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Tiger Woods has an up-and-down second round at Masters
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) Tiger Woods’ second round at the Masters on Friday seemed like a constant ride from one end of the success spectrum to the other, his fortunes changing at an almost dizzying pace during one stretch of the afternoon.
Not his best, not his worst, but plenty good enough, especially considering what he’s been through in the 14 or so months since the car crash that almost cost him his right leg.
Playing in his first competitive event against tour pros in almost 18 months, Woods’ comeback appearance at the Masters will stretch into the weekend. His round of 2-over 74 on Friday left him at 1 over for the tournament and tied for 19th place – though nine shots behind runaway leader Scottie Scheffler.
“Made the cut on one leg,” caddie Joe LaCava said afterward, while Woods was signing his card and preparing for a post-round visit to Butler Cabin. “Wasn’t so bad, was it?”
LaCava was offering the proper perspective. Any golf that Woods plays for the rest of his life will basically be a bonus. The Old Tiger would have hated a day where he had four birdies and six bogeys at Augusta National. The New Tiger certainly didn’t celebrate the way his scorecard looked as the sun started to fall over the Masters on Friday night, but he accepted where he was.
“It was a good fight,” Woods said. “I got back in the ballgame. I’m four shots back of second.”
The day turned into a bit of a salvage operation after four bogeys in his first five holes.
The topsy-turvy, good-bad, wildly fluctuating part of the day started with a birdie on the par-5 8th, followed by a disappointing par on the par-4 9th when his approach from 143 yards went so far right that he dropped his 9-iron on the follow-through. That was followed by perhaps his gutsiest shot of the round, his second at the downhill par-4 10th, when he went at the pin, stuck his approach from just outside of 200 yards and made one of only 10 sub-par scores that hole yielded all day.
“I could have easily kicked myself out of the tournament today, but I kept myself in it,” Woods said.
Bogey followed at 11, bogey followed at 12, birdie followed at 13, birdie followed at 14. The roller-coaster stopped there, four pars coming in finished his afternoon – Woods lamented leaving some birdies out there, especially at the par-3 16th – and he’s playing the weekend.
Woods got to Augusta National on Sunday. He wouldn’t say when the last time was that he played this much golf in a weeklong period – “It’s been years,” was all he would offer – and he’s made no secret that his rebuilt leg and fused back are never going to be the way they once were.
The scoreboard says his position isn’t ideal, since trailing 18 other players with 36 holes left could never be called ideal.
His history, however, suggests it’s not as damning as it might look. Over his last 18 appearances at the Masters, Woods has moved up on the weekend 13 times. “Light bulb moments,” he calls them.
“You’ve seen guys do it with a chance going into the back nine,” Woods said. “If you are within five or six going into the back nine, anything can happen. I need to get myself there. That’s the key. I need to get myself there.”
It’s been done. Often, actually.
He’s made weekend moves that saw him finish four rounds at least 11 places up the leaderboard than he was after two rounds a half-dozen times. And frankly, in some of the years where he didn’t make a big weekend move, he didn’t have that far to climb anyway – since he was already near the top of the standings.
“I’m proud of the fact that my whole team got me into this position,” Woods said. “We worked hard to get me here to where I had an opportunity and then not to have, as I said, any setbacks this week, and we haven’t. Kept progressing.”
Morton sharp in return from broken leg, Braves top Reds 7-6
ATLANTA (AP) Charlie Morton allowed only two hits while pitching into the sixth inning in his return from a broken leg, Travis d’Arnaud drove in three runs and the Atlanta Braves held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Friday night.
Morton (1-0) was in top form after suffering a broken right leg when struck by a comebacker in Game 1 of the Braves’ World Series win over Houston.
The 38-year-old righty retired the first 12 batters and allowed two runs with five strikeouts with one walk in 5 1/3 innings.
“I honestly didn’t even think about the leg,” Morton said.
Asked to hold a 7-3 lead, new Braves closer Kenley Jansen gave up three ninth-inning runs in his Atlanta debut.
Jansen walked Joey Votto and gave up a single to Tyler Stephenson to open the inning. With two outs, Kyle Farmer hit an RBI single and Jake Fraley had a two-run single before Jansen retired Jonathan India on a flyball.
“He’s a big horse that just never stops pitching,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Jansen’s ability to escape the trouble in his 30-pitch inning.
“I’ve seen him get in those jams before, playing against him. These relievers, it was a limited spring for them, too. They really haven’t gotten the work that they normally would in a regular year with an extended spring training. … I’m glad we won the game. It wasn’t all that bad for him to go out there and throw that many pitches, really,” he said.
D’Arnaud had two hits, including a two-run single in Atlanta’s five-run third inning. Matt Olson had three hits.
The Braves took advantage of seven walks by Reds pitchers.
Reds rookie Reiver Sanmartin (0-1) lasted only 2 1/3 innings, and his five walks led to his early exit. Sanmartin allowed five runs on four hits, including a run-scoring double by Adam Duvall in Atlanta’s big third inning.
Jeff Hoffman, who replaced Sanmartin, allowed d’Arnaud’s two-run single and a run-scoring single by Orlando Arcia.
Morton threw four perfect innings before Votto led off the fifth with a single up the middle. Nick Senzel doubled and Mike Moustakas had a sacrifice fly.
“He’s a guy that’s been around, most of our hitters have faced him and he just seems to continue to do what he does and get people out,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Báez single, game-ending review lifts Tigers over White Sox
DETROIT (AP) Javier Baez provided a quick return on Detroit’s big investment.
Baez wound up with a winning RBI single on a game-ending replay reversal in his Motor City debut, and the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Friday.
With two out after newly acquired Austin Meadows tripled, Baez hit a drive to right off Liam Hendriks that sent AJ Pollock back to the wall. Pollock appeared to make a juggling catch, but the ball struck the wall before going off the outfielder’s glove.
The new-look Tigers started celebrating as they realized what happened, and the opening-day crowd joined in after umpire Marvin Hudson announced the reversal of the call.
In a quest to be relevant, the Tigers made a splash four months ago by signing Baez to a $140 million contract to add a desperately needed shortstop. They made many other moves, including acquiring Meadows in a trade from Tampa Bay on Monday after Riley Greene broke his right foot.
“They’ve added a couple pieces that makes their lineup significantly harder to pitch to,” Hendriks said. “Two of those guys were the reason for the walk-off.”
Eric Haase hit a solo homer off Hendriks (0-1) earlier in the ninth.
“With the moves made this year, the Tigers are here to win,” Haase said.
Chicago’s Andrew Vaughn hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Gregory Soto (1-0) in the top of the ninth.
The defending AL Central champion White Sox scored a run in the first inning and two more in the second against the Tigers, who were held scoreless until the sixth.
Miguel Cabrera’s 2,988th career hit pulled Detroit into a 3-all tie in the eighth that didn’t last long. Four pitches into the ninth, Vaughn hit a soaring shot just inside the left-field foul pole off Soto.
Hendriks was one of five pitchers that Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa used in relief of Lucas Giolito, whose dominant day was cut short by injury.
Lindor plunking overshadows Scherzer’s return; Mets top Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) Mets star Franciso Lindor was face-down in the dirt near home plate, his helmet no longer atop his blue-dyed curly hair, his jaw smarting after being plunked – the fourth time a pitch struck a New York player in a span of 1 1/2 games against the Washington Nationals.
He heard, then saw, teammates and coaches storming out of the dugout Friday night. Manager Buck Showalter was cursing and shouting and leading the way.
“I got hit. I was on the ground. I hear scuffles. I look up. My whole entire team is out there. Whole entire coaching staff is out there,” Lindor said. “I could see the bullpen sprinting in. That says a lot.”
That benches-clearing interruption after reliever Steve Cishek’s pitch connected with Lindor’s face overshadowed Max Scherzer’s return to Nationals Park even as the three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched New York to a 7-3 victory over Washington.
On an evening that began with a 14-minute delay because the stadium lights weren’t working and sputtered to an end with a 38-minute rain delay in the top of the ninth, Scherzer (1-0) allowed three runs and three hits in six innings in his debut for the Mets.
The right-hander was greeted by a standing ovation during his warmup tosses, then walked one, struck out six and gave up a two-run homer to former teammate Josh Bell that made it 3-all in the fourth. Scherzer – signed by New York to a $130 million, three-year deal – knew it was gone immediately, spinning around on the mound as soon as Bell made contact.
Back in the second inning, one of Scherzer’s pitches hit Bell. That followed three occasions during New York’s 5-1 win on Thursday when a Mets batter was struck – James McCann was plunked twice, and Pete Alonso left with a bloody lip in the ninth.
“I think they understood our frustration,” Showalter said about the umpires, who ejected Cishek and Nationals third base coach Gary DiSarcina on Friday.
“I don’t really want to hear about `intent,'” Showalter said, his arms crossed. “If you’re throwing up in there, those things can happen. Max didn’t have any trouble controlling the ball tonight.”
Crew chief Mark Carlson told a pool reporter that Cishek was tossed not for hitting Lindor but because he “continued to escalate the situation after the fact” by “coming in towards the melee, basically.”
Similarly, Carlson said, DiSarcina was punished for being “one of the aggressors and not helping de-escalate it.”
Lindor’s X-ray came back negative and he cleared a concussion test. He had a red scratch near his chin and said he was cut inside his mouth and might have a cracked tooth. He expected to play Saturday.
“I don’t know how he didn’t have more damage,” Showalter said.
Manaea brilliant on mound, Padres top Diamondbacks 3-0
PHOENIX (AP) New Padres manager Bob Melvin had one of the best seats in the house to watch new San Diego starter Sean Manaea throw seven brilliant innings of no-hit baseball on Friday night.
Just like old times.
Manaea was dominant on the mound in his first outing with his new team, Jurickson Profar hit a two-run homer and San Diego beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 for its first win of the season.
“First look in a Padres uniform was pretty darn good,” Melvin said of Manaea’s night.
Melvin and Manaea are both transplants from the Oakland Athletics. Melvin was hired in the offseason after 11 seasons with the Athletics and Manaea was added in a trade earlier this week. Melvin said Manaea’s best traits from Oakland – working fast and throwing strikes – were on full display.
“I’ve seen him have some good games,” Melvin said. “This ranks right up there with them.”
Said Manaea: “Everything was working.”
The left-handed Manaea handed his no-hitter off to the Padres bullpen a night after Yu Darvish did the same. Tim Hill gave up a leadoff single to David Peralta in the eighth, the second day in a row the left-handed reliever blew a no-hit bid.
The Padres are the only team in modern era to have a starting pitcher give up no hits through at least six innings in back-to-back games, according to STATS.
Manaea (1-0) was pulled after throwing 88 pitches, including 66 strikes. Melvin’s decision wasn’t much of a surprise since pitchers all around the game are on strict limits because of the lockout-shortened spring training.
It also helped that Melvin was the manager in Oakland when Manaea threw a no-hitter in 2018, so he knew he wasn’t robbing him of his only opportunity at history.
“He’s got one in his pocket,” Melvin said. “His velocity was down just a little the last inning. … It was time to go, he knew that.”
Judge, Yankees fail to agree to long-term contract
NEW YORK (AP) Far apart from the New York Yankees on a long-term deal, Aaron Judge carried through his promise to cut off talks when the first pitch of the season was thrown.
“I’m just disappointed because I think I’ve been vocal about I want to be a Yankee for life” he said. “I want to bring a championship back to New York. I want to do it for the fans here. They’re family. This is home for me, and not getting that done right now, it stinks.”
Starting perhaps his final season with the Yankees, Judge was 2 for 5 with a double as New York railled for a season-opening 6-5, 11-inning win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
“At the end of the year, I’m a free agent. I can talk to 30 teams and the Yankees will be one of those 30 teams,” Judge said. “So, it’s always nice to try to wrap something up sooner, the better. But like I said, we weren’t able to get it done and now it’s on the baseball.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team offered an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, the difference to have been determined in arbitration for this year’s salary.
Judge’s representatives wanted a nine-year deal in excess of the average annual value of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s contract, which comes to $319.6 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because Judge’s stance was not made public.
Cashman said he spoke with Judge’s agent, to no avail.
“We obviously had an extended conversation over the last three weeks or so with Page Odle and I – I actually had a conversation with Aaron Judge briefly, as well, but we were unsuccessful in concluding a multiyear pact,” Cashman said, looking glum during a news conference about two hours before the first pitch. “Obviously, our intent is to have Aaron Judge stay as a New York Yankee as we move forward, and I know that’s his intent, as well, which is a good thing.”
LeBron James to miss Lakers’ final 2 games with ankle injury
LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James will miss the final two games of the Los Angeles Lakers’ season with a sprained left ankle, almost certainly preventing him from winning his second NBA scoring title.
The Lakers made the announcement Friday before they hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. Los Angeles’ disappointing season ends Sunday at Denver.
The 37-year-old James averaged 30.3 points this season while playing in only 56 games, two shy of the minimum to qualify for the scoring title with his full points-per-game average. The second-leading scorer in NBA history has played in only one game since spraining his ankle March 27, scoring 38 points in a crushing home loss to New Orleans on April 1.
James is slightly behind Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is averaging 30.4 points per game in one of the closest scoring title races in NBA history. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is third at 29.9 points per game.
James is a four-time league MVP with four championship rings, but he won his only scoring title back in 2008 with Cleveland. The 18-time All-Star was attempting to become the oldest scoring champion in NBA history by surpassing Michael Jordan, who was 35 when he won his final title.
James passed Karl Malone for second place on the NBA’s career scoring list on March 19. With 37,062 points, he trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his 38,387 points for the top spot in league history.
James also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his 19th season. He will make nearly $44.5 million next season in the final year of his contract with the Lakers.
Durant, Nets beat Cavs, in position to take No. 7 in East
NEW YORK (AP) After a season full of complications, things are finally simple for the Brooklyn Nets.
Win two games at home and they’re in the playoffs.
Kevin Durant scored 36 points, leading a pair of fourth-quarter surges that carried the Nets into a tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with a 118-107 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
The Nets caught the Cavaliers at 43-38 with a game remaining and clinched the tiebreaker. They will finish seventh if they beat Indiana on Sunday in their final regular-season game. The No. 7 team hosts No. 8 on Tuesday, moving into the playoffs with a victory.
Brooklyn put itself in position for that by regaining control in the fourth quarter and holding Cleveland to 19 points.
“Game of runs. We made ours early, they hit us in the mouth and I like how we responded,” Durant said. “So that’s just been the nature of our season. Just getting knocked down and seeing how we respond and I thought tonight was a good example of how we can respond.”
The loser of the 7-8 game has a second shot at the postseason by beating the winner of the game between the Nos. 9 and 10 teams on Friday.
The Nets didn’t figure on having to worry about any of that. But between Durant missing 21 games with a sprained knee, Irving missing many more because he isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus and couldn’t play in New York until recently, and the midseason trade of James Harden, they never turned into the predicted powerhouse.
“That’s the past,” Irving said. “Now we just control what we can control and get ready to hoop.”
Doncic has 39 points, 11 rebounds, 16th tech in Mavs’ win
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic had 39 points, 11 rebounds and his 16th technical foul of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, who will open the playoffs at home for the first time since 2011 after their 128-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
The Mavericks will play their regular-season finale Sunday without Doncic, unless the technical foul is rescinded by the NBA office. If upheld, his 16th of the season means an automatic one-game suspension.
“I got a technical asking how is that not a foul … that’s it,” said Doncic, who was undercut and knocked down by Portland’s Elijah Hughes when taking a shot from beyond midcourt at the end of the first quarter. “If you ask me, I think 100 percent it should be rescinded, because it wasn’t a tech. No warning, no nothing. I was just asking.”
Crew chief Tony Brothers, who issued the tech, told a pool reporter after the game Doncic wouldn’t stop complaining.
“He started to complain to each of the officials. When I was walking toward the table, he was 15 feet in the backcourt still complaining, so he got a technical for continuously complaining,” Brothers said.
Dwight Powell added 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith 15 and Spencer Dinwiddie 14 for the Mavericks (51-30), who are guaranteed a top-four seed in the Western Conference. None of the Mavs’ top four scorers played after the third quarter.
Dallas will open a first-round playoff series at home for the first time since its 2011 NBA championship season. That was when Jason Kidd, now the head coach, was the point guard. They have lost first-round series their last six playoff appearances since.
There is still the chance Dallas could move to the third seed since it owns the tiebreaker over Golden State (51-29), which has games remaining at San Antonio and New Orleans.
Drew Eubanks had 18 points and Ben McLemore 14 for the Trail Blazers (27-54), who trailed throughout while losing their 10th game in a row. They have dropped 20 of 22 overall.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has 30 points, Bucks rout Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks rout the Detroit Pistons 131-101 on Friday night.
“I knew I had to be aggressive and play downhill tonight,” Antetokounmpo said. “Even when we had the big lead, I kept going, because this is the time of year when you build good habits. Now isn’t the time to cheat the game.”
Averaging 29.9 points, Antetokounmpo needs 35 points or more Sunday in the season finale at Cleveland to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only Milwaukee players to average 30 points for a season.
“What is huge for us is that Giannis scores of all his points without knocking himself out on double teams,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “When he sees an opportunity to find an open teammate, he makes the right play. Not every great scorer has that mentality.”
Brook Lopez added 17 points, and Khris Middleton had 15. The defending champion Bucks led by 32 points en route to their third straight victory. They improved to 51-30.
“That’s a well-oiled machine and they are playing like a championship team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s one of the first real stinkers we’ve played since the All-Star Game, but they make you pay for every mistake you make.”
Rodney McGruder had a career-high 26 points for Detroit. Saddiq Bey (20) and Cade Cunningham (14) were the only starters to reach double figures.
“It’s fun to play the game and have the opportunity to still play like this,” McGruder said. “I know I’m not going to get 24 minutes very often, and the circumstances weren’t great, but I made sure to take advantage.”
The Pistons missed 15 of their first 16 field-goal attempts, falling behind 23-4. Detroit finished with an NBA-season-low eight points in the first quarter, falling behind by 22.
NBA-best Suns overcome 17-point deficit in 4th to beat Jazz
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Devin Booker scored 33 points and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Utah Jazz 111-105 on Friday night.
Deandre Ayton sealed the victory off a pass from Chris Paul with 18.4 seconds left. Ayton had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul had 16 points and 16 assists to help the Suns extend their franchise record with their 64th victory.
“We read the game. They try to take this away? Boom, we hit this guy,” Paul said. “They took Book away and (Ayton) is open. They helped off of Mikal (Bridges) and we hit him. We weren’t surprised.”
Bridges added 18 points, capping a 14-0 Phoenix run in the fourth quarter to tie it at 98. His dunk and three-point play with 46 seconds remaining gave the Suns a 107-102 lead.
“I didn’t think we had a great team spirit in the third,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “Then, for whatever reason, I saw this steadiness in our huddle. We call it the wear-down effect, where if we can just stay with it, trust each other and keep playing the right way, we can live with the results.”
The Jazz didn’t score a field goal – nine straight misses – for almost seven minutes in the fourth quarter.
“We had six assists in the second half,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “The ball stopped moving. We gave up something. When you don’t have efficient possessions offensively, it becomes much more difficult for us to defend.”
Utah has lost 16 games where it held double-digit leads this season. The Suns outscored the Jazz 36-13 in the fourth quarter.
“We knew we had to take it up a notch,” Booker said. “We were aware that they’ve given up some big leads this year.”
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points for Utah. Slowed by Bridges, Donovan Mitchell had 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Rudy Gobert finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Coyle’s OT goal lifts Bruins past Lightning 2-1
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Charlie Coyle scored 3:37 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.
Coyle picked up a loose puck to the right of Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, came out in front and scored on a quick wrist shot.
“Jake (DeBrusk) made a nice play to pop the puck loose,” Coyle said after scoring his 16th goal of the season. “It bounced right to me. Good on Jake to get it,”
DeBrusk scored the other goal for Boston, which got 28 saves from Linus Ullmark. The Bruins improved to 8-3-0 in their last 11 games.
“This was a goaltending battle,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Tonight we were one goal better.”
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare had the only goal for Tampa Bay, which is 0-2-2 in its past four games and fell one point behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division. Vasilevskiy finished with 36 saves.
Playing behind a contending team is something new for Ullmark, who signed a five-year contract with the Bruins last summer after spending pieces of six seasons playing for the Buffalo Sabres, who have not made the playoffs since 2011.
“It’s just fun to play these sorts of games,” he said. “We still have 11 (regular-season) games to go, and we have to focus on them and not get ahead of ourselves.”
Tampa Bay is 0-2-2 in its past four games, but coach Jon Cooper wasn’t unhappy with much of anything – except the outcome.
“The process was really good tonight,” he said. “Unfortunately we fell behind again, we didn’t like that. But I didn’t mind the way we were playing, and we answered right away. You need a push in the third period, and I thought we gave it.
“The puck didn’t go in for us and sometimes that happened. But if you are going to go through regulation and just give up one goal, you give yourself a chance to get points.”
Bennett scores late, Panthers rally to beat Sabres 4-3
SUNRISE, Fla- (AP) Sam Bennett scored with 37.3 seconds left to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Sam Reinhart and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist, and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky made 19 saves.
Jeff Skinner, Mark Pysyk and Victor Olofsson scored for the Sabres, and Dustin Tokarski stopped 39 shots.
Aleksander Barkov passed from the left circle to Bennett in front and he poked the puck in the net to cap a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. The Panthers won their 30th home game of the season, extending the franchise record, and got their team-record 50th win of season.
“When you’re on the ice with those two guys, (Huberdeau and Barkov) usually something special is going to happen,” Bennett said. “They made great plays and then it was easy for me to just sit backdoor and Barky got it over to me.”
Hornqvist trimmed the score to 3-2 when he banked the puck from behind the net off Tokarski’s back and in with 10:30 left in the second. Then Reinhart tied the score at 3 on his power-play goal with 5:40 left in the period.
“The start wasn’t ideal,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “We kind of felt our way through the first period a little bit. I thought we started taking over in the second. A little concerning getting down 3-1, I don’t think we played poorly, but maybe not the level we normally play.”
The Sabres scored three goals on their first nine shots.
Olofsson’s power-play goal put the Sabres ahead 1-0 at 6:27 of the first.
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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL
Swaggerty Calls Game With Walk-Off Single
With the game-winning run standing at third base, Travis Swaggerty – at the top of a prospect-heavy Indianapolis Indians lineup – lined a single into left field to walk off the Omaha Storm Chasers on Friday night, 3-2.
After Omaha (2-2) tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Indians took advantage of small-ball to put runners in scoring position for Swaggerty. Hunter Owen opened the inning with a hit-by-pitch and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and Ji-Hwan Bae single. On a full-count offering by Jose Cuas (L, 0-1), Swaggerty recorded his second hit of the game to win the game.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Cal Mitchell continued his hot streak at the plate and launched his second home run of the season to tie the game. The Indians (2-2) then took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Oneil Cruz scored on an error by catcher MJ Melendez.
Cristofer Melendez (W, 1-0) surrendered the game-tying Omaha run in the top of the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly, but struck out Clay Duncan to strand another Storm Chaser in scoring position.
Last season, the Indians won 10 home games in walk-off fashion to tie the team’s single-season high dating back to 2005 (also: 2015). The April 8 walk-off is the Indians’ earliest in a season by date since Chris Aguila lined a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning on April 8, 2007 (1) vs. Columbus.
The Indians will look to take their first lead of the series tomorrow night at Victory Field. First pitch is slated for 6:35 PM, with RHP Marcelo Martinez (1-0, 5.40) set to take the mound for Omaha. Indianapolis has yet to name a starter.
INDY FUEL HOCKEY
THIRD PERIOD COMEBACK NOT ENOUGH AS THE FUEL FALL 2-1 TO WHEELING
INDIANAPOLIS – In the first of two games on the weekend and the second of the week, the Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Friday night. Scoring back-to-back goals in the second period, Wheeling would go on to shut the Fuel down and defeat them 2-1.
Getting outshot 9-0 in the first eight minutes, Justin Kapelmaster and the Fuel held off a swarming Nailers team. Although defending a barrage of Wheeling shots, the Fuel would have a handful of chances for themselves but would be unable to score, sending the teams to the locker room tied 0-0.
Scoring :36 seconds into the first period, the Nailers’ Adam Smith pounced on his own rebound and chipped the puck over a sprawling Justin Kapelmaster. Taking advantage of a broken play in the Fuel defensive zone, Sean Josling fed a streaking Tim Doherty and he fired a wrist shot past Kapelmaster.
Looking for their first goal of the game, the Fuel would dominate the first half of the final period but Louis-Phillip Guindon would hold them at bay. Indy would have to kill off the only penalty of the game in the third period after Jared Thomas took a minor penalty for high-sticking. After killing off the penalty, Indy would cut Wheeling’s lead to one goal after Jan Mandat scored with the net empty. Indy wouldn’t be able to score in the remaining minutes, eventually falling 2-1 on Friday night.
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INDY ELEVEN SOCCER
Indy looking to go three unbeaten in league play in first matchup with Toros
Indy Eleven at Rio Grande Valley FC
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 8:30 p.m. ET
H-E-B Park – Edinburg, Texas
Local/National TV: N/A
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2022 USL CHAMPIONSHIP REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Indy Eleven: 0W-2L-2D (-3 GD), 2 pts.; T-12th in Eastern Conference
Rio Grande Valley FC: 1W-3L-0D (-2 GD), 3 pts.; T-10th in Western Conference
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Indy Eleven will look to push its unbeaten streak in USL Championship play to three games and capture the first win of the Mark Lowry era on Saturday night, when Indiana’s Team takes to the road to face Rio Grande Valley FC. The Boys in Blue overcame two disappointing defeats at Loudoun and Tampa Bay to begin the season, but a quality 1-1 draw at Louisville and a similar scoreline in last Saturday’s home opener against LA Galaxy II has the Eleven on the upswing in league play. After falling out of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup via a Second Round defeat to St. Louis CITY2 on Carroll Stadium on Tuesday, the Boys in Blue will have only the USL Championship regular season to concentrate on as the squad continues to grow together under Lowry’s leadership and style.
On the other sideline, Rio Grande Valley’s fortunes are going in opposite directions – struggles in league play, but success in the Open Cup. RGV FC Toros are hoping to use Wednesday’s 2-1 comeback Second Round Open Cup win at USL1 side North Carolina FC as a springboard to stop a three-game losing slide in league action, which followed a season opening victory over Oakland Roots. You might expect a close affair at H-E-B Park on Saturday night, as all of RGV’s four contests have been decided by a one-goal margin, while three of Indy’s four games have been either tied or a one-goal defeat.
LAST TIME OUT, USL CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION
Indy Eleven 1 : 1 LA Galaxy II
Sat., April 2 | Recap | Stats | Highlights
While it wasn’t the win Indy Eleven was hoping for in its first run out at IUPUI Carroll Stadium in 2022, Raul Aguilera’s 61st minute goal helped Indiana’s Team gain a point from a 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy II.
Indy Eleven stormed out of the gate and created several dangerous looks in the first 45 minutes, with Stefano Pinho and Jonas Fjeldberg both generating a pair of quality chances. However, the Boys in Blue couldn’t put any of their efforts on frame, and they would rue the missed chances with 10 minutes to go in the half, when goalkeeper Elliot Panicco swiped away Cam Dunbar’s backpost cross only as far as Michael Salazar, who was lurking at the edge of the six and swept home from a near angle.
The start of the second half wasn’t nearly as frantic as the first, but Aguilera’s goal on the stroke of the hour mark sparked the match back to life. With LA goalkeeper Richard Salazar off his line to try and stop Fjeldberg’s attempt at the penalty spot, Aguilera possessed, gained a sliver of space and placed a low shot towards an open net through traffic and inside the back post to even the proceedings.
Indiana takes first game 6-4 against Rutgers
Bloomington, Ind. – The Indiana softball team beats Rutgers 6-4 in the first game of the weekend series.
Game 1: Indiana: 6, Rutgers: 4
Indiana holds Rutgers to three straight outs in the first with no bases
3 walks for Indiana in the bottom of the first inning but are unable to plate a run
Aaliyah Andrews scores the first run of the game
Taylor Minnick hits a home run to right field in the third
Tatum Hayes and Taylor Minnick score to give Indiana takes a one point lead in the 5th inning
Double play to start the 6th inning for Indiana
Brianna Copeland singles to right field while Cora Bassett scores to give Indiana a 6-4 lead
Cora Bassett catches hit and tags second to finish the game with a double play
Home run by Taylor Minnick was her third of the season
Macy Montgomery pitched for four innings and Heather Johnson pitched the final four
Indiana recorded 5 hits for the game.
Grayson Radcliffe had 2 RBI for the game.
Cora Bassett and Taylor Minnick each had two runs for the game.
Board of Trustees Approves Brohm Extension, $45.4 Million Phase One Ross-Ade Renovation Project
WEST LAFAYETTE – The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a $45.4 million renovation of Ross-Ade Stadium on Friday (April 8) as phase one of a multi-phase approach to enhance the Purdue Football game day atmosphere, improve the overall fan experience and further enhance nutritional support for student-athletes.
In addition, entering his sixth season as Purdue Football’s head coach, Jeff Brohm has agreed to a contract extension through the year 2027.
“We are fortunate at Purdue to have the fan and donor support necessary to continue investing in our sport programs and facilities,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Mike Bobinski. “After such an exciting 2021 season of Purdue Football, we are pleased to announce an extension of head coach Jeff Brohm’s contract, and an initial set of enhancements to Ross-Ade Stadium that will benefit both the student-athlete and fan experience.”
A program with a combined nine wins in the four seasons prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue matched that output in one season – a memorable 2021 campaign – as the Boilermakers continue their rise under Brohm’s leadership.
“We are excited about the progress we have made over the past five years,” said Brohm. “We look forward to continuing to build our program into the future. I would like to thank our administration and fans for their support and our players and staff for their hard work and dedication. It is an honor to be the head football coach at Purdue.”
The approval granted for Ross-Ade’s phase one includes plans for renovations including the construction of a new team entrance/tunnel from the Kozuch Football Performance Complex to Rohrman Field, the conversion of the existing team store into a student-athlete nutrition/dining facility and the construction of a concourse connector adjoining additional seating in the south end zone.
“These renovations will make a huge difference for our student-athletes and enhance the overall fan experience at Ross-Ade,” said Brohm. “We are grateful to our fans, donors, the Board of Trustees, Mike Bobinski, and President Daniels for their commitment to the growth and success of Purdue Football. This project will have a positive impact on our program for years to come.”
With a successful Purdue Football team returning numerous starters, and showing record growth in attendance over the last five seasons, the time is now to continue strategic investments to ensure the continued success of Purdue Football.
Full details regarding the scope of phase one renovations will be shared in the coming months. Plans to follow with additional phased renovations will be outlined and communicated as they are further developed. All renovations are wholly funded through donor gifts.
“Our department and the John Purdue Club are looking forward to engaging with our alumni and supporters who are passionate about elevating Purdue Football to new heights,” said Bobinski. “Their support will be crucial in helping additional phases of this project become a reality.”
Boilers Host Rival IU for Just 2nd Series at Alexander
Indiana (11-16, 1-2 B1G) at Purdue (19-6, 1-3 B1G)
Saturday to Monday, April 9 to 11 / Watch B1G+
Series Opener: Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. ET
Middle Game: Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. ET
Series Finale: Monday, April 11 at 4 p.m. ET
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Saturday: Jackson Smeltz (R-Jr, LHP) vs. IU’s Jack Perkins (R-Jr, RHP)
Sunday: Troy Wansing (Fr, LHP) vs. IU’s Bradley Brehmer (Sr, RHP)
Monday: TBA for Both Teams
All-Time: Indiana leads 155-135-2
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 74-64-1
2021: Indiana won 2 of 3 (March 19-21 in Bloomington)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 5, Indiana 2 (Non-Conference Game – April 25, 2018)
Last Series in West Lafayette: Purdue won 2 of 3 (April 2017)
First Meeting: Purdue 3, Indiana 2 (May 1888 in Bloomington)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana-Purdue rivalry becomes the spotlight series during weekend No. 3 of Big Ten play for the second year in a row, with the Boilermakers hosting IU for a three-game set for just the second time since Alexander Field opened in 2013.
Inclement weather Friday led to the series schedule being changed to a Saturday-Sunday-Monday format. Game times are set for 3 p.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. as Friday’s game was essentially pushed to Monday. The Boilermakers have not played at home on a Monday since May 2010.
The Hoosiers’ Bart Kaufman Field also opened in 2013, meaning the rivals both moved into new stadiums during the same school year. Due to quirks in the Big Ten schedule related to league expansion coupled with the shutdown in 2020, 14 of the last 18 IU-Purdue games have been played in Bloomington, helping account for the Hoosiers’ big advantage in the series in recent years. Dating back to 2007, Purdue has won 15 of the last 19 meetings played away from Bloomington, including three of four at Alexander Field. The overall series in that same span is an even split at 20 wins apiece.
RECENT TRENDS IN THE INDIANA-PURDUE SERIES – PART 1 (Since 2007)
• Games Played in Bloomington: 21 – Indiana leads 16-5
• Games Played in West Lafayette: 14 – Purdue leads 11-3
• Neutral-Site Games: 5 – Purdue leads 4-1
• Games Played AWAY from Bloomington: 19 – Purdue leads 15-4
• Games Played AWAY from West Lafayette: 26 – Indiana leads 17-9
• All Games: 40 – Tied 20-20
RECENT TRENDS IN THE INDIANA-PURDUE SERIES – PART 2 (Since 2013)
Alexander Field & Bart Kaufman Field both opened in 2013
• Games Played in Bloomington: 14 – Indiana leads 12-2
• Games Played in West Lafayette: 4 – Purdue leads 3-1
• Neutral-Site Games: None
• All Games: 18 – Indiana leads 13-5
Entering the season, among Big Ten teams only Maryland – which like IU was also scheduled to visit West Lafayette in 2020 – has played fewer games at Alexander Field than Indiana.
Indiana and Purdue both enter the weekend looking to right the ship. The Hoosiers have lost 10 of their last 15, including two of three vs. Northwestern at home last weekend after winning the series opener. The Boilermakers have dropped five of their last six since opening the season 18-1, suffering a sweep at the hands of Illinois last weekend in Champaign. Whichever team loses the series this weekend will officially be chasing it going forward in the race to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament (top 8 teams).
WEEKEND NUMBER 3 OF BIG TEN PLAY
• Rutgers at Nebraska
• Maryland at Minnesota
• Indiana at Purdue – Saturday-Monday
• Michigan State at Ohio State – Saturday-Monday
• Illinois at Iowa – Saturday Doubleheader
• Penn State at Northwestern – Saturday Doubleheader
• Cal State Fullerton at Michigan – Non-Conference
Purdue’s Cam Thompson and IU’s Matthew Ellis have emerged as two of the top sluggers in the league. Thompson leads the Big Ten with 39 RBI thanks in part to nine home runs and a 1.230 OPS, ranking third in both categories. Ellis has connected for a league-leading 13 home runs and ranks second with 35 RBI.
Thompson’s 13-game RBI streak ended April 1 at Illinois. It was the longest by a Boilermaker in the last 20 years. Now the first baseman is in position to become the fastest Boilermaker (in terms of date on the calendar) in the last 20 years to reach the 40-RBI mark. One more home run would also make Thompson just the fifth Boilermaker since 2001 to hit his 10th home run before May 1.
Butler Baseball Falls in Game One at Villanova
Villanova, Pa – Villanova beat Butler 13-3 on Friday afternoon. Cole Patten was credited with the Game 1 win over BU.
The Bulldogs got the first tally on the board in the first inning. Ryan O’Halloran singled to right field (RBI), Billy Wurch advanced to third and Aaron Steinhart scored.
Villanova would respond in the third with a three run homer to take the lead 3-1.
In the fourth, Connor Hale singled to right field bringing in AJ Hansen moving the score to 4-1.
Villanova scored five runs in the seventh and four in the eighth to extend their lead to 13-1.
In the ninth, Kollyn All and Nick Ortega scored for the Bulldogs.
Butler is back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. for Game 2 of the series.
Butler Softball Takes Game One in Series with St. John’s
QUEENS, N.Y. – The Butler softball team scored early and often in taking a five-inning, 10-1, victory over St. John’s in BIG EAST play on Friday. The Bulldogs (20-13, 8-4 BIG EAST) scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, as the Red Storm (8-26, 3-10 BIG EAST) was unable to provide enough answers at the plate.
How It Happened
In the first inning, four hits produced four runs as Butler jumped to an early lead. A Maddie Moore (1-2, 2 RBI, R) single scored Lauren Fey (3-4, 2 R, SB) and Ellie Boyer, and, one batter later, Paige Dorsett (2-3, RBI) singled to push Ella White across. Bri Avery (2-3, RBI) rounded out the inning with a single that plated Moore.
In the third, Kaylee Gross knocked a single that allowed pinch-runner Emily Perrelle to cross the plate, and Dani Deuschle, who was also pinch running, scored on an error during the next at bat. Three batters later, White hit a sacrifice fly, allowing Gross to score, and pushing the Bulldogs’ lead to 7-0.
Sydney Carter hit a bases-loaded single, scoring Fey, and a Loren Simpson single sent White home. Butler’s lead was extended to 10-0 when Teagan O’Rilley drew a walk that pushed Monique Hoosen across.
St. John’s scored one in the bottom of the fifth, but could get no closer as the game ended after five.
Karli Ricketts (10-3) started for Butler and earned the win. In 4.0 innings, she allowed only one hit while striking out four. Mackenzie Griman (1.0 IP, H, R, BB, 2 K) finished the game, pitching the fifth inning.
Ten runs for Butler represented its highest output for the season. The previous high was seven (five times).
This is the fifth game this season that the Bulldogs have produced 12 hits. The high for the season is 13 (Feb. 19, Monmouth).
Butler remains in Queens, N.Y., to continue the BIG EAST series with St. John’s. Games two and three are scheduled for Saturday at 12pm, and Sunday at 11am.
Austin Parkinson Selected to Lead Butler’s Women’s Basketball Program
Butler has hired Austin Parkinson, the all-time winningest coach in IUPUI history and fresh off an appearance in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, to lead the women’s basketball program.
Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier made the announcement Friday, April 8.
**The Butler community is invited to welcome Parkinson on Tuesday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Wildman Room at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Media members are also invited.**
In his 12 seasons leading the Jaguars program, Parkinson posted a record of 224-141. Parkinson’s Jaguars earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance by winning the 2022 Horizon League Tournament. IUPUI had a record of 24-5, including a win over nationally-ranked Iowa. It was Parkinson’s eighth 20-win campaign. IUPUI also won the 2020 Horizon League Tournament and earned a berth in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, which was ultimately canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Austin set himself apart from a strong pool of candidates with his experience building a championship-caliber program at IUPUI and his vision for how Butler will achieve similar success within the BIG EAST,” said Collier. “Austin is a strong leader and proven winner who shares the values of our university. We are thrilled for Austin, Whittney and their children to travel these short five miles to join the Butler Family.”
“Everything is in place at Butler for our program to make noise in the BIG EAST and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Bulldogs,” said Parkinson. “Butler is an elite university with a culture of toughness, discipline and selflessness. Both the campus and the city of Indianapolis offer the student-athletes an incredible experience. My family and I are excited to become part of the Butler community and look forward to building relationships like we were able to at IUPUI with so many great Jaguars, including all my players over the years, who played such a large role in our success.”
“Austin has built the IUPUI women’s basketball program into a perennial winner and we are confident that he can do the same here at Butler,” said James Danko, Butler University President. “I want to thank Barry Collier and his leadership team for their work in identifying a coach with both a strong résumé and values-based approach that mirrors that of Butler University. Our community is excited to welcome Austin and his family to campus.”
During the 2021-22 season, Parkinson saw graduate student Macee Williams earn AP All-American Honorable Mention honors and win Horizon League Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Williams was also one of five student-athletes nationally to be named to the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award First Team.
Parkinson inherited a three-win team when he took over as the head coach days prior to the start of the 2010-11 campaign. In his third season, Parkinson’s Jaguars posted a 20-win season. Six times he led IUPUI to the WNIT in addition to the two NCAA Tournament berths. Parkinson has been selected by his peers as the conference Coach of the Year three times – once in the Summit League and twice in the Horizon League.
Prior to leading the women’s basketball program, Parkinson served as an assistant coach of the IUPUI men’s basketball staff for two seasons.
Parkinson was a four-year letterwinner at Purdue from 2000-04 and closed his career tied for tenth on the Boilermakers’ all-time assist list. Additionally, he led the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio in each of his final three seasons. He received both his B.S. (’04) and Masters (’06) from Purdue in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.
Parkinson comes from impressive basketball pedigree as his father, Bruce, is Purdue’s all-time assist leader and a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. His grandfather, Jack, played at Kentucky and is a member of both the Indiana and Kentucky Basketball Halls of Fame.
Parkinson and his wife Whittney are the proud parents of Wren and Pearce.
Cardinals Fall to No. 13 Ducks on Friday
EUGENE, Ore. – The Ball State baseball team made the trek to the Pacific Northwest as the No. 25 team according to Collegiate Baseball for a matchup with No. 13/21 Oregon on Friday. Trenton Quartermaine and Matthew Rivera led the team as they both went 2-for-3 in the game as the Cardinals fell to the Ducks 13-7.
With the loss, Ball State fell to 17-10 overall, while Oregon improved to 19-10.
Justin Conant extended his hitting streak to eight games and has now reached base safely in 12-consecutive games. Amir Wright’s streak of 26-straight games reaching base safely came to an end Friday night.
The Ducks got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second. Oregon scored three runs on three hits.
In the top of the fifth, Adam Christianson drew a walk to start the frame. After Christianson advanced to second on a wild pitch, Ryan Peltier doubled to left field to score Christianson from second. Zach Cole dropped down a perfectly placed bunt to give the Cardinals runners on first and third with no outs. Conant recorded an RBI single to right center to cut the deficit to one. After a sac bunt by Zach Lane, Wright grounded out to second, but Cole was able to score on the play. Quartermaine was intentionally walked. Nick Powell put the Cardinals on top 4-3, with an RBI single up the middle. Ball State took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth.
Oregon regained the lead on another three-run inning in the bottom of the fifth. The Ducks scored three runs on three hits.
Cole notched a one-out triple in the top of the sixth to get things started for the Cardinals. Conant recorded a sac fly to right field and cut the Oregon lead to 6-5.
Quartermaine got the top of the seventh started with a one-out double down the right field line. Powell followed with a single to the shortstop. Rivera singled through the right side to load the bases with one out. Christianson grounded out to first and allowed Quartermaine to score from third. The Cardinals sent the game into the bottom of the seventh tied 6-6.
The Ducks answered with a two-run homer off the bat of Anthony Hall. Oregon took an 8-6 lead into the eighth inning. In the eighth inning, the Ducks tallied five runs on six walks and one hit. Oregon took a 13-6 lead into the ninth.
Quartermaine drew his second walk of the game to start the inning with one out. Seth Wilson came in to pinch run for Quartermaine. Decker Scheffler drew an eight-pitch walk with two outs. CJ Horn delivered an RBI single to right field to make the score 13-7. The Cardinals were able to load the bases but were unable to add any more runs.
Cole and Powell both produced a 2-for-5 game at the plate. Cole led the team with two runs scored. Conant finished the game 1-for-2 and had a team-high two RBIs.
Trennor O’Donnell got the start and went 4 1/3 innings in the no decision. He struck out five but walked four and gave up five earned runs. Ryan Brown got the loss and fell to 1-1 on the season in 2 2/3 innings in relief. Brown collected two strikeouts with four walks and gave up four earned runs. Zach Losey pitched but was unable to record an out with five walks and gave up four earned runs. Mac Ayers tossed a perfect eighth inning.
RJ Gordon threw 4 2/3 innings in the start in a no decision for Oregon. He struck out three with three walks and surrendered four earned runs. Matt Dallas picked up the win and improved to 3-1 on the year. Dallas went two innings with one strikeout and gave up one earned run on three hits.
Hall and Jacob Walsh provided power for the Ducks as they each notched a home run. Gavin Grant led the squad with a 2-for-3 game with two RBIs.
Ball State and Oregon are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday from PK Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney
“I thought our kids battled the entire game. We made some outstanding plays, hit the ball well, but had a bad eighth inning.”
BERTRAND DAZZLES IN 4-1 WIN OVER CLEMSON
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (18-5, 6-4 ACC) continued its winning ways with a 4-1 win over Clemson (19-10, 2-7 ACC) Friday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. Graduate student John Michael Bertrand pitched a season-high 8.1 innings to earn his fifth win of the season as the Irish won their sixth-straight game.
Bertrand kept Tigers hitters guessing at the plate on Friday, as they were limited to just three hits. It was the second-straight start that Bertrand had not allowed an earned run to score, which is over a span of 15.2 innings pitched. With the win he improved to 5-0 on the season, the first Irish pitcher to start the year 5-0 since Charlie Vorsheck in 2017.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Tigers were the first team to threaten on the afternoon as they got runners to second and third in the second inning with two outs. Bertrand was able to get Spencer Rich to strike out looking to end the inning and end the threat.
The Irish got the bats going in the bottom of the second as they tallied four hits in the inning and scored the opening runs of the game. Spencer Myers hit a bunt single to third base that scored Brooks Coetzee III. Jack Brannigan followed it up with a single to right that scored David LaManna. That gave the Irish a 2-0 lead after the first two innings.
Clemson got a run back in the fourth as they took advantage of a couple Irish miscues. The lone run scored on a dropped third strike and pulled the Tigers within one at 2-1.
The Irish got the run back in the bottom of the fifth. Brannigan doubled to right off the wall in right and advanced to third on a ground out. He came home on a passed ball and the Irish led 3-1 after five.
Bertrand really settled in after the unearned run scored in the fourth. He retired the final batter in the fourth and set the Tigers down in order in three-consecutive innings between the fifth and the seventh. He got the first batter out in the eighth to retire 11-straight batters during that span.
Bertrand came back out for the ninth and got the first batter out but the next two reached base to end his outing. Ryan McLinskey came on from the pen and induced a double play to end the game and clinch the win.
The Irish and Tigers are set to continue the series Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The second game of the weekend series is set for a 2 p.m. ET first pitch and it will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.
IRISH TOP SYRACUSE IN SERIES OPENER
The University of Notre Dame earned a 5-2 win in the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series with Syracuse Friday evening at Skytop Softball Stadium. After battling back and forth in the first four innings, the Irish scored three runs late to pull away. Notre Dame improves to 29-7 overall and 8-3 in ACC play.
Payton Tidd started in the circle, throwing 6.0 innings, allowing just four hits, two runs, one earned and struck out five to earn her 12th win of the year. Shannon Becker came on in the seventh, allowing a one-out double but struck out two to earn her third save of the season.
The Irish offense was led by a trio of two-hit games. Leea Hanks finished 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and scored. Karina Gaskins went 2-for-2, reaching base in all four at bats. She drove in two and hit her 10th homer of the season. Tidd added a 2-for-3 performance at the plate with a solo home run. Emma Clark, Miranda Johnson and Cassidy Grimm each had a hit in the contest.
The Irish struck first with a run in the top of the first inning. Hanks led off with a single the other way and stole second. A ground ball moved her up and Gaskins brought her in with a single back through the box.
Syracuse answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. A one-out double came in to score when Tessa Galipeau lined a single off of the glove of a leaping second baseman in shallow right.
Notre Dame regained the lead in the third when Gaskins homered over the cameras in centerfield to go up 2-1.
The Orange battled for a run in the bottom of the third. An error came around to score after a stole base and a wild pitch. A ball in the infield brought her in and tied it 2-2.
After Gaskins drew a walk in the fifth, she was lifted for Emily Tran to pinch run. With Tran on third and Kronenberger on first, the Irish executed the delayed steal. Kronenberger stayed in the run down long enough as Tran scored from third to take the 3-2 lead.
Marquez made a big play in the bottom of the fifth to prevent Syracuse from tying it up. With a runner at third, she charged a slow roller and threw it Shelby Grimm who applied the sweep tag to put up a zero in the inning.
Tidd helped herself in the sixth, leading off the inning with a solo home run. After a walk to pinch-hitter Joley Mitchell, Hanks tripled down the first baseline to bring in another run and extend the Irish lead to 5-2.
The Irish and Orange will be back in action Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Late SIU rally hands Aces series-opening loss
EVANSVILLE – Leading for much of the contest, one bad inning handed the University of Evansville baseball team a series-opening loss to Southern Illinois, 14-4, on Friday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
“3-2 lead with 6 outs to get and we couldn’t finish it out. We need to keep that into perspective,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “We have been playing great baseball and haven’t had a two-inning performance like that for a long time. SIU’s offense does a great job of making big innings happen by exploiting free bases. We will rebound tomorrow with a competitive effort.”
Tanner Craig and Simon Scherry led Evansville with three hits a piece, while Brent Widder also turned in a multi-hit game with two on the evening. On the mound, Shane Gray was dominant for the Aces, pitching six innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits, while striking-out six.
For the first time all season, the Aces blew a lead in the seventh inning or later as Evansville entered the night with a 12-0 record when leading after the seventh.
A couple early mistakes allowed SIU to plate a run in the top of the first, but the Aces answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second. Back-to-back RBI singles from Mark Shallenberger and Tanner Craig powered Evansville in front.
In the top of the third, the Salukis tied the game with an RBI base-hit of their own. After a lull in the offense, the Aces would retake the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With Scherry on second and just one out, Brent Widder ripped a single to center, sending Scherry home and earning the Aces a 3-2 lead. In consecutive innings in the fifth and sixth, Evansville loaded the bases with two outs, but was unable to push across any extra insurance runs.
Big innings in the eighth and ninth for the Salukis were the difference in the contest with SIU scoring eight in the eighth and four in the ninth, surrounding a single run for Evansville in the bottom of the eighth as SIU captured the 14-4 win.
Evansville and SIU meet for game two of their weekend series at 2 PM on Saturday at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
Niesner to Participate in Seahawks Workout
Former Valparaiso University football punter Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) has been invited by the Seattle Seahawks to participate in their local draft-eligible player visit/workout.
The workout features top prospects local to the Seattle area and presents them with the opportunity to showcase their skills for the Seahawks. The event will take place on Thursday, April 14.
Several Valpo products are pursuing professional careers, as Robert Washington recently participated in a Pro Day.
The Spring 2021 Pioneer Football League Co-Special Teams Player of the Year, Niesner also earned All-PFL First Team, FCS National Punter of the Year Semifinalist, Academic All-PFL First Team, two-time PFL Special Teams Player of the Week, Team Special Teams Player of the Year that season. This fall, he was tabbed All-PFL First Team, an FCS Bowl Selection, FCS Bowl Special Teams MVP, a Tropical Bowl USA Selection, two-time PFL Special Teams Player of the Week and a Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star.
Niesner posted a punting average of 43.2 this season, a mark that ranked third in program history. He tied program and PFL records for single-season punting average during the Spring 2021 campaign at 43.6. The Valpo standout finished this season with the league’s top punting average, a mark that ranked 16th nationally.
Hounds Crush Six Home Runs in Win over Missouri S&T
GREENWOOD, Ind. – Star left-handed pitcher Xavier Rivas sat down 13 batters from the mound while UIndy had six home runs leave the park this evening in a conference clash victory over Missouri S&T. The Greyhounds opened the floodgates in the eighth inning and pulled in a 12-4 win at Center Grove High School to move to 12-15 overall and 6-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
HOME RUN DERBY
Caleb Vaughn headlined action from the plate after sending out three homers over the wall. Aaron Blake smashed a grand slam in the eighth while Alex Vela and Zack Williams had one solo shot apiece. The six homers is the most by UIndy this season, outlasting the previous high of three hit by the team on March 5th against Wayne State (MI). Missouri S&T also joined the home run party with three of its own, making it nine combined between both programs.
RIVAS STRIKEOUT STREAK
With his 13 Ks this evening, Rivas continues to shine in his sophomore campaign as he has now recorded double-digit strikeouts in all seven games he has appeared in this season. His total sits at 84 strikeouts in 51-1/3 innings pitched.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Back-to-back solo shots from Vela and Vaughn in the opening inning off the scoreboard in left field gave the Greyhounds an early two-run advantage.
Despite S&T adding a solo homer of its own in the second to chip away at the deficit, Williams went deep for UIndy in the bottom half to help UIndy keep the short advantage.
Refusing to quit, the Miners went deep twice over the wall in the third to tie the game, but Vaughn added another dinger to put the Hounds back in front in the bottom half. Eventually, S&T tied the game up in the eighth.
Finally, Blake stepped up as a pinch hitter in the bottom half of the eighth and crushed a grand slam over the left field wall. This sparked the huge inning for UIndy, who added more runs on a Vela RBI single and Vaughn homer. S&T could not answer the call in the final inning.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Hounds had a game-high 14 hits while the Miners produced seven.
-Five different Greyhound batters had a multi-hit game, led by Vaughn with three.
-Alongside Rivas, Chaney Morgan and Blake Sarjent saw action out of the bullpen. Morgan was eventually tabbed as the winning pitcher.
Action between the Hounds and Miners will continue tomorrow with a single nine inning game beginning at 1 p.m. ET.
KNIGHTS FALL IN FRIDAY MATINEE TO NO. 2 CUMBERLANDS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s lacrosse team fell on Friday afternoon to the second-ranked University of the Cumberlands Patriots, as the top-team in the Mid-South Conference North Division defeated Marian 22-4. Marian slides to 3-10 on the year and 1-4 in Mid-South play.
The Cumberlands came out strong on offense in Friday’s game, scoring the first four goals of the contest in a seven minute span. After a timeout the Knights found a new rhythm on defense, blanking the Patriots for a seven minute span. Marian’s strong defense led to offense, as Katelynn Gray netted an unassisted goal with 4:35 to play in the quarter. Marian’s defensive run came up dry in the final 90 seconds, as the Patriots snuck in two goals, one coming on a free-position attempt, to take a 6-1 lead.
The Patriots began the second quarter with a man-advantage goal in the first minute, but Marian matched the score 30 seconds later as Gray scored her second goal off a Madison Ash assist. The offense of the Cumberlands took over after the Knights’ goal, scoring three unanswered goals to increase their advantage. Marian found a late push in the final two minutes of the first half, picking up back to back free-position goals in a 13 second stretch. Ash and Ashlynn Gray were the goal scorers bringing Marian within six, but a pair of late scores by the Patriots allowed the visitors to take a 12-4 lead at intermission.
Marian’s offense was denied in the second half, as the home team was unable to get in a flow. The Knights were held to just four shots in the second half, while the Patriots took 13, scoring on 10 of their shot attempts as they shutout Marian in the final 30 minutes. The Cumberlands netted six goals in the third quarter and four in the final stanza, closing the 22-4 win.
Ashlynn Gray led Marian with five shot attempts and six draw controls, scoring once on her two shots on goal. Katelynn Gray led the offense with two goals, and also forced a team-high four caused turnovers. Ash scored and assisted in the loss, netting two points. Katherine Hirsch took the loss in goal allowing 15 scores to six saves, and in relief work Grace Coyne allowed seven goals while saving two shots.
Marian will be at home for their final two games of the regular season, hosting Asbury University on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
LATE INNING RALLY NOT ENOUGH, WILDCATS SPLIT WITH HUNTINGTON
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan baseball split the first half of a four-game series with Huntington University on Friday. Game one was a pitching duel that saw both starters go the distance. IWU scored two in the ninth to tie things up, but a Huntington walk-off homer would give the Foresters the win 3-2. The Wildcats came to life offensively in game two with four different players hitting a home run. IWU took game two 10-8. Both games were played at Wildcat Field due to rainy conditions, Huntington was the home team for both games.
Trine Falls in MCVL Championship Semifinals at Fontbonne
ST LOUIS, Mo. – The Trine University men’s volleyball team traveled to Fontbonne University to compete in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL) Tournament for the second time in program history. The host institution and top-seeded Fontbonne Griffins were able to defeat the Trine Thunder in straight sets on Friday night to advance to the MCVL Championship Match.
The season comes to a close at 12-14 overall, with multiple season records falling in the process. Ted Hofmeister [Powell, Ohio / Saint Charles] secured the school record for most kills and points per set at 3.48 and 3.9, Ethan Howard [South Whitley, Ind. / Witko] now holds the mark for assists per set at 9.94, and Matt Stillman [Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central] is the new season record holder for all four block records at 17 solo blocks, 41 block assists, 58 total blocks and 0.81 blocks per set.
As a team, the Thunder broke the single season records for most kills (1130), attack percentage (.211), assists (1070), digs (1058), blocks (163) and points (1409). Graduating senior Kyle Dixon [Lockport, Ill. / Lockport Township] will end up being the career leader in kills (652), aces (55), points (751) and most matches (86) and sets (270) played.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1912 In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox beat Harvard, 2-0, in an abbreviated exhibition contest played on a cold and snowy afternoon in front of 3,000 hardy fans. Crimson third baseman and captain Dana Wingate, a sophomore from Winchester, Massachusetts, becomes the first batter in the Boston ballpark, taking the first pitch for ball one before being struck out on a fastball thrown by Casey Hageman.
1913 In front of approximately 10,000 fans, who brave the frigid weather to witness the pitching duel, the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 1-0, spoiling the debut of Ebbets Field. Given special permission, Brooklyn opens the season a day early to properly inaugurate its new $75,000 Brooklyn ballpark, which took a year to build.
1916 After helping the team capture its third World Series title, Tris Speaker, declining their request to take a pay cut, is traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and $55,000. The Grey Eagle’s salary of $17,500, which Boston thinks is exorbitant due to the future Hall of Fame outfielder’s batting average dropping to .322 during the previous season.
1947 Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, feuding with the Yankees, is suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball, including association with known gamblers. The Brooklyn and New York clubs are both fined $2,000, and by order of the commissioner, the teams are not allowed to discuss the matter.
1953 For the first time since 1901, big leaguers play baseball in Milwaukee. In the first game ever at County Stadium, the newly-arrived Braves take on their former crosstown rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in a preseason exhibition game, which the hometown trails, 3-0, and is washed out after two innings due to rain.
1959 Dr. Creighton Hale recommends Little League pitching mounds be moved back from home plate by 24 inches. The organization’s vice president believes a ball thrown by a youngster at 70 mph from 46 feet would give the batter about the same amount of time to swing at a pitch, proportionately, as the major leaguers have.
1959 At Griffith Stadium, the Orioles become the first major league team to turn a triple play on Opening Day when Senators’ catcher Ed FitzGerald lines a Hoyt Wilhelm pitch into a 3-6-3 triple killing. Vice-President Richard Nixon, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch substituting for President Eisenhower, sees the hometown Senators post a 9-2 victory over Baltimore, behind a solid seven-hit, complete-game performance by Pedro Ramos.
1962 Keeping a Laotian prince waiting in the White House, President Kennedy opens up Washington’s new $23-million D.C. Stadium by tossing the ceremonial first pitch. JFK stays for the entire game despite a rain delay and enjoys seeing Mickey Vernon’s Senators beat the Tigers, 4-1.
1963 As a favor to former Indians infielder Johnny Berardino, now known as Johnny Beradino, who plays Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital, Yogi Berra makes a cameo appearance on the popular ABC soap opera. The Yankee legend, known for his paradoxical contradictions, plays the role of Dr. Lawrence Berra, a brain surgeon.
1964 Much to the chagrin of team executive Branch Rickey, the Cardinals trade Jimmie Coker and Gary Kolb to the Braves for catcher Bob Uecker. After introducing himself, the Redbirds’ new backstop is quickly informed by Rickey, “I didn’t want you. I wouldn’t trade one Gary Kolb for a hundred Bob Ueckers.”
1965 Houston begins playing in the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ when they host an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium. During the opening ceremonies, 24 astronauts throw 24 ceremonial first pitches as the Colt .45’s become the Astros.
1966 After sharing space at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 during their first five seasons in Los Angeles, the Angels move to nearby Anaheim into their own stadium. The ‘Halos,’ now known as the California Angels, host the San Francisco Giants in a preseason exhibition game in the first contest ever played at Anaheim Stadium.
1968 In Atlanta, Georgia, Bill Veeck, the former owner of the Browns, Indians, and White Sox, is among the crowd of marchers taking part in the funeral procession for civil rights leader Martin Luther King, slain five days ago in Memphis (TN). The WW II veteran, who spent 15 hours standing in line to pay his respect to JFK at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in 1963, walks the entire three-and-a-half-mile route from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College on his wooden leg without the aid of crutches.
1969 Billy Williams hits four consecutive doubles, helping the Cubs beat Philadelphia at Wrigley Field, 11-3. The Chicago outfielder’s quartet of two-baggers ties the major-league record for doubles, shared by 29 players, and last accomplished in 1963 by Detroit center fielder Billy Bruton.
1970 “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo), What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away, (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey).” – PAUL SIMON, songwriter. On the Dick Cavett Show, Paul Simon tells Mickey Mantle the lyrics to Mrs. Robinson would have been ‘Where have you gone, Mickey Mantle’ but explains to his favorite player, “it’s about syllables, Mick. It’s about how many beats there are.” The songwriter’s well-known lyrics become, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
1976 Orioles’ right-hander Jim Palmer and Boston’s Ferguson Jenkins, both future members of the Hall of Fame, stage a classic pitching duel at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium on Opening Day. The Birds, behind the eight-inning, six-hit effort by ‘Cakes,’ beat the Red Sox and Fergie, who goes the distance, 1-0, thanks to an unearned run scored in the fourth inning.
1976 The White Sox’s owner Bill Veeck, known for his promotional genius, surprises the Comiskey Park crowd on Opening Day when he, Rudie Schaffer, and Paul Richards celebrate the nation’s bicentennial wearing battered Continental Army uniforms. The trio, carrying a fife, drum, and flag, strike a pose in their tattered garb, reminiscent of Archibald MacNeal Willard’s painting The Spirit of ’76, a famous piece of art depicting Revolutionary War veterans displayed at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition 100 years earlier.
1977 After being informed that teammate Claudel Washington wears his uniform No. 15 number, the A’s new slugger Dick Allen asks to wear #60, adding an unusual request. Above the digits, the word Wampum replaces the surname of the 1960 graduate of Wampum High School.
1977 “I have never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life.” – RAY KROC, the Padres owner, addressing the fans on the PA system during the home opener at San Diego Stadium. During the home opener against Houston at San Diego Stadium, Ray Kroc, the Padres’ new owner, uses the ballpark’s public address system to thank the fans and criticize the players for their poor play. At the start of the fast-food tycoon’s eighth-inning tirade, a streaker jumps over the railing of the stands in left field and runs haphazardly across the outfield.
1980 In the first minor league game played in Durham (NC) since 1972, the Bulls, a name last used in 1967, the team needs to play the home opener wearing their powder blue road uniforms because their home jerseys go missing two days before the start of the season. Atlanta’s minor league director, Hank Aaron, sends the team a set of used Braves uniforms to wear for away contests after the club decides to continue to wear the road uniforms for the Durham Athletic Park contests.
1980 At the Kingdome, Opening Day starter Mike Parrott gets the win as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 8-6. The 25-year-old Californian will not enjoy another victory for the rest of the season, finishing the season with a 1-16 record.
1981 On Opening Day, Fernando Valenzuela, making his first major league start in place of scheduled starter Jerry Reuss, blanks Houston on five hits at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. During the strike-shortened season, the 20-year-old rookie from Mexico will lead the league in game starts (25), complete games (11), and shutouts (8).
1985 The Mets’ offseason acquisition of Gary Carter pays immediate dividends when he connects for a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving his new team a 6-5 victory over St. Louis on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. The 31 year-old All-Star catcher is the first player to end his first contest with a New York team with a round-tripper.
1985 Tom Seaver establishes a big-league record with his 15th Opening Day assignment, getting the win when the White Sox beat the Brewers at County Stadium, 4-2. The right-hander, who also got the first-day nods from the Mets (1968-77, 1983) and Reds (1978-79, 1981), will extend the mark previously held by Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators to 16 next season.
1987 Phil Niekro records his 312th victory, with Steve Carlton’s help, who pitches four shutout innings in relief in the Indians’ 14-3 win over the Blue Jays at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. The appearance of the two veteran hurlers marks the first time in modern MLB history two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game.
1989 On a frigid Sunday afternoon, Rick Sutcliffe adds to the wind chill, striking out 11 batters in the Cubs’ 8-3 win over Pittsburgh. Despite a temperature of 33 degrees, along with a stiff breeze making it feel like eight above, 11,387 fans brave the elements to watch the right-hander’s complete-game effort at Wrigley Field.
1990 Keeping with the team’s tradition of having a rookie select the music, Reds freshman first baseman Hal Morris picks U Can’t Touch This, following the Opening Day 8-4 extra-inning victory at the Astrodome. The iconic MC Hammer tune will become the team’s mantra and the unofficial theme song for the eventual world champs.
1990 Glenn Davis is hit by a pitch three times on Opening Day, tying a major league record shared by many major leaguers. The Houston first baseman’s body blows do not lead to any runs in the team’s 8-4 loss to Cincinnati at the Astrodome.
1990 Delino DeShields, the 21-year-old second baseman of the Expos, goes 4-for-6 to become only the second rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut. Forrest Jacobs, also a second baseman, became the first major league rookie to accomplish the feat in his 1954 Opening Day debut with the Philadelphia A’s.
1990 Responding tells him the Astros weren’t happy about Glenn Davis getting hit three times, Randy Myers replies if there is any retaliation, he and his teammates, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton, clock at least ninety-five on the radar gun. When the Houston Chronicle beat reporter responds with “that’s pretty nasty,” the left-hander counters, “Well, we’re pretty nasty guys,” giving rise to the trio of hard-throwing Reds relievers being called the ‘Nasty Boys.’
1993 “Bo Knew,” – Nike’s full-page ad in tomorrow’s USA Today. In his first at-bat after eighteen months of rehab following his hip replacement surgery, Bo Jackson connects for a home run with his first swing of the season in the team’s 11-6 Opening Day loss to New York at Comiskey Park. En route to being named the American League Comeback Player of the Year, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner will hit 16 home runs and collect 45 RBIs in 85 games, contributing to the White Sox’s divisional title.
1993 The Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever thanks to a four-run first inning sparked by Eric Young’s leadoff home run. The crowd of 80,227 at Colorado’s Mile High Stadium establishes a new major league Opening Day attendance record.
1993 At the age of 46, Nolan Ryan becomes the oldest pitcher to start and win an Opening Day game when the Rangers win their home opener against the Red Sox, 3-1. Previously, Yankee southpaw Tommy John held the distinction, being 45 years old when he started and beat the Twins in the 1989 opener at the Metrodome.
1998 In a 13-4 Rockies rout of the Reds, Ellis Burks hits two home runs at Coors Field. The homers give the Colorado outfielder four for the season, which accounts for all the hits the .154 batter has collected thus far this season.
1999 Just two days after celebrating his 80th birthday, former Orioles owner Jerold C. Hoffberger dies unexpectedly. The philanthropist enjoyed five American League pennants and two World Championships during his 14-year tenure before selling the club to Edward Bennett Williams after the 1979 season.
2000 Indians DH Jim Thome earns the platinum sombrero when he strikes out five times, tying a major league record. Cleveland still prevails in the Tropicana Field tilt, posting a 17-4 victory over Tampa Bay.
2000 Each team hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history in the Twins’ 13-7 victory over the Royals. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones, and Matt Lecroy connect consecutively in the sixth for Minnesota, and Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Hector Carrasco go back-to-back-to-back for Kansas City in the eighth frame of the Kauffman Stadium contest.
2001 Willie Stargell, the all-time Pirate career leader in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits, dies from kidney problems at the age of 61. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 World Championship, ‘Pops’, a career .282 hitter, became the oldest player (39) to win an MVP award when he shares the honor with Keith Hernandez.
2001 Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who collected the first hit at Miller Park, a single, three days ago, goes 4-for-4, and again has the honor of recording the first knock in a major league park’s opening game, this time making history with a two-run home run off Todd Ritchie.
2004 The Yankees and Joe Torre agree to a three-year extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62 year-old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season.
2005 Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings streak comes to an end at 1700 when his name is not in Florida’s starting lineup, with his consecutive game streak staying intact at 340, entering the contest as an eighth-inning defensive replacement. The Marlins’ center fielder joins Cal Ripken (Orioles, 1983-86) and Travis Fryman (Tigers, 1995) as the only big leaguers to play every inning for his team during a season.
2006 Cory Sullivan becomes the 11th player in big-league history to hit two triples in the same inning and the first since Gil Coan of the Senators accomplished the feat in 1951. The Colorado leadoff hitter’s two seventh-inning three-baggers contribute to the Rockies’ 10-4 win over the Padres.
2009 Just hours after pitching six shutout innings against the A’s, Nick Adenhart dies in a hit-and-run car accident. In memory of the 22-year-old right-handed rookie, the Angels postpone tonight’s game with Oakland.
2012 Joining Roy Oswalt, Barry Zito becomes only the second opposing pitcher to whitewash the Rockies at Coors Field, posting a 7-0 victory. The shutout is the Giants’ left-hander’s first in 274 starts, the longest span in major league history without one.
2016 The Twins, suffering a 7-0 loss to Kansas City, start the season 0-5 for the first time in franchise history, which includes the three times the team was winless after four attempts when they played as the Washington Senators before the 1961 season. The eventual nine-game losing streak will be extended to 0-6 with a heartbreaking loss tomorrow when the Royals score two runs in the bottom of the ninth before securing a 4-3 walk-off victory in the tenth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
2017 The Halos, trailing 9-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, stun Seattle by scoring seven times in their 10-9 victory in Anaheim. Cliff Pennington’s single into right field plates Mike Trout with the winning run, resulting in a deafening roar at Angel Stadium when the fans react to their team’s incredible comeback.
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|SEATTLE||1||0||1.000||0.5||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|OAKLAND||0||1||.000||1.5||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|TEXAS||0||1||.000||1.5||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|LA ANGELS||0||2||.000||2||0 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 2||0 – 2||L 2|
|NY METS||2||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||2 – 0||2 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 0||W 2|
|PHILADELPHIA||1||0||1.000||0.5||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|ATLANTA||1||1||.500||1||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 1||0 – 0||1 – 1||W 1|
|MIAMI||0||1||.000||1.5||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
|WASHINGTON||0||2||.000||2||0 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 2||L 2|
|CHI CUBS||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|ST. LOUIS||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|CINCINNATI||1||1||.500||0.5||0 – 0||1 – 1||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 1||L 1|
|MILWAUKEE||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|PITTSBURGH||0||1||.000||1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 1||L 1|
|LA DODGERS||1||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|SAN FRANCISCO||1||0||1.000||–||1 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 0||W 1|
|ARIZONA||1||1||.500||0.5||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 1||1 – 1||L 1|
|SAN DIEGO||1||1||.500||0.5||0 – 0||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 1||1 – 1||W 1|
|COLORADO||0||1||.000||1||0 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 1||0 – 1||L 1|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XYZ-MIAMI||53||28||.654||—||29-12||24-16||13-2||35-16||6-4||6 W|
|2 XY-MILWAUKEE||51||30||.630||2.0||27-14||24-16||12-3||33-18||7-3||3 W|
|3 X-BOSTON||50||31||.617||3.0||28-13||22-18||9-7||33-19||7-3||1 L|
|4 X-PHILADELPHIA||49||31||.613||3.5||22-17||27-14||6-10||30-20||6-4||1 L|
|5 X-TORONTO||48||33||.593||5.0||24-17||24-16||10-5||30-21||8-2||3 W|
|6 X-CHICAGO||45||36||.556||8.0||27-14||18-22||10-6||29-23||3-7||4 L|
|7 BROOKLYN||43||38||.531||10.0||19-21||24-17||10-6||30-21||6-4||3 W|
|8 CLEVELAND||43||38||.531||10.0||24-16||19-22||9-6||26-25||2-8||3 L|
|9 ATLANTA||42||39||.519||11.0||27-14||15-25||9-7||26-26||7-3||1 L|
|10 CHARLOTTE||42||39||.519||11.0||21-19||21-20||7-8||26-25||6-4||2 W|
|11 NEW YORK||36||45||.444||17.0||16-24||20-21||4-11||21-30||6-4||1 W|
|12 WASHINGTON||35||46||.432||18.0||21-20||14-26||7-8||24-27||5-5||2 L|
|13 INDIANA||25||55||.313||27.5||16-25||9-30||2-14||11-39||2-8||8 L|
|14 DETROIT||23||58||.284||30.0||13-28||10-30||6-10||18-33||4-6||2 L|
|15 ORLANDO||21||60||.259||32.0||11-29||10-31||2-13||11-40||3-7||1 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XYZ-PHOENIX||64||17||.790||—||32-8||32-9||10-5||39-12||7-3||1 W|
|2 XY-MEMPHIS||55||25||.688||8.5||29-10||26-15||10-5||35-16||7-3||2 L|
|3 X-GOLDEN STATE||51||29||.638||12.5||31-10||20-19||12-4||31-19||4-6||3 W|
|4 X-DALLAS||51||30||.630||13.0||28-12||23-18||13-2||35-16||8-2||3 W|
|5 X-UTAH||48||33||.593||16.0||29-12||19-21||14-1||32-19||3-7||1 L|
|6 X-DENVER||48||33||.593||16.0||23-17||25-16||6-10||29-22||6-4||1 W|
|7 MINNESOTA||46||35||.568||18.0||26-14||20-21||12-4||32-20||5-5||1 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||40||40||.500||23.5||23-16||17-24||8-7||24-26||4-6||3 W|
|9 NEW ORLEANS||36||44||.450||27.5||19-21||17-23||6-9||25-25||7-3||2 W|
|10 SAN ANTONIO||34||46||.425||29.5||16-24||18-22||6-9||24-26||7-3||1 L|
|11 LA LAKERS||32||49||.395||32.0||21-20||11-29||3-13||17-34||2-8||1 W|
|12 SACRAMENTO||29||51||.363||34.5||16-25||13-26||5-9||19-31||4-6||2 L|
|13 PORTLAND||27||54||.333||37.0||17-23||10-31||1-14||11-40||0-10||10 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||24||57||.296||40.0||12-29||12-28||6-10||17-34||4-6||2 L|
|15 HOUSTON||20||61||.247||44.0||11-29||9-32||3-13||11-41||3-7||6 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS||71||50||15||6||106||47||298||213||30-6-0||20-9-6||9-1-0|
|2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES||72||46||18||8||100||45||238||173||26-7-4||20-11-4||5-3-2|
|3 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||71||46||19||6||98||44||274||219||25-7-2||21-12-4||7-2-1|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||72||46||20||6||98||42||220||186||23-7-4||23-13-2||7-2-1|
|5 BOSTON BRUINS||71||45||21||5||95||43||225||191||22-11-2||23-10-3||8-2-0|
|6 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||72||41||21||10||92||38||237||197||19-11-5||22-10-5||4-5-1|
|7 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||71||43||20||8||94||41||234||204||21-7-6||22-13-2||4-4-2|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||70||38||22||10||86||33||230||205||17-15-5||21-7-5||6-4-0|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||70||33||28||9||75||32||194||190||18-13-4||15-15-5||7-3-0|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||72||33||33||6||72||29||230||269||18-15-4||15-18-2||2-5-3|
|11 DETROIT RED WINGS||71||28||34||9||65||25||205||272||18-13-6||10-21-3||3-5-2|
|12 BUFFALO SABRES||73||26||36||11||63||23||203||259||14-17-6||12-19-5||4-3-3|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||70||26||38||6||58||25||189||227||13-20-3||13-18-3||5-4-1|
|14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||71||23||37||11||57||22||185||251||13-17-6||10-20-5||4-6-0|
|15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||71||24||41||6||54||21||218||268||16-17-4||8-24-2||2-7-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||71||20||40||11||51||17||188||272||10-20-4||10-20-7||4-4-2|
|1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE||71||51||14||6||108||48||273||197||28-4-3||23-10-3||8-1-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||71||43||19||9||95||41||249||177||21-8-7||22-11-2||6-3-1|
|3 MINNESOTA WILD||70||43||21||6||92||38||257||219||24-7-2||19-14-4||7-1-2|
|4 ST. LOUIS BLUES||71||41||20||10||92||39||258||206||24-9-4||17-11-6||7-2-1|
|5 EDMONTON OILERS||72||42||25||5||89||38||254||228||23-12-0||19-13-5||7-2-1|
|6 LOS ANGELES KINGS||73||38||25||10||86||34||209||208||18-16-4||20-9-6||4-4-2|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||70||41||25||4||86||39||233||203||22-11-0||19-14-4||6-4-0|
|8 DALLAS STARS||70||40||26||4||84||36||207||210||22-9-2||18-17-2||7-2-1|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||72||39||29||4||82||35||228||215||20-14-3||19-15-1||7-3-0|
|10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||72||34||28||10||78||31||208||204||14-14-6||20-14-4||4-3-3|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||72||33||28||11||77||31||222||227||19-15-3||14-13-8||5-4-1|
|12 ANAHEIM DUCKS||72||28||32||12||68||24||201||234||16-17-5||12-15-7||1-7-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||70||29||32||9||67||27||184||224||16-16-5||13-16-4||3-6-1|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||71||24||36||11||59||20||188||249||11-18-6||13-18-5||2-6-2|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||71||23||42||6||52||21||185||246||12-20-3||11-22-3||5-5-0|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||71||22||44||5||49||21||178||259||10-24-1||12-20-4||2-7-1|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS. X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE