeremy Sochan | New York Knicks

Baylor | Position: F | Height: 6-8
Status: FreshmanMost Common: 12 (4)

His abilities on the defensive end make him a unique option; his versatility gives him the chance to contribute immediately as a position-less big man.

12. Dyson Daniels | Oklahoma City Thunder

G League Ignite | Position: G/F | Height: 6-6
Status: G LeagueMost Common: 11 (3)

Australian playmaker who – like fellow countryman Josh Giddey – is an above-average passer with court vision and desire to facilitate for teammates; lockdown defender at the other end.

13. TyTy Washington Jr. | Charlotte Hornets

Kentucky | Position: G | Height: 6-3
Status: FreshmanMost Common: 11 (2)

Shifty point guard who can create his shot in a variety of ways; Only shot 33.7% on 3s, but his midrange game and court vision make him an intriguing option.

14. Ochai Agbaji | Cleveland Cavaliers 

Kansas | Position: G | Height: 6-5
Status: SeniorMost Common: 14 (3)

An elite shooter, shot 39.7% from 3-point land last season; At 22 years old, he’s older than other prospects, but also has experience from his time at KU.

Last updated: May 19 (3:04 a.m. ET)

MOCK DRAFTS

ESPN.com

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Keegan Murray
5. Jaden Ivey
6. Shaedon Sharpe
7. Jalen Duren
8. A.J. Griffin
9. Dyson Daniels
10. Johnny Davis
11. Bennedict Mathurin
12. Ousmane Dieng
13. Mark Williams
14. Malaki Branham

The Ringer

1. Chet Holmgren
2. Jabari Smith
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Shaedon Sharpe
5. Jaden Ivey
6. Keegan Murray
7. A.J. Griffin
8. Johnny Davis
9. Bennedict Mathurin
10. Jeremy Sochan
11. Jalen Duren
12. Ousmane Dieng
13. Mark Williams
14. Dyson Daniels

The Athletic

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Shaedon Sharpe
6. Keegan Murray
7. Jeremy Sochan
8. Bennedict Mathurin
9. A.J. Griffin
10. Johnny Davis
11. Jalen Duren
12. Dyson Daniels
13. Mark Williams
14. Ousmane Dieng

SI.com

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Shaedon Sharpe
5. Jaden Ivey
6. Keegan Murray
7. Bennedict Mathurin
8. Dyson Daniels
9. Johnny Davis
10. Jalen Duren
11. A.J. Griffin
12. Jeremy Sochan
13. Ochai Agbaji
14. Malaki Branham

Yahoo Sports

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Shaedon Sharpe
6. Keegan Murray
7. Bennedict MathurinJalen Duren
8. Johnny Davis
9. Mark Williams
10. Blake Wesley
11. A.J. Griffin
12. Ochai Agbaji
13. Tari Eason
14. Malaki Branham

Bleacher Report

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Shaedon Sharpe
6. Keegan Murray
7. A.J. Griffin
8. Bennedict Mathurin
9. Jalen Duren
10. Johnny Davis
11. Dyson Daniels
12. Jeremy Sochan
13. Mark Williams
14. Malaki Branham

NetScouts Basketball

1. Jabari Smith
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Keegan Murray
5. Jaden Ivey
6. Shaedon Sharpe
7. A.J. Griffin
8. Bennedict Mathurin
9. Johnny Davis
10. Jalen Duren
11. Dyson Daniels
12. TyTy Washington Jr.
13. Mark Williams
14. Ochai Agbaji

CBS Sports (Gary Parrish)

1. Chet Holmgren
2. Paolo Banchero
3. Jabari Smith
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Keegan Murray
6. Shaedon Sharpe
7. Ochai Agbaji
8. Johnny Davis
9. Jalen Duren
10. Bennedict Mathurin
11. Jeremy Sochan
12. A.J. Griffin
13. Mark Williams
14. Malaki Branham

CBS Sports (Kyle Boone)

1. Chet Holmgren
2. Jabari Smith
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Shaedon Sharpe
6. Keegan Murray
7. TyTy Washington Jr.
8. A.J. Griffin
9. Jeremy Sochan
10. Ochai Agbaji
11. Bennedict Mathurin
12. Ousmane Dieng
13. Jalen Duren
14. Johnny Davis

SB Nation

1. Paolo Banchero
2. Chet Holmgren
3. Jabari Smith
4. Jaden Ivey
5. A.J. Griffin
6. Shaedon Sharpe
7. Jalen Duren
8. Keegan Murray
9. Bennedict Mathurin
10. Johnny Davis
11. Dyson Daniels
12. Jeremy Sochan
13. Tari Eason
14. Malaki Branham

USA Today/FTW

1. Chet Holmgren
2. Jabari Smith
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Shaedon Sharpe
5. Jaden Ivey
6. Keegan Murray
7. Jalen Duran
8. Jeremy Sochan
9. Johnny Davis
10. TyTy Washington Jr.
11. Bennedict Mathurin
12. A.J. Griffin
13. Dyson Daniels
14. Malaki Branham

Basketball News

1. Jabari Smith
2. Paolo Banchero
3. Chet Holmgren
4. Jaden Ivey
5. Shaedon Sharpe
6. Keegan Murray
7. Bennedict Mathurin
8. A.J. Griffin
9. Jalen Duren
10. Johnny Davis
11. TyTy Washington Jr.
12. Mark Williams
13. Dyson Daniels
14. Malaki Branham

Djokovic, Nadal, Alcaraz on same half of French Open bracket

PARIS (AP) Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz all were placed on the same half of the French Open men’s bracket in Thursday’s draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1, could meet 13-time champion Nadal in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. Djokovic beat Nadal in the semifinals a year ago.

Nadal leads the Grand Slam title standings among men with 21, one ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer. This will be Djokovic’s first major tournament since last year’s U.S. Open; he was not allowed to play in the Australian Open because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

If that Djokovic-Nadal showdown happens, the winner could face No. 6 seed Alcaraz in the semifinals. Alcaraz is just 19, recently won the Madrid Open on clay and became the youngest man to break into the top 10 in the rankings since Nadal in 2005.

Alcaraz could meet No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev in quarterfinals. The potential quarterfinals on the other half of the bracket are No. 2 Daniil Medvedev against No. 7 Andrey Rublev in a matchup between two Russians who will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon because of that country’s invasion of Ukraine, and 2021 runner-up Stefano Tsitsipas against No. 8 Casper Ruud.

The women’s draw was scheduled for later Thursday.

The tournament begins Sunday.

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians today announced a broadcast agreement with Nexstar Media

Inc., with 18 home games from early June into late August scheduled to air on WTTV.2 The Dot. The first

broadcast on The Dot is set for Tuesday, June 7, when the Indians open a six-game homestand against

the Columbus Clippers.

“We are excited to further showcase Indianapolis Indians baseball and the Victory Field experience with

our new partnership with The Dot,” said Randy Lewandowski, Indians President and General Manager.

“Indians baseball takes center stage every summer in the Circle City, and giving fans another avenue to

enjoy our games from home is a priority.”

The Dot, also known as ETTV, is a digital channel available free and without a cable subscription, so long

as the viewer is using a digital antenna. The Dot may be found on one of two channels – 4.2 or 29.2 –

depending on where the viewer lives.

“The Indians games are a great addition to our successful lineup on The Dot, and we’re excited to add

live, local sports to our schedule,” said FOX59 and CBS4 Vice President and General Manager Dominic

Mancuso. “The station has proven itself with hit shows like the Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon,

which are both showing ratings success and will be great lead-in programming for the Indians matchups.

We are proud to support local sports and to give Central Indiana a great platform to watch their home

team in action.

Telecast coverage for every game on The Dot begins five minutes before first pitch. The full list of Indians

games airing on The Dot is below:

Indians Broadcast Schedule on The Dot (18 games)

Tuesday, June 7-Thursday, June 9 vs. Columbus

Saturday, June 11 vs. Columbus

Tuesday, June 21-Wednesday, June 22 vs. Memphis

Monday, July 4 vs. Iowa

Wednesday, July 6 vs. Iowa

Saturday, July 9 vs. Iowa

Saturday, July 23 vs. St. Paul

Tuesday, Aug. 2 vs. Louisville

Saturday, Aug. 6 vs. Louisville

Tuesday, Aug. 16-Wednesday, Aug. 17 vs. Iowa

Friday, Aug. 19 vs. Iowa

Tuesday, Aug. 23 vs. Rochester

Friday, Aug. 26-Saturday, Aug. 27 vs. Rochester

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indians Split Doubleheader with Mud Hens

INDIANAPOLIS – With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, pinch hitter Ji- Hwan Bae smacked a three-run triple to secure a Game 2 victory for the Indianapolis Indians on Thursday afternoon, 8-4. The Toledo Mud Hens never trailed in the first game of the twin bill, handing Indy a 4-2 defeat.

Indianapolis (19-18) earned the doubleheader split thanks to a four-run sixth inning that broke a 4-4 deadlock. Jared Oliva jumpstarted the frame with a one-out single and stolen base, and following a pair of walks drawn by Travis Swaggerty and Canaan Smith-Njigba, Bae came up big with a bases-clearing triple into the right-field corner. Moments later, Oneil Cruz scorched an RBI double 112 MPH off the wall in center field to bring home Bae.

Both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning of Game 2. Mason Martin launched a two-run home run – his sixth long ball of the year – to tie the game.

Indy grabbed its first lead of the day in the third inning with another two-run burst. Cruz and Cole Tucker both walked to begin the frame, and after a deep flyout off the bat of Cal Mitchell that advanced both runners, a run-scoring groundout by Martin and missed catch error by pitcher Nivaldo Rodriguez (L,1-3) pushed the Indians in front, 4-2.

The Mud Hens (20-17) leveled the score with four consecutive hits in the fifth off Austin Brice before Bae’s heroics in the sixth.

Jerad Eickhoff and Cristofer Melendez (W, 2-1) both struck out five batters and allowed only one hit each in relief.

Toledo scored in four of the seven frames in Game 1 to secure the win. Kody Clemens led the charge for the Mud Hens with three hits and three RBI while falling a triple shy of the cycle.

After Martin tripled to lead off the sixth inning, an RBI groundout by Mitchell put the Indians on the board. Indy added one more run on an RBI groundout by Bae in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short.

With no outs and two runners on in the bottom of the third, Luis Castillo (W, 2-0) entered in relief of starter Matt Manning and escaped the jam.

Roansy Contreras (L, 0-1) had his longest outing of the season, pitching 5.2 innings and surrendering three runs (two earned). He allowed six hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

Cruz – in eight total plate appearances for the day – reached base safely six times with a single, double and four walks.

The series continues Friday night with first pitch slated for 7:05 PM ET. LHP Trey McGough (1-0, 3.95) will toe the rubber for the Indians while Toledo has not yet named its starter.

INDY ELEVEN

Boys in Blue Return Home Looking to Start New Streak

#INDvNY Preview   
Indy Eleven vs. New York Red Bulls II 
Saturday, May 21, 2022 – 7:00 p.m. ET
IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

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2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS 
Indy Eleven: 4W-3L-2D (+1 GD), 14 pts.; 7th in Eastern Conference 
New York Red Bulls II: 1W-8L-1D (-12 GD), 4 pts.; T-13th in Eastern Conference 

COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK SPORTS MEDICINE INDY ELEVEN INJURY REPORT
OUT: FW Aris Briggs (shin contusion), MF Bryam Rebellon (R quadriceps strain)
QUESTIONABLE: none

DISCIPLINE REPORT
IND: none
NY: none

Indy Eleven will look to start a new win streak when it returns to Carroll Stadium Saturday evening to host New York Red Bulls II. Despite a loss last week at Memphis that snapped a four-game winning run and six-match undefeated streak, the Boys in Blue still sit just on the right side of the Eastern Conference playoff line with some room to improve that positioning thanks to two games in hand on each of the four teams within two points both above (Tampa Bay & Miami) and below (Birmingham & Tulsa) them.

And the next two weekends would be the optimal time to stock up on points, as its meetings with New York and New Mexico mark the Eleven’s last games at “The Mike” before embarking on a four-game road trip across June. Head Coach Mark Lowry’s squad has faired well on the IUPUI campus, following their opening 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy II in early April with three straight home W’s to close out last month.

The presence of 2019 and 2020 USL Championship Most Valuable Player Solomon Asante should only bolster Indy Eleven’s hopes of a successful homecoming. After signing with the Boys in Blue on April 11, some massive lifting behind the scenes allowed Asante to arrive from his native Ghana last weekend. The ex-Phoenix Rising FC standout trained throughout the week for the Boys in Blue, but how much Head Coach Mark Lowry will utilize the influential attacking presence remains to the seen. Whether in a starting role or coming off the bench, you can rest assured Asante will be motivated to push his career USL Championship goal haul in regular season action to 50, which would make him just the 16th player in the league’s now 12-year history to reach that plateau.

For New York Red Bulls II, a glimmer of hope to kick off their road schedule – a 1-0 win at Atlanta United on March 16 – marked their only positive result to date. While the “Baby Bulls” have garnered only one point from their last eight outings (via a 1-1 home draw with Tampa Bay on April 23), they have gotten more competitive along the way, dropping each of their last four losses by a single goal. In fact, despite losing eight out of 10 matches, New York has trailed by multiple goals for only 74 minutes of their 900 minutes of action (8%), proving the young side has the mettle to stay in matches.  

LAST TIME OUT

Memphis 901 FC  2 : 1  Indy Eleven
Sat., May 14  |  Recap & Highlights  |  Stats

At the site of its largest comeback win in club history, Indy Eleven fell short in duplicating that feat last weekend at AutoZone Park. While Elliot Panicco did well to patrol his area early with two saves and several more interventions on crosses within the first half hour, goals by Zach Carroll (34’) and Laurent Kissiedou (58’) put the home side in command. Eleven striker Jonas Fjeldberg gave Indiana’s Team hope in the 66th minute with a 10-yard blast that split the mitts of former IU goalkeeper Trey Muse, but Memphis held firm down the stretch to snap the Eleven’s four-game winning streak.

INDIANA HOOSIERS

MCCULLOUGH DE-COMMITS FROM INDIANA

Indiana football fans got some bad news Thursday as former Bloomington South DB Daeh McCullough de-committed from Indiana. McCullough made the announcement on his twitter page.

The four-star recruit was to play for Head Coach Tom Allen and his father Deland, but Deland was hired as Notre Dame’s running back’s coach in February. Daeh announced he would be moving to South Bend and play at South Bend St. Joseph.

“I would like to thank everyone at Indiana University for everything they have done for me and my family ever since I was a child,” Daeh McCullough posted in a graphic on his Twitter account. “Second, I want to thank the staff for showing nothing but love to me, along with my family as well!  After praying and long talks with my family, I have decided to de-commit from Indiana University. I’ll always love Hoosier Nation and wish nothing but the best for the university.”

In his one season at South, Daeh McCullough recorded 30 tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups and was named All-Conference Indiana.

McCullough had scholarship offers from 18 programs, including Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Utah and Rutgers. 

JACKSON-DAVIS MISSES COMBINE

Trace Jackson-Davis will not get the chance to showcase his talents for the NBA in Chicago. He tested positive for Covid-19. Jackson-Davis has until June 1 to withdraw from the draft and return to college.

The combine was an big opportunity for him to raise his stock if he were to stay in the draft.

He averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game during his junior season at IU.

Slugfest Slips Away

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Both teams had double-digit leads in one of the most unique games in college baseball in 2022, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a 30-16 decision at Iowa. The Hoosiers led 13-2 after three innings, before the Hawkeyes rallied for the win.

Indiana (25-28, 10-12 B1G) built a 13-2 lead with four in the first, five in the second and four in the third inning, as Iowa (31-17, 15-7 B1G) got two in the first. A 10-run fourth for the Hawkeyes was followed by one run for the Hoosiers in the fifth. Iowa then scored four in the fifth and three in the sixth to give them the lead. Indiana scored one in the seventh and one in the eighth, however, Iowa added three in the sixth, six in the seventh and five in the eighth to cap the scoring.

Five Hoosiers posted multi-hit games led by four-hit games from junior Hunter Jessee and senior Phillip Glasser. Freshmen Carter Mathison and Josh Pyne posted three-hit games and redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis had two hits. Senior Peter Serruto was on base three times with a base hit and two walks.

Mathison hit his 17th home run of the season as part of his three-hit day, which also included his 10th double. He added one walk and tied for team high with four RBIs and three runs scored. It was the 10th home run in Big Ten play for Mathison to make him the fifth Hoosier in program history to reach double-digit home runs in conference-only games.

With the four RBIs for Mathison, he joins Pyne in the freshman 50-RBI club to make the first IU rookies to plate 50 RBIs in the same season in program history.

Pyne doubled for the 18th time in 2022 and added his sixth home run to drive in four runs. He also scored three times. Glasser scored three times and drove in two RBIs, which came on his third home run of the season. Jessee had two RBIs, hit his fifth home run of the season and scored three runs.

Seven IU pitchers saw time on the mound, as Luke Hayden (4-1) took the loss with seven runs allowed – just one earned – on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Kyle Huckstrof paced the offense for Iowa with a 6-for-7 night at the plate, four runs scored and 12 RBIs, while Sam Petersen drove in five RBIs. Duncan Davitt (4-1) picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of two-run work out of the bullpen.

Scoring Recap – Game One

Top First

After Bobby Whalen walked to start the inning, Hunter Jessee homered on the first pitch he saw to open the scoring. After Carter Mathison doubled, Phillip Glasser homered to left-center field to stake IU to an early four-run lead.

Indiana 4, at Iowa 0

Bottom First

A walk and a single put runners on the corners and a wild pitch allowed the first run to score for Iowa. A walk was followed by an Izaya Fullard base hit to load the bases. Brendan Sher reached on a fielder’s choice to push the second run of the frame across, before Braydon Tucker struck out the final two batters of the inning.

Indiana 4, at Iowa 2

Top Second

Indiana scored five runs with two outs, as Mathison opened the scoring with his 17th home run of the season, a three-run home run. Josh Pyne and Glasser singled and Matthew Ellis doubled off the left field wall to score two more.

Indiana 9, at Iowa 2

Top Third

With two outs, Whalen and Jessee singled and Mathison walked to load the bases. Pyne then hit a grand slam to left field.

Indiana 13, at Iowa 2

Bottom Fourth

Iowa sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on eight hits and one IU error. Three home runs produced eight of the 10 runs for the Hawkeyes.

Indiana 13, at Iowa 12

Top Fifth

Pyne doubled with two outs and came around to score on an error following a Glasser single.

Indiana 14, at Iowa 12

Bottom Fifth

An error and single put two runners on, before IU got the next two outs. After a hit batter loaded the bases, Kyle Huckstrof hit his third home run of the game – a grand slam – to take its first lead of the game.

at Iowa 16, Indiana 14

Bottom Sixth

After the first batter was retired, the next five batters reached base with an error allowing the first run to score and a bases loaded walk pushed the second run across. A wild pitch allowed the third run to score.

at Iowa 19, Indiana 14

Top Seventh

Glasser walked with two outs and moved to second on an Ellis walk. Brock Tibbitts drove in one run with a double to right-center field.

at Iowa 19, Indiana 15

Bottom Seventh

The first five batters of the inning reached base with Keaton Anthony driving in one RBI with a single and Ben Wilmes plating two with a base hit. After an out, Sam Petersen hit a three-run home run.

at Iowa 25, Indiana 15

Top Eighth

With two outs, Jessee doubled and came in to score on a Mathison base hit.

at Iowa 25, Indiana 16

Bottom Eighth

A one-out RBI single from Sam Hojnar started the scoring and Huckstrof added two RBIs with a base hit later in the frame. A bases loaded hit-by-pitch for Peyton Williams scored the fourth run of the inning and Brayden Frazier walked with the bases loaded to push across the final run of the game.

at Iowa 30, Indiana 16

IUTF Earns 27 NCAA East Preliminary Round Bids

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The NCAA announced their field for the East Preliminary round on Thursday afternoon. Indiana Track & Field collected 27 entries into the NCAA East Prelim.

Athletes who ranked among the top 48 in their respective events earned a berth into the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. In addition, the best 24 relays times advanced to the NCAA preliminaries. Athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Preliminary Rounds sites will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Freshman thrower Jayden Ulrich enters the prelims as the top-seed in the discus after her massive throw of 59.01m (193′ 7″) at Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships that earned her the individual gold medal. Another Big Ten Champion in the mix is Nathan Stone who will compete in the men’s pole vault. He is seeded seventh in the East.

The Hoosiers will play host to the NCAA Track & Field East Preliminary Round this year. The meet is schedule to begin on Wednesday, May 25 and wrap up on Saturday, May 28.

INDIANA ENTRIES

100m

Men

Rikkoi Brathwaite

Antonio Laidler

400m

Men

Kenny Benton

Women

Morgan Snow

400m Hurdles

Men

Shaton Vaughn

800m

Men

Camden Marshall

Women

Kelly Mindak

1500m

Women

Hannah Stoffel

5000m

Men

Ben Veatch

Women

Sarah Schmitt

Steeplechase

Men

Jake Gebhardt

4x400m Relay

Men

Vaughn, Camble, Laidler, Benton

Pole Vault

Men

Tyler Carrel

Adam Coulon

Nathan Stone

Women

Anna Watson

High Jump

Men

Jyles Etienne

Grayson Rolen

Women

Mahogany Jenkins

Long Jump

Women

Paola Fernandez-Sola

Triple Jump

Women

Mahogany Jenkins

Hammer Throw

Men

Sean Mockler

Discus

Women

Maddy Pollard

Jayden Ulrich

Shot Put

Men

Adam Strouf

Women

Maddy Pollard

Jayden Ulrich

Javelin

Women

Makayla Hunter

Indiana, Clemson to Meet in Men’s Soccer Season Opener

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Eight-time NCAA Champion Indiana men’s soccer will open its 50th season against reigning and three-time national title winner Clemson in a match set for Friday, August 26, at 7 p.m. ET on Riggs Field in Clemson, South Carolina, the programs announced on Thursday (May 18).

The teams last met 10 years ago in a 3-0 victory for IU as the Hoosiers would go on to win their most recent national title in that 2012 season. All-time, Indiana is 6-4-1 against the Tigers and undefeated in six straight matches going back to 1994 with five wins in that span. The 2022 contest is set to be the first on Riggs Field since 1998, a 2-1 victory for the Hoosiers.

Both programs are regulars in the NCAA Tournament. Indiana has qualified 46 times including an NCAA record 35 consecutive appearances, while Clemson has made 34 tournament trips. The duo has a combined 30 College Cup berths, with IU boasting 21 of those.

IU had won back-to-back titles in 1982 and 1983 when it was defeated by Clemson, 2-1, in the 1984 national championship match, decided by a goal in the final two minutes of play. After a 1987 regional final defeat to the Tigers, the Hoosiers would get revenge in 1998 and 2001 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal matches, both victories eventually leading an appearance in the national championship match.

The Indiana men’s soccer program will release its full 2022 schedule on a later date. Season tickets will go on sale June 1, 2022.

Bassett Earns NFCA All-Region Accolades

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior second baseman Cora Bassett earned placement on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Second Team, the organization announced today.

Bassett had a stellar season ranking in the top-three in the Big Ten in five different offensive stat categories. Bassett hit .400 for the season, one of only four Big Ten athletes to hit .400 or better. Bassett had 62 hits, 13 home runs, 34 RBI, 16 stolen bases, a .774 slugging percentage and a .505 on base percentage.

Her .400 batting average ranked as the ninth best for a single season in program history and her .774 slugging percentage ranked third for a season in program history. Bassett’s 13 home runs also tied for the third most in program history.

Bassett tallied 19 doubles, which lead the Big Ten and established a new Indiana school record for doubles in a season. Bassett ranked second in the conference in runs scored with 57, which is tied for the Hoosiers single season record. Bassett ranked sixth in the NCAA in runs per game.

PURDUE BOILERMAKERS

XBHs Power No. 14 Maryland Past Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Powered by six extra-base hits, No. 14 Maryland scored in each of the first five innings to build a big lead, taking the series opener with Purdue baseball 14-7 Thursday at Alexander Field.

The Terrapins (43-10, 17-5 B1G) hit four home runs while posting a double-figure run total for the fourth consecutive game and seventh time in the last 10 games. They’ve won nine of their last 10 overall.

Down 13-0 in the fifth inning, the Boilermakers (29-18, 9-11 B1G) did not go quietly. Purdue scored three times with two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings. Ryan Howe connected for a three-run homer in the eighth, his second three-run blast of the season at Alexander. The senior finished with a career-high four RBI.

Maryland hit a three-run homer in the second inning and later a pair of two-run shots, going deep to all three fields over the first five frames. The Terrapins also connected for three doubles over their first 10 batters of the game.

The Boilermakers did not help their cause with a pair of miscues in the second inning that helped set the stage for Chris Alleyne’s three-run homer, his 20th of the season. CJ Backer opened the frame with a strikeout but strike three to Bobby Zmarzlak hit the dirt and caromed away for a wild pitching, allowing Zmarzlak to reach safely. After a fly out, Backer induced a comebacker from the 9-hole hitter for what could have been a 1-6-3 double play. Instead, Backer threw to second base before the middle infielders were in position and Purdue did not get an out on the play. An RBI double from Luke Shliger and Alleyne’s homer followed.

Cam Thompson doubled twice and came around to score both times. He posted his second two-double game of the season and third as a Boilermaker. Thompson leads Purdue with 26 extra-base hits. Jack Firestone delivered a two-out RBI single as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, followed by a two-run double from Mike Bolton Jr.

Ricky Castro was able to give the Boilermakers three consecutive zeros across the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The senior retired 10 of 13 batters during that stretch, giving Purdue 4 1/3 innings of effective relief to save the bullpen with 18 more innings to go in the series against a hot offensive team.

The Boilermakers got some help Thursday when Nebraska and Northwestern both dropped the opening games of their series. Purdue only needs to win one of the remaining two games vs. Maryland this weekend to clinch a Big Ten Tournament berth. The Boilermakers can also qualify with one loss by two of the three – Michigan State, Nebraska and Northwestern. The Spartans and Huskers are playing each other this weekend in Lincoln.

Game 2 of the series is set for Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

Senior Duo Selected NFCA All-Region

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue softball seniors Rachel Becker and Alex Echazarreta received National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region honors. For the second consecutive year, Becker earned first team, while Echazarreta received a second team nod.

The results marked the third straight year multiple Boilermakers received all-region accolades.

Becker, who received the honor at the shortstop position, closed out her Boilermaker career as Purdue’s all-time leader in runs (149). Meanwhile, not only did her .429 batting average this season top the Big Ten, marking the second straight year she has led the conference, she became just the fifth player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat in back-to-back seasons. Moreover, her season batting average was the third-highest in program history. During Big Ten play, Becker owned a .517 batting average, good for No. 3 all-time in the Big Ten annals.

Nationally, Becker ranks 17th in batting average (.429), 21st in on-base % (.522) and 45th in hits (66).

Echazarreta earned second team honors in the utility/pitcher position. In her breakout season, Echazarreta posted a 3.60 ERA, 10 wins and four complete games over 105 innings in the circle. Among the righty’s complete games, the Reston, Virginia, native shut out No. 22 USF on its home tur, allowing just two hits in the program’s first top-25 victory since 2009.

Offensively, Echazarreta blasted seven home runs, the most by a Boilermaker in a single season since 2019, and guided the team’s way to registering the most home runs by a Purdue team since 2007’s record-setting year (34 homers in 2022). Echazarreta rounded out her time at the plate with a .578 slugging % and .336 batting average, second only on the team to Becker.

Echazarreta is set to return for a fifth year, granted due to COVID-19.

Both Becker and Echazarreta will move on as eligible student-athletes for the All-America squads (voted on by committee), which will be announced on Wednesday, June 1.

Women’s Golf Begins Quest for National Championship

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – After a thrilling playoff at the NCAA Stanford Regional, Purdue Women’s Golf makes the trip to Scottsdale, Arizona in search of a national championship. The Boilermakers join 23 other teams for the 2022 NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club (May 20-25).

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, May 20: Round 1 (Tee times beginning at 7:25 a.m. MT off No. 1)

Saturday, May 21: Rounds 2 (Tee times beginning at 12:36 p.m. MT off No. 10)

Sunday, May 22: Round 3 (Tee times TBA)

Field of 24 cut to 15 teams

Monday, May 23: Round 4 (Tee times TBA)

Individual national champion determined, field of 15 cut to eight teams for match play

Tuesday, May 24: Quarterfinals and Semifinal Matches

Wednesday, May 25: National Championship Match

THE LINEUP

Inez Wanamarta – Sr.

Three-time All-Big Ten honoree (First Team – 2018, Second Team – 2019, 2022), including being named the 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Making her 47th appearance as a Boilermaker, which includes 125 rounds of stroke play over her Purdue career; both are team highs

Holds a 73.59 stroke average on the season, second-best on the team

Led Purdue at the Big Ten Championship (April 22-24), tying for 16th (71-73-75—219)

Paced the Boilermakers at the Columbia Classic (Feb. 13-14), tying for eighth (75-72-73—220) for her best finish of the season

Started the spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up

Earned medalist honors at the Minnesota Invitational to kick off the 2017-18 season, firing a 206 (-10) to tie the 54-hole school record

Kan Bunnabodee – Jr.

Earned First Team All-Big Ten accolades, becoming the first Boilermaker to earn first team honors since 2018

Leads Purdue in stroke average (73.08), team-low tournament (4), team-low round (11) and rounds in the 60s (3)

Making her ninth appearance of the 2021-22 season and the 19th of her career

In her spring debut, tied for 16th at the ICON Invitational (Feb. 21-22) with a team-best 2-under 214 (70-74-70)

Finished in the top 10 in two of the four fall tournaments, including a career-best fourth at the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 29-31)

Tied for seventh at the Samuel P. Golden Invitational (Sept. 13-14) with a career-low 9-under 207 (69-66-72), the third-lowest 54-hole total in school history

Danielle du Toit – Sr.

Making her 34th appearance as a Boilermaker, the second most on the team

Led Purdue at the NCAA Stanford Regional, tying for 14th with a season-low 215 (71-73-71)

Tied for seventh at the Indiana Invitational (71-78-73—222), her best finish of the season and the fourth top 10 of her career

Has produced the low round seven times this season, including two of the three rounds at the Big Ten Championship (April 22-24)

One of four Boilermakers to record an eagle this season

Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman during the 2018-19 season

Ashley Kozlowski – So.

Making her 17th appearance as a Boilermaker and her 12th of the season

Leads Purdue in birdies (75) and pars (338)

Paced the Boilermakers at the Indiana Invitational (72-73-75—220) to place a career-best sixth

Tied for 23rd at the ICON Invitational (Feb. 21-22) with an even-par 216 (69-76-71)

Has produced the best 54-hole score in three tournaments, while leading the Boilermakers in eight individual rounds

Led Purdue at the Illini Invitational (Oct. 11-12), tying for sixth with a career-low 211 that featured another personal best, a 4-under 68 in the final round

Sifat Sagoo – Jr.

Making her 19th appearance as a Boilermaker, holding a career stroke average of 74.35

Tied for 19th at the NCAA Stanford Regional with a season-low 217 (69-76-72) that included a team-best 69 (-2) in the opening round; the top-20 finish was her best of the season

Has produced the team-low round twice this season

Shot a 2-under 70 to lead Purdue in the second round of the Illini Invitational (Oct. 11-12)

Recorded a team-best 73.60 stroke average last season

Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr. (Alternate)

Has appeared in nine events this season, holding a 76.30 stroke average after redshirting last season

Placed 29th at the Indiana Invitational (April 9-10) for her best finish as a Boilermaker

Started the spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up

Fired a 2-under 70 to lead the Boilermakers in the final round of the Sam Golden Invitational (Sept. 13-14)

Won the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship in 2018

THE FIELD

1. Stanford

2. Oregon

3. South Carolina

4. Wake Forest

5. San Jose State

6. Oklahoma State

7. Arizona State

8. Virginia

9. Alabama

10. Florida State

11. USC

12. Texas 12

13. LSU

14. UCLA

15. Baylor

16. Auburn

17. Arkansas

18. Texas A&M

19. Michigan

20. Georgia

21. TCU

22. Mississippi State

23. Vanderbilt

24. Purdue

THE COURSE

The championship is contested on Grayhawk Golf Club’s Tom Fazio-designed Raptor Course. Since Raptor’s debut in 1995, it has hosted several professional and top amateur golf tournaments including the PGA TOUR’s Frys.com Open (2007-2009), Pro-Ams for the WM Phoenix Open (1996 to 2012), Tommy Bahama Challenge (2004 & 2005), AJGA Thunderbird International Junior (2000-2019) and PGA Jr. League Championship through 2022.

PLAYOFF PURDUE

It took a sudden death playoff against Northwestern, but Purdue earned its way to the 2022 NCAA Championships. In a battle for the final national championship berth out of the Stanford Regional, the Boilermakers defeated the Wildcats on one playoff hole featuring all five golfers from both teams. Entering the day tied for fourth, Purdue and Northwestern stayed that way as the two Big Ten schools fired final rounds of 288 (+4). With the top four teams advancing, a playoff was needed to determine who would secure their ticket to Grayhawk Golf Club. Playing the par-4 10th at Stanford Golf Course, the Boilermakers’ team score of 1-over par bested the Wildcats’ total of 3-over on the hole to clinch Purdue’s 18th trip to the national championship stage.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS

The Boilermakers earned a spot in the NCAA Championships for the 18th time in program history, all since 2000 and under head coach Devon Brouse. Purdue is only one of only seven programs to advance to the final stage at least 18 times since the start of the 21st century (22 seasons with the 2020 championships cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). The Boilermakers captured the 2010 national championship with the second-lowest four-round team score in NCAA Championships history, while Maria Hernandez won the individual crown in 2009, making Purdue one of 11 school to have won both team and individual titles.

ALL-B1G BOILERMAKERS

For the first time since 2018, two Purdue women golfers earned All-Big Ten accolades. Kan Bunnabodee was named First Team All-B1G, while Inez Wanamarta collected Second Team All-B1G recognition, making the Boilermakers one of four programs to have multiple golfers on the All-B1G teams. While leading Purdue in stroke average (72.90), Bunnabodee became the first Boilermaker to earn First Team All-B1G honors since Wanamarta four years ago. The junior has paced the Boilermakers in four out of the seven tournaments she has appeared in this season, which includes two top-10 performances. Wanamarta became an All-B1G honoree for the third time in her career. The 2018 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, she also was a first team selection before landing on the second team as a sophomore. In her final season as a Boilermaker, Wanamarta has the second-best stroke average for Purdue (73.73) behind Bunnabodee, and she has played in a team-high 10 tournaments.

BROUSE’S BOILERS

Purdue Golf has thrived under head coach Devon Brouse, who is in his 25th year guiding the program. The Boilermakers have made 24 NCAA Regional appearances, while advancing to the NCAA Championships 18 times. With Brouse as head coach, Purdue won the 2010 national championship and were runners-up in 2011. The WGCA Hall of Famer is a six-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, while leading the Boilermakers to six conference crowns.

PURDUE WORLDWIDE

Boilermakers come from all over the world. For the NCAA Championships, the Purdue lineup consists of golfers from five different countries: India (Sifat Sagoo), Indonesia (Inez Wanamarta), South Africa (Danielle du Toit), Thailand (Kan Bunnabodee) and the United States (Ashley Kozlowski).

Boilermakers Earn 23 Entries to NCAA Regionals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team will have 23 entries in next weekend’s 2022 NCAA East Preliminary Round, as NCAA qualifiers were announced on Thursday.

Sixteen Boilermakers and three relay squads earned postseason berths and will make the short trip to Bloomington, Indiana, from May 25-28 for the NCAA prelims.

Senior Antonio Mitchell II (100m, 200m), junior Camille Christopher (100m, 200m) and sophomores Kerris Roberts (100m, 200m) and Safin Wills (long jump, triple jump) qualified in multiple individual events for Purdue.

In addition to Christopher and Roberts, the women will be represented by sophomores Kaia Harris (discus), Saran Kouyeth, Annamaria Leszczynska (400m hurdles), K’Ja Talley and Cierra Williams and freshmen Shianne Dacosta (400m) and Rieko Wilford. The women also will race in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

The men’s qualifiers, along with Mitchell II and Wills, are seniors Kelly Cook Jr. (hammer throw), Curt Eckstein (10,000m) and Tamar Greene (triple jump) and sophomores Jabari Bryant (400m hurdles) and LJ Hill (triple jump). The Boilermaker men also will run in the 4×100 relay.

The NCAA East Prelims, along with the West Prelims, feature 48 qualifiers in each individual event and 24 teams in each relay. The top 12 finishers in every event from both the east and west will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 8-11.

Along with the 16 Boilermakers headed to Bloomington, junior Isaiah Martin qualified as one of 24 national qualifiers in the decathlon. He advances directly to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, as the decathlon is not contested at regionals.

The complete list of men’s and women’s entries for the 2022 NCAA East Region Preliminary Round can be found at NCAA.com. Indiana will host the four-day event and more information, including the meet schedule and ticket details, is available at IUHoosiers.com.

Purdue Women – 13 Entries

Camille Christopher – 100m, 200m

Shianne Dacosta – 400m

Kaia Harris – Discus

Saran Kouyeth – 100m

Annamaria Leszczynska – 400m Hurdles

Kerris Roberts – 100m, 200m

K’Ja Talley – 400m Hurdles

Rieko Wilford – Triple Jump

Cierra Williams – 400m

4×100 Relay

4×400 Relay

Purdue Men – 10 Entries

Jabari Bryant – 400m Hurdles

Kelly Cook Jr. – Hammer Throw

Curt Eckstein – 10,000m

Tamar Greene – Triple Jump

LJ Hill – Triple Jump

Antonio Mitchell II – 100m, 200m

Safin Wills – Long Jump, Triple Jump

4×100 Relay

BUTLER BULLDOGS

Big East vs Big 12 Matchup Announced

Butler will host Kansas State on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the 2022 BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.

Game time and television assignment will be announced later. 

The match-up will feature new coaches for both programs. Thad Matta returned to Butler as coach in April, while Jerome Tang enters his first season leading Kansas State.

The Bulldogs and Kansas State have met once previously, a 63-56 Butler win in the 2010 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. The win in Salt Lake City earned Butler its first Final Four berth.

The two teams were scheduled to meet as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle in 2020, but that match-up was canceled because of COVID issues.  

Butler is 1-1 in BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle contests, winning in overtime, 66-62, at Oklahoma in 2021 and suffering a 53-52 loss at Baylor in 2019. KSU’s Tang was an assistant at Baylor for that 2019 game.

Matta has supplemented a young, talented group of Bulldogs this offseason with the addition of quality transfers: Akron’s Ali Ali, North Carolina State’s Manny Bates, Purdue’s Eric Hunter, Jr., and Georgia State’s Jalen Thomas.

Season tickets for 2022-23 are on sale now. The Dawgs’ home schedule features 18 contests, including all 10 BIG EAST opponents.

BALL STATE CARDINALS

Schweitzer Records 100th Strikeout of the Season, Cardinals Fly High Over RedHawks

OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team returned to the diamond on Thursday at McKie Field at Hayden Park for game one of a four-game series at Miami. The Cardinals relied on outstanding pitching and timely hitting to claim the 7-4 victory.

Tyler Schweitzer produced another strong outing for the Cardinals as he went 6 1/3 innings in the winning effort. He improved to 10-2 on the season. He recorded eight strikeouts and moved his season total to 102 for the year. This is the first time in his career that he eclipsed 100 strikeouts.

Amir Wright has reached safely in 51 of the 52 games this season and extended his streak to 25-straight games. Trenton Quartermaine improved his streak of reaching base safely to 28 games. Nick Powell has reached safely in 15 straight, while Ryan Peltier improved his streak to 12 games.

Powell led Ball State at the plate with a 3-for-5 game. Quartermaine notched a game-high four RBIs to go along with his 2-for-5 day. Wright and Adam Tellier each added two hits for the day. Wright, Adam Christianson, and Justin Conant all scored two runs each.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 35-17 overall and 29-7 in the MAC, while the RedHawks fell to 23-30 overall and 18-19 in league play.

Tellier led off the top of the second with a single up the middle. Ryan Peltier followed with a single to left and advanced to second on the throw to third. Christianson drew a five-pitch walk and loaded the bases for the Cardinals. Conant reached on a fielder’s choice as the pitcher got the BSU runner out at the plate. Wright singled on a high chopper to the second baseman to score Peltier from third. Quartermaine reached on a fielder’s choice as Wright was out at second, but Christianson was able to score. BSU took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the second.

The RedHawks got on the board in the bottom of the second and cut the Cardinal lead to 2-1 after two innings in the books. Miami tied the game in the bottom of the third 2-2.

Christianson led off the top of the fourth with a single to right field. Conant drew an eight-pitch walk to give the Cardinals runners on first and second with no outs. Wright reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and Christianson was able to score on the play. Quartermaine singled to right center to plate Conant and Wright. Ball State held a 5-2 lead as the game went to the bottom of the fourth.

The RedHawks responded with two runs on two hits and one Cardinal error. Miami cut the Ball State lead to 5-4 after four innings of play.

Conant and Wright got things started in the top of the eighth with back-to-back walks. Quartermaine singled to right field and scored Conant from second. Nick Powell grounded into a double play, but Wright was able to score from third to give the Cardinals a 7-4 lead as the game went to the bottom of the eighth.

Sam Klein pitched a scoreless 2 2/3 innings in relief and picked up his MAC-leading 10th save of the season. He finished the game with two strikeouts.

Jonathan Brand got the start on the mound for Miami and picked up the loss. He fell to 8-2 on the season. He went five innings and surrendered five runs, three earned. He struck out five batters. Kenton Egbert tossed four innings in relief and gave up two earned runs on five hits. He added three strikeouts. Stephen Krause led the RedHawks with a two-hit game.

The Cardinals and RedHawks return to McKie Field at Hayden Park for a twin bill on Friday. The first pitch of game one is slated for 1 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Our team beat an outstanding pitcher today. This was an outstanding team win. We continue to get contributions from a lot of different guys.”

From the Student-Athlete – Junior Pitcher #31 Tyler Schweitzer

“Today’s win was a big one. The first game of the series is always an important one and getting it done was a special treat. I got my 10th win of the season and my 100th strikeout, which made this game even better.”

VALPO

Charles Small Introduced as Valpo Director of Athletics

As the unmistakable sound of the Victory Bell cut the air outside of the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday afternoon, even the beaming sun overhead was not as bright as the smile radiating from the face of Charles Small.

The same look of pure joy that those on Valpo’s campus have grown accustomed to seeing from someone ringing the bell – whether it’s a newly-graduated alum or a student-athlete after a memorable victory – was worn by Small, who had just been officially introduced as the next Director of Athletics at Valparaiso University.

With his wife Celeste and his sons Dominic and Aiden at his side, Small’s first trip to the Victory Bell came at the end of a long day of introductions and media obligations. That point in time captured the energy and excitement surrounding the future of Valpo Athletics. And that relatively private moment came after a morning of public ones, as Small was introduced by President José D. Padilla at a press conference inside the ARC’s main arena.  

“Student-athletes are first and foremost in his mind,” Padilla said. “Regardless of whether they start or come off the bench, their development and welfare is his top priority. This man is a great colleague. He’s also an academic, a man of faith and a family man who will fit well at Valparaiso. He came highly recommended by one of the deans of athletic directors across the country, Jamie Pollard at Iowa State University.”

Pollard and several representatives from the Iowa State Athletics senior staff were in attendance for Thursday’s introduction. The event, which was emceed by longtime public address announcer John Bowker, also featured former Valpo Director of Athletics Dr. Bill Steinbrecher and current Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera. Representatives from the City of Valparaiso including Mayor Matt Murphy and Director of Development George Douglas were also on hand to help welcome Small.  

Other dignitaries in the audience included Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Jeff Jackson, Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Carolyn Femovich of the Valpo Board of Directors and search committee chair Darron Farha.

“My family has given me a strong foundation in terms of my core values,” Small said. “When I think about love, empowerment, achievement and integrity, I try to live that out every day. The lessons I’ve learned throughout my career have really impacted my leadership approach. That approach is stewardship, strategy and success. Our strategy is about vision, alignment and execution. We will have clear priorities and goals. That is my leadership approach, and those are life lessons I’ve learned from great people in our industry.”

After the formal press conference, Small was available for one-on-one interviews with the numerous local media members who were in attendance. He then made an appearance at a welcome reception in Hilltop Gym, before his moment at the Victory Bell, where he and his family were all smiles for a photo shoot. After additional photos, Small recorded a special edition of AD’s Insight that will be distributed in the coming days. He is also scheduled to make several media and radio appearances next week.  

BALL STATE CARDINALS

Hensley Earns NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team Honors

LOUISVILLE – – For the second straight season, Ball State softball senior outfielder Faith Hensley has been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region First Team, as announced by the NFCA Thursday (May 19).

The 2022 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, Hensley is one of only two league players to earn NFCA All-Region First Team honors this season. Overall, a total of 13 MAC student-athletes earned all-region accolades.

A two-time First Team All-MAC selection, Hensley led the Ball State offense with a .404 batting average in 2022. The mark also ranked third in the league and 49th nationally heading into NCAA Regional play.

One of the nation’s top power hitters, ranking 25th nationally with a .814 slugging percentage, Hensley smashed 17 home runs this season which is the fourth-most in a single season in program history. The only player with more home runs in a season for the Cardinals, two-time NFCA All-American Jennifer Gilbert, the only All-American in program history to date.

Hensley was also one of the nation’s top players in reaching base, as she ranked 15th among all NCAA Division I players with a .533 on base percentage. In addition to her team-leading 63 hits, which included seven doubles and three triples, Hensley was walked a MAC-leading 37 times and hit by six pitches.

Hensley was also BSU’s top run producer over the course of the 2022 season, with team-highs of 51 runs scored and 40 RBI. She drove in multiple RBI in a team-high nine games, while earning at least one RBI in 24 of BSU’s 53 games. She also scored at least one run in 32 contests, including two-or-more runs in 16 games.

In total, 381 student-athletes from 152 programs received 2022 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades. 

The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated student-athletes and voted for the teams. All awarded student-athletes now become eligible for the 2022 NFCA Division I All-America squads.

The 2022 NFCA Division I All-America teams, voted on by the NFCA DI All-American Committee, will be announced on Wednesday, June 1.

Cardinals Welcome Back Jarron Coleman

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball program added Jarron Coleman as part of the 2022 recruiting class on Thursday. Coleman is a transfer from Missouri and will be eligible immediately.

Coleman is no stranger to Ball State as he spent time with the Cardinals from 2018-2021. After taking a redshirt season in 2018-19, Coleman made his presence known as he went on to win the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year in 2020. He tallied 288 points and finished his freshman campaign as the 10th-leading scorer by a freshman in Ball State history. He averaged 10.2 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game to lead all freshmen in MAC play.

During his sophomore season, he averaged 13.8 points per game and added 5.2 boards per contest. He dropped a career-high 33 points in the first round of the MAC Championship in 2021 against Toledo. Coleman added a 26-point game against Kent State and notched a 24-point game against Central Michigan. He finished his sophomore campaign shooting 47.7 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from 3-point range.

Last season, Coleman appeared in 31 games, including 21 starts for Missouri. He led the Tigers with 36 made 3-pointers and finished the year shooting 30.3 percent from 3-point range. His 36 3-pointers were tied for 15th in the SEC. He led Missouri with 2.8 assists per game, which was tied for 17th best in the SEC. He produced a season-best 17 points to go along with his season-high five 3-pointers made against Alabama.

From Ball State Head Coach Michael Lewis

“We’re really excited to have Boogie back here at Ball State. We welcome him with open arms. We’re excited with his desire to finish what he started when he first came to Ball State. He’s proven to be an impactful player in this league, and we’re excited with what he can bring to our team.”

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH

SIX EARN NFCA ALL-REGION HONORS

Just a day before the Fighting Irish take the field at the NCAA Evanston Regional, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced its All-Region teams. Payton Tidd, Karina Gaskins, Abby Sweet, Joley Mitchell, Leea Hanks and Emma Clark were recognized for their efforts this season.

Gaskins, Sweet and Tidd were First Team Mid-Atlantic Region honorees. Gaskins, the ACC’s Player of the Year, finished the regular season with a .434 batting average and 59 RBI, leading the conference in both categories. The sophomore slugger hit 13 home runs, scored 27 runs and is two walks away from tying the school record for free passes in a season. Its her second NFCA All-Region honor after earning the same first team distinction a year ago.

Tidd, a Second Team All-ACC member, sports a 2.51 ERA in a team-leading 128.1 innings of work. She’s struck out 96 and holds opponents to a .210 average against. At the plate, Tidd hit for a .284 average with four homers and 14 RBI. This is Tidd’s second All-Region honor, having earned first team honors in 2021.

Sweet adds a .373 batting average with 57 hits and scored a team-best 52 runs with 19 stolen bases. She is second on the team with 11 doubles, while hitting two triples and six home runs. Its Sweet’s third NFCA honor after earning first team honors in 2021, and third team honors in 2018.

Mitchell and Hanks were Second Team Mid-Atlantic Region honorees. It is both Mitchell and Hanks’s first NFCA All-Region honors of their careers. Mitchell played in 44 games, making 31 starts. The sophomore hit for a .319 average, connecting on eight doubles, a triple and three home runs while driving in 20. Hanks started all 49 games in left field, hitting for a .366 average. She adds a team-best 13 doubles, five triples and 30 RBI. She’s also hit five home runs, scored 49 runs and is second on the team with 60 base hits.

Clark was named a Third Team Mid-Atlantic Region selection. The senior leads the team with 63 hits this season, hitting at a .360 clip. The right fielder has hit eight doubles with two triples and has driven in 21 to pair with 45 runs scored. Its Clark’s second NFCA All-Region award after being a first team selection last year.

Up Next

The Irish are in action Friday afternoon as they take on the McNeese Cowgirls at 2 p.m. at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in the first round of the NCAA Evanston Regional.

29 IRISH QUALIFY FOR NCAA TRACK EAST REGIONAL

On Thursday May 19, the NCAA announced the selections for the NCAA Track and Field East Regional. The Irish will be represented by 29 athletes in various events.

Dylan Jacobs is ranked seventh in the country in the 5000 meter race after his performance at the ACC Outdoor Championships with a time of 13.23.45. Jacobs is also ranked sixth in the 10000 meter race with a time of 28:01.94 at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Michael Shoaf is ranked 16th in the country in shot put with a toss of 19.80 meters at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Rachel Tanczos is ranked 21st in the country in the hammer throw with a toss of 65.87m at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

Olivia Markezich goes into regionals being ranked ninth in the 3000 meter steeplechase. She recorded a conference winning time of 9:45.31 at the ACC Outdoor Championships.

BEN BRINKMAN JOINS THE IRISH

The University of Notre Dame hockey team has added defenseman Ben Brinkman as a graduate transfer for the 2022-23 season.

Brinkman joins the Irish after spending the past four seasons with the University of Minnesota (Big Ten). He played 140 career games with the Gophers, scoring a pair of goals and adding 21 assists for 23 points.

A native of Edina, Minnesota, Brinkman was an Academic All-Big Ten selection each of the past three seasons. As a senior, he skated in 37 games and totaled a goal and seven assists for eight points. He helped lead the Gophers to the 2022 NCAA Frozen Four, where Minnesota also fell to Minnesota State in the national semifinals. 

Brinkman was selected in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.

Brinkman joined the Gophers after skating for Edina High School for three seasons. He was a two-year captain for the Hornets and closed out his prep career by leading Edina to a third-place finish in the 2018 MSHSL Class AA State Tournament. A 2018 first team all-state selection and a 2018 All-USA Boys Hockey Team honoree, he recorded 82 career points (29 goals, 53 assists) in 68 high school games with the Hornets.

INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES: Sycamores to send 11 to NCAA East Preliminary Round

INDIANAPOLIS – NCAA Preliminary Round declarations were announced Thursday afternoon, with Indiana State track and field set to send 11 student-athletes to the NCAA East Preliminary Round May 25-28 in Bloomington, Indiana.

To qualify, athletes must be among the top 48 in an individual event, or in the top 24 as a relay team. The top 12 finishers in each event at the East Preliminary Round will advance to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.

JaVaughn Moore enters as the highest-ranked Sycamore in an event, as the sprinter is seeded eighth in the 100m. Moore, who was named the MVC Most Outstanding Track Athlete after setting the MVC Outdoor Championships record in the 100m, also qualified in the 200m, making him one of three Indiana State athletes to qualify for the preliminary round in multiple events. Also competing from the Sycamore sprints group will be Noah Malone, who is seeded 10th in the 200m.

Also qualifying in multiple events for the Sycamores was Shomari Rogers-Walton, who made the field in both the long jump and triple jump. Rogers-Walton is seeded 28th in the long jump and 31st in the triple jump, with his season-best mark in the latter event coming at the MVC Outdoor Championships.

William Staggs will represent the Blue and White in the pole vault, as he enters seeded 37th. Staggs’ top two marks this season have come in the last three meets, including a season-best mark in Bloomington earlier this month at the Billy Hayes Invitational.

Two throwers will compete for Indiana State in Bloomington, as Wyatt Puff and Brett Norton both qualified for prelims. Norton has the better ranking of the two, as he is seeded 38th in the shot put. Puff qualified in both the shot put and discus, ranking 44th in both events.

Nathan Kiger used a strong performance in the high jump at the MVC Outdoor Championships to qualify, posting a season-best mark in Des Moines to earn a spot in the field. Kiger is seeded 45th in the event.

A pair of hurdlers are among the Indiana State contingent for the regional meet, with both Luigi Rivas and Quincy Armstrong posting season-best marks at the MVC Outdoor Championships to qualify. Rivas is seeded 46th in the 110m hurdles, while Armstrong is seeded 46th in the 400m hurdles.

On the women’s side, Ryann Porter enters as the top Sycamore, as she is seeded 14th in the triple jump. Porter was an Honorable Mention All-American last season after advancing to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as a freshman.

Selene Weaver also qualified on the women’s side in the pole vault, as she enters seeded 41st. Similar to Staggs, Weaver’s top mark this season came in Bloomington earlier this month at the Billy Hayes Invitational.

Heat sheets for each event will be made available prior to the start of the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

The 2022 NCAA East Preliminary Round is slated for May 25-28 at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana, with the 2022 NCAA Outdoor National Championships scheduled for June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Indiana State 2022 NCAA East Preliminary Round Qualifiers

JaVaughn Moore – 100m (8th, 10.06), 200m (43rd, 20.72)

Noah Malone – 200m (10th, 20.34)

Ryann Porter – triple jump (14th, 13.17m)

Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (28th, 7.68m), triple jump (31st, 15.57m)

William Staggs – pole vault (37th, 5.14m)

Brett Norton – shot put (38th, 17.85m)

Selene Weaver – pole vault (41st, 4.08m)

Wyatt Puff – shot put (44th, 17.69m), discus (44th, 53.90m)

Nathan Kiger – high jump (45th, 2.08m)

Luigi Rivas – 110m hurdles (46th, 14.03)

Quincy Armstrong – 400m hurdles (46th, 52.07)

Peterson and Henning Named to NFCA Division I All-Region Teams

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Indiana State softball had two players receive 2022 NFCA Division I All-Region accolades as Bella Peterson and Isabella Henning were named to the Mideast Second and Third Teams, respectively, as announced by the organization on Thursday.

This is the second-straight season that Peterson has earned Second Team All-Region honors and the first career All-Region accolade for Henning. For the Sycamores, it is the second consecutive season that they have had a pair of All-Region selections. Henning becomes the 11th Sycamore to be named to an All-Region team.

The awards from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s 10 regions with first, second and third-team selections. NFCA member head coaches from each respective region nominated student-athletes and voted for the teams. All awarded student-athletes now become eligible for the 2022 NFCA Division I All-America squads.

The MVC was one of 12 conferences with double-digit selections as 12 players from the Valley garnered All-Region honors.

A Plainfield, Illinois native, Peterson was named to the All-MVC First Team for the third time in her storied career in 2022 after batting .395 with 66 hits including 10 home runs, two triples and 21 doubles which set a new single-season record at ISU. She drove in 35 runs while scoring 42 and stole a team-high eight bases.

Peterson finishes her Sycamore career as the program leader in games played/started (222/219), slugging percentage (.586), at-bats (686), doubles (74), RBIs (152), walks (92), and sacrifice flies (8). She ranks second in hits (246) and runs (140) while finishing fourth in home runs (22).

From Owensboro, Kentucky, Isabella Henning was the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year and picked up her second-straight All-MVC honor in 2022 batting .372 with 55 hits which included 12 doubles, a triple and seven home runs. Henning drove in a team-high 40 runs while scoring 28 and drawing 16 walks. Her 15 career home runs already rank her sixth all-time at Indiana State after just two seasons as a Sycamore.

Henning is the 11th player in program history to receive All-Region honors as she joins Peterson, Lexie Siwek, Leslie Sims, Megan Stone, Shelby Wilson, Katie Armour, Meredith Simpson, Jessica McGivney, Amy Viara and Renee Strasser.

INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS

Men’s Tennis Season Ends in NCAA DII Round of 8

ATLAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Greyhounds crowded senior Yoann Viel’s court, the set was close, and Viel was fighting for every point. Across the park, was Jason Gerweck and Pedro Franca doing the same. However, the Barry men’s tennis team would prevail and take the win 4-1.

The UIndy men’s tennis team ends their season at the NCAA Division II Championships in the Round of Eight, finishing with a 21-5 overall record and a win percentage of .808.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

The doubles match tested the Hounds grit, but they hung tight, the No. 2 ranked Barry Buc’s would push the Hounds in an environment and temperature that the Buc’s are much more accustom too. Barry would take the doubles point in a two-match win.

Freshman Edgar Destouet shined for the Greyhounds, tying the match by defeating Nationally ranked No. 7 player, Alejandro Palacios in a 6-3, 6-2 win.

The Bucs stole the next two matches, bringing it down to the final three. While Jason Gerweck was heading into a third set after taking a set of his own, Viel and Franca were fighting to win their points. Viel’s match finished with a pair of Barry 6-4 wins.

The future shines bright for the Greyhounds program, retiring seniors Zac Faveri and Viel, they also look to standouts Nikolaj Talimaa, who was ranked in the top 30 in the nation for much of the year, and Destouet who has held down the No. 1 spot recently and taken many key wins for the Hounds.

Six Greyhounds Earn IWLCA All-American Honors

NORTHBOROUGH, MA – The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association announced the 2022 Division II All-American teams on Thursday with six Greyhounds earning the distinction of All-American.  First Team honors went to Kara Antonucci, Abigail Lagos, MeKayla Montgomery and Peyton Romig while Cassidy King and Sarah Klein earned Third Team honors.

A total of 21 institutions were represented on the teams with UIndy leading the nation with four First Team selections and six selections overall.  Eighteen All-American student-athletes will take the field this weekend at the NCAA National Championship in St. Charles, MO.

Senior Kara Antonucci brings home her first IWLCA All-America nod with First Team honors after being selected as the GLVC Defender of the Year just a few weeks ago.  Antonucci has an even 16 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers on the year while also sitting second on the team with 59 draw controls.  She’s anchored the top defense in the nation, holding opponents to 5.33 goals per game.

Abigail Lagos repeats as an IWLCA First Team selection after another impressive season.  The New Hampshire native currently leads the Hounds in both goals (89) and assists (25), marking her first 100+ point season of her career.  She currently sits third in the nation in goals (89) and eighth in goals per game (4.19).

In her first year with the Greyhounds grad transfer Mekayla Montgomery has her third career All-America honor.  Her 1.38 caused turnovers per game ranked fourth in the GLVC this season.  She paces the Hounds with 29 caused turnovers on the year while adding 53 draw controls and 34 ground balls.  Offensively, the New Jersey native has added seven goals and two assists while going a perfect two-for-two on free position attempts.

Midfielder Peyton Romig goes back-to-back with IWLCA All-America First Team honors in her quest to defend her 2021 IWLCA National Player of the Year title.  The two-time GLVC Midfielder of the Year has racked up 236 draw controls on the year to reach 912 in her career.  She currently ranks third in Division II this season at 11.2 draw controls per game.  Romig has caused 21 turnovers on the year while adding 52 points off of 38 goals and 14 assists. 

In her final season donning the Crimson and Grey, Cassidy King brought home her second career All-America nod.  The 2022 GLVC Goalkeeper of the Year was credited with 3 wins this season after spending 633 minutes between the pipes.  King tallied a .553 save percentage and 4.83 goals against average.  Her career marks put her atop the UIndy record books in both goals against average (6.05) and save percentage (0.485).

Sarah Klein earned her first career All-America nod with Third Team honors.  Klein posted a standout sophomore campaign with 69 points off of 49 goals and 20 assists.  The Baldwinsville, NY native tallied 14 free position goals on the year while adding three game winners.  Klein boasted a shots on goal percentage of 71.5%.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will make their first-ever NCAA semifinal apperance on Friday, facing Adephi at 8 pm ET in St. Charles, MO.

Greyhounds Featured on WGCA Year-End Awards List

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla— The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced a host of postseason awards Thursday, with UIndy student athletes prominently featured. The release included three Greyhounds on the all-region list, one among the All-Americans, and finally Anna Kramer as the Division II Kim Moore Spirit Award winner.

Named after UIndy alum Kim Moore, Kramer became the first Greyhound to win the Kim Moore Spirit Award since Ashtyn Brown in 2009. Other Hounds to receive the honor including Jenna Brown (2005) and Kim Moore herself (2003).

FROM THE WGCA

“This award is dedicated to Kim Moore, who played golf for the University of Indianapolis (1999-2003).  Kim was an inspiration to all as she persevered through many physical challenges while playing collegiate golf.  Her positive outlook and dedication toward the game was only out done by her sense of humor and passion for the game.

“The purpose of the award is to recognize and honor a student-athlete or coach who exemplifies a great spirit toward the game of golf, a positive attitude on and off the golf course, a role model for her team and mental toughness in facing challenges.”

Kramer’s acceptance video

Elsewhere, Anci Dy capped a stellar freshman campaign with an All-America Honorable Mention nod. The Traverse City, Mich., product averaged 76.4 strokes per round in her first collegiate season, notching four top-five finishes. Here postseason included a third-place showing at the GLVC Championships, a fourth-place performance at the NCAA DII East Regional and finally a T-20 finish at the NCAA DII Championships.

Dy was also one of three Hounds on the All-East Region list, joining Kramer senior Elyse Stasil. Kramer garnered her third consecutive all-region recognition while Stasil picked up her first.

2021-22 DII KIM MOORE SPIRIT AWARD

Anna Kramer, UIndy

ALL-EAST REGION

Tove Brunell, Missouri-St. Louis

Anci Dy, UIndy

Kristina Kniesly, Findlay

Anna Kramer, UIndy

Mary Kelly Mulcahy, Findlay

McKenna Montgomery, Lindenwood

Kesinee Prukmathakul, Franklin Pierce

Julia Sanchez, Grand Valley State

Jill Schmitmeyer, Findlay

Elyse Stasil, UIndy

Christina Williams, Malone

ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM

Maddie Ananthasane, North Georgia

Julia Garcia, Dallas Baptist

Nina Klug, Barry

Kennedy McGaha, Anderson

Olivia Mitchell, Dallas Baptist

Maria Morales, Limestone

Eve Marie Sapin, Barry

Jill Schmitmeyer, Findlay

Hannah Stephenson, Lander

Stina Wikstrom, Limestone

ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION

Hanna Ahlander, Nova Southeastern

Sofia Garcia Austt, Nova Southeastern

Anci Dy, UIndy

Drishti Karumbaya, California State, East Bay

Mary Kelly Mulcahy, Findlay

Jacqueline Klemm, Arkansas Tech

Ana Maria Jimenez Rios, Tampa

Morgan Sjoerdsma, California State, Los Angeles

Supuschaya Srichantamit, Lee

Jaycie Stewart, Dallas Baptist

Sahara Washington, Texas A&M International

MARIAN KNIGHTS

MARIAN’S OLIVIA STUNKEL NAMED FINALIST FOR SCHUTT SPORTS NFCA/NAIA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Six finalists, one from each of the NFCA’s NAIA regions, have been selected by the Association’s NAIA All-America Committee for the 2022 Schutt Sports / NFCA NAIA National Freshman of the Year award.

Central Baptist’s Savannah Sanford (Region I), Southeastern’s Riley Sanders (Region II), Bellevue’s (Neb.) Reese Floro (Region III), Science & Arts of Oklahoma’s Sophie Williams (Region IV), Central Methodist’s Mykala Johnico (Region V) and Marian’s Olivia Stunkel (Region VI) are in the running for the award, which will be announced on June 8.

The award honors the outstanding athletic achievement among freshman softball student-athletes throughout NAIA. To be eligible, student-athletes must come from an NFCA member institution.

Sanders (The Sun Conference), Floro (North Star Athletic Conference), Williams (Sooner Athletic Conference), and Johnico (Heart of America) earned conference freshman or newcomer of the year accolades. Stunkel was tabbed the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year. All six honorees were named to their respective league’s all-conference first teams.

Reinhardt’s Emily Loveless was tabbed the inaugural winner of the award in 2021.

Stunkel was the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Year, as the freshman dominated the circle with a 17-4 record in her rookie season. Stunkel led the team with a 1.82 ERA, while also leading in strikeouts with 172. The freshman tossed 138.1 innings and had 12 complete games in her 24 starts, appearing in 27 total games. The team leader in strikeouts reached double-digit punchouts in three different games, striking out a season-high 13 against Grace on April 30.

MARIAN TRACK AND CROSS COUNTRY INKS SABRINA SIEMS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian track and cross country programs announced the signing of Sabrina Siems on Wednesday afternoon, as released by the coaching staff.

Sabrina Siems is a native of Cedar Lake, Indiana, where she attended Hanover Central High School. At Hanover Central, Siems started on both the track and cross country programs serving as a team captain on both organizations. In cross country Siems had a stellar four-year career, earning the Rookie of the Year award as a regional qualifier in her freshman year, following with multiple first team all-conference honors. Siems also won her team MVP award in cross country as a senior, and as a junior was the most improved award winner.

On the track, Siems was a regional qualifier as a junior, while earning the most improved honor in 2021. Siems also was the MVP at the 2021 Hanover Relays, and was first team all-conference in the 800m. Siems also played on the Hanover Central girls basketball team, and was an academic all-conference winner as a senior. Outside of track, Siems is a member of the National Honor Society, and is on the superior honor roll.

Sabrina is the daughter of William and Michelle, and has five siblings Danny, Samantha, Ashley, Carley, and Jessy. At Marian she will major in pyschology.

INDIANA WESLEYAN

HISTORY CONTINUES, MEN’S TENNIS HEADED TO NAIA FAB FOUR

MOBILE, Ala. – History continued on day three of the 2022 NAIA Tennis Championships, as Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis earned a 4-3 win over No. 5 Xavier (La.)!

After taking the double point, IWU would make a quick lineup change, scratching Josh Turnquest in the sixth spot, for Mariano Jalif. The switch would pay off as Jalif would clinch the winning point for the Wildcats.

IWU will face No. 11 Georgia Gwinnett, a team that has won the last seven NAIA National Championships and boasts a record of 189-3 since starting the program in 2013.

The match will start at 10:00 am EST.

SINGLES

1. Santiago Perez (XULA) def. Jeremias Rocco (IWU) 6-4, 6-3

2. Juan Ramirez (XULA) def. Martin Carrizo (IWU) 6-3, 6-3

3. Leo Sprovieri (IWU) def. Megh Patel (XULA) 6-2, 6-3

4. Jacobi Bain (XULA) def. Karl Wurth (IWU) 6-4, 6-2

5. Isaac Steiner (IWU) def. Guillermo Coiras (XULA) 6-4, 6-0

6. Mariano Jalif (IWU) def. Juan Varon (XULA) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES

1. Martin Carrizo/Leo Sprovieri (IWU) def. Santiago Perez/Juan Ramirez (XULA) 6-2

2. Jeremias Rocco/Josh Turnquest (IWU) def. Megh Patel/Jacobi Bain (XULA) 6-4

3. Guillermo Coiras/Juan Varon (XULA) def. Isaac Steiner/Karl Wurth (IWU) 6-3

WOMEN’S TENNIS RUNS OUT OF STEAM IN NAIA QUARTERFINALS

MOBILE, Ala. – Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis won’t make a return trip to the NAIA National Tennis Championships Fab Four, falling in the Quarterfinals 4-1 to Montreat.

IWU concludes their season with a 39-6 record.

SINGLES

1. Stephanie Petit (MONTREAT) def. Maddie Bemisderfer (IWU) 6-4, 6-1

2. Valerie Quiceno (MONTREAT) def. Lena Golz (IWU) 6-1, 6-3

3. Ashlee Fisk (IWU) def. Vaishnavi Venkatesh (MONTREAT) 6-4, 6-3

4. France Antezana (IWU) vs. Carolina Reis (MONTREAT) 0-6, 6-2, 2-3, unfinished

5. Thais Mendez (IWU) vs. Nicole Bueno (MONTREAT) 6-2, 2-6, 4-1, unfinished

6. Mariam Bayatyan (MONTREAT) def. Melanie Dveksler (IWU) 6-2, 6-3

DOUBLES

1. Stephanie Petit/Carolina Reis (MONTREAT) def. Maddie Bemisderfer/Lena Golz (IWU) 6-3

2. Thais Mendez/Melanie Dveksler (IWU) vs. Vaishnavi Venkatesh/Mariam Bayatyan (MONTREAT) 3-5, unfinished

3. Valerie Quiceno/Nicole Bueno (MONTREAT) def. France Antezana/Aynara Ferraz (IWU) 6-3

ROSE HULMAN

Rofiat Adeyemi Sets Another School Record at Augustana Last Chance Meet

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Rofiat Adeyemi set another school record to cap her 2022 regular season at the Augustana (Ill.) Last Chance Meet on Thursday afternoon.

Adeyemi snapped her long jump school record with a mark of 18′ 9 3/4″ to vault into contention for a spot at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships later this month, with the field set for release on Friday night.  She also competed in the triple jump with a mark of 37′ 11 1/2″.

Adeyemi swept the HCAC Jumps Athlete of the Year honors both indoors and outdoors in 2022.  She swept the indoor and outdoor conference championships in both the long jump and triple jump, and also set new outdoor school records this season in both events.  Her school record outdoor marks stand at 18′ 9 3/4″ in the long jump and 38′ 3 1/2″ in the triple jump.

Aaliyah Briggs qualified for the final in the javelin on Thursday and will have results added to this story when available.

Jailen Hobbs Sets Another School Record at Augustana Invitational

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The historic season for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Jailen Hobbs continued with another school record at the Augustana Last Chance Invitational on Thursday.

Hobbs snapped his own 100-meter school record for the third time in the 2022 outdoor season with a time of 10.56 seconds at Augustana to close the regular season. 

Hobbs earned HCAC Sprint Athlete and HCAC Newcomer of the Year honors both indoors and outdoors this season.  He has established school record in the outdoor 100 (10.56), outdoor 200 (21.85) and indoor 60 (6.85) in 2022.

TRINE

Haley Livingston Competes at Augustana Midwest Twilight on Thursday

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Trine University women’s track and field team sent sophomore jumper Haley Livingston [Fort Worth, Texas / Everman] to the Augustana Midwest Twilight, a last chance event before the qualifiers for the NCAA DIII Outdoor National Championships are announced.

In the long jump, Livingston finished with a score of 5.51 meters (18′ 1.00″). That did not break her previous best mark and she sits on the potential cutline for making it to Geneva, Ohio for the National Championships.

The 2022 field will be unveiled on Friday, May 20.

BETHEL

EGE GUL SIGNS WITH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

MISHAWAKA – Bethel University Men’s Volleyball Coach Eric Snyder is pleased to announce that Emir Ege Gul has signed his national letter of intent to compete for the Pilots in 2022-23.

“I chose Bethel for the volleyball and high academic programs at Bethel,” stated Gul.

Gul is a 6-1 libero and prepped at Mavisehir Ocean College High School in Izmir, Turkey. He was a high school teammate of the Pilots’ first signing, Meric Akovali.

“It was an absolute pleasure interacting with Ege during the recruiting process,” recounted Coach Snyder. “He is not only incredibly talented, but a fearsome competitor—just like Meric. They make a great 1-2 punch with their defensive and offensive abilities.”

Gul was a member of the 2021-22 Turkey U18 Men’s Volleyball Championship team and a High School Second Place finish where they finished Group B undefeated last season as well.

“Ege will anchor our serve receive and defensive group and automatically add a mindset of love, trust, and respect for his teammates, coaches, and the university.” added Snyder.

Eric Snyder was tabbed to lead the men’s volleyball program at Bethel after a successful four-year stint at Campbellsville (Ky.), which culminated in a run to the NAIA Fab Four in 2021-22. The Pilots will begin competing in the spring of the 2022-23 academic year and will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Student-athletes interested in competing in Men’s Volleyball at Bethel can complete and submit a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.

MERIC AKOVALI BECOMES FIRST MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SIGNING

MISHAWAKA – Bethel University Men’s Volleyball Coach Eric Snyder is pleased to announce that Meric Akovali has signed his national letter of intent to compete for the Pilots in 2022-23.

“I chose Bethel for the rich history of volleyball at Bethel,” stated Akovali. “They offer a strong team culture and high academics.”

Akovali is a 6-4 setter and prepped at Mavisehir Ocean College High School in Izmir, Turkey. He is the first signing in the history of the men’s volleyball program, which is in its first year and will open competition in the spring of 2023.

“Meric is an outstanding talent, leader, and competitor,” described Coach Snyder. “He runs a fast, consistent, and confident offense wherever he goes. Both him and his childhood friend Ege come from a championship pedigree in Turkey and they will bring the same mindset.”

Akovali was a member of the 2021-22 Turkey U18 Men’s Volleyball Championship team and a High School Second Place finish where they finished Group B undefeated last season as well. Additionally, he was a member of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 High School Championship teams.

“Meric is also a diligent and hard-working student-athlete,” continued Snyder. “He is someone we can’t wait to see in a Bethel uniform representing this great university.”

Eric Snyder was tabbed to lead the men’s volleyball program at Bethel after a successful four-year stint at Campbellsville (Ky.), which culminated in a a run to the NAIA Fab Four in 2021-22. The Pilots will begin competing in the spring of the 2022-23 academic year and will compete in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). Student-athletes interested in competing in Men’s Volleyball at Bethel can complete and submit a prospective student-athlete questionnaire.

DEPAUW

Kennedy and Howard Selected to All-Region Team

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw midfielder Emma Kennedy (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) and defender Emily Howard (Sr., McCordsville, Ind./Cathedral) have been selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) all-Great Lakes Region first team. The duo were among 16 chosen to the first team.

Kennedy led the Tigers this season with school records of 66 goals, 75 points, 79 draw controls and 17 free-position goals. Kennedy is DePauw’s career leader in goals (155), points (174), draw controls (203) and free-position goals (43). This season she broke DePauw’s single-game records with 10 goals and six free-position goals in a win at Wittenberg on April 27 and 12 draw controls at Whittier on March 31.

Howard matched her own school record this year with 31 caused turnovers and tied teammate Bridget Driscoll with a DePauw single-season record 41 ground balls. Howard holds DePauw career records for ground balls (125) and caused turnovers (105).

Kennedy and Howard join Grace Clarke who, last year, was the first player in program history to earn all-region accolades. Both Kennedy and Howard earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference honors earlier this month.

DePauw finished the season with a school-record 11 wins against just four losses and made the program’s first appearance in the NCAC Tournament.

HANOVER

Medcalf breaks school record to lead Hanover at Emory Final Qualifier

ATLANTA, Ga. – Senior Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) claimed the Hanover College record in the 800-meter run to pace the Blue and Red at the Emory Final Qualifier.

The senior took third in the event with a time of 2:16.60, breaking the previous Hanover record of 2:19.38 set in 2012.

In. the discus throw, junior Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) claimed the top spot winning the event with a toss of 40.68 meters thrown on her first attempt. She also took first in the shot put with a distance of 13.49 meters.

Teammate, freshman Jessie Stenger (Brookeville, Ind.) took third in the shot put with a toss of 12.84 meters.

Junior Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) competed as part of the 200-meter dash claiming a runner-up mark in a time of 26.04 seconds. She also ran the 100-meter dash completing the race in a time of 12.59 seconds taking seventh overall.

INDIANA TECH

Indiana Tech Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Class

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech Department of Athletics will be inducting four individuals, Mark Baptist, Ashley Hamilton, Josh Judy and TB Smith, and the 2011 women’s lacrosse team, into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 1 during Homecoming Weekend. The induction ceremony will take place in the Schaefer Center on Indiana Tech’s downtown campus.

To register for this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, visit www.indianatechwarriors.com/HOFTickets. For additional information, please contact Director of Athletics Jessie Biggs at jnbiggs@indianatech.edu or 260-422-5561 x2244.

“We welcome this year’s Hall of Fame class and what a class it is,” Biggs said. “This year’s celebration coupled with Homecoming weekend is sure to be a good one. Come back and support these great Tech alum and see how much campus has changed!”

GRACE

Lancers nab multiple All-American honors

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Following its second consecutive national championship, members of Grace’s men’s tennis team were honored at the national level.

Andy Lewis repeated as the NCCAA National Coach of the Year for leading Grace to back-to-back NCCAA national titles.

Facundo Paredes and David Sandi were also named NCCAA First Team All-American following their strong seasons for the Lancers.

The duo also landed on the NCCAA All-Tournament Team, which was comprised of the top six individuals from the national tournament.

Additionally, Grace picked up several academic honors. Kye Barrett, Ramiro Candia, Nicolas Graber, Jacob Gray, Francisco Margaria and David Sandi were honored as Scholar-Athletes.

The Lancers finished the 2021-22 campaign with a record of 18-12, including 6-2 in the Crossroads League. Grace reached the finals of the CL Tournament in the fall and were ranked consistently throughout the year in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.

Grace ended the year on a high note, sweeping every match of the NCCAA National Tournament en route to its second straight NCCAA title.

SOUTHERN INDIANA

Two-run fifth lifts Eagles past Lakers in Super Regional Opener

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball rode a two-run fifth inning to defeat No. 21 Grand Valley State University, 2-1, in the opening game of the best-of-three NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional Thursday at the USI Softball Field.

The No. 10 Screaming Eagles (48-11), who left the bases loaded in the first and second innings, capitalized on a hit batter and one-out walk when senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis Indiana) hit two-out single to leftfield push across the first run of the game.

Junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) followed in the next at-bat with another RBI-single to leftfield as the Eagles built a 2-0 lead.

Grand Valley State (43-7) responded in the sixth inning as a pair of singles wrapped around an error put Lakers on all three bases with no outs. Senior second baseman Taylor Rieger followed with a sacrifice fly that scored the the first run and moved two more into scoring position on the throw home.

After a close play at second base went in favor of the Lakers, the skies opened up and both teams were forced to sit through a near-two hour rain/lightning delay.

Following the break, USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle replaced junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) with freshman hurler Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana), who struck out two straight batters to get the Eagles out of the jam and into the seventh with a 2-1 lead.

Newman, who picked up her GLVC-leading fourth save of the year, retired the Lakers in order in the seventh to preserve the victory.

Goodin (16-3) picked up a win after taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. She gave up an unearned run off three hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings of work.

USI and Grand Valley State conclude the NCAA II Midwest Super Regional Friday, with game two scheduled for noon and an “if necessary” game three scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Eagles need just one more win to advance to the NCAA II Softball Championship for the third time in program history and the first since winning the national championship in 2018. The Lakers need to win twice to capture their third straight regional title and fourth since 2016.

Notes

• With their win today, the Eagles matched the 1998 USI Softball team with the most wins in program history (48).

• Goodin now has a 5-1 record with a 0.60 ERA and .197 opponent batting average in the 2022 post-season, while Newman is now 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA and two saves.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1983       Phillies southpaw Steve Carlton becomes the second of three major league hurlers this season to surpass Walter Johnson’s career strikeout total of 3,508 K’s, a record that had survived for 56 years. In April, Nolan Ryan broke the Big Train’s mark, and Gaylord Perry will reach the milestone later in the season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Virginia at Louisville4:00pmACCN
Notre Dame at Miami7:00pmACCN
Arkansas at Alabama8:00pmSECN
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Championship2:00pmESPN
MLBTIME ETTV
Arizona at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
St. Louis at Pittsburgh6:35pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Atlanta at Miami6:40pmBally Sports
Chi. White Sox at NY Yankees7:05pmNBCS-CHI
YES
LA Dodgers at Philadelphia7:05pmSportsnet
NBCS-PHI
Tampa Bay at Baltimore7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Toronto7:07pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Detroit at Cleveland7:10pmBally Sports
Seattle at Boston7:10pmNESN
Root Sports
Minnesota at Kansas City8:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Houston8:10pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Washington at Milwaukee8:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
NY Mets at Colorado8:40pmATTSN-RM
SNY
Oakland at LA Angels9:38pmMLBN
NBCS-CA
Bally Sports
San Diego at San Francisco10:15pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Truck: SpeedyCash.com 2208:30pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
West Finals Game 2: Dallas at Golden State9:00pmTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Semifinals Game 2: NY Rangers at Carolina8:00pmESPN
West Semifinals Game 2: Edmonton at Calgary10:30pmESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Canadian Premier League: HFX Wanderers vs Forge6:00pmFS2
Peru Primera Division: César Vallejo vs Academia Cantolao8:30pmGOLTV
Canadian Premier League: Pacific vs York United10:00pmFS2

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
Janibek Alimkhanuly vs. Danny Dignum8:00pmESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
Virginia at Louisville12:00pmACCN
Indiana at Iowa9:00pmESPNU
FISHINGTIME ETTV
Bassmaster Elite at Lake Fork8:00amFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA Championship10:00amESPN
PGA Championship1:00pmCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
Chi. White Sox at NY Yankees1:05pmMLBN
NBCS-CHI
YES
Arizona at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
Cincinnati at Toronto3:07pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
San Diego at San Francisco4:05pmFS1
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Seattle at Boston4:10pmNESN
Root Sports
LA Dodgers at Philadelphia6:05pmSportsnet
NBCS-PHI
Atlanta at Miami6:10pmBally Sports
Detroit at Cleveland6:10pmBally Sports
St. Louis at Pittsburgh6:35pmBally Sports
ATTSN-PIT
Tampa Bay at Baltimore7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Minnesota at Kansas City7:10pmBally Sports
Texas at Houston7:10pmATTSN-SW
Bally Sports
Washington at Milwaukee7:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
NY Mets at Colorado8:10pmATTSN-RM
SNY
Oakland at LA Angels9:07pmFS1
NBCS-CA
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Xfinity: SRS Distribution 2501:30pmFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
East Finals Game 3: Miami at Boston8:30pmABC
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
West Semifinals Game 3: Colorado at St. Louis8:00pmTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Scottish FA Cup: Rangers vs Hearts10:00amESPN+
DFB Pokal: Freiburg vs RB Leipzig2:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: PSG vs Metz3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Saint-Étienne3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Olympique Marseille vs Strasbourg3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lille vs Rennes3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Clermont vs Olympique Lyonnais3:00pmbeIN Sports
Ligue 1: Lens vs Monaco3:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: Columbus Crew vs Los Angeles FC3:30pmUniMas
MLS: DC United vs Toronto FC4:00pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs New England6:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Portland Thorns vs Houston Dash6:00pmParamount+
MLS: Nashville SC vs Atlanta United7:30pmFOX
NWSL: Angel City vs Kansas City Current10:30pmParamount+
USFLTIME ETTV
Michigan vs. Birmingham1:00pmNBC
WNBATIME ETTV
Phoenix at Las Vegas3:00pmABC

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees2810.73714 – 414 – 615 – 711 – 22 – 18 – 2L 1
Tampa Bay2315.605513 – 910 – 67 – 24 – 510 – 75 – 5W 2
Toronto2018.526812 – 78 – 119 – 101 – 310 – 53 – 7L 1
Boston1622.421127 – 109 – 125 – 114 – 66 – 46 – 4W 2
Baltimore1524.38513.510 – 105 – 145 – 114 – 63 – 43 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota2216.57913 – 89 – 86 – 59 – 37 – 65 – 5W 1
Chi White Sox1919.50039 – 1010 – 96 – 47 – 124 – 35 – 5W 1
Cleveland1619.4574.57 – 79 – 123 – 47 – 53 – 44 – 6L 3
Kansas City1423.3787.58 – 126 – 111 – 59 – 91 – 55 – 5L 1
Detroit1325.34299 – 134 – 126 – 63 – 61 – 85 – 5L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston2514.64110 – 415 – 103 – 67 – 012 – 67 – 3W 1
LA Angels2416.6001.512 – 712 – 95 – 46 – 29 – 95 – 5L 3
Texas1720.459710 – 127 – 83 – 62 – 18 – 106 – 4L 1
Seattle1722.43689 – 78 – 153 – 86 – 44 – 54 – 6L 1
Oakland1624.4009.56 – 1410 – 107 – 75 – 92 – 55 – 5L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2614.65013 – 813 – 613 – 75 – 27 – 36 – 4W 2
Philadelphia1820.474710 – 118 – 94 – 91 – 29 – 56 – 4L 1
Miami1720.4597.59 – 108 – 1010 – 32 – 43 – 104 – 6L 1
Atlanta1721.447810 – 117 – 104 – 67 – 64 – 65 – 5L 1
Washington1326.33312.55 – 158 – 115 – 111 – 35 – 83 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2414.63212 – 512 – 97 – 515 – 70 – 15 – 5W 1
St. Louis2018.526410 – 810 – 104 – 66 – 46 – 54 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh1621.4327.59 – 107 – 113 – 19 – 163 – 35 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs1522.4058.56 – 139 – 91 – 27 – 86 – 86 – 4L 2
Cincinnati1126.29712.55 – 96 – 172 – 27 – 90 – 137 – 3W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers2512.67615 – 510 – 73 – 48 – 210 – 56 – 4W 5
San Diego2414.6321.510 – 714 – 79 – 59 – 35 – 56 – 4W 1
San Francisco2215.595311 – 711 – 87 – 64 – 47 – 47 – 3L 1
Colorado1819.486713 – 95 – 104 – 65 – 24 – 82 – 8W 1
Arizona1921.4757.510 – 119 – 109 – 74 – 45 – 93 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot