1)FISHERS H.S. 5-1 (220)

2)WESTFIELD H.S. 5-0 (210)

3)CENTER GROVE H.S. 6-0 (202)

4)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 5-0 (140)

5)JASPER H.S. 3-1 (120)


7)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 4-1 (96)

8)ZIONSVILLE H.S. 1-2 (48)


10)LAWRENCE NORTH H.S. 4-0 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Avon H.S., Carmel H.S., Castle H.S., Evans. Central H.S., Homestead H.S., Jeffersonville H.S., Laporte H.S., Noblesville H.S., Roncalli H.S., Terre Haute South H.S.


1)ANDREAN H.S. 4-0 (240)

2)BREBEUF H.S. 2-0 (180)

3)BATESVILLE H.S. 4-0 (160)

4)SILVER CREEK H.S. 5-3 (152)


6)WESTERN H.S. 2-0 (114)

7)WEST VIGO H.S. 4-1 (66)

8)LEBANON H.S. 1-1 (44)

9)MADISON H.S. 4-2 (40)

9)NEW CASTLE H.S. 0-0 (40)

Receiving Votes:

Danville H.S., Evans. Memorial H.S., F.W. Dwenger H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Glenn H.S. (John Glenn), Guerin Catholic H.S., Hanover Central H.S., Heritage H.S., Northwestern H.S., Yorktown H.S.


1)WAPAHANI H.S. 4-0 (200)


3)CENTERVILLE H.S. 1-0 (122)

4)FOREST PARK H.S. 1-0 (120)

4)PROVIDENCE H.S. 3-5 (120)

6)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 2-0 (98)

7)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 0-2 (74)

8)EASTSIDE H.S. 1-1 (60)

9)CASCADE H.S. 3-1 (38)

10)DELPHI H.S. 0-1 (34)

Receiving Votes:

Adams Central H.S., Alexandria H.S., Covenant Christian H.S., Eastern (Greentown) H.S., Evans. Mater Dei H.S., Fairfield H.S., Shenandoah H.S.




3)BARR-REEVE H.S. 2-0 (112)

3)WASHINGTON TWP. H.S. 0-1 (112)

5)BORDEN H.S. 2-2 (108)

5)COWAN H.S. 2-1 (108)

7)NORTH DAVIESS H.S. 1-0 (82)

8)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 0-1 (56)

9)WES-DEL H.S. 2-1 (52)


Receiving Votes:

Bloomfield H.S., Caston H.S., Clay City H.S., Daleville H.S., Hauser H.S., Jac-Cen-Del H.S., Kouts H.S., Morgan Twp. H.S., Northeast Dubois H.S., Riverton Parke H.S., Shakamak H.S., Southwood H.S.



Lakers fire title-winning coach Frank Vogel after 3 seasons

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Lakers fired Frank Vogel on Monday, choosing their championship-winning head coach to take the first fall for one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history.

Los Angeles wildly underachieved this season, finishing 33-49 and missing the 10-team Western Conference playoffs in a humiliating conclusion to a year that began with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and a veteran-laden supporting cast widely expected to contend for another championship.

Vogel was fired exactly 18 months after he led the Lakers to the franchise’s 17th title in his first season in charge. Almost nothing has gone right in the ensuing two seasons for the rosters assembled by general manager Rob Pelinka and coached by Vogel, who went 127-98 in his three seasons running the club. He was under contract through next season.

“Frank is a great coach and a good man,” Pelinka said in a statement. “We will forever be grateful to him for his work in guiding us to the 2019-20 NBA championship. This is an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one we feel is necessary at this point.”

ESPN reported Vogel’s imminent firing immediately after the Lakers finished the season by beating Denver in overtime Sunday night. During an awkward postgame news conference, Vogel admitted he had not yet been told of the club’s decision before it was leaked to ESPN.

It was a dismal, embarrassing end to a tenure that began tremendously for Vogel, the former coach at Orlando and Indiana. The Lakers claimed a title in the Florida bubble in October 2020, but didn’t win another playoff round in the next two seasons.

Los Angeles never resembled a championship team this season despite trading for Westbrook and signing Anthony to play alongside James and Davis. The Lakers stumbled along near .500 until Jan. 7, when they entered a 10-30 nosedive exacerbated by Davis’ latest lengthy injury absence.

Despite another impressive season from the 37-year-old James, the Lakers never jelled this season with a roster including nine players over 30 and 11 players who weren’t with the team last season. Davis managed to play in only 40 of their 82 games, while Westbrook struggled mightily to fit into the Lakers’ team concept during one of the worst seasons of his professional career.

After so much preseason ballyhoo around the teaming of James, Davis and Westbrook, the trio managed to play in only 21 games together – and went 11-10. The Lakers used 41 different starting lineups.

“At the end of the day, the reason why we weren’t very good together is we weren’t on the damn floor together,” James said. “You never got a chance to see what the ballclub could be.”

Although Vogel remained publicly confident in his ability to fix the problems created by the injuries and two years of high-risk roster assembly, the coach never came up with any consistent solutions to Los Angeles’ woes.

But while Vogel received ample criticism for his curious decisions on player rotations and his lack of an offensive game plan, the Lakers’ single biggest problem in Vogel’s final two seasons was Davis’ inability to stay healthy.

The eight-time All-Star big man was dominant in the bubble, but Davis has played in just 76 of the Lakers’ 154 games over the past two seasons while battling several major injury problems.

Kings fire interim coach Gentry, miss playoffs for 16th year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento Kings fired interim coach Alvin Gentry on Monday, a day after the franchise missed the playoffs for a 16th straight season.

The 67-year-old Gentry was promoted from associate head coach to interim coach when the Kings fired Luke Walton in November following a 6-11 start. Sacramento won 116-109 at NBA-leading Phoenix on Sunday to finish at 30-52.

Gentry had most recently served as head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans (2015-20). He has also made head coaching stops with Miami, Detroit, the Clippers and Phoenix. He has a career record of 534-636.

“The entire Kings organization is grateful for the leadership of Alvin Gentry, who stepped up when he got the call mid-season,” general manager Monte McNair said in a statement. “We appreciate his leadership on and off the court.”

Play-in-bound Wolves coach Finch signs multi-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch signed a multi-year contract extension on Monday, after guiding the team to seventh place in the Western Conference and a play-in game berth.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Timberwolves also announced contract extensions for Finch’s assistants, the day before they host the Los Angeles Clippers for a spot in the playoffs.

“It’s been a season that all of us, including our fans. can be proud of,” Finch said in a statement distributed by the team. “I’m grateful that my staff will continue to lead us forward.”

Executive vice president of basketball operations Sachin Gupta said Finch’s leadership is “unmatched and was evident by this year’s team success.”

Hired midway through the 2020-21 season to replace the fired Ryan Saunders, Finch has a 62-61 record for the second-best winning percentage (.504) by a head coach in Timberwolves history. The late Flip Saunders (.521) is first. Minnesota went 46-36 this season, the second-best record for the long-languishing franchise over the past 18 years.

The 52-year-old Finch has been an assistant with Toronto, New Orleans, Denver and Houston. The Timberwolves led the NBA in scoring this season at 115.9 points per game, a first in franchise history. Their defense also forced a league-leading average of 16.3 turnovers per game.

76ers’ Thybulle not fully vaccinated, can’t play in Toronto

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matisse Thybulle took a seat, took a breath and took a moment to explain why he made a choice – one the Philadelphia 76ers defensive specialist admitted he tried to keep hidden – not to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Thybulle’s choice will cost him playing time in the postseason, and could cost the Sixers their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against Toronto.

Thybulle is barred from Canada because unvaccinated foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering the country and limited exemptions to the rule no longer apply to professional athletes.

Thybulle’s situation first became known last week when he was suddenly listed as “ineligible to play” on the NBA injury report on Philadelphia’s most recent trip to Toronto.

Thybulle broke his silence Sunday once the Sixers clinched the No. 4 seed and were matched up against the fifth-seeded Raptors. The Sixers will play at least Games 3 and 4 of the series in Toronto. Game 1 is Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.

“I was raised in a holistic household, where anti-vax is not like a term that was ever used, it’s a weird term that has been kind of been thrown around to just label people,” Thybulle said. “We grew up with Chinese medicine and naturopathic doctors. Just with that upbringing, coming into the situation, I felt like I had a solid foundation of medical resources that could serve me beyond what this vaccine could do for me. As things escalated, and as this situation has played out, I’ve obviously had to reconsider and look at it differently.”

Thybulle said he did feel the need to get one shot at an unspecified point of last year’s postseason – played in May and June because of COVID-19 – but did not receive a second shot.

“I felt like if I’m going to be a part of society, in the position that I’m in, I need to do what’s right for the greater good,” Thybulle said. “That argument with the greater good held a lot of weight on me. As things progressed, as this virus has changed in many different ways, it showed … that even while being vaccinated you could spread the disease.”

Westbrook: ‘I was never given a fair chance’ in 1st season with Lakers

There were high expectations for Russell Westbrook’s first campaign with the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers, but both he and the team failed to live up to the hype placed upon them.

The nine-time All-Star spoke out on his year in Los Angeles, reflecting on a season in which he averaged 18.5 points per game – his lowest total since 2009-10 – and that saw the Lakers miss the playoffs entirely with a 33-49 record.

“I just felt like I was never given a fair chance to be who I needed to be to help this team,” Westbrook told reporters, including The Orange County Register’s Kyle Goon.

Westbrook had been accustomed to playing a high-usage role offensively throughout the prime of his career but gave up touches to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Much like his point total, his usage rate was his lowest since his sophomore season.

James and Davis supported Westbrook to the media throughout the campaign and suggested they’d “let Russ be Russ,” but the point guard didn’t believe his teammates’ encouragement, adding that it “wasn’t true.”

With Westbrook playing off the ball more frequently alongside James’ ball-dominant style, the 33-year-old was relegated to shooting more jumpers but hit just under 30% of his 3-pointers on the year. As teams began to sag off of him, hurting the spacing on the court, head coach Frank Vogel cut his minutes, leading to a clear disconnect between the bench boss and Westbrook that the guard didn’t deny.

“I’ve never had an issue with any of my coaches before,” Westbrook said. “I’m not sure what his issue was with me.”

All told, Westbrook could pick up his $47 million player option and come back to L.A. next season, which he was non-committal about in his press conference. Westbrook won’t be playing for the recently fired Vogel if he does choose to return.


Florida big man, leading scorer Castleton back for 5th year

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida big man Colin Castleton is returning for a fifth season, a huge boost for new coach Todd Golden.

Castleton, a 6-foot-11 forward from nearby DeLand who transferred to Florida after two years at Michigan, led the Gators in scoring and rebounding last season. He averaged 16.2 points and 9.0 rebounds despite playing nearly the final dozen games with a torn labrum that will require surgery. He also finished second in the Southeastern Conference with 62 blocked shots.

Castleton recorded 10 double-doubles and was eighth in the league in scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage.

“The past couple weeks have helped me reflect on the season, as well as give me time to decide what’s next for my future,” Castleton said in a social media post Monday. “Thank you to my family and everyone who has helped me make this decision. Everyone’s process is different, and I’m adding another chapter to mine.

“Gator Nation, I’m back!”

Castleton missed six games after injuring his left shoulder during practice in mid-January but returned in hopes of helping the Gators make the NCAA Tournament; they fell short and ended up in the NIT. Castleton is expected to have surgery in the coming weeks to repair the damage and should be ready in time for summer workouts.

His return gives the Gators seven scholarship players back from the 2021-22 roster, including Kowacie Reeves, Myreon Jones, CJ Felder, Jason Jitoboh, Niels Lane and Eli Kennedy.

Three others opted to move on. Forward Anthony Duruji entered the NBA draft. Point guard Tyree Appleby, the team’s second-leading scorer, and forward Tuongthach Gatkek entered the transfer portal. Others still could join them there.

Golden and his staff hosted several potential transfers over the past week, expecting some of them to fill roster holes. Florida also has two incoming freshman signees: forward Jalen Reed and guard Denzel Aberdeen.

Georgetown lands ex-LSU guard Murray out of transfer portal

(AP) — Brandon Murray has chosen to transfer to Georgetown, a potential boost for the once-storied program coming off a 6-25 season with no victories in the Big East.

The former LSU guard picked Georgetown over Tennessee and Illinois. The Hoyas announced Murray’s decision Monday, and he tweeted, “DC WHAT UP !!”

“I’m happy to welcome Brandon Murray to the Hilltop,” coach Patrick Ewing said. “He chose Georgetown, and we want to make him feel right at home. I am excited to see what he can do here and he is an important building block in our efforts to return this program back to national prominence.”

Murray was considered one of the top players in the NCAA transfer portal. He could have a role right away at Georgetown after leading scorer Aminu Mohammed decided to test the NBA draft waters.

A Baltimore native, Murray was named to the Southeastern Conference’s all-freshman team. The 6-foot-5 guard started 32 games for LSU last season and averaged 10 points a game.

Several LSU players entered the transfer portal in the aftermath of the firing of coach Will Wade amid what the school called “serious” allegations of NCAA violations. Assistant Kevin Nickelberry took over as the interim replacement and coached the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament.

Nickelberry joined Georgetown as an assistant and recruiting coordinator on Ewing’s staff in late March. Ewing at the time expressed confidence Nickelberry would be able to bring in top-level talent, and attracting Murray to join him from LSU is the first evidence of that.

Ewing is going into his sixth season at Georgetown, with the highlight of his tenure being a surprise run to the Big East Tournament title in 2021. The Hoyas’ .194 winning percentage this past season, made possible by an 0-19 record in conference play, was the second worst in program history.


Remarkable rookie Kwan delivers again, Guardians beat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The only big mistake that Cleveland rookie Steven Kwan has made during his first four big league games came in left field, where he was trying to rush a catch-and-throw to the plate and had a flyball bounce off the heel of his glove.

He hasn’t made many mistakes with a bat in his hands.

And after that gaffe in the outfield Monday, the 24-year-old from Oregon State came right back to belt a bases-loaded triple, becoming the first player to reach base at least three times in each of his first four games while leading the rechristened Guardians to a 10-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

“He was trying to do it a little too quick and it hit the heel of his glove. But then his at-bat was terrific,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “His at-bats are really, really good. That’s stating the obvious.”

Might as well drive home the point: Kwan went 5 for 5 and reached safely six times a day earlier, when Cleveland rolled to a 17-3 win over the Royals. He reached base three more times and added his first three RBIs on Monday, finishing the series 9 for 13, reaching base in 15 of 19 plate appearances and scoring four times.

“Pretty cool,” Kwan said in his typical understated manner. “Pretty surreal.”

Oscar Mercado added a two-run homer for the Guardians, who scored just once over the first two games in Kansas City but piled up 27 runs over the last two. The result was a split of the season-opening set between AL Central rivals.

“I’m done trying to figure this out,” Francona said of the scoring disparity.

Logan Allen (1-0) earned the win Monday with two scoreless innings of relief in his first appearance of the season.

The finale was tied 4-all in the seventh when Royals reliever Jake Brentz (0-1) gave up a single, sacrifice bunt and walk. Josh Staumont then gave up bloop singles to Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes as Cleveland took a 6-4 lead.

The Royals loaded the bases in the bottom half against Bryan Shaw before Hunter Dozier hit a flyball that Kwan dropped. As a run crossed the plate, Myles Straw threw out a runner at second base in a bang-bang play that stood upon video review. Nick Sandlin relieved and got Adalberto Mondesi to ground into an inning-ending double play.

“Just tried to do too much,” Kwan said of the flyball that got away from him.

Orioles blank Brewers 2-0 in home opener at Camden Yards

BALTIMORE (AP) The night before starting the Orioles’ home opener, Baltimore native Bruce Zimmermann walked onto the field at Camden Yards.

“When we got back from Tampa, I snuck out onto the field and kind of walked out on the mound and tried to imagine what today would be like,” Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann pitched four innings to start a successful day for Baltimore’s maligned pitching staff, and the Orioles beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 on Monday. Cedric Mullins hit a two-run single in the second.

The Baltimore pitchers – who finished last in the majors in ERA last year – didn’t even need any help from their restructured ballpark. On the 30th anniversary of its inaugural season, Camden Yards looked noticeably different after the wall in left field was pushed back and made taller in the offseason. The new dimensions weren’t a factor in this game, though.

Mullins, whose 30-30 campaign was one of the few bright spots in a 110-loss season for the Orioles last year, singled with the bases loaded.

Baltimore won for the first time this season after being swept in a three-game series at Tampa Bay.

Zimmermann, the first Maryland-born pitcher to start a home opener for the Orioles since 1990, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

“It was even better than I could have imagined it going,” he said. “It was perfect weather, sold-out crowd, all of my family that could make it was here. Friends that I’m really close with, friends that I might have played years ago with, came out.”

Mike Baumann (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, followed by Dillon Tate and Cionel Perez. Jorge Lopez worked a hitless ninth for the save.

Bohm apologizes for F-bomb, errors after Phillies top Mets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Alec Bohm might find it easier in Philly to make up for errors in the field than one with his mouth.

The three E-5s were nothing compared to one F-bomb he dropped in frustration.

Lip-readers ran wild when cameras caught Bohm having some choice words after his second error.

“I (expletive) hate this place,” he said.

Maybe a rally he ignited with a leadoff walk – and owning up to his mistake – soothed some hard feelings.

J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius followed with run-scoring doubles that helped the Philadelphia Phillies rally past the New York Mets 5-4 on Monday night.

The Phillies trailed 4-0 before they scored five runs in the eighth against two Mets relievers. Realmuto’s first homer of the season deep into the left-field seats made it 4-3. Hoskins ripped a tying double to left off Seth Lugo (0-1), and Gregorius lined one into the right-center gap for a 5-4 lead.

Bohm made three errors at third base in the first three innings, a bad look as he tries to win the third base job over rookie Bryson Stott. Edge after this defensive disaster: Stott.

Bohm said “emotions got the best of me” and did not mean any offense toward the franchise or Philadelphia.

“I said it. Do I mean it? No,” Bohm said. “It’s a frustrating night for me, obviously. Made a few mistakes in the field. Look, these people, these fans, they just want to win. You heard it, we come back, they’re great. I’m just sorry to them. I don’t mean that.”

Bohm made his first error in the first when he charged a ball that shot off starter Ranger Suarez’s glove and made a wild, sidearm throw that sailed into right field. His second error was in the second, a routine grounder that he threw over first baseman Rhys Hoskins and into foul territory. Bohm completed the trifecta in the third on a wide throw that pulled Hoskins off the bag.

Springer answers boos with HR, 3 hits, leads Jays over Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Greeted by boos at Yankee Stadium, George Springer responded with the type of racket he and his Toronto Blue Jays are ready to make.

Springer hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and an RBI double, and the Blue Jays made three dazzling defensive plays to beat New York 3-0 Monday night.

Toronto is off to a 3-1 start after missing the playoffs last year despite a 91-71 record.

“I think that the world is probably a little bit behind what we thought, but we’ve always been confident in what we can do,” shortstop Bo Bichette said. “We’ve known that we had an ability to make some noise for a few years internally. Obviously, we didn’t. But I think this is the first year that people are kind of on board.”

Bichette made two sparkling plays, Teoscar Hernandez had a great grab in right field and Alek Manoah (1-0) allowed one hit over six innings.

“Those little things, that’s how you win games,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “They’re just kids, so they’re just going to get better little by little.”

Springer remains targeted by fans for his time on the 2017 championship Houston Astros, found guilty by Major League Baseball of stealing signs with an unauthorized camera.

Fans booed Springer before and during each at-bat, and he finished a triple short of the cycle in the leadoff spot. No. 9 batter Santiago Espinal had three singles for the Blue Jays.

“I’m concentrating on the stuff that I can control, which is the swings and all that stuff,” Springer said.

Manoah permitted only Joey Gallo’s opposite-field single with one out in the second. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out seven and worked around four walks, helping the Blue Jays extend their Yankee Stadium winning streak to five.

He pitched six shutout innings of two-hit ball to win his major league debut in the Bronx last May 27.

Cubs RHP Thompson suspended by MLB for hitting McCutchen

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Cubs reliever Keegan Thompson was suspended for three games on Monday for hitting Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Andrew McCutchen with a pitch.

Cubs manager David Ross was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball. Thompson and Ross also were fined an undisclosed amount.

Ross will serve his suspension Tuesday at Pittsburgh. If Thompson doesn’t appeal the punishment, he will begin his suspension as well with the series opener against the Pirates.

Thompson hit McCutchen in the eighth inning of Chicago’s 9-0 win at Wrigley Field on Saturday. The benches cleared and the teams exchanged words but no punches were thrown.

McCutchen was the first Brewer and fourth of five players hit overall in the game. Thompson, who was ejected for the first time in his career, said the pitch got away from him.

Lerner family exploring selling MLB’s Washington Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) The Lerner family that has owned the Washington Nationals since 2006 is exploring the possibility of selling the Major League Baseball franchise.

Manager Dave Martinez said before the team’s game at Atlanta that managing principal owner Mark Lerner called him Monday morning to deliver the news. Lerner, who has taken over a lead role with the team from his father, Ted, has in recent years said the family would never sell the team.

“To say the least, I was shocked,” Martinez said. “Those are big decisions that the Lerner family had to make. I’ll support than in any way possible. This doesn’t mean my relationship with the Lerner family goes away. We’re still in this. I know know they’re very committed to this organization, as am I.”

The Lerners hiring a firm to find potential investors to buy part or all of the Nationals was first reported by the Washington Post.

Forbes valued the team at $2 billion. Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen bought the New York Mets in 2020 for $2.4 billion.

The Lerners bought the Nationals from MLB for $450 million 16 years ago after the team was moved to the U.S. capital from Montreal. The franchise won its first World Series title in 2019.

Martinez said he speaks with Mark Lerner daily and met with coaches Monday to talk to them about the news. It’s his goal to keep it from being a distraction for players.

“We always talk about the circle of trust, and the Lerner family and this organization is part of that circle,” he said. “But this is our main focus, so let’s get the boys ready to play and go play good baseball.”


Gary Brown, former running back and coach, dies at 52

(AP) — Gary Brown, who rushed for 4,300 yards while playing on three NFL teams in the 1990s before going on to coach running backs in the pro and college ranks, has died. He was 52.

Wisconsin’s athletic department and the Dallas Cowboys announced that Brown died Sunday. No cause of death was disclosed. Brown had battled cancer on multiple occasions.

Brown had coached Wisconsin’s running backs last season before departing for health-related reasons. He coached the Cowboys’ running backs from 2013-19.

“I am deeply saddened by Gary’s passing,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said in a statement. “Though he was only on our staff for a year, he had a profound impact on our players and our program. We are all better people for having known Gary.”

He spent the 2020 season away from football, with his wife disclosing on social media at the time that a tumor had been found around the bile duct and head of Brown’s pancreas. Brown had dealt with colon and liver cancer about a decade earlier.

“What it did for me is it made me appreciate every day, made me sort of maximize every day and make sure you don’t leave anything on the table in life, with your family, with football, whatever you’re doing at that particular point,” Brown said last summer. “It just made me focus on what’s good in your life and take advantage of everything you have in your life.”

Brown played in the NFL with the Houston Oilers (1991-95), San Diego Chargers (1997) and New York Giants (1998-99). The Oilers selected him out of Penn State in the eighth round of the 1991 draft.

He rushed for 1,002 yards in 1993 and 1,063 yards in 1998.

Brown followed that up with a productive coaching career.

When Brown worked as the Cowboys’ running backs coach on Jason Garrett’s staff, DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott each won NFL rushing titles and Darren McFadden had a 1,000-yard season. The Cowboys averaged at least 4 + yards per carry in each of Brown’s seven seasons.

Cousins aims to retire with Vikings: ‘I would like to play my way into that’

Kirk Cousins hopes his recent short-term extension is a precursor to a longer deal that allows him to finish his career with the Minnesota Vikings.

“I would like to retire as a Viking, and so I would like to play my way into that, if you will,” Cousins told reporters Monday. “I know I gotta earn the right to do that, but if I could draw it up, it would be (to) play well enough that (I) never have to play or wear another jersey anywhere else.”

Cousins inked a one-year, $35-million extension in March, tying him to the Vikings through the 2023 season. The new pact quieted speculation that Minnesota could trade him this offseason.

While the 33-year-old has been a stabilizing presence since signing with the Vikings in 2018, he’s yet to engineer a deep playoff run. As a result, Cousins faces a murky future in Minnesota, which has a new general manager in Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and a rookie head coach in Kevin O’Connell.

“You earn it every day,” Cousins said of the security he covets. “It’s coming in now in OTAs and picking up the system quickly, learning the things we were taught today quickly so that you can build the next brick and just keep stacking ’em up and be consistent so that year after year, you’re doing the things that it takes to be successful.

“That’s staying healthy, that’s playing at a high level, that’s protecting the football, that’s making plays. It’s leading your teammates, it’s playing with poise, with toughness – all the things it takes to be a great quarterback. It’s doing them – not one time, not one season, not for a two-year, three-year run – it’s doing it day after day after day. And you look back after, hopefully, double-digit years, and you say, ‘Man, that was a great run.'”

Cousins has thrown 124 touchdowns with 36 interceptions over the last four seasons, but he’s only led the Vikings to the playoffs once.


Doughty undergoes wrist surgery, done for season

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty underwent successful wrist surgery on Monday and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.

Los Angeles expects him to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.

Doughty has been out of the lineup since March 7. He was enjoying a solid campaign for the Kings, scoring seven goals and adding 24 assists in the 39 games he skated in.

Injuries have hampered the Kings all season long, with defensemen Mikey Anderson and Sean Walker currently on long-term injured reserve.

L.A. is in the thick of the playoff race in the Pacific Division despite the injury battle. The club is currently in third place with a 38-26-10 record.

Penguins’ Malkin suspended 4 games for cross-check to face

(AP) — Evgeni Malkin has been suspended four games without pay for cross-checking Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki in the face, a significant blow to the Pittsburgh Penguins as they hope to hold on to their playoff position.

Malkin will miss upcoming games against the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins after the NHL’s department of player safety announced the suspension Monday following a disciplinary hearing. In a video explaining the suspension, the league called Malkin’s cross-check “retaliatory and aggressive.”

Malkin was initially given only a four-minute double-minor penalty after striking Borowiecki in the mouth with his stick at the end of the second period Sunday.

“It’s an emotional game out there,” coach Mike Sullivan told reporters after the game. “It’s physical, and sometimes that stuff happens. It was a physical game, especially at the net fronts in those areas where that took place.

“Obviously, we don’t want our best players in the penalty box, but these guys are competitive guys and they push back. We’d prefer they be on the ice. They give us a better chance when they’re on the ice, for sure. But one of the things we love about Geno is how competitive he is, and so when you get an emotional game like the game we had today, those things happen.”

This is Malkin’s second suspension after a one-game ban for high-sticking in 2019. He has been fined three times. This suspension costs him $190,000 in salary.

He’s eligible to return April 23 versus Detroit.

The Penguins beat the Predators in overtime to snap a four-game skid. They have lost seven of their last 10 games and are in danger of falling out of third place in the Metropolitan Division and into an Eastern Conference wild-card spot.

Malkin missed the first 34 games of the season rehabbing from knee surgery. Since making his season debut Jan. 11, the 35-year-old Russian center has been a point-a-game player with 17 goals and 20 assists in 37 games.

Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Player of the Week
Jordyn Rudd, Northwestern
Sr. – C – Greenwood, Ind. – Center Grove – Major: Political Science
• Batted .600 with a 1.600 slugging percentage and .750 on-base percentage in four games last week, collecting three home runs, six RBI and scoring six runs
• Homered and scored twice in each of NU’s three games in weekend sweep at Ohio State
• Reached base in 12 of 13 plate appearances during the OSU series
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten citation last year
• Captures her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Northwestern Player of the Week: Rachel Lewis (March 28, 2022)
Pitcher of the Week
Tori McQueen, Illinois
So. – LHP – Mooresville, Ind. – Mooresville – Major: Kinesiology
• Went 2-0 with two complete games and a 1.31 ERA in 16.0 innings of work across three games last week, posting 19 strikeouts and just two walks while holding opposing batters to a combined .096 average
• Registered back-to-back complete-game victories in both ends of an April 9 doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin
• Recorded 13 strikeouts in the April 9 doubleheader opener against the Badgers
• Collects her first career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Illinois Pitcher of the Week: Sydney Sickels (April 6, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Taylor Minnick, Indiana
OF – Bloomington, Ind. – Edgewood – Major: Sports Marketing and Management
• Compiled a .667 batting average, 1.500 slugging percentage and .818 on-base percentage in Indiana’s three-game conference sweep over Rutgers
• Tallied a home run, five runs and three RBI while reaching base in nine of 11 plate appearances during the series
• Homered in the series opener on April 8 and added a key RBI double in a four-run fifth-inning rally on April 9
• Receives her first career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Brianna Copeland (April 4, 2022)

Illinois, Iowa and Maryland Earn Baseball Weekly Honors

Player of the Week
Nick Lorusso, Maryland
INF – Jr. – Monroe, Conn. – Masuk

  • Went 9-for-18 with 13 RBI, two home runs, seven runs, five walks and a stolen base in five games last week for the Terrapins
  • Collected six RBI, including a three-run home run, against Towson on March 29, before following up with a hit and an RBI against George Mason the following day
  • Ended the week going 5-for-9 with one home run and six RBI to help Maryland take the series against Penn State, 2-1
  • Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Player of the Week: Troy Schreffler (March 23, 2022)

Pitcher of the Week
Cole Kirschsieper, Illinois
LHP – So. – Frankfort, Ill. – Lincoln-Way East

  • Threw 7.0 scoreless innings to lead Illinois to a series-opening win over Purdue on April 1
  • Allowed just three hits and struck out nine while limiting the Boilermakers to a batting average of .136
  • Improved to 5-2 on the season with an ERA of 2.49 and 45 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Riley Gowens (April 27, 2021)

Freshman of the Week
Keaton Anthony, Iowa
UTIL – Hoschton, Ga. – Mill Creek

  • Went 6-for-13 (.462) with at least one hit in all three games against Michigan to help the Hawkeyes take the series 2-1
  • Posted a .500 on-base and .769 slugging percentage on the weekend
  • Went 2-for-3 with a double in game two before finishing 3-for-5 with a team-best four RBI in the finale to give Iowa its first road series win in Ann Arbor since 2015
  • Wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Iowa Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Keaton Anthony (March 16, 2022)





INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever selected forward NaLyssa Smith (pronounced nuh-LISS-uh) from Baylor with the second overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

“NaLyssa will have an immediate impact on the Indiana Fever franchise. The All-American and two-time Big 12 Player of the Year will provide immediate scoring and rebounding for our team. Her versatility will be a key to our rebuilding process,” Fever Interim General Manager Lin Dunn said.

From 2018-22 with the Bears, Smith compiled 2,048 points and 1,098 rebounds, making her the seventh player in Baylor history to reach at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in their career. Smith was the All-Big 12 Player of the Year twice and made the All-Big 12 First Team her final three years with Baylor.

During the 2021-22 season, Smith averaged 22.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 32.9 minutes per contest in 35 games, all of which she started. The 6-foot-4 Converse, Texas, native received the Katrina McClain Award as the nation’s top power forward her last two seasons in Waco, becoming the second person in the award’s history to repeat, joining Ruthy Hebard.

Career: Was the 2021 Nat’l POY winner (2021 Wade Trophy; Honda Award), a 2x Big XII POY (2022; ’21), and  a finalist for 2022 Nat’l POY honors (Wade; Naismith), is on 5-player ballot for Wooden Award as Nat’l POY; and is 1 of 10 semifinalists for Naismith Nat’l Def. POY and 1 of 5 finalists for Katrina McClain Award as nation’s top power forward. 2x First Team All-America (2022/AP; Athletic; SI; USBWA and 2021/AP; ESPN; WBCA; Wooden). 3x All-Big XII First Team (2020-22); Big XII All-Def. Team (2022); 2019 Big XII Sixth Woman of Year as true frosh. 2021-22: Third in D-I double-dubs (24) and at 22.1 ppg and 11.5 rpg was only player avg’g 22+ pts and 11+ rebs. Her 28p/20r at Okla. St. on Feb. 28 made her only the 2nd player with 25/20 in a top-10 matchup in the last 20 seasons (Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford/2013) … PREP: Earned multiple All-America honors at San Antonio-area’s East Central HS … PERS: Daughter of Rodney and Nikki Smith, Majoring in Mass Communications

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Birthdate:May 20, 2000

Birthplace:New York, NY

High School:St. Francis Prep

Career: Excelled for Louisville and HC Jeff Walz in 2021-22 after spending 3 seasons at Syracuse. Admired by Walz for her versatility, size, strength, passing, and basketball IQ. This season, was 1 of 5 finalists for Cheryl Miller Award as nation’s best small forward, 1 of 10 semifinalists for Naismith Nat’l DPOY. Also was All-ACC First Team and All-Def. Team with Cards a year after being ACC Co-Sixth Player of Year with ‘Cuse … 2021-22: Finished among ACC’s top five in rebs., blocks, pacing UL in each … 2020-21: In final season at SU, excelled off the bench, avg’g a near double-double … 2019-20: Started all 31 games; led Orange in total rebounds, total blocks … PREP: 2018 New York Gatorade POY, McDonald’s All-America. Five-star recruit, No. 2 wing by espnW HoopGurlz … PERS: Parents Marilyn and William Engstler. Has one brother, one sister. Majored in communications/rhetorical studies at Syracuse.

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Birthdate:September 13, 1999

Birthplace:Spokane, WA

High School:Central Valley

Career: 2021 Nat’l Champion and 3x Pac-12 Trnmnt champ (2022; ‘21; ‘19) with Stanford. Helped Cardinal advance to this year’s Sweet 16 by dropping career-high 36 pts on Kansas in NCAA Second Round. Also 3x All-Pac-12 First Team (2022; ‘21; ‘20) and a Pac-12 All-Defensive pick this year … 2020-21: Helped Stanford win nat’l title as team’s steals leader while earning All-Trnmnt honors for Pac-12, NCAA Regional, and Final Four. Had double-doubles in both Final Four games … PREP: 2x Washington Gatorade POY (2018; ‘17); 3x AP Class 4A State POY (2018, ‘17, ‘16). CHVS’s career/season pts leader (1,883 / 607). As senior, avg’d 20p, led 29-0 team to state title; was All-America; state POY (AP, Gatorade, WSGBCA); and shared Seattle Times’ Co-State POY with twin sister, Lacie. Played club for Spokane Stars … PERS: Parents Jaime and Jason. Sister, Lacie, plays at Stanford. Father was D-III All-American at Whitworth in 1994.

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Birthdate:June 29, 2000

Birthplace:Houston, TX

High School:Travis High School

Career: Played 2021-22 campaign at Baylor for HC Nicki Collen after 3 yrs. under Kim Mulkey.  2x member of final 5 candidates for Lisa Leslie Award as nation’s best center (2021; ‘20); also was among 10 semifinalists this year … 2021-22: Hon. Mention All-Big XII pick joined fellow prospect NaLyssa Smith in helping Bears earn 12th straight Big XII reg-seas title … 2020-21: All-Big 12 Second Team (2021/Waco Trib.). No. 2 in Big 12 with 56 blks … 2019-20: Named Big XII’s Sixth Player of Year (league’s coaches and by Waco Tribune-Herald) … 2018-19: As frosh reserve, helped Bears to national title alongside future W draft picks Kalani Brown, Lauren Cox, Chloe Jackson … PREP: 2018 All-America (McDonald’s; Jordan) avg’g 17.3p, 12.4r for coach Tanisha Ellison. Ranked No. 7 overall/No. 2 at her position (ESPN) … PERS: Daughter of Amaechi and Amazilo Egbo.


INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, April 11, 2022) – In one of the biggest signings in club history, Indy Eleven added to its attacking firepower with today’s addition of two-time USL Championship Most Valuable Player Solomon Asante.

Per club policy, details of the contract that brings the influential Ghanian forward to the Circle City will not be released. Asante is currently undergoing the immigration process necessary for his arrival in the United States, and while no exact timeline is available the club expects him to commence training in Indiana in approximately the next three weeks.

“The USL Championship has always been a great place to play. For me, the challenge never ends and that’s why I chose this great club in Indy Eleven for a new challenge in my career,” said Asante. “With Coach [Mark] Lowry’s remarkable experience, I believe together with my teammates that history will be made. I look forward to meeting the great fans in Indianapolis and especially gaining the support of the Brickyard Battalion.”

Asante joins Indiana’s Team after an accomplished four-year span with Phoenix Rising FC that included three All-USL Championship First Team nods from 2018-20 and back-to-back league MVP honors in 2019 and 2020, making him only the second player in league history to win the award twice alongside Kevin Molino. The 5’2” dynamo was simply the most productive player in the Championship during his run in the desert, scoring 54 goals and contributing 42 assists in 113 regular season (103) and playoff (10) contests.

“To be able to add a player of Solomon Asante’s quality and caliber to our club shows the ambition we have,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “Building a winning team and a club that consistently competes for championships requires having strong characters and winning mentalities in the locker room, and Solo definitely checks those boxes for us.”

Asante’s resulting 0.87 goals + assists per 90 minutes figure outranks any player in league history, and he is the only player in the USL Championship’s 40 goal/40 assist club during regular season play. His 41 career assists in regular season action are currently the fourth most in league history and place only six behind category leader Kenardo Forbes.

A jaw-dropping 2019 campaign saw Asante record a league-record 17 assists while scoring 22 goals, itself ranking as the third highest in a single season. Those numbers contributed to team success as well, as Phoenix shattered Championship records in goals scored (89) and consecutive wins (20) en route to finishing the campaign with 78 points – one more than FC Cincinnati’s historic haul the season prior.


NEW YORK – Indiana Women’s Basketball guard Ali Patberg was selected as the 34th overall pick in the in the 2022 WNBA Draft on Monday night.

Patberg is the fourth Hoosier to be drafted along with Quacy Barnes (1998), Jill Chapman (2002) and Jori Davis (2011).

Patberg wrapped up her seventh collegiate season as a four-time All-Big Ten honoree in 2021-22 as she led Indiana to back-to-back Sweet Sixteen appearances and three NCAA Tournaments. She finished ninth in all-time scoring at IU with 1,752 points, third in assists (527) and a career average of 14.2 points per game which ranked eight. She was a two-time Nancy Lieberman Award finalist and WBCA All-American honorable mention. In her final season in 2021-22, the Columbus, Ind. native averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and shot 42.6 percent from the floor. She was one of three players all-time to earn four All-Big Ten honors in her Indiana career and played and started in 123 career games.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Former Indiana forward Aleksa Gulbe has accepted a training camp invitation with the Connecticut Sun.

The Riga, Latvia native wrapped up her four-year Indiana career in 2021-22 as she earned All-Big Ten second team honors. She averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks per game and shot 80.4 percent at the free throw for the Hoosiers, who advanced to its second-straight NCAA Tournament. She scored in double figures 26 times and tied a team-high three double-doubles.

As part of a three-person class with Ali Patberg and Grace Berger, Gulbe became one of the program’s all-time winningest players with 90 victories. She played in 123 games for Indiana, becoming the 31st member of the 1,000 point club and finishing 28th overall in scoring (1,071) and pulled down 681 rebounds. Gulbe also plays internationally with the Latvian Senior National team.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A midweek contest at Indiana State brings the Indiana baseball program one game closer to ending its 10-game road trip. The Hoosiers and Sycamores will throw the first pitch at 6 p.m. from Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute on Tuesday evening.

The Hoosiers (12-18) took one game in the three-game series at Purdue over the weekend, while the Sycamores went 4-0 last week with a series sweep of Valparaiso and a midweek win over the Boilermakers.

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Indiana and Indiana State will meet for the 113th time in program history on Tuesday in Terre Haute, with the Hoosiers looking to add to 65 series victories.

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis has been seeing the ball well and leads the Big Ten lead in home runs. The left-handed hitter has also hit some mammoth home runs so far in 2022.

Rookie Josh Pyne had a 15-game hitting streak come to an end versus Northwestern. That stretch is the longest since 2014 and ninth longest since 2005.

Freshman Brock Tibbitts took a pair of pitches out of the park in the IU’s season opener versus Miami (Ohio), but you don’t have to look far in the record books for the last rookie to hit multiple home runs in a game.

Graduate student Tyler Doanes has been a table setter for IU and ranks among the national leaders in walks through seven weeks of the season.

Indiana has three alums on MLB rosters to start 2022 and saw a school-standard four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 84 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Scouting the Opponent

Indiana State enters the week with a 19-8 overall record and a 5-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play after sweeping a three-game series at Valparaiso.

The Sycamores have played just three midweek games this season and are a perfect 3-0 in those contests with wins over Purdue and Southeast Missouri State (twice).

As a team, ISU is hitting .315 and averaging 7.5 runs per game on 11.2 hits per game.

Sean Ross paces the offense with a .429 average and 25 RBIs. He paces the team with 13 doubles, as well.

Josue Urdaneta owns a team-high 44 hits with a .383 average, while Jordan Schaffer is hitting .345 with a team-best 29 runs scored.

The pitching staff has struck out 236 batters and walked only 90 over 238 innings of work and limit the opposition to a .260 batting average.

Series Notes

Indiana will meet Indiana State for the 113th time in program history on Tuesday in a midweek contest at Bob Warn Field.

The Hoosiers are 65-46-1 all-time against the Sycamores with a 23-23-1 record in games played in Terre Haute.

Over the last 25 meetings, the Hoosiers are 14-11 against the Sycamores.

With Tuesday’s meeting at Indiana State, IU will play for the fourth time in the last five meetings at Bob Warn Field and own a four-game winning streak on the road versus ISU.

Four of the last six meetings have been decided by two-or-fewer runs, including a 15-14 win by IU in 2019.

Of the 112 meetings, IU and ISU have produced at least 15 runs combined in 36 of those.

Indiana has reached double-digits on the scoreboard in 20 games versus Indiana State, but only two of those games have come in the last 25 meetings.


TUCSON, Ariz. – With 13 strikeouts over eight innings of one-hit ball Saturday vs. Indiana, Jackson Smeltz put together the most dominant outing in the history of Alexander Field and was recognized for the performance with a spot on Collegiate Baseball’s list of the National Players of the Week

Smeltz struck out 13 of the 27 batters he faced while leading the Boilermakers’ to their first shutout win since March 2019 and their first against their rivals from Bloomington since the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. His 13 punchouts matched the most ever by a Purdue lefthander while also ranking third overall in team history.

The memorable performance featured a stretch of five consecutive strikeouts while fanning five of the first nine and 10 of the first 18 batters he faced. Smeltz also finished strong by punching out the final two batters he faced in the eighth inning on a day in which he threw a season-high 121 pitches. He posted a game score of 90, the top mark by a Purdue pitcher in the last decade. It was also his second game score of 75-plus this season.

The southpaw did it in the same week that Alexander Field yielded a combined 108 runs over the five games played at which is traditionally considered a pitcher-friendly stadium.

Smeltz is the first Boilermaker to claim a national weekly honor since Ross Learnard was recognized as Perfect Game’s National Pitcher of the Week in May 2018. Big Ten Player and Pitcher of the Week honors will be announced later this week by the league office.


Game Information – Illinois-Chicago

DATE:                        Tuesday, April 12

LOCATION:               Indianapolis, Ind. / softball field

LIVE STATS:             link

LIVE VIDEO:             Flo/Butler+

The Butler softball team will be in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Apr. 12, for a non-conference game with UIC. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm. (A previously scheduled game the following day, Wednesday, Apr. 13, against Miami (Ohio), has been canceled.)

The Bulldogs (21-14, 9-5 BIG EAST) currently sit in third in the conference standings behind UConn and Providence. Butler most recently won two of three in a BIG EAST series at St. John’s.

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Karli Ricketts leads the BIG EAST (37th nationally) in hits allowed/7 innings (4.41) and is second (63rd) in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.62). She also comes in at number two (75th) in strikeouts (111) as well as walks allowed/7 innings (1.71). Ricketts ranks fifth in strikeouts/7 innings (7.9).

Lauren Fey ranks first in the BIG EAST (34th nationally) as toughest to strikeout, averaging 21.0 at bats per strikeout. Her twelve stolen bases put her seventh in stolen bases/game (.35).

Monique Hoosen leads the BIG EAST (94th nationally) in home runs (9) and is fifth in slugging percentage (0.679). She ranks sixth in walks/game (0.56).

Ellie Boyer leads the BIG EAST and is 71st nationally with 0.18 sacrifice bunts per game.

Ella White’s four sacrifice flies lead the BIG EAST and put her 8th nationally.

Alyssa Graves ranks second in the BIG EAST with 5.62 hits allowed/inning. She ranks second (71st nationally) with 8.7 strikeouts per seven innings and seventh with 88 strikeouts.

Bri Avery’s 13 stolen bases put her in fifth in the conference in stolen bases/game (.37).

Monique Hoosen’s nine home runs this season have moved her into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list for home runs in one season. With twelve in her career, she is now tied for tenth on that all-time list.

With 30 total wins, Karli Ricketts is now tied for seventh on Butler’s all-time list.


Series Record: UIC leads, 46-17

Last Meeting: March 27, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – UIC 4, Butler 2 (8 innings)

The Flames have won the previous two games in the series, while the programs have each won five of the last ten.

UIC’s previous series: The Flames won one and lost two to Green Bay.

UIC is 7-22 overall with three losses to Stanford, two losses to #24 South Florida, and a loss to DePaul.

UIC trails its opponents in runs (80-151), hits (175-219), RBIs (71-120), and stolen bases (11-37).

Batting leaders for the Flames include Tara McElligott (.324), Maica Ingles (.314) and Dee Dee Caskey (.260).

UIC most often relies on pitchers Christina Toniolo (3-12, 85.2 IP, 3.99 ERA, 52 K), Alyssa McIntosh (2-2, 28.1 IP, 5.72 ERA, 16 K), and Carlee Jo Clark (2-17, 53.0 IP, 5.94 ERA, 25 K).


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will open a six-game home stand on Tuesday with a 4 PM contest against the Evansville Purple Aces. Action between the in-state rivals will stream on FloSports.

Gameday at Bulldog Park

Evansville at Butler – 4 PM

On The Mound

RHP John MacCauley vs. LHP Donovan Schultz

Scouting Evansville

The Purple Aces are similar to Butler with a 15-16 overall record that includes a 1-2 mark in conference action. The team is fresh off a MVC series against Southern Illinois and an 8-4 midweek win over Indiana at German American Bank Field at Charles Braun Stadium.

Mark Shallenberger, Brent Widder and Tanner Craig are the top hitters in the UE batting order. Shallenberger leads the team with 45 total hits (30 games) and a .385 average. Craig is the clubs home run leader with 10 and Widder is a .320 hitter with a .404 on-base percentage.

On the mound, Evansville is projected to throw LHP Donovan Schultz. A 6-2 sophomore, Schultz will make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday. He enters the matchup 0-0 on the mound with a 7.71 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts and eight walks spread out over 16.1 innings of work.

Head Coach Wes Carroll is in his 14th season at Evansville. A UE alum, Carroll was selected in the 37th round of 2001 MLB Draft. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies and spent five years playing minor league ball for them and the Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals.

What a Week

Aaron Steinhart hit .412 last week in games against #13 Notre Dame and Villanova. He recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run in all four games. On Tuesday against the Irish, Steinhart hit two doubles as the Bulldog designated hitter. He ended the weekend going 3-for-4 at Nova to help BU win 11-3.

Go 2

The Bulldogs hit eight doubles last week to push their season total to 48. A full breakdown featured three doubles at Notre Dame, one in game one at Villanova and two each over the final two games of the weekend series.

15 Hits!

Butler recorded a season-high 15 hits in their victory over Villanova on Sunday afternoon. That game marked the 12th time this season that BU reached double digits in the hit column.

Scoring Spree

Butler scored 11 runs on April 10 to find the win column at Villanova. So far this season, the ‘Dawgs have score 10+ runs in four games. Their season-high total came early in the year at Murray State when they scored 12 runs on Feb. 20.


Ryan O’Halloran has the longest hitting streak and reached base streak on the team heading into Tuesday. O’Halloran has a hit in seven-straight games and has reached base safely in 11-straight contests.

Home Sweet Home

The Bulldogs are 8-3 at home this season. They most recently took three of four from Eastern Illinois at Bulldog Park (April 1-3).

BIG EAST Home Opener

Butler will host Georgetown this weekend for a three-game series. Action at Bulldog Park will move up due to Easter Sunday. Game one is set for Thursday at 4 PM, game two is Friday at 4 PM and the finale is Saturday at 1 PM.


NEW YORK CITY – IUPUI standout Macee Williams was selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the third round, pick 32nd overall of the 2022 WNBA Draft, becoming the first Jaguar to hear their name in the WNBA Draft in IUPUI history.

The graduate student out of Veedersburg, Ind. will go down in IUPUI history as she is the Jaguar’s all-time leader in rebounds and scoring. She was recently named to the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award First Team, AP All-American Honorable Mention and one of the ten semifinalists for the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year.

Williams is the four-time Horizon League Player of the Year and is only the fourth Division 1 women’s basketball student-athlete to be named conference Player of the Year four times. She collected four Horizon League Player of the Week awards this season to bring her career total to 13 awards with the Jags.

She recorded ten double-doubles during the 2021-22 regular season and averaged a double-double with 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 27 games played. Williams led the league in rebounds per game and field goal percentage at 63.8 percent. She also averaged 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Williams is the first Jaguar to ever be selected in the WNBA draft in program history.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State athletics has announced its newest members of its Hall of Fame. The 2022 induction class includes two standout former football players, a CoSIDA All-American in softball, an All-American hurdler, a former men’s volleyball player that was a member of back-to-back MIVA Tournament Championship teams, the 2000 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in baseball, a long-time contributor that was a former swimming & diving coach and a record setting field hockey team.

The eight-member class was revealed Monday and features Justin Beriault (football), Kris Burdine (softball), Kevin “KJ” Kinnee (football), Jada Phelps (track & field), Shayne Ridley (baseball), Greg Romano (men’s volleyball), Bob Thomas (contributor) and the 1994 field hockey team.

The group will be inducted Friday, Sept. 16 at the Alumni Center. The class will also be honored at the Sept. 17 football game against Murray State at Scheumann Stadium.

Justin Beriault, Football

This strong safety was a force to be reckoned with on the field as Justin Beriault earned Mid-American Conference First Team honors in 2003 and 2004. As a freshman, Beriault was named to the 2001 Football Writers Association Freshman All-American Team and the Sporting News Freshman All-America Third Team. 

Beriault started in 45 of 46 of his games as a Cardinal. At the end of his career, he ranked third in school history with 508 total tackles. Beriault surpassed the 100-tackle plateau in all four years at Ball State. His best season in tackles was in 2003 with 145. Beriault had the third-most tackles of any rookie in the country as a true freshman with 117 and ranked 10th nationally in 2004 with 125. 

After his career at Ball State was completed, Beriault was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Kris Burdine, Softball

A highly decorated player on and off the field, Kris Burdine finished her career second in BSU history in home runs (7) and runs scored (84), third in batting average (.337), total bases (245) and triples (13), and fifth in hits (168) and doubles (30). “Birdie,” as she was affectionally known, earned All-Mid-American Conference First Team honors in 2004 and second team accolades in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003. 

Burdine was also successful in the classroom, earning spots on the 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-American Second Team and the 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team as well. A three-time Academic All-MAC recipient, Burdine also was awarded NFPCA All-America Scholar Athlete all four years at Ball State (2001-2004). 

After her career was over, Burdine served two years as a graduate assistant in the Ball State Athletics Communications office.

Kevin “KJ” Kinnee, Football

Kinnee made quite the impact with the Ball State football team in only two seasons (1993-94) after transferring from Butler. Kinnee found success in a short time as a Cardinal earning All-MAC Second Team honors in 1993 and 1994. Kinnee helped guide the Cardinals to the 1993 Mid-American Conference Championship title and an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. 

As a senior, Kinnee was asked to participate in the National College Football All-Star game and was voted second for MAC Defensive Player of the Year. 

A 1994 team captain, Kinnee still owns the single-game tackling record with 29, an accomplishment he achieved three times while also tying Jack Lambert’s MAC record in that same category. He also owns the two highest single-season tackle totals in Ball State history: 204 in 1993 and 196 in 1994. Both totals were tops in the MAC in tackles during those seasons.

Jada Phelps, Track and Field

A member of five Mid-American Conference Track and Field Championship teams from 1998-2001, Jada Phelps won three MAC Indoor titles in the long jump (1999 & 2001), along with the 400m Dash (2001). She was also crowned three times as a MAC Outdoor Champion in the 200m Dash (2000), Long Jump (2000) and 400m Dash (2001). 

Phelps earned All-American accolades in the outdoor 400m hurdles in 2000 while also participating at the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the long jump that same year. 

The 2000 All-American in the outdoor 400m hurdles, Phelps’ name is still etched into the Ball State record books in the 4x400m relay outdoors and indoors.

Shayne Ridley, Baseball

A strong shortstop offensively and defensively, Shayne Ridley was the 2000 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year while also earning ABCA All-Mideast Region First Team honors that same season. 

Ridley helped propel Ball State to back-to-back Mid-American Conference regular season championships (1998 & 1999) while also being part of two 40-win seasons in 1997 (40) and 1999 (42).

A two-time Mid-American Conference First Team recipient (1999 & 2000), Ridley was ranked 11th nationally as a senior with a .434 batting average while finishing his career second in BSU history in career doubles (57), fourth in runs (167), fifth in RBIs (155), and sixth in hits (222) and home runs (33). He still ranks in the top five currently for doubles.

Ridley was selected in the 19th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft to the Baltimore Orioles.

Greg Romano, Men’s Volleyball

One of Ball State’s most successful offensive threats at the net, Greg Romano was a three-time All-Midwestern Volleyball Association First Team honoree (1993, 1994, 1995). He was also tabbed to the All-MIVA Tournament Team three times (1992, 1994, 1995). The back-to-back Asics/Volleyball magazine All-American Honorable Mention recipient (1994 & 1995) helped guide Ball State to the 1994 and 1995 MIVA Tournament Championship title and two trips to the NCAA Tournament.

As a senior, Romano ranked second in the MIVA with 4.96 kills per set and fourth in digs with 2.31. He finished his career 12th in the NCAA history (fourth at BSU) with 775 career digs. Romano also finished in the top five in Ball State history for career kills (1,603), blocks (403), aces (94) and attack percentage (.351).

After graduation, Romano had a fruitful professional career in Greece, France, Germany and Italy. He also competed at the World University games and was a participant at the US Olympic Festival while also being selected to the US Junior National Team.

Bob Thomas, Contributor

After 39 seasons serving as the Ball State men’s swimming and diving head coach, Bob Thomas announced his retirement in July of 2018. 

Thomas is the winningest coach in program history with 217 total wins, including an undefeated season in 1991-1992. A four-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year (1992-93, 1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03), Thomas guided the Ball State men’s squad to a pair of runner-up finishes at the MAC Championships (1992-93, 2002-03) along with top three finishes eight times.

Over his career, Thomas coached his student-athletes to 45 MAC individual championships, while helping guide his relay teams to seven league titles. His student-athletes earned All-MAC First Team honors eight times, while collecting All-MAC Second Team accolades on 17 occasions. He also coached his athletes to four All-America honors, nine MAC Diver of the Year awards, four MAC Outstanding Senior awards and one MAC Swimmer of the Year title.

1994 Field Hockey Team

This record-breaking field hockey team made history in 1994 winning the Mid-American Conference Tournament after registering a perfect 9-0 league ledger. The team also advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season. 

The Cardinals etched their way into the Ball State field hockey record books in winning percentage (.870) with a 19-2-2 overall mark, and a program best 18-game non-losing streak. The 19 wins tied the school record for most wins in a season. This Cardinal squad also recorded 16 shutouts and logged school records for fewest goals allowed (9) and assists (36). 

For its success on the field, Ball State had a top-10 national ranking while ending the season as the No. 7 team in the country.

The Cardinals also recorded noteworthy victories over No. 4 Iowa, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 13 Delaware and No. 14 New Hampshire while tallying ties against No. 5 Northwestern and No. 15 Syracuse.

All four senior members – Cathy Basso, Gina Lucido, Mindy Pretzman and Ashleigh Schoultz – earned All-American honors, including two – Pretzman and Schoultz – with All-America First Team recognition.

Six members of the Cardinals squad received First Team All-MAC accolades while two players earned Second Team honors. Former Ball State head coach Karen Fitzpatrick was also named the MAC Coach of the Year. 

Team members include Andrea Adams, Cathy Basso, Andrea Breech, Jennifer Brown, Kelley Donnelly, Kathleen Gaffney, Melanie Herkins, Sarah Hook, Meredith Jackel, Gina Lucido, Jessie Lucido, Tana Norcross, Patti Panucci, Mindy Pretzman, Beth Reed, Ashleigh Schoultz, Holly Thompson, Gwen Tranquillo and Janelle Tranquillo. The coaching staff featured head coach Karen Fitzpatrick, assistant coach Dina Borrelli, assistant athletic trainer Trish Kelly, student athletic trainer Brian Jones and sports information director and current Ball State Hall of Fame committee member Kathy Muffenbier.


MUNCIE, Ind. – Sophomore shortstop Kayla Lissy’s walk-off home run capped a dramatic seventh inning for the Ball State softball team Monday afternoon, giving the hosts a 5-4 win over Ohio in the series finale at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex.

The game-winning blast, Lissy’s third of the season, was set up by some clutch pitching from Cardinals (13-21; 6-5 Mid-American Conference) junior reliever Deborah Jones in the top of the inning. The Bobcats (15-18; 9-5 MAC) looked poised to break a 4-4 stalemate after loading the bases with no outs. However, Jones battled back to induce a fly out to left before striking out back-to-back batters to strand the bases loaded.

It was another solid effort for Jones, who after missing nearly a month of action, did not allow a single earned run over four appearances on the week. She finished Monday with her third win of the season after going three innings and striking out five batters. Over 13.1 innings of work for the week, Jones tallied a 0.00 ERA, a 2-0 record, 16 strikeouts, and a .196 opponents’ batting average.

Ohio, which won the first two games of the series, came out ready to earn the sweep by scoring three runs in the top of the first. However, freshman pitcher Angelina Russo would settle in and retire the side in order in the second with two of her three strikeouts.

After the Bobcats extended their lead to 4-0 with a run in the top of the third, the Cardinals broke through in the bottom of the frame. Senior left fielder Faith Hensley opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by senior second baseman Amaia Daniel. Two batters later, and following a double steal, Lissy came up with her first clutch hit of the day, blasting what turned out to be a two-run double off the Ohio first baseman, cutting the Bobcats lead to 4-2.

After another scoreless frame by Russo in the top of the fourth, Hensley came through with perhaps the second-biggest moment of the contest in the bottom of the inning. With the rain moving in, Hensley took advantage of a leadoff double by senior catcher Delaine Johnson with a two-out, two-run bomb to even the score.

What was even more impressive about Hensley’s 15th bomb of the season, which ranks fifth on BSU’s single-season charts, was the fact it came on a full count. Hensley’s 15 home runs trail only Olympic medalist Jen Gilbert and Emily Dabkowski on the all-time list.

With the score tied at 4-4 and a full count on the first batter in the top of the fifth, lightning in the area, followed by heavy rain, forced a 2:10 delay.

When play started back up, Jones took control in the circle. Sealing the deal was Lissy, who sent the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the seventh screaming over the fence in center for a walk-off home run.

The shortstop finished 4-for-4 at the plate, leading the Cardinals with three RBI. She has hit a homerun in each series played at home this season.

Also turning in a solid performance was freshman right fielder Emma Richards who doubled her hit total coming into the contest with a second inning double and a sixth inning single.

The Ball State softball team returns to action Tuesday when it heads to Indianapolis for a 2 p.m. first pitch at IUPUI.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team closes out its five-game homestand on Tuesday with a showdown against one of the school’s rivals. The Irish welcome Michigan to Frank Eck Stadium as the two teams will meet for the first time since the 2017 season. Tuesday’s first pitch has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed on the ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.


.759        Notre Dame owns a 22-7 record (.759) at home under head coach Link Jarrett. The Irish are 6-0 against non-conference opponents at home under Jarrett and they won all three games of the 2021 South Bend Regional.

.765        The Irish are 65-20 (.765) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing only Tennessee and Arkansas.

.800        The Irish are 20-5 (.800) to start the 2022 season. It is the best start to a season since 2004, when the Irish began the year 22-3 (.880).

.987        Notre Dame is second in the NCAA in fielding percentage with a .987 mark this season. The Irish have committed 12 errors in 682 putout opportunities this season.

1              The Irish swept #5 Florida State on the road from April 1-3 (2-0 (12), 5-4, 9-7). It was the first time the Irish have swept a Top-5 team on the road in program history.

1.14        Notre Dame is sixth in the NCAA and leads the ACC with a 1.14 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 161 hits and 99 walks in 227.1 innings pitched.

3.01        The Irish rank sixth nationally and lead the ACC in team ERA with 3.01. They have given up 76 earned runs in 227.1 innings this season.

6.37        The Irish are third in the NCAA and lead the ACC with 6.37 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 161 hits in 227.1 innings pitched this season.

8              The Irish scored eight unanswered runs in the 8-4 comeback win over #17 NC State on March 11. It was the most unanswered runs in a game since Game 2 of the Super Regional when the Irish scored nine unanswered runs to beat #7 Mississippi State.

9              The Irish are 9-0 in mid-week games during Link Jarrett’s tenure. They are 4-0 this season with a road win over Elon and home wins over Valparaiso, Northern Illinois and Butler.

11.2        The Irish rank seventh in the NCAA and third in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.2. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 283 batters in 227.1 innings this season.

12.0        John Michael Bertrand (7.2 IP), Ryan McLinskey (1.2 IP), Aidan Tyrell (1.0) and Alex Rao (1.2 IP) combined to shutout #5 Florida State in 12.0 innings in the 2-0 Irish win on April 1. It was the first time in program history that the Seminoles had been shutout in an extra inning game.

12           John Michael Bertrand set a career high with 12 strikeouts against #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for an Irish pitcher since Cameron Brown struck out 12 against Florida State on March 23, 2019.

16           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 16th time this season in the 9-3 win over Clemson to sweep the series on April 10. They are 16-0 this season and 42-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

18           The Irish struck out 18 batters in the 2-0 win over #5 Florida State on April 1. It was the most strikeouts in a game for the Irish pitching staff since May 16, 2008, when they struck out 18 against South Florida.

58           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 58 steals in his Irish career and ranks eighth all-time in program history for most career steals. He trails AJ Pollock by two for seventh place in program history.

Notre Dame Renews Acquaintances with Michigan

The Irish close out their recent homestand with a visit from long-time rival Michigan on Tuesday at Frank Eck Stadium.

The Irish and Wolverines are set to meet on the diamond for the first time since the 2017 season and this will be the first trip to Eck to face the Irish since 2013.

The Wolverines did make a trip to Eck last season as they were the 3 seed in the South Bend Regional but did not face off against the Irish after losing to UConn and Central Michigan.

Michigan holds an 88-46 advantage over the Irish but are only 36-30 in games played in South Bend.

The Wolverines head into the midweek matchup with a 17-14 record and are 3-3 in B1G play. They are coming off a weekend sweep of Cal State Fullerton at home.

The Irish are riding an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday’s matchup and are coming off a weekend sweep of Clemson.

The current win streak is their second this season of eight wins or more as they won 10-straight games in late February to early March. It is the first time since 2004 that the Irish have had two separate wins streaks of eight or more in the same season.

Notre Dame continues to hold strong in a number of national categories this season. They currently rank in the Top-10 in fielding percentage (2nd – .987), hits allowed per nine innings (3rd – 6.37), WHIP (6th, 1.14), ERA (6th – 3.01) and strikeouts per nine innings (7th – 11.2).


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For the second-straight week, left-handed pitcher John Michael Bertrand was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Bertrand continued his stellar season in the 4-1 win over Clemson on Friday. Bertrand tossed a season-high 8.1 innings pitched and did not allow an earned run in the series-opening win. It was the longest start by an ACC pitcher this past week and Bertrand leads the ACC in innings pitched this season with 53.0.

Bertrand had not allowed an earned run over his last two starts, which covers a span of 16.0 innings against Florida State and Clemson. Bertrand had eight strikeouts against the Tigers and he ranks fourth in the ACC in strikeouts with 59.

Up Next

Bertrand and the Irish will be back on the diamond Tuesday night as they host rival Michigan at Frank Eck Stadium. First pitch has been moved up to 5:30 p.m. ET and will be streamed on ACC Network Extra. Admission is free for all fans this season at Frank Eck Stadium.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sycamore softball will head to Urbana, Ill. on Tuesday for a matchup against the Illini with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Eichelberger Field.

This is a rescheduled game that was previously slated to be played on March 30.

Indiana State (18-17, 5-7) and Illinois (22-13, 6-2) last met in 2019 when the two teams split a doubleheader.

Last Time Out

The Sycamores were in Springfield, Mo. this past weekend for a three-game series with Missouri State where the Bears got a series sweep over Indiana State.

It was a tough weekend at the plate for the Sycamores, scoring just five runs in three games. Amanda Guercio and Annie Tokarek hit home runs late in game two of the series to bring Indiana State within two runs but the Bears where able to outlast the Sycamores and win the game 9-5. Game one of the series was a 4-0 Missouri State win while Sunday’s finale was a 2-0 Bears victory.

Scouting the Illini

Illinois is led by Head coach Tyra Perry who is in her seventh season with the program and 21st overall as a Division I head coach. She has amassed over 500 career victories in her career. The Illini have four All-Big Ten honorees who returned from last season.

At the plate, the Illini are led by Avrey Steiner who is currently batting .412 with a team-high 51 hits and 24 runs. Megan Ward, who has a .336 average, has recorded 38 hits and drove in 18 runs. Delaney Rummell ranks in the top-10 in the Big Ten for home runs with eight this season. Illinois offense ranks first in the conference with a .322 batting average and 68 doubles.

Tori McQueen has been the top pitcher for the Illini this season, currently owning a 10-4 record and a 2.32 ERA across 81.1 innings of work. She has struck out 104 batters. Sydney Sickels has a 7-6 record and a 3.08 ERA over 20 apperances, logging 79.2 innings and striking out a team-best 111 batters.

Indiana State and Illinois have met 12 times prior, with the Illini holding a 10-2 advantage in the series.

Around the Horn

-Indiana State is now 6-1 against other Indiana schools this season after an 11-5 win over Butler last week.

-The Sycamore offense ranks second in the MVC with a .274 average and 252 hits.

-Isabella Henning’s .373 average is tied for fourth-best in the MVC.

-Bella Peterson ranks within the top-10 of the MVC in multiple offensive categories: First in doubles (11), second in hits (40), seventh in average (.370), fourth in slugging (.667), eighth in OBP (.435) and ninth in walks (17).

-Lexi Benko’s 2.37 ERA ranks fourth in the MVC.


ST. LOUIS – Indiana State right-hander Matt Jachec was named this week’s Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Week following his performance this past weekend against Valparaiso.

The Hampshire, Ill. native went 8.0 shutout innings allowing just six hits and one hit-by-pitch, while striking out three in the Sycamores’ 2-0 win. Jachec was efficient utilizing just 98 pitches and was aided by three Indiana State double plays in keeping the Beacons off the scoreboard. The redshirt sophomore allowed just one runner past second base in the contest and none after the fourth inning in picking up his MVC-leading seventh win of the season.

Jachec has been one of the top pitchers in the NCAA this season and sits tied with six other pitchers for the national lead with seven wins on the season. He’s also in the top-10 in the NCAA in walks allowed per nine innings (0.95) and 24th in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.33). Jachec’s 1.75 ERA leads the MVC by over half a run and puts him 29th in the NCAA. He also leads the Valley with 56.2 innings pitched and sits among the conference leaders in strikeouts (44), strikeouts looking (14) and opposing batting average (.239).

Over the season, the right-hander has posted quality starts in six of his eight appearances, including each of his last five starts. Jachec has gone at least eight innings against both Kansas and Valpo this weekend, while adding a season-high nine strikeouts in the March 19 win over the Jayhawks.

Jachec becomes the second Sycamore to claim weekly honors from the Missouri Valley this season joining teammate Josue Urdaneta. Urdaneta was recognized as the Valley’s Player of the Week on March 21 after his four-home week in the series wins over SEMO and Kansas.

He also becomes Indiana State’s first pitcher to receive Pitcher of the Week accolades since Geremy Guerrero received the nod back on April 5, 2021.

Up Next

Indiana State returns to Bob Warn Field on Tuesday, April 12, as the Sycamores welcome Indiana University to Terre Haute for a single game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back home this week as the Sycamores welcome Indiana University to Bob Warn Field for a Tuesday night contest. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Hoosiers is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase an Indiana State souvenir cup at the Bob Warn Field concession stand. The 16-oz cup, sponsored by our friends at Sodexo, will be available in limited quantities and sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Valpo Recap

Indiana State enters the week coming off a three-game sweep at Valparaiso as the Sycamores took all three contests over the weekend series with the Beacons at Emory G. Bauer Field. After the series was moved to Saturday-Sunday due to projected weather and snowfall in Valparaiso on Friday night, the Sycamores utilized the strong pitching of Matt Jachec, as well as the power bats of Sean Ross and Keegan Watson to take the series.

Tyler Nelson dropped down a safety squeeze bunt scoring Randall Diaz in the top of the ninth inning to break open a scoreless game in the series opener on Saturday afternoon. The Sycamores would add a second run on Jordan Schaffer’s RBI single to give Matt Jachec all the insurance he’d need in picking up his seventh win of the 2022 season. The Sycamores won in a pitcher’s duel on the mound in the opener as ISU’s defense turned three double plays in taking the conference win.

The Indiana State offense pounded out 19 hits and never trailed in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader as the Sycamores topped the Beacons, 15-8. Josue Urdaneta and Tyler Nelson both posted three-hit games, while Keegan Watson drove in a career-high five RBI in support of a strong relief effort from Jack Parisi. Parisi struck out nine Beacons over his 4.2 innings of relief work in picking up his third win of the season.

For the second time in the week, Indiana State overcame a five-run deficit as the Sycamores rallied back with a seven-run sixth inning to take the final game of the series, 11-8. ISU was aided by a Valpo error allowing three runs to score during the frame, while Keegan Watson homered on the afternoon to power the Sycamores’ attack. Jared Spencer was the recipient of the win after going 2.2 innings in relief, while Connor Fenlong added his fourth save of the year in closing out the sweep.

Scouting Indiana

Indiana enters the midweek matchup with an 12-18 overall record, including a 3-10 mark away from Bart Kaufman Field in the 2022 season. The Hoosiers are coming off a tough weekend series at Purdue as Indiana fell in both the first and third games of the weekend series, including a 16-15 loss in the series finale on Sunday evening.

The Hoosiers have lost five of their last six contests and dropped series against both Northwestern and Purdue, while falling in a midweek contest at Evansville. Indiana is in the midst of a scheduled 10-game road trip with contests at Rutgers (Apr. 15-17), Miami (Ohio) (Apr. 19) and Cincinnati (Apr. 20) still on the schedule before they return home for a series against Nebraska (Apr. 22-24).

Indiana was picked sixth overall in the Big Ten preseason baseball poll as voted on by the conference’s head coaches. The Hoosiers are the fifth Big Ten team Indiana State has lined up against in the 2022 season with ISU previously taking on Minnesota (2-0), Michigan (1-0), Purdue (1-0), Maryland (0-1), Ohio State (0-2), this year. Three Indiana players earned Big Ten preseason honors with catcher Matthew Ellis, shortstop Phillip Glasser, and right-handed pitcher John-Biagio Modugno all receiving recognition.

Senior infielder Phillip Glasser (.333) and redshirt sophomore outfielder Bobby Whalen (.314) have been the Hoosiers’ leading hitters in the 2022 season in pacing four Indiana players with an above .300 batting average on the year. Glasser leads the team with eight doubles among his 41 hits, while Whalen paces the way with 15 stolen bases in 17 attempts. Matthew Ellis has been the team’s primary power bat with 12 home runs and 36 RBI while adding a .298 batting average, while Brock Tibbitts has added seven home runs.

Nine different Indiana pitchers have earned starting nods for the Hoosiers in the 2022 season with the Indiana pitching staff combining for a 7.34 ERA. Overall, the Hoosiers have posted 300 strikeouts to 180 walks, while opponents are hitting .262 as a team against IU.

Hoosiers Top Player

Indiana redshirt junior catcher Matthew Ellis leads the Big Ten Conference with 13 home runs on the year and has one of the biggest power bats in the nation nearing the midway point of the 2022 season. The Waddy, Ky. native has posted three multi-HR games on the season going deep twice against Missouri State, Purdue Fort Wayne, and Kentucky on the year. He is one of four Indiana players to start all 30 games in the 2022 season.

Opponent History

Indiana State continues one of its oldest rivalries on Tuesday night as the Sycamores line up in their 110th game all-time against the Hoosiers. ISU is 45-63-1 against Indiana dating back to the first contest on March 26, 1898. The Sycamores have lost their last four contests dating back to the 2017 season. ISU picked up their last win in the series back on March 29, 2017, with a 7-3 win over the Hoosiers in Bloomington.

Last Time against IU

Indiana State fell in the last matchup against Indiana back on March 19, 2019, as the Sycamores fell in the home contest to the Hoosiers, 15-14. The teams combined for 27 base hits and 10 home runs in the game with former Sycamore Max Wright tying the game with a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh. Indiana’s Cole Barr put together the game-winner with a home run in the ninth for the Hoosiers.

Non-Conference Round-Up

Indiana State has posted a 14-7 overall record in non-conference play heading into the midweek against Indiana. The Sycamores have posted a 6-3 record in neutral site contests and a 6-1 home mark at Bob Warn Field this season, while sitting 2-3 in true road games. Highlighting Indiana State’s non-conference schedule includes wins over BYU, Marshall, Merrimack, Minnesota (twice), Michigan, Wright State, SEMO (twice), Kansas (twice), Memphis (twice), and Purdue.

Friendly Confines

Indiana State improved to 8-2 inside the friendly confines of Bob Warn Field two weeks ago after taking two of the three games against Illinois State. The Sycamores are hitting a robust .290 at home this season averaging 6.3 runs and 9.3 hits per game. ISU has combined for 33 extra-base hits at Bob Warn Field paced by Sean Ross’ seven doubles, while Seth Gergely has recorded a team-high 10 RBI inside the friendly confines. Pitching-wise, the Sycamores have a 3.07 ERA with an 89:33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will hit the road for a non-league midweek game against the Valparaiso Beacons on Tuesday (April 12).

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (4-26, 3-8 Horizon League) at Valparaiso Beacons (9-21, 1-11 Missouri Valley)

When: April 12 – 4 PM ET

Where: Valparaiso, Indiana

Live Stats: Link

Know Your Foe

Valparaiso is 9-21 and 1-11 in the Missouri Valley. The Beacons are currently in the middle of a 12-straight home games in 18 days. Valpo has not won a home game yet this season. After their homestand is over, the Beacons will only have one more three-game series at home. Peyton Moeder is leading the Beacons with a .308 batting average as a slap hitter. Ryan Milkowski has a team-leading 15 RBIs. Easton Seib is the team’s ace in the circle, tossing 78.0 innings with a 3.77 ERA for a 5-9 record.

Series History

Valparaiso leads the all-time series with Purdue Fort Wayne 24-14, dating back to 1987. The Mastodons got their first win that season, a 6-5 win in the fourth meeting between the two teams. The Beacons have won nine of the 20 games in Valparaiso, including the last meeting which came in 2018. No current Mastodon player played in that game, but volunteer assistant coach Courtney Holm played in that contest.

Wintlend in the Books

Brooke Wintlend has a slugging percentage of .607, which is in the top-10 in program history for a single season.

1. .812 – Kristina Karpun (2010)

2. .713 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2013)

3. .667 – Dawn Freeman (1993)

4. .613 – Cassie Wolfe (2011)

5. .607 – Brooke Wintlend (2022)

6. .596 – Alex Bousquet (2012)

    .596 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2014)

8. .592 – Ashleigh Bousquet (2011)

9. .586- Betsy Andrews (2000)

10. .585 – Cassie Wolfe (2010)

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is seventh in program history with 21 career wins. Eyre is also third in program history in career pitching appearances with 114, behind just Courtney Cronin (122).

1. 63 – Courtney Cronin (2009-12)

2. 59 – Miranda Kramer (2012-14)

3. 40 – Megan Flenniken (2011-14)

4. 24 – Angie Quickery (1992-94)

5. 23 – Rachel Staschuk (2008-11)

6. 22 – Mindy Pomeroy (2001-04)

7. 21 – Shaina Eyre (2018-present)

In League Play…

>> Brooke Wintlend is batting .387 for seventh in the league, and is slugging .742, which is fifth-best in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has a 1.229 OPS, which is fifth in the league.

>> Alise Hale has scored 12 runs, which leads the league. Emma McMillan is sixth in the league with eight runs.

>> Sonia Solis has 13 RBIs, which is a league-best. Brooke Wintlend’s 11 is fourth in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has three home runs, which is fourth in the league.

>> Emma McMillan has five stolen bases, the fifth-most in the league.

>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre have two of the seven saves in league play.

Streaky ‘Dons

The following Mastodons have a streak of games this season where they get on base

>> 11 – Brayden Lickey

>> 9 – Sonia Solis

>> 8 – Brooke Wintlend

>> 7 – Thais Uyema

>> 6 – Taryn Jenkins, Emma McMillan

>> 5 – Alise Hale

>> 4 – Taylor Warne, Epiphany Hang

All Hail Alise Hale!

Alise Hale has started all 30 games at second base this season. She is the only player on the team to start every game at the same position.

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons picked up a series win against IUPUI over the weekend with 5-2 and 2-1 wins over the Jaguars. Shaina Eyre picked up two wins from the circle.

Next Time Up

The ‘Dons return to Horizon League play this weekend with Detroit Mercy visiting the Summit City. First pitch on Friday (April 15) will be at 3 p.m.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Following an eight-game homestand, the University of Evansville baseball team hits the road for a Tuesday trip to Butler with first pitch at 3 PM (CT) in Indianapolis.

Previewing the Matchup: Butler

The Aces and Bulldogs are meeting for the 111th time on Tuesday with Evansville owning a 72-38 advantage in the all-time series

Evansville and Butler last met a season ago at German American Bank Field as UE took 2-of-3 games in the weekend series.

Butler enters the weekend with a 15-17 record, most recently dropping a series to Villanova over the weekend.

For Evansville, it marks the start of an eight-game road trip for Evansville, including three-game sets at Missouri State and Indiana State and a midweek game at Purdue.

Tanner Ties It

Launching a second-inning three-run homer on Sunday, first baseman Tanner Craig tied the Evansville program record for career home runs.

Driving it 422 feet and off the top netting in left center field, Craig’s 40th career homer ties him with the late Jeff Starks for first all-time at UE.

Ranking Among the Elite

In this week’s RPI report (, The Valley ranks 7th nationally behind the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12, West Coast and Sun Belt.

Conference RPI

1.    SEC

2.    ACC

3.    Big 12

4.    Pac-12

5.    West Coast

6.    Sun Belt

7.    Missouri Valley

Entering this week, The Valley has three teams sitting in the Top 100 of the RPI, including DBU sitting at No. 2 nationally. Indiana State enters the week No. 59 in RPI, while Missouri State (89) also ranks in the Top 100.  The Aces enter the week in fifth in the MVC in RPI, just one spott behind Illinois State at 122.


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program and head coach Matt Lottich have announced the addition of 6-foot-7 guard Quinton Green (Columbus, Ohio / Homeschool [Cedarville]), who will join the program as a graduate transfer from NCAA Division-II Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.

Green averaged 12.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in 28 contests (24 starts) with the Yellow Jackets during the 2021-2022 season while knocking down a team-high 59 3-point field goals. He scored 1,288 points over four seasons at Cedarville, earning All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) second team honors in each of his final three seasons.

“Coach Lottich and Coach (Luke) Gore reached out to me as soon as I entered the transfer portal,” Green said. “They kept talking to me throughout the process and I was extremely comfortable talking to them every day. The coaches didn’t talk only about basketball, but instead took the time to get to know me as a person. They want high-character players in their program and they think I fit that criteria. I took a visit last week, and I loved everything about Valpo. They believe in me and I believe in the program.” 

Green is familiar with the Northwest Indiana community thanks in part to his five-year teammate and roommate at Cedarville, Conner TenHove, who is a Valparaiso native. Green competed at the Athletics-Recreation Center as a visiting player on Oct. 19, 2019, when he poured in a game-high 23 points to go along with seven rebounds as Valpo hosted Cedarville in an exhibition game.

“Quinton is someone who we have been impressed with since we played him and he scored 23 points against a team that was 10 minutes away from going to the NCAA Tournament,” Lottich said. “He has great size and is a fantastic shooter who is extremely athletic. We think he’ll be a vital piece to the puzzle that we’re trying to complete here. He has a team-first mentality and played for a team that won a ton of games at the Division-II level. We can’t wait to see what Quinton can accomplish at Valpo.”

Green, who has completed his undergraduate degree in sport business management and will pursue a master’s in sport administration at Valpo, helped Cedarville to the program’s first Division-II NCAA Tournament appearance this year as the team reached the Division-II Midwest Regional Quarterfinal.

“This past season was very special,” Green said. “It was a great experience to play with five seniors who I had been with for four years. We enjoyed being a part of those special moments together, and it’s moments like those that I’m looking forward to experiencing at Valpo.”

During the 2020-21 season, Green earned All-NCCAA Midwest Region Second Team accolades after averaging 13.0 points per game. He also earned All-NCCAA Midwest Region Second Team status as a sophomore in 2019-20, when he posted 13.1 points per game. After sitting out the 2017-18 season as a redshirt, Green contributed right away during the 2018-19 campaign by averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per outing.

During his high school days, Green was a three-year member of the Miami Valley Saints Homeschool Basketball team in Dayton. He spent the previous two seasons with the Albuquerque Homeschool Athletic Association in New Mexico. Green, who enjoys golfing in his spare time, averaged a double-double of 22 points and 10 boards during his final season with the Miami Valley Saints. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2016 Indiana vs. Ohio All-Star Game. 

“I’m very athletic with an ability to shoot,” Green said. “I try to bring a lot of high-flying dunks to the game. I always play hard, and I’m a winner. As soon as I put the Valpo jersey on, I’m committed to winning for Valpo. Achieving the goal of reaching the Division-I level means everything. I’ve put a lot of hard work into getting here and I’ve honed my craft. Valpo has given me this opportunity, and I’m ready to give Valpo everything I’ve got.”


It was a rare Monday afternoon matinee at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the host Beacons fell to visiting Southern Illinois by a 12-2 final in the finale of the three-game MVC series.

How It Happened

SIU loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, but Valpo was able to limit the Salukis to just one run.

SIU added three runs in the second to push its lead to 4-0.

The Beacons got on the board in their half of the second. A pair of SIU errors put Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) on third base with two outs, and the senior came home to score on a bunt single by classmate Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington).

The Salukis scored one in the third, and then plated a pair of back-to-back homers in the fourth. Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) entered after the second round-tripper and retired the next three batters, starting off an appearance where she tossed three shutout innings as she stranded the bases loaded in each of the next two frames.

Valpo had an opportunity to cut into the lead in its half of the fourth, as base hits from Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) and Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) put two on base before a strikeout ended the threat.

SIU plated five in the top of the seventh before Valpo capped the scoring with a run in the bottom of the inning. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out, and a fielder’s choice grounder from Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) brought Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) across the plate.

Inside the Game

The matchup with the Salukis was the program’s first game on a Monday since playing a twinbill against Missouri State on April 1, 2019.

Westphal picked up two of Valpo’s six base hits for her fifth multi-hit game of the year.

Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) started and was charged with the loss in the circle, striking out three.

Nietz’s three shutout innings was her third scoreless appearance since the start of MVC play. She had the complete-game shutout of Indiana State in the first weekend of conference play, and also tossed a scoreless inning in the series finale against Bradley.

Next Up

It’s a quick turnaround for Valpo (9-21, 1-11 MVC), as the Beacons step away from conference action Tuesday afternoon to welcome Purdue Fort Wayne to the Valpo Softball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS – University of Indianapolis graduate attacker Abigail Lagos has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Women’s Lacrosse Players of the Week, it was announced by the league office Monday.


Abigail Lagos, #2 Indianapolis

Gr., A, Windham, N.H.

Major: Exercise Science

Team Result: 23-5 W vs. Notre Dame (4/5) | 14-3 W vs. Missouri Western State (4/8) | 25-5 W vs. Rockhurst (4/10)

Tallied 22 points on 18 goals and four assists in three wins last week, including two over GLVC foes

Broke 200-goal career milestone

Scored eight against Notre Dame and five each against MWSU and Rockhurst

Added five ground balls and two caused turnovers

Earns eighth career Offensive Player of the Week award (4/11/22, 4/4/22, 3/14/22, 3/7/22, 2/21/22, 3/1/21, 3/2/20, 2/24/20)

Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Abigail Lagos (4/2/22)


INDIANAPOLIS – For the third straight week the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Defensive Player of the Week calls the University of Indianapolis home as Caleb Parker notches the first GLVC weekly honor of his carer.


Caleb Parker, #8 Indianapolis

So., FO, Bixby, Okla.

Major: Business Administration and Management

Team Result: 14-7 W vs. Rockhurst (4/9) | 17-2 W vs. Quincy (4/10)

Went 16-for-18 in the faceoff circle in pair of GLVC wins last week

Won all 12 faceoffs against Rockhurst and went 4-for-6 against Quincy

Grabbed seven ground balls against Rockhurst and two against Quincy

Earns first career Defensive Player of the Week award

Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Austin Barnett (4/4/22)

INDIANAPOLIS – For the 15th straight week, the University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team in ranked in the Top 10 of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Dynamic Men’s Coaches Division II rankings.  The Hounds stayed put in the No. 8 slot.

UIndy posted a 2-0 record this past weekend, picking up GLVC wins over Rockhurst and Quincy.  The two wins also extended their home win streak to 27 games.

The Hounds remain one step ahead of Lindenwood, who stays put at No. 9 in this weeks poll.  Lewis is the third and final GLVC team making an appearance after receiving votes.

UIndy travels to St. Louis this weekend to take on Maryville on Saturday for their final GLVC regular season game.  The Saints dropped out of this weeks poll after receiving votes for seven straight weeks.


Jackson, Mich. – For the second time this season, the Marian softball team has swept the Crossroads League Player of the Week honors, with Olivia Stunkel and Shelbie Stotts sweeping the award. Stunkel and Stotts swept the honors on March 28, as Stunkel now has her second career Pitcher of the Week award, and Stotts has her second Player of the Week honor this season.

Stotts hit .529 over four Marian wins, posting four runs, one double, two dingers and eight runs batted in for the No. 18 Knights as they swept both Grace and Goshen. Stotts hit safely in each game, and had three straight multi-hit games to end the week.

Stunkel went 2-0 with a 0.70 earned-run average over 10 innings for No. 18 Marian. The freshman fanned 15 batters, compared to just two walks and seven hits allowed in wins over Grace and Goshen. Against Goshen on Sunday, Stunkel faced 10 batters, striking out eight Maple Leafs in the her win.

Marian will kick-off an eight-game week on Tuesday afternoon, as they host Bethel University at 3 p.m.


CARMEL – On Monday, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the winners of the weekly Athlete of the Week honors. Taking Hitter of the Week honors this week was Andrew Bradley of Earlham College baseball.

Bradley led the Quakers at the plate to a 3-1 week to begin the conference schedule. He totalled 10 hits for a .625 batting average. Of his 10 hits, six went for home runs, with four coming in one game against Defiance.

In addition to the home runs, he tallied 15 RBI and two doubles for a 1.875 slugging percentage. Bradley has recorded nine home runs on the season and is one shy of tying the single season record held by Danny Dopp (2021) and Eric Elkus (2016, 2017).

The Quakers are currently 16-6 (5-1 HCAC) and are in a three-way tie for first place in the conference. They will continue their 2022 campaign on Tuesday in Sadler Stadium against Transylvania University at 5 pm.


CARMEL, Ind. – Just a day after playing in her final collegiate match, Franklin College senior Emma Foley earned Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career.

The Madison, Ind.-native was victorious in both of her matches on Sunday (Apr. 10) against Manchester, helping Franklin to a 7-2 win over the Spartans in their final match of the spring. Foley teamed with Claire Cherry at #1 doubles for an 8-3 win before turning around and winning 6-3, 6-0 at #1 singles play.

Foley played all 11 matches for the Grizzlies as the #1 singles player, going 4-7 overall. In doubles play, she teamed with three different partners throughout the year to accumulate a 4-5 record in tandem play.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology baseball team travels to UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky, for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph (9-16, 1-7 HCAC) on Tuesday April 12 at 2 pm.


* Rose-Hulman has a 12-7 record and a 3-3 HCAC mark heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader.

* Rose-Hulman scored its most runs in a game since the 2011 season in the 22-9 victory at Manchester on April 10.

* Josh Mesenbrink has a team-high 7 home runs to go along with 5 doubles.  Mesenbrink leads the team in slugging (.746) and is batting .328 overall.

* Adam Taylor has a team-high 26 hits and a .329 batting average.  Colter Couillard-Rodak has added 24 hits at a .338 batting average.

* Kade Kline (.371, 1 3B) and Manuel Lopez (.343, 5 2B, 2 3B) lead the Fightin’ Engineers in batting average heading into Tuesday’s play.

* Other offensive leaders include Drew Roberts (.333); Dalton Busboom (.298, 4 2B); Brett Tuttle (.296, 2 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR); and Shane Garner (5 HR).

* Ian Kline leads the pitching staff with a 4-1 record and a 2.51 ERA.  Kline has 37 strikeouts in 32.1 innings of work.

* Brett Borcherding has added a 2-0 record with 23 strikeouts in 25 innings of work.

* Matthew Rouse has added a 1.65 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.

* Josh Erpenbeck provides depth to the starting rotation with 12 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of work.

* Korey Marlow (1-0, 0.63), Adam Taylor (0.00, 2 saves), Paul Durell (1-0, 1.59) and Schuyler Wilcox (2 saves) have added pitching depth.


* Overall Series: Rose-Hulman leads 26-17

* Current Streak: Rose-Hulman won 3

* Last Meeting: RHIT 6, MSJ 3 on 5/8/2021


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — For the second time this outdoor season and the fourth time in 2022, sophomore Rofiat Adeyemi has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after an outstanding weekend performance.

Adeyemi recorded Rose-Hulman’s No. 2 all-time mark in both the long jump (17′ 11 1/2″) and triple jump (37′ 0 1/4″).  Adeyemi placed 2nd in the triple jump and 3rd in the long jump against Division I competition, highlighted by a long jump mark that ranks No. 32 in NCAA Division III this season through last weekend.

Adeyemi was named 2022 HCAC Indoor Jumps Athlete of the Year and was also named the 2021 HCAC Indoor Freshman of the Year.  The mechanical engineering major is a 3-time individual conference championship and has seven career top-five finishes in HCAC events.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Indiana Division III Championships at DePauw University on Saturday.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — After breaking a 41-year old school record on Saturday, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Kyle Brownell has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

Brownell recorded the No. 4 ranked high jump mark in NCAA Division III this season by clearing 6′ 9″ at Indiana State University on Saturday to win the event against NCAA Division I competition.

Brownell snapped the previous school record set by Brad Zike in 1981 of 6′ 8 1/4″ with the winning performance.

The computer science major is a 2-time HCAC champion in the high jump, winning indoor individual titles in 2020 and 2022.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to action at the Indiana Division III Championships on Saturday at DePauw University.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Trine University baseball team wrapped up their three-game slate with Kalamazoo College on Monday afternoon and the Thunder were able to top their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) opponent 7-5.

Trine utilized clutch hitting in the eighth and ninth innings to record a comeback victory. It was a two-RBI double by senior Brenden Warner [Richland, Mich. / Hackett Catholic Prep] in the eighth that turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead.

It is the first time this season that the Thunder (9-13, 4-3 MIAA) have won a game after trailing in the seventh inning or later. The Hornets (11-8, 4-3 MIAA) still win the series two-games-to-one, but Trine pulls even with Kalamazoo in the league standings.

Adam Stefanelli [Westerville, Ohio / Westerville North] provided a spark with a solo homerun in the top of the first, the first longball of his career. Unfortunately, the lead would not last long as the Hornets put up a three-spot in the bottom half.

Easton Rhodes [Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb] and Dalton Nikirk [Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence] reached base to start the second, and were pushed 90 feet due to a sacrifice bunt, but were left on base. Three hits by the visitors in the third got Trine to within one. Tyler Robinson [Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg] led off the frame with a single and Rhodes delivered a two-out RBI base hit.

Two extra base hits by the Hornets cancelled out the run scored by the Thunder and made it 4-2 at the one-third point. The two would trade runs once more in the fourth when Avery Fulford [Conifer, Colo. / Conifer] scored on a wild pitch and Kalamazoo plated a run in the fifth with a single through the left side.

Gary DeMartino [Beavercreek, Ohio / Owens C.C.] started the seventh inning with a base hit and came around to score when Fulford singled with two away. That made it 5-4 and traffic on the basepaths in the eighth allowed Trine to strike. The first three hitters reach via a Matthew Martin [Eureka, Ill. / Eureka] hit, Robinson bunt single and Stefanelli hit by pitch. From there, the cleanup man Warner laced a two-run double down the left field line to claim a 6-5 lead.

A Hornet reliever was able to keep the damage at one through the eighth, but a wild pitch in the ninth provided an insurance run for Trine at 7-5. After entering the game in the fifth inning, Robert Kortas [New Baltimore, Mich. / Anchor Bay] was effective on the bump with 4.2 innings of shutout baseball. Kortas would be credited with the win (2-1) and a no decision went to starter Kade Keele [Fort Wayne, Ind. / New Haven].

Trine slugged 14 hits in total, including four players with multiple hits on the day. Robinson and Rhodes were both 3-for-4 with one base on balls, while Fulford was 2-for-4 and Warner 2-for-5. Warner’s two-run double was the only time multiple runs came across to score on a play and Stefanelli was the only man with two runs.

Conference action continues for the Thunder at home on Wednesday, April 13 when rival Adrian College visits Angola for a single nine-inning game beginning at 3 pm.


SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Bethel Softball earned an extra-inning win in game two to salvage a split at Spring Arbor on Monday afternoon. The Pilots rallied to tie the game with two in the top of the seventh inning and scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the tenth. Bella Rose led the Pilot offense with four hits on the day, including a home run, while driving in three and scoring twice.


Game 1 Score: Spring Arbor def. Bethel 7-2

Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Spring Arbor 9-8 F/10

Records: Bethel (5-19, 4-12) | Spring Arbor (11-18, 5-13)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Spring Arbor – NR

Location: Cougar Softball Field | Spring Arbor University | Spring Arbor, Mich.


Emmie Pugh: 2-4, 2 RBI

Meghan Pearson: 2-3, R

Bella Rose: 1-4

Chloe DeJonge: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R


Bella Rose: 3-6, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Quinn Slattman: 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Amber Asher: 3-5, 2 RBI, R

Chloe DeJonge: 5.2 IP, W, 7 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 2 K


After taking the first lead of game one at 2-0 in the top of the second, the Pilots allowed 3, 2, and 2 runs in each of the Cougars’ next three at bats for all the scoring of the opener.

The Pilots held a 6-0 lead after four innings but gave up 8 unanswered—7 in the bottom of the fifth—to trail 8-6 entering their final at bat. The Pilots put their first four runners on base and an Amber Asher single tied the ballgame. Asher would drive home the game-winning run with another single in the top of the tenth.

With one out and a runner on second, an 8-4 lineout double play ended the game and secured the victory for the Pilots.

Chloe DeJonge came in relief in both games and pitched 7.1 innings on the day, allowing nine hits and one earned run.


The Pilots travel to No. 18 Marian on Tuesday for a doubleheader at 3:00 pm before heading back to Gardner Field to finish the season with eight doubleheaders in their final 10 matchups.


CARMEL, Ind. – Fifth year Lily (Compton) Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week announced Monday afternoon.

Compton dominated the Manchester Spartans this past week picking up her first complete game no-hitter of the season. The fifth year tallied 11 strikeouts on 22 batters faced allowing just one walk.

Hanover returns to action on Tuesday, April 12 at Franklin. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM.


CARMEL, Ind. – Junior Zaleeya Martin (Shelbyville, Ind.) claimed the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week announced Monday afternoon by the league office.

Martin led the Panthers as part of the Manchester Invite winning the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.55 seconds. She would turn in a second place finish as part of the 200-meter dash in a time of 26.28 seconds.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 16 when they compete as part of the Indiana DIII Championship hosted by DePauw.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – HU pitcher Camden Dice was dominant on the bump in his team’s 3-2 win over Indiana Wesleyan Friday afternoon at Wildcat Field and for his efforts was tabbed the Crossroads League Pitcher of the Week as announced by the league office earlier today.

Dice pitched a nine-inning gem, fanning nine and allowing only two runs, five hits and a walk for the complete-game win. The Clare (Mich.) native scattered a mere two hits and was sitting on a shutout through the first eight frames before giving up both runs on three hits in the ninth.

The Foresters (17-13) are currently third in the CL standings with a league record of 15-7. Frame and crew are slated to host Marian for a doubleheader tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Monday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (14-11; 6-7 Crossroads) traveled to Huntington, Indiana for a doubleheader against the Huntington University Foresters (7-20; 5-11 Crossroads) and split the two games winning the opener 9-4 before dropping the finale 5-4.

In the opening game, junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust started for the Cougars now having had five days rest and resumed her usual dominance in the early going.

Meanwhile, the Cougars went straight to work with the bats in the top of the first, when with one out, third baseman Dani Karr doubled, and shortstop Abby Erwin doubled her home to give Saint Francis a 1-0 lead. Then catcher Tori Miller slammed a two-run home run to left field to extend the lead to 3-0 before Rust even threw a pitch.

The Cougars added another run in the second with an RBI-groundout, and another in the third on an error by the Foresters to take a 5-0 lead.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Rust ran into trouble for the first time in the game. The Foresters loaded the bases with two outs, and then plated two runs on a two-out single to cut the deficit to 5-2 but held them from there.

Then come the top of the seventh, the Cougars put the game away with four more runs capped by a two-run home run by Erwin, and Rust despite allowing a couple more in the bottom of the frame, shut the door on the Foresters for a complete-game victory.

Abby Erwin was the big player at the plate in the opener going 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and three runs scored, while Rust allowed four runs through seven innings while compiling three strikeouts.

In the finale, sophomore pitcher Erika Turpin started for the Cougars but struggled in the early going. She surrendered four consecutive hits topped by a fielding error by the Cougars as this time it was the Foresters who jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.

Matters only worsened in the bottom of the second when two more hits and another error extended the deficit to 5-0 driving Turpin from the game.

Freshman Mia Werner came in and pitched brilliantly in relief, holding the Foresters scoreless through the last five innings. But at the plate, the Cougars struggled as they were held scoreless through the first six innings.

Going into the seventh, the Cougars trailed by five runs down to their final three outs. But a leadoff walk to first baseman Anna Smith and an error by the Foresters gave Saint Francis life. Right fielder Aubrey Dunnuck plated the first run for the Cougars, but they weren’t finished.

Hits by Carly Turner and Dani Karr plated three more runs bringing Saint Francis to within one run, now down 5-4 as the go-ahead run came to the plate. But Abby Erwin grounded out sharply to the third baseman as the Cougars’ rally was snuffed and they were dealt the split.

The Cougars resume play and their road series in just under 24 hours when they travel to Mount Vernon, Ohio for a doubleheader against the Mount Vernon University Cougars (21-7; 11-5 Crossroads) beginning at 3:00 pm.


NEW ALBANY, Ind. – After another stellar performance with double-digit strikeouts, IU Southeast lefthander Hunter Kloke was named the River States Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.

Kloke worked six innings and allowed one run on six hits while walking a batter and striking out 13 in a no-decision against Point Park on Sunday.

The Grenadiers would eventually win the contest when Brody Tanksley hit a walkoff home run to left in the ninth inning.

He is currently tied for the conference lead with six wins, leads the conference in strikeouts, is second in innings pitched at 57 and is third in ERA at 2.21.

IU Southeast hosts Georgetown Tuesday at 5 p.m.


FLORENCE, Ind. – With one round to play at the 2022 River States Conference Championship, the Indiana University Kokomo men’s golf team remains in third place after 36 holes. The Cougars fired a second-round 320 for a tournament subtotal of 635. Midway remains atop the leader board after shooting 298 in the second round. The Eagles lead the field by 22 strokes entering tomorrow’s final round at Belterra Golf Course.

Entering the day in a tie for fourth place, Jack Barnes was steady as he played the first 14 holes of round two at one-over par. On the par four 15th, Barnes carded a quadruple bogey and followed with double bogey on 16 to fall to seven-over. Barnes bounced back to par his final two holes, finishing the day with a 78. Barnes’ 154 (76-78) puts him in solo eighth.

Harley Pugh trimmed six strokes from the first round to the second, shooting 77 today and moving 14 spots up the leader board into a tie for 17th, a tie that includes teammate Corbin Robison who followed up his first round 78 with an 82.

Nate Slack and Alec Weddell each carded an 83 in today’s second round. Slack is in a tie for 27th while Weddell sits in a tie for 30th.

Tomorrow’s final round will determine who will represent the RSC at the 2022 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship.


MARION, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men’s tennis team went 1-2 at the Doc Richards Tournament, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan. Tech fell 0-4 to both #2 Indiana Wesleyan and RV Holy Cross, while defeating #21 Grace College, 4-1.


Score: Indiana Tech 0, Indiana Wesleyan 4

Records: Indiana Tech 11-3, Indiana Wesleyan 34-3

Location: Howard County Tennis Center in Greentown, Ind.


Doubles Competition

Carrizo/Sprovieri (IWU) def. Gomez/Storani (IT) 6-2

Rocco/Turnquest (IWU) def. Zobel/Labbe (IT) 6-1

Steiner/Wurth (IWU) vs. Parkington/Federowicz (IT) 5-3 DNF

Singles Competition

Rocco (IWU) def. Storani (IT) 6-2, 6-2

Carrizo (IWU) def. Kargin (IT) 6-2, 6-2

Sprovieri (IWU) def. Lavdas (IT) 6-2, 5-4 DNF

Wurth (IWU) def. Federowicz (IT) 6-2, 6-1

Steiner (IWU) vs. Labbe (IT) DNP

Turnquest (IWU) vs. Zobel (IT) DNP


Score: Indiana Tech 0, Holy Cross 4

Records: Indiana Tech 11-4, Holy Cross 10-9

Location: Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Ind.


Doubles Competition

Gregg/Chan (HC) def. Labbe/Zobel (IT) 7-6

Partington/Federowicz (IT) def. Blom/Sentkar (HC) 7-5

Gibson/Page (HC) def. Sinclair/Lavdas (IT) 7-5

Singles Competition

Gregg (HC) def. Storani (IT) 6-1, 6-4

Chan (HC) vs. Kargin (IT) 4-6, 3-4 DNF

Blom (HC) def. Lavdas (IT) 3-6, 6-3, 10-8

Page (HC) def. Federowicz (IT) 6-3, 6-2

Lee (HC) vs. Labbe (IT) 6-4, 2-3, DNF

McCarthy (HC) vs. Zobel (IT) 3-6, 3-5 DNF


Score: Indiana Tech 4, Grace 1

Records: Indiana Tech 12-4, Grace 14-12

Location: Eastlake Athletic Club in Warsaw, Ind.


Doubles Competition

Storani/Zobel (IT) def. David/Nicolas (GC) 6-4

Facundo/Ivan (HC) def. Federowicz/Partington (IT) 6-4

Sinclair/Lavdas (IT) def. Ramiro/Fabricio (GC) 6-4

Singles Competition

Paredes (HC) def. Storani (IT) 6-1, 6-2

Kargin (IT) def. Sandi (HC) 4-6, 6-4, 19-17

Federowicz (IT) def. Calvan (GC) 6-4, 6-2

Lavdas (IT) def. Candia (GC) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7

Zobel (IT) vs. Medina (GC) 6-2, DNF

Partington (IT) vs. Margaroa (GC) 4-1, DNF

Up Next

The Warriors (12-4) will host IU-Southeast (4-9) at Wildwood Racquet Club at 12:00 PM for Senior Day.


MARION, Ind. – The Indiana Tech women’s tennis team went 2-0 at the Doc Richards Tournament, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University. Tech defeated the #3 ranked Wildcats 4-3 and then defeated Grace College 4-0 to stay perfect at 15-0 on the season.


Score: Indiana Tech 4, Indiana Wesleyan 3

Records: Indiana Tech 14-0, Indiana Wesleyan 34-3

Location: Howard County Tennis Center in Greentown, Ind.


Doubles Competition

Simms/Echavarria (IT) def. Golz/Fisk (IWU) 7-6

Mendez/Dveksler (IWU) def. Jimenez/Moore (IT) 6-2

Murcia/Calcatelli (IT) def. Antezana/Ferraz (IWU) 6-3

Singles Competition

Jimenez (IT) def. Antezana (IWU) 6-4, 1-0, Win by Opponent Retirement

Golz (IWU) def. Simms (IT) 6-4, 6-1

Fisk (IWU) def. Echavarria (IT) 6-4, 7-6

Mendez (IWU) def. Murcia (IT) 6-3, 6-3

Arunkumar (IT) def. Dveksler (IWU) 6-2, 6-1

Carvalho (IT) def. Ferraz (IWU) 6-5, 5-7, 10-4


Indiana Tech 4, Grace 0

Records: Indiana Tech 15-0, Grace 6-6

Location: Eastlake Athletic Club in Warsaw, Ind.


Doubles Competition

Jimenez/Moore (IT) def. Ruegegger/Martin (GC) 6-4

Murcia/Calcatelli (IT) def. Graves/Riegsecker (GC) 6-1

Carvalho/Arunkumar (IT) def. Mast/Lewis (GC) 6-3

Singles Competition

Jimenez (IT) def. Ruegegger (GC) 6-1, 6-1

Simms (IT) def. Graves (GC) 7-5, 6-4

Arunkumar (IT) def. Riegsecker (GC) 5-2, 6-2

Gomez (IT) vs. Lewis (GC) 2-6, DNF

Moore (IT) vs. Martin (GC) 6-0, DNF

Carvalho (IT) vs. Jarvis (GC) DNF

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The Warriors are just two wins away from tying last year’s team for the most wins in a season in program history (17). They’ll have an opportunity to do that at the WHAC Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan on April 29th and 30th.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Tech softball team defeated WHAC foe, Cleary, by scores of 10-0 and 10-4 this past weekend at Warrior Park.

Game 1 | Indiana Tech 10, Cleary 0

The Warrior offense left no doubt in the first contest, exploding for five runs in just the first inning. Maire Trouba scored when Emma Kelley hit a ball into center field which led to a Cougar error. Meagan Barton brought home Olyvia Notter on a sacrifice fly. Meghan Berlin doubled off the fence in left center, bringing home Kelley, she would then score when Alyssa Fox singled to the short stop, who then made an error. Alivia Doyle then singled home Fox. Tech wouldn’t score in the second inning, but the offense came back to life in the third. Doyle would again bring home a teammate, this time it was Berlin. Kendall Hornung would later triple to left field, bringing Doyle home. In the fourth inning, it was Reilly Johnson singling home Barton, and then Doyle would once again bring home Berlin. Hannah Middlebrooks earned her fifth win of the season, striking out six cougars and surrendering just three hits in the complete game shut-out.

Game 2 | Indiana Tech 10, Cleary 4

Meghan Berlin would put Tech on the board first after she went yard in the second inning. Kenedi Sullivan brought home Maire Trouba home on a sacrifice fly in the third inning to give the Orange and Black a 2-0 lead. After Cleary knocked a two-run homer, the Warriors responded with six runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Bella Brock singled down the left field line to bring home Barton, and then later came home on a fielder’s choice as Trouba would ground out to second. Emma Kelley homered over the left field fence, and later on Berlin would score on a Cougar error. Barton would then bring home Sullivan after reaching first on another Cougar error. Olyvia Notter picked up her third victory on the season, pitching five innings and striking out one batter. Jaden Romero would relieve her, finishing Cleary off with two innings pitched, striking out one batter.

The Warriors improve to 12-17 on the season and 7-3 in WHAC play. They’ll next play host to the UM-Dearborn Wolverines (17-7, 8-2 WHAC). The doubleheader contest will take place on Wednesday at Warrior Park, with first pitch being scheduled for 3:30 PM.


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Goshen men’s volleyball senior Alexander Rabadzhiev received more well-deserved recognition on Monday – this time at the national level. The National Volleyball Association and the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced that Rabadzhiev was an Honorable Mention All-American.

“Alex has been the staple of this program since he was a freshman,” said head coach Lauren Ford. “Every year, he’s just gotten better and better.”

Rabadzhiev totaled 402 kills this season with a .310 hitting percentage. He added 190 digs, 42 aces, and 55 total blocks. He completed his career at Goshen with 1,430 kills, 683 digs, 132 aces, and 190 total blocks in 356 sets.

“Some days, I’m just amazed at watching him compete,” Ford went on. She certainly isn’t the only one that shares that sentiment.

The selections were made by the NVA/AVCA NAIA Men’s Volleyball All-America Committee: chairperson Kyle Shondell (Indiana Tech), Tom Ryan (St. Xavier), Andrew Palmer (Georgetown), Eric Snyder (Campbellsville), Luke Bentley (William Penn), Kyle Steele (Ottawa [AZ]), and Mike Talamantes (Park).

Landon Krause from William Penn secured two top honors. He was named AVCA NAIA Men’s National Player of the Year and also the AVCA Men’s Newcomer of the Year, in addition to being a First-Team All-American.

Players from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference that were named to the First-Team were Julian Armendano (Aquinas), Jeff Lam (Lourdes), and Daynte Stewart (Indiana Tech). This is the third time that Lam has been a First-Team selection.


GOSHEN, Ind. – After a doubleheader sweep on Sunday, the Maple Leafs baseball team dropped the final two games in their series against Bethel as a part of the US Highway 20 Cup. Despite a seven-run eighth inning by the Leafs in game one, Bethel held on to win 13-10 before a more dominant 12-1 finish in game two.

The leadoff home run by Andrew Miranda started the scoring for Bethel, and they continued scoring in the next three innings. Thomas Dolan and Jeremy Wiersema homered in the second, and Alex Stout hit one over the fence in the third.

At the end of three innings, the Pilots already had eight hits, while Goshen still had none. That changed in the fourth when Jenner Rodammer tripled to right-center with one out, but he didn’t score. It was 7-0 after the fourth.

The fifth inning was the first time Goshen held Bethel to no runs. It was also the inning that the Maple Leafs got on the board. Evan Creager hit a two-run shot to center that scored Joseph Cerda and cut the deficit to five.

Bethel tacked on a few more runs in the sixth and seventh, and the Leafs trailed 10-2 come the bottom of the eighth. But then came a plethora of runs.

The Maple Leafs sent 13 batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, scored seven runs, and added five hits and three walks. Bethel committed three errors in the inning – they didn’t have any leading up to that point. The big inning cut Bethel’s lead to 10-9, but Goshen left the bases loaded to end the inning.

The Pilots put up three runs in the top of the ninth. Peyton Smith scored from a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth, but the comeback came up short, and the Maple Leafs lost 13-10. Frank Plesac earned the win on the mound – throwing seven innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Zane Gadbois started and took the loss for Goshen. In 3.2 innings, he walked none but allowed six earned runs and nine hits. Creager and Gabe Kermode had multiple hits. Creager totaled two runs and three RBIs. In the three-hour and twenty-one minute game, the teams combined for 23 runs, 28 hits, 13 walks, and seven errors.

Unlike the first game, most of Bethel’s scoring in game two came in the later innings.

Eli MacDonald hit a two-RBI double in the first, and the visitors led 2-0. Morgan Baker scored in the second on a fielding error to cut the lead in half, but that would be all the scoring for the Leafs in game two.

MacDonald hit another RBI double in the third and had two more RBIs in the sixth on a single to right. Jake Schalasky joined in on the scoring with a two-run shot in the sixth. The Pilots put up two runs in the fifth, five in the sixth, and two in the seventh on the way to a 12-1 win.

Sullivan Swingley pitched all seven innings for BU (17-23, 11-13 CL). He had five strikeouts, no walks, and allowed no earned runs and six hits. Kaleb Bodfish had the loss for Goshen – allowing five earned in five innings. Camm Nickell was 2-3 and Rodammer and Creager each had a double.

Goshen (7-27, 4-20 CL) returns tomorrow, April 12, to host Grace Christian at 2:00. The non-conference matchup will be a doubleheader, and both games will be seven innings.


SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – A competitive four-game series with Spring Arbor (17-18-1, 11-13 CL) came to an end on Monday evening, as the Trojans came back in the series-finale to win 10-9 and earn their second series-split of the Crossroads League season.

After falling in Monday’s first game 15-7, a strange game in which Taylor pounded 18 hits yet found itself down 12-1 at one point, the Trojans soon encountered another unfortunate scenario in game two. By the end of the third inning, Spring Arbor had nurtured a 5-0 lead, seemingly en route to a day-two sweep and a series-victory over No. 25 Taylor three-games-to-one.

The Trojan offense had more to say, however, as Conner Crawford and company energized a Taylor comeback to dismantle the threat of their first series-loss of the conference-season.

Crawford collected four RBI in his last three at-bats of the day, which resulted in a single, double, and a sacrifice-fly. Inclusive of game one of the day, Crawford drove in a total of six runs on Monday, increasing his season-total to 56 which is a mark that remains good enough for second place in the league.

Senior shortstop, Nick Rusche, contributed another RBI toward the Taylor comeback in game two, joining Crawford as the lone Trojans to record multiple hits.

Meanwhile, the Trojan bats exercised great patience at the place en route to their game-two victory, drawing nine walks in the day’s final three innings. Freshman, Mason David, led the way with three walks of his own, which facilitated a pair of runs scored by the Trojan second baseman.

Taylor relief pitcher, Jack Ross (3-0), earned his second win of the series, as the sophomore righty threw two-and-a-third scoreless, even hitless innings while recording three strikeouts along the way.

Freshman, Kaleb Kolpien, took over where Ross left off, completing the final two innings of the game and picking up his fifth save of the season even while navigating his way through trouble. When all was said and done, though, the scoreboard read 10-9 in favor of the Trojans, thanks in large part to a phenomenal defensive play by Kade Vander Molen at first base to record the game’s final out.

No. 25 Taylor (28-12, 18-6 CL) will return to Upland for a few days of practice, before heading back on the road for a significant four-game series with first-place Mount Vernon Nazarene (24-11, 17-5 CL) set to begin on Friday, April 15th, at 1:00 pm.


VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Men’s Basketball program picked up their third signee for the 2022 recruiting class Monday afternoon in the form of six-foot-three guard Ryan Oliver from Cane Ridge High School in Nashville, Tenn.

Oliver averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists this past season for the Ravens and was named Second Team Large Class All-Midstate in Tennessee.

“I saw him play. I went down and saw him play and that’s how we got on him,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “During this recruiting tour, I’ve seen a million different guys and I went to the State tournaments at all the surrounding states and Ryan was a guy that stood out to me as a guy that we would want in here.”

“Everything about him. He’s just a good basketball player,” Franklin added. “He’s smart, sees the floor and is really a good shooter. Pretty good athlete, good size, 3.9 GPA student. I’m very excited about getting him. I think he’s a player that is always going to be able to fit in and play for good teams and good programs. We had him in here on a visit and it went really well. We’re super excited about getting him. Right now, I think he appears to be an excellent fit.”

Oliver played alongside McDonald’s All-American and Alabama signee Brandon Miller and together they helped guide Cane Ridge to the Quarterfinals of the Tennessee Large Class State Tournament this season and a berth in the State Finals as a junior.

Oliver was recently described as the Scottie Pippen to Brandon Miller’s Michael Jordan in an article by Tyler Palmateer of Main Street Nashville.

Cane Ridge head coach Marlin Simms told Clinger, “Is Brandon our best player? Sure. He fills the gym. We all appreciate it and love him for it. But Ryan is our glue guy. Rian is our most important player. If you understand basketball, you know that. He makes things happen.”

“You’ve got to have a Scottie Pippen, a great leader other guys look to,” Simms added. “Someone who acknowledges, ‘I can’t be Brandon Miller, but I sure enough can play my role.’ When you see a kid like Ryan buy into a role, you have no choice but to buy into a role, if you want to win.”

“He has been called, because the last two years Cane Ridge has been right at the very top of Tennessee and they always had Miller, so Ryan was the Pippen to Miller’s Jordan,” Franklin said. “Ryan really makes the team go and that was probably true as you watch him.”

“You could tell that he was the guy that other guys were looking to,” Franklin added. “He’s the guy that makes the pass to set up the next pass, he really knows where the ball needs to go. I really like that he is a guy that goes and finds the ball. He averages almost eight rebounds a game, but he goes out and finds the ball.”

“You could tell that he was a guy that, it didn’t matter how many he got, but his numbers are good and that’s with Miller taking a bunch of shots,” Franklin said. “Plus, they played great teams. They have been really good, so they were playing good level competition and they played in a lot of the National Tournaments. So those are legitimate numbers against some really good teams and players. He would take on some of the best guys to guard and just carried himself that way.”

“When he came in here and worked out with us it was the same way,” Franklin added. “He really shot the ball excellent when he was in here. I think that is a weapon that he brings that wasn’t talked about enough. He was a good player in AAU, but he has always been that guy who plays in the second kind of role. So maybe he got overlooked a little bit. He’s a top-five player in the Nashville-Metro Area, so I think it’s all there.”

“He’s like all of them, he has to come in here and work and do, but he was very excited about it and looks forward to being in here in the summer,” Franklin said. “I’m excited about getting him in here. We’ve got three guys that we’ve announced and one kid that we are waiting on him to do his signing before we announce it, but out of the four kids that we have signed so far, I think Ryan is a guy that helps good teams win. I think he fits in well with other good players. The fact that he can be a good player, with other good players and it does not hurt his game, is very important.”

“We are excited about him. He’s a really good student, his coaches love him. I think he’s a guy that will transition into playing with other good players very quickly and that’s what you have to do if you are going to play at a Championship level place.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Ryan to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.


Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Brooke Silcox (Tipp City, Ohio) Defiance College | Infield | Sophomore – Silcox helped lead the Yellow Jackets at the plate to a 4-0 week in HCAC play. She ended the four games with seven hits, four doubles, five runs, and five RBI. She also finished with a batting average of .538. She sits at third overall in the conference with a batting average of .506 and leads the conference with 15 doubles.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Lily Beurman (Evansville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Graduate Student – Compton dominated the Manchester Spartans this past week picking up her first complete game no-hitter of the season. Compton tallied 11 strikeouts on 22 batters faced allowing just one walk.
Notable Performances:

  • Bobbi Adams (Delaware, Ohio) Bluffton University | Catcher | Junior – Adams hit .500 (7-of-14) with two homers, two doubles and four runs scored. She slugged a whopping 1.071 with six RBI as the Beavers split with Albion and Adrian this week.
  • Erin Norman (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Junior – Norman went 1-0 with a 2.62 ERA in 13.1 innings of work. She struck out six and held the opposition to a .245 batting average. Norman tossed a five-hit shutout in Bluffton’s 7-0 win over Albion on Tuesday.
  • Taylor Biggs (Cincinnati, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher | Senior – Biggs notched two shutout victories in her two starts over the week. She pitched all six innings in a 10-0 win vs. Anderson with five strikeouts and pitched all seven innings in 3-0 battle with Rose-Hulman where she recorded four strikeouts. She finished the two game pitching 13.0 innings, tallying nine strikeouts, and ended with a fantastic 0.00 ERA.
  • Stephanni Kleber (Seymour, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | First-Year – Kleber turned in the best outing of her young career on Sunday against nationally-ranked Mount St. Joseph in a 3-1 Franklin win that earned a split with the defending conference champions. She scattered five hits, walked two and struck out two in a complete game effort
  • Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Outfield | First-Year – Beaman led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they swept the Spartans of Manchester. The first year finished the series with a .625 batting average including five hits on eight plate appearances and two doubles. She recorded four runs with no strikeouts.
  • Kamryn McCool (Brookeville, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – McCool was dominant this week in her lone appearance against Franklin. The Senior pitched seven innings of one run softball allowing only three hits and one earned run, while striking out nine batters. This effort earned McCool her 10th win of the season.
  • Ariel Thomasson (Boonville, Ind.) Rose-Hulman institute of Technology | Pitcher | First-Year – Thomasson allowed just earned two runs in a complete game performance at Defiance with seven strikeouts to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching performance for the week.
  • Taylor Senter (Scottsville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Senior – Senter had a total of four hits, including one double, and two RBI over a doubleheader vs Anderson University on Sunday afternoon.
  • Carlee Jeter (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Jeter pitched 14 full innings in a doubleheader vs Anderson on Sunday afternoon. She allowed just 10 total hits, with only three runs that of which all came in game two of the doubleheader. She walked only two batters and struck out 11.


Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Bradley (Stow, Ohio) Earlham College | Catcher/Utility | Junior – Bradley had an effective week at the plate as he hit six home runs and brought in 15 RBI. During the first game of the week, Bradley hit four home runs on five at-bats, for nine RBI. He averaged a 1.8 slugging percentage on the week with a .625 batting average.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Collinsworth (Westerville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | First-Year – Picking up the win while going the distance in Bluffton’s 11-2 win over Manchester on Tuesday was Collinsworth. He pitched nine masterful innings, allowing only two runs on five hits while striking out five.
Notable Performances:

  • T.J. Price (Anderson, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Senior – Price went 7-for-16 with a double, two homers and seven RBI as the Ravens went 3-1 last week. He contributed a .438 batting average, a .471 on-base percentage and an .875 slugging percentage.
  • Kasey Henderson (Muncie, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Graduate Student – Henderson threw seven scoreless innings in his win against Mount St. Joseph. He struck out three batters, allowed five hits and yielded three walks.
  • Garrett O’Reilly (Galena, Ohio) Bluffton University | Outfield | Graduate Student – O’Reilly hit .545, going 6-of-11 with two RBI and eight runs scored as the Beavers went 3-2 on the week. He also drew six walks.
  • Aidan Talarek (Middletown, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Junior – With the winning decision against Hanover this week, Aidan Talarek leads the conference in wins with five. He tossed 5.2 innings and allowed three earned runs from seven hits on Sunday. Talarek struck out five batters and reached the sixth inning on just 80 pitches.
  • Damian Tillie (Cincinnati, Ohio) Franklin College | Pitcher | First-Year – Tillie was lights out for the Grizzlies on Wednesday night against Anderson, allowing one earned run on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts as the Grizzlies bested the Ravens 9-2.
  • Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Hanover College | Outfield | Sophomore – Farnsley led the Panthers to a 2-2 week as they split with Rose-Hulman and Earlham. The sophomore turned in a consistent week collecting four RBI on four hits and three walks. He posted a .235 batting average on 20 total plate appearances.
  • Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Alter moved to 3-3 on the year as he helped hand Earlham their first Conference loss of the season. The junior pitcher threw six and two third innings with five strikeouts. He scattered five hits surrendering no runs.
  • Jake Lawson (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Infield | Sophomore – Lawson had a fantastic week. In five games Lawson hit for an average of .388, including seven total hits, two of which were doubles. In the Lion’s game two win over Transylvania on Tuesday, Lawson went three for four at the plate scoring four runs, driving in one run, and drawing one walk. In game one against Anderson, the middle infielder finished the game with four hits in five at-bats, including a double while adding one RBI, walk and run.
  • Josh Mesenbrink (Troy, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Infield | Senior – Mesenbrink finished 5-15 at the plate with two home runs, two double, an .867 slugging average and a .450 on-base average for the week. Mesenbrink also had perfect fielding in 34 chances at shortstop and first base to help Rose-Hulman compile a 3-1 record.
  • Ian Kline (Frederick, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Kline pitched Rose-Hulman to a 5-2 win over Manchester with nine strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. Kline allowed seven hits, just two runs and two walks with nine strikeouts to improve to 4-1 on the season as part of the Fightin’ Engineers sweep over Manchester on Sunday.
  • Walter Munday (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – Munday had hits and RBI in all four games on the week against Mount St. Joseph and Bluffton. He finishes hitting .417 with one HR, five RBI, three runs scored, and three walks, on 5-12 overall at the plate.
  • Connor Arnold (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Pitcher | First-Year – Arnold took the win against Bluffton on Sunday, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing just one hit, with eight strikeouts and just two walks given up. He allowed one run, that was unearned. 


1906       At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Boston Beaneater rookie Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 23-year-old outfielder connects off Harry McIntire in the top of the second inning in the team’s 2-0 Opening Day victory over the Superbas.

1909       The 61-year history of Shibe Park begins with the A’s defeating the Red Sox, 8-1. The Philadelphia stadium, renamed to honor Connie Mack in 1953, is the first concrete and steel ballpark in major league history.

1916       Due to a salary dispute with Joe Lannin, the Red Sox president, Boston trades Tris Speaker to the Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and approximately $50,000. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will spend half of his Hall of Fame career in Cleveland, compiling a .354 batting average during his 11 seasons playing for the Tribe after playing nine outstanding seasons in Boston.

1916       On Opening Day, the Giants begin the season with a 5-4 loss to the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. The game marks the debut of New York’s new purple plaid uniforms, fortunately, a trend that will last only a year.

1927       Giants’ first baseman Bill Terry becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam on Opening Day. The New York infielder’s four-run round-tripper comes off Phillies’ right-hander Hal Carlson in the fifth inning of the team’s 15-7 victory at Baker Bowl.

1931       Former Cubs pilot Joe McCarthy makes his debut as Yankee manager, beating Boston at the Bronx ballpark, 6-3. The future Hall of Fame manager, who is the team’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 1460, guides the club to eight pennants and seven World Championships during his 16-year tenure in the Bronx.

1935       The Yankees name Lou Gehrig to be the fifth captain in team history. The 33 year-old first baseman joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-1921), Babe Ruth (six days in 1922), and Everett Scott (1922-1925) to receive the honor as a player.

1953       During an exhibition game in Brooklyn, the Ebbets Field PA announcer informs the crowd, including the new dad as he approaches home plate to bat, “Mickey doesn’t know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.” Mickey Mantle Jr., whose given middle name is Elven in memory of the Yankee slugger’s recently deceased dad, is the first of four children, all sons, with his wife, Merlyn.

1955       Pinch-hitting for Braves’ southpaw Warren Spahn, Chuck Tanner, who becomes better known for his managerial skills, hits a home run on the first pitch of his first major league at-bat. The 26-year-old outfielder’s eighth-inning round-tripper off Gerry Staley ties the score in Milwaukee’s eventual 4-2 victory over Cincinnati at County Stadium.

1955       At Municipal Stadium, the recently arrived Athletics beat the Tigers, 6-2, in their first game in Kansas City. At first, the franchise’s shift from Philadelphia will be warmly received by the Missouri fans as the A’s draw 1,393,054 patrons to the ballpark in their first season, second only to the Yankees in American League attendance.

1955       In front of a standing-room crowd of 32,147 at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium, 70-year-old former US president Harry Truman throws out the ceremonial first pitch as a southpaw before the A’s take the field in their first home game in the City of Fountains. The enthusiastic fans show their support of the transplanted team from Philadelphia with a large civic parade prior to the newcomers taking a 6-2 decision from the Tigers.

1960       In the first game ever played at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, after Vice President Richard Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch, Giants’ starter Sam Jones three-hits the Cardinals, 3-1. During the third inning, the umpires noticed that both foul poles were positioned well inside fair territory instead of on the foul line, necessitating the need to improvise a new ground rule until the team corrects the problem.

1960       The Indians trade Norm Cash to the Tigers in exchange for Steve Demeter. The Tribe, who acquired Cash in the off-season from the White Sox, will regret the move, giving away a future American League batting champ, who will hit 373 homers during his 15 years in Detroit in exchange for a third baseman who plays only four games with the franchise.

1962       In front of 40,000 fans, the expansion Mets are honored with a ticker-tape parade up lower Broadway. The players, wearing their brand new home uniforms, broadcasters, and other officials ride in open convertibles, throwing plastic baseballs to the enthusiastic crowd as they drive by.

1962       Pete Richert, making his major league debut, comes out of the bullpen and strikes out the first six batter he faces, a major league record. The rookie southpaw fans four in the third inning in LA’s 11-7 comeback victory over the Reds at Dodger Stadium.

1965       In Cincinnati, Joe Torre hits two home runs in Milwaukee’s 4-2 Opening Day victory at Crosley Field. Next season on the same date, the Braves catcher will do it again, joining teammate Eddie Mathews as the only major leaguers to have hit two round-trippers twice in games played on Opening Day.

1965       At the Astrodome, the Astros lose the first regular-season indoor game to the Phillies 2-0. Houston third baseman Bob Aspromonte, who collected the first Houston hit in Colt Stadium in 1962, also gets the first hit in the Astrodome, and Dick Allen of the Phillies blasts the first National League homer in the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’

1965       The A’s mascot Charlie-O the Mule, chosen to highlight the role the Missouri mules played in Allies victory in World War I by lugging ammunition and supplies through the mud and snow of France, makes his debut on Opening Night at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, Warren Hearnes, the governor of Missouri, presents the 1,400-pound animal to team owner Charlie O.Finley, who rides his namesake much to the delight of the 18,109 fans attending the game against the Tigers.

1966       Atlanta’s first-ever major league game goes overtime when Pittsburgh beats the hometown Braves, 3-2. With the game deadlocked at 1-1 in the top of the thirteenth inning, starter Tony Cloninger, who will go the distance, gives up a two-run homer to Willie Stargell.

1966       On Opening Day, Jim Lonborg’s 13th-inning balk plates Bob Johnson with the deciding run in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory. The Red Sox reliever miscue on the mound occurs with two outs and the bases loaded at Fenway Park.

1967       On Opening Day at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Red Sox draw only 8,324 to watch the team beat Chicago, 5-4. The eventual American League champs finished last season in ninth place with a 72-90 record.

1970       Phil Roof, followed by Hank Aaron and Felipe Alou, becomes the first of only three major leaguers to play for both the Milwaukee Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers, scoring three runs in the team’s 16-2 rout of Chicago in at White Sox Park. In 1960, the catcher made his major league debut with the Braves, appearing in three games before being traded to the Angels in 1964.

1972       The first players strike in baseball history ends when the owners agree to the addition of salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments. The owners will cancel the 86 games missed during the 13-day strike, refusing to compensate the players for the time they lost during the work stoppage.

1976       Rain postpones the game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium, marking only the second rainout in the 14-year history of the ballpark. The washout ends a streak started in April 1967, covering a span of 724 straight contests, with subsequent postponements coming much sooner when inclement weather cancels two consecutive home dates in September.

1977       On Opening Day, fans attending the Comiskey Park contest receive a foam ball with the idea of hav­ing the first pitch of the White Sox sea­son thrown by ev­ery­body in the stands. The concept is the brainchild of Rudie Schaf­fer, team owner Bill Veeck’s right-hand man, also credited with the Bat Day promotion and the innovative ex­plod­ing score­board.

1986       In a humiliating 9–8 extra-inning loss against the Phillies, the Mets blow a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, thanks, in part, to Keith Hernandez’s error allowing the leadoff batter to reach base, opening the floodgates to Philadelphia’s comeback. Six years later, the New York first baseman’s Veterans Stadium miscue (albeit placed in the wrong date and season in a different venue) becomes the background of a conspiracy theory detailed in an hour-long Seinfeld episode, The Boyfriend.

1988       Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripken Sr. as the Orioles’ manager after the team gets off to a 0-6 start. The new skipper, who has previously managed the Indians and Giants, will be winless in his first 15 games in the Baltimore dugout.

1988       Bobby Witt ties an American League record, committing four balks in the Rangers’ 4-1 loss in Detroit. The major league record for the most balks in one game is five, established in 1963 by Braves’ right-hander Bob Shaw, which included three in the third inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

1990       Brett Butler walks five times in the Giants’ 13-4 win over the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The speedy outfielder will score four times after being issued a free pass.

1992       In a doubleheader at Cleveland, the Indians are no-hit by Red Sox hurler Matt Young in the first game but win, 2-1, and in the nightcap, the Tribe gets only two safeties off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a twin bill.

1993       Barry Bonds, who signed a six-year, $43 million deal as a free agent, the richest contract in baseball history, delights the crowd of 56,689 at Candlestick Park by homering in his first at-bat in front of the hometown fans. The clean-up hitter’s second-inning drive to deep right field off Chris Hammond proves to be the difference in the Giants’ 4-3 extra-inning victory over Florida.

1994       Scott Cooper hits for the cycle, the first Red Sox player since Mike Greenwell to accomplished the feat since 1988, driving in five runs to helping the team rout the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, 22-11. The third baseman’s fifth-inning triple is the result of being thrown out at the plate trying to stretch the three-bagger into an inside-the-park home run.

2001       The Blue Jays postpone the game against the Royals when SkyDome’s retractable dome gets jammed during a routine test opening, sending chunks of the roof, some as big as eight feet by six feet, crashing onto the field below. The gaping hole in the dome is clearly visible from the outside of the ballpark, making the damage easy to spot by the city’s commuters on a nearby expressway.

2001       The combat-ready Padres, wearing camouflage jerseys and green caps, finally win the battle against the Giants, after five consecutive losses to the black and orange, 8-3. San Diego donned the uniforms to honor the area’s significant military population.

2002       In front of 48,244 loud and enthusiastic fans at the Metrodome, their first sellout since winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins beat the Tigers in the home opener, 4-2. The MLB had considered eliminating the Minnesota franchise under its contraction plan proposed during the off-season.

2002       Barry Bonds, with his 574th career round-tripper, passes former Twin first baseman Harmon Killebrew on the all-time home run list. The Giants’ left fielder hit his milestone homer, which ranks him sixth overall, in the first inning off Nelson Figueroa in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.

2003       Fenway’s Green Monster, the left-field wall in the major league’s smallest park, has a new look. In the place of a net that the team used to collect home runs balls that cleared the wall, the fans now occupy the space, sitting 310 feet away and 40 feet above the field, as they watch Red Sox right-hander Pedro Martinez give up ten runs in 4.1 innings in a 13-6 loss to the Orioles.

2003       With a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, the Royals set a franchise record for victories at the start of the season, winning their ninth consecutive game since Opening Day. In 1977, Kansas City won 16 straight from August 31st through September 15th for the overall team’s mark for consecutive wins.

2004       At the Giants’ home opener at SBC Park, the torch is passed both literally and figuratively as Barry Bonds hit his 660th career homer to tie his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time home run list. The 72 year-old Hall of Famer Mays greets his godson at home plate with a torch studded with $18,000 of diamonds forming the numbers 660, 25, which is Barry’s number, and 1, the number to needed move ahead.

2004       In front of a sellout crowd of 41,626 fans, the Phillies play their first game in their $458 million Pattison Avenue ballpark. On a cloudy day, the Citizens Bank Park history begins with a 4-1 loss to the Reds with right fielder Bobby Abreu hitting the park’s first homer, accounting for Philadelphia’s only run.

2004       The Phillies unveiled a ten-foot bronze statue of Richie Ashburn at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies’ new home. Zenos Frudakis’s work of the five-time All-Star, located behind centerfield in Ashburn Alley, in the team’s Walk of Fame.

2006       Twenty-two-year-old college senior Jeffrey Maier hits a third-inning two-bagger against Bates to become the all-time career hits leader at Wesleyan, with 169, surpassing the 2003 mark set by Bill Robinson. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound third baseman gained national notoriety a decade ago as a 12-year-old fan when he leaned over the Yankee Stadium fence to catch Derek Jeter’s fly ball ‘homer,’ which prevented Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco from catching the ball during the 1996 ALCS.

2008       The Charleston RiverDogs, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Yankees, commemorate the first visit of Benedict XVI to the United States with a Pope on a Rope Night promotion. The first 1,000 fans attending the South Atlantic League game against Rome at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park receive a soap figurine bearing a likeness of the Holy Father.

2009       With runners taking off from first and second base, Pirates’ shortstop Jack Wilson turns Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s soft liner into a triple play. The triple killing is the Bucs’ first since 1993, and the team’s first on the road in 41 years.

2009       A pair of tickets for the Mets home opener at Citi Field, with a face value of $525 apiece, is auctioned off for $7,500 on eBay. The ducats belonged to Bernard Madoff, who is in jail after pleading guilty last month to defrauding investors, including Mets owner Fred Wilpon, in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

2010       On an unusually warm spring day, the hometown Twins beat Boston, 5-2, in the first regular-season game at Target Field. Minnesota DH Jason Kubel hits the ballpark’s first home run, a seventh-inning shot into the right-field seats.

2010       With 9,129 fans in attendance, the smallest crowd in the 19-year history of the ballpark, the Orioles lose to Tampa Bay at Camden Yards, 5-1. The club, off to a 1-6 start in the new season, has scored only three runs in their last three games.

2011       The Rakuten Eagles, unable to use their stadium due to the extensive damage caused by last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami, beat the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field, 6-4, in Japan’s Pacific League opener. The crowd of 22,525 attending the game is not disturbed after feeling an aftershock at the ballpark caused by an earthquake in Chiba earlier in the day.

2012       Paulo Orlando becomes the first major leaguer to have each of his first three career hits be a triple when he bangs out his second three-bagger in the Royals’ 9-2 victory over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Three days ago, the 29-year-old rookie outfielder also legged out a three-bag base hit off White Sox left-hander John Danks, after being walked in his big-league debut at the plate.




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