INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
RIVERTON PARKE 11 N. CENTRAL 1
CASCADE 3 DANVILLE 2
JASPER 10 EDGEWOOD 1
SHAWE MEMORIAL 1 W. WASHINGTON 0
CENTER GROVE 8 WHITELAND 0
LOOGOOTEE 17 SHAKAMAK 10
MITCHELL 8 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 4
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
TERRE HAUTE NORTH 12 W.VIGO 9
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 15 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 6
PERRY MERIDIAN 10 BEECH GROVE 2
CASCADE 4 DANVILLE 3
MOUNT VERNON 4 NEW PALESTINE 2
SOUTH VERMILLION 10 SHAKAMAK 0
FRANKLIN 5 BROWN COUNTY 1
MOORESVILLE CARMEL 6
PHILADELPHIA 99 MIAMI 79
DALLAS 103 PHOENIX 94
BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3)
• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 101, BOSTON 89
• GAME 2: BOSTON 109, MILWAUKEE 86
• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 3:30 ET | ABC
• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 5: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 7 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD
SERIES TIED 1-1
* = IF NECESSARY
MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)
• GAME 1: MIAMI 106, PHILADELPHIA 92
• GAME 2: MIAMI 119, PHILADELPHIA 103
• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 99, MIAMI 79
• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 8 ET | TNT
• GAME 5: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 7:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD
HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1
* = IF NECESSARY
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3)
• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 117, MEMPHIS 116
• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 106, GOLDEN STATE 101
• GAME 3: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 9:30 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | MONDAY, MAY 16 | TBD | TNT
SERIES TIED 1-1
* = IF NECESSARY
PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)
• GAME 1: PHOENIX 121, DALLAS 114
• GAME 2: PHOENIX 129, DALLAS 109
• GAME 3: DALLAS 103, PHOENIX 94
• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 3:30 ET | ESPN
• GAME 5: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 10 ET | TNT
• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN
• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD
SUNS LEAD SERIES 2-1
* = IF NECESSARY
BOSTON 4 CAROLINA 2
TORONTO 5 TAMPA BAY 2
MINNESOTA 5 ST. LOUIS 1
EDMONTON 8 LOS ANGELES 2
DATE TIME (ET) #1 FLORIDA VS. #WC2 WASHINGTON NETWORKS
SATURDAY, MAY 7 1 P.M. FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON ESPN, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS
MONDAY, MAY 9 7 P.M. FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON TBS, SN1, TVA SPORTS
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 TBD WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA TBD
*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON TBD
*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #2 TORONTO VS. #3 TAMPA BAY NETWORKS
SUNDAY, MAY 8 7 P.M. TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO TBD
*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY TBD
*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #1 CAROLINA VS. #WC1 BOSTON NETWORKS
SUNDAY, MAY 8 12:30 P.M. CAROLINA AT BOSTON ESPN, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS
*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD BOSTON AT CAROLINA TBD
*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD CAROLINA AT BOSTON TBD
*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD BOSTON AT CAROLINA TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #2 NY RANGERS VS. #3 PITTSBURGH NETWORKS
SATURDAY, MAY 7 7 P.M. NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH TNT, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
MONDAY, MAY 9 7 P.M. NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 TBD PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS TBD
*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH TBD
*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #1 COLORADO VS. #WC2 NASHVILLE NETWORKS
SATURDAY, MAY 7 4:30 P.M. COLORADO AT NASHVILLE TNT, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS
MONDAY, MAY 9 9:30 P.M. COLORADO AT NASHVILLE ESPN, SN1, TVA SPORTS
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 TBD NASHVILLE AT COLORADO TBD
*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD COLORADO AT NASHVILLE TBD
*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD NASHVILLE AT COLORADO TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #2 MINNESOTA VS. #3 ST. LOUIS NETWORKS
SUNDAY, MAY 8 4:30 P.M. MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS TBS, SN360, TVA SPORTS
*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA TBD
*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS TBD
*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #1 CALGARY VS. #WC1 DALLAS NETWORKS
MONDAY, MAY 9 9:30 P.M. CALGARY AT DALLAS TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 TBD DALLAS AT CALGARY TBD
*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD CALGARY AT DALLAS TBD
*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD DALLAS AT CALGARY TBD
DATE TIME (ET) #2 EDMONTON VS. #3 LOS ANGELES NETWORKS
SUNDAY, MAY 8 10 P.M. EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON TBD
*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES TBD
*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON TBD
* IF NECESSARY
TBD – TO BE DETERMINED
JIP – JOINED IN PROGRESS
LA ANGELS 3 WASHINGTON 0
KANSAS CITY AT BALTIMORE POSTPONED
TEXAS AT NY YANKEES POSTPONED
TORONTO AT CLEVELAND POSTPONED
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 BOSTON 2
MINNESOTA 2 OAKLAND 1
HOUSTON 3 DETROIT 2
TAMPA BAY 8 SEATTLE 7
NY METS AT PHILADELPHIA POSTPONED
PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI POSTPONED
MILWAUKEE 6 ATLANTA 3
LA DODGERS AT CHICAGO CUBS POSTPONED
SAN DIEGO 3 MIAMI 2
ARIZONA 4 COLORADO 1
ST. LOUIS 3 SAN FRANCISCO 2
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
LOUISVILLE INDIANAPOLIS POSTPONED (MAKEUP ON AUGUST 3)
SOUTH BEND 4 PEORIA 2
WISCONSIN 3 FORT WAYNE 2
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LOS ANGELES 98 CHICAGO 91
LAS VEGAS 106 PHOENIX 88
SEATTLE 97 MINNESOTA 74
PHILADELPHIA 26 MICHIGAN 25
NOTRE DAME AT WILLIAM & MARY CANCELED
IOWA 5 PURDUE 2
MICHIGAN 8 INDIANA 4
PURDUE FORT WAYNE YOUNGSTOWN STATE CANCELED
EVANSVILLE 5 ILLINOIS STATE 4
PURDUE 5 IOWA 1
INDIANA 5 NEBRASKA 0
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Embiid returns from injury, 76ers beat Heat 99-79 in Game 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid spent the week groggy from a concussion. His busted thumb needs surgery.
MVP form? Not yet. But Embiid wore his black mask and injected the 76ers – and a skittish fanbase – with revitalized championship aspirations.
Embiid inspired the 76ers with his return from a facial injury, Danny Green and Tyrese Maxey each scored 21 points and Philadelphia beat the Miami Heat 99-79 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night.
“We have a good chance to win it all,” Embiid said. “We’ve got to stay healthy.”
The Heat lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.
Wearing a hammer-tested mask, Embiid had 18 points and 11 rebounds after missing the first two games of the series with a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion suffered in the last round. Embiid wasn’t the dominant force he was throughout the season and tired as the game went on. With Green, Maxey and James Harden all crushing Heat rallies with big buckets, Embiid didn’t have to carry the Sixers.
But the 76ers sure were glad he was back.
“Any plan where you can have Joel as part of the plan is a much better plan,” coach Doc Rivers said.
Even Rivers couldn’t draw up a plan that included the play that helped put away the game: Maxey made a full-court sprint to save a basketball with an over-the-shoulder toss. The 76ers kept the ball and Embiid buried a fallaway bucket and sank the free throw for an 86-74 lead.
Embiid was good. Green was better. Green buried made 6 of 7 3-pointers through three quarters, highlighted by ones that snuffed Miami runs and stretched the Sixers’ lead to 54-50 and 57-51. Green missed 9 of 10 3s in Game 2.
Tyler Herro, though, had two critical 3s of his own in the final minute and pulled the Heat to 68-65 to close the third. He had 14 and joined Jimmy Butler as the only Heat in double digits. Butler led the Heat with 33 points.
“You add Jo to any team, home or away, the game, the scouting report, it changes drastically,” Butler said. “It’s been like that for his entire career.”
Maxey’s last 3-pointer made it 92-77, and, suddenly, the Sixers have new life in the series.
The 76ers have never won a playoff series in 19 tries after losing the first two games.
The NBA scoring champ’s return kind of helps those odds.
“Even when he’s not his normal self, he helps us a ton,” Green said.
Embiid said he was cleared a day earlier and just the hope he could play had Philly buzzing. When he jogged out for warmups wearing the mask, Sixers fans roared and started the “MVP! MVP!” chants that are a staple at the arena.
When Sixers public address announcer Matt Cord announced “there are no injuries” on the pregame report, Sixers fans went wild. Embiid easily heard the loudest ovation during lineup introductions and the Sixers were energized by his presence. It was hard to tell at times Embiid had missed so much time.
“I knew his presence would have an impact,” Rivers said. “I was positive of that.”
He was only 5 of 12 from the floor in 36 minutes. Embiid is still playing with a right thumb ligament injury that will require offseason surgery.
“It’s about doing whatever possible to protect it as much as possible,” Embiid said.
Embiid — who led the 76ers with 30.6 points and 11.7 rebounds this season — effected Game 3 just by his presence. Miami All-Star center Bam Adebayo, who scored 24 points in Game 1 and 23 in Game 2, was held to just five in the first half.
“I was really (angry) watching another big man play well against my team,” Embiid said.
Embiid had a laugh, though, after the game on social media. He tweeted a picture of “The Wire” character Stringer Bell with a quote from the scene in the show: “I want you to put the word out that we back up.”
The big man is indeed back up – and so are the 76ers.
“This is what you have to expect,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’s an MVP-caliber player.”
P.J. Tucker jawed at Matisse Thybulle and double technicals were called in the fourth. Tucker elbowed Thybulle to start the commotion.
“It’s funny and fun to see,” Green said. “It’s part of the game that you live for.”
Heat: G Kyle Lowry started for the Heat after he missed four straight playoff games with a strained left hamstring. The Heat went 4-0 without the former Villanova star. … The Heat’s 34 points were the second-fewest they scored in a first half this season. The Heat scored 33 on Nov. 21 against Boston.
76ers: Green had his 11th career playoff game with at least five 3s. … Maxey was scoreless in the first half. … The ineffective DeAndre Jordan started at center in Games 1 and 2. … Harden had 15 of his 17 points in the first half.
Mavs get defensive, top Suns 103-94 for 2-1 series deficit
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic got the help he and the Dallas Mavericks needed – from Jalen Brunson on offense and himself, Reggie Bullock and others on defense.
The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Mavericks turned up the defensive pressure to get back in their Western Conference semifinal series with Phoenix, beating the Suns 103-94 on Friday night.
The Mavericks spoiled Chris Paul’s 37th birthday, forcing the 17-year pro into his most turnovers in any half of a playoff game with seven before the break.
Dallas cut the Suns’ series lead to 2-1 and ended an 11-game losing streak against Phoenix, regular season included. Game 4 is Sunday in Dallas.
“Energy, man,” Doncic said of the best Dallas defensive showing of the series. “The crowd gets you going. The energy and the execution were better. That’s what we’ve got to do every game.”
Paul didn’t have any more turnovers after halftime, but the Suns finally struggled with their shooting when they weren’t turning it over. Phoenix shot 45%, ending a run of at least 50% shooting in the playoffs at eight games.
“It felt like all seven of ’em were back to back to back,” said Paul, whose career high for a game in the playoffs is eight turnovers. “If I don’t turn the ball over like that I feel like it’s a different game.”
Jae Crowder scored 19 for Phoenix, but the Mavericks limited the impact of Devin Booker in much the same way they did Paul. Booker scored 18 but was just 2 of 7 inside the 3-point line, and Paul had 12 on just nine shots (five made) in the Suns’ lowest-scoring game of the season.
Doncic just missed a triple-double with nine assists, while Brunson led Dallas with 28 points after struggling in the two losses in Phoenix when Doncic averaged 40 points but didn’t get enough help.
“I found a way to bounce back tonight,” Brunson said. “I just can’t be satisfied with this. Sunday’s going to be another brutal game. I have to bring the same energy, the same intensity, the same everything.”
A scrambling Dallas defense was the biggest difference, starting from the opening tip with Bullock shadowing Paul everywhere. The Mavericks stepped into passing lanes, including when Spencer Dinwiddie tiptoed along the sideline after a steal for a layup in transition.
Paul had six turnovers in the first 16 minutes, including one when he simply lost the ball out bounds trying to work his way to the basket. The only Dallas turnover before halftime was an offensive foul on Doncic, who disliked the call enough to mimic what he thought were flopping movements by Paul.
The Suns targeted Doncic’s defense when shooting 84% to pull away in the fourth quarter of a 20-point win in Game 2. The 23-year-old Slovenian dove to the court early in this one, winning a battle with Deandre Ayton for a loose ball.
“When you see your best player doing that, it kind of sets a mood,” Dorian Finney-Smith said.
Doncic had to leave with his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter, and the Suns cut an 18-point deficit earlier in the second half to nine just after he came back.
Brunson answered with free throws to get the lead back to double digits, and the Mavericks got enough stops to stay comfortably in front.
The lead was eight when Doncic kept Crowder from getting a steal near midcourt with a minute remaining, leading to a corner 3 with from Bullock, who scored 15. He and Finney-Smith, who scored 14, had four 3s apiece.
“It wasn’t like us,” Booker said. “You can credit them. They came out played hard, played desperate. That’s that. We’ve got a series.”
Suns: Mikal Bridges was called for a technical foul late in the first half, and Paul got one early in the second. Both came going into timeouts. … Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds. … Torrey Craig was out with a right elbow contusion. He played sparingly in the first two games of the series.
Mavericks: Bullock, who spent plenty of time guarding Paul in the first half, was reported as questionable with a rib injury at halftime. … Orlando coach Jamahl Mosley, a former Dallas assistant, attended the game. Two of his players, Cole Anthony and Wendell Carter Jr., were with him.
The Mavericks got a favorable possession call early in the second half when the ball appeared to go off them out of bounds. Officials ruled Dallas ball, and as the Suns tried to plead with officials to reconsider, Brunson inbounded quickly to Finney-Smith, who hit a 3 without a dribble.
Kane has hat trick, Oilers roll to 8-2 rout of Kings
LOS ANGELES (AP) Evander Kane picked up his first hat trick in a Stanley Cup playoff game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman each had two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight game, posting a 8-2 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Friday night.
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and assist for the Oilers. He is the third Edmonton player in the past 25 years to score in each of the first three games of a postseason, joining McDavid (2020) and Bill Guerin (1998). Cody Ceci had three assists and Mike Smith made 44 saves.
Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist while Phillip Danault also scored for Los Angeles, who had a 45-37 advantage in shots on goal. Jonathan Quick allowed four goals and made 13 saves while Cal Petersen gave up four goals while making 16 saves.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Los Angeles.
It is the second straight game with at least two goals for Kane. The last time an Edmonton player accomplished that was Bernie Nicholls in 1992 in Games 2 and 3 of the 1992 Smythe Division Semifinals, also against the Kings.
Kane had a pair of rebound goals in the second period and finished the hat trick with a wrist shot with 20 seconds remaining.
It was the first time in Hyman’s seven-year career he has had a two-goal game in the playoffs.
Nugent-Hopkins scored his goals in a 81-second span during the third period.
Edmonton won 6-0 Wednesday night and built a five-goal lead midway through the second period of this one as it took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Draisaitl took a cross-ice pass from McDavid on a 2-on-1 rush and slid a wrist shot past Quick 3:50 into the first period to open the scoring.
Edmonton didn’t waste any time extending its lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal at 6:07. McDavid drew in a defender and then found Hyman open at the back post.
The Oilers then put it away with three second-period goals in a span of 3:24.
Kane knocked in a rebound at 6:27 and Hyman chased Quick at 7:42 with a wrist shot to the near post to make it 4-0. Kane then put a rebound through Petersen’s legs at 9:51.
Los Angeles averted a shutout 16 seconds after Kane’s second goal when Kopitar went top shelf on a backhand in front of the net. Danault got the Kings within 5-2 on a power-play goal at 17:29.
McDavid – who has six points in the series (one goal, five assists) – has multiple points in each game. It is the first time since Joe Murphy and Nicholls in 1992 an Oiler has had multiple points in each of the first three games of the postseason.
Marchand, Swayman give Bruins 4-2 win, Canes lead series 2-1
BOSTON (AP) For 16 periods over six games, the Carolina Hurricanes dominated the Boston Bruins.
Five straight wins – including two in the playoffs. Twenty-six goals to three. Never did the Hurricanes even trail the Bruins over 325 minutes, 41 seconds.
“It’s been a while,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, noting that the teams didn’t play in the pandemic-shortened 2021 season, so they hadn’t beaten Carolina since 2020. “Playing with a lead, we’ve talked about it enough. It makes a difference for both teams.”
Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal to give Boston its first lead against Carolina all season. Then he added a pair of assists to help the Bruins hold on and beat the Hurricanes 4-2 in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Bruins rookie Jeremy Swayman stopped 25 shots in his first career playoff start after Linus Ullmark allowed eight goals in the first two games, both Hurricanes victories. That followed a regular season in which Carolina swept all three games, outscoring the Bruins 16-1 and never trailing.
Charlie Coyle scored a short-handed goal and added an assist, and David Pastrnak had a power-play goal and an assist for Boston, which hopes to even the best-of-seven series when it hosts Game 4 on Sunday. Taylor Hall added a power-play goal for the Bruins to make it 4-1 early in the third period.
“When J.D. (Jake DeBrusk) and C.C. made that play short-handed to get us back in the game, it just changed the whole demeanor,” Marchand said. “We had been playing catch-up all series. It just felt good to know we can respond.”
Vincent Trocheck and Jaccob Slavin scored for Carolina, and backup goalie Pyotr Kochetkov made 24 saves in his first career playoff start. He took over in Game 2 after starter Antti Raanta was injured in a collision with Pastrnak.
Trocheck gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead, swiping in a rebound just as he was belatedly knocked down in front of the net. But Coyle tied it on a 2-on-1 give-and-go with DeBrusk with 2:44 left in the first.
“Obviously, that’s a huge goal for them,” Slavin said. “Our power play should be giving us momentum, not taking it away.”
Five minutes into second, Marchand fought for the puck along the boards and headed for the slot, where he picked up Patrice Bergeron’s deflected shot and went high over Kochetkov. It was Boston’s first lead over the Hurricanes since eliminating them in the first round of the 2020 postseason.
“We know what the issue was,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We had a decent first period and then the power play gave up a shorty and they got some life out of it.”
The Hurricanes took back-to-back penalties late in the second, and soon after the 5-on-3 became a one-man advantage, Pastrnak wristed one in from the left circle to make it 3-1.
The Hurricanes lost forward Jordan Martinook in the second period when he got his legs tangled up with Hall. Martinook got back on his skates, but couldn’t put any weight on his right ankle.
He went down the tunnel and the Hurricanes said he would not return.
“That one’s going to be questionable,” Brind’Amour said. “He looked pretty rough in there.”
The game was delayed for about seven minutes when a section of the glass fell on NHL off-ice official Joe Foley while he was working in the Bruins penalty box.
Play was whistled dead with 5:07 left in the second period and medical staff ran across the ice to tend to the official. He was taken off on a stretcher and given a cheer by the Boston fans.
The glass separated the Boston penalty box from the stands. Play resumed with a police officer in the stands to maintain a barrier.
NHL spokesman John Dellapina said Foley, the commercial coordinator, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.
“We heard he’s doing all right and he’s going to be fine,” Pastrnak said.
Campbell shines, Maple Leafs beat Lightning 5-2 in Game 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jack Campbell didn’t flinch.
Not when the Tampa Bay Lightning began cutting into a three-goal deficit, and especially not when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions made a late push to really put some heat on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Campbell had 32 saves, including three from point-blank range to protect the lead on a late power play, and the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 5-2 Friday night in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series between the Atlantic Division rivals.
“Coming into this rink, it’s a tough rink. Their fans are into it and their team is always buzzing. We did a great job of having a strong start tonight, especially after Game 2,” Campbell said. “The sacrifices every single guy was making in front of me tonight, blocking shots, getting into lanes and making it tough to get things to the net, was huge.”
No team has been as resilient in the postseason as Tampa Bay in winning back-to-back titles, however the Maple Leafs feel they’ve made some strides in responding to adversity since squandering a 3-1 lead to Montreal in the opening round of last year’s playoffs.
Ilya Mikheyer had two empty-net goals in the final two minutes, and Morgan Rielly, Colin Blackwell and David Kampf also scored to help the Maple Leafs rebound from losing Game 2 to take a 2-1 lead and regain home ice advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference matchup.
Ross Colton and Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 31 saves.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Tampa.
“We can’t wait for them to go up by a couple goals for us to kind of flip the switch,” Colton said. “The second half of the game, I think we dominated them. … I think that just comes down to preparation. We have to come to the rink with a little bit more urgency.”
The Lightning are 16-0 in games following a playoff loss over the last three postseasons, including a 5-3 win in Game 2 of this series.
The defending champions were unable to build on the momentum of that victory, though, yielding goals to Rielly on the power play and Blackwell of a 3-on-1 in the opening 10 minutes. A turnover led to Kampf’s unassisted goal that made it 3-0 early in the second period.
“We’re in the box a lot so that kills the flow of the game, kills some momentum,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said.
“Guys are grinding, working extremely hard. You can’t take five penalties in the first half of the game, it’s taxing,” Stamkos added. “Give our penalty killers a ton of credit give our goaltender a ton of credit. We fought back hard, but it’s tough to go in a three zip hole and expect to come back come playoff time.”
Colton’s power-play goal at 11:03 of the second period gave Tampa Bay hope for comeback, and Palat’s 38th career playoff goal trimmed Toronto’s lead to 3-2 with just over 14 minutes remaining.
Campbell didn’t wilt under pressure, though, standing tall on Tampa Bay’s final power-play opportunity, when he rejected Stamkos’ one-timer, and later making another stellar stop to thwart Brayden Point’s attempt to tie the score.
“Our penalty killers are amazing in front of me, and they’ve been doing well all season,” Campbell said of Stamkos’ shot. “Sometimes the quality of players that Tampa has, they’re going to make great plays. They made a great play there and fortunately it stayed out.”
Vasilevskiy was pulled for an extra attacker with 2:20 left. Mikheyev put the Maple Leafs up 4-2 at 18:20 of the period, and his second empty-netter came with 5 seconds remaining.
Toronto, which hasn’t won a playoff series since 2004, won the opening game of the series at home 5-0.
“Getting out to the lead early really benefited us. Soup made some unbelievable saves, ” Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews said. “All throughout our lineup guys stepped up when they had to and made plays when they needed to be made.”
Fleury makes 29 saves, Wild beat Blues 5-1, take series lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and an assist, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, and the Minnesota Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference playoff series.
Joel Eriksson Ek had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Greenway, Mats Zuccarello and Jonas Brodin also scored as the Wild improved to 8-8 all-time in Game 3s.
Fleury, playing in a 16th consecutive Stanley Cup playoffs, earned his 92nd career playoff win.
“St. Louis had good pressure to start,” Fleury said. “I thought our team defended well. We stuck together, stayed in the middle and didn’t give them too much.”
Ryan O’Reilly scored a power play goal and Ville Husso made 28 saves for the Blues.
St. Louis lost Torey Krug to a lower body injury early in the first period. Krug, who will be re-evaluated on Saturday, is the third Blues defensemen to get hurt in the series.
“It’s tough, it’s tough on the `D’, it’s tough on the team,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “We lose our quarterback power-play guy and it’s what it is.”
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday afternoon in St. Louis before shifting back to St. Paul, Minnesota, for Game 5.
The Wild wasted no time quieting the crowd by taking advantage of the Blues’ aggressiveness for two early goals.
St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko was caught chipping in the offensive zone creating a 2-on-1 break resulting in Greenway’s goal 39 seconds in.
“I just thought we simplified it,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “I mean, we weren’t trying to go east-west. We were just getting pucks into the zone and skating and that’s the game right and you know, everybody talks about our team being a physical team, but we can skate.”
Less than two minutes later, Ryan Hartman sprung Kaprizov on a breakaway. Husso made the initial save, steering the rebound to the corner, but Kaprizov banked the rebound off Husso’s skate from behind the net to give the Wild a 2-0 lead.
“He’s one of those players that finds a way to score from everywhere and it’s nothing new for us,” Zuccarello said. “It’s good to see. You work hard and you get the bonuses and today we got bounces.”
Zuccarello’s 16th career playoff goal gave the Wild a 3-0 lead in the second period and Eriksson Ek scored his third goal of the series 22 seconds into the third period. Marcus Foligno picked up his second assist of the game on Eriksson Ek’s tally.
“Smart plays, getting pucks out, having the third guy high, coming back hard, back-checking, it’s easier to get those chances,” Zuccarello said. “I think the whole team today tracking back, the back-checking, was phenomenal.”
The Blues got some momentum going after O’Reilly’s goal at 2:17 of the third, but Fleury made several tough saves to keep the rally from gaining more traction.
“I think it was definitely deflating for us, but we’re a veteran team and we should’ve responded better,” O’Reilly said of the two early goals. “Bounces are going to happen. We came out with great energy, feeding off the building, and I thought we did some great things well, but maybe got too excited offensively. We’ve got to be responsible and then build our game from there.”
Brodin’s goal with 7:29 left prompted a significant portion of the sellout crowd to head for the exits.
“We knew they’re going to be aggressive obviously and you know we did some really good things as far as getting pucks into the neutral zone and then use our speed from there to get up the ice,” Evason said.
Blues D Nick Leddy and D Robert Bortuzzo and were both scratched after sustaining upper body injuries in Game 1 and Game 2, respectively. On Thursday, the Blues recalled D Steven Santini from Springfield, the team’s AHL affiliate. Santini was a scratch after Marco Scandella, who had missed the last three games to a lower body injury, was given the green light to play.
Penguins goalie DeSmith out for playoffs after core surgery
PITTSBURGH (AP) The rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ playoff run won’t include goaltender Casey DeSmith.
Coach Mike Sullivan said DeSmith underwent core surgery on Friday morning and will miss the rest of the postseason.
The surgery comes three days after DeSmith exited in the second overtime of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 triple-overtime victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their first-round series. DeSmith entered the playoffs as Pittsburgh’s top goaltender with All-Star Tristan Jarry sidelined with a lower-body injury.
DeSmith’s injury leaves Louis Domingue as the starter as the best-of-seven series shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Saturday night.
Domingue picked up the victory in Game 1 when the Penguins won 5:58 into the third extra period. The well-traveled 30-year-old Domingue made 35 saves in a 5-2 loss in Game 2.
Sullivan hasn’t ruled out Jarry’s return at some point in the series. Jarry hasn’t played since injuring his foot on April 15.
While Jarry has been rehabbing off the ice, there is no timetable on when he may be available, leaving Alex D’Orio as Pittsburgh’s primary backup as the Penguins try to advance out of the first round for the first time since 2018.
Brewers beat Braves 6-3; Acuña homers in return for Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers showed they can win without the long ball.
Eric Lauer allowed one earned run, Christian Yelich’s infield single was the big hit in Milwaukee’s four-run sixth inning, and the streaking Brewers beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Friday night.
After hitting 20 homers in a six-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati, the Brewers found different ways to score as they opened a nine-game trip.
“There’s games where it’s fun to be in a slugfest and games where it’s fun to see runs get manufactured,” Lauer said.
The NL Central-leading Brewers have won four straight and nine of 10.
Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna Jr. opened the fourth with a 450-foot homer to center field – his first since returning from knee surgery. The momentum of Acuna’s big swing forced him to fall in the batter’s box before he rose to jog around the bases.
“I knew I got all of it,” Acuna said through a translator. “I just fell because I slipped a little bit afterward. … I feel good, thankfully, and I feel healthy. That’s the most important thing, thank God.”
Acuna’s slip surprised Lauer.
“I thought that’s kind of embarrassing if he hit it that far while he fell, but it was afterward,” Lauer said.
Lauer (3-0) gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts, giving him 32 in his last three starts. The left-hander has allowed no more than one earned run in four consecutive starts and has a 1.82 ERA.
Dansby Swanson added an eighth-inning homer off Jandel Gustave for Atlanta.
Four Milwaukee pitchers combined to allow three hits, including the two home runs.
Josh Hader pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Hader, who had been bothered by back spasms, made his first appearance since April 27. Shortstop Willy Adames’ throwing error on Marcell Ozuna’s grounder with two outs allowed Atlanta’s only baserunner of the ninth, Ozzie Albies popped out to end the game.
Milwaukee managed only two infield hits in the big sixth inning, but took advantage of four walks by Collin McHugh (0-1) and Tyler Matzek.
McHugh’s walk to Omar Narvaez loaded the bases. Lorenzo Cain beat out a fielder’s choice grounder that forced Narvaez at second base, giving the Brewers a 3-2 lead.
“I try to hustle as much as possible,” Cain said. “I was able to beat it out and it helped start a little rally there, which is nice.”
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Cain’s hustle was crucial.
“We sent four more batters to the plate that inning,” Counsell said.
Kolten Wong’s walk again loaded the bases before Matzek’s walk to Adames forced in a run.
Yelich followed with a run-scoring infield single off Tyler Thornburg. Wong scored a second run on the play on Albies’ wild throw to second base for an error.
Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run, first-inning double off Jesse Chavez to center field to drive in Wong and Andrew McCutchen. Chavez, serving as the opener, allowed three hits and two runs in his only inning.
Braves rookie Spencer Strider pitched four scoreless innings behind Chavez, setting a career high with eight strikeouts while throwing fastballs clocked at 101 mph.
“That’s the first time I’ve faced the kid,” Cain said. “I think he’s going to be really good.”
The Braves wore their 1974 throwback uniforms as part of their celebration of late Hall of Famer Hank Aaron this week.
Aaron began his major league career with the Milwaukee Braves and played his final two seasons with the Brewers. The Brewers joined the tribute by wearing Aaron’s 44 on their uniform sleeves.
Brewers: RHP Luis Perdomo was promoted from Triple-A Nashville to work out of the bullpen. LHP Aaron Ashby, who has worked in relief and as a spot starter, will start on Sunday and is expected to remain in the rotation. Perdomo, who missed the 2021 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, had a 5.19 ERA in five seasons with San Diego from 2016-20. IF Keston Hiura was optioned to Nashville.
Braves: C Manny Pina, on the 10-day injured list since April 25 with left wrist inflammation, is “still a little sore,” according to manager Brian Snitker. Pina has progressed to baseball activities, including hitting on Friday. … Snitker said “everything is going good” for RHP Mike Soroka in his recovery from his second torn right Achilles tendon one year ago. Snitker said Soroka has thrown off the mound “a little bit.” Soroka was the Braves’ opening day starter in 2020 and could be a boost to the rotation in the second half of the season.
Braves LHP Max Fried (3-2, 3.00) will face Brewers RHP Corbin Burnes (1-1, 1.93) in Saturday night’s second game of the series. Fried is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three career starts against Milwaukee. Burnes is 1-0 with an 18.90 ERA in four games, including one start, against Atlanta.
Trout, Díaz send Angels past Nats 3-0 for 3rd straight win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout is in his second decade of delivering clutch hits and catalyzing the Los Angeles Angels’ offense. For most of that first decade, his teammates on the mound weren’t consistently good enough to turn enough of Trout’s big hits into wins.
These Angels just might be different: When Trout came through with his latest huge hit in the fifth inning Friday night, five pitchers comfortably made it stand up yet again.
Trout hit a two-run double and Jhonathan Diaz tossed five spotless innings in his first start of the season, leading the surging Angels to a 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
After Diaz impressed his teammates by winning a key showdown with Juan Soto, the bullpen coolly finished the Angels’ fifth shutout of the year and second in a row – the first back-to-back shutouts for the normally pitching-poor Halos since July 2016. Raisel Iglesias threw a perfect ninth on six pitches for his seventh save.
Trout loved to see it all.
“You can’t ask for much more than that (from Diaz),” Trout said. “You just can’t. He took advantage of the opportunity and showed us what he had. … It’s been great. The whole pitching staff has been great. It’s been fun to play behind in center field, and we’ve had some quick games as well, so that’s always a plus.”
Shohei Ohtani also drove in a run for the Angels in their third consecutive victory and 10th in 13 games, including six straight at Angel Stadium. The AL West leaders opened a six-game homestand by moving eight games above .500 for the first time since June 2018.
Anthony Rendon went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in his first game against the Nationals since leaving them to sign a seven-year, $245 million free-agent deal with the Angels in December 2019.
The Nationals managed four hits while getting shut out for the second time. They’ve lost three straight and 12 of 15 as they began the final series of their nine-game road trip.
Diaz (1-0) yielded three hits and four walks, striking out four while taking the rotation spot of struggling Jose Suarez, who was sent down to Triple-A Salt Lake.
“We chased a lot down in the zone,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “His breaking ball is really, really good, and we chased it.”
Diaz, who made his major league debut last September, mostly stayed out of trouble after giving up a double on his first pitch. The Venezuelan left-hander even got Soto to slam his bat on the ground in frustration after striking out on a nasty slider in the fifth.
“He was very good, very composed,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said of Diaz. “He’s a little bit sharper this (season). There’s a possibility he’s going to get another shot (in the rotation).”
Joan Adon (1-5) struck out six over five innings of three-hit, three-run ball for the Nats.
“He threw the ball well except for the (five) walks,” Martinez said. “That’s a tough lineup. I told him, `(When) you get strike one, you’re nasty.'”
Los Angeles led in the first after Taylor Ward drew a leadoff walk and scored on Ohtani’s groundout for the AL MVP’s 14th RBI of the season.
The Angels loaded the bases in the fifth for Trout, who crushed a 108 mph line drive off the base of the center-field wall.
“You have a future Hall of Famer come up, you get up 0-2, and then the ball leaks over the plate,” Martinez said.
Rendon was the sixth overall pick in the 2011 draft by Washington, and he played seven increasingly impressive seasons that culminated in his only All-Star selection in 2019, when he led the majors in RBIs and propelled the Nationals to their first World Series title.
Like most of Angels owner Arte Moreno’s expensive purchases, Rendon hasn’t come close to matching his previous form after joining the Halos. But the Houston native shows flashes of elite talent at the plate while remaining a superb fielder at third base.
Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz went 1 for 4 after missing the previous two games with back stiffness.
Angels: Utilityman Jose Rojas was sent down to make room for Diaz.
Michael Lorenzen (3-1, 3.04 ERA) looks to extend an impressive start to his first season with the Angels and his first big league season as a starter. He faces former Dodgers prospect Josiah Gray (3-2, 3.12 ERA), who pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball in San Francisco last weekend.
Robert hits 2-run homer, White Sox top slumping Red Sox 4-2
BOSTON (AP) Luis Robert hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster and Vince Velasquez halted a rough road stretch by pitching five solid innings to lead the Chicago White Sox past the struggling Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.
Tim Anderson had three singles, and Reese McGuire and Jose Abreu each contributed a sacrifice fly for the defending AL Central champions (12-13), who moved a step closer to .500 after an eight-game losing streak last month.
“We were playing. I haven’t faulted the effort – the execution just wasn’t great sometimes,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said of his team’s turnaround. “Now, we’re minus-one. We’ve got a lot of wins to get.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. had an RBI double for Boston (10-17), which has lost 12 of 16.
“We’ve got to pull together and start having a lot of collectively good at-bats,” Bradley said. “It’s been certain spots, certain times. … Our confidence is unwavered. It’s early and it’s definitely not time to panic or anything like that.”
After entering 0-7 with a 13.50 ERA in his last seven road starts, the 29-year-old Velasquez (2-2) held Boston’s slumbering offense to three hits and a run.
“If you stay humble within the game, things will turn around for you,” said Velasquez, speaking softly at his locker. “You’re in a great crowd, the fans are going to get erratic. I think it’s kind of slowing the tempo down a little bit and breathing through that.”
Liam Hendricks struck out three in the ninth for his eighth save.
Robert’s shot off Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) cleared the seats and left Fenway Park completely in the third inning, giving the White Sox a 3-0 lead after Abreu’s sacrifice fly.
“Give the guy credit,” La Russa said of Velasquez. “He knows what he’s matched up against. Eovaldi’s throwing the ball as good as anybody in baseball.”
Boston second baseman Trevor Story went 1 for 4 with a run-scoring groundout after striking out in all four plate appearances when the Red Sox were blanked on six hits by the Angels 8-0 on Thursday.
Eovaldi gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, striking out four with three walks. He had allowed only two runs in his previous two starts, compiling 14 strikeouts.
White Sox: Placed OF Andrew Vaughn on the injured list Thursday with a bruised right wrist. INF Danny Mendick was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Red Sox: Put CF Kike Hernandez and left-handed starter Rich Hill on the COVID-19 injured list before the game. Promoted CF Jarren Duran and selected RHP John Schreiber from Triple-A Worcester to fill the roster spots.
WHAT AN ARM!
Bradley threw out AJ Pollock at the plate in the ninth when he tried to score on a fly ball to medium-deep right field.
FROM LEADOFF TO CLEANUP
The 25-year-old Duran batted leadoff after hitting .397 with Worcester. He went 1 for 4 with a triple and scored a run. In his second inning on defense, the speedy outfielder jogged across the grass to pick up two large pieces of trash and then ran to the Red Sox bullpen to discard them.
The Red Sox entered ranked 24th in the majors in runs.
White Sox: RHP Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.48 ERA) is slated to start Saturday after a stellar outing Monday when he struck out 11 while allowing only one hit in seven shutout innings against the Angels.
Red Sox: Struggling right-hander Nick Pivetta (0-4, 7.84) hasn’t made it past the fifth inning in any of his last four starts, giving up a combined 14 runs.
Buxton, Miranda HR, Winder, Twins hand A’s 7th straight loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Byron Buxton hit his ninth home run of the season and Jose Miranda connected for the first homer of his career, backing another sharp start by rookie Josh Winder and sending the Minnesota Twins over the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Friday night.
Twins reliever Emilio Pagan escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the ninth inning and sent the A’s to their seventh straight loss.
Making just his second major league start, Winder (2-0) allowed three hits and one unearned run in six innings while striking out eight and walking none. Last weekend at Tampa Bay, the 25-year-old righty got the win, pitching six shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven with one walk.
“Super, super impressive tonight,” Twins bench coach Jayce Tingler said of Winder. “We’re a month into the season and we’ve had some really good pitching outings. The one Winder threw tonight may have been the best, and I mean that with all due respect to some of the good games that have been thrown. He was in command of all his pitches.”
Tingler is filling in as manager for Rocco Baldelli, who is out with COVID-19.
The AL Central-leading Twins returned home with a win after back-to-back losses in Baltimore and got good news on shortstop Carlos Correa before the game when a CT scan showed he doesn’t have a fractured finger after being hit in the hand by a pitch.
Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis was called up from Triple-A and filled in for Correa. Making his big league debut, he singled in the eighth for his first hit.
“We’ve got a great group right now and we have a great group coming up,” Winder said. “So, I think the Twins are in a really good spot, that we’re able to call up a first-overall pick when our $35 million guy goes down.”
The Athletics loaded the bases with one out in the ninth. Pagan got Seth Brown to ground into a forceout at the plate and struck out Chad Pinder for his third save in four chances.
Zach Logue (1-1) made his first major league start for the Athletics after Cole Irvin was placed on the injured list before the game. Logue gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.
Logue was making his second major league appearance after appearing once out of the bullpen. He came to Oakland along with Gunnar Hoglund, Kevin Smith and Kirby Snead in the March trade that sent Matt Chapman to Toronto.
Buxton tied for the major league homer lead with a solo drive in the fifth for a 2-0 lead.
Miranda, 23, broke out last season in the minor leagues, hitting .344 with 30 homers in 127 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He was recalled for the first time on May 2 when Miguel Sano went on the injured list.
His first home run, in his first at-bat at home for Minnesota, was a line drive to the first row of the second deck in left field in the second.
“I just pointed to the dugout because I was working on a couple of things before the game with the hitting coach,” Miranda said. “It felt good hitting that ball and just thinking about the stuff we were working on.”
The 22-year-old Lewis was the first overall pick by the Twins in the 2017 draft. He sustained a torn knee ligament last year, but he returned this year and was hitting .310 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 24 Triple-A games.
“Not being able to play for a while and then truly being in disbelief and shock that it was actually happening,” Lewis said. “I truly thought it was going to take a few more years. To get the call and be shocked and amazed, it’s truly a blessing.”
Athletics: Logue was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas after Oakland put Irvin on the 15-day injured list with left shoulder soreness. The IL stint is retroactive to May 2. Irvin’s last start was on April 30 when he allowed one run in six innings against Cleveland. He is 2-1 with a 2.93 ERA this season.
Twins: Lewis took the place of Luis Arraez, who went on the COVID-19 list along with RHP Dylan Bundy. . Alex Kirilloff was activated from the injured list after a rehab stint in Triple-A. He missed 21 games with right wrist inflammation. . Additionally, RHP Cole Sands was recalled and LHP Jovani Moran was optioned to Triple-A.
Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (0-1, 18.00) is scheduled for his second start since coming off the injured list. He started the season on the list with an inflamed right AC joint. He gave up four runs in two innings in a loss to Cleveland.
Twins: RHP Chris Paddack’s start was pushed back to Sunday and Tingler announced that RHP Sonny Gray (0-1, 5.68 ERA) will be activated from the injured list to start Saturday. Gray was originally scheduled for a second rehab start in Triple-A. He’s been out since April 17 with a right hamstring strain.
McCormick, Maldonado homers propel Astros past Tigers 3-2
HOUSTON (AP) Chas McCormick and Martin Maldonado hit consecutive homers and Luis Garcia worked seven strong innings as the Houston Astros stretched their winning streak to a season-high five games with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
McCormick’s two-run homer to center in the second inning put the Astros up 2-1. Maldonado followed with a solo shot that just cleared the wall in right field.
“I’m happy that we are starting to win,” McCormick said. “We are getting the ball rolling. This team is a really good team. I’m just happy that we are starting to win some games. It’s been a long stretch of games, and it’s been a good feeling that we have been winning.”
Garcia (2-1) had his best outing of the season, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits. He struck out nine, matching his career high. The right-hander retired the final 15 batters he faced, including five straight by strikeout at one point.
Garcia said his cutter was nasty, but he had to figure it out after the third inning. Maldonado said it was a mechanical adjustment Garcia made.
“(His cutter) was really good, and it had shape to it and depth to it,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “I couldn’t tell if it was a cutter or curveball or slider. He had them off balance with it.”
Houston played its 15th straight game out of 17 without an off day. The Astros next off day will be on Monday. Houston starters have pitched into the sixth in seven straight starts and 10 of the last 12 starts.
“It starts with the starters,” Baker said. “The deeper they go, the better our bullpen is and not overworked, and it’s been really great during this stretch because we were fearful with this stretch with all the games that we have play in a short period of time.
“It was good to win. We were losing some one-run games early and now we are winning some one-run games. A lot of that is pitching, speed and defense.”
Phil Maton pitched a perfect eighth, and Rafael Montero retired the three batters he faced in the ninth for his third save. Astros pitchers retired the final 21 Detroit batters.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the second on an RBI groundout by Tucker Barnhart. Detroit cut Houston’s lead to 3-2 in the third on an RBI groundout by Jeimer Candelario.
Detroit starter Beau Brieske (0-2) surrendered three runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings. The rookie right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first three big league starts.
“The momentum team that these guys can be, things got a little bit fast for him, and they came up and did damage,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I thought he settled in pretty nicely after that, and he started using his pitches a little better. They were using fastballs early, and he used his secondary pitches much better as the game went along.”
Detroit, which lost its third straight, was 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. Houston was 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Tigers: OF Austin Meadows was scratched from the lineup with a non-COVID-19 illness. Robbie Grossman started in right field in Meadows’ place.
HE SAID IT
“He gets a lot of swing and misses. It also looked like he made a little bit of an adjustment during the game. We got better swings early, we didn’t get a lot of swings late. He missed a lot of bats as the game moved along. He’s proven to be good at adjustments. Be it usage or feel for his pitches, the results are what they are. He beat us tonight.” – Hinch on Garcia.
LHP Framber Valdez (1-2, 3.42 ERA) starts Saturday for Houston looking for his first win since beating the Angels on April 7. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 5.33) is seeking his first win for the Tigers after struggling this season and allowing at least three runs in each of his five starts.
Margot’s pinch-hit, 3-run HR in 9th lifts Rays over Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) Pinch-hitter Manuel Margot launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the scuffling Seattle Mariners 8-7 on Friday night for their seventh straight road win.
Mariners pinch-hitter Jarred Kelenic put Seattle up 6-5 in the eighth with a two-run homer. But the Rays jumped on reliever Paul Sewald (0-1) for a pair of one-out singles from Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe in the ninth. Sewald then served up Margot’s first homer of the season on a drive to left-center, the first runs he’s allowed in seven appearances.
Margot also had a big hit in a comeback win Wednesday against Oakland.
Ty France hit a solo homer in the ninth, but the Mariners couldn’t catch the Rays in their third straight one-run loss to the two-time defending AL East champions. Brooks Raley earned his third save.
Seattle has dropped five in a row and nine of 10. Tampa Bay has won five straight – all on the road – and is 8-3 in a stretch of 16 games in as many days.
Arozarena had four hits, scored twice and drove in a run. Yandy Diaz had two hits and an RBI for the Rays.
The struggling Kelenic, benched two nights in a row against left-handed starters, entered in the eighth to face reliever Ryan Thompson (2-1) and hit his third home run of the season with Julio Rodriguez aboard. Kelenic was 1 for 19 coming into the at-bat.
Eugenio Suarez also homered for the Mariners. Adam Frazier doubled and Suarez hit his fifth home run for a quick 2-0 lead against opener Matt Wisler in the first inning. But then Diaz, Wander Franco and Arozarena hit consecutive run-scoring singles up the middle with two outs to put Tampa Bay ahead 3-2.
Seattle regained the lead on Abraham Toro’s sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single from Dylan Moore in the fourth. Arozarena answered with a double and scored on Suarez’s throwing error at third base to tie it 4-all in the fifth against starter Logan Gilbert, the AL pitcher of the month in April. Gilbert struck out six, but gave up seven hits and three walks in an uneven start.
Tampa Bay took advantage of unsteady reliever Andres Munoz in the seventh. He walked Franco to start the inning, gave up a single to Arozarena and hit Lowe with a pitch to load the bases. Harold Ramirez grounded out, scoring Franco.
The Rays also got a double play in the seventh with two runners on.
Rays: Bullpen coach Stan Boroski and field coordinator Paul Hoover boarded a plane Friday and will rejoin the team Saturday in Seattle after being away from the team due to COVID-19 precautions. C Francisco Mejia returned to the lineup after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday. He had three hits, including a double.
Mariners: C Tom Murphy returned to the lineup after sitting out Thursday with a sore neck, but left after dislocating his shoulder while attempting to make a tag at the plate in the fifth inning. He was replaced by Luis Torrens. . RHP Sergio Romo (shoulder inflammation) threw a 25-pitch simulated outing against Ichiro Suzuki, and manager Scott Servais said Romo looked ready to return. Servais was not sure whether Romo, who went on the injured list April 13, would need a rehab outing before returning to the bullpen.
Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.13 ERA) has won his last two starts, including six shutout innings in 3-2 win over the Mariners on April 27.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (1-3, 4.05) looks to end a two-game skid that began April 27 with a loss to Rasmussen.
Machado stays hot as Darvish, Padres beat Marlins 3-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) Manny Machado did what he’s done all season in helping to carry the San Diego Padres.
Matt Beaty helped out, too, which came as a relief to the four-year veteran who has struggled with his new team.
Machado got another big hit for the Padres, and Yu Darvish pitched seven strong innings in a 3-2 victory against the skidding Miami Marlins on Friday night.
Machado reached base three times and had two hits, including a critical RBI single as the Padres won for the fourth time in five games while handing the Marlins their sixth straight loss.
The star third baseman gave San Diego a 3-0 lead with his two-out single in the fifth. That run proved to be huge after Darvish gave up Jesus Aguilar’s monster two-run homer to left field in the sixth. It was Aguilar’s third of the season.
Machado lined out to left with two runners on to end the seventh, keeping it a one-run game.
Eric Hosmer and Machado, who led the majors in batting average coming in, combined for San Diego’s first run, sandwiched by three strikeouts from Miami starter Sandy Alcantara in the first. Machado drew a two-out walk and scored on Hosmer’s double to right-center.
The Padres made it 3-0 in the fifth. Trent Grisham hit a leadoff triple and scored on Beaty’s double to right field. Machado’s two-out single brought in Beaty and chased Alcantara.
Hosmer and Machado have carried the Padres in the absence of star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who is out until at least mid-June with a broken left wrist. The Padres are waiting for other starters to heat up.
Beaty, obtained during spring training from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, came into the game hitting just .086. It was his first RBI of the season.
“It felt great,” said Beaty, who lined his double past Aguilar at first base. “When I hit it I thought he was going to catch it, honestly. But it got past him and it felt good.”
Padres manager Bob Melvin said it was “a huge hit” for Beaty.
“He’s had some at-bats that have been really frustrating for him and then you start to press a little bit, maybe try a little too hard, so that at-bat goes a long way for him because he really can hit,” Melvin said.
Melvin said he’s trying to be optimistic even thought it’s just been Hosmer and Machado carrying the offense.
“We’re getting a lot of wins and not getting a ton of production,” Melvin said. “Those guys are carrying the load but you know a lot of these guys have track records. In the meantime we’re fighting hard, we’re playing clean games defensively, we’re getting well-pitched games and winning by a run here the last couple of nights.”
Darvish (3-1) allowed five hits in his longest outing of the year. He struck out three and walked none. The 35-year-old right-hander has gone at least six innings in five of his six starts.
Coupled with Nick Martinez’s seven innings in Thursday night’s 2-1 win, it’s the first time this season Padres starters have gone seven innings in consecutive games. They did it just once last year, when Darvish and Blake Snell accomplished the feat Aug. 7-8 against Arizona.
Rookie reliever Steven Wilson pitched the ninth for his first career save, allowing the first two batters to reach before retiring the side.
Alcantara (2-2) permitted three runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (3-1, 1.61 ERA) starts the third game of the series Saturday night against LHP Sean Manaea (2-2, 3.60).
Kelly excels, D-backs get late homers to top Rockies 4-1
PHOENIX (AP) Merrill Kelly was a little-known journeyman when he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2019 after four seasons toiling on the mound in South Korea.
These days, he’s arguably the most important part of the team’s rotation.
Kelly came within one out of his first complete game, Daulton Varsho and David Peralta homered in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Friday night.
Kelly (3-1) has been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues this season with a 1.23 ERA through six starts. The right-hander got some added security during spring training when he signed an $18 million, two-year deal that will keep him under contract with the D-backs through 2024.
“I just think it’s a mentality,” Kelly said. “I’m more comfortable in this locker room, I’m more comfortable on that mound, I know I can compete with anybody and everybody. There’s no getting my feet wet anymore.”
The score was tied at 1 in the eighth when Varsho hit a high 98 mph fastball from Carlos Estevez over the right-field wall for his sixth homer of the year.
Two batters later, Peralta added a two-run drive that pushed the Diamondbacks ahead 4-1.
Arizona has won four straight games, jumping above .500 for the first time since opening day with a 14-13 mark.
The timely homers helped Kelly earn the win. He needed 106 pitches to navigate 8 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight.
“Once again, it was Merrill’s day,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He went out there and was dealing. On a day where there was still a little bit of fatigue in the bullpen, he gave everybody a rest.”
Kelly gave up back-to-back singles with two outs in the ninth and was pulled from his 70th major league start.
Lovullo brought in Mark Melancon, who walked Sam Hilliard to load the bases. Jose Iglesias followed with a liner that deflected off Melancon’s left thigh, but he was able to recover and get the out at first.
The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first when C.J. Cron’s double landed on the left-field line, scoring Connor Joe. The Diamondbacks made it 1-all in the second on Seth Beer’s sacrifice fly.
Colorado got another quality outing from righty Chad Kuhl, who gave up one run over six innings and lowered his ERA to 1.82. He struck out five, walked two and permitted three hits.
WEST IS BEST
With the win by the Diamondbacks, every team in the NL West has a winning record.
Veteran umpire Dan Bellino issued an apology after ejecting Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner from a game in Miami this week, which Arizona eventually won 8-7.
The Diamondbacks said Friday they received a copy of Bellino’s apology from Major League Baseball.
“I would like to address my actions on May 4th involving Madison Bumgarner,” the statement said. “When I began my MLB career almost 15 years ago, I received some good advice. I was told to umpire every game as if my children were sitting in the front row. I fell short of those expectations this week. While I can’t go back and change what happened, I take full accountability. I will learn from this incident, and I sincerely apologize.”
Bellino was conducting a routine foreign substance check on Bumgarner following the first inning Wednesday in Miami when the ejection occurred. Bumgarner said something to Bellino as the check was ending, and the umpire threw him out.
Bumgarner faces no further discipline from MLB.
The 43-year-old Bellino joined the full-time MLB umpiring staff in 2011 and worked the World Series last year.
Diamondbacks: Reinstated INF Josh Rojas and Melancon from the 10-day injured list. INF Sergio Alcantara was designated for assignment and RHP Corbin Martin was sent to Triple-A Reno. … C Carson Kelly (left abdominal soreness) was scratched just before the game. Jose Herrera started in Kelly’s place.
Rojas was in the lineup for the first time this season and finished with a single and a walk in four plate appearances.
The Diamondbacks send RHP Zach Davies (1-1, 4.24 ERA) to the mound against Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 4.85) on Saturday night.
Carlson’s RBI hit in 9th lifts Cardinals past Giants 3-2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dylan Carlson hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.
Designated hitter Juan Yepez doubled with one out off Camilo Doval (0-1) in the ninth. Carlson’s timely hit scored pinch runner Brendan Donovan.
Ryan Helsley (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings and earned the win. Giovanny Gallegos picked up his sixth save.
After four scoreless innings, each team scored in the fifth.
Harrison Bader launched a two-run homer to left field for the Cardinals. It was his second of the season.
The Giants countered in the bottom half when pinch-hitter Darin Ruf delivered a two-runs single.
San Francisco lost its fifth straight game and for the seventh time in eight contests.
Jordan Hicks started for St. Louis and worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks.
Alex Cobb worked five innings for the Giants. He allowed three hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts and a walk.
A TRUE GIANT
San Francisco recalled right-hander Sean Hjelle, their second-round selection in the 2018 draft. Hjelle instantly became one of the more distinct pitchers in the major leagues: At 6-foot-11, he matches former big league right-hander Jon Rauch as the tallest players in big league history.
Asked if he thought he’d never experience this milestone, Hjelle said: “No. It’s everything I could have dreamed of.” Hjelle has been a starter while compiling a 2-1 record with a 4.37 ERA in five outings for San Francisco’s Triple-A Sacramento affiliate. He’ll initially be used in relief with the Giants. He became the fourth Giants player to make his big league debut this season by pitching a perfect seventh inning.
“It’s an advantage to be very different in the major leagues,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who recalled facing 6-foot-10 left-handers Randy Johnson and Chris Young during his playing career. “It was just different.
“Difference creates some discomfort. Discomfort is a good thing for the pitcher. When the batter in the box is uncomfortable, the pitcher on the mound has a slight advantage.”
The Giants returned RHP Mauricio Llovera to Sacramento and LHP Sam Long was optioned to Sacramento.
Adam Wainwright, who was having a typically solid season before COVID-19 interrupted his campaign, took to Twitter to issue an upbeat health update.
“Just so everyone knows, I feel great. 100%, with zero symptoms,” tweeted Wanwright, the 17-year veteran who was 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA before being sidelined. “Out of an abundance of caution and following MLB protocols I have to test negative twice before I can return. Which we’re hoping is very soon. Thanks for thinking about me!”
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty remains tentatively scheduled to throw in the bullpen Saturday as he tries to recover from a small tear in his throwing shoulder. Asked if Flaherty could be compared to a pitcher getting work in the early stages of spring training, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said, “Yes and no” while declining to specify a date when Flaherty could be ready to pitch. … Marmol said that Cardinals players and personnel are wearing masks whenever they’re indoors in an effort to shield themselves from the COVID-19 virus. In other words, he said, it’s “pretty similar to what it was” before some mask-related policies were eased.
Giants: As expected, outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. (left knee) was reinstated from the injured list and immediately installed in the leadoff spot to play right field for his first regular-season game … Tommy LaStella (right Achilles) and third baseman Evan Longoria (right hand) played five innings at second and third base, respectively, as they continued their injury rehabilitation assignments.
Giants ace Logan Webb (3-1, 3.26) will oppose St. Louis left-hander Steven Matz (3-1, 4.56) as the series continues Saturday. Matz has won his last three decisions.
Twins get good news: Correa’s finger not broken just bruised
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have avoided a scare with star shortstop Carlos Correa, whose right middle finger is not broken as initially feared following a hit-by-pitch in the previous game.
The CT scan Friday confirmed that he did not suffer a fracture, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. He’s just bruised and sore.
“Thank you Lord,” Correa tweeted.
His status will be evaluated day to day, and he won’t have to go on the injured list.
“The reality is it’s just going to be inflammation and soreness management,” Falvey said.
For now, top prospect Royce Lewis will replace Correa. Lewis was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to make his major league debut, filling the roster spot of infielder Luis Arraez, who was placed on the COVID-19 list.
Correa was plunked twice in Minnesota’s loss at Baltimore on Thursday. The first one in the fifth inning appeared to graze off his left forearm and get him in the right shoulder. The second one in the eighth inning hit his right hand while it was on the handle of the bat with him in the middle of a half-swing. The ball went into fair territory, and Correa was easily retired on a groundout.
After a slow start at the plate to his first season with the Twins, Correa was just getting going with a .412 batting average (14 for 34) and eight RBIs in his last eight games.
After signing a three-year, $105.3 million contract with the Twins that comes with an opt-out clause after this season and next, Correa has provided instant leadership and a steady presence at shortstop where he won the 2021 AL Gold Glove Award.
The Twins, who took a 2 1/2-game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central entering their game against Oakland on Friday, have been stretched thin this week.
Manager Rocco Baldelli, Arraez and starting pitcher Dylan Bundy all tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, sidelining them for the time being. They were experiencing mild symptoms. Bench coach Jayce Tingler has taken over as temporary manager with Baldelli out. Falvey addressed reporters via video conference, because he, too, had COVID-19.
First baseman Miguel Sano is out indefinitely, facing surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. He was hurt jumping up and down to celebrate a walk-off victory over Detroit on April 26, then aggravated the injury while trying to play through the discomfort on Saturday at Tampa Bay.
Another key cog in the lineup, left fielder Alex Kirilloff, has been out for the last month due to right wrist inflammation.
The 22-year-old Lewis, a native of Southern California, has been sidetracked a bit on his way to the majors since the Twins made him the top pick in the 2017 draft.
After a year without minor league competition in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lewis then tore the ACL in his right knee while doing an agility drill in an offseason workout before reporting to spring training last year. He sat out the entire 2021 season recovering from reconstructive surgery.
Lewis is the top Twins prospect, ranked 44th overall by MLB.
“We’re pressed into a situation now where he’s got to step up and go,” Falvey said. “He’s going to have some good days, and he’s going to have some bad days.”
Dan Ventrelle out as Raiders team president
(AP) — Las Vegas Raiders team President Dan Ventrelle has left the organization less than a year after taking over the job.
Owner Mark Davis announced in a statement Friday that Ventrelle “is no longer with the Raiders organization” but divulged no details around the decision.
Ventrelle took over as team president on an interim basis last July after Marc Badain resigned. Ventrelle was promoted to the full-time role after the season ended in January.
Ventrelle and Badain played key roles in the Raiders’ move from Oakland, California, to Las Vegas but both are gone before the team starts its third season in Nevada.
Ventrelle is the latest in a string of high-ranking business executives to leave the team in the past year. Chief Financial Officer Ed Villanueva and controller Araxie Grant left with Badain over the summer in what Davis later called an issue of “accounting irregularities.”
Three other senior vice presidents have also left the team in the past year: Tom Blanda, Mark Shearer and Brandon Doll.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Thursday that chief operations and analytics officer Jeremy Aguero resigned after seven months.
The Raiders have also undergone significant changes on the football side of the organization with coach Jon Gruden resigning last October following the publication of offensive emails he sent before taking the job. General manager Mike Mayock was fired after the season.
Despite the turmoil, the Raiders made the playoffs last season for the second time in 19 seasons. Davis solidified the football operations department by hiring Josh McDaniels as head coach and Dave Ziegler as general manager.
Ventrelle joined the Raiders in 2003 and worked his way up to general counsel and executive vice president before taking over as president.
Change of guard? Alcaraz overpowers Nadal at Madrid Open
MADRID (AP) This time, the Spanish player being celebrated on center court wasn’t Rafael Nadal.
The loud cheers from spectators at the Caja Magica in Madrid were, instead, directed at the teenage sensation considered the Spanish successor to the all-time great Nadal.
In a clash of generations, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz overcame an injury to defeat his idol 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday.
The teen recovered from a bad ankle twist early in the second set to earn his first victory against Nadal, marking what could be the beginning of a change of guard in Spanish tennis.
“It’s obvious there’s (a change in guard),” Nadal said. “He turned 19 yesterday, I’m almost 36 years old. If (the change) begins today or not, we will find out in the next months. I’m happy for him. He was better than me in several aspects of the game.”
Nadal also was loudly supported throughout the match, and the five-time champion received a huge ovation as he left the court.
Alcaraz was emotional afterwards.
“It means a lot to me to beat Rafa, to beat the best player in the history on clay,” he said. “This is the result of all the hard work I’ve done.”
It was Nadal’s first loss to a Spaniard in six years, since to Fernando Verdasco at the 2016 Australian Open. He had a 138-21 record against his countrymen before facing Alcaraz for a third time.
The ninth-ranked Alcaraz is the youngest ever semifinalist in Madrid. He will next face top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who eased past Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4.
The other semifinal will be between Stefanos Tsitsipas and defending champion Alexander Zverev. The fourth-seeded Tsitsipas defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, while the second-seeded Zverev beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 7-5.
Still far from his best form after a six-week injury layoff, Nadal predicted a hard time keeping up with the energy of Alcaraz. He was right early on, as the youngster overpowered him to easily win the first set with three breaks.
But Alcaraz lost momentum after needing medical attention for his right ankle, losing 20 of the next 22 points as Nadal cruised through the second set.
“It was a little bit painful, but it was no reason to do the second set that I have done,” Alcaraz said. “I think that I have let myself go. I was thinking of my ankle all the time and not on playing the match.”
The match also was interrupted in the second set after a fan became ill in the stands.
Both players got off to a great start this season; both have a tour-leading three titles already.
Nadal’s run was hampered by a rib stress fracture he sustained in his semifinal win against Alcaraz in Indian Wells. Nadal saved four match points to get past David Goffin in a third-round match that lasted more than three hours on Thursday.
He said it was a positive balance for him after winning two matches following his injury layoff.
“It’s an easy loss to digest in that regard, because we knew what we could expect here,” he said. “My only dream is (to) be in Paris (for the French Open) healthy enough and physically good enough to compete at the highest level possible.”
Three-time Madrid champion Djokovic had little trouble against Hurkacz. The Serb took advantage of Hurkacz’s slow start and took a 3-0 lead after the Polish player ceded his first service game by hitting long.
Another spate of unforced errors cost Hurkacz a second-set break when he smacked a forehand long. Djokovic’s dominance was never ended and he won on his fourth match point.
Djokovic is trying to regain his best form after not being allowed to play in the Australian Open because he was not vaccinated.
“It’s definitely a positive indication that I am on the right track in terms of getting to the desired level of tennis, being in one of the best tournaments in the world where all the best players are playing,” he said. “It does give me confidence, and it encourages me to keep going. I have a lot of positives to take from the last couple of days.”
Djokovic beat Gael Monfils in straight sets to start his campaign at the outdoor clay tournament, and a walkover after Andy Murray withdrew because of a stomach illness before their match on Thursday.
Djokovic praised Alcaraz after arriving in Madrid this week, and said his son had already replaced Nadal with the young Spaniard as his favorite player.
Brother of Clemson’s Dabo Swinney arrested on sex charge
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) The brother of Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Henry Ervil Swinney III, 53, of Clemson, South Carolina, was arrested on April 23. The attorney general’s release said investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that led them to Swinney.
Investigators say Swinney distributed child sexual abuse material. It is a second-degree felony charge that could bring up to 10 years in prison.
Swinney’s case will be prosecuted by the attorney general’s office.
Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s head coach since the middle of the 2008 season, has addressed his brother’s legal difficulties in the past. Henry Swinney was arrested in Florida in January 2016 and charged with aggravated stalking. He was sentenced to a $400 fine or 35 hours of community service, according to online court records in Bay City, Florida.
Dabo Swinney said then there are consequences for bad actions. “My family’s no different than anybody else,” he said at the time.
Jason Day handles rain, expands lead at Wells Fargo
POTOMAC, Md. (AP) Jason Day shook his head vigorously after holing an 11-footer for birdie on his ninth hole at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm – not out of disgust, but to whip the excess water off his cap. For the rest of the round, Day shed the hat entirely.
Whatever it took to get through a wet blanket of a day in the Wells Fargo Championship.
Day expected a grind and got one, shooting a 3-under 67 in steady rain Friday to expand his lead to three shots. Going for his first victory in four years, the former No. 1 player was at 10-under 130 through two rounds and relishing the chance to relax and watch the rest of the field try to stay dry.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s nice to be back in the mix, nice to be leading. It’s still two more days left, so I can’t get too far ahead of myself,” Day said.
The rain didn’t stop for long in the afternoon as the scoring average at par-70 TPC Potomac ballooned to 72.6, three shots higher than Thursday. More rain, unseasonable cold and stronger wind were expected Saturday, followed by even colder temperatures Sunday.
Day got a tip from playing partner Max Homa, who was his closest pursuer after a 66. Homa told Day he flinched because water dripped from the bill of his cap onto his putter, causing him to ram his birdie attempt 6 feet by on the par-4 18th. Homa tossed the hat to caddie Joe Greiner before making the comebacker.
Day played his second nine holes hatless, a rare sight on the PGA Tour.
“I mean, not many times you see this hair, but hopefully this weather can kind of go away and we can have hats on for the weekend,” he said.
Day and Homa were grouped with Rickie Fowler, all past Wells Fargo champions at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tournament is making a one-and-done appearance at TPC Potomac because its usual venue is hosting the Presidents Cup in September.
The course is just fine by tour standards, but the weather couldn’t be much worse for early May in the mid-Atlantic. Shots from the first cut of rough sent water splashing off the clubface, and dollar bill-sized divots landed in the fairway with a loud thud.
Nobody spent much time fussing over the ball in the group of Day, Homa and Fowler, who shot 72 and was eight shots back. Day didn’t bother to take down the gallery ropes before hitting a flop shot from well left of the 17th green, and Homa efficiently took relief from an embedded lie without waiting for a rules official.
Day was pleased his retooled swing held up even when he felt out of rhythm.
“When you have conditions like this, it’s really hard to commit to a shot because you’re going in there and you’re doing it kind of a lot quicker than your normal pre-shot routine,” Day said. “You have to force yourself to hit the shot and trust that.”
Homa opened with an eagle and made five more birdies in a round he wasn’t sure he’d finish.
“I told Joe this morning I thought we might get to 8. The greens have held up really well,” Homa said. “We did just play 18 full holes in the rain, so it’s hard to say we got hooked up, but maybe, who knows. I’m just happy to be done.”
Denny McCarthy, from nearby Rockville, was the only player in the afternoon to challenge the top of the leaderboard. He had six straight one-putt greens around the turn, four of them to save par, and shot 69 to finish at 6 under, joining Luke List (66), James Hahn (68) and Kurt Kitayama (67). Keegan Bradley had the low round of the day, a 65 that left him five shots back.
Rory McIlroy, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, shot 73 to finish at even par. Matthew Wolff, who shot an out-of-nowhere 65 on Thursday, fell back with a 73.
A day after he told a rules official he “can’t wait to leave this tour,” Sergio Garcia was 5 under at the turn but bogeyed two of his final three holes for a 71. He was eight shots back and declined to speak to reporters for the second straight day.
Morgan Hoffmann, making a long-shot bid to keep his tour card after two years away from golf because of muscular dystrophy, missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 80. He has one start remaining on a major medical extension and needs a tie for second to earn full status for the rest of the season.
Nemechek bests Hocevar in OT to win Darlington truck race
DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) John Hunter Nemechek was excited – and relieved – with his first victory of the season.
Nemechek took the lead with 24 laps to go, then held off Carson Hocevar in overtime to win the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Darlington Raceway on Friday night.
“There’s definitely excitement there, but definitely more relief,” he said. “Just from the finishes we had this season, we didn’t seem like we were still the team that we were.”
Nemechek felt that change at Darlington as he and his group overcame challenge after challenge to end up on top.
“I feel like we finally have the ship turned the right way and sailing the right way,” he said. “Hopefully, we can keep this momentum.”
Nemechek finally cashed in at the track “Too Tough To Tame,” after close calls in both races here last season. He led 65 laps last May, yet finished eighth behind winner Sheldon Creed.
Nemechek was out front 39 laps in September when the truck series relocated from Canada due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic and again came up short, ending second to Creed.
This time, Nemechek would not be denied.
“Finally, was able to bring home the first win of the year,” Nemechek said.
He passed Christian Eckes for the lead on Lap 123 after avoiding the sliding truck of Grant Enfinger and maintained the lead on the final two restarts, including a green-white-checkered finish for his first victory this season and 12th of his trucks’ career.
Hocevar was runner-up for a second straight race. Grant Enfinger was third, followed by Ty Majeski, Matt Crafton, Parker Kligerman, Ryan Preece, Zane Smith, Tyler Ankrum and Todd Bodine.
It looked like Nemechek, who won the pole earlier Friday, saw his chances at victory fade when he pitted for a loose wheel on Lap 58 that took him from fifth to 20th. Instead, Nemechek began the slow climb back into contention.
“I thought we gave it away early, but we fought our way back,” he said.
Nemechek led 70 laps including the final 27 for the victory.
Kligerman won the first stage while Hocevar took the second, both earning their first-ever stage wins in the truck series.
Series champion Ben Rhodes brought out the final caution when he hit the wall in turn one. He finished 13th.
The most serious of 10 cautions was when Chase Purdy turned into the wall after connecting with Tanner Gray. Hailie Deegan and and Austin Wayne Self were also caught up in the crash. No one was seriously hurt.
Darlington began a busy stretch of eight races in eight weeks for the truck series. Kansas is next on May 14.
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Underwood Jr. Set to Rehab with Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood Jr.’s rehab assignment has been transferred from Single-A Bradenton to Indianapolis. He will be the fourth major league rehabber to appear with the Indians this season, following outfielder Anthony Alford and pitchers Sam Howard and Max Kranick.
Underwood, 27, made one appearance with Pittsburgh on April 7 at St. Louis and faced one batter before suffering a right hamstring strain. He was placed on the 10-day injured list two days later and began a rehab assignment with Bradenton on April 29. In two starts with the Marauders, Underwood gave up one run over 1.2 innings.
The Raleigh, N.C. native was traded to Pittsburgh from Chicago (NL) in exchange for infielder Shendrik Apostel on March 7, 2021. In 43 appearances with the Pirates last season, Underwood went 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA (35er/72.2ip) and 65 strikeouts.
Underwood was originally selected by Chicago (NL) in the second round (67th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Alan C. Pope (Marietta, Ga.) High School. He had his contract first selected by the Cubs on Nov. 18, 2016 and made his major league debut on June 25, 2018 at Los Angeles (NL).
Game Recap: NaLysaa Smith Finishes with Double-Double in First Regular Season Game as Fever Fall to Mystics
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Indiana Fever stole the show at the 2022 WNBA Draft, selecting more first round draft picks than any other team in WNBA history. The No. 2 overall selection, NaLyssa Smith, started her WNBA career with 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Indiana Fever fell to the Washington Mystics, 84-70, to tip-off the 2022 regular season.
Smith, along with Queen Egbo and Destanni Henderson, were all in the starting lineup in their first regular season appearance. Egbo tallied 10 points and six rebounds, while Henderson finished with a team-best five assists.
Indiana reduced a 21-point third-quarter deficit down to 71-65 with 5:42 remaining in the game, but Washington would finish the game on a 13-5 run to hold off the final-quarter effort from Indiana.
The Fever were led by 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting from Kelsey Mitchell, who began her fifth season with the franchise on Friday night. Mitchell extended her league-leading streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points to 24 straight dating back to 2021. Tiffany Mitchell scored all seven of her points in the first quarter.
Off the bench, Victoria Vivians led all reserves with nine points and six rebounds. Her lone made 3-point field goal in the fourth quarter gave Vivians 100 made from beyond the arc for her career. In only 16:33 of action from Emily Engstler, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft pulled down nine rebounds to go along with four points and two blocked shots. After being signed earlier today, Crystal Dangerfield played 18 minutes and finished with five points.
Washington overcame being outrebounded 42-31 to pick up the first win of its season. Elena Delle Donne returned from an injury-plagued season in 2021 to lead all scorers with 21 points and nine rebounds. Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins each pitched in 17 and 15 points respectively.
The Fever open the home portion of the regular season slate at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday against the Los Angeles Sparks at 3 p.m. ET. Sunday’s game will be streamed on the Fever’s Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
USLW Recap | IND 3:1 KH
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Friday, May 6, 2022) – More than seven months after announcing its first foray into the women’s game, Indy Eleven ensured the wait was well worth it by capturing a 3-1 victory over Kings Hammer FC in the Inaugural Match of the USL W League, the new 44-team women’s pre-professional league under the United Soccer League umbrella. The historic triumph for Indy Eleven was played in front of a sold out, standing room-only crowd of 1,571 fans at the Grand Park Events Center.
Rachel McCarthy’s pair of goals early in the first half lifted Indiana’s Team to a comfortable cushion, and Katie Soderstrom’s 78th minute finish sealed the win after the KHFC cut the deficit back to one just before halftime.
Regardless of when the first goal came it would have been a historic moment for the W League; however, Indiana’s Team nearly put a stamp in the league’s record books in the blink of an eye just 12 seconds in, only to see forward Kristina Lynch’s shot rise inches over the crossbar. That chance set a tone for Indy, which saw its attacking prowess pay off with said first goal in league history by Rachel McCarthy in the ninth minute, when she ran onto Soderstrom’s blocked shot at the top of the area and blasted a shot from 20 yards that snuck inside the left post.
The BYU product McCarthy struck again with a clinical finish in the 17th minute, set up by a slicing run and low cross from the right flank by forward Maddy Williams. McCarthy first-timed her shot from the penalty spot into the roof of the net to double the lead. Kings Hammer eventually settled into the game across the final 15 minutes of the half, and their work paid off in the 40th minute through a sparkling individual effort by Mandy Schlueter, who cut back to gain space at the arc before bending a beauty into the upper right corner, bringing the proceedings to 2-1 as the game headed towards the half.
The second half was hard pressed to begin at the pace of the first, but the chances started to accumulate soon enough, most notably through efforts by Molly McLaughlin and Williams around the hour mark. Halftime sub Selena Barnett proved a sparkplug for Indy down the right flank, and her persistent runs paid off 12 minutes from time when she supplied the assist on the Eleven’s vital insurance tally. Barnett’s near-post cross found Soderstrom, who bodied off a defender deep inside the six before finishing from a slim angle to push the advantage back to two goals. Eleven goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood took over from there, making several saves across the final ten minutes – including a tip save at full extension in the 86th minute that was the highlight of the new Notre Dame netminder’s evening.
After playing in front of the appreciative and vocal home crowd in Westfield, Indy Eleven will now take to the road for its next three Great Lakes Division contests, starting next Thursday, May 12, when it visits Flint City AFC for a 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff (live on ElevenSports.com). Indy Eleven next plays at Grand Park on Friday, June 3, when it will play host to Midwest United FC at 7:00 p.m., and tickets for the contest are available at indyeleven.com/wleague-tickets for only $8. To learn more about the newest edition of Indiana’s Team representing the women’s game, visit indyeleven.com/wleague.
Hoosiers Shut Out Cornhuskers, Open Series with 5-0 Victory
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the sixth time this season Indiana recorded a shutout as they won 5-0 against Nebraska on Friday.
• In the first inning Taylor Minnick hit a pop up over the second baseman’s head for a base hit to score two runs for the Hoosiers.
• Indiana worked out of trouble in the bottom half of the first. Nebraska put runners on first and second with no outs, but Indiana did not allow a Cornhusker run.
• Taylor Minnick continued her productivity for the Hoosiers in the fifth inning with a two-run blast to right field to put Indiana up 4-0.
• The Hoosiers retired the Cornhuskers three up, three down in the second, third and fourth for nine straight outs.
• In the bottom of the sixth Nebraska had runners on first and second with no outs. Heather Johnson fielded a grounder threw to Radcliffe at third, who threw to Copeland at first to complete a double play.
• Aaliyah Andrews doubled down the line in the seventh to increase the Indiana lead to 5-0.
• Indiana improves to 27-19 overall and 10-11 in the Big Ten. Nebraska drops to 35-14 overall and 15-5 in the Big Ten.
• The home run for Taylor Minnick was her fifth of the season and the Hoosiers 55th home run this season.
• Minnick went 3-for-3 for the game with a walk and four RBI.
• Heather Johnson pitched a complete game shutout for her 10th win of the season
• Indiana recorded three stolen bases to increase their season total to 109. Tatum Hayes recorded her 28th stolen base of the season.
• The Hoosiers tallied nine hits.
• Indiana shut out an opponent for the sixth time this season. It is only the third time this season Nebraska has been shut out and first time in the Big Ten slate.
Up next the Hoosiers take on Nebraska in game two on Saturday May 7 at 5:00 p.m. et. That game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Baseball Loses Lead Late at Michigan, 8-4
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It was the longball that provided most of the offense on Friday (May 6) at Ray Fisher Stadium as the Indiana baseball program hit them early, but Michigan’s late power proved too much in an 8-4 series opening loss for the visiting Hoosiers.
After Michigan (24-18, 9-7 B1G) scratched across a run in the first inning, Indiana (20-25, 6-10 B1G) answered with single runs in the second, third and fifth innings to build a 3-1 lead. After the Wolverines tied the game with two runs in the fifth inning, IU scored one run in the top of the sixth inning before UM hit a two-run home run to take the lead for good. The Wolverines added three more in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
Freshman Carter Mathison, junior Hunter Jessee and redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis all hit home runs for Indiana. Jessee led all hitters in the game with three hits – including a home run and a double – and drove in two RBIs. Five other Hoosier hitters each collected one hit, with freshman Brock Tibbitts reaching base twice via walk.
Mathison hit his 14th home run of the season to move into a tie atop the Indiana freshman home run charts with Alex Dickerson (2009). He leads all Big Ten rookies in the category and added one walk to push his season total to 30 base on balls.
Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins gave Indiana a quality start for the sixth time this season with six innings of three-run work in the no decision. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out seven. Freshman Grant Holderfield (2-4) took the loss with five runs allowed over 1 1/3 innings of work.
For Michigan, Jimmy Obertop hit the first Michigan home run in the seventh inning and drove in three RBIs on the night. Dylan Stanton led off the eighth inning with a solo home run and Clark Elliott’s second hit of the game was a two-run home run that padded Michigan’s lead with one out in the eighth inning. Willie Weiss (1-2) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Noah Rennard (3) picked up the save with two scoreless frames.
Joe Stewart was hit-by-pitch with one out and Matt Frey followed with an RBI double.
at Michigan 1, Indiana 0
A two-out solo home run from Matthew Ellis tied the game.
Indiana 1, at Michigan 1
Hunter Jessee hit a solo home run with two outs.
Indiana 2, at Michigan 1
A walk to Evan Goforth started the inning and he stood there with two outs in the inning. Jessee then delivered the RBI double down the right field line.
Indiana 3, at Michigan 1
Back-to-back singles started the inning to put runners on first and third in front of Stewart’s sacrifice fly. Frey grounded out to move the runner to second base and Jimmy Obertop tied the game with a base hit.
Indiana 3, at Michigan 3
A solo home run from Carter Mathison led off the inning.
Indiana 4, at Michigan 3
Steward started the inning with a one-out single and Obertop hit a two-run home run to give Michigan the lead.
at Michigan 5, Indiana 4
A solo home run from Dylan Stanton started the inning and a one-out walk was followed by a two-run blast from Clark Elliott.
at Michigan 8, Indiana 4
Indiana and Michigan will continue its series with a 2 p.m. first pitch from Ray Fisher Stadium on Saturday, May 7.
Iowa’s Big Inning Burns Boilermakers in Opener
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Hawkeyes scored five times in an extended third-inning rally and Iowa ace Adam Mazur kept the visitors off the scoreboard until the top of the ninth in a 5-2 victory vs. Purdue baseball Friday in the opener of the weekend series.
Mazur (6-2) came up one out shy of pitching his second straight complete-game shutout. Evan Albrecht’s leadoff double in the ninth help set the stage for Troy Viola’s two-out, two-run single that chased Mazur. Viola extended his on-base streak to 21 consecutive games with his base hit up the middle.
The second time through the Iowa lineup proved to be the key stretch in the game. The Hawkeyes (27-14, 11-5 B1G) recorded five of their 10 hits in the third inning as seven consecutive batters had a productive plate appearance during the five-run rally. With two runs already on the board and the bases still loaded, CJ Backer induced a ground ball to shortstop. Second baseman Paul Toetz was unable to make a quick transfer from his glove to throwing hand on the turn, allowing Brendan Sher to beat the throw to first to stay out of the inning-ending double play. Ben Wilmes followed with a two-run single. That sequence turned a potential two-run inning into a five-run frame.
Cam Thompson and Curtis Washington Jr. extended their lengthy on-base streaks with singles vs. Mazur. Thompson singled to open the seventh inning, ending Mazur’s streak of 11 consecutive batters retired while extending his streak to 40 consecutive games. Washington singled with one out in the third inning, extending his streak to 28 consecutive games.
Thompson’s streak is believed to be the fourth longest active streak in the country. It’s also just the third 40-game streak by a Boilermaker in the last 20 years.
Mazur did not record his first strikeout until the second out of the sixth inning. The first 19 Boilermakers to bat all put the ball in play. Mazur finished the day with three strikeouts and did not issue a free pass, throwing 96 pitches.
CJ Valdez singled and walked as the only Boilermaker to reach base safely twice against Mazur.
Ricky Castro pitched well in relief, working 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball, highlighted by a 1-2-3 seventh inning vs. Iowa’s 3-4-5 hitters. He also came back from a 3-0 count to strand inherited runners on second and third in the fifth inning.
Purdue (25-15, 6-8 B1G) lost on a Friday for just the third time in 10 games this season.
Game 2 of the series is set for Saturday at noon ET and will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.
Boilermakers Secure 5-1 Victory Over Iowa
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermakers came off with a strong 5-1 road victory over Iowa (20-29, 2-18 Big Ten) on Friday night.
This marks the first win over the Hawkeyes since a 6-0 shut out in 2018.
Outfielder Kiara Dillon and shortstop Rachel Becker put the Boilermakers on the map after scoring in the top of the third inning. Meanwhile, Jade Moy singled through the right side with Alex Echazarreta to third base.
The late push by the Boilermakers saw one run and three hits in the top of the sixth inning to secure the victory. Senior Rylee Platusic produced the game-winning run, while Kaeley Hallada advanced to second and Olivia McFadden to third.
Becker led the team with three hits and two runs, while Moy led with three RBI. Freshman Ryen Ross continued her reaching base now with six straight games, the second longest active streak among Boilermakers.
The win was credited to Echazarreta who pitched for 5.1 innings, allowing one run, one error and four strikeouts.
In total, Purdue scored 11 hits, four runs in the game-winning seventh inning.
The Boilermakers will be back tomorrow in Iowa at Pearl Field at 3 p.m. ET, which will be streamed on B1G+.
Hunter transfers to Butler
Purdue Transfer student Eric Hunter Jr posted on social media Friday he has committed to Butler.
Hunter averaged 6.2 points and 2.0 assists last season. He shot 46% on 3-pointers.
In Big Ten play, he averaged 7.8 ppg and led the conference in three point shooting at 52%. Hunter was also named to the Big Ten all-defensive team.
Butler is the second transfer to announce for Butler following the announcement by 6-11 center Manny Bates from North Carolina State.
Under Coach Thad Matta, Butler has acquired four transfers: Hunter, Bates, Ali Ali (Akron) and Jalen Thomas (Georgia State).
Matta Adds Oden and Diebler to @ButlerMBB Staff
Butler coach Thad Matta has added a pair of familiar faces to his staff in Greg Oden and Jon Diebler. Both starred for Matta during his time leading the Ohio State program.
Oden will serve as Butler’s director of basketball operations and Diebler will hold the director of recruiting title.
Teams featuring Oden and Diebler posted a record of 144-39 (.787 winning percentage) under Matta at Ohio State.
“Greg and Jon are widely known for the success they had on the court, but what they will bring to our staff and Butler far exceeds that collegiate and professional playing experience,” said Matta. “Both possess great energy and strong basketball knowledge. They will relate well to our players and will help them grow on and off the court. I was excited years ago when they committed to be part of my program as players and I’m just as excited they are joining my staff as we build our program here at Butler.”
Oden was the Naismith Prep Player of the Year coming out of Lawrence North High School and was dominant in his one season with Matta and the Buckeyes in 2006-07, leading OSU to the national championship game. He averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game while earning All-Big Ten first team honors. He was named the NABC Defensive Player of the Year, the Pete Newell Big Man Award winner and a consensus second team All-American.
Following that season, he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. Oden spent five seasons in Portland and one season in Miami before injuries limited his professional career.
Oden served as a graduate assistant on the Ohio State staff during the 2021-22 season. He initially returned to Ohio State prior to the 2016-17 season and worked as a student coach for one season and as a student manager for two seasons while completing his sport industry degree. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in the spring of 2019.
Diebler is one of the most prolific scorers and shooters in Ohio State history. His 374 career three-pointers are the most in program history (only Jordan Bohannon of Iowa has made more in Big Ten history), while his 1,536 points are No. 15 in the Buckeyes’ record book. Diebler shot 41.6 percent from three-point range for his career, including a 50.2-percent mark as a senior, the best in Ohio State history.
Diebler played for Matta from 2007-2011 before being drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He then embarked on a professional playing career over the next decade with stops in Greece, Turkey, and Israel.
After retiring as a player, Diebler started his coaching career with the Charlotte Hornets, serving in a video/basketball operations position during the 2021-22 season.
Additional members of Matta’s staff will be announced in the coming weeks.
Women’s Tennis Ends Another Historic Season at NCAA Tourney
AUSTIN, Texas – The Ball State women’s tennis team played hard despite the Texas heat as the Cardinals faced the No. 4 team in the country and host Texas Longhorns Friday afternoon in its first NCAA Tournament showdown against the Longhorns at the Sheffield Family Courts.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals (19-5) could not overcome the defending national champion Longhorns (21-4) as they were on a mission to win the NCAA’s for the second-straight season defeating Ball State, 4-0.
The Cardinals did not play intimidated in doubles competition against the Longhorns at the start of today’s match. In fact, Ball State took significant leads on courts one and three as the No. 1 doubles tandem of Hannah Davies and Amy Kaplan along with No. 3 twosome of Livia Lukacs and Jessica Braun both went up 3-1 over their respective opponents.
But unfortunately, Texas won quickly at the No. 2 doubles position giving the Longhorns the motivation to finish strong and play a little tougher on the top court. It was a tightly contested match on both remaining doubles courts, but Texas’ No. 1 duo, which is ranked No. 11 in the country, knotted it 4-4 and then went on to win the next two games to clinch the doubles point.
Although the Lukacs and Braun match went unfinished at the No. 3 slot, they were up 4-3 over the Longhorn’s Vivian Ovrootsky and Sabina Zeynalova.
The No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots were the closest of the six singles courts, as Ball State’s Mariya Polishchuk battled Texas’ Peyton Stearns, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation on the top court, taking four games from her in total. Braun managed to earn three games from No. 49 ranked Kylie Collins on court two.
Overall, Ball State put up a good fight, but Texas took straight set victories on courts five, three and four for the win today.
While the Cardinals were unable to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament win, it was still a successful campaign all around. Under the direction of ninth-year head coach Max Norris, the Cardinals earned the program’s fourth MAC regular season championship in the past six conference seasons and second MAC Tournament title along with the program’s third trip to the NCAA Championships.
In fact, Norris has guided the program to all four of its MAC regular season championships (2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022) and to both MAC Tournament championships (2016 and 2022).
Ranieri selected to All-MAC Second Team
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State men’s golfer Joey Ranieri was named All-Mid-American Conference Second Team, the league office announced Friday.
It marks the third time in his career that he has received a postseason award from the conference. Ranieri was also named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2021 and was named the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2019.
Ranieri was one of two Cardinals to compete in all 33 rounds this season, joining teammate Ali Khan. The senior averaged a team-best 72.64 strokes per round.
In addition, the Zionsville, Ind. native had a team-high four top-10 finishes and touted 14 rounds of even par or better during the 2021-22 campaign.
All-MAC First Team
Chris Vandette, Kent State
Josh Gilkison, Kent State
Cade Breitenstine, Kent State
Barend Botha, Toledo
Lukas Clark, Toledo
All-MAC Second Team
Joey Ranieri, Ball State
Ty Celone, Eastern Michigan
Jordan Gilkison, Kent State
Jack Ebner, Miami
Danny Fisher, Miami
Jamie Tofte-Nielsen, Toledo
Softball Hosts Akron To Close Regular Season
» THIS WEEKEND IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team closes the 2022 regular season this weekend with a three-game home series versus Akron … The teams are scheduled to play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a Noon single game Sunday.
» VERSUS THE ZIPS: The Cardinals have won 14 straight games versus the Zips, including sweeping a four-game series in Akron last season … The Zips’ last win over Ball State was a 4-2 victory in Muncie on April 18, 2014 … During the Cardinals’ current 14-game winning streak in the series, seven of the wins have come by run-rule … However, the first two meetings last season were each decided by a single run, including a 5-4 (8) thriller to open an April 17 doubleheader … Ball State then went on to win the final two games of the series by six runs each … The Cardinals also hold an 18-10 edge in games played in Muncie.
» WHERE WE STAND: Ball State (13-13 MAC) enters the final weekend of MAC play in fifth place in the league standings, 2.5 games behind Central Michigan (15-10 MAC) in the race for the fourth and final spot in the 2022 MAC Softball Championship which will be hosted by Miami April 12-14 … In order to make the championship, the Cardinals must sweep this weekend’s series versus Akron and needs Miami to sweep its three-game set at Central Michigan … If any of the games are not played due to weather, CMU earns the final spot … Miami (23-3 MAC), Ohio (16-9 MAC) and Bowling Green (15-9 MAC) have already locked up spots in the tournament, while only BSU or CMU can claim the final tournament berth.
» HOW TO FOLLOW: Free live stats and free live video will be provided for all three of Ball State’s games versus Akron this week via courtesy of Ball State Athletics … Fans can find the links on the Softball schedule page of BallStateSports.com … Fans can also get updates by following the team on Twitter – @BallStateSB.
BALL STATE NEWS & NOTES:
» PERFECTION: Freshman pitcher Angelina Russo threw Ball State’s first recorded perfect game in the nightcap of the April 20 doubleheader versus Western Michigan … In helping lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory, Russo retired all 21 batters she faced over the 7.0 inning game … She struck out 10 total batters, including eight of WMU’s first nine … She also helped herself out on defense by registering a pair of assists, including fielding a soft grounder for out 20 of 21.
» NEAR PERFECTION: Ball State’s pitchers had flirted with perfect games before Angelina Russo’s gem, falling a walk shy of perfection on four occasions, most recently in a combined no-hitter by Aeshia Miles (3.0 innings) and Alyssa Rothwell (2.0 innings) in a 15-0 (5) victory over St. Bonaventure on March 17, 2018 … BSU has also been both an error shy and a hit batter shy of perfection as well.
» HOW ABOUT NO HITTERS: In addition to being the first recorded perfect game in program history, Angelina Russo’s effort marked just the 17th time BSU’s pitchers have surrendered no hits in a game dating back through the 1980 season.
» SHUTOUTS ARE GOOD TOO: Including Angelina Russo’s perfect game versus Western Michigan (April 20), Ball State pitchers have thrown four complete game shutouts this season … Junior pitcher Deborah Jones picked up Ball State’s first shutout in the 11-0 (5) win at Northern Illinois (April 6) … Jones also preceded Russo’s perfect game with her second shutout of the season in a 5-0 victory in the opening game of the April 20 doubleheader versus WMU … Jones added one more shutout, limiting Buffalo to two hits and one walk, while striking out nine, in a 4-0 victory April 24.
» 200 CAREER Ks: With her fourth of six strikeouts in the April 20 win over WMU, Deborah Jones also became just the 15th pitcher in program history to register 200 career strikeouts … Jones enters the Akron series ranked 14th on BSU’s all-time list with 226 strikeouts, while her 5.71 strikeouts-per-seven innings ranks seventh.
» BEHIND THE PLATE: One constant in all four of Ball State’s shutout wins this season, including the first perfect game in program history, has been senior catcher Delanie Johnson … She’s caught all four games, leading the squad with 29 putouts to go along with a pair of assists … Johnson also lent a hand on offense, which out-scored opponents 25-0 over the four games, by tying for team-high honors with five RBIs and adding a double and home run.
» VIDEO GAME NUMBERS: Senior outfielder Faith Hensley has picked up right where she left off last season, leading the Ball State offense with a .422 batting average this season … The mark currently ranks second in the MAC and 30th among all NCAA Division I players … She has reached base safely in 46 of the 49 games she has played, including via a hit in 38 contests … Hensley leads the MAC in walks (35) and on base percentage (.548), while ranking among the top five in the league in: home runs (17, second), slugging percentage (.850, second), triples (3, second), hits (62, second), runs scored (50, second) and RBIs (39, fifth).
» ON BALL STATE’S CAREER CHARTS: A 2021 NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection, Faith Hensley enters this weekend’s Akron series ranked first in program history with a .505 career on base percentage … She is also second on BSU’s all-time charts in both batting average (.396) and slugging percentage (.734) … Over 323 career at bats, Hensley has 128 total hits, including 25 home runs, 24 doubles and five triples … She has also drawn 61 walks and been hit by a pitch 11 times, while driving in 96 career RBIs and scoring 96 career runs.
» HENSLEY GOING YARD: Faith Hensley’s 25 career home runs currently tie for eighth on BSU’s career charts with her 17 in 2022 ranking as the fourth-most in a season in program history … The only player with more home runs in a single season in a Ball State uniform is two-time All-American and 2021 Olympic medalist Jennifer Gilbert (23 in 2013, 19 in 2014 and 18 in 2012).
» GOING YARD – PART 2: Ball State’s sluggers have blasted 53 total home runs this season, with 11 different players getting into the action … The newest addition to the Ball State Softball #BombSquad came April 23 at Buffalo when freshman Emma Richards blasted her first career home run in the opening game of a doubleheader versus Buffalo … She wasted little time picking up her second blast, adding another in the nightcap against the Bulls.
» ON THE BASE PATHS: Sophomore outfielder Remington Ross enters the Akron series ranked third in the league with 20 stolen bases … She started the season a perfect 13-for-13 before being narrowly thrown out when attempting to steal third versus Kent State (April 1) … Since then, Ross has gone 7-for-7, pushing her to 20-for-21 on the year … Ross has also shown off her speed at the plate with eight bunt singles so far this year.
» 11 AND COUNTING: Senior shortstop Amaia Daniel enters the Akron series riding an 11-game hitting streak, which is Ball State’s longest of the season … Over the last 11 games, Daniel is batting .361 with 13 hits including a pair of home runs … She also has six RBIs and five runs scored during the streak.
» TURNING TWO: On the defensive front, the Cardinals added one more double play in its midweek series at Miami to enter the weekend tied for fifth nationally with 26 double plays turned this season … Ball State’s 0.52 double plays-per-game average is ninth among the 293 ranked NCAA Division I programs.
IRISH FALL IN FIRST ROUND OF NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Notre Dame men’s tennis team fell at the hands of 27th-ranked Columbia 4-2 in the first round of the NCAA championships this afternoon at the Ty Tucker Tennis Center.
After dropping the first doubles match of the day at No. 3, the Fighting Irish would tie it up with a 6-4 win by Matthew Halpin and Jean-Marc Malkowski at No. 2 doubles. Back at the top of the lineup, the duo of Matthew Che and Axel Nefve would win a tightly contested 7-5 set with then lone break of serve to seal the 1-0 lead for the Irish.
In singles, Notre Dame would win the first sets at the bottom three spots quickly. Columbia responded by winning the first sets at the top three spots. However, winning the first set meant anything but a routine win, as on five of the six courts, the player who lost the opener would respond to win the second and force a deciding third set. The Lions picked up the lone straight set match at No. 2 singles as Hugo Hashimoto defeated graduate student Aditya Vashistha 7-6, 6-2 to tie the match overall.
Columbia would take their first lead of the day when Connor Fu dropped his match 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 to Henry Ruger. But the match would again be leveled as Che came back from losing the opening set 2-6 to win a pair of 6-4 sets. Che defeated a Columbia freshman in Max Westphal who had a career high ranking of #24 in the world before coming to college.
The final two points would go the way of the Lions as Malkowski at No. 5 singles and Peter Conklin at No. 6 singles fell 6-4 in their respective final sets and give Columbia the 4-2 win. The top court of ranked players would remain unfinished as #57 Nefve and #22 Kotzen were knotted at 5-5 in the third when play was abandoned.
Nefve will represent the Irish in the NCAA singles individual tournament after being selected based on his national ranking of #57. This is the second-straight year Nefve will be participating after playing in both the singles and doubles tournaments last year, advancing to the second round in both. This marks the 17th-straight year Notre Dame has a player participating in either of the individual NCAA championships. Nefve will begin play on May 23rd at host site University of Illinois in Champaign.
#27 Columbia 4 – #33 Notre Dame 2
Che/Nefve(ND) def. Ruger/Winegar(CU) 7-5
Halpin/Malkowski(ND) def. Tabet/Westphal(CU) 6-4
Horvat/Kotzen(CU) def. Conklin/Fu(ND) 6-4
#57 Nefve(ND) vs. Kotzen(CU) 3-6, 6-4, 5-5 Did Not Finish
Hashimoto(CU) def. #119 Vashistha(ND) 7-6(2), 6-2
Che(ND) def. Westphal(CU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ruger(CU) def. Fu(ND) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Huang(CU) def. Malkowski(ND) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Horvat(CU) def. Conklin(ND) 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles(3, 2, 1); Singles (2, 4, 3, 5, 6)
CHASE BLACKMUN TO RETURN FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON
University of Notre Dame graduate student Chase Blackmun will return for the 2022-23 season, the defenseman has announced.
“The gratitude and appreciation I have for my teammates and for this University is hard to put into words,” Blackmun said. “Notre Dame has changed me in the best ways, which is why I’m so proud to announce that I’ll be coming back to earn my MBA and compete alongside my best friends. I’m excited to see what next year holds for our team and, as always, Go Irish!”
“We’re excited to welcome Chase back to our program,” head coach Jeff Jackson said. “Chase is a quality, puck-moving defenseman. His vision and instincts make him an effective offensive player on transition and as a power-play point man. Last season, his maturity and character brought a calming presence to our locker room. This year we feel that he can use those traits to help lead.”
Blackmun played 40 games this past season for the Irish, scoring two goals and adding a career-high 14 assists for 16 points. It was his first season with Notre Dame after previously playing three seasons at UMass Lowell (2018-21).
Both of Blackmun’s goals in 2021-22 proved to be game winners, including Irish victories over Penn State (Feb. 4) and at Michigan State (Feb. 19). His 14 assists tied for fifth on the team as he helped the Fighting Irish go on a run to the NCAA Albany Regional Final.He also had three two-assist games, including in victories against RIT (Oct. 22) and Michigan (Feb. 25).
A native of Hudson, Wisconsin, Blackmun pursued a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree this past year after graduating from UMass Lowell in three years as a finance and business analytics major.
AS A GRADUATE STUDENT
Joined the 2021-22 Notre Dame roster as a graduate transfer from UMass Lowell.
Notched first career point for Notre Dame with two assists in 6-0 win over RIT (Oct. 22).
Tallied a game-tying assist in the second period at Michigan (11/20) which ended in a 5-4 overtime Notre Dame victory.
Assisted on Spencer Stastney’s game-tying goal in 3-2 home win against Michigan State (Dec. 10).
Scored the first goal of his Notre Dame career in the second period of a 7-2 victory over Penn State (Feb. 4).
Recorded his second multi-assist game at Notre Dame with two tallies on the road at Wisconsin (Feb 12).
Notched his second Notre Dame goal in the 4-2 road win at Michigan State (Feb. 19).
Tallied two assists en route to a 4-1 win over No. 2 Michigan (Feb. 25).
Sycamores to Host Loyola Chicago for Final Regular Season Series
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball will welcome the Ramblers to Price Field for a three-game set this weekend which will conclude the regular season for both teams.
The series will begin Saturday with a doubleheader at noon ET with Sunday being a single game scheduled to begin at noon ET as well. Each game will be carried live on ESPN3. The Sycamores will honor seniors Amanda Guercio, Grace Hunger, Bella Peterson and Lexie Siwek before Sunday’s game.
Indiana State is coming off of a trip to Cedar Falls where the Panthers took both games in a doubleheader at Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex on May 1. Bella Peterson went 2-for-4 in game one with a home run and three RBIs. Annie Tokarek also launched a solo shot in game one. Abi Chipps drove in a pair of runs in the second game to lead the Sycamore offense.
Loyola took two of three in a home series against Drake, falling only in the series finale in a close 2-1 game to give the Ramblers their first series win over the Bulldogs since 2014.
Scouting the Ramblers
Alicia Abbott is in her third season as the Ramblers’ head coach who enter the weekend at 9-14 in MVC action.
Offensively, Loyola is led by Maddie Ebeling who was named the MVC Player of the Week for her efforts last week. She currently owns a .277 average and 31 hits which includes five doubles, two triples and four home runs. Ebeling has also stolen a team-high 17 bases. Amelia Thomas is second on the team with 30 hits on the season, collecting an MVC-best five triples.
In the circle, freshman Peyton Pepkowski has been one of the league’s best arms in 2022, going 11-10 with a 2.91 ERA and 142 strikeouts thus far. Her strikeout total ranks fifth-best in the Valley which includes 45 batters struck out looking which is just one behind Missouri State’s Sydney Dickerson for most in the conference.
This will be Loyola Chicago’s final MVC series as they will join the Atlantic 10 Conference in the summer.
The Ramblers lead the all-time series over Indiana State 12-10 since joining the MVC in 2014. Loyola won two out of three in 2021.
Around the Horn
-Bella Peterson and Amanda Guercio are tied for the team lead in home runs this season with nine apiece.
-Peterson is one double away from breaking the single season record for doubles which she set last season with 19.
-Annie Tokarek enters the weekend on a six-game hitting streak where she’s gone 9-20 at the plate with a pair of home runs and four RBIs.
-Indiana State ranks second in the conference with 23 home runs during MVC play, trailing only UNI who has hit 40.
The MVC Tournament will be held from May 11-14 in Springfield, Mo. hosted by Missouri State at Killian Stadium. Currently, the Sycamores sit in the #7 spot in the MVC rankings where they would begin play on Wednesday against the #10 seed.
Mastodons Add Division II Standout Anthony Roberts
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Anthony Roberts (Oak Park, Ill. / Oak Park and River Forest HS / St. Cloud State) has joined the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s basketball program, head coach Jon Coffman announced on Friday (May 6).
“I am excited to have Anthony join our program because he brings a wealth of college basketball experience,” Coffman said. “He fills up the stat sheet and is a versatile defender who can guard four positions.”
Roberts, a 6’4″ guard, led the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in scoring and ranked 25th in all of NCAA Division II with 20.1 points per game in 2021-22. He earned First Team All-NSIC accolades for the second straight season. The junior also grabbed 8.5 rebounds per contest, fourth best in the league. He shot 47.2 percent from the floor on the season. Roberts ranked third in the nation in minutes per game (38.4). He earned a pair of NSIC Player of the Week honors.
Roberts’ sophomore campaign in 2020-21 saw him earn a NSIC Player of the Week award in addition to his first team honors. He was the team’s top scorer and ranked second in the league with 20.6 points per game. He scored 20 or more points in nine of St. Cloud State’s 17 games, including a career-high 34 in a win over Concordia-St. Paul in January. He led the Huskies and ranked sixth in the NSIC in rebounding with 8.0 per game. He also had 20 steals and 11 blocks. Roberts led the conference in minutes played at 37.6 per game.
Roberts opened his collegiate career with a strong freshman campaign. He was one of only two players to start all 29 games for the Huskies. He ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.9 points a game while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor, including a 42.5 clip from 3-point range.
He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School where he played for head coach Matt Maloney. As a senior, Roberts averaged 15.4 points per game on his way to third team all-state honors.
Roberts will have two years of eligibility remaining for the Mastodons.
The ‘Dons are coming off a 21-win season last season, including a 15-6 record in league play. The ‘Dons earned a share of the 2022 Horizon League Regular Season Championship.
Aces complete regular season with trip to Valpo
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Regular season play wraps up this weekend when the University of Evansville softball team travels to Valparaiso for a 3-game set. A noon doubleheader on Saturday opens the series before a single game on Sunday at noon.
Last Time Out
– Taking to the field inside Cooper Stadium for the final time this season, the Aces dropped three games against Southern Illinois last weekend
– SIU opened the series with an 8-6 victory before taking the final two contests by finals of 6-0 and 5-0, respectively
– The second contest went 4 1/2 innings on Saturday before being halted due to rain and resumed on Sunday morning
– Mackenzie McFeron carries an 8-game hitting streak into the final weekend of the regular season at Valparaiso
– Over that time, she is batting .440 with 11 hits in 25 at-bats while scoring 11 runs
– She has taken over the team lead, batting .310 for the season and .348 in Valley games and had the first 3-hit game of her career in the April 10 finale at Illinois State
– Since April 6, sophomore Marah Wood is batting .356 and has seen her average rise from .258 to .291
– Wood enters the Valpo series on a 4-game hit streak while picking up 6 hits in her last 14 trips to the plate
– She blasted her team-leading 8th home run of the season in the series finale against the Sycamores
– Wood is third in the Valley with 13 doubles, tied for 9th with eight home runs and tied for 7th in the league with 31 runs batted in.
Softball Set For Final Regular Season Series This Weekend
Valparaiso (12-31, 3-21 MVC)
May 7 – Evansville (23-24, 8-16 MVC) – noon DH
May 8 – Evansville – noon
Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team finishes out the regular season this weekend with a three-home game series against visiting Evansville, shifted back one day to a Saturday doubleheader and a Sunday single game. On Saturday in between games, the Beacons will hold their Senior Day ceremony, honoring six members of the program competing at the Valpo Softball Complex for the final time this weekend.
Previously: Valpo won its mid-week game at Loyola, 6-2, to claim the season series from the Ramblers. The Beacons then fell in a three-game series at Illinois State in its final road games of the regular season.
Looking Ahead: The Beacons will open MVC Tournament play from Springfield, Mo. on Wednesday afternoon, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. against the tournament’s seventh seed.
Following Valpo Softball: Live stats for all three games this weekend will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Amanda Eberhart: Amanda Eberhart was hired as head coach of the Valpo softball program in July of 2021. She brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha and previously leading the IUPUI program for four seasons. Eberhart, who owns 143 career victories as a head coach, also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.
Series History: The Beacons are just 5-20 all-time against the Purple Aces, including a 2-8 mark since joining the MVC. Valpo went 1-2 against Evansville in their 2018 regular season series, the only time Valpo has hosted UE since joining the Valley. Last season’s series at Evansville was highlighted by a two-hit performance in the circle from Caitlin Kowalski in the opener and the first home run of Addi Burke’s career.
Scouting the Opposition: Evansville enters the weekend with a 23-24 overall record on the season and is currently ninth in the MVC standings with an 8-16 conference mark. The Purple Aces dropped all four of their games last week, falling in a single game to Indiana State and in three games at Southern Illinois. Marah Wood has been the Aces’ biggest threat at the plate, slugging at a .582 clip with eight home runs. Izzy Vetter tossed multiple no-hitters earlier this season in the circle and is 14-12 with a 4.20 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 150 innings of work.
Celebrating the Seniors: The Beacons will celebrate six members of the program on Senior Day Saturday as they participate in the final home series of their Valpo careers. Players Peyton Moeder, Jaina Westphal, Taylor Tonoian and Kate Beckemeyer, as well as student managers Taylor Knight – who moved into that role this season after three years as a player – and Gabi Westphal.
Schedule Subject to Change: It wouldn’t be a Midwest spring without crazy weather necessitating schedule adjustments, but this spring seems to have had more moving parts than ever before. Of the Beacons’ nine MVC series, only one – the April 15-16 series hosting UNI – has had all three games played as originally scheduled, both date and time. Despite that, assuming all three games this weekend against the Purple Aces are played, Valpo will end up playing the full 27-game MVC slate for the first time since joining the conference. In fact, the 2017 team (24-game Horizon League slate) is the only one in the last decade which has not had at least one league game canceled.
Taking the Series: Valpo came away with the season series win over the Ramblers for the second time in four seasons as MVC members with its 6-2 win last week in Rogers Park. The Beacons split the previous week’s doubleheader with Loyola in Valpo to make last Tuesday’s matchup the rubber match of the series. It was Valpo’s first MVC series win since taking two of three from Indiana State April 19-20, 2019.
Rallying for Wins: Each of Valpo’s last three wins have been of the come-from-behind variety, but in much different ways. Against Purdue Fort Wayne, the Beacons trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring three times to earn the 5-4 win. It was the team’s first win when trailing through five innings since a 5-4 win over Marshall on March 7, 2021. Then, in the series opener with Loyola, Valpo found itself down 4-0 heading into the bottom of the first before exploding for six runs to take a lead it would not relinquish in a 9-7 win. The six-run first inning was the program’s biggest opening frame since pushing seven across in the top of the first of an eventual 9-6 win at UIC on April 3, 2019. Most recently, the Beacons plated six runs over the final two innings to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 6-2 win last week at Loyola.
Banging Out Hits: The Beacons have reached double figures in hits just three times in MVC play this year, but two of those instances came last week. Valpo posted 10 hits on the board in the mid-week win at Loyola, as four different players had multi-hit games. Then, in the series finale at Illinois State, the Beacons again registered 10 hits as a team, this time with three multi-hit efforts. Lauren Kehlenbrink tallied a pair of hits in both of those games.
Weaver Keeps On Reaching: There’s been no rookie wall for freshman catcher Addi Weaver as the regular season approaches its conclusion, as she has been the Beacons’ hottest hitter at the plate in recent weeks. Weaver carries a 10-game on-base streak into the final series of the regular season, matching the longest such streak by a Valpo player this season. Over that stretch, Weaver is 11-for-26 at the plate with four doubles, a triple and five walks, good for a .423/.516/.654 slash line over the last 10 games.
Keep On Running: Over Valpo’s last seven games, senior Jaina Westphal has stolen eight bases to give her a team-best 14 steals on the season, tied for eighth in the Valley. Included in that stretch was a three-steal game in the series finale at Drake, tying Valpo’s single-game record in the category – the second single-game mark Westphal tied in the month of April, as she had previously tied Valpo’s single-game home run record with a pair of long balls against Purdue Fort Wayne. Westphal’s 14 steals are just three shy of cracking the program’s single-season top-10, while she now has 38 career steals, one shy of a tie for fourth place in program history.
Hounds Drop Regular Season Finale at #5 Limestone
GAFFNEY, S.C. – The No. 7 UIndy men’s lacrosse team took on No. 5 Limestone in their regular season finale on Friday, falling 14-8 in South Region action.
The Hounds finish the regular season at 13-2, marking the most regular season wins in program history, besting the 12 wins in the 2019 season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
It started as a high-scoring affair with both teams netting a goal in the first three minutes. Matt Schoeneck and Drew Billig each scored an unassisted goal for the Hounds. The next two goals belonged to the Saints before James Whiteford netted one in the closing minute of the first quarter to cut the deficit to one.
The second quarter was a different story as only two goals were scored. Limestone found the net less than 12 seconds in. With just over two minutes remaining, lightning in the area sent the teams to their locker rooms for a nearly 45 minute weather delay. After the delay, Billig connected with James Whiteford to put the Hounds down 5-4 at the half.
Limestone utilized a 6-1 run in the second half to jump out to an 11-5 lead. UIndy’s lone goal of the third belonged to Ben Foster on an extra man opportunity.
Jake Zickel opened the fourth with an unassisted goal to pull the Hounds within five with just under 12 minutes remaining. Owain Braddock and Wyatt Auyer each found the back of the net to cut the deficit to four with just under five minutes left but the Saints scored a pair of goals in the final three minutes to steal the 14-8 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Billig paced the Hounds with five points off of one goal and four assists. The senior has racked up 72 points this season to bring his career total to 181.
– Josh Jackson led the defense with six caused turnovers and six ground balls.
– Austin Barnett made 12 saves in the full 60 minutes in net.
The Hounds will have to wait a little longer to see if they earned a spot in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The selection show will air on Sunday night at 7:30 pm ET on NCAA.com.
Men’s Golf Climbs Leaderboard on Day 2 of NCAA Regional
NOBLESVILLE, Ind.—The UIndy men’s golf team improved its standing today at the 2022 NCAA DII Midwest/Central Regional, held at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. With the field finishing up the final handful of remaining holes of round two Friday morning, the Greyhounds clawed their way into the top five as the biggest mover of the second round.
The Hounds handled the wet and rainy conditions of Thursday afternoon/evening and Friday morning better than most, carding a team score of 295 – the third-lowest team score of the second round. The performance vaulted UIndy from 15th place after 18 holes into a share of fifth.
The top six teams after Saturday’s final round, as well as the top two individuals not with those teams with advance to the NCAA DII Championships May 16-20. All 36 groups are scheduled to tee off from hole No. 1 Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. ET. The Greyhounds will take the course starting at 11:50 a.m.
CJ Jones was one of only five players to put up a red number in round two, carding a one-under 71. He holed out on the par-four No. 4 for an eagle and has now moved into the top 25.
Oliver Mast, however, is the Greyhound best positioned to contend for the regional medal; he carded a two-over 74 in round two and currently sits in a tie for third at -1 – three back of leader Charles Delong of Grand Valley State.
Keegan Bronnenberg moved up six spots with his second straight 75. He sits in a tie for 39th at +6. Cam Carroll also carded a 75 in round two and is now at +10. Jacob Nickell rounds out the UIndy lineup at +16.
The Greyhounds will be paired with McKendree and Findlay on Saturday. All three are currently in advancing spots, but will need to hold off a number of teams to stay there. They include Southern Indiana and GLVC-champ Missouri-St. Louis, which are both just one stroke back of UIndy.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD REPEATS AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Notre Dame, Ind. – After dominating the field on Thursday at the Crossroads League Championships, the Marian women’s track and field team finished what they started by owning the second day of the league meet to claim their second straight league championship. The Knights accumulated 211 points, breaking the 200-point threshold as a team for the second straight season. Marian earned five total wins on the final day of the meet, with Erin Oleksakearning three winning wins coming in the 100m hurdles and both the 4×100 and 4x400m relays.
Marian picked up a win on the track in the 100m, with Giorgia Mameli clocking a 12.21 second race to earn her first career CL win. Mameli was followed to the line by MaKayla Melvinwho finished second in 12.24 seconds, while Jocelynn Burtonfinished third at 12.38 seconds. Marian’s 24 points in the 100 were followed by 14 points in the 200m, as the trio of sprinters finished second, fifth, and seventh. Mameli hit an ‘A’ standard in her race clocking 24.54 seconds, while Melvin finished fifth and Burton took seventh.
Jai-Lyn Norwoodhelped lead the 12 point charge in the 400m, as she finished third in 59.60 seconds. Taylor Thomasfinished in 60.10 seconds taking fifth, while Jada Burtonran a 60.26 second time in her seventh place run. Nora Steelehad Marian’s lone scoring race in the 800m as she finished eighth in 2:23, while teammate Adrianna Boydhad the next best finish clocking a 2:23.75, 10th place run. Liz Loichingerfinished eighth in the 1500m run clocking a time of 5:02.12, and Kate Cunninghamscored in the 5000m with an eighth place time of 19:54.56.
Erin Oleksakearned one of her three wins in the 100m hurdle finals, as she blazed the track in 14.26 seconds, hitting her second fastest time of the year in the win. Michaela Barrettfinished fifth in the 100m hurdles, and DeJae Hudson finished eighth. Oleksak later got the Knights a runner-up finish in the 400m hitting the line in 1:06.40, while Barrett just missed a scoring chance placing ninth. Sydni Montgomerycompleted the hurdling efforts scoring a fifth place finish in the steeplechase, running an 11:49.28 time.
Marian won both of their two realy races, with the women’s 4x100m team blazing the wet track in 47.48 seconds. The relay group consisted of Burton, Mameli, Oleksak, and Melvin, and in the final race on the track Oleksak and Mameli teamed up with Norwood and Thomas to win the 4x400m relay in 4:01.62.
In the two lone field events of the final day, Marian excelled getting three scoring finishes in the triple jump led by Naomi Walterswinning 11.67m jump. Norwood took the runner-up spot at 11.24m, and in seventh place was Sandy Sledge. In the discus throw, Arriana Benjamin took home third place with a 41.23m distance, while Sarah Spanglerfinished 12th.
Marian will compete in a last chance meet, hosted by St. Francis, Illinois, next weekend as they begin their preparations for the NAIA Championships.
JAY WILLIAMS NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, KNIGHTS CLAIM FIVE ALL-CL HONORS
Jackson, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-2022 Men’s Golf All-League honors on Friday, following Taylor’s sixth-straight team championship on April 25 and 26.
The Trojans were represented on the All-Crossroads League Team with six honors, including Cam Andry’s CL Coach-of-the-Year nod, as well as with Javan Johnson, Adam Kasitz, Drew Pickering and Noah Ross earning spots on the All-CL Team.
Jay Williamsadded to his historic career as a senior, earning the program’s first Crossroads League Player of the Year honor in a decade. Williams’ honor comes after he won the Crossroads League Championship on April 26, claiming the program’s first tournament medalist in a decade. Williams missed the spring season taking an internship, but ended the regular season on a high note winning his final two events. Williams tied the program record for a 54-hole score in his CL Championship win, and will compete at the NAIA Championship on May 17-20 as an individual.
Williams’ third straight All-Crossroads League First Team honor was paired with Matthew Chapman‘s second consective All-CL First Team award. Chapman played the No. 1 role for the Knights the majority of the spring, and won a pair of tournaments in the 2022 season.
The Knights’ All-Crossroads League Team honors were rounded out by Patrick Guymon, Seth Kestranek, and Brandon Heffner‘s All-CL Honorable Mention honors. The trio of Knights each earned their first career All-Conference honor with the award.
Williams tees off at the NAIA Championships in Silvis, Ill., at TPC Deere Run on May 17 at 2:00 PM ET.
GOLFERS DYKEMA AND SANDERS CLAIM ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s golf inked two players on the All-League list Friday, as announced by the Crossroads League.
Jack Dykema earned the highest award for the Wildcats, playing his way into All-League status. Dykema participated in 12 tournaments this past year, averaging 76.63. The junior’s highest finish on the season was three fourth place finishes, while his lowest round was a 71 at the Chariot Run Challenge in the fall.
Kyle Sanders was the other Wildcat to be honored Friday, earning a spot on the Honorable Mention All-League team. The freshman averaged 76.70 on the season in 12 tournaments, and finished second in the Ackerman-Allen Shootout. His lowest round of the season came in his second tournament when he fired off a 68 in round one of the The Player Club Invitational in the fall.
The Wildcats concluded their season last week, with a third place finish at the 2022 Crossroads League Championships.
Little Giants Claim Ninth NCAC Men’s Outdoor Track And Field Title
The Wabash College track and field team captured its ninth North Coast Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championship and its 17th NCAC title overall by winning the 2022 outdoor title Friday afternoon at Oberlin College. The Little Giants won both the outdoor and indoor titles for the seventh time since joining the NCAC for the 2000 season.
Wabash finished with a total of 171 points to easily outdistance second-place Denison with 132.5 points. Wittenberg claimed third place with a total of 107 points. Oberlin (88 points), DePauw (83), Allegheny (76), Wooster (69.5), Ohio Wesleyan (58), and Kenyon (34) completed the team scoring.
The Little Giants claimed the NCAC crown for the third consecutive season. Wabash won the 2021 outdoor title along with the 2019 championship. The 2020 championship was canceled due to COVID. Wabash claimed both indoor and outdoor track and field titles in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2019 before winning both the indoor and outdoor titles in 2022.
Wabash claimed three individual championships and posted 17 All-NCAC performances over the entire championship event to claim its ninth league title.
Max Bigler matched his career high and remains tied for the 19th-best mark among Division III high jumpers with his conference-winning effort on Friday. Bigler won the conference title by clearing 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6.75 inches) to also earn All-NCAC honors. Jake Oostman claimed second place by turning in a career-best effort with a height of 1.95 meters (6 feet, 6.75 inches) to also earn a place on the all-conference team. Stuart Anker turned in a career-best performance by clearing 1.80 (5 feet, 10.75 inches) meters to tie for seventh place.
Bigler picked up all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles, touring the oval in 56.11. Giovonni Zappala finished the race in 57.48 to claim sixth place. Warbington added an eighth-place finish with a time of 1:02.05.
Reis Thomas won the discus throw to also earn All-NCAC honors. The junior won the event with a top throw of 46.30 meters (151 feet, 11 inches) to top the rest of the field by nearly three feet.
Cristian Aleman, Jose Franco, Tyler Walls, and Nathan France closed out the meet for the Little Giants by winning the 4×400-meter relay with a season-best time of 3:21.72 to pick up All-NCAC honors.
Leo Warbington took second place in the 110-meter hurdles. He raced to the finish line in 15.39 to earn all-conference honors. Takeshi Greiner scored a fifth-place finish with a time of 16.24. Zappala finished the race in 16.32 to finish sixth overall. Bigler added a seventh-place finish with a time of 16.35.
Franco snared more all-conference honors with his third-place finish in the 400-meter dash. The senior placed third with a time of 49.87. Aleman took fifth place by finishing in a season-best time of 50.52. Walls scored a sixth-place finish by crossing the line with his career-best effort of 50.62. Howie Steele added a seventh-place finish with a time of 51.77.
Franco added a third All-NCAC award with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash. He finished the race in 21.96. Aleman placed fifth overall by finishing in 22.50.
Kamron Ferguson scored all-conference honors with a third-place finish. He produced a top mark of 12.90 meters (42 feet, 4 inches) on his final attempt. Gianni Minor added three points to the Wabash team score with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump. He posted a mark of 12.20 meters (40 feet, 0.50 inches) on his first attempt.
Brayden Curnutt ran a career-best time of 15:18.28 to claim all-conference honors with a third-place finish in the 5,000-meter run. Keith Abramson scored an all-conference finish in the 800-meter run, finishing with a time of 1:57.63.
Seth Acero added five points to the Little Giants’ team score with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 11.11. Ethan Pine captured fifth place in the 1500-meter run by finishing in 4:01.54. Julius Hearns, Josh Warmick, Seth Acero, and Josh Manfred combined for a time of 43.69 to finish fifth overall in the 4×100-meter dash.
In addition to the individual and team awards won by the student-athletes, theWabash coaching staff of head coach Clyde Morgan, associate head coach Tyler McCreary, and assistant coaches John Bute, Emile Conde, and coach emeritus Robert Johnson, as well as student manager Evan Kanetkar were all recognized as a the Men’s Conference Staff of the Year.
Adeyemi School Record Highlights Women’s T&F at Billy Hayes Invite
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Rofiat Adeyemi snagged her second school record of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s track and field season to highlight the team’s performance at the Indiana University Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday.
Adeyemi recorded an NCAA Division III top 25 ranked long jump mark of 18′ 7″ to finish 3rd against an NCAA Division I field. She previously set the Rose-Hulman triple jump school record of 38′ 1 1/4″ earlier this season.
Aaliyah Briggs also competed at the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, recording a women’s javelin mark of 118′ 0″ to finish 4th in a field of eight primarily NCAA Division I competitors.
Individuals from the Fightin’ Engineers will compete in the North Central Last Chance Meet on May 12-13.
Trine Men Win 2022 MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
ALBION, Mich. – The Trine University men’s track and field team won their fifth straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) title on Friday in the 2022 Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Albion College. The Thunder men have won every indoor and outdoor championship contested since 2019.
Trine held a sizable margin over second-place Hope College after scoring 228 points to the Flying Dutch’s 161.
The Thunder brought home four event victories on day two, including both hurdle races. Jake Gladieux [Oregon, Ohio / Whitmer] won the 110-meter hurdles (14.63 seconds) in a 1-2-3 finish with Evan Selby [Lake Villa, Ill. / Lake Villa] (15.00 seconds) and Greysen Spohn [Peru, Ind. / Peru] (15.01 seconds). Gladieux was first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.47 seconds. Ty Hoover [Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes] in sixth (1:00.54) and Selby in eighth (1:04.16) were also point scorers in that event.
The 4×100-meter relay team of Spohn, Josh Davis [Sterling Heights, Mich. / Sterling Heights], Ben Williams [Farmington Hills, Mich. / Harrison] and Danny Vinson [Berrien Springs, Mich. / Berrien Springs] crossed the line first with a time of 41.91 seconds. The final event win of the day came from Travis Dowling [Swayzee, Ind. / Oak Hill] in the discus. He completed the event with a throw of 40.62 meters (133′ 3.25″) and Dillon Dennison [Ithica, Mich. / Alma] was sixth in the event at 38.50 meters (126′ 3.75″).
Trine had three runner-up finishes as well. In the high jump, Spohn was second at 1.86 meters (6′ 1.25″) and he was joined by a parade of Thunder athletes on the podium. Ethan Spahr [Osseo, Mich. / Pittsford] was third (1.83 meters / 6′ 0.00″), with Garret Kelley [Fremont, Ind. / Fremont] and Nikolas Uhler [Charlottesville, Ind. / Eastern Hancock] in fifth and sixth (1.75 meters / 5′ 9.00″). Vinson (10.90 seconds) also led a platoon of men with a silver in the 100-meter dash. Davis (10.94 seconds), Williams (11.10 seconds) and William Thonn [Rochester, Ind. / Rochester] (11.20 seconds) were third, fifth and sixth.
The javelin saw Noah McClellan [Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central] place second with a throw of 46.67 meters (153′ 1.50″) and Spahr sixth at 42.31 meters (138′ 9.75″).
Joseph Packard [Kokomo, Ind. / Western] led a crowd of Trine members in the 5000-meter run with a third-place time of 14:52.35. Noah Acker [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble] was fourth at 14:54.01 and Zach Brickler [Indianapolis, Ind. / Ben Davis] eighth with a time of 15:27.47.
In the triple jump, Spahr put together a fourth-place score at 13.06 meters (42′ 10.25″). Williams led a 4-5-6 finish in the 200-meter dash with Davis and Spohn in tow. Williams had a time of 22.39 seconds, while Davis finished in 22.51 and Spohn 22.66 seconds. The 4×400-meter relay team of Selby, Spohn, Aaron Pike [New Richmond, Ohio / New Richmond] and Gladieux was also fourth (3:24.51).
Holden Martin [Indianapolis, Ind. / Scecina Memorial] completed the 1500-meter race win fifth with a time of 4:05.24, and Aidan Lapp [South Bend, Ind. / Riley] led a group of three in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Lapp was sixth (10:04.10) while Connor Miller [Warren, Ind. / Huntington North] was seventh (10:19.66) and Austin Smith [Jackson, Mich. / Napoleon] eighth (10:19.80).
Pike (51.80 seconds) and Martin (1:59.33) brought home seventh-place points in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run to complete the Thunder efforts.
Trine will enter the Saint Francis Fighting Chance on May 13-14 to get a last chance for athletes to qualify for nationals.
Thunder Score a Third-Place Finish at the Outdoor Championships
ALBION, Mich. – The Trine University women’s track and field team competed in day two of the 2022 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Outdoor Track and Field Championships Friday. They placed third overall with a team score of 156.
Hope College was the team champion at 192 with hosts Albion College in second at 171 points.
The Thunder won four events on day two, three of which came from Haley Livingston [Fort Worth, Texas / Everman]. She was first in the high jump at 11.20 meters (36′ 9.00″) and set a new school record in the event. She also broke the school record mark with a race-winning time in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.50) and won the 100-meter hurdle event (14.99 seconds).
Evie Miller [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] secured her 14th MIAA Championship in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:31.44. Amira Faulkner [Bellbrook, Ohio / Bellbrook] scored a point in the event as well with an eighth-place 4:57.74. Miller was second overall in the 800-meter run as well at 2:13.78.
Malena Ricks [Toledo, Ohio / Toledo Start] was credited with a second-place finish in the javelin at 33.41 meters (109′ 7.25″). Katie Berlew [Fremont, Ind. / Fremont] was seventh in the event with a throw of 28.29 meters (92′ 9.75″).
Both relay teams finished third for Trine. The 4×100-meter relay team consisting of Mackenzie Miller [Paw Paw, Mich. / Paw Paw], Stephanie Hartpence [Elkhart, Ind. / Concord], Mallory Wood [Goshen, Ind. / Goshen] and Paige McGonigal [Coventry Twp., Ohio / Coventry] finished with a time of 50.22 seconds. Hartpence, Livingston, McGonigal and Evie Miller made up the 4×400-meter relay team, which earned a time of 4:04.69.
Hartpence and McGonigal were also featured in the 400-meter dash. Hartpence finished fourth (1:03.60) while McGonigal was seventh in the race (1:04.97).
Lydia Randolph [Jefferson, Ohio / Edgewood Senior] led a group of three in the 5000-meter run. She was fifth with a time of 18:13.24, while Alli Smith [Temperance, Mich. / Temperance Bedford] placed sixth at 18:19.39 and Chloe Goodrich [Burlington, Ind. / Carroll] eighth at 18:38.02.
In the discus, Chloe Bard [Montpelier, Ohio / Montipelier] was a fifth-place finisher at 34.78 meters (114′ 1.25″) and Valerie Obear [Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] was eighth with a throw of 32.87 meters (107′ 10.00″).
Mackenzie Miller crossed the line sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.28 seconds and Wood scored a point as well with an eighth-place time of 13.35 seconds.
Trine will enter the Saint Francis Fighting Chance on May 13-14 to get a last chance for athletes to qualify for nationals.
KUMFER EARNS ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE NOD
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2021-22 Men’s Golf All-League honors on Friday, following Taylor’s conference championship at the Chariot Run Golf Course in Laconia, Indiana in late April. Jonah Kumfer earned All-Crossroads League honors, as well as being named the Crossroads League Newcomer of the Year—the first in the history of the men’s golf program.
Kumfer recorded a season average 74.6 and has six top ten finishes in ten tournaments this season. He tied the 36-hole program record with a score of 139 (one under par) in the LTU Blue Devil Classic. He is the first Pilot to be named to the All-Crossroads League team since Brian Ulrich in 2015.
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Tigers Finish Third at the NCAC Outdoor Championships
Oberlin, Ohio- The DePauw women’s outdoor track and field team finished third with 121.50 points at the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Oberlin topped the field with 187 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan, who finished second with 127 points.
Recording five individual All-NCAC performances and leading DePauw in points was senior Erin Pasch, earning her Field Athlete of the Year. Pasch finished first in javelin (115’07.”) and the heptathlon with 5,041 points. She finished second in long jump (17’10.75) and in the 100-meter hurdles (14.81) and rounded out her accolades with a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (25.65).
Pasch ran anchor on the first-place 4×400 meter relay with Charlotte Borland, Annalise Grammel, and Seelye Stoffregen, who ran it in 4:04.18, six seconds faster than the second-place team.
Stoffregen earned the Tigers’ final first-place finish after running the 400-meter hurdles in 1:05.72. Joining Stoffregen as an All-NCAC performer was Grammel, who finished third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.98, and Emma Stemen, who vaulted a 10’11.75″ for third in pole vault.
DePauw completed the NCAC Championships with nine All-NCAC performances and will be competing in the Carius/Gregory Invitational next Thursday, May 12, in Naperville, Ill.
Mills Collects Five Hits and Cougars Out-Hit Midway in 12-11 RSC Championship Opening Round Loss
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – The Indiana University Kokomo baseball team dropped their River States Conference Championship opening round matchup to Midway Thursday evening, 12-11. The Cougars led 5-4 after two innings of play at VA Memorial Stadium, but Midway pushed five runs across the plate in the third and never relinquished the lead.
All 23 runs scored in the game came before the seventh inning, as each team was held scoreless in the final three frames.
Midway jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first.
Noah Hurlock tied things in the bottom of the inning with a 2-RBI double.
Jared Heard scored on a Jack Leverenz RBI groundout and Hurlock eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Eagles tied things at four in the top of the second thanks to a Nick Eastham 2-RBI double.
The Cougars regained the lead in the bottom of the second on a Jared Heard RBI single, scoring Thomas Obergfell.
Midway exploded for five runs in the top of the third on three hits and three Cougar errors.
Trailing 9-5 in the bottom of the third, Leverenz led off the inning with a double down the left-field line and later scored on a passed ball.
Bryant Fontanez hit the lone homerun of the game in the fourth for Midway, scoring two and extending the Eagle lead to 11-6.
Pat Mills singled before Jared Heard reached via walk in the bottom of the fourth, and both came around to score, cutting the Midway lead to 11-8.
Riley Garczynski led off the bottom of the fifth with a double to left-center field, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Luke Hanson RBI groundout.
The Eagles recorded a Sac Fly to go up 12-9 in the top of the sixth, scoring Cameron Smith who led off the inning with a single.
Mills singled and advanced to second via a Jared Heard walk in the sixth, both advanced on a Hurlock sac-bunt, and both crossed the plate on a Leverenz single to make it 12-11 Midway.
Lucas Letsinger came out of the bullpen for 5.2 innings of relief, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Ethan Leslie tossed a scoreless ninth, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk.
The Cougars will take on #1 seed IU Southeast on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM in a win-or-go-home scenario.
Sturtsman Ties WHAC Record with 17 Strikeouts
LIMA, Ohio – The Indiana Tech baseball team kicked off postseason play Thursday morning with a 2-1 win over Concordia University in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Tournament at Racer Field. Their scheduled game with top-seeded and No. 21-ranked University of Northwestern Ohio was pushed back to Friday due to rain and is now set for 12 p.m. Saturday in a doubleheader. The in-necessary game will take place Sunday.
Hayes Sturtsman was the man of the game with a conference record 17 strikeouts as he went the distance on the hill, allowing just two hits and one walk over 118 pitches. Jayden Reed, Jacob Daftari and Mike Snyder all had two hits with Snyder and Manuel Ascanio driving in the Tech runs.
Reed got the scoring started with a one-out single in the bottom of the third and then promptly stole second. Following a foul out and a single by Daftari, Snyder sent a ball into center field to score Red and put Tech up 1-0.
Jordan Sherman tied things up in the sixth with a solo shot to left, but a one-out double by Tyler Stahl was followed by a double to left from Ascanio to put the Warriors up 2-1. Sturtsman continued to dominate the Cardinals after that, allowing just one baserunner via a walk while striking out four batters over the final three innings. The senior righty recorded a strikeout in every inning except for the ninth.
Tech improves to 32-19 and will need to beat the Racers twice over the weekend to advance to the WHAC Championship Series.
Warriors Garner Numerous WHAC Honors
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech baseball team was well represented on the list of regular season honors and awards as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) released the 2022 honors Thursday in conjunction with the ongoing conference tournament in Lima, Ohio and Adrian, Michigan.
Hayes Sturtsman was named to the All-Conference First-Team while Mike Snyder, Jayden Reed, Manuel Ascanio and Ashtin Moxey garnered spots on the All-Conference Second-Team. Trevor Patterson and Reed were named to the WHAC Gold Glove Team. It’s Snyder’s second time garnering a spot on the All-Conference Team and Patterson’s second straight Gold Glove honor.
The Warriors had 12 student-athletes, Jacob Daftari, Luis Diaz, Jared Maxfield, Alex Mitchell, Austin Mitchell, Micah O’Donnell, Tristan Osika, Reed, Spencer Strobel, Sturtsman and Ryan Troxel, named to the WHAC All-Academic Team while Michael Oliger was named to the WHAC Champions of Character Team.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Finish Fourth in Crossroads League Championship
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Trojans wrapped up the second day of competition at the 2022 Crossroads League Championships hosted by Bethel University at the University of Notre Dame. The Taylor men performed well against high-level competition as they gathered one individual league victory and seven top-five finishes. As the rain dropped steady throughout the day, the Purple and Gold accumulated a total of 93 points and finished in fourth place as a team. Marian won the meet with 173 points, Grace finished second with 116 points and Bethel claimed third with 110.5 points.
Connor White claimed TU’s only individual league title on Friday, finishing first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. White clocked a dominant time of 9:20.66. Taylor’s Zach Hoekstra cruised to a second-place finish, logging a mark of 9:31.47. Quinn Rudy finished ninth (10:08.97), while Jack Hammond crossed in 11th (10:15.55).
Matthew Sakeuh raced to two All-Crossroads League performances. Sakeuh finished as the runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 14.70. The senior then went on to claim third place in the 400-meter hurdles. Sakeuh recorded a personal-best time of 54.86. Fellow hurdler, Sammy Sommers, snagged fourth place in the 400-hurdles with a career-best mark of 55.24.
Liam Hesting threw the discus 45.08-meters, claiming six points in the field events for the day. Hesting finished in third place overall.
Two Trojans turned in exciting mid-distance races, as both men logged lifetime-best marks. Nate Conkel posted a time of 1:54.19 in the 800-meters, finishing sixth overall. Ben Eiffert broke the 4:00-barrier for the first time in the 1,500-meters. Eiffert cranked out a time of 3:58.32, placing sixth.
In the 5,000-meters, Derek Van Prooyen ran a time of 15:02.11 and claimed fifth place overall.
Cole Whitehead added a 10th-place finish in the 400-meters, logging a time of 50.93.
To wrap up the meet, Taylor’s 4×400-meter relay, including Matthew Sakeuh, Braden Bixler, Nate Conkel and Isaac Cornfield, grabbed sixth place with a time of 3:31.54.
The Trojans will return to the track next Friday and Saturday for a final tune-up before the NAIA National Championships. The TU men will compete at the University of St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Joliet, Illinois on May 13 and 14, then will travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama for nationals on May 25-27.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Claims Three Individual CL Titles; Trojans Finish Third Overall
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Taylor women concluded the 2022 Crossroads League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, as they claimed third place overall in the team standings. The Trojans tallied a total of 127 points between the two days and ended behind Marian (211 points) and Indiana Wesleyan (134). Despite wet and rainy conditions on the final day of competition, the TU women battled hard against an elite Crossroads League field. The Purple and Gold claimed three individual league titles, nine top-three All-Crossroads League finishes and earned one new NAIA National qualification.
The Trojans dominated the first event of the day, as TU swept the top-three places and tallied 26 points in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ahna VanderWall claimed the league title with a career-best run of 10:43.98. Giovanna Domene finished in second place, logging a lifetime-best time of 10:52.48 and moving to No. 3 on TU top-10 list. Both VanderWall and Domene ran faster than the previous Crossroads League record. Finishing in third place, Audrey Brinkruff clocked a new personal-best time of 11:26.64 and qualified for NAIA Nationals with B-standard, moving to No. 8 on the TU top-10 list. Elayna Kitt claimed sixth place with a time of 12:10.24.
Giovanna Domene continued to put her jumping skills to use, as she was later crowned the 400-meter hurdle champion. Domene clocked a personal-best time of 1:05.95 to claim the victory. Emily Johnson finished sixth in 1:11.60 and Olivia Jeanette ended 10th overall (1:13.76).
Abbey Brennan and Brooke Studnicki grabbed a one-two finish in the 1,500-meters. Brennan crossed the line first in 4:36.08, while Studnicki ended steps behind in second, logging a time of 4:40.25. Corinne O’Leary grabbed sixth place (4:50.17) and Emma Muterspaw ended 10th (5:06.61). Brennan and Studnicki went on to claim second and third place in the 800-meters. Brennan clocked a time of 2:15.62 and Studnicki finished in 2:16.25.
In the 100-meter hurdle finals, Audrey Altum finished as the runner-up with a time of 14:41. The junior also added an eighth-place run in the 100-meter dash finals, sprinting to a time of 12.87.
Eden Siples grabbed two top-eight finishes, ending sixth in the 400-meters and eighth in the 200-meters. Siples cruised to a time of 1:00.24 in the 400, while clocking a mark of 25.96 in the 200.
In the relays, TU’s 4×100-meter relay squad of Ashley Hall, Siples, Altum and Mikayla Ellis finished in fourth place with a time of 49.65. The Purple and Gold 4×4, made up of Ellis, Emily Johnson, Olivia Jeanette and Siples, clocked a time of 4:13.29, finishing fifth overall.
Brooke Russel added five points from the field events for the Trojans. Russel soared to a triple jump mark of 10.30-meters, claiming fourth place overall.
The Trojans will return to the track next Friday and Saturday for a final tune-up before the NAIA National Championships. The TU women will compete at the University of St. Francis Fighting Chance Meet in Joliet, Illinois on May 13 and 14, then will travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama for nationals on May 25-27.
Vincennes University Golf Coach Dennis Chattin to be inducted into NJCAA Golf Hall of Fame
VINCENNES, Ind. – The NJCAA Men’s Golf Coaches Association announced their 2022 Hall of Fame class and of the six names list was VU Head Coach Dennis Chattin.
“It is very humbling to think that I will be in ‘The Hall’,” Chattin said. “Just this year alone, to see my name with those that are being inducted is hard to believe, let alone those that have been inducted over the years. I hope this will elevate the visibility of our golf program at VU. It makes me feel as though I should have done more to have earned this.”
Coach Chattin has guided the VU Men’s Golf program since 2003 and has led the Trailblazers to three NJCAA Division III National Championships in six years, in 2013, 2016 and 2018.
Chattin has also had team finish third, fifth and seventh in the National Championship tournament and has been named National Coach of the Tournament three times.
During his time at VU, Chattin has been named NJCAA Region 12 Coach of the Year six times, won six Region 12 team Championships and had 11 golfers receive NJCAA All-American honors.
“There have been many memories, but mostly about the players that have played for us,” Chattin added. “There have been some great people, not just athletes, that have played here at VU.”
“The National Championships are, of course, very special,” Chattin said. “As the old Wide World of Sports intro said, ‘it’s the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat’ that I think makes coaches tick. I think creating a once in a lifetime memory for players is a large part of what you hope to accomplish.”
Chattin is the 21st Vincennes University player, coach or contributor to receive NJCAA Hall of Fame honors and the seventh in the last six years.
Vincennes University now has three current NJCAA Hall of Fame coaches, with Chattin joining Men’s Basketball Head Coach Todd Franklin and Women’s Basketball Head Coach and Athletic Director Harry Meeks.
“I can remember walking into the P.E. Complex and seeing all the great accomplishments of VU Athletics and coaches and realizing that we didn’t have anything there for golf,” Chattin added. “I wanted to put golf in the rafters as well. I also remember having athletes I contacted say they didn’t know VU had a golf team and that even included people that worked at VU.”
“The Championships helped change that image and I hope that in some way this will add to the great history of VU Athletics and make golf more visible to prospective players for our program,” Chattin said.
Chattin has a Master’s degree in Math Education from Indiana State University and taught mathematics at North Knox High School before coming to VU, where he was also the Golf coach and a varsity basketball assistant coach for nine years.
Chattin also worked for Farm Bureau Insurance for 32 years where he held several positions including Regional Sales Manager.
Chattin currently owns several car washes in Vincennes with his wife Beth, who is a realtor at FCTucker in Vincennes.
Chattin also has two children, Ryan and Brooke and four grandchildren. Chattin’s son Ryan is a former team captain of the Ball State University golf team and was the team MVP during the 1999-2000 season.
Chattin is being inducted along with two former players Abraham Ancer (Odessa, TX) and Chase Seiffert (Central Alabama), as well as three coaches David Johnson (Blinn, TX), Gary Mullett (Springfield Tech, MA) and Jason Hyatt (DuPage, IL).
The Vincennes University Athletic Department extends a well-deserved congratulations to Coach Dennis Chattin on this tremendous honor and we cannot wait to see his name prominently displayed in the rafters of the P.E. Complex.
VU Trailblazers sign Stetson University transfer Tasos Cook
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers continued to add to their 2022 recruiting class with the signing of NCAA Division I transfer Tasos Cook from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla.
Cook is a six-foot-two, 200-pound guard from Westerville, Ohio, a northeastern suburb of Columbus, where he led the Westerville Central Warhawks to the 2021 Ohio Division I High School State Championship game.
Cook averaged 21.2 points per game in his senior year at Westerville Central and was named the 2021 Ohio Division I District Player of the Year and earned a First Team All-Ohio Division I spot.
Cook jumped onto the recruiting scene in his final two years of high school, where he led Westerville Central to their first two District Championships in school history.
“Tasos is a strong, attacking guard,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “That’s what he was in high school when he was obviously very successful as a senior. He took Westerville Central to the State title game and averaged 21 points per game. He probably averaged more like 25 or 26 points during their postseason run.”
“He’s very strong and has really good bounce and he’s aggressive at taking the ball to the basket,” Franklin added. “He’s an older guy. He has the physical toughness and has a little bit of fire to him. He’s a competitive guy and played well in big games in his high school career.”
“He’s got that competitive fire and it was something that he was known for in high school,” Franklin said. “It’s been something that we’ve been known for over the years and something, I thought, we were a little bit lacking on last year.”
Cook played last season at Stetson University in Florida, where he played in 21 games and averaged six minutes per game.
The Hatters finished the season with a record of 11-19 under head coach Donnie Jones in his third year with the program.
“He had offers out of high school from Stetson and Bellarmine,” Franklin said. “He chose Stetson and they tried to make him more of a point guard last year. They like to shoot three’s and that’s not really his game. I see him more as a driving, attacking guard, in the mid-range with an occasional three, but his game is going to mostly be built on his physicality.”
“We knew about him in high school and looked at him, he just blew up at the end and got his DI offers,” Franklin added. “He’s a really good student. He came and visited us Thursday and loved it. He thought it was exactly what he was looking for and we were able to get him signed pretty quickly. I think there was a match philosophically with what we are looking for with work, effort, physicality, toughness and the expectations of our program.”
“Cook was one of the transfer guys that we were waiting on for him to finish up some finals before making a visit and we are excited that we got it wrapped up pretty quickly,” Franklin said. “I don’t really care that he was a Division I guy or not, we really just look at the player, how good they are and what they can bring.”
“The fact that he is a DI guy is fine, but we really just went more off of what he did in high school and him coming in here and working out Thursday,” Franklin added. “I thought we needed a few older guys in here, but for us, it has to be the right guys. We don’t take a lot of transfers and he is the first one of the guys like that that we would have taken.”
“Tasos and James Locke coming in are very similar,” Franklin said. “Both led their teams to the State Championship game, with Locke winning it in Oklahoma. Locke went to a prep school last year and Cook went to Stetson. Both were good students. Both are good guys that come here with no baggage at all, which are things on our checklist for guys. But we obviously needed some older guys at the guard spot and hopefully those two can fit that bill. Both guys, whether it’s prep or Division I, it doesn’t really matter to me. It’s the player that matters and what they bring to the table, more than where they’ve been.”
Cook joins an already packed Trailblazer recruiting class loaded with winners at the high school level in Kale Gaither (Madisonville, Ky.), Victor Lado (Louisville, Ky.), Ryan Oliver (Nashville, Tenn.), Michael Osei-Bonsu (Bolingbrook, Ill.), James Locke IV (Midwest City, Okla.), LeBron Thomas (Darlington, S.C.) and Karyiek Dixon (London, England).
“We’re pretty excited about getting Tasos,” Franklin said. “He will be here in the summer ready to go. In general I think we’ve got really good guys coming in next year. We’ve worked really hard at it. I’ve been on the road a lot and trying to see as many as I could. I think we’ve spent a good amount of time with these guys and I’ve been very clear on the expectations.”
“I think we’ve got winners,” Franklin added. “We talked about that and we continue to add winners. We were looking at what have you done in your first 18 or 19 years before you got to us. We’ve put an emphasis on toughness and guys that want to be a little physical and put a big emphasis on guys who have won and did they play well and have a big part in that winning. I think we’ve got a lot of those guys.”
“Karyiek, who we just signed, took his club team to an undefeated record. Osei-Bonsu took his team to the Final Four in Illinois. Locke IV was a State Champion MVP in Oklahoma, then took his prep school into the quarterfinals of the big post grad National Tournament and played really well. Tasos took his team to the state finals as a senior and he was a main driving force behind that,” Franklin said. “Ryan Oliver was on probably the best team in Tennessee all year and went to two state tournaments and played really well in big games. Gaither always played great in the postseason. He put up multiple 30-plus point games over the last two years in Region tournaments. Victor Lado played on an excellent team at PRP and played well, got deep and won a bunch of games playing against really good high school teams.”
“Those were huge things for us this offseason,” Franklin added. “Not only were they on winning teams but this is the guy that was driving them. That’s what we are looking for. That’s what we’ve done in the past, it was harder to do that during COVID, but we really wanted to get back to doing that and I think we have. We’ve got winners coming in and guys that have won significant things and were the driving force for getting their teams there. I think those things are invaluable and we’ll see how it plays out. We’ve been pretty successful with that before, so hopefully it translates to winners continuing to win.”
The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Tasos Cook to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In the first game of what will become one of baseball’s fiercest rivalries, the Pilgrims beat the Highlanders at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds, 6-2. The teams will change their names, but the intense competition between the Red Sox and Yankees will become legendary.
1917 Red Sox left-hander Babe Ruth outduels Walter Johnson in the team’s 1-0 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The game’s lone run scores on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly hit by the Boston southpaw, who will turn out to be a fairly good hitter.
1922 Walter Mueller becomes the first player to drive in five runs in his major league debut. The 27-year-old rookie outfielder’s offensive output, which includes a double and home run, helps the Pirates beat Chicago at Cubs Park, 11-5.
1925 Pirates’ shortstop Glenn Wright catches Jim Bottomley’s line drive, doubles up Jimmy Cooney at second, and tags Rogers Hornsby coming from first to complete an unassisted triple play in a 10-9 loss to the Cardinals.
1933 The Cardinals trade Paul Derringer, Sparky Adams, and Allyn Stout to the Reds in exchange for shortstop Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden. The deal, necessitated by Charlie Gelbert’s hunting accident, will be viewed as one of Branch Rickey’s biggest mistakes as Derringer will become a four-time 20-game winner for Cincinnati.
1941 Pirates’ outfielder Lloyd Waner, known as Little Poison, is traded to the Braves for pitcher Nick Strincevich. Boston will trade the future Hall Fame outfielder to the Reds on June 12th for right-hander Johnny Hutchings.
1957 Vic Power becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game. The A’s first baseman, who went deep off Hal Brown leading off the contest, ends the tilt in the 10th frame with a round-tripper off the right-hander, giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
1957 After dropping their eighth straight decision, the Senators name Cookie Lavagetto to replace Chuck Dressen, who compiled a meager 116-212 (.354) record during his two-plus seasons as the team’s manager. Washington’s new skipper will not fare much better, finishing the year in last place, 43 games behind the first-place Yankees.
1957 Indians’ hurler Herb Score suffers a season-ending injury when he’s struck in the face by Yankee Gil McDougald’s line drive. The 1955 Rookie of the Year, who won 20 games in his sophomore season last year, never regains his winning form, although the southpaw will blame a torn tendon in his pitching arm and not the horrific accident on the mound for his lack of achievement.
1958 Detroit third baseman Reno Bertoia’s first-inning grand slam, the first-ever hit by an Italian-born player, proves to be the difference in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The San Vito al Tagliamento native’s feat will not be equaled by a fellow countryman for another 54 years when Sanremo’s Alex Liddi goes deep with the bases loaded in the Mariners’ 5-3 win over Texas in 2012.
1959 1959 In an exhibition game played at the Los Angeles Coliseum to benefit Roy Campanella, paralyzed in an auto accident before the team moved to the West Coast in 1958, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, 6-2. The game, which draws the largest crowd ever for a baseball game, begins when 93,103 fans witness Pee Wee Reese pushing the wheel-chair bound catcher into the darkened stadium filled with light by fans holding candles or matches to start the emotional ceremony.
1960 The Sherry boys become the tenth pair of siblings to appear as batterymates in a major league game when Norm replaces John Roseboro behind the plate in the top of the eighth to catch Larry, who is starting his first inning in relief. The backstop will hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, assuring his brother of a victory in the Dodgers’ 3-2 walk-off win over Philadelphia.
1966 Twenty games into his second year as the Yankee skipper, Johnny Keane is fired by general manager Ralph Houk, who will return to the dugout to manage the team. After only four victories in the first 20 games, New York wins 13 of its next 17 games after the managerial change.
1969 Willie Davis, furious with the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums because of their continual verbal abuse of him, tells his Dodgers teammates that he wants to hit a home run in the middle of the group, accomplishing the feat in the sixth inning to tie the score. The LA center fielder exacts a bit more revenge on the heckling horde when his 12th-inning two-run round-tripper proves to be the difference in the 4-2 defeat of the Cubs.
1970 Wes Parker hits a two-run tenth-inning triple off Jim McAndrew in the LA’s eventual 7-4 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. The first baseman’s three-bagger completes the eighth cycle in franchise history and marks the first time a Dodger has accomplished the feat since Gil Hodges in 1949.
1991 Darryl Strawberry returns to New York as a Dodger with mixed results. A crowd of 49,118, mostly booing fans, watches him hit a two-run homer, and they cheer when he makes the last out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 6-5 Mets victory.
1996 The Devil Rays announce the team will play their exhibition games in St. Petersburg, the city vacated by the Cardinals, who have trained there since 1946. The American League expansion team becomes the first club in the ‘modern era’ to host spring training games in their major league home city.
1998 The Mariners tie a major league record set by the 1994 Cardinals when they leave 16 men stranded on the bases without scoring. The Blue Jays take advantage of their opponent’s lack of timely hitting and beat Seattle at the Kingdome, 6-0.
1999 Carlos Lee becomes the first White Sox player in the 98-year history of the franchise to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 22-year-old rookie’s historic round-tripper comes off Tom Candiotti in a 7-1 victory over Oakland at Comiskey Park.
1999 In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Indians score 18 runs in the final three innings to overcome a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Tampa Bay’s first baseman Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in his 34th park.
1999 Bruce Aven hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in Marlin history. The 27-year-old rookie’s seventh-inning four-run round-tripper off Alan Mills proves to be the difference when Florida beats LA at Chavez Ravine, 6-3.
1999 Yankees right-hander Hideki Irabu opposes Mariner Mac Suzuki, also a righty, in the first matchup of Japanese starters in major league history. The Bronx Bomber hurler bests his fellow countryman, giving up four hits and a run in New York’s 10-1 victory over Seattle.
1999 The Rockies tie a National League record established by the 1894 Pirates and 1949 Giants when they extend their scoring streak to 14 consecutive innings, three shy of the major league mark of 17 set by the 1903 Red Sox. Before Larry Walker hit a two-out solo homer in the first inning of today’s 8-1 loss to Philadelphia at Coors Field, the team had crossed the plate in every inning in their previous game, after tallying in the last four frames the game before.
2000 On ‘Bob Sheppard Day,’ the Yankees pay tribute to “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” honoring his 50-years of service with a plaque in Monument Park. With former Yankees on hand for the ceremony, former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite reads the inscription, which refers to the legendary P.A. announcer’s clear, concise, and correct vocal style that has announced players, ‘both unfamiliar and legendary – with equal divine reverence”.
2003 Seventy-nine-year-old Wayne Terwilliger, the Central Baseball League’s Fort Worth Cats skipper, becomes the oldest manager in minor-league history. Only Connie Mack is ahead of ‘Twig” in being the most elderly dugout leader ever in professional baseball.
2003 The police apprehend a man wanted on drug and parole violations at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The 24-year-old Westwood man’s freedom ends when his parole officer sees him kissing his girlfriend on the stadium’s scoreboard during Kiss Cam.
2004 The Rangers announce a 30-year deal reported to be worth about $75 million with one of the country’s leading wholesale lenders to rename their ballpark in Arlington as Ameriquest Field. The agreement will be short-lived when a crisis in the subprime mortgage industry causes Ameriquest to relinquished its naming rights in 2007.
2005 At the age of 46 years and 257 days old, Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves becomes the second-oldest player in big-league history to homer. Jack Quinn, a pitcher who accomplished the feat when he was 100 days older, hit a home run for the A’s on June 27, 1930.
2006 With an 8-5 victory over the Rangers, Joe Torre joins Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149), and Miller Huggins (1,067) as the fourth Yankee manager to win 1000 games. The Bronx Bomber skipper has compiled a 1,000-645 record during his 11-year tenure with the team.
2006 When Barry Bonds takes his position in left field, the Phillies fans in the stands behind him unfurl a section-long banner, leaving no doubt about their sentiments concerning the Giants’ outfielder’s pursuit of the Babe. During the first inning, the briefly-displayed message informs the unpopular superstar, “Ruth did it on hot dogs & Beer – Aaron did it with class.”
2006 At Princeton’s Hunnicutt Field, rain delays the semifinals of the WVIAC baseball tournament game between Ohio Valley and West Virginia State. Due to the final contest of the tourney having to start before midnight, with the winner of this game facing Concord for the title, players, fans, and media waited eight hours and 54 minutes for the contest to resume.
2006 Bob Wickman, obtained by Cleveland in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, becomes the Indians’ all-time franchise leader in saves when he notches his 130th by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Tribe’s 2-0 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The right-hander surpasses the record previously established by Doug Jones, extending the mark to 139 saves before being dealt to the Braves next season.
2008 Carlos Gomez becomes the eighth Twins’ player to complete the cycle and the first since Kirby Puckett accomplished the feat in 1986 when he beats out an infield single in the team’s six-run ninth inning of their 13-1 rout of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Minnesota outfielder’s rare feat was only the ninth reverse natural cycle, collecting hits in reverse order of total bases: home run, then triple, then double, then a single.
2008 In the Reds’ 9-0 victory over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, Jon Lieber joins Phil Norton (2000) in becoming only the second hurler in franchise history to allow four homers in one inning. Joey Votto, who will hit three round-trippers during the game, Adam Dunn, Paul Bako, and Jerry Hairston all take the Chicago starter deep in the second inning.
2008 In a matchup of undefeated pitchers, Cleveland’s Cliff Lee (5-0) bests Chien-Ming Wang (6-0) and the Yankees, 3-0. The Indians southpaw, who tosses seven shutout innings, lowers his ERA to a minuscule 0.81, best in major leagues.
2009 The Dodgers fail to extend their 13-game home winning streak to open the season, after surpassing the 1911 Tigers previously to set a new major league mark. The 11-9 loss to Washington comes on the same day the team learns about Manny Ramirez, the club’s most productive hitter, being suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.
2009 Major League Baseball suspends Manny Ramirez for fifty games after he tests positive for using a banned substance. The 36-year-old Dodgers outfielder, who will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3, apologizes to the fans, explaining he did not take steroids but used a medication prescribed by a doctor.
2009 Ryan Zimmerman joins Sam Rice (1920, 1924, 1930), Heinie Manush (twice in 1933), and Goose Goslin (1928) in becoming only the fourth player in Washington D.C. baseball history to have a hit in 25 consecutive games. The 24-year-old third baseman kept his streak intact with a first-inning single off Randy Wolf in the Nationals’ 11-9 victory over LA at Chavez Ravine.
2009 The Diamondbacks dismiss Bob Melvin and will name A.J. Hinch, their current vice president for player development, as the team’s new skipper. The 2007 NL Manager of the Year, who had one year left on his contract, compiled a 337-340 record during his four-plus years in the Arizona dugout.
2010 For the first time since 1980, rain washes out a Twins’ home game when steady precipitation forces the team to postpone their contest against Baltimore at Target Field. For nearly the past 30 years, Minnesota played indoors at the Metrodome before moving to their new open-air ballpark this season.
2010 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout when he blanks Atlanta, 7-0, and the first to accomplish the feat in four different decades. The Phillies right-hander, who is 47 years and 170 days, easily surpasses the previous record established by Indian hurler Phil Niekro, who shut out the Blue Jays in 1985 at 46 years and 188 days.
2010 Starlin Castro, the first major leaguer to be born in the 1990s, becomes the sixth Cub in franchise history to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat, going deep off Homer Bailey in Chicago’s 14-7 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 20-year-old rookie shortstop also becomes the first player to compile six RBIs in his first game in the majors when he delivers a bases-loaded triple in addition to his second inning three-run blast to deep right field.
2010 Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, who were instrumental in foiling a terrorist’s attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, are honored at Citi Field before the Mets game against San Francisco. The police were alerted by the two street vendors after the pair observed a parked car on 45th Street had started to fill with smoke and was making popping sounds.
2011 After a first-inning walk in the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Andre Ethier goes 0-for-4, ending his 30-game hitting streak. The L.A. outfielder falls one game short of the franchise record set in 1969 by Willie Davis, who enjoyed a 31-game hitting streak that season.
2011 Appearing in his familiar chef’s whites, the Soup Nazi, played by actor Larry Thomas, makes an appearance at Citi Field. Although he mouths the infamous phrase, “No soup for you!”, when shown on the scoreboard screen, the character from the Seinfeld show generously gives away DVD prizes to Met fans who correctly answer trivia questions about the sitcom.
2013 Mets phenom Matt Harvey continues to dominate the National League when he throws nine frames of one-hit ball along with 12 strikeouts en route to a no-decision in the team’s 1-0 extra-inning victory over the White Sox at Citi Field. The 24-year-old right-hander, who retires the first 20 Chicago batters he faces, adds to his growing legend when he starts the game with a bloody nose and continues to pitch despite the blood oozing on to his face.
2014 In front of a sparse crowd of 558 at Burlington’s (IA) Community Field, the visiting Clinton (IA) LumberKings, after five innings, face a 16-run deficit in their Midwest League game against the Bees. The Class A affiliate of the Mariners will mount the largest comeback in professional baseball history when the team rallies to win the twelve-inning contest, 20-17.
2014 Adrian Beltre becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 100 home runs for three different teams when he goes deep in the Rangers’ 9-2 loss to Colorado at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The 35 year-old third baseman, who joins Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Darrell Evans, and Reggie Jackson in accomplishing the feat, hit 147 homers for the Dodgers (1998-2004) and 103 with the Mariners (2005-09).
2016 In the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Padres, 42-year-old Bartolo Colon goes deep off James Shields, becoming the oldest player to hit his first major league home run. The portly right-hander, who has now collected three extra-base hits during his 19-year career, surpasses Randy Johnson, who was two years younger when he cleared the fences in 2003 while playing for Arizona.
2018 “It’s something special. He’s going down in the record books, in the Wikipedia book, which is amazing. A little kid from Belfast done good.” – PATRICK CONLON, commenting on his son’s major league debut. Belfast’s Patrick Conlon becomes the first Irish-born player to appear in a major league game in 73 years when he starts, going 3.2 innings in the Mets’ 7-6 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 24-year-old southpaw, known as PJ, follows fellow countryman Joe Cleary, a Cork native who played one game for the Senators in 1945.
2019 Mike Fiers becomes the 35th major league pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters when he keeps the visiting Reds hitless in the A’s 2-0 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The 33 year-old right-hander threw a no-no in 2015 against the Dodgers at Minute Maid Park in Houston as a member of the Astros’ rotation.
2021 Wade Miley throws the 17th no-hitter in Reds’ history and the club’s first since Homer Bailey’s gem in 2013, when he blanks the Indians, a team held hitless for the second time this season, at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. The 34-year-old southpaw, sporting a temporary Incredible Hulk tattoo given to him by his four-year-old son, faces 28 batters, striking out eight and walking one while throwing 114 pitches to complete MLB’s fourth no-hitter of this season.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|NORTH CAROLINA AT NC STATE||2:00PM||ESPNU|
|ARKANSAS AT AUBURN||5:30PM||SECN|
|FLORIDA AT MISSISSIPPI ST.||7:30PM||ESPNU|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|PITTSBURGH AT DUKE||12:00PM||ACCN|
|OLE MISS AT GEORGIA||1:30PM||SECN|
|ARKANSAS AT TEXAS A&M||3:30PM||SECN|
|OKLAHOMA ST. AT OKLAHOMA||5:00PM||ESPNU|
|EUROPEAN: BRITISH MASTERS||8:00AM||GOLF|
|PGA: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP||1:00PM||GOLF|
|PGA: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP||3:00PM||CBS|
|HORSE RACING||TIME ET||TV|
|PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI||12:35PM||MLBN|
|TEXAS AT NY YANKEES||1:05PM||MLBN|
|OAKLAND AT MINNESOTA||2:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA DODGERS AT CHI. CUBS||2:20PM||SPORTSNET|
|DETROIT AT HOUSTON||4:05PM||FS1|
|NY METS AT PHILADELPHIA||4:05PM||SNY|
|CHI. WHITE SOX AT BOSTON||4:10PM||NBCS-CHI|
|TORONTO AT CLEVELAND||6:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI||6:40PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|KANSAS CITY AT BALTIMORE||7:05PM||MASN/2|
|ST. LOUIS AT SAN FRANCISCO||7:15PM||FS1|
|MILWAUKEE AT ATLANTA||7:20PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|COLORADO AT ARIZONA||8:10PM||ATTSN-RM|
|MIAMI AT SAN DIEGO||8:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|WASHINGTON AT LA ANGELS||9:07PM||MLBN|
|TAMPA BAY AT SEATTLE||9:10PM||MLBN|
|XFINITY: MAHINDRA ROXOR 200||1:30PM||FS1|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: BOSTON AT MILWAUKEE||3:30PM||ABC|
|WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: MEMPHIS AT GOLDEN STATE||8:30PM||ABC|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 3: FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON||1:00PM||ESPN|
|WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 3: COLORADO AT NASHVILLE||4:30PM||TNT|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 3: NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH||7:00PM||TNT|
|WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 3: CALGARY AT DALLAS||9:30PM||TNT|
|SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: CELTIC VS HEARTS||7:00AM||CBSSN|
|LA LIGA: MALLORCA VS GRANADA||8:00AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: TORINO VS NAPOLI||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|BUNDESLIGA: FREIBURG VS UNION BERLIN||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|BUNDESLIGA: KÖLN VS WOLFSBURG||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|BUNDESLIGA: GREUTHER FÜRTH VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS||10:00AM||USA|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BURNLEY VS ASTON VILLA||10:00AM||PEACOCK|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRENTFORD VS SOUTHAMPTON||10:00AM||PEACOCK|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CRYSTAL PALACE VS WATFORD||10:00AM||PEACOCK|
|LA LIGA: ATHLETIC CLUB VS VALENCIA||10:15AM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: BREST VS STRASBOURG||11:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|SERIE A: SASSUOLO VS UDINESE||12:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LA LIGA: CÁDIZ VS ELCHE||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|LA LIGA: CELTA DE VIGO VS DEPORTIVO ALAVÉS||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|BUNDESLIGA: HERTHA BSC VS MAINZ 05||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS MANCHESTER UNITED||12:30PM||NBC|
|NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: CHAMPIONSHIP||1:00PM||CBS|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR||2:45PM||USA|
|SERIE A: LAZIO VS SAMPDORIA||2:45PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|COUPE DE FRANCE: NICE VS NANTES||3:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS BARCELONA||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS AMÉRICA MINEIRO||3:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: CHARLOTTE VS INTER MIAMI||3:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: CF MONTRÉAL VS ORLANDO CITY SC||4:00PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: ATLANTA UNITED VS CHICAGO FIRE||6:00PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS SPORTING KC||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: NEW YORK RB VS PORTLAND TIMBERS||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE VS PORTLAND THORNS||7:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: NEW ENGLAND VS COLUMBUS CREW||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: DC UNITED VS HOUSTON DYNAMO||7:30PM||ESPN+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS CEARÁ||7:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|NWSL: CHICAGO RED STARS VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT||8:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: DALLAS VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC||8:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: SJ EARTHQUAKES VS COLORADO RAPIDS||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: SAN DIEGO WAVE VS NJ/NY GOTHAM FC||10:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: LOS ANGELES FC VS PHILADELPHIA UNION||11:00PM||ESPN+|
|CONNECTICUT AT NEW YORK||6:00PM||ESPN|
|ATLANTA AT DALLAS||8:00PM||CBSSN|
|TAMPA BAY VS. BIRMINGHAM||7:00PM||FOX|
WHAT TO WATCH: SATURDAY, 5-7-22
|ST. LOUIS AT SAN FRANCISCO||7:15PM||FS1|
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (14-11) IS FOURTH PLACE IN THE NL WEST DIVISION AND ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (15-10) IS SECOND PLACE IN THE NL CENTRAL DIVISION. THE CARDINALS ARE 8-5 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON AND THE GIANTS ARE 6-6 AT HOME.
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 3: MEMPHIS AT GOLDEN STATE||8:30PM||ABC|
THE MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES AND GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS SERIES IS TIED 1-1. THE GRIZZLIES WERE 26-15 ON THE ROAD DURING THE REGULAR SEASON AND THE WARRIORS WERE 31-10 AT HOME.
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 3: FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON||1:00PM||ESPN|
THE FLORIDA PANTHERS AND WASHINGTON CAPITALS SERIES IS TIED 1-1. THE PANTHERS WERE 24-11 ON THE ROAD DURING THE REGULAR SEASON AND THE CAPITALS WERE 19-16 AT HOME.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|VANDERBILT AT GEORGIA||2:00PM||SECN|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|FLORIDA STATE AT NC STATE||12:00PM||ACCN|
|KENTUCKY AT SOUTH CAROLINA||12:00PM||SECN|
|MISSOURI AT ALABAMA||2:00PM||ESPNU|
|NORTHWESTERN AT MINNESOTA||4:30PM||BTN|
|EUROPEAN: BRITISH MASTERS||8:00AM||GOLF|
|PGA: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP||1:00PM||GOLF|
|PGA: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP||3:00PM||CBS|
|CHI. WHITE SOX AT BOSTON||11:35AM||NBC|
|MILWAUKEE AT ATLANTA||1:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY METS AT PHILADELPHIA||1:35PM||SNY|
|TEXAS AT NY YANKEES||1:35PM||YES|
|KANSAS CITY AT BALTIMORE||1:35PM||MASN/2|
|TORONTO AT CLEVELAND||1:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PITTSBURGH AT CINCINNATI||1:40PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|OAKLAND AT MINNESOTA||2:10PM||MLBN|
|DETROIT AT HOUSTON||2:10PM||MLBN|
|ST. LOUIS AT SAN FRANCISCO||4:05PM||MLBN|
|WASHINGTON AT LA ANGELS||4:07PM||MLBN|
|COLORADO AT ARIZONA||4:10PM||ATTSN-RM|
|MIAMI AT SAN DIEGO||4:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TAMPA BAY AT SEATTLE||4:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TEXAS AT NY YANKEES||5:05PM||YES|
|LA DODGERS AT CHI. CUBS||7:00PM||ESPN|
|NASCAR CUP: GOODYEAR 400||3:30PM||FS1|
|FORMULA ONE: MIAMI GRAND PRIX||3:30PM||ESPN|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 4: PHOENIX AT DALLAS||3:30PM||ESPN|
|EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 4: MIAMI AT PHILADELPHIA||8:00PM||TNT|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: CAROLINA AT BOSTON||12:30PM||ESPN|
|WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS||4:30PM||TBS|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY||7:00PM||TBS|
|WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 4: EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES||10:00PM||TBS|
|SERIE A: SPEZIA VS ATALANTA||6:30AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGUE 1: METZ VS OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS||7:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LA LIGA: GETAFE VS RAYO VALLECANO||8:00AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: VENEZIA VS BOLOGNA||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: ARSENAL VS LEEDS UNITED||9:00AM||USA|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: NORWICH CITY VS WEST HAM UNITED||9:00AM||PEACOCK|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON||9:00AM||PEACOCK|
|LIGUE 1: ANGERS SCO VS BORDEAUX||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS MONTPELLIER||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: REIMS VS LENS||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|BUNDESLIGA: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT VS BORUSSIA M’GLADBACH||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS SEVILLA||10:15AM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: LORIENT VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE||11:05AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: MANCHESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITED||11:30AM||USA|
|BUNDESLIGA: BAYERN MÜNCHEN VS STUTTGART||11:30AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS CAGLIARI||12:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LA LIGA: ESPANYOL VS OSASUNA||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|BUNDESLIGA: RB LEIPZIG VS AUGSBURG||1:30PM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: PSG VS TROYES||2:45PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|SERIE A: HELLAS VERONA VS MILAN||2:45PM||CBS|
|LA LIGA: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS REAL MADRID||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS VS TORONTO FC||4:00PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: NASHVILLE SC VS REAL SALT LAKE||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: KANSAS CITY CURRENT VS HOUSTON DASH||5:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|NWSL: OL REIGN VS RACING LOUISVILLE FC||6:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGA MX: PUEBLA VS MAZATLÁN||6:00PM||TUDN|
|MLS: AUSTIN VS LA GALAXY||7:00PM||FS1|
|NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS ORLANDO PRIDE||8:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|WASHINGTON AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||ESPN2|
|SEATTLE AT LAS VEGAS||10:00PM||ESPN2|
|NY YANKEES||18||7||.720||–||10 – 3||8 – 4||10 – 6||8 – 1||0 – 0||9 – 1||L 1|
|TAMPA BAY||17||10||.630||2||9 – 7||8 – 3||5 – 1||2 – 4||8 – 4||8 – 2||W 5|
|TORONTO||16||11||.593||3||10 – 6||6 – 5||8 – 6||0 – 1||8 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|BALTIMORE||10||16||.385||8.5||7 – 6||3 – 10||4 – 8||2 – 2||3 – 4||4 – 6||W 2|
|BOSTON||10||17||.370||9||4 – 7||6 – 10||5 – 11||4 – 4||1 – 2||3 – 7||L 3|
|MINNESOTA||16||11||.593||–||9 – 4||7 – 7||6 – 5||7 – 2||3 – 2||7 – 3||W 1|
|CHI WHITE SOX||12||13||.480||3||7 – 6||5 – 7||3 – 1||3 – 9||4 – 3||6 – 4||W 4|
|CLEVELAND||12||13||.480||3||5 – 4||7 – 9||1 – 3||5 – 2||3 – 4||5 – 5||W 2|
|KANSAS CITY||8||15||.348||6||6 – 9||2 – 6||0 – 3||7 – 6||0 – 3||3 – 7||L 1|
|DETROIT||8||17||.320||7||5 – 9||3 – 8||2 – 4||3 – 6||0 – 2||2 – 8||L 3|
|LA ANGELS||18||10||.643||–||9 – 5||9 – 5||3 – 3||6 – 2||6 – 5||7 – 3||W 3|
|HOUSTON||16||11||.593||1.5||7 – 4||9 – 7||2 – 4||2 – 0||11 – 6||8 – 2||W 5|
|SEATTLE||12||15||.444||5.5||7 – 4||5 – 11||1 – 4||6 – 4||4 – 5||1 – 9||L 5|
|TEXAS||10||14||.417||6||4 – 9||6 – 5||1 – 2||0 – 0||5 – 9||5 – 5||W 4|
|OAKLAND||10||16||.385||7||4 – 9||6 – 7||7 – 7||0 – 4||1 – 2||2 – 8||L 7|
|NY METS||19||9||.679||–||9 – 5||10 – 4||10 – 5||2 – 1||7 – 3||6 – 4||W 1|
|MIAMI||12||14||.462||6||6 – 7||6 – 7||8 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 7||4 – 6||L 6|
|ATLANTA||12||16||.429||7||6 – 8||6 – 8||4 – 6||4 – 4||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|PHILADELPHIA||11||15||.423||7||8 – 8||3 – 7||3 – 8||1 – 2||5 – 2||5 – 5||L 4|
|WASHINGTON||9||19||.321||10||3 – 11||6 – 8||3 – 7||1 – 3||5 – 8||3 – 7||L 3|
|MILWAUKEE||19||8||.704||–||10 – 4||9 – 4||3 – 1||14 – 5||0 – 1||9 – 1||W 4|
|ST. LOUIS||16||10||.615||2.5||7 – 5||9 – 5||3 – 3||6 – 4||4 – 2||7 – 3||W 3|
|PITTSBURGH||10||14||.417||7.5||5 – 7||5 – 7||3 – 1||5 – 10||1 – 2||3 – 7||W 1|
|CHI CUBS||9||15||.375||8.5||4 – 8||5 – 7||1 – 2||5 – 7||2 – 2||3 – 7||L 2|
|CINCINNATI||3||22||.120||15||1 – 7||2 – 15||2 – 2||1 – 5||0 – 13||1 – 9||L 9|
|LA DODGERS||16||7||.696||–||10 – 2||6 – 5||2 – 1||4 – 0||6 – 5||6 – 4||W 3|
|SAN DIEGO||18||9||.667||–||8 – 4||10 – 5||4 – 2||8 – 1||5 – 5||8 – 2||W 2|
|COLORADO||15||11||.577||2.5||11 – 5||4 – 6||4 – 6||5 – 2||2 – 2||5 – 5||L 1|
|SAN FRANCISCO||14||12||.538||3.5||6 – 7||8 – 5||7 – 6||1 – 2||2 – 3||3 – 7||L 5|
|ARIZONA||14||13||.519||4||6 – 7||8 – 6||7 – 6||2 – 2||4 – 4||8 – 2||W 4|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT