INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

GIBSON SOUTHERN 6 BOONVILLE 3

JIMTOWN 8 NEW PRAIRIE 6

LAKE CENTRAL 7 MICHIGAN CITY 0

BENTON CENTRAL 5 TWIN LAKES 3

LAPORTE 2 CHESTERTON 1

MORGAN TWP. 9 WASHINGTON TWP. 0

EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 5 N. DAVIESS 2

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 6 SOUTH BEND RILEY 3

SOUTHWOOD 7 N. MIAMI 6

HERITAGE HILLS 3 EVANSVILLE REITZ 2

NORTHEASTERN 14 TRI 0

COVENANT CHRISTIAN 3 SCECINA 0

CLINTON CENTRAL 7 CLINTON PRAIRIE 5

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 16 SHORTRIDGE 1

JAC CEN DEL 7 SHAWE MEMORIAL 0

BARR REEVE 4 LINTON STOCKTON 1

NORTHWOOD 15 CONCORD 1

BLOOMFIELD 12 LOOGOOTEE 1

UNION COUNTY 8 LINCOLN 7

DELPHI 7 ROSSVILLE 6

MANCHESTER 6 ROCHESTER 1

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 12 S. RIPLEY 0

CENTERVILLE 3 BLUE RIVER 0

NORTH MONTGOMERY 4 LEBANON 2

MONROVIA 15 EMINENCE 0

DALEVILLE 4 KNIGHTSTOWN 1

TECUMSEH 5 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 2

SPRINGS VALLEY 4 SHOALS 2

MADISON GRANT 10 TAYLOR 6

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 19 RIVER FOREST 2

RIVERTON PARKE 18 N. VERMILLION 3

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 10 SPEEDWAY 5

CASCADE 6 BEECH GROVE 4

BLACKFORD 7 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 2

CASTLE 9 MOUNT VERNON 1

HERITAGE 9 BELLMONT 4

CHATARD 12 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 4

GOSHEN 5 NORTHRIDGE 4

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 8 ELKHART 0

EDGEWOOD 5 NORTHVIEW 3

BEN DAVIS 6 WARREN CENTRAL 5

LOGANSPORT 7 HARRISON 4

FRANKTON 3 WAPAHANI 2

PENN 11 BREMEN 1

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 3 FRANKFORT 0

CRAWFORDSVILLE 15 WESTERN BOONE 1

NORWELL 14 NEW HAVEN 3

EASTERN GREENE 6 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 4

WESTERN 3 UNIVERSITY 0

SOUTH-CENTRAL 2 CLARKSVILLE 2

CATHEDRAL 12 RITTER 1

SOUTH PUTNAM 13 BROWN COUNTY 3

EAST NOBLE 3 LEO 1

MISHAWAKA 5 PLYMOUTH 2

MOUNT VERNON 8 NEW CASTLE 6

WES DEL 12 SETON CATHOLIC 2

FREMONT 9 CHURUBUSCO 1

FRANKLIN 8 MARTINSVILLE 7

WEST VIGO 2 SULLIVAN 1

NEW PALESTINE 9 DELTA 1

WABASH 2 MACONAQUAH 1

COLUMBIA CITY 3 GARRETT 0

TRITON 21 SOUTH BEND CAREER 1

FISHERS 3 AVON 1

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 10 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 0

INDIAN CREEK 5 GREENCASTLE 2

SILVER CREEK 3 JENNINGS COUNTY 0

NOBLESVILLE 5 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 1

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 6 LEWIS CASS 0

NORTHFIELD 5 PERU 2

NORTH POSEY 3 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 0

GREENWOOD 5 MOORESVILLE 1

SHELBYVILLE 3 YORKTOWN 2

FORT WAYNE NORTHRIDGE 3 FORT WAYNE SNYDER 2

EASTERN 18 SHERIDAN 14

BENTON CENTRAL 10 TWIN LAKES 0

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 3 FRANKFORT 0

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 5 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 0

NORTH MONTGOMERY 6 LEBANON 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

NORWELL 8 E. NOBLE 5

HIGHLAND 9 GRIFFITH 3

BOONE GROVE 14 WESTVILLE 0

PORTAGE 10 CHESTERTON 1

LAKE CENTRAL 6 CROWN POINT 0

TECUMSEH 15 WASHINGTON 0

SOUTH-CENTRAL 12 CULVER ACADEMIES 2

MORGAN TWP. 7 WASHINGTON TWP. 1

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 10 ELKHART 7

TIPPECANOE VALLEY 12 WHITKO 7

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 10 RIVER FOREST 0

NORTH DECATUR 6 KNIGHTSTOWN 5

PLAINFIELD 9 PERRY MERIDIAN 4

MITCHELL 9 ORLEANS 1

ROSSVILLE 9 DELPHI 2

JAY COUNTY 8 S. ADAMS 3

MONROE CENTRAL 6 SOUTHERN WELLS 2

KOKOMO 9 LOGANSPORT 5

SOUTH RIPLEY 2 SWITZERLAND COUNTY 1

WHEELER 13 WHITING 1

BARR REEVE 7 LINTON STOCKTON 0

BOONVILLE 8 EVANSVILLE REITZ 4

NORTHEASTERN 10 WINCHESTER 4

SOUTH BEND CLAY 4 SOUTH BEND ADAMS 2

NORTHWOOD 6 CONCORD 2

ANDERSON 11 HAGERSTOWN 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 8 EVANSVILLE NORTH 2

MANCHESTER 9 ROCHESTER 6

NEW PRAIRIE 6 JIMTOWN 0

ILLINOIS LUTHERAN 12 E. CHICAGO CENTRAL 0

RIVERTON PARKE 12 N. VERMILLION 6

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 8 N. CENTRAL 1

MADISON GRANT 5 LAPEL 4

WAWASEE 12 WARSAW 8

PENN 8 BREMEN 6

EASTERN GREENE 12 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 4

VINCENNES LINCOLN 10 BLOOMFIELD 1

COLUMBIA CITY 12 NEW HAVEN 0

TWIN LAKES 10 W. LAFAYETTE 0

SOUTH DEARBORN 8 LAWRENCEBURG 0

CONNERSVILLE 8 FRANKLIN COUNTY 7

MISHAWAKA 12 PLYMOUTH 0

WHITELAND 10 DECATUR CENTRAL 0

LEO 10 BELLMONT 0

PIONEER 17 KNOX 0

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 5 SOUTH BEND RILEY 0

HERITAGE 4 WOODLAN 0

CARMEL 9 CATHEDRAL 3

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 10 FRANKFORT 0

TRI WEST HENDRICKS 15 FRANKFORT 5

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 10 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0

LAWRENCE NORTH 9 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 2

SOUTH VERMILLION 2 SEGER 0

LEBANON 8 N. MONTGOMERY 4

EASTERN HANCOCK 9 FRANKTON 4

SOUTH PUTNAM 2 BROWN COUNTY 1

HERRON 8 SHERIDAN 4

BEN DAVIS 12 WARREN CENTRAL 8

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 21 RIVERSIDE 6

LEWIS CASS 9 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 0

HARRISON 22 LAFAYETTE JEFF 2

WESTERN BOONE 10 CRAWFORDSVILLE 0

EDGEWOOD 13 NORTHVIEW 2

LIVING WATER HOMESCHOOL 9 N. CENTRAL 5

RONCALLI 12 BREBEUF 2

MARTINSVILLE 7 FRANKLIN 3

CLAY CITY 3 N. DAVIESS 2

RISING SUN 8 SOUTHWESTERN 5

FORT WAYNE DWENGER 17 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 2

SULLIVAN 10 W. VIGO 1

MOUNT CARAMEL 16 EDWARDS COUNTY 0

PERU 16 NORTHFIELD 0

NORTH NEWTON 10 N. WHITE 0

NORTHWESTERN 15 TIPTON 2

CENTER GROVE 6 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 0

MOORESVILLE 10 GREENWOOD 0

BROWNSBURG 6 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 5

MACONAQUAH 18 WABASH 1

SHOALS 8 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 3

GREENCASTLE 8 INDIAN CREEK 6

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 17 CLINTON PRAIRIE 4

YORKTOWN 12 DELTA 0

SOUTH KNOX 14 WOOD MEMORIAL 0

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 9 SHENANDOAH 3

PLAINFIELD 5 PERRY MERIDIAN 3

OLDHAM COUNTY 4 FLOYD CENTRAL 2

NBA PLAYOFFS

MIAMI 119 PHILADELPHIA 103

PHOENIX 129 DALLAS 109

EASTERN CONFERENCE

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

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 101, BOSTON 89

• GAME 2: BOSTON 109, MILWAUKEE 86

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 3:30 ET | ABC

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

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

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

* = IF NECESSARY

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

• GAME 1: MIAMI 106, PHILADELPHIA 92

• GAME 2: MIAMI 119, PHILADELPHIA 103

• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 7 ET | ESPN

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

• GAME 5*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | TBD | TNT

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

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

HEAT LEAD SERIES 1-0

* = IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

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

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 117, MEMPHIS 116

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 106, GOLDEN STATE 101

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 8:30 ET | ABC

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

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

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

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

SERIES TIED 1-1

* = IF NECESSARY

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

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 121, DALLAS 114

• GAME 2: PHOENIX 129, DALLAS 109

• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 9:30 ET | ESPN

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

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

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

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

SUNS LEAD SERIES 1-0

* = IF NECESSARY

NHL PLAYOFFS

CAROLINA 5 BOSTON 2

TAMPA BAY 5 TORONTO 3

MINNESOTA 6 ST. LOUIS 2

EDMONTON 6 LOS ANGELES 0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

FLORIDA PANTHERS (A1) VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS (WC2)

CAPITALS LEAD SERIES, 1-0

GAME 1: CAPITALS 4, PANTHERS 2

THURSDAY, MAY 5: CAPITALS AT PANTHERS, 7:30 P.M. ET (TBS, SN360, TVA SPORTS)

SATURDAY, MAY 7: PANTHERS AT CAPITALS, 1 P.M. ET (ESPN, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS)

MONDAY, MAY 9: PANTHERS AT CAPITALS, 7 P.M. ET (TBS, SN1, TVA SPORTS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: CAPITALS AT PANTHERS, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 13: PANTHERS AT CAPITALS, FRIDAY, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 15: CAPITALS AT PANTHERS, TBD

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (A2) VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (A3)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: MAPLE LEAFS 5, LIGHTNING 0

GAME 2: LIGHTNING 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3

FRIDAY, MAY 6: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, 7:30 P.M. ET (TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

SUNDAY, MAY 8: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, 7 P.M. ET (TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

TUESDAY, MAY 10: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, TBD

*THURSDAY, MAY 12: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 14: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, TBD

CAROLINA HURRICANES (M1) VS. BOSTON BRUINS (WC1)

HURRICANES LEAD SERIES, 2-0

GAME 1: HURRICANES 5, BRUINS 1

GAME 2: HURRICANES 5, BRUINS 2

FRIDAY, MAY 6: HURRICANES AT BRUINS, 7 P.M. ET (TNT, SN360, TVA SPORTS)

SUNDAY, MAY 8: HURRICANES AT BRUINS, 12:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS)

*TUESDAY, MAY 10: BRUINS AT HURRICANES, TBD

*THURSDAY, MAY 12: HURRICANES AT BRUINS, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 14: BRUINS AT HURRICANES, TBD

NEW YORK RANGERS (M2) VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (M3)

PENGUINS LEAD SERIES, 1-0

GAME 1: PENGUINS 4, RANGERS 3, 3OT

THURSDAY, MAY 5: PENGUINS AT RANGERS, 7 P.M. ET (TNT, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

SATURDAY, MAY 7: RANGERS AT PENGUINS, 7 P.M. ET (TNT, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

MONDAY, MAY 9: RANGERS AT PENGUINS, 7 P.M. ET (ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: PENGUINS AT RANGERS, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 13: RANGERS AT PENGUINS, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 15: PENGUINS AT RANGERS, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

COLORADO AVALANCHE (C1) VS. NASHVILLE PREDATORS (WC2)

AVALANCHE LEAD SERIES, 1-0

GAME 1: AVALANCHE 7, PREDATORS 2

THURSDAY, MAY 5: PREDATORS AT AVALANCHE, 9:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SNE, SN360 (JIP), TVA SPORTS)

SATURDAY, MAY 7: AVALANCHE AT PREDATORS, 4:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SPORTSNET, TVA SPORTS)

MONDAY, MAY 9: AVALANCHE AT PREDATORS, 9:30 P.M. ET (ESPN, SN1, TVA SPORTS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: PREDATORS AT AVALANCHE, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 13: AVALANCHE AT PREDATORS, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 15: PREDATORS AT AVALANCHE, TBD

MINNESOTA WILD (C2) VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES (C3)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: BLUES 4, WILD 0

GAME 2: WILD 6, BLUES 2

FRIDAY, MAY 6: WILD AT BLUES, 9:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SN360, TVA SPORTS)

SUNDAY, MAY 8: WILD AT BLUES, 4:30 P.M. ET (TBS, SN360, TVA SPORTS)

TUESDAY, MAY 10: BLUES AT WILD, TBD

*THURSDAY, MAY 12: WILD AT BLUES, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 14: BLUES AT WILD, TBD

CALGARY FLAMES (P1) VS. DALLAS STARS (WC1)

FLAMES LEAD SERIES, 1-0

GAME 1: FLAMES 1, STARS 0

THURSDAY, MAY 5: STARS AT FLAMES, 10 P.M. ET (SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS, TBS)

SATURDAY, MAY 7: FLAMES AT STARS, 9:30 P.M. ET (TNT, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

MONDAY, MAY 9: FLAMES AT STARS, 9:30 P.M. ET (TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11: STARS AT FLAMES, TBD

*FRIDAY, MAY 13: FLAMES AT STARS, TBD

*SUNDAY, MAY 15: STARS AT FLAMES, TBD

EDMONTON OILERS (P2) VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS (P3)

SERIES TIED 1-1

GAME 1: KINGS 4, OILERS 3

GAME 2: OILERS 6, KINGS 0

FRIDAY, MAY 6: OILERS AT KINGS, 10 P.M. ET (TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

SUNDAY, MAY 8: OILERS AT KINGS, 10 P.M. ET (TBS, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS)

TUESDAY, MAY 10: KINGS AT OILERS, TBD

*THURSDAY, MAY 12: OILERS AT KINGS, TBD

*SATURDAY, MAY 14: KINGS AT OILERS, TBD

* IF NECESSARY 

TBD – TO BE DETERMINED

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ST. LOUIS 10 KANSAS CITY 0

SAN DIEGO 5 CLEVELAND 4

DETROIT 3 PITTSBURGH 2

PITTSBURGH 7 DETROIT 2

CLEVELAND 6 SAN DIEGO 5 (10)

TEXAS 2 PHILADELPHIA 1 (10)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 CHICAGO CUBS 3

HOUSTON 7 SEATTLE 2

TAMPA BAY 3 OAKLAND 0

BALTIMORE 9 MINNESOTA 4

TORONTO 2 NY YANKEES 1

LA ANGELS 10 BOSTON 5 (10)

ARIZONA 8 MIAMI 7

ATLANTA 9 NY METS 2

MILWAUKEE 18 CINCINNATI 4

COLORADO 5 WASHINGTON 2

LA DODGERS 9 SAN FRANCISCO 1

COLLEGE SOFTBALL SCOREBOARD

MIAMI OHIO 6 BALL STATE 4

MIAMI OHIO 6 BALL STATE 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Paul has another stellar fourth, Suns blow past Mavs 129-109

PHOENIX (AP) The top-seeded Phoenix Suns were braced for another fourth-quarter playoff fight on Wednesday night.

Chris Paul turned it into an early knockout.

The 12-time All-Star scored 28 points, including 14 in another spectacular final quarter, to lead the Suns over the Dallas Mavericks 129-109 for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Paul, a 12-time All-Star who turns 37 years old on Friday, almost single-handedly turned a tight game into a comfortable victory – the Suns’ 11th win in a row against the Mavericks counting regular-season games.

“You’ve just got to lean on the work,” Paul said. “It all goes back to the work. You can’t cheat the game. You’ve got to do the strength and conditioning, you’ve got to lift, you’ve got to get your rest, you got to get your shots up.

“When you do that, you live with the results.”

Suns guard Devin Booker said he’s run out of ways to describe Paul’s fourth-quarter heroics.

“You guys tell me, you’re watching the same thing,” Booker said. “It impresses us every time we see it, but it doesn’t surprise us. It’s just the will to win.”

The Mavs led 60-58 at halftime but the Suns quickly recaptured the lead after Booker hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the third. The Suns took an 89-83 advantage going into the final quarter and it looked like a tough fight was coming.

But that’s about the time Paul decided the game was his to control, hitting six shots in a row on everything from 3-pointers to mid-range jumpers to layups. The feisty Mavericks finally didn’t have an answer. Booker hit a pair of 3-pointers midway through the fourth to give the Suns a 114-95 lead.

Booker led the Suns with 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 64.5% overall – which was a franchise record in the playoffs – and made 52% of their 3-pointers. They shot 84% from the field (16 of 19) in the fourth quarter.

“We have good players,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “I’d love to sit here and tell you I’m moving the chess pieces around, but we have good players who can knock down shots.”

Game 3 is on Friday in Dallas.

Adebayo, Butler lead Heat past 76ers 119-103 in Game 2

MIAMI (AP) Bam Adebayo caught a lob for an alley-oop dunk midway through the fourth quarter, then threw a lob to Jimmy Butler for another dunk about a minute later.

Both were very easy.

Joel Embiid could complicate those plays going forward – and the Miami Heat are heading north expecting that he might be waiting for them.

Adebayo scored 23 points, Butler had 22 points and 12 assists, and the Heat beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-103 on Wednesday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“It’s always nice to win,” Butler said. “We just did what we’re supposed to do at home.”

Victor Oladipo scored 19 points on his 30th birthday and Tyler Herro added 18 for the Heat, the East’s No. 1 seed. Oladipo had 10 of those points in the fourth quarter.

Tyrese Maxey scored 34 points for Philadelphia, which got 21 from Tobias Harris and 20 from James Harden.

“We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and try to figure it out,” Maxey said.

A 10-0 run in the fourth turned an eight-point Miami lead into an 18-point edge, sealing the win and ensuring the Heat would hold home court before the series shifts north. Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia.

And now, the Heat will hope history holds – and the 76ers will hope it doesn’t.

Miami has taken a 2-0 lead in 18 previous series, including the first round this season against Atlanta, and won the matchup every time. The 76ers’ franchise has dropped the first two games of a matchup on 19 other occasions, never recovering to win the series.

The question going into Friday will revolve around whether Embiid could be ready for Game 3. The league’s scoring champion and MVP finalist is recovering from an orbital fracture and concussion and has, not surprisingly, been big-time missed by the 76ers.

“We don’t have a big man right now,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers lamented.

Nets’ Simmons to have surgery for herniated disk in back

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons will have surgery to alleviate pain in his back caused by a herniated disk, the Brooklyn Nets said Wednesday.

The procedure will be done Thursday. The Nets said it was decided upon after consultation with multiple back specialists.

Simmons sat out this entire season. The No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft didn’t play in Philadelphia after requesting a trade, citing mental health concerns. After he was dealt to Brooklyn in February in a deal for James Harden, he was bothered by the back while trying to rebuild his conditioning.

The Nets originally said he had back spasms but later said the problem was a herniated disk. Simmons eventually resumed workouts and hoped to make his debut during the playoffs, but that plan was scrapped when he experienced more pain.

Simmons will have a microdiscectomy, in which a small fragment of the disk is removed.

The Nets said further updates will be provided after the procedure.

Tellez sets Brewers record with 8 RBIs in 18-4 rout of Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) Rowdy Tellez continued to sizzle while the Cincinnati Reds continued to fizzle.

Tellez homered twice and set a Milwaukee Brewers record with eight RBIs to extend his recent power surge in an 18-4 blowout of the reeling Reds on Wednesday night. He has homered four times in his last four games to increase his season total to seven.

“It’s just putting together consistent at-bats, hitting the ball hard, getting myself in leverage counts and, when you get to two strikes, not panicking,” Tellez said.

The woeful Reds (3-21) have dropped eight straight and 19 of 20. The only other National League team to lose at least 21 of its first 24 games was the 1894 Washington Senators, according to STATS.

Cincinnati has also dropped its last 12 road games. It marks the first time since 1945 that the Reds have endured 12 consecutive road losses within the same season.

Reds manager David Bell tried to focus on positives after the game by praising the way his players have approached the early slump.

“It’s not easy,” Bell said. “There’s no question. We all know that. It’s a huge challenge that we have in front of us.”

Tellez broke a 2-all tie and put the Brewers ahead for good with a 453-foot grand slam to right-center off Vladimir Gutierrez (0-5) in the third inning. The burly first baseman had a two-run shot off Dauri Moreta that traveled 431 feet in the sixth.

He capped his big night with a two-run double off the right-field wall in the eighth against Matt Reynolds, an infielder who came in to pitch after the game got out of hand.

“We are getting him up there with tons of men on base, and he’s putting some balls in the seats,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Tellez is making the most of an opportunity he’s never had before in the majors. He already has 75 at-bats this season and is on pace to shatter his career high of 370.

“It’s nice being in a situation where I have the opportunity to play pretty much every day and have an organization and manager and staff that believes in me, that I can play every day on both sides of the ball,” Tellez said. “I think that’s very comforting for a player.”

Kolten Wong also homered for the Brewers. Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 5, scored twice and had four RBIs. Christian Yelich was 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs.

The 18 runs were the most the Brewers have ever scored against the Reds. It was the 12th time in franchise history Milwaukee scored at least 18 in a game.

Giolito gets help in pitching White Sox past Cubs 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Lucas Giolito struck out 10, Luis Robert made a game-saving catch and Matt Foster worked out of a major jam Wednesday night as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 at Wrigley Field.

Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia homered for the White Sox, who overcame an early 3-1 deficit.

Giolito (1-1) reached double digits in strikeouts for the 14th time since joining the White Sox in 2017. He allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings, including home runs by Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom in the second.

After issuing a walk to Ian Happ, the right-hander was pulled in favor of Reynaldo Lopez.

Willson Contreras ripped a drive to deep center field, where Robert sprinted to make the grab before his left shoulder crashed into the brick wall. Robert laid on the warning track for several seconds before trotting off the field under his own power.

“Well, he’s strong, but he’s not as strong as that brick wall out there,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He kept saying he’s OK. He hit himself pretty hard.”

The Cubs, held to three hits through seven innings, put the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs in the eighth. Foster relieved Aaron Bummer and retired the next three batters, punctuated by a called third strike on Happ.

Liam Hendricks pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

“That’s the kind of win that makes us feel good, especially coming off of last night,” Giolito said. “That was a big one, and this one – trending in the right direction. Unbelievable effort from everybody.”

The White Sox (11-13) swept the two-game series against their intercity rivals and stretched their winning streak to three. The Cubs (10-14) lost for the fifth time in six games.

Abreu staked the White Sox to a 1-0 lead with his third homer in the first inning off Kyle Hendricks (1-3). Abreu’s homer was his 12th in 38 games against the Cubs, and he improved his career batting average against Hendricks to .600 (15 for 25) with two home runs and six RBIs.

The White Sox beat the Cubs’ shift to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Gavin Sheets poked a single through a wide gap on the left side to score Robert in the fourth, and AJ Pollock hit a bloop single to shallow right field that eluded second baseman Nick Madrigal to score Abreu in the sixth.

Pollock was 3 for 34 since returning from the 10-day injured list before hitting his single, but he grounded into a double play to end the eighth.

Garcia homered to center in the third.

Clevinger impressive in return, Padres edge Guardians 5-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Clevinger held it together as long as he could.

But after finally getting back on a major league mound following elbow surgery, a lockout, knee sprain and a rainout that had delayed his return for San Diego, Clevinger couldn’t control his emotions.

“I wasn’t sure I was going to pitch again,” Clevinger said Wednesday, his voice cracking as he choked back tears. “So this is big.”

Clevinger had an impressive first start since having Tommy John surgery in 2020, and Manny Machado hit a two-run homer as the Padres edged the Cleveland Guardians 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Machado connected in the third inning off Zach Plesac (1-3), and Austin Nola delivered a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth as the Padres won for the sixth time in seven games – all on the road.

Steven Wilson (3-0) got the win despite walking two in the fifth, and Taylor Rodgers pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Padres rookie MacKenzie Gore will start Game 2 against Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill.

It was a joyous return for Clevinger, who had surgery not long after pitching in Game 1 of the NLDS two years ago – just months after being traded from Cleveland to San Diego. Facing his former team and Plesac, one of his closest friends, the right-hander allowed three runs and four hits.

Clevinger was just an out away from potentially getting a win before being pulled after 95 pitches by manager Bob Melvin.

The win would have been a bonus, but that hardly mattered to Clevinger, who was thankful for the chance to compete again.

“It’s been a super long road and I can’t thank the people behind me enough,” said Clevinger, standing in the hallway outside San Diego’s clubhouse between games.

Clevinger, who spent four-plus seasons with Cleveland before being traded in 2020, was leading 3-1 when he walked Myles Straw with one out in the fifth. He put on Jose Ramirez with two down before being replaced by Wilson, who gave up a walk and Josh Naylor’s tying two-run single.

Clevinger lobbied Melvin to let him finish the inning.

Pirates beat up Tigers’ bullpen to split doubleheader

DETROIT (AP) Bryan Reynolds doubled in Pittsburgh’s two-run seventh inning, and the Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 to split Wednesday’s doubleheader.

The Tigers won the first game 3-2 with the help of two key errors by the Pirates.

“We pitched well enough to win two games today, but we need to tighten up our defense,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We made mistakes in both games, but it cost us runs in the first one.”

After pitching 4 2/3 scoreless innings in the first game, the Tigers’ bullpen struggled in the nightcap. With the game tied at 2, Tigers reliever Drew Hutchinson (0-2) walked Ben Gemel to start the seventh and Reynolds hit a bloop double to left.

Will Vest replaced Hutchinson and his wild pitch allowed Gemel to score the go-ahead run. He then hit Ke’Bryan Hayes and allowed a sacrifice fly to Daniel Vogelbach.

“That was a really tough loss in the first game and we could have rolled over and played dead for the second game,” Vogelbach said. “But the pitchers were awesome all day and we were able to bounce right back.”

Gemel added an RBI single in the ninth – his fifth hit of the doubleheader – and Vogelbach made it 7-2 with a two-run homer.

“I was just in a good space all day,” Gemel said. “I had some good swings and I found a couple holes.”

Detroit lost for the eighth time in 10 games, while Pittsburgh won its second in eight games.

Zach Thompson (1-3), who is scheduled to start on Sunday in Cincinnati, got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. David Bednar pitched the final two innings for his third save.

“We knew we could get an inning or two out of Zach instead of him throwing a bullpen, and with a day off, we could go long with David,” Shelton said. “There are times we might deploy him in the seventh, and if he’s rested, we know we can use him for two innings.”

Tigers starter Alex Faedo, making his major-league debut, allowed two runs on eight hits in five innings.

Blue Jays beat Yanks 2-1, end New York’s 11-game win streak

TORONTO (AP) Jordan Romano stranded the bases loaded in the ninth inning, making Vladimir Guerrero Jr.`s tiebreaking single stand up as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-1 Wednesday night to end New York’s winning streak at 11.

Matt Chapman homered and Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) allowed a run over a season-high six innings for Toronto, which narrowly held on.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out single off Romano in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Tim Locastro, who advanced to second on Josh Donaldson’s hit. Aaron Hicks struck out and Joey Gallo walked to load the bases for Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who grounded out to end it.

Romano leads the majors with 12 saves in 13 tries. Toronto avoided being swept in the three-game series.

New York’s 11-game run was its longest since a 13-game streak from Aug. 14 to 27, 2021.

“Winning 11 in a row, that’s no small task,” Donaldson said. “It doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by plate umpire Marty Foster for arguing balls and strikes during Aaron Judge’s at-bat in the eighth. Foster upset Judge after calling him out on a low strike in the sixth.

“We’re playing for a lot,” Boone said. “I just felt like there were a couple there in situations that didn’t go our way.”

Boone and Foster exchanged heated words before the Yankees manager exited the dugout. One pitch later, Judge struck out swinging to end the inning.

“He stood up for us and stood up for me and I appreciate it,” Judge said.

Hicks said Foster’s inconsistent calls were tough to take

“Those balls are low to Judge,” Hicks said. “Especially in a big situation like that, we need a solid strike zone. Those are things that are tough to swallow, especially in big situations like that and a guy like that at the plate.”

Boone said he didn’t believe he’d done anything during the argument that would warrant additional discipline from the league.

“I was pretty mad out there,” he said. “Hopefully not a suspension or anything. I kept it in control somewhat.”

Betts, Freeman power Dodgers past Giants again, 9-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts and Max Muncy homered, Freddie Freeman added a two-run triple and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept a short series from the San Francisco Giants with a 9-1 victory Wednesday night.

Trea Turner and Will Smith had RBI singles in the fourth inning for the Dodgers, who scored six runs in their final two at-bats. Los Angeles has won four of five and 15 of 20.

The Dodgers took the first two of 19 meetings this season between these California archrivals and NL West powers who won a combined 213 games last season.

Tony Gonsolin (2-0) pitched five innings of three-hit ball for the Dodgers, striking out five and mostly avoiding trouble.

Alex Wood (2-2) yielded four hits and three runs while pitching into the sixth against his former team for the Giants, who have lost three straight and five of six.

San Francisco went ahead in the second when Brandon Crawford barely cleared the right-field fence with his second homer of the season.

Wood, who finished with seven strikeouts, spent five seasons with the Dodgers over two stints. He won 16 games in 2017 before returning in 2020 and filling a key playoff role for LA’s World Series champions.

Wood retired the Dodgers’ first nine batters before Betts led off the fourth with a single, catalyzing a two-run rally.

Betts then crushed Wood’s first pitch of the sixth to deep center – and a fan in Giants gear prevented Mike Yastrzemski from having any shot at pulling it back by catching it on the fly from the first row. The homer was Betts’ fourth of a slow-starting season.

Los Angeles added four runs in the seventh on Gavin Lux’s bases-loaded single, Betts’ long sacrifice fly and Freeman’s triple to right, which was greeted by the loud chants of “Freddie! Freddie!” that have become a regular soundtrack in Chavez Ravine.

Hurricanes claim testy win vs. Bruins, take 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t flinch after losing yet another goaltender. Instead, they responded with a physical and even confrontational edge against a team that has twice bullied them out of recent NHL playoffs.

And now, they’re up 2-0 on the Boston Bruins in their first-round series.

Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice and the Hurricanes overcame the early loss of goalie Antti Raanta to beat the Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Jesper Fast had the game’s first goal for Carolina in another strong offensive showing to start this series. Rookie goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov came on in relief of Raanta to finish with 30 saves.

Perhaps just as importantly, the Hurricanes looked ready for a fight at every moment as the Bruins racking up penalties and time in the box while facing yet another uphill climb.

“We’re not going to get pushed around, I guarantee you that,” said Carolina defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who had three assists.

Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.

This game quickly went from competitive to feisty and downright ornery in quick fashion – namely after Boston’s David Pastrnak knocked Raanta from the game midway through the first period when he struck the goaltender in the head with a gloved hand as he tried to skate past him.

Already down injured No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen to start the playoffs, Carolina turned to Kochetkov as Raanta exited while bleeding from an apparent mouth injury.

After Raanta’s exit, the teams constantly traded words and hits, along with repeatedly tussling after the whistle. Notably, there was the jarring shoulder-to-chest blast by Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov that leveled Hampus Lindholm and left him wobbly as he was helped to the locker room late in the second.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said he thought Svechnikov’s hit was “on time certainly but it looked high.” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour was more irritated by Pastrnak’s hit on Raanta.

“You never want to see guys get hurt,” Brind’Amour said. “I don’t like seeing our goalie get taken out either. But one was legal, one was not, if you really want to break it down.”

Hedman, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 5-3 to even series

TORONTO (AP) Victor Hedman had a goal and three assists for his first four-point playoff game and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game 2 to even the first-round series.

Nikita Kucherov added a goal and two assists and Brayden Point, Corey Perry and Brandon Hagel also scored for two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves in a bounce-back performance after the Lightning dropped the opener 5-0.

“I don’t know how far teams go when their big guys aren’t going,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You need them, especially at times when your back’s against the wall. Can’t say our backs were against the wall, it was one game, but we needed tonight. They stepped up and it started with our goaltender. He was outstanding.”

Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist for Toronto, Michael Bunting and Alexander Kerfoot also scored and Jack Campbell made 29 saves. Auston Matthews had two assists.

“Too many penalties,” Marner said. They’ve got a lot of guys that can make plays. We’ve got to stay out of the box.”

Game 3 is Friday night in Florida.

The Lightning opened the scoring on a power play with 1.4 seconds left in the first period. After making a big stop on Point from the slot, Campbell was beaten by Hedman from in tight on a broken play where the puck popped out to the defenseman on the goaltender’s doorstep.

“I was looking for (Kucherov),” Hedman said. “I don’t know if he got tangled up or not, but I was waiting to pass it. That was a big goal.”

Vasilevskiy made a glove save on Timothy Liljegren early in the second, then Hedman sent Perry in alone on a breakaway less than a minute later to make it 2-0 at 2:21.

Bunting cut it to 2-1 at 7:47. He returned to Toronto’s top line alongside Matthews and Marner after missing the last four games of the regular season and the series opener with an undisclosed injury.

Tampa Bay’s power play connected again at 9:57 with Kucherov’s goal. Hagel made it 4-1 at 1:33 of the third, and Point scored on another power play at 5:38.

“After we made it 2-1, I don’t think we grabbed the game as well as they did,” Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. “Just being short-handed as much as we were, especially when we got down, it was hard to really get our game going.”

Marner got one back for Toronto with 8:07 left and Kerfoot scored the Maple Leafs’ second short-handed goal of the series with 4:17.

“The refs set the standard early,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “They took one (player) after the whistle, which made it pretty clear that they were going to call it like that. We didn’t do a good job of reading that and responding to that. We’ve got to be more responsible.”

Kaprizov gets hat trick as Wild thump Blues 6-2, even series

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The scoreless streak for the Minnesota Wild was pushing 70 minutes when they finally caught a break with a broken St. Louis stick.

Joel Eriksson Ek got the game’s first goal a few seconds later, and the entire Wild bench jumped up in elation – with a bit of relief.

Kirill Kaprizov had a hat trick and Eriksson Ek scored twice for the Wild, who snapped back at the St. Louis Blues with a 6-2 victory to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece Wednesday night.

“It’s for sure helping to build confidence, knowing you can take the lead and run with it,” Eriksson Ek said.

Frederic Gaudreau and Kaprizov scored on the power play for the Wild, who went 0 for 6 with the man advantage in their 4-0 defeat in Game 1 and were 1 for 9 against the Blues over three regular-season losses. The Wild beat their Central Division rival in regulation for only the third time in 16 games since the Blues won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

The Blues didn’t score on Minnesota goalie Marc-Andre Fleury until Jordan Kyrou’s power-play goal midway through the second period. They lost defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to injury after he blocked a shot with the side of his face in the first.

“Once you know it hit him in the head, obviously that’s really scary,” St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko said. “As a teammate and a friend, it’s tough to see. Hope he feels better.”

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who host Game 3 in St. Louis on Friday night.

“You come here, get a split and go home. You’re satisfied with that,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s going to be a long series and you’ve got to battle and stay with it.”

Eriksson Ek, the 2015 first-round draft pick from Sweden who was a Selke Award finalist last summer for the NHL’s best defensive forward, has elevated his offense in a big way during this first season of the eight-year, $42 million contract he signed last summer.

Eriksson Ek broke Blues goalie Ville Husso’s shutout streak at 69:33 when he scored on Minnesota’s first on-target shot. After Bortuzzo’s stick broke on a clearing attempt, Jordan Greenway grabbed the puck and – passing it right past the defenseless Bortuzzo – fed Eriksson Ek on the sweet spot of his stick for the one-timer.

“It was obviously super important for us to get that momentum to get kind of feeling good about the game,” Kaprizov said through a translator. “I think the fans were into it right away.”

Kaprizov, the precocious Russian star who set franchise records this season with 47 goals and 108 points, gave the Wild a 5-2 lead with a slick tap-in of Mats Zuccarello’s pass on the rush. He added an empty-netter with 7:08 left after Berube pulled Husso in a last-ditch effort.

In between Kaprizov’s scores, Eriksson Ek thought he had a hat trick himself. So did the dozens who tossed their caps onto the ice, but a Blues challenge – Marcus Foligno was offside – erased that goal.

“I think Moose should buy some new hats for all those people,” Eriksson Ek said.

The Wild kept the same power-play lineup after their Game 1 struggle, and Gaudreau delivered on the first opportunity. After Justin Faulk was called for high-sticking, Husso left a juicy rebound of Jonas Brodin’s slap shot out front that Gaudreau knocked in.

Smith stops 30 shots, Oilers beat Kings 6-0 to even series

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Mike Smith bounced back with a perfect 30-save night and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-0 Wednesday to even their first-round playoff series through two games.

Evander Kane had two goals and an assist, Ryan McLeod had one of each and Jesse Puljujarvi, Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl also scored. Connor McDavid added two assists.

Smith, who made the fatal puck-handling mistake that led to Edmonton’s 4-3 loss in Game 1 on Monday, completed his fifth playoff shutout.

Jonathan Quick stopped 30 of 36 shots for the Kings.

The series moves to Los Angeles for Game 3 on Friday, with the Kings also hosting Game 4 on Sunday. Game 5 goes Tuesday in Edmonton.

The Oilers put away their second power-play goal of the night 11:55 into the third after Quinton Byfield was called for holding. Kane fired in a snap shot from inside the faceoff circle for his second goal of the night.

Edmonton jumped ahead 5-0 early in the third when Puljujarvi collected a pass across the slot from McDavid and ripped a shot over Quick’s glove.

Just 21 seconds earlier, Kane capitalized when Sean Druzi bobbled a puck in the slot in front of the Kings’ net and the Oilers winger tipped it in for his first goal of the postseason.

The Oilers took a 3-0 cushion into the third period after Evan Bouchard sent a shot sailing from just inside the blue line and McLeod tipped it past Quick 16:05 into the second.

Nurse scored short-handed at 6:03 of the second, charging down the ice with McDavid and firing a wrist shot that deflected off of the Kings’ Arthur Kaliyev and over Quick’s glove for a 2-0 lead.

After a goalless first, Edmonton opened the scoring on the power play after Dustin Brown was called for goaltender interference early in the second. Tyson Barrie sliced a crisp pass to Draisaitl in the far faceoff circle, and the star sniper blasted a one-timer past Quick for his second goal of the playoffs.

The Oilers were 2 for 3 with the man advantage on Wednesday and the Kings went 0 for 4.

NOTES: Los Angeles is 0 for 8 on the power play through the first two games of the series. … Kings F Viktor Arvidsson missed a second straight game with an undisclosed injury. … F Josh Archibald slotted into Edmonton’s lineup as coach Jay Woodcroft opted to play 12 forwards and six defensemen.

AP source: SEC, Pac-12 leaders to push for NIL law in DC

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The commissioners of the Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 are scheduled to meet with lawmakers in Washington on Thursday to lobby for federal legislation to regulate name, image and likeness compensation to athletes.

Greg Sankey of the SEC and George Kliavkoff of the Pac-12 plan to meet with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and other lawmakers, a person who has been briefed on the commissioners’ trip to Capitol Hill told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because neither conference was making the lobbying efforts public. Sports Illustrated first reported the planned visit.

The commissioners of two of the five wealthiest conferences want to lay out the negative ramifications on college sports and athletes if the status quo remains unchanged when it comes to NIL compensation. They also plan to present a framework for a possible solution.

The NCAA lifted its ban on athletes earning money for endorsement and sponsorship deals last year, but with no detailed and uniform rules in place. Left practically unregulated, NIL has quickly become intertwined with recruiting with millions of dollars suddenly available to athletes from well-heeled donors.

Coaches and administrators are concerned that booster-funded organizations have been luring recruits and all but transferring athletes to their schools with payments that are recruiting inducements in disguise as NIL deals.

The commissioners also plan to detail the potential damage that would be done to the majority of college athletes if those who play in the high-profile sports of football and men’s basketball were deemed employees of the universities and required to be paid. The NCAA and its member schools have long opposed the idea of paying athletes.

The Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12 were among the major college football conferences holding spring meetings at the same resort in Arizona this week.

In an interview earlier Wednesday with the AP, Kliavkoff said the commissioners of the Power Five conferences were obligated to take a leadership role in shaping the future of college sports during a turbulent time.

“I believe that all of us agree on the idea that NIL is a good thing and that student athletes should be able to earn money using their name, image and likeness,” Kliavkoff said. “I think we all agree that there should be a few very definitive limitations on that to prevent schools from buying kids or pay-for-play. And I think there’s alignment (among commissioners) that we believe in the collegiate model, and we think a finding by anyone that our student-athletes are employees is an existential threat to the collegiate model.”

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Lone Louisville Bat Bests Indians, 1-0

INDIANAPOLIS – A two-out solo home run in the first inning and a strong start from major league rehabber Luis Castillo was all the Louisville Bats needed to defeat the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon, 1-0.

The Indians (13-12) stole five bases in six attempts to get into scoring position, marking their first five-steal game since April 20, 2018 vs. Charlotte. It was also the team’s first game with six-plus stolen base attempts since going 4-for-7 on July 17, 2015 at Toledo.

With Jerad Eickhoff (L, 1-2) on the mound, Ronnie Dawson sent a long fly ball to right field to give Louisville (10-16) the only run of the game. It was just one of two hits Eickhoff surrendered in his 4.0-inning start.

Castillo got the start for Louisville on a rehab assignment and struck out seven batters over 4.1 scoreless innings of work. Pedro Payano (W, 1-1) entered in relief and did not allow a hit in 1.2 innings. Joel Kuhnel (S, 3) stranded a pair of runners in the ninth inning to close out the shutout.

The Indians went 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position to be shut out for the first time since Sept. 16, 2021 vs. St. Paul. They were last shut out by the Bats on June 23, 2021 at Louisville Slugger Field, 5-0.

Indianapolis will look for its first win of the series tomorrow at 11:05 AM ET at Victory Field. LHP Trey McGough (1-0, 0.00) will take the mound for the Indians against LHP Bernardo Flores (0-1, 7.24).

Butler adds NC State transfer

Manny Bates is a 6-11 center from North Carolina State and he announced on his social media accounts he is transferring to Butler.

Bates played in just one game before a shoulder injury ended his 2021-22 season. In 2020-21, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference in blocked shots with 84. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game.

Indiana Men’s Golf Headed to NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s golf team has earned a bid in the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional played at the PGA National Resort – Champion Course, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

After making the 2021 NCAA Tallahassee Regional, Indiana has made back-to-back regional appearances as a team for the first time since 2012 and ’13. In total, the Hoosiers have made it to 11 NCAA Regionals under head coach Mike Mayer.

“We are thrilled to make the NCAA postseason for the second-straight year,” Mayer said. “We are excited to go down to the PGA National Resort. It is a great golf course, truly a championship golf course that we know very well. If we go down there and play to our potential, we will have a good chance to make it to the finals.”

The 2022 NCAA Regionals will be held May 15-18 at one of six sites across the country: Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club (Norman, Okla.), PGA National Resort (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), The Course at Yale (New Haven, Conn.), The Reserve at Spanos Park (Stockton, Calif.), Ol’ Colony Golf Complex (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and the OSU Golf Club (Columbus, Ohio).

Three of the regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 27-June 1 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Indiana finished the 2021-22 season with a victory at the Purdue Fall Invitational, the first team tournament victory for IU since 2014, a second-straight victory at the Big Ten Match Play Championship and a third-place finish at the Hoosier Collegiate.

2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional Teams

1. Vanderbilt

2. Florida

3. Notre Dame

4. Florida State

5. Purdue

6. New Mexico

7. South Florida

8. Little Rock

9. College of Charleston

10. Indiana

11. San Diego

12. Davidson

13. Loyola Maryland

14. Charleston Southern

2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional Individuals

1. Nick Lyerly, UNC Greensboro

2. Tobias Jonsson, Mercer

3. Henrik Lilja, Campbell

4. Ross Funderburke, Furman

5. Zack Byers, Gardner-Webb

NCAA Tournament Appearances Under Mike Mayer

2021-22: Regional

2020-21: 9th (Regional)

2017-18: Jake Brown – t-14th (Individual Regional)

2012-13: 13th (Regional)

2011-12: 9th (Regional)

2010-11: t-8th (Regional)

2009-10: 9th (Regional)

2008-09: 12th (Regional)

2007-08: 10th (Regional); 21st (NCAA Finals); Jorge Campillo (NCAA Finals individual runner-up)

2006-07: Jorge Campillo – t-72nd (Individual Regional)

2005-06: t-11th (Regional)

2004-05: t-18th (Regional)

2003-04: t-20th (Regional); Jeff Overton (NCAA Finals individual t-20th)

2002-03: Jeff Overton – t-38th (Individual Regional)

No. 25 Purdue Selected for Palm Beach Gardens Regional

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the seventh time in the last eight tournaments, the Purdue men’s golf team has been selected for the NCAA Regional Championships announced Wednesday afternoon on the Golf Channel.

The Boilermakers earned the No. 5 seed in the Palm Beach Gardens Regional and will be joined by Vanderbilt, Florida, Notre Dame, Florida State, New Mexico, South Florida, Little Rock, College of Charleston, Indiana, San Diego, Davidson, Loyola Maryland and Charleston Southern at the PGA National Resort, Champion Course from May 16 to 18.

“We’re excited to go to West Palm and see how we stack up. Playing at Calusa Pines earlier this year is really going to help us. We played well on Bermuda grass and beat some really good teams and hung with No. 1 Oklahoma in that event, so we know what it takes to play down there,” Purdue head coach Rob Bradley said. “We have a couple of guys in our lineup that either lived in Florida (Andrew Farraye) or went to high school there (Herman Sekne). It’s a place that we can be really successful at. It’s a good golf course that ball strikers can do well on and we have a lot of that on our team. We’re going down there to play to win.”

Under Bradley, Purdue is currently in one of its best stretches in school history, reaching the postseason for the seventh time in eight tournaments, the best stretch for the program since the 1950s and 60s. The Boilermakers’ No. 5 seed is its highest Regional seed in school history.

“We’ve had a really nice year and a lot of guys that have played some really solid golf,” Bradley added. “We had a disappointing finish at Big Tens, so this is a way to make up for that and to finish off a really good year.”

Purdue enters the Regional ranked No. 25 in the country, posting six top-five finishes during the season and posting a head-to-head record of 77-36-0 (.681). The Boilermakers won the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate and placed second at the Purdue Fall Invitational and Boilermaker Invitational. Included in its head-to-head record is a 28-9-0 record against Big Ten teams and six wins over teams ranked in the Golfstat top 25.

Purdue’s No. 25 ranking is its highest ranking entering Regionals since 2002 (21st).

On the individual side, Purdue had three players earn All-Big Ten accolades for the first time since 1981 and two players earning first-team honors since 2000. Herman Sekne and Joe Weiler received first-team recognition, while Cole Bradley was a second-team honoree for the second straight year.

During the Bradley era that started before the 2013-14 season, Purdue has made the National Championships in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Purdue’s three appearances are the second most in the Big Ten during that span (Illinois 7, Purdue 3, Northwestern 1, Ohio State 1, Penn State 1).

Softball Swept By Miami In Wednesday Doubleheader

OXFORD, Ohio – – In the battle of the Mid-American Conference’s top two offenses, the Ball State softball team fell a few runs short Wednesday afternoon, losing both ends of a doubleheader to Miami at the Miami Softball Complex.

The Cardinals (20-29; 13-12 MAC) got off to a strong start, scoring three of the day’s first four runs in the opening contest. Unfortunately, the RedHawks (34-13-1; 22-3 MAC) scored five of the final six to win the opener 6-4.

The top five in the order did all the damage for Ball State in the opener, starting with a leadoff home run by sophomore first baseman Samantha-Jo Mata which gave BSU a 1-0 edge in the top of the second.

After Miami evened the score with a run of its own in the bottom of the second, the Cardinals received three straight two-out hits in the top of the third to plate two more runs. Junior second baseman Haley Wynn started the rally with a single to center, followed by a single to left by senior shortstop Amaia Daniel.

Freshman third baseman Emma Richards then continued her hot play, extending her streak of reaching base safely to nine games with a two-run double to left, making the score 3-1.

Miami cut the lead to one run in the bottom of the fourth, only to see a fifth-inning RBI groundout from Daniel push the score to 4-2. Senior left fielder Faith Hensley scored on the play after singling, stealing second, and moving to third on Wynn’s second single of the game.

The two-run lead would not last, however, as Miami scored four in the bottom of the inning to win the game.

Despite suffering the pitching loss, freshman Angelina Russo limited the RedHawks to six hits while striking out seven batters. Only four of the six runs she surrendered were earned.

Ball State jumped out to another early lead in Wednesday’s nightcap, turning a leadoff walk and stolen base by Hensley into a 1-0 advantage in the first. However, Miami scored five in the bottom of the second and went on to win the game 6-1.

The offensive star of the second game for Ball State was sophomore center fielder Hannah Dukeman who went a perfect 3-for-3. It was the first three-hit game of Dukeman’s career and raised her season average to .261.

With the doubleheader sweep, the RedHawks clinched the 2022 MAC Regular Season Championship and hosting rights to next week’s MAC Softball Championship.

The Cardinals are still battling for a spot in the event, ending the day as the league’s fifth-place team. The top four teams qualify for the MAC Softball Championship and Ball State cannot catch Miami (22-3) or current No. 2 seed Ohio (16-8) based on winning percentage.

The Cardinals are 2.5 games behind Bowling Green (15-9) and trail Central Michigan by 2 games (15-10), with both squads owning the tiebreaker over BSU.

Ball State and Miami will close their three-game series Thursday with another 1 p.m. first pitch at the Miami Softball Complex.

IRISH HEADED TO PALM BEACH FOR NCAA REGIONALS

The Notre Dame men’s golf team will be the number three seed at the Palm Beach Gardens NCAA Regional as it begins 2022 NCAA postseason competition May 15-18. The competition will be held at the PGA National Resort’s Champion Course.

The Irish, ranked 15th in the latest Golfstat.com rankings, earned their second consecutive regional berth and highest regional seed in program history this season while establishing themselves as a group capable of advancing out of regional competition to the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona from May 27 to June 1. The top five teams from each regional advance to the NCAA Championship.

“We were ready for wherever they were going to send us,” head coach John Handrigan said after the selection was announced.

“With the depth we have developed on this team, there was no disadvantage for us at any regional. We have spent a lot of time in Florida. We practice and play down there quite a bit. This team’s ceiling is high – we have built a championship program here at Notre Dame. I think this team can go a long way.”

Notre Dame is coming off a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championship where the team ended up just one stroke away from advancing to stroke play (the top four teams after the first three rounds of the championship advance to stroke play to determine the team champion). The Irish have finished out of the top five as a team at their competitions just once in 2021-22 – the first event of the year back in September when they took seventh place at the Marquette Invitational.

The team tied for first at the Gopher Invitational in the fall, won the team title wire-to-wire at the Stephens Cup to cap their fall schedule and continued their consistent play with three third place finishes, a runner up and a fourth place effort during the spring schedule.

Notre Dame’s lineup is led by junior Palmer Jackson, a Haskins and Ben Hogan Award candidate who also became the first Irish golfer to earn a spot on the 2022 Palmer Cup team. Jackson is coming off a 68-69-68 third-place finish at the ACC Championship and has finished out of the top 10 just once this season in 11 appearances.

“We are very excited,” Jackson said.

“We have been to Florida many times this year and a lot of us have played on that course. There are a lot of good teams in the regional and it will be a challenge. We are very familiar with the conditions we will face, we play on that type of grass a lot. We just need to focus on being the most prepared team when we walk onto the first tee.”

Graduate student Davis Chatfield is playing some of the best golf of his career entering the postseason. He finished second at the Stitch Intercollegiate in April and followed up with a 10th-place finish at the ACC Championship.

“There is a bit of trepidation waiting on where you are going to go, but it is awesome to know where we will be competing,” Chatfield said.

“It is going to be a great spot for us. I played that course my freshman year. It is a tough track, there will be a lot of separation and it will be a great test of golf. We need to focus hard on our prep over the next week and a half and figure out a game plan of how to attack the course.”

Moala inks deal with CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State alum Inoke Moala signed a free agent deal with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Wednesday as the former Sycamore defensive lineman has found a professional home.

Moala joins the two-time Grey Cup championship squad and will look to make an impact on the defensive line as the Bombers look to continue their string of success that includes an 11-3 mark in the 2021 season and a perfect 7-0 mark at home.

The Mishawaka, Ind. native took home Missouri Valley Football First Team All-Conference honors following his senior season on the field with the Sycamores. Moala led the Sycamores with 13.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks on the season finishing second (sacks) and fifth (TFL) in the MVFC in each respective category.

Moala proved to be a game-changer on defense in his final season opening the 2021 campaign with a 2.0 sack game with two quarterback hurries against Eastern Illinois. He added two more tackles for loss against Northwestern, but really found his rhythm in the pass-rush game midway through the season against Western Illinois and Missouri State. Over the two-game span, Moala posted 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles among his nine tackles in pacing the Sycamores’ defense.

Moala lined up in 44 career games with the Sycamores finishing with 35.5 career tackles for loss and 15.0 sacks, while adding six forced fumbles.

Matthew Ragsdale joins UE basketball program

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Another important piece was added to the 2022-23 University of Evansville men’s basketball squad as head coach Todd Lickliter announced the addition of Matthew Ragsdale.

A 3-year player at Western Colorado University out of NCAA Division II, Ragsdale was the leading scorer on his team last season, finishing with 21.5 points per game while shooting 44.5% from the field.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew to UE and know his experience, skill and commitment to team success will make him an invaluable teammate,” Lickliter said.  “We look forward to his arrival on campus and his positive impact on our program throughout his career.”

Averaging 35.7 minutes per game in 2021-22, Ragsdale added 4.1 rebounds, 70 3-point makes while completing the year shooting 82.3% from the line.  The 6-foot-4 native of Colorado Springs, Colorado was named a Second Team All-South Central Region player while garnering Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference accolades.

Ragsdale has been a prolific scorer throughout his career with the Mountaineers, completing his sophomore campaign in 2020-21 with 20.8 points per game while shooting 49.1% from the field.  He joined Western Colorado as a freshman in 2019 and posted 12.4 PPG while earning All-RMAC Honorable Mention.

Prior to his college career, Ragsdale played at Lewis-Palmer High School where he helped his team to a perfect 28-0 mark on the way to a state championship in his senior campaign.

Delisanti to Compete in Columbus NCAA Regional

Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Wheatfield) is Columbus bound.

The Valparaiso University men’s golf freshman learned his NCAA Regional destination on Wednesday after earning an automatic bid in the NCAA field by winning medalist honors at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on April 26. Delisanti is one of 10 individuals who will join 13 teams including MVC champion Southern Illinois at the Columbus Regional, hosted by Ohio State University at the par-71, 7422-yard Ohio State Golf Club on May 16-18.

Valpo’s first NCAA qualifier since joining the Missouri Valley Conference achieved his NCAA berth in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to edge the MVC Player of the Year by one stroke in the conference championship. Delisanti turned in an incredible back nine in Round 3, going six under par over the final nine holes. He posted six birdies and three pars over those nine holes including birdies on each of the final four holes.

Delisanti, the MVC Newcomer of the Year and a First Team All-MVC choice, became the first Valpo individual to win conference tournament medalist honors since 2013. He holds a season scoring average of 73.00 that is in position to rank fourth in program history.

Tee times for the regional will begin at 6:30 a.m. CT / 7:30 a.m. ET off the first and 10th tees on each day of the event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Teams – Columbus Regional

Oklahoma State

Georgia Tech

Arkansas

Clemson

East Tennessee State [Southern Conference]

Ohio State

Duke

Northwestern

Florida Gulf Coast

San Francisco

Kentucky

Wright State [Horizon League]

Southern Illinois [Missouri Valley Conference]

Individuals – Columbus Regional

Hunter Eichhorn, Marquette

Griffin Barela, Wisconsin

Patrick Sheehan, Penn State

Thomas Giroux, Oakland

Connor Burgess, Virginia Tech

Sam Jean, Cincinnati

Lou Olsakovsky, Penn State

Cameron Huss, Wisconsin

Joe Muschong, Morehead State

Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso

Baseball to Host DBU in Weekend Series

Dallas Baptist (27-17, 6-6 MVC)

at Valparaiso (14-25, 3-9 MVC)

Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.

Friday, May 6, 3 p.m. CT – RHP Colin Fields

Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m. CT– LHP Jake Miller

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Griffin McCluskey

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The first of back-to-back home weekends for the Valparaiso University baseball team is up next for the Beacons, who welcome perennial Missouri Valley Conference powerhouse Dallas Baptist to Emory G. Bauer Field for a three-game series. DBU will make its first trip to Northwest Indiana since Valpo’s inaugural MVC campaign in 2018. 

Recently in Valpo Baseball: After dropping a 4-0 pitchers’ duel in the series opener and a 15-12 slugfest in the middle game, Valpo held on for an 11-10 victory over host Southern Illinois in the third and final game of a weekend series in Carbondale. The win came over a team that entered the day tied atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings. Valpo was competitive in all three games, outhitting the Salukis 11-8 in the Friday game before owning a seven-run lead in the eventual Saturday setback. The victorious series finale saw Valpo put up crooked numbers in four of the first five innings.

Following the Beacons: All three games this weekend will air on ESPN3. Todd Ickow will have the play-by-play for all three games. He’ll be joined in the booth by Sam Michel on Friday and Saturday before Brian Jennings joins Todd for Sunday’s series finale. Links to live video and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com. For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on Twitter. 

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (166-260), the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his ninth season in charge of the program. This year, he moves into sole possession of third in program history for number of seasons coached with nine, surpassing Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Entering the season, Schmack’s win total ranks fourth in program history after he surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987, 147) during the 2021 campaign. Also in 2021, Schmack joined Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches to reach the 150-win threshold. The former big-league pitcher led Valpo to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: DBU has won 14 of the 17 all-time matchups between the two teams including all five matchups last year, sweeping four regular-season games in Dallas before also winning a conference tournament matchup. DBU has won nine straight in the series since a memorable 13-10 Valpo victory to begin the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. That was the second win over DBU during Valpo’s inaugural MVC campaign.

Tucker’s Tear: Second baseman Nolan Tucker has been on an offensive tear of late, leading to him being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, May 2.  Tucker posted a robust .667 batting average in a three-game weekend series at Southern Illinois and an overall average of .563 over four games this week. He went 8-for-12 in a road series with the Salukis while driving in four runs and scoring three times. Three of his eight hits in the series went for extra bases. Tucker ranks among the Missouri Valley Conference leaders in batting average (.387, fourth), slugging percentage (.548, 13th) and on-base percentage (.454, seventh) and leads the team in all three slash line categories. In MVC-only action, he owns a .419 batting average that ranks third in the league. This marks a noteworthy turnaround for Tucker, who entered the season as a .188 career hitter over two injury-riddled seasons. Weekly awards can be hard to come by in such a strong baseball conference, as this marks the team’s first weekly award of the season and just the third Player of the Week honor since joining The Valley (Sam Shaikin, Kaleb Hannahs).

In the Other Dugout: DBU

Preseason favorite to win the league as defending league champions that reached NCAA Super Regionals last season and won a super regional game.

Have dropped two of three in three consecutive MVC series, losing sets to Southern Illinois, Bradley and Illinois State.

Cole Moore and Luke Heefner lead the offense with batting averages over .300.

Sons of three of the eight MVC head coaches will be involved in this series in Luke Heefner, Kyle Schmack and Kaleb Hannahs.

KNIGHTS SCORE WALK-OFF VICTORY OVER HUNTINGTON IN TOURNAMENT OPENER

Westfield, Ind. – After seeing a four-run lead disappear in the final two innings of the Crossroads League Tournament opening game, the Marian softball team rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to score a walk-off win over Huntington. Marian advances in the winner’s bracket and holds a 39-9 overall record after the win.

Pitching dominated the first three innings of Wednesday’s 10 a.m. matchup, with Olivia Stunkel and Karlee Franklin going head to head through the first three innings. Stunkel struckout two batters in her first inning of work, while Franklin struck out the side after Savannah Harweger kicked off the home half of the frame with a hit. Both teams were scoreless in the second as Stunkel picked up two more strikeouts, and after the third the score remained deadlocked at zero as the two pitchers stranded a runner.

Stunkel worked through a scoreless fourth retiring the side in order, and her offense delivered the first run of the game in the bottom of the inning as Sierra Norman drew a one-out walk. Norman took second on a ground out, and with a lead in the count Grace Meyer ripped a single to left center, scoring Norman for the game’s first run. Stunkel ran with the lead in the fifth retiring the side, and in the home half the offense went to work. Caitlyn Phillips and Harweger led off the inning with back to back singles, and the game’s first extra base hit belonged to Shelbie Stotts, who took a 3-1 pitch for a ride to center for her 19th home run. Stotts’ blast gave Marian a 4-0 lead after five.

In the sixth Huntington showed some life, picking up a lead-off single and double. A sacrifice fly brought in a run, but Stunkel forced a short pop up to hold the runner at third for the second out. Marian looked primed to get out of the inning allowing just one run, but an error in the outfield prolonged the frame, as the Foresters picked up their second run. The Knights still led 4-2 entering the top of the seventh, but Huntington made one more rally getting a one-out single. With two outs a double to left made it a one-run game, with a single tying the score one pitch later. Huntington finished the top of the seventh with a bang, getting a home run from Courtney Mason to go up 6-4.

Down to their final three outs in the home half of the seventh, the Knights started a rally cry of their own getting an infield single from Harweger. Jenna Minnix followed with a single of her own, and Stotts was walked to load the bases. Huntington was able to record an out, but Hayley Greene drew a bases loaded walk to bring Marian within a run. Meyer followed up with her second RBI single of the day keeping the bases loaded, and on a 3-2 count Caroline Roop was hit by a pitch, scoring the walk-off win.

Marian’s 7-6 win featured nine hits for both teams, with Harweger claiming three for the Knights. Stotts had two hits and three RBI, and Meyer had a pair of RBI on her two singles. Sydney Wilson scored the win throwing one pitch to get the final out of the top of the seventh, and Stunkel was credited with a no-decision allowing six runs while striking out six.

WILSON SHINES AND KNIGHTS CRANK THREE HOMERS AGAINST MOUNT VERNON

Westfield, Ind. – The Marian softball got one of Sydney Wilson’s best pitching performances of the season, and the bats generated three home runs as Marian advanced in the Crossroads League Tournament with a 6-0 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene. Marian advances to the winner’s bracket final with a record of 40-9.

