INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY 10 BREBEUF 4

TWIN LAKES 6 LAFAYETTE JEFF 3

LAFAYETTE JEFF 13 KANKAKEE VALLEY 0

FRANKLIN COUNTY 11 RICHMOND 3

RICHMOND 4 FRANKLIN COUNTY 2

CASCADE 16 PIKE 6

YORKTOWN 8 DELTA 0

YORKTOWN 4 DELTA 2

PERRY MERIDIAN 13 BEECH GROVE 4

WHITELAND 9 COLUMBUS EAST 5

HAMMOND 20 EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 0

NORTH DECATUR 10 BROWN COUNTY 0

HAMILTON SE 10 DEKALB 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 10 FRANKLIN 4

EASTERN GREENE 7 LOOGOOTEE 5

DALEVILLE 16 MUNCIE BURRIS 2

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 5 PLAINFIELD 1

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 7 PLAINFIELD 4

TRINITY 17 LAKE CENTRAL 6

HAMMOND MORTON 13 CALUMET TECH 6

BATESVILLE 17 RISING SUN 0

SHENANDOAH 4 UNION COUNTY 3

UNION COUNTY 16 SHENANDOAH 5

SOUTH DECATUR 9 TRINTON CENTRAL 7

RIVERTON PARKE 13 DUGGER UNION 3

HARRISON 15 JENNINGS COUNTY 8

HARRISON 9 NORWELL 0

INDY GENESIS 13 INDY TECH 0

CENTER GROVE 8 AVON 3

AVON 18  TERRE HAUTE 1

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 10 SETON CATHOLIC 0

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 9 TECUMSEH 7

WHITELAND 16 FT. WAYNE CONCORDIA 1

KANKAKEE VALLEY 5 TWIN LAKES 1

WAPAHANI 15 MUNCIE CENTRAL 3

WEST VIGO 10 CASEY WESTFIELD 4

EVANSVILLE NORTH 12 FRANKLIN 11

NOLENSVILLE 8 FISHERS 7

INDY CHATARD 13 HAUSER 1

LAKE CENTRAL 6 BOWLING GREEN 2

LAWRENCE NORTH 13 MCCUTCHEON 7

LAWRENCE NORTH 18 DEKALB 2

FRANKFORT 7 WEST LAFAYETTE 6

EVANSVILLE REITZ 14 PRINCETON 0

SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY 6 CTHS 1

SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY 4 CTHS 1

RONCALLI 14 PROVIDENCE 4

BRIARCREST CHRISTIAN 7 ZIONSVILLE 4

ZIONSVILLE 6 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 14 COLUMBUS EAST 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 15 COLUMBUS EAST 3

FISHERS 6 GIBSON SOUTHERN 5

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 6 HERITAGE HILLS 3

CHARLESTOWN 18 PROVIDENCE 1

MCCUTCHEON 23 KNOX 5

SOUTH DEARBORN 11 LINCOLN 4

FREMONT 13 EDON 10

FREMONT 24 EDON 1

RISING SUN 14 BATESVILLE 3

CROWN POINT 2 ANDREAN 1

CASTLE 10 FISHERS 4

HEBRON 11 HIGHLAND 4

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 6 SILVER CREEK 0

SHELBUVILLE 10 JENNINGS COUNTY 5

UNION COUNTY 5 COWAN 1

UNION COUTNY 11 COWAN 1

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 6 NORTH DECATUR 4

LAFAYETTE JEFF 24 CLINTON PRAIRIE 2

FRANKFORT 8 LAFAYETTE JEFF 5

EASTERN GREENE 7 NORTH CENTRAL 6

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 10 VINCENNES LINCOLN 2

COLUMBUS NORTH 6 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 0

RENSSELEAR CENTRAL 16 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 9

CLINTON CENTRAL 10 TWIN LAKES 7

MITCHELL 4 BORDEN 1

CASTLE 13 FLOYD CENTRAL 7

COLUMBUS NORTH 13 TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 0

CENTER GROVE 7 TERRE HAUTE NORTH 0

COLDWATER 7 SOUTH ADAMS 2

NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR

KANSAS 81 VILLANOVA 65

NORTH CAROLINA 81 DUKE 77

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NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 144 CHARLOTTE 114

CLEVELAND 119 NEW YORK 101

ATLANTA 122 BROOKLYN 115

MIAMI 127 CHICAGO 109

GOLDEN STATE 111 UTAH 107

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NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

NHL SCOREBOARD

FLORIDA 7 NEW JERSEY 6

COLORADO 3 PITTSBURGH 2

BOSTON 5 COLUMBUS 2

MONTRÉAL 5 TAMPA BAY 4

TORONTO 6 PHILADELPHIA 3

MINNESOTA 3 CAROLINA 1

LOS ANGELES 3 WINNIPEG 2

ST. LOUIS 6 CALGARY 4

DALLAS 5 SAN JOSE 4

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NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp

COLLEGE BASEBALL

EASTERN ILLINOIS 3 BUTLER 2

NOTRE DAME 5 FLORIDA STATE 4

NORTHWESTERN 7 INDIANA 6

ILLINOIS 11 PURDUE 10

BALL STATE 7 TOLEDO 3

ILLINOIS STATE 12 INDIANA STATE 2

WRIGHT STATE 17 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 11

EVANSVILLE 7 MICHIGAN STATE 5

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

UCONN 5 BUTLER 0

ILLINOIS STATE 5 INDIANA STATE 3

NOTRE DAME 13 GEORGIA TECH 12 (9)

PENN STATE 7 PURDUE 1

PENN STATE 8 PURDUE 1

BRADLEY 4 VALPARAISO 2

BALL STATE 11 KENT STATE 3

OAKLAND 4 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 1

OAKLAND 5 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 3

MLB SPRING TRAINING

CHICAGO CUBS 5 LA ANGELS 4

SAN FRANCISCO 10 LA DODGERS 2

COLORADO 11 OAKLAND 11

TEXAS 3 CLEVELAND 1

CINCINNATI 6 SAN DIEGO 3

ARIZONA 8 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4

SEATTLE 4 MILWAUKEE 3

PITTSBURGH 7 BOSTON 2

BALTIMORE 2 DETROIT 0

NY YANKEES 10 ATLANTA 0

MINNESOTA 8 TAMPA BAY 2

PHILADELPHIA 2 TORONTO 2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES

Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) David McCormack muscled his way to 25 points, Ochai Agbaji was nearly perfect from the field and added 21 points, and hot-shooting Kansas raced to a big early lead before withstanding every Villanova run for a 81-65 victory Saturday night that sent the Jayhawks back to the national title game.

Christian Braun also had 10 points, including a key 3-pointer to ward off a comeback late in the game, as the Jayhawks (33-6) exacted a measure of revenge for a Final Four beatdown by the Wildcats four years ago in San Antonio.

Now, they hope to follow a familiar pattern against Duke or North Carolina on Monday night. The last three times that the Jayhawks and Wildcats have met in the tournament, the winner has gone on to cut down the nets.

Playing without injured guard Justin Moore, Villanova (31-7) watched the lone No. 1 seed to reach the semifinals score the game’s first 10 points and eventually build a 19-point cushion. And despite big nights from Collin Gillespie, Brandon Slater and Jermaine Samuels, the short-handed and undersized Wildcats never made it all the way back.

Gillespie, playing in his 156th game for the Wildcats, hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, while Slater hit four 3s and had 16 points. Samuels finished with 13 points in the final game of his college career.

Krzyzewski K-O’d: North Carolina takes out coach, Duke 81-77

NEW ORLEANS (AP) For the 48th time over 47 years of unparalleled coaching, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski took the slow walk to midcourt and shook the hand of the North Carolina coach who beat him.

After that, he found his wife, Mickie, and they made the slow, sad walk, hand-in-hand, off the Superdome floor. Saturday night’s 81-77 setback in the national semifinal showdown between archrivals marked Coach K’s last loss, and one of his toughest losses, too.

And thanks to the Tar Heels – those dadgum Tar Heels — the 75-year-old coach will have plenty of time to get over it.

“I’m sure at some time, I’ll deal with this in my own way,” said the coach, who had announced before the start of the season that 2021-22 would be his last.

Krzyzewski’s remarkable career came to gut-wrenching close after Caleb Love made a key 3-pointer and three late free throws to lift the Tar Heels to their thrill-a-minute victory.

This was the 258th, most consequential and maybe, just maybe, the very best meeting between these teams, whose arenas are separated by a scant 11 miles down on Tobacco Road.

The eighth-seeded Tar Heels (29-9), of all teams, pinned the 368th and final loss on Krzyzewski. He finished with 1202 wins. His lifetime record against North Carolina fell to 50-48. Losses No. 47 and 48 are ones Carolina fans will treasure forever. They were partying early into Sunday morning on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. This latest win came exactly four weeks after the Tar Heels ruined the going-away party in Coach K’s final home game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

That loss hurt. “Unacceptable,” he called it, still knowing there was time to regroup for one last run into March Madness. They made that run, but the last loss stopped that all in its tracks – one agonizing win short of a title game and a chance at his sixth championship.

Krzyzewski said he had a locker room full of crying players when it was over.

Streaking Hawks survive Durant’s 55, hold off Nets 122-115

ATLANTA (AP) Kevin Durant earned a new scoring record, though it was Danilo Gallinari and the Atlanta Hawks who celebrated with a postgame toast.

Trae Young scored 36 points, including nine in the final minute, and the streaking Hawks overcame Durant’s career-high 55 points to hold off the Brooklyn Nets 122-115 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive win.

Atlanta (41-37) moved into eighth place in the Eastern Conference, a game ahead of Brooklyn (40-38) and Charlotte.

“We’re playing some good basketball right now,” Young said.

Gallinari’s 15 points led Atlanta’s bench, which outscored Brooklyn’s backups 46-12. That deserved a reward, and Gallinari said Hawks coach Nate McMillan delivered.

“Coach gave the glass of wine to the `Bench Mob,'” Gallinari said, adding the backups have used that nickname since last season.

Added Gallinari, raising the glass he took to his postgame news conference, “Cheers!”

The Hawks, attempting to regain the late-season momentum which pushed them to the last year’s Eastern Conference finals, have won 10 of 13.

Durant set another career high by making eight 3-pointers, but his postgame focus was on his team.

“I’m not worried about that,” Durant said of the record. “I’m just mad at the loss.”

Warriors rally from 16 down to beat Jazz, get playoff spot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not emphasize the magnitude of Saturday’s game in his pregame talk with his team.

He didn’t have to.

Klay Thompson scored 36 points and Golden State erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-107 and clinch a playoff spot.

Jordan Poole added 31 and Andrew Wiggins had 17 as the Warriors also snapped a four-game losing streak. At 49-29, they hold a one-game lead over the Dallas Mavericks for the third seed in the Western Conference with four games remaining.

“We’ll do everything we can to just win out,” Warriors guard Gary Payton II said. “That’s our mindset.”

Utah, now tied with Denver for the fifth spot, could have moved to within a game of third place with a victory. Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each had 26 for the Jazz.

It was an all-too-familiar storyline for the Jazz, who blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Utah has lost 15 games this season in which it held double-digit leads.

“I don’t think we’re in a good place for the last six minutes (of a game),” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s not a good feeling in the locker room right now because guys want to win.”

Trailing 103-87 with just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth, the Warriors rattled off an 18-0 run to take a 105-103 lead with 2:10 left. Thompson hit three 3-pointers during the stretch.

“It felt like we had enough time, but we didn’t have much momentum,” Kerr said. “. Unbelievable performance down stretch from our guys. I don’t know what else to say.”

The Jazz had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds remaining but Rudy Gobert threw a pass out of bounds after clearing a rebound. The Warriors put the game away at the free-throw line.

Utah led by as many as 21 in the first half and took a 58-45 lead into the locker room. Mitchell had 17 but he had plenty of help, as Utah’s bench outscored Golden State’s second unit 17-5 over the first two quarters.

Poole scored 19 in the first half for the Warriors, including 14 in the second quarter. Then Thompson heated up in the fourth quarter, whipping the Chase Center crowd into a frenzy with each 3-pointer he made. He was 8 for 17 from long range for the game.

“Dub Nation loves Klay,” Payton said.

Keith Yandle’s “Iron Man” NHL streak ends at 989

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers scratched defenseman Keith Yandle for Saturday’s game against Toronto, ending the NHL’s Iron Man record for consecutive games played at 989.

The 35-year-old Yandle started his streak March 26, 2009, with Phoenix. He passed retired center Doug Jarvis for the mark of 965 games on Jan. 25 against the Islanders. Yandle was a healthy scratch.

The Flyers are one of the worst teams in the NHL and looking at a youth movement down the stretch with a 21-35-11 (53 points) heading into Saturday’s game.

“We’re at the point in the season where as an organization it’s important we get some young players in,” Flyers coach Mike Yeo said. “We have to have an eye on the future and what’s coming down the road. We have to give some new guys an opportunity.”

Arizona Coyotes forward Phil Kessel now has longest active streak at 968 consecutive games played.

Yandle has only one goal and 15 assists in 67 games.

“It’s kind of been one of those things toward the end of the year when you’re signing young guys and getting free agents out of college, they’re going to give them a chance to play,” Yandle said after Saturday morning’s skate. “It’s tough to have a bad day in the NHL. But getting the news you’re not playing is not what you want to hear.”

Toews scores late, Avs beat Penguins 3-2 for 28th home win

DENVER (AP) The puck bounced off the boards behind the net and straight to Devon Toews, who stood wide open in front.

A home-ice sort of carom. A home-ice sort of goal.

No wonder the Avalanche like this place.

Toews scored with 4:26 remaining, Darcy Kuemper stopped 38 shots and Colorado tied the franchise record for most home wins in a season with a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

It was win No. 28 at Ball Arena, matching Colorado’s marks from 2000-01 and 2017-18. At 28-4-3, Colorado possesses the league’s top home points percentage (.843).

“Our guys obviously get up for playing at home,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “Tonight was a perfect example of that. I mean, the anthem singer was awesome. The crowd was buzzing, the chants were started before the first puck drop. It’s hard not to get into that, right?”

Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Mikko Rantanen also scored for Colorado in a fast-paced game that had just one penalty and featured two of the best scorers in the business, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon.

Mike Matheson and Crosby had goals for the Penguins. Crosby’s goal gave him 1,397 career points – one point away from joining Jari Kurri and Alex Ovechkin in a three-way tie for 21st-most in NHL history.

“We generated some good chances – really quality chances,” Crosby said. “Not enough went in and they got a bounce and buried it.”

Toews knocked in a carom off the boards 27 seconds after Matheson tied it up at two. His goal was set up when MacKinnon turned and shot the puck.

Agent: Howard, Dolphins spent over year working on new deal

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The agent for Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard said Saturday that the Pro Bowler’s record-setting extension with the team was the culmination of more than a year’s worth of talks on the topic.

Howard and the Dolphins agreed on a five-year restructuring that includes nearly $51 million in new money. It came with about $39 million left on his existing contract, which had to be reworked last summer as well after he requested a trade.

“To be able to get the Dolphins to go against conventional wisdom and add value to a deal with four seasons remaining was unheard of itself,” agent David Canter said Saturday. “That the organization allowed us to reconstruct his entire contract and add record-shattering money to the deal is beyond our imagination.”

Canter said the new deal was discussed “thousands of times over hundreds of hours.” The agreement was finalized Friday.

Howard didn’t have any interceptions in his first 18 NFL games. He’s had 27 interceptions in 54 games since, including a league-high 10 in 2020.

Report: Patriots acquire Parker from Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins are sending wide receiver DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round selection to the New England Patriots for a third-round pick in 2023, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Parker will bolster a Patriots receiving group that features the likes of Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, and Jakobi Meyers. He comes to New England with two years remaining on his contract.

Parker was left as the odd man out in Miami after the club overhauled its receiving unit this offseason. The Dolphins acquired All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs and handed him a four-year, $120-million extension. They also signed Cedrick Wilson earlier in free agency and have 2021 top-10 pick Jaylen Waddle entering his second season.

A first-round selection in 2015, Parker recorded 338 receptions for 4,727 yards and 24 touchdowns over his seven-year tenure with the Dolphins. His best season came in 2019 when he set career highs in catches (72), yards (1,202), and touchdowns (9).

Parker was limited to just 10 games last season due to injury. He put up 515 yards and two scores.

The rare in-division deal is the fifth trade between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and the Dolphins, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. Two of those swaps also included receivers, with Wes Welker heading to New England in 2007 and Isaiah Ford joining the Patriots in 2020.

New England has long been impressed with Parker, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He’s played well in 12 meetings against his new club, recording 597 yards.

P.J. Williams returning to Saints on one-year deal; New Orleans also adding DT Jaleel Johnson

P.J. Williams is marching back to New Orleans after over two weeks on the open market.

The Saints are re-signing the veteran defensive back to a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Williams will be joined by former Houston Texans defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson, who is also signing a one-year contract with New Orleans, Rapoport added.

Williams, No. 90 on NFL.com’s list of the top 101 free agents this offseason, had played the entirety of his seven-year career with the Saints and now will continue to do so in 2022.

This is the fourth straight season, since the end of his rookie deal he signed after being drafted in the third round of the 2015 draft, that Williams has returned to the Saints on a one-year pact. This time around, Williams is coming off a career year, in which he logged two sacks, hauled in three interceptions and even took one pick to the house. He has eight interceptions and two pick-sixes over six seasons in the pros; Williams missed his rookie year due to injury.

2022 NFL Draft: First-round order, top three needs for all 32 teams

Pick

1

Jacksonville Jaguars

3-14 · Strength of schedule: .512

Biggest needs: Edge, OL, WR

The Jaguars invested two first-round picks in edge rushers in recent years, but Josh Allen is still in need of a top-flight running mate. Jacksonville is likely to go back to the well at the position in 2022 after posting 50 sacks total over the last two seasons (tied for second-fewest in the league during that span).

Pick

2

Detroit Lions

3-13-1 · .528

Biggest needs: QB, Edge, CB

While the need for a long-term answer at quarterback still hovers over the squad, the Lions might first turn their attention in this year’s draft to a defense that has allowed the most passing touchdowns (185) and highest passer rating (101.1) of any team in the league in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016).

Pick

3

Houston Texans

4-13 · .498

Biggest needs: Edge, CB, OL

For a team with needs just about everywhere, Houston can absolutely afford to take the best player available. Ideally, the Texans’ draft haul will help remake Lovie Smith’s defense and give Davis Mills something that resembles adequate support.

Pick

4

New York Jets

4-13 · .512

Biggest needs: Edge, WR, CB

If they’re going to take a step out of the AFC East cellar, the Jets need more juice off the edge and at the receiver position.

Pick

5

New York Giants

4-13 · .536

Biggest needs: OT, Edge, TE

New GM Joe Schoen has a great opportunity to shore up the Giants’ vulnerability in the trenches with two first-round picks, and filling a gaping void at tight end is a must, too.

Pick

6

Carolina Panthers

5-12 · .509

Biggest needs: QB, OL, Edge

Carolina is desperate for an answer at quarterback after ranking last in passer rating (68.5), completion percentage (58.1) and interceptions (21) in 2021.

Pick

7

New York Giants

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE CHICAGO BEARS

Bears’ record: 6-11 (.524)

See Pick No. 5 for analysis of the Giants’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Bears’ needs.

Pick

8

Atlanta Falcons

7-10 · .472

Biggest needs: QB, Edge, WR

The signing of Marcus Mariota (two-year deal) should not prevent the Falcons from spending an early pick on a quarterback for the first time since 2008. There’s also the matter of filling the hole at wide receiver. Oh, and breathing life into the worst pass rush in the league.

Pick

9

Seattle Seahawks

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE DENVER BRONCOS

Broncos’ record: 7-10 (.484)

Seahawks’ biggest needs: QB, OT, CB

There are more pressing needs than we had room to include here — including replacing Bobby Wagner at middle linebacker — but none more important than finding a quarterback who can eventually (if not immediately) beat out Drew Lock for the starting job.

NOTE: See the bottom of this article for analysis of the Broncos’ needs.

Pick

10

New York Jets

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Seahawks’ record: 7-10 (.519)

See Pick No. 4 for analysis of the Jets’ needs and Pick No. 9 for analysis of the Seahawks’ needs.

Pick

11

Washington Commanders

7-10 · .529

Biggest needs: WR, S, CB

A case could be made that quarterback remains a draft need for the Commanders, even after the significant investment in Carson Wentz. If Washington really is in win-now mode, though, it best find Terry McLaurin a complement and shore up the secondary.

Pick

12

Minnesota Vikings

8-9 · .507

Biggest needs: DL, CB, TE

The re-signing of Patrick Peterson filled the Vikings’ most glaring hole, which means the new regime in Minnesota can cast a wide net, from a positional perspective, in the draft. Beefing up the D-line, selecting Peterson’s likely successor or adding another weapon for Kirk Cousins all seem like possibilities.

Pick

13

Houston Texans

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE CLEVELAND BROWNS

Browns’ record: 8-9 (.514)

See Pick No. 3 for analysis of the Texans’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Browns’ needs.

Pick

14

Baltimore Ravens

8-9 · .531

Biggest needs: Edge, CB, OL

Edge rusher leads the needs list after Za’Darius Smith ultimately backed out of a verbal agreement on a contract with the Ravens this offseason, but there are also holes to fill at cornerback and on the offensive line.

Pick

15

Philadelphia Eagles

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE MIAMI DOLPHINS

Dolphins’ record: 9-8 (.464)

See Pick No. 19 for analysis of the Eagles’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Dolphins’ needs.

Pick

16

Philadelphia Eagles

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Colts’ record: 9-8 (.495)

See Pick No. 19 for analysis of the Eagles’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Colts’ needs.

Pick

17

Los Angeles Chargers

9-8 · .510

Biggest needs: OL, DL, WR

The Bolts’ biggest needs are in the trenches — on offense and defense — but they still could use another big-play threat at receiver and cornerback depth, even after signing J.C. Jackson this offseason.

Pick

18

New Orleans Saints

9-8 · .512

Biggest needs: WR, OT, DL

It appears the Saints are content to ride with Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Ian Book at quarterback in 2022, which means replacing Terron Armstead and adding an explosive pass-catcher should be the top draft priorities.

Pick

19

Philadelphia Eagles

9-8 · .469

Biggest needs: DL, WR, DB

Philly could afford to look to the edge or the interior — perhaps both — of the D-line early on after ranking second-to-last in sack rate last season (4.7%, per Next Gen Stats). Keep in mind that both Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave are due to hit free agency in 2023.

Pick

20

Pittsburgh Steelers

9-7-1 · .521

Biggest needs: QB, DB, WR

The presence of Mitch Trubisky should not keep outgoing GM Kevin Colbert from selecting a quarterback early on if the fit feels right. The Steelers figure to be in the market for a wide receiver, as well as help at both cornerback and safety.

Pick

21

New England Patriots

10-7 · .481

Biggest needs: CB, OL, LB

The Patriots’ lack of success drafting cornerbacks could be catching up to them. Elsewhere on the roster, linebacker and guard stand out as the most glaring needs.

Pick

22

Green Bay Packers

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

Raiders’ record: 10-7 (.510)

See Pick No. 28 for analysis of the Packers’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Raiders’ needs.

Pick

23

Arizona Cardinals

11-6 · .490

Biggest needs: Edge, WR, CB

Replacing free-agent departures Chandler Jones and Christian Kirk should be high on the to-do list, but cornerback and the interior defensive line are also crying out for an infusion of talent.

Pick

24

Dallas Cowboys

12-5 · .488

Biggest needs: OL, Edge, WR

Offensive line sticks out as the top priority for Dallas after the offseason departures of La’el Collins and Connor Williams. With the Cowboys insisting Micah Parsons won’t be used exclusively at defensive end, there’s room for more help off the edge, especially with Tarell Basham and Dante Fowler Jr. due to reach free agency in 2023.

Pick

25

Buffalo Bills

11-6 · .472

Biggest needs: CB, WR, RB

There’s an opening for a starter opposite Tre’Davious White, who is coming off an ACL tear, and it wouldn’t hurt to find another pass-catcher for Josh Allen.

Pick

26

Tennessee Titans

12-5 · .472

Biggest needs: OL, WR, RB

Even if the Titans believe they have their starting five offensive linemen already on the roster, there’s a need to add depth up front. Same goes for the running back position behind Derrick Henry, who missed half of the 2021 season.

Pick

27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

13-4 · .467

Biggest needs: OG, DL, TE

One starting spot at guard remains unfilled. Then there’s the question of whether Ndamukong Suh and Rob Gronkowski will return. As of this writing, they are free agents.

Pick

28

Green Bay Packers

13-4 · .479

Biggest needs: WR, Edge, OL

After parting with Davante Adams, this seems like the time to snap the streak of drafts without spending a first-round pick on a wide receiver. It’s only been 20 years.

Pick

29

Kansas City Chiefs

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS THROUGH THE MIAMI DOLPHINS

49ers’ record: 10-7 (.500)

See Pick No. 30 for analysis of the Chiefs’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the 49ers and Dolphins’ needs.

Pick

30

Kansas City Chiefs

12-5 · .538

Biggest needs: WR, Edge, CB

A field-stretcher at receiver is the most obvious need after the trade of Tyreek Hill to Miami. However, free agency has also left some significant voids at key spots on defense.

Pick

31

Cincinnati Bengals

10-7 · .472

Biggest needs: CB, DL, TE

While I wouldn’t rule out adding to the offensive line, even after all the work the team did to the front five in free agency, the Bengals could use an upgrade at cornerback, as well as improved depth on the defensive line (DE and DT) and at tight end.

Pick

32

Detroit Lions

PICK ACQUIRED FROM THE LOS ANGELES RAMS

Rams’ record: 12-5 (.483)

See Pick No. 2 for analysis of the Lions’ needs and the bottom of this article for analysis of the Rams’ needs.

TEAMS CURRENTLY LACKING A FIRST-ROUND PICK

Chicago Bears

6-11

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE NEW YORK GIANTS

Biggest needs: OL, CB, WR

GM Ryan Poles’ rebuild is just beginning. The primary focus in 2022 should be on setting up Justin Fields for improvement in Year 2 and tightening up the back end of the defense.

Cleveland Browns

8-9

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE HOUSTON TEXANS

Biggest needs: DT, Edge, WR

As great as he is, Myles Garrett can’t do it alone on the defensive line. Also, there should be an opportunity for a pass-catcher who can compete for reps as a WR2/3.

Denver Broncos

7-10

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Biggest needs: S, TE, RB

Safety and tight end jump out as the biggest needs for Denver, but the best position for the third spot on the list is not so easy to determine. There’s always room for more depth on the offensive line and at cornerback, but the lack of a running mate for Javonte Williams shouldn’t be overlooked.

Indianapolis Colts

9-8

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Biggest needs: OL, WR, CB

GM Chris Ballard should be in the market for starting-caliber talent at wide receiver, left tackle and cornerback, but pass rushers could be on his radar, too.

Las Vegas Raiders

10-7

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE GREEN BAY PACKERS

Biggest needs: OL, LB, DT

The Raiders addressed several needs, including finding potential short-term solutions at the last two positions mentioned above, in free agency, but there are still questions marks on the offensive line.

Los Angeles Rams

12-5

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE DETROIT LIONS

Biggest needs: Edge, OL, CB

The Rams failed in their bid to keep Von Miller in L.A., leaving an open spot off the edge. Free agency left them a bit thin at cornerback, too, while starting offensive linemen David Edwards and Rob Havenstein are in the final year of their contracts.

Miami Dolphins

9-8

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AND TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK ACQUIRED FROM SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS TO KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Biggest needs: OL, LB, Edge

Miami’s overhaul of the offensive line could continue into the draft, with competition, at a minimum, needed for the center position. There are a couple spots within the front seven on defense that figure to have the Dolphins’ attention, as well.

San Francisco 49ers

10-7

TRADED FIRST-ROUND PICK TO THE MIAMI DOLPHINS

Biggest needs: CB, Edge, OL

The 49ers are developing some young corners, but should probably add to that group with Emmanuel Moseley a year away from free agency. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan have to be on the lookout for a pass-rushing complement to Nick Bosa.

2022 NFL DRAFT: TOP 5 SAFTIES

KYLE HAMILTON NOTRE DAME: GRADE 6.81

High-impact safety with unique blend of traits and characteristics that make him a bit of a unicorn at the position. Hamilton has the eyes and speed to play over the top, the strength and toughness to play near the line, and coverage length to guard elite pass-catching tight ends who often mismatch opposing defenses. It’s rare to find such a ferocious striker and intimidator who has the football intelligence and athletic prowess to go make plays in the passing game, but Hamilton provides it all. He thrives playing downhill or sinking into a robber alignment on the back-end but will have occasional missteps in coverage when in retreat from his pedal. Hamilton has the traits and football character to transition from standout college moments to a standout pro career as a future Pro Bowler with All-Pro potential.

Strengths

  • Enormous safety with frame for more muscle mass.
  • Versatility to play safety in any scheme or alignment.
  • Urgent, competitive, physical and football smart.
  • True intimidator over the middle.
  • Run-through power to obliterate pass-catchers.
  • Above-average fluidity for a really big safety.
  • Potential to press and cover premium pass-catching tight ends.
  • Searches for playmaking angles on the throw.
  • Long-strider with eyes and speed to range over the top.
  • Length and size overwhelms pass-catchers on contested catches.
  • Effective in the box with potential for downhill disruptions.
  • Better tackler in space in 2021.
  • No hesitation to trigger and attack in run support.
  • Length and agility to recover from bad angles and still make the tackle.

Weaknesses

  • Height is a natural barrier for change of direction.
  • Room for improvement with pattern recognition and anticipation.
  • Lacks short-area burst and quickness to cover smaller slot targets.
  • Can be spun around by routes in space.
  • Erratic balance and route feel from trail coverage.
  • Elevated pad level as face-up tackler.
  • Open-field mistakes led to a couple of long runs in 2021.

JAQUAN BRISKER PENN STATE GRADE 6.38

Athletic safety prospect whose versatility and toughness will endear him to coaches during the evaluation process. Brisker continued to pick up elements of the defensive scheme and his play has steadily transformed from hesitant in 2019 to downright instinctive in 2021. He has the versatility to become a moving chess piece in a variety of coverages and has the size and talent to match up with both “Y” and “F” tight ends. He played with a banged-up shoulder in 2021 so his 2020 tape is a clearer indicator of his run support acumen. Brisker is an ascending talent with the NFL traits to become a long-time starter as a Day 2 draft pick.

Strengths

  • NFL safety size with huge hands.
  • Played through pain for much of 2021 season.
  • Versatility to play post, box and slot safety roles.
  • Smooth pedal with limited wasted motion.
  • Trusts his technique.
  • Instincts to find takeaway positioning from any coverage location.
  • Eye balance to read receiver or quarterback to anticipate route.
  • Footwork to adjust to receiver’s route bends.
  • Highly capable and tough as an add-on box defender.
  • Attacks and discards perimeter blockers with quickness.
  • Forceful to square, strike and finish as tackler.

Weaknesses

  • Stares down quarterback and loses feel for the route.
  • Drive angles on the throw are a little inconsistent.
  • Recognition of route combinations is average.
  • Climbing blockers find him when maneuvering through the box.
  • Pursuit angles against speed can improve.
  • Inconsistent coming to balance to tackle.

BRYAN COOK CINCINNATI GRADE 6.37

Skilled enforcer with the size, toughness and instincts to put his stamp on the game in a variety of ways. Cook plays with the confidence and consistency of a pro safety and loves to run and hit. His blend of football intelligence, athleticism and physicality makes him an ideal fit for matchup-oriented defenses looking for versatile back-end chameleons. He can be used as an add-on run defender, match up on “F” tight ends or play on the back-end. Cook needs to answer questions about his speed and play with focus and leverage as an open-field tackler, but he’s reliable and talented. He could become a good starter early in his career.

Strengths

  • Size and strength to hold up near the box.
  • Sticks his nose in where it belongs.
  • Former cornerback with ability to match over the slot.
  • Ball production flashed a bit in 2021.
  • Digests route combos and comes out clean.
  • Changes direction quickly when reading quarterback.
  • Triggers and tackles quickly from zone.
  • Balance and tackle strength to limit additional yardage.
  • Counted on to help fit up and frustrate the run game.
  • Contains and upends the outside run.
  • Plays with an enforcer’s demeanor.
  • Stays steady and square scraping to the ball-carrier.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to play with quicker punch and release near the line.
  • Technique to stack his take-ons will need work.
  • Average reactive quickness against slashers.
  • Slides off tackles when he doesn’t run through contact.
  • Needs to answer questions regarding long speed.
  • Loses some leverage pursuing catches on the flank.
  • Anticipation makes him susceptible to route fakes.

DAX HILL MICHIGAN GRADE 6.33

Hybrid safety/nickel with an outstanding blend of speed, explosiveness and coverage versatility. Hill is a smooth, twitchy athlete who is unencumbered in his coverage movements. He’s rangy playing over the top, has the eyes and burst to play zone, and the oily hips and length to shade bigger slots in man coverage. He can trigger quickly downhill to cut off angles in run support but his play demeanor is more run-and-cover than run-and-hit near the line. Hill has premium athletic traits, enticing coverage talent and the ability to make plays on the ball from anywhere he is aligned. He’s sure to be a coveted target for defenses trapped in pass-happy divisions.

Strengths

  • Rare speed and explosiveness as a safety.
  • Versatility for multiple coverages.
  • Loose and smooth in backpedal and weave from high safety.
  • Big kick to close and challenge off the hash.
  • Slides feet to alter route leverage in man versus slot.
  • Instant open-to-sprint mechanism.
  • Disciplined to locate quarterback’s eyes and find keys.
  • Sees route development around him.
  • Anticipates and pounces on route breaks.
  • Burst to drive and attack the ball-side passing lane.
  • Quick trigger to close downhill from split safety.
  • Talented to locate ball-carrier in sideline-to-sideline pursuit.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to play his role and let the game come to him.
  • Could have ups and downs carrying vertical slot targets.
  • Inconsistent recognition of rub routes.
  • Needs to play with greater aggression in run support.
  • Explosive athlete but not as explosive a tackler.
  • Want to see more shock in his hands taking on blocks.
  • Big blockers will stick and sustain at a higher than desired rate.

NICK CROSS MARYLAND GRADE 6.28

Cross operated as the bouncer of the Maryland defense, playing with the aggression and explosiveness to throw opponents out of the club. He is a chase player who seeks to make a statement upon impact and has impressive stopping power near the line or as an open-field tackler. He’s a tight-hipped, linear mover, so flipping and flying are not his strong suit. He’s capable of matching with most flavors of tight end and will be most comfortable in coverages that allow him to play with a downhill trigger. He has the temperament, size and toughness to become an eventual starter in the league.

Strengths

  • Thickly muscled with a broad frame.
  • Plays role of enforcer in the middle of the field.
  • Races forward and explodes into receivers.
  • Straight-line burst to close on recover.
  • Good ball focus and tracking over the top.
  • Size and strength to stay tight to tight ends inside the route.
  • Very quick to pounce and tackle in space.

Weaknesses

  • Can be tardy triggering downhill in run support.
  • Needs to keep feet active when gathering to tackle.
  • Becomes drag-down tackler at times.
  • Linear movements limit his back-end impact.
  • Hip tightness limits agility laterally.
  • Unable to open up and range quickly off the hash.
  • Doesn’t drive in with playmaking angles on in-breaking routes.

Mets ace Scherzer suffers hammy injury, day after deGrom out

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Mets ace Max Scherzer is dealing with a hamstring issue and isn’t sure when he’ll pitch next, another frustrating setback for the top of New York’s heralded but suddenly fragile rotation.

A day after the Mets said star Jacob deGrom will miss significant time with a shoulder injury, Scherzer was scratched from his outing Saturday morning in a simulated game.

Just five days away from opening day in Washington, Scherzer said he wasn’t sure about the immediate plans. The three-time Cy Young Award winner said he doesn’t expect the trouble with his right hamstring to be a long-term problem.

“Don’t know,” Scherzer said when asked when he’d pitch again. “I’ve had these little hamstring injuries before. They go away in days. Fortunately enough I’ve been pretty good to not have serious hamstring injuries. I’ve had just little hiccups.”

“I think this is the same thing. For me, it’s just a day-to-day thing . but when you’re dealing with hammies, you never know.”

Mets manager Buck Showalter said he would lean on the 37-year-old right-hander for advice going forward, but added that Scherzer was still in consideration for the opening day nod against his former Nationals teammates.

“If you look at the days and off and what have you, yeah, but I’m not committed to that,” Showalter said.

The Mets signed Scherzer as a free agent to a $130 million, three-year contract. That seemed to give them a dominant front of the rotation, but the news that deGrom wouldn’t throw for up to four weeks but a huge dent in those hopes.

There is no timetable for deGrom’s return. In addition to the time he won’t throw, the two-time Cy Young Award winner might need at least a month after that to get ready to pitch in the majors – and that might be a best-case scenario after he missed the second half last year because of an elbow injury.

All-Star Chris Bassitt, acquired last month in a trade with Oakland, is set to pitch Sunday’s Grapefruit League contest. Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker are lined up to round out the rotation’s back end.

“Just because something doesn’t happen on the first game of the season, I’m not going to put the whole thing in disarray for one spot or even two spots,” Showalter said.

“We have options to go in different directions if we want to. I told all three of those guys to continue down the path you’re on right now,” he said.

Two other pitchers might be of service to keep the rotation in order.

Right-hander Tylor Megill and southpaw David Peterson – the first two starters outside of the predicted starting five – have both been stretched out to five innings this spring.

“They’ve presented themselves as physical options, for sure,” Showalter added.

Thursday proved to be the source of Scherzer’s ailment.

“I’d noticed something a couple days ago from running,” he said. “Hamstring just tightened up, didn’t feel like I strained it or anything like that. I had good recovery the past two days.”

“Then I went through my normal routine to go for it and make a start today, and the hamstring just tightened up,” he said.

Unlike deGrom, Scherzer said he would still be able to maintain part of his routine, making his recovery less time-consuming than deGrom’s.

“Fortunate enough this doesn’t really affect when I throw, so I’m able to get into my throwing mechanics,” Scherzer said.

The American League Cy Young winner in 2013 for Detroit before capturing a pair with the Nationals in 2016 and 2017, Scherzer said had a great offseason workout routine. The start of spring training was delayed this year as Major League Baseball owners and players worked to settle a 99-day lockout.

“It’s frustrating. I’ve really worked hard this offseason – lifting my legs heavy, doing all the running. I feel like I was in a really good spot with my body and my arm,” Scherzer said.

Angels cut OF Justin Upton, still owe $28 million

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have designated Justin Upton for assignment despite owing the slugging outfielder $28 million this season.

The Angels will still be responsible for Upton’s salary unless he’s claimed by another team, which seems unlikely. The 34-year-old Upton hit .211 with 17 homers, 41 RBIs and a .705 OPS over 89 games last season.

Upton is in the final season of a $106 million, five-year deal he signed to stay in Los Angeles a few months after being acquired from Detroit via trade during the 2017 season.

A four-time All-Star, Upton was among the game’s promising young stars when he broke into the majors as a 19-year-old with Arizona in 2007. He has 324 home runs and 1,000 RBIs over 15 major league seasons.

By cutting Upton, the Angels have cleared space in the outfield for youngsters Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh to play every day alongside Mike Trout.

Assuming Upton clears waivers, he’s likely to refuse a minor league assignment and become a free agent.

Braves key reliever Jackson has ligament damage in elbow

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Braves reliever Luke Jackson has ligament damage in his right elbow and there’s no timetable for his return.

A key part of the bullpen last year during Atlanta’s run to the World Series championship, Jackson is having a “comprehensive evaluation,” the team said Saturday.

The Braves said tests revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in Jackson’s elbow. The 30-year-old had the test after he was shut down for a week and then had renewed discomfort when he resumed throwing.

Problems with the ulnar collateral ligament can lead to Tommy John surgery, which would end Jackson’s season.

Jackson posted 18 saves in 2019 and has since served as one of the team’s top setup men. He was 2-2 with a career-best 1.98 ERA in 71 games in 2021, helping Atlanta win its first championship since 1995.

Jackson had a 0.00 ERA in three World Series games against Houston, allowing one hit in 3 2/3 innings.

The bullpen is one of the team’s deepest areas following the offseason additions of closer Kenley Jansen and Collin McHugh. If Jackson is unavailable, McHugh’s role becomes especially important as another right-hander in the bullpen.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

INDY ELEVEN RECAP

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, April 2, 2022) – While it wasn’t the win Indy Eleven was hoping for in its first run out at IUPUI Carroll Stadium in 2022, Raul Aguilera’s 61st minute goal helped Indiana’s Team gain a point from a 1-1 draw with LA Galaxy on Saturday evening.

Aguilera’s first tally for the Eleven (0W-2L-2D, 2 pts.) cancelled out Michael Salazar’s 35th minute opener for Galaxy II (1W-2L-1D, 4 pts.), ending in a result that allowed both sides to go two games undefeated.

Indy Eleven stormed out of the gate with forward Stefano Pinho pushing a shot just wide of frame 20 seconds in, and the Galaxy stated their intent with a pair of off target shots of their own within the first two minutes. Pinho had another chance off an Indy corner in the 7th minute, but his header literally on top of the back post couldn’t make the angle.

In the ninth minute, Eleven right back Bryam Rebellon charged forward to get on the end of Jonas Fjeldberg’s cutback from the endline, but his shot in space sailed high – a familiar theme for Indy’s chances the rest of the half. Two solid looks by Fjeldberg and one from Aguilera all rose over frame in the middle of the half, perhaps indicative of a slippery Carroll Stadium surface combined with a fierce westerly wind at the backs of the Boys in Blue throughout the first 45 minutes.

The Eleven would rue the missed chances with 10 minutes to go in the half, when goalkeeper Elliot Panicco swiped away Cam Dunbar’s backpost cross only as far as Salazar, who was lurking at the edge of the six and swept home from a near angle to give the visitors the 1-0 advantage. Despite holding a 9-5 advantage in shots in the opening half, Indiana’s Team entered the locker room down the goal after being unable to put any of its chances on frame.

The start of the second half wasn’t nearly as frantic as the first, but Aguilera’s goal on the stroke of the hour mark sparked the match back to life. With LA goalkeeper Richard Salazar off his line to try and stop Fjeldberg’s attempt at the penalty spot, Aguilera possessed, gained a sliver of space and placed a low shot towards an open net through traffic and inside the back post to even the proceedings. 

The Eleven were unlucky to not take the lead for its own two minutes later when midfielder Sam Brown crashed the area to nod on Nicky Law’s corner, but the chance bounced right to Salazar on his line. The Galaxy II netminder’s prompt distribution created a 2-v-2 counter on the other end, with Remi Cabral’s shot forcing Panicco into a key save at his near post.

The chances dried up from there for both sides through the rest of regulation, but Indy created one more quality look off its ninth corner of the night two minutes deep into stoppage time.  Substitute Noah Powder – who returned from international duty with Trinidad & Tobago midweek – pumped in a threatening ball to the six that defender A.J. Cochran snapped with pace towards goal, but he couldn’t steer it inside the near post, and the match would eventually come to its even finish.

Tonight’s match kicked off a busy April for Indy Eleven that will see the Boys in Blue play at least five matches at its Carroll Stadium home, a welcome change from its three-game road trip to start the campaign. The Eleven are back to it in just three days’ time with its return to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this Tuesday, April 5, against St. Louis CITY 2. The Second Round affair is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at “The Mike”, which will be streamed on ESPN+. Specially priced tickets for that match are available for just $5 (Brickyard Battalion and Corner Sections of grandstand) and $11 (remainder of grandstand) and can be purchased at indyeleven.com/tickets – while all ticket purchasers from tonight’s match will receive free tickets for Tuesday’s match, courtesy of Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Braden Smith is 2022 Indiana Mr. Basketball.

The 6-foot senior guard was voted IndyStar Mr. Basketball by a vote of the state’s coaches and media, edging future Purdue teammate and Homestead senior Fletcher Loyer. Smith was voted Mr. Basketball by 128 voters to the second place Loyer’s 109. Lawrence North’s CJ Gunn was third with 57 votes, Central Noble’s Connor Essegian fourth with 41 votes and Chesterton’s Travis Grayson fifth with 16 votes.

Smith averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 21 games. In his four-year varsity career, he averaged 17.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. Smith was 251-for-587 (42.8%) from the 3-point line for his career.

Rally Comes Up Short Against Northwestern

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –  A six-run rally in the ninth inning came up just short as the Indiana baseball program dropped the middle game of its series against Northwestern, 7-6, on Saturday (April 2) afternoon on Bart Kaufman Field.

Northwestern (10-12, 1-1 B1G) struck for three runs in the fourth inning, three in the seventh and one in the ninth to account for the Wildcats’ scoring. Indiana (11-14, 1-1 B1G) mounted a furious rally in the ninth inning with six runs on three hits against three NU pitchers.

Freshman Josh Pyne moved his hitting streak to 15 games with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He doubled twice in the game for his second career game with two extra base hits (Kentucky, 3/15/22), added one walk and one run scored. Freshman Carter Mathison posted a career-high three hits in the game and drove in two RBIs.

Junior Hunter Jessee and freshman Brock Tibbitts each drove in RBIs, while redshirt-junior Tucker Schank had a pinch-hit two-RBI single in the ninth inning.

Senior Bradley Brehmer (3-2) allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings in the loss. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight in the contest. Redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell fired two innings of scoreless relief, while redshirt-sophomore Brian Gaffney made his collegiate debut and returned the only batter he faced.

For Northwestern, starting pitcher Michael Farinelli earned the victory with 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out five, allowed five hits and walked one. Ethan O’Donnell was 4-for-6 on the day with two RBIs to pace the offense. Three other Wildcats posted multi-hit games, with Alex Calarco, Vincent Bianchina and Tony Livermore each posted two hits.

Scoring Recap

Top Fourth

A single and a hit batter put two on with one out. Tony Livermore singled to center scoring Vincent Bianchina and Ethan O’Donnell plated two with a double to center field.

Northwestern 3, Indiana 0

Top Seventh

Jay Beshears doubled down the right field line to lead off the inning and after a single by Anthony Calarco, Bianchina doubled to collect an RBI. Calarco crossed the plate on a wild pitch and Andrew Pinkston added an RBI on a ground out.

Northwestern 6, Indiana 0

Top Ninth

Bianchina was hit by a pitch followed by a pair of outs. With two outs, Livermore hit a single and a wild pitch eventually allowed Bianchina to score.

Northwestern 7, Indiana 0

Bottom Ninth

Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one out and Brock Tibbitts walked to push the first run across. Hunter Jessee lined an RBI single between first and second and Carter Mathison roped a two-RBI ground-rule double to left field. Tucker Schank dropped a two-RBI single into right center to make it a one-run game before the final two outs were recorded via strikeout.

Northwestern 7, Indiana 6

Up Next

The Big Ten Network will air the rubber game in the series between Northwestern and Indiana t 1 p.m. with Shane Sparks and Danan Hughes on the call.

Indiana Women’s Tennis Wins Rivalry Match Over Purdue

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Women’s Tennis earned an impressive comeback victory over rival No. 65 Purdue on Saturday afternoon, 4-2.

With the win, Indiana improves to 9-9 on the season and have won two of their last three matches.

After Purdue won the doubles point, Indiana’s Alexandra Staiculescu and Laura Masic won two straight matches at No. 3 and No. 2 singles to take an overall 2-1 lead.

The Boilermakers evened the score at 2-2 with a No. 6 singles win, but the Hoosiers bounced right back.

Indiana’s Lara Schneider won at No. 1 singles and Mila Mejic quickly followed up with a 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) win at No. 4 singles to clinch the match win for the Hoosiers.

Up next, Indiana will host Penn State for a home match on Friday, April 8.

Indiana 4, Purdue 2

Singles Competition

1. Lara Schneider (IND) def. Csilla Fodor (PUR) 6-1, 6-3

2. Laura Masic (IND) def. Carmen Gallardo Guevara (PUR) 6-1, 6-4

3. Alexandra Staiculescu (IND) def. Tara Katarina Milic (PUR) 6-2, 6-2

4. Mila Mejic (IND) def. Juana Larranaga (PUR) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3)

5. Rose Hu (IND) vs. Rut Galindo (PUR) 6-4, unfinished

6. Seira Shimizu (PUR) def. Sayda Hernandez (IND 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Nathalia Wolf Gasparin/Csilla Fodor (PUR) def. Laura Masic/Lara Schneider (IND) 7-6 (10-8)

2. Tara Katarina Milic/Rut Galindo (PUR) def. Alexandra Staiculescu/Mila Mejic (IND) 7-6 (7-2)

3. Lexi Kubas/Rose Hu (IND) def. Carmen Gallardo Guevara/Seira Shimizu (PUR) 6-4

Purdue Rallies Back from 3 Deficits but Can’t Pull Even

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Jake Jarvis homered as part of a five-RBI night to help No. 16 Purdue baseball overcome three notable deficits, but the Boilermakers were unable to pull even in an 11-10 loss at Illinois on Saturday.

Purdue (18-4, 1-2 B1G) trailed 5-1, 8-3 and 11-7 but managed to put the tying run on base in each of the final three innings. The Boilermakers pounded out a season-high 14 hits and scored seven of their 10 runs across the seventh and eighth innings.

Cam Thompson hit his team-leading seventh home run to open the second inning, going deep for the fifth consecutive weekend. He joined former teammate Ben Nisle (2021) as the only Boilermakers to accomplish that feat in the last 20 years. Thompson also extended his on-base streak to 22 consecutive games.

Evan Albrecht registered his team-leading seventh three-hit game of the season, raising his batting average to .431 to take over the Big Ten lead. He’s 14-for-22 over the last six games and moved up to the 6-hole in the lineup Saturday after batting ninth in every game he had started this season. The senior has hit safely in seven straight games and reached base safely in 14 straight.

Representing the tying run after draw a one-out walk in the ninth inning, Curtis Washington Jr. was thrown out on a close play at third base on a base hit through the left side of the infield from CJ Valdez. The chopper deflected off the glove of Illini third baseman Branden Comia as he and shortstop Cal Hejza converged on the ball. Washington saw an opportunity to move into third base with one out and broke for third. But Hejza was able to make it to third in time to take the throw from left fielder Cam McDonald.

The Boilermakers sent nine men to the plate while scoring three times in the eighth inning, but left the bases loaded. They stranded 12 runners in the loss.

Softball Drops Doubleheader at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Purdue softball team moves to .500 on the season (18-18, 1-3 Big Ten) following a 1-7 and 1-8 loss at Penn State in Saturday’s doubleheader.

On the day, the Boilermakers recorded four hits per game while allowing seven hits in Game One and 11 in Game Two while committing no errors.

The day was highlighted by Alex Echazarreta’s Game One home run to center field, which marked the third consecutive game with a homer. The senior followed it up in the next game with an RBI. Kiara Dillon scored on the play after reaching first on a bunt, using her speed to beat out the throw. The sophomore centerfielder’s run was the 17th of the season, including the third in the last four games.

Despite the slow start for the Boilers in their first matchup, Purdue came out hot to start the second game, gaining momentum with two hits in the top of the first, including Dillon’s eventual run. However, the Nittany Lions evened the score in the bottom of the inning before notching the game-winner in the third and insurance runs in the fifth (one run) and sixth (five runs).

Defensively, Olivia McFadden shone with three putouts in Game Two, a career-high, and Rachel Becker with a SC Top 10-worthy catch for the first out in the fifth inning of Game One.

Echazarreta started in the circle in Game One, recording just her fourth loss of the season as she moves to 8-4 on the year after allowing four hits and two walks with a pair of strikeouts over 3.1 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, Brenna Smith tossed the first 4.2 innings in Game Two on her way to moving to 2-5 this season. Smith produced a pair of strikeouts in the outing and allowed just one walk.

Purdue will be back at Penn State tomorrow for the third and final game of the series. The Boilermakers are slated to take the field at 1 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on B1G+.

Butler Baseball Falls to Eastern Illinois in Game 2

INDIANAPOLIS — Eastern Illinois took game two over Butler on Saturday Afternoon. The Panthers scored a run in three consecutive innings to secure the 3-2 win over the Bulldogs. Cameron Doherty earned the win, and Zane Robbins was credited with the save for Eastern Illinois.

Aaron Barokas handled the first 4.0 innings of the game and Jon Vore the last 5.0 for the Bulldogs. The RHP pitcher Vore allowed six hits and no runs in 19 batters faced.

EIU tallied the first run in the second as Travis Reaves reached on a fielder’s choice, and Ryan Ignoffo scored. Then, Ryan O’Halloran tripled to right-center (RBI), and Billy Wurch scored on the hit, getting the Bulldogs on the board.

In the third, Lucas DiLuca singled to center field (RBI), and Ja’Lil Akbar scored. The Panthers Nathan Aide would homer in the fourth to give EIU a two-run lead. The Bulldogs would chip away at the lead in the sixth as Aaron Steinhart homered (RBI) to move the score 3-2.

Jesse Wainscott came in at the bottom of the eighth to relieve Doherty and secure the Panther’s win.

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow with a doubleheader to close out the four-game series.

Butler Softball Shut Out by UConn, Preps for Rubber Game

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team lost the second of a three-game series with UConn on Saturday, 5-0, missing out on a chance to displace the Huskies (19-13, 9-2 BIG EAST) at the top of the conference standings. The Bulldogs (19-11, 7-3 BIG EAST) will look to win the series as the teams face off one final time on Sunday.

How It Happened

UConn scored one in the first but only held a 1-0 lead after three full innings.

The Huskies added one in the fourth, two in the sixth, and one more in the seventh to increase the lead to 5-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Butler loaded the bases in a two-out rally but, ultimately, could not get anyone across the plate.

Butler Pitching

Mackenzie Griman (2-5) started for Butler and took the loss. In 3.1 innings, she allowed six hits, two runs (both earned), and one walk while striking out two. Alyssa Graves (2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) and Madison Seigworth (1.1 IP, 3 H, R, ER, BB, K) each provided relief from the bullpen.

Bulldog Bits

Maddie Moore led the Bulldogs’ offense, going 3-for-3 on the day.

Lauren Fey, Ella White, and Kaylee Gross each added one hit.

Ellie Boyer’s stolen base was her ninth of the season.

The Bulldogs played error-free ball but were outhit, 11-6.

Up Next

Butler and UConn remain in Indianapolis to play the series finale and rubber game on Sunday, Apr. 3, at 11 am.

Softball Completes Series Sweep; Tops Kent State 11-3

MUNCIE, Ind. – – Redshirt freshman pitcher Caridad Estes set the tone and the rest of the Ball State softball team followed in a dominating 11-3 (5) win over Kent State Saturday afternoon at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

With the win, the Cardinals (10-18; 3-2 Mid-American Conference) completed the weekend sweep of the Golden Flashes (9-17; 1-7 MAC) after winning both ends of Friday’s doubleheader.

Estes opened the game by retiring Kent State in order in the top of the first inning. Then cue the heavy-hitting Ball State offense, which used a bases loaded RBI grounding from senior catcher Delaine Johnson and a three-run blast from sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy in the bottom of the inning to take control of the contest at 4-0.

Lissy’s second home run of the season was the first of four on the day for the Cardinals offense, which used a two-run shot from senior left fielder Faith Hensley in the bottom of the second to pull ahead 6-0.

While Kent State would cut the lead in half with a three-run blast of its own in the top of the third, BSU would get two of the runs back in the bottom of the frame. The first came courtesy of Lissy’s fourth RBI of the game, when she smashed a single through the right side to plate freshman pinch runner Kaitlyn Gibson from second.

Two batters later, sophomore Kaitlyn Mathews dropped her second of three hits in the contest into left field, droving home the speedy Lissy from second.

After a scoreless fourth, the Cardinals would add three more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. The first came via a leadoff blast to center from sophomore pinch hitter Samantha-Jo Mata, her second of the season.

Mathews followed with her third hit, before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from sophomore center fielder Remington Ross. The extra base proved to be a moot point, however, as Hensley launched a no-doubter over the scoreboard in left-center to walk-off the win.

With her two blasts, Hensley raised her season home run total to 11, while tying with Lissy for game-high honors with four RBI. Junior third baseman Haley Wynn also produced a pair of hits on the day.

Back in the circle, Estes limited the Golden Flashes to five hits and three earned runs over the first 2.1 innings. She turned the ball over to freshman Emma Eubank who would go on to retire all eight batters she faced in the game over her 2.2 innings of work. Eubank would get credit for the win, her second of the series and third of the year.

The Ball State softball team is scheduled to return to action Tuesday, with the first of a three-game midweek series at Northern Illinois. First pitch is currently set for 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT.

No. 7 Men’s Volleyball Posts 3-0 Win Over No. 13 Lewis on Senior Day

MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 7 Ball State men’s volleyball team (19-2, 11-1 MIVA) used a balanced offensive attack to post a 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-20) victory over No. 13 Lewis (13-11, 5-7 MIVA) Saturday night at Worthen Arena.

Angelos Mandilaris led the Cardinals with a game high 19 kills off 37 swings, as the graduate senior turned in a .378 hitting percentage.

Defensively, Colin Ensalaco led Ball State with nine digs while his teammate Felix Egharevba tallied five block assists.

The Cardinal’s defense was phenomenal as Ball State held Lewis to a .143 hitting percentage.

In the opening set, Ball State jumped to a quick 5-2 lead off of kills from Mandilaris and Brandon Shepherd. The duo continued to guide the Cardinals offensively the remainder of the first frame of action helping BSU take a 22-15 advantage over Lewis. It just so happened that Mandilaris would throw down the kill to win the game 25-19.

The second set consisted of 17 ties and five lead changes. The score was last knotted at 24-24 but a service error by Lewis put BSU back into the driver’s seat. Egharevba then put the exclamation point on second game with a high flying kill which allowed the Cardinals to take the frame, 26-24.

In the third and final game, Ball State once again cruised to 3-1 edge before eventually taking a five-point cushion at 19-14 on a kill from Mandilaris. A kill from Will Hippe then gave Ball State set-point at 25-20 while also completing the 3-0 sweep for the Cardinals.

After the match, Ball State paid tribute to its seven seniors Quinn Isaacson, Colin Ensalaco, Angelos Mandilaris, Felix Egharevba, Will Hippe, Brandon Shepherd and Nick Martinski.

The Ball State men’s volleyball team returns to the road for its final Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season weekend when it plays at Loyola-Chicago on Thursday, April 7 at 8 pm ET in Gentile Arena. The Cardinals will then wrap up its two-match weekend away from home at Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm ET in the Gates Sports Center.

IRISH WALK IT OFF IN THE NINTH TO EVEN SERIES WITH GEORGIA TECH

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In a back-and-forth battle that took nine innings to complete, the University of Notre Dame softball team found a way to win a 13-12 fight with the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. After erasing a six-run deficit in the sixth and seventh innings, the Fighting Irish rallied from down one in the ninth to score two as Miranda Johnson delivered the walk-off single to earn the victory and help the Irish improve to 26-7, and 6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Freshman Shannon Becker got the start in in the circle, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing five hits, five earned runs and struck out three. Alexis Holloway suffered the loss, working a third of an inning, but allowing four hits and four earned runs. Payton Tidd worked the final 5.2 innings, earning her 10th win of the season. She scattered five hits, three runs, one earned and picked up a strikeout. After Georgia Tech scored in four of the first five innings, Tidd held the Yellowjackets off the board for three-straight innings as the Irish mounted the comeback.

The Irish offense was paced by Emma Clark, who finished 5-for-6 with five runs scored. Leea Hanks finished 2-for-4, with three RBI, and scored four times. She made the most of her two hits as both left the yard, coming in the bottom of the seventh and ninth innings. Miranda Johnson came in off the bench and finished 2-for-3 with a game-high four RBI. Carlli Kloss, Karina Gaskins, Joley Mitchell and Tidd all added a hit in the contest. Gaskins hit a three-run homer, and Mitchell drove in a pair.

The Yellowjackets got on the board in the first inning with a solo home run by Emma Kauf.

The Irish responded in the bottom of the inning as Hanks led off with a four-pitch walk and Clark singled back up the middle. After a sacrifice bunt, Gaskins hit a three-run homer on a 1-2 count to take the lead 3-1.

Georgia Tech got a run back in the third inning. A lead-off singled moved on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Mallorie Black singled up the middle to cut the lead to 3-2.

Notre Dame extended the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs. A single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, and a pair of sacrifice flies brought in two to extend the lead to 5-2, Irish.

The Yellowjackets broke the game open in the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits to take a 9-5 lead. Georgia Tech added two unearned runs in the fifth to lead 11-5.

The Irish rallied for three in the bottom of the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Johnson who drove a single up the middle to score two. Mitchell followed with a single to left to score Sweet and the Irish cut the lead to 11-8.

Tidd kept Georgia Tech off the board in the seventh as the Irish continued to fight. A lead-off walk and a fielder’s choice turned the lineup over as Hanks drilled an 0-2 for a home run to right center to cut the lead to one. Clark doubled on the very next pitch to put the tying run in scoring position. After a strikeout and an intentional walk to Gaskins, Johnson hammered a line drive that was directly at a well-place Georgia Tech defender, but it bounced out of her glove, allowing a run to score and tie the game

After a scoreless eighth inning, Georgia Tech regained the lead with a solo home run in the ninth.

Hanks led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer to tie the game at 12. Clark followed with a well-struck ball right at the shortstop who couldn’t make the play. A groundout moved her into scoring position and an intentional walk to Gaskins loaded the bases for Johnson’s heroics. With the count full, she pulled a line drive through the right side score Clark as the Irish walked it off for the first time this season at Melissa Cook Stadium.

Up Next

The Irish and Georgia Tech wrap up the series Sunday at noon at Melissa Cook Stadium.

IRISH FALL TO #1 NORTH CAROLINA

The #15 Fighting Irish took on #1 North Carolina in a Saturday morning matchup in Chapel Hill. The Irish eventually fell to the Tar Heels 15-7.

Bridget Deehan powered the Irish with 11 stops just in the first half of play, and 16 saves total.

Jackie Wolak led the Irish in goals with three while Madison Ahern led the Irish in shots with nine and was had two goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The first quarter opened up with massive saves from Deehan to keep the scoreboard blank until 3:58 left in the first quarter. Deehan tallied seven saves just in the first quarter. Notre Dame put up seven shots but could not get the ball to the back of the net.

The second quarter was much of the same story as both teams went scoreless with another four saves from Deehan. Coming out of a timeout in the second quarter Ali McHugh made North Carolina think twice as she spun out of her dodge to find an open lane for a goal. The goal put Notre Dame on the board with North Carolina leading 2-1. North Carolina went on to score three straight goals. The Irish responded with a goal of their own from Jackie Wolak. Notre Dame went into halftime down 5-2.

In the third quarter, North Carolina got out in front to power themselves to a 10 point lead, 12-2. Madison Ahern added to the Irish tally in the fourth quarter for the Irish’s third goal of the day. Kasey Choma also notched a goal on a free position attempt with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Wolak added two more goals for the Irish along with Ahern for an eventual final score 15-7.

The Irish will host Detroit Mercy on Tuesday April 5 at 2 pm at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend. Live stats will be available and the contest will be streamed live on ACCNX.

#13 IRISH CLINCH SERIES WITH 5-4 WIN OVER #5 FLORIDA STATE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team battled back to clinch the series with a 5-4 win over the fifth-ranked Seminoles Saturday night at Dick Howser Stadium.

The Irish (15-5, 4-4 ACC) trailed 4-2 heading into the eighth but scored once in the eighth and two with two outs in the ninth to regain the lead. Jared Miller singled up the middle that scored the two runs in the ninth to get the Irish back in front.

In the bottom of the ninth, Roman Kimball closed the door by setting the Seminoles (16-10, 6-5 ACC) down in order to seal the win and the series. He pitched 2.0 innings of relief for his second win of the season and did not allow a hit.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish struck first with a run in the top of the second. Carter Putz scored on the ground out from Brooks Coetzee III to give the Irish an early 1-0 lead. The lead did not last long as the Seminoles answered with a run in the bottom of the second. After two frames, the score was tied at 1-1.

The Irish got out of a jam in the bottom of the third thanks to stellar infield defense. With the bases loaded and just one out, Will Mercer induced a 4-6-3 double play that was finished off by a snag from Carter Putz at first to end the inning without any damage.

In the next inning at the plate, Putz led the fourth inning off with a solo blast over the wall in left center to regain the lead for the Irish. It was his third home run of the season and gave the Irish a 2-1 lead.

The Seminoles were in position to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth as they loaded the bases with two outs. Liam Simon had come on from the pen and he forced a ground out to end the inning and keep the Irish up 2-1.

Florida State broke through with three runs in the seventh to take its first lead of the series. After seven innings, the Seminoles held a 4-2 lead.

The Irish got a run back in eighth after another clutch hit from Putz. With Jack Brannigan on first, he doubled off the wall in right and Brannigan scored all the way from first. The double brought the Irish within one at 4-3.

In the ninth, the Irish kept battling and got the go-ahead run in scoring position and the tying run at third. Miller stepped to the plate with two outs and hit a chopper up the middle that the Seminole second baseman got to in the shallow outfield. Coetzee III scored easily on the play and Jack Penney was going from second and beat the throw home to give the Irish a lead they would not relinquish.

UP NEXT

The Irish will be back in action for the series finale looking for the sweep on Sunday. The Irish and Seminoles are set for a 1 p.m. ET start on Sunday for the series finale and the game will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra.

Redbirds power past Sycamores on Saturday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Illinois State took advantage of four home runs and a strong relief outing from Erik Kubiatowicz to top host Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at Bob Warn Field, 12-2.

The Sycamore (14-8, 1-1 MVC) offense welcomed an Aaron Beck solo home run and added doubles by Randall Diaz, Sean Ross, and Seth Gergely on the afternoon, but Indiana State was unable to hold off an Illinois State (10-10, 1-1 MVC) offense that scored early and often in the second game of the weekend series.

Jake Ridgway (1-1) took the loss on the mound for Indiana State after allowing five hits and four runs (three earned) over one inning, while Jared Spencer, Lane Miller, and Cameron Holycross also saw time on the mound for the Sycamores.

Ryan Cermak homered twice in a 4-for-5 outing at the plate and added three RBI to even the series up at 1-1. Jake McCaw and Jonathan Sabotnik also homered for the Redbirds in the win.

Kubiatowicz (1-1) took his first win of the season after a four-inning relief effort. The right-hander allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two in support of starter Jordan Lussier. Zach Holcomb pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the contest for Illinois State.

How They Scored

Ryan Cernak and Jake McCaw both connected on solo home runs in the top of the first inning to give Illinois State the early 2-0 lead.

The Redbirds took advantage of a Sycamore error and a Nick Gile two-run double in the top of the second inning to stretch their lead to 7-0.

Indiana State took two back in the bottom of the second as Aaron Beck connected on a leadoff home run to left field and Seth Gergely’s sacrifice fly brought home Sean Ross to cut the margin down to 7-2.

Cernak added a solo home run in the fourth and Jonathan Sabotnik added a two-run shot in the inning to make it an 11-2 Illinois State lead.

McCaw drove in the final run of the contest with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth scoring Adrian Flores to provide the final margin.

News & Notes

Seth Gergely ran his hitting streak to 11 games on Saturday as the redshirt junior went 1-for-2 from the plate with a double and a sacrifice fly.

Sean Ross added his team-leading 10th double of the season.

Aaron Beck connected on his first home run of the 2022 season as the redshirt senior became the 11th Indiana State player to hit a home run this year.

Four of the Sycamores five hits in the contest went for extra bases in the loss.

Lane Miller recorded his longest outing of the season with the redshirt senior going 2.1 innings allowing three hits and one run while striking out two.

Cameron Holycross also posted a season-best on the year with the redshirt sophomore allowing just one hit over his inning of work.

Up Next

Indiana State and Illinois State close out the Missouri Valley series tomorrow afternoon at Bob Warn Field with first pitch set for 1 p.m. The game will be carried live on ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

TERRY, CATES PACE JAGUARS AT OLIVER NIKOLOFF INVITATIONAL

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The IUPUI women’s track and field team got seven personal bests at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on Saturday (Apr. 2), keyed by a new school record in the 400m hurdles by senior Marie Terry. Terry collected runner-up honors in the event and lowered her own school record by nearly a full second in the process, crossing at 1:01.89.

Earlier in the day, senior Kelly Zehnder had strong efforts in both of her events, leading the Jaguars in both the long jump (5.01m / 16′ 5.25”) and triple jump (10.36m / 34′ 0”). Her long jump mark was just off her outdoor best, missing by one-hundredth of a meter. Lauren Palmer jumped 4.30m (14′ 1.25”) in the long jump and 9.88m (32′ 8”) in the triple jump. Mikayla Miller cleared 1.46m (4′ 9.5”) in the high jump and just missed a personal best in the javelin on Friday afternoon (Apr. 1) with a best throw of 29.54 (96′ 11”).

On the track, IUPUI had a banner day on Saturday, despite less than optimal conditions.

Kara Krol paced IUPUI’s entries in the 1,500m event with a time of 5:06.74 while Sabrina Elder was tops among the 800m entries at 2:17.22.

That set the stage for Terry’s effort in the 400m hurdles as she finished second to Miami (Ohio)’s Sarah Bruns. Freshman Katie Moore clocked a personal best time of 1:05.61 in her second career entry in the event.

“I was feeling confident going into the race because we’ve been training pretty hard during practice and it paid off,” Terry said. “I’m glad I could run a good time despite the weather being cold.”

In the 5,000m event, the Jaguars recorded five outdoor bests, keyed by Ellie Cates and classmate Madison Fry. Cates spun the fourth-best 5K in program history with a time of 17:32.20 and Fry followed with the fifth-best effort, crossing at 17:34.23. Both entered the meet with outdoor best times of 18:10.

“Madison and I working together in every single workout has really prepared us to work together in races,” Cates said. “If one of us isn’t feeling great, the other will pull them along for the ride.

“I’m super grateful to have a teammate like Madison.”

Hannah Sale clocked an outdoor best time of 18:10.52 and freshman Laci Provenzano spun a time of 18:30.93, taking 28 seconds off her initial effort of the year. Claire Mehling rounded out the entries with a time of 19:32.28.

IUPUI will return to action on Apr. 8-9 when the Jaguars compete in the Illini Classic.

Mastodon Baseball Falls in Game Two of the Series to Wright State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Four Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons recorded multi-hit games, but the ‘Dons fell to the Wright State Raiders 17-11 on Saturday (April 2) in Horizon League baseball action.

Trailing 5-0, the Mastodons first put runs on the board in the second inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored twice, with one run coming across on Isaiah Hart’s single.

Wright State put up 10 runs in the third to go up 15-2. Despite the deficit, the Mastodon bats got back to work, cutting into the lead in the third with four runs. The frame was highlighted by a three-run home run off the bat of Cade Fitzpatrick. His sixth home run of the season.

The ‘Dons made it a 15-9 game with three runs in the fifth. Two of them came across on a two-RBI double from Alex Evenson.

The Mastodons sent in a run on senior Garett Lake’s leadoff homer in the sixth to make it a 15-10 game.

All told it was eight straight runs for the ‘Dons. A big reason for the push came on the mound too. Brian Skelton tossed a career-high 4.0 innings out of the pen. He allowed just two hits and one run with a career-high five strikeouts. He fanned the side in the fourth inning.

The Raiders made it a 17-10 game before Luke Miles tripled in Karter Hann in the ninth to make the final 17-11.

Mitchell Spencer (1-2) started for the ‘Dons and took the loss.

Evenson led the hit barrage for the Mastodons, going 3-for-5 in the game with a double and two RBIs. Fitzpatrick also had a double to go with his home run.

GAME NOTES

» Jarrett Bickel, Fitzpatrick and Brian Erbe each had two hits while Evenson had three.

» Erbe added two walks and two runs to go with his two hits.

» The Mastodons out-hit the Raiders 14-12.

» Purdue Fort Wayne went 7-for-19 (.368) with runners in scoring position.

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts.

» Enas Hayden didn’t allow a run in 2.0 innings out of the pen for the ‘Dons.

» Wright State was led offensively by Alec Sayre, who went 3-for-6 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

» Tristan Haught threw the final four innings for a save.

» Wright State improves to 11-13 (6-2 Horizon). The ‘Dons fall to 4-21 (2-6 Horizon).

ON DECK

» The ‘Dons and Raiders will close out the series on Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.

‘Dons Drop a Pair to Oakland in Doubleheader

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team fell in a pair of closely contested Horizon League games on Saturday (April 2) to Oakland 5-3 and 4-1.

GAME 1 | Oakland 5, Purdue Fort Wayne 3
Mastodons took a 3-2 lead into the sixth inning, but could not hang on and fell 5-3.

Shaina Eyre (1-9) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. Lauren McConnell was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going 1.1 shutout innings while allowing one hit, walking none and striking out one.

Sonia Solis led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 3-for-4 in the ballgame with an RBI. Brooke Wintlend put together a noteworthy performance as well, going 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs. Emma McMillan also helped out, going 2-for-4 for Purdue Fort Wayne with a double.

The Mastodons got on the board immediately, starting their scoring with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Solis, scoring Alise Hale from second base.

The Golden Grizzlies then rallied to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead before the Mastodons got back on the board in the fifth. Purdue Fort Wayne picked up two runs when a single from Wintlend brought home McMillan and Hale, which brought the score to 3-2 in favor of the Mastodons. The Mastodons were unable to hold the lead, as Oakland scored three times over the remaining two innings to grab the 5-3 win.

GAME NOTES
» Solis led the Mastodons, picking up three hits and an RBI in the ballgame.
» Purdue Fort Wayne’s highest scoring inning was the fifth, when it pushed two runs across.
» McMillan stole two bases in Saturday’s game.
» The Mastodons drew four walks from Oakland pitching.
» Oakland was led offensively by sophomore Jen Krizka, who went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Sophomore Sydney Campbell led the Golden Grizzlies pitching staff, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings to pick up a save.

GAME 2 | Oakland 4, Purdue Fort Wayne 1
Purdue Fort Wayne got three hits from Brayden Lickey in a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.

Gracie Brinkerhoff (2-6) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (4-24, 3-8). Senior Lauren McConnell was a bright spot out of the bullpen, going 2.2 shutout innings without allowing a hit.

Lickey’s three-hit day led the Mastodons offensively. Epiphany Hang put together a noteworthy performance at the plate as well, going 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Trailing 4-0, the Mastodons first put a run on the board in the seventh inning. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Hang, scoring Lickey from third base.

GAME NOTES
» Lickey led the Mastodons, amassing three hits in three at bats in the ballgame.
» The Mastodons out-hit the Golden Grizzlies at a 7-6 clip.
» Oakland was led offensively by senior Madison Jones, who went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Sophomore Sydney Campbell led the Golden Grizzlies pitching staff, throwing seven innings of one-run ball.

Mastodons Pick Up Second Straight Win Over Lindenwood

ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team picked up a road Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association win against Lindenwood in four sets (25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17) on Saturday, April 2.

With the win, the Mastodons’ record improves to 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the MIVA. Lindenwood’s overall record drops to 8-11 and 4-7 in the MIVA.

The ‘Dons got off to an early 9-4 lead in the first set. Jon Diedrich had three kills during the run. After the Lions cut the lead to 11-7, the Mastodons finished the set on a 14-8 run. The ‘Dons had eight kills during the stretch. Diedrich and Vicente Ibarra each had three kills in the run.

Neither team led by more than two points to start the second set. After the ‘Dons took an 18-15 lead off an attacking error, the Lions came back and won the second set off a 10-3 run.

After a service ace gave the Lions a 12-11 lead in the third set, the ‘Dons ripped off a 5-1 run to take a 17-13 lead. Ibarrahad a kill and a service ace during the run. Diedrich and Rico Wardlow added kills. Despite the Mastodons run, the Lions came back to tie the set at 21-21. However, the ‘Dons scored four of the final six points to win the set.

The Mastodons started the fourth set with seven kills in eight attacks. They continued their hot start and finished the set with 18 kills off 27 attack attempts and hit .630. Of those 18 kills, 10 came from Diedrich.

For the match, the ‘Dons hit .393, which is the third highest team hitting percentage this season and the best in a four-set match. This is also the second time this season the ‘Dons have hit over .350 against Lindenwood. The Lions hit .230.

Diedrich led the way in kills with 24, which is a season best in league play, and digs with eight. His 24 kills are his most in a league match this season. Wardlow added 11 kills and hit a team high .611. Zach Solomon notched a career high 42 assists.

The Mastodons close regular season play with a pair of home matches. The ‘Dons welcome Ohio State on Thursday, April 7 (7 p.m.) and Ball State on Saturday, April 9 (7 p.m.). The Mastodons celebrate senior day prior to Saturday’s match.

Aces earn series win with 7-5 victory over Spartans

EVANSVILLE – Taking an early lead and using timely hitting to hold on to it late, the University of Evansville baseball team secured a series win over Michigan State with a 7-5 win over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

“Really proud of our club. Nick Smith was outstanding throughout and our offense got out in front with some runs early,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll on the win. “The top four guys in our lineup had two hits a piece and delivered some important RBI hits. I know (Jakob) Meyer made it interesting but he always makes a sequence of pitches when needed. I’m excited to get the field tomorrow.”

The win earns Evansville’s first series win over a Big Ten opponent since taking two of three games from Iowa during the 2019 campaign. Much like Friday night, a dominant effort on the mound helped fuel the Aces early success in the contest. Sophomore Nick Smith went seven innings in the win, allowing seven hits and three runs, while striking-out three and walking just one. All of the damage to Smith’s line was done in the seventh after the Boonville, Ind. native had pitched six shutout innings.

At the plate, the top of the lineup was what powered Evansville with one through six in the order all recording at least a hit and five of the six recording two on the afternoon. First baseman Tanner Craig and third baseman Brent Widder each recorded two RBI a piece, helping Evansville to the win.

Like the series opener, the Aces opened the scoring in the first inning as Widder mashed a single up the middle, scoring Craig to earn an early 1-0 advantage for UE. Another run came across in the third, again generated by Widder, who’s single through the left side scored Mark Shallenberger.

An inning later, it was Craig who delivered the run support, ripping a double down the left field line, which brought Eric Roberts home and lifted Evansville to a 3-0 lead.

The power has been on display for Evan Berkey over the last two weeks and the La Quinta, Calif. native did it again to jumpstart the offense in the fifth. Berkey smashed his sixth homer of the season, driving it down the left field line and out of the park for a 4-0 UE lead. The home run gave Berkey homers in back-to-back games and was his fourth in the last six games. Later in the fifth, Roberts laid down a picture perfect bunt, reaching safely at first and allowing Danny Borgstrom to cross home as the Aces took a 5-0 lead.

Michigan State would mount a comeback, scoring three in the seventh, but Evansville had an answer in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI sacrifice fly from Craig and an RBI base knock from Simon Scherry that regenerated a 7-3 lead for Evansville.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Spartans threatened, scoring a pair of runs to get within two with two outs. After allowing the two runs, Meyer settled in and fired three-straight strikes to end the contest and capture a 7-5 win for the Aces.

Evansville and Michigan State close their weekend series on Sunday with first pitch at 1 PM at German American Bank Field at Charles Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Strong Team Effort Helps Baseball Sweep Twin Bill Against Truman

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis baseball team used an all-around team effort on Saturday afternoon to help in the eventual doubleheader sweep over Truman on the road. With the pair of wins, the Greyhounds now sit at 9-14 overall on the season with a 4-3 record in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

GAME 1 | UIndy 4, TSU 2 (7 innings)

Much like yesterday, neither team had much success crossing runs on offense as all six combined between the two squads came in the first and seventh innings.

A pair of UIndy home runs in the opening frame played a major part in helping make the win possible. First, Caleb Vaughn stepped up with his teammate Brandon DeWitt on first base and crushed a homer to left center field. This was the fourth of the season for Vaughn, which is now tied for a team-high. Then, in the very next plate appearance, Zack Williams took ahold of a ball and sent it over the left field wall for a solo shot and his second homer of the season. Truman lightly answered the call with a lone run in the bottom half.

Finally in the seventh, Adam Rakestraw stole third and was successfully able to advance home on a misplaced throw from the Bulldogs. TSU managed its other run in the bottom half but eventually couldn’t cross enough to tie or win the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Greyhounds tallied a game-high eight hits while Truman had just five.

-The duo of DeWitt and Rakestraw led the Hounds with two hits apiece.

-DeWitt also went seven complete on the mound, allowing just five hits, two walks, and one earned run while striking out three. 

GAME 2 | UIndy 6, TSU 3

Much like game one this afternoon, a first inning of scoring by both squads was eventually followed up by a handful of zeros on the scoreboard in return.

The Hounds got things started in the contest in the opening inning when Drew Donaldson managed a double to right center field that scored a pair of base runners. Not to be denied, Truman added one in the bottom half to cut its newfound deficit down to just one.

However, the sixth was when UIndy opened the floodgates and poured in four runs to roll away with the victory. Truman would add two in the bottom half, but it wasn’t nearly enough. A Williams RBI fielder’s choice, Armen Torosian RBI single, and Will Spear RBI single helped the Greyhounds cap off the doubleheader sweep on day two in Kirksville.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy once again led the game with nine hits while Truman managed just seven in return.

-The trio of DeWitt, Donaldson, and Spear all led the team with two hits apiece.

-Donaldson and Spear each produced a pair of RBIs to guide the Hounds.

-Logan Peterson picked up his second win of the season from the mound after going 6-2/3 innings pitched while allowing six hits, four walks, and three earned runs while striking out two.

-Chaney Morgan came in to relieve Peterson in the seventh and successfully closed out the game.

UP NEXT

Action between the two programs concludes tomorrow with a single game beginning at 2 p.m. ET.

Hounds Sprint Past Panthers in GLVC Action

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The No. 8 UIndy men’s lacrosse team cruised to a 14-5 GLVC victory over Davenport on Saturday afternoon.  The nine goal win marks their second largest win of the season while they improve to 9-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

PARKER CLIPS 200

With seven wins in the face off circle Caleb Parker reached 200 career face off wins.  The sophomore currently sits at 203 and is the third Greyhound in program history to reach 200.  In the record books he trails Dominic Guarino (2017-18) by just four.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Hounds dominated from the start, scoring the first eight goals of the game.  Parker Johnson netted three in the run while a lock down defense held the Panthers scoreless for the first 22 minutes of the game.

Ben Foster scored a pair of goals in the second frame including UIndy’s lone man-up goal of the day.  UIndy held an 11-0 lead at the break after eight different Hounds scored in the first half alone.

Foster and Andrew Simonich scored one minute apart to open the second half and give the Hounds their largest lead of the game at 13-1.  James Whiteford netted UIndy’s 14th and final goal in the third before the Panthers scored the only two goals of the final quarter.

In net Austin Barnett picked up his ninth win of the season, making eight saves and allowing three goals in just over 45 minutes.  Jonathan Kelly closed out the final quarter, making two saves and allowing two goals.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Johnson netted a season-best five points off of four goals and one assist.

– Foster finished with four points off of three goals and one assist.  Whiteford also posted four points off of two goals and two assists.

– The Hounds were perfect in a pair of statistical categories, going 23-for-23 on clears and 1-for-1 on extra man opportunities.

UP NEXT

The Hounds return home next weekend a match up between two of the top teams in the GLVC.  They’ll host Rockhurst (6-3, 3-0 GLVC) at 1 pm on Saturday followed by a Sunday matinee with Quincy (4-5, 0-2 GLVC).

Malcolm, Lagos Drop Six Each on Flyers

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse team kicked off conference play when they downed GLVC foe, Lewis, 19-3, on Saturday evening at Lewis Stadium.

The Hounds extend their win streak to four and overall record to 9-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Lewis went up early – holding the Hounds off for the first eight minutes of the game, even scoring first at the 10-minute mark. Then came the Hounds. UIndy was kicked off by Kylee Manser and Mackenzie Winn who scored the first two Greyhound goals to end the first quarter tied with the flyers at two.

From there on out it was nearly all Hounds, an eight goal second quarter where both Quinn Malcolm and Abigail Lagos scored back-to-back goals, followed by a five goal third would put the Hounds far out of Lewis’s reach.

Lagos scored at two goals in the third and fourth quarter as well, ending with six goals. While the Hounds were led by Quinn Malcolm, who posted six goals and two assists off 15 points.

Defensively, the Hounds forced 18 Lewis turnovers, led by Mekayla Montgomery who had three caused turnovers, and Peyton Romig who had 17 draw controls and a goal.

Jamie Rieger led Lewis with two goals and an assist.

Audrey Moran started in the net for the Greyhounds and earned the win, while Cassidy King wrapped up the second half with two saves.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will host Notre Dame (OH) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.

Hounds defeat Flyers in Conference Opener

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s tennis team earned its 11th win of the season over GLVC foe, Lewis, on Saturday afternoon in the UIndy Tennis Center.

In doubles, the No. 9 nationally ranked duo Zac Faveri and Tom Zeuch took a 7-6 win, while Yoann Viel and Edgar Destouet took a 6-1 win. Pedro Franca and Jason Gerweck did not finish their match.

In singles, Edgar Destouet took a win in the No. 1 spot with a 6-2, 6-7 match. Tom Zeuch won 6-1, 6-2 while Yoann Viel took a 6-3, 6-1 win. Faveri and Jason Gerweck both took a pair of seat gripping matches with Faveri winning 4-6,7-6, 10-8. Gerweck won 6-2, 3-6, and 6-10.

Pedro Franca also took a single with 6-2, 6-0.

UP NEXT

The Hounds travel to McKendree where they will face off on Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ET

Women’s Tennis Shines In Conference Opener

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team kicked off conference play the best way they knew how by sweeping Lewis 7-0 on Saturday morning at the UIndy Tennis Center.

The Hounds stood out early in doubles, with all three duos taking wins. Anna Novikova and Maria Solnyshkina took a 6-1 win in the one spot, while Maissane Aik and Arina Amaning along with Isabella Dunlap and Sofia Sharonova took the 6-2 win.

In singles, Novikova was the first to take a win, showing her dominance in the No. 1 spot with a 6-2, 6-0 win. Isabella Dunlap defeated Nefeli Zafeiri 6-4, 6-2 while Maissane Aik added a win to her singles record with 6-4, 6-1 sets.

Arina Amaning, Lea Cakarevic, and Maria Solnyshkina also took singles wins.

UP NEXT

The Hounds head to Lebanon, Ill. Where they will face off against McKendree at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

Standout Performances Pepper Softball Sweep

INDIANAPOLIS—The No. 5 UIndy softball team notched a pair of polar-opposite wins versus GLVC-foe William Jewell Saturday at Baumgartner Field. The Greyhounds grinded out a 1-0 victory in a pitching duel in the opener before putting on a hit parade in a 13-5 blowout in game two.

GAME 1 | UIndy 1, Jewell 0

Facing some chilly temps in an earlier-than-normal start, the Greyhounds got all the offense they would need on a single swing from Lexy Rees. The junior catcher broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the inning with a towering shot to dead center.

Starting pitcher Kenzee Smith (13-3) took care of the rest, finishing off her seventh shutout of the season. She held the Cardinals to just three hits – all singles – while striking out five and walking three.

Jocelyn Calvin and Sydnie Foster each went 2 for 2 with a pair of singles, with the latter adding a stolen base.

GAME 2 | UIndy 13, Jewell 5 (5 innings)

The bats came alive in the capper, as the Hounds racked up a season-high 20 hits on the way to run-ruling their guests in five innings. The final hit total was good for the team’s highest tally in a decade – a 25-hit performance at Illinois Springfield on March 3, 2012.

Rees extended her power surge in the fifth inning with her second solo shot of the day. She added an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to put the Hounds up eight runs and seal the win.

Emily O’Connor delivered the go-ahead hit, as her solo homer in the fourth put the Hounds up for good. Dominique Proctor continued for breakout sophomore campaign with three hits, including a home run in the third, to go with three runs and two RBIs.

Rees, O’Connor and Proctor all had three hits, as did outfielders Sydnie Foster and Megan Nichols. Kamrie Foster came on as a defensive replacement in the top of the fourth and made the most of her two late-game plate appearances with two singles and two RBIs. Tara Williams added two hits and scored twice, while Calvin had a single and two walks.

In the circle, Haylie Foster went the distance to move to 13-1 on the season, striking out seven in five innings of work.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds will host the Truman State University Bulldogs tomorrow, with first pitch of the doubleheader set for noon Eastern.

KNIGHTS POWER THREE HOMERS IN GAME TWO, SPLITTING DH AT HUNTINGTON

Huntington, Ind. – The Marian softball team split their Saturday doubleheader with Huntington, posting their third split of the week as they claimed a win in game two. Marian lost the first game 3-2, but rebounded with a 12-0 run-rule win in five innings in the second act. Marian is now 18-5 overall and 8-4 in Crossroads League play.

Game 1 | Marian 2-3 Huntington

Huntington came ready to play against the No. 16 Knights, getting two strikeouts from their pitcher in the top of the first, leading to a single off Sydney Wilson to start the home half of the frame. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second, and a double from the Foresters three-hole provided an early 1-0 lead. Wilson got out of the inning with two pop outs, and settled through the second inning getting two lineouts to strand a single.

The Knights offense woke up in the third inning, as Abbi Wirey singled to lead-off the inning. Wirey was thrown out at second as Caitlyn Phillips reached on a fielder’s choice, and Phillips reached scecond on a passed ball. Savannah Harweger singled to get runners on the corners, and in the next at bat the pair of infielders executed a double steal with Phillips swiping the plate to tie the game. Wilson followed the run by stranding a double in the home half, with the game remaining deadlocked after three complete.

Wilson stranded runners in both the fourth and fifth innings, coming up big for her team in the bottom of hte fifth as the senior got a pair of strikeouts to strand the go-ahead run at third. Marian took the lead in the ensuing inning, as Sierra Norman launched her seventh home run of the season to put Marian ahead 2-1. The sophomore’s lead-off solo shot was matched in the bottom of the inning by Huntington as the Foresters rattled off two singles off Wilson, scoring on an RBI groundout. Huntington added two more hits, with the fourth of the inning pushing in the lead-run as the Foresters took a 3-2 lead.

Trailing going into the seventh, Marian was able to get a base-runner as Jenna Minnix drew a walk, but the two-out runner did not advance past first as a flyout handed Marian the 3-2 defeat. Wilson took her third loss of the season in the defeat, allowing 10 hits and three earned runs. Marian managed six hits in the first game, with Norman collecting two of them, doubling and homering in the loss.

Game 2 | Marian 12-0 Huntington | 5 Innings

After suffering their fifth loss of the season, Marian responded in game two, blowing the game open in the second inning after a scoreless first inning. Norman started the powerful inning with her second homerun of the game, launching a solo shot to left center. Grace Meyer followed with an RBI double two batters later knocking in Hayley Greene, and after a pitching change Caroline Roop singled to drive in Meyer. Phillips racked up an RBI to clear the bases on a groundout, and Marian kept the bases busy as Harweger and Minnix reached on a single and hit by pitch.

Already leading 4-0, Shelbie Stotts added to the total driving a three-run home run to deep left field. Norman followed the home run with a four-pitch walk, and after a second pitching change Hayley Greene belted her second career home run to push Marian’s lead to 9-0. In the third inning Lauren Landes doubled with one-out, and scored two batters later on a Harweger single to give Marian a 10-0 lead. The offense finished their high-powered game with two runs in the fourth, as Roop drove in two runs with a single crushed through the infield, stamping Marian’s 12-0 lead.

The Knights pitching dominated in game two, as Olivia Stunkel held the Foresters to one hit and two additional base runners in three innings of work, dropping six strikeouts in 12 batters faced. Stunkel needed just 43 pitches to get through three shutout innings. Jaylah Guilliam kept the strong pitching going, tossing the final two innings of Marian’s 12-0 win, allowing three hits in nine batters.

Marian had four different players record two hits in the win, with Stotts posting three RBI while doubling and homering. Landes and Meyer doubled in their only hit of the game, and Greene and Norman each homered. Roop drove in three runs, multiplying her season hits and RBI numbers in the win by two.

Marian will travel to Grace College on Tuesday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

MARIAN SWEPT IN TWO-GAME SET AGAINST HUNTINGTON

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team dropped back to back games Saturday, falling in a home doubleheader to Huntington University at Marian Ballpark. The Knights fell short in game one 10-6, and lost 14-12 in an extra inning slugfest in the night cap after rallying back in the game. Marian falls to 14-16 and 6-10 in Crossroads League play after the two defeats.

Game 1 | Huntington 10-6 Marian

Game one provided plenty of fireworks in the first inning, as Huntington struck first with four runs off Marian’s opener Jake Marin. The Foresters scored four runs on four hits to take the early lead, but the Marian lefty got out of the frame with a strikeout. The Knights offense responded in the bottom of the first getting a lead-off single from Hironori Kato, and after a Jackson Hogg base hit Matteo Porcellato knocked in a run with an RBI single. Two batters later Dion Wintjes picked up an RBI on a groudout to the left side, and AJ Bordenet brought the Knights closer with an RBI double. Trey Heidlage closed the inning with an RBI single, tying the game 4-4.

Davis Enfield replaced Marin on the mound in the second inning, and gave up a lead-off double that came in to score on an RBI single. A wild pitch allowed Daniel lichty to score and push the Foresters ahead 6-4. In the third the righty got off to a bad start plunking the first batter and then giving up a two-run home run, but settled in and got a pair of strikeouts to close the frame. The Knights looked to respond in the bottom of the third as Wintjes and Bordenet singled, but no runs came across as Marian trailed 8-4 after three complete.

Enfield grooved through the fourth and fifth innings picking up two strikeouts as he faced the minimum in each inning, keeping the score a four-run affair. Michael Mates kept the game a four-run contest as he relieved Enfield in the top of the sixth, getting out of the inning scoreless before again tossing a scoreless seventh frame. The Knights tried to pick up their pitchers in both the sixth and seventh innings drawing a runner, but were unable to inch closer.

Mates exited the game in the eighth after giving up a two-out single, and his replacement Seth Risley was unable to complete the inning scoreless as a passed ball and RBI single allowed Huntington to tack on another run. Risley gave up an RBI double in the top of the ninth as Huntington took a 10-4 lead, but the Knights battled in the home half after Dylan Sprong picked up the final two outs of the inning. Hogg started off Marian’s rally with a single, and after a double from Porcellato, JJ Rivera brought in a run on a sacrifice fly. Bordenet drove in one more on an RBI double, but the fight was cut-off as a groundout ended the contest in a 10-6 loss.

The Knights recorded 12 hits as a team, with Bordenet recording four while doubling twice. Porcellato had three hits, and Hogg had two hits. Enfield was charged with the loss going four innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs while fanning a quadrant of Foresters. Mates went 2.2 innings out of the pen allowing two hits.

Game 2 | Huntington 14-12 Marian | 8 Innings

In the second act Huntington looked poised to strike early as they picked up a lead-off double and two-out walk against starter Andrew Noelker, but the righty got out of the inning unscathed forcing a groundout to first. Noelker didn’t keep the Foresters off the plate in the second inning, as Huntington scored two runs with two outs, as a pair of walks crossed the plate. Noelker did strikeout the side in the second frame, as Marian fell behind 2-0.

Marian responded with a big third inning, loading the bases on three straight singles from Bryce Davenport, Tyler Hargrove, and Donavan Shepherd. Hogg drove in two runs with an RBI single through the right side, and with two outs against JJ Rivera cleared the bases with a two RBI single of his own, pushing Marian on top 4-2.

The lead didn’t stay long, as Noelker’s command struggled in the fourth hitting and walking a batter. Ian McCutcheon made the two free passes hurt with a three-run home run, driving Huntington in front 5-4. The Foresters kept their scoring streak going in the top of the fifth inning, scoring six runs off the Knights’ bullpen, with Craig Nixon allowing three two-out runs and Jaxon Meyer yielding two more. Daniel Brenneman let a run score on a wild pitch, as the Knights fell behind 11-4 going into the bottom of the fifth.

The Knights kept their heads high as they stepped to the box in the home half of the inning, loading the bases on a single, walk, and hit by pitch. Bordenet was hit by a pitch as well recording an RBI, and after a pitching change Trey Heidlage won a massive 14-pitch at-bat, doubling down the line to plate a pair of runs. Davenport followed the double with a first pitch bomb, clearing the right field fence for a three-run home run. Hironori Kato’s second single of the inning brought in the Knights’ seventh run of the frame, tying the game 11-11.

Huntington broke the tie right away in the sixth inning launching a solo shot off Brenneman, but Marian again had an answer as Heidlage delivered an RBI double up the left-center ally, tying the game 12-12. The seventh inning went by scoreless, and in the eighth Brenneman got two quick outs, but failed to get out of inning scoreless, allowing a single and homerun that pushed Huntington ahead 14-12. The Knights attempted to rally in the home half as Porcellato singled to begin the frame, but Marian recorded three straight outs falling in extra innings.

Rivera, Hogg, Heidlage, and Davenport combined for eight of the Knights 12 hits in the loss, with Heidlage and Davenport each driving in three runs. Brenneman took the loss on the mound, going 3.1 innings allowing three hits and three runs. Noelker struckout six batters in a four-inning no-decision.

Marian is scheduled to next travel to Bethel University on Monday afternoon with first pitch slotted for 1 p.m. against the Pilots.

HOFFMAN’S COMPLETE GAME LEADS TO SWEEP OVER COUGARS

MARION, Ind. – Backed by strong pitching performances, Indiana Wesleyan defeated Saint Francis in both games on Saturday, earning the series sweep after winning both on Friday. It was all Wildcats in game one, they never trailed and won the game in seven innings 11-1. The Wildcats trailed early in game two, but outscored the Cougars 11-1 in the final 5 innings and won 13-6.

Hunter Hoffman pitched a complete game, giving up just one run, two hits, and striking out eight.

The Wildcats backed up Hoffman offensively behind big days from MJ Stavola and Colby Jenkins. Both had three hits including a double for each of them and a home run for Jenkins.

Denver Blinn contributed two hits including a home run, he is tied for second on the team with seven homers this season.

Zach Rabe added a hit, he now has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games.

The Wildcats are back to work on Monday as they wrap up their series with Grace College. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.

No. 8 SOFTBALL SWEEPS COUGARS, REMAINS CONFERENCE FRONTRUNNER

MARION, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball swept RV Mount Vernon Nazarene University 8-7 on a cold afternoon double header series. Wildcats hold a 28-4 record over the Cougars. IWU continue as the frontrunner in the Crossroads League with a 10-2 record followed closely behind by 9-3 conference records from Mount Vernon Nazarene and Taylor.

Outside of a Kamryn Buck home run in the second inning, Wildcats did all of their scoring in the last four innings after trailing 7-1. Wildcats outhit the Cougars 12-9.

Chloe Tragesser tied the game on a single to right field sending in Buck for the tying run in the sixth inning.

In the top of the seventh with two outs, Elisa Koshy singled to center field to send Zoe Fountain home to walk off with an 8-7 win over the Cougars.

Tragesser and Koshy led the Wildcats with two RBIs each of the team’s seven.

Alyssa Wagner started on the mound striking out two in 3.1 innings before Reagen Radke came in for the save for the Wildcats.

Wildcats become road warriors with four road conference double headers next week. The first matchup is at Spring Arbor University on Monday, April 4 with a 3pm first pitch.

Baseball powers past MSJ for conference sweep

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Earlham College baseball team began its 2022 conference slate with a pair of wins at Mount St. Joseph University on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers improved to 13-5 (2-0 HCAC) while the Lions fell to 8-12 (0-4 HCAC).

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 7   MSJ: 4

Justin Dillhoff pitched a complete nine innings and earned the win in game one of the series with nine hits and seven strikeouts recorded.

Cameron McCabe led the Quaker offense with three hits and three RBI. Nathan Lancianese recorded three hits and two doubles on five plate appearances.

After struggling to get on base in the opening three innings, the Quakers recorded two runs off two hits and an error in the top of the fourth. McCabe smacked a double down the left field line to allow Easton Embry and Andrew Bradley to reach home for the score.

Bradley and Embry each recorded an RBI in the top of the fifth inning with outfield singles to bring the Lancianese brothers home and increase the Earlham lead. Devin Basley capped off the inning with a single to the shortstop which allowed Bradley to score a second run.

Basley recorded another RBI in the top of the seventh inning with a double to left field to score Maxwell Fries. The final Quaker run of the contest came from Basley with help from a single up the middle by McCabe.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM: 12   MSJ: 8

A six-run second inning powered the Quakers in the second game of the series. With the Quakers already leading 3-0, Christian Lancianese hit a home run to left field for a two-RBI shot. Later in the inning, Bradley tabbed his third homer of the season over the left field fence, bringing Fries home with him.

After a home run to left-center field in the third inning from Basley, the Quakers led 7-0 in game two.

Aidan Talarek earned the win on the mound after pitching 6.2 innings and accounting for three earned runs. The senior pitcher recorded three strikeouts and eight hits. Nick Carrizales concluded the game with two innings and one strikeout while only allowing two baserunners on eight batters faced.

Nathan Lancianese led the offense with three hits and two RBI while Bradley had a strong second game with one hit and three RBI.

The Quakers will continue conference play in Sadler Stadium on Tuesday against Defiance College. First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for 5 pm.

RHIT Softball Falls in Pair of 1-Run Games at Bluffton

BLUFFTON, Ohio — Bluffton University relied on a pair of last at-bat victories to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 8-7 and 6-5 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference softball action on Saturday,

In the opener, six Fightin’ Engineers had multiple-hit games as Rose-Hulman rallied from 6-3 down to tie the score at 7-7 entering the bottom of the seventh.  Lexus Rutledge ended the game with a walk-off home run in Bluffton’s 8-7 victory.

Angela Boulboulle had a team-high three hits, including a double, with one run and one RBI.  Ashley Pinkham added two doubles and scored one run.  Nicole Lang added a 2-4 day with two runs scored and one RBI.

Other Fightin’ Engineers with multiple hits in game one included Ariel Thomasson with two singles and one RBI; Reagan Knabe with a single, double, one run scored and one RBI; and Hailey Hofmann with two singles and one run scored.

Thomasson had seven strikeouts in the pitching circle in the contest.

In the nightcap, Phoebe Worstell launched a grand slam and had four RBIs as the Fightin’ Engineers built an early lead, before Bluffton rallied to win 6-5.

Pinkham had two hits and scored one run for the Engineers, and Lang had a single and an RBI.  Thomasson added a double for the Rose-Hulman offense.

In the pitching circle, Worstell went the distance with five strikeouts.

Bluffton improved to 8-10 and 2-0 in league play, while Rose-Hulman stands 11-5 and 0-2 in conference games.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Oberlin on Sunday at 1 pm in a non-conference doubleheader.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Stacks Up Runs in Saturday Sweep of Goshen

UPLAND, Ind. – With the day’s first pitch thrown at 10:00 am Saturday morning, the Taylor University baseball team went on to defeat Goshen (5-23, 2-16 CL) in each of Saturday’s two doubleheader games, outscoring the Maple Leafs 23-4 by day’s end.

Throughout the day, Taylor’s offense was primarily powered by a three-headed monster, as freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, junior, TJ Bass, and senior, Conner Crawford, went a combined 14-21 from the dish, driving in 13 runs and plating 12 more runs-scored of their own.

Bass blasted two home runs, one in each game, briefly taking the team-lead with 10 before Crawford matched him with his 10th home run of the season in game two. The two Trojans remain at the top of the Crossroads League leaderboard in RBI, Bass now with 55 and Crawford not far behind with 49.

Meanwhile, Kolpien took back the league’s top spot in batting average, boosting his percentage to .429 with five base knocks throughout Saturday’s twin bill.

Speaking of league leaders, though, Luke Shively (8-0) picked up his eight win of the season in game two, traversing five innings of work and allowing just three hits in tandem with five strikeouts.

With his league-leading eighth win, Shively became the first Trojan pitcher to start a season 8-0 since Zach Vander Laan did so in 2011.

Game one’s 13-1 victory was highlighted by an 11-run second inning, in which the Trojans sent 16 batters to the box. After the first man recorded an out, nine-consecutive Trojan batters reached base. Six hits, three walks, and four hit-by-pitches scattered the scorebook as Taylor established a 13-0 lead.

As a companion to the three-headed monster, freshman, Mason David, pitched in two hits of his own, including a two-run single to right in that memorable second inning.

Meanwhile, Michael Pinarski (2-3) got the nod in game one, navigating six innings of work behind Taylor’s extended lead. Pinarski surrendered just three hits and one run, while sitting three Goshen batters down via the strikeout.

Alec Holcomb, then, came on in the seventh for his sixth appearance of the season, tossing a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts.

The offense failed to relent in game two, posting runs on the board in each of the first four innings, including a three-run first and a four-run second.

Bass and Crawford continued to duke it out in the RBI-category, each catapulting a pitch over the left-field fence in the second inning that endangered the neighboring track-and-field event.

Meanwhile, Kolpien continued to do his thing, going 2-3 from the plate and scoring two runs.

Senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, fueled the fire with a pair of doubles, now sharing the second spot in the league with 14 on the season. Rusche extended his league-lead in the runs-scored category to six, plating three throughout the day to bump his season-total to 40 on the season.

Shively cruised through his five innings behind the Trojan offensive attack, before senior, Drew Kindy, tossed a scoreless sixth. Jack Ross, then, came on in the midst of a rocky seventh inning and calmed the game to a 10-3 close.

Taylor (24-10, 14-4) is scheduled to embark on a 10-game road trip, beginning on Monday, April 4th, when the Trojans are slated to play St. Francis (19-12, 8-6) at 1:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | RV Saints Hand TU Fifth-Straight Setback

ADRIAN, Mich. – Taylor’s stiffest stretch of games on its schedule continued on Saturday, as the Trojans headed to RV Siena Heights for the third of four-straight contests against foes ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-10. The Trojans started fast but could not keep pace in the eventual, 16-4, loss to the Saints.

Reid Gerig and Nic Richardson started the scoring, finding the net in the first five minutes of the affair for an early 2-0 Trojan lead. Gerig opened things with an unassisted strike just 2:32 into the action and Richardson followed 2:28 later off an assist from Nathaniel Phinney to take a 2-0 lead with 10:00 to play in the opening period.

It was all Siena Heights (4-3, 3-0 WHAC) from there, with the hosts rattling off the next eight goals to take control.

Holt Taylor momentarily stopped the onslaught with a goal and Gerig added his second to make it 9-4, but SHU closed with the final seven goals of the day to finish the 16-4 outcome.

The hosts won 22-of-24 faceoffs and gathered 48 ground balls compared to Taylor’s 22. The extra possessions allowed the Saints to outshoot TU by a 64 to 25 count.

Gerig, Taylor and Richardson accounted for Taylor’s four goals, while Gerig and Teegan Heiniger posted four ground balls. Cory Goetz led the defense with six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Taylor (2-7, 0-3 WHAC) is set to return home on Wednesday, April 6, when it is set to take on another nationally-ranked foe in No. 2 Indiana Tech (6-1, 2-0 WHAC) at 4:00 pm.

Wabash Picks Up 19 Top-Six Finishes At Knight Track and Field Open

Wabash scored 19 top-six performances including one individual victory and top-three finishes at Saturday’s non-scoring Knight Track and Field Open at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kamron Ferguson won the triple jump at Saturday’s meet with a top leap of 13.52 meters (44 feet, 4-1/4 inches). Gianni Minor placed fourth overall with a mark of 12.35 meters (40 feet, 6-1/4 inches). Minor added a third-place finish in the long jump with a distance of 6.64 meters (21 feet, 9-1/2 inches).

Max Bigler scored a second-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles by finishing the race in 57.85. Giovonni Zappala placed third overall with a time of 58.07. Bigler tied for third place in the high jump by clearing 1.80 meters (5 feet, 10-3/4 inches). Jake Oostman also cleared 1.80 meters to finish in a tie for third place.

Ethan Pine raced to second place in the 1500-meter run by finishing in 4:03.44. A trio of Little Giants scored top-six finishes in the 400-meter run. Howie Steele led the way with a second-place finish by crossing the line in 51.27. Tyler Walls scored a fifth-place finish with a time of 51.78. Nathan France finished in sixth place at 52.32.

Luke Bender cleared 4.25 meters (13 feet, 11-1/4 inches) in the pole vault to place third overall. William Morris captured fourth place with a height of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11-1/2 inches). Maddox Lee topped out at 3.35 meters (10 feet, 11-3/4 inches) to finish in sixth place.

Reis Thomas produced a top mark of 45.19 meters (148 feet, 3 inches) to tie for fourth place in the discus. Seth Acero placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.39.  Leo Warbington finished in 15.85 in the 110-meter hurdles to place fifth overall. Clarke Criddell scored a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:30.89.

The Little Giants also scored a third-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay with a combined time of 43.33.

Wabash will host the second annual Huntsman Family Invitational on Saturday, April 9 at Little Giant Stadium.

Wabash Takes On Allegheny In Conference Home Lacrosse Contest

A three-goal effort from Ethan Stonis and two from Joseph Plencner highlighted Saturday afternoon’s Wabash lacrosse battle against Allegheny. The Little Giants held the visiting Gators to five goals in the final three periods of the North Coast Athletic Conference contest but could not overcome an early Gator lead in a 10-8 loss.

Wabash (3-6, 0-2 NCAC) answered an early pair of goals from Allegheny (2-7, 1-1 NCAC) when Plencner took a pass from Artie Rogers to score his 19th goal of the season. Luka DiFilippo scored an unassisted goal to answer a three-goal run by Allegheny to cut the lead to 5-2. Stonis picked up his first goal of the game in the closing minute of the first period to trim the Little Giants’ deficit to 5-3.

Caulin Fitzgerald made it a one-goal game early in the second period with his 11th goal of the year on a man-up opportunity for the Little Giants. Stonis picked up a second goal to tie the score at 5-5 ahead of another Plencner goal to put Wabash in front 6-5. The Gators tied the score at 6-6 with five minutes remaining in the half before scoring another goal with 13 seconds left in the period to take a 7-6 lead at halftime.

Both teams’ defenses stiffened in the second half. Wabash picked up goals from Evan Schiefelbein in the third period and another from Stonis in the fourth while holding Allegheny to a goal in the third and two more in the fourth.

Schiefelbein became the first Wabash player to surpass the 250-ground ball mark for his career by scooping up six ground balls in the game. He has recorded a total of 252 ground balls in 41 career appearances. DiFilippo led the team with nine ground balls. He also won 16 of 22 faceoff opportunities for the Little Giants. Schiefelbein, Plencner, Stonis, and Rogers all picked up assists for Wabash.

Matthew Hendrick made nine saves for Wabash as the starting goalkeeper. Wabash held Allegheny scoreless on both the Gators’ man-up chances in the game.

Wabash returns to action on Saturday, April 9, at Oberlin College.

Bats Falter In Conference Home Conference Opener

Wabash opened the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference portion of its season against the Allegheny College Gators Saturday afternoon. The Little Giants pounded out 12 hits in game one but came up shorts in an 8-3 loss before losing the second game of the doubleheader 11-0 in seven innings.

Wabash (12-5, 0-2 NCAC) had opportunities to add to its three-run total in game one. The Little Giants stranded 13 baserunners, including a bases-loaded situation with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wabash put together three consecutive singles to open the inning but followed with a pair of strikeouts and a fly out to end the inning without scoring a run.

Allegheny (14-4, 2-0 NCAC) scored an unearned run off starter Dylan Scheid in the first inning before Wabash tied the score at 1-1 in the third inning on an RBI single by Kamden Earley. The Gators regained the lead for good with a four-run fourth inning before adding another three runs in the fifth.  Liam Patton added an RBI single to plate a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cut the Allegheny lead to 8-2. Adam Oxley scored AJ Reid with an RBI single for the Little Giants’ last run in the ninth inning for an 8-3 final result.

Earley collected three of the Little Giants’ 12 hits in the game. Patton finished with two hits, as did Brayden Lentz and Reece Bauer. Scheid suffered his first loss of the season, working 4-2/3 innings of four-hit baseball. He surrendered three earned runs and walked five batters to go with three strikeouts.

Wabash was held to three hits over seven innings in the nightcap while the Gators took advantage of six hits combined with five Little Giant errors to score 11 runs. Allegheny scored four runs in the first inning. The Gators added five runs without the benefit of a hit in the fourth inning as Wabash gave away baserunners on two hit batsmen, a walk, and three errors.

Jacob Bishop took the loss as the Little Giants’ starter. He pitched 3-1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

Austin Simmers, Earley, and Oxley managed the only hits for Wabash in the contest.

The Little Giants look to rebound on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Wittenberg University beginning at noon.

Lions Put Together Sweep against Ravens

Mount St. Joseph University (18-5, 2-0) put together a sweep against the Anderson University softball team (2-10, 0-2) on Saturday in Cincinnati.

The Lions earned an 8-0 victory in six innings during Game 1. Mount St. Joseph then recorded a 9-1 win in five innings during Game 2. The Lions are ranked No. 24 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) NCAA Division III poll.

GAME 1: MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 8, ANDERSON 0 (F/6)

Alysa Marcin – 2-for-2

Sami Herron – Double

Taylor Johnson – Single

GAME 2: MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 9, ANDERSON 1 (F/5)

Alysa Marcin – RBI Single

Molly Buck – Single

UP NEXT

The Ravens battle Wittenberg University (8-9) in a doubleheader on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio.

Trine Takes Two from Olivet in Home and Conference Opener

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University baseball team outlasted Olivet College in their home and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) opener on Jannen Field on Saturday in a doubleheader. The Thunder (7-10, 2-0 MIAA) took the first game 3-0 and won 13-3 in seven innings on the backend of the twinbill against the Comets (5-11, 0-2 MIAA).

GAME ONE RECAP:

Starting pitcher Josh Hoogewerf [Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point] twirled a 1-2-3 top of the first inning with a pair of punchouts, and in the bottom half, the Trine offense used a pair of singles by Tyler Robinson [Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg] and Avery Fulford [Conifer, Colo. / Conifer] to plate a run on a groundout by Brenden Warner [Richland, Mich. / Hackett Catholic Prep].

Hoogewerf helped himself out in the top of the second with a two-out defensive play on a dribbler down the third base line to keep the zero on the scoreboard. Once again in the fourth, Hoogewerf caught a liner back at him with two on to erase the scoring opportunity for Olivet.

The Comets loaded the bases in the fifth without recording a hit, but Hoogewerf worked out of the jam with a pickoff move from Matt Weis [Trenton, Ill. / Triad] to Dalton Nikirk [Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence] at first. The bottom half saw the Thunder extend the lead to three via a Fulford sacrifice fly and passed ball that scored Adam Stefanelli [Westerville, Ohio / Westerville North].

After a scoreless sixth, Jeff Ballard [Munster, Ind. / Munster] emerged from the Trine bullpen to hold the game. A harmless walk would be the only Comet hitter to reach in his two innings of work. Noah Brettin [Rolling Prairie, Ind. / New Prairie] notched his third save of the 2022 campaign with two groundouts and a flyout to secure the 3-0 victory.

Robinson was 2-for-3 in the opening game with a walk and a run scored. Fulford and Warner each had one RBI. Hogewerf received the win (1-2) with six shutout innings where he surrendered just three hits.

GAME TWO RECAP:

Olivet got on the board for the first time in game two in the top of the first. Two stolen bases helped get the run across on a groundball on the infield. A two-out double by Gary DeMartino [Beavercreek, Ohio / Owens C.C.] evened the game at one in the bottom half.

Jackson O’Keefe [Saline, Mich. / Saline / Owens CC] reached on an infield single in the second and another two-out hit, this time by Matthew Martin [Eureka, Ill. / Eureka], made it 2-1 Thunder.

Olivet partook in some scoring with two away as well in the third with an RBI single up the middle, but the tie would be short lived. O’Keefe doubled down the left field line that brought in two and circled the bases himself after the outfielder misplayed the ball to make take a 5-2 Trine lead.

A delayed steal of home in the fourth inning brought the game to within two, 5-3, but the Thunder got two more in the bottom following a DeMartino sacrifice fly and O’Keefe RBI single to go up 7-3.

The next six runs also belonged to the home team in the seven-inning win. In the fifth, Warner, DeMartino and Easton Rhodes [Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb] had consecutive two out hits that drove in four total to widen the gap. The sixth saw two unearned runs cross the plate as well to get to the 13-3 result.

Bryce Bloode [New Carlisle, Ind. / New Prairie] got the win (1-4) with five innings of work with two earned runs coming across to score. Robert Kortas [New Baltimore, Mich. / Anchor Bay] pitched the sixth and seventh innings, where he kept Olivet hitless.

Trine had 16 hits in total, with Warner, DeMartino and O’Keefe leading the way at three each. DeMartino drove in four, and the leadoff man Robinson was plated four times in the game.

Up next, the Thunder travel to Olivet to complete the three-game set on Sunday, April 3 at 1 pm.

ERRORS COSTLY AT TAYLOR

UPLAND – Bethel Softball dropped a pair of games at Taylor on Saturday, losing 6-3 in game one before losing a 9-1 run-rule shortened affair in game two. The Pilots allowed eight unearned runs in the nightcap, while Emmie Pugh hit her second home run of the season in game one.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Taylor def. Bethel 6-3

Game 2 Score: Taylor def. Bethel 9-1 F/5

Records: Bethel (3-17, 2-10) | Taylor (12-11, 9-3)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Taylor – NR

Location: Gudakunst Field | Taylor University | Upland, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Emmie Pugh: 3-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R

Bella Rose: 1-3, R

Amber Asher: 1-3, R

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Bella Rose: 2-3

Emmie Pugh: 1-3, SB

Haley Ragonesi: 1-3

Hannah Frady: 4.0 IP, 9 H, 1 ER

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots left 21 runners on base in the doubleheader.

The Pilots let errors snowball in the second inning of game two as Taylor scored seven runs on four errors in the defining inning of the day.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots travel to Goshen on Tuesday for a doubleheader at 3:00 pm.

PILOTS CAPITALIZE EARLY IN DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Baseball got a pair of pitching gems on the day, riding early scoring chances to 4-2 and 3-0 victories on Saturday over Grace. Frank Plesac earned a nine-inning complete game win in game one with 10 strikeouts and two earned runs, while Sullivan Swingley tidied up game two with a seven-inning complete game shutout. The Pilots scored three runs in the first frames of each game to set the tone early.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Bethel def. Grace 4-2

Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Grace 3-0

Records: Bethel (13-21, 7-11) | Grace (12-19, 6-12)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Grace – NR

Location: Jenkins Stadium | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Jeremy Wiersema: 2-4, R

Cooper Tolsopn: 1-4, 2 RBI

Alex Stout: 1-4, RBI, R

Frank Plesac: CG, W, 7 H, 2 ER, 10 K, 0 BB

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Andrew Sarno: 2-3, RBI

Jeremy Wiersema: 0-2, BB, R, 2 SB

Andrew Miranda: 1-3, SB, R

Sullivan Swingley: CG, SHO W, 7 H, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

The Pilots continued their assault on the basepaths, leaving 15 runners on base on the day.

The Pilots’ starters combined for 16.0 innings, allowing just 14 hits and 2 earned runs, while striking out 13 and not allowing a base on balls.

The Pilots take the season series from the Lancers, winning three of the four over the weekend.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots host Marian on Monday with a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.

DePauw Opens NCAC Play with Split at Wooster

Wooster, Ohio – DePauw opened North Coast Athletic Conference play at Wooster and split a doubleheader with the Fighting Scots with a 12-4 win in the opener and a 13-6 defeat in the second. The Tigers are now 8-10 and Wooster is 9-6.

DePauw jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one as Kyle Callahan walked before Cameron Macon reached on an error. Each moved up on a wild pitch before Danny Glimco drove in both with a double. Evan Barnes then singled with two outs to score Glimco. Cameron Allen’s solo homer in the second pushed the lead to 4-0.

Wooster reached the board in the third as Ben Gbur led off with a homer to left, but the Tigers countered in the fourth with Brennan Roach’s homer to left.

Callahan, Macon and Nick Nelson singled in the fifth before Barnes drove in a pair with base hit to left center. Roach made it 10-1 with a two-out, three-run homer to left center.

The hosts added three in the bottom of the fifth as Tyler Chumita delivered a sacrifice fly and Eli Westrick plated two with a single.

Brian May’s run-scoring single in the seventh and Nelson’s solo shot in the eighth rounded out the scoring.

Barnes had three of DePauw’s 14 hits, while Macon, Nelson and Roach each had two. Westrick had two of Wooster’s four hits.

Michael Vallone improved to 5-0 after striking out seven in the first five innings and Joe Runnells collected his first save by pitching four innings of hitless relief. Mitchell Reardon dropped to 2-3 with the loss.

In the nightcap, Macon hit a two-run homer in the first before Roach and Glimco had RBI singles in the second and third innings, respectively, to make it 4-0.

The Fighting Scots grabbed a 5-4 lead in the third as Chumita hit a three-run homer before Nick Pett scored on a wild pitch and Dominic Stilliana came home when Alex Gasper singled.

Wooster added three more in the sixth as Michael Thomas tripled home Jack Henderson and scored on Ben Hines’ single. Chumita’s single later in the frame plated Hines to make it 8-4.

Chumita’s three-run homer in the eighth and Henderson’s two-run single in the inning pushed the lead to 13-4 before Macon rounded out the scoring with a two-run shot in the DePauw ninth.

May had four of DePauw’s 13 hits with Macon adding three and Callahan and Allen finishing with two apiece.

Chumita had three of Wooster’s 14 hits with Hines, Dane Camphausen, Silliana and Henderson finishing with two apiece.

Griffin Albright dropped to 0-2, while Westrick improved to 1-0.

DePauw travels to Denison on Wednesday, April 6, for a Noon NCAC doubleheader.

Panthers swept in HCAC series with Manchester

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers dropped a doubleheader this afternoon to the Spartans of Manchester in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action. The Spartans claimed game one 6-2 before taking the nightcap in similar fashion, 6-2.

GAME ONE

The Panthers jumped on top early using a one run second inning as freshman Andrew Osterling (Batesville, Ind.) tripled to right field scoring junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.), 1-0.

However, Manchester responded plating two runs in the fourth inning, one run in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning to claim the commanding 4-1 lead.

The Blue and Red looked to rally in the eighth inning as freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) reached home following a sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) steal that cut the deficit to 4-2.

But the Spartans deemed to much as they were able to retire the side and secure the 6-2 victory with a two run ninth inning.

GAME TWO

The nightcap saw a back and forth battle with both team’s scoring a run in the first inning.

But Hanover would claim the lead in the bottom of the third inning as senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) hit a homerun to push HC in front 2-1.

The rest of the night belonged to the Spartans as they tacked on five more runs, including a two run fifth inning to secure the HCAC sweep.

Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, April 5 when they travel to Rose-Hulman.

Hanover earns HCAC season opening split; Compton charts 450th strikeout

HANOVER, Ind. The Hanover Panthers opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon with Defiance as they split the doubleheader at Kops-Bedel Stadium. Hanover took game one in six innings 9-1 while the Yellow Jackets claimed the night cap 10-3.

Senior Lily (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) picked up the win in game one, charting seven strikeouts and bringing her career total to 450 strikeouts.

GAME ONE

Hanover surged ahead early as junior Kendra Hutchison (Lafayette, Ind.) singled to left center scoring junior Kensie Bradley (Greenfield, Ind.) in the bottom of the first inning, 1-0.

They would tack on three more runs in the second inning as junior Lexi Garloch (Salem, Ind.) and Hutchison both picked up an RBI, 4-0.

However, Defiance got one run back in the next half inning before a Panther scoring frenzy.

Leading the charge in the fourth inning was freshman Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a two RBI double that pushed HC on top 6-1. Compton added the final too runs of the inning to extend the difference to 8-1.

The game winning run came off the bat of Beaman as she secured the HCAC victory.

GAME TWO

The Yellow Jackets dominated much of game two as they jumped out to the early lead before a Garloch single knotted the contest 1-1.

Hanover added two runs in the bottom of the second inning as Bradley hit an RBI double that pushed HC on top 3-1.

But the rest would consist of the Defiance offense as they added six runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth inning and two in the sixth inning to secure the win.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, April 6 when they travel to Franklin.

Spartans Earn Doubleheader Sweep at Hanover to begin HCAC Play

HANOVER, Ind. – The Manchester baseball team started Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play off on the right foot after collecting a pair of wins at Hanover College on Saturday April 2.

The Spartans took down the Panthers by identical scores of 6-2.

Spartan Stats

Manchester got some outstanding pitching in the opening game by seniors Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind./Rochester) and Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll). Hooks pitched 8 innings and scattered five hits while striking out six Panthers. Kresl entered the game in the bottom of the 9th inning and allowed just one hit while striking out a pair to seal the win.

The Spartans hit three sac flies in Game 1 against the Panthers.

In the 6th inning, Zach White (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) connected on an RBI double to left. White

Later in the 9th, Manchester would collect a pair of insurance runs following an RBI double by Cole Filson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) and RBI single by Aidan Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central).

Rocco Hanes (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) added a 3-5 performance at the plate in the opener on Saturday.

Aidan Stevens led the Spartans’ offensive efforts in the second game of the day with a 4-5 performance at the plate. Stevens homered in his first at-bat, scored three times, and stole a base. Stevens also had two RBI.

Harrison Pittsford, Gavin Gleason, and Cole Filson also drove in runs in Game 2.

Brett Wathen (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) pitched 5.2 innings to earn his second win of the season. Wathen allowed just two runs on four hits.

Peyton Jackson (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Austin Kresl were sharp out of the bullpen for the Black & Gold in Game 2. Jackson allowed just one hit and struck out a pair in 1.1 innings worth of work. Kresl earned his first save of the season after tossing two scoreless innings.

Up Next

The Spartans (5-10, 2-0 HCAC) are scheduled to return to the diamond on Tuesday April 5 with in another HCAC doubleheader at Bluffton.

First pitch from Ohio is scheduled for 1 p.m.

FORESTERS PICK UP A PAIR OF IMPRESSIVE ROAD WINS OVER MARIAN

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Huntington baseball team swept Marian, 10-6, 14-12, Saturday afternoon at MU Ballpark for a pair of impressive road wins that move them to 14-12 overall, 12-6 in league action.

The Foresters have scored double-digit runs in six of their last seven contests. On this given day, HU got their work done early in the opener by scoring eight times in the first three frames to enjoy a lead that wouldn’t be challenged. 

Both teams put up four runs in their first at-bat. Frame’s crew got off to a quick start as evidenced by five of their first six batters finding their way on base with Ian McCutcheon and Jarett Gray each singling in a run. The guests added two more before it was all said and done before Marian match that in their half of the frame.

While the Knights (14-16, 6-10) were quiet offensively after that until the ninth, Huntington got another RBI-single from McCutcheon in the second after which Daniel Lichty scored on a wild pitch shortly after. Matt Wolff added to his team’s total with a two-run bomb in the third to up the lead to 8-4.

McCutcheon was at it again in the eighth with a third RBI-base poke and then Owen Young put the finishing touches on HU’s potent offensive with a two-bagger in the ninth that drove in Gray who had been hit by a pitch for a second time.

While Marian got two back in the home half of the ninth and left one stranded, it wasn’t enough to cause concern for the Forester dugout.

Six of HU’s first seven batters finished with at least one hit. McCutcheon led the way with three hits and three RBI while Lichty, Satchell Wilson and Gray added two base smacks apiece.

Camden Dice picked up the win on the mound by giving up nine hits, four runs and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings of work.

It took an extra inning in the nightcap to decide the winner with Kallen Kelsheimer’s two-run blast in the eighth ensuring the guests left with the win. It was his first homer of the year, the third of his Forester career.

While Kelsheimer’s mighty swing proved the game-winner, McCutcheon carried the team on his back up until then with a three-run dinger in the third and two-run single in the fourth bringing his series total to five hits and eight RBI.

Gray also boarded the homerun train with a solo shot in the sixth. Other Foresters to pick up an RBI included Max Moser walking in a run and Lichty and Langston Ginder each singling in runs. HU also took advantage of an error and wild pitch to find home two more times over the course of the eight-inning affair.

The Foresters led by as many as seven, 11-4, before the Knights finally knotted things up at 12s by the sixth to set the stage for Kelsheimer’s heroics two frames later.

Noah Arbuckle, who tossed the finally two frames of game one, earned the nightcap win. He spent the final three innings on the bump where he limited the Knights to three hits, one run and two walks while striking out four.

HU is off until this coming weekend when the host IWU for a four-game series starting on Friday.

FORESTERS PICK OFF #16 MARIAN 3-2 IN OPENER

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Saturday afternoon marked the biggest win of first-year Coach Erin (Rethlake) Ehler’s young career as she guided the HU softball team to a 3-2 upset over #16 Marian (18-5, 8-4) in game one of a league doubleheader at Huntington.

It’s the fourth time this season the Foresters have faced a ranked opponent and on this given day, the hosts made it clear they can compete with some of the nation’s best.

“Today was just a phenomenal team win,” said Coach Ehler. “It’s been rough for us trying to put the pieces together so far this year, so it was fun to see things click for these girls who are working so hard for it. Now we build from here to see where things can go!”

Ehler’s crew got to work right away. Jenessa Hasty led off the bottom of the first by dropping a single into center field and then came around to score when Courtney Mason ripped a double into left center for an early 1-0 HU lead.

Hasty pounded out two more hits including the game-winning base knock in the sixth when she drove in Erin Dyke who had singled a few batters earlier.

It was HU’s second run of the frame  with the first coming on MacKyndsea Burke’s RBI-groundout that brought Abigail Reed in after she had singled up the middle and advanced to third on Dyke’s shot through the right side.

Most impressive about Huntington’s sixth inning performance was the poise they showed after Sierra Norman launched one into Klopfenstein Tennis Courts in the top of the frame to give Marian, who had stolen home in the third for their first run, a 2-1 advantage.

That poise carried over into top of the seventh where third baseman Mackenzie Walker tracked down a pop up in foul territory, cleanly fielded a hard-hit grounder and made the throw to first for out number two after which Hasty caught up to ball on the warning track in center field to seal the win.

Mason finished with two hits and an RBI while Dyke and Jocelyn Winebrenner also collected a pair of base pokes in the winning effort.

For as inspiring as HU’s play was on both sides of the ball, Karlee Franklin matched that effort in the circle to log the complete-game win. The rookie hurler limited the Knights to just six hits, nearly three hits below their season average, two runs and a walk while striking out two. It’s only the fourth time this season MU has put up two or less runs in a game. 

The guests came raging back in the nightcap by sending three out of the park in their second at-bat to skirt in front 9-0 and never look back on the way to blanking HU in a shortened five-inning affair.

Breanna Hines finished with two of Huntington’s four hits while starting pitcher Maddie Turner was charged with the loss having given up two hits, three runs and a walk while striking out one.

With this split, the Foresters move to 4-19 overall which includes a 2-10 league record. HU is back in action on Tuesday to host #RV Mount Vernon at 3:00 p.m.

Walk-off Winner Gives OCU Softball The Sweep Over Brescia Bearcats

Oakland City, IN – Looking to improve on their 2-8 River States Conference record, the Oakland City University softball team hosted the Bearcats of Brescia University for a home doubleheader. Game one saw the Oaks cruise to an easy 16-2 victory, while game two required a last chance comeback by OCU, walking off a 3-2 win and moving to 11-17 on the year.

In the opener, OCU got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second. The Oaks removed all doubt about the final outcome by scoring 11 in the bottom of the third frame, finishing off the run-rule finish in the fifth, allowing a single Brescia run each in the top of the second and fourth innings.

McKendree Ward led the Oakland City onslaught, going 3-4 at the plate, sending home three runners and scoring twice. Hannah Gantner had two hits, including a triple, and a walk, driving in four runs and scoring twice, while Kirsten Greenberg went 1-2 with a walk, two RBI and three runs scored. Ashton Steinbrenner, Emily Fitzwater, Madison Boehman, Megan Ghrist, Hallie Fleetwood, Jessi Goforth, and Abbi Jaquess each had a hit, while Steinbrenner (2), Fleetwood (2), Fitzwater, Goforth, and Jaquess each drove in runs, and Goforth (3), Fleetwood (2), Jaquess (2), Fitzwater and Ghrist scored.

As a team, the Oaks had 16 runs on 13 hits, including just one extra base hit, 16 RBI, four walks, and two stolen bases (Greenberg and Gantner).

Kenzie Tooley threw three complete innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits and two walks, striking out three. Steinbrenner pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit while fanning three.

Game two saw a much different contest, as neither team broke through until the top of the fourth inning, when Brescia plated the game’s first run. The Bearcats added another in the top of the sixth, and OCU found themselves trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the final inning.

After a leadoff lineout, Boehman singled to center field. Jaden Renfrow, who came in to pinch run, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on a double to left-center by Danielle Haire. Haire was tagged out attempting to advance to third on Jaquess’s double, who moved up to second base thanks to an error off the bat of Greenberg. Following a walk by Gantner, Ward came up with the bases loaded, trailing 2-1, and down to the game’s final out. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Ward sent a deep fly ball over the Brescia centerfielder, scoring Jaquess and Greenberg, and giving the Oaks a 3-2 victory.

Ward and Ghrist each had two hits in the game, while Greenberg, Gantner, Boehman, Haire, and Jaquess also picked up hits in the victory. Ward and Haire’s doubles in the seventh inning were the only extra base hits by the Oaks in the game, leading to the only RBIs by OCU, two on Ward’s double and the other on Haire’s.

Fitzwater pitched a complete game to earn the win in game two, allowing two runs, both earned, scattering seven hits and three walks, while striking out eight batters in the victory.

OCU is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, April 6, when they host the Eagles of Asbury University. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 4:00 pm.

Extra Inning Battle Ends With Mighty Oaks Earning Victory Over IU Southeast In Series Finale

Oakland City, IN – After Friday’s doubleheader saw the Mighty Oaks drop a pair of games against the Grenadiers of Indiana University Southeast, the 17th ranked team in the NAIA, OCU looked to take the series finale on Saturday. In game one, OCU faced an 8-1 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth inning. The Oaks plated six before IUS was able to shut down the comeback bid, but the final score stood at 8-7 in favor of the Grenadiers. Game two saw IUS jump out to an early 9-0 lead after two and a half innings, and scored at least one run in each inning of the scheduled seven played, and OCU fell by the score of 16-4. However, Oakland City made the third and final game of the series one to remember, taking a 10-9 victory, in 11 innings, to leave the weekend with a record of 19-15, while IUS finished with a 22-10 mark on the year.

Game one saw seven hits by the Oaks, led by Austin Morris, who had two, including a double, to go with two runs batted in and a run scored. Treven Madden had a pinch hit two RBI double, later scoring a run, while Chandler Dunn also had a two RBI, a double and a walk. Noah Baugher, Payton Hall, and Xander Willis each had one hit in the loss. Gehrig Tenhumbarg, who started on the mound for the Oaks, went 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and one walk, while striking out four. Will Davis threw 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk while fanning one, followed by Tyler Roberts, who pitched the final three innings, surrendering just one hit and one walk to go with five strikeouts.

In game two, Conner Oxley and Sam Pinckert each went 2-3 at the plate, with Oxley driving in three runs. Baugher and Madden were the only other Oaks with a hit with a single apiece. Pete Smith lasted two innings as the OCU starter, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits and a walk, while fanning two. Garrett Whiteker managed one inning of work, giving up six runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk, followed by Weston Allen, who gave up one earned run, on one hit and two walks, striking out two, in one inning of work. Blake Mincey pitched one inning, allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits and two walks, followed by Blake Pruitt’s two innings of work, giving up one run, one hit, one walk, and equalling the total of Whiteker and Mincey with one strikeout each.

The series finale was a different story. A two run top of the first by IUS was immediately answered by the Oaks with a pair of runs in the bottom half. The Oaks took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third, saw their lead shrink by one after the fourth, but again responded by plating two in the bottom of the fifth, making the score 7-3. The Grenadiers picked up three in the sixth, followed by an OCU run in the bottom half of the frame. The visitors even the score at 8-8 with two runs in the top of the eighth, which remained the score at the end of the scheduled nine innings. Neither team managed to score in tenth, but the Grenadiers managed to get a run across in the top of the eleventh. After Madden even the score with a one-out towering homer in the bottom of the 11th,  Hall drew a walk, bringing up Alec Pruitt. Pruitt hit a laser down the third base line, which rolled away from the defense, allowing Hall to race around the bases to score the winning run, scored by the walk-off double.

Chandler Dunn went 4-6 at the plate, including a home run, scoring three runs and driving in another. Madden and Pruitt finished with two hits each, with Madden reaching on a double and a homer, driving in two runs and scoring one, while Pruitt had one RBI, the game winner. Austin Morris reached safely each time he was up to bat, including four walks and a homer, scoring two runs and driving in one, while Colton White had a home run of his own, walked once, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice. Pinckert, Oxley, and Davis also had a hit each in the victory.

Justin Hallum pitched the first four innings for the Oaks, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and five walks, striking out four. Milan VanDerBreggen threw the next three frames, allowing five runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout, followed by Davis, who pitched 3.1 innings, giving up one earned run, four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. Owen Spears picked up the win in relief, inducing the final two IUS outs.

“It was a total team win,” stated second year Mighty Oaks skipper Andy Lasher. “I think we had 17 or 18 guys get into the game today with all the different situations that came up in the late innings. Our guys did a great job of competing and battled their tails off against a great program.”

The Oaks will carry a record of 19-15, including a 5-9 River States Conference mark, into their non-conference doubleheader against Lindsey Wilson College. Game one is slated to start at noon on Tuesday, April 5, at Pinnick Field, on the OCU campus.

Cougars Pitching Goes Cold in Sweep Against IWU Wildcats

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (19-13; 8-8 Crossroads) took on The Indiana Wesleyan Cougars in a mid-morning doubleheader as the Cougars were looking to get revenge at home after dropping two at IWU’s home doubleheader, but pitching and offense struggled as they dropped both games 11-1 and 13-6.

The game would start in the favor of the Wildcats as through four innings they managed to muster a 7-0 lead off back-to-back doubles, a two-run home run, and a solo home run. This offensive push from Wildcats would continue on the defensive side as the Cougars were virtually shut down from seeing the bases through four innings.

The Cougars however wouldn’t go quietly as Tyler Prince would come out in the bottom of the fourth and would hit a solo home run to start.

The Wildcats however would answer back to this solo home run and three runs scored off errors committed by Saint Francis. This extended the lead to 11-1 in the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars would ultimately have no response to this might, and it would end in a run-rule through seven innings.

The Cougars would drop their first in the two-game series 11-1 through seven innings via mercy rule. Starting pitcher Deron Swanson suffered the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits in four innings including a couple home runs.

In the second game in the two-game series, the Wildcats would open the inning by hitting a two-run home run to command a 2-0 lead. But come the bottom of the second, the Cougars offense came to life.

It started with Tyler Prince being walked to score a run. Then a hit parade would commence in which two singles, one sacrifice fly, and an error would allow the Cougars to gain five runs to make it 5-2 to close out the second inning. The Wildcats would answer back in the top of the third scoring three runs off a walk and a double to bring the game to a 5-5 standoff.

The standoff would end in the top of the fifth once the Wildcats took the momentum back scoring four runs to take a 9-5 lead. The Wildcats would end up almost securing their victory with a three-run home run, and a run scored off a triple to put the Wildcats up on A 13-5 lead. While the Cougars did try to rally with Mike Jovanovic scoring a run in the seventh. It would not be enough for the Cougars to overcome the deficit.

The Cougars would lose this game 13-6 and would drop both games at home in their doubleheader series. The Cougars will play again Monday, April 4th with a 1 PM start time against the RV Taylor University Trojans (24-10; 14-4 Crossroads) to start another doubleheader series beginning at 1:00 pm.

Consecutive Shutouts by Rust & Turpin Allow Cougars to Sweep Goshen

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (12-8; 4-4 Crossroads) played host to the Goshen College Maple Leafs (14-12; 4-8 Crossroads) in a doubleheader at Westendorf Field, and swept both games winning 2-0 in the opener before taking the finale 8-0.

Junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust took the mound to start for the Cougars, and despite loading the bases in the first inning, escaped the jam and took off from there.

A pitcher’s duel ensued from after that, as the Cougars only managed two hits through the first four innings. Meanwhile, Rust dominated on the mound, getting in and out of jams, and making big pitches when she needed to.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the game was still scoreless as neither team was able to gain momentum on offense.

But then with one out and two runners on, catcher Tori Miller came to bat. The Cougars slugger then came through with the big hit as he smacked a double down the left-field line scoring both runs and giving Saint Francis a 2-0 lead late.

The Cougars then proceeded to load the bases, but to no avail as Rust went back out for the seventh to finish what she started. With two outs and the tying run at the plate, the junior hurler induced a popup to end the game and give her a second straight complete game victory.

Mackenzie Rust allowed no runs on just four hits in seven innings pitched, while striking out nine batters.

In the finale, sophomore starter Erika Turpin started for the Cougars and started on the right foot, striking out two of the first three batters in a 1-2-3 first inning. Then in the bottom of the frame, her teammates gave her an early 1-0 lead as shortstop Abby Erwin singled home center fielder Grace Renbarger.

Then in the bottom of the second, the cougars put together a rally. It started with a leadoff walk followed by an RBI-double by second baseman Ashley Kent to double the lead. Later in the inning, four hits, four walks, and six runs, capped by a two-run home run by catcher Tori Miller, extended the lead for the Cougars at 7-0.

Back on the mound, Turpin pitched brilliantly, as she shut down the Maple Leafs through six innings and earn the victory as she allowed just four hits in six shutout innings.

Then with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, shortstop Abby Erwin hit a double over the left fielder’s head to score the eighth run for the Cougars and secure the win via mercy rule.

The Cougars resume play on Monday afternoon at Westendorf Field with a doubleheader against the Taylor University Trojans (12-11; 9-3 Crossroads) beginning at 4:00 pm.

Baseball Clinches Series With Walk-Off Win Over Midway

KOKOMO, Ind. – A walk-off win in extra innings secured the series victory for the Indiana University Kokomo baseball team as the Cougars defeated Midway, 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Cougars move to 20-11 overall on the season and 10-1 in River States Conference. The series victory puts IU Kokomo in a tie for the top spot in the league with Point Park.

Key Moments

Midway led off the second inning getting a runner aboard via a hit by pitch. An RBI double would plate the Eagles first run of the game.

Three hits by Midway in the third would result in two runs, extending the Eagle lead to 3-0.

The Cougars offense pushed a run across in the sixth frame after Riley Garczynski and Pat Mills reached to start the inning. After the Eagles nearly turned a triple play, Jared Heard singled to centerfield to score Noah Hurlock to make it a 3-1 game.

Dylan Steele came on to pinch hit in the seventh and ripped a double to left centerfield. Garrison Brege pinch ran for Steele and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt by Tucker Platt. Platt moved up as the Eagles mishandled the bunt, putting Cougars at second and third with no outs. After a strikeout, Obergfell picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and a Garczynski RBI tied things at three through seven complete innings.

Midway added a run in the top of the eight to take 4-3 lead.

Platt singled to right center in the eighth to score Jack Leverenz and Bryce Lenz, giving IUK a 5-4 lead.  Obergell added an insurance run for the Cougars as he laid down a bunt to score pinch runner, Sean Becker.

The Eagles scored two in the top of the ninth to even the game at six.

Hurlock ripped a one-out double in the bottom of the ninth but would be one-of-two IUK runners stranded in the inning, sending the game to extras.

Midway went down in order in the top of the 10th inning.

Becker drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 10th inning and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Becker advanced 90 feet on a ground out from Obergfell.

Down to their final out, Garczynski came to the plate with a chance to win the game. The sophomore hit a dribbler to third base that the defense mishandled, allowing Becker to score to end the game and clinch the series for the Cougars.

Pitching

JT Holton got the start for the Cougars and went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five.

Lucas Letsinger tossed 3.1 innings in relief and gave up three runs.

Ethan Leslie moved to 2-0 on the year as the freshman tossed 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit. 

By the Numbers

Garczynski and Platt each finished with two hits and two RBI.

Obergfell also drove in two runs.

The Cougars drew eight walks.

Up Next

The Cougars will begin a nine-game road stretch on Tuesday as they travel to Fort Wayne to take on Indiana Tech in a doubleheader. 

Titans drop series finale to Tigers

GRANGER, Ind. – Evan Allen’s three-run home run helped give IU South Bend the lead midway through the game, but Olivet Nazarene would take the series sweep on Saturday afternoon, winning 9-5 at Rex Weade Stadium.

Allen’s blast would nearly erase a four-run deficit after the Tigers (18-14, 11-2 CCAC) opened with three runs in the bottom of the 1st, and another in the 3rd. After Brett Sikorski and Jake Vanderwoude reached base, Allen sent one over the left-center fence to make it 4-3 score.

The Titans (9-20, 3-10 CCAC) took the lead in the top of the 6th, with leadoff walks from Sikorski and Vanderwoude before Kole Miller’s bunt single loaded the bases with no outs. A double play would allow a run to score and tie the game, and Donnie Necas’ two-out single scored Vanderwoude for a 5-4 Titan lead.

The Tigers would rally back in the bottom half of the inning however, scoring three to reclaim a 7-5 advantage. Two more runs in the 8th would put the game out of reach for IUSB.

Tony Reyes would finish 2-for-4 on the day, as the only Titan to record multiple base hits in the game. Zach Brooks Dehn pitched 1.1 innings of relief without a hit allowed to lead the Titan bullpen.

IU South Bend are back in action on Tuesday, April 5, when they travel for a doubleheader with Judson. First pitch from Elgin, Ill. is set for 2:00 p.m. ET.

Grace shares split with SAU

SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Grace’s softball team took one of two on the road against Spring Arbor on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers won 5-1 in the first game before falling 11-3 in the finale.

Grace used two homers and a complete-game pitching performance from Jeri Ellis in the opener to win.

The Lady Lancers (9-14, 6-6 Crossroads League) began the scoring in the second inning thanks to an RBI single from Kendra Arnold.

Grace increased its lead to 2-0 in the third. Izabela Duran led off the inning with a triple, and she raced home after a ground ball from Ellis.

The Cougars (10-13, 4-8 CL) scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the third, and the game remained 2-1 until the fifth inning.

Grace used a two-out rally in the fifth to gain separation. Jessica Kaurich reached base with two outs, and Bethany Gardner promptly brought her home with a two-run home run.

Cassandra Hayes followed up with a solo homer on the very next pitch to increase Grace’s lead to 5-1.

Ellis took care of the rest from the mound. She held the Cougars scoreless for the final four innings to secure the victory. Ellis allowed nine hits with one walk in the complete game.

Hayes batted 3 for 3, Arnold was also perfect at 2 for 2, and Kaurich hit 2 for 4.

Grace’s momentum carried into the start of the second game. The Lady Lancers plated two runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a two-out, two-run single by Taylor Hodgen.

But the Cougars responded in the bottom of the first. SAU scored three runs of its own to take the lead for good.

The Cougars had two more big innings, including a four-run third and a four-run sixth. The Cougars were able to end the game early due to the run-rule in the sixth inning (eight-run lead after five completed innings).

The only offense Grace was able to produce after the first inning was a solo home run by Gardner — her second blast of the doubleheader.

Gardner finished the game hitting 2 for 2 with two runs, and Ellis hit 2 for 3.

The Lady Lancers are home for their next two matchups. Grace will host No. 16 Marian on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan on Friday at 3 p.m.

Etchison sets strikeout record in defeat

MISHAWKA, Ind. – Evan Etchison impressed in defeat for Grace’s baseball team. The sophomore hurler struck out 16 batters during the Lancers’ second game against Bethel on Saturday.

He set the program record for most strikeouts in a game, doing so in 5.2 shutout innings of work. Of the 17 outs that Etchison collected from the mound, 16 came via strikeout.

Grace was unable to pick up the series win against Bethel, however, dropping two games on Saturday.

The Lancers claimed the first game of the series on Friday, but the Pilots came back to win three straight and take the series.

Grace outhit Bethel in both of the games on Saturday, but the Lancers could not generate enough runs and lost two low-scoring affairs by the scores of 4-2 and 3-0.

The opening game saw Grace outhit Bethel 7-6 but fall 4-2.

The Pilots jumped on Grace with a three-run first inning and never trailed again. Bethel had four of its six total hits in the first inning, generating three runs in the process.

In the fourth inning, Grace moved within striking distance. Jeff Pawlik and Alex Rich began the inning with singles. A bunt moved both runners into scoring position, and Chris Griffin drove in the pair with a single.

But the Lancers were unable to score again and lost by two runs. Rich finished 3 for 4 with a run scored, and Griffin was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

The second game was a quick pitchers’ duel. Bethel scored all of the runs in the top of the first inning.

The Pilots had two hits in the first, benefitting as well from an error to grab a 3-0 lead.

Etchison entered the game in relief with one out in the first inning and proceeded to finish the game. He quickly mowed through the Pilots over the final six innings thanks to his 16 strikeouts.

But Grace was unable to find any run support for Etchison. The Lancers outhit Bethel 7-5 but fell 3-0.

Grace had three hits in the second inning but came up empty. Cal Curiel and Patrick Danforth had two hits apiece to lead the Lancers, and Austin Carr, Sam Newkirk and Griffin also registered a hit.

The Lancers have a quick turnaround, playing host to Indiana Wesleyan on Monday at 1 p.m.

Taylor takes two to wrap up series

UPLAND, Ind. – After splitting the doubleheader on Friday, the Maple Leafs baseball team lost both games to Taylor on Saturday – a team receiving votes in the NAIA coaches poll. The Trojans won game one 13-1 and game two 10-3.

All 13 of Taylor’s runs came in the first two innings, with 11 coming in the second. The second inning scoring got underway with a three-run home run off the bat of TJ Bass to make the score 5-0. Later in the inning, Bass was up to bat again as he hit a two-RBI single and advanced to second on the throw. The Trojans had six hits, three walks, and four batters hit by a pitch in the inning.

The Maple Leafs settled in after Taylor’s offensive explosion. Peyton Smith homered down the left-field line in the fourth to get Goshen on the board – his fifth home run this season. A trio of Goshen pitchers combined to allow just one hit over the final four innings that they pitched. Kaleb Bodfish pitched two innings, Giacomo Padilla threw one, and Jackson Pedigo pitched in the sixth. The group struck out three, didn’t allow any walks or runs, and didn’t hit any batters. Nonetheless, Goshen lost 13-1.

Taylor’s Michael Pinarski earned the win by allowing one earned run in six innings pitched. Bass finished with five RBIs, and Kaleb Kolpien had three hits. Besides Smith’s homer, Nate Lange, Camm Nickell, and Joseph Cerda each had hits.

In game two, the Trojans (24-10, 14-4 CL) went back to putting runs on the board in each of the first four innings. Bass led the charge with an RBI single in the first and a two-run home run to left in the second. Similarly, Conner Crawford hit a two-RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the second.

Goshen’s runs came from a second-inning RBI groundout from Morgan Baker in the second, a bases-loaded walk to Gage Andrews in the seventh, and an RBI single from Jenner Rodammer in the seventh.

Taylor’s Luke Shively earned the win – and he bumps his record up to 8-0 this season. He allowed one earned run off three hits in five innings and is tied for seventh in the NAIA in wins. Kyle Staelgraeve picked up the loss – allowing seven earned runs in 1.2 innings.

Goshen plays their next eight games at home. On Monday, April 4, the Leafs take on Mount Vernon Nazarene, starting at 2:00 pm.

USF pitching shuts down Maple Leafs

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Goshen softball’s three-game win streak came to an abrupt halt on Saturday at Saint Francis. The Leafs were shut out twice – losing the first game 2-0 and the second one 8-0 in six innings.

Mia Pawelski had an excellent performance on the mound. The problem was that the Cougars’ Mackenzie Rust had an even better one.

The score was still 0-0 through the middle of the sixth, with Rust and Pawelski still dueling on the mound. But in the bottom of the sixth, Saint Francis got a couple of baserunners from a double and a walk. Then, Tori Miller broke through with a double to left that brought two runs home. Goshen couldn’t retaliate in the seventh, and USF won 2-0.

Rust had nine strikeouts and three walks in seven innings on the way to the win. She allowed no earned runs and four hits. Pawelski allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings. She struck out six and walked three.

Alyssa McDonald, Shea VanScoter, Ri Koteles, and Edith Vega all had singles for Goshen.

In game two, Erika Turpin would continue the dominance on the mound for the Cougars. She allowed no earned runs and no walks in six innings pitched. She struck out three Maple Leafs and allowed four hits.

The offense came in to back her up sooner than the first game. Saint Francis had six runs in the second inning – capped off by a two-run home run by Miller. They led by seven after two and added their eighth and final run in the sixth to hit the mercy rule.

Alyssa Hartman had the loss, allowing eight earned in 5.2 innings. Carissa Fillingame hit a double for Goshen, while Koteles, McDonald, and Claire Ouellette had singles.

Goshen hosts Bethel on Tuesday, April 5, at 3:00 pm in a U.S. Highway 20 Cup matchup. Bethel leads the rivalry this year, 7.5 – 3.5.

USI splits doubleheader with Quincy

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball split a doubleheader with Quincy University Saturday afternoon at the USI Baseball Field. USI took the opening game, 5-1, while Quincy held off the Screaming Eagles in the nightcap, 5-3.

The Eagles are 12-13 overall and 1-2 in the GLVC, while Quincy is 14-11, 5-2 in the league.  

Game 1:

In the opening game win, the Eagles struck early and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Hawks.

USI opened the scoring in the first inning when freshman catcher Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) doubled in junior centerfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) with the first run. The Eagles followed the first inning tally with a four-run second to increase the margin to 5-0.

Sophomore second baseman Alex Archuleta (Evansville, Indiana) knocked in the second run of the game with a sacrifice fly, while senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) extended the margin to 3-0 with a RBI-bunt single.

Junior leftfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) scored on an error for the 4-0 lead before Coburn finished up the USI scoring with his second RBI double to put the Eagles up 5-0.

The Hawks closed the gap to 5-1 in the fifth before USI senior right-hander Brice Stuteville (Rockport, Indiana) finished off his team-best fourth win of the year. Stuteville (4-1) allowed the one run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five in the complete game victory.

Game 2:

USI missed opportunities in the nightcap and fell to Quincy, 5-3, to end the second day of the series.

After spotting the Hawks a trio of runs in the opening frame, the Eagles rallied to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the first. USI sophomore first baseman Michael Conner (Moline, Illinois) pushed the Eagles first run across with a RBI-single, while sophomore third baseman Nolan Cook (Evansville, Indiana) drove in the second tally with an RBI-walk.

The Hawks re-extended the lead to three runs, 5-2, with a tally in the third and the fifth, while the Eagles squandered a bases loaded frame in the second and had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fourth, but scratched a run across in the fifth to close the gap to 5-3 when sophomore pinch hitter Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky) drove in a run with a bases loaded walk.

Quincy held off USI rallies throughout the remainder of the game as 12 Eagles were stranded on base throughout the seven inning contest.

Sophomore right-hander Parker Maddox (Columbus, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles. Maddox (0-2) went 1.1 innings, allowing three runs on one hit and five walks in his third start of the season.

 Up Next for the Eagles:

USI and Quincy conclude the four-game set Sunday with a noon single game.

Eagles walk off with sweep of Rockhurst

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball picked up a pair of walk-off victories Saturday at the USI Softball Field as the Screaming Eagles swept a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader against visiting Rockhurst University, winning game one, 5-4, and game two, 3-2, in nine innings.

In the opener, USI rallied from a 4-1 deficit to earn its 11th consecutive victory. Junior pitcher/designated player Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) hit a three-run bomb over the fence in left-center to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Hawks has scored four times in the top of the fifth to build the 4-1 lead. Goodin, who was 2-for-3 in the game, put the Eagles up, 1-0, with an RBI-single in the fourth.

The Eagles (24-8, 10-0 GLVC) capitalized on an error to lead off the home half of the seventh inning as senior pitcher/designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) found herself on second base with no outs. Freshman infielder Hannah Long (Haubstadt, Indiana) came in to pinch-run for Back and scored three batters later when sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) hit a two-out, bloop single over the first base bag.

Kihega, who was a combined 3-of-6 on the day with the game one-winning RBI, raced down the line before diving into first base to ensure she beat force-out throw at the bag.

Back (5-1) got the win in the circle after giving up just one hit with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Neither team could get much going early in the second game, but a solo home run by junior shortstop Maya Gallagher in the top of the fourth inning put the Hawks up, 1-0. Gallagher also had a three-run home run in the fifth inning of game one.

A lead-off double by Kihega got the Eagles going in the bottom of the fifth inning. Back followed with a pinch-hit double to opposite field to push the game-tying run across the plate.

Rockhurst (12-18, 6-8 GLVC) used a solo home run off the bat of senior designated player Emily Clark to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning and looked like a lock to forge a split on the day as it had the Eagles down to their final out with no runners on base in the home half of the ninth inning.

Kihega, however, drew a two-out walk to keep USI’s hopes alive before being taken out of the game for a pinch-runner. Freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana) followed with a pinch-hit double that put runners at second and third for senior third baseman Mary Bean (Schaumburg, Illinois).

Bean, who was a combined 3-of-6 on the day, rewarded the Eagles with a hit into left field that scored both runners and gave USI its 12th consecutive victory.

Freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) got the win in the circle for the Eagles. Newman (7-3) gave up two runs off six hits in nine innings of work. She racked up 12 strikeouts and did not issue a walk on the day.

USI returns to action Sunday at noon when it hosts William Jewell College in a GLVC doubleheader at the USI Softball Field. The Cardinals (10-20, 4-10 GLVC) dropped both games of a conference twin bill to No. 5 University of Indianapolis Saturday in Indianapolis.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       Although Christy Mathewson tried to return the money, A’s owner Connie Mack accuses him of reneging on his contract to play the 1901 season with the fledgling American League team. After meeting with the A’s manager in January, ‘Big Six,’ committing his services to Philadephia when he received a signing bonus but used the offer to get a richer contract from the Giants.

1923       Happy Felsch and Swede Risberg file suit against the White Sox for back salary and $400,000 in damages. Both expelled players, acquitted for allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series, were still banned from baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, even though they were found not guilty of the wrongdoing in a much-publicized court case.

1950       Considered a well-guarded secret, Mel Parnell reveals he pitched all but three of his 39 games for Boston last season with a sore elbow. The 27-year-old ‘Dusty’ finished the season 25-7 with a 2.77 ERA for the second-place Red Sox.

1961       New York investors Jack P. Schleifer and Milton Schwartz take a title to Connie Mack Stadium, formerly known as Shibe Park, in hopes of developing the property as an industrial center with bowling alleys and a restaurant when the Phillies move to a proposed new ballpark in the northeastern part of the city. The 52-year-old ballpark, home for both the A’s (1909-1954) and Phillies (1938-1970), will eventually become the Deliverance Evangelistic Church’s site in 1991.

1966       In his first at-bat against Juan Marichal since the pitcher’s bat-yielding incident last season, Johnny Roseboro hits a three-run inside-the-park home run in the Dodgers’ 8-4 victory over the Giants. Before starting the spring training contest, San Francisco GM Chub Feeney attempted to arrange a handshake between the combatants, with the Los Angeles catcher, who has a $110,000 lawsuit pending against the right-hander and the hurler’s team, declining the offer.

1966       In a special lottery, Tom Seaver picks the Mets from names tossed in a hat that also included the Phillies and Indians, signing with New York for a reported $50,000 bonus. Tom’s dad threatened a lawsuit after his son’s contract with Atlanta was voided because the right-hander’s college team had played two exhibition games, but signing a pro contract also prevented the future Hall of Famer from playing on the collegiate level.

1967       Al Jackson, competing for a spot in the Cardinals’ rotation to replace an injured Steve Carlton, yields twenty hits over nine innings in an exhibition game. The southpaw’s poor outing comes against the Tulsa Oilers, the Redbirds’ Class AA minor league team in the Texas League.

1968       The Tigers trade left-hander Hank Aguirre to the Dodgers for minor leaguer Fred Moulder, the player to be named later. The All-Star southpaw, better known for being the worst hitter in major league history, will compile a .085 batting average during his 16-year major league career, striking out in an astounding 236 times in his 388 at-bats (61%).

1969       The Phillies trade first baseman Bill White to the Cardinals for infielder Jerry Buchek and utility player Jim Hutto. White will retire after one season in St. Louis, eventually becoming the president of the National League after a 17-year stint as the Yankee broadcasting partner of the long-time legendary voice of the Bronx Bombers, Phil Rizzuto.

1974       The Indians trade Pedro Guerrero to the Dodgers for pitcher Bruce Ellingsen, who appears in only 16 games for Cleveland in his one year in the majors. The 17-year-old infielder/outfielder will compile a .309 batting average, becoming a five-team All-Star during his 11 seasons with the team.

1984       On Opening Day, Tiger rookie Barbaro Garbey becomes the first Cuban refugee to play in the majors when he grounds out in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter for Dave Bergman. The 27-year-old utility player will stay in the game, playing first base in Detroit’s 8-1 rout of Minnesota in the Metrodome.

1985       The owners’ proposal of expanding the League Championship Series to best-of-seven is agreed to by the Players’ Association. The LCS started as a best-of-five series in 1969 when the leagues divided into divisions, with both the Orioles and Mets sweeping their opponents in three games.

1987       The Cubs trade starter Dennis Eckersley and prospect Dan Rohn to the A’s for three minor leaguers who will never appear in a major league game. The future Hall of Famer known as ‘Eck’ becomes one of the game’s top relievers, saving 320 games during his nine-year tenure with Oakland.

1989       In his first major league at-bat, Mariners’ center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. doubles off Oakland’s Dave Stewart. The 19-year-old ‘Junior,’ the son of an active major leaguer outfielder playing with the Reds, will establish himself as one of the game’s superstars before retiring in 2010.

1989       The Mets win their 11th consecutive home opener, beating St. Louis at Shea Stadium, 8-4. The Amazins’ have now won on Opening Day in 18 of the last 20 seasons.

1990       Billy Hatcher, who is in the delivery room with his pregnant wife when the phone rings, is informed by Pirates manager Jim Leyland that he has been traded but doesn’t ask to which team. After his daughter Chelsea is born, the former Buc outfielder gets a call at home from Cincinnati general manager Bob Quinn to welcome him to the Reds.

1994       The new season begins at Riverfront Stadium, in a game that is not embraced by the local fans or Cincinnati owner Marge Schott, with the first Sunday night opener ever played in major league history. On a frigid Easter Sunday evening, the Cardinals beat the Reds in the controversial contest, 6-4, in front of the smallest opening day crowd in the ballpark’s 24-year history.

2000      With their 8-0 and 21-1 victories over the Clafin Panthers, the Savannah State nine extends its consecutive-game winning streak to 42 games. The Tigers’ twin sweep sets an NCAA record, eclipsing the Marietta College of Ohio record of 40 straight wins established by the Division II school last year.

2000       After missing last season due to undergoing treatments for lymphatic cancer, Braves’ first baseman Andres Galarraga makes a dramatic return on Opening Day, homering in the seventh inning to break up a scoreless tie. The 38-year-old first baseman’s home run followed by Andruw Jones’ back-to-back shot gives Atlanta a 2-0 victory over the Rockies at Turner Field.

2002       Barry Bonds becomes the second player in baseball history to begin a season with consecutive two-homer games. Eddie Mathews also hit a pair of homers in each of the Braves’ first two games against the Pirates to start the 1958 season.

2005       Alex Sanchez becomes the first major leaguer to be publicly identified under baseball’s new steroid policy. The Tampa Bay outfielder receives a ten-day suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

2006       Seattle’s Kenji Johjima becomes the first Japanese catcher to start a major league game. The Mariners’ 30 year-old backstop homers in his debut in the team’s 5-3 loss to the Angels.

2006       Sportsnet NY, the Mets’ new team-owned network, broadcasts its first regular-season baseball game. During the third inning of New York’s 3-2 victory over the Nationals, SNY experiences technical difficulties that blacks out the telecast for nearly twenty minutes.

2007       On Opening Day, Marcus and Brian Giles bat first and second in the San Diego lineup in the Padres’ 7-0 victory over the Giants. Skipper Bud Black’s batting order marks the first time that brothers have hit one and two in a game since Matty and Jesus Alou did it for San Francisco in 1965.

2008       A three-and-a-half pound red-tailed hawk, known to nest at the historic ballpark, attacks a Memorial Boulevard Middle School student during a Fenway Park tour. The 13-year-old from Bristol (CT), treated for a small scratch on her scalp at a local hospital, has a familiar name to Red Sox fans, Alexa Rodriguez, similar to the much detested third baseman of the Yankees who also is 13 (uniform number).

2008       Twenty minutes before their game, the Dodgers announce reliever Hong-Chih Kuo will start in place of Chad Billingsley, who, in turn, will be in the bullpen. The unusual move, made due to the threat of rain at the start of the contest, is also employed by the Giants, with Merkin Valdez beginning the game with the announced starter and eventual winner, Tim Lincecum entering the game in the fourth inning.

2008       At Comerica Park in Detroit, the Royals beat the Tigers, 4-1, completing a season-opening three-game sweep. The victories mark the first time that Kansas City had started the year with a sweep on the road since 1977, when the team also won the first three away contests of the season in the Motor City.

2008       In a dazzling debut, Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto fans ten batters in an overpowering seven-inning performance when Cincinnati beats the visiting Diamondbacks, 3-2. Using a 96-mph fastball and devastating changeup, the 22-year-old rookie, who started last season pitching in the low minors, strikes out eight of his first 13 Arizona batters he faces.

2009       The Mets, obligated only to pay the major league minimum of $400,000, sign Gary Sheffield (.225, 19, 57) in hopes of adding a much-needed right-handed bat to the lineup. The 40-year-old offensively challenged outfielder, who has 499 career home runs, was unexpectedly released by the Tigers earlier in the week despite having $14 million left on his contract.

2009       On a damp and chilly New York night, both the Mets and Yankees open their new stadiums with exhibition games. The double debut in the Big Apple sees each team come away with a victory when the Amazin’s beat the Red Sox, 4-3, and the Bronx Bombers launch three homers to defeat the Cubs, 7-4.

2010       Adam Lind (.305, 35, 114) and the Blue Jays agreed to an $18 million, four-year contract that includes three additional years with a club option. The 26-year-old outfielder, flanked by several teammates, announces the deal at a press conference held before an exhibition game in Houston.

2011       Ranger teammates Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz become the first pair of players to homer in each of the first three games in a season playing for the same team. The duo’s weekend of round-trippers enabled Texas to sweep their season-opening series against visiting Boston.

2016       For the first time, teams from the previous World Series play each other on Opening Day when the Mets drop a 4-3 decision to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium. In pregame ceremonies, Kansas City, who defeated the Mets in the Fall Classic in five games, hoists the World Champion banner for the first time since the team beat the Cardinals in 1985.

2016       On Opening Day in Kansas City, with the team’s theme “We Are The Champions” playing in the background, over 2,000 fans participate in the Relay the Way event, establishing a new record when they line up to complete the longest first pitch in baseball history. The ball, which is tossed hand to glove for four hours, travels a distance of nine miles and raises over $100,000 for the Royals’ Urban Youth Academy charity.

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

Adrian Constantine Anson
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1939
Primary team: Chicago White Stockings
Primary position: 1st Baseman

He never played a game in baseball’s “modern” era. But Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson was one of the great modernizers of the game, bringing strategy and leadership to the National Pastime.

Anson, born April 17, 1852 in Marshalltown, Iowa, spent a year at the University of Notre Dame before making his big league debut in the first year of the first pro league: The National Association of 1871. Anson was a 19-year-old third baseman for the Rockford Forest Citys, and the 6-foot, 227-pound strapping right-hander hit .325 with a league-leading 11 doubles. The next season, Anson hit .415 for the Philadelphia Athletics of the NA, driving in 48 runs in just 46 games.

In 1876, Chicago White Stockings president William Hulbert – looking to add talent to his club – negotiated a deal with Anson and other stars. Hulbert then helped form the National League, and that summer Anson hit .356 to lead Chicago to a 52-14 record and the first NL title.

Anson would play 22 seasons for the team that became the Cubs, hitting at least .300 in 20 of those years. He moved across the diamond to first base in 1879, and led the league in RBI eight times between 1880 and 1891, winning batting titles in 1881, 1887 and 1888.

When he retired after the 1897 season at the age of 45, Anson owned big league records for games, hits, at-bats, doubles and runs. He finished with 3,435 hits, becoming the first player ever to cross the 3,000-hit line.

Anson also managed Chicago for 19 seasons, winning five National League pennants as a player/manager while accumulating almost 1,300 career victories. He helped usher in popular strategies such as the hit-and-run and the pitching rotation.

After leaving Chicago following the 1897 season, Anson managed the New York Giants for 22 games in 1898 before ending his big league career. In his later years, he ran several semi-pro teams and ventured into the vaudeville circuit.

Anson passed away on April 14, 1922. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939.

TV SUNDAY

BOWLINGTIME ETTV
PBA: USBC MASTERS1:00PMFOX
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: SOUTH CAROLINA VS. UCONN8:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
WAKE FOREST AT BOSTON COLLEGE12:00PMACCN
NORTHWESTERN AT INDIANA12:00PMBTN
TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA12:00PMESPNU
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
ILLINOIS AT MINNESOTA12:00PMESPN2
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT TENNESSEE12:00PMSECN
SOUTH CAROLINA AT MISSOURI2:00PMSECN
GEORGIA AT ALABAMA4:00PMSECN
GOLFTIME ETTV
DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT NATIONAL FINALS8:00AMGOLF
PGA: TEXAS OPEN1:00PMGOLF
PGA: TEXAS OPEN2:00PMNBC
LPGA: CHEVRON CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-AM5:00PMGOLF
MLB SPRING TRAININGTIME ETTV
MIAMI AT NY METS1:00PMMLBN
COLORADO AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX4:00PMMLBN
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR CUP: TOYOTA OWNERS 4003:30PMFOX
NBATIME ETTV
DALLAS AT MILWAUKEE1:00PMABC
WASHINGTON AT BOSTON1:00PMNBCS-WSH
NBCS-BOS
DENVER AT LA LAKERS3:30PMABC
DETROIT AT INDIANA5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND6:00PMNBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
NEW YORK AT ORLANDO6:00PMMSG
BALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT TORONTO7:00PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
MINNESOTA AT HOUSTON7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-SW
PHOENIX AT OKLAHOMA CITY7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT SAN ANTONIO10:00PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
GOLDEN STATE AT SACRAMENTO9:00PMNBCS-BAY
NBCS-CA
NEW OLREANS AT LA CLIPPERS9:30PMNBATV
BALLY SPORTS
NHLTIME ETTV
DETROIT AT OTTAWA1:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
FLORIDA AT BUFFALO1:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG-BUF
NY ISLANDERS AT NEW JERSEY4:00PMTNT
PHILADELPHIA AT NY RANGERS7:00PMNHLN
NBCS-PHI
MSG
VEGAS AT VANCOUVER7:00PMSPORTSNET
ATTSN-RM
MINNESOTA AT WASHINGTON7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-WSH
ARIZONA AT CHICAGO7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
EDMONTON AT ANAHEIM8:00PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
DALLAS AT SEATTLE9:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI5028.64127-1223-1611-232-165-53 W
2 X-MILWAUKEE4829.6231.526-1322-1610-330-186-41 L
3 X-BOSTON4830.6152.027-1321-179-731-187-31 W
PHILADELPHIA4730.6102.522-1725-136-928-196-41 W
TORONTO4532.5844.521-1624-169-528-208-25 W
CHICAGO4533.5775.027-1118-2210-529-204-61 L
CLEVELAND4335.5517.024-1519-209-626-224-61 W
ATLANTA4137.5269.026-1415-238-625-247-35 W
CHARLOTTE4038.51310.020-1920-196-724-247-31 L
10 BROOKLYN4038.51310.017-2123-179-628-215-52 L
11 WASHINGTON3443.44215.521-1913-247-724-245-52 W
12 NEW YORK3444.43616.016-2318-214-1019-296-42 L
13 INDIANA2553.32125.016-239-302-1311-372-86 L
14 DETROIT2256.28228.013-269-305-917-324-62 W
15 ORLANDO2058.25630.010-2810-302-1210-382-85 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XYZ-PHOENIX6215.80531-831-79-437-109-11 L
2 XY-MEMPHIS5523.7057.529-1026-1310-535-149-17 W
3 X-GOLDEN STATE4929.62813.530-1019-1910-429-193-71 W
4 X-DALLAS4830.61514.527-1221-1813-234-166-41 L
UTAH4632.59016.527-1119-2113-130-184-61 L
DENVER4632.59016.522-1624-166-1027-216-41 L
MINNESOTA4434.56418.525-1319-2112-430-206-41 W
LA CLIPPERS3840.48724.521-1617-247-722-263-71 W
NEW ORLEANS3443.44228.018-2116-226-923-247-33 W
10 SAN ANTONIO3245.41630.015-2417-216-922-256-41 W
11 LA LAKERS3146.40331.020-1911-273-1116-312-85 L
12 SACRAMENTO2949.37233.516-2313-265-819-295-52 W
13 PORTLAND2750.35135.017-2310-271-1311-361-96 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2255.28640.010-2912-265-915-322-82 L
15 HOUSTON2058.25642.511-289-303-1311-403-73 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS68471561004428220128-6-019-9-67-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6945168984423016425-6-420-10-44-3-3
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6844195934225820725-7-219-12-37-3-0
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6843187934122819221-6-522-12-26-3-1
NEW YORK RANGERS6944205934021118122-7-322-13-27-3-0
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS70411910923823318819-10-522-9-55-4-1
BOSTON BRUINS6843205914121718322-11-221-9-38-2-0
WASHINGTON CAPITALS68372110843222519716-14-521-7-56-3-1
NEW YORK ISLANDERS6731279713018618318-13-413-14-57-3-0
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6932325692822326018-14-314-18-23-5-2
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6826339612319526317-13-69-20-32-6-2
12 BUFFALO SABRES69253311612219024313-16-612-17-56-1-3
13 OTTAWA SENATORS6724376542317621912-19-312-18-33-6-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6824386542121025416-14-48-24-23-6-1
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS68213611532117524313-16-68-20-53-6-1
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS69193911491617826210-19-49-20-73-4-3
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE69491461044626218928-4-321-10-38-1-1
CALGARY FLAMES6840199893823817121-8-719-11-24-4-2
MINNESOTA WILD6742205893724720824-7-218-13-38-1-1
ST. LOUIS BLUES68382010863624520121-9-417-11-64-3-3
LOS ANGELES KINGS71382310863420520218-14-420-9-65-3-2
EDMONTON OILERS6939255833524322423-12-016-13-57-2-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6839254823722419921-11-018-14-46-4-0
DALLAS STARS6739253813520020021-9-118-16-27-3-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS7038284803422420820-13-318-15-16-4-0
10 WINNIPEG JETS70332710763121721919-14-214-13-86-4-0
11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6932289732919619914-14-518-14-43-5-2
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS70283012682419822416-15-512-15-71-6-3
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6829318662718121816-15-413-16-43-6-1
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS69243510582018624411-17-513-18-53-5-2
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN6821416481917824111-20-310-21-34-5-1
16 ARIZONA COYOTES6821425472017324710-23-111-19-43-6-1
 

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