NBA PLAYOFFS

DALLAS 111 PHOENIX 101

PHILADELPHIA 116 MIAMI 108

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 101, BOSTON 89

• GAME 2: BOSTON 109, MILWAUKEE 86

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 103, BOSTON 101

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

BUCKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 106, PHILADELPHIA 92

• GAME 2: MIAMI 119, PHILADELPHIA 103

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 99, MIAMI 79

• GAME 4: PHILADELPHIA 116, MIAMI 108

• GAME 5: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | 7 ET | ESPN

• GAME 7*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

SERIES TIED 2-2

* = IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 117, MEMPHIS 116

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 106, GOLDEN STATE 101

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 142, MEMPHIS 112

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | MONDAY, MAY 16 | TBD | TNT

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 121, DALLAS 114

• GAME 2: PHOENIX 129, DALLAS 109

• GAME 3: DALLAS 103, PHOENIX 94

• GAME 4: DALLAS 111, PHOENIX 101

• GAME 5: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 6: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | 9:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

SERIES TIED 2-2

* = IF NECESSARY

NHL PLAYOFFS

BOSTON 5 CAROLINA 2

ST. LOUIS 5 MINNESOTA 2

TAMPA BAY 7 TORONTO 3

LOS ANGELES 4 EDMONTON 0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Date Time (ET)   #1 Florida vs. #WC2 Washington   Networks
Monday, May 9 7 p.m.       Florida at Washington TBS, SN1, TVA Sports
*Wednesday, May 11  TBD Washington at Florida TBD        
*Friday, May 13 TBD Florida at Washington TBD    
*Sunday, May 15 TBD Washington at Florida TBD

Date Time (ET)   #2 Toronto vs. #3 Tampa Bay   Networks        
Sunday, May 8 7 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
*Tuesday, May 10 TBD Tampa Bay at Toronto TBD        
*Thursday, May 12 TBD Toronto at Tampa Bay TBD    
*Saturday, May 14 TBD Tampa Bay at Toronto TBD

Date Time (ET) #1 Carolina vs. #WC1 Boston   Networks
*Tuesday, May 10 TBD Boston at Carolina TBD        
*Thursday, May 12 TBD Carolina at Boston TBD    
*Saturday, May 14 TBD Boston at Carolina TBD

Date Time (ET)   #2 NY Rangers vs. #3 Pittsburgh   Networks        
Monday, May 9 7 p.m.       NY Rangers at Pittsburgh ESPN, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
*Wednesday, May 11   TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers TBD        
*Friday, May 13 TBD NY Rangers at Pittsburgh TBD    
*Sunday, May 15 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Rangers TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Date Time (ET)   #1 Colorado vs. #WC2 Nashville   Networks
Monday, May 9 9:30 p.m.   Colorado at Nashville ESPN, SN1, TVA Sports
*Wednesday, May 11   TBD Nashville at Colorado TBD        
*Friday, May 13 TBD Colorado at Nashville TBD    
*Sunday, May 15 TBD Nashville at Colorado TBD

Date Time (ET)   #2 Minnesota vs. #3 St. Louis   Networks        
*Tuesday, May 10 TBD St. Louis at Minnesota TBD        
*Thursday, May 12 TBD Minnesota at St. Louis TBD    
*Saturday, May 14 TBD St. Louis at Minnesota TBD

Date Time (ET)   #1 Calgary vs. #WC1 Dallas   Networks
Monday, May 9 9:30 p.m.   Calgary at Dallas TBS, Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports
*Wednesday, May 11  TBD Dallas at Calgary TBD        
*Friday, May 13 TBD Calgary at Dallas TBD    
*Sunday, May 15 TBD Dallas at Calgary TBD

Date Time (ET)   #2 Edmonton vs. #3 Los Angeles   Networks        
*Tuesday, May 10 TBD Los Angeles at Edmonton TBD        
*Thursday, May 12 TBD Edmonton at Los Angeles TBD    
*Saturday, May 14 TBD Los Angeles at Edmonton TBD

* if necessary
TBD – To Be Determined
JIP – Joined In Progress

MLB

LA ANGELS 5 WASHINGTON 4

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 BOSTON 2

KANSAS CITY 6 BALTIMORE 4

NY YANKEES 2 TEXAS 1

TEXAS 4 NY YANKEES 2

CLEVELAND 4 TORONTO 3

MINNESOTA 4 OAKLAND 3

HOUSTON 5 DETROIT 0

SEATTLE 2 TAMPA BAY 1 (10)

BALTIMORE 4 KANSAS CITY 2

PHILADELPHIA 3 NY METS 2

NY METS 6 PHILADELPHIA 1

ATLANTA 9 MILWAUKEE 2

CINCINNATI 7 PITTSBURGH 3

SAN FRANCISCO 4 ST. LOUIS 3

SAN DIEGO 3 MIAMI 2

ARIZONA 4 COLORADO 0

LA DODGERS 7 CHICAGO CUBS 1

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LOUISVILLE 5 INDIANAPOLIS 1

SOUTH BEND 2 PEORIA 0

WISCONSIN 4 FORT WAYNE 3

WNBA

LOS ANGELES 87 INDIANA 77

WASHINGTON 78 MINNESOTA 66

LAS VEGAS 85 SEATTLE 74

USFL

NEW ORLEANS 23 HOUSTON 16

COLLEGE BASEBALL

XAVIER 11 BUTLER 2

INDIANA 10 MICHIGAN 8

IOWA 9 PURDUE 1

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 3 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 2

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 11 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 6

BALL STATE 9 KENT STATE 5

BALL STATE 9 KENT STATE 3

EVANSVILLE 4 ILLINOIS STATE 3

DALLAS BAPTIST 8 VALPARAISO 3

BRADLEY 5 INDIANA STATE 3

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

PURDUE 4 IOWA 3 (8)

NEBRASKA 5 INDIANA 4 (8)

NOTRE DAME 9 LOUISVILLE 1

VALPARAISO 10 EVANSVILLE 0

BALL STATE 2 AKRON 0

BUTLER 3 GEORGETOWN 1

BUTLER 7 GEORGETOWN 1

INDIANA STATE 10 LOYOLA CHICAGO 0

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 3 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 1

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 5 IUPUI 0

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Doncic, Mavs beat foul-plagued Paul, Suns to even series 2-2

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of foul trouble for Chris Paul to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday, evening the Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

Paul was out of Game 4 early in the fourth quarter, the period when he often dominated the Mavericks during an 11-game winning streak that ended with consecutive home victories for Dallas. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored a playoff career-high 24 points on the most 3-pointers he’s had, regular season or playoffs. He was 8 of 12 from deep, including consecutive 3s for a 14-point lead midway through the fourth.

Dallas matched its 20 3s (20 of 44) from a Mother’s Day rout of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011, a win that completed on a four-game sweep in the second round on the way to the championship. The Mavericks are playing beyond the first round for the first time since then.

Devin Booker scored 35 points for the Suns, who dropped two straight on road with a 2-0 lead just as they did in last year’s NBA Finals. Milwaukee won the last four to take the title. Top-seeded Phoenix lost consecutive games for the first time in the playoffs.

Turnovers were the story with Paul in Dallas’ Game 3 win, when the 37-year-old had the most in any half for his playoff career with seven before halftime.

This time it was fouls, and it started when coach Monty Williams put him back in the game with three in the final minute of the first half. Paul picked up his fourth just before the halftime buzzer when he tried to rebound his own miss and bumped Doncic.

Just 2 1/2 minutes into the second half, Williams had no choice but to use his challenge when Paul stopped and backed into Jalen Brunson as Paul started bringing the ball up the court. The fifth foul was upheld on review.

The sixth also came against Brunson just a minute and a half after Paul had returned in the fourth. Paul finished with five points.

Booker kept the Suns close into the fourth quarter despite long stretched without his backcourt mate, but Doncic eventually wore them down with post-ups and other drives for buckets or assists. He had 11 assists.

TECH HAPPY

Official James Williams called three technicals in the first half. The first was on Doncic, who couldn’t believe there wasn’t a call when Ayton crunched him and Jae Crowder flung him to the floor in the same sequence. Doncic had words for Williams also before getting the tech.

Booker got one for keeping his elbow up in Dwight Powell’s face when he jumped into Powell to draw a foul after the Dallas center fell for the pump fake. Powell picked up the third after he was called for an offensive foul on a rebound.

TIP-INS

Suns: Crowder kept Phoenix afloat early when the Mavericks were shooting better than 60% from 3, hitting a couple from deep. He finished with 15. Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Mavericks: Finney-Smith’s five 3s in the first half were his most in any half in his career, regular season or playoffs. … Brunson scored 18 points. Davis Bertans started 4 of 4 from 3 and finished with 12 points.

Harden, Embiid power 76ers past Heat, even series 2-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) James Harden took a sensational step forward in the postseason for the 76ers with step-back 3s that rekindled his dominant form. Joel Embiid is playing better by the game, and the MVP finalist might have his best basketball ahead.

Embiid is ready. So is Harden. And if the Miami Heat can’t figure out The Mask and The Beard, the next thing they face could be the offseason.

“I don’t think we’ve played our best basketball,” Embiid said.

Harden scored 31 points, Embiid had 24 points and 11 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers beat Miami 116-108 on Sunday night in Game 4 to even the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Heat won the first two games in Miami with Embiid out with a right orbital fracture and mild concussion. The 76ers won Games 3 and 4 at home with Embiid and his mask in the lineup.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Miami.

Oh yeah, this time Embiid is along for the ride. No wonder the 76ers feel better about their chances on this trip to Florida.

“Joel’s going to be able to play,” coach Doc Rivers said, laughing.

The Heat pecked away at the lead and got within five until Harden sank his fifth 3-pointer of the game with three minutes left. Harden crushed the Heat on catch-and-shoot 3s and hit one clutch shot after another for 16 points in the fourth. He at last played in the postseason like the three-time scoring champion the Sixers needed when they traded for him in February.

“Nothing really changed. I just made shots,” Harden said.

Harden drilled a step-back 3 for a 114-103 lead that sent the crowd into a frenzy – and the Sixers off to Miami with new life. He finished with six 3s, nine assists and seven rebounds.

“It’s just James being James,” Rivers said. “I felt like he was going to have a big game tonight. You can just sense it.”

Jimmy Butler scored 40 points on 13 of 20 shooting from the floor, 12 of 13 free throws and nearly one-man willed the Heat to victory. The Heat, who shot 38% on 3s during the season, missed 28 of 35 3-pointers.

“I thought we had some really good looks. We just missed them,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Embiid worked out the Game 3 cobwebs and returned to the dominant form that earned him season-long “MVP!” chants from the Philly diehards. His first quarter was about as good as it gets for the center. He made 5 of 6 shots, including a 3-pointer, and scored 15 points to put the Sixers ahead. Worn out in Game 3 from days of inactivity because of the concussion, Embiid played all 12 minutes in the quarter.

Here’s a scary thought for Miami.

“We haven’t seen the best of Joel in this series yet,” Rivers said. “He’s still trying to figure out how to play with that mask sliding all over his face.”

After a scoreless first quarter, Harden followed Embiid’s hot start and scored 13 in the second. He missed his first four shots of the game until he buried a 3 and then got rolling. He scored a bucket in transition during a 15-2 run and then waved his arms toward the crowd, calling on them to get louder.

Philadelphia shot 64% from the floor in the half. But 10 turnovers – that Miami converted into 13 points – kept the Sixers from stretching the lead well into double digits. The Sixers made nine 3s in the half to Miami’s four.

Butler kept the Heat in the game with six straight points. He hit a layup, was nailed in the face by Embiid – who was whistled for a flagrant, then helped his former teammate to his feet – and Butler made the free throw. Butler hit a 3 off the possession and the Heat pulled to 74-70.

Butler drew Embid’s third foul with 1:37 left in the third and converted the three-point play that pulled the Heat within four. Butler trolled Embiid on Instagram after the Sixers posted a picture of him in the mask and quoted a line from “The Dark Knight Rises.”

“(Expletive) yo mask,” Butler wrote.

Butler scored 17 points in the third, yet the Heat still trailed 89-85. The 76ers fans let him have it when Butler fired an airball in the fourth and Harden came right down and nailed a step-back 3 for a 97-85 lead.

“He’s a good player. He did what he was supposed to do,” Butler said of Harden.

Butler scored 33 points in Game 3 and is carrying the Heat. He’s mostly doing it alone.

Embid, well, he has Harden.

“That’s why he’s here,” Embiid said. “It’s only 2-2. We’ve got a lot of work to do. But I’m excited about what we can accomplish.”

TIP-INS

Heat: Dewayne Dedmon (illness) sat out Game 4. … Lowry, who scored his first bucket of the series on a layup, went to the locker room in the first half with a balky hamstring. He missed four straight playoff games before Game 3 with a strained left hamstring. Spoelstra said Lowry was a “warrior” but was unsure if the guard would play in Game 5.

76ers: Tobias Harris lost his voice and was sore when he was clocked in the windpipe late in the game by Bam Adebayo.

Injured Grizzlies star Ja Morant unlikely to play in Game 4

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Memphis guard Ja Morant is unlikely to play in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against Golden State on Monday night after injuring his right knee on a play with Jordan Poole that the teams are debating from the Grizzlies’ 142-112 loss Saturday night.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said Sunday he doesn’t expect Morant to be available with Memphis trailing the Warriors 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

“As I said last night, just trying to be matter of fact here, and this is what Ja says, what our medical team has said after reviewing the play, Ja was playing great, feeling great all game and that the grab of the knee is what triggered the potential injury and why we took Ja out of the game. Nothing’s changed from there,” Jenkins said. “That’s the play that triggered this and he’s got further evaluation going on. … There’s probably a really good chance he doesn’t play tomorrow.”

Morant, who limped off with 6:19 remaining in the game, was unable to do any basketball activity Sunday, Jenkins said.

“If he’s not able to go, we rally as a team and that’s what we’re focused on,” Jenkins said. “We’re not trying to get caught up in narratives. That’s why I’m just being matter of fact that this injury is caused by that play. I’m not going into any further detail outside of that. And then the fact that our team all season long has risen to the occasion when anybody’s been out. Obviously Ja’s been out for a number of games and our guys stepped up beautifully.”

Morant left Chase Center without speaking to reporters but posted and later deleted a video of the play on his Twitter feed with the words “broke the code,” a reference Warriors coach Steve Kerr had used four days earlier when Dillon Brooks’ hard foul in Game 2 sidelined Gary Payton II.

Poole and Andrew Wiggins swarmed Morant as he dribbled at the top of the 3-point arc when Morant struggled to keep possession – and Poole called it a basketball play with him going for the ball.

On Sunday, Kerr shrugged several times when asked about it and said he saw no need to discuss the latest back-and-forth between the franchises.

“I don’t have a take. Nothing to comment on. I watched the tape,” Kerr said. “… No, I don’t take it personally. I watched the play, there’s nothing to comment on.”

Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones called it an “interesting” play but said he didn’t believe Poole had malicious intent to hurt Morant.

“Ja’s spirits are good. Obviously. he’s frustrated. Anytime you’re hurt or banged up you’re frustrated,” Jones said. “… The play I just think it was an interesting play. I don’t think Poole or anybody in this series for that matter is necessarily a dirty player. But it was just an interesting play. That’s all I can really say on that. It was not a normal play that normally happens but I don’t think he was trying to injure 12 by any means.”

Marchand scores twice, Bruins beat Canes to tie series at 2

BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand raced toward the empty net, and there was nothing Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo could do except throw his stick at the puck. Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi shattered his across the goal in frustration.

It’s the playoffs, and Marchand is at his best – scoring, passing and getting under his opponent’s skin.

“It’s a time he loves to play, and he shows it,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after Marchand’s two-goal, three-assist game in Boston’s 5-2 Game 4 victory over the Hurricanes on Sunday tied the first-round playoff series at 2.

“There’s some chirping going on now, too,” Cassidy said. “And I think that can elevate his game, as well.”

Patrice Bergeron had a goal and two assists and drew a high-sticking double minor from Sebastian Aho at the end of the second period that gave the Bruins a 5-on-3 and left their captain with a black eye and several stitches.

Sixty-eight seconds after the penalty, and 44 seconds into the third period, Marchand scored to break a 2-2 tie.

Rookie Jeremy Swayman made 23 saves for his second straight win, and David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist.

The series returns to Carolina for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

“It starts over now. We just regroup,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “You should have a little emotion right now. It should hurt, and it should bother you and then tomorrow you start fresh.”

And now, the Bruins are assured a Game 6 in Boston on Thursday.

“This is what every kid’s kind of hoping – to get that opportunity playing for that Cup,” Marchand said. “These are the most fun games to play in, when there’s high emotion, high intensity and the most is on the line. If you can’t play in these games, I don’t know what you’re playing for.”

Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins, who scratched top defenseman Charlie McAvoy after he went into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol about an hour before the opening faceoff. No. 2 defenseman Hampus Lindholm has been out since a hit to the head in Game 2.

“We’re playing for our season,” Marchand said. “It’s really tough when you lose guys like that, but here’s a lot of pride in the room, a lot of character We’ve always shown that.”

Brett Pesce and Jordan Staal scored for Carolina, and Antti Raanta returned to stop 23 shots for the Metropolitan Division champions.

Pesce gave Carolina the lead six minutes into the game, the fourth straight time the Hurricanes have scored first – the seventh time, if you count their three regular-season wins over Boston.

But Bergeron tied it with four minutes to play in the first period when he slid a loose puck through Raanta’s legs. Just 33 seconds into the second period, Nino Niederreiter backhanded it out to Staal for the one-timer that gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.

In the last 90 seconds of the second period, Marchand backhanded the puck into Raanta and it wound up in the crease just sitting there for DeBrusk to clean up.

Brind’Amour challenged for goalie interference, but the call stood. That gave Boston a power play, and it became a 5-on-3 when Aho cut Bergeron’s eye.

Boston still had 44 seconds on the 5-on-3 and 2:58 after that on the double-minor when the third period started. With one second left in the two-man advantage, Marchand wristed one into the net to give Boston its first lead of the day.

Pastrnak added an insurance goal five minutes later, and Marchand put in an empty-netter.

RAANTA RETURNS

Raanta left in the first period of the second game after a collision with Pastrnak. Pyotr Kochetkov relieved him and picked up the win in Game 2 as the Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead in the series.

But the Bruins beat Kochetkov 4-2 on Friday night, and Raanta was back for Game 4.

CLOCK WATCHING

Marchand’s first goal was so close to the end of the 5-on-3 that the officials had to check whether the first penalty had expired. At issue was whether the Bruins would get the full advantage of the double-minor to Aho (if the goal came at 43 seconds), or if it would be chopped down to the last 2 minutes (if the goal came at 44 seconds).

After a review, it was determined to come at the 43-second mark of the period, meaning Boston still had 2:53 of a power play. That was erased by a high-sticking call on Matt Grzelcyk about two minutes later.

SCRATCHED

McAvoy was scratched less than an hour before the opening faceoff and placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

“We knew this morning that something might be amiss, found out this morning that he’s going into protocol,” Cassidy said. “Let’s hope Charlie comes out of it well, first of all, and feels fine and we get him back as soon as possible.”

Josh Brown, who appeared in six games for the Bruins after joining them from Ottawa at the trade deadline, was active instead.

A 24-year-old Boston University product who was taken in the first round of the 2016 draft, McAvoy had career-highs of 10 goals and 46 assists, leading all Bruins defensemen in scoring and with an average of 24 minutes, 39 seconds on the ice per game.

Lindholm, the team’s top trade deadline acquisition, left Game 2 showing signs of a concussion and has not returned.

Binnington makes 28 saves, Blues beat Wild to even series

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington didn’t lose any sleep when he was informed by coach Craig Berube that he would be starting for the first time this postseason on Sunday.

“He’s always the same, he doesn’t give me much of a reaction,” Berube said.

Instead, Binnington let his play do the talking.

Binnington made 28 saves and the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Sunday to even the best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.

Jordan Kyrou and David Perron each scored twice and Ryan O’Reilly added a goal and two assists. Perron also had an assist for St. Louis.

Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy scored for Minnesota. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.

Game 5 is Tuesday night at St. Paul, Minnesota, before returning to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday.

Binnington, who had lost his previous nine postseason starts, picked up his first playoff win since beating Boston in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. He denied Kaprizov from point-blank range late in the second period. Binnington also stopped Mats Zuccarello on a 2-on-1 breakout midway through the final period.

“I felt prepared,” Binnington said. “I felt pretty good.”

Binnington had been supplanted by Ville Husso, who have up nine goals on 59 shots combined in Games 2 and 3 after shutting out the Wild with 37 saves in the opener.

“You have to be ready for whatever comes up,” Binnington said. “We just have to focus on our job, whatever it is that night.”

Coach Craig Berube said he went with Binnington as a hunch.

“We wanted to make a switch and just change the momentum and luck a little bit,” Berube said.

Kyrou and Perron scored 54 seconds apart in the second period to break a 1-1 tie.,

Perron converted the go-ahead score on a shot that squeezed past Fleury towards the net. Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno tried to keep the puck from rolling across the line, but he flipped it off the back of Fleury and into the net.

Kyrou got his second of the game to push the lead to 3-1 with a shot off a pass from Ryan O’Reilly, who assisted on both second-period goals.

“Obviously, we wanted to come out hot, and come out strong,” Kyrou said. “We did that today and we should continue to do it all series long.”

Boldy cut the deficit to 3-2 by scoring off a scramble in from of the net 2:39 into the final period.

Perron added an empty net goal with 1:58 remaining, and O’Reilly had a power-play goal with 1 minute left to cap the scoring.

St. Louis struck first when Kyrou pounced on his own rebound just 4:19 into the game.

Kaprizov tied it 1-1 with his fifth goal of the series off a pass from Jared Spurgeon with 5:54 left in the opening period.

Kaprivoz, who recorded the first hat trick in postseason franchise history in Game 2, was wide open in the slot. His five goals ties him with Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik for most goals in a series. Walz and Gaborik each scored five times in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals against Vancouver.

“It’s not one guy, it’s the Minnesota Wild that didn’t get to our game quick enough,” Minnesota coach Dean Evason said.. “In the third period we did. But it was a little too late.”

INJURIES

The Blues were without defensemen Torey Krug (lower body), Nick Leddy (upper) and Robert Bortuzzo (upper). They also lost Marco Scandella with an injury early in the first period. Scott Perunovich made his first appearance since Jan. 15. Rookie Steven Santini made his playoff debut.

IRON MEN

St. Louis D Justin Faulk (31 minutes, 10 seconds) and Colton Parayko (30:37) logged extra minutes after the injury to Scandella. No other Blues player passed the 20-minute mark

CONSISTENT SUCCESS

Minnesota and St. Louis are two of just four teams to have made the playoffs nine times in the last 10 seasons. Pittsburgh (10 times) and Washington (9) round out the list

Lightning strike early, beat Maple Leafs 7-3 to even series

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Talk about resilience.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t lost consecutive playoff games in nearly three years, rattling off 17 consecutive victories following a postseason loss since the start of their 2020 title run.

“Usually a good recipe come playoff time is to not lose two in a row,” captain Steven Stamkos said after a 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night that evened the first-round series between the Atlantic Division rivals at two games apiece.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Toronto.

“This group has proven it knows what it takes at this time of the year, and we know how to respond,” Stamkos added. “Now that we’ve done that twice now in this series, let’s go out and grab the series lead. That’s got to be the mentality.”

Ross Colton scored twice, Andrei Vasilevskiy had 22 saves, and the Lightning got off to a fast start with three goals in the first eight minutes to deny the Maple Leafs an opportunity to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

“We came on the road here and got a split. ….That’s a successful road trip in that sense,” said Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe, whose team won Game 3 to regain home-ice advantage. “Whether you lose the game 2-1 or in the manner that we did it doesn’t matter. You wash it and move on. We’ll be better next time.”

Stamkos, Pierre Edouard Bellemare and Pat Maroon scored against Game 3 star Jack Campbell in the opening period, setting the tone for a long night for the Toronto goalie coming off a stellar performance two nights before.

Corey Perry and Ondrej Palat also scored, and Brandon Hagel and Nikita Kucherov each had two assists for the Lightning.

“When we play like that, we just have to find a way to do it the next game,” Maroon said. “We know we can do it. We know what works. We know what’s successful for our team.”

Vasilevskiy improved to 17-0 in games following a playoff loss over the past three postseasons for the defending champs.

William Nylander scored twice and Jake Muzzin also had a goal for the Maple Leafs. Campbell gave up five goals on 16 shots before being replaced in the second period by Erik Kallgren, who stopped all 10 shots he faced.

“They scored on their first shot and took it to us,” Campbell said. “For me, I just look in the mirror and learn from what I did wrong.”

Tampa Bay put the finishing touches on a dominant performance with empty-net goals by Palat and Colton in the final 5:20.

The Lightning felt they self-destructed in losses in Games 1 and 3, spending far too much time in the penalty box against a team that had the NHL’s top-ranked power play during the regular season.

They were all over the Maple Leafs from the start Sunday night, with Stamkos beating Campbell from just inside the blue line exactly one minute into the game. Bellemare and Maroon followed with goals over the next seven minutes to build the lead to 3-0.

Things only got uglier from there for Toronto, which pulled Campbell after Colton scored from the slot, and Perry – with Kucherov and Brayden Point picking up assists – delivered on a 5-on-3 power play for a 5-0 lead at 5:25 of the second period.

The five-goal deficit would have been bigger if not for the play of Toronto ‘s penalty-killing unit. Tampa Bay was 1 of 7 on the power-play through two periods and finished 1-of-8. The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, were 0 for 2 in man-advantage situations before finally breaking through against Vasilevskiy with the first of Nylander’s two goals at 2:27 of the third.

Vasilevskiy and the Lightning once again slowed down Toronto’s Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner. Matthews had the primary assist on Nylander’s first goal, however the NHL’s leading goal-scorer during the regular season didn’t have a shot on goal until the third period.

“We got down early, it’s tough to come back, ” Muzzin said. “Too many penalties. We’ve got to get ready for the next one.”

FIRST GOAL

The team scoring first has won each game of the series. There have been no lead changes.

BLOWOUT CITY

Sunday night marked the fourth time over the past three postseasons that the Lightning have scored seven or more goals in a game. The franchise high for goals in a postseason game is eight.

Quick change: Kings rout Oilers 4-0 in Game 4, series even

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jonathan Quick tried to make a couple of his 31 saves without his glove during a masterful performance, Carl Grundstrom scored two third-period goals and the Los Angeles Kings rebounded from back-to-back blowout losses to even their first-round playoff series with a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 4 on Sunday night.

After Trevor Moore and Troy Stecher scored in the first period, Quick earned his 10th career playoff shutout while the Kings firmly shut down Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Los Angeles earned its first playoff victory on home ice since the club raised the Stanley Cup for the second time in 2014.

Mike Smith stopped 42 shots for the Oilers, but McDavid, Draisaitl and Evander Kane all struggled for consistent scoring chances after two games of dominance. Edmonton’s frustrations and Los Angeles’ exuberance led to several stoppages and near-brawls in the final minutes.

The bad feelings were set off when Grundstrom scored his first career playoff goal while sliding headfirst into Smith and the goalpost with 4:54 to play after getting taken down by Darnell Nurse. Grundstrom added an empty-net goal with 1:31 left.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Edmonton, with Game 6 back in Los Angeles on Thursday.

After getting humiliated by a combined 14-2 in the previous two games, the Kings again looked like the playoff-worthy team that won Game 1 in Edmonton. The Kings also improved on faceoffs and on special teams, killing all three Oilers power plays after giving up five power-play goals and a short-handed goal in the first three games.

Edmonton only got rolling late in the second period, but its best chances were repelled by Quick, the idiosyncratic goalie with two Stanley Cup rings and ample postseason poise.

During one sequence, Quick lost his glove and still tried to make a save with his bare left hand. Still gloveless moments later, he stopped a point-blank chance with an instinctive flick of his blocker.

McDavid was active in the third period, yet he also took an ill-advised interference penalty next to the Kings’ goal with 9:40 to play.

The Kings retained their defensive discipline for most of the third period before Grundstrom muscled in his first career playoff goal. Edmonton challenged the ruling on the play, but lost.

The Oilers’ 17 goals in the series’ first three games were the most by any playoff team since San Jose did the same in 2014 against the Kings – who rallied to knock out the Sharks in the first round on the way to raising the Cup again. Los Angeles responded to those setbacks with its best defensive performance of the series in Game 4.

The Kings took their first lead since Game 1 when Moore converted a slick pass from Phillip Danault midway through the first period for his second goal of the series. Moore, a Southern California native, got his only previous playoff experience in 2019 with Toronto.

During 4-on-4 play later in the first, Stecher’s shot from above the faceoff circle deflected off Duncan Keith’s stick blade and went in for the depth defenseman’s first goal for the Kings.

In another measure of Los Angeles’ early dominance, its 20 shots in the first period were one shy of the most in franchise playoff history.

LINEUP CHANGES

Stecher, acquired from Detroit in February, played his first postseason game for LA in place of the scratched Jordan Spence.

Edmonton forward Derek Ryan sat out after getting in an awkward collision late in Game 3. Journeyman Derick Brassard took his lineup spot, making a playoff appearance for his sixth NHL team.

Bruins D McAvoy in COVID protocol, misses Game 4 vs. ‘Canes

BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy was scratched from Sunday’s playoff game against the Carolina Hurricanes less than an hour before the opening faceoff and placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Josh Brown, who appeared in six games for the Bruins after joining them from Ottawa at the trade deadline, was active instead.

A 24-year-old Boston University product who was taken in the first round of the 2016 draft, McAvoy finished in the top 10 of the Norris Trophy voting in each of the past two seasons. This season, he had career highs of 10 goals and 46 assists, leading all Bruins defensemen in scoring and with an average of 24 minutes, 39 seconds on the ice per game.

Moran hits grand slam, 2-run homer as Reds beat Pirates 7-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Colin Moran hit a grand slam and a two-run homer against his former team, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Tyler Mahle pitched five solid innings and the Reds rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the sixth. Cincinnati took two of three against Pittsburgh to win a series for the first time this season, improving the majors’ worst record to 5-23.

The Reds had lost nine straight and 20 of 21 before winning the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Friday night’s game was rained out.

Moran’s bases-loaded drive to right field in the sixth gave Cincinnati a 5-2 lead. He homered to center with Kyle Farmer on first base in the eighth, giving him six RBIs in a game for the first time in his career. They were his first two home runs this season.

Moran spent the past four seasons with Pittsburgh after arriving from Houston in a trade for Gerrit Cole. He signed with the Reds in March and has started the last six games at first base with slugger Joey Votto on the COVID-19 injured list. Moran began the day batting .184 with one extra-base hit.

He was coy when asked how special it was to do so much offensive damage against his old team.

“It feels good any time you hit a grand slam,” Moran said. “But yeah, it all felt good.”

Reds manager David Bell was more effusive.

“The clubhouse is so happy for him,” Bell said. “Such a professional. He started the season not playing a lot and has just stayed ready. Works super hard, quiet, but we know he can hit. To do it right there against his old team, it was just a great day. There’s something special when you have your friends over there to be able to come through like that.”

Mahle allowed only one hit, a two-run homer by Michael Perez in the second. Art Warren (1-1) struck out three in two scoreless innings for the win.

“You look at what Art did, coming in and shutting down those middle innings,” Bell said. “I think there’s a lot to be said for that and just the momentum of what that does for your offense.”

Pirates right-hander Zach Thompson also turned in a fine outing, shutting out the Reds through five innings. He permitted two hits and struck out six in his best start of the season.

Thompson was ill and didn’t know whether he’d be able to pitch until 90 minutes before game time.

“We were hoping to get three innings out of him,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “The fact that we got five was pretty admirable. After the end of the fourth he was pretty well drained.”

In the Cincinnati sixth, Brandon Drury reached on a bloop single against reliever Dillon Peters (3-1), who walked the next three batters to force in a run.

Heath Hembree, who pitched out of the Reds’ bullpen last season, came in for Pittsburgh and struck out Farmer before serving up a 2-1 fastball that Moran crushed into the right-field seats.

Moran homered again in the eighth off Chase De Jong, a 404-foot shot to center.

“I’ve been missing a lot of my pitches so it just kind of felt good to finally feel the barrel, and in that situation,” said Moran, robbed of a potential tying homer by Pirates right fielder Jack Suwinsky on Saturday.

TURNING IT AROUND?

The Reds finally won a series 28 games into the season. They still have 15 players on the injured list, but there was some clutch hitting and decent pitching, with the bullpen showing improvement.

“This can be where it starts,” Bell said. “Guys continue to keep playing. It was just a great series. So many great things happened. Tyler, the start he had, the defense, the great at-bats. The guys just continued to compete. As a team we’re really happy with the way we’re playing. It was a really good weekend, and it’s time to just keep going.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: Shelton said catcher Roberto Perez will miss significant time with the hamstring injury he sustained Saturday. … Duane Underwood Jr. (hamstring strain) threw 34 pitches while tossing two scoreless innings in a rehab appearance at Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.

Reds: Bell said Votto and OF Nick Senzel are at least a couple of days from returning to the lineup. Both are on the COVID-19 injured list.

ROSTER MOVES

The Reds selected the contract of right-hander Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A and designated right-hander Robert Dugger for assignment.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Head home and send Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.38 ERA) to the mound against fellow left-hander Julio Urias (2-1, 1.88) and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game set Monday night.

Cincinnati: RHP Luis Castillo is scheduled to make his 2022 debut Monday night against RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.18) in the opener of a three-game series with Milwaukee. Castillo has been out with a right shoulder strain.

Grand slam by Diaz vs. Tigers helps Astros to 7-0 homestand

HOUSTON (AP) Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam, Jake Odorizzi threw five innings of one-hit ball and the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Sunday for a four-game sweep and their seventh straight win.

Diaz’s second home run of the season came in the third inning on a 92 mph fastball from Tigers reliever Drew Hutchison (0-3). It went 347 feet to left-center field, scoring Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez for a 4-0 lead.

Bregman later padded the lead with a solo homer off Joe Jimenez for his fifth home run of the season.

Houston finished a red-hot homestand against Seattle and Detroit 7-0. When the homestand began, they were 11-11.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed one hit in five innings, while striking out five. The veteran right-hander has allowed just one run across his last three starts after allowing 12 runs in his first three starts of the season.

Cristian Javier pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Odorizzi. He struck out five and gave up no hits. Javier was scheduled to make his third start of the season Tuesday, but his return to the bullpen signals that the Astros are likely moving away from their recent six-game rotation.

Detroit starter Wily Peralta pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three before Detroit turned to Hutchison, who allowed four runs and two hits while striking out four.

The loss dropped the struggling Tigers to 8-19, the worst record in the American League.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (non-COVID-19 illness) was available to be used as a pinch-hitter, but manager A.J. Hinch said before the game that he didn’t feel comfortable starting him after he had been mostly confined to bed for the past two days. . OF Victor Reyes (left quad strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. continues to make progress in his rehab from a flexor strain in the offseason. On Sunday, he threw from 90 feet for the first time in the process.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Michael Pineda (1-1, 3.77 ERA) starts for Detroit on Monday when the Tigers host the Athletics for the first in a five-game series. He has allowed two runs or less in two of three starts this season.

Astros: Justin Verlander (3-1, 1.93) will likely start Tuesday when the Astros open up a nine-game road trip that starts in Minnesota. Verlander has allowed two runs or less in four of five starts this season.

Abreu gets 2-run double; White Sox complete sweep over BoSox

BOSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel halted his three-start losing streak with six solid innings, Jose Abreu hit a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Sunday for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Leury Garcia added an RBI single for the White Sox (14-13), who moved over .500 for the first time since April 20 and completed a 5-0 road trip, including three wins at Fenway Park.

Christian Vazquez had an RBI single for Boston (10-19), which has lost a season-most five straight and 14 of 18.

Keuchel (2-3) allowed two runs on eight hits, fanning five and walking one after posting a 9.90 ERA in his previous three starts.

The game started at 11:38 a.m., an unusual start time as part of an experiment by Major League Baseball for streaming broadcasts.

“I knew it was going to be interesting,” Keuchel said. “I got to bed before 11 (Saturday night) but it was like the internal clock was so worried about getting up and getting ready to get the routine going. I’m pretty sure I woke up like five, six times to not want to oversleep.”

Rookie left-hander Bennett Sousa got pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki on a fly to center for the final out, recording his first big league save with the potential tying run at second. Regular closer Liam Hendriks was unavailable due to his recent workload.

“As soon as it was in the air, I knew it was going to be an out because of the wind,” said a smiling Sousa. “I think I gave (catcher) Reese (McGuire) a big hug.”

He said he got the ball.

Chicago manager Tony La Russa went to Sousa to avoid having left-handed batter Jackie Bradley Jr. face a righty.

“It’s up to Sousa to do a job and he did it,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “Nothing bigger than Dallas pitching six innings with two runs, that’s the biggest.”

Abreu, who had a go-ahead double in Saturday’s 3-1 comeback victory, sent his double down the left-field line in the third against fill-in starter Tanner Houck (2-3) after Garcia’s hit pushed Chicago in front.

J.D. Martinez had a run-scoring groundout and Vazquez followed with his RBI single for Boston in the sixth.

“I’m very surprised,” Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers said through an interpreter of the team’s struggles. “I know the quality of team that we have, so I know in the end everything is going to turn out and we’re going to get to our full potential. Right now, it’s not going our way.”

Houck gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings after replacing scheduled starter Michael Wacha. Wacha was placed on the 15-day injured list after experiencing soreness on his left side after his last bullpen session.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada, on the IL since the last week of spring training with a strained right oblique, is expected back Monday. RHP Joe Kelly, on the IL with a right biceps injury, is also ready to return. … La Russa said after the game that LHP Aaron Bummer had an MRI Saturday after feeling something in the back of his right knee and will go on the IL with a sprain or strain.

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora said Wacha had an MRI on Saturday and “everything was clean,” but about an hour later they announced he was going on the IL. RHP Tyler Danish was promoted from Triple-A.

UMPIRE

Plate ump Ron Kulpa had to leave in the fourth after taking a foul off the mask that dropped him to the ground.

Trainers from both teams rushed out, Red Sox catcher Vazquez turned to help and the rest of the umpiring crew came to the plate. Kulpa stood before walking off on his own. First-base ump Marty Foster moved to the plate after a 20-minute delay.

UP NEXT

White Sox: Open a three-game series at home against Cleveland on Monday. RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.17 ERA) is set to start for Chicago.

Red Sox: Off Monday before beginning a five-game trip Tuesday in Atlanta. RHP Garrett Whitlock (1-1, 1.25) is slated to start against the defending World Series champs in the first of a two-game series.

Harper shout-out to mom after HR, Phils top Scherzer, Mets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper homered again off Max Scherzer and the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to beat the new Mets ace, snapping a four-game skid by topping New York 3-2 Sunday to open a doubleheader.

Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, drove a 94 mph fastball from Scherzer (4-1) over the wall in right for a solo homer with two outs in the first. He screamed, “I love you, Mom!” into a TV camera before returning to the dugout.

Harper added an RBI single in the third. The reigning NL MVP also homered off Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.

Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm and Jean Segura each had a pair of hits for the Phillies, who bounced back from Thursday’s 8-7 loss to the Mets in which New York rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning.

“I think we needed that,” Phillies starter Kyle Gibson said. “For the offense to come out and do what they did against Max was big.”

The single-admission doubleheader was part of a makeup after games between the teams were rained out Friday and Saturday.

Scherzer suffered his first loss since last May 30, ending a string of 24 straight starts without a defeat. The streak spanned his starts with the Nationals, Dodgers and Mets.

“Heck of a run,” Scherzer said. “Obviously it takes your teammates to be able to do that. I’ll always say that. It’s also kind of cool to be a part of it.”

“You have to go out there and give your team a chance to win. That’s your job as a starting pitcher to give your team a chance to win and pitch deep in the ballgame. I’ve been doing that, at least giving the team a chance to win, and they’ve been picking me up. It’s been kind of a team stat, but it’s good to have a role in it,” he said.

The three-time Cy Young winner signed a three-year, $130 million free-agent deal with the Mets in the offseason. The Phillies recorded 10 hits against the right-hander, marking just the 14th time in 413 career games Scherzer has allowed double-digit hits. Nine of the hits were singles.

“I know I made a mistake to (Harper), but I was executing pitches,” Scherzer said. “It’s part of baseball for them to get some singles to (fall) in, but I feel like they were getting a lot of singles to fall in. But that’s just part of the game. It’s tough to beat yourself up over that.”

Scherzer gave up three runs in six innings, striking out seven and walking none. He remained 18th all-time in strikeouts with 3,069 career K’s.

Gibson (3-1) gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

“You’ve got to capitalize on the opportunities (Scherzer) gives you and we did a good job of that,” Gibson said. “It was a great team win.”

Corey Knebel, after blowing the save on Thursday, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.

Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte had two hits apiece for the NL East-leading Mets.

Bryson Stott’s RBI single in the fourth put the Phillies in front 3-0.

The Mets got a pair of runs back in the sixth and threatened in the seventh after reliever Seranthony Dominguez walked Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar to start the frame. But Dominguez recovered to strike out Dominic Smith, Marte and Luis Guillorme in order to keep Philadelphia in front.

CANO RELEASED

The Mets released 2B Robinson Cano prior to the game. The move comes a week after the slumping Cano was designated for assignment despite nearly $45 million remaining on his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.

The 39-year-old Cano sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He batted .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, three RBIs and a paltry .501 OPS in 43 plate appearances for the NL East-leading Mets. Cano has a .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBIs and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: Right-handed starters Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin were placed on the COVID-related IL.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (3-2, 2.61) opposes Phillies LHP Cristopher Sanchez (0-0, 5.40) in the second game of the doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

Buehler stars in 100th career start as Dodgers sweep Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Walker Buehler marked his 100th career start with his usual performance.

Cool. Calm. Efficient.

Buehler pitched seven sparkling innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

“Tonight was all about Walker,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Sure was.

Buehler (4-1), a two-time All-Star who made his big league debut in 2017, improved to 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA over his last three outings. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked two.

“Typical Walker,” teammate Gavin Lux said.

The 27-year-old Buehler has permitted two runs or less in five of his six starts this season. His first career win against the Cubs was his 15th start of at least seven innings since the beginning of the 2021 season, third-most in the majors during that span.

He has come a long way since he tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision against Miami in his first major league start on April 23, 2018.

“I think I just pitch a little bit now,” Buehler said. “I think back then I kind of tried to pick my leg up and throw it by everyone. Trying to mature a little bit that way maybe.”

Cody Bellinger had three hits for Los Angeles, and Justin Turner and Freddie Freeman each contributed a sacrifice fly. Mookie Betts went 2 for 5 while extending his hitting streak to a team-high nine games.

Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. It managed just three runs and 15 hits in the three-game sweep by Los Angeles.

“We played a couple teams lately that feels like we’re chasing that kind of championship-caliber baseball,” manager David Ross said. “We’ll get there.”

The Cubs had to shuffle their rotation after Marcus Stroman was scratched, and then they lost Justin Steele to a left hand injury.

Stroman was placed on the injured list without a designation, likely meaning the right-hander was shelved by a COVID-19-related issue.

Steele (1-4) stepped in, making his first appearance since April 30. But he departed before the fifth inning, sidelined by left thumb soreness.

“Just like gripping the slider, when I was pushing down on the bottom of the ball, it was just sore on the top of my thumb and then it just kind of wasn’t getting better,” Steele said. “I was trying to stretch it out in between innings and stuff.”

The Dodgers jumped all over Michael Rucker after Steele trudged into the dugout. With the bases loaded and none out in the fifth, Lux scored on Trea Turner’s double-play ball for a 3-1 lead. Betts then scampered home on a wild pitch.

Freeman’s sacrifice fly made it 5-1 in the seventh, and the NL West leaders tacked on two more runs in the ninth – helped by an error on shortstop Nico Hoerner.

WORTH NOTING

The Dodgers will go with a spot starter Wednesday afternoon at Pittsburgh. Right-handers Andre Jackson and Ryan Pepiot and left-hander Robbie Erlin are among the possibilities.

Left-hander Justin Bruihl was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City before the series finale against the Cubs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Roberts said LHP Victor Gonzalez (elbow) is going to have arthroscopic surgery Wednesday. Roberts said it is a scope, and the team hopes Gonzalez will be able to return this season. … RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder inflammation) was slated for an MRI on Monday, but Roberts said he doesn’t think Treinen is going to see the doctor now. The plan is to try rehab, Roberts said, with the hope of getting the reliever back after the All-Star break. … LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder inflammation) is planning to play catch Monday. “He’s doing great,” Roberts said. “He’s in a good frame of mind.”

Cubs: 3B Patrick Wisdom was out of the starting lineup, but Ross said Wisdom was feeling better. He left the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader because of a bruised left ankle.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Julio Urias (2-1, 1.88 ERA) gets the ball Monday night at Pittsburgh. LHP Jose Quintana (0-1, 3.38) starts for the Pirates.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 5.64 ERA) starts Monday night at San Diego in the opener of a six-game trip. LHP MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 1.71) takes the mound for the Padres.

Homa steady in Sunday duel, gets 4th tour win at Wells Fargo

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) Max Homa played solid, steady golf during a week of cold, wet conditions and a back-and-forth Sunday duel with Keegan Bradley, closing with a 2-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship.

An emerging star on the PGA Tour whose only missing achievement is contention in a major, the 31-year-old Homa finished at 8-under 272 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. He won for the fourth time overall, third in 15 months and second since he gave up his popular podcast.

“I just feel like I’m coming into my own. I’m starting to believe in myself a lot and that’s all I can ask for,” said Homa, whose next start will be in two weeks at the PGA Championship.

With his win last September in Napa, California, Homa joins Scottie Scheffler (four), Hideki Matsuyama (two), Sam Burns (two) and Cameron Smith (two) as multiple winners on tour this season. He also moves to sixth in the Presidents Cup standings, meaning he’s in position to earn a return visit this September to the Wells Fargo’s usual home, Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Homa got his first career win in 2019 at Quail Hollow, which took the year off as Wells Fargo host while it prepares for the U.S.-versus-International team competition. TPC Potomac, which last hosted the tour in 2018, filled in ably despite torrential rain on Friday and Saturday and unseasonably cold temperatures most of the week.

Bradley started the day with a two-shot lead, gave it away on the par-5 second hole and took it back on the par-4 eighth before Homa finally took command for good on the back nine. A bogey on the closing hole gave Bradley a 2-over 72 and a tie for second with Cameron Young and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Homa played conservatively Saturday, the toughest scoring day of the week, but was aggressive right away Sunday while keeping his umbrella stowed in his golf bag for the first time since the opening round.

He twirled his 7-iron as he watched his approach on the par-4 first hole settle 8 feet from the hole. A lob wedge to 8 feet on the par-4 fifth was good for another birdie, and a 7-iron inside 10 feet on the par-3 ninth allowed him to turn in 34, 2 under for the day and tied with Bradley, who steadied himself after a nervy start.

Seeking to move high enough in the world ranking to secure a spot in the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, the 35-year-old New England native hit a poor shot from a greenside bunker on the par-5 second hole, leading to double bogey. Afterward, caddie Scott Vail asked police to eject a couple of heckling fans.

Bradley rallied with a 21-foot birdie and a firm fist pump on the par-4 fifth, a par save from a difficult lie on the sixth, a 14-footer that he walked in for birdie on the seventh and an 8-iron to 4 feet on No. 8 for another birdie.

The next two of five two-shot swings between the final pairing belonged to Homa. Bradley found a penalty area right of the green on the 11th hole, the toughest on the course this week, and made double bogey while Homa saved par. When Homa converted another birdie on the par-4 15th, he had a three-shot lead with three to play.

Homa had to make a 5-footer for bogey on the par-4 16th as Bradley made birdie to move within one. The pair traded pars on 17 and when Homa lagged his birdie putt to tap-in range on 18, it was finally over.

Young made six birdies ranging in length from 8 feet to 6 inches in his closing 66 for his third runner-up finish in the 24-year-old’s rookie season on tour. Fitzpatrick birdied the 18th to conclude a bogey-free 67.

The largest galleries of the day belonged to Rory McIlroy, who began the day six shots off the lead and was 3 under through 10 holes. But he stalled from there and closed with a bogey for a 68 to finish alone in fifth, four shots back.

NOTES: Jason Day, the first- and second-round leader, closed with a 70 to finish at 1 under. … Stewart Cink had the low round on Sunday, a 65 that moved him into a share of ninth place at 2 under

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

Indians Drop Series Finale to Bats, 5-1

INDIANAPOLIS – A two-run home run in the fourth inning off the bat of Aristides Aquino gave the Louisville Bats a lead they would not relinquish and handed the Indianapolis Indians their fourth loss of the five-game set on Sunday afternoon, 5-1.

The Indians (14-14) pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts, tying the team’s high for the season last set in the season opener on April 5 vs. Omaha. In his first Triple-A start of the season, Miguel Yajure struck out five batters in 2.0 scoreless innings.

After Indy plated one run in the bottom of the first inning on a fielding error by first baseman Jake Bauers, the Bats (12-17) launched three homers to score all five of their runs. Taylor Motter tied the game with a solo homer in the third, and Aquino followed with a 450-foot bomb in the next frame. Cristian Santana then tacked on insurance runs with a two-run long ball of his own in the eighth inning.

Five of eight walks surrendered by Louisville pitching came against starter Graham Ashcraft (W, 2-1), but the Indians went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They recorded just one hit in the final four innings after Ashcraft exited the game.

Indianapolis sent eight pitchers to the mound in the loss. Matt Eckelman (L, 0-2) was the second reliever out of the bullpen and surrendered the go-ahead home run.

Oneil Cruz recorded two of the Indians’ four hits in the game, both singles. It was his second consecutive two-hit game of the series.

Indianapolis travels to Charlotte for its first series between the two since 2019. RHP Trey McGough (1-0, 1.13) will take the mound for the Indians while the Knights have yet to name a starter.

Game Recap: Destanni Henderson Scores Career High as Sparks Hold off Fever

INDIANAPOLIS – Rookie guard Destanni Henderson finished with a career-high 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting as the Fever fell in the regular season home opener to the Los Angeles Sparks, 87-77, on Sunday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Through her first two games of her WNBA career, Henderson is now averaging 11.5 points and 4.0 assists per contest. The rookie guard from South Carolina also led the Fever with three made 3-point field goals. As a team, Indiana finished the game shooting 10-of-26 from beyond the arc.

Indiana tied the game three different instances during the second half, including at 64-64 with 6:51 remaining, but a 10-0 run from Los Angeles was too much to overcome in the final moments in the first of three regular season matchups between the Fever and Sparks this season.

Kelsey Mitchell added 15 points to extend her league-leading streak of games scoring at least 10 points to 25. NaLyssa Smith continued her impressive start to the season as well with her second consecutive 13-point game to go along with nine rebounds.

Alanna Smith led all Fever reserves with her first game scoring in double figures since August 28, 2020 while with the Phoenix Mercury. Emily Engstler finished with a new season-best nine points, as well as six rebounds off the bench.

The Fever also outscored the Sparks in transition points, 22-6.

For the Sparks, a veteran inside presence paved the way to victory as LA outscored Indiana 58-30 in points in the paint on Sunday. Liz Cambage finished with a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds for her first 20/10 game in a Sparks uniform and 20th in her career. Brittney Sykes finished with 17 points and five steals, while Chennedy Carter added 12 points off the bench.

UP NEXT

The Fever return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Tuesday to take on the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s game will be streamed on the Fever’s Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

Third Straight Series Victory Comes at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp delivered a dazzling relief appearance for the second straight day and the freshman duo of Carter Mathison and Brock Tibbitts powered the offense in a 10-8 victory over Michigan on Sunday (May 8) afternoon at Ray Fisher Stadium to earn the series victory.

Runs were scored in seven of the nine innings and there were six lead changes in the series finale, as Indiana (22-25, 8-10 B1G) opened things with two runs in the second inning. Michigan (24-20, 10-8 B1G) got two each in the second and third frames, before a three-run fifth for IU. Two more in the fifth and seventh innings for UM were answered by single runs in the sixth and seventh, two runs in the eight and one run in the ninth for the Hoosiers.

Mathison’s 15th home run of the season gave him the Indiana freshman home run record, breaking a tie with Alex Dickerson in the record books. The home run also moved Mathison into a tie for No. 2 in the Big Ten with teammate Matthew Ellis in that category. He totaled three RBIs and scored twice.

A perfect day at the plate for Tibbitts produced three RBIs, two runs scored and one walk to go along with four hits. One of those four hits was his ninth home run of the season, and another went of a double. Freshman Josh Pyne reached base safely twice with a double and a walk and scored two runs, while redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen scored two runs as he walked and was hit-by-pitch.

Five Indiana pitchers combined to allowed eight runs on nine hits and struck out nine Wolverine hitters, highlighted by Sharp’s three innings of relief work to close out the game. Sharp (3-6) allowed one run on one hit, walked two and struck out three to pick up the win.

Joey Velazquez was one of three Michigan hitters with two RBIs, as he plated both with a home run. Riley Bertram and Dylan Stanton each collected two RBIs in the game, as well. Noah Rennard (4-2) took the loss with three runs allowed – one earned – on three hits and a pair of walks.

Scoring Recap

Top Second

A hit-by-pitch and a walk started the inning and Brock Tibbitts drove in the first run of the game with a base hit. After an error loaded the bases, Evan Goforth’s sacrifice fly plated the second run.

Indiana 2, at Michigan 0

Bottom Second

A walk and a hit batter started the frame and a wild pitch moved them to second and third. Dylan Stanton drove both runners in with a base hit.

Indiana 2, at Michigan 2

Bottom Third

With two outs, Tito Flores doubled, and Joey Velazquez hit a two-run home run.

at Michigan 4, Indiana 2

Top Fifth

With two outs and two on, Carter Mathison hit a three-run home run to right-center field.

Indiana 5, at Michigan 4

Bottom Fifth

A leadoff single from Joe Stewart was followed by an RBI double from Matt Frey. After an out was recorded, Flores singled up the middle to score the second run of the inning.

at Michigan 6, Indiana 5

Top Sixth

Tibbitts led off the inning with a solo home run over the 26-foot wall in left field.

Indiana 6, at Michigan 6

Top Seventh

Josh Pyne singled to start the inning and Tibbitts doubled to drive in the run.

Indiana 7, at Michigan 6

Bottom Seventh

A hit batter and a walk gave Michigan two base runners with two outs. Riley Bertram tripled to score both runners.

at Michigan 8, Indiana 7

Top Eighth

Indiana loaded the bases with two outs and Mathison’s liner back to the pitcher was knocked down, but thrown away to allow two runs to score.

Indiana 9, at Michigan 8

Top Ninth

Tibbitts started the inning with a base hit and came around to score on a Tyler Doanes doubled off the left field wall.

Indiana 10, at Michigan 8

Up Next

Indiana will wrap up its four-game road swing with a midweek contest at top-15 Louisville on Tuesday (6 p.m.) before returning home for the final home series of the season versus Minnesota. The series opener will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (April 13) and the Hoosiers will celebrate senior day on Saturday (April 14) prior to the 2 p.m. first pitch.

Baseball Falls to DBU in Series Finale

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped Sunday’s series finale with Dallas Baptist 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo did all of its scoring in the fifth inning in a game where seven different Beacons recorded a hit.

How It Happened

  • DBU made two outs on the bases in the top of the first as Valpo cut down a player who had singled and was caught between first and second on a 9-6-3 putout and a player trying to score on an infield bouncer to short.
  • DBU scored first on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the second, but that inning could have been worse for the Beacons as the Patriots had the bases full with the run in the bank and only one away. Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) got a strikeout and flyout to keep the deficit at one.
  • A two-run DBU homer in the third made it 3-0, then the Patriots added three in the fifth to expand the gap to 6-0.
  • The Beacon bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth as Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) delivered an RBI triple before trotting home on a double by Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central). Thurston later crossed the dish on a bouncer by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) to make it 6-3.
  • DBU led off the seventh with a home run to up the edge to 7-3, then another single tally in the top of the eighth capped the scoring. Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts after Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian-Hills CC]) had yielded one run on three hits over two innings.

Inside the Game

  • Seven of the nine Valpo batters produced a hit, but no one had a multi-hit output.
  • Ryan’s triple was his team-leading fourth of the season.
  • McCluskey took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on three walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
  • Three of Valpo’s seven hits went for extra bases.
  • DBU entered the weekend with the No. 5 RPI in the nation.

Up Next

Valpo (14-28, 3-12 MVC) will not play a midweek game this week due to final exams taking place before the Beacons return to action for a three-game weekend series against Bradley beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. 

Women’s Golf Heads West for NCAA Stanford Regional

STANFORD, Calif. – Purdue Women’s Golf is set to trek more than 2,000 miles across the country for the NCAA Stanford Regional in California (May 9-11). The Boilermakers join 11 other teams for 54 holes of stroke play, with the top four teams advancing to the NCAA Championships (May 20-25) in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Monday, May 9: Round 1 (Tee times beginning at 8:55 a.m. PT)

Tuesday, May 10: Rounds 2 (Tee times beginning at 8 a.m. PT)

Wednesday, May 11: Round 3 (Tee times 8 a.m. PT)

THE LINEUP

Inez Wanamarta – Sr.

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

Making her 46th appearance as a Boilermaker, which includes 122 rounds of stroke play over her Purdue career; both are team highs

Holds a 73.84 stroke average on the season, second-best on the team

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

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

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

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

Kan Bunnabodee – Jr.

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

Leads Purdue in stroke average (72.90), team-low tournament (4), team-low round (10) and rounds in the 60s (2)

Making her eighth appearance of the 2021-22 season and the 18th of her career

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

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

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

Danielle du Toit – Sr.

Making her 33rd appearance as a Boilermaker, the second most on the team

Got Purdue off to a solid start at the Big Ten Championship, firing a season-low 69 (-2) in the opening round

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

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

One of four Boilermakers to record an eagle this season

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

Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr.

Is appearing in her 10th event of the year, holding a 76.30 stroke average after redshirting last season

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

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

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

Won the Indiana High School Athletic Association state championship in 2018

Ashley Kozlowski – So.

Making her 16th appearance as a Boilermaker and her 11th of the season

Leads Purdue in birdies (70), pars (303) and rounds in the 60s (2) this season

Last time on the course, paced the Boilermakers at the Indiana Invitational (72-73-75—220) to place a career-best sixth

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

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

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

THE FIELD (Seeds)

1. Stanford

2. USC

3. LSU

4. Texas Tech

5. Kentucky

6. Iowa State

7. Northwestern

8. Purdue

9. UNLV

10. Cal Poly

11. Princeton

12. Sacred Heart

THE COURSE

Stanford Golf Course will play a par 71 at 6,291 yards. Opening in 1930, the course was designed by famed architects George C. Thomas and Billy Bell Jr. It underwent a renovation by John Harbottle in 2008. In 2018, all bunkers were rebuilt and several holes were modified. San Francisco, about 30 miles north, can be seen from the elevated 18th tee. Rich in tradition and history, World Golf Hall of Famers Tom Watson, Tiger Woods and Mickey Wright honed their games on the course. Purdue has had success at Stanford, finishing second in the 2013 NCAA Regional to advance to the 14th straight NCAA Championships under head coach Devon Brouse. The Boilermakers went on to finish third at the national championship.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS

Purdue has earned a spot in the postseason for the seventh straight time. The Boilermakers have reached an NCAA Regional for the 24th time out of the last 25 renditions of the NCAA Championships. Purdue advanced to the championship stage 18 of those instances, most recently in 2019. Led by head coach Devon Brouse, the Boilermakers captured the 2010 national championship with the second-lowest four-round team score in NCAA Championships history.

ALL-B1G BOILERMAKERS

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

RAIN, RAIN STAY AWAY

Purdue is set to have a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships this season, something that did not happy a season ago. After getting sent to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, the tournament never got started due to the course not up to championship standards thanks to rain. The result of not playing advanced the top six seeds to the national championship, sending the Boilermakers home. Purdue ended up competing in the Let Them Play Classic presented by Barstool Sports, finishing runner-up in the event.

BROUSE’S BOILERS

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

PURDUE IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS

The Boilermakers enter the tournament ranked No. 48 in both national rankings, courtesy of Golfstat and Golfweek.

LAST TIME ON THE LINKS

Purdue finished eighth at the Big Ten Championship (+26), while No. 18 Michigan (+5) captured the conference title with a four-shot victory over Michigan State (+9). In her final B1G Championship, Inez Wanamarta led the Boilermakers. The graduate senior tied for 16th at 9-over (71-73-75—219), earning the 16th top-20 performance of her career.

PURDUE WORLDWIDE

Boilermakers come from all over the world. For the NCAA Stanford Regional, the Purdue lineup consists of golfers from four different countries: Indonesia (Inez Wanamarta), South Africa (Danielle du Toit), Thailand (Kan Bunnabodee) and the United States (Jocelyn Bruch, Ashley Kozlowski).

Boilermakers End Regular Season with 4-3 Win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After securing four RBI, freshman Tyrina Jones propelled the Boilermaker softball team to victory over Iowa (21-31, 3-20) with a final score of 4-3 to close out regular season play.

Leading the way was senior Alex Echazarreta and Jones. Echazarreta registered two runs, one hit and two walks, scoring the game-winner. Meanwhile, Jones’ scored her first career home run in the top of the first inning.

The Boilermakers led the Hawkeyes with four runs, which were recorded by Rachel Becker, Echazarreta and Jones.

Iowa kept Purdue’s defense moving after tying up the game in the sixth inning after being scoreless in the fourth and fifth.

After heading into the eighth inning, Purdue broke the 3-3 tie with a double to left field by Jones, scoring Echazarreta with two outs.

Two pitchers saw time in the circle today, led by junior Mo Wimpee (0-0) who pitched 5.2 innings, seven strikeouts and two walks.

The Boilermakers will find out their Big Tournament fate tonight when the Big Ten Network announces its seed. Stay tuned for more info on purduesports.com.

Second Place Finish is Highest for @ButlerSoftball in BIG EAST Regular Season Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Butler softball team swept both games of a doubleheader against Georgetown on Sunday, finishing second in the regular season BIG EAST standings and locking up a No. 2 seed for this week’s BIG EAST Tournament. The Bulldogs (31-15, 16-6) never trailed in game one, winning 3-1. In game two, the Hoyas (15-28, 5-16) homered to take an early lead, but Butler recovered for a 7-1 victory.

The Bulldogs will now prepare for the conference tournament which will take place Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 14, in Rosemont, Ill. UConn is the No. 1 seed, while Villanova and DePaul earned the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively.

Game 1: Butler- 3, Georgetown- 1 (7 innings)

In the second inning, Monique Hoosen (2-3, RBI, R, HR) led off with a home run that gave Butler an early lead.

With the bases loaded in the third, Teagan O’Rilley was hit by a pitch, pushing Ella White across. One batter later, Loren Simpson singled and Mackenzie Griman scored, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

Georgetown scored one in the bottom of the third, closing the gap to two runs.

Butler loaded the bases in both the fifth and sixth innings but was unable to score. The Hoyas did the same in the bottom of the sixth.

Alyssa Graves (14-3) started for Butler in the circle, lasted 5.2 innings, and earned the win. She allowed three hits, one run (earned), and four walks while striking out six. Karli Ricketts (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) entered with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning, retired the side, and then finished things off in the seventh, picking up a save.

Game 2: Butler- 7, Georgetown- 1 (7 innings)

Georgetown took an early lead with a home run in the first inning.

In the second, Loren Simpson doubled and knocked in Monique Hoosen, and later, Bri Avery (3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B, 3 SB) singled to send Simpson home from third. The Bulldogs led, 2-1.

A Teagan O’Rilley single in the third inning pushed Ella White across the plate and extended the Butler advantage to 3-1.

The Bulldogs added two in the fourth when Ellie Boyer (RBI, SB) hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Kaylee Gross to score, and Ella White laid down a bunt that gave Avery the opportunity to score from third. Butler led, 5-1.

In the fifth, Avery hit a double that sent O’Rilley home and, later, stole both third and home to put the Bulldogs up, 7-1.

Karli Ricketts (14-5) pitched a complete game for Butler and earned the win. In 7.0 innings, she allowed four hits, one run (earned), and one walk while striking out eight.

Bulldog Bits

Alyssa Graves’ win in game one was her 14th of the season and the 41st of her career. She is now tied for third (Melissa Benter, ’00-’04) on Butler’s all-time list for career wins.

The save for Karli Ricketts in game one was her second of the season and the third of her career. Her win in game two was her 14th of the season and the 33rd of her career. Her complete game in game two was her sixth of the season and the 29th of her career.

Graves and Ricketts each picked up their 14th wins of the season today. Each is now tied for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for wins in one season. Sara Unrue is in third with 15 wins in 1998.

Monique Hoosen’s home run in game one was her 10th of the season and puts her in sole possession of the fourth spot on Butler’s all-time list for home runs in one season. With 13 for her career, she is now tied for ninth all-time at Butler.

Bri Avery’s had four stolen bases on the day, bringing her season total to 20. She has now matched Jenny Young (1982) and the two are tied for ninth on Butler’s all-time list for stolen bases in one season. Avery has 40 for her career and remains in the eighth position.

Avery’s double was her second of the season and of her career.

Loren Simpson’s double was her first of the season and the ninth of her career.

Lauren Fey’s double was her fourth of the season and the 15th of her career. She was 4-for-5 in game two today. Though she has had multiple three-hit games in her career, this was her first four-hit game. Her career best was a five-hit game vs. La Salle in March, 2019.

Ellie Boyer’s stolen base was her 16th of the season.

Kaylee Gross’ stolen base was her second of the season.

As a team, the Bulldogs now have 27 home runs this season and are one shy of cracking the top five all-time for Butler teams.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season with 16 wins in BIG EAST play and have now won more conference games than any Butler softball team in program history.

Up Next

Butler will travel to Chicago, Ill., to compete in the BIG EAST Tournament, playing its first game on Thursday, May 12, at 3 pm ET (2 pm CT). The No. 2-seed Bulldogs will face No. 3-seed Villanova in the double-elimination format.

Xavier Tops @ButlerUBaseball 11-2

INDIANAPOLIS – The Xavier Musketeers recorded an 11-2 victory over Butler on Sunday afternoon to improve their overall record to 25-23. Butler got two RBI’s from senior Kollyn All, but Xavier would plate 11 runs on 18 hits to find the win column.

Xavier scored runs in six of the nine innings to come out on top. Shortstop Jack Housinger led the team with three RBI, going 2-for-5 from the plate with a home run. Luke Franzoni also hit a home run, his 20th of the 2022 season.

Butler scored in the bottom of the fifth on a Kollyn All solo home run. All came back with an RBI single to left in the sixth inning to give BU another run.

Jared Gadd threw five innings for Xavier and was credited with his fifth win of the season. The loss went to Cory Bosecker.

The Bulldogs will return to action on Tuesday, May 10 with a game at Purdue. First pitch between BU and the Boilers is set for 6 PM.

Softball Closes Season With Shutout Of Akron

MUNCIE, Ind. – – It was a fitting end to the 2022 season for the Ball State softball team, which turned its Mid-American Conference-leading 29th double play of the year to cap a 2-0 victory over Akron Sunday afternoon at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

It was one of two double plays on the day for the Cardinals’ (22-31; 15-14 MAC) defense which helped freshman pitcher Angelina Russo and junior pitcher Deborah Jones combine for the team’s fifth shutout win of the season.

Overall, the pitching duo limited the Zips (18-32; 13-16 MAC) to just four hits and five total baserunners over a combined 7.0 innings of work.

Russo threw the first 5.0 innings, allowing two hits while striking out three to pick up her 12th win of the season. Jones pitched the final 2.0, also allowing just two hits while striking out one to earn her first save of the year.

On offense, Ball State scored its first run of the day in the bottom of the second which started with a double from senior shortstop Amaia Daniel. Sophomore Kaitlyn Mathews followed with a single through the left side to put runners on the corners, while a grounder to short from redshirt junior catcher Jazmyne Armendariz brought Daniel home.

Daniel would go on to give the Cardinals an insurance run in the bottom of the third, with a two-out RBI single to drive in freshman third baseman Emma Richards. Richards singled with one out in the inning, stole second, and moved to third on a groundout by sophomore first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata.

That was all the run support BSU’s pitching staff would need in the shutout victory, which was caught by senior Delanie Johnson, who was the catcher for all five of BSU’s shutouts this season. Johnson, who was appearing in her final game for the Cardinals, also reached base in the sixth when she was hit by a pitch.

Although they were unable to suit up for the game, Ball State’s other two graduating seniors, Mackenzie McCarty and Trinity Eckerty, where honored pregame when they exchanged the final lineup card of the season during the umpire meeting.

#20 IRISH COMPLETE SWEEP OF LOUISVILLE ON SENIOR DAY

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team completed a three-game sweep of the Louisville Cardinals in six innings Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Irish defeated Louisville 9-1, scoring two in the sixth to end the game early. Notre Dame finishes the regular season at 39-9, and 16-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Sunday’s contest marked the last regular season game at Melissa Cook Stadium for the senior class of Sarah Genz, Quinn Biggio, Shelby Grimm, Payton Tidd, Emma Clark, Alexis Holloway and Abby Sweet. Prior to the game, the seniors were honored for their contributions to the University of Notre Dame, and Irish softball.

On a day that focused on the upperclassmen, it was the freshman who shined in the circle. Shannon Becker threw a complete game, throwing 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits, one earned run and struck out seven to earn her 10th win.

Clark, Sweet and Carlli Kloss led the charge offensively. Clark finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run. Sweet added a 2-for-4 game with an RBI and scored once. Kloss finished 2-for-2 with four RBI, scored twice, hit the first home run of her career and drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

Leea Hanks and Karina Gaskins each finished with a hit and drove in a run in the win.

Louisville struck first, getting a solo run in the first inning. A one-out walk came home after a couple singles in the first inning to put the Cardinals up 1-0.

Notre Dame broke the game open in the bottom of the second, scoring six runs. Gaskins led off the inning drawing a walk and another walk put two on with two outs. Kloss lit the match that ignited the rally as she dropped a triple on the left field foul line, just beyond the diving Louisville outfielder. A walk drawn by Brooke Marquez put runners on the corners for Sweet who muscled a double to left to bring in one. Clark chopped a single up the middle to bring in two before scoring when Gaskins hammered a line drive just over the leaping shortstop to put the Irish up 6-1.

The Irish scratched home an unearned run in the third. Back-to-back errors put runners on second and third and Kloss drove a fly ball to center field to score one and extend the lead.

Notre Dame put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring two runs. Kloss led off the sixth with the first home run of her career. Sweet drove a single to left to keep the line moving. Clark reached with a single to left where it was misplayed, allowing both Clark and Sweet to move up. Hanks hit a fly ball to foul territory in deep left where it was caught. Sweet tagged up and scored on the play to give the Irish the eight-run cushion and the victory.

Up Next

The Irish await to see who they will play later this week at the ACC Tournament held in Pittsburgh.

Sycamores Run-Rule Loyola to Win Series on Senior Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball defeated Loyola Chicago 10-0 in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Price Field to give the Sycamores the series victory to close out the regular season.

The Sycamores honored Grace Hunger, Lexie Siwek, Bella Peterson and Amanda Guercio prior to the game for Senior Day.

With the win, the Sycamores (24-26, 11-15) will be the #7 seed at the MVC Tournament and Loyola (16-29, 10-16) will be the #8 seed.

The Action

Indiana State starter Lexi Benko kept the Loyola bats quiet from the start, setting down the Ramblers 1-2-3 in the first inning.

The Sycamore offense got going in the second as Grace Hunger put three runs on the board with her first home run of the season over the wall in left which scored Danielle Henning and Amanda Guercio. Olivia Patton drove in Abi Chipps to increase the ISU lead to 4-0 which chased Loyola starter Peyton Pepkowski from the game. Bella Peterson doubled to right center to score Patton from first which made it a 5-0 game after two innings.

Peterson’s double was her 20th of the season which breaks the Indiana State single-season record for doubles which she set last season with 19.

In the bottom of the third, Abi Chipps singled to center which scored Isabella Henning and Danielle Henning who both reached with singles. Chipps’ base hit made it a 7-0 Indiana State lead.

After another 1-2-3 inning from Benko, Indiana State came to the plate in the fourth and added three more runs to go up 10-0. Bella Peterson singled and later scored on a throwing error to start the scoring and then Lexie Siwek added two more runs with a double down the right field line.

Benko gave up a one-out single in the fifth but that would be all for Loyola as the Sycamores closed out the 10-0 victory, giving Benko her 13th victory of the season. She allowed just two hits over a complete game five-inning effort.

Indiana State finished with nine hits, led by Peterson, Chipps and Isabella Henning who each had two hits apiece. Siwek, Hunger and Danielle Henning each had one.

Hunger’s home run in the second gave Indiana State 36 on the season which ties a season-high as a team which was set in 2021.

Around the Horn

-Prior to postseason play, here’s where Bella Peterson sits in career rankings at ISU: First in games played/started (220/217), doubles (73), RBIs (151), total bases (394), sacrifice flies (8), at-bats (678) and walks (92). She ranks second in hits (242) and runs (137). Her 21 career home runs rank fourth.

-Amanda Guercio sits in second for career home runs with 25 and games played with 215.

-Lexi Benko’s 13 wins are tied for seventh most in a season and are the most by an ISU pitcher since Kenzie Ihle in 2017 (17).

-The Sycamores currently have four hitters batting over .300 with Bella Peterson (.390), Isabella Henning (.362), Lexie Siwek (.319) and Annie Tokarek (.301) leading the offense heading into the MVC Tournament.

Up Next

Indiana State will head to Springfield, Missouri for the MVC Tournament next week and begin play on Wednesday, May 11 with a matchup against #10 seed Valparaiso.

Mastodon Softball Season Comes to a Close With 3-1 Loss to NKU

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – ThePurdue Fort Wayne softball season ended on Sunday (May 8) with a 3-1 loss to Northern Kentucky.


Gracie Brinkerhoff (2-9) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. The right-hander went four innings, giving up one run on six hits, allowing no walks and striking out three. Alyson Quinlan came out of the bullpen to throw two scoreless and hitless innings.

Sonia Solis and Brooke Wintlend both recorded doubles in their 1-for-3 outings. Solis had the lone RBI for the Mastodons, which came in the seventh with two outs.

NKU first scored in the second, then extended its lead in the fifth with two more. This was enough to secure the win.

GAME & SEASON NOTES
» Solis led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
» Eyre became the program’s all-time leader in pitching appearances with 122 in her career.
» Wintlend slugged .615 in Horizon League play.
» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by sophomore Maddie Lacer, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
» Junior Lauryn Hicks led the Norse pitching staff, throwing seven innings of one-run ball to pick up the win.
» Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-41, 6-19 Horizon League.
» Northern Kentucky improves to 24-27, 13-13 Horizon League and will be the No. 6 seed in the Horizon League Championship.

JD Deany Goes the Distance to Help Purdue Fort Wayne Baseball Split at UIC

CHICAGO – Purdue Fort Wayne earned a road split on Sunday (May 8) at UIC in Horizon League baseball action. The Mastodons won game one 3-2 and fell in the second contest 11-6.

The ‘Dons picked up their 10th league win of the season. They will head into next weekend with a pair of doubleheaders. They will be the Mastodons’ final league games of the season as the ‘Dons have a bye in league play in the final week of the regular season.

GAME 1 | Purdue Fort Wayne 3, UIC 2

The Mastodons never trailed in the opener, scoring all three of their runs in the first inning of the contest scheduled for seven innings.

The three runs were enough for starter JD Deany. He is now 4-2 with his first career complete game. He gave up two runs on four hits, allowing three walks and striking out three. Both UIC runs came in the second inning. UIC had a chance to score more in the second, but Deany got Bobby Grines to line into a double play to end the frame. The Flames wouldn’t advance a runner to third the rest of the way. Deany picked off a UIC runner at first to end the fifth inning.

The ‘Dons opened the game with three consecutive singles. Ben Higgins knocked in Jarrett Bickel with one of the singles. Jack Lang scored on a passed ball and Cade Fitzpatrick used a sacrifice fly to score Higgins. Purdue Fort Wayne benefited from a pair of wild pitches in addition to the passed ball in the inning. UIC’s Cristian Lopez would settle down enough to go 2.1 innings. He received the loss. Joey Morris went the final 4.2 innings, giving up just two hits to the ‘Dons.  

Higgins, Bickel and Lang all went 2-for-4 in the contest. Garett Lake went 2-for-2 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons out-hit the Flames at an 8-4 clip.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 2-for-6 (.333) with runners in scoring position.

» UIC was led by Joshua Figueroa, who went 1-for-2 with two RBI.

GAME 2 | UIC 11, Purdue Fort Wayne 6

The ‘Dons went up early in game two but couldn’t hold on.

Mitchell Spencer (3-3) came out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. He came in after starter Jacob Myer left after 4.2 innings. Myer gave up four runs, but only two were earned.

Lang had four hits including a two-run first inning home run and three RBIs. Higgins went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Fitzpatrick put together two hits in three trips to the plate while adding a walk.

The Mastodons got the scoring started early with Lang’s bomb two batters into the game with Jarrett Bickel aboard. Lang now has nine home runs on the season.

The Flames scored one in the first before the ‘Dons scored two in the second on a single from Higgins scored Fitzpatrick and Cade Nelis. It brought the score to 4-1 in favor of the Mastodons.

UIC fired back to even the ballgame at four before Purdue Fort Wayne reclaimed a 6-4 advantage in the sixth inning. The Mastodons scored two runs when a single from Lang knocked in Nelis. Isaiah Hart came around on a throwing error on the same play.

The game changed in the sixth when UIC scored five times. They recorded eight consecutive hits in the inning.

GAME NOTES

» Lang now has three four-hit games in his career.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers earned 12 fly balls.

» UIC was led offensively by Breck Nowik, who went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

» Matt Zahora threw one inning for the win in relief for UIC.

» The ‘Dons are now 13-31 (10-14 Horizon). UIC is now 20-20 (12-7 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons travel to Dayton on Tuesday (May 10) for a non-league game against the Flyers.

Aces drop finale at Valparaiso

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Valparaiso scored five times in the first inning and would add to its lead to finish the regular season with a 10-0 win over the University of Evansville softball team on Sunday afternoon.

Evansville looked to be in business in the first inning when Jessica Fehr walked and Mackenzie McFeron singled to open the game.  With two outs, Alex Barnaby was hit by a pitch to load the bases before a line out ended the threat.  The Beacons wasted little time cashing in, scoring five times in the bottom of the first.  Kate Beckemeyer had the big hit, bringing in two on a single.

UE threatened again in the second and third frames, stranding a pair of runners in each inning including hits by Fehr and Alexa Davis.  In the bottom half of the third, Valpo broke the game open with five more runs, including a 2-run home run by Ryan Milkowski.  The Purple Aces went hitless in the final two innings with the Beacons clinching the 10-0 win.

Easton Sieb registered her second win of the weekend, giving up three hits in five innings while striking out three.  Paige McAllister made the start for UE and allowed 10 runs, seven of which were earned.  Next up is the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, which opens on Wednesday in Springfield, Mo.

Baseball Falls to DBU in Series Finale

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped Sunday’s series finale with Dallas Baptist 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo did all of its scoring in the fifth inning in a game where seven different Beacons recorded a hit.

How It Happened

DBU made two outs on the bases in the top of the first as Valpo cut down a player who had singled and was caught between first and second on a 9-6-3 putout and a player trying to score on an infield bouncer to short.

DBU scored first on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the second, but that inning could have been worse for the Beacons as the Patriots had the bases full with the run in the bank and only one away. Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) got a strikeout and flyout to keep the deficit at one.

A two-run DBU homer in the third made it 3-0, then the Patriots added three in the fifth to expand the gap to 6-0.

The Beacon bats came to life in the bottom of the fifth as Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) delivered an RBI triple before trotting home on a double by Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central). Thurston later crossed the dish on a bouncer by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) to make it 6-3.

DBU led off the seventh with a home run to up the edge to 7-3, then another single tally in the top of the eighth capped the scoring. Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts after Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian-Hills CC]) had yielded one run on three hits over two innings.

Inside the Game

Seven of the nine Valpo batters produced a hit, but no one had a multi-hit output.

Ryan’s triple was his team-leading fourth of the season.

McCluskey took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on three walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Three of Valpo’s seven hits went for extra bases.

DBU entered the weekend with the No. 5 RPI in the nation.

Up Next

Valpo (14-28, 3-12 MVC) will not play a midweek game this week due to final exams taking place before the Beacons return to action for a three-game weekend series against Bradley beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Men’s Tennis Wins HCAC Tournament Championship; Headed Back to NCAA Tournament

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s tennis team is headed back to the NCAA Division III Tournament after defeating Hanover College 5-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship match on Sunday.

The Fightin’ Engineers are headed to their 7th consecutive NCAA Division III men’s tennis tournament after winning today’s championship.  Rose-Hulman has an overall record of 57-1 against HCAC opposition since 2015, and the team completed a sweep of the regular season and conference tournament titles this spring.

Both teams battled for an HCAC record 4 hours, 10 minutes before the Fightin’ Engineers closed out the match with the win.  With the score tied 4-4, No. 1 singles player Joshua Giambattista provided the final championship point for Rose-Hulman in a 6-0 third set victory.  For his efforts, Giambattista was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Rose-Hulman led 2-1 after doubles action, with the team of Mark Slaninka and Grant Paradowski winning 8-1 at the No. 2 flight.  Rhian Seneviratne and Arudrra Krishnan added an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Seneviratne became a double winner on the day with a 7-6, 6-2 victory at the No. 5 singles slot.  Owen Reynolds added a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 3 singles flight.

Rose-Hulman takes an overall record of 11-9 into the NCAA Division III Tournament after a schedule that featured one NCAA Division I opponent, four NCAA Division II opponents and one NAIA opponent.  The Fightin’ Engineers finished a perfect 5-0 in the HCAC regular season and were a perfect 2-0 in this weekend’s HCAC Tournament.

RHIT Baseball Sweeps Wabash in Regular Season Finale

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on big innings in each game to sweep Wabash College 10-4 and 10-3 in a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Sunday.

The twinbill marked Rose-Hulman’s final preparation for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament that begins on Thursday.

In the opener, Rose-Hulman put together seven consecutive hits to score eight runs in the 8th in a 10-4 victory.  

Brett Tuttle had four hits, including a double, to propel Rose-Hulman’s 16-hit offensive attack.  Adam Taylor and Peter Rogers had three singles each, with Rogers scoring twice.

Other Engineers with multiple hits included Harrison Finch with a single, double and two RBIs; and Kade Kline with two singles and two runs scored.

Korey Marlow led the pitching effort with a strong 4.2 scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 on the season.  Marlow struck out four and allowed just one hit in the effort.

In the nightcap, Rose-Hulman scored five times in the fifth inning to turn an early deficit into a 10-3 win.

Lopez had a double and a triple and one run scored to lead the offense.  Nathan Burke added a pair of singles with three runs scored.

Josh Mesenbrink had a pair of hits and two RBIs, and Colton Brown also had a 2-hit game with a pair of RBIs.  Tuttle added three RBIs, three walks and scored one run.

Four pitchers combined to hold Wabash to just three runs in the game.  Michael Yager picked up the win with two scoreless innings.  Jonathan Oliger added two scoreless innings, before Taylor closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

Rose-Hulman completes the regular season with a 25-11 record, while Wabash finished at 20-19.  The Fightin’ Engineers are the No. 3 seed in the HCAC Baseball Tournament and will face Earlham College in the opening round on Thursday at 3:30 pm at Kokomo, Indiana.

Baseball: Anderson Secures Split with Transylvania

The Anderson University baseball team split with Transylvania University during Sunday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) doubleheader at Don Brandon Field.

Transylvania (14-22, 7-11) took a 10-2 win in Game 1. The Ravens (19-19, 11-7) then fought to a 4-3 victory in Game 2.

GAME 1: TRANSYLVANIA 10, ANDERSON 2

Justin Reed – 2-for-4, Double, 2 Stolen Bases

Tyler Smitherman – Single

Jake Stank – Single

T.J. Price – Single

Jacob Hoffman – 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB

GAME 2: ANDERSON 4, TRANSYLVANIA 3

Connor Gordon – 3-for-4, 2 RBI’s

Jake Stank – 2-for-4, Triple, Double

Justin Reed – 2-for-4, Triple

Walker Stull – W (3-3), 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Tyler Smitherman – Single

T.J. Price – Single

Stephen Vickery – Single

Logan Nickel – SV (6)

UP NEXT

The Ravens clinched the No. 4 seed in the HCAC Tournament. Anderson opens the five-team double-elimination tournament by battling fifth-seeded Hanover College (16-20) on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Kokomo at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

Simmers Highlights Baseball Senior Day By Swiping Stolen Base Record

Austin Simmers celebrated Senior Day for the Wabash baseball team Sunday by breaking the single-season school record for steals in the Little Giants’ season-ending doubleheader against Rose-Hulman. The Little Giants lost both games by scores of 10-4 and 10-3.

Simmers and fellow seniors Will Lillis, Noah Luebbehusen, Drew Prather, Julian Rutherford, Dylan Scheid, Tavic Simmons, and Felix Valero were honored prior to the opening game of the home season finale.

Simmers swiped a pair of bases in game one and added two more in the second game. His first stolen base in game two tied the decades-old record of 30 stolen bases set by Jerry Long in 1994. Simmers hit a single to left in the sixth inning of game two, then stole second to pick up his 31st of the season in 33 attempts. Simmers ended his career with 56 stolen bases to finish in a tie for third on the all-time Wabash list.

The Little Giants took a 1-0 lead in game one on a sacrifice fly by AJ Reid. Wabash jumped back in front 3-1 thanks to a two-run third inning. Simmers scored the first run from third on a wild pitch. The Little Giants added a second run on a double steal with Reid swiping second and Camden Scheidt racing home with the third run of the game.

Wabash held the lead until the eighth inning when Rose-Hulman (25-11) exploded for eight runs to put the game away. The Little Giants scored a run in the bottom of the eighth when an error allowed Reid to score to cut the lead to 9-4. The Fightin’ Engineers added another run in the ninth inning for the 10-4 final.

Scheidt went 3-for-4 from the plate in game one and added the lone RBI for Wabash. Reid added the only other hit for the Little Giants.

Simmons pitched 6-2/3 innings as the Wabash starter. He scattered seven hits and a walk while limiting Rose to one earned run. Reid took the loss after pitching two-thirds of an inning in relief. Jacob Cox and Leo Dilts closed out the game on the mound for Wabash.

The Little Giants took a 2-0 lead in game two thanks to a sacrifice fly by Evan Neukam in the first inning and an RBI single off the bat of Reid in the third inning. Rose answered with a run in the fourth then opened up a 5-2 lead with a four-run fifth inning. The Engineers scored three more runs in the eighth to take a 10-2 lead.

Scheidt provided the final run of the season for Wabash with a sacrifice fly to score Valero in the eighth for the final seven-run margin.

Simmers, Reid, and Valero each collected two hits in the season finale. Wabash finished the game with 10 hits overall.

Braeden Bryant suffered the loss for the Little Giants. He pitched 4-1/3 innings in his final start of the season. He game up three runs on three hits and six walks against six strikeouts. Sam Benedict pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief and allowed three hits.

Wabash finished the season with a record of 20-19.

Trailblazers split first two of four-game conference showdown with Parkland

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team opened their four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series Sunday afternoon by splitting the first two games with Parkland College at Jerry Blemker Field.

The Trailblazers took game one over the Cobras 7-4 behind yet another really great pitching performance behind sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.).

Parkland battled back to take game two in comeback fashion, winning 7-5 over Vincennes.

Vincennes broke an early scoreless tie in the third with freshman Ethan Burdette scoring on an RBI double by sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) to give the Blazers an early 1-0 lead.

VU would tack on another run in the fourth on an RBI single by sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.).

The Trailblazers blew the game open in the fifth with a big four-run inning started by a walk by sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and a double by freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.).

Connor VanLannen got in on the action helping himself out at the plate with an RBI single, followed by a two RBI triple by freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.) and an RBI single by Josiah Sizemore to give VU a 6-0 lead.

Parkland would get on the board in the seventh with three runs to cut the deficit to 6-3.

Vincennes answered back to add an insurance run in the eighth with a walk by freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.), who would later score on a wild pitch.

Parkland would try to complete the comeback in the ninth but ultimately came up short as the Trailblazers took game one 7-4.

Connor VanLannen had another impressive game on the mound for Vincennes, throwing into the eighth and allowing three runs on six hits and striking out seven.

Sophomore Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) entered out of the bullpen and retired the only batter he faced on four pitches.

Sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) came in and close out the remaining one and two-thirds innings, allowing one run on two hits and striking out one.

“Connor VanLannen came out and gave us a great outing,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “He gave us seven innings and then Nichols and Osborn finished it out and did what they have done all year for us. We got some clutch hitting in game one, the hits continued to pile up and we were able to put up a four-spot in game one and also played good defense.”

“This was as good as Connor has thrown all year,” Barney added. “For him to be able to do it with one more conference weekend to go before the tournament, it should make him feel pretty good. We were able to keep him under 100 pitches and he should be ready to go this coming Friday when we take on John Wood.”

Vincennes continued their hot hitting streak into the second game of the day with the Blazers stringing together four straight hits to start the bottom of the first with Peyton Lane, Colton Evans, Connor VanLannen and sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.) all recording RBI’s as VU took an early 4-0 lead.

Parkland began their comeback with a run in the third and continued with runs in the fourth and fifth innings as well.

VU looked to grow their lead back in the bottom of the fifth after a leadoff double by Colton Evans, who would later score on a wild pitch to give the Blazers a 5-3 lead.

The Cobras responded back to grab the lead with a three run, two-out rally in the sixth and added an additional insurance run in the seventh.

Vincennes looked to try to send the game into extra innings but were unable to push a run across as Parkland took game two, 7-5.

Sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) got the start in game two for Vincennes, throwing into the sixth inning, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out eight.

Freshmen Cauy Motsinger (Salem, Ind.) and Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) pitched out of the bullpen with Motsinger allowing two runs on one hit and striking out one over two-thirds of an inning.

Steimel closed out the sixth and got the first two outs of the seventh for one inning of work, allowing one run on two hits and punching out one.

Freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) entered to get the final out of the seventh with a very efficient one-pitch outing.

“Game two, Kestler threw really well for us,” Barney said. “We just didn’t get it done in the bullpen and make plays behind him. When you give teams a little momentum with an error, walk and a hit batsman and all of a sudden all the momentum shifted to them late in the game. They were able to carry it through the last couple of innings and come away with the win.”

The conference series will now shift to Champaign, Ill. for the final two games Monday, May 9 at Parkland College. First pitch Monday is set for 1 p.m. eastern.

“We’ve just got to learn and understand what it means to carry some momentum and build some momentum,” Barney added. “We got it early in both games today and we’ve got to build on it like we did in game one. We have to continue to play good defense and hopefully get a quality start or two out of Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) and Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) tomorrow and be ready to roll with whatever we have left in the bullpen. Our defense has to play well and our offense has to continue to swing it.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1871       Esteban Enrique ‘Steve’ Bellán becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a major league game. The 21-year-old Cuban plays the infield for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association in a 9-5 loss to the Boston Red Stockings.

1888       Colonels’ right-hander Elton ‘Icebox’ Chamberlain, a natural right-hander, throws left-handed for the final two innings during his complete-game victory against the visiting Kansas City Cowboys. Louisville wins the American Association contest played in Eclipse Park, 18-6.

1901       Indians’ rookie hurler Earl Moore holds the White Sox hitless for nine innings before giving up two hits in the tenth inning to lose, 4-2. ‘Crossfire’ will compile a 16-14 record in his year in the big leagues.

1937       Reds’ starter Peaches Davis gives up 15 hits but goes the distance in the Reds’ 21-10 rout of Philadelphia. The right-hander’s batterymate, Ernie Lombardi, goes 6-for-6 in the Baker Bowl ballgame, collecting five singles and a double.

1943       Due to the poor grade of rubber cement used to make baseballs because of wartime rubber shortages, a different type of ball is put into play today, with dramatic results. In eight games, six home runs are hit, compared to a total of nine homers tallied in the season’s first 72 games.

1947       Philadelphia manager Ben Chapman, who admits he had been ‘kinda loud’ in leading his team in verbally abusing Jackie Robinson with racial slurs during yesterday’s game, sends word to the Brooklyn clubhouse that he would like to make amends by posing with the Dodger first baseman for the newspaper photographers. The orchestrated gesture, which Robinson agrees to, admitting later that is one of the hardest things he ever had to make himself do, is prompted by the bad press created by the Phillies manager’s intolerance and the wrath of Commissioner Chandler.

1950       In a 10-5 victory over Brooklyn at Forbes Field, Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits two home runs, including his second grand slam in four games. The future Hall of Famer, who will collect eight career homers with the bases juiced, also cleared the bases with a round-tripper on May 6 off Giants’ right-hander Clint Hartung.

1961       In a 13-5 victory over the Twins, Jim Gentile becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The Orioles’ first baseman, the first to accomplish the feat in consecutive at-bats, goes deep in the first two innings of the contest.

1967       Wearing his familiar uniform #9, Roger Maris hits his first National League home run on the ninth day of the month in seat 9 of section 9. The right fielder’s sixth-inning round-tripper off Woodie Fryman contributes to the Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.

1971       A gathering of 43,307 fans watches the Orioles drop a twin bill to the A’s at Memorial Stadium, 6-2 and 2-1. The unscheduled doubleheader draws a record walk-in crowd of 31,626 (73%), the largest in Baltimore’s history.

1973       For the second time in his career, Johnny Bench hits three homers off Steve Carlton. The Reds’ backstop’s seven RBIs help Cincinnati beat the Phillies, 9-7.

1977       At Exhibition Stadium, the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 10-4, when the two new American League teams meet for the first time. Toronto will win their inaugural season series with Seattle, taking six of the ten games against their West Coast rival.

1979       At the Astrodome, substitute umpire David Pallone ejects the entire Cardinal bench when the players throw helmets and bats onto the field to protest a call. Due to the umpire strike, the minor league arbitrator works second base the major league game.

1984       The first eight-hour major league game, which started last night before being suspended in the 17th inning because of a curfew, finally comes to an end when Harold Baines homers with one out in the 25th inning, giving the White Sox a 7-6 victory over the Brewers. Tom Seaver, who will also start and pitch 8.1 innings in the nightcap, gets the win pitching one inning of relief.

1986       The Phillies release Dave Stewart after the right-hander compiles 6.57 ERA appearing in eight games as a reliever. At the end of the month, the 29-year-old free agent signs with the A’s, where he’ll average 21 victories a season from 1987-1990.

1987       Eddie Murray becomes the first major leaguer to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games when he connects off left-handed Bob James in the sixth inning of the Orioles’ 9-6 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park. In yesterday’s contest, the Baltimore first baseman also homered off southpaw Ray Searage and righty Jose DeLeon.

1988       With the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium, 38 year-old Jerry Reuss becomes the 86th pitcher to record his 200th major league career win. The southpaw joins Milt Pappas as the only other pitcher to reach the milestone without the benefit of a 20-win season.

1993       During the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to the Padres at Wrigley Field, Mark Grace becomes the tenth play in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The 29-year-old first baseman, sometimes called Amazing by his teammates, accomplishes the feat when he blasts a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom ninth inning off Rich Rodriguez.

1995       The Indians tie a major league record by scoring eight runs in the first inning before making an out. Seven of the tallies are the results of home runs, including Kenny Lofton’s leadoff round-tripper, Paul Sorrento’s grand slam, and Carlos Baerga’s two-run blast.

1999       In Florida State University 26-2 win over the Maryland Terrapins, 22-year-old college junior Marshall McDougall, hits six home runs in his next six at-bats, after singling in the first inning. The Seminole’s second baseman, who plays his brief 18-game major league career with the Rangers, finishes the College Park (MD) contest 7-for-7 with six homers, 16 RBIs and 25 total bases, all of which are NCAA single-game records.

1999       After 552 relief appearances, Mike Stanton starts a major league game, breaking Gary Lavelle’s record for most appearances before starting a game. The southpaw shuts out Seattle for four innings, giving up two hits, in New York’s 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium.

2002       Mariano Rivera establish a new franchise record when he saves his 225th game, preserving the Yankees’ 3-1 victory over the Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. The right-handed reliever hurls 1.1 innings to surpass the previous mark set in 1990 by Dave Righetti.

2006       Ivan Rodriguez, after 1,914 games behind the plate, plays first base, making it the first time in his career he is at a position other than catcher. Later in the season, ‘Pudge’ also makes an appearance at second base, filling in for injured Tiger infielder Placido Polanco.

2006       Delmon Young is suspended for 50 games by the International League for throwing a bat, which hit a replacement umpire in the chest. The Devil Rays’ top prospect, the brother of Tiger star Dmitri Young, was selected as the minor league player of the year by Baseball America in 2005.

2010       Dallas Braden, recently made infamous due to his words with Alex Rodriguez when the Yankee third baseman cut across the diamond via the pitcher’s mound, throws the 19th perfect game in baseball history, a 4-0 victory over the Rays in Oakland. In attendance for the 26-year-old left-hander’s Mother’s Day gem is his grandmother, who raised him after his mom died of melanoma during his senior year at Stagg High School in Stockton, California.

2011       Milton Bradley, playing for his eighth club since his Expos debut in 2000, is cut by the Mariners, who still owe him the remaining part of his $13 million deal for this season. Although no specific incident triggers the team’s decision, the 33 year-old slumping outfielder had recently been suspended for a game after bumping an umpire, ejected from another contest for contesting a third strike, and a few days ago he became the target of the Seattle fans’ wrath for what they perceived as his lack of hustle.

2015       With runners on second and third, the Pirates turn the first recorded 4-5-4 triple play in baseball history, recording all three outs entirely on the left side of the infield. The oddity occurs when Yadier Molina lines out to second baseman Neil Walker, who throws to third baseman Jung Ho Kang doubling up Jhonny Peralta off the third, and then fields the third baseman’s return throw to triple up Jason Heywood at second base.

2019       Albert Pujols, with a solo homer in the top of the third inning in the Angels’ 13-3 victory over the Tigers at Comerica Park, joins Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez in becoming just the third player in baseball history to record 2,000 career RBIs. Babe Ruth and Cap Anson also reached the plateau, but the runs batted in did not become an official statistic until 1920.

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YES
LA DODGERS AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-PIT
MILWAUKEE AT CINCINNATI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT DETROIT7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CLEVELAND AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
TAMPA BAY AT LA ANGELS9:38PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
MIAMI AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT SEATTLE9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
COLORADO AT SAN FRANCISCO9:45PMATTSN-RM
NBCS-BAY
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 4: BOSTON AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 4: MEMPHIS AT GOLDEN STATE10:00PMTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON7:00PMTBS
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMESPN
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: COLORADO AT NASHVILLE9:30PMESPN
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: CALGARY AT DALLAS9:30PMTBS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SUPER LIG: ANTALYASPOR VS KONYASPOR1:00PMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: FIORENTINA VS ROMA2:45PMCBSSN
BRASILEIRÃO: AVAÍ VS CORITIBA7:00PMPARAMOUNT+

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES198.70411 – 48 – 410 – 68 – 11 – 18 – 2L 1
TAMPA BAY1811.62129 – 79 – 45 – 12 – 49 – 57 – 3L 1
TORONTO1713.5673.510 – 67 – 78 – 61 – 38 – 44 – 6L 2
BALTIMORE1117.3938.58 – 73 – 104 – 83 – 33 – 45 – 5W 1
BOSTON1019.345104 – 96 – 105 – 114 – 61 – 22 – 8L 5
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA1811.62111 – 47 – 76 – 57 – 25 – 27 – 3W 3
CHI WHITE SOX1413.51937 – 67 – 75 – 13 – 94 – 37 – 3W 6
CLEVELAND1414.5003.57 – 57 – 93 – 45 – 23 – 47 – 3W 2
KANSAS CITY916.36076 – 93 – 71 – 47 – 60 – 33 – 7L 1
DETROIT819.29695 – 93 – 102 – 43 – 60 – 42 – 8L 5
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS1911.63310 – 69 – 53 – 36 – 26 – 56 – 4W 1
HOUSTON1811.6210.59 – 49 – 72 – 44 – 011 – 68 – 2W 7
SEATTLE1316.4485.58 – 55 – 112 – 56 – 44 – 52 – 8W 1
TEXAS1115.42364 – 97 – 62 – 30 – 05 – 95 – 5W 1
OAKLAND1018.35784 – 96 – 97 – 70 – 61 – 21 – 9L 9
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2010.6679 – 511 – 511 – 62 – 17 – 36 – 4W 1
ATLANTA1416.46768 – 86 – 84 – 66 – 43 – 45 – 5W 2
MIAMI1315.46466 – 77 – 88 – 21 – 22 – 83 – 7L 1
PHILADELPHIA1216.42979 – 93 – 74 – 91 – 25 – 24 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON1020.333103 – 117 – 93 – 71 – 35 – 84 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE1910.65510 – 49 – 63 – 314 – 50 – 17 – 3L 2
ST. LOUIS1612.5712.57 – 59 – 73 – 36 – 44 – 45 – 5L 2
PITTSBURGH1116.40775 – 76 – 93 – 16 – 121 – 23 – 7L 1
CHI CUBS918.33394 – 115 – 71 – 25 – 72 – 52 – 8L 5
CINCINNATI523.17913.53 – 82 – 152 – 23 – 60 – 132 – 8W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS197.73110 – 29 – 52 – 17 – 06 – 57 – 3W 6
SAN DIEGO1910.6551.59 – 510 – 55 – 38 – 15 – 57 – 3W 1
COLORADO1612.571411 – 55 – 74 – 65 – 23 – 36 – 4L 1
SAN FRANCISCO1612.57148 – 78 – 57 – 63 – 22 – 33 – 7W 2
ARIZONA1514.5175.57 – 88 – 67 – 62 – 25 – 57 – 3W 1