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No. 2 Ohio State wears down No. 5 Notre Dame 21-10

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) With its vaunted offense bogged down, No. 2 Ohio State leaned on its revamped defense in a top-five opener against a former Buckeye that tested its toughness.

C.J. Stroud threw two touchdown passes and Ohio State shut out No. 5 Notre Dame over the final 42 minutes in a gritty 21-10 victory on Saturday night.

“The story of the night was the defense, to turn around and play the way they did after what’s been said about them in the off-season, questioning their toughness, and play the way they did against the No. 5 team in the country … I thought the energy was off the charts for the defense tonight,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said.

The first regular-season meeting of the storied programs since 1996 was a homecoming for first-year Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman. The former Buckeyes linebacker has made a meteoric rise to lead the Fighting Irish at the age of 36.

Freeman is 0-2 as a head coach after losing a bowl game just weeks after being named Brian Kelly’s successor.

The Irish hung with the high-scoring Buckeyes for most of three quarters, frustrating Heisman Trophy finalist Stroud and putting together a couple of first-half scoring drives.

“We battled for two and a half quarters, but then they scored with 17 seconds left in the third and we didn’t respond,” Freeman said.

Ohio State’s defense, too generous against the run last season, put the clamps on the Irish and new starting quarterback Tyler Buchner in the second half.

“We were called soft all last year and we had to sit there and just eat,” Ohio State defensive back Lathan Ransom said.

Day turned over his defensive staff in the offseason, bringing in Jim Knowles from Oklahoma State to be coordinator.

How quickly the Buckeyes would pick up a scheme that is considered more complicated and multiple than the one they have been running was an open question.

Looked good in game one. The Irish managed just 253 yards and punted on their last six possessions. Tommy Eichenberg had two of Ohio State’s three sacks.

“We got a lot to prove. And everyone just played extremely confident, too,” Eichenberg said.

The Irish D could only hold up for so long.

On a third-and-long, Notre Dame brought multiple blitzers and Ohio State gave Stroud plenty of time to find Xavier Johnson open down the vacated deep middle for a 24-yard score. That put the Buckeyes up 14-10 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

On its next drive, Ohio State asserted itself. The Buckeyes went 95 yards on 14 plays, killing seven minutes off the clock and making it 21-10 on a 1-yard surge by Miyan Williams.

Williams ran for 84 yards on 14 carries and TreVeyon Henderson had 91 on 15 attempts.

Ohio State led the nation in scoring and yards per play last season, but for much of the night it was a slog for Stroud. And Day seemed thrilled to see his team endure.

“We wanted to be known as something other than talented,” Day said.

Playing mostly without star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who took a hard hit on the first series, Stroud threw for 223 yards, including a 31-yard TD to Emeka Egbuka to make it 7-3 in the first quarter.

But that was it for the Buckeyes in the first half.

Buchner and the Irish responded with a long drive capped by Audric Etime’s 1-yard touchdown leap in the second quarter to put the Irish up 10-7.

That’s how it went to the half. Things could not have gone much better for Freeman to that point in his return to Ohio Stadium, but it turned out that was as good as it would get.


Notre Dame: Buchner completed his first eight passes and then went 2 for 10 the rest of the way. The Irish got creative and made some big catches in the first half to move the ball, but ran out of answers.

“Ohio State’s a really talented team, they’re defense is awesome and you can’t give the ball back to their offense, so when it wasn’t clicking in the second half, it killed us,” Buchner said.

Ohio State: Smith-Njigba, last seen setting Rose Bowl records, finished with two catches for 3 yards. The Buckeyes boast receiver room filled with blue-chippers, but it was Johnson, a fifth-year senior and former walk-on, who caught the go-ahead touchdown.

Johnson followed up his first career touchdown with a big tackle on the ensuing kickoff.

“He’s kind of a throwback player,” Day said. “And for him to come in and play in that moment in this game right here, I just couldn’t be happier for him. Because it shows you that good things happen to good people who work hard.”


Ohio State honored its 2002 national championship during a quick on-the-field ceremony in the first half with former coach Jim Tressel and dozens of former players, including Maurice Clarett.

Tressel reluctantly was hoisted on to the shoulders of two former players and the crowd roared.

The first game in the 100th season of Ohio Stadium drew 106,549 fans and attracted LeBron James and his son, Bronny, to the Ohio State sideline. With the NFL season a week away, former Buckeyes Justin Fields and Chase Young were in attendance, too.


Notre Dame: The first home game for Freeman is next week against Marshall.

Ohio State: Toledo visits the Buckeyes.

Bennett, Georgia D lead No. 3 Dawgs to 49-3 rout of Oregon

ATLANTA (AP) Stetson Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, a revamped defense didn’t miss a beat, and No. 3 Georgia looked very much like a team intent of defending its national championship with a 49-3 rout of No. 11 Oregon on Saturday.

Bennett completed 25-of-31 passes with two touchdowns and ran for another score before calling it a day in the third quarter of the season opener, the Bulldogs leading 42-3 and having thoroughly ruined the debut of Oregon coach Dan Lanning.

After spending the last three years as Georgia’s co-defensive coordinator, Lanning got a look at his former team from the opposing sideline in a game played before a predominantly red-clad crowd at the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

One awful performance into his head coaching career, Lanning saw just how far the Ducks have to go.

Bennett, the former walk-on who led a storybook run to Georgia’s first national title since 1980, returned for a sixth college season with a firm grip on the starting job after battling for playing time most of his career.

Bennett picked up where he left off in last year’s College Football Playoff, when he was offensive MVP of both the semifinals and the title game victory over Alabama.

Bennett guided the Bulldogs to the end zone on all six possessions he played. He ran for a 1-yard score and tossed TD passes of 4 yards to Ladd McConkey and 18 yards to Adonai Mitchell.

Carson Beck took over at QB and quickly made it 7 of 7, tossing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Milton for the final margin.

There were some questions about the Georgia defense, which had five players off the 2021 unit selected in the first round of the NFL draft.

Any doubts were quickly put to rest by a swarming group that looked very much like last year’s defense for the ages, making life miserable for new Oregon quarterback Bo Nix.

“One of our mottos is, `No one in our end zone,'” said Georgia safety Christopher Smith, who had an interception.

Nix transferred to Eugene after starting at Auburn the last three seasons. He immediately found himself facing a team he lost to three times while playing in the SEC.

Make it 0-4.

Nix was picked off twice and the only offense he could muster led to Camden Lewis’ 35-yard field goal late in the second quarter.

“That locker room is hurting a little bit,” Lanning said. “But they’re ready to grow.”

Nix’s frustration was evident when he buried his helmet in his hands after a false-start penalty.

Georgia’s day was epitomized by a short pass to Darnell Washington that turned into a big gain when the 6-foot-7, 270-pound tight end shrugged off one defender hitting him high and hurdled another who tried to bring him down low.


Freshman Malaki Starks looks like one of the new stars of the Georgia defense.

He made a brilliant interception while falling backward at the Georgia 8 and wound up leading the team with eight tackles.


Despite his poor showing, Nix has a solid grasp on the Oregon quarterback job.

Nix completed 21 of 37 for just 173 yards, and his second interception was an especially poor decision.

“He forced a throw he didn’t need to force,” Lanning said. “Bo knows that.”

Even though he didn’t name a stating quarterback leading up to the game, Lanning never considered giving someone else a shot.

Nix is still No. 1 on the depth chart.

“Bo’s a leader,” Lanning said. “He’s our quarterback. He did a a good job handling some adverse situations. Now he’s got to figure out how he can improve.”


Oregon: Lanning clearly has a lot of work to do to bring the Ducks up to a truly elite level. While there’s no shame in losing to a team such as Georgia, Oregon expected to be much more competitive in their new coach’s first game.

Georgia: The Bulldogs are off and rolling in defense of their national championship. They weren’t threatened at all by perhaps the toughest team on their schedule until a Nov. 19 game at Kentucky. Bennett added another chapter to his remarkable story, and the Georgia defense still looks stifling even with all those guys in the NFL.


The Bulldogs are more than worthy of their No. 3 ranking. Coach Kirby Smart has built a program that reloads rather than rebuilds.

Oregon is sure to tumble in The Associated Press poll. But at least every game from here on out looks much easier than facing the Bulldogs.


Oregon: Home opener next Saturday against FCS school Eastern Washington.

Georgia: While this seemed like a home game for Georgia, its actual home opener is next Saturday against FCS opponent Sanford.

Richardson shines, Burney seals Florida’s win vs No. 7 Utah

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Standing in the tunnel and waiting to run into the raucous Swamp for the first time, Florida coach Billy Napier turned to an assistant and summed up the moment.

“Can you believe they pay us to do this?” he said.

It seemed like money well spent after the Gators delivered their biggest season-opening victory in more than 50 years.

Anthony Richardson ran for three scores in his second career start, including a 2-yard scamper with 1:25 remaining, and Florida upset seventh-ranked Utah 29-26 on Saturday night to get the Napier era off to a rousing start.

Richardson was the best player on the field most of the night. He really showed up down the stretch, although fifth-year linebacker Amari Burney was the one who sealed the victory for the rebuilding Gators. Burney intercepted Cam Rising’s second-down pass into the end zone with 17 seconds remaining.

“Someone had to make a play, It happened to be me,” Burney said.

That set off a wild celebration for many of the 90,799 in attendance – the 10th most at home in school history. Richardson took a knee from there, and the Gators rushed the field to revel in their 33rd consecutive victory in home season openers. That’s the longest current streak in the nation.

“This group’s got a lot of fight in them,” said Napier, who replaced fired coach Dan Mullen in November. “They’ve got a little bit different edge to them.”

Richardson ran 11 times for 106 yards and was never stopped for a loss. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 168 yards and played turnover-free football.

“He’s going to get his (NFL payday),” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “He’s 6-4, 230 and runs like a 4.3. He’s a terrific player.”

Richardson’s best play? He had an electrifying 2-point conversion early in the fourth quarter that put the Gators up 22-19. He juked former Florida teammate Mohamoud Diabate with a pump fake and then sprinted right by fellow Utah linebacker Lander Barton before throwing a strike to Ja’Quavion Fraziers in the back of the end zone.

Utah answered and briefly took the lead, but Richardson responded. He moved the chains with a third-down throw and again with a fourth-down run, both of which set up his game winner.

“Just trying to make something happen. Glad it worked,” Richardson said.

Rising moved the Utes in position to steal one on the road for a team that entered the season with its highest preseason ranking in school history. But Rising’s last pass was his most important – or costly – of the night.

“It wasn’t Cam’s best throw,” Whittingham said. “I’m sure he’d like that back, but he played great.”

Rising completed 22 of 32 passes for 216 yards, with a touchdown and the turnover. He also ran for 91 more.

Tavion Thomas had 115 yards rushing and a score for Utah, which caught a break when it rained about two hours before kickoff and erased whatever advantage Florida had with sweltering summer heat and humidity.


The difference was Florida’s success and Utah’s failure in the red zone. The Gators scored touchdowns on all three trips into the 20-yard line. The Utes had the late turnover and were stuffed on consecutive downs at the goal line to open the third quarter.

Utah also settled for two first-half field goals, one from 43 yards and another from 31.


Utah: The defending Pac-12 champions showed resiliency on the road, battling back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, the Utes have enough talent and experience to be a factor in the chase for the College Football Playoff.

Florida: The Gators don’t look like they’ll in rebuilding mode for long. Napier’s recruiting has jumped in the last two months and a game like this could do wonders to help him close the gap on Southeastern Conference heavyweights Alabama and Georgia.

“There’s a lot of good energy in the locker room right now,” Richardson said.


Napier showed a bit of modern-day coaching nuance in the first half when he left his team during a timeout to offer millionaire booster Hugh Hathcock a handshake and a partial hug. Hathcock is one of the program’s top donors.

Hathcock, who owns Velocity Automotive Solutions, gave the University Athletic Association a $12.6 million gift in April. Some of the money will be used to renovate Florida’s aging basketball practice facility and some is sure to help the football program. The Gators plan to name a suite tower at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and its basketball complex after Hathcock.


Utah: hosts Southern Utah next Saturday. The in-state teams played once previously, with the Utes winning 24-0 in 2016.

Florida: continues its tough opening stretch when it hosts No. 20 Kentucky to being SEC play next Saturday night.

Jefferson generates 4 TDs to power Arkansas past Cincinnati

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson felt disrespected when he wasn’t named to any preseason all-Southeastern Conference team.

Jefferson’s opening week performance could earn more attention for the player who had the SEC’s second-best touchdown-to-interception ratio last year and was the leading returning rusher at the position in the conference..

Jefferson threw for 223 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 62 yards and a score to lead No. 19 Arkansas to a 31-24 win over No. 23 Cincinnati on Saturday.

“Seems to me like when the game gets a little tighter, a little closer, when he’s really got to take over the game, he’s got the knack to do it,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “Seemed to me like most every time we need him to win the game, he makes some kind of play.

Jefferson established himself as escape-artist of sorts last year, his 240-pound frame proving difficult to take down. Little changed there as most of his yards on the ground came after contact against Cincinnati. Through the air, he built a rapport with tight end Trey Knox who caught two of the three touchdown tosses, including one that was quite literally a toss: a jump-pass from five yards to give Arkansas a 14-0 lead at halftime.

Cincinnati’s Ben Bryant, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, ultimately threw for more yards passing (325) and just one fewer touchdown, but an interception at the Arkansas 20 turned into a Razorbacks score on the next possession.

The pick was one of several mistakes the Bearcats made. Four of Cincinnati’s first-half drives ended in Arkansas territory, but the interception halted one and Ryan Coe missed two field goals, including one from 25 yards, as well.

Cincinnati had pulled within a touchdown on Bryant’s throw to Nick Mardner halfway through the third quarter and then recovered a Jefferson fumble inside his own 10 on the ensuing play. The Bearcats started three yards from the end zone, but four penalties later, including two for delay of game, they managed just a 25-yard field goal.

Arkansas followed with a 32-yard field three minutes later and Jefferson threw his third touchdown on the possession that followed, a 32-yarder to Knox, to rebuild the lead to 14 points.

Knox, a senior, was a starting wide receiver his freshman year and had 28 catches and three touchdowns, but had just seven catches his sophomore season in Pittman’s debut 2020 season. He moved to tight end and caught 20 balls as a junior last season. Saturday he had six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s worked hard at tight end and he believes he’s a tight end. He is. He’s a good one,” Pittman said. “Coming off the field on his second TD and went down their side and I said `You happy you moved to tight end?’ Those are special moments because you never know if it’s going to work out.”

The game was Arkansas’ first Top 25 matchup at home since 2016.

The Razorbacks were 9-4 last season, their best finish since 2011 .

“When Cincinnati was put on the schedule I was saying `why?’ to be honest with you,” Pittman said. “Am I tickled to death that we’re 1-0 and we beat Cincinnati? Yes. I don’t want to play them. We’ve already played them once. That’s plenty.”


Most of Arkansas’ big plays not involving Knox and Jefferson came from players picked up via the transfer portal. Domineck (Georgia Tech) and Drew Sanders (Alabama) had sacks. Dwight McGlothern (LSU) had Arkansas’ interception. Matt Landers (Toledo) started and caught three passes for 43 yards while Haselwood (Oklahoma) had three grabs for 42 yards and the score.


Cincinnati’s rally came in large part because of the passing game. Bryant took advantage of Arkansas losing starting nickel Myles Slusher and starting safety Jalen Catalon late in the second quarter and early in the second half.

The Bearcats’ first touchdown came immediately after Catalon, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection and former freshman All-American, left the game.

Pittman said Slusher should be OK going forward, but he was less sure about Catalon. He did not disclose either injury.


Arkansas’ offense, with Jefferson at quarterback, is SEC worthy. The defense struggled in the second half after losing two starters from the secondary.

Cincinnati had the talent to win the game, but its mistakes were too plentiful against a quality opponent.


Arkansas should find itself comfortably still ranked ahead of its SEC opener next week.

Cincinnati is likely to fall out of the Top 25 despite a fair showing.


Arkansas opens SEC play against South Carolina at home in Week 2. The game will be South Carolina’s first in Fayetteville since 2013.

Cincinnati will host FCS opponent Kennesaw State at Nippert Stadium.

McNamara unhappy after No. 8 Michigan beats Colorado St 51-7

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara had his first opportunity to share thoughts publicly on sharing starting quarterback duties with J.J. McCarthy early this season.

The Big Ten championship winning quarterback and team captain didn’t hold back, making it clear he was surprised coach Jim Harbaugh chose to split who takes the first snap over the first two weeks.

McNamara had a lackluster performance that was made moot by a dominant defense as the eighth-ranked Wolverines routed Colorado State 51-7 Saturday.

The fourth-year player started the opener and is scheduled to sit at the beginning of the Hawaii game next week when McCarthy gets a shot to take the first snap.

“I would definitely say it’s pretty unusual,” said McNamara, sounding surly. “It was kind of a thing that I wasn’t expecting. By the end of camp, I thought I had my best camp and put myself in a good position.”

When it was relayed to Harbaugh that McNamara was not happy, he didn’t seem to be concerned.

“I don’t think I have to manage anything,” Harbaugh said. “I just need to let them go out there and compete and do what they do.”

McNamara began 1 of 5 and finished 9 of 18 for 136 yards, a total boosted by a short pass he threw that Roman Wilson turned into a 61-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. With McNamara under center, the Wolverines stalled at the Rams 13, 8 and 16 and settled for field goals in the first half that ended with them ahead 23-0.

“I thought he had a really good game,” Harbaugh said.

McCarthy made the most of his limited opportunity to play – running for a 20-yard score and going 4 of 4 for 30 yards through the air – and his coach was quick to praise his play.

“He was electric when he got in,” Harbaugh said. “There’s no question about that. He also went through his reads very well. He was super cool, calm and collected.”

Michigan’s defense, which had seven sacks and an interception, contributed to the flurry of scores with DJ Turner’s 45-yard touchdown off a fumble recovery early in the third.

“It’s a little bit of too much, too soon for us to be able to face a team of this quality this early,” coach Jay Norvell said after his Colorado State debut.

The Rams avoided getting shutout midway through the fourth quarter when Clay Millen lofted a 34-yard pass that Tory Horton caught in the end zone to make it 44-7.

Millen, a redshirt freshman, was 16 of 20 for 137 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“Clay took care of the ball offensively, for the most part,” Norvell said. “He had one bad read. For a guy playing his first game I thought he did a lot of good things.”


Colorado State: Norvell, a former Nevada coach, has a lot of work to do with his Mountain West Conference team.

“Overall, I’m not discouraged about our guys at all,” he said. “This is a good football team. They’re pretty different than everybody on our schedule.”

Norvell’s No. 1 task may be to improve how his team protects Millen, who was often pressured when he wasn’t sacked.

Michigan: Harbaugh chose a unique way to handle his quarterbacks, giving both a chance to start over the first two weeks. McCarthy seems set up to keep the job if he flourishes against Hawaii.

“I’ve known McNamara a long time,” Norvell said. “He’s from Reno (Nevada). No. 9 (McCarthy) is athletic. He goes in there and runs the zone read and keeps the drive alive. He’s different. I’ll let Jimmy worry about that.”


The Wolverines may stay where they are in the AP Top 25 after doing what was expected in a game they were favored to win by four-plus touchdowns.


Colorado State: Hosts Middle Tennessee State of Conference USA on Saturday afternoon.

Michigan: Plays its second of four straight home games to start season Saturday night against Hawaii.

Kluber, Rays top Yanks, AL East gap down to 4; Judge 52nd HR

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Slugger Giancarlo Stanton and manager Aaron Boone both say the New York Yankees still control their destiny.

Time might be running out for that, however.

Corey Kluber limited the Yankees to a pair of singles over seven shutout innings and the Tampa Bay Rays withstood Aaron Judge’s 52nd home run, beating New York 2-1 Saturday night to cut their deficit in the AL East to four games.

‘”‘We’re not where we want to be,” Stanton said. “But we’re still in a fine opportunity, so it’s ours for the taking.”

The first-place Yankees, who have seen their 15 1/2-game advantage slip away, have lost six of seven. Tampa Bay blanked them on five hits in the series opener Friday night, a 9-0 loss that Boone called “embarrassing.”

“We have the people to do it,” Boone said about a turnaround. “If we don’t dig ourselves out, you’ll have a great story to write. We’ll going to find out what we’re made of. All the noise, a lot of people out there really mad. What’s our response.”

This was the second of six games between the teams in a 10-day stretch. Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in the third inning and the Rays made it stand up.

“We’re No. 1 in the league in scoring, amazingly as that is,” Boone said. “So, if we don’t turn this around, that will be the story.”

Judge boosted his major league homer lead with a leadoff drive in the ninth inning off Jason Adam. But Adam retired the next three batters for his eighth save.

The blast kept the Yankees from being shut out for the 13th time this season, and seventh over the last 26 games.

Kluber (10-7) struck out four without a walk as the Rays improved their AL-best record since Aug. 3 to 20-9. It was the first time the 36-year old has thrown a pitch in the seventh inning since his no-hitter for the Yankees on May 19, 2021, at Texas.

“We haven’t really gotten too far ahead of ourselves at this point,” Kluber said. “I think we’ll do our best to continue to be that way.”

Peter Fairbanks had a perfect eighth before Adam closed.

Kluber retired 14 in a row before Aaron Hicks reached on a throwing error by second baseman Jonathan Aranda in the sixth and went to second on Judge’s single.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash sent pitching coach Kyle Snyder to talk with Kluber but didn’t get anyone up in the bullpen.

Kluber then escaped damage by striking out DJ LeMahieu and getting a grounder from Giancarlo Stanton.

“We needed it,” Cash said. “These are big series, big pitches, big moments,” Cash said. “You put a lot of pressure on the bullpen. To be able to send him back out there for one extra inning really helps us moving forward.”

Diaz put the Rays up 2-0 on a two-run single in the third that deflected off Clarke Schmidt (5-4) and into right field. Francisco Mejia and Jose Siri singled to start the inning, and both moved up on Taylor Walls’ sacrifice bunt.

Schmidt allowed two runs and four hits over 4 1/3 innings.

New York had runners on the corners with one out in the first when Stanton was thrown out trying to move up to second on a pitch in the dirt. The inning ended when Josh Donaldson hit a grounder.

Stanton had his bat demolished when he hit a third-inning grounder off a 90-mph pitch from Kluber.

Yankees prospect Oswald Peraza made his first big league start at shortstop and went 0 for 3. He struck out pinch-hitting during the ninth in his debut Friday.


LF Andrew Benintendi went on the 10-day IL with right wrist inflammation after getting hurt on a swing Friday. Boone said there will be additional tests to narrow down what the injury is.

Rays: SS Wander Franco (right hamate bone-hand soreness) is set to join Triple-A Durham Sunday.


Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (4-11) will make his sixth start Sunday since being acquired from Oakland. He is 0-2 with a 7.01 ERA in his first outings.

Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (1-8) will start Sunday or follow an opener.

Cease comes within 1 out of no-hitter, ChiSox rout Twins

CHICAGO (AP) Dylan Cease had fans on their feet, hoping he would get that final out and complete the no-hitter.

The White Sox’s ace would have loved nothing more than to deliver. Instead, his bid ended just a little short.

Cease came within one out of his first career no-hitter, and the streaking Chicago White Sox pounded the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Saturday night.

Cease got a huge ovation when he came out to start the ninth. With fans standing, he struck out Caleb Hamilton swinging on a 1-2 slider and retired Gilberto Celestino on a fly to center.

Luis Arraez, who leads the American League with a .318 average, then dumped a line-drive single into right-center on a 1-1 pitch, ending Cease’s bid for Chicago’s third no-hitter in as many years. Lucas Giolito tossed one against Pittsburgh in 2020, and Carlos Rodon did it against Cleveland on April 14, 2021.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing,” Cease said. “But that’s the game.”

After a meeting on the mound, Cease struck out Kyle Garlick to finish his first career nine-inning complete game. He threw a seven-inning shutout against Detroit in 2021.

Teammates lined up outside the dugout and high-fived Cease as he walked off. Fans chanted “Cease! Cease!” during a TV interview and showered him with more cheers as he left.

“It would have meant a lot,” Cease said. “It’s obviously an incredibly difficult feat to achieve. It definitely would have meant a lot.”

Cease said he didn’t feel he had his sharpest stuff in the early going. He didn’t strike out anyone until the fifth inning, but wound up with seven in the game. The right-hander threw 103 pitches, 68 for strikes.

Cease walked Jake Cave in the third and Gilberto Celestino in the sixth for Minnesota’s only other baserunners. Cave was erased when Gary Sanchez bounced into a double play. Celestino was stranded when Cease struck out Arraez.

Catcher Seby Zavala said he started thinking about a no-hitter in the third inning.

“I started counting outs,” he said. “I felt like we had something going on.”

Minnesota’s Gio Urshela said Arraez was just the person to break up the bid.

“Yeah, he’s the perfect guy for that situation if you want to break a no-hitter,” he said. “That was the perfect guy for that.”


Eloy Jimenez, Romy Gonzalez and Elvis Andrus homered as the White Sox rolled to their fourth straight win after losing 10 of 12. The defending AL Central champions moved within two games of division leader Cleveland and one of second-place Minnesota.

“Obviously, this shows how much fight we still have in us,” Cease said.

Jimenez connected for a three-run shot in the first against Tyler Mahle (6-8). Gonzalez added his first career homer in the fourth, a three-run shot off Aaron Sanchez. Elvis Andrus tacked on a grand slam against position player Nick Gordon in the eighth.

Following his memorable drive, Gonzalez had a big grin as he bumped forearms with Josh Harrison after crossing the plate and traded high fives with teammates in the dugout.

Chicago is 4-1 with bench coach Miguel Cairo filling in for ailing manager Tony La Russa. The Hall of Fame skipper is in Arizona tending to an unspecified medical condition.


The Twins lost their third straight after winning five in a row. They also dropped their seventh consecutive road game.

Mahle lasted two innings in his first start since Aug. 17. The right-hander exited because of inflammation in his right shoulder – the same injury that had sidelined him.


The Twins optioned left-hander Jovani Moran to Triple-A St. Paul to make room for Mahle.


Twins: RHP Sonny Gray said he was feeling better, though still experiencing some tightness in his right hamstring after exiting Friday’s start. He is scheduled to pitch Wednesday, when the Twins visit the New York Yankees.

White Sox: Cairo said CF Luis Robert was expected to rejoin the team in time for Sunday’s game after traveling to Florida for the birth of his second child – a boy. Robert has been used as a pinch runner and defensive replacement lately while recovering from a sore left wrist. … Cairo said he hopes RHP Michael Kopech (strained left knee) returns during the team’s seven-game trip to Seattle and Oakland that starts Monday. … Cairo also said 3B Yoan Moncada (strained left hamstring) is just about ready to return. He is eligible to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Monday.


The series wraps up with White Sox RHP Lucas Giolito (10-8, 5.27 ERA) opposing Minnesota RHP Dylan Bundy (7-6, 4.53 ERA). Giolito is 1-2 with a 7.98 ERA in his past three starts. Bundy has dominated the White Sox, with a career 6-0 record and 3.47 ERA in eight starts and nine appearances. He is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts against them this year.

Ray eats bug, Mariners win 6th in row, 4-0 over Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) Robbie Ray swallowed a bug, and ate up the Guardians again.

Ray started September the way he finished August with six solid innings as the Seattle Mariners won their sixth straight, 4-0 on Saturday night over a slumping Cleveland club searching for a spark.

Ray (12-8), who won the AL Cy Young Award last year with Toronto, went 3-0 in five starts last month. The left-hander allowed six hits, but not a costly one against Cleveland. He pitched seven scoreless innings against the AL Central-leading Guardians in a win last week.

Early in this outing, Ray was between pitches when a bug flew into this mouth.

“I ate one about a month ago in the backyard playing with the kids but never in a game before,” he said, smiling. “It kind of just went all the way down. I was taking a deep breath in and just sucked it in. It caught me off guard a little bit.

“That’s a first for sure.”

After Ray through 87 pitches on a heavy, humid night, Seattle’s bullpen took over and finished off the shutout with Matt Brash, Andres Munoz and Paul Sewald working one inning apiece.

Seattle, trying to end a 20-season playoff drought, currently holds one of the AL’s three wild-card spots and has won 13 of 17.

The Guardians lost their fourth straight and have been shut out in three of them. They’ve scored just one run in their last four games and have failed to score in four of six.

Fortunately for the Guardians, they’re still leading the division by one game over Minnesota, which was beaten 13-0 by the suddenly surging Chicago White Sox, who are only two back.

Cleveland had some chances, but stranded nine runners and hit a few balls right at Seattle fielders.

Manager Terry Francona isn’t panicking.

“I do know the best way to get out of it is just to keep battling like crazy,” he said. “Give yourself enough chances. We’ll get it. We’ll figure it out. It’s not a whole lot of fun right now. No one’s showing up to not score and lose.

“But the only way I know to do it right is to just to keep fighting and keep clawing and don’t give up.”

Mariners first baseman Ty France homered in the first inning off rookie Xzavion Curry (0-1), who struggled with control in his second career start and was pulled in the fifth after walking the bases loaded.

The Guardians put together two threats against Ray, but he was able to work out of them both times – retiring rookie Tyler Freeman twice.

After giving up a pair of singles in the third, Ray got Freeman to bounce into an inning-ending double play. Then with runners at first and third and two outs in the fifth, Ray struck out Freeman with All-Star Jose Ramirez waiting on deck.

“They put the ball in play and I just felt like tonight we were able to make them hit the pitches that I wanted them to hit,” Ray said. “The big double play there was huge and a couple timely strikeouts. But for the most part, it was them hitting balls at guys.”

France put the Mariners up 1-0 just seven pitches into the game with his 18th homer, a towering shot onto the pedestrian plaza in left field.

Seattle added an unearned run in the second, set up by two walks and fielding error, when Curry walked Mitch Haniger with the bases full to force in a run. The Mariners, however, blew a chance for a big inning when Eugenio Suarez lined to third.

Curry couldn’t find the plate in the fifth, walking three straight before manager Terry Francona took the ball. Cal Raleigh then delivered an RBI single off Nick Sandlin, who walked J.P. Crawford to put the Mariners up 4-0.

That was more than enough for Ray, who followed a solid outing by Luis Castillo with one of his own. In four starts against Cleveland in the last week, Ray and Castillo have allowed one run in 25 innings with 24 strikeouts.

Ray agreed that he and Castillo can be a lethal combo in the postseason.

“You’ve seen what he’s done and I feel like us back to back is a good combination against anybody,” he said.


Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (broken hand) will be re-examined in one week. Dr. Thomas Graham concurred with the team’s diagnosis of a non-displaced fracture and suggested Plesac kept his hand immobilized in a splint. Plesac got hurt when he punched the ground in frustration after giving up a homer in Seattle last week.


Mariners: RHP George Kirby (6-3, 3.16 ERA) was the AL’s Rookie of the Month for August, going 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. Kirby has walked one or fewer batters in each of his 19 starts, the longest streak to begin a career in history.

Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (11-5, 3.50) is unbeaten since July 5 – a span of 10 starts – and has been Cleveland’s most dependable starter. He’s 12-0 in 39 career games at Progressive Field and has gone 31 straight home starts without a loss.

Urias sharp, Dodgers unload in rout of Padres

LOS ANGELES (AP) Julio Urias continued to solidify his spot atop the Dodgers’ rotation while Mookie Betts hit one of Los Angeles’ four home runs in a 12-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night that ended their three-game losing streak.

Trea Turner, Justin Turner and Will Smith also homered as the Dodgers ended their first skid of three games since they were swept by San Francisco in June. Betts’ home run was his career-best 33rd.

Manny Machado homered for the Padres, who had won four in a row.

Urias (15-7) gave up just one run on two hits over six innings to earn the win for the 11th time in his last 13 starts to go along with a loss and a no-decision. In the process, he has moved atop a talented rotation that has been forced to make adjustments.

Staff ace Walker Buehler is out for the season after Tommy John surgery, Clayton Kershaw is just returning from his second injured list stint and All-Star Tony Gonsolin is on the IL with a forearm strain.

A 20-game winner from a season ago, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has expressed comfort in having Urias head the staff into October.

“We’re putting ourselves in the situation where we can set the (playoff) rotation but he’s a top end guy,” Roberts said. “Every year he’s gotten better and has earned that potential opportunity.”

The Dodgers staked Urias to an early lead against Sean Manaea (7-8). Betts led off the bottom of the first with a triple on a ball that was misplayed by Padres right fielder Juan Soto. Turner followed with his 19th homer.

Los Angeles made it 3-0 in the third on Smith’s RBI double.

Betts connected for a three-run homer in the fourth. It gave him one more home run than he had in his American League MVP season of 2018.

“It’s been an up-and-down year and I don’t know how I got to where I am,” Betts said about his home run total. “I’m just enjoying it.”

Manaea gave up eight runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings while allowing three home runs. He has a 15.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season and has given up a combined 14 runs in consecutive starts against the Kansas City Royals and Dodgers.

Padres manager Bob Melvin was asked if a change in roles could be upcoming for Manaea down the stretch.

“I don’t make decisions like that after games,” Melvin said. “He has performed really well for us. A couple of outings (ago) he had a real good outing. He hasn’t (done it) for a stretch here, but my confidence in him has not waned.”

The Dodgers built the lead to 8-0 in the fifth on a two-run homer by Justin Turner, his 10th.

Machado hit a solo home run for the Padres in the sixth, his 26th. Los Angeles answered with four more in the bottom half on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single and a three-run homer from Smith, his 20th.

Dodgers infielder Hanser Alberto made his eighth appearance on the mound this season, recording his first career strikeout in the ninth when he fanned Josh Bell. He also hit a triple in the sixth inning.

“Having Hanser man, he’s that catalyst in the clubhouse that keeps us all loose, keeps us having fun,” Betts said. “He’s always dancing, always making us smile. He’s just a very important person to have.”


Dodgers RHP Blake Treinen pitched a perfect seventh inning in his return to the club. Treinen had just three prior outings this season and had not pitched since April 14 because of a partial tear in the front of his shoulder capsule.

Treinen, who has served as the Dodgers setup man in recent seasons, was experiencing a dip in velocity during a recent rehab outing but hit 98 mph on the radar gun with one of his five pitches against the Padres.

“I think he was excited to get that first one under his belt after being down for so long,” Roberts said. “To have it clean, see some 98 and see soft contact, that’s what he does.”


Padres: INF Brandon Drury was not in the starting lineup one day after he was hit by a pitch in the flap that extends over his face from his helmet. While Drury had a bruise on the side of his face, he was not seriously injured.

Dodgers: LHP David Price is expected to go in the injured list before Sunday’s game, Roberts said, with left-wrist inflammation. … INF/OF Gavin Lux received a cortisone shot to help with neck and upper back discomfort, leaving him unavailable for the remainder of the series. . RHPs Gonsolin (forearm) and Brusdar Graterol (elbow) had MRIs that came back clean. Neither pitcher has a timetable for a return.


Padres: RHP Mike Clevinger (5-5, 3.59 ERA) gave up five runs at Los Angeles in a start last month.

Dodgers: LHP Caleb Ferguson (1-0, 1.85) will serve as the opener with RHP Ryan Pepiot (2-0, 4.02) expected to be called up and pitch the bulk of the innings.

French tennis player accuses former coach of sexual assault

NEW YORK (AP) A professional tennis player from France who reached a career-high ranking of No. 39 last year has accused her former coach of rape and sexual assault.

The French Tennis Federation said in a statement Saturday that it is “standing by” Fiona Ferro, a 25-year-old who lost in qualifying at the U.S. Open last week, “in the proceedings she has initiated against her former coach, Pierre Bouteyre.”

The federation added that it “is examining the possibility of filing a civil lawsuit in this case.”

Ferro wrote on social media about her accusation against Bouteyre and said, “I did not consent.”

“I have full confidence in the justice system of my country and confirm that I do not wish to make any other statement on the criminal investigation,” Ferro said.

The Associated Press typically does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly, which Ferro has done.

Ferro is the latest female tennis player to bring attention to the issue of protecting athletes from predatory coaches.

“We applaud Fiona for having the courage to come forward with these allegations. We are pleased to see a full investigation and legal process being pursued,” a WTA spokesperson said via an emailed statement on Saturday. “The WTA is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment across our tour. Safeguarding requires vigilance, and we are continuing to invest in education, training, and resources to improve our efforts.”

After winning her third-round match at the U.S. Open on Saturday, two-time Australian Open champion Viktoria Azarenka was asked about the manipulation and exploitation of young players by coaches.

She said the WTA player council, of which she’s a member, considers safeguarding a “No. 1 subject … because we see those vulnerable young ladies that (are) getting taken advantage of in different situations.”

Mentioning Ferro, Azarenka said: “I applaud her for being brave. I hope this situation, she’s going to come out of it stronger and tennis is not ruined for her because of that. That’s, I think, a very, very heavy topic. But it’s the topic that has to come out more.”

In March, a tennis player held a news conference after suing the U.S. Tennis Association, saying the governing body failed to protect her from a coach who she says sexually abused her at one of its training centers when she was 19.

Kylie McKenzie said that coach Anibal Aranda touched her inappropriately at the USTA’s training center in Orlando, Florida, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in central Florida. The lawsuit says Aranda, who was employed by the USTA for about seven years and later fired, used his position as a USTA coach to get access to vulnerable female athletes.

In April, former tennis player Pam Shriver, now a TV commentator, revealed in a first-person account published by British newspaper The Telegraph that she “had an inappropriate and damaging relationship with my much older coach” that began when she was 17 and he was 50.

After word of Ferro’s accusation emerged, Shriver tweeted: “Sending my best support to Fiona Ferro. The best way to improve safeguarding, is to tell our stories.”

Ferro has two career titles and reached the fourth round of the 2020 French Open for the best Grand Slam showing of her career. She is ranked 259th currently.

“We would like to express our support for Fiona Ferro, while respecting the presumption of innocence, at a time that we know is particularly difficult for her,” said Gilles Moretton, president of the French federation. “The FFT’s sports integrity unit is currently assisting her and we will do everything we can to help her rebuild her life.”

Gooch has 1-shot lead over Niemann in LIV Golf Boston event

BOLTON, Mass. (AP) Talor Gooch had a 5-under 65 on a day of low scoring and most players wearing shorts, building a one-shot lead Saturday over newcomer Joaquin Niemann after two rounds of the LIV Golf Invitational-Boston.

Gooch was among the first players to sign up with the Saudi-funded league and has finished in the top 10 in all three of the series.

He was at 12-under 198 and will start the third and final round Sunday on the first hole with Niemann and Dustin Johnson (63).

Johnson also has finished in the top 10 in all three LIV Golf events.

“I’ve been playing solid I feel like every week. Each round I’ve felt like I’m doing the right things. Eventually it’s all going to come together,” said Johnson, whose last victory was the Saudi International in February 2021. “The game is definitely in good form, and I like the direction it’s heading in.”

The most improved award goes to Sihwan Kim. He opened with an 87 in the first round, including a 10 on the 16th hole. Saturday was a different story. Kim was 24 shots better with a 63 to match the low round of the day.

Even with such low scoring at The International, most of the contenders felt as though they could have gone lower. Gooch missed a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th and had to settle for a one-shot lead.

“There’s some more meat on the bone out there,” Gooch said. “You don’t take good rounds for granted but you also aren’t satisfied. You know you can go get some more juice out of the squeeze, so hopefully we can do that tomorrow.”

Niemann, the 23-year-old from Chile, signed with LIV Golf this week after completing the Tour Championship in Atlanta. He will try to join Henrik Stenson (New Jersey) and Charl Schwartzel (London) as players winning their first LIV event.

Another newcomer, British Open champion Cameron Smith, had an eagle on the par-5 closing hole for the second straight day. This one only kept him in the game. That eagle allowed him to break par at 69 and left him five shots behind.

Players were allowed to wear shorts, though not everyone did. And not everyone will.

Johnson rarely wore shorts on the PGA Tour when they were allowed in pro-am. He got the message too late, and said he didn’t want to switch in the middle of the tournament. So he plans to be pants again Sunday.

“I’m sure in Bangkok and Jeddah we’ll all be in shorts,” Johnson said, referring to LIV Golf Invitational events in Asia later in the year.

Phil Mickelson ended his streak of nine consecutive rounds in LIV Golf – and 13 overall including the U.S. Open and British Open – without breaking 70. He shot a 68 on Saturday and was tied for 39th in the 48-man field.

Lucy Li starts slow and finishes strong to lead LPGA Tour

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Lucy Li played with a lead for the first time on the LPGA Tour and the 19-year-old was up to the task Saturday, recovering from a sluggish start for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead in the Dana Open.

Li was 2 over through seven holes and quickly fading from the picture at Highland Meadows when she responded with five birdies over the next 10 holes to regain the lead and set up a final round filled with possibilities.

Lexi Thompson ran off three straight birdies late in the round for a 65, while Caroline Masson of Germany also had a 65. They were one shot behind.

Six other players were three shots back, including Lydia Ko, a two-time tournament winner who had the low round of the day at 64.

“I was probably a little nervous. It wasn’t anything crazy, but haven’t felt nervous in a long time,” Li said. “Actually making those bogeys might have helped a little, just getting that out of the way and knowing that I could just freewheel it out there a little.”

Li was at 14-under 199, and the final group offers a pair of prodigies.

Thompson was 12 when she first qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles. Seven years later, Li broke her record when she qualified for the 2014 Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

“It’ll be great,” Thompson said. “I played with her a little bit – not so much out here. But I think everybody knows how amazing of a player she is. Just speaks wonders to the amount of work that she’s put into her game, just the amount of talent she has.”

Li recalls playing a practice round with Thompson in the `14 Women’s Open.

“She outdrove me by like 60 yards. She probably still outdrives me by 20 yards,” Li said. “I haven’t spent that much time on the LPGA, so I haven’t really gotten to know her that well. She’s a lot – quite a bit older than me.”

Thompson is 27.

This week already has felt like a bonus for the California teen. Li secured her LPGA Tour card for next year with two wins and a runner-up finish on the Epson Tour, which offers LPGA cards to its leading 10 players.

Li received a sponsor’s invitation in Canada last week and tied for ninth in the CP Women’s Open, which got her into the field in Ohio. Now she has a chance to win and join the LPGA Tour for its final two months of the season.

But it will require navigating through a traffic jam of key players, a list that includes four major champions. Also in the mix is Nasa Hataoka, the defending champion, who had a 67 and was part of the big group at 11-under 202.

Equally daunting is Ko, who won at Highland Meadows in 2014 and 2016 and had a great chance in 2020 until a bogey on the par-5 closing hole.

Ko started on the back nine and after a bogey on the 11th, she holed out for eagle on No. 12 and ran off a series of birdies. She had a chance to go even lower on her final hole, the reachable par-4 ninth. But her chip from right of the green didn’t get up the hill, she chipped strong and missed the par putt.

“They moved the tee forward a little on 12 and I was just, `Hit driver off the tee.’ I only a gap wedge,” she said. “It’s not the greatest finish. … I did what I needed to do.”

For Thompson, the No. 7 player in the women’s world ranking, it’s another chance to end more than three years without winning.

“I go into every tournament wanting to win. Yeah, it has not worked out the way I want it to in a few events, but that’s golf,” Thompson said. “I think you never lose; you’re always learning. There is always something to build on and learn from those days.

“It’s golf. I mean, it’s a crazy game. It can be with you one day and not the next.”

Gragson takes rain-delayed Xfinity event at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) Noah Gragson shot past Sheldon Creed on the final lap to defend his Xfinity Series victory at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night.

Gragson, tracking leader Creed, looked like his chance at victory might’ve slipped away when NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson took over second. But as Larson and Creed fought side-by-side, touching several times in the final laps, Gragson moved low around both of them as Creed’s car had a flat tire and gave off sparks against the wall.

Gragson and his team climbed the fence in celebration of his fourth win this season – and the fourth straight Darlington Xfinity win for owner JR Motorsports.

“We won this race here last year and we put on one hell of a show for the fans,” Gragson said.

Gragson, known for getting sick in his car, did it again after his burnout as he was overwhelmed by the fumes.

When Larson got past Gragson with three to go, Gragson thought things would unfold as they did with Creed and Larson bumping-and-grinding enough to give him a chance.

“He watched them race it out and it led to some good fortune,” said Gragson’s owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Creed ended second, followed by A.J. Allmendinger, Justin Allgaier and Larson.

Gragson had led 82 of 147 laps.

The race was red-flagged for 2 hours, 37 minutes after rain hit the track. It ended under the lights.

Larson warmed up for this year’s playoff opener Sunday by running the Xfinity event. Larson got up to third near the end of the opening, 45-lap stage. After hitting wall earlier, Larson apparently ran over debris to flatten his tire and drop a lap down to 35th.

Still, he moved in contention at the end, but just couldn’t clear Creed.

“It was just a lot of fun from all of our seats,” said Larson, who starts defense of his Cup Series title in Sunday’s Southern 500 here. “It was crazy to be part of a finish like that.”

Creed was racing for his first Xfinity win that would put in the playoffs with only two regular-season races remaining.

Creed hoped Larson and Gragson would get caught up racing each other and give him some breathing room.

“Gosh, I was just trying to hold on,” said Creed, a former truck series champion. “I had a really fast car, but was a little too free there to run their speed at the end.”

How difficult is Darlington?

Ty Gibbs and Justin Allgaier bumped each other on a pace lap while heating up their tires for the start.

Then after stage one, Anthony Alfredo and John Hunter Nemechek wrecked in the caution period. Alfredo had significant damage and lost several laps as his crew tried to get him back out. During the lengthy rain delay, Alfredo said he got sick in the car and apologized to Nemechek.

Denny Hamlin, second all-time at Darlington with five Xfinity wins, was scheduled to race here. But chose to rest with lingering soreness from the wreck he was in at Daytona last week. Another playoff team of Hamlin’s, Christopher Bell, took the Xfinity seat and finished seventh.

Team Penske sweeps Portland qualifying in IndyCar title race

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Team Penske powered its way around Portland International Raceway on Saturday in a 1-2-3 qualifying sweep that poised the IndyCar championship leaders for a big swing against Ganassi in the title fight.

Scott McLaughlin won the pole – his third of the season – and picked up a point for that to help his long shot title chances. McLaughlin goes into Sunday’s race ranked sixth in the standings, 53 points behind Penske teammate and IndyCar points leader Will Power.

“We know the rules. We’re Team Penske drivers,” McLaughlin said. “We know what we need to do when we get employed: When the team wins, we all win. And for me, until I’m mathematically out of it, I want to keep going hard and keep trying to win races.”

Josef Newgarden, who trails Power by three points with two races remaining in the IndyCar season, qualified second. But he’ll serve a six-spot grid penalty at the start of Sunday’s race for an engine change.

All three Penske drivers are among the seven still mathematically eligible to win the championship. The lead has changed hands seven times this season and the three points that separate Power and Newgarden is the closest margin with two races remaining since 2008.

The 43 points separating the top five drivers is the tightest title chase since 2003, when 41 points separated the top five.

“I think it’s wide open,” Newgarden said. “I’ve seen this thing change completely, one race to the next. I wouldn’t rule anything out.”

Power was third fastest and will start on the front row alongside McLaughlin because of the Newgarden penalty. Team Penske has dominated the weekend and used its final test dates of the season on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course.

Chip Ganassi Racing, meanwhile, sent all four of its drivers to test at Laguna Seca, site of next Sunday’s season finale.

The testing choice was evident at Portland, where Penske cars have dominated the entire weekend and reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou was the only Ganassi driver to advance to the final fast six qualifying round.

“We weren’t great here last year,” McLaughlin said, “but, you know, we came back with three hot rods.”

Scott Dixon and Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson, who are 14 and 17 points out, did not advance out of the first qualifying round. Dixon will start 16th and Ericsson will start 18th, the lowest of the title contenders.

Power doesn’t think the poor qualifying effort by Ganassi guarantees anything for the Penske trio.

“You can never feel just safe that you’ve qualified well because it can just switch,” Power said.

Newgarden, meanwhile, has been unfazed about his engine-change penalty since he arrived in Portland. He acknowledged it was “not ideal” but doubted it would derail his race, then went out Friday with the fastest car.

Newgarden topped the lone Friday practice session, which had a stoppage for 81 minutes so that a trackside video board could be properly secured. A hydraulic part had failed and put the board at risk of collapsing near the start/finish line.

He’ll drop to eighth at the start but is chasing a series-best sixth win of the season.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out. I think we all have to be on our game,” Newgarden said. “We feel really good about being together and having fast cars. I think the team has done an amazing job to give us these great cars to fight with. Should give us an opportunity as a team to push forward.”

Christian Lundgaard qualified fourth, while Palou, the defending race winner, was fifth and Pato O’Ward was sixth. O’Ward is 58 points behind Power but still eligible for the title.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Indianapolis Indians collected 14 hits in seven innings and rode stellar pitching to a rain-shortened win over the Louisville Bats on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field, 4-1.

Indianapolis starter Osvaldo Bido (W, 3-7) stole the show on the mound, putting together his best start of the season. Bido fired 6.0 innings of one-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven Bats hitters and walking just one. The only Louisville hitter to reach base against Bido was catcher Mark Kolozsvary, who doubled to lead off the sixth inning.

The Indians (66-60) jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead against Louisville starter Justin Nicolino (L, 3-5) thanks to five ground-ball singles, including RBI hits to left field from third baseman Kevin Padlo and right fielder Brendt Citta. Indianapolis added another run in the second inning thanks to second baseman Hoy Park’s second single of the night, this time rolling a ball up the middle to plate designated hitter Carter Bins.

After knocking Nicolino out of the game, Indianapolis continued to add to its lead thanks to Park’s ninth home run of the season, belting a line drive that cleared the seats in straightaway right field. Park finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run and 2 RBI, logging his second consecutive three-hit night. Citta joined Park by reaching base three times, and left fielder Blake Sabol and catcher Taylor Davis each logged multi-hit nights. Sabol has now hit safely in each of his first four games as an Indian and in 15 straight contests dating back to his time with Double-A Altoona, hitting .386 (22-for-57) over that span.

The Bats (52-76) got on the board in the seventh with a solo home run from left fielder TJ Hopkins against Indians right-hander Cody Bolton, but the grounds crew rolled the tarp onto the field at the end of the inning. After a 37-minute delay, the game was determined to be completed, finalizing the Indians victory. The Indians, who entered the game at a season-best five games over .500, won their fourth consecutive game on Saturday night in large part thanks to out-hitting the Bats 14-2.

The Indians and Bats wrap up their series on Sunday night at Slugger Field before heading to Omaha to continue their road trip, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM ET. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (5-5, 4.62) gets the ball for Indianapolis, while RHP Ben Lively (2-5, 4.31) toes the rubber for Louisville for the second time this week.


HAMTRAMCK Mich. (Saturday, September 3, 2022) – Indy Eleven moved its undefeated streak to three games after a scrappy 0-0 draw against its newest rival, Detroit City FC, on the road this evening. The result marked the second shutout in the last three games for Indiana’s Team and goalkeeper Tim Trilk, who needed to make just a pair of saves thanks to a thorough defensive effort by the Boys in Blue throughout the 90 minutes at Keyworth Stadium.

With injuries and suspension limiting his options, Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry looked to field a squad mixed with fresh legs and the ability to keep its recent energetic and pressing approach .His first XI reflected such needs, with forward Rodney Michael and midfielder Wilfredo Rivera getting their first starts of the season on the evening, while captain Ayoze made his first start since leaving Indy’s match at FC Tulsa on Aug. 20 early due to injury.

Indiana’s Team succeeded in making the first half a stalemate. Indy Eleven center back Jesus Vazquez beat Maxi Rodriguez to a headed cross to the back post in the 8th minute, his clearance off the underside of the crossbar that was ultimately cleared from danger marking the most dangerous of limited looks from both sides during the opening stanza. Curling shots from the top of the area that ultimately missed frame by Indy striker Juan Tejada in the 14th minute and Detroit’s Rhys Williams four minutes later were the most speculative looks of the rest of the half for both sides, who combined for six combined shots and zero on goal during a stingy first 45 minutes of play.

The second half started in a similarly stingy fashion, although Lowry inserted Solomon Asante for Michael at the halftime interval and Stefano Pinho for Rivera just before the hour mark in an attempt to insert more experience in attacking prowess. The sides traded some of their most dangerous looks just prior to the hour mark, with Eleven goalkeeper Tim Trilk saving the first shot on goal of the evening by Antoine Hoppenot in the 56th minute, and Robby Dambrot sending a shot into the side netting just two minutes later.

Hoppenot’s side-footed volley in the 72nd minute flashed wide, while Rodriguez’s deflected effort that was impacted by Eleven midfielder Justin Ingram’s lunging tackle was saved by Trilk save four minutes later, allowing the visitors to keep a late game-winner in play. Hoppenot’s sliding challenge on Sam Brown in the 88th minute drew the second half’s only caution and scrummed members of the two sides together temporarily, but the bad feelings quickly subsided and an unusual nine minutes of stoppage time ensued shortly thereafter.

Of course it was the familiar Eleven foil Hoppenot who nearly scratched across the game-winner in the 92nd minute, but his effort from the arc missed the left post by about a foot. In the 95th minute the Eleven had its most dangerous look of the half when Asante fired from distance, but Deoitr goalkeeper Nathan Steinwascher collected the shot on his line without a rebound, nullifying Indy’s lone chance on goal of the evening. The two sides played out the final four minutes of stoppage from there without much danger, resulting in a sharing of the spoils from a gritty affair that kept the interval between the two squads at 14 points.

Indiana’s Team returns home next Saturday, Sept. 10, when its gauntlet against Eastern Conference playoff-positioned squads continues against Birmingham Legion FC at 7:00 p.m. ET. Details on Indy Eleven’s annual Pride Night celebration that evening can be found at, and tickets can be purchased at, starting for $15. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 /, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter Feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 27

Detroit City FC  0 : 0  Indy Eleven

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Keyworth Stadium – Hamtramck, Mich.

Indy Eleven: 8W-14L-5D, 29 pts., 9th in Eastern Conference

Detroit City FC: 11W-6L-10D, 43 pts., 7th in Eastern Conference

Scoring Summary:


Disciplinary Summary:

DET – Rhys Williams (yellow card) 33’

IND – Rodney Michael (yellow card) 43’

DET – Antoine Hoppenot (yellow card) 88’

IND – Tim Trilk (yellow card) 95+’

IND – Jesus Vazquez (yellow card) 97+’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk; Robby Dambrot, Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Jared Timmer; Ayoze (captain), Sam Brown, Justin Ingram, Wilfredo Rivera (Stefano Pinho 58’); Juan Tejada Rodney Michael (Samuel Asante 45’)

IND substitutes: Sean Lewis (GK), Ecris Revolorio, Diego Sanchez

Detroit City FC (3-4-3): Nathan Steinwascher; Michael Bryant, Stephen Carroll (captain), Matthew Lewis; Deklan Wynne, Maxi Rodriguez, Brad Dunwell, Rhys Williams (Richard Foster 79’); Antoine Hoppenot, Conner Ruiz, Pato Botello Faz (Yazeed Matthews 79’)

DET Substitutes: Ryan Shellow (GK), Dominic Gasso, Cy Goddard, Bosh Tanyi, Francis Atuahene


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Indiana Volleyball team (4-2, 0-0) completed a perfect Saturday after taking down the hosts, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, in straight sets to finish out the weekend in the Lone Star State.

The Hoosiers dominated from the opening serve, jumping all over the Islanders in a 25-18, 25-19, 25-14 victory on Saturday evening.

A 7-0 start to the opening frame set the tone for the Hoosiers which held the hosts from reaching 20 points in all three sets.

Mady Saris (10 kills) led the way offensively with Morgan Geddes (nine kills) and Candela Alonso-Corcelles (eight kills) aiding in the IU attack.

Saris has now reached 10+ kills in each of the last four matches, the longest such streak since she did so in seven-consecutive matches last September.

As a team, the Hoosiers hit .329 across the three sets with 41 kills, nine total blocks and 40 assists.

Despite falling in Friday’s opening match to SMU, IU bounced back to sweep both games on Saturday and push the season’s record to 4-2.


• The Hoosiers started on a 7-0 run including kills by Morgan Geddes and Mady Saris to force a Texas A&M-CC timeout.

• Mady Saris came out of the back row with an emphatic kill to give the Hoosiers a 13-4 lead following a long rally.

• Three of IU’s final four points in the first set came via Mady Saris kills. IU would win the first set in commanding fashion, 25-18.

• After a service error, IU responded with a 3-0 run to take an 8-3 in the second set, sparked by a pair of kills from Savannah Kjolhede.

• Kaley Rammelsberg’s kills sandwiched an attack error by Texas A&M-CC to extend IU’s second-set lead to 12-5.

• Texas A&M-CC was forced into a timeout down 18-12 in the second set following a pair of errors. The Hoosiers responded out of the break with back-to-back kills from Camryn Haworth and Mady Saris.

• The Hoosiers won the second set 25-19 to take a commanding lead in the match.

• After Texas A&M-CC got within 7-6 in the third set, IU went on a 7-0 run to blow the game wide open.

• Morgan Geddes provided a pair of kills to help spark a 4-0 run deep in the third set to take a commanding 21-11 lead.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles closed out the match to give the Hoosiers a 3-0 victory.


• Mady Saris had double-digit kills for the fourth-straight contest and the fifth-time this season after tallying 10 kills in the victory.

• She now has 18-career matches with double-digit kills.

• Morgan Geddes had her best match of the season, recording nine kills on 15 attempts while hitting a crisp .600 in the match.

• Candela Alonso-Corcelles had an efficient night, tallying eight kills while hitting .533 on 15 attempts.

• Camryn Haworth provided 32 assists and was also responsible for five kills.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-3) will look for its second-straight victory of the program’s 30th season with a third-straight in-state matchup against No. 16 Notre Dame (5-0-0) on Sept. 4 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington. First kick between the Hoosiers and Fighting Irish is set for 6 p.m. ET.

BTN+ will provide a stream of the match with Austin Platt (PxP) and Ben Haller (Analyst) on the call. Anna Winterhalder is slated to provide sideline reports. Live stats of the match can be tracked on


• The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, led by head coach Nate Norman, enter Sunday as the 16th-ranked team in the country according to the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 poll. The Irish have ripped off six-straight regular season wins and have won 14-of-17 regular season matches dating back to 2021.

• The Irish have tallied at least two goals in each contest this season and are out-scoring their opponents by a count of 15-1 through five matches. The game on Sunday will mark the third-straight for ND against a Big Ten opponent after topping Illinois (4-0) and Wisconsin (4-1) in the last week.

• Graduate forward Olivia Wingate leads Notre Dame in goals (5), including a hat trick in ND’s 4-1 triumph over Wisconsin on Thursday night, and total points scored (11).

• Senior midfielder Maddie Mercado is just off the pace for the team lead in goals with four. Freshman defender Leah Klenke has contributed five total points (2G, 1A) to the season box score.

• Graduate transfer keeper Mackenzie Wood has started three matches for the Irish in net and conceded just one tally while making three saves across 270 minutes of play. She previously played at Northwestern.


• For the first time in the 12-match history between the two sides, Indiana walked away with a result against Notre Dame in a 0-0 draw on Aug. 22, 2021 in South Bend. Indiana had dropped the previous 11 matchups in the series.

• Then freshman keeper Jamie Gerstenberg recorded three saves to salvage the result for the Hoosiers.

• Notre Dame represents the first of six opponents remaining on Indiana’s schedule to be ranked in the coaches poll.

• Indiana is 4-23-3 all time against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference after a 0-0 draw at Virginia Tech in the early stages of the 2021.


• Indiana found the net three times in a 3-0 victory over the Indiana State Sycamores (0-3-1) under the lights on Thursday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

• Senior forward Paige Webber broke the seal on the Hoosier scoring with a header in the 56th minute off an assist from senior defender Alaina Kalin.

• Junior forward Jen Blitchok doubled the Hoosier lead after collecting a throw in from Kalin. She took three touches towards the top of the box and launched a right-footed shot into the back of the net in the 61st minute.

• Junior forward Anna Bennett capped the scoring in the 76th minute. Freshman midfielder Jaelyn Pallas redirected a crosser from freshman forward Sarah Sirdah to Bennett’s frame. She hooked in a right-footed attempt.

• Indiana outshot Indiana State by a count of 24-3. The Hoosiers attempted 12 shots in each half.

• Blitchok tallied her seventh-career goal, while both Webber and Bennett recorded their sixth career goals.

• Freshmen Olivia Smith and Sarah Sirdah each made their first career starts in the match, while junior Anna Bennett made her debut start of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg made her 20th career start for the Hoosiers in the match.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In front of a sold-out crowd, the No. 11 Purdue volleyball team (6-0) was named Reamer Club Xtra Special tournament champions following its 3-1 victory over Milwaukee (1-5) 25-15, 25-17, 18-25, 25-23.

The all-tournament team included Bradley’s Kendall Minta, Milwuakee’s Ari Miller, Utah’s Madelyn Robinson and Vanessaa Ramirez. Meanwhile,from Purdue, Raven Colvin, Hannah Clayton and Megan Renner received honors. Colvin was selected MVP.

Purdue recorded 16 total blocks in the match vs. Milwaukee, a season-best, led by Colvin, who posted eight total blocks (1-7) alongside five kills.

Freshman outside hitter Eva Hudson continued her impressive start to the season, not only registering a career-best 21 kills, but did so at a .395 hitting clip, joining All-Americans Sherridan Atkinson, Grace Cleveland, Danielle Cuttino and Faye Adelaja as the only players to register as efficient as a match while totaling 20 or more kills in at least seven years. Of those four, Hudson was the only to accomplish the feat as an underclassman.

The Boilermakers jumped out to an early and efficient lead, recording a .485 attack % in the first set with 19 kills and three errors on 33 swings.

Purdue and Milwaukee went back-and fourth in the fourth set, seeing 13 tied scores as late as 22-22. Maddy Chinn was on the final three Purdue points to secure the win in four, thanks to a pair of kills and a block assist.

In fact, the blocking game was the difference-maker in the final set, with the Boilermakers totaling eight compared to the Panthers’ one. Middle blocker Hannah Clayton was a momentum booster, having a hand in four straight Purdue blocks (one solo, three assisted) to give Purdue the 12-10 edge.

As a team, Purdue out-hit Milwaukee .239% vs. .198% in the match and out-dug its opponent 56-50.

The Boilermakers will be back on the road next weekend at the Louisville invitational, where they are set to take on No. 3 Louisville on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. (watch on ACCNx) followed by Lipscomb or Xavier the next day at 4 p.m. ET (watch on FloVolleyball).

Quick Hits

Purdue improves to 6-0 for the first time since 2018. It is the eighth time under head coach Dave Shondell.

The Boilermakers have posted seven or more blocks in 31 consecutive matches.

The win over Milwaukee marks the first for the program, moving to an overall 1-2 record.

Purdue is one of six Big Ten teams to remain undefeated.

Hudson’s 21 kills tie as the second-most by a Big Ten player in a single match this season , are the most so far by a league player this weekend and lead the league in kills for a four-set match. The performance was one shy of matching the leader, Sarah Franklin (Wisconsin)’s 22 kills.

Maddie Schermerhorn recorded 22 digs, tying as the fourth-most in a match by a Big Ten player this season.

Renner’s five block assists were a career-high

Defensive specialist Ali Hornung received a team-leading 27 balls and allowed no errors.


MANHATTAN, Kan. – A two-game roadtrip in the state of Kansas for the Purdue soccer team concludes at Kansas State on Sunday afternoon in Manhattan, Kansas.

Kickoff at Buser Family Park is at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT.

The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+, and live stats are available at Updates from Manhattan also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at

The Boilermakers (2-3-0) and Wildcats (2-2-1) are both coming off road contests on Thursday. Purdue suffered a 1-0 loss at Kansas, while K-State won at Weber State, 1-0.

Through five games, the Boilermakers are third in the Big Ten with 4.60 saves per game and sixth with 21 points, nine assists and a .821 save percentage. Purdue has scored six goals on 50 shots, with five goals allowed and 23 saves.

Individually, sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway leads the Big Ten with three goals and eight points. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile paces the conference with 5.50 saves per game, is second with 22 total saves and fifth with a .846 save percentage. Dunaway, junior midfielder Emily Mathews and freshman forward Kayla Budish all have a team-best two assists, which is fifth in the league.


Sunday marks the second-ever meeting between Purdue and Kansas State, following a 2-0 win at Folk Field last season. The victory on September 9 was highlighted by the first collegiate goals from then-sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews and then-freshman forward Gracie Dunaway. Mathews’ game-winning goal in the 26th minute was assisted by then-freshman forward Sydney Boudreau, her first career assist. Dunaway’s score came in the 83rd minute.

As the Boilermakers held a 21-10 advantage in shots, they had eight shots on goal and held K-State to two. Mathews had a match-high six shots, four on goal, while then-freshman forward Megan Hutchinson had three shots, two on goal.

A complete recap from the match can be found at


Kansas State is 2-2-1 in 2022 with a 0-1-1 mark at home. The Wildcats return to Manhattan following a 1-0 win at Weber State on Thursday night, thanks to a 44th-minute goal and the team’s second clean sheet of the season. K-State has scored a single goal in all five games to begin the year, while both losses were by 2-1 margins, including in a season-opening affair at home to Northwestern.

K-State is fourth in the Big 12 with 15.20 shots per game and fifth with five assists. Alaina Werremeyer’s two shutouts is third-most in the conference, and she is fifth with a 1.000 goals-against average and a .789 save percentage. Kyler Goins’ two goals is fourth in the league and Adah Anderson’s two assists are fifth.


Purdue suffered a 1-0 loss at Kansas on Thursday night in Lawrence, Kansas. In an evenly-played game that saw the visitors create chances throughout the night, the Boilermakers had six shots, three on goal. The Jayhawks scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minute, and their opportunities amounted to 15 shots, six on target.

Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway led the team with two shots, one on goal, and four others had shots for Purdue. In goal, sophomore Sara Kile made five saves, one shy of her career high.

A complete recap from the match can be found at


The Boilermakers return home to host in-state foe and No. 16-ranked Notre Dame on Thursday, September 8. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs scored 28 second half points to erase an 11-point halftime deficit and record a 31-26 win in the 2022 season opener against St. Thomas (Fla.) on Saturday afternoon. Bret Bushka led the comeback charge at the Sellick Bowl with four passing touchdowns, two of which were caught by newcomer Tyler Adams. The victory marks the first BU win in a season opener since 2018 and places first-year head coach Mike Uremovich in the win column as a Bulldog!

Bushka threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns by completing 25 of his 35 pass attempts. He targeted Adams 12 times in the game and Adams would deliver 10 receptions for 143 yards and two scores. Jeremy Johnson and Cameron Heald also caught touchdown passes for the Bulldogs. Johnson won a 50-50 ball in the right side of the end zone to score the first TD of the season for BU and Heald would get open from three yards out for the go-ahead score.

Bushka led the ground game for BU as well with 13 rushes for 60 yards. AJ Deinhart was involved with 11 carries for 40 yards and Brody Reder took off three times for 23 yards.

Connor Reid and true freshman Will Mason led the Butler defense. Reid was the team-leader with eight total tackles while Mason added seven. Mason also picked off a pass in the end zone early in the contest to get Butler out of trouble.

The Bulldogs trailed the Bobcats 7-0 after the first quarter. St. Thomas blocked a punt to set up their first score. The ground game was good to St. Thomas throughout the afternoon with two student-athletes accounting for three rushing touchdowns. Damian Heller scored two touchdowns on just five carries and Rontavious Farmer took the rock 20 times for 103 yards and the first score of the game.

The first points of the season for Butler came from Luka Zurak in the opening stages of the second quarter. The Bulldogs had first and goal from the three, but were forced to settle for the 19-yard field goal. St. Thomas would follow with a 17-play 92-yard drive after the kick to lead BU 14-3 at the half.

Johnson’s leaping TD grab to start the third quarter gave Butler some life and the quick strike from Bushka to Adams pulled the home team within three at 20-17.

Butler’s first lead of the contest came just over four minutes into the fourth quarter. That TD pass from Bushka to Heald capped off a 10-play 80-yard drive and gave BU a 24-20 lead. The icing on the cake for Butler came on the very next drive with Bushka hitting Adams for the second time allowing BU to extend their lead to 31-20.

St. Thomas would not lie down facing the deficit. They scored on an 82-yard pass from Tyler Thomas to C’quan Jnopierre to get back within five points at 31-26. St. Thomas opted to go for two, but were denied after a penalty.

The Bulldog defense did their part when it really mattered and pressured Thomas on a fourth-and-two play at the Butler 47. The stop allowed the offense to get into victory formation with the Bobcats out of timeouts.

Butler will enjoy this victory for the rest of the day, but will shift their focus to Taylor for next weekend. The Bulldogs will host the Trojans under the lights at the Sellick Bowl for a 6 PM kick-off.


The Bulldogs opened the 2022 season with a top-five finish at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.


The Bulldogs tied for fifth with Northern Kentucky at 871 (+31).

Wright State repeated as champions of the event, finishing the 54-hole event at 846 (+6). That was good for a 13-shot lead over host Ball State (859).

Oakland (third; 864) and Loyola (fourth, 869) were also among the leaders. There were 15 teams in the field. Butler stood in a tie for third following the first 36 holes on Friday.

Butler shot a 10-over 290 Saturday in Muncie.


Freshman Derek Tabor and Henry Quinn each carded two-over Saturday 72s. Tabor eagled two of the Delaware Country Club’s drivable par-4s, posting a 2 on both the 264-yard third and the 302-yard 11th. Quinn had five birdies on the afternoon. Quinn shot 68 (-2) in the opening round.

At 218 (+8) for the event, Quinn finished in a tie for 16th. Tabor tied for 38th at 12-over 222.

Damon Dickey was the top-performing Bulldog over the 54 holes. His total of 217 (+7) tied for 12th. He shot 73 (+3) Saturday after Friday rounds of 71 and 73.

Daniel Tanaka and Connor McNeely finished alongside Tabor as part of a group that tied for 38th at 222 (+12) for the event. McNeely’s Saturday card featured five birdies and a score of 75. Tanaka shot three-over 73 Saturday.

Ball State’s Joey Wiseman shot four-under 66 Saturday to move into a tie with Wright State’s Mikkel Mathiesen at two-under 208. The duo was three shots clear of the rest of the field.


Butler’s team total of 290 Saturday slotted in between their outputs of 283 (morning) and 298 (afternoon) Friday.

The event marked the first tournaments as Bulldog for both McNeely and Tabor.

Dickey played the front nine at five-under over the three rounds (27 total holes).

UP NEXT: The Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W.V.; the two-day tournament begins Monday, Sept. 12.


The Bulldogs dropped a three-match decision to Portland in the team’s final outing of the Denver Invitational in Colorado.

Portland won the match by a score of 25-20, 25-20, 25-13.

With the result, Butler is now 4-2 on the season, while Portland improves to 5-1.

SET 1: Portland 25-20

Portland closed the set strong with an 8-4 run that turned a tight 17-16 lead into a 25-20 victory. Charity Bradley had five kills for Portland in the set. Mariah Grunze matched that total for Butler.

SET 2: Portland 25-20

The second set was tied 14-14 before Portland rattled off five straight points to take control. Portland hit .286 in the frame. Grunze had six kills for the Bulldogs.

SET 3: Portland 25-13

Portland got out to an 8-3 lead and held an advantage until the final point. Butler was limited to -.030 hitting in the set.

STAT OF THE MATCH: Portland hit .262 for the match, while holding the Bulldogs to a .094 clip. 


Grunze led the Bulldogs with 13 kills.

Jaymeson Kinley had a team-best 10 digs.

Setter Cora Taylor had 21 assists for Butler.

Portland had a 7-3 advantage in blocks.

Maui Robins led a balanced Portland attack with 10 kills.

Butler went 1-2 on the weekend, sweeping Hofstra and losing to host Denver Friday.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will head to Idaho for the Boise State Tournament. The Bulldogs will play a total of three matches over two days, beginning Friday afternoon against the host Broncos. 


DATE:                          Sunday, September 4 / 7 PM
LOCATION:                 Rochester, Mich. / Oakland Soccer Field
VIDEO:                        ESPN+
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler men’s soccer team hits the road for the first time this season, heading to Oakland on Sunday, September 4, for a 7 pm kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 win over No. 14 Marshall, while the Grizzlies most recently lost to DePaul, 0-1.

Bulldog Bits

  • Palmer Ault was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week for the week ending Aug. 28.
  • Butler’s 2022 schedule includes five teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#2 Georgetown, #13 Indiana, #14 Marshall, #16 Providence, and RV St. John’s).
  • The Bulldogs had three wins over ranked opponents last season that included No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1), No. 20 Providence (2-1), and No. 24 St. John’s (1-0 OT).
  • Butler is receiving votes (27th) in the latest United Soccer Coaches national poll.
  • Gabriel Gjergji has started the season with two shutouts and, with 18 in his career, is now tied for third on Butler’s all-time list for shutouts. He is currently tied with his goalkeeper coach, Assistant Coach Fabian Knopfler, who played for the Bulldogs from 2007-10. With 11 saves in two matches, he now has 253 in his career and has moved into third on Butler’s all-time list.
  • Jack Haywood assisted on the only goal against No. 14 Marshall. It was the 20th of his career, and he has now moved into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for career assists.
  • Palmer Ault has opened his career at Butler with the game-winning goal in each of the first two matches.
  • In the win over No. 14 Marshall, the Thundering Herd outshot Butler, 21-9, and had seven shots on goal, compared to one for the Bulldogs.

The Matchup

  • SERIES RECORD: Tied, 2-2-2
  • LAST MEETING: 8/26/2021 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 0, Oakland 0 (2OT)
  • Butler and Oakland have tied in their previous three matches (0-0 2OT in 2021, 2-2 in 2012, and 1-1 2OT in 2011).
  • The most recent winner in the series was Butler in 2010 (1-0).

Scouting Oakland

  • Previous match: DePaul L, 0-1
  • Oakland lost its season opener to Creighton, 6-0.

        Individual Statistics

  • Dawsun Schrum (#12) has scored the only goal for the Grizzlies this season.
  • Finn Jurak (0-3-0) is the primary keeper for Oakland. In three matches he has allowed 10 goals (3.53 GAA) and made 15 saves (.600).


Matchday Information – (rv) Butler vs. No. 22 Wisconsin
DATE:                          Sunday, September 4 / 1 PM
LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE VIDEO:                FloSports/ButlerPlus
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team will honor five seniors prior to a match with No. 22 Wisconsin on Sunday, September 4, at 1 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 7-0 win over Wright State, while the Badgers most recently lost to Notre Dame, 4-1.

Bulldog Bits

  • Sunday’s Senior Day recognition will honor Aliya DiagneMorgan KloostermanGretchen SkoglundGabby Smith, and Katie Soderstrom.
  • Butler is receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches national poll. The previous week’s No. 17 ranking was the highest ranking in program history. Prior to this season, the Bulldogs were most recently ranked No. 23 in the September 11, 2018, poll, and the previous all-time high was No. 20 in the October 31, 2017, poll.
  • Butler’s Aug. 21 win over No. 9 Michigan was the program’s second win over a top-10 team in program history. The Bulldogs’ only previous top-10 win was a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M in 2017. Butler’s most recent win over a ranked team was a 4-1 result over No. 20 Notre Dame in 2018.
  • Against Wright State:
  • Anna Pierce (3-1) made two saves in the match, notching the second solo shutout of her career.
  • Katie Soderstrom produced the third hat trick of her career.
  • Abigail Isger returned to action after recovering from injury (Western Michigan). She scored her first two goals of the season, and it was her first multiple-goal match of her career.
  • Alli Leonard and Sara Trandji each scored their second goal of the season.
  • Soderstrom, Isger, Alexei Whittaker (2), Becky DeanArianna Jalics and Morgan Kloosterman all contributed with assists.
  • Soderstrom has moved into a tie for second on Butler’s all-time list for career assists, and with 92 career points, has now moved into the top five in that category. She has notched the game-winning goal in all three of Butler’s victories in the young season.
  • Freshman Talia Sommer, who started in Butler’s first three matches this season, is currently on a call-back to Israel to compete with the Israel women’s national football team during qualification matches for the 2023 World Cup. She has previously notched seven caps, including three starts.

The Matchup

  • SERIES RECORD: Wisconsin leads, 5-0-0
  • LAST MEETING: November 12, 2021 – Madison, Wis. – Round 1, NCAA Tournament – Wisconsin 2, Butler 1
  • In 2019, in Madison, the No. 15 Badgers won in overtime, 2-1.
  • Wisconsin’s first three wins were in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

Scouting Wisconsin

  • Previous match: No. 16 Notre Dame L, 4-1
  • Wisconsin checked into the national poll at No. 22 this week, rising two spots from its position the previous week.
  • The Badgers have wins over Baylor (2-0) and Green Bay (3-0) and tied No. 7 TCU (0-0) and Loyola (1-1).

        Individual Statistics

  • Offensive standouts for Wisconsin include:

        #2 Emma Jaskanies (3g, 1a)
        #6 Maddie Ishaug (1g, 1a)
        #33 Adee Boer (1g)
        #20 Rylee Howard (1g)
        #18 Maia Richters (1g)
        #17 Izzy Verdugo (2a)

  • Erin McKinney (2-1-2) is the primary goalkeeper for the Badgers. In five matches, she has allowed five goals (1.00 GAA) and made 26 saves (.839), producing three shutouts.


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Volleyball team fell 0-2 on the second day to finish third overall in the 2022 Hampton Inn Invitational. The Jags fell to Drake and Montana in three sets on Saturday.
IUPUI fell to Drake in straight sets in the first match of the day, 3-0. The Jags fell behind early, losing the first set 25-14. Drake built onto the momentum defeating IUPUI in set two, 25-17 and finished the match with a 25-17 set three.
The Jags lowered their service errors to just five total errors. Addie Evans continued to lead the Jags defense with 11 digs followed by Darragh Dixon with 10. Dixon also added 16 assists. Briana Brown totaled eight kills and seven digs.
In match two of the day the Jags fell to Montana, 3-0.
Montana took the early lead with a first set victory, 25-18. Brown led in the first set with four kills and Dixon recorded six assists. The Griz outhit the Jags 17 kills to IUPUI’s nine. IUPUI fought back in the second set, tying the match three different times but ultimately fell, 25-23. The Jags totaled 13 kills in set two.
The Griz went on a 10-3 run to open set three and although the Jags fought back, IUPUI ultimately fell 25-11. Overall attack errors proved costly as the Jags committed 20 errors compared to Montana’s seven.
Dixon finished the match with 16 assists and six digs while Evans totaled a team-high 18 digs. Brown recorded ten kills.
With the two loses, IUPUI finished third overall behind Drake (1st) and Montana (2nd), Saint Francis finished fourth. Addie Evans was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Jags travel to Louisville next weekend for the Bellarmine Tournament.
Hampton Inn Invitational Champions: Drake
MVP: Haley Bush, Drake
All-Tournament Team:
Jada Wills, Drake
Mariana Rodrigues, Drake
Sarina Moreno, Montana
Ellie Scherffius, Montana
Addie Evans, IUPUI
Aubrey Deptula, Saint Francis


MUNCIE, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s golf team finished strong at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational at Delaware Country Club on Saturday (Sept. 3), closing tied for 11th of 15 teams at 893 (304-295-294). Junior Kevin Tillery earned his first career top-10 finish at 6-over 216 (72-73-71) to help IUPUI’s late surge. 

“Kevin played solid and stayed focused for the whole event,” head coach Jamie Broce said. “He was very steady and a top-10 finish was awesome.”

Tillery played his final nine holes to 3-under, including an eagle on the par-4, No. 3. 

“I started off a little bumpy today and kind of had to grind it out on my front nine. I made a couple of poor swings that led to big numbers, but also threw a pair of birdies in there, so I knew I just had to pull myself together and start fresh on the front nine. 

“I was able to make a few putts and play smart enough on the front to put together another solid round, so I’m pretty happy with where I ended up.”

Junior Taylor Gardner rattled off four straight birdies as part of his 2-over 72 and Josh Yoder shook off a slow start to ultimately close at 4-over 74. Yoder finished the event at 221 (76-71-74), tying for 33rd among the 81-player field. 

“(Yoder) played solid all week as well. He drove the ball great and gave himself some good chances,” Broce said.

Sophomore Sam McWilliams posted a final round 77 on Saturday and freshman Noah Kirsch shot 9-over 79. 

“Overall we are disappointed with the finish,” Broce said. “Taylor and Sam will improve from this performance. Both of them have been playing well but couldn’t get much going this week. 

“Noah played some good golf and had a couple chances for good rounds, but the putter and short game let him down a bit. He did some good things during the week and learned a bunch. He will bounce back.”

The Jaguars were in the cellar for much of the day but collectively played the final nine to 2-under, making 10 birdies and an eagle during that span. 

IUPUI will return to action on Sept. 19-20 when the Jaguars participate in the Valpo Fall Invitational in Chesterton, Ind.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State golfer Joey Wiseman shot a career-low round of 4-under (66) to earn co-medalist honors at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational Saturday. The senior ended the tournament at 2-under (71-71-66–208) and shared the award with Wright State’s Mikkel Mathiesen, who won on a four-hole playoff.

The Cardinals shot 19-over for the weekend (859) and finished second to Wright State (846) at the par-70 Delaware Country Club.

“We were close with about eight holes to play and closed the gap, but unfortunately, it didn’t go our way,” head coach Mike Fleck said. “We’ll analyze it and break it down, but today is about celebrating Joey Wiseman with a career-low final round and co-medaling. We’re going to celebrate the victory of him playing really well. We certainly have some things we need to work on to get ready for a quick turnaround for our next tournament.”

The highlight of the day for Wiseman came when he carded an eagle on back-to-back holes – No. 3 and No. 4 – and then followed it up with a birdie on the par-4 No. 5. In total, Wiseman had eight birdies and two eagles in his first tournament of the season.

Ball State had three other top-15 finishers in Griffin Hare (eighth), Joey Ranieri (12th) and Kash Bellar (15th). The trio combined for six birdies and two eagles in their final circuits of the weekend. Hare finished at 6-over (70-72-74–216), while Ranieri competed his three-round tour at 7-over (72-67-78–217) and Bellar at 8-over (69-73-76–218).

Rounding out the lineup, Ali Khan finished in a tie for 60th at 18-over (75-75-78–228).

The Cardinals had five competing individuals in their home tournament, led by Drew Todd, who tied for 38th at 12-over (73-75-74–222).

Competing in his first event for Ball State, Carter Smith tied for 48th at 14-over (76-73-75–224), while Carson Orr was two shots back at 16-over (76-76-74–226) and tied for 55th.

Evan Bone tied for 70th at 21-over (79-77-75–231) and Colin Nasser tied for 77th at 25-over (81-80-74–235).

The Cardinals return to action Sept. 12-13 for the Streamsong Invitational in Bowling Green, Fla.


NASHVILLE – – After dropping the opening set in extra points, the Ball State women’s volleyball team was never able to find its rhythm in a 3-0 (30-28, 25-16, 25-18) setback to Mississippi State Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena.

“We didn’t come ready to play today and had to learn the hard way what happens with that approach against a tough and talented Mississippi State team,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We have to win our strengths which are serving, passing, and defense. Unfortunately, we struggled in all those areas today.” 
Looking to pick up its second consecutive pre-conference tournament sweep, the Cardinals (5-1) fell short to a Bulldogs (6-0) squad which entered the afternoon with some solid momentum. MSU fell behind 2-0 in its first match of the day against Oklahoma, only to pull off a reverse sweep.
In a battle of two of just 45 remaining undefeated NCAA Division I teams entering the day, Ball State looked to have the upper hand early with a 20-16 edge in the opening set. Unfortunately, Mississippi State, who like the Cardinals are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, battled back to win the set and ultimately the match.
Junior Lauren Gilliland completed arguably the best weekend of her career with a team-high 13 kills and hit .393 (13-2-28) to lead the Cardinals on the day. That’s after a career-high 17 kills in Friday’s win over Oklahoma and seven more in the win at Lipscomb.
“Lauren is a presence for us,” Phillips said. “She demands the ball and just keeps finding ways to score. Her competitiveness stood out, and she’s someone we can count on in big moments.”
Overall, Gilliland led the Ball State offense with 37 kills and a .440 (37-4-75) attack percentage over the team’s three matches in the LUV Invitational. 
Unfortunately for Ball State, no one else on the squad was able to get more than three kills and the Bulldogs limited the Cardinals to season-lows of 32 kills and a .170 (32-15-100) attack percentage.
On the defensive end, senior libero Maggie Huber collected a match-high 19 digs, while senior outside attacker Natalie Risi scored 10.
Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski fell just shy of a double-double with 25 assists and nine digs. She also served up two more aces, upping her weekend total to six and her season total to 13.
Leading the way for Mississippi State were Lauren Myrick and Gabby Waden with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. As a team, the Bulldogs finished the match with a .278 (55-18-133) rate of success, while holding a 9.0-to-7.0 advantage in total blocks.
“We had moments of really good volleyball this weekend where you could see our potential,” Phillips concluded. “Now, we have to train and be able to maintain and compete at that level every time we step on the court. If we do that, we will have a really fun season.”
After playing the first two weekends on the road, the Ball State women’s volleyball team opens the home portion of its 2022 schedule Friday with matches versus Arkansas State (10 a.m.) and Alabama (7 p.m.) as part of the Ball State Tournament.

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The fifth-ranked University of Notre Dame football team opened the 2022 season under the lights at Ohio Stadium Saturday night. The Fighting Irish dropped their first contest of the season for just the first time in five seasons as Notre Dame fell 21-10 to No. 2 Ohio State. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak in season-opening games for Notre Dame. 

Tyler Buchner started the first game of his career at quarterback, finishing 10-for-18 with a career-best 177 yards and a touchdown. 

Junior Chris Tyree and sophomore Audric Estime combined for 15 carries, 49 yards on the ground and Estime found the end zone for the first time in his career. 

Michael Mayer led the receiving corps with five receptions for 32 yards. Lorenzo Styles added a 54-yard reception to lead the team in receiving yards. 

Clarence Lewis led the defensive effort with a seven-tackle performance and a pass break up in the loss. Jack Kiser added a six tackle performance and Marist Liufau ended the game with five tackles. 

The Irish did not waste time on the opening possession as Buchner completed his first pass of the game to Styles along the Ohio State sideline. Styles broke a tackle and scampered down the sideline for a career-best 54-yard gain. An Ohio State personal foul penalty put the ball down on the Buckeyes’ 16 yard line. Blake Grupe knocked through the first points of the season with a 33-yard field goal as the Irish led 3-0 two minutes and 47 seconds into the contest. 

Ohio State took the lead with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter when C.J. Stroud found Emeka Egbuka on the outside and scored from 31-yards out to take the 7-3 lead. 

A couple of juggling catches by Matt Salerno and Kevin Bauman moved the Irish 53-yards and into the red zone to begin the second quarter. Estime scored his first career touchdown, a one-yard plunge to cap off a 10-play, 87-yard touchdown drive as the Irish took the lead at 10-7 with 11:56 remaining in the half. 

In the waning minutes of the first half, Ohio State’s attempt to tie the game with a 39-yard field goal attempt went wide left. The missed field goal ended an 11-play, 55-yard drive without points and the Irish went into halftime with the lead at 10-7.  

The seven Ohio State points were the least amount scored in the first half by a Buckeye team under current head coach Ryan Day. 

After trading punches throughout the third quarter, Ohio State pulled ahead with 17 seconds left on the third quarter clock. Stroud connected with Xavier Johnson on a 24-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-10 lead, capping a 10-play, 74-yard drive. 

Ohio State added a touchdown late, eating up more than seven minutes of time, ending the 14-play, 95-yard drive with a two yard touchdown run by Miyan Williams to extend the lead to 21-10 with 4:51 remaining. 

After forcing a Notre Dame punt on the ensuing possession, Ohio State melted the final three minutes off the clock with six plays. 

The Irish open the 2022 home schedule next week as they host the Marshall University Thundering Herd inside Notre Dame Stadium Saturday, September 10. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m., and will be broadcasted on NBC and Peacock. 


LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Fighting Irish fell in three sets (21-25, 23-25, 23-25) to Long Beach State on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Notre Dame was led by Lucy Trump with 12 kills and 10 digs, followed by Avery Ross with seven kills. Phyona Schrader dished out 19 assists and Hattie Monson tallied 22 digs for the Irish.


Set One

The Irish and Beach played a close first set with neither team being able to pull away from the other. After being tied at 8-8, the Beach went on a four point run to take the lead 12-8. The Irish hung around, bringing it within one at 17-16. Long Beach State responded with another run to take the lead 21-16, but Notre Dame was relentless in their efforts. Kills from Phyona Schrader, Lucy Trump, and Lauren Tarnoff made it a two-point set at 22-20. The Beach extended the lead to 24-20 before Avery Ross sent home a kill to make it 24-21, but Long Beach went on to take set one 25-21.

Set Two 

The Beach took an early 6-1 lead, but two kills a piece from Ross and Schrader allowed the Irish to close the gap to just one. Long Beach State responded with a 6-1 run to take the lead 12-6. The Irish and Beach swapped points until the 15-9 mark when Notre Dame went on a 4-0 run to bring it within two (15-13). A big-time kill from Trump brought it within one at 21-20, but the Beach responded with a kill of their own to make 22-20. Two errors from the Irish and two errors from Long Beach State made it 24-22 until Trump sent home another kill to bring it to 24-23. One more kill from the Beach gave them set two at 25-23. 

Set Three 

The Irish trailed at 14-8 in set three before going on a 5-1 run to close the gap to 15-13. The Irtish and Beach would swap points until the Beach extended their lead to 24-21. Similar to set two, the Irish would bring it to 24-23, but Long Beach State took home the third and final set. 


  • Next weekend, Notre Dame is back on the road as they travel to Norfolk, Virginia as they take on East Carolina, Old Dominion, and Navy. 


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Kaitlyn Hamilton had double-digit kills in both ends of a Saturday doubleheader for Indiana State, but it wasn’t enough for the Sycamores in losses to Wright State (22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18) and Western Michigan (25-20, 25-12, 25-20) inside University Arena.
Hamilton earned All-Tournament Team honors for the WMU Tournament after registering 33 kills across three matches. She had double-digit kills in all three contests for the Sycamores, with 23 of her 33 kills over the course of the weekend coming in the Saturday doubleheader.
Mallory Keller added 15 kills in the two matches, while Melina Tedrow had 29 digs. Jazzlyn Ford and Emma Kaelin split the setting duties fairly evenly, with Kaelin having 28 assists and Ford registering 27. Storm Suhre had six blocks, including five against Western Michigan, while Jamie Brown added five blocks on the day.
Wright State 3, Indiana State 1
Indiana State jumped out to an early advantage with a balanced attack, as its first five kills were recorded by four different players. The Sycamores also took advantage of eight Wright State attack errors in the set, most of those coming in the early stages. Wright State came back to take a late one-point lead, but a 4-0 Sycamore run propelled by a pair of Hamilton kills put the Trees in front for good in the set. Hamilton’s sixth kill of the set sealed a 25-22 win in the opening frame for the Sycamores.
The Sycamores used a 6-0 run to take a 10-7 lead in the second set after the teams traded points early. Taylor Shelton had a pair of kills for the Sycamores during the prolonged scoring run. Indiana State’s lead increased to four points, 14-10, following a Storm Suhre kill but Wright State came roaring back. The Raiders closed the set on a 15-2 run to even the match at one set apiece.
Mallory Keller got involved in the action early in the third set with two kills in a five-point span to give the Trees an early lead. The Sycamores maintained a slim two-point lead following a block solo by Suhre and a kill by Shelton, but Wright State battled back to take the lead, 16-11. A 5-1 Sycamore run aided by four Wright State errors cut Indiana State’s deficit to one, 17-16, but that was as close as Indiana State got. Suhre and Jazzlyn Ford combined on a block to make it 20-19 but Wright State closed on a 5-1 run to take the set, 25-20.
Kills by Keller and Jamie Brown helped give Indiana State an early 5-2 lead in the fourth set, but a 7-1 Raider scoring run put Wright State ahead. Keller’s ninth kill of the match followed by a WSU error helped cut the Sycamore deficit to two, 14-12, but Wright State followed with a 6-1 run to take control of the set. Despite late kills from Brown, Hamilton and Suhre, the Raiders held on to win the set, 25-20, clinching the match in the process.
Western Michigan 3, Indiana State 0
Western Michigan jumped out to an early lead, but the Sycamores remained within striking distance throughout the first half of the set. Suhre had a pair of early kills to keep the Trees within two, but a three-point Bronco run saw WMU go ahead by six, 15-9, at the media timeout. Indiana State used a late 4-1 run, which included a Hamilton kill, to cut the deficit to three but Western Michigan held on to take the opening set 25-20.
After trading points early in the second set, Western Michigan went on a 10-1 run and never looked back. Hamilton had three kills in the set, while Keller and Karinna Gall added two kills each, but Indiana State never got in a rhythm from an attacking standpoint and dropped the second set, 25-12.
Western Michigan carried its momentum into the third set, racing out to an 8-2 lead before a Keller kill and a block assist by Keller and Brown ended the run. The Broncos continued to pile up the points, though, and led by as many as 10 in the set before the Sycamores made a late rally. Trailing 20-10, Indiana State went on a 6-0 run with kills by Keller, Brown and Hamilton helping lead the charge, along with a service ace by Emma Kaelin. Indiana State got within three following kills by Suhre and Hamilton, but the Broncos withstood the late Sycamore rally to clinch the match with a 25-20 set win.
Inside the Numbers

  • Indiana State’s .223 hitting percentage against Wright State was its best of the season, while the 45 kills against the Raiders were its second-most in a match in 2022.
  • As a team, the Sycamores had 12 blocks across the two matches Saturday. Seven of those came against Wright State.
  • Kaitlyn Hamilton’s 12 kills against Wright State were the most by a Sycamore in a match this season.

News and Notes

  • Mallory Keller notched her 500th career kill against Western Michigan.
  • Melina Tedrow recorded double-digit digs in both matches Saturday and sits 49 digs away from Kristy Cox’s school record.
  • Asia Povlin made her season debut in the third set against Western Michigan.

Up Next
The Sycamores close their non-conference slate Sept. 9-10 in Lexington, Kentucky, with matches against Campbell and Kentucky.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne wrapped up the Earl Yestingsmeier Invite on Saturday (Sept. 3) with the final round of the event.

Kasey Lilly shot 72 on Saturday to bring his three-round total to 71-77-72-220, good for 29th. Nick Holder finished second best on the Mastodons to tie for 33rd (73-71-77-221). Burke Pitz finished tied for 52nd with his best round of the tournament coming on Saturday (76-75-74-225). Jadden Ousley was tied for 70th (80-75-76-231) and Reece Compton finished tied for 74th (79-75-79-233).

The ‘Dons finished tied for 13th with Evansville, shooting 299-296-299-894.

Wright State won the event, edging Ball State.

Next up for Purdue Fort Wayne is Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Sept. 12-13.


CINCINNATI – Rachael Crucis finished with 19 digs and no reception errors in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) loss to Xavier on Saturday (Sept. 3) evening.

Crucis earned all-tournament team honors for her play in the three matches at Xavier.

The ‘Dons were out-hit by Xavier .333 to .189. Sidney Schiller finished with 10 kills on 29 swings. Iris Riegel added nine kills.

Purdue Fort Wayne led set one 5-0 before Xavier responded with six straight points. The ‘Dons had another lead in the second set, this one 14-11. Xavier responded again to go up 18-17. It was a 20-all score when Xavier finished the frame on a 5-0 run. The home squad took control of the third set with a 6-1 run early in the frame.

The ‘Dons fall to 3-3. Xavier is now 5-1.

Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action Sept. 9 at Eastern Kentucky’s tournament.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Shooting the low scores of the day for the University of Evansville men’s golf team were Nicholas Gushrowski and Caleb Wassmer.  Both finished with rounds of 73 in Saturday’s final round of the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational at Delaware Country Club.

Gushrowski was Evansville’s top finisher, tying for 16th.  His 3-over 73 in the final 18 gave him a 218 over the three rounds.  Friday’s second round saw him post his low score with an even 70.  Finishing with a 223 for the tournament was Carson Parker.  He carded a 76 on the final day to tie for 44th on the leaderboard.  His top two rounds of 73 and 74 came on Friday.

Michael Ikejiani tied for the 60th position with a final tally of 228.  After finishing strong on Friday with a 71, he carded a 78 in round three.  Taking fourth on the team was Caleb Wassmer.  He tied Gushrowski’s low round on Saturday with a 73.  His final total of 230 strokes tied him for 67th.  Luke Schneider wrapped up the tournament with a 79.  Highlighting his first collegiate tournament was an even 70 in round two on Friday.

UE took 14th in the final standings with a score of 895 but was just six shots outside of the top ten.  Six teams were separated by just six strokes in the standings.

Wright State took top team honors with a score of 846.  They bested host Ball State by 13 strokes.  Joey Wiseman (BSU) and Mikkel Mathiesen (WSU) tied for the top individual spot with scores of 208.

Next up on the schedule for the men is the Valpo Fall Invitational on Sept. 19-20.


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Facing host Tennessee Tech in the final match of the Golden Eagle Invitational, the University of Evansville volleyball team dropped a 3-1 contest.

Giulia Cardona was strong in all facets on Saturday, recording 18 kills, 8 digs, 2 service aces and 2 blocks.  Melanie Feliciano added 10 kills.  Kora Ruff registered 39 assists and 9 digs, both team highs.  Ruff added four blocks, tying Madisyn Steele for the top mark.

Set 1 – UE 25, TTU 22

Game one was an all-out battle.  Kate Tsironis and Kora Ruff combined on a block to put the Purple Aces up 8-6 before a 4-0 run by the Golden Eagles saw them take an 11-9 edge.  Neither team would lead by more than two points until the final tallies.

Knotted at 21-21, an ace by Giulia Cardona and block from Ruff and Madisyn Steele saw UE reel off three in a row to make it set point.  Following a TTU point, Cardona knocked down kill #7 of the game to give UE a 1-0 lead on the strength of a 25-22 decision.

Set 2 – TTU 25, UE 20

Another back-and-forth contest ensued in the second frame.  Both teams enjoyed slight leads but could not extend the lead past two points.  That changed midway through the game.  After a kill from Cardona tied things up at 12-12, the Golden Eagles slowly pulled away.

After going up 18-15, Tennessee Tech added to its advantage to finish with a 25-20 win to knot the match at 1-1.

Set 3 – TTU 25, UE 13

Evansville picked up the first two points of the day, but Tennessee Tech stormed back with five in a row.  The TTU run continued as a 12-3 run saw them go up 12-5.  From there, the Golden Eagles pulled away for the 25-13 win.

Set 4 – TTU 25, UE 15

In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles charged out to an 11-4 lead out of the gate.  After leading by as many as 11 points, they clinched the match, winning by a 25-15 final.

UE returns home on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match versus Tennessee State


KENT, Ohio – Sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) and junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) each produced the Screaming Eagles’ first double-double of the season, but it was not enough as University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-6, 0-0 OVC) loses to Cornell University (2-1), 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 23-25, 19-25), Saturday in the Kent State Invitational. Weber tallied 16 kills and 10 digs while Koch recorded 41 assists and 11 digs.

USI opened the match with an early 8-4 lead, but watched it dwindle as Cornell took a 25-20 first frame lead. After going on a 5-0 run, the Eagles watched the Big Red storm back and march a 12-4 surge that USI could not recover from. Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) was able to pitch in by tallying three kills and a service ace.

The second set brought more fortune for the Eagles, defeating the Big Red, 25-20, and securing USI’s first win in the second set this season. The Eagles found itself down early before sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) struck down a kill to start a 5-0 USI run that included three Downing kills. The Eagles were able to get something going again as Anderson and sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) each secured a kill to gain a 14-9 advantage. After plenty of back-and-forth action, Koch sealed the Big Red’s fate with her first kill of the night. Five of USI’s final six points in set two came from kills. The Eagles also finished the set with 17 kills and a .324 attacking percentage, the best percentage in a single set this season.

USI watched the third set slip away, as Cornell drew a 25-23 victory and a one set lead. It was tight back-and-forth action between the two programs until the Eagles got two kills from Koch and an ace from freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) pushed USI to a 19-17 advantage. The Big Red used a strategic timeout that sparked a 4-0 surge that the Eagles did not recover from. USI had an impressive offensive stat line, recording 14 kills and a .235 attacking percentage with two aces.

A 7-3 gap was too much to come back from as the Eagles fall 25-19 and lose its sixth straight match. The Big Red went on several runs to hoist itself to a fourth set victory. USI was able to stay in striking distance with the help of a Weber service ace and a trio of Anderson kills. The Eagles’ defense allowed 14 kills and a match-high .414 attacking percentage in the final frame.

Offensively, Weber ended with a match-high 16 kills and an ace while Anderson finished with 13 kills, nine digs, and an ace. Bednar produced solid numbers for the Eagles, tallying 13 digs, seven kills and two aces. Koch led USI in the passing game with 41 assists along with recording 11 digs while Moore secured a match-high 18 digs.

The Eagles finished the match with 52 kills and a .207 attacking percentage. USI also had 64 digs, 49 assists, and five aces to go along with two blocks.


The Eagles will have nearly one week to recover until the Chattanooga Classic in Chattanooga, Tennessee Friday September 9 to Saturday September 10. The tournament features Miami (OH) University, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Duquesne University. USI will face the Red Hawks Friday at noon before battling the Mocs at 6 p.m. The Eagles finish out the classic in a 1 p.m. duel against the Dukes on Saturday.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer hosts Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Monday at 1 p.m. for a Labor Day matchup from Strassweg Field. Admission to the match is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital Deaconess.

USI (2-1-2) is coming off a 0-0 tie on the road Thursday at North Alabama. The result was USI’s second straight draw and extended their current unbeaten streak to four matches. The road match with the Lions was a physical battle for USI, as there were a combined 30 fouls called. Plus, the battle for possession and battle in the midfield went back and forth. The Screaming Eagles came within inches of scoring a late go-ahead goal with four remaining, as junior midfielder Alexis Schone (Galena, Ohio) blasted a free kick from about 35 yards out that struck the crossbar.

Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) achieved a career milestone in the 0-0 draw at North Alabama, as she surpassed 250 career saves with a six-save night in goal. Her 252 career saves put her fifth all-time in USI history. Etienne already holds USI’s all-time shutout record with 32 career clean sheets.

Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) had the lone shot on goal against the Lions for the Screaming Eagles. The reigning OVC Offensive Player of the Week leads the Screaming Eagles with four goals, nine points, and 10 shots with nine on goal.

Through five matches in 2022, USI is at the top among Ohio Valley Conference teams with 69 shots, averaging 13.8 per game. After five matches, USI is outshooting their opponents 69 to 38 and 38 to 18 in shots on goal. 14 Eagles have already recorded multiple shot attempts and eight players have multiple shots on goal this season, led by Murphy with 10 shots and nine on target. USI leads the OVC in goals, assists, and points through their offensive output.

IUPUI is out of the Horizon League in NCAA Division I. IUPUI is 2-0-3 so far in the 2022 season, winning 1-0 and 3-2 in their first two matches against Tennessee Tech and SIU Edwardsville, respectively, which are two teams USI will face later in the Ohio Valley Conference season. IUPUI most recently had three consecutive 0-0 ties against Bellarmine, Western Illinois, and Belmont.

Senior forward Maya Lacognato leads the Jaguars with two goals scored this season, which is also good for a team-leading four points. She leads the team with four shots on goal and joins senior midfielder Alex Ludolph with eight shots. Sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo is IUPUI’s netminder, starting all five matches played. She has allowed two goals with 16 saves and two solo shutouts. Her goals against average is 0.46. In 2021, IUPUI was 4-11-3 and 3-6-2 in the Horizon League. Maya Lacognato is the top returning scorer with three goals and nine points a season ago.


The first Valparaiso University football home night game in eight years delivered in a big way on Saturday night at Brown Field.

A large and engaged audience witnessed the compelling ending that it deserved as Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) drilled a career-long 50-yard field goal in the final two minutes to propel Valpo past Indiana Wesleyan 20-17. The Beacons avenged an 18-point setback to the Wildcats in last year’s season opener.

How It Happened

  • Valpo notched a sack on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line to force Indiana Wesleyan to settle for a field goal on the opening drive of the game. The Beacons responded with three points of their own as Bartholomew capped an 11-play, 53-yard drive by splitting the uprights from 30 yards out.
  • The hosts took their first lead of the game early in the second quarter as starting quarterback Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro) completed a 58-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Davis (Brighton, Tenn. / Brighton) to make it 10-3.
  • After forcing an Indiana Wesleyan punt, Valpo doubled the lead with a quick five-play, 44-yard scoring drive. That drive was capped by Mason Kaplan (Peachtree Corners, Ga. / Norcross) racing for 20 yards into the end zone for his first career score.
  • Both defenses stood tall for the remainder of the quarter, and the score stood at 17-3 at halftime.
  • Indiana Wesleyan got back in the game on its first possession of the second half, using a big play on third-and-long to find pay dirt and make it 17-10.
  • A crucial play in the game came with the Wildcats driving midway through the fourth quarter. Kevin Spelman (New Lenox, Ill. / Providence Catholic) forced a fumble and James Doerer (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) made the recovery to keep the 17-10 lead intact as Valpo took over.
  • The Wildcats did get even on the next possession, after a big punt return set up a short field. An 8-yard TD rush made it 17-all.
  • Kaplan connected with Evan Jernegan (Altadena, Calif. / St. Francis) for a key 17-yard gain, setting up the 50-yard field goal by Bartholomew that gave Valpo a 20-17 lead with 1:36 to play.
  • Sam Hafner (Green Bay, Wis. / De Pere) had a key sack on the ensuing possession, and the Valpo defense forced Indiana Wesleyan into a 54-yard field goal try in the closing seconds. That attempt to send the game to overtime came up short, instead sending the Valpo crowd into a celebratory frenzy.

Inside the Game

  • Davis’ TD grab was not only his first career score, but also the second reception of his collegiate career. He finished the night with two grabs for 64 yards, while Dom Grguric (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) had a team-high five catches including the first of his collegiate career.
  • Aaron Dawson (Westbury, N.Y. / W.T. Clarke / Milford Prep [Central Connecticut]) rushed for 147 yards on 22 carries in his Valpo debut. Valpo outgained Indiana Wesleyan in rushing yards 145-25.
  • Bartholomew’s 50-yard field goal represented a new career long. His previous personal best was a 49-yarder during the Spring 2021 season. That one also came at a critical time, as it represented Valpo’s first points of a 10-7 win at Drake. His 50 yarder on Saturday was Valpo’s longest since Dimitrios Latsonas hit from 50 on Nov. 17, 2018 at Stetson.
  • Bartholomew went 2-for-2 on field-goal tries, 2-for-2 on extra points and averaged 65.0 yards per kickoff including three touchbacks. He is up to 21 career made field goals.
  • Speaking of special teams, Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) had a nice night punting the football in his Valpo debut. He averaged 48.1 yards per punt and pinned three inside the 20.
  • Appel Jr. went 13-of-20 through the air for 150 yards, while Kaplan completed three of his five passes for 44 yards.
  • Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) posted a career-high 11 tackles, while Hafner was also in double figures with 10. Turner’s top two tackles outputs in his collegiate tenure have both came against Indiana Wesleyan. Hafner entered the contest with just one collegiate tackle.
  • The Beacons boasted four sacks and nine tackles for loss.
  • The three-point win continued a trend of close games as Valpo has played nine games decided by seven points or fewer since the start of the Spring 2021 season. In other words, half of the team’s 18 games in that time have come down to one score.
  • This marked the first time Valpo opened the season at home since 2012, the first home night game since 2014 and just the fifth home night game in program history.
  • Valpo started a fall season with a win for the first time since 2007. The Beacons also started 1-0 during the unusual Spring 2021 season, when they opened the shortened campaign with conference play.
  • The victory came over an Indiana Wesleyan team ranked No. 9 in the College Football America NAIA Preseason Top 30 and No. 14 in the NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25. They lost just one game last season, although on paper they ended up with three losses due to two games that were retroactively ruled forfeits due to use of an ineligible player.


Two weekends, two tournament titles for the Valpo volleyball program, as the Beacons completed a perfect weekend at the ARC in their own Popcorn Classic with a 3-1 (33-31, 25-21, 18-25, 25-15) victory over Northern Illinois to claim the tournament championship. Saturday’s win was led by a career performance from senior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]), who hit .489 with 25 kills — tied for fourth-most in a four-set match in the 25-point scoring era.

How It Happened

  • Valpo led 8-2 early in the opening set and pulled out to as much as a seven-point lead at one point, but the story of the opening frame was what happened late. The Beacons led 23-17 before NIU scored five in a row, setting up a dramatic end to the frame.
  • A kill from senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) gave Valpo set point at 24-22, but NIU scored the next three to earn a set point chance of its own at 25-24, one which was staved off by a Kuckkan kill.
  • At that point, nobody knew just how deep into extra points the set would go. NIU eventually held off seven Valpo set point opportunities, while a Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) kill for the Beacons trailing 29-28 held off a second chance for the Huskies. Finally, Valpo’s eighth prospect to take the opener was the charm, as leading 32-31, Kuckkan came through with a termination to give Valpo the 1-0 lead in the match.
  • The second set was much tamer, as the Beacons scored the first five points on a service run by junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and never relinquished the advantage. In fact, NIU never closed to closer than two points as Valpo eventually closed out the set on a kill by sophomore Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) to take a 2-0 lead.
  • An 8-0 run in the middle of the third set allowed the Huskies to take control as they avoided the sweep and extended the contest into a fourth set.
  • Valpo left no doubt about the match’s winner and the tournament champion in the fourth set, though. Three straight kills from Kuckkan kicked off a 9-2 early run which put Valpo ahead 12-6, and the Beacons’ lead remained at least four points the rest of the way. Fittingly, it was Kuckkan who closed out the match with a full-power swing on a back-row attack for her 25th kill of the night.

Inside the Match

  • Kuckkan delivered a match to remember on Saturday night. Her 25 kills far outpaced her previous career best of 17 and more than doubled her best effort in the first five matches of the season.
  • Kuckkan didn’t just tally 25 kills, she did so at an efficiency seldom seen from an outside hitter. The senior hit .489, committing just two attack errors on 47 swings — meaning that over half her swings resulted in kills.
  • Kuckkan’s 25 kills are tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player since the move to 25-point rally scoring. Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché is the only player in the program with more kills in a four-set match under 25-point scoring.
  • In fact, Kuckkan is one of just five Valpo players to tally 25 or more kills in any length match under 25-point scoring, joining Porché, Emily Campbell, Peyton McCarthy and Jillie Grant (Maumee, Ohio/Anthony Wayne).
  • Kuckkan didn’t just stand out offensively on Saturday, either. Defensively, she notched 15 digs — tripling her previous high in her time at Valpo and posting her first double-double as a Beacon. Kuckkan was also part of three blocks as well.
  • Offensively, Boyer seconded Kucckan’s impressive night with a strong effort from the right side, tallying 12 kills on .407 hitting for her 10th match in double-figure kills at Valpo.
  • Bulmahn posted her 25th career double-double, notching 25 assists and 11 digs, while Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) handed out 18 assists.
  • Freshman libero Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) has posted 20+ digs four times and has led all players five times in the first six matches of her career, recording 21 digs on Saturday.
  • Junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) matched her career high defensively with five blocks, while Cooper was in on four of Valpo’s 10 team blocks.
  • Valpo continued its strong offensive performance so far this season on Saturday, posting 60 kills over the four sets and hitting at a .258 clip.
  • The 33-31 first set was the deepest into extra points Valpo has gone into a frame since dropping a 34-32 set to Oakland on Nov. 8, 2014. It is the first time since beating Youngstown State in a set, 33-31, on Oct. 6, 2012 that Valpo has won a set that deep into extra points.

Inside the Tournament

  • Valpo claimed the Popcorn Classic championship with a perfect 3-0 record. Saturday’s other matches saw SIUE best Northern Illinois, 3-2, and Campbell prevail over SIUE, 3-1.
  • Valpo has now played 11 in-season tournaments in the tenure of head coach Carin Avery and has come away with the tournament title seven times.
  • It is the 31st in-season tournament title in Avery’s 21 years at the helm of the program and is the 11th time in that span that the program has won multiple titles in the same season.
  • It is the fifth time that Valpo has won each of its first two tournaments of the season, joining the 2003, 2010, 2013 and 2015 teams.


The Valparaiso University tennis team picked up right where it left off after a successful 2021-2022 season by beginning the 2022-2023 campaign with a pair of victories on Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Beacons started the day with a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross during the morning match before dispatching Olivet Nazarene 6-0 in the afternoon.

 How It Happened -Holy Cross (Ind.)

  • Valpo jumped out to an early lead by capturing wins on all three doubles courts. In their first match as a No. 1 doubles tandem, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and freshman Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) did not drop a game in a 6-0 victory. Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) dropped just one game in their triumph at No. 2, while Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) were on the right side of a 6-2 score at No. 3.
  • Czerwonka was the first player off the court when singles got underway, as she succumbed just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the top spot. Silva also made quick work of her opponent in her collegiate singles debut, earning a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2.
  • Tabanera earned the victory that cemented the team win when she capped off a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 3.
  • At the No. 6 singles spot, Sobieski completed a successful collegiate debut by prevailing 6-0, 6-3. Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) notched a “double bagel” at No. 5 with a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Jhaveri battled to a 7-6(3) triumph in the first set before pulling away for a 6-2 win in Set 2 to close out the match.

How It Happened – Olivet Nazarene

  • Czerwonka and Silva did not drop a game in either match on Saturday. They prevailed 6-0 over ONU before Sobieski and McConnell made it a clean sweep of doubles with a 6-1 win at No. 2.
  • All four singles matches that were played to their completion were dominated by Valpo, with the Beacons taking all eight sets and dropping just two total games. Czerwonka (No. 1 singles) and Bertino (No. 5) picked up “double bagel” victories, while Silva won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Jhaveri came out on top 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.

Inside the Matches

  • Czerwonka’s singles win in the first match of the day was the 47th of her collegiate career, a mark that ranks ninth in program history. She reached 48 by winning the afternoon match. She is narrowly behind Jill Dierberg (2002-2006, 49) for eighth on the program’s all-time list.
  • On the doubles side, Czerwonka moved into a tie for seventh with her 46th career victory in the morning match. She later passed Christina Scala (2001-2005) and Dierberg (2002-2006) by winning in the afternoon, moving into a tie with Kate Evangelist (2003-2007) for sixth with 47 career doubles wins.
  • Czerwonka is approaching the 100-win threshold, combined between doubles and singles, for her collegiate career. She is currently at 94 total wins.
  • Jhaveri boosted her win total to 32, while Bertino hauled in her 22nd and 23rd singles wins.
  • During the morning session, Tabanera moved her career singles win total to 39. The standard to crack the top-10 in program history is 45.

Up Next

The Beacons will return to competition on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Grinnell College, closing out a string of three straight home matches to open the fall with a 3 p.m. first serve at the Valpo Tennis Complex.


INDIANAPOLIS—The UIndy football team opened its 2022 campaign in impression fashion Saturday night, shutting out visiting Saint Xavier University by an eye-popping score of 57-0. The final tally set a bit of history, marking the largest opening-game shutout for the program while matching the largest shutout win since 1973*.
Facing the NAIA’s 11th-ranked team, the Hounds dominated every facet of the game. UIndy forced five turnovers, possessed the ball for nearly 39 minutes and outgained the Cougars 447-75 in total yards.
Making his first start under center, sophomore QB Connor Kinnett tossed for 182 yards and four touchdowns – two going to freshman Kamau Ransom in his collegiate debut.
The biggest play of the evening came from Harlon Hill candidate Toriano Clinton. The All-American running back got the Hounds on the board with an 88-yard touchdown gallop – two yards shy of matching the longest TD rush in UIndy history. Clinton finished the night with 145 yards on just 11 carries, all coming in the first half.
UIndy spread the wealth statistically on defense. Team captain Kiave’ Guerrier and fellow-linebacker Jalen Wilson shared the team lead with five tackles apiece, with Guerrier recorded 2.5 TFLs.
Breyon EddingsKhoreice Crawford and Michael Brown all notched interceptions, while Kivonte Houston and Justin Thomas added fumble recoveries.
– Freshman kicker Colin Seymour had a solid debut, going 7-for-7 in PATs and adding a pair of field goals.
– Eight different Hounds caught a pass, the longest coming on a 31-yard TD from Frank Bentley.
– UIndy punted just three times, including zero in the first half.
– Early in the fourth, back-up QB Christian Conkling and freshman wideout Rory Heltsley connected on a beautiful 11-yard touchdown pass and catch – a collegiate first for both players.

The Greyhounds have a bye week on tap before heading to Tiffin University for a clash with the Dragons on Saturday, Sept. 17.


INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis volleyball closed out their annual UIndy Invitational with a win and a loss. The Hounds move to 5-2 on the season after back to back invitationals at home. 
GAME 1 | UIndy 3, Minnesota State 0
It was a thrilling three-set sweep for the Greyhound in the morning matchup against the Mavericks of Minnesota State, notching the fifth straight win for the Hounds. In set one, the MSU jumped to a quick 2-0 lead but from that point it was a Greyhound show as they went put up eight points to the Mavericks one leading into a MSU timeout.

The Hounds continued their domination, allowing only one stretch of back-to-back points for the rest of the first. UIndy strung together point after point, ending with a six-point finisher, to capture set one, 25-10. Grace Hegwood led the Hounds in kills in the set with four.

The Mavericks did not lay down quietly in set two, jumping out to a 11-5 lead. The Greyhounds battled back, point-by-point till it was 15-14 with multiple kills coming from Elizabeth Eads. From that point on it was a neck-and-neck game, with neither team establishing themselves with a lead of more than three.

Free volleyball was on deck as the teams pushed past the 25-point mark. Kills by Hannah Sabotin and Eads kept UIndy in the game with the eventual decider coming on a double block by Sophia Parlanti and Eads, making the final score 29-27.

The third kept that same energy with the Hounds and Mavericks both locked in up to the 10-10 mark. A 4-1 MSU run was answered by UIndy’s own 5-0 spurt. Sabotin and Hegwood threw in kills to hold off a run once again by the Mavericks, leaving the score 20-19 in the Hounds favor. It was once again a stretch by the Greyhounds to close out the sweep with Hegwood at the helm. Three straight kills by the Southside local put the lead at 23-19. She followed that up with a solo block right into a kill from Sara Spalding to close the game, 25-19.

GAME 2 | #21 Minnesota Duluth 3, UIndy 0
In their second match of the day the Greyhounds lined up with the No. 21 team in the country in the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. The Bulldogs came out in the first set aggressive, seeing the score tied once and never giving in from that point, finishing 25-15. The Hounds battled in the second go around forcing five lead changes behind the back of several salvos, but ales the Bulldogs took the set 25-21.

To end the match, UIndy fought behind the continued excellence of Sabotin, opening up to a 3-2 advantage. The battle of the dogs was back in forth with three point stretches for each team, up until 10-12 mark for the Bulldogs. From that point the visitors went on a 17-8 run to close out the final set of the contest.

– Hegwood dominated the kill category, tallying 20 between the two matches.
– Spalding had an assist on over 50 percent of UIndy’s kills
– Parlanti led the Hounds in block assists against the Mavericks.

UIndy stays with the theme of invitationals as they travel for the IUP Invite in Indiana, Penn. The action kicks off on Friday, Sept. 9 as the Hounds take on the Senators of Dave & Elkins College.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team broke the record book multiple times over as they kicked off their 2022 season Saturday afternoon, shutting out Madonna 86-0 in their conference opening win.

The Knights got off to a blazing start in their season opener, as the defense forced a quick three and out. After the punt the offense took advantage of great field position, marching down the field in four plays with Zach Bundalo capping off the 42-yard series with a touchdown strike to Ben Stevens. Stevens soon found paydirt again, picking up a punt after another defensive stop, taking the kick to the house for a 48-yard score.

Marian’s defense continued to produce stops in the opening quarter, getting an interception from Adrian Cuevas which would set up a Baron Huebler touchdown, while another three and out paved the path for a Christian Hunter touchdown run. Leading 28-0 with over five minutes to play in the first quarter, Marian stayed aggressive forcing a safety on a bobbled punt snap, while Huebler scampered in for a one yard score after the free kick. The Knights’ scoring barrage resulted in 37 points in the first quarter, which set a single quarter scoring record, while the defense held the Crusaders to -7 yards from scrimmage.

Continuing the onslaught in the second quarter, the Knights took their first possession of the period and found the end zone for the sixth time, with Bundalo dropping a 40-yard touchdown to Jacob Pressler. Marian’s reserves began to flood the field and kept the momentum flowing after Pressler’s score, as the defense forced a pair of punts unleashing William Gibson. The third Marian running back to take the field took advantage of his opportunity, rushing for 146 yards on 13 carries in the quarter, resulting in his first pair of touchdowns in his career. Gibson’s touchdown runs gave Marian a 58-0 lead at halftime, setting the record for most points scored in a half.

After halftime Marian emptied the bench, giving their young players valuable minutes in the final 30 minutes. The offense scored on each of their first two drives, with Tristan Polk finding Brandon Price for a 20-yard touchdown, while Keagan La Belle scored on a 48-yard touchdown run to drive the score to 72-0. The defense continued to force punts as the likes of Alex GriffithAlex Money, and Parker Allman shutting down the Madonna offense.

The fireworks for the Knights finished in the fourth quarter, as Jack Henninger threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Zarik Chmielewski as the pair hooked up for their first collegiate scores, and on the next defensive series Andy Myers jumped an out route and recorded a 51-yard pick-six, putting a stamp on the 86-0 blowout. 

For the game, Marian out-gained Madonna 589 to 135, with the Knights picking up 411 yards on the ground. Gibson’s 146 yards led the team, while La Belle rushed for 83. Hunter and Huebler combined for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, and freshman Gideon Brimmage ran for 37. The quarterbacks combined for 178 passing yards, with Bundalo’s 107 leading the way. Pressler led the receivers with 67 yards.

The defense pitched their second shutout under Tyler Stinn‘s leadership, recording nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Danny Lewis led the defense with 3.5 tackles, while Peyton Trexler and Tyler Majors each had four total stops. Allman and Money led the team with 1.5 sacks each, while Cuevas and Myers each recorded their first career interceptions. Marian’s 86-0 win is the largest margin of victory in school history, and the most points scored in a single game. 110 players saw action for the Knights Saturday afternoon, the most to see a snap for Marian in a single game.

Marian will take an early bye week, and return to play on September 17 when they host St. Francis (Ill.) at 6:05 p.m. A fireworks display will be held after the game for the fans. 


Saint Louis, Mo. – The No. 7 Marian women’s soccer team took care of business on the road as they defeated No. 3 Central Methodist in a top-10 showdown behind goals from Kiley Jones and Naomi Walters. With the win over the Eagles, the Knights move to 3-0-1 on the season. 

Both teams were on the search for a goal early, with Central Methodist taking the first shot at the nine-minute mark before Walters took the first attempt for the Knights a little over a minute later, but saw it go wide right.

After the Knights goal, the Eagles fired off three more shot attempts with two of them being saved by Noelle Rolfsen. The Knights and Eagle defenses were the story the next 14 minutes, neither team being able to make any attempts at goal before Erin Oleksak had a look at goal, but her attempt would go high.

Jones and Stephanie Ramos teamed up at the 38:50 mark as Jones scored her first collegiate goal off the assist from Ramos, giving Marian the 1-0 lead. The host were able to fire off a last second chance for a goal, but Rolfsen came up with the save to give the Knights the 1-0 lead going into the break.

Oleksak kicked things off for the Knights at the start of the second half, firing a shot that would go wide left. Not long after, Walters was able to capitalize and knock one in the back of the net to give the Knights the 2-0 lead.

At the 60:30 mark, the Eagles answered with a goal of their own to cut the lead back 2-1. The host looked to continue their offensive attack as they took seven more shots in the remainder of the half. Even with the offensive threat made by Central Methodist, Marian’s defense held strong and Walters early goal in the half proved to be the game winner.

The Knights fired off seven shots on the day, capitalizing on two of them. Oleksak led the shot category for Marian, notching three while Walters took two. Lindsey Stoughton and Jones each added one a piece. Ramos had the lone assist for the Knights while Rolfsen came up big in the net, making six saves on seven shots on goal, while allowing only one goal. With the Knights win, Rolfsen improves to 3-0-1 on the season.

Marian will be back in action September 5 as they continue their trip in St. Louis, taking on Missouri Baptist University at 12 PM. 


CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – The No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer team notched a 3-0 win at Judson Saturday afternoon.

Just 6:49 into the match, Sarah Foulk found the back of the net off a pass from Kristy Bowden.

The Wildcats continued their impressive defensive effort with a shutout effort.

Leading 1-0 in the second period, Mallory Krueger posted a goal while Sydney Brown earned the assist at the 76:53 mark.

Bowden added to her point tally late in the frame with an insurance goal with 6:14 to play.

Hope Stacker turned away all five shots on frame for the clean slate.

20: IWU registered 20 shots compared to nine by Judson.

9: With the offensive pressure, the Wildcats garnered nine corner kicks compared to three by the home squad.

4: IWU earned its fourth shutout of the season.

The team returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they play at the University of Rio Grande (Ohio).

The match is slated to start at 5 p.m. Live stats and video will be available at

The Wildcats return home on Saturday, Sept. 10 when they host The Master’s University (Calif.) at 12 p.m.

Individuals looking to attend can purchase tickets at


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In their second top-10 match in a row, Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer took the pitch in Fort Wayne, Ind. for their first road game of the season against No. 7 Indiana Tech. The Wildcats once again left the game unresolved with the score remaining 0-0 after 90 minutes of play.

Both teams were even in total shots with 12 each.

The Wildcats produced more scoring chances, putting 9 shots on frame compared to 5 for Indiana Tech.

Jose Pizarro and Winter Casseus led IWU with 2 shots on frame each.

Aaron Carr set a new season-high with 5 saves in the match.

The Wildcats return home on Wednesday night as they take on (RV) University of Northwestern Ohio.


VALPARAISO, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan battled back from a halftime deficit to knot the score at 17-17 at Valparaiso Saturday evening, but the Wildcats dropped a 20-17 decision in the 2022 season opener.

IWU got on the board first with a field goal only to see the Beacons rattle off 17 unanswered points.

The Wildcats bounced back and knotted the score at 17-17 late in the fourth quarter.

However, a 50-yard field goal gave Valpo the three-point victory.

Indiana Wesleyan recorded 298 yards compared to 339 for Valpo. The Beacons held a 4.8 yard-per rush average compared to 1.0 yard per rush for the Wildcats.

IWU completed 26 passes for 273 yards. Valparaiso completed 16 passes for 194 yards.

Thanks to Johnson’s outstanding punt return, the Wildcats returned three punts for 91 yards. IWU had sensational special teams help, allowing just seven punt return yards on two returns.

Defensively, IWU had 31 solo tackles to 29 for the home team.

Stokes completed 26 passes for 273 yards.

Jacquez Carter caught a game-high nine passes for 97 yards. Stephens-Peppers hauled in eight passes for 113 yards.

Neil Campbell led the defense with a game-high 11 total tackles. Donovan Shelton added 10 tackles while Johnson’s seven solo stops were enough for game-high honors.

IWU has a bye week to prepare for its next contest, which will be played Sept. 17 at Olivet Nazarene. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.


RICHMOND – The Earlham College women’s soccer team was greeted with rainy conditions in its opening game in Matlack-Messer Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers were not unsettled by the weather and put on an offensive clinic against Eureka College to win 5-0 against the Red Devils.

Earlham improves to 1-0-1 in the 2022 season.

First year player Mallory Smith recorded the first two goals of her budding Quaker career. Eva Lyon also had a multi-goal game and Mollie Lyon returned to the grass pitch of Matlack-Messer with a score.

Smith notched the first goal of the contest in the 13th minute off an assist from Liz Burley. Burley carried the ball down the right sideline and cut for the goal. As she was attacking, Burley sent a cross in front of the goal face which found Smith in open space in the penalty area.

Eva Lyon added a second goal to the lead in the 24th minute after she intercepted a goal kick and took a long distance shot through defensive players.

The Quakers led 2-0 going into the halftime break.

Mollie Lyon got in on the action in the 56th minute with help from a cross by Smith through the box. Eager for more action, Smith found the back of the net again in the 57th minute on a breakaway through the middle of the field.

Eva Lyon scored her second goal of the game after she dribbled through the defense for an unassisted score in the 72nd minute.

The Quakers outshot the Red Devils 43-0 and tallied a 10-0 lead in corner kicks.

Makayla Hurey recorded a shutout and her first goalkeeping win of the season.

Earlham will be back in action on Wednesday in Matlack-Messer Stadium against Spalding University at 4 pm.


CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Earlham College volleyball team split a pair of contests against Ohio Wesleyan and Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday morning at the Mount St. Joseph Tournament.

Maria Young led the Quakers on the day with 16 kills. Erin Wagner combined for 48 assists in the two matches.

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 3   Ohio Wesleyan 0   (25-20, 25-21, 25-21)

Young scored 10 kills in the first match of the day to lead the offense. Liv Kyrk and Aniyah Harrington both contributed points with seven kills each.

The Quakers took an early lead in set one after an 8-2 run. EC then held a lead of at least three points for the remainder of the set to win 25-20.

Earlham started slow in set two, but scored six straight points with serves from Young to take a 9-5 lead. A 6-1 run later in the set helped secure the Quaker lead as they held off a late rally to win 25-21.

The Quaker offense took off in set three with 18 total kills and a .317 combined hitting percentage. EC jumped ahead early 16-9 before the Bishops rallied back to 19-16.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 0   ILLINOIS WESLEYAN 3   (19-25, 20-25, 19-25)

The Earlham offense struggled to gain footing in the second match of the day. The Quakers scored just 21 kills as a team and hit at a .031 clip.

Young led the EC hitters with six kills and a .115 percentage. Quaker libero Jen Shamel recorded 16 digs.

After leading 11-10 in the first set, the Quakers allowed six straight points and could not recover the deficit. Earlham opened the second set with five straight points in what was their best set offensively. The Quakers trailed 21-7 in set three before scoring a 12-3 run down the stretch.

Earlham will be back on the court for its home opener on Tuesday at 7 pm against Wittenebrg in Druley Performance Gym.


CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana –Wabash put together a nine-play, 63-yard drive, culminating in a 15-yard rushing touchdown from with :46 remaining in the ballgame to give Wabash College a 52-48 win over Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon at Little Giant Stadium.

The victory improved Wabash’s record to 1-0 on the season while the HSC fell to 0-1.

Liam Thompson led Wabash’s passing attack with a career-high 380 yards through the air, tossing four touchdowns without throwing an interception. The signal caller also added 102 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

In addition to Thompson’s effort, Cade Campbell paced the Wabash rushing attack by accumulating 69 yards over the course of the game, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Donovan Snyder chipped in with 61 yards and one touchdown as well.

Derek Allen Jr. reeled in seven catches for 160 yards and three scores. Jacob Riddle got in on the action in the passing game as well, hauling in three balls for 53 yards.

Garrett Mroz showed out for the Wabash defense, collecting three tackles and one interception. Steven Thomas added eight tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one sack and Cade Lansdell had seven tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 1.5 sacks in the win.

Wabash won the turnover battle in Saturday’s game, forcing one turnover while avoiding any giveaways. Wabash also had an outstanding day offensively, logging 663 total yards, 283 on the ground and 380 through the air, while averaging 7.5 yards per play and out-gaining Hampden-Sydney. The Wabash offense did a good job keeping drives alive, converting on 63.2 percent of third-down attempts going 12-for-19 on the day. The WAB also went 2-for-3 on fourth down.

Defensively, Wabash held up fairly well against the Hampden-Sydney rushing attack, holding the Tigers to 144 yards on the ground. The Wabash defense disrupted Hampden-Sydney’s backfield by piling up four sacks and 11 total tackles for loss.

How It Happened

Wabash put points on the board on eight different occasions on their way to scoring 52 points. Wabash took its first lead with 8:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, opening up a 45-42 advantage. Thompson carried it for a 26-yard touchdown run to close a five-play, 62-yard scoring drive. Allen Jr. converted a two-point conversion attempt.

After Hampden-Sydney rallied to take the lead, Wabash got back on top with a touchdown to take control for good at 52-48 with :46 left in the fourth quarter. Snyder powered in a 15-yard touchdown run to end a nine-play, 63-yard drive.

Game Notes

» Wabash had two players reach the promised land multiple times, as Allen Jr. scored three touchdowns and Thompson added two.

» Wabash outgained Hampden-Sydney 663-490, including a 283-144 advantage on the ground. The 663 yards of total offense is the third-highest single-game total for the LIttle Giants.

» Wabash won the turnover battle 1-0 after picking off one pass.

» Wabash had their highest scoring quarter in the fourth period, when they put up 22 points.

» Wabash converted 12 of 19 third downs while Hampden-Sydney was successful on 9 of 16.

» Wabash had three players with more than eight tackles in the ballgame led by Thomas, who had eight.

» Wabash scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

» Wabash went 2-for-3 on fourth down, converting on 66.7 percent of attempts.

» Wabash didn’t allow a sack in the contest.

» Wabash racked up 11 tackles for loss and added four sacks.

» Tanner Bernard led the HSC passing attack, completing 27 of his 40 attempts for 339 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

» Melik Frost led the Hampden-Sydney rushing attack with 98 yards and two touchdowns.


OLIVET, Mich. – The Franklin College football team kicked off the 2022 campaign on Saturday (Sept. 3) afternoon, taking on the Olivet Comets in the first of two road contests to open the schedule.

Sophomore quarterback Kai Ross set a career-high with 373 yards passing and two Grizzly (0-1) wideouts recorded 100-yard afternoons. But two late touchdowns from the Comets (1-0) was the difference and a last-minute comeback bid fell short as Olivet held on for a 35-31 win.

How it Happened

The Grizzlies claimed the lead for the first time late in the first quarter, with a 26-yard Derek Baldin field goal followed by a one-yard Cam Johnson touchdown run that made it 10-7 with 22 seconds to go in the first quarter.

The Comets re-claimed the lead early in the second quarter with a touchdown but Franklin answered 2:02 later when Jarrett Gibson hauled in a seven-yard score to make it 17-14, a score that held when the teams went into the half.

Three plays into the second half, Franklin extended the lead when Ross and Dylan McKinney connected on a 62-yard play action play that made it 24-14 Franklin. Olivet cut into the lead with a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter but Franklin turned an interception into a short touchdown run from Garrett Cora that made it 31-21 with 11:18 to go in the game.

But a potent Olivet run game took over the rest of the way, and the Comets found the end zone on each of their final two drives to take the lead with 51 seconds to go. Franklin moved the ball down to the Olivet 24 with three seconds to go, but a game-winning heave into the end zone was broken up as the final gun sounded.

Inside the Box Score

-Ross was sensational in the passing game, going 30-for-41 for 373 yards and a pair of scores. The Lizton, Ind.-native set new career highs in completions, yards and attempts in the game.

-Cora led the Franklin ground game with 92 yards on 13 carries/

-Junior Spencer Wright made his first career start at wideout and hauled in 10 balls for 143 yards, leading all recievers on both teams. McKinney joined him in the 100-yard club with 106 yards on four grabs.

-Matt Nealy, Malachi Joy and Dawson Dallape all hauled in their first career passes, with the trio combining for five grabs and 51 yards.

-Freshman T’Lijah Robinson led the Grizzly defense with eight tackles, seven coming in the solo variety.

-Sophomore Brock Thurman recorded the first two sacks of his career.

-In his first career game, freshman defensive back Andrew Poppa picked off a third quarter pass and ran it back 27 yards to set up Cora’s touchdown.

Up Next

Franklin heads back out on the road next Saturday (Sept. 10) for their final road non-conference game. The Grizzlies take on Aurora University with kick off from Illinois set for 2:00 p.m. eastern time.


JACKSONVILLE, Ill. – The Franklin College volleyball team closed out their opening weekend of competition on Saturday (Sept. 3) morning, taking on the Monmouth Fighting Scots in their final game of the Illinois College Invitational.

Freshman Kaitlyn Lavy put down a season high 16 kills to lead the Franklin (1-2) attack, but the Grizzlies dropped a hard-fought battle with the Fighting Scots in four sets, 25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19.

After dropping two tightly contested sets to open the game, the Grizzlies rushed out to a 7-0 lead in game three and never looked back. The Scots got within two late in the set, but a Hope Moring kill and following Monmouth attack error netted Franklin their lone set of the day.

Lavy led all pin hitters in kills and ended the day with 15 kills for her first career double-double.  Moring and Chloe Holder just missed out on double digit kills, finishing with nine each.

Senior setter Billie Jarrett also notched a double-double with 36 assists and 16 digs. Freshman libero Campbell Clark posted her highest dig total of the weekend, leading the team with 21 on the day.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will face off with in-state rival DePauw on Tuesday (Sept. 6) night in Greencastle. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m.


GREENCASTLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology took an early 14-3 lead, before DePauw University rallied to claim a 17-14 win in a rematch from the 2021 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman led 7-3 at halftime after a hail mary touchdown on the final play of the first half.  Miguel Robertson connected with Adam Tice-Saliu on a 37-yard touchdown pass into the middle of the endzone to give the Fightin’ Engineers the halftime lead.

The Rose-Hulman lead reached 14-3 just one minute into the second half.  Robertson hit Daniel Huery with a crossing pass, and Huery dodged defenders and sprinted the rest of the way for a 73-yard score.  Kyle Rehberg added the extra point and Rose-Hulman led 14-3 with 13:58 left in the third quarter.

DePauw answered with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Wally Renie to Trey Shaw, and a 7-yard touchdown run by Renie to earn the final margin of victory.

The two defenses dominated the first half, with Rose-Hulman snagging an interception and blocking a field goal to highlight the effort.  Tyce Miller hauled in the interception, and Kyzer Bowen recorded the blocked field goal to keep the game scoreless deep into the second quarter.  Chaikou Sow later added a fumble recovery in another forced turnover.

Robertson finished 15-of-28 through the air for 246 yards and two touchdowns for the Fightin’ Engineers.  Huery made nine receptions for 148 yards and one score, and Tice-Saliu had three receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown.  Grant Ripperda added 48 rushing yards on 18 carries.

The Rose-Hulman defense held Renie to just 10-of-24 through the air for 130 yards and one score.  Renie crossed the 100-yard mark in rushing with 124 yards and a touchdown, and Gus Baumgartner rushed for 106 yards for DePauw.

Bowen led the Rose-Hulman defense with 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one sack and the blocked field goal.  Mason Grawe added eight tackles for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Rose-Hulman returns to action on Saturday Sept. 10 with the home opener against Trine University at 7 pm.


HOUSTON, Texas — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology completed a 3-1 weekend at the St. Thomas Volleyball Invitational with a split of two matches on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman won the nightcap over Widener 25-19, 26-24, 25-16 to earn its third win on the weekend.  Saturday’s opener was a tight 25-22, 25-22, 27-25 loss to Texas Lutheran.

Against Widener, Elizabeth Canon led the offense with seven kills and Sophia Koop added six kills.

Jillian Gregg had nine assists and three service aces, and Sophia Harrison added eight assists and two aces to the performance.

Lily Ebright (12), Kylie Rathbun (10) and Claudia Rowan (10) had double-figure digs, and Allie Fults provided one solo block for the Rose-Hulman defense.

In the opener against Texas Lutheran, Koop had nine kills and Korte added six.

Harrison had nine assists and four service aces, with Gregg contributing eight assists.  Ebright had a team-high 18 digs.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with three matches at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational next weekend.


DANVILLE, Ky. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on a strong defensive effort to remain within striking distance before falling 1-0 to No. 14 ranked Centre College in women’s soccer action on Saturday.

Centre scored its only goal in the 64th minute and outshot Rose-Hulman 24-4 in the match.  Natalie Dillon led the strong Rose-Hulman defense with seven saves.

Kiley McKee recorded two shots to lead the Fightin’ Engineer offense.  Jayden Gibson and Alex Adams had one shot each.

Rose-Hulman returns to action with its home opener on Wednesday at 7 pm against Greenville College.


The Anderson University volleyball team (2-1) rolled past Illinois College (1-2) with a 25-19, 26-24, 25-20 victory during the Illinois College Tournament on Saturday in Jacksonville, Ill.

Anderson closed out the Illinois College Tournament with a 2-1 record.


We started out the weekend with a great set against Westminster, but when they pushed, we didn’t respond to their attack. We spent most of that match out of system, which is not our strength. We bounced back against Monmouth and put together a great offense. Tess Perdue, Shaylen Perry, Jimena Montano and Kelsie Marker led the offense while Erin Roach did a great job of controlling the backcourt. In spite of some inconstant play against Illinois College, we managed to hold them off and even put together a come-from-behind win in Set 2. Sydney McClain and Olivia Ricica along with Perdue and Perry led the offense. Kate Todd and Carmen Soloria contributed both assists, service aces and digs on the weekend.


The Ravens recorded a .160 attack percentage while the Lady Blues finished with an .080 attack percentage.

Shaylen Perry – 11 kills, .625 hitting percentage, 3 blocks

Carmen Soloria – 18 assists, 3 service aces

Erin Roach – 16 digs

Kate Todd – 20 assists

Olivia Ricica – 9 kills

Tess Perdue – 7 kills

Jimena Montano – 4 blocks

Sydney McClain – 5 kills

Ashlyn Transier – 5 kills


The Ravens host Olivet College (2-1) on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.


Winona Lake, Ind. — Women’s Tennis split the matches between Grace and Indiana Wesleyan to start the season 1-1.

BU 5, Grace 2

Doubles Matches:

1 Doubles: Lydia Ruegsegger/Kiersten Martin(GC) def. Elizaveta Mikhailova/Kyla Heckaman (BU) 7-6 (3)

2 Doubles: Anna Graves/Addy Jarvis (GC) def. Saige Rinkenberger/Fatima Calderone (BU) 6-3

3 Doubles: Hallie Mast/Gretchen Adams (GC) def. Layla Jojo/Moana Martins (BU) 6-4

Singles Matches:

1 Singles: Anna Graves (GC) def. Elizaveta Mikhailova (BU). 7-5, 6-3

2 Singles: Alexia Pena (BU) def. Lydia Ruegsegger (GC) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6

3 Singles: Kyla Heckaman (BU) def. Kiersten Martin (GC) 7-5, 6-3

4 Singles: Fatima Calderone (BU) def Addy Jarvis (GC) 6-1, 6-1

5 Singles: Layla Jojo (BU) def. Hallie Mast (GC) 6-2, 6-1

6 Singles: Saige Rinkenberger (BU) def. Gretchen Adams (GC) 6-1, 6-0

Indiana Wesleyan 7, BU 0

Doubles Matches:

1 Doubles: France Antezana/Melanie Dveksler (IWU) vs. Elizaveta Mikhailova/Kyla Heckaman (BU) 6-3

2 Doubles: Breann Barger/Sofia Munoz (IWU) def. Saige Rinkenberger/Fatima Calderone (BU) 6-2

3 Doubles: Emily Connolly/Maria Way (IWU) def. Layla Jojo/Moana Martins (BU) 6-2

Singles Matches:

1 Singles: France Antezana (IWU) vs. Elizaveta Mikhailova (BU) 6-3, 6-0

2 Singles: Sofia Munoz(IWU) vs. Alexia Pena (BU) 6-0, 6-0

3 Singles: Melanie Dveksler (IWU) def. Kyla Heckaman (BU) 6-0, 6-0

4 Singles: Breann Barger (IWU) def. Fatima Calderone (BU) 6-0, 6-0

5 Singles: Ellie Snider (IWU) def. Layla Jojo (BU) 6-3, 6-0

6 Singles: Emily Connolly (IWU) def. Saige Rinkenberger (BU) 6-2, 6-1


The Lady Pilots take on Marian and Huntington at Ward Baker Park for the first home matches of the season on Sept. 7th.


Greencastle, Ind. – Wally Renie’s 7-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive and lifted DePauw to a 17-14 win over visiting Rose-Hulman in the Nick Mourouzis Memorial Game.

Neither team scored in the first quarter but, early in the second, DePauw drove to the Fightin’ Engineers’ 3-yard line before being stopped. Joseph Sullivan’s 23-yard field goal was blocked by Cameron Dorsey who then recovered it and returned it to the Rose-Hulman 35.

The squads exchanged punts for most of the second until Sullivan booted a 33-yard field goal with 53 seconds left in the half. On the ensuing series, Rose-Hulman converted a third-and-eight from near midfield and two plays later from the DePauw 37 Miguel Robertson tossed a ball to the end zone and into the hands of Adam Tice Saliu for a score as time expired. Kyle Rehberg booted the point-after to give the Engineers a 7-3 lead at the half.

Rose-Hulman needed just three plays at the start of the third quarter to push the lead to 14-3 as Robertson teamed with Daniel Huery for a 73-yard scoring play.

On the next drive, the Tigers’ Jack Drake missed a 49-yard field goal attempt, but a defensive stop gave the Tigers the ball at their own 18.

Gus Baumgartner and Renie exchanged carries to advance the ball into Rose-Hulman territory and a personal foul penalty gave DePauw the ball at the Engineers’ 31. On the next play, Renie completed a deep scoring pass to Trey Shaw to cut the lead to 14-10 with 6:09 left in the third.

Rose-Hulman looked to extend the lead in the fourth, but Rehberg’s 30-yard field goal was off the mark.

The Tigers took over on their own 20 with Baumgartner carrying twice for a total of 14 yards. Three plays later and faced with a third-and-nine from the DePauw 45, Renie carried for 10 yards and a first down and then teamed with Shaw for a 43-yard gain to the Rose-Hulman 12. After two runs netted five yards, Renie put the Tigers ahead with his scoring run. DePauw’s Dane Young picked off Robertson at the DePauw 34, on the third play of the Rose-Hulman drive, and sealed the win.

DePauw outgained the Engineers, 401-299 including a 271-53 edge on the ground. Baumgartner rushed for a game-high 124 yards with Renie chipping in 106.Grant Ripperda paced Rose-Hulman with 48 rushing yards.

Renie completed 10-of-24 passes for 130 yards, while Robertson finished with 246 passing yards on 15-of-28 passing.

Shaw caught four passes for 87 yards, while Huery hauled in eight for 148 yards.

Brevon Gude paced DePauw’s defense with seven tackles. while Jonathan Bruder led with three pass breakups. Kyzer Bowen led the Engineers with 14 tackles.

DePauw travels to Anderson on Saturday, September 10, for a 6 p.m. game.


Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw split its Saturday matches to earn a 2-2 record on the opening weekend at the DePauw Tigers Invitational. The Tigers opened with a 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 18-25, 15-9) win over Concordia Chicago before Albion topped DePauw 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18).

In the win over Concordia, Katie Gansle led the way with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Ashley Haas, Olivia Karwin and Grace Myers each had two of the Tigers’ nine aces. Lauren Ridgway and Ashley Haas had six block assists apiece.

Concordia’s Grace Heywood had 16 kills with Julia Beers leading with 20 digs. Heywood had five of the team’s 14 aces.

Gansle had seven of DePauw’s 20 kills in the Albion match with Grace Myers adding nine digs. Chloe Webber paced the Britons with 11 kills and Courtney Companion had 12 digs. Albion hit .378 for the match and held a 41-20 edge in kills.

DePauw hosts Franklin on Tuesday, September 6, at 7 p.m.


ADA, Ohio –  The Hanover women’s soccer team made the trek north on Saturday afternoon taking on the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern, who recently received votes as part of the top 25 poll. The Blue and Red dropped the heartbreaker 3-2.

Pacing the way for Panthers was the sophomore duo of Nora Ludwig (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Beth Cook (Goshen, Ind.) with one goal apiece. Cook added a team-high two shots on frame.

The opening half saw a scoring frenzy as four separate goals were recorded. After surrendering the opening strike to the Polar Bears, Ludwig answered off a pass from senior Ainsleigh Spaulding (Independence Ky.) for the game tying blow, 1-1.

HC would take the lead at the 37-minute mark as Cook picked up her fourth goal of the season following an assist by teammate junior Cassidy Lett (Walton, Ky.), 2-1.

However, ONU got the final say of the first half as they netted the game tying goal with just 12 minutes remaining in the half.

They netted the game winning strike in the 63-minute securing the competitive 3-2 victory.

Hanover returns to action on Friday, Sept. 9 when they host St. Mary’s College. Game time is set for 5:00 PM.


SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers wrapped up the weekend competing as part of the Great Lakes Cross Over falling to regionally ranked Muskingum 3-0 before dropping a hard-fought battle with Baldwin Wallace 3-2.


The Panthers opened Saturday action against regionally ranked Muskingum falling in straight sets 25-10, 25-20, 25-18.

Pacing the attack for the Blue and Red was freshman CC Shick (Fort Thomas, Ky.) with a team best seven kills on 18 total attempts. Junior Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) and senior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) led the defensive efforts charting double digit digs. Dunn added a team best 16 while Harmon picked up 14 digs.


After dropping a tough set one with Baldwin Wallace 25-14, the Panthers battled back taking the next two sets 26-24, 25-23. They would go on to surrender the fourth set 25-18 before falling in a competitive fifth set 17-15.

Hanover was led in the contest by Shick with a team-high 10 kills on 29 attempts. Three Panthers finished with eight kills apiece in sophomore Brookelyn Herrell (Greenfield, Ind.), freshman Elliot Mays (Jeffersonville, Ind.), and Harmon.

Dunn picked up a team best 26 digs.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they travel to Centre. Game time is set for 7:00 PM.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The HU men’s soccer team’s home opener did not disappoint as the hosts mounted a second half comeback to slip past Lourdes 2-1 Saturday afternoon at King Stadium.

The matchup was a first for the Forester program as they improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Gray Wolves (0-4-1) struck first 22 minutes in when Diego Pereira’s blast struck far post and bounced in for a lead they carried into intermission. The visitors fired off ten shots through the first 45 minutes to HU’s two so the 1-0 halftime score wasn’t terribly surprising.

The Foresters came out of the locker room with an urgency and by the 60th minute, it paid off. Compliments of Paulo Filho’s bounce pass, Tiago Costa snuck behind the backline and slotted the keeper for the equalizer.

The game-winner epitomized sheer determination and came with just over eight minutes remaining at the right foot of Higor Barbieri who was able to finish despite being challenged by several defenders in the box.

“Lourdes is a talented, well coached team so to get this win is big,” said Coach Russ Lawson. “There’s plenty for us to build on based on today’s performance.

“While there were moments we didn’t possess the ball as much as we’d like, I was proud of the boys for staying organized and taking advantage of the opportunities we created. I thought we got great play from our midfielders and the guys off the bench offered valuable minutes.”

The Gray Wolves outshot HU 17-7 and enjoyed ten corners to their hosts’ two. Pedro Moreira directed traffic in goal to earn the win, tracking down eight saves along the way.

The Foresters hit the road again on Wednesday to take on Siena Heights at 4:00 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-0-1) traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on the Carlow University Celtics (0-1-0) and backed by a club record 10 goals in the first half, dominated their way to an 11-0 victory.

Right out of the gate, the Cougars picked up where they left off on Wednesday night with a 5-0 shutout over the Calumet St. Joseph Crimson Wave. Just 95 seconds into the match, sophomore midfielder Simon Hemler got the ball off a rebound and knocked it through to break open the scoring for Saint Francis.

Junior midfielder Enrique Subiran then got the ball from freshman midfielder Alessandro Bazan in the 15th minute to double the score with his third goal of the season. Subiran then added a second just seven minutes later, and the Cougars kept pressing.

By the 28th minute the Cougars had extended their lead to six goals and sent a whole line of substitutions into the game. Those subs then stepped right in and didn’t skip a beat as junior forward Nahuel Suarez scored a third Cougar goal in under three minutes, likewise to the other night when Daniel Eleuterio did it in under two minutes all by himself.

The Cougars then allowed each of their goalies some time in net as Saint Francis continued building its lead over the Celtics. By halftime, the Cougars had 10 goals with Subiran, Suarez, and sophomore midfielder Yann Fattouh each scoring two apiece.

Coming into the second half, one final goal was scored just 75 seconds into the frame, this time by senior forward Ivan Altimirano as the Cougars cruised to an 11-0 win and third shutout of the season.

“It is always nice to get results on the road after a long trip,” Head Coach Jake Essig said. “The lads are playing unselfish right now and that will pay dividends down the road.”

Throughout the match, the Cougars totaled 19 shots on goal, 33 shots total, and 11 goals, against just one save needed from freshman goalkeeper Joe Deitering.

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they travel to Adrian, Michigan to face the Adrian College Bulldogs (0-1) beginning at 7:00 pm.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday evening the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-1) played host to the Saint Xavier University Cougars (0-3-1) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and backed by tremendous goaltending by Amber Morgan, prevailed 1-0.

As the game got underway, both teams fought hard. Each side exchanged offensive scoring opportunities but both defenses stepped up to keep the game scoreless.

Then the Cougars broke through in the 14th minute when sophomore midfielder Carlee Biddle got the ball off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Courtney Tobin and headed it past Saint Xavier’s goalkeeper to give Saint Francis a 1-0 lead.

Later in the half both teams continued to push with both goalkeepers making a couple key saves. Sophomore goalkeeper Amber Morgan stepped up big for the Cougars as she made five saves to keep her team ahead.

The game went to halftime with Saint Francis leading 1-0.

In the second half, both teams continued pressuring the opposition with neither side able to break through. Amber Morgan continued to be stellar in the net, making five more incredible saves to keep her team ahead.

After one last drive attempt by Saint Xavier, Morgan knocked any shots away as the Cougars held on for the tense 1-0 victory.

Throughout the game, Amber Morgan made 10 saves on net without allowing a single goal managed five shots themselves with one of them good for the only goal of the game.

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Gary, Indiana for another non-conference match against the Indiana University Northwest Red Hawks (1-0-1) beginning at 4:00 pm.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-6) completed their final two matches in the United Sports Academy Labor Day Classic with a match against the Dordt University Defenders (5-2) and then the Morningside Mustangs (3-8) but dropped both matches.

In the opening match against the Dordt Defenders, the Cougars saw right from the start that it was going to be an uphill battle to earn the win. In the opening set, Dordt jumped out to a 10-3 lead and just continued building upon it throughout the frame, eventually extending their lead to double digits before the Cougars scored double-digit points as Saint Francis dropped the opener 25-13.

The Cougars battled the Defenders hard in the early going of the second set as they found themselves tied at six. But Dordt scored four unanswered points and the Cougars were never able to catch back up as they dropped the second set 25-14 to fall behind by two games in the match.

Then in the third set, the Defenders wasted no time as they built a lead over the Cougars and maintained it throughout the frame as Saint Francis lost 25-18 for their third straight three-set loss.

In the tournament’s finale against the Morningside Mustangs, it looked as though the script would remain the same for the Cougars as they dropped the opener 25-16.

But in the second set, Saint Francis started to show life as they jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the frame and later on found themselves leading 21-17. But then the Mustangs found some momentum and went on to score seven of the next eight points to take a 24-22 lead, eventually winning 25-23 as Saint Francis once again found themselves trailing by two games.

Needing to win three in a row, the Cougars remained determined and opened up a 10-5 lead early in the third set in an effort to comeback. The Mustangs closed the gap to within one point on a couple occasions, but the Cougars stayed resilient and nailed down a 25-18 win to get on the board against the Mustangs.

Heading into the fourth set the script stayed the same as the Cougars again opened up a 10-5 lead early on and maintained their lead throughout the frame over Morningside. But then the Mustangs like they did in the third set rallied to close the deficit to one point as Saint Francis was clinging to a 20-19 lead.

But the Cougars enjoyed the last laugh as they scored on five of the last six rallies to win 25-20 and even the match at two wins apiece.

In the fifth set each team battled their way to a 5-5 tie, but then the Cougars ran out of gas as the Mustangs scored seven unanswered points to claim the fifth set 15-9 and deal the Cougars their fourth loss on the weekend.

The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they come home to Hutzell Athletic Center for their 2022 home opener and to begin Crossroads League play against the Huntington University Foresters (4-6) beginning at 7:00 pm.


MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team closed out the weekend by splitting a pair of matches Saturday afternoon. The Cougars opened the day by beating Grace College (Ind.) in four sets before falling to Cumberland University (Tenn.) in four sets. IU Kokomo is now 6-2 through two weekends of play.

Match One Recap

The Cougars won the opening three points of the match to set the tone early. Leading 7-5, IUK went on a 6-0 run to take a 13-5 lead. The Cougs took a ten-point lead at 21-11 to force a Grace timeout, but there was no answer. IU Kokomo won the opening set 25-13.

Grace College led early in the set but the Cougs responded with a 4-0 spurt to take their first lead of the set at 6-5. IUK took an 18-10 lead to force the second Lancer timeout of the set, but the Lancers stormed back to cut the IUK lead to two. The Cougars survived the scare to close out the set 25-20.

The Lancers led 15-12 over halfway through the third set, forcing a Cougar timeout. IUK could not recover, as Grace College managed to force a fourth-set, winning the third 25-22.

With the set tied at five, IU Kokomo went on a 4-0 run to put some distance between the two teams. The Cougars took a 14-7 lead after three consecutive kills to force Grace to take a timeout. The Lancers reeled off five straight points to cut the IU Kokomo lead to two and force a Cougar timeout. Head coach Heather Hayes rallied her team and the Cougs were able to close out the fourth set 25-22 for a four-set win over Grace College.

Lorelei Porter led IUK with 14 kills, Tori Wilkinson added 12, and Audrey Strawsma had 10 kills. Alyvia Smith had a match-high 29 digs.

Match Two Recap

IU Kokomo came out of the gates strong, hitting for a match-high .364 hitting percentage in the opening set of their match with Cumberland University. IU Kokomo controlled play for a majority of the set, but Cumberland came back to cut the lead to one at 21-20. Cumberland took a 24-23 lead late in the set, but the Cougars won the following three points to take the first set 26-24.

Cumberland University controlled play for most of the set, but the Cougs cut a 22-17 lead to one at 23-22. The Phoenix were able to close out the set to tie the match at one set apiece.

Cumberland opened the set by winning the first seven points, as they went on to win the third set 25-16.

The Phoenix took an early 3-0 lead in the fourth set, but IU Kokomo battled back to tie it at four. The Cougs were forced to take a timeout after Cumberland took an 11-6 lead. IU Kokomo got within two at 12-10, but Cumberland closed out the fourth set on a 13-6 run to win 3-1.

Alyvia Smith came through with another impressive performance, tallying 25 digs. Audrey Strawsma led the Cougs with 13 kills.

The Cougars will return to action next weekend at the Aquinas/Cornerstone Invite. The Cougars will play four matches, with two on both Friday and Saturday.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Like the distance between Fort Wayne and Marion on I-69, there was little that separated Indiana Wesleyan (2-0-2) and Indiana Tech (0-0-3) on the pitch Saturday night in a nil-nil stalemate at Warrior Athletic Field. The Warriors and Wildcats each attempted 12 shots, Wesleyan held a slim 5-3 lead in corner kicks, and Tech sophomore Jaume Salvado recorded nine saves to Aaron Carr’s five.

Rookie Jaume Castells Mas paced the Warriors with three shots, followed by junior Luke Jones and freshman Aaron Asamoah with two apiece. The Warriors are still in search of their first goal in 2022 through 270 minutes after scoring 61 times in 23 games a season ago. Defensively, the three shutouts put Tech in a second-place tie nationally, behind only Viterbo (Wis.), which leads the NAIA with four clean sheets.

Tech continues its search for the first goal and first win of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 7, vs. Goshen College in Fort Wayne.


BELLEVUE, Neb. – After experiencing its first taste of defeat in 2022, the No. 18 Taylor volleyball team (8-2) quickly re-entered the win column on Saturday evening by sweeping six sets en route to two match wins.

The Trojan offensive attack was relentless all day, outkilling its opposition 92-60 while maintaining a team hitting percentage of over .300.

Arlanda Faulkner and Ryan Czerniak spearheaded the Trojan offense, the two combining for 62 kills throughout Taylor’s six sets played. Meanwhile, Kacy Bragg continued to work her magic with the set, totaling 85 assists by the day’s end.

Taylor first squared up with McPherson (6-4), winning the opening set 25-17 before putting the pedal to the medal in the match’s final two sets. Set two set the stage for a period of play in which Taylor outkilled McPherson 17-6, after which the Trojans put an exclamation on their win by posting a .520 hitting percentage in the third-and-final set.

The Trojans’ fourth-and-final match of the 2022 Labor Day Classic came against RV Grand View (1-8), a matchup that resulted in Taylor’s fifth three-set win of the season.

Once again, Taylor saved its strongest set for last, pounding the ball with a .420 hitting percentage en route to a 25-15 match-ending set win. Prior to the decisive third set, the Trojans simply refused to lose, consistently fending off potential Grand View comebacks and wearing down the opponent morale.

Faulkner and Czerniak had much to do with that, totaling 30 kills between the two, while sophomore, Jaylynn Dunsmore, added nine more of her own throughout the match.

Now back in the win column, No. 18 Taylor (8-2) is set to return to Upland where the Trojans will partake in their Crossroads League season-opener against RV Bethel (5-3) on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.


UPLAND, Ind. – A competitive contest turned quickly in Taylor’s favor after the half, with Taylor scoring the final 38 points of the night to run away with a 52-6 win over Judson in the 2022 home opener inside Turner Stadium on Saturday evening.

The victory improved Taylor to 2-0 on the season, with the Trojans having outscored their opposition by a 79-18 count to open the campaign for the program’s best start since posting an 87-14 scoring margin during a 2-0 start in 2012.

Saturday’s affair saw the Trojans lead throughout, getting a defensive stop on the first possession of the night and dialing up a 61-yard scoring strike from Elijah McCloskey to Dakohta Sonnichsen on their fourth offensive snap.

The lead doubled to 14-0 at TU’s final drive of the opening quarter, with Stephen Ellis finding the end zone on a four-yard burst to cap an 11-play drive.

Judson (0-1, 0-0 MSFA) struck back with a pair of field goals in the second stanza to draw to within a single score, but it was all Taylor over the final 30 minutes. The Trojans scored 24 points in the first 10:25 of game action out of the intermission to put the game out of reach and added 14 more in the fourth quarter to outscore the Eagles by a 38-0 gap after the break.

The onslaught started calmly, as Taylor used a Zane Shilts 29-yard field goal on its first drive of the third to push the lead to 17-6.

A quick three-and-out from JU was highlighted by a trio of tackles for lost yardage from the Taylor defense, with Caleb Ranzau collecting two of those hits and forcing a punt with a seven-yard sack.

A 20-yard Judson punt put TU just 31 yards from pay dirt and Brendan Lamb got all the needed yardage on one play, breaking loose and taking it all the way for a 24-6 lead.

A pair of defensive takeaways led to two more quick hits from the Trojans, as Dawson Scally picked off a Judson pass and returned it 43 yards for a touchdown and a 31-6 lead. Jeremiah Mansfield then recovered a fumble at the Judson 30, before McCloskey hit Hutson Hohlbein in the end zone two plays later for a 29-yard connection and a 38-6 cushion.

The Eagles never recovered from the third-quarter blitz, and Taylor added fourth quarter touchdowns on a 40-yard pass from McCloskey to Sonnichsen and an 11-yard run from Braxton Ream to cap the scoring.

Taylor controlled nearly every phase, piling up 393 total yards of offense and averaging 6.6 yards per snap, while also benefitting from 11 Judson penalties that resulted in 103 penalty yards in favor of TU.

The Trojans had their way up front for the second-straight game, rushing for 220 yards over 45 carries, and piling up five sacks and 12 hits for negative yardage on the defensive side of the ball.

McCloskey orchestrated the balanced offensive attack, finding the end zone on three of his seven completions and finishing with 173 yards through the air. Sonnichsen was the main beneficiary of that work, catching three balls for two touchdowns and 122 yards.

Lamb paced 10 different Trojans with at least one carry, taking the rock 16 times for 91 yards and a score, with Darien Taylor netting 7.3 yards per touch for 58 yards.

Shilts was busy once again for TU’s kicking game, going seven-for-seven in point-after attempts and hitting a 29-yard field goal to account for 10 points. Joining Shilts in anchoring the special teams was Jozef Osiecki, who averaged 39.0 yards per punt and 57.2 yards per kickoff.

The TU defense did not have a single player record more than seven stops, with 21 players registering at least two tackles. Scally highlighted that group with seven stops and the one interception, while Jacob Hockett had two hits for lost yardage among his six stops.

Cole Baker joined Mansfield in recovering one fumble, while Ranzau, Baker, Mansfield, Braxton Green and Larry Schoenefeld each had one sack.

Taylor (2-0, 1-0 MSFA) will now turn its focus to NCAA Division I FCS Butler (1-0), with a 6:00 pm clash against the Bulldogs in Indianapolis slated for September 10.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The Grace men’s tennis team opened up the season in brilliant fashion knocking off fierce rivals No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan and Bethel on Saturday.

The first match of the day saw the Lancers (2-0, 2-0 CL) jump out to an early lead on their way to a straight set victory over the Pilots. Ramiro Candia and Nicolas Doria worked quickly at No. 3 doubles, winning 6-2. Facundo Paredes and Ivan Antinori secured the doubles point for Grace taking their set 6-3.

In singles matches, Paredes needed a third set to secure his point in the No. 1 spot 6-2, 6-7(1), 10-6.

David Sandi notched the victory at No. 2 singles, defeating his opponent 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Javier Gallego made his Lancer debut, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Pablo Gregori earned his point taking No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-4.

After securing the doubles point, Candia and Doria each made quick work at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Both won in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, and 6-0, 6-0, respectively.

In the afternoon matchup with No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan, Grace avenged their loss from last year’s conference tournament finals, defeating the Wildcats 6-1.

The Lancers got off to a fast start taking No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to secure the first point of the match.

To get things started in singles action, Doria tallied first in the No. 6 slot in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. He was followed by Candia at No. 5, 6-1, 6-0.

Gregori notched his point 6-3, 6-4. Gallego made quick work in his matchup, 6-0, 6-1 and Sandi defeated his foe 6-4, 6-3, to win at No. 2 doubles.

The final set to finish was No. 1 singles with Paredes falling in three sets, but the match had already been clinched by the Lancers.

“Today was great validation of the hard work and continued improvement we have made in our program,” said coach Andy Lewis. “It was a great team effort.”

Grace will host another Crossroads League doubleheader on Wednesday, September 7, against Saint Francis and Mount Vernon, starting at 9am. 



Paredes/Antinori def. Bonsergent/Flores, 6-3

Gallego/Gregori vs. Almeida/Troyer, DNF

Candia/Doria def. Bos/Miller, 6-2


Paredes def. Bonsergent, 6-2, 6-7 (1), 10-6

Sandi def. Flores, 7-6 (2), 6-2

Gallego def. Almeida, 6-1, 6-1

Gregori def. Troyer, 6-1, 6-4

Candia def. Miller, 6-1, 6-1

Doria def. Hostetler, 6-0, 6-0



Paredes/Antinori vs. Sewatska, DNF

Gallego/Gregori def. Steiner/Gray, 6-4

Candia/Doria def. Murphy/Fuqua, 6-1


Steiner def. Paredes, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6

Sandi def. Sewatska, 6-4, 6-3

Gallego def. Gray, 6-0, 6-1

Gregori def. Tixhton, 6-3, 6-4

Candia def. Fuqua, 6-1, 6-0

Doria def. Wagner, 6-0, 6-2


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The goals came early and often for the No. 24-ranked Grace women’s soccer team on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (3-0) were unstoppable in a 12-0 dismantling of West Virginia Tech at 1st Source Bank Field. Grace has outscored its first three opponents 21-0 to start the 2022 campaign.

Grace enjoyed a goal from nine different players, including two goals apiece from Madison Tuma, Danae Moriarty and Sam Vondersaar. Moriarty and Vondersaar each assisted a goal as well, and Kailey Burrell had two assists.

It took Grace less than five minutes to get on the scoreboard. Burrell picked out Janni Bettin for the first of many goals to be scored on Saturday night.

Tuma scored both of her goals within 10 minutes of each other. Her first goal came in the 16th minute, when she finished off a rebound from her own saved shot.

Not long after, Tuma sent a rocket to the far post; her shot was a straight line to the top corner of the net.

JJ Aalbue echoed Tuma’s goal just three minutes later. She hit nearly the identical shot from almost the same spot on the field, burning the net with her 30th-minute blast. Marlene Menzel registered the assist.

Moriarty scored twice before halftime as well. In the 32nd minute, Amber Meade played a lofted pass over the Golden Bears’ offside trap. Moriarty calmly finished the breakaway opportunity.

A few minutes later, Moriarty’s hustle created another goal. She intercepted the ball from the Golden Bears’ defense and finished her shot into the open net.

Shannon Farnsworth and Vondersaar generated another first-half goal with clever passing. The final pass picked out Tori Twombly for a finish in the penalty box.

The ninth and final goal of the half came from Menzel. Lilli Oberhoff made a dangerous run in the final minute of the half and was fouled just outside of the penalty box. Menzel stepped up and quickly converted the free kick in the waning seconds of the half.

Grace went into halftime with a 9-0 lead, outshooting Tech 21-0 over the first 45 minutes.

The second half saw another quick goal from the Lady Lancers. Luisa Machado created the goal with a strong run on the left side of the field. Her cross was finished in front of the goal by Helena Vieira Rijo just two minutes into the half.

Grace continued to possess the ball fluidly and had several chances against the Golden Bears’ high offsides trap.

With 20 minutes remaining in the contest, Rebecca Steininger relayed a quick pass from Lea Fricke onward to Vondersaar. Vondersaar took care of the rest, beating the goalkeeper in a 1-on-1 situation.

A few minutes later, Grace found its 12th goal. Megan DeBoest led Burrell on a long run. Burrell’s square pass found Savanna Tate for a quick finish, marking the final goal of the match.

Libby Stratton and Sofia Lerro combined for the shutout in goal for Grace. The Golden Bears had three shots compared to 34 for Grace.

The Lady Lancers play at home again on Monday, hosting Point Park for a 2 p.m. match.


BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – Grace’s mens’ soccer team earned a 1-1 draw with Baker University on Saturday evening in their first match of the Labor Day Classic.

The Lancers (3-0-2) were taking on the Wildcats who were coming into the match fresh off of upsetting the No. 5 team in the country.

Martim Sequeira had the first quality chance of the match. He cut through the Baker (2-2-1) defense and his point-blank chance drifted past the far goal post and rolled harmlessly out of bounds.

Five minutes later, Grace had another chance on goal as Sequeira again proved his offensive prowess. The senior’s shot rocketed on goal and forced an acrobatic save from the Wildcat keeper.

The Lancers’ tally came with just over ten minutes left in the half. Daniel Santos Rosa lifted a pass behind the Wildcats defense and Juan Camilo Garcia chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net for the go-ahead goal.

Matteo Conci kept the Lancers ahead when he made a save late in the half and sent the game to the intermission.

As the second half was in its early stages, Sequeira nearly had an incredible goal. Sequeira tried a shot from near midfield as the Baker keeper was well out of his net. The shot went wide of the empty net as Grace remained ahead 1-0.

The Wildcats began to press as the chances started to mount. A scramble in the Lancers box nearly resulted in the tying goal but Grace’s defense cleared the ball to stall Baker’s attack.

Just minutes later Conci was forced to be at his best again to maintain Grace’s lead. A dangerous cross from Baker was punched clear, but The Wildcats continued to control the pace of play.

Baker would finally break through on their 10th shot of the game, as the ball squeaked past Conci and tied the game at one with 11 minutes left to play.

The game closed with a frenzied pace as both teams strained for the game-winning goal.

Baker came the closest to finding that deciding mark when a ball destined for the upper 90 was fought off by Conci to keep the game level and preserve the 1-1 draw.

Sequeira led Grace with five shots, and Conci made four saves.

The Lancers will be in action on Monday as they take on No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – The women’s tennis squad opened up the season with a Crossroads League doubleheader at home on Saturday. Facing off against Bethel and No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan, the Lady Lancers come up short falling 5-2 and 6-1.

Grace (0-2, 0-2 CL) started out the morning on a high note taking a pair of doubles sets to earn the first point of the match. Lydia Ruegsegger and Kiersten Martin teamed up to win No. 1 doubles 7-6 (3). Hallie Mast and Gretchen Adams combined to take No. 3 doubles 6-4.

In singles matchups, Anna Graves tallied the lone point for the Lady Lancers. She knocked off her opponent at No. 1 singles 7-5, 6-3. Ruegsegger nearly added a second singles point, falling in three sets 6-3, 4-6, 5-10.

That would prove to be enough as the Pilots went on to earn the remaining points to secure the 5-2 victory.

After dropping the doubles point, the Lady Lancers faced an uphill battle against No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan. The matchup of the day happened at No. 1 singles where Graves came back to win 2-6, 6-3, 10-5. Her win was the highlight of the afternoon as the Wildcats were too strong and pulled away to finish off the match 6-1.

“Anna Graves played an epic match,” said coach Emily Ackerman. “It was a huge win for her against a top opponent.”

The Lancers will be at home again on Wednesday to face off against Saint Francis and Mount Vernon Nazarene. The first match is scheduled for 9:30am.



Ruegsegger/Martin def. Heckman/Mikhailova, 7-6 (3)

Rinkenberger/Calderone def. Graves/Jarvis, 6-3

Mast/Adams def. Jojo/Matins, 6-4


Graves def. Mikhailova, 7-5, 6-3

Pena def. Ruegsegger 3-6, 6-4, 10-5

Heckman def. Martin 7-5, 6-3

Calderone def. Jarvis, 6-1, 6-1

Jojo def. Mast 6-1, 6-1

Rinkenberger def. Adams 6-1, 6-0



Antezana/Ducksler def Martin/Ruegsegger, 6-3

Barger/Munoz def. Martin/Jarvis, 6-0

Dubuque/Mellinger def. Mast/Adams, 6-4


Graves def. Antezana, 2-6, 6-3, 10-5

Munoz def. Reugsegger, 6-1, 6-0

Ducksler def. Martin, 6-0, 6-0

Barger def. Jarvis 6-1, 6-2

Snider def. Mast, 6-1, 6-0

Way def. Adams, 6-1, 6-0


GOSHEN, Ind. – Seja Lang scored twice for Goshen as the Maple Leafs women’s soccer team defeated Point Park 2-0 at the GC Soccer Complex on Saturday night.

Lang bookended the match with an early goal in the ninth minute and a late goal in the 81st minute. Her second goal came off an assist by Katie Sauder.

The Leafs doubled the Pioneers in shots on goal (8-4) and more than doubled the visitors in shots (11-5).

Gracie Garcia made four saves for Goshen during her 90 minutes in goal. This is the first shutout of the season for the Goshen defense. The team defeated Point Park last year in Pittsburgh, also by a score of 2-0.

Lang’s four shots on goal and two goals tie career highs for the sophomore from Walkerton, Indiana.

Now at 2-2-0, Goshen completes the holiday weekend at home with a Labor Day game on Monday, September 5, at 3:00 pm. The Leafs will host West Virginia Tech.


LIMA, Ohio – On the second day of the Racer Classic, the Goshen women’s volleyball team picked up win number two for the season. The Maple Leafs defeated Montreat (N.C.) in three sets after losing to Lawrence Tech in three.

Lawrence Tech won the 11:00 am match 25-17, 25-17, 25-22. The Blue Devils had a hitting percentage of .218 compared to .067 for the Leafs. Goshen led 18-15 in the third set but LTU ended the match on a 10-4 run. Lawrence Tech improved to 6-5 this season after the win.

Against Montreat, Goshen had to compete in the first two sets before a more dominant finish in the third.

Goshen held a 16-11 lead in the opening set but Montreat scored 13 of the next 18 points to have set point at 24-21. However, a block from first-years Kia Knox-Dawkins and Brenna Spangler kept Goshen alive. Christina Towne served the next three points as the Cavaliers made a series of errors that gave Goshen a one point lead. Montreat scored once more, but the Leafs left with a 27-25 win.

GC had an even larger lead in the second set when they got off to a 17-8 start. But the Cavaliers rallied again, going on a 17-7 run to take a 25-24 lead. A kill from Emily Lynch kept Goshen alive, and late errors by Montreat led to Goshen winning in similar fashion as the first set, 28-26.

In the third set, Goshen made sure they didn’t lose a sizable lead for a third time. The Maple Leafs won 25-15 with 15 kills and just one error in the set. Sadie Brenneman finished the match with 16 kills and Towne had three aces. Jaelyn Amhdar had 21 assists and Sydney Stutsman added 18 more. Goshen had a .275 hitting percentage – the team’s best for a match this season. Their 10 block assists was also a season high.

Now at 2-8, Goshen plays at Grace on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm. On Friday and Saturday, Goshen will play in the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament hosted by Indiana Tech.


MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Maple Leafs men’s tennis team split their matches in Mount Vernon on Saturday, losing to Huntington before recovering to defeat Mount Vernon Nazarene 7-0.

First-years Matija Margetic and Filippo Gallo each won their singles matches. At no. 1 singles, Margetic defeated Alejo Bagnera 6-1, 6-3. Gallo took down Agustin Agosto at the no. 2 singles spot, 6-3, 2-6, (10-8).

Insee Akarapan won his match at no. 6 singles, topping Illia Turaba 6-2, 7-6.

Goshen took care of Mount Vernon Nazarene in a 7-0 sweep. Kevin Bollmann and Wesley Beck didn’t allow their opponents to win a single game in their singles matches, and neither did the doubles combos of Akarapan/Gallo and Margetic/Scattolon. Goshen is 6-0 against MVNU since 2017 with five shutouts.

The Leafs take on Indiana Tech on Monday, September 5, at noon in Fort Wayne.

Huntington 4, Goshen 3


1. Matija Margetic (G) def. Alejo Bagnera 6-1, 6-3

2. Filippo Gallo (G) def. Agustin Agosto 6-3, 2-6, (10-8)

3. Valentin Mussi (H) def. Pedro Scattolon 6-2, 6-2

4. Mateo Ameller (H) def. Kevin Bollmann 6-2, 6-1

5. Angel Vazquez (H) def. Mario Gomez 6-4, 6-4

6. Insee Akarapan (G) def. Illia Turaba 6-2, 7-6 (5)

Doubles – Huntington won team point 3-0

1. Agosto/Mussi (H) def. Akarapan/Gallo 7-6(3)

2. Ameller/Vazquez (H) def. Margetic/Scattolon 6-3

3. Bagnera/Turaba (H) def. Bollman/Gomez 6-4

Records: Huntington 2-0 (2-0); Goshen 0-1 (0-1)

Weather: 74, partly cloudy, wind SE 5

Goshen 7, MVNU 0


1. Matija Margetic (G) def. Ben Kindberg 6-3, 6-0

2. Filippo Gallo (G) def. Andrew Hare 6-1, 6-4

3. Pedro Scattolon (G) def. Carter Jones 6-0, 6-2

4. Kevin Bollmann (G) def. Clayton Amburgy 6-0, 6-0

5. Mario Gomez (G) def. Ryan Wolfe 6-0, 6-1

6. Wesley Beck (G) def. Noah Hill 6-0, 6-0

Doubles – Goshen won team point 3-0

1. Akarapan/Gallo (G) def. Hare/Jones 6-0

2. Margetic/Scattolon (G) def. Amburgy/Kindberg 6-0

3. Bollmann/Carlos Lichty (G) def. Hill/Wolfe 6-2

Records: Goshen 1-1 (1-1); MVNU 0-2 (0-2)


GOSHEN, Ind. – In an offensive showing by both teams, the Goshen Maple Leafs and St. Francis Saints (Ill.) men’s soccer teams ended where they started after a 3-3 tie on Saturday evening in Goshen.

Goshen had 23 shots with 12 on goal, and St. Francis had 14 shots and nine on goal.

The Leafs were on the board first when Felipe Carli secured a pass from Bryan Yahir Rodriguez just outside the 18 and put it past the left side of the goalie. Lucas Bontreger tacked on Goshen’s second goal in the 22nd minute off a penalty kick. However, the Saints scored two goals within three minutes of each other and the teams were tied at two come halftime.

John Mlondani scored for Goshen in the 60th minute, but the lead wouldn’t be held for long. Sergio Fernandez-Arango scored shortly after to tie it at three. After that intense bit of action, the teams wouldn’t score for the remaining thirty minutes and the match ended 3-3.

This is the most goals Goshen has scored in a match this season. Goshen has a tough test up next, battling #7 Indiana Tech on Wednesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm.


PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team head home after weekend Owens CC Tournament in style after sweeping the College of Lake County 25-16, 25-19, 25-23 and Glen Oaks 25-13, 25-10, 25-22.

Vincennes got off to a slow start after a late night Friday forced them to return to the Owens CC floor less than 12 hours after their last Friday match.

The Trailblazers used a 5-0 scoring run to grab a 10-7 lead and never looked back. VU closed out the set with an 8-0 scoring run to take set one 25-16 over the College of Lake County.

VU rode this momentum into the second set, growing a 10-5 lead before the Lancers rallied back to take the lead with a 6-0 run of their own.

The Blazers answered back again to take a late seven-point lead, before holding on to take set two 25-19.

Set three was more of a battle for Vincennes, with VU utilizing four separate 4-0 scoring runs to take set three and complete the sweep going the distance 25-23.

VU was led offensively in the first match of the day by freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) who just missed another double-double with 11 kills and nine digs.

Freshman Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) also just missed out on a double-double with eight kills, nine digs and two block assists.

Freshman Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) ended the opening game of the day with seven kills, four digs and three block assists.

Freshmen Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.), Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) and sophomore Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) each recorded two kills each.

Sowell added a block assist and a dig, while Turhan had a big day at the net defensively with a solo block, seven block assists with one dig and one ace.

Graber ran the offense well from her setter position to 17 set assists, seven digs and an ace.

Sophomores Kaley Roush (Shoals, Ind.) and Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) and freshman Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) rounded out the VU offense with one kill each.

Banasiak ended with four block assists and Johnson ran as a second setter to 17 set assists and two digs.

Sophomore defensive specialist Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the Blazers with 10 digs.

Freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) finished with nine digs, a pair of aces and a set assist.

“As you can imagine, we were very tired heading into the Lake County game,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “It was a short night; it wasn’t even 12 hours before we had to come back to the gym. So it was pretty ragged there for a little bit. Those are just the situations that can hopefully build some great character that despite everything that has hit you mentally, physically and emotionally, because it was a very emotional match against Muskegon last night.”

“Lake County wasn’t a bad team,” Sien added. “They gave us some trouble at times and served tough. We just needed to make fewer errors. It always comes back to the errors and taking care of the ball. This was just something that we had to muddle our way through today.”

Vincennes then had a long lay-off before returning to the floor for the final match of the weekend, when VU faced off against Glen Oaks College.

VU set the tone early against the Vikings, with Tuana Turhan leading the Blazers on an 8-0 scoring run to take a commanding 17-6 lead in the opening set.

Glen Oaks attempted to close the margin but were unable to get back into the set with VU taking set one 25-13.

Vincennes claimed a firm control of the match in the second set, closing out the set on a very impressive 16-3 scoring run to take set two 25-10 and take a 2-0 match lead.

Much like in their first match of the day, completing the sweep was more of a challenge, with Glen Oaks holding their own throughout the set.

Vincennes was able to grow a four-point lead late in the set and managed to hold on to take the set 25-22 and close out the two-day weekend tournament with a 3-1 overall record.

Paige Parlanti paced the VU offense again against Glen Oaks, finishing with team-highs of 11 kills and 13 digs for another double-double.

Alexis Chrappa closed out her weekend with eight kills, six digs, one solo block and a block assist.

Audrey Buis and Hannah Graber each recorded six kills, with Buis adding three digs and one set assist and Graber finishing with 19 set assists and one dig.

Tuana Turhan had five kills on seven attempts and zero errors, for a very impressive .714 hitting percentage, while also adding a pair of aces and digs and a block assist.

Malgorzata Banasiak ended the last match of the day with three kills, three block assists and one dig.

Kennedy Sowell rounds out the VU offense with a pair of kills to go along with a pair of block assists, two digs, a solo block and a set assist.

Maecy Johnson ended the sweep with 17 set assists and five digs, while Morgan Netcott added 10 digs and Lara Gomes de Castro finished with four digs, a pair of aces and a set assist.

“It was good to have a two-match break in between games today,” Sien said. “I felt like we definitely needed it to rest up and get some food.”

“We haven’t played Glen Oaks in a while,” Sien added. “But they are usually a pretty good team. We were able to do a little bit of scouting before our match with them. They looked like they have some strengths out there, but most teams don’t face anything like our blocking and our tough serves. We were pretty well on in both of those aspects throughout the first set and the second set.”

“I do know that we let down in the third set and weren’t as aggressive,” Sien said. “Anytime you are not on your game, someone on the other side of the net will be. We were literally running on fumes in that third set but we were able to win that set, win the match and head home.”

VU will return to the home floor of the P.E. Complex next weekend when the Trailblazers host the Blazer Classic Friday Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10.

Vincennes will host Mineral Area College Friday Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. eastern and finish against Ancilla College Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. eastern.

“It was definitely disappointing to not come out of this weekend 4-0,” Sien said. “But Richard Bland was a good team and they played us tough, just a good part of it was still on us. We started out great, we just didn’t finish great.”

“RBC came back today and beat Parkland who is the third-ranked team in Division II,” Sien added. “And Richard Bland is probably going to be ranked No. 1 or 2 in next week’s poll. We now have to turn around and have another team to look forward too that are going to be better than Richard Bland in Mineral Area.”

“Hopefully we are able to take something away from these matches this weekend and learn something about ourselves individually and as a team,” Sien said. “This entire weekend was definitely a good learning experience. It was great team-bonding and great to see some of the athletes’ families make the trip to show their support. That’s always a great thing to have. I’m just as happy seeing that as I am with any result we had throughout the tournament.”



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Oakland4985.36636.522 – 4327 – 4212 – 2011 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 4
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NY Mets8549.63446 – 2239 – 2744 – 2015 – 519 – 146 – 4L 1
Atlanta8351.619246 – 2537 – 2634 – 2221 – 1218 – 127 – 3W 4
Philadelphia7360.54911.539 – 3034 – 3029 – 2720 – 1017 – 155 – 5L 2
Miami5577.4172926 – 3829 – 3925 – 3011 – 1512 – 212 – 8L 6
Washington4687.34638.522 – 4724 – 4010 – 4313 – 1615 – 185 – 5W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7855.58644 – 2234 – 3314 – 1637 – 2017 – 97 – 3W 3
Milwaukee7062.5307.535 – 2635 – 3611 – 1335 – 3011 – 155 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs5677.4212228 – 3828 – 3913 – 929 – 338 – 213 – 7L 2
Cincinnati5278.40024.528 – 3824 – 4012 – 2220 – 289 – 214 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh4983.37128.526 – 3823 – 458 – 2023 – 3314 – 172 – 8L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9141.68946 – 1745 – 2419 – 1421 – 936 – 136 – 4W 1
San Diego7460.5521835 – 2839 – 3219 – 1519 – 1030 – 266 – 4L 1
San Francisco6368.48127.536 – 3227 – 3616 – 1317 – 1120 – 343 – 7W 2
Arizona6369.4772836 – 3427 – 3516 – 1515 – 1621 – 317 – 3L 1
Colorado5677.42135.536 – 3220 – 4510 – 2411 – 1327 – 303 – 7L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1906       The Highlanders beat the Boston Americans, 1-0, at Huntington Avenue Grounds, ending a run in which the team played five consecutive doubleheaders in six days. New York’s overtime pays off when the team sweeps all of the twin bills, posting a 10-0 record during the streak.

1913       In his major league debut, 22-year-old Hal Schwenk pitches 11 innings, giving up 12 hits, but earns a complete-game victory when St. Louis defeats the White Sox at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. The Browns’ rookie southpaw will never again appear in a big-league game.

1916       Pitching his only game not wearing a Giant uniform, Reds’ player-manager Christy Mathewson, beats his long-time nemesis Mordecai’ Three Finger’ Brown and the Cubs, 10-8. In the 25 contests, the two legends have faced one another, with Matty taking a 13-12 advantage in their final meeting by winning the last decision.

1917       After Red Sox starter Babe Ruth walks leadoff man Ray Morgan on four pitches, home plate umpire Brick Owens ejects him when their shouting match concerning called ball and strikes digresses into a physical confrontation. Ernie Shore comes into the contest, retiring 26 consecutive batters, with Morgan thrown out trying to steal second on the reliever’s first delivery in the team’s 4-0 victory over the Senators at Fenway Park, a game considered baseball’s first combined no-hitter.

1917       After staring both ends of yesterday’s doubleheader, White Sox right-hander Red Faber throws a 13-6 complete-game victory against the Browns, making his third consecutive start for Chicago in two days. Zack Greinke becomes the next hurler to start three straight games in the same season by pitching the final game before the 2012 All-Star break for the Brewers after being ejected in the first inning the day before and then taking the mound to begin the second half of the season for the Brew Crew.

1923       Sam Jones no-hits the A’s, 2-0 at Shibe Park. The Yankee hurler does not strike out any Philadelphia batters, a feat not repeated until 1969, when Ken Holtzman becomes another pitcher to record a no-hitter without fanning a hitter.

1924       At Braves Field, the Brooklyn Robins take a twin bill from Boston, 9-1 and 5-1, sweeping their fourth doubleheader on the road in four consecutive days. Before arriving in B-Town, Brooklyn swept the Phillies in three straight twin bills, winning six times at Philadelphia’s Baker. Bowl.

1927       Pirate teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner become the first pair of brothers to both homer in the same game when they go deep in the team’s 8-4 victory over Cincinnati at Redland Field. The siblings, who will also accomplish the feat in 1929 and 1938, each hit a bounce round-tripper.

1928       The Braves start a streak of playing nine consecutive doubleheaders, establishing a major league record. Boston will drop 14 of the 18 contests played during the twin bill marathon, successively playing the Dodgers (2-2), Phillies (1-3), the Giants (0-8), and the Cubs (1-1).

1941       The Yankees, who will finish 17 games ahead of the second-place Red Sox, clinch their third straight pennant when they beat Boston at Fenway Park, 6-3. The victory marks the earliest date in baseball history that a team has captured a flag.

1957       Orioles’ rookie right-hander Jerry Walker throws a four-hitter, blanking Washington in 10 innings, 1-0. The shutout is the 18-year-old bonus baby’s first major league victory.

1961       At Metropolitan Stadium, Joe Horlen makes his big league debut, hurling four innings of scoreless relief, getting the win in the White Sox’s 9-5 victory over Minnesota. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander, a last-minute call-up, is forced to wear the only road jersey the club has available, one without a number.

1966       The Dodgers become the first team to draw two million fans at home and two million on the road as 18,670 Crosley Field patrons watch Los Angeles beat their hometown Reds, 8-6.

1969       After thirty-one games, the third-longest consecutive game hitting streak in National League history ends when Dick Kelley and Gary Ross keeps Dodger Willie Davis hitless in a 3-0 loss to the Padres at San Diego Stadium. The LA center fielder, who goes 4-for-4 tomorrow, hit .435 in 124 at-bats during the span, including collecting at least one hit in every game the team played in August.

1969       Trailing by three runs entering the top of the ninth, the Orioles quickly tie the score when their first three batters, Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, and Brooks Robinson, hit consecutive solo home runs off Earl Wilson. The Birds score the eventual winning tally later in the frame and will beat the Tigers, 5-4.

1974       After Don Wilson pitched eight no-hit innings against the Reds, Astros’ manager Preston Gomez pulls him from the game in favor of a pinch-hitter. Mike Cosgrove gives up a hit to Tony Perez in the ninth, and Houston loses, 2-1.

1978       In his first major league at-bat, Dorian Boyland strikes out sitting on the bench. The Pirate rookie is removed with a 1-2 count when the Mets make a pitching change, and pinch-hitter Rennie Stennett takes the third strike.

1985       Following a three-homer performance last night, Gary Carter ties a major league record by hitting two solo round-trippers, becoming the 11th player in major league history to hit five home runs in two games. The future Hall of Fame catcher’s offensive output, including a run-producing single, contributes to the Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium.

1991       The Statistical Accuracy Committee re-defines a no-hit game as one ending after nine or more innings with one team failing to get a hit. The change removes 50 contests previously considered hitless, including Harvey Haddix’s twelve perfect innings against the Braves in 1959 and Jim Maloney’s 1-0 loss to the Mets in 11-innings 1965.

1991       Following commissioner Fay Vincent’s recommendation, baseball’s committee on statistical accuracy votes to eliminate the distinction of the number of games played in a league’s schedule in determining the all-time home run mark hit in a season. The decision can’t take away an asterisk because it never existed in the record books, but it does remove Babe Ruth’s name, leaving the other Yankee outfielder, Roger Maris, as the undisputed home run champ with 61 he hit in 1961.

1993       Jim Abbott, born without a right hand, no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0, becoming the first pinstripe pitcher in a decade to throw a no-no. In the ninth inning, leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton is loudly booed by the fans after he fouls off a bunt in an attempt to make the one-handed pitcher field a ball.

1993       With their 6-5 loss to the Reds, the Phillies set a new National League record by not being blanked in 151 straight games. The major league mark for avoiding a shutout is 308 consecutive contests, accomplished by the Yankees.

1995       Robin Ventura becomes the eighth player to hit two grand slams in the same game. The third baseman’s blasts in the fourth and fifth innings power the White Sox past Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington, 14-3.

1996       Babe Dahlgren, who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base to end the streak, dies in Arcadia, California. In the game, he goes 2-for-4, including a home run, in a 22-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium.

1998       Defeating the White Sox, 11-6, the Yankees win their 100th game on the earliest date in major league history, besting the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians by five days. The 1906 Cubs set the major league record for fewest contests to reach 100 victories, accomplishing the milestone in 132 games.

1999       The Reds set a National League record with nine homers when they rout the Phillies, 22-3. Eddie Taubensee (2), Greg Vaughn, Jeffrey Hammonds, Aaron Boone, Dimitri Young, Pokey Reese, Brian Johnson, and Mark Lewis all go yard for Cincinnati.

2000       The Red Sox honor Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. The New Hampshire resident, who played his first nine seasons with Boston, joins Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8), and Ted Williams (9) in having his number (27) be retired at Fenway.

2002       In front of 55,528 fans at the Coliseum, the A’s set an American League record by extending their winning streak to 20 consecutive games. After blowing an 11-run lead to the Royals, Scott Hatteberg hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Oakland the historic victory, 12-11.

2004       San Diego retires the uniform #19 worn by future Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who spent twenty seasons with the team, compiling a .338 batting average en route to collecting 3,141 hits. ‘Mr. Padre,’ a 15-time All-Star, won eight batting titles while playing his entire career with the Friars.

2006       With an 8-5 comeback victory over the Diamondbacks, the Marlins improve their record to 69-68. After an 11-31 start, Florida becomes the first club in big league history to have a winning record after falling 20 games under .500.

2006       In a 3-2 Astros loss at Citizens Bank Park, Charlton Jimerson, pinch-hitting for Roger Clemens, homers off Phillies’ southpaw Cole Hamels. The sixth-inning blast to center field makes the Houston rookie the third player in franchise history to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat.

2007       In the fifth inning of Florida’s loss 4-3 to Washington, Miguel Cabrera singles off Shawn Hill to drive home Hanley Ramirez for his 500th career RBI. The Marlin third baseman reaches the milestone at the age of 24-year and 139 days, with only Hall of Famers Mel Ott (23, 74 days) and Ted Williams (24 years, 4 days) getting to the mark at a younger age.

2007       Francisco Cordero establishes a new Milwaukee mark when he gets his 40th save, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Brewers’ 5-3 win over Houston. The right-handed reliever surpasses the record previously shared by Dan Kolb (2004) and Derrick Turnbow (2005).

2010       Jim Thome hits a pair of homers to pass Mark McGwire for eighth place on the all-time career list with 584. The Twins designated hitter’s historic round-trippers, which he blasts in the third and fourth innings off Colby Lewis at Target Field, contribute to Minnesota’s 12-4 victory over Texas.

2011       In the HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bill Buckner, appearing as himself, is promptly thrown out of a shiva service because one of the mourners is a Red Sox fan who hasn’t forgiven him for his infamous error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. The former Boston first baseman redeems himself when he uses his baseball skills to catch a falling baby, who has ricocheted off the firefighters’ rescue net after being thrown out of a burning building.

2012       An unofficial rain delay occurs in Toronto when the retractable roof of the Rogers Centre closes so slowly that the fans have to run for cover as the stands and field get soaked with rain that begins to fall during the middle of the sixth inning. Surprisingly, there have been six official rain delays in the Rogers Centre, formerly known as the Skydome.

2012       Yadier Molina collects his 1,000th career hit, an infield single in the second inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory against New York at Busch Stadium. The 31-year-old popular Redbird backstop, who enjoys a 2-for-3 night at the plate, will finish the season with a .279 career batting average

2013       Matt Adams becomes the seventh major leaguer to hit two home runs in extra innings of the same game when he goes deep twice in the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory over Cincinnati. The Cardinal first baseman, who entered the game in the fourth inning, hits solo homers in the top of the 14th and 16th frames, with his second blast proving to be the difference in the Great American Ball Park contest.

2013       In a 20-4 rout of the Tigers at Fenway Park, the Red Sox hit eight home runs, matching a franchise record last accomplished 35 years ago. Boston homers in six of eight frames they bat, with Mike Napoli, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, Will Middlebrooks, David Ortiz (2), Jacoby Ellsbury, and Stephen Drew all going deep in the Fenway Park contest.

2017       Joining Reds utilityman Scooter Gennett as the second player to accomplish the feat this season, J.D. Martinez becomes the 18th major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game , going deep in the top of the ninth in the Diamondbacks’ 13-0 rout of the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Arizona outfielder, acquired in a trade from the Tigers in July, had one more home run than the opponent’s total amount of hits in the contest.

2021       After blowing a nine-run lead in a scheduled seven-inning contest, the Mets prevail, 11-9, beating the hometown Nationals, thanks to Francisco Lindor’s two-run homer in the ninth. En route to their sixth consecutive victory, New York avoids setting a franchise mark for squandering the largest lead in a defeat, having lost previous games after being ahead by eight runs.


Cincinnati Reds (4) vs New York Yankees (0)

The 1976 season witnessed the return of baseball’s most successful postseason-dynasty to the Fall Classic. After a twelve year hiatus, the New York Yankees had rebuilt themselves back into the American League champions of old. After the team was purchased by a cunning-businessman named George Steinbrenner (in 1972) they filled several gaps with some shrewd trading and finished in third during the ’75 season.

This year, former “Bronx Bomber” Billy Martin was at the helm and his crew consisted of several standouts including Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss, Graig Nettles, Sparky Lyle and Jim “Catfish” Hunter (who had made good on his threat to Oakland).

It seemed fitting that the perennial champions were to face the defending champions as the Cincinnati Reds returned for their second consecutive Classic. Manager Sparky Anderson may not have had a ship, but he did have “The Big Red Machine” and it ran on cylinders like Tony Perez at first, Joe Morgan at second, Pete Rose at third, Dave Concepcion at shortstop and George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and Ken Griffey on the grass.

They also boasted one of the best pitching rotations in all of Major League baseball. Gary Nolan led the pitching staff with fifteen victories, Pat Zachry won fourteen, and Fred Norman and Jack Billingham each won twelve games. Their bullpen was just as good with Manny Sarmiento and Rawly Eastwick, both with an ERA below 2.10 and a combined record of 16-6. The Reds had also remained one of the most consistent ball clubs in the league winning one-hundred eight games in ’75, ninety-eight in ’74 and ninety-nine in ’73.

Cincinnati hosted the Series opener at Riverfront Stadium and showed their hometown fans who was in charge. Morgon launched a first-inning homer, Perez added three hits of his own and Gullett and reliever Pedro Borbon combined on a five hitter for the 5-1 victory.

Game 2 looked much the same as Perez snuck a two out single in the ninth to score Griffey for the 4-3 win. Hunter had retired the Reds’ first two batters, but New York shortstop Fred Stanley’s throwing error on Griffey’s roller put the National League champs back in business. The Yankees may have been back as well, but the dust and cobwebs were certainly showing. As the Series returned to the “not-so familiar” surroundings of Yankee Stadium (due to the two year long modernizing process that had sent the Yanks to Shea from ’74-’76) the Reds continued to dominate the home team. Perhaps “The Babe” was displeased with his new decor as the “Big Red Machine” became the “Bronx Bombers” for a day.

With the American League’s designated-hitter rule being used in the Series for the first time, Dan Driessen cracked a homer and went three-for-three while helping the Reds to a third, 6-2 victory. On the other side, shortstop Jim Mason managed the only home run for the Yankees (in his only career at-bat ever in a Series).

Now on the verge of elimination, New York was determined to extend the contest, but the visiting team had a different idea. After blasting them for two and three run homers, the defending champions cruised to another title with a 7-2 sweeping triumph. Yankees fans were devastated (after all, losing in the Bronx was unacceptable) but Steinbrenner wasn’t done yet and they would have their dynasty back, eventually.

Cincinnati became the first National League team to win back-to-back crowns since the New York Giants had in ’21 and ’22. Seven of their hitters batted above .300, led by Bench’s .533 and Foster’s .429.

Amazingly, Anderson did not make a single change during the entire Series among his nine regulars, forsaking the use of a pinch-hitter or a pinch-runner and never making a switch in either his batting order or fielding alignment. On the mound, his rotation boasted a combined 2.00 earned-run average and the franchise’s two year totals consisted of two-hundred ten regular-season victories, a 6-0 record in Championship Series play, and two consecutive World Series triumphs. The mistaken fans at Yankees Stadium had witnessed the play of a dynasty, unfortunately for them though, they weren’t wearing pinstripes.


After that devastating loss to the American League the year before, the Nationals were determined to get back on the winning track. Unlike the American League scoring derby that took place the year before, pitching was the talent showcased in this game.

There were fifty-four All-Star Games to date and only four times in it’s history had a pitcher struck out the entire side. This year Fernando Valenzuela, Dwight Gooden, and Bill Caudill all accomplished the feat to guarantee the National League’s victory.

The National League scored in the first as Steve Garvey singled and went to second when Reggie Jackson misplayed the ball. Dale Murphy followed with a single to left and Garvey headed for home, bowling over Lance Parrish at the plate for a 1-0 lead. George Brett tied it with a home run in the top of the second and the National League went ahead again on Gary Carter’s homer in the bottom of the inning. After that, it was all pitching and another National League win.


September 4, 1927 – The New York Yankees football franchise joins the NFL on September 4, 1927. The origins of this first New York Yankees pro football franchise (there were several who used that name) predate their NFL entry by one year. The Yankees were the brain child of Charles, C. C. Pyle, whose original intent was to be a member of the NFL. Our friend Larry Schmitt of adds that C. C. Pyle had the controlling rights of Red Grange’s contract and decided to try and mimic the success that the Chicago Bears had on their barnstorming tour in early 1926 and figured that Grange would be a crowd magnet for the Yankees tour.

Pyle attempted to join the NFL but was thwarted by Commissioner Joe Carr, who said the New York Football Giants had exclusive territorial rights to New York. This precedent was established during the 1925 season in the dispute between the Pottsville Maroons and Frankford Yellow Jackets in regards to an exhibition contest between the Maroons and a Notre Dame alumni All-Star team, which led to the Pottsville franchise being suspended and the Chicago Cardinals being crowned NFL Champions for 1925.

Pyle, who had already leased Yankee Stadium for 1926, then brashly started up his own league, which was the first of four to be known as the “American Football League” and perhaps out of spite, established a second franchise in New York, the Brooklyn Horsemen. The NFL responded by issuing a franchise charter of their own for Brooklyn, the Lions, and managed to wrestle the lease for Ebbets Field, relegating the Horsemen to the inferior Commercial Park.

The first AFL was a disaster for all involved. Four franchises in a city that barely supported one in 1925, was three too many. The Horsemen and Lions merged mid-season and the Yankees, despite the drawing power of Grange, had difficulty drawing large crowds on the road and several franchises dropped out prior to the schedule’s conclusion. In a post-season exhibition at Yankee Stadium, the NFL’s 5th place Giants team humbled the AFL Champion Philadelphia Quakers 31-0. Shortly afterward this first edition of the AFL officially closed.

The Yankees franchise, with Grange, was admitted to the NFL for the 1927 season with the stipulation that their home contests not conflict with the Giants. Often in game programs they were referred in 1927 as Red Grange’s Yankees for the public relations power that Grange’s star power held. The 1927 Yankees featured Grange at halfback , quarterback “Wild Bill” Kelly from Montana and former Penn State star guard August Michalske.

The 1927 Yankees were a competitive team with a winning record for most of the season. Ironically, Grange injured his knee during a home victory over his former team the Bears, which caused him to miss several games. He was in the lineup for a home-and-home series against the Giants to close out the season, which their rivals from the Polo Grounds swept on their way to the NFL title. Grange played in 118 of the possible 120 minutes on poor fields in those two Giants contests. Tthe first game was played in the snow and the second on in a torrential downpour that reduced the field to a muddy quagmire. Red Grange ended up sitting out the 1928 season to rehabilitate his knee, and without a star to attract fans, the Yankees struggled and ended up folding for good after the season ended. Grange returned to Chicago in 1929 where he played until his retirement in 1933. For more on Red Grange and C. C. Pyle please get a copy of Chris Willis great book, Red Grange: The Life and Legacy of the NFL’s First Superstar.

Fast forward a few decades…

September 4, 1993 – Penn State University plays it’s very first football game as a member of the Big -10 Conference. Nittany Lion’s quarterback Joe Sacca threw 4 TD passes to WR Bobby Engram as PSU won 38-20 over the Minnesota Golden Gophers

September 4, 1994 – Miami Dolphin’s QB Dan Marino guided the ‘phins to a 39-35 victory against rival New England with the help of 5 touchdown tosses. This was a career record 18th game for Marino of throwing 4 or more touchdowns in a game.

September 4, 1994 – Known as a coach that always studies the rule book closely, especially new rules, Bill Belichick, the Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns calls in a play that has holder Tom Tupa run a fake extra point into the end zone for the NFL’s first ever two point conversion. The Browns hold on and defeat the Bengals 28-20.

September 4, 2006 – In the Canadian Football League, Toronto Argonaut’s QB Damon Allen surpasses former CFL/NFL quarterback Warren Moon as pro-football’s all-time leading passer as he reaches 70,595 career pasing yards. Toronto won the game over Hamilton 40-6 as Allen tossed for 207 yards and 2 TDs in the game.

September 4, 2018 – Nike names NFL QB Colin Kapernick as the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary advertising campaign.


September 4, 1874 – Clint Wyckoff was a former Cornell University quarterback. In 1970 the College Hall of Fame enshrined the legendary QB into their museum. He was the very first consensus All-American in history that did not attend Penn, Princeton or Yale. He took over captaining the team right suceeding the legendary Pop Warner.

September 4, 1894 – Bart Macomber was a quarterback /halfback that played for the University of Illinois from 1914 through 1916. After college he went pro playing for the Canton Bulldogs and the Youngstown Patricians. He later went on to coach in the Pacific Coast league in 1926 for the Oakland Oaks. The College Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1972.


8 – 23 – 9 – 10 – 25 – 13 – 5

September 4, 1916 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Christy Mathewson and Mordecai Brown face each other for a final time; after 25 contests Mathewson takes a 13-12 advantage with Reds 10-8 winners over Cubs

September 4, 1923 – New York Yankees pitcher “Sad” Sam Jones no-hits Philadelphia A’s, 2-0

September 4, 1985 – New York Mets catcher Number 8, Gary Carter’s 2 HRs in a 9-2 win in San Diego ties MLB record of 5 HRs in 2 games

September 4, 1991 – MLB Statistical Accuracy Committee votes to drop asterisk next to Roger Maris’ (who famousl donned the Number 9) 1961 home run record of 61 (passing Babe Ruth’s 60).

September 4, 1993 – Penn State University plays its first football game in the Big 10, beating Minnesota 38-20; quarterback John Sacca, Number 9 threw 4 touchdown passes to Number 10, Bobby Engram

September 4, 1993 – New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott, Number 25 no-hits Cleveland Indians, 4-0 at Yankee Stadium

September 4, 1994 – Browns Quarterback Tom Tupa, Number 7 scored the first 2-point conversion in NFL history, by running in a fake extra point attempt for the Cleveland Browns in a 28-20 win at Cincinnati

September 4, 1994 – Miami quarterback Dan Marino, Number 13 throws 5 touchdown passes in Dolphins’ 39-35 win over New England; sets NFL record with his 18th game of 4-or-more touchdown passes

September 4, 1995 – Chicago White Sox third baseman Robin Ventura, Number 23 hits grand slams in consecutive innings, the 4th and 5th, of a 14-3 rout of the Texas Rangers

September 4, 2005 – 20 year old Kyle Busch in the Number 5 Kelloggs’ Tony the Tiger Chevrolet became the youngest driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race when he out duels Greg Biffle in the Sony HD 500 at California Speedway


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