PHOENIX (AP) Devin Booker scored 47 points, Kevin Durant added 39 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Denver Nuggets 121-114 on Friday night to cut Denver’s lead to 2-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Booker – who came into the game averaging 35.4 points in these playoffs – had another massive offensive effort, shooting 20 of 25 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Durant shot just 12 of 31 from the field, but made 14 of 16 free throws.

The Suns will try to even the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Phoenix.

The Suns took a 90-88 lead into the fourth quarter, retaking the lead after the Nuggets erased a 15-point halftime deficit. Phoenix scored the first nine points of the fourth – including the final two on Durant’s fastbreak dunk – to push their advantage to 99-88.

They wouldn’t trail in the fourth quarter.

Denver’s Nikola Jokic – who finished second in the MVP voting on Tuesday to Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid – finished with 30 points, 17 assists and 17 rebounds.

Jamal Murray led the Nuggets with 32 points, while Michael Porter Jr. added 21 points and 12 rebounds.

The Suns had a 67-52 halftime lead, but coughed up that advantage in a hurry. Murray made a layup to give Denver a 79-78 lead with about five minutes remaining in the third.

The Suns put Cameron Payne in the starting lineup to take the place of 12-time All-Star Chris Paul, who suffered a strained left groin in the Game 2 loss and didn’t play on Friday. Payne – a playoff hero for a few games two seasons ago when Paul was out – scored seven points, including a big 3-pointer early in the fourth.

Suns coach Monty Williams also shook up the bench rotation, giving Terrence Ross, Jock Landale and TJ Warren more minutes. Landale finished with six points and nine rebounds, while Warren hit a couple crucial buckets in the final minutes to help the Suns keep the lead.

Booker scored 27 points in the first half on 12-of-15 shooting to push the Suns ahead 67-52 by halftime. Durant added 21, including 11 points on free throws.


Nuggets: Jokic had 10 assists in the first half. … Had a 51-41 rebounding advantage.

Suns: Durant hit just one of his first nine shots from the field. … Deandre Ayton had just four points and nine rebounds. He was benched in favor of Landale late in the game.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Scrambling for a loose ball late in the fourth quarter and the outcome of Game 3 still in the balance, Grant Williams was accidentally stomped face-first into the court by Joel Embiid’s wayward foot.

Much like the Celtics after their Game 1 debacle, a bloody, shaken Williams absorbed the beating and came back to help stick it to the suddenly shaky 76ers.

“That was kind of nasty,” Celtics guard Jayson Tatum said.

So, too, is what the Celtics have done to Embiid, James Harden and the rest of the Sixers while seizing control of the series.

Tatum scored 27 points, Jaylen Brown had 23 and Boston spoiled Embiid’s MVP coronation, beating Philadelphia 114-102 Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

Williams didn’t score a point in 23 minutes, but his toughness in shaking off the sneaker to the back of his head symbolized the way Boston has continued to fight after a Game 1 embarrassment.

“I was like, ’Dang, I really got curb-stomped,'” Williams said. “I’m just thankful he didn’t like fully just lean his weight onto it. He definitely got me pretty badly. But then I think he felt that he landed on something, so he picked his foot up. It hurts a little bit.”

Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back from a sprained right knee after receiving his MVP trophy in a pregame ceremony.

Boston gave 76ers fans little reason to cheer again.

The Sixers pulled within five on De’Anthony Melton’s 3-pointer to get the crowd back into the game for all of 20 seconds before Malcolm Brogdon countered with a 3 to give Boston a 100-92 lead. Al Horford crushed the Sixers again – as he has most of his career – when he buried a 3 for a seven-point lead.

Embiid, forced to try and win it alone without any serious offensive help, missed a pull-up 18-footer and Tatum drained a jumper that all but put the game away. Tatum hit one more 3 for good measure and the Celtics won their second straight.

“We just held the ball too long, too much,” Embiid said. “We don’t start our actions fast enough. That’s why it looks so slow. We’re not scoring the ball. We’re not making shots.”

Embiid was flanked by his parents and teammates as he received the MVP trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before Game 3. Sixers fans roared as Embiid hoisted the trophy high over his head. Then the moment turned touching. Embiid’s young son, Arthur, ran onto the court and into the arms of his father.

Embiid held his son, who wore a “My dad is the MVP” T-shirt, and wiped tears from his eyes as fans chanted “MVP! MVP!”

“Honestly, he’s the main reason why I’m really here,” Embiid said. “Becoming a father really changed my whole life. I just wanted to show him a good example.”

The good times didn’t last long.

Boston spiked any emotional carryover from the ceremony and raced to a quick 10-point lead.

The Sixers spent the rest of the game playing catch-up. All the energy spent to come back and take brief leads quickly evaporated and the Celtics snagged them right back.

Embiid gamely tried to carry the Sixers on one good knee, but got almost no help from Harden and Tyrese Maxey. Harden’s 45-point effort in a Game 1 upset in Boston seemed more an aberration than a sign of things to come. Harden followed his 2 of 14 in a Game 2 loss with 3-for-14 shooting for 16 points.

Harden’s 5-for-28 shooting the last two games is the worst for him over any two-game span in his career, regular season or playoffs, in which he’s attempted at least 20 field goals.

“We’re just trying to make him work as much as we can,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “Trying to keep him off the free-throw line. Guys are just working to take away those details.”

Harden failed to pick up the Sixers in the third, when he could have changed the game.

He did hit P.J. Tucker for a 3 that pulled the Sixers to 74-72. Harden then missed two straight jumpers and fouled Brown on a tough layup. Brown made the free throw and the Celtics were back up by eight.

Harden oddly passed up plenty of easy looks and layups and also committed five turnovers.

Embiid had scored 53 points against the Celtics in an early-April matchup, but could never get cooking in Game 3. The Celtics double-teamed Embiid from the jump and he looked gassed by the end of the third. Without a teammate he could trust to make shots, Embiid took the scoring load on himself and scored 12 points in the third when he played the entire quarter.

“I didn’t get the ball enough,” Embiid said. “Not to score, but also to make plays for my teammates. They had a tendency of doubling quite a bit tonight, so I thought we could have used that to our advantage. When we did, we also missed a lot of wide-open 3s.”


Celtics: Tatum added 10 rebounds. … Boston 16 of 45 3-pointers.

76ers: Made 12 of 12 free throws in the first quarter. … Made 16 of 37 3s.


(AP) — Jimmy Butler’s ailing right ankle may be the biggest factor in the lead-up to Saturday afternoon’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal matchup between the New York Knicks and the host Miami Heat.

Butler sprained his ankle late in the Heat’s 108-101 victory in the series opener on Sunday. Butler missed Game 2, and New York took advantage by recording a 111-105 win.

By the time Game 3 tips off, Butler will have had five full days of rest/treatment since his injury.

“As a guy who knows how competitive (Butler) is, I would be optimistic,” Heat guard Kyle Lowry said.

“But who knows? We’ll see what happens on Saturday.”

In the regular season, the Heat had three players average at least 20 points per game — Butler (22.9), Bam Adebayo (20.4) and Tyler Herro (20.1). But Herro is out for the rest of the series due to a broken hand, and Butler is injured, putting in doubt the availability of a player who is averaging 35.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in the playoffs.

Since the injury, though, Butler has been easy to find.

“Every time I’ve seen him, he’s been getting treatment,” Heat power forward Kevin Love said. “It’s a good sign he’s not limping too much.”

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if he will prepare for Butler’s return on Saturday.

“You already know the answer to that,” he said. “We will.”

Thibodeau said he feels good that he has seen Miami’s plan with and without Butler in the first two games of the series. Without him, Miami’s offense recorded 10 more attempts from 3-point range in Game 2.

As for the Knicks, point guard Jalen Brunson answered a 25-point performance in the series opener with a 30-point effort in Game 2.

However, Brunson’s 3-point shot has been key. In the Knicks’ series-opening loss, Brunson misfired on all seven attempts from beyond the arc. On Tuesday, he made 6 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.

“Jalen was fantastic,” Thibodeau said. “It’s who he is — great leader, great toughness.”

New York’s top-three scorers during the regular season were Julius Randle (25.1), Brunson (24.0) and RJ Barrett (19.6).

Randle missed the opener of this series due to a left ankle injury. In Game 2, he collected 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

Barrett is averaging 25.0 points in this series.

The Knicks’ group of role players includes Josh Hart, who was spectacular in Game 2 with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high nine assists.

Hart fell one assist short of what would’ve been the Knicks’ first playoff triple-double since Walt Frazier in Game 1 of the 1972 NBA Finals.

“My game is to have fun,” Hart said, “to play carefree basketball.”

Guard Immanuel Quickley, New York’s sixth man, is just 1-for-8 on 3-pointers in the series.

But the Knicks have gotten production at center. In 47 combined minutes in Game 2, Mitchell Robinson and backup Isaiah Hartenstein combined for 14 rebounds, including seven on offense.

In fact, New York outworked Miami by nine rebounds in Game 1 and by 16 boards in Game 2.

“Rebounding is always key,” Hartenstein said. “But we weren’t physical enough in Game 1.”


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes are pushing past their injury-hit group of forwards through grit, relentless effort and scoring throughout the lineup.

It has allowed them to take early control of their second-round playoff series against the New Jersey Devils – convincingly, at that.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored twice in a roughly 2 1/2-minute span during Carolina’s four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 28 shots and the Hurricanes beat the Devils 6-1 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Jordan Staal and Martin Necas also scored in that blow-it-open second, which turned a scoreless game between the top two regular-season teams still alive in the playoffs into a romping Hurricanes win with the backing of another rowdy home crowd.

Throw in clinching goals by Jordan Martinook and Stefan Noesen in the third, and the Hurricanes have had nine different players find the net at least once through two games.

“No secret, we’re missing some firepower, so where are you going to find it?” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said of injured scorers like Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen and trade acquisition Max Pacioretty. “Right now we’re getting it up and down the lineup.”

It also marked the second straight game the Hurricanes chased Devils netminder Akira Schmid. He lasted only a few minutes into the second period of the Game 1 loss, then took a seat after the second with his team down 4-0 in this one.

“That’s been our style all year long,” Staal said, “which is first and foremost give them nothing, and then just be tencacious on the puck and create turnovers and send it to the net.”

Miles Wood scored for the Devils early in the third, but Andersen was strong in his third straight postseason start for Carolina going back to the first-round clincher against the New York Islanders.

The Devils return home to host Game 3 on Sunday, facing an 0-2 hole for the second straight best-of-seven series. They lost the first two games at home by 5-1 scores in the first round against the New York Rangers before rallying to advance with Monday’s Game 7 clincher.

This time, they’ve been outscored 11-2 through two games.

