INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

EASTBROOK 4 COWAN 3

SALEM 18 EASTERN 0

KNOX 24 CULVER COMMUNITY 2

MONROE CENTRAL 5 WINCHESTER 1

WOODLAN 3 FORT WAYNE LUERS 2

JIMTOWN 17 NORTHRIDGE 3

WES DEL 15 ELWOOD 0

ELKHART 5 ANGOLA 0

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 12 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2

GLENN 13 E. NOBLE 1

KOUTS 11 N. MIAMI 1

MORGAN TWP. 12 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0

CORYDON CENTRAL 5 MADISON 3

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 6 MOUNT VERNON 5

WESTVIEW 17 GOSHEN 4

KOKOMO 14 INDIANAPOLIS TECH 1

NEW HAVEN 5 FREMONT 3

RIVERTON PARKE 12 COVINGTON 2

CARMEL 7 JASPER 6

COLUMBUS NORTH 6 COLUMBUS EAST 2

MCCUTCHEON 30 MARION 0

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 1 EVANSVILLE REITZ 0

JENNINGS COUNTY 3 HAUSER 2

CARROLL 13 PLYMOUTH 1

CHICAGO CENTRAL 16 GARY WEST 1

HAMMOND CENTRAL 11 HAST 0

NORWELL 5 GUERIN CATHOLIC 3

NORTH DECATUR 9 SWITZERLAND COUNTY 8

WINAMAC 12 TRITON 0

CEC 2 CTHS 0

FAIRFIELD 5 JIMTOWN 4

LINTON STOCKTON 3 SHAKAMAK 1

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 9 KANKAKEE VALLEY 3

WARSAW 10 ROCHESTER 5

BORDEN 10 W. WASHINGTON 0

CRAWFORD COUNTY 12 CROTHERSVILLE 0

SEEGER 3 PARKE HERITAGE 1

PERRY HEIGHTS 13 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 0

SPRINGS VALLEY 92 TRINITY LUTHERAN 1

JEFFERSONVILLE 9 CASTLE 5

HAGERSTOWN 6 NORTHEASTERN 2

BOONE GROVE 11 GRIFFITH 1

KNOX 10 CULVER COMMUNITY 0

BLOOMFIELD 6 NE. DUBOIS 1

CORYDON CENTRAL 12 MADISON 4

ANGOLA 8 ELKHART 6

WABASH 8 MANCHESTER 2

RICHMOND 3 LAFAYETTE JEFF 1

HARRISON 21 MUNCIE CENTRAL 0

RIVERTON PARKE 7 COVINGTON 0

FREMONT 9 NEW HAVEN 1

GARRETT 3 LEO 1

BREBEUF 6 DECATUR CENTRAL 0

ROSSVILLE 5 TAYLOR 3

DEKALB 2 HUNTINGTON NORTH 1

CRAWFORDSVILLE 6 WESTERN BOONE 1

ZIONSVILLE 6 WESTFIELD 1

RENSSELAER CENTRAL 12 KANKAKEE VALLEY 9

CASTON 7 N. JUDSON 5

HAMMOND CENTRAL 11 HAST 1

NORTHRIDGE 5 FAIRFIELD 2

GLENN 23 CENTRAL NOBLE 5

EDGEWOOD 4 NORTHVIEW 0

MISHAWAKA 6 CULVER ACADEMY 3

SOUTH ADAMS 9 CHRUBUSCO 2

WINAMAC 15 TRITON 0

EASTERN 6 DELPHI 3

PENN 9 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 1

GUERIN CATHOLIC 2 NORWELL 0

SILVER CREEK 7 SOUTHRIDGE 1

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 10 VINCENNES RIVET 0

HAGERSTOWN 11 NORTHEASTERN 4

SEEGER 11 PARKE HERITAGE 0

SPRINGS VALLEY 8 TRINITY LUTHERAN 4

BORDEN 6 SALEM 2

KOKOMO 11 ANDERSON 7

EDGEWOOD 6 CARMEL 5

HOBART 7 CALUMET CHRISTIAN 4

LOGANSPORT 6 MCCUTCHEON 1

CASTON 7 N. JUDSON 3

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 9 PLYMOUTH 0

ZIONSVILLE 3 WESTFIELD 2

SOUTH ADAMS 2 CHRUBUSCO 1

SOUTH-CENTRAL 9 N. MIAMI 4

MORGAN TWP. 10 WESTVILLE 0

MONROE CENTRAL 10 UNION CITY 0

KANKAKEE TRINITY 12 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 11

JASPER 10 NORTHVIEW 1

NOBLESVILLE 9 WESTERN 1

BEN DAVIS 6 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

NORWELL 21 BLUFFTON 6

CATHEDRAL 12 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 0

HAMMOND NOLL 13 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0

CASTON 12 KNOX 0

ROSSVILLE 11 TAYLOR 0

ANGOLA 9 E. NOBLE 4

ADAMS CENTRAL 24 FREMONT 9

HUNTINGTON NORTH 7 OAK HILL 1

WINCHESTER 13 MONROE CENTRAL 10

EDWARDSBURG 10 NORTHRIDGE 2

PIKE CENTRAL 2 MOUNT VERNON 1

CONCORD 6 LAKELAND 1

RIVERTON PARKE 8 COVINGTON 1

SHENANDOAH 21 BLUE RIVER 0

NORTH JUDSON 10 S. NEWTON 1

BEN DAVIS 12 WARREN CENTRAL 2

PAOLI 11 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 9

FRANKLIN COUNTY 5 NEW CASTLE 3

EDGEWOOD 17 CHRISTEL HOUSE 1

EAST CENTRAL 2 RUSHVILLE 1

DECATUR CENTRAL 8 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 6

LAWRENCE NORTH 10 N. CENTRAL 8

ROCHESTER 24 WARSAW 11

JASPER 7 FOREST PARK 4

EVANSVILLE REITZ 9 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 7

SOUTH PUTNAM 18 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 2

SULLIVAN 13 N. PUTNAM 1

HAUSER 6 LAWRENCEBURG 0

ELWOOD 5 JAY COUNTY 1

JEFFERSONVILLE 7 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 4

VALPARAISO 4 ANDREAN 3

TECUMSEH 13 NORTHVIEW 2

RIVER FOREST 3 ARGOS 2

LAKESHORE 6 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 0

RIVERTON PARKE 12 COVINGTON 2

MOORESVILLE 8 CASCADE 1

WESTERN BOONE 14 CRAWFORDSVILLE 0

EVANSVILLE HARRISON 20 CRAWFORD COUNTY 10

SOUTH NEWTON 10 N. JUDSON 9

ROSSVILLE 16 TAYLOR 3

EVANSVILLE NORTH 2 SILVER CREEK 1

SEEGER 9 PARKE HERITAGE 2

FREMONT 17 FORT WAYNE LUERS 6

LAKELAND 6 CONCORD 4

YORKTOWN 10 COWAN 0

PENN 12 OAK PARK – RIVER FOREST 0

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 4 CORYDON CENTRAL 1

WARREN CENTRAL 19 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 15

NORTH POSEY 20 TELL CITY 0

KOKOMO 14 ANDERSON 0

LAFAYETTE JEFF 11 MARION 1

TECUMSEH 12 N. DAVIESS 2

UNION COUNTY 14 SOUTHWOOD 2

FRANKLIN COUNTY 10 NEW CASTLE 0

EAST CENTRAL 12 RUSHVILLE 2

BLOOMFIELD 6 CHRISTIAN COUNTY 5

LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 1 EMINENCE 0

SOUTH BEND CLAY 16 ANGOLA 1

EDGEWOOD 10 MONROVIA 0

RONCALLI 10 PERRY MERIDIAN 0

SEEGER 5 PARKE HERITAGE 2

SHENANDOAH 9 KNIGHTSTOWN 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 9 HOBART 0

SOUTH BEND CLAY 8 E. NOBLE 7

JAY COUNTY 12 SOUTHWOOD 1

GIBSON SOUTHERN 7 S. SPENCER 3

EDGEWOOD 18 SHAKAMAK 1

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 6 HOBART 0

YORKTOWN 6 WAPAHANI 1

HARRISON 16 LAFAYETTE JEFF 1

NBA PLAYOFFS

MILWAUKEE 103 BOSTON 101

GOLDEN STATE 142 MEMPHIS 112

SATURDAY’S BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 101, BOSTON 89

• GAME 2: BOSTON 109, MILWAUKEE 86

• GAME 3: MILWAUKEE 103, BOSTON 101

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

BUCKS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 106, PHILADELPHIA 92

• GAME 2: MIAMI 119, PHILADELPHIA 103

• GAME 3: PHILADELPHIA 99, MIAMI 79

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 8 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

HEAT LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 117, MEMPHIS 116

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 106, GOLDEN STATE 101

• GAME 3: GOLDEN STATE 142, MEMPHIS 112

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | MONDAY, MAY 16 | TBD | TNT

WARRIORS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 121, DALLAS 114

• GAME 2: PHOENIX 129, DALLAS 109

• GAME 3: DALLAS 103, PHOENIX 94

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 3:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 5: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

SUNS LEAD SERIES 2-1

* = IF NECESSARY

NHL PLAYOFFS

WASHINGTON 6 FLORIDA 1

COLORADO 7 NASHVILLE 3

PITTSBURGH 7 NY RANGERS 4

DALLAS 4 CALGARY 2

SATURDAY BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

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

EASTERN CONFERENCE

DATE TIME (ET)   #1 FLORIDA VS. #WC2 WASHINGTON   NETWORKS

MONDAY, MAY 9 7 P.M.       FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON TBS, SN1, TVA SPORTS

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11  TBD WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA TBD       

*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON TBD   

*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA TBD

DATE TIME (ET)   #2 TORONTO VS. #3 TAMPA BAY   NETWORKS       

SUNDAY, MAY 8 7 P.M. TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS

*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO TBD       

*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY TBD   

*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO TBD

DATE TIME (ET) #1 CAROLINA VS. #WC1 BOSTON   NETWORKS

SUNDAY, MAY 8 12:30 P.M.   CAROLINA AT BOSTON ESPN, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS

*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD BOSTON AT CAROLINA TBD       

*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD CAROLINA AT BOSTON TBD   

*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD BOSTON AT CAROLINA TBD

DATE TIME (ET)   #2 NY RANGERS VS. #3 PITTSBURGH   NETWORKS       

MONDAY, MAY 9 7 P.M.       NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11   TBD PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS TBD       

*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH TBD   

*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

DATE TIME (ET)   #1 COLORADO VS. #WC2 NASHVILLE   NETWORKS

MONDAY, MAY 9 9:30 P.M.   COLORADO AT NASHVILLE ESPN, SN1, TVA SPORTS

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11   TBD NASHVILLE AT COLORADO TBD       

*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD COLORADO AT NASHVILLE TBD   

*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD NASHVILLE AT COLORADO TBD

DATE TIME (ET)   #2 MINNESOTA VS. #3 ST. LOUIS   NETWORKS       

SUNDAY, MAY 8 4:30 P.M.   MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS TBS, SN360, TVA SPORTS

*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA TBD       

*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS TBD   

*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA TBD

DATE TIME (ET)   #1 CALGARY VS. #WC1 DALLAS   NETWORKS

MONDAY, MAY 9 9:30 P.M.   CALGARY AT DALLAS TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11  TBD DALLAS AT CALGARY TBD       

*FRIDAY, MAY 13 TBD CALGARY AT DALLAS TBD   

*SUNDAY, MAY 15 TBD DALLAS AT CALGARY TBD

DATE TIME (ET)   #2 EDMONTON VS. #3 LOS ANGELES   NETWORKS       

SUNDAY, MAY 8 10 P.M.       EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS

*TUESDAY, MAY 10 TBD LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON TBD       

*THURSDAY, MAY 12 TBD EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES TBD   

*SATURDAY, MAY 14 TBD LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON TBD

* IF NECESSARY

TBD – TO BE DETERMINED

JIP – JOINED IN PROGRESS

MLB

WASHINGTON 7 LA ANGELS 3

KANSAS CITY AT BALTIMORE POSTPONED

TEXAS AT NY YANKEES POSTPONED

MINNESOTA 1 OAKLAND 0

TORONTO 8 CLEVELAND 3

CLEVELAND 8 TORONTO 2

TAMPA BAY 8 SEATTLE 2

CINCINNATI 9 PITTSBURGH 2

PITTSBURGH 8 CINCINNATI 5

LA DODGERS 7 CHICAGO CUBS 0

LA DODGERS 6 CHICAGO CUBS 2

COLORADO 4 ARIZONA 1

MIAMI 8 SAN DIEGO 0

SAN FRANCISCO 13 ST. LOUIS 7

HOUSTON 3 DETROIT 2

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 BOSTON 1 (10)

SATURDAY’S BOXES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LOUISVILLE 7 INDIANAPOLIS 5 (10)

INDIANAPOLIS 8 LOUISVILLE 2

WISCONSIN 6 FORT WAYNE 3

SOUTH BEND 3 PEORIA 2

SOUTH BEND 4 PEORIA 0

WNBA

NEW YORK 81 CONNECTICUT 79

ATLANTA 66 DALLAS 59

USFL

BIRMINGHAM 16 TAMPA BAY 10

NEW JERSEY 21 PITTSBURGH 13

COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME AT WILLIAM AND MARY CANCELED

XAVIER 7 BUTLER 5

XAVIER 19 BUTLER 8

PURDUE 10 IOWA 6

INDIANA 9 MICHIGAN 5

BALL STATE 12 KENT STATE 0

DALLAS BAPTIST 5 VALPARAISO 1

DALLAS BAPTIST 3 VALPARAISO 0

INDIANA STATE 8 BRADLEY 5

BRADLEY 4 INDIANA STATE 3

EVANSVILLE 5 ILLINOIS STATE 3

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

IOWA 9 PURDUE 3

NEBRASKA 7 INDIANA 2

NOTRE DAME 5 LOUISVILLE 1

NOTRE DAME 5 LOUISVILLE 0

EVANSVILLE 2 VALPARAISO 1 (8)

VALPARAISO 5 EVANSVILLE 1

BALL STATE 6 AKRON 3

AKRON 6 BALL STATE 0

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 6 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 1

NORTHERN KENTUCKY 1 PURDUE FORT WAYNE 0

IUPUI 4 ILLINOIS CHICAGO 3

ILLINOIS CHICAGO 4 IUPUI 3

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

80-1 shot Rich Strike races to huge upset in Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) With favorite Epicenter and Zandon dueling in front, Rich Strike came charging up the rail in the closing strides for a stunning 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Jockey Sonny Leon guided Rich Strike from far back in the 20-horse field to beat 4-1 favorite Epicenter by three-quarters of a length. Zandon was another three-quarters of a length back in third at Churchill Downs in front of a crowd that included former President Donald Trump.

Rich Strike had the second-biggest upset in the race’s 148-year history. He paid $163.60 to win. Only Donerail in 1913 had a higher payout of $184.90.

Rich Strike wasn’t even in the Derby field until Friday when Ethereal Road was scratched, making room for the chestnut colt trained by Eric Reed. Both Leon, from Venezuela, and Reed were in their first Derby. Leon regularly rides on small circuits, including Ohio.

Leon’s rail ride was reminiscent of jockey Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird in 2009. Mine That Bird paid $103.20 to win.

Rich Strike was purchased by owner RED TR-Racing LLC for $30,000 last fall when he was entered in a low-level claiming race by former owner Calumet Farm.

Rich Strike earned $1.86 million for just his second career victory.

Bucks edge Celtics 103-101 after frantic final second

MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and made the go-ahead basket with 44.3 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood a frantic flurry of shots in the final seconds to beat the Boston Celtics 103-101 on Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

The defending champion Bucks lead the best-of-7 series 2-1, with Game 4 on Monday night in Milwaukee.

Boston trailed 103-100 when Marcus Smart was fouled by Jrue Holiday just before attempting a potential tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining. Smart made the first free throw, then missed the second intentionally – flinging a shot that went hard off the backboard before hitting the rim

That’s when things got wild.

Smart got the rebound, but missed his putback attempt. Boston’s Robert Williams charged toward the basket and sent the ball up and off the glass. Al Horford was waiting on the right side with a putback attempt that also went off the glass. Horford then got his own rebound and banked it in, but his final shot came just after the buzzer sounded.

Replays confirmed Horford didn’t beat the clock.

Antetokounmpo also had 12 rebounds and eight assists. His driving finger roll helped the Bucks pull back ahead after blowing a 14-point lead.

After trailing by 13 with less than 10 minutes left, the Celtics pulled ahead 100-99 and took their first lead since early in their third quarter on Jaylen Brown’s two free throws with 1:49 remaining.

Both teams failed to score on their next possessions before Antetokounmpo put the Bucks back ahead. Antetokounmpo then blocked Brown’s driving layup attempt, leading to Holiday’s basket that made it 103-100 with 11.2 seconds remaining.

Holiday had 25 points.

Brown led the Celtics with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Horford had 22 points and 16 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Robert Williams went to the locker room in the third quarter after taking an elbow to the face from Milwaukee’s Bobby Portis as they tangled under the basket while pursuing the ball. Williams returned later in the third. … Reserve forward Sam Hauser, who had played two minutes in each of the series’ first two games, was unavailable Saturday due to an injured right shoulder. Celtics coach Ime Udoka said Hauser took a fall in practice. “He’ll be OK long-term,” Udoka said. “It’s just something where he could be out a few weeks based on that.”

Bucks: Reserve guard George Hill played for the first time this postseason after recovering from a strained abdominal muscle. … Grayson Allen made his first career playoff start Saturday as part of a lineup change after the Bucks posted their lowest point total of the season in a 109-86 Game 2 loss. Portis moved into a bench role.

Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Morant, Grizzlies 142-112

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Now, Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies are calling out the Golden State Warriors for causing unnecessary injury.

Morant re-injured his troublesome right knee late in the game when Jordan Poole grabbed it as they fought for a loose ball late in the Warriors’ 142-112 victory that embarrassed the Grizzlies on Saturday night and gave Golden State a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Morant left Chase Center without speaking to reporters but posted and later deleted a video of the play on his Twitter feed with the words “broke the code,” a reference Warriors coach Steve Kerr had used five days earlier when Dillon Brooks’ hard foul in Game 2 sidelined Gary Payton II.

Poole and Andrew Wiggins swarmed Morant as he dribbled at the top of the 3-point arc when Morant struggled to keep possession – and Poole described it as “a basketball play.”

“When we doubled him, I hit the ball, l was going for the ball. Obviously, you don’t want to see anybody get hurt, I’m not even that type of player,” Poole said. “I respect everybody. Obviously hopefully he gets better and we can see him out there next game. “

Brooks was suspended for his Flagrant 2 foul in the first quarter Tuesday night when he pounded the head of a driving Payton, who landed awkwardly and fractured his left elbow. He will be sidelined indefinitely, also with ligament and muscle damage.

Kerr said the play was “dirty” and broke an NBA “code” injuring someone and threatening his career, while Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins and his Grizzlies players defended their hard-nosed style as not dirty at all.

Draymond Green and Golden State kept cool from the opening tip – methodically running away with it. Instead, Memphis forward Kyle Anderson got ejected with 6:19 left for arguing an offensive foul.

Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Klay Thompson had 21 and nine rebounds and Golden State shut down Morant’s supporting cast.

A 3 by Morant just before the halftime buzzer got the Grizzlies to 64-57 at the break and gave him 17 of his 34 points after a 47-point performance in Game 2. But Morant couldn’t do it alone for Memphis, and he was done after rubbing his tender right knee and limping off with 6:19 to play before heading to the locker room.

“He’s getting evaluated now. Nothing further. We just watched the replay,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “He was going after a dribble and Jordan Poole actually grabbed his knee and yanked it, which kind of triggered whatever happened, so I’m actually going to be very curious to see what happens after that.”

Kerr said he “didn’t even notice the play.”

Brooks will be back for Game 4 on Monday night at Chase Center, where the raucous sellout crowd included two women holding signs of Payton’s face insisting the Warriors “Win it for Gary.” It’s unclear if Morant will be fine to play.

“I’ve been through a tough knee injury, and I don’t think there’s any malicious intent from Jordan,” Thompson said. “I don’t even think he’s strong enough to affect somebody’s knee. But we’re not out there trying to hurt people or trying to club people in the back of the head on a fast break. We play the game the right way and I’m going to have his back.”

Golden State dominated with a balanced attack and energy on both ends after Green called for the offense to do more to better the defense. He dished out eight assists, five points and five rebounds.

“The shot selection was much improved,” Kerr said.

Poole scored 27 points off the bench and Andrew Wiggins added 17 points for Golden State, which used a 10-0 run out of halftime to take command for good.

“We’ve got another game on Monday,” Poole said when asked what he expects next given the latest back-and-forth between the rivals.

Rookie Jonathan Kuminga provided a spark starting in Payton’s place, while Ziare Williams was in for Brooks.

Curry missed his initial two shots then scored his first points of the game by making a big 3 with 0.9 left in the first as the Warriors trailed 28-26.

Morant hit a 31-foot 3-pointer midway through the first and Williams dunked shortly after for a 21-8 lead and Memphis made 6 of 9 shots to start the game. But the Grizzlies went cold and made only 3 of the next 12 and watched the Warriors close the quarter with an 18-7 burst.

“We were just too frenetic to start off the game,” Kerr said.

THOMPSON’S TOUCH

Curry’s Splash Brother, Thompson shot 8 for 13 with four 3-pointers in a solid shooting night.

He had been 11 for 38 from the floor, including 5 of 22 on 3-pointers, so far in the series before finding a better groove. Kerr figured it would happen soon enough.

“When we’re getting good shots, the chances of Klay getting hot are much greater, and when he gets hot, our team takes on a different look,” Kerr said. “We just become much tougher to guard.”

ADAMS’ ABSENCE

Grizzlies center Steven Adams was available to play for the first time this series series after coming out of the league health and safety protocols but the big man didn’t play until the game was out of hand.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: G Desmond Bane’s troublesome back was sore during Game 2 but has improved. “His back is progressing. I don’t think he’s at full strength like he was in the regular season but he’s the ultimate competitor,” Jenkins said. Bane had 16 points in 29 minutes. … Memphis shot 6 of 11 from 3-point range in the opening quarter.

Warriors: The Warriors outrebounded the Grizzlies 21-14 in the first half and 53-37 overall. … Golden State is 4-0 playing at home during this postseason and 49-11 dating to the 2015 title run that ended with the franchise’s first championship in 40 years.

76ers fined $50,000 for Embiid injury status violation

NEW YORK (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers were fined $50,000 by the NBA on Saturday for violating league injury reporting rules in failing to disclose Joel Embiid’s participation status in an accurate and timely manner.

Embiid returned Friday night after missing the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Miami because of a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion. He had 18 points to help Philadelphia win 99-79 and cut it series deficit to 2-1.

Game 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

Capitals rout Panthers 6-1 in Game 3 to take 2-1 series lead

WASHINGTON (AP) Fans’ cheers brought Ilya Samsonov close to tears on the way to his first NHL playoff victory.

Chants of “Sammy! Sammy!” followed one of many important saves he made in Washington’s 6-1 rout of Florida in Game 3 on Saturday. Samsonov rebounded after allowing an early goal and the Capitals bounced back from a blowout loss in Game 2 to take a lead in the series against the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Panthers.

Samsonov made 29 saves in his first start this postseason, taking over for Vitek Vanecek and giving teammates and coach Peter Laviolette exactly what they hoped for out of a goaltender whose play ranges from stellar to suspect. From big saves in tight on Florida captain Aleksander Barkov to the stop on Sam Reinhart that ignited the chants, this was the best of Samsonov at the most opportune time.

“I am ready all the time,” he said. “Sometimes you start playoffs, sometimes another goalie, but you need to get ready for every game. I understand if you want to win, you need to win 16 games.”

The Capitals would take two more this round to start. Game 4 is Monday in Washington.

Alex Ovechkin scored on the power play and assisted on T.J. Oshie’s power-play goal. Marcus Johansson, Trevor van Riemsdyk and Garnet Hathaway also scored and John Carlson contributed an empty-netter for the Capitals, who shook off a 5-1 loss in Game 2 and an early deficit in Game 3 behind the play of their new starting goaltender and a stingy effort that stymied the NHL’s best regular-season offense.

“We all know playoffs have their swings and momentums,” said Oshie, who redirected Ovechkin’s shot past Sergei Bobrovsky for his goal. “A team wins one game, the other team is going to make some adjustments and come at you twice as hard the next game. They did that in Game 2 and it was our turn to respond in Game 3, and I think the boys did a really good job from the drop of the puck all the way through.”

Samsonov got the nod over Vanecek in net after stopping all 17 shots in relief Thursday. He got off to a rough start, giving up a goal to league MVP candidate Jonathan Huberdeau less than three minutes in – then stopped every shot he saw the rest of the way.

“A little bit nervous the first five minutes, but it’s just normal for a goalie,” Samsonov said. “After a couple saves, I feel pretty good physically, mentally.”

With Samsonov the backbone at even strength and short-handed, Washington’s penalty kill improved to 9 of 9 against Florida, which ranked fifth on the power play this season at just under 25%. The Panthers also led the league in scoring at more than four goals a game.

But this series against an opponent with more experience in postseason hockey – seven players remain from Washington’s 2018 Stanley Cup championship – has been another rough lesson for the Panthers about how to win the playoffs. Ill-advised penalties by top-pairing defenseman Mackenzie Weegar and Huberdeau paved the way for the power-play goals, a missed defensive assignment opened the door for Johansson’s and a turnover in the corner led to van Riemsdyk’s.

“To me, frustration’s taken over, for some reason,” interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “When you get frustrated, it usually means you’re not working hard enough. Our compete has not been what it has been all year. It could be nerves. But we have to find a way. You get frustrated when you’re not working hard. That’s kind of the case right now. You do undisciplined things because you’re frustrated.”

Similar mistakes cost Florida in the first round last year: a loss to Tampa Bay on the way to the Lightning’s second of back-to-back titles. Only this time, the Panthers were expected to make a deep run after compiling an NHL-best 122 points on 58 victories in 82 games.

If they don’t win three more over the next week, it’ll go down as another disappointment for a franchise that hasn’t advanced in the playoffs since 1996 and entered the postseason as one of the favorites to hoist the Cup. Defenseman Brandon Montour said the Panthers “weren’t really ready to play.”

“It’s playoff hockey – it’s going to be tight,” Monour said. “We’ve just got to play harder. That’s where it starts.”

The Eastern Conference eighth-seeded Capitals improved to 4 of 12 on the power play in the series. Their victory guaranteed at least two more home playoff games this spring, though Monday won’t be an easy one against the angry Panthers and Laviolette knows it.

“If we don’t follow it up, then that’s on us,” he said. “It’s got to be pointed from right now. We’ve got to make sure that our mindset is knowing exactly where they’re at.”

NOTES: Ovechkin’s goal was his 72nd in the playoffs, tying him with Patrick Marleau and Esa Tikkanen for 14th on the career list. His 28 power-play goals are tied for seventh. … Capitals right winger Tom Wilson missed a second consecutive game with a lower-body injury. … Connor McMichael made his NHL playoff debut, replacing Brett Leason, who took Wilson’s spot in Game 2.

Avalanche take 3-0 series lead over Preds with 7-3 win

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Colorado Avalanche lost goalie Darcy Kuemper late in the first period. Their power play is so strong right now that’s all they lost.

Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in the second period, and the top-seeded Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 7-3 Saturday for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

Landeskog also had two assists. Nazem Kadri and Devon Toews each added a goal and an assist, and Artturi Lehkonen and Nathan MacKinnon scored a power-play goal apiece as Colorado went 4 for 5 on the man advantage to push Nashville to the brink of elimination. Cale Makar had three assists.

“I’ve liked our power play a lot in this series, and tonight we just converted on our chances,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “Sometimes it’s as simple as that.”

Valeri Nichushkin added an empty-net goal with 2:46 left. The Avs had a couple missed opportunities once Nashville pulled goalie Connor Ingram with more than 4 minutes remaining.

Avalanche goalie Darcy Kuemper was hurt with a minute left in the first period. Pavel Francouz replaced him and made 18 saves in his seventh career playoff appearance. Francouz didn’t see what happened to Kuemper, only that his teammate was in a lot of pain and he was going in immediately.

Bednar said Kuemper took a stick to the eye, leaving him with swelling. Kuemper will be re-evaluated and could be available Monday night for Game 4.

“I didn’t even know that something like this could happen until today,” Francouz said. “I’ve never seen such an injury. It’s obviously scary that the stick can fit into the cage, but I think it’s a really small chance that something like this can happen.”

Matt Duchene, Eeli Tolvanen and captain Roman Josi each scored goals for Nashville. Alexandre Carrier had two assists.

This is the first time the Predators have trailed 0-3 in a series, and they will try to avoid being swept for the first time in their 15 playoff appearances.

“We have to win one,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “You look at it right now we’ve got a group that’s been resilient. We know what it is. And you’re not out of a series until it hits four.”

Colorado has simply dominated the Predators, outscoring them 16-6 with a 137-81 difference in shots through the first three games.

Lehkonen got the Avs on the board first yet again midway through the first on yet another Nashville penalty, deflecting a slap shot by Toews. MacKinnon made it 2-0 just 21 seconds into the Avs’ next man advantage at 16:07.

Duchene got Nashville on the board, scoring on a wrister at 17:37. Then Predators center Ryan Johansen’s stick caught Kuemper’s face, and Francouz replaced him in net.

The Predators managed to score twice on the man advantage in the second with Tolvanen scoring from the dot in the left face-off circle at 5:41. Landeskog beat Ingram with a backhander on the man advantage midway through the second for a 3-2 lead, then Josi tied it with a slap shot from the blue line at 12:11.

Landeskog scored his second at 14:02 to put Colorado ahead to stay.

The Avs got another man advantage when Nashville lost its challenge of Landeskog’s goal for Lehkonen interfering with Ingram. Predators forward Mikael Granlund was blamed for the contact. Ingram played the puck behind the net, lost the puck and Kadri scored into the open net just 39 seconds later for a 5-3 lead.

“That’s exactly the risk you take challenging sometimes,” Landeskog said. “That’s what we did last game, and we ended up getting a penalty on it. That was a big swing for sure, and we were able to get a bounce on the next power play and Naz cashes in. Definitely a big swing in the game.”

Toews padded the lead with a shot from the top of the left circle midway through the third.

KUEMPER HURT

The Avalanche goalie was hurt with 56.6 seconds left in the first as Johansen’s stick caught his face through the mask. Kuemper yanked the mask off and was down on the ice before skating to the locker room holding a towel to his face. He was 37-12-4 for Colorado during the regular season and won the first two games of this series.

“I don’t know exactly what happened or how it gets in there,” Bednar said of the stick. “It’s unfortunate is what I think. It’s an unfortunate play.”

PENALTY WOES

Nashville led the NHL in penalties during the regular season, and Colorado has converted 42.9% on the man advantage in this series thanks to this strong performance. Josi said he felt the Predators improved later in the season.

“They got so many great offensive players and you don’t want to put them on the power play, you don’t want to give them looks,” Josi said. “They made us pay for them.”

ROOKIE GOALIE

Ingram became the first rookie in Nashville history to start a playoff game in Game 2’s overtime loss on Thursday night. His 49 saves tied for most by a goalie in his first postseason start in the last 10 years and tied for the fourth-most saves by a Predators goalie in franchise history in the playoffs. Ingram stopped 79 of 83 shots faced over the first two games of this series after coming off the bench.

Domingue, Heinen star as Penguins surge past Rangers 7-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) Louis Domingue remembers dragging a net out into the street, pulling on his rollerblades and dreaming what it would be like to be in the NHL playoffs.

The reality is surpassing the Pittsburgh Penguins’ backup to the backup goaltender’s greatest expectations.

The journeyman stopped 32 shots – including a handful on the penalty kill in the third period with the Penguins reeling – to set the stage for Danton Heinen’s late tally as Pittsburgh surged past the New York Rangers 7-4 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.

“In the last whatever, seven years, I’ve been in and out of the league, it’s the first time I’m a rookie again,” said Domingue, thrust into action with All-Star Tristan Jarry and top reserve Casey DeSmith both unavailable due to injury. “I’m a rookie in the playoffs … every day is a new day for me. It’s a new experience.”

A wild one at that.

The Penguins grabbed control of the series heading into Monday night’s Game 4 by chasing Vezina Trophy-favorite Igor Shesterkin in the first period, blowing a three-goal cushion in the second then responding even with the top line of Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel and Bryan Rust contributing nothing on the scoresheet until New York’s net was empty in the final minutes.

“A lot of teams don’t recover from (losing a three-goal advantage),” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think it speaks volumes to the leadership and the character of our group that we were able to move by it.”

The Penguins killed off a pair of penalties in the first half of the third to keep the score tied before Heinen jumped on a loose puck near the New York goal line and flicked a shot by Alexandar Georgiev 11:02 into the third to put the Penguins in front to stay.

“Bit of a rollercoaster, for sure. You hate to be in the box, you hate taking penalties,” said Heinen, who was given a 2-minute minor in the third for slashing. “Our kill was unbelievable. Louis was our best killer. But the guys battled for me there, and I was lucky enough to get one.”

Evan Rodrigues had two goals and assisted on another for the Penguins. Jeff Carter also scored twice for the Pittsburgh while Brock McGinn started the scoring on what became two-plus hours of seismic momentum shifts with his first goal of the playoffs.

Kaapo Kakko, Frank Vatrano, Artemi Panarin and Andrew Copp scored for the Rangers. Georgiev finished with 19 saves on 20 shots after taking over for Shesterkin, who was chased after allowing four goals in the first period.

“Igor has been outstanding,” New York head coach Gerard Gallant said. “Really, you look at it right now, and he’s played 10 periods the last four and a half days, five days, whatever it is. I thought it was a good time to jumpstart it. Fortunately for us, we battled back in the second and tied it up. Unfortunately, in the third, they get a goal.”

The Penguins sent Shesterkin to the bench with a dazzling start in which they erupted for four goals – two by Rodrigues – only to promptly squander it with a second-period meltdown culminated by a turnover by defenseman Kris Letang that led directly to Copp’s short-handed tally that tied it at 4.

New York’s push continued into the third. Pittsburgh’s penalty kill – which had given up a goal in each of the first two games – held firm, with Domingue making a sliding stop on Panarin, a save that bought enough time for the Domingue’s teammates to steady themselves.

“We believe in ourselves,” Domingue said. “Once you enter the dance I think any team can win. Maybe we came in a little bit as the underdog but we certainly feel like we belong and showed that tonight.”

The Penguins overwhelmed Shesterkin by throwing bodies and pucks at the net with equal abandon. The first capacity playoff crowd at PPG Paints Arena in three years was in full throat as it lauded Shesterkin – whose 118 combined saves in the first two games was an NHL record – with chants of “IIIIIIIGOOORRR.”

Shesterkin stayed on the bench to start the second period – just the third time he’s played only 20 minutes – and the Rangers responded with a massive push in front of Georgiev to rally.

Copp provided a tying score that seemed inevitable after Kevin Rooney stripped Letang and darted to the net. Domingue made the initial save but Copp knocked in the loose puck as the net was dislodged to draw the Rangers even with 4:01 left in the second. The go-ahead goal, however, never materialized as the Rangers failed to re-claim home ice in a series that has all the ingredients of one that could go the distance.

“We had a chance to change the game and we couldn’t get one,” Rangers forward Ryan Strome said. “So it was obviously frustrating, especially after clawing all the way back.”

NOTES: The Penguins played without D Brian Dumoulin (lower-body injury) for the second straight game. Forward Rikard Rackell also missed his second straight game after leaving Game 1 following a hit to the head. … Jarry skated on Saturday morning, his first . … Rangers played without injured F Tyler Motte (upper body), F Barclay Goodrow (lower body) and D Ryan Lindgren (lower body).

Pavelski scores 2 as Stars take 2-1 series lead over Flames

DALLAS (AP) The old goal scorer and the young goalie have put the underdog Dallas Stars out front in their first-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames.

Joe Pavelski scored twice and got the game-winner on the first power-play goal in the series for Dallas, and Jake Oettinger had 39 saves as the wild-card Stars won 4-2 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 series lead over the Pacific Division champs who have three 40-goal scorers.

Two nights after making 29 saves in a 2-0 win at Calgary that evened the series, the 23-year-old Oettinger got his second playoff victory in his first playoff game on home ice – and the first for the Stars in more than three years. That included a tremendous stop on a breakaway chance by Johnny Gaudreau with 3 1/2 minutes left.

“That’s one big timely save,” coach Rick Bowness said. “Jake’s doing fantastic. He just rock solid back there, not intimidated by the surroundings and the noise.”

The Stars were 0 for 10 with an extra skater in the series, though one of those power plays had been for only 4 seconds earlier in Game 3, before the 37-year-old Pavelski’s tiebreaking goal with 9:55 left made it 3-2.

Pavelski had made a cross-ice pass on a rush to Vladislav Namestnikov, who then took a shot that bounced of of goalie Jacob Markstrom. The puck was knocked in by Pavelski, whose 64 career postseason goals are the most by an American-born skater.

“It’s big. It’s another step,” Pavelski, who also had the game-winner in Game 2, said of taking a 2-1 series lead. “There’s a lot of effort from up and down the lineup. Lots of physicality. Guys handing in, taking checks, making plays.”

Like Oettinger, it was the first home playoff game at the American Airlines Center for Pavelski. His first season with the Stars in 2019-20 ended with them making it to the Stanley Cup Final when the entire postseason was played in a bubble in Canada because of the pandemic.

Game 4 is Monday night in Dallas, before the series shifts back to Calgary for Game 5 on Wednesday.

“Our group still feels really good. Really confident in our entire ability,” said Calgary veteran center Blake Coleman, who played his first playoff game in Dallas, about a half-hour from where he grew up in Plano, Texas. “We win one game and we have home ice back. That was our goal here. There’s no panic in our room.”

Radek Faksa scored the first goal for Dallas, and Roope Hintz added an empty-net tally just before the final horn. Miro Heiskanen had two assists for the Stars, who also finished with a 44-23 advantage in hits.

Elias Lindholm and Trevor Lewis had goals for Calgary.

After the teams traded shutouts and combined for only three goals in the two games at Calgary, they had another physical and brawling game. Matthew Tkachuk and John Klingberg fought only 1:22 into the game, trading blows and getting 5-minute majors as Oettinger made a glove save of Gaudreau’s wrister on Calgary’s first shot.

Pavelski’s first goal of the game tied it at 2 about midway through the second period, when he knocked in Heiskanen’s shot that ricocheted off Markstrom. That came only seconds after Markstrom’s off-balance rejection of a shot by Heiskanen, though the Stars were able to keep the possession alive.

Markstrom stopped 28 shots.

Faksa put the Stars up 1-0 about 8 1/2 minutes into the game when he used his stick to redirect Esa Lindell’s shot on a pass from Heiskanen right after a faceoff.

Just before that, Faksa was leveled in front of the net by Noah Hanifan before Markstrom was able to control the puck after a shot by Heiskanen.

Calgary got even at 1-1 on a goal that Bowness thought came because of goalie interference, with Oettinger laid on his side after contact with Milan Lucic. Dallas lost the replay challenge.

It appeared that Lucic, who was engaged with Tyler Seguin, tried to avoid the Dallas goalie. The contact happened just outside the crease and Lucic was able to push the puck back front, where it was knocked in by Lewis.

The Flames took a 2-1 lead when Lindholm scored from just inside the circle early in the second period.

“Hard fought. Close games,” Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. “You’ve got to play the whole game. We knew they were going to come out.”

NOTES

Klingberg got a game misconduct at the end of the first period in Game 1 of the series, at the same time Tkachuk was in a fight with Michael Raffl. Klingberg also got a roughing penalty in Game 2, and added an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty later in Game 3. He has 26 penalty minutes in this series, after 34 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games. … Oettinger had stopped 57 shots in a row over a span of nearly 129 minutes, ending the seventh-longest postseason scoreless streak ever by a Stars goalie. … There have been 45 penalties and 124 penalty minutes combined in the three games.

Pirates’ VanMeter struggles as catcher, Reds end 9-game skid

CINCINNATI (AP) Josh VanMeter had just one thought when he suddenly realized the Pittsburgh Pirates needed him as a catcher.

“Pure panic,” he said.

Forced into an emergency role, VanMeter had a rough time Saturday when he moved from second base for his first try behind the plate since he was a teenager. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage to end a nine-game losing streak, beating the Pirates 9-2 in the opener of a doubleheader.

“It’s part of the job. They asked me to do it, and I did it to the best of my ability. I didn’t feel too bad back there,” VanMeter said.

“Hopefully, I won’t have to do it again,” he added.

Tyler Stephenson fouled a ball hard off VanMeter’s mask, then hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning that fueled a seven-run burst.

Pirates starting catcher Roberto Perez was helped off the field with a left hamstring injury after falling while rounding second base in the top of the eighth. Backup catcher Andrew Knapp had been ejected by plate umpire Will Little in the bottom of the sixth for chirping from the dugout.

That left VanMeter as the Pirates’ next best option behind the plate, so he traded his infielder’s glove for a catcher’s mitt.

It had been a while, too, for a player who’s listed as a second baseman/outfielder.

“I think it was when I was 14 in summer ball, but they didn’t throw as hard and their stuff didn’t move like that,” he said.

VanMeter quickly gathered up the equipment he’d need. He grabbed Knapp’s gear, but wound up using Perez’s glove.

“It’s part of the game. They needed somebody to step up,” he said.

The 27-year-old VanMeter, who began his career with Cincinnati in 2019 and is in his first season with the Pirates, took his new spot to begin the eighth. He also showed how hard it is to be a catcher, even for a pro who has played most everywhere on the diamond.

Working with a new, inexperienced batterymate, Wil Crowe (1-2) hit Brandon Drury with a pitch and walked Tommy Pham and Mike Moustakas to start the eighth with no outs and the score 2-all.

VanMeter tried to corral Crowe’s assortment of fast, darting sinkers and sliders, but said he felt badly for the pair of pitchers Pittsburgh used in the eighth. The Pirates don’t use the electronic signaling system that some other teams employ.

“We couldn’t get on the same page, but I’m proud of the way I caught,” he said.

Stephenson stepped up and fouled the first pitch directly back. VanMeter took off his mask for a moment to recover and Little went to the mound to give Crowe a new ball, giving the new catcher a break.

“I really didn’t feel it,” VanMeter said. “Actually, my legs are sore from crouching.”

Stephenson, the Cincinnati catcher, and VanMeter shared a few words in the interim.

With the count 0-2, VanMeter stabbed at three straight sliders near the zone but didn’t get any of the calls – perhaps his obvious lack of pitch framing experience cost the Pirates.

“I feel like I got a little lucky with VanMeter back there,” Stephenson said. “Crowe actually made some good pitches at the bottom of the zone that I took. Going back to look, they might have been there.”

“It is the first time I’ve ever experienced that with someone who isn’t a catcher. I mean, it was new for me. It was just weird,” he said. “He did good for someone for never doing it. I know Josh well. When I went up to hit, I told him he should take that to arbitration to get paid a little bit more.”

Stephenson followed by hitting a line drive down the right field line that eluded a diving Ben Gamel and rolled to the wall for two runs. It was Stephenson’s third hit of the day and gave him a career-high four RBIs.

Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly before Tyler Naquin drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Only three of the runs were earned after pitcher Beau Sulser’s error.

“To his credit, he did a good job. It’s not easy, and Crowe is not easy to catch,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.

“It’s really unfortunate for him because he had to change his game plan. (VanMeter) did an admirable job,” he said.

Knapp took a big part of the blame for leaving VanMeter in that position. Knapp wasn’t in the game when he was tossed for arguing a check-swing from the bench.

“That falls on me. I’ve got to have a cooler head. It was a stupid mistake,” he said.

Watching from the clubhouse when Perez was hurt, Knapp knew that meant problems for Pittsburgh.

“It’s a horrible feeling. It feels terrible. It shouldn’t happen. I’ve got to be smarter than that. I’ve never been thrown out in the big leagues,” he said.

The Pirates put Perez on the 10-day injured list after the game with a strained left hamstring. They have selected the contract of catcher Michael Perez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Pirates’ VanMeter struggles as catcher, Reds-Bucs split DH

CINCINNATI (AP) Josh VanMeter had just one thought when he suddenly realized the Pittsburgh Pirates needed him as a catcher.

“Pure panic,” he said.

Forced into an emergency role, VanMeter had a rough time Saturday when he moved from second base for his first try behind the plate since he was a teenager. The Cincinnati Reds took advantage to end a nine-game losing streak, beating the Pirates 9-2 in the opener of a doubleheader.

In the nightcap, Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer and Yoshi Tsutsugo and Diego Castillo had back-to-back home runs as Pittsburgh won 8-5 for a split.

VanMeter did not play in the second game after his position switch in the first game.

“It’s part of the job. They asked me to do it, and I did it to the best of my ability. I didn’t feel too bad back there,” VanMeter said.

“Hopefully, I won’t have to do it again,” he added.

Tyler Stephenson fouled a ball hard off VanMeter’s mask, then hit a tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning that fueled a seven-run burst.

Pirates starting catcher Roberto Perez was helped off the field with a left hamstring injury after falling while rounding second base in the top of the eighth of the opener. Backup catcher Andrew Knapp had been ejected by plate umpire Will Little in the bottom of the sixth for chirping from the dugout.

That left VanMeter as the Pirates’ next best option behind the plate, so he traded his infielder’s glove for a catcher’s mitt.

It had been a while, too, for a player who’s listed as a second baseman/outfielder.

“I think it was when I was 14 in summer ball, but they didn’t throw as hard and their stuff didn’t move like that,” he said.

VanMeter quickly gathered the equipment he needed. He grabbed Knapp’s gear, but wound up using Perez’s glove.

“It’s part of the game. They needed somebody to step up,” he said.

The 27-year-old VanMeter, who began his career with Cincinnati in 2019 and is in his first season with the Pirates, took his new spot to begin the eighth. He also showed how hard it is to be a catcher, even for a pro who has played most everywhere on the diamond.

Working with a new, inexperienced batterymate, Wil Crowe (1-2) hit Drury with a pitch and walked Tommy Pham and Mike Moustakas to start the eighth with no outs and the score 2-all.

VanMeter tried to corral Crowe’s assortment of fast, darting sinkers and sliders. The Pirates don’t use the electronic signaling system that some other teams employ.

“We couldn’t get on the same page, but I’m proud of the way I caught,” he said.

Stephenson stepped up and fouled the first pitch directly back. VanMeter took off his mask for a moment to recover and Little went to the mound to give Crowe a new ball, giving the new catcher a break.

“I really didn’t feel it,” VanMeter said. “Actually, my legs are sore from crouching.”

Stephenson, the Cincinnati catcher, and VanMeter shared a few words in the interim.

With the count 0-2, VanMeter stabbed at three straight sliders near the zone but didn’t get any of the calls – perhaps his obvious lack of pitch framing experience cost the Pirates.

“I feel like I got a little lucky with VanMeter back there,” Stephenson said. “Crowe actually made some good pitches at the bottom of the zone that I took. Going back to look, they might have been there.”

“He did good for someone for never doing it. I know Josh well. When I went up to hit, I told him he should take that to arbitration to get paid a little bit more,” he said.

Stephenson followed by hitting a line drive down the right field line that eluded a diving Ben Gamel and rolled to the wall for two runs. It was Stephenson’s third hit of the day and gave him a career-high four RBIs.

Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly before Tyler Naquin drove in three runs with a double. Only three of the runs were earned after pitcher Beau Sulser’s error.

“To his credit, he did a good job. It’s not easy, and Crowe is not easy to catch,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said.

“It’s really unfortunate for him because he had to change his game plan. (VanMeter) did an admirable job,” he said.

Knapp took a big part of the blame for leaving VanMeter in that position. Knapp wasn’t in the game when he was tossed for arguing a check-swing from the bench.

“That falls on me. I’ve got to have a cooler head. It was a stupid mistake,” he said.

Watching from the clubhouse when Perez was hurt, Knapp knew that meant problems for Pittsburgh.

“It’s a horrible feeling. It feels terrible. It shouldn’t happen. I’ve got to be smarter than that. I’ve never been thrown out in the big leagues,” he said.

The Pirates put Perez on the 10-day injured list after the game with a strained left hamstring. They have selected the contract of catcher Michael Perez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The Reds posted their highest run total of the season and won for the first time since beating St. Louis 4-1 on April 24. Lucas Sims (1-0) got the win.

Brandon Drury homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the Reds in the nightcap.

Heath Hembree (2-0) won in relief and David Bednar got his fourth save. Phillip Diehl (0-1) lost in relief.

FAMILY MATTER

Sean Miller, coach of the NIT champion Xavier Musketeers, threw a ceremonial first pitch to his cousin, Reds OF T.J. Friedl, before the second game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo, who was expected to come off the 10-day injured lost to start the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, was scratched with the return of soreness in his lower back.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP Zach Thompson (1-3, 9.39), who has lost each of his last three starts, was Pittsburgh’s scheduled starter for Sunday’s series finale.

Reds: RHP Tyler Mahle (1-4, 7.01) tries to break his three-start losing streak.

Kershaw goes 7, Dodgers beat Cubs 7-0 

CHICAGO (AP) Clayton Kershaw remembered getting knocked out in the shortest start of his stellar career. Fair to say, things went a little better for him in his return to Wrigley Field.

It turned out to be a good day for Mookie Betts, too.

Kershaw dominated over seven innings in the opener, Betts drove in five runs in the nightcap, and the Los Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 7-0 and 6-2 to sweep a split doubleheader on Saturday.

The Dodgers continued to roll along with Kershaw and Betts coming through. Betts smacked a three-run double in the second inning of Game 2 against Keegan Thompson to cap a four-run rally, and he added a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 6-2.

Los Angeles’ only other hit was a single in the ninth by Freddie Freeman. But the NL Central leaders drew nine walks on the way to their 17th win in 22 games.

Kershaw (4-0) scattered five hits while striking out two and walking one. The three-time Cy Young Award winner bounced back from a tough-luck loss to Detroit in which he surpassed Hall of Famer Don Sutton as the Dodgers’ career strikeout leader.

It was also a huge improvement over his previous appearance at Wrigley. Kershaw lasted just one inning on May 4, 2021, and the Dodgers lost 7-1 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Asked if he feels better about pitching in the “Friendly Confines,” Kershaw said, “Not really. But it worked out today.”

For Betts, too.

The five-time All-Star was limited by a hip injury last year and got off to a slow start this season. But he seems to be rounding into form, with an eight-game hitting streak and three homers in that span.

“I think just the mental side of it is the biggest difference,” said Betts, who’s been listening to mental training books. “Being more positive, looking for the next opportunity instead of dwelling on the last one. And just trying to enjoy it.”

Tyler Anderson (3-0) went five innings in the second game, allowing two runs and four hits. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Daniel Hudson worked the sixth. Brusdar Graterol threw two innings before former Cub Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth.

Chicago’s Willson Contreras smacked a solo homer in the fifth. He also tripled and scored in the first and singled in the eighth. But the Cubs lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

“It’s really tough to watch, to be honest with you,” Contreras said. “I know we’re trying our best to win some games. But things aren’t working our way. And the only thing we can control is the way we go about our business.”

WALK THIS WAY

The Dodgers scored four in the second after Daniel Norris (0-2) walked the first three batters to load the bases.

Hanser Alberto drew a bases-loaded walk with two out against Thompson, and Betts ripped a three-run double down the left-field line on a 3-2 pitch to give Los Angeles a 4-1 lead.

Contreras cut it to 4-2 with his long drive to left in the fifth.

Norris, making his first start since 2020, gave up three runs in 1 1/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one.

FOR STARTERS

In the first game, Freeman doubled three times and scored twice. Austin Barnes homered and drove in three runs.

Kershaw combined with two relievers for Los Angeles’ third shutout of the season on a windy afternoon.

“Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” Kershaw said. “Those first couple innings, they hit a lot of balls hard and right at guys. The wind was swirling, pushing the ball in a little bit.”

The Cubs were hurt by sloppy play in the field and on the bases. They were also shut out for the first time since a 10-0 drubbing by Milwaukee on Aug. 11, 2021.

Drew Smyly (1-3) lasted 4 1/3 innings in his return from the bereavement list. The left-hander lost his third straight start, allowing two earned runs and six hits in his first outing since April 28.

“I think he’s throwing great,” manager David Ross said. “I think eight days off is tough to be sharp.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder discomfort) is scheduled for an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday. He has been sidelined since April 14. … LHP Andrew Heaney (shoulder inflammation) was to start throwing this weekend.

Cubs: 3B Patrick Wisdom (bruised left ankle) left the second game after the sixth inning. … LHP Wade Miley (left elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. He tossed four scoreless innings Thursday for Triple-A Iowa in a rehab start against St. Paul. … SS Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder inflammation) started a rehab assignment with Iowa on Saturday. … RHP Alec Mills (strained lower back) will start throwing off the mound in the next few days.

UP NEXT

RHP Walker Buehler (3-1, 2.12 ERA) looks to win his third straight start for Los Angeles, while Chicago’s RHP Marcus Stroman (1-3, 5.13) tries to build on a win at Milwaukee. Buehler pitched his first career shutout at Arizona on April 25 and went five scoreless innings against Detroit on May 1.

Springer, Tapia have 3 RBIs, Blue Jays beat Guardians 8-3

CLEVELAND (AP) George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against Shane Bieber, powering the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Guardians in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (3-1) worked 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run, striking out five. The right-hander issued his first walk of the season against his 137th batter, Franmil Reyes in the fourth, after 35 1/3 innings without a free pass.

“I didn’t necessarily feel as sharp today, but we made good pitches and didn’t give up much damage,” Gausman said, adding with a chuckle, “I’m pretty happy, but I was mad the walk came on four straight pitches.”

Toronto scored four runs in the second and three in the fourth off 2020 AL Cy Young winner Bieber (1-2), who gave up a career-high-tying seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. He did not have a strikeout for the first time in 86 career starts and 88 total appearances.

“It was just lack of command, lack of getting ahead, which led to lack of conviction,” Bieber said. “Overall, just pretty frustrating because I didn’t give the team a great chance to win. All in all, my body feels good. It was just a tough one today.”

Tapia opened the scoring in the second with a two-run single and Springer followed with a double to left, plating Alejandro Kirk and Tapia, as the Blue Jays put five straight on base after two outs.

Rookie Steven Kwan singled in Myles Straw in the third to cut Cleveland’s deficit to 4-1. Straw had a pair of hits and two runs for the Guardians, who have won five of seven since falling a season-low five games below .500 on April 28.

Tapia and Springer added RBI singles and Bo Bichette drove in a run on a grounder in the fourth, extending Toronto’s advantage to 7-1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded his 400th career hit and Kirk had three singles and an RBI.

“The guys did a really good job against a really good pitcher in Bieber,” Gausman said. “That was really the difference-maker. We have such a potent lineup. You’re always just one or two swings away from changing the game.”

The Blue Jays had 10 hits and drew 10 walks against five pitchers. They are 1-1 on a nine-game, 11-day road trip that continues against the Yankees and Rays.

Cleveland played its MLB-high third doubleheader — all at Progressive Field — and has had four home games postponed due to inclement weather, including Friday against Toronto.

BACK IN ACTION

Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernandez (left oblique strain) joined the team in Cleveland and was added to the roster as the 27th man for the doubleheader. The two-time Silver Slugger recipient had been on the injured list since April 14.

Hernandez hit .455 with two homers and four RBIs in a three-game rehabilitation assignment with Class A Dunedin that wrapped up Thursday.

“A week ago, my body felt tight, which is why I asked for the extra day before coming back,” he said. “I wanted to feel 100 percent and I wanted to take more at-bats.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 2B Cavan Biggio (COVID-19 recovery) is working out with Triple-A Buffalo but has not been activated. Biggio, who cleared medical protocols Monday and faced live pitching Wednesday, batted .043 over 23 at-bats for Toronto before falling ill.

Guardians: 1B Yu Chang (COVID-19 recovery) has appeared in four games and is hitting .200 on a rehab assignment split between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. Chang was placed on the IL before Cleveland’s home opener on April 15.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.79 ERA) has only allowed one homer in 19 innings over six appearances in 2022.

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (1-2, 2.70 ERA) has won once in his last eight starts, beating Oakland on May 1.

Guardians top Toronto 8-2 in 2nd game for doubleheader split

CLEVELAND (AP) Franmil Reyes homered and had two RBIs and Owen Miller delivered a two-run double, helping the Cleveland Guardians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 and earn a doubleheader split on Saturday.

The Blue Jays won the opener 8-3 as George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against ace Shane Bieber.

In the second game, Miller’s double was part of a three-run first. Reyes hit a solo shot in the third and singled home Amed Rosario in the fifth. The Guardians played their MLB-high third doubleheader, all at Progressive Field.

“Every time I do something special for the team, the guys let me know they’re happy for me,” Reyes said. “It’s fun seeing the way we score really quick. A lot of teams panic right away when we do that.”

Triston McKenzie (2-2) earned his second straight victory with six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine. Cleveland has won six of eight since falling a season-low five games below .500 on April 28.

Bo Bichette had an RBI double in the first and Santiago Espinal doubled home a run in the second for Toronto, which had its final 20 hitters retired in order by McKenzie and a trio of relievers. Ross Stripling (0-1) gave up four runs in four innings.

“They have a lot of good hitters, so you’re really locked in,” McKenzie said. “Especially when you know the team needs a win after losing the first game. I wanted to bring some energy to the guys.”

In the opener, Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (3-1) allowed one run and struck out five over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander issued his first walk of the season against his 137th batter, Reyes in the fourth, after 35 1/3 innings without a free pass.

“The guys did a really good job against a really good pitcher in Bieber,” Gausman said. “That was really the difference-maker. We have such a potent lineup. You’re always just one or two swings away from changing the game.”

Bieber (1-2) surrendered a career-high tying seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner did not have a strikeout for the first time in 86 career starts and 88 total appearances.

“It was just lack of command, lack of getting ahead, which led to lack of conviction,” Bieber said. “Overall, just pretty frustrating because I didn’t give the team a great chance to win. All in all, my body feels good. It was just a tough one today.”

The Blue Jays are 1-2 on a nine-game, 11-day road trip that continues against the Yankees and Rays.

“At least we had a day off yesterday, so that helped,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Cleveland has had four home games postponed due to inclement weather, including Friday against Toronto.

BACK IN ACTION

Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernandez (left oblique strain) was added to the roster as the 27th man for the doubleheader and went 0 for 3 in the second game. The two-time Silver Slugger recipient had been on the injured list since April 14.

Hernandez hit .455 with two homers and four RBIs in a three-game rehabilitation assignment with Class A Dunedin that wrapped up Thursday.

“A week ago, my body felt tight, which is why I asked for the extra day before coming back,” he said. “I wanted to feel 100 percent and I wanted to take more at-bats.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (left middle finger blister) was reinstated from the 10-day IL between games and pitched one inning. RHP Julian Merryweather was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after retiring all six batters he faced in the opener.

Guardians: 1B Yu Chang (COVID-19 recovery) is hitting .200 through four games of a rehab assignment split between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. Chang was placed on the IL before Cleveland’s home opener on April 15.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (4-0, 1.44 ERA) is tied for the most wins in the majors and leads the American League in ERA. He has a 13-2 record in 25 big-league starts.

Guardians: LHP Konnor Pilkington (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus. The rookie has tossed five scoreless innings in three games for Cleveland.

Abreu, White Sox top Red Sox 3-1 in 10 for 5th win in row

BOSTON (AP) Jose Abreu hit a go-ahead double in the 10th after the White Sox tied it an inning earlier, helping Chicago beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 Saturday at windy Fenway Park for its fifth straight win.

Leury Garcia had two singles and a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth for the White Sox (13-13), who reached .500 for the first time since April 21.

“We really worked to win that game,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said. “They did, too, but we really worked and got rewarded. All game long we just kept trying to push. … The team was rewarded for trying so hard, it just makes it extra special.”

Rafael Devers had an RBI double for Boston, which has lost 13 of 17. The Red Sox have lost six straight series.

Boston manager Alex Cora was ejected by home plate umpire Carlos Torres for arguing after Trevor Story was called out on strikes.

Abreu drove in automatic runner AJ Pollock and Luis Robert followed with an RBI single off Matt Barnes (0-3).

Reynaldo Lopez (4-0) worked two innings of scoreless relief and Liam Hendricks got three outs for his ninth save.

The Red Sox wasted a strong start by Jake Pivetta, who went six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks, allowing five singles.

Chicago tied it on Garcia’s fly against Hansel Robles after Jake Burger walked and advanced on Adam Engel’s double inside the third-base bag.

“This kind of game, that’s what we need to get our confidence up,” Robert said through a translator. “We had a really tough April. To win these kind of games, our hope is up, our confidence is up, everything is up.”

Boston didn’t score after getting runners on second and third with one out in the ninth. Bobby Dalbec fanned before Story popped out and got booed.

“We had a chance to finish the game in the ninth,” said Cora after his team fell to 0-6 in extra-inning games. “We didn’t make contact with less than two outs and that was it. Where we’re at right now, any chance we have, we have to take advantage.”

White Sox starter Dylan Cease gave up a run on four hits in five innings, striking out eight and walking three. In his previous start, he pitched seven shutout innings, allowing only one hit and fanning 11.

“It means a lot,” Cease said of the win. “This is just one of those games we had to battle. To do it late shows we didn’t give up.”

Devers lined his hit off the Green Monster against Cease the next pitch after stumbling out of the way on a high and tight mph fastball.

The game started with winds blowing in from center at 25 mph, gusting to 35, and it knocked down many flyballs, making some an adventure.

Boston’s Franchy Cordero hit a drive with an exit velocity of 112.4 mph to right – the second-hardest batted ball by a Red Sox player to that point this season – and it carried back, ending up being a shallow out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: 3B Yoan Moncada, who started the season on the injured list with a strained right oblique, could return Monday. He’s currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

Red Sox: CF Kike Hernandez was reinstated from the COVID-19-related injured list a day after he was put on it and outfielder Jarren Duran was sent back to Triple-A.

GETTING HIS POINT ACROSS

Cora stepped out of the dugout, with his large jacket falling to the ground as he came out to argue with Torres after Story walked away upset by a borderline, high fastball.

MORE WINDS BLOWIN’

Garcia hit a routine fly that left fielder Alex Verdugo rushed in for, making a diving bid before it fell for a hit.

Boston 2B Story lined up in shallow right ready to catch a pop but had to race into foul territory for the grab.

“It was an adventure,” La Russa said. “I’m sure it was entertaining for fans watching big leaguers. You saw how quickly they started making adjustments. … The cold and wind blowing in makes it tough on offenses.”

UP NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 8.40 ERA) looks to snap a personal three-game losing streak for the White Sox in Sunday’s series finale with a scheduled first pitch of 11:35 a.m. RHP Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.38) is set for Boston. He’s given up two or fewer runs, going five-plus innings in each of his last four starts.

Red Sox lefty Sale dealing with setback after rib fracture

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale suffered a setback in his recovery from a fractured rib cage suffered in late February, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said before Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

“He’s had a small, it’s a personal medical issue – it’s not orthopedic, it’s not COVID-related – that paused his throwing for a little while,” Bloom said.

“It’s not baseball-related,” he added. “He should be back throwing in a matter of days.”

When asked if that will push Sale’s potential return from the 60-day injured list in early June to later that month, Bloom said: “I think, roughly speaking, we were hoping to have him back around when he was eligible. I think we’re talking a few weeks (later) – that’s to have him back to start a major league game.”

The Red Sox signed Sale to a five-year, $145 million contract in March 2019. Since then, he went just 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in ’19 before he had Tommy John surgery on his 31st birthday – March 30, 2020.

Last season, he went 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA in just nine games.

Bloom also discussed the poor start by the last-place Red Sox (10-17), who had lost 12 of their last 16.

Mainly, he felt, the weakness has been Boston’s poor offense, which entered Saturday 25th in the majors in runs per game.

“The record speaks for itself,” he said. “We all thought, and still do, that that’s going to be a strength and we haven’t got there yet. It really has been up and down the lineup. There’s a lot of guys that aren’t performing as they expect, and we expect.”

The Red Sox were a surprise last season, winning a wild-card game against the Yankees and beating AL East champion Tampa Bay in four games in the divisional round before losing to Houston in six games in the AL Championship Series. They entered Saturday nine games behind the first-place Yankees.

“That’s real. We’ve dug ourselves a hole, no question,” said Bloom, in his second season with the Red Sox. “We haven’t played well. Panic’s not going to help. We have to play better. We’ve put ourselves in that situation. There’s a difference in urgency and panic. We have to show more urgency.”

NOTES: Bloom said LHP James Paxton, recovering from Tommy John surgery, hit a “little bump in the road, elbow soreness that we had checked out. It doesn’t look like anything major.” . LHP Rich Hill, put on the COVID-19 related injured list on Friday, tested positive, manager Alex Cora said before the game.

Chelsea being sold to Dodgers owners for sports record $3BN

(AP) — The forced sale of Chelsea is ending after attracting the highest price for a sports team of 2.5 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) from a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.

There are still potential stumbling blocks to the sale of Roman Abramovich’s asset, frozen by sanctions against the Russian oligarch. The British government has to approve the terms and ensure Abramovich does not profit, even as he appears to want to divert the proceeds to charity.

Hours after buyout terms were agreed and announced, Boehly had a dispiriting introduction to life as an English Premier League investor when Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw with Wolverhampton 2-2 on Saturday.

Boehly was watching at the team’s Stamford Bridge stadium in west London that needs some of the 1.75 billion pounds ($2.2 billion) the prospective owners have committed to investing.

Chelsea fans have become accustomed to lavish funding in the 19 years under Abramovich’s ownership, with more than $1 billion net spending on players who have helped the men’s team win 21 trophies.

But Abramovich was forced to offload the club after he was targeted in the British government’s crackdown on wealthy Russians with ties to President Vladimir Putin after the invasion of Ukraine was launched in February.

Abramovich, who has not condemned the war, cannot benefit from the sale. The billionaire – before being sanctioned at least – initially said the proceeds would go to a foundation for the victims of the war but he has become less specific.

After several rival bids were rejected, Chelsea agreed to a deal with a consortium that features Boehly along with Dodgers principal owner Mark Walter, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss, and funding from private equity firm Clearlake Capital.

“Proceeds will be deposited into a frozen U.K. bank account with the intention to donate 100% to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich,” Chelsea said in a statement.

The Premier League must approve them as the new owners, and the government has to sign off under the terms of the license that allows Chelsea to continue operating as a business through May 31 while being one of Abramovich’s frozen assets.

Abramovich has said he would write off loans of more than 1.5 billion pounds ($1.9 billion) to Chelsea but that has been complicated by the sanctions put in place by the British government. Abramovich’s side positioned him as a potential peacemaker but that trail has gone silent publicly in recent weeks.

Chelsea, whose ability to sell match tickets and commit to new player spending has been hampered by the sanctions, expects the sale to be completed by late May.

Thomas Tuchel’s team is third in the standings with three games remaining. The title is out of reach but Champions League qualification is nearly secured despite dropping points on Saturday.

“Not relieved,” Tuchel said of the prospective sale, “but it gives us an outlook if terms are agreed, and hopefully the process will be streamlined and go forward as soon as possible. Good news.”

Chelsea has the smallest and most dated stadium of the Premier League’s most successful clubs, with plans for a rebuild of the 41,000-capacity venue put on hold by Abramovich in 2018 when British-Russian diplomatic tensions deepened.

Chelsea said the 1.75 billion pounds committed will be in funding investments in Stamford Bridge, the academy and the women’s team, which can win its league title on Sunday.

As well as being part owner of the MLB’s Dodgers, Boehly also has minority stakes in the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

The challenge will be maintaining the expectation of regular trophies produced under the expensive transformation of Chelsea, with 21 collected in 19 years.

Chelsea had won the league only once – in 1955 – when Abramovich bought the club in 2003. Helped by expensive signings, the club won the Premier League two years later and has added four more since then, most recently in 2017.

There is increased competition from wealthy owners to buy and retain players. In England alone, Manchester City has benefited from Abu Dhabi investment since 2008 and Newcastle was bought by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund last year.

No details have been provided about the future day-to-day leadership of Chelsea, which was the first Premier League club to benefit from a mega-rich foreign investor in 2003.

Boehly, who studied at the London School of Economics, co-founded the Eldridge Industries investment firm in 2015 and serves as its chairman and CEO. The private holding company has investments in over 70 businesses, including in sports, entertainment and media.

Besides the Los Angeles teams, Boehly has minority ownership stakes in the esports organization Cloud9 and DraftKings, an American fantasy sports wagering company.

He is chairman of Security Benefit, a retirement solutions provider based in Topeka, Kansas, and MRC, an entertainment company that funds and produces film and television programming, including major shows such as the Golden Globes, the American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

MRC’s other holdings include Penske Media, which owns Billboard, Rolling Stone, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

Before he co-founded Eldridge, Boehly was president of Guggenheim Partners. Walter, who teamed with Boehly to buy Chelsea, is CEO of the financial services firm.

Their first chance to see Chelsea win a trophy is next Saturday in the FA Cup final. Liverpool is the opponent at Wembley Stadium.

The $3.1 billion cost of Chelsea eclipses the $2.3 billion paid in 2018 for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Alcaraz beats Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final

MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic the next.

The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz keeps growing.

And so does the hype over tennis’ newest sensation.

After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday, the 19-year-old Alcaraz rallied to beat top-ranked Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) after more than 3 1/2 hours on Saturday to reach the Madrid Open final.

“It was one of those matches to enjoy,” Alcaraz said. “Despite the tension, despite being the semifinals, being 7-6 in the third-set tiebreaker … I’ve enjoyed it. Until the last point I was being able to smile.”

In the women’s final, Ons Jabeur of Tunisia won her biggest career title by defeating Jessica Pegula of the U.S. in three sets.

Jabeur, the first Arab woman in the top 10, won 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 for her second career title.

Pegula, a one-time tour winner, will reach a career-high No. 11 ranking on Monday.

Alcaraz became the first player to beat Nadal and Djokovic at the same clay-court event. He converted his third match point in front of a raucous home crowd on the Caja Magica center court.

“It’s a spectacular feeling right now,” Alcaraz said. “I’m very excited to be able to play these kind of matches, to be able to beat Rafa yesterday, to be able to beat the No. 1 today.”

A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, the most of any player.

He will face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who met in the late semifinal on Saturday.

Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top 10 since Nadal in 2005, has won this year in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

Djokovic remains without a title this season as he continues to try to regain his best form going into his title defense at the French Open this month.

“Congrats to him. He held his nerves very well,” Djokovic said. “For somebody of his age to play so maturely and courageously is impressive. He deserved to win.”

Alcaraz, the youngest ever to reach the Madrid semifinals, took an early lead in the first set but Djokovic rallied.

The Spaniard took the second set after Djokovic wasted three break opportunities to serve for the match, and kept the pressure on during the third until finally capitalizing on one of his many chances in the tiebreaker.

The match winner came was one of Alcaraz’s more than 30 forehand winners that kept Djokovic on the defensive throughout. Alcaraz had 51 winners to Djokovic’s 24.

“It was so close,” Alcaraz said. “He had the chances to break my serve at the end of the second set. In the first set as well it was so close in the tiebreak. Honestly I don’t know what made the difference.”

Bradley goes low in mud again, leads Wells Fargo by 2

POTOMAC, Md. (AP) Keegan Bradley did nothing special on the only easy scoring day this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, opening with an even-par 70 that left him around the cut line.

Since the conditions got tougher, Bradley has been the best player at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Bradley shot the lowest score for the second straight day Saturday, a 3-under 67 that gave him a three-day total of 8-under 202 and a two-shot lead over Max Homa in British Open weather on a U.S. Open-style course.

About 2 inches of rain has fallen since Friday morning, yet the low-lying course near the Potomac River has held up well enough to avoid any delays in play. Temperatures dropped into the low 40s Fahrenheit on Saturday.

“It felt like a Patriots playoff game out there in December,” said Bradley, who grew up in New England. “It was fun, but I’m glad to be done.”

Bradley was one of four players to shoot in the 60s. The scoring average was 73.7, the highest relative to par on the PGA Tour since the final round of the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Although he has only one win in the past nine years, the 35-year-old Bradley has been solid recently, with top-10 finishes in three of his last five events, including fifth at the Players Championship during another week of bad weather.

The eye-popping number for a player whose putter has held him back: Bradley ranks second in the field this week in putting by the PGA Tour’s “strokes gained” metric. His key makes on Saturday: 14 feet for birdie on the par-3 ninth hole, 21 feet for birdie on the tough par-4 11th, 9 feet for birdie on the 16th and, finally, 8 feet to save par after going bunker-to-bunker on the closing hole.

“Today and yesterday were just really good ball-striking and really good putting. It’s rare that we match those up and I’ve matched that up these last two days,” Bradley said. “If I can just keep that going a little bit, I’ll like my chances.”

A win by Bradley would move him into the top 60 in the world, making him exempt for the U.S. Open at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

“It’s on my mind,” he said. “I know what’s at stake.”

Jason Day’s retooled swing couldn’t hold up for a third straight day. The leader after 18 and 36 holes, Day began struggling with his driver before it spilled over to the rest of the bag. He found the same pond on consecutive holes – a driver that never crossed dry land on the par-4 fourth, leading to triple bogey, and a 3-wood that hooked violently on the fifth.

Day appeared to lose his grip on the club when he hit another hook into a water hazard with his second shot on the par-5 10th, even though he had half a dozen gloves hanging from the ribs of his umbrella. He shot 79 to fall seven shots off the lead.

“Unfortunately I just didn’t have my stuff today,” Day said. “I made a lot of errors out there and hitting into penalty areas. It’s OK. I’ve just got to get back to it tomorrow and try and find some positives.”

Homa shot a steady 71 while playing partners Day and Luke List struggled, finding fairways and hitting conservative approach shots for routine pars. He went from trailing Day by two to leading by two in a span of two holes that he played in even par. But consecutive bogeys on the back nine allowed Bradley to pass him.

The day’s second-best score belonged to Rory McIlroy, who made the cut on the number and played on the opposite side of the course from the leaders. The highest-ranked player in the field at No. 7, McIlroy bogeyed his first two holes, made four birdies before the turn and closed with nine straight pars for a 68 that moved him into a tie for sixth at 2 under.

“I think when you see conditions like this, you have to have a pretty upbeat attitude towards it and for me it was just grateful to be here,” McIlroy said.

Anirban Lahiri shot 70 and was four shots back alongside James Hahn (72), a former champion of this event at its regular home, Quail Hollow, which is taking this year off because it’s hosting the Presidents Cup in September. Matt Fitzpatrick was 3 under after a 71.

“It feels like I’ve just gone 12 rounds in a pro boxing match,” Lahiri said. “You’re fighting everything. You’re fighting your body, the elements, the water, the cold, the conditions. Yeah, it’s tough work and you just have to grit your teeth and kind of grind it out.”

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Cruz Ties Career High with Four RBI as Indians Snap Three-Game Slide 

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis tallied 14 hits and Oneil Cruz launched his second home run of the season en route to a career-high tying four RBI as the Indians earned an 8-2 win over the Louisville Bats on Saturday night. The victory snapped Indy’s three-game losing streak.

The Indians (14-13) never trailed in their first win of the series and scored in five of their eight half innings at the dish. Mason Martin – named as Indianapolis’ April Player of the Month during a pregame ceremony – gave Indy a 1-0 lead with a first-inning sacrifice fly. Cruz then capped a two-out rally in the second inning with a ringing two-run double into right-center field to score Jason Delay and Ji-Hwan Bae who had tripled and walked moments prior.

Bae pushed the margin to 4-0 with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Cruz followed with a towering solo home run into the shrubs near the batter’s eye. Cruz’s home run and double were both tracked with 113-mph exit velocities.

Leading 6-1 in the seventh, the Indians peppered the scoreboard two more times thanks to five consecutive singles by Cal Mitchell, Hunter Owen, Bligh Madris, Delay and Bae ahead of Cruz being hit-by-pitch to force home Indy’s final run.

Roansy Contreras got the nod for Indy and threw 4.0 shutout frames, yielding one hit and two walks with six strikeouts. Through three Triple-A starts this season, the right-hander has compiled 10.1 innings of one-run ball with 16 strikeouts. Duane Underwood Jr. (W, 1-0) recorded two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of relief while Louisville starter Randy Wynne (L, 1-4) was charged with five earned runs over 4.0 innings.

Cruz’s four-RBI performance was the third of his career and first since June 2, 2021 with Double-A Altoona at Richmond. Delay’s second-inning triple was his first since May 4, 2019 with Altoona at Richmond and just the third of his professional career.

Thursday’s suspended game – which started in the bottom of the ninth inning – was completed in 10 frames with the Bats (11-17) prevailing, 7-5. With a chance to walk it off, the Indians went quietly in the ninth before Louisville plated two runs off Cristofer Melendez (L, 1-1) in the 10th on a bases-loaded single by Michael De Leon.

Ryan Hendrix (W, 1-0) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings despite issuing four walks, and Fernando Cruz (SV, 6) pitched around a walk during a scoreless bottom of the 10th.

Indianapolis and Louisville conclude their series on Mother’s Day at 1:35 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Miguel Yajure is set to make his first appearance for Indy this season against RHP Graham Ashcraft (1-1, 1.99).

Bullpen, Late Runs Even Series at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It was a flipped script on Saturday (May 7) at Ray Fisher Stadium, as the Indiana baseball program came from behind for a 9-5 victory over Michigan to even the series.

Indiana’s (21-25, 7-10 B1G) offense got the first two runs of the game in the top of the first inning, but Michigan (24-19, 10-6 B1G) answered with two in the first and three in the fourth to reclaim the lead. The Hoosiers then scored seven unanswered runs to win the middle game of the series.

Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis and freshman Brock Tibbitts each posted multi-RBI games, while the freshman trio of Evan Goforth, Carter Mathison and Josh Pyne all collected three-hit games. Mathison scored three times and drove in one RBI, while Pyne crossed the plate three times. Ellis tied for a game-high three RBIs and Tibbitts added a pair of runs batted in a two-hit effort.

Senior Bradley Brehmer struck out eight over five innings of work in the start but didn’t factor into the decision. He allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks, before redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell (2-1) came on to start the sixth inning and threw the next 2 2/3 innings scoreless to earn the win. Bothwell allowed two hits and struck out five.

Redshirt-sophomore Reese Sharp (3) earned the save with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief work to close out the game. He allowed one hit and struck out two to post his third save on the year.

Matt Frey drove in three RBIs and was one of four Wolverine hitters with two-hit games. Tito Flores and Jimmy Obertop accounted for the other two UM RBIs. Angelo Smith (1-1) took the loss with three runs allowed on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Scoring Recap

Top First

Bobby Whalen singled and stole second base and Carter Mathison reached via walk with two outs. Matthew Ellis then split the gap in left-center field to drive in the first two runs of the game.

Indiana 2, at Michigan 0

Bottom First

Clark Elliott was hit by a pitch and Matt Frey singled with one out to put runners on the corners with one out. Jimmy Obertop drove in the first run with a groundout and Tito Flores singled to plate the second run of the frame.

Indiana 2, at Michigan 2

Bottom Fourth

Singles from Dylan Stanton and Joey Velazquez were followed by a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. An intentional walk was followed by a strikeout before Frey doubled to right-center field to clear the bases.

at Michigan 5, Indiana 2

Top Fifth

The first two batters of the inning were retired before Josh Pyne doubled to get the inning started. Mathison singled and Ellis walked to load the bases, and Tyler Doanes’ infield single pushed one run across.

at Michigan 5, Indiana 3

Top Seventh

Three straight singles loaded the bases with no outs and Ellis was hit-by-pitch to plate the first run of the frame. Doanes grounded into the double play to tie the game and Brock Tibbitts followed with an RBI single to give IU the lead.

Indiana 6, at Michigan 5

Top Ninth

Back-to-back doubles from Pyne and Mathison scored the first run of the inning. With one out, Doanes reached on an error and Tibbitts followed with an RBI single. Evan Gofroth drove in one more run with a double to left center.

Indiana 9, at Michigan 5

Up Next

The rubber game between Indiana and Michigan will throw the first pitch at 1 p.m. on Sunday (May 8) at Ray Fisher Stadium.

Valdez Drives in 5 as Purdue Rides Early Lead to Win

IOWA CITY, Iowa – CJ Valdez drove in five runs for the second time this season, delivering a trio of two-out RBI as the Boilermakers built an early six-run lead and helping power Purdue baseball to a 10-6 victory at Iowa on Saturday that evened the series at a game apiece.

Khal Stephen struck out the Hawkeyes’ 7-8-9 hitters in order with runners on second and third base in the sixth inning, stranding the potential tying run on base. Stephen went on to retire eight consecutive batters over 2 2/3 innings, punching out six of the 13 batters he faced. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers (26-15, 7-8 B1G) extended their lead from 6-4 to 10-4 before Iowa (27-16, 11-6 B1G) scored again.

Paul Toetz homered off the videoboard in left field to lead off the fourth inning, connecting for his first home run as a Boilermaker in Big Ten play.

Troy Viola, Ryan Howe and Valdez all doubled as part of multi-hit games. Viola generated an insurance run in the seventh inning after Iowa flamethrower Brody Brecht struck out the first two batters of the frame. Viola connected for an opposite-field double to the warning track in right field and scores thanks to consecutive wild pitches.

Valdez delivered a two-out RBI double in the third inning and a two-out, two-run single the following frame. His third hit of the day was a two-run single in the top of the eighth that extended the lead to 9-4.

Mike Bolton Jr. reached base safely three times and came around to score each time. He stole a pair of bases to tie teammate Curtis Washington Jr. for the Big Ten lead with 26 on the season.

Wyatt Wendell (5-2) began the game with four consecutive zeroes as his teammates were building a 6-0 lead through the fourth inning. Iowa finally got to him in the bottom of the fifth, including a two-out, three-run homer from 3-hole hitter Keaton Anthony.

Cam Thompson (41 consecutive games), Washington (29) and Viola (22) all extended their on-base streaks Saturday. Washington is also riding a nine-game hit streak.

Purdue scored in five different innings Saturday while pounding out 13 hits against a pitching staff that leads the Big Ten in ERA and batting average against. The Hawkeyes have scored 11 runs in the series but only scored in three of their 17 innings at the plate.

Sunday’s rubber game of the series is slated for 2 p.m. ET.

Purdue Burned by Fourth Inning Run

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Edged by one run, scored in the top of the fourth, the Purdue softball squad fell to Iowa (21-30, 3-19) with a final score of 3-9.

The Iowa Hawkeyes led the Boilermakers with 10 hits and nine runs.

Purdue’s six hits were registered by shortstop Rachel Becker, pitcher Alex Echazarreta, left fielder Rylee Platusic, freshman Olivia McFadden and center fielder Kiara Dillon.

Tyrina Jones scored Purdue’s lone run in the top of the second inning. Becker led the team with two runs and 1 RBI.

Purdue’s best scoring opportunity came from the top of the third inning, when the bases were loaded with one out on the board.

The Hawkeyes game-winner came in the bottom of the fourth, when Iowa hit seven runs.

Four pitchers saw time in the circle today, Brenna Smith, Alex Echazarreta, Alexa Pinarski and Mo Wimpee. Pinarski recorded the loss (0-0) for the Boilermakers with 2.1 innings pitched and no strikeouts.

In total, the Boilermakers had three runs, six hits and 1 error.

Purdue will resume play for the final game of the series tomorrow at 12 p.m., which will be streamed on B1G+.

ButlerUBaseball Drops Saturday Doubleheader to Xavier

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler and Xavier played a doubleheader on Saturday after a storm rolled through the Indianapolis area on Friday. The Musketeers came back to win game one 7-5 and would later win the series with a 19-8 victory in the nightcap.

The Bulldogs were in the driver’s seat in the opener, but were unable to hang onto a 5-1 lead. Xavier got a two-run home run from Luke Franzoni in the sixth and Tyler Demartino would clear the bases in the seventh with a double down the leftfield line. The homer made the game 5-3, and the extra base hit from Demartino put the Musketeers in front 6-5. XU added an insurance run in the seventh with Andrew Walker sending a ball through the left side of the infield to score Demartino.

Butler got on the scoreboard in the third inning with a James Gargano home run. Xavier evened the score in the fourth with an RBI single from Garrett Schultz.

The Bulldogs built their lead in the fourth inning. Dominic Milano broke the 1-1 tie with an RBI single that scored Aaron Steinhart. Billy Wurch followed in the order with an RBI single and Kyle Van Liere delivered a two-RBI single to increase the lead to four runs.

Adrian Vega got the start on the mound for Butler and delivered quality innings for the ‘Dawgs. The freshman threw 5.1 innings, striking out seven and walking just one. Derek Drees was hit with the loss however, he did not give up an earned run. Drees threw 38 pitches over 1.2 inning before exiting the mound for Aaron Barokas.

The win went to relief pitcher Jack Lynch (7-0) and the save was credited to Jerry Huntzinger (7). Huntzinger started the game at catcher for XU and hit at the top of the batting order for the Musketeers. He allowed two hits in the final frame and walked a batter, allowing BU to load the bases. With the game on the line, Huntzinger had a ball roll back to him, which he tossed over to first, ending the game.

In game two, Xavier scored two runs in the first, one in the second and seven in the third to open up a 10-1 lead over BU. The Musketeers moved forward to score 19 runs off 25 hits. They recorded seven home runs and five doubles.

Butler broke up the scoreboard with a run in the second inning. Billy Wurch would then hit a two-run home run for the ‘Dawgs in the bottom of the seventh and Quentin Markle would add a three-run home run to highlight a five-run ninth inning.

Game three of the weekend series will be played tomorrow at 1 PM.

Cardinals Fly High Over Golden Flashes

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returned to the diamond on Saturday for game one of a four-game stint against Mid-American Conference foe Kent State. The Cardinals were led by a phenomenal pitching performance by Tyler Schweitzer en route to a 12-0 victory. 

Schweitzer threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and no walks. He improved to 8-2 on the season.

Amir Wright continued to stay hot for the Cardinals. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and has now reached safely in 43 of the 44 games this season. Trenton Quartermaine extended his streak of reaching base safely to 20 games.

Wright led BSU with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Nick Powell, Ryan Peltier, and Justin Conant all added two hits each.

The Cardinals improved to 30-14 overall and 24-4 in MAC games, while the Golden Flashes fell to 17-24 overall and 12-15 in league play.

Wright started the game off with a single to center field. Back-to-back walks by Quartermaine and Powell loaded the bases with no outs. Hunter Dobbins belted a triple to left center that cleared the bases. Zach Cole reached on an error by the third baseman as Dobbins scored on the play. Peltier doubled to left field to give BSU runners on second and third. CJ Horn grounded out to short that allowed Cole to score. 

Wright reached on a throwing error and advanced to second to start the top of the second. Quartermaine grounded out to shortstop and allowed Wright to move up to third. Powell drove a ball to left field that Wright was able to tag up and score on to extend the Ball State lead to 6-0.

Adam Tellier dropped down a bunt single with one out in the top of the third. Peltier recorded his second double of the game and put runners on second and third with one out. Horn grounded out, but drove in another run as Tellier scored. Conant followed with an RBI single to right field to extend the Cardinal lead to 8-0.

Peltier led off the top of the fifth inning with a walk. Horn reached on a fielder’s choice and Peltier advanced to second on an error by the shortstop. Conant dropped down a perfectly placed bunt for a single to load the bases. Wright drove in two runs with a single through the right side to make the score 10-0. Powell drove in Conant with an RBI single to center and put Ball State on top 11-0 after five innings.

Powell led off the top of the seventh with a single. Dobbins reached on an error and put two runners on for the Cardinals. Cole reached safely on a fielder’s choice as Dobbins was out at second. Tellier reached on a fielder’s choice and drove in Powell. Ball State took a 12-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh and Schweitzer took care of the rest as the run rule was enforced.

Eric Chalus got the start for Kent State and went 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered eight runs, six earned, on six hits and struck out two batters. Chalus fell to 2-2 on the year with the loss. Asher Soltis went 1 1/3 innings in relief and gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits. Brody Ware added 2 1/3 innings and surrendered one earned run.

The Cardinals and Golden Flashes are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium on Sunday. First pitch is slated for a 1 p.m. start time.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Our guys played a complete game. We were solid in all facets! Tyler Schweitzer was outstanding!”

Softball Splits Saturday Doubleheader With Akron

MUNCIE, Ind. – – The Ball State softball team opened its final home weekend of 2022 season with a doubleheader split versus Akron Saturday at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

After suffering a 6-0 setback in the opening game, the Cardinals (21-31; 14-14 Mid-American Conference) rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Zips (18-31; 13-15 MAC) in the nightcap.

With the loss, as well as a doubleheader sweep of Miami by Central Michigan, Ball State has been eliminated from contention for the 2022 MAC Softball Championship and will end the season with a Noon first pitch versus the Zips on Sunday.

After being held scoreless in Saturday’s opener, the Cardinals came out firing in the second game starting with a leadoff double from senior left fielder Faith Hensley. Junior second baseman Haley Wynn followed up with a double down the left field line to give BSU the 1-0 lead.

That helped freshman pitcher Angelina Russo play from ahead, as she was perfect through the first three innings on the way to picking up her 11th victory of the year. Overall, she allowed just five hits and a pair of runs over her 6.0 innings of work, striking out two.

The offense added two more runs in the bottom of the third thanks to three walks, a hit batter, and an Akron error. Sophomore right fielder Kaitlyn Mathews drew the first while, while senior catcher Delanie Johnson was hit by a pitch and redshirt junior Jazmyne Armendariz walked to load the bases.

Ball State’s first run came next when sophomore center fielder Hannah Dukeman hit a grounder to first which was misplayed, keeping the inning alive and allowing Mathews to score. A bases loaded walk to Hensley brought home the second run.

Freshman third baseman Emma Richards, who also had an active day on defense with 12 assists over the two games, started another two-run rally with an infield single. Sophomore first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata and followed with a bunt single and used some heads up baserunning to move to second giving the Cardinals a pair of runners in scoring position.

After the Zips cut the lead to 5-2 with single runs in the fifth and sixth, the Cardinals added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on another sac fly, this time from Johnson. Daniel walked to open the inning and pinch runner sophomore Remington Ross followed with her 21st stolen base of the season. A sac bunt from Mathews pushed Ross to third, setting up Johnson’s sac fly.

Akron would get one more run in the top of the seventh and bring the tying run to the plate with two outs, before a fly to Dukeman in center ended the game.

COMEBACK COMPLETE: IRISH WIN THRILLER OVER DUKE

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Down 12-7 to No. 9/12 Duke early in the second half No. 6/7 Notre Dame’s season was hanging by a thread. The Irish answered the call and finished the game by scoring the final six goals to complete the comeback win by a score of 16-14 in front of a raucous Arlotta Stadium.

The win gives Notre Dame a share of the ACC title, as they finished conference play with a record of 5-1, tied with Virginia. The Irish finished the regular season strong, winning six straight games to close in convincing fashion.

The attack was led by junior Jake Taylor, who scored six goals on just eight shots to pace the offense. Pat Kavanagh turned in a five-point performance, scoring a goal and adding four assists. The four assists push his season total to 39, breaking his own program record of 38 for most assists in a season.

Eric Dobson carried the attack in the fourth, scoring all three of his goals in the final frame to notch his third straight hat trick. Quinn McCahon also had a notable afternoon in the midfield, scoring two goals and adding two assists.

Notre Dame goalie Liam Entenmann finished the day with 12 saves, giving him double figures in 11 of 12 games this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Pat Kavanagh found Taylor midway through the first frame for the game’s opening goal and the Irish managed to outscore the Blue Devils 4-2 in the opening 15 minutes of play.

Duke controlled the second quarter, scoring the first five goals to take a 7-4 lead with just under nine minutes left in the half. The Irish quickly responded with three goals in a span of just over two minutes to level the game at 7-7. However, Duke was able to finish the half in a flurry, scoring the final four goals to take an 11-7 lead into the break.

The Blue Devils tacked on a goal in the opening minute of the third quarter to open up a five-goal advantage at 12-7, their largest of the afternoon. Notre Dame goals from Morrison Mirer, Bryce Walker and Chris Kavanagh trimmed the deficit to three at 13-10 but Duke’s Nakeie Montgomery scored with under two minutes left in the third to push the lead back to 14-10.

After the goal from the visitors it was all Irish the rest of the game. Taylor scored his fourth of the day with just under a minute left to cut the Duke lead to 14-11 heading into the final frame.

Notre Dame’s ride suffocated the Blue Devils’ clearing chances, causing three failed clears and giving the Irish the majority of the possessions in the fourth quarter. The pressure resulted in Notre Dame outscoring Duke 5-0 in the quarter to complete the comeback with a 16-14 win. All five Irish goals were scored by the combination of Taylor and Dobson.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Taylor continues his prolific goal scoring since becoming a starter six games ago. He led the team with six goals, his second-highest output of his career. The junior was ultra-efficient with his shooting on the day, as his six goals came on just eight shots. The attackman now has 25 goals over his last six games, all coming in Notre Dame victories.

STAT OF THE GAME

After a rough first half, the Irish defense locked in and stifled the Duke attack, allowing just three goals over the final 30 minutes of play. Notre Dame didn’t allow a single goal in the fourth quarter and managed to outshoot Duke 17-3 in the final frame.

NOTRE DAME NOTES

The Irish finish the season with six straight wins.

Notre Dame has won three of the last four matchups against the Blue Devils and improves to 4-2 against Duke when playing at Arlotta.

The Irish attack has scored 16 or more goals in five of the last six games.

Pat Kavanagh recorded 12 points in the two meetings with Duke this season

Kavanagh now has 64 points on the season, matching his total from last season, and has a program-record 39 assists.

With five points on the day Kavanagh now has 144 in his career, moving into 10th place in the program records for career points.

Dobson has scored 10 goals over his last three games, marking the first time in his career he has recorded a hat trick in three consecutive contests.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame will find out its postseason fate at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 8, as the NCAA Selection Show will air live on ESPNU.

Tokarek Walks-Off Game One, Sycamores Split DH with Loyola Chicago

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball split a doubleheader against Loyola Chicago on Saturday afternoon at Price Field as the Sycamores took game one while the Ramblers won game two.

The Sycamores (23-26, 10-15) won game one 3-2 in extra innings with a walk-off home run from Annie Tokarek to lead off the eighth inning. Loyola (16-28, 10-16) took game two of the day, winning 9-1 via run-rule in five innings.

The loss in game two clinches a Wednesday game for Indiana State at the MVC Tournament on May 11. Tomorrow’s contest will determine if the Sycamores are the #7 or #8 seed.

Game One

The Ramblers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, getting runs from a solo home run as well as an RBI groundout after back-to-back hits got runners in scoring position.

Indiana State got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Bella Peterson drove home Abi Chipps with a RBI single to center which made it a 2-1 game.

Lexi Benko worked a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth, bringing the Sycamores to bat where Danielle Henning brought home Cassie Thomerson all the way from first to tie the game at two after four innings of play.

Loyola led off the sixth inning with a triple but Indiana State was able to get out of the inning with no damage as Annie Tokarek picked the runner off a third and Lexi Benko set a new career-high with her eighth strikeout of the game to keep it a 2-2 contest.

Benko stranded runners on second and third in the seventh, picking up her ninth and tenth strikeouts of the game as she finished with a career-best 10.

In the bottom of the inning, Abi Chipps led off the frame with a walk and Olivia Patton followed that up with a single to put two runners on with nobody out. Ramblers’ starter Peyton Pepkowski struck out three-straight hitters to send the game to extra innings.

Lexi Benko worked a clean seventh, bringing up Annie Tokarek who sent a pitch over the wall in centerfield for a walk-off home run to give the Sycamores a 3-2 victory.

Benko improves to 12-14 with the win, allowing just two runs over eight innings while striking out a career-high 10 batters.

Indiana State finished with nine hits as Peterson, Tokarek, Siwek and Danielle Henning had two hits apiece while Patton had one.

Game Two

Loyola took an early lead in game two, going up 1-0 with a RBI single in the opening frame.

In the bottom of the second, Cassie Thomerson tripled off the wall in center, scoring Danielle Henning to tie the game at one after two innings.

That would be all the scoring for the Sycamores as Loyola scored eight unanswered runs en route to a 9-1 run rule victory after five innings.

The Ramblers scored three runs in the third including a solo shot from Maddie Ebeling which put Loyola up 4-1 through three innings of play.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Ramblers tacked five more runs on the board as the had five hits in the frame to go up 9-1.

Indiana State would put runners on first and second after a Thomerson walk and a Patton single but Loyola was able to retire the final two batters to secure the victory and split the doubleheader.

Sycamores starter Cassi Newbanks went two innings, allowing four runs and taking the loss which drops her record to 5-11 on the season. Hailey Griffin threw 1.2 innings in relief and gave up five runs. Lyndsi Adamson finished out the contest in the circle for ISU, throwing a scoreless 1.1 innings while striking out a batter.

Up Next

The series will conclude tomorrow at noon ET as Indiana State will honor its seniors prior to the contest.

Mastodon Softball Celebrates Senior Day on Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped a pair of games to Northern Kentucky on Saturday, May 7, 1-0 and 6-1. This came on the heels of celebrating the team’s seven seniors: Ashley Haas, Shaina Eyre, Camryn Mosher, Alise Hale, Lauren McConnell, Jade Johnson and Emma McMillan.

GAME 1 | Northern Kentucky 1, Purdue Fort Wayne 0

The ‘Dons dropped a pitcher’s duel in game one, with both pitchers going the full seven innings. McConnell (1-8) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. She gave up just one run, a solo home run in the fourth.

McMillan led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame.

Purdue Fort Wayne had the winning run at the plate in the seventh after McMillan singled to start the inning, but the senior was stranded at third.

GAME NOTES

» McMillan led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3.

» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by senior Kendyl McKeough, who went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.

» Lauryn Hicks led the Norse pitching staff, throwing seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts.

GAME 2 | Northern Kentucky 6, Purdue Fort Wayne 1

The second game was determined by one strong offensive inning by NKU. The Norse put up six runs in the fifth on three home runs.

Johnson (1-7) came out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. Eyre started the game and threw 7.0 innings. She returned to the circle after Johnson’s four batters. Eyre gave up just one run with two strikeouts.

Purdue Fort Wayne got on the board in the second thanks to Brayden Lickey’s RBI double with two outs. NKU’s six-run blitz in the fourth put them on top.

GAME NOTES

» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Northern Kentucky to just 1-for-6 (.167) with runners in scoring position.

» Lickey led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by senior Kendyl McKeough, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.

» Sophomore Madisyn Eads led the Norse pitching staff, throwing four shutout innings to pick up the win.

» Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-41, 6-19 Horizon League.

» Northern Kentucky improves to 24-27, 13-13 Horizon League.

UP NEXT

The Mastodons will conclude their season on Sunday (May 8) with a single game against the Norse at noon.

Softball splits doubleheader at Valpo

VALPARAISO, Ind. – Izzy Vetter tossed an 8-inning complete game to help the University of Evansville softball team split Saturday’s doubleheader at Valparaiso.  After dropping the opener by a 5-1 final, the Purple Aces rebounded to take the second game, 2-1.

Game One – Valparaiso 5, UE 1

Valparaiso plated a pair of runs in the first and second innings to open the day with a 5-1 victory.  Jaina Westphal opened the scoring with a home run in the bottom half of the first before the Beacons added an unearned run.  Evansville countered with a run in the top of the second to cut the VU lead in half.  Haley Woolf reached on an error and would score on an RBI single by Jenna Nink.

The Beacons scored two more in the second when Lauren Kehlenbrink had a 2-RBI double.  They tacked on one more in the fifth to take the 5-1 win.  Easton Seib picked up the win, allowing one run on four hits in the complete game.

Game Two – UE 2, Valparaiso 1

Up by a 1-0 score for the majority of the game, the Aces fended off a late rally by the Beacons to take a 2-1 win in eight innings to split the two Saturday contests.  Evansville scored its first run in the top of the second.  Jessica Fehr recorded a leadoff double and moved to third on a single by Alyssa Barela.  Hannah Hood laid down a perfect bunt single to bring in Fehr and give the Aces a 1-0 lead.

Over the next four innings, Izzy Vetter allowed just three hits to keep Valpo scoreless, but that changed in the sixth when Lauren Kehlenbrink posted an RBI single to tie the game.  The Beacons threatened with a hit in the seventh, but Vetter kept things tied up as the game headed to extras.  It was Fehr drawing the leadoff walk before moving to second on a sacrifice by Haley Woolf before scoring on a wild pitch.  In the bottom of the 8th, Vetter kept the Beacons scoreless to secure her 15th victory of the season.  She scattered seven hits over eight innings and struck out six.  UE had four hits.

On Sunday, the teams will square off for the regular season finale at 12 p.m.

Baseballs Drops Doubleheader to DBU

The Valparaiso University baseball team received solid work on the mound throughout the day, but offense was hard to come by on a pitchers’ day with the wind blowing in on Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Beacons fell to Dallas Baptist 5-1 in the first game of the doubleheader before dropping Game 2 by a 3-0 score. DBU entered the weekend with the No. 5 Rating Percentage Index (RPI) in the nation.

How It Happened – Game 1

Valpo jumped on the board first when Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) drilled a homer to left in the bottom of the first.

That came after starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) set the tone by striking out the side in the top of the first. The Patriots leveled the score thanks to a walk and a two-out hit in the second, but Fields faced the minimum in both the third and fourth innings.

DBU scored four runs on three hits and one error in the top of the fifth to grab a 5-1 edge.

Fields worked 1-2-3 in the sixth, then Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) was summoned from the bullpen to begin the seventh as one Libertyville native took over for another. The freshman right-hander continued his recent turnaround by delivering three shutout innings of one-hit ball while walking one and striking out two.

In the bottom of the sixth, Valpo had two on with nobody out and the bases loaded with two down, but could not push across a run in the inning and left the maximum as a Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) leadoff double went to waste. Schmack started the eighth inning with a double for his second extra-base hit of the day, but he was eventually stranded at third.

The Beacons again threatened in the ninth as an Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) double put two into scoring position with two outs, but the hosts weren’t able to capitalize.

Inside the Game – Game 1

Schmack slugged his seventh home run of the season to move into a tie for the team lead. It was the ninth home run of his collegiate career.

Thurston and Schmack had two hits apiece. Schmack achieved his team-leading 17th multi-hit game, while Thurston recorded his 12th.

Four of Valpo’s seven hits went for extra bases, but the Beacons stranded 10 on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Valpo owned a 7-5 advantage in the hit column, the second straight series opener that the Beacons lost despite owning the edge in hits.

Fields allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits while walking three and striking out eight. This marked the 11th time in 12 starts this season that he has notched seven or more strikeouts.

Fields now owns 99 strikeouts this season, one away from becoming the first Valpo hurler since 2010 to record 100 strikeouts in a season. He is four strikeouts away from moving into the top five in single-season program history.

Thanks to his efforts on Saturday, Fields moved past his former teammate Jon Tieman (2017-2021, 244) for seventh on Valpo’s all-time strikeout list. Fields now owns 249 career strikeouts, one away from moving into a tie for sixth in program history and becoming just the seventh player in Valpo lore to hit the 250-strikeout milestone.

How It Happened – Game 2

Valpo starting pitcher Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) began his day on the mound with a 1-2-3 first that featured a pair of strikeouts, but he was touched for one run in the second as the Patriots started the inning with three straight hits including two doubles. However, he wiggled out of the second with minimal damage by stringing together three straight outs including two more strikeouts.

Miller again pitched in and out of trouble in the third as DBU failed to score despite loading the bases with one away thanks to three singles. The Patriots stranded a runner at third in the fourth, but eventually added two runs in the fifth to make it 3-0.

Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee]) took over on the mound to begin the sixth inning and continued an excellent day by the bullpen. He logged four scoreless innings while striking out five, walking none and yielding just one hit.

Scoring chances were few and far between for the Beacons in the late innings of Game 2 as 3-0 stood as the final. 

Inside the Game – Game 2

Miller scattered 10 hits while striking out seven and walking none of his five frames. He permitted three runs in the defeat.

The Valpo bats totaled two hits, a single by Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) and a double by Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community), his first career extra-base hit.

The Valpo pitching staff did not issue any walks, the team’s fifth walk-free game of the season

Up Next

Valpo (14-27, 3-11 MVC) and DBU will round out the three-game series on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Note that the start time has been moved 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. The game will air on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Mastodon Softball Celebrates Senior Day on Saturday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped a pair of games to Northern Kentucky on Saturday, May 7, 1-0 and 6-1. This came on the heels of celebrating the team’s seven seniors: Ashley Haas, Shaina Eyre, Camryn Mosher, Alise Hale, Lauren McConnell, Jade Johnson and Emma McMillan.


GAME 1 | Northern Kentucky 1, Purdue Fort Wayne 0
The ‘Dons dropped a pitcher’s duel in game one, with both pitchers going the full seven innings. McConnell (1-8) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne. She gave up just one run, a solo home run in the fourth.

McMillan led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 2-for-3 in the ballgame.

Purdue Fort Wayne had the winning run at the plate in the seventh after McMillan singled to start the inning, but the senior was stranded at third.

GAME NOTES
» McMillan led the Mastodons at the plate, going 2-for-3.
» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by senior Kendyl McKeough, who went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI.
» Lauryn Hicks led the Norse pitching staff, throwing seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts.

GAME 2 | Northern Kentucky 6, Purdue Fort Wayne 1
The second game was determined by one strong offensive inning by NKU. The Norse put up six runs in the fifth on three home runs.

Johnson (1-7) came out of the bullpen for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss. Eyre started the game and threw 7.0 innings. She returned to the circle after Johnson’s four batters. Eyre gave up just one run with two strikeouts.

Purdue Fort Wayne got on the board in the second thanks to Brayden Lickey’s RBI double with two outs. NKU’s six-run blitz in the fourth put them on top.

GAME NOTES
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Northern Kentucky to just 1-for-6 (.167) with runners in scoring position.
» Lickey led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI.
» Northern Kentucky was led offensively by senior Kendyl McKeough, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI.
» Sophomore Madisyn Eads led the Norse pitching staff, throwing four shutout innings to pick up the win.
» Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 7-41, 6-19 Horizon League.
» Northern Kentucky improves to 24-27, 13-13 Horizon League.

UP NEXT
The Mastodons will conclude their season on Sunday (May 8) with a single game against the Norse at noon.

Hounds Punch Ticket to NCAA Sweet 16 in 4-0 Regional Championship Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Lea Cakarevic jumped into Kristina Lagoda’s arms, she had just clinched the Greyhounds 4-0 win over Wayne State (MI) and punched the team’s ticket to the NCAA Sweet 16 in Altamonte Spring on May 17. The Hounds, who are now 19-2 on the season, took the Midwest Region #1 title over the Warriors in a 4-0 sweep on Saturday afternoon at Center Grove High School.

It was Cakarevic who secured the win after posting a 6-2, 6-1 win over Wayne State’s Suki Mandair in the No. 6 spot; her teammates Kristina Lagoda and Arina Amaning would take the other two single wins over the Warriors No. 4 and No. 5 – with Lagoda finishing first in taking a -6-0, 6-3 win and Amaning also taking a 6-2, 6-1 win.

The Hounds took an early lead over the No. 5 ranked, Wayne State, with a sweep of doubles with Anna Novikova and Maria Solnsykina taking a 6-0 sweep alongside Sofia Sharnova and Isabella Dunlap doing the same.

The Greyhounds will return to the NCAA Finals after earning runner-up in the previous season.

UP NEXT

UIndy is set to kick off the NCAA DII Championship run in Florida starting on May 17 with the National Championship match being held on May 21.

LATE OFFENSE NOT ENOUGH AS MARIAN FALLS TO INDIANA WESLEYAN

Marion, Ind. – The Marian baseball team lost in their opening game of the Crossroads League Tournament, as the offense came too late in a 4-2 loss to No. 3 seed Indiana Wesleyan. Marian falls to the elimination bracket as their record drops to 25-26.

Indiana Wesleyan scored the first three runs in the opening game of the Crossroads League Tournament, plating a run in three of the first four innings. The Wildcats got a run on three hits against Damien Wallace in the bottom of the first, but the righty rebounded in the second throwing a perfect second inning. A solo home run from Denver Blinn plated Wesleyan’s second run in the third, while a pair of hits turned into a run in the fourth.

While the Wildcats found early offense, Marian’s bats got off to a slow start going down in order in each of the first two innings. Trey Heidlage recorded the first hit of the game for Marian in the third, but his two-out single didn’t make it past first base. Matteo Porcellato helped roll the offense in the fourth inning with a one-out single, however a double play turned down the momentum and kept Marian behind 3-0 after the inning’s end.

Another double play ended Marian’s offensive momentum in the top of the fifth stranding a single and a walk, and the ball was turned over to Michael Mates in the bottom of the fifth as the junior picked up a pair of strikeouts to leave a runner on. Mates faced the minimum in both the sixth and seventh innings, keeping the Knights within three runs. The offense finally broke through in the top of the eighth, as Bryce Davenport led off the frame with a double. Davenport was moved to third on a groundout, and scored on an RBI groundout from AJ Bordenet to give the visitor’s their first run.

Trailing 3-1, Marian was unable to keep the Wildcats off the board in the bottom of the eighth as Craig Nixon surrendered a run in the home half on a bloop hit single. Nixon got out of the inning leaving the bases loaded, and down by three in the top of the ninth Kameron Salazar started a rally by drawing a walk. Porcellato collected his second hit of the game with a single, and both runners moved up as Dion Wintjes grounded out. JJ Rivera followed with a groundout as he knocked in Salazar, but with the tying run at the plate Indiana Wesleyan was able to end the game with a strikeout of Davenport.

In the 4-2 loss, Marian picked up six hits, half of which came in the final two innings. Porcellato, Davenport, and Heidlage each had two hits in the loss, with Rivera and Bordenet collecting the only RBI. On the mound Wallace was issued the loss allowing seven hits and three runs, two of which were earned. Mates threw three hitless relief, and Nixon allowed an unearned run on one hit in his only inning of work.

Marian will play either Taylor or Spring Arbor in the elimination bracket on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Marian’s game will shift sites, and move to Taylor University on Monday.

MARIAN FALLS IN EXTRA INNINGS TO NO. 7 INDIANA WESLEYAN, DROP TO ELIMINATION BRACKET

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team dropped to the elimination bracket on Saturday afternoon, falling to Indiana Wesleyan in a hard-fought extra inning contest. The 6-5 loss in nine innings drops Marian to a 40-10 overall record after bowing out of the Crossroads League Tournament winner’s bracket.

Both the Knights and Wildcats began the game with a four-batter frame, as each team picked up a base hit in the first inning of the game. In the second inning Olivia Stunkel found her groove and struck out a pair of batters, waking up the offense as Hayley Greene led off the home side with a single. A pair of walks loaded the bases, and Marian chalked the first run of the game on an RBI groundout from Caitlyn Phillips to take a 1-0 lead.

Stunkel got another run of support in the bottom of the third inning, getting a lead-off single from Jenna Minnix. Minnix took third on a sacrifice bunt, and with two outs scored on an RBI single from Grace Meyer. Marian would load the bases before the inning closed, but Danielle Munn would force a groundout to end the inning. The Wildcats used the momentum and picked up three hits in the top of the fourth inning, with an Elisa Koshy single tying the game on the final blow.

Indiana Wesleyan pushed ahead in the top of the fifth inning, as a lead-off walk to Mackenna Pace allowed the IWU shortstop on. Pace took second on a bunt and stole third, and with two outs Marian decided to intentionally walk Miranda Wherle. Stunkel’s second offering in the intentional walk sailed high over her catcher Meyer, allowing Pace to take the plate on the wild pitch. Down 3-2 the Knights started a quick rally in the home half of the inning as Shelbie Stotts led off the frame with a single, followed by back to back walks. Meyer delivered with the bases loaded, roping a single through the right side to score Stotts and Lauren Landes. Marian would load the bases before the inning’s end, but could not add to their total keeping a 4-3 edge.

Sydney Wilson came on in relief in the sixth, and got off to a slower start as the umpire charged her a ball without throwing a pitch, leading to a five-pitch walk. The walk came back to haunt Wilson as Pace tacked on an RBI single, tying the game 4-4. Wilson would get out of the inning leaving the bases loaded, but was unable to get the run back from the offense as a Stotts single was left on base.

Both teams got a runner on base in the seventh, but were unable score a go-ahead or winning run, forcing extra innings. Wilson would strand two in the top of the eighth with her defense making a pair of big plays, but Marian could not scratch out the final run in the home side as Stotts’ two-out single was left on. In the ninth, Indiana Wesleyan made a pair of mistakes hurt as Wilson hit the lead-off batter, while an error on a bunt play allowed a run to score. Indiana Wesleyan would score their sixth run on an RBI groundout, taking a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Marian showed fight despite giving up the lead in extras, getting a lead-off double from Greene to lead the inning. Meyer slapped a single into left, and Caroline Roop loaded the bases as she drew a walk. Roop’s walk forced a pitching change, as Emma Etter-Cox came out of the bullpen to get the first out via a strikeout. Emma Maple pinch-hit in Phillips’ spot and brought Marian a run closer with her RBI flyout. The sacrifice fly would get the Knights as close as they would get to tying, as Savanah Harweger lined out on her first pitch to end the game.

The Knights had 11 hits in the loss, stranding 14 runners on base in the losing effort. Stotts and Meyer each had three hits, while Harweger had a 2-6 day. Greene also had two hits, scoring twice. Stunkel did not factor into the decision going five innings, allowing three runs on four hits. Wilson took her first loss of the tournament, allowing four hits and three runs. The pitching staff combined to walk five batters, hitting three.

Marian will play an elimination game on Monday morning at 11 a.m., taking on Taylor University. If Marian wins, they will take on Indiana Wesleyan in the first championship game at 1 p.m.

WILDCATS ADVANCE TO CROSSROADS LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH WIN OVER KNIGHTS

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan secured a spot in the 2022 Crossroads League Championship on Monday after defeating No. 14 Marian 6-5 in nine innings. This is the second game in the tournament that the Wildcats have recorded six runs. Wildcats have gone 4-1 against the Knights this season.

The Knights scored the first two runs before Wildcats responded with two in the fourth. A Kamryn Buck double scored Abby Harvey before Elisha Koshy singled up the middle to score Buck.

With the game tied in the top of the fifth, Makenna Pace stole third base with Miranda Wehrle at bat. The Knights went to walk Wehrle but a wild pitch sent home Pace for the Wildcats to take the first lead of the game.

A Marian single sent in two runs heading into the sixth inning. A Pace single scoring Langston tied the game in the top of the sixth inning.

Top of the ninth, Becca Wyatt bunted with Reagen Radke on second base. On a throwing error, Radke scored. In the next at bat, a Langston grounded out sent home Wyatt. Wildcats went into the bottom of the inning with a 6-4 lead.

Bottom of the ninth, Knights made things interesting loading the bases with no outs, Emma Etter-Cox subbed in on the mound and struck out a Knight in her first batter. A Knight fly out and line out ended the game as Wildcats claimed a 6-5 victory.

Knights outhit the Wildcats 11-8. Abby Harvey and Makenna Pace each had two hits.

Wildcats posted four RBIs. One a piece from Buck, Langston, Koshy, and Pace.

IWU threw four different pitchers and collectively struck out five.

Wildcats advance to the 2022 Crossroads League Tournament title game on Monday, May 9. The game is slated to start at 1pm against the winner of Taylor and Marian.

Quakers split at Manchester

NORTH MANCHESTER – The Earlham College baseball team split a doubleheader with Manchester University on Saturday afternoon in the regular season conclusion.

The Quakers finish at 23-11 (12-6 HCAC) while the Spartans conclude the season at 10-27 (6-12 HCAC).

GAME ONE EARLHAM 1   MANCHESTER 3

Aidan Talarek pitched a complete eight innings in the loss of game one. Talarek surrendered eight hits for just one earned run in the outing and struck out five batters.

Cameron McCabe recorded two hits in game one and an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning.

The Spartans scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning from an outfield single, and brought in an unearned run in the sixth.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 12   MANCHESTER 3

Andrew Bradley turned in four hits in game two with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to cap the evening off for the Quakers. Maxwell Fries tallied two hits and three RBI.

Nate Hemmerich started on the mound and pitched 3.2 innings with one earned run and five strikeouts. Jacob Renner tossed 5.1 innings in relief and earned the winning decision with two hits allowed and six strikeouts.

Christian Lancianese scored the first run of the game in the opening frame by taking advantage of an error by the Spartans. The home squad responded with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.

Fries recorded an RBI in the third inning from a HBP with the bases loaded to give the lead back to Earlham. The Quakers continued with an RBI groundout from McCabe to bring Bradley to home plate.

Once again, the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning off of a pair of runs.

The Quakers worked the bases full in the top of the seventh inning with no outs. The first run of the inning came by way of a walk from McCabe. Then, Devin Basley hit a two-run single down the right field line.

With runners on second and third in the top of the eight inning with two outs, Fries hit a double to right field to clear the runners and bring the Quaker lead to 8-3.

Christian Lancianese came to bat in the ninth inning with runners on first and second base. The sophomore put the ball in play to left field to advance the runners and score one run. On the next play, Nathan Lancianese followed suit with an RBI single to left field. Bradley cleared the bases for a final time in the regular season with a fence shot to left center field for a two-RBI homer.

The Quakers will advance into the HCAC tournament next weekend in Kokomo. Earlham has locked itself into the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will play at 3:30 on Thursday againt the third seed. An Anderson sweep of Transylvania tomorrow would send the Ravens to compete with Ealrham in Kokomo. An Anderson loss will pit the Quakers against Rose-Hulman in the opening round. Franklin College has won the regular season championship and will havethe top seed heading into the tournament.

RECAP | Franklin Sweeps Hanover, Claims HCAC Regular Season Championship

HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin College baseball team claimed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season title and top seed in next week’s conference tournament with a sweep of the Hanover Panthers in their final games of the regular season.

The Grizzlies finish the regular season with a 28-12 record and a 13-5 record in conference play, winning the league’s regular season crown for the first time since 2018.

Game One: Franklin 9 – Hanover 6

The game stayed scoreless through three innings with both team’s aces locked in. Hanover took the first lead of the day with a fourth inning home run but Franklin responded with two runs in the fifth, taking the lead for good on a Logan Demkovich RBI single. Franklin got two more runs in the seventh, but the Panther turned to the long ball to tie things up, with a three-run homer from Alex Christie tying things at 4-4.

Franklin took the lead right back with a three-run eighth and two more runs in the ninth to make it a 9-5 game. Hanover would bring the tying run to the plate in the final inning, but Alex Reinoehl nailed down the final out for his 10th save of the year, becoming the first Grizzly pitcher to record double-digit saves in a season.

Demkovich drove in a pair of runs, with AJ Sanders and Matt Earley recording two hits each. Franklin took advantage of five Hanover errors, scoring five unearned runs. Nick McClanahan allowed three earned runs with seven strikeouts over six innings of work before giving way to Mitch Merica (4-1), who earned the win in relief.

Game Two: Franklin 11 – Hanover 6

Demkovich got the party started with a two-run home run in the first inning, giving him 19 for the year. Up by a run in the fifth, the Grizzlies tacked on four more runs with Earley, Tysen Lipscomb and Noah Wood all driving runs home to make it a 6-1 game.

Hanover plated three in the fifth to get back within a pair, but the Grizzlies rode back-to-back home runs from Case Starkey and Sanders to put the game out of reach. Demkovich, Lipscomb and Andrew Wallace capped the scoring with RBI in the final two innings and Chris Foote nailed down the final three outs to seal the conference title.

Damian Tillie got the start and went 4.1 innings before turning the ball over to Tyler Wick (1-0). Wick allowed one run over three innings with Foote slamming the door on the final 1.2 innings.

Demkovich and Sanders both had four hits and Noah Wood added three hits for the FC offense.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will have plenty of time to regroup ahead of their first HCAC Tournament game, which is set for May 12 in Kokomo, Ind.

RECAP | Grizzlies Bow Out of HCAC Tournament in Battle with Top-Seeded Pioneers

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin College softball team looked to keep their season alive on Saturday (May 7) when they took on the Transylvania Pioneers in an elimination game at the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament.

The two teams locked up in a back-and-forth battle, with wet conditions and dipping temperatures present all afternoon. Both teams held the lead on numerous occasions, but the Grizzlies would see their upset bid stopped as Transylvania moved on with a 7-6 win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies grabbed an early lead with two runs in the first courtesy of a Sydney Bostic sac fly and a Molly Wallace RBI double. The Pioneers got a run back in the third but Franklin countered with two more in the third on a Rayvn McClaren RBI single and Addie Csikos RBI double that made it a 4-1 game.

But the tournament’s top seed would respond in kind with a four-run fourth to take their first lead of the day. That lead didn’t last long as Bostic tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth and McClaren scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to put Franklin back in front at 6-5.

With two outs in the sixth, the Pioneers struck with two runs to re-take the lead. Franklin couldn’t get the tying run across before the final out, bringing their campaign to a close.

McClaren recorded her first career three-hit game and Bostic plated two runs to pace the offense. Wallace, Csikos and Annie Kluemper all had two hits each. Sydney Pitts (11-6) allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings of work with Stephanni Kleber coming in for the final 1.1 innings.

The Grizzlies finish their season 21-19 and in the HCAC Tournament for the sixth straight season, extending their program-record post season appearance streak.

Men’s Tennis Shuts Out Transylvania to Advance to HCAC Title Match

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology advanced to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Final with a 5-0 win over Transylvania University on Saturday at Top Seed Tennis Club.

The Fightin’ Engineers will look for their 7th straight HCAC Tournament championship and their 7th straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament in tomorrow’s title match.  Rose-Hulman will face the winner of today’s second semifinal between Hanover and Anderson on Sunday at 10 am.

Rose-Hulman swept the three doubles flights to open a strong performance on Saturday.  Joshua Giambattista and Owen Reynolds won 8-4 at No. 1; Mark Slaninka and Grant Paradowski won 8-0 at No. 2; and Rhian Seneviratne joined Arudrra Krishnan for an 8-3 win at No. 3.

In singles play, Owen Reynolds at No. 3 singles and Grant Paradowski at No. 4 singles won in straight sets as the Fightin’ Engineers reached the five points needed to end the match by decision.

Rose-Hulman stands 10-9 on the season and has won 56 of its last 57 matches against HCAC opposition entering Sunday’s HCAC Tournament Championship Match.

Baseball Splits Senior Day Doubleheader with Defiance; Heads to Wabash Sunday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology closed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season baseball schedule with a doubleheader split against Defiance College on Senior Day Saturday at Art Nehf Field.

The Fightin’ Engineers honored their nine seniors prior to the opening game, then won 15-0 in the opener.  Defiance bounced back to capture a 5-3 win in the nightcap and split the doubleheader.

Rose-Hulman stands 23-11 entering Sunday’s non-conference regular season finale doubleheader at Wabash College.  The Fightin’ Engineers finished 12-6 in the HCAC regular season and will be either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed for the HCAC Tournament starting Thursday in Kokomo, depending on tomorrow’s conference results.

In the opener, three Rose-Hulman pitchers combined on a shutout and the Fightin’ Engineers relied on a pair of home runs in a 15-0 victory. 

Shane Garner provided the big blast with a senior day grand slam in the eighth inning.  Josh Mesenbrink had the biggest offensive day at 3-for-3 with a home run, triple, two walks and two RBIs.

Manuel Lopez added three hits, a double and two RBIs. Adam Taylor also had a 3-hit game with two runs scored and two RBIs.

The offense was more than enough for three pitchers to combine on a shutout.  Ian Kline improved to 7-2 on the season with six shutout innings.  Kline allowed just two hits with six strikeouts.

Paul Durell tossed two scoreless innings, and Jason Ims tossed a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout.

In the nightcap, Defiance scored three runs in the fourth inning and relied on strong pitching to win 5-3.  Sam Thombs allowed just two earned runs in six innings, and Tyler Hines and Kendall Duval recorded the final nine outs for the Yellow Jackets pitching staff.

Mesenbrink capped a 6-hit day with three more hits, including a double.  Harrison Finch added a perfect 3-for-3 performance with one run scored.

Other Rose-Hulman players with multiple hits include Lopez, Drew Roberts and Nathan Burke with two hits each.

Josh Erpenbeck led the pitching effort with 5.2 innings of one-hit relief with four strikeouts.

Rose-Hulman also honored its nine seniors prior to the first game.  The Class of 2022 includes Nathan Burke; Harrison Finch; Shane Garner; Jason Ims; Josh Mesenbrink; Drew Roberts; Matthew Rouse; Adam Taylor; and Brett Tuttle.

Rose-Hulman improved to 23-10 on the season and 12-5 in HCAC play, while Defiance dropped to 9-26 and 3-14 in league games.  The Fightin’ Engineers will open the HCAC Tournament at Kokomo Municipal Stadium on Thursday.  The winner of the 5-team double elimination tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 15, Defiance 0

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers took the lead for good in the second, scoring for the first time in the inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up four runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Brett Tuttle.The Engineers then tacked on runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings, with their biggest output coming in the eighth when they scored six times. The big hit in that inning was a grand slam off the bat of Garner.

GAME NOTES

» Kline, Durell, and Ims combined to throw a two-hit shutout.

» Rose-Hulman got three-hit games from three different hitters.

» Kline struck out six Yellow Jackets hitters.

» The Engineers power output was led by Mesenbrink, who compiled two extra base hits in the ballgame.

» Garner drove in four runs for Rose-Hulman.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the eighth, when it pushed six runs across.

» The Engineers had control of the rest of the game after moving ahead of the Yellow Jackets 4-0 in the bottom of the second.

» Kline put together six innings of scoreless ball for the Engineers.

» The Engineers out-hit the Yellow Jackets at a 12-2 clip.

» Rose-Hulman went 7-for-15 (.467) with runners in scoring position.

» The Engineers got three hits in four at-bats with the bases loaded.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 31 Defiance hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out eight.

» The Engineers drew seven walks from Defiance pitching.

» Mesenbrink led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple, a home run and two RBI.

» Defiance was led offensively by Austin Horning, who went 1-for-4.

» John Hammerstein led the Yellow Jackets pitching staff, throwing 4.2 innings of two-run ball.

GAME 2 | Defiance 5, Rose-Hulman 3

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Engineers got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the bottom the first inning with the game still scoreless. Rose-Hulman got on the board thanks to Mesenbrink’s RBI double with one out.

The Yellow Jackets failed to push any runs across before the Engineers offense got back to their scoring ways the next inning. Rose-Hulman picked up two runs in the frame, the big hit being an RBI double from Burke, which brought the score to 3-0 in favor of the Engineers. The Engineers were unable to hold the lead, as Defiance scored five times over the remaining seven innings to grab the 5-3 win.

GAME NOTES

» The Engineers got three-hit games from both Mesenbrink and Finch.

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the second, when it pushed two runs across.

» Five Rose-Hulman hitters had multiple base knocks in the ballgame.

» Rose-Hulman left 11 runners stranded on base in the loss.

» The Engineers out-hit the Yellow Jackets at a 14-5 clip.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Defiance to just 1-for-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 39 Defiance hitters in the game, allowing 14 ground balls and three fly balls while striking out 10.

» Mesenbrink led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

» Defiance was led offensively by Nate Kaffenbarger, who went 2-for-5 with a double.

Baseball swept by area rival Franklin in HCAC action

HANOVER, Ind. – The Panther fall in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action to area rival Franklin dropping game one 9-6 before falling in the night cap 11-6.

GAME ONE

The Panthers surged ahead in the fourth inning as sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) connected for a homerun to right field that sent HC out front, 1-0.

However, the Grizzlies responded using a two run fifth inning to claim the lead, 2-1.

The bats remained hot for the Blue and Red as they were able to add three runs in the seventh inning off the bat of sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) who hit a homerun to right field, 4-4.

But again, Franklin continued to respond using a three run seventh and a run in the eighth and ninth inning to secure the win.

GAME TWO

Franklin carried the momentum into game two as they plated two runs in the first inning before HC responded.

Junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, KY.) provided the clutch hit in the bottom half of the inning singling to left field pulling HC within 2-1.

But again, the Grizzlies responded using a four run outburst in the fifth inning to push the difference to 6-1.

Hanover looked to rally in the bottom half of the inning as senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) homered before Farnsley singled to left pulling the Panthers within 6-4.

The charge continued for Franklin as they added five more runs over the next four innings to secure the sweep 11-6.

Hanover concludes the regular season at 16-20 overall and 10-8 in conference action.

Women’s Lacrosse falls to Transylvania in the HCLC Championship

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Panthers bow out of Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Tournament after falling in the Championship to Transylvania, 16-7.

Leading the Blue and Red was junior Masi McNally Henriksen (Zionsville, Ind.)  with a team-high three goals. Junior Taylor McNally Henriksen (Zionsville, Ind.) added two goals.

After falling behind early, junior Taylor McNally Henriksen halted the surge pulling HC within 8-1 in the second frame.

The Pioneers added two more blows before strikes by Masi and Taylor sent the Panthers into the fourth quarter trailing 14-4.

The final Panther goals came from the sticks of freshman Katie Comer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Masi as the Blue and Red fell 16-7.

Hanover wrap up the season at 10-7 overall and 5-1 in the HCLC.

Spartans Honor Senior Class on Saturday Against Earlham

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Playing its final two games of the 2022 season, the Manchester University baseball team took a moment to honor its senior class on Saturday May 7. The Black & Gold hosted the visiting Earlham College Quakers at Gratz Field, and at the conclusion of Saturday’s doubleheader, honored its senior class of Andy Ayers, Paul Barrow, Tyler Colpitts, Carter Hooks, Austin Kresl, Andrew Magurany, Patrick Masters, Ryan Mueller, Gage Sandlin, Zach Speicher, Zach Thomas, and Zach White with an on-field ceremony.

The seniors played a large role in Saturday’s action, helping the Spartans to a doubleheader split. Manchester took the opener 3-1 while Earlham won Game 2 12-3.

Spartan Stats

The senior pitching trio of Carter Hooks, Austin Kresl, and Zach White paved the way for a 3-1 victory in Saturday’s opener. Hooks improved to 5-5 on the mound this season after allowing just a pair of hits in five innings of work. He struck out five Quakers. Kresl struck out six in 3 and 1/3 innings in relief, while White earned his first save of the season after coming in with a pair of runners on in the 9th inning. White was able to secure the final two outs to help the Spartans earn the 3-1 victory.

White (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) also came up clutch with the bat as his two-run single in the bottom of the 3rd inning gave Manchester an early lead. White finished 2-4 at the plate in the opener.

Cole Filson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) also added an RBI single for the Black & Gold.

In the second game of the day, Paul Barrow (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North) and Patrick Masters (Macy, Ind./North Miami) hit RBI singles. Masters would go 2-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Game 2.

Mitchell Baker (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) also had an RBI single in the second game of the day.

Eagles takes 10th in super regional

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf concluded a magnificent run in the post-season to place 10th in NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Regional at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Indiana.

Following a strong 36-holes in the regional, the Screaming Eagles faltered in the final 18 holes, dropping from a tie for sixth to 10th with final round 307 and finished their first NCAA post-season appearance since 2000 with a three-round 903 (299-297-307). The team 903 broke USI’s best NCAA II Regional mark of 904 (295-306-303) set in 1996 when the Eagles placed second.

The 18th-ranked University of Central Missouri won the regional with a three-round 884 (288-293-303). USI, which had moved as high as fifth in the standings this weekend, led as many as eight of the 11 ranked at many points during the three rounds.

USI was led individually by junior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois), who tied for 11th with three-round 220 (72-74-74) and was one stroke shy of the top 54-holes by an Eagle in the NCAA II post-season. Ben Robak set the mark of 219 (74-70-75) in 1996 when he won the NCAA II Regional.

Fair, Gotshall lead Eagles past Saints in GLVC Tourney opener

EAST PEORIA, Ill.—University of Southern Indiana sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) went a combined 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI as the No. 15 Screaming Eagles defeated Maryville University, 9-5, in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Softball Championship Tournament Saturday afternoon as the EastSide Centre.

Fair had a two-run bomb in the bottom of the first frame to tie the score at 2-2, a sacrifice fly in the second, and a two-run double in the sixth as USI rallied from a 2-0 deficit before turning away a Maryville rally with four unanswered tallies.

Maryville (17-25), the No. 8 seed in the tournament, struck first in the top of the first inning as the Saints capitalized on a pair of USI errors to take a 2-0 lead.

After Fair’s home run tied the contest in the home half of the first, junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) followed with a solo home run in the next at bat as the Eagles took a 3-2 lead.

The top-seeded Eagles (41-10) tacked on two more tallies in the second frame as Fair’s sacrifice fly gave USI a 4-2 lead before a two-out, RBI-single by senior designated player Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) put USI in front, 5-2, two batters later.

Maryville, however, scored twice in the third inning and once more in the fifth to tie the contest at 5-5.

Freshman pitcher Hailey Gotshall (Lucerne, Indiana), who entered the game in relief of Goodin, hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give USI a 6-5 lead. The Eagles tacked on three more in bottom of the sixth as a two-run double by Fair and an RBI-single by Gotshall gave the Eagles plenty of cushion to secure their 10th straight win and 29th in their last 31 games.

Gotshall (8-0) got the win in the circle as she scattered three hits and a run across 4 2/3 innings of work. She finished with five strikeouts.

USI returns to action Sunday at 10 a.m. when it takes on No. 4-seeded Lindenwood University in the semifinals of the GLVC Tournament. If the Eagles are victorious, they will play in the GLVC Championship Sunday at 3 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Evans Fires One-Hitter as Trojans Continue Tourney Run

INDIANAPOLIS – Maddi Evans flirted with perfection on Saturday, pitching Taylor past Spring Arbor (20-31) and into the final day of the Crossroads League Tournament for the third-straight year. The senior allowed just one hit and three walks in a 6-2 Trojan victory.

The win advances Taylor into an 11:00 am clash on Monday, May 9 with No. 14 Marian (40-10), with the winner of that game clinching the Crossroads League’s second automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships. Monday morning’s victor will also move on to a showdown with No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan (49-8) for the CL Tournament Championship later that afternoon.

In addition to advancing to play on the final day of the Crossroads Tournament for a third-straight season, Taylor improved to 10-3 in the tourney over that span and improved to 3-1 in this year’s event.

Evans did all she could in the circle to continue that run, firing seven innings of one-hit ball and retiring 12 of the final 14 hitters of the game to protect an early Trojan lead and secure her 15th win of the season and 45th of her outstanding career.

The TU offense provided all the support that would be needed with a four-run outburst in the top of the second inning. After an unearned run put Taylor in front in the first, the Trojans tacked on four more thanks to two more SAU errors, a walk, a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Jersey Tannehill and Emma West helped Taylor take full advantage of those miscues, delivering run-scoring base hits to fuel the rally that pushed TU’s lead to 5-0.

Spring Arbor retaliated with two in the third but never got any closer and a late Taylor run finished the scoring at 6-2.

West collected two hits and two runs batted in to pace the Trojan lineup, while Ashton Whitman also drove in two and Nicole Brindle scored two runs.

Taylor (25-26) will return to action on Monday morning for the clash with the host Knights. A win would give TU its first NAIA National Tournament appearance since 2019 and a shot at its first CL Tournament crown since 2014.

Trailblazers Track and Field continues Nationals tune up at Billy Hayes Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Members of the Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams took part in another opportunity to surpass the NJCAA National Qualifying mark at Friday’s Billy Hayes Invitational hosted by Indiana University.

The VU men’s team was led by sophomore Kyle Stewart (Evansville, Ind.), who took the top spot in the long jump with a jump of 7.21 meters.

Vincennes came away with second and third in the 4×400 meter relay, with the team of freshmen Yamar Lyons (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Collin Sutton (New Albany, Ind.) and Jalen Bowman (Evansville, Ind.) and sophomore Manamanya Opiew (Indianapolis, Ind.) taking second with a time of 3:23.22.

The team of sophomores Damien Ross (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Trenton Faulkner (Vincennes, Ind.) and freshmen Ernest Momodu (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Mathew Keitany (Kenya) finished third at 3:41.41.

Faulkner, Opiew and Momodu all took part in the 800 meter race, with Faulkner leading the group with a fourth-place finish at 1:57.57. Opiew followed close behind at 1:58.19 and Momodu took 10th at 2:02.94.

Mathew Keitany had an impressive showing in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Keitany finished third with a time of 9:18.44.

The VU 4×100 relay team of Bowman, Sutton, Ross and Stewart finished fourth at 42.15 seconds and Bowman placed fifth in the 200 meter dash at 21.95 seconds.

Freshman Nicholas Stanislaus (Grenada) placed fourth in the Javelin with a longest throw of 41.54 meters.

Sophomore Ian Boit (Eldoret, Kenya) rounded out the VU men’s team results with a seventh place finish in the 3000 meter race, finishing with a time of 9:07.78.

The VU Women’s team also had a good showing Friday afternoon, led by freshman Giorgia Fino (Italy) who placed sixth in the Javelin at 35.24 meters.

Freshman Brittany Page (Bicknell, Ind.) finished seventh in the 800 meters at 2:31.52 and sophomore Kyra Young placed ninth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:58.38.

“Ian started off the action of the day with a two second PR in the 3000 meters,” VU Assistant Track and Field Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “Kyra Young ran a great race, dipping under the five minute barrier in the 1500 for the first time this season with a small PR.”

“After an hour long weather delay, the 800s started back with Trenton winning his heat with a new PR,” Steigenga added. “I was very proud of Trenton. This outdoor season has been a struggle at times with an ankle injury, but he has continued to fight through it and was rewarded with a great race.”

“Mathew had a fantastic race in the steeple,” Steigenga said. “He ran the second fastest time in program history and his time puts him seventh in the NJCAA DI this season. Mathew ran a fantastic race and is so fun to watch and keeps getting faster. This was only his second steeple. Being new to the event, he has got a lot of small things he can improve on for the next time he runs.”

“Kyle Stewart did a great job winning the long jump and getting over the National Qualifier mark for the second time this outdoor season,” Steigenga added.

The Trailblazers continue to stay competition ready ahead of the NJCAA Division I National Outdoor Championships, hosted by Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan.

The three day event will begin Thursday, May 19 and run through Saturday, May 21.

VINCENNES RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

MEN’S RESULTS

200m

Jalen Bowman – 5, 21.95

800m

Trenton Faulkner – 4, 1:57.57

Manamanya Opiew – 6, 1:58.19

Ernest Momodu – 10, 2:02.94

3000m

Ian Boit – 7, 9:07.78

3000 Steeplechase

Mathew Keitany – 3, 9:18.44

Javelin

Nicholas Stanislaus – 4, 41.54m

Long Jump

Kyle Stewart – 1, 7.21m

4×100 Relay

(Bowman, Sutton, Ross, Stewart) – 4, 42.15

4×400 Relay

(Lyons, Sutton, Opiew, Bowman) – 2, 3:23.22

(Ross, Faulkner, Momodu, Keitany) – 3, 3:41.41

WOMEN’S RESULTS

800m

Brittany Page – 7, 2:31.52

1500m

Kyra Young – 9, 4:58.38

Javelin

Giorgia Fino – 6, 35.24m

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1878       Providence Gray outfielder Paul Hines becomes the first player to execute an unassisted triple play after making a shoestring catch in left-center field and stepping on third, retiring both runners who had passed the base. The runners were out due to the rules used at the time.

1906       At Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, coming off the bench, goes deep twice after being asked by his manager Connie Mack to replace an outfielder in the sixth inning of Philadelphia’s 11-4 victory over Boston. The Hall of Fame hurler’s home runs, a seventh-inning solo shot, and a three-run blast in the ninth are both inside-the-park round-trippers given up by Jesse Tannehill.

1926       A three-alarm blaze burns down Fenway’s grandstand roof and left-field bleachers. The Red Sox, desperately in need of cash, use most of the insurance proceeds to pay for operations, leaving a vacant lot where the bleachers once stood.

1929       Giants’ hurler Carl Hubbell becomes the first left-hander in 13 seasons to throw a no-hitter when he beats the Pirates, 11-0. The 26-year-old southpaw, in only his second season in the majors, will post an 18-6 record for the third-place club.

1930       At Forbes Field, future Hall of Fame infielder Freddie Lindstrom completes the cycle when he doubles in the seventh inning of the Giants’ 13-10 victory over Pirates. The contest marks the 24-year-old third baseman’s second five-hit game of the young season, having also accomplished the feat in the campaign’s fifth game.

1935       Reds’ catcher Ernie Lombardi hits four consecutive doubles in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings off four different hurlers. The slow-footed catcher’s quartet of two-baggers helps Cincinnati rout Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl, 15-4.

1942       In the first of sixteen Army-Navy Twilight Relief Games involving every major league club, New York’s two National League teams raise nearly $60,000, with admission charged for everyone entering the park, including players, umpires, writers, ushers, and vendors. Dolph Camilli’s seventh-inning homer proves to be the difference in the exhibition contest when the Dodgers edge the Giants, 7-6, in front of one of the largest crowds in the history of Ebbets Field.

1948       The Senators snap a 36-inning scoreless streak, tallying a run in the final frame of their 6-1 loss to Cleveland at Griffith Stadium. Washington avoids being shut out for the fourth consecutive game when Tribe starter Gene Bearden issues four walks to force in a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

1961       The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc. announces the New York National League franchise’s team nickname will be the Mets. Other names considered included the Avengers, Burros (a play on the word boroughs), Continentals, Islanders, Jets, Rebels, Skyliners, and owner Joan Payson’s first choice, the Meadowlarks.

1961       The Yankees deal fireballer Ryne Duren and reliever Johnny James and outfielder/first baseman Lee Thomas to the Angels for right-hander Tex Clevenger and outfielder Bob Cerv, who is joining the Bronx Bombers for the third time. During his two seasons with the Halos, Duren will post a disappointing 8-21 record and sets an AL record, striking out seven consecutive batters shortly after joining the team.

1966       Orioles’ outfielder Frank Robinson becomes the first (and only) player to hit a home run entirely out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. The 451-foot wind-assisted blast, which clears the fifty rows of the left-field seats near the foul pole, before rolling to a stop 540 feet from home plate, comes off a fastball thrown by Indians’ starter Luis Tiant who hadn’t given up an earned run on the season.

1966       The last game is played at Busch Stadium, known for most of its existence as Sportsman’s Park. The 64-year-old ballpark, which served as the home field for the American League’s Browns until the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1954, was also the home for the Cardinals from 1920 until today’s final contest, a 10-5 loss to San Francisco.

1968       Catfish Hunter hurls the first American League perfect game in forty-six years when the A’s defeat the usually heavy-hitting Twins, 4-0, in front of only 6,298 Oakland fans. The last Junior Circuit hurler to retire 27 consecutive batters in a regular-season game was White Sox right-hander Charlie Robertson, who accomplished the feat against Detroit in 1922.

1971       Willie Mays (634) and Hank Aaron (604) both hit round-trippers in the Braves’ 5-2 victory over the Giants at Candlestick Park. It is the first time in baseball history two players with 600 career homers go deep in the same game.

1971       The A’s trade first baseman Don Mincher, who started his career in the nation’s capital in 1960, to Washington, adding the 32-year-old first baseman to a small list of major leaguers to have played for both the original and expansion Senators. The veteran infielder will become the only person to play for each franchise when both teams depart from the District of Columbia, 11 seasons apart, making him both an original Minnesota Twin and an original Texas Ranger.

1973       Bob Gibson starts his 242nd straight game, breaking a major league established in 1947 by right-hander Red Ruffing pitching the Yankees and White Sox. The competitive Cardinals’ right-hander, who will extend the mark to 303 before appearing in relief in 1975, is tagged with the loss in the team’s 9-7 defeat to the Giants at Candlestick Park.

1973       Ralph Miller, the last nineteenth-century ballplayer, dies in Cincinnati at 100 years of age. The right-hander compiled a 5-17 record appearing in 29 National League games for the 1898 Bridegrooms and 1899 Orioles.

1973       On a rainy night at Shea Stadium, the seventh-inning line drive off the bat of Atlanta’s Marty Perez strikes Jon Matlack’s forehead so hard that the ball ricochets into the Mets dugout. Fortunately, the 23-year-old southpaw sustains only a hairline fracture of his skull and will return to the mound on May 19th to blank the Bucs for six innings at Pittsburgh.

1973       After the ejection of Whitey Lockman in the 11th inning of a Jack Murphy Stadium contest place, Ernie Banks fills in for the departed Cubs’ skipper in the team’s 3-2 overtime victory over the Padres. The Chicago coach technically becomes the first black to manage a major league team.

1979       Ranger right-hander Ed Farmer becomes a one-man wrecking crew when his fifth-inning pitch fractures Al Cowens’ jaw, causing the outfielder to miss 21 games. In the first inning of the Arlington Stadium contest, the Texas starter also hit the leadoff batter Frank White with a pitch that will keep the Kansas City second baseman on the shelf for 33 games with a broken wrist.

1984       Kirby Puckett collects four singles in his first major league game, helping Minnesota beat the Angels, 5-0. The 24-year-old Twins’ rookie, a future Hall of Famer, will finish his 12-year major league career with a lifetime .318 batting average.

1984       The White Sox and Brewers begin the lengthiest game in major league history, needing 8 hours and 6 minutes to complete the Comiskey Park contest. The 25-inning marathon, suspended after the 17th frame, ends tomorrow with the White Sox winning, 7-6, on a Harold Baines walk-off homer off Chuck Porter.

1992       “I started out slow and ended up slower. I was cussing (third-base coach) Tommy Spencer when he waved me home. I would have settled for a triple and two RBIs.”- BUTCH HENRY, Astros’ pitcher commenting on his inside-the-park home run. Astro southpaw Butch Henry becomes the first player to stroke an inside-the-park home run for his first hit in the major leagues when his sinking line drive gets past left fielder Barry Bonds. The historic three-run homer, which Doug Drabek of the Pirates gives up, will be the only round-tripper the Houston hurler will ever hit during his seven-year career.

1994       The Colorado Silver Bullets become the first women’s team to play a men’s professional team. The Northern League’s All-Stars beat the ladies, 19-0, with Leon Durham hitting two homers and Oil Can Boyd making the start for the All-Stars.

Amazon The Colorado Silver Bullets for the Love of the Game: Women Who Go Toe-To-Toe With the Men

1997       Twenty-year-old Ryan Jaroncyk, the Mets’ hard-working first-round draft pick of the Mets in 1995, retires from baseball, citing he finds the game boring. The healthy, introspective athletic graduate of Orange Glen High School (Escondido, CA), who the team had hoped to be their shortstop of the future, leaves the franchise after receiving an $850,000 signing bonus, which the club will not ask their former player to return.

1998       Cardinal Mark McGwire reaches the 400th career home run mark. Big Red’s historic milestone comes in 4,727 at-bats (127 fewer at-bats than Babe Ruth), which is the least amount of plate appearances ever needed to reach the mark.

2000       Brothers Jason and Jeremy Giambi each hit a home run in the A’s 9-8 loss to Anaheim at Edison Field. The siblings’ round-trippers mark the first of four times the Oakland teammates will accomplish the feat.

2000       John Rocker balks when the ball falls out of his glove, resulting in a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Marlins at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium. The Braves closer’s ninth-inning miscue, with two outs and a 2-2 count on Cliff Floyd, plates Danny Bautista from third with the winning run.

2001       Diamondback southpaw fireballer Randy Johnson joins Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood as the only pitchers to strike out 20 batters in nine innings, with the deed not officially recognized as tying a record, at first, because the contest against the Reds goes extra innings. After being pulled in the ninth, the three-time Cy Young Award winner does not get an opportunity to break Tom Cheney’s major league mark of 21 strikeouts recorded by the 27-year-old Senator right-hander in a 16-inning contest on September 12, 1962, against the Orioles.

2004       The Rangers, trailing 14-4 in the middle of the hour-long fifth inning at the Ballpark in Arlington, rally to beat the Tigers in ten innings, 16-15. Texas overcomes the double-digit deficit when the team tallies ten times in the bottom of the fifth inning after allowing eight runs in the top of the frame.

2009       At Camden Yards, Alex Rodriguez takes no time in making his return to the Yankees lineup felt, blasting a three-run home run on the very first pitch he has seen this season. The third baseman’s Ruthian blast, which comes off a 98-mph fastball thrown by Baltimore’s right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, helps to snap the Yankees’ five-game losing streak when they beat the Orioles, 4-0.

2009       Stephen M. Ross, the owner of the Dolphins’ football franchise and the stadium in which the NFL team and Marlins play their games, and singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett announced a unique branding partnership that renames the ballpark Land Shark Stadium. The joint venture, bringing together Buffett’s Margaritaville and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Land Shark Lager, is reportedly for only eight months, with the name reverting to Dolphin Stadium unless another naming rights deal happens before Super Bowl XLIV and the 2010 Pro Bowl.

2010       Jody Gerut, who had a total of four hits this season before the game, becomes the sixth Brewer to complete a cycle when he strokes a two-run ninth inning-double in Milwaukee’s 17-3 rout of the Diamondbacks. The 32-year-old outfielder, the first Brewer to accomplish the feat since Chad Moeller in 2004, hit a solo home run in the second inning, singled in the third, and added a triple in the fifth frame in the Chase Field contest.

2011       In all of the American League contests played today, one team in each of the seven games scores exactly five runs. The last time that such a statistical happenstance occurred was on August 10, 1993, when seven NL teams score exactly two runs in each of the scheduled games.

2011       Mike Scioscia becomes the 23rd manager in major league history to reach 1,000 victories with one team when the Angels beat Cleveland at the Big A, 6-5. During his dozen seasons in the Halo dugout, the 52-year-old skipper has been named the American League Manager of the Year twice, in 2002, when the team won their only World Series, and again in 2009.

2012       Josh Hamilton becomes the 16th major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game when he blasts an 0-2 pitch over the Camden Yards centerfield fence in the eighth inning of the Rangers’ 10-3 victory over Baltimore. The Texas outfielder, who connected each time with a man on base, also hits a double to set the American League’s single-game record for total bases with 18, one shy of Shawn Green’s major league mark of 19 established in 2002 with the Dodgers.

2012       The New York State Senate congratulates Mr. Met with a voice-approved resolution, honoring the larger-than-life bobblehead for being named the best mascot in the U.S. in a fan survey conducted by the Marketing Arm. The Amazins’ spherical symbol of cheer, who defeated the popular Phillie Phanatic in the poll, is commended by the legislative body for having his legacy serve as “a sterling example for all mascots.”

2016       Bryce Harper reaches base seven times without recording an official at-bat due to being hit by a pitch and receiving six free passes. In the Nationals’ 4-3 extra-inning loss at Wrigley Field, Cub hurlers throw 27 pitches, 25 of which are out of the strike zone, to the 23-year-old reigning MVP.

2018       Mariner James Paxton, a native of Ladner, British Columbia, throws the sixth no-hitter in franchise history and the first not in Seattle, beating the Blue Jays, 5-0 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The 29-year-old southpaw becomes the second Canadian to pitch a major league hitless game, a feat first accomplished by Torontonian Dick Fowler in 1945 for A’s.

2019       Ranger center fielder Joey Gallo becomes the fastest player to hit 100 homers in American League history when his 443-foot blast lands in the Allegheny River, a two-run homer in the team’s 9-6 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park. The milestone round-tripper comes in the 25-year-old’s 377th game, surpassing Mark McGwire, who needed 16 additional games to accomplish the feat.

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LIGA MX: PUEBLA VS MAZATLÁN6:00PMTUDN
MLS: AUSTIN VS LA GALAXY7:00PMFS1
NWSL: ANGEL CITY VS ORLANDO PRIDE8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
WNBATIME ETTV
WASHINGTON AT MINNESOTA8:00PMESPN2
SEATTLE AT LAS VEGAS10:00PMESPN2

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES187.72010 – 38 – 410 – 68 – 10 – 09 – 1L 1
TAMPA BAY1810.6431.59 – 79 – 35 – 12 – 49 – 48 – 2W 6
TORONTO1712.586310 – 67 – 68 – 61 – 28 – 45 – 5L 1
BALTIMORE1016.3858.57 – 63 – 104 – 82 – 23 – 44 – 6W 2
BOSTON1018.3579.54 – 86 – 105 – 114 – 51 – 23 – 7L 4
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA1711.60710 – 47 – 76 – 57 – 24 – 27 – 3W 2
CHI WHITE SOX1313.50037 – 66 – 74 – 13 – 94 – 37 – 3W 5
CLEVELAND1314.4813.56 – 57 – 92 – 45 – 23 – 46 – 4W 1
KANSAS CITY815.3486.56 – 92 – 60 – 37 – 60 – 33 – 7L 1
DETROIT818.30885 – 93 – 92 – 43 – 60 – 32 – 8L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS1811.6219 – 69 – 53 – 36 – 26 – 56 – 4L 1
HOUSTON1711.6070.58 – 49 – 72 – 43 – 011 – 68 – 2W 6
SEATTLE1216.4295.57 – 55 – 111 – 56 – 44 – 51 – 9L 6
TEXAS1014.4175.54 – 96 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 95 – 5W 4
OAKLAND1017.37074 – 96 – 87 – 70 – 51 – 21 – 9L 8
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS199.6799 – 510 – 410 – 52 – 17 – 36 – 4W 1
MIAMI1314.4815.56 – 77 – 78 – 21 – 22 – 74 – 6W 1
ATLANTA1316.4486.57 – 86 – 84 – 65 – 43 – 45 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA1115.42378 – 83 – 73 – 81 – 25 – 25 – 5L 4
WASHINGTON1019.3459.53 – 117 – 83 – 71 – 35 – 84 – 6W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE199.67910 – 49 – 53 – 214 – 50 – 18 – 2L 1
ST. LOUIS1611.5932.57 – 59 – 63 – 36 – 44 – 36 – 4L 1
PITTSBURGH1115.42375 – 76 – 83 – 16 – 111 – 23 – 7W 1
CHI CUBS917.34694 – 105 – 71 – 25 – 72 – 42 – 8L 4
CINCINNATI423.14814.52 – 82 – 152 – 22 – 60 – 131 – 9L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS187.72010 – 28 – 52 – 16 – 06 – 57 – 3W 5
SAN DIEGO1810.6431.58 – 510 – 54 – 38 – 15 – 57 – 3L 1
COLORADO1611.593311 – 55 – 64 – 65 – 23 – 26 – 4W 1
SAN FRANCISCO1512.55647 – 78 – 57 – 62 – 22 – 33 – 7W 1
ARIZONA1414.5005.56 – 88 – 67 – 62 – 24 – 57 – 3L 1