COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#9 Notre Dame 41 Florida State 38

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Detroit 4 Cincinnati 1

San Diego 4 Houston 3

Seattle 10 Arizona 4 (11)

Baltimore 8 NY Yankees 7

Toronto 8 Oakland 0

Cleveland 11 Boston 5

Minnesota 6 Tampa Bay 5

Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 0

Texas 7 LA Angels 3

NY Mets 13 Washington 6

Philadelphia 4 Miami 3 (10)

Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 5

Chicago Cubs 11 Pittsburgh 8

Atlanta 9. Colorado 2

San Francisco 6 LA Dodgers 4

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 4 Iowa 3

Iowa 9 Indianapolis 0

Great Lakes 6 Fort Wayne 2

Lake County 1 South Bend 0

WNBA

Chicago 92 Las Vegas 84

Atlanta 69 Dallas 64

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. CENTER GROVE
  2. MERRILLVILLE
  3. HAMILTON SE
  4. WESTFIELD
  5. HOMESTEAD

5A

  1. CATHEDRAL
  2. ZIONSVILLE
  3. FW DWENGER
  4. VALPO
  5. MISHAWAKA

4A

  1. RONCALLI
  2. MOOSRESVILLE
  3. EAST CENTRAL
  4. LEO
  5. JASPER

3A

  1. WEST LAFAYETTE
  2. BREBEUF
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. DANVILLE
  5. TRI-WEST

2A

  1. FW LUERS
  2. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  3. EASTBROOK
  4. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  5. TIPTON

1A

  1. LUTHERAN
  2. SOUTH ADAMS
  3. PARK HERITAGE
  4. MONROE CENTRAL
  5. COVENANT CHRISTIAN

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FRIDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Adams CentralatJay County 7:00 pm
AndersonatMarion 7:00 pm
AngolaatWest Noble 7:00 pm
Beech GroveatIndianapolis Scecina 7:00 pm
BellmontatNorwell 7:00 pm
Ben DavisatCenter Grove 7:00 pm
Bloomington NorthatBloomington South 7:00 pm
BlufftonatWoodlan 7:00 pm
Boone GroveatHammond Noll 8:00 pm
Bowman AcademyatGary West 8:00 pm
BremenatTriton 7:00 pm
BrownsburgatAvon 7:00 pm
CalumetatWhiting 8:00 pm
CarmelatPike 7:00 pm
Carroll (Flora)atSouthern Wells 7:30 pm
CentervilleatWinchester 7:00 pm
CharlestownatNorth Harrison 7:00 pm
Christel House ManualatIndianapolis Attucks 7:00 pm
Clinton CentralatFrontier 7:00 pm
CloverdaleatCascade 7:00 pm
Columbia CityatHuntington North 7:00 pm
Columbus EastatJennings County 7:00 pm
Columbus NorthatIndianapolis Roncalli 7:00 pm
ConcordatWawasee 7:00 pm
ConnersvilleatSouth Dearborn 7:00 pm
Crawford CountyatRock Creek Academy 7:00 pm
Crown PointatLake Central 8:00 pm
CulveratWest Central 7:00 pm
Culver AcademyatHobart 7:30 pm
DanvilleatCrawfordsville 7:00 pm
DelphiatSheridan 7:00 pm
East CentralatFranklin County 7:00 pm
East Chicago CentralatAndrean 8:00 pm
East NobleatDeKalb 7:00 pm
Eastern (Pekin)atSilver Creek 7:00 pm
Eastern GreeneatMitchell 7:00 pm
EastsideatChurubusco 7:00 pm
EdgewoodatOwen Valley 7:00 pm
Evansville CentralatVincennes Lincoln 7:30 pm
Evansville HarrisonatCastle 8:00 pm
Evansville Mater DeiatEvansville Memorial 8:00 pm
Evansville NorthatEvansville Reitz 8:00 pm
FairfieldatFremont 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne ConcordiaatFort Wayne Luers 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne NorthatFort Wayne Wayne 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne NorthropatCarroll (Fort Wayne) 7:00 pm
Fort Wayne SouthatFort Wayne Snider 7:00 pm
Fountain CentralatCovington 7:00 pm
FrankfortatSouthmont 7:00 pm
GarrettatLakeland 7:00 pm
Gibson SouthernatSouth Warren (Ky.) 8:00 pm
GoshenatNorthWood 7:00 pm
GreencastleatSouth Putnam 7:00 pm
Greenfield-CentralatPendleton Heights 7:30 pm
GriffithatLowell 8:00 pm
Guerin CatholicatBrebeuf Jesuit 7:00 pm
HagerstownatUnion County 7:00 pm
Hamilton SoutheasternatFishers 7:00 pm
Hammond CentralatHighland 8:00 pm
Hammond MortonatMunster 8:00 pm
Hanover CentralatRiver Forest 8:00 pm
HeritageatSouth Adams 7:00 pm
Heritage ChristianatEastern Hancock 7:00 pm
Heritage HillsatSouth Spencer 8:00 pm
HomesteadatFort Wayne Dwenger 7:00 pm
Indian CreekatBrown County 7:00 pm
Indianapolis ChatardatIndianapolis Cathedral 7:00 pm
Indianapolis LutheranatLapel 7:00 pm
Indianapolis TindleyatIndianapolis Shortridge 7:00 pm
Indianapolis WashingtonatCovenant Christian 7:00 pm
JasperatEvansville Bosse 7:30 pm
JeffersonvilleatMount Vernon (Posey) 7:30 pm
John GlennatJimtown 7:00 pm
KokomoatMcCutcheon 7:00 pm
Lafayette JeffatHarrison (West Lafayette) 7:00 pm
LaPorteatChesterton 8:00 pm
Lawrence NorthatNorth Central (Indianapolis) 7:00 pm
LawrenceburgatSouthport 7:00 pm
Linton-StocktonatNorth Vermillion 7:00 pm
LogansportatIndianapolis Tech 7:00 pm
ManchesteratTippecanoe Valley 7:00 pm
Marshall (Ill.)atSouth Vermillion 7:30 pm
MartinsvilleatDecatur Central 7:00 pm
Michigan CityatValparaiso 8:00 pm
MilanatMadison 7:00 pm
Mishawaka MarianatNew Prairie 7:30 pm
MonroviaatTriton Central 7:00 pm
MooresvilleatGreenwood 7:00 pm
Mount Vernon (Fortville)atNew Palestine 7:00 pm
New AlbanyatBedford North Lawrence 7:00 pm
New HavenatLeo 7:00 pm
NoblesvilleatWestfield 7:00 pm
Noblesville HomeSchoolatPurdue Polytechnic 7:00 pm
North DecaturatShenandoah 7:00 pm
North JudsonatKnox 8:00 pm
North KnoxatBoonville 7:30 pm
North MontgomeryatLebanon 7:00 pm
North NewtonatKankakee Valley 8:00 pm
NortheasternatCambridge City Lincoln 7:00 pm
NorthfieldatSouthwood 7:00 pm
NorthridgeatPlymouth 7:00 pm
NorthwesternatHamilton Heights 7:00 pm
Oldenburg AcademyatMonroe Central 7:30 pm
Owen County (Ky.)atSwitzerland County 7:00 pm
PaoliatPerry Central 7:30 pm
Perry MeridianatPlainfield 7:00 pm
PeruatNorth Miami 7:00 pm
Pike CentralatSouthridge 7:30 pm
PioneeratCaston 7:00 pm
PortageatMerrillville 8:00 pm
Prairie HeightsatCentral Noble 7:00 pm
PrincetonatNorth Central (Farmersburg) 7:30 pm
ProvidenceatClarksville 7:00 pm
RichmondatMuncie Central 7:00 pm
RushvilleatBatesville 7:00 pm
SalematBrownstown Central 7:00 pm
ScottsburgatCorydon Central 7:00 pm
SeegeratRiverton Parke 7:00 pm
SeymouratFloyd Central 7:00 pm
ShelbyvilleatNew Castle 7:30 pm
South Bend RileyatSouth Bend Clay 7:00 pm
South Bend St. JosephatSouth Bend Adams 7:00 pm
South NewtonatLake Station 8:00 pm
SpeedwayatIndianapolis Ritter 7:00 pm
Springs ValleyatWest Washington 7:00 pm
St. XavieratPenn 7:00 pm
SullivanatNorth Putnam 7:00 pm
TayloratEastern (Greentown) 7:00 pm
TecumsehatForest Park 7:30 pm
Tell CityatNorth Posey 8:00 pm
Terre Haute SouthatTerre Haute North 7:30 pm
TiptonatLewis Cass 7:00 pm
Traders Point ChristianatPark Tudor 7:00 pm
Tri-CentralatClinton Prairie 7:00 pm
Tri-CountyatNorth White 7:00 pm
Tri-WestatWestern Boone 7:00 pm
Twin LakesatRensselaer Central 8:00 pm
Union CityatKnightstown 7:00 pm
WabashatRochester 7:00 pm
Warren CentralatLawrence Central 7:00 pm
WarsawatMishawaka 7:00 pm
WashingtonatNorth Daviess 7:00 pm
Wes-DelatTri 7:00 pm
West LafayetteatLafayette Central Catholic 7:00 pm
West VigoatNorthview 7:00 pm
WesternatBenton Central 7:00 pm
WheeleratSouth Central (Union Mills) 8:00 pm
WhitelandatFranklin 7:00 pm
WhitkoatMaconaquah 7:00 pm
WinamacatLaVille 7:30 pm
YorktownatDelta 7:30 pm
ZionsvilleatFranklin Central 7:00 pm

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SATURDAY

ALL TIMES EASTERN
Alexandriavs.Blackford 1:00 pmBall State
Franktonvs.Elwood 4:00 pmBall State
Indiana DeafatAlabama Deaf 7:00 pm
Madison-Grantvs.Mississinewa 10:00 amBall State
Oak Hillvs.Eastbrook 7:00 pmBall State
Osceola GraceatPhalen Academy 3:00 pm

INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Tue Sep 76pPark Tudor @ Traders PtVolleyball
Tue Sep 76:30pMonrovia @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Wed Sep 87:30pN Montgomery@ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Sep 107pWashington @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 107pTraders Pt @ Park TudorFootball
Fri Sep 107pNoblesville Lions @ Purdue PolyFootball
Fri Sep 107pChatard @ CathedralFootball
Fri Sep 107pHeritage Christian @ Eastern HancockFootball
Fri Sep 107pClinton Central @ FrontierFootball
Fri Sep 107pMt Vernon @ New PalestineFootball
Tue Sep 147pChatard @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Wed Sep 157:30pNorthview @ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 167pDanville @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 167pDecatur Central @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Thur Sep 167pCovenant Christian @ Heritage ChristianSoccer
Fri Sep 177pParke Heritage @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 177pTindley @ Covenant ChristianFootball

WEEK TWO COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 2

Friday, Sept. 10

Kansas at Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

North Carolina A&T at Duke | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

North Dakota at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

UTEP at Boise State | 9:30 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 11

Boston College at UMass

Western Carolina at Oklahoma

Illinois at Virginia | 11 a.m. | ACC Network

Western Kentucky at Army | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN

VMI at Kent State | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN3

Alabama State at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

South Carolina at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Pitt at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Youngstown State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Indiana State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Oregon at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Tulsa at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ABC

Wyoming at Northern Illinois | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Rutgers at Syracuse | 2 p.m. | ACC Network

Duquesne at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Toledo at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | Peacock

Purdue at UConn | 3 p.m. | CBSSN

Robert Morris at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado) | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Buffalo at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ball State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Cal at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Temple at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Murray State at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Georgia Southern at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Mercer at Alabama | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

South Alabama at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa at Iowa State | 4:30 p.m. | ABC

South Carolina State at Clemson | 5 p.m. | ACC Network

Long Island University at West Virginia | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at Western Michigan | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Charlotte | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Lamar at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Portland State at Washington State | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

North Carolina Central at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Bethune-Cookman at UCF | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at Arkansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN

NC State at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Texas State at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

SE Louisiana at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Hampton at Old Dominion | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Grambling at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Eastern Kentucky at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Appalachian State at Miami | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin | 7 p.m. | FS1

Liberty at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas Southern at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Southern Illinois at Kansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Morgan State at Tulane | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Memphis at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Louisiana | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

New Mexico State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Missouri at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Austin Peay at Ole Miss | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network+

Georgia State at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Idaho at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Howard at Maryland | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

McNeese at LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Jacksonville State at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Washington at Michigan | 8 p.m. | ABC

Vanderbilt at Colorado State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Cal Poly at Fresno State | 10:05 p.m. | CW59

Utah at BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

Stanford at USC | 10:30 p.m. | FOX

UNLV at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Idaho State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | Stadium

Hawai’i at Oregon State | 11 p.m. | FS1

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES:

****No. 9 Notre Dame escapes with OT victory Florida State****

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Doerer made a 41-yard field goal in overtime and No. 9 Notre Dame escaped with a 41-38 victory after Florida State overcame an 18-point deficit Sunday night.

Ryan Fitzgerald’s 37-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left to begin overtime, allowing Notre Dame to run a few plays and set up Doerer’s kick.

Florida State backup quarterback McKenzie Milton nearly pulled off an emotional victory on a night the Seminoles honored Bobby Bowden, the coaching great who died at 91 of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 8. The Seminoles wore a back helmet bumper with Bowden’s signature, the coaching staff’s polo shirts had a Bowden patch on a sleeve and the “Bobby” signature and his trademark straw hat were painted on each 25-yard line. Bowden won national titles in 1993 and ’99 during his 34 years at Florida State.

Jack Coan completed 26 of 35 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in his Notre Dame debut. Coan threw touchdown passes to Michael Mayer, Kyren Williams, Kevin Austin and Joe Wilkins. Notre Dame led 38-20 with 4:37 to go in the third quarter.

Florida State rallied to force overtime, with Jordan Travis connecting with Andrew Parchment on an 8-yard touchdown strike, Treshaun Ward scoring on a 2-yard run, and Fitzgerald tying it with a 43-yard field goal with 40 seconds left.

Milton entered the game when Travis’ helmet popped off, and the UCF grad transfer quarterback fired a 22-yard strike to Ja’Khi Douglas – his first college pass since suffering a gruesome leg injury in November 2018. Ward scored his rushing touchdown to complete Milton’s first drive.

Milton finished 5 of 7 for 48 yards with three rushes for 6 yards.

Florida State has lost five straight season openers.

Travis started for Florida State, throwing two touchdown passes and running for another score. But he also threw three interceptions – two to Notre Dame star safety Kyle Hamilton. The Fighting Irish capitalized all three times by scoring touchdowns.

Jashaun Corbin had an 89-yard touchdown run for Florida State.

****Cowboys’ Martin likely to miss opener after positive test****

FRISCO, Texas (AP) A lingering COVID-19 issue with the Dallas Cowboys is likely to keep one of their best players out of the opener at Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.

Four-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin is among the latest Dallas players to test positive. Asked if he would miss Thursday’s matchup with seven-time champion quarterback Tom Brady, coach Mike McCarthy said, “I would say so, yes.”

Four other potential starters were in the health and safety protocols late in the preseason but have since returned: receiver CeeDee Lamb, left guard Connor Williams, safety Damontae Kazee and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.

Backup tackle Brandon Knight was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list along with Martin. Receiver Noah Brown was already on it.

The outbreak started with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn before the second-to-last preseason game against Houston. Quinn is back also.

Third-year pro Connor McGovern, who filled in for Martin when he was sidelined by a calf injury last year, is set to replace him again.

McCarthy said the club held virtual meetings Sunday morning before the players came in for practice. They were set to go back to virtual meetings after practice. McCarthy said they would follow the same procedure Monday, the most important practice before the opener.

“The numbers are up in our society so I think we understand what we need to do and I think we’re more rehearsed in the protocols and the adjustments,” McCarthy said. “We’re still going to get our work done.”

With Martin likely out, the Cowboys will again be without one of their top three offensive linemen after the trio never played together in 2020.

Martin was limited to 10 games with a calf issue, and seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith played in just two games before season-ending neck surgery. A hip problem that required surgery kept right tackle La’el Collins out all season.

Lamb said he lost his sense of taste and smell for about a week, but he doesn’t have any concerns about his conditioning going into the game against the Buccaneers.

“It’s definitely a tough situation that we’re going through and that we’re battling,” Lamb said. “It’s kind of unfortunate on our end just considering we’re doing everything right and not really understanding where it’s coming from. At this point, we’ve just got to play it safe.”

*****Tigers quiet Reds’ bats, take series with 4-1 win*****

CINCINNATI (AP) Jeimer Candelario snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run triple, five Detroit pitchers combined to frustrate Cincinnati’s offense and the Tigers captured the three-game interleague series with a 4-1 win on Sunday.

Akil Baddoo led off the sixth with a line-hugging double to left field. Robbie Grossman reached one out later on Joey Votto’s error and stole second. Candelario drove in both runners with a shot just inside first base and down into the right-field corner. He scored on Eric Haase’s sacrifice fly.

“I was looking for the changeup,” Candelario said. “He threw me a tough changeup. I was just looking for something to hit. I put a pretty good swing on the ball and got the job done. We’re always looking for extra-base hits. Anything we can do to get closer to home plate, we’re going to do it.”

Detroit starter Casey Mize worked three perfect innings, and Jose Urena (3-8) went the next 2 2/3 innings, allowing five hits. Michael Fulmer, Jose Cisnero and Gregory Soto also pitched for the Tigers, with Soto striking out Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto with two on in the eighth. Soto then pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.

Max Schrock scored the Reds’ only run on Soto’s wild pitch in the eighth.

The Reds lost their fourth straight series and fell a half-game behind San Diego for the National League’s second wild card. The Padres beat the Astros on Sunday.

“If we do anything but look forward, it would be a mistake,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Two of the three runs allowed by Luis Castillo in six innings were unearned. Castillo (7-15) allowed four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts while adding to his single-season career high for losses.

“There was nothing frustrating to me,” said Castillo, now 1-5 over his last seven starts. “Those are things that happen in the game. They have happened before. That’s part of the game.”

The Tigers added a run in the eighth. Baddoo led off with a walk and scored on Jonathan Schoop’s bloop single to center field.

Mize’s early departure was expected as the Tigers try to limit the innings of the rookie right-hander, who was taken No. 1 overall in the 2018 draft.

“We weren’t going to send him out for the fourth,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “There’s a plan in place, and we all know it. This will be Casey’s plan moving forward.”

*****Schwindel’s grand slam lifts Cubs over Pirates 11-8*****

CHICAGO (AP) Frank Schwindel hit a go-ahead grand slam, Matt Duffy homered twice, including a grand slam, and the Chicago Cubs outslugged the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday for an 11-8 win.

With Chicago trailing 8-7 with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Schwindel hit a curveball off reliever Nick Mears to the bleachers in center turn the game around.

Duffy also had three hits and Jason Heyward also went deep as the Cubs won their sixth straight. Duffy had just one homer before Sunday.

Schwindel, who took over at first base in late July after Anthony Rizzo was traded, has gone deep in three straight games and six of seven. It was his first career grand slam and 10th homer with Chicago. He also had a game-winning single in the ninth on Saturday, which gave him some apprehension before Sunday’s game.

“I was a little worried because I had to get a new jersey,” Schwindel said. “They tore the jersey off me yesterday.”

Bryan Reynolds hit a grand slam and had four hits, and Yoshi Tsutsugo also went deep for Pittsburgh, which has dropped sixth straight. The three grand slams tied a major league record.

Chicago swept the four-game series and has beaten Pittsburgh seven straight.

“It’s just about keeping our best foot forward,” Ben Gamel said. “We lost four close games here. We’re just gonna keep playing hard.”

Adbert Alzolay (5-13) pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings and Rowan Wick got the final six outs for his third save. Sam Howard (2-4) allowed two runs in one third of an inning for the loss.

Tsutsugo got the homer barrage started with a solo blast in the first to make it 1-0.

Duffy and Heyward led off the second with back-to-back homers to put the Cubs on top.

Reynolds’ grand slam – the first of his career – in the third gave Pittsburgh a 5-2 edge, but Chicago answered with five in the bottom half on an RBI single by Ian Happ and Duffy’s slam for a 7-5 lead.

Pittsburgh tied it with two runs in the fifth. Jacob Stallings had a sacrifice fly and Gamel, who was hit by a pitch, scored on a wild pitch by Manny Rodriguez with two outs.

The Pirates took advantage of more Cubs miscues in the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. Reynolds singled with one out, Colin Moran followed with a walk and both advanced on a passed ball. Reynolds scored on an infield single by Stallings.

Gamel appeared to save the game for the Pirates in the seventh when he made a diving catch on the warning track in left on a liner by pinch hitter Willson Contreras with runners on first and second for the second out. But Howard walked Rafael Ortega to load the bases and bring Schwindel to the plate.

The rookie slugger said he’s just enjoying the moment and not thinking if he’s earned a place with the Cubs long term.

“That’s the last thing on my mind,” he said. “I’m just gonna show up, have fun and play as hard as I can.”

*****Indians homer in 19th straight; beat Sox 11-5*****

BOSTON (AP) Franmil Reyes homered over the Green Monster to spark a three-run third inning – Cleveland’s franchise-record tying 19th straight game with a home run – and the Indians salvaged the finale of the series with an 11-5 victory over the COVID-impacted Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Reyes added a two-run double and went 4 for 4, and Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single for the Indians, who matched their single-season record streak of homering in consecutive games, set in May of 2000.

“Sometimes you just need that breather,” Indians interim manager DeMarlo Hale said of Reyes, who was just 1 for 20 before a pinch-hit, game-tying homer on Saturday.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs, and Hunter Renfroe added three hits for the Red Sox, who had their four-game winning streak halted.

The Red Sox scratched scheduled starter Nick Pivetta before the game, placing him on the COVID-19-related injured list. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, they added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list, giving them 11 players – six position and five pitchers – in the last 10 days.

Cleveland led 6-0 after three innings before the Red Sox rallied, slicing it to 6-5 on Martinez’s shot.

Reyes’ double came in the ninth when Cleveland pulled away with five runs.

“It’s more confidence at the plate,” Reyes said. “I think the way my coaches talked to me, it was more about the mechanics and me trusting myself. I think it was that.”

Boston had a walk-off win on Saturday after rallying late in the series opener.

Zach Plesac (10-4) gave up three runs in five innings, improving to 6-1 since coming off the IL after breaking his thumb May 23. Emmanuel Clase got the final four outs for his 21st save.

“There were a couple of breaks that inning that could have been outs,” Plesac said of the fifth. “Different things that weren’t going my way. It just came down to making a pitch.”

Hale felt like Plesac still looked good despite Boston scoring three in the fifth.

“He ran into trouble in the fifth, but I thought that he was competing and trying to make pitches,” Hale said. “I just felt good about him, just `Get through it.’ … I thought it was a good opportunity for him to get through it and he did.”

Making his major league debut, Red Sox starter Kutter Crawford (0-1) was pulled with no outs in the third after allowing five runs on five hits.

“He filled up the strikezone with good stuff,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It’s not easy to come into a situation like this and maneuver a big-league lineup.”

Crawford found after Saturday’s minor league game that he’d be starting in the majors.

“It’s kind of been a crazy 24 hours. I was kind of uncertain what the plan was with all the COVID stuff,” he said. “I was told to kind of be on standby. After the game I was told I was starting today. I tried to get as much sleep as possible. Obviously, I was super excited. … Unfortunately, it didn’t go as I wanted it to, but we live and we learn and we’re going to make adjustments and move forward.”

Leading 3-0 in the third, Reyes’ leadoff shot, estimated at 419 feet, completely left Fenway Park.

Crawford walked the next batter before John Schreiber relieved in his Red Sox debut, allowing Zimmer’s broken-bat, loop single to left that made it 6-0.

Martinez and Travis Shaw each had an RBI double in Boston’s three-run fifth, with Shaw’s missing a three-run homer by about a foot when it hit near the top of the right-field wall.

****Duggar triples, Giants hold off Dodgers 6-4 for NL West lead****

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) If the Dodgers and Giants just provided a glimpse of a possible playoff series, an October matchup between these rivals could be one for the ages.

“I can imagine that would be the most intense postseason series I’ve ever been a part of,” San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt said.

The September showdown wasn’t half bad, either.

Steven Duggar hit a two-run triple after being called up earlier in the day, Belt homered, and the Giants wrapped up a key weekend series against Los Angeles with a 6-4 win Sunday to take a narrow NL West lead again.

San Francisco did it with a second straight bullpen game, and did it watching Albert Pujols launch another home run at age 41.

“It’s just no flinch, up and down the lineup, the bullpen,” Duggar said. “Just go about our preparation and every guy pulls their weight. It’s just a lot of fun, it’s a lot of fun to come to the field, strap it on and go play.”

Pujols hit career home run No. 678 with a pinch-hit, two-run drive in the ninth off Giants closer Jake McGee, who allowed Max Muncy’s single one out later then retired Mookie Betts on a called third strike. The final out went to replay and was confirmed after right fielder Mike Yastrzemski caught Justin Turner’s fly against the netting in foul territory.

“We lost a series, we got beat and we could have done things differently, obviously which could have been the difference in the series,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’ve got to find a way to quickly turn the page and we’ve got a ballgame to win tomorrow.”

Brandon Crawford had an RBI double and Darin Ruf singled home a run in the second as San Francisco beat Walker Buehler (13-3) for the first time. He had gone 7-0 with a 1.83 ERA over his initial 12 outings and 10 starts against the Giants. The right-hander hadn’t allowed more than five runs since giving up six to Colorado on Sept. 2, 2019.

“The worst I’ve thrown in a long time,” he said.

The Giants tagged Buehler for a season-high six runs on seven hits over three innings in the final regular-season matchup between the rivals. San Francisco (87-50) now holds a one-game division lead and owns any tiebreaker – such as home-field advantage if there’s a one-game playoff if they finish with the same record – with the defending World Series champions (86-51) after winning the season series 10-9.

And here’s how close these clubs played in 2021: The Dodgers outscored the Giants head-to-head 80-78.

Dominic Leone pitched a perfect inning in the first start of his career in a second straight bullpen game for San Francisco after the Dodgers relied on relievers in the series opener Friday night when David Price couldn’t go.

Jose Alvarez entered for the second and surrendered Will Smith’s RBI single before winner Zack Littell (2-0) relieved and struck out two.

“Back-to-back bullpen days are tough,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “That’s no secret. Sort of a hallmark of this team is being able to handle challenging situations and being good at handling challenging situations.”

San Francisco avoided losing three straight series for the first time all season.

“It really felt like a playoff atmosphere out there,” Belt said, “… It’s crunch time.”

****Vogelbach slam in 9th caps comeback, Brewers shock Cards 6-5****

MILWAUKEE (AP) Daniel Vogelbach delivered a pinch-hit grand slam off Alex Reyes to cap a five-run rally in the ninth inning that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Reyes (5-8) entered the game after the Brewers had loaded the bases off Giovanny Gallegos. Vogelbach hit a 1-0 pitch high above the outstretched arm of right fielder Dylan Carlson, who made a leaping attempt at the wall.

Vogelbach, who just got activated Wednesday after spending over two months on the injured list, was mobbed at home plate and got doused with the contents of a Gatorade bucket.

The NL Central-leading Brewers trailed 5-1 before starting their comeback against Giovanny Gallegos, who began the ninth after getting the final two outs in the eighth.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a leadoff double and scored on Luke Maile’s single to make it 5-2. Jace Peterson’s double and Eduardo Escobar’s walk loaded the bases with one out.

Then Vogelbach delivered his first homer since June 14.

Miguel Sanchez (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory.

Tyler O’Neill had three hits, including a home run, for the Cardinals, who are chasing a wild-card spot. Harrison Bader added a two-run double. Starter Jon Lester allowed one run in just 5 1/3 innings.

Milwaukee’s Pablo Reyes celebrated his 28th birthday by hitting his first homer of the season. Reyes improved to 6 of 11 in his career against Lester.

O’Neill’s homer in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals a 5-1 lead, but they failed to add to their lead despite continually putting runners on base while stranding 14.

The Brewers eventually made them pay.

Milwaukee loaded the bases in the eighth, but first baseman Paul Goldschmidt ended the threat by snaring a liner to rob Christian Yelich of an extra-base hit that could have brought home three runs.

The Brewers kept up the attack in the ninth and eventually broke through.

Brewers starter Corbin Burnes struck out seven but allowed six hits, three runs and two walks in five innings.

****Ray fans 10, Blue Jays finish 3-game sweep of struggling A’s*****

TORONTO (AP) Robbie Ray struck out 10 while pitching one-hit ball into the seventh inning, Marcus Semien hit his 35th home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Bo Bichette went 4 for 4, scored twice and drove in a run and Alejandro Kirk homered as Toronto reached double figures in hits for the fourth straight game. The Blue Jays have won seven of eight.

The playoff-contending A’s have lost 14 of 20 after winning 12 of the previous 15.

Ray (11-5) reached double digits in strikeouts for the fourth straight start, the first Blue Jays pitcher to achieve the feat. The only hit he allowed was a one-out double by Khris Davis in the fifth while going 6 2/3 innings.

The left-handed Ray has 212 strikeouts this season, second to New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (215) in the majors.

Ray posted victories in back-to-back starts for the first time since winning at Tampa Bay on July 11 and beating Texas on July 16.

Oakland’s Starling Marte returned to the lineup in center field after sitting out Saturday, one day after he was hit on the helmet by a fastball from Toronto rookie right-hander Alek Manoah. Marte went 0 for 4.

Blue Jays center fielder Randal Grichuk made an incredible defensive play in the first, a running catch on Marte’s liner to left-center. Even Marte gestured in approval of Grichuk’s great grab on his way back to the dugout.

Semien hit a solo home run in the third against his former team. Four batters later, Kirk hit a three-run drive off Cole Irvin (9-13).

Irvin allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He is winless in three starts.

In allowing two home runs, Oakland pitchers ended a five-game streak in which they had allowed at least three homers per game.

*****Singer, Perez lead Royals to 6-0 win over White Sox****

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Brady Singer tossed seven scoreless innings and Salvador Perez hit another home run as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-0 on Sunday.

Singer (4-9) matched his season high with seven innings and allowed four hits with no walks and struck out six. It was the third time this season that Singer has issued no walks.

“I think throughout the game the command actually got better,” Singer said. “I struggled with my slider early in the game but I figured that out throughout the game. I threw a few changeups that kept them off the other stuff.”

Singer has struggled developing his changeup as a third pitch. But Royals manager Mike Matheny said it’s days like Sunday that might cause him to think he doesn’t need a third pitch.

“That was probably the best fastball he’s had all season,” Matheny said. “The movement and location-he found it and he kept it down. There was only pitch that I remember him climbing the zone. You could tell by some of their reactions how much late movement he had. That’s an example of why a guy gets away from a third pitch.”

Perez had his third home run of the series, eighth in the last 11 games and 41st of the season. He’s second in the majors behind Shohei Ohtani.

Dylan Cease (11-7) took the loss. He gave up four runs and four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out nine.

“I mostly just tip my cap,” Cease said of Perez. “It could have been a little more off the plate, but it was a decent pitch. It’s just a good piece of hitting.”

Perez left little doubt on his home run in the first, blasting it 448 feet to the opposite field. According to Statcast, it was the fifth-longest opposite-field home run since 2015. Perez now has 193 home runs in his career, tied for third with Amos Otis in franchise history.

“Most of us could stand in right field with a fungo and not hit it up there,” Matheny said. “When it came off the bat it just looked different. I don’t know how else to say it. I’m sure glad he’s on our side.”

The three-run homer gave Perez 102 RBIs this year. It was also his 20th homer since the All-Star break. Perez has 22 home runs at home, the most in the majors this season.

Even when Perez grounded out it was productive. With one out and Nicky Lopez on first in the third inning, Perez grounded slowly to third. The throw from Yoan Moncada was low and wasn’t handled by first baseman Gavin Sheets. As it rolled past Sheets, Perez inadvertently kicked it down the line, allowing Lopez to score.

Adalberto Mondesi led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. He then stole second and third before scoring on a Hunter Dozier sacrifice fly to right. Whit Merrifield then singled in Edward Olivares for the Royals’ sixth run.

****Red Sox add RHP Pivetta, INF/OF Santana to COVID-19 IL****

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox scratched Nick Pivetta on Sunday and placed the right-hander on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Red Sox also added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list about 30 minutes before the first pitch against Cleveland. Santana is the 11th Boston player – six position players and five pitchers – to go on the COVID-19-related injury list in the past 10 days.

Pivetta was slated to start the series finale against the Indians at Fenway Park.

“You have to be patient,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the situation, explaining how the Yankees and his close friend, manager Aaron Boone, handled it earlier this season.

“It is strange, but honestly this is something, Boonie went through this in the season,” Cora said. “The way he handled it from afar, I was like: `Wow! This is great.'”

From the first day after the All-Star break until Aug. 8, the Yankees placed nine players on the COVID-19 list, including All-Stars Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole.

With the Red Sox looking to secure a playoff spot, Cora knows there is no time to relax.

“You gotta keep going,” he said. “It’s not easy. I would love to have everybody here, but, at the same time, it’s part of it. It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that we like as a group.”

Kutter Crawford, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Worcester. The right-hander started against the Indians and gave up two runs in the first inning in his major league debut.

Boston rallied late to win the first two games of the series.

The Red Sox entered play Sunday a half-game behind the Yankees for the AL’s first wild-card spot and four games ahead of Oakland for the second berth.

****Cantlay delivers another clutch moment to win FedEx Cup****

ATLANTA (AP) Patrick Cantlay delivered the goods again, this time with a 6-iron instead of a putter.

“Patty Ice” was just as clutch with a $15 million shot that allowed him to hold off Jon Rahm and win the FedEx Cup on Sunday.

In a tense duel with the world’s No. 1 player, Cantlay had a one-shot lead going to the par-5 18th hole at the Tour Championship when he hit 6-iron from 218 yards to just inside 12 feet that secured the biggest victory of his career.

“Felt like a huge win, and it was,” Cantlay said.

Rahm’s shot was equally special, landing next to the hole on its second bounce but rolling to the light rough beyond the green.

With Cantlay in close, the Spaniard had to hole the chip to have any chance of a playoff. He narrowly missed, and Cantlay safely two-putted for birdie and 1-under 69.

The victory was worth $15 million for Cantlay, a 29-year-old Californian whose rise in golf was slowed by a back injury that kept him out for three years and nearly ended his career.

Now he has stamped himself among the elite in golf, boosted by the FedEx Cup postseason.

“It’s fantastic,” Cantlay said. “It’s such a great honor because it’s all year. I played really consistent all year and caught fire at the end. There’s a lot of satisfaction considering all the work I’m put in my whole life.”

Cantlay showed remarkable grit and clutch in surviving a six-hole playoff to beat Bryson DeChambeau in the BMW Championship last week. That’s where he picked up the moniker “Patty Ice,” along with the No. 1 seed to start the Tour Championship with a two-shot lead.

He never flinched over four days at East Lake.

“It was tough,” he said. “It’s definitely the longest lead I’ve ever held.”

Rahm, who started the tournament four shots behind and went into the final day two back, never caught Cantlay. He never let him breathe easy, either.

Cantlay took a two-shot lead with an approach to 6 feet for birdie on the 17th hole, and then nearly lost it all. He drove to the right on the 17th, clipping a tree and dropping down into deep rough, and then hit a flyer over the green and the gallery. His pitch back to the green came up short and into more deep rough, and he had to make a 6-footer to save bogey and stay ahead.

With Rahm well down the 18th fairway, Cantlay hit his best drive of the day, rolling out 361 yards that set up a 6-iron he felt he needed to hit close.

Rahm was bogey-free over the last 28 holes, but he only cashed in on two birdies. He closed with a 68 and tied with Kevin Na for the 72-hole score of the tournament at 14-under 266. They will split points toward the world ranking.

Cantlay started at 10-under par and finished at 21 under.

“Patrick played great golf, and he was four shots ahead of me. And even though I might have been the better man over the week, he earned it,” Rahm said. “That up-and-down after missing from 17, the second shot from 18 to almost make it is even more impressive.

“I think you can say he won this.”

Rahm earned the $5 million consolation prize for finishing second in the FedEx Cup, while Na (67) picked up $4 million. Justin Thomas (70) birdied the last hole to finish fourth, which was worth $4 million.

Cantlay started the postseason by saying he did not like the format of the Tour Championship with the staggered start depending on a players’ FedEx Cup position, and no official victory for the lowest score at the Tour Championship.

“With that said, I am going to do the best possible job I can at winning in this format, because that’s all I can do,” he said Wednesday.

And that’s what he did, delivering a big moment that might bring yet another title.

Cantlay won for the fourth time this season, and no one else more than twice. One of those victories was the Memorial, where Rahm had a six-shot lead after 54 holes and had to withdraw because of a positive COVID-19 test result.

That figures to make him a front-runner for PGA Tour player of the year, with Rahm (U.S. Open title, No. 1 ranking) and Collin Morikawa (British Open, World Golf Championship title), also likely to be on the ballot.

Rahm won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.

****Unqualified Success: van de Zandschulp stuns again at Open****

NEW YORK (AP) The fact that Botic van de Zandschulp was playing in Louis Armstrong Stadium for the first time for his 4-hour, 20-minute, will-he-or-won’t-he-blow-it victory was an incredible enough achievement for the Dutch qualifier.

Throw in this: Van de Zandschulp had never set foot in the United States before he arrived for the U.S. Open.

Now, van de Zandschulp has another first of epic proportions. He’s in the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows – just the third male qualifier to get that far in the Open era.

“I think before the tournament, no one expected me to reach the quarterfinals here,” he said.

You think?

Van de Zandschulp continued his out-of-nowhere run, beating No. 11 Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 on Sunday.

The U.S. Open had already been filled with upstarts and upsets. Defending champion Naomi Osaka and No. 1 women’s seed Ash Barty are done. So are men’s No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 5 Andrey Rublev.

Van de Zandschulp was part of a trio of U.S. Open qualifiers that reached the fourth round for the first time since the tournament began keeping qualifying records in 1982. He joined Nicolas Escude (1999) and Gilles Muller (2008) as just the third men’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals since the Open era began in 1968.

Never heard of van de Zandschulp?

Well, there’s good reason: Before the U.S. Open, the ninth-year pro had only five tour-level wins, was never ranked higher than 117 in the world and had never advanced past the second round in a Grand Slam tournament.

Look at him now, his U.S. Open streak an unqualified success for the little-know qualifier.

“His tactic today was working perfectly,” Schwartzman said. “Maybe I had luck in the third and fourth to continue playing the match today because he was playing better than me.”

Van de Zandschulp should enjoy the run while he can. His next match is against No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who cruised into the U.S. Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Daniel Evans on Sunday.

Medvedev has yet to drop a set on his way to the quarterfinals for the third straight year, and van de Zandschulp would be the third unseeded player he would face at Flushing Meadows. Evans was No. 24.

“When I’m playing against guys who are better than me or better in general, my level is also increasing,” van de Zandschulp said. “I prefer to play against better guys.”

No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina beat two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. The Olympic bronze medalist, Svitolina has emerged as a contender at Flushing Meadows. She has not dropped a set in the tournament.

The 25-year-old van de Zandschulp had already knocked out No. 8 seed Casper Ruud in the second round. He also dropped the first set in each of his first three U.S. Open matches before reversing the trend against Schwartzman.

It has been a big season already for qualifiers. Russian Aslan Karatsev was a qualifier when he reached this year’s Australian Open semifinals.

The signs, though, were apparent that van de Zandschulp could surprise in Slams. He went 11-1 in Grand Slam qualifying this year. He made the main draw at Wimbldeon as a lucky loser – getting into the bracket when someone else withdrew – and reached the second round.

“I knew that I could beat players who are ranked 20 or 10 in the world. But I didn’t do it like this often, this consistently,” he said. “I think I’m playing really consistently here, showing some good tennis throughout the whole tournament. So, yeah, that’s new for me.”

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indians Split Sunday Doubleheader With I-Cubs
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INDIANAPOLIS – Following a game-ending single by Christian Bethancourt to give the Indianapolis Indians a 4-3 walk-off win over the Iowa Cubs, the Indians dropped game two 9-0 to split the Sunday doubleheader.

The Indians (51-56) took game one in walk-off fashion with a score of 4-3 after coming back from a 3-0 deficit.

In the top of the second inning, the I-Cubs (45-63) scored three runs on three hits to take the early lead. Indy scored one in the bottom half of the third inning with a double from Diego Castillo and an RBI single from Bligh Madris to put the Indians on the board.

The game was held at 3-1 until the bottom of the seventh frame when Indy loaded the bases with a walk to Ethan Paul, single by Ka’ai Tom and a walk to Castillo. With one out, Madris walked to score Paul which brought Bethancourt to the plate with the bases still loaded. Bethancourt hit a fly ball to deep center field to score two runs and end the game at 4-3.

James Marvel started on the mound for Indy giving up three runs (one unearned) on five hits in six innings of work. Blake Weiman (W, 4-0) entered in the seventh and threw a shutout inning with two strikeouts to earn the win. Juan Gamez (L, 0-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on one hit.

In the second game, Iowa took the early lead and never looked back as they won the contest 9-0.

The I-Cubs scored two runs on one hit in the top of the second frame and tacked on one more run in the third inning to take the lead 3-0.

After four hitless innings, Madris pinch hit in the bottom of the fifth inning and singled through the hole at shortstop to give Indy their first hit of the game. Tucupita Marcano followed with a single through the right side to put Madris in scoring position. Madris would not cross home as Joe Biagini got the third out and cleared the bases.

A half inning later in the sixth, Iowa tallied six insurance runs on four hits including a two-run home run from Abiatal Avelino to seal the lead at 9-0.

Miguel Yajure (L, 1-3) took the loss for the Indians giving up three runs (one unearned) on two hits in three innings of work. Joe Biagini (W, 3-6) earned the win after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.

The Indians travel to Louisville to begin a six-game series starting on Tuesday at 6:30 PM ET. Starting pitchers for both team have yet to be named.

Indiana Within Striking Distance of Team Title 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team sits three strokes off the lead after two rounds of the 2021 Hoosiers Collegiate Invitational at The Pfau Course on Sunday. The Hoosiers are led by senor Mitch Davis and sophomore Drew Salyers, who are currently tied for third place in the individual standings.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2021 Hoosier Collegiate Invite • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Golf Course

Par 71 • 7265 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 3rd/15 – 574 (291-283; +6)

Top Indiana Player: Mitch Davis – 140 (69-71; -2) and Drew Salyers – 140 (68-72; -2)

CHIP-INS

• Cincinnati (571; +3) holds a slim team lead over both Illinois (573; +5) and Indiana (574; +5) heading into the final round. The three teams will be paired together on Monday morning. Memphis (578; +10) could also factor into the final team standings.

• Sophomore Drew Salyers and senior Mitch Davis are holding down the top spots in the Hoosier lineup. Both players shot 140 (-2) during the opening day of the competition and sit in a three-way tie for third place.

• Senior Harry Reynolds and junior Noah Gillard will enter the final round tied for 26th with a two-round score of 147 (+5), while sophomore Clay Merchent is sitting at 153 (+11) and a tie for 49th in the individual standings.

• As the host of the tournament, Indiana was able to play six individuals at The Pfau. Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd leads the group after a strong opening performance. He shot a 143 (+1) and is tied for 10th.

• Freshman Ethan Chelf (145; +3) is tied for 21st, while fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov (147; +5) currently stands tied for 26th.

• Junior Eric Berggren (152; +10), sophomore Robbie Bender III (159; +17), and junior Drew Giacchetto (161; +19) round out the individual lineup for the Hoosiers.

• Every Hoosier in the five-man lineup tallied a birdie on the 13th green in the first round. In total, 25 golfers were able to card a 1-under on No. 13 in the opening round of the tournament.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS – TEAM

t-3. Mitch Davis – 140 (69-71; -2)

t-3. Drew Salyers – 140 (68-72; -2)

t-26. Noah Gillard – 147 (77-70; +5)

t-26. Harry Reynolds – 147 (77-70; +5)

t-49. Clay Merchent – 153 (79-74; +11)

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS – INDIVIDUALS

t-10. Ethan Shepherd – 143 (74-R69; +1)

t-21. Ethan Chelf – 145 (71-74; +3)

t-26. Evan Yakubov – 147 (72-75; +5)

t-44. Eric Berggren – 152 (79-73; +10)

t-67. Robbie Bender III – 159 (79-80; +17)

t-70. Drew Giacchetto – 161 (82-79; +19)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will return to the course on Monday morning for the third round. The final round will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET off tees No. 1 and No. 10.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers Best Billikens

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Two second-half goals propelled the Purdue soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.

Senior forward Sydney Duarte scored in the 55th minute and senior forward Sarah Griffith netted the game-winning goal in the 82nd to help Purdue remain unbeaten at home. The Boilermakers (3-1-2) rebounded with Sunday’s win over the Billikens (1-5-0) after suffering their first loss of the year on Thursday. Purdue has won three of its last four matches.

“I am really pleased with our performance and our effort today, particularly in the second half,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “I felt that we raised our level and scored some really nice goals, and we were able to get control the game in the second half, and that’s exactly what we were hoping for after halftime.

“Emily Mathews played a fantastic game today. She was finding space and seams to get into and she was a real difference maker who created several good chances. Grace Walsh also really stepped it up in the second half and won a lot of balls in the midfield, allowing us to connect more of our passes and keep possession much better. Another player that stood out to me was Chloe Woodbeck. She was aggressive defensively but also composed on the ball. Those are some players that really raised the level, and we needed that today. I’m really pleased with their performance.”

Duarte’s goal was the fourth of her career and second in the last three matches. Griffith’s game-winner was her career-high-tying fifth goal this season and the 14th in her career. It was her sixth career game-winning goal.

Purdue took a 1-0 lead at 54:59. The play began with a throw-in near midfield, where two quick passes got the ball to freshman forward Gracie Dunaway by the near sideline. She beat one defender to get to the near corner of the 18-yard box and sent a beautiful cross in to a sprinting Duarte, who headed it in from six yards out.

“We were knocking on the door, creating some good chances, but obviously we needed to find that goal,” Roff said. “Gracie Dunaway made a tremendous play to push up one side of the defender, run around her, pick the ball back up on the run and serve a perfect cross. Then, Sydney Duarte did a fantastic job timing her run and getting on the end of it and finished with a great header. That’s the type of play that the game was desperately in need of, and I thought that once that happened, we continued to play with a lot of confidence.”

The Boilermakers extended their lead to 2-0 at 81:22, and again it was goal on a header. Off a throw-in by sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews, junior defender Lauren Holleran sent a ball into the box from 23 yards away by the near sideline. She met a moving Griffith, coming in from the penalty spot, and Griffith battled an SLU defender to head it in from seven yards away.

“Sarah Griffith’s goal, obviously a 2-0 lead felt pretty good,” Roff added. “I am a little disappointed we didn’t finish strong with the shutout, because I felt like it could have been a well-deserved clean sheet, but that’s just another reminder that we have to play the full 90 minutes and keep a clean sheet in a match like that. We still have things to work on, but a gritty performance today, and we really grew into the game. I’m proud of how our team found a way to win against a very strong side from Saint Louis.”

Dunaway and Holleran each earned their first assists, with Dunaway’s being her first collegiate point and Holleran’s her first point as a Boilermaker.

Griffith and senior midfielder Grace Walsh had a match-high five shots and one shot on goal, while Dunaway had three shots, one on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made three saves, all in the first half.

As a team, Purdue outshot Saint Louis 16-7, including 9-1 in the second half, and the home side held a 5-4 edge in shots on goal. The Billikens had a 7-5 advantage in corner kicks and were called for 11 fouls to the Boilermakers’ 10. SLU’s keeper joined Bova with three saves.

Purdue had seven shots and Saint Louis had six in the opening 45 minutes, though Bova made three saves as the visitors had a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal. SLU also had a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

After Bova made a stop in the third minute, the Boilermakers had an aggressive response, with five shots in the next four minutes and another one in the 10th. On a nice chance from the near side, Griffith hit the crossbar, and she and Walsh then followed with shots blocked within the next 1:25.

Walsh had another chance saved in the fifth minute, and added an attempt wide right 28 seconds later. In the 10th minute it was Griffith with a shot that just went over the top-left corner.

Following the flurry of chances for Purdue, Saint Louis responded with a shot that was blocked and two corner kicks in the next three minutes. Bova made a nice save in the 20th minute, and the defense forced a shot wide four minutes later.

SLU’s next shot was in the 33rd minute, but it went high, and Purdue had a shot go high in the 38th.

Bova made a fantastic save in the 44th minute to keep the match scoreless going into halftime. Off a Billiken corner kick, the ball was headed towards the goal from the top of the 18-yard box. SLU’s first shot was blocked at the edge of the six, but the rebound attempt went on goal and right to Bova, who tipped the ball out and over the crossbar.

The Purdue defense prevented a shot on the ensuing corner kick, and Saint Louis had one more corner before the half expired but did not get another shot off.

After intermission, the Boilermakers outshot the Billikens 9-1, with a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Like the first half, Purdue had a strong start to the second, with a trio of shots in the opening five minutes, by Griffith, which was high, Mathews, which was saved, and Dunaway, which was blocked.

Two corner kicks followed before Duarte’s goal in the 55th minute.

Dunaway nearly made it 2-0 in the 63rd, but her shot was saved, and Walsh added a chance that went wide in the 73rd and one that was blocked in the 75th.

Six minutes later, Griffith scored to extend the lead to 2-0.

Saint Louis’ lone shot of the half found the back of the net on a goal by Emily Gaebe at 88:29. Anna Walsh earned the assist on what proved to be the final chance of the match for either team.

Purdue’s homestand continues with a pair of home matches next weekend, beginning against Kansas State on Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers then host Colorado on Sunday, September 12, at 1 p.m. Admission at Folk Field is free for all fans at every regular-season home match in 2021.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Downs Utah for Fourth Straight Win

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team (4-1-0) won its fourth consecutive match on Sunday, a 2-1 win over visiting Utah (3-3-0) at the Sellick Bowl.

Key Moments

In the 33rd minute, Becky Dean struck a corner kick that landed in a crowd in front of the Utah goal. Gabby Smith was able to get a touch on the ball and send it past the Utes keeper for a 1-0 lead.

In the 39th minute, Dean carried the ball down the left side and send a short pass to Gretchen Skoglund at the left side of the penalty area. She sent a shot in that glanced off the Utah keeper. Maddie Farnsworth was right there to send it directly into the right side of the net for what would ultimately be the game-winning goal.

In the 42nd minute, the Utes drew a foul and in the penalty area and converted a penalty kick to draw to within one, 2-1.

In the 77th minute, Utah’s Ragan Fuller was assessed her second yellow card. Her ejection forced the Utes to play one player down for the remainder of the match.

In the 85th minute, Katie Soderstrom hit a shot past the Utah keeper that bounced off the left post.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Gabby Smith, Maddie Farnsworth

ASSISTS: Becky Dean (2), Gretchen Skoglund

Bulldog Bits

Gabby Smith’s goal was her second of the season and the fourth of her career.

Maddie Farnsworth’s goal was her first of the season and the second of her career.

This was the first ever multiple-assist match for Becky Dean. She has three assists this season and four in her career.

Gretchen Skoglund’s assist was her first of the season and the fifth of her career.

The Bulldogs outshot the Utes, 12-6. Each side had four shots on target.

Katie Soderstrom led Butler with three shots, while nine additional Bulldogs had one.

Freshman Emma Martin improves to 4-0-0 on the season, making 3 saves in the contest.

Five different players have scored goals in five matches this season and six different players have produced an assist.

Up Next

The Bulldogs set off for a pair of road games. On Thursday, September 9, the Bulldogs will travel to Dayton, Ohio, to play Wright State. Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. Then, on Sunday, September 12, the Bulldogs will travel to Ball State.

BALL STATE W SOCCER: Home Sweet Home; Soccer Scores 3-1 Win at Briner Sports Complex

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – A little home cooking was just what the Ball State soccer team needed Sunday afternoon, as it snapped a two-match losing streak with a dominating 3-1 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne at the Briner Sports Complex.

“One of the things we took away from Purdue is that we have to show up and play for 90 minutes,” head coach Josh Rife said. “That’s one of the things we’ve really harped on, you have to bring a certain level of energy and intensity each time you step on the field. It was great to see them put that into practice against Cincinnati, even though we were unlucky not to get a result there, and to continue that into today was great. Our pressure from everyone who stepped on the field was pretty amazing.”

That pressure was evident as soon as the Cardinals (2-2-0) took to the Briner pitch. Ball State drew a pair of corner kicks in the opening five minutes and never looked back.

In all, the Cardinals tallied 28 shots, including 13 on goal, over the 90 minutes of action. BSU also held a commanding 9-1 advantage in the final corner kick tally, while limiting the Mastodons (1-2-3) to just five shots.

A total of 23 different fielders saw action for the Cardinals, with 13 recording at least one shot. Senior Alex DeRuvo earned the win in goal, playing the entire 90 minutes in net.

“A huge strength of our team is that we have some depth,” Rife continued. “We have some young players who are hungry. It’s the environment we want to create, that this is going to be competitive for everybody.”

After 11 shots, four of which were saved and three of which were blocked, Ball State’s pressure finally paid off in the 36th minute when sophomore Avery Fenchel notched her first career goal to give BSU a 1-0 edge. Fenchel ripped a shot from just outside the box, beating the Purdue Fort Wayne keeper to the high left.

While the Cardinals continued to pour on the pressure, a little bit of bad luck struck early in the second half. Ball State was called for a handball in the box in the 48th minute, setting up a Purdue Fort Wayne penalty kick. The ‘Dons Zoe Greenhalge would proceed to score on the PK, tying the score at 1-1.

That was the only shot on goal for the Mastodons in the match, however, as the Cardinals ratcheted back up the pressure.

A little over 10 minutes after the equalizer, Ball State senior Chelcy Ralph gave the Cardinals the lead for good with her second goal of the season. In the 59th minute, she took a crossing pass from freshman Maya Millis and used a toe poke to deposit the ball into the goal from roughly 19-yards out. It was Ralph’s third career goal and Millis’ first career assist.

Ball State would then tally an insurance goal in the 80th minute when senior Tatiana Mason drew a foul in the box after blasting a shot off the goal post. That sent redshirt senior Nicky Potts to the penalty spot. Potts did not disappoint, scoring her second penalty kick goal of the season, putting a slow roller past the Mastodon goalie.

With the goal, Potts is now tied with Mason as BSU’s active career goal scorer with 12 career goals.

The Ball State soccer team is back in action Thursday, when it returns to Cincinnati, Ohio, this time to face Xavier in a 6 p.m. contest.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH FALL IN FOUR TO UW MILWAUKEE AT SHAMROCK INVITATIONAL

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OUTH BEND, Ind. — Charley Niego recorded 16 kills and 16 digs, but Notre Dame fell to UW Milwaukee in four sets (19-25, 22-25, 25-19, 18-25) to close out the Shamrock Invitational on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.

Four players noticed 15+ digs, including Hattie Monson (18), Niego (16), Zoe Nunez (16) and Phyona Schrader (15). Nunez collected 29 assists for the Irish with Schrader adding 10 helpers. Aubrey Hamilton paced Notre Dame with 17 kills while Niego led the Irish with a hitting percentage of .378. Lindsey Miller led all players with seven total blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

After the sides opened in a 7-7 tie, Milwaukee earned six of the next seven points to grab a 13-8 lead. The Panthers maintained at least a four-point advantage from there and took the first set, 25-19.

Second Set

Two kills each by Hamilton and Meuth spurred a 6-0 Irish run to open the second stanza. The Panthers used two different 3-0 runs to eventually tie the frame at 13-13. From there, the teams worked to a 21-21 tie before Milwaukee earned four of the final five points to take the second frame, 25-22.

Third Set

A trio of early kills by Niego helped the Irish earn an 8-6 lead before an ace by Schrader put Notre Dame up 11-8 and forced a Milwaukee timeout. An Irish 5-1 run, which included a pair of blocks and an ace by Nunez, extended Notre Dame’s advantage to 19-12. A kill by Hamilton clinched the set, 25-19, as the Irish forced a fourth set.

Hamilton led the way with six kills in the third set as the Irish hit .281 as a team in the stanza.

Fourth Set

An Irish 6-1 run capped with an ace by Miller and a kill by Niego put the hosts up 7-4 to open the fourth set. After Milwaukee got within one at 8-7, the Irish answered with five consecutive points, including two aces by Niego, to grab a 13-7 lead. The Panthers responded by earning 12 of the next 14 points to go ahead 19-15. The visitors held on to take the fourth set 25-18.

UP NEXT

The Irish hit the road for the first time this season to take on Arizona and Texas next Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 11-12) in Austin, Texas.

Notre Dame meets Arizona on Saturday (Sept. 11) at 2 p.m. ET before taking on top-ranked Texas on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m. ET.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: IRISH RALLY FALLS SHORT TO MIZZOU, 3-2, IN OVERTIME

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (4-1-1) trailed for the first time this season on Sunday. Down 2-0 at halftime at Missouri (3-2-0), the Irish scored twice in the final 20 minutes to force overtime at at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium. Yet a deep strike from Mizzou’s Milena Fischer to the upper-90 gave the Tigers a 3-2 victory and gave Notre Dame its first loss of the season. 

Sammi Fisher picked up her third goal of the season, converting her second penalty kick on the year. Freshman Korbin Albert then had some late heroics with her second goal of the season in the 87th minute. It was assisted by Olivia Wingate, her second on the year. 

How It Happened

Missouri had just two shots in the opening 20 minutes, but unfortunately for the Irish, both found the back of the net. In the third minute, Mizzou’s Milena Fischer hit a dart from about 23 yards out to the upper-left ninety past the outstretched arms of ND goalkeeper Kaylin Slattery. Then in the 18th minute, Cassidy Nurnberger found enough space after taking on a defender 1v1 to fire a shot in far post.

Just a minute before the Tigers’ second goal, Olivia Wingate almost got the Irish on the board. Wingate received a chip pass in the middle of the box but delivered her shot right at the Mizzou keeper.

The next twenty minutes went back and forth with neither side getting too many opportunities, though important to note, Slattery recorded a couple big saves to keep the Tigers at bay with two.

With just under two minutes till half, freshman Sophia Fisher provided a mini spark – taking the ball down the right side before dishing to Kiki Van Zanten in the box. Van Zanten then hit a right-footed strike, but the shot was directed right at the keeper.

Notre Dame continued to work the ball into the Tigers’ defensive third in the second half, including a shot on net from Kati Druzina in the 61st minute.

Notre Dame finally broke through in the 73rd minute. Bri Martinez took on a pair of Mizzou defenders and was tripped up just inside the 18-yard box, resulting in a penalty. Sammi Fisher’s PK was initially saved by the keeper, but the graduate student one-timed the rebound into the back of the net for her third goal of the season.

With just three minutes left in the game, the Irish continued to pressure and push, which led to the equalizer. Wingate used her speed to break into the right side of the box, passed to the middle where Fisher executed a great dummy, which ultimately fed Albert who buried it into the right side of the net.

In overtime, Mizzou’s Fischer delivered from deep again, hitting a 30-yard chip shot to the upper-right 90 past a diving Slattery.

Up Next

The Irish return back to the Bend for a three-game homestand starting with a Thursday+Sunday weekend slate. Up first at Alumni Stadium is Detriot on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Brown on Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on ACCNX. 

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Michael Thomas named MVFC Defensive Player of the Week

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State defensive back Michael Thomas was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Sycamores season-opening 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois.

Thomas racked up 10 tackles and added two interceptions to pace the Sycamores defensive efforts as Indiana State took the field for the first time since the end of the 2019 season. Thomas was the lone player in the game with double-digit tackles and added two pass breakups in the ISU win.

The Corona, Calif. native came through in a pair of key situations for the Indiana State defense in the win. His first interception came in the final minutes of the first half and set up a late Sycamores field goal attempt just before the teams headed back into the locker room.

His second interception was a game-changer coming at the start of the fourth quarter. Thomas hauled in a deflected pass and took the interception return up the left sideline untouched for 75 yards and the score to halt the EIU momentum and secured the win.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Indiana State and UNC Asheville Battle to 1-1 Draw

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ASHEVILLE, NC. – Indiana State women’s soccer played to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon against UNC Asheville at Greenwood Soccer Field.

The Sycamores put nine shots on goal in the first half but were kept off the board with UNC Asheville goalie Bronwyn Luitwieler making five saves. Maddie Alexander and the Indiana State defense held the Bulldogs to just three shots to make it a scoreless first half.

Kaiya Boyd gave UNC Asheville the lead in the 64th minute when Barrett Edison and Alice Walker helped find her open to score her first goal of the season.

Indiana State answered quickly as sophomore Sasha Thompson beat the keeper off a pass from Mackenzie Kent in the 67th minute for her first collegiate goal. The assist was Kent’s second of the season.

The match would go on to finish in a 1-1 draw which is the first tie for both teams this season.

The Sycamores put up 24 shots in today’s match with 13 being on goal. Luitwieler made seven more saves the rest of the way for the Bulldogs to finish with 12. UNC Asheville recorded 12 shots with four on goal. Maddie Alexander finished with three saves.

The tie breaks UNC Asheville’s 10 match losing streak and moves their record to 0-5-1. Indiana State’s record goes to 2-3-1.

Indiana State will travel to Toledo on Friday, September 10 for a 7 p.m. ET match at Paul Hotmer Field.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: BUECKERS, WOODALL FUEL ROAD RESULT AT DAYTON

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DAYTON, Ohio – IUPUI senior Elizabeth Bueckers tallied her fifth goal of the year and classmate AP Woodall continued her torrid play in goal as the Jaguars played a strong Dayton team to a double overtime draw on the road on Sunday (Sept. 5).

“It was another fantastic game in net for AP. She has been really good the past couple of games and kept us in the match when we were still trying to find ourselves,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “Liz had a nice defensive pick and converted it for a goal that gave us a lead that we need to learn how to hold onto.

“I thought this was a step in the right direction but we aren’t quite where we need to be yet. We have two more non-conference games where we need to continue moving in a positive direction so we can start winning some games.”

IUPUI (1-3-1) did more defending than attacking for the bulk of the first half, but Bueckers came up with an opportunistic play to start the game’s scoring. Bueckers forced a turnover by pressuring a Dayton defender, then took possession just inside the penalty box. From there, she struck a right-footed shot just inside the post in the game’s 32nd minute. It marked her fifth goal in the season’s first five games and the 17th of her collegiate career. It was a welcome sight for an IUPUI attack that had been blanked in each of its past two outings.

The Jags maintained the lead until the 53rd minute when Dayton’s Noel Blain slotted a shot past Woodall. Diana Benigno sent a pass into her teammate, who was able to redirect a shot just past Woodall from point blank range.

It was the lone blemish on Woodall’s day as she finished with 13 saves and faced a 31-shot onslaught. On the flip side, IUPUI attempted 16 shots and had some good opportunities late in the contest.

Late in regulation, Autumn Weeks played Carlie Werner in behind the Dayton defense, but Werner’s shot was knocekd away for a corner kick. On the ensuing corner, Bueckers had a clean look, but had her shot stopped by Dayton goalkeeper Maddie Crosbie.

In the 105th minute, Crosbie made a remarkable sprawling save of Weeks’ blast from the top of the 18, pushing the shot just over the bar. Two Dayton keepers combined to make six saves with Crosbie making five after halftime.

Woodall, coming off a 19-save effort on Butler this week, was similarly brilliant on Sunday, largely keeping Dayton at bay. UD’s Marlee Taylor tried her with 11 total shots and put five on frame, to no avail.

“I think we played until the last minute. We have kept moving in the right direction. I’m excited to see what is going to happen during conference play,” Woodall said. “I think we are getting more comfortable with each other, on and off the pitch.”

Weeks, Maya Lacognato and Leah Shumate paced the IUPUI attack with three shots apiece and Bueckers had two attempts, both on frame. In the defensive third, both Alex Stocker (109) and Grace Moore (103) played virtually the entire match in front of Woodall.

IUPUI will return home at host Central Michigan on Thursday night (Sept. 9) at 6:00 p.m. at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Rolls Western Illinois 2-0

MACOMB, Ill. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team picked up their second straight road win with a 2-0 victory at Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 5).

The ‘Dons opened the contest with a pair of first half goals. Alejandro Lopez found the back of the net in the seventh minute on a shot into the lower right portion of the goal. Vukasin Bulatovic had an assist on the score. Ali Nasser scored in the 14th minute to put the ‘Dons up 2-0. It was the first goal of the season for both Lopez and Nasser.

Erik Josson made six saves for his second consecutive shutout. As a team the ‘Dons have given up only two goals in 365 minutes this season. Josson owns a 0.49 goals-against average on the season.

The last time the ‘Dons won two straight games away from home was 2018 when the Mastodons won at UTRGV and then defeated Houston Baptist on UTRGV’s field.

Purdue Fort Wayne is now 2-2-0 on the season. The ‘Dons return to action on Saturday (Sept. 11) at Oakland. It will be the first league game of the season for the Mastodons.

Western Illinois falls to 0-3-0.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer battles back to earn road draw

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Falling a goal down in the early going, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team answered and even challenged late for the win before ultimately securing a 1-1 draw with Northern Kentucky on the road in Highland Heights, Ky. on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Emily Ormson tallied her third goal of the season, while reaching double digits in career goals with her 10th in white and purple, scoring what would be the match tying goal in the first half. Ormson tied with teammate Nicole Benati for the team lead in shots in the match with each taking four. In goal, fifth-year senior Michaela Till was again a forced to be reckoned with, making four saves, while allowing one goal.

Evansville’s defense was forced to hunker down early in the match as the Norse quickly got off on the front foot and attacked the Aces. In the opening 20 minutes, the Aces backline helped usher ball after ball over the touchline and defended the ensuing set pieces. NKU got its breakthrough in the 28th minute, when a ball was played to the left side of the 18, with Lindsey Meyer slipping the ball into the back of the net to give the Norse the 1-0 advantage.

The Aces did not take long to respond, scoring just five minutes late off the foot of Ormson, who chose the right angle and snuck it past the Norse’s keeper Mimi Stines off a terrific through ball from Abbi Lenk.

The second half featured very few opportunities in the early going with neither side recording a shot until the 63rd minute. In the 63rd, Benati released a shot from Evansville that forced a save by NKU. In all, the Aces were out-shot 6-3 in the second half and 11-5 during regulation, but UE was able to keep the game tied at one to send it to overtime.

In overtime, Evansville flipped the script on the Norse, coming out on the attack. With the increased attack, great opportunities emerged in the second overtime period. The first came as a ball was played over the top and freshman Hailey Autenrieb spied it. Autenrieb sprinted into the box and just before she could chip the ball, Stines punched it away. Another chance came from Nicole Benati, who gathered the ball at her feet at the top of the box and loop a shot over the defenders that dropped back below the crossbar, forcing a difficult punch from NKU. On an ensuing corner kick, Evansville’s opportunity clanged off the post, deflecting out and ending the UE threat as the Aces and Norse battled to a 1-1 draw.

Evansville continues its program-best start with a run of six undefeated matches. The Aces head back for another road contest on Thursday with a trip to Clarksville, Tenn. on Thursday at 6 PM to take on Austin Peay.

VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Rolls to Win Over St. Bonaventure Sunday

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The Valpo soccer team put together a dominant overall team performance Sunday afternoon at Brown Field, rolling to a 3-0 victory over visiting St. Bonaventure. Freshman Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) made her first collegiate goal the match-winning tally as she found the back of the net in the 13th minute.

How It Happened

It was a touch of a nervy start for Valpo Sunday, as the Beacons surrendered a shot attempt at the edge of the box to SBU’s Cristina Torres 15 seconds in which slid by the right post. But after that, the Bonnies wouldn’t have another shot attempt for over 26 minutes.

Meanwhile, Valpo was out on the front foot and scored in the 13th minute on its fourth shot attempt of the game. Junior Allie Anderson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South [Xavier]) lined up a free kick to the right of the box, about 15 yards out, and sent a chip towards the near-post run of Joiner. The rookie got her head on the ball at the edge of the six and powered a header into the turf which bounced up and inside the right post, out of the reach of SBU goalkeeper Chiara Gottinger, to give Valpo the 1-0 lead.

Valpo continued to dominate the first half, at one point forcing Gottinger to make four straight saves in a span of just over three minutes. On the other end, outside of a 28th-minute shot which hit the outside of the post, the Bonnies didn’t threaten for the equalizer as the match eventually went into halftime with the 1-0 scoreline.

It took the Beacons less than eight minutes into the second half to double their advantage. After Valpo won the ball in the midfield, it was knocked down the left side to sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel). James expertly touched the ball around her defender and rounded her to continue her run to goal. The sophomore completed the run to the edge of the six, drawing two defenders and the goalkeeper to her in the process, and then centered to a cutting Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) for an easy uncontested left-footed touch for the goal.

Valpo rounded out the scoring in the 71st Anderson sent a long ball into the attacking third, where junior Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) won possession against an SBU defender. Dugan ran down the right and then centered the ball when she hit the top of the box, her pass finding James in space between defenders. James calmly took an one-timed effort with her left foot from 12 yards out which found the back of the net inside the far post to complete the 3-0 victory.

Inside the Match

Junior back Nicole Norfolk (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Divine Savior Holy Angels) earned the first rest of her collegiate career late on Sunday, as head coach John Marovich took her off the park with the three-goal edge in the 83rd With that, Norfolk’s program-record consecutive minutes played by a field player streak — which dated to her first match as a freshman — came to an end at 3,591 straight minutes.

Joiner’s match-winning goal was the first of her Valpo career. The Chesterton product is the third Beacon to score her first collegiate goal this season.

DuSatko netted her first goal of the season as well, giving her four career tallies.

Meanwhile, James’ insurance marker was her fourth of the season in six games and gave her seven career goals. She has now scored six goals in eight career matches against non-MVC opponents.

James’ goal completed a three-point match for the sophomore, as she tallied the assist on DuSatko’s goal — her second of the season and fourth of her career.

Anderson picked up her first points in a Valpo uniform with her assists on the first and third goals of the contest. She entered Sunday with just one assist over two-plus collegiate seasons.

Valpo found the back of the net three times for the first time since a 3-0 win over UNI in the 2019 regular season finale.

Valpo out-shot St. Bonaventure 23-5 and put 14 of its efforts on goal to SBU’s three. Sophomore Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made two saves in goal, while junior Georgia Henkel (Houston, Texas/Stratford) made her first appearance of the regular season, stopping one shot over the final 17-plus minutes of action.

24 players saw the pitch for Valpo on Sunday afternoon, including a trio who saw their first collegiate action — Jensen Summers (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville), Lauren Cook (Littleton, Colo./D’Evelyn) and Cara Crompton (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville).

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“I’m really pleased with how our team rebounded today. I think today shows what we were thinking Friday as well, that we want to put forth performances which show we’re progressing as a team. The difference maybe today is that we got that early goal — I’m super happy for Addy: a local kid, gets her first collegiate goal in her first start.”

“Overall, we were fantastic in possession and how we wanted to progress the ball. That created the sense of being on front foot, as we possessed a lot in our attacking half.”

“So many compliments could be paid across the entire team today. We had a hard game Friday, and to be able to start a different lineup today and maintain our performance shows the depth of our team. We rotate in five players to the lineup and that group impressed immediately with a great stretch of play, and then we bring Lindsey and Kelsie off the bench for our attack and they make their impact there. It shows me that the culture and environment of the team is in a good place and that everybody is about doing what’s best for the team.”

Next Up

Valpo (2-3-1) concludes a three-match homestand at Brown Field Friday evening against Western Illinois. The match against the Leathernecks will be broadcast live on The Valley on ESPN with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Trio of Beacons Earn All-Tournament Team Honors

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Three members of the Valpo volleyball team received All-Tournament Team accolades following the Beacons’ championship performance this weekend at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) was tabbed the tournament MVP, while Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) and Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) joined McCarthy on the All-Tournament Team.

McCarthy stood out on the attack for the Beacons throughout the tournament’s three matches. She opened the tournament with a team-best eight kills on just 12 swings for a .667 hitting percentage in a sweep of UNC Asheville, adding a match-high four blocks as well. Friday night saw McCarthy go for 18 kills on .607 hitting in a five-set victory over Tennessee Tech — the second-best hitting percentage in a five-set match in program history and the best in the 25-point era — while tallying four blocks as well.

McCarthy closed the tournament on Saturday with 11 kills and five blocks in Valpo’s win over South Alabama. For the three matches, she averaged a team-best 2.85 kills/set on .471 hitting and an even block per set.

Valpo’s pair of setters each picked up All-Tournament accolades as well for their work running the Valpo offense. Anderson led the way with 20 assists in the sweep of UNC Asheville and 28 assists against Tennessee Tech, finishing the weekend with 5.31 assists/set. Early in the finale against South Alabama, she moved into third place in program history in career assists. Meanwhile, Bulmahn posted a double-double with 14 assists and 13 digs versus UNC Asheville and paced Valpo with 29 assists and added 11 digs against South Alabama. She averaged 5.15 assists/set and 2.23 digs/set for the weekend.

For McCarthy, it was her fifth career appearance on an All-Tournament Team and her second tournament MVP honor, as she was previously MVP of the 2018 Crusader Classic. Anderson also picked up the fifth All-Tournament accolade of her career, while Bulmahn’s honor was her first in her time at Valpo.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Open Mingo Era with 42 Points in Win at Judson

ELGIN, Ill. – Taylor led throughout its 2021 season opener at Judson on Saturday evening, scoring a 42-26 win over the Eagles for Aaron Mingo’s first head coaching victory with the Purple and Gold.

The Trojans leaned heavily on their ground attack to wear down the young Judson (0-1) defense, running the ball on 49-of-64 plays throughout the contest. Taylor averaged 4.1 yards per carry on the night and finished with 199 rushing yards against the Eagle defense.

TU’s defense was tested by an aggressive and athletic Judson offense, allowing 341 passing yards to the Eagles, who abandoned the ground game after falling in an early deficit to the Purple and Gold. Despite the yardage allowed, Taylor limited Judson’s damage by picking up three interceptions, one fumble recovery and four sacks.

Neither offense did much early, as a pair of Brendan Lamb rushing touchdowns accounted for the only scoring of the first half. Following Lamb’s second score, Judson drove quickly to the Taylor one-yard line with less than one minute to play, but the Trojan defense made three stops and got a sack by Billy Potter on the final play of the half to preserve a 14-0 lead at the break.

The action picked up considerably in the final 30 minutes, but a key four-play stretch helped to put the game away for Taylor. After Judson finally cracked the score column in the third quarter, Taylor struck back quickly to extend the 14-6 lead out to a commanding 28-6 cushion.

The spurt started with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Levi Frazier to Brandon Smith and was fueled by a Collin Woolford interception and return to the four-yard line on the first play of the ensuing Eagle possession. Lamb found pay dirt two plays later to push Taylor’s lead to a three-score gap with his third strike of the contest.

Both sides traded scores over the duration of the night, but Taylor’s lead was never threatened as the Trojans rolled to the 16-point victory in their first outing under Mingo.

Frazier only completed five passes on the evening but made the most of those, picking up 136 yards through the air and a trio of passing touchdowns. Dakohta Sonnichsen found the end zone with both of his receptions and finished with 105 receiving yards in his collegiate debut.

Lamb did the bulk of the work for the Taylor offense however, posting a career-game by toting the rock 33 times for 106 yards and three touchdowns.

Aven Jones led the TU defense with 11 tackles, registering 10 solo hits, one sack, two hits for lost yardage and one forced fumble. Potter also chipped in with three hits for lost yardage, including one sack and Gage Holder, Hojun Yun and Woolford all had an interception.

Taylor (1-0) will have a bye week before hosting NCAA FCS Butler (0-1) on Saturday, September 18. That game is set for a 7:00 pm start inside Turner Stadium.

Women’s Cross Country: Anderson Takes Sixth in Grizzly Invitational

The Anderson University women’s cross-country team competed in their first race of the 2021-22 season on Saturday. The Ravens finished sixth in the Grizzly Invitational hosted by Franklin College at Blue River Memorial Park.

Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind. / Lapel) led the Ravens, taking 3rd place out of 110 runners. Loller finished the 6K with a time of 23:36.83, earning a personal best. Coming in 15th place was Lydia Dyer (Harlan, Ind. / Woodlan) with a time of 24:46.36. Emilie Penick (Brookville, Ohio / Brookville) recorded a 27:00.12, earning 46th place. Securing 66th place was Callie Guthrie (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek) with a time of 28:48.03. Baileigh Stewart (Fishers, Ind. / Fishers) ran a 30:57.14 to finish in 94th place. Close behind her was Mariah Sanders (Lincoln, Ill. / Lincoln) with a 32:06.09 for 99th place. Closing out the race were Jenna O’Donohue (Muncie, Ind. / Muncie Central) and Kiley Huff (Frankton, Ind. / Frankton) in 103rd and 109th place with times of 32:51.61 and 40:08.24 respectively.

Overall, Anderson earned a team total time of 2:15:08.48 for 6th place out of 11 teams.

Anderson will be back in action Friday, Sept. 17, as they head to Upland to take part in the Ray Bullock Invitational hosted by Taylor University. The race is set to start at 5PM.

Men’s Soccer: Ravens Take Down Wasps in Raven/Quaker Classic

The Anderson University men’s soccer team secured a 3-1 victory over the Wasps of Emory & Henry College in Saturday’s Raven/Quaker Classic contest.

The game, which was moved from the AU Soccer Field to Macholtz Stadium due to rain, started off hot for both teams.

The Ravens (1-1) got the game started with a pass from Matthew Murray (Indianapolis, Ind. / Pike) to Usman Kamara (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central) who fired a shot from 30 yards out to chip the Wasps goalkeeper just one minute and thirty-five seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. It didn’t take long for the Wasps (0-1) to answer though. Emory & Henry followed with a goal of their own by Ryan Boyette at 3:22 to tie the game up 1-1.

The game continued to be a battle from both sides, with the Ravens taking multiple shot opportunities throughout the remainder of the half. Between the 4th and 43rd minute the Ravens outshot the Wasps 8 to 2. In the 44th minute, Rico Mandolini (Perrysville, Ind. / Covington Community) broke the tie with a goal off a Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio / Beavercreek) free kick.

Heading into halftime the Ravens led the Wasps 2-1.

Second half action continued to see a battle from both sides, with the Ravens and Wasps both taking their opportunities at goal. Although the chances were coming, both teams struggled to get past the opposing teams’ goalkeepers.

All of that came to an end though in the 81st minute. After a shot from Matthew Murray was deflected off a defender, senior Drew Sonnefeldt (Lisle, Ill. / Lisle) was able to send the ball into the back of the net and secure a 3-1 lead for the Ravens.

Both sides would get another chance on attack, but the Ravens were able to hold off the Wasps to secure their first victory of the 2021 season.

“I am very proud of the boys’ response after our opener,” Coach Scott Fridley said. “Emory & Henry is a solid team with a lot of great athletes.  We have a lot of youth and this was a complete performance from everyone.  Our shape was much better [on Saturday]. Hopefully we can take this into [Sunday]. It is always good to win on Parents Day. I am most proud of the boys’ response to the stress of changing venues in a tight time period before kickoff.  They responded well to the change to turf as the grass became unplayable. God Bless Go Ravens!”

Usman Kamara and Rico Mandolini’s goals were their first goals in their college careers as Ravens.

Dalton Grubbs (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) led the Ravens with four intercepts while Usman Kamara paced the Ravens with three steals.

Anderson outshot Emory & Henry 18 to 9, with seven shots on goal versus four. Ravens goalkeeper Danny Moro-Medina (Goshen, Ind. / Goshen) collected three saves throughout the game.

The Ravens now turn around and face off against the Student Princes of Heidelberg University (2-0) tomorrow to conclude the Raven/Quaker Classic with a winner-take-all matchup. Kick-off is set for 2PM at AU Soccer Fields.

RHIT Football – Wabash 33, Rose-Hulman 23 in Opener

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Wabash College relied on three touchdown passes and two touchdown rushes to hold off a strong effort from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and pick up a 33-23 victory in the 2021 season opener on Saturday night at Cook Stadium.

Liam Thompson finished 19-31 through the air for 340 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 51 yards and one score to lead the Wabash offense.  Donovan Snyder added 68 rushing yards and Jackson Clayborne made two touchdown receptions to provide depth to the Little Giant attack.

Andrew Dion finished 23-45 for 339 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Rose-Hulman performance.  Daniel Huery hauled in two touchdowns and made three receptions for 81 yards, and Noah Thomas had five catches for 94 yards.  Jailen Hobbs pitched in with four receptions for 73 yards, and Adam Tice-Saliu made six catches for 72 yards.

Kyzer Bowen and Michael Stevens recorded 11 tackles each to lead the defense.  Stevens also blocked two extra points.  Rashard Brown snagged an interception, while Cameron Dorsey and Grant Ripperda each had one fumble recovery.

Rose-Hulman took a 3-0 lead on a 22-yard field goal by Brett Tuttle with 11:07 left in the first quarter.  Derek Allen scored on a seven yard touchdown run, and Thompson scored from one yard out to make the score 13-3 in favor of the Little Giants.

Huery hauled in an 11-yard touchdown catch with 40 seconds left in the first quarter to close the score within 13-10.  After another Wabash score, Ripperda caught a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:11 left in the first half to bring Rose-Hulman within 20-16 at the break.

Wabash scored a pair of third quarter touchdowns to take a 33-16 advantage.  Huery scored a second touchdown late in the fourth quarter on a 58-yard catch and run to bring the Fightin’ Engineers within the final margin of 33-23.

Wabash stands 1-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 0-1.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action next Saturday night at Trine University.

RHIT Men’s Golf – 15th at Transylvania Invitational

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology came home 15th in the season opening Transylvania University Men’s Golf Invitational, held Saturday and Sunday at University Club.

Thomas Butler led the Rose-Hulman performance with a 53rd place finish after scores of 74, 78 and 74.

Luke Poole placed second among Fightin’ Engineers after rounds of 76, 83 and 70.  Matthew Kadnar (75, 83, 77) and Jamison Boykins (80, 77, 78) tied with 3-day scores of 235.

Gage Smith added rounds of 85, 78 and 76 for Rose-Hulman.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to action at the Rhodes College Invitational on Sept. 13-14.

RHIT Women’s Golf – 2nd and 5th at Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team rallied to team finishes of 2nd and 5th in the 10-team Transylvania Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at University Club.

Top-ten ranked Centre College won the tournament, with Rose-Hulman outdistancing Transylvania and DePauw in the top four team finishing places.  The Rose-Hulman B Team came home fifth, with Piedmont, Hanover, Wittenberg, Asbury and Spalding rounding out the field.

Precious Saelee came home 5th out of 62 players individually after rounds of 78, 75 and 73.

Rachel Zhang (12th), Meg Fosnot (16th) and Wynne Aldrich (19th) all finished in the top 20.  Zhang recorded scores of 86, 79 and 75.  Fosnot scored 79, 83 and 81.  Aldrich added rounds of 80, 82 and 82.

Svarnika Bommakanti added a 29th place finish to round the first team performance after rounds of 93, 82 and 80.

The second Rose-Hulman team added a fifth place finish for the weekend.  Lily Byrne and Neha Vinesh each finished 24th to lead the squad.  Byrne had three identical scores of 83.  Vinesh tallied rounds of 85, 84 and 80. 

Lauren Conley finished third among Rose-Hulman players and 26th overall with scores of 83, 87 and 81.  Mikaela Ikeda had scores of 90, 83 and 85.  Olivia Sexton added rounds of 89, 95 and 85.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the HCAC Preview next Friday and Saturday at Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.

Delisanti Paces Team as Valpo Enjoys Strong Showing to Start Hoosier Collegiate

A second-round surge helped the Valparaiso University men’s golf team finish the first day of competition at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational in the top five in a 15-team field. Valpo improved its team score by 12 strokes in Round 2 to surge to fifth on a competitive team leaderboard after Sunday’s action at the par-71, 7265-yard Pfau Golf Course in Bloomington. Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Saborn, N.Y.) leads the team and ranks in the top 10 overall through 36 holes in his collegiate debut.

How It Happened

  • Valpo was in ninth place in the team standings with a 298 through one round, but the team vaulted into the top five with a 286 (+2) in Round 2 to finish Day 1 at 578 (+10). Cincinnati (571, +3) is atop the team leaderboard with No. 10 Illinois (573, +5), host Indiana (574, +5) and Memphis (583, +10) accounting for the only other teams ahead of the Beacons entering the final round.
  • Delisanti is tied for 10th in a quality field of 84 players. The rookie leads the squad with a 143 (+1) after posting a 72 in Round 1 and an even par of 71 in Round 2. Ty Gingerich of Cincinnati is the individual leader at 138 (-4).
  • Transfer Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) holds a 146 and is tied for 23rd. His second-round score of 70 (-1) represented Valpo’s best round of the day and displayed a six-stroke improvement from Round 1 to Round 2.
  • Valpo’s top three individuals through the first day of action are all newcomers with freshman Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) rounding out that group at 147 (76-71). His second-round score of even par was five strokes better than his Round-1 performance and helped him finish the day at t-26. Valpo’s top three performers all had scores of par or better in Round 2.
  • Sophomore Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) posted a 74 in each round to finish the day at 148 (t-30).

Inside the Rounds

  • The 286 in Round 2 was one stroke away from cracking the program’s all-time Top 10 for 18-hole team score.
  • Valpo owns the top score in the field on Par-5 holes with a 4.67 average (-10).
  • The Beacons are third in total birdies with 28, behind only Indiana (31) and Cincinnati (28).
  • Kostouros was successful on Par-5 holes, averaging 4.22 (-4), the third best in the tournament.
  • Valpo received balanced birdie production with VanArragon posting a team-high seven followed closely by Delisanti and Kostouros with six apiece.
  • Valpo leads a group of five Missouri Valley Conference teams in the event, including a one-stroke edge on 2021 NCAA Regional qualifier Illinois State and an eight-stroke advantage on defending league champion Loyola, also an NCAA Regional team last season.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“Our team was excited to get the season started today. We talked about playing through the anticipation and nervousness of the season starting even though they are natural emotions. Our first nine holes were our worst of the day and it took us a while to get started and into our rhythm. Once the guys got into the flow of the round, we played solidly the rest of the day. We were +14 after that front nine and played the course +2 the last 27 holes.”

“We played the Par 5s well today and we need to attack the course on those holes. On the other hand, we played the Par 3s very poorly and shot execution was not good, especially in the first round. We have some areas that we need to clean up, especially off the tee and with our short game. I thought the guys really managed the course well and this course certainly tests your mental strength.”

“This was the first time our team has seen this course and it demands excellent shot-making and a solid short game. There’s no place on the course where you can ‘take a break’ and the guys stayed after it and kept playing hard all day. I was very pleased with our second-round scoring and picking up some valuable shots on the field. Sam, Anthony and Yianni played their first tournament for Valpo and they played with a lot of poise and confidence.”

Up Next

The final 18 holes of the tournament will occur on Monday in Normal. A link to live scoring via GolfStat can be found on ValpoAthletics.com. 

Rooker Celebrates Birthday with Career-Low Round as Women’s Golf Begins Season

Junior Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) celebrated her birthday in style by putting together a pair of quality rounds for the Valparaiso University women’s golf team on Sunday. Rooker led the way for the Beacons, who utilized a lineup comprised of two newcomers and three returning players for the first tournament of the season – the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State at the par-72, 6022-yard Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill. 

How It Happened

  • Rooker turned in a strong first round by going one stroke over par with a 73. She followed with a 77 in Round 2 to finish the day with a team-best 150 (+6). Rooker is tied for 25th in a competitive, 89-player field.
  • Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) went sub-80 in both rounds on the opening day of her senior season, going 77-79. She finished the day with 156 strokes over 36 holes, second on the team.
  • Freshman Madison Keil (LaGrange, Ind. / Lakeland) started her collegiate career in memorable fashion with an eagle on her first hole. She finished the day with a 158 (77-81, + 14).
  • Freshman Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) also made her collegiate debut and shaved six strokes off her Round 1 score with a 77 in Round 2. She tied with Rooker for the best second-round score on the team.
  • As a team, Valpo finished the day at 624 (310-314, +48). The Beacons are currently in 16th but are within striking distance of a 14th-place tie between Western Illinois and Indiana State (618) entering the final day. Eastern Kentucky leads the tournament with a 572 while Amelie Svejda of IUPUI is atop the individual leaderboard at 137.

Inside the Rounds

  • Rooker’s Round 1 score established a new personal best as she trimmed three strokes off her previous career low, which came on Sept. 17, 2019 in the third round of the Loyola Fall Invitational.
  • Rooker’s 73 in the first round earned a place in the program record book, tied for seventh all-time in overall 18-hole total score. It marked Valpo’s best single-round score since Kylie Shoemake also carded a 73 on April 3, 2017 at the Fort Wayne Classic.
  • Rooker’s score in relation to par earned an even more noteworthy place in the program record book, as her +1 is tied for sixth all-time. She became the first Valpo women’s golfer to go +1 or better since Katie Willenbrink in the third round of the WSU Cougar Cup on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • Four different Valpo golfers produced 18-hole scores of 77 or better on Sunday.
  • By completing the first round at 22 strokes over par, Valpo entered the program record book for single-round 18-hole team low in relation to par, tying for eighth. That was Valpo’s best score since also carding a +22 on April 2, 2017 in the first round of the Fort Wayne Classic.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“It was a great start to a new season. Cailey played really well this morning and kept playing very solid this afternoon. It was a great way to celebrate her birthday. Madison Keil began her college debut with an eagle on her very first collegiate hole. She played some great golf today. Anna Fay settled in after a few holes and finished her first college rounds with a good score. I am very proud of everyone and excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”

Up Next

The final 18 holes of the tournament will occur on Monday in Normal. A link to live scoring via BirdieFire can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.

Anna Olafsdottir in Fifth Through 36 Holes at A-Ga-Ming Kickoff

KEWADIN, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team is in third place at the A-Ga-Ming Kickoff through 36 holes. The Mastodons shot a 622 as a team on Sunday, September 8.

The team’s score of 302-320-622 is in the top 10 best in program history through 36 holes.

Individually, Anna Olafsdottir is in fifth after turning in a 75-79-154. Her 75 in round one tied her career-best.

Mastodon newcomer Casey Bunner also had a 75 to start the day. She had an 84 to total 159 to tie for 15th.

Kennedy Brooker showed consistency between her rounds with a 79-78-157, which put her in a tie for 12th. Emma Schroeder tied her with a score of 74-83-157. To start off her third season with Purdue Fort Wayne, Laura Caetano shot a 78-80-158 to finish day one in 14th.

Taylor Norman competed as an individual, firing a 79-82-161 in her first tournament as a Mastodon. She is in 17th.

Central Michigan is leading the field with a team score of 611. Oakland’s Veronica Haque is in first individually with a 149.

The final round of the A-Ga-Ming Kickoff will tee off at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 6.

Women’s Tennis: Ravens Secure Win against Kentucky Wesleyan

Ravens Secure Win against Kentucky Wesleyan

The Anderson University women’s tennis team split its two matches in Owensboro, Ky. on Saturday.

NCAA Division II’s Oakland City University (3-0) grinded out a 4-3 neutral-site win against the Ravens (1-1). Anderson then captured a 4-1 road victory against NCAA Division II’s Kentucky Wesleyan College (0-2).

In both matches, doubles were played to six. Doubles also counted as one total point on the match score. The match against Kentucky Wesleyan was a play-to-clinch match.

“Both [the men and the women’s] teams played with tremendous energy and poise,” Coach Matt Moore said. “We went perfect in tiebreakers and third sets, which showed tremendous mental resolve. Great wins to begin our season. I’m proud of our players.”

OAKLAND CITY 4, ANDERSON 3

No. 1 Doubles – Norma Padilla Paola/Liz Aristizabel (Oakland City) def. Anna Creech/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 7-5

No. 2 Doubles – Madelyn Brown/Megan Long (Anderson) def. Hannah Wilson/Marta Fernandez (Oakland City) 6-3

No. 3 Doubles – Jenna Kuntz/Claire Hannaford (Anderson) def. Alex Godsey/Pamela Barbosa 6-2

No. 1 Singles – Norma Padilla (Oakland City) def. Morgan Nation (Anderson) 6-1, 6-1

No. 2 Singles – Kataryna Kulynich (Oakland City) def. Anna Creech (Anderson) 6-3, 6-0

No. 3 Singles – Isabela Todorovic (Oakland City) def. Madelyn Brown (Anderson) 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 Singles – Pamela Barbosa (Oakland City) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-3, 6-2

No. 5 Singles – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Audrey Wilson (Oakland City) 6-3, 6-3

No. 6 Singles – Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) def. Hannah Wilson (Oakland City) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

ANDERSON 4, KENTUCKY WESLEYAN 1

No. 1 Doubles – Anna Creech/Morgan Nation (Anderson) vs. Camron Blandford (Kentucky Wesleyan) 5-5 (unfinished)

No. 2 Doubles – Madelyn Brown/Megan Long (Anderson) def. Ashton Frantz/Jaiden Taylor (Kentucky Wesleyan) 6-0

No. 3 Doubles – Claire Hannaford/Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Macy Dame/Jade Jenkins 6-3

No. 1 Singles – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Lesleigh Lowman (Kentucky Wesleyan) 6-0, 2-6, 1-0 (10-3)

No. 2 Singles – Anna Creech (Anderson) def. Ashton Frantz (Kentucky Wesleyan) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

No. 3 Singles – Camron Blandford (Kentucky Wesleyan) def. Morgan Nation (Anderson) 6-3, 6-4

No. 4 Singles – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) vs. Jaiden Taylor (Kentucky Wesleyan) (unfinished)

No. 5 Singles – Megan Long (Anderson) def. Macy Dame (Kentucky Wesleyan) 6-0, 6-0

No. 6 Singles – Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) vs. Jade Jenkins (Kentucky Wesleyan) (unfinished)

UP NEXT

The Ravens are scheduled for two matches on Saturday, Sept. 11 in Greenville, Ill. Anderson takes on Webster University (0-0) in a neutral-site matchup at 1 p.m. ET. The Ravens then clash with Greenville University (1-1) in a road matchup at 6 p.m. ET.

Men’s Tennis: Anderson Captures Sweep at Kentucky Wesleyan

Anderson Captures Sweep at Kentucky Wesleyan

The Anderson University men’s tennis team locked up two wins on Saturday at Moreland Park in Owensboro, Ky.

Anderson (2-0) topped NCAA Division II’s Oakland City University (2-1) with a 4-3 victory. The Ravens then earned a 4-1 win against NCAA Division II’s Kentucky Wesleyan College (0-2).

In both matches, doubles were played to six. Doubles also counted as one total point on the match score. The match against Kentucky Wesleyan was a play-to-clinch match.

“Both [the men and the women’s] teams played with tremendous energy and poise,” Coach Matt Moore said. “We went perfect in tiebreakers and third sets, which showed tremendous mental resolve. Great wins to begin our season. I’m proud of our players.”

ANDERSON 4, OAKLAND CITY 3

No. 1 Doubles – Alejandro Perez/Carlos Hernandez (Oakland City) def. Colton Stevens/Seth Nation (Anderson) 6-2

No. 2 Doubles – Gustavo Marangoni/Vicente Herrera (Oakland City) def. Sam Songer/Cory Evans (Anderson) 6-2

No. 3 Doubles – Parker Bradley/Tucker Bradley (Oakland City) def. Andre Baltazar/Jose Portes Alvares (Oakland City) 6-1

No. 4 Doubles (Exhibition) – Jordan Ashton/Lance Holdren (Anderson) def. Kaleb Knepp/Jonathan Holsapple (Oakland City) 6-2

No. 1 Singles – Colton Stevens (Anderson) def. Vicente Herrera (Oakland City) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-1)

No. 2 Singles – Gustavo Marangoni (Oakland City) def. Seth Nation (Anderson) 6-0, 6-0

No. 3 Singles – Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Carlos Hernandez (Oakland City) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 1-0 (12-10)

No. 4 Singles – Kaleb Knepp (Oakland City) def. Sam Songer (Anderson) 6-2, 6-1

No. 5 Singles – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Michael Kluemper (Oakland City) 7-5, 6-3

No. 6 Singles – Dylan Lemons (Anderson) def. Jose Portes Alvares (Oakland City) 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)

No. 7 Singles (Exhibition) – Jonathan Holsapple (Oakland City) def. Jesse Hernandez (Anderson) 6-2

ANDERSON 4, KENTUCKY WESLEYAN 1

No. 1 Doubles – John Thomas Hayden/Wesley Matthews (Kentucky Wesleyan) def. Colton Stevens/Seth Nation (Anderson) 6-2

No. 2 Doubles – Cory Evans/Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Evan Morton/Dylan McDuffee (Kentucky Wesleyan)

No. 3 Doubles – Dylan Lemon/Jesse Hernandez (Anderson) won by default

No. 1 Singles – John Thomas Hayden (Kentucky Wesleyan) def. Colton Stevens (Anderson) 6-2, 6-4

No. 2 Singles – Seth Nation (Anderson) def. Wesley Matthews (Kentucky Wesleyan) 6-2, 6-1

No. 3 Singles – Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Evan Morton (Kentucky Wesleyan) 6-3, 6-1

No. 4 Singles – Cory Evans (Anderson) vs. Dylan McDuffee (Kentucky Wesleyan) (unfinished)

No. 5 Singles – Sam Songer (Anderson) vs. Adan Cano (Kentucky Wesleyan) (did not start)

No. 6 Singles – Dylan Lemon (Anderson) won by default

UP NEXT

The Ravens are slated for two matches in Greenville, Ill. on Saturday, Sept. 11. Anderson takes on Webster University (0-0) at 1 p.m. The Ravens then clash with Greenville University (1-0) at 6 p.m.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8651.62845 – 2641 – 2544 – 2016 – 914 – 177 – 3L 1
NY Yankees7858.5747.540 – 2738 – 3128 – 3220 – 819 – 124 – 6L 2
Boston7960.568843 – 2736 – 3336 – 2819 – 1113 – 176 – 4L 1
Toronto7362.5411239 – 2934 – 3328 – 2815 – 1216 – 167 – 3W 4
Baltimore4392.3194219 – 4424 – 4816 – 448 – 2213 – 154 – 6W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox7958.57746 – 2433 – 3417 – 1338 – 2712 – 126 – 4L 1
Cleveland6866.5079.535 – 3033 – 3611 – 2035 – 2213 – 166 – 4W 1
Detroit6573.47114.535 – 3530 – 3814 – 1125 – 3918 – 164 – 6W 1
Kansas City6175.44917.534 – 3527 – 4010 – 1927 – 3312 – 155 – 5W 1
Minnesota5977.43419.532 – 3627 – 4110 – 1528 – 3213 – 204 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7957.58141 – 2538 – 3216 – 1219 – 1637 – 195 – 5L 2
Seattle7562.5474.540 – 2935 – 3318 – 1313 – 1636 – 246 – 4W 5
Oakland7463.5405.537 – 3137 – 3215 – 1819 – 829 – 284 – 6L 3
LA Angels6869.49611.538 – 3330 – 3616 – 1719 – 1123 – 335 – 5L 1
Texas4888.3533131 – 3717 – 5112 – 159 – 1722 – 434 – 6W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7264.52933 – 3239 – 3236 – 2822 – 128 – 104 – 6W 1
Philadelphia7066.515239 – 2831 – 3838 – 2914 – 1012 – 167 – 3W 1
NY Mets6968.5043.541 – 2728 – 4133 – 2913 – 1416 – 177 – 3W 1
Miami5780.41615.536 – 3321 – 4726 – 3111 – 1817 – 176 – 4L 1
Washington5680.4121632 – 3924 – 4125 – 4112 – 139 – 192 – 8L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8454.60938 – 3046 – 2412 – 1344 – 2223 – 96 – 4W 2
Cincinnati7365.5291138 – 3335 – 3217 – 1237 – 2410 – 204 – 6L 1
St. Louis6966.51113.535 – 3034 – 3614 – 1629 – 3015 – 115 – 5L 2
Chi Cubs6375.4572137 – 3226 – 4312 – 1928 – 3217 – 127 – 3W 6
Pittsburgh4889.35035.528 – 3820 – 5112 – 1217 – 4711 – 212 – 8L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco8750.63545 – 2342 – 2719 – 1017 – 1438 – 194 – 6W 1
LA Dodgers8651.628146 – 2340 – 2824 – 913 – 1037 – 246 – 4L 1
San Diego7364.5331443 – 3030 – 3414 – 1516 – 1430 – 305 – 5W 2
Colorado6374.4602445 – 2418 – 5010 – 1014 – 1929 – 355 – 5L 1
Arizona4593.32642.528 – 4117 – 5212 – 1813 – 1919 – 452 – 8L 3

WILD CARD

AL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7858.574+0.540-2738-314-6L 2
Boston7960.56843-2736-336-4L 1
Seattle7562.5473.040-2935-336-4W 5
Toronto7362.5414.039-2934-337-3W 4
Oakland7463.5404.037-3137-324-6L 3
Cleveland6866.5078.535-3033-366-4W 1
NL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8651.628+13.046-2340-286-4L 1
San Diego7364.53343-3030-345-5W 2
Cincinnati7365.5290.538-3335-324-6L 1
Philadelphia7066.5152.539-2831-387-3W 1
St. Louis6966.5113.035-3034-365-5L 2
NY Mets6968.5044.041-2728-417-3W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2416444528179-1-17-3-352
Orlando City SC221084332677-4-13-4-338
Nashville SC2291123721168-6-01-5-238
New York City FC2110473722158-1-22-3-534
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
D.C.229310353237-0-32-3-730
Columbus2376102732-55-3-32-3-727
Atlanta226972528-34-3-32-6-427
Inter Miami CF217592231-94-2-53-3-426
Chicago2265112433-95-4-41-1-723
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati2138102138-170-5-43-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2212643519165-4-37-2-142
Colorado2112543120116-3-16-2-341
Sporting KC2311753726115-5-16-2-440
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Minnesota21876242406-2-32-5-331
Portland2293103139-86-1-33-2-730
Real Salt Lake22868342956-4-22-2-630
Vancouver227872932-36-2-31-6-429
Los Angeles FC22769323115-5-22-1-727
San Jose226882430-63-3-53-5-326
FC Dallas2367103236-44-5-22-2-825
Austin2254132131-103-2-52-2-819
Houston23310102436-123-5-30-5-719

WNBA

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun216.77813-18-510-39-19 W
Chicago Sky1514.5177.05-810-69-45-51 W
New York Liberty1118.37911.06-95-95-81-96 L
Washington Mystics1017.37011.07-73-105-73-72 L
Atlanta Dream720.25914.03-104-105-71-91 W
Indiana Fever620.23114.54-102-104-95-51 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces208.71411-39-58-46-41 L
Minnesota Lynx189.6671.511-37-610-48-25 W
Seattle Storm1910.6551.59-510-58-54-61 W
Phoenix Mercury1710.6302.57-710-36-79-18 W
Dallas Wings1216.4298.05-87-86-73-71 L
Los Angeles Sparks1018.35710.07-73-111-124-65 L