“What bothers me the most is we got outbattled again today,” Devils captain Nico Hischier said. “It’s the playoffs. Skill doesn’t mean a thing. You’ve got to battle hard for your opportunities.”

Kotkaniemi’s first goal came when he took pass alone on the right side, fittingly after Carolina had kept possession along the boards. He skated in to the dot before firing a shot that went under Schmid’s right arm and grazed his ribs before finding the net at the 1:35 mark.

Moments later, Martinook – whose activity had him in the mix all night on a line featuring Kotkaniemi and Jesper Fast – skated in to tangle up two Devils players in a possession chase near the boards. That helped jar the puck loose to skitter over to Kotkaniemi for the near-post putaway at 3:58.

The Hurricanes kept the pressure on. There was Jack Drury chipping the puck in at the blue line for Staal, with the Hurricanes captain extending his 6-foot-4 frame to corral it behind him before going with the forehand-to-backhand finish and the 3-0 lead.

And finally, Martin Necas finished from the slot after Jaccob Slavin caught the right post on a rush but Carolina again maintained possession.

“We’re trying to grind them down,” Martinook said. “ We know how skilled this team is. If you’re one-and-done and they’re getting out clean, you’re chasing them on the way back.”

The Hurricanes dominated the opening period of Game 1, smothering the Devils to take away open ice while tallying more goals (two) than New Jersey had shots (one).

The Devils knew they couldn’t repeat that effort and said as much Thursday, noting they had to get pucks on the net and use their speed to force Carolina to expend energy defending in its own end instead of rolling with its aggressive forecheck.

New Jersey carried play through the first 10-plus minutes, even with Dougie Hamilton ringing the post on an early power play that included 23 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage.

But by end of this one, Carolina was celebrating a blowout with Martinook’s breakaway score against Vitek Vanecek followed closely by Noesen’s putaway on a perfect 2-on-1 feed from Sebastian Aho.

“Right now, 5-on-5, they’re the better team,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said.


New Jersey trade acquisition Timo Meier was back after missing Game 1 following a jarring hit from the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba in Game 7. He saw 16:49 of ice time and had five shots, along with cuts and scabs on his nose along with bruising under his right eye. … Carolina is 18 for 18 on the penalty kill against New Jersey going back to the regular season… Martinook, Drury, Kotkaniemi and Shayne Gostisbehere had two points for Carolina. … Vanecek surrendered two goals on 11 shots in relief.


Chris Sale struck out 10 in six innings as the Boston Red Sox earned their seventh win in a row, a 5-3 decision against the host Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Sale (3-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk. Richard Bleier, Chris Martin and Kenley Jansen each followed with a scoreless inning, and Jansen posted his seventh save.

Zack Wheeler (3-2) had his worst home start of the season for the Phillies, giving up five runs (four earned) in 5 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and no walks while striking out five.

Enrique Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Boston. Enmanuel Valdez finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Justin Turner, Rafael Devers and Triston Casas each drove in a run. Nick Castellanos led the way for Philadelphia at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double. J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm each tallied an RBI for the Phillies, who did all of their scoring in the fourth inning but wound up with their fifth consecutive loss.

Cubs 4, Marlins 1

Justin Steele continued his strong start by allowing one run through seven innings and Ian Happ clubbed a two-run home run as host Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Miami.

In his seventh start of the season, Steele (5-0) lowered his ERA to 1.45, while yielding just a sixth-inning run along with six hits, no walks and four strikeouts. The left-hander tied Jake Arrieta’s franchise record (since 1912) with 14 consecutive starts of allowing two earned runs or fewer.

Luis Arraez went 3-for-4 for the Marlins to raise his majors-leading average to .437. Miami has been outscored 30-10 while losing four in a row after sweeping a three-game home series from Chicago last weekend.

Rays 5, Yankees 4

Randy Arozarena and Yandy Diaz hit home runs, and Wander Franco’s RBI double in the seventh inning lifted Tampa Bay over New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Yankees had a four-run sixth inning, starting when Anthony Rizzo singled and scored on Gleyber Torres’ double. After DJ LeMahieu walked, Harrison Bader launched a three-run homer off reliever Garrett Cleavinger to make it 4-4.

Franco’s go-ahead double for the Rays off came against Jimmy Cordero (1-1) and scored Diaz from first. Initially, Diaz was called out at the plate, but the call was reversed after Tampa Bay challenged it. Jason Adam closed out the ninth inning for his third save, and the first-place Rays opened a 10-game lead over the cellar-dwelling Yankees in the American League East.

Blue Jays 4, Pirates 0

George Springer homered and Chris Bassitt pitched seven shutout innings as visiting Toronto ended a five-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh.

Bassitt (4-2) gave up four hits and four walks while striking out five. He combined with Erik Swanson and Jordan Romano, who each threw one perfect inning, on a four-hit shutout. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single and Daulton Varsho added an RBI double for the Blue Jays.

The Pirates’ losing streak reached five games. Pittsburgh starter Rich Hill (3-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

White Sox 5, Reds 4

Elvis Andrus smacked a three-run home run and Luis Robert Jr. went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead Chicago past host Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox won for the first time in Lance Lynn’s seven starts this season. The 35-year-old Lynn (1-4) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight without issuing a walk. Yasmani Grandal had two hits for Chicago, which has won four of its last five after dropping its previous 10 games.

Jonathan India homered for the Reds, who have dropped four of their past five games. TJ Friedl had two hits and one RBI for Cincinnati. Hunter Greene (0-2) allowed five runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one.

Twins 2, Guardians 0

Bailey Ober won a duel of young starting pitchers, overcoming rookie Peyton Battenfield as visiting Minnesota edged Cleveland on the strength of Max Kepler’s two-run home run.

The 6-foot-9 Ober, making his third start of the season, lasted seven innings, allowing just singles to Jose Ramirez and Oscar Gonzalez and a double by Josh Naylor. Ober (2-0) struck out six and walked one, throwing 66 of his 91 pitches for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 0.98 in the process.

Battenfield retired the first 17 Twins hitters he faced before Christian Vazquez broke up the 25-year-old rookie’s perfect game bid with two outs in the top of the sixth. Six pitches later, Max Kepler turned on an 87-mph cut fastball from Battenfield and crushed it 440 feet into the right-center field bleachers for a homer, spoiling Battenfield’s shutout.

Mets 1, Rockies 0

Brandon Nimmo homered and Kodai Senga tossed six scoreless innings as New York snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over visiting Colorado.

Senga (4-1) allowed two hits with four walks and four strikeouts while throwing a career-high 101 pitches. Drew Smith and David Robertson followed before Adam Ottavino stranded a runner at third base in the ninth for his fourth save.

Colorado saw its season-high four-game winning streak come to an end after being held to five hits. Antonio Senzatela (0-1) made his season debut and gave up one run on three hits over five innings.

Orioles 9, Braves 4

Anthony Santander hit a pair of home runs, including his first career grand slam, to help visiting Baltimore beat Atlanta to open their three-game series.

The Orioles have won 14 of their last 17 games and improved to 11-0 in series openers. Santander gave the Orioles a lead with a solo homer in the fourth inning off Atlanta starter Max Fried, and he put the game away with his slam in the seventh inning against Joe Jimenez. Santander has five homers for the season. The support made a winner out of Dean Kremer (3-1), who gave up one run on six hits in six innings.

Fried (2-1) saw his streak of scoreless innings end at 20. In six innings, he allowed seven runs (five earned), on eight hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. The left-hander gave up two home runs, the first he has allowed all season.

Athletics 12, Royals 8

Brent Rooker homered and drove in three as Oakland held off a furious rally by host Kansas City.

The Athletics plated an unearned run in the first as Esteury Ruiz and Ryan Noda reached on soft singles, then Ruiz stole third and scored on a throwing error. Back-to-back home runs by Rooker — a two-run shot for his 10th of the season — and Ramon Laureano boosted the A’s lead to 4-0 in the third.

Royals starter Brad Keller (2-3) allowed multiple baserunners in each inning and labored through 4 1/3 innings, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits — both season highs.

Angels 5, Rangers 4 (10 innings)

Zach Neto scored from third base on a 10th-inning wild pitch to lift Los Angeles to a victory over Texas in Anaheim, Calif.

Rangers reliever Josh Sborz entered the game to face Anthony Rendon with runners on first and third and one out in the bottom of the 10th. However, his first pitch to Rendon was a breaking ball low and away that caromed off the glove of catcher Jonah Heim and went to the backstop, allowing Neto to score without a play. Angels reliever Carlos Estevez (1-1) threw a scoreless top of the 10th to get the victory.

The Rangers were one out away from a 4-1 win, but Chad Wallach hit a two-run double off Will Smith in the bottom of the ninth to get the Angels within 4-3. Luis Rengifo followed with a broken-bat single to center, scoring Wallach from second to tie the game. Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning threw five scoreless innings in his first start of the season.

Giants 6, Brewers 4

Joc Pederson continued his mastery of Corbin Burnes with a two-run, go-ahead single in the fifth inning and San Francisco held off visiting Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series.

J.D. Davis had a two-run home run and Wilmer Flores a solo shot as a pinch hitter for the Giants, who fell behind by two runs on two occasions before immediately rallying with multiple runs en route to their third consecutive victory.

Burnes was pulled after six innings, charged with five runs, only two earned. He gave up four hits and three walks, while striking out five. Giants starter Sean Manaea (1-1) also was the victim of an unearned run in his five innings. He allowed four runs overall and six hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.

Tigers 5, Cardinals 4

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Riley Greene added a two-run double to power visiting Detroit past St. Louis.

By taking the opener of a three-game interleague series, the Tigers won their fourth straight game. The Cardinals lost their seventh game in a row. Detroit starting pitcher Matthew Boyd (2-2) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings.

Cardinals starter Jordan Montgomery gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. He fanned six and walked one. Reliever Jordan Hicks (0-3) took the loss after yielding three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Diamondbacks 3, Nationals 1

Merrill Kelly’s season-high 10 strikeouts and Corbin Carroll’s fifth home run helped Arizona to a win over Washington at Phoenix.

The Diamondbacks started a 10-game homestand by winning for the fifth time in their last seven. Kelly (3-3) scattered four hits and had one walk in seven innings. With two outs in the third inning, he hit a solo home run off Josiah Gray (2-5) to tie the game at 1.

Gray went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Luis Garcia homered off Kelly in the first inning and finished as the only Nationals hitter with multiple hits.

Padres 5, Dodgers 2

Fernando Tatis Jr. drove in three runs with a pair of homers off Clayton Kershaw as host San Diego defeated Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game series.

It was Tatis’ second, two-homer game against the Dodgers’ ace, who lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his shortest start of the season. Kershaw (5-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. The five walks equaled his total from his first six starts. Dodgers pitchers gave up a total of 11 walks.

Yu Darvish (2-2) gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. Josh Hader picked up his 11th save.

Astros 6, Mariners 4

Kyle Tucker’s two-run homer broke a tie in the ninth inning as Houston defeated host Seattle in the first meeting of the season between the American League West rivals.

Yordan Alvarez hit a towering three-run shot for the Astros, who snapped a two-game skid and halted the Mariners’ four-game winning streak. Astros reliever Bryan Abreu (1-0) got the victory and Ryan Pressley worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.

Kolten Wong lined a three-run double for Seattle. Starter Luis Castillo gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out five. Reliever Matt Brash (3-3) took the loss.



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts released veteran quarterback Nick Foles on Friday, saving about $2 million in salary cap space while creating room for the 12 rookies it added last week in the draft.

Foles lost both of his starts in 2022, his only season with the Colts. He left the second game with injured ribs, then missed Indy’s final game also because of injured ribs. The release was expected after the Colts selected former Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson with the No. 4 overall pick.

The Super Bowl 52 MVP started 58 of 71 career games during an 11-year career that took him from Philadelphia to St. Louis to Kansas City, Philadelphia again, Jacksonville, Chicago and finally Indy. Foles completed 1,302 of 2,087 passes for 14,227 yards with 82 touchdowns and 47 interceptions after the Eagles drafted the former Arizona star in the third round in 2012.

Indy cut longtime veteran Matt Ryan in March after the four-time Pro Bowler struggled with turnovers last season.

Those two moves leave Indy with three quarterbacks on the depth chart – Richardson, Gardner Minshew and Sam Ehlinger, who was one of three starters the Colts used last season – and assures the team of having a seventh consecutive season with a different opening-day starter.

Ehlinger is entering his third season with the Colts after starring at Texas. Ehlinger and Foles both attended Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.

Foles’ release was the latest in a flurry of roster moves this week.

Indy also announced before its rookie minicamp began Friday that it has signed seven draft picks – cornerback Darius Rush, safety Daniel Scott, tight end Will Mallory, running back Evan Hull, defensive end Titus Leo, cornerback Jaylon Jones and tackle Jake Witt. Scott, Rush, Mallory and Hull were fifth-round picks, Jones went in the sixth and Witt was taken in Round 7.

Indy also said it has signed 15 undrafted rookies including former guards Emil Ekiyor and Harris LaChance, four receivers and two linebackers.

Earlier this week, Indy waived defensive end Kameron Cline, tight ends Nikola Kalinic and Jalen Wydermyer, linebacker Forrest Rhyne, defensive tackle Chris Williams, running backs Darrynton Evans and Aaron Shampklin, cornerback David Vereen and receiver Kristian Wilkerson.


TOLEDO, Ohio – Nick Gonzales, Josh Palacios and Endy Rodríguez each had three-hit performances on Friday night as the Indianapolis Indians earned at least a series split with the Toledo Mud Hens in a 6-3 victory at Fifth Third Field.

With a 2-0 lead in fourth inning, Palacios added to the Indians (13-17) lead with an opposite-field single in the gap to score two runners and put the game out of reach. Palacios’ two-run single extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is now tied with Nashville’s Keston Hiura for the longest active hitting streak in the International League. He finished the night 3-for-5 with four RBI and has 19 RBI in 11 games with Indy this season.

The Indians got on the board first for the fourth time in as many games against Toledo (18-12). With runners on the corners after a Malcom Nuñez double and Chris Owings walk, Vinny Capra roped a two-run double into left-center field off Toledo’s starter Zach Logue (L, 1-2). Indianapolis tallied two more in the fourth on Palacios’ single to build a 4-0 lead before Toledo first scored on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Donny Sands.

Palacios answered in the Indians following at-bat with an RBI double after Toledo plated its first run. The Mud Hens brought across a run in each of their last two plate appearances, sandwiched between an RBI single by Palacios, but fell short with the tying-run up to bat after a game-ending double play.

Luis Ortiz tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, no walks and fanning three Mud Hens. Cam Alldred (W, 2-0) came in relief of Ortiz to earn the win with 3.0 innings of work, allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts.

In addition to recording three-hit games for the Indians, Gonzales, Rodríguez and Palacios also combined for five total stolen bases, with the latter two swiping a pair of bases each. Indy’s five stolen bases was the team’s most since also stealing five on May 4, 2022 vs. Louisville.

Indianapolis and Toledo will continue their six-game set on Saturday night at 5:05 PM ET at Fifth Third Field. RHP Osvaldo Bido (1-2, 5.12) will toe the rubber for the Indians against Mud Hens RHP Alex Faedo (0-1, 2.50).


#LDNvIND Preview  

Indy Eleven at Loudoun United FC

Saturday, May 6, 2023 – 7:00 p.m. ET 

Segra Field – Leesburg, Va.

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2023 USL Championship Records:

Indy Eleven: 1W-3L-3D (-4 GD), 6 pts.; T-9th in Eastern Conference 

Loudoun United FC: 3W-3L-1D (+1 GD), 10 pts.; T-5th in Eastern Conference 

Community Health Network Sports Medicine Indy Eleven Injury Report:

OUT: FW Jonas Fjeldberg (L foot), MF Bryam Rebellon (L hamstring)


Discipline Report:

IND: none

LDN: none


The Boys in Blue hit the road Saturday for a USL Championship match-up at Loudoun United FC. The Eleven are coming off a 1-1 draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Carroll Stadium on Saturday. The match is the first of two away from “The Mike”, with Indy traveling to Sacramento Saturday, May 13 before returning home May 20 against Colorado Springs.

Loudoun sits at 3-3-1 and tied for fourth in the USL’s Eastern Conference and is coming off a 3-1 loss at Phoenix.

Indy finished April USL Championship play 0-3-2 and looks to regroup in May.


Series History vs. LDN

3W-2L-0D (6 GF/6 GA)

Saturday marks the sixth meeting since 2019, when Loudoun joined the USL Championship league, between the clubs, with the Eleven holding the 3-2-0 all-time advantage.

Last Meeting (09/25/22): Indy Eleven used a second half penalty kick conversion from its captain Ayoze and a dominant defensive performance to capture a hard-fought 1-0 win in front of 8,575 fans at IUPUI Carroll Stadium.

Last Three Meetings

9.25.22 Home W, 1-0

3.12.22 Away L, 1-0

8.18.21 Away L, 4-1


MAY 2, 2023

TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven defender Adrian Diz Pe was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week 8 following his play in the Eleven’s 1-1 draw with Pittsburgh.

In 90 minutes of action, Diz Pe registered a pair of clearances and three interceptions, while making 18 recoveries, and connected on 83% (93-112) of his passes. Diz Pe has played all 90 minutes in each of the six matches he’s appeared in this season.

USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 8

GK – Leo Diaz, Las Vegas Lights FC

D – Jonathan Ricketts, Rio Grande Valley FC

D – Adrian Diz Pe, Indy Eleven

D – Duke Lacroix, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

D – Graham Smith, Memphis 901 FC

M – Charlie Dennis, Tampa Bay Rowdies

M – Jose Hernandez, Phoenix Rising FC

M – Prosper Kasim, Birmingham Legion FC

F – Joshua Dolling, New Mexico United

F – Enzo Martinez, Birmingham Legion FC

F – Prince Saydee, Hartford Athletic


APRIL 29, 2023

IND 1 : 1 PIT

INDIANAPOLIS – An 81st minute goal from Jack Blake pulled Indy Eleven even to earn a 1-1 draw with Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Saturday in Indianapolis. With the draw, Indy snaps a three-game losing streak in regular season play and moves to 1W-3L-3D on the young USL Championship season.

Pittsburgh struck first in the 18th minute when Luke Biasi connected with Albert Dikwa on a ball over top of the Indy backline that saw Dikwa beat Yannik Oettl on a first-touch strike into the lower left corner.

Despite Indy holding the 59%-41% advantage in possession and a 6-4 lead in shots, Pittsburgh was able to put all four of its shots on target to the Eleven’s one.

It took much of the second half for either team to garner a quality chance on frame, but it was Indy that made the most of its limited opportunities. Blake, who entered in the 63rd minute for the Eleven, made his minutes count, scoring the equalizer on a one-time hit at the top of the 18 off a poorly cleared cross that initiated from Robby Dambrot. It was the first goal in an Eleven jersey from Blake.

Indy finished the match with the 62%-38% edge in possession, while outshooting Pittsburgh 7-6 with a pair coming on frame. Blake led the Eleven with a goal and a shot on target, while Guenzatti added a pair of shots to add to his team lead and bring him to 13 on the season. Oettl had four saves for the Boys in Blue, just days after he notched seven saves against Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew SC in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday night.

Indy Eleven: 1W-3L-3D, 6 pts

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: 2W-2L-4D, 10 pts

Scoring Summary:

PIT – Albert Dikwa (Luke Biasi) 18’

IND – Jack Blake (unassisted) 81’

Discipline Summary:

IND – Younes Boudadi (caution) 20’

PIT – Langston Blackstock (caution) 24’

IND – Cam Lindley (caution) 25’

PIT – Nathan Dossantos (caution) 79’

IND – Adrian Diz Pe (caution) 87’

Indy Eleven line-up (4-3-3): Yannik Oettl, Robby Dambrot, Jesus Vazquez (Gustavo Rissi 90’), Adrian Diz Pe, Younes Boudadi, Aodhan Quinn, Cam Lindley (Jack Blake 63’), Bryam Rebellon (Douglas Martinez 63’), Harrison Robledo (Juan Tejada 72’), Sebastian Guenzatti, Solomon Asante

IND subs: Tim Trilk (GK), Mechack Jerome


Former Boy in Blue Ayoze returned to the Eleven’s roster in 2023, this time as an assistant coach. The club’s all-time leader in appearances (126), starts (106), and assists (22) – figures amassed during a standout five seasons from 2018-22 that also included 13 goals (5th in team history) – made the seamless transition from the field to the bench for 2023 and will serve as an assistant coach under Mark Lowry. In all, Ayoze logged 400 appearances during a 19-year professional career split nearly evenly between his native Spain and the USA.

Loudoun is no stranger to Ayoze as well, in his final season as a player for Indy, Ayoze scored his last match winner in the Sept. 25, 2022 win.


Solomon Asante is one of only 25 players in USL Championship history to record three assists in a match. Asante was the only player to accomplish the feat during the 2022 season, and is one of only three players to accomplish the feat twice in their USL career. He also had three helpers in the Sept. 10, 2022 win over Birmingham Legion FC. In the Eleven’s victory over Michigan Stars SC in the 2023 U.S. Open Cup Second Round, Asante came off the bench to spark a 3-1 comeback win with three assists.

Assists: Approaching 50 regular season assists

Aodhan Quinn – 49

Solomon Asante – 48


The 2023 campaign marks Indy Eleven’s tenth season of play in franchise history – and its sixth in the USL Championship since it joined the league ahead of the 2018 season after a four-year stint in the NASL. The Boys in Blue have nearly split their 156 games of USLC regular season play right down the middle with a 61W-62L-34D record (49.7%); the Eleven have also recorded two wins and two losses in the USL Championship Playoffs during its appearances in 2018 (1 loss) and 2019 (2 wins, 1 loss).


EVANSTON, Ill. – Finding a way to win when you are not at your best is a big part of baseball. On Friday (May 5) the Indiana baseball program got a couple of big hits, a solid start on the mound and found a way to grab its 10th Big Ten win of the season with a 4-0 victory over Northwestern at Rocky and Berenice Miller Park.

A three-run home run in the top of the first inning opened the scoring for Indiana (32-14, 10-6 B1G) and an eighth-inning RBI single was the end of the scoring. Northwestern (8-32, 3-13 B1G) stranded 12 runners on base in the game.

Sophomore Carter Mathison hit his eighth home run of the season as part of a multi-hit game that moved his hitting streak to seven games and reached base streak to 19 straight. His 3-for-4 day at the plate included four RBIs to give him nine multi-RBI games on the year. A two-hit game for sophomore Brock Tibbitts marked his 19th multi-hit effort of the season. He was also hit-by-pitch and scored one run.

Freshman Devin Taylor and senior Peter Serruto each chipped in hits to round out the offense for IU. Taylor added a walk and two runs scored in the contest.

Sophomore Luke Sinnard (5-2) didn’t allow a run over 6 2/3 innings and struck out seven batters to earn the win. He scattered six hits and three walks on a career-high 111 pitches to post his fifth quality start of the season. Redshirt senior Craig Yoho (1) grabbed his first career save with 2 1/3 innings scoreless with two strikeouts. He allowed three singles and two walks.

Starting pitcher Michael Farinelli (1-7) worked 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five in the loss. Northwestern out-hit the Hoosiers, 9-7, but stranded 12 base runners and hit into two double plays. Seven of nine starters collected hits, including a two-hit game from Stephen Hrustich.

Scoring Recap

Top First

After the first two batters were retired, Devin Taylor and Brock Tibbitts singled and Carter Mathison hit a three-run home run to right field.

Indiana 3, at Northwestern 0

Top Eighth

Taylor worked a two-out walk and Tibbitts followed with a base hit. Mathison dropped a single in front of the right fielder to score the fourth run of the game.

Indiana 4, at Northwestern 0

Up Next

Indiana and Northwestern will play the second game of the series at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday (May 6). The games will be carried on  B1G+ and the Indiana Sports Radio Network


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana softball (38-15, 16-5 B1G) run-ruled Michigan State (14-30, 4-17 B1G), 9-1, in game one of the series at Andy Mohr Field on Friday evening.



• Michigan State struck first in the top of the first as they scored on a sacrifice fly to right field. 

• However, the Hoosiers responded scoring three runs on two hits in the bottom of the inning.

• Sophomore Sarah Stone tied the ball game with an RBI sacrificie fly to score freshman Taryn Kern.

• Sophomore Brianna Copeland hit a two-run home run on the first pitch in her first at bat deep over the center field wall for the lead, 3-1.

• Indiana’s defense held strong in the second as they went three up, three down.

• The Hoosiers continued to have the momentum as they piled on four runs. 

• Kern hit a double down the right field line for two RBI before teammate Taylor Minnick hit a triple down the line to send Kern home.

• Stone earned another RBI on a sacrifice fly to score Minnick as the Hoosiers extended the lead, 7-1.

• In the bottom of the fifth, Indiana loaded the bases with a single from Copeland, an MSU error and a walk. Sophomore Kinsey Mitchell earned an RBI on another walk from the Spartans’ pitcher.

• Freshman pinch hitter Chloe Geijer sealed the game with the run-rule on an RBI hit-by-pitch to score the runner, 9-1.


• The Hoosiers improved to 38-15 and 16-5 in the Big Ten.

• Copeland went yard for the 11th time this season. She also improved to 19-2 inside the circle this season with four strikeouts on the night.

• Kern earned two RBI in today’s game to bring her season total to 64. She is two RBI away from breaking the current program record (65) for most RBI in a single season that was set by IU Hall of Famer and Olympian Michelle Venturella. 

• Minnick hit her 14th double and first triple on the season.

• Indiana tallied nine RBI bringing their season total to 345.

• IU run-ruled their opponent for the 12th time this season.


Indiana will celebrate the seniors prior to game two against the Spartans. The first pitch is set for 2 p.m. ET on B1G+ at Andy Mohr Field.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  —  After a tied ballgame heading into the seventh inning, Penn State notched the game-winner to edge Purdue softball, 4-3.  With the result, Purdue falls to 22-29, 5-16 while Penn State improves to 29-14, 10-10.

The Boilermakers posted four hits over the Big Ten’s strongest bullpen, with two coming off the bat of Alex Echazarreta.

After the Nittany Lions took a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Echazarreta blasted a two-run homer in her first at-bat, bringing home Jade Moy on the play. Then, in the second, Kiara Dillon singled up the middle to bat in Jordyn Ramos’ game-tying run.

Freshman third baseman Summer Scarmardo had an impressive day, notching a tough lineout double play to close out the fourth inning. Scarmardo’s defensive efforts also shined in the second inning, when with the basses loaded, dove to reach a grounder and threw a hard ball to first just in time for the third out.

Starting pitcher Alex Echazarreta (8-13) tossed 6.1 innings and three strikeouts in the loss.

Purdue will be back in action tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET vs. Penn State. The game will be streamed on B1G+ and admission to Bittinger Stadium is free.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs scored two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but the late charge would not be enough to defeat Georgetown on Friday night. The Hoyas scored three runs off eight hits to claim a one-run victory.

Cody Bowker pitched five innings and got the win for the home team. The save went to Tyler Mead (6).

Butler was limited to four hits over the first eight innings, but got to Mead in the ninth. Xavier Carter collected the first hit off Mead, but back-to-back strikeouts would follow in the BU order. Garret Gray kept BU alive with a single to left that scored Carter from second. Kyle Van Liere entered the game to run for Gray and would score from first on a Ryan O’Halloran double to left. Mead would get out of trouble however and strike out another BU batter to secure the victory.

Carter and Scott Jones each had two hits for the Bulldogs. Georgetown was led by shortstop Austin Kretzschmar and his 3-for-4 performance from the plate.

Dawson Taylor got the start and was one of three arms used on Friday night. Taylor tossed 3.1 innings and Jon Vore came in for 2.2. Vore led BU with four strikeouts and limited GU to just two hits. Ben Whiteside had a similar outing for Butler. He limited BU to just two hits over the final two innings.

Butler and Georgetown will run it back tomorrow night at 6:30 PM.


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Butler softball team carried a tie with Seton Hall into the seventh inning but fell, 2-1, in game one of a three-game BIG EAST series. The Bulldogs (17-32, 11-8 BIG EAST) took an early one-run lead, but the Pirates (37-15, 17-5 BIG EAST) evened the score in the third inning and hit a walk-off single to win the game.

How It Happened

Leading off the second inning, Teagan O’Rilley (2-3, HR, 2B, RBI) launched a ball over the fence in right center, giving Butler a 1-0 lead.

Seton Hall tied the game at one the following inning, scoring when the Bulldogs attempted to throw a runner out at second. The 1-1 tie held through six full innings.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Pirates loaded the bases with only one out. Ashly Colonnetta’s line drive directly at the pitcher, and off her glove, allowed the runner on third to score, giving Seton Hall the 2-1 win.

Mackenzie Griman (8-15) pitched a complete game for Butler and took the loss. In 6.1 innings, she allowed two runs on four hits and four walks with four strikeouts.

Bulldog Bits

Teagan O’Rilley’s home run was her third of the season and the seventh of her career. Her double was her fourth of the season.

Cate Lehner’s triple was her second of the season, and her stolen base was her thirteenth.

Loren Simpson’s double was her third of the season and the 12th of her career.

Ella White’s stolen base was her first of the season and the third of her career.

Up Next

Butler remains in South Orange for games two and three of the series with Seton Hall, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The Bulldogs have qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in Storrs, Conn., from May 10-13.


INDIANAPOLIS – Former Butler wide receiver Tyler Adams will attend the Indianapolis Colts three-day rookie minicamp this weekend. The event runs Friday to Sunday and will feature draft picks, undrafted free agents and tryout players.

“I’m extremely thankful for an opportunity to stay in Indianapolis and get to practice with the Colts,” Adams stated. “I had a great visit with Coach Wayne and their staff in April and I’m excited to work more with them this week. A special thank you to my parents, family, teammates, and coaches who made this opportunity possible for me. I hope to make everyone proud as I continue this process. Lastly, thank you to God above for answering prayers and putting me in a position to be healthy and compete at the highest level. I can’t wait to get to work.”

Adams caught 39 passes for 689 yards and five touchdowns in his lone season with the Bulldogs. He ranked third in the PFL in yards per catch (17.7), fifth in yards, eighth in touchdowns and 10th in receptions to end the season as All-PFL honorable mention. Adams also landed on the 2022 Phil Steele All-PFL Third Team.

Standout games for Adams included the season opener when he caught 10 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns vs. St. Thomas Florida. Adams also caught four passes vs. Dayton to end the game with a season-high 149 yards and a score. Overall, Adams would haul in a catch of 20+ yards in eight of Butler’s 11 games in 2022.


ATHENS, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team returned to the road for a Mid-American Conference series at Ohio on Friday. Adam Tellier led the team with a home run as the Cardinals win game one of the series 5-3.

With the win, Ball State improved to 29-15 overall and 16-6 in league games, while Ohio fell to 16-25 overall and 13-10 in MAC play.

With one out in the top first, Tellier launched a solo shot over the left center field wall and put the Cardinals on the board. BSU took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the first.

Tellier got things started in the top of the third with a single up the middle. Ryan Peltier followed with a single the bounced off an outstretched third baseman. Decker Scheffler produced an RBI single to right field as Tellier scored from second.

Ohio tied the game at 2-2 with two hits and two Ball State errors.

Peltier led off the top of the sixth with a triple off the center field wall. Scheffler grounded out to second and drove in Peltier from third. Ball State took a 3-2 lead after the top of the sixth.

Mason Minzey tied the game with a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the seventh.

Tellier led off the inning with a single to center field. Peltier followed with a double off the right field wall that allowed Tellier to score from first. Scheffler dropped down a sac bunt and moved Peltier to third. Blake Bevis recorded a sac bunt on a squeeze as Peltier scored from third. The Cardinals took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

Trennor O’Donnell got the start on the mound for Ball State and went 5 2/3 innings in the no decision. He struck out three batters and surrendered two runs, only one earned, on two hits. Sam Klein picked up his fifth win of the season and improved to 5-1. He went 3 1/3 innings in relief with one strikeout. He surrendered one earned run on just one hit.

Tellier and Peltier each produced three-hit games. The dynamic duo combined to score all five of BSU’s runs. Scheffler led the team with a two-RBI game.

Dillon Masters got the nod on the hill for Ohio and went seven innings. He surrendered three earned runs on six hits and struck out four batters. Braxton Kelly closed out the game with two innings of relief. He gave up two earned runs on three hits.

The Cardinals and Bobcats return to Bob Wren Stadium for the final two games on Saturday. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 2 p.m.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-18, 14-12 ACC) fell to NC State 5-1 in game two of the three game series at Frank Eck Stadium on Friday, May 5. The Irish will look to take the series in the final game on Saturday, May 6.


The Wolfpack homered in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead and after tacking on another run in the top of the third, NC State led 2-0 going into the bottom frame.

Estevan Moreno led off for the Irish in the bottom of the third, singling through the left side to get the Irish offense started. Carter Putz put the Irish on the board with a groundout RBI to score Moreno and bring the Irish within one at 2-1 heading into the fourth. 

Both the Irish and the Wolfpack were held scoreless in the next four innings, until NC State recorded another two runs in the top of the eighth off of their second home run of the day. The Wolfpack extended their lead to 5-1 in the eighth and despite the Irish’s late efforts, NC State would go on to take game two.

Vinny Martinez finished the day 2-for-4 with a base hit and a double. Estevan Moreno was 2-for-3 from the plate, recording Notre Dame’s only run of the day. Blake Hely started on the mound, pitching 7.1 innings, striking out six batters and allowing four runs on six hits. He was relieved by Justin Moore, who pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one run on two hits. Ryan Lynch and Sammy Cooper also saw action on the mound in the ninth inning.


The Irish return to Frank Eck Stadium to take on NC State in the final game of the series on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00pm for their final ACC game at home this season.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Notre Dame women’s tennis program opened up the NCAA Tournament with a decisive 4-0 victory over the Mid-American Conference Champion Ball State Cardinals, 4-0 Friday. The win is the first in the NCAA Tournament for the Fighting Irish since its last tournament appearance in 2017. The Irish improve to 16-10 on the season with the victory.

How It Happened

The scoring started with the Irish decisively taking the top two doubles positions for the point. Yashna Yellayi and Rylie Hanford combined for a dominating 6-1 win at No. 2 for the first win. 30th ranked doubles team Julia Andreach and Carrie Beckman cemented the point with a 6-4 win at the top flight.

Andreach and Yellayi continued their hot starts into singles play. Andreach earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2, with Yellayi scoring the third point by the same score at the fourth flight. Bojana Pozder secured the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win at the third flight for the fourth and final point.

Up Next

The Irish will take on the winner of Michigan and Youngstown State Saturday at 4 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Matt Jachec went the distance for the third time in the 2023 season and Mike Sears and Miguel Rivera both homered as No. 15 Indiana State topped Bradley 6-1 in the Friday afternoon opener at Dozer Park.

The Sycamores (30-13, 17-2 MVC) took the lead in the top of the fourth on Sears’ team-leading 13th home run of the season with the two-run shot clearing the left field wall to put ISU ahead 2-0. Indiana State would add runs in the fifth, sixth, eighth, and ninth innings to secure their 30th win of 2023.

Jachec (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season as the redshirt junior was rarely tested by the Bradley (14-26, 5-14) lineup. The Hampshire, Ill. native allowed just one Brave past first base in the game with Jackson Chatterton’s leadoff triple and Cal McGinnis’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth the lone blemish in the contest.

The Sycamore right-hander finished the contest allowing five hits while striking out seven in the complete game effort. He became the first Sycamore pitcher to post three complete games in the same season since Triston Polley accomplished the feat back in 2019.

Rivera homered for the second consecutive game to help highlight the Sycamore at-bats as ISU connected on 10 hits as a team on Friday afternoon. Randal Diaz and Josue Urdaneta both had multi-hit games with Diaz and Sears both scoring twice in the win.

Chatterton led Bradley’s offense on the game with two of the Braves’ five hits in the contest.

Jacob Kisting (0-8) took the loss on the mound after going the first six innings allowing nine hits and four runs while walking one and striking out seven. Brayden Marks and Travis Lutz closed out the game on the mound.

How They Scored

After three scoreless innings, Mike Sears put the Sycamores on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth as the third baseman followed Josue Urdaneta’s single with a two-run blast over the left field wall to put ISU ahead 2-0.

The Sycamores added to the lead in the fifth as Randal Diaz scored on Urdaneta’s RBI single to left field making it a 3-0 game.

Rivera took the ball opposite field in the top of the sixth inning with his solo shot clearing the wall making it a 4-0 contest.

Jackson Chatterton tripled off the ivy in center field to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and scored on Cal McGinnis’ sacrifice fly to right to cut the ISU lead down to 4-1.

Grant Magill put the Sycamores ahead 5-1 in the top of the eighth with an RBI sacrifice fly scoring Sears.

Urdaneta drove in his second RBI of the contest with a run-scoring ground out in the top of the ninth inning plating Diaz to provide the final 6-1 margin.

News & Notes                                                                                                                                    

Indiana State improved to 17-2 in Missouri Valley play on Friday afternoon as the Sycamores continue to pace the conference in the wins column.

Matt Jachec became the first ISU pitcher to record three complete games in the same season since Triston Polley accomplished the feat back in the 2019 season.

All three of Jachec’s complete game efforts have featured the Sycamore right-hander surrendering five or fewer hits. He allowed four against Memphis (Mar. 10), five against Illinois State (Apr. 7), and five today.

Jachec entered the game sitting tied for 12th in the NCAA Division I with two complete games. His third on Friday afternoon puts him currently in a nine-way tie for fourth overall in the country.

Jachec has allowed one or fewer runs in four of his last five starts with each start going at least 6.0 innings.

Mike Sears connected on his team-leading 13th home run on Friday afternoon and first since April 18 against Vanderbilt.

Miguel Rivera homered for the second consecutive game giving him four for the 2023 season.

Adam Pottinger ran his on-base streak to a season-best 19 consecutive games with the junior outfielder getting hit by a pitch and drawing a walk over his five plate appearances.

Seth Gergely and Josue Urdaneta both extended their on-base streaks to 11 games on Friday afternoon.

Adam Pottinger, Josue Urdaneta, and Mike Sears (twice) were all hit by pitches on Friday afternoon running ISU’s MVC-leading total to 78 through 43 games.

Pottinger leads the MVC getting plunked by 14 pitches in 2023.

ISU has had at least three batters hit by a pitch in 10 different games this season.

The Sycamore defense has gone five consecutive games without an error and seven of their last eight dating back to April 22 against Southern Illinois.

ISU entered the weekend with the NCAA Division I’s best defense fielding at a 0.984 clip for the year.

Up Next

Indiana State continues the three-game series against Bradley on Saturday as the Sycamores and Braves are back in Dozer Park tomorrow afternoon. First pitch in game two is set for Noon ET/11 a.m. CT. The game will not be televised but will be streamed live on 105.5 The Legend.


VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana State softball defeated Valpo on Friday, taking down the Beacons, 7-0, at the Valpo Softball Complex to begin the three-game MVC series.

The Sycamores (27-24, 15-10) scored five runs between the first two frames to help pick up their 15th Valley win of the season, blanking Valpo (8-38, 4-21) who was held to just four hits in the shutout victory by ISU.

The Action

Olivia Patton started off the contest with a double to left field to quickly get into scoring position. With one out in the inning, Isabella Henning lifted a home run over the wall in center field, her eighth of the season, to put the Sycamores up 2-0. Annie Tokarek added a single up the middle but the Beacons were able to retire the side. Valpo got a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the first but Sycamore starter Lexi Benko was able to get out of the jam without any damage.

To lead off the top of the second, TeAnn Bringle launched her second home run of the year, a solo shot to left center, to extend the ISU lead to 3-0. Kaylee Barrett followed Bringle up with a double to right center. Barrett then moved to third on a Abi Chipps bunt single with Chipps also advancing to second on the play. Olivia Patton made It 4-0 with an RBI groundout, scoring Barrett. With just one out in the inning, Danielle Henning singled through the left side to score Chipps and extend the lead to 5-0. Annie Tokarek added her second hit of the day with a single to left but would get left on first base to end the inning.

Benko sat the Beacons down in order in the bottom of the second and Valpo returned the favor to begin the third, getting a strikeout and two fly outs to get back in the dugout. The bottom of the third brought another scoreless frame for the Sycamore senior pitcher.

Indiana State would tack on another run in the fourth, getting a two-out single up the middle from Annie Tokarek which brought home Danielle Henning for a 6-0 lead. The single made Tokarek 3-for-3 on the day. Valpo got a one-out double in the bottom half but Benko got a pair of groundouts to keep the Beacons off the scoreboard.

Kennedy Shade led off the fifth inning with a single up the middle. Maeve McDonough then came on as a pinch-hitter and was hit by a pitch to put another Sycamore runner on. Hannah Welch, who came on as a pinch-runner for Shade, and McDonough would each move up a base on a wild pitch. After a Sycamore strikeout, Kaylee Barrett worked a full count and drew a walk to load up the bases. Livi Colip entered as a pinch-hitter and would deliver with a sacrifice fly RBI to score Welch, making it a 7-0 game after the top of the fifth. Benko logged another 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth, picking up her first strikeout of the game along the way.

The Sycamores went down in order in the sixth, bringing Lexi Benko back to the circle where she picked up another strikeout during her sixth shutout inning of the day against the Beacons.

After ISU went 1-2-3 again in the top of the seventh, Benko finished off her complete game shutout, shutting down the Beacons in order once again for her 13th win of the season. She allowed just four hits and zero walks while striking out two Valpo hitters.

The Sycamores finished with 10 hits, led by Annie Tokarek who went 3-for-3 with a RBI. TeAnn Bringle and Isabella Henning both homered while Olivia Patton, Danielle Henning, Kennedy Shade, Kaylee Barrett and Abi Chipps all had one hit apiece.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team dropped a 9-4 decision to Youngstown State on Friday (May 5) at Mastodon Field.

Braedon Blackford had two hits, including a double, while driving in one run and scoring once for the Mastodons. Tyler Nelson added two walks and a run scored. Cade Nelis moved his on-base streak to 27 games with a walk and a run scored in the seventh. Dylan Stewart finished with two hits. Grant Thoroman was on base twice with a hit and a walk and an RBI. He drove in the Mastodons’ first run of the game in the second inning to tie the game at one. Jarrett Bickel used a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the fourth to give the ‘Dons a 2-1 lead. It was a 3-2 Youngstown State lead until the seventh when Youngstown State scored four runs to take control of the contest.

Travis Perry earned the win for YSU. He is 5-4 after going six innings. Mac Ayers gave up four earned runs in 6.0 innings but got the loss. He is 2-3.

Braeden O’Shaughnessy had three hits and knocked in three runs for YSU.

YSU improves to 12-32 (7-14 Horizon League). The ‘Dons fall to 10-36 (6-16 Horizon League). Game two of the series will be played on Saturday (May 6) at 2 p.m.


ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team fell to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Friday (May 5) 1-0 on the road.

The Mastodons out-hit the Golden Grizzlies 6-5, but the Golden Grizzlies scored the only run they needed in the fifth inning. Oakland got two singles that resulted in the run.

The six hits for the ‘Dons came from six different players: Taryn Jenkins, Bailey Manos, Grace Hollopeter, Sonia Solis, Tori Countryman and Taylor Warne. Solis had a double in the fourth.

The Mastodons’ best chance came in the sixth when Manos and Hollopeter got on base with a pair of singles. They advanced to second and third, respectively, on a ground out from Epiphany Hang, but were left there.

Reigning Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Sydney Campbell tossed all seven innings, but only recorded one strikeout. She picked up the win to move to 15-6. Gracie Brinkerhoff also threw the whole game, but took the loss to fall to 6-8. She struck out two Golden Grizzlies.

Oakland improves to 17-18, 13-6 Horizon League while the ‘Dons fall to 13-31, 8-13. These two teams will meet again tomorrow (Saturday, May 6) for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  The University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 13 runs on Friday night, and junior starter Nick Smith posted another quality start on the mound, as the Purple Aces cruised to a 13-3 victory over the homestanding Illinois State Redbirds at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Illinois.

“Another great win on a Friday night to start a Valley weekend tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “I thought that we played well in all three areas.  So, the challenge is to put together three games in a row like this, unlike last weekend.

“It is important to show that we can perform like this multiple days in a row as we get closer to the conference tournament.”

Graduate third baseman Eric Roberts set the tone for the evening with a lead-off inside-the-park home run to right field to give UE an early 1-0 lead.  The Purple Aces then exploded for five runs in the second inning, highlighted by a grand slam by fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug to push the lead to 6-0.

Illinois State would plate two runs against Smith in the third inning, but the Purple Aces would respond immediately with two runs in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run single by Hug to retake a six-run lead, 8-2.  Smith (4-3) then locked in and retired the next 11 batters in order on the mound, before finishing his night allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings of work to pick up the victory.

Evansville added to its lead in the fifth inning with an RBI double by sophomore outfielder Ty Rumsey and an RBI single by Roberts.  Junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse then added an RBI single to left field in the eighth inning to move the lead to 11-3, before fifth-year outfielder Danny Borgstrom capped the scoring with a two-run double down the right-field line in the ninth inning to provide the final margin of victory.

Roberts finished a triple shy of the cycle by going 3-for-6 with the inside-the-park home run and two RBI.  Fougerousse also added three hits and an RBI, while Hug, Rumsey and junior designated hitter Brendan Hord all had two-hit efforts.  Hug added a career-high six RBI.

With the victory, Evansville improves to 27-18 overall and 10-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Illinois State, meanwhile, falls to 17-25 and 6-13 in the Valley with the loss.  The two teams will continue the series on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. with a contest that can be heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.  Junior LHP Donovan Schultz (5-3, 4.02 ERA) is expected to get the start for UE.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Northern Iowa pitcher Samantha Heyer tossed a perfect game on Friday to lead the Panthers to an 8-0 victory over the University of Evansville softball team at the Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex.

Heyer struck out 10 Purple Aces batters in the contest.  Sydney Weatherford made the start for Evansville with seven runs, six earned, scoring in four innings.  Paige McAllister recorded the final two outs of the game.

Following a scoreless opening frame, the Panthers plated a run on a UE error in the second.  Two more runs scored in the third before four crossed the plate in the fourth to make it 7-0.  Daryn Lamprecht had an RBI double in the frame.

In the fifth, UNI put the finishing touches on the win as their 8th run crossed the plate on a Madison Parks single to seal the 8-0 win.

On Saturday, the squads meet up for a 2 p.m. game.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball suffered a tough loss to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 4-3, to open a three-game series at the USI Baseball Field. USI watched its record go to 15-31 overall and 6-13 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while Little Rock is 26-17 overall, 11-5 OVC.

A pitcher’s duel through the first three-and-a-half frames before the Screaming Eagles put up the first run of the game in the fourth on a RBI-single freshman third baseman Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana). USI upped the margin to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when senior centerfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) scored from second when sophomore shortstop Ricardo Van Grieken (Venezuela) reached on an error up the middle.

The Trojans battled back to tie the score 2-2 with a pair of runs in the sixth before the Eagles regained the lead, 3-2, in the seventh. USI junior pinch runner/leftfielder Steven Molinet (Elberfeld, Indiana) scored the Eagles’ third tally of the game when junior first baseman Tucker Ebest  (Austin, Texas) hit into a double play with the bases loaded.

After USI got through a second-and-third jam the Little Rock eighth, the Trojans broke through to take the 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth. The Eagles tried to rally and tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, putting runners on the corners with one, only to see Little Rock shut the door on the 4-3 final.

On the mound, junior right-hander Carter Stamm (Jasper, Indiana) took the loss in relief. Stamm (2-2) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three batters.

USI junior right-hander Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) started and got a tough no-decision. Robinson, who threw a season-high six innings, allowed two runs on six hits and four walks. He also struck out two in the six frames and 105 pitches.

Up Next for the Eagles: 

The USI-Little Rock three-game series continues Saturday with a 2 p.m. first pitch. The series is set to conclude Sunday with USI’s Senior Day and a noon start. USI’s nine seniors will be honored at 11:30 a.m. with an on-field ceremony.


LinksEVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball has added Ali Saunders, a 5-10 guard from Depauw, Indiana, who is transferring from Valparaiso University.

Saunders just wrapped up her freshman season with Valpo, making nine starts in 30 games played. Saunders was second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points per game, shooting over 47 percent from the floor and 43 percent from beyond the arc. She also connected at the free-throw line at an 84 percent clip. The USI newcomer dished out a team-best 81 assists, had 22 steals, and averaged nearly two rebounds per contest. Saunders averaged 24 minutes per game for the Beacons.

“We are very excited to have Ali join our team and the USI family!” USI Women’s Basketball Rick Stein said. “Ali is coming off an outstanding freshman season, where she made an immediate impact on both ends of the court.”

At the end of the 2022-23 season, Saunders was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team after leading all MVC freshmen in scoring and assists, both overall and in conference play.

“Ali has a versatile skill set on the offensive end where she can make shots and create plays for herself and her teammates,” Stein added. “Ali is a leader and a tough competitor who fits in perfectly with our style of play.”

Saunders scored in double figures 18 times and handed out five or more assists five times in the regular season. The guard’s freshman campaign was highlighted by a 32-point performance on November 21 against the University of Alabama Birmingham, setting a new Valpo freshman record. In February, Saunders scored 19 points on a perfect night shooting, going 7-for-7 from the field with one made three and 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. She became the first Valpo player with a 100% field goal percentage on at least seven attempts since 2004.

Prior to college, Saunders played for North Harrison High School, where she graduated early to enroll at Valparaiso. On the court, the Depauw, Indiana native surpassed 1,000 career points in her junior season at North Harrison, averaging more than 20 points per game her last two seasons. Saunders was also an all-state and all-conference selection twice. Plus, she earned all-conference honors three times as a soccer player for North Harrison, helping the high school to conference and sectional championships in 2019.


The early outlook was bleak when Southern Illinois scored the game’s first four runs, but the complexion of the afternoon changed in a hurry with one swing of the bat from Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest). A go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the second gave the Valparaiso University baseball team a lead that it would not relinquish in an eventual 9-8 win over Southern Illinois on Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Salukis scored twice in the ninth and stranded the potential tying run at third base.

How It Happened

A two-run homer by Bennett Eltoft helped SIU to a three-run first inning. Kaeber Rog tacked on a solo shot in the second to make it an early 4-0 edge for the guests.

The first Valpo run came in the second when Matt Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) dashed home on a wild pitch, then Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-2. That set the stage for Maka’s grand slam to dead center, transforming a two-run deficit into a two-run lead and capping a six-run second.

Both starting pitchers recovered nicely from humble beginnings as neither team scored again until the seventh. Valpo’s Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) pitched shutout ball in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

SIU’s Pier-Olivier Boucher hit a solo shot to left center to cut the lead in half in the seventh, making it a 6-5 game.

Valpo got two in the seventh thanks to some help from shaky SIU defense as the Salukis committed a throwing error on one play and had a miscommunication on the left side of the infield on another as Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) and Brady Nowicki (Big Bend, Wis. / Mukwonago [Indian Hills CC]) notched RBIs to build the edge to 8-5.

Rog hit his second home run of the day in the top of the eighth, but Valpo got the run right back in the bottom of the inning as Olive drew a walk that forced home a run and made it 9-6.

The top of the ninth started with two doubles sandwiched around a hit batsman, prompting head coach Brian Schmack to make a pitching change and summon Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) with Valpo clinging to a 9-7 lead with runners at second and third and nobody out. A sac fly made it 9-8 and the potential tying run moved to third, but Jablonski got a big strikeout before inducing a fly ball to center that allowed the Valpo dugout and fan base to breathe a sigh of relief.

Inside the Game

The win allowed Valpo to clinch its highest single-season overall win total since the 2018 campaign.

Valpo played its ninth one-run game of the season and improved to 6-3 in games decided by the slimmest of margins.

The Beacons prevailed in the column that counts despite being outhit 12-11, marking the team’s third win this season when being outhit.

Valpo improved to 9-0 when scoring nine runs or more this season.

Maka’s home run was his seventh of the season and the 12th of his collegiate career. This marked his second grand slam of 2023 with the first one coming on April 2 vs. Murray State.

The team has three grand slams this year with Maka owning two of them. Prior to this season, the team’s last grand slam was 2019 (Sam Shaikin).

There have been 11 Valpo grand slam since Brian Schmack took over as head coach in 2014 and Maka is the first player with two during the Schmack Era.

Kyle Schmack and Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) joined Maka with multiple hits. Maka reached base four times as he also drew two walks.

McCluskey (3-4) was the winning pitcher after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks over six innings. This marked the fifth win of his collegiate career.

Jablonski picked up his second career save, both this season.

Valpo continued its tradition of success against the Salukis at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Beacons are 7-1 all-time when hosting SIU.

The win came over a Southern Illinois team that was the preseason favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference. SIU went 44-16 last season en route to the MVC regular-season crown.

This marked Valpo’s first win over the MVC preseason favorite since 2018. The Beacons had dropped 13 straight against the team picked to win the league since beating 2018 preseason favorite DBU in both the regular season and MVC Tournament. One more win in this series would allow the Beacons to notch a series win over the team picked to win The Valley for the first time since joining the league.

Up Next

Valpo (17-19, 8-11) and Southern Illinois will clash at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon as the series continues at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game will air on ESPN3.


The Valpo softball team opened its final series of the regular season on Friday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, falling 7-0 to visiting Indiana State.

How It Happened

Indiana State claimed the lead in its first turn at the plate with a two-run homer.

Valpo’s best shot at cracking the scoreboard came in the bottom of the first. Fifth-year Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led off with a line shot off the third baseman’s glove for an infield single, and later in the inning, senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) knocked a single up the middle. Kehlenbrink stole second to put two runners into scoring position, but a groundout ended the threat.

The Sycamores scored three in the top of the second to extend their lead to 5-0.

Valpo got a leadoff single from freshman Lexi Szostak (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) in the third and a one-out double from Kehlenbrink in the fourth, but was unable to convert either into runs.

Indiana State capped the scoring with a single tally apiece in the fourth and fifth innings. Following the latter run, junior Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) retired the final eight Sycamore batters she faced in order.

Inside the Game

Kehlenbrink’s multi-hit game was her eighth of the season, tying her for team-high honors.

Junior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) tallied another outfield assist Friday, pegging a runner down at third from center field. She has registered seven outfield assists on the season, most on the team.

Herschbach’s first-inning single improved her on-base clip when leading off an inning this season to a team-best .467.

Kowalski tossed her fifth complete game of the season in the circle.

Next Up

Valpo (8-38, 4-21 MVC) continues the series with the Sycamores on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. first pitch from the Valpo Softball Complex. Saturday is the program’s Senior Day, with a ceremony to honor the members of the senior class prior to the game at 1:40 p.m.


ROLLA, Mo. – The UIndy outdoor track & field teams earned a combined total of four gold medals on Friday at day two of the 2023 GLVC Outdoor Championships. Most notably, Ellie Lengerich broke the school record and was crowned champion in the women’s long jump while Brittney Clark (women’s pole vault), Treyton Arnold (men’s pole vault), and Melissa Spencer (3,000-meter steeplechase) all won their respective events as well. 

Entering the final day, both the men and women sit in second place in the team standings. The women are just one point behind Lewis while the men fall 21 behind Missouri S&T.

It took Lengerich until her last jump of six attempts to claim gold and the new school record in the long jump. The St. Leon, Ind., native collected a mark of 5.82 meters to win the event, which broke the previous school record of 5.72 meters set by Kimberly Wise back in 1998. Joanna Fields tallied seventh for a spot on the podium while Rebekah Mappes ended in 10th.

In the women’s pole vault, the trio of Clark, Sabrina Robison, and Mackenzie VanBibber dominated the runway in a productive event for the Hounds. Robison and VanBibber both bowed out after clearing 3.70 meters, but Robison claimed second and VanBibber third due to the overall number of misses. Meanwhile, Clark stole the show and cleared 3.90 meters on her final attempt at the height and won the event with a provisional mark because of it.

UIndy stayed hot in the pole vault as Arnold, Cade Priddy, and Nolan Anderson saw action on the men’s side. Anderson found a podium spot with his sixth-place finish while Priddy tied for second after clearing 4.60 meters. It was Arnold who went over the bar and set his new outdoor PR at 5.01 meters while earning a provo to win the event. He nearly matched the school record which still stands at 5.03 meters.

Then in the final event of the evening, Spencer and Hannah Wells geared up for the 5,000-meter steeplechase. Spencer beat the rest of the field by nearly 10 seconds at 11:22.95 while Wells earned the Hounds some team points with her fifth-place finish.

In the throwing events, the duo of Zoe Pentecost and Emily Bonser saw the podium in the women’s shot put with finishes of fourth and sixth, respectively. In the men’s shot put, Keeton Adams corralled the runner-up spot after his final toss was a provo and went 17.31 meters. Close behind, Dylan Mayhew collected third (16.37 meters). Finally on the track, AJ Goecker tallied second in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase while Brandon Ellis found the podium in eighth.


The final day of competition begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET.


Zoe Pentecost claimed first place, broke the GLVC meet record, and nearly broke the school record in the women’s hammer throw on Thursday afternoon to headline action for the UIndy outdoor track & field teams at the 2023 GLVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Pentecost, who easily dominated the rest of the hammer throw field, smashed her previous outdoor personal record (57.92 meters) and threw a provisional mark of 59.21 meters on Thursday. This nearly took down the standing school record of 59.31 meters set back in 2015 by Farin Hickman. Along with Pentecost, the Hounds also saw Emily Bonser collect the runner-up spot in the event (provo of 54.85) while MaKenna Maschino and Claire Tabit went fifth and ninth, respectively.

Lucas Liard was the lone Greyhound to take the track in the men’s 10,000-meter run which saw him grab second place at 30:29.81

Over in the men’s hammer throw, Keeton Adams collect a bronze medal after tossing a throw of 56.03 meters. Jacob Brouse and Cameron Smith ended in fifth and sixth, respectively, while Dylan Mayhew and Noah Mattson collect 10th and 12th, respectively.

In the final event of the day, Mariah Davis and Hanna Stamm led UIndy in the women’s 10,000-meter run with finishes of 11th and 12th, respectively. Gabrielle Harrell and Emma Gaston would finish in 16th and 18th, respectively.


EAST PEORIA, Ill.—The UIndy softball team continued to roll at the GLVC Championship Tournament Friday, as the top-seeded Greyhounds dismissed the four-seed Maryville in a convincing 10-2 final. The UIndy hitters found their mojo, fueled by back-to-back home runs by Emily O’Connor and Lexy Rees in the third inning.

UIndy remains in the winners’ bracket and awaits the victor of tomorrow’s second game: Rockhurst and UMSL. Those two face off in an elimination game at 11 a.m. ET, with the winner rewarded with a battle with the Hounds at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Visit the tournament homepage for more information.


After a coin flip relegated the Hounds to the visitors spot on the scoreboard, UIndy jumped on the Saints with a quick run in the top of the first. Jocelyn Calvin led off the game with a four-pitch walk, moved to second on a Megan Nichols sacrifice and came around on a Lexy Rees single.

Rees wasn’t done, however, while O’Connor was just getting started. UIndy’s three and four hitters went on to combine for five hits, four runs and five RBIs. The third inning featured the most fireworks, with O’Connor launching a two-run shot halfway up the hill in left and Rees immediately following with a missile to dead center.

O’Connor power surge put her in UIndy’s 30-homer club, joining Rees as two of only seven Greyhounds ever to reach 30 career dingers.

The Saints managed a two-run homer of their own in the fourth to pull within three, but the Hounds shrugged it off with a run in the fifth and a fatal five-run rally in the seventh.

After freshman Shelby Cook notched an RBI double in the top of the fifth, UIndy put it away in the seventh. The final frame was highlighted by a two-run, pinch-hit single by Tara Williams and another ribbie from O’Connor.

Dominique Proctor added two hits and a run scored, while Nichols finished with three walks.

Meanwhile, Kenzee Smith was once again a force in the circle. She tossed six innings of two-hit softball, fanning eight along the way. She moved to 30-3 with the victory, becoming only the third digfferent Hound to reach 30 wins in a season.


Head Coach Melissa Frost on the offense’s effectiveness…

“I think it started in BP today. Coach Ferrell and I thought that if the game goes anything like BP, we’re going to be in pretty good shape, and I think that they stuck with the game plan; they dug their heels in, they did what we asked of them, and just hit the ball hard. Even the outs we made were tough outs, and I was really pleased with that.”

Coach Frost on the Greyhounds’ pitching…

“I thought Kenzee threw a phenomenal game. I think I called the wrong pitch at the wrong time, and unfortunately the ball went over the fence and I take full blame for that, but I thought she threw a fantastic game. I mean, coming back after the home run to strike out the next seven; she’s an All-American and she threw like an All-American. And I thought Jayden (Casebolt) came in and did a really, really good job of doing exactly what she needed to get done and seal the win for us.”


INDIANAPOLIS – The Lewis University Flyers (29-18, 20-9 GLVC) defeated the UIndy Greyhounds baseball team by a score of 11-1 in the series opener on Friday afternoon.


It was a battle of the aces, with UIndy tossing Seth Spencer and the Flyers pitching the leader in ERA Jake Karaba. Both were on point to start the contest, going scoreless in the first. Free passes, however, ended up haunting Spencer in the second as two walks led into a three-run homer that put the Flyers up. Another two spot in the third via a up-the-middle single made it 5-0.

After six innings, Spencer’s day was done, allowing Kase Lawson to take over. Lawson’s appearance was short lived with a sac fly, a double and a single by the visitors plating three more off of the graduate student.

Steven Jones would come in relief of Lawson, tossing one and two-thirds, punching out four and giving up one run on a homer to left.

The Hounds scratched across their lone run in the bottom of the eighth, an RBI groundout to shortstop by Isaac Bair. 


The Hounds have the second and third games of the series tomorrow on Saturday in a doubleheader format. The first game starts at 12 p.m. ET.


INDIANAPOLIS – For the third consecutive year and the fourth time in program history, the Marian women’s track and field team won the Crossroads League Outdoor Track and Field Championship, doing so on their home track. Marian’s Erin Oleksak continued her dominance in the league meet by scoring in every event she competed in, while multiple members of the program in addition to the senior were named All-Crossroads League.

On the track Marian scored the top-two finishes in the 100m, as Giorgia Mameli picked up a win with an 11.99 second time, while MaKayla Melvin finished second in 12.20 seconds. Mameli and Melvin continued their success to the 200m, finishing first and third while Erin Oleksak placed second. Mameli won with a time of 25.14, while both Oleksak and Mevlin clocked 25.50 second times. Taylor Thomas pulled out a strong win in the 400m, winning by one-tenth of a second with a 58.16 second effort. Hanna Reuter finished third in the 400m, coming two spots behind Thomas in section three with a 58.91 second time.

Nora Steele just missed a scoring placement in the 800m as she clocked a time of 2:21, while Katie Woods would finish 19th in the event. Liz Loichinger finished 11th to lead the team in the 1500m race, with Luci Woodrum placing 20th and Woods 17th. Ali Ray earned her second All-Crossroads League nod of the weekend with a strong race in the 5000m, finishing third overall in the event with a time of 18:16.97. Mari Hudson would finish 13th in the event, closing her career as a Knight with a time of 20:33.

Erin Oleskak again set records in the 100m hurdles, as she took home the win in the event with a new meet-record time of 13.84 seconds. Oleksak’s efforts in the hurdles would be contested one more time as she ran the 400m hurdles, placing fourth overall. Lindsay Huston would score points for the team in the 3000m steeplechase with a seventh place time of 12:36.09, while Sabrina Siems finished ninth.

On the relay circuit, Marian finished second in both the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relays. Marian’s group of Aya Dunn, Oleksak, Melvin, and Mameli finished with a time of 47.78 seconds in the 4×1, while Melvin, Steele, Thomas, and Mameli hit a time of 3:57.33 in the 4×4.

Jai-Lyn Norwood earned one final All-Crossroads League honor in her career with the runner-up finish in the triple jump, hitting 11.79m on her best jump. Naomi Walters finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.43m, and Holli Reuter finished eighth to score, reaching 10.41m on her best attempt.

Arriana Benjamin finished as the runner-up in the shot put, hitting 12.84m on her best throw in the event. Nhaydia Watson finished 13th in the shot put, and Landry Munoz finished 21st. Benjamin would later finish fifth in the discus, hitting 44.28m on her best throw. Watson and Munoz finished 23rd and 26th, respectively, and Allie Miller finished 21st.

The final points for Marian on the weekend came in the heptathlon, with Emma Bock placing third in the meet with a score of 3235. Arissa Boyd finished sixth in the heptathlon with a score of 2988. On the final day Bock finished third in long jump, fifth in javelin, and fifth in the 800m, while Boyd was third in the 800m, fourth in long jump, and third in the javelin.

Marian’s win came with a total of 206 team points, defeating Indiana Wesleyan’s mark of 167. The Wildcats strong push on the second day moved them ahead of third place Taylor, while Grace and Bethel completed the top-five.


INDIANAPOLIS – For the third consecutive year, the Marian men’s track and field program completed a dominating victory at the Crossroads League Championship, winning their third title in as many years, while earning the eighth championship in program history. The Knights had multiple all-league performers, and ended the day with a victory in the 4x400m relay.

The Knights picked up points from three athletes in the 100m, with Manny Manneh earning all-CL honors with his second place time of 10.61 seconds. Connor Maple and Will Osafo finished fourth and fifth, hitting the line in respective 10.72 and 10.76 times. In the 200m Olivier Lifrange headlined the group with an All-CL time of 21.95 which was good for third place, with teammate Maple finishing fourth in 21.98 seconds. Kanye Wright finished seventh overall in the 200m, finishing with a time of 22.15 in the finals. Marian would later have three placers in the 400m, with Eli Givens leading the pack in fourth place with a time of 49.31 seconds. Murray Ross-Harman finished fifth with a 49.89 time, and Lifrange finished sixth in 49.91 seconds. Matthew Riehle would finish just outside the top-eight with a ninth place performance.

In the 800m the final heat was competitive, with Drew Thornton making it through the pack to finish fifth overall. Howard Hendricks won the fourth of the five sections and placed sixth overall, with Andrew McDade finishing 11th. Owen Pittman led Marian in the 1500m with his 12th place finish, with Hendricks taking the 13th fastest time in the field. Grant Monnier led the Knights in the 5000m, placing 13th overall. Sam Stage finished 18th.

Gus Martinez scored points in both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles, crossing in fourth in the 110m race with a time of 15.81 seconds. Martinez later ran a 57.72 second race in the 400m, placing fifth overall. Gregory Hueston would finish 10th overall in the 400m hurdles, just over 1.5 seconds shy of eighth place. Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez scored a win in the 3000m steeplechase, hitting an NAIA A standard time and season PR with a 9:15.56 effort, coasting to victory. Nick Frank pulled off fifth place in the steeplechase, clocking a 10:03 effort.

On the relay circuit, Marian’s 4x100m relay team finished second overall, as the group of Wright, Lifrange, Maple, and Manneh finished with a time of 41.56 seconds, just one-tenth behind the winners of MVNU. In the 4x400m relay, the Knights closed out the league championships with a win, as Ross-Harman, Lifrange, Thornton, and Givens clocked a team time 3:19.03, winning the race with a roaring crowd behind them.

The lone jumping event of the day was the triple jump, with Marian placing first, second, and third in the event. Chase Maxey won the meet with an NAIA standard jump, hitting 14.49m on his top attempt to claim the win. Armani Glass finshed second with a 13.88m top jump, and Eli Felton took third hitting his best jump at 13.76m. Van Lian would also score in the triple jump, placing sixth.

Christian Rios again put on a show in the throws, claiming the win in the discus and a runner-up spot in the shot put. Rios won the discus with a 50.09m throw, and took second behind teammate Jacob Netral in the shot put with a 16.53m toss. Netral’s winning effort in the shot put came with a distance of 17.74m, landing a spot in the CL meet record book. Netral also finished fifth in the discus throw at 47.24m. Isaiah Tipping earned third place in the discus with a throw of 49.69m, while scoring as well in the shot put with an eighth place finish. Kevaughn Dawn finished fifth in the shot put to score team points as well.

AJ Wrenn earned All-Crossroads League in the decathlon, as he set a PR with a score of 4404. On the final day Wrenn finished fourth in the hurdles, third in discus, no height in the pole vault, third in javelin, and third in the 1500m.

Marian won with a final team score of 227 points, nearly posting 100 more points than second place Indiana Wesleyan who finished with 139.5 points. Mt. Vernon Nazarene finished the league meet in third, and Taylor finished fourth.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball made their way to championship Saturday after defeating Mt. Vernon Nazarene 12-4 in five innings on Friday afternoon in their second game of the Crossroads League Tournament. The Knights bat stayed hot all game as they went off for 17 hits, improving to 44-6 on the season.

Marian wasted no time to put runs on the board as Sierra Norman hit the RBI double to score Savannah Harweger, who singled to start the game. Hayley Greene stepped up next, smashing a two-run homerun to take the 3-0 lead. However, MVNU was able to answer in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run homer to cut the deficit to one after one complete.

After a scoreless second inning, the Knights got the bats going again with Grace Meyer scoring two on her single, before a walk with bases loaded added another score to scoreboard for Marian. Marian tacked on another run after Mackenzie Dalton had the single to bring a runner in. Lily Wendt came in to pinch hit for the Knights, as she sent in  Brenna Fink with her single, extending the Marian lead to 8-2. Back-to-back RBI singles from Norman and Greene grew the Marian lead to 11-2 after the top of the third, but the Cougars were able to respond with two runs, clawing their way back to within seven.

The Knights rattled off another run in the top half of the fifth inning with Greene smoking the RBI single to bring in Norman, giving Marian the eight-run lead. MVNU had a chance to keep the game going, but hot hitting from the Knights and a quick three up three down allowed the Marian to secure the run-rule victory, 12-4.

Norman, Greene, and Dalton all had three hits in Marian’s 17 hits, while Harweger, Meyer, and Fink all added two. Lily Wendt and Baker also added a hit in the win. Greene led with four RBI and had a homerun, while Norman added a double and triple, and Meyer had a double. Olivia Stunkel and Sydney Wilson both pitched flawless with Stunkel striking out three, and Wilson dishing out one.

Marian will play tomorrow at 1 PM for the Crossroads League Tournament Championship.



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay276.81818 – 29 – 46 – 29 – 14 – 27 – 3W 4
Baltimore2210.6884.59 – 413 – 64 – 510 – 35 – 27 – 3W 2
Boston2014.5887.513 – 77 – 77 – 77 – 23 – 18 – 2W 7
Toronto1914.57689 – 310 – 114 – 68 – 25 – 45 – 5W 1
NY Yankees1716.5151011 – 86 – 83 – 47 – 63 – 44 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1914.57610 – 69 – 85 – 510 – 42 – 16 – 4W 2
Detroit1417.45248 – 76 – 102 – 142 – 12 – 16 – 4W 4
Cleveland1418.4384.54 – 910 – 93 – 61 – 36 – 43 – 7L 3
Chi White Sox1122.33386 – 105 – 122 – 113 – 32 – 24 – 6W 1
Kansas City825.242112 – 156 – 102 – 51 – 62 – 83 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas1813.58112 – 66 – 74 – 35 – 14 – 34 – 6L 2
LA Angels1914.5769 – 510 – 93 – 72 – 18 – 38 – 2W 5
Houston1715.5311.58 – 119 – 44 – 24 – 62 – 25 – 5W 1
Seattle1517.4693.57 – 108 – 71 – 23 – 44 – 35 – 5L 1
Oakland726.212123 – 154 – 111 – 62 – 23 – 102 – 8W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta2211.6677 – 815 – 310 – 36 – 03 – 47 – 3L 1
NY Mets1716.51557 – 610 – 107 – 60 – 37 – 43 – 7W 1
Miami1617.485610 – 96 – 85 – 123 – 14 – 24 – 6L 4
Philadelphia1518.45578 – 67 – 121 – 24 – 33 – 44 – 6L 5
Washington1319.4068.56 – 127 – 73 – 34 – 32 – 35 – 5L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Pittsburgh2013.6069 – 511 – 82 – 17 – 45 – 14 – 6L 5
Milwaukee1814.5631.59 – 69 – 83 – 04 – 24 – 73 – 7L 5
Chi Cubs1616.5003.59 – 87 – 82 – 62 – 35 – 53 – 7W 1
Cincinnati1319.4066.59 – 74 – 123 – 73 – 61 – 26 – 4L 2
St. Louis1023.303105 – 125 – 110 – 33 – 44 – 91 – 9L 7
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers1914.57612 – 67 – 84 – 28 – 57 – 77 – 3L 1
Arizona1814.5630.59 – 69 – 82 – 24 – 29 – 86 – 4W 2
San Diego1815.545110 – 98 – 65 – 54 – 69 – 47 – 3W 2
San Francisco1417.45248 – 76 – 103 – 44 – 11 – 46 – 4W 3
Colorado1221.36477 – 95 – 123 – 64 – 53 – 66 – 4L 1