INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

LOWELL 13 N. NEWTON 3

SOUTH-CENTRAL 12 BEECH GROVE 11

WEST WASHINGTON 15 SHOALS 5

MICHIGAN CITY 4 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 2

THORNTON FRACTIONAL NORTH 13 E. CHICAGO CENTRAL 2

MERRILLVILLE 7 HAMMOND NOLL 6

WHITING 14 HAMMOND CENTRAL 4

CLARKSVILLE 26 NEW WASHINGTON 5

PRINCETON 14 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 4

CENTERVILLE 11 UNION COUNTY 5

OLDENBURG ACADEMY 7 SHAWE MEMORIAL 2

NORTH CENTRAL 11 VINCENNES RIVET 0

COWAN 3 HAGERSTOWN 2

LAVILLE 6 PIONEER 0

LAKE CENTRAL 4 HOBART 0

WAWASEE 8 CHURUBUSCO 6

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 17 BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 1

OAK HILL 7 TAYLOR 6

HOMESTEAD 13 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 1

BORDEN 6 N. HARRISON 3

ALEXANDRIA MONROE 12 TIPTON 9

COVINGTON 14 SEEGER 7

GREENCASTLE 9 PARKE HERITAGE 5

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 12 WESTERN BOONE 11

FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 5 ADAMS CENTRAL 4

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 14 NORTHWOOD 3

SCOTTSBURG 7 JENNINGS COUNTY 5

COLUMBUS EAST 12 FRANKLIN 4

SPRINGS VALLEY 15 ORLEANS 8

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 18 ELKHART 0

RICHMOND 13 MOUNT VERNON 4

HERITAGE 10 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 0

TRINITY LUTHERAN 10 JAC CEN DEL 8

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 16 SOUTH BEND CAREER 6

BOONVILLE 12 PIKE CENTRAL 1

MOORESVILLE 30 MONROVIA 0

NORTH DAVIESS 15 EASTERN GREENE 5

NORTHRIDGE 20 ANGOLA 11

EVANSVILLE NORTH 2 SOUTHRIDGE 1

CASCADE 18 S. PUTNAM 4

SOUTHERN WELLS 8 WHITKO 5

MARTINSVILLE 12 PERRY MERIDIAN 11

WESTERN 14 SOUTHWOOD 0

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 10 UNIVERSITY 3

FREMONT 5 FAIRFIELD 3

CASTON 8 OREGON DAVIS 6

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 12 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 9

SOUTH KNOX 7 SHAKAMAK 3

SOUTH MONTH 13 N. MONTGOMERY 10

RIVERTON PARKE 1 SULLIVAN 0

NEW PRAIRIE 9 MISHAWAKA 3

YORKTOWN 13 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3

MUNSTER 4 HANOVER CENTRAL 2

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 15 CONNERSVILLE 6

FRANKFORT 27 DANVILLE 14

LEBANON 17 CRAWFORDSVILLE 4

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 5 HARRISON 1

HUNTINGTON NORTH 3 WESTVIEW 1

BARR REEVE 5 OWEN VALLEY 4

CARROLL 7 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 0

PERU 3 LEWIS CASS 0

SALEM 8 WASHINGTON 7

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 14 CANNELTON 1

SOUTHPORT 15 N. CENTRAL 10

LAPORTE 8 KANKAKEE VALLEY 1

BROWNSBURG 13 FISHERS 6

EASTBROOK 12 MACONAQUAH 0

GREENWOOD 10 PLAINFIELD 9

JIMTOWN 4 CONCORD 3

WHITELAND 8 INDIAN CREEK 7

ROSSVILLE 12 EASTERN 7

NEW ALBANY 11 HENRYVILLE 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

LAKE CENTRAL 11 HANOVER CENTRAL 0

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 12 PERRY CENTRAL 1

LAKESHORE 3 PENN 2

BOONE GROVE 12 WHEELER 2

MORGAN TWP. 6 KNOX 4

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 10 HAMMOND CENTRAL 0

WAPAHANI 9 LINCOLN 8

CULVER ACADEMY 16 PLYMOUTH 5

EVANSVILLE BOSSE 17 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 4

GIBSON SOUTHERN 9 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 3

NEW CASTLE 6 KNIGHTSTOWN 0

HUNTINGTON NORTH 9 WOODLAN 2

BREMEN 11 WAWASEE 0

LAKELAND 16 DEKALB 1

BENTON CENTRAL 16 S. NEWTON 6

SPRINGS VALLEY 11 ORLEANS 0

TRI 19 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 1

SALEM 17 BORDEN 6

NORTH HARRISON 16 PAOLI 0

SEEGER 7 COVINGTON 1

EMINENCE 2 MONROVIA 1

UNION CITY 14 CENTERVILLE 3

HEBRON 8 SOUTH-CENTRAL 7

SULLIVAN 8 RIVERTON PARKE 2

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 12 CONCORD 0

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 16 WARSAW 9

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 10 NORTHRIDGE 9

BETHESDA CHRISTIAN 20 SHORTRIDGE 3

CORYDON CENTRAL 7 LANESVILLE 4

ZIONSVILLE 8 LOGANSPORT 7

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 12 N. MONTGOMERY 2

NORTH NEWTON 7 W. CENTRAL 2

HOMESTEAD 18 BELLMONT 8

SOUTH BEND CLAY 7 BRADYWINE 3

WESTVIEW 22 HAMILTON 1

GREENCASTLE 10 DUGGER UNION 0

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 7 FORT WAYNE NORTH 2

CLAY CITY 19 EASTERN GREENE 2

SOUTHWOOD 17 NORTHFIELD 12

SHELBYVILLE 14 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 12 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 6

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 9 CASCADE 1

COLUMBIA CITY 7 MISHAWAKA 2

HAGERSTOWN 7 WINCHESTER 4

LAPEL 7 OAK HILL 6

NORTH CENTRAL 4 NORTHVIEW 3

NORTHEASTERN 17 DALEVILLE 7

ELWOOD 5 EASTERN 3

MARTINSVILLE 11 PERRY MERIDIAN 0

MADISON 10 PROVIDENCE 1

NORTH DECATUR 12 BATESVILLE 7

EASTSIDE 11 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 5

LAWRENCE NORTH 19 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 6

TWIN LAKES 6 LAFAYETTE JEFF 5

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 7 FISHERS 4

KANKAKEE VALLEY 5 PIONEER 4

LAKESHORE 2 PENN 0

CHURUBUSCO 7 CENTRAL NOBLE 1

LAKELAND 20 DEKALB 12

COLUMBIA CITY 9 MISHAWAKA 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 7 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 4

INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS SECTIONALS

FRANKLIN 5 GREENWOOD 0

RONCALLI 4 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1

TRITON CENTRAL 4 SHELBYVILLE 1

CRAWFORDSVILLE 5 PARKE HERITAGE 0

GREENCASTLE 3 OWEN VALLEY 2

PARK TUDOR 4 BREBEUF 1

FRANKLIN COUNTY 3 RUSHVILLE 2

COLUMBUS NORTH 5 BROWN COUNTY 0

CASTLE 5 BOONVILLE 0

JASPER 5 SOUTHRIDGE 0

NEW ALBANY 5 CORYDON CENTRAL 0

LEO 4 CARROLL FORT WAYNE 1

HOMESTEAD 5 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 0

DELTA 5 YORKTOWN 0

JAY COUNTY 3 UNION CITY 2

ANGOLA 5 DEKALB 0

WESTVIEW 3 E. NOBLE 2

FAIRFIELD 3 NORTHWOOD 2

CULVER ACADEMY 5 ROCHESTER 0

WARSAW 4 COLUMBIA CITY 1

CROWN POINT 3, LAKE CENTRAL 2

ANDREAN 4 MERRILLVILLE 1

MUNSTER 4 HIGHLAND 1

CARMEL 5 WESTFIELD 0

LAPORTE 5 NEW PRAIRIE 0

PENN 4 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 1

CHESTERTON 4 VALPARAISO 1

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 5 SOUTH BEND RILEY 0

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. BOSTON CELTICS (2) 

• GAME 1: MIAMI 118, BOSTON 107
• GAME 2: BOSTON 127, MIAMI 102
• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. BOSTON | SATURDAY, MAY 21 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. BOSTON | MONDAY, MAY 23 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• GAME 5: BOSTON VS. MIAMI | WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. BOSTON | FRIDAY, MAY 27 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• GAME 7*: BOSTON VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 29 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
SERIES TIED AT 1-1

* IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 112, DALLAS 87
• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DALLAS 117
• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 22 | 9 ET | TNT
• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | TUESDAY, MAY 24 | 9 ET | TNT
• GAME 5*: DALLAS VS. GOLDEN STATE | THURSDAY, MAY 26 | 9 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, MAY 28 | 9 ET | TNT
• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 30 | 8 ET | TNT
WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 2-0

* IF NECESSARY

WNBA

CONNECTICUT 94 INDIANA 85

WASHINGTON 78 ATLANTA 73

SEATTLE 83 LOS ANGELES 80

NHL PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

FLORIDA PANTHERS (A1) VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (A3)

LIGHTNING LEAD SERIES, 2-0

GAME 1: LIGHTNING 4, PANTHERS 1

GAME 2: LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1

SUNDAY, MAY 22: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, 1:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS)

MONDAY, MAY 23: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, 7 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 25: LIGHTNING AT PANTHERS, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 27: PANTHERS AT LIGHTNING, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 29: LIGHTNING AT PANTHERS, TBD

CAROLINA HURRICANES (M1) VS. NEW YORK RANGERS (M2)

HURRICANES LEAD SERIES, 2-0

GAME 1: HURRICANES 2, RANGERS 1 (OT)

GAME 2: HURRICANES 2, RANGERS 0

SUNDAY, MAY 22: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, 3:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, SN360, TVAS)

TUESDAY, MAY 24: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, 7 P.M. ET (ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS)

*THURSDAY, MAY 26: RANGERS AT HURRICANES, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 28: HURRICANES AT RANGERS, TBD

*MONDAY, MAY 30: RANGERS AT HURRICANES, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

COLORADO AVALANCHE (C1) VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES (C3)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: AVALANCHE 3, BLUES 2 (OT)

GAME 2: BLUES 4, AVALANCHE 1

SATURDAY, MAY 21: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, 8 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

MONDAY, MAY 23: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, 9:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25: BLUES AT AVALANCHE, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 27: AVALANCHE AT BLUES, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 29: BLUES AT AVALANCHE, TBD

CALGARY FLAMES (P1) VS. EDMONTON OILERS (P2)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: FLAMES 9, OILERS 6

GAME 2: OILERS 5, FLAMES 3

SUNDAY, MAY 22: FLAMES AT OILERS, 8 P.M. ET (ESPN2, SN, CBC, TVAS)

TUESDAY, MAY 24: FLAMES AT OILERS, 9:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*THURSDAY, MAY 26: OILERS AT FLAMES, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 28: FLAMES AT OILERS, TBD

*MONDAY, MAY 30: OILERS AT FLAMES, TBD

* IF NECESSARY 

TBD — TO BE DETERMINED

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TORONTO 2 CINCINNATI 1

BALTIMORE 8 TAMPA BAY 6 (13)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX AT NY YANKEES POSTPONED

BOSTON 7 SEATTLE 3

CLEVELAND 6 DETROIT 1

MINNESOTA 6 KANSAS CITY 4

TEXAS 3 HOUSTON 0

OAKLAND 4 LA ANGELS 2

ARIZONA 10 CHICAGO CUBS 6

NY METS AT COLORADO POSTPONED

ST. LOUIS 5 PITTSBURGH 3

ATLANTA 5 MIAMI 3

LA DODGERS 4 PHILADELPHIA 1

MILWAUKEE 7 WASHINGTON 0

SAN DIEGO 8 SAN FRANCISCO 7 (10)

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 5 TOLEDO 2

FORT WAYNE 10 W. MICHIGAN 5

SOUTH BEND 6 WISCONSIN 2

COLLEGE BASEBALL

MARYLAND 18 PURDUE 7

NOTRE DAME 5 MIAMI 0

SETON HALL 12 BUTLER 6

BUTLER 8 SETON HALL 7 (10)

IOWA 12 INDIANA 0

AKRON 7 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 6

PURDUE FORT WAYNE 6. AKRON 5

BALL STATE 11 MIAMI OHIO 1

BALL STATE 4 MIAMI OHIO 2

INDIANA STATE 11 DALLAS BAPTIST 10

VALPARAISO 8 EVANSVILLE 4

DIVISION III TOURNAMENT

BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN 10 EARLHAM 2

COLLEGE SOFTBALL-REGIONALS

MCNEESE 11 NOTRE DAME 1

MICHIGAN 2 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 1

CLEMSON 9 NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON 0

CENTRAL FLORIDA 6 VILLANOVA 0

LIBERTY 2 GEORGIA 0

GEORGIA TECH 2 WISCONSIN 1

MISSOURI 3 MISSOURI STATE 1

VIRGINIA TECH 4 ST. FRANCIS PA 0

AUBURN 4 LOUISIANA 3

DUKE 4 MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY 0

ALABAMA 3 CHATTANOOGA 0

OREGON STATE 4 OHIO STATE 3

FLORIDA 10 CANISIUS 1

ARIZONA 8 ILLINOIS 3

KENTUCKY 15 MIAMI OHIO 1

NORTHWESTERN 9 OAKLAND 2

TEXAS 6 WEBER STATE 0

ARKANSAS 11 PRINCETON 0

SOUTH FLORIDA 4 MISSISSIPPI STATE 0

NEBRASKA 3 N. TEXAS 0

STANFORD 3 MURRAY STATE 1

TEXAS A&M 5 MINNESOTA 1

TENNESSEE 9. CAMPBELL 1

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 4 OLE MISS 2

SAN DIEGO STATE 10 LSU 5

WASHINGTON 9 LEHIGH 2

OKLAHOMA 14 PRAIRIE VIEW 0

OKLAHOMA 14 PACE 0

FLORIDA STATE 8 HOWARD 0

OREGON 10 WICHITA STATE 2

OKLAHOMA STATE 12 FORDHAM 0

UCLA 12 GRAND CANYON 1

ARIZONA STATE 5 CAL STATE FULLERTON 2

INDIANA BOYS TRACK SECTIONAL

FINALS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Sports/Boys/Track/2021-22/State-Tournament#41952746-sectionals

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS

Not much wind and a lot of Will as Zalatoris leads at PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Oklahoma wind came sweeping through Southern Hills and then swiftly left town in time for Will Zalatoris, Bubba Watson and yes, even Tiger Woods, to bring a sleepy PGA Championship to life on Friday.

Zalatoris hit the ball on the button whether he was in the fairway or the rough, running off three straight birdies in gentler afternoon conditions for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Mito Pereira of Chile.

Pereira missed a 7-foot putt on his final hole and had to settle for 64.

About an hour later, Watson missed a birdie putt from just inside 25 feet on the 18th hole and still delivered the 18th round of 63 in PGA Championship history.

Woods wasn’t that spectacular, yet no less compelling. Outside the cut line with seven holes to play, he made a pair of 15-foot par putts and two birdies on his battered right leg for a 69 to make the cut in his second straight major.

He’s still 12 shots behind Zalatoris, the 25-year-old from Dallas who is built like a 1-iron and could probably hit one flush with his eyes closed. Zalatoris, a premier ball-striker, was quick to acknowledge that timing was everything.

“We lucked out with the draw, for sure,” he said. “I played the last eight holes with not much wind. But take it when you can get it.”

His side of the draw faced the least of the wind on Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, and it showed. Of the 22 players under par going into the weekend, only five had to endure the worst of Oklahoma’s notorious wind.

Justin Thomas concentrated on every shot, even short putts, in gusts that topped 30 mph in the morning and he was rightly proud of another 67 that put him atop the leaderboard. And then he could only watch from the couch of his rental home as the trees stopped swaying, the flags stopped whipping and birdies kept dropping.

Now it’s 36 more holes of more wild weather – temperatures in the low 60s for Saturday with a strong chance of some rain – and an even playing field.

Zalatoris was at 9-under 131, the lowest 36-hole score in eight majors at Southern Hills, and will be in the final group with Pereira. Neither has won on the PGA Tour.

“I think it was lucky to get that draw,” Pereira said. “Sometimes you get the bad draw, sometimes you get the good one. But today for sure the wind in the back nine, there was almost none.”

Thomas was at 6-under 134, with Watson another shot behind.

Rory McIlroy was on the good side of the draw and failed to take advantage. He didn’t make a birdie until the 13th hole. That was his only one in a round of 71, though three par saves at the end kept him within five of the lead.

“There’s a long way to go, a lot of golf left,” McIlroy said. “We’re going to see a completely different golf course the next two days because of the wind direction. It’s going to play completely differently. And that makes it very interesting.”

Jordan Spieth, playing alongside McIlroy and Woods, finally got back to even par for the tournament until driving into the water on the 18th for a bogey and a 69. He was 10 shots behind in his bid to get the major keeping him from the career Grand Slam.

Zalatoris has some history at Southern Hills, winning the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 2014 when the final two rounds were washed out by rain. His game works well here, and it showed.

He opened with a shot from the rough that tumbled across the length of the green to 2 feet. He hit another through a gap in the trees to 7 feet. Not only did he have a bogey-free card, all five of his birdies were inside 8 feet.

Zalatoris has plenty of experience in the majors. He was runner-up in the Masters to Hideki Matsuyama in his debut in 2021. This is his eighth major, and he already has four top 10s.

“They’re tough golf courses that allows my ball-striking to really give me the best chances,” he said. “Obviously, these greens aren’t easy, but hitting them on the right tiers and being able to have the 15- to 25-footers where I’m not going up and down slopes is huge.”

The weekend will not include Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who stumbled badly down the stretch and finished with a double bogey for a 75 to miss the cut – 4-over par – by two.

Jon Rahm thought he might have worked his way back into the mix with a 69 to get to 2-over 142, and he was skeptical about the forecast of wind abating.

“They said the wind was going to go down this afternoon. No, it’s not. It’s Oklahoma,” Rahm said. “It’s going to stay just as windy as we had.”

If only.

Watson had never scored better than 68 in his previous 49 rounds in the PGA Championship. And then he dropped nine birdies and goes into the weekend with a chance. Woods in the 2007 PGA and Raymond Floyd in the 1982 PGA were the others with a 63 at Southern Hills. Both went on to win.

“Without the heat, the cloud cover made it a little bit softer. But when that wind died down, you just felt like you had a chance to score,” Watson said.

Woods looked to be headed home after his double bogey on the par-3 11th, where he went from the high grass framing a stream to the bunker on the other side of the green. And then he saved par from a bunker on No. 12, hit wedge to 4 feet for birdie on the par-5 13th, saved par with another 15-footer on the next hole and hit his best shot on the 16th to 4 feet.

“I had to go grind and go to work, and I did,” Woods said. “Hopefully, I can get a hot weekend and you never know.”

Woods plays through pain, makes another major cut at PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tiger Woods clenched his jaw when the pain hit.

He limped, occasionally used a driver like a cane, and pushed his rebuilt right leg over and through the hills and swales of Southern Hills on Friday with a singular mission: to get to the weekend at the PGA Championship.

And he did it. Woods shot a second-round 1-under 69 that put him at 3-over par for the tournament, one shot inside the cut line. He was in danger of missing the weekend before rallying with two birdies over the final six holes.

“You can’t win the tournament if you miss the cut. I’ve won tournaments — not major championships, but I’ve won tournaments on the cut number,” Woods said after he gingerly walked the few steps up to the stage for his post-round interview. “There’s a reason why you fight hard and you’re able to give yourself a chance on the weekend.”

Few consider that a realistic scenario the way Woods has to fight his body to get through a round. A car crash 15 months left his right leg so badly damaged that doctors considered amputation.

Woods returned to competition last month at the Masters. He made the cut there and gutted through the weekend at Augusta National in a glorious return in front of adoring galleries. He didn’t play again until returning to the PGA, a championship he has won four times, most recently in 2007 at Southern Hills.

The fans at the PGA Championship have pushed him along again, even when he looked miserable. He opened with a 4-over 74. He said just about everything made his leg hurt that day before he left the course for a night of physical therapy and ice baths.

He recovered well enough to tee it up again Friday, which by itself impressed playing partner Rory McIlroy.

“Just incredibly resilient and mentally tough,” said McIlroy, who chatted with Woods often during Friday’s round. “He’s feeling it, and he’s feeling it on every swing. … Yeah, look, he’s the ultimate pro. Looking at him yesterday, if that would have been me, I would have been considering pulling out and just going home. But Tiger is different and he’s proved he’s different. It was just a monumental effort.”

Woods never considered leaving.

“Just the fact that I’m able to play golf again and play in our biggest championships,” the 15-time major champion said. “I’m not going to be playing a lot of tournaments going forward. They’re going to be the biggest tournaments. I want to be able to play the major championships. I’ve always loved playing them.”

Even if it takes a full-team effort to get him back on the course four days in a row.

“Fortunately enough, I’m able to somehow do it,” Woods said. “I’ve had a great (physical therapy) staff that have put Humpty-Dumpty back together, and we’ll go out there tomorrow.”

Woods shut down a question about whether his leg felt better or worse than Thursday. By then, he was done talking about it.

There will be challenges over the next two days.

On the steep slope off the No. 1 tee on Friday, Woods has used his driver like a cane to ease his way down the hill. The stairs off the No. 10 tee were also slow going. A ball in a bunker can mean an awkward stance and unsteady feet.

But there are times when he can clear his mind of the aches and pains.

A birdie at No. 5 seemed to straighten his gait on the next few holes until a bogey three holes later had him flirting with the cut line again. On the ninth, he was clenching his jaw before hitting out of the rough into an uphill green.

Real trouble came the par-3 11th when he missed the green well to the left, then bashed his club against a cart path in anger. A double bogey followed and he was in danger of ending the week early.

Then came the late rally down stretch. Woods finally got the cushion he needed with a birdie at No. 16.

Woods finished the Masters with consecutive rounds of 78. He left Southern Hills on Friday hoping for a better finish in Tulsa if his leg will allow it.

“Coming back here to a place that I’ve had success on, to play against the best players in the world, that’s what we all want to be able to do,” Woods said.

Curry, Warriors rally past Mavs for 2-0 lead in West finals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Luka Doncic had been dominating for most of the night, yelling in celebration and flexing his arms in Stephen Curry’s house.

Then Curry and the Golden State Warriors delivered one of those signature third-quarter flurries that have defined so many of their postseason runs – with this one sparked by Kevon Looney.

Just like that, the Warriors are two wins from getting back to another NBA Finals.

“Night night,” Curry declared as a 3-pointer went through the net in the waning moments.

Curry scored 32 points with six 3-pointers and eight more rebounds, Looney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Warriors rallied past the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

“I feel honored just to be a part of the ride,” Looney said.

Doncic scored 42 points and the Mavericks led most of the way before Golden State grabbed its first lead of the night on Otto Porter Jr.’s 3-pointer 18 seconds into the fourth. Curry could see a momentum shift at that moment.

“We have that attitude and spirit that we’re never out of it,” Curry said.

Doncic had 18 points in the first quarter, two shy of his 20-point Game 1 total. His 3-pointer with 13 seconds before halftime – the Mavs’ 15th of the first half – made it 72-58 at the break and gave him 24 points.

Doncic even got a Twitter shoutout from Oakland’s own MC Hammer: “Ok young Luka . We see you.”

But Golden State answered with a 25-13 third quarter to pull to 85-83 going into fourth – coming out of halftime with a performance reminiscent of those thrilling third quarters of past. The Warriors trailed by 19 at one point.

“We know how good they are as a third-quarter team,” Dallas forward Reggie Bullock said. “It’s just something that slipped away from us as the game continued to go on.”

Doncic shot 12 for 23 and shined in a game of brilliant shotmaking – the Warriors finished 56.1% from the floor. In the first half alone, Dallas edged Golden State 52.3% to 51.2%, including a remarkable 55.6% to 53.3% from 3-point range.

“Against someone that good you’re just trying to limit the easy stuff,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Looney then had 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the third and Golden State outscored Dallas 68-45 after halftime.

“It’s the Warriors. They have a great team. They’re a championship team. We’ve got to adjust our defense,” Doncic said. “… We were up 19, so it’s a tough situation. But we can’t look back. What happened, happened. So we’ve got to move on.”

The series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 on Sunday. Golden State is two wins from a return to the NBA Finals for the first time since making five straight trips from 2015-19.

“We’re on the road against one of the best teams in the league. It happens. They held serve,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “We’ve seen this in Phoenix so now we have to go back and just focus on Game 3.”

Jordan Poole scored 23 points off the bench, Andrew Wiggins had 16 and Klay Thompson – held scoreless in the first half of the series opener – added 15 points for a second straight game. Golden State scored 62 points in the paint.

Jalen Brunson scored eight of the first 14 Dallas points on the way to 31. The Mavericks didn’t have to see as much of Draymond Green, who picked up his fifth foul with 6:01 left in the third, then returned with 6:33 left before fouling out with 2:25 to go.

The teams tangled with 8:03 left in the second quarter in front of the Dallas bench. Warriors reserve Damion Lee closed out as Davis Bertans hit a 3-pointer from the corner and Bertans tripped Lee and sent him in a flip hard to the floor. Lee had to be held back by official Eric Lewis.

The players were issued double technicals.

In Game 1 two days earlier, Doncic faced smothering defense from Wiggins and shot just 6 for 18 and 3 of 10 from deep. Kidd expected a far better outing in Game 2.

Golden State continued to push the pace and committed 16 turnovers after 15 in the opener. At halftime, Kerr asked his team to settle down.

“I told them that if we developed some poise in the second half, that the game would come to us,” he said. “But I thought we were so scattered in the first half. Maybe emotionally more so than anything. Dallas came out and just punched us.”

RELIABLE LOONEY

Moved back into the starting lineup for the clinching Game 6 of the semifinals against Memphis, Looney shot 10 for 14 after making all five of his field goals in Game 1. He was one of five players to appear in all 82 regular-season games.

“He’s been the rock in the inside for us,” Porter said. “… When he’s down there he’s doing all the dirty work, cleaning up the rebounds.”

Looney notched his second career postseason double-double.

“Tonight was my night to make a big difference and I just stepped up,” Looney said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas led by as many as 16 in the opening quarter. … The Mavs were outrebounded again at 43-30 after a 51-35 disadvantage in Game 1. They committed one fewer turnovers with 12 after Doncic had seven in the series opener.

Warriors: G Gary Payton II – who broke his left elbow on a hard foul when Memphis star Dillon Brooks clobbered him May 3 on a fast break for a Flagrant 2, ejection and one-game suspension – is doing light individual work on court that includes shooting with his non-dominant right hand and will be re-evaluated in a week. … F Andre Iguodala missed his ninth straight game with a disc injury in his neck is continuing his rehab with physical therapy and training in the weight room with some light on-court work. The Warriors said they will provide an update when he’s cleared to practice. … Golden State improved to 8-0 at home this postseason and is 18-5 in Game 2s dating to the 2015 title run. … Green was voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.

Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges top NBA All-Defensive first team

NEW YORK (AP) Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard.

Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee were also voted Friday to the first team along with Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr.

Smart received 99 first-place votes and 198 points from the panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. Bridges, the runner-up to Smart for the league’s top defensive award, got 95 first-team votes and three second-team votes for a total of 193 points.

Players received two points for a first-team vote and one for a second-team vote.

Gobert, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team All-Defensive selection for the sixth straight season. Antetokounmpo made it for the fourth straight season, which includes the 2019-20 season when was both the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.

Jackson, who led the league with 2.27 blocks per game, is a first-time selection.

The second team was Miami forward Bam Adebayo, Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia guard Matisse Thybulle, Boston center Robert Williams III and Golden State forward Draymond Green.

Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Brendan Smith had gone nine years since last finding the back of the net in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

And Antti Raanta, well, he never had a postseason game like this.

The Carolina Hurricanes keep finding different ways to win in the playoffs. It’s why they’re unbeaten at home, and up 2-0 again in a series.

Smith scored a short-handed goal late in the second period while Raanta had 21 saves for his first postseason shutout to help the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Friday night, claiming Game 2 of their second-round series.

“I think if we just stick to our style, it’s eventually going to wear on teams and we’re going to find a way to win,” Smith said.

Smith’s goal off a feed from Sebastian Aho was the difference in a tightly defended game by both teams with little space to operate and even fewer traffic-free looks at the net.

Aho added a clinching empty-net score to finish this off with 1.8 seconds left as Raanta held up.

It came two nights after the Hurricanes rallied to tie Game 1 in the final minutes on Aho’s tying third-period goal, then a rare OT score by defenseman Ian Cole. That came after a higher-scoring first-round series against Boston that went the full seven games.

“Teams that are still playing at this time of year, they can adapt to whatever the game is,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.

Now 6-0 at home in the playoffs, Carolina faces the challenge of winning on the road for the first time in the postseason after failing to win a road game against the Bruins.

They’ll get their first chance to win at Madison Square Garden in Game 3 on Sunday. And the Rangers must mount another series comeback after rallying from a 3-1 deficit to beat Pittsburgh in a seven-game first-round series.

“I’m happy with the way we’ve performed overall,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I wish we would’ve got one of these two games. We probably could’ve, but that’s the way it goes.”

Igor Shesterkin finished with 20 saves to lead the Rangers on a night with few offensive highlights.

The teams combined for 43 shots and each had big penalty kills, with New York killing off more than a minute of 5-on-3 time while the Hurricanes scored their short-handed goal on a 4-minute kill for a double-minor high-sticking penalty on Brady Skjei.

THE WINNER

The Hurricanes had flirted with tallying a short-handed goal earlier in the game multiple times, including once when Teuvo Teravainen pinged the right post in the first period from the slot off a feed from Aho.

It ended up foreshadowing the Hurricanes’ breakthrough score, with Aho skating in on the right side to set up Smith for a one-timer from the left that cleanly zipped past Shesterkin for the putaway with 4:06 left in the second.

LONG TIME

The 33-year-old Smith had two career postseason goals. The last had come May 18, 2013, in Game 2 of Detroit’s seven-game second-round series loss to Chicago.

STEADY

This was Raanta’s 13th career playoff game, and marked his first keeping the net clear. It helped, too, that Carolina finished with 24 blocked shots, five coming from defenseman Brett Pesce.

“I didn’t feel like I needed to do that many huge saves or like that,” Raanta said. ‘All the guys were making sure there was no backdoor plays or easy shots. … The guys helped me a lot for sure.”

LOW OUTPUT

The Rangers have managed one goal in the first two games, with the lone score coming off a neutral-zone turnover at the 7:07 mark of Game 1.

It hadn’t helped that offensive stars Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider haven’t gotten going. They’ve combined for seven shots on goal through two games.

“Get more pucks to the net, more bodies to the net, more traffic, create your own luck, create your own bounces,” defenseman Jacob Trouba said. “I think that’s got to be a little more of our mindset.”

CHANGING LOOKS

Brind’Amour tweaked his lines a bit looking for a spark in the Game 1 comeback, then stuck with that look for Game 2.

Most notably, Teravainen moved up to the top line to play alongside Aho and rookie Seth Jarvis, while Andrei Svechnikov moved to the second line. Brind’Amour also moved up speedy skater Martin Necas to the second line and bumped Max Domi – the Game 7 hero against Boston – down to the fourth line.

The Rangers stayed with the same line pairings to start this one, though Gallant eventually moved Alexis Lafreniere up to the second line alongside Panarin and Ryan Strome in the third.

“I’m trying to get a goal,” Gallant said.

HOME COMFORT

The Hurricanes’ 6-0 home playoff record marks the first time an NHL team has won its first six postseason home games since Nashville in 2017. It also marks the franchise’s longest home winning streak in a single postseason.

Oilers rally past Flames 5-3 in Game 2 to even series

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Zach Hyman scored the go-ahead short-handed goal midway through the third period and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night, evening the second-round series at one game apiece.

Edmonton captain Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist, becoming the fastest active player to reach 20 points (six goals, 14 assists in nine games) in a single postseason, and fastest among any player since Mario Lemieux in 1992.

Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Duncan Keith each had a goal and two assists and Evan Bouchard also scored for Edmonton, which lost 9-6 in Game 1 and trailed 3-1 early in the second of this one.

Oilers goalie Mike Smith, pulled early in the last game, made 37 saves for the win and assisted on Draisaitl’s insurance goal.

Michael Stone, Brett Ritchie and Tyler Toffoli scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots.

The best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal heads to Edmonton’s Rogers Place for Sunday’s Game 3 and Tuesday’s Game 4. The Oilers went 18-4-2 at home over their final 24 games of the regular season.

The Alberta rivals are squaring off in the playoffs for a sixth time, but the first since 1991.

One of the NHL’s top teams 5-on-5, the Flames were short-handed for almost 11 minutes. Edmonton scored its first power-play goal of the series midway through the second period to send the game into the third deadlocked 3-3.

Hyman turned Calgary’s offensive-zone turnover into a breakaway. He scored the short-handed, tiebreaking goal going upstairs on Markstrom at 10:14 of the third.

Smith passed the puck to Draisaitl for another breakaway just over two minutes later. The forward, who is playing through a lower-body injury, put the puck off the post and in on Markstrom’s stick side at 12:36.

With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins penalized for slashing at 16:48, the Flames couldn’t convert a power play into a goal. Calgary went 1 for 5 with a man advantage, while the Oilers were 1 for 6.

Two broken Oilers sticks contributed to a pair of Flames goals in the first two periods.

Defenseman Darnell Nurse was hampered down low without his in the second period and didn’t manage an exchange with a forward. Gaudreau threaded a pass to the front of the crease for Elias Lindholm to flip to Toffoli, who scored a power-play goal at 2:04 for a 3-1 Calgary lead.

Draisaitl’s goal at 2:31 of the second was waived off. Flames head coach Darryl Sutter successfully challenged goaltender interference by McDavid.

However, McDavid struck seconds later to draw Edmonton within a goal. He rolled off Calgary defenseman Nikita Zadorov into open ice, took a pass from Keith and stickhandled the puck by Markstrom’s outstretched pad at 3:05.

Bouchard pulled the Oilers even at 15:03 during Stone’s double minor for high-sticking. The defenseman wired a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle upstairs on Markstrom.

After setting the record for the fastest two goals to start a playoff game in the series opener with a pair within 51 seconds, Calgary struck early again, 63 seconds after puck drop. Hyman broke his stick and wasn’t able to retrieve another from the bench before Stone’s slapshot from the point beat Smith bottom corner glove side.

The Flames made it 2-0 at 6:02 when Smith bobbled a shot by Erik Gudbranson. Ritichie pounced on the loose puck in the crease and put a backhand by the Oilers’ goalie.

Keith halved the deficit with 6:15 left in the first. McDavid circling out from behind the net, held off Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson with one arm, and held the puck on his stick with the other. McDavid shoveled a one-handed pass to Keith, who beat Markstrom far side.

Hyman celebrated an Oilers goal with just over four minutes left in the opening period, but officials waived it off. The whistle blew before the puck crossed the goal line in a crease scramble.

NO TANEV AGAIN

The Flames were missing top shutdown defenseman Chris Tanev for a third straight game. He was injured in Game 6 of Calgary’s first-round series against Dallas. Tanev skated in practice this week, but hasn’t dressed for games.

NOTES: Gaudreau extended his playoff point streak to seven consecutive games (two goals, 10 assists) and tied Lanny McDonald (1984) for the fifth-longest in Flames history. … McDavid stretched his playoff multi-point streak to five straight games. The only other players in NHL history with a run of five or more multi-point games were Wayne Gretzky (1983), Tony Currie (1981), Darryl Sittler (1977), Evgeni Malkin (2009) and Dale Hawerchuk (1993).

Rick Bowness won’t return as coach of Dallas Stars

(AP) — Rick Bowness will not return as head coach of the Dallas Stars after nearly three seasons in which he led them to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and the playoffs again this year.

While Bowness was not under contract past this season, the 67-year-old coach said in a statement released by the team Friday that he was stepping away to “allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position.” The move doesn’t necessarily mean Bowness is done coaching.

General manager Jim Nill said assistant coaches John Stevens, Derek Laxdal and Todd Nelson also would not return.

Bowness has been on an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant over nearly four decades. He was 89-62-25 as head coach in Dallas, where he was a second-year assistant before being named interim head coach in December 2019 after Jim Montgomery was fired for off-ice issues.

After the Stars made the Stanley Cup Final in that pandemic-altered 2019-20 season, the interim tag was removed and Bowness got a two-year contract.

“Rick is one of the most respected and beloved individuals to have ever coached in the NHL,” Nill said. “His dedication and commitment to the game, and the impact that he’s made on countless players, coaches and support staff throughout his five decades in the league is unmatched. He has dedicated his life to our game, and we are honored to say that the Dallas Stars are part of his legacy.”

A hockey lifer, Bowness said after the season ended with an overtime loss in Game 7 of the first-round series at favored Calgary that he still has the passion to keep coaching. He said he would have opportunities to coach if he wanted them.

“I’ll have options, let’s put it that way. If I want them, the options will be there. I’m confident in that,” Bowness said during a season-ending media availability Tuesday. “You guys, you don’t know yet, you’re going to miss me when I’m gone.”

Bowness’ stint as the Stars interim head coach included the 4 1/2-month pause in the season because of the pandemic and two months in a postseason bubble in Canada. There was then a shortened, 56-game season last year when the Stars had an NHL-high 14 losses after regulation and missed the playoffs.

“When he was called upon to lead our team a few seasons ago, he stepped into the role seamlessly and helped guide our team through unprecedented global events that affected our players and staff both on and off the ice,” said Nill, who has one year left on his contract.

Dallas went into this year’s playoffs as a wildcard team, but its 98 points were a total the team had reached only once the previous 14 seasons.

Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn, both members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Bowness are the only other head coaches with games in five different decades. Bowness did so with Winnipeg (1989), Boston (1991-92), Ottawa (1992-96), the New York Islanders (1996-98), Phoenix (2004) and Dallas (2019-22). He also was an assistant for Vancouver and Tampa Bay.

Rojas hits 3 home runs, Dbacks outslug Cubs in HR derby 10-6

CHICAGO (AP) On a perfect day to play home run derby at Wrigley Field, the big winner was Josh Rojas.

Rojas launched his first three longballs of the season and the Arizona Diamondbacks powered past the Chicago Cubs 10-6 Friday.

With a strong wind blowing out on a warm afternoon, the teams combined to clear the brick walls 11 times – the Diamondbacks connected for seven homers.

“I’ve had multi-homer games in the minor leagues and multi-hit games in the the minor leagues, but I’ve never done anything like this,” Rojas said. “This is a pretty good feeling, especially coming into the game with zero and leaving with three.”

David Peralta went deep twice and Alek Thomas and Christian Walker added solo shots as the Diamondbacks won their second straight after a six-game slide.

“These days have been happening here in this stadium for long, long time,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “Whether they’re wind-aided or not they’re HRs and I was proud of the way we fought against a very tough pitcher.”

Rojas posted his first three-homer game and third career multi-homer effort. After a flyout in the first inning, he hit a solo homer in the third, a two-run drive in the fifth and another solo home run in the seventh.

Rojas led off the ninth with a chance to tie the big league record of four home runs in a game, but struck out looking. There have been 18 four-homer games performances in the majors, the last by J.D. Martinez for the Diamondbacks in 2017.

“I was definitely trying to hit a fourth homer in the fifth at-bat, especially with a four-run lead,” Rojas admitted.

Rojas said he was trying to get the ball into the air in his first at-bat, but lofted only a lazy fly to left.

“That’s when I talked to the hitting coach and I’ve got to think low line drives,” he said. “And hopefully if I get it high enough, the wind will take care of it.”

The approach worked and Rojas connected in his next three at-bats. He might have strayed in his final plate appearance in the ninth and was called out.

The versatile Rojas, who started at third base, entered batting .250 with three RBIs in 13 games after being reinstated from the injured list on May 6. The 27-year-old had been out with a strained right oblique.

“He’s a good hitter,” Lovullo said. “He’s got a nose for the baseball. It’s not necessarily true power, but I think the power is in there.”

On a day when the Cubs honored Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, they lost their third in a row. Jenkins, in fact, led the National League in home runs allowed during five of his 10 seasons with Chicago.

Jonathan Villar homered and doubled for the Cubs in his 1,000th big league game. Patrick Wisdom hit his seventh homer to end an 0-for-10 slump

Cubs rookie Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas also homered.

Humberto Castellanos (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win. He was pulled after reaching for his right hamstring, but Lovullo said the right-hander doesn’t have a serious injury.

Rojas and Peralta tagged Kyle Hendricks (2-4) with Arizona’s first four homers as the Cubs ace righty yielded a season-high seven runs and eight hits in five innings. Hendricks entered having allowed just one run in his previous 14 1/3 innings.

Hendricks said the wind didn’t affect his effort.

“You approach it just the same,” he said. “Today I felt pretty good, to be honest. Made a lot of good pitches. They put some good swings on a couple of pitches I missed there and that was really it.”

Rojas and Peralta hit solo drives off Hendricks in the third to put Arizona ahead 4-2. The pair went deep again, one out apart in the fifth, to make it 7-3. Peralta recorded his fourth multi-homer game.

Morel and Vargas hit back-to-back homers in the seventh off Caleb Smith to pull Chicago within 9-5.

After Rojas struck out in the ninth, Walker followed with his team-leading 10th homer.

HR DERBY

Rojas became the 11th Diamondbacks hitter to hit three homers in a game. It was the 13th time an Arizona batter hit three homers in a game.

“FERGIE” STATUE UNVEILED

The Cubs unveiled a statue of right-hander “Fergie” Jenkins outside Wrigley Field before the game. The metal sculpture of Jenkins delivering a pitch joins a row that includes ones of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo.

Jenkins, who spent 10 of 19 seasons with the Cubs, spoke from the dais in a plaza on the west side of the ballpark. The native of Chatham, Ontario, was 167-132 with a 3.20 ERA for Chicago in 401 games — completing 154 of them — and was a three-time All-Star and the 1971 NL Cy Young Award winner while with the Cubs.

The 79-year-old Jenkins took note of the gusty wind during the ceremony. “I pitched many days, turning on to Addison (Street) and said, `Oh, the wind is blowing out.'”

DBACKS ROSTER MOVE

Arizona recalled OF Jake McCarthy from its taxi squad and optioned RHP Jacob Webb to Triple-A Reno, but he remained on the taxi squad. McCarthy had two hits and two RBIs.

UP NEXT

Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 2.29) faces Chicago LHP Justin Steele (1-4, 4.50) on Saturday afternoon.

Ryu sharp in 1st win of year, Blue Jays beat Votto, Reds 2-1

TORONTO (AP) Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season, and the Blue Jays held Reds star Joey Votto in check in his return from COVID-19 as Toronto beat Cincinnati 2-1 Friday night.

Toronto improved to 11-6 in one-run games, the most one-run wins in baseball. The Blue Jays are 21-18 overall.

Making his fourth start of the season and his second after being activated off the injured list because of a sore forearm, Ryu (1-0) allowed six hits, including five doubles, walked none and struck out three. The left-hander lowered his ERA from 9.00 to 6.00.

“Same guy I remember with the Dodgers,” Votto said of Ryu. “Tough, elusive. If you miss the one opportunity, that’s it, that’s the end of it.”

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Ryu is “back to himself” after a rough start to 2022.

“He commanded his pitches, he’s throwing his breaking pitches for a strike,” Montoyo said. “When you see that, that’s when he pitches good. And that’s what he’s done his last two starts.”

Ryan Borucki got one out in the seventh and Adam Cimber got the other two. Yimi Garcia struck out two in the eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his Al-leading 13th save in 15 chances.

Playing a series in his Canadian hometown for the fourth time, and the first since 2017, Votto went 1 for 4 with a double, his second extra-base hit of the season. He got a warm ovation from the crowd of 29,300 before leading off the second inning.

“It was great, it meant a lot,” Votto said. “Thank you to them.”

Votto was activated off the COVID-19 injured list before the game. He last played in the majors on May 1.

“It’s great to have him back in the lineup,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He looks good, he looks healthy.”

Luis Castillo (0-2) made his third start of the season and lost his second straight outing, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings.

“Good changeup, good slider, good fastball,” Bell said. “Had it all working against a really good lineup.”

The right-hander walked none and struck out five.

“It’s a treat to come back and play behind a major league pitcher,” Votto said of Castillo. “I wish we had gotten the win for him today.”

The Blue Jays broke a scoreless tie in the fifth when George Springer hit an RBI single and scored on Bo Bichette’s double down the third base line.

Cincinnati cut the deficit in half in the seventh. Borucki hit Mike Moustakas with a pitch to begin the inning, then gave up a single to Taylor Motter.

Tyler Naquin grounded out and Cimber came on and struck out pinch hitter Colin Moran, but Matt Reynolds followed with an RBI single just beyond the reach of second baseman Santiago Espinal. Cimber struck out Tyler Stephenson to end the threat.

Reynolds had three of the Reds’ eight hits.

FOUR FOR JOEY

Toronto used a four-man outfield defensive alignment against Votto in the eighth, when the Reds first baseman flied out to left field against Garcia.

WOE CANADA

The Reds are 2-8 all-time in Toronto, losing their past four north of the border.

ROCKY ROAD

Cincinnati is 6-18 away from home, the most road losses in the major leagues.

ONE AND DONE

The Reds are 1-6 in one-run games, the fewest one-run wins in baseball.

ROSTER MOVES

The Reds put LHP Ross Detwiler on the bereavement list and placed INF Brandon Drury, OF Albert Almora, RHP Joel Kuhnel and RHP Tyler Mahle on the restricted list. Cincinnati selected OF Aristides Aquino, INF Motter and RHP Graham Ashcraft as substitute players. All three were previously with Triple-A Louisville. Unvaccinated players go on the restricted list because they are not paid and do not accrue major league service time, according to a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: SS Jose Barrero (left hand surgery) went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his first rehab game at Triple-A Friday.

Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was held out of the starting lineup. Gurriel left Wednesday’s game against Seattle because of a sore left hamstring. . LHP Tim Mayza (forearm) could begin a throwing program next week after his MRI results showed no structural damage to his elbow. Mayza missed all of 2020 after he was injured during a September 2019 appearance against the Yankees.

UP NEXT

RHP Hunter Greene (1-6, 6.21) faces RHP Alek Manoah (4-1, 1.71) in a matchup of hard throwers Saturday. Greene pitched 7 1-3 no-hit innings against Pittsburgh last Sunday, a game the Reds lost 1-0. Manoah is winless in three starts.

Ramírez shakes off injury, leads Guardians past Tigers 6-1

CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer and tripled a day after avoiding a serious injury when he fouled a ball off his leg, and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Friday night.

Both teams were without their managers for the series opener. Detroit’s A.J. Hinch missed the game because he wasn’t feeling well, though he tested negative for COVID-19. Bench coach George Lombard managed the team. Cleveland’s Terry Francona was away to have a minor surgical procedure and is expected back Saturday. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale filled in.

Ramirez, the Guardians’ star third baseman, collapsed to the ground in pain after fouling a ball off his right shin in the eighth inning Thursday against Cincinnati. He remained in the game and had an RBI single but was removed for a pinch-runner.

Ramirez thought the worst and acknowledged he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play when he arrived at the ballpark Friday. He had X-rays and other imaging tests on his shin but was in his customary third spot in the lineup.

“It was really concerning because there was a lot of pain, but after the MRI I felt like I was stable,” he said through a translator. “After that I felt there wasn’t much with the pain I was feeling that was going to keep me away.”

Ramirez showed no effects of the injury when his first-inning line drive sailed over the head of center fielder Derek Hill for a triple. Ramirez didn’t hesitate as he rounded second base and slid headfirst into third.

The three-time All-Star’s three-run homer off reliever Jacob Barnes (3-1) in the sixth gave Cleveland a 4-0 lead.

“I felt good,” Ramirez said. “During the game you don’t even think about it. The plays come to you and you just react.”

Cleveland considered using Ramirez at DH.

“We had a few lineups,” Hale said. “He wants to play. We trust him to ask him how he feels. He’s earned that right. He’s played long enough that he can tell us and be very truthful that I feel good enough to play third base or I need another day.”

Barnes was in the game because of yet another injury to a Detroit starting pitcher. Tarik Skubal extended his scoreless streak to 19 innings, but left after five because he was struck on the leg by a line drive.

Skubal was hit on the lower left leg by Ernie Clement’s liner. The ball caromed to third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who threw to second for the inning-ending force play. The impact knocked Skubal down. He quickly got up, limped to the dugout and went to the clubhouse with a trainer.

Skubal had a large bandage on his shin and said he would undergo further examination Saturday.

“I’m very optimistic with what happened and where I got hit,” he said. “I feel pretty good. I’ll do everything I can to prepare to start in five days. Hopefully it got a little more muscle than bone.”

Skubal acknowledged he was frustrated.

“I knew my night was over and I didn’t want it to be over,” he said. “I felt like I was in control of the game a little bit. It was only through five innings so I kind of put the bullpen in a bad spot.”

Skubal’s injury is the latest to hit the Detroit rotation that began the season. Tyler Alexander (left elbow), Matt Manning (right shoulder) and Casey Mize (right elbow) are on the injured list, and Eduardo Rodriguez (left side) is expected to join them this weekend. Michael Pineda is also on the IL with a broken right finger.

“We might have to start lighting some sage or something,” Skubal said. “It’s been pretty tough. A lot of weird stuff going on.”

Aaron Civale (2-3) moved to 7-0 in eight career starts against Detroit, but he was removed in the seventh with an apparent injury. The right-hander tripped while running toward first base after fielding a grounder.

Civale was charged with an error on the play and removed. The team announced he had a left glute cramp.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Will Vest was placed on the COVID-19 injured list after a positive test. The contract of RHP Drew Carlton was purchased from Triple-A Toledo.

Guardians: OF/1B Josh Naylor was activated from the COVID-19 IL but wasn’t in the lineup against Skubal. Naylor missed five games. OF Richie Palacios was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

UP NEXT

RHP Alex Faedo (0-1, 2.87 ERA), the Tigers’ No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, makes his fourth major league start Saturday night. RHP Shane Bieber (1-2, 3.72) starts for the Guardians. He gave up one run in six innings against Minnesota last Saturday.

Freeman, Urías lead Dodgers past Phils for 6th straight win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in two runs, Julio Urias pitched five shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Friday night for their sixth straight victory.

Trea Turner doubled and had an RBI for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who opened a 10-day, 10-game road trip.

The Phillies continued to struggle without slugger Bryce Harper, who missed his fifth straight game after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right elbow on Sunday.

“It’s different,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Philadelphia’s offense. “You’re talking about an MVP that’s not in the lineup. (But) we’re not going to feel sorry for those guys. I’m sure he’s going to be in there at some point in time soon. So we’re not apologizing for Bryce Harper not being in the lineup.”

Philadelphia lost for the fourth time in the last five and avoided its third shutout defeat over that stretch when J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth after Kyle Schwarber doubled just in front of Realmuto.

“Maybe it gets them going,” Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi said.

The RBI snapped a 21-inning scoreless skid for the Phillies, who have totaled just four runs in four games since returning home Tuesday after winning five of seven on a West Coast trip.

Girardi acknowledged that pitchers might pitch more aggressively to hitters without Harper waiting to bat but didn’t think the Phillies were putting extra pressure on themselves without their two-time MVP.

“Every at-bat when you’re in the big leagues is a big at-bat,” he said.

Asked when Harper might be back, Girardi said, “We’ll see about tomorrow.”

The Dodgers got on the board in the first on Justin Turner’s RBI groundout off Ranger Suarez (4-2) and made it 3-0 in the second on Freeman’s two-out, two-run single to center just past the glove of Suarez.

“Do everything you possibly can to get those guys in,” Freeman said.

Suarez lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

“Just not throwing strikes and they waited him out,” Girardi said.

Urias (3-3) gave up two hits and struck out five with no walks. Craig Kimbrel came on with two outs and Realmuto on second in the ninth. After a bunt single by Johan Camargo, Kimbrel struck out Odubel Herrera to halt Philadelphia’s rally attempt for his eighth save in as many tries.

“We played a really good baseball game,” Roberts said.

Schwarber had a pair of doubles for the Phillies, whose bats have taken a complete turn since the last time they met the Dodgers a week ago. The Phillies couldn’t complete a four-game sweep at Los Angeles without Harper in the lineup on Sunday, but accumulated 33 runs on 45 hits, including 20 for extra bases, while taking three of four from the Dodgers from May 12-15.

STILL SITTING

Harper originally was projected to return to the lineup against San Diego on Tuesday or Wednesday, but soreness in his right throwing elbow following the injection has persisted and kept him on the bench. He has been playing exclusively at designated hitter since injuring his arm on a throw from right field last month. He last played the field at Miami on April 16.

Harper is batting .305 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 34 games.

STILL STREAKING

Turner extended his hitting streak to 12 consecutive games with a fifth-inning double. He is batting .364 with five doubles, a homer and eight RBIs during the streak.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: OF Mickey Moniak (broken right hand) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Clearwater on Friday. Moniak doubled and tripled in three at-bats in the first game of a doubleheader.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Nola (1-4, 3.64) takes the mound for Philadelphia in the second game of the three-game set Saturday night. RHP Mitch White (1-0, 4.82) will be the opener for the Dodgers.

Browns’ Watson caps busy week as NFL investigation continues

CLEVELAND (AP) Deshaun Watson’s week included meeting with NFL investigators and golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates.

Next week he’ll be back on the field, and under more public scrutiny.

Some of the women who have accused Cleveland’s quarterback of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions while he was with Houston have been interviewed by HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

Per a release from the network on Friday, “several” of the women will “detail the alleged abuse they suffered and share their reactions to Watson’s record-breaking $230 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.” The show will air on Tuesday.

Watson, who signed with the Browns in March, has denied any wrongdoing.

He’s facing civil lawsuits from 22 women, who allege he behaved inappropriately while they gave him massages. In a recent deposition that became public this week, Watson acknowledged that one of the women was crying at the end of a session. He said he apologized to her via text.

While Watson has not been charged with any criminal complaints – two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him – he’s facing possible punishment from the NFL.

The league is trying to determine whether he violated its personal-conduct policy. Some of the league’s investigators met with Watson this week in Houston.

The timing of the interview could be a sign the league is close to completing its inquiry into Watson’s behavior. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said multiple times there was no timeframe on when Watson could be disciplined.

Former U.S. District Court Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and players’ association, will review the league’s findings and determine if Watson violated the league’s policy.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP on Friday that “the review is ongoing and active.”

Amid his ongoing legal entanglement, Watson treated more than two dozen of his offensive teammates to a trip to the Bahamas this week for some bonding. A video posted on his Instagram page showed Watson making a long putt while golfing Friday.

Watson has been attending Cleveland’s voluntary offseason program over the past month, and he’s expected to be at the team’s training facility in Berea, Ohio, on Monday when organized team activities resume.

Watson has not spoken to the media since his introductory news conference on March 25, a week after the Browns convinced the three-time Pro Bowler to waive his no-trade clause and signed him to an historic, fully guaranteed contract.

Column: Herta’s profile elevated as he rolls into Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The stage now belongs to Colton Herta, the young American driver who through both patience and persistence has forced his way into international conversations.

Herta effortlessly navigated his way through three days embedded with McLaren at Formula One’s Miami Grand Prix, where he got an invitation-only closeup of his upcoming opportunities. He will test for McLaren at some point this season, and Herta just might be the one to end the seven-year drought of an American driver on the F1 grid.

He still has his current job, of course, and on Saturday picked up his first win of the IndyCar season with an entertaining drive through the rain on the road course inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now it’s time for the main event, the Indianapolis 500, a race that really could fast-track Herta’s hopes of landing an F1 seat. Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens Tuesday for practice and the buildup to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on May 29.

“It’s nice for momentum,” Herta said after his seventh career victory. “For the team and for me to be on a high note going into the month of May, it feels great. Hopefully we can reap some of the benefits of that, turn that into some speed and everyone is going to be working that much harder to be back (in victory lane) in two week’s time.”

Herta chased his F1 dreams early in his career when he moved to England alone as a teenager and tried to work his way through the ladder system. His path stalled and he returned to the United States ahead of the 2017 season.

Now he’s the star driver at Andretti Autosport seeking a career-changing Indy 500 victory. F1 has gained massive traction in North America and American companies have been lining up to join the action. As Herta tries to leapfrog Dalton Sargeant (a Floridian competing in F2) and Jak Crawford (a Charlotte native competing in F3) as F1’s next American, he can use the Indy 500 to attract the sponsorship that could get him into the global series sooner rather than later.

Alexander Rossi, Herta’s current teammate at Andretti, was the last American driver to start an F1 race in 2015.

Herta was spectacular at Indy in the rain on Saturday and the in-car camera angles of the 22-year-old Californian manhandling his steering wheel – and saving a slide on the wet track from a disastrous spin – were breathtaking.

But the 500 is an entirely different beast, which Herta learned firsthand last year with a strong leadup to race day. He qualified second, started on the front row and led 13 laps before strategy backfired and he faded to a disappointing 16th-place finish.

The field this year is as competitive as ever and headlined by defending Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who will seek a record fifth victory. Will Power has quietly put together one of the best season starts of his career, and although he’s the only Team Penske driver without a win through five races this season, he’s yet to finish lower than fourth and moved into the IndyCar points lead over the weekend.

Reigning champion Alex Palou finished runner-up to Castroneves in the 500 a year ago and was fixated on what he did wrong to lose the race. Juan Pablo Montoya returns for a second-consecutive season as he tries to win for the Indy 500 for a third time and he’s again teamed with Arrow McLaren SP and Pato O’Ward, the popular young Mexican driver Herta is trying to beat to F1.

O’Ward tested for McLaren in December in Abu Dhabi. But when McLaren offered Herta and O’Ward identical testing contracts for 2022, only Herta signed immediately. O’Ward has since agreed on principle to a contract extension with McLaren; it is not clear if he will test in F1 this year.

Herta, O’Ward, Palou and Rinus VeeKay were the four fresh IndyCar faces last May as all four had won races ahead of the 500 in a rapidly changing youth movement in the series. The series has since added rookies Kyle Kirkwood, the Indy Lights champion, and Callum Illot and Christian Lundgaard have moved to IndyCar from F1 feeder series. Illot was also in Miami a week ago as the Alfa Romeo test driver.

And then there are the two big stars, both making their Indy 500 debuts.

Romain Grosjean will run the 500 for the first time now that he’s added ovals to his schedule. As a teammate to Herta and Rossi at Andretti, he should have a fast car.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson skipped the ovals last season but now looks forward, at age 46, to his Indy 500 debut. He won the Brickyard 400 four times on Indy’s oval in a stock car and was sixth in March at Texas in his first race on that oval in an Indy car.

None other than Mario Andretti has declared Johnson a legitimate contender. Andretti and A.J. Foyt are the only two drivers in history to win both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500; Johnson is a two-time winner at Daytona.

“Come the 500, he’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with,” Andretti said. “He knows enough about the car. He’s definitely a dark horse.”

Wimbledon’s Russia ban prompts tours to cut ranking points

PARIS (AP) The women’s and men’s professional tennis tours will not award ranking points for Wimbledon this year because of the All England Club’s ban on players from Russia and Belarus over the invasion of Ukraine, an unprecedented move that stands as a significant rebuke of the sport’s oldest Grand Slam tournament.

The WTA and ATP announced their decisions Friday night, two days before the start of the French Open – and a little more than a month before play begins at Wimbledon on June 27.

In a technical sense, this renders the event an exhibition, because there are no ranking points at stake. Still, it remains Wimbledon, with its traditions and prestige, from the grass underfoot to the all-white clothing, from the Royal Box to the strawberries and cream, not to mention millions of dollars in prize money, and so the expectation is that everyone eligible to enter will do so.

Russian athletes have been prevented from competing in many sports, including soccer’s World Cup qualifying playoffs, since the country began attacking Ukraine in February. Belarus has aided Russia in the invasion.

The All England Club said in April it would not allow Russians or Belarusians to compete, which drew immediate criticism from the WTA and the ATP, along with some prominent players, such as defending champion Novak Djokovic. It will bear watching how this whole episode affects the relationships among the various entities that have a say in the way tennis is run.

“The ability for players of any nationality to enter tournaments based on merit, and without discrimination, is fundamental to our tour,” the ATP said in a statement. “The decision by Wimbledon to ban Russian and Belarusian players from competing in the U.K. this summer undermines this principle and the integrity of the ATP ranking system.”

Saying it made this move “with great regret and reluctance,” the ATP added: “Our rules and agreements exist in order to protect the rights of players as a whole. Unilateral decisions of this nature, if unaddressed, set a damaging precedent for the rest of the tour. Discrimination by individual tournaments is simply not viable on a tour that operates in more than 30 countries.”

A statement attributed to WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon and released by that tour Friday said, in part: “Nearly 50 years ago, the WTA was founded on the fundamental principle that all players have an equal opportunity to compete based on merit and without discrimination. The WTA believes that individual athletes participating in an individual sport should not be penalized or prevented from competing solely because of their nationalities or the decisions made by the governments of their countries.”

In addition, the International Tennis Federation said Friday it would not grant its ranking points for the junior and wheelchair events at Wimbledon this year, explaining that “tournament organizers are not permitted to unilaterally impose entry criteria.”

The All England Club sent a statement via email expressing its “deep disappointment” at the removal of ranking points, calling the tours’ position “disproportionate in the context of the exceptional and extreme circumstances of this situation and the position we found ourselves in” and terming it “damaging to all players.”

The club reiterated the two main ways in which it previously defended the choice to bar Russians and Belarusians: It followed advice from the British government, and an unwillingness “to accept success or participation at Wimbledon being used to benefit the propaganda machine of the Russian regime, which, through its closely controlled State media, has an acknowledged history of using sporting success to support a triumphant narrative to the Russian people.”

Among the prominent players affected by the ban are reigning U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, who recently reached No. 1 in the rankings and is currently No. 2; men’s No. 7 Andrey Rublev; women’s No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka, a Wimbledon semifinalist last year; and Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 who has won the Australian Open twice.

Medvedev and Rublev are from Russia; Sabalenka and Azarenka are from Belarus.

They are all eligible to compete in Paris, and Medvedev deflected questions about the topic of Wimbledon’s Russia policy on Friday.

“Right now I’m focused on Roland Garros,” he said at a pre-tournament news conference. “I’m here.”

When a reporter raised the possibility of legal action against the All England Club, perhaps via the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Medvedev said: “Me, personally, I won’t go to court.”

The U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the U.S. Open, has not announced a decision about players from Russia and Belarus; that tournament starts Aug. 29.

“The USTA respects the difficult position that Wimbledon faced in its decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players,” spokesman Chris Widmaier wrote in an email. “We also respect the grounds on which both the men’s and women’s tours responded, though we believe their decision to withdraw points from all those who play Wimbledon this year is disproportionately severe due to the extreme and unique situation Wimbledon faced when making its decision.”

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Indians Launched to Victory Over Mud Hens

INDIANAPOLIS – A leadoff home run by Ji-Hwan Bae on the first pitch of the game gave the Indianapolis Indians an early lead they would not relinquish against the Toledo Mud Hens on Friday night, 5-2.

The Indians (20-18) scored four of their five runs via three long balls over the wall in right field, setting a new single-game high. Bae opened the scoring with his second leadoff shot of the season off Chase Anderson (L, 2-3), a home run that bounced off the right-field foul pole back into the field of play.

Before the Mud Hens (20-18) could get on the board, Indianapolis extended its lead beyond reach. Following a one-out single off the bat of Cal Mitchell, Mason Martin launched his team-leading seventh home run of the season out to right field to plate two. Canaan Smith-Njigba and Travis Swaggerty followed with a double and run-scoring triple, respectively, to complete the team cycle in the frame.

Swaggerty then erased one of two Toledo runs scored in the top of the seventh inning with a solo home run to lead off the bottom half. It was his second homer of the season.

Trey McGough sat down the first nine Mud Hens batters of the game before surrendering his only two baserunners on fourth-inning singles. Cam Alldred (W, 2-1) entered the game in the sixth and erased multiple runners in scoring position to extend his scoreless streak to 15.0 innings. Yerry De Los Santos (S, 3) fanned three batters in the final two frames.

Bae led the Indians offense with three hits and extended his on-base streak to 19 games. Smith-Njigba also extended his on-base streak to a league-leading 22 games.

The Indians will look to clinch a series victory over the Mud Hens tomorrow at 6:35 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Osvaldo Bido (0-2, 3.76) will take the mound against RHP Elvin Rodriguez (2-1, 3.57).

INDIANA FEVER

Game Recap: Strong Fourth Quarter from Fever Not Enough Against Connecticut

UNCASVILLE, CONN. – Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell set a new franchise record for most points scored in a quarter with 19 in the fourth quarter, as the Connecticut Sun held on to defeat Indiana, 94-85, at Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night. Mitchell finished with 23 points on the night for her fourth game this season and 38th career game finishing with at least 20 points.

Indiana outscored Connecticut 19-16 in the first quarter and 34-31 in the final frame in the first of two consecutive matchups against the Sun. It was the lowest scoring first quarter for Connecticut and the highest scoring first quarter for a Connecticut opponent this season.

Despite the veteran length inside for Connecticut, Indiana outscored the Sun 42-34 in the paint, which set a new season-best for the Fever.

Victoria Vivians finished with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting for her third game in the last four outings finishing in double figures for Indiana.

In the 300th career regular season game of her career, Fever guard Danielle Robinson finished with 10 points and a new season-high six assists. Robinson earned the starting nod again, which was her 217th career regular season game in the starting lineup.

Alanna Smith led the Fever reserves with nine points, while Tiffany Mitchell pulled down two rebounds in the first half to give her 500 rebounds in her career.

For the Sun, six players finished in double figures, led by 2021 WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones with 19 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Alyssa Thomas added 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the free throw line.

UP NEXT

The Fever return to Gainbridge Fieldhouse to welcome back the 2012 WNBA title team on Sunday afternoon against the Sun. Players and staff from the team who helped capture the first title in franchise history will be recognized on the court throughout Sunday’s game at 2 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available to purchase by visiting FeverBasketball.com.

Fans are encouraged to wear red to the game to commemorate the ‘Red Out’ during Game 4 of the WNBA Finals when Indiana eliminated the Minnesota Lynx.

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Trayce Jackson-Davis Returns To Indiana Basketball Program

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has announced he has withdrawn from the 2022 NBA Draft and will return to play his fourth season with the Hoosiers.  Due to COVID, Jackson-Davis will technically have two years of eligibility should he choose to use it.

 Jackson-Davis enters his fourth season with the Hoosiers ranked 15th all-time at IU in scoring (1,565), 19th in scoring average (16.9), 9th in rebounds (797), 7th in blocked shots (178), and 7th in field goal percentage (55.8). He was named a third-team All-American as a sophomore, has earned All-District honors each of the last two seasons, and has been a third-team, first-team and second-team All-Big ten choice in his first three campaigns with the Hoosiers.  He will be the third leading returning scorer in college basketball next season behind Antoine Davis from Detroit and Max Abmas from Oral Roberts.

“The opportunity I had to work on my game for the professional level was something that was invaluable as I continue my growth as a basketball player,” said Jackson-Davis.  “However, I am looking forward to returning to Indiana to be with my coaches and teammates and building off of what we accomplished at the end of the season.  There are goals I have for our team and for myself individually on the court, but at the end of next year more importantly, I will be proud to say I am a graduate of IU.”

The Center Grove product ranked among the conference leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made (147; 5th), free throws attempted (218; 2nd) and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.

Jackson-Davis anchored a Hoosier defense that was ranked as the most efficient in the league by KenPom (24th in the nation) and held opponents to a league-low 39.6% shooting from the floor. Jackson-Davis has recorded 32 double-doubles and two 30-point/10-rebound performances in his career.

During the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, he averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest on 34-of-51 shooting (66.7%) from the floor. Jackson-Davis broke five program records during the tournament run, including: single game points (31), single game made field goals (15), total points (76), total made shots (34) and total rebounds (25).  He was named All-Tournament for his efforts.

The Hoosiers finished 21-14 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 defeating Wyoming before falling to Saint Mary’s.  The Hoosiers advanced to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2013 after knocking off Michigan and top-seeded Illinois.

Ali Patberg Named Team and Recruitment Coordinator

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana standout Ali Patberg has joined her alma mater on staff as a team and recruitment coordinator.

“We are excited to have Ali join our staff in this capacity after such a successful collegiate career,” Indiana head coach Teri Moren said. “She has always expressed her desire to pursue a career in college coaching and we are happy she can begin that journey here. Ali is a true competitor who has helped us build this program and is a fantastic person that will impact our players on and off the court. We are looking forward to seeing her transition into a member of our staff.”  

Patberg wrapped up her career at IU as a four-time All-Big Ten honoree in 2021-22 as she led Indiana to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances and three NCAA Tournaments. She finished ninth in all-time scoring at IU with 1,752 points, third in assists (527) and a career average of 14.2 points per game which ranked eight. She was a two-time Nancy Lieberman Award finalist and WBCA All-American honorable mention. Patberg was drafted 33rd overall in the 2022 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever.

“I would like to say thank you to Coach Moren and the rest of the staff for believing and trusting me as I begin my college coaching career. I could not think of a better place and with better people to start this next chapter with. I will learn and grow as a professional from one of the best staffs in college basketball and continue to be a part of the Indiana program, which holds such a special place in my heart.”

In her final season in 2021-22, Patberg native averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and shot 42.6 percent from the floor. She was one of three players all-time to earn four All-Big Ten honors in her Indiana career and started in 123 career games.

The Columbus, Ind. native also excelled in the classroom where she was a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-American, four-time All-Big Ten selection and is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She holds a pair of degrees from Indiana, a bachelor’s degree in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business in May 2022 and a master’s degree in recreational administration in May 2022.

Baseball Drops Second Game at Iowa

IOWA CITY – The Indiana baseball program dropped a 12-0 decision at Iowa on Friday (May 20) at Duane Banks Field.

Iowa (32-17, 16-7 B1G) scored one in the first, four each in the fourth and fifth innings, two in the seventh and one in the eighth to cap the scoring. Indiana (25-29, 10-13 B1G) was shut out for the fourth time on the season.

Freshman Josh Pyne moved his hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-4 night at the plate that included his 19th double of the season. Junior Hunter Jessee walked twice in the game and moved into a tie for No. 9 on the IU Big Ten only charts with 21 walks in conference play this season.

Freshman Carter Mathison moved his reached base streak to 21 games with a walk in the game and graduate student Tyler Doanes accounted for Indiana’s third hit in the game.

Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins (3-3) took the loss with nine runs – six earned – allowed on nine hits. He walked three and struck out six. Freshman Ryan Kraft struck out a career-high seven in 3 1/3 innings of work. He allowed three runs on five hits to close out the game.

Michael Seegers went 4-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Iowa offense, while Keaton Anthony and Sam Petersen each hit home runs in the game. Sam Hojnar was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Dylan Nedved (6-2) tossed six shutout innings with one hit allowed. He walked four and struck out six in the victory.

Scoring Recap – Game One

Bottom First

The first two batters singled to put runners on the corners before Keaton Anthony pushed the first run across when he hit into a double play.

at Iowa 1, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Iowa loaded the bases with no outs and Moss’ sacrifice fly plated the first run of the inning. Sam Hojnar doubled to score two and Michael Seegers singled to drive in the fourth run of the frame.

at Iowa 5, Indiana 0

Bottom Fifth

Anthony led off the inning with a solo home run. An error and walk gave UI runners on with two outs and Hojnar doubled to drive in one run. Seegers the singled to plate the third run and an error on the play allowed the fourth run of the frame to cross the plate.

at Iowa 9, Indiana 0

Bottom Seventh

Iowa loaded the bases with no outs and Seegers drove in two more RBIs with a base hit.

at Iowa 11, Indiana 0

Bottom Eighth

Sam Petersen hit a solo home run with one out.

at Iowa 12, Indiana 0

Up Next

The series finale will be the final game played in the Big Ten, as Indiana and Iowa will square off at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Indiana Field Hockey Reveals 2022 Schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Indiana Field Hockey Head Coach Kayla Bashore has announced the team’s 2022 schedule.

The Hoosiers will play 19 games with 11 non-conference matchups and eight Big Ten contests.

Prior to the regular season’s start, Indiana will play in two scrimmages ––– one at Ball State on Friday, Aug. 19, and an intersquad Cream/Crimson scrimmage at the IU Field Hockey Complex on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The regular season will begin with two home contests against Kent State and Liberty on Friday, Aug. 26, and Sunday Aug. 28, respectively.

A highlight of the non-conference slate features a west coast trip to California as the Hoosiers will play away games at Stanford, California, and UC Davis over Labor Day weekend.

The Hoosiers will open Big Ten play with a road trip to Iowa on Friday, Sept. 16 before playing their conference home opener against Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 30.

Indiana will close out the regular season with three consecutive home games, culminating with a matchup against Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 28.

The dates and location of the 2022 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament have not been announced yet.

The opening rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament will be played on campus sites with the semi-final and championship rounds being played at the University of Connecticut from Nov. 18-20.

PURDUE

Ramos Set for Senior World Team Trials

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Rising Purdue sophomore Matt Ramos is set to compete this weekend at the 2022 U.S. Senior World Team Trials Challenge Tournament, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. Ramos will be the No. 1 seed in the 57 kg (125.7 lbs) freestyle bracket, after winning the 2022 U.S. Open in Las Vegas on April 30.

Ramos posted a 4-0 mark at the U.S. Open, outscoring his opponents 34-8 through the tournament, including a 9-3 victory over Anthony Moulton of Buies Creek Wrestling Club (Campbell) in the finals. Per USA Wrestling rules, the winner of the Open earns the top seed for the world team trials, heading a field of 11 wrestlers who have qualified through a variety of other events.

Ramos won the 2018 Cadet World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, earning the gold medal at 51 kg (112.4 lbs). He also placed seventh at the 2021 U23 U.S. Freestyle National Championships, and was third in the U20 national freestyle bracket, both coming at 57 kg.

He competed at 133 pounds for the Boilermakers in his inaugural collegiate season, finishing 21-10 on the season and advancing to the Round of 12 at the 2022 NCAA Championships. He placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships, and earned eighth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational.

This weekend’s finalists earn spots on the 2022 U.S. World Team, while the winner earns the right to compete at Final X on June 3 at Oklahoma State’s Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The 2021 U.S. World Team member at 57 kg, Thomas Gillman, awaits the winner of the world team trials, set to compete in a best-of-three match format for the spot on the team.

Wrestling begins Saturday at 10 a.m. CT and will air live on FloWrestling.

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times Central)

Saturday, May 21

10 a.m. – Session 1: 1st Round, Quarterfinals and Consolation

4:30 p.m. – Session 2: Semifinals and Consolation

Sunday, May 22

10 a.m. – Session 3: Consolations, Consolation Semi-finals and 3rd Place

2:30 p.m. – Finals, Best 2-of-3 Championship

No. 14 Maryland Surges for Another Offensive Outburst

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Paul Toetz hit a game-tying two-run homer in the fifth inning but No. 14 Maryland responded with a seven-run surge over the sixth and seventh innings to defeat Purdue baseball 18-7 Friday at Alexander Field.

The Terrapins (44-10, 18-5 B1G) clinched at least a share of the Big Ten Conference title, their first since joining the league for the 2014-15 school year. Maryland also clinched the No. 1 seed in next week’s eight-team Big Ten Tournament in Omaha.

Still in eighth place in the standings, Purdue (29-19, 9-12 B1G) remains alive in the Big Ten Tournament chase going into Saturday’s regular-season finale. Northwestern (9-14 B1G) and Nebraska (9-14) are chasing Indiana (10-13) and Purdue. The Hoosiers and Boilermakers would both need to lose Saturday to open the door for either the Wildcats or Huskers to move up into the top eight with a victory. Northwestern holds a potential head-to-head tiebreaker with IU, but the Hoosiers have the head-to-head tiebreaker vs. Nebraska.

Because Purdue has played two fewer conference games than the three other teams, tiebreakers will not be applicable. Big Ten winning percentage will dictate the final standings.

The Boilermakers did not go quietly for the second day in a row vs. Maryland, scoring twice in the eighth inning and stranding the bases loaded after cutting UMD’s lead to 13-7. Maryland scored six in the ninth to make the final score more lopsided.

Cam Thompson doubled and homered, connecting for his team-leading 12th long ball of the season on a 420-foot blast to center field to open the eighth inning. He leads the team with 28 extra-base hits and has an opportunity to finish the season with a 1.000 OPS. He’ll enter the regular-season finale with a 1.025 clip.

Troy Viola posted his fifth two-double game of the season, teaming up with CJ Valdez and Thompson to give Purdue a pair of two-double innings. Viola leads the Boilermakers with 18 two-baggers.

Toetz went deep into Purdue’s bullpen in left field in the bottom of the fifth for his fourth home run of the season and first as a Boilermaker at Alexander Field.

Thursday, Maryland raced out to a 13-0 lead with three doubles and three home runs over the first five innings. Friday, the Terps scored 16 runs over the final five innings. They connected for eight extra-base hits – three doubles and five homers – during the offensive onslaught. UMD hit three homers in the ninth inning.

Wyatt Wendell kept Purdue in the game early, surrendering only one hit to the first 14 batters he faced. But the Boilermakers committed a pair of errors in the outfield in the fifth inning as the Terps scored three times and chased Wendell, whose pitch count escalated quickly via six walks and four strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.

Saturday’s series and regular-season finale is set for 1 p.m. ET. Purdue’s Senior Day ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Eleven seniors will be recognized for their contributions to the program.

If the Boilermakers can win Saturday coupled with an Indiana loss at Iowa, they would move up into seventh place and avoid playing red-hot Maryland again in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday. The Terrapins have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Du Toit Paces Purdue to Start NCAA Championships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Danielle du Toit fired an even-par 72 on the opening day of the 2022 NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club. The senior was one of only 17 golfers to play the difficult Raptor Course at even par-or better, and the Boilermakers fired a 301 (+13) to sit tied for 12th after the first round.

Entering the national championship tournament as the lowest ranked team according to Golfstat (No. 45), Purdue posted a better opening-round score than five programs ranked Top 10 nationally. The Boilermakers shared a four-way tie for 12th with No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 16 Baylor and No. 20 Michigan. Top-ranked Stanford grabbed the clubhouse lead at 1-over behind a 68 (-4) from Rose Zhang.

Following a bogey at the first, du Toit eased the nerves and caught fire for the remainder of the front nine. She got the stroke right back with a birdie at the second before hitting her third shot close at the par-5 fourth to get into red figures. After dropping a bomb for birdie at No. 6, the South African stuck her tee shot on the par-3 eighth to four feet. Rolling in the birdie putt, du Toit moved to the top of the leaderboard all by herself at 3-under. As the wind picked up for the back nine, she dropped a few shots down the stretch but still carded an even-par round to be only four strokes off the individual lead and tied for sixth.

Inez Wanamarta grinded all day long, especially after a rough start. The graduate Boilermaker was 3-over through three before playing the final 15 holes in 1-under par. A birdie at the seventh came during bogey-free stretch that lasted 11 holes. Wanamarta nearly holed out for eagle on the par-4 17th, leading to an easy tap-in for birdie. Her strong finish resulted in a 74 (+2), tied for 27th after 18 holes.

Sifat Sagoo fired a 77 (+5), while Ashley Kozlowski added a 78 (+6) to contribute to the team score. Kozlowski’s round featured back-to-back birdies on holes 11 and 12.

After playing in the morning wave on Friday, the Boilermakers tee off in the afternoon for Saturday’s second round. Purdue goes off No. 10 with Mississippi State (+11) and Vanderbilt (20) beginning at 12:36 p.m. MT (3:36 p.m. ET).

For updates on the Boilermakers throughout the NCAA Championships, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

BOILERMAKERS

T6. Danielle du Toit: 72 (E)

T27. Inez Wanamarta: 74 (+2)

T81. Sifat Sagoo: 77 (+5)

T93. Ashley Kozlowski: 78 (+6)

T119. Kan Bunnabodee: 81 (+9)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. #1 Stanford: 289 (+1)

2. #19 Texas A&M: 292 (+4)

3. #15 UCLA: 295 (+7)

T4. #10 Florida State: 296 (+8)

T4. #17 Auburn: 296 (+8)

T4. #14 LSU: 296 (+8)

7. #2 Oregon: 297 (+9)

T8: #9 Alabama: 298 (+10)

T8. #11 USC: 298 (+10)

10. #32 Mississippi State: 299 (+11)

11. #31 TCU: 300 (+12)

T12. #45 Purdue: 301 (+13)

T12. #4 Wake Forest: 301 (+13)

T12. #20 Michigan: 301 (+13)

T12. #16 Baylor: 301 (+13)

16. #7 Arizona State: 302 (+14)

17. #27 Georgia: 303 (+15)

18. #8 Virginia: 304 (+16)

19. #13 Texas: 305 (+17)

20. #3 South Carolina: 306 (+18)

T21. #5 San Jose State: 307 (+19)

T21. #6 Oklahoma State: 307 (+19)

T21. #18 Arkansas: 307 (+19)

24. #33 Vanderbilt: 308 (+20)

BUTLER

Tyler Watson and Andrew Lentz Join Matta’s @ButlerMBB Staff

Thad Matta continues to round out his Butler staff with the additions of Tyler Watson and Andrew Lentz. Watson will serve as the program’s strength and conditioning coach, while Lentz will hold the title of coordinator of basketball operations. 

“Tyler and Andrew are both great additions to our staff,” said Matta, who returned to Butler as head coach in April. “Tyler brings great energy and has physically enhanced rosters at multiple universities. His approach will lead to tangible gains and improvement within our program. Andrew possesses a rare combination of creativity and organization that will benefit all aspects of our program on a daily basis. His work as a key member of staffs at multiple high-major programs has led to significant results.”

Watson arrives at Butler after serving as the strength and conditioning coach for the St. John’s men’s basketball program during the 2021-22 season.

Prior to his time in the BIG EAST, he spent two seasons (2019-21) as the director of women’s basketball sports performance at Tennessee. While in Knoxville, he constructed and implemented the strength, conditioning and nutrition programs for one of college basketball’s most storied programs, helping the Lady Vols turn in a two-year record of 38-18 with an NCAA Tournament berth.

Watson spent the 2018-19 season at Missouri State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach, overseeing activities for men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s and women’s golf. During his one year in Springfield, Watson helped the Lady Bears reach the Sweet 16 before heading to Knoxville with head coach Kellie Harper.

From 2015-18, Watson served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Elon University after stints at both Tennessee State and Clemson. Watson, who holds a Level I sports performance certification from USA Weightlifting, also held internships with Southern Miss, Vanderbilt and the Buffalo Bills.

Watson, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., graduated with a degree in exercise science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2014.

In his role, Lentz will oversee the program’s operations while also serving as the program’s point of contact for administrative areas within the athletics department.

Lentz spent the last four seasons alongside Butler assistant coach Mike Pegues at Louisville as the assistant athletic director for men’s basketball on Chris Mack’s staff. Lentz oversaw multiple creative initiatives while serving as the program’s liaison for all external areas and had additional administrative duties.

Lentz arrived at Louisville after working one year as associate athletics director for branding and creative services at Baylor. While at Baylor, Lentz oversaw digital assets, graphic design, video and licensing for the Bears while managing the athletics branding and creative services staff.

Lentz worked two years as the director of creative strategy for Indiana Basketball (2015-17) under head coach Tom Crean after a year as assistant director of media relations (2014-15) when he led the communications efforts for the baseball program while assisting with football. Prior to his time at IU, Lentz was assistant director of digital media at Oklahoma for two years (2012-14), where he helped coordinate digital and social media for the athletics department and football program.

An Indianapolis native, Lentz earned his bachelor’s degree in sport administration at Ball State in 2010 and his master’s degree in sports management at Tennessee in 2012, also working with the Volunteer football team for two years.

Season tickets are on sale now to cheer on the Butler men’s basketball team at Hinkle Fieldhouse during the 2022-2023 campaign. The Bulldogs’ home schedule features 18 contests, including all 10 BIG EAST opponents.

ButlerUBaseball Splits a Pair vs. Seton Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs recorded an 8-7 win over Seton Hall to start Friday afternoon, but took a 12-6 loss in game two. The BIG EAST rivals were forced to finish game one on Friday at noon after a storm rolled through Indianapolis Thursday evening. James Gargano was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to push BU into the win column. The loss eliminated Seton Hall from any chance of postseason action.

Gargano went 3-for-5 for Butler in game one with two RBI and a run scored. Gargano, Kollyn All and Scott Jones all recorded an extra base hit in the victory. Jones highlighted the first inning with a two-RBI double to deep center, but the biggest hit of Thursday afternoon was a game-tying home run from Aaron Steinhart in the seventh. Steinhart’s 10th home run of the season scored Gargano and extended the game.

Derek Drees would pick up where Aaron Barokas left off and limited the Pirates to just one hit over three innings to earn the win. Adrian Vega got the start and struck out three in his final start of the year.

Lukas Galdoni was the player of the game for Butler in game two. He hit two, two-run home runs for the Bulldogs to get Butler on the scoreboard. The two long balls were not enough however as Seton Hall opened the game with a five-run first inning and added seven runs in the fourth.

Nick Payero was credited with the win while Cole McDaniel was hit with the loss.

Butler and Seton Hall will play again tomorrow. First pitch has been moved up to 10:30 AM. Fans are encouraged to attend the game at Bulldog Park to see Coach Schrage in his final game as a Bulldog.

BALL STATE

Portuguese Sensation Ana Barreto Joins the 2022-2023 Ball State Women’s Basketball Team

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team welcomes Portuguese sensation Ana Barreto for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

“We are so excited to welcome Ana to our Cardinal family,” said Ball State head women’s basketball coach Brady Sallee. “Her talent level is through the roof. She has the athleticism, size, basketball IQ and talent to be a special player for years to come! Ana will make an immediate impact for us in multiple positions and is already comfortable playing in a system very similar to ours. Her experience playing at the highest levels in Portugal both with her club and for her National Team will prove to be invaluable as she makes the transition to big time college basketball.”

Barreto has been a member of the Centre of High Performance of Basketball Portuguese Federation from 2017-2020. She played for the U14-U19 teams helping those squads reach first, second and third place finishes in the Lisbon Regional Championship. 

Barreto helped propel her team to back-to-back Portuguese Cups in 2020-21 & 2021-22. Also in 2021, Barreto’s team won the championship. Recently, Barreto won the Federation Cup with her senior squad and the Super Cup. 

In 2020, Barreto helped the U15 3×3 reach third place at the Portuguese Speaking Countries Championship. 

At the 2019 FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship Division B, Barreto scored in double figures six times with a season high 20 points against Austria. 

From 2016-19, Barreto was a U14 & U16 National Champion between regions while finishing third place (U14), first place in (U16) and second place (U16).

Barreto becomes the eighth player to commit to Ball State women’s basketball program from overseas in Sallee’s time with the Cardinals. 

Ball State Sweeps Doubleheader with Miami, O’Donnell Records Career High in Strikeouts

OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team returned to McKie Field at Hayden Park for two games against Miami. The Cardinals utilized great pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting to complete the doubleheader sweep of the RedHawks.

Trennor O’Donnell threw an absolute gem in game two for the Cardinals. He recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings of work. He surrendered an earned run and gave up just two hits for the game.

Zach Cole produced his ninth triple of the season and regained sole position at the top of the NCAA leaderboard for triples. He also set the BSU single season record for triples in the process.

Amir Wright saw his streak of reaching base safely come to an end in game two at 26 consecutive. He has produced two different streaks of 26 and has reached safely in 52 of the 54 games this season. Trenton Quartermaine saw his streak of 28 games reaching safely come to an end in game one. Nick Powell extended his streak of reaching base safely to 17 games.

Ryan Peltier extended his hitting streak to nine games and has now reached safely in 14-straight games.

Game One – Ball State 4, Miami 2

The RedHawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sac fly to left by Cole Andrews.

Cole led off the top of the second with a single up the middle and then advanced on a passed ball. Adam Tellier drew a four-pitch walk to put two on with no outs for Ball State. Peltier singled up the middle and scored Cole. CJ Horn reached on a fielder’s choice to third and advanced to second on the throwing error by the third baseman as Tellier was able to score on the play. Justin Conant hit into a double play, but Peltier was able to score on the play. The Cardinals took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the second.

Powell recorded a one-out single to right field in the top of the third. Powell stole second with one out and moved into scoring position. He advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Ball State took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the third.

Miami cut the Ball State lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a Willie Escala home run to right center. The Cardinal bullpen produced 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to give BSU the 4-2 victory.

Powell, Cole, and Peltier led the offense with two hits each. Peltier picked up the lone RBI for the Cardinals.

Ty Johnson got the start in game one and went 3 2/3 innings in the no decision. He struck out five batters and surrendered two runs, one earned, on five hits. Ryan Brown picked up the win and improved to 4-2 overall. He threw 2 2/3 innings and struck out four batters with one hit. Sam Klein picked up his 11th save of the season with 2/3 of an inning of relief. He struck out one of the two batters he faced.

Zach Maxey threw a complete game. He collected seven strikeouts and gave up four runs, one earned, on eight hits.

Game Two – Ball State 11, Miami 1

It was a pitcher’s duel early in game two as neither team was able to get anything going through the first three innings of play.

The Cardinals got on the board first in the top of the fourth as Hunter Dobbins launched a solo homer over the left field wall. Cole followed with a solo home run to deep center to give Ball State back-to-back jacks to start the inning. Peltier was hit by a pitch with one out and then stole second and third. Matthew Rivera drew a walk on seven pitches. Conant dropped down a perfectly placed sac bunt to score Peltier from third. BSU held a 3-0 lead as the game went to the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth the Cardinals plated five runs on four hits with a RedHawk error. Cole, Tellier, Peltier, and Conant all recorded RBIs in the inning. The Cardinals took a 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth.

O’Donnell held the RedHawks hitless through the first four innings. Miami picked up its first hit in the bottom of the fifth.

The RedHawks scored one run in the bottom of the sixth on single through the right side by Parker Lester.

Conant led off the top of the eighth with a double to left center. Powell drew a two-out walk, followed by a Dobbins walk that loaded the bases for the Cardinals. Cole belted a triple to right center to clear the bases and gave BSU an 11-1 lead headed into the bottom of the eighth.

Mac Ayres tossed a scoreless eighth and solidified the 11-1 run rule victory.

O’Donnell picked up the win and moved to 6-2 on the season. Ayres produced two innings of hitless ball with three strikeouts, which tied a career high.

Luke Leverton got the start in game two and went 4 1/3 innings and picked up the loss. He fell to 1-6 overall. He struck out three batters and surrendered eight runs, six earned, on seven hits. Nick DeMonica went 3 1/3 innings in relief with three earned runs on five hits. Martin Sosna finished with 1/3 of an inning.

The Cardinals and RedHawks will close out the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Our boys played a solid doubleheader today. So many guys are making contributions. Sam Klein earned his 11th save, which is tied for fourth all-time in a single season. Zach Cole hit his ninth triple, which set a single season record. Trennor O’Donnell was outstanding. Proud of our boys. We are a team.”

From the Student-Athlete – Sophomore Pitcher #43 Trennor O’Donnell

“Today’s wins were huge for the team. It is always good to have momentum going into Saturday. Our offense has been really hot, so it is easy to feel confident on the mound knowing that my guys are going to put up some runs for me.”

NOTRE DAME

BERTRAND AND JOSEPH NAMED TO 2022 LOTT TROPHY WATCH LIST

The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced Notre Dame’s JD Bertrand and Brandon Joseph as two of the 42 candidates for the 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy at a luncheon today in Newport Beach.

Alabama has three candidates this year while five other schools each have two candidates – Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson, Iowa and Ohio State.

Manti Te’o won the Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2012 and is one of two previous Notre Dame finalists for this award (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, 2020).

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is the only major college football award that considers character.

Named after former NFL Hall of Fame star Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy annually goes to the Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year, a player who has had the biggest impact on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity, all characteristics exhibited by Lott during his illustrious playing career.

The annual winner is selected by a national voter panel, consisting of former winners, members of the media, coaches and members of the Board of Directors of The IMPACT Foundation.

The winner is announced at a gala black-tie event at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca. The event has been sold out the first two years. The 2022 banquet will be Dec. 11.

Notre Dame Players on 2022 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List:

JD BERTRAND, LB, 6-1, 230, Notre Dame, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.: Leading tackler for Irish last season with 101; President of the Notre Dame chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a philanthropic organization that raises monies for athletes with rare diseases.

BRANDON JOSEPH, S, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-1, 192, College Station, Texas: Transfer from Northwestern; Consensus All-American; Had six interceptions as freshman; Academic All-State in high school.

19 IRISH FALL TO MCNEESE IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE NCAA EVANSTON REGIONAL

The University of Notre Dame dropped the opening game of the NCAA Evanston Regional 11-1 in five innings to the Southland Conference Champion McNeese Cowgirls Friday afternoon. The Fighting Irish gave up 10 runs in the first inning and couldn’t rebound, dropping their 11th contest of the season. Notre Dame is now 39-11.

Senior Payton Tidd started in the circle, allowing five runs while throwing a third of an inning. Alexis Holloway came on in relief, allowing five unearned runs, throwing 1.2 innings and six hits. Shannon Becker came on to throw the final three innings, allowing just two hits and an earned run.

The Irish offense managed five hits in the game, led by a 2-for-3 effort from Emma Clark. Leea Hanks had the lone extra-base hit with a double in the fifth inning. Abby Sweet and Carlli Kloss each had an infield hit in the game.

The Cowgirls came out swinging in the first inning as McNeese took a 10-0 lead. McNeese sent 14 hitters to the dish, connecting on eight hits and capitalizing on two Irish errors.

Notre Dame got on the board in the bottom of the second. A lead-off single from Sweet moved around on a couple ground balls and scored when Kloss legged out an infield hit.

McNeese scored a run in the fifth with runners on the corners, as the runner from first tried to steal second and stayed in the run down long enough for the run to score.

Up Next

The Irish are back in action Saturday at 3:30 (ET) for an elimination game against the loser of the Oakland and Northwestern game.

#8 IRISH SHUT OUT #9 MIAMI, 5-0

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (33-12, 16-10) had one of its best pitching performances of the season as the Irish shut out ninth-ranked Miami (38-16, 19-10), 5-0, at Alex Rodriguez Park Friday night. It was the first time the Hurricanes have been shutout this season and the third time the Irish have shut out an opponent this year.

Austin Temple tossed a gem for the Irish back in his home state. The Florida native threw 6.0 scoreless innings against the Canes, struck out five and allowed just one hit on the night. It was his longest start against an ACC opponent this season and his second longest start of the year. Will Mercer tossed 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and Alex Rao picked up the final out to earn his second save of the season.

The Irish were aided by the long ball Friday night as they hit three in the win. Jack Zyska got it started with a solo shot in the second. Jack Brannigan added a two-run shot in the fifth and Jack Penney had a solo shot in the eighth.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish struck first once again Friday night and it was the long ball to begin an inning. Zyska launched his ninth home run of the season and put the Irish up 1-0.

The score stayed that way until the top of the fifth when the Irish got their second home run of the night. Brannigan hit a moonshot that just cleared the wall in left for a two-run homer. His seventh home run of the season gave the Irish a 3-0 lead.

The Canes were threatening in the seventh as they brought the tying run to the plate and the Irish went to their bullpen. Will Mercer came on and induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning and keep Miami off the scoreboard.

Notre Dame added insurance runs in the eighth and ninth to put the game out of reach. Penney hit the solo blast the other way in the eighth and Carter Putz added an RBI single in the ninth.

UP NEXT

The series will be on the line for the rubber match Saturday afternoon. The regular season finale between the two teams is set for a 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. After Saturday’s action, the seeding will be finalized for the 2022 ACC Championship, which begins on Tuesday, May 24 in Charlotte.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE

Mastodon Baseball Splits a Pair of One-Run Games at Akron

AKRON, Ohio – Justin Miller rose to second place in program history in career strikeouts and Jack Lang took second in career games played during the Mastodons’ doubleheader at Akron on Friday (May 20). The two clubs split the twinbill. The ‘Dons won game one 6-5, but fell 7-6 in the nightcap.

Game One | Purdue Fort Wayne 6, Akron 5

The ‘Dons earned a one-run win in the opener with Miller getting out all four batters he faced for his fourth save of the season. He retired one via strikeout to bring his career total to 179. That tied Miller with Samuel Walker, who also had 179 from 2008-11. Miller started game two and earned another strikeout to pass Walker and hold second place all to himself with 180.

Rex Stills started for the Mastodons in game one and didn’t allow a hit in 4.0 scoreless innings. He got the win and is now 2-2. Brendan Reid didn’t allow a run in 2.2 innings of work.

Mastodon pitchers kept the ball on the ground, earning 14 ground balls in the contest.

The Mastodons got on the board early with a four-run first. The big hit was a three-run opposite field home run by Cade Fitzpatrick over the right field wall. It was his eighth home run of the 2022 campaign. Ben Higgins also had an RBI in the inning.

The Mastodons’ other two runs came in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Garett Lake, his sixth of the season. The ‘Dons now have 49 home runs on the season, tying the 1998 team for second most home runs in a season.

Akron scored three runs in the fifth and two in the eighth to make it closer.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons out-hit the Zips 10-7.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Akron to just 1-for-8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.

» Cade Nelis was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

» Akron was led offensively by Nick Arrivo, who went 1-for-3 with a triple and run batted in.

» Taed Heydinger went all nine for the Zips. He suffered the loss and is now.

Game Two | Akron 7, Purdue Fort Wayne 6 | 8 innings | scheduled seven-inning game

The ‘Dons trailed 4-1 entering the fifth when they scored two in the fifth and then three in the sixth. Isaiah Hart and Karter Hann both knocked in a run in the fifth. The Mastodons’ three runs in the sixth came on two singles, two walks, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch. Higgins, Lake, and Nelis scored in the frame.

Miller went 2.0 innings and earned a no decision in a starting role. JD Deany entered and went the next four in relief, giving up a pair. Michael Madura gave up a run in the seventh for Akron to tie the game, but it could have been worse. He made sure Akron stranded the bases loaded to end the frame.

The ‘Dons were aggressive in extras. Dylan Stewart walked with two outs and then tried to score on a Garrett Maish hit, but Stewart was thrown out at the plate. Akron won it in the eighth with a solo home run by Nick Arrivo. Madura took the loss and is now 0-2.

Lang had two doubles, a run batted in and a walk in his 202nd game. Higgins walked three times to help the ‘Dons record nine walks as a team.

Nelis finished with two hits, two walks, two stolen bases, a run scored and a run batted in.

GAME NOTES

» The ‘Dons left 12 men on base.

» Every Mastodon starter reached base in both games.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Akron to just 1-for-12 (.083) with runners in scoring position.

» Akron’s Michael Sprockett went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

» Brett Dietrich led the Zips pitching staff, throwing two scoreless innings for the win.

» The Mastodons are now 18-34. Akron is 14-41.

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons will play the rubber game of the series on Saturday (May 21) in the Rubber Capital of the World against the Zips. First pitch is set for noon.

INDIANA STATE

Sycamores rally past Dallas Baptist on Friday night

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Parker Stinson connected on the go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning and Connor Fenlong shut the door on Dallas Baptist on Friday night as Indiana State secured the series win over the Patriots with the 11-10 win.

Senior Day: Indiana State will recognize seniors Jordan Schaffer, Aaron Beck, Jake Ridgway, Raine Richter, Sean Ross, and Jack Parisi in a pregame ceremony at Bob Warn Field prior to the 11 a.m. ET first pitch. The ceremony is scheduled to take place around 10:40 a.m., so come early to honor the six seniors in their final collegiate home game.

Trailing 10-9 after six innings, the Sycamores (25-20, 10-10 MVC) mounted their final comeback of the day in the bottom of the seventh as Joe Kido led off the inning with a base hit to centerfield. The redshirt sophomore stole second base to move into scoring position before DBU (33-20, 11-9) reliever Kyle Amendt (0-1) retired Luis Hernandez to put the first out on the board.

Stinson followed by jumping on the first pitch he saw and driving the ball over the tree line beyond the right field fence for his third home run of the season and giving the Sycamores the 11-10 lead.

Fenlong (S, 5) entered in relief of Jared Spencer (2-3) in the top of the eighth and allowed just one batter on base the rest of the way, striking out four on the way to his fifth save of the year.

Jordan Schaffer paced the Sycamores with a three-hit game, while Keegan Watson homered for the second time in as many nights as Indiana State wrapped out 13 hits in the win. Seth Gergely added his third triple of the year and Josue Urdaneta connected on a two-run double as Indiana State secured the season series against DBU with the win.

Spencer pitched a scoreless seventh inning on the way to picking up the win and leading a Sycamore pitching effort that saw eight different players take the mound on Friday night. Jake Ridgway drew the start, while Raine Richter, Brennyn Cutts, Matt Gauer, Joey Hurth, and Jack Parisi all saw time on the mound in the ISU win.

Miguel Santos connected on three of DBU’s six home runs in the game, while Jace Grady homered twice to highlight his four-hit game as DBU utilized the long ball in the contest. Nate Rombach also homered in the Patriot loss.

DBU starter Chandler Arnold allowed seven hits and seven runs (six earned) while striking out eight over 4.1 innings of work. Amendt went 2.1 innings in taking the loss, while Zach Heaton and Connor Mackey also saw time on the rubber on Friday.

How They Scored

Miguel Santos opened the game with a leadoff home run to left field and gave DBU the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

DBU added to the lead in the top of the second as George Specht scored on a wild pitch, while Jace Grady connected on a two-run home run to right center giving the Patriots a 4-0 lead after the DBU at-bats.

The Sycamores tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the second inning as Seth Gergely (RBI triple), Luis Hernandez (RBI single), and Josue Urdaneta (two-run double) all drove in runs in the ISU rally.

Nate Rombach put DBU back in the lead with a solo home run in the top of the third inning giving the Patriots the 5-4 lead.

Cole Moore scored on a passed ball in the top of the fifth to give the Patriots the 6-4 lead.

Santos and Grady connected on back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth inning to give DBU the 8-4 lead.

The Sycamores sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning with Keegan Watson’s three-run home run the big fly of the frame, while Parker Stinson and Jordan Schaffer both connected on RBI singles to give ISU the 9-8 lead.

Santos connected on his third home run of the night with his two-run shot scoring Nathan Humphreys in the top of the sixth inning and swinging the lead back to DBU, 10-9.

Parker Stinson connected on the go-ahead two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring Joe Kido and closing out the scoring in the Sycamores’ 11-10 win.

Stinson Puts the Sycamores Ahead

News & Notes

Keegan Watson homered for the second time in as many nights and drove out his fifth home run of the season with his three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Parker Stinson connected on his third home run of the season and first since March 16 against SEMO with his two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Seth Gergely tied with Josue Urdaneta for the team’s triple lead with his three-bagger in the bottom of the second inning.

The Sycamores recorded their 27th double-digit hit game of the 2022 season with their 13 hits on Friday night.

Josue Urdaneta connected on his team-leading 21st multi-hit game of the year following his 2-for-4 night from the plate.

Jordan Schaffer’s three-hit game marked his 17th multi-hit game of the season and 42nd of his collegiate career.

Joe Kido picked up his fourth career multi-hit game and scored a career-high three runs in the win.

Luis Hernandez added his eighth multi-hit game of the season following his 2-for-4 night.

Parker Stinson added his fifth multi-hit game of the season with his 2-for-4 night.

Connor Fenlong tied with Joey Hurth for the team lead with his fifth save of the 2022 season.

Hurth made his team-leading 23rd appearance on the mound in the game.

The Sycamores pitching staff combined for their 16th double-digit strikeout game of the season.

Up Next

Indiana State and Dallas Baptist close out the series tomorrow morning in a key game with MVC Tournament implications. The winner of the contest will secure a first-round bye and automatically advance to the double-elimination bracket of the tournament. The loser will play in Tuesday’s elimination round. First pitch for the series finale is set for 11 a.m. ET. The contest will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

EVANSVILLE

Aces fall in Friday night matchup with Valpo, 8-4

EVANSVILLE – In the second game of the final series of the regular season, the University of Evansville baseball team fell to Valparaiso, 8-4, on Friday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“I just want to thank the fans for coming out to support this team with the type of opportunity we had,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Unfortunately this game can be cruel when you don’t show up and play well. We just didn’t play well in any facet of the game and when you lose your starting pitcher to injury 3 hitters in it was too much to overcome. Valparaiso played great and just beat us. Senior day tomorrow to celebrate a special class.”

Starting the game on the mound, right-hander Nick Smith exited the game after just 14 pitches. Shane Harris came on with no notice and pitched admirably, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking-out six. Following Harris was Drew Dominik, who recorded the final 11 outs, allowing just four hits and tallying a pair of strikeouts.

Offensively, Tanner Craig and Brendan Hord led the way on the night for the Aces, each recording two hits. Four different Aces helped drive in a run with Craig and Hord joined by Mark Shallenberger and Evan Berkey with RBI.

Valparaiso jumped on the board with four runs in the top of the first inning, but the Aces answered, scoring a run in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single from Berkey that brought Craig home.

The Beacons responded with a run of their own in the top of the second, regaining a four-run lead, one they would hold until the sixth when Valpo added three more to go up 8-1.  Evansville looked to mount a late rally as it had done multiple times this season, getting two in the eighth and one more in the ninth, but the Aces could draw no closer in the 8-4 loss.

Evansville is locked-in as the No. 2 seed in next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and will open postseason play at 3 PM against a team still to be determined.

VALPO

Valpo Ties Season High in Hits in Road Win at Evansville

The Valparaiso University baseball team went on the road and defeated one of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference standings on Friday night, besting Evansville 8-4 on a night where the temperatures were every bit as pleasant as the outcome at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind. Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) turned in his third four-hit game of the season to lead a 16-hit attack by the Beacons, who matched a season high in the hit column.

How It Happened

Valpo got off to a strong start as Tucker singled and Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) doubled to place runners at second and third with nobody out in the top of the first.

Valpo cashed in on the first-inning scoring chance as Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) rapped a single that plated a pair before Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) and Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) had run-scoring singles of their own. In total, the inning featured six hits leading to four runs.

The Purple Aces got a run back in the bottom of the first, but an excellent catch by Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) in deep center prevented further damage and ended the inning.

The Beacons boosted the lead back to four right away as Tucker drilled a double to left center for his second hit of the day in the top of the second, scoring Ryan to make it 5-1.

Miller was lifted after throwing 57 pitches over three solid innings in advance of this week’s MVC Tournament. He yielded just one run on three hits while walking two and striking out one, putting up zeros in each of the final two innings that he worked. He gave way to Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville), who put up zeros in the fourth and fifth as Evansville stranded a pair in each frame.

The Beacons added to the lead in the top of the sixth by capitalizing on an Aces error. Ryan laid down a squeeze bunt to score the first run, then Hannahs ripped his second double of the game, driving in a pair to bolster the lead to 8-1.

Evansville stranded another against Lockwood in the bottom of the sixth as Ryan made another excellent catch in deep center during that frame, helping the lead remain seven at 8-1.

Lockwood mowed down the Aces in order in the seventh to keep the lead at seven.

Evansville scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to spell the end of the day for Lockwood and trim the lead to five. A nicely-turned double play by the Beacon infield helped Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee]) use just two pitches to get two outs and retire the side.

Evansville picked up a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Lebamoff notched the final out to seal the win.

Inside the Game

Tucker posted four hits, his 10th multi-hit output of the season and fifth game with three hits or more. This marked his third four-hit game of the season as he now owns three of the team’s five four-hit games in 2022.

Five Beacons enjoyed multi-hit games as Tucker was joined by Hannahs, Renfro, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) and Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest).

Valpo’s 16 hits tied a season high reached on March 25, 2022 vs. St. Bonaventure. This represented the team’s highest hit total in MVC play this season.

After entering his last three outings with an 8.90 ERA, Lockwood has allowed just two runs over his last 10 innings in his recent games.

Miller was awarded his sixth win, the most by a Valpo pitcher since Dalton Lundeen had seven in 2016. The lefty was credited with the win despite going fewer than five innings since the short outing was predetermined based on the quick turnaround for the MVC Tournament.

Up Next

Valpo (16-31, 5-15 MVC) and Evansville will conclude the regular season on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Braun Stadium. The game will air on ESPN3. Links to live video and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com.

INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS

UIndy Ends Season in NCAA Championship Semifinals

ATLAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team’s season has come to an end after the Hounds suffered a close lose to the University of Central Oklahoma on Friday afternoon.

The Greyhounds finish the season with a 21-3 record and will earned a NCAA Semifinalist honor.

The Hounds fall to the No. 4 Central Oklahoma after the Broncos kicked early in doubles, having secured their point in a 6-1 No. 1 position match. Sofia Sharonova and UCO Transfer Isabella Dunlap would take the lone doubles win with a 6-3 match.

UIndy was down 2-0 after the first match of singles concluded. It was then Lea Cakarevic and Arina Amaning who would fight back for the Hounds and tie the match at two, with Amaning taking a 6-2 6-3 win and Cakarevic taking a 6-4, 6-1 win.

However, it would be the Broncos who would advance to the NCAA Championship.

The Greyhounds retired leader and consistent player Kristina Lagoda, and swift, bright-eyed Maria Solnyshkina. The Hounds return No. 1 position and No. 31 nationally ranked Anna Novikova, along with key players such as Cakarevic, Amaning, and Dunlap.

MARIAN

MARIAN WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD QUALIFY 14 FOR NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The official final rosters and entry lists for all qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships have been announced.

Approximately 636 student-athletes have qualified to compete at the 2022 NAIA ­­Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

British Columbia qualified the highest number of student-athletes with 26. The Crossroads League Champion Marian women’s track and field team will send 14 athletes to compete in 13 events. Below is a list of the qualifiers and the events they will compete and/or are entered in.

Erin Oleksak – 100m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay

Jai-Lyn Norwood – Long Jump, Triple Jump, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay

Giorgia Mameli – 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay

Arriana Benjamin – Hammer Throw, Discus Throw, Shot Put

Sandy Sledge – Pole Vault

Paige Hoog – Hammer Throw

Naomi Walters – Triple Jump

Jocelynn Burton – 4x100m Relay

Jada Burton – 4x400m Relay

Liz Loichinger – 4x800m Relay

Nora Steele – 4x800m Relay

Adrianna Boyd – 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay

Taylor Thomas – 4x400m Relay, 4x800m Relay

MaKayla Melvin – 4x100m Relay, 4x400m Relay

Marian’s first event of the championships will be the women’s hammer throw slated to begin at 1 p.m. local time, with the women’s pole vault at 4:30 p.m. The first track event will be the women’s 4x100m relay, set to run at 3:40 p.m. local.

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD NAIA QUALIFIER LIST ANNOUNCED

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The official final rosters and entry lists for all qualifiers for the 2022 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships have been announced.

Approximately 802 student-athletes have qualified to compete at the 2022 NAIA ­­Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

St. Mary (Kan.), Doane (Neb.) & British Columbia qualified the highest number of student-athletes with 21. Marian University has 18 athletes set to make the trip to the NAIA Championships, which begin next Wednesday. Below is the group of qualifiers:

Bryce Carmack – Pole Vault

Devin Humes – Shot Put, Discus

Jacob Netral – Shot Put

Christian Rios – Discus

Sam Stage – 10,000M

Isaiah Tipping – Discus, Hammer

4x100M Relay – Matthew Hamer, Olivier Lifrange, Manny Manneh, Myles Sisco, Armani Glass, Andrew McDade

4x800M Relay – Drew Thornton, Kyle Liwanag, Joe Barrett, Howard Hendricks, Andrew McDade, Owen Pittman, Matthew Riehle

Marian’s first event of the NAIA Championship is scheduled to be Isaiah Tipping in the hammer throw at 4 p.m. local time, with the men’s 4x100m relay to run at 4:10 p.m. local time.

EARLHAM

Baseball falls on day one of NCAA Regional

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Earlham College baseball team fell to Birmingham-Southern 10-2 on the opening day of competition at the NCAA Regional Tournament.

The Quakers will move to the losers bracket of the regional, and face the loser of the second game being played Friday.

Jeordon Kuderer had a successful day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI double down the left field line. Nathan Lancianese recorded the other RBI with a double off the left field wall, and recorded two hits on the day.

Justin Dillhoff started the game on the bump and pitched 5.2 innings. He allowed just two hits and one run through the fourth inning, and collected three strikeouts in total.

The Panthers plated a run in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out RBI single to the outfield. They were then held scoreless until a 3-run fifth inning.

Trailing 5-0 in the top of the seventh, Easton Embry worked a lead-off walk, and later advanced to second base on a passed ball. Kuderer knocked Embry home with his outfield double and was later brought home by Lancianese.

The Quakers recorded baserunners in all but two innings, but struggled to bring the runners home.

Earlham will play in the losers bracket today at 11 am.

ROSE HULMAN

RHIT Track & Field – Brownell Headed to NCAA D-III National Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Kyle Brownell will represent the Fightin’ Engineers at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships on Friday in Geneva, Ohio.

Brownell will compete in the high jump on Friday May 27 at 2 pm, after recording the nation’s No. 5 ranked mark in NCAA Division III this season.  He set a school record with his mark of 6′ 9″ at the Indiana State University Pacesetter Invitational in April.

Brownell has won 2 HCAC indoor high jump conference championships in his career, both in 2020 and 2022.  He was the HCAC runner-up during the most 2022 season.

The computer science major is also a 3-time USTFCCCA All-Region honoree after strong marks both indoors (2020 and 2022) and outdoors (2022).

Schrader hopes to add to a Rose-Hulman track and field tradition that includes 55 All-American awards, 10 NCAA Division III national championship performances and eight NCAA Division III runner-up finishes.

RHIT Wins HCAC Men’s All-Sports Trophy for 12th Time

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s All-Sports Trophy for the 12th time since 2007 to highlight the league department awards released on Friday.

Rose-Hulman, under the leadership of athletic director Ayanna Tweedy, won the men’s overall all-sport competition with 80 points.  Hanover placed second in the men’s competition with 69.84 points, followed by Franklin in third at 63.33 points.

On the women’s side, Rose-Hulman came home third with 65.33 points.  Transylvania was the women’s all-sport competition with 77.85 points, just ahead of Hanover’s total of 76.17.

Rose-Hulman also placed a close 2nd in the HCAC Commissioner’s Cup standings, just one point behind winner Hanover.  The Panthers scored 146 total points, with Rose-Hulman just behind at 145.  Transylvania was third in the Commissioner’s Cup standings with 133 points.

The Men’s All-Sports Trophy competition was highlighted by four conference championship teams.  This year’s HCAC men’s champions included football, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis.  Baseball finished second, and golf and basketball added third-place performances.

On the women’s side, Rose-Hulman won the HCAC golf championship and recorded second-place finishes in cross country and soccer.

The Fightin’ Engineers have won the HCAC Men’s All-Sports Trophy 12 times; the HCAC Commissioner’s Cup 8 times; and the HCAC Women’s All-Sports Trophy 1 time since joining the league in 2006-07.

HCAC COMMISSIONER’S CUP STANDINGS:
1) Hanover 146 
2) Rose-Hulman 145
3) Transylvania 133
4) Franklin 123
5) Anderson 105
6) Manchester 90
7) Mount St. Joseph 81
8) Bluffton 71.3
9) Earlham 67.2
10) Defiance 43.5

HCAC MEN’S ALL-SPORTS TROPHY STANDINGS:
1) Rose-Hulman 80
2) Hanover 69.84
3) Franklin 63.33
4) Transylvania 55.5
5) Anderson 49
6) Manchester 45.5
7) Earlham 32.67
8) Bluffton 32.33
9) Mount St. Joseph 31.01
10) Defiance 21.83

HCAC WOMEN’S ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS:
1) Transylvania 77.85
2) Hanover 87.17
3) Rose-Hulman 65.33
4) Franklin 60
5) Anderson 56
6) Mount St. Joseph 50
7) Manchester 44.5
8) Bluffton 39
9) Earlham 34.5
10) Defiance 21.67

TRINE

Three Selected to Compete at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Three from the Trine University men’s and women’s track and field team have qualified for the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The event will take place on Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Senior Evie Miller [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] has been selected to compete in two events: the 3000-meter steeplechase and 5000-meter run. Miller holds the best time in the nation in the steeplechase at 10:06.26 and enters the 5000 with the fifth-best mark of 16:26.99.

Senior Valerie Obear [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] will also be in action in two events. She will take part in the hammer throw and discus, where she has the second-best hammer (59.50 meters / 195′ 2.00″) and twelfth-best discus (44.10 meters / 144′ 8.00″) in the country.

On the men’s side, junior Jake Gladieux [Oregon, Ohio / Whitmer] has made it to nationals in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Gladieux has a top-five time in each race and is looking to defend his national championship from last season in the 400-meter hurdle event.

Thunder One Win From Salem after 1-0 Victory

ANGOLA, Ind. – One run would be enough as sophomore Adrienne Rosey (Schoolcraft, Mich. / Schoolcraft) continues her amazing season in the circle with a three-hit shutout victory over visiting Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in the opening game of the 2022 NCAA Division III Softball Championship Angola, Ind. Super Regional. The second game of the competition will be played tomorrow, Saturday, May 21 beginning at 11 a.m.

“Not a very exciting game for a fan to watch, unless you like a great defensive battle and strong pitching,” said head coach Don Danklefsen, “Kind of an ugly win, but I’ll take that over being beaten any day.”

The game would feature a pair of stellar young pitchers. Rosey took the circle for the Thunder and started the game with a quick first inning including her first strikeout of the day. For the Spartans freshman Lexi Miskey, who entered the day with a 1.22 ERA and 143 strikeouts, would take the bottom half of the inning and work her way out of a leadoff walk to keep the game scoreless.

Rosey would face her own trouble in the second, giving up a single to the second batter of the inning. The next batter would attempt to advance the runner with a sacrifice bunt, but Rosey would make a diving catch and hold the runner at first before finishing out the inning with a groundout.

In the bottom of the inning, Miskey would have trouble finding the strike zone and it would cost her team. Junior Amanda Prather (Indianapolis, Ind. / Roncalli) drew the leadoff walk and advanced to second when sophomore Scarlett Elliott (Utica, Ohio / Utica) was hit by an inside pitch. The next batter would lay down the successful sacrifice bunt to move runners to second and third with just one out. Freshman Ainsley Phillips (Yorktown, Ind. / Yorktown) would make contact in the next at-bat grounding out to shortstop and allowing Prather to scamper across home plate.

The team would strand their last runner and take the 1-0 lead into the top of the third.

It appeared that the run might be extremely crucial for the team, as Miskey started to place her pitches better in the bottom of the third, striking out all three batters she faced in the inning. Rosey was forced to keep the Spartans at bay in the top of the innings holding them scoreless in the third and fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth, Prather finally broke up Miskey’s no-hitter bid, with a sharp single through the left side. An error at the next at-bat left the team with runners on first and second and only one out, but once again CWRU would work their way out of the threat holding the score at 1-0.

The Thunder would load the bases in the bottom of the fifth, but were unable to capitalize again with the score staying at 1-0. Then they were quiet in the sixth. All told in the contest the team left eight runners on base.

“We got a little lucky today that only executing for one inning was enough to get the win,” said explained Prather, “Tomorrow we need to go out there and make the adjustments that we talked about today in between innings. We need to go out there, do our jobs and execute.”

A little lucky and a whole lot of Rosey and defensive excellence. The team would finish out the shutout in the final innings of the game and Rosey would secure the win with two strikeouts in the top of the seventh.

“I tried to keep the mindset that the score was zero to zero,” said Rosey following the game, “There were some times early this season when one run wasn’t enough and I promised myself that it would be from now on. Today we made sure it was.”

Rosey finished the game with seven scoreless innings of work on the way to the 1-0 shutout win. She allowed just three hits while striking out three.

The team improves to 31-11 following the victory, extending their winning streak to 16 games. They have yet to drop a contest in postseason play, conference or national tournament.

“We are just one more win away from the finals,” continued coach Danklefsen, “They did a good job today of getting us to play to their strengths and we still got the win. If we flip that tomorrow, which I know we can, and play to our strengths then we’ll be traveling to Salem next week.”

Trine will look to get that one win tomorrow, Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. when they face off with CWRU once again. A third game is scheduled to be played at 1:30 p.m. if necessary.

BETHEL

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL SIGNS GONZALEZ TO INAUGURAL CLASS

MISHAWAKA – Bethel University Men’s Volleyball Coach Eric Snyder is pleased to announce that Juan Gonzalez has signed his national letter of intent to compete for the Pilots in 2022-23.

“I chose Bethel because I feel is a great place to further my education,” stated Gonzalez.

Gul is a 6-2 outside hitter and transfers in from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He is originally from Villavicencio, Colombia and will have two years of eligibility remaining while pursuing an MBA.

“Felipe arrives with a tremendous amount of high-level NAIA experience as a graduate transfer from Life University,” described Coach Snyder. “He also grew up playing the game in his native country of Columbia which afforded him a great deal of high-level training and competition.”

Gonzalez departs Life as the program’s all-time kill leader with 286 kills in 112 sets played in his career across three seasons. He was named to the All-Mid-South Conference First Team as a sophomore and to the Second Team as a freshman. He is a three-time Mid-South Academic All-Conference honor roll member as well.

“Felipe is a mature, high character, high integrity player,” continued Snyder. “I have coached against and watched his career closely over the last few years with admiration. The coaching staff and his future teammates are stoked to see him on campus this fall.”

HANOVER

Panthers claim their third straight competitive year HCAC Commissioner’s Cup honor

CARMEL, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers were crowned the 2021-22 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup Champions announced Friday afternoon by the league office.

This is the 17th annual Commissioners Cup and is awarded to the institution whose athletic department registers the most all-sports points in both men’s and women’s athletics over the course of the academic year. Following the 2020-21 season, the conference deviated from its traditional awards structure, recognizing the league’s athletic training staffs as the honorary Commissioner’s Cup recipients.

Under the guidance of Lynn Hall, Vice President for Athletics, the Panthers accumulated 146.01 points to claim the title, their third straight competitive year earning the honor. The Blue and Red crowned one regular season champion during the campaign in men’s basketball.

Their 146.01 points marks their second best point total behind the 2018-19 season that saw them accumulated 155.67 points en route to their first HCAC Commissioner’s Cup.

Hanover narrowly claimed the lead in the overall Commissioner’s Cup standings, with 146.01 points. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished in second with 145.33 points, while Transylvania University took third with 133.345 points. Franklin College placed in fourth with 123.33 points while Anderson University took fifth with 104.99 points. Manchester University (90) was just behind in sixth place, with Mount St. Joseph University (81.01), Bluffton University (71.33), Earlham College (67.16) and Defiance College (43.495) rounding out the standings.

MANCHESTER

Salazar & Camp Earn Spots at 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor TF Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced on Friday the participants in the 2022 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Full NCAA Qualifiers List

For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

For Manchester, both junior Enrique Salazar(Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and first-year Carley Camp(Logansport, Ind./Logansport) will represent the Black & Gold at this year’s national championships. Salazar will compete in the 10,000m while Camp will throw in the shot put.

Salazar has had one of the most dominant years by a Manchester athlete in school history. During the cross country season, Salazar was a two-time Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honoree. He earned All-HCAC honors as well as All-Great Lakes Region honors from the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Salazar moved up to 2nd all-time in Manchester history after running a time of 25:12 at the 2021 Calvin University Knight Invitational. On the track & field circuit, Salazar swept the indoor and outdoor HCAC Men’s Distance Athlete of the Year Award. Enrique helped the men’s track & field team earn its first-ever indoor and outdoor HCAC crowns. Also earning all-region honors from the USTFCCCA in track & field, Salazar established five new school records in 2022.  The four-time HCAC Male Track Athlete of the Week also earned Academic All-HCAC recognition this year.

At the 2022 HCAC Outdoor Championships, Camp had a weekend for the history books. The first-year won the women’s hammer throw with a leading mark of 47.59m (156′ 2″). Her distance was a new PR and moved her to 4th on the all-time MU Top 10 listings. Even more impressively, Camp set a new school record in the shot put – a mark that would qualify her for this year’s national championships. Camp’s mark of 13.55m (44′ 5 1/2″) crushed her previous career mark and landed her on the podium in 2nd place. Camp would also pick up a third-place finish in the discus throw. Camp registered a distance of 36.93m (121′ 2″) in the event. Carley helped the women to HCAC titles during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She earned HCAC Athlete of the Week honors once and also earned USTFCCCA All-Region accolades during the indoor season.

The championships will be held May 26-28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

GRACE

Poyner named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – Jake Poyner of Grace’s track and field/cross country team picked up a national honor on Friday.

Poyner was named the NAIA Men’s Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The USTFCCCA honors both gender’s top track athletes and field athletes, as well as the top men’s and women’s head coaches and assistant coaches. Award winners were determined by a vote of USTFCCCA member coaches.

Poyner has guided the Grace middle distance and distance squad into national prominence. The Lancer men set school records in four events during the outdoor season and produced a total of seven NAIA national qualifying performances. In the USTFCCCA Event Squad Rankings, which take into account the top four performers from each institution, Grace ranks fourth in the NAIA in the 1,500 meters and fifth in the 800.

Grace’s distance and middle distance crew will have an impressive group of representatives compete at next week’s NAIA National Championships, including athletes in the 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 4×800 relay. In addition to the men’s success, the Lancer women will also have competitors in the 800, 1500 and 4×800 relay at the NAIA championships.

SOUTHERN INDIANA

Eagles rally past Lakers in seventh, punch ticket to nationals

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball scored three times in the top of the seventh inning to rally past No. 21 Grand Valley State University, 3-2, and punch its ticket to the NCAA Division II Softball Championship next week in Denver, Colorado.

The No. 10 and top-seeded Screaming Eagles trailed 2-0 with two outs and no runners on base when senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois) drew a four-pitch walk. Sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) singled to the gap in left-centerfield in the next at bat and ended up at second on a throw attempt to get Bean out at third.

Freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) followed with a bloop single that landed about an inch in front of the glove of GVSU leftfielder Kaitlin Lynch as both Bean and Bedrick scored to tie the score at 2-2.

Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat and freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana), who was in the game in relief of junior hurler Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana), reached on an error in the next at bat as USI had the bases loaded for senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana).

Back, who had the game-winning hit against the University of Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament two weeks ago, hit the first pitch she saw through the left side of the infield to score Nalley and give the Eagles the 3-2 lead.

Newman (17-3), who came on in the sixth to get the Eagles out of a jam, retired three straight batters in the bottom of the seventh to secure USI’s third NCAA II Midwest Region title in program history and its first since 2018. Newman got the win after holding the Lakers without a hit for 1 2/3 innings of work.

Grand Valley State (43-8) turned a lead-off double in the third inning into a tally and a 1-0 advantage. The No. 3-seeded Lakers scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning as a lead-off single and a one-out single followed by a sacrifice fly led to a two-run cushion.

USI (49-11) was held to just two hits and saw nine straight batters retired before Bean drew the four-pitch walk in the seventh.

The Eagles, who will have to wait to see what the seeding is in the eight-team NCAA II Softball Championship, return to action Thursday, May 26 at a time to be announced.

Notes

• USI has now won three NCAA II Midwest Region Titles (2017, 2018, 2022) and are now 6-0 all-time in the NCAA II Midwest Super Regional.

• The Eagles surpassed the 1998 team for most wins in a single season with their win today. USI, which set a record with 26 GLVC wins, have won six straight and 37 of its last 40 games.

• Fair was hit by a pitch twice Friday. It was the 21st and 22nd times this season that Fair was hit, which respectively tied and passed former USI All-American Marleah Fossett ’18 for the most by a USI Softball player in a single season.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       After the Giants’ 3-0 loss to the Cubs that drops New York out of first place, the players need to form a protective ring around umpires Hank O’Day and Bob Emslie. Pinkerton guards fire shots in the air, trying to disperse unruly fans who have spilled onto the Polo Grounds field.

1919       The Giants trade outfielder Jim Thorpe to the Braves for hurler Pat Ragan, who will pitch in only seven games for New York. The former Olympian, who appeared in only two games with his former team this year, will play 60 games for Boston before retiring at the end of the campaign, compiling a career .252 batting average during his six seasons in the major leagues.

1925       At Navin Field, the Tigers and Senators tie a nine-inning major league record, turning a combined nine double plays. Washington puts their twin killings to better use when they beat Detroit, 6-2.

1926       Earl Sheely ties a big-league record with seven consecutive extra-base hits. After doubling in each of his last three at-bats at Fenway Park yesterday, the White Sox first baseman collects three doubles and a home run in today’s 8-7 loss to Boston.

1927       For the second consecutive day, an umpire at Ebbets Field is the target of fan abuse. Arbitrator Frank Wilson needs a police escort after the Robins (Dodgers) drop a twin bill to Cubs.

1930       Babe Ruth hits three home runs, connecting in the first, third, and eighth inning of the Yankees’ 15-7 loss to the A’s at Shibe Park. The trio of round-trippers marks the first time the 35 year-old ‘Sultan of Swat’ has gone yard three times in a regular-season game, having accomplished the feat in the 1926 and 1928 World Series.

1943       At Comiskey Park, it takes only one hour and twenty-nine minutes for the White Sox to defeat the Senators, 1-0. The 89-minute contest is the quickest nine-inning game ever played in the American League.

1947       The Yankees slap Joe DiMaggio with a $100 fine, along with four teammates who are penalized to a lesser degree, by Yankee GM Larry MacPhail for not fulfilling contract requirements to do promotional duties. The New York outfielder had reneged on a promise to pose for a Signal Corps photograph featuring soldiers wearing new Army uniforms.

1952       The Dodgers score a major league record fifteen first-inning runs en route to a 19-1 rout over the Reds at Ebbets Field. After Ewell Blackwell retires the first batter, the next 19 Brooklyn batters reached base (10 hits, seven walks, and two HBP), including Captain Pee Wee Reese getting to first base three times during the frame.

1952       Joe Nuxhall, best known for signing with Cincinnati in 1944 after obtaining the permission of his parents and high school principal, returns to the Reds seven years after pitching two-thirds of an inning in his major league debut as a 15-year-old. The southpaw gives up just one hit in the final three frames of the team’s 19-1 loss to Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.

Amazon Joe Rounding Third and Heading for Home

1956       The White Sox trade future Hall of Fame third baseman George Kell with right-handers Mike Fornieles and Connie Johnson and left fielder Bob Nieman to the Orioles for first baseman/outfielder Dave Philley and hurler Jim Wilson. The deal pays immediate dividends for Baltimore when Kell and Nieman become part of the team’s everyday lineup, and Johnson steps into the Birds’ starting rotation.

1957       Reaffirming their decision to bar females from the Fenway Park’s male-only press box, Boston baseball writers deny a seat to Doris O’Donnell, a feature writer following the Indians.

1959       In the face of growing pressure to expand, baseball owners declined to add new teams to the major leagues at a meeting at John Galbreath’s Ohio farm. Given the lack of expansion plans, Commissioner Ford Frick, at a later date, will announce that MLB will “favorably consider an application for major league status within the present baseball structure by an acceptable group of eight clubs which would qualify under ten specifications.”

1962       On the day he is released by New York, right-hander Robin Roberts will pitch two scoreless innings for the Orioles at Cleveland Stadium after signing as a free agent with the Birds. The 35-year-old future Hall of Famer, who never appeared in a game wearing a Yankee uniform, will compile a 42-36 record during his four seasons with the Birds.

1963       Jim Maloney ties a major league record shared by Max Surkont (1953 Braves) and Johnny Podres (1962 Dodgers) when he strikes out eight consecutive batters, beginning with the last out in the first inning in the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The Cincinnati right-hander also equals the franchise mark with 16 strikeouts in one game, established by Noodles Hahn in 1901.

1969       The Mets are at .500 at the latest point of the season in team history. Tom Seaver throws a three-hitter, blanking the Braves at Atlanta Stadium, 5-0, improving the team’s win-loss record to 18-18.

1981       In the first round of the NE Regional in the NCAA Tournament at New Haven’s Yale Field, future major leaguers Ron Darling and St. John’s Frank Viola hook up in possibly the greatest college baseball game ever played. After being held hitless for eleven innings by the Bulldogs, the Redmen score the lone run of the contest on a double steal in the top of the 12th inning after both hurlers had thrown 11 scoreless innings.

1986       Rafael Ramirez strokes four doubles in seven trips to the plate. The infielder’s quartet of two-baggers helps the Braves edge the Cubs in 13 innings at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, 9-8.

1988       Bobby Doerr, often referred to as the silent captain of the team by teammate Ted Williams, has his jersey #1 retired by the Red Sox, the organization he spent 14 years as a player and for many seasons after his retirement in 1951 for which he served as a coach and scout. The nine-time All-Star second baseman became the first player in club history to hit for the cycle twice (1944, 1947) and led the team in his only World Series appearance, hitting .409 (9-for-22) against the Cardinals in the 1946 Fall Classic.

1992       Manager Buck Rodgers and eleven others are injured when the Angels’ team bus goes out of control on the New Jersey Turnpike and crashes into trees. The 53-year-old skipper is seriously injured and will miss nearly 90 games.

1996       In a 12-10 defeat of the Pirates, Larry Walker sets a Rockies’ club record with 13 total bases. The right fielder drives in six runs with a pair of two-run homers, a triple, and a double.

1997       Roger Clemens, en route to 354 career victories, picks up his 200th win when he tosses eight innings in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium. The 34 year-old ‘Rocket’ becomes the first player to reach the milestone wearing a Blue Jays uniform.

1997       Cleveland slugger Jim Thome, not known for his speed, steals his only base of the season. The Indians’ first baseman’s swipe of home plate in the top of the fourth inning will prove to be the game’s only run in the Tribe’s 1-0 victory over Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium

1998       Professional baseball returns to Bridgeport, Connecticut for the first time in nearly half of a century when the hometown Bluefish beat the Newport Bears in front of a sold-out crowd in their new Ballpark at Harbors Yards. The Atlantic League club is the first pro team to play in the Park City since the Bees of Colonial League suspended play after the 1950 season.

2000       Major League Baseball has its first six grand-slam day in less than a year after establishing the mark with five, with Garret Anderson (Angels), J.T. Snow (Giants), Brian Hunter (Phillies), Jason Giambi (A’s), and Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green (Dodgers) all contributing to the record. The NL also set a league record, blasting four of the six base-loaded homers.

2004       In a 5-3 Tampa Bay victory over Cleveland at Tropicana Field, Jose Cruz Jr. ties a franchise record, accumulating ten total bases. The Devil Rays’ right fielder’s 4-for-4 performance includes three doubles and a home run.

2004       In his return to Texas, Alex Rodriguez is roundly booed by the patrons at the Ballpark in Arlington. The fans continue to show their displeasure when the Yankees’ third baseman drives a 2-1 pitch over the fence during his first-inning at-bat.

2005       At the Ballpark in Arlington, the Rangers establish two team records when the club hits four homers in one inning and goes yard a total of eight times, routing the Astros, 18-3, in a Lone Star interleague game. Rod Barajas, Hank Blalock, Laynce Nix, and Mark Teixeira all go deep in the team’s eight-run second inning, with Kevin Mench, Richard Hidalgo, and David Dellucci, who connects twice, also contributing to the franchise mark.

2005       Before their interleague game with the Athletics, the Giants pay homage to Juan Marichal by dedicating a nine-foot bronze statue outside SBC Park. The ‘Dominican Dandy,’ a San Francisco hurler from 1960-1973, joins Willie Mays and Willie McCovey as the third player to be honored.

2005       When Dae-Sung Koo bats against Randy Johnson, Mike Piazza confides to David Wright in the dugout, “If he gets a hit, I’ll donate a million dollars to charity.” The Korean reliever, who was afraid to stand in the batter’s box in a previous game, promptly hits a 91-mph fastball to the wall in center for a double, causing the Mets catcher to remark he’ll be making a significant donation to a charity over the next 20 years.

2008       “It’s been a lot of negative stuff going on around here and I’ve been feeling some of that and I was just expressing how I felt at the time, but it wasn’t anything to do with race. I wasn’t trying to bring race into it. I probably should have thought more about what I was going to say.” – Willie Randolph, former Mets manager. Willie Randolph apologizes for his negative remarks concerning SNY’s coverage of him as the Mets skipper. The first black major league manager hired in New York had brought up race when asked about how the team’s TV network is portraying him.

2009       The Twins enjoy a six-run and a seven-run inning when they trounce the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 20-1. Joe Mauer leads the Minnesota offense with a grand slam and two doubles, driving in a career-high six runs.

2009       The letter “I” on the Big Mac Land sign at Busch Stadium is knocked out by Albert Pujols’s first-inning blast off Sean Marshall in the Cardinals’ 3-1 victory over Chicago. During any game, if a Cardinal player hits a home run into Big Mac Land, built in the left-field stands (section 272) as a tribute to Mark McGwire, everyone at the game is entitled to redeem their ticket for a free Big Mac at all participating restaurants in the fast-food chain.

2009       During a five-hour rain delay at Bright House Field in Clearwater (FL), UConn and South Florida players entertain the fans, and mostly themselves, with an impromptu dance-off. When the play resumes tomorrow, sixth-seeded Connecticut will advance to the semifinal round of the Big East Championship with a 4-2 victory over the No. 2-ranked USF Bulls.

2012       Caleb Lloyd catches both home run balls hit in consecutive at-bats, just three pitches apart, by starter Mike Leake and shortstop Zack Cozart during the fourth inning of the Reds’ 4-1 victory over Atlanta at Great American Ball Park. The 20-year-old college junior keeps neither giving the infielder’s ball to a friend who helped get the tickets to the game and, at the request of the Reds, gives the pitcher, who hit his first career round-tripper, the other in exchange for a tour of the clubhouse and an autographed bat and ball.

2012       Rockies starter Jamie Moyer extends his major league record when he starts at the newly opened Marlins Park, having pitched in 50 major league ballparks. The 49-year-old southpaw started his career with a victory for Philadelphia at Wrigley Field in 1986.

2013       Mike Trout becomes the youngest player in American League history to hit for the cycle when he goes 4-for-5 in the Angels’ 12-0 rout of the Mariners. The 21-year-old ‘Millville Meteor’ beats out an infield single in the third, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and goes deep in the eighth, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

2014       The A’s manage only one hit, Brandon Moss’ fourth-inning solo shot, but the homer proves to be the difference in their 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. Oakland is the first American League team to win with a home run as its only hit since Jim Thome’s solo shot in 2006 gave the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Cardinals at U.S. Cellular Field.

2021       With White Sox runners on first and second, and no outs in the top of the ninth inning, Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman induces Andrew Vaughn to hit into an inning-ending 5-4-3 triple play, keeping the score knotted at 1-1. Gleyber Torres, accounting for New York’s only run with a seventh-inning homer, ends the game in the bottom of the frame with a walk-off single, plating Aaron Judge.

TV SATURDAY

BOXINGTIME ETTV
JANIBEK ALIMKHANULY VS. DANNY DIGNUM8:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
VIRGINIA AT LOUISVILLE12:00PMACCN
INDIANA AT IOWA9:00PMESPNU
FISHINGTIME ETTV
BASSMASTER ELITE AT LAKE FORK8:00AMFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP10:00AMESPN
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP1:00PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
CHI. WHITE SOX AT NY YANKEES1:05PMMLBN
NBCS-CHI
YES
ARIZONA AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
MARQ
CINCINNATI AT TORONTO3:07PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO4:05PMFS1
NBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT BOSTON4:10PMNESN
ROOT SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT PHILADELPHIA6:05PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
ATLANTA AT MIAMI6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT CLEVELAND6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
TAMPA BAY AT BALTIMORE7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
MINNESOTA AT KANSAS CITY7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT HOUSTON7:10PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT MILWAUKEE7:10PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT COLORADO8:10PMATTSN-RM
SNY
OAKLAND AT LA ANGELS9:07PMFS1
NBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
XFINITY: SRS DISTRIBUTION 2501:30PMFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 3: MIAMI AT BOSTON8:30PMABC
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: COLORADO AT ST. LOUIS8:00PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SCOTTISH FA CUP: RANGERS VS HEARTS10:00AMESPN+
DFB POKAL: FREIBURG VS RB LEIPZIG2:00PMESPN+
LIGUE 1: PSG VS METZ3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NANTES VS SAINT-ÉTIENNE3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS STRASBOURG3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: LILLE VS RENNES3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: LENS VS MONACO3:00PMBEIN SPORTS
MLS: COLUMBUS CREW VS LOS ANGELES FC3:30PMUNIMAS
MLS: DC UNITED VS TORONTO FC4:00PMESPN+
MLS: CINCINNATI VS NEW ENGLAND6:00PMESPN+
NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS HOUSTON DASH6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: NASHVILLE SC VS ATLANTA UNITED7:30PMFOX
NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS KANSAS CITY CURRENT10:30PMPARAMOUNT+
USFLTIME ETTV
MICHIGAN VS. BIRMINGHAM1:00PMNBC
WNBATIME ETTV
PHOENIX AT LAS VEGAS3:00PMABC

TV SUNDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP10:00AMESPN
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMCBS
MLBTIME ETTV
ST. LOUIS AT PITTSBURGH11:35AMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
SEATTLE AT BOSTON1:35PMMLBN
NESN
ROOT SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT PHILADELPHIA1:35PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
TAMPA BAY AT BALTIMORE1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
CINCINNATI AT TORONTO1:37PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT MIAMI1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT CLEVELAND1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMBALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT HOUSTON2:10PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT MILWAUKEE2:10PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
MARQ
NY METS AT COLORADO3:10PMATTSN-RM
SNY
SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO4:05PMMLBN
NBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT LA ANGELS4:07PMMLBN
NBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT NY YANKEES7:00PMESPN
NBCS-CHI
YES
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA 1: SPAIN GRAND PRIX8:55AMESPN2
NASCAR CUP SERIES: NASCAR ALL-STAR OPEN6:00PMFS1
NASCAR CUP SERIES: NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE8:00PMFS1
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
WEST FINALS GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE AT DALLAS9:00PMTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: FLORIDA AT TAMPA BAY1:30PMTNT
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: CAROLINA AT NY RANGERS3:30PMESPN
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: CALGARY AT EDMONTON8:00PMESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SPEZIA VS NAPOLI6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS LEEDS UNITED11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS WEST HAM UNITED11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BURNLEY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS WATFORD11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CRYSTAL PALACE VS MANCHESTER UNITED11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NORWICH CITY VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR11:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS ASTON VILLA11:00AMPEACOCK
LA LIGA: ELCHE VS GETAFE11:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: INTERNAZIONALE VS SAMPDORIA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: SASSUOLO VS MILAN12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LA LIGA: GRANADA VS ESPANYOL2:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: OSASUNA VS MALLORCA2:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS VS CÁDIZ2:00PMESPN+
NWSL: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS SAN DIEGO WAVE2:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: VENEZIA VS CAGLIARI3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS UDINESE3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: COLUMBUS CREW VS LOS ANGELES FC3:30PMUNIMAS
LA LIGA: BARCELONA VS VILLARREAL4:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS ATLÉTICO MADRID4:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: SEVILLA VS ATHLETIC CLUB4:00PMESPN+
MLS: CF MONTRÉAL VS REAL SALT LAKE4:00PMESPN+
NWSL: NJ/NY GOTHAM FC VS RACING LOUISVILLE FC5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS CHICAGO FIRE5:00PMESPN+
MLS: CHARLOTTE VS VANCOUVER WHITECAPS5:00PMESPN+
NWSL: OL REIGN VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: INTER MIAMI VS NEW YORK RB6:00PMESPN+
NWSL: ORLANDO PRIDE VS CHICAGO RED STARS7:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: DALLAS VS MINNESOTA UNITED7:00PMESPN+
MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS SPORTING KC7:30PMESPN+
MLS: AUSTIN VS ORLANDO CITY SC8:00PMESPN+
MLS: COLORADO RAPIDS VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC8:00PMESPN+
MLS: LA GALAXY VS HOUSTON DYNAMO8:00PMESPN+
LIGA MX: PACHUCA VS AMÉRICA9:06PMUNIVISION
MLS: PORTLAND TIMBERS VS PHILADELPHIA UNION10:00PMFS1
WNBATIME ETTV
CHICAGO VS WASHINGTON3:00PMABC

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES2810.73714 – 414 – 615 – 711 – 22 – 18 – 2L 1
TAMPA BAY2316.5905.513 – 910 – 77 – 34 – 510 – 75 – 5L 1
TORONTO2118.5387.513 – 78 – 119 – 101 – 310 – 54 – 6W 1
BOSTON1722.43611.58 – 109 – 125 – 114 – 67 – 47 – 3W 3
BALTIMORE1624.4001311 – 105 – 146 – 114 – 63 – 43 – 7W 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2316.59013 – 810 – 86 – 510 – 37 – 65 – 5W 2
CHI WHITE SOX1919.5003.59 – 1010 – 96 – 47 – 124 – 35 – 5W 1
CLEVELAND1719.4724.58 – 79 – 123 – 48 – 53 – 45 – 5W 1
KANSAS CITY1424.3688.58 – 136 – 111 – 59 – 101 – 54 – 6L 2
DETROIT1326.333109 – 134 – 136 – 63 – 71 – 84 – 6L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2515.62510 – 515 – 103 – 67 – 012 – 76 – 4L 1
LA ANGELS2417.5851.512 – 812 – 95 – 46 – 29 – 104 – 6L 4
TEXAS1820.474610 – 128 – 83 – 62 – 19 – 106 – 4W 1
SEATTLE1723.42589 – 78 – 163 – 96 – 44 – 54 – 6L 2
OAKLAND1724.4158.56 – 1411 – 107 – 75 – 93 – 55 – 5W 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2614.65013 – 813 – 613 – 75 – 27 – 36 – 4W 2
ATLANTA1821.4627.510 – 118 – 105 – 67 – 64 – 65 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA1821.4627.510 – 128 – 94 – 91 – 29 – 65 – 5L 2
MIAMI1721.44789 – 118 – 1010 – 42 – 43 – 104 – 6L 2
WASHINGTON1327.325135 – 158 – 125 – 111 – 45 – 83 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2514.64113 – 512 – 98 – 515 – 70 – 16 – 4W 2
ST. LOUIS2118.538410 – 811 – 104 – 67 – 46 – 55 – 5W 1
PITTSBURGH1622.4218.59 – 117 – 113 – 19 – 173 – 34 – 6L 1
CHI CUBS1523.3959.56 – 149 – 91 – 27 – 86 – 95 – 5L 3
CINCINNATI1127.28913.55 – 96 – 182 – 27 – 90 – 136 – 4L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2612.68415 – 511 – 74 – 48 – 210 – 56 – 4W 6
SAN DIEGO2514.6411.510 – 715 – 79 – 59 – 36 – 56 – 4W 2
SAN FRANCISCO2216.579411 – 811 – 87 – 64 – 47 – 56 – 4L 2
ARIZONA2021.4887.510 – 1110 – 109 – 75 – 45 – 93 – 7W 2
COLORADO1819.4867.513 – 95 – 104 – 65 – 24 – 82 – 8W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT