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Judge’s 55th homer, IKF’s slam lead Yanks to sweep of Twins

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees swept a doubleader from Minnesota by throwing a team from the 90s at the Twins – as in uniform numbers usually limited to spring training.

“It doesn’t matter if our big guys are here or they’re not,” Aaron Judge said after hitting his major league-leading 55th home run Wednesday to start the first of two rallies that carried New York to 5-4 and 7-1 wins. “We walk out there, we’ve got the pinstripes, we’re wearing the NY, and every single guy that walks in this clubhouse is going to get the job done.”

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, playing third base for the first time in two years, sparked a two-run 12th inning in the opener with a tying leadoff single and hit a go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning of the nightcap.

IKF sent a belt-high slider from Joe Ryan (10-8) into the left-field seats and flipped his bat after the no-doubt drive, his first slam among 19 career home runs.

“Last year I was on a 100-loss team,” Kiner-Falefa said. “Whatever it takes to win, that’s all I care about.”

Oswaldo Cabrera stopped an 0-for-25 slide with a game-ending single in the opener.

Giancarlo Stanton, Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, Josh Donaldson, Andrew Benintendi and Matt Carpenter were among those hurt or unavailable.

Judge (No. 99) was joined by Nos. 95 (Cabrera), 91 (shortstop Oswald Peraza), 97 (reliever Ron Marinaccio) and 90 (center fielder Estevan Florial) to give the Yankees five players with jerseys in the 90s. Greg Weissert (3-0), who won the opener, had a relatively low No. 85.

Peraza got his first four big league hits in the doubleheader, including a pair of doubles. Cabrera threw out Gilberto Celestino at the plate in the 10th inning, his fifth outfield assist since his Aug. 17 debut, and made a sliding catch on Gio Urshela.

“When we’ve seen what Oswaldo Cabrera has done on the defensive side of the ball or with big hits, that’s provided some energy,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, going on to also cite Peraza and Florial. “Those are things that I think create energy, when young, talented players come up and play like they belong.”

Gerrit Cole (11-7) struck out a season-high 14 in the night game, allowing five hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. Carlos Correa hit a third-inning homer, and with the crowd chanting “Cheater!” in the seventh, Correa struck out to strand two runners against Lucas Luetge, who went 2 1/3 innings for his second save. Aaron Hicks added a three-run double in the eighth after Austin Davis walked the Nos. 7-9 hitters.

New York (83-54) opened a five-game AL East lead over second-place Tampa Bay and clinched its 30th straight winning season. The Yankees are 114-39 against the Twins since 2002, including the playoffs.

Judge homered for the fourth straight game, driving a changeup to left in the fourth inning, the only blemish of Louie Varland’s otherwise outstanding major league debut. Judge set the Yankees record for right-handed hitters by surpassing the 54 homers hit by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Varland, a 24-year-old right-hander, gave up three hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts. He averaged 93.9 mph with 44 fastballs, mixing in 19 changeups and 17 sliders.

“I’m glad it’s over because there’s a lot of anxiety,” the St. Paul native said. “I couldn’t really feel my legs the first batter. After that first out though, things kind of went back to normal.”

Judge struck out on a changeup in the first.

“The perfect one to do my first strikeout,” Varland said.

Twenty-three family members and friends were on hand, visible on the third base side in a sparse crowd for the makeup of Tuesday’s rainout.

“It’s like watching a movie. We’re just floating around. He deserves this so much,” said his mom, Kim. “It’s overwhelming joy. He’s been a fan forever and to get the hometown team is amazing, amazing.”

Minnesota, which dropped two games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland, had built a 3-0 lead when Jose Miranda hit a two-run homer inside the left-field foul pole in the first and Celestino had an RBI single in the third. Gleyber Torres tied it with a two-run homer in the sixth off Griffin Jax.

After Celestino’s RBI single off Marinaccio gave Minnesota a 4-3 lead in the 12th, Weissert retired Correa on a popout and Miranda on a flyout.

Kiner-Falefa singled off Trevor Megill (3-3), stole second with one out and scored when Cabrera grounded a curve for an opposite-field, two-out single to left that ended a 4-hour, 3-minute struggle.

“They’re cool, calm and collected,” Judge said of the kids. “I don’t see them up there timid. They’re not scared.”


New York’s streak of winning seasons is second only to the big league record of 39 set by the Yankees from 1926-64.


Minnesota made a season-high four errors in the opener. LF Jake Cave threw out Marwin Gonzalez at the plate in the nightcap.


Judge was walked five times in the twinbill, three intentionally.


Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery) pitched a hitless inning with a walk and a strikeout in his first rehab outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. …. Rizzo went on the injured list, retroactive to Saturday, due to headaches following an epidural injection for lower back pain. … Donaldson was placed on the paternity list.


Former Yankee RHP Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.10) is to start Thursday’s series finale for Minnesota. All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes (9-4, 2.68 ERA) will be activated following a groin strain to start for New York.

Aquino hits 2 home runs, Reds beat Cubs 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Aristides Aquino hit two more home runs against the Cubs and helped the Cincinnati Reds pull away from Chicago 7-1 Wednesday night.

Mike Minor (4-10), pitching at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2014 with Atlanta, gave up 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings but just one run.

The 34-year-old lefty is 3-0 in his last four starts after losing a career-worst eight straight decisions.

The Cubs hit into three double plays and lost for the fourth time in five games.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the second on consecutive singles by Nelson Velasquez, Yan Gomes and P.J. Higgins. But Minor helped his cause by reaching behind his back to field a grounder by Nick Madrigal and turning it into an inning-ending double play.

“He had a good breaking ball working,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He threw strikes. It seemed like any time he got into trouble and got a runner on, he bared down and made a pitch. He got three groundballs when he needed them.”

Aquino continued his power surge against the Cubs, hitting a leadoff home run in the third against rookie starter Javier Assad (0-1) that traveled a projected 438 feet.

Aquino capped the Reds’ scoring with his seventh home run, a leadoff drive in the ninth against rookie Jeremiah Estrada. Aquino has two multi-homer games this season and three in his career. He has hit 12 home runs in 84 career at-bats against the Cubs.

“I didn’t think about that,” Bell said. “For us, we’re so focused on what he’s trying to do, the hard work he’s putting in, and it’s fun to see him going to the plate with confidence. And the harder he works, the more success he has, the more that confidence continues to build.”

Jake Fraley’s solo homer off Assad in the fourth put the Reds ahead 2-1.

Aquino had an RBI single during a four-run sixth. Assad was pulled after giving up consecutive singles to Jonathan India and Kyle Farmer with one out.

Spencer Steer legged out an infield hit off reliever Erich Uelman, and a throwing error by third baseman Christopher Morel allowed another run to score. Donovan Solano and Aquino capped the rally with consecutive RBI singles off Uelman and Michael Rucker.

Assad, making his third start and fourth major league appearance, had allowed one run in 10 innings prior to Wednesday.

“He’s got a really good way of pitching in with his two-seamer, which is really unnatural for a young guy,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He has a good feel for that and deception with his slider.”


Steer made his first major league start at second base, and Bell intends to move his recently promoted rookie to various positions.

“I think he’s more used to that than playing one position,” Bell said. “I’d like to play him in the outfield. I’m not going to force that.”

Steer, 24, who was acquired Aug. 2 as part of the trade that sent RHP Tyler Mahle to the Twins, has made two starts at first base and one at third since being promoted to the majors Sept. 1. Steer played third base primarily in the Twins organization, but he played five positions, including shortstop and right field, at Triple-A Louisville prior to his promotion to the Reds.


Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder strain) will make one more minor league rehab start for Triple-A Louisville. Greene threw 48 pitches in two innings Tuesday against Columbus, and Bell stressed the importance of Greene regaining his endurance before returning. Greene could return Sept. 17 in a doubleheader against the Cardinals if he remains healthy, Bell said. . OF Nick Senzel (right ankle sprain) underwent X-rays that showed no new damage. He is day-to-day. . RHP Connor Overton (stress reaction in lower back) is scheduled to start a rehab assignment next week at Louisville and would rejoin the Reds as a reliever if he returns this season, Bell said. Overton hasn’t pitched since May 17.

Cubs: C Willson Contreras (left ankle sprain) underwent X-rays to determine the severity of his injury. . INF Patrick Wisdom (left ring finger sprain) took batting practice. Wisdom hasn’t played since Aug. 25 when he injured his hand on a slide at home plate.


Reds: RHP Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.18 ERA) starts Thursday. He gave up two runs over five innings in a 3-2 loss to the Rockies last Friday.

Cubs: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-5, 3.95) starts Thursday. He allowed two runs over five innings in an 8-0 loss to the Cardinals last Friday.

Edman caps Cardinals’ 5-run 9th in 6-5 win over Nationals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Tommy Edman was confused.

The St. Louis infielder thought he had made the final out.

Instead, his long drive to left field nicked off the glove of outfielder Alex Call for a two-run, two-out double to cap St. Louis’ five-run ninth inning in a 6-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

“I definitely thought he caught it at first,” Edman said. “Once I heard the cheering and saw everyone running out to me, I realized what had happened. It went from bad to good pretty quickly.”

St. Louis moved 9 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the NL Central lead, winning for the 20th time in its last 23 home games. The Cardinals are a season-high 25 games over .500 at 81-56.

Edman doubled to left off reliever Kyle Finnegan (5-3) to cap the rally.

“That last inning was pretty incredible,” Edman said. “We had seven or eight good at-bats. We kind of played pass the baton.”

Explained St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol, “To stay locked in, it speaks to the culture of this team. The fight there at the end is impressive to see.”

Edman had his second walk-off hit of the season. He hit a late two-run homer to beat Cincinnati 5-4 on June 11. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

The Cardinals became the first team this season to win a game after trailing by four or more runs entering the ninth inning.

Paul Goldschmidt hit his 35th homer, a solo homer off Cory Abbott leading off the fourth. Goldschmidt leads the NL with 108 RBIs. He’s one homer shy of tying his career best.

Jordan Montgomery turned in another strong outing with his new team. Montgomery allowed one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings and did not get a decision. He struck out six, walked two and left with it tied 1-1.

“I found a good groove,” Montgomery said. “Me and (Yadier Molina) were pretty dialed in there. I was just kind of throwing it to his glove. I was executing a lot of pitches.”

Montgomery is 5-0 in seven starts since he was acquired from the New York Yankees for outfielder Harrison Bader on Aug. 2. The Cardinals are 25-4 since they picked up Montgomery and pitcher Jose Quintana at the trade deadline.

Jake Woodford (4-0) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Luke Voit hit a two-run homer for Washington.

Abbott allowed one run on five hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Joey Meneses broke a 1-1 tie with two-out single in the eighth of reliever Giovanny Gallegos. Voit followed with his 19th homer of the season for a 4-1 cushion. He made his major league debut in St. Louis and played 70 games with the Cardinals from 2017-18.

The Nationals tied it at 1 on a two-out triple by Cesar Hernandez in the seventh. Nelson Cruz drew a one-out walk to start the rally.

“I thought we played really well up until that last inning,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said. “I saw a lot of positive things.”

St. Louis climbed within 5-4 in the ninth on a run-scoring double by Nolan Arenado, a ground out by Corey Dickerson and an RBI single by Molina.


Golf star John Daly threw out the first pitch prior to the contest. Daly is in town to compete in the Ascension Charity Classic this weekend at nearby Norwood Hills Country Club. The two-time major champion attended Helias High School in Jefferson City.


Cardinals: OF Dylan Carlson was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb strain. He is not expected to swing a bat for at least the next four days.


RHP Adam Wainwright (10-9, 3.21) will face Washington RHP Josiah Gray (7-9, 4.91) in the finale of the four-game series on Thursday afternoon. Wainwright and batterymate Yadier Molina will likely tie the career record for most games together at 324, which is currently held by the Detroit Tigers duo of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (1963-1975).

Turners turn it around, Dodgers rally to beat Giants 7-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Muncy took things into his own hands with the Los Angeles Dodgers trailing 2-0. He beat the shift with a bunt, bringing Justin Turner to the plate – and Turner responded with a three-run homer.

Muncy added his own three-run blast in the eighth to help the Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Wednesday.

The NL West leaders reduced their magic number to six games. The Dodgers could clinch a postseason berth Friday in San Diego.

“We’re obviously winning a lot of baseball games, but we still got to get some guys back to health, number one, and we’re still in the mode of trying to get some guys on track,” manager Dave Roberts said.

Trea Turner doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth after being hitless in his first four at-bats. Austin Barnes, who reached on an infield single, scored for a 4-3 lead.

Freddie Freeman walked and Trea Turner took third on a wild pitch by Zack Littell (2-3) to set up Muncy, whose blast into the right-field pavilion made it 7-3. Muncy went 3 for 4 a day after hitting two homers in a 6-3 win.

“I wanted to get the ball in the air on that one. We have the fastest guy in baseball on third base,” Muncy said, referring to Trea Turner.

The Dodgers took their first lead, 3-2, on Justin Turner’s three-run homer in the fifth.

Justin Turner has been as hot at the plate as the triple-digit temperatures that have gripped Southern California for over a week. He extended his hitting streak to 16 games, with 10 multi-hit games in his last 18.

David Villar homered twice and drove in all of the runs for the Giants, who led 2-0 in the fifth. Villar’s second homer – a solo shot off Justin Bruihl – tied it 3-all in the seventh of a game that began with a temperature of 99 degrees (37 Celsius).

The teams combined for 16 homers in the three-game series.

“When the weather stays warm like this, it’s fun to hit here,” Muncy said. “With it being in the triple digits the last few days, the ball was definitely flying and it showed.”

After leaving eight runners on base through four innings, the Dodgers rallied in the fifth.

Freeman led off with a single, Muncy bunted up the third-base line, and Justin Turner followed with his 11th homer of the season to center for a 3-2 lead. Lewis Brinson leapt at the wall, but couldn’t make the play.

“It’s not so easy, especially when you don’t do it very much,” Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw said of the bunt. “That was an awesome play by Max right there.”

Evan Phillips (6-3) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Kershaw allowed two runs and five hits in six innings and struck out eight in his third straight no-decision. He’s made two starts since coming off the injured list a week ago.

“Another good step forward for me. I’ve been bouncing back good,” Kershaw said. “Now you just want to pitch good leading into October.”

Giants starter Alex Cobb gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.


Dodgers: OF Joey Gallo left the game with a right elbow contusion after getting hit by a pitch. He said he couldn’t feel his fingers, although X-rays were negative.


Giants: Haven’t announced a starter Thursday for the series opener at Milwaukee.

Dodgers: After an off-day, RHP Dustin May (1-2, 3.94) starts Friday at San Diego in the opener of a three-game series.

Strider, Braves win 7th in a row, beat Athletics 7-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Rookie Spencer Strider overcame a rough start, Vaughn Grissom and Dansby Swanson homered and the Atlanta Braves won their seventh in a row, beating the Oakland Athletics 7-3 on Wednesday.

Robbie Grossman, Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuna Jr. also drove in runs for Atlanta, which beat Oakland for the 11th straight time dating to 2008.

The Braves began the day tied with the Mets for the NL East lead but fell a half-game back when New York swept a doubleheader in Pittsburgh.

“It’s been incredible,” said Grissom, another rookie. “Winning is super fun. These guys, we’re all jelling and it’s just been unreal.”

Added Atlanta manager Brian Snitker: “It’s all about winning today’s game for these guys, no matter who we’re playing. … They prepare that way. They’re consistent. It does say a lot about this team.”

Seth Brown homered for the A’s, who have lost six of their last seven games.

Strider (10-4) struck out nine and won his third consecutive start and fourth straight decision. In his previous outing, he set an Atlanta record by fanning 16.

Strider gave up two runs on three walks and a hit in the first inning before retiring 15 straight batters. The 23-year-old righty allowed only one more hit before leaving after the sixth.

“I think this is probably the one I’m going to be most proud of so far,” Strider said. “I just came out in the first and had no command. … Came in and just reset and then by the third inning, I thought, you know, hey, my fastball has been great the last few outings, why am I being passive? So just kind of stepped on the gas and made it work.”

A’s batters struck out 16 times overall and got just three hits.

Stephen Vogt put Oakland ahead in the first inning with an RBI double. Ramon Laureano followed with an RBI groundout to make it 2-0.

Grissom tied the game with a two-run homer off rookie Ken Waldichuk in the fifth. Swanson put Atlanta in front with a solo homer in the sixth.

Waldichuk (0-1) allowed three runs on three hits with two strikeouts in his second career start and home debut.

“I thought Ken did a great job,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “Outside of the two home runs, he really pitched well today.”

Ozuna added an RBI single in the seventh. Grossman followed with a two-run double and Acuna tacked on an RBI single to make it 7-2.

Brown hit his career-high 21st home run in the eighth.


Braves: Acuna served as the designated hitter for the seventh straight game as Atlanta tries to limit the workload on his right knee following ACL surgery last year. … RHP Jake Odorizzi (arm fatigue) threw a bullpen session and is expected to start Sunday at Seattle.

Athletics: 2B/OF Tony Kemp was held out of the lineup with groin tightness and is considered day-to-day. “I don’t think it’s anything that’s going to be lingering,” Kotsay said. … OF Skye Bolt (right knee patella subluxation) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday. … RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. (stress reaction in right elbow) will pitch two innings in his next rehab outing with Las Vegas. “His velocity is there,” Kotsay said. “From the performance standpoint, I don’t think it’s in line with kind of where he feels he should be. So I think this next outing we’ll really take a look at the performance side as well.”


Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (7-5, 4.01 ERA) opens a three-game series at Seattle on Friday. It will be the first meeting between the teams since Aug. 23, 2017, a 9-6 Mariners win.

Athletics: LHP JP Sears (5-1, 2.37) begins a four-game home series against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Sears is 2-1 with a 2.63 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees.

Ohtani, Trout homer again, but Tigers rally past Angels 5-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout homered in the same game for the eighth time this season, but rookies Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to send the Detroit Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Kreidler hit his first career homer off Jose Quijada (0-4) four pitches after Carpenter tied it with a homer down the left field line into the shortest porch at Angel Stadium.

Eric Haase went 5 for 5 with a homer and two doubles in the majors’ 12th five-hit game of the season, and former No. 1 overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson hit his first homer since July 3 as the Tigers snapped their four-game skid.

“This is what you work your whole life for, for moments like these,” said Kreidler, the UCLA product and Davis, California, native whose parents have been in the stands for every game since his debut last week in Detroit. “The fact that we’re rookies is cool, but we’re all on the same team here and we’re pulling in the same direction, so it feels good to get it done. I had trust that Carp would do something.”

Detroit avoided a series sweep with a 13-hit attack in just their second win in nine games, and three rookies came up with the biggest hits. Kreidler, Carpenter and Torkelson all played together at Triple-A Toledo last month.

“This is a young group of players who have played together and they’re trying to find their way,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “They’re up in the big leagues, and these are all unfamiliar situations for them, but they’re banding together, and today was a good (example) of why we like these guys.”

Jose Cisnero (1-0) pitched the eighth, and Gregory Soto allowed two baserunners before finishing his 25th save in a game that began in uncharacteristic 99-degree heat and ended with an all-too-normal Angels bullpen collapse. Los Angeles’ five relievers each gave up an extra-base hit to the first batter they faced.

Trout homered in his fourth consecutive game during the fifth inning, matching his career record for consecutive games with a homer and tying Ohtani for the team lead with his 32nd. Ohtani surged back ahead in the seventh with his 33rd, a tiebreaking solo shot to right off Andrew Chafin.

The Angels’ two former AL MVPs have homered in the same game 22 times in their five seasons together – including twice in the past three games against Detroit.

Matt Thaiss also hit his first homer since 2020 for the Angels, who wrapped up their first winning homestand since early May with an awful bullpen performance. Thaiss hasn’t stuck in the big leagues since his rookie season in 2019, but he is batting .333 during his current callup.

“He’s really swinging the bat well,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said of Thaiss. “The home run was obviously huge for us at that moment. We like what we see. We’re going to take a long look at him.”


Patrick Sandoval held the Tigers to six hits and a run over five innings. The left-hander couldn’t match his four-hit shutout with nine strikeouts at Detroit on Aug. 19.

Drew Hutchison yielded five hits and two walks over four innings for the Tigers.


Torkelson’s homer was the latest promising sign from the 2020 draft’s top prospect after a rough start to his career. He was sent back to the minors around the All-Star break while batting .197, but he returned to Detroit last Friday and then drove in his first run since July 12 on Tuesday night in Anaheim.

“Tork has done a nice job coming back in a very good mindset (and a) great place physically with where his stance is, where his weight is and where his mind is,” Hinch said. “You get rewarded for that (if) you keep hitting the ball hard.”


Tigers: OF Riley Greene got his second straight day off with a sore wrist. The rookie’s 13-game hitting streak ended Monday in the game in which he got injured.

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen is slated to rejoin the rotation Friday in Houston. The longtime Reds reliever had an up-and-down beginning to what was expected to be a full season as a starter before he went on the injured list July 7 and missed 56 games with a right shoulder strain.


Tigers: After a day off, rookie Joey Wentz (0-1, 8.10 ERA) is expected to return from the minors Friday in Kansas City. He made his big league debut with two starts in May.

Angels: After a day off, Lorenzen (6-6, 4.94 ERA) returns against the playoff-bound Astros to open the Halos’ six-game road trip Friday.

Perez’s sac fly in 9th lifts Royals to win over Guardians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Kansas City Royals a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.

The Royals entered the ninth trailing 1-0, but Emmanuel Clase walked the first two batters he faced. MJ Melendez drove home Kyle Isbel with the tying run and Perez drove in Nicky Lopez with the game-winner.

The Guardians still lead the AL Central by two games over the Twins and White Sox

Scott Barlow (6-4) earned the win. Clase (2-4) took the loss. He blew his first save since May 9 and had converted 25 straight opportunities.

“He just lost the plate early and proved he’s human,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Clase. “It’s been a long time since something like that has happened. He tried to fight his way back, but 1-0 is a hard way to win. We walked some other guys too and it finally ended up biting us.”

Zack Greinke allowed one run on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two. He returned to the rotation after being on the Injured List since Aug. 24 with right forearm tightness.

“For them to be able to put together at-bats that they did, they made him work,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We always talk about that. Just pass it on to the next guy. Trust the next guy to get the job done. That was a great job against a very difficult closer.”

Cleveland starter Cody Morris, making his second major league start, allowed two hits in the first and then retired nine straight batters on his way to four scoreless innings.

“That was much more what we were looking for,” Francona said. “He was able to use his changeup. Probably could have gone farther. I just thought that with the way the lineup was set up it was a good time to get him out. I thought he did very well.”

Morris was pleased with his effort, once he settled in.

“In the first inning I was still battling some nerves, but I feel like I settled in well,” Morris said. “I felt a lot more relaxed after I got out of that first inning. I felt more in tune and fluid.

“There’s always room for improvement. I haven’t reflected on the start yet, but I’m sure there are pitches I could have executed better.”

The Guardians scored first on an RBI single by Owen Miller. Oscar Gonzalez led off the fourth with a double to the wall in right center. He went to third on a groundout to first and scored when Miller blooped one to short center.

Gonzalez also doubled in the eighth, but was stranded at third. He had a game-winning double in the 10th inning of Monday’s Cleveland victory.


Guardians RHP Aaron Civale, who is on the Injured List with a right wrist strain, threw for the third straight day, increasing the intensity each day. He’ll throw a long-toss on Thursday and a bullpen on Friday, according to manager Terry Francona.RHP Zach Plesac, on the IL with a fracture of his fifth metacarpel bone on his right hand, had another exam, but Francona says there is no timetable for his return.


Both clubs will have Thursday off. The Guardians head to Minnesota for a three-game series with the second-place Twins Friday night. RHP Cal Quantrill (11-5, 3.55 ERA) will start for Cleveland while RHP Dylan Bundy (8-6, 4.34 ERA) will start for the Twins.

The Royals will host the Detroit Tigers for the first of three on Friday. The Tigers will start LHP Joey Wentz (0-1, 8.10 ERA). The Royals have not yet announced a starter.

Mets ride deGrom, Bassitt to doubleheader sweep of Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) The division lead they’ve enjoyed for most of the season gone, the New York Mets returned to a reliable mix of timely power and terrific pitching to move back in front in the NL East.

Chris Bassitt threw seven strong innings in Game 1 and Jacob deGrom was even better in Game 2 as the Mets swept a doubleheader from the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Bassitt (13-7) allowed one run in a 5-1 victory in the opener, then deGrom (5-1) gave up just three hits in a 10-0 romp in the nightcap as the Mets pushed back ahead of Atlanta by a half-game in a division race that appears it could go down to the wire.

“I said it from day one, it’s going to be a tight race and it should be a tight race,” said shortstop Francisco Lindor, who went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs in Game 2.

The dominant performances from deGrom and Bassitt came hours after the Mets placed three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list for the second time this season. Scherzer is dealing with soreness in his left side and is out until at least Sept. 19.

The injury isn’t as severe as the one that forced the 38-year-old ace to miss nearly two months earlier this season.

While the Mets will miss Scherzer, they’re also in the midst of a long stretch against clubs with losing records. And with a postseason berth all but secure, their eyes are firmly set on the playoffs.

“I think we’re doing everything in our power to be smart so we’re ready for October,” Bassitt said. “And that’s what it’s about.”

Too bad there aren’t any doubleheaders in the playoffs. New York improved to 14-4 in twinbills this season after pummeling the last-place Pirates.

“It’s just a matter of concentration and going out there and making sure you give your best from the first game and then refreshing and going back and giving it your best effort in the second game,” Lindor said.

New York put up 15 runs Wednesday after managing four in a three-game skid that briefly dropped the team into a tie with the Braves for the division lead.

The Mets touched up Johan Oviedo and the Pirates for 17 hits in Game 2. Eduardo Escobar went 6 for 9 on the day, including a solo home run in the fourth inning of Game 1 that staked New York to a 5-0 lead.

“I think it’s a reminder of what he’s capable of doing,” New York manager Buck Showalter said of Escobar, who has three home runs in his last six games and is a .431 career hitter (38 for 88) against Pittsburgh.

No reminders are necessary when it comes to deGrom, who allowed consecutive singles to Oneil Cruz and Bryan Reynolds to start the bottom of the first before settling in.

The 34-year-old righty retired the next 12 batters and 16 of 17. He didn’t allow his third hit until Reynolds singled with one out in the sixth. By then the Mets were already firmly in control.

“The goal is just to throw it where I want and execute pitches,” deGrom said. “I was fortunate enough to have some good defense behind me, and the guys put up a ton of runs.”

The Pirates are 5-20 in their last 25 games and have lost eight games this season by at least 10 runs.

Pittsburgh is rebuilding. The Mets are focused on playing well into October, which is why Bassitt stressed there was no reason to panic despite a surge from the hard-charging Braves, who trailed by 10 1/2 games at one point before briefly pulling even on Tuesday.

“I’m sure that the world was going crazy, but, I mean, we’re fine,” he said.


Mets: RF Starling Marte sat out both games and is day-to-day with a non-displaced fracture in the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand. Marte was hit by a 96 mph fastball from Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller in the first inning Tuesday.


The Pirates recalled infielder Hoy Park from Triple-A Indianapolis, and claimed 1B/C Zack Collins off waivers from Toronto and RHP Junior Fernandez off waivers from St. Louis. To make room on the 40-man roster for Collins and Fernandez, the Pirates designated left-handed reliever Cam Vieaux and utility infielder Josh VanMeter for assignment. VanMeter hit .187 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 67 games for Pittsburgh.


Mets: Off on Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Miami on Friday. LHP David Peterson (7-3, 3.32 ERA) is among the candidates to start in place of Scherzer.

Pirates: Finish up a nine-game homestand with a visit by NL Central-leading St. Louis beginning Friday. Roansy Contreras (4-4, 3.41) starts for Pittsburgh against veteran Miles Mikolas (11-10, 3.32).

Mets place Scherzer on 15-day IL with left oblique injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) The New York Mets placed pitcher Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with what the club described as “left oblique irritation.”

The move is retroactive to Sept. 4, the day after Scherzer left his start against Washington following five innings with discomfort in his left side. The 38-year-old missed nearly two months earlier in the season with a left oblique strain. Scherzer said this injury is different and not as severe.

“This is days, not weeks, that’s the first and foremost thing,” Scherzer said Wednesday before New York’s split doubleheader against Pittsburgh.

Mets manager Buck Showalter expects Scherzer to miss at least one start and possibly two to make sure the issue is fully resolved before the postseason begins. Scherzer was supposed to start Friday’s game in Miami. There is no immediate word on who will start in Scherzer’s place.

The Mets entered Wednesday riding a three-game losing streak that dropped them into a tie with surging Atlanta atop the NL East with four weeks left in the season.

Scherzer is 9-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 20 starts this season for New York. He described feeling fatigued in his left side near the end of his start against Washington, when he allowed one run in five innings before exiting. The three-time Cy Young winner said he has “no regrets” about staying in to pitch.

Scherzer described his symptoms as a general feeling of achiness rather than one specific spot that hurts, which is what he experienced in the oblique earlier in the year.

Showalter said test results showed “pretty good news, all things considered,” because they indicated the issue is relatively minor.

“I think the idea is to get it resolved so that he can finish the season strong and be ready for whatever the season holds for us,” Showalter said.

New York recalled left-handed reliever Alex Claudio from Triple-A Syracuse to take Scherzer’s roster spot. The team also recalled right-handed reliever Yoan Lopez to serve as the 29th man for Wednesday’s doubleheader.

To make room for Lopez, the Mets designated right-handed reliever Adonis Medina for assignment.

Radio host admits he made false claim on Freeman talks

NEW YORK (AP) A radio host admitted he falsely claimed agent Casey Close never informed first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves’ last contract offer.

Doug Gottlieb tweeted on June 29 that “Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer,” Close and Excel Sports Management sued Gottlieb in mid-July in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleging defamation by libel.

Gottlieb tweeted an apology Wednesday.

“Upon further vetting of my sources, a review of the lawsuit filed against me in this matter and a direct conversation with Casey himself, I have learned that the conduct I alleged did not occur and that there is no credible basis for stating that it did,” Gottlieb wrote. “My ultimate investigation into this matter confirms that Casey Close did, in fact, communicate all offers to Freddie Freeman and the sources I relied on were incorrect, in no uncertain terms.”

“I appreciate the damage that misinformation like this can cause,” Gottlieb added, “and have been in touch with Casey Close to apologize directly. I have also deleted my original tweet.”

Close, 58, is a principal of Excel and one of three managing partners. He has represented several hundred baseball players, including Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.

Gottlieb also tweeted on June 29 that Freeman had fired Close. However, Excel remains Freeman’s listed agency, according to the players’ association.

“From the onset, we were clear that Mr. Gottlieb’s tweet was wholly inaccurate and that we would seek legal remedies to set the record straight,” Close said in a statement. “He has retracted his statement in its entirety and acknowledged that he got the story wrong. We consider this matter closed.”

The suit remained pending as of midday Wednesday.

Gottlieb, 46, is affiliated with Fox Sports, the Pac-12 Network and CBS Sports, according to the suit.

Close said in the suit that the Braves on March 29, 2021, offered Freeman a $110 million, five-year deal starting in 2022, then made a $125 million, five-year proposal on Aug. 1 and a $135 million proposal on Aug. 4, all rejected by Freeman.

Close said he and the Braves had their final two conversations about a Freeman contract this March 12 and he made two proposals to the team that day that were rejected. Close said he asked the team if it had any offer he could present Freeman and was told the team did not.

Atlanta announced on March 14 it had acquired first baseman Matt Olson from Oakland, signaling the team no longer was attempting to retain Freeman. On March 17, Freeman signed a $162 million, six-year contract with the Dodgers.

Freeman is hitting .323 with 17 homers and 84 RBIs.

Jets QB Wilson out until at least Week 4, Flacco to start

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Joe Flacco will huddle up for the New York Jets against his former team. And likely a few more opponents after that.

Coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday that Flacco will start at quarterback in the season opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in place of the injured Zach Wilson – who likely will be out until Week 4 at Pittsburgh.

Flacco starting this week is not unexpected, as it appeared to be trending that way for a few weeks. But the announcement that the game against the Steelers on Oct. 2 is likely “the earliest” Wilson will return from a knee injury was a surprise.

“Now, can it change? Sure, I’m always going to leave that door open,” Saleh said. “You guys know me, I’m the eternal optimist. But we are going to make sure both mind and body are 110% and make sure we do right by him.

“And we feel like, talking to the doctors and everyone, it’s going to be that Pittsburgh week.”

Wilson worked out on the field Monday and Tuesday while testing out his right knee, which was injured in the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12. Saleh said Monday “it’s possible” Wilson could play against Baltimore, but that the quarterback would be evaluated in the next few days. Saleh said the second-year quarterback had no setbacks while working out, but the Jets don’t want to rush him back to the field.

“He looks fantastic, he still looks good, he feels good,” Saleh said. “He’s not walking with a limp or anything.”

Despite Wilson missing at least the first three games, the Jets did not consider putting him injured reserve – which would sideline him for a minimum of four games – so that he can continue to practice with the team. Wilson will work with the training staff this week, Saleh said, and then slowly start resuming practice during the next few weeks.

Saleh also left no doubt that the starting job remains Wilson’s whenever he is fully ready to play.

“When Zach’s healthy, he’s rolling,” Saleh said.

Wilson suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus, which was repaired via arthroscopic surgery in Los Angeles on Aug. 16. It’s the same knee in which he sprained a ligament last year and sidelined him for four games. He was initially expected to miss two to four weeks with the current injury, a timetable that turned out to be a bit overambitious.

Taking the cautious approach in Week 1, New York will turn to Flacco – who will take on his former team. And with the confidence of the Jets.

“Heck yeah, man, Cool Joe,” Saleh said. “He’s been preparing. He’s freakin’ awesome. I’m really excited for him for this opportunity.”

The 37-year-old quarterback spent his first 11 NFL seasons in Baltimore, helping lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory to cap the 2012 season. He was the MVP of that game and signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract a month later, becoming the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history at that time.

A hip injury midway through the 2018 season put Flacco on the sideline – and Lamar Jackson into the starting lineup. The following offseason, Flacco was traded to Denver, where he spent one season before signing with the Jets for his first stint in New York. Meanwhile, Jackson went on in 2019 to become the second player to win the AP NFL Most Valuable Player award unanimously.

This will mark Flacco’s first start against the Ravens, and he’ll take on the QB who replaced him.

“I’ve been in a bunch of games where guys have played their old teams and coaches have played their past teams and usually the emotions are definitely crazy,” Flacco said last month about the possibility of starting against Baltimore. “I’ve definitely thought about that a little bit like, `Oh, yeah, it’s not going to be a big deal,’ but I know deep down like, `Oh, OK, I’m going to try to make sure it’s not the biggest deal in the world.’

“But at the same time, I’ve been through it enough, I’ve seen guys go through it. It’s a different thing.”

Flacco is looking for his first win as a starter with the Jets, going 0-5 while filling in for Wilson in one game last season and four in place of Sam Darnold in 2020.

“Even at 37, I know that it’s in the back of his head, he’s getting a chance to play Baltimore and all these different things,” Saleh said. “Even at 37, he’s got to keep the main thing the main thing and just do his best, and trust his best is good enough.

“I think we’re all excited for Joe and his opportunity, and excited for Sunday.”

Bills TE Knox honors late brother after signing 4-year deal

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The joy Dawson Knox experienced in signing a $53.6 million, four-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday was undercut by the recent death of the tight end’s younger brother.

As a result, Knox couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to Luke Knox than by dedicating this season to him.

“I know that he’s up in heaven right now, and he’s smiling down, couldn’t be more excited, so this is for him, too,” Knox said in a pool report released by the Bills, who are in Los Angeles preparing to open the NFL season on Thursday night against the Rams.

“I know he wanted me to give it my all in everything I did, so there’s a little extra motivation for me there this year, because I know he’ll be able to be watching,” he added. “He’s always been my biggest supporter and wants me to be the best player and be the best man I possibly can be.”

The signing comes three weeks after Luke Knox, a Florida International University player, died of unknown causes.

While the Bills announced the move, which locks up Knox through the 2026 season, a person with direct knowledge of the contract confirmed its value to The Associated Press after it was first reported by ESPN. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team did not reveal the figure, which currently ranks Knox as the NFL’s sixth-highest paid tight end.

The person said Knox is guaranteed $31 million, with the remainder made up in incentives and bonus money.

Knox, who has one year left on his rookie contract, is coming off a season in which he established himself as one of Josh Allen’s top red-zone targets. He finished second on the two-time defending AFC East champions with nine touchdown receptions, setting the franchise’s single-season record for tight ends while also tying for second in the NFL among players at his position.

“I knew I wanted to be here for as long as I possibly could be, so I couldn’t be more excited to lock this deal in,” Knox said. “I love the city of Buffalo. It couldn’t be a better football city.”

Knox was reminded of the Bills’ passionate fanbase after it donated more than $200,000 to Buffalo’s P.U.N.T. Pediatric Cancer Collaborative in his brother’s name.

“It’s more than I could have expected, but at the same time, it’s weirdly not surprising just because this is such an incredible city with such an incredible fanbase and people,” he said Monday. “It means the world to me. I love all the people in Buffalo.”

From Tennessee, the 25-year-old Knox was already anticipating the possibility of signing a long-term extension by purchasing a home in the Buffalo area this offseason.

Selected in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Mississippi, Knox is coming off a breakout season in posting career highs with 49 catches for 587 yards, while also becoming Buffalo’s first tight end to score in four consecutive games. He nearly doubled the production from his first two seasons in which he combined for 52 catches for 676 yards and five TDs.

At 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds, Knox’s emergence last year provided Buffalo’s pass-first offense a dependable and sizeable dimension particularly inside opponents’ 20, while taking advantage of opposing teams focusing their coverage on top receiver Stefon Diggs.

Locking up Knox ensures the Bills offense will have a semblance of continuity beyond this season, with Allen and Diggs already signed to long-term deals. With Buffalo already limited by salary-cap constraints next year, Knox’s signing could make it difficult for the team to re-sign No. 2 receiver Gabe Davis, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Knox was already looking ahead to building on his production this year.

“I’ve always just took the stance that I want to do whatever I can to help the team win games,” Knox said, noting he also needs to play a valuable role in blocking and pass-protection situations. “But I’d also love to continue contributing in the passing game as well, just because I know the weapon that I can be. And I kind of want to use last year as a foundation going forward.”



INSIDE THE SERIES Overall: 10th meeting (Alabama trails, 1-7-1) In Austin: Alabama trails, 0-2 Current Streak: Alabama, Won 1 Last Meeting: Jan. 7, 2010 – BCS National Championship Game (W, 37-21) Series Notes: Alabama and Texas will meet for the 10th time in series history when the two storied programs square off on Saturday morning in Austin. The Longhorns hold the all-time advantage in nine previous meetings at 7-1-1, including a 2-0 mark in Austin. This is Alabama first trip to Austin since 1922. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 1-1 for his career against Texas with a loss at LSU in 2003 and a victory in the most recent meeting between the two programs on Jan. 7, 2010, in Pasadena, Calif. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has never faced Alabama during his nine-year head coaching career.

ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY: Alabama will be making its 53rd appearance overall (34-18, .654) on ESPN’s College GameDay when the popular pregame show airs from Austin, Texas, this Saturday. It marks Alabama’s 44th appearance under head coach Nick Saban (31-12, .721). The 44 appearances in the Saban era are eight better than Ohio State (36) for the most GameDay appearances since the 2007 season.

THE ALABAMA-TEXAS SERIES: Alabama and Texas will meet for the 10th time in series history when the two storied programs square off on Saturday morning in Austin. The Longhorns hold the all-time advantage in nine previous meetings at 7-1-1, including a 2-0 mark at home. The Crimson Tide came out on top in the last pairing between the schools which came on Jan. 7, 2010 in the BCS National Championship Game. That matchup saw UA come away with a 37-21 victory to claim the first of Nick Saban’s six national titles at Alabama.

SABAN vs. TEXAS: Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 1-1 for his career against Texas. His first meeting with the Longhorns came on Jan. 1, 2003, while at LSU. That Cotton Bowl finished in favor of the Longhorns, 35-20. Saban then faced UT on Jan. 1, 2010, to cap off the 2009 season with a 37-21 win in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.


THE OPENING KICKOFF • The University of Texas continues its 130th season of football on Saturday when the Longhorns face No. 1 Alabama for the 10th all-time meeting. • Texas will host the top-ranked team in the nation for the third time in program history. • The Longhorns are 1-1 in previous home matchups against the No. 1 team in the nation, defeating SMU, 23-20, in 1950 and falling to Ohio State, 24-7, in 2006. • The Horns have played the No. 1 team 16 times in program history, sporting a 5-11 record in those games, including a 2-2 mark over the last four games. • Texas has an all-time home record of 50-47-4 (.515) against ranked opponents. • Texas currently boasts 929 all-time wins, tied for the fourth-most in college football history. UT holds an all-time record of 929-385-33 (.702). SERIES HISTORY VS. ALABAMA • Texas holds a 7-1-1 advantage over Alabama in the all-time series and will face the Crimson Tide for the first time since the 2010 BCS Championship Game. • Texas and Alabama will play just their fourth regular season game and the first since 1922. The last two meetings took place in Austin (1915, 1922), with the first taking place in Tuscaloosa in 1902. • Of the nine previous games between the Horns and Tide, five have taken place in the Lone Star State with Texas holding a 4-0-1 advantage. 

A TEXAS WIN WOULD … • Be Texas’ 930th victory all-time, the fourth winningest program in college football history. • Give Steve Sarkisian his 53rd victory as a head coach. • Mark the Longhorns’ sixth all-time win versus the No. 1-ranked team in the AP Poll and the first since defeating Oklahoma in 2008. • Improve UT’s all-time record against teams currently in the SEC to 192-93-9. • Give Texas a 13-4-1 all-time record versus the teams from the state of Alabama. Texas has faced Alabama (7-1-1) and Auburn (5-3). PREGAME ACTIVITIES BEGIN BRIGHT AND EARLY • Tailgate with the best pregame experience in the country with Bevo Blvd presented by H-E-B, Smokey’s Midway, and Hook ‘Em Hangout all opening at 8 a.m. on September 10. Bevo Blvd will be bigger than ever with featured elements including the Nissan Heisman House and the American Cornhole League tour coming out on September 10. In addition, Texas Men’s Basketball will be signing autographs beginning at 9:50 a.m.


1 FOX Big Noon Kickoff will be making its first-ever

appearance at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

2 Junior RB Keilan Robinson (blocked punt return) and

senior DB D’Shawn Jamison (interception return) each

scored a non-offensive touchdown in the season opener

against ULM. It marked the first time since the 2017 season

opener against Maryland that Texas has had a special teams

and a defensive touchdown.

3 In Saturday’s game against AP No. 1 Alabama, the

Longhorns will host the top-ranked team in the country for

the third time in program history. Texas topped SMU, 23-20,

in 1950 and fell to Ohio State, 24-7, in 2006.

4 With his pick-six in the season opener against ULM,

D’Shawn Jamison has now scored four non-offensive

touchdowns in his career (2 KR, 1 PR, 1 INT), tied for second

all-time in UT history and one shy of Michael Huff’s Texas

record of five (4 INT, 1 FR).

8 Senior LB DeMarvion Overshown tallied eight tackles in

the victory over ULM, the seventh eight-tackle performance

of his career.

13 Sophomore WR Xavier Worthy has a reception in

each of the first 13 games of his career and surpassed 1,000

career receiving yards during the victory over ULM.

19 ESPN College GameDay will attend a Texas game for

the 19th time in the show’s history. It will be the eighth time

the GameDay has taken place on the Forty Acres and the first

time since 2019, with the Longhorns holding a 5-2 mark when

the show comes to Austin.

28 Twenty-eight of the Longhorns’ 37 newcomers

played in last week’s 52-10 victory over ULM, including starts

by QB Quinn Ewers, OL Kelvin Banks Jr., OL Cole Hutson, DB

Ryan Watts and DB Jaylon Guilbeau. All told, 33 players made

their Longhorn debuts in the win.

85 In his first career start, sophomore TE Ja’Tavion

Sanders caught six passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.

The 85-yard output was the most for a Longhorn tight end

since Jermichael Finley tallied 149 yards on four receptions

against Oklahoma in 2007.

92 The defensive front was stout for the Longhorns

against ULM, holding them to 92 yards on the ground.

99 Junior RB Bijan Robinson has rushed for 1,901

yards in his career and needs 99 more to become the 20th

Longhorn to reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark.

225 Redshirt freshman QB Quinn Ewers passed for

225 yards in last week’s season opening win over ULM. They

were third-most since 1950 for a UT freshman in the season

opener, as Ewers became just the fifth freshman QB to guide

the Longhorns to a season-opening victory.




JOHNNY MAJORS CLASSIC: When No. 24 Tennessee and No. 17/14 Pitt meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC, they will pay tribute to a shared gridiron icon as the game’s designation for the second straight year is the Johnny Majors Classic, named in honor of the late legendary head coach and player. The two teams honored Majors last season in a game that Pitt won 41-34 on Sept. 11 in Knoxville. Majors served two tenures as head coach at Pitt, doing so from 1973-76 and 1993-96. He spent 16 seasons as head coach of his alma mater of Tennessee from 1977-92. In total, he produced a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons of coaching. Saturday marks the Volunteers’ first appearance on ABC since a 45-24 win over Virginia Tech in the Battle at Bristol on Sept. 10, 2016. • HEUPEL ERA: After a record-setting debut, Josh Heupel is in his second season as head coach of the Vols. Of the eight first-year Power Five head coaches hired in 2021, no coach won more regular season games than Heupel (7). He also produced the most 2022 NFL Draft picks among coaches making their debut with a new team (5). The 27th head coach in Vol football history, Heupel’s 36 victories since the start of the 2018 season ranks tied for eighth among active FBS head coaches. Heupel joined Lane Kiffin (7 in 2009), Phillip Fulmer (10 in 1993), Bill Battle (10 in 1970) and John Barnhill (8 in 1941) as the only UT coaches in the last 80 years (since 1941) to win seven or more games in his first season. • 1-0: QB Hendon Hooker accounted for 233 yards of total offense and four touchdowns as Tennessee beat Ball State, 59-10, in its season-opener last Thursday in Neyland Stadium. It represented the eighth time in the SEC era (since 1933) and first since 2015 that the Vols scored 50 or more points in a season opener. Hooker completed 18-of-25 passes for 221 yards and two scores, and he added 12 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. It was the first time in his UT career that he rushed for multiple scores. Twelve different Vols caught a pass, including Jalin Hyatt, who scored on UT’s first offensive play on a 23-yard pass from Hooker. The Vols’ first two plays couldn’t have gone any better as DB Tamarion McDonald intercepted Ball State on the first play of the game that led to Hyatt’s TD. It represented one of three turnovers forced by UT on the night. The Vols scored on eight of their first nine possessions, including their first four. • 45 STREAK: The Vols have tied a school record for consecutive games scoring 45 or more points with four, which matches the 1993 team who did it in the final four games of the regular season. UT has combined for 209 points and is 3-1 during this streak: (59-10 Ball State, 45-48 Purdue, 45-21 Vanderbilt, 60-14 South Alabama). In 14 games in the Heupel era, the Vols are averaging 40.7 points per game. • RECAPPING 2021: Picked to finish fifth in the SEC East, Josh Heupel guided Tennessee to a 7-6 first year campaign and a 4-4 mark in SEC play to take third place in the division. The Vols beat six teams by at least 24 points en route to a Music City Bowl appearance. They dropped a 48-45 thriller to Purdue, racking up a school-bowl record 666 yards of total offense, including a career-high 378 yards passing and five touchdowns from QB Hendon Hooker. Tennessee jumped 99 spots in scoring offense, going from 108th in the country in 2020 to seventh in 2021, while averaging 39.3 ppg, a mark that ranked second in modern school history. The Vols shattered eight team single-season records in 2021, including points (511), total offensive yards (6,174), touchdowns (67), point after touchdowns made (67), total first downs (316), rushing first downs (164), fewest interceptions thrown (3) and passing efficiency (167.10).

NOTING THE TENNESSEE-PITTSBURGH SERIES • Tennessee and Pitt are facing off for the second time in 39 years following last season’s meeting in Knoxville. Deemed the Johnny Majors Classic, Coach Majors led the Panthers to a national championship in 1976, only to return to his alma mater as head coach in 1977. Majors was the head coach of the Vols in the first two matchups between the two schools – in 1980 and then again in 1983. • Pitt is the only current ACC football team Tennessee has not defeated. • The contest will mark the first time in program history that Tennessee is playing a game in the state on Pennsylvania. • The Vols have played 11 games in their history against teams from The Keystone State with eight of them being played on Rocky Top, two in Florida (1994 Citrus Bowl, 2007 Outback Bowl) and one in Arizona (1992 Fiesta Bowl). • A total of 478 miles separate the two campuses. • Tennessee owns a 106-62-7 (.626) all-time record against current ACC teams: Boston College (8-2), Clemson (11-6-2), Duke (14-13-2), Florida State (1-1), Georgia Tech (25- 17-2), Louisville (5-0), Miami (2-1), North Carolina (20-11-1), NC State (2-1), Pitt (0-3), Syracuse (3-0), Virginia (3-1), Virginia Tech (6-3) and Wake Forest (6-3). • Head coach Josh Heupel is facing Pitt for the fourth time in his five seasons as a head coach, including the second time in Pittsburgh. Heupel beat the Panthers, 45-14, in his first season at UCF in 2018. Pitt won the following meeting in 2019 in Pittsburgh, 35-34. Pitt won last year’s meeting in Knoxville in Heupel’s first season at UT. • This is the first time Tennessee has faced a Power Five opponent on the road (nonneutral site) since losing at Oklahoma in Norman (34-10) on Sept. 13, 2014. This is the first time the Vols have faced an ACC foe on the road (non-neutral site) since stunning No. 6 Miami, 10-6, on Nov. 8, 2003. That was Miami’s first home loss since 1999.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A resilient Tennessee team carried the fight to Pitt for 60 minutes on Saturday afternoon, coming up just short in a 41-34 setback in the Johnny Majors Classic at Neyland Stadium. UT drove deep into Pitt territory with an opportunity to tie the game at 41, but it was stymied on a 4th & 1 rush attempt from the 3-yard line with 6:59 left in the contest. After forcing a three-and-out and a short punt by the Panthers, the Vols were back in business at the Pitt 34. An interception two plays later, however, ended the threat, with the visitors able to move the chains and run out the clock. Redshirt senior quarterback Hendon Hooker came off the bench to complete 15 of 21 passes for 188 yards and two scores and rush nine times for 49 yards for the Big Orange. He led the Vols to their final 21 points after starter Joe Milton III left the game to injury in the second quarter and didn’t return. Tennessee burst out to a 10-0 lead after the first 15 minutes and was able to weather a second quarter that saw the Panthers outscore the Vols, 27-10. Tennessee struck first, forcing Pitt into a three-and-out and getting a blocked punt by freshman Christian Charles to set itself up at the Panther 2-yard line. Jabari Small, carding his second touchdown in as many games, carried it over the left side into the end zone on the first play from scrimmage. For the second-straight game, Theo Jackson led the Vol defense, tying a career high with 11 tackles and recording one sack and two tackles for loss. Tyler Baron added 2.5 TFLs and Jeremy Banks had a sack.



√ Pitt hosts a Southeastern Conference team for the first time when Tennessee visits Acrisure Stadium. The game has been named the Johnny Majors Classic in honor of the legendary coach and player. √ This is the fourth meeting in a series that dates back to 1980. The Panthers are 3-0 against the Volunteers, including last year’s 41-34 triumph in Knoxville. √ Both teams won their season openers last week. Pitt won a 38-31 thriller over rival West Virginia, while Tennessee rolled past Ball State, 59-10. √ Pitt is very familiar with second-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel. In addition to last year’s encounter in Knoxville, the Panthers twice faced Heupel when he was head coach at UCF. Pitt defeated UCF, 35-34, in 2019, while the Knights claimed a 45-14 win in 2018. √ In his debut as Pitt’s starting quarterback, Kedon Slovis completed 16-of-24 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown against West Virginia. It was the highest passing yardage by a Pitt QB in a season opener since 1998. √ M.J. Devonshire’s game winning 56-yard interception return touchdown against West Virginia marked the Panthers’ third consecutive game with a defensive TD dating back to last year’s ACC Championship. √ The Panthers collected five sacks in last year’s win at Tennessee, including two by defensive end Habakkuk Baldonado. √ Pitt offensive line coach Dave Borbely was a Tennessee graduate assistant under Johnny Majors during the 1984 and 1985 seasons. The Vols’ offensive coordinator on those staffs was future Pitt head coach Walt Harris.

Series Began: 1980

Series Overall: Pitt leads 3-0

At Pittsburgh: 0-0

At Tennessee: Pitt leads 3-0

Last Meeting: Sept. 11, 2021

(Pitt won, 41-34)

First Meeting: Oct. 25, 1980

(Pitt won, 30-6)

Current Series Win Streak:

Pitt has won 3 (1980, 1983, 2021)

Longest Pitt Series Win Streak:

3 games (1980, 1983, 2021)

Longest UT Series Win Streak: DNA

Largest Pitt Victory Margin:

24 points (30-6, 1980)

Largest UT Victory Margin: DNA

This marks the fourth meeting between Pitt and Tennessee in a series that dates back to 1980…the Panthers lead the all-time series, 3-0…each of those three contests were played in Knoxville…the 2022 encounter marks the first meeting in Pittsburgh and the first time the Panthers will have hosted a Southeastern Conference team…Pitt is 13-3-2 all-time vs. current members of the SEC…the Panthers defeated the Vols last year (Sept. 11) at Neyland Stadium, 41-34…prior to 2021, the teams had not played since Sept. 3, 1983, a 13-3 Pitt victory in the season opener for both teams…the inaugural game was played on Oct. 25, 1980…the Panthers rolled, 30-6, over the host Vols in a meeting that pitted Johnny Majors against his former Pitt coaching protégé Jackie Sherrill.

This marks the fourth meeting between Pitt and Tennessee in a series that dates back to 1980…the Panthers lead the all-time series, 3-0…each of those three contests were played in Knoxville…the 2022 encounter marks the first meeting in Pittsburgh and the first time the Panthers will have hosted a Southeastern Conference team…Pitt is 13-3-2 all-time vs. current members of the SEC…the Panthers defeated the Vols last year (Sept. 11) at Neyland Stadium, 41-34…prior to 2021, the teams had not played since Sept. 3, 1983, a 13-3 Pitt victory in the season opener for both teams…the inaugural game was played on Oct. 25, 1980…the Panthers rolled, 30-6, over the host Vols in a meeting that pitted Johnny Majors against his former Pitt coaching protégé Jackie Sherrill.

SLOVIS SUPERLATIVES: √ Kedon Slovis made his debut as Pitt’s starting quarterback in the Panthers’ 38-31 season-opening win over West Virginia (Sept. 1). √ Slovis threw for 308 yards and a touchdown on 16-of-24 passing (67%). He led a game-tying 92-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, capped by his 24-yard pass to Israel Abanikanda with 3:41 left. Slovis was 5 of 5 for 73 yards on the drive. √ His passing yards were the most by a Pitt quarterback in a season opener since Matt Lytle had 349 against Villanova on Sept. 5, 1998. √ It was the most by a Pitt QB in their starting debut since John Turman threw for 316 against Penn State on Sept. 11, 1999. √ Slovis now has 12 career games with at least 300 passing yards (11 at Southern California). √ Slovis enrolled at Pitt in January as a transfer from USC. In his three seasons at USC (2019-21), he played in 27 games, making 26 starts. He completed 68% of his passes (652 of 953) for 7,576 yards with 58 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. √ As a freshman in 2019, Slovis threw for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns against nine interceptions, while completing 72% of his passes (282 of 392). He garnered first team Freshman All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and was the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year. SUPER SCORING: √ By posting 38 points in its opening victory over West Virginia, Pitt has now scored at least 30 points in 14 of its last 18 games. √ Pitt averaged a school-record 41.4 points per game in 2021 to lead the ACC and rank third nationally. The Panthers trailed only Ohio State (45.7) and Western Kentucky (44.2). √ The prior Pitt single-season record for scoring was set by the 2016 Panthers, who averaged 40.9 points over 13 games. √ Pitt topped 50 points in four separate games last season, the most since the 1905 squad accomplished the feat five times. √ Pitt opened the 2021 season by scoring 40-plus points in five consecutive games for the first time ever. √ The Panthers’ 77-point outburst against New Hampshire (Sept. 25, 2021) was their highest point total since an 88-0 victory over Westminster on Oct. 30, 1926.

McIlroy says LIV has strained bond with Ryder Cup teammates

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) When Rory McIlroy runs into some of his former Ryder Cup teammates at Wentworth this week, don’t expect them to spend much time reminiscing about fond memories.

European Ryder Cup stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among the contingent of LIV Golf players who are competing at the BMW PGA Championship this week, much to the dismay of McIlroy and the others who have resisted the financial gains of joining the Saudi-backed breakaway series.

During a forgettable Ryder Cup for Europe last year at Whistling Straits, one of the most memorable moments came when McIlroy broke down in tears when talking about how much he loved his teammates. On Wednesday, he merely sighed when asked how what seemed like a tight-knit bond with Garcia, Westwood and Poulter can survive the fallout from LIV.

“I have no idea,” McIlroy said. “I wouldn’t say I’ve got much of a relationship with them at the minute. … But, like, I haven’t done anything different. They are the ones that have made that decision. So I can sit here and keep my head held high and say I haven’t done anything differently.”

Shane Lowry also said there could be some awkward meetings this week with players he used to be “good friends” with.

“Obviously I haven’t seen them in a long time now. Don’t hang out with them anymore,” Lowry said. “Probably won’t be going out for dinner because we haven’t seen each other. But yeah, there are certain lads that I shake hands with and certain hands I wouldn’t.”

So the rift between players created by LIV shows no sign of healing at Wentworth, where Billy Horschel and Jon Rahm both took aim at the LIV contingent on Tuesday.

The LIV golfers who are European Tour members are allowed to play at Wentworth while their suspension for playing in the inaugural event of the breakaway series is under appeal. Their Ryder Cup status is also subject to legal appeals.

U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick said he was “fed up with talking about” the whole situation, but acknowledged that the current tensions could make it difficult to include any LIV players on next year’s Ryder Cup team.

“There’s one person I would have, who I would be fine with playing with and have on the team,” Fitzpatrick said, declining to name the player. “But you know, next year is obviously a long way away, and there’s a lot of stuff to come with the whole situation. So that might change things, change attitudes even more, and then that probably makes it difficult.”

The European Ryder Cup team for next year was already affected by LIV Golf when Henrik Stenson was stripped of the captaincy for joining the breakaway series. When the Swede’s name came up at the end of McIlroy’s news conference as the only person to win both the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and the European Tour’s Race to Dubai – a feat the Northern Irishman is trying to equal – McIlroy just quipped: “Who?”

McIlroy had said before the event that it would be “hard to stomach” playing alongside the LIV golfers this week, but said he had yet to see most of them at Wentworth.

“My opinion is they shouldn’t be here, but again that’s just my opinion,” McIlroy said, before taking a jab at LIV Golf’s format of only playing three rounds instead of four and starting on different holes. “But we are all going to tee it up on the first tee tomorrow and we are all going to go play 72 holes, which is a novelty for them at this point, and then we’ll go from there.”

McIlroy said he stayed away from a players’ meeting with European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley on Tuesday evening that included golfers from both factions.

“It wasn’t really a situation I wanted to get myself in knowing who was going to be in that room,” McIlroy said. “So I sort of removed myself from it and let them thrash it out.”

Pelley gave no details of what was said at the meeting at his own news conference, saying it was “very short and there were a couple of questions from LIV players that I think we answered.”

Pelley also launched a staunch defense of the financial viability of the European Tour – recently rebranded as the DP World Tour – and its ability to compete commercially.

“It is easy to get dragged down by the LIV propaganda machine, churning out negative news stories and misinformation about the poor state of the traditional golfing world, including our tour,” Pelley said. “It’s just not right.”

McIlroy, Fitzpatrick and Horschel all play in the same group on Thursday so they won’t have to share the course with any LIV players until the weekend at least.

When asked if it would give him added motivation to play in the final pairing on Sunday alongside a player who joined the Saudi-backed series, McIlroy couldn’t resist one more jibe.

“They are going to be pretty tired on Sunday,” he said, “it will be the fourth day.”

Senators sign Stutzle to 8-year, $66.8 million extension

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have locked up another one of their top young players.

Center Tim Stutzle has agreed to an eight-year, $66.8 million contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

The deal, which carries an average annual value of $8.35 million and kicks in following the 2022-23 season, is the latest move by general manager Pierre Dorion to solidify Ottawa’s core.

Selected No. 3 overall at the 2020 draft with the pick received in the Erik Karlsson trade with the San Jose Sharks, Stutzle has 34 goals and 87 points in 132 NHL games.

The 20-year-old German finished second on the Senators with 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 79 appearances in 2021-22.

The Senators previously signed captain Brady Tkachuk, center Josh Norris, winger Drake Batherson and defenseman Thomas Chabot to long-term deals.

“Tim is a dynamic offensive player who utilizes an exceptional blend of speed and skill to be a consistent difference-maker,” Dorion said in a statement. “He’s electrifying and has quickly become a fan favorite for good reason.”

Ottawa, which has failed to make the playoffs since reaching the 2017 Eastern Conference final and has gone through a major rebuild, made news earlier this summer by acquiring forward Alex DeBrincat in a trade the Chicago Blackhawks and signing veteran forward Claude Giroux in free agency.

The Senators, who finished with 73 points last season, also traded goaltender Matt Murray to the Toronto Maple Leafs before acquiring Cam Talbot from the Minnesota Wild as his replacement.



PAPILLION, Neb. – After falling in Game 1 in extra innings, 5-4, the Indianapolis Indians earned a split of a doubleheader with the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park on Wednesday night, winning Game 2, 4-3.

In Game 1, the Indians (68-62) fell in a back-and-forth affair in extras. After the two finished the seven scheduled innings deadlocked 3-3, Indianapolis struck first in the top of the eighth with a looped single from center fielder Jared Oliva and a fielding error from newly entered Omaha left fielder Clay Dungan to plate placed runner Drew Maggi. In the bottom of the eighth, the Storm Chasers (63-68) responded with a game-tying RBI single through the right side of the infield from third baseman Nick Loftin.

In the ninth, Omaha right-hander Wyatt Mills (W, 1-0) kept placed runner Bligh Madris at second base and held Indianapolis off the board by inducing a soft ground out to the mound and two strikeouts sandwiching an intentional walk of Indians first baseman Mason Martin. In the bottom half of the ninth, Indians right-hander Travis MacGregor (L, 1-2) got Storm Chasers center fielder Dairon Blanco to softly ground out to third, but that pushed right fielder Brewer Hicklen from second to third base. Catcher Jakson Reetz, who hit a two-run home run in the second inning, skied a ball to straight-away center field, just deep enough to allow Hicklen to tag and score to win the game.

The Indians’ offensive output in Game 1 was highlighted by Madris, who cracked a two-run home run down the right field line for his first home run with Indianapolis since July 23 at Victory Field, and Martin, whose team-leading 16th home run in the fourth tied the game at three.

In Game 2, two unearned runs started the scoring for the Indians against Omaha left-hander Drew Parrish (L, 3-8) with an error from Storm Chasers shortstop Maikel Garcia leading to an Indianapolis run in both the first and second inning.

Indianapolis right-hander Noe Toribio (W, 5-2), in his first Triple-A start, held Omaha off the board until a wild pitch plated Hicklen in the fourth and catcher Jose Briceño belted a solo home run to left center in the fifth. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth, a Mason Martin sacrifice fly to deep center and a hard-hit ground ball double down the third base line from Oliva plated the go-ahead and deciding runs. After Indians reliever Hunter Stratton (S, 3) allowed a home run to designated hitter Freddy Fermin in the sixth, he shut the door to secure the win with a scoreless seventh.

The Indians and Storm Chasers continue their series at Werner Park on Thursday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:35 PM ET. RHP Luis Ortiz (0-0, 9.00) makes his second Triple-A start for the Indians, while LHP Austin Cox (6-7, 4.49) toes the home rubber for Omaha.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a season-opening come-from-behind victory over Illinois, the Indiana football program will play its second home straight home game to start the season when it hosts Idaho at 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA(1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) hosts IDAHO (0-1, 0-0 Big Sky)

Memorial Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. ET

TV: Big Ten Network  |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene

• Indiana (1-0, 1-0 B1G) will host Idaho (0-1) for its first non-conference contest of the season on Saturday, Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium (55,656; Field Turf) on the Big Ten Network.

• Head coach Tom Allen is 12-1 all-time against non-conference opponents during the regular season, including a win over Idaho in the only meeting with the Vandals in program history (W, 56-14; 2021).

• For just the 30th time in program history and fifth time since 2000, Indiana will play its first two games of a season at home. In the previous 29 happenings, IU has started 2-0 on 18 occasions.

• Saturday’s meeting with Idaho will mark the 50th non-conference home game since the start of the 2000 season and Indiana is 36-13 in those contests. Allen is 7-1 all-time in home non-conference home games, with 2-0 marks in three of his previous five years.

• Indiana will celebrate its 1968 Rose Bowl team on Saturday night. The 1967 Hoosiers went 9-2 overall and 6-1 in Big Ten play to finish No. 4 in the final national rankings after a narrow, 14-3, loss to No. 1 USC in the Granddaddy of the All.

News & Notes

• Five team captains were announced by head coach Tom Allen prior to the season opener with four first-time captains in tight end AJ Barner, safety Devon Matthews, cornerback Tiawan Mullen and quarterback Jack Tuttle. Linebacker Cam Jones was selected team captain for the third time in his career, which joins just two other names in program history.

• IU opened a season with a Big Ten foe for the fourth time in Allen’s six campaigns and third straight season. Allen is 2-2 in those contests with wins over Illinois (2022) and Penn State (2020). He has also faced No. 2 Ohio State (2017) and No. 17 Iowa (2021).

• Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in Indiana history, as he is on pace to reach the 30-win mark at the school.

• Against Illinois, wide receiver Cam Camper and quarterback Connor Bazelak each etched their names into the record books, as Camper had the most productive debut in IU history and Bazelak accomplished something not done since Antwaan Randle El.

• Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.

• Senior Jaylin Williams

enters his final season with the Cream and Crimson on pace to join the top-10 list for career interceptions. The Memphis, Tennessee, native owns six picks in his career, which ranks tied for No. 30 among active FBS defenders.

• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call  in 2022 and will be honored by the National Football Foundation in 2022, while color analyst and IU alum, Rhett Lewis begins his first season on the broadcast crew.

Bazelak Tabbed Candidate for Golden Arm Award

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt junior quarterback Connor Bazelak has been selected for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award preseason watch list, honoring the nation’s top senior or upperclassman quarterback set to graduate with their class.

Bazelak helped Indiana orchestrate a 23-20 come-from-behind victory over Illinois in week one as he passed for 330 yards on 28-of-52 passing with one touchdown pass. He connected with D.J. Matthews Jr. on a 52-yard scoring strike in the second quarter. He completed 7-of-20 passes for 70 yards on the final drive of the game, as he had a hand in 74 of the 75 yards gained on the go-ahead score with 23-seconds remaining.

For his career, Bazelak owns 5,389 career yards passing in 25 games played between Indiana and Missouri (2019-21). That total ranks No. 39 among active NCAA FBS passers, while his 65.5% completion percentage sits No. 9 among active FBS passers. He has 24 career passing touchdowns with 507 career completions.

Candidates are chosen based on player performance on-and-off the field as we head into the 2022 college football season. The preseason watch list, semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the distinguished Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Selection Committee, a group of prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, and former players.

The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.

The 2022 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy by The Johnny Unitas Educational Foundation President, John Unitas, Jr., at the Golden Arm Award banquet and celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

Indiana Football 2022 Preseason Watch Lists

AFCA Good Works Team – Jack Tuttle

Doak Walker Award – Shaun Shivers

Wuerffel Trophy – Jack Tuttle

Paul Hornung Award – D.J. Matthews Jr.

Bednarik Award – Tiawan Mullen

Patrick Mannelly Award – Sean Wracher

Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award – Sio Nofoagatoto’a

Ray Guy Award – James Evans

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award – Connor Bazelak

IUSD Places Six on USA Swimming National Team

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Six athletes with ties to the Indiana swimming and diving program were named to USA Swimming’s 2022-23 national team rosters on Wednesday (Sept. 7).

Three members of IU’s current team, Mariah Denigan, Mackenzie Looze and Josh Matheny, and three Indiana Swim Club athletes, Tommy Cope, Lilly King and Annie Lazor, were selected.

Of the six Hoosiers, five are breaststroke specialists. On the women’s side, IU makes up three of the nine breaststroke selections. Denigan, coming off her freshman season and an appearance at the 2022 FINA World Championships, is a long-distance freestyler.

2022-23 USA Swimming National Team

Athletes with Indiana Swimming and Diving Ties

Tommy Cope (Breaststroke)

Mariah Denigan (Freestyle)

Lilly King (Breaststroke)

Annie Lazor (Breaststroke)

Mackenzie Looze (Breaststroke)

Josh Matheny (Breaststroke)

Indiana Women’s Basketball Announces 2022-23 Schedule; Season Tickets Now On Sale

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball has announced its regular season 2022-23 schedule including Big Ten matchups on Wednesday afternoon.   

Season tickets for the upcoming campaign can now be renewed or purchased on For fans that have previously made a deposit for their season tickets, a credit will appear on their account with the ability to purchase the full season ticket at this time. New season ticket holders can also purchase full season tickets at this time.

The Hoosiers non-conference slate is highlighted by seven home games including its ACC/Big Ten challenge matchup against North Carolina. IU will play its only public exhibition on November 4 when it hosts Division II Kentucky Wesleyan which will be free to the public. The season officially begins on November 8 when the team hosts Vermont and UMass Lowell on November 11.

They hit the road on November 14 when they travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to face Tennessee before hosting a pair of games against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) and Quinnipiac (Nov. 20). Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Indiana will play in the inaugural Las Vegas Invitational where it meets Auburn (Nov. 25) and Memphis (Nov. 26).

Returning to Bloomington, IU will host the Tar Heels in the previously announced ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Dec. 1) and jump in to Big Ten action on Dec. 4 when it welcomes Illinois and traveling to Penn State on Dec. 8. Non-conference action rounds out with a pair of home games before the holiday break against Morehead State (Dec. 18) and Butler (Dec. 21). 

Big Ten play resumes on Dec. 29 when the team travels to Michigan State and will begin the 2023 calendar year by hosting Nebraska at home on Jan. 1. The Hoosiers will get a bye in the first week of January as it picks up play at Northwestern on Jan. 8. A pair of home games awaits after that against Maryland (Jan. 12) and Wisconsin (Jan. 15). Rounding out the month are visits to Illinois (Jan. 18) and Michigan (Jan. 23) before welcoming Ohio State (Jan. 26) and Rutgers (Jan. 29).

Four of IU’s seven games in February will be on the road as it travels to Minnesota (Feb. 1) and Purdue (Feb. 5). They will host three games inside the Hall including Iowa (Feb. 9), Michigan (Feb. 16) and Purdue (Feb. 19) Other road games during the month are at Ohio State (Feb. 13) and the regular season finale at Iowa (Feb. 26).

Indiana is coming off its second-straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance where it finished 24-7 overall in 2021-22. All-Americans Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes return for the Hoosiers who will add seven newcomers to the fold in 2022-23. Head coach Teri Moren enters her ninth season at the helm of the program, who holds a 172-89 record in eight seasons.

Game times and TV designations will be determined later.

2022-23 Indiana Women’s Basketball Schedule

Nov. 4Vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (Exh.)Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 8VermontBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 11UMass LowellBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 14at TennesseeKnoxville, Tenn.
Nov. 17BGSUBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 20QuinnipiacBloomington, Ind.
Nov. 25Vs. AuburnLas Vegas, Nev.
Nov. 26Vs. MemphisLas Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 1North CarolinaBloomington, Ind.
Dec. 4Illinois*Bloomington, Ind.
Dec. 8at Penn StateState College, Pa.
Dec. 18Morehead StateBloomington, Ind.
Dec. 21ButlerBloomington, Ind.
Dec. 29at Michigan State*East Lansing, Mich.
Jan. 1Nebraska*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 8at Northwestern*Evanston, Ill.
Jan. 12Maryland*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 15WisconsinBloomington, Ind.
Jan. 18at Illinois*Champaign, Ill.
Jan. 23at Michigan*Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jan. 26Ohio State*Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 29Rutgers*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 1at Minnesota*Minneapolis, Minn.
Feb. 5at Purdue*West Lafayette, Ind.
Feb. 9Iowa*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 13at Ohio State*Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 16Michigan*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 19Purdue*Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 26at Iowa*Iowa City, Iowa

Indiana Travels South for Date with Louisville

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-3) continues the program’s 30th season with a road tilt against Louisville (3-1-1) on Sept. 8 at Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium. First kick between the Hoosiers and Cardinals is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

ACCNX will provide a stream of the match with Jeff Greer (PxP) and Casey Whitfield (Analyst) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on


• The Louisville Cardinals, led by long-time head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes, enter Thursday’s match with a record of 3-1-1. U of L has secured victories over UIC (3-0), Northern Kentucky (1-0) and No. 23 Memphis (3-2) to open the season.

• Karen Ferguson-Dayes is Louisville’s all-time winningest women’s soccer coach with 197 wins to her credit in her 23rd season on the sidelines.

• Graduate forward Maisie Whitsett paces the Cardinals in total points (7), assists (3), shots (11) and shots on goal (6). The San Diego native is also second on the team in goals scored with two.

• Freshman defender Karsyn Cherry leads Louisville in goals scored with three, two of which have served as game-winning tallies.

• Freshman keeper Erynn Floyd has started all five matches for the Cardinals. She has allowed four goals (0.80 goals against average) with seven saves (0.636 save percentage). The Wilton, Conn., native has recorded three shutouts this season.


• The two sides have met five previous times on the pitch with the first of the meetings happening in the 1994 season. Each program has recorded two wins and a draw in the series.

• Indiana won the first two matchups of the rivalry with a 5-1 decision on Sept. 14, 1994 followed by a 2-1 result on Oct. 31, 1997. The teams did not face off again until a 1-1 draw on Aug. 13, 2016.

• Louisville has earned the upper hand in each of the last two matches with a pair of shutout victories in 2017 (2-0) and 2019 (1-0).

• Indiana is 4-23-3 all time against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference after a 0-0 draw at Virginia Tech in the early stages of the 2022 season.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

made her 20th career start for the Hoosiers in the match.


• After opening the season with a Thursday night Big Ten battle, Purdue Football returns to the gridiron for a Saturday non-conference matchup. The Boilermakers host Indiana State to begin a stretch of three straight nonconference contests. Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET. • Purdue leads the all-time series 5-0 with all five victories coming in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers and Sycamores last met in 2015, a 38-14 Purdue victory (Sept. 12, 2015). The first in-state matchup occurred 96 years ago when the Boilermakers shutout Indiana 38-0. • After throwing for 360 yards against Penn State to eclipse 6,000 yards for his career, Aidan O’Connell is one touchdown away f becoming the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to throw 45 touchdowns. • Behind the arm of O’Connell, Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense and ranks 14th nationally (360.0 yards per game). • Charlie Jones’ 153 receiving yards in the season opener were the most ever by a Boilermaker making his Purdue debut. • Fourteen Boilermakers made their Purdue debuts in the season opener against Penn State: Cole Brevard, Elijah Canion, Nic Caraway, Sione Finau, Jah’von Grigsby, Bryce Hampton, Scotty Humpich, Joseph Jefferson, Daniel Johnson, Charlie Jones, Kobe Lewis, Mo Omonode, Reese Taylor, Tyrone Tracy. • The Boilermakers are in the midst of playing three of their four September games at home, while October feature three of four games on the road. • Purdue’s honorary captains against Indiana State are Kyle Orton (QB: 2001-04) and Keena Turner (DE: 1976-79); Orton is a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, while Turner is in the Den of Defensive Ends.

BOILERMAKERS BACK IN THE RANKINGS • The Boilermakers received votes in the preseason AP and Coaches polls heading into the 2022 campaign. • Purdue’s two wins over top-5 opponents last year saw the Boilermakers crack into the national rankings for the first time since 2007. • Purdue was No. 25 in the AP poll following its win at No. 2 Iowa and was later ranked No. 19 in the College Football Playoff ranking, the first appearance in program history, after defeating No. 3 Michigan State at Ross-Ade Stadium.


• Make Purdue 17-13 when coming off a loss under Jeff Brohm.

• Make Purdue 7-6 in regular season non-conference games

under Brohm.

• Be the fifth straight win for Purdue after a loss.

• Keep Purdue perfect against FCS teams since the 1978 division.

• Be the first against an FCS opponent in the Brohm era.

• Mark the 295th victory at Ross-Ade Stadium

Game 2 Prep: In-State Matchup On Tap Between Boilermakers and Sycamores

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After opening the season with a Thursday night Big Ten battle, Purdue Football returns to the gridiron for a Saturday non-conference matchup. The Boilermakers host Indiana State to begin a stretch of three straight non-conference contests. Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for 4 p.m. ET.

Purdue leads the all-time series 5-0 with all five victories coming in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers and Sycamores last met in 2015, a 38-14 Purdue victory (Sept. 12, 2015). The first in-state matchup occurred 96 years ago when the Boilermakers shutout Indiana State 38-0.


• After throwing for 360 yards against Penn State to eclipse 6,000 yards for his career, Aidan O’Connell is one touchdown away from becoming the seventh quarterback in Purdue history to throw 45 touchdowns.

• Behind the arm of O’Connell, Purdue leads the Big Ten in passing offense and ranks 14th nationally (360.0 yards per game).

• Charlie Jones’ 153 receiving yards in the season opener were the most ever by a Boilermaker making his Purdue debut.

• Fourteen Boilermakers made their Purdue debuts in the season opener against Penn State: Cole Brevard, Elijah Canion, Nic Caraway, Sione Finau, Jah’von Grigsby, Bryce Hampton, Scotty Humpich, Joseph Jefferson, Daniel Johnson, Charlie Jones, Kobe Lewis, Mo Omonode, Reese Taylor, Tyrone Tracy.

• The Boilermakers are in the midst of playing three of their four September games at home, while October feature three of four games on the road.


• Wide receiver Charlie Jones transferred to Purdue in hopes of showcasing his abilities. It’s safe to say he enjoyed his first game playing in Jeff Brohm’s offense.

• After making just 21 catches for 323 yards during the entire 2021 season at Iowa, Jones hauled in 12 catches for 153 yards in Thursday’s season opener against Penn State.

• Jones set new career highs in both categories, and his 153 receiving yards were the most by a Boilermaker in a debut in program history.

• With 12 catches in the opener, the Purdue wideout tops the nation in receptions per game.

• He ended the night with 196 all-purpose yards (153 receiving, 43 kick return) to lead all Big Ten players.


• Beginning his career as a walk-on and eighth on the quarterback depth chart, Aidan O’Connell worked his way up to the starting role and didn’t stop there. The sixth-year QB has etched his name in the school record books, and he continued to rise up the career charts following the season opener against Penn State.

• Kicking off the 2022 season, O’Connell threw for 365 yards to become the seventh Purdue quarterback to record more than 6,000 passing yards for a career.

• O’Connell now has nine 350-yard passing games; only Drew Brees has more (12).

• The Long Grove, Illinois, native threw his 44th career passing touchdown to make him one touchdown away from becoming the seventh Purdue quarterback to throw 45 touchdowns.


• Playing youth football together, Aidan O’Connell and Charlie Jones were reunited at Purdue this offseason. Years passed since they were teammates, but you would not have known it in Thursday’s season opener versus Penn State.

• O’Connell found Jones 12 times and the duo connected for 153 yards through the air. The 12 catches and 153 yards were new career highs for Jones, making his Purdue debut after stops at Buffalo and Iowa.

• Jones was the target receiver on 19 of O’Connell’s 60 passes.

• Late in the third quarter, a 7-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell to Jones gave Purdue the lead. 


• King Doerue opened the 2022 campaign with a pair of touchdowns on the ground against Penn State.

• The Amarillo, Texas, native rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries.

• The multi-touchdown game was the second of his career and matched his total rushing touchdown output from a season ago.


• Purdue will face an FCS opponent for the first time since 2016 when it won 45-24 over Eastern Kentucky in the season opener.

• The Big Ten Conference announced a scheduling rule in 2015 that did not permit league teams from playing FCS opposition, a decision that was reversed in 2017.

• From 2006 to 2016, the Boilermakers faced an FCS opponent every season except for 2009.

• The Boilermakers have faced Indiana State three of those games.


• Chris Jefferson made the most of his first start at Purdue with a 72-yard interception return for a touchdown against Penn State in the fourth quarter, which gave Purdue a 31-28 lead at the time.

• Jefferson’s pick six was the second of his career, following a 92-yard score when he played at Findlay against Walsh in the spring of 2021. He finished the spring campaign as the G-MAC Defensive Player of the Year and First Team AP Division II All-America.

• Jefferson now has 14 interceptions in his career.

• The interception return for a touchdown was the 54th by a Boilermaker since 1950 and sixth longest since 2001 and fifth of the Brohm era.


• Defensive lineman Lawrence Johnson and Indiana State quarterback Michael Haupert, defensive lineman Gianini Belizaire and defensive back Ethan Hoover played together at Fort Wayne Snider.

• Defensive lineman Sulaiman Kpaka and Indiana State Michael Lufile played high school ball together at Grand Prairie in Texas.

• Running back Will Chapman, linebackers Hudson Miller and Farrell Henderson III and defensive end Jayden Scruggs played at Cathedral with Daijon Collins.

• Kickoff man Chris Van Eekeren and Indiana State defensive back JP Osafo played together at Chesterton High School.

• Safety Joseph Jefferson II and Indiana State offensive lineman Loic Amouzouvi played together at Pike.

• Offensive lineman Eric Miller and defensive lineman Casey Miller played together at William Mason in Ohio.

• Indiana State assistant head coach and defensive line coach Mark Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue in 1979.

• Purdue co-defensive coordinator/defensive line Mark Hagen was on staff with Indiana State safeties coach Wolfgang Shafer when the latter was a graduate assistant in 2020 at Texas.


• Two legendary Boilermakers return to West Lafayette as honorary captains for Week 2 in Kyle Orton and Keena Turner.

• Orton, a member of the Cradle of Quarterbacks, threw for 9,337 yards and 63 touchdowns during his career from 2001-04.

• The 2004 First Team All-Big Ten honoree then embarked on an 11-year NFL career that saw him throw for 18,037 yards and 101 touchdowns.

• Turner was a two-time First Team All-Big Ten honoree from 1976 to 1979.

• A member of the Den of Defensive Ends and the Purdue Hall of Fame, Turner won four Super Bowls as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

• Since 2001, he has served various roles for the 49ers and is currently the vice president and senior advisor to the general manager.

Purdue Welcomes No. 9 Notre Dame to Folk Field

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In an in-state clash, the Purdue soccer team hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Thursday night at Folk Field, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.

Admission is free for all fans on Thursday and for every regular-season home game in 2022. There will be a Taco Thursday giveaway to students, with free tacos while supplies last.

The match will be broadcast live on B1G+, and live stats are available at Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at

Thursday night is the third meeting between Purdue and Notre Dame in the last year, after the two sides faced off twice in 2021. They first met in the regular season in Notre Dame, Indiana, and again in the NCAA Second Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is UND’s first-ever trip to West Lafayette.

The Boilermakers (3-3-0) welcome their second top-25 opponent to Folk Field in 2022, following a 3-0 victory over No. 15 USC in front of a record-breaking crowd on opening night. Purdue is coming off a 2-1 road win at Kansas State on Sunday and is 2-1-0 at Folk Field in 2022.

Through six games, the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.67 saves per game. They also are fifth with 11 total assists and sixth with a .491 shot accuracy. Purdue has scored eight goals on 57 shots, with six goals allowed and 34 saves for a .850 save percentage.

Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile is No. 14 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten with 33 saves, and she also leads the league with 6.60 saves per game and is fourth with a .868 save percentage. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway is second in the league with four goals, third with 10 points and sixth with a .615 shot accuracy. Junior midfielder Emily Mathews paces the team with three assists, which is third-most in the conference.


Purdue is 1-2-1 all-time against Notre Dame following a pair of matchups in both 2002 and 2021. Thursday will be the Boilermakers’ first home game in the series. Last year, the Fighting Irish earned a 1-0 home win on September 2. It was followed by a 1-1, double-overtime draw in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on November 19 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The in-state foes also met twice in 2002, both 3-1 affairs at Notre Dame. The No. 20-ranked Boilermakers won the first meeting on October 8, and No. 19 UND topped No. 14 Purdue in the NCAA Second Round on November 17.

On September 2, 2021, Purdue’s season-opening unbeaten streak was snapped with a 1-0 loss at Notre Dame thanks to a 59th-minute goal. Purdue had six shots, four on goal, while Notre Dame had 10 shots and five shots on goal. UND earned nine corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ one. A complete recap of the match can be found at

In the NCAA Second Round on November 19, 2021, No. 24 Purdue saw its historic season come to an end with a 1-1, double-overtime draw, as UND advanced on penalty kicks, 4-3. Then-sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews found the back of the net in the seventh minute, and Notre Dame evened the score in the 28th. In 110 minutes, Notre Dame had 31 shots to Purdue’s 15, though both teams had several good chances to break the tie. ND had an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal, and the Fighting Irish had a 12-4 edge in corners. A complete recap of the postseason contest is available at


Notre Dame is a perfect 5-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 on the road. The Fighting Irish own back-to-back wins over Big Ten opponents, after home victories over Illinois, 4-0 on August 28, and Wisconsin, 4-1 on September 1. Wisconsin’s goal a week ago was the first scored against UND this season. In its sole road match before coming to Folk Field, Notre Dame won at Saint Louis, 2-0 on August 25. UND’s contest at Indiana on Sunday was canceled due to field conditions in Bloomington.

The Irish are in the top-15 nationally in each major poll. They check in at No. 9 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings and No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. Notre Dame also is No. 8 in College Soccer News’ top-30.

Statistically, the Fighting Irish lead the nation with 11.20 corner kicks per game and they are No. 2 with 13.00 shots on goal per game, No. 3 with 23.60 shots per game, No. 11 with a .200 goals-against average, No. 14 with a .800 shutout percentage, No. 18 with 3.00 goals per game and No. 22 with 8.40 points per game. UND has scored 15 goals with 12 assists and has allowed one goal with six saves for a .857 save percentage. Individually, Olivia Wingate is No. 8 nationally with five goals and No. 15 with 11 points, while Mackenzie Wood’s .333 goals-against average is No. 22 in the country.


Purdue earned a hard-fought, 2-1 victory at Kansas State on Sunday afternoon. The Boilermakers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on junior forward Zoie Allen’s first career goal, and they extended the advantage to 2-0 in the 25th on a score by sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway. Purdue then withstood having to play the final 47 minutes with 10 players after a second yellow card was shown in the 43rd minute. Despite being down a starter on the back line for the entire second half, the visitors continued to control possession while holding the Wildcats to one goal, in the 87th minute.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile had one of the best performances of her career, as she made a career-best 11 saves to nearly double her previous best of six. Her final save was stopping a penalty kick in the 80th minute that at the time kept K-State goalless. Kile’s 11 saves are tied for fourth-most in a single game in program history and the most since Jordan Ginther also had 11 in a 2016 contest against Rutgers.

Purdue was out-shot 19-7, and K-State had a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal, though the visiting side controlled play and had quality opportunities in the final third throughout the contest, including down a player in the second half. As such, the Boilermakers registered eight corner kicks to Kansas State’s five. A total of five yellow cards were shown in the match.

A complete recap can be found at


After a nine-day layoff, Big Ten play commences at Northwestern on Sunday, September 18, at 2 p.m. ET. Purdue then returns home to host Wisconsin for a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU on Thursday, September 22, at 5 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022. Purdue’s originally-schedule game for this Sunday, September 11, was canceled in early August, due to a change in Long Beach State’s travel schedule.

Fall Ball Schedule & Scrimmages Announced

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of fall exhibition games vs. regional Division I opponents headline Purdue baseball’s fall ball slate, which also features a host of open scrimmages at Alexander Field.

The Boilermakers’ 45-day fall practice calendar begins Thursday, Sept. 8 and features 18 home events that are open to the public (with free admission).

Purdue has exhibition games against Louisville and Dayton this fall. The Boilermakers will make their first visit to the Louisville’s Jim Patterson Stadium since April 2017 the weekend of Sept. 24 to 25. The date and time of the game will be determined by the start time of the Cardinals’ Sept. 24 home football game, which is likely to be announced Monday, Sept. 12.

Dayton returns to Alexander Field for a 2 p.m. game Saturday, Oct. 8. The Flyers made their Alexander debut as part of a warm and sunny midweek date on March 15 of this past season.

The annual three-game Black & Gold Series is set for Oct. 20 to 22 and marks the end of fall practice. All three games will be played regardless of the results. They are expected to be afternoon matinees. Purdue is planning its annual Family Day meal for the players’ families on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Alexander.

The coaching staff has designated at least 14 practice dates as scrimmage days, which are also open to the public. Scrimmages begin Monday, Sept. 12 and are traditionally afternoon sessions. Times and scrimmage updates will be shared on social media on the day of and posted here as they become available. Dates and times are subject to change based on weather.

The Boilermakers have an open scrimmage planned for Friday, Oct. 14 to kick off Purdue’s Family Day Weekend on campus, but parking restrictions due to the sold-out football game Saturday dictate the Alexander lot must be clear by 5 p.m.


All Home Events Open to the Public with Free Admission


• Saturday, Sept. 24 or Sunday, Sept. 25 at TBA – at Louisville (Time & Date Determined by Kickoff Time of Sept. 24 Football Game)

• Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. – vs. Dayton


• Thursday, Oct. 20 – Game 1

• Friday, Oct. 21 – Game 2

• Saturday, Oct. 22 – Game 3


Dates & Times Subject to Change with Limited Notice (Primarily Afternoon Starts)

Additional scrimmage dates could be added Oct. 1-7

• Monday, Sept. 12

• Tuesday, Sept. 13

• Thursday, Sept. 15

• Monday, Sept. 19

• Tuesday, Sept. 20

• Thursday, Sept. 22

• Tuesday, Sept. 27

• Thursday, Sept. 29

• Friday, Sept. 30

• Tuesday, Oct. 4 (Scout Day)

• Wednesday, Oct. 12

• Thursday, Oct. 13

• Friday, Oct. 14 – See Parking Note

• Tuesday, Oct. 18


• Purdue football has a sold-out home game on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Alexander Field lot west of the stadium will be unavailable for baseball parking beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14.

Big Ten Announces 2022-23 Conference Slate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The final pieces of the 2022-23 Purdue women’s basketball season are set, as the Big Ten Conference unveiled its schedule for league play Wednesday afternoon.

Head coach Katie Gearlds enters her second campaign back at her alma mater and first with a complete offseason in charge. The Boilermakers return all five starters from a year ago in Cassidy Hardin, Rickie Woltman and All-Big Ten honorees Madison Layden, Abbey Ellis and Jeanae Terry.

Purdue welcomed a group of five newcomers during the offseason with the 2022 WAC Player of the Year Caitlyn Harper from Cal Baptist, Rutgers transfer Lasha Petree and freshmen Lilly Stoddard, Addison Potts and Ainhoa Holzer.

Big Ten play opens with a pair of games before the holiday break, starting with a road trip to Michigan State on Dec. 5 and the league home opener against Maryland on Dec. 8.

Purdue returns from the break with a road trip to Iowa on Dec. 29, before ringing in the new year against Wisconsin at Mackey Arena on New Year’s Day.

Three of Purdue’s eight games in January are set for Saturdays at Penn State (Jan. 7), at Northwestern (Jan. 14) and home against Minnesota (Jan. 21). The Boilermakers will host midweek matchups against Michigan (Jan. 10) and Nebraska (Jan. 18), before closing out the month with back-to-back road games at Illinois (Jan. 26) and Ohio State (Jan. 29).

After a week off, Purdue will host in-state rival Indiana for the first matchup of the Governor’s Cup on Feb. 5, before jetting off to Rutgers for a Feb. 9 away trip.

Three of the Boilermakers’ final five games will be played at Mackey Arena against Northwestern (Feb. 12), Michigan State (Feb. 15) and Penn State (Feb. 22).

The annual Barn Burner Trophy Game against Indiana will be played Feb. 19 at Assembly Hall.

Purdue will close out the regular season at Minnesota on Feb. 26, before heading over to the Target Center in Minneapolis for the Big Ten Tournament the following week.

Tip times and television assignments will be announced later.

The Big Ten announcement rounds out the entire 2022-23 regular season for Purdue. The Boilermakers start the campaign with four straight home games, opening Nov. 10 against Marshall, before heading to the Cancun Challenge over Thanksgiving.

Purdue will square off with Syracuse for the 2022 Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 30. The non-conference action concludes with a home tilt against Illinois State (Dec. 11) and a pair of games against Utah Tech (Dec. 20) and Texas A&M (Dec. 21) at the Last Vegas Invitational.

Maryland Soccer Plex To Host BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships

NEW YORK – The BIG EAST Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships presented by Jeep will be played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., beginning in 2022, the Conference announced Wednesday. The agreement spans three years and includes the 2022, 2023 and 2024 postseasons. Since 2015, both the semifinals and finals of the men’s and women’s championships have been played on BIG EAST campus sites.

The BIG EAST’s move to Maryland SoccerPlex follows a joint recommendation from both coaching groups to host the events at a neutral site.

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of the best collegiate soccer in the country,” said Executive Associate Commissioner for Sports Administration and Championships Chris Schneider.  “The Maryland SoccerPlex has a history of hosting incredible soccer events and we look forward to working with them and their youth soccer community on creating memorable experiences for our student-athletes.”

The Maryland SoccerPlex is a 24-field complex that welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year. Opened in 2000, the Maryland SoccerPlex was built with a public-private partnership between the Maryland Soccer Foundation and the Maryland National-Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC). In the center of the Maryland SoccerPlex sits Maureen Hendrick’s Field at Championship Stadium. This exceptional field provides an intimate atmosphere to all games played here. The field sits low in a bowl-like stadium and is surrounded by 3,200 hard seats, with an overall capacity of 5,000.

“The Maryland SoccerPlex is excited to host the BIG EAST Championships over the next three years,” said Matt Libber, Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex. “The BIG EAST represents some of the best men’s and women’s soccer programs in the NCAA which gives us the opportunity to showcase our facility on a national level, bring high level soccer to our community, and provide an ample experience for the student athletes and their families in Maryland. “

In similar fashion to past seasons, the first-round format of both the men’s and women’s championships will have the No. 3 seed host the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed host the No. 5 seed. The women’s opening round will be played on Sunday, Oct. 30, while the men open postseason competition on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The winners will advance to the semifinals at Maryland SoccerPlex, with the women’s semifinal scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3 and the title match Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1. Men’s semifinal competition takes place on Thursday Nov. 10, prior to the title game on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Ticket information for both the men’s and women’s soccer championships will be announced at a later date.

Butler WSoccer Welcomes Dayton to the Sellick Bowl

The Butler women’s soccer team will welcome Dayton to the Sellick Bowl on Thursday, September 8, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 loss to No. 22 Wisconsin, while the Flyers most recently defeated Bellarmine, 1-0.

Bulldog Bits

(through games 9/5/2022)

Katie Soderstrom is second in the nation with three game-winning goals, sixth with 2.6 shots on goal per game, eighth with 8 total goals, and 11th with 12 points. She leads the BIG EAST in all four categories.

Anna Pierce’s shutouts (2), goals-against average (.623) and save percentage (.850) all rank third in the BIG EAST.

Katie Soderstrom was selected for the second time this season as the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week following her performances against Wright State and No. 22 Wisconsin. She led the Butler offense last week by scoring three goals and adding an assist to total seven points, tallying 11 shots in two matches. She scored her three goals on five shots and had one assist against Wright State. She also had five shots, two of which were on goal, against No. 22 Wisconsin. Soderstrom led the BIG EAST in shots, points, and goals last week, becoming the first conference player to register a hat trick in 2022.

Freshman Talia Sommer, who started in Butler’s first three matches this season, was called back to Israel to compete with the Israeli women’s national football team during qualification matches for the 2023 World Cup. She started in Israel’s 2-1 win over Bulgaria on Sep. 1 and also saw action in the loss to Serbia this past Tuesday, Sep. 6.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Dayton leads, 5-4-1

LAST MEETING: February 21, 2021 – Westfield, Ind. – Butler 4, Dayton 1

Butler has won the past three meetings, dating back to 2012

Dayton’s most recent win (1-0) was August 20, 2010

Scouting Dayton

Previous match: Bellarmine W, 1-0

The Flyers have a 2-0 win over Wright State this season and suffered an 0-4 loss to Ohio State.

Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Dayton include:

        #22 Itala Gemelli (4g, 1a)

        #17 Jessica Sheldon (1g, 2a)

        #15 Noel Blain (1g, 1a)

        #31 Natalie Hegg (1g, 1a)

        #8 Diana Benigno (2a)

Madelyn Dewey (2-0-1) and Batoul Reda (1-1-0) have each logged 225 minutes in goal for the Flyers. Dewey has allowed 2 goals (.80 GAA) and has made 6 saves (.750). Reda has allowed 4 goals (1.60 GAA) and has made 11 saves (.733).


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s and women’s cross country duo of Will Clark and Julie Smith have been named #HLXC Freshmen of the Week for their efforts at the Mastodon Opener last Friday (Sept. 2).

Clark had an impressive cross country debut, finishing third overall of 62 runners at the Mastodon Opener with a 5K time of 15:40.0. In doing so, he helped the Jaguars to a team title with 23 points, winning by nine points over host Purdue Fort Wayne.

On the women’s side, Smith, a true freshman, spun a time of 19:32.2 in her collegiate debut. She finished 11th overall and ninth among the collegiate runners in the meet while helping IUPUI to a second-place finish.

IUPUI had a stranglehold on the men’s Freshman of the Week Award last season, winning it four times in six weeks as three different Jaguars collected the award. Smith becomes IUPUI’s first-ever women’s recipient of the weekly award.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they participate in the McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute.


Murray St. (Sept. 8 – 6:00 pm): ESPN+ I Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)

Evansville (Sept. 11 – 4:00 pm): Live Stats I Game Notes (.pdf)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will close out its non-conference slate this week when the Jaguars host a pair of matches at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium. Head coach Chris Johnson’s squad will welcome Murray State on Thursday night (Sept. 8) at 6:00 p.m. before hosting Evansville on Sunday (Sept. 11) at 4:00 p.m.. Thursday’s contest with Murray State will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) calls the action.

IUPUI (2-0-3) comes in undefeated through the season’s opening three weeks and has played opponents to scoreless draws in each of its past three outings. The Jaguars come in leading the Horizon League in shutouts (4) and fewest goals allowed (2) through five games. The Jags haven’t yielded a score in 305 minutes, having blanked Bellarmine, Western Illinois and Belmont in succession. In goal, sophomore Ashton Kudlo ranks No. 40 in the country with a 0.46 goals against average while freshman Cailynn Junk has yet to allow a score in either of her two appearances.

Offensively, IUPUI tallied three of its four goals on the year in the 3-2 win at SIUE after opening the year with a 1-0 win at Tennessee Tech. Senior Maya Lacognato has two of the team’s four goals while Emma Antoine and Emma Frey account for the other two scores. Johnson has relied heavily on a talented freshman class in the season’s early going as Frey, Kailyn Smith and Sophia White rank among the team’s top five in minutes played. White and senior Maya Turner continue to anchor a back line that has been stingy in terms of allowing shots. IUPUI’s foes are attempting just 9.2 tries per game 


“(At Belmont) we had better quality chances than the Bellarmine game and more chances than the Western (Illinois) game. It keeps getting better, but we need to be more efficient in terms of capitalizing on those opportunities we are creating,” Johnson said following the draw at Belmont.


Murray State enters play at 0-4-1 on the year and 0-3 on the road. The Racers are coming off a 2-2 draw against UT Martin for their first result of the season. Morgan Bodker leads Murray State with two goals and Chloe Barnthouse has a goal and an assist. The MSU goalkeeping duo Jamie Skarupsky and Janna Villacres have a 2.40 goals against average and .520 save percentage in five games. Skarupsky has started three of the Racers’ five games with a 2.67 GAA.


Evansville enters the week at 1-1-2 on the season and will play at Southeast Missouri State on Thursday (Sept. 8). The Purple Aces’ lone win of the year came over Morehead State and they also own draws with Austin Peay and SIUE. UE’s lone loss of the season came to Vanderbilt in their season opener. Emily Ormson has two of the team’s three goals and Sophia Rodil has the other score. In goal, Myia Danek has started three of the team’s four games and owns a 1.33 goals against average and .765 save percentage.


IUPUI is 4-5-1 all-time against Murray State and 4-1 in the five meetings in Indianapolis. MSU won the most recent meeting, 3-0 in Murray, Ky., on Aug. 24, 2018. IUPUI has won the last four meetings in Indy, winning at three different locations (2004 at Pike High School, 2006 at Kuntz Stadium, 2009 at Kuntz Stadium and 2015 at Carroll Stadium).

IUPUI is 6-4-1 all-time against Evansville and 3-3-1 in seven meetings in Indianapolis. IUPUI has won the last four meetings between the two schools by identical 1-0 scores.


IUPUI will open Horizon League play against Cleveland State on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Carroll Stadium at 6:00 p.m.


Ball State is set to welcome Western Michigan for the home opener and conference lid lifter. The two teams have met 48 times previously with the Broncos holding a slight edge in the series, 26-22. However, the Cardinals have won three of the last four, including last season’s 45-20 triumph in Kalamazoo.  Saturday’s duel will mark the earliest date (Sept. 10) the teams have ever met. The two teams have met four times in September all-time, with the earliest matchup coming in the first game in series history: Sept. 18, 1971. The matchup also marks the earliest conference game by Ball State since facing Eastern Michigan on Aug. 30, 2012. It also is the earliest home conference opener since battling Miami on Aug. 30, 2007.  Fresh off its second consecutive season with a bowl appearance, Ball State is aiming to accomplish something that has never been done in program history: make it to a bowl game in three straight seasons. The Cardinals have appeared in two straight seasons three times: 2007-08, 2012-13 and 2020-21, and have won 13 games over the past two campaigns, which is the most in the Mid-American Conference.  Out of the 112 players on the roster, 83 are classified as underclassmen. The 83 underclassmen total ranks as the 18th-highest in college football. In addition, Ball State’s roster makeup of 74.1 percent underclassmen ranks as the seventh-highest in the FBS.  Ball State had strong representation in Phil Steele College Football Preview’s 2022 preseason All-Mid-American Conference teams as nine players earned a spot. Wide receiver Jayshon Jackson and offensive lineman Corey Stewart earned a spot on the second team, while the third team had the biggest contingent of Cardinals: linebacker Clayton Coll, safety Malcolm Lee, long snapper Dylan Seiler, running back Carson Steele and cornerback Amechi Uzodinma II were placed on the third team. Rounding out the list, wideout Yo’Heinz Tyler was tabbed to the fourth team.  In addition, Athlon Sports published its annual preseason magazine and featured a multitude of Ball State players. Uzodinma was chosen for the second team, while offensive lineman Ethan Crowe, defensive lineman Tavion Woodard, Coll, Jackson and Steele picked up nods on the third team. Offensive lineman Jaylen Turner and Tyler were selected to the fourth team.

INSIDE THE SERIES  Ball State and Western Michigan are scheduled to square off for the 49th time in series history Saturday. The Broncos lead the overall series, 26-22, but the Cardinals have won three of the last four, including the last two. As one can imagine, the winner of this annual game has gone on to finish higher in the end-of-year league standings in 11 of the last 12 seasons (2018). Saturday’s duel will mark the earliest date (Sept. 10) the teams have ever met. The two teams have met four times in September all-time, with the earliest matchup coming in the first game in series history: Sept. 18, 1971. The matchup also marks the earliest conference game by Ball State since facing Eastern Michigan on Aug. 30, 2012. It also is the earliest home conference opener since battling Miami on Aug. 30, 2007. HOME OPENERS Ball State has won 12 consecutive home openers dating back to 2010, including all six under head coach Mike Neu. In that span, the Cardinals have had their opener be a conference game – both wins vs. Eastern Michigan in 2012 and 2020.

Neese selected to Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason All-MVC Team

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State guard Cooper Neese was selected to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference team as announced by the organization on Wednesday morning.

Neese picks up his first preseason accolade heading into the 2022-23 season after a standout season that saw the Cloverdale, Ind. native receive Third Team All-MVC accolades. The senior guard was also recognized on the MVC’s Most Improved Team by the conference office.

Neese made major strides offensively in his first season under head coach Josh Schertz as the guard set new career-highs in points (15.0) and minutes (35.6) per game. He led the team in scoring and was third overall in the conference in minutes play, while shooting 39.9% from the field, 30.5% from the three-point line and 81.3% from the free throw line.

Not afraid to pull the trigger from outside, Neese connected on multiple three-pointers in 16 different games and hit at least five triples in five different contests. He added seven 20-point contests and a pair of 30-point games on his way to becoming the 41st member of the Indiana State 1,000-point club.

Neese’s selection highlighted the Sycamores as Indiana State was selected fifth overall in the organization’s MVC preseason poll. Drake was selected as the MVC preseason favorite, while Southern Illinois, Bradley, and Belmont rounded out the top five.

Drake sophomore Tucker DeVries was selected as the preseason Player of the Year, while SIU’s Marcus Domask, Drake’s D.J. Wilkins, and Valparaiso’s Ben Krikke were also honored on the preseason All-Conference team.

Women’s Soccer Returns To The Road Thursday At SEMO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will hit the road once again on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces will continue one of the program’s longest road trips with a visit to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to battle the Southeast Missouri State University Redhawks.  Kick-off is set for 6:05 p.m. and Thursday’s match can be seen live on ESPN+.

Evansville will enter Thursday’s contest at 1-1-2 overall and unbeaten in its last three matches.  Due to the weather cancellation of Sunday’s home match with Northern Kentucky, UE is now on the second-longest road trip in program history, as UE will go 28 days and five matches between home contests.  The program record is a seven-match, 33-day road trip which took place in 1997.

UE earned its second Missouri Valley Conference weekly award in as many weeks on Tuesday, as freshman defender Isa Valdez (Phoenix, Ariz./Desert Vista HS) was named the MVC Freshman of the Week.  Fifth-year forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago HS) earned MVC Offensive Player of the Week honors the week prior.  Ormson leads UE with two goals scored this year.

Southeast Missouri State will enter Thursday’s match with a 3-3-0 record, after splitting a road trip at Colorado College (W, 2-1) and Colorado State (L, 2-0) last weekend.  Freshman goalkeeper Sophia Elfrink has excelled in goal for the Redhawks, as she has posted an 87.2 percent save percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average, playing every minute so far this year.  Junior forward Megan Heisserer leads the SEMO offense with two goals on the season.

Evansville knocked off SEMO, 1-0, last September in Evansville on a goal by current senior Kristen Harvey.

USI picked 5th in OVC by Blue Ribbon Basketball

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball was predicted to place fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) by Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine. The official OVC preseason poll will be released in October at the league’s annual basketball media day. 

The Screaming Eagles are entering their first season as an NCAA Division I program after spending the last 50 years in Division II and the last 43 years in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). USI finished its run in Division II with a national championship (1995), four regional championships (1994, 1995, 2004, 2019), and 12 GLVC titles.

Individually, senior guard Jelani Simmons (Columbus, Ohio) was named preseason All-OVC by Blue Ribbon Basketball. Simmons was second team All-GLVC after averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game a year ago.

The senior guard posted a season-high 23 points in the GLVC Tournament game versus the University of Missouri-St. Louis and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds at Drury University a year ago. Simmons reached 1,000 points for his collegiate career during a 22-point performance versus the University of Illinois Springfield (Youngstown State: 430 points; USI: 597 points).

USI finished 2021-22 with an 18-8 overall record, 12-6 in the GLVC, and returns five players, four of whom started 20 or more games last year. 

Eagles head north for two weekend matches

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer begins a three-match road swing with a stop in the Windy City against Chicago State University Friday at 7 p.m. and at Purdue University Fort Wayne Sunday at 12 p.m. The Screaming Eagles will carry with them a four-match unbeaten streak into the weekend.

The Screaming Eagles’ (2-1-2) previous match at home on Monday against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was abandoned at halftime due to inclement weather, where the score was 0-0 and only three combined shots were taken. The match will not be rescheduled.

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

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

Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) had the lone shot on goal against the Lions for the Screaming Eagles. She leads the team with four goals, nine points, and 10 shots with nine on goal.

Through five matches in 2022, USI is at the top among Ohio Valley Conference teams with 69 shots, averaging 13.8 per game. After five matches, USI is outshooting their opponents 69 to 38 and 38 to 18 in shots on goal. 14 Eagles have already recorded multiple shot attempts and eight players have multiple shots on goal this season, led by Murphy with 10 shots and nine on target. USI leads the OVC in goals (6), assists (7), and points (19).

Senior forward/midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) and junior forward/midfielder Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) are climbing up the USI record lists. Both players have been key in USI’s attack throughout their careers. DiTusa and Beyer each have 32 career points, only two away from entering the top-15 all-time in USI history. Doing most of their damage with goal-scoring, both are also approaching the top-12 for career goals in the USI record books. DiTusa is one goal away from entering the top-12, while Beyer needs three to enter USI’s top-12 all-time for goals scored.

Chicago State is 1-5-0 so far in the 2022 season, earning their lone win in a 2-1 final at the Valparaiso Beacons, who were predicted to finish first in the 2022 Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll. The Cougars started their season away from home for their first five matches and will finish their season with eight road matches, having only four matches at home. Last time out, CSU fell 2-0 to Idaho on Sunday. This season, all four of the Cougars’ goals have come from four players. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Delaney Kenney has led the offense with a pair of assists and five shots on goal out of 10 attempts to go along with her one goal scored. In net, sophomore Alexa Seiler has seen most of the action between the posts. In five matches played, Seiler has made 26 saves for a .703 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average. In 2021, CSU was 2-14-1 and 2-8 in conference play. Chicago State recently departed the WAC in June 2022.

Purdue Fort Wayne has a 2-2-2 record this season, defeating Chicago State 4-1 in their regular season opener and Ball State 1-0 on September 1. The Mastodons are coming off a 2-1 loss at Southern Illinois University, as the Salukis snapped a three-match unbeaten streak for Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons will kick off their weekend with a road matchup at Valparaiso before hosting USI Sunday. Senior forward Mackenzie Evans leads Purdue Fort Wayne with four goals, nine points, and seven shots on goal. Redshirt senior forward Kelsey Gallagher has two goals and leads the team with ten shots. Between the posts is senior goalkeeper Samantha Castaneda, who has started all six matches for the Mastodons. She has made 27 saves for a .794 save percentage and 1.18 goals against average with one shutout. In 2021, Purdue Fort Wayne went 5-8-6 and 4-5-2 in Horizon League play.

Friday’s road match will be available for live video coverage with a FloSports subscription, while Sunday’s away game is available to watch with an ESPN+ subscription.

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USI takes on a trio in the Chattanooga Classic

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-6, 0-0 OVC) takes a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Chattanooga Classic. The Screaming Eagles will battle Miami (OH) University (2-4) Friday at noon before dueling against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1-5) Friday at 6 p.m. USI rounds out the classic by facing Duquesne University (1-5) Saturday at 1 p.m. All game times are central.

Game Coverage

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Admission to the Chattanooga Classic is free to all attendees.

Screaming Eagles Headlines:

Ohio Woes. University of Southern Indiana went 0-3 in the Kent State Invitational in Kent, Ohio last weekend. The Screaming Eagles fought hard against Oakland University, Kent State University, and Cornell University despite going a combined 1-9 in 10 sets.

Bednar Honored. It was announced that sophomore Abby Bednar landed herself on the Kent State Invitational All-Tournament team. Bednar finished the weekend with 22 kills, 26 digs, and three aces after playing in 10 sets.

Double Trouble. In USI’s 3-1 loss to Cornell, sophomore Abby Weber and junior Katherine Koch each earned double-doubles for the second time this season. This is the second time USI had two or more players notch double-doubles in the same match (L. Anderson-21 kills, 14 digs; Koch-44 assists, 15 digs; Weber-14 kills, 10 digs vs. Murray State). Weber finished the match with 16 kills and 10 digs while Koch nabbed 41 assists and 11 digs.

Season Leaders. Weber leads the Eagles with 62 kills and 69 points while junior Leah Anderson has 60 kills and 68.5 points. Koch has dominated the passing game, leading the team with 160 assists. Bednar has earned a team-high four aces while freshman Keira Moore has secured 81 digs.

OVC Leaders. USI has three players noted in the conference individual standings. Koch has the second most assists with 160 while being fourth in assists per set with 7.27. Sophomore Lauren O’Neill has put up 1.08 blocks per set, putting her fourth in the OVC. Moore ranks fourth in the conference with 3.68 digs per set and holds fifth most digs with 81.

Guarding the Front Lines. Freshman Bianca Anderson and O’Neill have stood tall at the net for USI, earning 15 and 14 blocks, respectively. The Eagles have five players with double-digit blocks (B. Anderson-15; O’Neill-14; Koch-13; L. Anderson-11; Downing-10) while the team has 40 total blocks (one solo and 78 assists).

Anderson’s Amazing Career. L. Anderson is the lone Eagle who ranks first in career kills per set, service aces per set, and points per set within the OVC. Anderson holds a 2.99 kills per set rating along with a 0.45 ace per set mark. She also sits atop the league with career points per set with 3.67.

About Miami (OH). The RedHawks have started the season 2-4, receiving wins against Bradley and Marshall. Offensively, Miami has 264 kills, 251 assists, and 34 aces. On the defensive side, the RedHawks have recorded 307 digs and 23 blocks (eight solo and 30 assists).

Leading the RedHawks. Freshman Ellie Hanson has kicked off her collegiate campaign successfully, leading the RedHawks with 63 kills and 68 digs. Senior Allyson Severance is closing the attack gap with 62 kills and a team-high 2.95 kills per set. Freshman Hayden Hicks leads the team with 161 assists while freshman Gentry Warrick has a total 12 blocks.

About UT Chattanooga. The Mocs are coming off a 1-5 start to its season, earning a win against Presbyterian last weekend. As a team, Chattanooga has 248 kills, 219 assists, and 34 aces. Defensively, the Mocs have tallied 362 digs and 37 blocks (13 solo and 48 assists). Chattanooga will face UNC Asheville (9/7) and Duquesne (9/9) before facing the Eagles.

Leading the Mocs. Redshirt-senior Natalie Tyson has stormed away with 64 kills for Chattanooga while sophomore Sophia Bossong has collected 105 assists. Sophomore Paige Gallentine leads the team with 97 digs and six aces while sophomore Kate Neill has recorded a team-leading nine blocks.

About Duquesne. The Dukes look to turn around its 1-5 start after defeating Canisius last weekend. As a team, Duquesne has earned 218 kills, 205 assists, and 35 aces. After six matches, the Dukes have acquired 309 digs and 48 blocks (16 solo and 64 assists) while ranking 93rd nationally in blocks per set with 2.29. Duquesne also is 94th nationally in attacks per set with 35.05, second most in the Atlantic 10 Conference just behind George Washington (35.64). The Dukes will face Saint Francis (9/6), Chattanooga (9/9), and Miami (9/9) before battling the Eagles.

Leading the Dukes. Freshman Carsyn Henschen has developed for the Dukes, leading the team with 64 kills and seven aces. Senior Hailey Poling has earned a team-high 167 assists and 57 digs while freshman Madison Grimm has collected a team-leading 58 digs. At the net, freshman Ariel Helm has dominated the blocking game for Duquesne with 21 blocks.

Welcome to Division I. USI Board of Trustees voted unanimously in January 2022 to transition to NCAA Division I athletics beginning in the fall of 2022. The Eagles will be a full-time member of the Ohio Valley Conference and will face Division I opponents during the regular season for the first time in program history. The Eagles spent 42 seasons in NCAA Division II.

History in the Making. Anderson is within striking distance of becoming the 15th player in program history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau and 13th player to reach the 1,000-dig plateau. If successful in both endeavors, Anderson would become the fifth player in program history to reach both milestones.

Record Book Watch. The Eagles have one player climbing up the USI Volleyball Record Book:

–Leah Anderson is seventh in service aces (142) and 16th in kills (944) all-time.

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Soccer Set to Host Matches Friday, Senior Day Sunday

Valparaiso (1-3-2, 0-0-0 MVC)

Friday, Sept. 9 – Purdue Fort Wayne (2-2-2) – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11 – Bowling Green (1-2-1) – 3 p.m.

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: The Valpo soccer program has one last weekend to prepare for MVC play, closing out the nonconference portion of the schedule with home matches Friday versus Purdue Fort Wayne and Sunday versus Bowling Green. The latter match will serve as the team’s Senior Day, as the Beacons will recognize their senior class prior to the match.

Previously: The Beacons dropped a pair of matches last weekend, falling 2-1 to Chicago State and 3-0 at Ball State.

Looking Ahead: MVC play begins for Valpo on the road at UNI on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Following the Beacons: Both of this weekend’s matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3. All nine of Valpo’s home matches are slated for broadcast on The Valley on ESPN (ESPN+ or ESPN3), while select road matches will be broadcast as well.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 15th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 114-108-40 (.511) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne – Despite never sharing a league with Valpo, the Mastodons are one of the program’s most common opponents of all time. Valpo holds a 13-4-1 advantage in the all-time series, but has lost the last two matchups, most recently a 2-0 loss in Fort Wayne in September 2019.

Bowling Green – Valpo trails the all-time series with the Falcons, 2-5-1, and has lost the last two meetings. The last matchup was a 2-0 win for BGSU in Bowling Green in August 2019.

Scouting the Opposition: Purdue Fort Wayne – The Mastodons, who were picked to finish eighth in the Horizon League preseason poll, sit at 2-2-2 to date, most recently falling 2-1 at Southern Illinois. Mackenzie Evans has netted four of Purdue Fort Wayne’s eight goals, while Samantha Castaneda has played nearly every minute in goal and owns a 1.18 GAA.

Bowling Green – The Falcons, who received six of 12 first-place votes and were chosen second in the MAC preseason poll, are currently 1-2-1 on the season and will enter Brown Field off of a 1-0 win last time out over Detroit Mercy. BGSU has netted just two goals in its first four games, but has taken on Michigan State, Cincinnati and Tennessee prior to its win last time out.

Valpo Picked Atop Preseason Poll: The Beacons will be the hunted rather than the hunter this season, as Valpo was chosen atop the MVC preseason poll. Valpo gathered eight out of 11 potential first-place votes and totaled 116 out of 121 potential points, 22 points clear of second-placed Indiana State in the poll. Notably, the program has matched or surpassed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Quartet of Preseason Honorees: Plenty of individual standouts have helped Valpo get to the point where it is the preseason Valley favorite, and four of them were honored with preseason All-MVC accolades. Seniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk were joined by juniors Nikki Coryell and Kelsie James as preseason honorees. Valpo topped all MVC schools with four members of the preseason All-Conference squad.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo put together its best season since joining the Valley last fall, finishing the year with a 10-6-2 overall record and a 6-1-1 mark in Valley play to finish in second place in the standings. The Beacons went unbeaten in their first seven MVC fixtures, part of a nine-match unbeaten streak – the second-longest such streak in program history. Eight players earned postseason awards from the MVC, highlighted by the selection of Nikki Coryell as MVC Goalkeeper of the Year for a second straight season. Kelsie James joined Coryell on the All-MVC First Team, while James and Kiley Dugan were both Second Team All-Region selections.

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s MVC runner-up squad, including nine starters. Joining the fold this year are six newcomers – five freshmen and one transfer.

Celebrating the Seniors: Valpo will recognize the seven members of its senior class prior to Sunday’s Senior Day fixture against Bowling Green: Georgia Henkel, Natalie Graf, Kiley Dugan, Elizabeth Park, Nicole Norfolk, Abbey Hillman and Allie Anderson. Since moving Senior Day in 2013 to a non-conference home match, usually the final one on the slate, Valpo has posted an 8-1-0 record in Senior Day matches.

Joiner Just Scores: Sophomore Addy Joiner opened her account for the 2022 season last Friday against Chicago State with a well-struck shot from distance in the 74th minute against the Cougars. Joiner now has four career goals after tying for second on the team with three goals last season as a freshman.

Finding the Scoresheet Again: Sophomore Dana Fish tied for second on the team as a rookie last season with a trio of goals over 12 appearances as a reserve, and picked up right where she left off Aug. 28 in her second match off the bench this season. Fish entered the match at Northern Colorado in the 28th minute and headed home a corner kick from Allie Anderson 13 minutes later. Last year, Fish’s first goal started a stretch where she picked up three goals and an assist over a four-match span.

Helping Out: Senior Allie Anderson delivered the assist on Fish’s goal at Northern Colorado with a well-taken corner kick. It was the third assist in Anderson’s two seasons at Valpo and the second which has come off of a set piece.

New Season, Same Weekly Honors: It’s become a habit for Valpo to pick up weekly awards from the MVC over the last few seasons, and that continued after opening weekend as goalkeeper Nikki Coryell was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week after posting a pair of clean sheets. Coryell, whose four saves included a diving effort in the final seconds to preserve the 0-0 draw at EIU Aug. 18, has now been named MVC Defensive Player of the Week five times, tying her with Kelsie James (two Offensive, three Freshman) for the second-most prolific weekly award winner in program history, trailing only Lori Moore (1999-2002), who was a six-time Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week.

Dugan and James Team Up: The pair of Kiley Dugan and Kelsie James teamed up for Valpo’s match-winner Aug. 21 against Youngstown State. Dugan finished off the move with the goal in the 74th minute ‑ her third career tally, first since March 19, 2021 and her first career match-winner. Meanwhile, James picked up the assist – the seventh of her career, five of which have come on match-winning goals.

The First Time: Freshman Molly O’Rear was the lone Beacon to make her debut in a Valpo uniform in the season opener at EIU, as she started and played all 90 minutes. Against YSU, sophomore Sam Gountounas made her first career start, while freshman Sarah Epstein came off the bench for her collegiate debut and transfer Andrea Garcia saw her first regular season action at Valpo. Sophomore Emma Morrison made the first start of her collegiate career at Colorado. Last weekend, sophomore Dana Fish made her first career start against Chicago State and freshman Kylie Schiemann made her collegiate debut off the bench in that fixture, while freshman Kennedy Hill made her debut off the bench late in the match at Ball State.

Always in the XI: Three players started all 18 matches for Valpo a season ago: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk and Abby White. White did not play last Friday against Chicago State, snapping a string of 22 consecutive starts to begin her collegiate career. In their fourth season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 56 matches since stepping on campus.

Volleyball Aims For Third Straight Tournament Title

Valparaiso (6-0, 0-0 MVC)

at Akron/CSU Invitational

Friday, Sept. 9 – vs. Morgan State (0-7) – 10 a.m. CT [at Akron]

at Akron (1-5) – 5 p.m. CT

Saturday, Sept. 10 – at Cleveland State (1-5) – 11 a.m. CT

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: At the halfway point of the nonconference slate, it’s two weekends down and two tournament titles for the Valpo volleyball program. The Beacons look to make it three straight championships this weekend as they travel to Ohio for an event co-hosted by Akron and Cleveland State, where they will face Morgan State in addition to the two hosts.

Previously: Valpo claimed tournament hardware for the second straight weekend, winning its own Popcorn Classic last weekend with victories over SIUE (3-1), Campbell (3-2) and Northern Illinois (3-1). Gretchen Kuckkan was named Tournament MVP, while Kara Cooper and Maddy Boyer joined her on the All-Tournament Team.

Looking Ahead: Nonconference play comes to a close next weekend, Sept. 16-17, at UTSA’s Roadrunner Classic. UIW and Houston Baptist round out the tournament field for Valpo’s final tune-ups heading into MVC action.

Following the Beacons: Valpo’s match against Akron will be broadcast live on ESPN3, while its match at Cleveland State will be broadcast on ESPN+. All tournament matches will have live stats available via

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 455 matches (455-217, .677) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 510-241 (.679) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Morgan State – The two programs have met just once before, a 3-0 Valpo victory in a neutral-site matchup at Delaware in 1996.

Akron – The Zips hold a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series, but all eight of the matchups occurred between 1987 and 1992. Seven of those eight showdowns came when both programs were in the North Star Conference.

Cleveland State – It’s a long and winding history between Valpo and CSU, one which has spanned the North Star Conference, the Mid-Continent Conference and the Horizon League. Valpo holds a 20-17 edge in the all-time series, but under Coach Avery, Valpo is just 9-15, including an 8-15 record in the 10 seasons both programs were in the Horizon League. Notably, the Vikings emerged victorious over Valpo in both the 2007 and the 2015 HL Tournament title matches.

Scouting the Opposition: Morgan State – The Lady Bears enter the weekend at 0-7 on the season. Morgan State, which posted a 5-24 record a season ago, was picked to finish in seventh place in the MEAC this season.

Akron – The Zips enter the weekend at 1-5 this year, winning their finale last weekend over George Mason for their first victory of the season. Chosen to finish sixth in the MAC East Division this season, Akron is coming off of a 10-20 record in 2021.

Cleveland State – The Vikings sit at 1-5 through two weekends of action, with their victory coming over Lehigh. CSU went 8-21 last season and was picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League this year.

Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.

Winning Multiple Titles: It took just two weekends for the 2022 Beacons squad to pick up two tournament championships, as after winning the Youngstown Invitational on opening weekend, Valpo won its own Popcorn Classic last weekend. Valpo has won 31 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. This year marks the fifth time under Avery that the program has won tournament championships on each of the season’s first two weekends (2003, 2010, 2013, 2015).

What Could Lie Ahead: A third straight tournament title to open the season would be just the second time in program history Valpo has won championships on each of the season’s first three weekends. The 2010 squad claimed hardware at the La Salle Invitational, the Appalachian Invitational and the Bradley Invitational as part of an 11-match winning streak following a season-opening neutral-site loss. A third tournament title of any sort would make this year’s team just the fifth under Avery to win three in-season tournament championships, and would fit a pattern – the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 teams all won three in-season titles.

Starting Off Hot: This year’s team is one of just four in program history to open the season with at least six consecutive wins. The 2003 and 2013 squads both opened up 8-0, while with three wins this weekend, the 2022 Beacons would match the 2015 team for the best start in program history at 9-0.

What a Performance: It was a career night for senior outside Gretchen Kucckan as Valpo clinched the Popcorn Classic title last Saturday with its win over Northern Illinois. Kuckkan delivered 25 kills – far outpacing her previous career best of 17 – and did so at an efficiency seldom seen from an outside hitter. She hit at a .489 clip, committing just two attack errors on 47 swings — meaning that over half her swings resulted in kills. Kuckkan’s 25 kills are tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player since the move to 25-point rally scoring, while she is one of just five Valpo players to tally 25 or more kills in any length match under 25-point scoring, joining Angie Porché, Emily Campbell, Peyton McCarthy and Jillie Grant. Kuckkan didn’t just stand out offensively on Saturday, either. Defensively, she notched 15 digs — tripling her previous high in her time at Valpo and posting her first double-double as a Beacon.

Popping Off: Not surprisingly, Kuckkan was named MVP of the Popcorn Classic following her performance in the NIU win – her third collegiate All-Tournament Team accolade and her first MVP honor. She completely dominated the second half of Valpo’s tournament run after playing just one set in the first half, averaging 4.50 kills/set on .492 hitting and 2.25 digs/set. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior right sides Maddy Boyer (2.46 kills/set, .301 hitting) and Kara Cooper (2.23 kills/set, .294 hitting, 0.92 blocks/set), both of whom earned All-Tournament honors for the first time.

More All-Tournament Honors: Highlighting the depth of this year’s squad, Valpo’s three All-Tournament Team honorees last weekend were completely different from their honorees opening weekend, when it claimed the Youngstown Invitational title. Sophomore outside Elise Swistek was Tournament MVP at Youngstown and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior outside Bella Ravotto and freshman libero Emma Hickey. Notably, Hickey is the fourth straight Valpo libero (Rylee Cookerly, Morganne Longoria, Taylor Root) to start on opening weekend at libero as a true freshman and receive All-Tournament Team honors.

Player of the Week: Starting at libero on opening weekend as a true freshman might be rare most places, but at Valpo, it’s the norm, as the program’s last four liberos have all started from the jump at the position. The most recent in Valpo’s libero lineage, freshman Emma Hickey was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for her performance on opening weekend. Hickey averaged 5.36 digs/set and helped limit Valpo’s opponents to just 9.73 kills/set over last weekend’s three wins. She paced all players in two of the three matches, highlighted by a 28-dig effort in the Beacons’ title-winning match against Youngstown State.

Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.

Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.

Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.

Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.

Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and the 2021 team maintained those standards. The Beacons posted their 18th winning season in Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm and won at least 20 matches for the 16th time in the last 20 years. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era.


MARION, IND. – No. 11 Volleyball bounced back from a loss their last time out, picking up a big win over No. 25 Mount Vernon Nazarene University. This marked the Wildcats third Top 25 win through two weeks of the season. IWU also moves to 1-0 in Crossroads League play.

Indiana Wesleyan used their home court advantage to fuel a hot start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead and forcing a Mount Vernon timeout. A 9-1 run put the first set out of reach for the Cougars as IWU took the set 25-20.

In the second set the Wildcats found themselves down 6-3 early, but runs of 9-2 and 6-1 would swing momentum their way as they won the set 25-16 and took a 2-0 lead into the third.

The teams battled early in the third set as Mount Vernon held an 8-7 lead. Indiana Wesleyan used a 6-0 run to take control and scored the final 10 points in the set to win 25-10 and sweep the Cougars.

Eva Joldersma (12 kills), Martina Demarchi (9 kills), and Victoria Johnson (9 kills) led a balanced IWU offense.

Ally Barkhaus excelled serving the ball in the mach, recording 3 aces.

Danyelle Prado led the way with 34 assists.

Ally Barkhaus led the Wildcats with 12 digs.


RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Newly ranked No. 12 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer pushed their win streak to six games Wednesday, downing Rio Grande 2-0. The shutout gives IWU their fifth of the season and pushes their goal differential on the season to 27 and 1.


GOSHEN, Ind. – No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis continued their winning ways with two more dominating match wins in Crossroads League play over Spring Arbor and Goshen. The Wildcats remain undefeated and improve to 5-0 overall.


WINONA LAKE, Ind. – No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis continued Crossroads League play on Wednesday evening against Spring Arbor and Goshen. The Wildcats won a tough match against the Cougars, 5-2, before falling just short against the Maple Leafs, 3-4.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Sweep RV Bethel in Crossroads League-Opener

UPLAND, Ind. – The No. 18 Taylor volleyball team (9-2, 1-0 CL) opened its conference season against RV Bethel (5-4, 0-1 CL) on Wednesday evening, a match in which the Trojans flexed their depth and cruised to a three-set sweep over the Pilots.

The Trojan production was scattered across the board, as three Trojans struck six kills-or-more while a trio of Trojans posted three-or-more blocks and five Trojans recorded five-or-more digs.

Senior right-side hitter, Ryan Czerniak, led the charge with 12 kills while maintaining a hitting-percentage of .407. Meanwhile, Anna Frey contributed nine kills herself, alongside six more hit contributed by Arlanda Faulkner.

On the defensive end, Grace Ieremia sent back six blocks, while Czerniak and senior setter, Kacy Bragg, combined for seven more. When the ball made it over the net, the Trojan lineup handled the Pilot attack with relative ease, with Bragg and Frey accumulating 11 and eight digs, respectively, and Nikki Parrett, McKaylah Flagle, and Karli Ware combining for 17 more off the bench.

Service aces also played a significant role in Taylor’s three-set winner over Bethel, as the Trojans posted eight team aces with Bragg leading the way with four.

Taylor capitalized on an errant Pilot attack in the opening set, winning the first period 25-18 while Bethel accumulated more errors than kills. The Trojan offensive attack, then, came alive in the second set, as Taylor posted a potent team hitting-percentage of .500 en route to a 25-16 set-win, riding the waves of a 9-2 run to finish the set.

Despite eight team errors, Taylor managed to secure the three-set sweep thanks in large part to four Kacy Bragg service aces exercised throughout the third-and-final match set.

No. 18 Taylor (9-2, 1-0 CL) will be back in action this Friday, September 9th, when the Trojans travel to La Crosse, Wisconsin, to participate in the Viterbo Tournament. Taylor’s opening match will take place against tourney host, No. 9 Viterbo (7-4), at 3:00 pm ET.

Wabash Winning Streak Ends With 1-0 Loss To Rose

CRAWFORDSVILLE, INDIANA — Wabash saw its three-game winning streak to open the 2022 soccer season come to an end Wednesday evening in a 1-0 home loss to Rose-Hulman 1-0 at Fischer Field.

How it Happened

Wabash (3-1) kept Rose-Hulman (2-0) scoreless in the first half before giving up the lone goal to the Fightin’ Engineers’ Tatenda Mafa in the 51st minute. The Little Giants recorded 11 shots overall in the contest, seven of them on goal. Wabash faced 12 Rose-Hulman shots, four of them on goal. Soren Russell recorded three saves in the start at goalkeeper.

Game Notes

Russell piled up three saves for the Little Giants out of 12 total Engineers shots.

Wabash recorded seven shots on goal

Jesse Martinez led the Wabash offense with three total shots and two shots on goal.

Bruno Zamora added two shots on goal.

Wabash plays host to Monmouth College, Fontbonne University, and Webster University this weekend in the Robbie Dreher Soccer Classic.

RHIT Women’s Soccer Tops Greenville 3-1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman took home their first victory of the women’s soccer season with a 3-1 victory over Greenville University in the home opener for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Kiana Martin got the scoring started for Rose-Hulman in the 16th minute off of corner kick from Lane Lawrence.

Then, in the 24th minute, Camille Clark scored her first career goal on a perfectly-timed run and long pass from Kiley McKee.

McKee would then add to her assist with a goal from about 30 yards out in the 57th minute to put the Fightin’ Engineers up 3-0. Alicia Rodriguez provided the assist on the goal.

Greenville would tack on a late goal from Jen De Leon De Leon with 5 minutes remaining, but the Fightin’ Engineers would take home the victory after outshooting the Panthers 12-5.

Natalie Dillon led the defensive effort by picking up the win in goal.

Rose-Hulman will return to the pitch in a week as they travel to their crosstown rival, St. Mary’s of the Woods (1-0-1) on Wednesday, September 14th, for a 6:00 pm start.

RHIT Men’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 1, Wabash 0

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology improved to 2-0 on the men’s soccer season with a 1-0 victory at Wabash College on Wednesday afternoon.

Tatenda Mafa scored the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute.  Kai Moore provided the assist.

The Fightin’ Engineers narrowly outshot Wabash 12-11 in the match.  John Biederstedt provided saves in goal for a Rose-Hulman shutout victory.

Caleb Urban led the Rose-Hulman offense with three shots.  The Fightin’ Engineers also had three corner kicks in the match.

Rose-Hulman returns home to face 3-0-1 North Central College on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

EARLHAM VB swatted at home

RICHMOND – The Earlham College volleyball team fell to Wittenberg University 3-1 in its opening match in Druley Performance Gym of the 2022 season on Tuesday.

The Quakers dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Liv Kyrk led the Quaker offense with seven kills and a .222 hitting percentage. The junior from Cardington, Ohio also scored two blocks and had two digs.

Erin Wagner recorded 25 assists and 11 digs on the evening. Sophomore Akiko Tajima led the back line with 18 digs.

The Quakers gained an early lead in the first set. As a team, the home squad hit 12 kills for a .139 clip. The Tigers used a 4-0 run to take a 19-18 lead later in the set, but Earlham worked back into the lead for the set win.

Wittenberg went 5-0 to start set two. The visitors hit 19 kills for a .567 hitting percentage with only two errors in the frame. Later in the set, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run to balloon the lead in the set.

Despite coming out better in the third set, the Quakers struggled offensively and hit at a -.167. The Tigers used a 5-0 run to take the lead 9-5.

Earlham regrouped in the fourth and final set to strike at a .15 clip with 10 kills. After leading 11-9, the home squad allowed an 8-1 run by Wittenberg who took a 17-12 lead. The rejuvenated Quaker offense scored seven straight points to close the deficit. Despite the late surge, the Tigers outscored the Quakers 8-3 to end the match.

Earlham will have a few days off before the Pam Briggs Classic in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend. The Quakers will play two games on the campus of Otterbein University on Friday evening before contesting at Capital University twice on Saturday.

RECAP | Tigers Best Grizzlies in Spirited Contest Under the Faught Stadium Lights

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin men’s soccer team continued their busy start to the season, hosting the DePauw Tigers on Wednesday (Sept. 7) night in their final home match of the non-conference schedule.

The Grizzlies (0-4) and Tigers (2-0-1) battled in a spirited, physical contest with the visiting side leaving town with a 2-0 win.

Franklin had a trio of golden scoring chances early in the first half but attempts from Angel Tapia and Eddy Yousak sailed just wide of the net and a Blake Stack shot on target was swatted aside.

Down by a goal and pressing for the equalizer, Franklin’s best chances of the night came in the 71st minute when a rocket from Yousak rang off the crossbar and a follow-up header from Colin Haveman was turned aside.

Shots were 18-9 in DePauw’s favor with eight different Grizzlies attempting a shot attempt in the match. Ian Rowe turned away eight shots in goal for the Grizzlies.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will wrap up a stretch of five matches in 10 days on Saturday (Sept. 10), when they travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to meet the St. Francis Cougars. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

RECAP | Grizzlies Clipped by DePauw on Wednesday Night

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin women’s soccer team returned home on Wednesday (Sept. 7) night for a meeting with in-state rival DePauw University.

The Grizzlies (1-2) conceded an early lead and spent the rest of the game playing catch-up, with the Tigers (2-0-1) hanging on for a 1-0 win.

The game’s lone goal came in the 16th minute with the Tigers scoring off a corner kick. Shortly after the goal, Franklin’s Jaiden Baker had the Grizzlies’ best chance at tying the game but her long-distance strike was turned aside on its way to the top left corner. The Tigers shut down any quality scoring chances the rest of the way.

Baker, Jada Tooley and Elaina Page paced the offensive scoring chances while Makenna Mundy stopped six shots on target in the Franklin goal.

Up Next

The Grizzlies are off for eight days before resuming non-conference play, when they head to St. Mary’s (IN) next Thursday (Sept. 15) night. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball drop Crossroads League opener

Upland, Ind. — Women’s Volleyball lost in straight sets to Crossroads League opponent Taylor University who is ranked 22nd in the NAIA. Hannah Weiss had a team leading eight kills for the Lady Pilots. Bethel is now 5-4 and 0-1 in the Crossroads League.


Weiss had a team leading 8 kills

Jackeline Fernandez and Paige Hickey led with 8 digs

Madyson Beaver led with 13 assists


The Lady Pilots travel to LaCrosse, Wisconsin for the Viterbo Invitational on Friday, and Saturday to play Rocky Mountain (Mont.), #9 Viterbo (Wis.), Rochester (Mich.) and RV Dakota State (SD).

Lady Pilots win home opener 6-1

Mishawaka, Ind—The Lady Pilots dominate Great Lakes Christian College 6-1 bringing Bethel’s record to 3-0-2. Audrey Lerch and Leena Thomas had big games combing for three goals and three assists.


17’| Alexis Vega (BU)

38’| Randi Fitzgerald (GLCC)

49’| GLCC own goal

59’| Audrey Lerch (BU) assisted by Leena Thomas

66’| Leena Thomas (BU) assisted by Audrey Lerch

68’| Audrey Lerch (BU) assisted by Aubrey Vervynckt

84’| Eleah Billings (BU) assisted by Autumn Beaudoin


The Lady Pilots had a total of 6 corner kicks and 19 shots on goal

Audrey Lerch had two goals


WSOC will be at home on September 10th facing Indiana Tech at 7:00 PM. You can watch on the Bethel Sports Network at

DePauw Defeats Franklin with Two Goal Shutout

Franklin, Ind.- The DePauw men’s soccer team held off the Franklin Grizzlies in a 2-0 road victory and improved to 2-0-1 for the season.

For most of the first half, both teams battled for position and advancement past the other back line.

In the 32nd minute of play, Ben Weidner broke down Franklin’s defensive line, beating his last defender and crossing the ball just in front of the goal to find Ethan Webster putting DePauw up 1-0.

The Tigers’ defense stifled the Grizzlies’ attempts throughout the second half and found multiple opportunities to push the game’s pace in favor of DePauw.

DePauw scored its second goal of the evening with just ten minutes left in regulation after Sam Thiel broke free of his defender, sprinted down the sideline, and slipped a pass back to Weidner, who drilled the ball into the back of the net.

Following this 2-0 win, the Tigers head back to Reavis Stadium on Friday, September 9, and host the University of Chicago at 7 pm.

Tigers Beat the Grizzlies 1-0 on the Road

Franklin, Ind.- Recording its second win of the season, the DePauw women’s soccer team beat the Franklin Grizzlies 1-0 on the road.

The Tigers took just 15 minutes to get on the board, going up 1-0 following Zoie Obst’s deflection off a corner by Grace Truax.

DePauw held Franklin to one shot on goal and two corners in the first half and finished the night outshooting the Grizzlies 21-3 and recorded 11 corners to Franklin’s two.

The Grizzlies Makenna Mundy finished the evening with six saves, while Emma St. John tallied one save.

DePauw moves to 2-0-1 and returns to Reavis Stadium on Sunday, September 11, for a noon game against St. Mary’s (Ind.)

Volleyball drops four set match at Centre

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover Panthers (1-4 overall) battled for four sets at Centre but ultimately fell unsuccessful in the non-conference battle 25-22, 25-27, 12-25, 18-25 on Wednesday evening.

Leading the way for the Blue and Red was freshman CC Shick 9Fort Thomas, Ky.) with a team-high seven kills while junior Ella Reed (Lexington, Ky.) added six total kills. Defensively, the duo of junior Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.)  and sophomore Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) combined for 37 kills.

In the opening set the Panthers found themselves trialing early when a four-point rally paced by the service of Schweitzer gave HC the slim 7-6 advantage. Hanover continued on the attack with senior Meredith Deckard (Bedford, Ind.) landed a service ace that pushed the Panther lead to 19-16.

Centre looked to rally pulling within one point when a Colonel miscue and back-to-back kills by Reed and Shick sealed the opening set, 25-22.

However, set two saw Centre battle from an early deficit using a six point rally late to capture the 21-22 lead. Hanover refused to roll over as a Centre miscue and Schweitzer kill flipped the script, 24-22. But it deemed not enough as the Colonels captured the game tying set, 27-25.

The Colonels would go on to win set three in dominating fashion 25-12 before securing the match victory in set four 25-18.

Hanover returns to action on Friday, Sept. 9 when they compete as part of the Pam Briggs Classic hosted by Capital and Otterbein.

PREVIEW: Hanover hits the road for Adrian

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team hits the road traveling to Adrian College on Saturday for a 1:00 PM kickoff from Docking Stadium.


The Panthers and Bulldogs last met in 2021 with Hanover reigning victorious, 21-14. Senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) paced the Panther attack as he completed 16-of-27 attempts for a game-high 209 yards and two touchdowns.


Hanover opened the 2022 season welcoming Centre to Alumni Stadium and C. Wayne Perry Field, falling to the Colonels in a two-day slugfest, 31-29. Weimer blew up the stat sheet with 292 yards through the air and three touchdowns. He also added 74 rushing yards on 14 attempts.

Senior Hunter Eads (Batavia, Ohio) appeared to be his top target collecting 102 yards on five receptions with two touchdowns.

Defensively, junior Justin Williamson (Macon, Ga.) charted six total tackles while picking up an interception and two pass breakups.


The Bulldogs of Adrian opened the 2022 campaign with a road trip to Heidelberg getting shutout 31-0. Aaron Jenkins, Adrian starting running back, led the offense with 77 yards on 20 carriers. Defensively, Kyle Minder charted double digit tackles, with nine solo stops and a sack.

Women’s Tennis Compete Against Trine

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester tennis team hosted Trine University yesterday at the MU Tennis Courts.

The Spartans competed against the Thunder in doubles and singles competition.  In singles, Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind./Manchester) and Ella Knight picked up victories for the Spartans, posting respective scores of 13-11 and 12-4.  In doubles, Bazzoni and Evelyn Minton (Clarksville, Ind./Jeffersonville) were the only pair with a victory for Manchester on the afternoon.

Manchester was outscored on the day 6-3.

The Spartans will hit the court again Saturday, September 10th at the MU Tennis Courts.  Manchester will be competing against Hanover and Adrian at 10 am and 2 pm.

Manchester Volleyball Falls in Home Opener

N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester Spartans hosted the Albion College Britons last night in the 2022 home opener.

The Black & Gold suffered a straight-set loss of 3-0 against Albion. The Britons pushed past Manchester by set scores of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-11. Despite the loss, the Spartans gave a great effort in each set.

In set two, Manchester rallied from behind 23-16, to decrease Albion’s lead to 23-20.  Strong defense and offense displayed by the Spartans is what made the game more competitive by the end of the set, making the score 25-20. 

Leading the team in kills was Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) with 7, who increased the momentum for the Spartans with a striking kill in the third set.  Emma Bault (Spencer, Ind./Owen Valley) had major defensive plays against the Britons, that kept the Spartans in the game. Avery Ball (Decatur, Ind./Belmont), Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook), and Jessica Tarr (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) all contributed defensively by leading the team in digs.  Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) posted a .300 hitting average against Albion, which led the team and chipped in with a block. 

Manchester moved to 3-2 on the season. The Spartans are scheduled to travel on the road Friday to compete in the Purple and White Invitational in Alliance, Ohio. Manchester will face Muskingum University on September 9th, with a 6:30 pm match start time.

Spartans Comeback Falls Short Against Grace Christian

WYOMING, Mich. – The men’s soccer team’s second half push fell a goal short in yesterday’s road contest at Grace Christian.

The Spartans conceded two goals in the first half. The first was scored in the 22nd minute. The second came in the 45th minute just before the halftime whistle blew.

Manchester’s offense worked tirelessly in the second half to fight back into the match. In the 88th minute forward Mason Douglas (Howe, Ind./Lakeland) was able to draw a foul in the box to earn a penalty kick. Senior captain Noah Black (Swayzee, Ind./Mississinewa) stepped up to the spot and slotted it home in the right side netting drawing the Spartans closer 2-1. It was Black’s first goal in his collegiate career. The effort was too little too late though, as the Spartans ran out of time to find the equalizing goal.

The Black and Gold now fall to 0-2-1 on the season but will look to enter the win column as they host two matches this weekend. Saturday they host Wittenberg. They will have a quick turnaround as  Sunday they play host to Alma. Both matches will be a 1 p.m. at Spartan Stadium.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Huntington women’s soccer team moved to 2-3 on the season with a 3-0 win over Manchester in a neighborly non-conference clash Wednesday afternoon at King Stadium. It’s the Foresters’ second clean sheet of the year with the first an 8-0 thrashing over IUSB two games back.

The last ten outings against the Spartans have favored HU 8-2. The loss leaves Manchester still looking for their first win of the year at 0-3.

Paige Weiss got things started for the hosts when she blasted a shot upper 90 far post that scuffed the fingertips of the Manchester keeper just over eight minutes into the match. The goal is Weiss’ third of the season.

Ten minutes later, Cotter found side netting after a beautiful feed from Claire Whipple to up the lead to 2-0. She was at it again late in the game, this time with a tap in when she ran up on a beautifully placed cross from Weiss. Cotter’s two goals are the first of the season for the junior forward, the fourth of her career.

The Foresters were clearly in command from start to finish as not only indicated by the final score but in possession as well. HU outshot their guests 23-2 and finished with six corners to the Spartans’ one. Ireland Aerni and Tara Robinson both spent time in frame with Aerni posting the win having camped out in goal for the first 76 minutes.

“The team connected their passes well today and made good use of the field throughout the match,” said Coach David Lewis. “They have been working hard and it was nice to see them rewarded with the result.”

HU hits the road on Saturday to face Siena Heights at 1:00 p.m.


ADRIAN, Mich. – The Huntington men’s soccer team fell victim to a talented Siena Heights squad 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at O’Laughlin Stadium. The loss drops HU to 3-2 on the season while the Saints move to 2-0.

While SHU owns the series between these two squads with a 6-2-1 record, the Foresters have won two of their last three games against the Saints.

On this given night, the hosts struck first in the 16th minute. Their 1-0 advantage held through halftime and well into the second frame before adding a second goal with ten minutes remaining for what proved the game-winner.

HU’s goal came in the final four minutes when James Lighton, from 40 yards out, launched a penetrating ball into the box that Tiago Costa tracked down and tapped past the keeper to close the gap to one. Unfortunately time was not on Huntington’s side as the waning minutes came and went to leave the score at 2-1. The goal is Costa’s second in as many matches.

Dan Peregrine and Pedro Moreira split time in frame with each posting a save. Both teams fired 13 shots with four of SHU’s on target to HU’s two. Corner kicks favored the guests 8-3.

“We are all disappointed with the result and our execution today,” said Coach Russ Lawson. “We will regroup, stay together and look forward to our next match against Lawrence Tech on Saturday.”

The Foresters return to King Stadium on Saturday to host Lawrence Tech at 3:00 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Forester volleyball team kicked off league play Wednesday evenign at the Hutzell Athletic Complex by claiming a 3-1 road win (25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18) over Saint Francis. It’s HU’s second straight win over the Cougars (6-7, 0-1) and marks the first time since 2017 that the program has opened up Crossroads League action with a victory.

Huntington’s mainstays offensively in Haley Kruse, Tya Bynum and Kortney Grimm stayed true to their play by each logging double-digit kills. Kruse topped the Foresters with 14 kills while the other two added 11 apiece.

Bynum needed just 19 swings and finished with just two errors for an impressive .474 hitting percentage. As a team, HU was twice as efficient as their hosts having posted a .206 hitting percentage to USF’s .101. 

Morgan Robrock kept her team organized offensively by dishing out 41 assists. She also collected nine digs, two kills and 1.5 blocks for a solid all-around performance.

At the net defensively, the Foresters were also stellar with ten blocks. Leah Carter led the charge with 3.0 blocks while Bynum and Kruse each chipped in 2.5. The backline was anchored by Layla Meyer who tracked down 21 digs.

“Our girls executed the game plan beautifully tonight,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “We passed consistently, established our middles, put them out of system, served aggressively, covered well and adjusted our defense against their outsides.

“Morgan ran a beautiful offense for us, and our middle hit an impressive attacking percentage. I was proud of how this team responded after I challenged them in the second set. We were aggressive from start to finish, and this is a great way to begin our conference journey.”

Huntington has won four of their last five matches to improve to 5-7 on the year, 1-0 in league play. Herber and crew have a week’s break before hosting IWU on September 14.


MISHAWAKA, Ind. – The Huntington men’s tennis team remained perfect on the season at 4-0 by knocking off #25 Marian and then breezing past Bethel Wednesday afternoon at Ward Baker Park.

The day started off with HU outlasting the Knights 5-2. It was a hard fought battle that saw Angel Vazquez clinch the win at #5 singles after saving four match points to defeat Jones McNamar.   

The Foresters went on to sweep the host Pilots 5-0 to wrap up a great day of tennis. Huntington is currently riding a two-game win streak over Marian and has logged 15 straight wins over Bethel, a win streak that started back in 2009.

HU will be at home for the first time this season on Saturday to host Spring Arbor and Grace. 



1. Mark Griffin/Andy Ilett (MU) def. Valentin Mussi/Agustin Agosto (HU) 6-4

2. Mateo Ameller/Angel Vazquez (HU)  vs. Armando Lopez/Jacob Wittenbaum (MU) DNF

3. Shadi Al Tori/Ashwin Bhat (MU) def. Illia Turaba/Alejo Bagnera (HU) 6-1


1. Griffin (MU) def. Bagnera (HU) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (2)

2. Agosto (HU) def. Ilett (MU) 7-5, 6-3

3. Mussi (HU) def. Dimitrii Voshchenkov (MU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8)

4. Ameller (HU) def. Bhat (MU) 6-3, 6-1

5. Vazquez (HU) def. Jones McNamar (MU) 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (14)

6. Turaba (HU) def. Lopez (MU) 6-7, 6-0, 1-0 (2)



1. Agustin Agosto/Valentin Mussi (HU) def. Victor Bonsergent/Santiago Flores (BU) 6-1

2. Alejo Bagnera/Illia Turaba (HU) def. Lucca Almeida/Wes Troyer (BU) 6-4

3. Mateo Ameller/Angel Vazquez (HU) vs. Jerad Bos/Garrison Miller (BU) DNF


1. Agosto (HU) def. Bonsergent (BU) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (8)

2. Bagnera (HU) def. Flores (BU) 6-3 6-2

3. Mussi (HU) def. Almeida (BU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Turaba (HU) def. Troyer (BU) 7-6 (5), 6-1

5. Diego Tapia (HU) vs. Miller (BU) DNF

6. Bautista Rodriguez (HU) vs. Elijah Hostetler (BU) DNF

Jake Bosco’s Two Goals & Jaime Robledo’s Shutout Propel Cougars Past Adrian

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening the University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-0-1) traveled to Adrian, Michigan to take on the Adrian College Bulldogs (0-2) and backed by five goals and a stellar performance in net by Jaime Robledo won 5-0.

After a dominating 11-0 win on Saturday including a program record 10 goals in a single half, the Cougars picked up right where they left off in all aspects of the game.

Saint Francis went on the offensive and had three shots in the opening 15 minutes while keeping the Bulldogs on their heels. Then in the 28th minute the Cougars broke through. Junior defender Cannon Dakin passed the ball to sophomore defender Dominic Borucki who kicked it in the net to give Saint Francis a 1-0 lead.

Through the remainder of the first half the Cougars kept pressing while their defense stepped up when the Bulldogs threatened. No other shots would prevail though as the game went to halftime with Saint Francis still leading 1-0.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars didn’t skip a beat. Four more shots were either saved or went just wide and then the Bulldogs came back with an offensive drive of their own but junior goalkeeper Jaime Robledo made a couple key saves to keep his team in the lead.

Robledo’s teammates then rewarded their goalie as sophomore forward Alessandro Florencia scored on an assist by junior midfielder Mateo Abella to double the lead in the 54th minute.

As the game entered the final 25 minutes, the Cougars weren’t done. This time it was sophomore forward Jake Bosco who got the ball from Abella twice in under a minute and scored two goals 37 seconds apart as Saint Francis made it 4-0 with both goals coming in the 69th minute.

A fifth goal in the 80th minute from freshman defender Francisco Moura was more than enough for the Cougars to enjoy their fourth shutout of the season.

Throughout the game, Abella stepped up and made six saves while not allowing a single goal while his teammates manufactured 14 shots on goal with five going in.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday afternoon when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to take on the Franklin College Grizzlies (0-3) beginning at 1:00 pm.

Cougars and Redhawks Battle it Out to a 2-2 Tie

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-1-1) traveled to Crown Point, Indiana to take on the Indiana University Northwest Redhawks (1-0-2) and tied the Redhawks 2-2 through a tough battle.

As the game got underway the Cougars created the first opportunity on offense. A couple shots in the first 10 minutes were saved by the Redhawks goalkeeper, and then IU Northwest got the momentum.

A couple shots were saved by junior goalkeeper Amber Morgan, but in the 23rd minute, the Redhawks drew first blood as they knocked the ball past Morgan into the net for a 1-0 deficit for Saint Francis.

After another shot went wide by the Redhawks, the game progressed through 30 minutes with the Cougars still trailing by one. But in the 33rd minute, they evened things up as sophomore midfielder Carlee Biddle took a shot that prevailed for her second goal in as many games.

The Cougars managed one more shot at the net before the first 45 minutes expired, but to no avail as the game went to halftime a 1-1 tie.

Heading into the second half, both teams continued their drives at the net as each goalkeeper had to make a save in the first five minutes of the frame. Then in the 56th minute, the Cougars took advantage of an offensive possession and this time it was freshman forward MaKenzie Wert who got the ball and knocked it into the net to give Saint Francis a 2-1 lead.

Clinging to the slimmest of margin, Saint Francis continued to press with Morgan stepping up and making a couple more saves to keep her team in the lead. However, the persistence of the Redhawks paid off in the 72nd minute as they tied the score back up after a foul on the Cougars.

Through the remaining minutes, the Cougars kept pressing and getting one shot after another, only to have the Redhawks goalkeeper continue to make key saves.

One final shot from the Redhawks in the final five seconds was saved by Morgan as the Cougars tied.

Throughout the game the Cougars managed 10 shots on goal with two going in, while Amber Morgan made 10 saves despite allowing just the two goals.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday afternoon when they resume their road trip to Richmond, Indiana to take on the Indiana University East Red Wolves (0-2-3) beginning at 2:00 pm.

Cougars Drop Conference Opener to Huntington Foresters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening the University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-7; 0-1 Crossroads) began Crossroads League play in their home opener at Hutzell Athletic Center when they took on the Huntington University Foresters (5-7; 1-0 Crossroads) but after a back-and-forth battle, fell in four sets.

After the first set started as a back-and-forth battle with each team exchanging points, the Foresters found some momentum and went on a four-point service run to take a 17-12 lead. With as evenly matched as both teams were, neither was able to gain a huge edge, but the Cougars were never able to catch back up to the Foresters as they fell 25-17 in the opener.

Coming into the second set, the script flipped for the Cougars. After both teams were tied at six to open the frame, Saint Francis grabbed the momentum this time and enjoyed a nine-point service run as they went ahead 15-7 over Huntington.

That service run was more than enough for the Cougars to prevail 25-18 and even the match at one win apiece.

The third set proved to be the closest of the match.

After falling behind 7-4, the Cougars went on a five-point service run to take a 9-7 lead and it looked as though they would carry that momentum throughout the frame.

But the Foresters fought back and chipped away as they found themselves tied and then went back-and-forth with neither team able to gain an edge. Then with the Cougars trailing 20-16 it was then Saint Francis’ turn to chip away and they did just that, closing the deficit to 23-21 late in the frame.

But the Foresters had the last laugh as they rallied to score on two of the last three rallies to take the set 25-22 and lead over the Cougars two games to one.

Opening the fourth set, the Foresters built an early 4-1 lead and never relinquished it. Despite a couple late surges by the Cougars to close the gap, Saint Francis didn’t have enough as the Foresters won the fourth set 25-18 to claim the match in four.

Throughout the match, senior defensive specialist Maile Steckelberg had a team-leading 29 digs while sophomore setter Alexa Sparks led the way in assists with 27, while senior middle hitter Eliana Serdynski, sophomore outside hitter Paige Fortkamp, and junior right side Haidyn Carrico combined for 30 kills.

The Cougars resume play next Wednesday evening when they travel to Goshen, Indiana for their first road conference game of the season when they face the Goshen College Maple Leafs (2-8) beginning at 7:00 pm.

Preview: Women’s Tennis to Take on Bethel University and Grace College in Pair of Matches Friday

KOKOMO, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s tennis team will play two matches Friday at Taylor High School, as they welcome Bethel University (Ind.) and Grace College (Ind.). The Cougars fell to Spring Arbor University 5-2 in their season opener this past Friday.

Week of September 5 Matches

Friday, September 9 • Kokomo, IN • Taylor High School Tennis Courts

IU Kokomo vs Bethel University • 11:00 A.M.

Friday, September 9 • Kokomo, IN • Taylor High School Tennis Courts

IU Kokomo vs Grace College • 5:00 P.M.

Despite a loss in their opening match of the year, IU Kokomo head coach Kristine Miller felt good about the way her team battled a talented Spring Arbor team. The Cougars, led by #1 singles player Gabbie Orlando, will look to win their first match of the year this Friday. Orlando and #5 singles player Maria Oliveira were responsible for the Cougars two points against SAU.

The Pilots of Bethel University (Ind.) come into Friday’s match with a record of 1-1, having beat Grace College 5-2 and losing to Indiana Wesleyan 7-0. Bethel squared off with Marian University (Ind.) and Huntington University (Ind.) Wednesday.

Grace College enters Friday evening’s match with a record of 0-2, having lost to Bethel 5-2 and Indiana Wesleyan 6-1. The Lancers are strong at #1 singles, as Anna Graves won in both matches, knocking off a highly respected Indiana Wesleyan #1 singles player.

Titans fall to Olivet Nazarene to even conference record

BOURBONNAIS, Ill.- On Tuesday, the Titans of IU South Bend fell to the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers in straight set 22-25, 14-25, 20-25. The Tuesday night loss in Bourbonnais dropped the Titans record to 3-7 overall and 1-1 in CCAC Conference play.

Abby Seeger led the charge for the Titans attack with seven kills. McKenzie Powell continued her career of facilitating with 23 assists, as well as an ace to top off her offensive performance.

Sophomore outside hitter Halle Nicholas was the top performer for the Olivet Nazarene Tigers with 20 kills. The Olivet Nazarene passing attack was led by Freshman Julianne Kielion with 20 assists and Sophomore Karsyn Delbridge with 19 assists.

The IU South Bend Titans return to action on Thursday, September 8th, at 8:00 PM against the Bees of St. Ambrose University.

VanOort and Cummings Lead the Attack in 3-0 Sweep over UNOH

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Warriors continued their perfect run Wednesday night in the Schaefer Center with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Racers from the University of Northwestern Ohio.

Set one featured a slow start for the Warriors, falling behind before finding their attack and taking control. Tech had a .414 attacking percentage, with Emma Westra leading the team with four kills and Havilyn Cummings tallying three. The racers featured seven kills from Logan Thomas but hit .185 as a team. The Warriors finished set one with a 25-20 win.

Tech set the pace in set two, taking an early lead and never looking back. In set two, the Warriors never trailed the Racers. Noelle VanOort stole the show in set two with six served aces and a kill. Taylor Sorg and Taylor Paul both recorded three kills of their own. As a team, Tech’s attacking percentage was .500 for set two, and the Racers hit at .091. Tech won set two 25-13.

The Warriors also never trailed in set three. Noelle VanOort served another ace to bring her tally for the night to seven while adding three kills to get to five. Havilyn Cummings had three kills in this set to bring her total for the night to eight, a team high. The Tech attack struggled more in set three, hitting .042 percent, which put them at .310 for the night. The Warriors closed out the night with a 25-18 win in set three to complete the sweep and move to 9-0 on the season.

Tech looks to continue its winning streak Friday, Sept 9, taking on Goshen College in the first round of the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament. Indiana Tech has won the last four meetings with Goshen, most recently on October 9, 2021, recording a 3-1 win at home.

Warriors Edge Maple Leafs 2-1 for First Win of 2022

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Luke Jones netted a second-half match-winning free kick to push No. 14 Indiana Tech (1-0-3) past Goshen 2-1 for its first win of the 2022 season, after three draws to start the campaign. The win is also the first at Tech for head coach Paul Gilbert, who gets his first three points with the Orange and Black after joining the program in February.

Tech opened the match on the front foot, dominating possession in search of its first goal of the season. The early possession paid dividends as rookie midfielder Aaron Asamoah found fellow newcomer David Ambaek to put the Warriors in front 1-0 at the nine-minute mark. Asamoah found space in the ride side of the penalty area and cut the ball back to his deep-lying teammate for a cool one-touch finish past GC’s Matias da Fonseca.

Following the opener, Goshen began to find some success on the counter, with Weda Kisila, and substitutes Emmanuel Fakoyede and Mathurin Allawai creating the most problems.Fakoyede eventually broke loose on a feed from Lucas Bontreger to knot the score at 1-1 just four minutes before the break.

Despite surrendering the lead, the Warriors emerged from intermission with confidence and continued to build possession methodically from the back. Half chances from Asamoah and Jaume Castells Mas were indications of what was to come, though Goshen snapped back with another good fast-break chance from Kisila that forced reigning WHAC Defensive Player-of-the-Week Jaume Salvado into action with a kick save on the tight-angle effort in the 52nd minute.

Substitute Jaime Rodriguez made an immediate impact with some feisty energy that drew a dangerous foul about 25 yards from goal, just left of center. Jones took it from there, with a dipping left-footed strike that beat da Fonseca high at the near post. Jones was involved in the build-up all night, finding pockets and distributing the ball effectively, but this was his first clear look at goal, and he took full advantage of the chance.

The Maple Leafs created one final opportunity in the 86th, again through Kisila, with the speedy striker getting on the end of a set-piece cross with a looping header that clanged the cross bar above the back-peddling Salvado. A rebound shot went harmlessly over the goal and out of play,

Tech held a 16-9 edge in shots and earned six corner kicks to Goshen’s four. Salvado finished with three saves and the win, despite seeing the ball go in to his goal for the first time in over 1000 minutes, dating back to the WHAC tournament semifinal last November.

Gilbert’s men are back in action against their fourth Crossroads League foe of the season on Wednesday, September 14, at Huntington University. The HU-Tech matches in recent years have all been spirited affairs, with the most recent match at King Field ending 1-0 in favor of the Foresters in 2019. Tech did take last year’s home fixture by a 2-0 margin, with the goals coming from Lucca Motta and Maxwell Amoako on September 15.

Dunn, Delgado Send Warriors to 2-0 Win Over Jaguars

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. – Indiana Tech women’s soccer rode two first-half goals to down Governor’s State University 2-0 on the road Wednesday afternoon. The win evens the Warriors’ record at 1-1 for the young season and is the first of Andrea Gorton’s career as Tech’s head coach.

Tech opened its goal-scoring account for 2022 through Danielle Dunn in the 21st minute. The redshirt sophomore took a cross from classmate Alyssa Williams and scored eight yards out from Gaby Smola’s goal.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 38th minute, this time on an unassisted 18-yard effort from graduate student Rebecca Delgado Campins. The Majorca, Spain, native’s goal capped a sold first-half effort that saw the Orange and Black outshoot GSU 9-5 and force Smola to make two saves. Redshirt sophomore Michaela Bitle stopped the only Jaguar shot that found its way on target – a 33rd minute attempt from Grace McLaughlin.

Tech came out of the halftime break on a tear, forcing two more Smola saves in the first five minutes on shots from Alina Garcia and AnnaBella Kowalczyk. The assault on the Jaguar goal continued in the 56th minute with a Dani Blagojevic shot that produced yet another Smola save.

Governor’s State came to life in the 62nd, with Princess Magadan’s initial effort leading to a corner kick. Bitle saved Emely Oviedo’s strike off of the set-piece routine and then saw two more GSU attempts go high in the 63rd and 65th minutes.

Stoppages for substitutions and fouls were the story of the final 15 minutes, as Tech looked to kill off the game and GSU (0-1) searched for a way back from the deficit. Tech maintained an 18-12 advantage in shots for the game while each team earned three corner kicks. Bitle claimed the clean sheet with four saves.

Indiana Tech continues its five-match road swing to start the season at Bethel University (Ind.) on Saturday, Sept. 10. The 7 PM match kicks off in Mishawaka, Ind., on BU’s Morey Field. Tech and the Pilots each own three victories in the series, with the Warriors on a three-match win streak, including a 2-1 triumph on Sept. 11, 2021, in Ft. Wayne. Blagojevic netted the overtime game-winner in that contest a year ago.

Lady Lancers start league play with sweep

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s volleyball team had a strong start to the Crossroads League season, sweeping Goshen 3-0 on Wednesday.

The Lady Lancers (6-6, 1-0 CL) used balance scoring and stout defense to dispatch of the Maple Leafs in three sets.

Cassadi Colbert led all players with 12 kills, and Katie Swanson produced 10 kills. Grace had 46 kills as a team on a .219 percentage, while Goshen had 27 kills on a .074 rate.

Grace jumped out to an early 10-4 lead in front of a rowdy crowd at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. Livia Tate and Sahara Bee each had a block and a kill in the early moments.

After a timeout, the Maple Leafs climbed within three. But Grace’s offense continued to roll, pulling away for a nine-point win.

Tate and Colbert had four first-half kills, including three late kills by Colbert to secure the set win.

Grace started strong again in the second set, winning five of the first six points. The Maple Leafs responded well, however, rattling off nine unanswered points to charge ahead 20-16.

Grace won four straight in response, but the Maple Leafs still led late.

Swanson stepped up to provide back-to-back kills, preventing Goshen from winning the set. The Maple Leafs scored again, however, and served again for the set at 25-24.

It was Colbert’s turn to play the hero at that point. The junior produced kills on two straight rallies to stun the Maple Leafs and put a charge into the electric atmosphere. A Maple Leaf attack error then ended the set in Grace’s favor at 27-25.

Colbert had six more kills in the second set, and Swanson added four.

The teams exchanged small runs to begin the third set. A 6-0 spurt by Goshen did not faze the Lady Lancers. Grace used a 9-3 run to charge ahead for good.

The Maple Leafs had no answer and fell 25-20 as Grace completed the sweep.

The middle hitters were effective for Grace. Tate finished with seven kills on nine attempts for a .778 percentage, adding a solo block and three block assists; Alisha Leffring had seven kills on a .500 percentage while adding three block assists.

Morgan Syoen produced 19 assists, 9 digs and 3 aces, and Riley Owens had 13 assists, 7 digs and 3 aces.

Grace Erwin amassed a match-best 18 digs, Jadyn Ross tallied 12 digs, and Liz Schmidt had 11 digs.

The Lady Lancers are off until next week where they will have a three-game road trip at Bethel, Taylor and St. Francis.

Lady Lancers stymie Cougars

WINONA LAKE, Ind. — Grace’s women’s tennis team bounced back to notch two victories in conference play on Wednesday, defeating St. Francis and Mt. Vernon on a beautiful afternoon by the lake.

The win against St. Francis marks the first victory for coach Emily Ackerman in her first year at the helm.

The Lady Lancers (2-2, 2-2 CL) struck first in the match by taking all three doubles sets to earn the team point. Kiersten Martin and Lydia Ruegsegger joined forces at No. 1 singles to win 6-1. Addy Jarvis and Anna Graves did their part as well in the No. 2 slot.

Hallie Mast and Gretchen Adams made it a trifecta to close out doubles 6-1.

Jarvis led things off to tally the first singles point of the morning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. She was followed shortly thereafter by Mast to give Grace a commanding 3-0 lead in the match.

The clincher came from Martin in the two-spot as she took care of business 6-1, 6-0. Ruegsegger and Adams each chipped in a point to solidify the 7-0 victory against the Cougars.

The afternoon matchup with Mt. Vernon ended with the same scoreline as the first with Grace on top 7-0 at the end.

The doubles point got off to a slow start as Jarvis and Graves dropped the first set 3-6. However, they were picked up by their teammates to battle back and secure the doubles point 2-1.

Mast kicked off the singles slate and notched a convincing point at No. 5, 6-0, 6-1. Jarvis kept the train rolling to win 6-3, 6-2 and Graves secured the decisive point at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-2.

Adams needed a third-set tiebreaker to claim her match, but pulled away late 6-0, 3-6, 10-1 and Martin rounded out the scoring for the day, taking her bout 7-5, 6-3.

The Lady Lancers will be away from home for a non-conference tilt against IU Kokomo on Friday, Sept. 9, starting at 5 p.m.

Lancers Cruise by Cougars

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team continued its dominance in conference play with a pair of convincing 5-0 victories at the Don Cramer Tennis Courts on Wednesday.

In the opening match against St. Francis, Facundo Paredes and Ivan Antinori teamed up at No. 1 doubles to take the set 6-2. Ramiro Candia and Nicolas Doria clinched the doubles point for Grace, winning their match 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. Francisco Margaria and Kye Barrett also competed and won their matchup 6-1.

In singles play for the Lancers (4-0, 4-0 CL), Doria made quick work winning in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 4 spot. Barrett, No. 6 singles, continued his career unbeaten streak disposing of his opponent 6-0, 6-0.

Pablo Gregori and Candia nailed down the victory at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, winning 6-2, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively.

The afternoon session saw some new faces in action. Gabe Jarvis and Landon Gibson each made their collegiate debuts at No. 3 doubles against Mt. Vernon. They teamed up to win their set 6-3.

No. 1 and No. 2 doubles kept the same pairings from the morning as Paredes/Antinori and Margaria/Barrett kept things rolling to secure the doubles point.

Paredes earned his point at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-0 and Gregori continued his strong play finishing 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.

Doria and Barrett tallied the final points in convincing fashion to win 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3 and No. 5 in the rotation.

Cesar Garcia also made his debut, competing at No. 6 singles. He was ahead 6-1, 4-0 in his match before Grace clinched the final point.

The Lancers will hit the road to continue conference play on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Huntington. They will face off against Huntington and Spring Arbor, beginning at 9 a.m.

Leafs knock down Spring Arbor and #3 Indiana Wesleyan

GOSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen men’s tennis team competed for the first time at home this season on Wednesday and came up with a 5-2 win over Spring Arbor and a massive 4-3 upset over #3 Indiana Wesleyan.

The Leafs had lost the past eight contests against IWU, scoring one combined point in the previous four matchups. Goshen last beat the Wildcats on September 6, 2016.

Mario Gomez and Insee Akarapan cruised to easy victories at singles no. 5 and no. 6, respectively. Gomez won 6-1, 6-1 while Akarapan won 6-2, 6-0. Filippo Gallo won at no. 2 singles 3-6, 6-3, (10-6).

Goshen’s fourth point came from doubles. Akarapan and Gallo defeated Alex Serwatka and Trey Thixton 7-6(5) in no. 1 doubles, and Kevin Bollmann and Mario Gomez took down Riley Fuqua and Connor Murphy 6-1 in no. 3 doubles to win the team point 2-1.

Earlier that morning, the Leafs took care of Spring Arbor. Goshen is 8-4 against the Cougars since 2013.

Pedro Scattolon secured two wins – at no. 3 singles over Bret Bentley (6-2, 6-4) and then at no. 2 doubles with Matija Margetic. The pair defeated Bret Bentley and Brendan Bentley 6-2.

Kevin Bollmann defeated Caleb Kaytar quickly in no. 4 singles (6-1, 6-1) and combined with Mario Gomez to win no. 3 doubles 6-3. Goshen won the team point 2-1.

Filippo Gallo won in no. 2 singles (6-1, 6-4) and Insee Akarapan won at no. 6 singles (6-3, 2-6, (10-7)).

With the wins, Goshen moved to 3-2 and 3-1 in the Crossroads League. The Leafs are at Saint Francis this Saturday, September 10. Goshen faces the Cougars at 9:00 am before meeting Bethel at 1:00 pm.

Goshen 5, Spring Arbor 2


1. Sebastian Smith (SA) def. Matija Margetic 6-2, 6-2

2. Filippo Gallo (G) def. Connor Mogle 6-1, 6-4

3. Pedro Scattolon (G) def. Bret Bentley 6-2, 6-4

4. Kevin Bollmann (G) def. Caleb Kaytar 6-1, 6-1

5. Brendan Bentley (SA) def. Mario Gomez 6-4, 7-5

6. Insee Akarapan (G) def. Ryan Loganadhan 6-3, 2-6, (10-7)

Doubles – Goshen won team point 2-1

1. Mogle/Smith (SA) def. Akarapan/Gallo 6-4

2. Margetic/Scattolon (G) def. Bentley/Bentley 6-2

3. Bollmann/Gomez (G) def. Charlie Dobben/Kaytar 6-3

Goshen 4, Indiana Wesleyan 3


1. Isaac Steiner (IW) def. Matija Margetic 6-3, 6-2

2. Filippo Gallo (G) def. Alex Serwatka 3-6, 6-3, (10-6)

3. Ethan Gray (IW) def. Pedro Scattolon 3-6, 7-5, (10-7)

4. Trey Thixton (IW) def. Kevin Bollmann 4-6, 7-5, (10-4)

5. Mario Gomez (G) def. Connor Murphy 6-1, 6-1

6. Insee Akarapan (G) def. Riley Fuqua 6-2, 6-0

Doubles – Goshen won team point 2-1

1. Akarapan/Gallo (G) def. Serwatka/Thixton 7-6(5)

2. Steiner/Gray (IW) def. Margetic/Scattolon 6-1

3. Bollmann/Gomez (G) def. Fuqua/Murphy 6-1

Nine point run in second set not enough, Lancers defeat Leafs 3-0

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – A nine-point Goshen rally in the middle of the second set turned the tides from the Lancers to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in Winona Lake. Yet, Grace recovered and took down Goshen in three sets, 25-16, 27-25, 25-20.

The Leafs never held the lead in the first set and were in a hole early in the second. They slowly recovered to come within two points until Grace brought the lead back up to five at 16-11. Then, a bad set by the Lancers started a 9-0 Goshen streak with Sadie Brenneman serving. First-years Kia Knox-Dawkins and Brenna Spangler had two kills each during the stretch, and the Leafs capitalized on bad sets and attack errors.

Goshen led 20-16, but Grace came back with four straight points to tie it up. GC had two set points at 24-23 and 25-24, but the Lancers came back to win 27-25.

A 6-0 run in the third set by Goshen kept them from slipping in the middle of the set, with Brenneman serving yet again. Grace slowly created a gap midway through and won 25-20.

Grace had eight errors in the second set but won the kills category by 19 for the night. Sydney Stutsman had 19 assists, Kassidy Faler totaled 15 digs, and Brenneman recorded two aces. Emily Lynch and Brenneman had eight kills each to lead the Leafs.

Now at 0-1 in the Crossroads League and 2-9 overall, Goshen competes in the Liz Lykowski Memorial Tournament at Indiana Tech before resuming league play. On Friday, September 9, Goshen faces the host, Indiana Tech, at 2:00 pm. They play Saint Ambrose later in the day at 6:00 pm.

Then on Saturday, the Leafs take on Concordia (Mich.) at 10:00 am before ending the tournament against St. Francis (Ill.) at noon.

#14 Warriors allow first goal of season but take down Leafs 2-1

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Despite scoring the first goal against Indiana Tech all season, the #14 Warriors men’s soccer team defeated Goshen 2-1 in Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. This was the first meeting between the teams since 2017. Indiana Tech had three 0-0 ties to start the year.

The Warriors picked up their first goal of the season precisely nine minutes in as Aaron Asamoah sent a cross from the right side, and David Ambaek scored on one touch. However, they also allowed their first goal of the season just minutes before halftime. Lucas Bontreger secured the ball from going out of bounds along the left sideline and crossed it over to the right side of the field to Emmanuel Fakoyede. Fakoyede put it through for his first goal of the year.

A Goshen foul in the 59th minute forced an Indiana Tech free kick just outside the box. The kick from Luke Jones went just over the Goshen wall and past the outstretched arm of Matias da Fonseca to put Indiana Tech back in the lead.

The Leafs had a chance to tie it up with four and a half minutes to go, but a header by Wendo Kisila bounced off the crossbar. Lucas Bontreger had a shot in the final minute after a Goshen corner kick but couldn’t get enough power behind it. The Warriors escaped with a 2-1 win.

Kisila led the team with three shots. Bontreger and Fakoyede each had two. Da Fonseca made two saves in goal. Each team recorded four shots on goal.

On deck for the Maple Leafs is Madonna on Saturday, September 10. The teams will square off at the GC Soccer Complex starting at 3:00 pm.

Cougars and Wildcats top Maple Leafs

OSHEN, Ind. – The Goshen women’s tennis team ended their home opener with two losses. Spring Arbor beat out the Leafs 6-1 in the morning, and Indiana Wesleyan won 7-0 in the evening.

Carmen Aliaga picked up Goshen’s point at no. 2 singles against the Cougars. The first-year defeated Rebekah Pake 6-4, 7-6(4). Aliaga and Szofia Kallai earned a victory at no. 1 doubles, 6-2, but the Cougars won the team point 2-1. Sarah Hinshaw had a close contest at no. 3 singles, but Kenzi Sells outlasted her 5-7, 6-2, (10-8).

Kallai had the closest competition in the nightcap, but Indiana Wesleyan’s France Antezana won 7-5, 5-7, (10-5). IWU won the team point 3-0.

The Leafs are at Saint Francis this Saturday, September 10. Goshen faces the Cougars at 9:00 am before meeting Bethel at 1:00 pm.

Spring Arbor 6, Goshen 1


1. Abby Ducharme (SA) def. Szofia Kallai 6-1, 6-2

2. Carmen Aliaga (G) def. Rebekah Pake 6-4, 7-6(4)

3. Kenzi Sells (SA) def. Sarah Hinshaw 5-7, 6-2, (10-8)

4. Olivia Creech (SA) def. Meaghan Godzisz 7-5, 6-1

5. Paige Trela (SA) def. Hannah McCoy 7-5, 6-1

6. Spring Arbor by default

Doubles – Spring Arbor won team point 2-1

1. Aliaga/Kallai (G) def. Pake/Sells 6-2

2. Creech/Ducharme (SA) def. Hinshaw/McCoy 6-3

3. Emma Ruga/Trela (SA) def. Godzisz/Naomi Lapp Klassen 6-2

Indiana Wesleyan 7, Goshen 0


1. France Antezana (IW) def. Szofia Kallai 7-5, 5-7, (10-5)

2. Sofia Munoz (IW) def. Carmen Aliaga 6-1, 6-2

3. Bre Barger (IW) def. Sarah Hinshaw 6-2, 6-2

4. Ellie Snider (IW) def. Meaghan Godzisz 6-2, 6-1

5. Kayla Dubuque (IW) def. Hannah McCoy 6-0, 6-1

6. IWU by default

Doubles – Indiana Wesleyan won team point 3-0

1. Barger/Munoz (IW) def. Aliaga/Kallai 6-1

2. Antezana/Emily Connolly (IW) def. Hinshaw/McCoy 6-0

3. Regan Mellenger/Snider (IW) def. Godzisz/Naomi Lapp Klassen 6-0


Sylvania, OH The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team traveled to Lourdes University for a non-conference matchup this evening. Kassidi Puthoff gave the Saints a 1-0 lead heading into halftime with a goal scored in the 33rd minute. Lourdes responded quickly in the second half, scoring a goal in the 47th minute to even the game up 1-1. That goal would last for the remainder of the half, as the game would end in a 1-1 draw. With the tie, Holy Cross moves to 1-0-4 while Lourdes moves to 1-0-2.


Score: Holy Cross tied Lourdes 1-1

Records: Holy Cross (1-0-4) | Lourdes (1-0-2)

Location: Wildcat Stadium | Lourdes University | Sylvania, OH


33′ | Kassidi Puthoff (HC) assisted by Lauren Cernak

47′ | Jules Snowden (LU) assisted by Abigail Mann


Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded five saves

Kassidi Puthoff recorded a goal

HC was outshot by Lourdes 10-7 in tie


The Saints will begin conference play on Saturday, September 10 when they host Cardinal Stritch. Kickoff set for 11:00 am EST.


Sylvania, Ohio. The Holy Cross College men’s soccer traveled to Lourdes University this afternoon for a non-conference matchup. Lourdes was able to strike first in the 30th minute of the match. The low offensive output from both teams continued for the rest of the half, as the Saints would trail 1-0 at halftime. It was a similar story in the second half, with only eight shots combined from both teams. The Saints would fall 1-0 to the Grey Wolves. With the loss, Holy Cross stands at 2-2 while Lourdes improves to 1-4-1.


Score: Holy Cross fell to Lourdes 1-0

Records: Holy Cross (2-2) | Lourdes (1-4-1)

Location: Wildcat Stadium | Lourdes University | Sylvania, OH


30′ | Jonas Kreutzberg (LU) assisted by Daniel Miriarch


Claudio Fuentealba got the start in goal and recorded three saves

Tristan Alfaro and Jeffrey Harper each recorded one shot

HC was outshot by Lourdes 9-3 in the loss


The Saints will begin their conference play on Saturday, September 10 when they Cardinal Stritch University. Kickoff set for 1:30pm EST.

Trailblazers Golf takes fourth at Rend Lake Fall Invitational

INA, Ill. – The Fall 2022 VU Golf season continues to pick up steam as the Trailblazers took part in their second tournament of the year Tuesday at the Rend Lake College Fall Invitational at Rend Lake Golf Course in Ina, Ill.

VU battled in the one-day, 36-hole tournament to finish fourth as a team with a team score of 627.

Vincennes was led on the links by sophomore Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) who shot a very consistent 152 for the tournament, hitting a 76 in each round to place himself in a tie for fifth on the leaderboard.

“Paxton played consistently,” VU Hall of Fame Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “He still hasn’t played as well as he can, because he is really a strong player and is capable of winning these types of tournaments. He has been consistent so far and I think will continue to be very consistent.”

The next VU low-man was freshman Preston Broce (Indianapolis, Ind.), who finished with a first round 77, second round 79 for a tournament score of 156 and a tie for 12th place.

Sophomore Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) was the third scorer for VU, shooting a 76 in the opening round, and a final round 81 to tie for 15th.

“I told our guys after the first round, we were 12 shots behind the leaders, which is three shots a person and we had two guys that had really rough starts,” Chattin added. “Preston started his day with a double and a triple bogey and still came back to shoot a 77 for the round. Luke VanDeventer also started four-over after the first three holes and got it back to even par and let it slip again toward the end of the round. But he played well.”

Sophomore Sam Stewart (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) finished fourth for VU, with a pair of 81’s good for a tie of 21st on the leaderboard.

The Trailblazers were rounded out by fifth-man Caleb Maris (Terre Haute, Ind.) who shot an 88 and an 89 in his two rounds, placing him 31st on the board.

Vincennes as a team shot 310 in the opening round and were just 12 shots back from the leaders after 18 holes in third place.

VU followed up with a 317 in the second round, which slid the Blazers back to fourth.

“Three shots a man is really no big deal,” Chattin said. “And particularly with how we did there, we would have been tied for first after the first round. I think we got a little physically tired in the second round. Dropping seven shots is not a problem. I just don’t think we putted as well as we should have.”

“Those were the biggest greens we will play all year, by far,” Chattin added. “That’s one of the reasons why I really wanted a practice round, which we did, because we are not used to that length of approach putts. Normally when you are that far away, you are chipping because you are off the green. I stepped one of the greens off and it was 45 yards wide, not feet, yards. Another green was 48 yards deep. So you could have a 50 or 60 foot putt and our guys are just not accustom to doing that, so it makes it really easy to three-putt. It was different for us, but the story is, everyone plays the same golf course.”

“I think it is a definite home course advantage for Rend Lake and we were only two shots back of them in the second round,” Chattin said. “I still think that we are better than we have scored so far. But we are headed in the right direction off of our last tournament and we will see in our next tournament because we won’t have any excuses. This is the course that we play quite a bit and practice at some.”

VU freshman Aaron Brink (Nashville, Ill.) also made the trip for the Blue and Gold, playing in the tournament as an individual and shooting an opening round 81, before making the largest improvement from first to second rounds by a VU golfer with a final round 76. Brink tied for 15th on the leaderboard.

The Trailblazers will now look to regroup and prepare for this weekend as VU will host the VU Fall Invitational Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11 at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind.

“This tournament is an opportunity for all 11 of our guys to get to play,” Chattin said. “I’ve had a couple of players that are right on the cusp of qualifying for tournaments that didn’t make it that have shot some really low rounds in practice. One of the things I’m looking forward to this weekend is for them to get the opportunity to play in a college tournament, a college length tournament, which will be really good experience for them.”

“We’ve got a large field this weekend, larger than we usually have coming in,” Chattin added. “There are 71 players in the tournament, nine teams and three four-year schools playing in the tournament. So, it will be a good test. If you can play at the top of this tournament, you’ve really played well. So far everything looks good heading into this weekend, the only bad thing is that there is rain in the forecast.”



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8354.60648 – 2035 – 3436 – 2525 – 715 – 145 – 5W 4
Tampa Bay7758.570547 – 2430 – 3435 – 2614 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 3
Toronto7660.5596.538 – 2938 – 3130 – 2519 – 1515 – 148 – 2W 1
Baltimore7265.5261140 – 2832 – 3728 – 3215 – 1519 – 105 – 5L 1
Boston6771.48616.535 – 3432 – 3718 – 3916 – 1425 – 85 – 5L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7065.51933 – 3037 – 3513 – 1633 – 2512 – 163 – 7L 1
Minnesota6867.504240 – 2928 – 3817 – 1631 – 2212 – 174 – 6L 3
Chi White Sox6968.504234 – 3635 – 3215 – 1731 – 2915 – 156 – 4W 1
Kansas City5682.40615.533 – 3923 – 4312 – 2027 – 3110 – 185 – 5W 1
Detroit5285.3801930 – 4022 – 459 – 2023 – 389 – 183 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8849.64245 – 2143 – 2810 – 1223 – 846 – 237 – 3W 1
Seattle7760.5621136 – 3041 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 288 – 2L 1
LA Angels6077.4382831 – 4029 – 3711 – 2316 – 1026 – 316 – 4L 1
Texas5977.43428.528 – 3831 – 395 – 1817 – 1327 – 381 – 9L 1
Oakland5087.3653822 – 4528 – 4213 – 2011 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8751.63046 – 2341 – 2844 – 2117 – 619 – 145 – 5W 2
Atlanta8651.6280.547 – 2539 – 2635 – 2221 – 1218 – 127 – 3W 7
Philadelphia7561.5511141 – 3034 – 3131 – 2720 – 1017 – 164 – 6W 2
Miami5580.40730.526 – 3829 – 4225 – 3311 – 1512 – 211 – 9L 9
Washington4889.35038.522 – 4726 – 4211 – 4314 – 1815 – 186 – 4L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8156.59147 – 2334 – 3316 – 1738 – 2017 – 98 – 2W 2
Milwaukee7165.5229.535 – 2636 – 3911 – 1335 – 3012 – 184 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs5779.41923.529 – 3928 – 4013 – 930 – 358 – 212 – 8L 1
Cincinnati5480.40325.529 – 3925 – 4112 – 2221 – 2910 – 225 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh5086.36830.527 – 4123 – 459 – 2223 – 3314 – 173 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9442.69149 – 1845 – 2419 – 1421 – 939 – 146 – 4W 2
San Diego7662.5511937 – 2939 – 3319 – 1519 – 1032 – 286 – 4W 2
San Francisco6570.48128.537 – 3228 – 3817 – 1317 – 1121 – 364 – 6L 2
Arizona6571.4782937 – 3428 – 3716 – 1516 – 1622 – 336 – 4L 2
Colorado5979.4283638 – 3321 – 4610 – 2414 – 1527 – 305 – 5W 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1885       George H. Rawlings patents a close-fitting baseball glove that features padding made of felt and rubber in the fingers, thumb, and palm. The owner of a St. Louis sporting goods store invented the padded piece of equipment to prevent players from bruising their hands when catching a ball.

1896       Baltimore sweeps a twin bill from 12th-place Louisville, beating their National League opponents at Oriole Park, 10-9 and 3-1. The Birds, who won all three games against the Colonels in yesterday’s tripleheader, establish the mark for the most victories in two consecutive days with their five wins.

1916       Twenty-three fans attending the game against the Yankees at soaked Shibe Park, the smallest crowd in American League history, witness A’s switch-hitter Wally Schang become the first player in major league history to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game. The feat, not well-publicized because reporters thought the heavy rain would postpone the game and did not attend the contest, will not be accomplished again in the Junior Circuit until 1940.

1925       In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep, Babe Ruth belts his 300th career home run, the Sultan of Swat’s 16th of the season. Southpaw Buster Ross allows the milestone solo blast in Yankees’ 7-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

1933       🇲🇽 In the second game of a doubleheader against Detroit, Red Sox outfielder Mel Almada makes his major league debut at Fenway Park. The 20-year-old Huatabampo native becomes the first Mexican to play in the major leagues.

1939       Bob Feller, with his 12-1 victory over the Browns in St. Louis, becomes the youngest modern-era player to win 20 games. The 20-year-old Indians’ fireballer finishes the season 24-9 while posting a 2.85 ERA.

1940       Johnny Mize hits homers #’s 38, 39, and 40 in the first game of a doubleheader, becoming the first player to hit three homers in one game four times in his career. Despite the Big Cat’s heroics, the Cardinals drop a pair to the Pirates, 16-14 and 9-4.

1942       The first exhibition game between two Negro League teams is finally played in Boston when the Philadelphia Stars edge the Baltimore Elite Giants in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at Fenway Park, 8-7. Unlike many metropolitan areas in the East and South, the Cradle of Liberty did not have a Black team represent the city, nor did the community embrace the concept of hosting Negro League contests.

1945       Receiving an enthusiastic ovation from the near-capacity crowd, President Harry Truman, sworn in after FDR’s death in April, becomes the first left-hander and oldest president to throw the ceremonial major league first pitch. The Missourian shows no signs of favoritism when the St. Louis Browns, a team from his home state, drops a 4-1 decision to the Senators.

1949       Red Schoendienst steals the team’s last stolen base of the season when he takes second base in the Cardinals’ 8-0 victory over the Cubs at Sportsman’s Park. The Redbird third baseman will lead the club with eight pilfered bags, accounting for more than half of the all-time National League low of 17 the entire club will swipe this season.

1954       “It’s not a record, but being traded four times when there are only eight teams in the league tells you something. I thought I was modeling uniforms for the National League.” – JOE GARAGIOLA, former major leaguer and television personality reflecting on his nine-year baseball career. The pennant-bound Giants select catcher Joe Garagiola, known more his glove than his bat, off waivers from the second-division Cubs. The 28-year-old backstop plays only five games for New York before retiring at the end of the season, becoming a baseball broadcaster and colorful television personality that includes stints on The Today Show, Saturday Game of the Week for NBC, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

1955       The Dodgers clinch their eighth National League pennant with a 10-2 victory over the Braves at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Brooklyn’s 17-game lead marks the earliest date that a team has captured a flag in baseball history.

1957       Before their departure to play on the West Coast for next season, the Dodgers and Giants face one another for the final time in New York. The Jints beat the Bums at the Polo Grounds, 3-2, to finish the intense 68-year-old storied rivalry with a 656-606 advantage over Brooklyn in the battle between the boroughs.

1958       At spacious Forbes Field, Roberto Clemente blasts three triples in the Pirates’ 4-1 victory over the Redlegs. The ‘Great One’ becomes the first Pittsburgh player to accomplish the feat since 1952 when center fielder Carlos Bernier, batting leadoff, collected a trio of three-baggers in the same Cincinnati ballpark.

1963       At Connie Mack Stadium, Braves left-hander Warren Spahn tosses a complete game, edging Philadelphia, 3-2. The triumph is the southpaw’s 20th victory and ties Christy Mathewson’s record of thirteen seasons of twenty or more wins.

1964       The Mets announce the signing of 18-year-old right-hander Bill Denehy. The recent high school graduate, who struck out 151 batters in 81 innings, posted a 10-1 record for Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown, Connecticut, and won three tournament games en route to leading his team to the state championship.

1965       In a promotion to increase Kansas City’s low attendance, Bert Campaneris becomes the first major leaguer to play all nine positions in a single game. After being involved in a collision at home plate in the ninth inning, Rene Lachemann replaces Campy as the team’s catcher in the A’s eventual 5-3, 13-inning victory over California.

1967       At the urging of their fans, the Mets honor former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, who retired last season when arthritis ended his career prematurely at the age of 30. The Brooklyn-born southpaw, who threw a no-hitter against New York in 1962, started twenty games against the Amazins, compiling a 17-2 record that included 14 complete games and five shutouts.

1968       Ralph Garr steals the first of his 172 stolen bases, swiping home as a pinch-runner for Joe Torre in the Braves’ 4-1 victory over Houston. In 1973, the ‘Road Runner’ will break Atlanta’s record for stolen bases with 35, surpassing the mark of 30 he established in 1970 during his rookie season.

1973       Billy Martin, dismissed six days ago by the Tigers, signs a multi-year contract to manage the last-place Rangers. The fiery 45 year-old skipper, who was at the helm when Detroit won the American League East title last season, replaces Whitey Herzog, who was fired yesterday after compiling a 47-91 (.341) record in the first season of his Hall of Fame managerial career.

1977       Cubs’ relief pitcher Bruce Sutter strikes out the first six batters he faces, including three men in the ninth on nine pitches. The future Hall of Famer will earn his sixth victory in seven decisions when the Cubs beat Montreal in 10 innings at Wrigley Field, 3-2.

1980       Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to the drug arrest in Toronto last month. The suspension will last only two weeks before independent arbiter Raymond Goetz surprisingly reinstates the Cubs right-hander.

1985       At Wrigley Field, Pete Rose gets two hits off Chicago hurler Reggie Patterson, including his historic single that ties Ty Cobb’s career record of 4,191 hits. The game will be suspended due to darkness, enabling the Reds’ player-manager to break the Georgia Peach’s record at home.

1993       Retiring the final 17 batters in a row, 24-year-old right-hander Darryl Kile no-hits the Mets in a 7-1 Houston victory at the Astrodome. Jeff McKnight, who had walked, scores New York’s lone run on a wild pitch after advancing to third base on an error.

1995       With a 3-2 victory over the Orioles at Jacobs Field, the Indians clinch the American League Central Division, reaching the postseason for the first time since 1954. Mike Hargrove’s Tribe, which posts a 100-44 record, will win the division with the largest margin in baseball history, finishing 30 games ahead of the Royals.

1996       Mets catcher Todd Hundley joins Mickey Mantle as the only other switch hitter to hit 40 home runs in a season when he goes deep off Joe Borowski in the seventh inning of the team’s 6-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The 27-year-old backstop’s round-tripper also breaks the club record for most homers in a single year, established in 1988 by Darryl Strawberry.

1996       A Gary Sheffield fifth-inning round-tripper against the Expos’ Pedro Martinez breaks the major league home run record for a season. In 1987, major leaguers went deep 4,458 times to established the previous mark.

1998       Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire connects off of Cub hurler Steve Trachsel and sends a 341-foot line-drive over the left-field fence for his historic 62nd home run, breaking the single-season home run record set in 1961 by Roger Maris. Big Mac’s historic homer comes in the fourth inning of a nationally televised game.

2002       Rafael Palmeiro’s sixth-inning homer against Tampa Bay establishes a new major league record with a Ranger player hitting a home run in 26 consecutive games. The 1941 Yankees, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1998 Braves shared the previous mark.

2003       At Camden Yards, 64-year-old Steve Dalkowski throws the ceremonial first pitch to relief pitcher Buddy Groom before an Orioles game against Seattle. The Baltimore fireballing farmhand hurt his arm pitching in a 1963 exhibition game on the same day the team fitted him for a big-league uniform and never appeared in the major leagues.

2005       At Troy’s Bruno Stadium, the Vermont Expos end the season by winning their seventh straight game, beating the Tri-City ValleyCats, 15-9. With the NY-Penn team changing its name next season, the game marks the last time the word Expos will appear on a uniform.

2007       Alex Rodriguez, hitting his 50th and 51st home runs, joins Babe Ruth (1920-54, 1921-59, 1927-60, 1928-54), Roger Maris (1961-61), and Mickey Mantle (1956-52, 1961-54) to become only the fourth player in Yankee history to hit 50 or more homers in a single season. The Yankee infielder’s second homer breaks the major league mark of 49 homers hit by a third baseman, shared with Mike Schmidt (Phillies-1980) and Adrian Beltre (Dodgers-2004).

2008       The Red Sox break the Cleveland Indians’ attendance record with their 456th consecutive regular-season sellout at Fenway Park. To commemorate the streak, which began on May 15, 2003, team owners, current players, and club icon Johnny Pesky greet and thank fans entering the ballpark before the game against the Rays.

2008       Mark Saccomanno, a life-long fan of the team just called up a few hours before the start of the game, hits a home run on the first pitch he sees as a major leaguer, contributing to the Astros’ 3-2 victory over the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. The 28-year-old Houston native, who will not connect for another round-tripper in his career, is the first to accomplish the feat as a pinch-hitter, becoming the fourth player in franchise history to homer in his initial big-league at-bat.

2008       Gary Sheffield’s second home run of the game is the 250,000th round-tripper in major league history. The Tigers slugger, who needs only four more to reach a personal milestone of 500 homers, hit the round-tripper that set the record for the number of home runs in the major league in a season, bringing the total to 4,458 blasts.

2010       At Fenway Park, 44-year-old starter Tim Wakefield becomes the oldest player to win a game for the Red Sox since 1920 when he goes five innings in Boston’s 11-5 victory over Tampa Bay. In 1998, Dennis Eckersley, at the age of 43 years and 349 days old, was credited with the win after getting two outs in relief in a game against Baltimore.

2012       A healthy Stephen Strasburg makes his last 2012 appearance four days sooner than his much-debated scheduled season shut down set by the Nationals. The 24-year-old power right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, was put on a strict innings limit by Washington, who will lose the NLDS to St. Louis after compiling the best record in major league baseball.

2012       Darwin Barney sets the National League record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman with 124, surpassing Ryne Sandberg, another Cub infielder, who played his consecutive errorless streak at second between the 1989 and 1990 seasons. The major league mark for straight errorless games at second base is 186, established by Tiger infielder Placido Polanco from 2006-08.

2018       Ryne Stanek, facing one batter in the fifth inning of the Rays’ 10-5 victory over the Orioles, becomes the first pitcher to start 25 games and make 25 relief appearances in the same season since Hugh Mulchy accomplished the feat in 1937 with the Phillies. The Tampa Bay right-hander, used as one of the team’s “opening” starters, finishes the year compiling 66.1 innings, making 59 total appearances, including 29 starts.


Seventy-seven years after the inaugural Fall Classic, only one original team remained without at least one World Championship title. That club belonged to Philadelphia and despite winning National League pennants in 1915 and 1950; the Phillies were still waiting to go the distance after ninety-eight seasons. Their opponents, the Kansas City Royals weren’t strangers to second place either. One step away from World Series appearances in ’76, ’77 and ’78, both teams had suffered heartbreaking losses in three consecutive Championship Series. After losing all three American League versions to New York, Kansas City swept the perennial champions in 1980 after a three game playoff series. Throughout the 1970’s, both ball clubs had come up short time and time again and it was fitting that they both reached the summit concurrently to face one another in baseball’s most coveted contest.

As Game 1 opened at Veterans Stadium, Royals veteran Amos Otis nailed a two run homer for his first Series at-bat and teammate Willie Aikens followed with a one on blast of his own. Dennis Leonard (a twenty game winner) took the mound in the bottom of the inning tasked with protecting the 4-0 lead, but Philadelphia erupted with a five run blitz that included a three run homer by Bake McBride. Then the National League champions scored two more over the next two innings with Bob Boone delivering his second run-scoring double and Garry Maddox adding a sacrifice fly. Aikens answered back with his second, two run homer of the night in the eighth, but the comeback Phillies were still left clinging to a 7-6 lead. Tug McGraw came in as relief over Bob Walk in the final inning and managed to hold off the Royals for three quick outs and the opening game win.

Once again, the Vet belonged to “the vet” as Otis knocked a two run double off Phillies standout Steve Carlton for the 3-2 lead in the seventh inning of Game 2. John Wathan followed and proceeded to send the Royal workhorse home with a sacrifice fly as Dan Quisenberry was sent in to protect the lead. Working in relief of Larry Gura, Quisenberry sent the first three Philly batters back to the bench, but ran into trouble in the eighth. Surrendering four hits (resulting in four runs) the Kansas City ace watched his team’s lead vanish thanks to McBride (who singled home the tying run) and Mike Schmidt (who doubled his team ahead). Ron Reed was sent in from the home team bullpen in the ninth and held onto the advantage for a 6-4 victory.

Adding to the Royals 0-2 frustrations was the untimely removal of standout George Brett, who had almost caught Ted Williams’ record of .400 during the regular season but came up just short (in true Royals fashion) at .390. The All-Star third-baseman was suffering from an acute case of hemorrhoids, and was immediately scheduled to undergo minor surgery. After leaving the hospital on the day of Game 3, a pain-free Brett returned to the diamond and removed all doubts with a first inning homer off the Phillies’ Dick Ruthven. Both teams continued to trade runs (including another home run by Otis) and at the end of regulation, the scoreboard read 3-3. Kansas City was determined to prevent another Philadelphia comeback and Aikens came through in the bottom of the tenth with a two out single that scored Willie Wilson for the 4-3 triumph. The multi-talented first baseman had continued to come up clutch with a two run homer in the Royals’ first and a bases empty shot in the second. The two drives made Aikens the first man in history to connect for a pair of two-homer games in one Series.

In Game 4, a rejuvenated Royals team held the Phillies to a 0-0 tie going into the fourth and for the first time in the tournament, prepared to take the lead. After Schmidt broke the tie by depositing a Gura pitch over the wall for a two run advantage, Kansas City answered back with some fancy “woodwork” of their own. Brett “got the ball rolling” and took rookie Marty Bystrom for a RBI groundout in the fifth. Next, Otis added a third homer to his stats and finally, U.L. Washington nailed a sac-fly for the 3-2 lead in the sixth. Gura struggled in the seventh with a two-on, one-out situation, but Quisenberry came to his rescue and maintained the one-run decision going into the ninth. Down again, but far from out, the Philadelphia line-up decided it was their turn to repeat history. First, Schmidt led off with a single and pinch-hitter Del Unser brought him home with a double. After Keith Moreland sacrificed Unser to third, Maddox grounded out holding him on the bag. Manny Trillo followed with a line drive off Quisenberry’s glove and Unser sped home for the go-ahead run. Philly’s McGraw continued his inconsistency on the mound after issuing three walks in the bottom of the ninth, but Royal Jose Cardenal fanned for three and the final out of the game.

Carlton (a twenty-four game winner) was handed the ball for Game 6 and responded with an early lead thanks to Schmidt’s two RBIs in the third. Despite plans for a complete game, the Philly ace was pulled in the eighth after stumbling down the stretch and allowing the first two Kansas City batters to reach base. Despite his previous outing, McGraw was called again and managed to load the bases three times in the last two innings while surrendering only one run. As the Royals loaded the bases with one-out in the ninth, the left-hander induced Frank White to hit a high foul pop near the Philly dugout. As catcher Bob Boone drew under it, the ball bounced in and out of his mitt. Luckily, first baseman Pete Rose was also giving chase and narrowly grabbed the disastrous deflection protecting the 4-1 triumph. Not only had White failed to bring home a single base runner in his final at-bat, but Willie Wilson followed him only to be struck out for the twelfth time — a humiliating Series record. “Runner-Up” was familiar territory for the Kansas City franchise, while Philadelphia had finally brought a title home to The City of Brotherly Love after almost a centennial of trying.


The unlikeliest of All-Stars, a player with less time than his backup, had the biggest performance of any player there in his All-Star debut. The Oakland A’s catcher Terry Steinbach homered and hit a sacrifice fly, lifting the American League to victory. Steinbach led off the third inning with a homer against Dwight Gooden. The liner just eluded Darryl Strawberry, who said the ball popped out of his glove as he tried to pull it back over the fence.

The homer put Steinbach into the annals of baseball trivia: He’s the only player to hit a home run in both his first at-bat in the majors and in his first at-bat in an All-Star Game. His next hit was even more crucial. The American League loaded the bases against Bob Knepper on a double by Dave Winfield, a walk to Cal Ripken, Jr. and a short single by Mark McGwire. Steinbach followed with a towering fly to left that came within ten feet of becoming the second grand slam in All-Star history.

Frank Viola set the tempo for American League pitchers by retiring all six batters he faced. The National League managed only five singles off the seven hitters who followed him: Roger Clemens, Mark Gubicza, Dave Stieb, Jeff Russell, Doug Jones, Dan Plesac and Dennis Eckersley.

It was an amazing performance by an individual, but also a great effort by Steinbach’s team to ensure another victory. Many fans and the league were pleased as the National and American League traded the last four All-Star victories breaking the monotony of the previous decades of dominance by one side or the other.


September 8, 1946 – The San Francisco 49ers make their debut in regular season professional football as they played the New York Yankees in an AAFC tilt. The Yanks won 21-7.

September 8, 2002 – The Houston Texans play their inaugural game in the NFL. The club becomes only the second expansion team in history to win their first regular season game in the league, the other was the Minnesota Vikings in 1961. In the game Rookie QB David Carr lights up the Dallas Cowboy defense for two scores to put the Texans over the Cowboys 19-10 in this battle for Texas pride.


September 8, 1904 – Mortimer “Bud” Sprague was a former tackle from the University of Texas in 1922 through 1924 and later transferred to the United States Military Academy to play out the rest of his college eligibility for the Black Knights of Army. With some help of college eligibility rules of the era, Bud lettered in the sport of football an amazing 6 times, twice at Texas and 4 times with Army. He was an All-American in the 1926 and 1927 seasons and became the captain of the Army team in 1928. Bud Sprague was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

September 8, 1912 – Bob “Bones” Hamilton was a former Stanford halfback that the College Football Hall of Fame placed in their rooms of honor in 1972 according to the National Football Foundation. After college Hamilton entered Major League Baseball as he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers never entering football professional ranks.

September 8, 1945 – Lem Barney was a cornerback out of Jackson State University. The six foot 188 pound defensive back was a 3-time All-Conference player in the Southwestern Conference during college but was still relatively unknown when the Detroit Lions drafted him in the second round of the 1967 NFL Draft. Lem started off his professional career in spectacular style. In a quote from the Barney on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website the defender described his first play in the NFL as,” I dove and intercepted it and did a forward shoulder roll got up and ran into the endzone, I think 24 yard. And I said man this is going to be easy.” He sure made it look easy as he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie and was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Not only did the speedster play the corner but he was also an excellent kick returner and his team’s emergency punter. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Lem Barney in the class of 1992.

September 8, 1952 – Anthony Davis was an amazing running back that played ball for Southern California and the College Football Hall of Fame enshrined Davis in the 2005 induction class. During his years at USC he also was a standout baseball player per the National Football Foundation. In fact as a Trojan, Davis won 5 National Championships! 2 in football and 3 with baseball! Davis led the USC team in rushing scoring and kick returns in 3 consecutive seasons. Anthony was also scored 11 touchdowns in his college career against rival Notre Dame. In fact in the game between the two schools played on December 2, 1972 Davis scored six times to lead the Trojans to a 45-23 thumping of the Irish. His professional career has a long resume as Davis played in the World Football League, the CFL, the NFL and later the USFL.


No one better understood the necessity of bringing some order to early-day professional football than Joe Carr, a former Columbus, Ohio newspaperman and manager of pro football’s Columbus Panhandles. Carr’s persistence finally paid off when, in 1920, the American Professional Football Association (APFA) was organized in Canton, Ohio. Jim Thorpe, the best-known name of pro football in 1920, was named the APFA’s first president. But a year later Carr replaced him in the leadership role.

The next year, in 1922, the league changed its name to the National Football League. Carr strongly felt the public had the inherent right to know the league was being run honestly and capably. Immediately, he established a standard player contract modeled on the one used in baseball. He cracked down on the hiring of collegians under assumed names. When the Green Bay Packers, a new team in 1921, ignored Carr’s edict, he forfeited the franchise and then renewed it under new ownership a few months later.

In 1925, Red Grange stunned the football world by joining the Chicago Bears just 10 days after his final game with the University of Illinois. Sensing that resentment in college circles would persist if such practices continued, Carr ruled, in the future, no NFL team could sign a college player until his eligibility was completed. Violators were promised a stiff fine or loss of franchise or both. Carr recognized that, to survive, the NFL needed teams in large cities. His first target was New York City and, through Joe’s efforts, the New York Giants were born in 1925. The 70,000 crowd that turned out at the Polo Grounds later that year to see the Red Grange-led Bears proved big-city fans would support pro football.

A dedicated, no-nonsense administrator, Carr also served in executive positions in minor-league baseball and professional basketball during his tenure as NFL president.


19 – 27 – 1 – 21 – 31 – 44 – 14 – 5 – 12 – 45 –

September 8, 1939 – Indians Bob Feller, wearing Number 19, at 20 years old, became youngest pitcher to win 20 games

September 8, 1943 – NY Giants’ pitcher Ace Adams, Number 27 set a record by working in his 62nd game of the season

September 8, 1954 – Talk about working a pitcher! With a 3-2 count, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Richie Ashburn, Number 1 fouled off the next 14 pitches, then eventually walked to get on base.

September 8, 1958 – Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente, Number 21 tied a modern day record when he recorded 3 triples in a single game

September 8, 1963 – Milwaukee Braves future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn (Number 21) tied Christy Mathewson with 13 seasons of at least 20-wins

September 8, 1965 – This man knows how to play the field! The very talented Kansas City A’s Bert Campaneris, Number 19 showed off his versatility when he played all 9 positions in a game

September 8, 1972 – Chicago Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, Number 31 won his 20th game for 6th straight year. Ironically 8 years to the day in 1980, that Commissioner Bowie Kuhn would be suspending Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest.

September 8, 1973 – Hank Aaron, Number 44 set a record of most home runs in 1 league (709)

September 8, 1985 – Pete Rose, Number 14 tied Ty Cobb’s record with 4,191 hits

September 8, 1989 – George Brett, Number 5 reached a career milestone when he achieved his 2,500th hit

September 8, 1991 – NFL Buffalo Bill QB Jim Kelly, Number 12 passes for 6 touchdowns vs Pittsburgh Steelers (52-34)

September 8, 1992 – Danny Tartabull, Number 45 had 9 RBIs as Yanks beat Orioles 16-4

September 8, 1993 – Houston Astro’s Darryl Kile, Number 57 threw a 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros’ 7-1 win over NY Mets

September 8, 2002 – Rookie quarterback David Carr, wearing Number 8 throws for 2 TDs as the Houston Texans beat Dallas Cowboys 19-10 to become only the 2nd expansion team (1961 Minnesota Vikings) to win their inaugural game


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