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Kentucky racing board upholds Bob Baffert’s suspension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky racing officials have denied trainer Bob Baffert’s request to stay his suspension for a failed postrace drug test by Medina Spirit that led to his disqualification as Kentucky Derby winner.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission board members on Friday voted 10-0 with three abstentions against the stay in a specially called meeting. KHRC stewards last week suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for 90 days with a $7,500 fine and disqualified the now-deceased colt for having the corticosteroid betamethasone in his system last May. Betamethasone is allowed in Kentucky but prohibited on race day.

Director Marc A. Guilfoil denied an initial request to stay the suspension, which was scheduled to start on March 8 but is delayed pending a March 17 hearing before Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate.

Clark Brewster, an attorney for Baffert, argued that the steroid came from a topical ointment rather than an injection. KHRC general counsel Jennifer Wolsing countered that the source of the betamethasone was irrelevant and cited Baffert’s failure to keep promises to improve his operation after a series of positives by his horses.

Brewster in a statement afterward called the KHRC’s decision “a sudden, arbitrary departure from its own 100-year precedent” and added that he looked forward to obtaining a stay in court.

Baffert on Tuesday sued Churchill Downs in federal court, seeking to overturn his two-year suspension because he did not receive due process. The track has recognized Derby runner-up Mandaloun as race winner. Medina Spirit died on Dec. 6 of a heart attack following a workout at Santa Anita track in California.

MLB players start $1M fund for workers impacted by lockout

NEW YORK (AP) Locked-out Major League Baseball players are starting a $1 million fund to support workers impacted by canceled games.

The players’ association said Friday the fund will be administered by the union and the AFL-CIO. It will be distributed to stadium workers and others caused financial hardship by baseball’s ninth work stoppage, which was in its 93rd day.

Spring training games failed to start as scheduled on Feb. 26. Commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday canceled the first two series for each team during the regular season, scheduled to start March 31.

“Many aren’t seen or heard, but they are vital to the entertainment experience of our games,” union executive board members Andrew Miller and Max Scherzer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and the cancellation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know that they have our support.”

The union listed broadcast and concession crews, electricians, ushers, security, transportation and janitors as among those needed for MLB games.

“This fund is intended to support workers who are most affected by the MLB-imposed lockout but whose livelihoods have been disregarded by the owners in their efforts to pressure players into accepting an unfair deal,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement.

Judge approves fix to stem race bias in NFL concussion deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Black retired football players who were denied payments for dementia in the NFL’s $1 billion concussion settlement can seek to be retested or have their claims rescored to eliminate racial bias in the testing and payout formula, under a revised plan finalized Friday.

Outrage over the use of “race-norming” in the dementia testing – which assumed that Black people have a lower cognitive baseline score, making it harder for them to show mental declines linked to football – forced the NFL and players’ lawyers back to the negotiating table last year.

The revisions could allow many retired players to resubmit their claims and add $100 million or more to the NFL’s legal tab. The NFL, through the fund, has paid out more than $800 million to date, nearly half for dementia claims. The dementia awards average about $600,000.

“Thousands of Black players stand to benefit from these changes to the settlement,” said lawyer Cyril V. Smith, who represents former players Najeh Davenport and Kevin Henry, whose 2020 race discrimination lawsuit brought the issue to light.

Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, who has overseen the NFL concussion case for a decade, dismissed their lawsuit but ordered the parties to address the problem. She approved the negotiated changes in an order filed Friday.

More than 3,300 former players or their families have sought awards for brain injuries linked to their playing days, more than 2,000 of them for moderate to advanced dementia.

The dementia cases have proven the most contentious, and only 3 in 10 claims have been paid to date. Another one-third have been denied, and the rest remain in limbo, often as the claim goes through several layers of review by the claims administrator, medical and legal consultants, audit investigators and judges.

AP Source: Bills grant WR Beasley permission to seek trade

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills granted veteran receiver Cole Beasley permission to seek a trade, a person familiar with the discussions confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills were not going to formally announce the news. first reported the development earlier in the day by citing general manager Brandon Beane saying Beasley’s camp approached the Bills seeking permission to talk to other teams.

Beasley, who turns 33 next month, has one year left on the four-year contract he signed in joining Buffalo in free agency in 2019 after spending his first seven NFL seasons in Dallas.

The Bills are open to Beasley returning if he can’t orchestrate a trade. Buffalo already stands to lose receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who completed a one-year deal and hasn’t determined whether he’ll retire after 12 NFL seasons.

Beasley remained productive as Buffalo’s slot receiver, and yet he became an off-the-field distraction for being one of the league’s most vocal anti-vaccination critics last summer.

NY Gov. Hochul expects Bills stadium deal to be done soon

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) An agreement that would commit hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills is approaching completion, with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul confident a deal will be struck before the end of the month.

Hochul on Friday said many of the issues have been resolved, with discussions now focusing on what she called “the nuts and bolts.” One outstanding issue she specifically mentioned was the length of the lease to ensure the franchise’s long-term presence in the Buffalo region.

“There are issues to work through, but I feel very confident that they’ll be resolved in time to have conversations during the budget process,” Hochul said. “As everyone knows, this is a very important priority to me and this community, but also the entire state.”

Hochul wouldn’t provide any details on what the taxpayer commitment would be for the new facility the state estimates will cost $1.354 billion to construct, except to say: “My priority is to keep the Buffalo Bills here, as well as ensure that we’re making smart investments.”

The expectation is the Bills are seeking more than 60% of funding to come from the public to build a proposed 60,000-plus seat stadium across the street from the team’s current facility in Orchard Park.

Negotiations between the Bills, the state and Erie County began last summer, with Hochul facing an end-of-the-month deadline to get an agreement in place to have the stadium commitment included on the state budget due in early April.

In saying she expected to meet that deadline, Hochul said there are numerous options at her disposal once the budget is formally submitted.

“We’ll be able to find the resources in the budget. There’s unrestricted money, there’s money for economic development, there’s money for infrastructure. So there are various sources,” she said. “We’ll be able to identify what is needed to ensure that the Buffalo Bills stay here in western New York.”

NCAA football rules committee recommends targeting appeal

(AP) — Players ejected for targeting in the second half of a college football game could be eligible to play the following game after an appeal through the conference office, if a recommendation handed down Friday by the NCAA rules committee is approved.

After four days of meetings in Indianapolis, the committee also recommended penalizing all open-field blocks below the waist and creating an investigation process for allegations of a team faking injuries that could lead to conferences penalizing schools and coaches.

Recommendations need approval from the playing rules oversight panel in April and would go into effect next season.

The committee discussed changing how the game clock is managed to shorten games by both time and number of plays, but decided not to act.

The average FBS game was 3 hours, 28 minutes last season and included about 137 offensive plays.

Shaving time and plays out of college football games has become a discussion point recently as conference commissioners considered possibly expanding the playoff, a move that could increase the maximum length of a season to 16 or even 17 games for a few teams.

Attempts to expand the College Football Playoff to 12 teams by the 2024 season failed and the soonest a new format would be implemented now is 2026.

National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said the number of players per game has plateaued over the last six seasons after a slight decrease.

“But we have talked about at some point do we need to address this if the season does get longer because it is a longer playoff,” said Stanford coach David Shaw, the rules committee chairman.

The rules committee has been looking at ways to discourage the faking of injuries, mostly by defensive players to slow down up-tempo offenses, for several years.

Hovland with 2-shot lead at Bay Hill as McIlroy falters late

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Viktor Hovland had the lowest round of the day with a 6-under 66 and is off to another great start at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This time, he has a good idea what to expect on the weekend at Bay Hill.

Rory McIlroy got a sneak preview.

Hovland played Friday morning and set the target on a warm day with increasing wind, making seven birdies and a few key pars saves late in the second round. He posted a 9-under 135.

McIlroy played in the afternoon and was poised to catch him until his putter let him down on greens that were getting crisp and slippery. Tied for the lead, McIlroy missed a 4-foot par putt, putts from 8 feet on the next two holes for birdie and par, and he finished off his 72 by missing a good birdie chance from 15 feet.

He was two behind along with past Bay Hill winner Tyrrell Hatton (68) and Talor Gooch (68), who won his first PGA Tour title in the final official event last year.

Hovland was two shots out of the lead going into the weekend last year when he closed with rounds of 77-78 and wound up 15 shots behind.

“I kind of try to forget the weekend here last year,” he said. “I played really well the first few days, very similar to how I played so far this year. The course just gets harder and harder every single day, and it started blowing. A few too many bad swings and I ended up in bad spots and just didn’t really take my medicine.”

McIlroy opened with a 65 in slightly softer conditions Thursday morning and it didn’t take long for him to realize how much the course had changed. He bogeyed the opening hole and did well to battle back with three birdies.

And then it was a diet of pars until those dried up. He was seven shots worse, and said it didn’t feel that way.

“Those are the sort of greens you expect to see late on a Sunday, not late on a Friday,” McIlroy said. “It’s going to be interesting to see where they go from here, but it’s going to be a good test over the weekend. I’m glad I got 18 holes in those conditions because the course definitely changed a lot from when I played it yesterday morning to this afternoon.

“I’ll be a little more prepared for it tomorrow.”

As for Hatton, he wasn’t sure what to think except that he putted well. That much was evident from his 22 putts. He won two years ago – the last PGA Tour event before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf for three months – and does have a good feel for the greens. That’s about the only part of his game that felt right.

“I’m not particularly happy with how I hit the golf ball the last few days,” Hatton said. “I think the score is pretty flattering. I’ve putted really good, which is why I’ve got the score that I have, but I know that I can’t keep hitting it that badly certainly with it’s going to be playing much tougher this weekend.

“Hopefully, I can find a golf swing, and hopefully the putt stays up this weekend.”

Gooch didn’t drop a shot until his final hole. Still, it was a stout performance considering he played in the afternoon. His round included a 40-foot eagle putt down the slope on the par-5 16th, and he was rarely out of position until going from thick rough right of the ninth fairway to the front bunker, leaving himself nearly 40 yards from the back pin.

Bay Hill was such a test that Jon Rahm still couldn’t find his groove with the putter and was one shot outside the top 10. He had a 70 and was among those seven behind.

The cut was at 3-over 147, the sixth straight year it was over par.

Patrick Reed missed it by one shot, his third straight tournament missing the cut. That hasn’t happened to Reed since 2017. Seven players shot 80 or higher.

Hovland had no such concerns, and he was particularly good on the back nine when he ran in a 25-foot birdie putt on the 15th, two-putted for birdie on the 16th and then smashed a 5-iron from 230 yards to 10 feet on the par-3 17th for a third straight birdie.

McIlroy, who had 30 putts, was told that Hovland needed only 23 putts and Hatton only 22. He had the same response to both questions, knowing all of them would be playing late.

“See how he does tomorrow.”

DIVOTS: The field for The Players Championship was released Friday and Phil Mickelson is not in the field for the first time since 2003. Mickelson has said he needed time off after his disparaging comments regarding a proposed Saudi-funded league and the PGA Tour. Also missing The Players are Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker and Harris English, all due to injuries and various stages of recovery.

Cavs coach Bickerstaff fined $20,000 by NBA after ejection

NEW YORK (AP) Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Friday for his behavior while being ejected from a game this week.

Bickerstaff received two technical fouls and was tossed – for the first time as Cleveland’s coach – by referee Natalie Sago in the third quarter of Monday night’s 199-98 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The league fined Bickerstaff for using inappropriate language toward the officiating crew and not leaving the court “in a timely manner.”

Bickerstaff was angered by several calls and erupted with 8:36 left in the third quarter after Cavs forward Cedi Osman was whistled for a blocking foul.

Following the game, Bickerstaff said he apologized to his team, staff and children.

“Nobody should see that,” he said. “That’s on me needing to improve and be better. It’s a combination of frustrations, obviously, but I need to stay in the fight. I need to be better.”

The Cavaliers have lost five of six heading into Friday night’s game at Philadelphia.

Antetokounmpo scores 34 points, Bucks beat Bulls 118-112

CHICAGO (AP) Jrue Holiday hit enough big shots down the stretch while keeping DeMar DeRozan in check to help the Milwaukee Bucks squeeze out another tight win. And once again, they did it against a top Eastern Conference team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 16 rebounds, Holiday came on strong down the stretch to finish with 26 points and Milwaukee beat the Chicago Bulls 118-112 on Friday night.

The Bucks went from leading by 14 in the second quarter to trailing by seven through three. Holiday went off in the fourth, scoring 16 to help the defending NBA champions pull out another tight win.

“It’s just a feeling and you know you’ve got to turn it on,” Holiday said. “It’s time for us to lock in. It’s time for us to just concentrate, be aggressive and make good plays, smart plays, down the stretch.”

After rallying late from 14 down to beat Miami by one on Wednesday, the Bucks tied Chicago for the Central Division lead with their third straight victory. The toughest stretch of their schedule continues with a home game against NBA-leading Phoenix on Sunday.

“We got to keep it up,” Antetokounmpo said. “If good things are going on, you got to keep waking up the next day and keep learning something new, keep evolving, keep improving.”

Antetokounmpo made 12 of 22 shots and had five assists, helping make up for a 10-for-19 showing at the foul line. Khris Middleton scored 22 points as the Bucks beat Chicago for the 14th time in 15 games.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 30 points. DeRozan scored 29 points, though he was 11 for 30 from the field.

Nikola Vucevic added 19 points and nine rebounds, but the Bulls lost their fourth straight game.

“I felt like we competed,” DeRozan said. “It came down to the last couple minutes. … They’re defending champs for a reason.”


Chicago led 102-100 after Javonte Green nailed a 3 with six minutes remaining. Milwaukee then scored six straight, with Middleton’s turnaround jumper making it a four-point game with just over four minutes left, and maintained the lead the rest of the way.

LaVine cut it to 112-109 when he drove for a layup with 47 seconds remaining. Antetokounmpo made two free throws before LaVine buried a 3 to pull Chicago within 114-112 with 24.4 seconds left.

A reverse layup by Jevon Carter bumped Milwaukee’s lead to four. The Bucks then won a challenge after Middleton got called for a foul as LaVine attempted a 3. Milwaukee controlled the jump ball, and Holiday made two free throws with 12.5 seconds left.


Bucks guard Grayson Allen got booed during introductions and throughout the game for a hard foul that resulted in a broken wrist for Alex Caruso when the teams met Jan. 21 in Milwaukee. Caruso has not played since that game, leaving Chicago without one of its best defenders.

The crowd was delighted when Derrick Jones Jr. knocked Allen to the floor as he drove the baseline early in the fourth quarter. Jones got called for a flagrant foul. And Allen made both free throws.

Jones insisted he’s “not a dirty player” and didn’t think he committed a flagrant foul.

“What happened in Milwaukee, we didn’t like it,” he said. “It’s obvious we didn’t like it. Nobody like that. But I’m not going to go out there and just try to take a man out. That’s not who I am.”


Bucks: C Brook Lopez is ready to participate in contact drills and five-on-five scrimmages after being sidelined since the season opener because of a back injury that required surgery. “It’s another good, positive step for him on his return to play,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. … Budenholzer said the Bucks hope to get G George Hill (sore neck) back in the next week. He has been sidelined since Jan. 28. … G Pat Connaughton “still has a ways to go” in his recovery from surgery on his right finger, Budenholzer said. Connaughton was hurt fouling Chris Paul on a drive to the basket in a 131-107 loss at Phoenix on Feb. 10. Connaughton was expected to miss four weeks.

Bulls: The Bulls are a combined 0-8 against East-leading Miami, second-place Philadelphia and Milwaukee. … Chicago didn’t attempt a free throw until DeRozan completed a four-point play in the closing minute of the first half. The Bulls made 8 of 11. … LaVine, who missed time recently because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, was not listed on the injury report. “He feels fine,” coach Billy Donovan said. “I think if there were any problems, he would talk.”


Bucks: Host Phoenix on Sunday.

Bulls: At Philadelphia on Monday night.

Maxey-mum Effort: 76ers race past Cavs behind 33 from Maxey

PHILADELPHIA (AP) James Harden is the new kid in town, earning raucous cheers from the moment he steps on the court. Joel Embiid hears wire-to-wire “MVP!” chants from Philly fans begging for a championship.

The 76ers are so much more than their dynamic duo.

Make room for Tyrese Maxey in Philly’s version of a Big 3.

Maxey made five 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to their fifth straight win, 125-119 over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

“I don’t think we look at it as Big 3, Big 2,” Maxey said. “I think we look at it as one unit.”

The 76ers improved to 4-0 with Harden in the lineup. Harden had 25 points and 11 assists. Embiid added 22 points and nine rebounds.

Maxey, though, stole the show.

“On any given night, it can be any one of us to go off,” Harden said. “Tyrese really picked it up for us tonight.”

The second-year guard out of Kentucky tore through the Cavaliers in the second half and seemingly turned Embiid and Harden into bystanders. His best sequence came in the fourth. Maxey hit a 3 that gave the Sixers a one-point lead, then he drained a 3 off a pass from Harden on the break that made it 110-106 and had the Philly crowd going wild.

Harden held his arms high and beckoned the crowd to get even louder.

Maxey made 10 of 15 shots (5 of 6 on 3s) and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line with five assists.

“He’s a fearless kid,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Darius Garland scored 26 points and had 19 assists for the Cavaliers, and Isaac Okoro added 22.

Harden, who had at least 20 points and 10 assists for the third time in four games, picked up his third foul at 8:32 in the second quarter and took only four shots through three. Yet, he still had 18 points (and nine assists) on the strength of two 3s and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line.

“I’ve got to do a better job of being more solid,” Harden said. “I’ve got to be more smarter so I can be out there and help my team.”

His fast success with Embiid was expected. But his presence has turned Maxey into a knock-off Allen Iverson since his arrival.

Maxey made 76ers fans – and, frankly, the 76ers – forget about Ben Simmons with his play this season.

He turned it on in the third quarter and brought the Sixers back from long-range, attacking the net, and even with a nifty pass off the break to Embiid.

Maxey hit two 3s and scored 14 points in the quarter to bring the Sixers back from 21 points down to grab a lead late in the third. He buried a 3, then came back right with a 12-footer to make it a three-point deficit. The speedy guard tossed the ball to Embiid for the easy bucket that sent the crowd into a frenzy. He scored 20 points for the fourth straight game, the longest streak of his career — and all with Harden.

But it was Georges Niang who finally gave the Sixers their first lead on a basket and a 3 that made it 97-93.

“He’s a shooter. That’s what he does,” Harden said.

The Cavaliers hit their first nine shots and Kevin Love made a pair of 3s to help them race to a 39-18 lead. They have lost six of seven.

“We felt and looked like ourselves for the first time in a while,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “We just happened to run into a really good basketball team.”


Cavaliers: Bickerstaff was fined $20,000 by the NBA for his behavior while being ejected from a game on Monday night. The league fined Bickerstaff for using inappropriate language toward the officiating crew and not leaving the court “in a timely manner.”

76ers: Veteran C DeAndre Jordan is expected to join the team Saturday after he signed this week. Jordan’s arrival reunites him with Rivers, who was his coach while with the Los Angeles Clippers. “I hope he recaptures the Lob City days,” Rivers said. “That would be fantastic for us.” The 33-year-old Jordan joins Paul Millsap as a backup center for the Sixers. “We’ve got a bunch of backups now. He’s just one of them,” Rivers said. “But it’s great to have him.”


Harden hit two 3s and has 2,559 on his career, one shy of matching Reggie Miller for third on the NBA’s career list.

Bickerstaff coached Harden as an assistant and an interim coach when they were in Houston and raved about his greatness.

“He sees the game a step ahead,” he said. “He’s not one of those guys that’s just going so fast he’s waiting for the offense to react. He’s forcing the defense to react. He’s one of the most creative decision makers and passers in our game. He also knows when to make the play that’s right in front of him.”


Garland joined LeBron James and Andre Miller as the only players in Cavs franchise history with multiple 25-point, 15-assist games in a single season.


Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Sunday.

76ers: Play Saturday at Eastern Conference-leading Miami.

Cousins leads in Jokic’s absence, Nuggets beat Rockets

DENVER (AP) DeMarcus Cousins, starting in place of ailing Nikola Jokic, scored a season-high 31 points and the Denver Nuggets bounced back from a loss to beat the struggling Houston Rockets 116-101 on Friday night.

Jokic, the reigning MVP, was held out because of a non-COVID-19 illness.

Cousins, a midseason acquisition by the Nuggets following his release by Milwaukee, found out he was starting for Jokic during the pre-game shootaround.

“I was trying to take the best shots, trying to make the right play every possession,” Cousins said. “I play the game the right way. It was very satisfying and it’s even better when you have a coach that believes in you, an organization that believes in you and teammates that have your back. That’s all I’ve been searching for on this journey. I’ve found that right now and like I said earlier, I’m going to leave everything on the floor.”

JaMychal Green and Jeff Green each added 14 points apiece as Denver shook off a loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night for its seventh win in eight games.

Will Barton had 11 points, hitting two 3-pointers to pass JR Smith as the Nuggets’ career leader with 769.

Christian Wood had 22 points for Houston, and Jalen Green added 18. The Rockets have lost 12 straight.

Barton hit two 3-pointers a minute apart late in the third quarter to break the mark. The Nuggets called a timeout during their ensuing possession and Barton’s milestone was flashed on the scoreboard, bringing the crowd to its feet with a roaring ovation that Barton acknowledged with an appreciative wave of his arms.

“It was a surreal moment,” Barton said. “It’s something you dream of as a kid, to one day make history at the biggest stage.”

Cousins added a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws around a jumper by Garrison Mathews in the final 1:16 of the third period and Denver took a 17-point lead into the final quarter. “They had the lead the whole game,” said the Rockets’ Eric Gordon. “This is a game where you’ve got to come in here and take it from them. You’ve got to disrupt their rhythm somehow. Of course we’re in the game but it’s a different kind of energy and effort to really try to win the game and we just didn’t have that tonight.”

Cousins’ dunk, one of several that he had in the game, put the Nuggets up 103-89 with 4:43 left and Denver maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Cousins was taken out of the game with just under two minutes remaining and got a hug from coach Michael Malone and an ovation from the crowd.


Rockets: G Dennis Schroder missed a second consecutive game with a sprained right ankle. . Former Nuggets star Kenyon Martin was on hand in the stands to watch his son, Kenyon Martin Jr., play for the Rockets. . Houston has only seven wins in 34 road games.

Nuggets: G Austin Rivers also was ruled out of the game because of a non-COVID-19 illness. . F Zeke Nnaji remains sidelined due to bilateral knee soreness. . Cousins’ previous season high was 22 points against Dallas on Dec. 23 while with Milwaukee. . Denver swept its season series with the Rockets 3-0.


Rockets: Host Memphis on Sunday night.

Nuggets: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.

Cam Johnson banks in 3, NBA-leading Suns stun Knicks 115-114

PHOENIX (AP) Cam Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with a career-high 38 points and give the Phoenix Suns a wild 115-114 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

Johnson’s ninth 3-pointer in 12 tries came from 31 feet at the top of the key. The NBA-leading Suns, playing without All-Star guards Chris Paul and Devin Booker, improved to 51-12.

The Knicks looked as if they were headed for an impressive road win before Julius Randle’s ill-timed ejection in the third quarter in an exchange with Johnson.

New York blew a 14-point lead following Randle’s ejection, but Mitchell Robinson’s layup with 15 seconds left gave the Knicks a 113-112 lead. Alec Burks added a free throw to give the Knicks a 114-112 advantage – but missed his second attempt – giving the Suns an opportunity in the final seconds.

That’s when Johnson capped his huge night with his biggest shot, sinking the long 3-pointer after Cam Payne’s pass. Johnson’s shot was long, but smacked off the glass and through the hoop.

Johnson hit six 3-pointers and scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks – up 86-76 when Randle was tossed – have lost seven straight.

Randle scored 25 points, and Robinson added 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Randle and Johnson were called for technicals after bumping chests and exchanging words. A referee separated the two, but then Randle barreled through the ref to shove Johnson again, which earned the ejection.

Paul has been out with a broken thumb since Feb. 16 and could miss the rest of the regular season. Booker missed his second straight game because he’s in the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol.

Payne finished with 17 points and 16 assists. Mikal Bridges had 20 points.


Knicks: All five starters scored in double figures. … Slam dunk winner Obi Toppin was a late scratch with a strained left hamstring.

Suns: Johnson took a hard shoulder to the chest in the first quarter and briefly went back to the locker room. He came back for the second quarter and scored nine points before halftime. … Hosted a 20th consecutive sellout crowd of 17,071 at the Footprint Center.


Knicks: At Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Suns: At Milwaukee on Sunday.




Coming off an overtime win against the Magic, the Pacers headed North to take on the Detroit Pistons in Little Caesars Arena.

An all-too-familiar ending played out for the Blue & Gold, as the squad saw a late lead slip away. With Indiana leading 105-99, the Pistons mounted a 12-1 run over the final 2:55 to secure a 111-106 victory.

“They finished the game the way they started it,” Rick Carlisle said. “With a flurry. You have to give them credit for that.”

The Pacers (22-43) had a chance to tie with around 10 seconds left. But, Jalen Smith’s baseline look rattled out. Detroit (17-47) then finished the game at the charity stripe on the other end.

Both Smith (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Isaiah Jackson (12 points, 10 rebounds) finished with double-doubles. The Detroit native’s 10 boards tied his career-high. Additionally, Malcolm Brogdon recorded a game-high 26 points. Duane Washington Jr. and Buddy Hield each finished with 16 points. Saddiq Bey finished with 25 points to lead Detroit.

A hot start from Jackson (five points, three rebounds, one block in two minutes) propelled the Pacers to an early advantage. But, Detroit rallied with seven unanswered – five from Bey – to take away the lead. The squads remained in a tight battle before Indiana called the first timeout. 7:09 remained in the first quarter.

Using triples from Bey and former Pacer Cory Joseph, Detroit stretched its lead to seven. When Brogdon banked in his third bucket, Isaiah Stewart matched him on the other end with a tip-in. The Pistons led 27-20 with 4:10 left.

Bey continued to stay hot from deep, as his third triple fell at the 2:23 mark and stretched Detroit’s lead to 35-23. But, Indiana worked to trim the lead to single digits (39-32) in the final minute.

Detroit drained four more triples – two each from Rodney McGruder and Kelly Olynyk – in the first 3:17 of the second quarter to earn a 53-38 advantage. It appeared as if Detroit could not miss. At the 7:10 mark, Hamidou Diallo fired a jumper long. But, the ball caromed high off the rim and fell through.

Trailing 61-49, the Blue & Gold battled back with eight unanswered to cut the gap to four with 3:13 left. Then, with 2:09 left, Washington Jr. nailed his fourth triple to trim the deficit to 63-60. Down the stretch, both sides clamped down on defense. But, Brogdon hit 1-of-2 at the charity stripe to keep the Pistons’ lead at three.

Detroit managed to earn a seven-point lead with constant offensive pressure early in the third. But, Hield drilled a couple of buckets to keep the Pacers within striking distance. His six-foot floater at the 8:10 mark cut the gap to 74-69.

Detroit appeared to gain momentum, scoring four unanswered to stretch the gap to nine. However, the Blue & Gold mounted a 10-0 run in a 1:56 span to grab a 79-78 lead with 4:43 to play. Tyrese Haliburton forced a Detroit timeout with a crowd-silencing triple from the right wing.

The squads stayed within one possession of each other for the remainder of the frame. Haliburton earned an 88-87 lead on a high-flying slam with 32.2 seconds left. But, the Pistons gained a one-point edge after getting three chances from offensive rebounds.

The Pacers broke the one-possession trend after Oshae Brissett earned a trip to the free-throw line with physical play. With 8:09 left in the fourth, the forward sliced into the paint for his third offensive rebound. Although he missed the bucket, he sank both freebies to earn a 97-93 lead. Just 40 seconds later, Jackson snagged his sixth offensive board – the team’s 21st – to head to the stripe. He sank one to stretch the lead to five. The hustle plays forced a Piston timeout.

However, Detroit then used the offensive boards to their benefit. After a missed free-throw, a Piston big man tapped the ball out to Bey on the perimeter. Bey obliged and drilled the triple, knotting the score at 98 with 5:50 remaining.

Leading 100-99 with 3:16 left, Brogdon nailed a 28-foot triple from straight away. On the ensuing Detroit possession, Haliburton swatted away Cade Cunningham’s attempt. The Blue & Gold rushed up the floor for an easy transition dunk. Indiana led 105-99 with 2:55 to play.

However, the Pistons continued to fight. Cunningham and Bey sank back-to-back triples to tie the game with 1:40 to go.

Jackson broke the tie with a free throw. But, Cunningham earned a one-point edge with a layup at the 1:09 mark. Brogdon tried to respond, but his attempt bounced long.

The Blue & Gold had an opportunity with 35 seconds remaining. Haliburton lined up a deep three to take a two-point lead. However, his attempt kicked to the right. The Pacers then intentionally fouled Jerami Grant. The forward stretched the lead to 109-106 with 19.1 seconds remaining.

On the final possession, Brogdon drove the paint and kicked out to a wide-open Smith along the baseline. Unfortunately, Smith did not get the lucky bounce needed to send the game into overtime.

Inside the Numbers

Although the 3-ball was off (10-for-40), the Pacers scored 56 points in the paint on 28-of-55 shooting.

Jackson corralled a career-high six offensive rebounds.

Washington Jr. finished 4-of-8 (50 percent) from beyond the arc – a team-best.

New Piston Marvin Bagley III hurt the Pacers from the bench. He finished with 18 points on 9-of-16 shooting and eight rebounds.

You Can Quote Me On That

“They did a good job switching (during) the last six minutes of the game. We did a good job for 38 minutes as far as moving, cutting, screening, and creating for each other. I think the ball got a little stagnant. And it’s a make-or-miss league. You make a couple of shots, and we head out here with a W.” –Washington on the final minutes of the game

“It was fun. I have a bunch of family out. I heard them cheering for me. I know they were here tonight. It felt good. When I went out there, I just had fun and played my brand of basketball. And I’ll get to see them after.” –Jackson on playing in his hometown for the first time as an NBA player

Stat of the Night

Indiana hauled in a season-high 21 offensive rebounds for 25 second-chance points.


Goga Bitadze did not play due to a sore left foot.

Buddy Hield has finished in double figures in all nine of his Pacers games this season.

The Pacers are now 5-16 in games decided by five points or fewer.

Up Next

The Pacers wrap up their four-game road trip in Washington against the Wizards on Sunday, March 6 at 6:00 PM ET.


After a four-game road trip, the Pacers return home to host Caris LeVert and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM ET.


QUEBEC CITY, QC – Looking for their first win ever against a Canadian franchise, the Fuel traveled to Trois-Rivières for the first of a two-game series on Friday night. After a two-goal second period, the Fuel went on to defeat the Lions 5-0 on Friday. 

After the first 10 minutes of feeling each other out, the Fuel would be the first team to get on the board. Receiving a pass from Riley McKay, Bryan Lemos wrapped the puck around and beat Trois-Rivières goaltender Philippe Desrosiers. Although being outshot 9-8 in the first period, Indy would hold on to their 1-0 lead heading into the locker room.

Trois-Rivières looked to have been the first team to get on the board when Tyler Boivin jammed a rebound past Fuel goaltender Cale Morris. Calling the goal off for goaltender interference, referee Brett Roeland would review the goal and confirm his call made on the ice, keeping Indy Fuel leading 1-0.

Doubling Indy’s one-goal lead, Darien Craighead fed Jared Thomas a pass and he one-timed the shot over the shoulder of Desrosiers. Scoring a goal of his own, Darien Craighead snuck his way through the Lions’ defense and chipped a shot over the shoulder of a sprawling Desrosiers.

Midway through the final period, the Fuel were outshooting the Lions 8-6 but couldn’t get anything past Desrosiers. Scoring their fourth goal of the game Ryan Valentini jumped on a rebound in front of Desrosiers and buried it in the back of the net. Spencer Watson would pot the empty net goal and eventually give the Fuel a 5-0 win.

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Preseason Recap – Indy Eleven 2 : 1 Chicago Fire FC

INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, March 4, 2022) – In its penultimate match of the 2022 preseason, Indy Eleven pushed its spring exhibition record to 4W-1L-2D by defeating Chicago Fire FC via a 2-1 result. Indiana’s Team did its damage on the scoreboard in the second half, with goals by forward Aris Briggs and a guest forward helping the Eleven overcome an early first half goal by the visitors.

Today’s 90-minute match took place behind closed doors at IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium, which in 2022 will serve as the team’s home venue for a sixth season in what will be the Eleven’s ninth year of play. Indy Eleven’s final preseason contest will take place on Saturday afternoon at Columbus Crew 2, which will put a bow on preparations for the squad’s 2022 USL Championship regular season opener at Loudoun United FC next Saturday, March 12 (6:00 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+).

After a quiet first ten minutes of play, the first true scoring chance for either side came in the 12th minute off a corner kick for Chicago. However, Eleven midfielder Neveal Hackshaw made a pivotal challenge to knock the short-range chance up and over goal, keeping the match scoreless. That changed just a minute later, when a Fire attacker beat a defender and converted on an uncontested shot from just inside the top of the area to take a 1-0 lead for the visitors.

The attack for Chicago continued to carry the better chances through about the first half hour, but goalkeeper Tim Trilk made three huge first half stops – including two on 1-v-1 chances – to keep the game within a goal’s grasp for the Eleven. The Boys in Blue gradually brought their own danger into the scoring area, including a display of great pace from the squad’s starting guest forward to create a chance in the 25th minute and a shot of his own that was blocked in the 32nd minute. Another chance fell to the foot of midfielder Justin Ingram for Indy in the 37th minute, but ultimately the score remained 1-0 in favor of Chicago heading into the break.

Indy began a much more active second half offensively with an odd-man attack in the 48th minute spearheaded by midfielder Raul Aguilera’s pass towards the right endline for Hackshaw, whose near-angle shot landed in the outside netting. Shortly after in the 51st minute, Indy broke its scoring seal, as recently signed Academy player Palmer Ault deftly chested down a ball at the top of the area into the path of Aris Briggs, who took a touch before finishing from 15 yards to even the score. Indy quickly generated another chance on midfielder Bryam Rebellon’s saved shot, with Ault’s rebound follow up also snagged by Chicago’s ‘keeper.

With the tide turned in Indy’s favor, Briggs continued the scoring chances for the home side with a saved header and highlight reel bicycle kick that went inches wide in the 59th and 60th minutes, respectively. While Ault’s brief appearance in the match as a halftime substitute ended in the 72nd minute, he nearly left one more good impression with his final action of the day, only to see his shot from eight yards out saved.

Head Coach Mark Lowry inserted another guest forward in Ault’s place, and the move paid off with a game-winner in the 84th minute. After collecting Briggs’ flick-on from midfield, the striker carried for 20 yards up the middle of the field before sailing his 12-yard shot into goal for the 2-1 scoreline, which Indy Eleven carried through the rest of regulation and two minutes of added time despite a barrage of Fire crosses into the area.

2022 Spring Preseason Exhibition

Indy Eleven  2 : 1  Chicago Fire FC

Friday, March 4, 2021

IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Scoring Summary:

CHI – goal 13’

IND – Aris Briggs (Palmer Ault) 51’

IND – Guest FW #2 (Aris Briggs) 84’

Disciplinary Summary:

IND – Neveal Hackshaw (yellow card) 22′

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk; Jared Timmer, Mechack Jerome, Guest DF #1 (Palmer Ault 45’) (Guest FW #2, 72’), Alex McQueen; Raul Aguilera, Neveal Hackshaw, Justin Ingram, Bryam Rebellon; Aris Briggs, Guest FW #1 (Sam Brown 72’)

Indy Eleven 2022 Preseason Exhibition Schedule (4W-1L-2D)

Wednesday, Feb. 9  |  Indy Eleven  7 : 0  Marian University

Saturday, Feb. 12  |  Indy Eleven  4 : 2  University of Indianapolis

Wednesday, Feb. 16  |  Indy Eleven  1 : 1  Detroit City FC

Saturday, Feb. 19  |  Indy Eleven  3 : 0  Sporting Kansas City II

Tuesday, Feb. 22  |  Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC  2 : 0  Indy Eleven

Friday, Feb. 25  |  Indy Eleven  1 : 1  St. Louis City SC

Friday, March 4  |  Indy Eleven  2 : 1  Chicago Fire FC

Saturday, March 5 at Columbus Crew 2 – CLOSED DOOR

5-seed Indiana Knocks Off 4-seed Maryland in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals

INDIANAPOLIS – 5-seed Indiana knocked off 4-seed and two-time defending champions Maryland, 62-51, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.


A one-possession game for much of the opening quarter, Indiana used back-to-back buckets from senior guard Grace Berger and sophomore guard Chloe Moore-McNeil to take a 14-9 lead with 2:13 remaining. Maryland got the last answer of the frame, but the game was still within two possessions for IU, 18-13.

Indiana maintained a five-point lead through much of the second quarter as it broke a scoring drought of nearly three minutes on a feed from Berger inside to Gulbe for the bucket, 30-23.

A second-chance opportunity by the Terps brought them back within five, but back-to-back buckets from junior forward Mackenzie Holmes with just over a minute to play gave Indiana what would be its halftime lead at 34-25.

Cardaño-Hillary opened the third with a 3-pointer for Indiana to push the lead to double-figures. But that would be the only bucket for a four-plus minute stretch as Holmes got Indiana going again on an offensive board and putback with 4:21 remaining.

The Terrapins came within as few as three, but Holmes would have something to say about that as she completed a 3-point play to put her team up 44-39. A Maryland turnover with four second to go in the third led to a steal from Moore-McNeil who fed to Berger as she coasted down the court for the layup as the buzzer sounded in the third, leading 47-41.

Indiana was able to withstand another push midway through the fourth, where back-to-back buckets from All-Big Ten honoree junior guard Ashley Owusu brought Maryland within five. Berger took advantage of a mismatch on the inside as she fed Holmes the ball for two more as Maryland needed a timeout with 4:57 to play.

Scoring on both ends was silenced for a chunk of the last part of the quarter, as Maryland again knocked at the door with 1:21 to play but the Hoosiers put themselves in an opportunity to capitalize in the bonus down the stretch, going 8-for-10 at the line to complete the victory.


With the win over Maryland, Indiana advances to Saturday’s semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament, their third semifinal appearance in five seasons. 

The Hoosiers even their conference tournament record with Maryland after Friday’s victory, 1-1.

Berger recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Holmes led the team in scoring with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Senior forward Aleksa Gulbe picked up a team-high tying 11 boards while also putting in seven points.

Graduate student guard Nicole Cardaño-Hillary added nine points, a team-high four steals and picked up eight rebounds.

The Hoosiers largest lead was 13 which was at the 17 second mark in the fourth quarter.

Indiana held Maryland to its lowest point total in a Big Ten Tournament game. Their previous low was 60 in a win versus Michigan State in the 2016 Championship game.

The Hoosiers held the Terrapins to just 31.4 percent shooting, which is their lowest in a Big Ten tournament game since 2015.

From behind the 3-point line, the Terrapins went 0-12 for the first time this season.

IU added an 80 percent performance at the free throw line, going 16-for-20 including 6-for-8 from Berger.

The Hoosiers improved to 17-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent as they won on the glass, 42-39.

Berger and graduate student guard Ali Patberg tied a team-high four assists.


Indiana head coach Teri Moren

“Well, it’s a fantastic win for our program today. We have so much respect for Maryland and what they have done in the Big Ten for some time. So we knew that we were up against a great basketball team and we knew that we had to bring it for 40 minutes and I thought our kids defensively showed up in a big kind of way. Our goal going into the game was to be as disruptive as we could, especially with Reese. We were going to blitz her as much as we could. Just be active. We weren’t going to leave (Katie) Benzan because of her ability to shoot it so well. But I’m just so proud of these guys in executing the game plan, sticking to it. It seemed like the third quarter we sputtered a little bit, but we didn’t relinquish the lead. And then I thought we just made enough plays and found a way to win. And so just really, really proud of my group.”


Indiana meets 1-seed Ohio State on Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals at 3:30 p.m. ET in Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

Baseball Drops Heartbreaker in Series Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An early lead wasn’t enough for the Indiana baseball program against a potent Missouri State lineup in a 9-7 loss in the series opener at Hammons Field on Friday (March 4) afternoon.

Indiana (2-6) scored three runs in the second inning, one in the third and one in the fourth to build a 5-0 lead, but Missouri State (5-3) scored seven times in the fifth to take the lead. Solo home runs from the Hoosiers in the seventh and eighth innings knotted the score at seven, before the Bears used a two-run blast in the eighth to retake the lead.

At the plate, a trio of freshmen led the way for IU, paced by Josh Pyne’s two-hit game. Pyne was the lone Hoosier with multiple hits in the game and he drove in a pair of RBIs. Carter Mathison hit his first career home run in the eighth inning to tie the game and scored three runs on the night. Brock Tibbitts doubled and came in the score one run.

Redshirt-sophomore Morgan Colopy hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning, walked once and scored twice.

Junior John-Biagio Modugno got the start and allowed five runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out one in a no decision. Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (0-2) took the loss with four runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out five and walked four.

For Missouri State, Dakota Kotowski and Mason Greer each hit home runs with runners on base, while Mason Hull added the third multi-RBI game for the Bears. Kotowski had two RBIs, while Greer led all hitters with three runs batted in. Trey Ziegenbein (2-1) picked up the win with two innings of one-run relief work.

Scoring Recap

Top Second

A bases loaded double from Josh Pyne scored the first two runs of the game, before an error loaded the bases again. Tyler Doanes then grounded into a fielder’s choice to push across the third run of the inning.

Indiana 3, Missouri State 0

Top Third

Bobby Whalen singled and went first-to-third on a Matthew Ellis base hit. Whalen came in to score on a double play.

Indiana 4, Missouri State 0

Top Fourth

Carter Mathison walked and came in to score when Pyne’s single to left field was misplayed.

Indiana 5, Missouri State 0

Bottom Fifth

After starting pitcher John-Biagio Modugno struck out the first batter of the frame, nine of the next 10 batters reached base and Missouri State scored seven times to grab the lead. A three-run home run from Mason Greer opened the scoring for MSU. An infield single with the bases loaded pushed one run across and a walk followed to tie the game. Mason Hull followed with a two-RBI single to push the Bears into the lead against reliever Reese Sharp.

Missouri State 7, Indiana 5

Top Seventh

Morgan Colopy hit a solo home run to left field.

Missouri State 7, Indiana 6

Top Eighth

Mathison hit his first career home run to right-center field.

Indiana 7, Missouri State 7

Bottom Eighth

A one-out, two-run home run by Dakota Kotowski proved to be the difference.

Missouri State 9, Indiana 7

Up Next

Indiana and Missouri State will play the second game of the series at 3 p.m. CT at Hammons Field.

Softball Opens Hoosier Classic with Pair of Victories

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team scored 16 combined runs and stole 13 bases on their way to wins over Valparaiso and Western Illinois on the first day of the Hoosier Classic on Friday at Andy Mohr Field. The Hoosiers (7-4) started the day with a 9-4 victory over Valpo and closed with a 7-1 win over Western Illinois.

Game 1: Indiana 9, Valpo 4

Key Moments

• Valpo scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

• In the bottom half of the first inning Grayson Radcliffe singled and scored Cora Bassett score the Hoosiers first run of the game.

• The Hoosiers scored three runs in the second inning.

• Brittany Ford hit a home run to right center in the sixth inning that brought in two runs and put the Hoosiers up 9-4.


• Indiana trailed Valpo 3-1 in the middle of the second inning and outscored the Beacons 8-1 the rest of the game.

• The Hoosiers recorded eight stolen bases in the game. Cora Bassett had three stolen bases in the game. Six different players had a stolen base.

• Cora Bassett and Grayson Radcliffe each recorded three hits.

• The home run by Ford was her third of the season.

• The Hoosiers tallied 12 hits in the game.

• Brianna Copeland pitched five innings, giving up three hits and striking out six for the win.

Game 2: Indiana 7, Western Illinois 1 

Key Moments

• Cora Bassett led off the game with a double to center field. Brittany Ford singled to score Bassett and put the Hoosiers up 1-0 in the first inning.

• In the second inning Tatum Hayes singled and stole second base. Kinsey Mitchell singled to score Hayes and put IU up 2-0.

• The Hoosiers broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning.


• The Hoosiers added five stolen bases against Western Illinois for a total of 13 over the two games.

• Indiana now has 39 stolen bases through 11 games this season.

• Macy Montgomery pitched a complete game to get the win for the Hoosiers.

• The Hoosiers recorded 12 hits and had four players they each had two hits (Bassett, Ford, Hayes and Mitchell).

Up Next

Indiana will continue play in the Hoosier Classic tomorrow when they take on Western Illinois and Valpo.

Boilers Blast Owls in Five

BOCA RATON, Fla. – A hot start for the Purdue softball team (8-9) ended with a 13-5 decision to open the doubleheader at Florida Atlantic.

The Boilermakers’ 13 runs are the most since the opening weekend of 2020, which also came against FAU in Boca Raton in a 14-3 decision. Leading the way was catcher Kaeley Hallada and third baseman Olivia McFadden, who each scored three runs. Additionally, two Boilermakers secured homers: Hallada and Ryen Ross.

Purdue scored three runs in the first inning, before the second inning decided the game when six Boilermakers found home. Four insurance runs were scored in the third.

Meanwhile in the circle, Alex Echazarreta earned the start, tossing five strikeouts in the first two innings before being replaced by Mo Wimpee (2-1) who pitched the third inning.

Boilermakers Make Quick Work of Longwood, Move to 10-0

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Purdue Baseball matched the best start in program history, improving to 10-0 on the 2022 campaign with a 6-1 victory over Longwood Friday afternoon. With the win, the Boilermakers join the 1909 squad as the only teams to win their first 10 games to start a season.

Purdue starting pitcher Jackson Smeltz turned in a dominating performance, allowing only one run on three hits over seven innings. The southpaw faced just one batter over the minimum, picking off a pair of Lancers that recorded hits. With 10 strikeouts, Smeltz became the first pitcher to record at least 10 punchouts in consecutive starts since Matt Bischoff (Purdue’s all-time strikeouts leader) in 2010.

Four Boilermakers recorded multi-hit games. Leadoff hitter Mike Bolton Jr. reached base four times with two hits and two walks, while Jake Jarvis went 2-for-3 after getting the start in right field. CJ Valdez went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI, doing his part as the designated hitter. Moving down to the seventh spot in the lineup led to a 2-for-4 afternoon from Paul Toetz, including a pair of RBI. 

Smeltz was mowing down the Lancers from the start, striking out six of the first seven batters he faced. Meanwhile, at the plate, Purdue scored the game’s first runs with a big third inning. Valdez started the scoring barrage with an RBI single up the middle. Cam Thompson followed with a double that added another run before a bases-loaded double by Toetz plated a pair of Boilermakers. When the dust settled, Purdue held a 4-0 lead.

The Boilermakers added one run in the fourth on a Valdez double as well as another in the fifth courtesy of a single by Jake Stadler. Smeltz continued to cruise on the rubber, facing the minimum through the first six innings to go along with 10 strikeouts.

Longwood (3-7) finally got on the board in the seventh when first baseman Hunter Gilliam smacked a solo homer off Smeltz to avoid the shutout. Finishing the job, Kyle Wade tossed a pair of scoreless frames to give the Purdue bullpen nine scoreless innings during the week.

The Boilermakers and Lancers return to Ting Stadium Saturday afternoon for game two of the weekend series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. and admission is free.

Seton Hall Pulls Away From Butler WBB

UCASVILLE, Conn. – All-conference guard Lauren Park-Lane scored 12 of her 21 points in the second half as No. 6 seed Seton Hall shook off a challenge from No. 11 Butler en route to a 58-39 win on Friday in the first round of the Big East Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Butler, which won one game during the regular season, took its only lead on a basket by Sydney James late in the second quarter. Seton Hall’s Sidney Cook took advantage of a second-chance opportunity to tie the game shortly before halftime.

The Seton Hall coaching staff took advantage of most of the allotted time between the first and second half.

After Seton Hall missed its first two shots in the second half, Cooks drained a 3-pointer and then Park-Lane hit consecutive 3-pointers as the Pirates began to pull away.

Butler turned the ball over 10 times in the third quarter and the Bulldogs didn’t score in the third quarter until 5:58 had elapsed and Seton Hall was up by 11 points.

Cooks had 13 points and eight rebounds, Mya Bembry had 12 points and eight rebounds while Andra Espinoza-Hunter had seven points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for Seton Hall (18-11) which advances to play third-seeded Creighton in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Creighton won both games against the Pirates during the regular season including a 97-91 double-overtime thriller in the last meeting on February 20.

Jaynes had 10 points and five rebounds for Butler (1-27).

Butler MBB Hosts Villanova Saturday in Regular Season Finale

Butler (13-17, 6-13 BIG EAST) vs. #11/11 Villanova (22-7, 15-4 BIG EAST)

Saturday, March 5;  12PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.

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Full Notes (PDF)

Butler hosts No. 11 Villanova in the regular season finale that also serves as Senior Day for the Bulldogs and their seven departing student-athletes. The Bulldogs are back at Hinkle Fieldhouse after a recent stretch that saw Butler play four of its last five games on the road.

THE SERIES: Villanova owns a 14-5 advantage in the all-time series between the two programs. Only one match-up (in the 1996 Puerto Rico Shootout) came prior to Butler joining the BIG EAST with the 2013-14 season. Four of Butler’s five wins have come at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Villanova Leads, 14-5

Streak: Villanova, W1

At Hinkle Fieldhouse: Tied, 4-4

LaVall Jordan (at BU) vs. Villanova: 3-7

First Meeting: Villanova, 62-54; 11/30/96 (Puerto Rico)

Last Meeting: Villanova, 82-42; 1/16/22 (at VU)

• Butler has won four of the last five match-ups with Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

• Saturday will be the 12th Top 25 game for Butler this season and the 14th game against a team currently ranked among the Top 40 of the NCAA NET metric.

• According to KenPom, Butler has played the 16th-toughest schedule in the nation so far this season.

• Six of Butler’s last 10 games have been decided by three points or less.

• Seven members of the Butler program will be recognized in a postgame ceremony Saturday.

• Bryce Golden plans to utilize his “COVID redshirt season” and return in 2022-23.

• Bo Hodges is averaging 13.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in his 10 starts this season.

• Bryce Nze posted his third double-double of the season (and second consecutive) in Saturday’s loss at Marquette.

• Nze has 974 career rebounds.

• Nze tied his career-high with five assists at Marquette.

• Butler registered 17 assists on 21 made field goals Saturday at Marquette.

• Eight different Bulldogs have led the team in scoring this season.

• The 25 points by Bo Hodges Feb. 23 at Seton Hall were his high in a Butler uniform and the second-most by a Bulldog in a game this season.

• All six of Simas Lukosius’s double-digit scoring games have come against BIG EAST opponents and the Bulldogs are 5-1 in those games.

• Lukosius has made 39 of his last 41 free throw attempts and is shooting 89 percent from the charity stripe on the season.

• Butler has seven players averaging between 7.4 points and 10.3 points per game in BIG EAST contests.

• LaVall Jordan is 57-20 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in his five seasons at the helm of the Butler program.

• Aaron Thompson is now Butler’s leader in career assists; he broke Thomas Jackson’s record (540) Feb. 12 vs. Marquette.

• Thompson (154) is now ninth on Butler’s career steals list.

TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS: The bracket for next week’s BIG EAST Tournament in New York is taking shape.

A Butler win over Villanova or a DePaul loss at UConn Saturday would make Butler the No. 9 seed (and a first round match-up against No. 8 seed Xavier). A Butler loss coupled with a DePaul win would push the Bulldogs to the No. 10 seed and a first round game against No. 7 seed St. John’s.

FIRST TIME AROUND: No. 14 Villanova shot 60 percent from the field in taking an 82-42 win over Butler Jan. 16 at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia.

The Wildcats made nine of their first 11 three-point attempts and finished 12-for-19 from behind the arc on the afternoon.

Collin Gillespie led four Villanova players in double figures with 17 points. He hit five of the team’s three-pointers.

Villanova scored the first 12 points of the second half (and ultimately put together a 21-3 run) to put the game out of reach.

LAST TIME OUT: Marquette used a strong second half to take a 64-56 win over Butler Saturday afternoon at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

The eight-point final margin was also the Golden Eagles’ largest of the day as Marquette was able to convert 16 Butler turnovers into 22 points. Marquette had a 22-4 advantage in that statistic.

A 14-4 run evaporated Butler’s final lead of the afternoon and gave Marquette a 57-51 lead with 4:55 remaining in the contest. The Golden Eagles’ 48-47 advantage during that stretch was the team’s first lead since 3-2.

Butler jumped out to a 23-14 lead over the first 7:36 of the game, hitting 10 of their first 15 attempts from the field. The Bulldogs would go only 11-for-40 the rest of the way, finishing at 38-percent shooting. Included in that was a 4-for-23 performance from behind the arc (Butler hit three of their first four attempts from long distance Saturday). In Butler’s 85-79 win over Marquette Feb. 12, the Bulldogs made a season-high 13 three-pointers.

TOUGH SLATE: In addition to a true round-robin format that has Butler playing all 10 BIG EAST foes both on the road and at home, the Bulldogs challenged themselves significantly with this season’s non-conference schedule.

Butler’s non-conference opponents includes No. 8 Purdue — Crossroads Classic, No. 14 Houston — Maui Invitational in Las Vegas, and Michigan State — Gavitt Games, which is receiving votes in the AP poll and No. 25 in this week’s coaches poll.

TWO TIMES FOR THE FIRST YEAR: Simas Lukosius was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Jan. 31 following an impressive 2-0 week for the Bulldogs. This is the second weekly conference honor for the Lithuanian, who also was recognized on Jan. 3.

Lukosius averaged 13.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in the team’s two contests. In the Jan. 26 win over Creighton, Lukosius scored 14 points and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He was the team’s leading scorer in the Jan. 29 win over Georgetown, recording 13 points. He shot 45 percent from three-point range in the team’s two games.

QUITE THE BATTLE: As part of the annual BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, the Bulldogs picked up a 66-62 overtime road win Dec. 7 at Oklahoma. Chuck Harris led the Bulldogs with 26 points. Butler trailed by 10 points at the half and by 13 early in the second half before clawing all the way back. After Oklahoma forced overtime with a three-pointer with two seconds remaining in regulation, the Sooners took a 62-58 lead in overtime before Butler scored the game’s final eight points.

ON THE WAY: Connor Turnbull, a 6-10 forward/center from Missouri, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Bulldogs beginning with the 2022-23 season.

Turnbull, from Saint Paul, Mo., stars for Fort Zumwalt North High School, where he earned Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-State honors for Class 6. As a junior, Turnbull averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game, leading the team to a 27-4 record and the Class 6 state semifinals. He shot 34 percent from three-point range. Turnbull helped Brad Beal Elite to a runner-up finish at the 2021 Peach Jam as part of the Nike EYBL circuit.

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2022 BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS FIELD: The Bulldogs will participate in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis for the third time as the 2022 bracket has been announced. Celebrating its 11th year of elite collegiate tournament play, the 2022 field will include Butler, BYU, Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State, USC, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Butler was previously part of the Battle 4 Atlantis field in both 2014 and 2018. The Bulldogs went 2-1 in each event.

Long Ball, Strong Pitching Leads to Cardinals’ Victory Over Rattlers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Ball State baseball team returned to the field for game one of a four-game series with Florida A&M on Friday. The Cardinals used the long ball on the way to a 6-3 victory over the Rattlers.

For the third-straight game, Trenton Quartermaine has recorded a home run.

Amir Wright got the game started as he reached safely with a walk. Wright has reached safely in nine-consecutive games. Justin Conant dropped down a sac bunt to move Wright to second. Nick Powell delivered an RBI single to center to score Wright.

In the top of the second inning, Decker Scheffler launched a one-out home run to right field, his first of the season.

In the top of the fifth, Wright notched a sac fly to left which scored Zach Lane. Adam Christian also scored on the fly out after a throwing error by the FAMU catcher. Ball State held a 4-0 lead after four and a half innings.

Quartermaine launched a one-out homer over the right field wall for his third of the season in the top of the sixth for BSU.

The Rattlers cut the lead to 5-2 in the home half of the sixth.

Lane reached on an error to start the top of the seventh. Lane stole second to move into scoring position. Andre Orselli came up clutch with a single to center to drive in Lane from second. The Cardinals held a 6-2 lead after the top of the seventh.

Florida A&M got a run in the bottom of the eight to cut the Ball State lead to 6-3.

Tyler Schweitzer got the start for the Cardinals and pitched six solid innings. He struck out eight batters and gave up two earned runs on four hits on his way to his first victory of the season. Sam Klein picked up his second save of the season. Klein went 1 2/3 innings with four strikeouts.

DJ Wilkison got the loss with six strikeouts, five earned runs, and six hits in seven innings of work.

The Cardinals return to Moore-Kittles Field for a doubleheader with the Rattlers on Saturday. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1 p.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We got a quality start from Tyler Schweitzer. We executed some small ball. We hit two solo home runs and played errorless baseball, which led to our victory.”

Women’s Basketball Closes Out MAC Regular Season At Home Saturday Against EMU

Game 29 | Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan

March 5 | Muncie, Ind. | Worthen Arena  |1 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN+ | Listen: Muncie Sports Station (92.5FM/1340 AM) | Live Stats

Game Notes: Ball State (PDF) | Eastern Michigan (PDF)

Opening Tip:

– Sixth year head coach Fred Castro owns a 4-8 record against the Cardinals. Ball State swept the home and away series in Castro’s first and second seasons with the Eagles. BSU split the series with EMU last year with the Eagles winning in Worthen Arena and the Cardinals defeating the Eagles on their home court by a score of 68-64 on Jan. 23. Ball State won its first meeting this year over Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich. beating the Eagles by a score of 83-73 on Jan. 12.

– Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan will mark the 87th time in program history the two schools have met with the Eagles leading the all-time series, 44-42.

– Head coach Brady Sallee holds an overall record of 12-9 against Eastern Michigan from 2012-13 to present.

– Ball State is looking to seal its fate into the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament which starts Wednesday, March 9 with the quarterfinals in Cleveland, Ohio. As of March 3 with one game left the Cardinals sit as the No. 4 seed and would face No. 5 Bowling Green.

– Eastern Michigan enters Saturday’s contest with a 7-19 overall record and a 4-15 Mid-American Conference ledger. The Eagles have lost three in a row with the Eagles recently falling to Western Michigan by a score of 52-68.

– Today the Cardinals will pay tribute to their lone senior Blake Smith prior to the contest against EMU. Smith is a native of Carmel, Ind. She has been a four-year letter winner for the Cardinals. She has played in 89 games for her career and has started in 37 of them.

Rauch Was Perfect:

Junior Annie Rauch went a perfect 10-of-10 from the field on Wednesday night at Western Michigan. Rauch turned in a career best 22-point performance. We did some research and no other Cardinal has been perfect from the field in quite some time the closest was in 2007-08 when former Cardinal Emily Maggert went 9-of-10 against Western Michigan.

Backs, Crashers & Keys:

This year, the Cardinals are forgoing “traditional” positions and using their own such as backs, crashers, and keys, to bring a sense of team unity. That system proved to be the lift Ball State needed, especially with so many new faces on the court. BSU started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2017.

Rauch Racking Up The Points:

Junior Annie Rauch did it again on Wednesday at Central Michigan turning in another career best performance after scoring 24 points. Rauch went 8-of-12 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds. She helped the Cardinals win the points in the paint battle over the Chippewas, 40-34.

Home Sweet Home:

John E. Worthen Arena has been very good to the Cardinals for the past decade. Ball State has a record of 158-85 (.656) at Worthen Arena from 2004-present. In 10 seasons Brady Sallee has compiled a 90-50 (.658)  record in Worthen Arena. His best season at home was in 2017-18 when the Cardinals went 15-3 in Muncie. This season BSU is 8-5 at home.

#7 Irish Fall to Badgers In B1G Quarterfinal Series Opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – No. 7 Notre Dame Hockey fell to Wisconsin, 3-1, in the best-of-three series opener of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night at Compton Family Ice Arena (3,634).

The Irish earned a season high by putting 50 shots on goal and held the Badgers to 28 on the night but Jared Moe’s 49 saves backstopped Wisconsin to the win.

Graham Slaggert tied the game, 1-1, just past the 13 minute mark of the second period, but the Badgers scored 38 seconds to take back a lead they would not relinquish.

“They played well so give them their due,” head coach Jeff Jackson said after the game. “It was playoff hockey, and you have to be prepared. Anything can happen in the playoffs. The goaltender played well, they keep you on the outside and we have to find a way to penetrate that.”

Graduate student Matthew Galajda made 24 saves for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame (25-10-0) finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Wisconsin (10-22-3) was 0-for-1.

How It Happened

Five minutes into the opening frame Cam Burke nearly got the Irish on the board after following up a Max Ellis shot on goal, but following video review it was ruled the puck never crossed the goal line after hitting the far post.

Justin Janicke took a nice feed from Jack Adams in the high slot and rang one off the crossbar at 8:25 of the first.

The Irish continued to pressure and with 5:20 left in the first, Jake Pivonka’s stretch pass sprang Ryder Rolston on a partial breakaway attempt but his attempt went wide.

Wisconsin’s Brock Caufield then struck first, scoring his seventh of the season at 15:22 of the first.

Notre Dame had a power-play chance late in the first, with the best look coming from Nick Leivermann but his shot was pushed off the post by Wisconsin goaltender Jared Moe and cleared off the goal line by a defenseman.

Notre Dame trailed 1-0 after one.

With the extra attacker on during a delayed penalty, Jake Boltmann stepped into a one timer with 15:03 left in the second but it was stopped by Moe.

Galajda made a big shoulder stop on Daniel Laatsch at 11:11 of the second and smothered the follow-up attempt. Then Justin Janicke had a chance at the other end but couldn’t solve Moe.

Graham Slaggert broke through at 13:52 of the second, finishing off a one-timer from a Nick Leivermann cross-ice feed while the Irish were on the power play, with Ryder Rolston picking up the second assist. It was Slaggert’s 10th goal of the season.

But Wisconsin’s Dominick Mersch scored 38 seconds later to restore the Badgers’ lead to 2-1, which they would take to the locker room.

The Irish peppered Moe in the early going of the third but couldn’t tie it up before Zach Urdahl finished off a two-on-one chance with Sam Stange for a 3-1 Wisconsin lead at 5:57 of the third

Stastney set Landon Slaggert up in front with 8:39 left in the third, but the puck skipped over the sophomore’s stick when he tried to redirect it in the net.

Galajda was pulled with 3:42 left in the game, but the Irish were unable to extend the game, ultimately falling, 3-1.


With an assist tonight, Nick Leivermann extended his point streak to three games (Feb. 25-Mar. 4; 0-4-4).

With Graham Slaggert scoring a goal, it marked the third consecutive game with a tally from the Landon Slaggert/Graham Slaggert/Trevor Janicke line.

For Slaggert, it marked his 10th goal of the year, extending his career-high total.

Slaggert also became Notre Dame’s fifth 10-goal scorer this season.

Next Up

Game two of the best-of-three series will take place at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 5 at Compton Family Ice Arena on March 4-6 (tickets).

The game will also be available on BTN+.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team put together another strong performance on the mound Friday afternoon in its 6-1 win over Illinois at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The trio of Aidan Tyrell, Alex Rao and Jack Brannigan kept the Illini (2-5) at bay at the plate and allowed just one run. At the plate for the Irish (6-1), Brooks Coetzee III and TJ Williams both hit solo home runs while Jared Miller and Spencer Myers added 2-RBI singles. That was more than enough offense as the staff gave up two runs or less for the fourth-straight game.

How It Happened

The Irish got on the board first in the third inning after back-to-back hits from the bottom of the lineup. Coetzee III and David LaManna both singled to start the inning and ended up in scoring position thanks to an error by the shortstop after LaManna’s hit. Miller stepped up with the bases loaded and roped the first pitch to right field for a single where Coetzee III and LaManna both scored.

Notre Dame tallied two more runs in the next inning. Williams and Zack Prajzner got into scoring position with two outs in the frame. Facing a 1-2 count, Myers laced a single up the middle to score Williams and Prajzner and extended the Irish lead to 4-0.

Illinois got one run back in the bottom half of the fourth and the Irish lead stood at 4-1 after four.

Tyrell closed his outing after a scoreless frame in the fifth. He ended the day with 5.0 innings pitched with five strikeouts, no walks and only one run scored.

The Irish kept the offense going at the plate in the sixth, scoring another run with two outs. Coetzee III turned on a 2-0 fastball and drove it over the wall in left for a solo home run. It was his team-leading third home run of the season and gave the Irish a 5-1 advantage.

After gunning down a runner for a double play to end the seventh, Williams added to the Irish lead at the plate the very next inning. He crushed a solo home run to left for his first career home run and extended the Irish lead to 6-1.

Rao had three strong innings out of the pen as he struck out three and did not allow a run to score. Brannigan closed the door in the ninth after the first two runners reached base. He put down the next three batters to close out the win for the Irish.

Up Next

The Irish will be back in action at U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday as they face their second of three Big 10 teams this weekend. Notre Dame will square off with Michigan State for the first of three matchups throughout this season. The Irish and Spartans are set for a Noon ET first pitch and it will be broadcast on Big 10 Network Plus.

Sycamore rally falls short in LeClair Classic opener

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A pair of East Carolina bunt RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth spoiled strong pitching by Matt Jachec and Joey Hurth in Friday night’s opener as the Sycamores fell to the host Pirates at the LeClair Classic, 5-4.

The Sycamores (5-3) and Pirates were tied up at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth in a back-and-forth contest at Clark-LeClair Stadium on Friday night. The Pirates loaded the bases against ISU starter Matt Jachec (2-1) with one out in the inning before Ryder Giles and Zach Agnos both dropped down squeeze bunt singles to put East Carolina (4-5) ahead 5-3.

The Sycamores brought the game back to within one with a Sean Ross infield single scoring Jordan Schaffer in the top of the seventh inning. However, Indiana State was unable to keep the rally going leaving Diego Gines and Daunte Majors stranded in scoring position over the final three innings in falling in their inaugural matchup against East Carolina.

Josue Urdaneta paced the Sycamores with his fifth multi-hit game of the season as the redshirt sophomore second baseman went 3-for-5 from the plate. Sean Ross, Luis Hernandez, and Randall Diaz all posted multi-hit games in the contest with Diaz connecting on his first home run with the Sycamores to open ISU’s scoring in the top of the third inning.

Jachec took his first loss of the 2022 season as the redshirt sophomore went 5.2 innings allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned), while striking out four. Jachec also walked his first two batters of the 2022 campaign in the loss. Joey Hurth closed out the contest allowing one hit over the final 2.1 innings while striking out three.

Jacob Jenkins-Cowart and Carter Cunningham both connected on two hits apiece as the Pirates recorded nine hits against the Indiana State pitching staff in the win. Jenkins-Cowart and Justin Wilcoxen both recorded doubles for the Pirates.

C.J. Mayhue (2-0) took the win as East Carolina utilized five pitchers on Friday night. Mayhue went 1.2 innings allowing one run in support of starter Jack Kuchmaner. Skylar Brooks (S, 2) went the final two innings in picking up his second save.

How They Scored

The Pirates took the early lead in the bottom of the first as Jenkins-Cowart doubled home Brysonn Worrell, while Alec Makarewicz’s sacrifice fly brought home Jenkins-Cowart to stake ECU to the 2-0 advantage.

The Sycamores answered in the top of the third as Randall Diaz crushed the 0-1 offering from Kuchmaner over the left field fence for his first home run of the 2022 season to cut the lead down to 2-1.

Indiana State took its first lead of the game in the top of the fourth as Parker Stinson and Grant Magill both recorded RBI on infield grounders scoring Sean Ross and Luis Hernandez to put ISU ahead 3-2.

East Carolina tied the game up in the bottom of the fourth as Carter Cunningham scored on a dropped fly ball in centerfield to even the score at 3-3.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of RBI bunt singles off the bats of Ryder Giles and Zach Agnos to put the margin at 5-3.

Indiana State mounted one final rally in the top of the seventh with Jordan Schaffer scoring on Sean Ross’ infield single to put the final score at 5-4.

News & Notes

Josue Urdaneta continued his team-leading eight-game hitting streak on Friday evening as the redshirt sophomore hit safely in each of his first three at-bats.

Jordan Schaffer saw his 19-game hitting streak come to an end, but his walk in the top of the seventh inning extended his on-base streak to 20 games dating back to the 2021 season.

Diego Gines’ 11-game hitting streak came to an end following his 0-for-4 performance at the plate. However, his walk in the seventh inning extended his career-best on-base streak to 12 consecutive games.

Urdaneta’s three-hit game matched his season-best and was the 19th multi-hit game of his Sycamore career.

The two-hit game by Randall Diaz marked his first multi-hit game in the Sycamore Blue & White.

Indiana State’s double-digit scoring streak came to an end after three games.

ISU’s home run streak continues with Diaz’s solo shot in the third inning stretching it to six consecutive games with a Sycamore home run.

Diaz also became the sixth different Indiana State player to record a home run in the 2022 season.

Matt Jachec went 16.2 innings before surrendering his first walk in the 2022 season. The redshirt sophomore right-hander was tied for the NCAA lead in fewest walks and best strikeout-to-walk ratio entering the weekend.

Indiana State recorded a season-high three stolen bases on Friday with Schaffer, Urdaneta, and Tyler Nelson all swiping bags in the game.

Friday marked the first time an Indiana State player was not hit by a pitch in a game this season.

Joey Hurth became the third Sycamore pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts in 2022 as the sophomore right-hander now has 12 K’s following his three-strikeout performance against ECU.

The Sycamores fall to 0-1 all-time against East Carolina with the loss in the inaugural matchup between the two programs.

Up Next

The Sycamores are scheduled to take on No. 21 Maryland in the first game of day two at the LeClair Classic on Saturday. First pitch between the teams at Clark-LeClair Stadium is set for noon ET.

Sycamores Split on Day One in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Indiana State softball split a pair of games on Friday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Complex to open their weekend at the Blues City Classic in Memphis.

Game One

The opening game of the weekend went into extra innings and saw the Sycamores defeat IUPUI 3-2 in walk-off fashion.

In a contest where ISU committed four errors and only had three hits, the Trees were able to come from behind and win it in the eighth inning.

The Jaguars took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after a leadoff triple and a groundout got a run across.

IUPUI would take a 2-0 lead after a Sycamore throwing error in the top of the fourth. Newbanks would strand a runner on third with a strikeout to get out of the inning.

Kennedy Shade singled to left field in the bottom half of the fourth to give ISU their first hit of the game, but the Trees couldn’t get a run in.

In the bottom of the fifth, Bella Peterson blasted her first home run of season over the wall in right center to put the Sycamores on the board.

Down 2-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Olivia Patton led off the inning with a double down the left field line. She would come around to score after an IUPUI throwing error to tie the game at two. Indiana State would load the bases with no outs in the inning, but the Jaguars were able to escape and send the game into extra innings.

Cassi Newbanks worked a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth to keep the game tied, bringing ISU up to the plate with a chance to win it.

With one out in the inning, Danielle Henning hit a ground ball to third base and would come all the way around to score after an IUPUI throw went to the wall in right field, allowing Indiana State to walk it off.

Newbanks went the distance, tying her career-high with six strikeouts across eight innings. She improves to 3-3 on the season.

Peterson reached base on all four of her plate appearances, drawing three walks to go along with her solo home run. Cassie Thomerson reached base three times, drawing two walks and a hit by pitch.

The Sycamores stole six bases in the game, including two each from Peterson and Lexie Siwek.

Game Two

Indiana State fell to Iowa 6-1 the second game of the day.

The Sycamores jumped out in front 1-0 after a Kennedy Shade double off the wall in right center brought Siwek home to score.

Iowa tied the game up at one in the bottom half of the frame after an ISU throwing error. Lexi Benko got a groundball to end the inning and avoid further damage.

Indiana State would load the bases in the top of the third but were not able to convert as the Hawkeyes got two straight groundouts to escape the jam.

The Hawkeyes took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI groundout.

Leading off the fourth inning, Randi Jo Pryor picked up the first hit of her collegiate career with a line drive to right field. The Sycamores would threaten but not score as Iowa got a strikeout to end the inning.

Iowa extended their lead to 3-1 on another error by the Sycamore defense. ISU threw out a runner at home to keep another run from scoring and get out of the inning.

Still leading 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Hawkeyes tagged Lyndsi Adamson for three runs to take a 6-1 lead heading into the final frame where they set the Sycamores down 1-2-3 to secure the win.

The Sycamores finished the game with four hits while leaving nine runners on base.

On the rubber for Indiana State, Benko allowed one earned run on seven hits over five innings while Adamson gave up three runs on three hits in her one inning of work. The loss drops Benko to 4-3 on the season.

Around The Horn

-Freshmen Livi Colip and Randi Jo Pryor both made their first collegiate appearances.

-The Sycamores drew a season-high eight walks against IUPUI. The six stolen bases against the Jaguars were also a season high as a team.

-Cassie Thomerson was hit by a pitch for a conference leading seventh time against IUPUI.

-Bella Peterson’s home run against IUPUI was the 13th of her career which is sixth most in ISU history.

-Indiana State is now 2-0 on the season against in-state schools.

Up Next

Indiana State will open Saturday against Butler at 10 a.m. ET and then close the day against UT Martin at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Sycamores welcome Drake to Hulman Center for Senior Day

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State closes the regular season at home Saturday afternoon when it plays host to Drake at the Hulman Center. Tipoff between the Sycamores and Bulldogs is set for 1 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Senior Send-Off

This weekend’s games will mark the final home games of the 2021-22 season and with that, will close the home careers for a trio of Sycamores.

Indiana State will honor Tonysha Curry, Marie Hunter and Essy Latu for their contributions to the program prior to Saturday’s game against Drake.

Last Time Out

Indiana State had three players score in double-figures Thursday evening, but visiting Northern Iowa outlasted the Sycamores, 61-55, inside the Hulman Center.

Arianna Smith, Marie Hunter and Del’Janae Williams each had 10 points for the Sycamores, while Tonysha Curry had a team-high eight rebounds and a game-high five assists. Williams, Hunter and Mya Glanton all grabbed five boards.

Indiana State shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and built a 14-point lead at the halftime break, but a slow third quarter proved costly. Northern Iowa outscored the Sycamores 26-4 in the third and led by as many as 13. Indiana State managed to tie the game late, but the Panthers used a 7-2 run to escape the Hulman Center with a win.

A Closer Look at Drake

Drake enters the weekend at 16-12 overall and 8-9 in conference play. The Bulldogs have won each of their last four, including an 80-71 overtime win over Evansville in their last contest.

Drake features the top offense in the Missouri Valley Conference at 74.3 points per game, with Megan Meyer (12.3), Maggie Bair (11.9) and Grace Berg (11.9) all averaging double-figure scoring. Six different Bulldogs are averaging at least seven points per game, while Bair (5.9), Anna Miller (5.6) and Courtney Becker (5.1) are all averaging more than five rebounds per contest.

Berg led Drake with 20 points in its last game against Evansville, while Meyer added 17. The Bulldogs led 20-9 after one quarter, but Evansville rallied to force overtime. Maddie Petersen and Katie Dinnebier combined for 11 points in overtime to lift the Bulldogs past the Purple Aces.

Series History Against Drake

Drake has a 60-24 lead in the all-time series and also holds a 22-17 advantage in games played in Terre Haute. The Sycamores won the earlier meeting this season, though, knocking off the Bulldogs in Des Moines in the conference opener for both teams.

Natalia Lalic had a career-high 20 points when these teams met in December, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Indiana State trailed by nine in the fourth quarter before a huge Sycamore run on the strength of Lalic’s shooting from long range propelled Indiana State to its first win over Drake since 2016.

Del’Janae Williams (17), Marie Hunter (15) and Anna McKendree (10) all scored in double-figures for the Sycamores, with Williams also adding a game-high five assists. Indiana State force Drake into 30 turnovers in that game, the most in a Valley game by any school this season.

Finding Range Down Under

10 of Natalia Lalic’s team-leading 39 3-pointers have come during a recent five-game stretch for Indiana State. The Australia native came off the bench to hit four treys against Valparaiso and added one more in her return to the starting lineup at Southern Illinois.

Lalic connected from deep three times in the Sycamores’ game at Missouri State, making one in three of the four quarters against the Lady Bears. She then followed that with another trey Thursday against UNI. She has made nearly 35 percent of her 3-point attempts during conference play, ranking inside the top 10 in the Valley.

The senior sharpshooter has at least one 3-pointer in eight of Indiana State’s last 10 games connecting from deep multiple times in four of those contests.

Finding Balance

Indiana State’s balance was on full display once again Thursday evening against Northern Iowa, as all five starters scored at least eight points against the Panthers. Three of ISU’s five starters finished the game in double-figures.

Rebound Machine

Indiana State forward Mya Glanton had her two best rebounding games against a Valley opponent in her career against Loyola Chicago and Valparaiso, with the Valpo game marking her first 20-point, 10-rebound game in conference play. Glanton is averaging 12 rebounds per game during this three-game stretch.

Glanton leads the Missouri Valley Conference with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game during Valley play. She has five or more rebounds in 12 consecutive games, a streak that dates back to January 29.

Bounced Back

Sycamore guard Del’Janae Williams got back on track Thursday evening with her 16th double-figure scoring game of the season.

After being held scoreless at Missouri State, Williams was the first Sycamore in double-figures against Northern Iowa and finished as one of three Indiana State players with 10 points in the game.

Up Next

Indiana State is locked into the No. 8 seed at Hoops in the Heartland and will play in the tournament opener Thursday at 5 p.m.

The Sycamores’ first-round opponent has not been determined at this stage. Indiana State will play either Evansville or Bradley, with the results on Saturday across the league determining seeding. ISU is 3-1 against those two teams this season.

Four Mastodons Record Multiple Hits in Game Two

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Four Purdue Fort Wayne softball players notched multiple hits, but the Mastodons fell to Marshall 8-0 and Winthrop Eagles 6-3 on Friday (March 4).

GAME 1 – Marshall 8, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

Senior Shaina Eyre (0-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne.

Offensively, the Mastodons were led by sophomore Brooke Wintlend, who went 1-for-2 on the day with a double.


Purdue Fort Wayne did not advance a runner past second base in the game. The Mastodons went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, last placing a runner as far as second in the third, when Wintlend made it into scoring position with one out.


» Wintlend led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double.

» Marshall was led offensively by senior Aly Harrell, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

» Joyce led the Thundering Herd pitching staff, throwing five shutout innings.

GAME 2 – Winthrop 6, Purdue Fort Wayne 3

Purdue Fort Wayne recorded a season-high nine hits against the Eagles. Taryn Jenkins led the hit barrage for the Mastodons, going 2-for-4 in the ballgame. Sophomore Brooke Wintlend provided a standout performance at the plate as well, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two RBIs.

Jadelyn Johnson (0-3) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (1-12). Lauren McConnell was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going 2.2 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking one and striking out three.


The Mastodons were trailing 3-0 in the third inning when they first put runs on the board. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Wintlend, scoring Taylor Warne from third base.

The Mastodons’ deficit expanded to 6-1 before their offense got back on the scoreboard, cutting into that deficit in the fifth inning. Freshman Brayden Lickey came across to score the lone run of the inning for Purdue Fort Wayne, which brought the score to 6-2 in favor of the Eagles.

Purdue Fort Wayne kept the Eagles off the board before narrowing the gap to 6-3 in the seventh. The Mastodons recorded a run on Wintlend’s one-out solo home run off freshman Reese Basinger.


» Four Purdue Fort Wayne hitters had multiple base knocks in the ballgame.

» Purdue Fort Wayne left 10 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Eagles at a 9-7 clip.

» Wintlend led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

» Winthrop was led offensively by sophomore Mackenzie Smith, who went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

» Basinger led the Eagles pitching staff, throwing seven innings of three-run ball.


Purdue Fort Wayne will play Winthrop again on Saturday morning (March 5) at 9 a.m. before playing Maryland Eastern Shore at 3 p.m.

Regular season comes to a close Saturday against UNI

EVANSVILLE – Following an impressive showing against Drake, the University of Evansville women’s basketball team closes-out the regular season on Saturday afternoon against Northern Iowa at 1 PM inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: UNI

Evansville and UNI are meeting for the 61st time in series history with the Panthers owning a 41-19 advantage in the all-time series.

Northern Iowa captured the last meeting between the two sides on Feb. 8 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, 78-58.

UNI enters Saturday’s contest on a three-game win streak, including a come-from-behind win over Indiana State on Thursday.

There is still plenty to be decided in terms of seeding for Hoops in the Heartland. A win for Evansville would lock the Aces in to the No. 9 seed, its best seed since the 2016-17 season. For the Panthers, there is no surprise with seeding as UNI is locked in to the No. 3 seed.

The Valley indeed runs deep this season as four MVC teams sit inside the top 100 in NET rankings, including UNI who is 54, marking the fifth-straight opponent for Evansville who is inside the top 112 in NCAA NET rankings.

Feit’s Big Performance

On Thursday night against Drake, junior Abby Feit lit up the scoreboard with one of her best single-game performances as an Ace.

Falling just one point shy of tying her career-high, Feit racked-up 28 points and added 11 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season.

Feit knocked-down a career-high six triples on the night, the most by an Ace since the 2018-19 season.

Hounds Post Comeback Win In Top 10 Clash

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 2 University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 10 Grand Valley State Lakers on the turf of Key Stadium on Friday night. Both ranked teams brought physicality, skill, and an abundance of seeming electric energy to the field leading to a seat gripping first three quarters before a Greyhounds run secured the 14-8 win.


Both teams carried a 2-0 record when the clock began ticking down on Friday afternoon, and it was the Lakers who made a statement early by scoring three back-to-back goals over the Hounds who in the last second answered back with a Jess Soenen goal.

GVSU wouldn’t go down easy, and the Hounds refused to let that dull their game. With another two Laker goals, UIndy was down five-to-one in the beginning of the second quarter. Then came the Hounds, scoring four straight goals within six minutes of each other – they had tied it up. An Abigail Lagos goal just under the three-minute mark put the Hounds up by one heading into the half.

After a back-and-forth third quarter, the Hounds scored four goals to call game, sinking the Lakers and extending their record to 3-0.

Abigail Lagos scored five goals in landing eight shots on goal, while Sarah Klein had four goals and two assists.

Grand Valley was led by Molly Bursinger and Maddy Champagne who had a pair of goals each.


-Quinn Malcolm earned a hat trick in scoring three goals off four shots.

-The Hounds had 14 draw controls while GVSU had 11.

-UIndy caused 10 turnovers and the Lakers had five.


The Hounds will continue their home stand when they face off against No. 25 Davenport on Sunday at Noon.

Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Omaha

The Valparaiso University baseball team extended its winning streak to four in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader, but host Omaha bounced back with a victory in game two to earn the split. The Beacons prevailed 4-2 in the opener before the Mavericks took the second game by a 9-2 score.

How It Happened – Game 1

Omaha got on the scoreboard first by virtue of a triple that scored an unearned run in the second, but the Beacons bounced right back when Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) lifted a two-run homer in the top of the third.

Neither team scored again until the fifth, when Valpo added on thanks to the continuation of Hannahs’ big game. He ripped a run-scoring double to boost the lead to two, then came around to score on a two-bagger by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central).

The Mavericks moved a step closer with an unearned run in the fifth inning to make it 4-2, but that proved to be the game’s final tally. 

Valpo starting pitcher Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington) worked six strong innings and allowed two runs (none earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out three. He limited the damage to one run in the fifth inning despite Omaha having first and third with nobody out and the run already in the bank. He followed that with a 1-2-3 sixth in his final frame.

The Beacons turned the ball over to Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) for the seventh and final inning to try to nail it down. The righty did just that, permitting only a two-out single while putting a zero on the board to cap the triumph.

Inside the Game – Game 1

Nowak’s save was already his third of the season.

This marked the fourth time in the first six games of the season that Valpo played in a game decided by two runs or fewer. The Beacons improved to 3-1 in such contests.

By holding a 4-2 mark through six games, Valpo boasted its best record through six games since 2009.

The victory extended Valpo’s winning streak to four, all in road games. The Beacons last four-game winning streak came late in the 2019 season against Southern Illinois and Chicago State.

Hannahs, Schmack and Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) turned in two hits apiece. Schmack doubled twice, while Hannahs delivered the aforementioned homer and double. Hannahs has already belted three dingers this year, matching his season total from his rookie campaign.

Turzenski earned the win to improve his season record to 2-1 through three starts.

How It Happened – Game 2

The hosts got out to an early lead in Game 2, scoring on an RBI double in the opening inning before expanding the lead with a three-run shot in the second.

The Mavericks broke it open by scoring four more runs in the third. The first of those scored on a wild pitch, then three more came in on a three-run homer to build the gap to 7-0. 

The Beacons got on the board in the fourth as Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) batted in a run with an infield single. Omaha added two in the bottom of that frame to make it 9-1.

The Beacons got their final run as Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.

Inside the Game – Game 2

Hannahs again had two hits, already his fifth multi-hit output of the season through only seven contests.

Highlights on the mound were Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) and Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park), who both logged scoreless innings.

Up Next

Valpo (4-3) and Omaha will clash again on Saturday as Game 3 in the series is slated for noon. Links to live video, audio and stats are available on

Softball Splits Pair of Games at Hoosier Classic Friday

After spending one weekend away from competition, the Valpo softball team returned to the diamond Friday at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. The Beacons earned a 2-1 victory over Western Illinois in their opener and were within one run late against host Indiana before falling by a 9-4 final.

How It Happened – Western Illinois

Valpo threatened time and again over the course of the game, starting with the top of the first, when the Beacons loaded the bases but were unable to push across a run.

Valpo scored the only runs it would need in the top of the second. A double by Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus), a hit batter and a WIU error loaded the bases with nobody out. Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) brought home Tonoian with a run-scoring single, and later in the frame, Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) connected on a sacrifice fly to plate Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) and make it 2-0 Beacons.

Despite being in position to lengthen their lead throughout the opener, the second-inning runs were the only tallies the Beacons were able to put up. Valpo left a total of 12 runners on base, including 10 in scoring position.

That proved to be enough, however, as Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) tossed a gem of a complete game for a second straight start.

The only blemish against Seib was a solo homer in the fourth inning from WIU’s Savannah Rodriguez. The Leathernecks continued to threaten later in that frame, stringing together three straight singles to load the bases, but Seib induced a grounder to short to keep it a 2-1 ballgame.

Only one WIU batter reached in the final three innings, and Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) promptly threw out that runner attempting to steal as Valpo picked up the win in the opener.

How It Happened – Indiana

Valpo jumped on the host Hoosiers immediately in its first turn at the plate. Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) worked a full-count walk and came home right away on a triple from Milkowski. Two batters later, Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) knocked a single through the left side to score Milkowski as Valpo led 2-0.

Indiana scored one run in its first turn at bat, but the Beacons answered immediately thanks to the speed of Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) in the top of the second. Westphal laid down a one-out bunt single, stole second, moved up to third on a sac bunt and scored on an Indiana error.

The Hoosiers scored three times in the bottom of the second and added another run in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead.

Valpo cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth, as Moeder drew a one-out walk and eventually completed the journey around the bases on an RBI single from Milkowski.

The Beacons threatened to score the tying run in the top of the sixth after a leadoff single from Beckemeyer, but were unable to advance the runner past first base. Indiana capped the scoring with a four-run bottom of the sixth.

Inside the Games

With the win over Western Illinois, Valpo is a perfect 4-0 this year to date in one-run games.

Since opening the season 0-3, the Beacons are 6-2 in their last eight games.

Seib earned the win in the circle with her complete-game effort against Western Illinois, the fourth consecutive appearance in which she has earned the victory. Seib scattered six hits and allowed just the one run, striking out four and walking none to improve to 4-1 on the year.

Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) started at pitcher and tossed the first two innings against Indiana, taking the loss. Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) completed the outing, throwing three shutout innings before surrendering four runs in the sixth.

Moeder tallied three hits in the win over the Leathernecks, the sixth game of her career she has picked up at least three base hits.

Skapyak ended the day with three hits as well, connecting on two versus WIU and one against Indiana.

Beckemeyer and Milkowski each had multi-hit games in the nightcap against Indiana. With her triple against the Hoosiers, Milkowski now has six extra-base hits through the season’s first 11 games.

Next Up

Valpo (6-5) will close the Hoosier Classic on Saturday with two more games. The rematch with Western Illinois is slated for 8 a.m. CT, and Valpo’s finale against Indiana is set for 1:30 p.m. CT. Both games will have live stats available via, while the showdown with the Hoosiers can be seen live on BTN+.

Women’s Basketball Set to Host Senior Day Saturday Afternoon

Valparaiso (10-18, 8-9 MVC)

Game #29 – March 5, 2022 – 1 p.m.

Southern Illinois (20-7, 15-2 MVC)

Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) – Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: One final regular season game awaits the Valpo women’s basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Beacons take on Southern Illinois on Senior Day at the ARC. The trio of Caitlin Morrison, Carie Weinman and Grace White will be honored prior to the game.

Previously: Valpo battled toe-to-toe in a defensive struggle with a Missouri State team projected to be an at-large team in the NCAA Tournament for the first 20 minutes on Thursday evening at the ARC, but the Lady Bears pulled away with a big third quarter as the Beacons fell by a 66-46 final. Shay Frederick paced Valpo with 11 points.

Following Valpo Basketball: Streaming Video: ESPN+

Radio: WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso)

Streaming Audio: TuneIn app

Links for live coverage: Available via

Head Coach Mary Evans: Mary Evans is in her fourth year at the helm of the program in 2021-22 and owns a record of 47-67. Evans has made an immediate impact on the program in her first three years, raising the team’s level of play to be competitive in a strong Missouri Valley Conference. Evans’ preferred style of play has been a big part of the program’s turnaround, as Valpo has led the MVC in 3-pointers made per game and in steals per game in each of the last two seasons.

Series Notes: It’s a brief series between SIU and Valpo, as the two programs did not meet prior to Valpo joining the MVC in 2017-18. SIU won the first five meetings before the Beacons won three in a row. In the first meeting this season, the Salukis picked up a 62-52 victory in Carbondale, as SIU’s top three players – Abby Brockmeyer, Makenzie Silvey and Gabby Walker – combined for 54 points and 27 rebounds. Shay Frederick and Leah Earnest led Valpo in that contest with 17 points each.


…and @ValleyHoops

– Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC preseason poll, totaling 208 points – just one point shy of fifth place.

– Valpo is in its fifth season as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

– The Valley was ranked seventh nationally in conference NET in 2020-21 and was eighth nationally in conference RPI in 2019-20.

…looking back at last year

– Valpo posted a 12-13 overall record during the 2020-21 season and went 7-9 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

– Valpo finished the regular season in seventh place in the MVC standings.

– Included among Valpo’s 12 victories were wins at Illinois and at Purdue, the program’s first Power Five wins since 2012-13.

– Valpo closed the season with a NET of 122 – the program’s best final NET/RPI ranking since the 2003-04 campaign.

– Shay Frederick was a First Team All-MVC honoree as she led the Valley in assists and ranked sixth in scoring.

– Carie Weinman earned Honorable Mention All-MVC notice and repeated on the All-Defensive Team as she led the Valley in steals for a second straight season.

…versus Missouri State

– Valpo used a 10-0 run to take an early 10-5 lead before the Lady Bears ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 16-12 at the end of the period.

– The second quarter was a defensive struggle, as Valpo outscored MSU 7-6 for the quarter to pull to within 22-19 at the half.

– Missouri State took control of the game out of the locker room, however, going on a 21-5 run over the first 6:38 of the second half to pull out to a 19-point lead.

– The Lady Bears led 49-30 with 10 minutes to play and extended their lead with a 3-pointer on their first trip of the fourth quarter.

– Valpo had one big push remaining, hitting four 3-pointers in a span of 2:34 — two from Grace White and one each from Ilysse Pitts and Olivia Brown — to close to within 54-42.

– The Beacons actually had a shot to make it a 10-point game with 5:24 to play, but couldn’t get a layup to fall, and the Lady Bears scored the next six points to put the game away.

– Shay Frederick led Valpo on Thursday with 11 points, her 19th double-figure effort of the season.

– The Beacons connected on seven 3-pointers Thursday evening, giving them 227 on the season — third-most in a single campaign in program history.

– Valpo actually held the edge in field goal percentage over Missouri State, 37.8%-36.9%, but the Lady Bears had 20 more field goal attempts, thanks in large part to 17 offensive rebounds.

– The Beacons committed 21 turnovers as well, their worst number in that department in the last 12 games.

…versus Loyola

– Loyola led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter and was up 31-22 at intermission.

– Valpo scored 15 points in the first five minutes of the second half, but lost ground to the Ramblers, who scored on each of their first nine possessions of the half.

– Loyola’s lead grew to as many as 15 points in the third quarter before Valpo reeled off 11 straight points late in the quarter. The Beacons trailed just 51-47 with 10 minutes to play.

– It was a slow start both ways to the fourth quarter, as neither team scored a point in the first two minutes of the period. A free throw by the Ramblers was answered by a pair from the charity stripe by Weinman to make it a 52-49 game with 7:35 remaining.

– Valpo actually had the ball with a chance to tie the game, but a turnover led to a Loyola basket, which sparked a eight-point spurt for the Ramblers over the next two minutes.

– After shooting 50% or better from the field in three of its previous four games, Valpo was limited to 35.4% shooting on Friday evening.

– Valpo did go 10-of-12 from the foul line on Friday, eclipsing the 80% mark from the stripe for the fourth time in its last five contests.

– Valpo tallied just four steals as a team, a new season low, as it forced just nine Rambler turnovers.

…looking ahead

– Hoops in the Heartland begins from Moline, Ill. next Thursday, March 10.

– If Valpo is the 6th seed, it takes on UNI to start tournament action Friday at 8:30 p.m. If Valpo is the 7th seed, it would open the tournament at 7 p.m. Thursday evening.

…at the ARC

– Friday is the final MVC home game of the season and the 13th home game in total this year for the Beacons.

– Valpo posted a 5-6 record at the ARC last season and is currently 5-7 at home this year.


– Southern Illinois enters Saturday’s regular season finale at 20-7 overall on the year and 15-2 in MVC play.

– SIU secured at least a share of the MVC regular season title with a 51-28 win at Loyola on Thursday evening – the Salukis’ eighth straight victory.

– SIU can claim the outright conference regular season crown with a win on Saturday.

– Abby Brockmeyer leads the Salukis, averaging a double-double with 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Makenzie Silvey scores 16 points/game as well and paces SIU in both assists and steals.

What’s at Stake

– Valpo enters the final game day of the regular season in a tie for sixth place with Drake at 8-9 in the conference standings.

– With either a Valpo win or a Drake loss, the Beacons would secure the sixth seed and earn a spot directly in the quarterfinals of Hoops in the Heartland, where they would take on third-seeded UNI.

– Should SIU win and Drake beat Indiana State, Valpo would be the seventh seed for the conference tounament and take on either Evansville or Bradley in the 7-10 first-round matchup on Thursday evening.

– While the fifth seed for tournament is out of reach due to tiebreakers, a Valpo win combined with a Loyola loss on Saturday would put the Beacons in a tie for fifth place in the standings to close the regular season – potentially Valpo’s first top-half finish since joining the conference.

– A win on Saturday would also end the Beacons’ conference campaign with a 9-9 record, which would match their best MVC record since joining the conference.

Beacons, Bears Meet Again in St. Louis

Valparaiso (14-17, 6-12 MVC)

vs. Missouri State (22-9, 13-5 MVC)

Game No. 32 – Friday, March 4, 6 p.m.

Enterprise Center (16,502 full; 8,476 lower bowl) – St. Louis, Mo.

Next Up in Valpo Basketball: The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play for a spot in the semifinal round of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis. The last time Valpo entered Arch Madness as the No. 7 seed and had an opportunity to play the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinal round, the team knocked off Loyola in 2020. This time, it’s an opportunity to avenge a pair of regular-season defeats in a rematch of last year’s MVC quarterfinals as Valpo faces off with Missouri State. This will mark the third straight season and the fourth time in five years that these two teams have clashed in the MVC Tournament.

Last Time Out: Valpo went on a 10-0 run that concluded with a Sheldon Edwards basket with 1:21 on the clock, doubling a 10-point lead to 20 and solidifying an 81-59 victory over Evansville in Thursday’s MVC Tournament opener. Five Beacons finished in double figures as part of a true team effort, which was led by 18 points apiece from Kobe King and Sheldon Edwards. Ben Krikke didn’t miss a shot, Preston Ruedinger poured in a career high and Thomas Kithier made his return to the lineup after missing the final four games of the regular season with a back injury.

Following the Beacons: Television – MVC TV Network (NBC Sports Chicago Plus, Bally Sports Indiana Extra, Bally Sports Kansas City) – Mitch Holthus (play-by-play), Kevin Lehman (analyst), Tom Ackerman (sideline) and Scott Warman (host)

Streaming – ESPN+ available with no blackout restrictions in the state of Indiana, subject to local blackout in other MVC TV Network footprint states

MVC Radio – KTRS 550 AM – Brendan Wiese (play-by-play) and Rich Zvosec (analyst)

Valpo Radio – 95.1 FM, WVUR,, TuneIn Radio App – Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Paul Oren (analyst)

Twitter updates – @ValpoBasketball

Links for video, audio and live stats will be available at

Head Coach Matt Lottich: Matt Lottich (97-95) is in his ninth season overall at Valparaiso University and sixth as the head coach of the men’s basketball program in 2021-2022. The 2020-2021 season saw Valpo improve its Arch Madness seeding for the fourth straight year as the program continued to make positive strides in each season as a Missouri Valley Conference member. The team earned a first-round bye in the State Farm MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the prestigious league. Valpo upset previously-undefeated Drake, the nation’s No. 25 team, 74-57 on Feb. 7, 2021 at the ARC, the fourth win over an AP Top 25 team in program history and second under Lottich. The Bulldogs were one of three undefeated teams in the nation prior to that setback, joining Gonzaga and Baylor. Just two years removed from finishing in last place and being knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament as a first-year Valley member, Lottich’s team did more than hold its own in 2019-2020, ascending into a tie for sixth in the league standings before finishing as the conference tournament runner-up. Valpo became the first team in the history of Arch Madness to reach the title game after playing in the opening round. Lottich, hired as the 22nd head coach of the Valpo men’s basketball program in April 2016, graduated from Stanford University in 2004 and New Trier High School (Illinois) in 2000.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 10-24 record in the all-time series with Missouri State including a 3-10 mark since joining the Missouri Valley Conference. The Beacons will look to reverse their recent fortunes in the series as the Bears have won the last five matchups, all by 10 points or more. Valpo ended Missouri State’s 2019-20 season with an 89-82 MVC semifinal victory, but the Bears returned the favor last year by bringing Valpo’s season to a halt with a 66-55 quarterfinal triumph in St. Louis. For the third consecutive year, one of these teams will dash the other’s hopes for an Arch Madness crown.

Regular-Season Matchups

Jan. 15 – Missouri State 74, Valpo 57: Valpo incurred a 74-57 setback to Missouri State in the first matchup of the season in a nationally televised affair at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Isiaih Mosley posted 32 points for visiting Missouri State. Valpo scored nine straight spanning the end of the first half and start of the second half to cut what had been a 14-point deficit to five with 19:23 to play, but Missouri State scored the next eight points and never looked back. Ben Krikke paced the Beacons with 14 points, while freshman Darius DeAveiro chipped in eight points, four rebounds and two assists off the bench.

Feb. 12: Missouri State 84, Valpo 66: Ben Krikke scored 16 of his 20 points prior to halftime, but Missouri State’s high-powered offense was too much to handle as the Beacons succumbed to the host Bears 84-66 in the second regular-season matchup, which occurred at JQH Arena in Springfield. Valpo had the Missouri State lead down to nine at 59-50 with 11:36 to play, but the Bears pulled away down the stretch. Missouri State superstar Isiaih Mosley poured in 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Gaige Prim scored 15 points, while Ja’Monta Black and Jaylen Minnett went off for five made 3s apiece. Both teams shot over 90 percent at the free-throw line, but a major difference in the game was the 3-point arc, where Valpo went 3-of-12 (25 percent) with all three makes coming in the second half and Missouri State went 12-of-23 (52.2 percent).

With a Win on Friday, Valpo Would…

Snap a five-game head-to-head losing streak against Missouri State.

Reach the semifinal round of the MVC Tournament as a No. 7 seed for the second time in the last three years.

Reach the Arch Madness semifinals for the second time since joining the league.

Become just the fourth team since The Valley expanded to its current 10-team format in 1997 to play in the opening round and reach the semifinals, and half of those teams would be Valpo. The Beacons would join 2020 Valpo, 2020 Drake and 1997 Bradley as the only teams to play in the opening round and reach the semifinals.

Play in three or more conference tournament games in the same season for the second time since 2010-11, joining 2019-20. (Valpo needed to win just twice to garner Horizon League titles in 2013 and 2015.)

Third Time’s a Charm?

The old adage “it’s hard to beat a team three times” will have to come true on Friday for Valpo as Missouri State seeks a three-game sweep.

This marks the eighth time in the last 18 years that Valpo has faced a team in the conference tournament that it lost to twice during the regular season.

Valpo is 2-5 in the previous seven instances, including last season vs. Missouri State. The victories came vs. Loyola in 2020 and vs. Indiana State in 2019.

Completing the Hoosier State Sweep

With Thursday’s triumph over Evansville, Valpo improved to 5-0 this season against instate foes Evansville and Indiana State after completing a four-game regular-season Hoosier State sweep for the first time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference.

All three wins over the Purple Aces came in a 13-day span.

The Beacons secured a three-game sweep of the Purple Aces for the second time in the last three seasons. The 3-0 record against Evansville in 2020 was the first time Valpo swept a conference nemesis since 2015 vs. Cleveland State.

Notes Wrapping Up March 3: Valpo 81, Evansville 59

Preston Ruedinger, who scored all of his career-high 12 points in the first half, had just one game all season with multiple made triples prior to Thursday. He knocked down three in the opening four minutes and already had a career high in scoring by that early juncture. His previous career high was eight, which came on Jan. 11 at Loyola and Feb. 16 vs. Loyola.

Valpo’s first-half shooting percentage of 60 marked the team’s highest first-half shooting percentage since 63.3 on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

The team knocked down seven first-half 3s on Thursday, tied for the second-most by the Beacons in a first half this season and the most since eight on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary. The seven 3s was Valpo’s most in any half against a conference opponent this season.

The 3-point shooting clip of 63.6 in the first half was the team’s highest in any half this season. In fact, it marked the team’s highest 3-point shooting percentage in a single half (minimum five attempts) since the second half vs. Bradley on Feb. 22, 2020 (11-of-15, 73.3 percent).

The game marked Thomas Kithier’s return after he missed the final four games of the regular season with a back injury. In total, Valpo’s starting center was unavailable for 10 of the 18 regular-season MVC games. While given a lift by the return of Kithier, Valpo remained shorthanded as Darius DeAveiro (thumb) was not in uniform.

Kithier finished with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. This was his eighth double-figure scoring output this season.

Kobe King shared the team lead with 18 points. His performance featured three made 3s, equaling the number of made 3s he had in the final 10 games of the regular season combined. The three made 3s marked King’s season high and tied his career high established on Nov. 22, 2018 vs. Oklahoma while playing for Wisconsin.

Sheldon Edwards joined King atop the Valpo scoring column with 18 points of his own. He scored 10 points or more for the 19th time this season and the seventh time in his last nine games. In addition, Edwards pulled down seven rebounds and handed out four assists while swishing four 3s. He has four games with seven or more rebounds this season, and three of them are against Evansville.

Edwards now has seven assists over the last two games. Prior to that, he had seven assists in his previous 10 games combined. His four assists on Thursday represented his highest total against a Division-I opponent this season.

Ben Krikke made his way into double figures in the scoring column for the 12th consecutive game. His 10 points came on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. This was his first perfect shooting performance since his freshman year, when he went 3-for-3 against Indiana State on Jan. 18, 2020.

By virtue of his two dunks on Thursday, Krikke lifted his team-high season total to 11.

Five Beacons finished in double figures, the first time that has occurred since the first game of the calendar year, Jan. 2 vs. Illinois State. A sixth Valpo player nearly hit double figures as Kevion Taylor scored nine.

Valpo won its first game played at Arch Madness for the third time since joining the league. This marks the third time in the last four years Valpo has won its first MVC Tournament contest.

The 22-point margin of victory tied for Valpo’s largest in an Arch Madness game since joining the league. The Beacons previously beat Indiana State 77-55 in the opening round of the 2019 event. This was Valpo’s largest margin of victory in a head-to-head matchup with Evansville since Jan. 10, 1987, an 80-58 win.

The Beacons shot 15-of-17 at the free-throw line, shooting 80 percent or better for the third straight contest. Valpo is 32-of-36 (88.8 percent) at the foul line over the last three games.

The 81 points was Valpo’s highest total in a regulation game against a Valley opponent this season. The last time Valpo surpassed the 80-point threshold in regulation was an 88-point output on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

The team finished the contest with a shooting percentage of 58.3 at 28-of-48. That marked the fourth time in the last six games that the Beacons have shot 50 percent or better.

Valpo went 10-of-21 from 3-point territory, the sixth time this season that Valpo hit 10 or more 3s and first since Jan. 19 vs. UNI. The 3-point shooting percentage of 47.6 percent was the team’s best against a league foe this year and best overall since 54.5 percent on Dec. 22 vs. William & Mary.

Valpo outdid Evansville 22-1 in bench points.

Inside the Honors

Ben Krikke was named to the All-MVC Third Team for a second straight season, Kobe King was tabbed to the All-Newcomer Team and walk-on Preston Ruedinger earned All-Freshman Team accolades. In addition, Sheldon Edwards was named the captain of the All-Bench Team and to the Most-Improved Team, while Ben Krikke (MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team) and Thomas Kithier (MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team) were recognized for their academic and athletic prowess.

Krikke became the first Valpo player to earn All-MVC accolades in two different seasons. The program’s last multi-time all-conference honoree was Alec Peters, who was a first-team all-Horizon League pick in each of his final three seasons, concluding in 2016-17.

This marks the fourth consecutive season that Valpo has boasted an all-freshman team representative. Ruedinger follows Sheldon Edwards (2020-21), Donovan Clay (2019-20) and Javon Freeman-Liberty (2018-19). Valpo has had either an All-Freshman Team honoree or an All-Newcomer Team performer in each of the five seasons since joining The Valley.

King becomes Valpo’s second All-Newcomer Team choice since joining the league and first since Bakari Evelyn in 2017-18.

Edwards boosted his scoring average from 8.1 points per game as a freshman to 11.3 points per game this season. He has blocked 25 shots this season after finishing with seven blocks in 25 games a year ago. He also saw an uptick in his rebounds per game, going from 2.9 to 3.9. He has 34 steals this season after finishing with 24 a year ago. Edwards has bettered his field-goal percentage (.383 to .412), 3-point percentage (.300 to .355) and free-throw percentage (.735 to .773) as well. He has scored in double figures 18 times this season after doing so nine times a year ago.

This marks the fourth straight season Valpo has boasted at least one member of the Most-Improved Team. This is the team’s fifth Most-Improved Team honoree in a four-year span.

Edwards becomes the third Valpo player to garner All-Bench Team status, joining Markus Golder (2017-2018) and John Kiser (2019-2020). Edwards becomes the first Valpo player named the team captain of the All-Bench squad.

Krikke was one of only two players in the league to earn MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team status for a second straight season, joining Drake’s Garrett Sturtz. He is the only Valpo player who has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team status since the school joined The Valley. Valpo had two prior MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team honorees (Derrik Smits 2018-19, John Kiser 2019-20).

Scouting the Bears

Finished in second place in the regular-season standings, one game behind first-place UNI.

Won five of their last six to close out the regular season including an 88-79 victory at Evansville in the regular-season finale.

Led in scoring by Isiaih Mosley at 20.0 points per game.

Rivas Deals Double-Digit K’s Once Again in Friday Afternoon Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – Xavier Rivas dished out 13 K’s to extend his double-digit strikeout streak to three games this season as the University of Indianapolis baseball team overcame a one-run deficit in the eighth inning to take down Wayne State (MI) by a final of 5-3 on Friday afternoon.

With his performance at Greyhound Park, Rivas has now accumulated 36 strikeouts through just three appearances and 22 complete innings of work. He tossed 110 pitches this afternoon while allowing eight hits and walking just one.


The Greyhounds began the game with the lead in the first inning off a Bo Minor single to left field that brought home a baserunner. Despite this, Wayne State was quick to answer with the equalizer in the top half of the second. However, UIndy regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Denton Shepler tallied an RBI off a single of his own.

The slim lead by the Hounds was short-lived as the Warriors tied things up once again off a fielding error that brought home a runner. WSU crossed another in the fifth but failed to extend the lead further despite having the bases loaded with nobody out.

It took the Greyhounds until the eighth inning to finally take back the lead which was never lost again. Drew Donaldson tied things up with an RBI single to right field which opened the door to Brandon DeWitt sending home two runs on an RBI single of his own to left field.

The Greyhounds brought out Alec Burnett to finish the ninth, where he picked up his first save of the season after notching a pair of strikeouts to finish the game strong for UIndy.


-The Greyhounds had a game-high nine hits while the Warriors managed eight.

-UIndy had two errors in the contest while WSU had just one.

-DeWitt led the Greyhounds with three hits and two RBI’s while Minor was on his heels with two hits to his own total.


UIndy and Wayne State will return to Greyhound Park tomorrow for a doubleheader beginning at Noon ET. Game one will be a seven inning contest while game two will proceed as a nine inning battle.


Brookings, S.D. – For the second time in three seasons, the Marian women’s track and field team has an indoor national champion, as Marian junior Erin Oleksak earned the NAIA National Champoinship in the Pentathlon on Thursday evening. Oleksak is a repeat champion, defending her title on the track of South Dakota State as she defended her 2020 National Title on the track. Oleksak’s championship is Marian women’s third in total program history, joining Naomi Walters’ 2021 outdoor triple jump championship.

In the first leg of the pentathlon, Oleksak earned a second place finish in the 60m hurdles by clocking an 8.79 second time, coming up just 0.01 seconds behind Hastings’ Lauren Tamayo for the win. Oleksak scored 954 points with the race, and held second place after the first leg.

In the second event, Oleksak dominated in the high jump, clearing each of her first five heights on the first attempt. At 1.67m Oleksak cleared on try one, while Tamayo need all three attempts. As the bar moved up to 1.70m, Oleksak cleared on her second try, giving her the win in the event as Tamayo failed to clear. Oleksak scored 855 points for her effort, moving back into first place.

In her weakest of the five legs, Oleksak was strong in the shot put as she set a personal best effort of 8.52m. Oleksak’s lifetime best throw dropped her back into second place, scoring just 433 points for the event.

The junior rebounded strong in the overall standings after setting a new personal best, winning the long jump with a distance of 5.57m. Oleksak hit the mark on her third attempt, tying her best effort of the season to date. The second win of the day allowed Oleksak to jump back into first place, picking up 720 points from long jump as Tamayo placed third.

Leading by just three points over Tamayo entering the final event, Oleksak needed either a win or a higher finish in the 800m, doing just that with a personal best race. Oleksak finished strong with her 800m time of 2:23.80, crossing the line second overall, beating Tamayo to the line by two seconds to claim the NAIA National Championship for the pentathlon.

In Oleksak’s record-shattering day, the junior set lifetime bests in her pentathlon history in each of the five individual events, crushing her school record score with a final total of 3735. Oleksak’s events were also season best marks in each of the five events, while also gaining personal bests in the 800m and the shot put. Oleksak’s 800m time is the seventh fastest time in school history.

The NAIA National Championship puts Oleksak in rare company, as she and Taylor Killings ’17 are the only Marian track and field athletes to win multiple NAIA National Championships as individuals.

Oleksak will accept her National Championship honor on Friday morning prior to the start of day two of the championship. Oleksak will compete this weekend in the open 60m Hurdles and High Jump, where she will look to add to her All-American haul. Oleksak’s All-American honor in the 2022 pentathlon is her 10th for track and field, adding to her mantle as the most decorated athlete in school history.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team suffered a pair of defeats on Friday afternoon, as the Knights dropped their first two games of Crossroads League play to Taylor University. Marian fell in game one 8-1, before taking a 5-1 loss in game two. Marian is 8-8 on the season starting league play 0-2.

Game 1 | Marian 1-8 Taylor

The Knights trotted Jake Marin to the mound as they kicked off Crossroads League play, with the senior getting help from the defense in each of the first two innings as Marian turned a double play in each frame. The double play in the second was timely, as the Trojans were threatening with the bases loaded before getting the two-outs to end the inning.

Marian’s defense was not as strong in the third inning, as Marin gave up a one-out single to start the frame. Taylor compounded the hit by reaching base in the next at bat on an error, with TJ Bass also touching first on a throw away, scoring the first run. The Trojans finished the third with a pair of RBI singles, capturing a 3-0 lead. Taylor again added to their lead in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, tagging the Knights southpaw for three runs on three hits in the first and two runs on three hits in the fifth.

Marin was relieved by Craig Nixon in the top of the fifth, with Nixon picking up the final out of the frame on a fly ball to center. Trailing 8-0 in the bottom of the sixth Marian woke their bats up with their third and fourth hits of the game getting singles out of Jackson Hogg and Caden Mason, but a strikeout ended the frame with both in scoring position. The Knights scratched out their lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double from Trey Heidlage, as the third baseman tattooed one into the left field alley.

Marian was unable to continue the rally, and were held hitless in the final 2.2 innings of the game as the ended the game in an 8-1 defeat. Nixon threw strong out of the bullpen, allowing six base runners in 4.1 innings of relief work, striking out two of his 15 batters faced. Hironori Kato had a pair of base hits at the dish, and Heidlage’s double was the lone extra base hit of the game for the Knights.

Game 2 | Marian 1-5 Taylor

Taylor started the second act of the double header with a three-run first inning, as they picked up early offense against Damien Wallace by doubling twice in the first inning. Looking to respond to their 3-0 deficit, the Knights got a lead-off single from Kameron Salazar in the bottom of the first, and two batters later executed a hit-and-run as the freshman took third on Kato’s single to shallow right-center. Matteo Porcellato picked up the RBI driving in the Knights run, grounding out to send Salazar across the plate.

Wallace settled in to his game in the second inning, retiring the side before stranding a lead-off single in the third. The Knights looked prime to strike again in the home half of the third as Heidlage and Kato hit back to back singles, but Heidlage was thrown out stretching to third on the Kato’s hit. Kato was left stuck at second, as Taylor pitched out of the jam.

After a hitless fourth inning Taylor tacked on another run in the fifth, picking up a one-out single before TJ Bass doubled off Wallace to bring in a run. Taylor picked up another base runner in the frame, but Wallace worked out of it with a pair of groundouts. In the sixth inning Wallace and Jaxon Meyer combined to hold the Trojans scoreless, with Meyer stranding two runners as he ended the inning with back to back strikeouts.

Needing a rally Marian got a two-out double from Bryce Davenport in the bottom of the sixth, but he was left stuck at second base. Taylor added an insurance run off Seth Risley in the top of the seventh to make it a 5-1 game, earning enough cushion as Taylor’s Noah Huseman worked around a walk to close the door and get the complete game win.

Marian out-hit Taylor in game two 6-5, with Kato leading Marian with a pair of base hits. On the mound Wallace took the loss going 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits to go with four strikeouts. Meyer got a pair of strikeouts in his three batters faced, and in the seventh inning Risley struck out two batters allowing an unearned run.

The Knights and Trojans will resume the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. from Marian Ballpark.


BROOKINGS, S.D. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s and women’s track & field added to their National Championship hardware, winning the 2022 NAIA Indoor 4×800 Relay National Championship. Josh Felo, Charlie Young, Weston Kundo, and Steven Ott edged out Dordt by .07 tenths of a second, running a new program record 7:33.93 in the race. Their time was seven seconds faster than the previous school record.

Before the National Championship performance, Charlie Young (600m), Steven Ott (800m), and Eli Fullerton (3,000m) each earned a spot into tomorrow’s finals in their respective event.

We started off a little bit off today, and although we competed well, we  just couldn’t quite put things together. Charlie was able to swing the momentum a little bit in the 600m and after that the day turned out very well. We have a busy day tomorrow so we’ll refocus again tonight and do our best to show up and compete well tomorrow.

Our men’s 4×800 was one of the more exciting races I’ve ever watched. The men came into today focused and mentally ready, but none of us thought that we would need a time that was only 2 seconds off the NAIA national record and the fastest time in the NAIA in about 20 years to win the race. There were a few times in the race were they could’ve lost confidence, but I’m proud of their fight and trust in each other to pull through. What I’m most proud of is that when we get back to the hotel and through the rest of their lives, these men will challenge each other to be better men and Christ followers in our fallen world. They are a very special group.


LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. – No. 5 Wildcats swept No. 12 Middle Georgia State 4-0 in a tournament hosted at Georgia Gwinnett.  Wildcats move to 28-2 on the 2021/22 season.

No. 1: Martin Carrizo/Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) def. Tost/Bousastre (MGS) 6-4

No. 2: Josh Turnquest/Jeremias Rocco (IWU) def. Germianara/Kamaruzzaman (MGS) 6-2

No. 3: Isaac Steiner/Karl Wurth (IWU) v. Mola/Pratdepadna (MGS) 5-5

No. 1: Jeremias Rocco def. Bousastre (MGS) 6-2, 6-4

No. 2: Martin Carrizo (IWU) def. Mola (MGS) 6-0, 6-2

No. 3: Leonardo Sprovieri (IWU) v. Pratdepadua (MGS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

No. 4: Karl Wurth (IWU) v. Germinara (MGS) 6-7 TB 9, 0-3 DNF

No. 5: Isaac Steiner (IWU) v. Kamaruzzema (MGS) 3-6, DNF

No. 6: Josh Turnquest (IWU) v. Kupfert (MGS) 4-0

Wabash Advances In NCAA Tourney With Win Over Berry

Wabash overcame a slow start and a 10-point first-half deficit to pick up a 91-79 win over Berry College in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jack Davidson scored a game-high 34 points. Tyler Watson scored 29 points. Kellen Schreiber chipped in 14 points. All three players finished with seven rebounds apiece as the smaller Wabash (25-3) won the rebounding battle against Berry (23-3) by a margin of 35 to 28. The Little Giants limited Berry to five offensive rebounds and only six second-chance points.

Wabash fell behind 17-7 in the first seven minutes before whittling the Vikings’ lead to five points at 26-21 with 7:39 left to play in the opening half. The Little Giants outscored Berry 22-11 over the final seven minutes to take a 43-37 lead at halftime.

“It was a great game,” Wabash head coach Kyle Brumett said. “I felt like both teams played through some nerves in the first half. It was physical with a lot of fouls called early. There’s a feeling-out process in every game. You’re figuring out what the other team is going to try and take away, how they’re going to guard it, and how the game is going to be officiated. I think for us it took a little longer in the first half than it normally does. We settled down and held them to 12 points in the last 11 minutes of the first half. That was important for us to get the pace going.”

Davidson scored 21 first-half points, scoring on four drives to the basket as Berry pressured him outside the arc. The senior guard continued to attack on offense, either scoring from the field or the free throw line. Davidson finished the game shooting 10-of-19 overall with only two three-point baskets. He went 12-of-14 from the free throw line.

Wabash expanded its lead to 10 points at 52-42 in the first three minutes of the second half. Watson, who scored 12 points in the first half, caught fire in the second. He scored 17 points in the final 20 minutes to finish with his second-highest point total of the season. The Little Giants never trailed in the final period despite Berry getting as close as two points at 63-61 midway through the final period.

Wabash found Schreiber near the basket for 10 second-half points. Davidson handed out a game-high five assists while Watson, Edreece Redmond, and Sam Comer each gave out two assists.

Redmond and Vinny Buccilla provided defense pressure that helped generate 19 points off turnovers for Wabash. The Little Giants forced Berry into 12 turnovers and made seven steals in the game. Redmond led the way with three steals, one leading to a quick transition basket in the first half. He scored seven points for Wabash.

The Little Giants needed the scoring near the basket as their outside shots were unable to fall. Wabash came into the game ranked second in the nation in three-point shooting at 40.9 percent. The Little Giants hit only 8-of-24 shots from beyond the arc for 33.3 percent.

Wabash shot 30-of-60 from the field for 50 percent and finished 23-of-26 from the free throw line for 88.5 percent.

Chase Ellis led Berry with 24 points. Austin Brooks added 17 points and Owen Honroth scored 16 points.

Wabash advances to the second round and will play the winner of the Emory vs. Averett game. The second-round game at the Woodruff P.E. Center will tip at 7:10 p.m. Saturday.

RECAP | Grizzlies Drop Wild Series Opener to Hope on Friday

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball team opened a weekend series with Hope College on Friday (Mar. 4) afternoon, with the first of three games between the two sides.

The Grizzlies (3-1) raced out to an early lead but a big sixth inning from the Flying Dutch (3-0) set the stages for a wild game. A four-run Hope ninth inning proved to be the difference with the visitors winning 14-13.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies opened the scoring thanks to a two-run double from Andrew Wallace in the bottom of the first. Franklin continued to torment Hope pitching early on and took a 7-2 lead into the top of the sixth.

Hope’s bats came alive in the sixth, scoring eight runs to take their first lead of the day. Franklin drew even in their half of the frame thanks to back-to-back homers from Noah Wood and Wallace and an RBI single from AJ Sanders that tied the game at 10.

One inning later, the Grizzlies were back in front when freshman Matthew Earley clubbed a three-run homer to give FC a run in seven straight innings. But the lead wouldn’t hold thanks to four runs by Hope in the final inning.

Inside the Box Score

-Wallace had a massive afternoon at the plate, going 4-for-6 with the first two homers of his career and four RBI.

-Earley and Wood also delivered their first home runs and Logan Demkovich also went yard for Franklin.

-Nick McClanahan got his second start of the year, striking out seven over 4 2/3 innings before being lifted. Tyler Wick and Alex Reinoehl (0-1) combined to toss the final 4 1/3 innings.

Up Next

The Grizzlies and Flying Dutch are back at it on Saturday (Mar. 5) for a pair of games at Beech Grove HS. First pitch is set for noon.

Softball Finishes Historic Florida Trip with 8-2 Record

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology wrapped up the most successful softball spring trip in program history with an 8-2 record after a dramatic doubleheader split on Friday.

Rose-Hulman rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 9-3 to force extra innings in the opening game against Chatham tied at 10-10.  Both teams scored once in the eighth inning to tie the score at 11-11.  In the ninth, Phoebe Worstell drove home the eventual game winning run with an RBI single to lead Rose-Hulman to the 12-11 win.  Ariel Thomasson recorded the final three outs to pick up the pitching save.

In the nightcap, Cabrini scored early and withstood two multiple scoring positions rallies by Rose-Hulman to capture an 8-0 victory.

Game one featured a 17-hit Rose-Hulman offensive attack.  MaKenzie Morgan and Angela Boulboulle had three hits each.  Moregna had a double, one run and one RBI, while Boulboulle had a double, scored twice and had one RBI.

Nicole Lang launched her second home run in Florida among two hits with three RBIs and two runs scored.  Thomasson added a single, double and scored three times with two RBIs.

Other Engineers with multiple hits included Ashley Pinkham with a single and a double, one run and one RBI; Hailey Hofmann with a sinlge, double, one run and one RBI; and Worstell with two singles, one run and one RBI.

Mackenzie Dunn led Chatham with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Game two featured Thomasson holding a solid Cabrini offense to just two earned runs in five innings of work.  Five players had hits for Rose-Hulman, led by doubles from Morgan and Thomasson.

Kaitlyn Martin and Allison Martin had two hits each to lead the Cabrini attack.

Rose-Hulman completes its Florida trip at 8-2 for the best 10-game start to a season in Fightin’ Engineer softball history.  The team opens its home schedule against Greenville on Saturday March 12.

Baseball Finishes Florida Trip 3-3 After Narrow Friday Loss

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The University of Dubuque relied on a 5-run ninth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 9-7 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the final game of the Fightin’ Engineer spring trip on Friday.

Rose-Hulman rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to close within 9-7 on an RBI hit by pitch from Brett Tuttle and a fielder’s choice RBI by Adam Taylor.  The Fightin’ Engineers had the tying runs on first and third before Dubuque was able to record a fly out to end the game.

Shane Garner led the offense with a home run, a single, three RBIs and one run scored.  Harrison Finch added three hits, including a double, with one run scored.  Dalton Busboom also had three hits, one run scored and one RBI.

Adam Taylor added two singles, two RBIs and one run scored.  Kade Kline also had multiple hits with two singles and one run scored.

Brett Borcherding led the pitching performance by allowing one run in four innings of work with three strikeouts.

Parker Allen led the Dubuque offense with four hits and two RBIs.  Hayden Iacolucci added three hits and two runs scored for Dubuque.

Rose-Hulman completes its spring trip with a 3-3 record, while Dubuque improved to 4-2.  The Fightin’ Engineers host Calvin on Friday March 11 in first game at Art Nehf Field under the leadership of first-year head coach Adam Rosen.


BROOKINGS, SD – Bethel Men’s Track & Field earned three top ten finishes on Day 2 of the NAIA National Championship, highlighted by Thomas Jackson repeating his feat of Indoor Long Jump National Champion. Shane Glasco earned All-American status in the High Jump with a podium third-place finish, while Elisha Fleming finished one point shy of an All-American finish in ninth place in the Heptathlon.

With the two All-American performances, the Pilots jump into second place in the championship with 16 points. The Pilots finish the final day tomorrow with performances by Richard Parker and Ryan Trick in the Shot Put and Pole Vault, respectively.


NAIA National Championships: Hosted by Dakota State University

Day 2 Standings: 2nd of 31

Schedule of Events: Championship Guide

Live Coverage: Results | NAIA Network ($) ($)

Location: Sanford-Jackrabbit Athletic Complex | South Dakota State University | Brookings, SD


Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.74m | 1st


Thomas Jackson | Long Jump | 7.74m | 1st

Shane Glasco | High Jump | 2.07m | 3rd


Elisha Fleming | Heptathlon | 4,699 | 9th

Brennen Bargesser | 400m | 49.82 | 21st

Corey Jones | 60m | 6.90 | 21st

Brennen Bargesser | 200m | 22.13 | 28th

For the latest information on each of Bethel University’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams, visit or follow the Pilots on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @BUPilots or on YouTube at /BethelSportsNetwork.

Hanover drops competitive contest with Kean

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Panthers dropped a competitive non-conference matchup with Kean on Friday afternoon, falling 9-5.

Sophomore Marcus Goodpaster (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the call to the mound for the Panthers as he pitched five complete innings with six strikeouts.

After surrendering three runs in the top of the first inning the Panther settled in. Sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) continued to have the hot bat as he homered to right field pulling HC within 3-1.

The second inning would see Kean tack on two more runs before freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) reached on a fielder’s choice that pushed sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) to scoring position. Freshman Andrew Oesterling (Batesville, Ind.) picked up the RBI on the next at-bat as he delivered with a sacrifice fly to center field, 5-2.

Hanover added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning as senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) connected for a sacrifice fly that pulled HC within 5-3 before Danneman singled to left field in the sixth inning scoring junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.).

However, Kean remained poise as they tallied a four run seventh inning to secure the non-conference 9-5 win.

The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Mar. 5 when they take on Neumann as part of the Cal Ripken Experience. Game time is set for 9:00 AM.

Early inning woes sink Panthers at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Hanover softball team dropped a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon to a strong Birmingham-Southern team, falling in game one 12-4 before dropping game two 4-1.


Birmingham-Southern surged ahead quickly as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning before adding five runs in the second inning and two runs in the third inning, 9-0.

They would add another in the bottom of the fourth inning when the Panthers looked to rally. Freshman Dani Steward (Shelbyville, Ind.) plated Hanover’s first run in the top of the fifth inning as she singled down the left field line scoring sophomore Alex Miller (Miamisburg), 10-1.

Hanover continued to rally as sophomore Carson Bennett (Batesville, Ind.) picked up a pair of RBI with a single up the middle that scored both junior Kensie Bradley (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomore Ava Hilgenhold (Tell City, Ind.). Junior Kendra Hutchison (Lafayette, Ind.) provided the Panthers final run as she hit a shot to center field that cut the difference to 10-4.

However, Birmingham-Southern combated the attack and tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.


Again, Birmingham-Southern got off to a quick start scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Panthers lone bright spot came in the top of the third inning as the Birmingham-Southern first baseman looked to make a play on junior Katherine Dickinson (Francisco, Ind.) but fell unsuccessful, 4-1.

Hanover finished the game with one run on four hits and four runners left on base.

Hanover returns to the diamond on Tuesday, March 8 when they travel to Centre.

Spartans Open Season Against #8 Wildcats

MARION, Ind. – The Manchester University softball team took to the field for the first time this spring on Friday March 4. A young Spartan squad opened its 2022 season against nationally-ranked NAIA member Indiana Wesleyan.

The Wildcats came into to Friday’s contest ranked No. 8 in the nation. IWU had also played eight games this spring. The Wildcats swept Friday’s doubleheader by final scores of 11-0 and 11-2.

Spartan Stats:

Sophomore Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind./Penn) led Manchester with a 2-5 effort at the plate on the day. Sanchez had an RBI single in the second game of the afternoon.

Newcomer Izzy Dittmar (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) drove in the other Manchester run on the day after hitting a sac fly to center in the 5th inning of the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.

Dittmar, Tama Edmonson, Brianna Morrow, and Amiyah Lyster all stole a base against the Wildcats.

Up Next:

Manchester will be on the road for its next doubleheader, traveling to Alma College in Michigan on Tuesday March 15.

First pitch against the Scots is scheduled for 3 p.m.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington University men’s basketball team learned earlier this evening they will be packing their bags for Montgomery (Ala.) to compete in the 2022 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Opening Round slated for March 11-12 at Faulkner University’s Tine W. Davis Gymnasium.

It’s HU’s first trip to the big stage since 2014. Huntington received one of 25 at-large bids. Alford and crew will face Georgetown College (Ky.) on Friday, March 11 with tip-off slated for 5:00 p.m. CST. The last time these two squads met dates back to January of 2008 when the Tigers claimed a 79-73 road win over the Foresters.

Huntington heads into the opening round as the 12th seed with a record of 22-10 which includes five wins over ranked opponents. This is the ninth time the Foresters have advanced to an NAIA postseason tournament.

Georgetown, seeded 5th, punched their ticket to the big dance as the Mid-South tournament champions. The Tigers boast a 25-7 record having lost their last four regular season games before reeling off three straight wins in their conference tournament to claim an automatic bid.

The Tigers lead the 64-team championship field with 41 appearances, which includes three national titles.

The Crossroads League and Mid-South Conference each have six teams in the field to lead all conferences.

The 2022 Opening Round field includes 38 automatic qualifiers, 25 at-large selections and one host berth. The 16 NAIA Opening Round winners will meet up in Kansas City (Mo.) for NAIA National Championship Final Site play beginning March 17. The 16-team single-elimination event runs from March 17-22 at Municipal Auditorium.

Sam Pesa’s Grand Slam & a 13-run Inning Ignites Cougars in Split with Huntington

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Friday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (11-5; 1-1 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (3-7; 1-1 Crossroads) at Cougar Field in the opening series of Crossroads League play, and thanks to a 13-run fifth inning in game one, split the two games winning 14-9 before falling 6-1.

Sophomore pitcher Hunter Frost took the mound to start the opener for the Cougars and set down the Foresters in the first inning. But come the second inning he ran into some trouble.

The Foresters took advantage of a couple walks and four hits, including a double and a triple to plate four runs off the sophomore hurler to go ahead 4-0. Through the next several innings, the Cougars went quietly at the plate being rendered hitless through the first four innings.

Suddenly, like the flip of a switch, the Cougars came to life in the fifth. It started with a leadoff walk to second baseman Sam Pesa, and then with one out, the Cougars loaded the bases and scored their first run of the game on a wild pitch.

Then the rally began. Consecutive hits by left fielder Alec Brunson and designated hitter David Miller tied the game at four, and Saint Francis kept pressing. Third baseman Kaden Sullivan drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk, and up came Sam Pesa for the second time in the inning.

The freshman hammered the ball over the left-center field wall for a grand slam. It was the first grand slam for the Cougars this season, and it broke the game open at 9-4.

But the Cougars weren’t finished there. Five more walks to the Cougars and three more hits in the inning followed and when it was all said and done the Cougars had scored 13 runs in the fifth inning to pull ahead by nine.

After the second inning, Frost settled in and pitched well. He was finished after the sixth inning having allowed six runs on six hits, but he kept his team in the game to earn the win.

After one final rally by the Foresters in the ninth, Lukas North came in to close out the comeback victory as the Cougars took the opener.

In the finale, freshman Deron Swanson took the mound to start for the Cougars, and he started off strong retiring the Forester in the first. Huntington did take the lead though in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly, but the Cougars got that run right back in their half of the frame.

Come the top of the fourth, the Foresters found some two-out magic off Swanson as they scored three runs on a double and a single to pull ahead 4-1. At the plate this game, the Cougar bats went cold as they managed just one run on three hits as Swanson took the loss.

During the game, Swanson pitched well despite the loss, allowing just four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

The Cougars and Foresters will conclude their four-game series Saturday afternoon with another doubleheader at Cougar Field with the opener beginning at 1:00 pm.

Baseball Gets Quality Outing From Callaghan to Win First Conference Game of the Season

KOKOMO, Ind. – A four-run first inning helped lead the Indiana University Kokomo baseball team to its first River States Conference victory of the season. The Cougars defeated Ohio Christian University, 5-0 to move to 1-0 in league play and 6-6 overall on the season.

Key Moments

Owen Callaghan gave IU Kokomo a quality start on the mound as the graduate student earned the win, tossing seven innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six batters.

The Cougars plated four runs in the home half of the first inning as Riley Garczynski and Pat Mills both singled to start the inning. Noah Hurlock picked up an RBI with a double to right-center scoring Garczynski. Hurlock and Mills scored on a wild pitch and passed ball. Sean Becker drove in Dylan Janke for the Cougars final run of the inning.

Callaghan retired 11 straight OCU batters from the third to the sixth inning.

Bryce Lenz singled in the seventh and stole second and third, later scoring on a passed ball to make it 5-0 in favor of IU Kokomo.

Lucas Letsinger came on in relief in the eighth retired the side in order and did the same in the ninth to close out the game.

Up Next

The teams will conclude the first RSC series of the year tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium.

Anthony Barnard named All-GLIAC Second Team

GLIAC — The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) announced the postseason awards for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season on Friday afternoon, as voted on by the league coaches. Michigan Tech senior guard Owen White was selected the GLIAC Player of the Year, Parkside guard Rasheed Bello was named freshman of the year and Michigan Tech’s Josh Buettner was honored as conference coach of the year.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Owen White, Sr., Guard, Michigan Tech

Owen White became the fourth Michigan Tech men’s basketball player in GLIAC history to win conference player of the year in back-to-back seasons, joining Husky greats Matt Cameron (’03, 04′), Josh Buettner (’04, ’05), and Ali Haider (’13, ’14). White led the Huskies with 17.1 points per game, including 10 games of 20 or more points. He shot 48.7-percent from the field, including 36.6-percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks.

He also recorded three double-doubles and put up a season high 25 points at St. Cloud State on November 28. White was named GLIAC North Division Player of the Week twice in 2021-22. He has been recognized five times in his distinguished career. Last season, White was on the NABC Honors Court, NABC All-American, First Team All-Midwest District, GLIAC First Team, All-GLIAC Defensive Team, and CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.

White has been named to the GLIAC All-Defensive team in each of the past three seasons. He has twice been a member of the GLIAC All-Tournament team, and twice been a first team All-GLIAC honoree. His 1,542 career points currently ranks 12th on the Michigan Tech all-time chart.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR – Rasheed Bello, Fr., Guard, Parkside

True freshman Rasheed Bello really turned it on for the Parkside men’s basketball team down the stretch, where he averaged 11.3 points per game in the final 14 games and 10.1 points per game in GLIAC play. Bello, who played 20+ minutes in every GLIAC contest this season, was also second on the team in assists and steals and fifth in rebounding; he also finished ninth in the GLIAC in steals. He went for a career-high 22 points and seven assists in the season finale at Northwood. This makes the second straight Freshman of the Year for Parkside after Colin O’Rourke won the award last season.

COACH OF THE YEAR – Josh Buettner, Michigan Tech

Head Coach Josh Buettner earned GLIAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Huskies to a 21-6 overall record in his first season at the helm. The Huskies won a share of the GLIAC Regular Season Championship after finishing 16-4 in conference games. Tech held an impressive 10-2 road record, which included a streak of five straight road wins and nine wins overall through the first half of February. After 13 seasons as assistant coach of the Huskies, Buettner was promoted to Associate Head Coach last season and helped the Huskies make a run to the NCAA Midwest Region Championship. This season, Michigan Tech boasts the league’s stingiest defense, averaging 64.8 points against, which ranks 19th in Division II.

The First, Second and Defensive All-GLIAC Teams for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season are as follows: 

All-GLIAC First Team

Malek Adams, Lake Superior State

Dorian Aluyi, Ferris State

Trent Bell, Michigan Tech

Tray Croft, Parkside

Walt Kelser, Ferris State

Brailen Neely, Wayne State

Chris Rollins, Davenport

Delano Smith, Saginaw Valley State

Jake Van Tubbergen, Grand Valley State

Owen White, Michigan Tech        All-GLIAC Second Team

Jack Ammerman, Northwood

Anthony Barnard (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo), Purdue Northwest

Kemon Bassett, Lake Superior State

Max Bjorklund, Northern Michigan

Lee Higgins, Ferris State

Darnell Hoskins Jr., Saginaw Valley State

John Kerr, Northern Michigan

Christian Negron, Grand Valley State

Jarrin Randall, Davenport

Tyler Witz, Saginaw Valley State

All-Defensive Team

Trent Bell, Michigan Tech

Deleon Brown, Grand Valley State

Carter Johnston, Michigan Tech

John Kerr, Northern Michigan

Christian Negron, Grand Valley State

C.J. Robinson, Lake Superior State

Chris Rollins, Davenport

Logan Ryan, Ferris State

Owen White, Michigan Tech

Caleb Zurliene (Breese, Ill./Mater Dei), Purdue Northwest

Warriors Head to Marion for NAIA National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech men’s basketball team found out their matchup and location for the 2022 NAIA National Championship as the national office released the bracket for the Tournament on Thursday evening.

The Warriors (25-7, 18-2 WHAC) are headed to Luckey Arena on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Indiana as the No. 10 seed in the Cramer Quadrant where they will face off with the No. 7 seed Southwestern College MoundBuilders (25-7, 18-6 KCAC) on Friday, March 11. Tip-off is set for 2:00 PM. The other two teams in the Marion Bracket are the No. 2 seed Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats and the No. 15 seed Montreat Cavaliers, who will tip-off at 7:00 PM ET on that same day. The two semifinal winners will play on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 PM for a chance to be one of the final 16 teams in Kansas City, Missouri March 17-22.

It’s the fifth consecutive season that the Warriors are playing in the NAIA National Championship and the 12th time in program history.

The Warriors have no recorded games against Southwestern and have also never faced off with Montreat. The Orange and Black have faced off with the Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan nine times, with their last victory coming during the 2017-18 season. Tech matched up with the Wildcats twice this season, dropping the first contest 90-82 at a neutral site in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then again at home by a score of 91-71.

Warriors Headed to Tennessee for NAIA National Championship

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Indiana Tech women’s basketball team discovered its opponent and Opening Round location for the 2022 NAIA National Championship as the national office released the official list of qualifiers and brackets Thursday evening.

The Warriors are headed to Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee as the No. 5-five seed in the Duer Quadrant where they will face off with the No. 12-seed University of Pikeville on Friday, March 11. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET from Summers Gymnasium. The other two teams in the Dayton Bracket are the No. 13-seed Webber International University and No. 4-seed Bryan, who tip off at 6 p.m. ET Friday. The two semifinal winners will play on Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m. ET for the change to be one of the final 16 teams in Sioux City, Iowa March 17-22.

It’s the sixth consecutive season that the Warriors are playing in the NAIA National Championship and the 10th time in program history. This is the second season that the NAIA has returned to one division for basketball, as the Warriors competed in NAIA Division II from 1991, when the association split into two divisions on the hardwood, to 2020.

The Warriors have no recorded games against Pikeville and have never faced off with Webber International. Tech has played Bryan twice and emerged victorious both times, the first in the 2018 NAIA National Championship in Sioux City (76-60) and the second on December 17, 2019 in Dayton (77-52).

Three school records broken and one tied in day two at national championships

Brookings, S.D. – A few school records broken, one record tied, a fifth-place podium finish, and one more competition to go.

The Goshen men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams had quite a day two at the NAIA championships in Brookings, South Dakota.

The day started with Annika Fisher qualifying for the women’s mile final. Fisher came into the semifinals with the 19th best time among the 22 participants. However, she placed third in her heat with a time of 5:01.92. The top three in both heats and the following four best times advanced to the final. Fisher had the sixth-best time overall among the two heats. Summer Cooper did not compete in the event.

She qualified for the event when she ran a 5:14.41 at the Crossroads League Championships – a time that was converted to 5:11.33 for track size. She crushed that today and beat a 15-year-old school record set by Petrana Petkova. Petkova had a time of 5:03.19 in 2007 and was the indoor champion in the 5,000 meters and outdoor champion in the 10,000 meters that year.

Fisher will race in the final at 1:25 pm EST on Saturday. She will be joined by Andrea Ertz (Mount Mercy, 5:00.75), Emily Bayer (Missouri Baptist, 5:01.37), Sabrina Baftiri (St. Francis Ill., 5:01.21), Sydney Little Light (Rocky Mountain, 5:01.82), Becca Richtman (Montana Tech, 5:01.44), Abbey Brennan (Taylor, 5:02.19), Abbey Shirts (College of Idaho, 5:03.04), Heather Plastow (Grace, 5:04.78), and Anneline Breytenbach (Westmont, 5:05.59).

Samuel Stoner-Eby was next with his 11th place finish in the 400-meter dash. While he did not qualify for the finals, Stoner-Eby broke his own school record set earlier this season. His 49.32-second performance at the Crossroads League Championship was the mark to beat, and he surpassed it with a 48.83 time on Friday. Daunte O’Banion from Indiana Tech was disqualified, and Cortez Cunningham from Madonna had the top time of 47.41. Stoner-Eby also placed 32nd in the 200-meter dash later in the day. His time of 22.32 seconds ties his own school record that he set on January 28 this year at the Hillsdale “Wide-Track” Invite.

Simon Graber Miller competed in the high jump. He cleared 1.96 meters (six feet, five inches) on his first attempt to make it among the top 19. He missed his first try at 2.01 meters (six feet, seven inches) but cleared it on the second attempt and was among the top 16. However, he missed all three shots to get over 2.04 meters (six feet, eight and a quarter inches), along with seven others. Based on clearing the 2.01-meter height on his second go, Graber Miller finished tied for 12th. Shandon Reitzell from Midland won the event by clearing 2.10 meters (six feet, ten and three-quarters inches) on his first attempt.

Suzette Rodriguez competed in the women’s weight throw. Her first effort covered 15.35 meters (50 feet, four and a half inches). She faulted on the next attempt but went for 16.33 meters (53 feet, seven inches) on the third try. Rodriguez finished in 12th overall in the event. Catylynn Duff from the College of Idaho won with a throw of 17.79 meters (58 feet, four and a half inches).

The night ended with the final of the women’s 4×800-meter relay. The team of Annika Fisher, Naomi Ross Richer, Mia Wellington, and Summer Cooper completed the race in 9:23.67 – good enough to finish fifth in the NAIA. It also destroyed the school record the team set yesterday. On Thursday, they beat their own mark from earlier in the season by completing the race in 9:28.95. They crushed that time by 5.28 seconds this evening.

The team from Dordt won the event with a time of 9:08.57. Taylor placed second, and Marian was seventh. With six events scored, the Goshen women are tied for 20th place among the teams with four points from the 4×800-relay team. Concordia (Neb.) leads with 29 points, and Indiana Tech is in second with 24.

“This is exactly what I mean when I talk about being better than Goshen good,” said head coach Rustin Nyce after the day’s action. “School records at the national meet means we came ready to do our absolute best. I’m so proud of each athlete that has competed over the last two days.”

“Sam looked amazing in his races,” Nyce went on. “I was so, so proud of Annika. This was a long time coming for her. And what can I say about the 4×800 team? Just amazing!”

The final event left for either team is Annika Fisher’s mile final tomorrow at 1:25 pm EST.

Bennett, Lange help secure Goshen’s first conference win of the season

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Leafs baseball team began conference play on Friday afternoon in Winona Lake and picked up a win thanks to a dominant effort by Jack Bennett on the mound. Goshen lost game one 6-2 but won game two 1-0.

It wasn’t until the bottom of the third when either team got on the board in game one. At that point, Grace scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right field to put the first run on the board. The Lancers had another run in the fourth that was scored via a sacrifice fly and tacked on another in the inning off a misplayed grounder by Goshen.

The score stayed at 3-0 for a few innings until the Maple Leafs got on the board in the eighth. With runners at second and third, Jenner Rodammer hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Char Reeves. Later in the inning, Camm Nickell singled to right-center to bring in Nate Lange and bring Goshen within a run.

In the bottom half of the inning, Grace quickly responded on a three-run home run by Cal Curiel to left field – the first pitch of his at-bat. The Lancers bumped their lead to 6-2 and would win by that score.

Nickell threw seven innings for Goshen, allowing two earned runs and five hits. He had six strikeouts and two walks.

Lange was 2-4 with a run and a stolen base for Goshen. Peyton Smith, Nickell, Morgan Baker, and Joseph Cerda had hits for the Leafs.

This was the first game Goshen had played against Grace since April 27, 2019.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel with a thrilling finish.

Jack Bennett got the nod for Goshen, and he threw a complete seven innings – allowing no earned runs and just four hits. For Grace, Evan Etchison pitched 6.2 innings and gave up four hits, but he also allowed the game-winning run to come around.

Cerda got on base with a walk in the top of the seventh and would later move to second and steal third. Lange came to the plate with two outs and knocked in the game-winning run as Cerda came around. Goshen got just one run, but that was all they needed as Bennett closed it out for good in the bottom of the seventh and earned the win.

“I can’t say enough about Jack’s outing,” said head coach Alex Childers. “Our defense made some plays behind him, and he did a phenomenal job getting us off the field with two outs. That was a huge outing that the team really needed to right the ship and get us going.”

The cold and wind made it a tough day to hit for both teams. Nickell, Reeves, and Trent Sillett had singles for Goshen, but Lange had the most important one. “Nate has been having great at-bats all year, and it was awesome to see him come through in a big spot,” said Childers. Lange is hitting .303 after batting at a .235 clip in 2020 and .245 in 2021.

“I told the guys after the game that I’m a big believer that if you do things the right way and keep competing, the game will reward you,” Childers added. “We’re excited for another opportunity to compete tomorrow!”

Goshen and Grace face off again at noon on Saturday.

Goshen gets two sweeps, prepares for day two at William Penn Invite

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Goshen men’s volleyball team finished day one of the William Penn Invite held at William Penn University with two sweeps. The Leafs defeated Central Christian College 25-12, 25-10, 25-18 and then beat Saint Ambrose 25-18, 25-17, 25-15.

In their first match, the Maple Leafs took on Central Christian. Goshen was never behind at any point in the match. The Leafs won the first five points in the first set and cruised to a 25-12 victory.

Goshen led 8-5 in the second set before a service error forced head coach Lauren Ford to use a timeout. The team responded with a kill from Andrew Salinas and seven more points with Ian Fox serving. The lead grew to 16-6, and GC won seven of the last eight points to win in set two, 25-10.

Goshen carried the dominance over to the third set by starting with a 6-0 lead and causing a Central Christian timeout. The Tigers regrouped and scored 13 of the following 20 points to tie it 13-13. However, Goshen capped it off with a 12-5 run to win 25-18 and take the match 3-0.

The Maple Leafs had 35 kills to the Tigers’ 13. Goshen won in assists (31-13), digs (34-21), blocks (5-1), and aces (7-2) as well. The Leafs had a .269 hitting percentage, and Central Christian was at -.110.

Christian Rodriguez posted seven kills, five digs, and a block. Lucas Sauder had 11 kills. Michael Wahl had 20 assists, and Andrew Salinas had 11. Pablo Sanchez had a season-high ten digs. Ian Fox added four kills and three blocks.

The Maple Leafs faced the Fighting Bees from Saint Ambrose in their second and final match of the day.

Tied at 12 in the first set, the Leafs took seven of the next eight with an ace from Andy Bennett to close the run. That was the jolt that Goshen needed to win the first set 25-18.

Goshen was on the way to victory in set two with a 22-9 lead. The Fighting Bees made it interesting by winning eight of the following ten points, but the early deficit was too much to overcome, and the Leafs won 25-17.

Like the first set, the teams were tied at ten in the third, but Goshen came through in the second half to pull away. They won set three 25-15 and took the match 3-0. Saint Ambrose had won their previous four matches going back to February 25.

“The middles have been working very hard lately,” shared Ford. “Ian and Michael are really connecting. Andy is known for his front-row presence, but today he decided to put in work in the back row. Lucas played middle really well to give Ian and Andy a break.”

Sauder had six kills, 11 digs, and three blocks. Alexander Rabadzhiev displayed eight kills and three digs, with a .318 hitting percentage. Andy Bennett added four kills, three blocks, and six digs. Wahl had 26 assists.

Goshen is right back at it tomorrow when they play three games in the final day at the William Penn Invite. “Lots of rest and regeneration will be important,” said Ford. “We need to trust ourselves, our teammates, and our training.”

At 12:30 pm EST tomorrow, Goshen will face Morningside. Then at 3:00 pm EST, they’ll take on Kansas Wesleyan. At 5:30 pm EST, they take on the host – #2 William Penn.

USI bows out of the GLVC Tournament

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball bowed out of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament with a 90-68 loss to University of Missouri-St. Louis in the semifinals Friday evenings at First Community Arena in Edwardsville, Illinois. USI, the fifth seed, finishes the season 18-8 overall, while UMSL, the fourth seed, advances with a 22-6.

The Screaming Eagles went toe to toe with the Tritons for the first 10 minutes of the contest and was even with UMSL at 19-19 at 10:21 of the first half. UMSL created some distance between itself and the Eagles in the final 10, outscoring USI, 24-13, to lead at the break 43-32.

The Tritons exploded out of the locker room to start the second half and extend their lead to as many as 20 points, 54-34, with 16:05 remaining. USI would try to claw back into the game, reducing the margin to 16 points several times, but that would be as close they would come the rest of the game.

Junior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) led the Eagles with a season-high 23 points, while junior forward Jacob Polakovich (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and senior guard Clayton Hughes (Jackson, Tennessee) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points each.

USI Softball sweeps opening day of Spring Games

WINTER HAVEN, Fla.—Junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) went a combined 3-of-7 with a double, grand slam and six RBI as University of Southern Indiana Softball picked up a pair of wins in its opening day at The Spring Games.

Martinez had a walk-off, RBI-double as the Screaming Eagles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat St. Cloud State University, 3-2, in eight innings in their opener. She hit a grand slam and had five RBI in the Eagles’ 6-2 win over the University of Central Missouri in their nightcap.

Sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) was a blistering 7-of-8 at the plat with four runs scored and four stolen bases.

Bedrick had a hand in every run the Eagles scored in their win over St. Cloud State. She singled, stole second, stole third and scored on an error to give USI a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. She hit an RBI-double in the last half of the eighth inning to tie the contest at 2-2; then scored the game-winning run on Martinez’s double.

The Huskies (6-3) capitalized on the international tie-breaker in the top of the eighth inning to score a two-out run and take a 2-1 lead. USI took advantage of the international tie-breaker rule in the last part of the eighth inning to tie the score before Martinez ended the game with the RBI-double.

Senior pitcher Maddie Duncan (Lynnville, Indiana) earned the win in the circle after giving up an unearned run off one hit. Duncan (2-2) had three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Duncan came on in relief of freshman hurler Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana), who allowed just one run off seven hits while fanning six batters in 5 2/3 innings of work.

A single and a pair of walks set Martinez up for her first-career grand slam in the top of the third inning against Central Missouri. Martinez, who hit her first home run of the year and fourth of her collegiate career, gave the Eagles a 4-1 lead over the Jennies with the blast.

The Eagles scored again in the fourth inning when Martinez singled to score Bedrick and give USI a commanding 5-1 lead.

Central Missouri (4-10) cut into USI’s cushion with a tally in the bottom of the fourth inning, but a solo home run by sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) to lead off the fifth inning quickly stole momentum away from the Jennies and staked USI to a 6-2 advantage.

Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) was credited with the win in a relief appearance after allowing just one hit and striking out six batters in 3 2/3 innings of work. She improves to 3-3 on the year.

Senior pitcher Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) started the game and left with the lead after 3 1/3 innings of work but did not go the required four innings to get credit for the win. Back was solid, allowing just two runs and just one earned run.

USI returns to action Saturday at 8 a.m. (CST) when it takes on Winona State University in Winter Haven, Florida. The Eagles cap off their second day with a bout against No. 17 Minnesota State University-Mankato at 10:15 a.m.

Eagles upset #7 Trevecca Nazarene, 11-3

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball continued to roll against ranked teams, posting an 11-3 victory over seventh-ranked Trevecca Nazarene University Friday to start a three-game series at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles are 6-1 to start the year, while Trevecca is 10-2 in 2022.  

The USI win broke Trevecca’s winning streak against the GLVC this spring. Nine of the 10 Trevecca’s wins this spring came against the GLVC’s Rockhurst University, Lewis University, and Truman State University.

USI grabbed a first inning lead, 1-0, when junior catcher Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) doubled in senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) from second with one out. Hunter had reached on a walk and stole second to get into scoring position.

After the Trojans scored twice in the top of the second to take the lead, USI rebound to knot the game at 2-2 when sophomore second baseman Nolan Cook (Evansville, Indiana) doubled in sophomore third baseman Tyler Wheeler (Sellersburg, Indiana) from first.

The score would remain tied until the top of the fifth when Trevecca took a 3-2 lead on a wild pitch by senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana). The Eagles rebounded with a five-run bottom half of the inning with the aid of a Trevecca error.

Hunter got the scoring started in the fifth, crossing the plate on a fielder’s choice. McNew brought in the second run of the frame on a throwing error before sophomore centerfielder Steven Molinet (Elberfeld, Indiana) knocked in a run on a single and Cook finished the scoring with a two-run single to left for a 7-3 lead.

The Eagles increased the margin to 11-3 with a four-run eighth. McNew struck again with a two-triple down the right field line before sophomore leftfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) blasted a two-run shot over the centerfield wall to set the 11-3 final.

For the game at the plate, McNew, Robinson, and Cook led the way with three RBIs each in the victory.

On the mound, Stuteville (1-0) was nearly perfect for the Eagles in six-plus innings of relief work on the mound. The senior right-hander picked up his first win of the year by allowing one run on four hits and three walks in addition to striking out six batters.

Junior left-hander Sammy Barnett (Sellersburg, Indiana) finished the game for USI getting the final three outs of the ninth and stranding the bases loaded full of Trojans. USI junior right-hander Garrett Welch (New Castle, Indiana) made an abreviated start, only going the first two innings. Welch allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI concludes the first home stand of the season with a doubleheader versus Trevecca Saturday at the USI Baseball Field. The first pitch is slated for noon.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Two School Records Highlight Second Day of Nationals

Brookings, S.D. – The second day of the NAIA National Championships was bittersweet for the Taylor men’s track and field team. While some events did not go the way the Trojans expected, others were exciting and successful. Two highlights of the day include Liam Hesting and Matthew Sakeuh breaking school records in the weight throw and the 400-meters.

In the first of his two throwing events of the weekend, Liam Hesting launched a massive-toss in the weight throw. Hesting broke his own TU school record and posted a personal-best mark of 17.93. The junior finished 10th of 32 competitors in the event.

Matthew Sakeuh had a busy day as he raced the 60-meter hurdle semis, as well as the 400-meter dash prelims. Sakeuh ran to a time of 8.09 in the hurdles. He finished second in his heat and earned a spot in the finals on Saturday. In the 400-meter dash, the senior set a new TU school record for the second time this season, clocking a time of 49.69. Sakeuh finished 20th place overall in the 400. 

Ben Eiffert competed in the mile prelims and set a new personal-record of 4:18.43. The sophomore gained valuable national experience and ended 19th overall.

Two Trojans competed in Friday’s jumping events. Sammy Sommers soared 6.98-meters in the long jump and claimed 15th place overall. Sommers will be back in action tomorrow for the men’s triple jump. In the high jump, sophomore Jake Thompson was unable to clear a height.

The final event for the TU men was the 3,000-meter semi-finals. Connor White ran a strong 10 laps but was unable to clinch a qualifying mark to the finals. White recorded a time of 8:37.23 and finished 16th overall.

The Purple and Gold will conclude the NAIA National Championships on Saturday with six athletes set to compete. Action will begin for TU with Matthew Sakeuh in the 60-meter hurdle finals at 1:55pm ET, followed by Damon Knowles in the pole vault at 2:15pm. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU’s 4×8 Finishes as NAIA Runner-Up

Brookings, S.D. – In an exhilarating4x800-meter relay final, the Taylor women’s squad of Abbey Brennan, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Brooke Studnicki finished as the NAIA runner-up. The group claimed the NAIA National Title in 2021, and were able to return all four women to take second place in 2022. TU’s crew clocked the fastest time in Taylor history, 9:15.42, one day after breaking the school record in prelims. TU battled with the Dordt women in all four legs, however, Dordt was able to pull off the victory and claim the title with a time of 9:08.57.

In the 60-meter hurdle prelims, Patience Sakeuh and Audrey Altum posted lifetime-best marks. Sakeuh competed in heat two and finished second with a time of 8.68. Altum crossed the line in second place in heat three, logging a mark of 8.84. In order to qualify for finals, the top-time in each heat, plus the next four-best times advance. Sakeuh earned an at-large qualification, and will enter the finals tomorrow with the seventh-fastest time. Altum did not advance to finals, however the junior ended in 11th place overall, improving upon her initial ranking of No. 23.

Abbey Brennan advanced to finals in the mile semis by finishing with a time of 5:02.19. The senior finished fourth in her heat, earning an at-large qualification to the finals on Saturday.

Giovanna Domene qualified for finals in the 1,000-meter prelims. Domene raced to a career-best time of 2:58.59. The senior finished fourth in heat one and was able to earn the at-large qualification. Domene will compete in the finals tomorrow, entering the field with the sixth-fastest time.

Brooke Studnicki posted a time of 2:23.53 in the 800-meter semi-finals. The junior was unable to advance to finals and finished 14th place overall.

Three Trojans raced in the women’s 3,000-meter prelims. Lynae Ackley, Ahna VanderWall and Elayna Kitt gained experience at their first indoor national championship. Ackley and VanderWall finished in sync, clocking times of 10:38.76 and 10:38.88. Kitt recorded a mark of 10:43.28. None of the ladies were able to advance to finals, as Ackley finished 17th overall, VanderWall claimed 18th and Kitt ended in 21st place.

The Trojans will conclude the NAIA National Championships on Saturday with three athletes set to compete. Action will begin for TU with Abbey Brennan in the mile finals at 1:25pm ET, followed by Patience Sakeuh in the 60-meter hurdle finals at 1:45pm and Giovanna Domene in the 1,000-meter finals at 3:25pm.  

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Sweep Marian on Day One of the 2022 CL Season

INDIANAPOLIS – On Friday afternoon, the Taylor baseball team opened its Crossroads League season by taking on Marian (8-8) in a nine-seven doubleheader in Indianapolis, where the Trojans came away with two wins.

In game one, Taylor posted 13 hits en route to an 8-1 victory. Game one’s offensive effort marked the ninth time this season that the Trojans have recorded 10-or-more hits, with Taylor winning eight of those nine ballgames.

The freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, led the way in the hit-category yet again for the Trojans, going 4-4 from the dish and drawing a walk in his last at-bat of the game. Kolpien also drove in two runs, but TJ Bass, the league’s leader in runs-batted-in, did him one better by tacking three runs on the board throughout game one.

Meanwhile, TU starting pitcher, Luke Shively (4-0), threw six-and-one-third strong innings, recording six strikeouts while allowing just one run on six hits-allowed. Shively increased his league-leading strikeout total to 34, only for that mark to be matched later in the day by teammate, Noah Huseman. Nonetheless, Shively safely secured the league-lead with his fourth win of the season.

With one on and one out in the seventh, though, Shively’s day came to end, as Kolpien made the move from DH to pitcher and subsequently retired the final eight Knight batters of the game without allowing a baserunner.

The Trojan run-production in game one came throughout a three-inning stretch, extending from the third to the fifth. A three-run third frame was set up by some sloppy Marian defense, on which the Trojans quickly capitalized thanks to RBI-singles by Kolpien and senior, Conner Crawford.

Taylor, then, posted another three runs in the fourth, this time to the tune of a two-out rally that was orchestrated by Bass and Kolpien, each smacking an RBI-knock after Camden Knepp roped a two-out double.

The final two runs were added in the sixth, when Jacob Morris got the ball rolling with an opposite-field double, followed by an RBI-double by third baseman, Michael Pinarski, whom Nick Rusche swiftly brought home with an RBI-single of his own.

In game two, Taylor gained the advantage early, crafting a three-run lead before starting pitcher, Noah Huseman, even took the mound.

Senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, got the action started with a lead-off double to right-center. Knepp, then, was hit by a pitch, after which two wild pitches brought Rusche home and planted Knepp at third, where Bass scored him on a sac-fly to center. After Kolpien drew his second walk of the day, Morris tacked an additional run on the board with an RBI-double to left, making it a 3-0 game as Huseman walked out to toe the rubber.

Huseman (2-1) surrendered a run in the first, before quickly settling in and tossing six-consecutive scoreless innings en route to his second complete game of the season. The senior, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, native increased his strikeout total for the season to 34, matching Shively for the league-lead while sitting down eight Knights in his seven innings of work.

Before Husman completed the game, the Trojans added a fifth run in the top of the seventh, thanks to three walks and a Michael Pinarski hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded. At that point in the game, though, Huseman was more than ready to complete the job, retiring the Knights in the seventh with no damage done.

After an 8-1 win in game one, Taylor took game two by a final score of 5-1, outscoring the Knights 13-2 on the day.

Taylor (11-6) has won three games in-a-row and seven of its last nine, now slated for two more against Marian tomorrow, March 5th, with first-pitch set for 1:00 pm ET.

Big innings doom Trailblazers against Top-10 opponents Friday

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team hosted a pair of Top-10-ranked teams at Jerry Blemker Field Friday afternoon for the first of a two-day series between the three teams.

Vincennes fell in the first game of the day to NJCAA Division-I No. 7 Wabash Valley 16-0 in five innings and fell 16-7 to NJCAA Division-II No. 6-ranked Kellogg Community College in the afternoon game.

Wabash Valley wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first game of the day, as the leadoff hitter got on base with a single and came around to score on a fielding error later in the inning, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

The Warriors did most of their damage in the middle innings of the game however, scoring five runs in the second, six runs in the third and four runs in the fourth to take a commanding 16-0 lead heading into the fifth.

Vincennes had a tough time getting baserunners against Wabash Valley’s starting pitching with sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) being the only VU batter to reach base through the four innings on a fielding error and a hit by pitch.

VU’s first hit of the game came in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff single by freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.).

The Trailblazers were unable to bring this runner around to score however as the game ended after five innings with the final score of 16-0.

Sophomore Kestler Harbuck (Brooksville, Fla.) took the mound in the first game of the day and threw 2.1 innings, giving up 10 runs on seven hits and striking out two.

Sophomore Ryan Bartley (Tuscola, Ill.) pitched 0.2 innings in relief, giving up five runs on two hits and striking out one.

Sophomore Camden Greer (Boonville, Ind.) pitched in the fourth inning, giving up one run on one hit and striking out one.

Freshman Cauy Motsinger (Salem, Ind.) took the mound in the fifth to and gave up one hit and struck out the final two batters he faced.

Vincennes looked to shake off this tough start to the day when facing No. 6 Kellogg CC in the final game of the day Friday.

The Bruins were the first team on the board, scoring in the first after a leadoff double came around to give Kellogg an early 1-0 lead.

Vincennes answered back in the bottom of the first to even the score after sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) scored after reaching base by an error.

Kellogg regained the lead with a run in the second and looked to gain full control of the game with a massive, nine-run inning in the fourth to take an 11-1 lead.

The Trailblazers would chip away at the big lead with a leadoff single by freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.), followed by a two-run home run by sophomore Conner VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.).

Vincennes would add two more runs in the fifth before Kellogg would plate three runs in the sixth to grow their lead back to 15-5.

Needing a run to extend the game, VanLannen hit a two out RBI double to drive home Colin Long to extend the game to the seventh inning.

“Conner has been doing well all year at the plate,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “He’s had some bad luck, but he’s been hitting the ball hard and today he got a few to fall in. Obviously it’s hard to catch it when he hits it over the fence but he also did a good job of hitting a double down the line later to get another RBI.”

“He’s been doing it all year for us and hopefully he can step up on the mound tomorrow in game one against Kellogg,” Barney added.

Kellogg would get a run back in the seventh before VU would get a pinch hit leadoff single by freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.), who was later driven in on a single by freshman Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.).

This would be as close as the Blazers would get however as the Bruins finished off the 16-7 win at Jerry Blemker Field.

Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) got the start for VU against the Bruins throwing 3.1 innings, giving up five runs on four hits and striking out three.

The highlight of the game on the mound was from freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) who entered the game in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs and struck out all three batters he faced in the inning.

“We just didn’t do very well today,” Barney said. “Obviously Wabash Valley is a top-10 team in the country and Kellogg is one of the top-six teams in the country in Division II right now and we just didn’t get it done on the mound.”

“We also didn’t get it done defensively today either,” Barney added. “We faced a kid for Wabash Valley that is really good and has outstanding numbers and he just kept those numbers rolling and kept us down. But we have to give ourselves a better chance defensively and on the bump with some guys. We ran a ton of guys out there to see what they could do and some guys did alright and others not so much. But we’ve got to play better defense against some really good competition.”

The Trailblazers will hope to have a better outing tomorrow, March 5 as VU will take on Kellogg CC at 11 a.m. eastern and close out the weekend set by facing Wabash Valley at 5 p.m. eastern at Jerry Blemker Field.

“It’s just got to take a little bit of focus and concentration and a better job defensively,” Barney said. “Giving up and error here or there isn’t bad but having five in a game is inexcusable. We’ve just got to be better than that during the two games tomorrow.”


Alabama at LSU12:00pmCBS
Villanova at Butler12:00pmFOX
Arkansas at Tennessee12:00pmESPN
Virginia at Louisville12:00pmESPN2
SoCon Quarterfinal: Chattanooga vs. ETSU/The Citadel12:00pmESPN+
Big South Semifinal12:00pmESPN+
Davidson at Dayton12:30pmUSA
Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Texas State vs. Louisiana/UTA12:30pmESPN+
Miami (FL) at Syracuse1:00pmESPNU
South Carolina at Auburn1:00pmSECN
Marist at Niagara1:00pmESPN+
Kentucky at Florida2:00pmCBS
Indiana at Purdue2:00pmESPN
NC State at Florida State2:00pmESPN2
Big South Semifinal2:00pmESPN+
TCU at West Virginia2:00pmESPN+
FIU at Florida Atlantic2:00pmESPN+
Dartmouth at Harvard2:00pmESPN+
Seton Hall at Creighton2:30pmFOX
Rhode Island at Saint Joseph’s2:30pmUSA
Pitt at Notre Dame2:30pmESPNews
SoCon Quarterfinal: Wofford vs. VMI2:30pmESPN+
ECU at Wichita State3:00pmESPNU
Stanford at Arizona State3:00pmPAC12N
Charlotte at Southern Miss3:00pmESPN+
Marshall at WKU3:00pmESPN+
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State3:00pmESPN+
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State3:00pmESPN+
Rice at UTSA3:00pmESPN+
MVC Semifinal3:30pmCBSSN
Georgia at Missouri3:30pmSECN
Oregon at Washington State4:00pmCBS
Texas at Kansas4:00pmESPN
VCU at Saint Louis4:00pmESPN2
Oklahoma at Kansas State4:00pmESPN+
UMass at George Mason4:00pmESPN+
Cornell at Columbia4:00pmESPN+
DePaul at UConn5:00pmFOX
California at Arizona5:00pmPAC12N
Northern Arizona at Idaho5:00pmESPN+
North Carolina at Duke6:00pmESPN
Iowa State at Baylor6:00pmESPN2
MVC Semifinal6:00pmCBSSN
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss6:00pmSECN
Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Georgia State vs. Arkansas State/ULM6:00pmESPN+
SoCon Quarterfinal: Furman vs. Mercer/Western Carolina6:00pmESPN+
Georgetown at Xavier7:00pmFS1
Summit League Quarterfinal: South Dakota State vs. Omaha7:00pmESPN+
Brown at Yale7:00pmESPN+
Oregon State at Washington7:30pmPAC12N
OVC Championship8:30pmESPN2
Boise State at Colorado State8:30pmCBSSN
Mississippi State at Texas A&M8:30pmSECN
SoCon Quarterfinal: Samford vs. UNCG8:30pmESPN+
Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina/Georgia Southern8:30pmESPN+
St. John’s at Marquette9:00pmFS1
Colorado at Utah9:30pmESPNU
Summit League Quarterfinal: North Dakota State vs. Denver9:30pmESPN+
USC at UCLA10:00pmESPN
San Diego State at Nevada10:30pmCBSSN
WCC Quarterfinal: San Francisco vs. TBD10:30pmESPN2
UNLV at New Mexico11:00pmFS1
Bassmaster Series8:00amFOX
PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational12:30pmGOLF
PGA: Puerto Rico Open2:30pmGOLF
PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational2:30pmNBC
Champions: Hoag Classic5:00pmGOLF
LPGA: HSBC World Championship11:00pmGOLF
MotorsportsTIME ETTV
Xfinity: Alsco Uniforms 300 at Las Vegas4:30pmFS1
Sacramento at Dallas5:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
San Antonio at Charlotte7:00pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Miami8:00pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Orlando at Memphis8:00pmBally Sports
Portland at Minnesota8:00pmBally Sports
Root Sports
Golden State at LA Lakers8:30pmABC
St. Louis at NY Islanders12:30pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Chicago at Philadephia3:00pmABC
Ottawa at Arizona4:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Detroit at Florida6:00pmESPN+
Boston at Columbus7:00pmNHLN
Bally Sports
Montreal at Edmonton7:00pmSportsnet
Vancouver at Toronto7:00pmSportsnet
Seattle at Washington7:00pmNBCS-WSH
Root Sports
Nashville at San Jose8:00pmNBCS-CA
Bally Sports
Calgary at Colorado10:00pmALT


Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami4222.65621-721-1511-227-138-21 W
Philadelphia3923.6292.018-1321-106-723-148-25 W
Milwaukee3925.6093.022-1217-139-325-186-43 W
Chicago3925.6093.024-1015-157-424-166-44 L
Boston3827.5854.522-1116-168-627-168-22 W
Cleveland3627.5715.519-1117-167-421-164-63 L
Toronto3429.5407.517-1517-147-523-184-62 L
Brooklyn3232.50010.013-1819-147-522-173-73 L
Atlanta3132.49210.519-1312-198-520-206-42 W
10 Charlotte3133.48411.015-1516-185-721-203-71 W
11 Washington2834.45213.016-1712-176-721-214-61 L
12 New York2538.39716.513-1912-194-914-251-97 L
13 Indiana2243.33820.515-187-252-1211-313-71 L
14 Detroit1747.26625.010-217-265-713-255-52 W
15 Orlando1648.25026.07-229-262-1110-324-61 W
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix5112.81028-723-56-430-98-22 W
Golden State4320.6838.026-717-139-226-143-73 L
Memphis4321.6728.521-1022-117-429-137-31 L
Utah3923.62911.522-1017-1311-125-138-21 L
Dallas3825.60313.021-1117-1411-227-158-23 W
Denver3726.58714.018-1119-155-922-188-21 W
Minnesota3529.54716.519-1216-178-423-186-43 W
LA Clippers3431.52318.019-1315-187-621-237-35 W
LA Lakers2735.43523.518-169-192-1015-232-84 L
10 New Orleans2736.42924.015-1712-194-718-206-44 W
11 Portland2537.40325.516-189-191-911-274-63 L
12 San Antonio2439.38127.011-1913-204-714-225-53 L
13 Sacramento2441.36928.015-189-235-717-254-61 W
14 Oklahoma City2043.31731.09-2211-214-614-273-71 L
15 Houston1548.23836.08-217-272-87-320-1012 L

Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference

Eastern Conference
Carolina Hurricanes5538125813718813220-4-218-8-36-2-2
Tampa Bay Lightning5436126783418615219-5-417-7-27-2-1
Florida Panthers5436135773422116124-6-012-7-56-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins5734149773218515215-8-519-6-46-3-1
New York Rangers5535155753116513819-5-316-10-27-2-1
Toronto Maple Leafs5435154743319815719-6-116-9-35-4-1
Boston Bruins5533184703216614816-10-117-8-37-2-1
Washington Capitals5629189672718015613-11-516-7-44-6-0
Columbus Blue Jackets5528252582518220015-11-213-14-06-3-1
10 Detroit Red Wings5524256542116119716-11-38-14-35-5-0
11 New York Islanders5120238481913114610-11-410-12-43-5-2
12 Buffalo Sabres561830844161532009-14-49-16-44-6-0
13 Ottawa Senators5319295431813716910-16-29-13-33-6-1
14 New Jersey Devils5519315431816820011-13-38-18-24-6-0
15 Philadelphia Flyers5416281042161351899-15-57-13-52-6-2
16 Montreal Canadiens551434735121322108-17-16-17-66-4-0
Western Conference
Colorado Avalanche5540114843721915523-3-217-8-27-3-0
Calgary Flames5332147713018613015-4-517-10-28-1-1
St. Louis Blues5332156703019114619-6-213-9-46-3-1
Minnesota Wild5332183672820017116-5-116-13-23-7-0
Los Angeles Kings5630197672816616014-12-216-7-57-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights5631214662718216615-13-316-8-14-5-1
Dallas Stars5431203652815915720-7-111-13-27-2-1
Nashville Predators5430204642816615515-10-015-10-43-6-1
Edmonton Oilers5530214642718217514-11-016-10-46-3-1
10 Anaheim Ducks5726229612216917715-11-411-11-53-6-1
11 Vancouver Canucks5627236602415816112-10-315-13-37-3-0
12 Winnipeg Jets55242110582316617014-10-210-11-84-4-2
13 San Jose Sharks5424246542214316813-12-311-12-32-5-3
14 Chicago Blackhawks5520278481713818810-14-410-13-44-5-1
15 Seattle Kraken5617345391614419910-17-37-17-22-7-1
16 Arizona Coyotes541535434141241968-20-17-15-34-6-0

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