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Jayhawks rally, rock North Carolina 72-69 to win NCAA title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Best. Comeback. Ever. Sounds pretty good next to Rock Chalk, Jayhawk.
What looked like a lost cause turned into one of the sweetest wins ever for Kansas.
The Jayhawks brought their fourth NCAA title back to Allen Fieldhouse on Monday thanks to a second-half flurry that erased a 16-point deficit and eventually overcame North Carolina 72-69 in an epic battle of power programs.
It was the largest comeback in national championship history, surpassing the 1963 title game when Loyola overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Cincinnati at the buzzer, 60-58.
“We just locked in as a family, as a team, and that’s what we do,” said Kansas big man David McCormack, after making last two baskets of the game. “We overcome the odds. We overcome adversity. We’re just built for this.”
McCormack scored the go-ahead bucket from close range with 1:21 left, then another at the 22-second mark to put the Jayhawks ahead by three.
North Carolina missed its final four shots, including Caleb Love’s desperation 3 at the buzzer. His heave came up short after officials ruled that Kansas guard DaJuan Harris Jr., stepped out on an inbounds pass with 4.3 seconds left.
The Tar Heels went scoreless over the final 1:41. They couldn’t find an answer for KU over the final 20 minutes.
“They were penetrating and doing whatever they wanted,” Love said.
After McCormick’s go-ahead bucket, Love drove to the basket but his shot got blocked. North Carolina grabbed an offensive rebound and got the ball to Armando Bacot under the bucket. But he lost his footing and turned it over, then limped off the court, unable to return.
“I thought I really got the angle that I wanted and then I just rolled my ankle,” Bacot said.
That put Brady Manek, not as good a defender, on McCormack, and the Kansas big man backed in Manek for the shot that put the Jayhawks ahead by three.
“When we had to have a basket, we went to Big Dave, and he delivered,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, who has two of the program’s four championships.
McCormack and Jalen Wilson led KU with 15 points each. Christian Braun scored 10 of his 12 in the second half and transfer Remy Martin had 11 of his 14 over the final 20 minutes. The Jayhawks outscored Carolina 47-29 in the second half.
“When we saw our own blood, we didn’t panic and we came out the second half coming in hot,” Self said. “I was thinking at the 14-minute mark, `There’s no way these guys can play for 20 minutes defense like this,’ but they did.”
The Tar Heels shot 11 for 40 in the second half.
But it was Kansas that couldn’t buy a basket late in the first half, as Carolina ran over and around the Jayhawks during a 16-0 run. The Tar Heels led 40-25 at the break. Then, top-seeded KU (34-6) started trapping and pressing more, moving the ball around on offense, and Carolina started getting a taste of what everyone else has this season: You can’t stop ’em all.
The Jayhawks went on a 31-10 run to take a six-point lead at the 10-minute mark and set up a fantastic finish.
Bacot had 15 points and 15 rebounds to become the first player to record double-doubles in all six tournament games. He finished the season with 31 double-doubles, but it was not enough. Carolina was trying to join 1985 Villanova as only the second 8 seed to win March Madness.
Instead, the Tar Heels (29-10) fell one win short and dropped to 6-6 all-time in title games. This was their record 21st – and possibly most unlikely – trip to the Final Four. They made it to the final by beating Duke in a back-and-forth thriller and sending Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski into retirement.
“I can’t remember a time in my life where I should be disappointed,” said rookie UNC coach Hubert Davis, who was trying to become the first person to lead a team to a title in his first full year as head coach. “But I am filled with so much pride.”
A great season – but the banner will hang in Lawrence.
And McCormack, thanks to his late-game heroics, will go down in KU lore, along with Mario Chalmers (2008), Danny Manning (and the miracles in 1988) and the rest of the Kansas greats.
This title was three years in the making. KU was 28-3 and the odds-on favorite heading into March of 2020. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and stopped both the Jayhawks, and the season, in their tracks.
Seven players from that roster are on this one, as well. In some of their minds there were no “what-might-have-beens” about 2020 — they knew they would have won it. They won this one instead, and showed, once again, it’s never good to count them out.
While this wasn’t quite the 47-15 beatdown they put on Miami over the final 20 minutes in the Elite Eight, it was still darn impressive given the circumstances.
Ochai Agbaji, who was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player, finished with 12 points and found breathing room after UNC’s lockdown guard, Leaky Black, got his fourth foul 6 minutes into the second half.
“This is a special group of guys,” Agbaji said. “We’re going down in history. All I got to say is, `Rock Chalk, baby.'”
Kentucky’s Brooks to enter NBA draft but keep eligibility
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr. will enter the NBA draft but does not plan on hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to school.
Brooks averaged career bests in several categories as a junior, including 10.8 points per contest on 49% shooting. His best performance was 27 points and eight rebounds in Kentucky’s 80-62 rout of Kansas in Lawrence in the Big 12/SEC Challenge in January.
The NBA draft combine is May 16-22, with a June 1 deadline to return to school.
The 6-foot-7 Fort Wayne, Indiana, native said in a statement that he looks forward to the next chapter by entering his name in the draft and chasing his pro dream while maintaining his eligibility.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Brooks is utilizing the rules in place the way he should and noted his improvement each season.
“His thoughtfulness and maturity not only as a player, but as a man, will allow him to go through this process and make the best decision for his future,” the Calipari said. “He and his family know they have my full support with whatever they decide.”
Syracuse F Cole Swider not returning, to pursue pro career
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse forward Cole Swider will forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, he announced on social media.
“I’ll be forever thankful for the opportunities Syracuse provided. I believe it is time to challenge myself at the next level,” Swider wrote Sunday on Twitter, adding that he would sign with an agent.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Rhode Island native transferred to Syracuse last year from Villanova and started all 33 games for the Orange in 2021-22. He averaged 13.9 points, second on the team to Buddy Boeheim (19.2), and topped Syracuse in rebounding, averaging 6.8.
Swider also shot a team-high 41.1% (81 of 197) from 3-point range and excelled toward the end of the season, when the Orange won six of seven before faltering. He went 31 of 55 (56.3%) from beyond the arc in a 10-game span despite missing all five attempts in a loss at Virginia Tech.
Syracuse finished 16-17, the first losing season in coach Jim Boeheim’s 46 years.
The NBA draft is June 23.
Simmons ruled out for rest of regular season, play-in games
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash announced Ben Simmons will not make his on-court debut with the team until at least after the play-in games, according to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer.
The All-Star point forward was acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of February’s trade deadline but aggravated a back injury while ramping up his conditioning following a lengthy holdout.
Brooklyn is just 40-38 with four games to play largely owing to season-long injury woes to stars like Kevin Durant, as well as Kyrie Irving’s vaccine-related unavailability for home games. The Nets will have to win at least one play-in contest to qualify for the main playoff draw.
Simmons, the first overall pick in 2016, has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game for his career.
With a 6-foot-11 frame, the Australian national has cemented himself as a dominant defensive presence and one of the league’s best playmakers in transition. However, he’s struggled to find the same success on offense in halfcourt sets, due in large part to his reluctance to shoot the ball.
Simmons’ shooting woes reached a new nadir during the 76ers’ 2021 playoff run. En route to Philadelphia’s second-round upset at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks, he shot just 34.2% on 73 free throws and seemingly shied away from open scoring opportunities in an effort to avoid being fouled.
After falling out with the franchise, the 76ers ultimately traded Simmons in a blockbuster package for star James Harden.
Simmons has now reportedly filed a grievance against his former team over nearly $20 million in withheld salary. The complaint will be settled via arbitration.
Embiid: I’ll feel like MVP voters ‘hate me’ if I don’t win
As the 2021-22 NBA season winds down, Joel Embiid knows he’s in the middle of the MVP debate.
The Philadelphia 76ers behemoth will be at a complete loss if he once again falls short – especially after finishing second to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic last year.
“If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, I don’t know what I have to do,” Embiid said after recording a 44-point, 17-rebound double-double in a road win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, per ESPN. “I’ll feel like they hate me. I feel like the standard for guys in Philly or for me is different than everyone else.”
For months, the 28-year-old Embiid has been in lockstep with both Jokic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ two-time former MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for the regular season’s top honor.
The three international big men lead the league in virtually every advanced metric; Jokic’s and Antetokounmpo’s player efficiency ratings – 32.9 and 32.2, respectively – would both top the previous single-season record (Antetokounmpo’s mark of 31.9 from 2019-20), while Embiid isn’t far off with a PER of 31.2.
Embiid is also averaging 30.2 points – just behind league-leader LeBron James – with 11.6 rebounds, a career-best 4.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals per game. His 65 regular-season appearances already represent a new personal best with four games left to play.
For 76ers coach Doc Rivers, what sets Embiid apart is that he did much of his early damage without now-former All-Star teammate Ben Simmons, who remained away from the team until his trade to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden in February.
“(Simmons) was our second-best player at the time and was out, and at the All-Star break when we made the trade, we were a game out of first place in the East,” Rivers said before the Cavs game. “There’s a lot to be said about that.”
Durant: My MCL injury ‘derailed’ Nets’ season
If Kevin Durant had to pick the turning point in the Brooklyn Nets’ once promising season, it wouldn’t be Kyrie Irving’s vaccination status preventing him from playing home games until late March, nor James Harden angling for a trade ahead of February’s deadline.
“To be honest, I feel like our season was derailed by my injury,” Durant said Monday, according to ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “So I’m not looking at it like we’re just not a good basketball team.
“It’s like there wasn’t a lot of continuity with me and Kyrie out of the lineup, that’s just what it is. When we’re all on the floor together I like what we got.”
Prior to suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee, Durant had averaged 29.3 points on 52% shooting, with 7.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. The team went 24-12 in the 33-year-old’s first 36 appearances.
However, following his early exit against the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 16, Durant missed the next 21 contests. The Nets went 5-16 in that span, including an 11-game losing streak that sent them tumbling down the Eastern Conference standings.
Durant and Harden ultimately shared the court in just 32 games this year before the latter’s trade to the Philadelphia 76ers; Ben Simmons, the main return in the blockbuster deal, has yet to suit up for the Nets (and was ruled out through the play-in round earlier Monday). Durant and Irving have still only logged 390 minutes together across 13 games.
The Nets have just four contests left on their regular-season schedule and are locked into participating in at least one play-in game in order to actually make the main postseason draw.
Durant isn’t fretting about which teams – likely some combination of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets – stand between Brooklyn and one of the East’s final playoff seeds.
“Who cares?” Durant said. “Whoever we play, we play. I don’t care who we play. I don’t care that we’re in the play-in. Just tip the ball up, see what happens. That’s all you can control.
“It’s too stressful thinking about we’re trying to dodge a team, lining up, just play the game. We’ll see what happens.”
Eagles, Saints swap several draft picks, including 2023 1st
(AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have traded two first-round picks in this month’s draft to the New Orleans in a major swap of assets.
The Eagles sent picks Nos. 16 and 19 and a sixth-rounder (No. 194) to the Saints for the 18th overall pick, a third-rounder (No. 101), a seventh-rounder (No. 237), a 2023 first-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder.
The move leaves Philadelphia with two firsts, Nos. 15 and 18. The Saints also now have two firsts.
Raiders sign QB Nick Mullens, DT Johnathan Hankins
(AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders signed quarterback Nick Mullens to be the backup to Derek Carr on Monday and brought back defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for a fifth season with the team.
Mullens has made 17 starts for San Francisco and Cleveland since being signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017. He gives the Raiders an experienced backup after Marcus Mariota left in free agency.
Hankins has been an anchor on the defensive line since joining the Raiders in 2018 and has been one of the team’s better run defenders inside.
Mullens has completed 64.6% of his passes over his career, with 26 TD passes, 22 interceptions and an 87.3 passer rating. He averages 7.7 yards per attempt and averaged 267.8 yards passing in his 17 starts.
Mullens made his debut against the Raiders in 2018 when he went 16 for 22 for 263 yards, three TDs and a 151.9 passer rating in a 34-3 win. He also made his only start last season for the Browns against Las Vegas, going 20 for 30 for 147 yards and one TD in a 16-14 Cleveland loss.
The 30-year-old Hankins has started 60 of 65 games since joining the Raiders. He has 172 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, two passes defensed and three fumble recoveries during that time.
Hankins was originally drafted in the second round out of Ohio State by the New York Giants in 2013 and spent his first four seasons there before playing in Indianapolis in 2017.
Over his nine-year career, Hankins has played in 128 games with 356 tackles, 14 1/2 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, nine passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
New Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham was Hankins’ position coach in 2016 with the New York Giants.
Peyton helping Wilson with Broncos transition
Peyton Manning is hoping to make things easier for Russell Wilson as he embarks on a new journey with the Denver Broncos.
Like Wilson, Manning arrived in Denver after a long successful stint with the team that drafted him. The Hall of Fame quarterback found success with the Broncos and has offered advice to Wilson to help with his transition.
“I’ve talked to Russell a number of times,” Manning told Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. “And we’ve had conversations about some of the things that helped me in my transition to a different team that I think can apply to anybody making the jump, especially after being in a place for a long time.
“(I’ve had) conversations (with coach Nathaniel) Hackett as well about some of those things, maybe some dos and don’ts that helped me and can certainly apply and Russell can hit the ground running here in his first year.”
The Seattle Seahawks traded Wilson to Denver in early March after 10 seasons with the team, where he won two NFC championships and a Super Bowl title.
The Broncos are coming off a disappointing 7-10 season, but Manning anticipates major improvements for the team with Wilson under center.
“Look, it’s all about having continuity and consistency,” Manning said. “The fact that Russell is the starting quarterback today – we know that. There is no quarterback competition (like last year). Every receiver knows they need to get their timing with him down to a perfect science. That’s the world I always lived in and always believed in, and that’s just going to pay great dividends for the team.”
New York Giants, QB Daniel Jones say neck injury no longer a concern
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants and quarterback Daniel Jones feel pretty good about his health. They don’t seem to have any doubts about his neck injury despite it costing him the final six games of last season.
“Yeah, I’ll be cleared and ready to go,” Jones said Monday during a conference call on the first day of the offseason workout program.
The team and quarterback have been steadfast about their belief that the neck injury Jones suffered late last year would not be a long-term problem. A source said that Jones was actually close to returning before the end of the season back in early January.
But the Giants have time now, and new coach Brian Daboll said last week that Jones should be “ready to go” for the offseason program. Jones was there Monday for the first day after spending the weekend cheering on his brother Bates, who was on the Duke men’s basketball team that reached the Final Four.
Phase I of the offseason program is mostly strength and conditioning. Jones won’t need to face any contact until the preseason in August, so there isn’t any real necessity for him to be cleared for contact now or anytime soon. He’s been training locally and at the team facility without any limitations for much of the offseason.
Mariners’ top prospect Julio Rodríguez on opening day roster
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Mariners’ top prospect Julio Rodriguez will be on the opening day roster, manager Scott Servais announced Monday.
“It’s time for Julio Rodriguez to play in the big leagues,” Servais said.
After a torrid spring training, the decision to start the 21-year-old in the majors was easy for the Mariners, along with the rising push from fans ready to see Rodriguez playing in Seattle. The Mariners are scheduled to open the regular season on Thursday at Minnesota.
“As I’ve been saying in every single interview like this will be a dream become reality right now,” Rodriguez said. “As you guys can see, you work your whole life to basically get to this point right now, it’s amazing honestly.”
Entering Monday’s spring training game, Rodriguez was hitting .419 with three home runs, eight RBIs and a 1.310 OPS. He’s also shown the capability of handling duties in center field, which will allow Seattle the flexibility to use multiple outfield lineups consisting of Rodriguez, Jarred Kelenic, Mitch Haniger and Jesse Winker.
“Tremendous upside, potential in his ability on the field. I think what excites everybody is just his joy and passion for playing baseball,” Servais said. “He loves baseball. He really does. He loves being a part of what we’re doing here. And the way it looks, he’s going to have a big part of this going forward.”
Rodriguez has been rated among the top 10 prospects in baseball by multiple publications and while his potential was noted for several years it was last season where he really had a breakout. Rodriguez hit .347 with 13 homers and 47 RBIs at two stops in the minors. He also was a major contributor for the Dominican Republic team that won bronze at the Tokyo Olympics.
Cardinals’ Pujols to make 22nd consecutive opening day start
(AP) — Albert Pujols will be in the starting lineup for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates when he begins his final big league season Thursday in what should be an emotional return to Busch Stadium.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol announced Monday that Pujols, who signed a $2.5 million contract to return to the club where he became a star, will be the designated hitter for his 22nd consecutive opening day start. That matches Hank Aaron and Carl Yastrzemski for second-most behind only Pete Rose, who made 23 straight during his career.
“I don’t want to set expectations because I like to be surprised, so I’m just going to enjoy it,” Pujols said as he headed into the last few days of spring training in Jupiter, Florida. “I’m sure it will be emotional for me, and the fans, too. But my focus is on trying to get in the reps I need to get myself ready for this season.”
Pujols could relieve Paul Goldschmidt at first base at times this season, and he was expected to get a little work there this week before the club heads back to St. Louis. Otherwise, the Cardinals view him as a designated hitter and late-inning pinch hitter, along with a sagely presence in a clubhouse that has a nice mix of the old and new.
The 42-year-old Pujols and his close friend, Yadier Molina, already have said this will be their final big league season. That also could be the case for right-hander Adam Wainwright, who joined the other two in bringing World Series championships to St. Louis in 2006 and 2011.
Pujols, who returns to St. Louis with 679 career home runs, hit .236 with 17 homers last season while splitting time with the Angels and Dodgers. But the three-time NL MVP showed he can still be a force against left-handed pitching, hitting .294 with 13 homers in just 136 at-bats and making him an attractive depth piece for the Cardinals.
Robinson’s 42 in Dodger blue for all uniforms on April 15
NEW YORK (AP) All major league players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 in Dodger blue for the first time on April 15, the 75th anniversary of his breaking the major league color barrier.
Major League Baseball retired Robinson’s number in 1997 and all uniformed personnel have worn 42 on Jackie Robinson Day since 2009, but this will be the first time the numbers all will be in the color of Robinson’s Dodgers.
A 75th anniversary logo will appear on umpires’ uniforms.
Santana, Rodríguez, Rondón suspended for positive drug tests
NEW YORK (AP) — Outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodríguez and infielder José Rondón were suspended for 80 games each Monday in the first discipline since the major league drug testing program resumed March 11 following a 99-day suspension during the lockout.
The three, all free agents, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone, the commissioner’s office said Monday.
The tests resulted from urine samples taken before the lockout started Dec. 2, but MLB concluded it could not announce discipline during the workout, a person familiar with the testing program said, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail was not announced.
Santana, 31, is an eight-year major league veteran who hit .181 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 38 games for the Boston Red Sox last season. He has a .255 career average with 47 homers and 202 RBIs for Minnesota (2014-17), Atlanta (2017-18), Texas (2019-20) and Boston.
Rodriguez, a 32-year-old right-hander, was acquired by Atlanta from Pittsburgh on July 30 and went 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Braves but did not appear on a postseason roster for the World Series champions. He was 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 64 relief outings last year and has a 16-14 career record with a 3.28 ERA and 19 saves for Baltimore (2017), Pittsburgh (2018-21) and Atlanta.
Rondón, 28, hit .263 with three homers and nine RBIs in 63 games for St. Louis last season. He has a .216 average with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in four seasons with San Diego (2016), the Chicago White Sox (2018-19), Baltimore (2019) and St. Louis.
These were the first suspensions under the major league drug program since Oakland outfielder Ramón Laureano was disciplined last Aug. 6, an 80-game penalty that has 27 games left to be served this season. There have been 20 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.
Tommy Davis, 2-time NL batting champion with Dodgers, dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy Davis, a two-time National League batting champion who won three World Series titles with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has died. He was 83.
He died Sunday night in Phoenix, the Dodgers announced Monday without providing a cause. They were informed of his death by his daughter, Morgana.
Davis was an athletic standout at Boys High School in Brooklyn, where he was a basketball teammate of future Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkins. Davis also played baseball and was a long jumper on the school’s track and field team.
Davis was set to sign with the Yankees in 1956 when a phone call from Jackie Robinson changed his mind.
Robinson was playing what would be his final season with the Dodgers that year when he called Davis’ house and encouraged him to sign with the Brooklyn organization. Scouting director Al Campanis knew Davis’ mother was a Dodgers fan.
Tigers acquire OF Austin Meadows in trade with Rays
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) The Detroit Tigers acquired outfielder Austin Meadows in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Detroit sent infielder Isaac Paredes and a competitive balance round B pick in the 2022 amateur draft to Tampa Bay for Meadows, who hit .234 with 27 homers and a career-high 106 RBIs last season.
Detroit is much improved after going 77-85 last year in its fifth consecutive losing season. Meadows joins a lineup that includes Javier Baez, who signed a blockbuster deal with the Tigers in free agency, and Spencer Torkelson, one of the majors’ top slugging prospects.
Meadows, who turns 27 on May 3, is a .260 hitter with 70 homers and 225 RBIs in 375 career games over four seasons. He broke into the big leagues in 2018 with Pittsburgh and was traded to Tampa Bay in the Chris Archer deal that July.
Meadows made the AL All-Star team in 2019, when he finished with a .291 batting average, 33 homers and 89 RBIs.
Meadows’ younger brother, Parker, was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2018 draft. He played for Class A Lakeland and Class A West Michigan last year.
Paredes, 23, can play second, third and shortstop. He batted .208 with a homer and five RBIs in 23 games with Detroit last season.
Matthews has 3 goals, Maple Leafs beat Lightning 6-2
TAMPA, Fla (AP) Auston Matthews had three goals to tie the franchise single-season record for goals with 54, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Monday night.
Matthews, who also had an assist and extended his goal streak to six games. completed his seventh career hat trick – and fourth this season – from the slot to give Toronto a 5-2 lead at 7:08 of the third. The center equaled Rick Vaive’s mark set in 1981-82.
“It’s humbling, it means a lot,” Matthews said.
Mitchell Marner had a goal and two assists, giving him 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) during a 10-game point streak. He also recorded his sixth straight multi-point game as the Maple Leafs took a two-point lead over Tampa Bay and Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division. Marner scored his goal at 11:24 of the third.
“This is a big game for us, obviously,” Matthews, said. “They’re a really good team, they know how to win, so it was an important game for us this point of the season. All these points count and really matter. I think it’s just a really complete game by everybody.”
Pierre Engvall and Alexander Kerfoot had the other Toronto goals. Jack Campbell had 32 saves.
Tampa Bay got goals from Nikita Kucherov and Jan Rutta, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33 shots.
“We didn’t manage our game,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We were way, way, too easy to play against tonight. It was like a light practice for them. It’s too bad because you want to see where you’re at. I thought we kind of turned the corner a bit but clearly we haven’t.”
Matthews put Toronto up 2-1 with a wrist shot from the left circle 1:46 into the second.
“It’s fun to watch him,” Campbell said of Matthews. “To see him get the results on the ice like he’s been doing, it’s just incredible. It’s just crazy. It’s amazing.”
After Rutta scored four minutes later, the Maple Leafs took a 4-2 advantage on Matthews’ low-slot redirection with 10:03 left in the second and Kerfoot’s in-close goal 2:28 later.
Engvall opened the scoring on Toronto’s first shot 1:59 into the game.
Kucherov tied it at 1 from the left circle right off a faceoff win by Steven Stamkos at 6:24 of the first.
Stamkos had two assists. He extended his point streak to a season-high seven games (six assists, 11 points).
Indiana, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards
Player of the Week
Ally Kurland, Penn State
Sr. – C/DP – Burke, Va. – Lake Braddock Secondary School – Major: Security & Risk Analysis
• Posted a .583 batting average, 1.417 slugging percentage and .667 on-base percentage last week in pacing the Nittany Lions to four wins in as many opportunities
• Drilled three home runs, while collecting eight RBI, seven hits (four for extra bases) and scoring four runs
• Tied school record with two home runs and piled up five RBI (seventh in school history) in April 2 win over Purdue
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2020, 2021) and a 2021 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar
• Captures her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Penn State Player of the Week: Alyssa VanDerveer (April 6, 2015)
Pitcher of the Week
Lexie Handley, Ohio State
Grad. – LHP – Mogadore, Ohio – St. Vincent-St. Mary – Graduate Field of Study: Sports Coaching
• Went 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA, three complete games and two shutouts in 22.2 innings, recording 27 strikeouts and just five walks
• Tossed a complete-game five-hit shutout at No. 8 Kentucky on March 29, striking out 11
• Threw a three-hit shutout at Michigan State on April 1, then came back Sunday with a complete-game one-hitter to preserve OSU’s 2-1 win at MSU in the series finale
• Collects her second career Pitcher of the Week plaudit
• Last Ohio State Pitcher of the Week: Lexie Handley (March 14, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Brianna Copeland, Indiana
P/IF – Pelham, Ala. – Pelham – Major: Comprehensive Design
• Hit .421 with a 1.105 slugging percentage and .421 on-base percentage last week, hitting four home runs with seven RBI, eight hits (five for extra bases) and 21 total bases in four games
• Tied school record (and became first Hoosier freshman) with three home runs and added five RBI in March 30 victory over Kent State, including a walk-off three-run home run in the ninth inning
• Had home run, three hits and three runs in Indiana’s doubleheader split at Wisconsin on April 1
• Receives her third career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Brianna Copeland (March 28, 2022)
Indiana, Nebraska and Northwestern Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
Ethan O’Donnell, Northwestern
OF – So. – Highlands Ranch, Colo. – Regis Jesuit
- Drove home 13 RBI in four games with four home runs as Northwestern defeated SIU and Butler
- Hit a go-ahead grand slam on his birthday, part of a six-RBI game in a win over the Salukis on March 27
- Added four doubles to go along with a 1.333 slugging percentage and .524 on-base percentage on the weekend
- Wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Northwestern Big Ten Player of the Week: Shawn Goosenberg (April 13, 2021)
Pitcher of the Week
Bradley Brehmer, Indiana
RHP – Sr. – Indianapolis, Ind. – Decatur Central
- Struck out five and allowed just one hit to earn his third win of the season and help Indiana win the opening game of Sunday’s doubleheader
- Threw 6.0 scoreless innings, with the first five of them no-hit frames, to deliver back-to-back quality starts for the Hoosiers
- Improved to 4-3 on the season with 22 strikeouts in 26.2 innings pitched
- Wins his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
- Last Indiana Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Braydon Tucker (April 13, 2021)
Freshman of the Week
Garrett Anglim, Nebraska
OF – La Vista, Neb. – Papillion-La Vista
- Hit .500 with three doubles and seven RBI in three conference games for the Huskers last week
- Totaled an .800 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage to go along with five hits, two runs and a steal
- Went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a career-high six RBI in win vs. Michigan, including a go-ahead three-RBI double in the fifth
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Nebraska Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Max Anderson (May 18, 2021)
HCAC 2022 Baseball Notebook, Week 8
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Logan Demkovich (Hammond, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Senior – Demkovich spent the week terrorizing opposing pitching, going 9-for-21 with five home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored as Franklin went 4-1 on the week. He became the sixth player in program history to homer three times in a game on Sunday against Bluffton, driving in five in a 13-3 win in game two. Demkovich went 3-for-5 with a home run and three knocked in to help beat the Beavers 16-4 in their HCAC opener. He moved into second place nationally with 12 home runs on the year.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Walker Stull (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Junior – On the week, Stull earned a win, while throwing a total of six innings, allowing two hits, two runs (one earned), five walks, and striking out 11. He went five innings and struck out nine in his win against Rose-Hulman.
- Tyler Smitherman (Westfield, Ind.) Anderson University | First Base | Junior – Smitherman went 9-for-13 with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI as Anderson went 3-0 on the week.
- Jacob Boelkens (Millbury, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Junior – Boelkens went 1-0 with a miniscule 1.29 ERA in a seven-inning start against Olivet on Wednesday as the Beavers won a 2-1 decision. He fanned five and walked two while allowing just four hits for a .160 opponent batting average.
- Nate Kaffenbarger (De Graff, Ohio) Defiance College | Senior – Kaffenbarger led the Yellow Jackets at the plate tallying nine hits, six RBI, and two doubles while finishing the week with a .450 batting average.
- Nathan Lancianese (Lexington, Ky.) Earlham College | Outfield | Sophomore – Lancianese led the Quakers with a .421 batting average over the four games played this week. The sophomore tallied eight hits, including four doubles and brought in three RBI.
- Justin Dillhoff (Dayton, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Sophomore – Dillhoff pitched a complete game in the HCAC opener for the Quakers with nine hits and two earned runs allowed. Dillhoff recorded seven strikeouts and held his opponents to a .257 average.
- Chris Foote (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – Foote was brilliant out of the bullpen for Franklin last week, tossing five innings without allowing an earned run over two appearances. He tossed a career-high four innings with a career best five strikeouts and one unearned run allowed in a loss to St. Olaf on Tuesday. Foote worked one scoreless inning on Sunday in a win over Bluffton.
- Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Infield | Sophomore – The Panthers posted a 2-2 week to open HCAC play as they swept MSJ before getting swept by Manchester. Christie played a key role in the sweep of the Lions as he provided the game tying RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extras. Hanover would go on to win the game in 13 innings 15-14. He finished the week batting .375 with six hits and five RBI.
- Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Junior – Joyce picked up a key victory for the Panthers, taking game one in a doubleheader with MSJ. The junior entered the game in relief in the ninth inning pitching five complete innings after a game tying RBI in the ninth forced extras. He struck out eight batters and surrendered just two hits on 22 batters faced. The win marks his first of the season.
- Aidan Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind.) Manchester University | Outfield | Junior – Stevens went 6-for-12 at the plate as the Spartans compiled a 2-1 week – including a DH sweep of Hanover to begin HCAC play. Stevens scored five times while driving in four runs. His best performance came in Game two against the Panthers in which he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a home run, two RBI, while also stealing a base.
- Carter Hooks (Rochester, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Hooks made a pair of appearances last week for the Spartans. His best performance came in the opening game of Saturday’s HCAC doubleheader at Hanover in which he tossed 8.0 innings and allowed only two runs on five hits. He struck out six and only walked a pair in a 6-2 win for the Black & Gold. Also threw 1.0 inning in MU’s non-conference tune-up at Heidelberg earlier in the week.
- Dalton Busboom (Ludlow, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Base | Sophomore – Busboom batted .545 (6-11) with six hits including one double, two runs scored and one RBI to lead the Rose-Hulman offense last week. Busboom slugged .636, had a .615 on-base percentage and was perfect in fielding in 20 chances.
- Josh Erpenbeck (Clayton, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Sophomore – Erpenbeck finished 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and four strikeouts in six innings over two appearances last week. Erpenbeck allowed one run in four innings to pick up a win over previously 12-2 Wabash, then tossed two scoreless innings on Sunday against Anderson.
- Trent Youngblood (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Sophomore – In three games on the week against Centre and Defiance, Youngblood hit .417 with one HR, four RBI, five runs scored, three walks, as well as a double and a stolen base. He went 5-for-12 at the plate overall.
- Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Schmidt came in relief against Centre and pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, with eight strikeouts and just three hits allowed. His efforts helped the Pioneers make a sizable comeback to beat Centre College, and the senior took the win on the mound
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/HEADLINES
THE INDIANA BOYS ALL-STARS
Braden Smith, Westfield
18.3 points, 6.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game
Amhad Jarrard, Mt. Vernon
14.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals
Tayshawn Comer, Cathedral
16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game
Travis Grayson, Chesterton
19.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds
Peter Suder, Carmel
13.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game
Connor Essegian, Central Noble
26.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game
Ryan Conwell, Pike
22.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game
CJ Gunn, Lawrence North
23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game
Jalen Jackson, Fort Wayne Northrop
27.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.1 assists per game
Tae Davis, Warren Central
22.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game
Branden Northern, Silver Creek
24.9 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game
Jaxon Edwards, Cathedral
10.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per
Javan Buchanan, Lafayette Jeff
20.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocked shots
Jalen Washington, Gary West Side
12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds (Junior stats..hurt this season).
Baseball Gameday: at Evansville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A quick trip down I-69 for the Indiana baseball program will present the fourth meeting of the season with Evansville, as the two programs will throw the first pitch at 7 p.m. ET at German American Bank Stadium.
Earlier this season, Indiana (11-15) won two of three games in a weekend set in Bloomington. Evansville (13-14) won the opener, before the Hoosiers swept a Sunday doubleheader to earn the series win. Both teams played Big Ten opponents last weekend, as IU opened conference play against Northwestern, while Evansville swept three games from Michigan State at home.
Tuesday, April 5 (7 p.m. ET)
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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.
MORE ON PAGE 3 & 8
Rookie Josh Pyne had a 15-game hitting streak come to an end on Sunday versus Northwestern. That stretch is the longest since 2014 and ninth longest since 2005.
MORE ON PAGE 7
Redshirt-junior Jack Perkins is off to a solid start to the 2022 season on the mound in his first season in the cream and crimson.
MORE ON PAGE 7
Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 83 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.
FULL BIO ON PAGE 4
A handful of Hoosiers find themselves among the national leaders and are leading the Big Ten in various categories entering the seventh weekend of the season.
MORE ON PAGE 6 & 7
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.
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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.
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Indiana matched a school standard with four student-athletes selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2021.
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Scouting the Opponent
Evansville is 13-14 overall coming off of a series sweep over Michigan State at home. The Purple Aces have won four straight games entering the week.
In 2022, UE is 3-3 in midweek contests, but have won its last three midweek tilts.
Mark Shallenberger leads the team or is tied for the team lead in batting average (.392), on-base percentage (.496), hits (40), runs scored (22) and doubles (10).
Tanner Craig owns 19 extra base hits – including a team-best nine home runs – and leads the team with 27 RBIs.
Defensively, the Purple Aces rank No. 20 nationally with 24 double plays.
Tuesday’s midweek contest will mark the 54th meeting all time between Indiana and Evansville, with IU holding a 33-19 edge on the ledger.
The midweek contest will be the fourth meeting between the two teams in 2022, as IU won two of three games in a series at the end of March.
From March 25-27, Evansville won a slugfest in the series opener, 17-14, before IU won both ends of a doubleheader by identical scores of 6-5 on Sunday.
In Evansville, Indiana is 12-11 since its first visit in 1968. The Hoosiers won the first four games in the River City and are 5-2 in the last seven trips.
The two teams have met one time on a neutral site, with IU winning, 15-10, on March 23, 1992.
Indiana won 16 of the first 19 meetings in the series, before Evansville 11 of the next 15 contests. IU has claimed 13 of the last 17 contests.
Over the last 25 meetings, 13 of those have been decided by two-or-fewer runs.
Copeland Earns Third Big Ten Softball Freshman of the Week Honor
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third time this season and second straight week, pitcher/infielder Brianna Copeland has earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Week Award, the conference announced Monday.
Copeland, a native of Pelham, Ala., started the week making history in the Hoosiers 14-11 win over Kent State on March 30. Copeland hit three home runs in the game, her third a three-run home run to walk it off for the victory.
Copeland became the first freshman in IU softball program history to hit three home runs in a game and just the third player in program history to ever accomplish the feat.
In addition to her heroics at the plate, Copeland came in to pitch against Kent State and recorded the win in the circle.
For the week Copeland hit .421 with eight hits, seven RBI, 21 total bases and a 1.105 slugging percentage.
Copeland and the Hoosiers return home to host Rutgers April 8-10 at Andy Mohr Field.
Purdue Begins 6-Game Homestand with Midweek Dates
Northern Illinois (6-20, 6-8 MAC) at Purdue (18-5, 1-3 B1G)
Tuesday, April 5 at 4 p.m. ET / Watch B1G+
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
Midweek Deals: $3 Tickets, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Nachos & Beers
Trading Card Tuesday: Set No. 3 of 7
Indiana State (15-8, 2-1 MVC) at Purdue
Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. ET / Watch B1G+
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
Midweek Deals: $3 Tickets, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Nachos & Beers
All-Time vs. NIU: Purdue leads 5-1
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 3-0
Last Meetings: Purdue won 2 of 3 (March 2015 in Westfield, Ind.)
Last Meetings in West Lafayette: Purdue swept a 3-game set (March 1999)
First Meeting: Purdue 2, NIU 0 (March 1999 at Lambert Field)
All-Time vs Indiana State: ISU leads 43-30-2
All-Time in West Lafayette: ISU leads 22-15-1
Last Meeting: ISU 4, Purdue 3 (April 2019 in West Lafayette)
Purdue’s Last Win vs. ISU: Purdue 3, ISU 1 – 10 Innings (April 2018 in Terre Haute)
Purdue’s Last Win vs. ISU in West Lafayette: Purdue 2, ISU 1 – 10 Innings (May 2012)
First Meeting: Purdue 7, ISU 0 (April 1902 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s busy April – featuring 20 games in 30 days – continues as the Boilermakers host Northern Illinois and Indiana State for midweek action to begin a six-game homestand at Alexander Field.
First Pitch is set for 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday vs. NIU and Wednesday vs. ISU. Indiana and Purdue Fort Wayne also visit Alexander Field during the six-game homestand. Starting next week, midweek dates plus Friday and Saturday home games move to 6 p.m.
The Huskies won Monday at home vs. Miami (Ohio) to split a four-game Mid-American Conference series. They’re slated to play consecutively on Sunday-Monday-Tuesday for the second week in a row.
The Sycamores won Sunday’s rubber game with common opponent Illinois State to open Missouri Valley Conference play with a series win at home. Indiana State has won three straight weekend series but inclement weather has kept ISU from playing any midweek action since taking both games vs. Southeast Missouri State on March 15 and 16.
Meanwhile, Purdue is looking to bounce back from its first rough week of the season. The Boilermakers conceded 40 runs in their four losses last week after surrendering just 68 runs over their first 19 games. Thirty-one of the 40 runs came as part of big innings in which the opposition scored at least three times. A closer look at the inning-by-inning scoring also shows that Purdue gave up the 40 runs over 26 frames from the seventh inning Tuesday vs. UIC through the seventh inning Sunday at Illinois.
In the back-and-forth series in Champaign, the Boilermakers were the victim of two seven-run innings in the same series for the first time since the opening weekend of the 2020 campaign vs. Hofstra (in Sanford, Florida). Remarkably, Purdue managed to win three of four vs. the Pride, including the series finale that featured an eight-run inning for Hofstra. It also happened in a 2019 series sweep at Nebraska. Prior to that trip to Lincoln, an opponent had not posted a pair of seven-run innings in the same series since February 2014.
• Cam Thompson – 23-game on-base
• CJ Valdez – 20-game on-base
• Evan Albrecht – 15-game on-base, 8-game hit
• Curtis Washington Jr. – 11-game on-base
ON BASE OFTEN IN CHAMPAIGN
• Evan Albrecht: 5-for-9, 2B, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 2 RBI, 2 R, .692 OBP
• Troy Viola: 4-for-9, 3 BB, 2 HBP, R, .643 OBP
• Jake Jarvis: 2-for-7, 2B, HR, 3 BB, 5 RBI, R, .500 OBP
• Cam Thompson: 4-for-12, 2B, 2 HR, BB, 2 HBP, 3 RBI, 4 R, .467 OBP
ACTIVE BOILERMAKERS TO HIT THEIR FIRST CAREER HOME RUNS IN BIG TEN PLAY
• Mike Bolton Jr. – 2022 at Illinois
• Jake Parr – 2021 at Minnesota
• Cam Thompson – 2021 vs. Rutgers
• Paul Toetz – 2021 at Minnesota (Playing for Indiana)
• Ryan Howe – 2019 at Nebraska
LONGEST SEASON-OPENING ON-BASE STREAKS (Since 2001)
• Cameron Perkins – First 50 Games in 2011
• Mitch Hilligoss – First 27 Games in 2006
• Cam Thompson – First 23 Games in 2022
• Brandon Haveman – First 22 Games in 2009
• CJ Valdez – First 20 Games in 2022
• Mike Bolton Jr. – First 20 Games in 2022
• Jordan Comadena – First 20 Games in 2007
ALBRECHT IN THE EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS
• 2020: 13 GP, .364 (16-for-44), 3 2B, 14 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 3-4 SB
• 2022: 23 GP, .427 (32-for-75), 9 2B, HR, 15 RBI, 20 R, 8 BB, 9-10 SB
• Combined: 36 GP, .403 (48-for-119), 12 2B, HR, 29 RBI, 27 R, 12 BB, 12-14 SB
Butler Baseball Takes on #13 Notre Dame
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler baseball team will take on the #13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Frank Eck Stadium on Tuesday night. The 5 PM first pitch will stream on ACCNX.
Butler at #13 Notre Dame – April 5 – 5:00 PM
LHP Cole McDaniel vs. RHP Radek Birkholz
Scouting #13 Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are nationally ranked with a 16-5 record and 5-4 in conference play. Notre Dame has won the last four games and are 2-1 at home. Carter Putz leads the club with 25 runs scored and a .372 batting average. Ryan Cole also has impressive numbers with a .329 BA that includes four doubles, three home runs, and 14 RBIs.
Notre Dame will throw right-handed Radek Birkholz on Tuesday night. The 6-0 freshman has no decisions to date on the mound with a 1.59 ERA. He has six strikeouts and seven walks spread out over 5.2 innings of work. The RHP came from Valor Christian High School, where he tossed 35.2 innings with a 6-0 record and 0.79 ERA with 71 strikeouts in his senior season. Birkholz was named the Colorado 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year.
McDaniel on the Mound
Cole McDaniel will make the seventh start of his Bulldog career on Tuesday in South Bend. The freshman has tossed 24.1 innings this year. His first start came at Murray State on Feb. 19. His last start was at Bellarmine on March 29.
Travis Holt and Ryan O’Halloran have started in all 28 games for the Bulldogs. Holt has led off for BU in every game while starting at shortstop. O’Halloran is primarily in the lineup at third base.
Hit a Homer
Billy Wurch hit his second home run of the season against Eastern Illinois on Sunday.
Keep Hitting Holt
Travis Holt leads the team and ranks tenth in the BIG EAST with 36 hits. He has 12 multi-hit games for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs did not commit any errors during their weekend series against Eastern Illinois.
Butler will begin BIG EAST play this weekend against the Villanova Wildcats. They will play a three-game series in Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth on Friday at 3 PM, Saturday at 1 PM, and Sunday at 12 PM.
Former Ball State head football coach Stan Parrish passes away
MUNCIE, Ind. – Stan Parrish, former head football coach at Ball State University, passed away Sunday night. He was 75.
Parrish, who was an assistant football coach for the Cardinals from 2005-08, was named the school’s 15th head coach Dec. 18, 2008. He became the first Ball State assistant coach to be promoted to head coach since Wave Myers prior to the 1968 season.
Parrish was Ball State’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 and was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2006. In 2008, he was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.
He was selected as the Cardinals head coach Dec. 18, and coached Ball State in the GMAC Bowl Jan. 6, 2009.
In 2008, Parrish engineered a Ball State offense which helped the Cardinals to a 12-2 overall record, an 8-0 Mid-American Conference mark, the MAC West Division Championship and the first back-to-back bowl games in school history. In addition, the Cardinals were nationally ranked for the first time in school history and spent nine weeks in the ESPN/USA Today Poll and the Associated Press Poll.
Prior to coming to Ball State, Parrish spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons as the quarterbacks coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2002, he tutored starting quarterback Brad Johnson, who led Tampa Bay to a 12-4 regular season record and the first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history.
Parrish spent six years on the staff at the University of Michigan, where he worked with former Ball State head coach Brady Hoke. In addition, Parrish served as the head coach at Wabash College from 1978-82, at Marshall from 1984-85 and at Kansas State from 1986-88.
Parrish is survived by his wife, the former Ruth Purdy, son Andrew and daughter Libby. Parrish is a 1964 graduate of Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg in 1969, where he played defensive back from 1965-68.
IRISH WELCOME NO. 6 NORTHWESTERN TO TOWN TUESDAY
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Fresh off one of the most exciting series in recent history, the University of Notre Dame softball team is back in action tomorrow night as the Fighting Irish will host the sixth-ranked Northwestern Wildcats at 5 p.m. at Melissa Cook Stadium.
The Irish took two of three games from Georgia Tech over the week. Both wins came in walk-off fashion, out-slugging the Yellowjackets by tallies of 13-12 in nine innings and 15-13 in eight innings. Notre Dame has now won nine of their last 10 games and are 25-1 at home over the past four seasons.
Notre Dame boasts one of the top offenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference, hitting at a .332 team average led by Karina Gaskins’s .415 average. Gaskins leads the team with nine home runs and 44 RBI this season. Abby Sweet sports a .406 average with a team-best 38 runs scored, nine doubles and 14 stolen bases.
In the circle, the three-headed monster of Shannon Becker, Payton Tidd and Alexis Holloway have earned a 2.71 ERA this season. Tidd leads the team with 10 wins, while Becker sports a 1.62 ERA in 60.2 innings of work. Last week against Loyola Chicago, Holloway threw a 5.0 inning no hitter to earn the win.
Northwestern enters with a 24-5 record and have eight wins against ranked opponents. Against ACC competition, the Wildcats have earned a 1-1 record, with a win over Clemson and a loss to Virginia Tech during the first two weeks of the season. At the St Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational, Northwestern finished 3-1 with wins over Texas Tech, UCLA and Clemson, and battled Oklahoma State to a one-run game.
The Wildcat offense hits for a .274 team average, led by Nikki Cuchran. Cuchran owns a .368 average in 28 games, hitting six doubles, four home runs and is third on the team with 27 stolen bases. Rachel Lewis provides the pop in the Northwestern lineup, hitting at a .337 clip and owning a team-best 12 home runs. The Wildcat RBI leader is Jordyn Rudd, who’s driven in 30 on the season with four home runs, five doubles and a triple. Skyler Shellmyer and Lewis lead the team with 14 and 13 stolen bases, respectively. As a team, Northwestern has swiped 48 bags.
Northwestern uses a combination of four pitchers. Danielle Williams has started 14 games, appearing in 25 of a possible 29 games on the season. She’s worked 120.0 innings, striking out 184 hitters to earn a 1.28 ERA. Lauren Boyd has started all nine of her appearances, working 39.1 innings with 45 strikeouts and a 1.96 ERA. Lauren Dvorak is another pitcher to watch, starting five games, appearing in 11 and earning a 3.82 ERA.
The Irish and Wildcats have met up 24 times in program history, with Northwestern holding a 14-10 advantage. The Wildcats have won the last two, snapping a streak of three-consecutive Irish wins. The last time at Melissa Cook Stadium, the Irish lost 3-1, April 9th, 2019. Abby Sweet, Quinn Biggio, Sarah Genz, Shelby Grimm, Payton Tidd and Alexis Holloway appeared in the game. Genz recorded one of three Irish hits as Tidd and Holloway combined for four innings in the circle.
Melissa Home Cooked
In the last four seasons, Notre Dame has gone a combined 33-4 at Melissa Cook Stadium, including a perfect 15-0 at home last season. In the Gumpf-era, the Irish are 292-64 when defending home turf and had won 23-straight home games until falling on the series opener with Georgia Tech.
Thou Shalt Not Steal
The catching combination of Shelby Grimm and Carlli Kloss have limited the opponents running game better than any tandem in the ACC. Kloss has thrown out four of nine attempted base stealers, and Grimm has tossed out eight of 17 attempts. Combined, the Irish have thrown out 12 of 26 attempted base stealers and the .538 stolen base allowed percentage is the lowest in the conference. Grimm also picked off a runner this season.
Getting Out of the Blocks
Notre Dame has scored 46 runs in the first inning of games this season, and 127 runs in the first three innings this season. When scoring in the first inning, the Irish are 15-2 this season and when scoring the first run of the game Notre Dame is 21-2 on the season. The Irish have hit seven of their 35 home runs in the first inning this season. The only other inning with as many home runs is the fourth inning.
National and ACC Player of the Week
Karina Gaskins had one of the most productive weeks in all of NCAA softball two weeks ago, leading the Irish to a 5-0 record and a three-game ACC sweep at Pitt. She finished the week 12-for-16 with a double, two home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBI. She had at least one hit and one RBI in all five games, four of which were multi-hit and multi-RBI games.
Over the last 10 games, she’s hitting at a .594 average with four home runs, 20 RBI and scored 12 runs.
Scoring in ACC Series
Notre Dame scored 36 runs in the three-game series with Georgia Tech this weekend. Its the most runs scored in a three-game ACC series ever, outscoring the 35 that Notre Dame scored in a three-game series in Charlottesville in 2014.
The Irish scored 36 runs in a three-game series against Seton Hall as a member of the BIG EAST in 2010. The 12 runs per game in the series is the highest average runs per game in a conference series in since 2000 when Notre Dame average 12.5 in a doubleheader with Providence in South Bend.
Record Setting Night
In the home opener against Detroit Mercy, the Fighting Irish scored 18 runs, tying a school record for runs scored and the largest margin of victory. The original record was set March 11, 1994 in an 18-0 victory over Robert Morris. Eight of nine starters had a hit and five players who didn’t start the contest registered one of the 18 hits. 15 different players scored a run in the victory.
Any Means Necessary
Offensive stand out Abby Sweet picked up right where she left off after a record-setting on-base percentage in 2021 (.537). She’s second on the team with a .512 OBP this season. (Gaskins – .537 OBP) Sweet owns a .406 batting average, drawn 11 walks and has been hit by 12 pitches. The 12 hit by pitches in 34 games ranks 10th nationally in HBP per game. Her .698 slugging percentage is second-highest among the Notre Dame regulars. (Gaskins – .777)
The Notre Dame bench came up big last week, helping the Irish go 4-1. In the midweek games, Rachel Allen hit her first career homer against Loyola Chicago. In the series with Georgia Tech, the Irish were 3-for-6 pinch hitting. Carlli Kloss and Quinn Biggio each had a hit off the bench. Joley Mitchell had a pinch hit appearance in the bottom of the eighth in the series finale, a walk-off three run home run to take the series. In total, Notre Dame pinch hitters are 20-for-64 (.313) this season.
After starting the season 14-4, Notre Dame made a move in the lineup switching Leea Hanks and Abby Sweet. Hanks took over in the lead off role and Sweet assumed Hanks’s role in the 3-spot. Since that move, the Irish are 11-2, Sweet is hitting for a .421 average with three doubles and three home runs. Hanks has four doubles, three triples and hit her first home run as the lead-off hitter. The biggest difference in the lineup has come from cleanup hitter Karina Gaskins. Since the move, Gaskins is hitting .697 with 23 RBI, six home runs, seen an 11:3 BB:K ratio and has scored 15 runs.
Working in TRANsistion
Emily Tran has appeared in 24 games this season, all of which have come as a pinch runner. In that role, she’s scored 10 times, and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. She’s the primary speedster off the bench for the Irish. She entered as a pinch runner in the finale with Georgia Tech, forcing pressure as she scored with a passed ball and two wild pitches.
An Extra Run
After averaging five runs per game in 2021, the Irish offense has upped that number to 6.97 per game this season, ranking near the top 10 (NCAA stats not updated at time of publication) second in the ACC. Abby Sweet has scored 38 runs this season, ranking in the top 20 nationally in runs scored per game.
Top 25 wins
After falling in the first three games of the St. Pete Clearwater Elite Invitational, the Irish went on to take down a pair of Top 25 teams in LSU and Texas.
Against LSU, the Irish rallied late, using a fifth inning home run from Payton Tidd to tie it, and Miranda Johnson drove in the game-winning runs in the seventh. Tidd shut the door as the Irish earned the 8-6 win.
Notre Dame followed that with a 9-2 win over then No. 9-Texas. A 7-run fifth inning paved the way for the first win over a top 10-nationally ranked opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee in 2019.
The Irish added a top 10 win after knocking off No. 7 Duke at home. Notre Dame used a 3-for-3, 4 RBI performance from Karina Gaskins and got a dominant start from Payton Tidd. Tidd worked 7.0 innings and allowed just one hit in the 8-1 victory.
Notre Dame softball has a pair of sisters on its roster this season. Shelby and Cassidy Grimm are playing their second collegiate season together in 2022. Alexis and Anna Holloway are playing their first year of softball together this season. The extra year of eligibility for Alexis allowed for her to stay at Notre Dame long enough to play with her younger sister.
GAME 12 PREVIEW: DETROIT MERCY
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5— 2:00 p.m.
Location: Arlotta Stadium
Live Stream: ACCNX
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The Irish return home for a matchup against the Detroit Mercy Titans on Tuesday April 5 at 2 p.m.
There will be live stats available and the matchup will be streamed on ACCNX.
After 11 games, Madison Ahern leads the team with 34 goals.
Bridget Deehan established a new career high for the second time this season. She notched 19 saves in the matchup against North Carolina.
Madison Mote tallied a career high in goals and points against Duke with five goals, two assists, and seven points.
Maddie Howe notched a new career high against the Yale Bulldogs with seven goals.
Hannah Dorney leads the Irish with 19 caused turnovers and currently ranks third in the ACC with an average of 1.55 caused turnovers per game.Bridget
Deehan ranks first in the ACC in saves per game (9.36) and third in save percentage (.452).
Notre Dame is coming off a 2021 campaign in which it finished 11-7 and earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
THE NOTRE DAME – DETROIT MERCY SERIES
The Irish and Titans will be meeting for the fourth time on Tuesday with Notre Dame holding the advantage 3-0.
Notre Dame and Detroit Mercy last met in 2017 with the Irish capturing a dominating win, 24-9.
In its last three victories against Detroit Mercy, the Irish have outscored the Titans, 63-15.
DEEHAN DIALED IN
Deehan established a new career-high for the second time this season on April 2, 2022 with 19 saves against #1 North Carolina.
Deehan earned a new career-high against Virginia on March 6, 2022 with 16 saves in the Irish 12-10 victory.
She was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on March 8, 2022.
Deehan enters the 2022 season as the ACC’s leader in saves per game (9.28) and notched double-digit saves in eight outings last season.
Deehan earned four weekly honors (ACC DPOTW and IWLCA DPOTW) in the 2021 season on March 30, April 13, and April 27. In the 13-9 victory at Duke (March 28, 2021), Deehan made 12 saves and collected a career high six ground balls en route to being named the IWLCA and ACC Defensive Player of the Week on March 30.
Deehan has notched double-digit saves on eight occasions in the 2021 season, including a trio of 14-save outings against top-10 opponents: at #2 Syracuse (March 14), at #7 Virginia (April 3) and vs. #1 North Carolina (April 10).
Deehan returns to action as a preseason All-American Honorable Mention, Preseason All-ACC and two time Irish captain.
Madison Ahern and Kasey Choma were named midseason All-Americans by Inside Lacrosse/IL Women on March 31, 2022.
Five Irish were named Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans including Kasey Choma (Second Team), Madison Ahern (HM), Maddie Howe (HM), Jackie Wolak (HM), and Bridget Deehan (HM).
Kasey Choma was named to the USA Lacrosse Magazine Preseason All-American squad, and was also ranked among the top 50 lacrosse players in college checking in at #34.
Choma and Ahern were both named to the USA Super Sixes roster for the 2022 World Games on March 30.
DAUGHTERS FOR DADS/COMMUNITY SERVICE
Notre Dame Women’s Lacrosse annually dedicates a portion of their season to raise awareness and funding for the Harper Cancer Research Institute through their Daughters for Dads (D4D) campaign.
The program just finished its eighth annual D4D campaign and its fundraising efforts including a virtual 5K.
The April 5 contest against Detroit Mercy will also host the Game Hair Havoc fundraising efforts.
The Irish also joined forces with Virginia for a “One Love Game” in Charlottesville on April 3, 2021 to raise awareness for the One Love Foundation.
Last year, for their contest vs. Robert Morris on March 6, the Irish participated in “Game Hair Havoc” and helped raise over $3,700 for the HeadSTRONG Foundation and families affected by cancer.
TOP FIVE SCHEDULE
The Fighting Irish have already played six top-25 opponents in the 2022 season and will play two more in the regular season.
The ACC is home to six ranked opponents in #1 North Carolina, #2 Boston College, #4 Syracuse, #7 Duke, #16 Virginia, and #18 Notre Dame.
Notre Dame has one of the top five hardest schedules in Division I women’s lacrosse according to lacrossereference.com.
JOHN MICHAEL BERTRAND NAMED ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Left-handed pitcher John Michael Bertrand was named ACC Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon. He is the second Irish pitcher to earn the honor this season after Austin Temple was named pitcher of the week back in March.
Bertrand had one of his best starts of his Irish career Friday night on the road against fifth-ranked Florida State. Going up against reigning ACC Pitcher of the Year Parker Messick, Bertrand tossed a season-high 7.2 innings of scoreless ball with a career-high 12 strikeouts and just one walk. The 12 strikeouts were the most by an Irish pitcher since 2019 when Cameron Brown had 12 against Florida State.
The Irish eventually won the game, 2-0, in 12 innings to begin their series sweep against the fifth-ranked Seminoles. Friday’s extra inning affair was the first time the Seminoles were shutout in an extra-inning game in program history. The series sweep against Florida State was the first time in Notre Dame program history that they swept a road series over a Top-5 team.
DePaul Transfer Courvoisier McCauley To Join Sycamore Basketball
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – ISU men’s basketball Head Coach Josh Schertz has added Courvoisier McCauley (Pronounced Core-voss-ee-aye) to his 2022-23 roster. McCauley will join the Sycamores as a graduate student with one year of eligibility remaining.
“It’s obviously a unique situation to be able to add a player that you recruited and have already coached for two years,” Schertz said. “Courvoisier checks a lot of boxes for us. He is a high-level efficient scorer along with being as good of a closer as I’ve ever coached, which is an area we had to address this spring. His familiarity and previous success in our system should make for a smooth transition and an immediate impact.”
McCauley, a 6-5 guard from Indianapolis, Indiana, helped BIG EAST member DePaul to 15 wins last season. He played in 29 games, starting two for the Blue Demons with a stat line of 5.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.6 steals per game. McCauley averaged 16.9 minutes per game, shooting 43.6 percent overall and 32.4 percent from three-point range (24 three-pointers made). He led the team with a 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio (21 assists/9 turnovers).
McCauley scored in double-figures in seven games with the Blue Demons, posting a season-high 21 points during a game at nationally-ranked Xavier. During a six-game stretch of BIG EAST play late in the year, the guard scored in double-figures in five games. He recorded a double-double with 13 points and a season-high 11 rebounds at Seton Hall later in the season.
The veteran guard comes to ISU familiar with Schertz and his system after spending his first two years at Lincoln Memorial (2018-20). During his time with the Railsplitters, McCauley Ranked among the nation’s top players as he earned NABC Division II All-American honors and was on the Bevo Francis Top 25 Watch List for the national player of the year. Other honors following the sophomore campaign included Division II Bulletin All-American First Team, NABC Division II All-Southeast District First Team, D2CCA Southeast All-Region First Team, South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, All-South Atlantic Conference First Team and South Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team.
He helped lead the Railsplitters to a 32-1 record during his last season at LMU and a perfect 22-0 record in the South Atlantic Conference. McCauley averaged 20 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting .436 (103-236) from three-point range and .497 (236-475) overall from the field at LMU his sophomore season. He was named to the South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman Team after averaging 9.8 points per game in 20.4 minutes per game after playing in 29 games, starting seven.
McCauley played at Manual High School where he averaged 26.8 points during his senior season before playing his prep basketball at Redemption Christian Academy in New York.
McCauley is the second transfer signing with the ISU Basketball program for 2022-23 along with Jayson Kent of Bradley.
Mark Shallenberger named MVC Player of the Week after four-straight wins
EVANSVILLE – For the first time in his career, University of Evansville baseball outfielder/designated hitter Mark Shallenberger has been named Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, it was announced in a release from the Conference office.
On an incredible start to the season, junior Mark Shallenberger has rarely missed a beat in 2022 and continued his hot season last week. Helping Evansville go a perfect 4-0 on the week with a midweek win over Austin Peay and a three-game series sweep of Michigan State, Shallenberger hit .438 with three doubles, a home run, seven RBI and slugged .813 on the week. Against Austin Peay, Shallenberger went three-for-three at the plate, including a third inning grand slam to right center field, breaking the game open in a 10-5 Evansville win. Helping to close the series sweep of Michigan State on Sunday, Shallenberger ripped a double up the middle in the eighth, scoring two runs and tying the game at four to help force extras. Then in the bottom of the 10th, Shallenberger stood in and wore a 94 mph fastball with the bases loaded to walk in the winning run and secure a 5-4 win for UE. On the season, Shallenberger is hitting .392, fourth-best in The Valley with a .496 on-base percentage, tied for tops in the MVC.
Shallenberger is the fourth Ace to be named either MVC player or pitcher of the week, joining Tanner Craig, Shane Gray, and Nick Smith.
Evansville resumes its homestand on Tuesday night at 6 PM with a matchup with Indiana at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.
Barnett Repeats as GLVC Defensive Player of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS – For the second straight week and third time this season, UIndy men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Austin Barnett has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Defensive Player of the Week.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Austin Barnett, #8 Indianapolis
Gr., GK, Huntington, Md.
Major: Sports Marketing
Team Result: 14-5 W at Davenport (4/2)
Made eight saves in just over 45 minutes of action to secure GLVC win in lone contest last week
Faced 19 shots and recorded a .727 save percentage
Grabbed one ground ball
Picked up ninth win of the season
Earns seventh career Defensive Player of the Week award (4/4/22, 3/28/22, 2/7/22, 4/26/21, 4/5/21, 3/8/21, 2/2618)
Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Austin Barnett (3/28/22)
Lagos Earns Seventh Career GLVC Player of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS – Abigail Lagos added yet another honor to her 2021-22 campaign by receiving her seventh Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week award as announced by officials on Monday morning.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Abigail Lagos, #2 Indianapolis
Gr., A, Windham, N.H.
Major: Exercise Science
Team Result: 21-2 W at Findlay (3/30) | 19-3 W at Lewis (4/2)
Recorded 15 points on 13 goals and two assists in pair of wins last week
Tallied five goals and two assists in GLVC-opening win against Lewis
Recorded a .677 (10-of-12) shots on goal percentage
Added one draw control, one caused turnover, and four ground balls
Earns seventh career Offensive Player of the Week award (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 (3/14/22)
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Whitman Collects First-Career Player-of-the-Week Award
UPLAND, Ind. – The Crossroads League has announced its latest collection of weekly awards, in which Taylor softball player, Ashton Whitman, was honored as the Softball Player of the Week.
The award marks Whitman’s first-career Crossroads League Athlete-of-the-Week honor, highlighting a week in which the senior catcher went 10-18 at the dish while recording a hit in each of TU’s six games played.
Whitman’s big week was ignited by a three-hit game against No. 16 Marian (18-5, 8-4 CL), in which she belted a home run and a double en route to two RBI and two runs scored.
The Kalamazoo, Michigan, native then went on to record a hit in the following five games, and in so doing extended her current hit-streak to 13 games in-a-row. Even more impressively, Whitman has only not posted a hit in three games this season, meaning that she has hit safely in 20 of Taylor’s 23 games played.
Not surprisingly Whitman has wielded Taylor’s most-consistent bat throughout the year, leading the team in a plethora of categories including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits and RBI, while also sharing the team-lead in doubles and home runs.
Furthermore, this week’s award-winner sits in the league’s top-10 with her .412 batting average, and even finds herself in the top-five with a .474 on-base percentage.
Whitman’s Player-of-the-Week nod is the 34th for Taylor athletes thus far in the 2021-2022 athletic year and the second for TU softball, as Whitman joins teammate, Aleyah Rastetter, as the two Trojans to receive the honor.
Taylor (12-11, 9-3 CL) is set to return to action, led by the hot bat of Whitman, Monday afternoon, when the Trojans are set to host a doubleheader against St. Francis (12-8, 4-4 CL) at 4:00 pm ET.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Complete Four-Game Sweep of Cougars
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Taylor University baseball team achieved its fourth Crossroads League-series victory of the season on Monday evening, as the Trojans defeated St. Francis (19-16, 8-10 CL) in each of the day’s two doubleheader games.
The day’s events marked not only its fourth series-victory of the conference-season but also Taylor’s second sweep of a Crossroads-foe. After outscoring the Cougars 24-1 on March 29th, when Taylor took the first two games of the series, the Trojans took two more against St. Francis today, this time outscoring the Cougars 21-9 throughout the day.
Game one ended in a 13-7 Trojan victory, fueled in large part by a seven-run third inning in which the Trojans slapped five singles in tandem with two free bases and two Cougar errors. The seven-run third, however, was sandwiched between two pairs of one-run innings, as the Trojans posted a run on the board in each of the game’s first five innings before adding the final two in the top-half of the ninth.
Leading the way on offense for the Trojans was the one-two duo at the top of the lineup, Nick Rusche and TJ Bass, who collectively went 7-12 at the plate, driving in four runs and scoring five. Rusche tacked on three runs to his league-leading runs total, while Bass stole the team-lead in home runs from Conner Crawford with his 11th of the season.
Even more, Bass bumped his season RBI-total up to 57, an absurd mark for just 36 games played and one that both leads the league and sits third in the nation.
Meanwhile, Michael Pinarski, contributed a three-for-three performance of his own in game one, adding an additional RBI and two runs-scored.
However, it would be a lie to say that the Trojan-trio named above was the only contributing force for the Taylor bats, for each of the nine Trojan starters recorded an RBI, relentlessly causing havoc for the Cougar hurlers.
On the other side of the game, senior pitcher, Noah Huseman (4-2), started for Taylor in game one. Huseman completed five innings of work, scattering nine hits and four runs en route to his fourth win of the season. Furthermore, Huseman recorded seven strikeouts throughout his outing, which increased his season-total to 65 and now matches Shively for the league-lead.
Conner Miller, then, came on in relief to throw the sixth inning, in which he posted a zero in the Cougar run column. The freshman has now allowed just one run in his last four appearances, completing 5.1 innings of work in that span.
After Jack Ross navigated his way through two-and-two-thirds innings of work, senior, Drew Kindy, came on to close the ninth and cap the game at 13-7.
Taylor then wasted no time in securing a game-two lead, as the Trojans posted five on the board in the top-half of the first. This time the bats only worked two base knocks in their early-game rally, each of which capitalized on four free bases though to gain the early five-run advantage.
The two first-inning hits were recorded by Kaleb Kolpien, who ignited the rally with a one-out double, and catcher, Ben Kalbaugh, who later contributed a two-run single to center.
Those two hits were it for a while, though, as the bats went cold until the sixth inning, when pinch-hitter, Camden Knepp, slapped an RBI-single to left to make it a 6-2 game. In short time, however, the lead grew to six, as Kolpien struck his league-leading 57th hit of the season to plate two more Trojans.
Kolpien (2-1) was the lone Trojan to record multiple hits in game two, but he was also the starting pitcher for Taylor, marking the first start of his young career.
The freshman lefty worked a solid outing, completing four innings of work while allowing two runs and striking out five as Taylor built its 8-2 lead.
After Kolpien worked his way through his first-career start, Kindy secured his first-career save by completing the game’s final three innings while maintaining the lead.
With his game-two appearance following a showing in game one, Kindy has now appeared in three-consecutive games, a sequence in which he has traversed four-and-a-third innings and allowed just three hits and no earned runs.
After Monday’s pair of victories, Taylor (26-10, 16-4 CL) has now won 12 of its last 13 games and is set to return to action on Friday, April 8th, when the Trojans travel north to play Spring Arbor (15-14-1, 9-11 CL) at 1:00 pm ET.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2, with Casey Stengel hitting the park’s first home run, an inside-the-parker.
1934 Babe Ruth, sponsored by Quaker Oats, agrees to do a weekly show on NBC radio. The Sultan of Swat’s broadcast salary for the 13-week series will be $4000 more than his reported Yankee contract of $35,000.
1934 Reds president Larry MacPhail hires 26-year-old Red Barber to broadcast the team games on WSAL. The not-so-old “Ol’ Redhead” will spend the first five years of his Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati, calling the contests from Crosley Field’s stands.
1935 The Braves, returning north from spring training, beat North Carolina State College, 6-2, in a contest called in the seventh inning because the teams run out baseballs, having used the 100 put aside for the game. Olney Ray Freeman strikes out a 40-year-old Babe Ruth on a two-strike curveball, a feat the southpaw would brag about until he died in 2008.
1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.
1966 Don Larsen, the last active major leaguer who played for the Browns, is released by the Orioles. As a rookie in 1953, the Michigan City, Indiana native posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise, which lost 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.
1971 At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last Opening Day game the Senators will play in the District of Columbia. Dick Bosman goes the distance, blanking the A’s on six hits in Washington’s 8-0 victory over Oakland.
1972 The player strike, which started on April 1, cancels the season opener between the Astros and Reds. The work stoppage postpones Opening Day for the first time in major league history, with a total of 86 games not played until both sides agree on an increase in pension fund payments, with the owners also adding salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
1972 The Expos trade a stunned 28-year-old All-Star right fielder Rusty Staub to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen. ‘Le Grand Orange,’ a fan favorite in Montreal, will miss most of the season due to injuries but will play a significant role in New York’s 1973 ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ pennant-winning team.
1976 In a deal negotiated in the groundskeeper’s office under the third base stands at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, 31 year-old right-hander Tom Seaver agrees to a three-year contract with the Mets. The pact makes ‘Tom Terrific,’ who posted a 25-9 record last season while leading the league in strikeouts with 243, the first hurler in baseball history to earn $200,000 annually.
1979 At Memorial Stadium, Oriole manager Earl Weaver notches his 1,000th career victory when Baltimore beats Chicago on Opening Day, 5-3. The future Hall of Fame skipper will finish his 17-year managerial career, all with the Birds, with a 1480-1069 (.583) record.
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1983 On Opening Day, Tom Seaver, making his first appearance with the Mets since 1977, combines with Doug Sisk to blank the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 2-0. ‘Tom Terrific,’ who will go on to extend the record to 16, ties Walter Johnson’s major league mark with his 14th Opening Day assignment.
1988 With a 6-3 Opening Day victory over the Padres, Houston wins its 2,000th game in franchise history. The Astros score five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, making starter Mike Scott the winning pitcher.
1989 At Riverfront Stadium, Dodgers’ hurler Orel Hershiser’s scoreless-inning streak ends at 59. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Todd Benzinger’s single scores Barry Larkin, almost a pickoff victim after getting a base hit to lead off the game but was safe on the ‘Bulldog’s’ throwing error.
1993 William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to successfully throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher’s mound. Orioles starter Rick Sutcliffe, giving up six runs in six innings, doesn’t fare as well when the Birds lose to the Rangers, 7-4 at Camden Yards.
1993 At Shea Stadium, the Rockies lose their National League debut, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Mets and Dwight Gooden, who pitches a four-hit complete game for the victory. Right-hander David Nied starts the contest for Colorado, and Andres Galarraga collects the franchise’s first hit with a second-inning single.
1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, making their major league debut, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute their late president Carl Barger, the number of his favorite player, fittingly Joe DiMaggio.
1993 On Opening Day, Greg Maddux, signed as a free agent in the offseason, allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team over 8.1 innings. Mike Stanton gets the last two outs in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
1993 Eric Fox, inserted into the game as a late-inning defensive replacement, hits a grand-slam in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the A’s an eventual 9-4 Opening Day victory before 43,370 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The round tripper will be the outfielder’s only homer of the season.
1997 At Olympic Stadium, the Rockies set a franchise record with seven home runs, including three by Larry Walker, who is pulled from the game in the eighth inning by Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Colorado skipper doesn’t want to run up the score against the Expos with his team ahead 15-1.
1998 After five attempts, the Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history when Andy Benes pitches seven strong innings, and Matt Williams paces the attack with three hits in the team’s 3-2 victory over San Francisco at Bank One Ballpark. Arizona’s 0-5 start is the second-longest season-opening losing streak for an expansion team in its first season, surpassed only by the 1962 Mets, who didn’t record a victory until their tenth game.
2003 The Royals become the first major league team to begin the season 5-0, en route nine consecutive victories, after losing 100-games the prior year. Runelvys Hernandez, the winner of a coin toss, making him the Opening Day starter, gets his second victory, allowing two hits in seven innings to beat the Indians at Kauffman Stadium, 2-1.
2003 To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to most home games at U.S. Cellular Field. The free passes will not be available during the Cubs series scheduled for June.
2004 Braves’ general manager John Schuerholz announces the team has exercised the option to retain Bobby Cox as the team’s manager through the 2005 season. The 62 year-old skipper, ninth all-time in managerial wins with 1,906, has won a record 12-consecutive divisional titles.
2004 “This, I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I’m going to live with this. Opening Day, a walk-off home run – it doesn’t get any better.” – CARLOS BELTRAN, reflecting on his game winning home run on Opening Day. The Royals become the first team since 1901 to overcome a ninth-inning deficit of four runs on Opening Day when they rally to beat the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, 9-7. Kansas City center fielder Carlos Beltran’s two-run walk-off homer that bounces off the top of the wall is the keynote hit in the team’s six-run final frame.
2005 The Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener, bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Senators left Washington to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.
2005 Johan Santana’s streak of 22 straight starts of allowing three or fewer runs comes to an end when the southpaw gets the win in the Twins’ 8-4 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. Last season’s Cy Young Award winner has the second-longest streak of giving fewer than four runs in consecutive outings, trailing only Dwight Gooden’s 24 in 1985.
2006 Sluggerrr, the Royals’ Mascot, celebrates his tenth birthday at Kauffman Stadium. In the offseason, the nearly seven-foot-tall lion with a crown built into his skull, is very active in the Kansas City community, visiting local schools, encouraging youngsters to be good students and good citizens.
2009 Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22-year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.
2010 Mainly receiving cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.
2010 Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much-touted 20-year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!” hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.
2010 The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston giving the club a potent 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation for the next five years with the recent free-agent acquisition John Lackey,.
2010 Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.
2011 Nine different pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.
2012 “In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game,” -statue’s inscription, honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six-year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.
2012 J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over the Indians, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and the Tigers in 1960 and the A’s and Senators in 1926.
2013 Joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), and Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis, who collects a grand slam and five RBIs in the Orioles’ home opener, becomes the fourth player in major league history to homer in his first four games of the season. The 27-year-old Baltimore first baseman also breaks the RBI mark for the same span, driving in 16 runs, four more than the previous record shared by three players.
2014 Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New Yorks’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.
2015 A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league prospects, and the 41st overall draft pick. By pulling off the stunning deal on the day before the season begins, the San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.
2016 For the first time in more than six decades, the Cubs and White Sox start the same season with two victories and no losses. The last time both Chicago teams were undefeated after two games occurred in 1951, two seasons before Ernie Banks played his rookie year.
2019 Rays’ left fielder Tommy Pham, going 1-for-5 in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park, extends his on-base streak to 40 games, setting a new franchise record.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|GEORGIA AT CLEMSON||7:00PM||ACCN|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE||3:00PM||BTN|
|NORTHWESTERN AT NOTRE DAME||5:00PM||ACCN|
|PENN STATE AT OHIO STATE||5:30PM||BTN|
|MLB SPRING TRAINING||TIME ET||TV|
|DERTROIT AT NY YANKEES||1:00PM||MLBN|
|CLEVELAND VS COLORADO||4:00PM||MLBN|
|CLEVELAND AT ORLANDO||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHILADELPHIA AT INDIANA||7:00PM||NBCS-PHI|
|ATLANTA AT TORONTO||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHARLOTTE AT MIAMI||7:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT BROOKLYN||7:30PM||YES|
|MILWAUKEE AT CHICAGO||8:00PM||ESPN|
|PORTLAND AT OKLAHOMA CITY||8:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|WASHINGTON AT MINNESOTA||8:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|PORTLAND AT OKLAHOMA CITY||8:30PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|MEMPHIS AT UTAH||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN ANTONIO AT DENVER||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NEW ORLEANS AT SACRAMENTO||10:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|LA LAKERS AT PHOENIX||10:30PM||NBATV|
|CAROLINA AT BUFFALO||7:00PM||ESPN+|
|COLORADO AT PITTSBURGH||7:00PM||ALT|
|COLUMBUS AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||NBCS-PHI|
|NY RANGERS AT NEW JERSEY||7:00PM||MSG+ 2|
|OTTAWA AT MONTREAL||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|TORONTO AT FLORIDA||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|BOSTON AT DETROIT||7:30PM||NESN|
|MINNESOTA AT NASHVILLE||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|NY ISLANDERS AT DALLAS||8:30PM||MSG+|
|EDMONTON AT SAN JOSE||10:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|LIBERTY AT VIRGINIA||7:00PM||ACCN|
|KANSAS AT MISSOURI||8:00PM||SECN|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|ST. FRANCIS (PA.) AT PITTSBURGH||5:00PM||ACCN|
|KENTUCKY AT LOUISVILLE||7:00PM||ESPNU|
|MASTERS PAR 3 CONTEST||3:00PM||ESPN|
|MLB SPRING TRAINING||TIME ET||TV|
|PHILADELPHIA AT TAMPA BAY||12:30PM||MLBN|
|DALLAS AT DETROIT||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|BROOKLYN AT NEW YORK||7:30PM||ESPN|
|BOSTON AT CHICAGO||8:00PM||NBCS-CHI|
|WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA||8:00PM||NBCS-WSH|
|OKLAHOMA CITY AT UTAH||9:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHOENINX AT LA CLIPPERS||10:00PM||ESPN|
|TAMPA BAY AT WASHINGTON||7:30PM||TNT|
|DETROIT AT WINNIPEG||7:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|SEATTLE AT ST. LOUIS||8:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|CALGARY AT ANAHEIM||10:00PM||TNT|
|VANCOUVER AT VEGAS||10:00PM||TNT|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XY-MIAMI||51||28||.646||—||27-12||24-16||11-2||33-16||6-4||4 W|
|2 X-BOSTON||49||30||.620||2.0||28-13||21-17||9-7||32-18||8-2||2 W|
|3 X-MILWAUKEE||48||30||.615||2.5||26-14||22-16||10-3||30-18||6-4||2 L|
|4 X-PHILADELPHIA||48||30||.615||2.5||22-17||26-13||6-9||29-19||6-4||2 W|
|5 CHICAGO||45||33||.577||5.5||27-11||18-22||10-5||29-20||4-6||1 L|
|6 TORONTO||45||33||.577||5.5||21-17||24-16||9-5||28-21||7-3||1 L|
|7 CLEVELAND||43||36||.544||8.0||24-16||19-20||9-6||26-23||4-6||1 L|
|8 ATLANTA||41||37||.526||9.5||26-14||15-23||8-6||25-24||7-3||5 W|
|9 CHARLOTTE||40||38||.513||10.5||20-19||20-19||6-7||24-24||7-3||1 L|
|10 BROOKLYN||40||38||.513||10.5||17-21||23-17||9-6||28-21||5-5||2 L|
|11 NEW YORK||35||44||.443||16.0||16-23||19-21||4-10||20-29||6-4||1 W|
|12 WASHINGTON||34||44||.436||16.5||21-19||13-25||7-7||24-25||5-5||1 L|
|13 INDIANA||25||54||.316||26.0||16-24||9-30||2-14||11-38||2-8||7 L|
|14 DETROIT||23||56||.291||28.0||13-26||10-30||6-9||18-32||5-5||3 W|
|15 ORLANDO||20||59||.253||31.0||10-29||10-30||2-12||10-39||2-8||6 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XYZ-PHOENIX||62||16||.795||—||31-8||31-8||9-4||37-11||8-2||2 L|
|2 XY-MEMPHIS||55||23||.705||7.0||29-10||26-13||10-5||35-14||9-1||7 W|
|3 X-GOLDEN STATE||50||29||.633||12.5||30-10||20-19||11-4||30-19||3-7||2 W|
|4 X-DALLAS||49||30||.620||13.5||27-12||22-18||13-2||34-16||6-4||1 W|
|5 DENVER||47||32||.595||15.5||22-16||25-16||6-10||28-21||6-4||1 W|
|6 UTAH||46||32||.590||16.0||27-11||19-21||13-1||30-18||4-6||1 L|
|7 MINNESOTA||45||34||.570||17.5||25-13||20-21||12-4||31-20||6-4||2 W|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||39||40||.494||23.5||22-16||17-24||7-7||23-26||4-6||2 W|
|9 NEW ORLEANS||34||44||.436||28.0||18-21||16-23||6-9||23-25||6-4||1 L|
|10 SAN ANTONIO||33||45||.423||29.0||16-24||17-21||6-9||23-25||7-3||2 W|
|11 LA LAKERS||31||47||.397||31.0||20-20||11-27||3-11||16-32||2-8||6 L|
|12 SACRAMENTO||29||50||.367||33.5||16-24||13-26||5-9||19-30||5-5||1 L|
|13 PORTLAND||27||51||.346||35.0||17-23||10-28||1-13||11-37||1-9||7 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||23||55||.295||39.0||11-29||12-26||5-9||16-32||3-7||1 W|
|15 HOUSTON||20||59||.253||42.5||11-29||9-30||3-13||11-41||3-7||4 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS||69||48||15||6||102||45||287||204||28-6-0||20-9-6||8-2-0|
|2 CAROLINA HURRICANES||69||45||16||8||98||44||230||164||25-6-4||20-10-4||4-3-3|
|3 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||69||45||19||5||95||43||264||209||25-7-2||20-12-3||8-2-0|
|4 NEW YORK RANGERS||70||44||20||6||94||40||214||185||22-7-4||22-13-2||6-3-1|
|5 BOSTON BRUINS||69||44||20||5||93||42||220||185||22-11-2||22-9-3||8-2-0|
|6 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||70||41||19||10||92||38||233||188||19-10-5||22-9-5||5-4-1|
|7 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||69||43||19||7||93||41||230||198||21-7-5||22-12-2||5-4-1|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||69||37||22||10||84||32||226||202||16-15-5||21-7-5||6-4-0|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||68||32||27||9||73||31||190||186||18-13-4||14-14-5||7-3-0|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||70||32||32||6||70||28||225||263||18-14-4||14-18-2||2-5-3|
|11 DETROIT RED WINGS||69||26||34||9||61||23||197||268||17-13-6||9-21-3||2-6-2|
|12 BUFFALO SABRES||70||25||34||11||61||22||193||248||13-17-6||12-17-5||5-2-3|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||68||25||37||6||56||24||181||221||13-19-3||12-18-3||4-5-1|
|14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||69||22||36||11||55||21||179||246||13-16-6||9-20-5||4-6-0|
|15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||69||24||39||6||54||21||213||258||16-15-4||8-24-2||2-7-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||69||19||39||11||49||16||178||262||10-19-4||9-20-7||3-4-3|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||69||49||14||6||104||46||262||189||28-4-3||21-10-3||8-1-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||69||41||19||9||91||39||241||173||21-8-7||20-11-2||5-3-2|
|3 MINNESOTA WILD||68||43||20||5||91||38||252||209||24-7-2||19-13-3||9-0-1|
|4 ST. LOUIS BLUES||69||39||20||10||88||37||250||202||22-9-4||17-11-6||5-3-2|
|5 LOS ANGELES KINGS||72||38||24||10||86||34||207||205||18-15-4||20-9-6||5-3-2|
|6 EDMONTON OILERS||70||40||25||5||85||36||249||225||23-12-0||17-13-5||7-2-1|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||68||39||25||4||82||37||224||199||21-11-0||18-14-4||6-4-0|
|8 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||71||39||28||4||82||35||227||210||20-13-3||19-15-1||7-3-0|
|9 DALLAS STARS||68||39||26||3||81||35||201||204||21-9-1||18-17-2||7-3-0|
|10 WINNIPEG JETS||70||33||27||10||76||31||217||219||19-14-2||14-13-8||6-4-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||70||32||28||10||74||29||198||202||14-14-6||18-14-4||3-4-3|
|12 ANAHEIM DUCKS||71||28||31||12||68||24||199||230||16-16-5||12-15-7||1-7-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||68||29||31||8||66||27||181||218||16-15-4||13-16-4||3-6-1|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||70||24||35||11||59||20||188||247||11-17-6||13-18-5||2-5-3|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||69||22||41||6||50||20||182||242||12-20-3||10-21-3||5-4-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||70||22||43||5||49||21||177||254||10-23-1||12-20-4||2-7-1|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS. X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE