INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

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NBA PLAYOFFS

MEMPHIS 134 GOLDEN STATE 107

MILWAUKEE 110 BOSTON 107

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NHL PLAYOFFS

NY RANGERS 5 PITTSBURGH 3

FLORIDA 5 WASHINGTON 3

CALGARY 3 DALLAS 1

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MLB

CINCINNATI 14 MILWAUKEE 11

PHILADELPHIA 4 SEATTLE 3

NY YANKEES 5 TORONTO 3

CLEVELAND AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX PPD

PITTSBURGH 5 LA DODGERS 3

MIAMI 11 ARIZONA 3

SAN FRANCISCO 7 COLORADO 1

CHICAGO CUBS 7 SAN DIEGO 5

ATLANTA 5 BOSTON 3

ST. LOUIS 10 BALTIMORE 1

KANSAS CITY 8 TEXAS 2

OAKLAND 9 DETROIT 0

KANSAS CITY 8 TEXAS 2

WASHINGTON 8 NY METS 3

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CHARLOTTE 5 INDIANAPOLIS 4

SOUTH BEND 6 FORT WAYNE 5

WNBA

ATLANTA 77 LOS ANGELES 75

CHICAGO 83 NEW YORK 50

PHOENIX 97 SEATTLE 77

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

INDIANA STATE 9 VALPARAISO 5

OHIO STATE 6 PURDUE 0

PENN STATE 2 INDIANA 1 (8)

INDIANA HS SOFTBALL POLLS

CLASS 4A

1. Roncalli, 135

2. Whiteland Community, 125

3. Mooresville, 116

4. Bedford North Lawrence, 100

5. Columbus North, 89

6. Pendleton Heights, 81

7. New Palestine, 78

8. Lake Central, 61

9. Harrison (West Lafayette), 56

10. Shelbyville, 52

Others receiving votes:  Center Grove, 50; Valparaiso, 35; Castle, 25; Penn, 19; Westfield, 17.

CLASS 3A

1. South Bend St. Joseph’s, 71

2. Tri-West Hendricks, 68

3. Yorktown, 61

4. Gibson Southern, 53

5. Benton Central, 46

6. Connersville, 37

7. New Prairie, 31

8. Indianapolis Cathedral, 27

t-9. Franklin County, 21

t-9. Scottsburg, 21

Others receiving votes: Heritage, 18; Western, 17; Heritage Hills, 17; Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, 15; Pike Central, 14.

CLASS 2A

1. Pioneer, 45

2. Hebron, 41

3. Sullivan, 36

t-4. South Vermillion, 28

t-4. Union County, 28

6. Boone Grove, 22

t-7. Illiana Christian, 21

t-7. Madison-Grant, 21

9. Evansville Mater Dei, 20

t-10. Eastside, 14

t-10 Eastern Hancock, 14

Others receiving votes: North Newton, 12; North Posey, 10; Wheeler, 9; Tippecanoe Valley, 8.

CLASS A

1. Tecumseh, 60

2. Caston, 53

3. Hauser, 50

4. Clay City, 48

5. West Washington, 43

6. Rising Sun, 41

7. West Central, 33

8. Rossville, 32

t-9. Springs Valley, 25

t-9. Barr-Reeve, 25

Others receiving votes: South Central (Union Mills), 22; Fremont, 19; North Daviess, 13; Northeast Dubois, 8; Borden, 3.

TOP NATIONAL NEWS

Grizzlies rout Warriors to avoid elimination, force Game 6

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Memphis Grizzlies fought off elimination with the highest-scoring performance in their franchise’s postseason history.

And with All-Star guard Ja Morant cheering from the bench. Then Morant upped the ante by chanting “Grizz in seven!”

Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones each scored 21 points and the Grizzlies routed the Golden State Warriors 134-95 on Wednesday night to force a sixth game in their Western Conference semifinal.

“We’ve exceeded expectations ever since I’ve been here,” Bane said. “It almost seems whenever someone thinks we can’t do something, we end up doing it. So I never want to put a limit on this team on what we can do because anything’s possible.”

Dillon Brooks added 12 points for Memphis. Ziaire Williams and Brandon Clarke had 11 apiece and De’Anthony Melton 10. Steven Adams had 13 rebounds, six offensive as Memphis outscored Golden State 24-5 on second-chance points.

The Grizzlies never trailed, turning in their best performance of this series to pull within 3-2 even with Morant out a second straight game because of a bone bruise in his right knee. They improved to 4-11 when facing elimination.

“We knew what was at stake,” Jackson said. “We didn’t change anything, though. We just calmed down, looked at the film, understand what we had to take away from the last game and just went out there and executed.”

Memphis scored 77 points in the first half, the most in franchise postseason history. The Grizzlies pushed their lead to 55 in the third quarter, threatening the three biggest postseason blowouts in NBA history. Their 52-point lead after three tied for the largest in a playoff game in the past 70 years.

“Obviously, this was a very impressive win for our group, great bounce-back for sure,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

When Memphis fans chanted “Whoop That Trick! Whoop That Trick!” early in the fourth, Stephen Curry laughed on the court while Draymond Green swung a towel in unison with the crowd. Green said he doesn’t respect people who only bring energy when winning.

“When you spew it out, you’ve got to be willing to take it and not hide from it and not duck from it and not hide from it. Embrace it,” Green said. “So, I appreciated the crowd tonight and the energy they brought to the game. If they want to whoop that trick, we’re going to whoop it together.”

Game 6 is Friday night in San Francisco, where the Warriors have won five straight playoff games and their last seven overall.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 19 points, Jonathan Kuminga added 17, Curry had 14 and Damion Lee and Moses Moody each had 10.

The Warriors lost for the first time with assistant Mike Brown filling in for coach Steve Kerr, who missed his second straight game since testing positive for COVID before Game 4. Thompson said they expected to close out this series only to play “like a shell of ourselves.”

“It was awful,” Thompson said. “It was embarrassing from the opening tip. We didn’t have great flow. They were more aggressive than us, reflecting their 30 free throws to our 13.”

The Grizzlies got back to doing the things that helped them post the second-best record during the regular season. They outrebounded Golden State for the first time in this series 55-37, dominating the offensive boards 18-4. They forced 22 turnovers and got their best production from the bench of this series.

Golden State, thanks to Jordan Poole coming off the bench, had outscored Memphis’ reserves each of the first four games. Facing elimination, the Grizzlies had a 28-8 edge through the first two quarters and finished with a 52-35 margin. Poole had three points.

Memphis led 38-28 at the end of the first quarter and continued a 24-8 run into the second quarter to go up 53-36. They finished the second on a 20-4 run, including 14 straight, to outscore Golden State 39-22 for a 77-50 lead at halftime.

Then the Grizzlies opened the third quarter outscoring Golden State 20-6. They kept pushing, outscoring Golden State 42-17 in the third for a 119-67 lead going into the fourth.

Brown benched most of his starters by 3:44 of the third, and Jenkins followed to start the fourth resting up for a flight to California and Game 6.

TIP-INS

Warriors: The 39-point loss was the fifth-largest playoff loss in franchise history and largest since a 40-point loss to the Clippers on April 21, 2014, in Game 2 of the first round. They’re the sixth team in the past 10 years to lose by 39 or more in a game that didn’t end a series. Four of the previous five won the next game. … The 77 points allowed in the first half matched the most allowed all season. They also gave up 77 on Jan. 13 at Milwaukee. … The Warriors also fell to 12-4 in Game 5s since 2015. … Otto Porter Jr. played 12 minutes before being sidelined by a sore right foot.

Grizzlies: They matched their most first-half points, also scoring 77 against New Orleans on March 8. … They went 20-5 without Morant during the regular season and are 1-1 in this series.

“This is definitely impressive but to use our players’ phrase, `We deep,'” Jenkins said. “I mean we’re deep. It’s as simple as that. I think we say that not arrogantly, we say that confidently because anybody that steps out on the floor can make an impact for us.”

POSTSEASON BLOWOUTS

The Bucks also led Philadelphia by 52 (124-72) on March 30, 1970. Denver beat New Orleans by 58 on April 27, 2009, matching the margin Minneapolis beat St. Louis on March 19, 1956. Golden State beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 56 on April 21, 1973.

GRIZZLIES’ D

Memphis scored 25 points off turnovers in the first half – most by any team in the 1st half over the last 25 postseasons. The Warriors had been averaging 19 turnovers a game in this series and had 14 by halftime and finished with 20.

BROWN’S FIRST LOSS

Brown, the next coach of the Sacramento Kings, had been 12-0 coaching the Warriors in the postseason, winning 11 straight in the 2017 playoffs. He also won Game 4 when the Warriors took the lead for the first time with 45.7 seconds left to pull out a win for a 3-1 series lead.

Holiday stops Celtics’ last 2 plays, Bucks take 3-2 lead

BOSTON (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo was having his best shooting night of the playoffs. Milwaukee dominated on the boards. And still the Bucks trailed Boston by 14 points in a game that could send the defending NBA champions to the brink of elimination.

That’s when Jrue Holiday showed the Defensive Player of the Year a thing or two about defense.

Bobby Portis put back Antetokounmpo’s missed free throw with 15 seconds left, and Holiday snuffed Marcus Smart on Boston’s final two possessions Wednesday night as Milwaukee erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Celtics 110-107 and take a 3-2 series lead.

“Obviously, in Boston you’re down 14 in the fourth quarter, people would say everything’s against us. But we come together,” said Holiday, who also hit the tying 3-pointer with 43 seconds left. “We live and die like that.”

Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 11 rebounds, making 16 of 27 shots – including a long 3-pointer to make it 105-102 with 1:40 to play. Holiday finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Portis added 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Bucks can advance to the Eastern Conference finals with a victory in Game 6 at home Friday night.

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown had 26 for the Celtics, who need a win in Milwaukee to force a decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday.

The Celtics led 93-79 early in the fourth before the Bucks closed the gap, tying it at 105 with 43 seconds to play on back-to-back 3-pointers from Antetokounmpo and Holiday. Tatum hit a pair of free throws to give Boston back the lead.

Antetokounmpo went to the the line with a chance to tie it and made the first, then Portis grabbed the rebound of the second and put it in off the backboard to give Milwaukee its first lead since early in the second quarter.

Smart drove to the basket but Holiday blocked him and came away with the ball, throwing it off the Celtics guard while falling out of bounds.

“Just a great instinctive play by Jrue,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s a winner. Jrue Holiday’s a winner. You ask any player in this league or any coach in this league. He’s a winner.”

Pat Connaughton made a pair of free throws with six seconds left, then Holiday stole the ball from Smart on his desperation dash for a potential game-tying 3-pointer. The Celtics committed eight of their 10 turnovers in the second half and gave up a 49-36 rebounding edge in all.

“If we box out we win that game,” Smart said. “They’re the defending champs. They made some championship plays. And now we’ve got to bounce back.”

Milwaukee had 17 offensive rebounds to Boston’s five, with Portis grabbing seven.

“Growing up as a kid, I really wasn’t very skilled or really had one thing I really did well. I was always like a jack of all trades, did everything good but nothing great,” Portis said. “My mom always told me as a kid just to be a garbage man. Being a garbage man is if you want scoring opportunities and you’re not getting the ball passed to you, you go get the ball on the offensive glass. That’s one thing my mom always taught me. Shoutout to my mom on that.”

Jaylen Brown scored 16 points in the third – and 12 of those in the last four minutes of the quarter, when Boston turned a 71-68 edge into a 12-point lead. It was 93-79 with 10:19 to play – Boston’s biggest blown lead in the playoffs in more than 25 years.

“Of course, we’re gonna be down. Guys are going to be (upset) about the outcome. We outplayed them for 3 1/2 quarters,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “We talked about showing our resolve, and we made it tougher on ourselves now. It’ll make it sweeter when we bounce back. But we gave up a golden opportunity tonight.”

INJURED

The Celtics were without big man Robert Williams III for the second straight game – and the fourth time this postseason – because of left knee soreness. He had been listed as questionable before being ruled out pregame.

Milwaukee remained without Khris Middleton, who has done some on-court work as he attempts to come back from a sprained left knee. He has not played since April 20 in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Bulls.

“He’s done a little bit on the court and we’re feeling good about where he is and optimistic,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “But it’s kind of the same update it’s been for the last handful of days”

Milwaukee guard George Hill (abdominal soreness) did play.

TIP-INS

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-6 former Celtic, took in the game from the front row, under the basket. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were also at the game. … The Celtics only had two turnovers in the first half, to nine for the Bucks. … Celtics subs Daniel Theis and Derrick White made their first nine shots.

Chytil scores in 3rd, Rangers beat Penguins 5-3 in Game 5

NEW YORK (AP) Unhappy with the way they played in two bad losses on the road that pushed them to the brink of elimination, the New York Rangers bounced back with a needed win to keep their season going.

Filip Chytil scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 Wednesday night in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafreniere each had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren also scored for the Rangers. Igor Shesterkin, torched for 10 goals over three periods in the previous two games, had 27 saves.

“We were not happy with what happened in Pittsburgh,” Chytil said. “We just didn’t play the whole season (the) way that we played, just (to) lose games like this in Pittsburgh. So we just had a good meeting, good practice yesterday and we just believed today that we’re gonna win and we’re gonna go back to Pittsburgh.”

Jake Guentzel had two goals and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which leads the best of seven series 3-2. Evgeni Malkin had two assists and Louis Domingue finished with 29 saves.

Penguins star Sidney Crosby left with about seven minutes remaining in the second period after taking a hard high hit from Trouba in the offensive zone minutes earlier. He did not return.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said Crosby had an upper body injury and his status was being evaluated.

Game 6 is Friday in Pittsburgh, and a potential deciding Game 7 would be Sunday back at Madison Square Garden.

“We played a good 60 minutes,” Lafreniere said. “We defended well and played a good all-around game. We did a good job of staying calm. We have to keep it going and win Game 6. We played a really good one when we needed it most.”

The Rangers got their first power play of the night early in the third period and took advantage as Chytil got a pass from Lafreniere in the right circle, turned around and whipped a shot past Domingue to put the Rangers ahead 4-3 at 2:53.

Lindgren sealed the win with an empty-netter with 16 seconds left.

Letang extended the Penguins’ lead to 2-0 at 7:58 of the second as he got a cross-ice pass from Malkin and fired a slap shot past Shesterkin on Pittsburgh’s first shot on goal of the period.

The Rangers then took the lead as they scored on three consecutive shots in a 2:42 span late in the second.

Fox got the Rangers on the scoreboard with 4:49 left as he got the puck inside the blue line, slowly skated up and fired a shot from the top of the right circle past Domingue’s shoulder.

“Once we got that first goal, it was a big boost for our club,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “I felt real confident about today. You’ve got to take it one game at a time. We were down three games to one, today I felt real good about our team.”

Lafreniere tied it 90 seconds later as he quickly fired a slap shot in front off a centering pass from Kaapo Kakko.

Trouba put the Rangers ahead another 1:12 later as he skated across the right circle and put a backhander from the middle through Domingue’s skates.

“They pushed, we had a couple of extended D-zone shifts, and we didn’t get it done defensively,” Sullivan said. “We got an experienced group. We just got to keep playing the game. … We didn’t win the wall battles, we didn’t get pucks out, and as a result we had four, five minutes of extended defensive zone play. We simply have to do a better job there.”

The lead lasted just 13 seconds as Guentzel tied it with his second of the night and seventh of the series as he scored off a centering pass from Malkin.

The Rangers outshot the Penguins 11-10 in the first period, limited mostly to shots from the outside.

The Penguins had a 5-on-3 power play early when Chris Kreider was called for slashing and Jacob Trouba for elbowing just 24 seconds into the game. The Rangers held them just two shots on goal during the advantage, with Shesterkin making a nice glove save on Guentzel.

The Penguins took a 1-0 lead with 9 1/2 minutes left as Guentzel got the rebound of his own shot and sent a centering pass from behind the goal line that deflected off Shesterkin’s leg and in. It was his sixth goal of the series.

LINEUP

Lindgren returned to the Rangers’ lineup after missing the previous three games following an upper body injury in Game 1 of this series. The Rangers went with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Lindgren then left the with an apparent injury early in the second period and headed to the dressing room minutes later. He returned late in the period.

MILESTONES

Kreider played in his 85th career playoff game, tying Don Maloney for the sixth place on the franchise list.

STREAKS

Guentzel scored for the fifth straight game, tying Jaromir Jagr (1996, 2000) and Kevin Stevens (1991) for the fourth-longest streak in one postseason in franchise history. Mario Lemieux (seven twice, six) has the top three. … D Mike Matheson had an assist on Guentzel’s goal, extending his point streak to four games (one goal, five assists). … Fox (three goals, two assists) extended his point streak to five games.

Comeback Cats do it again, rally to top Caps 5-3 in Game 5

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Carter Verhaeghe was brought to the Florida Panthers for big postseason moments.

Like this one.

Verhaeghe set a Panthers franchise playoff record with a five-point night – two goals, three assists – and the Comeback Cats pulled off another rally, this one obviously the most important of their season. Florida erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Wednesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series.

“Things are going pretty well right now for me,” said Verhaeghe, who helped Tampa Bay win a Stanley Cup in 2020. “And the team. We’re up 3-2, we have two chances to win one game, things are looking pretty good.”

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots for Florida. Patric Hornqvist, Claude Giroux and Sam Reinhart also scored for the Panthers, and Aleksander Barkov had two assists.

T.J. Oshie scored twice for Washington, which also got a goal from Justin Schultz and two assists from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ilya Samsonov stopped 33 shots.

“Giving up a three-goal lead, I don’t know how many times we’ve done that this year,” Oshie said.

The answer would be twice.

Both times, at Florida.

Verhaeghe broke the Panthers’ playoff scoring record that Ray Sheppard set on a four-point night back on April 22, 1996 – which remains the last, and only, season in which the Panthers won a playoff series.

They can change that Friday, when Game 6 is played in Washington. Game 7, if necessary, would be back at Florida on Sunday.

“We didn’t start the way we wanted to … then we started to play the right way,” Barkov said.

Verhaeghe gave the Panthers the lead to stay at 3:04 of the third, after a pair of marvelous plays at both ends. He created a turnover deep in the zone, sent the puck to Barkov and then went into a full sprint for about 100 feet of ice to find a spot to receive the return pass.

Barkov put it on his stick, Verhaeghe put it into the net, and Florida led 4-3. Bobrovsky slammed the door from there, Giroux scored the insurance goal at 15:55, and the Comeback Cats had done it again.

“Felt like we gave that game away,” Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom said.

This was the season of the comeback for Florida, which had an NHL-best 29 come-from-behind wins during the regular season. The Panthers pulled off five wins after trailing by three goals, and rallied in the final moments of Game 4 to force overtime in Washington before winning early in the extra session and tying the series.

Florida’s rally matched the largest in an NHL playoff game since April 19, 2011, when the San Jose Sharks erased a four-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-5. There had been three two-goal deficits in these playoffs entering Wednesday, but nobody had successfully dug out of a three-goal hole.

Until now.

Oshie opened the scoring at 7:09 of the first, doing what he probably does best — redirection. He set up in the slot, obstructing Bobrovsky as best he could, then changed the flight of a shot by John Carlson just enough to get it into the net for a 1-0 Washington lead.

It stayed that way until the second, when two goals in a span of 1:25 looked to give Washington full control. Schultz found a crease within a maze of bodies in front of the net and blasted the puck through to make it 2-0, and Oshie finished off a pass from Kuznetsov on a 2-on-1 break to make it 3-0.

And that’s when the Panthers did what they do best – rally.

“There’s two games that were played,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “There was a game to push it to 3-0 where I liked everything we did. … And then there’s a game that took place after that.”

In a span of 7:51, Florida went from down three and in huge trouble to tied going into the third. Verhaeghe watched the puck come off the end boards and batted it in to get Florida on the scoreboard. Hornqvist went over Samsonov’s glove on a breakaway, and the equalizer came from Reinhart. He picked up a loose puck at the edge of the crease and tapped it into the back of the net to make it 3-3 going into the third.

The Capitals were 20-1-0 in games when they led by at least three goals at any point this season, including playoffs. The one defeat – Nov. 30, when a 4-1 lead going into the third became a 5-4 loss.

The opponent that night? That would be the Panthers.

“I thought we started taking over the game like we’ve done so many times this year,” Panthers interim coach Andrew Brunette said. “Showed our resiliency and belief that we’re in any hockey game.”

NOTES

Florida’s last 3-2 series lead was a decade ago, the 2012 first round against New Jersey. The Panthers lost Games 6 and 7, the finale at home in double overtime. … Florida went 0 for 3 on the power play, dropping the Panthers to 0 for 16 in the series and 3 for 26 against the Capitals this season. … Florida’s longest stretch of games in the regular season without a power-play goal was seven, from Nov. 8-20. The Panthers had at least one man-advantage goal in six of the final seven games of the season, but remain blanked through the first five games of this series. … Oshie had the sixth multi-goal playoff game of his career.

UP NEXT

Game 6 is Friday in Washington.

Flames use 3-goal third period to top Stars 3-1 in Game 5

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Mikael Backlund, Andrew Mangiapane and Trevor Lewis all scored in the third period, leading the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Jacob Markstrom made 20 saves for the Flames, who can win the series Saturday in Dallas. If necessary, Game 7 would be back in Calgary on Sunday.

“It feels a lot better than if we were down, but we know it’s going to be a really hard game” Backlund said. “Of course, we feel confident and excited going there. It’s a big game.”

Jason Robertson scored the lone goal for Dallas, and Jake Oettinger stopped 29 shots.

Robertson, who had a team-leading 41 goals in the regular season, scored his first in the playoffs at 13:21 of the second period to put the Stars ahead 1-0. He drove in from the boards and wristed a shot that deflected off Markstrom’s glove and then off defenseman Noah Hanifin into Calgary’s net.

But the line of Backlund, Mangiapane and Blake Coleman struck in the third.

“We knew they were going to come hard,” Robertson said. “We tried to minimize their speed to the neutral zone and we didn’t and it cost us.”

Mangiapane circled out from behind the goal line and centered the puck for Backlund’s redirect by Oettinger to make it 1-1 at 6:49 of the third.

“I haven’t scored much down the stretch here,” Backlund said. “It felt really good to put the puck in the net and such a big goal as well.”

The Flames took the lead when Backlund was in the neutral zone and fed a backhand pass to Mangiapane at the Stars’ blue line. Mangiapane took three strides in and beat Oettinger’s glove with a high shot at 13:20.

“It was loud,” Mangiapane said of the Saddledome crowd. “It was great even when Backs scored. You could hear the building erupt. I think the fans were waiting for a goal. Our whole team just fed off that energy from the fans.”

Lewis sealed it with an empty-netter with 58 seconds left.

Neither team scored on their two power-play chances and are 2-for-19 in the series.

“We’re going to look at some stuff from this game and get ready for the next game and it’s not over yet,” Dallas’ Roope Hintz said.

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau took a deflected puck in the side of the head at the Stars’ blue line. He went to the dressing room for treatment late in the period, but was back in the game in the second period.

NOTES: Stars coach Rick Bowness altered his lineup by scratching forwards Denis Gurianov and Alexander Radulov. … With 92 career playoff wins, Calgary’s Darryl Sutter is two shy of tying Pat Quinn for the sixth most among NHL coaches. … Dallas’ Joe Pavelski passed Brian Rafalski with his 166th career playoff game, for fifth most in NHL history among United States-born players.

Riding a tricycle! Yelich record-tying 3rd cycle, Brews fall

CINCINNATI (AP) Christian Yelich bolted out of the box, sprinting around the bases and cruising into third standing up for his first triple of the season.

A very well-timed triple, too.

The Milwaukee Brewers star hit for a record-tying third cycle – amazingly, all of them against Cincinnati. Yelich accomplished the feat Wednesday in a 14-11 loss to the Reds.

“I’d definitely rather win the game,” Yelich said. “Weird things happen in baseball. Any time you can hit for a cycle, it’s pretty cool. I will try to enjoy it as much as possible.”

Yelich tripled during a six-run ninth inning rally. His teammates were well aware of the significance, and they stood on the top row of the dugout to applaud him.

Yelich became the sixth player in major league history to hit at least one home run, triple, double and single in the same game three times. He joined Trea Turner, Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly in accomplishing the feat.

Earlier, Yelich doubled in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third and singled in the fifth.

Late in the 2018 season, Yelich hit for the cycle twice in a span of three weeks against the Reds.

“A lot of things kind of have to happen to hit the cycle,” the former National League MVP said. “It is hard enough to get four hits in a major league game and to have the right kind, there’s an element of luck. It is still pretty cool.”

Tyler Stephenson drove in four runs with a pair of doubles and Colin Moran hit a three-run homer for Cincinnati. The Reds, with the worst record in the majors, won their second straight series by topping the NL Central leaders.

“All these teams in the league are good — you have to keep playing, you have to keep going,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Great day offensively. Not only the hits and the RBIs, but just grinding out at-bats, controlling the strike zone, getting guys in base. That created the opportunities.”

Tyler Naquin hit a bases-loaded triple for Cincinnati, which led 7-0 after two innings. Moran homered during a six-run eighth that made it 14-5.

Hunter Renfroe hit two solo homers for the Brewers.

Milwaukee’s first six batters reached base in the ninth, including home runs by Jace Peterson and pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau. Joel Kuhnel relieved and gave up a pair of RBI doubles while getting the final three outs.

Reds starter Vladimir Gutierrez allowed four runs and six hits over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander exited with a four-run lead and the bases loaded in the fifth, and Alexis Diaz (1-0) came in and struck out Luis Urias.

Adrian Houser (3-3) made it through four innings. He gave up six hits and seven runs, four of them unearned because of two infield errors. Reliever J.C. Mejia was charged with five runs in the Reds’ eighth-inning outburst.

“I thought Adrian just getting through the fourth inning was a success,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Nothing went right for him in the first two innings.”

The Reds scored four in the first on Stephenson’s RBI double and Naquin’s bases-loaded triple off the center-field wall that came about a foot short of being a grand slam.

The Reds loaded the bases again in the second. After Houser fanned Mike Moustakas for the second out, Stephenson struck again, driving in all three in with a double to left.

Tommy Pham drove in two more runs for the Reds in the eighth with a bases-loaded single, followed by an RBI single by Moustakas to cushion the lead.

Brousseau and Peterson homered off Dauri Moreta in the ninth.

TYLER ON A TEAR

Stephenson has hit well since coming back from concussion protocol May 3. Since then he is 11 for 29 and bumped his batting average to .322. The regular catcher, he went 3 for 5 as the DH in Wednesday’s lineup.

“He’s a presence in our lineup, in our clubhouse, behind the plate,” Bell said. “He is going to need some days off here and there, but when we can keep him in the lineup he showed today how important he is.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (shoulder) is scheduled to make his second rehab start at Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. He could make his season debut next week. … Bell said OF Jake Fraley (knee inflammation), 1B Joey Votto (illness) and OF Nick Senzel (illness) all are getting close to rehab assignments.

UP NEXT

Brewers: After an off day, open a weekend series with Miami. RHP Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.86) is scheduled to get the start against RHP Pablo Lopez (4-1, 1.00 ERA).

Reds: Open a four-game series with the Pirates. RHP Connor Overton (0-0, 2.53) is scheduled to go against RHP JT Brubaker (0-2, 5.68 ERA). The Reds took two of three against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park last weekend.

Rivas’ key hit vs hometown Padres lifts Cubs to 7-5 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single against his hometown team in the eighth inning, and the banged-up Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 on Wednesday.

Rivas, who grew up in Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day, came up with the bases loaded and singled to center off Luis Garcia (0-2). Rivas hit a two-run homer in Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss that bounced out of the glove of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar and went over the fence.

One-time Padres pitcher Rowan Wick got a six-out save, striking out Manny Machado to end the eighth with a runner on second. It was his second save in as many chances.

Chicago took two of three in the series after arriving in San Diego with a five-game losing streak.

The Padres announced during the game that manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Melvin said Tuesday that he hoped to miss only the first six games of the Padres’ forthcoming nine-game road trip.

San Diego tied it at 5 on solo homers by Eric Hosmer and Luke Voit in the seventh.

Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner departed with a sore right ankle an inning after colliding with second base umpire Dan Iassogna in center field. The Cubs, who have a crowded injured list, were without outfielder Seiya Suzuki for the second straight game due to a sore right ankle.

Hoerner was running to get into relay position after Jurickson Profar hit a fly ball over center fielder’s Jason Heyward’s head for a triple when he collided with Iassogna. Hoerner was on the ground in pain after the collision in the first inning and was tended to by a trainer. He stayed in, batted in the second and struck out. Hoerner was replaced in the bottom half of the inning by Ildemaro Vargas.

With the Padres trailing 5-3, Hosmer connected with one out in the seventh off Mychal Givens (2-0) and Voit went deep with two outs. It was the seventh career multihomer game for Voit, who was batting .136 and in an 0-for-29 slump coming in. Voit, who recently missed 14 games with a biceps tendon injury, has struck out 18 times this season.

Chicago’s Willson Contreras homered off Nick Martinez with one out in the first, his fourth. San Diego went ahead 2-1 on Hosmer’s RBI single in the first and Voit’s first homer with the Padres, leading off the second.

The Cubs jumped on Martinez for four runs in the fourth. Contreras keyed the inning by drawing a leadoff walk and then taking second on a wild pitch by sliding around the tag of Machado in the shift, touching the bag with his right hand.

Contreras scored the tying run on Patrick Wisdom’s one-out single and Frank Schwindel doubled to center with two outs for the lead. Heyward added an RBI single.

Machado extended his on-base streak to 21 games.

Cubs spot starter Keegan Thompson permitted two runs and five hits in four innings.

Martinez allowed five runs and four hits in four innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Placed LHP Sean Newcomb on the 15-day injured list with a sprained left ankle. The team said he got hurt while he was in the outfield Sunday during batting practice. RHP Mark Leiter Jr. was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

Padres: Third-base coach Matt Williams entered COVID-19 protocols. First-base coach David Macias moved to third base and Morgan Burkhart coached at first base.

UP NEXT

Cubs: LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 3.04 ERA) and Arizona RHP Zach Davies (1-1, 3.34 ERA) are the probables for Friday night’s series opener in Phoenix.

Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 4.05 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta. The Braves are expected to start former Padres farmhand Max Fried (4-2, 2.68 ERA).

Crawford homers, Giants beat Rockies for 10th straight time

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Crawford homered, leading Alex Cobb and the San Francisco Giants past Colorado 7-1 Wednesday for their 10th straight win over the Rockies.

Crawford drove in three runs and scored twice as San Francisco extended its overall winning streak to five. Joey Bart, Brandon Belt, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Joc Pederson also drove in runs for the Giants.

Colorado lost its fourth in a row.

“Obviously, there were several contributions up and down the lineup,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “A definite team win.”

Added Belt: “It can be anybody on any given day. We rely on each other to go out there and win ballgames. So I think that’s what makes us so successful.”

Cobb (2-1) limited Colorado to one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings and struck out six. He won for the first time since his Giants debut on April 12.

