INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS

SESSION 1

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 9:30 AM ET 

10:30 AM ET | CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LANESVILLE (28-1) VS. MARQUETTE CATHOLIC (24-4) 

APPROX. 12:45 PM ET | CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (21-8) VS. FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS (19-6) 

SESSION 2

PUBLIC GATES OPEN AT 5 PM ET 

6 PM ET | CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
GIBSON SOUTHERN (25-4) VS. NORWELL (23-4) 

APPROX. 8:15 PM ET | CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (29-1) VS. LAKE CENTRAL (26-4) 

INDIANA STATE BOYS SWIMMING FINALS

Site: Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis | Website

Admission: All tickets will be digital through your mobile phone beginning Monday, Feb. 19 and may be purchased through Eventlink (additional fees may apply). No cash. Present your purchase verification on your mobile phone at the gate for admission. $10 per session or $19 both days general admission. Children 5 years and younger admitted free for general admission seating only.  

A limited number of $22 reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase (good for both days) (8 tickets per purchase max). Reserved seating for a single session is not available.

Streaming: All competition will be streamed live at IHSAAtv.org and the IHSAAtv suite of apps (iPhone, Android phone, Roku, Amazon Firestick, AppleTV, and Android TV) via pay-per-view for $10 for Friday’s preliminaries only or $15 for both days.

Photography: Double Edge Media is the Official Photography Service of the IHSAA and posts state championship images for purchase. Website 

Sports Medicine: Athletic trainers from Forté Sports Medicine, the Official Sports Medicine Provider to the IHSAA, will be on hand to assist student-athletes as needed. Website 

Apparel: Contact Team IP, our official online provider of state tournament apparel. Website 

Advancement
The top 16 in each swimming event during Friday’s prelims will return for competition on Saturday with the top eight individuals vying for state championship honors. Those finishing nine through 16 on Friday will make up the competitors in the consolation heats. All diving will take place on Saturday with the top 20 of 32 competitors advancing from the prelims to the semis after five dives each. After three dives each in the semis, the top 16 will advance to the final round for another three dives each. 

Friday, Feb. 23, 2024
Gates open at 4:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm CT
6 pm ET / 5 pm CT | Swimming Preliminaries | Heat Sheets | Psych Sheets 

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024
Gates open at 7:30 am ET / 6:30 am CT 
9 am ET / 8 am CT | Diving Preliminaries, Semifinals 
1 pm ET / 12 pm CT | Championship/Consolation Finals in all swimming events; Diving Finals 

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

OHIO STATE 73 #2 PURDUE 69

SOUTH FLORIDA 90 #24 FLORIDA ATLANTIC 86

ELSEWHERE:

NORTHWESTERN 76 INDIANA 72

ILLINOIS STATE 86 EVANSVILLE 79

MINNESOTA 81 RUTGERS 70

HCAC MEN’S TOURNAMENT

MANCHESTER 76 FRANKLIN 73

HANOVER 62 ROSE HULMAN 58

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#6 NC STATE 86 GEORGIA TECH 85 OT

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 70 GEORGIA 56

#12 VIRGINIA TECH 86 #18 LOUISVILLE 70

#19 SYRACUSE 85 VIRGINIA 79

#10 USC 58 #11 OREGON STATE 50

#21 BAYLOR 61 TEXAS TECH 32

#9 UCLA 74 OREGON 55

ELSEWHERE:

MICHIGAN STATE 70 MICHIGAN 66

MARYLAND 77 PENN STATE 62

PURDUE FT. WAYNE 77 DETROIT 67

IUPUI 70 ROBERT MORRIS 50

HCAC WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT

FRANKLIN 73 ROSE HULMAN 69

MT. ST. JOSEPH 83 ANDERSON 61

NBA SCOREBOARD

NO GAME SCHEDULED

NHL SCOREBOARD

NY RANGERS 6 NY ISLANDERS 5 OT

LOS ANGELES 2 PITTSBURGH 1

COLORADO 4 ARIZONA 3

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

OHIO STATE UPSETS NO. 2 PURDUE IN INTERIM COACH’S DEBUT, CAPPING WEEK OF TURMOIL WITH COURT-STORMING

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State stunned No. 2 Purdue on Sunday in its interim coach’s debut, winning 73-69 a day after the NCAA Tournament selection committee picked the Boilermakers as the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall seed during March Madness.

Bruce Thornton scored 22 points and Jamison Battle added 19 points to help Ohio State (15-11, 5-10 Big Ten) pull off the upset in Jake Diebler’s first game at the helm.

Chris Holtmann was fired Wednesday after several disappointing seasons. The beleaguered Buckeyes had lost nine of their last eleven games. Purdue (23-3, 12-3) had been favored by 8 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Ohio State fans stormed the court.

“What a resilient group,” said Diebler, who was overcome with emotion when he greeted his family on the crowded court. “We have some great young men in there who came together at a high these last few days in a way that I don’t know if any of us fully anticipated that they could get to in a short amount of time.”

Ohio State played with energy from the start, led 35-30 at the break and six minutes into the second half were up by 12.

With the Boilermakers closing down the stretch, it seemed like only a matter of time until Zach Edey took over the game, but it didn’t happen.

Lance Jones hit a 3-pointer for Purdue to tie the score at 65 with 1:39 left. But Battle hit a jumper and then, with 34 seconds left, hit a pair of free throws to bump the Ohio State lead to 69-65.

An easy dunk by Edey reduced the deficit to two with 16 seconds left. Running out time, the Boilermakers fouled Thornton, who went to the line and made both foul shots.

Edey finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, the 58th career double-double for the Purdue star.

But the Boilermakers turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 22 Ohio State points.

“We just need to take care of the ball,” Edey said. “We outrebounded them. We got more possessions that way, but we can’t let them get on transition. We have to play on a half-court game. … It’s tough to win the game when a team scores 22 points in transition.”

Purdue coach Matt Painter was impressed with how the Buckeyes performed after enduring an emotional week that saw the sacking of their much-loved coach.

“That’s what you don’t know — can you get them down and keep them down, and then like, they go away, which obviously didn’t happen. They win the game,” he said. “So you know, where’s their fight? What’s it going to be. I think they answered that. Their fight was great.”

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: The Boilermakers couldn’t match Ohio State’s energy and were derailed on their way to a desired sweep to finish the Big Ten regular season. They had won nine straight and 16 of 17. Their last loss was Jan. 9.

“We fought hard to be in this position,” Painter said. “When you say you’re going to get everybody’s best shot, you think that’s kind of a folk tale. But you get everybody’s best shot.”

Ohio State: A hard week ended in adulation for the Buckeyes.

“We just went out there, had fun and cut loose,” Battle said.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Rutgers on Thursday night.

Ohio State: Visits Minnesota on Thursday night.

SOUTH FLORIDA HANGS ON TO DOWN NO. 24 FAU, MAINTAIN AAC LEAD

Selton Miguel scored a career-high 25 points off the bench as South Florida stretched its winning streak to 11 games, holding off No. 24 Florida Atlantic 90-86 on Sunday in Tampa to stay atop the American Athletic Conference.

Chris Youngblood added 23 for the Bulls (19-5, 12-1), who built a 25-point lead with 8:38 left in the game and barely held off the Owls. FAU scored 41 points in the final 8:24, drawing within 87-86 when Johnell Davis swished a stepback 3-pointer with 23.1 seconds remaining.

But Youngblood canned both ends of a one-and-one with 20.6 seconds left, then added a foul shot with 4.8 ticks on the clock after an FAU miss to wrap up the outcome.

Vladislav Goldin led four players in double figures for the Owls (20-6, 10-3) with 23 points, while Davis finished with 20 to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Alijah Martin scored 17 points and Nick Boyd added 16.

Ultimately, South Florida’s ability to take care of the ball and knock down just enough pressure free throws decided the game. It was 21-of-28 at the line in a marathon second half and committed just eight turnovers on the day.

Playing before the first sellout crowd at the Yuengling Center in 23 years, South Florida controlled the first half as Youngblood and Miguel took turns scoring in unstoppable clusters.

Youngblood came out of the gate scorching, scoring 13 points in the first 8:04 as the Bulls established an 18-9 lead. He made three consecutive 3-pointers in the spurt, adding a layup and a pair of free throws along the way.

Then Miguel activated with a driving layup, followed by a 14-point burst in less than three minutes that saw him can four straight 3-pointers. That increased the USF lead to 17 points before Goldin made two foul shots after a flagrant foul, cutting the advantage to 46-31 at the half.

The Owls trailed 70-45 when Davis’ three-point play launched a 15-0 run over a span of just 1:19 to make it a new game.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CARDOSO, NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA BEAT GEORGIA 70-56 FOR SEC RECORD 43RD STRAIGHT REGULAR SEASON WIN

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley knows better than anyone how hard it is to win in the Southeastern Conference.

Staley and her Gamecocks reached another milestone to show that these days, they have few rivals in one of college basketball’s most difficult leagues.

Kamilla Cardoso had 16 points and 16 rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina rallied past Georgia 70-56 on Sunday to win its record 43rd straight Southeastern Conference regular-season game.

The Gamecocks (25-0, 12-0 SEC) broke a mark Tennessee and the late, great Pat Summitt achieved with 42 straight SEC victories from January 1992 through a loss to Georgia nearly four years later.

“I’m just proud of the former players and the current players to put together some of the most historical stretches in this league,” Staley said. “It says something to be able to do that because this is a hard league.”

Georgia and Javyn Nicholson proved that for much of this one. Nicholson had a career-high 27 points and the Bulldogs were ahead 37-28 early in the third quarter.

That’s when Cardoso and the Gamecocks reasserted themselves to take control.

“I feel like we just didn’t get in the flow defensively,” said Chloe Kitts, who scored 10 of her 12 points in the final two quarters. “At the end of the day, we stopped (Nicholson) in the second half and we pulled through.”

Behind Cardoso, Te-Hina Paopao, Kitts and MiLaysia Fulwiley, South Carolina cranked it up to remain the country’s only undefeated Division I team.

Cardoso scored three straight points and Kitts had six of her team’s next eight points to draw within 40-39. Fulwiley, the dynamic freshman, took over after that. Her basket put South Carolina in front for good and she followed with two foul shots and a spinning drive through lane that resulted in an easy basket for Ashlyn Watkins.

Georgia kept things within single digits until the final period when back-to-back 3s by Oregon transfer Paopao widened things to 60-48.

The Bulldogs (11-14, 2-10) could not respond and lost their 18th straight to the Gamecocks.

Nicholson surpassed her previous best of 24 set earlier this season against Ball State. She added 12 rebounds for her 14th double-double this year.

Paopao had 15 points off five 3-pointers as South Carolina won its 55th straight game at home. It was a record-setting fourth sellout of 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena this season and featured College GameDay in the hour before tipoff.

Cardoso, a senior, finished with her 12th double-double this season and the 28th of her career.

It was Nicholson and the Bulldogs who pushed the pace early on with a 17-2 surge between the first and second quarters to build a 23-17 lead.

They remained ahead, 37-28 after Nicholson had a pair of three-point plays and her opening shot of the third quarter before things fell apart.

THE BIG PICTURE

Georgia: It’s been a tough season for the Bulldogs, who won 22 games and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament a season ago. They certainly looked like they had the goods to upset the country’s best team before getting overwhelmed down the stretch.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks off-again, on-again performance of late — they trailed Tennessee 28-25 at the half before winning this past Thursday night — is ripe for problems given the one-and-done nature of the NCAA Tournament.

599th WIN

South Carolina’s Staley won her 599th career game in a coaching career she never aspired to. After 172 wins in eight seasons at Temple, she’s won 427 games in 16 seasons with the Gamecocks.

“Hopefully, she’ll stay in it a lot time because she’ll break a lot more records,” Georgia coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said.

UP NEXT

Georgia plays at Mississippi on Thursday night.

South Carolina takes on Alabama on Thursday night.

No. 6 North Carolina State 86, Georgia Tech 85 (OT)

Aziaha James dropped 30 points and the host Wolfpack rallied to beat the upset-minded Yellow Jackets in Raleigh, N.C.

River Baldwin scored 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting, Madison Hayes added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Saniya Rivers chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for NC State (23-3, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The Yellow Jackets (15-12, 6-9) led for most of the fourth quarter before NC State pushed ahead 76-73 on Rivers’ layup and free throw with nine seconds left. Kara Dunn (31 points) buried a last-second 3-pointer to force overtime and later tossed in an improbable 3-pointer from near midcourt down four in overtime, but it wasn’t enough for Georgia Tech.

Tonie Morgan had 23 points and 11 assists and Kayla Blackshear scored 16 points.

No. 12 Virginia Tech 86, No. 18 Louisville 70

Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore posted double-doubles as the visiting Hokies cruised past the Cardinals.

Kitley scored 26 points on 12-of-16 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Amoore had 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting and dished 10 assists for Virginia Tech (22-4, 13-2 ACC), which won its ninth straight game. Matilda Ekh added 12 points.

Kiki Jefferson had 19 points to power Louisville (21-6, 10-4), which has lost three of five. Jayda Curry scored 13 points off the bench and Nyla Harris and Nina Rickards finished with 10 points apiece.

No. 19 Syracuse 85, Virginia 79

Dyaisha Fair went for 33 points, Georgia Woolley scored a season-high 26 and the Orange outlasted the host Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va.

Alaina Rice added 10 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse (22-4, 12-3), which led by 17 points at the half and had to withstand a late charge by Virginia. Fair made critical jumpers at the 2:06 and 1:04 marks to stem the tide and secure Syracuse’s fifth straight win.

Camryn Taylor had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead Virginia (12-13, 4-10). Paris Clark had 16 points and seven boards, Kymora Johnson tallied 15 points, 10 assists and five steals and Sam Brunelle scored 10 points with five assists.

NBA NEWS

EAST HANGS 211 POINTS TO TOPPLE WEST IN NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard scored 39 points and drained 11 3-pointers to lead the Eastern Conference to a record-setting 211-186 win over the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Lillard, 33, was named NBA All-Star Game MVP for the first time for his performance.

The Eastern Conference shattered the record for most points by a team in an All-Star Game. The previous mark was 196 points, which late Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant and the Western Conference notched during the 2016 All-Star Game.

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown added 36 points on 15-for-23 shooting for the Eastern Conference in the win. Indiana Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton finished with 32 points on 11-for-15 shooting to delight fans who watched him play on his home court.

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves led the Western Conference with 50 points on 23-for-35 shooting. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tallied 31 points on 12-for-16 shooting, including a 7-for-10 mark from long distance.

The contest was dominated by 3-pointers and dunks, as neither side devoted much energy or attention to defense.

The Eastern Conference shot 56.8 percent (83-for-146) from the field and 43.3 percent (42-for-97) from 3-point range. The Western Conference shot 55.9 percent (80-for-143) overall and 35.2 percent (25-for-71) from beyond the arc.

LeBron James made history by playing in his 20th All-Star Game. The 39-year-old surpassed fellow Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who earned 19 selections.

The career milestone did not equate to a memorable performance on the court for James. He finished with eight points on 4-for-10 shooting, and he missed all three of his 3-point attempts.

The Eastern Conference led 104-89 at the half. Lillard had 22 points before the break, including a half-dozen 3-pointers, to help his team grab a 15-point lead.

Lillard maintained his hot hand in the second half. He drained a spot-up shot from halfcourt during the third quarter to make it 132-105. After the shot swished through the basket, Lillard extended his arms into a full wingspan and walked back toward the defensive end.

The Eastern Conference scored at least 50 points in all four quarters.

The Western Conference scored 47 points in the first quarter, 42 in the second, 47 in the third and 50 in the fourth.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: RANGERS BATTLE BACK, SHOCK ISLES IN OT

Artemi Panarin scored 10 seconds into overtime on Sunday night to cap a wild comeback by the New York Rangers, who overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New York Islanders 6-5 in a Stadium Series game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson turned the puck over just after the extra session’s opening faceoff, and Panarin shuffled the puck before beating Ilya Sorokin.

Erik Gustafsson scored early in the first, Vincent Trocheck collected a pair of goals in the second and Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored power-play goals late in the third to force overtime for the Rangers, who trailed 4-1 before winning their seventh straight.

Brock Nelson, Bo Horvat and Mathew Barzal scored within a span of just over three minutes early in the first period before Anders Lee scored in the second and Alexander Romanov scored in the third for the Islanders, who fell to 3-3-3 under coach Patrick Roy.

Goaltender Igor Shesterkin made 36 saves for the Rangers, who are 5-0-0 in outdoor games. Sorokin recorded 32 saves for the Islanders, who are 0-1-1 in outdoor games.

Kings 2, Penguins 1

Adrian Kempe’s second goal of the game, a short-handed tally late in the third, gave visiting Los Angeles a win over Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who have lost four of five. Tristan Jarry picked up his third straight loss, tallying 31 saves. Los Angeles goaltender Cam Talbot got his first win since Dec. 23, making 29 saves.

Both teams had their pregame routine altered, as the players were on the benches for an extended ceremony to retire former Pittsburgh superstar winger Jaromir Jagr’s No. 68.

Avalanche 4, Coyotes 3

Devon Toews scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period as Colorado beat Arizona in Denver.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to extend his home point streak to 26 games, Jack Johnson also had a goal and an assist and Ross Colton added a goal for Colorado, which played its first home game since Jan. 26. Alexandar Georgiev turned away 28 shots for the Avalanche.

Matt Dumba had a goal and an assist, Logan Cooley and Lawson Crouse also scored and Karel Vejmelka made 33 saves for Arizona, which lost its ninth straight (0-8-1).

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SHOHEI OHTANI WON’T PLAY IN DODGERS’ SPRING TRAINING OPENER, STAYS AWAY FROM LIVE BATTING PRACTICE

Shohei Ohtani did not participate in live batting practice Sunday, and his Los Angeles Dodgers spring training debut is on hold.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Ohtani, who is coming back from elbow surgery, will not play in Thursday’s opener against the San Diego Padres. The two-time MVP signed a record $700 million, 10-year contract as a free agent in December.

Roberts, though, has been encouraged by Ohtani’s progress physically.

“He’s a lot further along than I think any of us — maybe not named Shohei — would have expected,” Roberts said on Saturday. “He’s worked really hard, very diligent in his work, so he’s ahead of schedule.

“What that means as far as when he’s going to play in a Cactus League game, I don’t know that answer. But it just seems like every single day, he keeps better and feels real good.”

The two-time AL MVP won’t pitch this season following right elbow surgery on Sept. 19 but hopes to be ready as a hitter by the March 20 opener against the Padres in Seoul, South Korea. He hit .304 with 44 home runs last year with the Los Angeles Angels.

ACUÑA’S ASCENT

Ronald Acuña Jr. has already done a lot with the Atlanta Braves, but manager Brian Snitker is expecting even more from the 26-year-old outfielder.

“He’s going to set records that probably he’s the only one who is going to be able to outdo them,” Snitker said. “The scary part is, he’s at an age where he’s going to get better.”

Acuna won his first NL MVP award last season after becoming the first player with 40 homers and 70 stolen bases in a major league season.

RELIVING HISTORY

In the Boston Red Sox spring training clubhouse in Fort Myers, Florida. during a rainy morning that shortened their workouts, the team’s infamous matchup with the New York Mets on Game 6 of the 1986 World Series was playing on one of the TVs.

Hall of Famer Jim Rice, a member of that team, watched some of it along with a few pitchers, including newcomer Lucas Giolito.

Just before the winning run came home after a grounder went through first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs, the satellite TV provider’s signal went out. By the time the signal was restored, another program was airing on the MLB Network.

MAKING MOVES

The Baltimore Orioles acquired 29-year-old lefty Matt Krook for cash from the New York Yankees in a trade. Krook, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, had a 24.75 ERA in four appearances last season, his first in the majors. In 27 games last year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, he was 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA.

Baltimore designated utility player Diego Castillo for assignment to clear a spot for Krook on its 40-man roster.

Shortly after Baltimore designated infielder Livan Soto for assignment on Friday, the Angels claimed him off waivers. Soto played 22 games for them the previous two seasons.

GETTING A CHANCE

Toronto agreed to a minor league contract with 31-year-old Daniel Vogelbach.

The 6-foot, 270-pound designated hitter was heading into his final year of arbitration eligibility when the Mets cut him in November. He struck out in more than one-fourth of his plate appearances last season, hitting .233 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs in 104 games.

Vogelbach was an All-Star with the Seattle Mariners in 2019, when he finished with 30 homers and 76 RBIs that stand as career highs.

MEN’S GOLF

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA SHOOTS 62, SURGES TO VICTORY AT GENESIS

Hideki Matsuyama fired a bogey-free, 9-under 62 — one shy of tying the record at Riviera Country Club — to overtake the field and win the Genesis Invitational by three strokes on Sunday in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Japanese pro began the day six shots off Patrick Cantlay’s lead but zipped up the leaderboard with three-birdie runs at Nos. 1-3, 10-12 and 15-17. He entered the clubhouse at 17-under 267 for the week, and no one from the pack of remaining contenders could catch him.

Matsuyama, 31, had not won on tour since January 2022 and slipped to No. 55 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 2021 Masters remains the crowning achievement of his career, but by winning the third signature event of the season, Matsuyama earns a $4 million payday and 700 FedEx Cup points.

Will Zalatoris had his most successful week yet since returning from an extended absence after undergoing back surgery. Zalatoris at one point held sole possession of the lead at 15 under, but went 1 over for his final five holes to shoot a 69 and tie for second with Luke List (68) at 14 under.

Cantlay led after each of the first three rounds but opened his final trip around the course with nine straight pars. A drive into the bunker at the par-4 10th led to a bogey, and although he erased that with a birdie at the next hole, he faltered down the stretch with two more bogeys.

But Cantlay finished on a strong note, draining a 50-foot birdie at the last hole to salvage a 1-over 72 and finish at 13 under, tying for fourth with Xander Schauffele (70) and Canada’s Adam Hadwin (65).

SWIMMING NEWS

KATE DOUGLASS SETS AMERICAN MARK IN 50-METER FREESTYLE

Kate Douglass set the American record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 23.91 seconds on Sunday in the World Aquatics Championships at Doha, Qatar.

Douglass won the silver medal in the competition behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who won gold in 23.69 seconds.

Douglass surpasses Simone Manuel (23.97 seconds in 2017) as the American record-holder. The time by the former Virginia college star is also the eighth best all-time in the event.

The gold won by Sjostrom is her 14th of her career at the world championships.

Douglass, 22, won five medals (two golds, two silvers, one bronze) at the event that concluded Sunday night. Her gold medals came in the 200-meter individual medley and 400-meter mixed medley.

Douglass won a bronze medal in the 200 individual medley at the 2020 Summer Olympics, held in Tokyo in 2021 after being postponed a year due to COVID-19.

Douglass also set the American record in the 200-meter breaststroke last month when she was clocked in 2 minutes, 19.30 seconds at a meet in Knoxville, Tenn.

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS RELEASES/NEWS REPORTS

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

HOOSIERS DROP DECISION TO WILDCATS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana gave itself a chance. It turned a potential blowout loss into a cliffhanger.

That was a positive.

That it wasn’t enough, that IU lost for the fourth straight time to Northwestern, this one by a 76-72 score Sunday at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, making it six losses in the last eight games, ratchets up the disappointment.

“We have to keep working,” coach Mike Woodson said. “It’s frustrating. We played well enough once we got back into it, but free throws bit us in the butt.”

IU (14-11 overall, 6-8 in the Big Ten) was 12-for-21 on free throws. Northwestern (18-8, 9-6) was 22-for-28. The Hoosiers continue to make free-throw shooting a practice emphasis, guard Gabe Cupps said.

“We shoot a lot in practice. We know it’s something we can get better at. It all comes down to confidence and the mentality you approach the line.

“We get the reps in. We have to knock them down with confidence.”

The Wildcats built a 16-point lead with six minutes left before a furious IU rally cut it to three in the closing seconds.

“It’s always good to end the game with energy,” center Kel’el Ware said, “but we lacked that a little bit early. We dug too deep of a hole to come back.”

IU scored 46 points in the second half, 20 more than in the first 20 minutes.

“It’s the pace we run the offense,” Cupps said. “In the last four minutes, we were pushing the ball, running everything with pace. We were much more aggressive.

“We have guys who can make plays. It’s having a consistent pace and doing it from the jump instead of waiting until our backs area against the wall.”

Three 3-pointers and 9-for-11 free throw shooting helped boost Northwestern to a 34-26 halftime lead even with standout guard Boo Buie limited to eight minutes and four points because of foul trouble.

“We’ve got to make shots,” Woodson said. “We had some good looks. There’s nothing scientific about it. We moved the ball well enough to get open shots. You’ve got to step up and make them.”

Buie finished with 14 points, five below his season average. He was just 3-for-14 from the field, in part because of Cupps’ tenacious defense. It’s another step in the freshman’s development.

“(Buie) is a great player,” Cupps said “He’s tough to defend. I thought I did well when he was in his isolation stuff. He’s one of best in the country at that.

“I’ve always taken pride on the defensive side, but at the end of the day, I didn’t do enough. We didn’t get the win.”

Ware finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Forward Mackenzie Mgbako had 20 points. Guard Trey Galloway finished with 12 assists, seven points and three rebounds.

Forward Malik Reneau fouled out with nine points and five rebounds in 24 minutes.

“I wasn’t happy with him after the game,” Woodson said. “His fifth foul came so fast, I couldn’t get him out in time. We have to keep working with him. We need him on the floor, especially coming down the stretch.”

Buie picked up his first foul five seconds into the game. Reneau followed with a basket seconds later. Still, by the first media time out, Northwestern led 7-4.

An Mgbako free throw, which followed a Galloway 3-point, pushed IU ahead 10-9.

Buie picked up his second foul midway through the first half and went to the bench. Northwestern responded by surging ahead 20-14.

A couple of Ware baskets couldn’t stop the Wildcats from taking a 27-19 lead with four minutes left in the half. They made it 30-19 before IU rallied behind a Cupps 3-pointer and dunks from Ware and forward Anthony Walker to cut the lead to six. Northwestern ended the half with a 34-26 lead. Ware led the Hoosiers with 10 points and five rebounds.

The Hoosiers scored five points in the first minute of the second half on a Reneau three-point play and an Mgbako basket. Mgbako added a pair of free throws as IU closed to within one at 34-33.

An Mgbako 3-pointer and consecutive Reneau baskets again got the Hoosiers within a point at 43-42.

Northwestern surged to a 63-47 lead with six minutes left by hitting 8-of-10 shots in a five-minute stretch.

A Cupps 3-pointer, and three points from Galloway were part of IU’s 11-0 run that closed the lead to 63-58 with 2:30 left. Northwestern missed eight straight shots in that stretch.

IU got it to 73-69 with 16 seconds left on a Ware basket. A Mgbako 3-pointer made it 75-72 with 7.9 seconds left before the Hoosiers ran out of time.

Woodson again stressed the free-throw struggles.

“In close games, you’ve got to make them. Going 12-for-21 is not good in close games.”

INDIANA BASEBALL

INDIANA BEATS GEORGE MASON 9-3 IN WEEKEND FINALE

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – A pair of three-run innings and a shutdown save from junior Julian Tonghini (SV, 1) helped the Indiana baseball team (2-1) to a 9-3 victory over George Mason (0-3) in the weekend finale at Springs Brooks Stadium on Sunday (Feb. 18) afternoon.

Junior outfielder Carter Mathison launched a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to break the lead open while Tonghini recorded the final nine outs of the ballgame. Senior pitcher Seti Manase (W, 1-0) threw 2.1 innings in relief and earned his first win of the season.

Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor recorded his third multi-hit game in as many days while junior third baseman Josh Pyne tallied three hits in the victory. Taylor hit .429 on opening weekend (6-14) while driving in a pair of runs. Pyne and sophomore shortstop Tyler Cerny each produced five hits across the first three games.

The Hoosiers held George Mason to just four hits and three runs on the afternoon. Starting pitcher and sophomore Ethan Phillips struck out five batters in 3.2 innings of work. IU’s starting pitchers allowed just three runs in 12.1 innings of action on opening weekend.

IU gave up just 11 runs in the first three games, holding Coastal Carolina and George Mason to five combined runs over the final 18 innings of the weekend.

The Hoosiers return home Tuesday for a midweek matchup against Miami (Ohio) before taking to the road for a three-game set at Baylor next weekend (Feb. 23-25).

Scoring Recap

Top First

IU struck early in the first inning to take a lead it would never relinquish. Carter Mathison reached on an error and Josh Pyne singled before Devin Taylor drove Mathison around to score on an RBI-single. Morgan Colopy walked with the bases loaded later in the inning to add a second run.

Indiana 2, George Mason 0

Top Third

Back-to-back jacks from AJ Shepard and Colopy added three more runs to the scoreboard, taking IU’s lead to 5-0 in the third.

Indiana 5, George Mason 0

Bottom Fourth

A pair of singles from Socrates Bardatsos and James Quinn-Irons drove in two runs and chased IU’s starter, Ethan Phillips, from the ballgame.

Indiana 5, George Mason 2

Bottom Sixth

A groundball back to the pitcher was thrown away by Seti Manase and kicked into right field, allowing Quinn-Irons to score from second. His leadoff double and run scored cut the lead to just two.

Indiana 5, George Mason 3

Top Eighth

Mathison broke the game open once more, launching a no-doubt three-run home run over the wall in right-center field to hand closer Julian Tonghini a five-run lead to work with.

Indiana 8, George Mason 3

Top Ninth

Brandon Burckel laid down a sac bunt to the left side with two runners on. The ball was thrown away by the third baseman, allowing Joey Brenczewski to come around and score the ninth run of the day for IU.

Indiana 9, George Mason 3

Stats to Know

• This was IU’s first 2-1 opening weekend in non-conference play since winning two of three in head coach Jeff Mercer’s first season (2019) against Memphis.

• The Hoosiers outscored opponents 19-11 on opening weekend including 16-5 over the final two contests against Coastal Carolina and George Mason.

• Carter Mathison hit career home runs No. 30 and 31 over the weekend. He sits just five away from cracking the program’s top-10 list and nine away from becoming the seventh player in program history with 40 home runs.

• Joey Brenczewski recorded his first career hit with a ninth-inning single up the middle.

Top Hoosier Performers

#32 Pyne, Josh

• 3-6, 1 R

#5 Taylor, Devin

• 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB

#45 Tonghini, Julian

3 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 1 SV

Up Next

Indiana will welcome Miami (Ohio) to Bart Kaufman Field for a Tuesday (Feb. 20) midweek matchup at 4 p.m. The game will be available via B1G+ and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA DEFEATS FAMU 12-0 ON SUNDAY

TROY, Ala. –––– Indiana finished out the weekend at the Troy Invitational with their best performance of the weekend, defeating Florida A&M, 12-0, in five innings.

The Hoosiers went 4-1 on the weekend, defeating Florida A&M and Troy twice and dropping one game to Gardner-Webb on Saturday. Sunday’s win pushes Indiana’s record to 8-2 on the season.

INDIANA 12, FAMU 0 (F/5)

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana got off to a great start in the top of the first inning, with juniors Taylor Minnick and Sarah Stone each recording an RBI to put the Hoosiers up 2-0.

• Sophomore Cassidy Kettleman kept the scoring going, hitting a double to left center in the top of the second inning and putting IU up 3-0.

• In the bottom of the second inning, junior Brianna Copeland put together a 1-2-3 inning, striking out each batter faced.

• In the top of the third inning, freshman Aly VanBrandt hit her second extra base hit of the game, hitting a double to left field. Redshirt senior Cora Bassett would later double to left center to score VanBrandt and extend Indiana’s lead to six.

• Sophomore Chloe Geijer hit a home run out to left field in the top of the fourth inning to give Indiana an 8-0 advantage. Geijer’s score was one of four runs the Hoosiers would score in the inning.

• In the bottom of the fifth inning, freshman Alex Cooper made her collegiate debut in the circle, striking out one batter and not allowing a hit to seal the win by run-rule.

NOTABLES

• Junior Taylor Minnick has recorded a hit in eight of the ten games this season.

• Sophomore Cassidy Kettleman notched a career-high three RBI in a game.

• Freshman Aly VanBrandt had her second career triple.

• Sophomore Chloe Geijer hit her first career home run.

• In her first collegiate at bat, freshman Savannah Oden got a hit.

• Indiana outhit Florida A&M, 11-3.

UP NEXT

Indiana will head west to the Hillenbrand Invitational next weekend in Tucson, Ariz. to face off against host Arizona, Drake, Central Michigan and Marshall. 

INDIANA WRESTLING

INDIANA FALLS AT NORTHWESTERN

EVANSTON, Ill. ––– In the team’s final Big Ten dual of the season, No. 17 Indiana lost at Northwestern, 19-18.

The loss takes the Hoosiers’ record to 6-5 and they finish out the Big Ten dual schedule with a 3-5 mark.

KEY MOMENTS

• Northwestern opened the dual with a 7-0 lead, picking up wins at 125 and 133 lbs., by major decision and decision, respectively.

• Graduate student No. 23 Dan Fongaro (141) got Indiana on the board, defeating Kolby McClain by tech fall, 19-4 (6:52), to make the team score, 7-5.

• Graduate student No. 13 Graham Rooks (149) won a hard-fought match over Aiden Vandenbush by decision, 2-1, to give Indiana an 8-7 lead.

• Northwestern quickly took the lead back on a pin from No. 21 Trevor Chumbley, giving the Wildcats an intermission advantage of 13-8.

• Indiana got two big wins in a row out of the break with No. 22 Tyler Lillard (165) defeating No. 20 Maxx Mayfield by decision, 8-2, and No. 17 DJ Washington (174) winning by major decision over Joseph Martin, 17-5.

• Northwestern got two wins in a row back with a 7-4 decision at 184 lbs. and 2-0 decision at 197 lbs. That pushed Northwestern’s lead to 19-15.

• Indiana graduate student No. 31 Nick Willham (285) defeated Jack Jessen, 2-1, but the Hoosiers would fall just short in the dual, 19-18.

NOTABLES

• Indiana and Northwestern split the bouts, 5-5.

• Fongaro’s win was his third by tech fall this season.

• The win for Washington improved his season record to 14-4.

• Lillard picked up his fourth win against a ranked opponent this season in his victory over No. 20 Maxx Mayfield.

UP NEXT

• Indiana will be back in action at home on Friday, Feb. 23 for a 7 p.m. dual and Senior Day against Chattanooga in Wilkinson Hall.

FULL RESULTS

125: Massey Odiotti (NU) def. Blaine Frazier (IU)                         |MD, 12-4 |               Score: NU up 4-0

133: Dedrick Navarro (NU) def. Cayden Rooks (IU)                      |Dec. 11-4 |               Score: NU up 7-0

141: No. 23 Dan Fongaro (IU) def. Kolby McClain (NU)                |TF, 19-4 (6:51) |       Score: NU up 7-5

149: No. 13 Graham Rooks (IU) def. Aiden Vandenbush (NU)      |Dec. 2-1 |                  Score: IU up 8-7

157: No. 21 Trevor Chumbley (NU) def. Zack Rotkvich (IU)          |Fall (5:36) |               Score: NU up 13-7

165: No. 22 Tyler Lillard (IU) def. No. 20 Maxx Mayfield (NU)      |Dec. 8-2 |                Score: NU up 13-11

174: No. 17 DJ Washington (IU) def. Joseph Martin (NU)             |MD, 17-5 |               Score: IU up 15-13

184: Troy Fisher (NU) def. Roman Rogotzke (IU)                         |Dec. 7-4 |                Score: NU up 16-15

197: Evan Bates (NU) def. No. 32 Gabe Sollars (IU)                      |Dec. 2-0 |                Score: NU up 19-15

285: No. 31 Nick Willham (IU) def. Jack Jessen (NU)                    |Dec. 2-1 |               Score: NU up 19-18

FINAL TEAM SCORE: NORTHWESTERN 19, NO. 17 INDIANA 18

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL

#2 PURDUE FALLS AT OHIO STATE 73-69

Ohio State 73, [2] Purdue 69 (Postgame Notes)

No. 2-ranked Purdue fell to 23-3 overall and 12-3 in the Big Ten Conference with a 73-69 loss at Ohio State on Sunday afternoon in Columbus. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Boilermakers.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak against Ohio State and ended a four-game road winning streak for the Boilermakers.

Purdue is 4-3 on the road against unranked teams. Against everyone else and at all other sites, Purdue is 19-0.

Purdue saw an 11-game win streak when ranked No. 2 in the country end.

In Purdue’s three losses, Purdue has had 45 turnovers compared to opponents’ 18 turnovers. The Boilermakers own a -9.00 in turnover margin in those three games. Opponents are outscoring Purdue by 42 points in points off turnovers in those three games, including 22 to 5 by Ohio State.

Purdue is 5-3 when it has at least 14 turnovers in a game. When having 13 or fewer turnovers, Purdue is 18-0.

Opponents are also 31-of-64 (.484) from 3-point range in the three setbacks. Purdue is just 21-of-61 (.344) from deep in its three losses.

Purdue went 20-of-20 from the free throw line, the third-most makes without a miss in school history, and the most since 2001 (25-of-25 vs. Michigan; Feb. 24, 2001).

Purdue is now shooting 79.1 percent from the free throw line on the road, but just 69.2 percent in Mackey Arena.

Purdue has now been court-stormed in 10 of its last 11 road losses.

Braden Smith moved into fifth place on Purdue’s single-season assists chart with 187 assists.

Zach Edey moved past E’Twaun Moore into third place on Purdue’s career scoring list with 2,137 points, after tallying 22 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots.

Edey became Purdue’s all-time leader in career rebounds with 1,155, passing Joe Barry Carroll (1,148). Edey also moved into fourth place on the Big Ten’s all-time rebounds list (1,155).

Edey now has 604 points, 309 rebounds, 59 blocked shots and 48 assists on the season, becoming one of three players in school history with at least two 600-point, 300-rebound seasons (Joe Barry Carroll, Terry Dischinger).

Edey’s 10 straight double-doubles are tied with himself for the third-longest streak in school history (12 – Terry Dischinger; 11 – Dave Schellhase; 10 – Zach Edey; 10 – Zach Edey). Over his last 10 games, Edey is averaging 25.5 points, 14.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.1 assists per game.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State stunned No. 2 Purdue on Sunday in the debut of the Buckeyes’ interim coach, winning 73-69 a day after the NCAA tournament selection committee picked the Boilermakers as the early favorite to be the No. 1 overall seed during March Madness.

Bruce Thornton scored 22 points and Jamison Battle added 19 to help Ohio State (15-11, 5-10 Big Ten) pull off the upset in Jake Diebler’s first game at the helm.

Chris Holtmann was fired Wednesday after several disappointing seasons. The beleaguered Buckeyes had lost nine of their past 11 games.

Diebler became the second head coach since 1996-97 to beat an AP top-10 team in their Division I coaching debut, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Purdue (23-3, 12-3) had been favored by 7½ points, according to ESPN BET. Ohio State fans stormed the court after the final buzzer.

“What a resilient group,” said Diebler, who was overcome with emotion when he greeted his family on the crowded court. “We have some great young men in there who came together at a high these last few days in a way that I don’t know if any of us fully anticipated that they could get to in a short amount of time.”

Ohio State played with energy from the start, led 35-30 at the break and was up by 12 six minutes into the second half.

With the Boilermakers closing down the stretch, it seemed like only a matter of time until Zach Edey took over the game, but that didn’t happen.

Lance Jones hit a 3-pointer for Purdue to tie the score at 65 with 1:39 left. But Battle hit a jumper and then, with 34 seconds left, made a pair of free throws to bump the Ohio State lead to 69-65.

An easy dunk by Edey reduced the deficit to two with 16 seconds left. The Boilermakers then fouled Thornton, who went to the line and made both foul shots to just about seal the game.

Edey finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds, the 58th career double-double and 10th straight for the Purdue star.

But the Boilermakers turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 22 Ohio State points.

“We just need to take care of the ball,” Edey said. “We outrebounded them. We got more possessions that way, but we can’t let them get on transition. We have to play on a half-court game. … It’s tough to win the game when a team scores 22 points in transition.”

Purdue coach Matt Painter was impressed with how the Buckeyes performed after enduring an emotional week that saw the sacking of their much-loved coach.

“That’s what you don’t know — can you get them down and keep them down, and then like, they go away, which obviously didn’t happen. They win the game,” he said. “So you know, where’s their fight? What’s it going to be. I think they answered that. Their fight was great.”

PURDUE BASEBALL

BOILERMAKERS SCORE 10 UNANSWERED TO CLINCH SERIES WIN

SUGAR LAND, Texas – Home runs from Keenan Spence and Connor Caskenette powered a comeback as Purdue Baseball scored 10 unanswered runs to overcome another early deficit in a 13-6 series-clinching win vs. Stony Brook on Sunday.

The Boilermakers (3-1) outscored SBU (1-3) 21-6 from the fourth through seventh innings over the final two games of the series. That allowed Purdue to overcome a 3-0 deficit Saturday evening and 5-0 deficit Sunday. Powered by 12 extra-baes hits and .460 team on-base percentage, Purdue racked up 25 runs over 16 innings at the plate in the final two games of the series.

In his collegiate debut, Cole Van Assen worked 3 2/3 innings of two-hit relief to set the stage for the comeback. He needed only 42 pitches to give Purdue 11 outs and would have gone four scoreless frames if not for a two-out error in the seventh inning that led to an unearned tally after the freshman left the mound.

In the bottom of the sixth, moments after the Boilermakers had taken the lead for the first time on a bases-loaded walk to Couper Cornblum, Caskenette barreled up a pitch for a game-changing grand slam. It was his second opposite-field homer of the series.

Spence connected for a towering two-run blast off the roof of the picnic plaza in left field, a no-doubter that went for his first hit and home run as a Boilermaker. Aussies Jo Stevens and Spence both reached base safely three times in the win, scoring six of the team’s 13 runs.

Luke Gaffney and Logan Sutter hit safely in all four games, finishing the weekend with nine hits apiece to go along with a combined 12 RBI and 12 runs scored. They started the comeback with consecutive hits in the bottom of the second, scoring on a wild pitch and RBI fielder’s choice. Sutter had a double and multi-hit effort in all four games of the series.

Cornblum reached base safely three times, highlighted by a two-run ground-rule double in the seventh inning. Purdue’s center fielder is riding a 24-game on-base streak dating back to the end of 2023.

Veteran relievers Avery Cook and Griffin Lohman teamed up to record the final seven outs of the game. Cook debuted his new sidearm delivery in game action and Lohman closed out the win in his return from injury, making his first appearance since the 2022 Big Ten Tournament.

The Boilermakers are now 10-2 at Constellation Field while opening their last three seasons at the Triple-A stadium. They also won their season-opening series for the fourth time in five years under head coach Greg Goff.

Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins another four-game series in a familiar locale, hosting George Mason at Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, N.C.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF

RAIN SHORTENS OPENING DAY OF TOURNAMENT PLAY

SARASOTA, Fla. – The opening day of the Spartan Sun Coast Invitational proved to be anything but sunny, as rain pounded Palm Aire Country Club and the entire state of Florida. Purdue Women’s Golf and the rest of the field were limited to just 18 holes instead of the originally scheduled 36 for Sunday, playing in rain throughout the day and increasing the difficulty of the par 72 Champions Course.

With the tournament shortened by one round, the Boilermakers find themselves in sixth place (+12) with 18 holes remaining on Monday. On a day where conditions were tough, Purdue ranked second in the field in par-4 scoring (+10).

Jocelyn Bruch led Purdue with an even-par 72, her team-best eighth round of par-or-better this season, to sit in a tie for eighth on the individual leaderboard and only two shots back of the leaders. She began her day with a birdie at the par-4 second before giving it back at the third. Her round featured a trio of birdies to go along with three bogeys and a team-high 12 pars.

Momo Sugiyama added a 75 (+3) to crack the Top 20 heading into the final round, while Natasha Kiel carded a 76 (+4). Kiel matched Bruch with a team-high three birdies on Sunday, including two through her first four holes.

Like Bruch, Ashley Kozlowski started her day with a birdie. She made another one on the par-5 14th and contributed a 77 (+5) to the team score.

Only four shots back of second and nine shots behind the leaders, Purdue has 18 holes to make up ground and finish strong. The Boilermakers will be paired with Georgia Southern (+10) and Tennessee (+11) when the shotgun start begins at 8:15 a.m. ET Monday morning.

For updates throughout tomorrow’s final round, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

BOILERMAKERS

T8. Jocelyn Bruch: 72 (E)

T20. Momo Sugiyama: 75 (+3)

T28. Natasha Kiel: 76 (+4)

T37. Ashley Kozlowski: 77 (+5)

T62. Lana Malek: 80 (+8)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. Ohio State: 291 (+3)

2. College of Charleston: 296 (+8)

3. #25 North Carolina: 297 (+9)

4. Georgia Southern: 298 (+10)

5. Tennessee: 299 (+11)

6. Purdue: 300 (+12)

T7. Oklahoma: 301 (+13)

T7. Miami (FL): 301 (+13)

9. Notre Dame: 303 (+15)

T10. Michigan State: 304 (+16)

T10. Kent State: 304 (+16)

12. NC State: 307 (+19)

13. Nebraska: 310 (+22)

14. Grand Valley State: 314 (+26)

15. South Dakota State: 316 (+28)

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

#1 IRISH ATTACK ERUPTS IN 21-8 ROUT OVER MARQUETTE

MILWAUKEE – The No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish scored 20 or more goals for their second-straight game to open the season in a commanding 21-8 win over Marquette on Sunday afternoon. This marks the first time in program history the Irish have scored at least 20 goals in back-to-back games.

The Kavanagh brothers put on a shot, as both Chris and Pat recorded seven points in the victory. Chris recorded four goals and three assists while Pat posted two goals and five assists.

Jake Taylor also had a big day, scoring four goals to bring his total to nine on the season. Graduate student Devon McLane registered his first hat trick as a member of the Irish while fellow starting midfielders Eric Dobson and Jordan Faison each fired in two goals.

The Irish defense held the Marquette attack to single digits for the first time all season and forced the Golden Eagles into 17 turnovers on the afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The hosts scored on their opening possession but Pat Kavanagh immediately responded with his first goal of the season to level it at 1-1 early. After another Marquette goal, Notre Dame scored three straight courtesy of Jalen Seymour, Devon McLane and Faison to give the Irish a 4-2 lead. However, the Golden Eagles managed to score with one second left in the first frame to trim the lead to 4-3 after the opening 15 minutes of action.

Notre Dame dominated the second quarter, outscoring Marquette 5-1 to break open a 9-4 game at the break. Chris Kavanagh had a big quarter, scoring two goals and adding an assist to pace the Irish at the break with four points (2G, 2A). Eric Dobson, Jake Taylor and Faison each added tallies in the second stanza.

The Irish offense continued to click in the third quarter, winning the frame 7-3. Notre Dame scored two goals in the opening minute of the second half off a man-up goal from Taylor and a goal off the faceoff from Will Lynch. McLane and Taylor combined for the next four goals before Chris Kavanagh scored in the final 90 seconds of play and the Irish carried a 16-7 lead into the final frame.

Notre Dame came out and scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter, opening up its biggest lead of the game at 20-7. After a Marquette goal midway through the stanza, Max Busenkell scored his third goal of the season to make the final score 21-8 in favor of Notre Dame.

STAT OF THE GAME

The Irish obliterated the program record for most goals in a two-game span, combining to score 46 goals over the last two contests. The previous mark was 40 goals, which was set in 1992 following a 15-goal performance against Air Force followed by a 25-goal day against Denver.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

The Irish improved to 12-0 against Marquette in the all-time series and are now 4-0 when playing the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee.

The 13-goal win is the largest margin of victory for Notre Dame in the all-time series against Marquette.

Ten different Notre Dame players scored a goal, while 11 registered at least one point.

The Irish attacking unit of three attackmen and three attacking midfielders combined for 17 goals and 27 points in the win.

Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan improves to 46-7 in the month of February during his Notre Dame tenure.

Sunday marks the second time both Kavanagh brothers have recorded seven points in a game, as they previously accomplished the feat in a win over Cleveland State in 2023.

Chris Kavanagh registered the 14th hat trick of his career and now has six games with four or more goals.

With five assists, Pat Kavanagh has now recorded five or more assists in 14 games in his Fighting Irish career, including both games so far in 2024.

Taylor notched his 10th career hat trick and his sixth game with four or more goals.

The Irish are now 19-1 in their last 20 games playing indoors.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame returns home to welcome Georgetown to campus next weekend, as the Irish will take on the Hoyas at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb.25 in South Bend. The game will air on ESPNU.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX

IRISH DOMINATE IN WIN OVER BUTLER

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Irish women’s lacrosse program continued their strong start to the 2024 season with a season-high 25 goals as they rolled to a 25-3 win over in-state foe Butler. The 22 goal margin of victory was also a season high for the Notre Dame women.

Abby Maichin got the scoring going just1:38 into play Sunday afternoon after Abby Lyons forced a turnover on the opening Bulldog possession.

The Irish won the ensuing draw as MK Doherty picked up the ball in the circle. A short offensive setup led to a goal from Kasey Choma to make it a 2-0 contest early in the first quarter.

Kelly Denes kept the momentum going with a rocket of a shot shortly thereafter to jump out to the quick 3-0 lead.

The Irish kept rolling with goals from Madison Ahern, Keelin Schlageter, Jackie Wolak and Arden Tierney gave the home squad the 10-0 lead through the first 15 minutes of play.

Butler got the first goal of the second frame as they cut the Irish lead to nine but the Irish responded with the next six tallies to take the 16-1 lead into the halftime break. Goals in the second quarter came from Doherty, Tierney, Choma, Ahern and Timarky with Doherty and Ahern both notching hat tricks with their play in quarter two. Timarky’s goal with just 13 seconds left in the half sparked her eventual hat-trick performance, finishing the day with three goals for a career best.

New goalkeepers appeared for both teams at the start of the second half with Izzie Pithie taking over in the Irish cage. Lilly Callahan, who received the starting nod, finished the day with one save and one goal against.

The Bulldogs scored again to open the second half but the rest of the quarter belonged to the Irish who added four more goals while Pithie tallied an additional two saves to keep the Bulldogs out of the net for the 20-2 lead heading into the final quarter.

Timarky notched her career-high third goal of the day to give the Irish the 21-2 lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter before Ciara Mazzone and Meghan O’Hare each scored their firsts of the afternoon.

Butler scored once more with 5:32 to play in the contest but a pair of goals from Kathryn Morrissey finished the day off with the Irish capping off a 25-3 win.

With the win, the team improves to 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2020.

KEY STATS

The Irish were nearly perfect on the clear Sunday afternoon, marking a 17-of-18 success rate on turning defense into offense.

The Notre Dame women were perfect while on the man-advantage, posting four goals while they had the edge.

The team outshot Butler 42-11 in the contest while the Irish goalkeeping duo of Callahan and Pithie combined for five saves on the day.

Nine individuals tallied multiple goals Sunday against the Bulldogs, led by Doherty, Ahern and Timarky who all had hat tricks. Choma, Wolak, Tierney, Mazzone, Frieri and Morrissey each tallied two goals in the contest.

Creating havoc on defense, Grace Weigand and Abby Lyons each caused multiple turnovers as the team combined for 11 on the day. With four ground balls in addition to her two caused turnovers, Lyons led the team in the category.

A force at the circle, Doherty led the team in draw controls with seven while the team held the edge in draws 20-10.

With four saves in the second half of the game, Pithie doubled her previous career-high. She finished the day with a .667 save percentage.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

“Being able to have such a quick turnaround, four games in 10 days to open the season, and a quick turnaround from Friday night just speaks volumes to our team’s ability to recover and peak again.

“We’ve really been keyed into our consistency and disciplining ourselves so that our consistency can also be a weapon.” – Head Coach Christine Halfpenny

UP NEXT

The Irish keep the momentum going at home next weekend with an afternoon contest against No. 5 Syracuse on Saturday, February 24 at noon. The game anticipated to be a top-10 matchup and will be Notre Dame’s ACC 2024 opener.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH HEAD TO CAMERON INDOOR FOR RARE MONDAY NIGHT CLASH

DURHAM, N.C. — It’s the ACC’s top offense against the ACC’s top defense. Something has to give.

No. 16 Notre Dame (18-6, 8-5) will take on Duke (16-8, 8-5) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in a rare ACC women’s basketball Monday night showdown. The Irish are pacing the conference with 83.1 points per game, while the Blue Devils are surrendering an ACC-best 57.8 points per game.

With the exception of a double-overtime clash in Tallahassee, Notre Dame’s offense has fallen relatively stagnant in recent conference games. The Irish have now seen four of the ACC’s top-six offenses — NC State, Louisville, North Carolina and Miami — and they’ve averaged just 59 points per game in those contests. But there’s always hope with Hannah Hidalgo, Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld on the floor.

Hidalgo — the ACC Rookie of the Year frontrunner — is coming off of her first pedestrian collegiate game. Hidalgo was held to a season-low 10 points, as the Wolfpack ended her 10-game streak with at least 20 points. Despite what Notre Dame hopes will be a one-off performance, Hidalgo continues to lead the ACC in scoring with 24.5 points per game. Her points + rebounds + assists number is second in the conference at 36.2.

Citron and Westbeld also have PARs in the top-15 in the ACC. Notre Dame is the only conference with three players in that category. Westbeld has been dominant on the boards this season, and she has nine double-doubles on the year.

The Blue Devils also have a balanced offense. Three players are averaging double-figures: Reigan Richardson (11.2), Oluchi Okananwa (10.8) and Taina Mair (10.5). Irish fans are familiar with Mair, who transferred to Duke from Boston College. Okananwa paces the group with 6.7 rebounds per game while also leading with a 37.3 success rate from deep.

Monday’s game tips off on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Notre Dame is 17-4 all-time against Duke and 4-3 at Cameron Indoor, but the Blue Devils have won the last three matchups.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLERSOFTBALL THROTTLES PANTHERS AT GSU

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Butler softball team picked up its third win at the Panther Invitational at GSU on Sunday, defeating Georgia State by the final score of 12-3. The Bulldogs (4-6) led throughout the game, though the Panthers (2-8) battled to within three runs after five innings at 6-3.

Game 5: Butler- 12, Georgia State- 3 (7 innings)

In the top of the second, Makena Alexander hit a leadoff home run. After two drawn walks, Cate Lehner singled in a second run, and the Bulldogs led, 2-0.

In the top of the third, Butler erupted for four runs, highlighted by back-to-back home runs from Ella White and Paige Dorsett. Sydney Carter and Hailey Conger each contributed an RBI single. In the bottom half, Georgia State put one across. The score stood at 6-1, Bulldogs, after three complete.

The Panthers connected on a two-run home run in the fifth and drew to within three, 6-3.

In the top of the sixth, singles from Dorsett and Kieli Ryan sent two Bulldogs across, increasing the lead to 8-3, though three runners were stranded.

In the seventh, Butler used five singles and a double to produce four more runs.

Sydney Cammon (1-4) started in the circle for Butler, lasted into the fifth, and picked up her first win of the season. Credited for 4.0 innings, she allowed three runs (2 earned) on six hits and a walk, striking out three. Rylyn Dyer (0.1 IP, H, BB) came in with no outs in the fifth and faced three batters. Kayla Noerr (1.2 IP, BB, 2K) also entered in the fifth and finished the game.

Bulldog Bits

Makena Alexander’s home run was a career first.

Ella White’s home run was her first of the season and the 13th of her career. She is now tied for 10th on Butler’s career home runs list.

Paige Dorsett’s home run was her second of the season and the 11th of her career.

Hailey Conger’s double was her second in as many days and the second of her career.

Sydney Carter’s double was her first of the season and the eighth of her career.

Cate Lehner’s double was a career first.

Sydney Cammon’s win in the circle was her first of the season and her fifth at Butler.

The Dawgs hit three home runs in three games last season, twice vs. Providence and once vs. Creighton.

Up Next

Butler heads to Madeira Beach, Florida, to participate in the Spring Games from Feb. 23-25. Scheduled opponents are Middle Tennessee, Cornell, Brown, LeMoyne, and Bellarmine.

BUTLER BASEBALL

SEMINOLES WIN SUNDAY MATINEE 15-5

TALLAHASEE – Rain interfered with the Butler series at Florida State over opening weekend, but the Bulldogs will be traveling home with an 0-2 record. The Seminoles recorded a 15-5 victory over Butler on Sunday. Jamie Arnold picked up the win while Tyler Banks took the loss.

Florida State scored at least one run in each of the first six innings and would compile 15 runs off 16 hits on the day. The Bulldogs scratched across their first run of the season in the top of the third and added two in the seventh.

Joey Urban walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to plate a run and Kade Lewis would send Ryan Drumm around to score in the ninth off a single to center.

Urban walked twice and had a team-high two RBI’s on Sunday. The ‘Dawgs got six hits from six different players with Carter Dorighi and Billy Wurch joining Urban and Lewis in the RBI column.

Florida State sprinkled runs across the plate throughout the game and bombarded Butler with five runs in the sixth to take at 13-1 lead. Holbrook hit a three-run home run in the sixth and a pair of singles would follow to extend the Seminole lead.

Tyler Banks took the start for BU but was replaced on the mound after recording seven outs. Banks walked four and struck out three. Only four of the six runs he surrendered were earned.

Ben Whiteside, Cooper Robinson, Simon Linde, and Nate Rosser touched the rubber for BU before the end of the contest. The final inning went to team captain Cole Graverson. As a staff, BU walked 11.

Arnold was credited with the win after striking out nine batters over five innings. He threw 90 pitches and was one of six arms used by Florida State.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will be in Huntsville, Alabama next weekend to play Alabama A&M in a three-game series. The opener is set for Friday with a 1 PM first pitch.

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS

BUTLERWTENNIS FALLS 4-0 TO NOTRE DAME

The Butler women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon in South Bend, Ind.

Delaney Schurhamer and Jordan Schildcrout defeated Page Freeman and Nibi Ghosh in a close 4-3 win in the No. 2 doubles spot.

The Bulldogs with be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 24, where they take on UConn at the Butler Bubble for their second BIG EAST match of the season.

Results

SINGLES

1. Julia Andreach (ND) vs. Natalie Boesing (BUT) 6-2, 5-1, unfinished

2. Yashna Yellayi (ND) vs. Delaney Schurhamer (BUT) 7-5, 0-3, unfinished

3. Bojana Pozder (ND) vs. Chase Metcalf (BUT) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished

4. Nibi Ghosh (ND) def. Norah Balthazor (BUT) 6-0, 6-1

5. Carrie Beckman (ND) def. Emma Beavin (BUT) 6-2, 6-3

6. Kate Bellia (ND) def. Elle Martin (BUT) 6-3, 6-3

DOUBLES

1. Julia Andreach/Carrie Beckman (ND) def. Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT) 6-2

2. Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT) def. Page Freeman/Nibi Ghosh (ND) 4-3

3. Yashna Yellayi/Akari Matsuno (ND) def. Norah Balthazor/Lauren Cook (BUT) 6-3

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS

BUTLER UMTENNIS FALLS 7-0 TO BELLARMINE

The Butler men’s tennis team fell 7-0 to Bellarmine on Sunday in Louisville, Ky. The Bulldogs are now 3-9 overall for the spring season and the Knights are now 3-7 for their spring season.

The Bulldogs will head to Madison, Wis. to take on Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 23.

IUPUI WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAGS DRAIN ELEVEN THREE-POINTERS EN ROUTE TO 70-50 WIN OVER COLONIALS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team (6-19, 4-12 HL) completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday (Feb. 18) afternoon, outscoring Robert Morris (6-19, 2-14), 70-50, ending a four-game skid.

Faith Stinson paced the Jags, tallying a game-high 17 points with five three pointers. The sophomore was close to a double-double as well, recording seven rebounds. Jazmyn Turner, however, did reach the milestone for the third time this season, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 boards to lead all players.

Abby Wolterman opened the scoring with a shot from beyond the arc that was the first of three in the opening five minutes of the contest. The other two came from Jaela Johnson, who came off the bench and connected on her first two attempts. A three pointer from the other side of the court cut the lead to seven, 16-9, just before the end of the quarter.

IUPUI continued its success from deep in the second quarter, knocking down a pair of threes in the opening two minutes—one from Logan Lewis and Stinson’s first of five. The two also scored inside the paint to cap a 10-0 run to start the stanza, stretching the lead to 17. After trading baskets for most of the quarter, a Wolterman jumper just before the end of the half tied the largest lead of 18 that the hosts would carry to the break.

The Jags were outstanding on the defensive end in the first half, limiting the Coronels to a 34 percent field goal percentage on 9-of-26 shooting. There was also a big discrepancy in rebounds (22-5) that led to the difference on the scoreboard. 

Despite struggling offensively to start the third quarter (1-for-6) and turning the ball over three times in the opening five minutes due to the Coronel’s full court pressure, the Jags held onto its double-digit lead they built in the first half. The Jaguar offense got back on track at the free throw line, with Jaci Jones and Turner combining for five straight free throws to extend the advantage in the middle of the quarter.

Robert Morris, however, continued to cut into the lead on the back of its efficient offense, closing out the quarter with a 46 percent shooting percentage. The visitors also converted on 8-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe to outscore IUPUI 20-15 in the quarter and give the team a shot heading into the final stanza.

The Coronels began the fourth quarter with a long two that made it an 11-point game—the smallest advantage since the opening minute of the second quarter. The Jags’ Walton matched the score with a three on the other end that brought the crowd in the Jungle to their feet.

It took nearly 35 minutes for IUPUI’s leading scorer, Katie Davidson, to get on the board but her layup in the final quarter stretched the lead to 19. Robert Morris, however, continued to knock down difficult shots to stay within reach.

A Stinson three—her fifth of the game—pushed the advantage to 20 with just over a minute remaining sealed the deal. The five three pointers mark a new career-high for the sophomore.

Thalia Walton rounded out the double-digit scoring for the Jags, tallying 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Johnson and Wolterman followed closely behind, with each registering nine points and the former dishing out a season-high seven assists.

IUPUI will now take on Cleveland State on Wednesday (Feb. 21) for Favorite Professor Night. The contest will be the team’s second of three straight home games.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

CARDINALS BEAT MICHIGAN STATE 4-1 TO WIN 3 OF 4 AT SWIG & SWINE CLASSIC

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Decker Scheffler had three hits and drove in a pair of seventh-inning insurance runs in the to boost Ball State to a 4-1 victory over Michigan State at the Swig & Swine College Baseball Classic, Sunday morning, at Shipyard Park.

Scheffler, who led the Mid-American Conference in batting last season, began the season slow this weekend by collecting just one hit in his first 11 at-bats. But crisp temperatures in the early morning start – 9:15 a.m. – saw him rise as the game’s top producer. After a fly to leftfield in the first inning, he punched three consecutive singles, including the bases-loaded hit that scored Nick Gregory and Grant Miller for Ball State’s 4-1 advantage.

In a game once again dominated by pitching, the Cardinals managed just two extra-base hits on doubles by Hunter Dobbins and Nick Husovsky. Dobbins batted 1-of-4 on Sunday to continue a torrid pace, batting .357 in the opening weekend with two doubles, a home run, two RBI and a season-opening four-game hit streak.

On the mound Sunday, Ball State starter Merritt Beeker (1-0) collected his first victory since transferring from East Carolina. He completed five innings, allowing just one run and four hits among 10 strikeouts. Lucas Letsinger shut down the Spartans over three shutout innings, and Brady Owens pitched the first two outs in the ninth before giving way to Tanner Knapp.

Knapp, who struck out all four batters he faced in a Friday save against Lehigh, allowed a walk and a wild pitch before inducing a ground out to Michael Hallquist at third, to collect his second save of the weekend.

Ball State pitchers whiffed 15 Spartans, just hours after striking out 17 against Merrimack on Saturday evening.

The Cardinals opened the scoring by taking advantage of the first of three Michigan State errors. After Dobbins’ double in the fourth, Blake Bevis singled him to third and Dobbins scored on an errant pickoff attempt. Bevis scored on a single by Hallquist, and, after the Spartans manufactured a single run in the fifth, Scheffler elevated the Ball State lead with his single in the seventh.

Ball State (3-1) won three of four games in Charleston to begin the season. The Cardinals continue their South Carolina road schedule with round-robin games next Friday against Cincinnati (11 a.m.) and Illinois (7 p.m.) in Conway, S.C., followed by a Saturday bout against host Coastal Carolina (4 p.m.).

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORES DEFEAT UT MARTIN, FALL TO SLU TO CLOSE OUT WEEKEND IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sycamores conclude their weekend with a record of 3-1 in the Roar City Invitational, defeating Western Michigan, Tennessee State, and UT Martin, and falling to SLU in their final game.

Indiana State is now 4-5 on the season after two weekends of tournament play.

Game One: Indiana State 10, UT Martin 1

The Sycamores won their first game on Sunday afternoon with a score of 10-1 in a five inning run-rule over UT Martin.

Indiana State recorded 11 hits in the victory over UT Martin with all 10 runs coming from the first and second innings.

The Sycamores took the lead early in the first inning where they recorded six hits and five runs.

Abi Chipps and Danielle Henning each with singles in their first at bats, and Isabella Henning’s double scored Abi Chipps, which started the lead for Indiana State. Kennedy Shade kept the bats going in the first inning with a double to drive in runs from Danielle Henning and Isabella Henning to advance their lead to 3-0 with zero outs. Kenzie Cornwell recorded an RBI single for the Sycamores where she advanced to second on the throw, and Kennedy Shade scored. Annie Waggoner recorded her first at bat for Indiana State where she got her first collegiate hit, RBI, and stolen base for the Sycamores to score Cornwell and advance the Sycamores lead to 5-0.

Indiana State kept their hitting streak going into the second inning where they recorded four hits and five runs.

Isabella Henning added a single in inning two, and Kennedy Shade recorded her second 2-RBI double for the Sycamores advancing the lead to 7-0 over the Skyhawks. Sophie Esposito’s double drove in Hannah Welch, and to wrap up inning two, Morgan Goodrich’s RBI single added the final run for the Sycamores making the score 10-0.

Luci Kapelka also connected on a hit for the Sycamores in the fourth inning.

Lauren Sackett (3-2) took the win in the circle for Indiana State in 5.0 innings where she allowed five hits and one run scored. The Skyhawks recorded three of their five hits in the third inning where they earned their one run of the game, with a Kaci Fuller RBI single.

News & Notes:

Annie Waggoner records her first collegiate hit, RBI, and stolen base in the victory.

Game Two: Saint Louis 5, Indiana State 1

Indiana State fought hard, but came up short in their final game at the Roar City Invitational, with a score of 5-1 against SLU.

Saint Louis took the lead in the first inning where they scored two runs, and took control over the game in the third inning when they put another two runs on the board to make the score 4-0 against the Sycamores.

The Sycamores rallied in the fourth inning where they scored their solo run of the game. Kenzie Cornwell recorded her second hit of the day, while Livi Colip added a single up the middle. Abby Robakowski put one on the board for the Sycamores with an infield single which scored Kenzie Cornwell to cut down the lead to 4-1.

Other hits from the Sycamores came from a double by Isabella Henning in the first inning, and a single by Abi Chipps in the third inning. Freshman Isabel Royle took the victory in the circle for SLU.

Cassi Newbanks (1-2) took the loss in the circle for the Sycamores pitching 2.1 innings where she allowed three hits and four runs scored before turning over the ball to Hailey Griffin. Griffin allowed two hits and one run scored, while also striking out six batters in the loss against the Billikens.

Up Next:

The Sycamores will travel to Memphis, Tenn. to compete in the Blues City Classic hosted by University of Memphis on Feb 23-25. ISU will face SIUE, Tennessee Tech, and Memphis.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SUNDAY FUNDAY AS ‘DONS EARN KEY 77-67 WIN OVER TITANS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Five Mastodons finished in double-digits in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 77-67 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday (Feb. 18) in Horizon League women’s basketball play. The win moves the ‘Dons to 7-1 in league play at home this season.

The Mastodons strengthened their hold on third place in the league with their 10th league win. The ‘Dons are now two games ahead of Detroit Mercy and 2.5 ahead of Milwaukee and Youngstown State, who are fighting for a spot in the top four to host the quarterfinal round of the Horizon League Championship next month.

After opening a 13-point lead in the second quarter, it looked like the ‘Dons might cruise to the crucial league win. But a 17-2 Detroit Mercy run followed. Six different Titans scored in the stretch with Detroit Mercy going ahead 40-38. Detroit Mercy wouldn’t take the lead to the break, however, as Erin Woodson scored five consecutive points to close the half to give the ‘Dons a 43-40 lead after 20 minutes. This included a transition old-fashioned 3-point play.

The Titans never led in the second half, but it was tight until about midway through the fourth quarter. The ‘Dons limited the Titans to zero field goals over a six-minute stretch. Meanwhile, Audra Emmerson had seven points in the fourth quarter to help clinch the contest. 

The ‘Dons nearly put it away in the third thanks to Shayla Sellers hitting a pair of 3-pointers. But Detroit Mercy’s Amaya Burch scored eight points in a row by herself to knot the game at 58 with 59 seconds left in the period. She had 14 points in the third quarter alone and finished with 16 in the game.

Amellia Bromenschenkel led the ‘Dons with 16 points with five boards, three steals and three assists. Sellers was 5-of-7 from three for 15 points while adding three blocks. Emmerson had 14 points, six boards and three assists. Woodson recorded 13 points and three rebounds. Destinee Marshall finished with 10 points and a team-best four assists.

Purdue Fort Wayne drained 12 3-pointers on 28 attempts (42.9 percent) and finished at 45.9 percent (28-of-61) from the floor. The Mastodon defense forced 17 Titan turnovers which the ‘Dons turned into 29 points.

The Titans fall to 15-12 (8-8 Horizon League). The ‘Dons improve to 17-10 (10-6 Horizon League). The 17 wins and 10 league wins are the most since the 2010-11 season. The ‘Dons are at Northern Kentucky on Wednesday (March 21).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

GRACE HOLLOPETER HOMERS TWICE IN 6-0 WIN OVER MONTANA

EL PASO, Texas – Grace Hollopeter hit two home runs and a double in Purdue Fort Wayne softball’s 6-0 win over Montana on Sunday (Feb. 18).

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Bailey Manos and Gracie Brinkerhoff were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Hollopeter was responsible for three runs with her 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Both of her home runs were of the solo variety and she had a double in the third inning that brought home McKenna Minton.

In the fourth, Minton doubled to bring Tori Countryman and Ella Carriere home to give the ‘Dons a 3-0 lead. Countryman got on base again in the fifth with a single to knock in a run from Epiphany Hang. Hollopeter’s home run in the sixth was the icing for the contest, giving the Mastodons the 6-0 lead that held until the final out.

Hollopeter, Brooke Lickey, Countryman and Minton all had a multi-hit contest.

 Brinkerhoff threw the opening 4.0 innings and picked up her first win of the season. She struck out four Grizzlies. Alanah Jones struck out two in 2.2 innings of relief. Montana’s Emmalyn Brinka took the loss with four earned runs in 4.0 innings pitched.

Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 2-7 and Montana falls to 3-7. The Mastodons will take the field again on Friday (Feb. 23) for the opening day of the GATA Challenge hosted by Georgia Southern.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

‘DONS DROP TWO AT MURRAY STATE TO OPEN 2024

MURRAY, Ky. -Jacob Walker had a home run in game two on Sunday (Feb. 18) during Purdue Fort Wayne’s doubleheader at Murray State. The Mastodons fell in both games.

Game One – Murray State 11, Mastodons 1

Camden Karczewski had a hit, a walk and a run for the Mastodons in game one. Caileb Johnson drove in Karczewski in the sixth with a bases loaded single to make it a 6-1 game.

Justin Osterhouse walked twice in the game. Karczewski and Nick Sutherlin each recorded their first career NCAA Division I hit in the contest. Mac Ayres took the loss for the ‘Dons. He is 0-1 after 3.1 innings of work.

Cade Vernon is 1-0 for the Racers after going 5.2 innings. Alex Elsing picked up the save after 3.1 innings of work. Drew Vogel and Tylor Howell each had three hits in the game for Murray State.

Game Two – Murray State 17, Mastodons 2

Walker hit the Mastodons’ first home run of the season. It was a two-run shot in the sixth scoring freshman Grant Sawa who had just walked. Sawa recorded his first career hit in the third inning.

Murray State opened the game up with a seven-run second inning. Jonathan Hogar scored four times in the contest for Murray State. Bryce Valero got the win for the Racers, tossing five innings. Brody Fine took the loss.

The ‘Dons and Racers will play the third and final game of the series on Monday (Feb. 19).

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL POSTS 7-6 WIN AT #26 ORAL ROBERTS TO WIN SERIES

TULSA, Okla. –  The University of Evansville baseball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on Sunday, and then held off a hard-charging #26 Oral Roberts squad for a 7-6 victory at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma to win the season-opening series on the road.

“I knew that we were going to learn a lot about our ballclub today, and for us to come out and put up four on the board and chase their starter in the first inning was exciting to see,” said Wes Carroll, who was coaching in his 800th career game as head coach of the Purple Aces on Sunday.  “That also allowed freshman Kevin Reed to just settle in on the mound, and what he gave us over five strong innings was enormous.

“I am really proud of the effort that our guys gave today, and we are definitely excited to get back home mid-week and play in front of our fans.”

Evansville wasted no time in grabbing a lead it would never lose on Sunday, as the Purple Aces sent nine men to the plate in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead.  Senior Kip Fougerousse started the rally with an RBI single, before senior shortstop Simon Scherry and junior designated hitter Evan Waggoner followed with back-to-back RBI doubles to plate all four runs in the frame.

UE would add a fifth run in the second inning on a run-scoring double-play ground ball to grab a 5-0 lead.  Oral Roberts would respond with two unearned runs in the second inning, and a solo home run in the third inning, before UE freshman left-hander Kevin Reed would silence the ORU bats.  Reed (1-0) earned the victory in his first collegiate start, scattering three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks, while striking out one.

UE would push the lead back to three runs in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by graduate third baseman Brent Widder.  Then, Fougerousse launched a long solo home run in the top of the seventh inning for insurance to move the lead to 7-3.  The insurance would be needed, as Oral Roberts answered back with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning, before fifth-year senior closer Jakob Meyer came on to get out of the jam.  Meyer then worked perfect eighth and ninth innings to close the door and earn the seven-out save.

Fougerousse led Evansville offensively by going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.  Waggoner also delivered a two-run double, and six different Purple Aces came through with base hits.

With the victory, Evansville earned the season-opening series victory and improved to 2-1.  Oral Roberts, who was ranked #26 in the NCBWA preseason poll and was receiving votes in the USA Today/Coaches preseason poll as well, finished the series 1-2.  Evansville will now return home to host Bellarmine on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL COMPLETES FIRST DAY OF HOME ACTION

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Sunday marked the first day of action at Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium as the University of Evansville softball team dropped a pair of games to Miami Ohio and Austin Peay.

Game 1 – Miami Ohio 11, UE 5

Scoring seven runs in the final two innings, Miam Ohio took an 11-5 win over the Purple Aces on Sunday afternoon.

After scoring a single run in the second inning, Miami added two more on an Allie Cummins home run in the top of the third.  Evansville wasted little time in striking back, plating three runs in the bottom of the frame.

Taylor Howe led off with a single while Hannah Hood reached on a walk.  With one out, Marah Wood doubled down the left field line to score Howe.  Zoe Frossard followed with a 2-RBI single to tie the game.  The RedHawks retook the lead in the top of the fourth on a solo shot from Holly Blaska.

UE had a chance to tie it up in the bottom half of the 4th, putting two runners on with two outs before a strikeout ended the threat.  One inning later, Evansville’s persistence paid off when sacrifice flies by Jess Willsey and Brooke Voss gave the Aces a 5-4 lead.  The inning saw UE put its first three runners on as Wood was hit by a pitch while Zoe Frossard and Nink followed with walks.

The dagger by the RedHawks came in the top of the 6th when they plated five runs to take a commanding 9-5 lead.  They added two more runs to make the final score 11-5.  Taylor Howe went 2-3 with a run while Wood was 2-3 with a double, two runs and a RBI.  Mikayla Jolly was the starter for UE.  She tossed four innings and allowed four earned runs.  Megan Brenton went the final three frames and gave up seven runs, four being earned.

Madilyn Reeves threw four innings of relief to earn the win for MU.  She gave up two runs on two hits while walking four batters.

Game 2 – Austin Peay 7, UE 1

Scoring four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh, Austin Peay rallied for a 7-1 win in Sunday’s finale.

After posting single hits in the first and second frames, UE erupted for a run in the third.  With two outs, Zoe Frossard doubled to center and Jenna Nink brought her home with a single through the right side.  The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Aces until the Governors came to life in the 6th.

A 4-run frame gave APSU its first lead with Kendyl Weinzapfel picking up a 2-run single.  In the top of the seventh, Brie Howard hit a 3-run home run to extend the lead to 7-1. UE went down in order in the bottom half of the 7th as APSU clinched the win.  The Governors picked up 16 hits in the game while holding the Aces to six.  Jordan Bennefiel threw the complete game for the Governors and earned her third win of the season.

Abby Bode and Jenna NInk registered two hits apiece to lead UE.  Elle Jarrett suffered the loss for Evansville.  She scattered four runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.  On Monday, the Aces complete the weekend tournament with a 12 p.m. contest against Miami Ohio.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

ILLINOIS STATE OUTLASTS UE MEN IN SUNDAY MATINEE

NORMAL, Ill. – Another eventful day on the floor for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team saw the Purple Aces come up just short on Sunday, falling to Illinois State by an 86-79 score inside CEFCU Arena.

Ben Humrichous led the Purple Aces with 21 points, all of which came in the second half.  He was 8-of-15 from the field and converted five 3-point tries.  Yacine Toumi and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. scored 13 apiece while Cam Haffner tied his season-high with 11.  Four Redbirds reached double figures with Malachi Poindexter recording a game-high 27.

“We did not to the job we needed to defensively today and Illinois State came out and took advantage of it.  They had a big win at Indiana State and came out with confidence today,” UE head men’s basketball coach David Ragland stated.  “The offense played really well and took good shots; you just cannot give up 86 points on the road and expect to win.”

Toumi opened the scoring with a putback with the Purple Aces taking a 4-0 lead.  In the blink of an eye, Illinois State recorded 10 in a row to take their first lead of the afternoon.  Gage Bobe knocked down a trey to cut into the deficit, but ISU came right back.  Converting their first six 3-point attempts of the game, ISU held a 30-15 lead at the 11:06 mark.

Evansville utilized the remainder of the half to cut into the deficit.  Cam Haffner, who matched his season scoring high of 11 in the first half alone, nailed back-to-back three’s to make it a 32-24 game inside of seven minutes remaining.  Antonio Thomas connected from outside in the final minute to get UE within five, but three Redbird free throws capped the first half scoring as they took a 44-36 lead into the break.  Both squads were lights out from outside in the period, each hitting seven of their 11 attempts.

Out of the break, UE caught fire.  Toumi opened the scoring before Ben Humrichous reeled off five in a row to cut the defcit to one – 44-43.  Just two minutes later, Humrichous connected from downtown once again to get the Aces within a pair at 48-46.  ISU came back with a 3-pointer of their own to push the lead to five, but Humrichous was true from long range once again as his 11th point of the period made it a 51-49 game at the 14:08 mark.

Humrichous continued his dominant second half with a jumper that tied it up before drilling a 3-pointer to put UE in front at 56-53 with 10:49 showing on the clock.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. followed with a 3-point play to push the advantage to 59-55.  The Redbirds made their way back with a 5-0 run to jump back in front as the contest entered its final eight minutes.

Two minutes later, Strawbridge put the lead back in the Aces hands with a triple to make it a 66-64 game.  ISU countered with 10 in a row to take a 74-66 advantage with just over two minutes showing.  Strawbridge ended the stretch, knocking down three free throw tries to make it a 5-point game entering the final two minutes.  Unfortunately, ISU countered with a triple on the ensuing possession.

With the ISU lead still at eight entering the final minute, Humrichous connected on a three to cut it to a 5-point lead.  Illinois State missed the front end of a one-and-one to put the ball right back in UE’s hands.  Toumi scored on a drive to make it a 1-possession game at 79-76.  That would unfortunately be the closest the Aces would get as Illinois State finished the day with the 86-79 decision.

Both squads finished the day shooting 50% or higher.  ISU finished at 53.7% while UE checked in at an even 50%.  Each team also converted 13 3-pointers. Evansville will look to end a 3-game skid on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. road game at UIC.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI FALLS TO SOUTH ALABAMA, 5-3

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball allowed five unanswered runs to University of South Alabama and lost Sunday afternoon, 5-3, in Mobile, Alabama. USI is 0-3 to start the season, while South Alabama is 3-0 during the first weekend of the season.

USI grabbed an early for the third-straight game with a three-run third inning. Junior centerfielder Terrick Thompson-Allen (Sioux City, Iowa) opened the rally by scoring when senior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) reached on an error for the 1-0 lead.

Tachioka crossed the plate for a 2-0 advantage on a double by sophomore shortstop Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana). Niehaus would score with two outs on an error after stealing third base for a 3-0 lead after two-and-a-half frames

The Jaguars would rally to close the gap to 3-2 with a tally in the bottom of the third and sixth innings. South Alabama would post it three-run frame in the seventh to take over the lead, 5-3, and the eventual final score.

On the mound, freshman right-hander Grant Parson (Owensboro, Kentucky) got a no decision after going the first four innings. Parson allowed one run on three hits and four walks, while striking out one.

Junior right-hander Gavin Seebold (Jeffersonville, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles. Seebold (0-1) allowed three runs on two hits and a hit batter.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles and the Jaguars conclude the first week of 2024 action with a noon first pitch Monday.

USI opens the 2024 home schedule with a seven-game homestand, beginning February 23-25 when the Eagles host Eastern Michigan University at the USI Baseball Field. The series opens with a 4 p.m. start February 23; continues with a 2 p.m. game February 24; and concludes with a 1 p.m.  contest February 25.

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

USI SOFTBALL BATTLES #11 ALABAMA TO FINAL INNING, FALLS 2-0

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Softball battled No. 11 University of Alabama to the final inning on Sunday to conclude the Easton Bama Bash, but the Screaming Eagles came up just short in a 2-0 final against the Crimson Tide.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning against ranked Southeastern Conference power Alabama (10-0), Southern Indiana (1-4) gave itself a chance by bringing the tying run to the plate and potential go-ahead run to the on-deck circle. Following a leadoff single up the middle by junior infielder Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana), senior first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) stepped up to the dish. Unfortunately, for the Screaming Eagles, a groundball right to the second baseman led to a 4-3 double play, preceding a game-ending strikeout.

Runs were at a premium on Sunday with only five combined hits. The game’s only two runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning. The Crimson Tide scored their first run on a bases-loaded walk and the second run in the next at-bat with a bases-loaded sac fly. From there, USI junior starting pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) settled into a pitcher’s duel against the Alabama pitching staff.

Newman backed up her first complete-game win of the season on Saturday with another strong effort in the circle on Sunday against Alabama. The right-hander went the entire way, allowing only two runs off two hits, three walks, and one hit-by-pitch. Newman struck out three in six innings of work. Newman finished the outing with three consecutive 1-2-3 innings, holding the Crimson Tide hitless after the third inning. The hard-luck loss moved Newman’s record to 1-2 in 2024.

For Alabama, right-handed pitcher Alea Johnson picked up her first win, hurling 5.1 innings of relief. Johnson struck out six and surrendered three hits.

Offensively, for the Screaming Eagles, senior catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) and sophomore Caroline Stapleton (Shirley, Indiana) tallied USI’s other two hits next to Gotshall’s single in the seventh.

At the Easton Bama Bash, the Screaming Eagles faced their first Power 5 opponents against Alabama and the University of Virginia since USI made the jump to D-I last season. Plus, Sunday marked the first game for USI Softball against a Division I top-25 team since reclassifying.

With their opening weekend in the books, the Screaming Eagles will next make a return trip to the state of Alabama next weekend, Friday through Sunday, for five games in the Cocky Classic at Jacksonville State University. USI faces the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday at 12:30 p.m., Jacksonville State at 10 a.m. and Belmont University at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Southern Miss at 10 a.m. and Jacksonville State at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Coverage links can be found on the USI Softball schedule page at usiscreamingeagles.com.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

MEN’S GOLF OPENS THE SEASON IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf will open their season on Monday in St. Augustine, Florida. The Screaming Eagles will be competing in the World Golf Village Collegiate at King & Bear Golf Course, hosted by Eastern Kentucky. The invite will take place on Monday and Tuesday with a par 72 for both days. The courses stretches 6,979 yards on Monday and 7,074 yards on Tuesday.

19 teams from around the country will be competing including: Eastern Kentucky University, Austin Peay State University, Bellarmine University, Belmont University, Eastern Illinois University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Florida A&M University, Jacksonville State University, Lindenwood University, Morehead State University, University of Notre Dame, North Carolina A&T State University, Oakland University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, University of South Dakota, Stetson University, University of Tennessee at Martin, Youngstown State University, and USI. The men will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.

USI is excited to start the season coming off an impressive fall season. The men broke multiple school records in the fall including junior Jason Bannister (Laguna Nigel, California) tying a school record score of 65 at the Derek Dolenc Invitational. The Eagles also broke an 18-hole score record of 272 on their way to winning The Buddy at Murray State University. Senior Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana) set the 54-hole individual record at Murray State with a score of 206 (70-66-70).

The squad includes nine returnees, three junior college transfers, and one freshman. This team is extremely deep and looking to take even bigger steps after last season’s third place finish at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships. The tough schedule will also prepare the Eagles for the high pressured OVC event at the end of the season.

VALPO WOMEN’S TENNIS

STONE COMES THROUGH IN CLUTCH MATCH, LIFTS VALPO TO DRAMATIC WIN OVER EASTERN MICHIGAN

With the weight of the team result resting on her shoulders and the eyes of every person inside The Courts of Northwest Indiana tennis bubble resting on her racket, Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Sydney Stone (Brisbane, Australia / Tyler JC) was unflappable and unfazed. She displayed the poise needed to pull out one of the most dramatic matches in recent memory, lifting the Beacons to a memorable 4-3 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday.

How It Happened

At No. 3 doubles, the Valpo tandem of Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Jolene Fernandes (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) ran off six straight games to down the Eastern Michigan pair of Linda Eloundou and Andrea Quiroz. 

The other two doubles matches were more tightly contested. Valpo picked up the doubles point thanks to the play of Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) and Stone at No. 2. They took an early 2-1 lead on Ksyusha Saenko and Sabina Brichackova by breaking serve in the third game, then held to make it 3-1. The teams exchanged breaks and Valpo stayed up a break at 4-3. Then both pairs held serve to make it 5-4 and give the Beacons a chance to serve for the match. They converted to win 6-4 to take the doubles point.

At No. 1 doubles, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Joliet Catholic) and Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) were in a tight battle with Prerena Vichare and Daniella Shved. Eastern Michigan got the first break of the match at 2-2 and was up a break at 5-4 when play was halted.

Czerwonka was the first singles player off the court, winning her match at No. 2 over Quiroz in a pair of one-sided sets 6-2, 6-2. She was up 3-2 in the first set and won the next two games including a break to go up 5-2 and take control of Set 1 en route to the victory that helped Valpo take a 2-0 lead in the team score.

Sobieski took care of business at No. 6 singles, winning the final two games to take Set 1 6-3 before grabbing four of the first five games in Set 2. Sobieski broke serve to clinch the 6-2 win, lifting Valpo to a 3-0 lead in the match score.

Although Valpo owned a 3-0 advantage in matches that were finished, the way the four remaining matches were playing out made it clear that the team outcome would come down to the wire. At the time Sobieski’s match concluded, the Eagles were up a set and led Set 2 at both No. 3 and No. 4, and had started to take control in a decisive third set at No. 1.

Eastern Michigan would indeed eventually cap off straight-set wins at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots. Silva had won the opening set 6-1 at No. 1, but Shved turned it on to win the remaining sets 6-2, 6-2.

Slowly but surely, everyone’s attention turned to what was taking place at No. 5 singles between Stone and Sabina Brichackova. Stone had won the first set 6-3, but Eastern Michigan won the first four games of Set 2 to go up 4-0. Stone responded by winning four straight games of her own, and at 4-4 the lead in the set hinged on a massive deuce point with EMU serving. Stone broke serve on the deuce point, grabbing a 5-4 lead in the set and creating an opportunity to serve for the set, the match and the team match. However, Brichackova broke at love to put the set back on serve at 5-5. Stone then broke serve thanks to back-to-back double faults to go up 6-5 and once again serve for the match. Brichackova continued the string of service breaks, making it 6-6 and sending Set 2 into a seven-point tiebreak.

Brichackova went up two mini-breaks in the tiebreak by taking the first three points, but then Stone broke serve twice in succession to cut the lead to 3-2. Eastern Michigan broke serve again to lead 4-2 as the players switched sides of the court, but Stone bounced back by holding serve to make it 4-3. Eastern Michigan held on both serves to create set point, then Brichackova broke serve to win the tiebreak 7-3 and send the match to a third set with the team match still deadlocked 3-3.

The first six games of Set 3 were all on serve, but Brichackova picked up the first break of the set to go up 4-3. Stone broke right back to make it 4-4, then EMU broke again to go up 5-4 and serve for the match. Stone lengthened the streak of broken serves to extend the match and tie the set at five games apiece. Eastern Michigan broke serve yet again to go up 6-5 and serve for the match, but Stone came through by breaking serve to tie the set at six and send the third set into a tiebreak as the marathon match continued.

Stone dominated the third-set tiebreak, rattling off six straight points to win the breaker at  love, capturing an instant classic of a match 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(0).

Inside the Matches

Czerwonka recorded her 17th singles win this season and the 80th of her career, the first player in program history to reach that mark. She is one singles win away from cracking the program’s single-season top 10 as an 18th victory would put her in a four-way tie for ninth in the single-season section of the record book.

Valpo has not dropped a match at No. 2 singles this season. Czerwonka and Silva have combined to go 11-0 when playing No. 2, showcasing the fact that the program boasts two players who are both No. 1 singles caliber. 

Stone’s singles win was her ninth of the season, while Stone and Sobieski moved into double figures in doubles by teaming up for their 10th win as a pair. Sobieski snagged her 12th singles win, making it four Beacons with at least a dozen.

Amazingly, five out of Valpo’s last six matches have been decided by the slimmest of margins at 4-3. Valpo is 3-2 in those five matches and overall the team has won four of its last five.

For comparison, Valpo had lost its most recent match against Eastern Michigan prior to Sunday by a 6-1 score in 2022.

Up Next

The Beacons (7-4) will finish out a stretch of four straight home matches on Saturday, Feb. 24 by hosting Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. at The Courts of NWI.

VALPO BASEBALL

SCHMACK HITS EARLY HOME RUN IN SERIES-CLOSING DEFEAT TO ALABAMA STATE

The Valparaiso University baseball team jumped ahead early as Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) cracked a first-inning home run, but it was all Alabama State thereafter as the host Hornets buzzed by the Beacons 9-1 on Sunday to salvage a split in a four-game series that was highlighted by Valpo’s doubleheader sweep on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala.

How It Happened

Valpo jumped ahead after the game’s second batter when Schmack delivered a solo shot in the top of the first.

Alabama State tied the game by manufacturing a run in the second, then took the lead with two in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

The Valpo bats were quiet throughout, and Alabama State extended the lead to 5-1 with a run in the seventh. It wasn’t until the bottom of the eighth that the hosts really broke it open, scoring four times to account for the game’s final margin.

Inside the Game

Schmack’s home run was his second of the season and the 19th of his Valpo career.

Valpo was limited to three hits as singles by Carson Husmann (Hannah, Ind. / South Central [Bradley]) and Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) were the only other knocks besides the Schmack big fly.

Defense was a Beacon bugaboo on Sunday as Valpo committed three miscues and seven of the nine Alabama State runs were unearned.

Five Valpo pitchers toed the rubber, including starter Adam Guazzo (Huntley, Ill. / Huntley), who allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk while striking out three in his four-inning collegiate debut. Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) covered 2 1/3 innings and was charged with two runs (none earned) on five hits and one walk.

Up Next

Valpo (2-2) will visit Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Friday to take on Alabama beginning at 4 p.m.

VALPO SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL CLOSES WEEKEND WITH WIN OVER YOUNGSTOWN STATE

The Valpo softball team made sure its trip home from South Carolina would be a happy one on Sunday morning, as the Beacons used a big third inning to close out the Pinnacle PC Invitational with an 8-5 victory over Youngstown State.

How It Happened

YSU claimed the early lead with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the first.

Valpo responded in its turn at the plate in the second. Sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) doubled with two outs and came around to score on a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error. The Penguins answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second to make it 2-1.

Senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) and sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) led off the third inning with back-to-back singles. Consecutive outs threatened to leave the Beacons without anything to show for it, but that just set the stage for a big string of at-bats with two outs.

Sophomore Kaia Garnica (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) got things going with a two-strike single the other way to drive in both runners and give Valpo a 3-2 lead.

After an error and a hit batter loaded the bases, Utendorf connected on her second double of the game, this one a two-run two-bagger to push the lead to 5-2. Senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) followed with a run-scoring infield single to make it 6-2 Beacons.

YSU scored a single run in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to three runs. Valpo got the run back in the top of the fifth as Skapyak delivered her second RBI infield single of the game, this one scoring junior Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) — who led off the frame with a base hit — to make it 7-3 Valpo.

The Penguins plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and looked poised to possibly tie the game with one out and runners on second and third. But freshman pitcher Anna Wilming (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) induced back-to-back pop-ups to maintain the two-run edge.

The Beacons capped the scoring in the top of the sixth as Rodas led off with a single and came around to score on a base knock from Garnica. Wilming took care of the rest, surrendering just a two-out double in the sixth over the final two innings as she finished off the win.

Inside the Game

Valpo reached double digits in hits for the second time on the weekend, finishing with 13 hits. The 13 hits mark the program’s best single-game total since racking up 16 hits in a win over Holy Cross Feb. 19, 2022.

Wilming registered all 21 outs in the circle to earn her first collegiate win. The freshman scattered six hits and surrendered just three runs in tallying the victory.

Leading the offensive attack was Utendorf, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored out of the nine spot in the order. Utendorf’s Sunday performance capped a weekend where she went 9-for-14 at the plate and drew three walks.

Utendorf was one of five Beacons to tally multiple hits on Sunday. Skapyak picked up two hits out of the leadoff spot, stole a pair of bases and doubled her career RBI total with two knocked in.

Rodas finished with her third multi-hit game of the weekend, going 2-for-4 with a walk, while senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) went 2-for-4 as well.

Capping the two-hit brigade was Garnica, whose pair of base knocks resulted in three RBIs — surpassing her career total entering the game.

Fenters scored multiple runs in a game for the first time in her career.

Next Up

Valpo (2-7) heads to Chattanooga’s Frost Classic next weekend. The three-day, five-game tournament opens Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT against Texas A&M-CC.

UINDY MEN’S TENNIS

DOWN GOES #1! #7 MEN’S TENNIS KNOCKS OFF TOP-RANKED BLAZERS

INDIANAPOLIS – Facing off against the No. 4-ranked player in the country in Takashi Taco, Louis Picaud returned a backhand, which Taco laid right into the net and with his hands raised and his teammates cheering, Picaud secured not only the singles upset, but the massive victory over No. 1 Valdosta State for the University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team.

The Greyhounds, with victory over the No. 2-seeded Blazers, grabbed fifth place at this years ITA DII National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, securing wins over both the No. 8-ranked Wayne State Warriors and the No. 1-ranked Valdosta State Blazers, moving to 5-1 on the season.

UINDY WRESTLING

GREYHOUNDS DROP PAIR OF DUALS AT THE GLVC CHAMPIONSHIPS

ST LOUIS – Wrestling at the GLVC Championships, hosted by the Maryville Saints, the University of Indianapolis wrestling team dropped a pair of GLVC-dual contests to round out their dual schedule, the first to the host Saints, and the second to the No. 15-ranked Upper Iowa Peacocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First on the schedule was the Saints, and the Greyhounds got up early, with Nathan Smith securing a 14-4 major to put the Hounds up by four. Saints responses at 133 and 141, put the match back in the hosts favor before Zach Haughton slowed the bleeding with a win at 149.

Just as before, the Saints rallied with back-to-back wins, the latter being a tech fall, putting Maryville up 14-7. Then the Greyhounds falls leader in Trey Sizemore went to work, scoring his 10th fall of the season against DII foes, this one in the first period.

A loss at 184 for the Hounds was answered back with a Derek Blubaugh win at 197, leaving the Saints with a one-point lead. Jay Thompson battled at heavyweight, but eventually fell via fall for the final score of 23-16.

MARYVILLE 23, #9 UINDY 16

125 – Nathan Smith over Sam Shafer Maj 14-4

133 – #12 Evan Binder over Noah Cantu Dec 6-1

141 – Kody Ketchum over Ray Rioux Dec 5-1

149 – Zach Haughton over Collin Reif Dec 9-5

157 – Luke Ebers over Nathan Conley SV-1 8-5

165 – Cole Ritter over Kaden Lone TF 16-0

174 – Trey Sizemore over Brian Thorpe Fall 2:08

184 – John Gholson over Aidan Petersen Dec 10-6

197 – Derek Blubaugh over Jeramiah Larson Dec 5-3

285 – Ryan Herman over Jay Thompson Fall 4:13

For the dual with the No. 15-ranked Peacocks, it was all Upper Iowa to start, as they rolled through the first six matches of the dual, jumping to a 26-0 lead. It was Sizemore once again who snapped the losing streak, earning a 8-7 decision. Blubaugh recorded a pin early in the first period at 197, while Cade Campbell accepted a victory by forfeit to round out the match for the Greyhounds.

#15 UPPER IOWA 29, #9 UINDY 15

125 – Treyton Ackman over Nathan Smith Dec 3-1

133 – James Davis over Noah Cantu TF 17-2

141 – #5 Tate Murty over Ray Rioux Maj 9-1

149 – Jackson Rolfs over Zach Haughton Maj 16-3

157 – #8 Eric Faught over Nathan Conley TF 22-5

165 – #2 Chase Luensman over Kaden Lone TF 23-4

174 – Trey Sizemore over Lawson Losee Dec 8-7

184 – Colter Bye over Owen Butler Dec 9-4

197 – Derek Blubaugh over Cameron Lopez Fall 1:17

285 – Cade Campbell over Unknown Forf

UP NEXT

With the dual season over, the NCAA DII Super Reigonal 4 tournament is up next for the Greyhounds, with UIndy playing host to this years’ regional. The Hounds are set to welcome the teams to the Circle City on March 2nd, with action set to start at 10 a.m.

UINDY WOMEN’S LAX

WOMEN’S LAX BEATS YOUNG HARRIS, SECURES FIRST WIN OF ROMIG ERA

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The No. 12 UIndy women’s lacrosse team earned its first win on Sunday under the new leadership of head coach Peyton Romig, defeating Young Harris College by a score of 18-8 in the programs’ first-ever meeting.

Seven Greyhounds scored in the win, led by Megan Dunn’s game-high five goals. UIndy blanked Young Harris in each the first and fourth quarters, refusing to allow a shot in the opening 15 minutes.

INS & OUTS

The Greyhounds netted the first eight goals of the afternoon, creating an insurmountable lead with seven scores in the first quarter. UIndy stretched its advantage to six in a span of 50 seconds late in the frame, when Joey Fowler sprinted through the Mountain Lion defense.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS

MARIAN EARNS FIRST SPRING VICTORY WITH 6-1 WIN OVER (RV) OAKLAND CITY

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team rebounded from their spring-opening loss on Friday with a win Sunday afternoon, as the Knights took down (RV) Oakland City by a 6-1 score. Marian is 9-4 overall on the season.

The Knights opened the match with a quick win in doubles, taking two of the three matches to begin the afternoon with a 1-0 lead. Katharina Bopst and Michelle Irigoyen won at No. 1 doubles by a 6-3 score, and Isadora Muller and Paloma Caceres Villalba won by a 6-2 score at No. 3 doubles to earn the point. Yasmin Imamniyazova and Ana Barobsa Fernandez went unfinished in their match, leading 4-3.

In singles Marian won five of the six matches, starting with Barbosa’s win at No. 2, as she landed a 6-2, 6-2 victory. Irigoyen won by identical 6-2, 6-2 scores at No. 3 singles, and at No. 1 singles Imamniyazova scored a 6-4, 6-1 victory to claim the win for the Knights.

Bopst earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles to score the team’s fifth point, and at No. 5 singles Caceres scored a three-set win, earning the 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 win. Isadora Muller suffered the lone defeat of the day, falling at No. 6 singles in three sets by a 6-2, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (6) final count.

Marian will next play on March 4, starting their spring break matches with a contest against Lawrence Tech.

MARIAN MEN’S TENNIS

MARIAN FALLS TO OAKLAND CITY IN HOME OPENER

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s tennis team suffered their fourth consecutive loss and third loss of the spring season on Sunday afternoon, as Marian lost to No. 18 Oakland City 5-2, playing indoors at the Indy Healthplex. Marian is now 8-6 overall on the season.

Marian mustered just one victory during doubles, as they fell behind 1-0 losing two of the three matches. Marian’s lone win came at No. 3 with Marc Soriano and Jona Henze claiming a 6-1 victory. Andrew Ilett and Jones McNamar lost 6-4 playing at No. 1 doubles, and James Ashworth and Iyan Cresens lost by the same score at No. 2.

The Knights scored their two points in the match in singles, winning at No. 5 and at No. 6. Ilett was the fifth finisher in the match, and claimed a 7-5, 6-3 win to claim Marian’s first point of the day at No. 5 singles, while Jan Bartolome won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 singles to end the match.

Ashworth fell at No. 1 singles in consecutive 6-4 sets, and at No. 2 Henze was defeated 6-2, 6-1. Luis Sobanski put up a fight in his loss at No.3 winning the second set, but lost the match by an overall score of 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Marc Soriano also lost in three sets, winning the first 7-6 before losing 6-3 and 1-0 at No. 4 singles.

Marian will next play on March 4, when they begin their spring break schedule in Hilton Head, South Carolina, taking on Lawrence Tech.

MARIAN BASEBALL

MARIAN UNABLE TO COMPLETE STRONG START AS KNIGHTS DROP SERIES OPENER AT WEST VIRGINIA TECH

Charleston, W. Va. – The Marian baseball team got off to a strong start Sunday afternoon as the Knights led 4-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, but a late charge by West Virginia Tech handed Marian a 6-5 loss in nine innings. The walk-off loss drops Marian to 3-2 overall on the season.

Marian came out aggressive at the plate in each of the first three innings, seeking to take an early lead on the Golden Bears in their nine inning game. In the first and third innings Caden Mason would reach base, but the junior was doubled off in the first and caught stealing in the third as West Virginia Tech got out of each frame. In the second inning Marian looked poised to score when Cole McManus drew a lead-off walk and reached third on a stolen base and ground out, but the bats were unable to get the first run across.

Chris Adams took the mound in the game as he made his second start of the season, throwing a near perfect game through three innings as he retired the first seven batters he faced. Adams got into a self-inflicted with one out recorded in the bottom of the third as he walked the second and fourth batter of the inning, but a pair of outs recorded by his infield got the third-year player out of the jam.

Adams got his first show of run support in the top of the fourth inning as Bryce Davenport unloaded on a pitch over the plate, hammering his first home run of the season out and over the right-center wall. Marian’s hitters followed Davenport’s homer with three singles by Parker Watts, Johnny Roeder, and Kameron Salazar, but the offense was unable to add to the lead as a pair of outs left the three Knights stranded. Adams was able to keep the game a 1-0 contest despite throwing three walks in the bottom of the fourth, and in the fifth the third-year Knight finished his outing with a three-up, three-down frame.

Marian’s offense would strand two runners in both the fifth and sixth innings, but in the seventh were able to add to their lead as a Rylan Huntley base hit ignited a three-run frame. An RBI single from Roeder and two RBI base hit by Salazar helped plate the three runs in the inning, giving reliever Seth Hogg a 4-0 lead. Hogg was unable to keep his new lead however in the bottom of the seventh, as the freshman was roughed up allowing four hits and two walks, bringing in four runs to tie the game. Jace Stoops would get Marian out of the inning, and held the game at 4-4 going into the ninth.

The Knights were able to reclaim their lead in the top of the ninth inning, starting a rally cry behind a lead-off single from Parker Watts. The bases loaded quickly behind a single from Roeder and walk drawn by Salazar, and with one out against Marian, third baseman Dawson Estep recorded an RBI groundout to push Marian in front 5-4. In the bottom of the inning, Stoops was able to get the first out of the frame, but three consecutive singles put the winning run on base. Estep moved in from third to the mound to attempt to get the save, but the relief spot was short-lived as Estep walked back-to-back batters to give up the tying and winning runs, as Marian lost 6-5.

Marian had 13 hits in the loss, with Huntley and Roeder each posting three hits. Salazar had two RBI in his 2-for-4 game, and Davenport drew two walks while hitting his first home run of the season. On the mound, Adams did not factor into the decision as he pitched five hitless innings, striking out four batters against five walks. Hogg allowed five hits in 1.1 innings, and Stoops allowed three hits and two runs in his 2.0 innings on the mound. Estep was charged the loss on the mound in his pitching debut.

Marian and West Virginia Tech will finish their series on Monday afternoon, playing a doubleheader which is slated to begin at noon.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

February 19, 1917 – Helmets are manufactured using interior padding of suspended leather straps and ear hole cutouts. These new fangled head protectors were called Zuppke Helmets or ZH for short,  named after the man that came up with the concept Head Coach Bob Zuppke of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign according to the Time Toast website. The suspension innovation acted as a shock absorber to lessen the blow of impacts. In a related story we have an excellent article on the debate of who was the first person to wear a football helmet.

Hall of Fame Birthday for February 19

February 19, 1942 – Flint, Michigan – The great Safety out of Iowa, Paul Krause was born. Click his name for more information on his legendary career.

 1946 – Hubbard, Ohio – The famed head coach of the Florida A&M Rattlers, Rudy Hubbard was born but we are unsure of the day, so in order to pay proper honor to him we placed his bio on our February 19 post. If someone out there has Coach Hubbard’s date of birth please contact us at pigskindispatch@gmail.com and we will make sure we celebrate him on his actual birthday going forward. Per the National Football Foundation’s website bio, Coach Hubbard was the only HBCU head coach to win the Division I-AA (now FCS) national title, Rudy Hubbard posted 83 wins in his 12 seasons at Florida A&M.  During his tenure at Florida A&M from 1974-85, Hubbard compiled an 83-48-3 overall record, the third most wins in school history behind fellow College Football Hall of Fame Coaches Jake Gaither (203) and Billy Joe (86). In 1978, Hubbard guided Florida A&M to a 12-1 record and wrapped up the season winning the inaugural NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship as the Rattlers defeated UMass, 35-28. Although a member of NCAA Division II’s Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, FAMU successfully petitioned the NCAA for Division I-AA classification, which took effect right before the 1978 season began. Coach Roy Hubbard was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta in 2021.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912      Cracker Jacks, a sugar-coated popcorn with a mixture of peanuts confection immortalized in the song, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, introduces ‘A Prize in Every Box.’ In 1914, the manufacturer will begin inserting the first of two company-produced baseball card issues featuring major league players, including those from the short-lived Federal League.

1935      Lou Gehrig signs a one-year deal with the Yankees for a reported $30,000, a seven thousand raise, but less than the $35,000 he had requested. Last season, the All-Star first baseman hit .363 with 49 homers and led the American League with 165 RBIs.

1942      Indian first baseman Hal Trosky tells the Des Moines Register he is leaving the team, citing his recurring migraine headaches, first experienced in 1938, as the reason for his early retirement. The 29-year-old good-hitting infielder will finish his 11-year career with a .302 batting average and attempt a comeback with the White Sox in 1944.

1946      Danny Gardella becomes the first major league player to join the Mexican League. The outfielder goes south of the border, lured by a salary of $10,000, more than double the amount offered by the Giants.

1953      After being hit by enemy fire during a combat mission, Ted Williams safely crash-lands his Panther jet at the Suwon’s K-13 Airbase in Korea, skidding along the airstrip for nearly a mile before coming to a stop. The midnight-blue F9F is a total wreck, but the Marine reservist, who quickly evacuates the burning aircraft, suffers only minor injuries.

1970      “….I have decided on the basis of facts developed at these conferences that Mr. McLain’s involvement in 1967 bookmaking activities and his associations at that time leave me no alternative but to suspend him from all organized baseball activities pending the completion of my review of his situation.” – BOWIE KUHN, commissioner of baseball announcing Denny McLain’s suspension. After a five-and-a-half-hour meeting with Denny McLain, the pitcher’s lawyer, William Aiken, and baseball’s security chief, Henry Fitzgibbon, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends the Tigers right-hander indefinitely for bookmaking and his associations at that time. Yesterday, the 1968 Cy Young Award recipient appeared voluntarily before a Federal grand jury in Detroit.

1977      Unlike his previous decisions concerning the A’s, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn does not void a deal as not being in the best interest of baseball when he allows the Rangers to purchase southpaw Paul Lindblad from Oakland for $400,000. The left-handed reliever will appear in 42 games for Texas this season, posting a 4-5 record with an ERA of 4.20 for the second-place club.

1981      When the player-management panel cannot reach a compromise position, baseball implements a compensation plan that allows a team to sign a ranking free agent, giving up a roster player and an amateur draft choice in return. The owners’ move, seen by the players as undermining the value of free agency, will lead to a midseason strike, forcing the cancellation of 713 games.

1983      Fernando Valenzuela becomes the first player awarded $1,000,000 via arbitration. The 22-year-old Mexican southpaw has compiled a career record of 34-20 during his three years with the Dodgers.

1987      After signing a contract as a free agent with the A’s less than a month ago, 37-year-old Vida Blue unexpectedly retires from baseball. The veteran southpaw, who played a significant role in the A’s consecutive world championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974, compiled a 209-161 record during his 17-year major league career, including stints with the Giants and Royals.

2002      The 37-year-old Jose Canseco (.258, 16, 49) signs a minor league contract with the lame-duck Expos. The 17-year veteran, the American League Rookie of the Year in 1985 and its MVP a season later, is 38 homers shy of the coveted 500 mark.

2008      In a deal that includes a $10 million club option, sophomore Ian Kinsler (.286, 14, 55) inks a five-year, $22 million contract with the Rangers. With the signing of the 24-year-old second baseman and last season’s contract extension for All-Star shortstop Michael Young, Texas has locked up the middle of its infield through 2013.

2009      Despite his poor performance last season, the Braves give Jeff Francoeur (.239, 11, 71) a significant raise over his previous salary of $460,000, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,375,000 with the outfielder. The deal, a compromise between their two offers, comes just hours before Arizona’s scheduled salary arbitration hearing.

2010      The Nationals finalize a $2 million, one-year deal that includes the opportunity to earn up to $3 million in performance-based bonuses with former Yankee pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (1-6, 9.64 ERA). The 29-year-old right-hander, who hasn’t been the same since injuring his foot running the bases in a 2008 interleague game against Houston, underwent shoulder surgery last July and is not expected to pitch in the first few months of the season.

2012      Before a 3-1 loss to the Devils at the Bell Centre, the NHL’s Canadiens pay an emotional tribute to the late Gary Carter with a five-minute video set to The Eagles’ song New Kid in Town. During warmups, the team dons No. 8 Carter jerseys with the team’s mascot Youppi!, who once represented the Expos, wearing the former NL club’s colors instead of his usual bleu-blanc-rouge, honoring the memory of the only Montreal player enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

2014      Avoiding arbitration, Homer Bailey (11-12, 3.49) and the Reds agree to a $105 million, six-year deal, including a $25 million mutual option for 2020. The 27-year-old starter from Texas, the author of two major league no-hitters, will continue to be part of Cincinnati’s young rotation, including Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, and southpaw Tony Cingrani, all under the age of 30.

2019      The Dodgers announce the death of 92-year-old Don Newcombe, baseball’s first standout black pitcher who played a pivotal role during the 1950s when the team played in Brooklyn. The right-handed hurler, who posted a career mark of 149-90 along with an ERA of 3.56 earned run average in ten seasons that included brief stints with the Reds and the Indians, won the Cy Young (1956), the MVP (1956), and the Rookie of the Year (1949) awards, a feat matched only by Justin Verlander.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1917 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

The United States officially declared war on Germany as imperial, territorial, and economic rivalries led to the “Great War” between the Central Powers (Austria-Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, and Turkey) and the Allies (U.S., Britain, France, Russia, Belgium, Serbia, Greece, Romania, Montenegro, Portugal, Italy, Japan). In the end, ten million combatants were killed and over twenty million were wounded.

American painter and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg designed over forty-five patriotic posters including the “I Want You” edition that featured Uncle Sam and attracted thousands of recruits to register for WWI military duty. Flagg also wrote for Life Magazine and Judge, and even acted in silent films. These were so well received that during World War One he was asked to write promotional films for both the Marines and the Red Cross. After the war, it was the magazines of America that were his gallery and nearly every major publisher featured his art at one time or another.

In the American League…

New York Yankees lefty George Mogridge tossed a 2-1 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on April 24th for the second of an American League record five no-hitters.

American League president Ban Johnson instructed all AL umpires not to tolerate unnecessary delays. His statement was in support of a complaint by Charles Comiskey that protested some managers and players who he felt were intentionally stretching games to two hours or more.

On September 15th, the Washington Senators’ Harry Harper and Walter Johnson tossed back-to-back shutouts (5-0, 4-0) during a double header against the Philadelphia Athletics.

In the National League…

In April, the Cincinnati Reds purchased Olympic icon Jim Thorpe from the Giants, but eventually sent him back to New York in August. Thorpe never experienced the same success on a baseball diamond that he had in the Olympics and retired after an undistinguished six-season career.

On May 26th, St. Louis Cardinals slugger Walton Cruise became the first player ever to hit a ball out of Braves Park. His four-hundred two foot blast landed in the twenty-five cent stands in right field (known as the “Jury Box”). Amazingly, the next ball hit out of the park also came off the bat of Cruise (1921) when he returned as a Boston Brave.

Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first Major League player to enlist in the armed forces after he registered with the Ohio National Guard. During the war, Gowdy saw considerable action in France and after he returned in 1919, he shared Boston’s catching duties before he was re-acquired by the New York Giants in 1923.

Around the League…

Organized Baseball officially terminated relations with the union, leaving the players without representation. Players Fraternity president, Dave Fultz, called off a strike in which the players were attempting to eliminate a ten-day clause, in which teams refused to pay any injured player after ten days.

America’s entry into WWI combined with an unusually wet spring to postpone forty-eight National League games in the first month. As a result, half of all Major League clubs showed losses for the year and eight of twenty Minor League teams folded before the end of the season. On a side note, the American League petitioned the United States Army to assign drill sergeants to each team for daily pre-game drills.

In June, 21,000 New York fans were treated to inter-league play as the Giants and Yankees met for the first Sunday game in the “Big Apple” (a war charity exhibition).

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

33 – 25 – 7 – 15 – 34 – 48 – 13

February 19, 1946 – New York Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the rogue Mexican League. Gardella wore Number 33 during the Giants 1945 season and returned to the National League in 1950 to wear Number 50 with the St Louis Cardinals.

February 19, 1977 – The Oakland Athletics sold the rights to pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Texas Rangers for $400,000. The Southpaw wore Number 25 with his new team in 1977.

February 19, 1977 – Right wing Rod Gilbert, Number 7 scored a goal and added an assist to boot as the New York Rangers fell at the hands of their cross town rivals the New York Islanders 5-2.  Gilbert became the first player in  Rangers history  and the 11th overall in the NHL’s all-time record books to score 1,000 career points.

February 19, 1978 – At the kick off NASCAR race of the season a the 20th Daytona 500, Bobby Allison in the Norris Number 15 Ford takes lead with 11 laps remaining. Allison did so starting from the 33rd qualifying start position which was by far the furthest back for any winner of the Great American Race until 2007.

February 19, 1983  – LA Dodgers lefthanded pitching phenom Fernando Valenzuela won his salary arbitration of $1 million. Fernando wore Number 34 on his Dodgers uniform. 

February 19, 2006 – The results of the 48th Daytona 500 had driver Jimmie Johnson driving from Hendrick Motorsports in the Number 48 Lowes Chevy won the 203 lap race. This victory started the NASCAR year off right for Johnson and propelled him on to win his first championship.

February 19, 2019 – The great four-time baseball All-Star Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract ever in American sports history. Machado inked a 10 year deal worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres where he ended up displaying the Number 13 proudly on his uniform. Who says 13 is unlucky?

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

Feb. 19

1928 — Canada wins the gold medal in ice hockey at the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Canada, represented by the 1926 Toronto University team, receives a bye to the final round. The Canadians beat Sweden 11-0, Britain 14-0 and Switzerland 13-0.

1955 — Bernie Geoffrion of the Montreal Canadiens scores five goals in a 10-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

1977 — Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers gets his 1,000th career point with a goal in a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders.

1982 — Atlanta’s 127-122 four-overtime win over Seattle equals the fourth-longest game in NBA history and the second-longest since the institution of the 24-second clock.

1984 — Phil and Steve Mahre of the United States become the first brothers to finish 1-2 in an Olympic event, the men’s slalom, at the Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union beats Czechoslovakia 2-0 to win the gold medal in hockey.

1984 — Cale Yarborough sweeps into the lead two turns before the finish to win the Daytona 500. He becomes the second driver to win consecutive Daytona 500s; Richard Petty was the other.

1993 — Wendel Suckow edges two-time world champion Georg Hackl of Germany by 0.106 seconds to capture the first world luge championship medal of any kind for the United States.

1994 — Speedskater Bonnie Blair wins the fourth gold of her Olympic career with her third consecutive 500-meter victory.

2002 — In Salt Lake City, bobsledders Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers give the United States 21 medals in the Winter Games. Flowers becomes the first black athlete in history to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

2005 — Lindsay Kennedy becomes the first woman to play in a Major Indoor Soccer League game. Kennedy, a St. Louis forward, participates in the final 76 seconds of Milwaukee’s 7-3 win over the Steamers at Savvis Center.

2005 — Schreiner ends its NCAA-record losing streak at 83 games, beating Sul Ross State 75-69 in a women’s basketball game. It’s the Division III Mountaineers first win since Jan. 17, 2002, when they also beat Sul Ross.

2012 — American star Hannah Kearney’s all-discipline record for consecutive FIS World Cup victories ends at 16 with a semifinal loss in a dual moguls event at Naeba, Japan. Kearney’s streak began in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2011.

2012 — Steven Holcomb and brakeman Steve Langton win the two-man bobsled in Lake Placid, N.Y., the first time the U.S. captures this event at the world championships.

2014 — Norway wins the first Olympic mixed relay in biathlon at the Sochi Games and Ole Einar Bjoerndalen becomes the most decorated Winter Olympian ever with 13 medals. Ted Ligety wins the giant slalom with a dominating performance, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

2017 — Laura Dahlmeier wins the world title in the women’s 12.5-kilometer mass start, becoming the first to win five gold medals at a single biathlon world championship.

2017 — Anthony Davis scores 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star record that had stood for 55 years. The Western Conference beats the Eastern Conference 192-182 in the highest-scoring game in league history.

2021 – In a softening of 4-year WADA ban on Russia from all international sport, Russia to compete under acronym “ROC” after name of the Russian Olympic Committee.

TV SPORTS MONDAY

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE

2 p.m.

NHLN — Rochester at Toronto

BEACH SOCCER (MEN’S)

6:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Egypt vs. U.S., Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

7:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Argentina vs. Spain, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

10:20 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Italy vs. United Arab Emirates, Group A, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:50 a.m.

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Iran vs. Tahiti, Group B, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

6:20 a.m. (Tuesday)

FS2 — 2024 FIFA World Cup Group Stage: Belarus vs. Colombia, Group C, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

COLLEGE BASEBALL

9 p.m.

PAC-12N — UNLV at Stanford

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

6 p.m.

CBSSN — Colgate at Lafayette

7 p.m.

ESPN — Virginia at Virginia Tech

8 p.m.

CBSSN — William & Mary at Coll. of Charleston

9 p.m.

ESPN — Iowa St. at Houston

ESPN2 — Kansas St. at Texas

ESPNU NC Central at Norfolk St.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

12 p.m.

FOX — Creighton at UConn

2 p.m.

FOX — Indiana at Illinois

7 p.m.

ESPN2 — Notre Dame at Duke

SECN — LSU at Texas A&M

COLLEGE GYMNASTICS (WOMEN’S)

5:30 p.m.

ESPN2 — Utah at UCLA

HORSE RACING

3 p.m.

FS2 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

4:30 p.m.

FS1 — NYRA: America’s Day at the Races

LACROSSE (MEN’S)

11:30 a.m.

ESPN2 — PLL Championship Series: TBD, Championship, Springfield, Va.

NHL HOCKEY

1 p.m.

ESPN — Toronto at St. Louis

3:30 p.m.

ESPN — Detroit at Seattle

7 p.m.

NHLN — Ottawa at Tampa Bay

SOCCER (MEN’S)

3 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Crystal Palace at Everton

TENNIS

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

3 a.m. (Tuesday)

TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m. (Tuesday) TENNIS — Dubai-WTA, Doha-ATP, Rio de Janeiro-ATP, Los Cabos-ATP Early Rounds