SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Sacramento Kings challenged themselves to play with the very identity that got them this far in the first place: Push the ball in transition, make all the hustle plays, defend with fury.

When Stephen Curry came through on a big 3-pointer or driving layup, the Kings delivered to maintain momentum. Time and again they quieted a raucous crowd counting on celebrating another victorious playoff series.

Not just yet, Dub Nation. Coach Mike Brown’s Kings are determined to do more in their return to the postseason stage – they want to Light the Beam back home in California’s capital.

Malik Monk scored 28 points, De’Aaron Fox added 26 points and 11 assists, and the playoff-newcomer Kings staved off elimination in their first-round playoff series by beating Curry and the Golden State Warriors 118-99 on Friday night in Game 6.

Now, a winner-takes-all Game 7 is back in Sacramento on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s a big opportunity,” Fox said.

Rookie Keegan Murray scored 15 points with four 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first playoff double-double, and the No. 3-seeded Kings withstood every scoring surge the defending champions made on their home court and shined in nearly every facet of this one with their special season on the line.

Kevin Huerter, struggling with his shot all series – 20 of 52 coming into the game – hit a 3 with 6:23 to go and another with 4:58 left as Sacramento gave its fans at least one more chance to cheer these upstart Kings.

“This is exactly what I expected and I expect a little bit more from both teams in Golden 1,” Monk said. “We’re going to be prepared.”

Curry scored 29, Klay Thompson 22 and Kevon Looney pulled down 13 more rebounds to give him an NBA-leading 85 this postseason. He was coming off a career-high 22 rebounds in a Game 5 win at Golden 1 Center.

But the Kings, in the postseason for the first time since 2006, answered almost every big play by Golden State in the third quarter and capitalized on regular miscues. They outhustled the Warriors to the boards.

“I thought we played hard but we didn’t play smart. We didn’t execute our game plan,” Looney said. “We know what we needed to do to win. All the small things, getting back in transition, the box-outs, the turnovers, different things like that, we didn’t execute.”

The Kings led 90-80 heading into the final 12 minutes. Curry hit an early 3, only for Trey Lyles to connect moments later. When Curry drove for a layup the next possession, Monk made one of his own.

Curry’s 3 with 9:28 left got Golden State within 99-89 before Fox hit.

Fox’s first points came on a jumper with 2:18 left in the first on his first shot. He then scored again the next time down still dealing with a broken index finger on his shooting hand. He shot 10 for 18.

Sacramento snapped a six-game losing streak on the Warriors’ home floor, dating to a win on Feb. 25, 2020.

“They came out with more force and more energy and they executed better. The right team won, that’s for sure,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They came in and earned the victory. And now we’ve got to regroup and get ready for Game 7.”

Lyles wound up with 12 points and 10 rebounds as others picked up the slack with Domantas Sabonis in foul trouble. The big man had seven points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 5:17 left.

Fox had been frustrated with his poor fourth quarter in Wednesday’s 123-116 defeat in which he went 0 for 6 from the field and was scoreless – the most shots he had ever taken in a final period without scoring.

Draymond Green came off the bench for a third straight game and received a rousing standing ovation when checking in for the first time at the 6:26 mark of the opening quarter. He had 10 assists.

Both teams took a while to warm up, with Sacramento starting 6 for 23 and Golden State 6 of 19.

The Kings were unfazed.

“We’ve had a great spirit, we have all year. We’ve responded all year,” Huerter said. “We didn’t lose faith. We knew we had a Game 7 back at home. We’re capable of winning in this building. Our offense has been asleep I think most of this series. We just know if we can get back to ourselves we could continue this series. We did that tonight. But our confidence never wavered.”


Kings: Sacramento’s bench outscored the Warriors’ reserves 52-21. … The Kings were 4 of 16 to start from deep but finished 17 of 45. … Sabonis suffered a cut under his left eye on a jump ball with Looney in the second quarter.

Warriors: Curry missed three free throws, practically unheard of, as his team went 25 of 35 from the line. … The Warriors gave up 23 points on their 19 turnovers. … Green picked up his third foul at the 7:09 mark of the second quarter. … Golden State is 8-3 in Game 6s dating back to their 2015 title run and 22-11 in close-out games.


LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis had 16 points and 14 rebounds while blocking five shots in a spectacular defensive performance, D’Angelo Russell scored a career playoff-high 31 points and the Los Angeles Lakers completed their first-round upset of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 125-85 victory in Game 6 on Friday night.

LeBron James scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the seventh-seeded Lakers, who emphatically clinched a playoff series in their own arena for the first time since 2012.

The Lakers won all three of their home games in the series, and the final victory was a scary demonstration of their capabilities when James and Davis are both healthy. Davis’ imposing defensive presence largely shut down Memphis’ offense in Game 6, while Russell’s five 3-pointers highlighted an impressive offensive effort from a late-blooming team with championship aspirations.

“We didn’t want to go back to Memphis, to say the least,” said Austin Reaves, who had 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds. “We wanted to end it tonight, home court, so we were super locked-in.”

The Lakers took a 20-point lead in the first half and went up by 36 in the third quarter before coasting to victory in front of superfan Jack Nicholson and a roaring crowd. James and Davis even got to sit out the entire fourth quarter, preserving their legs for the second round.

The Lakers had to win a play-in game just to reach a playoff series, although this star-studded team is no ordinary seventh seed. Los Angeles opens its next series on the road Tuesday against the winner of Sunday’s Game 7 between Sacramento and defending champion Golden State.

“This thing is just getting started,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “We passed Level 1. Now we’ve got to start shifting our focus to whoever comes out of that game on Sunday. LeBron had some great words of wisdom he shared after the game. It’s about us, just as much as it’s about our opponent. We have to be the best versions of ourselves.”

Ja Morant scored 10 points on 3-of-16 shooting for the Grizzlies, who won 107 games and two Southwest Division titles in the past two seasons, but just one playoff series.

Morant’s injured right hand appeared to hamper his shot, and he seemed unwilling to drive the paint with his usual fearlessness while Davis loomed in the middle. Morant’s teammates couldn’t pick him up: Desmond Bane, who guaranteed a Game 7, had 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting, while Jaren Jackson Jr. had 14 on 3-of-12 shooting.

Dillon Brooks, the Memphis agitator who dismissed James as “old” after Game 2 and then got ejected from Game 3 for striking James in the groin, finished a dismal series performance with 10 points in Game 6 while Lakers fans booed his every move.

“We didn’t play our best basketball at all, in my opinion, in these six games,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We got two wins in this series, but we were far from where we needed to play. Discipline, execution, defensively, the urgency, and then just our production on offense. … (we’ve) just got to find ways to get better. This is a feeling we’ve got to remember. It’s got to motivate us. It’s got to be understood that this is part of our evolution as a team.”

The Lakers hadn’t won a playoff series outside the Florida bubble in 11 years, enduring a rough decade-plus for a 17-time champion franchise with a fan base used to excellence. James and Davis have won a title together, but they had done little to remember in front of their home fans before the past two months, when their supporting cast markedly improved at the trade deadline with several additions headlined by Russell.

The Grizzlies had the second-worst road record among the NBA’s 16 playoff teams in the regular season, and they lost all five of their road games against the Lakers this season. They staved off elimination by winning in Memphis on Wednesday, but Lakers fans sensed the enormity of the moment and turned out in force, highlighted by the return of the 86-year-old Nicholson to his courtside seats after a nearly two-year absence.

Their team delivered, jumping to a 20-point lead in the first half and stretching it to 36 in the third quarter with a defense-based performance led by Davis, who blocked 26 shots in the six-game series. Shortly before he checked out for good, Davis triumphantly raised both arms to incite his cheering fans chanting, “A-D! A-D!”

The Grizzlies played without 3-point threat Luke Kennard due to a sore shoulder, further hurting the depth on a roster already missing injured regulars Steven Adams and Brandon Clarke.


Nicholson watched his beloved team for the first time since October 2021, returning to his usual seats alongside his son. The Lakers’ most famous fan has been a fixture at courtside for the last half-century, and the Oscar-winning actor got a huge ovation from his fellow supporters whenever his face appeared on the scoreboard.


Grizzlies: Kennard went through a pregame workout before getting ruled out. He got a stinger in Game 5. … Xavier Tillman scored two points in 18 minutes.

Lakers: James won his 40th career playoff series, tying Derek Fisher for the most in NBA history. … Nicholson’s return was the highlight of a celebrity-studded night at courtside, where the fans included Larry David, Dr. Dre, Adele and Kyrie Irving, who got a big hug from James before the game. Irving is a free agent this summer, and he has been linked to a reunion with James repeatedly in recent years.



NEW YORK (AP) As Paul Stastny approached the goal line in the corner, he just decided to fling it toward the net.

It went in, and the Carolina Hurricanes are moving on to the second round of the playoffs again.

Stastny scored 6 minutes into overtime, and the Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night in Game 6 to advance to the second round for the third straight year and fourth in the last five.

Derek Stepan started the winning sequence when he intercepted Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech’s clearing pass. Stepan skated up and passed to Stastny, who fired a sharp-angle shot from the goal line that deflected off Sorokin’s left pad and between his legs.

“Once Steps kept it in I knew Steps would get it to me,” Stastny said. “I tried to attack. I was thinking I’d have 2-on-1. Once Jesse (Puljujarvi) started coming towards me instead of staying wide, then I figured I’m just going to shoot it without looking. Done it in practice before. … Just the element of surprise. Get lucky some times, and was fortunate to go in.”

It was Stastny’s third career overtime playoff winner.

Sebastian Aho tied it midway through the third period for the Hurricanes. Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots while playing for the first time since April 13.

“They came in pretty hard in the first so I had a chance to get into it,” said Andersen, whose last postseason start was in the 2020 playoff bubble for Toronto. “Just tried not to get too far ahead of myself. Tried to enjoy the moment and take it a shot at a time. It was fun. For me it was a while since I played in the playoffs and it was something I was very excited about.”

Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders, and Ilya Sorokin finished with 39 saves. New York was eliminated in the first round for the first time in its last five trips to the postseason.

The Hurricanes advanced to face the winner of the series between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. The Devils lead 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Saturday night.

It was the Islanders’ second overtime loss in the series. They also lost 4-3 in Game 2 in North Carolina.

“Not only two overtime games, but in both we had third-period leads, and that really stings,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said.

After getting outshot in each of the first two periods, the Hurricanes had a 19-5 edge in the third and tied the score midway through the period.

“Sometimes when you’re just trying to hold on, it doesn’t work well,” Islanders center Mathew Barzal said. “I think the first two periods we were playing aggressive and the third period we just kind of sat back and (tried to) clog it up and make it hard. Sometimes when you do that, it can go the other way.”

Sorokin denied a backhand shot by Jesse Puljujarvi 2:13 into the third to keep the Hurricanes off the scoreboard. At the other end, Andersen saved a shot by Casey Cizikas less than 10 seconds later. Sorokin also had a nice glove save on Jordan Martinook at 8:17.

Aho scored from doorstep at 9:24, knocking the puck down with his glove before sending it past Sorokin. It was his fourth goal of the series.

“The third period was all in their end and we still had to scratch and claw just to get the one,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “And then obviously found a way in overtime.”

The Islanders outshot the Hurricanes 17-11 in a scoreless second period that saw both sides have plenty of scoring chances.

Sorokin gloved Brady Skjei’s point shot 1:03 into the second period. Andersen then gloved a shot from between the circles by Brock Nelson four minutes later.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi nearly tied it for Carolina, but his shot hit off the crossbar at 7:48. The Islanders than had sustained pressure in the offensive zone around the middle of the period, with Andersen stopping attempts by Scott Mayfield and Cizikas less than 20 seconds apart.

The UBS Arena crowd erupted in boos when Aho knocked down New York defenseman Sebastian Aho with 3 1/2 minutes left in the middle period, earning an interference penalty. The Islanders managed three shots on goal during the power play.

The Islanders got on the scoreboard when they took advantage of a Hurricanes turnover in the neutral zone. Clutterbuck got pass from Ryan Pulock, skated up the right side and fired a shot from the right circle past Andersen at 9:20 of the first period for his first goal of the series.


The Hurricanes turned to Andersen after Antti Raanta had started the first five games of the series. Raanta gave up three goals on 22 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 5. For the series, Raanta has a 2.59 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The team that posted the best regular-season record in NHL history, facing a team that needed to fight and claw all the way to the end just to get into the playoffs.

On paper, it was a mismatch.

On the ice, it’s going to Game 7.

The wild-card Florida Panthers – by prevailing in an absolutely bonkers third period – fended off elimination for the second time and sent the mighty Boston Bruins into a winner-take-all game. Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, Eetu Luostarinen put Florida ahead to stay with 5:38 left and the Panthers won 7-5 on Friday night.

“Everyone’s rolling. Everyone’s playing. Everyone’s doing the right things,” Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said. “It’s fun to be a part of this, for sure.”

The real fun comes Sunday: Game 7 in Boston.

“I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said.

Barkov, Brandon Montour, Zac Dalpe and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers, who got 30 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky. Reinhart closed it out with an empty-netter with 28 seconds left – the seventh and final goal of the third period, four of those scores by Florida.

Tyler Bertuzzi and David Pastrnak each scored twice for Boston, which got four assists from Brad Marchand and 26 saves from Linus Ullmark. Jake DeBrusk also scored for the Bruins.

Boston finished 42 points ahead of Florida in the standings this season, the biggest gap between playoff opponents in nearly 30 years. The Bruins had the best regular-season record in NHL history, and they had one-goal leads on two separate occasions in the third period – and couldn’t hold either one of them.

Not even three power-play goals and one short-handed tally was enough to give Boston a win, either.

“We worked all year to get home-ice advantage,” DeBrusk said. “And it comes down to a Game 7 where we’re up for elimination now.”

The game started along the exact sequence that Game 5 in Boston did on Wednesday night: Florida took a 1-0 lead, Boston tied it, Florida took a 2-1 lead, Boston tied it, Florida took a 3-2 lead, Boston tied it.

Evidently, that’s when the teams decided a repeat performance was boring.

They combined for four goals in a span of 6:56 – this time, with the Panthers answering the Bruins.

“They’re a determined group,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said of Florida.

Boston went up 4-3 on a power-play score from Pastrnak, Dalpe tied it for Florida, DeBrusk scored short-handed for a 5-4 lead, and Tkachuk got his second of the night 27 seconds later to tie it again.

And less than 4 minutes later, Luostarinen made it 6-5 – the Panthers back on top with 5:38 left, a sellout crowd in Sunrise waiving white towels in unison. Boston pulled Ullmark twice with hopes of netting the equalizer, getting good looks at it in the final minute.

But Bobrovsky and Florida’s defense held firm, and Reinhart finished it off. To Sunday they go, Florida on the brink of a surprise and Boston trying to avoid a collapse.

“We know that there’s going to be a war out there,” Ullmark said. “That’s how it is in the first round. It’s the toughest one to get by.”


It was captain Patrice Bergeron’s 1,463rd game with the Bruins, including the playoffs. That’s one behind New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur for 13th-most with one franchise. … Florida forward Ryan Lomberg (upper body) missed his second consecutive game. … Bruins C David Krejci (37) and D Connor Clifton (28) had birthdays on Friday. Boston was 1-1 in Krejci’s previous birthday games, beating Tampa Bay in 2018 and losing to Ottawa in 2013. The Bruins shut out Buffalo on Clifton’s birthday last year.


The biggest play of the night might have been made by someone on the Panthers’ staff armed with an iPad.

The Bruins appeared to take a 3-2 lead with 11:32 left in the second period on a goal by Brandon Carlo – except the play should have been whistled dead 10 seconds earlier. But Florida took a quick look and challenged the goal by claiming DeBrusk had been guilty of a hand pass to Bergeron in the corner to Bobrovsky’s left earlier in the play.

Officials eventually agreed, taking the goal off the board. Barkov scored for a 3-2 Florida lead about two minutes later. Maurice said John Congemi – one of the team’s video coaches – was the one that noticed the infraction in time.


It was the fifth time in Bruins’ history that they had at least three power-play goals and one short-handed score in a playoff game. Of the earlier four, two came in 1976, one in 1970 and the other in 1958.


Game 7 is Sunday in Boston.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Jake Oettinger had the privilege of playing in front of his family and the thrill of backstopping the Dallas Stars to a clinching win in his native Minnesota.

Ryan Suter had the satisfaction of beating his former team that bought out his contract two years ago.

The Stars had all kinds of reasons to cherish this victory, including a little extra rest.

Roope Hintz got Dallas going early, Oettinger stonewalled his home-state team again and the Stars eliminated the Wild 4-1 in Game 6 of their first-round NHL playoff series on Friday night.

“I think the guys knew how important it was for both of us,” Suter said, “and everyone really stepped up and competed hard for us.”

Wyatt Johnston and Mason Marchment scored in the second period, when a burst by the Stars – swooping in for the finish – outshot the Wild 18-5. Max Domi had an empty-netter in the final minute.

Oettinger made 22 saves for the Stars, who advanced to face the Colorado-Seattle winner. The Avalanche beat the Kraken on Friday to force Game 7.

Oettinger was bidding for his second shutout of the series before Freddy Gaudreau scored for the Wild with 7:07 left.

“He’s our brick wall back there, and we trust him. Any time we make mistakes, he’s there for us,” Marchment said. “We wouldn’t be here without him.”

Filip Gustavsson, starting a fourth consecutive game for the first time in his first season with Minnesota, stopped 23 shots in two periods. Marc-Andre Fleury, who was in net for a 7-3 loss at Dallas in Game 2, took over in the third.

The Wild fell to 5-14 on home ice in the playoffs since the last time they advanced, a first-round win over St. Louis in 2015. They are 4-13 in franchise history in postseason series.

The Stars lost in seven games in the first round to Calgary last year. With center Joe Pavelski expected back for the next round after missing the last five games with a concussion, they’re in position to make another push for the Stanley Cup Finals they reached in the 2020 pandemic bubble.


The raucous crowd was buzzing early, but the fans just never got rewarded. Ryan Hartman had an open net for a rebound that rolled just out of reach for a clean shot, and Oettinger and Suter immediately covered up the crease to prevent another try. Just seconds later, Hintz went the other way to deliver a top-shelf shot that sailed over Gustavsson’s glove.

“They’re so good around the net. That was a focal point for us in the series, and I thought tonight was our best defensive game,” Oettinger said.

Hintz has five goals and leads the NHL playoffs with 12 points, helping the top line continue to thrive without Pavelski while Tyler Seguin deftly moved up to join him and Jason Robertson.

“We wouldn’t be sitting here moving on to the next round tonight without Tyler Seguin’s contributions in this series,” coach Peter DeBoer said.

The team that scored first won all six games in the series.


The Wild finally stayed out of the penalty box, rendering a Stars power play that was 9 for 22 over the first five games a nonfactor. But the Wild might as well have declined the penalties called on the Stars, because their power play – 0 for 2 in the game and 4 for 22 in the series – was again a momentum-killer instead of a momentum-builder. The crowd booed toward the end of their first 5-on-4 dud.

“Sick to my stomach about it,” Hartman said. “This city deserves better than what we gave them. The fans, they’ve shown up for us all year and we we failed them.”

The Wild consistently created good looks at the net, but their passing and shooting touch was off the mark all series and ran out of steam after the first intermission. Evgenii Dadonov flipped a no-look pass from behind the net into the slot, where an uncontested Johnston scored his first goal of the series.

Soon after Mats Zuccarello’s open shot sailed over the crossbar, the Stars delivered a big blow when Marchment scored with just 0.5 seconds left before the second intermission.


The Wild took a 2-1 lead on St. Louis in the playoffs last year before dropping three straight games, too.

Kirill Kaprizov was their heartbeat of that series against the Blues, but the superstar left wing struggled to get going this year after a goal in Game 1. Suter and fellow blue-liner Miro Heiskanen made Kaprizov work for every inch of ice and frequently met him with punishing checks.

“For the most of the games, I thought we were the better team and we still ended up losing. That’s probably the most frustrating,” Zuccarello said. “Maybe last year I think you have a feeling you lost to a better team.”


SEATTLE (AP) It took six games of these playoffs for the Colorado Avalanche to finally look the part of a defending Stanley Cup champion.

Colorado’s reward? A trip back home for Game 7 and the chance to dispatch the pesky Seattle Kraken.

Mikko Rantanen scored his seventh goal of the playoffs, Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, including an empty-net goal in the closing seconds, and the Avalanche beat the Kraken 4-1 on Friday night in their first-round playoff series.

Rantanen scored in the final seconds of the first period, tying it at 1 after Seattle posted the first goal yet again. The Avalanche then dominated the final two periods, flashing some of what made them Stanley Cup champs a season ago.

“I don’t think we’ve had a full 60 (minutes) yet, a full, good 60 and today we did. We played three good periods, even though they scored the first goal again, but we (stuck) with it and played to our identity,” Rantanen said.

Erik Johnson scored his first of the playoffs on a deflected shot 7:21 into the second. Lehkonen redirected Devon Toews’ slap pass at 16:57 to give Colorado a 3-1 lead. Toews had two assists, as did Cale Makar after being suspended for Game 5.

“We reiterated it after the game. Any time we’ve had adversity, we’ve said we’re going to take it one step at a time and go right at it,” Makar said. “Huge character win for us tonight, hopefully gave a lot of guys confidence in terms of what we’re able to do out there.”

Game 7 will be Sunday in Denver. It’s the first Game 7 in franchise history for Seattle and the first for the Avalanche since the second round of the 2020 playoffs in the bubble, when Colorado lost to Dallas.

“It’s a new opportunity for this group and we’ve been a good road team all year. That’s been a strength of this team,” Seattle’s Jordan Eberle said. “We’ve got nothing to lose.”

Vince Dunn became the 14th different player to score a goal for Seattle this postseason when he slipped a slap shot past Colorado goalie Alexandar Georgiev at 15:48 of the first. Dunn was second in points for Seattle during the regular season but had been held without a point until scoring his third career playoff goal.

But Georgiev’s night was mostly quiet, although he made big stops on Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jaden Schwartz in the final minutes. Georgiev finished with 22 saves.

“They deserved tonight’s win. They played well. They were a little bit better than we were and we couldn’t push our way back into the game,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said.

Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer was peppered all night and only some spectacular saves kept the score from getting out of hand. Grubauer finished with 35 stops.

Colorado played in its first elimination game since Game 6 of the 2021 conference semifinals, when the Avs were eliminated by Vegas. One of the most impressive parts of Colorado’s run to the Stanley Cup last year was its ability to control every series.

But Seattle’s win in Game 5 put Colorado in a precarious position and the Avs responded with their most complete performance of the series.

“We just wanted to play our game, we played our best game of the series and were rewarded for it,” Johnson said. “And they’re a very good team, they really put us on our heels at times. But it felt good to play our game and get rewarded for it.”


Seattle became the first team to take the lead in each of its first six playoff games in franchise history. The 1918 Toronto Arenas took the lead in their first five playoff games. Seattle matched that in Game 5 and surpassed it in Game 6.

Colorado appeared to score the opening goal on a shot from Bowen Byrum, but the goal was overturned after Seattle successfully challenged for offside.


Seattle played without leading scorer Jared McCann for the second straight game. McCann was hurt on a check from Makar in Game 4 that led to his suspension. … Seattle F Matty Beniers was called for just the second penalty of his career on a tripping call in the second period.



Jean Segura bounced an RBI single past a drawn-in infield in the ninth inning, leading the host Miami Marlins to a 3-2 walk-off win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

The Marlins are 8-0 this season in one-run games. They are also 14-0 when holding opponents to four runs or less. They are 0-13 otherwise.

Segura, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, grounded his single up the middle past sliding shortstop Dansby Swanson, who charged the ball. The hit was allowed by reliever Michael Rucker (1-1).

Nelson Velazquez homered for Chicago. Cubs center fielder Cody Bellinger, the National League’s MVP while with the Dodgers in 2019, returned to the team on Friday after missing games due to paternity leave. He tripled and scored a run.

Twins 8, Royals 6

Jorge Polanco smacked a three-run home run and Minnesota held off a late comeback attempt by Kansas City to earn a victory in the second game of a four-game series in Minneapolis.

Polanco went deep as part of a four-run fourth, which also included Michael A. Taylor’s RBI double. Jose Miranda added a solo home run an inning later for the Twins, who have won five of their last six.

Salvador Perez helped Kansas City storm back by hitting a solo home run in the sixth before lining a run-scoring single to left in the seventh to cut the Royals’ deficit to two.

Blue Jays 3, Mariners 2

George Springer hit the go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and Toronto defeated visiting Seattle.

By taking the opener of the three-game series, the Blue Jays earned their fifth win in a row. The Mariners lost their third straight contest. Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk has three hits, including a solo homer. Matt Chapman had an RBI double among his two hits, and Whit Merrifield also collected two hits.

Toronto starter Alek Manoah allowed two runs, six hits and four walks while striking out seven in five innings. Seattle starter Luis Castillo gave up two runs, six hits and two walks in five innings.

Rays 3, White Sox 2

Isaac Paredes slugged a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning among his three hits and Manuel Margot added three hits and an RBI to lift Tampa Bay to a win against host Chicago.

Tampa Bay won for the eighth time in 10 games while sending Chicago to its ninth straight defeat.

Paredes’ blast provided the difference. After doubling twice earlier in the game, he greeted White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman with a homer to left. The Rays have gone deep in each of their 11 road games this season. Kevin Kelly retired Luis Robert on a flyout with two on to end the game and earn the save.

Rangers 5, Yankees 2

Robbie Grossman went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs as Texas continued its four-game home series with a win in Arlington, Texas, but the victory came under the pall of starting pitcher Jacob deGrom being pulled early for unspecified reasons.

deGrom pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit before his exit. In his absence, Dane Dunning (2-0) pitched 3 1/3 innings and picked up the win. He rallied from giving up a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to sit all three Yankees in just six pitches in the seventh inning.

Texas scored all five of its runs off New York starter Clarke Schmidt (0-3). All five were earned. Schmidt struck out eight but allowed 10 hits in his five innings of work.

Braves 4, Mets 0 (5 innings)

Left-hander Max Fried recorded his third straight scoreless outing and Matt Olson hit a three-run homer to help Atlanta beat New York in a game that was shortened to five innings by rain.

Fried (2-0) allowed three hits and one walk with a season-high seven strikeouts. He has surrendered only one run in 20 innings and lowered his ERA to 0.45.

The Braves broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the fifth inning. Eddie Rosario singled and took third on Kevin Pillar’s double. Michael Harris II hit a grounder to third and Rosario was thrown out at the plate. But Ronald Acuna Jr. hit the first pitch he saw from David Peterson into right field for an RBI single.

Brewers 2, Angels 1

Rowdy Tellez singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Milwaukee held on for a victory over visiting Los Angeles in the opener of their three-game series.

William Contreras and Mike Brosseau opened the eighth with singles off Aaron Loup (0-2). Contreras advanced to third when Brian Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice, with pinch-runner Blake Perkins forced at second. Luke Voit was called out on strikes, but Tellez punched a single to right.

Tyler Anderson allowed one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking three for the Angels. Wade Miley gave up one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out two with no walks for Milwaukee.

Phillies 3, Astros 1

Aaron Nola delivered his best start of the season, Edmundo Sosa doubled twice and scored a pair of runs, and Kyle Schwarber homered as visiting Philadelphia beat Houston in a rematch of last year’s World Series combatants.

Nola (2-2) allowed one run on three hits and recorded six strikeouts over a season-high eight innings. He tossed 107 pitches, 72 for strikes, and breezed on the strength of his five-pitch mix.

Jeremy Pena clubbed his fifth home run the opposite way to right field in the bottom of the first inning for the Astros, matching the Schwarber homer to right that gave the Phillies a short-lived 1-0 lead. Framber Valdez allowed three runs on eight hits with three strikeouts over seven innings.

Guardians 5, Red Sox 2

Shane Bieber pitched seven strong innings to help Cleveland defeat Boston in the opener of a three-game series.

Bieber (2-1) gave up two runs on five hits while striking out four and issuing two walks. Emmanuel Clase pitched a scoreless ninth to record his ninth save, and Mike Zunino and Will Brennan each hit a solo home run.

Jarren Duran collected three doubles for the Red Sox. Nick Pivetta (1-2) went five innings and surrendered four runs on five hits.

Reds 11, A’s 7

Jake Fraley belted a two-run homer and Nick Senzel drove in three runs as visiting Cincinnati won its season-high fourth straight game, beating Oakland.

The Reds had a season-high 16 hits, and eight of the nine batters in the lineup had two hits. Luis Cessa (1-3) allowed three runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.

Ryan Noda went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four runs for the A’s, who have lost four straight and 13 of their past 15. Drew Rucinski (0-1) gave up five runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings in his first major league appearance since 2018.

Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 1

Ketel Marte homered, Josh Rojas drove in three runs and Arizona beat Colorado in Denver.

Merrill Kelly (2-3) pitched six innings of one-run ball to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in four games. Christian Walker added two hits and two RBIs.

Jurickson Profar had two hits for the Rockies, who have lost six straight at home. Kyle Freeland (2-3) allowed three runs in six-plus innings.

Dodgers 7, Cardinals 3

Mookie Betts and Miguel Vargas hit home runs, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and Los Angeles returned home to earn a victory over St. Louis.

Max Muncy had an RBI double in his return from the paternity list, and right-hander Dustin May (3-1) rebounded from a rocky first inning as the Dodgers won after finishing a seven-game road trip with a pair of losses to the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. May gave up two runs on three hits over five innings.

Willson Contreras and Lars Nootbaar drove in runs for the Cardinals, and right-hander Jack Flaherty (2-3) gave up a season-high five runs (four earned) on 110 pitches over 4 2/3 innings in his return home.



VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) Tony Finau kick-started what had been a disappointing 2022 with a runner-up finish in the Mexico Open at Vidanta. He moved into position for an even better result on Friday, shooting a 7-under 64 to take a one-shot lead through two rounds.

Finau, the second highest-ranked player in the field behind world No. 1 and defending champion Jon Rahm, made five birdies on his front nine – none from longer than 11 feet. After four straight pars, he holed a 30-footer on the par-3 fifth hole for the first of three consecutive birdies.

The 33-year-old Finau was at 13-under 129 at Vidanta Vallarta, one better than Brandon Wu – who finished alongside him in a tie for second last year – and Erik van Rooyen. Wu closed with three straight birdies for a 64; van Rooyen shot 66.

Playing for the second time since his win at the Masters, Rahm hit a snag in windy afternoon conditions when his tee shot on the 142-yard, par-3 ninth hole came up short and found the water, leading to double bogey. He bogeyed the long par-4 10th, but rallied with four birdies in his final eight holes to shoot 68. Rahm was six shots back.

“We played eight holes decently easy compared to how windy it can get here and after that it got quite windy at a tough spot, right? Nine and 10 are not the easiest holes on the golf course and we caught the switch right there. I wish I could have handled that a little bit better,” Rahm said.

“It’s how the golf course is supposed to play, I think. I think it was built to have some wind and thus that’s the defense.”

Finau didn’t have a top-15 finish last year before his tie for second at Vidanta. He later won in back-to-back weeks at the 3M Open and the Rocket Mortgage Classic, then picked up another win at the Houston Open last fall for his fifth PGA Tour victory.

Since then, he hasn’t missed a cut but hasn’t seriously contended, with his best finish a tie for seventh at Kapalua in January. He is 16th in the world.

“Sometimes you’ve got to ride the waves with your putter throughout a season. I haven’t putted it great statistically over the last couple months, but things change fast,” Finau said. “This was a place where a lot of things changed for me last season.”

Raul Pereda, a Mexico City native making his PGA Tour debut on a sponsor exemption, holed a 3-wood from 249 yards, the longest hole-out on tour this season, for an eagle on the 511-yard 16th. His shot landed on the front of the green and was rolling fast when it crashed into the flagstick and dropped.

Pereda couldn’t see the result from the fairway and high-fived a camera operator when he got confirmation his ball was in the hole. He shot 70 and was six shots back.

Andrew Putnam (66), Will Gordon (66), Eric Cole (69), first-round leader Austin Smotherman (70) and Akshay Bhatia (65) were four shots off the lead.

Wu is 25 under in his last four rounds at Vidanta.

“I really enjoy the course, there’s plenty of birdies out there, so if I can just focus on staying within myself, not getting too caught up in trying to win my first time or whatever, I think I can have a good weekend,” Wu said.

Van Rooyen, a South African seeking his second PGA Tour victory, birdied three of his last four holes and was feeling comfortable at this resort course off the Banderas Bay on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

“Awesome little food trucks by the beach there, it’s beautiful at night. A lot to love about this place,” he said.

Van Rooyen took three months off last year to deal with nagging injuries, including neck and lower back spasms.

“It’s taken me a while to find my flow again and find some momentum and get on the front foot. Things seem like it’s starting to turn, which is great,” he said.



The Colts entered Day 2 of the 2023 NFL Draft with the No. 35 overall pick and a deep group of players they were willing to call with their first selection of the night.

So, with that group of five or six players in mind, general manager Chris Ballard traded down twice – first from No. 35 to No. 38 with the Las Vegas Raiders, then from No. 38 to No. 44 with the Atlanta Falcons. The Colts added two Day 3 picks – Nos. 110 (fourth round) and 141 (fifth round) – in the process, and still got a guy from that original pool of players.

“When you have that much depth on the board,” Ballard said, “we can still move down and get a player we really like.”

It just so happened that player was 1) a cornerback, filling a position of need and 2) an Indianapolis native. So Julius Brents, the remarkably rangy cornerback who was stationed Friday night at Birdies in Westfield – about a mile and a half from Colts training camp at Grand Park – got the first call of the night.

The 6-foot-3 Brent possesses nearly off-the-charts length for the position he plays; his 83 5/8-inch wingspan is in the 99th percentile for cornerbacks measured at the NFL Combine in the last two decades, per Mockdraftable.com. His long arms, physicality and toughness make him an ideal fit to play press coverage in Gus Bradley’s defense, which Ballard said the Colts hope to do more of going forward.

“We think he’s going to be really good at it,” Ballard said.

And it’s impossible to not fall in love with Brents’ story – he’s a Warren Central grad whose formative football years were spent idolizing Peyton Manning and Bob Sanders.

But after trading back and still getting someone high on the Colts’ board, Ballard later tried to trade up.

For about 30 minutes Friday evening, the Colts called around the NFL, trying to find a team willing to slide back to No. 79 – and ensure the team could get the guy on their board they coveted the most.

There weren’t any bites. So the Colts were left to let the draft come to them – and it did when North Carolina wide receiver Josh Downs was still available at No. 79.

“We didn’t expect him to be there,” Ballard said, underscoring his urgency to move up earlier in the night.

The Colts had their eye on Downs for a while, even as early as a year ago when the hyper-productive, 5-foot-9 receiver caught Ballard’s eye while watching film of ex-North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (who was a fifth-round pick of the Washington Commanders in 2022). Downs blew away Colts wide receivers coach – and, you know, one of the best receivers in franchise history – Reggie Wayne at the NFL Combine, to the point where Wayne told Downs: “I need you on my squad.”

“Reggie came over and said, man, this Josh Downs — it’s incredible,” Ballard said. “He had a great workout.”

At 5-foot-9, Downs is the shortest wide receiver drafted by the Colts since 1990; at 171 pounds, he’ll be the second-lightest player on the team (behind only the 170-pound Isaiah Rodgers Sr.). But Downs is not someone whose size has negatively impacted his game; he’s sturdily built and his quickness, speed, tough-to-tackle agility and natural feel for playing receiver led him to consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2021 and 2022 at North Carolina.

And it made sense to add Downs, who the Colts believe has flexibility to play both in the slot and out wide, to a receiver room bookended by the 6-foot-4 Michael Pittman Jr. and 6-foot-3 Alec Pierce.

“We wanted to add more speed,” Ballard said. “Whether he was – with the size at the end of the day, didn’t really matter. He is a good complement to what we have.”

Brents and Downs both fit the broad profile of Colts’ draft picks in recent years – they have top-shelf athletic traits and high football character. And that’s a combination proven to give players the best chance to succeed in their college-to-the-pros transition, which Brents and Downs will now embark on making in Indianapolis.

“When you get guys with talent who love to play and who have good toughness and mental toughness, which we think both of them do, they usually hit their ceilings,” Ballard said. “And we think both these guys got really good ceilings. I know they got a good floor, but we think they got really good ceilings.”


INDIANAPOLIS – Aaron Shackelford launched a game-tying homer for his first Triple-A long ball, but the Columbus Clippers countered with three runs in each of their next two offensive frames to defeat the Indianapolis Indians on Friday night at Victory Field, 7-4.

After losing the first game of the series, the Clippers (12-13) have now clinched at least a series split with three consecutive wins at Victory Field.

Trailing 1-0 after the first inning, Shackelford cranked a home run onto the concourse in right field and out of the Victory Field gates to tie the game for Indianapolis (9-16). The lead didn’t last long, however, and a pair of costly throwing errors returned the advantage to Columbus. David Fry doubled and Micah Pries scored Brayan Roccio on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 4-1.

The Indians took one run back in the bottom of the third on a Malcom Nuñez RBI single, but the Clippers countered with three runs of their own in the next half inning.

Josh Palacios extended a recent hot streak with a two-run home run wrapped around the right-field foul pole in the bottom of the seventh inning. In addition to two doubles and the homer, the center fielder was the driving force in a relay to nab Zack Collins at home plate in the top of the sixth.

Osvaldo Bido (L, 1-2) allowed six Clippers runs on as many hits while fanning seven across 3.1 innings.

Touki Toussaint (W, 1-0) entered in relief of starter Hunter Gaddis and allowed two runs over 2.0 innings. Gaddis matched Bido’s strikeout effort, fanning eight over 4.1 innings. Caleb Baragar (S, 2) tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.

The pitching staffs combined for 27 total strikeouts in the contest, with Columbus collecting 15 punchouts.

The Indians will look to stave off a series loss on Saturday night in a 6:35 PM ET first pitch against the Clippers at Victory Field. RHP Luis Ortiz (1-1, 2.31) will take the mound for Indy while Columbus has yet to name a starter.


INDIANAPOLIS- The Fuel hosted the Toledo Walleye in game four of the division semifinals and fell 5-3 after gaining their first lead of the series.


At 4:26, Donovan Sebrango was called for tripping, giving the Fuel a power play opportunity. It appeared that Bilek had scored to give the Fuel a 1-0 lead, however upon review it was overturned due to goaltender interference.

While still shorthanded, Sam Craggs scored to give the Walleye a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes after that, however, Chase Lang scored for the Fuel to tie it up. Andrew Bellant and Max Golod were credited with assists.

With less than three minutes to go in the first frame, Bilek scored, and it stuck, to give the Fuel their first lead of the series, 2-1. However just a minute later, Brandon Hawkins scored for the Walleye to make it 2-2 which is how the period expired after offsetting roughing penalties for Lang and Toledo’s Andrew Sturtz.


Alex Wideman gave Indy their second lead of the game 3-2 at 13:36.

The rest of the second frame went by quickly with minimal whistles until the last thirty seconds of the period when Toledo was called for delay of game.

That power play for the Fuel would carry over into the third period. By the end of the second, Toledo was outshooting Indy 20-11.


Indy put the pressure on with the power play but Toledo was able to kill off their penalty that carried over without giving up a goal.

Things got slightly chippier over the course of the first ten minutes but no one took a penalty until Koletrane Wilson sat for interference at 9:57. The Fuel killed it off however Kirill Tyutyayev scored at 13:06 to tie the game 3-3.

At 15:06, Hawkins got his second of the game to put Toledo up 4-3. This goal was assisted by Gordie Green who tallied his third assist of the game.

With two minutes left, the Fuel pulled Mitchell Weeks from goal and were able to put pressure on but ultimately TJ Hensick scored the empty net goal to put the Walleye up 5-3 and effectively eliminate the Fuel from the playoffs.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana baseball program dropped a 13-2 decision to Maryland on Friday (April 28) evening at Bart Kaufman Field to open the three-game series.

Maryland (28-25, 9-4 B1G) scored three runs in the top of the first inning, added seven in the fifth inning and a single run in the seventh inning to account for its scoring. Indiana (31-12, 9-4 B1G) got solo home runs in the fourth and seventh innings to

Sophomore Carter Mathison was 2-for-3 in the contest with a solo home run and a triple. He added a walk to his total, as well. Freshman Tyler Cerny hit his seventh home run of the season to account for the other Indiana RBI.

With an eighth inning single, senior Phillip Glasser moved his reached base streak to 43 games and his hitting streak to 11 contests. The first IU hit of the game came from freshman Devin Taylor to push his reached base streak to 32 games and his hitting streak to 12 in a row. Sophomore Josh Pyne also extended an 11-game hitting streak with a singled in the second inning.

Junior Seti Manase (2-2) took the loss with three runs allowed over one inning in his 12th start of the season. Two of his three hits allowed were solo home runs and he walked one batter and struck out one.

Maryland starting pitcher Nick Dean (3-1) struck out 10 batters and allowed two runs on five hits in seven complete innings on the mound. The right-hander walked just one batter in the game, as well. Matt Shaw had three hits, walked once, scored two runs, and drove in three RBIs. Nick Lorusso had three hits, two runs scored and one RBI in the contest.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Matt Shaw and Nick Lorusso hit back-to-back solo home runs with one out to start the scoring. Ian Petrutz followed with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Nick Hacopian’s sacrifice fly.

Maryland 3, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Carter Mathison hit a solo home run to right-center field with one out.

Maryland 3, Indiana 1

Top Fifth

Eight of the first nine batters in the inning reached base and seven of them came in to score against Brayden Risedorph. A leadoff walk was followed by a pair of base hits to load the bases. A sacrifice fly from Petrutz opened the scoring and Hacopian followed with an RBI single. Back-to-back hit-by-pitch pushed the next run across, with Jacob Orr the beneficiary of the second. Bobby Zmarzlak drove in two RBIs with a base hit and Kevin Keister doubled to plate the sixth run of the frame. Luke Shliger capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to center field.

Maryland 10, Indiana 1

Top Seventh

After the first two batters were retired, three straight walks loaded the bases, and a wild pitch brought the run across.

Maryland 11, Indiana 1

Bottom Seventh

Tyler Cerny hit a two-out solo home run.

Maryland 11, Indiana 2

Top Ninth

Zmarzlak worked a one-out walk and Keister singled to put two runners on base. With two outs, Shaw delivered a two-out, two-RBI double to right-center field.

Maryland 13, Indiana 2

Up Next

Indiana and Maryland are back on the field Saturday, April 29, for a Noon first pitch. The game will be carried on  B1G+ and the Indiana Sports Radio Network


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Khal Stephen induced 12 ground ball outs over 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Jo Stevens connected for a run-scoring extra-base hit in each of his first two at-bats, powering Purdue baseball to a 6-1 victory vs. Rutgers on Friday at Alexander Field.

The Boilermakers (20-21, 9-7 B1G) improved to 5-1 on Fridays in Big Ten play, with Stephen starting on the mound all six weeks. The sophomore has compiled a 3.32 ERA and .207 batting average against in conference play, solidifying his role as the ace of the pitching staff.

This week, Stephen (6-2) capitalized on the Scarlet Knights’ contact-heavy approach. He didn’t record his first strikeout until the final out of the sixth inning. But in the meantime, his command of the bottom half of the strike zone led to Rutgers (25-17, 7-6 B1G) hitting ground ball after ground ball into the all-natural surface at Alexander. All 12 ground ball outs for Stephen came over the first six innings as he faced just 18 batters through five frames.

Stephen finished strong, striking out three of four across the sixth and seventh innings. He finally gave way to Jackson Dannelley with one out in the eighth inning. Dannelley proceeded to induce an inning-ending 5-3 double play ball off the bat of Big Ten preseason player of the year Ryan Lasko, who had accounted for two of the four hits against Stephen. Dannelley’s five-out save was his third save in Purdue’s last seven games dating back to April 18.

Stephen and Dannelley teamed up to hold Rutgers to five singles, ending the visitors’ six-game win streak.

The Boilermakers only had six hits Friday, but three of them went for extra bases. And they capitalized on seven free passes (4 walks, 3 HBP) plus a pair of errors on the same ball in play, which led to an insurance run in the seventh inning.

Stevens has an RBI in four consecutive Big Ten games. Jake Parr scored on the Aussie’s RBI double to the wall in left center in the bottom of the third. Parr scored from first again when Stevens barreled up for a two-run triple over the right fielder’s head with two outs in the fourth inning.

In both the sixth and seventh innings, Purdue managed to score after the Scarlet Knights retired the first two batters of the inning. As a pinch hitter, Camden Melvin drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk after Rutgers went to the bullpen for a sidearmer in the bottom of the sixth. Connor Caskenette connected for a two-out RBI double the following frame.


• Connor Caskenette (RBI Double, Walk) – 19-game on-base streak; 12-game hit streak; 11-game hit streak at Alexander

• Jake Parr (RBI Single, 2 HBP) – 15-game on-base streak; 11-game hit streak in Big Ten play; 9-game on-base streak at Alexander; scored a run for the 9th straight game

• Paul Toetz (HBP, Walk, 2 Runs) – 13-game on-base streak; 9-game on-base streak at Alexander

• Couper Cornblum – 8-game hit streak

Jake Jarvis scored from second base on Parr’s two-out infield hit in the fourth inning. Shortstop Josh Kuroda-Grauer made an impressive diving stop but gave the Boilermakers the opportunity to score when he tried to throw out Parr at first instead of pocketing the ball. Stevens connected for the two-run triple moments later.

Shortstop Lukas Cook made the top defensive play of the day, throwing out RU’s catcher after a diving stop deep in the hole on the left side for the second out of the fifth inning. The visitors’ lone run of the game scored on the play but the web gem prevented RU from having runners on the corners with one out in a 4-1 game.

As was the case in last Friday’s win at Maryland, the bottom half of the lineup powered Purdue to victory. The five through eight portion of the lineup – Caskenette, Toetz, Parr and Stevens – was a combined 4-for-10 with three walks, three HBP, four runs and four RBI.

Game 2 of the series is slated for Saturday at 5 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network.


INDIANAPOLIS – Creighton recorded their 20th win of the year on Friday night at Bulldog Park. The Bluejays scored 16 runs off 16 hits and would cruise to a 13-run victory. Dominic Cancellieri got the win and Nick Miketinac was hit with the loss.

CU scored 13 runs over the first three innings to take control of the contest. The Bulldogs scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the second inning. Scott Jones hit a solo homer to left and Ryan O’Halloran would follow in the order with an RBI triple to right. The final run came from Keegan Connors. The freshman pushed the ball back through the middle of the field to score O’Halloran.

Connors, Jones and Garret Gray all had multiple hits to lead the BU offense. Defensively, BU used four arms on the hill. Cooper Robinson tossed three after Miketinac. Shane Kilfoyle struck out three in two innings of work and Gabe Pancratz got the final three outs.

Butler and Creighton will return to action for a 1 PM game.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Irish fell to the Florida State Seminoles at Frank Eck Stadium on Friday, April 28 in game one of the three-game series. Notre Dame is now 23-17 on the year and 11-11 in the ACC after falling 3-2 tonight.


It was a scoreless ballgame through the first two innings until the Seminoles recorded two runs in the top of the third to take the early 2-0 advantage. Estevan Moreno put the Irish on the board in the bottom of the fifth as he homered to deep left field. His seventh home run of the season closed the gap to 2-1 heading into the sixth.

The Seminoles tacked on another run in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 3-1. The Irish responded in the bottom of the inning with a double from Brooks Coetzee to get the offense started. Moreno followed with an RBI single to score Coetzee and make it a 3-2 ballgame. The freshman second baseman led the Irish tonight with two hits, two RBI, and one run.

While the Notre Dame defense held Florida State scoreless in the eighth and ninth, going three up, three down in both frames, the Irish offense struggled to get going at the plate as the Irish fell 3-2 in game one.


The Irish are back for game two of the three-game series against the Seminoles tomorrow, April 29, at noon at Frank Eck.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State’s 14-game winning streak was snapped on Friday night as Evansville held off the visiting Sycamores at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium, 2-1.

The No. 14-ranked Sycamores (26-13, 14-2 MVC) had their chances throughout the contest, but were unable to put together an extended rally on Friday night in falling for the first time in the month of April. Evansville (25-16, 9-7 MVC) utilized Nick Smith’s strong start on the mound and timely hitting from Simon Scherry, Chase Hug, and Kip Fougerousse to take the win.

Evansville took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open a scoreless pitching duel between two of the top pitchers in the Missouri Valley Conference. Both ISU’s Matt Jachec and UE’s Nick Smith were preseason All-Conference selections with Smith returning as the reigning MVC Pitcher of the Year.

Scherry connected on a leadoff double to left centerfield in the bottom of the fourth inning. He scored two batters later on Fougerousse’s RBI single to left to give the Purple Aces the 1-0 lead.

The Sycamores nearly tied the game in the sixth inning as Seth Gergely led off the frame with a double down the left field line and Randal Diaz was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners with none out. However Smith retired the side to keep the score intact with a pair of shallow fly balls and a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

ISU tied it up 1-1 with one out in the top of the seventh. A throwing error on Josue Urdaneta’s infield single put two runners in scoring position and Grant Magill delivered an RBI double to centerfield scoring Keegan Watson to knot the game up heading into the stretch.

Hug greeted ISU reliever Cameron Holycross (4-1) with a ground-rule double to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch to give Evansville their final scoring chance of the night. Scherry delivered with an RBI groundout to second base scoring Hug and providing the final 2-1 margin.

The Sycamores connected on five hits on Friday night with Gergely and Magill’s doubles the highlights from the plate. Adam Pottinger, Josue Urdaneta, and Keegan Watson all singled in the loss.

Matt Jachec went 7.0 innings allowing seven hits and one run while striking out eight in the no-decision. Holycross took the loss after going 0.2 innings in relief, while Zach Davidson struck out the only batter he faced to end the bottom of the eighth inning.

Shane Harris (4-2) was the pitcher of record to take the win for Evansville on Friday night. Smith went 7.0 innings allowing five hits and an unearned run while striking out four. Harris pitched a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts, while Nate Hardman (S, 5) went 1-2-3 in the ninth to close out the win.

How They Scored

Kip Fougerousse singled home Simon Scherry with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Evansville ahead 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel early.

Indiana State evened the game in the top of the seventh inning as Grant Magill’s double to shallow centerfield scored Keegan Watson to tie the game at 1-1.

Scherry drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI groundout scoring Chase Hug to provide the final 2-1 margin.

News & Notes                                                                                                                                   

Indiana State’s season-best 14-game winning streak was snapped with Friday night’s loss, ending the longest winning stretch in the Mitch Hannahs coaching era.

The 14-game winning streak was Indiana State’s fourth-longest winning streak in program history and longest since ISU won 16 consecutive games from March 17-31, 1987.

The Sycamore loss was ISU’s first defeat in April 2023. ISU’s 14-game winning streak started on April 2 with a doubleheader win over UIC.

Indiana State’s six-game double-digit hits streak ended on Friday as the Sycamores were limited to five in the contest.

Pottinger ran his on-base streak to a season-best 15 consecutive games and the hitting streak reached 11 games following his 1-for-4 day at the plate.

Keegan Watson and Randal Diaz were both hit by pitches in the game running ISU’s Missouri Valley leading total to 68 through 39 games.

Josue Urdaneta, Seth Gergely, and Randal Diaz all extended their on-base streaks to seven consecutive games on Friday.

Matt Jachec recorded his fifth quality start of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.43 in the no-decision.

Up Next

Indiana State and Evansville are back on the field tomorrow for game two of the weekend series at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on 105.5 The Legend.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With runners at first and third, Caleb Vaughn went for second, swiping his fourth bag of the game, as well as setting a new single-season record for stolen bases in University of Indianapolis baseball history. Vaughn, now with 36 stolen bases on the season, surpassed a record that was set in 1991 by Dave Wilkerson.

Vaughn’s historic effort was not in vain either, with the Greyhounds dominating the batter’s box against the Rockhurst Hawks, scoring 19 runs on 22 hits. Of those 22, five of them were for extra bases with Jared Bujdos and Isaac Bair going back-to-back bombs in the sixth.

Drew Donaldson, not content with only one person making history in the contest, grabbed his seventh triple of the season, expanding his GLVC lead in the category, but also moving him into second place in the record book for single-season triples. Donaldson is now only the second Greyhound in program history to record seven or more triples in a season, moving past Steve Montgomery from 1976.


The Hounds were hot from the start, with the Greyhounds putting up a five-spot in the contest’s opening frame. Vaughn was the first to get the Hounds going, beating out a bunt to first. He later would steal second, allowing Donaldson to swipe home. A Denton Shepler single and then a Bair double ended the inning with five for the good guys.

The Hawks answered back, however, throwing a crooked number of their own on the board against Seth Spencer. That was answered with two more by the Hounds in the second with Donaldson once again stealing home.

Both squads added runs in the fourth, but the fifth and six is where the Hounds did their damage. Bair, once again, grabbed an RBI single with Donaldson scoring both him and Brandon DeWitt with the aforementioned triple.

Vaughn’s historic effort was not in vain either, with the Greyhounds dominating the batter’s box against the Rockhurst Hawks, scoring 19 runs on 22 hits. Of those 22, five of them were for extra bases with Jared Bujdos and Isaac Bair going back-to-back bombs in the sixth.

Drew Donaldson, not content with only one person making history in the contest, grabbed his seventh triple of the season, expanding his GLVC lead in the category, but also moving him into second place in the record book for single-season triples. Donaldson is now only the second Greyhound in program history to record seven or more triples in a season, moving past Steve Montgomery from 1976.


The Hounds were hot from the start, with the Greyhounds putting up a five-spot in the contest’s opening frame. Vaughn was the first to get the Hounds going, beating out a bunt to first. He later would steal second, allowing Donaldson to swipe home. A Denton Shepler single and then a Bair double ended the inning with five for the good guys.

The Hawks answered back, however, throwing a crooked number of their own on the board against Seth Spencer. That was answered with two more by the Hounds in the second with Donaldson once again stealing home.

Both squads added runs in the fourth, but the fifth and six is where the Hounds did their damage. Bair, once again, grabbed an RBI single with Donaldson scoring both him and Brandon DeWitt with the aforementioned triple.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team dropped both games in their series opener against Huntington on Friday afternoon, as the Foresters won by scores of 6-5 and 5-2. Marian falls to 17-29 overall on the year and 11-23 in Crossroads League play.

Game 1 | Marian 5-6 Huntington

Chris Adams got Marian off to a strong start in the opening game of the weekend series, getting a pair of strikeouts to strand a double and walk in the opening frame of the game, while in the second picking up two more strikeouts to scatter a single. The redshirt freshman continued his outing with a scoreless third inning as he ran his strikeout total to six, and in the fourth pitched a perfect inning as he fanned two more Huntington batters.

As Adams managed to do his job to strand runners, Marian’s offense came up empty in sending runners home, as they left five men on base in the first two innings of the game. In the bottom of the third the Knights got going with a shallow single from JJ Rivera, with a walk to Dion Wintjes and a wild pitch that connected with Bryce Davenport’s body loading the bases against Max Meisner. Another wild pitch would score Rivera from third, and after walking Caden Mason Meisner was done for the day, but the Knights were unable to add to their new-found lead as they stranded the bases loaded.

Marian would attempt to score again in the fourth as Caden Jones and Trey Heidlage reached on base hits, but Jones would be thrown out at the plate on a wild pitch to spoil the opportunity. Both sides were retired in order in the fifth, and in the sixth Huntington found their offense, getting the first five men on base on a pair of hit batters, base hits, and a walk. Another hit batter from Adams would plate Huntington’s third run of the day, bringing on Jayson Cottrell out of the bullpen. Cottrell struggled through three consecutive singles after getting a strikeout that allowed three runs to score, getting out of the sixth inning trailing 6-1.

The combination of Cottrell, Will Isom, and Jace Stoops held Huntington scoreless for the remainder of the game, as Marian attempted a comeback by driving in a run in the seventh inning on a Bryce Davenport RBI single. The Knights trailed 6-2 entering the final inning, and got a rhythm going as Heidlage and Max Steffen each roped singles. A three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth from Davenport would bring Marian back within a run, but the rally cry ended as Rylan Huntley grounded out, ending the game in the 6-5 decision.

Adams (2-5) struckout nine batters as he threw five-plus innings, with five of the six runs in the game charged to the starter. Cottrell allowed four hits through 1.2 innings of work, while Will Isom and Jace Stoops each allowed a single in their time on the hill. Davenport and Heidlage each had two-hit games with the first baseman posting four of the five RBI. Caden Mason drew a pair of walks to reach base twice in the game.

Game 2 | Marian 2-5 Huntington

A battle between starting pitchers highlighted the first four innings of the second game in the series, with Damien Wallace and Noah Arbuckle going head to head. Wallace stranded a pair of runners in his first inning of work, while stranding a runner in both the second and third innings. Wallace would pick up two strikeouts in the fourth inning, leaving a double standing on second base to hold the Foresters offense scoreless.

Arbuckle was as good if not better for the visiting Huntington defense, as he sat down Marian batters in quick order. The Knights managed a lead-off single from Kameron Salazar in the first inning but couldn’t come up with a score as his pinch runner Caden Mason would reach third. Arbuckle struckout the Marian order in the second inning, and in the third inning the pitcher took advantage of Marian’s small ball strategy, stranding Heidlage’s lead-off single at third base to hold the shutout. Marian would leave a runner stranded at second in the fourth inning, keeping the scoreless game going.

In the fifth inning Wallace ran up his pitch count, giving up a single, home run, and double to lead off the frame, allowing Huntington to score their first two runs in the game. Wallace would get two flyouts around a walk to attempt to minimize the damage, but an error prolonged the inning, with a double-steal play putting the finishing touches on a four-run inning, ending Wallace’s outing after five complete.

Justin Johnson replaced Wallace in the sixth after Arbuckle retired the Knights in order in the bottom of the fifth, and got a double play to end the frame after putting a pair of men on base. In the home side of the sixth Marian attempted a rally as Jackson Hogg and JJ Rivera both singled, but no runs crossed the plate. Johnson would allow one run to score in the seventh as Marian entered their final at-bats trailing 5-0, but got a glimmer of a rally as Dion Wintjes drew a walk and Bryce Davenport hammered a two-run home run. Dawson Estep would reach on an error after the home run, but Marian would be retired by Arbuckle, ending the game in its 5-2 score.

Davenport’s home run was one of six Marian hits in the game. Marian would lay down three successful sacrifice bunts in the game, and Wintjes drew the team’s only walk. On the mound Wallace (4-5) took his fifth loss of the season, allowing six hits in five innings while walking three batters. Two of the four runs allowed were earned, with the local product striking out three. Justin Johnson allowed two hits and one run in his two innings, striking out two.

Marian will finish their regular season on Saturday, needing two wins against Huntington to keep their season alive and qualify for the Crossroads League Tournament. Marian’s senior day twin bill will begin at 1 p.m., with the senior ceremony to take place after game two is completed.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay225.81514 – 28 – 35 – 28 – 04 – 28 – 2W 2
Baltimore178.68049 – 48 – 44 – 56 – 15 – 29 – 1W 2
Toronto179.6544.58 – 29 – 74 – 28 – 24 – 37 – 3W 5
NY Yankees1512.55679 – 76 – 53 – 35 – 53 – 25 – 5L 1
Boston1314.48197 – 76 – 73 – 75 – 23 – 15 – 5L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1611.5939 – 57 – 65 – 57 – 12 – 16 – 4W 2
Cleveland1313.5002.54 – 89 – 52 – 21 – 26 – 44 – 6W 2
Detroit915.3755.54 – 55 – 101 – 122 – 12 – 14 – 6L 2
Chi White Sox720.25993 – 84 – 121 – 101 – 22 – 21 – 9L 9
Kansas City621.222101 – 125 – 91 – 30 – 52 – 72 – 8L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas1511.5779 – 56 – 62 – 35 – 14 – 25 – 5W 1
Houston1412.53816 – 88 – 44 – 24 – 61 – 27 – 3L 1
LA Angels1413.5191.58 – 56 – 83 – 72 – 17 – 35 – 5L 1
Seattle1115.42347 – 94 – 60 – 13 – 41 – 23 – 7L 3
Oakland522.18510.52 – 113 – 111 – 61 – 23 – 72 – 8L 4
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta189.6677 – 711 – 26 – 26 – 03 – 45 – 5W 1
NY Mets1512.55635 – 510 – 76 – 50 – 36 – 44 – 6L 1
Miami1413.51948 – 66 – 75 – 91 – 04 – 25 – 5W 2
Philadelphia1413.51948 – 56 – 81 – 24 – 33 – 17 – 3W 3
Washington915.3757.52 – 97 – 63 – 30 – 02 – 25 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Pittsburgh188.6929 – 49 – 40 – 07 – 45 – 19 – 1W 2
Milwaukee179.65418 – 59 – 43 – 04 – 24 – 36 – 4W 2
Chi Cubs1411.5603.58 – 86 – 30 – 12 – 35 – 55 – 5L 1
Cincinnati1115.42379 – 62 – 93 – 73 – 60 – 04 – 6W 4
St. Louis1017.3708.55 – 85 – 90 – 33 – 44 – 73 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Arizona1512.5568 – 67 – 61 – 24 – 28 – 75 – 5W 2
LA Dodgers1413.51917 – 67 – 71 – 26 – 57 – 66 – 4W 1
San Diego1314.48125 – 88 – 65 – 52 – 56 – 45 – 5L 1
San Francisco1114.44037 – 74 – 73 – 43 – 11 – 26 – 4L 1
Colorado819.29673 – 85 – 113 – 51 – 52 – 53 – 7L 2