“I thought it was good,” Cobb said. “I could probably pound the zone a little bit better. I got into a lot of counts where I had to make some pitches and fortunately, I was able to, but it’s not a good recipe for success. But I like the way the ball is coming out. I like the shapes that I’m getting and I’ll take the results there.”

San Francisco handed Rockies starter Chad Kuhl (3-1) his first loss of the season, tagging him for five runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was just the second time in six starts that Kuhl allowed more than one run.

Crawford opened the scoring in the fourth with an RBI grounder. Bart singled home a run and Belt had a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.

The Giants boosted their lead in the fifth on Crawford’s third homer of the season, a two-run drive.

Charlie Blackmon provided the Rockies’ lone run in the the sixth on an RBI grounder.

Wade singled home another run for San Francisco in the eighth, finishing 3 for 4 with a walk. Pederson drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Giants have outscored the Rockies 78-28 during the 10-game winning streak, recording at least 10 hits in each game.

“Not much good happened here in San Francisco,” Colorado manager Bud Black acknowledged. “We got outpitched, we got outhit. We’ve got to clean a couple of things up defensively. But we’ll bounce back, we’ll bounce back. We’ve got a good group. The guys are frustrated, but that’s part of the long season.”

SLUMP BREAKER

Pederson snapped an 0-for-22 drought with an infield single in the seventh inning, his first hit in the month of May. Pederson hit .353 in April with six homers and 10 RBIs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: LHP Jake McGee (lower back tightness) was placed on the 15-day injured list. … Wilmer Flores missed his second straight game after being scratched Tuesday with lower back tightness. … 3B Evan Longoria (finger surgery) returned from the 10-day IL and made his season debut, going 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

ROSTER MOVES

The Giants acquired INF Donovan Walton from the Seattle Mariners for RHP Prelander Berroa and assigned him to Triple-A Sacramento. INF Mike Ford was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Return home Friday to open a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals. LHP Kyle Freeland (1-3, 3.94 ERA) has allowed just four earned runs in his last four starts.

Giants: RHP Logan Webb (4-1, 3.82) opens a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday. Webb has won his last three starts, including a 13-7 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Marlins use 8-run ninth to blow past Diamondbacks 11-3

PHOENIX (AP) The Miami Marlins have found themselves on the losing end of most close games this year.

They may have found a solution: blowouts.

Miami turned a competitive afternoon into a comfortable win Wednesday, riding big swings by Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Avisail Garcia to an eight-run ninth inning and an 11-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“Definitely a sigh of relief,” manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully that little breakout at the end can get us rolling.”

The Marlins avoided a three-game sweep and won for just the second time in their past 11 games. The D-backs had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Miami controlled most of the game until the eighth, when Arizona pinch hitter Jordan Luplow connected for a tying two-run homer against Steven Okert.

The Marlins have already lost 10 one-run games this season, and it looked as if another heartbreak might be coming.

But Miami responded quickly – and decisively – off Mark Melancon. Catcher Jacob Stallings entered the game hitting just .183 but came up big in the ninth, hitting a single that put the Marlins back in front. Chisholm then drove a low pitch out to left-center, barely clearing the wall for a three-run blast that pushed Miami’s lead to 7-3.

It was Chisholm’s sixth homer of the season.

It has been a rough stretch for Melancon (0-4), the veteran closer who signed a $14 million, two-year deal with the Diamondbacks during the offseason. He has surrendered eight runs over his last three outings.

“We ran out of gas in the ninth,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I was proud of the way the guys fought to tie the game.”

Garcia capped the Miami’s big ninth with another three-run shot off J.B. Wendelken. It was Garcia’s second at-bat of the inning after he started the rally with a walk.

“We never give up,” Chisholm said. “The guys were showing everybody a taste of what you’ll see when everyone’s really is ready to go. Some guys are still working on some things and not in midseason form, but when you see stuff like that today, it just shows the promise of what we’ve got going into the future.”

Joey Wendle got the Marlins on the board in the first with a two-run shot down the right-field line that landed in the visitor’s bullpen. Miami tacked on another run in the second on an RBI single from Stallings.

Luplow’s homer denied a win for Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara, who permitted one run and two hits over seven innings.

D-backs rookie Alek Thomas hit his first career homer in the third, a solo shot over the 413-foot sign in center, but that was the team’s only hit until the seventh.

Arizona starter Merrill Kelly gave up three runs over five innings. The right-hander has been one of baseball’s best pitchers through the first five weeks of the season with a 1.22 ERA, but he struggled in his first two innings.

FINALLY, BEER PREVAILS

D-backs designated hitter Seth Beer snapped an 0-for-37 streak with a single in the seventh.

Beer got off to a great start this season – hitting a game-winning homer on opening day – but has been in a prolonged funk. It was his first hit since April 22.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: Wendle left in the third inning with right hamstring tightness.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Return home for a nine-game homestand starting Friday with a three-game series against the Brewers. The Marlins will start RHP Pablo Lopez (4-1, 1.00 ERA) in the first game. The Brewers will counter with RHP Corbin Burnes (1-2, 1.86 ERA).

Diamondbacks: Open a three-game series against the Cubs on Friday. RHP Zach Davies (1-1, 3.34 ERA) will be on the mound for the first game. The visiting Cubs will start LHP Drew Smyly (1-3, 3.04 ERA).

Vogelbach’s go-ahead homer leads Pirates past Dodgers 5-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) Daniel Vogelbach is a livewire in the dugout, so much so that Pittsburgh Pirates manager Derek Shelton joked he might occasionally put his team’s designated hitter at first base just to get away from him for a bit.

It’s that intensity that endears Vogelbach to his teammates, an intensity that’s symbolic of a club trying to prove that for all of the talk about its future, the present can be compelling at times, too.

Vogelbach provided a reminder Wednesday, lashing a go-ahead home run off Daniel Hudson in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh took a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time in nearly five years with a 5-3 victory.

Less than 24 hours after getting drilled in an 11-1 loss and minutes after a three-run lead disappeared, Vogelbach punctuated his fifth homer of the season with a little hop as he made his way toward first base.

“Everybody plays hard, nobody gives in,” Vogelbach said. “That’s a really, really good team over there that we just won a series against.”

Jack Suwinski hit his second home run in three days for Pittsburgh. J osh VanMeter hit a two-run homer in the sixth and provided some insurance with a leadoff triple in the eighth that led to an insurance run – atoning for an error he made at second base that kickstarted a Los Angeles rally in the top of the seventh.

“It’s easy to get down after (the error) and then give an at-bat away, but good players don’t do that,” VanMeter said. “That’s something I always try to pride myself on, always trying to come back.”

Pittsburgh’s Wil Crowe (2-2) came on for a shaky Chris Stratton in the seventh and promptly issued two walks to load the bases. But he escaped when shortstop Diego Castillo made a leaping grab on a line drive by Will Smith and Max Muncy struck out on a full-count to end in the inning.

David Bednar worked two perfect innings to earn his fifth save.

Pittsburgh, which entered the series having lost 16 straight games to the Dodgers, took two of three for its first series win against Los Angeles since a three-game sweep in June 2016.

“I think it gives us a boost of confidence,” VanMeter said. “You know, I think when you go out and you take a series from a team like that, I think it kind of hits you in the face that like, you know, like we can win a lot of games this year.”

Edwin Rios hit a three-run double in the seventh for the Dodgers. But the NL West leaders managed just five hits, or three fewer than the number of doubles they collected Tuesday night.

PEPIOT DEBUTS

Los Angeles rookie Ryan Pepiot worked three scoreless but eventful innings in his major league debut. The 24-year-old right-hander, a third-round pick in the 2019 first-year player draft, allowed three hits and walked five.

Pittsburgh put multiple runners on in each of Pepiot’s innings, including loading the bases in the second after two walks and a hit batter. Pepiot flashed a little bit of the electricity that earned him a callup, striking out Bryan Reynolds swinging with a 95 mph fastball on the corner.

“It was exciting, a lot of nerves,” said Pepiot, whose family made the six-hour drive from Westfield, Indiana, to PNC Park for the game. “Happy to be out there but I didn’t make some of the pitches I wanted to, got myself in some traffic. But when I wanted to, I was able to make some pitches and limit the damage.”

FOR STARTERS

Pirates left-hander Dillon Peters made his third appearance as an “opener.” It’s a role that appears to suit him. Peters held the Dodgers at bay in three-plus innings and has yet to give up a run in 8 1/3 combined innings when tabbed as the de facto starter.

Peters has no problem with the strategy or giving the ball to Shelton even when he feels like he’s in a groove.

“The competitor in me wants to win baseball games and if (being an opener) means we’re going to win a baseball game, I’m happy,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RF Chris Taylor returned to the lineup after taking a planned day off. Taylor exited Monday night’s loss after fouling a ball off his knee.

Pirates: OF Jake Marisnick will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. There is no timetable yet for his return. … C Roberto Perez’s hamstring injury will keep him out long-term. … RHP Duane Underwood (hamstring) pitched a scoreless inning on Tuesday night for Double-A Altoona and could be activated soon.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: Start an eight-game homestand on Thursday night against Philadelphia.

Pirates: Begin a four-game weekend series with Cincinnati on Thursday. The Reds took two of three from Pittsburgh last week in Cincinnati.

Hoskins homers again, slam leads Phillies past Mariners 4-2

SEATTLE (AP) While a pair of rainouts threw the Philadelphia Phillies’ schedule out of whack, those couple of days off ended up being exactly the time Rhys Hoskins needed to get going at the plate.

Hoskins homered for the third straight game and provided all of Philadelphia’s offense with the second grand slam of his career and the Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Wednesday.

The Phillies took two of three from the Mariners helped by the homer barrage by Hoskins. He had solo homers in each of the first two games and provided the big blow with his first grand slam since March 28, 2019, against Atlanta.

“It’s not often you get a couple of days to either rest and kind of regain some energy, or work,” Hoskins said. “It’s hard to take more swings than normal during the year because you’ve got to go play.”

The rainouts last week against the New York Mets allowed Hoskins time to work with hitting coach Kevin Long. They were lengthy sessions with the focus on Hoskins using more of his lower half.

“You always are teetering on what’s too much. Sometimes you just need to go hit, and hit, and hit, and hit and hit till you can’t,” Hoskins said. “We got a couple of pretty long sessions and it seems to be paying off.”

Hoskins lined a 2-1 pitch from Seattle starter Logan Gilbert (4-1) just inside the foul pole down the left field line with one out in the fourth inning. Gilbert, who started the day second in the AL in ERA at 1.36, retired nine of the first 10 batters including five strikeouts to start the game.

But Gilbert ran into trouble in the fourth with a single by Alec Bohn and walks to Bryce Harper and Jean Segura setting up Hoskins for his fifth homer of the season. Hoskins’ previous seven homers dating back to last season had all been solo shots.

Gilbert had allowed five earned runs in his first 36 innings to start this season, but gave up four on one swing. He lasted five innings and finished with nine strikeouts.

“The goal is to win. I let up too many runs and walked too many people,” Gilbert said. “But like I said, the stuff felt the best it’s felt all year. So I think the adjustments I made throughout the week are going to help me in the long run.”

Phillies starter Bailey Falter was one out away from earning his first victory of the season before being pulled with two outs in the fifth inning at his target of 65 pitches.

Making his first start of the season and just the second of his career, Falter scattered five hits and allowed one run, and importantly didn’t walk a batter. He struck out four.

Adam Frazier doubled twice off Falter and scored after the first one on Julio Rodriguez’s RBI single. But that was the extent of the damage against the right-hander.

“It’s awesome. I couldn’t have asked for anything better besides getting that last guy, maybe try to sneak a (win). But it’s OK,” Falter said.

Seranthony Dominguez (2-1), Jose Alvarado, Jeurys Familia and Corey Knebel combined for 4 1/3 innings of relief allowing four hits and one run. Knebel earned his sixth save.

Ty France had a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning but Seattle scored three runs or less for the 11th time in the past 15 games. The loss finished 16 straight days of games for Seattle, its longest stretch this season.

“We definitely need to reset, there’s no question. Certain guys are struggling,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

ROSTER MOVES

Philadelphia recalled Falter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make the start. OF Matt Vierling was optioned to Lehigh Valley.

Seattle acquired minor league pitcher Prelander Berroa from San Francisco for infielder Donovan Walton. Berroa was pitching for Single-A Eugene in the Northwest League. Walton appeared in one game this season for Seattle this season. He appeared in 24 games batting .206 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Seattle manager Scott Servais said RHP Sergio Romo and C Tom Murphy are expected to go on the road trip although it unclear when either may be activated. Romo has been on the injured list since April 13 with right shoulder inflammation. Murphy suffered a dislocated left shoulder trying to make a tag last week. Servais said Murphy is doing some strengthen exercises to try and stabilize the shoulder. He’s eligible to come off the injured list next Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.10) is expected to be activated off the COVID-19 IL and start the opener in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

Mariners: After an off day, Seattle opens a three-game series in New York against the Mets on Friday. LHP Marco Gonzales (1-4, 3.91) will start the opener.

Gleyber day: Torres’ 5 RBIs lead surging Yanks over Jays 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) Gleyber Torres sent a fastball soaring, started jogging toward first base and raised his right arm about the time a young boy in the first row of the right field short porch caught the ball on the fly.

Torres followed his go-ahead, three-run homer with a two-run single and led the surging New York Yankees over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Wedesday for their 15th win in 17 games.

“My swing is getting better and better,” Torres said. “I think confidence is back, and that is the most important for me.”

A heralded phenom who is just 25, Torres came up to the Yankees in 2018 and became an All-Star in each of his first two seasons, hitting 62 home runs. But he slumped for the next two seasons, totaling just 12 long balls.

“I got too many opportnities to do things for my team and I missed. I failed,” Torres said.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone benched Torres for six of this season’s first 25 games, including opening day, when Torres’ tying sacrifice fly in the 10th helped the Yankees beat Boston.

Torres had a game-ending single against Cleveland on April 23, a walk-off home run in the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against Texas and drove in all the runs in the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Torres’ fourth-inning homer off Jose Berrios on on 0-2 fastball ended an 0-for-11 skid and gave New York a 3-1 lead. After Toronto closed, Torres singled in the sixth against Trevor Richards.

Torres has 16 RBIs in his last 15 games and four home runs in his last 11. Overall, he is batting .222 with 18 RBIs and five homers – four to the opposite field

“I think it’s a little bit mechanical. I think it’s a little bit maturity, I think it’s a little bit work and routine,” said Boone, who cited Torres for getting his hips and lower body better aligned this season. “He’s had to fight for some playing time here early in the year, and he’s responded to that in a way you’d hope.”

New York finished a two-game sweep to win its seventh straight series and improved to a major league-leading 22-8, its best 30-game start since 2003. The Yankees are 13-0 when scoring five runs or more.

“We’ve won in a lot of different ways,” Boone said. “It’s been pitching some days, maybe a baserunning play. We’ve had our handful of games where we’ve scored a bunch of runs and had a couple of blowout games. And we’ve scrapped and found ways late. … That’s built a lot of confidence in that room, that we know we don’t have to lean on one thing on a given night.”

Toronto has lost a season-high four straight and seven of nine overall, dropping to 3-6 against New York.

On a sloppy day for the Blue Jays, Bo Bichette failed to advance to third on an errant pitch following his fifth-inning double. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. then struck out, slammed his bat against the ground and snapped the lumber over his left knee.

After Yankees shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa bobbled Santiago Espinal’s two-out grounder in the sixth for the first of his two errors, Alejandro Kirk tripped over second base and was tagged by Torres after initially beating the throw.

There didn’t appear to be any carryover from the Yankees’ 6-5 win the previous night, a game that turned testy and saw three Blue Jays ejected. Guerrero was hit by a pitch on the left elbow pad in the first inning, a plunking that didn’t raise any issues.

Jameson Taillon (3-1) allowed Toronto’s first three batters to reach and fell behind when Teoscar Hernandez grounded into a forceout, then settled down and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Berrios (2-2) gave up five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.82.

Toronto got sacrifice flies from Matt Chapman in the seventh off Michael King and George Springer in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman. Bichette hit a long drive just foul before striking out as he swung under a 100 mph pitch, and Guerrero hit a game-ending popout as Aroldis Chapman remained perfect in eight save chances.

“It’s early,” DJ LeMahieu said after scoring twice, “but I’m very excited where we’re at.”

JUDGE-MENT DAY

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he will not discuss publicly whether any contract talks are going on with Aaron Judge. The outfielder is eligible for arbitration, with a hearing possible up until June 24, and can become a free agent after the World Series. Judge rejected an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, the difference to have been determined in arbitration for this year’s salary, and said he didn’t intend to negotiate again until after the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

INF-OF Cavan Biggio, who hasn’t played for the Blue Jays since April 24 following a positive COVID-19 test, was 2 for 2 with a two-run single and a double as a DH for Triple-A Buffalo against Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. … C Danny Jansen, out with a strained oblique since April 10, played five innings behind the plate and went 1 for 2 with a double for Class A Dunedin against Tampa.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gauman (3-1) starts Friday’s series opener at Tampa Bay.

Yankees: RHP Luis Gil makes his season debut in Thursday’s series opener at the Chicago White Sox, who start RHP Dylan Cease (3-1).

Alabama’s Saban denies tampering with Louisville transfer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban denies that anybody from his program had contact with receiver Tyler Harrell before the former Louisville player entered the transfer portal, which would have violated NCAA rules.

Saban responded to a suggestion from Louisville coach Scott Satterfield that Alabama had tampered with Harrell, who has since transferred to the Crimson Tide.

“We don’t tamper with anybody, so I don’t know about anything or anybody that tampered with him,” Saban told reporters Wednesday before playing in the Regions Tradition Pro-Am.

Satterfield made the accusation last week in an interview with 247Sports.

“I think it’s not only him, it’s happened before here,” Satterfield said in the interview. “Last year we had a few guys that jumped into the portal and the next day they’re announcing where they’re going. You can look at that and know that something went on before they were in the portal.”

Harrell entered the transfer portal on April 12 and committed to Alabama 10 days later.

Alabama has had 18 scholarship players enter the transfer portal this offseason. Saban said he doesn’t have any knowledge of other schools tampering with any of his players but “I just think sometimes when things happen it makes you wonder.”

“I think it’s really hard to control third parties, whether it’s direct or indirect,” Saban said. “When you have a guy leave your program to go someplace else the day after a game, I don’t have any evidence that anything happened – and I’m not making any accusations – but it makes you wonder, I guess.

“But hopefully we have enough honesty and integrity out there amongst us professionally in our sport that people are going to abide by the rules.”

Alabama is trying to replace its three top receivers, including All-American Jameson Williams, who was selected 12th overall by the Detroit Lions. Harrell caught 18 passes for 523 yards and six touchdowns last season.

Alabama has also added several other high-profile transfers, including Georgia receiver Jermaine Burton, LSU cornerback Eli Ricks, Georgia Tech tailback Jahmyr Gibbs and Vanderbilt offensive lineman Tyler Steen.

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Indians’ Four-Run Sixth Inning Not Enough in 5-4 Loss to Knights

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  A four-run sixth inning highlighted by four extra-base hits  one of which was a leadoff home run from catcher Carter Bins in his Triple-A debut  was not enough as the Indianapolis Indians fell to the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday night, 5-4.

Charlotte (13-19) cut its deficit to one in the bottom of the seventh on a one-out throwing error from Oneil Cruz that allowed Micker Adolfo to score. Indianapolis (15-15) kept its 4-3 lead intact until the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlotte’s leadoff batter Jake Burger was beaned, and Blake Rutherford followed with a one-out double. Seby Zavala was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Adolfo, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field. Zach Remillard capped the frame with a go-ahead RBI single, helping the Knights take the second game in the series.

The Knights struck first in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out, two-run double off the bat of Adolfo.

The Indians were silenced by veteran pitcher Johnny Cueto until the sixth inning. Bins’ long ball to the left-field bleachers trimmed Indy’s deficit to 2-1 and sparked the four-run burst. Ji-Hwan Bae put himself in scoring position with a one-out double that knocked Cueto out of the game, and Cruz greeted reliever Andrew Perez with an RBI single to level the score. Cal Mitchell and Canaan Smith-Njigba finished the inning with consecutive run-scoring doubles, giving the Indians a 4-2 advantage.

Cody Bolton had his longest outing this season, tossing 3.2 innings. He surrendered two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning three batters. Austin Brice (L, 0-1) faced five batters and recorded two strikeouts, giving up two runs on one hit, one hit batter and a walk.

Cueto pitched 5.1 innings for the Knights, allowing two runs on three hits with six punchouts. Lincoln Henzman (W, 1-1) threw 2.0 scoreless innings yielding just one hit and one walk with three strikeouts.

The Indians will look to take game three in the series tomorrow night at 7:04 PM ET. RHP Osvaldo Bido (0-1, 3.05) will toe the rubber for the Indians and RHP Davis Martin (1-0, 3.00) will take the mound for the Knights.

Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio State Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week
Brent Todys, Ohio State
C – Sr. – Westerville, Ohio – Westerville North

  • Led the Buckeyes to a 4-0 mark last week, highlighted by a weekend sweep at Northwestern
  • Went 11-for-18 (.611) with a double, two home runs, nine RBI and seven runs scored, extending his hitting streak to seven games
  • Recorded four hits in each game of a doubleheader on May 7, driving in seven runs in game two and finishing the weekend with a .632 on-base percentage and slugging 1.000
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week: Zach Dezenzo (June 1, 2021)

 
Co-Pitchers of the Week
Ty Langenberg, Iowa
RHP – So. – Urbandale, Iowa – Urbandale

  • Registered a career-long outing, scattering five hits and allowing one run over 7.0 innings in the series-clinching win over Purdue on May 8
  • Punched out seven and issued only one walk en route to the Hawkeyes’ fourth straight series victory and fifth in six weeks
  • Improved to 5-1 on the season with a 3.16 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Connor Schultz (April 27, 2022)

 
Aidan Maldonado, Minnesota
RHP – Jr. – Rosemount, Minn. – Rosemount

  • Tied a career-high by tossing 7.0 innings and picking up a win in a 3-1 victory over Nebraska on May 8
  • Allowed just five hits and one earned run while striking out eight Husker batters
  • The win marked his second of the season and brought his totals to 75 strikeouts in 62.0 innings pitched
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Jack Liffrig (April 20, 2021)

 
Co-Freshmen of the Week
Carter Mathison, Indiana
OF – Fort Wayne, Ind. – Homestead Senior

  • Hit .417 (5-for-12) on the week with six runs, five RBI, two walks, two home runs and a double to help the Hoosiers go 2-1 against Michigan
  • Posted at least one hit in each game to move his hitting streak to a season-long eight games and registered his team-high-tying 13 multi-RBI game
  • Recorded a three-run home run and scored twice in the series finale on May 8, pushing his season home run total to 15 and passing Alex Dickerson (14; 2009) for the most by an Indiana rookie in program history
  • Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Josh Pyne (April 27, 2022)

 
Keaton Anthony, Iowa
UTIL – Hoschton, Ga. – Mill Creek

  • Slashed .400/.867/.500 with a 1.367 OPS in four games, hitting safely in all four contests and leading the Hawkeyes to a series victory over Purdue
  • Posted two multi-hit games, had two home runs, drove in seven and scored five times, including a two-run first-inning home run, his 10th of the season and the most by a Hawkeye freshman since 1999, in the series-clinching win over the Boilermakers
  • Scored three times in the series finale, helping the Hawkeyes clinch their fourth straight series win and move the team into a tie for second place in the Big Ten standings
  • Wins his fifth Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Keaton Anthony (April 19, 2022)

Hoosiers Fall in Big Ten Tournament to Penn State

EAST LANSING, Mich.  – Indiana softball dropped their opening game in the Big Ten Tournament, 2-1 in eight innings to Penn State on Wednesday.

Key Moments

• Penn State got on the board first with a double that scored one and put them up 1-0.

• In the second inning Indiana got Lindsey Warick to third base, but stranded her.

• The Hoosiers scored in the top of the fourth inning as Brianna Copeland got her second hit of the game an RBI single to even the game 1-1.

• In the fifth Indiana started with back-to-back singles, but grounded into a double play and had a strikeout to end the inning.

• Indian took care of Penn State with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh as freshman Heather Johnson ended it with a strikeout.

• In the eighth inning Cora Bassett was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Radcliffe. The next two Hoosiers were retired to end the inning.

• Penn State scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a single through the left side.

Notes

• The Hoosiers drop to 27-22 on the season.

• Indiana recorded six hits in the game.

• Brianna Copeland went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.

• Indiana has tallied 114 stolen bases on the season compared to 38 from their opponents.

• Cora Bassett recorded a hit for the Hoosiers. She ends the season with a .400 batting average.

• Bassett ended the season with 57 runs scored to tie the Hoosiers all-time record for single season runs.

Indiana Softball Earns Five Big Ten Awards

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team earned five Big Ten awards, highlighted by Cora Bassett on the First Team All-Big Ten, the conference announced on Wednesday.

In addition to Bassett, Taylor Minnick was selected to the All-Freshman Team. Minnick and Heather Johnson earned spots on the All-Freshman Team. Grayson Radcliffe was selected as the Hoosiers Sportsmanship Award honoree.

Minnick was the only Big Ten Freshman to earn All-Big Ten First or Second Team honors.

Bassett has been one of the best in the Big Ten this season ranking in the top-three in the conference in five different offensive stat categories. Bassett is hitting .401 for the season, one of only four Big Ten athletes to be hitting .400 or better. Bassett has 61 hits, 13 home runs, 34 RBI, 16 stolen bases, a .783 slugging percentage and a .505 on base percentage.

Bassett has 19 doubles, which lead the Big Ten and established a new Indiana school record for doubles in a season. Bassett ranks second in the conference in runs scored with 57, which is tied for the Hoosiers single season record. Bassett ranks sixth in the NCAA in runs per game.

Taylor Minnick is having one of the best seasons for a Hoosier freshman in program history. For the season Minnick is hitting .305 with 29 hits, 17 runs scored, eight doubles, five home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases.

Minnick has excelled in Big Ten games this season with a .310 batting average, 15 runs, 22 hits, seven doubles, five home runs and 22 RBI in 23 games. Minnick has played in all 23 of the Hoosiers Big Ten games and has started in 22.

Heather Johnson made her first career start in the circle against No. 3 Florida State and shut them out through five innings, eventually retiring 15 of the 20 batters she faced, with four strikeouts.

Johnson has posted a 9-6 record on the season with five complete games, three shut outs and four saves. Johnson helped the Hoosiers to a 5-0 win at Nebraska in the final week of the regular season, the first time in Big Ten play Nebraska had been shut out.

Johnson pitched 140 innings for the Hoosiers and recorded 85 strikeouts for the regular season. In Big Ten games Johnson pitched 77 of the Hoosiers 159 innings and recorded four wins.

Grayson Radcliffe has played and started in 161 games as a Hoosier in her career. This season Radcliffe came back from an injury and has led the Hoosiers on and off the field. Her career numbers include 134 hits, 87 runs, 20 home runs, 52 walks and 41 stolen bases.

The Hoosiers open play today at 11:00 a.m. ET against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich.

Jackson-Davis Earns 2022 NBA Draft Combine Invite

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s basketball forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is one of 76 players to accept an invitation to the 2022 NBA Draft Combine. The event will be held in Chicago from May 18-22.

A separate G-League Elite Camp will be held from May 16-17 with some of the top performers from that event earning invites to the NBA draft combine.

The event will feature 5-on-5 games, strength and agility testing, shooting drills, measurements and other related on-court exercises. Prospects will have the opportunity to improve their draft stock in a competitive environment against their peers.

The Center Grove product ranked among the conference leaders in points per game (18.3; 6th in the Big Ten), rebounds per game (8.1; 6th), field goal percentage (58.9%; 4th), free throws made (147; 5th), free throws attempted (218; 2nd) and total blocked shots (81, t-1st) in 35 starts for the Hoosiers in his third season on campus.

Jackson-Davis also anchors a Hoosier defense that is ranked as the most efficient in the league by KenPom (20th in the nation) and held opponents to a league-low 39.6% shooting from the floor. Indiana, led by Jackson-Davis’ 5.8 per game, finished second in the league in defense rebounds per game at 27.1 and second in blocked shots (4.83) per game.

Jackson-Davis has recorded 32 double-doubles and two 30-point/10-rebound performances in his career.

During the 2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, he averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest on 34-of-51 shooting (66.7%) from the floor. Jackson-Davis broke five program records during the tournament run, including: single game points (31), single game made field goals (15), total points (76), total made shots (34) and total rebounds (25).

Jackson-Davis declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility via his social media accounts on April 9. The All-Big Ten Second Team selection has until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 1 to decide whether he will return to school for his senior season or keep his name in the draft.

Mathison Tabbed Big Ten Freshman of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After setting the Indiana baseball freshman home run record, Carter Mathison was tabbed as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week the conference office announced on Wednesday (May 11).

Mathison set the standard for power hitting freshman at Indiana over the weekend with a pair of home runs to push his season total to 15 and pass Alex Dickerson (14; 2009) for the most by an IU rookie in program history. The left-handed hitter hit one on Friday night and one on Sunday to give him the record and move him into a tie for No. 2 in the Big Ten.

He posted at least one hit in each game to move his hitting streak to a season-long eight games and registered his team-high-tying 13 multi-RBI game. After a solo home run on Friday, Mathison went 3-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored in the middle game of the series. He then hit a three-run home run and scored twice in the series finale. In the eighth inning, Mathison’s hustle to first forced an errant throw which allowed the game-winning run to cross the plate.

The 15 home runs rank No. 2 all-time in Big Ten history among freshmen, trailing Iowa’s Brad Carlson who hit 21 home runs during the 1999 season. His 15 home runs are equal to Maryland’s Maxwell Costes’ 15 home runs from 2019.

It is the first weekly honor for Pyne, who leads all Big Ten freshmen with 39 RBIs and is No. 2 in hits among the conference rookies. Joining Josh Pyne as a Freshman of the Week winner this season for IU, it is the first time since 2019 that multiple IU freshmen earned the honor from the conference office. That season, Grant Richardson (twice) and Gabe Bierman each earned the honor.

Indiana returns home for the final home series of the season versus Minnesota. The series opener will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday (April 13) and the Hoosiers will celebrate senior day on Saturday (April 14) prior to the 4 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s game time was adjusted as the game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Becker Named First Team All-Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue softball’s Rachel Becker received her second consecutive First Team All-Big Ten honor, announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

The senior led the Big Ten and checks in at No. 15 in the nation with a .434 batting average, marking the second straight year Becker has topped the league and is on track to become just the second Boilermaker to post back-to-back seasons with a .400+ batting average. Meanwhile, she ranked second in the league in on-base % (.525) and is on track to finish in the top four in program history for career on-base %.

In the final game of the regular season, Becker became Purdue’s all-time leader in runs with 149. The triumph comes after setting the single-season batting average record (.479) and matching the single-season doubles record (18) last year.

Heading into postseason action, Becker has totaled 43 runs, 66 hits (fourth-most in the Big Ten), 15 doubles and five home runs over the team’s 54 games.

