INDIANA HS BASEBALL

SCORES AND BOXES: https://www.maxpreps.com/list/schedules_scores.aspx?date=5/16/2022&gendersport=boys,baseball&state=in

INDIANA HS SOFTBALL

SCORES AND BOXES: https://www.maxpreps.com/list/schedules_scores.aspx?date=5/16/2022&gendersport=girls,softball&state=in

INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS STATE PAIRINGS

1. Center Grove (5)

M1: Indian Creek vs. Whiteland Community.

M2: Franklin Community vs. Center Grove.

M3: Greenwood Community vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

2. Franklin Central (4)

M1: Beech Grove vs. Franklin Central.

M2: Roncalli vs. Indianapolis Lutheran.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

3. Shelbyville (5)

M1: Morristown vs. Southwestern (Shelbyville).

M2: Waldron vs. Shelbyville.

M3: Triton Central vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

4. Southport (5)

M1: Southport vs. Indianapolis Shortridge.

M2: Perry Meridian vs. Decatur Central.

M3: Indianapolis Scecina vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

5. Crawfordsville (4)

M1: Crawfordsville vs. Southmont.

M2: Parke Heritage vs. North Montgomery.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

6. Fountain Central (5)

M1: Fountain Central vs. Benton Central.

M2: Seeger vs. Covington.

M3: Attica vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

7. Greencastle (5)

M1: Greencastle vs. South Putnam.

M2: Owen Valley vs. South Vermillion.

M3: Northview vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

8. Terre Haute South Vigo (5)

M1: Terre Haute North Vigo vs. North Central (Farmersburg).

M2: West Vigo vs. Terre Haute South Vigo.

M3: Sullivan vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

9. Ben Davis (5)

M1: Covenant Christian (Indianapolis) vs. Indianapolis

Cardinal Ritter.

M2: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks vs. Speedway.

M3: Ben Davis vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

10. Lebanon (5)

M1: Frankfort vs. Lebanon.

M2: Rossville vs. Western Boone.

M3: Zionsville vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

11. Park Tudor (4)

M1: International vs. Park Tudor.

M2: Pike vs. Brebeuf Jesuit.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

12. Avon (5)

M1: Danville Community vs. Mooresville.

M2: Plainfield vs. Brownsburg.

M3: Avon vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

13. Connersville (4)

M1: Rushville Consolidated vs. Union County.

M2: Connersville vs. Franklin County.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

14. New Castle (5)

M1: Blue River Valley vs. Tri.

M2: New Castle vs. Shenandoah.

M3: Knightstown vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

15. Richmond (6)

M1: Seton Catholic vs. Richmond.

M2: Centerville vs. Hagerstown.

M3: Northeastern vs. M1 winner.

M4: Cambridge City Lincoln vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

16. East Central (6)

M1: Lawrenceburg vs. Milan.

M2: Batesville vs. East Central.

M3: South Dearborn vs. M1 winner.

M4: Oldenburg vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

17. Bloomington South (5)

M1: Bedford North Lawrence vs. Martinsville.

M2: Edgewood vs. Bloomington South.

M3: Bloomington North vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

18. Columbus North (5)

M1: Columbus East vs. Columbus North.

M2: Hauser vs. Brown County.

M3: Edinburgh vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

19. Greensburg (5)

M1: Jennings County vs. Shawe Memorial.

M2: Southwestern (Hanover) vs. Greensburg.

M3: Madison Consolidated vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

20. Seymour (5)

M1: Brownstown Central vs. Austin.

M2: Trinity Lutheran vs. Seymour.

M3: Scottsburg vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

21. Boonville (5)

M1: South Spencer vs. Castle.

M2: Boonville vs. Heritage Hills.

M3: Tell City vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

22. Evansville Bosse (5)

M1: Evansville Memorial vs. Evansville Day.

M2: Evansville Bosse vs. Evansville North.

M3: Evansville Harrison vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

23. Mt. Vernon (5)

M1: Evansville Mater Dei vs. North Posey.

M2: Evansville Reitz vs. Mt. Vernon.

M3: Evansville Central vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

24. Princeton Community (4)

M1: Gibson Southern vs. Princeton Community.

M2: Wood Memorial vs. Tecumseh.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

25. Jasper (4)

M1: Pike Central vs. Southridge.

M2: Forest Park vs. Jasper.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

26. Loogootee (4)

M1: Loogootee vs. Barr-Reeve.

M2: Northeast Dubois vs. Paoli.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

27. Linton-Stockton (4)

M1: White River Valley vs. North Daviess.

M2: Bloomfield vs. Linton-Stockton.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

28. Vincennes Lincoln (5)

M1: Washington vs. Vincennes Rivet.

M2: Vincennes Lincoln vs. South Knox.

M3: Washington Catholic vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

29. Floyd Central (5)

M1: North Harrison vs. Floyd Central.

M2: Salem vs. Eastern (Pekin).

M3: Crawford County vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

30. Providence (4)

M1: Clarksville vs. Providence.

M2: New Washington vs. Jeffersonville.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

31. New Albany (4)

M1: Lanesville vs. New Albany.

M2: Christian Academy of Indiana vs. Corydon Central.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

32. Silver Creek (5)

M1: Charlestown vs. Silver Creek.

M2: South Central (Elizabeth) vs. Borden.

M3: Henryville vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

33. Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6)

M1: Churubusco vs. Leo.

M2: Carroll (Fort Wayne) vs. Fort Wayne Northrop.

M3: Fort Wayne Snider vs. M1 winner.

M4: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

34. Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran (5)

M1: Fort Wayne North Side vs. Fort Wayne South Side.

M2: Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran vs. New Haven.

M3: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

35. Homestead (4)

M1: Homestead vs. Fort Wayne Bishop Luers.

M2: Fort Wayne Wayne vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

36. Norwell (6)

M1: Adams Central vs. Huntington North.

M2: Bluffton vs. South Adams.

M3: Bellmont vs. M1 winner.

M4: Norwell vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

37. Anderson (5)

M1: Lapel vs. Anderson.

M2: Elwood Community vs. Alexandria Monroe.

M3: Frankton vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

38. Delta (4)

M1: Muncie Central vs. Yorktown.

M2: Delta vs. Muncie Burris.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

39. Jay County (4)

M1: Winchester Community vs. Union City.

M2: Randolph Southern vs. Jay County.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

40. Marion (4)

M1: Blackford vs. Madison-Grant.

M2: Mississinewa vs. Marion.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

41. Lawrence North (4)

M1: Heritage Christian vs. Warren Central.

M2: Lawrence North vs. Lawrence Central.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

42. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (5)

M1: New Palestine vs. Pendleton Heights.

M2: Eastern Hancock vs. Greenfield-Central.

M3: Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

43. Fishers (4)

M1: Hamilton Heights vs. Hamilton Southeastern.

M2: Noblesville vs. Fishers.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

44. North Central (played at Lawrence Central/Lawrence

North (5)

M1: Herron vs. Indianapolis Bishop Chatard.

M2: Indianapolis Arsenal Technical vs. North Central

(Indianapolis).

M3: Indianapolis Cathedral vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

45. Angola (5)

M1: Prairie Heights vs. Angola.

M2: Fremont vs. DeKalb.

M3: Lakewood Park Christian vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

46. East Noble (5)

M1: Lakeland vs. East Noble.

M2: Westview vs. Central Noble.

M3: West Noble vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

47. Concord (4)

M1: Concord vs. Northridge.

M2: Jimtown vs. Elkhart.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

48. NorthWood (4)

M1: NorthWood vs. Bethany Christian.

M2: Goshen vs. Fairfield.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

49. Bremen (5)

M1: Glenn vs. Plymouth.

M2: LaVille vs. Triton.

M3: Bremen vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

50. Culver Academies (4)

M1: Knox vs. Rochester Community.

M2: Culver Academies vs. North Judson-San Pierre.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

51. Peru (6)

M1: Peru vs. Wabash.

M2: Northfield vs. Maconaquah.

M3: Manchester vs. M1 winner.

M4: Southwood vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

52. Warsaw Community (played at Columbia City) (5)

M1: Wawasee vs. Warsaw Community.

M2: Columbia City vs. Whitko.

M3: Tippecanoe Valley vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

53. Crown Point (7)

M1: Lake Central vs. Hanover Central.

M2: Lowell vs. Kankakee Valley.

M3: Illiana Christian vs. Crown Point.

M4: Rensselaer Central vs. M1 winner.

M5: M2 winner vs. M3 winner.

Championship: M4 winner vs. M5 winner.

54. East Chicago Central (5)

M1: Whiting vs. Hammond Bishop Noll.

M2: Hammond Morton vs. East Chicago Central.

M3: Hammond S&T vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

55. Hobart (6)

M1: River Forest vs. North Newton.

M2: Lake Station Edison vs. Hobart.

M3: Merrillville vs. M1 winner.

M4: Andrean vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

56. Highland (5)

M1: Calumet vs. Hammond Central.

M2: Highland vs. Griffith.

M3: Munster vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

57. Carmel (4)

M1: Guerin Catholic vs. Westfield.

M2: University vs. Carmel.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

58. Kokomo (6)

M1: Taylor vs. Northwestern.

M2: Tipton vs. Western.

M3: Eastern (Greentown) vs. M1 winner.

M4: Kokomo vs. M2 winner.

Championship: M3 winner vs. M4 winner.

59. Logansport (5)

M1: Delphi Community vs. Lewis Cass.

M2: Carroll (Flora) vs. Twin Lakes.

M3: Logansport vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

60. Harrison (West Lafayette) (5)

M1: West Lafayette vs. Lafayette Central Catholic.

M2: Lafayette Jefferson vs. Harrison (West Lafayette).

M3: McCutcheon vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

61. LaPorte (4)

M1: Marquette Catholic vs. New Prairie.

M2: Michigan City vs. LaPorte.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

62. Penn (4)

M1: Mishawaka Marian vs. Mishawaka.

M2: Penn vs. South Bend Adams.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

63. Valparaiso (5)

M1: Boone Grove vs. Portage.

M2: Wheeler vs. Valparaiso.

M3: Chesterton vs. Winner of M1.

Championship: Winner of M2 vs. Winner of M3.

64. South Bend Saint Joseph (4)

M1: South Bend St. Joseph vs. South Bend Washington.

M2: South Bend Clay vs. South Bend Riley.

Championship: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.

MLB SCOREBOARD

American League
Detroit3Final
Tampa Bay2
 
NY Yankees6Final
Baltimore2
 
Seattle2Final
Toronto6
 
Houston3Final
Boston6
 
LA Angels4Final
Texas7
 
Chi White Sox5Final
10
Kansas City3
 
Minnesota3Final
Oakland1
National League
Washington2Final
Miami8
 
St. Louis Postponed
NY Mets 
 
Atlanta0Final
Milwaukee1
 
Pittsburgh0Final
Chi Cubs9
 
San Francisco7Final
Colorado6
 
Arizona4Final
LA Dodgers5

MLB WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/wire.asp

NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Miami Heat (1) vs. Boston Celtics (2)

• Game 1: Boston vs. Miami | Tuesday, May 17 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 2: Boston vs. Miami | Thursday, May 19 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 3: Miami vs. Boston | Saturday, May 21 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 4: Miami vs. Boston | Monday, May 23 | 8:30 ET | ABC
• Game 5*: Boston vs. Miami | Wednesday, May 25 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 6*: Miami vs. Boston | Friday, May 27 | 8:30 ET | ESPN
• Game 7*: Boston vs. Miami | Sunday, May 29 | 8:30 ET | ESPN

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Golden State Warriors (3) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4)

• Game 1: Dallas vs. Golden State | Wednesday, May 18 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 2: Dallas vs. Golden State | Friday, May 20 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 3: Golden State vs. Dallas | Sunday, May 22 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 4: Golden State vs. Dallas | Tuesday, May 24 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 5*: Dallas vs. Golden State | Thursday, May 26 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 6*: Golden State vs. Dallas | Saturday, May 28 | 9 ET | TNT
• Game 7*: Dallas vs. Golden State | Monday, May 30 | 8 ET | TNT

NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp

NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Florida Panthers (A1) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (A3)

Tuesday, May 17: Lightning at Panthers, 7 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Thursday, May 19: Lightning at Panthers, 7 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Sunday, May 22: Panthers at Lightning, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVAS)

Monday, May 23: Panthers at Lightning, 7 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*Wednesday, May 25: Lightning at Panthers, TBD

*Friday, May 27: Panthers at Lightning, TBD

*Sunday, May 29: Lightning at Panthers, TBD

Carolina Hurricanes (M1) vs. New York Rangers (M2)

Wednesday, May 18: Rangers at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS)

Friday, May 20: Rangers at Hurricanes, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS)

Sunday, May 22: Hurricanes at Rangers, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, SN360, TVAS)

Tuesday, May 24: Hurricanes at Rangers, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS)

*Thursday, May 26: Rangers at Hurricanes, TBD

*Saturday, May 28: Hurricanes at Rangers, TBD

*Monday, May 30: Rangers at Hurricanes, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Colorado Avalanche (C1) vs. St. Louis Blues (C3)

Tuesday, May 17: Blues at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Thursday, May 19: Blues at Avalanche, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Saturday, May 21: Avalanche at Blues, 8 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Monday, May 23: Avalanche at Blues, 9:30 p.m. ET (TNT, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*Wednesday, May 25: Blues at Avalanche, TBD

*Friday, May 27: Avalanche at Blues, TBD

*Sunday, May 29: Blues at Avalanche, TBD

Calgary Flames (P1) vs. Edmonton Oilers (P2)

Wednesday, May 18: Oilers at Flames, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Friday, May 20: Oilers at Flames, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Sunday, May 22: Flames at Oilers, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, CBC, TVAS)

Tuesday, May 24: Flames at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, CBC, TVAS)

*Thursday, May 26: Oilers at Flames, TBD

*Saturday, May 28: Flames at Oilers, TBD

*Monday, May 30: Oilers at Flames, TBD

* if necessary 

TBD — to be determined

NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp

NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp

INDIANA BASEBALL COACHES POLLS

4A

1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 20-2 (238)

2)MOORESVILLE H.S. 21-1 (188)

3)FISHERS H.S. 20-5 (134)

4)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 19-5 (128)

5)CASTLE H.S. 20-3 (126)

6)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 22-4 (124)

7)LAPORTE H.S. 19-3 (80)

8)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 17-6 (78)

9)JASPER H.S. 18-4 (62)

10)COLUMBUS NORTH H.S. 16-4 (54)

Receiving Votes:

Brownsburg H.S., Carmel H.S., F.W. Snider H.S., Floyd Central H.S., Homestead H.S., Lawrence North H.S., Munster H.S., New Albany H.S., Westfield H.S.,

3A

1)ANDREAN H.S. 21-2 (208)

2)WESTERN H.S. 19-2 (178)

3)BREBEUF H.S. 18-4 (150)

4)WEST VIGO H.S. 21-1 (120)

5)SILVER CREEK H.S. 21-5 (118)

6)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 18-2 (104)

7)HERITAGE H.S. 20-2 (74)

8)NEW CASTLE H.S. 13-3 (70)

9)BATESVILLE H.S. 17-4 (56)

9)GLENN H.S. (JOHN GLENN) 5-0 (56)

Receiving Votes:

Culver Military Academy, F.W. Dwenger H.S., Gibson Southern H.S., Guerin Catholic H.S., Hanover Central H.S., Northwestern H.S., Oak Hill H.S.,

2A

1)CARROLL (FLORA) H.S. 17-0 (198)

2)EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S. 20-2 (162)

3)WAPAHANI H.S. 17-4 (148)

4)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 16-4 (126)

5)CASCADE H.S. 19-3 (122)

6)MONROE CENTRAL H.S. 17-6 (90)

7)CENTERVILLE H.S. 13-4 (56)

8)FOREST PARK H.S. 12-5 (44)

9)DELPHI H.S. 16-6 (42)

10)HERITAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2-5 (26)

Receiving Votes:

Boone Grove H.S., Covenant Christian H.S., Eastside H.S., Fairfield H.S., Lapel H.S., Seeger H.S., Wabash H.S., Winamac H.S.,

1A

1)BORDEN H.S. 17-4 (190)

2)BARR-REEVE H.S. 16-4 (178)

3)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 15-6 (130)

4)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 13-5 (100)

5)UNION CITY H.S. 1-1 (86)

6)F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S. 6-5 (82)

7)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 12-6 (62)

8)SHAKAMAK H.S. 11-9 (54)

9)RIVERTON PARKE H.S. 19-6 (38)

10)FREMONT H.S. 16-5 (34)

Receiving Votes:

Caston H.S., Clay City H.S., Cowan H.S., Hauser H.S., Jac-Cen-Del H.S., Marquette Catholic H.S., Morgan Twp. H.S., North Daviess H.S., Rising Sun H.S., Rossville H.S., Tecumseh H.S., Washington Twp. H.S.,

TOP NATIONAL/REGIONAL NEWS

Contreras hits 1st-inning slam, Cubs beat Pirates 9-0

CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras led off with a double and became a rare leadoff hitter with a first-inning grand slam as the Chicago Cubs burst to an eight-run lead and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Monday night.

Contreras became the 10th leadoff hitter since 1901 with a first-inning slam, the first since Houston’s George Springer off Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez on June 24, 2016. The slam was the 100th homer of Contreras’ career, making him the third Cubs catcher to reach that mark along with Gabby Hartnett and Jody Davis. Contreras became the first Cub with two extra-base hits in an inning since Javier Baez on May 1, 2019.

“It’s good to know,” said Contreras, who was the designated hitter Monday. “It’s better to know I’m the third Cub to hit 100 homers as a catcher and making history. It makes me proud.”

Wade Miley (1-0) retired his first 14 batters before Michael Chavis lined a single to left and ended a 13-inning hitless streak for Pittsburgh batters. The Pirates didn’t get any hits in a 1-0 win over visiting Cincinnati on Sunday and had not gotten a hit since Rodolfo Castro’s seventh-inning single during Saturday’s 3-1 win.

“Yesterday we just saw a guy with electric stuff,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said of Reds rookie Hunter Greene. “Today we saw a veteran pitcher who works fast and knows how to execute pitches. We got behind, and he did a nice job of that.”

Miley started the season on the injured list with elbow inflammation and made his second start with Chicago after he was claimed on waivers from the Reds in November. He allowed one runner in seven innings and struck out six, throwing 83 pitches.

After getting a big early lead, the left-hander worked fast and kept Pirates hitters off balance.

“It was good,” Miley said. “I was happy. A lot of runs early. They got a little aggressive (at the plate) and we used that against them a little bit. … I don’t necessarily pitch fast for that reason. The defense loves it. I started doing it in college, but it’s more frustrating on them (hitters).”

Miley’s previous win was on Sept. 7, 2021 at Wrigley Field when he beat the Cubs as a member of the Reds.

Michael Rucker finished with two-hit relief, and the Cubs won their third straight.

Pittsburgh is batting .223 this season.

Ian Happ had three hits, including a double in the first, and scored three runs as Chicago ended a six-game slide at home and improved to 5-11 at Wrigley Field. Yan Gomes also had three hits, including a double.

Contreras led off with a double off Dylan Peters (3-2) and scored Chicago’s first run, then lined his fourth slam to left- center off Bryse Wilson on the first pitch of his second at-bat.

Happ also had two hits in the first as the Cubs chased Peters, who faced seven hitters and retired only two. All five Cubs who reached against Peters scored.

Wilson was charged with the next three Chicago runs.

SUPER SOUVENIR

Contreras got his 100th home run ball back from the fan in the bleachers who caught it in exchange for some other gear. Contreras said he would give the ball to his father for safe keeping.

PIRATES MOVE

Pittsburgh claimed 30-year old C Tyler Heineman off waivers from Toronto. Heinman has appeared in 30 major league games with three teams. The Pirates designated C Andrew Knapp for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: SS Andrelton Simmons was in the starting lineup for the first time with the Cubs after being out with right shoulder inflammation since spring training. The 11-year veteran made his Cubs debut as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning at Arizona on Sunday after being activated from the injured list. Simmons, who signed a one-year contract with Chicago in March, said his shoulder is “OK, but there’s room for improvement.” … Manager David Ross said RHPs Marcus Stroman and David Robertson, both on the IL with no designation, continue to make progress, but there’s no date for their return.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh RHP JT Brubaker (0-3, 5.34) starts against Chicago RHP Keegan Thompson (2-0, 1.67) on Tuesday night.

Robert powers White Sox past Royals in 10 after Cueto’s gem

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luis Robert hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after Johnny Cueto’s impressive Chicago debut, and the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Monday night in the opener of a five-game series.

Yasmani Grandal also had a two-run shot for the White Sox, who squandered a 3-0 lead in the eighth.

“It was an important win for us,” manager Tony La Russa said.

Robert connected off Scott Barlow (2-1) with two outs, scoring the automatic runner as well.

“I was just looking to make good contact and drive in that run,” Robert said. “The first pitch he threw me was a breaking ball. I was prepared for a fastball, but he threw me a breaking ball. I just hit it hard.”

The 36-year-old Cueto pitched six shutout innings in his first major league start this season after getting promoted from Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed just two hits and two walks, striking out seven. Only one runner reached second base against him.

“That’s the Johnny Cueto you’ve seen,” La Russa said. “He’s so deceptive. His fastball plays harder. He spots it. He’s down with a soft one and then he throws one by you. That shows you his talent. The number one thing we needed from him was to give us a chance to win. To go six shutout innings is more than you can (hope for). But you can’t be surprised. That’s what he has been his whole career.”

Cueto, a two-time All-Star, made his first appearance on the Kauffman Stadium mound since throwing a two-hitter for Kansas City against the New York Mets to win Game 2 of the 2015 World Series. He was acquired from Cincinnati just before the trade deadline that year and played a key role in the Royals’ championship.

“Throughout my career I have always put special emphasis on my first start of the season,” Cueto said. “I did it today. I was excited. I was facing a young team, a team that I used to play with. I knew this was a good team, too.”

Ryan Burr (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth and Liam Hendriks earned his 10th save in 13 tries.

Barlow got five outs without giving up a hit until Robert went deep.

Brad Keller also was solid for Kansas City. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings – with many of the hits coming on soft contact.

The White Sox got their first run on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Vaughn in the third. Adam Engel led off with a fly ball that dropped between left fielder Andrew Benintendi and center fielder Michael A. Taylor. Engel then stole second and scored on Vaughn’s fly to right.

Grandal made it 3-0 when he lined an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen. He drove in Robert, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with an infield single.

The Royals tied it in the eighth against Kendall Graveman. Whit Merrifield lined a two-run double off the wall in left-center. He went to third on the throw home and scored on a single by Benintendi.

TRANSACTIONS

Chicago selected Cueto’s contract and optioned INF Danny Mendick to Charlotte. Cueto agreed to a minor league deal with the White Sox in April. His contract includes a $4 million salary in the majors and a $210,000 salary in the minors. He went 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts with Charlotte.

Cueto spent the past six seasons with San Francisco, going 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 22 games, 21 starts, for the Giants last year.

UP NEXT

The teams play a scheduled split doubleheader Tuesday.

The White Sox will send RHP Dylan Cease (3-1, 3.55 ERA) to the mound in the opener and wait until after that game to determine who gets the ball for the nightcap. La Russa said it’s possible RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.70) could return from the COVID-19 injured list.

The Royals will have Jonathan Heasley (0-1, 2.70 ERA) pitch one game and Brady Singer (0-0, 6.35) the other. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny had not announced the order.

Yankees beat Orioles 6-2 to extend AL East lead to 5 ½

BALTIMORE (AP) Jose Trevino gave the New York Yankees one of the few things they’ve been lacking lately – some power from the catcher position.

Trevino became the first New York catcher with a home run this year when he hit a three-run drive in the fourth to lift the surging Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 Monday night.

Luis Severino allowed one hit in six innings for New York.

The Yankees traded power-hitting catcher Gary Sanchez to Minnesota in the offseason, and both Trevino and Kyle Higashioka have improved the defense but are slugging under .300. Trevino had a couple hits Monday, though, including his big home run.

“That was awesome. It was a big spot for us right there,” teammate Josh Donaldson said. “He’s been having some good at-bats. Obviously, he does a great job behind the plate and he did that again today.”

Donaldson – who came over in the trade for Sanchez – and Anthony Rizzo added back-to-back solo homers in the ninth for the Yankees, who won for the 19th time in 22 games. New York (26-9) is off to one of the best 35-game starts in franchise history. Only the 1939 and 1928 teams, at 28-7, were better at this point.

Anthony Santander homered twice for Baltimore’s only runs, but the Orioles managed only one other hit in the game.

Kyle Bradish (1-2) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in his fourth career start. He walked three and struck out six.

“Maybe he was overamped early,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “I didn’t think his command was as good as it had been.”

The Yankees left the bases loaded in the first, then Baltimore squandered a chance to take the lead after Joey Gallo misplayed Cedric Mullins’ flyball in left field for a three-base error. After a walk to Trey Mancini, the Orioles had men on first and third with nobody out, but Mancini was doubled off first when second baseman Gleyber Torres made a diving catch on Santander’s soft liner.

“Play of the game early,” manager Aaron Boone said. “I just saw the ball getting blooped into what I thought was over Rizzo’s head into right field on the 18th pitch of the inning with no outs, and I’m going, `Oh, no.’ Out of nowhere, Gleyber comes in and turns it into a double play.”

New York took a 1-0 lead in the third on Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double. With two on in the fourth, Trevino’s fly to right hit the pole.

Donaldson had three hits and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 22 games.

New York’s starting pitchers have allowed three runs or fewer in 33 of 35 starts this season.

Santander homered from the left side of the plate off Severino (3-0) in the fourth, then from the right side off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.

Rizzo, Stanton and Aaron Judge – who had the night off – are the first trio of Yankees hitters to reach double digits in home runs by the team’s 35th game. New York hit back-to-back homers for the fourth time, all involving Rizzo.

OUT IN FRONT

The Yankees extended their advantage atop the AL East to 5 1/2 games over Tampa Bay. That matches the crosstown Mets for baseball’s largest division lead.

NOT A BIG FAN

Boone said the new wall in left field at Camden Yards – which is higher and farther back – takes away at least some of the ballpark’s charm. The previous wall put fans a little closer to the action.

“I don’t think it’s any secret or in my opinion that it’s one of the most beautiful parks in the league, and it still is,” Boone said. “To me, that makes it a little less.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: OF Austin Hays (hand) missed a fourth straight game. SS Jorge Mateo (left shoulder, chest) was out as well.

UP NEXT

Jameson Taillon (3-1) takes the mound for New York on Tuesday night against Spenser Watkins (0-1) of the Orioles. Both pitchers will be on five days’ rest.

Story, Bogaerts homer to help Red Sox beat Astros 6-3

BOSTON (AP) With J.D. Martinez on second after his tiebreaking double and the crowd thinned by a 98-minute rain delay, there were still enough fans in Fenway Park on Monday for a healthy chant of “Re-sign Xander!”

“Yeah, I heard it,” said Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, a three-time All-Star and two time World Series champion who is eligible to be a free agent after the season. “I just told myself, I said, `Listen here, brother, don’t strike out. Put it in play, see what happens. Just don’t strike out.'”

Bogaerts did not strike out. He hit a two-run homer that was enough for the Red Sox to relax – even after Houston’s leadoff hitter reached in the ninth – and hold on for a 6-3 victory over the Astros.

“A game that got a lot of rain – you don’t even know how many people are going to stick around and see if the game’s going to go ahead,” Bogaerts said. “Yeah, I heard it. I mean if I struck out, it wouldn’t help my cause.”

Trevor Story homered to tie it in the seventh inning and the Red Sox scored three in the eighth to cool down a Houston team that earlier this month won 11 in a row. Martinez and Kike Hernandez had two hits apiece for Boston in the teams’ first matchup since the Astros won last year’s AL Championship Series.

Chas McCormick hit a home run and a double for Houston, which saw starter Jake Odorizzi leave on a stretcher in the fifth inning with a leg injury. Odorizzi was on crutches and wearing a boot afterwards, and Astros manager Dusty Baker said it may have looked worse than it was.

Matt Strahm (2-1), the fifth Red Sox pitcher, got five outs, striking out three and allowing one hit for the win. Hansel Robles pitched the ninth for his second save and Boston won for the third time in four games.

Hector Neris (1-2) gave up three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one in the eighth. Houston has lost two of three since winning 11 in a row to go from .500 to the top of the AL West.

The Red Sox twice took one-run leads only to see the Astros tie it. Houston went ahead 3-2 on Jose Altuve’s single through a drawn-in infield in the seventh, but Story tied it on his first home at Fenway Park since signing with the Red Sox this spring.

“That was probably one of our biggest swings of the season,” Bogaerts said. “Just getting us back in the game with one swing was better than trying to get a couple of guys on and seeing what happens.”

In the eighth, Hernandez and Martinez doubled to break the tie and then Bogaerts cleared the Green Monster to make it 6-3.

With Red Sox fans still smarting over the trade of soon-to-be free agent – and former AL MVP – Mookie Betts in two years ago, manager Alex Cora said he had talked to Bogaerts about his contract earlier Monday.

“He’s not the first guy in that situation,” Cora said. “From my end, he’s the shortstop, and he plays every day and he’s a good player.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Odorizzi collapsed after throwing the last pitch in the fifth inning. He appeared to twist his left leg awkwardly on the delivery to Hernandez.

He turned to cover first base, but his leg buckled on his first step and he sprawled out on the grass, face down, in obvious pain. After the out was recorded, the Astros staff rushed out to attend to him and then signaled for a stretcher.

Odorizzi was emotionless while he was wheeled off. The team said later that he had “left lower leg discomfort.”

Odorizzi, who entered the game with a 15 2/3 inning shutout streak, was 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA this season.

Phil Maton took over when the rain delay ended.

Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo came up limping after sliding into the side wall trying to get to Jason Castro’s fly ball. It went over his glove for a double. Verdugo remained in the game.

FOR STARTERS

Odorizzi held Boston hitless through three before Hernandez led off the fourth with a single. Martinez singled with one out, Bogaerts walked to load the bases, then Verdugo blooped one into center to score a run; Martinez held up to see if the ball dropped and was forced at third.

That was the first run Odorizzi had allowed since the second inning of a six-inning start on April 26 – a span of 19 1/3 innings.

PESKY POLE

Former Polish President Lech Walesa was at the game and made an appearance on the TV broadcast. He is in the United States helping to raise money for refugees who fled to Poland during the war in Ukraine.

TARP TROUBLES

The rain came down so quickly and heavily in the sixth inning that the grounds crew had trouble pulling the heavy tarp over the infield. Smaller tarps were brought out to cover the spots around home plate and down the third-base line that were left exposed.

The game resumed after a delay of 98 minutes with the score tied 2-2.

UP NEXT

In Game 2 of the series, Houston RHP Jose Urquidy (2-1) will face Boston RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-1).

Peralta dominates for 7 innings, Brewers 2-hit Braves 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Freddy Peralta dominated over seven innings, Hunter Renfroe scored on a wild pitch and the Milwaukee Brewers two-hit the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Monday night.

Peralta (3-1) gave up two hits and a walk while striking out 10 and retiring his final 11 batters. It was the sixth time in Peralta’s career that he struck out 10 or more batters. Brewers starters have seven outings with 10 or more strikeouts this season, the most in the majors.

“Freddy was great tonight. He got locked in and for seven innings, he was just even and smooth and didn’t get into trouble,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Peralta recorded his 500th career strikeout in the seventh when he retired Marcell Ozuna on a called third strike.

“My confidence, of course, is getting way better,” Peralta said. “Everything was working really good.”

The Brewers improved to 11-4 at home, the best mark in the National League.

Atlanta starter Ian Anderson (3-2) shut out Milwaukee through five innings before the Brewers broke through in the sixth. Renfroe doubled with one out and moved to third on Omar Narvaez’s groundout. Renfroe then scored on Anderson’s wild pitch.

Devin Williams struck out the side in the eighth and closer Josh Hader did the same in the ninth for his 14th save in 14 appearances this season. Hader has converted 28 consecutive save opportunities dating back to last season.

“Peralta was just spot on. His stuff is good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “The other two guys, Williams and Hader, are as good as it gets. You know you are going to get good pitching the whole series when you come in here and play these guys.”

Anderson allowed four hits and one run in six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

“I feel like I was throwing the ball well. The velocity was good again,” Anderson said. “I wish I could get that pitch back.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (sore groin) missed his fifth consecutive game but took part in baserunning drills prior to the game. “He checked out really good. They ran him pretty good around the bases,” Snitker said. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. It was very encouraging.” Acuna could return to the lineup Tuesday. … Snitker announced after the game that LHP Tyler Matzek would be placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation.

Brewers: 3B Willy Adames sat out after exiting Sunday’s game with a left ankle sprain. He was set to be evaluated by doctors. Adames, who is tied for the team lead in home runs with nine, could land on the IL. … Placed RHP Jandel Gustave on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to May 15, with a strained right hamstring. … Reinstated LHP Brent Suter from the paternity list. … OF Andrew McCutchen, who has been on the COVID-19 IL since May 7, announced on social media during the game that he has been cleared to return.

CATCH WITH DAD

Suter returned to the team after the birth of his second son, Layton Lee. While away, Suter and his father, Mike, played catch in the yard of Suter’s home so he could stay sharp without making a trip to the ballpark.

“I got some pretty good intensity in it,” Suter said. “He’s pretty good at catching it. I did spike a slider on him, accidentally.”

ROOF OPEN, FINALLY

With the game-time temperature at 75 degrees, the retractable roof at American Family Field was open for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Braves: Tucker Davidson will be recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Tuesday’s game. Davidson made one relief appearance for Atlanta earlier this season.

Brewers: Adrian Houser (3-3, 3.86) will make his seventh start of the season. Houser is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA in three career games (two starts) against the Braves.

Woman files for protective order against Cavs’ Rajon Rondo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) A Louisville woman has filed for an emergency protective order against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rajon Rondo and alleges the former Kentucky star brandished a gun and threatened her life.

The woman alleges Rondo “became enraged” last week and filed for the EPO on Friday in Jefferson County Family Court, news outlets reported. She says in the EPO that Rondo was playing video games with a child when she asked the child to finish separating his laundry so she could wash the family’s clothes.

When the child got up to do so, she said Rondo ripped the video game console out of the wall, went downstairs, smashed a teacup plate, knocked over several water bottles and began yelling and cursing. According to the EPO, Rondo then went outside and knocked over the trash cans, stomped on the landscaping lights and drove his car onto the lawn.

When the woman confronted Rondo, the EPO continued, he said, “You’re dead.” After briefly leaving the house, Rondo came back and beat on a window with a gun. The woman said in the EPO that the player was yelling at the kids, asking them why they were scared of him while he had a gun in his hand.

The woman called former interim Louisville Metro Police chief Yvette Gentry, who eventually arrived at the house. However, the woman said Rondo wouldn’t allow Gentry inside. The woman said she locked herself in the house with the kids, and Gentry eventually told her Rondo had left and she had his gun.

Two days after the alleged incident occurred, a judge granted the woman the protective order. The judge ordered Rondo not to communicate and to stay at least 500 feet away from her.

Rondo played 39 games last season between the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. He has played with eight other NBA clubs, including the Boston Celtics from 2006-14 after being drafted 21st overall in 2006.

AP source: Browns Watson to meet with NFL officials in Texas

CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will meet with NFL officials in Texas, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on Monday.

Watson, who is facing 22 civil lawsuits from massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct, is scheduled to meet with the league representatives this week, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Watson could be disciplined by the league, which is independently investigating whether the 26-year-old violated its personal-conduct policy. Commissioner Roger Goodell said on April 28 that there was no timeframe on any possible ruling on Watson.

Reporter Josina Anderson was first to report the league-Watson meeting on Twitter.

“We have no update and will decline comment on that tweet,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to AP. “There’s no timetable as the review is active and ongoing.”

Watson signed a fully guaranteed $230 million contract in March with the Browns, who outbid several teams and have committed to the three-time Pro Bowl QB despite his ongoing legal situation. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict Watson on criminal charges filed by the women, but the civil cases remain open.

Watson has given depositions on several of them, and to this point he has not missed any of Cleveland’s offseason programs. Watson has denied assaulting the women, saying any sex was consensual.

As his future with the Browns remains uncertain, Watson’s treating some of his new teammates to a weekend in the Bahamas to do some bonding and field work. It’s not yet known which players will be making the upcoming trip with Watson.

Last month, cornerback Denzel Ward said Watson and All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett were planning trips for the Browns’ offense and defense.

AP source: Packers CB Alexander agrees to contract extension

(AP) — Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander has agreed to terms on a four-year, $84 million contract extension with a $30 million signing bonus, a person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the extension hasn’t been announced. ESPN first reported the deal.

Alexander, 25, was a second-team selection in All-Pro voting in 2020 but played just four games last season before getting sidelined by an injured right shoulder. Alexander returned to play in the Packers’ 13-10 NFC divisional playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

He led the Packers in passes defensed each of his first three seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2020 and was an alternate in 2019.

The Packers drafted Alexander out of Louisville with the 18th overall selection in 2018. The Packers started that draft with the 14th overall pick, traded down to the No. 27 spot and then moved back up to No. 18. Their series of trades that day brought them a 2019 first-round pick they used on Maryland safety Darnell Savage.

Getting a long-term commitment out of Alexander should make the Packers strong at cornerback for years to come as he teams up with 2021 first-round pick Eric Stokes and Rasul Douglas.

The Packers agreed to terms with Douglas on a three-year, $21 million contract earlier this year after his breakthrough season that included a game-clinching interception in the end zone against the Arizona Cardinals, and touchdowns on interception returns in back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears.

Golden Knights fire Peter DeBoer after missing playoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Vegas Golden Knights fired coach Peter DeBoer on Monday in the aftermath of missing the playoffs for the first time in their five-year franchise history.

General manager Kelly McCrimmon made the announcement and thanked DeBoer for his work with the organization.

“Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through some of the most unique and challenging circumstances we’ve witnessed since our franchise entered the NHL,” said McCrimmon, whose job is not in jeopardy. “After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season.”

Vegas failed to qualify for the playoffs after a barrage of injuries compounded by salary cap problems wreaked havoc on the lineup, most notably in goal. The Golden Knights at one point were first in the Pacific Division but after 82 games found themselves three points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference despite acquiring center Jack Eichel in a trade with Buffalo and other moves along the way designed to make them a perennial championship contender.

The organization having a short leash on coaches is nothing new. DeBoer coached the Golden Knights for 2 1/2 seasons after being named in January 2020 to replace Gerard Gallant, who guided the team to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season in 2017-18 and back to the playoffs in 2019.

Under DeBoer, they reached the playoffs the previous two years and lost one round before the Stanley Cup Final each time.

DeBoer, 53, is the fourth coach to lose his job since the regular season ended, joining Detroit’s Jeff Blashill, Philadelphia’s Mike Yeo and the New York Islanders’ Barry Trotz. The Islanders on Monday named longtime Trotz assistant Lane Lambert as his replacement.

Vegas joins the list of vacancies, which also includes Winnipeg and Chicago – teams that are not expected to bring back interim coaches.

DeBoer was coaching his fourth NHL team after stints with Florida, New Jersey and San Jose. He took the Devils in 2012 and Sharks in 2016 to the final.

Islanders hire longtime Trotz assistant Lambert as coach

(AP) — When the New York Islanders fired coach Barry Trotz, general manager Lou Lamoriello believed the team needed a new voice.

That new voice is coming from inside the same coaches’ room.

The Islanders on Monday named Lane Lambert as Trotz’s replacement, giving his longtime assistant his first head coaching job in the NHL. It took just a week from the decision to move on from Trotz with one year left on his contract for the team to conclude that Lambert was the right choice to succeed him.

“There is without question a new voice,” Lamoriello said during a virtual news conference. “That new voice is here with Lane, and certainly Lane has different thoughts on different things.”

Trotz was fired last week after the Islanders missed the playoffs for the first time in his four seasons behind the bench, a disappointing turn of events chalked up significantly to opening with a 13-game road trip and getting hit with a string of coronavirus absences and injuries.

Lamoriello said a major reason for this move was a stretch in January when Lambert took over coaching duties from Trotz, who took a leave of absence to deal with a family matter, and showed impressive leadership.

“When he got the opportunity or was put in that role, he had no questions in his mind as far as his decision-making, no insecurities in the conversations I had with him, and the homework he did prior to making some of the decisions that were put upon him,” the 79-year-old executive said. “He was totally comfortable in his own skin to make decisions that had to be made no matter where we are and no matter what game it was.”

Lambert, 57, has worked on Trotz’s staff the past 11 years with Nashville, Washington and New York. He has a Stanley Cup ring from the Capitals’ title run in 2018, after which Trotz resigned amid a contract dispute and joined the Islanders.

Trotz was also replaced by an assistant then, when Todd Reirden was elevated to take over in Washington. He was fired after two seasons and two first-round playoff exits.

Reirden, who is now on Mike Sullivan’s staff with the Pittsburgh Penguins, did not have a prior relationship with Trotz. Lambert began working under Trotz with the Nashville Predators in 2011 after four seasons as coach of their American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee and has been by his side since.

Lambert said he spoke twice with Trotz and received his blessing.

“I talked to Barry last week early on after he had received the news, and he told me that he was hoping that I would get the job,” Lambert said. “And then I just spoke to him not too long ago and he used the words that he was `thrilled.'”

Lambert added he didn’t have any mixed emotions about taking over for his former boss based on those conversations.

“We have worked well together over the years,” he said. “We’ve supported each other, and he’s supporting me at the moment and we have to look forward from here.”

Assistants Jim Hiller and John Gruden and goaltending coach Piero Greco remain under contract, with Lamoriello and Lambert expected to make determinations on their status in the coming weeks.

Lambert, a native of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, played in 300 NHL regular-season and playoff games in the 1980s and many more in the minors and Europe after that. He went into coaching almost immediately after his playing days, becoming an assistant in 2002 with Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League.

Lambert stayed in the junior league, coaching Prince George for two seasons before making the leap to the AHL. Next season will be his 22nd in coaching at any level and seventh as a head coach, though of course the first at the highest level of hockey.

“You work hard and good things happen,” he said. “I just worked hard and prepared for potentially one day having this opportunity.”

Record-Tying Eight Big Ten Softball Teams Selected For Postseason Play

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented in this year’s softball postseason, with a record-tying eight of its programs earning a spot in either the NCAA or National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC) tournaments after the brackets for both events were announced Sunday night.
 
Highlighting the announcement, seven Big Ten schools were chosen for the NCAA Tournament, tying the conference record for the most bids in a single season (a mark originally set in 2003). Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin all earned NCAA Tournament berths, with Northwestern the No. 9 overall seed.
 
In addition, the NISC selected Rutgers to represent the Big Ten in this year’s tournament. The Scarlet Knights are one of three Big Ten schools who have competed in the NISC since that event debuted in 2017 (it resumes this season following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
 
Sunday’s announcements tie for the most postseason softball qualifiers (8) the Big Ten has ever fielded, matching the total set in 2019, when the conference had six NCAA Tournament participants and two NISC qualifiers.
 
Illinois (34-20) will compete in its eighth NCAA Tournament, earning a berth for the fourth time in the past six full season (also 2016, 2017 and 2019). The Fighting Illini will head to the Columbia (Mo.) Regional and begin their postseason slate against Arizona at 4:30 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN+.
 
Michigan (36-16) heads to the NCAA Tournament for the 29th time in program history and the 27th consecutive season, having advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series on 12 occasions and earning the 2005 national championship. The Wolverines will begin this year’s postseason journey at the Orlando Regional, taking on South Dakota State in a first-round game at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN+.
 
Minnesota (26-24-1) secured an NCAA Tournament berth for the ninth consecutive season and the 16th time in program history. The Golden Gophers, who reached the Women’s College World Series in 2019, will start this year’s tournament at the Norman (Okla.) Regional with a first-round contest against Texas A&M at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN2.
 
Fresh off winning its first-ever Big Ten Tournament title on Saturday, Nebraska (40-14) will make its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance overall, but first since 2016. The Huskers, who have advanced to the Women’s College World Series seven times and finished in third place in both 1984 and 1987, will head to the Stillwater (Okla.) Regional where they will open against North Texas at 6 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPN+.
 
Northwestern (40-10), which won its first Big Ten title since 2008, earned a top-16 national seed and the right to host an NCAA regional for the second time in three seasons (also 2019, when the Wildcats were seeded 16th). Carrying its highest national seed since 2007 (when it was the No. 2 overall seed), NU will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in 10 seasons and the 20th time in program history. The Wildcats will start their postseason run at 4:30 p.m. (ET) by welcoming Oakland to Sharon J. Drysdale Field for a first-round Evanston Regional matchup that will be televised live on ESPN+.
 
Ohio State (35-15) earned its fifth NCAA Tournament berth in the past six seasons and 12th in program history. The Buckeyes are bound for the Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional and an opening-round matchup against Oregon State at 4 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPNU.
 
Wisconsin (28-19) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons and the ninth time overall. The Badgers will head to the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional and begin their postseason slate against Georgia Tech at 2 p.m. (ET) Friday live on ESPNU.
 
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field is divided into 16, four-team double-elimination regionals, which begin Thursday. The 16 regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals (to be played May 26-29 on the campus of the higher-seeded school), with the eight remaining schools competing June 2-9 (or 10) in the NCAA Women’s College World Series at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
 
Meanwhile, Rutgers (25-28) secured its fourth postseason bid and second in three seasons, having also competed in the NISC in 2019. RU is the No. 7 seed in this year’s 12-team tournament and will face UC San Diego in the opening round of the double-elimination event at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday. The tournament will take place May 20-26, with all games played at TC Colorado Field in Fort Collins, Colorado.

HCAC 2022 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Manchester’s 4×100 Relay Team | Manchester University – The Manchester University men’s 4×100 meter relay team of Tristen Bronaugh, Quentin Willis, Duriel Moss Jr., and Gabe Melvin established another new school record in the event at North Central last week. Improving upon their previous school record set at the 2022 HCAC Outdoor Championships, the quartet ran a combined 41.78.
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Joseph Powell (Beach Park, Ill.) Manchester University | Senior – Powell posted a mark of 43.67m (143′ 3″) in the javelin throw last week at North Central.
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week:
Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) | Hanover College | Senior – Medcalf ran a strong race as part of the Carius/Gregory Invitational where she took third in the 5,000 meter. She completed the race in a time of 18:30.96.
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week:
Jessica Beckman (Glenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior – Beckman led the Panthers as she competed as part of the Carius/Gregory Invitational taking fourth in the shot put with a toss of 13.24 meters. She would also take 10th in the discus throw with a distance of 38.13 meters.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Caleb Carrao (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Carrao charged to eighth in the 400 with a time of 50.89 seconds during the Carius/Gregory Invite.
  • Michael Sweigart (Alexandria, Ind.) Anderson University | First-Year – Sweigart launched the shot put 14.01 meters (45 feet, 11.75 inches) during the Carius/Gregory Invite.
  • Connor Del Carmen (Chesterfield, Mo.) Earlham College | First-Year – Del Carmen broke his own school record in the 5k at the Carius/Gregory Last Chance Meet hosted by North Central College. He finished in sixth place in the meet with a time of 14:58.54.
  • Ethan Weston (Mount Washington, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Weston led the Panthers as part of the Carius/Gregory Invitational winning the 10,000 meter run. He won the event in a time of 32:15.93.

Women’s

  • Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Loller raced to a time of 38:57.42 in the 10K of the Fighting Chance Meet.
  • Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Brubaker set a new personal record in the 5000m at North Central last week. Brubaker clocked in a time of 18:41.88 and finished 4th in the field of 22 runners.

2022 HCAC Baseball All Conference and Awards Announced

CARMEL, Ind. – Following the 2022 season, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the Baseball major award winners and members of the All-Conference Teams.
 
Following a stellar senior campaign, Josh Mesenbrink (Troy, Ill.) from Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology was named the 2022 HCAC Player of the Year in a vote among coaches. Mesenbrink started in all 18 conference contests for the Fightin’ Engineers, boasting a hot .425 hitting percentage, the second best mark in the conference. Mesenbrink racked up 27 runs, 31 hits, six doubles, three triples, nine homeruns and 25 RBI in 2022. He also has an impressive .959 slugging percentage and a .511 on base percentage. Messenbrink was solid for Rose-Hulman in the field, with a league leading 141 catches, 135 putouts and six assists, all behind 1.000 percent fielding percentage.
 
On the mound, it was Franklin College’s Nick McClanahan (Union, Ky.) who was tabbed as the 2022 HCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Year. The senior pieced together an impressive campaign, going 4-0 in six starts with 38 innings pitched. He was second in the league in strikeouts with 54, including 13 looking, with a 3.79 ERA.
 
Anderson University had a fresh face earn recognition, with Jake Stank (McCordsville, Ind.) voted as the 2022 HCAC Baseball Newcomer of the Year. The first year was a leader at the plate in the HCAC, with a .371 batting average and an impressive 1.103 on base percentage. Stank started every contest for the Ravens, with 26 hits, four doubles, four triples and three homeruns. He also batted in 18 RBI over the course of 2022, with a .671 sugging percentage.  
 
Franklin skipper Lance Marshall led the Grizzlies to a regular season title with a 29-12 regular season record. For his efforts, Marshall was voted as the 2022 HCAC Coach of the Year by his peers.
 
Player of the Year: Josh Mesenbrink, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Pitcher of the Year: Nick McClanahan, Franklin College
Newcomer of the Year:  Jake Stank, Anderson University
Coach of the Year: Lance Marshall, Franklin College
 
The HCAC also honors an All-Conference First Team, Second Team, and Honorable Mention. The members of those teams are selected by a vote of league coaches and are listed below.

For more information on HCAC Softball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
 
First Team

Matthew AlterPitcherHanover College
Jake BaumgartnerSecond BaseBluffton University
Andrew BradleyDesignated HitterEarlham College
Logan DemkovichCatcherFranklin College
Carter HooksPitcherManchester University
Nate KaffenbargerShortstopDefiance College
Ian KlinePitcherRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Tysen LipscombOutfieldFranklin College
Andrew LittlefieldOutfieldHanover College
Nick McClanahanPitcherFranklin College
Josh MesenbrinkFirst BaseRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Garrett O’ReillyUtilityBluffton University
Alex ReinoehlRelief PitcherFranklin College
AJ SandersShortstopFranklin College
Tyler SmithermanFirst BaseAnderson University
Sean SullivanOutfieldFranklin College
Brett TuttleThird BaseRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Trent YoungbloodOutfieldTransylvania University

 
Second Team

Devin BasleyThird BaseEarlham College
Charlie BurtonCatcherHanover College
Alex ChristieFirst BaseHanover College
Colter Couillard-RodakSecond BaseRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Evan DoanPitcherAnderson University
Harrison FinchOutfieldRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rocco HanesUtilityManchester University
Kasey HendersonPitcherAnderson University
Charlie JoyceRelief PitcherHanover College
Christian LancianeseSecond BaseEarlham College
Nathan LancianeseOutfieldEarlham College
Manuel LopezShortstopRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Ryan MurrayOutfieldMount St. Joseph University
Logan NickelRelief PitcherAnderson University
Cohen NiesPitcherDefiance College
Harrison PittsfordDesignated HitterManchester University
Justin ReedShortstopAnderson University
Grahm ReedyOutfieldAnderson University
Jake StankOutfieldAnderson University
Aidan TalarekPitcherEarlham College

 
Honorable Mention

Andrew CollinsworthPitcherBluffton University
Matthew EarleyFirst BaseFranklin College
Jacob HughesPitcherMount St. Joseph University
Cameron McCabeOutfieldEarlham College
TJ PriceMiddle InfieldAnderson University
Eric RoudebushOutfieldHanover College
Calvin SchubertOutfieldTransylvania University
Adam TaylorUtilityRose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Sam ThombsPitcherDefiance College
Zach WhitePitcher / InfieldManchester University

NBA.COM: Series preview: Heat, Celtics square off with Finals berth on the line

We have a rematch of the 2020 conference finals, a series that was played in Orlando’s COVID-19 “bubble” and won by the Miami Heat. Some faces have changed, but these are largely the same cores that faced off two years ago.

Home-court advantage matters this time, and the Heat have it as the East’s top seed. But the Celtics have been the best team in the league over the last 3 1/2 months, and they just eliminated the defending-champion Milwaukee Bucks. Jayson Tatum has evolved into a star and the Boston defense has been stifling.

The Celtics have reached the conference finals for the fourth time in the last six seasons, looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. The Heat don’t have the storied history of the Celtics, but they’re in the conference finals for the ninth time in the franchise’s 34 seasons.

Both teams have been able to overcome an injury in their starting lineup. Kyle Lowry (left hamstring strain) has missed six of Miami’s last eight games and did not look good when he tried to play Game 4 of the conference semis. Robert Williams III (left knee soreness) has missed the last four games for the Celtics, but could be the more likely of the two to play early in this series.

Game 1 is in Miami on Tuesday (8:30 ET, ESPN).

3 things to watch

1. A switchy series: The Celtics have switched 55% of ball screens in the playoffs, the highest rate among 16 playoff defenses (and more than double the rate of the other 15). And though they adjusted their pick-and-roll coverage a bit late in the conference semis, the Heat have switched 40% of ball screens, the fourth-highest rate (second-highest among the eight teams to advance out of the first round). This will likely be a switch-heavy series that could come down to which team can better take advantage of mismatches. For Boston, that could be Tatum or Jaylen Brown attacking the Heat’s lesser defenders. Miami’s advantages could come via screening actions or on the offensive glass.

2. Can Butler continue to carry the offense?: Jimmy Butler has had pretty rough shooting numbers from outside the paint over the last few years, but he can still have some big offensive games and big moments. And in these playoffs, Butler has averaged 28.7 points per game with improved shooting both in and outside the paint. In 2020, he had a relatively quiet series against Boston (his 19.0 ppg were his lowest average in four series that year), but the Heat had three other players average more than 19 ppg as they won the series in six games. If the Celtics can keep Butler away from the basket and off the free throw line, he may (again) need more scoring help than he’s gotten in these playoffs thus far.

3. Depth advantage: Grant Williams was a starter when he scored 27 points in Game 7 against Milwaukee, but the Celtics have the second-ranked bench in the playoffs. And if Robert Williams is back on Tuesday, that bench gets even better. The Heat’s bench ranks just 10th, where Tyler Herro was the Kia Sixth Man of the Year. But Miami has been 35.1 points per 100 possessions better with him off the floor (plus-29.9) than it’s been with him on the floor (minus-5.2). That’s mostly about the strength of the starters — the Heat have outscored the Hawks and Sixers by 25.8 per 100 in 165 total minutes with their four healthy starters on the floor — but bench minutes could be critical, and the Celtics seemingly have more players they can trust on both ends of the floor.

Number to know

53 — The Celtics made 53 more 3-pointers than the Milwaukee Bucks in their seven-game conference semifinal series. That was the biggest such differential in a playoff series in NBA history. The Celtics’ 110 3-pointers were tied for third-most in any playoff series.

In the regular season, the Bucks allowed their opponents to take 44.8% of their shots from beyond the arc. That was the league’s second-highest opponent rate, topped only by that of … the Heat, who allowed their opponents to take 45.6% of their shots from deep. In the season series against Miami, the Celtics took 48.6% of their shots from beyond the arc, making 39% of their 3s over their two wins and going just 11-for-37 (30%) in their March 30 loss.

The Heat rank just 13th in playoff 3-point percentage (32.1%). Their two playoff opponents — Atlanta and Philadelphia — were both in the bottom half of the league in 3-point rate. But they’ve made one fewer 3 than their opponents over their 11 playoff games.

If Boston continues to have a significant advantage from beyond the arc, the Heat will have to find advantages elsewhere.

The pick

The Heat have home-court advantage, they had the East’s best home record (29-12) in the regular season, and they’re 6-0 at home in the playoffs. They’ve barely allowed a point per possession (100.5 per 100) over those six games and won the six by an average of 17 points. But the Celtics are 4-1 on the road, having saved their season with a huge win in Milwaukee in Game 6 of the conference semis. This should be another competitive series, with tough defenses to crack on both ends of the floor. But the Celtics, with fewer defensive weak spots and Tatum’s shot-making, should have better solutions for the Heat’s switching than vice-versa. Celtics in 6.

Series preview: Battle-tested Warriors take on surging Mavericks

The Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks are set to meet in the Western Conference finals beginning in San Francisco on Wednesday (9 ET, TNT), with both teams taking bumpy roads to get here.

The Warriors finished with the conference’s No. 3 seed despite Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green sharing only a combined 11 regular-season minutes amid overlapping injuries. They dispatched the Denver Nuggets in five games in the first-round only to meet a young and physical second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies team that pushed them to six games.

The Mavericks finished with the fourth seed and held onto relative optimism that Luka Doncic’s brilliance, Jason Kidd’s arrival and a mid-season trade would finally help them advance past the first-round. They did, knocking off the Utah Jazz in six games and then upsetting the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in seven.

3 Things to Watch

1. The Warriors expect a fuller roster. Warriors coach Steve Kerr cleared the NBA’s Health & Safety Protocols after missing Games 4, 5 and 6 against Memphis. Veteran forward Andre Iguodala could return as early as Friday for Game 2 after missing the past seven playoff games — including the entire series against Memphis — with a neck injury. And the team expects forward Otto Porter Jr. to appear in Game 1 after missing the past two games with a sore right foot.

Clearly, the Warriors’ success rests mostly on Curry, Thompson and Green. But the other additions could have a huge trickle-down effect. Mike Brown  — who will be head coach of the Sacramento Kings next season — offered experience, strong preparation and defensive expertise in Kerr’s absence.  But Kerr provides unique offensive creativity and presence as the man who guided the team’s previous three-championship run. Not only did the Warriors miss Iguodala’s playoff experience and Porter’s versatility, they also became more vulnerable with fewer wing options. The Warriors may not have to worry about such issues against Dallas.

2. How will Luka Doncic top himself? It seems inevitable … the Warriors will soon feel the pain that the LA Clippers, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns all experienced. No team has a solution for Doncic, particularly in the playoffs.

The Clippers survived a first-round nightmare against Doncic in 2020 (31 ppg; 50.0 FG%) and in 2021 (35.7 ppg; 49.0 FG%) only because they had Kawhi Leonard while Doncic had little help. This year, Doncic dominated against the Jazz (29.0 ppg; 46.9%) and the Suns (32.2 ppg; 45.7 FG%) while also leaning on his supporting cast.

After already facing Denver center Nikola Jokic and Memphis guard Ja Morant, the Warriors have experience on handling a seemingly impossible defensive assignment. Expect the Warriors to throw multiple bodies at Doncic both big (Green, Porter, Kevon Looney) and small (Thompson, Andrew Wiggins). Expect the Warriors to make Doncic work on defense against any of the Splash Brothers. Expect the Warriors to tolerate a Doncic outburst so long as no other Mavericks player experiences the same scoring high. That puts the onus on any combination of Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie to relieve Doncic as they have done occasionally during this postseason run.

3. How much help will Curry, Thompson and Green need? Will this year’s Warriors have the same “Strength in Numbers” identity as previous squads?

The Warriors saw third-year guard Jordan Poole blossom in three playoff starts against Denver and serve as a key reserve against Memphis, only to flame out in the final games in each series. The Warriors played rookie Jonathan Kuminga double-digit minutes in three games against Memphis before limiting his playing time the rest of the series, despite Iguodala and Porter becoming hobbled by injuries.

All of those players will have opportunities to develop into the X-factor against Dallas. Because of the uncertainty of those moving parts, though, the Warriors may need their stars to produce more efficiently than they did against Memphis. Curry, Thompson and Green all showed their greatness, particularly in a decisive Game 6. But they also labored through off-shooting nights and sloppy turnovers.

Number to know

22.4 — This series will be a contrast in styles. One team plays quickly and moves the ball. The other plays slow and generally keeps the ball in the hands of one guy.

The Mavs lead the playoffs in time of possession, averaging 22.4 minutes of possession through their first 12 games. For the third straight year, Luka Doncic leads the postseason in individual time of possession (10.0 minutes per game).

The Warriors, meanwhile, rank 14th at just 20.2 minutes of possession, with nobody in the top 10 among individuals. They rank first in player movement (11.3 miles traveled per 24 minutes of possession) and second in ball movement (340 passes per 24 minutes of possession), while the Mavs rank 15th (9.9) and 16th (273).

Dallas suppressed the Warriors’ ball movement as the Mavs won three of the four regular-season meetings. Golden State led the regular season at 369 passes per 24 minutes of possession, but their 345 per 24 against the Mavs was their lowest rate against any Western Conference opponent. Stephen Curry played in all four games, but Draymond Green played in just one of the four.

–John Schuhmann

The pick

In his fourth NBA season, Doncic has maximized his individual dominance.  And that has elevated the play of his teammates. Even so, the Warriors’ depth should prove too much to overcome. Warriors in 6.

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Baseball Gameday: host Illinois State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – In its final midweek contest of the season, the Indiana Baseball program will host Illinois State for the first time in program history on Tuesday (May 17) at Bart Kaufman Field.

Indiana (24-27) is coming off a series win over Minnesota, while Illinois State (19-27) dropped two of three games at Missouri State over the weekend. The Hoosiers won the first two games of the series, including a one-hit shutout of the Gophers in the middle game of the series. The Redbirds dropped the first two games before winning the finale.

Gameday Info

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

IU: TBA

ISU: TBA

Quick Hitters

Indiana and Illinois State will meet for the eighth time in program history and for the first time ever in Bloomington. IU holds a slip 4-3 edge in the all-time series.

IU has met four of the six Missouri Valley Conference schools this season and owns a 6-3 mark in those games. The MVC is the No. 7 ranked RPI conference entering the week.

Freshman Carter Mathison became IU’s freshman home run leader with his 15th longballl of the season at Michigan. The mark is the second highest total in B1G history for a freshman.

Mathison and fellow freshman Josh Pyne are the top two Big Ten freshmen in RBIs and teammate Brock Tibbitts joined them in the 40 RBI club against Minnesota to form the top freshman trio in program history.

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis and freshman Carter Mathison are tied at No. 3 on the Big Ten home run charts, with their 16 longballs sitting No. 42 nationally.

Indiana’s pitching staff is on pace to become one of the most productive strikeout units in program history. The 2022 staff already ranks No. 2 on the single season charts.

Freshman Grant Holderfield is tied for No. 9 nationally among rookies in pitching appearances and has not allowed an inherited runner to score on the year.

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

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 96 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Scouting the Opponents

Illinois State enters with a 19-27 overall record and 6-12 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play after dropping two of three games over the weekend at Missouri State.

Centerfielder Ryan Cermak leads the MVC and is No. 36 nationally with a .702 slugging percentage, which is bolstered by his team-best 18 home runs. He also leads the team in hits (56), runs scored (43), walks (29) and on-base percentage (.439).

Jake McCaw paces the program with 40 RBIs and his 55 hits, 37 runs scored, and 12 home runs are No. 2 on the team.

As a pitching staff, the Redbirds own a 4.87 ERA and a .255 opponents’ batting average. In 406 innings, the staff has walked just 184 batters to 360 strikeouts.

Series Notes

Tuesday’s meeting with Illinois State will mark the eighth meeting all-time between the two programs, with Indiana owning a 4-3 edge in the all-time series.

The 2022 series featured games on the two respective institutions campuses in the series’ history.

Illinois State won the initial game in the series, 8-4, in 2000 and Indian won the second meeting, 17-7, in 2005.

The two programs have also met in the NCAA postseason, with Illinois State winning an 8-7 decision at the 2019 NCAA Louisville Regional.

Only three of the seven games have been decided by three-or-fewer runs, including the first meeting of 2022 at Illinois State.

Indiana Wraps Round One in Palm Beach Gardens

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Indiana men’s golf team finished the opening round at the 2022 NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional and is 13th in the team standings. The Hoosiers shot a 20-over 308 at the PGA National Resort – Champion Course on Monday.

In the team standings, No. 3 Vanderbilt leads the field by five strokes after shooting a 3-under 285. No. 40 South Florida (290; +5) ranks second followed by No. 15 Notre Dame (292; +4) in third. Davidson (293; +5) comes in a shot north of Notre Dame, while No. 10 Florida (294; +6) and College of Charleston (294; +6) are locked in a tie for the fifth spot.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional • Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

PGA National Resort – Champion Course

Par 72 • 7048 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 13th/14 – 308 (+20)

Top Indiana Player: Clay Merchent – 74 (+2)

CHIP-INS

• Sophomore Clay Merchent turned in the most consistent scorecard of any Hoosier in the field after shooting a 2-over 74 in the first round. He birdied No. 1 and recorded a team-best 12 conversions.

• Senior Mitch Davis shot a 5-over 77 out of the top spot in the Indiana lineup with birdies on No. 6 and No. 18.

• Fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov shot a 5-over 77 in the first round of play. He opened his NCAA Regional debut with a birdie on the 10th green before also knocking down a birdie on No. 18. He concluded his round with birdies on No. 3 and No. 9 during his back nine for a team-best four birdie makes.

• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd fired an 8-over 80 in the first round. He birdied No. 3. Sophomore Drew Salyers knocked in a birdie on No. 1 before finishing with a 9-over 81 in the opening round.

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

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-22nd. Clay Merchent – 74 (+2)

t-46th. Mitch Davis – 77 (+5)

t-46th. Evan Yakubov – 77 (+5)

t-63rd. Ethan Shepherd – 80 (+8)

t-66th. Drew Salyers – 81 (+9)

TOP FIVE TEAMS (AFTER ROUND ONE)

1. Vanderbilt – 285 (-3)

2. South Florida – 290 (+2)

3. Notre Dame – 292 (+4)

4. Davidson – 293 (+5)

t-5. College of Charleston – 294 (+6)

t-5. Florida – 294 (+6)

TOP INDIVIDUAL ON NON-ADVANCING TEAMS (AFTER ROUND ONE)

1. Nick Lyerly (UNC Greensboro) – 67 (-5)

UP NEXT

Indiana will be paired with Loyola Maryland and the five individuals in the field: Nick Lyerly (UNCG), Zack Byers (Gardner-Webb), Tobias Jonsson (Mercer), Ross Funderburke (Furman) and Henrik Lilja (Campbell). The first group will be scheduled for a 9:20 a.m. ET start off the first tee box.

BREVARD HEADING TO PURDUE

Former Carmel and Penn State defensive lineman Cole Brevard entered the transfer portal and now will play at Purdue. Brevard was with the Nittany Lions’ program for two seasons, redshirting in 2020 and appearing in one game in 2021.

Brevard picked Penn State over offers from Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, among others. He entered the transfer portal in late April.

Brevard is 6’3 and 317 pounds.

Purdue Starts Slow at NCAA Palm Beach Gardens Regional

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Purdue men’s golf team could get nothing going on day one of the NCAA Regionals at the PGA National Resort’s Champion Course, sitting in 12th place after 18 holes.

The Boilermakers shot an opening-round score of 17-over par 305, to sit 20 shots behind top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt (285). South Florida is second at 2-over par 290, Notre Dame is third at 4-over par 292, Davidson is fifth at 293 and Florida and College of Charleston is tied for fifth at 6-over par 294, putting Purdue 11 shots off the pace to advance to Nationals.

Playing at the site of PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, good scores were tough to come by for the field. The average score of the 75 golfers was almost 4-over par at 75.63. Six of the 18 holes yielded five or fewer birdies and the 75 players combined for 92 holes of double-bogey or worse.

Purdue recorded just nine birdies on the day and five double bogeys or worse. All five of the double bogeys or worse came from Purdue hitting the ball in the water on the back nine.

Purdue started on the difficult back nine as the Boilermakers’ five golfers played holes 10 through 18 in a combined 13-over par. Purdue played the front nine in 11-over par.

Joe Weiler led the Boilermakers with a 3-over par 75, good for 33rd place after 18 holes. Herman Sekne and Nick Dentino shot 4-over par 76, good for a 41st-place tie. Andrew Farraye was at 6-over par 78 in 54th place and Cole Bradley shot 7-over par 79, good for 59th place.

Purdue will tee off hole No. 10 in Tuesday’s second round, starting at 8:55 a.m. ET, and be paired with San Diego and Charleston Southern.

In 2014, Purdue was in 9th place after 18 holes at Regionals, seven shots out of fifth place. The Boilermakers finished third to advance. In 2016, Purdue was tied for fifth after 18 holes before advancing and in 2017, Purdue was sixth after the first round before advancing.

@ButlerUBaseball to Face Mastodons in Midweek Action

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler’s final road game of the season will be played on Tuesday, May 17 when the Bulldogs travel to Fort Wayne to play the Mastodons. First pitch at Mastodon Field is set for 3 PM.

Probable Starters

RHP John MacCauley vs. RHP Bryce Martens

Scouting Purdue Fort Wayne

The Mastodons are 16-33 overall with a 13-15 record in the Horizon League. Over the weekend, PFW split a series in Dayton against Wright State. They won game one of the doubleheader 5-4, but fell in game two 17-3. Tuesday will be the last and just 16th home game of the season for Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons are 5-11 at home and 11-22 away.

Head Coach Doug Schreiber is in his third season at Purdue Fort Wayne. Prior to joining the Mastodons, Schreiber spent 17 seasons as the head coach at Purdue. He was the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2012.

Cade Fitzpatrick, Jack Lang and Ben Higgins are three of the top players in the PFW batting order. Lang leads the club with 57 total hits. He has 11 doubles and 10 home runs for 29 RBI. Higgins shares the team home run lead with Lang (10), and Fitzpatrick holds the best average on the team at .340.

Last Series vs. PFW

Purdue Fort Wayne and Butler played opening weekend in 2021 with the Mastodons winning the series 2-1. Each PFW victory came by three runs. BU won game two 2-0.

Last Week

Garret Gray hit .429 last week and currently leads the team having reached base safely in six-straight games. Travis Holt and Aaron Steinhart also stood out last week. Holt had a team-high six hits with three of the six going for extra bases. Steinhart hit a go-ahead grand slam at Purdue and added a solo homer at Charles Schwab Field at Creighton on Sunday.

Holt Leads BU in Hits

With just four games remaining on the schedule, Travis Holt is the odds-on favorite to lead Butler in the hit column this season. The talented shortstop heads into this week with 64 hits, 10 more than any of his teammates. In 2022, Holt has a team-high 12 doubles and four home runs.

Month of May

Dominic Milano is batting .294 during the month of May. He has also walked four times to raise his on-base percentage to .455.

All 52

Travis Holt and Ryan O’Halloran have started in all 52 games for Butler. These two players make up the left side of the infield for BU defensively.

One More

Aaron Steinhart needs one more home run to reach double figures for the Bulldogs. Butler has not had a student-athlete hit 10+ home runs in a season since 2019. That year, Harrison Freed hit 17 and Kyle Smith added 10.

Alright

Kollyn All came up with a season-high three hits in game two at Creighton. The BU catcher also stole his first base of the 2022 season.

Up Next

Butler will end the regular season with a three-game home series against Seton Hall. Games on Thursday and Friday will begin at 4 PM. The finale is slated to start at 1 PM on Saturday. All three contests will stream on FloSports.com/Butler+.

#18 IRISH HEADED TO EVANSTON FOR NCAA REGIONAL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame softball team was selected to participate in the 2022 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish were selected as the two-seed in the NCAA Evanston Regional, hosted by the Northwestern University Wildcats. Northwestern finished the 2022 season 40-10 overall and were 19-4 in the Big Ten Conference.

Joining the Irish and Wildcats in Evanston will be the fourth-seeded Oakland Golden Grizzlies, winners of the Horizon League, and the three-seeded McNeese Cowgirls of the Southland Conference. The Irish and McNeese will play in the first round of the double elimination four-team regional tournament.

The McNeese Cowgirls finished the regular season with a 38-19 overall record and were 15-3 in the Southland Conference. The Cowgirls won the Southland Conference’s automatic bid after defeating Northwestern State and Southeastern twice in the Southland Championship Tournament. McNeese closed the season winning seven straight and were 23-10 at their home stadium. In neutral site games, McNeese is 1-3. Notre Dame and McNeese have met once in program history, with the Irish winning 6-1, March 1st, 2003 at the Louisiana Classic, hosted by Louisiana.

Up Next

The Irish will compete in the NCAA Regional Friday, May 20th.

MIDWEEK PREVIEW: NORTHWESTERN

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The eighth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is on the road for their final midweek matchup of the season when they take on Northwestern Tuesday afternoon in Evanston. This kick starts the final road trip of the regular season before the postseason begins for the Irish. Over the past weekend, they officially qualified for the 2022 ACC Championship in Charlotte. Tuesday’s matchup against the Wildcats is set for a 4 p.m. ET start and will be aired on B1G+.

                BY THE NUMBERS

.711        The Irish own a 32-13 record (.711) on the road under head coach Link Jarrett.

.745        The Irish are 76-26 (.745) since the start of the 2020 season. That winning percentage ranks third in the NCAA over the past three seasons, trailing Tennessee and Arkansas.

.982        Notre Dame is ninth in the NCAA and first in the ACC in fielding percentage with a .982 mark this season. The Irish have committed 29 errors in 1,136 putout opportunities this season.

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

1.25        Notre Dame is 12th in the NCAA and second in the ACC with a 1.25 WHIP this season. They have surrendered 310 hits and 162 walks in 378.2 innings pitched.

3.76        The Irish rank 14th nationally and are third in the ACC in team ERA with 3.76. They have given up 158 earned runs in 378.2 innings this season.

7.32        The Irish are sixth in the NCAA and first in the ACC with 7.37 hits allowed per nine innings. They have given up 310 hits in 378.2 innings pitched this season.

11.0        The Irish rank sixth in the NCAA and second in the ACC in strikeouts per nine innings with 11.0. The Irish pitching staff has struck out 462 batters in 378.2 innings this season.

11           The Irish scored 11 runs in the sixth inning against Boston College, the most in a single inning this season. It was the most runs in an inning since April 24, 2021, when the Irish scored 12 runs in the eighth inning against Boston College.

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

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

13           The Irish are 13-1 in mid-week games during Link Jarrett’s tenure. They are 8-1 this season with a road win over Elon and home wins over Valparaiso (2x), Northern Illinois, Butler, Michigan, Purdue Fort Wayne and Michigan State.

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

22           The Irish allowed three runs or less for the 22nd time this season in the 8-1 win over Pitt on May 14. They are 22-0 this season and 48-2 overall under Jarrett in games they allow three runs or less.

42           The Irish scored 42 runs in their series sweep of Wake Forest on April 22-24. It set the program record for most runs in an ACC series since joining the conference in 2014. It was the most runs in a three-game conference series since 1993 when the Irish scored 48 runs in a sweep of Dayton when they were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.

61           Outfielder Spencer Myers has 61 steals in his Irish career and ranks seventh all-time in program history for career steals. He trails Dan Bautch by seven for sixth place in program history.

Irish and Wildcats Clash in Evanston

The Irish hit the road to kick off their final road trip of the regular season with a midweek matchup against Northwestern.

It will be the seventh time the Irish face a team from the Big Ten Conference this season and are 5-1 in those games so far.

It will be the 137th meeting all-time between the two schools and the Irish hold a 76-60-1 advantage over the Wildcats.

Northwestern leads the series 30-26-1 in games played in Evanston but the Irish have won the last three games against the Wildcats.

In the last game between the two teams, the Irish won 12-4 in Evanston on May 14, 2019. The Irish hit three home runs in the win, including Spencer Myers’ first career home run in the sixth.

Northwestern heads into the matchup with a 22-25 overall record and are 8-13 in conference play.

They are coming off a 1-2 weekend after they dropped the weekend series against Purdue at home.

The Irish are 33-11 heading into the matchup after going 2-1 over the weekend in a series win over Pitt.

LAUREN EBO IS IRISH

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey found another major post presence to replace Maya Dodson and her name is Lauren Ebo. The 6-4 center/forward out of Washington D.C. spent her first two seasons at Penn State before spending the last two at Texas.

Ebo not only brings a veteran presence down low, but also a plethora of postseason experience, having led the Longhorns to back-to-back Elite Eights over the past two seasons. 

“I am pleased to announce Lauren Ebo will be joining our ND family,” Coach Ivey said. “She brings a wealth of experience with deep runs in the NCAA Tournament the past two years. She is a true leader on and off the court. She’s a force inside and is a perfect fit for our team and our culture.”

Statistically, Ebo’s final year in Austin was her best, posting season average highs in both points (8.0 ppg) and rebounds (6.7 rpg). She started in 30 of 35 games played, averaging 26.6 minutes. Ebo also posted her best shooting season, converting 48.1 percent from the floor.

Ebo was named an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in addition to earning a spot on the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. Ebo ultimately recorded a total of 35 points and 18 rebounds during the conference tourney.

She posted four double-doubles on the year, which not only led the team, but also doubled her original career amount to eight. Ebo led the team in rebounding and posted 13 games in double figures.

Speaking of those 13 double-digit scoring games, six came in the final 10 games of the season, as Ebo finished strong down the stretch. The Washington D.C. native tallied back-to-back games of a season high 17 points (vs Oklahoma State and vs Kanas State, March 5-11).

Lastly, from a career respective, Ebo averages 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.

KYLEE WATSON IS IRISH

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Finding a dynamic post player was high on the list for Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey, and she can officially check it off with the addition of transfer Kylee Watson.

In two years at Oregon, the 6-4 forward was efficient from the field, knocking down 54.9 percent of her shots. Furthermore, Wastson was 1-of-3 Oregon players this past season who played in all 32 games, averaging 16.3 minutes.

“Exciting news today with Kylee Watson officially joining our ND family,” Coach Ivey said. “Kylee is one of the most dynamic and versatile posts in her class. She can score at all three levels and is extremely explosive in transition, either running the floor or igniting the break. What I love about her most is her motor and toughness.”

Watson led the team in field goal percentage, converting 54.8 percent from the field, while averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. She scored a career high 21 points versus McNeese, connecting on 10-of-11 from the field, becoming the first Ducks player to shoot 90 percent in a game (with at least 10 made field goals) since Ruthy Hebard in November of 2019.

In fact her shooting prowess was on display when she connected on 12 straight field goals between the Dixie State and Oklahoma games in November.

As a true freshman, she appeared in 18 of Oregon’s 24 games, averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds, while shooting 55.2 percent from the floor.

Internationally speaking, Watson competed for Team USA at the 2021 3×3 National League in France. She was also a member of the USA U-16 National Team in 2017, when they won gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Out of high school she was the No. 17 ranked recruit in the 2020 class and a consensus top-25 recruit by Blue Star, Prospect Nation and ASGR. She also cleaned up with the major national awards, being named a McDonald’s All-American, Jordan Brand Classic invitee and the 2020 New Jersey Gatorade State Player of the Year.

Lastly, for those counting, Watson brings the New Jersey native counter up to three alongside Dara Mabrey and Olivia Miles.

Baseball Welcomes Butler on Tuesday to Close Home Slate

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons (16-33) close play at Mastodon Field this season with a non-league game against Butler (18-33-1) on Tuesday (May 17). It will be the final home game of the season for the ‘Dons. Purdue Fort Wayne will play at Akron this weekend in non-league play. Purdue Fort Wayne has qualified for the 2022 Horizon League Baseball Championship. The event opens May 25th.

When: Tuesday, May 17 | 3 p.m.

Weather: High of 72, low of 52 | clear

Series History: Butler leads 41-18. Series dates back to 1986.

Live Stats: Link

Scouting the Bulldogs: The Bulldogs have lost 11 straight games. Travis Holt leads the team in hitting with a .303 average. As a team, the Bulldogs have a 7.69 ERA. Derek Drees owns four saves with a 1.39 ERA over 32.1 innings.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP Bryce Martens (12.91 ERA, 0-4)

Bulldogs: RHP John MacCauley (10.27 ERA, 3-3)

Everyday Jack: The next game Jack Lang starts will be his 200th game played and 188th game started for the ‘Dons in his career. He will be only the third Mastodon to ever play 200 games. When he reaches 202 games played he will move into second all-time in program history in games played, passing Kristian Gayday’s 201 from 2011-14. The program leader in games played is Shane Trevino (2012-16) with 234.

More On Bickel: In league play this season, Jarrett Bickel finished with 70 assists and 48 putouts on 123 chances with only five errors. He turned 14 double plays.

All The Way: Only once in league play did JD Deany have a start allowing more than three earned runs. He picked up his first career complete game in game one at UIC. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, allowing two runs for the ‘Dons to win 3-2

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 47.

– The total ranks third in program history for home runs in a season. The 2010 team hit 55 home runs. The 1998 team hit 49 home runs.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– Jack Lang and Ben Higgins are tied for third in the league with 10 home runs each. They are tied for seventh in program history for home runs in a season.

Record Time: The Mastodons recorded three triples in game one at Milwaukee on April 9, a new school record for triples in a game.

Cade Recognized: Cade Fitzpatrick was selected as one of 10 position players in the Midwest having a breakout season by www.D1Baseball.com.

In League Games:

– Ben Higgins is tied for first in slugging (.660) and ranks second in hits (39) and third in OPS (1.112). He is tied for the lead in home runs with eight.

– Cade Fitzpatrick is tied for third in RBIs (26) and ranks ninth in batting average (.355).

– Jack Lang is tied for third in runs scored with 26.

– JD Deany is second in batters struck out looking (15) and fourth in opposing batting average (.236). His 4.17 league ERA is seventh best.

– Jacob Myer has given up only eight walks in league play, tied for fewest among qualified pitchers.

– Brian Skelton owns a team-best 2.38 ERA with a 4-0 mark over 22.2 innings with one save.

More on Skelly:

– Brian Skelton never allowed more than one earned run in 11 appearances in league play

– Skelton has walked only one batter in his last seven appearances.

– Nine of his 13 appearances on the season have been longer than one inning.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20). Fitzpatrick was named one of the best hitters of March 20th by D1Baseball.com.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 178 strikeouts, third most in program history. In second place is Samuel Walker with 179 from 2008-11. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

Two in a Row: Jacob Myer was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 12 after not allowing any runs in 8.2 innings. He got the win against Michigan and Milwaukee. On April 19 Ben Higgins was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week. He went 9-of-13 (.692 batting average) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.154 slugging percentage and a 1.904 OPS. He had two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored.

Up Next: The ‘Dons travel to Akron this weekend in non-league play for a three-game series.

Non-conference play ends with Murray State matchup

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Opening a regular-season ending four-game homestand, the University of Evansville baseball team welcomes in Murray State for a non-conference matchup at 6 PM on Tuesday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium in Evansville.

Previewing the Matchup: Murray State

The Aces and Racers are meeting for the 56th time in series history with Evansville owning a 38-17 advantage in the all-time series.

Evansville and Murray State have not met since 2019 when the two sides split their season series.

Murray State enters the weekend with a 28-22 overall record and most recently took two of three contests from Western Illinois this past weekend.

Entering the final week of the regular season, the Aces sit 68th in the RPI and 63rd in CBR.

A New Home Run Mark

Blasting five home runs this weekend, the Aces set a new program record for team home runs in a season with 67.

Three Evansville players have 10-or-more homers, led by UE’s career leader in home runs, Tanner Craig, who has 14 bombs this season.

The previous record of 64 was set back in 2001 in 57 games.

Onward and Upward

Over the past three seasons, Evansville has been on an upward climb, increasing its win total each season.

A year ago, the Aces compiled a 28-27 record, earning the conference’s seven seed in the MVC tournament.

This season, UE has already reached. 29 win mark, doing so in 49 games and is poised to earn on of the MVC’s top three seeds in the tournament.

Delisanti Opens Up NCAA Regional

After an unforgettable comeback to take medalist honors at last month’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship, Valparaiso University men’s golf freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) began competition at the NCAA Columbus Regional hosted by The Ohio State University on Monday in Columbus, Ohio.

Delisanti carded a 74 (+3) in Monday’s round, putting him tied for 35th in a competitive, 75-player field of NCAA qualifiers. The Regional is being held at Ohio State’s par-71, 7422-yard Scarlet Course.

“The Scarlet Course at Ohio State is an excellent site for the Regional and it’s a great test for all of these participants,” Valpo head coach Dave Gring said. “The golf course commands good shots all of the time. If the execution on a shot is poor and if you miss a fairway or green, you have to be strategic in where the missed shots finish. Also, the green complexes are very well designed, so the players have to hit to the right area of the green and get the ball as close to the pin as possible.”

Delisanti’s best performance came on par-4 holes, where he was among the tournament leaders with a 3.91 scoring average. He achieved par on 15 of the 18 holes to go along with one birdie.

“Anthony’s course management today was awesome,” Gring said. “He made good decisions on the golf course and stuck to his plan, both off the tee and into the greens. Around the greens, he didn’t short-side himself once and he didn’t have one 3-putt. He played the par 3s at one over and he played the par 4s at one under. The only poorly executed shot was his 85-yard wedge on the par-5 12th hole, where he hit the shot heavy into the water, and that cost him three shots.”

No. 2 Oklahoma State leads the Regional with a team score of 280 (-4), while Julian Perico of Arkansas is atop the player leaderboard with a 68 (-3). Round 2 of the event will begin on Tuesday morning with a link to live scoring via GolfStat available on ValpoAthletics.com.

“Anthony bounced back very well from the triple bogey and just missed birdie putts on the next four holes,” Gring said. “He finished the round with 15 pars and that is very solid on this golf course. I was very proud of his mindset, staying focused on each shot all day. His putting was solid, and hopefully we can get some birdie putts to drop tomorrow.”  

Miller Earns MVC Pitcher of the Week Nod

Valparaiso University baseball pitcher Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) has received recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference for his strong start this weekend as he was tabbed the league’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Miller earned his team-leading fifth victory of 2022 by turning in seven shutout innings of dazzling three-hit, one-walk ball on Saturday while recording nine strikeouts in an 8-2 triumph over Bradley. He racked up nine or more strikeouts in a game for the fourth time this season. Over his last two starts, the Valpo southpaw has combined for 16 strikeouts and just one walk. 

Miller becomes the second Valpo player to earn an MVC weekly award this season, joining Nolan Tucker, and the first Beacon to receive MVC Pitcher of the Week accolades this year. He joins Colin Fields (twice) and Easton Rhodehouse as the only Valpo players to earn MVC Pitcher of the Week honors since the program joined the Missouri Valley Conference.

This capped off a big day of honors for the Beacons, as Ryan Maka was named a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week earlier on Monday. 

Ryan Maka Named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week

After a breakout weekend that included four home runs in a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series against Bradley, Valparaiso University baseball freshman Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) has been named a National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Maka enjoyed the first three-homer game by a Missouri Valley Conference player in league play this season in Friday’s series opener vs. Bradley, when he became the first Valpo player since 2018 and just the second since 2008 to achieve that feat. That came as part of a four-hit game to begin a three-game series that saw him launch four home runs and record five extra-base hits.

Maka went 7-for-13 (.538) over the three games with six RBIs, six runs scored, 20 total bases and a 1.538 slugging percentage. The rookie outfielder posted a career-high four hits in the series opener before following with three in Saturday’s 8-2 victory. Maka was second on D1Baseball.com’s list of the top 30 hitting performances in the nation on Friday, May 13.

Maka becomes the first Valpo player to earn a National Player of the Week honor since Colin Fields did so on March 15, 2021 following his no-hitter against Middle Tennessee State. 

Mast, Hounds Lead NCAA DII Championships Through 18 Holes

DEARBORN, Mich.– Led by All-America candidate Oliver Mast (-3), the UIndy men’s golf team had a strong start at the 2022 NCAA Division II Championships, carding an even-par 288 to top the nation’s best teams in the season’s biggest tournament. Mast fired a three-under 69 with three other Greyhounds finishing at +2 or better.

UIndy is currently two strokes up on second-place Barry and seven up on third-place Colorado State-Pueblo. Play continues tomorrow at TPC of Michigan, with the Greyhounds’ tee times starting at 11:10 a.m. ET. The top eight teams after 54 holes will advance to the medal/match quarterfinals on Thursday.

Mast compiled five birdies on day one to finish at -3 and top the entire 108-man field, including a trio of golfers at -2. Meanwhile, Cam Carroll (E), Keegan Bronnenberg (+1) and CJ Jones (+2) finished within two strokes of one another, settling at T-9, T-13 and T-24, respectively. Jacob Nickell rounded out the team scoring with at +10.

MARIAN DEFEATED 2-1 BY WEBBER INTERNATIONAL, FALL TO ELIMINATION BRACKET

Hattiesburg, Miss. – The Marian softball team took an early 1-0 lead, but two runs in the top of the third inning from Webber International would be the final scoring of the day as the Knights fell 2-1 in the NAIA Opening Round. Marian’s loss drops them to the elimination side of the Hattiesburg Bracket, as they slide to 40-12 on the year.

Marian picked up strong pitching from Olivia Stunkel, as the freshman erased a lead-off walk in the first inning by turning a double play on a bunt. Stunkel faced the minimum in the second as she picked up her first strikeout, and in the home half of the inning her battery mate Grace Meyer recorded the game’s first hit. Meyer’s single sliced into left field, and with two outs Caitlyn Phillips record an RBI single, scoring the catcher from second for the first run of the day.

The Knights would load the bases before ending the second inning on a fluky strikeout, failing to add to their 1-0 lead. Webber International made the missed opportunity hurt, getting runner’s on first and second with a hit and a walk. With two outs, a single to center drove in the Warriors first run, and while attempting to get Abigail Thompson out stretching at second, another runner crossed the plate. Stunkel got out of the inning with a groundout, but the two runs gave Webber International a 2-1 lead in the middle of the third.

Stunkel continued to do her job facing the minimum in the fourth, retiring the side in order in the fifth with an inning-ending strikeout. Marian would get a runner on with two outs in both the fourth and fifth innings as Abbi Wirey drew a walk and Shelbie Stotts reached on an error, but both times the Knights failed to prolong the frame.

In the sixth Hayley Greene started the offense early with a lead-off single, but a pair of groundouts and a strikeout saw the promising inning come up empty. Stunkel stranded two runners with a strikeout in the top of the seventh to keep it a one-run game, but two out single from Jenna Minnix was all Marian could produce offensively as the Knights walked away in a 2-1 defeat.

The two teams combined for seven base hits, with Marian claiming four off the bats of Minnix, Greene, Meyer, and Phillips. The Knights stranded eight base runners, including a bases loaded situation in the second. Stunkel threw a strong complete game as she took the loss, walking five batters while allowing just three hits. The freshman threw 101 pitches, recording five strikeouts.

Marian will play the loser of Bryan College and William Carey on Tuesday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be an elimination game, with the winner advancing to play at 7 p.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS — EARLHAM BASEBALL: The NCAA Division III Baseball Committee has announced the 60 teams that will compete in the 2022 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

Four teams will compete at fourteen regional sites and two teams will compete at two regional sites. The four-team regionals will use a double-elimination format and the two-team regionals will play a best-of-five series. Forty-one conference champions qualified automatically.

Winners of the sixteen regional tournaments will qualify for eight, best-of-three series at the super regionals, Friday-Saturday, May 27-28. The eight super regional winners will then qualify for the pool play double-elimination championship at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Friday-Tuesday/Wednesday, June 3-7/8, 2022. 

EARLHAM will play Birmingham South in the first round.

WILDCATS DOMINATE IN FIRST GAME OF NAIA OPENING ROUND

MARION, Ind. – No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats defeated Olivet Nazarene Tigers 11-0 in five innings to open up NAIA Opening Round action. Alyssa Wagner and Emma Etter-Cox combined to throw the no-hitter. Miranda Wehrle now sits atop of the NAIA in home runs this season. Last year, these two teams met in the first round of Opening Round play with the Tigers prevailing 2-1 knocking the Wildcats into the losers bracket.

Miranda Wehrle struck the first bomb over the fence to break open the Wildcat scoring. Wehrle is now tied for 1st in the NAIA in home runs on the season with 19.

A busy second inning featured:

Makenna Pace single scoring Kamryn Buck

Chloe Tragesser reached first via error sending in Julianne Bell

Wehrle hit by pitch sends in Pace

Becca Wyatt grounded out to second base, sending in Makenna Waddell

Third inning scoring:

Buck hits home run.

Chloe Tragesser reached base via error sending in Makenna Pace.

Wehrle single to left field sending in Jennah Yost.

Wyatt double sending in Tragesser.

Abby Harvey double sending in both Wyatt and Wehrle.

Wildcats outhit the Tigers 10-0.

Wagner and Etter-Cox combined for four strikeouts in 15 at bats.

The game featured three doubles one a piece from Wyatt, Harvey, and Pace.

Buck and Wehrle each added to their home run totals adding one a piece.

Wehrle led with three of the team’s 11 RBIs.

Wildcats advance in the Marion Bracket winners bracket to play the GPAC Conference Champion Midland University at 11am tomorrow. The winner of the 11am game will advance straight to the Wednesday Championship and the loser will play at 5pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Fall to No. 19 UNOH in Offensive Slugfest

UPLAND, Ind. – The 2022 National Tournament Opening Round commenced on Monday afternoon, when the Upland Bracket two-seed and hosts, No. 22 Taylor (40-17), dropped an offensive slugfest to the three-seed, No. 19 Northwestern Ohio (38-12), by a final score of 12-8.

Five different Trojans recorded multiple hits, highlighted by Conner Crawford’s four-hit day, as Taylor and Northwestern Ohio each posted 14 team-hits. The four-run difference in the final score, however, came with a two-hit difference between the two teams when it came to at-bats with the bases loaded.

Seven-of-the-12 Racer runs were plated on two base knocks with the bases loaded, the first of which came in the bottom half of the first inning after Kaleb Kolpien put the Trojans on top with a two-run home run to center field in the top of the first.

After the Racers scratched four runs into the scorebook in their first at-bat of the game, Taylor responded with four runs of its own in the top of the third to snatch back the lead.

Crawford kick started the third-inning rally with a single through the left side of the infield, after which Camden Knepp reached base on a Racer error and catcher, Ben Kalbaugh, smacked a double off the wall in center field. Mason David, then, came on to run as a courtesy for Kalbaugh, prefacing a two-run single up the middle struck by left fielder, Jacob Morris.

First baseman, Kade Vander Molen, kept the party going in the third by ripping a single to right, which was followed by a Nick Rusche walk to load the bases. The Racer starting pitcher made his way to the dugout at this point in the game, escaping just in time for TJ Bass’s third at-bat of the game.

After going two-for-two in his prior two at-bats, Bass snagged his first RBI of the day on a sacrifice-fly to short right field, capitalized on by a hustling Morris who scored from third.

Heading into the bottom half of the third inning the Trojans were up 6-4, though the second significant bases-loaded base knock for the Racers would show up in short time.

Down 7-5 in the bottom of the fourth, Northwestern Ohio worked two-straight singles and a walk to crowd the infield with nobody out. The Racer leadoff man, then, stepped to the plate and served a seemingly lazy fly ball into the wind tunnel in right, shocking the TU faithful with a grand slam to nurture a 9-7 Taylor deficit.

With that grand slam in mind, Northwestern Ohio went on to score seven of the last eight runs of the game, even while Taylor pitcher, Noah Huseman, threw five solid innings in relief. The senior righty allowed just two earned runs and retired four Racers via the strikeout, keeping the Trojans in the game until the very end.

Nonetheless, Northwestern Ohio cruised to a 12-8 victory behind a remarkable relief performance of its own.

No. 22 Taylor (40-17) will be back in action tomorrow, May 17th, when they take on the Upland Bracket’s four-seed, Columbia (38-13), at 12:00 pm in a win-or-go-home matchup.

VUVB lands Turkish middle blocker Tuana Turhan

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Volleyball team filled a big need over the weekend with the signing of middle blocker Tuana Turhan from Ankara, Turkey.

Tuana is a six-foot-one middle blocker and is the daughter of Gülüzar and Enver Turhan.

Tuana began playing club volleyball in Turkey in 2015 where she played for Anadolu Yıldızları.

In the 2015-16 season, she played for TEİAŞ sports club, where helped the team place third in the Juniors division in 2016 and second in 2017. Her new club also finished first in the Star division in 2017 as well.

Tuana then switched to play for Vakıfbank sports club during the 2017-18 season. With Vakıfbank sports club, Turhan helped the team place second in the Star division and fourth in the Juniors division.

These placements earned her team a spot in the Turkish Championships in both divisions. Her team would go on to place fourth in the junior girls Turkish Championships.

Turhan then went on to play for Eczacıbaşı sports club during the 2019-20 season before changing to play the past two seasons for Eryaman Gençlik Sports Club.

“Tuana’s acceptance to a deep-rooted University like Vincennes and to the women’s volleyball team not only makes me proud but also I can understand how happy she is by the sparkle in her eye,” Tuana’s Club Coach at Eryaman, Hülya Düz said. “Tuana is a passionate and competitive volleyball player who is high-spirited.”

“She is an athlete who can carry these traits to her team in a positive way, increase the level of her teammates, make the best use of the team in every position, both defensively and offensively, create an environment for her team to benefit from her at the highest level and catch the harmony very well in her sportive and normal life,” Düz added. “I sincerely believe that Tuana will represent VU and contribute in the Academic and Sports areas in the best ways possible and I wish her success.”

Turhan comes to VU as a stellar student as well academically, receiving an Honorary certificate in 2018 and certificates of outstanding achievement during the 2020 and 2021 academic years.

Turhan is still undecided about what to major in at Vincennes University but says she will likely either major in Automotive Science or Engineering at VU.

“We are expecting Tuana to fill one of the two middle hitter positions in the fall as we do not have anyone back who played that position last year,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “Tuana is a well-rounded player and we look for her to score points on her attacks and especially in her blocking. We feel her training at an elite level in Turkey has equipped her to do this well and consistently. Her transition abilities, timing and footwork are exceptional.”

“We also need to determine which one of our middle blockers will serve and play defense,” Sien added. “We have had several very good middles who have contributed in those two categories in recent years. With the limited substitution internationally, athletes have more opportunities to play both front and back row, more than players in the states. Tuana possesses those skills as a part of her skill set.”

“Tuana possesses a high ceiling in her athletic abilities and game intelligence,” Sien said. “We are excited to bring Tuana’s experience into the fold.”

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

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1893       Phillies outfielder Billy Hamilton becomes the first player to have hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game when he blasts a two-run round-tripper off Al Maul, giving the team an 11-9 victory over Washington at the Philadelphia Baseball Grounds. In 74 years, Vic Power becomes the first modern player to duplicate the 27-year-old Hall of Famer’s performance, accomplishing the rare feat for the 1957 A’s with a tenth-inning walk-off round-tripper against the Orioles in a game played at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

1903       Due to Sunday restrictions in Cleveland, a major league game takes place in Columbus (OH), with the ‘hometown’ Indians defeating the New York Highlanders, 9-2. Neil Park, the home field of several minor league teams, will host four big-league contests, including two Tigers game against the Red Sox in 1905 due to the opening in Detroit of a Grand Circuit Trotting Meet, a harness horse-racing series in the United States.

1906       At Philadelphia’s Columbia Park, Ty Cobb breaks up Rube Waddell’s no-hitter. The Georgia Peach spoils the southpaw’s no-no with a bunt single in the Tigers’ 5-0 loss to the A’s.

1925       In a 2-1 loss to the Senators, Indians’ outfielder Tris Speaker singles off pitcher Tom Zachary to collect his career 3000th hit. ‘The Grey Eagle’ becomes the fifth major leaguer to reach the milestone, joining Cap Anson (1897), Honus Wagner (1914), Nap Lajoie (1914), and Ty Cobb (1921).

1939       In the first-ever televised baseball game, Princeton beats Columbia, 2-1, at Columbia’s Baker Field. W2XBS, an experimental station in New York City, airs the telecast.

1941       A sold-out crowd, including representatives from each of the other 15 major league clubs, attends Connie Mack Day in Philadelphia to honor the 78-year-old president-manager of the A’s. The celebration includes renaming the team’s home field from Shibe Park to Connie Mack Stadium, a change that doesn’t officially take hold until 1953.

1945       Rain postpones every game on the American League schedule for the fourth consecutive day. The cry of ‘play ball’ will not be heard today in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, and Cleveland as the White Sox, Browns, Tigers, and Indians call off their games, respectively, with the Yankees, Red Sox, A’s, and Senators.

1947       At Forbes Field, Hank Greenberg asks Jackie Robinson if the Dodger infielder was hurt in a collision with him at first base earlier in the game and then tells the embattled Brooklyn rookie, “Stick in there. You’re doing fine. Keep your chin up.” Jackie remarks to the writers a few days later that Hank Greenberg is his “diamond hero,” knowing the Pirates’ first baseman, who endured bigotry as a Jew, can appreciate the difficulties of being the first black player in the major leagues this century.

1956       The Cardinals trade 25-year-old outfielder Bill Virdon, due to his slow start in his sophomore season, to the Pirates in exchange for Bobby Del Greco and Dick Littlefield. Last year’s Rookie of the Year will finish the season hitting .334 in 133 games for the Bucs and will play a vital role in the team’s World Championship in 1960.

1961       Roger Maris, en route to his record-breaking season of 61 home runs, hit his first round-tripper of the year at Yankee Stadium. The eighth-inning homer off Pete Burnside, his fourth overall, doesn’t help when the Senators beat the Bronx Bombers, 8-7.

1963       At Colt Stadium, Houston’s right-hander Don Nottebart no-hits the Phillies, 4-1, giving up a fifth-inning run on a two-base error, a sac bunt, and a sacrifice fly. The hitless gem is the franchise’s first no-hitter in the team’s history, coming in the 197th game since the club’s inaugural season last year.

1968       In the bottom of the ninth inning, Jim Northrop hits a walk-off grand slam off Steve Jones to beat the Senators at Tiger Stadium, 7-3. The Detroit center fielder will hit five grand slams this season, four in the regular campaign, and one in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, contributing to the team’s 13-1 rout of the Cardinals.

1970       At Crosley Field, Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit when he scratches an infield single off of Reds’ pitcher Wayne Simpson. ‘Hammering Hank’ becomes the ninth player in major league history and the first with 500 home runs to reach this milestone.

1971       Luis Tiant, after being released by the Twins and Braves earlier in the season, signs as a free agent with the Red Sox, beginning a love affair with the fans in Boston. ‘El Tiante’ will struggle, winning just one of eight decisions for the team this year, but during his eight-year tenure with the BoSox, the Cuban right-hander will compile a 122-88 (.601) record, including three seasons with 20 or more victories.

1971       In Washington’s 6-3 loss to the Indians at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Tom McCraw hits perhaps the shortest home run in baseball history. The fourth-inning inside-the-park round-tripper is the result of three Indians, shortstop Jack Heidemann, left fielder John Lowenstein and center fielder Vada Pinson colliding in an attempt to catch a 140-foot pop fly hit to short left-center field.

1971       Ralph Garr ties a major league record for the round-trippers in extra innings, going deep in the 10th frame and the 12th with a walk-off homer against the Mets in the Braves’ 4-3 victory. The Atlanta left-fielder, called the ‘Road Runner’ by his teammates, is the fourth player to accomplish the feat and the first to do so since 1966, when New York’s Art Shamsky went yard in the 10th and 11th in a losing cause for the Reds at Crosley Field.

1973       At Anaheim Stadium, a horrific injury dampens Bobby Valentine’s promising major league career when his spikes get caught in the outfield’s chain-link fence attempting to catch a home run ball hit by Dick Green. The 23-year-old speedster, who had started the season hitting .400 in April, suffers a multiple compound leg fracture and will miss the rest of the season, eventually finishing his playing days as a utility player with the Padres, Mets, and Mariners.

1977       At Wrigley Field, the Cubs tie a franchise record, hitting seven home runs during a 23-7 pounding of the Padres. Larry Biittner goes deep twice, with Dave Rosello, Gene Clines, Bobby Murcer, Jerry Morales, and Steve Ontiveros also clearing the ivy.

1978       Los Angeles trades Glenn Burke, one of the most popular and respected players on the team, to the A’s for veteran outfielder Billy North, who hits .234 during the one season with his new club. After refusing a bribe by Dodger GM Al Campanis in the offseason to get married, the closeted gay player knew his time with the Dodgers was nearing an end with management’s awareness of his sexual preference.

1978       Lee Lacy, pinch-hitting for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles 10-1 rout of the Pirates, goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning off Will McEnaney at Dodger Stadium. The utility player becomes the first player in major league history to homer in three consecutive at-bats as a pinch-hitter.

1979       The Phillies beat the Cubs in a fifty-hit slugfest in the Windy City, 23-22. The 11 home runs hit in the game tie a major league mark, shared by Chicago and their opponents 1967 Reds and 1977 Mets, while playing in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

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1984       Padres second baseman Alan Wiggins ties a National League record by stealing five bases in one game in the team’s 5-4 victory over Montreal at Jack Murphy Stadium. Dan McGann (1904), Davey Lopes (1974), and Lonnie Smith (1982) also accomplished the feat in the Senior Circuit.

1985       The Rangers fire skipper Doug Rader and replace him with the Mets’ third-base coach Bobby Valentine. Before returning to New York in 1996 to manage his former team, ‘Bobby V’ will compile a 581-605 record (.490) during his eight seasons in Texas.

1992       Using only 21 dates, the Blue Jays reach the one-million mark in attendance sooner than any team in major league history. The 1991 Blue Jays and the 1981 Dodgers shared the previous record.

1993       Mariners’ third baseman Mike Blowers becomes the 13th player in major league history to hit grand slams in consecutive games. The fourth inning bases-full round-tripper off Craig Lefferts contributes to Seattle’s 16-9 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.

1996       Trailing the Mariners, 13-10 in the bottom of the ninth at Camden Yards, Chris Hoiles gives the Orioles an incredible comeback victory with a walk-off grand slam. The decisive home run comes on a full count with two outs off Norm Charlton.

1998       In front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day at Yankee Stadium, David Wells retires all 27 batters he faces, defeating the Twins, 4-0. The 33-year-old left-hander’s gem is the 13th perfect game in modern major league history.

2002       After the Twins score three times in the top of the 14th at Yankee Stadium to take a 13-10 lead, Jason Giambi hits a one-out grand slam off reliever Mike Trombley to give the Bronx Bombers a one-run victory. The dramatic home run becomes a signature at-bat for the newly acquired slugger, who had not been warmly accepted by the New York fans until now.

2002       Diamondback first baseman Erubiel Durazo establishes a franchise record when he drives in nine runs in the team’s 12-9 victory over the Phillies. The 28-year-old Mexican infielder sets the mark with three two-run homers and a three-run double in the Citizens Bank Park contest.

2003       The Rays tie a major league record when the team does not record a single assist in their 2-0 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Tampa Bay pitchers whiff nine Baltimore batters and fielding the other 15 outs on balls hit in the air during their eight innings in the field.

2005       Ervin Santana, with his first ten major league pitches, allows a collective cycle to the first four Indian batters he faces: a triple by Grady Sizemore, a double by Coco Crisp, a single by Travis Hafner, followed by a home run blasted by Ben Broussard. The 22-year-old Angels’ prized rookie right-hander will redeem himself by recording a five-hit shutout in his second major league start, beating the White Sox, 4-0.

2007       Shea Stadium, home of the Mets, becomes a huge recording studio when Sesame Street’s Bob McGrath and a chorus of 15,000 school children sing an uplifting song to Ronald Sterling, a seven-year-old with the Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome immune deficiency disorder. The non-profit group, Songs of Love Foundation, which creates personalized songs for sick children throughout the country, arranged for the ‘…You’re a Grand Slam’ tune to be sung and recorded at the ballpark, with the baseball-loving youngster listening on the phone.

2008       With San Francisco’s 3-1 interleague loss to the White Sox, Barry Zito becomes the first Giants’ hurler in 98 years to start a season with eight consecutive losses. Jesse Burkett opened the 1890 campaign without a victory, also losing eight straight decisions.

2009       Pudge Rodriguez hit his 300th career home run, a fourth-inning shot off of Chicago’s Rich Harden, in the Astros’ 6-5 win at Wrigley Field. The perennial All-Star catcher will finish his 21-year major league career with 311 round-trippers.

2011       At Turner Field, Braves’ catcher Brian McCann’s ninth-inning pinch-hit, game-tying solo home run off Astros’ right-hander Jeff Fulchino, sending the 1-1 contest into extra innings. The backstop follows with a two-run walk-off shot the 11th, joining Jeff Heath as the only major leaguers to hit a ninth-inning game-tying pinch-hit home run and then later win the game with a walk-off home run in extras innings, a feat the Boston left-fielder accomplished in 1949 at Braves Field.

2012       Yan Gomes becomes the first Brazilian to appear in a big-league game when he plays third base in the Blue Jays’ 4-1 victory over the Yankees at the Rogers Centre. The 24-year-old Sao Paulo native enjoys a 2-for-3 day at the plate in his debut in the major leagues.

2015       The Marlins fire manager Mike Redmond (155-207) after extending his contract before the final game of last season as a reward for improving the club’s performance by 15 victories. The 44-year-old skipper, after his team gets off to a disappointing 16-22 start, will be replaced by the team’s general manager Dan Jennings, who has never played in the majors and has never managed at any professional level.

2016       The Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez after the team gets off to a 9-28 start, a game worse than the first 37 games played by 1962 Mets, historically considered one of the worst teams in baseball history. During the departed skipper’s first three seasons in Atlanta, the club won 279 games from 2011 to 2013, the best record in the National League during that span.

TV TUESDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
CHI. WHITE SOX AT KANSAS CITY2:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
ARIZONA AT LA DODGERS3:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
ST. LOUIS AT NY METS3:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SNY
CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND6:10PMBALLY SPORTS
DETROIT AT TAMPA BAY6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
SAN DIEGO AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
NY YANKEES AT BALTIMORE7:05PMYES
MASN/2
SEATTLE AT TORONTO7:07PMSPORTSNET
ROOT SPORTS
HOUSTON AT BOSTON7:10PMTBS
ATTSN-SW
NESN
CHI. WHITE SOX AT KANSAS CITY7:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT NY METS7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
SNY
ATLANTA AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMATTSN-PIT
MARQ
LA ANGELS AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT COLORADO8:40PMNBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
MINNESOTA AT OAKLAND9:40PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
ARIZONA AT LA DODGERS10:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
SPORTSNET
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 1: BOSTON AT MIAMI8:30PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 1: TAMPA BAY AT FLORIDA7:00PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 1: ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO9:30PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: SOUTHAMPTON VS LIVERPOOL2:45PMUSA
ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP: NOTTINGHAM FOREST VS SHEFFIELD UNITED2:45PMESPN+
COPA LIBERTADORES: CARACAS VS THE STRONGEST6:15PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: RB BRAGANTINO VS ESTUDIANTES6:15PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: PEÑAROL VS CERRO PORTEÑO6:15PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: BOCA JUNIORS VS CORINTHIANS8:30PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: SPORTING CRISTAL VS TALLERES CÓRDOBA8:30PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: FLAMENGO VS UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA8:30PMFUBOTV
WNBATIME ETTV
WASHINGTON AT DALLAS8:00PMCBSSN
PHOENIX AT LAS VEGAS10:00PMCBSSN

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES269.74314 – 412 – 513 – 611 – 22 – 18 – 2W 2
TAMPA BAY2115.5835.511 – 910 – 67 – 22 – 510 – 75 – 5L 1
TORONTO1917.5287.511 – 68 – 119 – 101 – 39 – 43 – 7W 1
BOSTON1421.400125 – 99 – 125 – 114 – 64 – 34 – 6W 1
BALTIMORE1422.38912.59 – 85 – 144 – 94 – 63 – 44 – 6L 4
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2115.58313 – 88 – 76 – 59 – 36 – 56 – 4W 2
CHI WHITE SOX1717.50039 – 108 – 76 – 45 – 104 – 36 – 4W 1
CLEVELAND1617.4853.57 – 59 – 123 – 47 – 53 – 46 – 4L 1
KANSAS CITY1221.3647.56 – 106 – 111 – 57 – 71 – 54 – 6L 1
DETROIT1323.36189 – 134 – 106 – 43 – 61 – 85 – 5W 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2313.6399 – 414 – 92 – 57 – 011 – 68 – 2L 1
LA ANGELS2414.63212 – 712 – 75 – 46 – 29 – 76 – 4L 1
SEATTLE1620.44479 – 77 – 132 – 66 – 44 – 54 – 6L 1
TEXAS1519.44178 – 127 – 73 – 62 – 16 – 95 – 5W 2
OAKLAND1523.39595 – 1310 – 107 – 74 – 82 – 55 – 5L 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2313.63910 – 713 – 613 – 72 – 17 – 35 – 5L 1
PHILADELPHIA1718.4865.59 – 98 – 94 – 91 – 28 – 36 – 4L 1
MIAMI1619.4576.58 – 98 – 109 – 22 – 43 – 104 – 6W 1
ATLANTA1620.444710 – 116 – 94 – 66 – 54 – 65 – 5L 2
WASHINGTON1225.32411.55 – 157 – 104 – 101 – 35 – 83 – 7L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2313.63911 – 412 – 96 – 415 – 70 – 15 – 5W 2
ST. LOUIS1915.559310 – 89 – 73 – 36 – 46 – 55 – 5W 2
PITTSBURGH1520.4297.59 – 106 – 103 – 18 – 153 – 35 – 5L 1
CHI CUBS1420.41285 – 119 – 91 – 26 – 76 – 75 – 5W 3
CINCINNATI926.25713.55 – 94 – 172 – 27 – 90 – 136 – 4L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2212.64712 – 510 – 73 – 48 – 27 – 55 – 5W 2
SAN DIEGO2213.6290.510 – 712 – 67 – 49 – 35 – 56 – 4W 1
SAN FRANCISCO2114.6001.511 – 710 – 77 – 64 – 46 – 37 – 3W 1
ARIZONA1818.500510 – 118 – 79 – 73 – 45 – 65 – 5L 3
COLORADO1718.4865.512 – 85 – 104 – 65 – 23 – 72 – 8L 2

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT