Scheffler gets Masters green jacket to go with No. 1 ranking

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Scottie Scheffler capped off an amazing two months with his grandest feat of all, winning the Masters on Sunday to validate his new status as the best player in golf.

The only stumble came at the end when Scheffler needed four putts from 40 feet before he could claim his first major, and that only mattered in the record book.

He closed with a 1-under 71 for a three-shot victory over Rory McIlroy, who holed out from the bunker on the final hole for a record-tying final round of 64 that gave him the briefest moment of hope that Sunday pressure at Augusta National might get to Scheffler.

No chance. Not on Sunday. Not the last four days. Not the last two months.

And to think it was just 56 days ago that Scheffler was still searching for his first PGA Tour victory. The 25-year-old from Dallas, built for stardom from when he was a 10-year-old wearing long pants to look the part of a pro, now has four wins in his last six tournaments.

No prize was greater than that green jacket.

The Sunday theater, thrilling and tragic, belonged to everyone else. Scheffler overcame a nervy moment early in the round by chipping in for birdie. He delivered key putts to keep Cameron Smith at bay and never looked rattled, even as he was swatting at short putts at the end.

McIlroy was the runner-up. It was Smith who felt as though he let one get away. The Aussie was still in the game, three shots out of the lead, when he dumped his tee shot in Rae’s Creek on the par-3 12th hole for triple bogey and ended his hopes.

Smith closed with a 73 and tied for third with Shane Lowry, who birdied the 18th for a 69.

Scheffler joined Ian Woosnam in 1991 as the only players to win a major – the Masters in both cases – in their debut at No. 1 in the world.

Everyone should have seen this coming. He won the Phoenix Open in a playoff on Super Bowl Sunday. He followed that with a comeback win at Bay Hill to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He rose to No. 1 in the world by winning the Match Play two weeks ago in Texas.

And now this.

Scheffler, who finished at 10-under 278, won $2.7 million from the $15 million prize fund. That brings his total to $8,872,200 over his last six starts.

Scheffler’s big moment came early in the round, and it was no less significant.

Starting the final round with a three-shot lead, he watched Smith open with two straight birdies to the cut the deficit to one, and then Scheffler’s approach from the pine needles left of the third fairway came up short and rolled back down the slope.

His pitch was racing toward the hole when it banged into the pin and dropped for an unlikely birdie, and a two-shot swing when Smith from the same position made bogey.

No one got closer than three the rest of the way. Only the contenders changed.

The 12th hole remains the most riveting par 3 in golf, the scene of more collapses than comebacks. Smith became the latest victim.

Coming off birdie at No. 11, his shot was still in the air when he let his club slip through his hands and he slowly closed his eyes twice as it splashed into Rae’s Creek. The next shot wasn’t much better, but at least dry, and Smith’s hopes ended there with a triple bogey.

He was three behind standing on the 12th tee. Three holes later, he was eight back.

From there, any hope resided with McIlroy. All he needed to complete the career Grand Slam was to match the best final round in Masters history and get some help from Scheffler. He only got one of those and had to settle for his first silver medal from Augusta.

Not that he didn’t create some Sunday magic. McIlroy went bunker-to-bunker on the 18th hole, leaving himself right of the green and aiming some 25 feet right of the flag. It rode the slope all the way into the hole, setting off one of the loudest roars of the week.

Morikawa followed him in from the same bunker, different angle, and McIlroy could only laugh.

“This tournament never ceases to amaze,” McIlroy said. “That’s as happy as I’ve ever been on a golf course right there. Just having a chance – and then with Collin, we both played so well all day – and for both of us to finish like this, I was just so happy for him, too.

“I’ve never heard roars like on the 18th green.”

The best ones were saved for Scheffler.

Scheffler still have five holes in front of him, with no evidence he was going to be anything but the smooth, smart operator who seized control on Friday in the toughest conditions to build a five-shot lead and never lost it.

Tiger’s Masters: No fairytale ending but still inspiring

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) The Masters patrons filled in every nook and cranny around the 18th green, awaiting the appearance of the man in red.

A scene that’s been so familiar to Tiger Woods on so many Sundays at Augusta National, but this one was different.

It wasn’t even 3 o’clock on the warm, sunny afternoon in east Georgia. Over on the adjacent first hole, leader Scottie Scheffler and closest pursuer Cameron Smith had just teed off in the final group.

Hunched over and limping noticeably, Woods climbed the deceptively steep hill leading up to the green as the fans slowly rose to their feet, the roar building as they saluted a remarkable comeback if not a fairy tale of a weekend.

“Way to hang in there, Tiger!” a man standing back in the crowd belted out.

From a strictly golfing viewpoint, this was hardly the Woods that so many remembered. The guy who’s won five green jackets, the last of them just three years ago. The guy who’ll go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game, even if he never strikes another shot. (Don’t worry, he’s not done.)

This Woods, the one hobbling on a rebuilt right leg that he could’ve lost in that horrific car crash 14 months ago, closed with back-to-back 78s that were the worst scores of his Masters career.

He even had to take a left-handed swing at the 13th after knocking his ball onto the pine straw behind the green, right up next to an azalea.

His battered body simply ran out of steam after an electrifying 71 on Thursday, when Woods made his return to competitive golf for the first time in more than 500 days.

He grinded out a 74 on Friday, ensuring he would make the Masters cut for the 22nd time in a row.

There was nothing left in the tank for the weekend.

Still, it was a gratifying experience, one that Woods clearly didn’t regret putting himself through even if he didn’t come close to winning a record-tying sixth green jacket.

“This tournament has meant so much to me and my family,” Woods said. “This is where all the great champions have ever played. They have walked these grounds.”

That Woods was able to walk the course again – for four days, no less – was a feat in itself.

After his wreck in February 2021, doctors told Wood that his shattered right leg might have to be amputated. They managed to save it, but he was confined to a hospital bed for three months. He’s still got screws and rods holding the bones in place.

Woods walked Augusta National with a limp that got more and more noticeable, sometimes using a club as a walking stick to help him get around.

Most telling, he couldn’t bend all the way over to read putts on Augusta’s tricky greens, which may explain why his stellar touch with the short stick seemed to abandon him on the weekend.

But excluding all the tournaments he’s won – especially those 15 major championships – this felt like his greatest achievement in golf.

“For not winning an event, yes. Yes, without a doubt,’ Woods said. “I don’t think people really understand. The people who are close to me understand. They’ve seen it. Some of the players who are close to me have seen it and have seen some of the pictures and the things that I have had to endure. They appreciate it probably more than anyone else because they know what it takes to do this out here at this level.”

Everyone realizes how much Woods still means to the game, even if he is surely in the twilight of his career at age 46.

“You just pull so hard for him,” said Harold Varner III, who joined Woods and Cameron Champ to make this the first Masters with three Black players. “Obviously, he’s great for the sport. If he’s around, we’re going to make a lot of money.”

Woods told Sky Sports that he plans to play the British Open at St. Andrews in July. He isn’t sure about the next two majors: the PGA Championship, set for May 19-22 at Southern Hills, or the U.S. Open at Brookline in June.

“It’ll be just the big events,” Woods told Sky. “But I am looking forward to St. Andrews. That is something that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve won two Opens there, it’s the home of golf. It’s my favorite golf course in the world, so I will be there for that one.”

“See you down the road,” his caddie, Joe LaCava, shouted to media members gathered outside the clubhouse, waiting to speak to his boss.

Wherever that is, Woods plans to step up his rehab so his body has a better chance of holding up over four grueling days.

“We’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal,” he said. “I think it needs a couple more days to heal after this, but we’ll get back after it.”

While Woods spoke, a roar went up that sounded like it came from way down in Amen Corner.

Woods loves those roars. He hadn’t heard them since his victory in 2019. The following year, the tournament was played in November with no fans because of the pandemic. Last year, of course, playing a golf tournament was the furthest thing from Woods’ mind.

“It’s exciting. It’s inspiring,” he said. “It’s fun to hear the roars.”

Woods hopes to create a few more of them before he’s done.

On this Sunday, he had to be content with the cheers that erupted one last time after he tapped in a short putt at the 18th hole for a 13-over 301 – his worst Masters performance as a professional by eight strokes.

As Woods doffed his cap and headed off to the clubhouse, the crowd around 18 began to disperse.

It was time to go watch the players who actually had a chance to capture the green jacket.


Kupcho takes last victory leap in Mission Hills finale

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) Jennifer Kupcho took the last victory leap into Poppie’s Pond late Sunday afternoon in the California desert, ending the tournament best known as the Dinah Shore’s half-century run at Mission Hills.

Six strokes ahead entering the day, Kupcho shot a 2-over 74 for a two-stroke victory over Jessica Korda in The Chevron Championship.

“I think it’s surreal,” Kupcho said. “To be a major winner is really special and to be the last person here at Mission Hills to jump into Poppie’s Pond, it’s all really special.”

The 24-year-old from Colorado finished at 14-under 274. She’s the seventh player to win their first LPGA Tour title in the event that started in 1972 and became a major in 1983. The tournament is moving to Houston next year after failing to attract a sponsor to keep it in the desert.

Kupcho took the traditional plunge into the pond next to the 18th green with husband Jay Monahan and caddie David Eller.

“To just be able to (win) quickly after my wedding and be able to celebrate with my husband and have him here, it’s really special,” Kupcho said. “I didn’t see him coming across the bridge. He picked me up. I don’t think he’s ever picked me up, so that was pretty cool.”

Seven strokes ahead of Korda and defending champion Patty Tavatanakit at 18 under after holing birdie putts over 30 feet on the par-4 fourth and par-3 fifth, Kupcho played the final 13 holes in 4 over.

“Honestly, I came out just trying to shoot a couple under,” Kupcho said. “I mean, I had a six-stroke lead and I shot 8 under yesterday, so I figured if someone can do that, then they deserve to be in a playoff. That was my mentality and what I was fighting for all day. Obviously, didn’t get there, but still pulled it out.”

Korda shot a 69. Fighting a back problem, she holed her approach for eagle on the par-4 third and pulled within four with birdies on Nos. 11 and 12.

Korda was only two strokes back after Kupcho bogeyed 13 and 14, but fell three behind with a bogey of her own on 15 and parred the last three.

“Second place is not bad after being 3 over through seven (Thursday), so pretty proud of myself,” Korda said after her best major finish. “I really wanted to win this one because I love this event. Pretty bummed that we’re leaving, but I understand why.”

Kupcho pushed the advantage to four with a 3-foot birdie putt on the 15th, and Korda missed a 12-foot birdie try soon after on 16. Kupcho bogeyed the final two holes, three-putting the par-5 18th.

Kupcho won three years after passing up a spot in the event to play and win that week in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

“I mean, it’s surreal to be able to say that I was the last person here and first person at Augusta,” Kupcho said. “Hopefully, that isn’t a continuing pattern, because we aren’t stopping in a lot of places soon.”

The 2018 NCAA champion at Wake Forest, Kupcho broke through in her 65th start on the LPGA Tour.

“I think I’ve matured a lot in the last year and even since I’ve been out here,” Kupcho said. “But I think my putting has got a lot better. I’ve been able to calm myself down a lot better. Obviously, I still have my spurts of anger, but I think that’s how I get it out quickly and then move on. I think my whole mental game has gotten stronger.”

The first U.S. winner since Brittany Lincicome in 2015, Kupcho opened Thursday with a 66 for a share of the lead. She had a 70 on Friday and had the 64 on Saturday to break the tournament 54-hole record at 16 under. She missed a chance to break the 72-hole mark of 19 under set by Dottie Pepper in 1999.

Pia Babnik of Slovenia closed with a 66 to finish third at 11 under.

Tavatanakit, playing alongside Kupcho the last two days, birdied the 18th for a 72 to tie for fourth at 10 under with 2014 winner Lexi Thompson (68), second-round leader Hinako Shibuno (66) and Celine Boutier (67).

“Such amazing memories here,” Thompson said.

DIVOTS: Chella Choi earned a BMW iX with a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th. She used a 4-hybrid on the 181-yard hole. Choi shot a 71 to tie for 53rd at even par. Pernilla aced the 166-yard fifth with a 7-iron. The 2018 winner also shot 71 to finish at even par. … Brooke Seay, the Stanford junior who turned down a spot at Augusta to play the final event at Mission Hills, was the only one of the four amateurs to make the cut. She finished with a 73 to tie for 65th at 2 over.


Greene wins big league debut, Reds beat Braves 6-3

ATLANTA (AP) Hunter Greene felt a bit anxious before making his first career start. Even so, the hard-throwing phenom had no trouble settling down early.

“Honestly, it felt like just another game,” he said. “It’s great to have that. Obviously you have butterflies, and I think that’s important. It means you care. It means you want to do well.”

Greene won his major league debut, Kyle Farmer hit a two-run single in a five-run third inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Sunday.

Greene (1-0) lived up to his billing as a top prospect with overpowering velocity. He regularly touched 100 mph on the radar gun, topped out at 102 in the fourth and was still hitting triple digits in his final inning. The right-hander allowed three runs, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.

“I felt great out there,” Greene said. “I felt like I was at home. A lot of people don’t look up, but I looked up as soon as I got out there. I wanted to take it all in and enjoy it, but I felt really comfortable out there. Really happy with today. The team did a great job behind me getting the lead early. Put me in a really good position to win and succeed today.”

The Reds took a 5-0 lead in the third. Jonathan India walked and scored from first when Tyler Naquin doubled to the right-field corner. Braves starter Ian Anderson (0-1) loaded the bases on a pair of walks, giving up two more runs on a forceout and Colin Moran’s single. Sean Newcomb then gave up a two-run single to Farmer.

Tyler Stephenson made it 6-1 in the fifth with a homer to left off Newcomb.

Greene, at 22 years, 247 days, became the youngest starting pitcher to make his debut for Cincinnati since Mike Leake received no decision on April 11, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.

Greene mixed in his changeup and slider to keep the Braves guessing.

“I was really happy (with the slider) today,” he said. “That was kind of a battle in spring training. It’s nice to find that, especially in the first game. I was like, I don’t have a choice. I need to find it. It was there. That was a nice feeling knowing that was in my back pocket. Just keeping those guys off balance, you know? Being able to slow the game down and just read swings helped a lot today.”

Greene, the second overall draft pick in 2017, is the Reds’ top prospect according to MLB Pipeline and No. 2 according to Baseball America. He missed the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

“We pushed him a little bit in the fifth to get him through that fifth inning, but he was still throwing the ball well and I think he put forth effort, but not max effort, so he didn’t have to work too hard,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It was great for our bullpen. It set us up for the rest of the game.”

Matt Olson whiffed on a 100 mph fastball in the first for Greene’s first career strikeout, but Olson singled on a 102 mph fastball to begin the fourth for Atlanta’s first hit. After Austin Riley doubled, Olson scored on Marcell Ozuna’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-1.

Travis d’Arnaud and Olson homered in the fifth off Greene to trim the lead to 6-3. It marked Olson’s first homer since he replaced Freddie Freeman as the Braves’ everyday first baseman after getting traded from Oakland and signing a $168 million, eight-year contract.

Olson connected on a 101 mph pitch, the second-fastest any Braves player has homered off in the pitch-tracking era since 2008. Eddie Rosario homered off a 101.2 mph heater from Brusdar Graterol last Sept. 1.

Anderson, making his first start since pitching five hitless innings to win Game 3 of the World Series, allowed a career-high five runs, five walks and three hits in 2 2/3 innings.

“That’s where I feel like I am at, trying to get back to feeling comfortable in a big league game again,” Anderson said. “As the season goes on, I’ll be fine and settle in, but for now I’m trying to get my feet back under me.”

Luis Cessa pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief, Tony Santillan got four outs and Art Warren worked the ninth for Cincinnati. Bell brought in Santillan, who earned his first career save Thursday, in the seventh to face Rosario with a runner on first and the Reds sitting on a three-run lead with Olson, who went 3 for 4, on deck.

Rosario popped up to end the threat. Warren earned his first career save by facing the minimum.

Each team won twice in the four-game series to open the season.

Kluber looks good, Rays beat Orioles 8-0 to complete sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) As much as the Tampa Bay Rays wanted Corey Kluber to have a shot at getting the victory in the pitcher’s debut with his new team, keeping the two-time Cy Young Award winner fresh and healthy is a bigger priority.

The 36-year-old right-hander looked good in his first game since joining the defending AL East champions, pitching 4 2/3 scoreless innings in an 8-0 victory that completed an opening sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

“I didn’t really control counts the way I’d like to eventually,” Kluber said. “But at the end of the day, I made good pitches when I needed to to keep them off the scoreboard.”

Brandon Lowe hit a two-run homer off Tyler Wells (0-1), while Wander Franco had his second three-hit game in three days and drove in a pair of runs as the Rays beat the Orioles for the 15th straight time and matched the fastest start to a season in club history.

Tampa Bay, which is 21-1 against the Orioles since the beginning of last year, also started 3-0 in 2002 and 2012.

Coming off a 110-loss season, Baltimore is 0-3 for the first time since 2007. The Orioles never led in the series, struck out 37 times – most through three games of a season in franchise history – and went 2-for-24 with runners in scoring position.

“They have really good pitching, but we didn’t do a very good job swinging the bats. We didn’t make them work much,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We can improve our two-strike hitting, put more pressure on their defense. We have some guys scuffling early. I’d like to see them break out. We’re putting too much pressure on ourselves.”

Kluber, pitching on his birthday for the first time in his career, allowed three hits, walked four and struck out five in an 87-pitch outing. Sailing along with a 4-0 lead, he retired the first two batters in the fifth inning before walking Cedric Mullins and giving up a single to Ryan Mountcastle.

Manager Kevin Cash, who said before the game that one of his priorities this season will be managing Kluber’s workload and keeping the oldest player on his roster healthy, didn’t hesitate to turn to the bullpen.

Kluber went 5-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 16 starts with the New York Yankees last season, when he also spent three months on the injured list with a right shoulder strain. The Rays signed him to an $8 million, one-year deal during the offseason.

“We’d like all of our guys to get out there and pencil in 30 starts. But saying that, you have to manage the workload,” Cash said.

“I don’t want to put words in his mouth, but the days of throwing 220 innings are probably not there any more,” the manager added. “He understands that.”

Kluber, who won Cy Young Awards with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017, wasn’t upset with the manager’s decision.

“I don’t really concern myself with the workload or pitch count. I view it as I’m going to keep going out there until he takes the ball from me,” Kluber said. “I try to take it hitter by hitter and not try to look at the big picture like that.”

Cruz homers, keys Nats over Mets 4-2 with 8th-inning hit

WASHINGTON (AP) Nelson Cruz hit his 450th home run and added a tiebreaking two-run single in three-run eighth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals over the Mets 4-2 on Sunday and prevented New York from an opening four-game sweep.

Washington trailed 2-1 in the eighth when Yadiel Hernandez singled leading off against Chasen Shreve, and Maikel Franco singled pinch-runner Dee Strange-Gordon to third against Trevor Williams (0-1).

Lucius Fox, who started in his major league debut, dragged a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt, and Strange-Gordon slid home headfirst ahead of first baseman Pete Alonso’s underhand toss.

“Dee is one of the fastest players in the league,” Alonso said. “He had a good break on it. Bang-bang play. Sometimes even though it’s well-defended, you have to tip your hat to the baserunner. I feel like he had a really good read on the bunt. Fox made a really good read on the bunt. I feel like I did what I could. He’s just safe.”

Victor Robles sacrificed and Cesar Hernandez grounded to Alonso, whose throw to second for a force was wide to the right field side for an error.

“Felt like I was calm, cool, and collected,” Alonso said. “Just missed the throw, and as a result that kind of put the team in a really bad hole.”

Juan Soto grounded to Alonso, who threw home for a forceout.

Cruz, who put the Nationals ahead in the first inning with his first home run for Washington. grounded a fastball up the middle and just past shortstop Francisco Lindor for a 4-2 lead.

“Pitching was there. Defense was there. We got some clutch hits in some really important situations,” Cruz said. “Total win.”

Kyle Finnegan (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Tanner Rainey worked around Mark Canha’s leadoff single in the ninth for his first save.

Fox, 24, found out Saturday night he was going to debut Sunday. He woke at 6 a.m., then again at 7 a.m., both times thinking he was late to the field.

“It was an amazing time,” Fox said. “It was a dream come true.”

New York had been trying for its fifth 4-0 start, its first since 2012. The Mets have not swept the Nationals in Washington since 2018.

Erick Fedde became Washington’s first starter to pitch five innings, allowing two runs and five hits. Lindor’s first homer tied the game in a 34-pitch fifth, when Canha hit a go-ahead single.

Mets starter Carlos Carrasco retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a first-inning single to Josh Bell. Carrasco allowed two hits, struck out five and walked none in 5 2/3 innings.

“We pitched well the whole series,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “If we can continue to do that, we’re going to be in good shape.”

McKinney goes deep, A’s avert sweep in 4-1 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Mark Kotsay had a game ball on his desk and an Oakland Athletics uniform that reeked of beer in the hamper. Kotsay needed to change into shorts after his players sprayed him with suds for winning his first game as a big league manager.

In what could be a long season in Oakland, which is in rebuilding mode again, Kotsay will take the celebrations when they come.

“I haven’t had one of those since my rookie year,” he said of the alcohol shower.

Billy McKinney homered and Daulton Jefferies and four relievers combined on a three-hitter to lead the A’s past the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Sunday and avert a three-game sweep.

A’s catcher Austin Allen gave Kotsay the celebratory game ball.

“Kots is awesome. He’s like having another player out there,” Allen said. “He’s just leading the ship. His energy and everything is amazing. We all couldn’t be happier for him to be our manager and to get his first win for him.”

Kotsay, 46, was promoted from third base coach to manager and replaced Bob Melvin.

The A’s shut down a Phillies offense that scored 13 runs in the first two games of the series. The Phillies’ only two hits through the first five innings came from backups Garrett Stubbs and Johan Camargo.

Jean Segura hit his second homer off the season for the Phillies in the ninth off Lou Trivino.

Jefferies (1-0) tossed two-hit ball over five scoreless innings before he was yanked after he issued a leadoff walk in the sixth. Sam Moll, Domingo Acevedo and Kirby Snead tossed three shutout innings.

A’s pitchers threw eight or fewer pitches in four innings.

“I didn’t really have a problem with that because I felt we hit a number of balls hard,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

Tony Kemp’s two-RBI single in the ninth that made it 4-0 sent most of what was left of 33,507 fans headed toward the exits on a chilly, windy day at the ballpark.

Elvis Andrus hit a one-out double off Bailey Falter (0-1) and scored on Seth Brown’s bloop single to left in the sixth that gave Oakland its first lead of the season.

McKinney, who became the 1,000th player in Oakland A’s history on Friday, hit a solo shot to right off Falter in the seventh. The 1,000-player milestone marks major history for the A’s in Oakland – even more than in Philadelphia. The A’s are in their 55th season in Oakland after playing 54 years in Philadelphia, from 1901-1954 (the A’s spent 13 years in Kansas City).

Phillies starter Zach Eflin, acquired from the Dodgers in 2014 in the Jimmy Rollins trade, made his first start since July 16 against Miami. He was scratched from his next scheduled start because of what the Phillies said was tendinitis in his right knee. The injury turned out worse than expected for the right-hander: Eflin had surgery in September to repair a tear in his right patellar tendon.

“It’s just one of those scenarios where I just have to remind myself what I’ve been though this offseason,” Eflin said. “It felt nice to get the training wheels off and move out there with no limitations.”

Eflin still needs time to build arm strength and return to form but was solid over 68 pitches and four shutout innings. He escaped his only jam in the third inning when he loaded the bases with no outs. Andrus lined one back to Eflin that he caught and whirled around to double Christian Pache off second. He retired Sean Murphy on a popup to keep the game scoreless.

Back from suspension, Anderson helps White Sox rout Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Tim Anderson swung right back into action after serving a suspension stemming from an incident last season, hitting two doubles and a single as the Chicago White Sox routed the Detroit Tigers 10-1 on Sunday.

Anderson sat out the first two games as a penalty for making contact with an umpire on Sept. 27.

The All-Star shortstop and 2019 AL batting champion made an immediate impact, hitting a double on the first pitch of the game. He wound up scoring twice for the AL Central champions.

“I spent two days in the hotel watching us play on television, which is pretty boring,” he said. “I was ready to go as soon as I got something I could hit.”

Anderson is hitting .346 with 26 doubles and 79 runs in 90 career games against the Tigers.

“We won yesterday, but it was obvious how much we missed Tim,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “I don’t think there’s a better shortstop in the game. There are some guys at his level, but no one who is above him.”

Andrew Vaughn homered and drove in four runs for the White Sox, who won twice in the season-opening three-game series.

“We got our hearts broken in the ninth inning on opening day, but we came right back and won the next two games,” La Russa said. “There’s never a question about this team’s desire to win.”

White Sox starter Michael Kopech allowed one run on two hits and two walks in four innings, striking out three.

“It felt good to get out there and get through four innings,” said Kopech, who was on a 70-pitch limit. “There were some things that went wrong, but I was able to fix them pretty quickly.”

Kyle Crick (1-0) pitched a hitless fifth.

Tariq Skubal (0-1) gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.

“I never found a good rhythm today,” he said. “I wasn’t putting the fastball where I wanted it, and my changeup command wasn’t good, either.”

The White Sox took a 2-0 lead in the first off Skubal. After Anderson doubled, Luis Robert singled and stole second. Jose Abreu had an RBI groundout and Eloy Jimenez followed with a sacrifice fly.

“They put together some long innings, and a lot of that was Tim Anderson doing what he does,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Every time the lineup rolled back over to him, we were in trouble.”

The Tigers got a run back in the second on Victor Reyes’ triple. Abreu doubled home Robert to make it 3-1 in the third and Josh Harrison added an RBI single later in the inning.

Shortstop Javier Baez’s throwing error set up Danny Mendick’s RBI double in the Chicago fourth.

The White Sox added four runs off rookie Elvin Rodriguez in the seventh. Jimenez hit an RBI single and Vaughn followed with a three-run homer.

Vaughn singled home another run in the ninth.

“I’ll be honest — I wasn’t comfortable when it was 9-1 in the seventh,” La Russa said. “It is too easy these days to give up a crooked number and be in trouble all over again. I didn’t really enjoy it until the last three outs.”

The Tigers had no hits and two walks in the final seven innings.

“We were behind early, and I think our at-bats quite honestly got a little rushed as the game went along,” Hinch said. “They pitched with more aggressiveness than we were ready for.”

Rangers rally from 5 runs down, beat Blue Jays 12-6

TORONTO (AP) Corey Seager capped a six-run fourth inning with a go-ahead single, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a five-run deficit to overcome Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s 467-foot home run and beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 on Sunday.

“We did a really good job,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “Offensively, that was our best game.”

Guerrero’s third-inning home run off Spencer Howard, the longest of Guerrero’s career, built a 6-1 lead. Guerrero’s home run had an exit velocity of 117.9 mph.

After blowing a seven-run advantage in a 10-8 loss in Friday’s opener, Texas turned this game around with its biggest road inning since a six-run first at Baltimore on Sept. 7, 2019. Brad Miller had four RBIs to key the Rangers, and Nick Solak scored four runs and homered.

“It’s great to get our first win of the season,” Solak said. “To be down and come back is big, too.”

Andy Ibanez started the comeback with an RBI double, and Charlie Culberson and Jonah Heim followed with run-scoring singles that chased Hyun Jin Ryu.

Miller pinch hit and sliced the second pitch from Julian Merryweather (0-1) up the left-center gap for a two-run double that tied it 6-6 and, one out later, Seager dumped an opposite-field, broken-bat single into left.

Pinch-hitter Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single and Miller’s sacrifice fly built a 9-6 lead in the fifth off Ross Stripling. Heim and Miller hit back-to-back homers in the seventh against Taylor Saucedo, the first a two-run drive.

Brock Burke (1-0) struck out five in two innings, one of five Rangers relievers who combined for six shutout innings Texas avoided its first 0-3 start since 2017.

The win was the first of Burke’s major league career.

“The stuff looked good. It was beating some really good hitters,” Woodward said. “That fastball was getting on them.”

Heim praised the work of the bullpen, which struck out nine and walked none.

“Six shutout innings is special, especially against those guys,” Heim said. “They put up runs, they know how to swing the bat.”

Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer, and Guerrero, George Springer and Danny Jansen all had solo shots for Toronto, which has not started 3-0 since 1996. Springer’s was the 44th leadoff homer of his career and his 12th against Texas, tying Rickey Henderson against Cleveland for most against one opponent.

Ryu retired nine of his first 11 batters, allowing a two-out homer to Solak in the second. Ryu gave up six runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

“I just fell apart,” Ryu said through a translator.

Howard allowed six runs and six hits in three innings.

Guardians post 1st win, rookie Kwan 5 hits, romp over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Cleveland Guardians won for the first time with their new name as hot-starting rookie Steven Kwan went 5 for 5 on Sunday in a 17-3 romp over the Kansas City Royals.

Oscar Mercado hit a grand slam during a five-RBI performance and Owen Miller drove in a career-high four runs. Cleveland had lost its first two games since changing this season to the Guardians from the Indians, its name since 1915.

Kwan had four singles and a double, was hit by a pitch and scored four runs. The 24-year-old outfielder made his major league debut on opening day and is 8 for 10 in three games so far, reaching base in 12 of 14 plate appearances.

“I know it’s three games in, but nobody wants to not get excited,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “When our young guys want to do things like that, it is exciting.”

Kwan hit .469 in spring training after batting a combined .301 in three minor league seasons.

“I’m not surprised about what (Kwan) is doing,” Mercado said. “He is such a good player, knows himself and knows what he can do. He is such a sparkplug and it is going to be awesome to watch him play this year.”

Held to a total of one run while dropping the first two games of the series, Cleveland broke loose with 22 hits. Jose Ramirez, who homered and three hits, and Amed Rosario, who had four hits, each drove in three runs.

“It was good for everybody to let our offense loosen up a little bit,” Francona said.

Mercado connected for his first career grand slam off Taylor Clarke in the first inning, capping a six-run burst. The Guardians made it 10-0 in the second and Mercado added an RBI triple in the fourth.

Ramirez and Miller each contributed three hits.

Pitching with a huge cushion, Cal Quantrill (1-0) tossed five innings and allowed two runs and four hits.

Kris Bubic (0-1) got just two outs and was tagged for five runs on three hits with two walks.

Royals rookie Bobby Witt Jr. hit a two-run double.

Whitlock agrees to $18.75M, 4-year deal with Red Sox

NEW YORK (AP) The Boston Red Sox signed right-handed reliever Garrett Whitlock to an $18.75 million, four-year deal Sunday covering 2023-26 that includes two club options and escalators that could increase the total to $44.5 million over six seasons.

The agreement was announced by chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom before Boston played the finale of a three-game series against the rival New York Yankees.

The Red Sox poached Whitlock from the Yankees in the winter meeting draft ahead of the 2021 season. A starter in the minors, the 25-year-old Whitlock moved to the bullpen and led all Boston pitchers with a 1.96 ERA over 73 1/3 innings. He was 8-4 with 81 strikeouts and 17 walks while frequently pitching multiple innings per appearance.

“We hope we’re just scratching the surface of what he can accomplish,” Bloom said. “The fact that, he’s said a few times, you give him the ball and he’ll get outs until you take it from him, that’s perfect.”

Whitlock was an 18th-round draft pick by New York in 2017 and had Tommy John surgery in 2019. When the 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic, he coached a travel-ball team and worked landscaping to make ends meet back home in Alabama.

The Yankees left him unprotected the next offseason for the winter meeting draft, and Boston took a chance on him.

Among 30 rookies who pitched at least 70 innings in 2021, Whitlock ranked first in ERA, second in WHIP at 1.10, and third in opponent OPS at .631.

“Last year when they took me in the Rule 5 draft, it was an honor then, just because the fact they took a chance on me, everything like that,” Whitlock said. “I just want to work my tail off.”

Bloom said the sides agreed to the deal hours before Boston’s season-opener Friday. Whitlock made his season debut that day, allowing a run over 2 1/3 innings in relief against New York, striking out four and allowing a homer to DJ LeMahieu in a 6-5 defeat.

Whitlock had agreed last month to a one-year contract paying $720,000 while in the major leagues and $285,250 while in the minors.

The new deal includes a $1 million signing bonus, $1 million in 2023, $3.25 million in 2024, $5.25 million in 2025 and $7.25 million in 2026. Boston has an $8.25 million club option for 2027 with a $1 million buyout and a $10.5 million option for 2028 with a $500,000 buyout.

Brosseau’s pinch-hit HR sends Brewers past Cubs for 1st win

CHICAGO (AP) Mike Brosseau cheered for the Chicago Cubs as a kid growing up in Northwest Indiana. He estimated that he went to about 50 games at Wrigley Field as a fan.

So yeah, Sunday was a super fun day.

Brosseau’s first career pinch-hit homer snapped a tie in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 5-4 for their first victory of the season.

“I came here a lot. Full circle now playing here,” Brosseau said.

Brosseau was acquired by Milwaukee in a November trade with Tampa Bay. He had never played at Wrigley as a major leaguer before appearing in the Brewers’ first two games.

With his parents and some high school buddies in the stands for the series finale, the 28-year-old infielder put Milwaukee in front with a drive to center against Daniel Norris (0-1) for his first hit with his new team.

“Really cool. Yeah, definitely,” Brosseau said. “Kind of looking back on it now after it set a little bit, you can kind of see how cool of a story (it is).”

Willy Adames and Rowdy Tellez also went deep, helping the reigning NL Central champions overcome a shaky performance by starter Freddy Peralta. Christian Yelich had two hits and drove in a run.

After Brosseau connected, Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen took over.

Brad Boxberger (1-0) worked the seventh, stranding a runner on third when Jonathan Villar was retired on a close call at first base that was upheld by a replay review. Devin Williams then got three outs before Josh Hader pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save.

“It’s one of our strengths, to try to shorten games and have those guys be really solid at the end of games,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Seiya Suzuki hit his first major league homer for Chicago, and Marcus Stroman pitched five effective innings in his Cubs debut. The Cubs were trying to go 3-0 for the first time since 2016.

Alex Bregman delivers big hit, Astros take 3 of 4 from Halos

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Alex Bregman put the Astros ahead with a two-run single in the fifth, and Jose Urquidy yielded four hits over five innings in Houston’s 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Chas McCormick had an RBI single, and rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena delivered three hits as the defending AL champions took three of four in their opening series at Angel Stadium.

Bregman began life without longtime teammate Carlos Correa by pounding out six hits – including two homers – and driving in six runs in Houston’s first four games, highlighted by his two-out, two-RBI single off reliever Austin Warren in the finale.

Jack Mayfield homered against his former team for the Angels, but they scored more than two runs just once in the four-game series – and that was late in a blowout loss Friday.

Urquidy (1-0) built on his solid 2021 with five resourceful innings, walking one and striking out two. Ryan Pressly pitched the ninth for his second save.

Jose Suarez (0-1) pitched two-hit ball into the fifth inning for Los Angeles, but yielded four walks and two runs before the Halos’ bullpen had another inconsistent afternoon.

Mayfield homered leading off the second inning for Los Angeles while filling in for resting Anthony Rendon at third base and in the cleanup spot.

Shohei Ohtani interrupted his 1-for-14 start to the season at the plate by mashing a double that sent Tyler Wade to third base in the third. With a 119.1-mph exit velocity, it was the hardest-hit ball of the AL MVP’s career and the hardest by a left-handed batter since 2015, when the tracking started.

But Los Angeles failed to capitalize: Wade was ruled to have missed the plate on his slide when he tagged up on Mike Trout’s ensuing flyout.

The Astros chased Suarez with back-to-back walks in the fifth, and the runners advanced on Warren’s wild pitch before Bregman drove them both home. Bregman also advanced to second when Trout bobbled the ball in center for the three-time AL MVP’s first error since Aug. 19, 2019.

Pena singled, advanced on Bregman’s single and scored on Archie Bradley’s wild pitch in the eighth. Bregman then scored from third when McCormick beat out a two-out grounder, but Los Angeles’ Jo Adell ended the inning by robbing Niko Goodrum of a probable three-run homer with a difficult catch above the left field fence.

Rox best Dodgers, wind as Black earns 1,000th managerial win

DENVER (AP) C.J. Cron drilled a two-run homer on an afternoon when the whipping wind made flyballs an adventure, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4 on Sunday to give Bud Black his 1,000th win as a major league manager.

Black became the 66th skipper to reach the milestone. He improved to 351-360 with Colorado after going 649-713 with the San Diego Padres from 2007-15.

Wind gusts up to 40 mph at Coors Field sent napkins and hot-dog wrappers floating through the stands. The Rockies took two of three for their first home series win over the Dodgers since Aug. 9-12, 2018.

It was far from a breeze.

The Rockies led 6-0 after the third inning, but with the swirling conditions, no lead was safe. The Dodgers cut it to 6-4 after left fielder Kris Bryant dropped Freddie Freeman’s fly for a three-run error.

That wasn’t the only mishap in left, as Chris Taylor misplayed Ryan McMahon’s deep drive in the first, allowing two runs to score. Originally ruled a two-run double for McMahon, the official scorer changed it to an error.

Elias Diaz added some insurance in the seventh with a two-run homer to make it 9-4.

Jhoulys Chacin earned the win by throwing 1 2/3 innings and striking out three. Ty Blach pitched four innings to pick up the save.

Both starters had issues with the blustery conditions. Dodgers lefty Julio Urias (0-1) gave up six runs, three earned, over two innings. Rockies righty Antonio Senzatela allowed four runs, one earned, over 3 1/3 innings.

It wasn’t the beginning either was looking for – Urias was coming off a 20-win season, while Senzatela signed a five-year contract in October.


NBA play-in tournament field set

The play-in tournaments for both the Eastern and Western Conference are now determined after the former’s seeding was finalized early during Sunday’s slate.

The star-studded Brooklyn Nets will host the Cleveland Cavaliers to determine who will proceed as the true No. 7 seed in the East. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers will travel to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in the West to find out who will take on the high-flying Memphis Grizzlies in Round 1.

As the seventh- and eighth-place teams, the Cavaliers, Nets, Clippers, and Timberwolves have the advantage of only needing to win one game to advance to the first round of the playoffs. The Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, and New Orleans Pelicans, however, would need to post back-to-back wins to make it.

While the Grizzlies are solidified as the second seed in the West, the East’s playoff picture is not as certain. The top-ranked Miami Heat will face whoever advances as the No. 8 seed, but the No. 2 team is still a toss-up between the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers.

1April 12CavaliersNets7:00 p.m. ET
2April 12ClippersTimberwolves9:30 p.m. ET
3April 13HornetsHawks7:00 p.m. ET
4April 13SpursPelicans9:30 p.m. ET
5April 15Winner of Game 3Loser of Game 1TBD
6April 15Winner of Game 4Loser of Game 2TBD

Nets beat Pacers to lock up 7th, host play-in game Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving scored 35 points, Kevin Durant had 20 points, a career-high 16 assists and 10 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets locked up seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 134-126 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Nets will host No. 8 Cleveland on Tuesday in the play-in tournament, with the winner moving into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed. The loser will have a second chance by hosting the winner of the game between the Nos. 9 and 10 seeds on Friday.

Brooklyn and Cleveland both finished 44-38, but the Nets won the season series to take the tiebreaker.

Durant shot just 5 for 17 from the field but finished with his fourth triple-double, his highest total in any season. Andre Drummond added 20 points, shooting 9 for 9, and 13 rebounds. Bruce Brown scored 21 points in the Nets’ fourth straight victory to wrap up the regular season.

The Nets began the final week in danger of finishing ninth or 10th, which would’ve meant needing two wins – at least one on the road – in the play-in to get into the postseason.

But they took advantage of a soft schedule in their final days, with victories over Houston and New York before beating Cleveland on Friday.

Oshae Brissett scored 28 points for the Pacers, who lost their final 10 games to finish 25-57. Indiana didn’t win after March 20. Buddy Hield added 21.

The Nets made 20 of their first 26 shots – Durant was 0 for 5, the rest of the team 20 for 21 – and opened a 47-29 lead just over a minute into the second quarter.

The Nets led 76-60 at halftime but the Pacers began the third quarter with a 17-2 run to make it a one-point game. Terry Taylor’s basket tied it at 91, but Irving made a 3-pointer before Durant scored and then threw a lob to Nic Claxton for a dunk that quickly pushed it back to 98-91.

Cavs blast Bucks backups 133-115 to earn No. 8 play-in seed

CLEVELAND (AP) Kevin Love made eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the No. 8 play-in spot – and a matchup against Brooklyn – with a 133-115 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Bucks, who rested superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and their other regulars for the regular-season finale.

The Cavs were in jeopardy of falling all the way to the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference with a loss.

However, they ended any suspense immediately, scoring the first 14 points and dominating a team of backups to the Bucks’ backups. The Cavs made 10 3-pointers while building a 28-point lead in the first quarter and Cleveland led by 33 at half.

Love did all his damage in 15 minutes, matching his career high for 3s and adding 10 rebounds. Rookie Evan Mobley added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bucks whittled a 40-point deficit to 12 in the fourth against Cleveland’s reserves before the Cavs regained control.

After winning just 22 games a year ago, the Cavs weren’t expected to be anywhere near the playoffs. But here they are and will face the Nets in Brooklyn on Tuesday night with the winner advancing to the first round.

The loser plays the winner of the 9-10 game between Charlotte and Atlanta for the eighth seed.

Cleveland went 1-3 against Brooklyn this season, but the Cavs led the Nets in the fourth quarter on Friday night before collapsing in crunch time.

Milwaukee rookie Sandro Mamukelashvili had a season-high 28 points and added 13 rebounds.

With a top-three seed already secured, the Bucks rested Antetokounmpo along with starters Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis – a reward for the defending NBA champs having another solid year.

Jrue Holiday started for the Bucks but played just seven seconds. He would earn a bonus by playing, so Holiday took the floor for the jump ball, immediately committed a foul and checked out.

Assuming they get the No. 3 seed (No. 2 Boston plays at Memphis on Sunday night), the Bucks will play No. 6 Chicago in the first round and avoid an early matchup against Brooklyn, which took Milwaukee to seven games in the conference semifinals last season.

The Cavaliers, who have maneuvered around injuries all season, are still without All-Star center Jarrett Allen. He hasn’t played since breaking a finger on March 5, but might be ready for the postseason.

76ers celebrate Embiid’s scoring title, push MVP contention

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid won the NBA scoring title to become the first Philadelphia player to top the league since Allen Iverson 17 years ago.

Embiid sat out the finale Sunday night against Detroit and finished at 30.6 points per game. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo also rested Sunday, finishing at 29.9 points.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, became the face of the 76ers’ rebuilding effort more commonly known as The Process. Embiid embraced the nickname and is introduced before every home game as Joel “The Process” Embiid.

He’s been dominant again and is one of the contenders for NBA MVP – an award he had set as a season goal. Embiid finished the season on a streak of nine games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He had a whopping 12 games of 40 points and 10 rebounds, joining Russell Westbrook and Moses Malone as the only players to hit that mark since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-1977.

Embiid posted those numbers in just 33.8 minutes per game this season, the fewest minutes averaged in a season by the scoring champion in the shot-clock era.

Teammate Tobias Harris tweeted “M.V.P” at a stat that noted Embiid won the scoring title. Sixers coach Doc Rivers said Embiid emphatically stated his case for MVP.

Embiid is the first center to win an NBA scoring title since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-00.

“I don’t do a lot of campaigning, and I’m not going to sit here and do a whole bunch,” Rivers said. “I think Joel has campaigned enough with his play. He really has. I don’t think people realize how hard it is for a center to lead the NBA in scoring. It’s so much easier for guards because they have the ball and they can shoot whenever they want to. Centers are incumbent not only on getting the ball but they’re the easiest guy to get trapped as well.”

Embiid did finish runner-up last season to Denver’s Nikola Jokic in MVP voting. While the Denver star was a deserving winner, he played in 72 games and logged 2,488 minutes to Embiid’s 51 games and 1,585 minutes.

Embiid this season was the first Sixer named an All-Star starter for five straight seasons since Iverson. Iverson won the last of his four scoring titles in the 2005-05 season.

Hawks beat Rockets 130-114 but stay in 9th spot for play-in

HOUSTON (AP) Atlanta coach Nate McMillan is certainly glad his team’s season didn’t end Sunday with the regular-season finale.

But next year he hopes the Hawks aren’t clawing for a spot in the play-in tournament during the last few days of the season.

Trae Young had 28 points and 11 assists as the Hawks beat the Houston Rockets 130-114 – a victory that didn’t improve their postseason position.

The Hawks finished ninth in the Eastern Conference and will host the 10-seeded Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night in the play-in tournament.

“This feeling of what we are going through right now is not the feeling I expect next season. … Next year we don’t want to experience this,” McMillan said. “Next year the mindset – I want it to be different.”

Atlanta entered the day in ninth place and had already clinched a spot in the play-in tournament but played its starters against the lowly Rockets with a chance to improve its spot in the standings with a win and a loss by Cleveland. But the Cavaliers handily beat a Milwaukee team resting its starters to secure the eighth seed and leave the Hawks at No. 9.

Jalen Green, the second overall pick in the draft, had a season-high 41 points for the Rockets, who lost their seventh straight game to finish 20-62, giving them the NBA’s worst record for a second straight season.

Green was happy to finish with a big game after managing just eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Houston’s last game.

“It meant a lot just to end the year strong,” he said.

Houston cut the lead to seven on two free throws by Green with about nine minutes to go. But Atlanta scored the next 16 points, fueled by four 3-pointers, to make it 120-97 midway through the fourth quarter.

Bogdan Bogdanovic had two 3s in that stretch and Danilo Gallinari and De’Andre Hunter had one each to help the Hawks pull away.

McMillan was proud of the way his team responded when Houston made it close in the fourth quarter.

“We just have to finish games,” he said. “It wasn’t so much what I needed to say, it had already been said and we needed to close that quarter and close that game.”

Gallinari added 26 points with six 3-pointers and Hunter had 22 points for the Hawks, who finished the regular season 43-39.

Young made four 3s to give him 233 this season, passing Mookie Blaylock (231 in 1995-96) for most in franchise history.

The Hawks were up by 14 after a 3-pointer by Young with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Houston then used a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 88-82 with four minutes left in the third. Green had four points in that span and Garrison Mathews capped the run with a 3-pointer.

Clint Capela got Atlanta going after that, scoring the first four points of a 7-0 spurt that extended the lead to 95-82.

Houston got within eight on a basket by Kenyon Martin Jr. late in the third, but Gallinari hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks to leave them up 102-91 entering the fourth.

Hornets top Wizards 124-108, fail to improve play-in seeding

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets finished strong.

Now they’re hoping to carry that momentum into the play-in tournament.

The Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 124-108 on Sunday behind 25 points from Terry Rozier and 24 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists from LaMelo Ball, but were unable to improve their seed heading into the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

The Hornets will be the 10th seed after finishing 43-39. Charlotte’s 43 wins are the most by a 10th place team in the NBA since the Seattle SuperSonics won 44 games in 2000-01.

“Most years we would be the seven or eight seed,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “The East got better and we got better. We have a shot to keep moving forward. We have put ourselves in position to continue our season and have a meaningful game on the road.”

Charlotte will face the ninth-seeded Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. The winner of that game plays the loser of the Cleveland-Brooklyn game for an opportunity to advance to the playoffs.

The Hornets stumbled into the play-in tournament last year, losing their final five regular-season games before getting blown out 144-117 by Indiana in the 9 vs. 10 play-in game.

This year, they believe they’re in a different place mentally and physically.

Charlotte won 11 of 16 games to close the season, igniting confidence that they can win two straight road games and qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2015-16.

“It’s a whole different vibe this year, I feel like,” Ball said.

Rozier said the Hornets are “playing possibly our best basketball” of the season.

“We feel like we can definitely win and sneak into the playoffs,” Rozier said. “I know once we get in there everybody is going to be itching and they are going to love where we’re at – because this is where the real fun is.”

Charlotte entered Sunday with a chance to move up to high as the seventh seed had Brooklyn, Cleveland and Atlanta all lost on Sunday. However, all three teams closed the regular season with victories, rending the outcome of Charlotte’s game meaningless.

The Hornets got 14 points third quarter points from Isaiah Thomas and 18 fourth quarter points from Rozier to beat the Wizards.

Washington had cut Charlotte’s lead to 93-90 in the fourth quarter before Rozier got hot, scoring 15 points as part of a 20-9 run to break the game open.

Rui Hachimura had 21 points and Corey Kispert added 20 points for the Wizards (35-47), who failed to make the postseason for the third time in the last four seasons.

“It’s easy to miss the mark when you’re out of the playoffs and guys just kind of pack it in and get through it, but I thought we still tried to get something out of it and that’s extremely important for all of our guys, but in particular our young core,” Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. said.

Celtics finish 2nd in East with 139-110 win over Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, Jaylen Brown added 18 and the Boston Celtics secured the second seed in the East with a 139-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Al Horford added 13 points as the Celtics shot close to 55% against the short-handed Grizzlies. With Milwaukee’s loss to Cleveland earlier Sunday, Boston was able to move into second with the victory. Coach Ime Udoka was aware of the situation as the game unfolded and even was keeping up with the Philadelphia 76ers situation, even though a Celtics win assured them of the second seed.

Boston will face the winner of the play-in game between Cleveland and Brooklyn.

“We were worried about ourselves and getting some guys some reps,” Udoka said.

Santi Aldama led Memphis with 20 points, and Ziaire Williams finished with 18 points. John Konchar had his first career triple-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Kyle Anderson scored 16 points.

“It was pretty neat. It was pretty cool,” Konchar said. “You can thank my teammates for making shots.”

The teams took different approaches to the game based on their places in the standings. Memphis was playing out the regular season having secured the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies sat the bulk of their regular rotation players.

Boston entered in a logjam for the Nos. 2-4 seeds, jockeying for postseason placement with Milwaukee and Philadelphia. That meant all of the Celtics’ regulars were playing against the Grizzlies’ reserves.

And the Memphis makeshift lineup couldn’t keep pace with the Celtics’ regular rotation.

The Celtics steadily built the lead in the first half by shooting 63%, including connecting on 11 of 22 from outside the arc. That, coupled with Memphis struggling at 34% provide the Celtics with a 72-49 lead at intermission – matching the most points given up by the Grizzlies in a first half this season.


Eller scores, Capitals beat Bruins for 3rd consecutive win

WASHINGTON (AP) Lars Eller made the best of his move back to center, scoring the go-ahead goal and assisting on another to help the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 Sunday and extend their winning streak to three.

Eller was only playing center – his natural position – because Nicklas Backstrom was scratched for what the team called “body maintenance.” He’d played the past two on left wing after the emergence of Connor McMichael in the middle.

With Eller as an important part of the rotation, Washington’s penalty kill was a perfect 4 of 4 against Boston’s power play. Eller also assisted on Tom Wilson’s 23rd goal of the season, a new career high for the big winger who has scored four times in six games and reached 50 points for the first time.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 45th goal of the season and 775th of his NHL career into an empty net with 1.7 seconds left to seal it. The goal was his ninth empty-netter of the season.

John Carlson also scored his third goal in as many games and Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves for Washington, which bounced back from allowing two goals a minute apart. After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Capitals are inching closer to their biggest rivals and could soon pass them for third in the Metropolitan Division – which would mean avoiding the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Panthers in the first round.

Boston, which is also jockeying for playoff positioning in the East, lost defenseman Matt Grzelcyk to an upper-body injury in the first period. He attempted to hit Washington’s Garnet Hathaway about eight minutes into the game and appeared to injure his left arm or shoulder.

The banged-up Bruins were already playing without top right winger David Pastrnak and trade deadline acquisition Hampus Lindholm because of injuries. They got goals from Curtis Lazar and Erik Haula and a handful of highlight-reel saves from Linus Ullmark among his 27, but the continuation of power-play woes meant the end of their two-game winning streak.

Boston finished its four-game road trip 0 of 16 on the power play.

Crosby gives Pens OT win over Preds, reaches 1,400 points

PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby scored the second of his two goals at 2:21 of overtime for his 1,400th career point, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Crosby added an assist in his 1,100th game, becoming the seventh-fastest player in NHL history to reach the 1,400-point milestone. It was also Crosby’s 77th game-winning goal, one behind Evgeni Malkin and Jaromir Jagr for the most in team history.

On his latest winner, Crosby got a pass from Rikard Rakell and tipped it behind David Rittich near the post.

Jason Zucker also scored in regulation and Rakell assisted on all three goals for the Penguins, who have only three wins in their last 10 games. Casey DeSmith stopped 33 shots for Pittsburgh, which regained a four-point advantage over Washington for third place in the Metropolitan Division.

Matt Duchene and Nick Cousins had goals for Nashville, which lost its second straight. The Predators have dropped three of their last five after recently winning 11 of 17 overall. Rittich made 27 saves.

Cousins gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 4:31 of the third period when he sent a failed Pittsburgh clearing attempt over DeSmith’s shoulder from the slot.

Zucker tied it for Pittsburgh at 8:53 of the third when he took a pass from Crosby and sent a backhander behind Rittich from the slot. It was his first goal since Jan. 17, as he recently returned after missing 40 of the last 42 games because of an injury.

Crosby opened the scoring at 4:58. Rakell created a turnover in the corner and fed Crosby, who ripped a one-timer behind Rittich from the left faceoff dot.

Duchene tied it with 11 seconds left in the first on a partial breakaway. The Penguins’ Marcus Pettersson fell on the play, creating the breakaway, as Duchene beat DeSmith with a forehand deke.

DeSmith kept the game tied at 1 through two periods as the Predators held an 18-4 shots advantage through 28 minutes. He made a desperation left pad save on Tanner Jeannot and a point-blank stop on Duchene during a Predators power-play.


Newgarden moves Team Penske to 3-0 with Long Beach victory

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Colton Herta is so good on the downtown streets of Long Beach, and was so strong this weekend, that a second consecutive victory seemed automatic.

Not so fast, scowled Josef Newgarden, who went to sleep the night before the race Sunday stewing over a question he’d been asked after qualifying by a reporter who inquired, “At what point does Colton Herta check out tomorrow?”

“Like what is that? I thought it was such a bizarre question and I went to bed last night and I went, `You know what? That kid is not checking out. There’s just no way,'” Newgarden said.

And so Newgarden kept the pole-sitter in sight when Herta peeled away Sunday in Herta’s home race. Herta led the first 28 laps but Newgarden chipped away and used strategy and pit stops to move to the front and win his second consecutive race of the season.

It was his first career victory in 10 starts at the most prestigious street course race in the United States. He was the leader in the 2011 Indy Lights race when he crashed with two laps remaining.

“It’s a huge pleasure to finally be able to win around this place,” Newgarden said. “It’s pretty special to finally get one.”

Newgarden led a race-high 32 laps to move Team Penske to 3-0 on the new IndyCar season. Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin won the opener at St. Petersburg, then Newgarden won at Texas and now Long Beach to bump McLaughlin from the championship lead.

Team Penske last opened an IndyCar season with three consecutive wins in 2012, when the team won the first four races.

Newgarden was challenged over the final 15 laps by Romain Grosjean, the former Formula One driver seeking his first career IndyCar victory. Jimmie Johnson, who broke his hand in a crash Friday and raced with a carbon fiber cast, crashed with 10 laps remaining to bring out the caution and give Grosjean and reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou a shot on a final restart.

The race went green with five laps remaining and Grosjean got several good looks inside of Newgarden but couldn’t pull even to attempt a winning pass. Takuma Sato crashed with a lap remaining to bring out a final caution and Newgarden won under yellow.

“This is not an easy race to win. I don’t know what it looked like from the outside, but I was working my butt off with Grojean there at the end,” said Newgarden.

The victory gave General Motors a sweep in Long Beach; Cadillac went 1-2 on Saturday in the IMSA sports car race and Newgarden won in a Chevrolet.

Grosjean finished second for Andretti Autosport, which was seeking a fourth consecutive win at Long Beach. Andretti drivers Alexander Rossi won in 2018 and 2019, Herta won in 2021 and started from the pole Sunday.

He led 28 laps but had ceded the lead to Newgarden when Herta crashed out of the race with 29 laps remaining. He said he was pushing too hard when he crashed.

“It’s just a stupid mistake. We were definitely in that thing,” Herta said. “It’s unfortunate. I feel really bad. The car was fantastic. Just overdid it a little bit today.”

Palou finished third for his 10th podium finish in 19 races since joining Chip Ganassi Racing at the start of last year.

Will Power of Team Penske was fourth and Pato O’Ward salvaged his sloppy start to the season with a fifth-place finish. The Arrow McLaren SP driver is supposed to be a championship contender but has made mistakes in each of the first three race weekends and is admittedly distracted by his desire for a new contract.

Scott Dixon was sixth for Ganassi, followed by Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and then Rossi. Helio Castroneves was ninth for Meyer Shank Racing and Kyle Kirkwood was 10th for A.J. Foyt Racing.

Johnson finished 20th to close one of the worst weekends of his career. He broke his hand in Friday’s crash, crashed again in Saturday practice, was penalized his two fastest laps in qualifying for interfering with Rahal, and then crashed out of the race Sunday.

“I’ve had (bad weekends) before,” Johnson said. “But it comes with it. I certainly feel bad that I put the team in this position. This deal isn’t easy. You’ve got to live on the razor’s edge on the street races and there’s no margin for error. Trying to be faster, trying to be more competitive, I made some mistakes this weekends and will learn from them.”

UP NEXT: The Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Barber was the season opener a year ago and Palou scored his first career IndyCar victory and launched his championship-winning campaign.



The Pacers tried to shake up the Eastern Conference’s playoff standings in their final game of the season. But, while the Blue & Gold gave it their all in attempting to play spoiler, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and company proved to be too much to overcome. Indiana erased a 16-point halftime hole and tied the game twice in the third quarter. Unfortunately, they never took the lead. The Pacers (25-57) capped their tumultuous campaign with a 134-126 defeat to Brooklyn (44-38) at Barclays Center.

Irving led the way with a game-high 35 points, and Durant finished with a triple-double after a rough start. The star tallied 20 points, 10 boards, and a career-high 16 assists. The Nets also found extreme success on the inside against the Pacers’ small interior, as they scored 74 points in the paint — 18 from Andre Drummond. He finished with 20 total points.

Meanwhile, seven Pacers finished in double figures to end the season. Oshae Brissett finished strong, recording a team-high 28 points and eight rebounds, and Buddy Hield added 21 points, including five triples. Additionally, Tyrese Haliburton recorded a 17-point, 10-assist double-double, while Duane Washington Jr. posted 18 points off the bench. Head coach Rick Carlisle offered his summary of the contest during postgame interviews.

“(It was) a disappointing first half but a great second half,” he said. “But once again it’s 48 (minutes). And we’re going to have to do a lot better as we move forward next year.

“The summer begins now.”

It was another quick start for a Pacers opponent as Brooklyn scored the first eight points of the contest. Their edge stayed that way over the next several minutes.

Indiana got back on track midway through the frame. First, Brissett hit the squad’s second triple. Then, on the Nets’ inbound play, Hield performed his best T.J. McConnell impression and picked off the entry pass for the easy finish. The heads-up play trimmed the deficit to 18-13 with 6:10 remaining.

However, Brooklyn quickly ended the momentum shift, using a 17-4 run over the next 3:05 to grab a 30-17 lead.

Down the stretch, the Blue & Gold used a 7-0 run to get within striking distance. But, Brooklyn used the paint to regain control. Irving capped the Nets’ 41-point first quarter with a buzzer-beating fadeaway along the baseline. Indiana trailed 41-29 after one.

Brooklyn opened the frame with back-to-back threes, threatening to pull away. But, the Pacers countered with six quick transition points to negate it. The run included two stellar assists from Gabe York to Duane Washington Jr.

Washington continued to help the Pacers stay within reach. At the 7:30 mark, the rookie drilled his fourth bucket of the half — his first from deep — to cut the gap to 52-40.

Yet, the Blue & Gold struggled to contain the Nets’ offense on the other end. Without a big center to defend the paint, the buckets fell too easily. Consecutive dunks from Drummond gave Brooklyn a 62-45 advantage with 4:22 to go.

A string of crafty Pacers buckets, including one off a flashy dime from Lance Stephenson, trimmed the Pacers’ deficit to 68-55 with 1:54 to play. But, Brooklyn stretched its advantage to 76-60 before halftime.

Mimicking Brooklyn’s second-quarter start, Indiana began the third quarter with back-to-back threes. Hield and McConnell’s snipes forced the Nets to call an early timeout at the 10:38 mark.

Despite the stoppage, the Blue & Gold extended their streak to 11 unanswered points after Brissett and Haliburton joined the party. Although Bruce Brown broke the run with a jumper, Brissett would retaliate with back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to 78-77 with 8:33 remaining. In total, it was a 17-2 Indiana run, with nine coming from the Syracuse forward.

Although Brooklyn remained ahead, Indiana was fully back into the game. After draining his third triple, McConnell found Jackson for an alley-oop slam to cut the deficit to 87-84 with 6:25 left.

With 4:40 remaining, the Pacers earned an 89-89 tie after McConnell found Terry Taylor for a running layup. After Brooklyn responded, Taylor tied it again with a layup off a Hield dish.

But with two opportunities to take its first lead, Indiana came up short. Among the misses, the Nets reeled off a 7-0 run to regain a 98-91 lead with 1:51 remaining. Indiana failed to respond, and Brooklyn led 103-94 going into the final frame.

Brooklyn briefly extended the lead to double digits. But Indiana shrank it immediately. After a couple of Pacer trips to the charity stripe, Washington hit his fourth triple to cut the deficit to 107-103 with 9:39 left.

However, the Nets responded with six straight — four from Irving — to stretch their lead to 113-103 with 7:58 left.

Yet, Indiana was not going away quietly. Trailing 120-108, Brissett and Hield combined for five straight to trim the deficit to seven with 5:26 remaining.

Two buckets from Irving, including a crisp step-back three, pushed the Nets’ lead to 127-115 with 3:46 left. Brissett attempted to start a rally with four straight, cutting the gap to eight. After Brooklyn sank three free throws, he added another layup.

Then, with 1:26 to go, Hield brought the margin to 130-124 with his fifth 3-pointer. But that was as close as they got down the stretch. The Nets sealed the deal with a dunk from Brown.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball announces the additions of Alyssa Geary, Sydney Parrish and Sara Scalia to its 2022-23 roster.

We are excited about adding Alyssa, Sydney and Sara to our roster,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “They have all had success at their previous stops, but most importantly, they are fantastic young women. They are hard workers who are excited about the direction of our program. I know our fans are going to enjoy watching these three along with our returners and the four freshmen we signed in the fall. We are continuing to build our program with exceptional young women who want to do the work to compete for a Big Ten Championship and the Final Four.”

Geary will join Indiana as a graduate transfer after a four-year career at Providence where she played in 118 games and made 66 starts, including every game of her junior and senior seasons. The Elmhurst, Ill. native averaged 9.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 blocked shots as a senior in 2021-22. She scored in double figures 16 times last season and was second on her team in scoring and third in assists and blocked shots. As a junior in 2020-21, Geary averaged 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. During her four seasons, Geary scored 854 career points, 462 career rebounds and 128 career blocks. Geary attended Trinity High School and Nazareth Academy where she averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.2 blocks and 5.0 assists per game as a senior.

Moren on Geary

“We are really looking forward to getting Alyssa to Bloomington.  When we called, we could tell immediately that this was going to be a good fit. She is going to give us some versatility inside. She has great length, is very skilled and can knock down the perimeter shot, along with being a phenomenal passer. She also has the ability to guard multiple positions.”

Parrish returns to her home state after spending her first two years at Oregon. The 2020 Indiana Ms. Basketball, the Fishers, Ind. native started in all 32 games last season for the Ducks and appeared in 55 total games. She averaged 8.8 points as a sophomore where she went 35.4 percent from beyond the arc. She also added 3.3 rebounds and averaged 24.7 minutes per game. As a freshman, she appeared in 23 of 24 games and made two starts where she was named the Pac 12 Freshman of the Week once. During her time at Oregon, they made two NCAA Tournament appearances including a Sweet Sixteen run in 2020-21. At Hamilton Southeastern, she was named a McDonalds All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection where she averaged 24.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as a senior. She led the Royals to a Class 4A state title as a junior and was an Indiana All-Star. She finished her career as HSE’s all-time leading scorer and Hamilton County’s all-time leading girls’ scorer.

Moren on Parrish

“We are very glad that Syndey is back in Indiana. We’ve had a long relationship dating back to her days before her decorated high school career where she was a McDonald’s All American and Indiana Miss Basketball. We want to recruit the very best players and Sydney undoubtedly fits that mold. What stands out the most about her is her competitiveness. She is tough, and she plays hard.”

Scalia played three seasons at Minnesota where she scored 1,158 points and ranks in the top 10 in six career categories, including a program record field goal percentage (88.8). She was a 2021-22 All-Big Ten second team selection where she led the Gophers with a team-high 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the 3-point line, 91.5 percent from the free throw line and starting all 33 games. The Stillwater, Minn. native had one of the program’s best offensive seasons, hitting the most 3-pointers in a single season (111), best single season free throw percentage and scored in double figures 26 times. Scalia helped Minnesota to a second-round WNIT appearance last season. As a sophomore in 2020-21, she started 15 games where she averaged 14.5 points and shot 90.5 percent at the free throw line. During her freshman season, she averaged 10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while making 30 starts and earning a place on the Big Ten’s all-freshman team. She is a three-time All-Big Ten honoree in her Minnesota career including second team (2020-21) and honorable mention and all-freshman (2019-20).

Moren on Scalia

“Sara is a phenomenal pickup for us. She is one of the very best 3-point shooters in the country. It is important for us that we find players that fit our culture and mesh with our team. I think we found a perfect fit with Sara. Along with her shooting, Sara can play both on and off the ball. We have had to game plan against Sara, and she was one of the toughest players to prepare for. She has unbelievable shooting range and the ability to get to the rim.”


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The bottom of the order delivered in a 10-3 victory for the Indiana baseball program in the first game of the doubleheader at Purdue on Sunday (April 10), before the Boilermakers won the nightcap, 16-15, to take the series.

In the first game, Indiana (12-18, 2-4 B1G) fell behind 2-0 early, but scored three in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth inning to build a 7-2 lead. A two-run home run in the eighth inning capped the scoring for IU. After a two-run first inning, Purdue (21-7, 3-4 B1G) added just one more in the sixth.

In the third-highest scoring game in the history of the rivalry – and the 14th game in the series to see each team score double-digit runs – the teams combined for 31 runs on 37 hits. Purdue got to 16 runs with three in the first, six in the third, three in the fourth and four in the sixth. Indiana posted its 15 runs with three in the first, two in the fourth, four in the fifth, five in the sixth and one in the ninth.

Game one belonged to the bottom three in the IU order, who posted seven of the team’s nine hits, scored five runs and drove in six of the eight runs, with five RBIs off the bat of sophomore Samuel Murrison in the opening game. The right-handed hitter started the game with his first career home run and produced a career-high five RBIs. It was the first multi-RBI game of his career and accompanied a career-high three hits. Freshman Brock Tibbitts was on base twice, including his eighth home run of the season. Junior Hunter Jessee was on base in all five plate appearances with two hits, two walks and one hit-by-pitch.

Senior starting pitcher Bradley Brehmer allowed two unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings, before freshman Grant Holderfield came on in relief with the bases loaded in the fifth and escaped the jam. Brehmer finished with seven hits allowed, two walks and six strikeouts in the no decision.

Holderfield (2-1) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of work out of the bullpen. He allowed one run on two hits, walked one and struck out two. Senior Braydon Tucker (2) picked up his second save of the season with three innings of work to close things out. Tucker allowed just two singles and struck out two in the outing.

Five Boilermakers posted two-hit games in the first game of the series, as Curtis Washington Jr. reached base three times with two hits, one walk and one run scored. Starting pitcher Troy Wansing (2-1) took the loss with six runs allowed on four hits over 3 1/3 innings.

In game two, eight of nine Indiana batters collected multiple hits in the game, led by three-hit games from Phillip Glasser, Josh Pyne and Jessee. Pyne also drove in four RBIs to lead the Hoosiers. Glasser, Jessee, Murrison and Pyne all homered in the game and Matthew Ellis posted the only other extra base hit with a double.

Game One Scoring Recap

Bottom First

A one-out single was followed by a throwing error that put runners on the corners with one down. Cam Thompson drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. After a wild pitch moved the runner to second, Paul Toetz singled up the middle to plate the second run of the frame.

Purdue 2, Indiana 0

Top Third

Hunter Jessee led off the inning with a walk and Samuel Murrison hit his first career home run to left field to tie the game. A base hit from Tyle Doanes followed and he moved to second when Phillip Glasser was hit by a pitch. Bobby Whalen’s infield single loaded the bases and Matthew Ellis ground into a double play to push one run across.

Indiana 3, Purdue 2

Top Fourth

Brock Tibbitts started the inning with a walk and Jessee was hit-by-pitch with one out to put two runners on base. After Tibbitts stole third base, Murrison delivered his second run-producing hit of the game to end the afternoon for Purdue starting pitcher Troy Wansing. Doanes then drove in a run with a base hit and Whalen walked to load the bases. Glasser’s sacrifice fly pushed the third run of the inning across.

Indiana 6, Purdue 2

Top Fifth

A walk and single with one out put runners on the corners and Murrison singled to score one.

Indiana 7, Purdue 2

Bottom Sixth

A one-out walk came around to score on a two-out single from CJ Valdez.

Indiana 7, Purdue 3

Top Seventh

Carter Mathison was hit-by-pitch to start the inning and moved to third on a Jessee single. Murrison struck again with an RBI ground out.

Indiana 8, Purdue 3

Top Eighth

Josh Pyne walked with two outs in front of Tibbitts’ two-run home run.

Indiana 10, Purdue 3

Game Two Scoring Recap

Top First

Bobby Whalen singled and Phillip Glasser followed with a home run to start the scoring. After Matthew Ellis doubled and moved to third on a passed ball, Brock Tibbitts singled to give IU a three-run lead.

Indiana 3, Purdue 0

Bottom First

A walk and a single started the inning for the Boilermakers before Nathan Stahl got a strikeout. Cam Thompson then homered to tie the game.

Indiana 3, Purdue 3

Bottom Third

Five of the first six batters of the inning reached base and each of them came around to score. The final run of the inning was provided by a Troy Viola home run.

Purdue 9, Indiana 3

Top Fourth

Carter Mathison singled to start the inning and Hunter Jessee followed with a home run to right field.

Purdue 9, Indiana 5

Bottom Fourth

Mike Bolton Jr. and Curtis Washington Jr. walked to start the inning and CJ Valdez singled to bring both runners home. After Thompson walked, Paul Toetz doubled to push another run across.

Purdue 12, Indiana 5

Top Fifth

Ellis and Tibbitts each singled to start the inning and Josh Pyne homered to left field with no outs. Mathison followed with a single and he eventually came in to score on a ground out by Tyler Doanes.

Purdue 12, Indiana 9

Top Sixth

Glasser stood on second with two outs, before Pyne’s single brought in the first run of the inning. After a walk to Mathison, Jessee singled to bring in the second run of the inning. Samuel Murrison then hit his second home run of the day to give IU the lead.

Indiana 14, Purdue 12

Bottom Sixth

After the first two batters struck out, Purdue saw the next six hitters reach base and four of them scored. Jarvis doubled to drive in one run, while Bolton plated one run with a single and Washington pushed two more across with a base hit.

Purdue 16, Indiana 14

Top Ninth

After the first two batters were retired, Glasser tripled, and Ellis singled to pull IU within one run. A Tibbitts single was followed by a walk to Pyne, but reliefer Griffin Lohman got a strikeout to leave the bases loaded and seal the win for Purdue.

Purdue 16, Indiana 15

Up Next

Indiana will travel to Indiana State for a 6 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday, April 12, before three games at Rutgers over the weekend continue a 10-game road swing. The series with the Scarlet Knights will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team dealt with gusty conditions over the final 18 holes at the Boilermaker Invitational at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course on Sunday afternoon. IU finish in ninth in the team standings are compiling a three-round score of 893 (296-296-301, +41).


Boilermaker Invitational • West Lafayette, Ind.

Ackerman-Allen Golf Course

Par 72 • 7546 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 9th/14 – 893 (296-296-301, +41)

Top Indiana Player: Mitch Davis – 216 (69-72-75, +3)


• Senior Mitch Davis finished the weekend as the lowest-scoring Hoosier with a 216 (69-72-75, +3) to his credit. He finished tied for 11th overall and provided one birdie in the third round.

• Sophomores Drew Salyers tied for 37th overall with a three-round tally of 225 (77-74-74, +12). His final round of 74 tied for the team low during the round. She made four birdie opportunities throughout the day.

• Junior Noah Gillard shot a 228 (76-74-78, +15) at Purdue to finish tied for 44th. He converted one birdie in the final round.

• Senior Harry Reynolds played his best round of the tournament on Sunday and turned in a weekend scorecard of 229 (78-77-74; +16) to finish tied for 47th. He strung together three birdies in his first nine holes of the day.

• Sophomore Clay Merchent finished tied for 57th overall with a three-round score of 231 (74-76-81, +18). He final round consisted of a pair of birdie conversions.

• Playing as an individual, fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd tied for 44th in the player rankings after shooting a 228 (78-70-80, +15). He knocked down two birdie putts on Sunday.


t-11th. Mitch Davis – 216 (69-72-75, +3)

t-37th. Drew Salyers – 225 (77-74-74, +12)

t-45th. Noah Gillard – 228 (76-74-78, +15)

t-45th. Ethan Shepherd* – 228 (78-70-80, +15)

t-47th. Harry Reynolds – 229 (78-77-74; +16)

t-57th. Clay Merchent – 231 (74-76-81, +18)

*Competing as individual


Indiana will close out the regular season at the Kepler Intercollegiate at the Columbus Country Club in Ohio from April 23-24.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s golf team, backed by low rounds from freshman Áine Donegan and senior Alexis Miestowski, jumped three spots in the team standings to finish fourth at the IU Invitational played on the Pfau Course on Sunday. Indiana shot a 903 (309-302-292; +39) over the 54-hole weekend.

The Hoosiers shot a 4-over 292 in the final round, the second-lowest team score in the field on Sunday. The score also marked the third-lowest single round for IU this season.


Indiana Invitational • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Golf Course

Par 72 • 6133 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

Team Standings: 4th/11 – 903 (309-302-292; +39)

Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 219 (73-75-71; +3); Alexis Miestowski – 219 (80-71-68; +3)


• Donegan wrapped up her sixth top-20 and fourth top-10 of her debut season at Indiana after finishing in a four-way tie for second place with a score of 219 (73-75-71; +3). Her final round 71 was helped by four birdies.

• Miestowski stormed up the leaderboard in the final round to tie for second at 219 (80-71-68; +3). Her final round 68 marked her career-low round at Indiana and consisted of a team-best five birdie conversions. The round was also tied for 11th lowest in program history.

• Her t-second ranking marked her best career individual finish and her seventh career top-10 finish (first since the Courtney Cole Invitational on Oct. 5, 2021).

• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons produced her second-straight round of 77 to close out her tournament tied for 30th at 235 (81-77-77; +19). Her lone birdie came on No. 12, her first hole of the day.

• Freshman Margaret Fernandez tied for 32nd overall after shooting a 236 (75-79-82; +20).

• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira tied for 46th after shooting a 241 (83-82-76; +25). Her final round included a birdie on No. 1.

• Sophomore Morgan Dabagia finished in a tie for 54th after shooting 246 (83-79-84; +30).


• Senior Maddie Dittoe converted a birdie on No. 12 in the final round and finished the tournament tied for 46th at 241 (79-81-81; +25).

• Junior Hanna Tanaka tied for 56th after shooting a three-round score of 247 (80-83-84; +31).

• Senior Arushi Singh sank a birdie opportunity on No. 10 to finish the tournament tied for 58th at 249 (83-82-84; +33).


t-2. Áine Donegan – 219 (73-75-71; +3)

t-2. Alexis Miestowski – 219 (80-71-68; +3)

t-30. Mary Parsons – 235 (81-77-77; +19)

t-32. Margaret Fernandez – 236 (75-79-82; +20)

t-46. Beatriz Junqueira – 241 (83-82-76; +25)

t-54. Morgan Dabagia – 246 (83-79-84; +30)


t-46. Maddie Dittoe – 241 (79-81-81; +25)

t-56. Hanna Tanaka – 247 (80-83-84; +31)

t-58. Arushi Singh – 249 (83-82-84; +33)


Indiana will next be on the course for the 2022 Big Ten Championships from April 22-24 at the Fox Chapel Golf Course in Pittsburgh.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Behind a pair of top-10 finishes from Ashley Kozlowski and Danielle du Toit, Purdue Women’s Golf placed third at the Indiana Invitational (300-301-298—899). The Boilermakers matched their best finish in a stroke play event this season, alongside a third-place performance at the Illini Invitational back in October.

Purdue fired a final-round 298 (+10), the team’s lowest round of the tournament, to finish 35-over behind No. 18 Michigan (+11) and Wisconsin (+25). The Boilermakers entered the day in third and remained there, ending the event ahead of host Indiana as the Hoosiers placed fourth (+39).

Kozlowski completed 54 holes at The Pfau Course with a final-round 75 (+3). She placed solo sixth, matching her best finish of the season as well as her Boilermaker career. Kozlowski recorded nine birdies throughout the tournament, the third-most in the field of 68, which included three in her final round.

Du Toit fired a 73 (+1) Sunday, the lowest round of the day for Purdue. Her final 18 vaulted her into the top 10, a tie for seventh to lock up her best performance of the 2021-22 campaign. She began the final round on fire, going 3-under through the first five holes. Du Toit added another birdie at the 10th, giving her a team-high four in her round.

Shooting a 74 (+2) for the second consecutive round, Inez Wanamarta ended her tournament in 13th at 9-over. The Purdue veteran was steady on Sunday, recording 14 pars. Her lone birdie came on the par-5 13th.

Up next, Purdue sets its sights on the Big Ten Championship (April 22-24). The Boilermakers head to the Steel City of Pittsburgh for three days of play at Fox Chapel Golf Club.


6. Ashley Kozlowski: 72-73-75—220 (+4)

T7. Danielle du Toit: 71-78-73—222 (+6)

13. Inez Wanamarta: 77-74-74—225 (+9)

29. Jocelyn Bruch: 81-77-76—234 (+18)

T36. Sifat Sagoo: 80-77-81—238 (+22)

T36. Daniela Ballesteros: 81-77-80—238 (+22)


1. #18 Michigan: 292-293-290—875 (+11)

2. Wisconsin: 293-292-304—889 (+25)

3. Purdue: 300-301-298—899 (+35)

4. Indiana: 309-302-292—903 (+39)

5. Augusta: 309-299-299—907 (+43)

T6. Minnesota: 308-301-306—915 (+51)

T6. Old Dominion: 312-298-305—915 (+51)

8. Toledo: 308-319-315—942 (+78)

9. IUPUI: 315-316-316—947 (+83)

10. UAB: 330-318-323—971 (+107)

11. UIC: 334-311-330—975 (+111)


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Edged by one run, scored in the top of the fifth, the Purdue softball squad (19-21, 2-6 Big Ten) fell to Maryland (21-16, 7-2) with a final score of 1-2.

The Boilermakers and Terrapins were evenly matched at four hits apiece. Purdue’s hits were registered by second baseman Jade Moy, pitcher Alex Echazarreta, left fielder Rylee Platusic and designated player/catcher Ryen Ross.

Kiara Dillon recorded Purdue’s lone run in the bottom of the first for her 19th run of the year after making base on a hit by pitch.

Echazarreta pitched a complete game, tossing seven strikeouts – the most during a Big Ten game in her career. Furthermore, on the offensive end, the Reston, Virginia native was responsible for Purdue’s double that scored Dillon from second. With the RBI, Echazarreta has recorded one in eight of the last nine games.

The pitcher did what she could from the circle, tossing three strikeouts in the final two innings to put the Boilermakers in position for a walk-off to end the game. Jade Moy made base in the bottom of the seventh, singling up the right side and using her speed to narrowly beat out the throw.

Purdue will have a full slate this upcoming week, with a midweek doubleheader at Indiana on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. ET. Then the Boilermaker will travel the next day for a three-game series at No. 9 Northwestern, which will run Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17. All games will be streamed on B1G+.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In a game in which both teams registered nine unanswered runs, Purdue baseball scored four times with two outs in the sixth inning to steal the momentum back and then survived a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth to outlast Indiana 16-15 in the nightcap of a Sunday doubleheader and rubber game of the series at Alexander Field.

The Hoosiers (12-18, 2-4 B1G) won game 1 Sunday 10-3 and held leads of 3-0 and 14-12 in the nightcap. But the Boilermakers (21-7, 3-4 B1G) got off the deck to win their sixth straight home series vs. their rivals dating back to 2004. Since 2007, Purdue is 17-5 vs. IU away from Bloomington.

The rubber game of the weekend marked the third-highest scoring affair in the 135-year history of the rivalry series.

There were 108 total runs scored in the five games at Alexander Field this week, easily the highest-scoring five-game stretch in the 10-year history of the ballpark. The Boilermakers’ victories on Tuesday and Sunday both featured a combined 31 runs as the highest-scoring games ever at Alexander. Purdue scored 17, 17 and 16 runs in its three wins.

With the bases loaded, Griffin Lohman battled back from a 2-0 count to strike out IU’s Carter Mathison looking to end the nightcap. Eric Hildebrand (2-0) gave Purdue nine big outs late in the game, highlighted by a stretch in which he retired nine of 11 batters faced after surrendering a go-ahead three-run homer.

Evan Albrecht’s two-out walk ignited the four-run rally that turned a two-run deficit into a two-run lead for the Boilermakers. Mike Bolton Jr. delivered the game-tying single and Curtis Washington Jr. followed with a two-run single to put the home team ahead for good. Purdue’s lightning and lightning combination at the top of the lineup was a combined 5-for-7 with four walks and six runs scored in the nightcap.

Cam Thompson (28 games), CJ Valdez (25), Evan Albrecht (20) and Washington (16) all extended their on-base streaks. Troy Viola homered in the nightcap and is now riding a seven-game hit streak and nine-game on-base streak.

Thompson hit his 10th home run of the season, a three-run blast in the first inning, to quickly pull the Boilermakers even after IU rode the momentum of its game 1 win to an early 3-0 lead. He finished the day with five RBI, pushing his Big Ten-leading total for the season to 44. Thompson’s historic notables included becoming…

• The first Boilermaker in the last 20 years to homer in six consecutive weekends

• The first Boilermaker in the last 20 years to register his 40th RBI by April 10

• The third Boilermaker in the last 20 years to hit his 10th home run by April 10

• The fifth Boilermaker in the last 20 years to hit his 10th home run before May 1

• The sixth Boilermaker in the last 20 years to register his 40th RBI before May 1

Paul Toetz doubled and tripled while driving in three runs vs. his former team in Purdue’s victory Sunday. Toetz finished the day 4-for-9 with four RBI.

The Boilermakers scored twice in the first inning of game 1 Sunday as part of a nine-run showing in the first inning over the course of the weekend. But Indiana took control of the contest with consecutive three-run frames while putting up seven unanswered tallies. Purdue out hit IU 11-10 but was held without an extra-base hit for the first time this season.

The finale of the Boilermakers’ six-game homestand set for Tuesday vs. Purdue Fort Wayne has been postponed. The IU series was originally moved to a Saturday-Sunday-Monday format (before a doubleheader was agreed upon) and Purdue is scheduled to depart on its Penn State road trip before daybreak Wednesday morning. The Penn State series is set for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday schedule and opens Thursday with a 6 p.m. ET first pitch. The Boilermakers have not visited Central Pennsylvania since March 2018.


QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler softball team lost the third game in a BIG EAST series at St. John’s by the final score of 8-3. The Red Storm (9-27, 4-11 BIG EAST) scored two in the first, but by the middle of the fifth, the Bulldogs (21-14, 9-5 BIG EAST) had tied the game at two. St. John’s had big innings in the sixth and seventh and ultimately won by five.

How It Happened

St. John’s scored two in the first inning and maintained a 2-0 lead through two innings.

In the third, Paige Dorsett (1-3, 2 RBI, 2B) hit a fly ball to center field, and Ellie Boyer (1-2, 2 R) was able to score on an errant throw.

In the top of the fifth, Dorsett hit a double to left field, again scoring Boyer and tying the score, 2-2.

The Red Storm added three in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead, 5-2.

In the top of the sixth, Teagan O’Rilley hit a home run that brought Butler back to within two.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Storm produced a three-run homer, putting the Bulldogs down, 8-3.

Butler Pitching

Karli Ricketts (11-4) started for Butler and took the loss. In 5.2 innings, she allowed seven hits, eight runs (six earned), and five walks, while striking out eight. Mackenzie Griman entered in the bottom of the sixth, giving up one hit before securing the final out.

Bulldog Bits

Teagan O’Rilley’s home run was her third of the season and the fourth of her career.

Paige Dorsett’s double was her second of the season.

Monique Hoosen led Butler at the plate in the three-game series with five hits, including one home run and two RBIs. Paige Dorsett was right behind with four hits. Dorsett and Maddie Moore each had three RBIs.

Up Next

Butler returns to Indianapolis to host a non-conference game with Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, April 12, at 4 pm. The Bulldogs will host Miami (Ohio) the following day, Wednesday, April 13, also a 4 pm.


PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The Bulldogs collected their first conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon by recording an 11-3 victory over the Wildcats. Villanova scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning but would be held in check the rest of the way. Butler scored nine of their 11 runs over the final three innings of play to post their 15th win of the season.

Butler came up with 15 hits on Sunday to find the win column. James Gargano went 3-for-6 from the lead-off spot with two RBI and a run scored. Scott Jones led Butler with three RBI on the day. He went 2-for-6 from the plate with a double a run scored.

Kollyn All and Billy Wurch also had multiple RBI’s against the Wildcats on Sunday. All hit a two-RBI double in the seventh to make the score 6-3 and Wurch added some insurance in the ninth with a two-RBI single to right that made the game 9-3.

Butler slammed the door on Villanova in the ninth inning by scoring four runs. Gargano followed Wurch with a two-RBI single to left that took the two teams to the 11-3 final score.

Three Bulldog pitchers touched the rubber in the contest. Nick Eaton got the start and recorded six outs before handing the ball off to Derek Drees for the next four innings. Drees struck out five and limited Nova to just two hits. The win went to Lukas Galdoni, his third of the season. Galdoni only allowed one hit over the final three innings to help Butler find the win column.

The ‘Dawgs will now return to Indianapolis for a lengthy six-game home stand. Evansville, Northern Kentucky and Dayton are all on the schedule for some midweek action and Butler will host Georgetown in a three-game weekend series.


CHICAGO – The Butler men’s tennis team fell to DePaul in another 4-3 heartbreaker on Sunday afternoon at the XS Tennis Village.

DePaul won the doubles point, which proved to be the difference as the two teams split the singles matches.

Alvaro Huete Vadillo (6-4, 6-3) and Michael Dickson (6-3, 6-4) got the Bulldogs on the board early with straight set wins at No. 3 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Later, Michael Karr finished off Xavier’s Matteo Iaquinto 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 at No. 5 to give Butler a 3-2 lead in the team score.

Both Patrick Joss (No. 4) and Borja Miralles (No. 6) picked up a set in their singles match, but fell in three sets to secure the win for Xavier.

The Bulldogs’ next match will be at home against Dayton on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


MUNCIE, Ind. – It was a sunny day at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center Sunday afternoon and the Ball State women’s tennis team shined as the Cardinals posted a 6-1 victory over Northern Illinois in Mid-American Conference action.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 15-3 (6-1 MAC) and handed the RedHawks their first conference loss as Miami dropped to 13-8 (6-1 MAC).

Ball State started the match strong from start to finish after taking the doubles point from Miami.

Mariya Polishchuk alongside her teammate Emma Peeler posted a 6-0 take down over Emilia Valentinsson and Sarah Dev at the No. 2 slot. Livia Lukacs and Jessica Braun would finish their match around the same exact time at the No. 3 position also defeating their respective opponents by a 6-0 score on court three.

After that, the Cardinals took singles victories on courts two and three to move ahead of the RedHawks 3-0. Braun was the first to exit after taking both sets 6-1 over Miami’s No. 3 player Nishitha Saravanan.  Polishchuk then tallied a 6-4, 6-1 defeat at the No. 2 spot over Laura Rico.

With four courts remaining, Miami did manage to earn one point, but Ball State took the last three courts with Lukacs clinching match point after beating Sarah Dev, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.

The Ball State women’s tennis team continues Mid-American Conference action on the road next weekend when the Cardinals play at Western Michigan on Friday, April 15 at 1 pm ET at Sorensen Courts, weather permitting or West Hills Athletic Club.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (20-5, 8-4 ACC) finished off a wire-to-wire sweep with a 9-3 win over Clemson (19-12, 2-9 ACC) Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish never trailed the entire series for their second-straight ACC series sweep and their eighth win in a row.

The pitching staff put together a weekend to remember as they held the Tigers to three or fewer runs in all three games and the Irish outscored the Tigers 21-5 over the course of the series. Roman Kimball earned his third win of the season after 2.1 innings of relief on Sunday. Alex Rao tossed the final 3.2 innings without allowing a hit to earn his first save of the year.

The Irish earned their seventh ACC sweep under head coach Link Jarret over the past two-plus seasons. That matches the number of ACC sweeps the Irish had in their first six years since joining the conference.


The Irish jumped out to an early lead after scoring a run in the opening inning. Jared Miller had a great dirt ball read to advance to second and then made it to third on a throwing error from the catcher. Putz continued his strong weekend by taking a pitch the other way and it dropped into right field for a single. Miller scored on the play and the Irish led 1-0 after one.

Will Mercer got it started for the Irish on the mound and he scattered three hits and a walk in 3.0 innings of work. He kept the Tigers off the scoreboard before handing it over to the bullpen.

The Tigers tied the game in the fourth inning with a solo home run from Max Wagner. Later in the inning, Clemson got the go-ahead run to third but Roman Kimball got a strikeout to end the inning and keep the game tied at 1-1.

The tie did not last long as the Irish had a big inning in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead. Back-to-back doubles opened the inning to get the Irish back in front when Jack Zyska doubled off the wall to score Brooks Coetzee III from second. Jack Brannigan added another run to the Irish lead when he reached on a fielder’s choice and scored Zyska on the play. With two outs and two runners on, Putz cleared the bases with a double into the gap in right center. His second hit of the game increased the Irish lead to 5-1.

Notre Dame extended its lead in the bottom of the fifth with a sacrifice fly from Spencer Myers. The flyout scored Danny Neri from third and the Irish were up 6-1.

Clemson fought back in the sixth, scoring twice off of back-to-back home runs to trim the Irish lead to 6-3.

The Irish added an insurance run in the seventh and two in the eighth. Myers tallied his second RBI of the game with a single in the seventh. In the eighth, Jared Miller and Ryan Cole both hit solo home runs to increase the advantage to 9-3.


The Irish will close out the homestand on Tuesday night as they host rival Michigan at Frank Eck Stadium. Tuesday’s game has been moved up to a 5:30 p.m. ET start and it will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.


The University of Notre Dame men’s golf team has established itself as one of the most consistent units in the country this season and continued its stellar team play with a second-place finish at the Stitch Intercollegiate, hosted by NC State at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina, on April 8-9.

The competition was a preview of the drama to come at the 2022 ACC Championship (April 20-25) as three ACC teams battled back and forth at the top of the leaderboard.

Notre Dame held first place through the first two rounds, eventually edged out by Duke in the third round by three strokes. The Irish finished even for the tournament at 864, tied with host NC State and behind the Blue Devils at 861 (-3).

Graduate student Davis Chatfield and senior Taichi Kho led the Notre Dame team effort, both finishing three under par at 213 with four other competitors in second place.

For Chatfield, the second place finish (71-70-72, 213, -3) is the best of his outstanding career, edging a third-place effort at the 2017 Fighting Irish Classic and a fourth-place finish earlier this year at the Stephens Cup.

Kho continued his late spring season surge this weekend and has now posted seven consecutive rounds at-or-below par dating back to the Schenkel Invitational on March 20. At the Stitch Intercollegiate, Kho carded a 69-72-72 (213, -3) with the first round effort representing his fourth consecutive round below 70.

Junior Palmer Jackson turned in another steady effort to take 10th place (71-76-71, 218, +2) and log his eighth top-10 finish in 10 tournaments for the Irish this season.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Indiana State softball fell 2-0 in the series finale against Missouri State on a windy Sunday afternoon at Killian Stadium.

The Bears move to 16-14 overall and 9-3 in the MVC with the weekend sweep while the Sycamores fall to 18-17 with a 5-7 MVC record.

Missouri State got a runner aboard with a two-out double in the first but Lexi Benko was able to get a strikeout to strand the Bears at second and end the inning.

In the bottom of the second, the Bears got a run on an RBI single to go up 1-0. The Sycamores got out of the inning on the play, throwing the Missouri State runner out at second trying to advance on the throw to the plate.

A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third got another run home for the Bears following a leadoff triple to make it a 2-0 game in favor of Missouri State.

Isabella Henning was hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth inning, marking the first baserunner of the day for the Sycamores. Cassie Thomerson would end the no-hit bid with a double to right field in the fifth inning.

Hailey Griffin entered to pitch with one out in the bottom of the sixth, replacing Benko who went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits. Griffin got a pair of pop ups to end the inning.

Indiana State got a pair of base hits in the seventh but a Bears double play negated any threat of scoring to help secure the victory for Missouri State.

Lexi Benko falls to 9-9 on the season with the loss.

The Sycamores finished the game with three hits, one apiece from Henning, Siwek and Thomerson.

The all-time series against Missouri State is now 71-29 in favor of the Bears.

Around the Horn

-Indiana State’s offense remains ranked second among MVC teams with a .274 average and 252 hits.

-Lexie Siwek was the Sycamores best hitter over the weekend, going 5-for-10 with a pair of multi-hit performances. She raised her season average to .337 (34-for-101).

-The Sycamores now have 20 home runs as a team after Amanda Guercio and Annie Tokarek went deep over the weekend.

-Indiana State now sits in a tie for fifth in the MVC standings with five series remaining against Drake, Evansville, Loyola, Southern Illinois and UNI.

Up Next

Indiana State will be on the road Tuesday night for a non-conference matchup at Illinois then return home to host Drake for a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Friday.


BATAVIA, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf is one shot back of the lead at Northern Kentucky’s The Jewell tournament through the opening round on Sunday (April 10).

The Mastodons team score in the first round was 294, coming with two 73’s from Brett Seward and Tyler Green, and two 74’s coming from Kasey Lilly and Hunter Mefford. The ‘Dons are one shot behind Chicago State and Youngstown State. CSU’s Camron Jones is the individual leader after an opening round 65.

Seward had his 73 come by way of 14 pars and a birdie. He got a three on the 388-yard par-4 13th. Seward’s 14 pars was the third-most in the field. Green’s 73 featured back-to-back birdies on seven and eight. He turned in 12 pars, the eighth-most in the 77-player tournament. Seward and Green are tied for seventh.

Lilly and Mefford are tied for 10th with 18 to play. Lilly turned in birdies on holes five and 17 with 12 pars. Mefford poured in three birdies on four, six and 13 to go with his 11 pars.

Burke Pitz rounded out those competing for the team score, firing a 78 to tie for 39th. He had birdies on six and 11.

Jadden Ousley, Reece Compton and Corey Ryan competed as individuals. Ousley had the best score of any unattached player, carding a 75 to tie for 21st. Compton shot a 79 to tie for 46th and Ryan took 70th with an opening round 84.

The final round of The Jewell will kick off tomorrow morning (Monday, April 11) with tee times beginning at 9:30 a.m.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team picked up a Horizon League series win on Sunday (April 10), as the ‘Dons split the series-closing doubleheader with IUPUI.

GAME 1 | IUPUI 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 2

Sophomore Alyson Quinlan (0-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne.

The Mastodons had three batters find some success at the plate. Sonia Solis and Brayden Lickey both went 2-for-3 with a double. Thais Uyema went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI, as did Alise Moneypenny.

Purdue Fort Wayne got on the scoreboard first in the third thanks to Moneypenny’s RBI double, which scored Lickey.

The Mastodons then held the Jaguars scoreless before getting back on the board the very next inning. Purdue Fort Wayne pushed across a run on Uyema’s one-out RBI double, which brought the score to 2-0 in favor of the Mastodons. The Mastodons were unable to hold the lead, as IUPUI scored three times over the remaining three innings to grab the 3-2 win.


» Solis led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double.

» The Mastodons’ four doubles is a season-high.

» Quinlan had five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.

» IUPUI was led offensively by junior Rachael Gregory, who went 2-for-2 with two doubles.

» Freshman Isabelle Waggner led the Jaguars’ pitching staff, throwing seven innings of two-run ball.

GAME 2 | Purdue Fort Wayne 2, IUPUI 1

Purdue Fort Wayne broke through after a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning to beat the IUPUI Jaguars 2-1.

Senior Shaina Eyre (3-10) started in the circle and picked up the win for Purdue Fort Wayne (6-27, 5-9 Horizon League). The right-hander went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits while striking out six.

The Mastodons were trailing 1-0 in the fifth inning when they first put runs on the board. Solis came across on a sacrifice fly from Emma McMillan to score the lone run of the inning

The game only remained tied until the next inning, when the Mastodons took to the plate again. Purdue Fort Wayne scored the go-ahead run off an RBI single from Brooke Wintlend, which brought the score to 2-1 in favor of the Mastodons. Eyre struck out one in the bottom of the seventh to hold the comeback.


» Eyre struck out six Jaguar batters, the third time she has done so this season.

» Wintlend led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

» The Mastodons’ three hits is a season-low in a win.

» This is the second series win for Purdue Fort Wayne in Horizon League play.

» IUPUI was led offensively by Maicey Bedrick, who went 3-for-3 with a triple.

» Madison Bryant led the Jaguars’ pitching staff, throwing seven innings of two-run ball.


Purdue Fort Wayne will play a midweek non-league game at Valparaiso on Tuesday (April 12) at 4 PM ET. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.


FRANKLIN, Wis. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team won their fourth consecutive game thanks to a ninth inning rally at Milwaukee on Sunday (April 10) by the score of 7-6. It completed a three-game road series sweep of the Panthers.

Jack Lang’s name was all over the box score on Sunday. He started the game with a solo home run in the first. Lang’s second hit came at just the right time. He stepped in the box in the ninth with the ‘Dons down 6-5 and Brian Erbe at second. Lang singled on a 3-2 pitch to score Erbe and knot the game. Lang then stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk. Lang then snagged a line drive in the bottom of the ninth for the final out of the game with the tying run on first. 

Lang finished 2-for-3 with three runs, two RBIs and two walks.

The other big inning for the ‘Dons came in the third. Purdue Fort Wayne scored four times, highlighted by a bases loaded three-RBI double by Cade Fitzpatrick.

The ‘Dons led 5-0 after two and a half, but it was a 5-5 game by the end of the fifth. It stayed that way until Milwaukee put one across in the eighth. It looked like it might hold up as the game winning run, but that was until Erbe and Lang combined to put the ‘Dons back up the next half inning.

Rex Stills started and went 3.0 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned). The Mastodon bullpen went to work the rest of the six innings, allowing three runs (one earned). Brian Skelton got the win, he is 1-0 after 1.2 innings. Braxton Wilson got the final out of the game for his first collegiate save.

Senior Alex Evenson also helped out for Purdue Fort Wayne, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate while adding an RBI.


» It is the Mastodons’ first road league series sweep since 2016.

» Four Mastodons had multiple hits in the game.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Panthers 9-3 in the game and 30-17 in the three-game sweep.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 4-for-8 (.500) with runners in scoring position on Sunday.

» The Mastodons drew four walks from Milwaukee pitching.

» Milwaukee was led offensively by Justin Hausser, who went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

» Eliot Turnquist led the Panthers’ pitching staff, throwing four scoreless innings. Mike Edwards took the loss. He is 0-2.

» The ‘Dons improve to 8-22 (5-7 Horizon League). Milwaukee falls to 11-13 (2-5 Horizon).


» Purdue Fort Wayne’s game on Tuesday originally scheduled at Purdue has been postponed. The ‘Dons will return to action next weekend at Northern Kentucky.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IUPUI women’s golf standout Amelie Svejda finished off her 20th career top-10 finish at the Indiana Invitational this weekend, carding a final round 77 at the Pfau Course on Sunday (Apr. 10) to end the event at 6-over 222 (75-70-77). In doing so, she became just the fourth player in program history to amass 20 career top-10 finishes.

Svejda helped IUPUI to a final round 316 as the Jaguars ended the 54-hole tournament at 947 (315-316-316). Mother nature wreaked havoc throughout the two days as cold temperatures, wet conditions and high winds tested the entire field. Svejda was one of just two players from outside of the Big Ten to finish among the top-12 as Michigan’s Ashley Lau earned medalist honors at 8-under 208. Michigan cruised to the team title as well, closing at 875 to outlast Wisconsin by 14 shots.

Svejda was at even par early after making birdie on No. 12 to offset an opening bogey on No. 10. She made three straight bogeys on holes 16 through 18 before steadying with back-to-back pars. She pushed to 6-over with a bogey on No. 3 and a double bogey on No. 6 before essentially sealing the top-10 finish by making birdie on her 54th and final hole.

Senior Kara Blair turned in her best round of the tournament with a 79 and sophomore Shelby Busker also posted a score of 79. Sophomore Annaliese Fox rounded out the scoring four with an 81 while freshman Nerea Lancho shot 83 and sophomore Keisha Bennett had an 85.

Busker finished 45th among the 68-player field at 240 (77-84-79) and Blair was 50th at 243 (83-81-79).

For the tournament, Svejda paced the team in both birdies (7) and pars (35) while Busker and Bennett had three birdies each.

IUPUI will return to action on Apr. 16-17 when the Jaguars host the Lady Jaguar Invitational at Plum Creek in Carmel, Ind. The tournament is scheduled for 36 holes over two days and live scoring will be available via


INDIANAPOLIS – Down 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Jags came back to defeat Purdue Fort Wayne, 3-2 in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader then fell 2-1 in the second game. With the second game loss, IUPUI lost the three-game series 2-1.

In game one the Jaguars were down by two heading into the bottom of the sixth frame and scored three runs to take the lead. IUPUI stranded a couple runners in the top of the seventh inning to complete the comeback, 3-2.

Purdue Fort Wayne took the early lead in the top of the third inning with back-to-back doubles from Brayden Lickey and Alise Moneypenny to score Lickey. They scored one more run in the top of the fourth inning off a double from Thais Uyema to score Alise Hale and extend their lead, 2-0.

After a scoreless fifth inning, IUPUI scored three runs on four hits and two Mastodon errors in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Jags got on the board with an RBI single from Hailey Pop to score Rachael Gregory. Maicey Bedrick doubled to right center to put runners on second and third for Victoria Sivert. Sivert doubled to left field to score Pop and Bedrick scored on an error by the Mastodons’ left fielder giving the Jags the 3-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, PFW put two runners on base, but the Jags shut the threat down and sealed the comeback victory, 3-2.

Freshman Isabelle Waggner (W, 3-3) earned the win throwing a complete game giving up two runs on seven hits with just one walk. Gregory went 2-for-2 with two doubles and one run while Pop went 2-for-3 with a double, one run and one RBI. Bedrick, Sivert and Jaylin Calvert all doubled in the win.

In game two the Mastodons completed their own comeback win to take down the Jags, 2-1.

IUPUI took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after Bedrick tripled to left center then scored on a wild pitch, 1-0.

In the top of the fifth frame the Mastodons evened the score at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly from Emma McMillan to score Sonia Solis. PFW took the lead an inning later in the top of the sixth with an RBI single by Brooke Wintlend to score Taylor Warne.

The Jags couldn’t cut the deficit and fell, 2-1 to finish the series. Madison Bryant (L, 4-15) took the loss giving up two runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. Bedrick went 3-for-3 with a triple and a run. Morgan Gilbert, Gregory and Kasie Keyes all recorded hits in the loss.

IUPUI is now 8-26 overall and 6-6 in the Horizon League. They host Ball State for a single game on Tuesday (April 12) at 2:00 PM.


EVANSVILLE – University of Evansville baseball first baseman Tanner Craig tied the late Jeff Starks for the program’s career home run record on an afternoon where the Aces were unable to hold an early lead in a 14-5 loss to SIU on Sunday at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“We weren’t good enough this weekend to win a series in every aspect of the game,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “SIU put together big innings to get out in front of us and then to put us away. Offensively we did a great job getting out in front and had a good plan against their starter. Just didn’t have an answer at the plate for McDaniel who did an outstanding job. We will need some guys to step up on our pitching staff the second half of the season to be competitive in Valley play.”

Evansville’s early offense was efficient and showcased its power as the Aces took an early 4-0 advantage after the first two innings. An RBI single from Simon Scherry in the first earned the early lead for Evansville and it was Craig’s second-inning blast that helped open up the lead. On a 3-2 count with two outs and on the 10th pitch of the at-bat, Craig lifted a ball 422 feet and over the scoreboard, bouncing off the nearly all the way up the netting, plating three runs and giving the senior his 40th career homer.

The Aces and Salukis traded runs in the fourth with UE maintaining its four-run advantage. The top of the fifth inning proved to be the decider in the series finale as the Salukis scored six runs, taking a 7-5 lead. On the mound in relief for SIU, Trey McDaniel pitched five scoreless innings for the Salukis, helping hold onto the lead. SIU would add seven more runs over the course of the remaining four innings, securing the 14-5 win.

Evansville returns to action on the road with a Tuesday trip to Butler for a 3 PM (CT) first pitch in Indianapolis.


NORMAL, Ill. – Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, the University of Evansville softball team rallied to tie the game at 2-2 before a walk-off hit gave Illinois State a 3-2 win in Sunday’s series finale.

Following a scoreless two innings to begin the game, Delainey Bryant opened the scoring with a solo home run in the third.  The Redbirds added a second run and continued to threaten, loading the bases with no out, but Izzy Vetter limited the damage while Hannah Hood made a spectacular inning-ending grab for the third out.

In the fifth, the Purple Aces got going when Zoe Frossard led off with a walk.  After stealing second, she would advance to third on a Mackenzie McFeron single.  Jessica Fehr got UE on the board with a sacrifice fly to center for the second out.  That brought Alyssa Barela to the plate, who faced a 1-2 count, but drove the next pitch to right field for a single to tie the game.

Things remained knotted at 2-2 until the bottom of the seventh.  When ISU hit a walk-off single with two outs to clinch a 3-2 victory.  Vetter allowed the three runs on five hits, but walked nine batters in the contest.  UE finished the day with five hits with McFeron accounting for three.

UE is home this weekend for a 3-game set versus Missouri State.  Because of it being Easter weekend, the series opens with a doubleheader on Friday at noon before a noon game on Saturday at Cooper Stadium.


The Valpo softball team continued Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday with the first two games of a three-game series with visiting Southern Illinois. The Salukis took both games of Sunday’s doubleheader, winning the opener by a 10-4 final before claiming a 10-1 victory in the nightcap.

How It Happened – Game One

SIU scored two runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the first, and added another tally in the top of the second. The Beacons escaped a pair of jams in those frames to limit the damage, as the Salukis left the bases loaded in both frames.

Valpo cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) led off the inning with a double to the wall in left and eventually came around to score on an RBI single back through the middle from Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus).

A miscue in the outfield by the SIU center fielder on that hit allowed Tonoian to scoot all the way around to third, putting her in position to trot home on an opposite-field single from Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) and cut the deficit to 3-2 at the end of the second.

A leadoff homer in the top of the third pushed the Salukis’ lead back to two runs at 4-2, but Valpo evened things up in its next turn at the plate. Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) led off the frame with a single and later scored on a SIU wild pitch, while pinch-runner Lauren Sena (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) tied the game up at 4-4 as she scored on an RBI base knock by Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]).

SIU broke the game open in the top of the fourth, as the Salukis put five runs on the board — four of which scored with two outs. SIU added its final run in the seventh, while Valpo was able to get just one runner into scoring position over the final four innings.

How It Happened – Game Two

SIU took control immediately in the nightcap, taking advantage of five hits and two Valpo errors to plate five runs — all of which were unearned — in the first inning.

After the Salukis got a leadoff single to start the second, Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) retired the next 10 SIU hitters in order, a span which stretched into the fifth inning.

Valpo got on the board in its half of the third, as Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) led off the inning with a single back up the middle and took advantage of a SIU error to give the Beacons their first run of the game.

A strikeout stranded two runners on base that frame, however, as Valpo looked to cut further into its deficit, and the Beacons did not get a player past first base the remainder of the game. SIU scored one in the fifth and four in the seventh to cap the scoring.

Inside the Games

Sunday’s twinbill started a stretch in which Valpo is slated to play eight home games over a seven-day span, taking the field to play on six of those seven days. Thursday is the only day without a game on the schedule this week.

Valpo touched up SIU first game starter Sarah Harness — a reigning Second Team All-MVC hurler — for four runs on nine hits after getting just seven hits combined off of her in a pair of shutouts last season.

Moeder and Johnson each had multi-hit efforts in the opener. For Johnson, it was her second career two-hit game and her first of the year, while Moeder has a team-best six multi-hit games this year.

Kehlenbrink also reached base twice in the opener with a double and a walk.

Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) was charged with the loss in the opener despite striking out five batters in 2.2 innings of relief work. Madison Wathen (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) surrendered just one run in 3.1 innings out of the bullpen to close the game.

Seib started and went the distance in the circle in the nightcap. The junior did not walk a batter and was not charged with an earned run until the seventh inning.

Next Up

Valpo (9-20, 1-10 MVC) tries to close the series with a victory on Monday afternoon when it hosts the Salukis at noon. Live stats will be available via


INDIANAPOLIS – A season-high 12 Greyhounds found the back of the net on Sunday as the No. 8 UIndy men’s lacrosse team posted a 17-2 win over Quincy University in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.  Wyatt Auyer paced the Hounds with four goals while James Whiteford added three points.

The win puts UIndy at 11-1 on the year and 4-1 in GLVC play while extending their home win streak to 27 games.


Face off specialist John Pickett wasted no time getting on the board after winning the opening face off and sprinting downfield to net his first career goal on senior day.  Whiteford, Auyer and Nathan Lam each scored one goal in the opening frame to put the Hounds up 4-0.

Auyer and Ben Foster each netted a pair of goals in the second quarter while Parker Johnson added one of his own.  UIndy’s lockdown defense held the Hawks scoreless in the first half, marking the first time this season they’ve held an opponent scoreless in a half.  In two meetings all-time, the Hawks have yet to score in the first half against the Hounds.

Auyer netted his fourth and final goal in the opening minute of the second half before the Hawks scored their first goal of the game.  Drew Billig picked up a pair of assists in the third after helping Matt Schoeneck and Whiteford find the net.

The Hounds scored five goals in the final frame highlighted by Brendan Garry and Joey Bertrand each scoring their first career goal.

Austin Barnett picked up the win in net, making four saves in the first half and holding the Hawks scoreless.  Jonathan Kelly made on save in 24 minutes while Karson Sutton closed out the final six.


– Auyer finished with five points off of four goals and one assist.  Whiteford tallied three points off two goals and one assist while Billig notched three assists.

– Kyle Basch caused a team-high four turnovers while grabbing four ground balls.

– Caleb Parker went 4-for-6 in the face off circle.


The Hounds hit the road for their final GLVC regular season game next week.  They’ll face Maryville at 2 pm on Saturday in St. Louis, MO.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – In perfect Greyhound fashion, the University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team honored it’s senior class in the best way it knew how – by securing it’s third conference win and twelfth overall win in downing Rockhurst 25-5 on Sunday morning in Key Stadium.


UIndy scored almost insantly, with Peyton Romig taking a draw control and running it down to put the Hounds up before the first minute of play could conclude. The Hounds wouldn’t quit, with the Hawks scoring three in the first quarter – UIndy would match each one with at least two of its own. The Greyhounds ended the first quarter up eight-to-three.

The rest of the half was all Hounds. UIndy posted seven unanswered goals to end the half and didn’t stop there. Indianapolis finished with a six game third quarter and a four game fourth. 

Abigail Lagos most notably bypassed her 200 career goals in scoring five goals, along with Sarah Klein who scored five of her own and notched an assist. Quinn Malcolm also earned four goals and a pair of assists.

Defensively, Kat Green earned two caused draw controls, and Romig earned 13 draw controls.


‘Winners’ was the word that Head Coach James Delaney used to describe the 2022 senior class, referring to the squad’s success on and off the field. The 2022 UIndy Women’s Lacrosse seniors include: Kara Antonucci, Cassidy King, Jess Soenen, and Caroline Wood.

Antonucci picked up four draw controls in today’s match, bringing her season total to 33. She has peppered her resume during her career as a Greyhound, including IWLCA Player of the Week, two Academic All-GLVC selections, All-GLVC First Team, and IWLCA All-Region First Team honors this season. 

King played nearly a full sixty in the Greyhounds net in earning the win over the Hawks, posting three saves. King was selected early in the season with IWLCA All-American third team honors, and 2021 IWLCA All-Region Second Team, GLVC First Team and GLVC Goalkeeper of the Year honors, among several different honors throughout her impressive career.

Soenen earned a goal and an assist within todays win. She has a resume that includes 2021 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, two times Academic All-GLVC, and a 2019 All-GLIAC Second Team nod.

Wood returns to the field today after battling injury in the 2022 season. Having earned two Academic GLVC mentions, IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, along with earning a nomination for the GLVC’s post season James R. Spalding Sportsmanship award.


-UIndy outshot Rockhurst 40 to 11.

-The Greyhounds forced 14 turnovers and picked up 11 ground balls.

-UIndy had 11 free position shots.


UIndy will head to St. Louis where they will travel to Maryville University at 4 p.m. ET.


KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The No. 5-ranked UIndy softball team competed another perfect weekend, earning four wins in four road games. After sweeping Southwest Baptist yesterday, the Greyhounds did the same to Rockhurst Sunday, downing the host Hawks 8-0 and 2-1 to up their win streak to 10.

Slugger Dominique Proctor continued her breakout sophomore season with a grand slam in game one, good for her second of the season.

GAME 1 | UIndy 8, Rockhurst 0

A Gianni Iannantone sac fly accounted for the lone run through three innings, but that all changed in the top of the fourth. Tara Williams and Hanna Burris led off the frame with back-to-back walks, followed by a single by Sydnie Foster to load the bases.

That set the stage for Proctor, who jumped on the first pitch and deposited it over the leftfield fence to make it 5-0 Hounds.

The Greyhound loaded the bases again in the sixth and tacked on three more tallies, this time without the need of a hit. Lexy Rees, Iannantone and Sydnee Perry each notched an RBI, as the former was hit by a pitch and the latter two coaxed walks.

Sophomore pitcher Kenzee Smith (17-3) recorded her eighth shutout of the season, tossing a four-hitter while fanning four.

The Greyhounds hitters combined to earned 11 walks in the game, good for a season high.

GAME 2 | UIndy 2, Rockhurst 1

Runs were harder to come by in the capper, but the Hounds found a way as Iannantone’s two-RBI double in the third would be all the offense they would need.

Starting pitcher Haylie Foster combined forces with Smith to hold the Hawks to just one run and only two hits. Foster went 4 1/3 innings to get the win, while Smith came on in relief to stifle a would-be rally in the fifth and went on to get the final eight outs and earn her second save of the season.

Both Proctor and Rees recorded a pair of singles, while Proctor and Megan Nichols scored one run apiece.


The Hounds wrap up an eight-game road swing with a non-conference doubleheader at Lake Erie on Wednesday, April 13.


INDIANAPOLIS- The University of Indianapolis baseball team fell twice in a doubleheader at Greyhound Park on Sunday afternoon against the Miners of Missouri S&T. With the loss, UIndy now sits at 13-17 overall with a 7-5 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

GAME 1 | Missouri S&T 14, UIndy 5

It took only the first two batters in the lineup for UIndy to gain an early advantage in the opening inning. Brandon DeWitt led the game off with a double to left field and ended up scoring a few pitches later on an Alex Vela RBI single up the middle. The runs kept coming in the inning, with one crossing on a walk with the bases loaded, another on a throwing error, and two more on a Will Spear RBI single to right field.

S&T ended up tying the game with two runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth. Then, the Miners took complete control of the game by scoring nine combined between the sixth and seventh innings to lock up the victory.


-The Miners had a game-high 16 hits while UIndy added just eight.

-In total, three players had a multi-hit game. Brandon DeWitt, Alex Vela, and Denton Shepler all had two in the contest.

-Seven UIndy pitchers saw action on the mound, with DeWitt earning the start. He went 4-2/3 innings while collecting six strikeouts.

GAME 2 | Missouri S&T 15, UIndy 7

Runs came early and often for the Miners, who jumped out ahead 13-0 through just four innings. Despite the slow start, a pair of notable plays happened when Zack Williams and Vela each crushed solo homers in the fourth and fifth innings respectively to help the Hounds get on the scoreboard.

Despite UIndy adding four more runs after the Vela homer in the fifth, the Hounds could not climb out of the deficit enough to prevent the twin bill sweep.


-A total of 27 hits were recorded between the two squads, with S&T having a game-high 15.

-Five different Greyhound hitters recorded a multi-hit game. DeWitt, Vela, Williams, Caleb Vaughn, and Armen Torosian all led the team with two respectively.

-Jakob Hughes was the starting pitcher on the mound where he recorded three strikeouts in three complete innings of work. In total, five different UIndy pitchers saw action on the bump.


The Hounds are set to return home to Greyhound Park on Tuesday, April 12 for a non-conference doubleheader showdown with Kentucky Wesleyan beginning at 1 p.m. ET.


Wabash matched Kenyon College hit for hit in Sunday’s North Coast Athletic Conference baseball game in Gambier, Ohio. The Little Giants were not able to match the host Lords on the scoreboard, losing both games of the doubleheader 5-1 in game one and 10-4 in game two.

Wabash (12-8, 0-5 NCAC) collected six hits in game one compared to seven by Kenyon (17-6, 6-0 NCAC). The Lords took the early lead with a bases-loaded hit batsman to move in front 1-0. Kenyon added two more runs in the fifth inning and another in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead. Wabash scored its lone run in the eighth. Reece Bauer drew a one-out walk and moved to third on an error by Kenyon on a ground ball by Austin Simmers. Camden Scheidt brought Bauer home with a sacrifice fly. Kenyon answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 5-1 victory.

Simmers, AJ Reid, Liam Patton, Evan Neukam, Noah Luebbehusen, and Bauer each collected hits for Wabash in the game.

Dylan Scheid took his second loss of the season. The senior pitched six innings and allowed four runs on five hits while walking six batters and hitting two. He struck out three Kenyon players in the game. Tavic Simmons pitched the final two innings and limited Kenyon to one unearned run on two hits.

The Little Giants jumped in front 2-0 in game two against Kenyon. Bauer singled home Neukam with two outs in the second inning before a Simmers double scored Felix Valero from second. The Lords jumped in front with a five-run third inning before adding two more runs in the fifth.

Wabash scored two runs with two out in the top half of the sixth inning. Julian Rutherford drove in Neukam ahead of an RBI single by Bauer to cut the Kenyon lead to 7-4. Kenyon responded with a run in the sixth before scoring two more in the eighth for the six-run decision.

Simmers, Neukam, and Bauer each collected two of the Little Giants’ 10 hits in the game. Scheidt, Reid, Will Phillips, and Rutherford picked up one hit apiece.

Jacob Bishop pitched 2-2/3 innings while giving up five runs on two hits and four walks. He struck out one batter. Gavin Patrick pitched three innings of three-run baseball. He surrendered five hits and struck out two batters. Sam Phillips closed out the game for the Little Giants on the mound. He gave up two runs on four hits with one strikeout.

Wabash plays two seven-inning non-conference games on Monday against Manchester University beginning at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. Game one begins at 6 p.m.


CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s track and field team made the short trip to Wabash College on Sunday (Apr. 10) for the Huntsman Family Invitational, where they would tangle with four other teams for the top spot.

The Grizzlies collected 15 top-five finishes on the afternoon with half of those coming in the field events. Franklin finished with 104 points on the day to take third place overall, finishing just behind DePauw and Wittenberg in the standings.

Junior Taylor Tatlock picked up both of Franklin’s event wins, taking the top spot in both the discus (32.40m) and the javelin (35.27m). Freshman Averi Phelps placed second in the discus with a mark of 32.08m and Ellie Lammert would take third in the discus (31.50m) and hammer throw (32.58m) while adding a fourth place finish in the shot put (9.41m). Junior Janae Johnson added a fourth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 4.25m.

On the track, sophomore Sarah O’Day turned in strong showings in both the 100m (12.58) and 200m (26.34) dashes, placing third and fourth, respectively. In the 400 hurdles, freshman Brantley Wathen took third with a time of 1:15.16 to finish just ahead of teammate Josie Lyons, who placed fourth with a time of 1:20.59. Also recording top-five times were Lex Desenberg in the 400m (4th/1:04.50) and Angelina Gregory in the 800m (5th/2:38.57).

The 4×400 relay team of Desenberg, Gregory, Taylor Wooten and Mallory Watson picked up a second place finish in 4:43.87. Wathen, Desenberg, Johnson and O’Day teamed up to take third in the 4x100m in 52.73 seconds.

The Grizzlies are back in competition next Saturday (Apr. 16), heading to Greencastle, Ind. for the Indiana DIII Championships. Events get underway at 11:00 a.m.


BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Franklin College women’s golf team made their spring debut on Saturday and Sunday (Apr. 9-10), battling tough playing conditions and a deep field at the Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University at Ironwood Golf Course.

The Grizzlies placed 16th in the field with a team score of 821 (419-402). Junior Mara Wilson led the Grizzlies with a 193 (102-91), followed by a 201 from Kayla Nance (104-97), a 216 from Taylor Dixon (107-109), a 218 from Jenna Imel (106-112) and a 223 from Claire Sampson (118-106). Playing in her first career tournament for Franklin as an individual, Ashlyn Fox carded a 247 (122-125) for the weekend.

The Grizzlies are back on the course next Friday (Apr. 15) for the Spalding Invitational in Louisville, Ky.


N. MANCHESTER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on strong pitching in game one and a historic offensive performance in game two to sweep a baseball doubleheader at Manchester University on Sunday.

Rose-Hulman won the opener 5-2, before scoring the most runs in a Fightin’ Engineer game since 2011 with a 22-9 win in the nightcap.

In game two, Rose-Hulman pounded out 16 hits and worked out 14 walks in the 22-9 victory.  Manuel Lopez led the offense with three hits, including two doubles, four runs scored and three RBIs.

Colter Couillard-Rodak added two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs to the balanced offense.  Andy Krajecki had two hits, including a double, with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Adam Taylor added two hits and scored twice, and Josh Mesenbrink scored three runs and homered for his second round tripper of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Other key offensive performers included Brett Tuttle with two runs scored and two RBIs, and Nathan Burke with two RBIs.

The Fightin’ Engineers threw seven pitchers in the game and combined for six strikeouts in the win.

In game one, Ian Kline struck out nine Manchester hitters over 7.2 innings of work to help the Fightin’ Engineers pick up a 5-2 victory.

Kline scattered seven hits with just two walks in the strong performance, before Schuyler Wilcox picked up the last four outs to earn the save.

Shane Garner blasted a two-run home run and had two hits for the offense.  Mesenbrink also had two hits with a home run, a double and one RBI.  Taylor also had two hits for Rose-Hulman.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with a doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday afternoon.  The 2 pm twinbill will be played at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Ky.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 5, Manchester 2


The Engineers got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Mesenbrink put Rose-Hulman on the board with a two-out solo home run off Carter Hooks.

The Engineers then held the Spartans scoreless before expanding their lead in the fourth inning. Rose-Hulman scored three runs in the frame, buoyed by a two-run homer from Garner, which brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Engineers.

Manchester narrowed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 4-1 before the Engineers stretched the advantage to 5-1 in the eighth inning. Manchester put one run on the scoreboard before the game was over, but Rose-Hulman still held on for the 5-2 win.


» Kline struck out nine Spartans hitters.

» The Engineers power output was led by Mesenbrink, who had two extra base hits in the ballgame.

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

» Rose-Hulman took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Kline put together 7.2 innings of two-run ball for the Engineers.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Manchester to just 2-for-12 (.167) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 39 Manchester hitters in the game, allowing 10 ground balls and seven fly balls while striking out 10.

» The Engineers drew four walks from Manchester pitching.

» Garner led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.

» Manchester was led offensively by C. Filson, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

» P. Jackson led the Spartans pitching staff, throwing three innings of one-run ball.

GAME 2 | Rose-Hulman 22, Manchester 9


The Engineers got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the top of the first inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up eight runs, including a two-run double off the bat of Lopez.

The Spartans then gained ground, narrowing the lead to 8-3 until the Engineers expanded their advantage in the third. The Rose-Hulman offense exploded for 10 runs, highlighted by a two-run home run off the bat of Mesenbrink and a two-run double from Couillard-Rodak, which brought the Engineers lead to 18-3.

Manchester narrowed Rose-Hulman’s lead to 18-4 before the Engineers stretched the advantage to 20-4 in the fourth inning. Lopez and Drew Roberts came in to score the two Engineers runs in the frame.

The Spartans gained ground, closing the gap to 20-9 until Rose-Hulman added some insurance in the eighth. The Engineers scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Ben Christiansen, bringing the score to 21-9 in favor of Rose-Hulman.

The Engineers kept Manchester without a run before expanding their lead to 22-9 the following inning. Lopez came across to score the lone run of the inning for Rose-Hulman and get them on the board. The score remained 22-9 for the rest of the game, as the Engineers coasted to the win.


» Lopez compiled three base hits in the game for Rose-Hulman.

» The Engineers had both Lopez and Couillard-Rodak smack multiple extra-base hits in the ballgame.

» Lopez and Couillard-Rodak drove in three runs each for the Engineers. » Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the third, when it pushed 10 runs across.

» Rose-Hulman took an 8-3 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.

» Four Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.

» The Engineers had a total of 16 hits.

» The Engineers out-hit the Spartans at a 16-8 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 8-for-21 (.381) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 47 Manchester hitters in the game, allowing 11 ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out six.

» The Engineers drew 14 walks from Manchester pitching.

» Lopez led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

» Manchester was led offensively by Paul Barrow, who went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

» Artie Casas led the Spartans pitching staff, throwing six innings of four-run ball.


ALBION, Mich. – The Trine University softball team opened the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) portion of the season with a sweep of their hosts from Albion College.

The story of the opening two innings of the day was the start by sophomore pitcher Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) who would strikeout the first seven Briton batters. The eighth batter would record a hit, the lone one for Albion in the game as the Rosey finished with another one-hit shutout. This is the third time in her last five starts that Rosey has allowed just one hit. She would add four more strikeouts through the rest of the game to finish with 11 on the day.

The Thunder offense on the other hand took a few innings to convert but was operating from the start. After leaving runners on base in the first two innings, senior Taylor Murdock (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) finally brought in a run with a solo home run in the top of the third.

Two of the next three batters would reach base and junior Amanda Prather (Indianapolis, Ind. / Roncalli) would bring them both home with a hard-hit double to centerfield giving the team the 3-0 lead.

The next runs would come in the fifth inning. Trine would work a leadoff runner around the bases before sophomore Giselle Riley (Temecula, Calif. / Temecula Valley) brought her home with a double. Freshman April Sellers (North Salem, Ind. / Tri-West) would then keep it going with a single that brought Riley in to make the score 5-0.

The Thunder started the sixth with their second homer of the game, this time freshman Ainsley Phillips (Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown) was the one to trot around the bases. The next two batters would then reach base on singles, before senior Ashley Swartout (Westfield, Ind. / Westfield) would bring them both home with a double. Prather finished off the scoring with a groundout that brought Swartout home from third a few batters later.

After a final “1-2-3” inning from Rosey in the circle during the bottom of the sixth, the team would finish the game with the run-rule shortened 9-0 victory. Swartout finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs with Prather just edging her out to lead the team with three RBIs. Murdock also finished strong going 2-for-2 and earning a base after getting hit-by-pitch in another at bat.

The offense would roll right from the start in the second game of the day. After the first three batters would reach on a walk, a hit-by-pitch and an error, Swartout would record another RBI with a single. The next two batters, sophomore Scarlett Elliott (Utica, Ohio / Utica) and Prather, would bring in two more on sacrifice flies. The team would leave the first with a 3-0 lead.

The first two batters would reach in the second inning as well and senior Mercede Daugherty (Watervliet, Mich. / Watervliet) brought both home on a single to centerfield. The two runs made the score 5-0 after two.

Just the first runner would reach in the third inning for the team, but she would still come home on the back of a Phillips double. Then a few batters later, Daugherty would single again to bring home Phillips and make the score 7-0.

And from there the bats cooled and Trine would fail to score another run during the contest. In the circle for the team things were more hectic than the first game, but sophomore Lauren Clausen (Elk Grove, Ill. / Elk Grove) still got the job done. The Britons would score runs in the fifth and the sixth inning to cut the lead to 7-2, but Clausen held firm and finished the game with a win. She allowed those two runs on nine hits, but walked just one while striking out nine in another solid start.

Daugherty was the offensive leader in the game when all was said and done. She finished 2-for-4 with three runners batted in and a walk. Phillips finished off a solid day with a 2-for-3 performance in the contest.

Trine improves to 12-9 overall and 2-0 in MIAA play following the pair of wins. They are next scheduled to take the field when they travel to face Saint Mary’s College on Wednesday, April 13 for their second MIAA doubleheader of the season. The Belles currently sit at 6-7 overall and 2-2 in MIAA play, but are scheduled to play both Monday and Tuesday leading up to their games against the Thunder.


Crawfordsville, Ind.- Totaling 201 points, the DePauw women’s track and field team finished first out of five at the Huntsman Family Invitational hosted by Wabash College.

The Tigers finished with 24 top-ten individual finishes; 17 of the 24 were top three, and DePauw took first place in the 4×400 meter relay, with Charlotte Borland, Annalise Grammel, Seelye Stoffregen, and Erin Pasch finishing with a time of 4:15.93.

Pasch led the team with a total of 24 points after taking first place in the long jump (5.61m), second place in the 200-meter dash (25.19), and third place in the 100-meter hurdles (14.66). Pasch’s second and third-place finishes were just behind Division I athletes competing from Eastern Illinois.

DePauw’s Grammel earned first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.68, and in the 800-meter run, the Tigers swept the top three times. Emma Jacobs finished the 800-meter run in 2:31.57, followed by Kate Hennessey (2:31.98) and Sophie Porter (2:32.11). Porter would take second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 5:02.41, while teammate Emma Jacobs took fourth with a time of 5:13.75.

In the 5,000-meter run, the DePauw swept the top four spots; leading the charge was Kendall Mann (19.07.17), followed by Brynn Urban with a time of 19:33.87, Jenny Noll (19:34.56) took third, followed by Rachel DeLancey in fourth with a time of 19:52.43.

In the field events, the Tigers continued to dominate. Including Pasch’s first-place finish in the long jump, DePauw earned two more first-place finishes in the field events. Emma Stemen took first in pole vault with a final height of 3.15m, while Reanna Stiehler took first in the hammer throw with 38.38m.

Mady Altman earned second place in shot put (9.58m) and javelin throw (28.01m). In the long jump, Lynna Hendershot also finished second with a jump of 4.51m. Rounding out DePauw’s top three finishers in field events were Abby Hartman, who earned third in high jump (1.40m), and Alexis Cagan, who finished third in javelin throw with a throw of 26.42m.

The Tigers return to Greencastle, Ind., for the Indiana DIII Meet. The meet is set to start at 11 am EDT in Blackstock Stadium.


Delaware, Ohio- A fourth-quarter shutout by DePauw helped secure its 12-6 victory over Ohio Wesleyan, extending its program-record win streak to seven. The Tigers improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in NCAC play, breaking their single-season record for wins in a season, while the Battling Bishops dropped to 10-3.

DePauw got a jump on Ohio Wesleyan early, putting in three goals in the first quarter. However, the Battling Bishops climbed back into the game, putting in two of their own with seven minutes left in the half. The Tigers’ answered with another three-goal run at the end of the second quarter to put DePauw up 6-2 at the half.

Ohio Wesleyan would go on a 4-2 goal run in the third to get within two; however, the Tigers put the game away, shutting out the Battling Bishops 4-0 in the fourth quarter.

Leading the Tigers in goals was Emma Kennedy, who finished the afternoon with five goals and three assists. Bria Randolph and Marley Heitman tallied two goals each, while Caleigh Claar, Anna Chinni, and Bridget Driscoll put in one apiece. Driscoll also assisted in two goals.

DePauw collected 13 draw controls to Ohio Wesleyan’s eight and caused seven turnovers across the match.

Lydia Hollis completed the afternoon with eight saves, four of which came in the first quarter shutout. The Battling Bishops Abby Markowitz finished with six saves after facing 25 shots.

The Tigers are back on the road next Saturday, April 16, to play Kenyon at 4 pm EDT.


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers played host to Earlham on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 3-1 before falling in the nightcap 7-3.

With the split, Hanover moves to 9-14 overall, 4-4 in the HCAC.


The Panthers jumped on the board first as sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) provided the RBI knock in the bottom of the first inning scoring both senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) and senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.), 2-0.

Littlefield picked up an RBI of his own in the bottom of the second inning as he drove in sophomore Eric Roudebush (New Palestine, Ind.) to push Hanover on top 3-0.

Panther starter, junior Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) and closer junior Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.)  handled the rest with Alter picking up the 3-1 win throwing six complete innings with five strikeouts. Joyce secured the save for the Blue and Red.


The Quakers dominated much of the early game plating a run in the top of the first inning before adding two runs in the top of the third inning for the 3-0 advantage.

They continued to tack on runs adding three in the fourth inning to capture the 6-0 lead.

However, HC looked to rally in the fifth inning as they were able to load the bases for Littlefield who delivered with a sacrifice fly to deep center field plating one Panther runner.

Hanover threatened again in the top of the sixth inning as they once again loaded the bases but this time for Perkins who delivered with an RBI single to left field pulling HC within 6-3.

But the Quakers handled the rest holding HC scoreless through the final three innings to secure the 7-3 HCAC split.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 12 when they take on Spalding. First pitch of the single game is set for 4:00 PM.


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers picked up a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Spartans 6-0, 9-1.

With the sweep, HC moves to 8-12 overall, 3-1 in HCAC action.


Senior Lily (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) picked up the game one victory charting her first no-hitter of the season with 11 strikeouts.

The Panthers looked to plate the games first run in the top of the second inning as they loaded the base paths but fell unsuccessful as the Spartans retired the side.

However, Hanover cracked the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning as freshman Dani Steward (Shelbyville, Ind.) doubled to right center scoring junior Kendra Hutchison (Lafayette, Ind.) and freshman Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.). Freshman Mallorie Fultz (Greenfield, Ind.) added another RBI in the inning as she ripped a shot down the left field line. The final run came off the bat of junior Kensie Bradley (Greenfield, Ind.) as she pushed HC on top 4-0.

The scoring frenzy continued for the Panthers as Hutchison charted an RBI with a double to left center in the top of the fourth inning followed by a Beaman RBI to secure the 6-0 victory.


The Panthers found themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 deficit in game two as the Spartans plated a run in the bottom of the first inning.

However, Hanover rallied back in the top of the fourth inning with senior Lilly (Compton) Beurman charting the RBI before a Spartan miscue flipped the script, 2-1. They tacked on three more runs in the inning with Fultz and junior Lexi Garloch (Salem, Ind.) both adding RBI, 5-1.

Steward turned in her first RBI of the contest as she scored Beaman in the top of the fifth inning followed by an RBI single from sophomore Ava Hilgenhold (Tell City, Ind.) to give HC the commanding 7-1 lead.

They never looked back tacking on two runs in the sixth inning in rout to the HCAC sweep.

Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, April 12 when they hit the road for Franklin. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Forester men’s tennis team picked up a second straight win, a 5-2 decision over IU Southeast (4-9), Saturday morning as part of the Doc Richards Invitational at Wildwood Racquet Club.

The win moves Huntington to 12-11 on the season. 


1. Alejo Bagnera/Valentin Mussi (HU) def. Noah Neuhauser/Eli Franks (IUSE) 6-2

2. Angel Vasquez Rojas/Matteo Ameller (HU) def. Brent Reynolds/Caleb Harris (IUSE) 6-1

3. Cristian Rodriguez/Bautista Rodriguez Aguilar (HU) def. Cade Burman/Connor Mason (IUSE) 6-2


1. Harris (IUSE) def. Mussi (HU) 6-3, 1-6, 10-6

2. Ameller (HU) def. Reynolds (IUSE) 4-6, 7-6, 11-9

3. Franks (IUSE) def. Bagnera (HU) 6-4, 1-6, 10-5

4. Rojas (HU) def. Burman (IUSE) 6-1, 6-2

5. Rodriguez (HU) def. Mason (IUSE) 6-3, 6-2

6. Diego Tapia (HU) def. Neuhauser (IUSE) 6-1, 6-2


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo track and field team traveled to the University of the Cumberlands this past weekend to compete in the Pepsi Cumberlands Invitational and Distance Carnival.  Despite conditions that included rain, sleet, snow, hail, and wind, the team earned a fourth-place finish out of 20 teams and set seven program records along the way.

Records Broken

Caleb Vogl – 3,000m steeplechase

Cyrus Felger – 10,000 meter run

Nolan Talley – 400 meter low hurdles

Drew Caldwell – pole vault

Hayden Turner – javelin

Drew Caldwell, Luis Saldana, Isaiah Belcher, and Julian Wallace – 4×800 relay  

Saldana, Belcher, Bryce Jennings, and Felger – Distance medley relay

The Cougars will have a week off of competition but will return to action on Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd at Indiana Wesleyan University to compete in the Indiana Little State Championships.


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo track and field team competed in the Pepsi Cumberlands Invitational and Distance Carnival on Friday and Saturday. The team battled tough weather conditions to earn a fifth-place finish out of 19 teams. Despite the conditions, the Cougars managed to set six new school records.

A week after setting a new school record in the 3,000m steeplechase, Isabelle Altic bested her own record this weekend.

Lanie Pocock set a new program best in the 5,000 meter race walk, while Sanaa Cartledge continued to take down records in just her third meet of the season. Cartledge set new program records in the 100 and 200 meters.

Emma Byrum competed in the heptathlon, an event that features the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, 200 meter dash, shot put, long jump, javelin, 800 meter run. Byrum set a new school record in the event. 

Finally, the distance medley relay squad of Ella Kantz, Erica White, Isabelle Altic, and Casey Lechner set a new program records

The Cougars will have a week off of competition but will return to action on Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd at Indiana Wesleyan University to compete in the Indiana Little State Championships.


GOSHEN, Ind. – It’s always a good day when you beat Bethel. It’s a fantastic day when you do it twice.

The Maple Leafs baseball team accomplished that latter achievement on Sunday, beating the Pilots 4-2 and 5-2. Bethel was coming into the day on a five-game winning streak.

“Bethel has been playing some excellent baseball lately,” said head coach Alex Childers after the games. “Putting a full day of baseball together against the team right down the road was important for this squad.”

The day got off to a great start when Goshen’s leadoff hitter, Nate Lange, homered to left-center in the first inning in game one. Bethel answered with a run in the fourth, but the Leafs quickly answered in the bottom half when Peyton Smith’s sac fly to center scored Jenner Rodammer.

Camm Nickell started on the mound for Goshen. Despite walking four batters, he allowed just one run and two hits in 4.2 innings on 76 pitches. Eric Pettipiece continued to dominate when he took the mound. He struck out four and didn’t walk any. In 4.1 innings, he gave up one run.

Bethel had tied the game in the top of the seventh when Thomas Dolan hit a solo homer to left. But just like the fourth inning, Goshen rebounded quickly when Justin Harris singled, and Gabe Kermode came around to score. Then in the eighth, Rodammer added some flair with a home run to left that made it 4-2 – the final score.

The Pilots outhit the Maple Leafs 8-6, but Goshen was able to bring their baserunners home. Rodammer had two of Goshen’s six hits – the home run and a double.

Bethel scored first in game two. Down 1-0 in the first, GC racked up four hits in the inning and put three runs on the board. Smith hit a two-RBI single that scored Rodammer and Lange before Joseph Cerda’s double scored Kyle Staelgraeve. Goshen tacked on three more hits and two more runs in the second. Nickell doubled to center, and Rodammer and Giacomo Padilla scored to make it 5-1.

Peyton Smith allowed just one earned run in five innings pitched. He has only allowed one earned run in his last 11 innings pitched.

Bethel knocked in one run on an RBI single in the sixth, but the Leafs won 5-2. Rodammer was 3-4 in this game with a double, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Evan Creager was 2-3 with a stolen base, and Gage Andrews went 2-3.

This is Goshen’s first doubleheader sweep of the year and their first since March 4, 2020, against Lincoln College. The last conference doubleheader sweep for the Maple Leafs was on April 22, 2019, against Mount Vernon Nazarene.

“We’ve said all year that it starts on the mound, and our pitchers really set the tone today,” shared Childers. “We made some huge pitches and defensive plays to get us out of jams. Camm and Peyton gave us great starts, and Eric and Josh Murphy held it down out of the pen.”

Childers also had great things to say about the team’s leading hitter, Jenner Rodammer. “Jenner had a breakout day, not just at the plate but defensively, too,” he said. “It’s awesome to see his confidence grow and the huge plays he makes from a defensive standpoint while also coming through with some big at-bats.”

While Bethel has already secured the US Highway 20 Cup for the 2021-22 school year, Goshen adds half a point to their total with the two wins today. Bethel now leads 7.75 to 4.25. The remaining half point will be decided when the teams play their remaining two games tomorrow, April 11. They play in Goshen starting at 1:00 pm.


SPRINGFIELD. Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball dropped a second-straight doubleheader to #28(ABCA)/#18 (NCBWA) University of Illinois Springfield, 9-1 and 6-2, Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Illinois. The Screaming Eagles are 13-17 overall and 2-6 in the GLVC, while Illinois Springfield is 24-6 overall, 5-3 in the league.  

Game 1:

USI could not overcome a four-run first inning by Illinois Springfield and dropped the opening game Sunday, 9-1. The Stars scored four in the first, one in the fourth, and four more in the sixth before settling for the 9-1 win.

The Eagles scored its only run of the game in the seventh when junior centerfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) crossed the plate on a Stars’ error. USI was only able to muster three hits in Sunday’s seven-inning contest.

On the mound, sophomore right-hander Parker Maddox (Columbus, Indiana) did not get out of the first and took the loss. Maddox (0-3) allowed three runs on two walks and a hit batter.

Game 2:

The Eagles tried to rebound in the nightcap to salvage a victory in the series, but came up short, 6-2.

USI junior catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) put the Eagles out in front, 1-0, with his sixth home run of the season. The Stars, however, responded with a pair of tallies in the bottom half of the frame to grab a 2-1 advantage.

The Eagles knotted the score at 2-2 in the third when McNew struck again with an RBI-single to score junior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan). The score would remain tied at 2-2 until the sixth when the Stars regained the lead for good, 3-2, and sealed their win with a three-run seventh.

USI junior right-hander Garrett Welch (New Castle, Indiana) started and got the loss in the nightcap. Welch (1-3) threw 5.2 strong innings before giving way in the sixth, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. The junior also struck out six in the start.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles come home to the friendly surroundings of the USI Baseball Field next week for a five-game series, beginning Wednesday when they host Oakland City University for a 6 p.m. single game.

USI leads the all-time series with the Mighty Oaks, 88-11, and have not hosted Oakland City since 2019. The Eagles have won seven-of-the-last-10 match-ups, including the 7-1 win in the 2019 campaign.

Oakland City, currently, is 20-16 and will complete a three-game series with Midway University and hosts Kentucky State University Tuesday before visiting the Eagles.

USI returns to GLVC action and concludes the homestand with a four-game set with Truman State University. The Eagles hold an 8-7 all-time series lead over the Bulldogs, winning three-of-the-last-four, including the last meeting, 20-1, in 2019.

Truman State is 13-20 this spring, 3-5 in the GLVC, and had a bye this weekend in the GLVC. The Bulldogs come to USI on a three-game losing streak and is 5-5 in the last 10 games.


URBANA, Ohio – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf use an incredible second round to earn their second victory of the spring at the Bill Blazer Memorial in Urbana, Ohio at the Urbana Country Club. The Screaming Eagles shot an outstanding 286 (-2) in Round Two to outlast Grand Valley State University. USI also had all five golfers finish in the top 20 while having three finish in the top 10, all five also shot even-par or better in round two.

Junior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) led the way for the Eagles finishing in fourth after carding a 143 (-1) on the tournament, shooting 72-71. Williams went into Round Two tied for first overall, he also finished with the second lowest score on par-5s (-5). Freshman Nathan Hoss (Evansville, Indiana) finished right behind his Eagle teammate, carding a 144 (E), finishing in fifth after shooting 73-71. Hoss also finished with an even-par score on all par-3s on the tournament, tied for first. USI wasn’t done there, senior Matthew Kingston (Springfield, Nebraska) rounded out the top 10 finishers for the Eagles. Kingston finished in seventh after carding a 146 (+2), shooting 74-72. He would also finish with the second-best average score on par-4s, shooting even on the tournament.

USI stayed red hot the entire tournament, freshman Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) finished tied for 11th after carding a 148 (+4), shooting 76-72. Bannister was also one of just eight golfers to record an eagle in the tournament. Sophomore Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana) finished off the two-day tournament for the Eagles, finishing tied for 20th after carding a 150 (+6), shooting 78-72. Day had an incredible two days, leading the entire tournament in total pars with 28.

USI as a team finished in first in average par-3 score, 3.20 (+8), as well as first in average par-4 score, 4.15 (+15). The Eagles also led the field in total pars made with 120.


USI will be back in action on April 15 to 17 as they head to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships at Broadmoor Country Club.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis earned a big regional win over Ashland University on Sunday, 4-3. The Screaming Eagles improve to 9-6 (0-2 GLVC) on the year while Ashland goes to 6-10.

DOUBLES: USI got out to a quick start in the number three doubles, with an easy victory coming from the pairing of junior Yahor Bahdanovich (Belarus) and freshman Quinten Gillespie (Whiteland, Indiana), who took care of their opponent, 6-1. Ashland was able to bounce back and take the number one singles match. The number two doubles match came down to the wire, but it was an incredible victory for the Eagles as junior Lucas Sakamaki (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) and senior Marvin Kromer (Germany) won the match in the set tiebreaker, 7-6 (11-9).

SINGLES: USI stayed hot with back-to-back swift victories as the number three single Sakamaki won his match, 6-2 6-2, and the number four single graduate Spencer Blandford (Louisville, Kentucky) took care of his opponent, 6-2 6-2. Ashland tried to start a comeback, taking the number one singles match. However, the Eagles were able to seal the match victory with a win in the number five singles from Gillespie, who shut down his opponent, 6-2 6-2. Ashland would go on to take the final two matches in the number two and six singles.


USI continues the homestand on April 13, as they play host to Indiana University Southeast at the USI Tennis Courts at 3 p.m. The Eagles conclude the homestand on April 15 and 16, as they welcome in the University of Illinois Springfield on April 15 at 2 p.m. at Wesselman Park. USI plays their final home match on April 16 as they play host to McKendree University for Senior Day at 11 a.m. at the USI Tennis Courts.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Tennis (7-6, 0-2 GLVC) gets back in the win column after defeating Ashland University (7-7), 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Wesselman Park. The Screaming Eagles ended Ashland’s three-match win streak and have secured the most wins (7) since the 2017-2018 season when USI went 9-13 overall.

DOUBLES: The Eagles started off the match strong by capturing the doubles’ point. The sophomore combination of Lauren Rowe (Terre Haute, Indiana)/Rachel McCorkle (Tulsa, Oklahoma) began doubles competition with a 6-3 victory in the first slot. Freshman Abby Myers (Evansville, Indiana)/senior Kylie Skepnek (Algonquin, Illinois) partners surged in the three spot to secure a 6-4 win and USI’s first point of the match.

SINGLES: Rowe got the Eagles going with a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the one spot before freshman Madison Windham (Clarksville, Tennessee) stapled the third win for USI (6-4, 6-1) in the six hole. Junior Chloe McIsaac (Fairview Heights, Illinois) was the deciding factor for the Eagles after her 6-1, 6-3 victory to claim the fourth point to guarantee USI the win. McCorkle recorded a 6-1, 6-4 victory to give the Eagles its fifth point to seal Ashland’s fate.


USI will stay local next week as the Eagles host University of Illinois Springfield at Wesselman Park on Friday at 2 p.m. and then McKendree University at USI Tennis Courts on Saturday at 11 a.m. for senior day.

The Prairie Stars come to Evansville with a four-match win streak against the Eagles with the latest match being a 5-2 loss for USI. USI and UIS are tied in the all-time record at 4-4.

The Bearcats will take the trip to the tri-state area on senior day where the Eagles will honor senior Kylie Skepnek and head coach Keely Porter who will be retiring at the conclusion of the season. USI holds an 8-2 overall record against McKendree all-time but lost the last meeting (5-2) in April 2021.


VINCENNES, Ind. – In the second game of a back-to-back with Frontier Community College, the Vincennes University Trailblazers baseball team picked up the 2-1 win at Jerry Blemker Field Sunday afternoon.

VU pitchers Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) and Luke Osborn (Perryville, Ind.) held the Bobcats to just two hits in the nine-inning contest as VU came away with the win over the NJCAA Division I opponent.

The Trailblazers got on the board early as sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first to score sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) and give VU the early 1-0 lead.

Frontier would be unable to get on the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when the Bobcats evened the game at 1-1.

Vincennes answered back in the seventh after a leadoff single by sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.), followed by a stolen base and an error that put Sizemore on third.

The sophomore outfielder would later score on a two-out single by freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) as VU regained a 2-1 lead.

Sophomore Luke Osborn entered out of the bullpen to close out the game for the Trailblazers and picked up the win on the mound as Frontier was unable to get a baserunner in the final two innings of play.

“It’s like we talked about yesterday, Kestler Harbuck came out and gave us a quality start and the bullpen did exactly what they are supposed to do,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Luke Osborn comes in and gets a good win and earned it. Even though Harbuck probably deserved it, but it was tough luck with our offense not being able to do a whole lot.”

“VanLannen steps up with a big RBI in the first and Burdette picks up and RBI scoring Sizemore after a stolen base,” Barney added. “Two was enough today. We played really good defense for the most part. We have to clean up a few things base running, but other than that I’m extremely happy with the win. Our guys responded well today.”

Vincennes got another excellent pitching performance out of starter Kestler Harbuck, who threw six and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out four.

Harbuck would carry a no-hitter into the fifth inning during his outing Sunday.

Freshman Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) entered out of the bullpen in the seventh and walked the only batter he faced.

Luke Osborn closed out the game on the mound, throwing two and one-third innings without allowing a hit and striking out two batters.

Vincennes accounted for nine hits at the plate on the day, including a three for four day at the dish by Ethan Burdette and two hits and a pair of walks by sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.).

“Pitching was great today, defense was good and we had enough clutch hits to get us through it,” Barney said. “We’ve still got to get some guys in the middle of our order going like they had been, we’ve just struggled this past week. Hopefully we can get them back on track either tomorrow or Tuesday.”

The Trailblazers will continue their stretch of playing five games in six days tomorrow, Monday, April 11, when VU heads to Olney, Ill. to take on Olney Central College. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 3 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will then return home to Jerry Blemker Field Tuesday, April 12 when VU hosts Kaskaskia College out of Centralia, Ill. First pitch Tuesday is set for 6 p.m. eastern.

“It’s going to be up to our pitching to get us going and get us headed in the right direction,” Barney added. “Just like it was today, some guys have to step up that haven’t thrown a whole lot and get us through it and give us a chance. We’ll have some guys ready to go in the bullpen, so hopefully they can give us a quality start and hopefully we can get the middle of the order going again and continue to play good defense.”


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Vincennes University freshman Giorgia Fino (Italy) set a new VU school record in the Javelin last weekend at the George Glass Invitational at Taylor University.

Fino then bounced back to break her own record Friday on day one of the Pacesetter Invitational at Indiana State University, placing second at the meet with a distance of 37.79 meters.

Fino helped guide the VU Women’s Track team to a seventh-place finish as a team, scoring ahead of NCAA Division I programs like Indiana University and IUPUI.

Sophomore Chloe Knepp (Montgomery, Ind.) finished fourth in the women’s 400 meter race, ending with a time of 1:00.89.

Knepp was also paired with sophomores Kaitlyn Koenig (Terre Haute, Ind.) and Kyra Young (South Bend, Ind.) and freshman Brittany Page (Bicknell, Ind.) to take fifth-place in the 4×400 meter relay with a time of 4:33.91.

Koenig would also go on to place eighth in the 3000 meter Steeplechase in her hometown, ending with a time of 13:00.57.

“It was another weekend of competing in cold, windy conditions, but these kids are competitors,” VU Head Track and Field Coach Marty Rogier said. “I am proud of how they come to play, no matter what the conditions are. This is a fun group and we are rounding into shape. I believe we are going to see some very good performances as we get into the second half of the season.”

“Giorgia reset her own school record and qualified for National,” Rogier added. “She appears to be ready to throw much farther too. Chloe ran her best 400 of the year again, into a tough win and I really like where she will be in a couple of weeks.”

“Kaitlyn had a new run and set a PR in the steeple. She has a shot at qualifying for Nationals with another drop in her time.”

On the men’s side, VU was led by freshman Mathew Keitany, who placed third in the 800 meter race, ending at 1:56.24.

Sophomore Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) also placed in the points in the 800, finishing seventh at 1:58.51.

The two competed against each other on separate relay teams in the 4×400 relay, with Opiew teaming up with freshmen Collin Sutton (New Albany, Ind.) and Jalen Bowman (Evansville, Ind.) as well as fellow sophomore Trenton Faulkner (Vincennes, Ind.) to take fourth place at 3:24.04.

Keitany’s team of freshman Yamar Lyons (Kalamazoo, Mich.), sophomore Damien Ross (East St. Louis, Ill.) and freshman Ernest Momodu (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed sixth, ending with a time of 3:37.67.

Bowman would also go on to place third in the 100 meter sprint at 10.76 seconds and eighth in the 200 meter race at 22.15 seconds.

In the field events, sophomore Kyle Stewart (Evansville, Ind.) placed fourth in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.91 meters.

Sophomore Matthew Frazier (Franklin, Ind.) placed fifth in the Pole Vault at 3.92 meters.

Freshman David Beadle (Jamaica) placed seventh in the discus throw with a distance of 41.43 meters and sophomore Jaylen Rush (Palos Heights, Ill.) rounded out the VU scoring with a seventh-place finish in the Javelin at 27.87 meters.

“The guys had some good energy throws on Friday, even as it was sleeting during the competition,” Rogier said. “Mason and David both PR’d in the hammer. It is really fun when the big guys get fired up and start slinging the ball and chain.”

“I like Trey’s effort in the steeple and think he can drop that time a lot in the coming meets,” Rogier added. “Kyle is really getting close to hitting a big jump. I think we are going to see it soon. There are a lot of moving part in the Long Jump and he is putting it together.”

“Manny and Mathew, as always, provided some energy and ran very strong races in the 800. I’m not sure how low they may go. They are both so talented. Collin Sutton just keeps improving every week and I believe can become a very versatile sprinter for us.”

“This week Jalen Bowman earned the coveted ‘Trailblazer Willie’ award. Jalen had a wind legal 10.76 and 22.15, both very fast for those conditions. I think he is just one hot day away from doing something special.”

“Jalen also had a quick turnaround and ran the first leg of the 4×400 and his split was 49 seconds. I really apricated his effort and willingness to step up for the team.”

“The 4×400 was a great ending to the day as we ran two teams. Our ‘A’ team ran a very respectable 3:24, with Collin, Manny and Trenton adding some very quick splits. I believe that’s a team that we can take to Nationals. Our ‘B’ team also gave a nice effort with Yamar, Ernest, Damien and Matthew all passing the stick well.”

The VU Track and Field teams will look to carry this momentum into their next meet when VU travels to Owensboro, Ky. to take part in the Brescia Bearcat Twilight Invitational, Friday, April 15.



Indiana State – 215.5

Eastern Illinois – 123

Lewis – 94

Grand Valley State – 85

Dayton – 63.5

Rose-Hulman – 25


Indiana – 18

Huntington – 15

IUPUI – 12

Northwood – 10


Indiana State – 256.5

Eastern Illinois – 127

Grand Valley State – 94.5

Rose-Hulman – 47

Lewis – 43


Northwood – 28

Dayton – 22

Huntington- 22

Triton College – 3




Chloe Knepp – 4 (1:00.89)

3000m Steeplechase

Kaitlyn Koenig – 8 (13:00.57)

4×400 Relay

(Knepp, Koenig, Page, Young) – 5 (4:33.91)


Giorgia Fino – 2 (37.79m)



Jalen Bowman – 2 (10.76)


Jalen Bowman – 8 (22.15)


Mathew Keitany – 3 (1:56.24)

Manamanya Opiew – 7 (1:58.51)

4×400 Relay

(Sutton, Bowman, Faulkner, Opiew) – 4 (3:24.04)

(Lyons, Momodu, Ross, Keitany) – 6 (3:37.67)

Pole Vault

Matthew Frazier – 5 (3.92m)

Long Jump

Kyle Stewart – 4 (6.91m)


David Beadle – 7 (41.43m)


Jaylen Rush – 7 (27.87m)


1907       The Giants lose their home opener to the Phillies when some of the Polo Grounds fans flood onto the field, disrupting the game in the top of the ninth inning. After warning the growing crowd of over a thousand patrons, who continue to pour onto the field, home plate umpire Bill Klem decides enough is enough, forfeiting the game to the visiting team, 9-0.

1907       “Boy, they sure called me lots of names when I tried on those shin guards. They must have been a good idea at that, though, because they tell me catchers still wear them.” – ROGER BRESNAHAN, reflecting on being the first major league catcher to wear shin guards. On Opening Day, playing against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan becomes the first player to wear shin guards in a major league game. The future Hall of Fame receiver’s innovative protective device, fastened with straps and hooks, was made of leather.

1912       Rube Marquard begins a nineteen-game consecutive winning streak by beating the Dodgers, 18-3, in a game that features 13 ground-rule doubles hit by the visitors because of the overflow crowd placed in the outfield and along the foul lines. The future Hall of Fame southpaw’s streak will end in July when the Giants lose to Chicago at the West Side Grounds, 7-2.

1912       Redland Field, the steel and concrete ballpark named to match the team’s moniker and hue, makes its debut with the hometown Reds beating Chicago, 10-6. In 1934, the Cincinnati ballpark will become known as Crosley Field in honor of the team owner Powel Crosley.

1928       Forty-year-old veteran Ty Cobb and 41-year-old Tris Speaker, who spent last season with the Senators, both start in the outfield on Opening Day for the A’s, batting second and third, respectively. The 8-3 loss to the Yankees at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park marks the first time the future Hall of Famer players have played as teammates in a game.

1932       The Cardinals trade future Hall of Famer Chick Hafey to the Reds for outfielder/first baseman Harvey Hendrick, right-hander Benny Frey, and cash. The former Redbird outfielder led the National League in hitting last season, batting .349 for the World Series champs.

1954       The Yankees trade two minor leaguers and rookie right-hander Mel Wright to the Cardinals in exchange for 38-year-old right-fielder Enos Slaughter. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will hit only .239 in 79 games during his first tenure with the Bronx Bombers, but Bill Virdon, one of the prospects dealt to the Redbirds, will be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1956.

1961       The upstart Angels, playing their first game in franchise history, defeat a strong Orioles team at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 7-2. Ted Kluszewski homers twice, and Eli Grba tosses a complete game for Los Angeles.

1961       Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski, in his major league debut, singles off Kansas City’s Ray Herbert in the team’s 5-2 Opening Day loss at Fenway Park. The 21-year-old left fielder from Bridgehampton, New York, will amass 3,419 hits during his 23-year Hall of Fame career with Boston.

1961       On Opening Day, the flag is hung at half-staff at Crosley Field to honor the memory of late owner Powel Crosley, Jr., who passed away two weeks earlier. The Reds, the eventual National League Champions, get off to a good start by beating Chicago, 7-1.

1961       Robin Roberts, in his twelfth-straight Opening Day start, is tagged with the loss when the Phillies lose to the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum, 6-2. The right-hander’s effort ties Grover Cleveland Alexander’s National League record for consecutive season openers.

1962       After being rained out the previous night and with some players getting stuck in an elevator, the Mets make their National League debut in St. Louis, losing to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 11-4. The defeat will be the first of a record-setting 120 losses the New York expansion team will suffer this season.

1963       Don Leppert, who went deep on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues playing for Pittsburgh, hits three homers in the Senators’ 8-0 victory over Boston at D.C. Stadium. The catcher’s solo shot in the fourth inning, three-run blast two frames later, and bases-empty blast in the eighth will account for twenty percent of his four-year career total of 15 round-trippers.

1964       A small plane privately scatter the ashes of former Houston right-hander Jim Umbricht over Colt Stadium, his home ballpark with the Colt .45’s for the past two seasons. The popular 33 year-old reliever, the only pitcher to post a winning record during the expansion team’s first two seasons, lost his well-publicized battle to a malignant melanoma three days ago.

1966       Twenty years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, Emmett Ashford becomes the first black major league umpire, working third base when the Senators host the Tigers on Opening Day at D.C. Stadium. The dapper Californian arbitrator will become well-known for his flashy style, which includes sprinting around the infield after foul balls, his karate chop strike calls and pirouetting while dusting off home plate.

1968       Detroit gets the first of the 103 victories of their World Champion campaign in a dramatic manner. Gates Brown, pinch-hitting for Jon Warden, hits a walk-off home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Boston at Tiger Stadium, 4-3.

1969       The Pilots, who won on Opening Day in Los Angeles against the Angels, are victorious in their first home game in franchise history, blanking the White Sox, 7-0, at Seattle’s Sicks Stadium. Gary Bell, called ‘Ding Dong’ by his teammates, manages to keep Chicago from scoring, although the right-hander yields nine hits and walks four batters en route to the complete-game victory.

1971       Jerry Grote hits a walk-off homer in the 11th inning off Wayne Granger at Shea Stadium. The New York catcher’s game-ending round-tripper accounts for the only run scored in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

1985       Cal Ripken, nursing a sprained left ankle suffered while covering second base on a pickoff play in yesterday’s game against the Rangers, is ordered by the doctor not to play in today’s game against the Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. The Orioles shortstop’s streak of consecutive games, which would have ended if not for the team’s exhibition contest in Annapolis, is in its infancy at 444 games.

1990       Mark Langston, tossing seven innings in his Angel debut, and Mike Witt, author of a perfect game in 1984, combine to pitch a 1-0 Opening Day no-hitter against the Mariners at Anaheim Stadium. Dante Bichette’s seventh-inning walk with the bases loaded accounts for the game’s only run.

1993       When Brewer catcher Dave Nilsson catches for Graeme Lloyd, they become the first all-Australian battery in major league history. The 23-year-old backstop hails from Brisbane, Queensland, with his rookie batterymate calling Geelong, Victoria home.

1994       In the inaugural major league game at The Ballpark in Arlington, Holly Minter, posing for a picture, is seriously injured when she slips and falls 30 feet from the upper deck in right field to the lower section of the new $189 million stadium. The Rangers report a security guard was en route to tell the 26-year-old fan to move away from the railing.

1994       The Rangers play their first major league game in The Ballpark in Arlington, losing to Milwaukee, 4-3. Texas leadoff hitter David Hulse gets the stadium’s first hit, a first frame single, and Dave Nilsson hits the first home run in the $189 million facility, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.

1996       Greg Maddux’s major league record of road victories is halted at 18 with a 2-1 loss to the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Braves right-hander was 18-0 with an ERA under one run per game in 20 regular-season road starts dating back to July of 1994.

1997       To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the integration of baseball, Sharon Robinson, Jackie’s daughter, and Pumpsie Green each threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. In 1959, Green became to the first black to appear in a Red Sox uniform, making Boston the last team to integrate in the major leagues.

2000       On a cold and snowy afternoon in front of nearly 40,000 fans, the Tigers beat the Mariners, 5–2., in the first major league game at Comerica Park. Brian Moehler, giving up two runs six innings, gets the the ballpark’s first victory, also the winning pitcher in the final game at Tiger Stadium.

2003       In the first of its ‘home’ games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Expos rout David Cone and the Mets, 10-0. The Montreal franchise, now owned by major league baseball, will play 22 games in the commonwealth this season during the exploration of a new venue for the poorly-attended Canadian team.

2003       Although, Dale Petroskey still would cancel the ‘Bull Durham celebration due to the anti-war criticism espoused by Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, the Hall of Fame president wishes he had called the co-stars rather than just sending a letter. The decision creates a firestorm with Cooperstown receiving over 5000 emails as well as noted author Roger Kahn canceling his planned August appearance to speak about his new book “October Men,” a work chronicling the 1978 World Champion Yankee team, as a protest.

2006       Bob Sheppard misses his first Yankee Stadium home opener since 1951 after sustaining a hip injury at his home yesterday. The long-time public address announcer will return to the microphone during the team’s next homestand.

2006       Jeromy Burnitz, Ryan Doumit, Jack Wilson, and Craig Wilson hit solo home runs in the Pirates’ 7-6 victory over the Dodgers at PNC Park. The quartet of round-trippers blasted by the Buc sluggers is each player’s second homer of the season.






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