Becker and the Boilermakers are set to compete in the Big Ten Tournament today as the 11 seed and are set to face No. 6 seed Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

Purdue Beats Northwestern in Playoff to Advance to NCAA Championships

STANFORD, Calif. – It took a sudden death playoff against Northwestern, but Purdue Women’s Golf is going to the 2022 NCAA Championships. In a battle for the final national championship berth, the Boilermakers defeated the Wildcats on one playoff hole featuring all five golfers from both teams.

Entering the day tied for fourth, Purdue and Northwestern stayed that way as the two Big Ten schools fired final rounds of 288 (+4). With the top four teams advancing to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 20-25), a playoff was needed to determine who would secure their ticket to Grayhawk Golf Club. Playing the par-4 10th at Stanford Golf Course, the Boilermakers’ team score of 1-over par bested the Wildcats’ total of 3-over on the hole to clinch Purdue’s 18th trip to the national championship stage.

Danielle du Toit fired a 71 (E) to lead the Boilermakers in the final round and secure Purdue’s low individual score for the tournament, giving her a three-day total of 215 (71-73-71) to tie for 14th. The senior Boilermaker started her round off right with a birdie at the first, one of three on the day. Two of her birdies came on par 5s, and du Toit played the lengthy holes 5-under for the week to rank second in the field in par-5 scoring.

Sifat Sagoo and Inez Wanamarta shot matching 72s (+1) to inch into the top 20. The pair of Boilermakers tied for 19th at 4-over for the tournament. After bogeys on two of her first three holes, Sagoo battled back with three straight pars. She played her final 12 holes 1-under par to post a solid final round. Wanamarta finished strong as well, posting a 35 (-1) on the back nine without committing a bogey.

Ashley Kozlowski saved her best golf for last, adding a 73 (+2) on the final day of play. Her round featured a pair of birdies, including a crucial one on the par-3 17th.

It was not Kan Bunnabodee’s day, but the First Team All-B1G golfer shook off her round to make a key par in the playoff. With every golfer’s score counting, all five Boilermakers contributed to Purdue keeping the season alive and advancing to the biggest stage in college golf.

Despite entering the NCAA Stanford Regional as the No. 8 seed, Purdue is set to join 23 other teams at the 2022 NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 20-25). It marks the Boilermakers’ first appearance since 2019 and the 18th overall, all under head coach Devon Brouse. USC (-15), Stanford (-7) and LSU (-7) earned the other three spots from the regional.

BOILERMAKERS

T14. Danielle du Toit: 71-73-71—215 (+2)

T19. Inez Wanamarta: 72-73-72—217 (+4)

T19. Sifat Sagoo: 69-76-72—217 (+4)

T39: Kan Bunnabodee: 73-69-81—223 (+10)

T39. Ashley Kozlowski: 74-76-73—223 (+10)

TEAM LEADERBOARD

*1. USC: 280-276-281—837 (-15)

*T2. Stanford: 283-277-285—845 (-7)

*T2. LSU: 279-284-282—845 (-7)

^*T4. Purdue: 285-291-288—864 (+12)

T4. Northwestern: 287-289-288—864 (+12)

6. Princeton: 295-291-287—873 (+21)

T7. Kentucky: 295-291-289—875 (+23)

T7. Texas Tech: 295-292-288—875 (+23)

9. Iowa State: 287-294-296—877 (+25)

10. Cal Poly: 304-288-287—879 (+27)

11. UNLV: 310-299-289—898 (+46)

12. Sacred Heart: 324-314-300—948 (+86)

*Advances to NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona (May 20-25)

^ Won sudden death playoff for fourth place

Softball Blanked in Big Ten Tournament

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In the opening round of the Big Ten Softball Tournament, the No. 11 seed Purdue Boilermakers (24-31, 7-15 Big Ten) fell to the No. 6 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (34-14, 13-9 Big Ten) 0-8 in six innings.

A quiet day at the plate for Purdue, paired with a five-run second inning for the Buckeyes proved too much for the Boilermakers. 

Purdue’s offensive effort was led by Olivia McFadden and Rylee Platusic, who each recorded a hit in the outing. In total, three Boilermakers accounted for three walks, including First Team All-Big Ten selection Rachel Becker, who recorded a walk in the opening at-bat, which extended her reached bases streak to 15 consecutive games.

Alex Echazarreta, who started at first base, entered the circle in relief in the second inning, and held Ohio State scoreless until the sixth inning, where two runs were allowed to bring the game to a close. 

Alexa Pinarski (4-9) received the loss after tossing the first 1.1 innings and accounting for four runs. The junior transfer escaped the first inning with just one run thanks to an impressive change up with the bases loaded and a full count for Purdue’s lone strikeout of the game.

Ivey, Williams Invited to NBA Draft Combine in Chicago

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams are two of 76 players that have been invited to attend the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago from May 16-22, it was announced late Tuesday night.

The pair are the first Boilermakers to be invited to the combine since Carsen Edwards in 2019. Just four teams (Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga) had more players invited and Purdue and Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams with two players invited to the combine.

Both Boilermakers are projected to be selected in the upcoming NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, in Brooklyn. Ivey is expected to be selected as Purdue’s first lottery pick since Glenn Robinson with No. 1 in 1994, while mock drafts have Williams pegged in the 45-55 range in the second round.

Ivey became the fourth consensus All-American under head coach Matt Painter (JaJuan Johnson, Caleb Swaningan, Carsen Edwards) and is just the second underclassmen (freshman or sophomore; Swanigan) to be named a first-team All-American in any of the four major services in the last 92 years (John Wooden was consensus All-American as a sophomore in 1930).

He was named a first-team honoree by NABC and second-team mentions by the Sporting News, USBWA and Associated Press. A player is considered a consensus All-American if named to all four lists.

Purdue shooting guards (Edwards, Ivey) have been named consensus All-Americans in two of the last four seasons. Purdue is the only school in America with two shooting guards to be named consensus All-Americans in the last four seasons.

Ivey led the Boilermakers to a 29-8 record and a spot in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five tournaments, averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while also adding 33 steals and 20 blocked shots. He is one of just two players nationally (Duke’s Paolo Banchero) with 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocked shots.

He ended the year as one of just four Big Ten players in the last 30 years to have 600 points, 175 rebounds, 100 assists, 30 steals and 20 blocked shots, joining the ranks of Draymond Green, Frank Kaminsky and Evan Turner. He was the only underclassmen to reach those marks in the last 30 years.

He was named a finalist for the Jerry West Award and named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team after averaging 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in Indianapolis in three games.

Ivey has played his best against ranked teams, averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in nine games. He was outstanding in a win over No. 18 North Carolina with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, then added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against No. 5 Villanova.

He then had one of the signature moments of the college basketball season in an 81-78 win over No. 16 Ohio State, hitting a fadeaway 25-footer as the clock expired for the buzzer-beating victory. Three games later, he tallied 26 points with six assists and four rebounds to finish a season sweep of Illinois. He also had 25 points with four assists in a big win over a Rutgers team that had won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams.

Williams had an outstanding career at Purdue, being the only player in Purdue history to score at least 1,400 points with 900 rebounds and 200 assists. He did so while starting fewer than 50 percent of his games, being just one of two power-conference players (Michigan State’s Draymond Green) this century to accomplish that.

He finished his Purdue career with 1,410 points, 905 rebounds and 238 assists in just 2,464 minutes played. In the last 30 years, he is the only player to reach those marks in under 2,500 career minutes and just one player (Lipscomb’s Ahsan Asadullah) reached those marks in under 3,100 career minutes. He finished 26th on the school’s career scoring list and fourth on the career rebounds list. He was one of just three Purdue players to have three seasons of 230 or more rebounds (Joe Barry Carroll, Terry Dischinger).

He was named a third-team All-Big Ten selection this season after being a first-team honoree and honorable mention All-American as a junior. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists, leading Purdue in assists with 112.  He and Duke’s Paolo Banchero were the only players nationally to have at least 425 points, 275 rebounds and 100 assists on the season.

Williams totaled eight double-doubles this season and 29 for his career, good for seventh on Purdue’s career double-doubles list.  He tallied at least 10 points in 24 games this season and in 66 for his career. Williams earned four Big Ten Player of the Week accolades, good for the fifth most in Purdue history.

@ButlerSoftball’s Graves Selected as BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year; Fey and Avery Also Honored

NEW YORK – With the BIG EAST Softball Championship presented by JEEP getting under way on Thursday, the Conference announced its annual regular-season awards on Wednesday. Butler’s Alyssa Graves was unanimously selected as the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year. Both she and Lauren Fey landed on the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Bri Avery received All-BIG EAST Second Team honors.

Five different teams were represented with the five major awards, led by Creighton designated player Kailey Wilson, who collected the BIG EAST Player of the Year award after producing the league’s top batting average. Graves was the only unanimous selection of the five, as she led all conference hurlers in ERA. DePaul graduate-student shortstop Maranda Gutierrez was voted BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for the third time, while Seton Hall shortstop Taylor Hill was tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in her first season. Regular-season champion UConn collected BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year recognition, rounding out the major award winners.

An All-BIG EAST First Team and All-BIG EAST Second Team were also named, each consisting of 12 players made up of at least two pitchers, with the remaining spots selected at-large. All-BIG EAST Teams and major awards are selected via a vote of the league’s head coaches who are not allowed to vote for their own players or coaching staffs.

Graves was the ace of the Butler staff throughout the season, guiding the Bulldogs to the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. The graduate student led the conference with a 1.12 ERA in league games and a .164 opponent’s batting average while finishing with a 10-0 record in 16 appearances. In those games, she allowed more than two earned runs just once. She caught fire at the end of the season, allowing just three earned runs over her final 32.3 innings of work while striking out 34 batters. Graves was one of just two pitchers in the BIG EAST to not surrender a home run during conference action.

Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (32nd nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 19.6 at bats per strikeout. She is third in batting average (.387) and, with 19 walks and 53 hits (fifth in the conference), her on-base percentage (.549) ranks fifth. The senior has 18 stolen bases which puts her in the seventh spot in the conference.

This season’s First Team designation is Fey’s second such honor, as she was also selected in 2021.

Avery is tied for third in the BIG EAST with a .387 batting average. The speedy senior ranks fifth (80th nationally) with 20 stolen bases.

No. 2 seed Butler opens the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday with a 3 pm ET (2 pm CT) first pitch against No. 3 seed Villanova. The double-elimination tournament in Rosemont, Ill., is scheduled to run through Saturday.

2022 BIG EAST Softball Awards

BIG EAST Player of the Year

Kailey Wilson, Creighton, Jr., DP

BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year

Alyssa Graves, Butler, Gr.*

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Gr., SS

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Taylor Hill, Seton Hall, Fr., SS

BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year

UConn

All-BIG EAST First Team

Lauren Fey, Butler, Sr., 2B

Alyssa Graves, Butler, Gr., P*

Sami Barnett, UConn, R-Sr., IF

Briana Marcelino, UConn, Gr., IF

Elise Sokolsky, UConn, Fr., P*

Kailey Wilson, Creighton, Jr., DP*

Brooke Johnson, DePaul, Jr., 1B

Kate Polucha, DePaul, Gr., LF

London Jarrard, St. John’s, Fr., SS

Taylor Hill, Seton Hall, Fr., SS

Megan Kern, Villanova, Sr., SS

Paige Rauch, Villanova, Gr., P

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Bri Avery, Butler, Sr., OF

Reese Guevarra, UConn, Gr., OF

Alexis Hastings, UConn, Fr., OF

Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Gr., SS

Sarah Lehman, DePaul, Gr., P

Tori Meyer, DePaul, Jr., RF

Anna Wohlers, DePaul, Fr., 3B

Mae Forshey, Georgetown, Sr., C

Jacque Harrington, Providence, So., C/UTIL

Ashly Colonetta, Seton Hall, Jr., 2B

Shelby Smith, Seton Hall, Jr., P

Chloe Smith, Villanova, Jr., 3B

*unanimous selection

@ButlerSoftball in Chicago for BIG EAST Tournament

Tournament Information – BIG EAST Championship

DATE:                         Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14

LOCATION:                Rosemont, Ill. / Parkway Bank Sports Complex

LIVE STATS:                butlersports.com

LIVE VIDEO:                May 12- BEDN/FloSports,   May 13-14- FS2

Full Notes (PDF)

BIG EAST Championship Central

The Butler softball team will be competing in its second consecutive BIG EAST Tournament, and its fourth since 2016, when it heads to Rosemont, Ill., from Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 14. The No. 2 seed Bulldogs (31-15, 16-6 BIG EAST) will open play on Thursday at 3 pm ET (2 pm CT) against No. 3 seed Villanova (29-22, 16-7). Also qualifying for the tournament are No. 1 seed UConn and No. 4 seed DePaul.

Bulldog Bits                                                       

           (as of 5-8-22)

Alyssa Graves leads the BIG EAST (69th nationally) with a 1.91 ERA. She is second (42nd) in hits allowed per 7 innings (4.60) and is also second (72nd) in strikeouts per seven innings (8.4). Her 131 strikeouts land sixth in the conference.

Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (34th nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.42) and is second with a 2.21 ERA. She is also second (47th) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.00) and comes in third (91st) in walks allowed/7 innings (1.60). Her 145 strikeouts rank third (89th) in the conference and she landed fourth (92nd) in strikeouts/7 innings (8.0).

Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (32nd nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 19.6 at bats per strikeout, and she is third in batting average (.380). Her on-base percentage (.549) ranks fifth, and her 18 stolen bases put her in the seventh spot in stolen bases/game (0.40).

Ella White’s four sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 35th nationally. Her three triples put her at third in triples per game.

Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 72nd nationally with 0.16 sacrifice bunts per game, and she is eighth in stolen bases per game (.36).

Monique Hoosen is fourth in the BIG EAST with 10 home runs and fifth in slugging percentage (0.644).

Bri Avery ranks fifth in the BIG EAST and 80th nationally with 20 stolen bases. She is also fifth (82nd) in stolen bases per game (.43).

Teagan O’Rilley ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in walks per game (.57).

The 2022 Butler softball team now ranks on several all-time lists for Butler, including: 1st in conference wins (16), 3rd in wins (31), 4th in drawn walks (146), T4th in team shutouts (9), 5th in (pitching) strikeouts (324), 6th in home runs (27), and 6th in stolen bases (64).

Monique Hoosen’s home run last weekend was her 10th of the season and puts her in the fourth slot on Butler’s single-season list.

Alyssa Graves and Karli Ricketts each picked up their 14th win of the season last weekend, tying them for fourth on Butler’s single-season list.

Player and Freshman Pitcher of the Year Honors Highlight Softball MAC Awards

CLEVELAND – – For their strong play over the course of the 2022 Mid-American Conference season, five members of the Ball State softball program were honored by the MAC’s 11 head coaches Wednesday (May 11) with the release of the league’s postseason honors.

Much as she did for the Cardinals all season, senior left fielder Faith Hensley led the charge, becoming just the sixth different player in program history to be named the MAC Player of the Year. Hensley also earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team for the second consecutive season.

Ball State picked up another specialty award as well, with Angelina Russo being named the program’s first MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year in just the second season of the award. Russo also earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team.

In addition, senior infielder Amaia Daniel was named to the All-MAC First Team, junior pitcher Deborah Jones earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight season, and freshman infielder Emma Richards was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team.

With Hensley and Daniel both earning All-MAC First Team accolades in 2022, the Cardinals have now had 32 first team selections since the 2009 season, the most of any league school. Miami is second during the span at 26, while Northern Illinois is third at 24.

The Ball State softball team ended the 2022 season this past Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Akron at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. The Cardinals went 22-31 on the year and just missed out on the four-team MAC Softball Championships, placing fifth in the league with a 15-14 mark.

FAITH HENSLEY: MAC Player of the Year / First Team All-MAC

Senior left fielder Faith Hensley is the sixth player in program history, and first since three-time winner Jennifer Gilbert (2012, 2013 and 2014), to earn MAC Player of the Year honors. A two-time First Team All-MAC selection, Hensley led all MAC players with a 1.423 OPS in league play, powered by MAC-highs in slugging percentage (.876) and on base percentage (.547).

Hensley also finished third in the MAC in batting average during league play, at .404, and reached base safely in 27 of BSU’s 29 MAC games, including tallying at least one hit in 23 games. Hensley has walked a league-high 26 times and was hit by a pitch twice in conference play.

Despite the league continually showing respect for her ability, Hensley made a tremendous impact in nearly every game, leading the league with 37 runs scored and adding 25 RBI. She also ranked second among all MAC players in both triples (3) and home runs (10). In addition, Hensley tallied multiple hits in 13 league games, while driving in multiple RBI in seven. She also directly factored in five of BSU’s 15 league wins, with three game-winning runs scored and a pair of game-winning RBI, including a walk-off two-run home run in a 4-3 win over Western Michigan (April 19).

ANGELINA RUSSO: MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year / MAC All-Freshman Team

Angelina Russo led all MAC freshman pitchers, and ranked seventh overall, with a 3.08 ERA in league play. Over 17 conference appearances, Russo held opponents to a .227 batting average. She threw the first perfect game in program history in Ball State’s 5-0 win over Western Michigan (April 20), finishing the contest with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Overall, Russo tallied a team-high 62 strikeouts over 84.0 innings of work in MAC play. She also earned an 8-6 league record, including two wins over both WMU and Akron, as well as one victory each against Bowling Green, Kent State, Northern Illinois, and Toledo.

AMAIA DANIEL: First Team All-MAC

Senior infielder Amaia Daniel earned First Team All-MAC honors for the first time in her career after ranking second on the squad with a .344 batting average in MAC play. She strung together Ball State’s longest hitting streak of the season down the stretch with a career-best 11-game hitting streak from April 20 versus Western Michigan through the May 5 game at Miami.

Daniel started all 29 of BSU’s league games, including the first 11 at second base. She became the team’s starting shortstop for the final 18 MAC games after injuries depleted the Ball State infield. Overall, Daniel tallied 32 hits in MAC play, including four doubles, a triple, and a pair of home runs. She also reached base safely in 27 of BSU’s 29 MAC games, while scoring 15 runs and driving in 20 RBIs.

DEBORAH JONES: Second Team All-MAC

Junior pitcher Deborah Jones earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight season after ranking third in the league with a 2.21 ERA over 15 MAC appearances. Over 69.2 innings of work, Jones limited opposing batters to a .220 average and allowed just 22 earned runs. She also registered a 5-4 record in MAC games, while striking out 54 batters.

Jones threw three complete game shutout victories in MAC play, starting with her 2022 league debut in an 11-0 (5) victory at Northern Illinois (April 6). She added seven-inning complete game shutout wins versus Western Michigan (April 20) and at Buffalo (April 24), while throwing the final 2.0 innings to earn the save in a combined shutout versus Akron (May 8) in the season finale.

EMMA RICHARDS: MAC All-Freshman Team

Emma Richards was one of the league’s top offensive rookies, finishing the season ranked third on the squad with a .288 batting average. After seeing limited action in BSU’s first three league series, Richards played all three games in the outfield versus Ohio, including a pair of starts. Then injuries ravaged the Ball State infield in a non-conference game versus IUPUI on April 12 to give her the starting spot at third base.

She did not disappointed over the last 18 games of the season, producing a .310 batting average. In fact, she reached base safely 14 of the last 18 games for the Cardinals, including three-hit performances at Buffalo and versus Bowling Green. Richards was also a solid contributor on defense in league play, registering 15 putouts and 43 assists, while having a hand in one of BSU’s 15 MAC double plays.

All-MAC First Team

Amaia Daniel, Shortstop, Ball State

Faith Hensley, Outfield, Ball State

Greta L’Esperance, Outfield, Bowling Green

Payton Gottshall, Pitcher, Bowling Green

Caitlyn Britton, Util-F, Central Michigan

Shannon Stein, First Base, Central Michigan

Allie Cummins, Catcher, Miami*

Brianna Pratt, Pitcher, Miami*

Karli Spaid, Third Base, Miami

Courtney Vierstra, Pitcher, Miami

Katie Keller, Catcher, Northern Illinois

Sam Mallinder, Second Base, Northern Illinois

Allie Englant, Outfield, Ohio

Annalia Paoli, Third Base, Ohio*

Reily Galloway, Util-Pitcher, Western Michigan

* At Large Selections

All-MAC Second Team

Lexi Campbell, Third Base, Akron

Deborah Jones, Pitcher, Ball State

Alexis Lucyshyn, Util-Pitcher, Buffalo*

Grace Lehto, Pitcher, Central Michigan*

Abbey Tolmie, Outfield, Central Michigan

Madison Hershberger, Util-Fielder, Kent State

Jessica LeBeau, Util-Pitcher, Kent State

Andrea Scali, Pitcher, Kent State

Holly Blaska, First Base, Miami

Kate Kobayashi, Outfield, Miami

Maggie Murphy, Outfield, Miami

Chloe Parks, Second Base, Miami

Megan McMenemy, Shortstop, Ohio

Brooke Rice, Catcher, Ohio

Dayna Denner, Third Base, Toledo*

*At Large Selections

All-MAC Freshman Team

Lexi Campbell, Akron

Angela Cirone, Akron

Emma Richards, Ball State

Angelina Russo, Ball State

Kylie Ringler, Kent State

Savannah Wing, Kent State

Maggie Murphy, Miami

Chloe Parks, Miami

Shelby Kunkel, Miami

Avery Carnahan, Northern Illinois

Coach of the Year

McCall Salmon, Central Michigan

Freshman Pitcher of the Year

Angelina Russo, Ball State

Freshman Player of the Year

Maggie Murphy, Miami

Nan Harvey Sportsmanship Award

Andrea Scali, Kent State

Pitcher of the Year

Payton Gottshall, Bowling Green

Player of the Year

Faith Hensley, Ball State

Nathan Snyder, Karlie Zumbro awarded MAC Medal of Excellence

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State football’s Nathan Snyder and track and field’s Karlie Zumbro were named Mid-American Conference Medal of Excellence recipients for the 2021-22 academic year. The Medal of Excellence is an award presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each of the league’s 12 member institutions.

To be honored with the Medal of Excellence Award, student-athletes had to participate on the varsity level in a Conference sponsored sport and shown evidence of academic success with a minimum 3.50 accumulative grade-point average, exhibited athletics excellence, leadership and service. Selection of the recipients was made by each MAC institution.

Snyder graduated in the fall with a 3.625 GPA while pursuing a master’s in business administration. While also a member of the Dean’s list, the Marysville, Ohio native was also a multi-year Academic All-MAC selection. Snyder was a two-time All-MAC performer, including earning first-team honors as a senior. He finished third in Ball State history with. a 41.1 career punting average. Off the field, Snyder was a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative and took part in Gainbridge professional development sessions.

Zumbro maintained a 3.849 GPA while in pursuit of a degree in exercise science. The Zanesville, Ohio native was named the MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete and was a multi-year member of the Academic All-MAC team, in addition to being named to the Dean’s list. Zumbro won the heptathlon at the MAC Outdoor Championship last season and will aim to defend her crown this weekend at the annual meet. She volunteers locally for various events in the community and has also taken part in Gainbridge professional development sessions.

GASKINS NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR AS SEVEN EARN ALL-ACC HONORS

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore first baseman Karina Gaskins was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Player of the Year for her performance during the 2022 softball season. Gaskins has led the University of Notre Dame to a 39-9 overall record, 16-5 in ACC play. It’s the most wins in a single season for Notre Dame since winning 43 during the 2016 campaign. Along with being named the ACC Player of the Year, Gaskins is a First Team All-ACC honoree.

Gaskins becomes the third Fighting Irish player to earn ACC Player of the Year, joining Cait Brooks (2019) and Emilee Koerner (2015). This year, Gaskins leads the league with a .433 batting average and 57 RBI. She’s hit 11 doubles and 12 home runs to earn a .803 slugging percentage, good for top five in the ACC and 29th nationally. She’s on pace to break the program’s on-base percentage (.562) set by teammate Abby Sweet in 2021 (.537). Along with her offensive prowess, Gaskins has been a formidable defender. She’s earned a .985 fielding percentage, collecting a team-best 265 putouts.

Emma Clark, Leea Hanks, Jane Kronenberger, Abby Sweet and Payton Tidd each earned Second Team All-ACC honors, with freshman Shannon Becker earning Third Team All-ACC accolades. Becker and Kronenberger were also named to the All-Freshman Team.

This is the third All-ACC honor for Sweet and Tidd. Sweet was a first team honoree in 2021, and a Second Team selection in 2018. Tidd earned first team honors in 2019 and was third team a season ago. In 2022, Sweet is hitting for a .383 average and scored a team-best 52 runs. Her 1.08 runs per game average ranks 16th in the nation and second in the league. She leads the team with 19 stolen bases, and has hit 11 doubles, two triples and six home runs. Tidd leads the team with 15 wins in the circle, throwing 126.1 innings and owns a 2.44 ERA. The senior has thrown nine complete games in her 18 starts, holding opponents to a .209 average against to go with 96 strikeouts.

2022 marks the third-straight season that Clark has earned Second Team All-ACC honors. She’s hitting for a .368 average with eight doubles, two triples and 21 RBI. She’s scored 45 runs and swiped 12 bases on the year.

It’s the first All-ACC honors for Hanks, Kronenberger and Becker. Hanks, a junior outfielder, is hitting for a .366 average with a team-best 13 doubles and five triples. She’s driven in 30 runs and scored 48 of her own to go with five home runs. She’s added 12 stolen bases and has been one of the top defensive players in the country this season.

Kronenberger split time as the designated player and at second base during the 2022 campaign. She’s totaled a .407 average in 36 games this season, hitting 10 doubles, three home runs and driven in 28. Becker owns the lowest ERA of the Irish pitching staff at 1.64. She’s earned 10 wins, posted a team-best four saves and struck out 69 opposing hitters in 81.1 innings of work.

2022 ACC Softball Awards

Player of the Year: Karina Gaskins, Notre Dame, So., 1B

Pitcher of the Year: Keely Rochard, Virginia Tech, Sr., P

Defensive Player of the Year: Sydney Sherrill, Florida State, Gr., 3B

Freshman of the Year: Emma Lemley, Virginia Tech, P

Coach of the Year: Pete D’Amour, Virginia Tech

First Team

C – Emma Kauf, Georgia Tech, Jr., C

INF – Jameson Kavel, Duke, Gr., SS

INF – Sydney Sherrill, Florida State, Gr., 3B

INF – Tricia Awald, Georgia Tech, Gr., 1B

INF – Karina Gaskins, Notre Dame, So., 1B

OF – Kaley Mudge, Florida State, Jr., OF

OF – Carmyn Greenwood, Louisville, Gr., OF

OF – Emma Ritter, Virginia Tech, So., OF

P – Peyton St. George, Duke, Gr., P

P – Kathryn Sandercock, Florida State, Sr., P

P – Keely Rochard, Virginia Tech, Sr., P

At-Large – Valerie Cagle, Clemson, R-So., P/UTL

At-Large – Mack Leonard, Florida State, Sr., 1B

At-Large – Meredith Slaw, Virginia Tech, Jr., DP

At-Large – Emma Lemley, Virginia Tech, Fr., P

Second Team

McKenzie Clark, Clemson, So., OF

Kristina Foreman, Duke, Sr., 2B

Michaela Edenfield, Florida State, R-Fr., C

Devyn Flaherty, Florida State, Jr., 2B

Kalei Harding, Florida State, So., OF

Logan Morris, NC State, R-Sr., 3B

Emma Clark, Notre Dame, Sr., OF

Leea Hanks, Notre Dame, Jr., OF

Jane Kronenberger, Notre Dame, Fr., DP

Abby Sweet, Notre Dame, Gr., OF

Payton Tidd, Notre Dame, Sr., P

Cameron Fagan, Virginia Tech, So., 2B

Mackenzie Lawter, Virginia Tech, Sr., C

Morgan Overaitis, Virginia Tech, Jr., OF

Bre Peck, Virginia Tech, Fr., 3B

Third Team

Susannah Anderson, Boston College, Sr., P

Ellie Mataya, Boston College, Sr., OF

Alia Logoleo, Clemson, R-So., SS

Millie Thompson, Clemson, So., P

Rachel Crabtree, Duke, Gr., 1B

Ana Gold, Duke, Fr., 3B

Kamryn Jackson, Duke, Jr., OF

Danielle Watson, Florida State, Gr., P

Taylor Roby, Louisville, R-Sr., P

Sara Jubas, North Carolina, Gr., DP

Shannon Becker, Notre Dame, Fr., P

Yvonne Whaley, Pitt, Sr., SS

Kelsey Bennett, Virginia Tech, Jr., SS

Kelsey Brown, Virginia Tech, Jr., OF

Darby Trull, Virginia Tech, Sr., OF

All-Freshman Team

Hannah Slike, Boston College, C

Aby Vieira, Clemson, C

Ana Gold, Duke, 3B

Auburn Dupree, Georgia Tech, OF

Korbe Otis, Louisville, OF

Jane Kronenberger, Notre Dame, DP

Shannon Becker, Notre Dame, P

Sarah Coon, Virginia, 3B

Emma Lemley, Virginia Tech, P

Bre Peck, Virginia Tech, 3B

Up Next

The Irish take on the Clemson Tigers in the first round of the ACC Tournament Thursday afternoon at 1:30 on the ACC Network at Vartabedian Field, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh.

CHATFIELD, JACKSON EARN ALL-ACC HONORS

University of Notre Dame men’s golf graduate student Davis Chatfield and junior Palmer Jackson have been named to the 2022 All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, as announced by the league on Wednesday, May 11. The duo become the first pair of Irish men’s golfers to earn All-ACC honors in the same season and the third Notre Dame players to earn all-conference awards from the league (Niall Platt, 2014).

The All-ACC Team is decided by a combination of the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings in conjunction with a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Chatfield and Palmer form the backbone of Notre Dame’s lineup that earned a third-seed in the NCAA Regional at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, which begins Monday, May 16th, at the PGA National Resort’s Champion Course. The Irish are 15th in the latest Golfstat.com rankings and are focused on becoming the first Notre Dame men’s golf team to advance to the NCAA Championship next week.

Chatfield has posted six top-10 finishes this season and boasts a 71.33 adjusted stroke average in 11 tournaments played. He will bring a streak of six rounds at or below par into the NCAA Regionals, which included a 71-70-72 at the Stitch Intercollegiate in April where he finished tied for second place.

Jackson has been a constant at the top of the leaderboard in every event he has entered this season, finishing out of the top 10 twice in 11 appearances and out of the top five just five times. His 70.15 adjusted stroke average ranks him 16th-best in the Golfstat.com rankings and he is on the Hogan Award and Haskins Award watch lists as one of the top collegiate golfers in the nation. Earlier this month, Jackson became the first Irish golfer to earn a spot on the Palmer Cup Team and finished third at the ACC Championship.

THREE IRISH PLAYERS TAKEN IN 2022 PLL DRAFT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse standouts Arden Cohen, Wheaton Jackoboice and Jason Reynolds had their names called on Tuesday night during the 2022 Premier Lacrosse League draft. Cohen is headed to the Redwoods, Jackoboice to the Whipsnakes and Reynolds to the Waterdogs.

With the three selections, the Fighting Irish now have had 48 players selected in the history of pro lacrosse drafts. The three selections were also the most of any ACC program and the second most of any team in the country.

Cohen was the first Notre Dame player off the board, as the Redwoods took him third overall in the first round, the second highest selection by a Notre Dame player in the PLL. Cohen has been a lockdown defenseman over his five seasons with the Irish, regularly drawing the other team’s number one scoring threat. Cohen helped the Notre Dame defense allow just 10.08 goals per game, the best mark in the ACC.

Cohen was recently named a USA Lacrosse Magazine First Team All-American after a stellar season. The defenseman earned USILA Team of the Week honors along with the ACC Defensive Player of the Week award after his incredible performance in the win over UNC.

Jackoboice was selected 15th overall in the second round by the Whipsnakes, becoming the first Notre Dame player to ever join the club. Jackoboice was a mainstay in the Irish midfield over his five years in South Bend, playing in 58 games. The midfielder finished with 96 career points off 61 goals and 35 assists.

Reynolds had his named called in the fourth round with the 30th overall pick, as he was selected by the Waterdogs, becoming the first Fighting Irish player to ever be on the team. Reynolds joined the Irish for a grad transfer year in 2022 after completing his undergrad at Richmond. The defenseman started all 12 games for the Irish and finished the season with 28 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.

Four Sycamores Named to All-Conference Teams

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State softball had four players receive All-MVC selections as Bella Peterson, Isabella Henning, Amanda Guercio and Abi Chipps were named to All-Conference teams, the Valley office announced Wednesday.

Peterson and Henning were named to the All-MVC First Team for the second consecutive season while Amanda Guercio was named to the All-MVC Second Team and Abi Chipps was named to the MVC All-Defensive Team.

For Peterson, it is her third career selection to the First Team while it is Henning’s second. It is the first career All-MVC selections for both Guercio and Chipps.

One of the most decorated players in program history, Peterson finished the regular season batting .390 with 62 hits including 20 doubles, two triples and nine home runs while driving in 34 runs and scoring 39. She also has stolen a team-high eight bases. She was previously selected to the All-MVC First Team in 2018 and 2021

Henning finished the regular season with a .362 average with 51 hits that includes 11 doubles, a triple and six home runs. Her 37 RBIs are most on the team this season. Henning earned All-MVC First Team honors in 2021 while being named the MVC Freshman of the Year.

Guercio ended her regular season batting .267 with 27 hits that includes nine home runs which is tied for the team lead. She’s driven in 18 runs while scoring 19. Guercio is the only Sycamore player with a multi-home run game this season as she did it twice, both coming against Evansville.

Leading the Sycamore defense with 118 assists this season, Chipps earned a spot on the MVC All-Defensive Team. She finished the regular season with a .955 fielding percentage and helped Indiana State turn 14 double plays which ranks fourth in the Valley.

Indiana State begins play in the MVC Tournament on Wednesday against Valparaiso at 2:30 p.m. ET at Killian Stadium in Springfield, Missouri.

Three Aces earn MVC postseason recognition

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Three University of Evansville softball players earned Missouri Valley Conference postseason recognition on Wednesday morning as the league is set to open the 2022 championship in Springfield, Mo.

Zoe Frossard was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year while Mackenzie McFeron was named to the All-MVC Second Team.  Hannah Hood earned a nod on the All-Defensive squad.

Playing the best softball of her college career over the last two months, McFeron led the Purple Aces with a .324 batting average in conference games.  She recorded the second-highest team average over the course of the season, hitting .296.  She enters the conference championship having reached base in 13 consecutive games.  McFeron registered nine of her 12 career RBI as a senior on the way to the second team honor.

“I could not be happier for Mackenzie to receive this honor. She has put in so much work and it paid off with a tremendous senior season,” Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell exclaimed.  “She is the perfect example of what it means to be a Purple Ace both on and off the field!”

Earning the league’s Newcomer of the Year award was Zoe Frossard.  The sophomore transfer from Ball State played in 34 games over the course of the 2022 campaign while making 33 starts.  Frossard excelled in her patience at the plate, accumulating 11 walks in MVC games, the second-highest total on the squad.  She made her Evansville debut on March 4, picking up an RBI in her first contest.

“We were so excited when Zoe transferred to UE and you can see why,” Mundell said.  “She has made a big impact. She such a smooth outfielder.”

Making her second appearance on the MVC All-Defensive Team is Hannah Hood.  She was named to the team in 2021 and her unbelievable defense continued into her junior season.  Hood made multiple diving plays to save countless runs with her defense.  Her .980 fielding percentage led all Aces starters.  At the plate, she batted .260 with 19 runs scored and 12 RBI.

“Hannah continues to shine in the outfield in just her second year playing the position. She makes highlight worthy plays every game,” Coach Mundell commented.  “Hannah’s play along with Alexa and Zoe give us the best defensive outfield in the MVC.”

Moeder Earns Second Team All-MVC, All-Defensive Team Honors

Valpo softball senior outfielder Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) picked up a pair of awards on Wednesday morning as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its postseason award recipients. Moeder represented the Beacons on the Second Team All-MVC and on the All-Defensive Team.

Moeder finished the regular season hitting .284 with a team-high 25 runs scored. The senior also led the team in regular season play in hits (40) and on-base percentage (.348), ranked second on the team in average and walks (10) and third in stolen bases (10). Her 40 hits and 25 runs scored are both career highs in the respective categories, while Moeder also owns 31 career stolen bases, eighth-most in program history.

Defensively, Moeder has been a stalwart in center field over the last four seasons, as she enters the 2022 MVC Tournament having started 144 consecutive games as the outfield’s anchor. This year, Moeder has tallied 73 putouts — including numerous highlight-reel catches — and has picked up three outfield assists as well.

This is Moeder’s second career appearance on the MVC All-Defensive Team, as she also earned the accolade as a rookie in 2019. Moeder is Valpo’s first representative on the All-MVC First or Second Team since 2018.

Baseball Prepares for GLVC Tournament Beginning on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS – The time has finally arrived for the University of Indianapolis baseball team to take its talents to St. Charles, Missouri for the 2022 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championship Tournament. Action is slated to begin on Thursday and could run through Sunday if necessary.

WHO THEY PLAY

The Greyhounds, who finished the 2022 regular season with a record of 20-29 (11-13 GLVC) earned the No. 4 seed out of the Blue Division and are set to battle Drury (36-14, 21-7 GLVC), the No. 1 seed out of the Green Division at 8:30 p.m. ET. The two programs haven’t played since 2019, which saw UIndy take two of three from Drury in Springfield, Mo.

A LOOK AT DRURY

The Panthers are set to bring one of the best offenses in the conference to the field on Thursday, as the squad leads the GLVC in several different statistical categories which include but are not limited to: team batting average (.350), slugging percentage (.590), on base percentage (.450), runs scored (486), and hits (575). Drury has also been winners of seven of the last eight games.

HOW TO FOLLOW

Each game at the tournament will be streamed live on the GLVC Sports Network, where coverage can be seen on the GLVCSN IOS/Android app, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV OTT platforms. Live stats can be found on the official Championship page or at the link below while live updates can be followed on the GLVC’s official Twitter accounts (@GLVCsports and @GLVCSN using the hashtags #GLVCbase and #GLVCchamps). Tickets must be purchased in advance online at the ticket link below ($12 for adults, $5 for students with ID and youth 6-17, and children five years old and under will enter for free).

Hounds Top Midwest in D2CCA All-Region Honorees

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The Division II Conference Commissioner’s Associations Midwest Region Softball Teams were announced on Wednesday, with UIndy prominently featured on the list. The Greyhounds led the region with in both total award winners (7) and first-team honorees (5), while no other Midwest school hade more than three players make the cut. The annual postseason awards were voted on by the region’s Sports Information Directors.
 
Five of the 14 first-team spots went to Greyhounds, including Lexy Rees (C), Dominique Proctor (2B), Megan Nichols (OF), Gianni Iannantone (UTL) and Kenzee Smtih (P). Meanwhile, Emily O’Connor (3B) and Haylie Foster (P) garnered second-team laurels.
 
The only other schools with multiple honorees were Grand Valley State (3), Southern Indiana (3), Ohio Dominican (2), Lindenwood (2) and Findlay (2).
 
The Greyhounds will be hosting three of the aforementioned schools at the upcoming NCAA DII Midwest Regional 2.
 
 
2022 D2CCA ALL-MIDWEST REGION

POSFIRST TEAMSECOND TEAM
CLexy Rees, Jr., UIndyJessie Rock, Sr., Walsh
1BCalli Wibbenmeyer, Sr., RockhurstLexi Fair, So., Southern Indiana
2BDominique Proctor, So., UIndyDanielle Dennis, Sr., Ill. Springfield
SSLydia Goble, Jr., Grand ValleyWhitney Wendel, Sr., Lindenwood
3BRachel Griffin, Sr., DavenportEmily O’Connor, Jr., UIndy
DPSelena Michko, Jr., Purdue NorthwestLexie Hilling, Sr., Findlay
OFOlivia Stansbury, Jr., McKendreeAnna Bennett, Jr., Trevecca
OFJoanna Cirrincione, Jr., Grand ValleyPaige Kortz, Sr., Ferris State
OFMegan Nichols, Fr., UIndyKaleigh Golden, Fr., Ohio Dominican
UTLGianni Iannantone, Sr., UIndyMegan Demler, Sr., Findlay
PKristina Bettis, Jr., DrurySydney Long, Sr., Ohio Dominican
PHannah Beatus, Jr., Grand ValleyHaylie Foster, Sr., UIndy
PKenzee Smith, So., UIndyJosie Newman, Fr., Southern Indiana
UTL-PAmanda Weyh, Jr., LindenwoodAllie Goodin, Jr., Southern Indiana


Player of the Year: Olivia Stansbury, Jr., OF, McKendree
Pitcher of the Year: Kristina Bettis, Jr., Drury

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Crowned Champs amidst Capacity Crowd

UPLAND, Ind. – The 2022 Crossroads League Baseball Tournament came to close on Wednesday evening, with the No. 22 Taylor Trojans (40-16) claiming the tournament-championship for the first time since 2013.

The two seed, Taylor, squared off with four-seeded Huntington in front of a Winterholter Field capacity-crowd that celebrated a 12-to-nine championship Trojan victory.

Just prior to the trophy presentation, a five-run Forester ninth elevated the collective heartbeat of the Taylor faithful, but senior ace, Luke Shively, eventually closed the door to finalize a game in which the Trojans posted nine-consecutive runs in a two-inning stretch to steal the momentum.

That nine-run rally turned the tables on the Foresters, who jumped out to an early three-to-nothing lead over the tournament hosts.

Down three in the top of the third inning, though, the Trojans fought back, once again catalyzed by a home run hit by junior right fielder, TJ Bass. A pair of walks and a duo of singles then brought a second run in and loaded the bases, after which first baseman, Kade Vander Molen, wore a pitch on the shoulder to earn an RBI the hard way and even the score along the way.

Huntington snatched back the lead in the bottom half of the third, however, thanks to some stealthy base running by the Forester shortstop.

The five-to-four Taylor deficit lasted until the fifth inning, the point in the game at which the Trojan bats took over.

Left fielder, Jacob Morris, kicked things off with a double roped to the track in the centerfield, setting the table for an RBI-single struck by catcher, Ben Kalbaugh. The left side of the TU infield, then, Michael Pinarski and Nick Rusche, each reached base with singles, placing two men on base for Bass.

The story feels old at this point in the season, but the effect is no less exciting, as Bass belted his second home run of the game and 23rd of the season to make it an eight-to-five ballgame.

Bass’s partner in crime, Conner Crawford, sounded an echo not long after, hitting perhaps the farthest TU home run of the season to establish a four-run lead heading into the sixth.

That four-run lead quickly morphed into a seven-run edge, as Rusche and Kaleb Kolpien each tacked on an RBI after Pinarski scored on a wild pitch in the top half of the sixth.

Meanwhile, TU righty reliever, Jack Ross (4-1), was mowing through the Huntington lineup, finishing the day with four-scoreless innings of one-hit ball. Ross recorded four strikeouts in comparison to just one walk, en route to his fourth win of the 2022 campaign.

Huntington did not quit, though, placing seven-consecutive batters on base to start the ninth, plating five runs along the way. Shively, then, settled in and sat down three-straight Foresters, after which the Taylor bench cleared and pandemonium let loose.

After three-and-a-half hours of Wednesday baseball, No. 22 Taylor (40-16) earned its first Crossroads League Tournament crown since 2013, bolstering its position in the National Tournament Opening Round set to commence on Monday, May 16th.

Stay tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for more information regarding the field of competition set to travel to Upland, Indiana. The NAIA National Tournament Baseball Selection Show is scheduled for Thursday evening, May 12th.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Track and Field Collects 19 All-Crossroads League Awards

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its 2022 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field All-League selections following last weekend’s outdoor track and field championships hosted by Bethel University on the campus of Notre Dame. Taylor earned 19 All-Crossroads League awards for placing top-three in any individual event or relay at the meet.

The Taylor women’s team collected 11 All-Crossroads League honors and claimed first-place finishes in four events. Senior Abbey Brennan claimed the victory in the 1,500-meters, clocking a time of 4:36.08. Ahna VanderWall earned her second-straight Crossroads League steeplechase crown after repeating as the 3,000-meter steeplechase champion. VanderWall set a new CL meet record with a time of 10:43.98. Giovanna Domene secured a win in the 400-meter hurdles, logging a mark of 1:05.95. TU’s 4×800-meter relay dominated the field with an event-winning time of 9:04.55. The group consisted of Brooke Studnicki, Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Brennan.

On the men’s side, the Trojans racked up eight All-CL honors in seven different events. Taylor took home two individual titles, as Connor White and Mitch De Jong claimed victories in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the javelin throw. White clocked a time of 9:20.66 to win the steeplechase. De Jong launched the javelin 56.15-meters, winning the event for the second year in a row. 

Taylor Women’s All-Crossroads League Recipients

Audrey Altum | 100 Hurdles

Giovanna Domene | 400 Hurdles (Champion), Steeplechase, 4×800 Relay (Champion)

Abbey Brennan | 800, 1,500 (Champion), 4×800 Relay (Champion)

Brooke Studnicki | 800, 1,500, 4×800 Relay (Champion)

Ahna VanderWall | Steeplechase (Champion)

Audrey Brinkruff | Steeplechase

Corinne O’Leary | 4×800 Relay (Champion)

Patience Sakeuh | Long Jump

Taylor Men’s All-Crossroads League Recipients

Matthew Sakeuh | 110 Hurdles, 400 Hurdles

Alex Helmuth | 10,000

Connor White | Steeplechase (Champion)

Zach Hoekstra | Steeplechase

Sammy Sommers | Long Jump

Liam Hesting | Discus Throw

Mitch De Jong | Javelin Throw (Champion)

RHIT Women’s Golf Moves Into Top 20 at NCAA D-III Championships

HOUSTON, Texas — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s golf team has moved into the top 20 after day two of the NCAA Division III Championships, held Wednesday at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Fightin’ Engineers hold the No. 20 spot through morning play after starting the day in the No. 23 position.  Rose-Hulman recorded a team score of 317 on Wednesday, an improvement of 22 strokes from the opening round team score.

Rachel Zhang led the Fightin’ Engineers day two performance with the best NCAA Division III Championship single round score in program history.  Zhang carded a 3-over par 75 with an effort that included birdies on holes #8 and #13.  Her 75 snaps the previous Rose-Hulman single-round record at an NCAA Division III Championship of 76 set in 2021.

Precious Saelee also scored in the 70s with a round of 79 on Wednesday.  Saelee leads the team with a two-day score of 160, with Meg Fosnot at 161 and Zhang at 164 to lead the Rose-Hulman performance.

Rose-Hulman can only gain positions in the standings depending on afternoon results.  This story will be updated approximately 9 pm with the final day two standings.

Rose-Hulman will compete in Day Two of the NCAA Division III Championships on Tuesday starting at 8:30 am Central Time.  The NCAA Championship continues through Friday.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1884       Umpire Van Cort infuriates the visiting Detroit Wolverines when he calls their batter out on a third-strike foul tip in a National League contest played at the South End Grounds. Mike Hines, the Beaneaters’ backstop, clearly did not catch the strike three because the ball becomes wedged in his catcher’s mask.

1910       Issuing just one walk, which spoils his bid for a perfect game, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, who is part Chippewa, throws a 4-0 no-hitter at Shibe Park against the Cleveland Naps. The home plate umpire is Bill Dinneen, who tossed a no-hit game against the White Sox playing with the Pilgrims (Red Sox) in 1905, making him the only person in big-league history to both throw a no-hitter and call one as an umpire.

1915       White Sox hurler Red Faber hurls only 67 pitches in his complete-game 4-1 victory over the Senators. The future Hall of Fame right-hander keeps his pitch count by needing to throw just three pitches to retire the side in both the third and fifth innings.

1937       At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ducky Medwick hits two home runs and two doubles. The Cardinal outfielder’s 12 total bases contribute to the Redbirds’ 15-3 rout over the Phillies.

1941       After five undistinguished seasons of being called the Bees, the National League club in Boston reverts to its original name. New owners of the Braves had hoped to change the team’s image by renaming the franchise.

1948       On WBZ-TV, the first Red Sox game ever televised from Fenway becomes must-see TV when Boston scores three times in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 6-5 walk-off victory. After the White Sox had tallied two runs in the top of the frame to break the 3-3 deadlock, Bobby Doerr’s three-run home run dramatically ends the contest.

1950       Ted Williams apologizes to Red Sox fans for the ‘insulting’ gestures he made after being booed by the Fenway Faithful for allowing the eventual winning run to score on his second error of yesterday’s game. In response to the patrons’ vocal displeasure, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ had bowed three times to various sections of the Boston ballpark and made an obscene gesture with his finger.

1955       After Sam ‘Toothpick’ Jones walks the bases full in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs right-hander whiffs Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas to preserve his 4-0 no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately, only 2,918 fans are on hand at Wrigley Field to witness the first no-hitter ever thrown by a black player and the ninth rookie to throw a hitless game.

1956       At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory. The right-handed ‘Oisk’ also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.

1956       Don Ferrarese gets his first major league victory, blanking the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. The Orioles rookie southpaw loses a no-hitter when Andy Carey leads off the ninth inning with a single.

1958       In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ second round-tripper, a fifth-inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam ever hit by a San Francisco Giant.

1962       Craig Anderson, who will not win another major league game, dropping his next 19 decisions that include 16 this season, gets credit for the wins in both ends of a twin bill when the 5-17 Mets beat the Braves at the Polo Grounds, 3-2 and 8-7. The victories account for the first doubleheader sweep in franchise history and mark the first time a major league team has accomplished the feat with two walk-off homers, thanks to the ninth-inning heroics of Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges.

1966       The first game ever played at Busch Memorial Stadium is an extra-inning affair. Lou Brock plates Curt Flood with a 12th-inning single off future Hall of Fame knuckleballer Phil Niekro, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Braves in their new ballpark.

1968       Luis Tiant improves his record to 5-2 when he tosses his fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Orioles in the first game of a twin bill at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. ‘El Tiante,’ finishing the season with a 21-9 record, will post a league-leading 1.60 ERA in 34 appearances for the Tribe.

1968       The Mets play their 1000th game in franchise history, losing to Chicago at Wrigley Field in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3. The Amazins compiled a 332-664 record with four contests ending in a tie during the span but start their next 1000 matchups with a resounding 10-0 rout of the Cubs in the nightcap.

1970       At Wrigley Field, only 5,264 fans are in attendance to see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is Frank Secory, one of the umpires of the 1953 contest in which Mr. Cub hit his first round-tripper. The second-inning line drive hit off Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers, bounces back onto the field, and the Atlanta outfielder Rico Carty gives the Cubs’ first baseman the ball.

1971       In the top of the seventh inning, Carl Taylor goes into the Baltimore clubhouse and sets fire to his baseball equipment and uniform in front of his locker. The soon-to-be suspended 27-year-old Royals’ outfielder told manager Bob Lemon earlier to get a new left fielder because he was not helping the team or himself.

1972       In a contest that takes five hours and 47 minutes to complete, the Brewers beat the hometown Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 4-3. Mike Ferraro singles off Bert Blyleven to plate Ron Theobald with the decisive run in the top of the 22nd inning.

1974       In a 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Bronx native Ed Kranepool collects his 1000th major league hit. The James Monroe High School graduate will play his entire 18-year career with the Mets, retiring as the all-time franchise leader with 1,418 hits.

1978       At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine flyball to right-center field becomes an Amos Otis walk-off inside-the-park homer when Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collide in the outfield. The misplay turns a sure Goose Gossage save into a devastating loss for the World Champions Bronx Bombers.

1979       Bill Murray, an anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, reports 42-year-old Chico Escuela (a fictional baseball player portrayed by Garrett Morris) has informed the Mets that he is quitting baseball. Although “baizabol be berry berry good to him,” a crushing blow off the bat of Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey into the Dominican’s infielder’s crotch ends an inspiring comeback.

1990       Blanking the Dodgers at Shea Stadium, 7-0, Frank Viola gets his seventh consecutive win from the start of the season. The Mets southpaw sets a franchise record of nine straight victories, dating back to his past two decisions last season.

1996       Jerry Goff, playing in his first game of the season, ties a modern major league record when he allows six passed balls in the Astros’ 7-6 loss to the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The 32-year-old Houston backup backstop, filling in for starter Rick Wilkins, who caught all 13 frames of yesterday’s extra-inning loss to Montreal, equals the dubious mark for misplaying six pitches in one game shared by Harry Vickers (1902 Reds) and Geno Petralli (1987 Rangers).

1997       In a Jet magazine article, Frank Thomas, “hurt” and “embarrassed” by the portions of his ESPN interview that ABC’s “Nightline” used in their segment about Jackie Robinson, says the piece misrepresented his remarks. The network shows the White Sox All-Star sharing he rarely thinks about Robinson’s efforts in breaking down baseball’s color barrier.

1998       The Padres’ home game streak, which started in April of 1983 without a rainout, ends in a scheduled contest against the Mets, a team washed out eight times already this season. A game in San Diego hadn’t been rained out in the previous 15 years, covering a total of 1,184 games.

1998       Mark Grace is the first player to have his home run ball land in the swimming pool, located 415 feet from home plate just behind the right-center field fence of the new Bank One Ballpark. The Cubs’ first baseman, who will become a fan favorite in Arizona after signing as a free agent with the club in 2000, will not accomplish the feat again during his three seasons of playing in the desert.

2000       Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston’s Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.

2000       John Wetteland, in a less-than-spectacular outing, earns his 300th save when he allows five hits and gives up three runs in 1.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 13-11win over the Angels at Edison Field. The right-handed hurler, who will end his career with 330 saves, becomes the 12th reliever in history to reach the milestone.

2001       Arbitrator Alan Symonette orders baseball to reinstate nine of the 22 ‘resigning’ umpires released two years ago and must give them back pay for missed time. The ruling also states veteran umpires Frank Pulli and Terry Tata need not retire after the season.

2001       Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter to become the all-time Blue Jay career leader in round-trippers. The first baseman hits his 204th home run in a Toronto uniform in a 7-2 loss to Seattle at the SkyDome.

2001       At Qualcomm Stadium, Marlin right-hander A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0, in a game in which every opposing regular batter he faces reaches base. Although no Friars reach base with a hit, San Diego has plenty of opportunities when the 24-year-old North Little Rock (AK) native throws 129 pitches, issuing a record nine walks and hitting one batter in the hitless gem.

2004       As the Minute Maid Ballpark crowd responds with a standing ovation, former Iraqi hostage Thomas Hamill throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Astros’ game against Miami. The 44-year-old Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary KBR employee, who escaped after being wounded and captured during an attack on his convoy, throws a strike despite wearing a cast on his throwing arm.

2004       In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big-league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA’s lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball, watching the increasing total displayed on the scoreboard.

2007       Angels’ right-hander Bartolo Colon wins his 12th straight decision against the Rangers as a starter to tie a major league mark. Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat facing Seattle from 1998-2004, is the only other hurler to win a dozen consecutive starts against an opponent.

2008       In the nightcap of a twin bill against the Blue Jays, Asdrubal Cabrera completes the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. The Indians’ second baseman catches Lyle Overbay’s line drive, then steps on second to force out Kevin Mench, and gets the third out tagging Marco Scutaro, the runner from first base.

2008       Buster Posey, who starts the game as the catcher, eventually plays all nine positions for the Florida State Seminoles in a 10-0 victory over Savannah State. The future Rookie of the Year, after playing every infield position from the second to the fifth inning, moves to left field to begin the sixth before shifting to center with two outs, strikes out both hitters that he faces in the seventh before becoming the right-fielder for the final out of the frame.

2009       In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases, including the swiping of second and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to achieve the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies’ right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).

2013       The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo agree to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could reach $68 million over nine seasons. In January of 2012, Chicago acquired the 23-year-old first baseman and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres in exchange for right-handed starter Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

2014       Yankee right fielder Alfonso Soriano becomes only the seventh player to collect a thousand hits in both leagues when he singles off Mets starter Bartolo Colon in the bottom of the second inning of the team’s 9-7 loss at the Bronx ballpark. The 38-year-old Dominican outfielder, the first major leaguer to record 100 HRs, 500 RBIs, 500 runs, and 100 RBIs in each circuit, joins Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera, and Carlos Lee in reaching the milestone.

2015       Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mark McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have traveled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins’ 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE7:00PMESPNU
PACIFIC AT BYU10:00PMESPNU
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: SOUDAL OPEN7:00AMGOLF
CHAMPIONS: TRADITION1:30PMGOLF
PGA: BYRON NELSON4:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
NY METS AT WASHINGTON1:05PMMLBN
SNY
MASN/2
HOUSTON AT MINNESOTA1:10PMMLBN
ATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT DETROIT1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
BALTIMORE AT ST. LOUIS1:15PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT TEXAS8:05PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
PHILADELPHIA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 6: MIAMI AT PHILADELPHIA7:00PMESPN
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 6: PHOENIX AT DALLAS9:30PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: CAROLINA AT BOSTON7:00PMTNT
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY7:30PMTBS
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: MINNESOTA AT ST. LOUIS9:30PMTNT
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: EDMONTON AT LOS ANGELES10:00PMTBS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS CÁDIZ1:00PMESPN+
LA LIGA: RAYO VALLECANO VS VILLARREAL2:00PMESPN+
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION A: ANDERLECHT VS ANTWERP2:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ARSENAL2:45PMUSA
LA LIGA: REAL MADRID VS LEVANTE3:30PMESPN+

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
INDIANA ST. AT SO. ILLINOIS4:00PMESPNU
GEORGIA AT TENNESSEE5:30PMSECN
WAKE FOREST AT NORTH CAROLINA6:00PMACCN
XAVIER AT UCONN7:00PMFS1
NEBRASKA AT ILLINOIS7:00PMESPNU
MISSISSIPPI AT LSU8:30PMESPN2
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT12:00PMESPNU
SEC TOURNAMENT3:00PMESPN2
SEC TOURNAMENT5:30PMESPN2
GOLFTIME ETTV
EUROPEAN: SOUDAL OPEN7:00AMGOLF
CHAMPIONS: TRADITION1:30PMGOLF
PGA: BYRON NELSON4:00PMGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
HOUSTON AT WASHINGTON7:05PMATTSN-SW
MASN/2
BALTIMORE AT DETROIT7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT NY METS7:10PMROOT SPORTS
SNY
TORONTO AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
SAN DIEGO AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT TEXAS8:05PMNESN
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT MINNESOTA8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY YANKEES AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMYES
NBCS-CHI
SAN FRANCISCO AT ST. LOUIS8:15PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
KANSAS CITY AT COLORADO8:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
LA ANGELS AT OAKLAND9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
CHI. CUBS AT ARIZONA9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
PHILADELPHIA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: FLORIDA AT WASHINGTON
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: NY RANGERS AT PITTSBURGH7:00PMTNT
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 6: CALGARY AT DALLAS9:30PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
BELGIUM FIRST DIVISION A: ANDERLECHT VS ANTWERP2:30PMESPN+
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS ARSENAL2:45PMUSA
USL LEAGUE ONE: GREENVILLE TRIUMPH VS FORWARD MADISON7:00PMESPN+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: ORANGE COUNTY SC VS FC TULSA10:00PMESPN+
USL CHAMPIONSHIP: LA GALAXY II VS LOUISVILLE CITY10:30PMESPN+
NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS OL REIGN10:30PMCBSSN

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees228.73314 – 48 – 412 – 68 – 12 – 18 – 2W 3
Tampa Bay1913.59449 – 710 – 65 – 12 – 410 – 77 – 3W 1
Toronto1715.531610 – 67 – 98 – 81 – 38 – 43 – 7L 4
Baltimore1318.4199.59 – 74 – 114 – 84 – 33 – 46 – 4L 1
Boston1120.35511.54 – 97 – 115 – 114 – 61 – 22 – 8L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota1812.60011 – 57 – 76 – 57 – 25 – 37 – 3L 1
Chi White Sox1514.5172.58 – 77 – 75 – 14 – 104 – 38 – 2W 1
Cleveland1515.50037 – 58 – 103 – 46 – 33 – 47 – 3L 1
Kansas City1018.35776 – 94 – 91 – 57 – 61 – 43 – 7W 1
Detroit922.2909.56 – 123 – 102 – 43 – 61 – 72 – 8L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Angels2112.63612 – 79 – 55 – 46 – 26 – 56 – 4L 1
Houston1911.6330.59 – 410 – 72 – 45 – 011 – 68 – 2W 8
Seattle1418.4386.59 – 75 – 112 – 56 – 44 – 52 – 8L 1
Texas1217.41475 – 107 – 72 – 41 – 15 – 96 – 4L 1
Oakland1319.4067.54 – 99 – 107 – 73 – 71 – 23 – 7W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2111.6569 – 512 – 612 – 72 – 17 – 36 – 4L 1
Atlanta1517.46969 – 96 – 84 – 66 – 43 – 45 – 5W 1
Miami1417.4526.56 – 78 – 108 – 21 – 23 – 102 – 8W 1
Philadelphia1417.4526.59 – 95 – 84 – 91 – 25 – 24 – 6W 1
Washington1121.344104 – 127 – 94 – 81 – 35 – 84 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2012.62510 – 410 – 83 – 315 – 70 – 15 – 5L 1
St. Louis1713.56728 – 69 – 73 – 36 – 44 – 46 – 4W 1
Pittsburgh1317.43367 – 86 – 93 – 16 – 123 – 35 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs1119.36784 – 117 – 81 – 25 – 74 – 63 – 7W 1
Cincinnati724.22612.55 – 92 – 152 – 25 – 70 – 134 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers209.69010 – 210 – 72 – 18 – 26 – 57 – 3L 1
San Diego2012.6251.510 – 710 – 55 – 39 – 35 – 56 – 4L 1
San Francisco1912.613211 – 78 – 57 – 63 – 25 – 35 – 5W 5
Arizona1715.5314.59 – 98 – 69 – 72 – 25 – 57 – 3L 1
Colorado1615.516511 – 55 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 64 – 6L 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot