INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL REGIONAL PAIRINGS

REGIONAL PAIRINGS
CLASS 4A
MICHIGAN CITY
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL [22-4] VS. MISHAWAKA [19-7]
MICHIGAN CITY
WARSAW [19-5] VS. CROWN POINT [19-5]
NEW CASTLE
KOKOMO [25-3] VS. FISHERS [25-1]
LOGANSPORT
FORT WAYNE NORTH [19-8] VS. FORT WAYNE WAYNE [21-3]
GREENFIELD
AVON [15-10] VS. LAWRENCE NORTH [24-3]
SOUTHPORT
NEW PALESTINE [22-5] VS. BEN DAVIS [20-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
JEFFERSONVILLE [18-7] VS. EVANSVILLE HARRISON [20-4]
SOUTHPORT
FRANKLIN [18-4] VS. CENTER GROVE [20-4]


CLASS 3A
TRITON
HAMMOND NOLL [20-7] VS. FAIRFIELD [19-6]
SB WASHINGTON
JOHN GLENN [13-13] VS. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH [17-9]
LOGANSPORT
PERU [15-10] VS. WEST LAFAYETTE [19-6]
LAPEL
DELTA [21-6] VS. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA [14-12]
GREENFIELD
GUERIN CATHOLIC [20-7] VS. INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON [14-12]
LEBANON
NORTHVIEW [14-11] VS. DANVILLE [21-3]
SEYMOUR
BATESVILLE [20-5] VS. SCOTTSBURG [21-5]
SOUTHRIDGE
SOUTHRIDGE [19-6] VS. EVANSVILLE BOSSE [14-10]


CLASS 2A
TRITON
WABASH [20-5] VS. WESTVIEW [20-5]
NORTH JUDSON
NORTH JUDSON [15-9] VS. GARY 21ST CENTURY [20-6]
LAPEL
WAPAHANI [23-2] VS. TIPTON [24-2]
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK [20-6] VS. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC [17-8]
LEBANON
IRVINGTON PREP [16-9] VS. PARK TUDOR [19-5]
MARTINSVILLE
PARKE HERITAGE [22-5] VS. NORTHEASTERN [18-7]
SEYMOUR
SWITZERLAND COUNTY [15-10] VS. FOREST PARK [17-9]
WASHINGTON
SULLIVAN [21-5] VS. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL [24-4]


CLASS 1A
SB WASHINGTON
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC [11-15] VS. DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN [19-7]
NORTH JUDSON
TRI-COUNTY [14-11] VS. ELKHART CHRISTIAN [16-9]
NEW CASTLE
SETON CATHOLIC [19-7] VS. LIBERTY CHRISTIAN [16-9]
FRANKFORT
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY [15-9] VS. NORTH VERMILLION [15-10]
MARTINSVILLE
OLDENBURG ACADEMY [13-11] VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN [17-7]
WASHINGTON
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN [20-7] VS. CLAY CITY [21-5]
LOOGOOTEE
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY [22-4] VS. BARR-REEVE [23-2]
LOOGOOTEE
TRINITY LUTHERAN [14-11] VS. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN [23-2]

MEN’S TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES

#3 UCONN 91 SETON HALL 61

ELSEWHERE:

VALPO 75 ILLINOIS STATE 72

INDIANA 83 MARYLAND 78

INDIANA STATE 89 MURRAY STATE 77

OHIO STATE 84 MICHIGAN 61

NEBRASKA 67 RUTGERS 56

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 SCORES

#1 SOUTH CAROLINA 76 TENNESSEE 68

#21 BAYLOR 67 OKLAHOMA STATE 45

#6 IOWA 93 #2 OHIO STATE 83

#9 LSU 77 KENTUCKY 56

#17 NOTRE DAME 74 #22 LOUISVILLE 58

#12 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 75 WAKE FOREST 57

#14 INDIANA 71 MARYLAND 54

#23 CREIGHTON 72 SETON HALL 65

VIRGINIA 80 #5 VIRGINIA TECH 75

ELSEWHERE:

PENN STATE 90 MINNESOTA 34

MICHIGAN STATE 78 WISCONSIN 52

BELMONT 80 EVANSVILLE 55

NORTHWESTERN 72 RUTGERS 61

MURRAY STATE 87 INDIANA STATE 70

ILLINOIS 74 NEBRASKA 73

MICHIGAN 64 PURDUE 60

NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 120 DALLAS 116

BOSTON 140 GOLDEN STATE 88

LA CLIPPERS 89 MINNESOTA 88

ORLANDO 113 DETROIT 91

TORONTO 111 CHARLOTTE 106

NEW YORK 107 CLEVELAND 98

SAN ANTONIO 117 INDIANA 105

OKLAHOMA CITY 118 PHOENIX 110

NHL SCOREBOARD

ARIZONA 5 WASHINGTON 2

LOS ANGELES 5 NEW JERSEY 1

WINNIPEG 5 BUFFALO 2

MINNESOTA 4 SAN JOSE 3

VANCOUVER 2 ANAHEIM 1

EDMONTON 6 PITTSBURGH 1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MIAMI VS WASHINGTON CANCELED

MIAMI VS ST. LOUIS CANCELED

BOSTON 3 TORONTO 1

ATLANTA 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

TAMPA BAY 4 MINNESOTA 4

BALTIMORE 5 PITTSBURGH 2

DETROIT 7 NY YANKEES 2

HOUSTON 5 NY METS 2

LA DODGERS 7 COLORADO 4

SAN FRANCISCO 6 CLEVELAND 5

KANSAS CITY 7 CINCINNATI 3

CHICAGO CUBS 5 CLEVELAND 3

OAKLAND 5 TEXAS 2

MILWAUKEE 10 ARIZONA 4

SAN DIEGO 12 SEATTLE 4

LA ANGELS 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

TORONTO 1 NEW ENGLAND 0

COLLEGE BASEBALL SCORES

ARIZONA 12 INDIANA 1

BINGHAMTON 3 VALPARAISO 2

NOTRE DAME 14 TENNESSEE TECH 11

RUTGERS 9 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 7

PURDUE 11 CAL STATE FULLERTON 3

ILLINOIS 12 MICHIGAN STATE 6

PENN STATE 14 DAVIDSON 7

PENN STATE 6 DAVIDSON 4

MINNESOTA 15 PACIFIC 3

OLE MISS 8 IOWA 3

MARYLAND 11 BRYANT 7

NEBRASKA 5 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 3

SAN DIEGO 9 MICHIGAN 1

OHIO STATE 4 OKLAHOMA 3

EVANSVILLE 10 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 9

JACKSONVILLE 10 BALL STATE 1

INDIANA STATE 12 SOUTHERN MISS 5

BUTLER 11 MOREHEAD STATE 10

ST. THOMAS 7 SOUTHERN INDIANA 6

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCORES

MISSOURI 5 NEBRASKA 1

VIRGINIA TECH 11 NOTRE DAME 5

MICHIGAN STATE 7 IONA 2

UTAH 12 WISCONSIN 1

NORTHWESTERN 9 N. TEXAS 3

SAN DIEGO STATE 3 ILLINOIS 0

PURDUE 10 MARSHALL 3

INDIANA 10 VALPARAISO 0

PENN STATE 11 TARLETON STATE 8

MINNESOTA 11 CHARLOTTE 8

NATIONAL SPORTS RELEASES/HEADLINES

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

CLARK PASSES MARAVICH FOR NCAA DIVISION I ALL-TIME SCORING MARK

Caitlin Clark officially stands alone.

With a pair of technical free throws in the second quarter of Iowa’s 93-83 win over Ohio State on Sunday, the superstar tied and surpassed Pete Maravich’s long-standing NCAA Division I scoring mark of 3,667 points.

Clark finished the contest with 35 points, nine assists, and six rebounds.

The LSU icon had held the record since 1970, with very few players threatening to exceed his point total.

“I just feel really grateful to be here and to put on an Iowa jersey for four years,” Clark said postgame, according to Fox.

Clark said she knew she broke the record after hearing the crowd’s reaction to her free throw.

The 22-year-old also passed Lynette Woodard for most points by any major college women’s player Thursday. Woodard scored 3,649 points for Kansas between 1977-81 in the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).

Clark became the all-time leader in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history after dropping a career-high 49 points on Feb. 15 against Michigan, surpassing Kelsey Plum’s record set at Washington in 2017.

She declared for the WNBA draft last Thursday and is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick, which the Indiana Fever hold.

NO. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA BEATS TENNESSEE TO COMPLETE PERFECT REGULAR SEASON

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamilla Cardoso had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Te-Hina Paopao scored 14 points and No. 1 South Carolina completed its second straight perfect regular season with a 76-68 victory over Tennessee on Sunday.

Cardoso and Paopao, both seniors, excelled on Senior Day as the Gamecocks (29-0, 16-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 47th straight SEC regular-season game, their 57th straight at home and their sixth in a row over the Lady Vols (17-11, 10-6).

Rickea Jackson had a game-high 29 points for Tennessee.

Cardoso played in front of her mother, Janete Soares and and older sister, Jessica Silva, after they arrived from Brazil. Coach Dawn Staley facilitated their arrival, with help from U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, by getting visas approved. Cardoso put on quite a show with her family in the crowd.

She had six points and six rebounds in the first quarter. After Tennessee took a 24-23 lead, she led the way as the Gamecocks outscored the Lady Vols 17-8 to close the second period and take a 40-32 lead into the break.

When Tennessee cut a 15-point deficit to 63-60 on Jackson’s jumper with 4:51 to play, it was Cardoso who extended the margin with consecutive inside shots. Cardoso, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, got a loud ovation from the sold-out arena as she went to the bench.

Cardoso finished with her 13th double-double this season and 29th of her career.

THE BIG PICTURE

Tennessee: The Lady Vols will have to find some scoring punch outside of Jackson if they hope to make another deep run at the SEC Tournament like a year ago when they fell to South Carolina in the tournament finals.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks used a different opening lineup with freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley getting her third start and a different rotation off the bench. Still, it was more than enough for another double-digit win (their 26th this season) and a second straight perfect record heading to postseason play.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: At SEC Women’s Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina.

South Carolina: At SEC Women’s Tournament in Greenville, South Carolina.

2024 TIAA BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT BRACKET ANNOUNCED

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference has announced the full bracket for the 2024 TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will take place March 6-10 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
 
All-session tickets are sold out for the 2024 TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, marking the first sellout in the history of the 31-year event. More than 109,000 fans are expected to attend over the five days of competition. For more information on events surrounding the tournament, visit the Big Ten Tournament Central (bigten.org/WBBT) and follow Big Ten Women’s Basketball on X (formerly Twitter) (@B1GWBBall) throughout the 2023-24 season.
 
All 13 games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament will be broadcast live to a national audience, with the opening round being streamed for the first time ever on Peacock. The Big Ten Network (and the FOX Sports App) will broadcast the second round through semifinal games from Thursday to Saturday. The championship game on Sunday, March 10 will tip off at 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET on CBS, the first time the network will carry the title game.
 
Ohio State (25-4, 16-2 Big Ten) is the No. 1 seed for this year’s tournament after clinching its conference-best 16th regular season crown, its first outright title since the 2009-10 season. The Buckeyes have been ranked No. 2 in both national polls for the past three weeks and earned the No. 2 national seed in the final NCAA Committee top-16 reveal on Thursday. Ohio State has won five Big Ten Tournament championships and was the runner-up at last year’s tournament.
 
Ohio State will open Big Ten Tournament play on Friday with a quarterfinal outing at 11:30 a.m. CT live on the Big Ten Network against the winner of the second-round game between No. 8 seed Maryland and No. 9 seed Illinois.
 
Defending Big Ten Tournament champion Iowa (26-4, 15-3 Big Ten) earned the No. 2 seed in dramatic fashion on Sunday by defeating Ohio State, 93-83, in front of a sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena and a national television audience on FOX. The victory broke the tie between the Hawkeyes and Indiana for second place in the Big Ten standings, with Iowa earning the edge based on a better winning percentage against the highest team in the standings (Ohio State – Iowa was 1-1 against the Buckeyes, Indiana was 0-1).
 
Iowa has won five Big Ten Tournament titles, including the last two in 2022 and 2023. The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 6 in both major national polls, while garnering the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA Committee’s reveal. Iowa will open its postseason slate at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday with a quarterfinal game on the Big Ten Network against the winner of the second-round matchup between No. 7 seed Penn State and 10th-seeded Wisconsin.
 
Indiana (24-4, 15-3 Big Ten) claimed the No. 3 seed for the tournament after tying for second place in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers have spent the last month at No. 14 in the Associated Press (AP) poll, rose back to No. 12 in the latest Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today poll and were tabbed as the No. 14 national seed in the NCAA Committee’s reveal. Indiana has one Big Ten Tournament title from 2002 and begins its quest for another on Friday night against No. 6 seed Michigan, No. 11 seed Minnesota or No. 14 seed Rutgers in the last quarterfinal on the Big Ten Network, 25 minutes following the completion of Iowa’s quarterfinal.
 
Rounding out the top four seeds is Michigan State (22-7, 12-6 Big Ten) with the last of the tournament’s double-byes into the quarterfinal round. The Spartans, who have been receiving votes in the AP poll for nine weeks this season, are seeking their second tournament crown after winning their first title in 2005. Michigan State will open play on Friday afternoon against No. 5 seed Nebraska, No. 12 seed Purdue or No. 13 seed Northwestern in the quarterfinals, playing on the Big Ten Network 25 minutes after Ohio State’s game has ended.
 
The 2024 TIAA Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows:
 
Wednesday, March 6 – First Round
Game 1 | #12 Purdue vs. #13 Northwestern | 5:30 p.m. CT | Peacock
Game 2 | #11 Minnesota vs. #14 Rutgers | 25 minutes following Game 1 | Peacock
 
Thursday, March 7 – Second Round
Game 3 | #8 Maryland vs. #9 Illinois | 11:30 a.m. CT | BTN
Game 4 | #5 Nebraska vs. G1 Winner | 25 minutes following Game 3 | BTN
Game 5 | #7 Penn State vs. #10 Wisconsin | 5:30 p.m. CT | BTN
Game 6 | #6 Michigan vs. G2 Winner | 25 minutes following Game 5 | BTN
 
Friday, March 8 – Quarterfinals
Game 7 | #1 Ohio State vs. G3 Winner | 11:30 a.m. CT | BTN
Game 8 | #4 Michigan State vs. G4 Winner | 25 minutes following Game 7 | BTN
Game 9 | #2 Iowa vs. G5 Winner | 5:30 p.m. CT | BTN
Game 10 | #3 Indiana vs. G6 Winner | 25 minutes following Game 9 | BTN
 
Saturday, March 9 – Semifinals
Game 11 | G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner | 1 p.m. CT | BTN
Game 12 | G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner | 25 minutes following Game 11 | BTN
 
Sunday, March 10 – Championship
Game 13 | G11 Winner vs. G12 Winner | 11 a.m. CT | CBS

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NO. 3 UCONN ROUTS SETON HALL, EARNS 1ST BIG EAST REGULAR-SEASON TITLE IN 25 YEARS

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — No. 3 UConn is the defending men’s national champion. However, the Huskies had not won even a share of the Big East regular-season title in 18 years.

Donovan Clingan scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead a balanced attack and Connecticut clinched its first outright Big East championship in 25 years Sunday with a 91-61 rout of Seton Hall.

The team considered the achievement big enough to cut down the nets at Gampel Pavilion after the game.

“The hardest thing to do is to be excellent over the course of three, four months in a brutal, hard league,” coach Dan Hurley said.

Freshman Stephon Castle tied a career high with 21 points and Tristen Newton had 17 points and 10 assists for the Huskies (26-3, 16-2 Big East), who finished this season undefeated at home (16-0). Alex Karaban added 13 points.

Dre Davis had 20 points and Kadary Richmond scored 15 to lead Seton Hall (18-11, 11-7), which remains in fourth place in the Big East with the loss, a game ahead of Villanova.

UConn, which lost at Seton Hall by 15 points in December, shot 56% from the floor, outscored the Pirates 52-30 in the paint, outrebounded them 38-26 and scored 24 points off 11 Seton Hall turnovers.

“I feel like our defense really went to the next level,” said Clingan, who missed five games after suffering a right foot injury during the loss in New Jersey.

“Coach has really emphasized just trying to work on our defense, just trying to really guard the ball at a high level, rebound the ball at a high level.”

Davis had 12 points in the first 10 minutes and 16 points in the first half for Seton Hall. His 3-point play on a layup sparked a 7-0 run that gave the Pirates an 18-14 lead.

But UConn responded with a 15-2 run, highlighted by a steal and one of several highlight-reel dunks from Castle.

A floater in the lane from Karaban put the Huskies up by 15 points at intermission and the Huskies outscored Seton Hall 47-32 in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Seton Hall: The Pirates were picked to finish ninth in the conference’s preseason poll and remain on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament berth. Coach Shaheen Holloway did not speak with reporters or make his players available after the game.

UConn: The Huskies previously won all of their regular-season home games back in 2005-06, when they finished 16-0 in the league. That was the same season the program won a share of its most recent Big East regular-season title.

“We feel it’s harder to win the Big East than the national championship,” Newton said.

CELEBRATIONS

The Huskies honored Newton, Cam Spencer, Hassan Diarra and Andrew Hurley in senior day ceremonies. It’s also possible that several underclassmen were playing their final home games. Clingan, Karaban and Castle a re all considered draft prospects.

PLAY OF THE GAME

A behind-the-back dribble, crossover move and dunk by Castle put the Huskies up 74-51.

“I’m just out there having fun,” he said.

UP NEXT

Seton Hall: The Pirates have two home games remaining, beginning with Villanova on Wednesday before closing the season against DePaul next Saturday.

UConn: The Huskies visit Marquette on Wednesday and close the season next Saturday in Providence.

NBA NEWS

NBA ROUNDUP: CELTICS POUND WARRIORS FOR 11TH STRAIGHT WIN

A dominant first half allowed the Boston Celtics to extend their winning streak to 11 games by beating the visiting Golden State Warriors 140-88 on Sunday.

Boston made 15 of 24 3-point attempts in the first two quarters and led 82-38 at halftime. Boston’s 44-point halftime lead was the largest in the franchise’s history.

The Celtics shot 60 percent from the field in the first half (30 of 50), when they committed one turnover. The Warriors trailed by as many as 45 points in the second quarter. Each team rested its starters for all or most of the second half.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 29 points, and Jayson Tatum added 27 on his 26th birthday. Boston made 25 of 49 3-pointers (51 percent) in the win.

Lester Quinones tossed in a team-high 17 points for the Warriors, who trailed 115-62 after three quarters. Boston led by as many as 56 points in the fourth. Stephen Curry went 2-for-13 from the field (0-for-9 from 3-point territory) in the first half and finished the game with four points. He did not play in the second half.

Knicks 107, Cavaliers 98

Josh Hart posted his third triple-double of the season for visiting New York, which lost Jalen Brunson in the opening minute before outlasting Cleveland in a battle of undermanned Eastern Conference contenders.

Brunson didn’t return after suffering a left knee injury while hoisting his only shot barely 30 seconds after the opening tip. Following the game, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said Brunson has a knee contusion. X-rays came back negative.

Hart finished with 13 points and 10 assists while tying a career high with 19 rebounds. Donte DiVincenzo had 28 points, including the tiebreaking layup that gave the Knicks the lead for good with 5:39 left in the third. Evan Mobley (13 points, 13 rebounds) had a double-double for the Cavaliers, who also got a team-high 21 points from Sam Merrill.

Spurs 117, Pacers 105

Victor Wembanyama strutted his stuff while amassing 31 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, six blocked shots and a steal to help San Antonio to a rousing win over visiting Indiana.

Malaki Branham added 18 points for the Spurs, with Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson scoring 17 apiece.

T.J. McConnell led the Pacers with a season-high 26 points, while Pascal Siakam added 21. Myles Turner produced 16 points and 10 rebounds.

76ers 120, Mavericks 116

Tobias Harris scored 28 points and knocked down a critical 3-pointer as Philadelphia held off a ferocious rally by host Dallas to earn a win.

Philadelphia was in position to cruise to the finish line when it led by 15 with six minutes left in the game, but Luka Doncic (38 points, 11 boards, 10 assists) then took over. He scored nine points in a span of just two minutes to get the lead down to nine, helping Dallas eventually pull within 110-105 with 1:34 to go.

But Harris pushed the margin to eight with his triple from the corner, and the 76ers held on for their second straight win. Tyrese Maxey added 24 points for Philadelphia, which also got 21 from Kelly Oubre Jr. For Dallas, Kyrie Irving contributed 28 points.

Clippers 89, Timberwolves 88

Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points on 12-for-26 shooting and Los Angeles outlasted Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Norman Powell added 24 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including a 6-for-8 showing from beyond the arc, for the Clippers. Paul George finished with 15 points as Los Angeles overcame a rough game from James Harden, who finished with four points and went 0-for-10 from the field.

Anthony Edwards paced the Timberwolves with a team-high 27 points on 9-for-20 shooting. Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, and Rudy Gobert finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Magic 113, Pistons 91

Paolo Banchero piled up 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Orlando pulled away from visiting Detroit.

Banchero has now scored 20 or more points in a team-high 39 games this season. Wendell Carter Jr. had 19 points and eight rebounds and Markelle Fultz made all eight of his shots for 16 points as the Magic completed a four-game sweep of the season series.

The Pistons have lost eight of their past nine games. Evan Fournier led Detroit with 17 points, Simone Fontecchio put up 15, Jalen Duren added 11 and Isaiah Stewart had 10.

Raptors 111, Hornets 106

RJ Barrett scored 23 points and Toronto defeated visiting Charlotte.

Immanuel Quickley added 22 points and 11 assists for the Raptors, who had lost their two previous games. Ochai Agbaji had 13 points and career-best nine rebounds to go along with two blocked shots.

Brandon Miller scored 26 points for the Hornets, who have lost four in a row. Miles Bridges scored 20 points.

NHL NEWS

NHL ROUNDUP: KIRILL KAPRIZOV’S HAT TRICK GUIDES WILD PAST SHARKS

Kirill Kaprizov notched a hat trick, completing it with the go-ahead score with 3:59 remaining in the third period, to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday evening in Saint Paul, Minn.

Kaprizov has five career hat tricks, including two in the last two weeks. Frederick Gaudreau also scored for Minnesota, which snapped a three-game winless streak. Matt Boldy recorded a pair of assists.

Mikael Granlund, Nico Sturm and Anthony Duclair scored one goal apiece for San Jose. The Sharks fell to 0-6-1 in their past seven games.

Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson stopped 12 of 15 shots to improve to 17-15-3.

Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen turned aside 28 of 32 shots but fell to 6-20-2. Kahkonen played against the Wild for the first time since they traded him to San Jose on March 21, 2022, along with a fifth-round draft pick in that year’s draft in exchange for defenseman Jacob Middleton.

Jets 5, Sabres 2

Morgan Barron scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:05 left in regulation, highlighting Winnipeg’s four-goal third period in a comeback win over host Buffalo.

A day after scoring five unanswered goals in the third for a 5-3 victory at Carolina, the surging Jets nearly matched that output Sunday. Barron put Winnipeg ahead for the first time when he streaked into the Sabres’ zone and unleashed a wrister that beat Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (30 saves) just prior to the six-minute mark.

Laurent Brossoit made 17 saves for Winnipeg, which has won nine of its past 11. JJ Peterka posted his 20th goal of the season and Eric Robinson also scored for Buffalo, which had won two straight and five of its past six.

Kings 5, Devils 1

Phillip Danault registered his second career hat trick and scored his first goals on home ice this season as Los Angeles overcame an early deficit and cruised past visiting New Jersey.

Danault scored at home for the first time since March 6, 2023, by notching the game-tying goal in the first period and striking again in the second before scoring into an empty net with 2:13 left in regulation. Alex Laferriere and Kevin Fiala also scored for the Kings, who improved to 8-4-0 under interim coach Jim Hillier.

Los Angeles goaltender Cam Talbot was beaten by Timo Meier 15 seconds into the contest but finished with 30 saves. Meier scored the NHL’s second-fastest goal this season, but the Devils lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Coyotes 5, Capitals 2

Dylan Guenther had a goal and two assists for the first three-point game of his career as Arizona followed its 14-game losing streak with a second straight win, beating host Washington.

Logan Cooley, Jason Zucker, Michael Kesselring and Nick Schmaltz also scored for the Coyotes, who were missing Clayton Keller due to injury. Arizona goaltender Karel Vejmelka made 24 saves on 26 shots as the Coyotes delivered a gut punch to the playoff-hopeful Capitals.

Sonny Milano and Anthony Mantha found the back of the net for Washington. Charlie Lindgren thwarted 23 of Arizona’s 27 shots on goal.

Canucks 2, Ducks 1

Conor Garland scored the go-ahead goal early in the second period as visiting Vancouver picked up a much-needed victory against Anaheim amid a rough two-week stretch.

Nils Hoglander scored, and Casey DeSmith made 18 saves to rebound from a brutal outing in which he allowed eight goals in a 10-7 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 19. The Canucks won for just the second time in their past eight games (2-5-1) to move back into first place in the Western Conference, two points above the Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets.

Anaheim was without No. 1 goaltender John Gibson (illness), along with Leo Carlsson (upper body), Mason McTavish (lower body) and Trevor Zegras (ankle).

MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY

BRACKET ANNOUNCED FOR 2024 BIG TEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference released the bracket for the 2024 Big Ten Hockey Tournament, a three-weekend event that will have all games taking place on the campus of the higher-seeded teams.
 
Michigan State (22-9-3) has earned the No. 1 seed and an opening round bye after capturing its first Big Ten regular season title last night. The 11th Big Ten Tournament begins March 8-10 with three best-of-three quarterfinal series. No. 2 seed Wisconsin (25-9-2) will host No. 7 seed Ohio State (12-19-4), No. 3 seed Minnesota (20-9-5) will entertain No. 6 seed Penn State (16-16-3) and No. 4 seed Michigan (18-13-3) will host No. 5 seed Notre Dame (15-17-2).
 
As the top-seeded team, Michigan State will have a bye to the single-elimination semifinals, which are scheduled for March 16-17. The highest-seeded team advancing from the quarterfinals will host the second-highest advancing team, while the lowest-seeded advancing team will play at Michigan State.
 
The highest-seeded team remaining after the semifinals will host the single-elimination championship game on Saturday, March 23.
 
The Penn State-Minnesota series will air on FS2 while the other quarterfinal series will be available on B1G+. The television schedule for the remainder of the tournament will be announced ahead of the semifinals.
 
The tournament champion will receive the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
2024 BIG TEN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
March 8-10 | Best-of-three series

#7 OHIO STATE at #2 WISCONSIN
Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.
Game 1: Friday, March 8 — 8 p.m. ET (B1G+)
Game 2: Saturday, March 9 — 7 p.m. ET (B1G+)
Game 3: Sunday, March 10 (if necessary) — 6 p.m. ET (B1G+)
 
#6 PENN STATE at #3 MINNESOTA
3M Arena at Mariucci, Minneapolis, Minn.
Game 1: Friday, March 8 — 7 p.m. ET (FS2)
Game 2: Saturday, March 9 — 4:30 p.m. ET (FS2)
Game 3: Sunday, March 10 (if necessary) — 7 p.m. ET (FS2)
 
 #5 NOTRE DAME AT #4 MICHIGAN
Yost Ice Arena, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Game 1: Friday, March 8 – 7 p.m. ET (B1G+)
Game 2: Saturday, March 9 – 7 p.m. ET (B1G+)
Game 3: Sunday, March 10 (if necessary) – 7 p.m. ET (B1G+)

GOLF NEWS

AUSTIN ECKROAT ON TOP AS COGNIZANT CLASSIC HEADS FOR MONDAY FINISH

Ausin Eckroat will go to sleep with a one-stroke lead at the Cognizant Classic as the final round was suspended due to darkness following a 3 1/2-hour weather delay Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Eckroat, one of three 54-hole co-leaders, only teed off after the delay had ended at 4:20 local time. He went 2 under through his first seven holes at PGA National’s Champion course to get to 15 under.

The final round will resume at 8 a.m. Monday morning, according to the tour.

Erik van Rooyen of South Africa is the leader in the clubhouse at 14-under 270 after he rocketed up the leaderboard with an 8-under 63 in his final round.

In third is Jake Knapp, the PGA Tour rookie who earned his first career win last week at the Mexico Open at Vidanta. Knapp is 5 under through 15 holes.

Tour veterans Keith Mitchell (65), Billy Horschel (5 under through 17 holes), Alex Noren of Sweden (4 under through 12) and Irishman Shane Lowry (1 over through five) are lurking at 12 under.

JOAQUIN NIEMANN WINS LIV JEDDAH BY 4 STROKES

Joaquin Niemann captured his second LIV Golf title in three outings on Sunday after cruising to a four-stroke victory at LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

Niemann carded a 4-under-par 66 on Sunday and finished at 17-under 193 at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club. For his efforts, the 25-year-old Chilean earned $4 million, boosting his season total after three events to $8,162,000.

“I’m more than happy about the way I’m playing,” Niemann said. “I just want to keep on the same path. I’m pretty proud of the way I played all week.”

Niemann has posted three wins in his last three months. He emerged victorious at the Australian Open in December as well the LIV season opener at Mayakoba in February. He also notched a third-place finish in the Asian Tour event last week.

“We’ve got another week to come,” Niemann said. “I told myself I can win these three weeks I’m playing. So next week and see what happens.”

South Africans Louis Oosthuizen (67 on Sunday) and Charl Schwartzel (68) finished in a tie for second place at 13-under.

“Yeah. It was nice to play well. I was very happy that I drove it better,” Schwartzel said. “Joaco played really good today, and I didn’t have enough good chances, but I was very happy the way I drove it. That’s a big improvement.”

Bryson DeChambeau rode a blistering 62 on Sunday into a fourth-place finish at 12-under, followed by first-round co-leader Jon Rahm (68) of Spain at 11-under.

Well down the leaderboard was Anthony Kim, who returned from a near-12-year absence from competitive golf to sign a deal with LIV Golf. He followed up consecutive 76s with a 74 on Sunday to card a 16-over 226, which was 33 shots in back of Niemann.

Crushers, comprised of DeChambeau, Anirban Lahiri, Paul Casey and Charles Howell II, won the team competition on Sunday at 38-under. Stinger was second at 34-under and Smash third at 33-under.

DeChambeau admitted his team didn’t come into Sunday thinking it would win the tournament.

“No, but I knew that our team is good enough to do it any day, especially four scores counting. I can count on these guys to play really well,” DeChambeau said. “It was just a top priority for us to play our best, and this obviously showed today. Especially in these types of conditions, when it’s really windy, we do pretty well. We just hold our head high. I don’t know what else to say.”

ANTHONY KIM ‘VERY ENCOURAGED’ DESPITE LAST-PLACE FINISH

Anthony Kim opted to take an optimistic view following his three-day performance at the LIV Golf Jeddah Invitational in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia.

Sure, Kim found himself in last place after following up a pair of rounds in which he carded a 6-over-par 76 with a 4-over-par 74 on Sunday.

There’s more to consider, however. For starters, the 38-year-old admittedly was dealing with significant rust in his game as he made his return to professional golf this week after a nearly 12-year retirement.

“I’m very encouraged. I’m excited about what’s coming,” Kim said, as he turns his attention to LIV Golf Hong Kong. “My game is starting to shape up. I’m doing things that I used to do before. I’m just looking forward to a great year.”

Slow starts plagued Kim over the final two days in Saudi Arabia. He found himself at 6-over through his first seven holes on Saturday and 4-over during that same stretch on Sunday before settling down both times.

“I definitely played a lot better than the score actually showed,” Kim said, who finished 33 strokes behind winner Joaquin Niemann of Chile. “I felt more comfortable today than I did the first two days. I shot 4-over par, but it could have been an under-par round if I had just cleaned up a few things.

“Unfortunately, it’s still taking me a couple holes to get comfortable. I think most of my over-par scores are the first six holes. If I can just figure a way to get my mind right before I get out there, I think I’ll be in great shape.”

Kim also expressed his appreciation to having his daughter and wife in attendance.

“It means everything,” he said. “I’m grateful that I have this opportunity to create memories with my family. This experience is amazing. Everyone at LIV has been first class, and I feel honored to be a part of this organization. Moving forward, I hope to represent them well.”

Kim turned pro in 2006 and recorded PGA Tour victories at the 2008 Wachovia Championship, 2008 AT&T National and 2010 Houston Open. He climbed as high as No. 6 in the world rankings in September 2008.

TIGER WOODS TO COMPETE IN SEMINOLE PRO-MEMBER MONDAY

Tiger Woods is scheduled to play in Monday’s Seminole pro-member tournament at the golf club in Juno Beach, Fla., per 5 Clubs Golf.

Woods, 48, is slated to play with fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh and Mike Walrath, who is the CEO of the software company Yext.

The 15-time major champion is playing the one-day, 18-hole event for the first time.

Woods is competing for the first time since withdrawing from the second round of the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Feb. 16 due to illness.

Woods hadn’t played an official PGA Tour event since the Masters last April, when he withdrew before undergoing ankle surgery.

Also competing at the Monday event are Rory McIlroy and his father, Gerry, as well as fellow PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young; former NFL quarterback Tom Brady; and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

HANNAH GREEN HOLES CLUTCH PUTT TO WIN IN SINGAPORE

Australian Hannah Green drained a 27-foot putt on the final hole to win the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore on Sunday, besting Celine Boutier of France by one stroke.

Green entered the final round two shots behind third-round leader Ayaka Furue of Japan, who faltered Sunday with a 75. That left the door open for Green and Boutier, tied for third to start the day, to battle it out on the steamy Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

Green and Boutier had rounds of 67 on Sunday, with Green finishing at 13-under 275 for the tournament and Boutier at 276.

Green had two birdies on the front nine and played Nos. 10 to 15 at even par. But with birdies on the final three holes, she clinched a fourth career LPGA win and the $270,000 first prize.

“I didn’t hole many putts from long range today until obviously the last couple holes,” Green said. “But I made a really good birdie on 16 and was able to 2-putt there. Kind of gave the first putt a little too much and then made a 5-footer for birdie. That was nice. I could then see the leaderboard on 17, and made a putt there. I knew I needed to at least birdie the last to win by one. So as soon as that putt went in, I was like, oh, my God, I’ve won.”

Boutier, one group ahead of Green in the final round, was on the practice green awaiting a potential playoff when the Australian sank the championship-clinching birdie.

She said she was happy to have made a solid run on Sunday with a bogey-free effort.

“Feeling very good about my round today,” she said. “I think I played a lot better than yesterday, which was really positive. I feel like I made some putts and I gave myself a lot of chances. So I’m very satisfied with my round.”

Four players finished tied for third at 9-under 279: Nasa Hataoka (69 on Sunday) and Yuna Nishimura (66) of Japan, Mi Hyang Lee (67) of South Korea and Canada’s Brooke Henderson (68).

Nishimura tied for the low round of the day, and Henderson birdied three of her final four holes to move into the group.

Defending champion Jin Young Ko of South Korea (71) finished in a five-way tie for eighth at 7-under 281.

AUTO RACING

THREE OF A KIND: KYLE LARSON WINS AT LAS VEGAS FOR THIRD TIME

Kyle Larson held off Tyler Reddick in a 27-lap shootout in Sunday’s Pennzoil 400, driving his No. 5 Chevrolet to his third career victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Larson, 31, beat Reddick’s No. 45 Toyota by 0.441 seconds and won his 24th NASCAR Cup Series race. Ryan Blaney finished third.

Fourth-place finisher Ross Chastain qualified 20th, but a problem with the wrap on his No. 1 Chevrolet forced the Trackhouse Racing team to re-wrap his car, sending him to the rear before the race’s start.

Ty Gibbs finished fifth in the six-caution race.

Pole winner Joey Logano struggled to find grip in his Team Penske Ford and came home ninth.

Hometown favorite Kyle Busch had a fast Chevrolet, but he pitted over the line with just over 50 laps left and served a penalty. His No. 8 ended up 26th.

Following caution-producing tire incidents by Christopher Bell and Chris Buescher, Daniel Suarez — last week’s three-wide winner at Atlanta — stayed out and was at the point again on a 1.5-mile track.

However, as tear wear began, Busch and Larson took turns at the front before Larson assumed the lead late in the 80-lap Stage 1 and held off Reddick for the most playoff bonus points.

As Stage 2 began to shake out, the Toyota Camry XSEs began to move toward the front with Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr., Gibbs, Bell and Reddick all spending time inside the top 10, while the Fords struggled to find the right combination of handling and speed.

With 20 laps remaining, Larson led Busch by nearly four seconds, but Bell brought out the fourth caution when he spun his No. 20 Toyota with nine laps left.

In a four-lap dash, Larson passed teammate Alex Bowman, who made a two-tire stop as the field took four, to win Stage 2’s segment with Reddick again coming home in second.

With 95 circuits left after Stage 2 ended, Larson pulled out to a large lead, but second-place Reddick got a boost from teammate Bubba Wallace and was pushed to the front as pitting began with 60 laps to go.

On Lap 234, Corey LaJoie spun in Turn 1 for the fifth caution.

INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

INDIANA PACERS

GAME REWIND: PACERS 105, SPURS 117

Despite another slow start, the Pacers appeared poised for a comeback victory on Sunday night in San Antonio.

Buoyed by a career night from T.J. McConnell, the Pacers trimmed what was a 13-point deficit down to one with 5:59 remaining.

But rookie sensation Victor Wembanyama’s playmaking overwhelmed Indiana in the final minutes as the Spurs (13-48) handed Indiana (34-28) a 117-105 loss.

Wembanyama stuffed the stat sheet with 31 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and six blocks in 31 minutes. The 7-foot-4 Frenchman went 11-for-17 from the field, 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and 6-for-7 from the free throw line.

Wembanyama and the Spurs spoiled a sensational outing from McConnell, as the 31-year-old tallied 26 points and five assists in 27 minutes off the bench on 13-of-15 shooting. His 26 points were a season high and the second most in his career, while his 13 made field goals set a new career high.

The Spurs led 97-84 with under nine minutes remaining on Sunday night when the Pacers mounted a charge. Indiana strung together a 10-1 run over a 2:32 span to climb back within four, with McConnell scoring six points and Pascal Siakam adding four over that span.

That forced a timeout from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. After the the stoppage, Siakam intercepted a Devin Vassell pass and Myles Turner buried a three on the other end to briefly make it a one-point game.

Keldon Johnson answered with a three on the other end, but Turner came right back and knocked down another trey. Vassell and McConnell traded jumpers on the next two possessions before Wembanyama provided the Spurs with some breathing room courtesy of a three-point play followed by two free throws on San Antonio’s next possession that made it a 108-102 game with 4:07 to play.

The Pacers would not score again until there was 1:57 remaining. The Spurs capitalized with five more points over that span to stretch their lead to double digits and waltzed to victory.

Siakam finished with 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting and eight rebounds in the loss. Turner recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, going 4-for-9 from 3-point range.

After going scoreless on Friday night in San Antonio, Pacers All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton tallied 12 points, six rebounds, and eight assists on Sunday.

After falling into a 22-point hole in the first quarter on Friday night in New Orleans, the Pacers got off to another rough start on Sunday in San Antonio. Wembanyama had four points and four rebounds in the first four minutes for the Spurs, while the Pacers started the evening 1-for-8 while falling into an early 12-3 hole.

The Spurs extended their lead to 19-7 before McConnell entered the game and provided a much-needed offensive spark for Indiana. The veteran point guard scored eight straight points for the Blue & Gold, the Pacers’ only field goals in the last six minutes of the opening frame.

While McConnell went 4-for-4 in the first quarter, his teammates were just 3-for-19. As a result, the Pacers scored a season-low 16 points in the quarter and trailed by 10 after the first 12 minutes.

The team offense finally picked up at the start of the second quarter as the Blue & Gold went 8-for-12 to open the frame, with McConnell adding three more baskets and three assists during that stretch.

“When I was coming off pick-and-rolls, they were staying home and didn’t want me really getting in the paint and spraying out for threes,” McConnell said of his big scoring night. “So there was a lot of opportunity for me to score. I’m just trying to read the game as it comes to me and if teams are going to stay home, I have to take advantage of that and go to the rim and score the ball.”

The Spurs still led 49-41 with two minutes remaining in the half when the Pacers mounted a charge. Bennedict Mathurin’s three-point play with 1:49 remaining made it a five-point game. Mathurin drew a foul on the next possession and hit one of two free throws before Andrew Nembhard’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to just one with 1:05 left in the quarter.

The Pacers got a stop on the other end and had a good look to take their first lead of the night, but Nembhard’s jumper from the right elbow went in and out. Wembanyama then hit a three from the left corner to push San Antonio’s cushion back to four entering the intermission.

Indiana opened the second half with a 9-2 run, taking the lead for the first time all night on Turner’s 3-pointer with 10:08 remaining in the third quarter.

The Pacers maintained a lead for three and a half minutes before San Antonio surged back in front with an 11-0 run. Wembanyama assisted on a Malaki Branham 3-pointer and then knocked down back-to-back treys of his own during that spurt.

The hosts remained in front for the rest of the quarter, stretching the margin as high as 11 points and taking an 86-77 advantage into the fourth.

The Pacers rallied in the final frame, but couldn’t get over the hump before the Spurs eventually pulled away.

“We just couldn’t really get the stop to get us over the hump, whether it be a second-chance point or a late rotation or a breakdown,” McConnell said. “It’s one of those things where it’s a small thing, but it’s a thing that loses you a game. In crunch time moments, great teams have to come up with those stops and we didn’t.

“If we want to get to where we want to go, we have to win these type of games and be mature and execute down the stretch and get stops.”

Mathurin tallied 13 points off the bench for Indiana, going just 2-for-8 from the field, but 9-for-13 from the free throw line.

Vassell finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals for the Spurs in the victory. Branham added 18 points and six assists, Johnson scored 17 off the bench, and Jeremy Sochan contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

The Pacers are now 0-2 on their three-game road trip, which concludes on Tuesday night in Dallas. They will return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Minnesota on Thursday before embarking on a two-game trip to Orlando and Oklahoma City.

Inside the Numbers

The Pacers’ 16 points in the first quarter were their fewest in the first quarter this season and tied for their fewest in any quarter. They also scored 16 points in the third quarter of Friday’s loss in New Orleans.

After going scoreless for the first time as a Pacer on Friday, Haliburton reached double figures on Sunday but still struggled from the field, going just 4-for-16 overall and 0-for-6 from 3-point range. He has missed 12 straight 3-point attempts over the past two games.

As a team, the Pacers went just 6-for-30 (20 percent) from 3-point range. Turner was 4-for-9, but the rest of the team was 2-for-21 from beyond the arc. The Spurs were 10-for-25 (40 percent) from long distance.

Siakam topped 20 points for the fifth time in his last seven contests.

Turner recorded his 14th double-double of the season and his fourth in his last six games.

Wembanyama recorded his 32nd double-double and reached 30 points for the fifth time while also blocking six shots. He entered the night leading the league in blocks at 3.3 per game and has now swatted at least three shots in eight straight games, with five or more blocks in six of those contests.

You Can Quote Me On That

“He was spectacular in this game. In the first quarter we were really struggling and he got us back into the game. It was a bleak beginning and he was tremendous and he was great on defense, too. We’ve got to take some of his attitude and make it a part of our collective will as a team.” -Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle on McConnell’s performance

“He was great. Just making plays, tough shots after tough shots, playing with pace. When he’s playing like that, I don’t think anyone can stop him. Obviously we need to match his energy in terms of everyone just bringing it the way he’s been bringing it. Kudos to him. He’s been playing at at unbelievable level.” -Siakam on McConnell

“I don’t have a list of all the mistakes, but the untimely errors are the things that are killers. First half, you get it back to within four or six and then they backdoor you for a layup. That’s something that was a big part of the scouting report. There were other things where we just made simple mistakes that were poorly timed. I thought we tried hard. I just thought that we just weren’t good enough in this game, and that’s the bottom line.” -Carlisle on the Pacers’ defensive miscues

“It’s tough not making shots. It’s hard. We found a way to stay in the game. We were missing everything. It’s tough when you have nights like that, but that’s basketball. Sometimes you make them, sometimes you miss them. You have to live with it…We got to have the same confidence and understand that happens in basketball and we’ve got to just keep moving forward. We know that the time is going to come when we’re making all those shots.” -Siakam on the Pacers’ outside shooting struggles

“I think at this point in the season, he knows what to expect. I mean the guy’s practically unguardable. He’s going to be the face of the league here in the coming years and has obviously a ton of potential. (He’s) someone that San Antonio can build around.” -McConnell on Wembanyama’s growth from their first meeting in November to now

“It’s easy to be like, ‘Oh, we’ve got a better record than this team so we’re supposed to beat them.’ That’s not how basketball works. That’s not the NBA works. Every team is getting better. Every team is going out there every single night to win games. If they come out and they play harder than you and play better than you that night, they can win.” -Siakam on the importance of not overlooking any opponent

Stat of the Night

McConnell’s 13 made field goals on Sunday were two more than his previous career high of 11, set on Jan. 16, 2023 in Milwaukee. His 26 points were his most this season and second only to his career-best 29 in that same game against the Bucks last season.

Noteworthy

The Spurs avenged a 152-111 loss to the Pacers on Nov. 6 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse as the two teams split the season series for the first time since 2020-21.

Pacers forward Doug McDermott, who was acquired from San Antonio on Feb. 8 at the trade deadline, missed his third straight game with a right calf strain. The Spurs recognized McDermott, who originally signed in San Antonio in 2021, with a tribute video prior to the start of Sunday’s game.

Pacers rookie guard Ben Sheppard missed his second straight game due to illness. He is expected to join the team in Dallas, according to head coach Rick Carlisle.

Up Next

The Pacers wrap up a three-game road trip in Dallas against Luka Doncic and the Mavericks on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:30 PM ET.

Tickets

The Pacers return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to host Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 PM ET.

FUEL HOCKEY

FUEL FALL TO FORT WAYNE ON THE ROAD

FORT WAYNE – The Fuel went into Fort Wayne looking to extend their second-place lead in the division. Despite 42 shots on goal, the Fuel would lose their third straight game falling 3-2 to the Komets.

1ST PERIOD

The first penalty came early at 2:02 when Xavier Bernard was called for a slashing penalty. No harm was done by the Fuel but it didn’t take long for the Komets to strike not once, but twice.

At 7:11, Ture Linden scored a power-play goal and just 49 seconds later, Xavier Cormier put the second goal of the game for the Komets in the back of the net, their 23rd and 10th goals of the season, respectively.

At 13:11, a fight broke out between Brett Bulmer and Marc-Antoine Pépin and, after over 30 seconds of swinging back and forth, Bulmer took Pépin to the ground.

In total, Fort Wayne committed 11 penalty minutes to the Fuel’s seven. The Fuel outshot the Komets 13-5 in the first period, a stat they’ve been very consistent with in recent games.

2ND PERIOD

The second period was a clean game of hockey, outside of one penalty committed by Fort Wayne.

The Komets were called for a delay of game at 8:50, setting up the Fuel for their fourth power play of the game.

They were finally able to convert the fourth time around when Colin Bilek ripped one by Ryan Fanti to cut the Fuel deficit to one goal.

A quiet period would end 2-1 in favor of Fort Wayne with the shots falling 13-11, once again in favor of Indy.

3RD PERIOD

It didn’t take long for the Fuel to tie the game as 51 seconds into the final frame, Seamus Malone found the back of the net to tie the game at 2.

That lead would only last another half-period when, at 11:12, Fort Wayne’s Xavier Cormier scored his second goal of the night, this time on the power play. This would give the Komets two power-play conversions on the night and the lead back.

Cormier’s second would prove as the go-ahead goal as the Komets would go on to win 3-2 despite the onslaught of 42 shots from the Fuel to Fort Wayne’s 26 shots on the night.

INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL

SECOND-HALF SURGE GIVES IU 83-78 WIN AT MARYLAND

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Hoosiers won their second consecutive game for the first time since December by flipping the script on their season and battling to an 83-78 win at Maryland.

Indiana was led by freshman Makenzie Mgbako, who scored 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting, including making a career-high four 3-pointers. Malik Reneau added 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and sophomore Kel’el Ware added nine points to go with 15 rebounds in the win.

Indiana’s struggles from 3-point range and the free-throw line have been a running story, but at Maryland, those issues disappeared. Besides shooting 56.4 percent from the field overall, IU converted 7-of-16 shots from beyond the arc and made 14-of-17 attempts from the line. Indiana also cleaned up its play after a slow start, limiting itself to just five turnovers after halftime following a first half that saw the Hoosiers cough the ball up nine times.

It fueled Maryland early, and it allowed the Terrapins to build a 16-point lead early in the second half, forcing the Hoosiers to mount a comeback that resulted in Indiana’s third victory this season after trailing by 15 or more points.

But none of it was easy. The Hoosiers found themselves once again playing the role of escape artist after falling into holes on the scoreboard.

Indiana led by five early, but a 9-0 run by the Terrapins, capped by a step-back 3-pointer from Jahari Long, gave Maryland a 15-9 lead with 12:33 left in the first half. IU answered thanks to Xavier Johnson, who sandwiched a jumper and a 3-pointer around a triple from Anthony Leal to help the Hoosiers put together an 8-2 run to knot the score at 17. A three-point play from Anthony Walker with 10:07 left in the half gave the Hoosiers a three-point lead, but it wouldn’t hold.

Maryland went on a 14-3 run, including running off nine straight points in one stretch to go up 31-23 with 4:27 left before halftime. The Terps stretched the lead to 10 by halftime, taking a 43-33 lead into the break.

But there were signs of what was to come. The Hoosiers, who haven’t blazed the nets from 3-point range this season and have struggled from the free-throw line, knocked down 5-of-11 shots from distance in the first half and converted all four of their three-point attempts. Instead of the shooting issues that have plagued IU this season, Maryland managed to get comfortable thanks to nine Indiana turnovers.

The Terps scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half to go up 51-35 with 17:51 to play following a three-point play by Jahmir Young.

As has been the case time and time again this season, the Hoosiers found themselves deep in a hole, but the experience of battling back in games over the past several weeks gave IU an advantage. First, Mgbako knocked down a pull-up jumper to stop the bleeding, and following a missed 3-pointer from Donta Scott, Johnson made a jumper of his own to bring IU within 51-39.

Maryland’s Julian Reese then tried a hook shot in the paint, but Ware swatted the attempt, gathered the loose ball, and fed the ball to Johnson, who pushed the tempo and found Reneau streaking toward the bucket. He scored and was fouled, and he converted the 3-point play.

Former Hoosier Jordan Geronimo swooped to the basket to give Maryland a boost, but Mgbako answered with a jumper of his own to bring IU within 53-44. Young missed a jumper for Maryland, and Trey Galloway took a pass from Johnson and scored on a lay-up to cut the lead to seven.

Maryland called a timeout and scored on a jumper from Young, but a score by Ware and a 3-point play by Mgbako with 12:37 to play pulled Indiana within four at 55-51.

The lead was still at four at 64-60 with 9:49 left when IU came alive. A bucket by Reneau and a pair of free throws from Galloway tied the game, and the Hoosiers pulled ahead when Galloway scored on a putback off a missed Johnson layup to put IU up 66-64.

The Hoosiers’ confidence built from there, and the scoring came from multiple people. Mgbako scored on a dunk. Johnson scored on a driving layup. Ware threw down an alley-oop dunk, and he added another dunk on Maryland’s next possession when he grabbed a loose ball, went the length of the court, and dunked while getting fouled. He converted the free throw, capping a 15-0 IU run and giving the Hoosiers an 11-point lead they would never relinquish.

Johnson finished with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go with six assists, and Galloway scored 12 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

NO. 14 INDIANA COMPLETES PERFECT REGULAR HOME SEASON WITH WIN OVER MARYLAND

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Senior guard Sara Scalia scored a game-high 19 points as No. 14 Indiana completed its second-consecutive regular season undefeated at home with a win over Maryland, 71-54, on Sunday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana starts the game 6-for-6 including a pair of and-1s from graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes and Scalia and two triples from sophomore guard Yarden Garzon as it led 16-2 forcing a Maryland timeout with 5:38 in the first. The Terps would go in their own run pulling within as few as four, 16-12.

The Hoosiers would allow just one more field goal in the last 2:23 to take a 21-14 lead after one.

It was part of a defensive stand that lasted long through the second quarter, as IU held Maryland to just one field goal in nearly eight minutes of game action.

Garzon and Scalia added a pair of triples in the second as the lead grew to as many as 20 (36-16) with 2:52 to go before the break. Indiana held a 39-24 lead at the break with Scalia’s game-high 14 points.

In a grind it out second half, senior guard Chloe Moore-McNeil scored 10 of her points in the frame as Indiana won the third and fourth quarters. The Hoosiers were able to hold off the Terps as it shot just 28.1 percent in the second half.

The lead was never under double digits in the final 20 minutes of action as Indiana cashed in on the bonus in the fourth, going 12-for-14 at the line.

NOTABLE

Indiana completed a perfect 15-0 record at home this season for back-to-back undefeated regular season at home. It has won 30-straight regular season games in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers have now won four-straight in the series over Maryland including its first ever season sweep. Their 17-point victory was also the largest for IU in the all-time series.

Scalia led the team with 19 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds.

Garzon added 17 points in the Hoosier win.

Scalia and Garzon both sank four three-pointers each.

Holmes went 5-5 from the field and 1-1 from the free-throw line for 11 points.

Moore-McNeil dished out eight assists, four of which were in the first quarter. Indiana had 14 assists on 23 made field goals.

All five starters scored in double-figures in the win against the Terrapins.

Indiana shot 85 percent at the free throw line, going 17-for-20.

QUOTABLE

Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, this is always a bittersweet day when we have senior day and we have an opponent like Maryland that’s coming in. Your focus, certainly, wants to be on the task at hand but you also reflect on your seniors and what they’ve meant. You try to keep the main thing, the main thing and I thought we did that that. I thought we got off to a great start, particularly in the first half. What I liked about our second half was our play. I thought Chloe (Moore-McNeil) after Mack(enzie Holmes) went out and it then didn’t seem like we could generate. Maryland is a hard team because they switch everything, they go back-and-forth with the zone, they’re big. We couldn’t get any rhythm offensively, but I loved how Chloe just sort of took over in the moment and tried to get to the rim and tried to get to the free throw line. I thought she was a big reason why we were able to keep the lead, maintain the lead and then we just had to go to our bench and move some pieces around and try to get to the finish line. On a day where it’s special for our seniors, it was kind of different in terms of how it ended with some injuries and what not, but I was really proud of the way we finished.”

UP NEXT

The 2024 Big Ten Tournament

INDIANA BASEBALL

SUNDAY SETBACK IN FRISCO

FRISCO, Texas  – A large 10-run inning from Arizona was the difference on Sunday (March 3) afternoon at Riders Field. The Indiana Baseball team (7-4) was run-ruled for a second time this weekend in a seven-inning shortened contest, 12-1.

The Hoosiers struck early with redshirt senior outfielder Morgan Colopy driving in sophomore shortstop Tyler Cerny on an RBI single. However, Arizona responded with 11 unanswered runs including a big 10 spot in the top half of the fourth inning. A massive three-run double off the wall from Easton Breyfogle opened up an insurmountable gap for IU.

After playing the first three weekends on the road, IU returns to the friendly confines of Bart Kaufman Field for 15 of its next 18 contests. The Hoosiers meet Northern Kentucky on Tuesday and a three-game set against Troy from Friday through Sunday.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Second

IU struck early to take the lead in the first with Morgan Colopy driving in Tyler Cerny on an RBI single through the left side.

Indiana 1, Arizona 1

Top Third

After a leadoff walk to Adonys Guzman, Andrew Cain doubled to right-center field to level the game at one a piece.

Indiana 1, Arizona 1

Top Fourth

Things got out of hand in the fourth as Arizona brought 14 runs to the plate and scored 10 times to bring a potential run rule into effect. Guzman did the first bit of damage with a single through the left side to score two. Brendan Summerhill got into the action with a two-run single up the middle. Mason White added a sixth run on a single before Easton Breyfogle doubled off the right field wall to plate three more. Maddox Mihalakis singled to add the final run of the inning and take a 10-run lead.

Arizona 11, Indiana 1

Top Seventh

Richie Morales got into the action with a single through the right side to plate the Wildcats’ 12th run of the contest.

Arizona 12, Indiana 1

Top Hoosier Performers

#8 Cerny, Tyler

2-3, 1 R

Quotable

Head Coach Jeff Mercer

On planning to go right to [Grant] Holderfield…

“Yeah, they hit a couple hundred points worse versus lefties and struggled against the slider. We thought we had a pretty good matchup. Ethan [Phillips] has struggled to go through the order the second time. We had to go a little earlier than expected to Holderfield. He was good last week against Baylor and he just didn’t go as according to plan.”

On balancing concern vs. positives in a weekend like this….

“It’s early and you’re traveling and playing. A year ago, we went down to East Carolina and had a similar result. It’s the end of a long trip. You’re still trying to figure out where guys’ roles fit and who fits where. Sometimes you just get beat. I think they’ve lost five games to really good teams by seven runs. You knew you had a good team and they’re not just going to not play or not show up. We were kind of in the way to today.”

Up Next

The Hoosiers return home to play Northern Kentucky on Tuesday evening at 4:00 PM. The game will be available via BTN+ and can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via IUHoosiers.com/Audio.

INDIANA SOFTBALL

INDIANA GOES 4-0 IN HOOSIER CLASSIC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana finished off play in the Hoosier Classic with its best performance of the weekend in its final game of the tournament. Indiana defeated Valparaiso, 10-0, in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Andy Mohr Field.

For the weekend, Indiana went 4-0 with two wins over Bowling Green and two wins over Valparaiso. The Hoosiers’ season record now stands at 15-4.

INDIANA 10, VALPARAISO 0 (F/5)

KEY MOMENTS

• Sophomore Avery Parker hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to score Brianna Copeland and put the Hoosiers up 1-0 early.

• The Indiana defense worked its way out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the second inning and didn’t allow a run.

• In the bottom of the second inning, Indiana found its stride from the plate. Redshirt senior Cora Bassett and Parker both hit three-run home runs to extend Indiana’s lead to 7-0.

• Indiana had yet another three-run home run when freshman Tristian Thompson went yard to left center and bring Indiana’s lead to 10-0.

• The game ended on a three-up, three-down inning in the top of the fifth.

NOTABLES

• Thompson’s home run was the first of her collegiate career.

• Copeland and Kleiman combined to only allow two Valparaiso hits on the afternoon.

• Parker hit for a .727 batting average on the weekend.

• Indiana hit for a combined nine home runs in Hoosier Classic games.

• Indiana remains undefeated all-time against Bowling Green and Valparaiso with a combined 25-0 record against both opponents.

UP NEXT

Indiana will stay in Bloomington for its next matchup when it hosts Western Kentucky on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET on Big Ten Plus.

PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

PURDUE COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT AT MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Down two with less than 30 seconds to play, the Purdue women’s basketball team saw its game-tying possession result in a turnover, as the Boilermakers pulled off the comeback in a 64-60 loss to Michigan on Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor.

Abbey Ellis led the way offensively with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting with a season-high five 3-pointers. The Australian posted her 25th game in double figures and sixth with over 20 points.

Rashunda Jones joined the fifth-year senior in double figures with 16 points, including a perfect 6-of-6 at the line and a pair of 3-pointers.

Playing in front of her hometown, Jeanae Terry crossed the 1,000-point mark for her career on a free throw in the first quarter. Terry tallied five points, 12 rebounds and four assists.

Alaina Harper made her first start as a Boilermaker. The sophomore, starting in place of her older sister Caitlyn, finished with two points, four rebounds and an assist in 23 minutes of action. The Harpers became the first sister tandem in program history to each start a game for Purdue.

The Boilermakers (12-17, 5-13) forced Michigan (18-12, 9-9) into 14 turnovers on the night. Mary Ashley Stevenson recorded a career-high four steals, while Sophie Swanson matched her career best with three swipes.

The two clubs finished level on the boards at 35-35. Purdue flipped 10 offensive rebounds into 11 points, while surrendering just six points on seven second-chance opportunities.

Purdue’s freshmen battled their way back from an early 9-1 deficit with a 10-3 run late in the frame. Stevenson and Jones tallied four points each during the late run, while Swanson tacked on a pair. Purdue scored six points off six Michigan turnovers to trail 12-11 after the first.

In the second, Purdue’s defense held Michigan in check with five forced turnovers. Ellis connected on the Boilermakers’ first triple to finish with five points in the frame. Madison Layden made a tough running floater to keep Purdue within two possessions at the break, trailing 27-22.

Purdue’s freshmen accounted for 12 of the 22 points in the first half.

Ellis took over in the third quarter, scoring 12 of Purdue’s 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting and a pair of 3-poitners. The Boilermakers stayed within two possessions throughout the third, going 6-of-6 at the line. Michigan held a 46-41 lead going into the fourth.

Purdue’s seniors combined for 14 points in the final period. Ellis connected on a pair of triples, including a long-range effort with 2:20 to play to cut the gap to one. Jones drained her second 3-pointer of the game with 55 seconds left to make it 62-60. After a defensive stop with 33 seconds on the clock, Jones drove through contact but was called for a travel.

Ellis finished with 18 points in the second half on 6-of-8 shooting and four 3-pointers.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will head to the Big Ten Tournament at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Purdue will open as the No. 12 seed against No. 13 seed Northwestern at 5:30 p.m. CT on Peacock.

PURDUE BASEBALL

ANOTHER 10-RUN INNING POWERS PURDUE TO VICTORY ON SUNDAY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the first 11 batters of the game reaching base safely, Purdue Baseball erupted for a 10-run inning for the second Sunday in a row and the extended rally powered the Boilermakers to an 11-3 victory vs. Cal State Fullerton on the final day of ECU’s Keith LeClair Classic.

The Boilermakers (8-3) posted a double-figure run total for the third Sunday in a row, clinching another victorious weekend in the process. They’ve scored 35 runs on Sundays this season. The 2012 Big Ten championship team was Purdue’s last to score 10-plus runs in a victory in each of the first three weekends of a season.

The Boilermakers scored 10 or more runs in an inning for the fourth time since April 2022 after going eight consecutive seasons without such an inning from 2014 to 2021. Three of those four big innings have come in the state of North Carolina, where Purdue is now 23-6 since 2019.

Connor Caskenette had a pair of RBI singles in the 10-run inning, driving in three of the runs. Mike Bolton Jr., Camden Gasser and Logan Sutter all reached base safely twice in the frame via a hit and a walk. Camden Gasser, Keenan Spence, and Couper Cornblum all connected for a double in the inning as the Boilermakers scored 10 times without the luxury of a home run.

The four through eight portion of the lineup knocked around Fullerton’s freshman starting pitcher to the tune of five consecutive hits in the first inning. Sutter and Caskenette delivered RBI singles, Spence barreled up for a double to center field, Cornblum followed with a two-run double and Jo Stevens kept the line moving with an RBI single. A walk to Thomas Green then led to a pitching change as Chad Gurnea (0-2) failed to retire a batter on his trip through the lineup.

Even after waiting approximately 25 minutes before finally taking the mound, Purdue starter Kyle Iwinski struck out the side in order in the bottom of the first and retired the first six batters he faced. The Boilermakers cruised through five 1-2-3 innings while they were in the field, with Aaron Suval (1-0) and Iwinski both accounting for a pair. Carter Doorn also worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

The Boilermakers turned a pair of double plays Sunday, both coming in innings in which Fullerton had its leadoff man reach base safely. Purdue was charged with just one error on the weekend, playing flawless defense in both of its victories.

Luke Gaffney beat out an infield hit in the fourth inning to extend his hit streak to 10 consecutive games to begin his college career. Sutter and Gasser have been on base safely in every game they’ve played this season, extending those streaks to 11 and nine consecutive games Sunday. Sutter was on base three times Sunday but saw his streak of nine straight games with a run scored come to an end.

The Boilermakers are scheduled to play their next 15 games in the state of Indiana. That stretch begins with Tuesday’s midweek opener at Notre Dame before Purdue opens a 13-game homestand Friday with its earliest home opener ever (March 8 vs. Albany).

PURDUE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL SCORES 10 RUNS IN VICTORY AT MARSHALL

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Purdue softball squad came back with a vengeance for the final day of the Thundering Herd Invitational, taking down host Marshall, 10-3. The victory marked the second of the weekend and ninth overall for head coach Magali Frezzotti and the Boilermakers (9-8).

Purdue nearly had its first run-rule victory after taking a 9-1 lead in the sixth inning, but two Marshall runs in the bottom of the frame staved off the mercy rule.

The Boilermakers produced one of their most balanced outings, with runs in five of the seven innings. Moreover, Purdue’s 11 hits marked the fourth double-digit effort of the season, including the second of the weekend. Two doubles by Alivia Meeks and Moriah Polar were recorded in the outing.

Meeks, who made her first start of the season on Friday, ended the weekend with nine hits, including four doubles and two RBI to pace the team.

Junior Madi Elish earned her first win of the season (1-3) with the complete-game victory, allowing two hits over the first three innings. She allowed four walks and fed the infield 12 times.

Khloe Banks and Sage Scarmardo led the day with three runs each, tying the Purdue season-high. Meanwhile, Meek registered a .471 batting average to lead the team.

Aggressive offense by the Boilermakers to open the game included two stolen bases in the first two innings, a double and two runs. On the day, Purdue left 10 runners stranded and hit .378 (11-29) from the plate.

The Boilermakers will be back next week in Fort Myers, Florida for the FGCU Spring Break Classic from March 8-10. Purdue will take on Florida State, Pittsburgh and Western Michigan.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX

#6 IRISH DOWN #3 MARYLAND IN TOP-10 CLASH, 14-9

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 6 Notre Dame got a big bounceback win at a sold-out Arlotta Stadium on Sunday afternoon,  recording a 14-9 win over previously unbeaten No. 3 Maryland.

All six starters on offense recorded multiple points in the victory. Jake Taylor led the Irish in goals with four on the day, while Devon McLane (3G, 3A) and Jordan Faison (3G, 2A) each had monster performances in midfield. Pat Kavanagh added a goal and three assists in the winning effort.

Graduate student Liam Entenmann was masterful in net, making 13 saves to limit the Terrapins to just nine goals, their lowest total of the season. Macro Napolitano and Chris Conlin each caused two turnovers, as the Notre Dame defense was impenetrable for much of the afternoon.

The unsung hero of the afternoon was Will Lynch, who finished 12-for-18 at the faceoff dot, despite going head-to-head against one of the top FOGOs in the country in Luke Wierman.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Maryland struck first to take an early 1-0 lead but it ended up being the visitors’ only lead of the day. The Irish answered with four-straight scores, three coming from Taylor and one in the form of an incredible highlight-worthy effort from Pat Kavanagh to put the Irish on top at 4-1 with just over a minute left in the first frame. The Terrapins scored in the final 30 seconds of play to cut the lead to 4-2 after the opening 15 minutes of action.

The Fighting Irish scored three of the first four goals of the second stanza, extending their lead to 7-3 with just under 12 minutes left in the half, as McLane accounted for two of the scores and Chris Kavanagh added the other.

The visitors managed to cut the lead in half with back-to-back goals to make the score 7-5 but the Irish finished the first half on a high note, finding the back of the net twice in the final minute to take a 9-5 lead into the halftime break on scores from McLane and Taylor.

Notre Dame carried the momentum into the third quarter, as Faison scored twice to give the hosts an 11-5 lead, its largest of the game. One of the two goals from Faison was an incredible behind-the-back finish to beat the shot clock and send the Arlotta crowd into a frenzy.

Maryland refused to go quietly, scoring three of the first four goals of the fourth quarter to trim the Irish advantage to 12-9 but goals from Jeffery Ricciardelli and Faison in the final three minutes put the exclamation mark on the 14-9 victory for Notre Dame.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

The five-goal win over Maryland is tied for the second largest margin of victory between the Irish and Terrapins by either side in the all-time series.

The Notre Dame defense has now held three of its four opponents in 2024 to single-digit scoring.

The Irish won the ground ball battle, 33-23 on the afternoon.

Notre Dame’s EMO continues to be the premier unit in the country, cashing in on 3-of-4 opportunities in the win.

The six offensive starters combined for 23 points (13G, 10A) in the victory.

Taylor’s hat trick marks his third of the season and 11th of his career.

McLane registered a season-high six points and his second hat trick of the season.

Faison’s five points represent a career-high and the freshman notched his second hat trick of the season.

Pat Kavanagh’s four-point effort gives him 240 for his career off 90 goals and his program-record 150 assists.

The 13 saves from Entenmann are a season high for the graduate student.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame goes on the road to face its second Big Ten opponent in as many weeks, as the Irish take on No. 20 Ohio State in Columbus at noon ET on Saturday, March 9.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL

IRISH RALLY FROM SEVEN RUNS DOWN TO CLAIM SERIES SWEEP

The University of Notre Dame baseball team (8-2) rallied from multiple run deficits for the second straight game, this time trailing by seven runs after the first inning, to sweep Tennessee Tech (6-5) 14-11 in game three of the series on Sunday afternoon in Cookeville, Tennessee.

The 43 runs in a three-game series (14-3 game one, 15-11 game two, 14-11 game three) are the most for the Irish program against a single opponent over three-straight games since a 42-run outburst against Wake Forest in 2022 and is just the third time Notre Dame has scored 40 runs in three straight games against a single team since 2001 (the team scored 40 against Rutgers over three games in 2006).

Notre Dame piled up 15 home runs over the weekend, with Jack Penney’s two home runs powering the comeback on Sunday. Penney and Tito Flores both drove in three runs in today’s victory, with Simon Baumgardt driving in two more with two doubles. Brady Gumpf provided insurance runs in the eighth inning with a pinch-hit two-run homer, his second of the series.

On the mound, the Irish bullpen was able to keep the home team to just two runs over the game’s final eight innings after a nine-run explosion in the bottom of the first. Keenan Mork picked up the win with two clean innings of work in the seventh and eighth, while Nate Hardman closed the door in the ninth inning for his third save.

Next up for the Irish is the home opener of the 2024 season against Purdue, set for Tuesday, March 5 (4:30 p.m. ET) at Frank Eck Stadium.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame started the scoring early in the game when Penney drew a seven-pitch walk and Flores followed with a home run to left field.

The two-run lead would evaporate quickly in the bottom of the inning. Tennessee Tech would end up with three walks, a hit-by-pitch and five hits (including a grand slam by Preston Steele) to drive Irish starting pitcher Caden Spivey out of the game without recording an out. Jack Radel came on in relief with the bases loaded and allowed three more runs across the plate before a sacrifice fly, strike out and pop up ended a nine-run, six-hit first inning for the home team.

The Irish started to eat away at the seven-run lead in the top of the third inning. Penney led off with a home run to center field on a 2-2 pitch. One out later Connor Hincks drew a walk, then ran home on a Simon Baumgardt double to the gap in right center field. Radel kept the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard to get his team’s offense back into the batter’s box in the top of the fourth.

DM Jefferson and Joey Spence drew walks from Tennessee Tech starter Jack Brafa to start the fourth. Reece McDuffie entered to pitch for Tech and hit T.J. Williams with his fifth pitch to load the bases for Penney. The Irish shortstop lifted a fly ball to right field, which was caught cleanly and a great throw from Tech’s Tanner Shiver allowed catcher Lawson Stricklin to get Jefferson out at the plate trying to score on the play. Now with runners at second and third, Tito Flores drove a 3-0 pitch through the left side of the Golden Eagle defense that allowed Spence to score from third and a fielding error in left field provided Williams the opportunity to score from second. The lead was down to three runs.

Tobey McDonough came in to relieve Radel in the bottom of the fourth and after a lead off walk, retired the next two batters to keep the momentum on Notre Dame’s side.

Baumgardt led off the fifth with a single to set the stage for another Irish home run in the series, this one from Josh Hahn to center field to drive in two more runs and cut the lead to one. After Estevan Moreno singled, Tech went to Brody Lanham in relief. Jefferson struck out, then Spence drew a walk before Williams doubled down the left field line and drove in Moreno with the game-tying run. A strike out and ground out ended the Irish threat in the inning but it was a new game heading into the sixth.

Notre Dame would have to try to rally again after the home team responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.  Will Jackobsen entered to pitch for the Irish with one out and a runner on first, with the runner eventually stealing second. After a walk, the runner from second scored on a wild pitch. Now with a runner on third after the wild throw, Tech’s Austin Turner drew a walk to put runners at first and third. A passed ball allowed the runner at third to score, but the Irish defense was able to end the inning by getting Turner in a run down attempting to advance past second base.

As it has the entire weekend, the Irish offense responded to a multiple-run deficit yet again. Spence posted a one-out single and after a strikeout, Penney delivered his second long ball of the game, this one a two-run shot to right center and the game was tied yet again 11-11.

Keenan Mork worked a clean bottom of the seventh in relief for Notre Dame and the Irish would take the lead for good in the eighth. Hincks led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Baumgardt then drove him in with a double to right field.

Hahn struck out and Moreno popped up which brought on Brady Gumpf to pinch hit. The move to the bench paid off as the senior drove a 1-2 pitch deep to left center for his second home run of the series to put the Irish up three runs.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL

AMARAL HOMERS IN LOSS AT #23/20 VIRGINIA TECH

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Freshman Addison Amaral hit her second home run in as many games in the series finale with the No. 23/20 Virginia Tech Hokies Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Irish dropped the contest 11-5, falling to 8-8 on the season and 0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference competition. Virginia Tech improves to 15-3-1, and 0-3 in league action.

Kami Kamzik made her first collegiate start Sunday. The freshman threw four-plus innings, allowing three hits, six runs, five earned. Alexis Laudenslager was first on in relief. The graduate transfer threw in the fifth inning, allowing two hits, four earned runs and picking up a strikeout. Micaela Kastor threw the sixth, allowing a run and a hit.

The Irish offense outhit the Hokies, led by a pair of two hit efforts. Emily Tran finished 2-for-2 with a walk and scored a run, while Mickey Winchell added a 2-for-4 performance and an RBI. Amaral’s home run was the only extra base hit for the Irish as Cassidy Grimm and Anna Holloway each tallied singles.

How It Happened

Virginia Tech got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with an unearned run. A fielder’s choice and a ground ball put a runner at second with two outs. Kamzik got the ground ball needed, but it kicked away from the Irish defender, allowing the batter to reach first and the runner to score from second for the early lead. A solo home run in the second extended the lead to 2-0 Hokies.

The Irish battled back, scoring a run in the top of the third inning. Gaskins led off and drew a walk before being lifted for a pinch runner. A sacrifice bunt from Amaral put Tenley Sweet in scoring position. Winchell lifted a fly ball to shallow right to score Sweet and cut the Hokie lead in half.

In the top of the fifth, it was the Irish using the long ball to gain an advantage. A leadoff walk to Tran started the rally as Kloss reached on an error after laying down a sacrifice bunt. Amaral lifted the first pitch of the at bat beyond the trees in left field to put the Irish up 4-2.

The Irish lead was short lived as the Hokies plated eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 10-4 lead.

Virginia Tech added a run in the sixth before Notre Dame put an inning together in the seventh. Back-to-back walks started the rally before a single through the left side loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly to left brought in a run, but a lineout to left field ended the threat as the Irish fell, 11-5.

Up Next

The Irish return to the diamond next weekend in Huntington, West Virginia for the Marshall March Madness tournament. Notre Dame will play five games in three days, taking on the host Thundering Herd twice, as well as in-state foes Indiana State two times and closing the weekend with Ball State.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

IRISH EARN SECOND-STRAIGHT RANKED WIN AND TOP LOUISVILLE, 74-58

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish will see you on Friday.

On Sunday, No. 17 Notre Dame (23-6, 13-5) avenged a loss earlier this season and downed No. 22 Louisville (23-8, 12-6), 74-58. It is the Irish’s second-straight ranked win and helped the group secure a double-bye for the upcoming ACC Tournament.

“The crowd, the energy, the way this team is gelling right now is just phenomenal,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after the game. “I’m so proud of the way we’ve fought through adversity. We’ve stuck together, and we’re peaking at the right time.”

Unsurprisingly, Hannah Hidalgo led the way with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Three others had at least 10 points: Sonia Citron (17), Maddy Westbeld (11) and Kylee Watson (10). Westbeld also had 11 rebounds, notching her 12th double-double of the season.

While the offense was clicking overall, the big story was on the opposite end of the court. It was another defensive masterclass for the Irish, who have not allowed more than 62 points to any opponent in the last six games. Sydney Taylor was Louisville’s leading scorer with 11 points. She was the only one in double-figures.

The first frame featured a pair of lead changes and four ties. Notre Dame started with the lead, as Anna DeWolfe grabbed the tip and scored a few seconds in. Notre Dame also ended with the lead. A Citron 3-pointer rattled around and in to close Q1 scoring.

The second quarter featured another lead change and four more ties. The most notable tie was courtesy of a banked-in 3-pointer by Bransford. But the Cardinals took over from there and ended the quarter on a 9-2 run. They shot 58.8 percent in the second quarter.

But out of the locker room, it was all Notre Dame.

The Irish started the second half on a 7-0 run with layups from Westbeld and Watson capped off by a DeWolfe trey. They subsequently went on an 18-1 run and pushed Louisville into an 0-12 shooting stretch. The 20-8 paint-point advantage the Cardinals had at halftime was all but gone by the end of Q3; it was then 20-18. Notre Dame won the third quarter 30-10 and shot 84.6 from the floor (11-13). Hidalgo had 9 points and Citron had 8.

“I think a lot changed after halftime, but I would say the biggest change was we were getting stops and getting out in transition,” Citron said after the game. “We are a great team in transition, and that is when we are fully able to play our game.”

The Irish kept the Cardinals from going on any sort of run to close it out in Q4, and Hidalgo went 3-3 from the floor and 3-3 from the line. She had 18 points in the second half alone. Notre Dame finished the game with 13 steals and 8 blocks. Citron had 4 of the 8. That is a career-high.

As a result of Sunday’s win, Notre Dame will be the No. 4 seed in the 2024 ACC Tournament. The Irish will play Friday and will find out their opponent following Thursday’s games.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING

GUZIEC, SIERRA NOTCH MULTIPLE BEST TIMES AT LAST CHANCE MEET

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame hosted Louisville on Friday and Saturday for a Last Chance Meet ahead of NCAA Championships, and multiple swimmers posted best times.

Distance freestyler Andrew Guziec notched a pair of best times in the 500 free (4:23.95) and 1650 free (15:12.07). The latter now ranks seventh in program history.

After an impressive Ohio State Winter Invite two weeks ago, Sammy Sierra continues to better his times in multiple events. Sierra dropped a 1:44.66 in the 200 fly and a 1:56.21 in the 200 breast. Both of those times are NCAA B cuts, and his 200 fly time now ranks 10th in program history.

Finally, freshman Lucas Logue notched a new best time of 46.46 in the 100 back, lowering a mark of 46.82 set this year at the Tim Welsh Classic.

Of note on the women’s side, the 200 free relay team of Grace Brenneman, Madelyn Christman, Jess Geriane and Lente Geelen went 1:28.98, just 0.17 off the school record set in 2018. Christman and Geriane went 21.64 and 21.78, respectively.

Notre Dame’s next competition will be Zone C Championships in Louisville for divers from March 14-16. Between now and then, the NCAA bids for swimmers will be released — the women this week and the men next week.

BUTLER BASEBALL

BULLDOGS COMPLETE COMEBACK TO DEFEAT MOREHEAD STATE 11-10

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Butler scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to come back and defeat the Morehead State Eagles on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 11-10. Two home runs in the ninth pushed BU to victory. Kade Lewis hit a solo shot to make the game 10-9 and Zach Munton won the game with a two-run shot to center.

Kade Lewis, Billy Wurch and Carter Dorighi were great at the plate for the Bulldogs. Lewis went 2-for-3 on Sunday with two home runs. Wurch had a double and a homer as part of a 3-for-4 day with two RBI. Dorighi went 6-for-6 as the Butler lead-off man.

Butler fell in a hole early but were able to climb out with a Jack Moroknek three-run homer in the third. Joey Urban added an RBI in the fourth and Xavier Carter hit a sac fly in the fifth to score Wurch. Wurch’s two-run home run in the sixth made the game 9-7 and Lewis would add a solo shot to get BU back within a run.

Kuntz gave MSU a cushion with a homer to right in the bottom of the sixth but Butler’s three-run ninth brought the team all the way back to collect their fourth win of the season.

Grant Brooks got the start for Butler against the Eagles and tossed 2.1 innings before being replaced by Cole Graverson. The team captain tossed five frames for BU while striking out six. The win went to Nate Rosser and Ben Whiteside got the final out to pick up the save.

Butler’s home opener will land on Tuesday, March 5. They will host the PFW Mastodons Tuesday at 3 PM.

BUTLER SOFTBALL

BUTLER SOFTBALL OVERTAKES HIGHLANDERS

HUNTINGTON, W.V. – The Butler softball team came from behind to defeat Radford in its final game at the Thundering Herd Invitational. The Highlanders (8-9, 0-0 Big South) led 3-1 after four innings, but Ella White’s second home run of the game put the Bulldogs (10-9, 0-0 BIG EAST) in front for good in the fifth inning.

Game 5: Butler- 5, Radford- 3 (7 innings)

Radford scored one run in the second inning and held the 1-0 lead through three.

In the top of the fourth, Ella White hit a solo home run to tie the score. In the bottom half, the Highlanders sent two more across and retook the lead, 3-1.

In the fifth, after a Hailey Conger single and a Cate Lehner walk, White struck again, this time with a 3-RBI long ball that put the Bulldogs in front, 4-3.

In the sixth, Makena Alexander singled in a run, increasing Butler’s lead to 5-3.

Rylyn Dyer (3.2 IP, 3R, 2ER, 7H) started in the circle for Butler and lasted into the fourth inning. Sydney Cammon (4-6) entered in the fourth and was credited with the win. In 0.2 innings, she walked two of the four batters she faced but did not allow any runs or hits. Katie Petran (2.2 IP, 2H, 4K) provided relief in the fifth and picked up the save.

Bulldog Bits

Ella White hit two home runs, her second game with two dingers in her career (at Providence, 3-26-23). Including yesterday’s game vs. Purdue, she has three long balls over two days of action. With five this season, she now has 17 for her career.

Sydney Cammon’s win in the circle was her fourth of the season.

Katie Petran’s save was a career first.

Up Next

Butler returns to Indianapolis for its first home games of the season. The Bulldogs host IUPUI on Wednesday, March 6, and then Providence comes to town for the first BIG EAST series of the season from March 8-10.

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS

BUTLER MTENNIS DEFEATS XAVIER 4-3 IN BIG EAST MATCHUP

The Butler men’s tennis team clinches their second victory of the weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 win over BIG EAST member Xavier. The Bulldogs improve to 5-11, while Xavier now sits at 1-10 for the spring season.

In doubles play, Nicolas Arts and Arnesh Singh defeated Charlie Temming and Cristian Gonzalez in a tough 6-4 contest in the No. 2 doubles spot. Patrick Joss and Nicholas Shirley clinched a 6-3 victory over Kyle Totorica and Jorge Santamaria. Joss and Shirley obtained their second doubles win of the weekend.

Arts defeated Pascal Mosberger in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 contest at No. 2 singles, claiming his second singles win of the weekend. Joss beat Marco Pennelli, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Aidan William defeated Totorica 6-0, 6-2 for his second singles win of the weekend.

The Butler men’s tennis program will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on SMU on Wednesday, March 13.

Results

SINGLES

Ryan Cahill (XAVIER) def. Alvaro Huete Vadillo (BUT), 7-6, 5-7, 6-1

Nicolas Arts (BUT) def. Pascal Moseberger (XAVIER), 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Patrick Joss (BUT) def. Marco Pennelli (XAVIER), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Charlie Temming (XAVIER) def. Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT), 7-6 (5), 6-4

Cristian Gonzalez (XAVIER) def. Arnesh Singh (BUT), 7-5, 6-3

Aidan William (BUT) def. Kyle Totorica (XAVIER), 6-0, 6-2

DOUBLES

Alvaro Huete Vadillo/Rahulniket Konakanchi (BUT) vs. Ryan Cahill/Pascal Mseberger (XAVIER)

Nicolas Arts/Arnesh Singh (BUT) def. Charlie Temming/Cristian Gonzalez (XAVIER), 6-4

Patrick Joss/Nicholas Shirley (BUT) def. Kyle Totorica/Jorge Santamaria (XAVIER), 6-3

BUTLER WOMEN’S TENNIS

BUTLER WTENNIS TOPS BALL STATE 4-3

The Butler women’s tennis team rounded out the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Ball State at the Butler Bubble. The Bulldogs now improve to 10-6 overall for the spring season, while the Cardinals now sit at 2-8 overall.

Jordan Schildcrout and Delaney Schurhamer clinched their second victory of the weekend over Isabel Tanjuatco and Sarah Shahbaz in a 6-4 contest at No. 2 doubles. In addition, Norah Balthazor and Lauren Cook defeated Sydney Hrehor and Jacqueline Pearsall, 6-3.

In singles play, senior Natalie Boesing beat Annika Planinsek in 7-5, 7-5, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 singles spot. Boesing clinched her second victory of the weekend. Schurhamer also sits a 2-0 for singles play on the weekend. Schurhamer defeated Elena Malykh, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Balthazor beat Hrehor in a hard-fought 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles.

The Butler women’s tennis program will travel to Orlando, Fla next week to take on BIG EAST member Villanova.

Results

SINGLES

Natalie Boesing (BUT) def. Annika Planinsek (BALL), 7-5, 5-7, 6-2

Delaney Schurhamer (BUT) def. Elena Malykh (BALL), 6-2, 6-1

Sarah Shahbaz (BALL) def. Chase Metcalf (BUT), 2-6, 7-2, 7-6 (2)

Norah Balthazor (BUT) def. Sydney Hrehor (BALL), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4

Isabel Tanjuatco (BUT) def. Emma Beavin (BUT), 6-4, 6-3

Ella Hazelbaker (BALL) def. Jordan Schildcrout (BUT), 6-4, 6-0

DOUBLES

Isabel Tanjuatco/Sarah Shahbaz (BALL) def. Natalie Boesing/Chase Metcalf (BUT), 6-3

Delaney Schurhamer/Jordan Schildcrout (BUT) def. Annika Planinsek/Elena Malykh (BALL), 6-4

Norah Balthazor/Lauren Cook (BUT) def. Sydney Hrehor/Jacqueline Pearsall (BALL), 6-3

IUPUI SOFTBALL

JAGUARS SPLIT FINAL DAY OF GOVERNORS CLASSIC

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The IUPUI softball team concluded the final day of the Governor’s Classic at Austin Peay with two games on Sunday afternoon. The Jags defeated Saint Louis in game one but fell in walk off fashion to host Austin Peay in game two.

Despite falling behind early in the first game of the day, the Jags came back to defeat the Saint Louis Bilikens, 3-2.

Saint Louis took the early lead in the second inning when Abby Mallo knocked a solo home run, 1-0. They added another run in the fourth inning when Mallo hit her second home run of the game, 2-0.

IUPUI took the lead from the Bilikens in the top of the fifth inning with three runs on four hits. Kasie Keyes singled to center field to start the inning off followed by a single from Kelli Riordan, putting runners on first and second.

Rachael Gregory singled down the left field line to score Keyes and put runners on first and second for Kendal Calvert. Calvert singled to the pitcher to load the bases. After an out, Kennedy Cowan walked to score Gregory to tie the game at 2-2. Kinsey Pfeiffer then hit a sacrifice fly to score the winning run, 3-2.

The Jaguars’ pitching held Saint Louis scoreless in the final three innings to secure the win, 3-2.

Alexa Holman earned the win on the mound giving up just two runs on five hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Calvert led the Jags at the plate with two hits and a run while Gregory, Pfeiffer, Holman, Victoria Sivert, Keyes and Riordan all recorded a hit each.

In game two, the Jags once again fell behind early but came back to tie the game at 3-3. IUPUI couldn’t finish the job as the Governors walked it off in the bottom of the seventh, 4-3.

Austin Peay took the lead in the bottom of the first inning off a wild pitch, 1-0. The Governors then added one run in both the fourth and fifth innings, taking a 3-0 lead.

The Jags countered in the sixth inning with three runs to notch the game at 3-3. With the bases loaded and no outs, Cowan reached on a fielder’s choice while Calvert scored on the throw to put the Jaguars on the board, 3-1. With the bases loaded once again but this time with two outs, freshman Kalee Roberts singled to right field scoring both Pfeiffer and Cowan to tie the game at 3-3.

The Governors walked it off in the bottom of the seventh with one run on one hit to take the win, 4-3.

Calvert once again led the Jags at the plate with two hits while Roberts collected two RBI on one hit. Kaylen Garland also recorded a hit. Jasmin Speth took the loss on the mound for IUPUI giving up four runs on four hits with two strikeouts in six innings of work.

IUPUI is now 3-16 as they return to Indy to play Butler on Wednesday, March 6. The Jags face the Bulldogs on Butler’s campus at 4:00 PM. 

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

12TH-RANKED CARDINALS REGISTER SIXTH STRAIGHT MIVA VICTORY

MUNCIE, Ind. – Patrick Rogers had 12 kills, two aces and six on Sunday afternoon to pace the Ball State Cardinals to a 25-19, 25-21, 25-18 straight-sets win over Queens University of Charlotte. Braydon Savitski-Lynde had nine kills and five digs as Ball State won its sixth straight match in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

During their six-match win streak, the 12th-ranked Cardinals have won nine straight games with three consecutive 3-0 shutouts. Four of their past five wins have been recorded with 3-0 shutouts.

The Royals managed brief leads during early points in each of the first two sets Sunday, but Ball State scored six straight points in the third set to command an 11-2 lead and coast to the win. Rogers had a pair of kills in that six-point streak, sandwiched around four straight attack errors by the Royals. The win was the Cardinals’ second straight over Queens, following a 3-0 decision on Friday.

Savitski-Lynde hit .438 to help lead Ball State to an impressive .373 attack percentage against the Royals. Savitski-Lynde had just two errors in 16 swings. Will Patterson helped the Ball State efficiency with six kills against no errors. And while the Cardinals were efficient on offense, Lucas Machado and Rodney Wallace were potent at the net – Machado recording six blocks and Wallace five.

The Cardinals (14-7) are idle for 11 days before meeting Ohio State in Columbus on Thursday, March 14.

BALL STATE MEN’S TENNIS

MEN’S TENNIS EARNS 4-0 SWEEP OVER VILLANOVA IN CALIFORNIA

LAJOLLA, Calif. – The Ball State men’s tennis team wrapped up spring break action when it earned a 4-0 sweep over Villanova Sunday evening on a neutral court.

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 6-5 overall while the Wildcats dropped to 4-6 on the year.

The Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 edge over the Wildcats after taking doubles wins by a score of 6-4 on the top two courts. Nathaniel Webster paired up with Vince Orlando for their 6-4 victory over the No. 1 doubles tandem of Thomas Wakefield and Joshua Robinson. Ball State’s Mason Tran and Jacks Lancaster also helped clinch the point winning by the same score at the No. 2 spot.

In singles, Ball State’s No. 4 player Eli Herran, defeated Ryan Nguyen 6-3, 6-2 which was then followed by Jacks Lancaster defeating Justin Frattarelli, 7-5, 6-0 at the No. 6 slot to increase the Cardinals’ score to 3-0. Orlando then claimed match point with his 6-0, 6-3 victory over Will Monahan on court No. 2.

The Ball State men’s tennis team opens Mid-American Conference play at home Friday, March 8 at 1 pm ET.

BALL STATE BASEBALL

CARDS WIN SUSPENDED GAME, FALL IN SERIES FINALE AT JACKSONVILLE

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ball State captured game two of a three-game series early Sunday evening while securing a 10-9 win over Jacksonville in a resumption of Saturday’s suspended game, but dropped the nightcap in a 10-1 defeat at John Sessions Stadium.

The Cardinals took 2-of-3 in the series with the Dolphins to open a five-game road trip that includes games at Florida A&M in Tallahassee later this week.

“Our boys battled to win a series on the road against a quality opponent,” said Cardinals coach Rich Maloney. “The come-from-behind victory in game two of the series was special. A lot of guys contributed to earn us the series win.”

Leading 10-9 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning late Saturday, the second game of the series was suspended until Sunday afternoon. Then, with field conditions still poor, the resumption was delayed twice more until the series resumed shortly past 6 p.m., Sunday evening.

The Cardinals induced a groundout to quickly end the Jacksonville eighth, and neither team threatened in a scoreless ninth as Ball State took the opening games and threatened a series sweep.

Jacksonville had other ideas, though, and Ball State never mustered a challenge in the final game.

The Dolphins scratched out single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings before Ball State got on the board with an unearned run in the top of the sixth, with Hunter Dobbins scoring on Michael Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly. But Jacksonville got a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the sixth for a 7-1 lead and the Dolphins plated three again in the bottom of the eighth.

The five-game Florida road trip continues at Florida A&M for another pair of games, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m., before returning to Muncie to open Mid-American Conference play on Friday vs. Eastern Michigan.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

SYCAMORES CLAIM FIRST REGULAR SEASON TITLE SINCE 2000 ON SENIOR DAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball hoisted the regular season trophy on Sunday, winning the Missouri Valley regular season title outright with an 89-77 win on Sunday against Murray State.

The Sycamores finished the regular season 26-5 and 17-3 in the MVC to secure sole possession of first place, projecting as the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament next week. That will be released by the conference Monday morning.

Indiana State also broke its own school record in made three-pointers as a team, set last season at 340. With 11 made triples on the day, ISU sits with 341 made threes, a new school record. This record includes postseason play, so the Sycamores will continue to add to this total.

Indiana State basketball honored its graduating seniors – Jake Wolfe, Xavier Bledson, Jeremiah Keene, and Alex and Staley Cisneroz.

Ryan Conwell led the way for the Sycamores, scoring 24 points on 7-for-10 from the floor, including a 6-for-7 effort from beyond the arc. He also tied his career-high with 12 rebounds, also dishing out three assists and swiping one pass. Conwell knocked down all four free throws. Robbie Avila scored 23 points shooting 8-for-10 from the field and was perfect from the charity stripe, 7-for-7. He pulled down four rebounds and recorded four assists.

Both Isaiah Swope and Jayson Kent finished with 14 points. Swope shot 4-for-7 and made three triples, and Kent finished 4-for-8 and recorded four rebounds. Julian Larry chipped in eight points, a rebound and four assists. Xavier Bledson chipped in six points.

Xavier Bledson kicked off the Senior Day game by draining back-to-back three-pointers. Murray State caught back up with six-straight only for Swope to score six-straight to give ISU a 15-8 lead just inside five minutes into the game. ISU scored its first four baskets from the three ball.

The Sycamores took a 10-point lead on a pair of free throws by Kent, but MSU cut the lead to four just before the midpoint of the half, 23-19. After a quick 7-0 run by ISU to get the lead to 32-21, the Sycamores held a steady lead through the first half, with MSU never cutting getting close than eight points. ISU took a 51-39 advantage into the break.

Early in the second half, ISU built a 14-point lead, tying the highest of the game so far, with a Conwell triple moving the score to 56-42. The teams exchanged buckets with the Sycamores still holding a 10-point lead at the halfway point of the second half, 66-56.

In the final ten minutes of the game, Conwell scored seven of ISU’s nine points from 9:38 to 5:49, allowing the Sycamores to hold an 11-point, 77-66 lead. The final made three-throw of the night for ISU was Conwell triple, which gave the Trees the 11th three-pointer it needed to break the school record in total made threes by the team. That triple was part of a 10-0 run which allowed ISU to grow a 16-point, 87-71 lead with two minutes to play.

MSU closed the two minutes with a pair of three-pointers and Larry converted two free throws, leading to the ISU 89-77 victory.

News & Notes

ISU finished the season averaging 84.5 points per game, which is the highest in the MVC. The last team to average 84.0+ was Bradley in 1988 (92.5 PPG).

The Sycamores have led the MVC in field goal percentage, assists, and three-point field goal percentage in back-to-back years, which has never happened in the MVC.

Indiana State finished shooting 60.9% from the field, the second-highest percentage of the season (61.3% – February 7 vs Valparaiso).

The Sycamores finished 22-for-23 from the free throw line, good for 95.7%, which is the third-highest of the season.

Ryan Conwell tied his career high in rebounds with 12, set previously against UIC on February 24. He also recorded his fourth double-double of the season.

Ryan Conwell scored 20+ points for the 7th time this season, and Robbie Avila scored 20+ for the 8th time.

Robbie Avila has scored 20+ points in three-straight games for the second time this season (1/16 – 1/24).

In the last 10 games:

Robbie Avila has shot 56.9% from the floor (70-for-123).

Julian Larry has shot 50.6% from the floor (41-for-81).

Jayson Kent has shot 57.1% from the floor (36-for-63).

Ryan Conwell has shot 40.3% from three-point range (29-for-72).

Ryan Conwell has shot 97.1% from the free throw line (34-for-35).

All five usual starters (Avila, Conwell, Swope, Kent, Larry) are averaging 10.0+ points per game: Avila (20.0), Conwell (16.7), Swope (12.7), Larry (10.8), Kent (10.8).

Up Next

Indiana State will travel to St. Louis for the MVC Tournament, from March 7-10 at the Enterprise Center. The Sycamores have locked up a top-four seed, meaning it earned the bye in the first round. Official seedings will be released by the MVC office on Monday, March 4; the Sycamores are projected to earn the No. 1 seed. When the bracket is released, ISU will learn the two teams it could face in the second round of the tournament on Friday.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SLOW START TOO MUCH FOR SYCAMORES TO OVERCOME AT MURRAY STATE

MURRAY, Ky. – All five Indiana State starters scored seven or more points Sunday afternoon, but a slow start for the Sycamores proved costly in an 87-70 defeat at the hands of Murray State inside CFSB Center.

Ella Sawyer led the Sycamores with 15 points, her most in an Indiana State uniform. Mya Glanton added 13 points, while Bella Finnegan had 12. Glanton and Kiley Bess pulled down six rebounds each, while five different Sycamores dished out multiple assists.

In a near-mirror image of the first meeting this season, Indiana State quickly found itself in an early double-digit hole. The Sycamores trailed 17-2 by the midway point of the opening quarter and found themselves trying to catch up for the remainder of the game. A strong third quarter, capped by a 13-3 run, helped the Trees get within 62-49 heading to the fourth. Indiana State got within 10 at 66-56 following baskets from Glanton and Bess along with a three-ball from Finnegan, but an 11-2 Murray State run put the game out of reach.

First Half

Indiana State’s slow start to the game was costly, as Murray State scored the game’s first 12 points. Asia Donald got the Sycamores on the board with a deep two-pointer, but another Racer run followed as the Trees were down 20-4 less than seven minutes into the game. Baskets from Bess and Chelsea Cain, along with a Keslyn Secrist 3-pointer, gave the Sycamores life late in the quarter, but Indiana State faced a 28-11 deficit after the opening period.

Savannah White and Finnegan had the hot hand early in the second quarter, with the duo combining for Indiana State’s first 10 points of the period. Saige Stahl knocked down a trey from the top of the key midway through, and Finnegan added a layup to make it 39-26. Murray State countered with another run, but the Sycamores answered back with baskets from Glanton, Bess and Sawyer. Despite the strong offensive second quarter, Indiana State trailed 49-33 at the intermission.

Second Half

Similar to the first half, Indiana State came out of the locker room slow and Murray State capitalized, as the Racers pushed their lead up to 59-36. From there, the Sycamores took control of the third quarter. Cain started a 13-2 run for the Trees with a layup and Glanton added back-to-back baskets to make it 59-42. Indiana State followed a Murray State basket with a 7-0 run, capped by a Finnegan 3-pointer, as the Sycamores whittled their deficit down to 61-49. A late free throw for the home side saw Indiana State head to the fourth trailing 62-49.

Glanton and Bess opened the fourth with baskets for the Blue and White, and a Sawyer 3-pointer just over two minutes into the period pulled the Sycamores within 10 at 66-56. Murray State finally broke through with an 11-2 run to go ahead 77-58, and the Sycamores were unable to stage a late comeback following the run. Cain connected on a three-ball and Sawyer added a three-point play late, but Murray State held serve on its home court with an 87-70 win over the Sycamores.

News and Notes

Indiana State closed the road portion of its schedule at 6-9 overall and 4-6 in conference play.

Indiana State was plus-seven in the 20 minutes that Savannah White was on the court for.

Indiana State’s 13 turnovers were its fewest in a conference game this season and the team’s fewest since its road win at Central Michigan in early December.

Despite the loss, Indiana State’s strong numbers from behind the arc in conference play continued. The Sycamores were 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) on 3-point attempts.

The first quarter proved to be the difference Sunday, as Indiana State was even with Murray State (59-59) across the last three quarters.

Indiana State registered its seventh game with five or more blocks this season.

Up Next

Indiana State begins its final homestand of the season Thursday evening at 6 p.m. against Northern Iowa.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL

SYCAMORE OFFENSE JUMPS OUT EARLY IN 12-5 SERIES FINALE WIN OVER SOUTHERN MISS

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Indiana State jumped out to an early seven-run lead highlighted by Parker Stinson’s first-inning grand slam, while the Sycamore pitching staff shut down several Southern Miss rallies to take the series finale at Pete Taylor Park, 12-5.

Stinson’s grand slam, his team-leading fourth home run of the season, powered an Indiana State (8-3) offense that recorded a weekend-high 10 hits, while ISU drew four walks and was hit by five pitches to keep runners consistently on the base paths. Mike Sears added a solo home run, while Adam Pottinger (twice) and Randal Diaz both doubled in the game as the Sycamores took the final game of the weekend series against the Golden Eagles (8-4).

Diaz set the tone early for Indiana State with a leadoff double down the left field line before coming around to score on Dominic Listi’s RBI single to give the Sycamores the 1-0 lead two batters into the contest. Three batters later, Stinson worked a 2-2 count before driving the ball over the left field billboard beyond the wall off USM starter Will Armistead (0-1) driving in LIsti, Connor Hicks, and Luis Hernandez to give ISU the 5-0 lead.

Brennyn Cutts went the first 3.0 innings and kept the Southern Miss offense off-balance allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out three in the contest. Cutts turned the ball over to Jared Spencer (2-0) in the fourth with the junior left-hander going 2.1 innings and striking out six to keep the USM offense in check during the middle part of the game.

The Sycamores continued to pressure the Golden Eagles with Grant Magill’s RBI single in the fourth, while Dom Krupinski’s heads-up base-running on a popup in foul territory added to the Sycamore lead in the inning. Sears added a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the sixth as ISU continued to provide a cushion for the pitching staff.

Cole Gilley went 1.2 innings in relief working his way through a two-on, one-out situation in the sixth, while working a perfect seventh to stake ISU to a three-run, 8-5 lead, heading into the eighth.

ISU added four runs in the ninth to provide cushion with Adam Pottinger connecting on a bases-loaded two-run double through a drawn-in USM infield. Simon Gregersen went 2.0 scoreless innings to close out the Sycamore win.

Stinson and Pottinger both posted multi-hit games in Sunday’s win, while Stinson drove in a career-high five RBIs to power the ISU offense. Magill and Pottinger added two RBIs apiece in the win.

Dalton McIntyre, Seth Smith, and Nick Monistere all had multi-hit games for Southern Miss, while Monistere and Billy Butler both homered in the loss.

Armistead went 3.0 innings in taking the loss for USM. The right-hander allowed six hits and seven runs while striking out four. Chase Adams, McCarty English, Landen Payne, and Peyton Lacy went the rest of the way for the Golden Eagles.

How They Scored

Dominic Listi singled home Randal Diaz and Parker Stinson connected on a first-inning grand slam as Indiana State jumped ahead of Southern Miss 5-0 after ISU’s first at-bats of the game.

The lead hit 7-0 in the top of the fourth as Grant Magill’s RBI single scored Adam Pottinger, while Dom Krupinski hustled to score on Diaz’s sacrifice fly in foul territory just past first base to add two more to the ISU totals.

Southern Miss rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fourth with Billy Butler connecting on a solo home run, while Nick Monistere (RBI single) and Tucker Stockman (RBI sac fly) also drove in runs to make it a 7-3 game.

Mike Sears connected on a leadoff pinch-hit home run in the top of the sixth inning driving the ball over the wall in left center to make it an 8-3 Sycamore lead.

Monistere answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to left center to keep it an 8-4 game.

Dalton McIntyre drove in Seth Smith with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the Indiana State lead down to 8-5.

The Sycamores put the game out of reach with four runs in the top of the ninth highlighted by Adam Pottinger’s two-run double, while Stinson and Magill added RBIs in the inning to provide the final 12-5 margin.

News & Notes

Indiana State picked up its first win over Southern Miss in program history after falling in their first four contests overall (2004, 2005, 2024 (twice).

Parker Stinson became the second Indiana State player to hit a grand slam in 2024 joining Randal Diaz (Feb. 25 vs. Marshall).

Stinson is the early offensive leader for ISU on the year pacing the team in batting average (.333), hits (12), home runs (4), and RBIs (12).

Jared Spencer became the first Sycamore pitcher to pick up his second win of the season after going 2.1 innings in relief on Sunday. The left-hander has posted a 1.69 ERA over three appearances with an 11:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Sycamore pitching staff recorded double-digit strikeouts in all three games against Southern Miss and have accomplished the feat in seven of their last eight games dating back to Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 19).

Up Next

Indiana State heads to Tallahassee, Fla. and Florida A&M for a four-game weekend series at Moore-Kittles Field starting on Friday, March 8. The series will consist of single games on Friday and Sunday, while Saturday will feature a doubleheader between ISU and the Rattlers. First pitch in the Friday opener is set for 4 p.m. ET

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL

SYCAMORE SOFTBALL CLOSES OUT WEEKEND IN CLARKSVILLE WITH A VICTORY OVER OHIO

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Indiana State Softball goes 3-2 in Clarksville, Tenn. defeating IUPUI, Ohio (twice) and falling to SLU, and Austin Peay. The Sycamores now hold an 11-8 record in the 2024 season.

Indiana State 4, Ohio 1

The Sycamores won their final game on Sunday morning in the Governor’s Classic with a score of 4-1 against Ohio.

The Bobcats struck early and took the lead when Tori O’Brien recorded a solo home run taking the lead 1-0 over the Sycamores.

The Sycamores put three runs on the board to take over the lead 3-1 in the first inning. Danielle Henning walked, and Isabella Henning recorded a single before Kennedy Shade doubled to right center and scored D. Henning to put the first run on the board for Indiana State. Abby Robakowski connected on a 2 RBI single and drove in runs from Shade and I. Henning.

Indiana State put their final run on the board in the sixth inning when Danielle Henning connected on a single and Kennedy Shade singled to center field to score D. Henning which advanced the Sycamores lead to 4-1.

Abby Robakowski led the Sycamores with three hits and 2 RBIs and Abi Chipps recorded two hits in the victory over the Bobcats.

Megan Asher took the win in the circle for Indiana State throwing a complete game, where she allowed only two hits and one run scored. Asher recorded two strikeouts in the seventh inning to close out the victory.

Up Next:

The Sycamores will travel to Huntington, W. VA to play five games in the Marshall tournament on Mar 8-10. ISU will face Ball State, Notre Dame, and Marshall.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

PURDUE FORT WAYNE MEN’S GOLF TO PLAY IN TWO SPRING BREAK TOURNAMENTS

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf is in Florida this week for a pair of tournaments for their spring break trip.

Event: World Golf Village Collegiate

Host: Stetson

When: March 4-5

Where: Daytona Beach, Florida

Course: LPGA International

Format: Play 5, take 4

Yardage: 6,984 yards

Live Results: Leaderboard King

Event: Sacred Heart Invitational

Host: Sacred Heart

When: March 8-9

Where: Fleming Island, Florida

Course: Eagle Harbor Golf Club

Format: Play 5, take 4

Yardage: TBD

Live Results: TBD

About the Courses

LPGA International: LPGA International, the premier golf club of Daytona Beach, boasts 36 holes of world-class golf designed by Arthur Hills and Rees Jones. The Golf Digest 4-Star rated Hills Course and Jones Course are both favorites among locals, visitors and tour-players alike. Each are distinct in design and play, but are both great for all skill levels.

Eagle Harbor: It is our pleasure to welcome you to Eagle Harbor Golf Club, located in the heart of northeast Florida between beautiful Doctors Lake and the St. Johns River. Just 20 miles south of Jacksonville, Eagle Harbor is never too far away for your friends, colleagues, or family members to join you for a round.

Mastodon Lineup

Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Burke Pitz, Nick Holder and AJ Agnew will play for the team score. Nick Bellush and Brock Reshly will play as individuals for the first tournament. The lineup for the second tournament is TBD.

The GOATs

This season, Purdue Fort Wayne has the best single-season team scoring average in program history with an average of 286.1.

Record Breakers

The Mastodons set a pair of records at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on September 11-12. The ‘Dons broke the 36-hole record with a 557 and the 54-hole record with an 846. The ‘Dons then tied that 54-hole record at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational on October 2-3.

Record Breakers x 2

Kasey Lilly program the 54-hole individual record at the World Golf Village Collegiate with a 203. This topped his previous mark of 204 from 2021.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons took fourth at the World Golf Village Collegiate. Kasey Lilly was the runner-up after a program 54-hole record-breaking 203 (-13).

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will visit Indianapolis on April 1-2 for the Don Benbow Butler Spring Invitational.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL

MASTODON SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR OF CLOSE GAMES

RICHMOND, Ky. – Purdue Fort Wayne softball had two close games on Sunday (March 3), falling to Canisius 4-3 and Eastern Kentucky 3-1.

GAME 1: Canisius 4, Purdue Fort Wayne 3

Grace Hollopeter led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-2 in the ballgame with a double and two walks. Bailey Manos went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases.

The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the bottom of the first inning with the game still scoreless. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Lickey, scoring Manos from third base.

The Golden Griffins failed to push any runs across before the Mastodons offense struck again the next inning. Purdue Fort Wayne brought home a pair, with one run driven in by freshman Aglaia Rudd’s single, which brought the Mastodons lead to 3-0. The Mastodons were unable to hold the lead, as Canisius scored four times over the remaining five innings to grab the 4-3 win.

The Mastodons had 10 runners left on base, including three potential game-tying or go-ahead runs in the fifth.

Alyson Quinlan came out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne and was credited with the loss. Alanah Jones started the ballgame giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits, with one walk and six strikeouts in four innings. Megan Giese got the win for Canisius with a complete game.

Canisius improves to 4-7.

GAME 2: Eastern Kentucky 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

The Mastodons scored first again in game two, scoring one in the top of the first. Manos came across when Aglaia Rudd had an RBI to the shortstop. Eastern Kentucky responded with one run in each of the next three innings.

Tori Countryman got into scoring position after reaching on a fielding error, but she was left there.

Gracie Brinkerhoff got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. Victoria Byrum got the win for EKU after giving up no hits in four innings.

Eastern Kentucky improved to 13-4 and Purdue Fort Wayne fell to 4-14. The Mastodons are back in action on March 15 at Maryland’s tournament.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL

PURPLE ACES EDGE ‘DONS 10-9

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne dropped the final game of a four-game baseball series at Evansville on Sunday (March 3) by the score of 10-9

Kevin Fee tossed 3.1 scoreless innings for the ‘Dons. He faced 10 batters. Fee fanned four, earned five groundouts and gave up one hit. His effort was key to allow the Mastodons to make a late rally.

The Mastodons scored twice in the sixth to make the score 10-7. Camden Karczewski had a two-RBI single in the frame. He had another RBI in the eighth to make it a 10-9 game. His hit scored Jacob Walker after Walker doubled in Nate Simpson. But 10-9 would be as close as the ‘Dons would advance.

Grant Thoroman had a two-run home run in the second inning for the ‘Dons.

Kip Fougerousse drove in three for Evansville. The Purple Aces score three runs in the second, two in the third and five in the fifth.

Brody Fine (0-2) took the loss for the ‘Dons. Kevin Reed (2-0) earned the win and Max Hansmann earned the save.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 3-9. Evansville is now 7-5. Purdue Fort Wayne travels to Butler on Tuesday (March 5).

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL COMPLETES LOW COUNTRY CLASSIC

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Sunday’s finale of the Low Country Classic saw the University of Evansville softball team drop a 13-6 game to Buffalo.

The Bulls opened the game with 6-spot in the top half of the first inning, chasing UE starter Mikayla Jolly after just 2/3 of an inning.  Tianna Williams and Alyssa Wasielewski each had 2-RBI hits in the frame.  Three runs in the third and two more in the fourth extended the UB lead to 11-0.

Evansville got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Jess Willsey hit a leadoff home run to left center.  Marah Wood and Hannah Hood each posted hits in the inning with Brooke Voss later picking up a RBI.  Zoe Frossard drew a bases loaded walk for the fourth run of the frame before Willsey singled with two outs to make it an 11-5 game.

In the fifth inning, both squads scored a single run with UE’s coming from a Hood single.  The final run for the Bulls scored and that would make it the final of 13-6.  UB out-hit the Aces by an 18-7 margin with four different players picking up three hits apiece.

Willsey recorded three of the Purple Aces’ seven hits.  UE is home on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader versus Lindenwood.

EVANSVILLE BASEBALL

BASEBALL WINS SERIES WITH 10-9 WIN OVER PURDUE FORT WAYNE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 10 unanswered runs over a three-inning stretch on Sunday, and then the Purple Aces held on for a 10-9 victory over the visiting Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“We got down 5-0 today, and our offense had no panic in them at all and they just went to work,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “We got that three-spot in the second inning to get back into things, and then they just went to work in both the third and fourth innings to grab the lead.  I am really proud of the effort the offense had today.

“Anytime you can win three out of four games on a weekend, you will take it.  Four-game series are always tough.  I really liked the energy that we had in our dugout today in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings today, as even after a long weekend, our guys really wanted it.”

Purdue Fort Wayne jumped to a 5-0 lead after their first two trips to the plate, before Evansville began a stretch of scoring 10 unanswered runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Senior first baseman Kip Fougerousse opened the scoring with an RBI double to center field, before scoring on an infield single by junior outfielder Ty Rumsey.  Freshman second baseman Brodie Peart then came through with an RBI double to cut the PFW lead to 5-3.

Fougerousse tied the game in the third inning with a two-run single, before Evansville grabbed a lead it would never lose in the fourth inning.  Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger produced an RBI single to open the scoring, before senior shortstop Simon Scherry and junior designated hitter Cal McGinnis delivered back-to-back RBI singles to push UE’s lead to 8-5.  Graduate catcher Brendan Hord followed with an RBI double, before junior outfielder Harrison Taubert pushed across UE’s tenth run of the day on a run-scoring fielder’s choice.

Purdue Fort Wayne would rally for two runs each in the sixth and eighth innings to trim the UE lead to 10-9, but that would be as close as they would get, as sophomore reliever Max Hansmann came on to retire the final four men he faced in order with two strikeouts to earn his first save of the season.

Fougerousse, Shallenberger, McGinnis, and Rumsey all produced two-hit days to lead the Purple Aces offensively.  Fougerousse also drove in three runs.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 7-5 on the 2024 season.  The Purple Aces are off this week before returning to action on Friday, as UE will travel to traditional Southeastern Conference powerhouse Mississippi State for a three-game series.  Game one of the series will begin at 6 p.m. and the entire series can be seen on the SEC Network+ streaming service.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL

BRUINS DEFEAT ACES IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Finishing the day shooting an even 50% from the field, Belmont defeated the University of Evansville men’s basketball team by a final score of 83-66 on Sunday afternoon in the Curb Event Center.

Three Purple Aces reached double figures with Josh Hughes pacing the team with 15 points.  He connected on six of his 11 attempts including three triples.  Kenny Strawbridge Jr. was just behind with 14 points while Cam Haffner finished with 10.  Hughes and Strawbridge led the Purple Aces with eight rebounds apiece.  Five Bruins scored in double digits with Ja’Kobi Gillespie recording a game-high 18 points.

“We were able to mix some different groups and show a few different schemes today and gave ourselves a chance to compete.  I thought we started very well, especially on the defensive side,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “Belmont is a great team and we knew they would come back.  They punched us in the mouth a little bit but our guys never gave up and kept fighting.”

Josh Hughes had it going in the early moments, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers to give the Purple Aces a 6-0 lead.  Defensively, UE held the Bruins to a 0-for-4 start from the field with Kenny Strawbridge Jr. connecting on a layup to solidify an 8-0 lead before the first media timeout of the game.

After getting on the board, Belmont scored seven in a row to cut their deficit to 8-7 at the 14:10 mark.  Evansville continued to set the pace as a layup from Antonio Thomas pushed the lead to 12-7 before his first 3-point make of the game pushed the lead to 17-9 just past the midway point of the half.

Belmont stormed back to tie the score with an 8-0 stretch inside of the 8-minute mark before Gage Bobe hit from downtown to put the lead right back in the Aces hands.  A 9-0 run by the Bruins saw them take their first lead of the day at 26-20 as the period entered its final five minutes.  Their largest advantage came after a three in the final seconds of the half that made it a 38-26 game at the break.

Out of the half, the Bruins scored 15 of the first 19 points to open a 53-30 lead.  With 10:30 left in the game, their lead reached 26 points at 67-41.  Evansville continued to play hard, posting the next seven tallies as Hughes knocked down another triple.  Things continued to hover around 20 points with the Aces getting within 17 and Belmont pushing the lead to 22 in the final three minutes.

In the end, the final deficit finished at 17 as Belmont took the game by a final of 83-66.  BU shot 50% on the day with the Aces finishing at 36.2%.

Arch Madness will begin on Thursday with the Aces entering as the #10 seed and facing the #7 seed Illinois State in St. Louis.  Tip is set for 6 p.m.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OVERPOWERED BY BELMONT BRUINS

NASHVILLE – In the final road game of the season, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team couldn’t find its way past the Belmont Bruins in the 80-55 loss.

The Purple Aces struggled to contain the Bruins offense on Sunday afternoon in their final road match-up of the 2023-2024 season. Two players for UE ended the game in double figures as forward Maggie Hartwig led the team with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Nevaeh Thomas was the other Evansville player with double figures while also drawing a team-high eight fouls.

The Aces got off to a quick start at Curb Event Center, leading early on a second-chance layup from Hartwig. Belmont responded with a seven-point run that was ended by guard Kynidi Mason Striverson’s first three of the afternoon. The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes. Thomas ended the back-and-forth pace with a three-point play to tie the game. But the Bruins ended the quarter on a seven-point run to retake the lead.

It took UE almost two minutes to find the basket in the second quarter as Belmont grew its lead to double digits. Evansville got the deficit back down into single digits on a five-point run midway through the second. But the Bruins responded with a brief run to regrow the lead. Mason Striverson hit another three with a little over two minutes left in the half making it a 10-point game. But the Aces wouldn’t score the rest of the half, heading into the locker room down by 16.

The teams traded shots to begin the second half until Belmont had an eight-point run over three minutes. Both squads struggled to make shots in the final seven minutes of the third quarter. UE had three points over the final three minutes while the Bruins had just two. Evansville headed into the final 10 minutes in Nashville trailing by 22.

The Aces had their best offensive quarter of the game in the fourth, adding 20 points over 10 minutes. Hartwig took over the game for UE with seven points in the first three minutes of the quarter while Evansville had its largest run of the game with six points.  But Belmont responded with a three-point run followed by an eight-point run for a 27-point lead. The Aces chipped away at the lead over the final four minutes, but eventually fell to the Bruins 80-55.

While Hartwig led UE in both scoring and rebounding, Mason Striverson came an assist shy of a career game. The sophomore guard added eight assists in Nashville while Thomas led the team with three steals. Thomas also recorded Evansville’s lone block of the game.

The Aces will wrap up the 2023-24 season at home with their two final games in Meeks Family Fieldhouse. UE will first welcome the regular season champions Drake to Evansville on Thursday night. Tip-off for the Aces against the Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m. on March 7.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF COMPETES IN 16-TEAM HUNTSVILLE INTERCOLLEGIATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf makes another trip south to Huntsville, Alabama for the Huntsville Intercollegiate. The match will take place Monday-Wednesday at the RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Grove.

The Screaming Eagles will compete in three rounds with a par of 72. USI plays 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Samford University is the host of the highly competitive 16 team Intercollegiate.

Others competing include: Troy University, Jacksonville University, University of North Alabama, University of Albany, Samford University, Lipscomb University, Austin Peay State University, Oakland University, Lindenwood University, Alabama State University, Southern Illinois University, Belmont University, Bellarmine University, Tennessee Tech University, Central Michigan University, and USI.

The Eagles are coming off a fourth place finish out of four teams in the Bright Creek Intercollegiate. The five scoring Eagles for this week will be junior Baileigh Schneider (Huntingburg, Indiana), senior Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois), freshman Alexis Wymer (Bridgeport, Illinois), freshman Ashlynn Weir (Evansville, Indiana), and sophomore Sydni Thurlow (Belleville, Illinois).

SOUTHERN INDIANA SOFTBALL

EAGLES GO 2-0 ON SUNDAY AT THE SPRING GAMES

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – In its second day of competition at The Spring Games in Florida, University of Southern Indiana Softball swept its two games on Sunday with a 7-6 walk-off win against Monmouth University and a 3-0 shutout victory against Sacred Heart University.

Kicking off the day against Monmouth (5-15), USI (5-9) took advantage of early opportunities in the bottom of the first inning. With the bases loaded, the Screaming Eagles earned back-to-back RBI walks before a sac fly to take a 3-0 lead. Southern Indiana added two more runs in the next inning on a two-run home run by freshman Alyssa Mumaw (Greenfield, Indiana), her first of the season.

The Screaming Eagles led 6-0 going into the fifth inning, but Monmouth mounted a comeback. After a two-RBI single and defensive miscues by USI, Monmouth scored six in the fifth to knot the game back all square.

The contest remained tied through seven innings, leading to extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth and with an international tiebreaker runner at second base, junior second baseman Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) delivered her second walk-off hit this season with an RBI double to give USI the win.

Southern Indiana totaled seven runs on eight hits. Mumaw went 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs for USI. Gotshall also finished with two RBIs. In the circle, junior pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) made the start, going four scoreless innings with eight strikeouts toward a no-decision. Junior pitcher Whitley Hunter (Nashville, Illinois) tossed the last 3.1 innings scoreless with two strikeouts to earn her first win this season.

Monmouth scored six runs off four hits. Freshman pitcher Olivia Lewis was dealt her fourth loss of the season, giving up two runs – one earned – in the last five innings of work.

In the second game against Sacred Heart (4-7), Southern Indiana jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the second inning on an RBI groundout and an RBI single. USI tacked on another run in the fifth inning with a two-out RBI knock from senior first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana).

The Screaming Eagles tallied three runs on seven hits, as freshman infielder Sydney Long (Haubstadt, Indiana) and junior outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) recorded an RBI along with Fair.

Meanwhile, the right-handed pitcher Newman took the ball again for USI and was dominant. Newman struck out two batters in each frame before striking out the side in the seventh to end the game. The junior fanned 15 batters total, two off her career best, in a three-hit shutout. Newman’s season record moved to 5-4.

Sacred Heart’s sophomore starter Emily Heath dropped to 1-3 this season after a complete-game effort, surrendering three runs off seven hits and three walks.

USI will conclude its trip at The Spring Games on Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT against the University of North Dakota.

All games at The Spring Games can be seen with a subscription to FloSoftball. Live stats and coverage links can be found on the USI Softball schedule page on usiscreamingeagles.com.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S TENNIS

EAGLES SUFFER 5-2 LOSS AFTER SLOW START

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Tennis (2-6) lost the doubles point and first four singles matches to be on the wrong end of a 5-2 score against Northern Kentucky University (3-6) at Wesselman Park Sunday afternoon.

Doubles: The Screaming Eagles dropped two doubles decisions to lose the point to the Norse.

Singles: Even after NKU claimed the match victory, freshman Antonia Ferrarini (Caxias do Sul, Brazil) fought hard at number three with a 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 victory before freshman Sofia Davidoff (Lagny-sur-Marne, France) came from behind and took down her opponent at number five to cap off the match (5-7, 7-6, 1-0).

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles hit the road next weekend starting with a trip to Richmond, Kentucky to face Eastern Kentucky University on Friday at 9 a.m. The road trip concludes in St. Louis, Missouri when USI takes on former conference foe, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Sunday at 11 a.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

USI MAKES LATE RUN, COMES UP SHORT AGAINST NKU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Tennis (1-7) dropped its sixth-straight match after a tight 4-3 loss to Northern Kentucky University (5-5) Sunday afternoon at Wesselman Park. Despite both sides being in the Horizon League, this match was a non-conference dual with each team being in different divisions.

Doubles: The Screaming Eagles fell short in doubles play to lose the doubles point.

Singles: USI suffered a slow start at numbers one, five, and six to hand NKU the match victory. Even after suffering a loss to the Norse, three Eagles secured wins to make it a close race. Sophomore Axel Sabourin (Marseille, France) ignited USI’s run with a 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 victory at number two. Sophomore Mathys Bove (Lyon, France) followed up at the three spot with a tight 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 win before junior Quinten Gillespie (Whiteland, Indiana) capped off the afternoon with a long 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 decision in the four hole.

NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:

The Eagles hit the road for a pair of matches starting with a trip to Richmond, Kentucky to face Eastern Kentucky University on Friday at 1 p.m. The road trip ends in St. Louis, Missouri when USI takes on former conference rival, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Sunday at 11 a.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL

USI LOSE SLUGFEST TO END SERIES

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball lost a slugfest with the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), 7-6, Sunday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 4-7 to start the season, while St. Thomas goes 5-6.

USI, which won its second-straight weekend series, found itself down 2-0 after the first half and rebounded to take a 3-2 lead on an RBI-single by junior catcher Joe Ricchio (Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin) in the bottom half of the inning. The Tommies regained command in the top half of the second with a four-run rally to lead, 6-3.

USI would rebound once again with a three-run frame of its own, tying the 6-6 on a RBI-ground out by junior first baseman Thomas Emerich (Ava, Missouri). St. Thomas jumped back in the lead with a single tally in the top of the fourth to take a 7-6 advantage.

After 13 runs in the first three-and-a-half frames, bats on both sides went silent and leaved the game with a 7-6 final.

On the mound, junior right-hander Peyton Brown (Clemons, North Carolina) took the loss for the Eagles. Brown (0-1) allowed seven runs, five earned, on six hits and a walk in two-plus innings of work.

Up Next for the Eagles:

Following the three-game set with St. Thomas, USI will be on the road for the next nine games. The Eagles will visit the #8 University of Tennessee (March 6), Bellarmine University (March 8-10); Middle Tennessee State University (March 12); the University of Illinois (March 15-17); and Western Kentucky University (March 19).

USI’s game Wednesday with Tennessee will be the baseball Eagles first game with a Division I ranked opponent.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

WOMEN’S GOLF COMPETES IN 16-TEAM HUNTSVILLE INTERCOLLEGIATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf makes another trip south to Huntsville, Alabama for the Huntsville Intercollegiate. The match will take place Monday-Wednesday at the RTJ Golf Trail at Hampton Grove.

The Screaming Eagles will compete in three rounds with a par of 72. USI plays 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Samford University is the host of the highly competitive 16 team Intercollegiate.

Others competing include: Troy University, Jacksonville University, University of North Alabama, University of Albany, Samford University, Lipscomb University, Austin Peay State University, Oakland University, Lindenwood University, Alabama State University, Southern Illinois University, Belmont University, Bellarmine University, Tennessee Tech University, Central Michigan University, and USI.

The Eagles are coming off a fourth place finish out of four teams in the Bright Creek Intercollegiate. The five scoring Eagles for this week will be junior Baileigh Schneider (Huntingburg, Indiana), senior Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois), freshman Alexis Wymer (Bridgeport, Illinois), freshman Ashlynn Weir (Evansville, Indiana), and sophomore Sydni Thurlow (Belleville, Illinois).

VALPO BASEBALL

BASEBALL EDGED BY BINGHAMTON TO CLOSE WEEKEND

The Valparaiso University baseball team was edged 3-2 by Binghamton on Sunday in a game hosted by Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Beacons still possessed a winning weekend after victories over Elon on Friday and Saturday.

How It Happened

What else is new? Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) homered again on Sunday, this time a solo shot in the bottom of the first to start the scoring.

The Beacons doubled the lead in the bottom of the third, an inning that started modestly with two outs and nobody on base. Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) and Schmack drilled back-to-back doubles to plate a run.

After working shutout ball in each of the first three innings, lefty Lucas Foley (Deer Park, Ill. / Lake Zurich) yielded a run in the top of the fourth. That frame followed a similar script as the bottom of the third with the Bearcats putting together consecutive two-out doubles.

Foley left after four innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two.

A two-out solo homer in the sixth tied the game at two, then Binghamton led off the eighth with another home run to take a 3-2 lead that stood as the final.

Inside the Game

Schmack’s home run was his fourth of the season and lifted his RBI total to 10. He moved into a tie for fifth in program history for career home runs with 22, joining Scott Carter (1981-1984), Ken Mannings (1988-1991), Shawn Lemmons (1994-1996) and Nate Palace (2014-2017).

Schmack’s double was his third of the season and the 40th of his collegiate career. He moved into a tie for ninth in the program record book, joining Rob Hadrick (1994-1997) with 40 career doubles.

Schmack and Hannahs had two hits apiece, combining for four of the team’s five hits.

Binghamton is the preseason favorite to win the American East Conference.

Up Next

Valpo (4-6) will play at Jacksonville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT. Links to live coverage will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VALPO SOFTBALL

SOFTBALL RUN-RULES BOWLING GREEN ON FINAL DAY OF HOOSIER CLASSIC

The Valpo softball team exploded offensively on Sunday morning, putting 22 runners on base in just five innings in a 12-4 run-rule victory over Bowling Green to kick off its final day of action at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. The Beacons’ bats were stymied by IU All-American Brianna Copeland in the tournament finale, as Valpo fell 10-0 to the hosts.

How It Happened – Bowling Green

Batting as the visiting team, Valpo wasted no time putting the scoreboard to work Sunday morning. Senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) led off the game with a single. Two batters later, sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) drove a double to the left-center gap to plate Skapyak and give the Beacons the lead.

Following a walk to freshman Kayden Krug (Milford, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame), senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) stepped in and knocked a shot to the wall in right-center, bringing home both Rodas and Krug as the Beacons led 3-0 after their first turn at the plate.

BGSU turned the tables in the bottom of the first, pushing four runs across the plate to take a 4-3 lead.

The Beacons responded immediately in the top of the second. An infield single by sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) scored classmate Lyna Vasquez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Valley View), who had singled to lead off the frame.

Later in the inning, Krug stepped in with runners on second and third and two outs and delivered, knocking both runs in with a two-run single which gave Valpo a 6-4 lead.

The Beacons extended the lead in the third. Hecker walked to lead off the frame and eventually came around to score on an RBI single from senior Emily Crompton (Salem, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran).

The lead was still just 7-4 with two on and two outs in the top of the fifth before six consecutive Beacons reached base to put the game in run-rule territory. Senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) and Krug delivered matching two-run singles to make it 11-4, and later in the frame, freshman Cici Wilson (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) drew a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to the necessary eight runs.

Senior Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) took care of things in the circle in the bottom of the frame to close out the run-rule win, setting the side down in order — including striking out each of the last two hitters.

How It Happened – Indiana

Indiana opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the first.

Valpo looked poised to tie or take the lead in the top of the second, loading the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk. But Copeland registered a pair of strikeouts around a fielder’s choice grounder which forced the runner at the plate to keep the Beacons off the board.

IU recorded a pair of three-run homers in the bottom of the second and another three-run homer in the fourth to account for the remainder of the scoring.

Inside the Games

The run-rule win over Bowling Green was the program’s first run-rule win since closing the 2022 regular season with a 10-0 win over Evansville.

Combined with its 13-11 win over Morehead State back on Feb. 16, this year’s team is the first Valpo squad to score a dozen or more runs twice in the same season since the 2019 team beat Delaware State 12-1 and Wagner 13-0 in early-season action.

With 22 runners reaching base against BGSU Sunday morning, the offensive lines up and down the lineup impressed. Perhaps the most impressive was that of the rookie Krug, who went 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs.

Krug was one of two freshmen to reach base in all four of her plate appearances, but the other did so in unusual fashion. Wilson was hit by a pitch in each of her first three times at the plate before working the bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning, making her officially 0-for-0 with an RBI in the win over the Falcons.

Dating back to at least 1999, Wilson is the first Valpo player to be hit by a pitch three times in a single game.

Krug was one of three Beacons to have a multi-hit game against BGSU, as the top two spots in the Valpo order did so as well. Skapyak went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, while right behind her, Johnson finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

With her pair of swipes, Johnson now owns an MVC-best nine steals on the season.

Hecker finished the win over BGSU 1-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs. Rodas and Utendorf both scored a pair of runs in the victory as well.

Kowalski enjoyed a stellar relief outing to earn her first win of the season, throwing 4.2 innings of one-hit, shutout ball.

Valpo was limited to two hits in the tournament finale against IU. Ironically, one of those base knocks came from Wilson after her 0-for-0 line in the opener, while Hecker also picked up a base hit.

Rodas did not have an official at bat against the Hoosiers, drawing walks in both of her plate appearances.

Freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) took the loss against IU, starting and going the first 1.1 innings.

Next Up

Valpo (5-13) closes out pre-conference action this coming week at Omaha’s Connie Claussen Classic. The Beacons will play five games in three days, starting with a matchup against the host Mavs Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

SCHWIEGER, STAFFORD LIFT VALPO PAST ILLINOIS STATE IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE

Freshman Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) didn’t look like a freshman. There was a marriage proposal on Senior Day at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team beat Illinois State. No, this isn’t an assemblage of headlines seen on ValpoAthletics.com over the last decade, and yes this is a game story summarizing new developments that occurred on a memorable Sunday afternoon.

All of these things had happened before, and they happened again on Sunday, this time coinciding with each other to make for a superb ending to the regular season as the Beacons held on to edge the Redbirds 75-72 in the last home game of the 2023-24 season. Before the game tipped off, Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) – like Vashil Fernandez back in 2015 – proposed to his girlfriend as part of the Senior Day Ceremony. Palm and Chloe’s moment capped a pregame celebration that also featured Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy), Anthony Sciarroni (Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales]), student manager Nate Maxwell and cheer/dance seniors. Following the victory, an emotional head coach Roger Powell Jr. addressed the crowd and gave each of his seniors the opportunity to say a few words.

How It Happened

Barrett buried a 3-pointer with 14:21 left in the first half to put Valpo ahead 11-8.

Freshman Jahari Williamson (Pickering, Ontario, Canada / Royal Crown Academy) had consecutive baskets including a triple to push the Valpo lead to six.

A 3 by Malachi Poindexter allowed Illinois State to leapfrog in front at 20-18, but Valpo scored the next seven points, a run capped by an Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) trey to go up by five.

A flurry from the one-two punch of Schwieger and Stafford helped Valpo raise the lead to double-figures. Stafford’s 3 just before the halftime horn created a 13-point gap at 44-31.

Illinois State did not go away, charging to within two at 52-50 just seven minutes into the second half. A big 3 by Sherman Weatherspoon IV (Bowie, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase [Golden State Prep]) helped get the lead back up to seven at 57-50 midway through the second stanza.

The lead fluctuated between five and seven until a 3 by Johnny Kinziger with 6:43 to play trimmed the Illinois State deficit to two. Poindexter swished a 3 to put Illinois State ahead 62-61 with 6:19 to go.

Despite the halftime lead evaporating, the Beacons kept their composure down the stretch. Schwieger and Stafford both had go-ahead baskets during a seesaw portion of crunch time, then the rookie ripped off a 3 with three minutes remaining to make it 68-64 Valpo and send the ARC into a frenzy.

The Redbirds responded with a 3-pointer of their own and eventually went ahead 69-68 with 1:27 to go. Schwieger picked up another basket with 1:07 to go, putting the Beacons in front yet again, this time by the Valpo-friendly score of 70-69.

Valpo got a defensive stop, then Stafford swished a 3 with 24 seconds left to extend the lead to 73-69. Poindexter responded with a three of his own to make it a one-point game again, then Schwieger hit two free throws to extend it to three with 12 seconds left.

Illinois State missed the triple try that would have tied it, and the Beacons notched an exhilarating win in the home finale.

Inside the Game

Schwieger established a career high for the second straight game, accruing 28 points to outdo his previous best of 26 that occurred on Feb. 24 at Murray State, his most recent appearance since he missed Feb. 27 at UNI due to illness. He made big play after big play down the stretch, finishing the game with five rebounds and a 12-of-17 shooting clip.

Schwieger’s 28 points marked the highest scoring output by a Valpo freshman since Alec Peters had 29 on March 4, 2014 vs. UIC.

Stafford scored 20 points, his 11th game this season with 20 points or more. He is tied with Belmont’s Malik Dia for the third most 20-point games in the MVC this year, behind only Drake’s Tucker DeVries and Southern Illinois’ Xavier Johnson.

Stafford collected eight rebounds to go along with his 20 points. He went 8-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-8 from 3. His eight boards represented his highest total in conference play and his most since nine on Nov. 25 vs. Southern.

Palm scored eight points on 4-of-7 shooting, his third time in the last four games with eight points or more.

Barrett drilled a season-high three 3s on his senior day, his first time with three triples since Dec. 18, 2022 at Elon. His nine points marked a season high.

This represented a return to the win column for the Beacons, who brought an 11-game skid to a halt.

Valpo won the rebounding battle 31-26 and held an 8-4 edge on the offensive glass. This marked Valpo’s first time winning the rebounding battle in the last 12 games.

This continued a run of success in head-to-head matchups with Illinois State as Valpo is now 11-1 in the last dozen games between the two teams with the only defeat in that 12-game stretch coming in overtime. Five of the last seven games between these two foes have been decided by five points or fewer. Valpo has won six straight matchups that have occurred at the ARC.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

The Beacons (7-24, 3-17 MVC) will play the No. 5 seed on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the opening round of Arch Madness, the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in St. Louis. The opponent will not be confirmed until Monday morning due to tiebreakers that involve the NCAA NET Ranking when it is updated on Monday. Thursday’s game will be broadcast on the MVC TV Network, including NBC Sports Chicago Plus in the Chicago market.

UINDY WOMEN‘S TENNIS

WOMEN’S TENNIS DROPS ROAD TILT WITH WARRIORS

DETROIT, Mich. – The No. 11 University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team dropped their third match of the spring on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 4-1 tilt to the No. 10 Wayne State Warriors.

INS & OUTS

The Warriors, playing in their own Duchene Athletic Facility, took advantage of the home court, jumping into a 1-0 lead after doubles action. A win at No. 1 and No. 2 courts sealed the deal with the pair of Diane Flament and Benedetta Sensi falling in a 7-3 tiebreaker. Tyffaine Pais and Ana Hollweg, the youth connection on court three were the lone doubles pair to find victory.

As the match switched to singles play, it was all Warriors as they took matches at No. 3 and No. 4 singles in straight-sets Pais, the No. 7 ranked player in the country, downed No. 31 Malak Arafat in a three-set thriller, winning back-to-back sets after dropping the first to secure the win and bring it to 3-1. The Warriors found the clinch at No. 1 singles, however, taking down Flament in three sets.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will head south to Saint Leo, Fla. for a matchup with the Saint Leo Lions on March 15 at 11 a.m. This will kick off their spring break trip where they will also face Keiser on March 17.

UINDY BASEBALL

GREYHOUNDS DROPS SERIES CLINCHER TO LAKERS

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team slid to 2-4 after dropping the series finale to the Grand Valley State Lakers on Sunday afternoon.

The Lakers, propelled by a six-run third inning, kept the Hounds off the scoreboard in the final four frames of the contest, benefiting from 14 runners being left on base for the Hounds.

Of the Hounds offense, Brayton Bowen and Drew Donaldson both went yard in the loss, with Bowen having a 1-1 day with three walks.

INS & OUTS

The Lakers grabbed the lead early, taking starter Logan Petersen yard in the first frame, but the third was where most of the their damage came. Facing lefty Caden Wilburn, they scored six with the cap being a three-run bomb.

The Hounds started their attempted comeback the third with Donaldson’s bomb, a solo shot to left center. Bowen hammered on an inning later over the right field fence, also a solo shot

Sloppy defense and pitching scored two more for the Hounds but it wasn’t to be as the Hounds fell in their second straight series.

BULLPEN NOTE

Payton Plym, Austin Bestul and E.J. White were locked in from the top of the fourth to the end of the game, silencing the Laker bats in the final six innings. They combined for six punchouts while issuing only one walk.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will look to right their ways as they welcome in the Purdue Northwest Pride for a doubleheader at Greyhound Park this Tuesday. Action is set to begin at noon.

MARIAN BASEBALL

KNIGHTS WIN SERIES OVER GOSHEN WITH SUNDAY SPLIT

Goshen, Ind. – The Marian baseball team completed their first series victory of the Crossroads League season Sunday afternoon, splitting their doubleheader at Goshen College. Marian dropped the opening game but completed a 15-6 win in the second act, taking the series win as they begin CL action 3-1 overall. Marian is now 8-7 on the year, and are in a tie for second in the Crossroads League after the opening weekend of conference play.

Game 1 | Marian 6-10 Goshen

Goshen struck first in game one, as Aden Burnside yielded a competitive walk and one-out double, throwing a wild pitch to allow the first run of the day to score. The second-year Knight settled in after his opening inning and threw shutout frames in the second and third, stranding a runner in each inning. Burnside’s scoreless streak ended in the fourth as the Maple Leafs’ Joshua Rubio sent a two-run homerun over the left field wall, increasing the lead to 3-0 for the home team.

In the top of the fifth inning Marian broke their zero on the scoreboard as Bryce Davenport led off the inning with a single, and was followed by back-to-back base hits by Caden Mason and Dawson Estep. Kameron Salazar and Rylan Huntley would deliver sacrifice fly outs to bring in two runs in the inning, as the Knights trailed 3-2 entering the home half. Despite the runs in the top half, the pitching of Burnside was unable to protect the momentum, as the sophomore gave up his second home run, allowing two more runs to score. Garrett West finished the inning as Burnside recorded one out, with West picking up the final two outs with Marian trailing 5-2.

Runs would be scored in each of the next three innings, with Marian getting two in the top of the sixth, as Estep delivered a two-RBI single. West would allow one run as a hit and two walks pushed Goshen’s lead back to two runs, with the home team holding a 6-4 lead after six complete. Marian would be held scoreless in the top of the seventh as Huntley’s one-out single was left on base, and in the bottom of the seventh Marian saw their deficit grow by a run as Hunter Reagan allowed a run to score.

Marian showed a spark in the top of the eighth as they attempted to rally back into the game, getting a lead-off single and quick two-run home run from Bryce Davenport to make it a one-run game. Two Knights would walk before the inning ended, but the runners were left stranded as a pair of fly outs failed to advance any bases. In the home half, Reagan showed signs of struggle early allowing the first three men he pitched against to reach base, while a second hit batter with the bases loaded scored Goshen’s eighth run. Jace Stoops came on in relief to try and get Marian out of the jam, and started strong with back-to-back strikeouts, but couldn’t close the inning out as a two-run single expanded Goshen’s lead to four.

In the top of the ninth Marian would get a runner on base in Seth Hogg’s single, but could not add to their rally, as they fell 10-6 in game one. Marian ended the game with 14 hits, but left 10 runners on base in the loss. Josh Lamb, Johnny Roeder, Hogg, Davenport, Estep, and Barnes each had two hits in the game, with Davenport leading the team with two RBI. On the mound, Burnside took the loss pitching 4.1 innings, allowing five runs to score. West and Reagan each allowed two hits in their relief appearances, and Stoops and Burnside each had three strikeouts.

Game 2 | Marian 15-6 Goshen

The Knights looked to wash the loss out of the mouth quickly in the second game, as they scored five runs in the top of the first. Kameron Salazar and Donavan Shepherd reached base on free passes, and an RBI single by Rylan Huntley delivered the first run of the game. Marian would load the bases and Pierson Barnes picked up an RBI as he was hit by a pitch, and Bryce Davenport and Jacob Dill would follow with RBI singles. Dawson Estep fired an RBI sacrifice fly to cap the inning, as Marian took a 5-0 lead after three outs of ball.

Seth Hogg made the start in game two on the mound, and showed some early struggles as a lead-off walk and two singles drove in a Maple Leafs run. The freshman would settle in after stranding two runners, pitching a strong second as he faced the minimum with his catcher Dill catching a runner stealing to end the frame, and in the third inning Hogg struckout the side after allowing a lead-off double.

Marian added two more runs to their lead in the top of the fourth inning as Salazar blasted a lead-off double, scoring one batter later on an errant throw in Caden Mason’s bunt single. Another error in the inning off of Johnny Roeder’s bat allowed the sophomore to pick up an RBI, giving Marian a 7-1 lead. In the fifth inning the Knights’ offense put the game to rest, as seven runs scored on five hits with Goshen switching pitchers. Salazar and Caden Mason each picked RBI with base hits, and two batters later Parker Watts recorded an RBI single. Roeder added an RBI single and Watts would come around to score on a wild pitch to score the 12th and 13th runs, and Estep poked a sacrifice fly to cap the scoring in the frame as Marian led 14-1.

Hogg would pitch the fifth and sixth innings with scoreless frames in each appearance, allowing one total batter to reach base. In the top of the seventh a lead-off home run for Bryce Davenport ended Marian’s scoring, while in the bottom of the inning the Maple Leafs would score five runs against relievers Aidan Bishop and Mitch Porter, ending the game in the final score of 15-6.

Hogg shined in the win for Marian, striking out 11 batters while allowing four hits and one run in his six innings. Huntley led the team in hits with three, and Davenport, Salazar, and Mason each had two hits in the win.

Marian will play a non-conference game on Tuesday, hosting Lourdes University at MU Ballpark at 1:00 p.m. The Knights will play a nine-inning contest, followed by a JV seven-inning game.

VINCENNES TRACK

TRAILBLAZER TRACK AND FIELD BRINGS HOME THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Vincennes University men’s and women’s Track and Field teams had another outstanding showing Friday and Saturday at the 2024 NJCAA Indoor National Championships in Gainesville, Fla.

VU freshman pole vaulter Sophia Amaral got things started on Friday by winning the pole vault National Championship by clearing a height of 4.01 meters.

Sophomore Desroy Jordan picked up the second National Title for the Trailblazers Saturday in the 600 meter dash, qualifying Friday with a time of 1:18.44 before coming back even faster Saturday with a time of 1:17.31.

Sophomore Olegs Kozjakovs was the third VU event winner over the weekend putting together a stellar weekend to claim the top spot in the heptathlon.

Kozjakovs got off to a fast start in the first four events Friday, winning the shot put with a throw of 15.02 meters and placing second in the long jump at 7.03 meters.

Heading into the final three events of the heptathlon, Kozjakovs was in second place with a total of 2,954 points.

Kozjakovs would get a massive boost Saturday with an outstanding performance in the pole vault event, clearing a height of 5.00 meters to earn a massive 910 points, jumping him into the top spot on the leaderboard.

Olegs closed out the heptathlon by placing sixth in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:52.95 earning 735 points and finishing the weekend with 5,327 points to claim the National Championship.

Kozjakovs wasn’t done there however, as Olegs would claim two-time All-American status Friday in the pole vault event as well, placing second after clearing a height of 4.79 meters.

Sophomore vaulter and 2023 Indoor National Champion Julia Amaral would also pick up her third All-American honor Friday, placing eighth in the women’s vault with a height of 3.31 meters.

Sophomore Isaac Stanford (Flora, Ill.) just missed out on the podium in the 1000 meters, finishing 10th with a time of 2:28.40.

Stanford would then turn around and compete in the men’s Distance Medley Relay with freshmen Brahym Sakka (Tunisia), Clinton Laguerre and Tanner Spence (Carmi, Ill.) to place 15th with a time of 10:18.40 and close out the weekend Saturday in the 4×800 relay along side Sakka, Spence and freshman Bryaun Manuel (East St. Louis, Ill.) and place ninth with a time of 7:51.71.

Freshman Emilly Barbosa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) also served as a triple threat for the Blazers over the weekend, competing individually in the 1,000 meters and placing 17th with a time of 3:05.20 before joining freshmen Zinzile Gumpo, Jasmyn Self (Casey, Ill.) and Adi Fuller (Evansville, Ind.) in the Distance Medley Relay to place 12th with a time of 12:58.32.

Barbosa capped off the busy weekend Saturday in the 4×800 relay with Fuller, Self and freshman Grayson Haynes (Sebree, Ky.) with the team placing 13th with a time of 10:25.48.

Freshmen Olamipo Ladipo and Tumaini Skinner rounded out the Trailblazer finishers, competing in the 200 meters with Ladipo placing 32nd at 22.01 and Skinner finishing 37th with a time of 22.48 seconds.

The men’s 4×400 relay team also competed Saturday but were unfortunately disqualified for running outside of their lane and unable to post a time.

Overall, the VU men’s team placed 10th after earning 27 points and the VU women’s team placed 23rd with 11 points, very good showings for both teams.

“We had a very exciting weekend at the NJCAA Indoor Championships this weekend,” VU Head Track and Field Coach Marty Rogier said. “It started with Olegs being named the Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year for the Indoor Season. That’s a really big honor coming from our Region.”

“The men’s team had a great showing, finishing in the top 10,” Rogier added. “Our program had three National Champions with Sophia, Desroy and Olegs all claiming the top spot on the podium. In addition to that, we earned two more All-American honors and broke two school records. To compete at this meet is such a thrill because the level of competition is so high. The quality and depth of talent was probably one of the best in this championship’s history.”

“Our sister tandem from Brazil, Sophia and Julia, got us off to a good start Friday in the pole vault where they scored our only points on the women’s side,” Rogier said. “Sophia, once again, dominated the meet, clearing 4.01 meters, easily surpassing the second place finisher by over a foot to win her first National title.”

“Julia, last year’s National Champion, added an eighth place finish to earn her third All-American award over the past year,” Rogier added. “I’m very excited for outdoor season to see what the girls might do when they get a little wind at their back.”

“Saturday Desroy ran a brilliant race to win the 600 meters in dramatic fashion,” Rogier said. “He closed in the last 150 meters to pass the two top ranked athletes in the country to capture his first National Title. It was really exciting to see Desroy get a championship of his own. Desroy was ranked fourth in the 600 and seventh in the 400 prior to this weekend, so it was a tough decision to decide which race to go after because the sprints are extremely competitive at this level. I wish I could say it was great coaching, but Desroy is a fierce competitor and has the ability to measure up to others during a race and just close the door at the right time. It was a well-deserved win.”

“Olegs was again just outstanding,” Rogier said. “Friday was the first day of the Heptathlon, where he competed in the 60 meter sprint, long jump, shot put and high jump. He was in second place at the end of the first day’s events but wasn’t done. After hat five hour event, he competed in the open pole vault competition. We were not sure about trying this difficult double but the schedule provided the opportunity and he managed to tie for second place in a very good competition, clearing 4.79 meters. I was hoping that he might pull off the win but it was a lot to ask of him to compete in five events in one day.”

“He returned Saturday for day two of the Heptathlon sitting in second place with three events left,” Rogier said. “It started a little rough with the hurdles, where he dropped to fourth place in overall points. But he rallied back in the second event, which was his specialty, the pole vault. He got it going and cleared five meters, which was higher than the winning height in the open competition. That big point total put him in the lead with only the 1000 meters left. The 1000 meters is not exactly Olegs’ favorite event and he had to stay within 15 seconds of his closest competitors. He gutted it out and closed out the event with 5,327 points, beating Harry Crosby of South Plains by only 50 points.”

“One of our few disappointments of the meet came in the 4×400 relay,” Rogier added. “I thought we were in a good position to earn a medal if we ran up to our potential but on the first leg Clinton came up with an injury about 100 meters into the race. He popped up and looked like he was going to drop out but he stayed in the race and ran on one wheel the rest of the way. Olamipo, Tumaini and Desroy all ran very well to still finish with a good time but were disqualified because Clinton ran out of his lane when he was injured.”

“It was a tough break for Clinton because he has been running so well,” Rogier said. “It was an incredible act of being a great teammate. He could have dropped out of the race but he kept going in order to give his teammates a chance to run. Not a lot of athletes today would do that. That’s why he is so special to this team. Hopefully we can get him healed up and ready for the Outdoor Nationals.”

“I told the team that I have been coaching for 40 years and we had about a 45-minute window that might have been the most exciting of my career,” Rogier said. “Olegs was clearing huge bars in the Heptathlon pole vault and had the whole crowd cheering for him. Desroy, at the same time, wins the 600 in what was one of the most exciting finishes of the day. 30 minutes later Olegs completes the 1000 meter run to clinch his heptathlon title. So for that 45 minutes or so, Vincennes held the spotlight on the biggest stage of the season. It was really special and I was incredibly proud of how we competed and what our team accomplished against the very best programs in the country.”

“The men’s and women’s Distance Medley Relays got the running events started on Friday,” VU Assistant Track and Field/Distance Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “The women were up first and ran 12:58, just a second and a half off their qualifying time. We fell short of our goal of placing second in our heat but everyone performed well. In the men’s DMR we missed out on the fast heat by one place, so our goal was to win the heat and run as quick as possible to give us a shot at beating one of the eight teams in the fast heat to score a few points. Brahym got us off to a good start in the 1200 leg and Clinton got us into the lead with a 48 second 400. We dropped back a few places with Tanner’s 800 but he handed of to Isaac a few seconds back of first place. Isaac tried to get up there and catch them but ultimately ended up fading in the final laps.”

“Seven hours after the DMRs Emilly and Isaac came back to run the 1000 meters in hopes of qualifying for the final,” Steigenga added. “Emilly had a great race and ran 3:05.20, which is the third best time in VU history. Unfortunately, she was a few seconds off qualifying for the final and ended up 17th overall. Isaac came back strong in the 1000 meters, where he ran a school record time of 2:28.40, improving on the old record by almost three seconds. Despite the great effort, he missed out on the final by .04 seconds and was the first runner out. Missing out on the final was gut wrenching, especially being that close.”

“Saturday saw both men and women compete in the 4×800 relay,” Steigenga said. “The women ran okay, coming off the DMR but it wasn’t quite what we wanted. For the men, we were in a similar position as the DMR, where we were trying to win and run fast in the first heat. Bryaun led off the race with a 1:59 split and handed off to Isaac in third place. Isaac ran a 1:54 split and handed off the baton to Tanner with over a two second lead. Tanner maintained the lead and ran a 1:59 and handed off to Brahym, who had the lead going into the final 50 meters but faded in the home stretch. He got passed by two teams, which would mean we’d need three from the faster heat to run slower than us. It didn’t come to fruition as we ended up finishing ninth in 7:51.71, a half second off of scoring. It was a very bittersweet moment as the effort was great and is the second best time in school history, but it was tough to be so close to our goal and miss out again.”

“Overall, it was a great weekend,” Steigenga added. “Being able to see what Olegs, Sophia and Desroy did, winning their events, we were hoping to add some points on the distance side but came up short. I’m still proud of my crew and what they did. A month ago we didn’t have any national qualifiers as we were trying to recover from a lot of sickness and injury. So to accomplish what we did this weekend is definitely a success. We’ve got a month to do some solid training now and get ready to do even better outdoors.”

The Trailblazers will look to build on this success and grow as VU begins preparations for the 2024 Outdoor season.

Members of the VU squad will begin the outdoor season by heading to the WashU Distance Carnival hosted by Washington University in St. Louis on Friday, March 29.

The rest of the VU team will begin their season Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the EIU Big Blue Classic hosted by Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.

VINCENNES RESULTS

TEAM RESULTS

VU Men – 10th, 27 points

VU Women – 23rd, 11 points

MEN’S RESULTS

Pole Vault

Olegs Kozjakovs – 2, 4.79m

600m

Desroy Jordan – 1, 1:17.31

DMR

Sakka, Laguerre, Spence, Stanford – 15, 10:18.40

200m

Olamipo Ladipo – 32, 22.01

Tumaini Skinner – 37, 22.48

1000m

Isaac Stanford – 10, 2:28.40

4×400 Relay

Laguerre, Ladipo, Skinner, Jordan – DQ

4×800 Relay

Manuel, Stanford, Spence, Sakka – 9, 7:51.71

Heptathlon

Olegs Kozjakovs – 1, 5,327 points

60m – 14, 7.44, 732 points

Long Jump – 2, 7.03m, 821 points

Shot Put – 1, 15.02m, 791 points

High Jump – 8, 1.78m, 610 points

60m Hurdles – 12, 9.08, 728 points

Pole Vault – 1, 5.00m, 910 points

1000m – 6, 2:52.95, 735 points

WOMEN’S RESULTS

Pole Vault

Sophia Amaral – 1, 4.01m

Julia Amaral – 8, 3.31m

DMR

Barbosa, Gumpo, Self, Fuller – 12, 12:58.32

1000m

Emilly Barbosa – 17, 3:05.20

4×800 Relay

Fuller, Self, Haynes, Barbosa – 13, 10:25.48

VINCENNES BASEBALL

TRAILBLAZERS FALL IN WEEKEND FINALE TO NO. 12 KELLOGG C.C.

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University baseball team ended a very productive weekend on a bad note Sunday morning at Jerry Blemker Field.

The Blazers hosted a rematch against the No. 12-ranked Kellogg Community College Bruins and came up on the bad end of some big innings to fall 26-8 to end the weekend.

VU got off to a fast start Sunday morning, breaking open the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by redshirt freshman Holden Clifton (Louisville, Ill.) and a two RBI single by freshman Nate Montgomery (Lexington, Ind.).

Kellogg would answer back with a run in the second and another run in the third to cut the VU lead to one before breaking the game open in the fourth with a massive 10-run inning to take a 12-3 lead.

The Bruins weren’t done there though as Kellogg followed that inning with an eight-run fifth to take a 20-3 lead.

Vincennes would get a run back in the bottom of the fifth after a leadoff walk by sophomore Keegan Schlotterbeck (Centerville, Ind.), a single by freshman Reed Drabant (Columbia, Ill.) and another walk by freshman Noble Johnson (Terre Haute, Ind.) to load the bases.

Schlotterbeck would come in to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brandon Juarez (Evansville, Ind.) to cut the deficit to 20-4.

Kellogg would score six in the sixth before VU again refused to give in in the bottom half of the inning starting with back-to-back singles by freshman Brody Fessel (DePauw, Ind.) and sophomore Dylan Ecken (Louisville, Ky.), followed by a walk by freshman Damon Kay (Spencer, Ind.) and a bases loaded hit by pitch by freshman Brody Shaw (Cory, Ind.).

Reed Drabant would then clear the bases with a three-RBI triple, giving him two hits in back-to-back innings and making the score 26-8.

This would be as close as the Vincennes comeback attempt would get however as the Bruins finished out the weekend with a 26-8 victory over the Trailblazers.

“Obviously when you go 3-1 on the weekend it’s a positive thing,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “The bad thing is not playing your best baseball in the last game of the weekend. It is what it is today but going 3-1 on the weekend with three quality wins over Kellogg, Lincoln Trail and Glen Oaks that’s a real positive.”

“Today was just one of those days,” Barney added. “A lot of things fell for them, not a lot for us. We didn’t do a very good job of swinging it and had three errors. We were competitive for about three or four innings and then the bullpen kind of blew up today.”

“We’ve just got to figure it out but to go 3-1 this weekend is a real positive thing for this team,” Barney said. “We’ve got to build off of that and continue to work. Hopefully we can get better from this.”

“Some guys did step up at the plate in the later innings with some opportunities that might not have been around,” Barney added. “When you talk about leading off an inning with hits by Brody Fessel and Dylan Ecken, a walk by Damon Kay, a hit by pitch for Brody Shaw and then follow that with Reed Drabant getting a three-RBI triple. Plus a sac fly for Juarez, but those are the situations where we’ve got to come up with better hits and multiple hits to help put up some crooked numbers. We gave up a 10-spot, an eight-spot and a six-spot today. It’s hard to overcome that. But those were the guys that stepped up and did some damage in the later part of the game.”

Freshman Carson Allen (Louisville, Ky.) got the start on the mound for VU Sunday, throwing two and one-thirds innings, allowing two runs, one earned on two hits and striking out three.

Sophomore Jace Parnin (Fort Wayne, Ind.) pitched an inning and one-third of relief, allowing five runs on three hits and striking out three.

Freshman Bryce Gross (Bridgeport, Ill.) came in to throw an inning of work, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out one.

Freshman Colton Okes (Evansville, Ind.) finished off the last inning and one-third, allowing one hit without allowing a run and striking out one in his appearance.

The Trailblazers will look to bounce back Wednesday, March 6 when VU takes on Lake Land College from Mattoon, Ill. at Jerry Blemker Field in the final tune up game before the start of the Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) schedule. First pitch Wednesday is set for 3 p.m. eastern.

VU will begin conference play on the road Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. eastern on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ve got to play against Lake Land and do well,” Barney said. “Then turn around and go right into conference play against Lewis & Clark who will be a quality club. They’ve had some success lately, so we’ll see how they are. But I feel good about where we are at moving forward going into conference play with the schedule that we’ve played and the people that we’ve played.”

SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETICS

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

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FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NBA STANDINGS

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NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

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FOOTBALL HISTORY

Football History Headlines

March 4, 1956- Inventors working with the Cleveland Browns used the first radio transmitter in a QB helmet. John Campbell and George Sarles, a couple of inventors from Ohio approached Cleveland’s head Coach Paul Brown, who was always up for being on the cutting edge of innovation, with an idea. The two inventors had developed a radio transmission system that they felt could be installed into a football helmet safely to improve communication with the sideline. Brown loved the idea and asked the two men to develop the gadget in secrecy. According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the radio was carefully mounted into the helmet and, using the seclusion of a wooded area behind Campbell’s home, the pair proceeded to test the unit. Sarles retreated to the woods with the helmet. The signal became weak and communication broke off. When Sarles did not return, Campbell set out to find his partner. Soon thereafter, he spotted Sarles talking with a police officer who had intercepted the signal. It was very Fortunate for Sarles and Campbell, that the officer was a Browns fan and agreed to keep the discovery under wraps. It is this test that we believe took place on March 4, 1956. Nonetheless, the pair changed the frequency on the unit. The helmet was first used by Quarterback George Ratterman in a preseason exhibition against Detroit. The Lions sideline became suspicious during the game when they didn’t see Brown’s shuttling lineman into the game to carry plays so they sent a scout who discovered the transmitter on a light pole behind the Cleveland bench. The Browns were able to use the radio helmet for three more games but then NFL Commissioner Bert Bell stepped in and banned the device. In 1985 John Campbell donated the innovative helmet to the Pro Football Hall of Fame where it is currently on display. The device was patented by Sarles on September 15, 1959, see that story here.

HOF Birthdays

March 4, 1964 – Frewsburg, New York – The stud linebacker of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1983 through 1986, Shane Conlan was born. Shane according to the NFF’s bio on his was a 1986 Consensus First-Team All-American and a finalist for the Butkus Award. Conlan recorded eight tackles and two interceptions in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl over Miami (Fla.) to give Penn State the national title. In two different seasons Shane led the Penn State defense in tackles and he finished off his collegiate career ranked second on the Lions’ All-Time tackles list with 274, and his 183 solo tackles still rank third in school history. The National Football Foundation selected the name of Shane Conlan for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014. After graduation Shane became the 8th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 1987 NFL Draft. The linebacker played six seasons with the Bills and three for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams before retiring after the 1995 season. Conlan was the 1987 Rookie of the Year and a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection played in three straight Super Bowls with the Bills.

March 4, 1971 – Rochester, New York – The standout running back of 1990 to 1992 from Ithaca College, Jeff Wittman arrived into this life. The FootballFoundation.org website states that Jeff earned First -Team All-America status 3 times with the Bombers. Jeff led his Ithaca Bombers team to the Division III national title in 1991 and was subsequently named as the MVP of the Stagg Bowl after  punching in three touchdowns in the contest. .The NFF voters chose Jeff Wittman to receive the honor of entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He is only the second person from the school to have made it into the HOF, the other being head coach Jim Butterfield.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912      With the shacks torn down and the garbage pits filled in the Pigtown section in Brooklyn, Charles Ebbets breaks ground for his team’s new Bedford Avenue ballpark. The Dodgers’ Flatbush facility, which will serve as the team’s beloved home for 44 years, will be named for its owner after a reporter at the ceremony suggested the idea to Charley.

1913      The Yankees become the first team to train outside of the United States when they start spring training in Bermuda, playing nine games against the International League’s New Jersey Skeeters. The minor league team had trained on the island nation in 1912, playing on a converted cricket field in Hamilton, known as Bernard Park today.

1919      Giants’ manager John McGraw sells Slim Sallee to the Reds, but the team will purchase the southpaw back next year. During his five seasons with New York, ‘Scatter’ compiles a 42-23 (.646) record and an ERA of 2.26.

1921      After spending the first 12 years of his career with the Red Sox, the team trades veteran outfielder Harry Hooper to the White Sox for Nemo Leibold and Shano Collins. ‘Hoop’ will finish his playing days in Chicago, hitting .302 during his five seasons in the Windy City, thirty points higher than his average in Boston.

1948      Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial ends his holdout, signing for $31,000, the same salary he made last season, after new owners Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh assure him that his salary will increase based on his performance. ‘Stan the Man’ gets a pay raise of $5,000 when he is hitting .403 at the All-Star break en route to being named the National League’s MVP.

1976      The Giants, due to the intervention of San Francisco mayor George Moscone, will stay in the City by the Bay. In a last-minute deal, the Stoneham family sells the team to Bob Lurie and Bud Herseth for $8 million instead of the Labatt’s Brewery, which had planned to move the Giants to Canada.

1984      The Special Veterans Committee selects two outstanding defensive players, shortstop Pee Wee Reese and catcher Rick Ferrell, as members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Cooperstown’s newest infielder batted .269 during his 16-year career, all with the Dodgers, and the former Browns, Senators, and Red Sox’s backstop hit .281 in his 18-year major league tenure.

2004      Commissioner Bud Selig announces Major League Baseball will celebrate “Jackie Robinson Day” in every ballpark on April 15, the anniversary of the debut of the first black player in the major leagues. Jackie’s number (42) was retired for all time in a ceremony at Shea Stadium in April of 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s achievement.

2006      “We are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of spring training. These players have elected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The World Baseball Classic is an event sanctioned by the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The New York Yankees did not vote to support this event.”- LEGENDS FIELD SIGN, apologizing for the absence of star players. Before the scheduled exhibition game at Legends Field in Tampa, the Yankees, using a sign outside the park, apologize to the fans for Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Bernie Williams not playing due to their participation in the World Baseball Classic. Bronx Bombers boss George Steinbrenner had abstained when the owners approved the World Cup-type tournament at the urging of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

2008      Brad Hawpe and the Rockies agree to $17,425,000 for three years, replacing the $3,925,000, one-year contract signed in January. Joining right-hander Aaron Cook, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and closer Manny Corpas, the Colorado right fielder becomes the fourth young player of the National League champs to receive a long-term deal.

2012      A swarm of bees that moved down the right-field line and settled near the Giants’ dugout behind first base causes the evacuation of two sections of fans, delaying the split-squad game against the Diamondbacks for 41 minutes. The Salt River Fields grounds crew uses a combination of lemonade and cotton candy obtained from the concession stand to lure the buzzing insects away from fans and players.

BASEBALL YEAR IN REVIEW: 1929 (BASEBALL ALMANAC)

Off the field…

One February evening in north Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Company garage. All had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners (who were disguised as policemen) and shot to death. The men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, “Bugs” Moran and were casualties of what would become the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”. Ordered by rival gang leader, Al “Scarface” Capone, the notorious attack was carried out by Jack “Machine Gun” McGurn who had organized the hit. Thanks to prohibition, Capone had become the crime czar of Chicago, running gambling, prostitution and bootlegging rackets while continuously expanding his territories by getting rid of rival gangs.

Stock market prices plummeted from November to December and U.S. securities lost $26 billion, marking the first financial disaster of the Great Depression. The American depression produced severe effects abroad, especially in Europe, where many countries had not fully recovered from the aftermath of World War I. In Germany, the economic disaster and resulting social dislocation contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Although it shared the basic characteristics of other such crises, the Great Depression was unprecedented in its length and in the wholesale poverty and tragedy it inflicted on society.

In the American League…

The first-place Philadelphia Athletics scored a whopping eight runs off of Boston Red Sox pitcher Milt Gaston on the way to an embarrassing 24-6 massacre at Fenway Park on May 1st. The twenty-four runs matched a franchise record previously set in the “Ty Cobb protest game” in 1912, and the twenty-nine hits set another franchise mark.

The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers set a major league “marathon” record on May 24th after going twenty-one innings (three hours and thirty-one minutes) for the longest game ever seen to date at Comiskey Park. George Uhle emerged the 6-5 winner, after going twenty innings, with Vic Sorrell finishing in relief. The loser, Ted Lyons, went the distance giving up a respectable twenty-four hits (over twenty-one innings).

In the National League…

On April 29th, Brooklyn Dodgers relief pitcher Clise Dudley became the first player ever to hit a home run against the first pitch he saw. Claude Willoughby of the Philadelphia Phillies gave up the inaugural round-tripper en route to an 8-3 victory. Amazingly Dudley would go on to hit only two more home runs in his four Major League years.

The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds turned an amazing nine double plays on July 3rd to tie the Major League double-play mark previously set in 1925 by Detroit and Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals answered back after losing 10-6 in the opener of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies with a magnificent 28-6 victory on July 6th. The “Redbirds” came out swinging in game two and collected ten runs in the first and ten more in the fifth. Their twenty-eight hits and twenty-eight runs set a National League record and both teams combined to tie a Major League title with seventy-three hits in a doubleheader.

Around the League…

The New York Yankees announced that they were adding numbers on the backs of their uniforms. Initially, continuous numbers were distributed based upon a player’s position in the batting order (Combs #1, Koenig #2, Ruth #3, Gehrig #4, Meusel #5, Lazzeri #6, Durocher #7, Grabowski #8). Several weeks later, the Cleveland Indians agreed to follow suite and by 1931 all American League teams were utilizing the new identification technique. However, some National League players still remained numberless until 1933.

On August 3rd, the Chicago Cubs voiced their complaint about the ragged sleeve on the pitching arm of Brooklyn Dodger ace Dazzy Vance (an old trick to distract the hitter). Soon after, a Major League rule was passed that required all pitchers to maintain neat attire. The mandate would expand over the years to include caps, gloves, glasses and other visual deterrents.

The New York Giants used the first public address system in a big-league ballpark during a July 5th game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On September 25th, New York Yankees manager Miller Huggins died from accidental blood poisoning at New York’s St. Vincent Hospital at the age of forty-nine. On the day of his funeral in Cincinnati, the American League canceled all games. Yankees coach Art Fletcher remained, as interim skipper, and Bob Shawkey was brought in as the official manager for the 1930 season.

TODAY IN NBA HISTORY

March 4, 1982

San Antonio’s George Gervin racked up 48 points, surpassing 19,000 career points, in a 110-101 loss to Boston.

March 4, 1996

Utah’s John Stockton hands out 11 assists during the Jazz’ 110-87 victory over Phoenix, becoming the first NBA player to collect 11,000 career assists.

March 4, 1998

Arbitrator John Feerick upheld the NBA’s suspension of Latrell Sprewell for the 1997-98 season, resulting in a monetary penalty of $6.4 million, finding that the NBA’s investigation was “done in good faith and was fair and adequate.” Feerick also found “that the NBA complied with the standards of industrial due process.” He reduced the NBA’s suspension to the extent it had included approximately one month of the 1998-99 season. However, the arbitrator reinstated Sprewell’s contract with Golden State for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, finding that the combination of a one-season suspension and a contract termination would not be appropriate under all of the circumstances.

March 4, 2012

Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets scores 57 points in a 104-101 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics dished 20 assists in a 115-111 win over the New York Knicks.

March 4, 2016

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers scores 50 points in a 117-115 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

3 – 1 – 22 – 8

March 4, 1927 – The New York Yankeesfamous Number 3, Babe Ruth, becomes the highest paid player in baseball with a whopper of a contract at the time of nearly $70,000 per season over a three year contract.

March 4, 1941 – The Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Number 1, Sam LoPresti, certianly earned his pay on this day! The opposing Boston Bruinsfired an NHL record 83 shots at the goal minder and remarkably only three of them slipped stone wall Sam. Unfortunately it was in a losing effort as the Bruins  outlasted the Black Hawks 3-2.

March 4, 1980 – Mike Bossy, Number 22 of the New York Islanders posted his 40th hattrick in a game on this day.

March 4, 1984 – Pee Wee Reese and Rick Ferrell were both elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Reese wore Number 1 on his uniform for the Brooklyn Dodgers as an infielder from 1940 through 1957 and then an additional season when the team moved to LA. Ferrell was a catcher that wore many different jersey digits with multiple teams but may be best known as being Number 8 on the Washington Senators roster from 1938 to 1944

March 4, 1993 – Perhaps the most famous Number 23 of All-Time, NBA player Michael Jordan won an ESPY award on this day for his play on the court for the Chicago Bulls.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1960 — Phil Latrielle of Middlebury scores an NCAA-record 10 goals in a 13-2 victory over Colgate. Latrielle, a three time All-American, would score a record 250 goals in the 85 games of his collegiate ice hockey career.

1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors registers his fifth straight 50-point game with 58 against the New York Knicks and sets a season scoring record with 3,921 points.

1968 — Joe Frazier wins the vacant New York world heavyweight title with an 11th-round TKO of Buster Mathis at Madison Square Garden.

1981 — Guy LaFleur of the Montreal Canadiens scores his 1,000th point with a goal in a 9-3 rout over the Winnipeg Jets.

1990 — Hank Gathers, one of two Division I players to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season, dies after collapsing during Loyola Marymount’s West Coast Conference tournament game against Portland. He was 23.

2004 — Mianne Bagger makes sports history at the Women’s Australian Open as the first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament.

2006 — Rafael Nadal ends top-ranked Roger Federer’s 56-match hardcourt winning streak with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the final of the Dubai Open.

2011 — Miikka Kiprusoff becomes the first goalie in 25 years to stop two penalty shots in a game and finishes with 37 saves, leading Calgary past Columbus 4-3.

2013 — Gonzaga, the small Northwest school that has delivered big NCAA tournament wins, is on top of The Associated Press’ Top 25 for the first time. Riding the best record in Division I at 29-2, the Bulldogs become the 57th school to be ranked No. 1 since the AP poll began in January 1949.

2013 — Brittney Griner scores a Big 12 single-game record 50 points in her final regular-season game at Baylor and leads the Bears to a 98-50 win over Kansas State.

2015 — Russell Westbrook becomes the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have four consecutive triple-doubles and the first since Jordan that year to have back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points. Westbrook sets career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and adds 10 assists, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime.

2017 — Marit Bjoergen wins world championship gold in the 30-kilometer classical race as Norway completes a sweep of women’s cross-country ski titles at the world championships in Lahti, Finland. Bjoergen takes her record 18th career gold medal and fourth of the championships. No country had won all women’s cross-country gold medals at a single world championships since Russia in 1997, when there were only five events, rather than the current six.

2017 — Austrian Marcel Hirscher stuns the world of Alpine skiing by locking up an unprecedented sixth straight overall World Cup He becomes the first male skier to win six overall titles. Hirscher’s 44th career win also secures him the giant slalom title.

2017 — Napheesa Collier scores 24 points and top-ranked UConn routed Tulsa 105-57 in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. The Huskies (30-0) extend their NCAA-record winning streak to 105 games and reach the 30-victory mark for the 12th consecutive season.

TV SPORTS SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S)

7 p.m.

ESPN — Duke at NC State

9 p.m.

ESPN — Texas at Baylor

ESPNU — Weber St. at Montana St.

COLLEGE GOLF (WOMEN’S)

2:30 p.m.

GOLF — Darius Rucker Intercollegiate: First Round, Long Cove Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

MLB BASEBALL

1 p.m.

MLBN — Spring Training: Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Dunedin, Fla.

NBA BASKETBALL

8 p.m.

NBATV — LA Clippers at Milwaukee

10:30 p.m.

NBATV — Oklahoma City at LA Lakers

SOCCER (MEN’S)

3 p.m. USA — Premier League: Arsenal at Sheffield United