NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami Heat (1) vs. Atlanta Hawks (8)

• Game 1: Miami 115, Atlanta 91

• Game 2: Miami 115, Atlanta 105

• Game 3: Atlanta 111, Miami 110

• Game 4: Miami 110, Atlanta 86

• Game 5: Atlanta vs. Miami | Tuesday, April 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV

• Game 6*: Miami vs. Atlanta | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Atlanta vs. Miami | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT

Heat lead series 2-1

Boston Celtics (2) vs. Brooklyn Nets (7)

• Game 1: Boston 115, Brooklyn 114

• Game 2: Boston 114, Brooklyn 107

• Game 3: Boston 109, Brooklyn 103

• Game 4: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Monday, April 25 | 7 ET | TNT

• Game 5*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD

• Game 6*: Boston vs. Brooklyn | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Brooklyn vs. Boston | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD

Celtics lead series 3-0

Milwaukee Bucks (3) vs. Chicago Bulls (6)

• Game 1: Milwaukee 93, Chicago 86

• Game 2: Chicago 114, Milwaukee 110

• Game 3: Milwaukee 111, Chicago 81

• Game 4: Milwaukee 119, Chicago 95

• Game 5: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD

• Game 6*: Milwaukee vs. Chicago | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Chicago vs. Milwaukee | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD

Bucks lead series 3-1

Philadelphia 76ers (4) vs. Toronto Raptors (5)

• Game 1: Philadelphia 131, Toronto 111

• Game 2: Philadelphia 112, Toronto 97

• Game 3: Philadelphia 104, Toronto 101 (OT)

• Game 4: Toronto 110, Philadelphia 102

• Game 5: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Monday, April 25 | 8 ET | NBA TV

• Game 6*: Philadelphia vs. Toronto | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Toronto vs. Philadelphia | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT

Sixers lead series 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Phoenix Suns (1) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (8)

• Game 1: Phoenix 110, New Orleans 99

• Game 2: New Orleans 125, Phoenix 114

• Game 3: Phoenix 114, New Orleans 111

• Game 4: New Orleans 118, Phoenix 103

• Game 5: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Tuesday, April 26 | 10 ET | TNT

• Game 6*: Phoenix vs. New Orleans | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: New Orleans vs. Phoenix | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT

Suns lead series 2-1

Memphis Grizzlies (2) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (7)

• Game 1: Minnesota 130, Memphis 117

• Game 2: Memphis 124, Minnesota 96

• Game 3: Memphis 104, Minnesota 95

• Game 4: Minnesota 119, Memphis 118

• Game 5: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Tuesday, April 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• Game 6: Memphis vs. Minnesota | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Minnesota vs. Memphis | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD

Series tied at 2-2

Golden State Warriors (3) vs. Denver Nuggets (6)

• Game 1: Golden State 123, Denver 107

• Game 2: Golden State 126, Denver 106

• Game 3: Golden State 118, Denver 113

• Game 4: Denver 126, Golden State 121

• Game 5: Denver vs. Golden State | Wednesday, April 27 | TBD | TBD

• Game 6*: Golden State vs. Denver | Friday, April 29 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Denver vs. Golden State | Sunday, May 1 | TBD | TBD

Warriors lead series 3-1

Dallas Mavericks (4) vs. Utah Jazz (5)

• Game 1: Utah 99, Dallas 93

• Game 2: Dallas 110, Utah 104

• Game 3: Dallas 126, Utah 118

• Game 4: Utah 100, Dallas 99

• Game 5: Utah vs. Dallas | Monday, April 25 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• Game 6: Dallas vs. Utah | Thursday, April 28 | TBD | TBD

• Game 7*: Utah vs. Dallas | Saturday, April 30 | TBD | TNT

Series tied at 2-2

* = if necessary

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

COLORADO 6 DETROIT 2

TAMPA BAY 5 BOSTON 2

NY YANKEES 10 CLEVELAND 2

MINNESOTA 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 (10)

HOUSTON 8 TORONTO 7 (10)

LA ANGELS 7 BALTIMORE 6

OAKLAND 2 TEXAS 0

SEATTLE 5 KANSAS CITY 4 (12)

MIAMI 5 ATLANTA 4

SAN FRANCISCO 12 WASHINGTON 3

CINCINNATI 4 ST. LOUIS 1

PITTSBURGH 4 CHICAGO CUBS 3

NY METS 6 ARIZONA 2

MILWAUKEE 1 PHILADELPHIA 0

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 8 COLUMBUS 7 (11)

FORT WAYNE 13 LANSING 5

SOUTH BEND 5 BELOIT 3

NHL

DETROIT 3 NEW JERSEY 0

CAROLINA 5 NY ISLANDERS 2

COLUMBUS 5 EDMONTON 2

PHILADELPHIA 4 PITTSBURGH 1

TAMPA BAY 8 FLORIDA 4

TORONTO 4 WASHINGTON 3

WINNIPEG 4 COLORADO 1

BOSTON 5 MONTRÉAL 3

MINNESOTA 5 NASHVILLE 4

ST. LOUIS 6 ANAHEIM 3

SAN JOSE 5 VEGAS 4

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USFL

NEW ORLEANS 34 TAMPA BAY 3

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME 13 WAKE FOREST 12

BUTLER 12 ST. JOHN’S 12 (10)

NEBRASKA 19 INDIANA 7

BELMONT 8 PURDUE 6

OAKLAND 9 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 7

OAKLAND 8 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 6

BALL STATE 9 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 5

EVANSVILLE 12 INDIANA STATE 9

MISSOURI STATE 6 VALPARAISO 1

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

BUTLER 3 CREIGHTON 0

NOTRE DAME 4 NORTH CAROLINA 3

EVANSVILLE 6 BRADLEY 3

BALL STATE 4 BUFFALO 0

DRAKE 5 VALPARAISO 1

PURDUE 3 MICHIGAN STATE 2

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 6 INDIANA STATE 3

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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Jokic, Nuggets avoid sweep with Game 4 victory over Warriors

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets aren’t fazed.

They realize no team has ever won four elimination games in a single postseason series. They also know they’re the only team in league history to overcome back-to-back 3-1 playoff deficits.

That’s where they find themselves after avoiding a sweep by the Golden State Warriors with a 126-121 win Sunday to send the rough-and-tumble series back to San Francisco.

“Can I say we want them right where we want them? No, but we’re alive,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We live to fight another day.”

Game 5 is Wednesday night.

Although none of the 143 other teams who faced a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs ever bounced back to advance, the Nuggets became the league’s first team ever to overcome 3-1 deficits in consecutive series two years ago when they bounced the Jazz and Clippers in the Orlando bubble.

“The odds are against us,” said MVP favorite Nikola Jokic. “But we’ve beaten the odds a couple of times, so why not?”

Jokic scored 37 points and fed Will Barton for a 3-pointer from the left corner with 8.3 seconds left after Monte Morris’ short jumper broke a 121-all tie and Austin Rivers stole Otto Porter Jr.’s pass.

It was a reversal of final-minute fortunes for the Nuggets, who faltered down the stretch in a five-point loss in Game 3.

“We felt like it could have been 2-2 if we didn’t drop that last game,” said Rivers, who noted the Nuggets finally matched the Warriors’ physicality, especially down the stretch.

Morris finished with 24 points. He hit five 3-pointers in the third quarter, the most in a quarter by any player in these NBA playoffs.

Aaron Gordon chipped in 21 points and helped stifle Jordan Poole, who came in averaging 28.7 points this series but was held to 11.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 33 points despite missing 13 of 23 shots, going 3 for 11 from long range and missing four free throws for the first time in his career, whether in the playoffs or the regular season.

“It’s the worst feeling in the world, missed free throws,” Curry said. “It’s what I do really well.”

Klay Thompson scored 22 of his 32 points after picking up his fourth foul in the final second of the first half. He finished with five fouls.

Behind flexing rookie Bones Hyland’s three consecutive 3s, the Nuggets opened a 40-23 lead in the second quarter and they still had a nine-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

Curry’s jumper gave Golden State a 121-119 lead, but Jokic’s finger-roll layup tied it back up and Andrew Wiggins missed a dunk at the other end as the Warriors went scoreless over the final 80 seconds.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was still a “great experience” for the players on his team who haven’t been in close-out playoff situations after Golden State missed the playoffs the last two years.

“We needed that,” Kerr said. “I felt like we got completely away from the game plan tonight in the first half, because I think we were almost too anxious to win the series.

“But the focus now goes to heading home and the back in front of our fans” with a chance to close it out at home, Kerr said.

“So, we’re right where we need to be.”

Thompson said the Warriors need to be loose ones in Game 5, playing as though their season was on the line, not Denver’s.

“We got to go with the attitude like all right, it’s a must-win,” Thompson said. “We’d like to have some rest before the next series.”

Thompson said the Warriors don’t want to come back to Denver until next season “because a win by them and anything’s possible.”

The Jazz and Clippers can attest to that.

“Out of all teams in the playoffs,” Malone said, “I think we’re probably the most comfortable being down 3-1.”

BACKDOOR BACKFIRE

The Nuggets took a 63-52 halftime lead after a move by Kerr backfired with less than a second left in the second quarter.

Kerr sent Thompson back into the game with six-tenths of a second remaining and Thompson executed the play to perfection, coming off the screen for the layup – only, he pushed Rivers on his way to the rim, so the basket was waved off and Thompson was whistled for his fourth foul.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Thompson was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc but his teammates were just 5 of 23 on 3-pointers. … Draymond Green picked up his first foul 40 seconds into the game when he poked Jokic in the right eye. In the ensuing tussle, Gordon and Thompson were assessed a double technical.

Nuggets: Rivers had five steals. … Hyland finished with 15 points. His final 3 was a 33-footer that capped a 14-2 run with Jokic catching a breather on the bench after scoring or assisting on 20 of Denver’s first 23 points. “Those big shots don’t faze me,” Hyland said.

Allen scores 27, Bucks beat Bulls 119-95 to take 3-1 lead

CHICAGO (AP) Grayson Allen once again responded to the boos from the fans and even his teammates by making shot after shot.

By the time he was finished, he had his highest point total in a postseason game. And the Milwaukee Bucks walked away with another lopsided win.

Allen set playoff career highs with 27 points and six 3-pointers, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Bulls 119-95 on Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round series.

Jrue Holiday scored 26, and the defending champion Bucks came away with another easy win after two shaky performances at home.

They’ve outscored the Bulls by a combined 54 points over the past two games. That includes a 111-81 romp Friday that was the most lopsided home playoff loss in franchise history.

The Bucks led by 22 early in the third quarter and steadied themselves after a push by Chicago. The defending NBA champions will try to wrap up the series in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

Allen delivered another huge effort off the bench, surpassing his previous postseason scoring high of 22 points in Game 3. He made 10 of 12 shots and hit 6 of 7 3s, getting booed once again just about the entire time.

Allen, in his first season in Milwaukee, has a bad-boy image from his time at Duke. He is particularly unpopular in Chicago, where fans are upset about a hard foul that resulted in a broken wrist for Bulls guard Alex Caruso during a game in Milwaukee in January.

Teammates have since started having fun with the boos, letting him hear it at practices and film sessions, on the bus and at the hotel. And now, they’re doing it in games, too.

“They have so much fun,” Allen said, laughing. “I think it’s funny. I think it’s honestly hilarious. They’ve kind of turned it into a fun thing. It makes hearing it out there during the game a lot easier, too, because they think it’s so funny.”

Allen is 18 of 24 from the field and 11 for 14 on 3-pointers over the past two games. With Khris Middleton expected to miss the remainder of the series after spraining his left knee in Game 2, the Bucks needed it.

“He’s played well here in Chicago,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I think some of it’s his best basketball. I think it’s just the competitor in him, the fight in him. It’s always there, but maybe it’s a little heightened when we’re here.”

Antetokounmpo had seven assists. Holiday made five 3s.

Bobby Portis added 14 points and 10 rebounds in his second straight start with Middleton out, and the Bucks beat the Bulls for the 19th time in 21 games.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 24 points and 13 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 23 and Patrick Williams finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“There were times where we gave really, really good effort and they still scored,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. “I think there were times we moved the ball and generated pretty good looks for each other and the ball didn’t go in the basket. That, I think, gets deflating. And you could kind of sense that a little bit.”

TIP-INS

Bucks: Portis and LaVine had to be separated in the closing minutes after they got tangled and had a heated exchange near the Bulls’ basketball. Portis wore goggles again to protect his right eye. Portis suffered an abrasion in Game 2 when he was hit by Chicago’s Tristan Thompson as they went for a rebound. … G George Hill (abdominal strain) missed his fifth game in a row. … G Luca Vildoza was unavailable because of a non-COVID illness. The 26-year-old Argentinean played eight minutes in Game 3 in his NBA debut, after signing with the Bucks on April 6.

Bulls: Caruso was being evaluated for a concussion after exiting the game late in the first half with a bleeding nose. Milwaukee’s Jevon Carter inadvertently hit Caruso in the face as Caruso tried to get around a pick by Antetokounmpo. … Chicago has lost six straight home playoff games since beating Cleveland in Game 3 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals. Chicago dropped that series in six games. … Assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was back after missing Game 3 with a non-COVID-19 illness.

Butler has 36 points as Heat overwhelm Young, Hawks, 110-86

ATLANTA (AP) Miami used team defense to smother Atlanta’s Trae Young and then leaned on Jimmy Butler to take the scoring lead.

Butler scored 13 of his 36 points in a dominant second quarter and the Heat beat the Hawks 110-86 while again shutting down Young on Sunday night to take a 3-1 series lead.

Miami can wrap up the first-round series in Game 5 on Tuesday night in Miami.

Miami ended Atlanta’s six-game home winning streak despite playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who was held out with a left hamstring strain. Butler said some of his motivation to take the scoring lead was the need to fill the void left by Lowry’s injury.

“Everybody is in my ear about staying aggressing, taking more shots,” Butler said. “Tonight was a good one. We’ve got another one we’ve got to get.”

Butler overcame a slow start. He made only 1 of 7 shots before hitting his final five shots of the first half to lead the turnaround.

Miami outscored Atlanta 30-15 in the second period, holding the Hawks to a season scoring low for the period.

Butler had 10 rebounds, four assists and blocked a shot.

Young scored only nine points with five assists and five turnovers as he was shut down by Miami’s defense for the second time in four games. Young was held to eight points in Miami’s 115-91 Game 1 win.

“They’re doing a great job of showing help and not letting me get to the paint,” Young said. “You’ve got to give them credit. We’ve got to do a better job of figuring out how to get open looks so I can create for my teammates and myself, too.”

Miami outscored Atlanta 47-26 in the paint.

“They basically kept us on the perimeter,” said Hawks coach Nate McMillan.

De’Andre Hunter led the Hawks with 24 points.

Gabe Vincent had 11 points while sinking three 3-pointers in his fill-in start for Lowry, who strained his hamstring in the third quarter Friday night in a 111-110 loss to the Hawks. Lowry’s status for Game 5 is not known.

Vincent also led the defensive effort against Young.

The Hawks led 37-29 before Miami took control with a 15-0 run in the second period.

A key in the Heat’s surge came on a Butler steal from Collins, who fouled as Butler scored and then made the free throw. It was Collins’ third foul.

The 15-0 run, capped by Vincent’s 3-pointer, left Miami with a 44-37 lead. The Heat were not through, closing the half with an 11-0 run for a 55-41 lead at the break.

Butler drove through the Atlanta defense for two late baskets in the half after Collins left the game with four fouls with 1:54 remaining. Collins, who scored 11 points, finished with five fouls.

Miami led 98-74 when McMillan pulled out Young and his other starters.

TIP-INS

Heat: P.J. Tucker had 14 points and eight rebounds. Tucker was called for a technical foul when tensions rose after he was fouled by Onyeka Onkongwu late in the third quarter. … Bam Adebayo also had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Hawks: C Clint Capela started after missing the first three games of the series with a right knee hyperextension. Capela had five rebounds and his only two points in his first 8 minutes. He finished with seven rebounds. … The Hawks made only 5 of 11 free throws in the first half and 11 of 20 overall.

INJURY SCARE

Young went to the floor in pain midway through the opening period after Vincent stepped on his left foot. Young winced and was slow to rise to his feet but remained in the game.

“It’s a little sore,” Young said after the game. “I definitely rolled it a little bit.”

OLADIPO READY WHEN CALLED

Victor Oladipo played 23 minutes, scoring six points with eight rebounds and four assists in his first appearance of the playoff series for Miami.

“I really admire him for his fortitude,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra.

It was Oladipo’s first action since scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists on April 10 against Orlando in the Heat’s final regular season game.

“I was ready regardless,” Oladipo said when asked if he was told before the game he would see playing time. “Nobody has to tell me anything.”

UP NEXT

Miami will try to extend its three-game home winning streak over Atlanta, including the first two games of the series, in Game 5. Overall, the Heat are 5-2 at home against the Hawks this season.

Ingram, Pelicans overwhelm Booker-less Suns to tie series

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Brandon Ingram scored 16 of his 30 points in the third quarter and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Phoenix Suns – playing without injured star Devin Booker – 118-103 in Game 4 on Sunday night to tie the first-round series.

Jonas Valanciunas reasserted himself in the middle with 26 points and 15 rebounds to help the Pelicans pull even heading back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Booker strained his right straight after scoring 31 first-half points in the top-seeded Suns’ Game 2 loss. Deandre Ayton led the Suns with 23 points and eight rebounds, and fellow center JaVale McGee had 14 points.

Chris Paul, who had 19-point fourth quarters in the Suns’ two playoff wins, was held to four points in 35 minutes. He had 11 assists, but committed three turnovers.

The Pelicans led 89-85 with 8:05 left and used a 12-0 run to ice it. Valanciunas, limited to six points in a Game 3 loss, scored 10 points in a 3:34 span of the fourth quarter to help the Pelicans pull away. He punctuated his scoring spree with a 3-pointer from the left wing.

New Orleans had a 35-23 advantage in the third quarter. Ingram was the catalyst, making 7 of 10 shots and assisting on two other baskets as New Orleans took an 84-74 lead. His flurry started on the Pelicans’ first three possessions of the half, with a pair of 15-footers and a layup.

The Suns used a 20-10 run, with Mikal Bridges breaking down the New Orleans defense with three layups in the final eight minutes of the first half, to take a 51-49 halftime lead.

TIP INS

Suns: Paul had 28 assists and zero turnovers in Games 2 and 3, but he had 11 assists and three turnovers on Sunday. In the first three games, his assist-to-turnover ratio was 38-2. … Cam Johnson had 13 points.

Pelicans: The Pelicans committed 46 turnovers in the first three games to the Suns’ 28, leading to a point differential of 72-27. But New Orleans committed just seven turnovers in Game 4.

Nets rule Ben Simmons out of Game 4 of series vs Celtics

(AP) — Ben Simmons has been ruled out of Game 4 of Brooklyn’s playoff series against Boston, making it possible he won’t play at all this season.

The Nets listed Simmons as out Sunday on the injury report for the game Monday night, when they will be trying to avoid a sweep by the Celtics.

Simmons has been working his way back from a herniated disk in his back and coach Steve Nash said before Game 3 on Saturday that the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft had no setbacks after a 3-on-3 scrimmage earlier in the day.

But he also cautioned there was still a lot to consider as they weighed inserting Simmons into a game when he hadn’t played since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last year for Philadelphia.

Simmons then requested a trade and refused to play for the 76ers this season, citing mental health concerns. Philadelphia sent him to Brooklyn in February in a trade deadline deal for James Harden, but Simmons began to experience back pain soon after while trying to work his way back into shape.

Blue Devils’ Griffin becomes 5th Duke player to bolt for NBA

(AP) — Duke freshman A.J. Griffin is heading to the NBA, becoming the fifth Blue Devils player in the past week to declare early for the draft.

The school announced Griffin’s decision Sunday, the last day for players to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Duke said the 6-foot-6, 222-pound wing regarded as a potential lottery draft pick plans to hire an agent.

“It was a dream come true,” Griffin said in a statement. “My experiences have helped prepare me for this moment and I am proud to know I will be a Blue Devil for life.”

Griffin’s NBA move follows that of 7-1 sophomore Mark Williams, 6-10 star freshman Paolo Banchero, 6-5 wing Wendell Moore Jr. and 6-5 guard Trevor Keels. Part of one of the nation’s top recruiting classes out of Ossining, New York, Griffin is ranked as ESPN’s No. 8 draft prospect.

He averaged 10.4 points while providing size, outside shooting and defensive potential to the wing for the Blue Devils. That production came despite him missing most of his last two high school seasons because of knee and ankle injuries, as well as a preseason knee injury that slowed his process of getting back in rhythm after extended absences.

His role grew as he became more comfortable in returning to full-time action. He moved into the top lineup by mid January and never left, starting Duke’s last 25 games. He had 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting in his first start at Wake Forest, the first of five 20-point outputs as a starter – the highlight being a 27-point star-making turn in a win at rival North Carolina in early February.

Griffin made 71 of 159 3-pointers (44.7%), including 10 games as a starter with at least three 3s.

Griffin helped Duke reach now-retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski’s record 13th Final Four while winning the program’s first outright Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title since 2006.

“A.J. was one of the best shooters in the nation and his skillset is exactly what NBA teams are looking for,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.

While Duke is losing a lot of top-tier talent as Jon Scheyer takes over for Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils will have guard Jeremy Roach – who announced his return earlier in the week and had a strong postseason run – as the team’s top returning scorer (8.6 points, 27 starts). Duke also has 247sports’ No. 1-ranked recruiting class, featuring top overall prospect Dereck Lively II, fellow big man Kyle Filipowski (No. 3) and small forward Dariq Whitehead (No. 5).

Tar Heels’ Caleb Love returning after NCAA title game run

(AP) — North Carolina guard Caleb Love is returning for his junior season, a huge boost for the Tar Heels after their improbable run to the NCAA championship game.

The 6-foot-4 Love announced his decision in a social-media video on Sunday, the last day for players to declare for the NBA draft.

“The opportunity to play at North Carolina is something I never take for granted,” Love said. “To play for the greatest fan base in the world, to play with the most amazing teammates I could ever imagine and to play for coaches who support and challenge me in every way are all blessings that make me feel so fortunate.”

Love ended the video by announcing: “I’m back.”

Love’s return means the Tar Heels will bring back every starter except floor-stretching big man Brady Manek. Forward Armando Bacot was first to announce his return for a fourth season, followed by versatile top defender Leaky Black saying he would return for an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting guard R.J. Davis announced this week he’d be back for a third season.

Love was considered a potential second-round NBA draft pick, ranked as the No. 49 prospect by ESPN. He has game-changing scoring potential, which was critical to the eighth-seeded Tar Heels reaching a record 21st Final Four in coach Hubert Davis’ debut season.

“Caleb’s passion for this team and program are what motivates and drives him to win a national championship and eventually have a long, successful career in the NBA,” Davis said in a statement. “Nobody is better at taking and making big shots in pressure situations. He’s one of the most gifted players I’ve ever been around and I’m extremely excited to coach him another season.”

Love, from St. Louis, averaged 15.9 points while making significant gains with his shooting. He improved from 26.6% from 3-point range as a freshman to 36% this year. He also improved from the field (37.1%, up from 31.6%) and foul line (86.3%, up from 80.8%).

He showed an ability to shake off struggles and fearlessly try – and make – big shots.

Against UCLA in the Sweet 16, he scored 27 points after a 1-for-8 shooting start. Two games later, he overcame an 0-for-5 start to score 28 points – including a huge 3-pointer in the final minute – in the Final Four win against rival Duke.

Love struggled in the title-game loss to Kansas, scoring 13 points on 5-of-24 shooting.

Beyond the returnees, the Tar Heels add four-star recruits in point guard Seth Trimble, power forward Jalen Washington and small forward Tyler Nickel, while three-star big man Will Shaver enrolled in January to work out with the team.

Reds stop 11-game skid, beat Cardinals 4-1 behind Lodolo

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds ended an 11-game losing streak, their longest in six years, jumping to a first-inning lead and beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Sunday as former first-round draft pick Nick Lodolo got his first major league win.

Colin Moran drove in two runs for the Reds, who had been 0-4 at home this year and had not won anywhere since April 10 at World Series champion Atlanta. Cincinnati had been outscored 68-20 during the skid.

“There was a lot of celebration going on today,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It was obviously a big win. You could kind of see it weighing on guys, really for the first time. I was concerned that it might be affecting us, then they bounced back today. When we needed it the most, Nick got his first win. Throwing strikes, he had all his pitches working. It was a great day for him. It is something we can take into the off day and build on.”

The win left the Reds a major league-worst 3-13.

Tyler Naquin doubled on the second pitch from Adam Wainwright (2-2), who walked Tommy Pham and Joey Votto with one out. Moran hit a sacrifice fly and Nick Senzel followed with an RBI single.

The Reds’ 2-0 lead after the first inning was their first after a full inning since the 6-3 win at Atlanta on April 10.

Alejo Lopez singled leading off the second and scored on Naquin’s RBI grounder for a 3-0 lead.

Lodolo (1-2), a 24-year-old left-hander selected seventh overall in the 2019 amateur draft, made his third big league start. Facing an exclusively right-handed lineup, he allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none in 5 1/3 shutout innings before Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill hit consecutive doubles in the sixth. Lodolo retired Nolan Arenado on a flyout, and Tony Santillan got Albert Pujols to pop out.

“Nine right-handed bats with a team of this calibre really feels good, especially after the skid we’ve been on,” Lodolo said.

Lodolo has 15 strikeouts in a combined 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

“The first major league win?” he said, echoing a question. “Its good. It was cool, especially the skid we’ve been on. It’s good to get a win. It was a good celebration. I won’t speak too much on it, but it was a lot of fun.”

Santillan and Art Warren combined for 2 1/3 innings shutout innings, and Lucas Sims pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this season.

Arenado went 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at Great American Ball Park at 18 games, a stadium record.

The Reds avoided their longest losing streak since dropping 13 straight in 2015.

Pham scored two runs and had two hits, ending an 0-for-10 slide.

Wainwright (2-2) allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks in five-plus innings, and the Cardinals finished a 6-4 trip. Moran chased Wainwright with an RBI single in the sixth.

“They spat on every close pitch,” Wainwright said. “They didn’t swing at any of them. They didn’t swing at anything an inch off the plate. They had a good plan on me, I guess.

The leadoff batter reached in five of the six inning started by Wainwright.

“That’s not a good plan,” he said. “That’s not sustainable.”

POWER OUTAGE

The Reds and Cardinals combined to go all three games without hitting a home run, just the second time in Great American Ball Park’s 20-year history that a three-game series ended with nobody clearing the fence. The first was against the Nationals on July 25-27, 2014. A three-game homer drought played out over two home stands in 2021 with one game against Detroit and two against the Dodgers.

EYES HAVE IT

The game was delayed in the bottom of the eighth inning while Reds trainers worked to help plate umpire Brian O’Nora clear up an eye problem.

MOVE

The Reds claimed infielder Matt Reynolds from the Mets and designated for assignment RHP Ryan Hendrix.

MEDAL MAN

Cincinnati C Mark Kolozsvary, the starter for the United States team that won a silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Ouympics, made his first career start and plate appearance.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: 2B Jonathan India (right hamstring) took groundballs and could be activated on Tuesday. … C Tyler Stephenson (concussion) might not make the trip that is scheduled to start on Friday in Colorado, Bell said before Sunday’s game.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (1-0, 1.76) is the scheduled starter for Monday’s opener of a three-game home series against the Mets.

Reds: LHP Reiver Sanmartin (0-2, 7.11) is Tuesday’s scheduled starter against the Padres, who swept a three-game series against Cincinnati last week in San Diego.

Cole, Yanks sweep Guardians in series blighted by fan issues

NEW YORK (AP) In the foggy afterglow of the Yankees’ postgame celebration, Gerrit Cole felt like he could exhale.

“Breathing is a good thing,” he said with a smile. “Everybody can breathe today, right?”

Cole bounced back from the shortest start of his career, Anthony Rizzo powered a long-awaited outburst from New York’s lineup and the Yankees pounded the Cleveland Guardians 10-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep in a series marred by fan misbehavior.

Cole (1-0) struck out nine over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Rizzo’s two-run drive in the first inning tied him for the AL lead with five homers. New York won for the fifth time in six games, improving to 10-6 despite early concerns about their ineffective ace and a surprisingly punchless lineup.

The Yankees cranked up a fog machine, blasted loud music and celebrated their first sweep of the season in the clubhouse before taking a day off Monday.

“Just put a cherry on top, played a complete three games,” Cole said.

Cleveland outfielders struggled a day after fans threw bottles, cans and other debris at them immediately following New York’s walk-off victory. Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado were heckled after misplays, and breakout rookie Steven Kwan left early with right hamstring tightness.

The Yankees said they increased security in the stands Sunday, and fans appeared to refrain from more beverage tossing.

The Bronx’s famed Bleacher Creatures lobbed plenty of insults, though, especially at Straw in center and Mercado in right.

Straw, who called Yankee Universe the “worst fan base on the planet” after Saturday’s incident, was greeted by chants of “Crybaby!” and sarcastically called “Peter Parker” for his Spiderman-like climb up the wall to confront at least one fan face to face.

Straw got the loudest boos during lineup introductions, and fans pointed and jeered when he and second baseman Andres Gimenez miscommunicated on Hicks’ bases-loaded popup during New York’s three-run third inning.

Mercado badly misjudged DJ LeMahieu’s line drive in the second, letting it go over his head for an RBI double that also delighted fans.

LeMahieu had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer in the sixth, and pinch-hitter Tim Locastro pulled a two-run drive in the eighth as New York’s slumping offense had its biggest day of the year. It took the Yankees 16 games this season to score at least seven runs in a game, a first for the franchise since 1990.

“We played like ourselves today,” LeMahieu said. “That’s kind of what we expect. It’s not always going to happen like that, but we were due for a breakout game.”

Cole covered just 1 2/3 innings in his previous start against Detroit, tying his career high with five walks. He came into the day with a 6.35 ERA through three starts.

Working with backup catcher Jose Trevino for the first time, Cole limited the Guardians to a walk and four hits. He left to a standing ovation after 92 pitches.

“I haven’t been kidding when I said I think it’s about to pop,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (0-1) allowed six earned runs in three innings, pushing his ERA to 9.58 over three starts.

“On a day when he needed a little help, we didn’t help out,” manager Terry Francona said.

Left-hander Kirk McCarty made his major league debut for the Guardians and allowed four runs on two homers over the final three innings.

Gimenez had two hits, including a two-run triple in the ninth.

KWAN’S EXIT

Kwan felt cramping in his hamstring after flying out in the top of the third. He was replaced by Ernie Clement in left field for the bottom of the inning.

The 24-year-old Kwan cleared concussion testing Saturday after crashing into the outfield wall. He was taunted after the play, prompting Straw’s confrontation. Francona said Sunday morning that Kwan was sore but OK to play.

Francona said Kwan’s removal Sunday “kind of was preventative” and that the rookie was day to day.

The 5-foot-9 sparkplug is batting .341 with a .456 on-base percentage in the first 14 games of his career.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: INF Owen Miller was activated from the COVID-19 injured list. … INF Yu Chang is eligible to return from the COVID-19 IL but needs time to ramp up before he’s game ready. … LHP Konnor Pilkington was optioned to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (1-0, 2.25) opens a four-game series at the Los Angeles Angels against RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 4.82) on Monday night.

Yankees: Resume a six-game homestand Tuesday night with RHP Luis Severino (1-0, 2.08) taking on Orioles RHP Jordan Lyles (1-1, 3.52).

Peters shines as Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago Cubs 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Loud music poured out of the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field, accompanied by a multicolor light show.

A day after an ugly loss, the Pittsburgh Pirates were all smiles.

Dillon Peters keyed a solid performance by Pittsburgh’s bullpen and Kevin Newman had two hits, helping the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday.

“I give credit to our bullpen,” manager Derek Shelton said. “Anytime that we didn’t make a play or something happened, they stepped up and picked us up, and I think that’s a sign of a good team.”

Peters (3-0) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of an ill JT Brubaker, providing the Pirates with a big lift after their 21-0 loss Saturday. The left-hander surrendered a hit for the first time this season – Jonathan Villar’s fourth-inning single – but managed to run his opening scoreless streak to 10 1/3 innings over five appearances.

Heath Hembree surrendered Ian Happ’s first homer of the season in the eighth, but David Bednar worked the ninth for his second save. Peters, Wil Crowe, Hembree, Chris Stratton and Bednar combined for six innings of one-run ball on a rainy afternoon that turned into partly cloudy skies by the end of the game.

“Our bullpen’s been throwing pretty well and hope to continue that and pull for one another and keep this thing snowballing,” Peters said.

Newman, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Ben Gamel each drove in a run for the Pirates, who took three of four in the series.

A day after it collected 23 hits during a historic romp, Chicago lost for the fifth time in six games overall. Villar committed a throwing error that brought home a run in the fourth, and the Cubs left 11 runners on base, including seven over the final three innings.

With runners on second and third in the ninth, Willson Contreras struck out swinging for the second out. After Happ was walked intentionally, Frank Schwindel also struck out swinging on three straight fastballs from Bednar – each registering at least 97.2 mph.

“You dream of those spots to be in,” Bednar said, “and coming out on top and help the team win is all that matters.”

Bednar has a sparkling 0.80 ERA in 28 games since last year’s All-Star break. Crowe extended his scoreless streak to begin the season to 13 1/3 innings.

“We all feed off one another,” Crowe said, “and we all know how good our stuff can be if we trust it.”

The Cubs got off to another solid start, scoring in the first inning for the third time in the series. They have 16 first-inning runs over 16 games this season.

Ortega scampered home on a rare error by slick-fielding third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Schwindel added an RBI single. But Brubaker limited the damage by striking out Villar and Jason Heyward.

Pittsburgh got one back on Gamel’s RBI single in the second, and then went ahead to stay with two in the third against Justin Steele (1-2). Tsutsugo hit a sacrifice fly and Newman drove in Hayes with a tiebreaking double.

“Kind of lost my command with my four-seam and my spin as the second and third inning went on,” Steele said.

MAKING MOVES

The Pirates added another arm to their pitching staff, bringing up right-hander Beau Sulser from Triple-A Indianapolis. It’s the first major league promotion for Sulser, the brother of Miami Marlins reliever Cole Sulser. To make room on Pittsburgh’s 40- and 28-man rosters, outfielder Anthony Alford was designated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: RHP Alec Mills (low back strain) pitched three innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, allowing three runs and eight hits. He is expected to make another rehab start with Iowa on Thursday or Friday. … LHP Wade Miley (elbow inflammation) threw about 50 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday. He is expected to throw a live BP on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Following an off day, RHP Mitch Keller (0-3, 6.23 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series against Milwaukee. RHP Brandon Woodruff (2-1, 4.30 ERA) pitches for the visiting Brewers.

Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (0-2, 8.78 ERA) starts Tuesday night at Atlanta in the opener of a six-game trip. LHP Max Fried (1-2, 3.50 ERA) pitches for the Braves.

Grichuk, Blackmon lead Rockies to 6-2 win over Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Randal Grichuk had three hits, including his first home run of the season, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 Sunday.

The Rockies ended up with a series win despite a 13-0 loss in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

“That first game really got away from us, but we came back with a good performance in the second game and we played really well again today,” said Connor Joe, who walked, doubled and scored a run. “We’re playing really good baseball right now, and this gives us another series win.”

A day after getting his 3,000th hit, Tigers star Miguel Cabrera didn’t play. He got three hits in a doubleheader split Saturday, raising his career hit total to 3,002.

Charlie Blackmon had four hits, scored twice and drove in two runs for Colorado.

“Charlie is a great hitter and he’s proven that again and again over the years,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He’s going to get big hits and help us win games.”

Chad Kuhl (2-0) again pitched well for his new team, allowing one run and four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four and has a 1.10 ERA in three starts for the Rockies.

“I think the secret right now is that I’m not worrying about the small misses and I’m trying to minimize the big misses,” Kuhl said. “I didn’t let myself get into a lot of 2-0 or 3-1 counts, and I was really able to lean on my slider when I needed it.”

Tyler Alexander (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.

“Watching this team for the last three games, you can really see why they are hitting as well as they are,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They are always battling you. They never give up on an at-bat, even with two strikes, and they never give up on an inning, even with two outs.”

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first when Blackmon doubled and later scored on C.J. Cron’s infield single.

Grichuk hit a two-run homer for a 3-0 lead in the third. Austin Meadows made it 3-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning.

Blackmon hit a two-run single in the fourth, ending Alexander’s day.

“He just wasn’t very sharp,” Hinch said. “He can usually spot his cutter wherever he needs it, but that wasn’t there today.”

Ryan McMahon added an RBI single in the fifth. All six Colorado runs came with two out.

“When you are getting those runs, they are a huge lift, because you’ve got a number on the board,” Black said. “When you are giving them up, they are killers. You’ve gotten two out, you might have made some really good pitches with runners in scoring position and then you can’t get out of the inning.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit activated SS Javier Baez (thumb) from the disabled list and optioned RHP Jason Foley to Triple-A Toledo. … LHP Andrew Chafin is expected to join the Tigers on Monday.

IGLESIAS MAKES PLAYS

Detroit fans have warmly welcomed back Rockies SS Jose Iglesias, and he made two plays Sunday that were reminiscent of his days with the Tigers. In the fifth inning, with Colorado shifting for Tucker Barnhart, he started a 6-5-3 double play and in the sixth, Detroit had runners on first and second with one out. Jeimer Candelario’s popup fell between three defenders in shallow left, but Iglesias grabbed the ball and fired to Kuhl for a 6-1 force play at third.

“Iggy is just a great instinctive player – he knows exactly what he has to do to make those plays happen. We see it all the time,” Black said.

NEXT UP

Rockies: Colorado travels to Philadelphia to begin a four-game series on Monday. Kyle Freeland (0-2, 7.71) is scheduled to start the opener against Kyle Gibson (1-1, 3.57).

Tigers: Detroit starts a three-game series in Minnesota on Monday. Tigers lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 5.27) will face Minnesota’s (0-2, 5.00).

Buxton’s 2nd HR, 469-foot shot, lifts Twins over ChiSox 6-4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Byron Buxton hit his second homer of the game, a 469-foot, three-run drive that overcame a 10th-inning deficit and lifted the Minnesota Twins over Chicago 6-4 on Sunday and sent the White Sox to their seventh straight loss.

Buxton hit a two-run, opposite-field homer to right in the seventh against Aaron Bummer that tied the score 3-3.

After Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single in the 10th off Joe Smith (1-0), Liam Hendriks (0-2) walked Jose Godoy with one out in the bottom half after automatic runner Nick Gordon began the inning on second.

Hendriks fell behind 3-1 in the count, and Buxton drove a fastball into the leftfield second deck for the longest game-ending home run since MLB Statcast started tracking in 2015. It was Buxton’s third walk-off hit, his first since Sept. 5, 2020.

“Before that at-bat (my teammates) were like, `Buck, you’re going to win it. Buck, you’re going to win it,'” Buxton said. “Things like that you hear, you don’t know within yourself you’re about to do it, but once I got in the batter’s box, that confidence took over and got the job done.”

Buxton did not see the ball land.

“I was watching the dugout,” he said. “That’s how hyped I was. Once I hit it, I knew I had it. The excitement to enjoy it with your teammates took over.”

Buxton is batting .351 with six homers and 11 RBIs.

“I think he’s absolutely the best player in the world when he’s out there running around doing his thing,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You’re talking about a guy that’s just demolishing the baseball every day and is absolutely one of the top handful of defenders in the world, as well.”

Tim Anderson and Danny Mendick homered for Chicago, which led 3-1 in the seventh. The White Sox are on their longest losing streak since Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, 2019, and have scored just 15 runs in the seven defeats.

“Just got to keep grinding it out. Nothing’s really going our way and nobody’s going to really give us anything,” Anderson said. “It’s still early.”

Chicago had not homered in its previous six games, but Anderson hit Chris Archer’s first pitch of the game into the bullpen for his 14th career leadoff home run.

Andrew Vaughn added a two-out, RBI single with the bases loaded in the third for a 2-0 lead.

Activated from the injured list, White Sox starter Lucas Giolito struck out nine in four innings, including Buxton three times. The right-hander, who pitched four scoreless innings on opening day before straining his left abdomen, threw 48 of 76 pitches for strikes.

With two runners in scoring position, Giolito struck out Trevor Larnach and Gordon, both for the second time, to end the third inning. Larnach struck out with the bases loaded to end the first.

Archer labored through three innings, allowing two earned runs, three hits and walking three. Of his 61 pitches, 32 were strikes.

JIMENEZ UPDATE

Chicago placed OF Eloy Jimenez on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain, an injury that is expected to cause him to miss six to eight weeks Jimenez was injured Saturday trying to beat out a ground ball.

“I think the big thing is tomorrow when he goes to Chicago and really gets an extensive exam,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ll hope for the early indications.”

A ruptured left pectoral tendon limited the oft-injured Jimenez to 55 games last season. He is hitting .222 through 11 games this season with one home run and seven RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Luis Robert (groin strain) missed his third straight game. . RHP Ryan Burr (right shoulder strain) has been sent to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

Twins: C Ryan Jeffers was a late scratch with a left knee contusion. Recalled Saturday from Triple-A St. Paul, Godoy got his first start. . OF Alex Kirilloff (wrist) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with St. Paul, serving as designated hitter Tuesday and play nine innings in the field Wednesday.

UP NEXT

White Sox: LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 15.00), rocked for 10 hits and 10 runs – seven earned – in an inning Wednesday at Cleveland, looks to bounce back at home against Kansas City Tuesday. LHP Daniel Lynch (1-1, 5.40) is the Royals starter.

Twins: Start a three-game home series with Detroit Tuesday. RHP Chris Paddack (0-2, 5.00) is scheduled to face Tigers’ LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1, 5.27).

Nedeljkovic makes 17 saves, Red Wings blank Devils 3-0

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A day after being embarrassed in a one-sided loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings bounced back with one of their best defensive games of the season.

Alex Nedeljkovic had 17 saves, Oskar Sundqvist and Tyler Bertuzzi each had a goal and assist and the Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Sunday.

“Some things were said in the room after the game yesterday,” Nedeljkovic said of the 7-2 loss to the Penguins. “We’ve had too many of those games where we ended up getting kind of blown out, and today I think was a big game for some guys to kind of rebound and right the ship in a way, myself included.”

The 17 shots allowed were the second-fewest in a game this season for Red Wings, who limited Anaheim to 15 on Jan. 31 in a 2-1 victory.

“I think we had some urgency,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said after his team snapped a two-game losing streak and won for the second time in six games. “We had some jump in our game and some purpose; we were playing like we were playing for something, we were playing for some pride.”

Sundqvist scored in the first period and Bertuzzi and Michael Rasmussen added late empty-net goals.

New Jersey goaltender Andrew Hammond made 21 saves as the Devils lost their seventh straight game at home.

New Jersey played without captain Nico Hischier, who was ill. That left the Devils without their top two centers, with Jack Hughes out for the season.

“It’s frustrating, you know, you really want to feel good, but you know, sometimes that’s just the way it is and you have to dig deep to get through the game,” veteran forward Tomas Tatar said. “But like I said, I’m personally disappointed. I would expect more from us.”

The shutout was fourth of the season for Nedeljkovic and it involved a little good luck and a good challenge by the Detroit bench.

Late in the second period, Devils forward Yegor Sharangovich took a bad-angle shot from the right corner that hit off the pad of a screened Nedeljkovic and went into the net, seemingly tying the game.

The Red Wings challenged the goal. The replay showed Devils defenseman Damon Severson was clearly offside entering the zone, nullifying the goal.

“They were kind of feeling it right there, but that happens; sometimes you get the bounces,” said Nedeljkovic, who saw Devils forward Pavel Zacha miss the net on a third-period breakaway with the score still 1-0.

Detroit lost an apparent Adam Erne goal with 7:56 left when the officials decided the Red Wings forward interfered with Hammond on a shot by Danny DeKeyser.

Sundqvist opened the scoring with 4:12 left in the first period on a bang-bang play. Bertuzzi poked the puck off the stick of Devils forward Andreas Johnsson in the corner and it rolled right to Sundqvist for a quick shot that beat a startled Hammond.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: At Toronto on Tuesday night in second game of season-ending three-game road trip.

Devils: At Ottawa on Tuesday.

Cates, Jones lead Flyers over Penguins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Noah Cates had two goals and an assist, Martin Jones made 37 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Sunday.

Morgan Frost added a goal and an assist and Travis Konecny scored an empty-netter for the Flyers, who won their second straight after losing six in a row.

Sidney Crosby scored for the playoff-bound Penguins.

“We just weren’t good enough,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “I was hopeful that we were going to have a better effort.”

The Penguins entered in third place in the Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of Washington. Pittsburgh has two games remaining and would play the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs by staying in third place. If Washington jumps ahead of the Penguins, Pittsburgh would meet the Eastern Conference-leading Florida Panthers in the opening round.

“Wasn’t our best,” Crosby said. “It’s not always going to be your best, you still have to find ways to win. We’ve got two games left here to make sure we’re playing the right way going into the playoffs. You definitely want to be playing well, wherever that seeds you so be it.”

Philadelphia is merely playing out the season. The Flyers entered with the second-worst record in the East, and several regulars are sidelined for the remainder of the season. A mix of AHL call-ups and young players looking to establish themselves in the NHL gave Philadelphia a surprising lift against the more-talented Penguins.

Cates is one of them. A fifth-round pick in 2017, Cates recorded his first multi-goal performance and now has five tallies in 13 career games. He joined the Flyers after his college team, Minnesota-Duluth, was eliminated from the NCAA tournament.

The 23-year-old Cates scored both goals in nearly identical fashion, the first a deflection of Keith Yandle’s slap shot from in front of the net with 13:11 left in the second period to put Philadelphia ahead 2-0, and the second a redirection of Ivan Provorov’s slap shot on the power play with 10:22 to play to make it 3-0. It was a rare tally on the man-advantage for Philadelphia, which entered last in the NHL on the power play by converting just 12 percent of its chances.

Frost scored on a rebound with 4:11 left in the first to put the Flyers on the board.

Frost, 23, centered the third line with Cates and 23-year-old Owen Tippett.

“Nice to be around some younger guys,” Cates said. “We’re chatting a little bit, helping each other out and obviously producing a little bit, so it’s nice.”

Said Jones, “A lot of these young guys are starting to feel more comfortable out there, they’re getting an opportunity to play, they’re taking advantage. It’s great for them.”

Crosby recorded his 31st of the season and team-leading 84th point with 3:33 left.

GOOD GOALIES

With starter Tristan Jarry sidelined with a foot injury, Louis Domingue made his second appearance of the season in goal for the Penguins. Backup Casey DeSmith has assumed the starting spot while Jarry recovers from an injury sustained on April 14. DeSmith made 23 saves in Pittsburgh’s 7-2 win at Detroit on Saturday.

Domingue was solid throughout the contest and kept the Penguins from falling into a three-goal deficit with a stellar pad stop of Tippett from point-blank range with 10 minutes left in the second. He finished with 39 saves.

Jones was even better. Philadelphia’s goalie was at his best late in the second, first denying Jake Guentzel with 5:09 left and then turning away Evgeni Malkin’s excellent chance on the power play 27 seconds later.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Penguins: Sullivan said last week that Jarry is “week to week.” He has missed four straight contests.

Flyers: Goalie Carter Hart (lower body), forwards Cam Atkinson (lower body) and Patrick Brown (upper body) and defensemen Cam York (lower body), Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) and Kevin Connauton (lower body) didn’t play and are out for the remainder of the season, according to interim coach Mike Yeo.

UP NEXT

Penguins: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night.

Flyers: At Chicago on Monday night.

Ovechkin injured as Capitals lose to Maple Leafs in shootout

WASHINGTON (AP) There’s much for the Washington Capitals to evaluate after a tough loss late in the season and an injury that could cloud their entire playoff outlook.

Alex Ovechkin was injured early in the third period of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night, crashing into the boards and getting ruled out with an upper-body injury. In the aftermath of that, his teammates built and blew a two-goal lead to miss a major opportunity to move up the standings.

Ovechkin’s uncertain status is the most alarming situation facing the Capitals with the playoffs beginning in just over a week.

“I haven’t talked to the trainer yet, so we’ll get an evaluation on him,” tight-lipped coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ll get an evaluation and see where he’s at.”

Ovechkin tripped over Toronto goaltender Erik Kallgren’s stick after failing to score on a breakaway attempt. His left arm and shoulder made contact with the boards, and the 36-year-old remained on the ice for several seconds while the arena went silent.

“I think he skated into my stick and tripped on it, so, it was not my intention to trip him,” Kallgren said. “Obviously he was frustrated, but I didn’t I mean to trip him. I didn’t mean cause an injury, so I hope he’s fine.”

Before he could get medical attention, Ovechkin got to his feet and skated off the ice without his stick. He yelled at officials about no penalty being called on the play.

The consistently durable Russian superstar usually shakes off minor injuries and stays on the bench, as he did earlier in the night when he took a puck off his right shin. But Ovechkin went right down the tunnel this time and did not return.

“I’ve never met anyone tougher than that guy,” said Washington winger T.J. Oshie, who scored and had another would-be goal taken off the board by a coach’s challenge. “We all hope he’s fine. I just talked to him and I think he’ll be all right. It’s always scary seeing `Big 8′ go down and lay on the ice. He’s a tough guy. But if there was anyone I would imagine wouldn’t miss any more time than he needs to, it’d be `8.'”

The Capitals coughed up a two-goal lead they build not long after Ovechkin left the game in obvious pain. They left with just a point after Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot scored to end the seven-round shootout.

Washington had the chance to move into third place in the Metropolitan Division with three games left to play in the regular season after the rival Pittsburgh Penguins lost at Philadelphia earlier in the day. An unsuccessful power play in OT cost the Capitals after the Maple Leafs were called for too many men on the ice.

“It’s better it happened now than in a week, but it’s a frustrating loss,” said Marcus Johansson, who scored his third goal since rejoining the Capitals at the trade deadline. “I think we all wanted this one. We’ll learn from it and move on.”

Ilya Mikheyev scored in the third period to cut Toronto’s deficit in half, and Jason Spezza tied it with 57.3 seconds left. Kallgren won his first NHL shootout after making 34 saves in regulation and OT.

llya Lyubushkin also scored in the first period for the Maple Leafs, who inched closer to wrapping up home-ice advantage in the first round.

Toronto is set to open against either the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning or the Boston Bruins. The Capitals could still face the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes or New York Rangers in the first round.

NOTES: Maple Leafs captain John Tavares and defenseman Timothy Liljegren got the night off for rest. … Defenseman Jake Muzzin missed a sixth consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. … Toronto rookie of the year candidate Michael Bunting was out after getting injured Saturday night at Florida. Coach Sheldon Keefe said Bunting woke up feeling better, but the team still did not have an expected time frame for the forward’s return.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: Return home to face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in their penultimate game of the regular season.

Capitals: Host the New York Islanders on Tuesday night in the first half of a home-and-home series with former coach Barry Trotz’s team.

Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele hold on in New Orleans

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele held off Sam Burns and Billy Horschel by two strokes Sunday in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to complete a record-setting, wire-to-wire victory.

Cantlay and Schauffele closed with an even-par-72 in late afternoon showers in the alternate-shot final round to finish at 29-under 259 at breezy TPC Louisiana, two shots ahead of Burns and Horschel.

The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup partners broke the tournament record of 27 under set by Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith in 2017, the first year the event was as a team event. Cantlay and Schauffele are the first wire-to-wire winners since the tournament adopted the team format.

“It was a great week,” Cantlay said. “Second time we’ve played this event and we were looking forward to it since last year. We really always enjoy being with each other, both on and off the golf course, and we both played exceptional this week and had a great time doing it.”

Cantlay and Schauffele opened with a record 59 in best-ball play Thursday, shot 68 on Friday in alternate shot and had a 60 in best ball Saturday to shatter the tournament 54-hole record and open a five-shot lead.

Burns, the local favorite who played at LSU, and Horschel closed with a 68. Doc Redman and Sam Ryder were third at 24 under after a 67.

“Sort of sucks like that once in a while when you feel good and you’re trying to chase down some leaders but sometimes you just can’t make it happen, and that’s what it was for us on the last six holes,” Horschel said.

Cantlay, the defending FedExCup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year, won his seventh tour title and first since the Tour Championship in September. He won a week after losing a playoff to Jordan Spieth in the RBC Heritage.

Schauffele won for the fifth time. He last won at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

Cantlay and Schauffele eagled the par-5 seventh, with Cantlay hitting a 254-yard second shot to set up Schauffele a 7-foot putt.

“(Cantlay) hit an unbelievable shot into seven,” Schauffele said. “It was a pretty thing to see from my angle in the fairway. It jump-started the round.”

After missing a 3-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 eighth, Schauffele missed the greens on the ninth and 10th holes, leading to consecutive bogeys and the five-shot lead was down to one over the charging Burns and Horschel.

“I feel like those bogeys were pretty much my fault, put (Cantlay) in bad spots with an 8-iron and wedge in hand,” Schauffele said. “We weren’t really too worried about where everyone else was at, just trying to focus on what we do best.”

Cantlay and Schauffele rebounded with a 3-foot birdie putt on the 11th and followed with six consecutive birdies before bogeying the par-5 closing hole.

Burns and Horschel pulled within one after birdieing Nos. 8, 10 and 11. But Burns’ tee shot on the short par-4 16th found the water and a bogey on the par-3 17th left them three behind.

Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and Ryan Palmer shot a 71 to tie for 18th at 18 under.

The father-son team of Jay and Bill Haas tied for 36th after a 72. At 68 years, 4 months, 20 days, Jay Haas, making his 799th official start, is the oldest player to make a PGA Tour cut.

Hataoka takes advantage of Ko’s late meltdown in LA Open

LOS ANGELES (AP) Nasa Hataoka took advantage of Jin Young Ko’s late meltdown Saturday to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the DIO Implant LA Open.

Tied for the lead with Hataoka after a birdie on the par-5 15th, the top-ranked Ko bogeyed the par-4 16th and made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the 17th after failing twice to get the ball out of the deep barranca.

Hataoka birdied the 16th and parred the final two holes for a 4-under 67 and 11-under 202 total at breezy Wilshire Country Club. The 23-year-old from Japan has five LPGA Tour victories, winning twice last season.

“During yesterday’s round something clicked inside me and I was able to bring that to today’s round, too,” Hataoka said. “I think that really helped me today.”

Hannah Green of Australia was second after a 69.

Ko shot a 72, closing with a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3 18th, to fall into a tie for third with fellow South Korean players Inbee Park (68) and Haeji Kang (69).

On the 17th, Ko hit her second shot into the barranca that snakes through the historic layout. Instead of taking an unplayable lie, she climbed down into the gully and tried to hit out twice before taking an unplayable lie.

“I played not bad. Just 17 was big mistake,” Ko said. “But this is golf. I don’t have regret.”

On the 16th, Ko’s chip from in front of the green rolled back to her feet and she made a 20-footer to salvage bogey.

“This course is tough one, so I’m trying to focus on my game,” Ko said. “And I have one more round to go, so I will use the all energy from my body.”

Ko won in Singapore early last month for her 13th LPGA Tour title. She won five times last year.

Hatoaka had five birdies and a bogey Saturday in diminished wind.

“Compared to yesterday, today wasn’t really bad,” Hataoka said. “Feel like the wind yesterday was a lot more difficult to read.”

Green had three birdies and a bogey playing in the final group with Hataoka and Ko.

“I feel like I haven’t played my entire best,” Green said. “I’m hoping tomorrow I can kind of get everything to go my way and try and put as much pressure on Nasa as possible.”

Park had four birdies and a bogey.

“This golf course, anything can happen,” Park said. “Especially, if you have a bad-putting day, it’s just a disaster on this golf course.”

The tournament is part of a two-week run in the Los Angeles area, with the Palos Verdes Championship next week.

Ross Chastain steals victory at Talladega Superspeedway

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Ross Chastain surveyed his situation on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway and decided his best strategy was to stay right where he was and not make a move for the win.

It got him to victory lane.

Chastain stole the win Sunday when leader Erik Jones moved out of his way to defensively block reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson. It cleared the lane for Chastain, who pointed his Chevrolet straight, slipped past Jones and collected his second career Cup victory.

“Holy cow! We didn’t do anything! We just stayed down there!” Chastain screamed over his radio.

The race was Jones’ to control on the final lap and he knew Larson would make a move for the win. Larson waited until they were exiting the final turn and, in hindsight, Jones said he should have let him go and stayed put with Chastain on his bumper.

“Looking back, I wish I would have stayed on the bottom and let (Chastain) push me,” Jones said. “It is what it is. You’re trying to just win the race. You can only see how much is going on from the seat. You’re trying to make the best decision you can the last 1,500 feet.”

Chastain, who scored his first career Cup win last month on the road course at Circuit of the Americas, won for the second time in five races. This one was his first on a superspeedway, where he said he’s usually the driver who makes the wrong moves.

“I’m always the one going to the top early and making the mistake and there at the end it was like eight to go, and I was like, `I’m not going up there again,'” Chastain said. “I did that a couple of times, I was like, `I’ll just ride on the bottom. I’m not going to lose the race for us.’

“I have no idea. They just kept going up. They just kept moving out of the way.”

The eighth-generation watermelon farmer from Florida climbed out of his winning TrackHouse Racing entry through the open roof flaps – like a sunroof – and smashed a watermelon from the roof of the Chevy in celebration.

Chastain also bit into a hunk of watermelon he picked up off the ground, but this time asked on Fox Sports if any seeds had gotten stuck in his beard. He did his entire live television interview following his win in Texas last month with a bit of watermelon rind stuck on his face.

The winning car was the same Chevrolet that Chastain drove to victory on a road course a month ago, but NASCAR’s new Next Gen model makes it easily adaptable to the different circuits on the schedule. The car is also more durable than past models, which cuts down on cautions – even at crash-fest Talladega. The entire third stage Sunday was caution-free.

Chastain and William Byron are the only multiple race winners through 10 Cup events – a quarter of the season. He’s solidly locked into the playoffs with TrackHouse, a second-year team owned by former driver Justin Marks and Pitbull.

Chastain, in his first season with TrackHouse, never imagined so much success out of the gate.

“Are you kidding me? I’ve wrecked myself so many times and gotten into it with guys,” Chastain said. “Justin Marks and what he laid out for us was ambitious. I had no idea what to expect other than I knew I had my group from last year. (Sponsors are) believing in us. We started the year with a lot of races open (for funding). We’re almost full now, and it’s because of the vision of Justin Marks.

“We won, dude!”

Austin Dillon finished second for Richard Childress Racing in a 1-2 sweep for Chevrolet, while Kyle Busch was third in a Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Larson wound up fourth for Hendrick Motorsports, followed by JGR driver Martin Truex Jr. and then finally Jones, who fell all the way to sixth trying to save the win. Michael McDowell in eighth was the highest-finishing Ford.

“It’s typical here. Been close here so many times,” Jones said.

Larson was similarly disappointed, believing Sunday was the first time he’s ever been in contention to win on a superspeedway.

“Honestly the first time I’ve had a legit shot at winning a plate race in the Cup series, so happy about that,” Larson said. “But when you are that close – and I was in the exact position I wanted to be in, I didn’t want to be leading – I feel like I did a good job with patience and stuff. Just made one small mistake there and it cost me one.”

PENSKE PROBLEMS

Roger Penske was at the track seeking a second Team Penske superspeedway victory this season but saw three of his cars collected in one crash.

Joey Logano was in the third row on a restart during the second stage and not even up to full speed when Bubba Wallace knocked him out of line and into the outside wall. Logano’s car then shot back down into the field and teammates Austin Cindric, the Daytona 500 winner, and Harrison Burton, who drives for Penske affiliate The Wood Brothers, were among those collected in the eight-car crash.

The crash actually collected five of the 16 Ford drivers in the race, and an earlier accident knocked out another two when Chase Briscoe and Chris Buescher were eliminated. The Ford group was the most organized manufacturer at the season-opening Daytona 500 and used their strategy to get Cindric into victory lane.

It marked the third time in the last four races at Talladega that Logano has crashed out, and it was his first DNF of the season.

“You’re getting pushed from behind. You’re pushing the car in front. There’s nothing you can do, and I was the one that got shuffled out,” Logano said. “It stinks. It’s Talladega. I don’t know, some people love it. I can’t say I do.”

UP NEXT

The Cup Series races next Sunday at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Alex Bowman is the defending race winner.

TOP INDIANA HEADLINES/RELEASES

Cruz Crushes Walk-Off Bomb in Extras

INDIANAPOLIS – Oneil Cruz launched a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Indianapolis Indians an 8-7 walk-off win over the Columbus Clippers on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field. The triumph was Indy’s second straight in walk-off fashion.

After Columbus (12-6) plated two runs in the top of the 11th to take a 7-5 lead, the Indians (9-8) rallied in the bottom half to salvage a series split. Following a one-out infield single by Josh Bissonette that scored Bligh Madris to bring Indy within one, Cruz obliterated a 2-1 curveball 112 mph off the bat off Kevin Coulter (L, 0-1) for his first home run of the season.

The game – which had five lead changes – featured clutch hitting throughout. With the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, Mason Martin gave the Indians their first lead with a two-run double to make it 2-1. The score held until the seventh, when Indianapolis’ Hoy Park ripped a three-run homer down the right-field line to answer a two-run shot by Columbus’ Richie Palacios before the stretch.

The Clippers forced extra innings on a game-tying two-run home run by Alex Call in top of the ninth. The Ball State University product then gave Columbus its third and final lead with a two-run double in the 11th.

Right-hander Roansy Contreras made his first Triple-A start of the season and threw 3.1 innings, surrendering one run with two walks and five strikeouts. His only blemish came with two outs in the first inning on a Luke Maile home run.

John O’Reilly (W, 1-0) tossed 2.0 innings in relief and yielding two runs (one earned) on one hit and two walks.

Bissonette had a game-high three hits with one RBI and three runs scored. The three hits tied his career high, previously established with Double-A Altoona on July 16, 2021 vs. Binghamton.

The last time the Indians won back-to-back games in walk-off fashion came in 2021 when Christian Bethancourt walked off Iowa at Victory Field on June 30 and July 1.

The Indians will travel to Principal Park to meet the Iowa Cubs beginning Tuesday at 7:38 PM ET. Both teams have yet to name starting pitchers.

Three Unanswered Goals in Second Half Lift Indy’s Winning Streak to Three Games, Unbeaten Run to Five Matches

Indy Eleven used three straight goals in the second half to storm past Orange County SC in a 3-1 victory that marked the third consecutive win for Indiana’s Team. Noah Powder and Stefano Pinho scored ten minutes apart to put the Eleven up by midway through the second stanza, while Aris Briggs put the nail in the coffin two minutes deep into stoppage time.

The triumph for Indy Eleven (3W-2L-2D) also pushed its undefeated streak to five games, the longest such stretch since a seven-game run that spanned the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. After beginning the season at the foot of the 14-team Eastern Conference table with two losses, the red-hot form of the Boys in Blue have them now sitting in fifth place on 11 points, with the fourth-place Tampa Bay Rowdies (13 pts.) and third-place Detroit City FC (14 pts.) both within their sights.

The best chance of the opening ten minutes fell to Indy Eleven off a recycled corner kick in the 9th minute, when a nifty 1-2 between Raul Aguilera and A.J. Cochran put the latter between two defenders and seemingly in alone on OCSC goalkeeper Pat Rakovsky, only for a late poke to see the ball out for a corner. That allowed Orange County to change the scoreboard first in the 13th minute on as direct a play as you’ll see, started by a Rakovsky goal kick up Route 1. OC midfielder Ugo Okoli’s header at midfield freed Mikko Kuningas behind the backline, and the Finnish forward was able to finish low past stranded Eleven netminder Elliot Panicco to give the visitors the early advantage.  

While Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry’s insertion of midfielder and captain Ayoze into the starting lineup was planned – which marked the Spaniard’s first start of 2022 – having to throw midfielder Neveal Hackshaw back into the mix early on was not. The Trinidad & Tobago international entered in the 25th minute to spell injured center back Mechack Jerome, marking his first time back on the pitch in a month for the Boys in Blue after missing the last four league contests.

Both teams would find the back of the next in the last half of the opening stanza, but each would be nullified by the offside flag, starting with Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres’ opportunity in the 39th minute. Five minutes later the Eleven were a bit hard done after forward Jonas Fjeldberg’s finish of Stefano Pinho’s flick on towards the penalty spot was called off, despite replays showing he was likely kept on by a defender.

Fjeldberg kept his foot on the gas to start the second half, getting a quality chance a minute in off a Justin Ingram feed into the area that the Norwegian attacker put just over the near upper corner. In the 49th Pinho snapped a header off a Alex McQueen’s service, but the chance fell right to Rakovsky. On the other end Kuningas searched for his second, but Cochran’s lunging tackle deflected the ball just wide of frame in the 50th minute, and a header fell just wide in the 53rd minute.

OCSC would rue those missed chances immediately, as 53rd minute Indy substitute midfielder Noah Powder evened the score just a minute after hitting the pitch. Pinho did well to muscle past a defender’s attempt to seal off on the endline, giving him space to pick out Powder’s run to the top of the six, from where he thundered in a first-time blast to bring the match even at 1-1.

Indiana’s Team kept the pressure on, starting with Powder’s chance from distance two minutes after his account opener. In the 64th minute Rakovsky came off his line to stymy both Pinho and Fjeldberg on back-to-back 50-50 balls, but he wasn’t so fortunate on the recycled chance, which started with Justin Ingram chipping another substitute, forward Manuel Arteaga, into the right side of the area. Arteaga hooked the ball over a charging Rakovsky and into the six, where Pinho crashed to beat a defender to the ball and headed into the vacated goal, pushing Indy in front for the first time on the evening.

From there, Indiana’s Team was able to put its thumb on the scale, controlling play and relinquishing no true threats on its frame, although a probing cross deep into the area on a play that was whistled offside did cause a nervous moment as the match crossed into three minutes of stoppage time. Briggs wound up ending the scoring in the 92nd minute for a second straight match courtesy of a nice build up through Pinho and Arteaga and a couple fortunate deflections in the area. This time his finish allowed Indy a vital insurance goal, and his third point off the bench in as many matches during the team’s winning streak also resulted in the Eleven notching its first multi-goal win of the campaign.

Indy Eleven will finish off its three-game homestand to close out the month this Saturday, April 30, when Indiana’s Team gets back to Eastern Conference opposition against Hartford Athletic. Tickets for all Indy Eleven regular season contests at IUPUI Carroll Stadium are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Details on the evening’s Bike Night at The Mike festivities, benefitting Make-A-Wish of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Hoosiers Place Sixth at Kepler Intercollegiate

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team finished sixth overall at the 50th annual Kepler Intercollegiate at the Columbus Country Club on Sunday. The Hoosiers shot 859 (285-284-290, -5) over the weekend.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Kepler Intercollegiate • Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Country Club

Par 72 • 7077 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 6th/13 – 859 (285-284-290, -5)

Top Indiana Player: Clay Merchent – 211 (69-72-70, -5)

CHIP-INS

• As a team, Indiana tallied 52 birdies and an eagle in three rounds of play at the Columbus Country Club.

• Sophomore Clay Merchent shot an IU-best 70 (-2) in the final round. His play was steady and included three birdie conversions scattered throughout the round. He tied for sixth overall after shooting a 211 (69-72-70, -5).

• Merchent’s score and to-par score both marked the second-best figures of his career and established new season-best numbers. He played a card of 209 (-7) at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in his first career tournament at Indiana from Feb. 14-16, 2021.

• He also netted his fifth-career top-10 finish and first since securing a fourth-place effort in the Boilermaker Invitational on April 11, 2021.

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd turned in another solid round on Sunday with an even-par 72. His day consisted of three birdie conversions to give him 10 for the weekend. He finished tied for 19th with a score of 217 (76-69-72, +1).

• Senior Mitch Davis shot a 1-over 73 on the day. The highlight of his round came with a flurry of three birdies in four holes around the turn. He matched Shepherd’s score of 217 (72-72-73, +1) to tie for 19th.

• Sophomores Drew Salyers played a 3-over 75 scorecard on Sunday to finish at 218 (72-71-75, +2) for the weekend. He converted a pair of birdies in the round and tied for 28th place in the individual standings.

• Senior Harry Reynolds played his final round at a 3-over 75 with a birdie on No. 13. His three-round scorecard read 233 (72-76-75; +7) over the weekend.

• Playing as an individual, fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov tallied one birdie in his final round of 78 (+6). He wrapped the tournament shooting a 227 (76-73-78, +11).

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-6th. Clay Merchent – 211 (69-72-70, -5)

t-19th. Mitch Davis – 217 (72-72-73, +1)

t-19th. Ethan Shepherd – 217 (76-69-72, +1)

t-28th. Drew Salyers – 218 (72-71-75, +2)

t-52nd. Harry Reynolds – 223 (72-76-75; +7)

t-68th. Evan Yakubov* – 227 (76-73-78, +11)

*Competing as individual

UP NEXT

Indiana will have a quick turnaround for the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Championship. The event is scheduled to begin on April 29 from the Dye Course at French Lick.

Indiana Places 13th at Big Ten Championship

PITTSBURGH – The Indiana women’s golf team finished 13th at the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Championship after shooting a 922 (313-303-306; +70) at the Fox Chapel Golf Course on over the weekend.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Big Ten Championships • Pittsburgh

Fox Chapel Golf Course

Par 71 • 6045 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

Team Standings: 13th/14 – 922 (313-303-306; +70)

Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 225 (77-75-73; +12)

CHIP-INS

• Freshman Áine Donegan hit back-to-back birdies to end her final round on a high note. She shot a 2-over 73 on Sunday and tallied a 225 (77-75-73; +12) to finish as the top Hoosier in the individual standings. She tied for 38th.

• Freshman Margaret Fernandez turned in her best scorecard of the weekend after shooting a 3-over 74. She also made one of four Indiana birdies (No. 13) on the afternoon. Her first Big Ten Championship wrapped at 231 (78-79-74; +18).

• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons played a scorecard of 12-over 83 in the final round and finished her collegiate career with a three-round score of 233 (79-71-81; +20).

• Junior Valerie Clancy shot a 9-over 80 in the final round to close the tournament at 238 (80-78-80; +25).

• Senior Alexis Miestowski finished the tournament at 240 (81-80-79; +27) after steadily improving each round. She knocked in one birdie putt on No. 18.

• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira shot a 10-over 81 on Sunday to wrap up her debut campaign with the Cream and Crimson. She shot a 241 (79-81-81; +28) on the weekend.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-38. Áine Donegan – 225 (77-75-73; +12)

t-58. Margaret Fernandez – 231 (78-79-74; +18)

67. Mary Parsons – 233 (79-71-83; +20)

t-77. Valerie Clancy – 238 (80-78-80; +25)

79. Alexis Miestowski – 240 (81-80-79; +27)

t-80. Beatriz Junqueira – 241 (79-81-81; +28)

UP NEXT

The 2022 NCAA DI Women’s Golf selection show will air at 4 p.m. ET on April 27 on the Golf Channel.

Men’s Tennis Drops Match at No. 28 Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. –––– The Indiana Men’s Tennis team lost a road match at No. 28 Northwestern, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats took the doubles point by winning at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Then, they won at No. 1, 2, and 3 singles to close out the overall match. One doubles match and three singles matches went unfinished.

For Indiana, the regular season is now complete, and the postseason becomes the focus.

The Hoosiers will open play in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. The tournament is being held in Madison, Wisc. this year.

Singles competition

1. Steven Forman (NU) def. Carson Haskins (IND) 6-0, 6-2

2. Simen Bratholm (NU) def. Patrick Fletchall (IND) 7-6 (6-3), 6-1

3. Trice Pickens (NU) def. Luka Vukovic (IND) 6-3, 6-1

4. Presley Thieneman (NU) vs. Vikash Singh (IND) 6-0, 4-5, unfinished

5. Brian Berdusco (NU) vs. Michael Andre (IND) 7-6 (6-2), 2-1, unfinished

6. Gleb Blekher (NU) vs. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Steven Forman/Felix Nordby (NU) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Patrick Fletchall (IND) 6-4

2. Simen Bratholm/Brian Berdusco (NU) def. Vikash Singh/Carson Haskins (IND) 6-2

3. Gleb Glekher/Trice Pickens (NU) vs. Michael Andre/Luka Vukovic (IND) 6-5, unfinished

Order of Finish:

Singles: 1, 3, 2, unfinished

Doubles: 1, 2, unfinished

Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 45 Wisconsin

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– The Indiana Women’s Tennis team dropped a home match to No. 45 Wisconsin, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon.

The doubles point was tightly contested as Indiana split with Wisconsin through the first two doubles matches, but the Badgers held on to win No. 1 doubles, 7-5, and clinch the doubles point.

From there, Wisconsin swept the singles matches.

Now, the regular season is over and postseason play awaits. Indiana will begin competition in the Big Ten Tournament later this week.

Wisconsin 7, Indiana 0

Singles competition

1. Ava Markham (WIS) def. Lara Schneider (IND) 7-5, 7-5

2. Alina Murkhortova (WIS) def. Alexandra Staiculescu (IND) 6-1, 6-3

3. Xinyu Cai (WIS) def. Mila Mejic (IND) 6-4, 6-2

4. Antonela Stoica (WIS) def. Rose Hu (IND) 6-1, 6-2

5. Taylor Cataldi (WIS) def. Sayda Hernandez (IND) 6-0, 6-0

6. Charmaine Seah (WIS) def. Lexi Kubas (IND) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Xinyu Cai/Alina Mukhortova (WIS) def. Laura Masic/Lara Schneider (IND) 7-5

2. Alexandra Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IND) def. Mia Larrain/Ava Markham (WIS) 6-1

3. Ariel Johnson/Taylor Cataldi (WIS) def. Rose Hu/Lexi Kubas (IND) 6-1

Order of Finish:

Singles: 5, 2, 6, 4, 3, 1

Doubles: 3, 2, 1

Boilermakers Dispatch Michigan State, 3-2

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A trio of RBI by freshman Olivia McFadden propelled the Boilermaker softball team (20-26, 3-11 Big Ten) to victory over Michigan State (23-25, 3-14 Big Ten) with a final score of 3-2.

Leading the way was the senior/freshman duo of Rachel Becker and McFadden. Becker registered two runs, including the game-winner, marking the first multi-run game for the senior since playing Illinois in the opening weekend of conference action (three runs on 3/25). Meanwhile, McFadden’s three RBI set a Big Ten game-high and was one shy of tying her career-best, set on the second day of the season (four RBI at Coastal Carolina, 2/12).

In front 981 fans, Bittinger Stadium’s largest yet of the season, Purdue’s offense was efficient, making good on three of the team’s four hits. Meanwhile, its defensive effort paved the way for eight Spartan runners to be left stranded despite 11 hits. Moreover, a throw from center fielder Kiara Dillon all the way to catcher Kaeley Hallada at home in the top of the fifth inning allowed the would-be game-tying run to be called out at home.

The Boilermakers responded to Michigan State’s runs at every turn. After the Spartans recorded the first run in the second, Purdue bested the effort with two of its own in the third, scoring Becker and Jade Moy. Then, after Michigan State tied the ball game up in the fifth, took the lead once more in the bottom of the frame to secure the win.

Three pitchers saw time in the circle today, led by freshman Klochack (2-1) who made her third career start, including the first and Big Ten action. After tossing a career-high-tying two strikeouts and allowing one walk over 4.1 innings, Brenna Smith entered the game for Klochack. Alexa Pinarski closed the game out for the final inning to earn the second save of the season, allowing just one hit in her three batters faced.

Fans will have six chances to watch the Boilermakers in action in the coming week. First, Purdue will travel to Indiana on Tuesday for a doubleheader (originally scheduled for 4/12), then will make the short drive to Notre Dame the following day before Purdue’s final home weekend vs. Rutgers.

Boilermakers Place 8th at B1G Championship

PITTSBURGH – Heading into Sunday’s final round in eighth place, Purdue Women’s Golf remained in that spot to conclude the Big Ten Championship. The Boilermakers tallied a final-round 294 (+10) at Fox Chapel Golf Club behind an even-par 71 from Kan Bunnabodee.

Purdue finished in the middle of the pack at 26-over par, while No. 18 Michigan (+5) captured the conference title with a four-shot victory over Michigan State (+9).

In her final B1G Championship, Inez Wanamarta led the Boilermakers. The graduate senior tied for 16th at 9-over (71-73-75—219), earning the 16th top-20 performance of her career. Wanamarta’s final round featured back-to-back birdies at No. 2 and No. 3 for a strong start. After getting up-and-down short of the par-5 second, she attacked the far-right pin at the par-3 third. Hitting her tee shot to seven feet, Wanamarta rolled in the birdie to move to 2-under on her round. Despite a pair of double bogeys, her round of 75 (+4) contributed to the team score and kept her in the top 20.

Bunnabodee grinded throughout Sunday’s round, balancing two birdies with two bogeys to go along with 14 pars. The Chonburi, Thailand, native’s birdies came at the seventh and eighth holes to help her make the turn in red figures (-1). Following a bogey at 11, Bunnabodee stayed consistent down the stretch by parring each of the last seven holes. She moved up 22 spots on the individual leaderboard, tying for 33rd at 10-over (74-78-71—223).

After finding herself in the top five heading into the final round, it was not Danielle du Toit’s day on the challenging par-71 course. A final-round 81 (+10) dropped her back into a tie for 30th (+9), but the senior still made a team-high 13 birdies throughout the week to ranked second in the entire field.

Wrapping up her first conference tournament, Jocelyn Bruch added a 3-over 74 to Purdue’s final-round mark. Like Wanamarta and Bunnabodee, her day also featured a pair of birdies, one on the front and one on the back.

The Boilermakers now wait to hear their names called for a seventh straight NCAA Regional berth. The selection show for the 2022 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships takes place Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. ET on GOLF Channel. NCAA Regionals feature 12 teams at six different sites, May 9-11. Regional destinations include Albuquerque, New Mexico (UNM Championship Course); Ann Arbor, Michigan (U-M Golf Course); Stillwater, Oklahoma (Karsten Creek Golf Club); Tallahassee, Florida (Seminole Legacy Golf Club); Stanford, California (Stanford Golf Course); Franklin, Tennessee (Vanderbilt Legends Club).

BOILERMAKERS

16. Inez Wanamarta: 71-73-75—219 (+6)

T30. Danielle du Toit: 69-72-81—222 (+9)

T33: Kan Bunnabodee: 74-78-71—223 (+10)

T43. Ashley Kozlowski: 76-76-74—226 (+13)

T43. Jocelyn Bruch: 73-79-74—226 (+13)

T51. Daniela Ballesteros: 72-79-78—229 (+16)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. #18 Michigan: 285-281-291—857 (+5)

2. Michigan State: 282-288-291—861 (+9)

T3. Northwestern: 289-281-294—864 (+12)

T3. Ohio State: 289-288-287—864 (+12)

5. Illinois: 288-284-298—870 (+18)

6. Maryland: 288-289-296—873 (+21)

7. Nebraska: 294-289-292—875 (+23)

8. Purdue: 285-299-294—878 (+26)

9. Wisconsin: 299-289-293—881 (+29)

10. Penn State: 304-296-292—892 (+40)

11. Rutgers: 296-305-302—903 (+51)

12. Minnesota: 299-301-309—909 (+57)

13. Indiana: 313-303-306—922 (+70)

14. Iowa: 309-307-312—928 (+76)

Season Highs Collide in Sunday Loss: 16 Hits, 17 LOB

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Belmont scored in four of the first five innings for the second day in a row, riding another early lead past Purdue baseball 8-6 Sunday at Alexander Field.

The Bruins (26-14) pounded out 31 hits over the final days of the series. Sunday’s game featured a combined 32 hits, including a season-high 16 for the Boilermakers (22-13). But they also left a season-high 17 runners on base.

Purdue finally scored multiple runs in a frame with two tallies in the eighth, but even in that frame the Boilermakers hit into a run-scoring double play with the bases loaded and stranded runners on the corners. They also scored in the ninth while bring the go-ahead run to the plate against the BU closer.

Paul Toetz posted his first four-hit game as a Boilermaker. Evan Albrecht (3-for-5, HBP) also reached base safely four times, registering his team-leading ninth three-hit game of the season.

Purdue opened the second inning with three straight singles to get on the board and turned Toetz’s leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth into a run but was unable to put together a big inning. Cam Thompson flew out to the warning track in center field with the bases loaded in the fourth.

Meanwhile, the visitors scored multiple runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to build an 8-2 lead.

Highlighted by Ryan Howe’s RBI double, Purdue had three of its first four batters reach base safely in the seventh inning but stranded two more runners.

Troy Viola scored from first base on Howe’s double after extending his on-base streak to 16 consecutive games with a leadoff single to open the inning. CJ Valdez (31) and Thompson (35), Curtis Washington Jr. (23) also kept their long on-base streaks alive. Thompson and Valdez have still reached base safely in every game they’ve played this season. Valdez drew three walks to go along with a sixth-inning single. Washington extended his streak with a single in the ninth inning.

Khal Stephen retired eight of the nine batters he faced over 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief, giving the bullpen another quality outing. The freshman has conceded just one run on four hits over 10 innings in his last five appearances dating back to April 10. Eric Hildebrand also worked two innings of one-hit relief, teaming up with Stephen to post four consecutive zeros to close the game.

Purdue’s season-long seven-game homestand continues Tuesday with a 6 p.m. midweek game vs. Valparaiso.

Purdue Closes Regular Season Conference Play Against #52 Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Purdue men’s tennis team fell on Sunday in their last conference road match of the season to No. 52 Illinois, 4-1.

Athell Bennett and Piotr Galus bested their matchup against No. 60 Lucas Horve and Hunter Heck to give Purdue a single doubles win at No. 1. The Fighting Illini snagged the doubles point with 6-4 and 6-2 wins at No. 2 and 3.

Illinois took a 3-0 lead at No. 1 and 3 singles to raise their score.

Rohan Sachdev answered back and overtook his opponent in the first set of his singles match over Alex Brown, 6-1, with a tougher fight the second set, but prevailed and scored a singles point for the Boilermakers.

Dating back to April 15, 1999 was the Boilermakers first meeting between the Illini in Champaign.

UP NEXT

The Boilers will make a road trip to Madison, Wisc. to begin Big Ten Tournament play this week.

PURDUE (9-13, 2-6) – 1, No. 52 ILLINOIS (12-13, 4-4) – 4

Singles

1. No. 65 Hunter Heck (ILL) def. Athell Bennett (PUR) – 6-3, 6-2

2. Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) vs. Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) – 6-7(4), 1-2, unfinished

3. No. 61 Olivier Stuart (ILL) def. Sebastian Welch (PUR) – 6-0, 6-0

4. Rohan Sachdev (PUR) def. Alex Brown (ILL) – 6-1, 7-5

5. Lucas Horve (ILL) def. Piotr Galus (PUR) – 6-3, 6-3

6. Michal Wozniak (PUR) vs. Gabrielius Guzauskas (ILL) – 6-2, 2-5, unfinished

Butler Baseball and St. John’s End Series in 12-12 Tie

QUEENS – Due to a conference travel curfew ruling the game between Butler and St. John’s on Sunday afternoon ended in a 12-12 tie after nine innings. The two teams pushed the start time up one hour for the series finale, but could not be separated after four hours of BIG EAST action.

Butler scored their 12 runs off 16 hits and the Johnnies tallied 13 hits to pull even in the bottom of the ninth. The game was wild from start to finish with twists and turns coming in all directions. Butler scored seven runs in the top of the first inning, but would trail 9-8 after the fifth. Neither team could provide offense in the sixth or seventh, but the ‘Dawgs posted four runs to the scoreboard in the eighth to regain control. In the end, those four runs would not be enough as STJ scored three in the bottom of the ninth to knot the score at 12-12.

James Gargano was great for BU at the top of the order. The fifth-year senior went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored. Kyle Van Liere, Billy Wurch and Dominic Milano also had doubles for the ‘Dawgs on Sunday afternoon.

Nick Ortega and Kollyn All would match Gargano with three RBI on the day. Ortega highlighted the first inning with a ball leaving the park to give BU the 7-0 advantage. His round-tripper down the left field line scored Milano and O’Halloran.

All started the game with a sac fly to center and provided Butler with a two-RBI single in the eighth to regain the BU lead. Gargano chipped in with a two RBI single to left center in the eighth to move the score to 12-9 in favor of Butler. The three-run difference wasn’t quite enough as STJ came back with a single, double and ground out to even the score.

Nick Eaton, John MacCauley, Aaron Barokas and Taylor Dawson touched the rubber for the Bulldogs. Eaton exited after 56 pitches (2.1 IP) and watched MacCauley toss the next 2.2 innings of action. MacCauley and Barokas saw a majority of the action on Sunday. Barokas struck out eight batters over three full frames.

St. John’s went with Joe Mascio, Vincent Bianchi, Ben Adams, and closer Chuck Sanzio. Their combined efforts resulted in just three strikeouts and six walks.

Today’s result moves Butler to 18-22-1 overall. The team will return to action on Tuesday with a game against Indiana at Victory Field. First pitch downtown is set for 6:30 PM.

Butler Softball Sweeps Creighton with Record Twelfth BIG EAST Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team produced its first BIG EAST series sweep of the season with a game three, 3-0, shutout over Creighton. The win also marks the first time the Bulldogs (26-14, 12-5 BIG EAST) have won 12 games in a single season in BIG EAST competition. Coming into the series, the Bluejays (14-24, 4-15 BIG EAST) were atop the conference with a team batting average of .293, but Butler pitchers held the visitors to a total of eight hits and two runs with a combined .114 average at the plate over the three games.

How It Happened

In the second inning, a Bri Avery single to left center knocked in Monique Hoosen (1-2, SB) from third, giving Butler an early, 1-0, lead.

In the fifth, Mackenzie Griman (2-3, 2 RBI) hit a two-run single up the middle, pushing Lauren Fey (1-2, R, 2 SB) and Ellie Boyer (SB) across for what would be the final two runs.

Butler Pitching

Alyssa Graves (11-3) pitched a two-hit shutout, going the distance for Butler in her second complete game in as many days. In 7.0 innings, she allowed only two hits and three walks while striking out six.

Bulldog Bits

Alyssa Graves’ win on Sunday was her eleventh of the season and the 38th of her career.

The shutout was Graves’ second of the season and ninth of her career. She is now in sole possession of the fourth spot all-time at Butler.

The complete game for Graves was her sixth of the season and the 36th of her career. She is now tied for seventh on Butler’s all-time career list (Kena Woods, ’95-’98 and Nikki Naffziger, ’05-’08).

Graves has now pitched 519.0 innings in a Butler uniform and has cracked the top five on Butler’s all-time list for career innings pitched.

Lauren Fey’s two stolen bases bring her season total to 17 and her career total to 50.

Ellie Boyer’s stolen base on Sunday raised her season total to fifteen. She had four in the series.

Monique Hoosen’s stolen base was her second in as many games. It was her fourth of the season and the eighth of her career.

Sydney Carter’s stolen base was her second of the season.

With today’s win, the Bulldogs have 12 wins in the BIG EAST for the season. This represents the most BIG EAST Conference wins for any Butler team, surpassing the 2017 squad that went 11-9 in the conference. (In 2011, the Bulldogs won 14 games in the Horizon League.)

Up Next

The Bulldogs will host IUPUI on the Butler campus for 4 pm non-conference game on Tuesday, April 26. The next BIG EAST series will be in Indianapolis against Providence from April 29 – May 1.

Butler Golf Men Head to Georgia for 2022 BIG EAST Championship

Pine Mountain, Ga. – The Bulldogs will tee off at the 2022 BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP beginning Monday at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. The teams will play the Mountain View Course. 

The BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship is a three-day, 54-hole tournament with competition starting each day at 8:20 a.m. ET. Live stats will be available via GolfStat. The team winner will earn the BIG EAST’s automatic berth to the 2022 NCAA Championship. Should the individual champion not be a member of the winning team, he will also earn an automatic spot in the NCAA Championship. 

Last year, UConn held off Marquette to win by six strokes. Seton Hall was third, seven strokes behind Marquette. Butler graduate Michael Cascino claimed the individual title in 2021, winning on the third hole of a playoff.

Marquette is the No. 1 seed in this year’s championship. Grad student Hunter Eichhorn is the Golden Eagles’ leader and the highest ranked BIG EAST player by GolfStat. Last year, Eichhorn was the BIG EAST Championship co-medalist alongside Cascino and he was the individual winner in 2018 as a freshman.

Raymond Sullivan has been the Bulldog leader with a 73.65 stroke average through his 20 rounds this season. Freshman Damon Dickey has played 25 rounds with a scoring average of 74.52. Dickey and Daniel Tanaka have played in all of the Bulldogs’ events this season.

Those three will be joined in Georgia by Henry Quinn, Nick Williams and Michael Tanaka.

Coach Colby Huffman will be able to utilize five of those six in each round.

Kaplan’s Win Clinches MAC Regular Season Title For Women’s Tennis

MUNCIE, Ind. – – In a match that went down to the wire on the final court, the Ball State women’s tennis team (17-4, 8-2 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan (15-16, 3-7 MAC) by a score of 4-3 to claim the program’s fourth Mid-American Conference regular season championship in the past six years. 

With the match score tied at 3-3, the MAC title came down to the shoulders of junior Amy Kaplan at No. 2 singles. After dropping a close opening game, 6-4, Kaplan responded with a resounding 6-0 win over EMU’s Sabina Brichackova in the second.

The third was everything you would expect in a battle for the match and a MAC title, with Kaplan fighting to a 7-6 (5) tiebreaker victory to clinch the title.

With the win, the Cardinals earned back-to-back MAC regular season titles for the second time under head coach Max Norris after also claiming the crown last season. Norris has guided the program to all four of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022) and to its only MAC Tournament Championship (2016), along with two trips to the NCAA Tournament (2016 and 2021).

Sunday’s match opened with a tightly contested doubles point. Ball State started on a high note after taking court one from Eastern Michigan as Hannah Davies paired up with Kaplan to earn a 6-3 decision over EMU’s Brichackova and Prerna Vichare.

Unfortunately, the tables then quickly turned as the Eagles won on the final two doubles courts to earn a 1-0 edge over Ball State headed into singles action. 

The Cardinals were able to even the match quickly, however as Livia Lukacs breezed through her match at the No. 3 position winning in straight sets over Isabelle Popma, 6-1, 6-0.

Eastern Michigan briefly reclaimed the lead with a win at the No. 5 slot before the Cardinals knotted the score once again after Isabelle Behrman took down Julia Piatek at position No. 6 by a score of 6-2, 6-1.

With three courts remaining, Davies gave Ball State its first lead of the match as she beat Luisa Pelayo on the top court, 6-4, 6-3. 

The deciding point came down to positions two and four with Emily Desai in the fight of her life on court four. She dropped the first set but came back after being down to take a 5-4 edge in the second against Emma-Lou Pommiers. She could not maintain the momentum, however, dropping the next two games to lose the second frame, 7-5.

With the score knotted at 3-3, cue Kaplan’s heroics which sparked a jubilant celebration from the Ball State faithful.

The Ball State women’s tennis team will be the top seed in next weekend’s 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament (April 30-May 1) which will be played at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center, weather permitting. The bad weather site will be the Muncie Northwest YMCA.

Men’s Volleyball Earns The No. 2 Seed In Next Week’s NCAA Tourney

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s volleyball team heads into its first NCAA Tournament since 2002 in a big way after being selected this afternoon as the No. 2 seed and has earned the bye in next week’s upcoming tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. on the campus of UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
 
The Cardinals will face either Princeton, North Greenville, or a possible rematch against Hawai’i on Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 pm ET and can be watched live on NCAA.com.
 
This will be Ball State’s 16th appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

Ball State Finishes Fifth, Kim Ties for 11th

HOLLAND, Ohio – The Ball State women’s golf team closed out the 2021-22 campaign at the Stone Oak Country Club for the final round of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Championship on Sunday. The Cardinals came in fifth and were led by Liz Kim who tied for 11th.

For the second straight season, Kim was named the MAC Sportswoman of the Year. The Sportswoman Award is voted on by the participants at the championship. This award shall recognize the player whom players enjoy playing or conversing with; has good rapport with her own team; is supportive of her own team, but also respects the competition; makes players feel comfortable to be around her; commands respect and esteem rather than merely being popular, and one would consider to be worthy of representing women’s intercollegiate golf to others.

Kim posted an 81 (+9) with two birdies for the final round. Her three-round score of 231 (+15) earned her a tie for 11th. She tied for third in the tournament with nine birdies.

With a final-round score of 80 (+8), Dylann Armstrong recorded a tournament mark of 233 (+17). She ended the tournament tied for 14th. She notched one birdie for the round today and tallied nine birdies to tie for third most for the championship.

Kiah Parrott posted her lowest round of the tournament with a 74 (+2). She collected two birdies on the day and compiled six for the championship. She finished tied for 20th with a total of 235 (+19).

Tiegan Taylor moved up seven spots on the leaderboard and finished tied for 32nd. She recorded her best round with a 79 (+7) on Sunday. She picked up one birdie for the tournament.

Kent State won its 23rd-straight MAC Championship. Jasmine Ly of Northern Illinois won the individual title and was the lone golfer to finish under par at 215 (-1).

From the Coach – Head Coach Katherine Mowat

“This was a big weekend for us, especially with having four seniors in the lineup. For many of them, this championship represented a culmination of years of commitment and hard work through success and challenges. I am proud of each of my athletes for their efforts. It was wonderful to celebrate several individual and team accomplishments during this conference championship.”

Team Standings

1. Kent State – 889 (+25)

2. Northern Illinois – 907 (+43)

3. Akron – 926 (+62)

4. Bowling Green – 938 (+74)

5. Ball State – 944 (+80)

6. Toledo – 949 (+85)

7. Eastern Michigan – 954 (+90)

8. Central Michigan – 926 (+98)

9. Western Michigan – 977 (+113)

10. Ohio – 996 (+132)

Cardinals Outlast Huskies in 9-5 Victory

DEKALB, Ill. – The Ball State baseball team returned to Ralph McKinzie Field for a Sunday afternoon contest with Northern Illinois. CJ Horn led the Cardinals with a 4-for-5 day at the plate as BSU defeated NIU 9-5. 

Amir Wright has reached safely in 37 of 38 games on the season, while Trenton Quartermaine extended his streak to 14 games. Horn posted a 4-for-5 game with two runs scored. Ryan Peltier produced a game-high three RBIs with a 2-for-5 day at the plate with a home run, his fifth of the year. 

The Cardinals improved to 24-14 overall and 18-4 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Huskies fell to 7-30 overall and 6-15 in league games.

Zach Cole reached base as he was hit by a pitch to start the top of the second for the Cardinals. Peltier launched a two-run homer to left field that put Ball State on the scoreboard first. Horn notched a one-out single to right field to keep things going. Zach Lane followed with a single to center field to give BSU runners on first and second with one out. Both Horn and Lane moved up a base on a wild pitch. Wright drew a walk to load the bases. Quartermaine drove in two runs on a single to right field as Horn and Lane scored. Nick Powell grounded out to second, but Wright was able to score from third for the RBI. The Cardinals took a 5-0 lead into the third.

After two scoreless innings, Cole roped a one-out triple to right center. Peltier drove in Cole on an infield single to third base. Peltier moved into scoring position as he stole second. Justin Conant notched an RBI single up the middle. Conant stole second to move into scoring position. Horn picked up another single, this time to right field, and gave Ball State runners on the corners. Lane set a fly ball to left field that allowed Conant to tag up and score to extend the Cardinal lead. Wright singled to right field and advanced to second has the left fielder tried to throw out Horn at third. Quartermaine walked to load the bases. Powell drove in a run as he was hit by a pitch. Ball State took a 9-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

The Huskies got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Brandon Jackson. NIU added another run in the bottom of the sixth when it executed a double steal with runners on first and third. Northern Illinois put another run on the board in the bottom of the seventh. The Huskies continued to battle as they added two in the bottom of the ninth, before Sam Klein struck out three-straight batters to end the game. The Cardinals held onto a 9-5 victory.

Ty Johnson moved to 6-2 on the season as he collected the win. He went six innings in the start and struck out three batters. He gave up two earned runs on four hits. Ty Weatherly, Maxwell McKee, and Tyler Ruetschle combined for two innings of relief. Klein notched his seventh save on the year behind one inning of relief with three strikeouts.

Michael Lasiewicz picked up the loss in 4 1/3 innings of work. He surrendered nine earned runs on nine hits and had two strikeouts. Nick Bonk pitched 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.

Ball State and Northern Illinois close out the series with a Monday afternoon contest. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET first pitch.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We got a solid pitching performance from Ty Johnson, Max McKee, and Sam Klein and a big day hitting from CJ Horn to pace us.”

Softball Shuts Out Buffalo in Series Finale

BUFFALO – – Junior pitcher Deborah Jones was nearly flawless Sunday afternoon, picking up her second complete game shutout of the week to lead the Ball State softball team to a 4-0 win over Buffalo at Nan Harvey Field.

Jones stuck out nine of the 24 batters she faced, while allowing just two hits and one walk to help the Cardinals (19-25; 12-8 Mid-American Conference) salvage a win in the series finale.

After losing both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader to the Bulls (17-20; 8-11 MAC), Ball State came out determined to flip the script and started with another strong first inning.

Senior left fielder Faith Hensley opened the game with a single to left, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior second baseman Haley Wynn. After a single from senior shortstop Amaia Daniel put runners on the corners, back-to-back walks to redshirt freshman third baseman Emma Richards and sophomore right fielder Kaitlyn Mathews brought home the first run of the game.

That proved to be all the run support Jones would need, as she retired the first eight batters she faced in another dominating performance.

Ball State would add to its run total, however, starting with a two-run home run from Daniel in the top of the third. Wynn opened the inning with her team-leading 11th double of the season, setting up the two-run blast in the next at bat which was Daniel’s third bomb of the year.

Hensley tallied the final run of the game in the top of the fourth, blasting her team-leading 17th home run of the season with two outs in the frame. The 17 home runs are the fourth best in a single season in program history and trail only Jennifer Gilbert’s totals of 23 in 2013, 19 in 2014 and 18 in 2012.

Overall, the Cardinals pounded out seven hits in the game, led by a 3-for-4 effort from Daniel. Hensley was 2-for-2 on the day and scored two of BSU’s four runs.

The Ball State softball team returns to action Friday, when it welcomes Bowling Green to the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for a 3 p.m. first pitch on what will be senior day for the Cardinals.

#13 IRISH COMPLETE THRILLING COMEBACK TO BEAT WAKE FOREST, 13-12

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (26-8, 11-7) faced a six-run deficit and never led in the game until Carter Putz hit a walk-off single in the ninth to complete the comeback in a 13-12 win over Wake Forest (28-12, 10-11) Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. With the win, the Irish secured their fourth ACC sweep of the season and won their 11th-straight game at home.

The Irish faced an 8-2 deficit heading into the bottom of the fifth and a 12-8 deficit heading into the bottom of the second but ended up tying the game in the seventh. Jack Zyska hit his second home run of the afternoon, a three-run blast, over the wall in left center to put the game level for the first time since it began. After two shut-down innings from Aidan Tyrell, Putz walked it off in the ninth, as his single scored Brooks Coetzee III from second to seal the win and the series sweep.

The Irish amassed 42 runs over the course of the series, the most runs ever in a conference series since joining the ACC in 2014. The previous record was 36 last season in the series sweep of North Carolina. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993 when the Irish scored 48 runs in a three-game sweep of Dayton when they were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Wake Forest jumped out to an early lead in the first with a two-run home run. The Demon Deacons added a run in the third to increase their lead to 3-0.

The Irish started to claw back in the bottom of the fourth as they got two runners on with two outs. Jack Penney stepped in and deposited a ball into right field that scored both runners as he made it to third for a triple. After four innings, the Irish trailed 3-2.

Wake Forest responded in the fifth with a five-run frame to extend its lead to 8-2.

The Irish weren’t done yet as they answered with a five-run bottom of the fifth inning. Danny Neri blasted his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, to get the scoring started in the inning. Zack Prajzner added a single to right that scored two and Ryan Cole singled to center that scored another run. After the inning was complete, the Irish trailed by one at 8-7.

The Demon Deacons responded once again in the sixth. A three-run home run pushed them back up by four at 11-7.

Zyska hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left, in the bottom of the sixth to get the Irish one run closer. The Deacons responded in the top of the seventh with a run of their own and built the lead back up to 12-8.

The Irish kept going in the seventh and tied the game for the first time since the game began. With the bases loaded, Putz hit a deep fly ball to right that was caught on the warning track but brought a run in to trim the deficit to three. Zyska stepped in next and he belted a towering fly ball to left center that kept carrying over the wall to tie the game. His three-run home run was his second of the day and tied the game up at 12-12.

The score stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth as Coetzee III began the inning with an infield single. The throw ended up in the Demon Deacons dugout so Coetzee was awarded second on the error. Putz stepped in looking for his first hit of the game and he ripped a 1-0 fastball back up the middle into center field. Coetzee rounded third and slid in home ahead of the throw to complete the comeback win.

UP NEXT

The Irish head on the road for their next midweek contest. They head north to Detroit as they are set to take on Michigan State Tuesday night from Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Tuesday’s matchup is set for a 6:35 p.m. start and will be the third professional park the Irish have played in this season.

#20 IRISH WALK OFF NORTH CAROLINA TO SWEEP SERIES

The University of Notre Dame softball team earned a 4-3 walk-off victory to complete the three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series sweep over the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels Sunday afternoon. The top of the order loaded the bases in the seventh for freshman Jane Kronenberger who worked a five-pitch walk to bring in the game-winning run. The Fighting Irish improve to 35-9 with the victory and are 13-5 in league play.

Shannon Becker got the start in the circle, throwing 4.0 innings. Becker allowed just four hits, one unearned run and a strikeout in a no-decision. Payton Tidd earned her 14th win of the season, throwing the final 3.0 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs and struck out three.

The Irish offense picked up 11 hits in the win, led by a trio of three-hit performances. Emma Clark, Leea Hanks finished 2-for-4 and Joley Mitchell added a 2-for-3 performance. Kronenberger finished 1-for-3 with a team-best two RBI in the win.

The Tar Heels struck fist, scoring an unearned run in the third. A lead-off single moved up on a sacrifice bunt and brought up the top of the lineup. The lead-off hitter hit a two-hop chopper to short where it kicked off the glove of the Irish infielder and rolled into left field, allowing the pinch runner to score from second on the error.

A lead-off double from Karina Gaskins and a single from Kronenberger tied the game in the fourth before the Irish took the lead in the fifth. Another lead-off double, this time from Miranda Johnson, started the rally. Sarah Genz pinch hit and dropped down a sacrifice bunt and the throw to get her at first was off the mark. Clark drove a double over the head of the North Carolina center fielder to score Genz and the Irish took a 3-1 lead.

North Carolina responded in the top of the sixth with a two-run home run from Taylor Greene to tie the game at three.

Notre Dame threatened in the sixth with a one-out double from Mitchell. Tidd followed with a sharply hit single to center field, but Mitchell was thrown out trying to score from second.

In the seventh, three-straight singles loaded the bases with one out. After a strikeout for the second out, Kronenberger dug in. She saw the first two pitches out of the zone before fouling off a pitch. She stayed patient, seeing two more pitches out of the zone to draw her first walk of the season and score Sweet from third for the walk-off victory.

Up Next

The Irish are back in action with a pair of midweek games, taking on Toledo on Tuesday and Purdue Wednesday, each with 5 p.m. first pitches.

Sycamores tie home run record in Sunday loss to Evansville

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s rally fell short on Sunday afternoon in the series finale as the Sycamores dropped the final contest of the weekend to visiting Evansville, 12-9.

On a windy day at Bob Warn Field with gusts between 20-30 MPH, Indiana State (21-11, 6-3 MVC) and Evansville (21-17, 6-3 MVC) combined to hit nine home runs in the contest in a power-filled display that saw the teams combine to use nine pitcher on the mound. The Sycamores combined for six of the nine shots with Aaron Beck drilling out a pair of home runs, but it was Evansville’s Simon Scherry who had the deciding blast with a three-run shot in the top of the eighth inning that proved the difference in the contest.

Indiana State’s six home runs tied the school record for most home runs in a contest for the third time in program history and first since 1983 when the Sycamores combined for six home runs against IUPUI back on April 26, 1983. Tyler Nelson connected on the first home run of his ISU career with a three-run shot in the sixth, while Jordan Schaffer (2), Sean Ross (5), and Keegan Watson (3) also added home runs in the loss.

Randall Diaz (3-for-5) and Beck both posted three hit contests for the Sycamores, while Grant Magill added two hits, including a double, for ISU in the loss.

Jared Spencer (1-1) took the loss in the relief effort against the Purple Aces going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs (one earned), while striking out two. Jack Parisi added 3.1 innings of relief with five strikeouts, while Connor Fenlong and Joey Hurth also time out of the bullpen for ISU.

Tanner Craig, Evan Berkey, and Scherry homered for the Aces as Evansville took two of three from the Sycamores to take the series. Danny Borgstrom added a three-hit day with a pair of doubles to highlight the UE offense.

Shane Harris (3-2) went the final 3.1 innings in relief to secure the win for the Aces. He allowed four hits and one run and was aided by the Evansville defense with double plays turned in both the seventh and eighth innings in the win.

How They Scored

Evansville plated five early runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by a Tanner Craig two-run home run as the Aces jumped ahead at the start of the contest.

Jordan Schaffer put the Sycamores on the board with a solo home run to left field on the first pitch of the ISU at-bats in the bottom of the first to narrow the score to 5-1.

Keegan Watson added a two-run home run to centerfield in the bottom of the second inning scoring Randall Diaz to cut the lead down to 5-3.

Sean Ross powered a solo home run in the bottom of the third with his fifth home run of the season clearing the fence in left center to make it a 5-4 game.

Evan Berkey put the Aces ahead 7-4 in the top of the fourth with a two-run home run scoring Mark Shallenberger.

Indiana State’s sixth inning featured an Aaron Beck solo home run and Tyler Nelson’s three-run blast scoring Seth Gergely and Grant Magill as the Sycamores took the 8-7 lead.

Danny Borgstrom’s RBI double in the top of the seventh tied the game up for Evansville and he came around to score on an ISU error in the frame to give the Aces the 9-8 lead.

Scherry’s three-run shot to left field in the top of the eighth scored Berkey and Brent Widder and put Evansville ahead 12-8.

Aaron Beck connected on his second home run of the game with a two-out solo home run to centerfield to provide the final margin.

News & Notes

Indiana State’s six home runs tied the ISU school record and tied for the second-most home runs by a Missouri Valley school this season trailing just Missouri State (7 vs. Kansas, March 2).

The Sycamores’ six home runs also put ISU in a 30-way tie for the 15th-most home runs by a team in a single game this season with the last coming on April 20 when USC Upstate connected on six home runs against Gardner-Webb. The NCAA has had three teams hit 10 home runs in a game this season.

Aaron Beck became the second Sycamore with a multi-home run game this season joining Josue Urdaneta (2 vs. SEMO, March 15).

The Sycamores continued their doubles streak marking 20th consecutive games with at least one player connecting on a double and 11th consecutive game with multiple doubles after Aaron Beck, Randall Diaz, and Grant Magill all reached second base on a hit.

Tyler Nelson became the 13th different Indiana State player to homer this season with his three-run shot in the sixth.

Jack Parisi’s five strikeouts gives the graduate student 324 in his collegiate career and keeps him ahead of Georgetown’s Nolan McCarthy (308) for the active NCAA Division I career lead.

Up Next

Indiana State is back in action next weekend as the Sycamores remain in Missouri Valley play by welcoming Missouri State to Bob Warn Field over April 29-May 1. The three game series is set to start on Friday, April 29, with first pitch at 6:30 p.m. The contest will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Sycamores Drop Series Finale to Southern Illinois

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Indiana State softball fell in the series finale on Sunday afternoon to Southern Illinois at Charlotte West Stadium.

The Sycamores (21-23, 8-12) were unable to come a five-run inning in the second from the Salukis (22-17-1, 11-9) who claim the series win with Sunday’s victory.

Indiana State got on the board in the top of the first as Bella Peterson worked a one-out walk which brought up Amanda Guercio. The senior continued her hot streak at the plate as she sent a shot down the left field line that was just inside the foul pole for a two-run home run to put ISU up 2-0. It was Guercio’s seventh home run of the year and her third in the last five games.

Southern Illinois cut into the Sycamore lead in the bottom half after a Sycamore error gave the Salukis a pair of base runners with no outs. A RBI groundout later in the inning brought in a run for SIU to make it a 2-1 game.

In the top of the second, Indiana State would get a pair of runners but were unable to score as the Salukis escaped unharmed. Kennedy Shade reached via a hit by pitch and Abi Chipps got an infield single to highlight the offense for ISU in the frame.

Indiana State nearly worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the inning with limited damage after SIU got a run off a RBI groundout to tie the game but the Salukis would take the lead, getting a two-out grand slam from Jenny Jansen to go up 6-2.

A pair of Sycamore errors in the game loomed large as five of the six Saluki runs were unearned.

Bella Peterson recorded her 19th double of the season in the top of the fifth which allowed Olivia Patton to score from first after she reached with a single. Peterson’s RBI double cut into the Saluki lead, making it a 6-3 game and puther at second in the nation for doubles.

Cassi Newbanks sat down the Salukis 1-2-3 in the fifth to bring the Sycamores back to the plate where Annie Tokarek laced her ninth double of the year to left center. SIU got a pair of strikeouts to strand the Indiana State runner and keep the 6-3 lead in tact.

Newbanks and Griffin combined for scoreless sixth inning as Griffin came in and got two quick outs to bring ISU to the plate for their last chance in the seventh.

SIU sat down the Sycamores in order in the seventh to claim the 6-3 victory and win the series.

Lexi Benko started for ISU and went two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. She falls to 10-13 on the season with the loss. Cassi Newbanks entered in relief to begin the third and worked three and a third scoreless innings before being replaced by Hailey Griffin in the bottom of the sixth. Griffin got two two outs in the sixth to complete her outing.

Around the Horn

-Bella Peterson moves to second in the NCAA with 19 doubles this season.

-Amanda Guercio has now hit three home runs in the last five games.

-Hailey Griffin has not allowed a run in six straight appearances.

Up Next

Indiana State will travel to Evansville on Wednesday for a single game beginning at 6 ET which will conclude the three-game season series with the Aces.

Mastodons Hit Three Home Runs in Twinbill but Fall Twice

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A pair of back-and-forth Horizon League baseball games went to Oakland on Sunday (April 24) at Mastodon Field. The Mastodons fell in game one 8-6 and game two 9-7.

GAME 1 | Oakland 8, Purdue Fort Wayne 6

The ‘Dons took a 5-4 lead into the sixth inning but were edged late. Oakland scored three runs in the sixth and another in the seventh of the seven-inning contest. 

The Mastodons were trailing 1-0 in the third inning when they scored three times. Garett Lake reached on a fielder’s choice that saw two runs come around with Alex Evenson sliding around the slide at the plate for the second run.

Oakland rallied to score three runs and take a 4-3 lead before Lake hit a bomb of a two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning. It brought the Mastodons’ lead to 5-4.

Oakland scored three times in the sixth on a three-run home run by Jarred Miller. It made the score 7-5. A Jack Lang two-out solo home run in the bottom of the sixth made it a one-run game again.

It was an 8-6 game in the seventh when the Mastodons put the tying runs on base. However, a double play ended the game.

Freshman Braxton Wilson (1-2) took the loss on the mound for Purdue Fort Wayne. He tossed three innings, allowing four runs with three strikeouts.

At the plate, Lake went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Lang was 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and an RBI. Cade Fitzpatrick put together three hits in four trips to the plate while adding a double.

GAME NOTES

» Mastodon pitching recorded seven strikeouts.

» The Mastodons drew four walks.

» Oakland was led offensively by Jared Miller, who went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs.

» Christian Stelling received the save for Oakland. Quinton Kujawa earned the win out of the pen. He is 1-1.

GAME 2 | Oakland 9, Purdue Fort Wayne 7

Oakland rallied once again in game two. They scored five times in the ninth to erase a two-run Mastodon lead.

The game featured a nearly one our rain delay in the bottom of the seventh.

Ben Higgins went 2-for-5 with a home run. Lake added to his already stellar day with a 3-of-4 performance while knocking in a run. Luke Miles knocked in three runs.

It was a 4-4 tie in the sixth when the ‘Dons went on up an one-out Jack Lang RBI double to score Jarrett Bickel.

Cade Nelis used a ground out to score Lake in the seventh after the game resumed to make the score 6-4. Justin Miller (0-8) gave up just a single in the eighth but ran into trouble in the ninth. Oakland scored five times, with the big hit being a go-ahead two-RBI single by Jarred Miller. 

The ‘Dons scored one in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate, but could get no closer.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne had chances for more, but left 10 runners on base in the loss.

» The Mastodons drew five walks.

» Oakland’s Brad Goulet was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

» Ben Paugh picked the win after 2.2 innings of one-run ball.

» Oakland is now 19-20 (9-7 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 12-26 (9-10 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons travel to Michigan State on Wednesday in a game rescheduled after a rainout earlier this season.

Casey Bunner Shoots 79 on Day One of League Championship

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Casey Bunner led the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team on Sunday (April 24) in the first round of the Horizon League Championship with a 79.

Bunner started her day with five pars in the first six holes. After making the turn, she parred the first three holes before dropping a birdie on the 400-yard 13th. She finished her day with a birdie on 18 to card the 79. She is in 16th place with 36 holes to play.

Anna Olafsdottir was one shot back of Bunner thanks to 12 pars, including seven on the front nine. Her 80 was good for a tie with Kennedy Brooker for 22nd place. Brooker tied Olafsdottir’s 80 with seven pars and two birdies. Her birdies came on holes five and 13, both par-5s.

Laura Caetano shot an 82 to tie for 30th after 18. She birdied the 150-yard second and joined Bunner and Brooker as the third Mastodon to birdie hole 13. Arny Dagsdottir shot a 91 to tie for 43rd. She had five pars in her first round of the week.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne shot 321. They occupy seventh place, ahead of Northern Kentucky and UIC. Oakland is leading the field with a 306, led by individual leader Amalia Shahzan, who was 1-under with a 72. Just 20 shots separate first-place Oakland and ninth-place UIC.

Round two of the Horizon League Championship begins tomorrow, Monday, April 25 with tee times running from 7:30 to 10:18 a.m.

Brett Seward Leads ‘Dons on Day One of Horizon League Championship

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Brett Seward of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team shot an opening round 73 to lead the Mastodons on the first day of the Horizon League Championship.

Seward’s first round of the week was highlighted by three birdies, which came on holes one, 10 and 13. He started on hole 10 with a birdie on the 530-yard par-5, then used a birdie on the 340-yard 13th to pave his way to a 1-under back nine. He birdied the 474-yard first after making the turn. He had 11 pars to go with his three birdies. He is in 12th with 36 to play.

Kasey Lilly had a bogey-free back nine, starting his day with four pars, a birdie, then four more pars. He birdied nine and 14 en route to a 75. He is tied for 20th.

Hunter Mefford also started his round with a birdie on 10, then matched Lilly with birdie on 14. Mefford finished with a 76 to sit in a tie for 25th.

Burke Pitz turned in a 78 in the first round to place 33rd. He dropped in 10 pars with a birdie on the 360-yard 16th. Tyler Green shot an 80 to tie for 40th. His round was highlighted by birdies on five and 14, and eight pars.

As a team, the Mastodons shot 302. They are in sole possession of sixth place after 18 holes. Ken Keller of Youngstown State is leading the individual race with an opening round of 66. Wright State is leading as a team with a 282, seven shots better than the next team.

The second round of the Horizon League Championship will have tee times beginning at 8:20 a.m. The last Mastodon will tee off at 9 a.m.

MEN’S GOLF TEAM CARDS AN OPENING ROUND 300 AT 2022 #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The IUPUI men’s golf team carded an opening round 300 at El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort on Sunday (Apr. 24) and is tied for fourth among the 10-team field heading into Monday’s second round. Sophomore Taylor Gardner carded an impressive 2-under 70 and freshman Sam McWilliams notched a round of 72 in his first career conference tournament round.

Gardner is tied for third overall and was one of 11 players in the field to shoot par or better on Sunday. McWilliams is tied for ninth among the 50-player field.

Gardner made three birdies on his front nine and was even at the turn before draining a long eagle putt on the par-5 No. 10 to get to 2-under. A birdie on No. 13 got him to 3-under before he gave one back on a three putt on No. 17. An uneventful par on No. 18 ended his round at 70.

Gardner was one of just three players to make an eagle on Sunday and tied for fifth among the field with four birdies.

“My long game was really good, my wedges were pretty good,” Gardner said. “I need to clean up my putting a little bit, but other than that, I hit the ball really solid.

“I knew if you got around on the front nine with close to even or somewhere around there that the back nine, you could make a lot of birdies and a couple chances for eagle – that really helped out for sure.”

Uneventful best described the bulk of McWilliams’ day as he blended 16 pars with a bogey and a late birdie to shoot 72. A close approach shot left him a makable birdie on No. 16, which he capitalized on.

Senior Matthew Baxter shot 5-over 77, including a birdie on No. 10, as part of his day.

Both Brock Aten and Colten Girgis carded rounds of 9-over 81 to round out the Jaguars’ lineup. Aten made birdie on his opening hole of the day, but was unable to replicate it for the remainder of the round. Girgis battled his way to an 81 on a day in which he made just nine pars.

Wright State leads the field at 6-under 282 and Oakland is second at 1-over 289.

IUPUI is slated to tee off at 7:30 a.m. on Monday off No. 10 and be paired with Northern Kentucky for the second straight round.

ROCKY FINISH DERAILS JAGUARS’ OPENING ROUND AT 2022 #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The IUPUI women’s golf team struggled down the stretch as winds picked up and the temperatures climbed as the Jaguars carded an opening round 319 on Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort on Sunday (Apr. 24). Sophomore Annaliese Fox led the squad with a 5-over 78 and classmate Shelby Busker shot 6-over 79 on day one.

The Jaguars ended the day in sixth-place and trail leader Oakland by 13 strokes after round one. Detroit Mercy is second at 307 and Green Bay and Cleveland State are tied for third overall at 308.

IUPUI’s five players were 14 over par at the turn, but played the back nine to 23 over par.

Fox, who was 4-over at the turn, steadied her ship on the back nine, including making birdies on 13 and 15 to ultimately close at 78. Fox had a team-high three birdies as scoring was at a premium, leaving her tied for 14th overall.

“I felt it went pretty well today,” Fox said. “I missed some shots I should’ve made, but other than that, I played pretty strong.

“(The course) was a little bit more challenging than it was before, but other than that, it was pretty much straightforward.”

Busker ended her day tied for 16th and made her lone birdie of the round on No. 9. Freshman Nerea Lancho closed at 7-over 80 and senior Kara Blair fought to finish at 9-over 82. Blair made four double bogeys on the back nine, but ended her round with a 28-footer to build momentum heading into round two.

Similarly, Amelie Svejda had a rough day with a 10-over 83, but closed with back-to-back pars after making just five pars to that point.

Oakland’s Amalia Shahzan leads the field at 1-under 72 and three others shot 1-over 74. The Jaguars will tee off early on Monday, beginning their round at 7:30 a.m.

Valpo Falls to Missouri State in Weather-Shortened Series Finale

The Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a 6-1 setback to Missouri State in the finale of a three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game was halted in the bottom of the seventh due to lightning and rain and deemed an official game after a pair of 30-minute delays.

How It Happened

Neither team scored over the first two innings, with Valpo starter Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) working clean frames on the mound. However, the Bears broke through with back-to-back jacks in the third, the first of which was a two-run job.

Valpo inched back into the game in the bottom of the fourth when Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) placed a double down the right-field line to produce an unearned run and make it a 3-1 game.

In the top of the fifth, Missouri State’s Dakota Kotowski hit his fourth home run of the series, a two-run blast, to expand the gap to 5-1.

The Bears got one in the sixth to make it 6-1.

Lightning was detected in the area at 1:50 p.m., so the game went on a 30-minute delay. Play resumed for an additional 12 minutes of action, then lightning struck again, causing another stoppage. At the end of the second delay, the unfavorable forecast for the duration of the game led to the two teams and umpires calling it an official contest.

Inside the Game

Reliever Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) worked a scoreless top of the seventh inning, striking out two while yielding no walks and one hit.

The Beacons were limited to three hits, one apiece by Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo), Renfro and Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest).

Renfro’s double was his seventh of the season and the RBI was his 20th as he became the third Valpo player with 20 RBIs in 2022.

Up Next

Valpo (13-22, 2-7) will visit Purdue on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT. The game will air on Big Ten Plus.

Westphal Ties Single-Game Steals Record in Series Finale at Drake

Valpo softball senior shortstop Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington), who already ranked among the program’s all-time best in career stolen bases, installed her name in the single-game record book in that category in Sunday’s series finale at Drake, swiping three bases as the Beacons fell to the Bulldogs by a 5-1 final.

How It Happened

For the third straight game, Valpo opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Westphal led off the game by working a full-count walk and swiped second, putting herself in position to come home on an RBI single back up the middle from Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township).

Drake responded by scoring a single run in the bottom of the first in the exact same fashion. The Bulldogs threatened to go in front in the second, putting their first two batters of the inning on, but a potential run-scoring knock hit one of the Drake baserunners and Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) then threw out a runner trying to steal to keep it a 1-1 game.

Westphal drew a one-out walk in the top of the third, promptly stole second and then took third as well, moving herself within 60 feet of scoring with two outs. Herschbach drew a four-pitch walk to put runners on the corners, but an infield pop-up ended the opportunity.

Drake took the lead with two runs on four straight hits in the bottom of the third. The Bulldogs extended the lead to 4-1 with a two-out RBI double in the fourth, and closed the scoring with a single run in the fifth after loading the bases with nobody out.

After going down in order in each of the previous three innings, the Beacons gave the Bulldogs some trouble in the top of the seventh. Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) led off the inning by hitting a sharp liner off the third baseman’s glove for a single, and two batters later, Weaver drilled a double to the wall in left-center to give Valpo two runners in scoring position with just one out. But the Beacons’ next two batters went down in order to end the game.

Inside the Game

Westphal stole three bases in a game for the first time in her career to match Valpo’s single-game program record in the category. She joins 13 others who have accomplished the feat.

Westphal totaled five steals on the weekend, swiping at least one base in all three games. The senior now has 35 career steals, tied with Carla Reiter for sixth-most in program history.

Westphal hit leadoff for the first time this season, and now has started at least one game in seven of the nine lineup slots.

Herschbach reached base a total of six times in the series, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday’s game.

Weaver’s double was her team-high seventh of the season. Four of the rookie’s two-baggers have come in Valpo’s last six games.

After drawing just 19 walks as a team through their first 17 MVC games, the Beacons drew nine walks over the course of the weekend.

Next Up

Valpo (11-28, 2-18 MVC) finishes out its series against travel partner Loyola with a single game on Wednesday afternoon in Rogers Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Women’s Golf Wins Unprecedented 10th Straight GLVC title

WATERLOO, Ill.—Battling long days and windy conditions this week, the UIndy women’s golf team Sunday captured the 2022 GLVC Championships with a clutch 2-0-3 win versus Missouri-St. Louis in the medal/match play final.

UIndy has now won each of the last 10 GLVC women’s golf titles, with the canceled 2020 championships the only break in its perfect run since 2012. The Hounds have also 12 of the last 13 league crowns and own a GLVC-high 15 titles overall. Eight of those championships came at Annbriar Golf Club in Waterloo, Ill., site of this year’s tournament.

“We needed this one,” admitted Head Coach Brent Nicoson. “We have been through some adversity this spring and our group never gave in. They kept playing so hard and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.”

In one of the most epic finishes in GLVC Championships history, UIndy got points from Katelyn Skinner and medalist Catharina Graf, who won their pairings by two strokes and seven strokes, respectively. But the story of the final came from the middle of the Greyhound lineup, as Ellen Caton, Anci Dy and Elyse Stasil all erased deficits on the 18th and final hole to halve their matches and help deny the Tritons a repeat title.

“Cathi was our rock this week,” said Nicoson, “and we needed her leadership. However, this was a total team effort.

“Katelyn got out early and got us on the board, and the matches that got flipped on No. 18 by Ellen, Elyse, and Anci were so clutch, and that was an example of why you keep playing hard until the last shot is holed.”

Making their GLVC final debut as true freshmen, Caton and Dy both overcame multiple-shot deficits to help the Hounds seal it. Caton was down four with just two to play, but the St. Andrews, Scotland product parred the par-3 17th and birdied the par-5 18th to halve her match.

One pairing later, Dy pulled off an unbelievable shot on 18 the halve her pairing as well. Down three strokes as she stepped onto the 18 tee box, the Traverse City, Mich., native needed to make something happen. Her second shot landed in a green-side bunker, but she would hole out from there to mark the biggest shot of her young college career.

“Anci holing out from a bunker and making eagle when she knew she had to was just an incredible moment for the team,” Nicoson stated.

Finally, Stasil sank her par putt on 18 before watching her opponent bogey, all but clinching it as Graf successfully shepherded her big lead, one she largely built on the front nine, all the way to the finish.

SATURDAY

The Greyhounds wrapped up another long day at the 2022 GLVC Championships Saturday, playing 36 holes for the second day in a row. In the morning, the Hounds put together a solid final round of stroke play to advance to medal/match play portion, then authored a semifinal win versus fourth-seeded Drury in the afternoon to punch their ticket to Sunday’s final.

Missouri-St. Louis will join the Hounds in Sunday’s final, as they defeated No. 2 seed Lindenwood, 3-1-1, in their half of the bracket.

Four Greyhounds ended the 54 holes of stroke play in the top 10, with three earning All-GLVC accolades as top-five finishers. Junior Catharina Graf (+7) topped them all, securing conference medalist honors by five strokes. The Frankfort, Germany native became the ninth Greyhound to earn medalist or co-medalist honors at the conference championships.

Anci Dy (+15) and Elyse Stasil (+18) also garnered all-league recognition, placing third and fourth, respectively. Both Graf and Dy are first-time All-GLVC honorees while Stasil is a repeat offender. Additionally, UIndy has now placed three or more individuals on the all-conference team in each of the last 11 years.

Junior Katelyn Skinner (+24) earned sole possession of 10th place, while freshman Ellen Caton (+37) shared 27th.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS

Three Greyhounds came away with wins in the semifinal pairings. Skinner earned the largest victory, winning her match by nine strokes, 77-86. Dy notched a point, outshooting her opponent 81-85, while Graf outlasted her opponent 76-77.

Frost Hits Milestone as Hounds Earn Key Sweep of Regionally-Ranked Drury

INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 3-ranked UIndy softball team notched a pair of big wins at Baumgartner Field Sunday, sweeping Drury University – the fourth-ranked team in the Midwest Regional rankings – by scores of 4-0 and 4-2.

Meanwhile, the Greyhound coaching staff notched a pair of milestones for themselves, with game one netting assistant coach Ben Ferrell his 100th win with the Greyhounds, followed by the game-two W that marked head coach Melissa Frost’s 700th victory with the Crimson & Grey.

GAME 1 | UIndy 4, Drury 0

Aces starters Kenzee Smith and Kristina Bettis went head-to-head in one of the marquee pitching of the season. Though Bettis retired the first nine Greyhound batters in order, it was Smith the eventually earned the shutout win.

The hometown product surrendered four walks and a season-high-tying seven hits but got the outs when it counted, earning her 10th shutout of the of the season to move to 22-3 overall. On the flipside, Bettis was tagged with just her third loss in 23 decisions, falling to 20-3 on the year.

The Greyhound offense broke through in the fourth, as Dominique Proctor, Megan Nichols and Lexy Rees led off the frame with consecutive singles. Rees’ knock plated Proctor with the game’s first run, while later a wild pitch scored Nichols before pinch hitter Jocelyn Calvin brought home Rees with an RBI groundout.

Nichols capped the scoring with a sac fly in the fifth. Tara Williams and Sydnie Foster each added singles.

GAME 2 | UIndy 4, Drury 2

Proctor got the ball rolling in the bottom of the third, sending a two-out missile to deep center to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 advantage. She would score the second run as well, coming around on a Rees single in the fifth.

Meanwhile, game-two starter Haylie Foster kept the Panther bats quiet until the sixth inning when they tied the game at 2-2. Smith returned to the circle to get the final out of the inning and ultimately the win as sophomore Tara Williams delivered the game winner with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth.

Nichols finished 3-for-4 at the plate and Hanna Burris chipped in a walk and a run.

UP NEXT

The final home doubleheader of the season is scheduled for this Tuesday, April 26 when the Hounds venture out-of-conference to host Ohio Dominican. The Panthers are currently ranked No. 6 in the aforementioned Midwest Regional rankings.

Kirchner, Schwomeyer medal as VU places second at Spring Invitational

MONTGOMERY, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Ind.) and freshman Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) finished in the top-three on the leaderboard at this weekend’s Vincennes University Spring Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery.

Kirchner placed second with a first round 75 on Saturday and an 80 on Sunday. Schwomeyer finished two shots back in third after a 77 Saturday and an 80 on Sunday after battling the windy conditions all weekend.

“Bryce has been steady all year long for us,” VU Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “He won the last tournament, really wanted to win this one obviously too. Both Bryce and Paxton caught a gust of wind on 13 today that put their ball out of bounds and both guys had two holes that basically ruined their rounds. Bryce played 16 holes at one-over and the other two holes today he had a triple and a quadruple bogey, which are not the types of things that Bryce Kirchner normally does.”

“But it’s the circumstances and the wind caught him and the same thing happened to Paxton on that hole as well,” Chattin added. “We moved the tees up today to let the guys have some fun today and see if some of the guys could drive some of the par fours like they do in the pro tournaments and sometimes greed maybe enters in too. Guys were trying to drive it to the green, which I didn’t have a problem with, but the wind caught that ball off an elevated tee and the wind had more control over that shot than they did.”

“Both Bryce and Paxton, I thought, played pretty well. They just happen to catch two bad breaks on two holes and that’s golf sometimes,” Chattin said.

The pair helped guide the Trailblazers to a tie with Danville Area CC for the top spot on the team leaderboard, but the Jaguars came away with the tiebreaker as VU places second as a team.

All nine VU golfers were in action over the weekend, with team A led by Kirchner and Schwomeyer, ahead of freshmen Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.), Sam Stewart (Floyds Knob, Ind.) and Adam Leach (North Vernon, Ind.).

Team B for Vincennes was freshmen Caleb Maris (Terre Haute, Ind.), Caleb Newman (Vincennes, Ind.) and Garrett Hulfachor (Lawrenceville, Ill.) with sophomore Jackson Roberts (Chesterton, Ind.).

Sam Stewart was the third lowest scorer on the Vincennes ‘A’ team, ending with an opening round 85 and a final round 83 good for a tie for 10th place.

Luke VanDeventer had a very consistent tournament, with an opening round 85 and second round 86 to place him in a tie for 14th.

Adam Leach rounded out the VU ‘A’ team scorers, ending with a first round 90 and a second round 92 to place him in 32nd.

The VU ‘B’ team was led by Caleb Maris, who put in a very solid performance this weekend, shooting an 84 on Saturday and an 88 on Sunday.

Jackson Roberts was the next lowest scorer with an opening round 92 and had the largest improvement of any VU golfer with a second round 87.

Caleb Newman finished right behind him with a first round 89 and a final round 91 and Garrett Hulfachor rounded out the tournament for the blue and gold with a first round 95 and a second round 92.

“As I told the team after the round today, the wind makes a huge difference,” Chattin said. “Golf is unique, in that you don’t get to play the same shot twice ever because of things like the wind. We played a little better this weekend. We played a little bit deeper to have a lead after the first round and the wind just did a lot of things to golf balls today.”

“I told one of the other coaches, when we see pros that cannot hit a green in the wind, sometimes I think we are a little too hard on ourselves when we can’t hit a green like that,” Chattin added. “But it’s just something, like all shots in golf, you have to learn how to do that. But it’s not something that you do every day, so that makes it tough.”

The Trailblazers will look to build on this weekend’s performance as they prepare for the Region 24 Championships starting on Monday, May 2 and concluding on Tuesday, May 3, held at Dalhousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

“This tournament this weekend will test you as a golfer and a good test going into a good tournament is a good thing,” Chattin said. “I guess if you want to compare it to other sports, we had some pretty good defense played against us today with the conditions. That’s a good thing going into a tournament and it will be interesting to see.”

“Dalhousie Golf Course is a strong golf course that is hosting the Ohio Valley Conference tournament starting today,” Chattin added. “I’m anxious to see how their scores are. The first time we played that course earlier this year, we did not have a practice round and it is definitely a course that you need to practice on. So we are heading over there Sunday for a practice round, so we will have two rounds on the course before the tournament starts.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1876 The Chicago White Stockings make their National League debut with a 4-0 victory over the Grays at the Louisville Baseball Park. The franchise, which will also be known as the Colts and Orphans before becoming the Cubs in 1903, will finish in first place in the circuit’s inaugural season.

1901 On Opening Day at Bennett Park in Detroit, the Tigers tally ten times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Milwaukee, 14-13. The contest is the American League’s first game in Detroit.

1904 At American League Park, the Senators remain winless since the start of the season when they lose their eighth consecutive game, bowing to New York 4-1. Highlander right-hander Jack Chesbro picks up the first of his record 41 victories he’ll record this season.

1933 Yankees rookie hurler Russ Van Atta goes 4-for-4 and shuts out the Senators, 16-0, in his major league debut. The 26-year-old southpaw will finish his rookie season with a 12-4 record, batting .283 in 67 plate appearances.

1933 At Griffith Stadium, the benches clear when Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman viciously spikes Buddy Myer and then responds to the Senators infielder’s retaliation by punching and hurling anti-semitic remarks at the injured Jewish second baseman. The ugly 20-minute brawl, which spreads into the stands and includes over 300 fans getting into the action, will result in suspensions and fines for the players involved.

1933 Philadelphia’s 25-year-old shortstop Dick Bartell becomes the first major leaguer to stroke four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game. Rowdy Richard’s quartet of two-baggers helps the Phillies defeat the Braves at the Baker Bowl, 7-1.

1937 Giants southpaw Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least ten batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25-year-old from Brevard, NC, who loses the 3-1 contest due to New York’s weak defense in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.

1948 Larry Doby ties a major league record by striking out five times in one game. The Indians’ right fielder’s performance doesn’t hurt the Tribe when the team beats Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 7-4.

1958 In front of 60,635 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 5-2, setting a National League record for the largest crowd to attend a regular-season night game. The mark will last until 917 more patrons show up next season on Opening Night to watch their team defeat the Redbirds again.

1963 In the second year of their existence, the Mets win a game on a Thursday for the first time in franchise history when they beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-2. During their inaugural season, the expansion team failed to register a victory in the 15 games played on the fifth day of the week.

1967 Jim Lefebvre commits three errors in the fourth frame, paving the way for the Braves’ 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles third baseman commits a fourth error, booting Hank Aaron’s grounder in the top of the ninth inning.

1970 Earl Wilson nearly scores after he strikes out when Minnesota catcher Paul Ratliff, trapping a third strike, inadvertently rolls the ball to the mound instead of tagging the batter or throwing to first base. With the Twins heading towards the dugout, the Detroit hurler runs around the bases and is heading home when outfielder Brant Alyea retrieves the ball and throws it to shortstop Leo Cardenas covering the plate, resulting in a unique 7-6-7 run-down play.

1972 After getting off to a 4-7 start, the Padres fire Preston Gomez and replace the only manager the team has known since their inception in 1969 with 41-year-old third base coach Don Zimmer. The Cuban-born skipper averaged over 103 losses per season during his three-year tenure with the expansion team.

1975 Dodger starter Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles at Candlestick Park. The trio of two-baggers contributes to the team’s 6-5 victory over the Giants, with the right-hander scoring two runs and driving in another en route to his victory.

1976 During the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30-year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field by L.A. executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks.

1977 George Foster has seven RBIs, scores five runs times, bangs out four hits (two home runs, double, and a single) when the Reds rout the Braves, 23-9. Cincinnati ties a National League record by scoring 12 runs in one inning.

1978 After the Cardinals get off to a slow start, the team fires manager Vern Rapp and replaces him with fan-favorite Ken Boyer. The former Redbirds’ third baseman will pilot the club to a fifth-place finish, compiling a 62-81 record during his tenure in the dugout this season.

1978 The Phillies replace their Revolutionary Era twin mascots, Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phillis, with the Phillie Phanatic, who makes his debut at Veterans Stadium in a game against the Cubs. According to his official biography, the large, furry, green bipedal flightless bird with an extendable tongue, a native of the Galápagos Islands, is the team’s biggest fan.

1981 Hoping to give his pitchers an edge, Maury Wills gets the Kingdome’s ground crew to enlarge the batter box, making it a foot closer to the mound. Before the game, A’s skipper Billy Martin shares his suspicions with the umpire Bill Kunkel, and subsequently, the American League suspends the exposed Mariners manager for two games for “doctoring the batter’s box.”

1984 In a 2-1 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium, Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden becomes the first teenager to strike out ten batters in a major league game since Bert Blyleven accomplished the feat with the Twins in 1970. The 19-year-old rookie will lead the National League with 276 strikeouts this season.

1986 Although Craig Lefferts, a usually reliable relief pitcher, gives up the lead in the 12th inning, he saves the day when he drives an 0-2 curveball over the fence, giving the Padres a 9-8 walk-off victory over the Giants at Jack Murphy Stadium. The 28-year-old weak-hitting southpaw, not expected to play due to a 102-degree fever before the game, becomes the first hurler (and the last to date) to end a game with a home run since 1969 when Orioles right-hander Jim Hardin went deep off Royals’ reliever Moe Drabowsky.

1987 Billy Bean becomes the tenth rookie to collect four hits in his major league debut. Detroit’s left fielder compiles a pair of singles and a pair of doubles, batting leadoff in the team’s 13-2 rout of Kansas City at Tiger Stadium.

1989 With former players on hand, including Billy Herman, Andy Pafko, and Billy Williams, the Cubs celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wrigley Field with a 4-0 victory over L.A. at the Friendly Confines. The ‘ceremonial’ first pitch of the game, a spitball, is thrown by 97 year-old Bob Wright, who appeared in two games for Chicago in 1915 when the team played their home games at West Side Park.

1995 At Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium, the 257-day baseball strike comes to an end when the Dodgers beat the Marlins, 8-7, with outfielder Raul Mondesi providing much of the offense with two home runs and four RBIs.The work stoppage caused last season to end early, forcing the cancellation of the World Series and delaying the opening of this campaign.

1997 In a 13-8 Mariners victory over the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. hits three home runs, two off Roger Clemens and one off of Mike Timlin. The blast barrage gives Junior 13 homers this month, breaking the record for the most round-trippers hit in April.

1997 The Indians establish a team record, hitting eight home runs in one game when Matt Williams (3), David Justice (2), Manny Ramirez, Sandy Alomar, and Chad Curtis all go deep in an 11-4 rout of the Brewers at County Stadium. With the additional three homers slammed by Milwaukee, the teams combine to tie a major league mark for round-trippers in a nine-inning night game, with 11.

1998 The ‘Iron Man’s’ streak continues when Cal Ripken plays in his 2,500th consecutive game, an 8-2 Orioles’ victory over Oakland at Camden Yards. The Baltimore third baseman goes two-for-five, knocking in three runs during the milestone contest.

1999 The fifth monument unveiled in Yankee Stadium history pays tribute to Joe DiMaggio, who died last month at 84. “Joltin’ Joe” becomes the fifth Bronx Bomber to be honored in this fashion, joining Miller Huggins (1931), Lou Gehrig (1942), Babe Ruth (1949), and Mickey Mantle (1996).

1999 On the day the team pays tribute to Joe DiMaggio, life-long Yankee fan Paul Simon, standing in centerfield, performs his 1968 classic Mrs. Robinson. The singer-songwriter’s iconic lyrics, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” brings cheers from the enthusiastic sellout crowd at the Bronx ballpark.

2000 Supporting the work stoppage by Cuban-Americans over the Elian Gonzalez controversy, Marlins Alex Fernandez, Vladimir Nunez, Michael Tejera, and Mike Lowell, Rays’ Jose Canseco, and Mets’ Rey Ordonez and Cookie Rojas do not participate in today’s games. The protest over an immigration ruling stems from the federal district court’s decision that the five year-old boy must be returned to his father in Cuba, taking him away from the maternal relatives living in Miami.

2001 Rickey Henderson breaks the career walks record established by Babe Ruth in 1935 when he receives his 2,063rd base on balls. The 42-year-old Padres outfielder takes his historic stroll leading off the ninth inning on a free pass issued by Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa in the team’s 5-3 loss at Qualcomm Stadium.

2007 In a sixteen strikeout performance against the Diamondbacks in a 3-2 Padres loss at Chase Field, Jake Peavy comes within one check-swing from tying Tom Seaver’s major league record of ten consecutive strikeouts. The right-hander loses his bid to equal the mark when Eric Byrnes walks after apparently swinging on a 3-2 pitch, a questionable called made by the first base umpire Jeff Kellogg.

2012 David Wright becomes the Mets’ all-time RBI leader with 735 runs batted in when he hits a two-run home run in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Marlins at Citi Field. The 29-year-old third baseman passes Darryl Strawberry’s franchise mark with his sixth-inning blast off Mark Buehrle.

2015 A Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, rated as a three on a scale from one to 10, is auctioned for $1.32 million in online bidding to an anonymous buyer. Robert Edward Auctions of New Jersey announced the same card, sold by an unnamed owner, fetched $791,000 at auction in 2008.

2015 For the first time, a team takes the field with three Canadian position players in the starting lineup. Outfielders Michael Saunders (Victoria) and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga), along with catcher Russell Martin (East York), collectively go 1-for-9 in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

2017 Chris Coghlan avoids being tagged at home plate when he goes airborne, soaring over Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina to score in the Blue Jays’ 6-5 victory over St. Louis in 11 innings. The improbable run, driven in by Kevin Pillar’s triple, gives the team a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning of the Busch Stadium contest.

2017 On a frigid night at Coors Field, Trea Turner completes the third cycle in Nationals history with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning in the team’s 15-12 victory over the Rockies. The 23-year-old former NC State baseball standout joins Christian Guzman (2008) and Brad Wilkerson (2005), who have also accomplished the feat after the franchise moved to Washington, D.C.

TV SPORTS MONDAY

COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
MISSOURI AT KENTUCKY7:00PMSECN
MLBTIME ETTV
SAN FRANCISCO AT MILWAUKEE6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
COLORADO AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMNBCS-PHI
ATTSN-RM
BOSTON AT TORONTO7:07PMMLBN
NESN
SPORNTSNET
NEW YORK METS AT ST. LOUIS7:45PMMLBN
SNY
BALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT TEXAS8:05PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT LA ANGELS9:38PMBALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT ARIZONA9:40PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: BOSTON AT BROOKLYN7:00PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 5: TORONTO AT PHILADELPHIA8:00PMNBATV
FIRST ROUND GAME 5: UTAH AT DALLAS9:30PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT CHICAGO8:00PMESPN+
HULU
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: PRESTON NORTH END VS BLACKBURN ROVERS2:30PMESPN+
SERIE A: SASSUOLO VS JUVENTUS2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE:CRYSTAL PALACE VS LEEDS UNITED3:00PMUSA
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TIGRE VS ARSENAL6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
BRASILEIRÃO: AVAÍ VS GOIÁS7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ALDOSIVI VS HURACÁN8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: ARGENTINOS JUNIORS VS SARMIENTO8:30PMPARAMOUNT+

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES106.6257 – 33 – 35 – 55 – 10 – 07 – 3W 3
TORONTO106.6254 – 26 – 44 – 30 – 06 – 36 – 4L 1
TAMPA BAY97.56316 – 43 – 35 – 11 – 21 – 35 – 5W 2
BOSTON79.43833 – 44 – 53 – 64 – 30 – 04 – 6L 2
BALTIMORE610.37543 – 33 – 72 – 40 – 03 – 45 – 5L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA88.5005 – 43 – 42 – 24 – 22 – 26 – 4W 4
CLEVELAND78.4670.53 – 34 – 50 – 35 – 20 – 04 – 6L 3
CHI WHITE SOX69.4001.54 – 22 – 72 – 12 – 72 – 12 – 8L 7
DETROIT69.4001.54 – 82 – 12 – 43 – 30 – 04 – 6L 2
KANSAS CITY59.35725 – 50 – 40 – 05 – 50 – 33 – 7L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SEATTLE106.6257 – 23 – 40 – 06 – 44 – 28 – 2W 3
LA ANGELS97.56314 – 55 – 21 – 20 – 06 – 56 – 4W 1
OAKLAND98.5291.54 – 35 – 57 – 40 – 01 – 25 – 5W 1
HOUSTON78.4672.52 – 45 – 41 – 20 – 05 – 53 – 7W 1
TEXAS510.3334.51 – 54 – 51 – 20 – 04 – 64 – 6L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS125.7065 – 27 – 35 – 20 – 07 – 37 – 3W 1
MIAMI78.46744 – 33 – 55 – 21 – 21 – 26 – 4W 2
ATLANTA710.41254 – 63 – 42 – 42 – 23 – 44 – 6L 2
PHILADELPHIA610.3755.54 – 52 – 52 – 51 – 21 – 23 – 7L 2
WASHINGTON612.3336.53 – 83 – 43 – 41 – 32 – 53 – 7L 5
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS95.6433 – 16 – 42 – 16 – 40 – 06 – 4L 1
MILWAUKEE106.6255 – 25 – 42 – 16 – 40 – 07 – 3W 2
PITTSBURGH88.50024 – 24 – 63 – 15 – 70 – 05 – 5W 1
CHI CUBS79.43834 – 63 – 30 – 04 – 52 – 23 – 7L 1
CINCINNATI313.18871 – 42 – 92 – 21 – 20 – 71 – 9W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS114.7336 – 15 – 32 – 14 – 03 – 38 – 2W 1
SAN FRANCISCO115.6880.54 – 27 – 36 – 40 – 02 – 17 – 3W 3
COLORADO105.66716 – 44 – 12 – 12 – 22 – 16 – 4W 2
SAN DIEGO107.58826 – 44 – 32 – 23 – 05 – 56 – 4L 1
ARIZONA610.3755.53 – 63 – 44 – 60 – 01 – 34 – 6L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS79571661205433223234-7-023-9-69-1-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES80522081125126819628-8-424-12-47-3-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS80522171114930725129-8-223-13-57-2-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS79512261084724519726-8-425-14-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING79492281064727522326-8-623-14-26-3-1
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS804524111014226622122-12-523-12-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS79492551034724421324-13-225-12-35-5-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS794423121003927123319-15-625-8-67-1-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS79353410803321822919-15-516-19-53-6-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7936367793225328920-15-516-21-24-4-2
11 BUFFALO SABRES80313811732822928316-18-615-20-56-4-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS80313910722822530618-16-713-23-34-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7931417692821825614-21-417-20-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7927448622423829116-19-511-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS79254311612420828714-20-611-23-53-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS80204911511720731410-26-410-23-71-9-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE79551861165130222231-5-324-13-36-4-0
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES794920101084728519825-9-724-11-38-1-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD79512171094630024529-7-222-14-58-0-2
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES804920111094730423026-9-523-11-69-0-1
5 X-EDMONTON OILERS7946276984227724526-12-120-15-57-2-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS80432710963923223021-16-422-11-66-4-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7944296944125323825-14-119-15-54-4-2
DALLAS STARS7944305934022823825-10-319-20-24-4-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7942316903825423722-15-420-16-25-3-2
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS79383011873523922918-14-720-16-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS79363211833424125320-15-316-17-83-6-1
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS79323512762920825118-17-514-18-73-4-3
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS80303614742622526517-19-513-17-92-6-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS79264211632121028412-21-614-21-52-7-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7826466582320527115-21-311-25-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7922507512119330310-27-312-23-40-8-2
 

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