Sydney Wilson started the game strong for the Knights on the mound, tossing just seven pitches to work through a one-hit first inning. Wilson worked quick again in the second throwing six pitches to retire the side in order, and got her first run of the game from a Hayley Greene solo home run in the bottom of the second. Greene’s home run snaked inside the fair pole, as her solo shot gave Marian a 1-0 lead.

Wilson continued to work quick throwing seven pitches in the third as she generated her first strikeout of the day, and in the home half Caitlyn Phillips and Savannah Harweger picked up back to back one-out singles. Jenna Minnix reached on a sacrifice bunt as the throw to first sailed into right field, and Marian picked up two runs on the play. Shelbie Stotts hit a sacrifice fly to score Minnix one batter later as Minnix took third on the error, with her run making it a 4-0 game.

The Marian southpaw carried the shutout through the next three innings, allowing a runner in both the fourth and fifth innings. After throwing a six pitch top half in the sixth, Wilson turned it over to her offense in the bottom to win the game. The senior got an immediate lift from Greene who hit a no-doubter to center, as her second solo home run made it a 5-0 lead. Grace Meyer and Mackenzie Dalton chalked up back to back singles to get a runner in scoring position. Marian picked up back to back outs, but kept the inning going for one extra pitch, as Harweger hit a towering shot to left-center field to give the Knights an 8-0 lead. Harweger’s fifth home run was good to score a run-rule victory, as the Knights finished the win in six innings.

Harweger posted her second three-hit game of the tournament going 3-4 with three RBI, hitting her fifth home run of the season. Greene’s two home runs were her only hits of the game, as she recorded her first career multi-home run game. For Wilson, the senior threw 51 pitches as she earned her second win of the tournament, allowing two hits in 21 at bats.

Marian will take on Indiana Wesleyan at 2 p.m. in the winner’s bracket final, with the game set to air on the ISC Sports Network.

WEHRLE’S WALK-OFF SETS NEW INDIVIDUAL CAREER HOME RUN RECORD

WESTFIELD, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball defeated Taylor University in thrilling fashion Wednesday afternoon. In extra innings in the eighth, Miranda Wehrle sent one over the center field fence to earn a 2-1 win over the Trojans. This home run sets a new school record for an individual’s career home runs.

Both teams didn’t score until the sixth inning. A Wehrle double scored Jennah Yost to tie the game 1-1. Following the double, Wehrle connected on a bomb sending in the walk off run winning 2-1.

Wildcats outhit Trojans 7-6. Wehrle and Yost each had two hits.

Wehrle collected both Wildcat RBIs.

Alyssa Wagner pitched a complete game striking out seven in eight innings.

Baseball hits five homers in split with Franklin

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Earlham College baseball team split a doubleheader with Franklin College at Championship Park in Kokomo, Ind. on Wednesday afternoon.

The Quakers and Grizzlies both move to 11-5 in the HCAC standings and are involved in a three-way tie with Rose-Hulman for the lead of the conference.

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 9   FRANKLIN 13

Andrew Bradley began the series with a two-run homer in the top of the first. The senior went on to hit three deep shots and have four RBI in game one. Jeordon Kuderer and Zach Swearingen also enjoyed three-hit outings and both recorded a double.

Justin Dillhoff started off on the mound and tossed four innings with five earned runs and three hits allowed. Nate Hemmerich came into the game with runners on the corners in the fifth inning and pitched 1.1 innings for the Quakers.

The Grizzlies countered Bradley’s home run with a score in the bottom of the opening inning. A single to right field from Swearingen brought home two more runs for the Quakers in the top of the second inning, and the lead extended to 6-1 in the top of the fourth inning.

The Grizzlies scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, starting with a home run to lead off the frame. Franklin also began the sixth inning with a lead-off home run to tie the game, and continued with five more runs later in the inning.

Bradley hit his second homer of the game and Easton Embry recorded an RBI single to close the gap in the seventh inning, and the Grizzlies scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth before Bradley’s final home run.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 8   FRANKLIN 4

Devin Basley led the lineup in RBI with three from two hits in game two. Maxwell Fries and Swearingen both hit their first deep shots of the season.

Dillon Fischer started his second game in five days with six innings pitched. Fischer surrendered six hits and four earned runs with five strikeouts. Jacob Renner tossed two relief innings with two strikeouts and one hit allowed, and Aidan Talarek cleaned up the final inning with two strikeouts. The Earlham relief pitchers combined for just one baserunner in the final three innings.

Fries hit his homer to begin the scoring in the top of the second inning and an RBI groundout from Basley extended the lead to 2-0.

Basley recorded another RBI in the fourth inning from a single to left field before the Grizzlies hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame.

The Quakers enjoyed a four-run sixth inning kicked off by a single to the outfield from Embry, and was capped off by Swearingen’s home run. Franklin scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Nathan Lancianese brought his brother home on an RBI single in the ninth inning.

The Quakers have just one regular season series remaining and will travel to Manchester on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at noon. A sweep of the Spartans will guarantee at least a piece of the HCAC regular season championship for Earlham and send the Quakers to the tournament with the top seed.

Seventh-Inning Runs Send Wabash To Losses At DePauw

Wabash held early leads in both games of its North Coast Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader in Greencastle Wednesday afternoon. But a pair of seventh-inning rallies for the home team led to two one-run losses to DePauw. The Little Giants dropped game one by a score of 6-5 before losing game two 5-4.

Wabash (20-15, 4-12 NCAC) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of game one when Reece Bauer raced home from second base on a base hit from Austin Simmer and a throwing error by the DePauw (19-15, 10-6 NCAC) right fielder. The Tigers took the lead with a three-run third inning.

The Little Giants bounced right back with a three-run inning of their own in the fourth. Camden Scheidt delivered a two-out single to center field to score Evan Neukam from second base. Michael Galanos drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Bauer, who smashed a double to left to score both runners.

Wabash held the 4-3 lead until the bottom of the seventh when DePauw got a three-run homer from Kyle Callahan to take a 6-4 lead.  The Little Giants mustered a run in the top of the eighth inning when Bauer hit a one-out double and scored three batters later on a single by Liam Patton. Wabash put a runner on third with two outs in the inning but could not bring the tying run home.

Wabash finished with 10 hits in game one led by Simmers, Patton, Neukam, and Bauer each collecting two hits apiece. Bauer drove in two runs and scored another two runs for the Little Giants.

Sam Phillips was touched for three runs on two hits and one walk in two innings of relief pitching to take his second loss of the season. Jacob Bishop threw six innings of three-hit baseball as the Little Giants’ starter. He walked four and surrendered three hits while striking out six batters.

Wabash jumped out to a 2-0 lead in game two off a two-run home run by Patton for his team-leading fifth of the year. The Little Giants added two more runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Scheidt and a sacrifice fly by Neukam. DePauw answered with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the score at 4-4. The Tigers took the lead in the seventh two-out triple to right-center followed by a single to center to take the 5-4 lead. Wabash was retired in order in the eighth and ninth innings to close out the contest.

The Little Giants were held to four hits. Simmers collected two hits while Scheidt and Patton each had one for Wabash.

AJ Reid took the loss on the mound after pitching two innings of relief. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out three. Tavic Simmons started for Wabash and pitched six innings. He scattered eight hits and allowed two earned runs with four strikeouts.

Wabash closes out its NCAC schedule on Saturday with a home doubleheader against 20th-ranked Denison University. Game one at Goodrich Ballpark begins at noon.

RECAP | Sanders, Reinoehl Set New Single-Season Records; Grizzlies Lock Up HCAC Tournament Spot

KOKOMO, Ind. – Two members of the Franklin College baseball program set new single-season program records on Wednesday (May 4) and the Grizzlies secured a spot in the 2022 conference tournament with a split against the Earlham Quakers.

Game one saw sophomore AJ Sanders set the new single-season program record for stolen bases and had senior closer Alex Reinoehl become the new leader for saves in a season. Franklin (26-12, 11-5 HCAC) rallied from five runs down to take the opener 13-9. The Quakers (22-10, 11-5 HCAC) salvaged a split with an 8-4 win in game two.

Sanders now sits at 27 stolen bases on the year, breaking the 34-year school record of 25 held by Dan Molden since 1998. Reinoehl nailed down his ninth save of the year in the opener, passing former teammate Nate Stonebraker’s previous record of eight set back in 2019.

Game One: Franklin 13 – Earlham 9

Facing a 6-1 deficit going to the bottom of the fifth, the Grizzlies started their rally when Case Starkey led off the frame with his first career home run. Sean Sullivan, Logan Demkovich and Tysen Lipscomb would drive in runs later in the inning to cut the Earlham lead to 6-5.

Starkey knotted things up with a lead-off home run in the sixth, setting the table for a six-run frame that put Franklin up for good. Demkovich and Matt Earley added RBI singles later in the inning and Lipscomb dealt the Quakers a critical blow with a three-run blast that made it 11-6.

Starkey plated two more in the eighth with a two-run single to cap the scoring. Reinoehl took over with a three-run lead in the eighth and made it stick for the record-setting save. He also moved into a tie with Stonebraker for second on the all-time saves list with 12.

Lipscomb and Starkey both drove in four runs with Starkey’s three hits a career-high for a game. Mitch Merica (3-1) earned the win with one inning of work in relief of starter Jackson Young.

Game Two: Earlham 8 – Franklin 4

Lipscomb stayed hot in game two, clubbing a two-run home run in the fourth to draw the Grizzlies to 3-2. However, a four-run sixth inning for the Quakers proved a hole too big to climb out of. Earley and Lipscomb both drove in runs in the sixth, but the Grizzlies would net just one hit over the final three innings.

Matthew Johnson (3-4) struck out five over 5.2 innings of work. Chris Foote and Tyler Wick combined to throw 3.1 innings in relief without surrendering an earned run.

Up Next

Franklin brings the regular season to a close on Saturday (May 7), when they travel to Hanover for two meetings with the Panthers. First pitch is set for noon.

RECAP | Riddle Matches Single Season Goal Record in HCAC Semifinals

HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s lacrosse team made their second trip of the season to Hanover on Wednesday (May 4) afternoon to meet the host Panthers in the semifinals of the 2022 Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) Tournament.

Sophomore Baleigh Riddle netted the first three goals of the day for the Grizzlies (4-9) and Anya Glodowski set a career high with six assists. But the Panthers (10-6) had Franklin’s number on this day, winning the game 14-9 and bringing the Grizzlies’ season to a close.

How it Happened

Riddle opened the scoring just 2:15 into the game but it proved to be the Grizzlies’ lone tally of the first quarter, as Hanover scored six unanswered the rest of the period. Riddle netted back-to-back goals 2:10 apart early in the second and Victoria Simmons potted her first of the day, but the Griz headed into the break facing a 9-4 deficit.

Franklin got within four goals on two separate occasions in the second half, but weren’t able to close the gap any further before the final whistle.

Inside the Box Score

-Riddle ends the year with 42 goals, matching Lexi Ingram’s mark for the most in a season in program history. She tied with Simmons, Mia Turnbaugh and Bella Frye for most shot attempts with five in the game.

-Simmons netted two goals and an assist and Turnbaugh potted a pair of goals for the FC offense.

-Frye led the Grizzlies with six draw controls to go along with a goal and two ground balls.

-Chyna Jackson, Kara Woodard and Riley Rice tied for the team lead with four ground balls. Freshman Delaney McCafferty topped the team with four caused turnovers.

RECAP | Men’s Tennis Closes Season in HCAC Quarterfinals

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s tennis team met the Transylvania Pioneers on Wednesday (May 4) night at Grizzly Park with a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) semifinals up for grabs.

Franklin saw their season draw to a close, as the Pioneers (4-12) avenged a loss to the Griz earlier this year with an 8-1 victory.

All three doubles matchups were tight-fought battles, with Franklin getting on the board at No. 3 doubles thanks to an 8-3 win from Nathan Jarboe and Matt Leming. But singles play saw the Pioneers roll to victory, taking three of the six singles matchups in three sets or in a tie-breaker.

The Grizzlies end the season with a 9-8 record and their first season over .500 since 2014-15. The complete list of results can be found below.

Doubles Results

No. 1: McNamee/Skaggs (TU) def. Ty McCory/Dustin Garrison (FC) 8-4

No. 2: Wells/Cooper (TU) def. Owen Pickerill/Layton Stieneker (FC) 8-4

No. 3: Matt Leming/Nathan Jarboe (FC) def. Gregg/Crabtree (TU) 8-3

Singles Results

No. 1: McNamee (TU) def. McCory (FC) 6-4, 6-2

No. 2: Skaggs (TU) def. Garrison (FC) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0

No. 3: Gupta (TU) def. Jarboe (FC) 6-4, 6-3

No. 4: Wells (TU) def. Pickerill (FC) 6-3, 7-6 (6)

No. 5: Gregg (TU) def. Leming (FC) 6-1, 6-2

No. 6: Crabtree (TU) def. Stieneker (FC) 6-1, 3-6, 10-7

Anderson Coasts Past Manchester, Advances to HCAC Semifinals

The third-seeded Anderson University men’s tennis team (16-5) coasted past sixth-seeded Manchester University (1-20) by a score of 9-0 during Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) quarterfinal matchup at the AU Tennis Courts.

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Tucker Bradley/Colton Stevens (Anderson) def. Austin Arnold/Andrew Kibler (Manchester) 8-1

No. 2 – Peter Hallam/Seth Nation (Anderson) def. Trevor Johnson/Samuel Hollingsworth (Manchester) 8-3

No. 3 – Cory Evans/Dylan Lemon (Anderson) def. Blake Rentschler/Anna Hollingsworth (Manchester) 8-1

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Samuel Hollingsworth (Manchester) 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 – Colton Stevens (Anderson) def. Austin Arnold (Manchester) 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)

No. 3 – Seth Nation (Anderson) def. Andrew Kibler (Manchester) 6-2, 6-2

No. 4 – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Blake Rentschler (Manchester) 6-0, 6-3

No. 5 – Peter Hallam (Anderson) def. Trevor Johnson (Manchester) 6-1, 6-0

No. 6 – Parker Bradley (Anderson) def. Anna Hollingsworth (Manchester) 6-0, 6-0

UP NEXT

Anderson takes on second-seeded Hanover College (9-7) in the HCAC semifinals on Saturday at the Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky.

Women’s Lacrosse Advances to First MIAA Tournament Championship Game with 18-17 Win at Albion

ALBION, Mich. – The Trine University women’s lacrosse team defeated the top seeded Albion College Britons on Wednesday afternoon 18-17 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament Semifinals. They will move on to the MIAA Tournament Championship for the first time in school history. The winner of the Saint Mary’s versus Hope game later tonight will host the Thunder (11-4) on Saturday, May 7.

The game looked eerily similar to the matchup we saw just four days earlier, with Trine dominating the draw control circle (29-8), but turning the ball over at a slightly higher rate (14-8). The biggest difference for the Thunder was taking advantage of free position opportunities. Trine was 8-of-13 on free position shots, the most free position goals in a game in program history.

Danielle Gargiulo [Downers Grove, Ill. / Downers Grove] got the Thunder on the board in the first minute of the game and had two of the team’s four first period goals. Liv Ghent [Byron Center, Mich. / Caledonia] took advantage of a free position opportunity and Alyssa Keptner [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] hit the back of the net with 15 seconds remaining to make it 5-4 Britons after 15 minutes of play.

After Albion scored first in the second quarter, Calista Richmond [Portage, Mich. / Portage] and Gargiulo tied the game up at 6 with goals on free position attempts. After falling behind 8-6, Trine took five of the last six goals in the half to claim an 11-9 halftime lead. Gargiulo and Brooke Hoag [Portage, Mich. / Portage] scored two goals each and Ella Dougherty [Lowell, Mich. / Lowell] put her name in the scoring column with just over three minutes left in the half.

Gargiulo continued her impressive day with her sixth goal of the game to keep the visitors on top 12-11. She finished the game with a career-high eight scores. Freshman goalie Maddy Kasten [Battle Creek, Mich. / Lakeview] was called upon mid-third when Jillian Rejczyk [Wauconda, Ill. / Wauconda] was cited with a yellow card. From there, the teams would alternate scores until it was tied up at 14 going into the fourth.

A free position attempt once again resulted in a score for Gargiulo with 12 minutes left, but the Britons would respond with one of their own one minute later. Albion took the lead at the 8:20 mark, but the Thunder responded with two of their own: one by Gargiulo and another from Ghent, to claim a 17-16 lead with less than five minutes to go.

In an attempt to tie the game, the Britons had a shot go off the post and after a timeout, Hoag was able to put Trine up two, 18-16. Albion put up one more with 21 seconds left in the game, but it came too late as the Thunder advanced to their first MIAA Tournament Championship game.

Gargiulo’s eight goals led the team, with Hoag and Ghent in tow at four and three goals each. The duo of Ghent (9) and Hoag (8) had 17 of the team’s 29 draw controls. Defending the net, Rejczyk had eight saves and got the win (9-3).

Details for the MIAA Tournament Championship game will be released when they are available.

DePauw Bows Out of NCAC Tournament

Granville, Ohio – DePauw trimmed a six-goal deficit to three late in the second period, but Denison scored the last goal of the first half and all four in the third period and pulled away for a 15-10 win over the Tigers in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal.

DePauw dropped to 11-4, while the Big Red advanced to the tournament championship game and improved to 11-5.

Marley Heitman’s free-position goal just 1:04 into the contest gave the Tigers the lead, but Denison responded with a string of seven-straight scores before Emma Kennedy closed the gap to 7-2 after scoring with just eight seconds left in the opening period.

The Tigers closed to within 9-6 after Kennedy’s fourth goal of the game before Denison scored with 22 seconds left in the period. The Big Red outscored the Tigers, 4-0, in the third to push the lead to 14-6. DePauw outscored Denison, 4-1, in the fourth including the final three.

Kennedy led the Tigers with five goals, while Casey McTague led Denison with five.

Kennedy led DePauw with seven draw controls and Caroline Simon totaled three ground balls and two caused turnovers. 

Lydia Hollis totaled 13 saves for DePauw and Caroline O’Dea finished with 11 in 45 minutes for Denison.

McTague paced Denison with six draw controls with Brooksey Perrin Hee leading with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Denison outshot, DePauw, 33-23 and held a 15-14 edge in draw controls and 21-12 in ground balls.

DePauw Rallies for Doubleheader Sweep of Little Giants

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw extended its win streak to nine and moved into a tie for the fourth and final North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament spot after sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Wabash by scores of 6-5 and 5-4. The Tigers improved to 19-15 overall and 10-6 in the NCAC, while the Little Giants dropped to 20-15 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

In the opener, Wabash got on the board first as Reece Bauer drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Austin Simmers followed with a base hit to right, but an overthrow to the plate allowed Bauer to score.

The Tigers countered with three in the third with Brennan Roach leading off with a single before Cameron Macon walked. Kyle Callahan reached on a fielder’s choice that forced Macon at second. Danny Glimco then hammered the first pitch he saw over the fence in left center.

Wabash regained the lead in the fourth as Evan Neukam led off with a walk and moved to second on Kamden Earley’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Camden Scheidt followed with a single that scored Neukam. After Michael Galanos walked, Bauer drove in two with a double to left to make it 4-3.

DePauw took the lead for good in the seventh as Nick Nelson drew a one-out walk and Macon followed with a single before Kyle Callahan delivered a three-run homer to center which was his NCAC-leading 11th of the season.

Bauer doubled with one out in the top of the eighth before AJ Reid walked with two outs and Liam Patton followed with an RBI single to close the DePauw lead to 6-5. DePauw reliever EJ White struck out the final batter of the eighth and retired the side in order in the ninth to seal the Tigers’ victory.

Five different Tigers had one hit apiece, while Simmers, Patton, Neukam and Bauer each had two of Wabash’s 10 hits.

Nathan Fackel moved to 1-0 with his first collegiate win, while White notched his third save. Sam Phillips dropped to 1-2.

In the nightcap, Wabash jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on Patton’s two-run homer to left and extended it to 4-0 in the third when Scheidt doubled home Simmers and scored on Neukam’s sacrifice fly.

DePauw got on the board in the fifth as Danny Sheehan led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error from the outfield. Evans Barnes singled with one out, scoring Sheehan. Another throwing error on the play allowed Barnes to move to second. Nelson hit a two-out single through the left side which scored Barnes and cut the Wabash lead to 4-2.

Glimco homered with one out in the sixth before Sheehan singled and advanced to second on an error with two outs. Wilson Graves evened the score at 4-4 with a single that plated Sheehan.

Macon tripled with two out in the seventh and Callahan followed with a single to center which scored Macon with the go-ahead run.

Glimco, who took the mound with two outs in the seventh, retired all seven batters he faced to wrap up the win.

Nelson, Macon and Sheehan each had two of DePauw’s 11 hits, while Simmers had two of Wabash’s five.

Glimco moved to 1-0, while Reid dropped to 0-2.

The Tigers travel to Allegheny on Saturday, May 7, for a Noon doubleheader.

Panthers advance to HCLC Tournament Championship with victory over Franklin

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team advanced to the Championship contest of the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Tournament, defeating rival Franklin 14-9.

Hanover finished the contest with a game-high 36 shots, 20 of which landed of frame. Leading the attack was senior Britney Hernandez (Louisville, Ky.) with a game-high four goals on eight shots. Teammate, senior Anne Breeding (Miamisburg, Ohio) added three goals and three assists for a game-high six points.

After surrendering the first goal to the Grizzlies, the Panther attack pounced rattling off six straight first quarter blows. Senior Milah Young (Granger, Ind.) paced the surge as she netted a pair of back-to-back goals that helped push Hanover on top 6-1.

Franklin provided a pair of goals to open the second frame when sophomore Taylor McNally-Henriksen halted the charge with back-to-back strikes of her own, 8-3.

Hernandez netted the final goal of the first half sending the Panthers into the intermission with the 9-4 advantage.

However, Franklin looked to make one final push in the second half rattling off three fourth quarter goals to pull within 13-9 when Hernandez slammed the door and secured the HCLC semifinal victory.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, May 7 when they take on no. 1 seed Transylvania.

Softball claims five All-HCAC accolades; Collinsworth and staff named Coach of the Year

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2022 All-Conference honorees with the Panthers collecting six accolades, including the HCAC Softball Coach of the Year award.

Along with Head Coach Cori Collinsworth and her staff being named coach of the year, senior, pitcher, Lilly (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) was named First Team while teammates freshman, utility player, Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.), junior, second baseman, Kensie Bradley (Greenfield, Ind.), and freshman, first baseman, Carson Kruse (Fort Branch, Ind.) were named Second Team All-HCAC. Junior, third baseman, Kendra Hutchison (Lafayette, Ind.) claimed Honorable Mention accolades.

Collinsworth led the Panthers to a 10-6 mark in HCAC play and a three-way tie for third place. The award marks the first of her career.

Compton paced the Panthers in the circle this season picking up eight wins through 13 starts. She posted a 3.73 ERA with one complete game no-hitter. She added 101 K’s propelling her to the top spot in the Hanover record books with a career 500 plus strikeouts.

Beaman registered a strong first year for the Blue and Red as she posted a .367 batting average with 90 at bats and 33 hits. She charted 21 RBI with three homeruns and 10 doubles. In the circle, Beaman posted a 3.95 ERA through 18 appearances.

Bradley wrapped up the regular season with a .292 batting average with 33 hits and 20 runs. She added a team-high seven stolen bases and connected for eight RBI and five doubles.

Kruse started 24 games this season for the Blue and Red at first base batting .324 with 22 hits and 11 runs scored. She connected for 24 RBI with three homeruns and two doubles.

Rounding out the awards was third baseman Hutchison who appeared in and started all 32 games for the Panthers. She posted a team leading .370 batting average with 28 runs on a team-best 40 hits. Hutchison collected 22 RBI with 10 doubles and two homeruns.

Hanover returns to the diamond on Thursday, May 5 when they compete as part of the HCAC Softball Tournament.

Panthers land three on HCLC All-Conference list

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference announced the 2022 All-Conference awards with three Panthers receiving honors.

Earning First Team All-HCLC were senior, midfielder, Dirk Meinhart (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and sophomore, defenseman, Will Slover (Versailles, Ky.).

Freshman, long stick midfielder, Scott Dues (Louisville, Ky.) earned Second Team accolades.

Meinhart led the Panthers with 41 points on a team leading 27 goals. He dished out 14 assists and fired off 86 shots for a 31.4 shot percentage. The senior also picked up 59 ground balls and forced 14 turnovers for the Blue and Red.

Slover paced a Panther defense that held opponents to a 20.5 shot percentage. He picked up 29 ground balls while forcing 14 turnovers.

Rounding out the All-HCLC awards was Dues who appeared in 12 games making eight starts. The first year scooped up 24 ground balls while netting five goals. He also added four assists for a combined nine points.

Hanover returns to action on Friday, May 6 at 8:30 PM EST when they take on Southwestern (Tex.) as part of the HCLC Tournament.

Late Rally Helps Spartans Earn Split with Rival Ravens

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – A late game rally by the Manchester University baseball team helped the Spartans earn a split of Wednesday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against rival Anderson. The Spartans rallied with a four-run 8th inning in the opener of Wednesday’s twinbill as MU defeated Anderson 6-5. The Ravens were able to clip Manchester in extra innings in the second game of the day, winning 6-5 in 10 innings.

Spartan Stats

Manchester would lead 2-0 in the early portion of the opening game on Wednesday following an RBI single by Jared Holley (Wabash, Ind./Wabash) and RBI ground out by Vian Mariani (South Bend, Ind./Adams).

The visiting Ravens would go in front 3-2 in the 6th inning after Rene Casas Jr. launched a three-run home run to right center.

Trailing 5-2, the Black & Gold pieced together a rally in the 8th inning. Mariani picked up his second RBI of the game after his infield single was able to score Brady Perez (Rochester, Ind./Rochester) from third. Pinch hitter Paul Barrow (Bloomington, Ind./Bloomington North) hit a clutch triple off the wall in right that scored a pair. Mitchell Baker (Plainfield, Ind./Plainfield) capped off the rally with a go-ahead single to right that put the Spartans ahead 6-5.

Austin Kresl (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll) worked a perfect 9th inning for his third save of the season.

Jared Holley led the Manchester offense with three hits and two runs scored. Rocca Hanes (Ossian, Ind./Norwell) added a pair of hits in the opener.

In the second game of the day Manchester once again jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. A wild pitch plated a run in the 1st inning and then Aidan Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind./Rensselaer Central) added an RBI single in the 3rd.

The Black & Gold extended its lead to 5-0 after an RBI single by Stevens and a two-run double by Harrison Pittsford (Ellettsville, Ind./Edgewood) in the 5th.

The Ravens would tie the game at 5-5 in the 8th inning. After neither side was able to push over a decisive run, the game moved into extra innings.

Anderson scored a single run in the 10th to grab a 6-5. The Spartans were unable to rally in the home half of the inning.

Both Mitchell Baker and Aidan Stevens collected three hits in the second game of the afternoon. Stevens and Harrison Pittsford both had two RBI.

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Manchester will conclude the 2022 season on Saturday May 7 with a final home doubleheader against the Earlham College Quakers.

Game time from Gratz Field is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Karr & Smith Earn HCAC Recognition

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2022 Softball All-Conference and major award winners on Wednesday May 4. A pair of Spartans were honored by the league office this spring.

All-HCAC Teams & Award Winners

First-year Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) earned First Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors after a terrific rookie campaign this spring. Carr started all 36 games that she appeared in this season. Doubling as an infielder and pitcher for the Black & Gold, Carr hit .333 (37-111) with four doubles, one triple, and 12 RBI. Her 37 hits led Manchester. In the pitcher’s circle, Carr made 17 appearances and nine starts. She led the Black & Gold with a 2.72 earned run average while striking out a team-best 32 batters. She posted a 6-5 mark, threw 67 innings, had six complete games, and earned a save this year.

Also earning recognition from HCAC was senior Lizzie Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central). Smith earned Honorable Mention All-HCAC honors this spring. Smith also split time as an infielder and pitcher. She started in 31 of the 32 games she played in during her final season in a Black & Gold uniform. Smith hit a career-best .330 (29-88) with three doubles and 19 RBI. Her 19 RBI were tied for the team lead in 2022. As a pitcher, Smith threw 66 innings and five complete games. She finished with 26 strikeouts.

HU NEARLY PICKS OFF MARIAN BEFORE KNOCKING GOSHEN OUT OF TOURNEY

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Wednesday morning marked the start of the HU softball team’s second season as they kicked off the Crossroads League Tournament by giving 2nd-seeded Marian all they could handle before dropping a 7-6 decision to the Knights. Ehler and crew bounced back to in the afternoon to knock 6th-seeded Goshen out of the tourney by serving up a 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

What started as a pitcher’s duel against MU in first round action ended with some big sticks to make for a dramatic finish. The first three frames came and went quietly without a runner from either team advancing beyond second.

The higher-seeded Knights finally got on the board in the fourth and then added to their total by way of a three-run homer in the fifth to take a 4-0 advantage. But the gritty Foresters were far from throwing in the towel.

Jenessa Hasty got her team going with a lead-off single in the sixth after which Breanna Hines found a hole in right center for a double that put them both in scoring position to set up Courtney Mason’s sac fly after which Hines was able to scamper home on a dropped fly for a 4-2 ball game.

After a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning, it was do or die for the Foresters in the seventh and they did not disappoint. After pinch hitter Kiera Stacy singled her way on base, Hasty and Hines posted back-to-back hits again with Hines’ smack knocking in a run. Next up was Mason who launched one over the left field fence for a two-run homer that put her team on top 6-4 with one mighty swing.

Unfortunately, things fell into place for Marian after that as the game ended in walk-off fashion on a controversial hit by pitch call to wrap it up. 

Despite taking the loss, Karlee Franklin tossed a dandy having struck out nine while giving up nine hits, seven runs and five walks.

The top of the order took charge at the plate with Hasty and Hines each hammering out three hits and collecting an RBI while Mason posted a dinger, the third of her career, and three RBI.

The loss sent Huntington into the elimination bracket to face Goshen. It was another slow start that ended with a lot of action in the latter part of the contest.

After three innings of scoreless softball, Ehler’s crew put up a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Jocelyn Winebrenner RBI-single. The Maple Leafs response was immediate as they pieced together two hits, two walks and an error to find home twice for the 2-1 lead in their next at-bat.

The Foresters faced a new pitcher in the sixth and wasted little time making the most of it. After back-to-back hits and a walk to load the bases, Mason took a pitch in the forearm to bring in a run after which Adelyn Harsh drew a walk to plate a second run. Another pitching change didn’t faze Stacy who doubled in a pair of runs to push the lead out to 5-2 which proved the final score.

Senior MacKyndsea Burke tossed a gem to pick up the complete-game win having given up six hits, two runs and five walks while striking out three.

Stacy finished with two hits and two RBI while Hasty and Barnes each posted a pair of base pokes as well.

The Foresters (16-33) are back in action tomorrow to face Taylor at 10:00 a.m. in another elimination game at Marian.

Cougars Fall to Taylor & Spring Arbor in Crossroads League Tournament

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (25-25; 17-19 Crossroads) traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to compete in the Crossroads League Tournament and opened against the Taylor University Trojans (23-25) but fell 4-1 before falling to Spring Arbor (19-30) 5-4 as their season comes to a close.

In the opening game against Taylor, junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust started on the mound after compiling a 13-9 record on the season. However, she ran into immediate trouble in the bottom of the first when a leadoff single and two-run home run put Saint Francis behind 2-0.

Another leadoff double followed by an RBI-single in the second drove Rust from the game after working just one-plus innings allowing three earned runs on four hits. Freshman Mia Werner came in to relieve and was able to hold the Trojans from there.

Meanwhile, the Cougars went to work with the bats in the top of the third when a couple walks created the first run of the game for Saint Francis, now trailing just 3-1, only to have the Trojans get that run right back in the bottom of the frame.

Despite several scoring opportunities in the final four innings, the Cougars were not able to cash in as they suffered the loss 4-1.

In the finale against Spring Arbor, sophomore Erika Turpin started for the Cougars and worked her way out of first-inning trouble despite allowing an unearned run as the Cougars found themselves needing to comeback again.

Matters didn’t get any better in the second when three hits and an error resulted in a couple more runs for Spring Arbor, but a few stolen bases along with a couple hits plated the first run for Saint Francis in the third.

Then in the fourth, shortstop Brooklyn McCord got them one step closer with an RBI-single scoring catcher Tori Miller to make it 3-2. Then in the top of the fifth, the Cougars made the comeback complete as designated hitter Regan Peppler smashed a two-out two-run home run.

However, Turpin went back out for the fifth and couldn’t hold the lead as a leadoff double, wild pitch, and RBI-single tied the game back up. After the Cougars went quietly in the top of the seventh, Mackenzie Rust, who came in to relieve Turpin in the fifth, went back out hoping to send the game to extra innings. But with one out, a single followed by a game-winning double send the Cougars packing.

Men’s Tennis returning to NCCAA Nationals

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team has earned a chance to defend its national crown.

The Lancers secured a spot to the 2022 NCCAA National Championships where Grace will have its sights set on repeating as the national champs. The tournament will begin next week, beginning on Tuesday.

Matches will be held at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala., the site of last year’s championship moment for the Lancers. Grace’s 2021 championship was the first national title in team history.

Grace is the No. 1 seed in the four-team field and is joined by No. 2 Judson, No. 3 Asbury and No. 4 Oakland City.

Grace will play Oakland City on Tuesday at 10 a.m., Judson on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Asbury on Thursday at 10 a.m. The national championship match is set for Friday at 10 a.m.

Mounumental season ends for Leafs in conference tourney

WESTFIELD, Ind. – One of the most noteworthy seasons in Goshen softball history came to an end on Wednesday evening in the Crossroads League Tournament at Grand Park. The Maple Leafs earned a six-seed in the tourne, but lost their first game to three-seed Mount Vernon Nazarene 7-3, and their second game to seven-seed Huntington 5-2.

The Maple Leafs end the season with 24 wins – tied for a program record. The 14 conference wins set a new program record.

Shea VanScoter got the Leafs on the board early against MVNU. As the leadoff hitter, she hit a home run to left field on the fifth pitch of the game to put Goshen on the board. The Cougars came back with an RBI single from Kaycee Ollis in the bottom half to tie it up.

Then in the third, MVNU had a four-run inning to put them in the driver’s seat. Three of those four runs were unearned, as Goshen committed three errors in that frame. Goshen starter Mia Pawelski would last 3.1 innings – allowing six runs but only three earned runs.

Pawelski contributed on the offensive end in the top of the fourth when her RBI single scored Jessica Bachtell and cut the lead to three. However, a solo shot by Kylee Matern in the bottom of the fourth brought the lead to 6-2.

Goshen had the bases loaded in the fifth but couldn’t produce any runs. They had them loaded again in the sixth when a pitch hit Ri Koteles and a run scored. That was all the Maple Leafs could bring in, though. The Cougars got another run on an RBI double in the sixth to make it 7-3, which would be the final score.

Goshen set themselves up for scoring opportunities, but they left ten runners on base in the final four innings. Mount Vernon was coming off their school record 36-win season – surpassing the 35 wins set by their 1992 team.

With the win, #3 MVNU went on to play #2 Marian in the winner’s bracket. The loss put #6 Goshen in a matchup with #7 Huntington in the loser’s portion of the bracket. One more loss would send Goshen out of the tournament.

The Leafs had just faced the Foresters five days ago on Senior Day – Goshen came away with a win and a loss that day.

The starting pitchers were at the top of their game in this one. Both teams were scoreless through the first three. Huntington cracked through first with an RBI single in the fourth. Shea VanScoter had the start for Goshen, and she went five innings and allowed just one earned run.

GC would get on the board immediately after in the top of the fifth. Jessica Bachtell’s RBI single with the bases loaded scored Edith Vega and Alyssa McDonald, and the Maple Leafs had their first lead of the game.

Goshen held that lead until the bottom of the sixth. At that point, Huntington scored four runs from three hits, three walks, and one batter being hit by a pitch. With a 5-2 lead, the Foresters got through the top of the seventh fairly quickly and survived and advanced to Thursday’s tournament action.

Koteles was 2-2 with two doubles and two walks. Claire Ouellette had a couple of singles.

With their second loss, the Maple Leafs are now out of the double-elimination tournament, and their season has come to a close. It was a monumental year for the Leafs that included an eight-game win streak and numerous school records being broken. Freshman Shea VanScoter crushed the season doubles record with 22 – beating the previous record of 15 held by Emily Cummings in 2019.

Senior Ri Koteles set records for home runs in a season (13), career hits (160), career doubles (48), career RBIs (150), and career walks (90). She extended her career home run record (35), which she set last season, and she also holds the career triples record with nine. However, freshman Alyssa McDonald tied the season triples record today. She hit her fifth triple of the season, which is tied with the five triples from Koteles in the 2021 season.

The Crossroads League Tournament continues Thursday and Friday at Marian University.

USI Softball opens postseason play Thursday

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball opens Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament play Thursday at 12:30 p.m. when it hosts No. 8-seeded Maryville University in the opening round.

The Screaming Eagles (40-10, 26-2 GLVC) enter the tournament as the top seed after finishing the regular-season by winning 28 of their last 30 games, including a program-record 26 wins in conference play.

USI jumped one spot to No. 15 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II Top 25 poll. The University of Indianapolis, which is the No. 2 seed in the GLVC Tournament, dropped a spot to No. 3 in the latest national poll, while Grand Valley State University stayed at No. 21 to round out the Midwest Region’s presences in the national poll.

If USI wins its opening round game, the Eagles will play the winner of the matchup between No. 5-seeded University of Missouri-St. Louis and No. 4-seeded Lindenwood University Friday at 3 p.m. in the winner’s bracket. USI would play the loser between Missouri-St. Louis and Lindenwood Friday at 10 a.m. in the event of a first-round loss.

The GLVC Tournament semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, while any remaining “if necessary” games along with the championship are scheduled for Sunday.

USI’s games will be carried live on the GLVC Sports Network, while live stats and video can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com. Tickets for the GLVC Softball Championship Tournament must be purchased online and in advance as no cash will be accepted at the gate.

USI Softball Notes

• Eagles looking for fifth GLVC Tournament title. USI is looking for its fifth GLVC Tournament title this weekend and its first since 2018.

• Different format. This year’s GLVC Tournament is following the GLVC Baseball Championship’s format, with the tournament being double-elimination and the championship being a winner-take-all single game.

• Against the field. The Eagles went 13-1 against the GLVC Tournament field this season, including 7-1 against the top five seeds. More impressively is that the Eagles played seeds 2-5 on the road during the regular season.

• GLVC regular-season champions. USI captured its first regular-season GLVC title since 2017 and its first-ever out-right regular-season championship. The Eagles finished in a tie at 19-7 with Rockhurst in 2017 but had the No. 1 seed due to a tiebreaker. They tied with Ashland University at 8-0 in 1995 before winning the GLVC Tournament title.

• Scoreless streak. Lindenwood’s run in the third inning of the Eagles’ game-two win snapped a pair of USI scoreless streaks. The Eagles held their opponents scoreless for 22 consecutive frames this weekend, while freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) had not given up a run in her previous 20 innings of work.

• Another plateau. USI’s 40 wins marks the fourth time in program history that the Eagles have reached the 40-win plateau. They won 48 games in 1998, 46 in 2017 and 41 during their national championship run in 2018. It’s also the third time in program history they have reached the 40-win plateau during the regular-season.

• GLVC win total. The Eagles matched the single-season program record for conference wins by picking up its 22nd GLVC victory. USI was 22-6 in 1998 and 2015 and went 21-9 in 2016. This season marks the fourth time in program history the Eagles have reached the 20-win plateau in league play.

• USI moves up on spot in NFCA Top 25. The Eagles moved up one spot to No. 15 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll. Indianapolis dropped a spot to No. 2, while Grand Valley State remained No. 21.

• Regional rankings. The final set of regional rankings are due out Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles are fighting for a top-two spot in the NCAA II Midwest Region rankings, which would give the Eagles the right to host one of the two Midwest Regionals. The NCAA Division II Tournament selection show is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. (CDT) on ncaa.com.

• USI ends regular season with four more wins. The Eagles went 4-0 to end the regular season. The Eagles held their opponents to just two runs in 28 innings of work, with junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) going 2-0 with a .054 ERA and senior pitcher Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Newman went 1-0 with a save and a 0.62 ERA.

At the plate, sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) hit .583 (7-12) with three doubles and thre RBI to lead the Eagles. Goodin and junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) each had four RBI, while Goodin and sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) each had a home run.

• Season leaders. Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) continues to pace the Eagles at the plate with a .385 batting average, 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 42 RBI. Back is hitting .374 with eight doubles, two home runs and 26 RBI. The Eagles are hitting .322 as a team and have 10 players with at least 12 RBI and eight with more than 20 RBI.

Junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) has driven in 31 runs, while Martinez and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) have racked up 30 and 29 RBI, respectively.

In the circle, Newman is 14-3 with a 1.84 ERA, 165 strikeouts and a .170 opponent batting average, while Goodin is 11-2 with a 2.24 ERA and a .228 opponent batting average. In GLVC play, Newman is 11-0 with a 0.95 ERA, .114 opponent batting average and 120 strikeouts.

• Walk-off wins. The Eagles have had 11 walk-off victories this season, including six that have been in the seventh-inning or later and four that have been in extra innings. Six of the walk-off wins have given the Eagles victory via the eight-run rule.

• Eagles in extra innings. USI is 6-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 4-0 in GLVC play.

• Hitting streaks. Goodin and sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) each have hit in a team-leading six straight games entering the GLVC Tournament. Martinez and Bedrick each had a team-high 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year.

• Eagles back to 30-win plateau. USI cracked the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2019 and the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Eagles were on pace to crack the 30-win plateau in 2020, winning 15 of their first 19 games before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of their season. The Eagles have reached the 30-win plateau 12 times under Head Coach Sue Kunkle and 19 times in program history.

• Best GLVC start in program history. The Eagles’ 16-0 start to GLVC play this season was the best open to league play in program history. USI’s game-one loss to Indianapolis snapped USI’s 17-game GLVC winning streak, which dated back to the end of the 2021 campaign.

• Win streak. USI’s 18-game winning streak matched the program record, which was first set during the 2005 season. USI followed an 0-8 start to the 2005 season with 18 straight wins.

• Weekly honors. Both Fair and Newman have collected GLVC weekly honors this season. Fair earned GLVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts in USI’s doubleheader sweeps over Illinois Springfield, Truman State and Quincy earlier this season, while Newman was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts, including a no-hitter, in USI’s doubleheader wins over Drury and Southwest Baptist.

• Fair on Player of the Year list. Fair was named to the NFCA’s Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 50 list earlier this season. She was one of six players from the GLVC and eight from the Midwest Region to land on the list.

• Newman put together impressive run. Newman saw her string of three straight shutouts come to an end during USI’s win over Indianapolis last week. She had not given up a run for 20 1/3 innings of work until UIndy’s Gianni Iannantone hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

• Bean, Rager put up big numbers. Bean and Rager each have posted a six-RBI game for the Eagles this season. Bean drove in seven runs in USI’s doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist, including a career-high six in USI’s game-two victory, while Rager had six RBI, all in one inning, in USI’s 11-2 win over Truman State.

• OUCH! Fair has been hit by a pitch a league-high 20 times this season. She ranks No. 2 on USI’s all-time single-season list for being hit by a pitch. Marleah Fossett and Mena Fulton were smacked by pitches a respective 21 and 17 times in 2017, while Caitlyn Bradley was hit 12 times in 2016. Fair, who was hit 10 times as a freshman in 2021, is tied with Fossett for No. 2 on USI’s all-time list behind Fulton (37).

• Kunkle claims 600th win. USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle earned her 600th career with USI’s 8-0, game-one win over Quincy. She is the first coach in school history to win 600 games at USI.

• Rager gets half a cycle in one inning. Rager had a two-run triple and a grand slam in one inning during USI’s 11-2, game-two win over Truman State University last month.

• USI breaks triples record. Rager’s triple against Truman State was the Eagles’ 20th on the year, which set a new single-season school record. The former record (19) was set in 1994 and 1995. The Eagles currently have a GLVC-best 24 triples on the year.

• Grand slam club. Rager’s grand slam also was USI’s third of the month, which tied the single-season school record of three (2017). She joins junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois), who hit a grand slam in USI’s 6-2 win over Central Missouri on March 4, and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), who had a grand slam in USI’s 8-0 win over Lynn on March 7.

• 15-plus. Newman has three games under her belt with at least 15 strikeouts. She fanned 17 batters in USI’s game-two win over Quincy and struck out 16 in USI’s game-two win over Missouri-St. Louis. She also had 15 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over McKendree.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor and Spring Arbor Set to Square Off in CL Tournament

UPLAND, Ind. – The Crossroads League Tournament, hosted at the beautiful Winterholter Field on the campus of Taylor University, is slated to begin on Friday, May 6th, when the second-seeded Trojans (36-16, 26-10 CL) are scheduled to play the seven-seed, Spring Arbor (25-25-1, 16-20 CL), at 1:00 pm.

Taylor enters the postseason having swept its most-recent four-game series with Grace, a four-game win-streak that bolstered a 6-1 TU record to close the regular season. The Trojan bats have been explosive in that stretch of play, averaging nearly 11 runs-per-game and holding a winning-margin of 7.8 runs-per-game.

Meanwhile, Spring Arbor brings a winning-streak of its own into the conference tournament, having beaten Goshen three-straight times to close the regular season. Prior to that, however, the Cougars had lost four-straight games, three of which came at the hands of the five-seeded Bethel Pilots.

As a team, Spring Arbor has out-hit the Trojans 488-to-478 throughout the 2022 campaign, though Taylor has outscored the Cougars 439-to-384, thanks in large part to 57 TU home runs and a league-leading 271 walks drawn.

Taylor duo, TJ Bass and Conner Crawford, have played a large part in fueling the Trojan offense in this way, as the two teammates have combined for 151 RBI, more than any other teammate-duo in the nation. Senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, has continually set the table for these two, as evidenced by a league-leading 38 walks drawn and the league’s second-most 23 doubles hit throughout the regular season.

On the flip side of the game, TU ace, Luke Shively, brings a league-leading 10 wins, 92 strikeouts, and a 2.27 ERA into the postseason. Though Trojan righty, Noah Huseman, also brings a top-10 ERA into the CL Tournament, in tandem with the league’s third-most strikeouts.

The 2022 Crossroads League Tournament will include eight teams, competing against one another in a double-elimination format.

While Mount Vernon Nazarene secured the CL regular-season title and thus earned an automatic bid to the national tournament, any other team to win the league tournament or lose to Mount Vernon Nazarene in the championship will receive an additional invite to nationals.

Tickets will be sold on-site at Winterholter Field for either a single-day pass or a tournament pass, and can also be bought online at TaylorTrojans.com/tickets.

For those unable to gather in-person, free live coverage links will also be available for each game and can be found on the Crossroads League Championships Central page.

Kirchner qualifies for Nationals, Trailblazers place sixth at Region 24 Championships

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Vincennes University sophomore Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Ind.) qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championships for the second year in a row after his performance at the Region 24 Championships at Dalhousie Golf Course Monday and Tuesday.

The Trailblazers as a team continued to improve as the 54-hole tournament continued, with the team taking 10 shots off their score in the three round tournament.

Vincennes struggled out of the gate in the first round Monday with Kirchner setting the pace with an opening round 81.

Freshman Sam Stewart (Floyds Knob, Ind.) started his tournament with an 83 and freshman Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) was one shot behind with an 84.

Freshman Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) finished the first round of the day with an 87 and freshman Caleb Maris (Terre Haute, Ind.) rounded out the opening round for VU with a 93.

Vincennes got the opportunity to bounce back immediately as the field played the first 36-holes on Monday.

Paxton Schwomeyer came away with the lowest round of the day for the Blazers, taking 10 shots off his opening round for a second round 77.

Caleb Maris additionally cut 10 shots off his first round score, ending the second round of the day with an 83.

Bryce Kirchner had a very consistent day with a second round 80, with Stewart and VanDeventer rounding out the day with Stewart shooting an 85 and VanDeventer ending with an 86.

VU returned to the course Tuesday morning for the third and final round of the tournament and Kirchner made his climb up the leaderboard with a one-over 73 in the final round to give him a tournament score of 234 and a tie for 10th place.

Schwomeyer and VanDeventer also came in under 80, shooting 79 each with Schwomeyer placing 21st at 243 for the tournament and VanDeventer ending at 27th with 249.

Sam Stewart had a very consistent tournament with his final round coming in at 84, giving him a tournament score of 252 good for 29th place.

Caleb Maris closed out the tournament with a final round 98, and a 37th place finish with a tournament score of 274.

Vincennes as a team took home a sixth-place finish with team scores of 335 in the first round, 325 in the second and 315 in the final round Tuesday, good for 975 on the tournament.

”We didn’t play our best in the 36 holes on the first day of the tournament,” VU Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “But we did play well on the second day in the third round.”

“Bryce advancing to the National Championships for the second straight year is a really great accomplishment,” Chattin added. “Dalhousie is a tough golf course and I think Bryce put a little extra pressure on himself because he really wanted to qualify for Nationals again and he didn’t get off to a good start in the first round.”

“But in typical Bryce style, he continued to battle to the end,” Chattin said. “On the front nine of his final round he had lost a ball where all of his group thought they could find it but we had a lot of rain the night before and we think it was just buried, so he had to take a lost ball which cost him two shots.”

“We talked at the turn that he had nothing to lose, so just go for it on the back nine and that’s exactly what he did,” Chattin added. “After the 40 on the front, he shot a three-under par 33 on the back, including an eagle on the par five 18th. Bryce is really deserving of advancing. He is a third-year player who has earned two degrees at VU with a straight ‘A’ average and works really hard at his game.”

Bryce Kirchner rallied back to qualify for the NJCAA Division II National Championships as an individual and will be representing the Trailblazers at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin, Mo.

The four-day Championship tournament will begin on Tuesday, May 17 and run through Friday, May 20.

TEAM RESULTS

Heartland – 294, 292, 304 – 890

Parkland – 302, 298, 304 – 904

Danville Area – 312, 319, 310 – 941

Illinois Central – 314, 315, 318 – 947

Rend Lane – 318, 313, 316 – 947

VINCENNES – 335, 325, 315 – 975

Lewis & Clark – 340, 344, 338 – 1022

Lincoln Trail – 335, 336, 366 – 1037

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Bryce Kirchner (T10) – 81, 80, 73 – 234

Paxton Schwomeyer (21) – 87, 77, 79 – 243

Luke VanDeventer (27) – 84, 86, 79 – 249

Sam Stewart (29) – 83, 85, 84 – 252

Caleb Maris (37) – 93, 83, 98 – 274

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1904       Cy Young tosses the first perfect game in American League history, defeating Rube Waddell and the Philadelphia A’s, 3-0. The Red Sox right-hander’s gem is the first perfect game thrown in the majors since the distance between the mound and plate was changed from 45 feet to 60 feet, six inches in 1893.

1913       American League president Ban Johnson suspends George Stovall indefinitely due to the Browns’ manager spitting tobacco juice into Charlie Ferguson’s face after being ejected by the umpire two days ago in the team’s 11-8 loss to the Naps at Sportsman’s Park. The banishment will last 17 days, ending on the condition the controversial skipper sends the arbitrator a letter of apology.

1917       Thanks to the St. Louis scorer’s decision to turn Buck Weaver’s first inning questionable hit into an error, Browns’ hurler Ernie Koob throws a no-hitter at Sportsman’s Park. The southpaw beats Ed Cicotte and the White Sox, 1-0.

1925       At Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, Ty Cobb compiles 16 total bases by stroking three homers, two singles, and a double. The Georgia Peach’s 6-for-6 performance helps the Tigers defeat the hometown Browns, 14-8.

1929       In the first Sunday home game the Braves ever play, Milt Gaston, with his brother Alex behind the plate, relieves Red Ruffing in the seventh inning to become the second pair of siblings in American League history to be batterymates. Tommy and Homer Thompson, who appeared in one game together for the Yankees in 1912, were the first.

1930       The Red Sox trade Red Ruffing to the Yankees for $50,000 and Cedric Durst, who will hit .245 in 102 games during his only season in Boston. New York’s new right-hander, a future Hall of Famer, will post a 231-124 (.651) record along with an ERA of 3.47 during his 15 seasons with the Bronx ball club.

1953       In the second game of a twin bill at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Braves’ hurler Max Surkont strikes out the hitter for the third out of the second inning and will continue to fan batters until there is one out in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory over the Reds. The eight consecutive strikeouts establish a new major league record, surpassing the seven straight shared by Dazzy Vance (Robins/Dodgers, 1924) and Van Mungo (Dodgers, 1936).

1955       In his first major league start, Dodger rookie starter Tommy Lasorda ties a record, throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of the team’s 4-3 victory over St. Louis at Ebbets Field. During his one inning of work, the future Dodgers’ Hall of Fame skipper will be spiked by Wally Moon, covering a play at home plate after uncorking one of his errant pitches.

1955       When your luck is battin’ zero

Get your chin up off the floor

Mister you can be a hero

You can open any door, there’s nothin’ to it but to do it

You’ve gotta have heart

– ‘You Gotta to Have Heart’ lyrics from Damn Yankees

The musical Damn Yankees, based on Douglass Wallop’s novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant opens on Broadway. The comedy, set in Washington, D.C, during the Bronx Bombers’ dominance in baseball in the 1950s, tells the tale of an aging Washington Senators fan’s bargain with the devil to help his hapless team.

1958       Behind by ten runs entering the final frame, the Giants score nine times in an unforgettable 11-10 loss to Pittsburgh. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Don Taussig pops out to end both the game and San Francisco’s remarkable comeback attempt at Seals Stadium.

1962       In just his fourth big league start, Bo Belinsky throws the first hitless game in Angels history and the first one ever tossed at Dodger Stadium, beating the Orioles, 2-0. The 25-year-old southpaw is only the tenth rookie to throw a no-hitter.

1965       In a match-up of eventual Hall of Famers at Shea Stadium, Phillies’ right-hander Jim Bunning beats the Mets, 1-0, for his sixth straight complete-game victory over the New Yorkers. The Philadelphia starter provides the game’s lone run with a sixth-inning lead-off solo homer run off southpaw Warren Spahn, who also goes the distance, giving up just four hits.

1978       At Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose becomes the 13th player in major league history to collect his 3000th hit, a single to left field off Montreal right-hander Steve Rogers. The Reds’ legend reaches the milestone in his 16th major league season, quicker than any of the other dozen players who have accomplished the feat.

1980       For pushing his glove in the face of umpire Jerry Crawford, Bill Madlock is suspended for 15 days and fined $5,000 by National League president Chub Feeney. The fiery Pirates’ infielder, caleed Mad Dog by his teammates, became upset after being called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the fifth inning of the Bucs’ 2-1 victory over Montreal four days ago.

1995       Thirty-three years after Don Zimmer played third base in the franchise’s first contest, Edgardo Alfonzo becomes the 100th player in Mets history to cover the ‘hot corner.’ Howard Johnson played the most games at the position, appearing in 835 games throughout eight seasons.

1999       Beating the Cubs, 13-6, the Rockies become only the third team in the 1900s to score a run in every inning. The 1964 Cardinals accomplished the feat against the Cubs, and the Giants scored in every frame against the Phillies in 1923.

2000       Cardinals’ first baseman Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in the 30-year history of Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field, but the 473-foot shot isn’t enough as Ken Griffey Jr.’s homer leads the Reds past St. Louis, 3-2.

2000       For the first time in team history, the Rangers overcome an eight-run deficit, beating the A’s, 17-16. The teams tie (Red Sox and A’s – June 29, 1950) an American League record as 18 players score, including every starter.

2000       “We came for the gold, and we got it.” – TOMMY LASORDA, manager of U.S. Olympic team. Former big-league skipper Tommy Lasorda, 72, is named manager of the United States Olympic baseball team. The Hall of Fame pilot, who won four National League pennants and two World Series titles with the Dodgers, will add a Gold Medal to his accomplishments when Team USA beats heavily-favored Cuba in the contest known as the Miracle on Grass.

2004       Major League Baseball announces each team, based on the comfort level of the franchise, will promote the movie Spider-Man 2 during the first weekend of interleague play, June 11th to 13. The promotion, seen as an opportunity to market the game to younger fans, will include placing a Spider-Man logo on all the bases.

2004       Mets backstop Mike Piazza passes Carlton Fisk for most home runs hit by a catcher when he hits his 352nd round-tripper as a catcher. The Morristown (PA) native’s 405-foot opposite-field historic homer comes off a Jerome Williams’ 3-1 fastball during the first inning of the Mets’ 8-2 victory at Shea Stadium.

2004       Roger Clemens moves ahead of Steve Carlton (4,136) into second place on the career strikeouts list when he gets Raul Mondesi swinging in the fifth inning of the Astros’ 9-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Minute Maid Park. Nolan Ryan’s all-time mark of 5,714 whiffs appears to be out of reach for the 41-year-old ‘Rocket,’ who would still need over another 1500 to challenge the record.

2008       At Coors Field, Derek Lowe throws 43 pitches before he retires the first Rockies batter of the game. The Dodgers starting pitcher never recovers from the 50-pitch, three-run first inning, leaving after the fifth of a 7-2 eventual loss to Colorado.

2008       In the 4,000th game played at Dodger Stadium, Joe Torre’s Dodgers beat the Mets, 5-1. The Los Angeles skipper also managed in the 1,000th game at the Astrodome (Mets – 1977) and Coors Field (Yankees – 2007), the 2,000th at Busch Stadium (Cardinals – 1991), the 3,000th at Angel Stadium (Yankees – 2003), and the 6,000th at Yankee Stadium (Yankees -2001).

2009       The Dodgers tie the major league record of 12 consecutive wins at home to start the season with their 3-1 victory over Arizona. L.A.’s 12-0 start at home equals the mark set by the Tigers in 1911.

2010       Satellite provider DirecTV and the Yes Network announce their plans to televise the first major league baseball game believed shared in three dimensions. The July 10th Safeco Field telecast between the Yankees and Mariners will be available to viewers with 3-D television sets in New York, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Montana, and Idaho.

2010       Boston honors their former All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra with a special day before the Red Sox-Angels game at Fenway Park. During spring training, the two-time batting champ had signed a one-day contract to retire as a member of his original team.

2015       Mitch Harris becomes the first graduate of any military academy to earn a major league victory when the Cardinals beat the Cubs at Busch Stadium, 7-4. The 29-year-old Redbird rookie right-hander, who is the first Naval Academy midshipman in 94 years to appear in a big-league game, sails through a scoreless fourth inning in relief to notch the historic decision.

2021       John Means becomes the first individual Oriole hurler to throw a no-hitter since Jim Palmer accomplished the feat on Aug. 13, 1969. The lefty’s gem, where he retires all 27 Mariners he faces, marks the first time a pitcher does not get credit for a perfect game due to the dropped-third-strike rule.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
TENNESSEE AT KENTUCKY7:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH AT DUKE7:00PMACCN
OKLAHOMA ST. AT OKLAHOMA9:00PMESPN2
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PGA: WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMGOLF
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LA ANGELS AT BOSTON1:35PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
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CINCINNATI AT MILWAUKEE1:40PMMLBN
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WASHIGNTON AT COLORADO3:10PMMASN/2
ATTSN-RM
TORONTO AT CLEVELAND6:10PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMMLBN
SNY
NBCS-PHI
MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
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DETROIT AT HOUSTON8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
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MIAMI AT SAN DIEGO9:40PMBALLY SPORTS
TAMPA BAY AT SEATTLE9:40PMMLBN
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ST. LOUIS AT SAN FRANCISCO9:45PMMLBN
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EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: PITTSBURGH AT NY RANGERS7:00PMTNT
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: WASHINGTON AT FLORIDA7:30PMTBS
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: NASHVILLE AT COLORADO9:30PMTNT
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: DALLAS AT CALGARY10:00PMTBS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS VENEZIA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS FEYENOORD3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE: ROMA VS LEICESTER CITY3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: RANGERS VS RB LEIPZIG3:00PMPARAMOUNT+
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COPA LIBERTADORES: FORTALEZA VS RIVER PLATE6:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: RB BRAGANTINO VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: ALIANZA LIMA VS COLO-COLO10:00PMBEIN SPORTS

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES187.72010 – 38 – 410 – 68 – 10 – 09 – 1L 1
TORONTO1610.6152.510 – 66 – 48 – 60 – 08 – 46 – 4W 1
TAMPA BAY1510.60039 – 76 – 35 – 12 – 46 – 47 – 3W 3
BOSTON1015.40084 – 56 – 105 – 114 – 31 – 13 – 7L 1
BALTIMORE916.36096 – 63 – 104 – 81 – 23 – 43 – 7W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA1510.6008 – 47 – 66 – 47 – 22 – 28 – 2L 1
CHI WHITE SOX1113.4583.57 – 64 – 72 – 13 – 94 – 35 – 5W 3
CLEVELAND1113.4583.54 – 47 – 90 – 35 – 23 – 44 – 6W 1
DETROIT815.34865 – 93 – 62 – 43 – 60 – 02 – 8L 1
KANSAS CITY815.34866 – 92 – 60 – 37 – 60 – 33 – 7L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS1610.6158 – 58 – 52 – 36 – 26 – 57 – 3W 1
HOUSTON1411.5601.55 – 49 – 72 – 40 – 011 – 67 – 3W 3
SEATTLE1213.4803.57 – 25 – 111 – 26 – 44 – 53 – 7L 3
TEXAS1014.41754 – 96 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 95 – 5W 4
OAKLAND1015.4005.54 – 96 – 67 – 70 – 31 – 22 – 8L 6
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS189.6679 – 59 – 49 – 52 – 17 – 36 – 4L 1
MIAMI1212.5004.56 – 76 – 58 – 21 – 21 – 56 – 4L 4
ATLANTA1215.44466 – 76 – 84 – 64 – 33 – 45 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA1114.44068 – 73 – 73 – 71 – 25 – 25 – 5L 3
WASHINGTON917.3468.53 – 116 – 63 – 71 – 35 – 73 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE178.6809 – 48 – 42 – 113 – 50 – 18 – 2W 2
ST. LOUIS1410.5832.57 – 57 – 53 – 36 – 42 – 25 – 5W 1
PITTSBURGH1014.4176.55 – 75 – 73 – 15 – 101 – 23 – 7W 1
CHI CUBS915.3757.54 – 85 – 71 – 25 – 72 – 23 – 7L 2
CINCINNATI321.12513.51 – 72 – 142 – 21 – 40 – 131 – 9L 8
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS167.69610 – 26 – 52 – 14 – 06 – 56 – 4W 3
SAN DIEGO169.64016 – 410 – 52 – 28 – 15 – 57 – 3L 1
COLORADO1410.5832.510 – 54 – 53 – 65 – 22 – 15 – 5W 1
SAN FRANCISCO1410.5832.56 – 58 – 57 – 61 – 02 – 35 – 5L 3
ARIZONA1313.5004.55 – 78 – 67 – 62 – 23 – 47 – 3W 3