INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

LAKE CENTRAL 3 PENN 2

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 17 NORTH WHITE 1

NORTH NEWTON 13 WHEELER 3

COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN 14 HAUSER 6

WABASH 7 EASTBROOK 6

SOUTH BEND ADAMS 11 GOSHEN 1

MOUNT VERNON 10 CARMI-WHITE COUNTY 3

VINCENNES LINCOLN 10 BARR REEVE 0

HAGERSTOWN 10 TRI 0

BELLMONT 5 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 7 PARK TUDOR 4

SOUTH KNOX 28 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0

CENTERVILLE 19 COWAN 0

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 64 FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 1

GREENSBURG 3 N. DECATUR 0

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 11 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 3

GLENN 10 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 1

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 6 SCECINA 3

BEECH GROVE 12 INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 2

PIONEER 10 TRITON 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 4 CASTLE 1

TAYLOR 11 TIPTON 3

EDINBURG 18 EMINENCE 2

RUSHVILLE 2 LINCOLN 1

CARROLL 3 NORTHRIDGE 1

FAIRFIELD 4 CONCORD 2

SOUTH DECATUR 7 RISING SUN 6

SHENANDOAH 10 KNIGHTSTOWN 5

FRANKFORT 8 DANVILLE 7

LEO 13 WARSAW 8

WES DEL 11 BLACKFORD 10

EVANSVILLE NORTH 5 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 4

MANCHESTER 18 CHURUBUSCO 17

NORTHWESTERN 9 MACONAQUAH 1

LAKE CENTRAL 4 PENN 3

MOORESVILLE 8 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 1

TECUMSEH 7 BORDEN 0

FORT WAYNE SOUTH 11 FORT WAYNE NORTH 2

OAK HILL 9 SOUTHWOOD 5

SALEM 8 SOUTH-CENTRAL 3

BREMEN 19 CALUMET TECH 0

LOOGOOTEE 11 HERITAGE HILLS 2

MONROE CENTRAL 8 ADAMS CENTRAL 2

NORTH MONTGOMERY 2 SOUTHMONT 0

PORTAGE 8 HOBART 6

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 11 WESTERN BOONE 0

BATESVILLE 5 WALTON VERONA 3

JASPER 1 COLUMBUS EAST 0

CARROLL 14 DELPHI 4

CASTON 9 KNOX 2

SILVER CREEK 6 FOREST PARK 4

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 10 RIVERTON PARKE 6

EAST CENTRAL 9 JENNINGS COUNTY 7

ROCHESTER 13 OREGON DAVIS 2

SHAWE MEMORIAL 15 CROTHERSVILLE 1

COVINGTON 8 MILFORD 0

MISHAWAKA 11 SOUTH BEND RILEY 1

PLAINFIELD 19 MONROVIA 9

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 18 ELWOOD 1

WINCHESTER 15 UNION COUNTY 14

MUNCIE CENTRAL 13 MARION 4

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 7 TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 5

ARGOS 12 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6

ROSSVILLE 11 TRI CENTRAL 1

SEYMOUR 13 SOUTHPORT 3

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 13 PAOLI 3

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 5 PRINCETON 4

ZIONSVILLE 9 MCCUTCHEON 2

SHOALS 6 CANNELTON 3

CHESTERTON 12 HAMMOND MORTON 2

NORTHFIELD 6 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 4

HORIZON CHRISTIAN 20 INDIANAPOLIS GENESIS 9

MOUNT VERNON 11 KOKOMO 5

COLUMBIA CITY 12 W. NOBLE 1

CHARLESTOWN 14 SPRINGS VALLEY 3

SOUTH DECATUR 12 SPRINGS VALLEY 3

COLUMBIA CITY 12 W. NOBLE 1

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 12 N. WHITE 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 19 DALEVILLE 4

CONNERSVILLE 6 ANDERSON 4

HUNTINGTON NORTH 6 FISHERS 4

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 13 SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 12

CTHS 13 CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY 3

VALPARAISO 14 GRIFFITH 7

FAIRFIELD 9 CONCORD 3

SHAKAMAK 8 SULLIVAN 6

SHELBYVILLE 20 SOUTHWESTERN 0

OWEN VALLEY 8 CLAY CITY 6

WARSAW 8 LEO 7

WOOD MEMORIAL 8 VINCENNES RIVET 2

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 20 HAMMOND CENTRAL 2

EVANSVILLE REITZ 9 SOUTHRIDGE 2

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 3 COLUMBUS EAST 1

NORTH NEWTON 9 WHEELER 7

EVANSVILLE NORTH 11 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 1

FORT WAYNE SNIDER 15 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 1

LAPORTE 14 PLYMOUTH 4

CENTERVILLE 14 COWAN 0

AVON 13 MARTINSVILLE 2

LOGANSPORT 8 BENTON CENTRAL 3

NEW CASTLE 10 WESTFIELD 7

JEFFERSONVILLE 14 CORYDON CENTRAL 4

CARROLL 21 NORTHRIDGE 13

BLACKFORD 8 WES DEL 7

PIONEER 17 TRITON 6

BEN DAVIS 11 PERRY MERIDIAN 1

LAPORTE 11 HEBRON 1

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 26 ELWOOD 1

TRITON CENTRAL 11 EASTERN HANCOCK 7

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 10 LOWELL 0

MOORESVILLE 9 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 7

PERRY HEIGHTS 9 NORTHFIELD 8

OAK HILL 24 SOUTHWOOD 12

CHESTERTON 11 HAMMOND MORTON 0

ADAMS CENTRAL 12 MONROE CENTRAL 10

CARROLL 8 DELPHI 6

CASTON 12 KNOX 5

HOMESTEAD 13 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 11

GLENN 20 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 0

YORKTOWN 19 MADISON GRANT 14

RED HILL 11 DUGGER UNION 1

FRANKTON 19 CLINTON PRAIRIE 3

ROSSVILLE 16 TRI CENTRAL 3

ARGOS 20 ELKHART CHRISTIAN 10

PARKE HERITAGE 13 ATTICA 1

JENNINGS COUNTY 11 E. CENTRAL 5

FRANKLIN COUNTY 21 DALEVILLE 0

GUERIN CATHOLIC 16 HAMMOND NOLL 3

FISHERS 25 HUNTINGTON NORTH 2

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 27 EDINBURGH 1

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 14 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 3

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 5 HAMMOND CENTRAL 2

MUNCIE CENTRAL 14 MARION 0

HORIZON CHRISTIAN 12 INDIANAPOLIS GENESIS 9

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 17 LINTON STOCKTON 8

EASTERN GREENE 19 WOOD MEMORIAL 0

CTHS 8 CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY 5

BOONE GROVE 6 WHITING 5

ANDERSON 8 CONNERSVILLE 2

LOGANSPORT 13 BENTON CENTRAL 7

AVON 11 BEN DAVIS 8

TRITON CENTRAL 11 EASTERN HANCOCK, 10

YORKTOWN 20 MADISON GRANT 9

PERRY MERIDIAN 21 MARTINSVILLE 11

FREMONT 6 ANGOLA 5

OLDENBURG ACADEMY 8 JAC CEN DEL 1

FREMONT 9 ANGOLA 2

UNIVERSITY 9 SOUTH-CENTRAL 0

COLUMBUS NORTH 8 NOBLESVILLE 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

LAKE CENTRAL 14 CATHEDRAL 4

WHITELAND 8 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 2

CASTLE 6 NOBLESVILLE 3

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 8 BROWNSBURG 5

HAGERSTOWN 13 CENTERVILLE 3

NORTH DECATUR 11 RUSHVILLE 8

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 13 PIKE 0

SOUTH BEND RILEY 11 RIVER FOREST 0

MARTINSVILLE 4 N. CENTRAL 3

EAST NOBLE 12 LAKELAND 5

BEN DAVIS 13 PERRY MERIDIAN 8

LEO 16 WAWASEE 0

VALPARAISO 7 HIGHLAND 4

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 7 ANGOLA 0

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 11 HORIZON CHRISTIAN 0

FORT WAYNE NORTHROP 11. HOMESTEAD 8

ELKHART CHRISTIAN 19 ARGOS 3

TRINITY LUTHERAN 9 AUSTIN 3

WES DEL 9 SOUTHERN WELLS 1

WAPAHANI 10 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 3

GREENSBURG 21 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 7

LOWELL 15 MERRILLVILLE 3

SEYMOUR 4 DECATUR CENTRAL 2

DEKALB 4 GARRETT 2

SOUTH RIPLEY 16 SOUTHWESTERN 2

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 7 NEW HAVEN 2

KOKOMO 15 HUNTINGTON NORTH 4

KANKAKEE VALLEY 5 WHEELER 2

SOUTH BEND CLAY 10 WHITKO 8

DELTA 13 EASTBROOK 3

COWAN 5 KNIGHTSTOWN 0

GLENN 19 CULVER COMMUNITY 1

RISING SUN 18 S. DECATUR 6

CLAY CITY 10 S. PUTNAM 0

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 9 NEW WASHINGTON 0

WABASH 11 FORT WAYNE NORTH 5

HAUSER 14 EDINBURGH 2

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 6 MARIAN CATHOLIC 0

OAK HILL 6 TIPTON 1

PIONEER 15 PLYMOUTH 0

EAST NOBLE 16 LAKELAND 12

COLUMBUS EAST 10 FRANKLIN 4

DANVILLE 9 FRANKFORT 7

CENTER GROVE 3 COLUMBUS NORTH 0

GOSHEN 4 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 2

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 1 N. JUDSON 0

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 11 SOUTHPORT 2

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 7 ADAMS CENTRAL 2

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 6 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 5

KANKAKEE TRINITY 25 HAST 10

MUNCIE CENTRAL 17 MARION 13

PERRY MERIDIAN 16 PIKE 0

PORTAGE 5 HAMMOND MORTON 1

HERITAGE 7 CENTRAL NOBLE 2

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 13 CASTLE 1

CATHEDRAL 13 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 2

DELPHI 11 CARROLL 0

JEFFERSONVILLE 13 HENRYVILLE 2

MCCUTCHEON 11 TWIN LAKES 0

ANDREAN 9 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0

PERRY CENTRAL 9 CLARKSVILLE 4

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 5 WESTERN BOONE 0

NORTHWESTERN 8 MADISON GRANT 4

EASTERN GREENE 6 ORLEANS 4

HEBRON 12 LAPORTE 6

MARTINSVILLE 15 HERRON 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 5 HERITAGE HILLS 4

COLUMBIA CITY 15 MANCHESTER 0

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 30 BEN DAVIS 6

SALEM 5 MADISON 1

RONCALLI 10 CARMEL 2

HAUSER 10 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 0

MITCHELL 18 AUSTIN 10

PLAINFIELD 3 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 0

GLENN 5 CULVER COMMUNITY 0

CASTON 10 CLINTON CENTRAL 3

COLUMBUS EAST 5 FRANKLIN 4

DELTA 17 EASTBROOK 6

FORT WAYNE NORTH 18 WABASH 4

FREMONT 11 SOUTHWOOD 3

RISING SUN 11 S. DECATUR 1

DALEVILLE 21 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 4

WHITELAND 9 E. CENTRAL 5

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 6 MARIAN CATHOLIC 3

COLUMBUS NORTH 5 FISHERS 3

KNIGHTSTOWN 8 COWAN 6

PIONEER 14 WHITING 1

DEKALB 21 GARRETT 14

WESTFIELD 11 HUNTINGTON NORTH 1

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 6 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 4

CALUMET CHRISTIAN 15 INDIANA DEAF 1

WES DEL 10 SOUTHERN WELLS 6

CARROLL 10 DELPHI 9

ADAMS CENTRAL 8 TIPPECANOE VALLEY 5

ANGOLA 7 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 6

NORTH POSEY 3 SULLIVAN 0

OAK HILL 4 TIPTON 3

NEW PALESTINE 16 DECATUR CENTRAL 6

KANKAKEE TRINITY 26 HAST 9

CENTER GROVE 5 FISHERS 1

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 5 WESTERN BOONE 0

MADISON GRANT 15 NORTHWESTERN 3

PERRY CENTRAL 23 CLARKSVILLE 6

COLUMBIA CITY 11 MANCHESTER 0

HOBART 2 BOONE GROVE 1

BROWNSBURG 10 LAKE CENTRAL 9

NORTH CENTRAL 10 BEN DAVIS 0

YORKTOWN 7 UNION COUNTY 0

ANDREAN 20 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6

MITCHELL 14 TRINITY LUTHERAN 1

PERRY MERIDIAN 16 SPEEDWAY 1

EASTSIDE 10 ANTWERP 3

EASTERN GREENE 18 ORLEANS 3

MARTINSVILLE 9 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 6

NEW PALESTINE 10 SEYMOUR 0

WESTFIELD 6 SILVER CREEK 3

EDINBURGH 10 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 4

SULLIVAN 12 S. KNOX 0

HERITAGE 9 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 2

AVON 3 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 2

CARMEL 12 PENN 10

KOKOMO 18 SILVER CREEK 5

GIBSON SOUTHERN 3 HENDERSON COUNTY 2

SOUTH BEND RILEY 5 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 4

NBA PLAYOFFS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (8)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 91

• GAME 2: MIAMI 115, ATLANTA 105

• GAME 3: ATLANTA 111, MIAMI 110

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. ATLANTA | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: ATLANTA VS. MIAMI | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (7)

• GAME 1: BOSTON 115, BROOKLYN 114

• GAME 2: BOSTON 114, BROOKLYN 107

• GAME 3: BOSTON 109, BROOKLYN 103

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. BROOKLYN | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: BROOKLYN VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

CELTICS LEAD SERIES 3-0

MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3) VS. CHICAGO BULLS (6)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 93, CHICAGO 86

• GAME 2: CHICAGO 114, MILWAUKEE 110

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 111, CHICAGO 81

• GAME 4: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 1 ET | ABC

• GAME 5: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: MILWAUKEE VS. CHICAGO | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: CHICAGO VS. MILWAUKEE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

BUCKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4) VS. TORONTO RAPTORS (5)

• GAME 1: PHILADELPHIA 131, TORONTO 111

• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA 112, TORONTO 97

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 104, TORONTO 101 (OT)

• GAME 4: TORONTO 110, PHILADELPHIA 102

• GAME 5: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 8 ET | NBA TV

• GAME 6*: PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: TORONTO VS. PHILADELPHIA | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

SIXERS LEAD SERIES 3-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (8)

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 110, NEW ORLEANS 99

• GAME 2: NEW ORLEANS 125, PHOENIX 114

• GAME 3: PHOENIX 114, NEW ORLEANS 111

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. NEW ORLEANS | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: NEW ORLEANS VS. PHOENIX | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

SUNS LEAD SERIES 2-1

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (7)

• GAME 1: MINNESOTA 130, MEMPHIS 117

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 124, MINNESOTA 96

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS 104, MINNESOTA 95

• GAME 4: MINNESOTA 119, MEMPHIS 118

• GAME 5: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | TUESDAY, APRIL 26 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6: MEMPHIS VS. MINNESOTA | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: MINNESOTA VS. MEMPHIS | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

SERIES TIED AT 2-2

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3) VS. DENVER NUGGETS (6)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 123, DENVER 107

• GAME 2: GOLDEN STATE 126, DENVER 106

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 118, DENVER 113

• GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | SUNDAY, APRIL 24 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 5*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 6*: GOLDEN STATE VS. DENVER | FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: DENVER VS. GOLDEN STATE | SUNDAY, MAY 1 | TBD | TBD

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 3-0

DALLAS MAVERICKS (4) VS. UTAH JAZZ (5)

• GAME 1: UTAH 99, DALLAS 93

• GAME 2: DALLAS 110, UTAH 104

• GAME 3: DALLAS 126, UTAH 118

• GAME 4: UTAH 100, DALLAS 99

• GAME 5: UTAH VS. DALLAS | MONDAY, APRIL 25 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6: DALLAS VS. UTAH | THURSDAY, APRIL 28 | TBD | TBD

• GAME 7*: UTAH VS. DALLAS | SATURDAY, APRIL 30 | TBD | TNT

SERIES TIED AT 2-2

MLB SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 13 COLORADO 0

COLORADO 3 DETROIT 2

NY YANKEES 5 CLEVELAND 4

MINNESOTA 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

TEXAS 2 OAKLAND 0

TORONTO 3 HOUSTON 2

TAMPA BAY 3 BOSTON 2 (10)

BALTIMORE 5 LA ANGELS 4

SEATTLE 13 KANSAS CITY 7

SAN FRANCISCO 5 WASHINGTON 2

CHICAGO CUBS 21 PITTSBURGH 0

MILWAUKEE 5 PHILADELPHIA 3

ST. LOUIS 5 CINCINNATI 0

MIAMI 9 ATLANTA 7

ARIZONA 5 NY METS 2

SAN DIEGO 3 LA DODGERS 2 (10)

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 3 COLUMBUS 2

SOUTH BEND 7 BELOIT 5

FT. WAYNE 13 LANSING 9

NHL SCOREBOARD

BUFFALO 5 NY ISLANDERS 3

PITTSBURGH 7 DETROIT 2

CAROLINA 3 NEW JERSEY 2

BOSTON 3 NY RANGERS 1

OTTAWA 6 MONTRÉAL 4

TAMPA BAY 6 NASHVILLE 2

FLORIDA 3 TORONTO 2

DALLAS 3 SEATTLE 2

SAN JOSE 4 CHICAGO 1

CALGARY 6 VANCOUVER 3

ST. LOUIS 5 ARIZONA 4

LOS ANGELES 4 ANAHEIM 2

USFL SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA, 30 PITTSBURGH 23

BIRMINGHAM 33 HOUSTON 28

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME 21 WAKE FOREST 3

ST. JOHN’S 8 BUTLER 7 (10)

BELMONT 11 PURDUE 1

INDIANA 8 NEBRASKA 1

BALL STATE 6 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 1

BALL STATE 13 NORTHERN ILLINOIS 0

EVANSVILLE 14 INDIANA STATE 0

MISSOURI STATE 14 VALPARAISO 2 (8)

MISSOURI STATE 9 VALPARAISO 4

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

BUTLER 3 CREIGHTON 1

NORTHWESTERN 13 INDIANA 8 (9)

NOTRE DAME 7 NORTH CAROLINA 5

MICHIGAN STATE 6 PURDUE 0

EVANSVILLE 7 BRADLEY 3

BUFFALO 9 BALL STATE 4

BUFFALO 11 BALL STATE 8

DRAKE 10 VALPARAISO 2

DRAKE 5 VALPARAISO 4

NOTRE DAME 5 GLENVILLE STATE 2

IUPUI 6 NORTHERN KENTUCKY 4

ROBERT MORRIS 4 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 1

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

TIGERS’ CABRERA GETS 3,000TH HIT; 33RD PLAYER TO REACH MARK

DETROIT (AP) Tigers star Miguel Cabrera delivered the 3,000th hit of his decorated career Saturday, becoming the 33rd major leaguer to reach the mark and the first player from Venezuela to accomplish the feat.

Still an imposing presence at 39, Cabrera made history by grounding an opposite-field single to right through the shift in the first inning of Detroit’s game against Colorado.

Cabrera immediately raised his right arm as he headed toward first base. The crowd of 37,566 at Comerica Park gave him a rousing ovation and chanted “Miggy! Miggy!” while fireworks were shot off from beyond the center field fence.

“I was like, `Get it done today,'”‘ Cabrera said.

The milestone hit came on a 1-1 pitch from Antonio Senzatela, a fellow Venezuelan, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias, who played with Cabrera on the Tigers, came over to give his former teammate a big hug.

By then, all the Tigers were streaming from the dugout to greet the newest member of baseball’s elite 3,000-hit club. Moments later, Cabrera went behind home plate to embrace his mother, wife, son and daughter on the field.

“I’m happy I hit it here. I’m happy for the people of Detroit to see it. Hopefully I can get more hits here,” Cabrera said.

.Cabrera soon returned to first base, but he didn’t stay there for long. He scored on a three-run homer by 22-year-old rookie Spencer Torkelson, who is touted as the next big thing in Detroit and has taken over as the Tigers’ regular first baseman with Cabrera now in the role of designated hitter.

When the inning ended, the scoreboard flashed “Congratulations Miggy.” Cabrera emerged from the dugout for a curtain call, waving to fans who had been rewarded with the highlight they came to see.

Cabrera, however, wasn’t quite done. He added a two-run single in the sixth, exited for a pinch-runner and drew another huge cheer. The Tigers went on to win 13-0.

A two-time AL MVP, a Triple Crown winner and an 11-time All-Star with four batting titles, Miggy’s place among the Major League Baseball greats already was assured long before this afternoon in Detroit.

As a 20-year-old rookie, Cabrera helped the Florida Marlins win the 2003 World Series championship. All these years later, stamping his name onto the 3,000-hit list had a nice ring, too.

And it’ll certainly look good on a plaque in Cooperstown someday.

Cabrera became just the seventh player with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. He joined an exclusive club with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

Last August in Toronto, Cabrera connected for his 500th homer. He’s at 502 in his 20th season.

Cabrera is the seventh Latino player to make the 3,000 chart. Hitting the mark tied him with the late Roberto Clemente, and hit No. 3,001 moved Cabrera ahead of the Pirates Hall of Famer.

Pujols was the previous player to reach 3,000 hits, doing it in 2018. He was at 3,308 going into Saturday and, at 42 with St. Louis, has said this is his final season.

The next hitter to reach 3,000? Hard to say.

Robinson Cano trailed Cabrera on the active list with 2,630 going into Saturday and is 39 years old. Yadier Molina, also 39, followed at 2,116.

Among younger players, Jose Altuve (32) has 1,783 and Freddie Freeman (32) had 1,722. Mike Trout (30) was at 1,428.

Cabrera got three hits Wednesday to get to 2,999, then struck out in his final at-bat of the night. He went 0 for 3 Thursday and was intentionally walked his final time up against the Yankees, drawing loud boos and chants from Detroit fans.

The hallowed hit remained on deck when Friday night’s game against Colorado was rained out.

Cabrera was the third player to get his 3,000th hit while with Detroit, joining late Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Al Kaline.

“Al is one of my heroes. It’s really sad he couldn’t see it because he would always talk about this moment. Hopefully, somewhere right now he’s happy and smiling,” Cabrera said.

While age has diminished his power to clear any fence and smash opposite-field shots to right-center, Cabrera has enjoyed a monster career at the plate.

Cabrera became the first major leaguer in 45 years to win the Triple Crown by leading the league in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2012. That year, he won his first of two straight MVP awards and helped Detroit reach the World Series, during a stretch that included four straight division championships.

“He is one of the great right-handed hitters ever,” Yankees manager and former Marlins teammate Aaron Boone said this week.

“And 3,000 hits, 500 homers, that’s obviously rarefied air. He’s done it, you know, in bigger ballparks his entire career, between Florida and here also. You know, he’s an all-timer. He’s in that, probably inner circle, of even the Hall of Fame. It’s been a special career,” Boone said.

Cabrera boosted his total most often against James Shields, getting 27 hits against the former Tampa Bay, Chicago White Sox, Kansas City and San Diego pitcher.

Detroit acquired Cabrera in a trade with the Marlins in 2007, with Dontrelle Willis also going to the Tigers in a deal for Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin. Cabrera had 842 hits at the time.

The swap came a year after the Tigers lost the World Series to St. Louis, in the hope that Cabrera would help them win the championship for the first time since 1984.

The Tigers, though, never won it all with their superstar. Detroit was swept by San Francisco in the 2012 World Series and spent a decade in a rebuilding mode that bottomed out with 310 losses between 2017-19.

After Cabrera was an All-Star for the 11th time in 2016, his production declined and Detroit’s rate of success did as well.

The Tigers made bold moves in the offseason in a quest to be relevant with Cabrera serving as a draw to bring fans to the ballpark and to hit about one ball per game into the outfield grass with savvy swings after crushing baseballs with incredible force earlier in his career.

A top prospect in the minors, Cabrera made his big league debut in June 2003. He announced his presence to the whole baseball world that October.

Brushed back by a couple of heaters from Yankee ace Roger Clemens, Cabrera came back to launch a home run off the Rocket in helping the Marlins win the World Series.

Cabrera is almost twice as old now and is still a kid at heart, recently taking the grounds crew’s three-wheel bicycle for a ride during batting practice.

And, one of the game’s all-time greats can still get a base hit against some of the world’s best pitchers.

ALFONSO RIVAS DRIVES IN 5 AS CUBS POUND PIRATES 21-0

CHICAGO (AP) Alfonso Rivas had three hits and five RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs stopped a four-game slide by pounding the Pittsburgh Pirates 21-0 on Saturday.

Rivas, who was recalled Friday from Triple-A Iowa, capped Chicago’s eight-run second with a three-run homer. He tacked on RBI singles in the fourth and fifth.

Rivas is 5 for 11 over his two stints with the Cubs this year.

“He’s pretty in tune to what’s going on,” manager David Ross said.

The Cubs finished with 23 hits in their most lopsided shutout win dating to at least 1901. Their 21 runs were their most since scoring 26 at Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and their 21-run margin was their largest since beating the Boston Braves 24-2 on July 3, 1945.

Nico Hoerner collected a career-high four hits, and Seiya Suzuki, Willson Contreras and Ian Happ had three hits apiece.

Each player that batted for the Cubs (7-8) collected at least one hit and scored at least one run.

It was more than enough support for Kyle Hendricks (1-1), who pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. Sean Newcomb worked the eighth in his Cubs debut and Scott Effross finished the three-hitter.

“It was easy to pitch to contact,” Hendricks said.

The Pirates (7-8) have lost four of their last six games. It was the largest loss in Pirates history, and the 21 runs equaled the most they have allowed since May 25, 1954, at the New York Giants.

Zach Thompson (0-2) was tagged for nine runs – four earned – and nine hits in two innings.

Thompson allowed four consecutive hits with one out in the second before shortstop Kevin Newman committed errors on consecutive plays. Newman has been charged with four errors in 12 games after making three in 132 games in 2021.

“I’ll try to flush it,” Newman said.

The Pirates’ bullpen, which held the Cubs scoreless for 10 1/3 innings in the first two games of the four-game set, allowed 12 earned runs over the final six innings. Infielder/outfielder Diego Castillo pitched the eighth and allowed four runs.

Eighteen of the Cubs’ hits were singles. Suzuki, Contreras and Happ hit consecutive doubles to start a five-run fifth.

“I like 21 any way we can get it,” Ross said.

WORTH NOTING

The Pirates and Cubs are the only major league teams to each have a 20-run shutout against the other, according to STATS. The Pirates beat the Cubs 22-0 on Sept. 16, 1975.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: 2B Josh VanMeter was scratched because of an illness.

Cubs: OF Clint Frazier (appendicitis) underwent successful surgery. “I got a pretty funny text back saying he’s ready to rake,” Ross said. “He seems to be doing well.”

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP J.T. Brubaker (0-1, 9.82 ERA) pitches in the series finale Sunday. Brubaker allowed four runs in five innings Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Brewers.

Cubs LHP Justin Steele (1-1, 4.30 ERA) takes the mound. Steele was tagged for four runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to the Rays.

YANKS FANS PELT CLEVELAND OUTFIELDERS WITH DEBRIS AFTER WIN

NEW YORK (AP) The only catch Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado was able to make in the ninth inning was a beer can thrown at his face.

Some fans in the notoriously rowdy right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium pelted Cleveland outfielders with bottles, cans and debris in a chaotic scene Saturday, moments after New York rallied for a 6-5 win.

Rather than celebrating after Isiah Kiner-Falefa and pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres got RBI hits with two outs in the ninth, stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York players rushed toward the wall in right-center field, trying to calm the crowd.

Security personnel joined the effort to quell the disturbance.

“You certainly don’t want to put anyone in danger. I love the intensity, but you can’t be throwing stuff out on the field,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase (0-2) was one strike away from preserving a 5-4 lead when Kiner-Falefa hit a 100 mph fastball for a tying double. Rookie left fielder Steven Kwan ran hard into the wall chasing the ball and a trainer went out to check him.

“Kwan was a little shaken up and had some cuts on his face and there was specific Yankee fan in left field that was celebrating Kwan getting hurt,” Mercado said. “It’s almost like, it’s acts of violence. You can’t say stuff like that, especially when someone gets hurt.”

“I just let him know, `Listen, man, you can chirp all you want but don’t celebrate someone getting hurt.’ That’s classless and that shouldn’t be a thing,” he said. “You can root for your team all you want, I’m not denying that. Honestly, it’s good for the game when there are die-hard fans, but do it the right way.”

Before play resumed, Mercado pointed at the stands and center fielder Myles Straw climbed the chain-link fence in left to confront face-to-face at least one fan, while another fan nearby made a derogatory gesture.

“I think Myles was sticking up for his teammate,” Cleveland Terry Francona said. “The kid’s out there bleeding and we’re checking him for concussion, and I think emotions probably got a little out of control.”

Torres followed by lining a single to right-center for the game-winner. As Mercado and Straw chased the ball in the gap, several fans began throwing objects at them.

“One came close to my face and I caught it. It was a beer can,” Mercado said.

“They need to be held accountable and I think there should be rules set up for that because that’s ridiculous and that should not happen,” he said. “Say whatever you want to say and do whatever you want to do, but at the end of the day there’s got to be consequences for behavior like that.”

He added: “I appreciate the Yankees players coming out and trying to control them and I have a lot of respect for that.”

The Yankees won for the fourth time in five games and got their second walk-off win following a rare bullpen meltdown. The final scene wasn’t what they wanted.

“That can’t happen. I love the fans, love the atmosphere, but we win with class,” Kiner-Falefa said.

Said first baseman Anthony Rizzo: “Our fans are passionate, they bring the noise every night and we appreciated that. When beers start flying, you just want to get everyone under control as best as you can so things don’t escalate.”

Chad Green allowed a two-run homer to Austin Hedges with two outs in the eighth that put Cleveland ahead 4-3. Miguel Castro (1-0) tossed a scoreless ninth.

Josh Naylor hit a two-run homer off Nestor Cortes for Cleveland’s only hit in 6 1/3 innings off the crafty left-hander.

Josh Donaldson homered in the seventh against Cal Quantrill to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: INFs Yu Chang and Owen Miller and RHP Anthony Castro remained on the COVID-19 IL. General manager Mike Chernoff did not have an update. . RHP James Karinchak (shoulder) is expected throw a bullpen session at the spring training complex in Arizona this weekend. . C Luke Maile (strained left hamstring) is to continue a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus.

UP NEXT

RHP Aaron Civale (0-1, 6.14 ERA) will start for Cleveland against New York RHP Gerrit Cole (0-0, 6.35). Cole pitched a career-low 1 2/3 innings Tuesday in Detroit. Cole matched his career high of five walks and allowed two runs and one hit, throwing just 37 of 68 pitches for strikes. “We were going for really perfect pitches I think probably too often, and I think that just in some certain situations if I just attacked the zone better, we would have been in a better spot,” Cole said Saturday.

REDS’ SKID REACHES 11 GAMES IN 5-0 LOSS TO CARDINALS

CINCINNATI (AP) Dakota Hudson pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs with a sixth-inning double, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Cincinnati 5-0 on Saturday, the 11th straight loss for the injury-plagued Reds.

Hudson (1-1) entered the game with a 7.71 ERA, but had little trouble with Cincinnati’s hitters, limiting them to two hits while striking out four and walking four. He left with two outs in the seventh after walking Kyle Farmer with his 92nd pitch. St. Louis relievers Andre Pallante and Kodi Whitley finished the shutout.

“We’ve seen him (Hudson) before,” Reds manager David Bell said. ” He had a really good sinker today. We couldn’t get underneath it. He got a lot of ground balls. … We did try to hit and run today. With the matchup with Hudson, we knew it was going to be tough to get the ball in the air.”

Hudson got former Cardinal Tommy Pham to ground into a double play to end the first inning, and another in the fourth.

“I felt good from the start,” said Hudson, who collected his first win as a starter since 2020 because of Tommy John surgery. “A couple misses, but once I got that first ground ball, though, I got a little more confident in what I was doing out there. I got rolling from there.”

The Reds have lost 11 straight for the first time since 2016. After splitting their opening four-game series with the world champion Braves, the Reds have been swept by the Guardians, Dodgers and Padres and have lost the first two games of the series with the Cardinals.

Right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-2) took the loss for Cincinnati, which hasn’t held a lead through the end of a full inning since a 6-3 win at Atlanta on April 10.

Mahle allowed an RBI single to catcher Andrew Knizer in the second, and left in the fifth with two on and one out in the fifth. He was charged with two runs and five hits, all singles.

“I threw too many pitches,” Mahle said. “Maybe not throwing the right pitches and getting ahead of guys. That drove up my pitch count.”

Goldschmidt pushed the St. Louis lead to 4-0 when he drove home two with a double off the wall in left-center off Lucas Sims. The veteran first baseman also drove in a pair in the Cardinals’ 4-2 win in the opening game of the series.

Tommy Edman singled in another run in the eighth.

When the Reds did get runners on, they tried to be aggressive on the bases – but like many things during the losing streak, it just didn’t go their way. Farmer was hit by a pitch in the second and was thrown out trying to steal. In the third, Alejo Lopez walked but was nailed trying to take third on a hard base hit to center by Garcia.

“We a lot of competitive guys who care a lot,” Bell said. “We got beat today. There is nothing good about it. We continue to be tested. We have to come out tomorrow and focus.”

PAYING TRIBUTE

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, who returned to the Cardinals this year at age 42, got a standing ovation at Great American Ball Park when he entered the game as DH in the seventh. He was 0 for 2.

“Pretty neat,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “(Fans) were asking for him the whole game, so I’m glad I finally got to put him out there. Situation was right. It’s great to have that weapon off the bench.”

MOVES

The Reds reinstated right-fielder Tyler Naquin (illness) and sent OF TJ Friedl down to Triple-A Louisville. Right-hander Daniel Duarte (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

UP NEXT

The Reds send left-hander Nick Lodolo (0-2, 8.00) against right-hander Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.81) in the series finale.

BRAD MILLER SINGLE, REPLAY, HELP RANGERS EDGE A’S 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Brad Miller hit a key single in the eighth inning that drove in two runs after a replay review initiated by the umpires, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Saturday.

The winning rally started when Adolis Garcia and Willie Calhoun chased Frankie Montas (2-2) with consecutive one-out singles. After Domingo Acevedo retired pinch-hitter Jonah Heim on a groundout, Miller lined a 1-1 pitch to left.

Garcia scored easily but pinch-runner Eli White was thrown out at home by a strong throw from left fielder Tony Kemp.

The Rangers lost an earlier challenge, so they could not appeal. But the umpires initiated a crew chief review and overturned the initial call, ruling A’s catcher Sean Murphy illegally blocked the plate.

A’s manager Mark Kotsay protested in between innings and was ejected.

The play helped Texas clinch its first series win of the season after dropping its first four. The Rangers have won three straight games after losing five in a row.

Four Rangers pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Brock Burke (2-0) got three outs for the win, and Matt Bush pitched the ninth for his first save.

Montas was dominant before running into trouble in the eighth. He permitted three hits, struck out eight and walked one.

Rangers starter Martin Perez was equally sharp after a pair of rough outings. He pitched six innings of two-hit ball.

ORDINARY 4-6-3-5 DP

The A’s turned two double plays, including a rare 4-6-3-5 to end the fifth. With runners at first and second, Calhoun hit a sharp grounder to Oakland second baseman Christian Lopes, who threw to shortstop Nick Allen for an out. After Allen’s relay to first was wide and pulled Christian Bethancourt off the bag, the former catcher alertly threw to third baseman Sheldon Neuse, who tagged Kole Calhoun scrambling back to the bag. After a short review the call was upheld.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Spencer Howard is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list to start Sunday. The right-hander has been out with a cracked fingernail since April 14.

Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty and LHP Kirby Snead were activated off the COVID-19 injured list. … INF Drew Jackson was added to the COVID-19 IL. … LHP Sam Selman was returned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

UP NEXT

Howard (0-0, 18.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season in the series finale. He was tagged for six runs in three innings against the Blue Jays on April 10. Athletics lefty Cole Irvin (1-1, 4.32 ERA) won two of his five starts against the Rangers last season.

WOOD, FOUR GIANTS RELIEVERS STIFLE NATIONALS IN 5-2 WIN

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Wood pitched five effective innings and San Francisco’s bullpen closed it out, leading the Giants to a 5-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Wilmer Flores and Joc Pederson each had two hits for San Francisco, which won for the third time in four games. It beat Washington 7-1 in the series opener Friday night.

Wood (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits. The left-hander struck out five and walked one.

Wood’s career ERA at Nationals Park rose slightly to 2.85 in eight starts. It is second best among all active pitchers (minimum 40 innings pitched) behind Jacob deGrom’s 2.80.

“I had a lot of good battles against the Nats my first three years with the Braves,” Wood said. “They’ve got a good mound, and just getting prepared and trying to stay sharp. I don’t think there’s one thing I can point to why I’ve had success here, but I like pitching here. It’s a good part to pitch in.”

After Wood departed, Dominic Leone, John Brebbia and Tyler Rogers each pitched an inning before Camilo Doval worked the ninth for his third save. The Giants’ bullpen lowered its ERA to 1.78, best in the majors.

“Woody pitched a really good ballgame. I think he had one more inning in him,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “We just thought it was the right moment to go to Dom … and we felt like we could stretch through the game with a really good bullpen, a bullpen that’s been pitching well for us.”

Riley Adams homered for Washington in its fourth straight loss.

Aaron Sanchez (0-1), who pitched in nine games for the Giants last season, was called up from Triple-A Rochester to make the start for Washington. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits.

The Giants scored four times in the fifth to open a 5-0 lead.

After Luis Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0, Thairo Estrada stole second and scored on Curt Casali’s single, which chased Sanchez. Casali scored on a bases-loaded force at second and Pederson made it 5-0 when he singled through the shortstop spot vacated by the shift.

The Nationals rallied in the fifth on Adams’ homer and an RBI single by Lane Thomas, but Wood struck out Juan Soto to end the inning.

Washington has scored nine runs in its past five games.

“I think we need to start relaxing, stay up the middle of the field. These guys are gonna hit,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Don’t try to do too much. Stay in the zone and take your walks.”

Austin Slater turned in his second run-saving catch in two days for the Giants, making a diving grab in center against Alcides Escobar with two on in the sixth.

SMALL BALL

Mike Yastrzemski led off the game with a bunt single against the shift, and Gonzalez followed suit with one out and one on in the sixth. The Giants have seven bunt base hits on the season.

“The players ultimately are seeing the defenses and how they’re lined up against them,” Kapler said. “They want to take the opportunities when they feel like they can get a good pitch to bunt.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Josh Bell left with right hamstring tightness after the second inning, during which he walked and later ended up on third base. Martinez said Bell went for an MRI after the game.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Logan Webb (1-1, 2.55 ERA) starts on Sunday. He gave up three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Tuesday. He pitched three scoreless innings in his lone start against Washington in July 2019.

Nationals: Rookie RHP Joan Adon (1-2, 5.87 ERA) pitches the finale. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday for his first major league win.

ADAMES STEALS HOME IN BREWERS’ 5-3 WIN OVER PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Willy Adames stole home, Hunter Renfroe homered and Adrian Houser tossed six solid innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

The Brewers bullpen kept the game in check for Houser – Trevor Gott struck out two in a scoreless seventh, Devin Williams got Bryce Harper to hit into an inning-ending double play in the eighth, and Josh Hader earned his seventh save.

Phillies ace Zack Wheeler (0-3) had another unimpressive outing as he works his way back from right shoulder soreness. The 2021 NL Cy Young Award runner-up, Wheeler, who had retired 10 straight, allowed four runs in the fifth and lost his third straight start. Wheeler, who gave up seven runs over three innings in his previous start against Miami, threw 84 pitches and struck out five in five innings.

The Brewers didn’t hit the ball hard against Wheeler – but they did hit him. Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, the Brewers tied the game on RBI singles by Jace Peterson, Adames and Christian Yelich.

Yelich was on first and took off for a steal. Adames ran home and easily scored when catcher J.T. Realmuto’s throw skidded to second base and trickled into center field.

Renfroe’s second homer of the season, a solo shot to right in the sixth off Christopher Sanchez, made it 5-3.

Houser (1-2) finally got some run support to pick up his first win of the season. He lost his last start after giving up one run over 5 2-3 innings to the Cardinals. He struck out three and walked three against the Phillies.

Harper doubled and scored on Nick Castellanos’ double in the first. Jean Segura had an RBI single and Castellanos added a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 3-0.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers 3B Luis Urias (left quad strain) started a rehab assignment with Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old Urias hit .249 last season with 23 home runs.

UP NEXT

The Phillies send RHP Aaron Nola (1-2, 5.52 ERA) to the mound against Brewers LHP Eric Lauer (1-3, 3.48 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series.

ORIOLES LEFTY JOHN MEANS SAYS HE NEEDS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander John Means needs Tommy John surgery, ending the season for Baltimore’s opening day starter.

Means announced the news on social media Saturday, a day before his 29th birthday.

“After multiple MRI’s it’s confirmed that I need Tommy John surgery,” Means posted on Twitter. “I’m obviously disappointed, but more motivated than ever. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to watching what this team can do this year.”

An All-Star in 2019, Means was 0-0 in two starts this season, giving up three runs in eight innings.

Last May, Means pitched a no-hitter against Seattle. He nearly missed a perfect game as the only Mariners runner to reach came on a wild pitch on strike three.

Means was 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA last season, leading a staff that had the worst ERA in the majors.

Means was put on the 10-day injured list on April 15 and later transferred to 60-day IL because of a sprained elbow. At the time, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Means wouldn’t be back anytime soon.

“He’s going to be out a while,” Hyde said then.

WHITE SOX OF JIMÉNEZ CARTED OFF AFTER HAMSTRING INJURY

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez was carted off after injuring his hamstring in the second inning of Saturday’s game in Minnesota.

Jimenez stretched for first base while running out a ground ball to third. He stumbled after the play and his right knee appeared to lock up. Jimenez fell face-first to the ground in shallow left field and immediately grabbed at his right leg.

After being down several minutes, he was taken off on a cart. The team announced he left the game with right hamstring soreness.

The oft-injured Jimenez is hitting .222 through 11 games this season with one home run and seven RBIs. The 25-year-old slugger missed several months last season with a pectoral injury.

He played 55 games in the shortened 2020 season and 122 in his rookie year of 2019 when he hit 31 home runs.

Gavin Sheets took Jimenez’s spot in the lineup in the second game of the three-game series against the Twins.

Chicago was already without starting third baseman Yoan Moncada, starting pitchers Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn and key relievers Joe Kelly and Garrett Crochet.

TATUM, BROWN LEAD CELTICS TO 109-103 WIN, 3-0 LEAD OVER NETS

NEW YORK (AP) The stoppers are suffocating the scorers.

And as Boston was finishing another shutdown effort against Kevin Durant and the Nets, a loud “Let’s Go Celtics! Let’s Go Celtics!” chant broke out from the many fans in green who had seats in Barclays Center.

There wasn’t much for the home fans to cheer about as the Nets face a team that just won’t let them get anything going.

“More of the same,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We’re making it tough.”

Jayson Tatum scored 39 points, Jaylen Brown had 23 and Boston took a 3-0 lead over Brooklyn with a 109-103 victory Saturday night.

Again making things difficult on Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Celtics put themselves in position to sweep their way into the second round with a victory Monday night in Brooklyn.

The Celtics forced 21 turnovers that led to 37 points. Tatum had six of their 13 steals.

“My message is, nobody plays harder than we do,” Tatum said.

Durant took only 11 shots, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Irving was 6 for 17, missing all seven 3-pointers, and also had 16 points for the Nets, who have to decide if they will give Ben Simmons his debut Monday in an elimination game.

Boston’s defense against the Nets’ firepower was supposed to make this a can’t-miss series, even though it matches a No. 2 seed against a No. 7.

But it’s been mostly all Celtics since Tatum’s basket at the buzzer gave them a victory in Game 1. Durant and Irving combined for just one basket in the second half of Game 2, never had much impact in this one and might get only one more chance.

“We know what it is,” Durant said. “I don’t think no speech or anything will do at this part of the year. You know what it is. We’re down 3-0. We got another game on Monday. Just come out and play.”

Boston led most of the way before the Nets cut it to three with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. But Marcus Smart scored on a follow shot, made a jumper in transition before Brown got a steal and dunk to make it 81-72 going to the fourth.

Brown kept the Nets at bay from there, repeatedly finding a 1-on-1 matchup and driving to the basket. He set up Tatum for a 3-pointer in the corner after the Nets had gotten back within four, then made a jumper before Tatum converted a three-point play that made it 96-84 with 6:25 to play.

The Celtics got center Robert Williams back after missing nearly a month with torn cartilage in his left knee, making their defense even stronger.

Bruce Brown was the Nets player who could really solve it, scoring a career playoff-high 26 points.

“We’re not being forceful in our actions. We’re second-guessing ourselves a little bit. Throwing a lot of passes that are second thoughts. They’re too good a team for us to do that,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.

Durant was only 13 for 41 (31.7%) in the two games in Boston with 12 turnovers, and the Nets’ only real hope was if he could regain his form back home.

He made a 3-ponter on his first shot attempt after going 0 for 10 in the second half in Game 2, but he could never consistently find room to shoot while committing five more turnovers and looking far off the player who came in third all-time in the playoffs with 29.4 points per game.

“He’s had a a hard time getting it going,” Jaylen Brown said. “We want to keep it that way because we know what he can do.”

The Celtics limited Durant to just two shots and led 30-25 after one quarter, then got seven straight points by reserve guard Payton Pritchard to open the second and push the lead to 37-25. Boston was still ahead by eight with under 1 1/2 minutes left in the half, but the Nets scored seven straight and it was 53-50 at the break.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Smart scored 14 points. . Williams had two points and two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench in his first game since March 27 after missing final seven games of the regular season.

Nets: Patty Mills was honored before the start for being voted the winner of the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award on Friday. … Blake Griffin played for the first time in the series, scoring eight points. … Director Spike Lee, a longtime Knicks fan, was at the game wearing a Brooklyn Dodgers jersey and hat.

SIMMONS STATUS

Nash said Simmons scrimmaged 3-on-3 Saturday morning and had no setbacks. He said it’s possible Simmons plays in Game 4 but cautioned that given his long layoff, with his herniated disk at the end of it, that there was more to consider than if Simmons felt good after his workouts.

“There’s a lot of bigger picture, bigger context to how he’s feeling, how able he would be to adapt to the environment,” Nash said. “It’s a little different than playing a game that’s stashed away in the middle of the regular season, so I think that there’s a few factors at play here to evaluate when he’s ready to play.”

SIAKAM SCORES 34 AS RAPTORS AVOID SWEEP, BEAT 76ERS 110-102

TORONTO (AP) It was a thumbs down day for Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers, who couldn’t complete a first-round sweep of the Toronto Raptors.

Pascal Siakam scored 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points and the Raptors beat Embiid and the Sixers 110-102 on Saturday.

Game 5 is Monday night in Philadelphia.

“We’ll be ready, I can guarantee you that,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

Embiid started despite a right thumb injury that required him to wear a brace.

“It’s painful,” Embiid said. “In basketball you need to use your hand a lot.”

No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win an NBA playoff series. Fans briefly chanted “Raps in seven” after both coaches emptied their benches in the final minutes.

Embiid said he injured his thumb in the first half of Wednesday’s Game 3, and had it taped at halftime. He finished that game with a decisive 3-pointer in overtime, but wore a brace afterward, and at Friday’s practice.

Although Rivers said the Sixers don’t believe the injury can get worse, Embiid was seen shaking his hand in pain several times Saturday, occasionally doubling over as he squeezed the area.

“It’s going to be something he’s going to have to deal with throughout the playoffs from this point on,” Rivers said. “It’s not going to go away. He’ll get better and better at figuring out how to use it.”

Embiid shot 3 for 10 in the first half. He finished 7 for 16 and scored 21 points in 39 minutes.

Embiid said he expects to undergo an MRI in Philadelphia Monday but will likely keep playing even if doctors recommend surgery.

“I want to play,” he said. “I would imagine that I keep playing and probably do something after the season.”

Rivers said the Sixers, who made 16 turnovers and were outrebounded 46-41, didn’t deserve to win Saturday.

“We just made so many mistakes,” he said. “You can’t win an NBA regular season game with the mistakes we made, let alone a playoff game.”

Thaddeus Young scored 13 points, OG Anunoby had 10, and newly crowned NBA Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes had six points and 11 rebounds off the bench as Toronto overcame an injury to All-Star guard Fred VanVleet to stave off elimination.

After being called for a foul with 4:57 to go in the second quarter, VanVleet ripped his jersey apart in frustration and walked off the court to the locker room because of a strained left hip.

“He’s been banged around pretty good this year and he continues to lace it up and go out there and play big minutes every night,” coach Nick Nurse said. “There’s not every guy in this league that does that.”

Nurse said VanVleet was going for an MRI after the game. VanVleet shot 2 for 6 and scored five points in 15 minutes.

Tobias Harris had 15 points and 11 rebounds and James Harden scored 22 points for the 76ers. Harden shot 5 for 17, going 2 for 10 from 3-point range.

After being held scoreless in the second half of Toronto’s Game 3 loss, Siakam shot 10 for 19 and went 13 for 15 at the free throw line.

“It’s about moving forward, and that’s what he did,” Young said of Siakam.

Trent had scored 20 or more in consecutive games after being slowed by an illness in Games 1 and 2.

“I wish I felt like this the first two games,” Trent said. “My body is feeling good.”

Philadelphia called timeout with 9:10 left in the fourth quarter after Young’s steal on Embiid’s wayward pass led to a driving basket for Achiuwa, giving Toronto an 88-81 lead.

Harden’s layup with 8:20 to go made it 90-85, but Toronto scored the next six points, all at the free throw line. Embiid stopped the run by making a pair at the line, but Anunoby’s 3-pointer with 3:44 to go in the fourth gave the Raptors a 99-87 edge.

Ahead of tipoff, the NBA announced that Toronto’s Barnes had won the Rookie of the Year award, edging out Cleveland’s Evan Mobley. The difference of 15 points was the smallest margin in the rookie category under the current voting format that began with the 2002-03 season.

Barnes left Game 1 of the series after spraining his left ankle and hadn’t played since, but came off the bench midway through the first quarter Saturday.

Barnes needed treatment after falling down on defense early in the second, but remained in the game.

Embiid missed all five shots he took in the first quarter, including one from 3-point range.His only point in the opening period came when made one of two free throws.

Toronto led 54-49 at the half. Embiid shot 4 for 5 and scored eight points in the third but the Raptors took an 80-77 lead to the fourth.

FOUL LINE STORY

For the first time in the series, the Raptors shot more free throws than the 76ers. Toronto went 28 for 35 at the line, while Philadelphia was 21 for 25.

TIP-INS

76ers: Harden had nine assists. . Tyrese Maxey shot 4 for 12 and finished with 11 points. . Embiid was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter.

Raptors: Siakam had eight rebounds. . Young had five rebounds and five assists. . Canadian singer Avril Larvigne attended the game.

UP NEXT

The 76ers host Game 5 on Monday night.

TOWNS, T-WOLVES REBOUND TO EVEN SERIES WITH GRIZZLIES AT 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns roared back from two rough games with a career playoff-best 33 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves move past their Game 3 collapse and pull out a 119-118 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night to even the first-round series at 2-2.

Anthony Edwards scored 24 points and backup Jordan McLaughlin went 4 for 4 from 3-point range to pitch in 16 points as the Timberwolves relentlessly attacked the basket and went 31 for 40 from the foul line.

The series shifts back to Memphis for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

Desmond Bane, who hit his eighth 3-pointer at the buzzer to finish with 34 points, and Dillon Brooks with 24 points kept the Grizzlies going on another quiet night for star point guard Ja Morant. Morant went 4 for 13 from the floor, and had 11 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds.

Jaren Jackson Jr. fouled out with seven points, and 25 of the Grizzlies’ 33 fouls were called their starters.

Towns, who took four shots and had just eight points in Game 3, hit 14 of 17 free throws and was the catalyst down the stretch with 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Patrick Beverley missed two free throws with 43 seconds left. With the Wolves leading 115-110, Morant answered with a layup and Edwards missed a pull-up 3. But Tyus Jones had his 3-pointer fall short with 10.5 seconds to go, and Edwards grabbed the rebound. He sank both free throws as the crowd chanted, “Wolves in six! Wolves in six!”

McLaughlin’s first 3 put Minnesota in front in the second quarter to start a 17-1 run that maxed out with a 50-35 lead – the largest of the night that quickly got whittled by the Grizzles back down to single digits.

The Wolves might have been better off playing a tighter game this time, after their pair of 25-point advantages in Game 3 went for naught.

AMPED UP

Game 3 was an anomaly, considering the Timberwolves were just the ninth NBA team in 389 situations over the past 25 postseasons to lead by 25-plus points and lose the game, according to ESPN.

And while it fits right into the Minnesota sports scene that has been filled for decades with such disappointment, the crowd didn’t quit on creating a raucous advantage Saturday.

Troy Hudson and Wally Szczerbiak, standouts on the last Timberwolves team that captivated the town in 2004, were courtside with an endless supply of high-fives for fans seated nearby.

When Towns swished a 3 from the top of the key on the first possession, a jet-like roar followed.

Towns knew how critical the game was and came out with a ferocity suggesting he knew precisely how much criticism he’d been dealt for his Game 3 dud. When he hit his opening 3, he looked down at his hands and yelled to no one in particular about the importance of passing him the ball.

BUMPS AND BRUISES

Bodies crashed to the floor on almost every possession in what was perhaps the most physical game of the series to date. Morant, who has been playing through nagging leg injuries, took several hard landings after layup attempts.

Grizzlies backup Ziaire Williams sustained an eye injury in the second quarter, when Morant drew a flagrant foul on D’Angelo Russell as he drove to the hoop and caught a hand to the face.

Edwards left for a bit in the first quarter with an injury to his right knee unrelated to any contact, but after having trouble walking to the locker room for further examination he returned less than 3 minutes later without any trouble.

PROTEST, INTERRUPTED

Two more animal rights protesters attempted to interrupt the game in the third quarter. One woman leaped over the courtside seats of Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, before being tackled by security and carried away. Her companion remained behind the Taylors and next to the second row of Timberwolves assistant coaches, who helped security wrestle her out.

The group has been protesting the way that a chicken farm that’s part of Taylor’s enterprises has allegedly handled an avian flu outbreak. The highly contagious virus has killed roughly 28 million poultry.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Xavier Tillman started at center, the fourth player in the series for the Grizzlies in an opening-half lineup to join Jaren Jackson Jr. in the frontcourt as coach Taylor Jenkins continued to employ a variety of methods for trying to take Towns out of his element. Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson and Steven Adams have all taken turns. … Brooks, who was listed as questionable to play with a sore left foot, shot 10 for 20.

Timberwolves: Beverley had 17 points. … Jarred Vanderbilt had 12 points and eight rebounds.

RAPTORS’ BARNES WINS NBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, EDGING MOBLEY

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto forward Scottie Barnes was voted NBA Rookie of the Year on Saturday, edging Cleveland’s Evan Mobley in a close vote.

Barnes got 48 first-place votes and 378 points from a global panel of 100 sports writers and broadcasters. Mobley received 43 first-place votes and finished with 363 points.

The difference of 15 points was the smallest margin in the rookie category under the current voting format that began with the 2002-03 season. Players receive five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for third.

The award was announced shortly before the Raptors hosted Philadelphia in Game 4 of their first-round series, trailing 3-0. Barnes returned after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.

Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35.4 minutes per game, starting all of the 74 games he played. He led all rookies in minutes and was third in points and rebounds.

The No. 4 draft pick after one season at Florida State joined Vince Carter (1999) and Damon Stoudamire (1995-96) as Toronto players to be voted Rookie of the Year. Barnes was informed he had won by Carter during a video appearance at practice.

Barnes helped engineer a turnaround in Toronto, where the Raptors went 48-34 after finishing 27-45 last season. He was the only rookie to rank in the top five in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

“What you see on the court is exactly who Scottie is: enthusiastic. Joyful. Athletic. Skilled, and a winner,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “We – and our fans – loved seeing his development through this season, and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.”

Mobley, taken one pick before Barnes, helped spark a similar turnaround in Cleveland. The forward averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as the Cavaliers fell just shy of returning to the postseason for the first time since LeBron James left in 2018.

Detroit’s Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in the draft, finished third.

DUKE’S TREVOR KEELS TAKES ONE-AND-DONE LEAP TO NBA DRAFT

(AP) — Duke freshman Trevor Keels is the fourth Blue Devils player in the past week to announce plans to enter the NBA draft.

The school announced Keels’ decision Saturday and said he planned to hire an agent.

The 6-foot-5, 221-pound guard is a potential first-round prospect and is ranked as ESPN’s No. 25 draft prospect. He averaged 11.5 points while providing size and strength to the Blue Devils’ perimeter, both as a driving scorer and as a ballhandler.

Part of one of the nation’s top recruiting classes out of Clinton, Maryland, Keels started 26 games in the final season for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“The whole season was a movie and I am grateful to have been part of Coach K’s last ride,” Keels said in a statement.

Keels follows 7-foot-1 sophomore Mark Williams, 6-10 star freshman Paolo Banchero and 6-5 wing Wendell Moore Jr. in the draft.

Keels got off to a strong start, scoring 25 points with his physical attacking play in a season-opening win against Kentucky. He missed three midseason games with a calf injury and came off the bench for the NCAA Tournament when the team moved to Jeremy Roach to get improved defensive pressure on the ball.

Part of a touted recruiting class, Keels helped Duke reach Krzyzewski’s record 13th Final Four while also winning the program’s first outright Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title since 2006.

Keels had two big NCAA Tournament performances, first with 12 points and a critical 3-pointer with 3:24 left as Duke rallied from five down late to beat Michigan State in Round 2. He closed with 19 points in the loss to rival North Carolina in the national semifinals in New Orleans.

“Trevor made tremendous improvement throughout the year and stepped up for us in critical moments,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.

PASTRNAK SCORES 39TH GOAL IN BRUINS’ 3-1 WIN OVER RANGERS

BOSTON (AP) David Pastrnak scored his team-leading 39th goal after missing the previous eight games with an undisclosed injury, helping the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-1 on Saturday.

Taylor Hall and Trent Frederic also scored for Boston, which is jockeying for playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Linus Ullmark made 30 stops.

“The timing was fine,” Pastrnak said of his return. “A little bit of puck handling, the ice was not great, and you’re coming off injury, so it was a little bit bouncy for a little bit.”

The Bruins had lost four of their previous six games.

Mika Zibanejad scored his 29th goal for New York and Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves.

Having locked up home ice in the opening round of the playoffs with a victory over the Islanders on Thursday, the Rangers had their four-game winning streak snapped.

“I think intensity-wise, I thought we had it,” New York center Barclay Goodrow said. “Obviously, they’re preparing for the playoffs like we are also. It’s good to play one of those teams and it was a close-fought game. We did a lot of things well and some things we could have done better; little mistakes that cost us.”

New York finished the road portion of its regular season with 25 victories, tied for third most in team history.

Boston went 0 for 3 on the power play and hasn’t scored in its last 32 opportunities.

“I think our power play over the course of the year has been pretty good,” Pastrnak said. “The season’s long and sometimes you go through these slumps. It takes one goal and then you get rolling again.”

Ullmark is competing with Jeremy Swayman to be Boston’s No. 1 goalie in the playoffs.

“I don’t think about that at all,” he said. “I try to focus on what’s important right now. For me, it was this game. … If they ask me to play, I’ll play, and if it’s Sway that they want to play, I’ll be there for him and back him up.”

Charlie McAvoy made a nice cross-ice pass to Pastrnak, who fired the puck past Shesterkin from the left circle with 35 seconds left in the opening period.

Hall beat Shesterkin on a partial breakaway just over a minute into the second, slipping a wrist shot inside the far post. The 25-year-old Pastrnak assisted on the play for his 500th career point.

With Boston short-handed after Ullmark flipped the puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty early in the third, Zibanejad fired in a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle.

But Frederic scored on a rebound with 10:23 to play.

Ullmark, who missed three games with an injury, robbed former Bruin Frank Vatrano midway through the second, using his glove to snare the one-timer. He even made a skate save off his own teammate, when the puck caromed off the skate of defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

Ullmark wasn’t worried about his time off.

“We’re so far into the season, everything is kind of in place,” he said. “I was just out a week, so I wasn’t concerned at all.”

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

Boston improved to 11-2 in afternoon games.

BIG ADDITION

Lindholm, a big trade deadline pickup, also was back after being sidelined with a lower-body injury for seven games.

LOFTY NUMBERS

New York forward Chris Kreider needs one goal to tie Adam Graves (52 in 1993-94) for second on the team’s single-season list. It’s also the last season the Rangers won the Stanley Cup.

Jaromir Jagr had the most in team history with 54 in 2005-06.

WORTH NOTING

Center Andrew Copp, who recorded the first natural hat trick in an opening period by a Ranger in 72 years Thursday, didn’t play because of a lower-body injury. New York center Filip Chytil (upper body) also was sidelined. Coach Gerard Gallant said Friday neither injury is serious.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Host Carolina on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game homestand that closes the regular season.

Bruins: At Montreal on Sunday. They have four games left in the regular season.

PANTHERS WIN 13TH STRAIGHT, TOP MAPLE LEAFS 3-2 IN OVERTIME

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Brandon Montour scored 2:26 into overtime and the NHL-leading Florida Panthers extended their winning streak to a franchise-record 13 games by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Saturday night.

The winning streak matches the seventh-longest in NHL history and is the league’s longest since Columbus won 16 consecutive games in the 2016-17 season. The victory also marked Florida interim coach Andrew Brunette’s 50th in just 71 games behind the Panthers’ bench.

Claude Giroux had a goal and two assists for Florida, while Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist and Mason Marchment had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots.

“We go into games with a lot of confidence,” Giroux said. “I feel after each win, we say we can play better. Everything is going great right now. We’re getting some bounces, making plays and having fun. We just have to keep going.”

Justin Holl and Mitch Marner had goals for Toronto. Jack Campbell finished with 32 saves.

“I thought the guys came out, played hard, overcame a lot of adversity,” Campbell said. “You obviously want to come away with two points, but it is what it is. Just proud of the effort from the guys.”

The Maple Leafs again held an early lead on the Panthers but failed to hold onto it. On April 5 in their last visit, Toronto led Florida 5-1 in the second period but ended up losing 7-6 in overtime. Saturday night, the Panthers fell behind 2-0 after the first period but were able to come back.

“I thought our guys played hard tonight. We easily could have won the game,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “I thought we won the first and third period. Against this team, you’ve got to score more than two. That’s what they’ve been doing all season, they find ways to win. . I thought we did more than enough to win.”

Marner scored his 35th goal of the season on Toronto’s first shot of the night at 3:25 of the first period.

With 2:40 remaining, Holl banked a shot off Florida defenseman Radko Gudas which got past Bobrovsky to make it 2-0.

Florida came back and tied the score heading into the third. Barkov got the Panthers on the board with his 39th at 6:26 of the second.

Later in the period, Giroux picked up his third goal with the Panthers since coming over in a blockbuster trade at the deadline.

That set up an intense third period in which both Bobrovsky and Campbell were sharp throughout. Bobrovsky made 12 saves in the third, Campbell nine.

“Bob was great, he is the reason we were where we were,” Brunette said. “We pushed back in the second a little bit, but Bob kept us in. It was a good hockey game between two good teams and it took overtime to decide it.”

Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau had one assist putting him two points behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the league lead. McDavid is at 116 for the season and the Oilers next play Sunday at Columbus.

PRESIDENTS’ RACE

Florida moved four points ahead of idle Colorado (116) in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy, given to the team with the best regular season record. Both have four games remaining. Florida hosts Tampa Bay on Sunday and then ends the regular season with a three-game trip to Boston (Tuesday), Ottawa (Thursday) and Montreal (Friday). Colorado visits Winnipeg on Sunday, then hosts St. Louis on Tuesday and Nashville on Thursday before finishing at Minnesota on Friday.

NOTES: The Maple Leafs welcomed star center Auston Matthews back to the lineup after he missed three games with an undisclosed injury. He remained on a league-leading 58 goals after going scoreless on seven shots Saturday. … Toronto rookie forward Michael Bunting left the game with 12:01 left in the first and did not return. Bunting only played four shifts and will “miss some time for sure,” Keefe said. … Toronto and Florida have already set club records for points in a season. The Maple Leafs’ previous best was 105 in 2017-18; the Panthers’ was 103 in 2015-16. … Florida went 2-1-0 against Toronto this season. … The Panthers are on pace to eclipse 600,000 in total home attendance Sunday night in their regular season home finale. It’ll mark the first time Florida has hit that number since 2015-16. … Florida is only the fourth team in NHL history to have separate winning streaks of 12 and eight games in the same season, and the first since the 1970-71 Boston Bruins.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At Washington on Sunday.

Panthers: Host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

FURY STOPS WHYTE IN 6TH ROUND, RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

LONDON (AP) World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury retained his WBC title with a brutal sixth-round stoppage of fellow Briton Dillian Whyte in front of more than 94,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

A right uppercut from Fury sent Whyte to the canvas and the champion raised his right hand in celebration. Whyte, who appeared to lose a tooth from the mighty punch, got to his feet and tried to show he was ready to continue but then staggered, leading the referee to end the fight.

Fury toyed with Whyte for much of a cagey fight, with Whyte — the long-time mandatory challenger — mostly reckless with some big, wayward shots.

It was a 32nd win for the undefeated Fury, who defended his WBC belt for the second time and has talked of retiring at the age of 33.

Before giving the biggest ever capacity for a boxing bout in Britain a now-familiar post-fight rendition of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” Fury – one of boxing’s most colorful and controversial characters – suggested he would stick to a pre-fight vow to hang up his gloves.

“This might be the final curtain for the Gypsy King,” Fury said in the ring, with his WBC and Ring Magazine belts around his shoulders. “What a way to go out.”

It certainly was. The punch that ended the fight with a few seconds to go in the sixth came pretty much out of nowhere, with Fury in control of the fight without truly exerting himself.

Whyte had been starting to breathe heavier in what proved to be the final round, by which time he had a cut around his right eye – potentially from a clash of heads.

The fifth round saw Fury dominate, with a body shot and then a straight right rocking Whyte back and getting the crowd going.

“He is as strong as a bull and has the heart of a lion,” Fury said of Whyte, who was his former sparring partner from 2012-13, “but tonight he met a great in the sport, one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.

“I think,” Fury added, “even Lennox Lewis would be proud of that uppercut.”

If he does retire, Fury will go down as the greatest British heavyweight, surpassing Lewis.

What might make him continue is the chance to be the undisputed champion from what could be a hugely lucrative bout against Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua.

Usyk beat Joshua last September to take the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and is preparing for a rematch with Joshua after leaving his native Ukraine, where he was helping his country in the war with Russia.

CANTLAY, SCHAUFFELE SHATTER 54-HOLE MARK, TAKE 5-SHOT LEAD

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele played the back nine in 8-under 28 and shot a 12-under 60 in best-ball play Saturday to shatter the Zurich Classic three-round record at 29 under and stretch their lead to five strokes.

Cantlay and Schauffele broke the 54-hole mark of 23 under. Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith and Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown set the 72-hole mark of 27 under in 2017, the first-year of the team format at TPC Louisiana. The final round will be alternate shot.

Cantlay and Schauffele opened with a tournament-record 59 in best-ball play Thursday and had a 68 in alternate shot to maintain a one-stroke lead.

The South African tandem of Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace were second at 24 under after a 63. They bogeyed the par-4 12th.

Sam Burns, the local favorite who played at LSU, and Billy Horschel were 23 under after a 63. They bogeyed the difficult par-3 ninth hole, then shot a 5-under 31 on the back nine.

Australians Jason Day and Jason Scrivener (63) and Aaron Rai and David Lipsky (65) also were 23 under.

The father-son team of Jay and Bill Haas was 12 under after a 68. At 68 years, four months, 20 days, Jay Haas, making his 799th official start, is the oldest player to make a PGA Tour cut.

Cantlay and Schauffele, who trailed briefly during the round, made just one birdie in the first four holes. They eagled the par-5 seventh and began the back nine with four consecutive birdies.

After making par at the par-4 14th, Cantlay and Schauffele birdied the final four holes.

CHRISTOPHER BELL LEADS TOYOTA LOCKOUT OF TALLADEGA FRONT ROW

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) Christopher Bell won the pole at Talladega Superspeedway by turning the fastest lap as the final driver to qualify on Saturday.

Bell bumped his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. from the top spot with a lap at 180.928 mph in his Toyota. Truex qualified second at 180.652 mph to give JGR the front row for Sunday’s race.

JGR is coming off a win last Sunday with Kyle Busch at Bristol.

Daniel Hemric qualified third for Kaulig Racing in a Chevrolet and was followed by Daniel Suarez of Trackhouse Racing, also in a Chevrolet.

Reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson qualified fifth in a Chevrolet from Hendrick Motorsports and was followed by Kurt Busch of 23XI Racing in a Toyota. Denny Hamlin, co-owner of 23XI but driver for JGR, qualified seventh as Toyota grabbed four of the top seven starting spots.

William Byron qualified eighth for Hendrick and was followed by Bubba Wallace in a Toyota and Tyler Reddick in a Chevrolet from Richard Childress Racing.

Joey Logano was the top qualifying Ford driver at 13th for Team Penske and defending race winner Brad Keselowski qualified 15th in a Ford for RFK Racing. Keselowski is the winningest driver in the field with six victories at the track and Ford was the most organized manufacturer in the Daytona 500, where Ford rookie driver Austin Cindric won in February.

For Bell, it was the second pole of his Cup career and gave JGR its first lockout of the front row at Talladega. Bell’s best finish at Talladega was fifth last fall.

“I’m just very thankful to be in the position I am driving for Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Bell, who admitted that gusts of winds Saturday at Talladega “didn’t hurt” his qualifying attempt.

“Even from the first round to the second round I could tell my RPMs picked up really big going down the back straightaway, then they were pretty flat going down the front straightaway, so I don’t know if it was an advantage to me but definitely didn’t hurt,” added Bell.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDIANS RACE TOWARD WALK-OFF KNOCK

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a leadoff triple by Hunter Owen in the bottom of the ninth inning, Canaan Smith-Njigba smacked a single down the left-field line to walk off the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night, 3-2. It was the Indianapolis Indians’ second walk-off of the season in as many homestands.

Clippers’ outfielder Alex Call misread Owen’s long fly ball to straightaway center to open the bottom of the ninth inning and set the game-winning run on third base with no outs. On a 1-0 count, Smith-Njigba lined a fastball the opposite way against Brett Daniels (L, 1-2) to ensue an on-field celebration at Victory Field.

Mason Martin broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with his third home run of the season deep out to the right-field scoreboard. Rodolfo Castro opened the frame for Indianapolis (8-8) with a double.

Columbus (12-5) tied the game in the sixth on a leadoff double and two-run homer off the bat of Gabriel Arias.

Cam Alldred made his first career start and was scoreless in a career-high 4.0 innings. After the two-run long ball in the sixth inning, relievers Sam Howard, Eric Hanhold and Yerry De Los Santos (W, 1-0) combined for 3.0 shutout innings with just two hits allowed.

The game ended at the 2:06 mark, which was the Indians’ fastest 9.0-inning game since April 11, 2018 vs. the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field.

INDIANA BASEBALL: SATURDAY SERIES CLINCHER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A five-run second inning and a quality start on the mound paved the way to a series-clinching win for the Indiana baseball program on Saturday (April 23) over Nebraska, 8-1, at Bart Kaufman Stadium.

Indiana (16-22, 4-7 B1G) scored five unearned runs in the second inning after Nebraska (14-23, 4-7 B1G) plated the first run of the game in the top of the frame. A single in run in the third inning and two eighth inning runs capped the scoring at 8-1 in favor of the Hoosiers.

Freshman Carter Mathison hit his 10th home run of the season and joined the shortlist of rookies to reach the 10-home run mark. The left-handed hitter joins Alex Dickerson (14; 2009), Micah Johnson (11; 2010) and Mike Sabo (11; 1985) as the only IU rookies to reach the double-digit home run mark. In all, he is the 37th Hoosier (56 total occurrences) to reach the 10-home run mark in a season, joining teammate Matthew Ellis. Mathison went 2-for-4 at the plate for his ninth multi-hit game of the season.

Redshirt-sophomore Bobby Whalen did a little bit of everything as he tied his career high with four hits to go along with three RBIs. It was his team-leading 17 multi-hit game of the season and his fifth multi-RBI game of the year. He also stole home in the eighth inning, the first time a Hoosier swiped home plate since Logan Sowers stole home against Dartmouth in 2015.

Moving his reached base streak to 28 games, freshman Josh Pyne went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. He posted his 10th double of the season as part of his 14th multi-hit game. Junior Hunter Jessee was on base three times in the contest with two walks and a single and he scored once.

In his eighth start of the season, senior Bradley Brehmer allowed just one run on three hits over six innings. He struck out a career-high-tying 11 batters, the most by a Hoosier pitcher since Gabe Bierman fanned 11 against Nebraska on May 9, 2021. Junior Ty Bothwell tossed 1 2/3 innings and struck out three, while redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (1) picked up his first career save with 1 1/3 innings of clean relief work to close out the game. He struck out two batters and stranded all three inherited runners.

Griffin Everitt posted a two-hit game for Nebraska and three others chipped in one hit. Core Jackson drove in the lone RBI of the day for the Cornhuskers. Emmett Olson (1-3) took the loss with six runs allowed – only one earned – over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked two.

Scoring Recap

Top Second

A two-out walk to Leighton Banjoff came around to score on a double by Core Jackson.

Nebraska 1, at Indiana 0

Bottom Second

Indiana scored five unearned runs with two outs to grab back momentum. Matthew Ellis reached base via error with one out and moved to second on a ground out to third base. Samuel Murrison walked, and Max Johnson’s first career hit loaded the bases. Bobby Whalen drove in two runs with a single to right center field to take the lead. A walk to Hunter Jessee re-loaded the bases and Josh Pyne cleared the bases with a three-RBI double.

at Indiana 5, Nebraska 1

Bottom Third

Carter Mathison led off the inning with a solo home run.

at Indiana 6, Nebraska 1

Bottom Eighth

Murrison walked and Whalen tripled to bring him around. Whalen then stole home for the second run of the inning.

at Indiana 8, Nebraska 1

Up Next

Indiana will go for the series sweep on Sunday, April 24 at Bart Kaufman Field. The Hoosier and Cornhuskers will throw the first pitch at Noon and the game will air on the Big Ten Network with Kevin Kugler and Danan Hughes on the call.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: INDIANA IMPROVES IN SECOND ROUND AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP

PITTSBURGH – The Indiana women’s golf team jumped one spot in the team standings and is now tied for 13th after 36 holes at the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Championship. IU shot a 303 (+19) at the Fox Chapel Golf Course on Saturday afternoon.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Big Ten Championships • Pittsburgh

Fox Chapel Golf Course

Par 71 • 6045 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat

Team Standings: t-13th/14 – 616 (313-303; +48)

Top Indiana Player: Mary Parsons – 150 (79-71; +8)

CHIP-INS

• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons scattered a team-high five birdies in her round of 71 (E), including three conversions in her first six holes. Her two-round scorecard of 150 (+8) ranks second among Hoosier players in the field.

• Freshman Áine Donegan dropped two strokes off her first-round score to card a 75 (+4) on Saturday. She is currently 10-over par (152) through two rounds of play after a trio of birdies in the second round.

• Freshman Margaret Fernandez shot an 8-over 79 during Saturday’s round and is 15-over 157 for the tournament. Her round consisted of birdies on No. 8 and No. 13.

• Junior Valerie Clancy connected on one birdie try (No. 2) and finished the second round at 7-over 78. For the tournament Clancy has shot a 158 (+16).

• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira shot a 10-over 81 on Saturday and holds a two-round tally of 160 (+18).

• Senior Alexis Miestowski made a pair of birdie putts during the second round and sits on a two-round score of 161 (81-80; +19) heading into Sunday’s round.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-43. Mary Parsons – 150 (79-71; +8)

t-55. Áine Donegan – 152 (77-75; +10)

t-67. Margaret Fernandez – 157 (78-79; +15)

t-73. Valerie Clancy – 158 (80-78; +16)

t-78. Beatriz Junqueira – 160 (79-81; +18)

t-80. Alexis Miestowski – 161 (81-80; +19)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers are scheduled for an 8:27 a.m. ET tee time in the third and final round of the tournament on Sunday. Indiana will be paired with Rutgers and Iowa off the ninth tee. 

EARLY DEFICIT DOOMS BOILERMAKERS IN GAME 2 VS BELMONT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Belmont scored in four of the first five innings, building a nine-run lead by the midpoint of the game en route to defeating Purdue baseball 11-1 Saturday at Alexander Field.

The Bruins (25-14) scored multiple runs in the second, third and fifth innings. The Boilermakers (22-12) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first thanks to a slick 6-4-3 double play started by shortstop Evan Albrecht. Purdue also turned a 4-6-3 twin killing to escape another bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Troy Viola connected for a towering blast that tightroped the left field and stayed fair for his fifth home run of the season.

The Boilermakers failed to get an out on sacrifice bunts in the second and fifth innings. Belmont capitalized on the extra out to post a pair of big innings, scoring seven of its runs in those frames – three in the second, four in the fifth.

Nolan Daniel worked two scoreless of relief, giving Purdue much-needed zeros in the sixth and seventh innings.

Joshua South (5-2) responded with an excellent outing for the Bruins after he was moved from Friday to Saturday in the rotation. The righthander worked seven innings of four-hit ball even while striking out only three batters.

Cam Thompson connected for an opposite-field double in the sixth inning to extend his on-base streak to 34 consecutive games. CJ Valdez was back in the lineup after sitting out Friday, drawing a leadoff walk in the fourth inning to give him a 30-game on-base streak. They were among the four Boilermakers to extend their long on-base streaks…

• Cam Thompson – 34 games

• CJ Valdez – 30 games

• Curtis Washington Jr. – 22 games

• Troy Viola – 15 games

The series finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE SOFTBALL: SUFFERS 6-0 SHUT OUT

WEST AFAYETTE, Ind. – On NFCA Day and Military Appreciation Day, the Boilermaker softball team (19-26, 2-11 Big Ten) was shut out by Michigan State (23-24, 3-13 Big Ten) in 0-6 fashion. The result came on a windy day, which saw gusts of wind up to 30 miles per hour.

The Boilermakers were out-hit 1-9 on the day, with Purdue’s lone hit coming at the bat of senior catcher Kaeley Hallada, who sent the single up the left side in the fifth inning. Overall, Purdue’s one-hitter ties for the second-lowest of the season and the first time in conference play since the opening day of the 2021 season vs. Michigan (2/26/21).

Purdue committed three errors in the game, with two of the three coming in foul territory.

Brenna Smith (2-10) received the loss after tossing 6.1 innings from the circle. The senior allowed just two walks and struck out one batter before being relieved by freshman Kendall Klochack, who closed out the game with one strikeout and no runs allowed.

The Boilermakers will have one more opportunity against the Spartans tomorrow, which was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. ET has been moved up to an 11 a.m. ET start due to impending weather.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: PURDUE IN MIDDLE OF THE B1G PACK AFTER 36 HOLES

PITTSBURGH – Fox Chapel Golf Club proved to be a difficult course to tackle for Purdue Women’s Golf on Saturday. The Boilermakers entered the second round in a tie for second, but a 299 (+15) dropped them back into eighth (+16) and 18 shots back heading into the final round of the Big Ten Championship.

Despite the tough day, Danielle du Toit grinded out a 72 (+1) to lead Purdue for the second straight day. After an opening-round 69 (-2) that put her in a tie for third, the senior started her second round on fire with three straight birdies. She vaulted to the top of the leaderboard at 5-under, holding a two-shot cushion. Du Toit made a pair of bogeys before a birdie at the ninth completed her front-nine 34 (-2). Running into trouble to begin the back, she recovered by going 1-under over the final six holes. A birdie on 18 pushed her back into red figures for the championship (-1) and into the top five heading into the final round. She continued to lead the field in birdies (12) as well as par-4 scoring (-2).

Inez Wanamarta added a 73 (+2) to remain in the top 15, tied for 13th at 2-over through 36 holes. The graduate’s round featured a trio of birdies, all coming on the front nine.

As a team, the Boilermakers have totaled 29 birdies through two rounds, just one behind tournament leader No. 18 Michigan (30). The Wolverines shot 3-under, tying Northwestern for the low round of the day, that jumped Michigan State (+2) to take a four-shot lead into the final round.

Sophomore Ashley Kozlowski followed du Toit and Wanamarta, shooting 76 (+5) for the second consecutive day. Down the stretch, she parred her last seven holes to finish strong as the rest of the field made mistakes.

Purdue begins Sunday’s final round at 8 a.m. ET. The Boilermakers will be paired with Nebraska (+15) and Wisconsin (+20).

For updates throughout the final round of the Big Ten Championship, follow Purdue Women’s Golf on Twitter @PurdueWGolf.

BOILERMAKERS

T5. Danielle du Toit: 69-72—141 (-1)

T13. Inez Wanamarta: 71-73—144 (+2)

T51. Daniela Ballesteros: 72-79—151 (+9)

T55. Jocelyn Bruch: 73-79—152 (+10)

T55: Kan Bunnabodee: 74-78—152 (+10)

T55. Ashley Kozlowski: 76-76—152 (+10)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

1. #18 Michigan: 285-281—566 (-2)

T2. Michigan State: 282-288—570 (+2)

T2. Northwestern: 289-281—570 (+2)

4. Illinois: 288-284—572 (+4)

T5. Maryland: 288-289—577 (+9)

T5. Ohio State: 289-288—577 (+9)

7. Nebraska: 294-289—583 (+15)

8. Purdue: 285-299—584 (+16)

9. Wisconsin: 299-289—588 (+20)

T10. Minnesota: 299-301—600 (+32)

T10. Penn State: 304-296—600 (+32)

12. Rutgers: 296-305—601 (+33)

T13. Iowa: 309-307—616 (+48)

T13. Indiana: 313-303—616 (+48)

BUTLER BASEBALL: ST. JOHN’S STORMS BACK FOR 8-7 WIN VS. BUTLER BASEBALL

QUEENS – The Bulldogs enjoyed a 6-1 lead over St. John’s after six innings, but the Johnnies would score five runs in the seventh and match BU with a solo score in the ninth to push the game into extra innings. In the 10th, an RBI single to right would end the game and send the Johnnies to the win column.

The turning point in the game came in the seventh inning with STJ scoring five runs off just three hits to tie the game at 6-6. Despite giving up the lead, Butler looked to be in control of their destiny in the ninth after a full-count, solo home run from Travis Holt. With drama building at Jack Kaiser Stadium, David Glancy would stand tall and hit a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to push the game into extras.

BU went quietly in the 10th, and then took the field to record two quick outs. Cirelli singled up the middle to extend the game and then a walk would move him into scoring position. Bianchi would pinch-run for Cirelli with Wetterau at the plate and the St. John’s catcher would record his first hit of the day to win the game for the Red Storm.

Paul Orbon had the best day for St. John’s going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Glancy had the homer, a team-best three RBI and two runs scored. For Butler, James Gargano had a three-RBI triple and Aaron Steinhart led the way with two total hits.

Cory Bosecker got the start for the Bulldogs and tossed six full innings before handing the ball off to Lukas Galdoni (2-1). Bosecker struck out six, but allowed four earned runs off five hits. Galdoni struck out three and only walked one. Only two of the four runs to come around on him were earned.

St. John’s got 4.2 innings from starter Brandon Backman. The win would fall to Tim Cunningham (1-1). Cunningham was great down the stretch striking out five and limiting BU to just one run off one hit.

The final game of the three game series has been moved up to a 12 PM start.

BUTLER SOFTBALL: COMES FROM BEHIND FOR 3-1 WIN OVER CREIGHTON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team won its second game in as many days against Creighton on Saturday, taking game two of the three-game BIG EAST series. The Bluejays (14-23, 4-14 BIG EAST) held a 1-0 lead after four innings, but the Bulldogs (25-14, 11-5 BIG EAST) produced a big, three-running fifth inning and held on for the 3-1 win, clinching the series.

How It Happened

In the fourth inning, Creighton pushed one across to take a 1-0 lead.

After stranding six runners in the first four innings, Butler put together a big fifth. With the bases already loaded, Mackenzie Griman hit a ball to the shortstop that allowed Lauren Fey (2-4, R, SB) to score from third and tie the game, 1-1. Mallory McMahon then bunted, giving Ellie Boyer (2-3, R, 3 SB) the opportunity to cross the plate. A third run came when Maddie Moore (2-3, RBI) singled to left center and pushed Ella White (1-3) home. The Bulldogs stranded three more runners but now led, 3-1.

Alyssa Graves retired all six batters she faced in the sixth and the seventh to wrap up the win for Butler.

Butler Pitching

Alyssa Graves (10-3) started in the circle for Butler and earned a complete-game win. In 7.0 innings, she allowed two hits and one unearned run while striking out twelve.

Bulldog Bits

Alyssa Graves’ win on Saturday was the 37th of her career, moving her into the fifth spot on Butler’s all-time list for career wins.

The complete game for Graves was her fifth of the season and the 35th of her career. She is now tied for ninth on Butler’s all-time career list (Taryn Blaine ’94-’97, Sara Unrue, ’97-’98).

Ellie Boyer’s three stolen base on Saturday raised her season total to fourteen.

Lauren Fey’s stolen base was her 15th of the season and the 48th of her career. She is now in sole possession of the fifth spot on Butler’s all-time list for career stolen bases.

Monique Hoosen’s stolen base was her second of the season and the sixth of her career.

With today’s win, Butler has 11 wins in the BIG EAST for the season. This ties the most wins in a season for the Bulldogs in BIG EAST competition, matching the 2017 team that went 11-9 in the conference. (In 2011, The Butler won 14 games in the Horizon League.)

Up Next

The BIG EAST series with Creighton will end with game three in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 24, at 12 pm.

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF: BUTLER GOLF’S AND ROSS FINISH FIFTH AT THE 2022 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – Butler’s Ally Ross finished fifth individually at the BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP. Her effort led the Bulldogs, who placed fifth as a team.

The three-day, 54-hole event concluded Saturday in Pine Mountain, Ga.

Ross carded a one-over 73 for the second consecutive round and finished at two-over 218 for the tournament. She improved her position on the leaderboard by one spot Saturday to move into fifth. In Saturday’s final round, Ross had four birdies on the 6,073-yard Mountain View course at Callaway Gardens.

Xavier picked up its third consecutive BIG EAST team title, finishing at 878 (+14) and 14 shots ahead of second-place Georgetown. Butler came in fifth among the six-team field with a score of 919. The Bulldogs shot 304, 308 and 307 over the three rounds.

Xavier’s Emma McMyler and Abby Kiefer, along with Katherine Lemke of Creighton, tied for lead at 213 (-3). Lemke won the playoff to take the individual medalist honors.

Claire Edwards finished in a tie for 19th in the standings at 232 (+16). She shot 78 Saturday after matching 77s in each of her first two rounds. Alaina Bowie carded a five-over 77 Saturday and finished at 234 (+18) and in 21st place.

Katie Steinman was one shot behind Bowie after a final-round 79. Her 19-over 235 tied her for 22nd. Madalin Small was 29th at 243.

The championship served as the final event of the 2021-22 season for the Bulldogs.

1. Xavier – 289 (+1), 293 (+5), 296 (+8): 878 (+14)

2. Georgetown – 302 (+14), 289 (+1), 301 (+13): 892 (+28)

3. Seton Hall – 306 (+18), 302 (+14), 294 (+6): 902 (+38)

4. Creighton – 300 (+12), 301 (+13), 302 (+14): 903 (+39)

5. Butler – 304 (+16), 308 (+20), 307 (+19): 919 (+55)

6. St. John’s – 306 (+18), 310 (+22), 309 (+61): 925 (+61)

BUTLER MEN’S TENNIS: TOP SEED ST. JOHN’S BEATS BUTLER MTENNIS 4-1 IN BIG EAST SEMIFINALS

Cayce, S.C. – The Butler men’s tennis team fell 4-1 to top-seeded St. John’s in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center.

The Bulldogs led in doubles play after the duo of Michael Dickson and Patrick Joss won their match 6-2 in the second spot of the lineup, but the Red Storm won in a tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles to clinch the point.

Alvaro Huete Vadillo got on the board first for Butler with a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 3 singles to tie the team score at 1-1. Huete ended the season on a 14-match winning streak in singles play.

St. John’s won in straight sets at Nos. 4-6 singles to clinch the match. Butler’s Thomas Brennan was leading his opponent 6-2, 4-3 at No. 1 singles when the match had been decided.

The Bulldogs conclude the season with a 13-11 record, including 4-4 against BIG EAST opponents.

BUTLER WOMEN’S LAX: FALLS TO #14 UCONN 22-15

Storrs – The Butler women’s lacrosse team (6-8, 0-4 BIG EAST) fell on Saturday to UConn (13-2, 3-1 BIG EAST) 22-15.

How it Happened:

The Huskies got on the board first when Madelyn George found the back of the net three minutes in. The Huskies scored five consecutive goals before Gabryelle Bodine found the back of the net on a feed from Lindsey Schreiber. Schreiber scored nearly a minute after Bodine. Campbell Connors scored two goals to close out the quarter. The Huskies held a 6-4 lead at the end of the first.

The Huskies continued to press the Bulldogs and put eight goals in during the second. Bodine tallied one in the second for the Bulldogs, and Holly Hall tallied another. UConn took a 15-6 lead into halftime.

Bodine got things started in the third for the Dawgs scoring seven minutes into the half off a feed from Schreiber.

In the fourth quarter, Ella Squibb got things started 30 seconds in on an unassisted effort. Campbell Connors scored the next two for the Dawgs, and Greer Bireley had the assist on Connors first goal of the quarter. Bireley and Leah Rubino helped get the momentum going, and the Bulldogs scored eight unanswered goals. UConn’s Lauren Barry scored with just under two minutes left for UConn’s first tally of the fourth.

Notable Stats

• Campbell Connors had five goals and one assist

• Gabryelle Bodine had four goals and one assist

• Lindsey Schreiber had one goal, three assists, and four draw controls

• Greer Bireley had one goal and two assists

• Kaley Attaway, Holly Hall, Ella Squibb, and Leah Rubino all had one goal

• Aleigh Monroe and Katie McGrath combined for 11 saves

Up Next

The Bulldogs will host Villanova for Senior Day on Saturday, April 30. First draw is set for noon.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL CROWNED MIVA TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS; JENNESS NAMED TOURNEY MVP

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the first time in 20 years the Ball State men’s volleyball team (23-3) were crowned the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament Champions after earning a thrilling 3-0 sweep over in-state and MIVA rival Purdue Fort Wayne (17-13) Saturday night in Worthen Arena.

In a hard-fought battle from both sides of the court, the Cardinals collective effort unhinged the Mastodons in the final set to win the match.

Worthen Arena boar witness to the most electric atmosphere and amazing crowd turnout of the season in the thrilling championship.

It comes to no surprise that tonight was a success though as Ball State finished the night off with a .308 hitting percentage off a team total 48 kills.

It was a nail biter in the first set as both teams traded leads. The set would go into an extra period in which the Cardinals came out on top, 28-26.

After a rocky start for the Cardinals in the second set, a seven-point run to recapture the lead allowed the team the opportunity to settle back in and continue the powerful effort in the set.

To finish off the Mastodons in the second set, senior outside attacker Kaleb Jenness and freshman middle blocker Vanis Buckholz partnered for a big block bringing the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead in the match. 

To establish the dominate lead in the third set, the Cardinals maintained a six-point run including a big block from graduate student middle blocker Will Hippe and Jenness to bring the lead to 20-13 and would go on to take the third frame, 25-16.

Jenness led both the offensive and defensive efforts with 18 kills, five block assists, and a block solo while graduate student opposite Angelos Mandilaris followed closely behind with 14 kills and three block assists.

Ball State will return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.  It will be Ball State’s 16th appearance in the tournament since the program began. 

Ball State will learn their NCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship bracket on Sunday, April 24 during the NCAA Selection Show which will begin at 1 pm.  The Cardinals will travel to Los Angeles, California to the host site of the 2022 NCAA Tournament – UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion – this upcoming week.

NCAA Tournament Schedule:

First Round – May 1

Second & Third Round – May 3

Semifinals – May 5

Championship – May 7

HISTORIC DAY AS BALL STATE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER, MALONEY EARNS 900TH VICTORY

DEKALB, Ill. – The Ball State baseball team opened a four-game series at Northern Illinois with a doubleheader on Saturday. The Cardinals swept the doubleheader behind outstanding pitching and solid hitting.

With the two wins today, Head Coach Rich Maloney recorded his 900th career win as a head coach.

Amir Wright has reached safely in 36 of 37 games on the season, while Trenton Quartermaine extended his streak to 13 games. Quartermaine recorded a 5-for-9 day at the plate with five RBIs. Matthew Rivera added a 3-for-4 performance in the two games.

Tyler Schweitzer picked up his sixth win of the season and Trennor O’Donnell collected his fifth win, as the pair posted outstanding efforts.

With the wins, Ball State improved to 23-14 overall and 17-4 in MAC play, while Northern Illinois fell to 7-29 overall and 6-14 in league games.

Game One – Ball State 13, Northern Illinois 0

Quartermaine recorded a one-out double to right field to get momentum started in the top of the first. Nick Powell followed with a single to second base that advanced Quartermaine to third. Hunter Dobbins drew a walk to load the bases. Zach Cole put the Cardinals on the board first as he drew a walk with bases loaded to score Quartermaine. Ryan Peltier produced a sac fly to left field as Powell tagged up and scored. Justin Conant recorded a two-out double to left field and drove in two runs. BSU was on top 4-0 after the first half inning of play.

CJ Horn ripped a one-out double down the left field line to start the top of the fourth. Wright was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs. Quartermaine singled through the right side and drove in Horn to extend the Ball State lead to 5-0.

Dobbins singled to left field to kick things off in the top of the fifth. He stole second and advanced to third on an error by the shortstop. Cole walked to give the Cardinals runners on the corners. Peltier picked up his second sac fly of the game with a fly ball to center that allowed Dobbins to score. BSU held a 6-0 lead after five innings.

Wright drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth. After he advanced to second on a wild pitch, Quartermaine drove him in with an RBI single to right field to give Ball State a 7-0 lead.

Dobbins led off the top of the seventh and was hit by a pitch. Cole reached on a fielder’s choice as Dobbins was out at second. Peltier was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out. Conant singled to right field to load the bases for the Cardinals. Zach Lane was hit by a pitch and picked up an RBI as Cole scored. Wright drew a walk to score Peltier from third. Quartermaine drove in two runs with a single down the right field line. Seth Wilson recorded a pinch-hit RBI double down the left field line. Rivera produced a pinch-hit RBI single to right field to make the score 13-0 as the game went to the bottom of the seventh.

Quartermaine led the offense in game one with a 4-for-5 performance with a game-high four RBIs. Conant notched a 2-for-4 game with two RBIs. Peltier added two RBIs on two sac flies.

Schweitzer threw another gem with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings of work. He improved to 6-2 on the season. Tanner Knapp tossed a scoreless 2/3 of an inning with one strikeout in relief. 

Kyle Seebach fell to 1-6 on the year with the loss in game one. He went four innings with three strikeouts and gave up five earned runs on five hits.

Game Two – Ball State 6, Northern Illinois 1

Conant started the top of the third inning with a single up the middle. Rivera drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Lane recorded a sac bunt to the pitcher to move the runners to second and third. Wright was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Quartermaine was also hit by a pitch and scored Conant from third. Powell reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Rivera to score. Dobbins followed with an RBI single to left field as Wright scored. The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

Conant reached on an error by the shortstop to lead off the top of the fourth. Rivera singled threw the left side to put runners on first and second with no outs. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Lane produced a sac fly to left field and drove in Conant. After a ground out moved Rivera to third, Quartermaine reached on an error by the first baseman and put Ball State on top 5-0 after the top of the fourth.

Northern Illinois picked up its first run of the day in the bottom of the fourth on a throwing error by the Ball State shortstop.

Peltier led off the top of the eighth with a triple off the left center field wall. Rivera notched a one-out double to right field that scored Peltier and gave BSU an insurance run and a 6-1 lead.

O’Donnell got the win and improved to 5-2 on the season. He went six innings with six strikeouts and surrendered an unearned run on just four hits. Nate Dohm was lights out in three innings of relief. Dohm earned his first save of the year as he recorded three strikeouts and gave up just three hits.

Dobbins and Rivera led the attack in game two as they each tallied two hits for the game with an RBI each.

Matt Salomonson picked up the loss in 4 1/3 innings of work. He gave up five runs, three earned, with two strikeouts.

Ball State and Northern Illinois return to Ralph McKinzie Field on Sunday for a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“We got two excellent pitching performances and contributions from several different guys offensively.”

Coach Maloney on Win 900

“This is a tribute to all the players I have had the privilege of coaching and all the assistants who came alongside of me, they made both me and our players better. When milestones like this happen, it is contributions from so many different people, the support of administration, donors, family, and friends. Winning is hard, hats off to my players through the years who allowed me to challenge them, push them, encourage, and love them. They are why I became a coach. I thank God for the privilege of coaching at two outstanding universities. Milestones give us the opportunity to reflect on the relationships built, the amazing accomplishments many of our teams have had, the heartbreaks, the individual accomplishments of so many great players. This accomplishment is for all of those who chose to believe. A special thanks to all of you who played a role in the success we have shared together over the years. I am so thankful.”

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF: CARDINALS MOVE UP TO FIFTH, KIM TIED FOR FIFTH

HOLLAND, Ohio – The Ball State women’s golf team returned to the Stone Oak Country Club for round two of the 2022 Mid-American Conference Championship on Saturday. Liz Kim is tied for fifth after two rounds as the Cardinals moved up into fifth place. BSU leads the tournament with 25 birdies for the tournament.

After an opening round of 77 (+5), Kim followed with a 73 (+1) with four birdies. She is currently tied for fifth with a two-round score of 150 (+6). She has seven birdies on the tournament.

Dylann Armstrong started round two on fire as she birdied five of the nine holes on the front nine. She finished the round with a 72 (E). She jumped up 12 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 10th with a two-round mark of 153 (+9). She has a team-high eight birdies for the tournament and is tied for the most in the field.

Kiah Parrott is tied for 25th with a combined tally of 161 (+17). She posted an 82 (+10) with one birdie in the second round. She has four birdies across two rounds.

Tiegan Taylor is tied for 39th after two rounds. She has posted one birdie for the tournament. Hadley Moritz is in 47th with five birdies for the championship.

The Stone Oak Country Club will play 6,109 yards and will stay a par-72 on Sunday. 10 groups will begin from the first hole and 10 groups will start on the 10th hole beginning at 9 a.m. Ball State will be paired with Bowling Green and Toledo at the 9 a.m. tee time on the first hole. Live stats can be found on Golfstat.com or by clicking here. The final round will be streamed on ESPN3.

Team Standings

1. Kent State – 590 (+14)

2. Northern Illinois – 603 (+27)

3. Akron – 616 (+40)

4. Bowling Green – 627 (+51)

5. Ball State – 630 (+54)

6. Toledo – 631 (+55)

7. Central Michigan – 635 (+59)

8. Eastern Michigan – 645 (+69)

9. Western Michigan – 655 (+79)

10. Ohio – 668 (+92)

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: #13 IRISH CLINCH SERIES IN 21-3 WIN OVER WAKE FOREST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team’s (25-8, 10-7) hot hitting continued in the 21-3 win over Wake Forest (28-11, 10-10) to clinch the series Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish scored in each of the first four innings to jump out to a big lead they would not relinquish.

Home runs were key as the Irish hit four in the offensive outburst on Sunday. David LaManna hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, in the first inning as the Irish scored four in the frame. In the third, Jack Brannigan hit his three-run homer, his fifth of the year, to put the game out of reach. Later on in the sixth, Zack Prajzner and Brady Gumpf both hit two-run homers in the inning. Prajzner hit his second home run of the season while Gumpf hit his first career home run.

The 21 runs are the most the Irish have scored in a game this season and set the program record for most runs in an ACC game. It is the most runs scored in a game since the South Bend Regional when they scored 26 against UConn.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish wasted no time getting in front on Saturday, putting a crooked number on the scoreboard in the opening frame. With two runners on, Brooks Coetzee III hit a blooper into center and scored Nick Juaire from second. Later in the inning, LaManna uncorked his three-run blast well up the wind screen in left field. It was LaManna’s first home run of the season and the Irish led 4-0.

Wake Forest started to claw back in the second as the Demon Deacons scored their first run of the game off a solo home run.

The Irish got the run right back in the bottom of the second. Juaire brought Zack Prajzner home on a ground out and the Irish led 5-1 after two.

The Irish added on in the third with another home run. Brannigan hit a three-run shot of his own to left to score Jared Miller and LaManna. His fifth home run of the season put the Irish up 8-1 after three.

The bats kept it going in the fourth inning as they put up their third crooked number of the game. LaManna continued his career day with an RBI single through the left side that scored two on the play. Miller stepped in next and roped a double down the right field line that scored one. The final run of the inning came from Ryan Cole as he legged out an infield single to score LaManna. After four innings in the book, Notre Dame held a 12-1 lead.

Wake got two runs back between the fifth and sixth innings but the Irish offense continued to work in the sixth. The Irish had their biggest inning at the plate with the five runs scored. Prajzner and Gumpf both hit home runs in the inning to bring the team total to four on the day.

The Irish added three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to round out the scoring. They scored in all but one inning while at the plate. Putz led the team as he tied a career-high with four hits. LaManna set a career high with five RBI.

UP NEXT

The Irish will go for the series sweep when the teams meet for the final time on Sunday. The series finale has been moved up to 11 a.m. ET due to the threat of inclement weather later in the day. The game will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra and admission is free for all fans at Frank Eck Stadium this season.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LAX: #18 IRISH COMPLETE COMEBACK IN 15-14 THRILLER AT LOUISVILLE

The No. 18 Fighting Irish clinched the No. 5 seed in the upcoming ACC Championship with a comeback 15-14 road win at Louisville on Saturday afternoon to close the regular season.

Kasey Choma turned in one of the best performances of her career to lead the Irish attack, matching her season high in goals with five. Maddie Howe also recorded a hat trick with three goals, including the winner late in the fourth quarter.

Bridget Deehan was masterful in net, making 16 saves to spark the Irish.

Notre Dame will host No. 4 Duke in the ACC Championship quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29 at Arlotta Stadium. All games of the ACC Championship will air on ACCN.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish jumped out to an early 2-1 lead off two goals from Choma with just under seven minutes left in the first frame. The hosts responded with a six-goal run to take a 7-2 lead after the opening minute of the second quarter.

The two sides traded goals over the next seven minutes of action, with the score moving to 9-4 but then Notre Dame finished the opening half strong. The Irish duo of Choma and Howe each scored twice in the last seven minutes to spur a 4-1 run that trimmed the Cardinals’ lead to 10-8 at the halftime break.

Louisville scored two of the first three goals of the third stanza to push its lead to 12-9 with 11:30 left in the quarter. The Irish roared back by pouring in four straight goals to take its first lead since early in the game at 13-12. Madison Mote scored the go-ahead goal, sprinting from midfield to the front of the crease before finishing for her first of the day.

The fourth quarter was heavily contested, with Louisville evening the score just over five minutes into the final frame at 13-13 before Choma scored on a perfectly executed cut off the feed from Ahern just 40 seconds later.

The Cardinals refused to go away, once again tying the game at 14-14 with 7:47 left.

However, the Irish would not be denied, as a Deehan save and outlet led to a Notre Dame transition opportunity. Howe was found on the end of the fastbreak and the attacker made no mistake with the finish, which ended up being the game-winning score, to give the Irish a 15-14 lead. Notre Dame’s defense held strong for the final two minutes to deliver the Irish the big road victory.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will host No. 4 Duke in the ACC Championship quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 29 at Arlotta Stadium. All games of the ACC Championship will air on ACCN.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: EVANSVILLE POWERS PAST SYCAMORES ON SATURDAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Sycamores were unable to get the bats going on Saturday afternoon as Indiana State fell to visiting Evansville in the second game of the weekend series at Bob Warn Field, 14-0.

Jordan Schaffer and Joe Kido both doubled for Indiana State (21-10, 6-2 MVC) in the contest, but the Sycamores were unable to string together a rally against Evansville (20-17, 5-3) starter Nick Smith (5-2) in the seven-inning loss.

Luke Patzner (2-1) took the loss for the Sycamores after going the first 5.0 innings. The redshirt sophomore allowed seven runs on seven hits while striking out five in the start. Cam Edmonson, Raine Richter, and Lane Miller went the rest of the way to close out the contest.

Smith went the distance on the mound for the Purple Aces as the sophomore right-hander allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out seven in the complete game effort. He was aided by four Evansville home runs, two by Brent Widder, in the win.

Widder’s five RBI paced Evansville in the win, while Simon Scherry and Brendan Hord homered as a part a 10-hit Aces offensive effort on the day. Hord finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored to highlight the win.

How They Scored

Evansville took the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Brent Widder’s two-run shot down the left field line scoring Mark Shallenberger.

Simon Scherry added to the lead with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to put Evansville up 3-0.

A four-run fifth inning gave the Aces the 7-0 lead with Evan Berkey’s two-run double and Scherry’s two-run single highlighting the frame.

Five runs came across the plate for Evansville in the top of the sixth with Widder’s three-run shot the big hit in the frame to give UE the 12-0 lead.

Brendan Hord capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh scoring Chase Hug to put the final line at 14-0.

News & Notes

The Sycamores continued their doubles streak marking 19th consecutive games with at least one player connecting on a double and 10th consecutive game with multiple doubles after Jordan Schaffer and Joe Kido both reached second base on a hit.

Josue Urdaneta kept his on-base streak alive with a walk drawn in the bottom of the first inning to put him on the paths in nine consecutive contests.

Kido’s double to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning marked his second double of the season and first since February 26 against Minnesota.

Luke Patzner tied his season high with seven strikeouts in the loss, equaling his previous mark set back on March 15 against SEMO.

Cam Edmonson made his first appearance of the 2022 season on the mound.

Raine Richter was back on the mound for the first time since March 10 against Wright State in his fourth appearance of the season.

Up Next

Indiana State and Evansville are back on the field tomorrow afternoon with first pitch in Sunday’s series finale set for noon. The contest will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: MASTODON SOFTBALL FALLS IN DOUBLEHEADER AT ROBERT MORRIS

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Mastodon softball team dropped both ends of a Horizon League softball doubleheader on Saturday (April 23) afternoon.

GAME 1 | Robert Morris 7, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

The Mastodons were trailing 3-0 in the third inning when the ‘Dons made it a 3-1 game. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Emma McMillan, scoring junior Thais Uyema from second base. The Mastodons were unable to get any closer, as Robert Morris added four runs to their tally on the way to a 7-1 final.

Sonia Solis went 1-for-2 with a double for the ‘Dons in game one.

Shaina Eyre (3-12) took the loss. Alyson Quinlan came out of the bullpen to throw 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing no hits, with no walks and one strikeout.

GAME NOTES

» The Mastodons drew four walks.

» Robert Morris was led offensively by Erika Bell, who went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs knocked in.

» Rachael Rhinehart is now 8-4 after throwing 6.0 innings for RMU.

GAME 2 | Robert Morris 4, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

Jadelyn Johnson (1-5) took the loss for the ‘Dons. She allowed a pair of runs in 4.0 innings. Alyson Quinlan threw a scoreless inning out of the pen.

At the plate, the Mastodons were led by senior Alise Hale, who went 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI double in the first. Taryn Jenkins also had a double.

The ‘Dons held a 1-0 lead until the fifth when RMU scored four times.

GAME NOTES

» Robert Morris was led by Avery Winchell, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

» Jane Garver threw a complete game for the Colonials. She is 4-2.

» Robert Morris improves to 25-13 (14-3). The Mastodons fall to 7-34 (6-14).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons travel to Dayton on Wednesday (April 27).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE GOLF: MASTODON GOLF TEAMS TURN FOCUS TO HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf teams will seek their first Horizon League Championships next week, as they travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida for three rounds.

Event: Horizon League Championship
Host: Horizon League
When: April 24-26, 18 holes each day
Where: Mission Inn Resort | Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
Courses: Men – El Campeon | Women – Las Colinas
Par: 72
Men’s Yardage: 6765 yards
Women’s Yardage: 6051 yards
Format: Play five, take four
Live Results: Men | Women

Competing Teams (in order of seeding)
Men: Oakland, Wright State, Cleveland State, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Robert Morris, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Green Bay, Detroit Mercy
Women: Youngstown State, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Oakland, Detroit Mercy, Purdue Fort Wayne, UIC, Northern Kentucky

El Campeon
Surrounded by an abundance of natural Florida beauty, the El Campeón 18-hole championship course was designed by Chicago-based course architect, George O’Neil and built in 1917 – with further enhancements in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke of Troon, Scotland. El Campeón is one of the South’s oldest golf courses and blends unusual Central Florida elevation changes of more than 85 feet with features of traditional golf design, including spectacular rolling fairways and undulating greens. The course’s signature hole is the par 5, 17th hole – which features a long double dogleg that has more obstacles than some entire courses!

Las Colinas
Designed by Gary Koch and built in 1992, Las Colinas (Spanish for “the hills”) is an 18-hole championship course that offers quite a different challenge from El Campeón. It is an inland links design with generous, wide-open fairways, gentle rolling hills and large, undulating greens. Play a Top power ranked U.S. course on GolfAdvisor – Las Colinas (#3) – April 2017. Las Colinas was nominated as “Best New Resort Course” by Golf Digest in 1992, named “Best Places to Play – 4 stars” by Golf Digest, and has received “Top Fairways” recognition by Golf for Women. Its signature hole is “Alligator Alley”, the par 5, 12th hole that spans 493 yards along a tree-lined fairway and requires absolute accuracy from tee-to-green.

Mastodon Lineups
Men: Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green Hunter Mefford, Brett Seward, Burke Pitz. Reece Compton is alternate.
Women: Anna Olafsdottir, Arny Dagsdottir, Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Casey Bunner. Luiza Caetano is alternate.

We Don’t Talk About Kasey … JK We Do
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. He also has seven top-10’s, four top-5’s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.68 (2019-22)
Career Winning Percentage: .797 (2019-22)
Season Scoring Average: 71.7 (2021-22)
Season Winning Percentage: .858 (2020-21)
18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)
36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)
54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)

I Wanna Be The Very Best
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has the best four-player average in program history this season by a significant margin. The Mastodons are averaging 293.6 shots per round, topping the previous best from 2011-12 by more than five shots per round.

Double POTW
Kasey Lilly has been named the Horizon League Golfer of the Week twice this season.

The Two Best
Kasey Lilly (71.7) and Tyler Green (73.2) own two of the three best season averages in program history in the 2021-22 season. The second-place spot is also held by Lilly from last season.

Benbow Blessings
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s squad won the Benbow Invitational on March 8, getting an individual win from Kasey Lilly as well. Lilly shot a 72-68-140, leading the team to a 293-282-575. It was the seventh individual trophy that a Mastodon has won in program history, and the Mastodons’ fourth team championship.

One in a Brazilian
Laura Caetano a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 78.89, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano’s season-best of 74 came in the last tournament of the fall season at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Icy Cold
Anna Olafsdottir ranks just behind Caetano in the program’s history. The sophomore from Iceland is averaging 79.36 strokes per round. She has two top-10 finishes in her career, the most recent of which coming at the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022.

On a Roll! The Honor Roll!
Five Mastodon women’s golfers were selected to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll: Kennedy Brooker, Laura Caetano, Luiza Caetano, Arny Dagsdottir and Anna Olafsdottir. Members of the honor roll must complete at least three semesters at the member institution with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20.

On a Roll! The Honor Roll! Again!
Seven Mastodon men’s golfers were also named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll: Reece Compton, Jacob Deakyne, Kasey Lilly, Hunter Mefford, Luke Miller, Jadden Ousley and Burke Pitz.

Last Time Out
Men: Kasey Lilly was the runner-up at Northern Kentucky’s The Jewell with a 141.

Women: The Mastodons took 10th at the Jan Weaver Invitational behind a 33rd-place finish from Arny Dagsdottir.

IUPUI SOFTBALL: JAGS SPLIT SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER WITH NORSE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team split the Saturday doubleheader with Northern Kentucky losing the first game, 4-1 then rallying to win game two, 6-4. Maicey Bedrick launched her fourth homer of the season in game two.

In game one, the Jags were defeated by the Norse, 4-1. NKU scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning on three hits to take the early 2-0 lead. They doubled that in the top of the sixth frame with a two-run homer from Kaylee McGinn to extend their lead to 4-0.

IUPUI attempted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth scoring one run. Rachael Gregory led off the inning with a single up the middle then later scored on a throwing error by the third baseman to cut the lead to three. The Jags were unable to plate another run and fell 4-1.

Gregory went 2-for-3 while Jaida Speth recorded the third hit for the Jags. Isabelle Waggner (L, 3-5) took her fifth loss of the season giving up four runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

In game two, NKU jumped out to a four-run lead after scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the fourth inning.

IUPUI rallied in the bottom half of the frame to cut the lead to one at 4-3. Bedrick led the inning off with a solo home run over the center field wall. Ashley Shelton reached on a fielding error by the Norse shortstop then advanced to second after a single by Jaida Speth. Hailey Pop singled to left field to load the bases. Shelton then scored on a pass ball by the catcher followed by a groundout by Jaylin Calvert to score Speth.

The Jags scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth frame to take the lead, 6-4. Morgan Gilbert reached after a drop third strike and advanced to third on a single by Bedrick. Gilbert scored on a throwing error by NKU’s catcher on a fielder’s choice from Jordan Barnes. Bedrick scored on a wild pitch and Kasie Keyes, who entered the game as a pinch runner for Barnes, scored on a single by Jaida Speth to extend their lead to 6-4.

The Norse threatened in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third with one out but Madison Bryant (W, 5-18) shut down NKU’s offense with a strikeout and groundout to end the game, 6-4.

Bedrick went 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs. Jaida Speth went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run while Gregory went 2-for-4 with a double. Bryant picked up her fifth win of the season allowing four runs (all unearned) on seven hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.

The Jags will be back in action when they travel across Indy to face the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday (April 26) at 4:00 PM.

U OF I SOFTBALL: HOUNDS EARN SWEEP ON SENIOR DAY, IANNANTONE SETS RBI RECORD

INDIANAPOLIS—The third-ranked UIndy softball team celebrated Senior Day with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Missouri S&T Saturday, downing the Miners 4-0 and 9-1. Seven seniors were honored before the games, while later in game two, Gianni Iannantone broke the program’s career RBI mark.

Iannantone was joined by Hanna Burris, Haylie Foster, Kamrie Foster, Sydnie Foster, Amy Kaniewski and Audrey Sizemore as the pregame honorees. With a combination of four- and five-year seniors, the group has (so far) helped the Hounds to three NCAA Tournament appearances, two GLVC regular season crown and one GLVC Tournament championship.

GAME 1 | UIndy 4, S&T 0

Iannantone got the Greyhounds on the board early, as her first-inning, three-run bomb to straight-away center put UIndy in front.

Sophomore ace Kenzee Smith took care of the rest, authoring her ninth shutout of the year. She moved to 20-3 on the season, striking out 10 and walking only one.

UIndy’s final run came in the bottom of the fifth; Dominique Proctor roped a one-out double and came around two batters later on a Lexy Rees single.

Burris added a pair of singles, while S. Foster had a base hit and a stolen base.

GAME 2 | UIndy 9, S&T 1 (6 innings)

Iannantone made history in the bottom of the first. Her clean single to center not only scored Proctor with the game’s first run but also gave her career RBI No. 193, surpassing the mark of previous UIndy record holder Taylor Russell (2012-15).

The Miners managed to get that run back with a solo homer in the very next inning. The game remained knocked at 1-1 until UIndy hung a four-spot on the board in both the fifth and sixth frames to pull away and ultimately run-rule its guest.

Game-two starter Haylie Foster got the complete-game win, spinning six innings of one-hit ball while striking out five. She has now allowed just one hit in her last 13 innings in the circle.g

Rees racked up three RBIs in the final two frames, including a two-run double in the fifth. Proctor drove in two with a sixth-inning single.

Each of hte Hounds’ first four batters finished with at least two hits. Jocelyn Calvin came off the bench to earn a walk, two steals and a run scored, while Piper Belden chipped in a pinch-hit single and a run in the sixth.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds host the Drury Panthers Sunday. First pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for noon ET.

U OF I MEN’S LAX: HOUNDS TRIUMPHANT IN TOP 10 BATTLE

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 7 UIndy men’s lacrosse team posted a statement win on Saturday, downing No. 6 Mercyhurst at Key Stadium by a score of 11-8.  The Lakers entered the game with the best offense in Division II, averaging 18.73 goals per game, but the Hounds held them to their fewest goals in a game this season.

The win moves the Hounds to 13-1 on the year with their third win over a nationally-ranked team.

HOME SWEET KEY

The victory extends UIndy’s home win streak 28 games, the longest active home win streak in all three divisions of NCAA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Lakers struck first on a man up goal but three straight goals from the Hounds gave them a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.  Patrick O’Hara and Brian Robb scored 75 seconds apart while Jake Zickel added one at the 2:35 mark.

The second quarter saw the Lakers outscore the Hounds 2-1 to give UIndy a one-goal lead at the break.  Ben Foster netted UIndy’s lone goal of the second frame.

The second half started with a Laker goal to tie the game at four before Drew Billig netted his first of the game to break the tie.  Merychurst scored a pair of goal four minutes apart to take a 6-5 lead midway through the third quarter.

UIndy erupted for three goals in in less than two minutes to regain the two-goal lead.  Patrick O’Hara started things off scoring from midfield after the Lakers’ goalie stepped out of the net.  Wyatt Auyer and Foster added a pair just over 30 seconds apart to put UIndy ahead 8-6.

Mercyhurst netted the final goal of the third and the first goal of the fourth to even the score once again at eight.  Billig netted the game winner with just over six minutes remaining before adding a pair of insurance goals in the final 90 seconds.

Billig finished with a team-high five points off of four goals and one assist.  Zickel, Auyer, Foster and O’Hara each recorded two points.  Kyle Basch led the defensive charge with three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Austin Barnett played the full 60 minutes in net, making 10 saves in his 13th win of the season. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Mercyhurst committed 20 turnovers to UIndy’s 11.

– Despite six UIndy’s penalties, a strong defensive effort held the Lakers 1-for-6 on extra man opportunities.

UP NEXT

The Hounds have the Great Lakes Valley Conference on deck with the semifinals on Friday and the championship slated for Sunday as they earned hosting rights for this year’s tournament.  With a three-way tie with UIndy, Lindenwood and Rockhurst all at 5-1 in GLVC play, the tiebreaker went to the Hounds based on score differential.  UIndy will face fourth-seed Maryville on Friday with the start time to be determined.

MARIAN MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD BREAK TWO RECORDS IN LITTLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

Marion, Ind. – The Marian men’s track and field team completed a program first on Saturday, winning the Little State Championships hosted by Indiana Wesleyan. Marian won the event with a team score of 164, dominating Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor by more than 60 points as both Crossroads League rivals finished second and third. The Knights broke two records in their weekend win, and hit a pair of new NAIA Standards on Saturday.

In the 100m, the Knights score points from three different athletes as Olivier Lifrange finished third in 10.67 seconds, while Matthew Hamer took fourth with a 10.68 second time. Myles Sisco finished eighth in the 100m, hitting the line in 10.87 seconds. Lifrange later finished fourth in the 200m with a 21.72 second effort, and Matthew Riehle set a personal best time winning the 400m in 48.54 seconds. Sebastian Buckeridge also scored in the 400m, running a 49.80 second race.

The Knights scored twice in the 800m as Kyle Liwanag took sixth in 1:54.23, while Drew Thornton finished seventh in 1:54.28. Owen Pittman finished 16th in the 800m, clocking a 1:57.36 time. Joe Barrett finished fourth in the 1500m running the race in 4:00.50, while also finishing seventh in the 5000m clocking a 15:35.38. Marian’s Sam Stage finished just outside the top-eight in the 5000m, placing ninth with a 15:42.81 time.

Marian had three of the top-nine runners in the 110m hurdles scoring from two, as Brayden Bender finished fifth with a 15.19 second time, while Sam Barnett finished seventh in 15.48 seconds. Nicholas Mitchell took home ninth in 15.76 seconds. Barnett later finished second in the 400m hurdles clocking a 55.13 time, setting the No. 2 time all-time at Marian. Nick Frank finished Marian’s hurdling efforts with a sixth place steeplechase finish, running a 10:02.70 time to clock a new personal best.

The 4x100m relay team of Hamer, Sisco, Nic Novotny, and Lifrange won hitting the NAIA ‘B’ standard, clocking a team time of 41.65 seconds. In the 4x400m relay, Marian’s team of Lifrange, Thornton, Buckeridge, and Riehle got the win taking the race in a 3:19.15 time.

In Saturday’s field events Matthew Jenkins finished fourth clearing 2.00m in the high jump, while teammate Zarrien Johnson-Bey finished seventh clearing 1.85m. Colton Ritz finished seventh in the pole vault as he cleared 4.45m, while teammate Bryce Carmack was not as successful, as he received a no-height after missing his three entry attempts at 4.80m. The jumps were finished by Chase Maxey’s 6.83m fourth place finish in the long jump, with Bender taking eighth hitting 6.49m.

The records fell in the throwing events, as Christian Rios scored the win in the discus as he broke the school record by three meters with his 53.96m throw. Rios’ efforts hit the NAIA ‘A’ standard, joining his teammate Isaiah Tipping who also hit the ‘A’ mark with his personal best 52.87m throw. Tipping took second in the discus, with Devin Humes behind placing fifth as he hit 48.19m, setting a personal best hitting the ‘B’ standard. Jacob Netral also scored in the discus, hitting 47.16m in a sixth place finish.

Rounding out the weekend was the hammer throw, as Tipping broke his own school record with an ‘A’ standard mark of 56.79m. Humes finished sixth in the hammer with his best throw going 50.17m, and Netral finished 13th.

Marian is next scheduled to compete in the Crossroads League Championships, hosted by Bethel University at Notre Dame on May 5 and 6.

MARIAN BASEBALL: BORDENET’S WALK-OFF GIVES MARIAN SERIES VICTORY OVER ST. FRANCIS ON SENIOR DAY

INDIANAPOLIS – After seeing their game-one lead fall, the Marian baseball team rallied to win 11-10 on AJ Bordenet’s walk-off single over St. Francis to win the series, while the Cougars later took game four of the weekend 13-8. Marian moves to 24-22 overall this year, and 16-16 in league play ending the weekend tied for fifth in the Crossroads League standings.

Game 1 | Marian 11-10 St. Francis

The Cougars drew blood first in the opening game of the afternoon, turning a lead-off Damien Wallace walk into a run on a sacrifice fly. Marian immediatley got the run back in the bottom of the inning as Jackson Hogg slammed a double to right-center, and after Matteo Porcellato was intentionally walked, Dion Wintjes followed with a single to load the bases. JJ Rivera got the runs back on a two-RBI double, putting Marian in front 2-1.

Wallace settled in and threw a perfect second inning, and in the home half a Kameron Salazar double and two walks loaded the bases, with the freshman outfielder scoing on a wild pitch. St. Francis would get a run to match Marian in the top of the third as Wallace gave up a two-out RBI double, but in the home half Trey Heidlage scored on a Salazar single after tripling to center with two outs. After three innings, Marian held a 4-2 lead.

The game stayed scoreless over the next two innings as Wallace attacked the Cougars batters, tossing back to back perfect innings. After Wallace’s scoreless sixth inning the Marian bats came back to life, with Hogg ripping a double down the line. St. Francis intentionally walked Porcellato again after the double, and following a pitching change Wintjes made it hurt hammering a double into right field. Rivera followed with a powerful home run to right field, driving the lead to 8-2 after six complete innings.

St. Francis hung in the game and picked up a run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh, ending Wallace’s day. Jake Marin came on and got Marian out of the jam with a strikeout to keep the lead at five runs, but the southpaw didn’t experience the same success giving up a home run and two singles before his outing ended. Jared Berger was unable to find succes either in his short relief appearance, and Taylor Soper was called on early getting two strikeouts to help close the inning. St. Francis would manufacture another run in the top of the ninth, taking a 10-8 lead scoring seven in the final two innings.

Never backing down, the Knights put their rally hats on in the bottom of the ninth as the Cougars sent their closer Kaden Sullivan to the mound. Salazar began in the inning with a first-pitch single, and Kato walked on four pitches. Salazar was out at third as Hogg reached on a fielder’s choice, but the Cougars made a mistake pitching around Porcellato as he walked to load the bases. With speedy pinch runners on in Tyler Hargrove and Caden Mason, the Knights looked to tie on a single to center from Wintjes, but Mason was thrown out after Hargrove scored.

Down to the last out, Rivera kept Marian going tying the game on a single to center field, setting up AJ Bordenet. The freshman faced his final strike with the game tied, and delivered with a walk-off single to left, scoring Jonathan LaGuire to win the game 11-10. Bordenet’s hit was his lone of the game, winning it for Marian with the RBI single. Salazar had four hits in the win, and Wintjes and Rivera each had three while Porcellato walked five times. Soper got the win throwing the final two innings, striking out three. Wallace faced a no-decision in 6.2 innings.

Game 2 | St. Francis 13-8 Marian

In the second act Marian got on the board first, picking up an RBI hit from Rivera and an RBI groundout from Bordenet in the bottom of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Davis Enfield kept the act going as he threw a perfect second inning, but the righty was challenged in the third as he gave up four singles resutling in three runs, allowing the visitors to take a 3-2 lead. Marian attempted to draw back to a tie in the home half as Porcellato doubled to lead-off the inning, but was held at third as a pop out ended the frame.

Enfield struck out the side in the fourth holding the score at 3-2, but his luck ran out in the fifth inning as he walked the lead-off batter, leading to a double one pitch later. An RBI single ended Enfield’s day, and the Cougars kept attacking as Dylan Sprong and Mitchell Porter gave up nine runs over the next two outs. A Daniel Brenneman strikeout ended the inning, as Marian found themselves in a 13-2 hole. Marian clawed back in the home half with four runs, getting one back on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Salazar and a three on a double from Hironori Kato. Marian trailed 13-6 after five.

Brenneman pitched well for Marian in the top of the sixth and in the home half Marian got two more back getting a lead-off single from John Bromberek, who came in to score on a Brodie Rinehold single. Bryce Davenport added a run on an RBI sacrifice fly bringing Marian within five. The score would stick at 13-8 as Marian was unable to add to their total, falling in the series finale.

The Knights had 10 hits in the game, with 10 different players each recording one. Kato’s double drove in a team-best three runs, and Salazar enjoyed a 1-2 game with two walks. Enfield took the loss on the mound responsible for six runs, and Sprong was charged with six runs. Brenneman and Jaxon Meyer combined for 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball.

Marian will finish the regular season on the road, traveling to Indiana Wesleyan on Friday to begin their final series before the conference tournament.

MARIAN SOFTBALL: STOTTS SETS SINGLE SEASON HOME RUN RECORD AS KNIGHTS SWEEP TROJANS

Upland, Ind. – The power of Shelbie Stotts continues to be unmatched, as Marian’s senior outfielder picked up two home runs in the second act of the Marian softball team’s sweep of Taylor to break the single season record. The Knights’ two wins over Taylor gives Marian a season series win, as the overall record improves to 34-7 and 24-6 in league play.

Game 1 | Marian 6-3 Taylor

Taylor jumped on the Knights first in the opening game of the day, manufacturing a run in the first inning after they held two Marian base runners at bay. The Knights matched the run in the top of the second as Grace Meyer led off with a double, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Abbi Wirey. The flyout drew the game level, and in the top of the third Marian took their first lead of the day scoring a pair of unearned runs, going up 3-1.

The Trojans matched Marian with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning, as an error aided the home team to bring the score to 3-3. Sydney Wilson replaced Olivia Stunkel in the fourth inning and had a strong opening inning, completing a scoreless fourth with a three-up, three-down frame.

Marian’s offense took care of Taylor in the last three innings, taking the lead in the fifth on a solo home run from Hayley Greene. Greene contributed to the run totals again in the sixth as two runs scored on a Taylor error, pushing Marian’s lead to 6-3. Wilson finished the game getting out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh, stranding three runners on base as the senior forced Maddi Evans to pop out to short stop.

Wilson got the win in relief, coming out of the bullpen to throw four innings of three-hit softball. Stunkel got a no-decision, throwing three innings and allowing three runs. At the plate Savannah Harweger led Marian with a three-hit game, while Jenna Minnix and Shelbie Stotts each had two hits.

Game 2 | Marian 9-1 Taylor | 6 Innings

Marian jumped on the Trojans early in game two as they aimed for a sweep, getting a lead-off bunt single from Harweger, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice. Stotts became Marian’s lone runner as she hit into a fielder’s choice, but a Sierra Norman single kept hte inning alive, and with two outs Hayley Greene smacked an RBI single to plate the first run.

The Knights put a dent in the board in the second inning, chalking up five runs to take a 6-0 lead. Caroline Roop’s single led off the inning, later scoring as Caitlyn Phillips reached on an RBI fielder’s choice. Jenna Minnix plated two more runs with a two-RBI double, and Shelbie Stotts put the finishing touch on the inning with her single-season record-tying 16th home run, scoring two more to take a 6-0 lead.

Sydney Wilson returned to throw in game two and had a strong start scattering three hits in the first two innings, getting a perfect third featuring three groundouts. The senior stayed sharp in the fourth stranding a pair of runners, and in the fifth gave up a run over three hits as fatigue set in, but got out of the frame with a flyout. In the sixth Marian’s bats put the game away, as Harweger and Minnix reached to set up Stotts, who hammered a no-doubter over the fence as her second home run gave the Knights a 9-1 lead.

Stotts’ home run was the 17th of her brilliant season, breaking the Marian single season record set by Emily Gwaltney ’11 (16) in 2011.

Emma Maple cleaned up the run-rule win in the bottom of the sixth, stranding a trifecta of Taylor base hits as she ended the game striking out Maddi Evans. Wilson earned her second win of the day going five innings, allowing eight hits and one run while striking out two batters.

Stotts stole the show with a 3-4 day, going yard twice in the same for game the second time this week. Stotts had five RBI in the win, and Minnix had two as she doubled in her 2-4 day. Harweger also had three hits, with Greene recording two.

Marian will go back on the road on Tuesday afternoon traveling to St. Francis for a 3 p.m.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: BASEBALL SWEEPS ROSE, RETAKES CONFERENCE LEAD

RICHMOND – With a sweep of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Sadler Stadium on Saturday, the Earlham College baseball team regained its place atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings in dominant fashion.

The Quakers improved to 20-8 (9-3 HCAC) while the Engineers fell to 18-9 (9-5 HCAC).

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 8   ROSE-HULMAN 6

Justin Dillhoff tossed seven complete innings with six strikeouts and surrendered two earned runs on five hits. Jacob Renner earned a save with 1.1 innings pitched and one strikeout.

Andrew Bradley added to his already impressive season with five hits, four RBI, a home run, and a double in game one. Cameron McCabe tallied two RBI and a sacrifice hit on the afternoon.

McCabe’s sac fly put the Quakers on top in the bottom of the first inning. Things got better in the bottom of the third when the Engineers walked two runs in for the home squad.

The Quakers scored another run from a walk in the bottom of the sixth inning before Bradley cleared the bases with a grand slam to left-center field.

With the Quakers leading 8-0, Rose-Hulman scored on a groundout in the top of the seventh inning. A grand slam in the top of the eighth before Renner pitched a clean ninth inning.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 11   ROSE-HULMAN 2

Aidan Talarek threw six innings with two earned runs on eight hits. The senior recorded four strikeouts on the afternoon.

Nathan Lancianese scored three hits in game two, including a solo homer to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Quakers took the lead off of an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning, and scored a second run with a walk later in the inning.

The Engineers fought back with a run in the top of the fourth inning, but left another stranded on base.

A double from Nathan Lancianese in the bottom of the sixth brought Zach Swearingen home for the score to put EC ahead 3-1.

A three-RBI double from Michael Medley in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Quakers an 8-2 lead before Earlham added three more to the tally in the eighth.

Earlham will host Trine on Wednesday for its final non-conference matchup of the season in Sadler Stadium at 6 pm. Senior Day will follow on Saturday against Anderson in Sadler Stadium.

RHIT BASEBALL FALLS DESPITE SINGLE-SEASON HR RECORD

RICHMOND, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Josh Mesenbrink blasted a grand slam to become the Fightin’ Engineers single-season school record holder for home runs, but the Fightin’ Engineers could not overcome Earlham College in 8-6 and 11-2 losses on Saturday.

Mesenbrink made game one much closer with an eighth-inning grand slam for his single-season school record 12th home run of the year.  Mesenbrink snapped the record of 11 previously helped by Keenan Long (2009) and Tim Braun (2006).

Kade Kline also had two hits and scored twice in the opener.  Ian Kline had three strikeouts, and Paul Durell and Jonathan Oliger had two each for the Fightin’ Engineer bullpen.

In the nightcap, Brett Tuttle had three hits to lead an 11-hit attack, but Earlham relied on three hits and a home run from Nathan Lancianese to pick up the victory.

Tuttle was 3-for-5 with one run scored and two stolen bases.  Colter Couillard-Rodak and Harrison Finch added two hits each.

Brett Borcherding had seven of the 12 Fightin’ Engineer strikeouts to lead the pitching effort.

Rose-Hulman had its eight-game winning streak snapped, but the Fightin’ Engineers still remain in contention at the top of the HCAC with an 18-9 record and a 9-5 mark in league play.  Earlham improved to 20-8 and 9-3 in league games.

Rose-Hulman completes a three-game weekend slate with a 1 pm non-conference road contest at Wilmington College on Sunday.

RHIT Softball Falls to Transy; Sunday Games Canceled

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology pushed Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference co-leader Transylvania University in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, before falling 7-1 and 9-3 at the Engineer Softball Field.

In the opener, Nicole Lang led the Rose-Hulman offense with a solo home run.  Ariel Thomasson added a single and struck out seven in a complete game in the pitching circle.

In game two, Rose-Hulman led Transylvania 3-1 after three innings before the Pioneer offense secured the victory.

MaKenzie Morgan led the Fightin’ Engineers with a double, a triple and two runs scored in game two.  Thomasson also had a single and an RBI, with Ashley Pinkham providing the Fightin’ Engineers other RBI.

Sunday’s home game with Spalding has been canceled due to projected rain, so Rose-Hulman (13-13) returns home to face Hanover on Monday in a 5:30 pm doubleheader.

RHIT Men’s Tennis – Rose-Hulman 8, Anderson 1

ANDERSON, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 4-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis action with an 8-1 win at Anderson University on Saturday afternoon.

The Fightin’ Engineers have now won 55 of their last 56 matches against HCAC competition and moved within one win of clinching the outright regular season league championship.

The doubles teams of Joshua Giambattista and Owen Reynolds at No. 1; Grant Paradowski and Mark Slaninka at No. 2; and Rhian Seneviratne and Arudrra Krishnan at No. 3 started off the match with victories to give the Engineers a 3-0 match advantage.

In singles action, Giambattista, Reynolds, Paradowski and Seneviratne each won in straight sets as part of the win.  Slaninka won in a third set tiebreaker to complete the 8-1 match victory.

Rose-Hulman stands 8-8 and 4-0 in league matches, while Anderson has a 14-4 record and is 2-2 in conference play.  The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Franklin College for the HCAC regular season finale on Sunday at 11 am.

ANDERSON SOFTBALL: SOFTBALL: RAVENS FIGHT TO SPLIT WITH ST. MARY’S

The Anderson University Ravens (6-22) split in a doubleheader with St. Mary’s College (Ind.) (9-14) on Friday at the Raven Softball Field.

Anderson took Game 1 4-2 and fell in Game 2 9-5 in eight innings.

Game 1: Anderson 4, St. Mary’s 2

In Game 1, the Ravens got another winning performance from sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Hawkins (3-2). Hawkins went seven innings, allowing only four hits and two earned runs.

The scoring started in the bottom of the second inning. With one out, Kyleigh Lowry doubled down the left field line to put a runner in scoring position. Two batters later, the Ravens pitcher, Hawkins singled up the middle to score Lowry and give the Ravens a 1-0 lead after the first two innings.

St. Mary’s would answer in the top of the third though, scoring two runs and giving them a 2-1 lead going into the bottom half of the inning.

The first two batters of the bottom of the third got out for the Ravens. Ashley Wheeler started the two-out rally for the Ravens with a single through the right side of the infield. Alysa Marcin then reached on a throwing error that would advance Wheeler to third, Marcin also advanced to second on the error. Molly Buck would single up the middle to score Wheeler and advance Marcin to third. The next batter, Lowry, would add another hit to her total early in the game with an RBI single that scored Marcin and that gave the Ravens a 3-2 lead after the third.

Neither team scored again until the sixth when the Ravens added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth off of an infield single from junior outfielder Brianna Bell that scored Lowry.

The Ravens went into the top of the seventh up 4-2 and good defense mixed with great pitching helped them secure the Game 1 victory.

Inside the Box Score

Taylor Johnson – 2-4

Ashley Wheeler – 1-3, 1 Run

Kyleigh Lowry – 3-3, Double, 2 Runs, RBI

Molly Buck – 2-3, RBI

Kaitlyn Hawkins – 7.0 IP, 3 K’s, 2 ER, 1-2, RBI

Game 2: St. Mary’s 9, Anderson 5

St. Mary’s was able to start the game with a run in the first inning after getting a couple runners on base.

In the bottom half of the first, the Ravens’ hot bats from Game 1 continued into the start of Game 2. Taylor Johnson walked to lead off the inning and was moved to second by a sacrifice bunt from Ariel Lee. With two outs in the inning, Marcin singled into right field that scored Johnson. One batter later, the Game 2 starting pitcher for the Ravens, Buck, sent a deep home run out to right field that scored Marcin on the play and put the Ravens up 3-1 after the first inning.

St. Mary’s was able to score one run in both the second and third inning to tie the game up 3-3.

Neither team was able to score again until the top of the sixth when St. Marys was able to score two runs off of a home run from Grace Renschen.

Going into the bottom of the sixth inning down 5-3 the Ravens needed life. A pinch hitter, Paige Wickard, came in for Lee and sparked the Raven offense with a leadoff double. She was subbed back out of the game for Lee. With one out in the inning, Marcin would add another hit to her line, singling Lee to third. A sacrifice fly from Molly Buck helped score a run for the Ravens. The inning ended with the Ravens down 5-4.

After a flawless top of the seventh from the Ravens on defense, they were down by one run and down to their last three outs. Lowry would lead off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Rylee Morris would move the tying run to second with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter, Kylie Sloan, singled up the middle that advanced Lowry to third. Lowry would score on the play due to an error made by the Belles’ center fielder tying the game at 5-5.

St. Mary’s would start the extra inning off with a two-run, four-bag error from the Ravens on defense and then followed it up with a two-run home run from McKenna Myers making it a 9-5 lead.

The Ravens were unable to answer in the eighth inning and the game ended, 9-5.

Inside the Box Score

Paige Wickard – 1-1, Double

Molly Buck – 7.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 1-2, HR, 3 RBI, Run

Kylie Sloan – 2-3

Alysa Marcin – 2-4, RBI, Run

Head Coach Tony Holloway’s Comments

“I thought this was the first time all year that we played for 14 innings. Not counting that extra inning, I thought we played and competed the entire time. We got behind, came back and knotted it up, kept the lead and added an insurance run in that first game. We did everything we needed to do to win. We got a really good pitching performance from Kaitlyn Hawkins and it kind of carried over into the next game. In the second game, we got behind again and we chipped away at it. We tied it up with a big pinch hit off the bench from Paige Wickard and moved her around to score. Bottom line is for 14 innings, we competed and did everything we needed to do and it’s the team I’ve been looking for all year.”

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU AND IWU CLOSE SERIES SPLIT TWO GAMES APIECE

UPLAND, Ind. – On a beautifully warm and sunny Saturday in Upland, the No. 24 Taylor University baseball team drew first blood against cross-county rival, Indiana Wesleyan (27-20, 20-12 CL), before the Wildcats scratched back to close the series at two wins apiece after game two.

The Taylor bats were loving the warm weather in game one, roping four extra-base hits, including two timely home runs to defeat IWU 11-1 in seven innings, enforcing the 10-run mercy rule.

Four different Trojans posted multiple RBI in the game-one routing of the Wildcats, highlighted by senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, whose sixth-inning grand slam gave him four for the game.

Conner Crawford, Ben Kalbaugh, and TJ Bass each added two RBI of their own, the last of whom now has a nation-leading 73 on the season thanks to his 18th home run of the campaign, which was hit in the third inning to make it a 3-0 game.

The great fun of game one was spread generously throughout the lineup, as nine different Trojans had the opportunity to cross home plate unscathed throughout the mercy-rule winner.

Though, starting pitcher, Kaleb Kolpien (3-1) perhaps had the most fun, as the Trojan run-support secured the third win of his freshman campaign. The first-year lefty was cool-calm-and-collected on the mound, as Kolpien allowed just one hit and one run through five innings of work, even while the Taylor offense was slow to get going.

Eight of the 11 Taylor runs were scored after Kolpien left the game, establishing a spacious cushion on which Trojan reliever, Matt Dutkowski, secured the win. Dutkowski completed the final two innings of the game, striking out three Wildcat batters and surrendering just one hit en route to TU’s 11-1 victory.

IWU put an end to the fun fairly quickly in game two, however, as the Wildcats scratched the game’s first nine runs into the scorebook, including three runs on two home runs in the first inning.

Six different Trojan pitchers were called upon to quiet the IWU bats, Luke Carlson and Michael Pinarski being the only two to prevent a Wildcat run.

Offensively, Taylor was slow to get rolling again in game two, posting just two hits before Pinarski put the first run on the board with a solo-shot in the fifth inning.

Taylor added three more runs in the sixth, thanks in large part to back-to-back home runs by Camden Knepp and Kalbaugh. The Trojan catcher finished the day with three hits and three runs-batted-in combined between the two games, yet the Trojan comeback-bid in game two fell short, ending in a 9-5 defeat.

No. 24 Taylor (32-16, 22-10 CL) is back in action next weekend, when the Trojans host Grace on Friday at 3:00 pm to kick off the last series of the season before the Crossroads League Tourney commences on Friday, May 6th.

SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL: EAGLES BATTERED BY FLYERS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana were battered by Lewis University and lost both ends of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI lost the opener, 10-9, and the nightcap, 10-6.

The Screaming Eagles go to 15-23 overall and 4-10 in the GLVC, while the Flyers are 13-20-1, 8-10 GLVC.  

Game One:

USI lost a heartbreaker in the opening game, falling 10-9 as Lewis walked it off with three runs in the bottom of the ninth. In a four hour contest, the Eagles and the Flyers combined for 30 hits and used 12 pitchers in the nine innings.

The Flyers had a control of the first four frames, building a 6-1 lead. The Eagles got their first run in the third when junior centerfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) knocked in junior third baseman Daniel Lopez (Dominican Republic) with an RBI-single.

USI got back in to the game in the final three frames, outscoring Lewis, 8-2, from the seventh to the top of the ninth. The Eagles put three on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh on RBI-singles by Kahre, junior catcher/leftfielder Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana), and senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) to deficit to 6-4.

Kahre, who finished the game four-for-six with five RBIs, struck again in the eighth on an RBI-single to cut the margin 6-5, before junior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) tied the score, 6-6, with an RBI-single up the middle. The Flyers, however, responded by retaking the lead, 7-6, with a tally in the bottom half of the eighth.

The Eagles rallied once again with three in the top of the ninth to get their first lead of the game, 9-7. Kahre led the charge with a two-run single through the right side for the final two USI tallies of the game and the lead.

The Flyers had the final say in the contest, scoring three times in the ninth to walk off the victory. Lewis scored three times on two hits and a pair of walks.

Game Two:

USI could not overcome missed opportunities and late errors in losing the nightcap, 10-6. 

The Eagles rallied twice in the first four frames to get to a 6-6 tie. The Flyers led with a five-run frame in the second before USI knotted the game for the first time with a five-run frame of its own in the top of the third.

USI junior first baseman Michael Conner (Moline, Illinois) highlighted the five-run third with a two run double before sophomore second baseman Alex Archuleta (Evansville, Indiana) tied the score, 5-5, with an RBI-single up the middle. The Eagles had three doubles in the rally.

After Lewis regained the lead, 6-5, in the bottom of the third, USI bounced back once again with senior shortstop Ethan Hunter scoring the tying run, 6-6, on a RBI-double by sophomore leftfielder Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky).

The game would remain knotted at 6-6 until the bottom of the sixth when the Flyers put the game into the win column with a four-run frame. Lewis scored the four runs on one hit and was aided by four USI throwing errors in the deciding inning.

USI missed opportunities throughout the game at the plate, stranding 15 runners on base in seven innings despite posting 13 hits.

Up Next for the Eagles:

The Eagles and the Flyers conclude the four-game slate Sunday with a noon doubleheader at the USI Baseball Field.

Following Sunday’s action, USI continues its nine-game homestand Tuesday when it hosts Kentucky Wesleyan College for a rematch of the last week’s game in Owensboro, Kentucky. The USI-KWC match-up also is Tri-State Hot Stove League Night at the USI Baseball Field.

USI finishes the homestand and the 2022 home schedule April 29-May 1 when it hosts Missouri University of Science & Technology for Alumni Weekend and Senior Day. The 2010 NCAA Division II national championship team will be recognized prior to the April 30 doubleheader. 

WABASH BASEBALL: EXTRA-INNING RALLY SECURES SERIES SPLIT AT OBERLIN

Wabash rallied for a three-run 10th inning at Oberlin to claim a 15-12 victory in the second game of Saturday’s North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader versus the Yeomen. The Little Giants’ ninth-inning rally in game one came up one run short in a 3-2 loss for a series split.

Wabash (17-12, 3-9 NCAC) held a commanding 12-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Saturday’s finale. But Oberlin (7-20, 3-9 NCAC) scored seven runs to tie the game, including a six-run rally with two outs.

The Little Giants bounced right back by opening the 10th inning with back-to-back walks to Camden Scheidt and Reece Bauer. A sacrifice bunt from Michael Galanos moved the base runners to second and third to set the table for the top of the order. Austin Simmers drew another walk with Scheidt scoring the eventual game-winning run and Bauer racing to third on a wild pitch. Simmers stole second to put two runners in scoring position once again for Wabash.

AJ Reid delivered the decisive blow with a two-run double to right field to score Bauer and Simmers for the 15-12 lead. Tavic Simmons closed out the ballgame in the bottom of the 10th by retiring three of the final four Oberlin batters. He earned his fifth win of the season and allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Oberlin struck first by scoring three runs in the second inning. The Little Giants answered with a three-run third with an RBI groundout from Liam Patton and RBI singles from Kamden Earley and Jackson Wannemuehler. Wabash added three more runs in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Evan Neukam, a run-scoring double from Earley, and an RBI single from Noah Luebbehusen.

Wabash took an 8-3 lead by adding a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Patton and Neukam each collected RBI singles to expand the Little Giants’ advantage. The Yeomen picked up two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning before Wabash rallied for four runs on five hits in the seventh. Neukam doubled home a pair of runs to give him four RBI for the game. That brought a reliever into the game for Oberlin.

Earley promptly greeted him with a solo home run down the right-field line for his first long ball of the season. He joined Neukam with four RBI.

Wabash collected 16 hits in game two, led by Neukam and Earley with three apiece. Simmers, Reid, and Luebbehusen each had two hits for the Little Giants. Reid and Patton finished with two RBI apiece in the game.

Wabash surrendered single runs in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings to face a 3-0 deficit heading into its final at-bat in game one. The first two Little Giant batters were retired before Reid started the comeback effort with a single to short. Patton followed with a blast to right field for his second home run of the season to make it a 3-2 ballgame. Oberlin recorded the final out of the game to claim the one-run victory and set up the two-game series split.

Reid and Earley collected two hits apiece for Wabash in game one. Patton had the only other hit for the Little Giants and produced the only two RBI.

Dylan Scheid took the loss for Wabash on the mound. He pitched 7-2/3 innings of five-hit baseball and gave up two earned runs with three walks and five strikeouts. Jacob Cox recorded the final out for the Little Giants with a strikeout in his relief effort.

The Little Giants will complete the weekend road trip with two-game non-conference series at Anderson University on Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.

ANDERSON BASEBALL: RAVENS SWEEP DEFIANCE ON THE ROAD

The Anderson University baseball team won both games in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) doubleheader against Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio.

Anderson (16-13, 8-4) took Game 1 by a score of 8-5 and topped the Yellow Jackets (7-20, 2-10) by a score of 7-6 in Game 2.

Game 1: Anderson 8, Defiance 5

The top of the first inning started with two singles for the Ravens from Grahm Reedy and Tyler Smitherman. Jed Downham followed up with a walk to load the bases for T.J. Price, who singled in two runs and gave the Ravens a 2-0 lead.

Defiance was able to get those two runs back to tie the game at two after the bottom of the second.

In the top of the fourth, Connor Gordon led off the inning reaching base on a fielding error and advancing to second. The next batter, Reedy, hit a single that scored Gordon on the play. Reedy advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored off of an RBI sacrifice fly from Justin Reed. The next batter, Smitherman hit a solo homerun to give the Ravens a 5-2 lead after the top of the fourth inning.

Defiance would get two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning.

Justin Reed led off the top of the sixth with a single. Smitherman and Downham both reached base after being hit by a pitch. Two batters after Downham, Price singled up the middle scoring Smitherman and advancing Downham to second. After a pitching change for the Yellow Jackets, Brady Reed doubled down the left field line that scored Downham and ended the inning with the Ravens up 7-4.

In the top of the seventh, the Ravens would get one run by way of a solo home run from shortstop Justin Reed.

Defiance would score one more run in the bottom of the ninth but that wouldn’t be enough from keeping the Ravens out of the win column in Game 1.

It was a three-pitcher effort for the Ravens to get the win. Landon Southern started the game and threw four full innings allowing four runs on three hits. Evan Doan (4-2) came in relief to earn his fourth win of the season and Logan Nickel threw the ninth inning to get his fourth save of the year.

Inside the Box Score

Tyler Smitherman – 3-5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, Homerun

Justin Reed – 3-5, 2 RBI’s, 1 Run, Homerun

Grahm Reedy – 2-5, 2 Runs, RBI

T.J. Price – 2-4, 3 RBI’s

Landon Southern – 4.0 IP, 4 K’s, 3 Hits, 4 Runs

Evan Doan (W 4-2) – 4.0 IP, 4 K’s, 4 Hits, 1 ER

Logan Nickel (Sv 4) – 1 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Runs

Game 2: Anderson 7, Defiance 6

The Ravens started hot in Game 2 scoring four runs in the first inning. Leadoff batter Reedy led off with a single, Justin Reed followed it up with a single of his own, Reedy advanced to third on an error by the right fielder. Smitherman also hit a single in the inning, scoring Reedy. Jake Stank hit an RBI single that scored Justin Reed to make it a 2-0 Raven lead. Brady Reed reached by an error from the Defiance third baseman which scored Smitherman. The Raven bats were not done yet though as a Stephen Vickery single scored the fourth run of the inning stretching the lead to 4-0.

In the top half of the third, a one-out triple from Stank got things going for the Ravens. Price singled in Stank making it a 5-3 lead for the Ravens. Brady Reed singled into left center, advancing Price to third, setting up a sacrifice bunt for Vickery which scored Price made it a 6-3 lead for the Ravens.

Reedy started off the top of fourth with a double and advanced to third because of a fielding error by the right fielder. Two batters later, a Smitherman sacrifice fly would score the Ravens’ last run of the game making it 7-3.

Defiance would go on to score one run in the fifth and two in the sixth inning but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback.

Kasey Henderson (2-3) earned his second win of the year, going six complete innings. Nickel came back to pitch in Game 2, where he recorded his second save of the day and his fifth of the year to hold on to the win.

Inside the Box Score

Grahm Reedy – 3-6, 2 RBI’s, Double

Jake Stank – 2-2, 2 Runs, Triple, RBI

Tyler Smitherman – 2-4, 2 RBI’s, Run

Stephen Vickery – 2-4, 2 RBI’s

Kasey Henderson – W, 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Logan Nickel – SV, 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

VINCENNES BASEBALL: TRAILBLAZERS ERASE SIX-RUN DEFICIT TO SPLIT WEEKEND SERIES WITH ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team closed out their weekend Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series with Illinois Central College Saturday afternoon at Jerry Blemker Field.

Vincennes took game one of the day after falling behind 10-4 in the sixth inning before rallying back to win 11-10. ICC took game two of the day to close out the weekend 9-1.

Illinois Central grabbed the momentum early to begin game one, scoring four runs in the first inning.

Vincennes would respond back in the third with a four-run inning of their own, with freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) coming through with an RBI single and sophomore Dale Coy (Evansville, Ind.) getting a two-RBI single.

The Cougars would grab the lead back with a run in the fourth, four runs in the fifth and a run in the sixth to take a 10-4 lead over the Trailblazers.

Vincennes launched a late-innings comeback, kicked off by a double by freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) to begin the sixth.

Sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) drove in a run on a ground out, before sophomores Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio), Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) and Dale Coy each came through with RBI doubles.

Freshman Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.) closed out the scoring in the sixth with an RBI single to make it a one-run game.

After a scoreless top of the inning by sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.), Vincennes got back to work at the plate, with freshman Ethan Burdette leading off the inning with a double. His fourth hit of the game.

Burdette would tie the game at 10-10 on an RBI single by Peyton Lane and after a fielding error and an intentional walk, Dale Coy stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and one out.

Coy came through in the clutch, hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly to score Lane and give the Trailblazers the 11-10 win.

Freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) got the start on the mound for the Blazers, throwing an inning and a third, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out three.

Freshman Cauy Motsinger (Salem, Ind.) was the first out of the pen and threw two solid innings on the mound, surrendering one run on one hit and striking out five batters.

Sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) notched a pair of punch outs in two-thirds of an inning, while sophomores Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) and Luke Osborn each struck out one batter.

Freshman Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) pitched a hitless inning as well for the Trailblazers.

“Defensively, in the first game, obviously we gave them a ton of outs that had to be made on fly balls that just didn’t get caught,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “That allowed them to jump out in front and take advantage and do some damage. Credit to our guys, they battled their butts off and came back and got a win out of that deal.”

“Our guys did a great job of battling at the plate and guys did what they were capable of,” Barney added. “Burdette got one or two bunt hits and he is swinging the bat extremely well. Peyton had a good game and Dale has had a solid performance this weekend. He came up and stepped up with a walk-off sac fly in the seventh.”

ICC was the first team to crack the scoreboard in game two of the day as well, plating a pair of runs in the second.

The Cougars would add to their lead with a run in the fifth and a run in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead over the host Blazers.

Vincennes got on the board in the sixth after a single by Colton Evans and an RBI single by Connor VanLannen to drive him in.

Illinois Central responded with a big inning in the seventh, scoring five runs to take an eight-run lead.

Vincennes came up to bat in the bottom half of the inning needing a run to extend the game and got the bases loaded with one out but were unable to push a run across as the Cougars took game two and split the series 9-1.

Freshman Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) got the start in game two and threw three and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out three.

Freshman Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.) entered in relief to throw an inning and two-thirds, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one.

Eli Steimel took the mound for the second time in the day, throwing an inning and a third, allowing one run on one hit.

“It was a disappointing end because we had all the momentum going into game two, thinking we had a chance to get three wins this weekend,” Barney added. “Their pitcher did a nice job and we didn’t make a whole lot of adjustments and didn’t come up with some timely hitting.”

“Our starting pitchers have to get us past the fourth inning,” Barney said. “It’s killing our bullpen, but our bullpen did a pretty decent job for the most part.”

Vincennes will hit the road to begin their next week of games, heading to Robinson, Ill. to face-off against Lincoln Trail College Tuesday, April 26. First pitch Tuesday is set for 4 p.m. eastern.

VU will then hit the road again over the weekend when the Blazers travel to Godfrey, Ill. for their weekend MWAC Conference series with Lewis & Clark Community College on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1. First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 2 p.m. eastern and Sunday is set for 1 p.m. eastern.

“We’re going to get our bullpen back in action again and run the guys out there that are capable of throwing Tuesday,” Barney said. “We’ll do some mixing and matching and hopefully get some offense and jump out ahead and play good defense to get us ready to go to Lewis & Clark this weekend.”

“We’ve got to have a nice weekend, on the road, to really start putting some separation between us and some of the other teams in the conference standings,” Barney added.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       At Brooklyn’s Eastern Park, Lave Cross hits for the cycle when the Phillies pound the Grooms 22-5. The 27-year-old third baseman becomes the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

1901       In front of 14,000 fans at the Chicago Cricket Club, the American League completes its first game when the White Sox and Roy Patterson defeats the Cleveland Blues, 8-2, in a contest that lasts only ninety minutes. The opponents, who will become known as the Indians, currently use a name that reflects the very bright color of their uniforms.

1902       Professional baseball gets its start in Durham (NC), when the Tobacconists, renamed the Bulls in eleven years, play an exhibition game against Trinity College (now Duke University). The Bulls, except for 1971-80, when minor league baseball didn’t exist in the Research Triangle city, will continue to play in Durham until the present day.

1917       At Fenway Park, Yankee left-hander George Mogridge no-hits the Red Sox, 2-1. The southpaw’s performance is the first no-no in franchise history and the first-ever thrown in the Boston ballpark.

1923       President Warren G. Harding, an avid baseball fan who likes to keep a scorecard at games, witnesses the first shutout ever thrown at Yankee Stadium. The chain-smoking Chief Executive is delighted to see Babe Ruth’s fifth-inning homer off Allen Russell but is disappointed the Senators drop the contest, 4-0.

1945       The owners select U.S. Senator Happy Chandler unanimously to replace Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who been elected to another seven-year term a week before his death on November 25. Baseball’s second commissioner will remain in the Senate during the first six months of his tenure in office.

1947       Johnny Mize homers three times against the Braves’ right-hander Johnny Sain, but the Giants’ first baseman’s trio of round-trippers proves not to be enough when the team bows to Boston at the Polo Grounds, 14-5. The ‘Big Cat’ becomes the first major leaguer to hit three home runs in one game five different times.

1954       Giants right-hander Marv Grissom blanks the Phillies at the Polo Grounds, 1-0. Whitey Lockman’s 300-foot fifth-inning home run off Robin Roberts, one of only three hits the Philadelphia hurler allows, accounts for the game’s only score.

1956       At Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Frank Umont becomes the second umpire to don glasses during a regular-season game, following the use of on spectacles by fellow American League arbitrator Eddie Rommel earlier in the month. Although he is heckled by some A’s fans when the home team loses to the Tigers, 7-4, the former NFL tackle (N.Y. Giants) has no problem being the second base arbitrator.

1957       Three Cubs pitchers walk nine players in the fifth inning of a 9-5 loss to the Reds at Crosley Field. Moe Drabowsky starts the frame with four walks, Jackie Collum adds three free passes, and Jim Brosnan issues two bases on balls to set a new National League record.

1958       At the Los Angeles Coliseum, 26-year-old right-hander Gene Fodge, who gives up ten hits in his complete-game performance, picks up his only major league victory when the Cubs beat the Dodgers, 15-2. Outfielder Lee Walls carries the day with three homers and eight RBIs.

1960       Before making their first out of the game, the Yankees score eight runs against Baltimore in the bottom of the first frame. The Orioles narrow the gap with eighth and ninth-inning grand slams hit by Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus, respectively, but the Bombers hold on to beat the Birds in the Bronx ballpark, 15-9.

1962       In the Colt .45’s first meeting with the visiting Cardinals, a 4-3 victory at Colt Stadium, the game features many players that played in Houston on their way to the big leagues. Before being awarded a major league franchise, the Texas city hosted the Buffaloes, a farm club for St. Louis from 1919 to 1958.

1962       Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax ties his major league record, a mark he shares with Bob Feller when he strikes out 18 batters in a nine-inning contest during the team’s 10-2 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field. In 1938, nineteen-year-old right-hander Bob Feller established the record, whiffing 18 batters in the Indians’ 4-1 loss to the Tigers at Cleveland Stadium.

1962       Commissioner Ford Frick fines Casey Stengel $500 for appearing in uniform for a beer advertisement, which shows the Mets manager ready to bunt. Kathy Kersh, who is holding the ball in the Rheingold ad, will later become better known as Cornelia, one of the Joker’s women in the 1960’s Batman television series.

1965       Casey Stengel wins his 3,000th game as a manager when his Amazin’ Mets score three runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 7-6. The ‘Old Perfessor,’ the former skipper of the Dodgers, Braves, and Yankees, won more than a third of his games (1,149) during his 12-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers.

1982       Jesse Barfield becomes the first Blue Jay in franchise history to pinch hit a grand slam when he goes deep off Tom Burgmeier. The right fielder’s bases-loaded heroics aren’t enough to stave off an eventual 8-7 Toronto loss to Boston at Exhibition Stadium.

1987       At Cleveland Stadium, Rickey Henderson becomes the first player in baseball history to hit a home run off two different 300-game winners in the same game. The left fielder’s solo homer in the eighth inning off Phil Niekro and his two-run blast in the ninth off Steve Carlton aren’t enough to thwart the Tribe’s 6-5 walk-off victory over the Yankees.

1989       Joining Reggie Jackson and the Reggie bar, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the second player in history to have a candy bar named after him when he signs a contract with Pacific Trading Cards Company. Unfortunately, the Mariners’ center fielder can’t enjoy the popular confectionery because the 19-year-old rookie outfielder is allergic to chocolate.

1994       Julio Franco and Robin Ventura both hit homers back-to-back in the second and eighth innings. The sluggers’ offensive output isn’t enough when Detroit beats the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 7-6.

1996       Scoring the most runs by an opponent against the Detroit in 84 years, the Twins set a team record for crossing the plate when they trounce the Tigers, 24-11. Greg Myers and Paul Molitor lead the attack on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue, each driving in five runs in the Motor City slugfest.

1998       Dodger backstop Mike Piazza becomes the sixth major leaguer to hit three grand slams in a month when he goes deep in the nine-run second inning of the team’s 12-4 victory over the visiting Cubs. In 1937, Tigers’ first baseman Rudy York was the first to accomplished the feat, hitting three bases-full round-trippers in May.

1998       Geoff Jenkins, hitting a solo homer off Giants’ right-hander Orel Hershiser at 3Com Park, becomes the first Brewer player ever to homer in his first major league game. The rookie joins Chuck Tanner, who accomplished the feat in 1955 as a member of the Braves, as the only players in Milwaukee baseball history to homer in their first game.

2003       In his third at-bat, Chase Utley gets his first major league hit, blasting a third-inning grand slam off Rockies starter Aaron Cook. The rookie second baseman’s big fly to right field contributes to the Phillies’ 9-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.

2008       The David Ortiz jersey, which was secretly buried in cement at the new Yankee Stadium in an attempt to curse the team, is acquired in a Jimmy Fund charity auction for $175,100. The winning bidder from the 282 who vied for the tattered Red Sox jersey is Kevin Meehan, the owner of Imperialcars.com, located in Mendon, Mass.

2010       Pirates starter Chris Jakubauskas, after just a dozen pitches into his first appearance of the year, is struck in the head by a vicious line drive off the bat of Houston’s Lance Berkman. The 31-year-old right-hander, who leaves the field on a stretcher in obvious distress, will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion and head contusion after being hospitalized overnight.

2010       Although not named after the rock and roll superstar, the Rangers host an Elvis weekend featuring Elvis Presley impersonators and a bobblehead giveaway featuring the likeness of Elvis Andru, their second baseman. The 22-year-old Texas infielder added to the festivities with his ninth-inning single, driving in the winning run that beat Detroit, 5-4, in the series opener.

2012       For the first time in major league history, four different pitchers combine to walk four consecutive batters when the Marlins hurlers load the bases and then force in a run in a 2-1 loss against the Mets. The only Miami walks given up in the Citi Field contest include Josh Johnson walking Lucas Duda, Randy Choate’s free pass to Justin Turner, Steve Cishek’s base-on-balls to Scott Hairston, with Mike Dunn throwing to force home Josh Thole with the tying run.

2017       🇱🇹 Dovydas Neverauskas becomes the second person born in Lithuania, the first raised there, to appear in a major league game, throwing two innings of one-run ball in the Pirates’ 14-3 loss to the Cubs at PNC Park. A’s outfielder Joe Zapustas, who played two games for the team in 1933, was also born in the Baltic state but spent his childhood in Boston.

2019       With his eighth-inning swipe of second base in the Braves’ 2-1 victory over the Mets at Citi Field, 22-year-old Ronald Acuña Jr. becomes the second-youngest player to reach the 30–30 club mark. The Atlanta outfielder surpassed only by Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout, who accomplished the feat when he was 20, is the fourth Brave to reach the plateau, joining Hank Aaron (1963), Dale Murphy (1983), and Ron Gant (1990, 1991).

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
NEBRASKA AT INDIANA11:00AMBTN
DUKE AT GEORGIA TECH2:00PMACCN
GEORGIA AT ALABAMA2:00PMESPN2
NORTH CAROLINA AT VIRGINIA2:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
LOUISVILLE AT VIRGINIA TECH12:00PMACCN
LSU AT GEORGIA12:00PMESPNU
LSU AT GEORGIA12:00PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: ISPS HANDA CHAMPIONSHIP8:00AMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC1:00PMGOLF
PGA: ZURICH CLASSIC3:00PMCBS
LPGA: LA OPEN7:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
BOSTON AT TAMPA BAY1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NESN
COLORADO AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
CLEVELAND AT NY YANKEES1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
MIAMI AT ATLANTA1:35PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT WASHINGTON1:35PMNBCS-BAY
MASN/2
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI1:40PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT MINNESOTA2:10PMFS1
SPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
TORONTO AT HOUSTON2:10PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-SW
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMARQ
ATTSN-PIT
BALTIMORE AT LA ANGELS4:07PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND4:07PMBALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT SEATTLE4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT SAN DIEGO4:10PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT ARIZONA4:10PMSNY2
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMESPN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX9:00AMESPN
NASCAR CUP: GEICO 5003:00PMFOX
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MILWAUKEE AT CHICAGO1:00PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: GOLDEN STATE AT DENVER3:30PMABC
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: MIAMI AT ATLANTA7:00PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 4: PHOENIX AT NEW ORLEANS9:30PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
CAROLINA AT NY ISLANDERS1:00PMMSG+
BALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT NEW JERSEY1:00PMMSG+2
BALLY SPORTS
EDMONTON AT COLUMBUS1:00PMSPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA4:00PMTNT
TAMPA BAY AT FLORIDA7:00PMESPN+
HULU
TORONTO AT WASHINGTON7:00PMESPN+
HULU
BOSTON AT MONTREAL7:00PMNESN
SPORTSNET
COLORADO AT WINNIPEG7:00PMALT
SPORTSNET
MINNESOTA AT NASHVILLE8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT ANAHEIM8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN JOSE AT VEGAS10:00PMNBCS-CA
ATTSN-RM
RUGBYTIME ETTV
MLR: NEW ENGLAND AT NEW YORK2:30PMFS1
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS FIORENTINA6:30AMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: RENNES VS LORIENT7:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: METZ VS BREST9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NICE VS TROYES9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: NANTES VS BORDEAUX9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS ANGERS SCO9:00AMBEIN SPORTS
SERIE A: EMPOLI VS NAPOLI9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: BOLOGNA VS UDINESE9:00AMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS WEST HAM UNITED9:00AMUSA
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BURNLEY VS WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS9:00AMPEACOCK
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS SOUTHAMPTON9:00AMPEACOCK
BUNDESLIGA: BOCHUM VS AUGSBURG9:30AMESPN+
LIGUE 1: LILLE VS STRASBOURG11:05AMBEIN SPORTS
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS EVERTON11:30AMUSA
BUNDESLIGA: HERTHA BSC VS STUTTGART11:30AMESPN+
SERIE A: GENOA VS CAGLIARI12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
MLS: INTER MIAMI VS ATLANTA UNITED1:00PMESPN
LIGA MX: TOLUCA VS ATLAS1:00PMUNIVISION
SERIE A: LAZIO VS MILAN2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGUE 1: REIMS VS OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE2:45PMBEIN SPORTS
LA LIGA: BARCELONA VS RAYO VALLECANO3:00PMESPN+
MLS: ORLANDO CITY SC VS NEW YORK RB3:30PMESPN
MLS: CINCINNATI VS LOS ANGELES FC5:00PMFS1
MLS: NEW YORK CITY VS TORONTO FC5:00PMESPN+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: KANSAS CITY CURRENT VS CHICAGO RED STARS5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: HOUSTON DASH VS RACING LOUISVILLE FC6:00PMCBSSN
LIGA MX: CRUZ AZUL VS ATLÉTICO SAN LUIS6:00PMUNIVISION
LIGA MX: SANTOS LAGUNA VS LEÓN8:00PMFS2
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: ANGEL CITY VS PORTLAND THORNS9:00PMPARAMOUNT+
LIGA MX: TIJUANA VS QUERÉTARO10:06PMFS2
USFLTIME ETTV
NEW ORLEANS VS. TAMPA BAY3:00PMNBC

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO105.6674 – 26 – 34 – 30 – 06 – 27 – 3W 4
NY YANKEES96.60016 – 33 – 35 – 54 – 10 – 06 – 4W 2
TAMPA BAY87.53325 – 43 – 34 – 11 – 21 – 34 – 6W 1
BOSTON78.46733 – 44 – 43 – 54 – 30 – 05 – 5L 1
BALTIMORE69.40043 – 33 – 62 – 40 – 03 – 35 – 5W 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CLEVELAND77.5003 – 34 – 40 – 25 – 20 – 05 – 5L 2
MINNESOTA78.4670.54 – 43 – 42 – 23 – 22 – 25 – 5W 3
CHI WHITE SOX68.42914 – 22 – 62 – 12 – 62 – 13 – 7L 6
DETROIT68.42914 – 72 – 12 – 43 – 30 – 04 – 6L 1
KANSAS CITY58.3851.55 – 50 – 30 – 05 – 50 – 23 – 7L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SEATTLE96.6006 – 23 – 40 – 05 – 44 – 27 – 3W 2
LA ANGELS87.53313 – 55 – 20 – 20 – 06 – 56 – 4L 2
OAKLAND88.5001.53 – 35 – 57 – 40 – 00 – 25 – 5L 2
HOUSTON68.4292.51 – 45 – 40 – 20 – 05 – 53 – 7L 4
TEXAS59.3573.51 – 54 – 41 – 20 – 04 – 54 – 6W 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS115.6885 – 26 – 35 – 20 – 06 – 37 – 3L 1
ATLANTA79.43844 – 53 – 42 – 32 – 23 – 44 – 6L 1
MIAMI68.42944 – 32 – 54 – 21 – 21 – 25 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA69.4004.54 – 42 – 52 – 51 – 11 – 23 – 7L 1
WASHINGTON611.3535.53 – 73 – 43 – 41 – 32 – 43 – 7L 4
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS94.6923 – 16 – 32 – 16 – 30 – 07 – 3W 2
MILWAUKEE96.60015 – 24 – 41 – 16 – 40 – 07 – 3W 1
CHI CUBS78.46734 – 53 – 30 – 04 – 42 – 24 – 6W 1
PITTSBURGH78.46734 – 23 – 63 – 14 – 70 – 05 – 5L 1
CINCINNATI213.13380 – 42 – 92 – 20 – 20 – 70 – 10L 11
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS104.7146 – 14 – 32 – 14 – 02 – 38 – 2L 1
SAN FRANCISCO105.6670.54 – 26 – 35 – 40 – 02 – 17 – 3W 2
COLORADO95.64316 – 43 – 12 – 12 – 22 – 16 – 4W 1
SAN DIEGO106.62516 – 34 – 32 – 23 – 05 – 46 – 4W 1
ARIZONA69.4004.53 – 53 – 44 – 50 – 01 – 35 – 5W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS78571561205432822434-6-023-9-610-0-0
2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES79512081105026319428-8-423-12-46-4-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS79512171094930324829-8-222-13-56-2-2
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS79512261084724519726-8-425-14-27-2-1
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING78482281044626721926-8-622-14-25-4-1
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS794523111014226521722-12-523-11-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS78482551014623921024-13-224-12-35-5-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS78442311993926822919-15-525-8-67-2-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS78353310803321622419-14-516-19-53-6-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS7835367773124828719-15-516-21-23-5-2
11 BUFFALO SABRES80313811732822928316-18-615-20-56-4-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS79303910702722230618-16-712-23-34-5-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS7931417692821825614-21-417-20-35-4-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS7827438622423828816-18-511-25-33-5-2
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS78244311592320428613-20-611-23-53-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS79204811511720430910-25-410-23-71-9-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE78551761165130121831-5-324-12-37-3-0
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES794920101084728519825-9-724-11-38-1-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD78502171074529524129-7-221-14-57-1-2
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES794820111074629822726-9-522-11-69-0-1
5 X-EDMONTON OILERS7846266984227524026-12-120-14-58-1-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS80432710963923223021-16-422-11-66-4-0
NASHVILLE PREDATORS7844295934124923325-14-019-15-55-4-1
DALLAS STARS7944305934022823825-10-319-20-24-4-2
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7842315893825023222-15-320-16-26-3-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS79383011873523922918-14-720-16-46-2-2
11 WINNIPEG JETS78353211813323725219-15-316-17-82-7-1
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS78313512742920324718-17-513-18-72-4-4
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS79303514742622225917-18-513-17-93-5-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS79264211632121028412-21-614-21-52-7-1
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7826466582320527115-21-311-25-35-5-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES7922507512119330310-27-312-23-40-8-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE