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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell came through with a steady stream of clutch makes. Patrick Beverley supplied the intensity in an emotional triumph over his former team.
The Minnesota Timberwolves proved they belong in the playoffs, and that rare air for this franchise is just where they’re headed.
Edwards and Russell combined for 59 points to help the Timberwolves overcome a rough night for Karl-Anthony Towns and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 in a play-in game on Tuesday night.
“The game had to go in a different direction,” coach Chris Finch said. “That’s why you have a team, because a lot of other people step up.”
Edwards scored 30 points with five 3-pointers and Russell had 29 points and six assists to send the Wolves to the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference and a first-round matchup with Memphis.
“Just utilizing what we have,” Russell said. “We’ve got a lot of pieces that complement each other.”
Paul George finished with 34 points after shooting 2 for 10 in the first half for the Clippers, who have a second chance to make the playoffs with a home game on Friday for the No. 8 seed against either New Orleans or San Antonio.
Reggie Jackson (17 points) and Norman Powell (16 points) did their part in stretches, but the Clippers failed to create enough separation when the Timberwolves were sputtering through most of the first half.
Towns had only 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting and fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, but his sidekicks were more than up to the challenge.
“I took what the game gave me. That’s what they gave me. They were scared to guard me, and I took advantage of that,” Edwards said.
NEW YORK (AP) Bring on Boston.
That’s the next stop on a recent rise for the Brooklyn Nets, who were in 10th place not long ago but don’t look like an underdog right now.
Kyrie Irving had 34 points and 12 assists, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists, and the Nets took the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-108 on Tuesday night in the play-in opener.
The Nets raced to a 20-point lead after one quarter and turned the Cavaliers away time and again to earn a matchup with No. 2 seed Boston in a series that begins Sunday.
“I know that team very well and they know us very well and it’ll be a back and forth,” said Irving, a former Celtics guard, “and once you throw that ball in the air, you’re going to really see some spectacular basketball.”
Irving made his first 12 shots before a 3-pointer rimmed out in the fourth quarter. He finished 12 for 15.
A preseason NBA Finals favorite who sputtered through a turbulent season and were in 10th place entering the last week of the regular season, the Nets have run off five straight wins. With Durant and Irving, they are far more dangerous than the usual No. 7 seed.
And both are willing to give the ball to teammates who are capitalizing when they get it. Bruce Brown had 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Andre Drummond scored 16 points.
Brown, who is from Boston, talked about how they can keep doing that against a Celtics team missing defensive anchor Robert Williams. Durant was aggravated when he heard that.
“It ain’t going to be that easy, I’m going to tell you that,” Durant said.
DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks are not putting a timetable on Luka Doncic’s return from a calf strain four days before the opener of a first-round playoff series against Utah.
The team said Tuesday that the 23-year-old superstar had begun treatment. Doncic strained his left calf late in the third quarter of what turned out to be a meaningless regular-season finale against San Antonio on Sunday.
Dallas opens the playoffs at home Saturday against the Jazz. The fourth-seeded Mavericks have home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since they won their only championship in 2011. That’s also the last time Dallas won a postseason series.
“He’s in great spirits today,” coach Jason Kidd said after Tuesday’s practice. “We’ll see how his body feels tomorrow. I think we’ll prepare with him and we’ll also prepare without him.”
Doncic finished as the NBA’s third-leading scorer at 28.4 points per game. He was the only player in the league to average at least 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists per game.
The two-time All-Star wouldn’t have been eligible for the finale against the Spurs if the NBA hadn’t rescinded his 16th technical foul, assessed in the second-to-last game. Without the reversal, Doncic would have served a one-game suspension.
Doncic played his normal rotation, which included all of the first quarter and was supposed to be all of the third. Kidd said he would have been finished for the night after the third. The injury happened in the final three minutes of the quarter.
There was no sign of Doncic during the portion of practice open to reporters. Fellow guard Spencer Dinwiddie said he “looked fine to me,” and Jalen Brunson said he was optimistic Doncic would play. Brunson will be the starting point guard if Doncic is out.
“I hope for the best,” Brunson said. “I mean, that’s our organization right there.”
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry’s status for Golden State’s playoff opener Saturday against Denver remains unclear as he rehabs a sprained ligament in his left foot.
The reigning scoring champion has been doing individual work on the court in recent days and could be integrated into full practices and scrimmages sometime this week. The Warriors said Tuesday that “his eventual return to game action – and the possibility of playing this weekend – is undetermined and will be based on his continued progress.”
“He continues to get his work in,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s literally day to day, so tomorrow we’ll meet with the team and go through our strategy, our game plan, practice in the afternoon and then each day we’ll just determine where Steph is as far as how much he’ll be able to do.”
Curry was injured March 16 at home against Boston and Golden State went 6-6 without him, finding some rhythm to win the final five regular-season games.
Kerr said his team will scrimmage Thursday, so that could be Curry’s first opportunity to test the foot in live action if he’s ready. He won’t play in a game until he has been in a scrimmage.
“The whole team will need a scrimmage given that we generally play every other day and all of a sudden we have six days between games, that’s pretty unique,” Kerr said. “Everybody will need a scrimmage but it would be irresponsible to put Steph out there in a playoff game without having scrimmage time before.”
The Warriors finished 53-29 to secure the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. They will host the Nuggets on Saturday night in Game 1 of the first round at Chase Center.
“At the end of the week we’ll determine whether he’s ready or not,” Kerr said when asked whether there is a timetable for making a decision about Curry’s availability. “It’s hard to predict much.”
Wednesday, April 13
Hornets at Hawks (7, ESPN)
- loser eliminated
Spurs at Pelicans (9:30, ESPN)
- loser eliminated
Friday, April 15
Hawks/Hornets winner at Cavaliers (7:30, ESPN)
- winner clinches No. 8 seed in East
Spurs/Pelicans winner at Clippers (10, TNT)
- winner clinches No. 8 seed in West
(1) Heat vs. (8) Play-in
- Game 1: Sunday, Play-in at Heat (1, TNT)
- Game 2: April 19, Play-in at Heat
- Game 3: April 22, Heat at Play-in
- Game 4: April 24, Heat at Play-in (7, TNT)
- Game 5: April 26, Play-in at Heat*
- Game 6: April 28, Heat at Play-in*
- Game 7: April 30, Play-in at Heat*
(2) Celtics vs. (7) Nets
- Game 1: Sunday, Nets at Celtics (3:30, ABC)
- Game 2: April 20, Nets at Celtics (7, TNT)
- Game 3: April 23, Celtics at Nets
- Game 4: April 25, Celtics at Nets
- Game 5: April 27, Nets at Celtics*
- Game 6: April 29, Celtics at Nets*
- Game 7: May 1, Nets at Celtics*
(3) Bucks vs. (6) Bulls
- Game 1: Sunday, Bulls at Bucks (6:30, TNT)
- Game 2: April 20, Bulls at Bucks (9:30, TNT)
- Game 3: April 22, Bucks at Bulls (8:30, ABC)
- Game 4: April 24, Bucks at Bulls (1, ABC)
- Game 5: April 27, Bulls at Bucks*
- Game 6: April 29, Bucks at Bulls*
- Game 7: May 1, Bulls at Bucks*
(4) Sixers vs. (5) Raptors
- Game 1: Saturday, Raptors at Sixers (6, ESPN)
- Game 2: April 18, Raptors at Sixers (7:30, TNT)
- Game 3: April 20, Sixers at Raptors (8, NBATV)
- Game 4: April 23, Sixers at Raptors (2, TNT)
- Game 5: April 25, Raptors at Sixers*
- Game 6: April 28, Sixers at Raptors*
- Game 7: April 30, Raptors at Sixers*
(1) Suns vs. (8) Play-in
- Game 1: Sunday, Play-in at Suns (9, TNT)
- Game 2: April 19, Play-in at Suns (10, TNT)
- Game 3: April 22, Suns at Play-in
- Game 4: April 24, Suns at Play-in (9:30, TNT)
- Game 5: April 26, Play-in at Suns*
- Game 6: April 28, Suns at Play-in*
- Game 7: April 30, Play-in at Suns*
(2) Grizzlies vs. (7) Timberwolves
- Game 1: Saturday, Timberwolves at Grizzlies (3:30, ESPN)
- Game 2: April 19, Timberwolves at Grizzlies
- Game 3: April 21, Grizzlies at Timberwolves (7:30, TNT)
- Game 4: April 23, Grizzlies at Timberwolves
- Game 5: April 26, Timberwolves at Grizzlies*
- Game 6: April 29, Grizzlies at Timberwolves*
- Game 7: May 1, Timberwolves at Grizzlies*
(3) Warriors vs. (6) Nuggets
- Game 1: Saturday, Nuggets at Warriors (8:30, ABC)
- Game 2: April 18, Nuggets at Warriors (10, TNT)
- Game 3: April 21, Warriors at Nuggets (10, TNT)
- Game 4: April 24, Warriors at Nuggets (3:30, ABC)
- Game 5: April 27, Nuggets at Warriors*
- Game 6: April 29, Warriors at Nuggets*
- Game 7: May 1, Nuggets at Warriors*
(4) Mavericks vs. (5) Jazz
- Game 1: Saturday, Jazz at Mavericks (1, ESPN)
- Game 2: April 18, Jazz at Mavericks (8:30, NBATV)
- Game 3: April 21, Mavericks at Jazz (9, NBATV)
- Game 4: April 23, Mavericks at Jazz (4:30, TNT)
- Game 5: April 25, Jazz at Mavericks*
- Game 6: April 28, Mavericks at Jazz*
- Game 7: April 30, Jazz at Mavericks*
CINCINNATI (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, remarkable rookie Steven Kwan reached base three more times and the Cleveland Guardians spoiled Cincinnati’s home opener by beating the Reds 10-5 Tuesday.
Kwan has now reached base at least three times in all five games of his major league career. The 24-year-old outfielder kept up his super start with a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly.
“He’s got his head screwed on tight,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “I checked some of his interviews, because I wanted to see. We’re pretty high on his ability to handle all this. That won’t be an issue.”
Kwan is batting 10 for 15 since making his debut on opening day. He has reached base in 18 of 24 plate appearances, the most times for any player in his first five games since 1901.
“As these records don’t feel real, I don’t think it’s going to settle in for a couple weeks,” Kwan said. “It’s all a culmination of the hard work over the years and it’s awesome to help contribute.”
Andres Gimenez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Hunter Strickland (0-1). Ramirez, who tripled and singled earlier, capped a six-run burst with his third career slam, connecting against Daniel Duarte for a 10-4 lead.
“Great comeback. Fighting back like that, you want to win that one,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Cleveland ace Shane Bieber retired the first 10 batters. He didn’t allow a hit until Jake Fraley doubled with one out in the sixth, starting a four-run rally that made it 4-all
“He’s always going to give his team a chance to win,” Reds outfielder Tyler Naquin said. “He threw the ball really well.”
Trevor Stephan (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Seiya Suzuki homered twice, Drew Smyly pitched five scoreless innings and the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday, spoiling the Pirates’ home opener.
Suzuki connected for leadoff shots in the fifth and seventh. One of the top players in Japan, Suzuki signed an $85 million, five-year contract with the Cubs last month.
“I’m just trying to stay aggressive and trying to make the pitcher throw more pitches,” Suzuki said through a translator. “Obviously I’m getting lucky, and I just want to continue to contribute like this.”
Smyly (1-0) permitted three hits and walked none in his Cubs debut. The left-hander agreed to a one-year contract last month.
Smyly also signed a $10 million, two-year contract with the Cubs in December 2017, but he never pitched for Chicago. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, he ran out of time to get into a big league game in 2018 and was traded to Texas that November.
Smyly chuckled when asked about finally making his Cubs debut.
“Everything works out for a reason, everyone has a different path,” Smyly said. “I’ve been very lucky in my career, and I feel very fortunate to be back here and pitching for the Cubs. It felt good to go out there, pitch well and help the team win a game.”
The Pirates got their only run on Bryan Reynolds’ homer against Mychal Givens in the eighth.
David Robertson worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
Jose Quintana (0-1) made his first appearance for Pittsburgh, pitching five effective innings against one of his former teams. The veteran lefty joined the Pirates as a free agent in November after posting a 6.43 ERA in an injury-plagued 2021 season with the Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco.
“All day long, I thought he threw the ball well,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “If he goes out in the rest of his starts and throws the ball like that, we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”
Suzuki drove a full-count pitch from Quintana deep to right-center in the fifth. He connected against Anthony Banda in the seventh for his third homer in his fourth major league game.
DETROIT (AP) Rafael Devers singled through the open shortstop area with the infield shifted to the right side, driving in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3.
“Teams are going to attack him a certain way and he feels like he has to swing hard. It’s the other way around,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “Just take what they give you. That’s the mark of a professional hitter.”
Garrett Whitlock (1-0) pitched four hitless innings to win in his first appearance since the Red Sox announced his $18.75 million, four-year contract on Sunday.
Hirokazu Sawamura also got two outs in hitless relief of starter Rich Hill, who allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Cora ideally wanted Hill to go five innings and have Whitlock pitch the last four. The plan almost worked to perfection.
“They’re going to load up with righties against Rich,” Cora said. “He can get them out and then we can turn the page to Whitlock. We get a lot of good matchups from that. They complement each other well. It’s a good plan, it’s just a matter of how long we can do it.”
Whitlock allowed just one baserunner, on a sixth-inning walk to Jeimer Candelario, in an efficient 39-pitch outing.
“Rich pitched amazing, did an absolutely wonderful job,” Whitlock said.
Boston, which has not been above .500, improved to 2-3.
Devers had a pair of RBI singles, raising his average to .381, and Kike Hernandez doubled twice for the Red Sox.
Detroit’s Spencer Torkelson, the top pick of the 2020 amateur draft, doubled in the third inning for his first big league hit after an 0-for-10 start. The ball dropped in right-center, 309 feet from the plate, in front of the glove of diving right fielder Christian Arroyo.
CHICAGO (AP) Luis Robert hit his first home run of the season, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that led the White Sox over the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Tuesday in their home opener and extended their winning streak to three.
Robert homered off Matt Brash (0-1), a 23-year-old right-hander making his major league debut.
“He showed a lot of why he’s so special,” manager Tony La Russa said of Robert.
Seattle lost its third straight game after starting with two wins. The Mariners have scored 10 runs: only Baltimore (six) and Milwaukee (nine) began the night with fewer.
Seattle was 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, getting an RBI single from Jesse Winker with two outs in the ninth off Liam Hendriks, who struck out Mitch Haniger on three pitches for his first save. The Mariners are hitting .156 (7 for 45) with runners in scoring position this season.
Reynaldo Lopez (1-0) relieved left-hander Bennett Souza with two outs and two on in the fifth and threw a fastball past Haniger for a called third strike.
With Chicago leading 2-1, Aaron Bummer struck out Winker to strand two runners in the seventh. Winkler has gotten all seven of his outs this season on strikeouts.
With the potential tying run at second, Kendall Graveman threw a sinker past Jared Kelenic for a called third strike that ended the eighth.
Brash, a 23-year-old native of Kingston, Ontario, hadn’t pitched above Double-A prior to Tuesday. Brash relied on a sweeping knuckle-curve and a fastball clocked as high as 99.2 mph, on a first-inning pitch to Jose Abreu. Brash threw 51 knuck-curves, 30 fastballs and four changeups.
“I was just attacking the hitters,” Brash said. “I wasn’t too worried about the score.”
Brash’s lone walk, to Josh Harrison with one out in the third set, up Chicago’s first run when shortstop J.P. Crawford bobbled Tim Anderson’s potential inning-ending double play grounder for an error.
“He’s got a great future,” La Russa said of Brash.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Alyssa Nakken made major league history as the first female coach on the field in a regular-season game when she took her spot for the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night against San Diego.
Nakken came in to coach first base for the Giants in the third inning after Antoan Richardson was ejected.
When she was announced as Richardson’s replacement, Nakken received a warm ovation from the crowd at Oracle Park, and a congratulatory handshake from Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The Giants won 13-2.
San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said Nakken had “prepared for this moment” while working with Richardson and others.
“So it’s not a foreign spot on the field for her. She does so many other things well that aren’t seen,” he said. “So it’s nice to see her kind of be right there in the spotlight and do it on the field.”
The 31-year-old Nakken jogged onto the field four days after Rachel Balkovec became the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of an Major League Baseball team. She guided the New York Yankees’ Class A Tampa club to a win in her first game.
Nakken had previously coached the position in spring training and during part of a July 2020 exhibition game at Oakland against now-Padres manager Bob Melvin when he was skipper of the Athletics. She started at first again a night later against the A’s in San Francisco as the teams prepared for the pandemic-delayed season.
“You feel a sense of pride to be out there,” Nakken said at the time. “Me personally, it’s the best place to watch a game, that’s for sure.”
The former Sacramento State softball star, whose blonde braid hung out from her orange protective helmet Tuesday, became the first female coach in the big leagues when she was hired for Kapler’s staff in January 2020. She immediately impressed everyone in the front office with her initiative and has worked heavily on baserunning and outfield defense.
The baseball Hall of Fame and Museum already received a jersey from Nakken’s moment two years ago to go to Cooperstown, New York, and now the Hall might be reaching out once more.
CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Reds President Phil Castellini appeared to tell fans they had no choice other than to accept the team’s pared-down roster, then apologized hours later.
Phil Castellini, also the team’s chief operating officer, is the son of Reds chief executive officer Bob Castellini, the team’s controlling owner since January 2006. Cincinnati has made the playoffs four times in 15 years, losing in the Division Series in 2010 and `12, and the wild card round in 2013 and ’20. During that span, the Reds finished with a winning record in just five seasons.
Speaking Tuesday on WLW radio before the team’s home opener, Phil Castellini was asked why should a fan maintain trust in him?
“Well, where are you going to go? Let’s start there. I mean, sell the team to who?” Castellini said. “That’s the other thing – you want to have this debate? If you want to look at what would you do with this team to have it be more profitable, make more money, compete more in the current economic system that this game exists? It would be to pick it up and move it somewhere else.
“And so be careful what you ask for. I think we’re doing the best we can do with the resources that we have. We’re no more pleased with the results than the fans. I’m not sitting here saying anybody should be happy. I’m not polishing trophies in the office right now, and that’s what we’re here to do. But the bottom line is – and I do think we’ve had to shift the discipline. We’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work. And they came this close to working and didn’t. Nobody’s got to tell me it didn’t work. So I think we’ve learned from those things. And trust me, (general manager) Nick (Krall), he is a guy on a mission. And he is a bull in a China shop that has his way to do it and that way’s to grow your own and he’s doing just that.”
During the offeason, the Reds traded former All-Star pitcher Sonny Gray, outfielder Jesse Winker, and third baseman Eugenio Suarez and reliever Amir Garrett.
After the Reds lost 10-5 to the Cleveland Guardians and dropped to 2-3, Phil Castellini issued a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday saying the Washington Commanders engaged in potentially unlawful financial conduct, and the NFL plans to look into the most serious allegations.
The committee found evidence of deceptive business practice over the span of more than a decade, including withholding ticket revenue from visiting teams and refundable deposits from fans.
In the letter obtained by The Associated Press, the committee outlined through the testimony of former employees and access to emails and documents a pattern of financial impropriety by owner Dan Snyder and team executives. At one point in 2016, the committee said the team retained up to $5 million from 2,000 season-ticket holders while also concealing sharable revenue from the league.
An NFL spokesman said the league has engaged former Securities and Exchange Commission chair Mary Jo White “to review the most serious matters raised by the committee.” She chaired the SEC from 2013-17.
One former employee testified before Congress saying the team had two separate financial books: one with underreported ticket revenue that went to the NFL and the full, complete picture. According to testimony, Snyder was aware of the numbers shared with the league while also being privy to the actual data.
The business practice was known as “juice” inside Washington’s front office. And, if correct, it could spell significant trouble for Snyder and the Commanders.
Ticket revenue is shared among all 32 NFL teams, with 40% of it deposited in a visiting team fund. Such money is among the pillars of the league’s revenue-sharing commitment.
A team spokeswoman said there was no new comment and referred to the statement from March 31: “The team categorically denies any suggestion of financial impropriety of any kind at any time.”
“We adhere to strict internal processes that are consistent with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent auditing firm, and are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate fully with the Committee’s work.”
The House Oversight Committee said it is sharing documents with the FTC because the commission has the authority to investigate unfair or deceptive business practices and determine if any laws were broken.
“We request that you take any other action you deem necessary to ensure that all funds are returned to their rightful owners and that those responsible are held accountable for their conduct,” said the letter signed by committee chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney and economic and consumer policy subcommittee chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi.
The letter is addressed to FTC chair Lina M. Khan but was also sent to the attorneys general of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Congress launched an investigation into the team’s workplace misconduct after the league did not release a report detailing the findings of an independent probe into the matter. The committee said the NFL and the team “have taken steps to withhold key documents and information.”
An NFL spokesman said the league continues to cooperate and has provided more than 210,000 pages of documents.
NEW YORK (AP) Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal scored third-period goals and Frederik Andersen made 28 saves as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night in a showdown for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Chris Kreider scored late for his 50th goal of the season, but Carolina moved four points ahead of second-place New York with eight games remaining in the regular season.
Kreider became the fourth player in Rangers history to reach the plateau. His previous career high was 28 goals.
“It’s hard after a game like that,” Kreider said. “It’s something I appreciate, it’s just hard to appreciate it right now.”
The Rangers had their three-game winning streak snapped but are 7-2-1 in their last 10. They clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2017 with a win over Ottawa last Saturday and are 24-8-4 at home.
“The first was real good. In the second they sort of took the momentum away and then they got that early goal in the third,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Tonight to me was an even game. … We learned some lessons.”
The Rangers’ potent power play went 0 for 4 as the Hurricanes played stout defense when necessary.
“That was the game in a nutshell,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “They score on one of those and it’s a totally different game.”
After the teams traded goals in the second period, Jarvis put the Hurricanes ahead at 1:04 of the third, taking a pass from Sebastian Aho and flipping a backhand past goalie Igor Shesterkin. Aho finished with a goal and two assists. He leads the Hurricanes with 41 assists and 75 points. Shesterkin made 21 saves.
The goal was the 14th of the season for the rookie Jarvis, a first-round draft pick by Carolina in 2020. Former Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei also assisted.
SUNRISE, Fla- (AP) Jonathan Huberdeau scored at 3:41 of overtime to lift the Florida Panthers over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.
Anthony Duclair scored twice for the Eastern Conference leaders, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves.
Derek Grant and Troy Terry scored for the Ducks. John Gibson stopped 52 shots in an incredible effort that went for naught.
Huberdeau flipped the puck into the corner of the net from in front to give the Panthers their only lead.
“We ran into a hot goalie; he was playing well. Overall, it was a pretty good game,” Huberdeau said. “We put up 55 shots, at some point it’s going to go in.”
Gibson stopped Huberdeau’s initial shot from in front, but the All-Star forward was able to flip in the rebound.
“I did my best. One lucky bounce, then they make a nice play,” Gibson said. “They’re a good team. When you give them a chance they’re going to bury them, and they did there.”
Duclair’s second goal came on the power play and tied the game at 2 with 9:51 left in the third period. Sam Reinhart passed across the crease to Duclair and he poked in the puck on Gibson’s glove side.
Duclair reached 30 goals for the first time.
“Awesome feeling,” he said. “It’s something I’m not going to take for granted. I’m just really excited about it.”
Gibson stopped shots from every angle as the Panthers kept the pressure on.
“I challenge anybody to show me a goaltending performance like that,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “He’s put up some unbelievable performances and we haven’t been able to finish off for him. We’ve got to find a way to do it.”
TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the midst of a long road swing, the Indiana baseball program showed some grit in a 6-5 come-from-behind win at Indiana State on Tuesday (April 12) evening on Bob Warn Field.
With just one hit entering the ninth inning, junior Hunter Jessee, freshman Carter Mathison and graduate student Tyler Doanes provided the three biggest hits of the season for Indiana (13-18) to this point. Jessee drove in one RBI with a two-out single and Mathison followed it with a full-count three-run home run to tie the game. Doanes – on his birthday – hit the go-ahead home run to left-center field three pitches later.
Indiana State (19-9) opened the scoring three runs in the second inning and added solo home runs in the fourth and eighth innings to make it a 5-1 game. The Hoosiers scored one in the third inning, before the five-run ninth capped the comeback.
Doanes led the offense with a 1-for-2 day at the plate, two walks and two runs scored. Freshman Brock Tibbitts provided the first hit of the game, a double in the fourth inning, while Mathison provided three of the six RBIs in the game. Senior Peter Serruto plated the first run with an RBI groundout.
Junior John-Biagio Modugno (ND) got the start for IU and allowed three runs on five hits over his two innings of work in the no decision. The right-hander struck out three before handing the ball to junior Ty Bothwell for the next four innings. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out three.
Freshman Ryan Kraft (2-1) earned his second victory of the season with 1 1/3 innings of one-run work and senior Braydon Tucker (3) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Randall Diaz led all players with three hits and added two hits and two RBIs, and Aaron Beck hit a home run as part of a two-hit game. Jordan Schaffer doubled, drove in one RBI and walked twice in the contest. On the mound, Joey Hurth (4-2) took the loss with five runs allowed on three hits. He walked two and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Back-to-back doubles started the inning, the second from Randall Diaz to plate the first run of the game. Diego Gines followed with a run-scoring base hit. With two outs, Jordan Schaffer doubled to plate the third run of the frame.
Indiana State 3, Indiana 0
Tyler Doanes walked to start the inning, stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on a Peter Serruto groundout.
Indiana State 3, Indiana 1
Diaz hit a solo home run to left field to lead off the inning.
Indiana State 4, Indiana 1
Sean Ross hit a solo home run to left field to lead off the inning.
Indiana State 5, Indiana 1
Glasser and Matthew Ellis walked to start the inning before two quick outs. Hunter Jessee singled on a 1-2 pitch to push across Glasser and close the gap. Carter Mathison pinch hit and ran the count full before hitting a three-run home run to left-center field to tie the game. Doanes followed with a home run to nearly the exact same spot on the field to give IU its only lead of the game.
Indiana 6, Indiana State 5
Indiana heads to Big Ten-leading Rutgers for a three-game series that begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The series continues a 10-game road swing for the Hoosiers.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler softball team held off a rallying UIC team for a 3-2 win on Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs (22-14) led 2-0 after three innings and then were up 3-1 after four. The Flames (7-23) pulled to within one in the top of the seventh but could get the tying run no farther than third base.
How It Happened
In the first inning, Lauren Fey (2-3, R, 2B, SB) doubled to left, stole second, and scored on an error to give Butler an early, 1-0, lead.
In the third, Bri Avery (1-1, R, SB) singled and, after advancing to third, scored on a UIC error. The Bulldogs were up, 2-0.
The Flames scored in the top of the fourth on a fielder’s choice to close to within one.
In the bottom half, Butler matched the run when Ella White hit a line shot over the left field fence.
UIC scored one in the top of the seventh and had the tying run on third base with two outs. The game ended when a line drive to Bulldogs left fielder, Monique Hoosen, was caught for the final out.
Madison Seigworth (3.0 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, K) started for Butler and pitched into the fourth inning. Mackenzie Griman (3-5) came in from the bullpen and was credited with the win. In 4.0 innings, she allowed four hits, one unearned run, and two walks while striking out one.
Ella White’s home run was her third of the season.
Lauren Fey’s stolen base was her thirteenth of the season and the 46th of her career.
Bri Avery’s stolen base was her fourteenth of the season and the 34th of her career.
Butler will enjoy a bye weekend in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs are next set to host a non-conference game with Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday, April 19, at 4 pm.
INDIANAPOLIS – Evansville hit three home runs in the third inning and added a two-run shot over the wall in left center in the fourth to cruise to an 11-1 victory over Butler on Tuesday afternoon. The outcome moved UE to 16-16 on the year, while BU slides to 15-18.
Mark Shallenberger, Evan Berkey and Chase Hug all hit a homer in the third inning to build an 8-0 Purple Ace advantage. Shallenberger opened with a three-run bomb, and Berkey matched him later in the frame. Hug finished off the scoring in the third with a two-run home run and Tanner Craig would make Evansville history with a two-run home run later in the fourth.
Butler was limited to just two hits on the day. Scott Jones came up with the first and Ryan O’Halloran joined him in the hit column to lead off the seventh. BU broke up the shutout in the bottom of the seventh with a sac fly from pinch-hitter Jaylon Nauden. His deep fly to center scored O’Halloran.
The complete game win went to LHP Donovan Schultz, his first of the year. Schultz used 99 pitches to get through seven full innings. He struck out five and only walked two.
The loss went to BU starter John MacCauley. Cole McDaniel, Spencer Seigworth, Benji Downs and Alex Voss also got in on the action Tuesday afternoon at Bulldog Park.
BU will put this one behind them and ramp up for a three-game series vs. Georgetown. That action will get going on Thursday at 4 PM.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team (21-5) closed out the homestand in style with a 14-5 win over rival Michigan (17-15) Tuesday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. The Irish broke out for five runs in the second and never looked back for their ninth-straight win.
The bats stayed hot against the Wolverines, tallying double-digit runs for the eighth time this season. The big inning was in play as the Irish scored four runs or more in three separate innings. Spencer Myers led the way with his first career grand slam and career-high four RBI. Brooks Coetzee III and Zack Prajzner tallied 3 RBI of their own in the win.
On the mound, five different Irish pitchers saw action. Sophomore Jackson Dennies picked up his first career win after 1.2 innings of relief work.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Michigan looked poised to score first as it loaded the bases in the first and second inning. The Irish were able to get out of both innings without allowing a run, giving the offense a chance to set the tone in the bottom of the second.
The Irish took advantage as they scored five runs in the bottom half of the second inning, all with two outs. Four-straight walks brought home the first run for the Irish as Jack Zyska scored on Prajzner’s walk. After the Wolverines went to the bullpen, Myers took a ball the other way and it cleared the wall in left for the grand slam. It was Myers’ first career grand slam and it gave the Irish a 5-0 lead.
Michigan got a few runs back in the fourth. They plated two runs in the inning and trimmed the Irish lead to 5-2.
The Irish got those runs back and then some when they put a four-spot on the scoreboard in the fourth. Carter Putz got it started with an RBI single that scored Prajzner. Jack Brannigan came home after Zyska was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Later in the inning, Coetzee III singled to right and Ryan Cole and Putz. After five full innings, Notre Dame had a 9-2 lead.
Notre Dame got another run in the sixth as Zyska doubled down the line in left. Cole scored from second and the Irish were up 10-2.
Michigan scored three in the eighth but the Irish answered with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Coetzee III got a base knock to drive in his third run of the game. Prajzner tallied his second and third RBI after his single to left. The final run of the inning came courtesy of Brannigan after an RBI single to center scored Prajzner.
The Irish head out on the road tomorrow to prepare for another ACC series as they travel to Duke. The Irish and Blue Devils will start the series on Thursday for Easter weekend at Jack Coombs Field on campus. The series opener is set for a 6 p.m. ET first pitch and will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S LAX
MILWAUKEE – The No. 10 Fighting Irish won its third straight on Tuesday at Valley Fields, defeating Marquette in convincing fashion by a score of 18-8.
Three Notre Dame players registered five points in the win, led by Jake Taylor’s five goals. Quinn McCahon and Pat Kavanagh each added two goals and three assists, while Wheaton Jackoboice registered a season-high four goals.
Liam Entenmann had a stellar day in goal, making 15 saves while allowing just seven goals in nearly 55 minutes of action. The Notre Dame defense was led by Arden Cohen and Jason Reynolds, each causing two turnovers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish and Golden Eagles traded goals early, with the score level at 2-2 with just under six minutes to play in the first frame. Will Lynch then cleanly won a faceoff and found Pat Kavanagh for a goal, which started a 6-0 run to put the Irish on top at 8-2 less than three minutes into the second quarter.
The score moved to 11-5 before Jackoboice completed his hat trick just before the half to give Notre Dame a 12-5 advantage heading into the halftime break.
The two sides each scored twice in the third quarter, making the score 14-7 at the start of the final 15 minutes of play.
Pat Kavanagh, Jackoboice and Taylor each scored to start the fourth quarter and Michael Fay scored his first goal of the season to secure the 18-8 victory.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Taylor continued his excellent run of play, leading the attack with five goals. Since earning the starting nod three games ago against Syracuse the junior has 15 goals and two assists.
STAT OF THE GAME
Entenmann has been dominant against Marquette. In his two starts against the Golden Eagles the goalie has made 33 saves while allowing just 10 goals.
NOTRE DAME NOTES
The Irish improved to 10-0 against Marquette in the all-time series, including a record of 3-0 when playing in Milwaukee.
Notre Dame has won three straight and four of its last five contests.
The 18 goals are the most the Irish have scored against Marquette in series history, spanning 10 games.
The Notre Dame attack has scored 56 goals over the last three outings, averaging 18.7 per game.
Jackoboice registered his second straight hat trick, tying his career high for goals in a game with four.
Liam Entenmann turned in his seventh double-digit save performance of the season, finishing with 15 saves.
McCahon matched his career high in both points (5) and assists (3).
Pat Kavanagh has now recorded five or more points in four games this season, including three straight.
After two games in four days, the Irish have the next weekend off and will be back in action at Arlotta Stadium for a 6 p.m. ET start on Thursday, April 21 against UNC.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana connected on back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning as a part of a five-run comeback to spoil a strong start from Indiana State’s Brennyn Cutts as the Sycamores fell on Tuesday night, 6-5.
Trailing 5-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Indiana (13-18) pushed across their first run of the frame on a Hunter Jessee RBI single back up the middle off ISU reliever Joey Hurth (4-2). Carter Mathison followed with a game-tying three-run home run over the fence in left center scoring Matthew Ellis and Jessee to tie the score up at 5-5 with two outs in the frame. Tyler Doanes made it back-to-back blasts with a solo shot over the left field fence before Jose Cabrera came in to retire the final Hoosier in the frame.
The Sycamores (19-9) had a chance to tie in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jordan Schaffer and Sean Ross both drew walks off Indiana reliever Braydon Tucker (S, 3). However, the senior right-hander was able to escape the jam with a final strikeout to end the Sycamore rally.
Brennyn Cutts was brilliant in his second start of the 2022 season for the Sycamores. The Greenup, Ill. native went 6.0 innings giving up just one hit and one run while striking out a career-high 10 batters in the no decision. Cutts was particularly dominant against the top of the Indiana lineup holding them to a 0-for-8 mark with seven strikeouts on the evening.
Randall Diaz continued to flash the hot bat at the plate for the Sycamores as the freshman third baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run. Aaron Beck added two hits, including a double, while Sean Ross added his fourth home run of the season in the loss.
Ryan Kraft (2-1) picked up the win after going 1.1 innings in relief. Ty Bothwell was notable out of the bullpen for the Hoosiers with 4.0 innings while allowing three hits and one run while striking out three.
How They Scored
Indiana State took the 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Aaron Beck (double), Randall Diaz (double), and Jordan Schaffer (double) all connected on extra-base hits in the inning to give the Sycamores the early advantage.
Indiana took one back in the top of the third as Tyler Doanes drew a leadoff walk and worked his way around the bases with a stolen base and a wild pitch. Peter Serruto’s grounder to short brought him home to cut the ISU lead to 3-1.
Randall Diaz drilled a solo home run to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth and extend the Sycamore lead back to 4-1.
Sean Ross made it a 5-1 game in the bottom of the eighth as the redshirt senior connected on his fourth home run of the 2022 campaign to left field to add to the Sycamore lead.
Indiana mounted a five-run comeback highlighted by home runs from Carter Mathison and Tyler Doanes to take the 6-5 win.
News & Notes
Josue Urdaneta connected on his team-leading third triple of the 2022 season and Indiana State’s fifth in the last five games in the top of the first inning.
ISU entered the contest leading the Missouri Valley with nine triples of the season, while Urdaneta’s three-bagger gave them an even 10 on the year.
Randall Diaz’s solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning marked his third home run in 2022 and first since March 25 against Memphis.
Sean Ross’ solo home run in the eighth marked his fourth home run of the year, tying him with Josue Urdaneta for the team lead. It was Ross’ second home run over the last week with his previous one coming on April 6 at Purdue.
The Sycamores have homered in six of the last seven games with 11 of their 24 home runs of the season coming during the stretch.
Randall Diaz’s three-hit game marked the first three-hit game of his Indiana State career and his ninth multi-hit game of the season.
Aaron Beck’s two-hit game marked his third multi-hit game of the season and 15th of his career.
Brennyn Cutts became the second Indiana State pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts this season joining Jack Parisi (13 vs. Merrimack, Feb. 25). Cutts and Parisi both went 6.0 innings in their double-digit strikeout games.
Matt Gauer hurled a shutout seventh inning in his first action since March 25. Gauer has posted four scoreless appearances on the year.
Sean Ross’ solo home run extended his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games, tying Seth Gergely for the second-longest hitting streak in the 2022 season.
The Sycamores recorded their 17th double-digit hits game of the season and fifth in the last six contests.
ISU’s pitchers hit double-digit strikeouts for the second time in the last three games and eighth time in 2022 aided in large part by Cutts’ 10-strikeout game.
Indiana State remains at Bob Warn Field on Tuesday, April 19, as the Sycamores welcome the University of Illinois to Terre Haute for a single game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET with the game set to be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL
URBANA, Ill. – Indiana State softball dropped a midweek contest to Illinois on Tuesday night with the Fighting Illini winning 5-0 at Eichelberger Field.
Bella Peterson picked up her MVC-leading 13th double of the season in the top of the first inning but that would be all for the Sycamores in the frame as the Illini got a pair of strikeouts to retire the side. Illinois jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the opening frame.
The Illini loaded the bases with one out in the second but Cassi Newbanks was able to get two-straight groundouts to get out of the jam.
After Indiana State went 1-2-3 in the third, Illinois put two runs on the board in the inning, getting a run in on an RBI double as well as a steal of home as the Illini put on a successful double steal play to take a 3-0 lead. Lyndsi Adamson entered for Newbanks with one out and the bases loaded but was able to get a pair of strikeouts to limit the damage in the inning.
The Sycamores got a pair of runners on in the fourth with an Isabella Henning single and a Peterson walk but were unable to convert and both were left on base. Lyndsi Adamson remained in the game for the bottom of the fourth and worked a 1-2-3 inning including her third strikeout of the evening.
In the bottom of the fifth after keeping the Sycamores off the base paths, Illinois tacked two more runs on the board with another RBI double as well as a bases-loaded walk which grew the Illini lead to 5-0.
Neither team would threaten to score over the final two innings as nobody reached base for either team, giving Illinois the 5-0 victory.
The Sycamores fall to 18-18 with the loss while Illinois improves to 23-13 on the season.
The Illinois victory gives them an 11-2 lead in the all-time series.
Indiana State will return home this weekend to host Drake for a three-game MVC showdown beginning with a doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL
VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team took a 4-2 lead into the sixth inning, but the Valparaiso Beacons picked up a 5-4 win over the Mastodons on Tuesday (April 12).
Senior Lauren McConnell (1-4) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (6-28).
Offensively, the Mastodons were paced by junior Epiphany Hang, who went 3-for-4 on the day with two doubles and two RBIs. Camryn Mosher compiled a noteworthy effort as well, going 1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI. Senior Alise Hale also contributed for Purdue Fort Wayne, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate, while adding a double.
The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Purdue Fort Wayne got an RBI single from Sonia Solis, scoring Hale from second base.
The Mastodons lost the lead they built in the first, but got back on the board in the third trailing 2-1. Purdue Fort Wayne pushed two runs across on a two-run double from Hang that brought home Emma McMillan and Hale, which brought the Mastodons lead to 3-2.
Purdue Fort Wayne kept Valparaiso scoreless before expanding their lead to 4-2 the following inning. The Mastodons notched a run on Mosher’s leadoff home run off freshman Cheyenne Nietz. The Mastodons were unable to hold the lead, as Valparaiso scored three times over the remaining three innings to grab the 5-4 win.
» Hang led the Mastodons by picking up three base hits, a career-high as a Mastodon.
» Hang had two RBIs, also matching a career-high.
» McConnell struck out four Beacons.
» Valparaiso was led offensively by senior Jaina Westphal, who went 3-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI.
» Nietz led the Beacons pitching staff, throwing four innings of one-run ball.
The ‘Dons return to Horizon League play on Friday (April 15) when they welcome Detroit Mercy to the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field to start a three-game series.
INDIANAPOLIS – With ten hits, including homers by Mackenzie Myars and Abbey Haas, the Jaguars defeat Ball State on Tuesday afternoon, 8-3. IUPUI improves to 9-26 overall.
Ball State (13-22) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With runners on second and third, Amaia Daniel singled up the middle to score Samantha-Jo Mata and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Delanie Johnson hit a bases clearing double to right center to extend the Cards lead to 3-0.
IUPUI cut that lead to one in the bottom half of the first inning, 3-2. Rachael Gregory walked, then with two outs, Myars launched her third home run of the season over the left center wall to cut the deficit to one.
After two scoreless innings, the Jags tied it up then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Amber Pagan walked followed by a single from Haas to put runners on first and second. Freshman Kendal Calvert singled to right center to score Pagan and tie the game at 3-3. Morgan Gilbert walked to load the bases for Gregory. Gregory hit an infield single to score Haas and give the Jaguars the 4-3 lead. Kendal Calvert scored off a wild pitch to extend their lead to 5-3.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Haas homered to left center to score Pagan and extend the Jaguars’ lead to 7-3.
IUPUI added one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth frame to seal the lead at 8-3. Gilbert led the inning off with an infield single followed by an RBI double by Jaida Speth.
The Jaguars totaled 10 hits in the win. Gilbert went 3-for-3 with a run while Haas went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and two RBI. Kendal Calvert also went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Gregory, Jaida Speth, and Myars all recorded one hit.
Carly Metcalf earned her second win of the season allowing just three runs (one unearned) on three hits with two strikeouts in five innings pitched. Jasmin Speth finished out the game throwing two scoreless innings and giving up just one hit with two strikeouts.
IUPUI will travel to Moon Township, Penn. this weekend to face Horizon League foe Robert Morris. The Jags will play one game on Friday, April 15 at 3:00 PM and two games on Saturday, April 16 with the first game starting at 1:00 PM.
EVANSVILLE – Surpassing mark that stood for 40 years, University of Evansville baseball first baseman Tanner Craig smashed a fourth-inning home run, the 41st of his career, setting a new program record for home runs in a career as the Aces captured an 11-1 win in seven innings over Butler on Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis.
“Skip’s (head coach Wes Carroll) has believed in me since I walked on campus and for him to give me that opportunity as a freshman to where I’m at now, it means a lot to me,” said Craig on what breaking the record means to him. “Especially after this summer, I battled some sickness, lost a bunch of weight, and was out all fall and to come back and have my teammates believe in me the way that they do it just means a lot to me.”
Craig’s 41st homer surpasses the mark set by the late Jeff Starks from 1979-82, the longest standing record in program history.
Along with Craig’s homer, Evansville’s offense was stellar, especially in the third inning, where the Aces launched three home runs en route to an eight-run frame. Offensively, the Aces added two more runs in the fourth on Craig’s long drive to left and finished it off with a single run in the top of the seventh.
On the mound, left-hander Donovan Schultz was nearly flawless. Schultz led Evansville to another win, the third-in-a-row for the Aces when Schultz starts. Schultz went the distance, pitching a complete seven-inning game, allowing just two hits and not allowing an earned run, while tallying four punchouts. The complete game is the first for an Ace since Shane Gray tallied a complete game shutout against Illinois State on April 23.
At the plate, UE tallied 10 hits with Craig, Mark Shallenberger, Evan Berkey and Chase Hug all recording two and each going yard in the midweek contest.
Evansville continues its road trip with a three-game series at Missouri State on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Springifield, Mo.
Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) drilled his second career home run and Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) ripped a bases-clearing double, but a late rally came up short as the Valparaiso University baseball team fell 7-5 to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday at Rantoul Sports Complex in Rantoul, Ill.
How It Happened
A leadoff walk came back to bite the Beacons in the opening frame as that led to a run for Eastern Illinois in the bottom of the first to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.
Eastern Illinois scored three times in the bottom of the third to expand the lead to 4-0. It could have been more if it weren’t for a cannon from Drudge in right, who cut down a runner at the dish on a 9-2 outfield assist. In the next inning, Valpo got another piece of quality outfield defense as Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) came in to make a nifty sliding grab in center.
Valpo got on the board as Tucker led off the fifth with a line-drive shot over the left-field fence for a home run to make it a 4-1 ballgame. The Beacons had a chance for more in the fifth with two on and one away, but settled for the single tally.
The Panthers expanded the lead to 6-1 in the fifth by scoring twice on four hits.
Reliever Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) worked a scoreless sixth, inducing an inning-ending double play. He came on in relief of Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville), who allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings. Rosenkranz was charged with no runs on one hit and one walk in his 1 1/3 innings.
A double steal that included a delayed steal of home helped EIU add one in the eighth to expand the lead to 7-1.
Valpo rallied in the bottom of the ninth, which started with a Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) double. Drudge eventually cleared the bases with a two-bagger of his own, trimming the deficit to 7-4. With two outs, Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) lashed a run-scoring single to right to shrink the lead to 7-5, then a collision between two Panther fielders in shallow right allowed Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) to reach and set up runners at second and third with two down. However, the Beacons stranded the potential tying run in scoring position.
Inside the Game
Tucker’s home run was his first of the season and the second of his career.
Ryan had a pair of hits, his second multi-hit game of the season. Thurston had his 10th multi-hit game of the year, while Drudge enjoyed his second.
Drudge’s double was his first of the season. He over doubled his season RBI total with one swing of the bat, boosting that count from two to five.
This was Valpo’s 10th game decided by two runs or fewer as the Beacons dropped to 4-6 in such contests.
Hannahs extended his on-base streak to 16, while Thurston extended his to 15.
Valpo (11-17) will travel to Illinois State for a three-game Easter Weekend series that begins on Friday at 5 p.m. All three games will air on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the sixth on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) led off the frame with her second home run of the day and Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) came up with the clutch hit later in the inning to give the Beacons a 5-4 lead, an advantage they would maintain through the final out of the seventh to earn the victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. Wednesday’s scheduled home game against Northern Illinois has been canceled due to impending thunderstorms.
How It Happened
The Mastodons of Purdue Fort Wayne took the lead immediately in the top of the first, stringing together a trio of two-out hits for a run.
Purdue Fort Wayne looked poised to double its lead in the second, as with two outs and a runner on first, Taryn Jenkins lined a ball that seemed destined for the gap in left-center. But Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) had other thoughts, laying out for a diving grab to keep it a one-run game.
Valpo jumped in front in the bottom of the second. Hecker turned on a pitch and bounced it through the right side of the infield to lead off the frame. Later in the inning, with two away, Westphal stepped in and worked a 3-1 count before sending a moonshot to left-center field for a two-run bomb, giving the Beacons a 2-1 lead.
The lead lasted just four batters into the third inning, however, as the Mastodons put together three hits, the last of which was a 2-run double to put them back in front, 3-2.
Purdue Fort Wayne added to its edge with a solo homer from Camryn Mosher to lead off the fourth.
Valpo had a golden opportunity to add to its ledger in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out on a walk and two singles, but left the bags juiced.
Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) picked up a huge strikeout in the bottom of the fifth with two runners in scoring position and two outs to keep it a two-run game.
The game headed to the bottom of the sixth still with Purdue Fort Wayne leading 4-2, but one pitch later, it was a 4-3 scoreline, as Westphal drove the first pitch she saw off the top of the scoreboard in left-center for her second round-tripper of the day.
Valpo loaded the bases with two outs later in the inning on a single and two walks, prompting a Purdue Fort Wayne pitching change. Hecker was the first Beacon to face the new Mastodon hurler in the biggest plate appearance of the game, and quickly found herself down in the count 0-2. After fouling off a pair of pitches, Hecker got one she was able to do something with and lined it into left-center, plating Moeder and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) to put the Beacons back in front.
Nietz took care of business herself in the seventh, retiring the side in order with a strikeout, a grounder back to the circle and one final strikeout to close out the win.
Inside the Game
The win was Valpo’s first when trailing after five innings since scoring a run apiece in the sixth and seventh to overcome a 4-3 deficit for a 5-4 win against Marshall on March 7, 2021.
Westphal tied a program record, accomplished on many occasions, with her two-homer game — the first of her career. The last Valpo player to go deep twice in one contest before Tuesday was Jaymee Lawton at Bradley on March 16, 2019.
Westphal ended the day 3-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, adding a single to her pair of homers for her second three-hit game of the season. Her nine total bases are tied for third-most in a single game in program history.
Westphal wasn’t the only Beacon with a trio of hits Tuesday, however, as Hecker’s clutch two-run single in the sixth was her third base knock of the ballgame. It marked her second three-hit game of the season as well.
Led by Hecker and Westphal, Valpo tallied 10 hits as a team against the Mastodons, its highest total since the March 5 win over Western Illinois.
Herschbach reached base multiple times as well on Tuesday, drawing a pair of walks.
Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) started in the circle and went the first three innings.
One day after throwing three innings of shutout softball against Southern Illinois, Nietz entered in relief to start the fourth inning. She gave up a solo homer to lead off that frame, but that was the only blemish against her, as she scattered three hits over four innings of work and struck out five to earn her second win of the season.
With Wednesday’s game having been canceled, Valpo (10-21) will return to action with a noon doubleheader on Friday against UNI.
U OF I BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis baseball team tallied a combined 24 hits, six home runs, and 16 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon at Greyhound Park. With both wins, UIndy now sits at 15-17 overall on the season.
GAME 1 | UIndy 15, KWC 1
The Hounds raced out in front in the bottom half of the second inning after Denton Shepler crushed a solo home run over the right field wall. Shepler stepped up big again an inning later and brought in two more runs on an RBI single up the middle.
More runs came for UIndy in the fourth as the team crossed five on a strong inning from the plate. A Will Spear RBI single, Brandon DeWitt sacrifice fly, and Caleb Vaughn three-run home run helped give the Greyhounds a comfortable lead.
In the fifth, back-to-back solo homers from Jared Bujdos and Spear headlined another eventful inning of work. An inning later, KWC finally found the scoreboard but it didn’t matter as UIndy scored five more runs to close the game in dominating fashion.
Carter Nowak picked up the win from the mound, going five complete while tossing five strikeouts on three hits and two walks given up. Cameron Ginter and Nolen Wolf each logged an inning of work.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Hounds had a game-high 13 hits while the Panthers trailed behind with five.
-Three different UIndy batters had a multi-hit game. Shepler and Spear led the team with three hits while Bujdos had two.
-Five different Hounds had multiple RBIs, led by Vaughn, Shepler, and Spear with three each.
-In total, the Greyhounds had four dingers in the contest.
GAME 2 | UIndy 11, KWC 7
It took the Hounds only the first two batters in the contest to take an early advantage. After a leadoff single by DeWitt, Vaughn stepped up and crushed a dinger deep to left field. Then, a few innings later, Drew Donaldson took ahold of a ball and belted a two-run homer to extend the UIndy lead.
Despite the early deficit, Kentucky Wesleyan climbed back into the game and took a one run lead in the fourth. However, Donaldson stepped up big again with an RBI double in the bottom half of the fifth to tie things back up.
KWC regained the lead in the sixth but UIndy delivered the knockout punch with six unanswered runs in the bottom half of the inning to secure the twin bill sweep.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Hounds once again out-hit the Panthers, this time at 11-5.
-The quartet of DeWitt, Vaughn, Donaldson, and Aaron Blake led the team with two hits in the contest.
-Donaldson paced the team on offense with his four RBIs.
-Four different UIndy pitchers saw action on the bump, with Mike MacDougall earning the start where he went three complete with four Ks. Wyatt Phillips was tabbed as the winning pitcher.
The Greyhounds are set to hit the road beginning on Thursday to open a conference series against Quincy.
Huntington, Ind. – The Marian baseball team earned a pair of crucial Crossroads League wins on Tuesday night, dominating the Huntington Foresters in a road sweep. Playing in Huntington for the first time since 2019, the Knights earned a 5-2 win in game one and 19-5 win in the second game, improving to 17-19 on the year. The two wins gained ground in the Crossroads League standings, as Marian improved to 9-13 in league play.
Game 1 | Marian 5-2 Huntington
Starting the series 11 days after it was origianally postponed, the Knights gave the ball to Damien Wallace as the righty gave head coach Todd Bacon a gem in game one. Wallace shined early striking out two batters in the first inning, remaining perfect through two as he fanned two more hitters. An error broke up the perfect bid in the third inning as Wallace would walk his third batter faced in the frame, but the sophmore kept calm retiring the side with a pop up and strikeout.
The game remained scoreless through three as Marian’s offense came up short in each of the first four innings of Tuesday’s opener, stranding a hit in each of the innings. Wallace got out of a self-inflicted jam in the bottom of the fourth to keep the contest 0-0, and after his seventh strikeout of the game the offense came through. Kameron Salazar led off the fifth with a single, and Hironori Kato followed with a hit of his own. Jackson Hogg drove in the game’s first run one batter later, and after forcing a pitching change Matteo Porcellato towered a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall, vaulting the lead to 5-0.
Inspired by the offense, Wallace recorded the first two outs in the home half of the fifth before Daniel Lichty broke up the no-hit bid. Wallace closed the inning with another strikeout, but his shutout bid came to a close in the sixth inning as a lead-off walk and base hit helped Huntington drive home their first run. Wallace got a groundout to close the sixth protecting the 4-1 lead, and picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Kato drove in Salazar after the freshman led the frame with a double.
Wallace carried the 5-1 lead into the eighth after throwing a perfect seventh, replicating his success getting a strikeout as part of his three-batter eighth. Coach Bacon rolled with Wallace in the ninth as the sophomore looked to complete the perfect game, and looked in trouble after allowing a lead-off solo shot. The blast didn’t phase the Knights’ pitcher, as he struck out three batters in the final inning, retiring Huntington with a runner on first to lock in the complete game victory.
The Knights’ starter tossed his complete game of the season, striking out a career-high 14 batters over the nine inning gem. Wallace allowed just seven runners to reach base, allowing two runs on three hits and walking four batters in his 135 pitches. The offense racked up 11 hits with Kato going 4-5 at the dish, while Hogg went 2-4. Porcellato’s home run gave him a team-best three RBI in the win.
Game 2 | Marian 19-5 Huntington
Marian continued to roll on offense in the second game of the day, picking up a quick run as back to back singles from Trey Heidlage and JJ Rivera drove in a run, with Rivera’s hit scoring Porcellato who drew a two-out walk. Craig Nixon followed Wallace’s path and started strong on the mound in the bottom of the first, forcing three outs throughout his defense over the first four batters he faced.
The offense broke the game open in the second inning, as Dion Wintjes began a big inning with a single to center. Salazar and Kato followed with back to back hits to score Wintjes, and Hogg walked to load the bases. Porcellato picked up an RBI with a groundout, and after Heidlage walked the Foresters switched pitchers. The change didn’t slow the offense, as Rivera cracked a single to score a run, and AJ Bordenet slammed a bases-clearing double to center. Bryce Davenport capped the seven-run inning with an RBI single, pushing Marian to an 8-0 lead after two complete as Nixon stranded a single in the home half.
After a scoreless third inning Marian added two more runs in the fourth, as Rivera ripped his 20th double of the season to give his team a runner. A Bordenet walk put a second runner on, and two batters later Wintjes pushed Marian’s lead to 10-0 with a two RBI single. Huntington snapped Nixon’s shutout bid in the fourth as they picked up a solo shot, but Nixon got out of a jam stranding two singles with a groundout to first.
Scoring picked up in the fifth as Hogg and Bordenet each delivered an RBI to give Marian a 12-1 advantage, but the Foresters made things interesting picking up four runs in the bottom of the inning. Michael Mates cut off the Foresters spree entering the sixth leading 12-5, and in the penultimate trip to the plate the offense hung a seven-spot on Huntington. Marian’s sixth inning scoring was headlined by six combined walks and hit batters, with Hogg and Porcellato each roping a two RBI single. Wintjes added a two RBI of his own, and Bordenet capped the scoring touching home on a wild pitch.
Mates was flawless in his sixth inning protecting the 19-5 lead, and Taylor Soper completed the romping of Huntington getting a strikeout and pair of groundouts to complete Marian’s largest win of the season.
Marian’s offense scored 19 runs for their second-highest total of the season, getting 16 hits in the win. Rivera and Wintjes each had three hits with Wintjes leading the team in RBI, while Kato, Hogg, and Heidlage each had multi-hit games. Nixon earned the win on the mound going 4.1 innings striking out two, while Mates threw 1.2 innings out of the bullpen. Soper faced four batters in his inning of work, picking up a strikeout in his 12-pitch frame.
Having won three of their last four games in Indiana, the Knights will make their trip to Spring Arbor on Friday and Saturday for a four-game set. The series will start at 3 p.m. Friday, as Marian will play in Michigan against the Cougars for the first time since 2018.
INDIANAPOLIS – Powered by six home runs by four different players, the Marian softball team earned a pair of run-rule wins Tuesday afternoon, making quick work in a sweep of Bethel University. The Knights continue their winning path moving to 24-5 overall and 14-4 in Crossroads League play.
Game 1 | Marian 9-1 Bethel | 5 Innings
Marian threatened to score early in game one, picking up a pair of base runners in the bottom of the first but came up empty stranding a runner in scoring position. The defense did it’s job in the ensuing inning as Olivia Stunkel tossed her second perfect frame, and in the bottom of the second Grace Meyer lifted Marian to a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to left field.
Bethel would tie the game up in the top of the third inning as a pair of singles and an error aided in the unearned run, but Stunkel minimized the damage recording her third strikeout of the game to get out of the frame. Sierra Norman lifted her team in the bottom of the inning crushing a home run to left center, jumping Marian back on top 2-1.
In the following inning Stunkel picked up two strikeouts, and the offense came to life with two outs as Abbi Wirey blasted a solo home run. Caitlyn Phillips reached on a single and later executed a double steal with Savannah Harweger, with Phillips plating the fourth run. Jenna Minnix drew a walk to prolong the frame, and Shelbie Stotts made the second two-out walk sting as she annihilated an 0-1 pitch to left field, with her three-run bomb giving the Knights a 7-1 lead. Stunkel picked up two more strikeouts in the fifth, and Marian quickly ended the game in the home half, as Meyer recorded an RBI double, while a pair of errors loaded the bases, as Harweger drew a walk to score Meyer and record the 9-1 walk-off.
Stunkel dominated in the circle in the five-inning victory, allowing two hits and an unearned run, striking out 10 of the 18 batters she faced. At the plate Stotts posted three RBI, as she, Norman, Meyer, and Wirey each had two hits with one being a home run for each batter. Phillips had Marian’s only other hit in their win.
Game 2 | Marian 8-0 Bethel | 6 Innings
Sydney Wilson got the ball in game two, and had immediate success throwing 11 pitches in a three-up, three-down start to the game. Marian responded to their senior’s good start with a one-out single from Minnix in the bottom of the first, and Stotts reached on an outfield error to push two runners into scoring position. Minnix would score on a wild pitch, and Norman drove in Stotts on an RBI groundout, giving the Knights an early 2-0 lead. Marian added another run to their ledger in the second, taking a 3-0 lead as Meyer scored on an error after starting the frame by drawing a lead-off walk.
Wilson protected the 3-0 lead by throwing three straight scoreless innings, getting help from her defense in the third on a pair of groundouts, while in the fourth they stranded a pair of singles with the lead runner in scoring position. The southpaw was helped out in the fifth by a double play, as Norman snared a line drive at first before snapping a throw back to second base for the final out. Marian rode the momentum in the bottom of the frame as Norman singled and Hayley Greene roped a double down the line, scoring two runs thanks to the help of an error on a grounder from Wirey.
Leading 5-0 going into the sixth, Wilson worked quick getting a pair of flyouts in the top of the frame, while in the home half Marian sent just three batters to the plate to clinch the sweep. Minnix led off with a double crushed to center field, and two pitches later Stotts hammered a home run to left field, giving Marian a 7-0 lead. Sierra Norman ended the game two pitches later, belting a fastball to dead center for the walk-off home run, claiming game two 8-0 in six innings.
Wilson scattered six hits while recording three strikeouts, claiming the shutout victory in her six-inning day. Marian had nine hits in game two with Norman and Minnix leading the way with two each, as each player also had two RBI. Stotts and Norman’s sixth inning home runs extended their team-lead to 10 on the season, with both players extending their career highs.
With the Knights games on Wednesday postponed, Marian will next take the diamond on Friday at Spring Arbor, with game one scheduled for 3 p.m.
HOWELL, Mich. – Indiana Wesleyan got the sweep over Cleary University in non-conference action on Tuesday. The Wildcats put up eight runs in the second inning of game one and held on for a 10-7 victory. Four Wildcats combined to get the shutout in game two. IWU took the game 8-0.
The Wildcats put up eight runs in the second inning including a three-run home run from Zach Rabe. Rabe finished with two hits in the game.
Both MJ Stavola and Luke Roman had a triple in the game. Roman finished with two RBIs and Stavola added one.
The Wildcats combined for seven extra-base hits in the game, including two doubles from Evan Salmon, and a double each for Denver Blinn and Blake Storr.
Colby Jenkins reached base four times with two hits and two walks. He also scored two runs.
Four Wildcat pitchers combined to get the shutout. Ethan Dixon earned the win by going five innings and giving up just five hits.
Darien Pugh had two hits including a double and also scored two runs. That’s the second time Pugh has had a multi-hit game this season.
Lucas Goodin, Evan Salmon, and Zach Rabe all had two hits in the contest. Each also added an RBI, Rabe had two.
Colby Jenkins had a hit, he has a hit in each of the last six games and in 10 of the last 11.
IWU continues Crossroads League action this weekend with a four-game series against Goshen College. Game one is set for Friday at 1 p.m.
GOSHEN, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball dropped game one against Goshen College with a 9-6 decision before a dominating 20-3 decision in game two. Wildcats reached a new season high batting in 20 runs for the first time since March 20, 2021 in a matchup with Bethel University.
Sadie Harding scored on a dry fly before a Miranda Wehrle single scored Chloe Tragesser and Jennah Yost getting the Wildcats on the board trailing 5-3 in the 5th inning.
Hannah Miller hit a homer in the sixth inning with two runners on base to reach within one run of the Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs outhit the Wildcats 9-7.
Game two had a different script for the Wildcats starting with Miranda Wehrle getting the Wildcats on the board in the first inning scoring on a wild pitch.
In the second inning a Wehrle grand slam put the Wildcats up five.
Wildcats poured in nine runs in the third inning alone highlighted by a Kamryn Buck homer to left center sending in three runs.
Hot at the plate, IWU connected on 17 hits to Goshen’s five.
Wildcats posted a season best 19 RBIs.
Alyssa Wagner and Alayna Thomas split time on the mound striking out eight.
Wildcats return to play at Bethel University on Friday, April 15. Double header is scheduled to start at 3pm.
RICHMOND – The Earlham College baseball team swept conference rival Transylvania University on Tuesday evening to take sole possession of first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. During the wins, Andrew Bradley scored the two home runs he needed to tie and break the single-season record for homers in a season. Bradley passes Danny Dopp and Eric Elkus with 11 home runs so far in the 2022 season.
The Quakers improved to 18-6 (7-1 HCAC) while the Pioneers fell to 10-15 (4-4 HCAC) after being picked to win the conference in the preseason poll.
GAMEONE: EARLHAM 12 TRANSY 7
Devin Basley led at the plate in game one with two hits and three RBI, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning over the Maroon Monster. Zach Swearingen also tallied three RBI from two hits. Bradley recorded his first homer of the evening with a solo shot to left-center in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Dillon Fischer started the game on the mound and pitched 5.1 innings to earn the winning decision. He allowed three earned runs from five hits and struck out five batters. Jacob Renner closed out the game with 2.2 innings and allowed just one baserunner through a walk while striking out two.
GAME TWO: EARLHAM 14 TRANSY 5
Bradley broke the home runs record in game two with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning. Cameron McCabe scored three hits and one RBI.
Nate Hemmerich got the start for the Quakers and tossed three innings with three strikeouts and three hits. A total of five Earlham pitchers saw action in game two with Dillon Bandi earning the winning decision.
The Quakers will be back in Sadler Stadium on Friday to host Bluffton University for an HCAC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5 pm.
WABASH MEN’S GOLF
The Wabash College golf team shot a final round of 318 on Tuesday to finish 17th out of 20 teams competing at the 2022 Division III Showcase hosted by Hanover College. The event was held at the Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Indiana.
Wabash finished with a two-day total of 633 strokes for 36 holes after carding a 315 as a team on Monday.
Brayden Weiss was the top finisher for the Little Giants. He shot back-to-back 76s on Monday and Tuesday to finish 12 strokes over par with a score of 152 to tie for 53rd place out of 100 golfers competing at the event. Hyatt Hines tied for 82nd place after shooting a pair of 80s for a total score of 160. Lewis Dellinger finished in 86th place with a score of 161 (79-82). Conner Taylor tied for 91st place with a total of 166 strokes (80-86). Miles Patterson shot an 80 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 96th place with a total score of 168.
Wabash will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to play in the Discover Dekalb Emore Invite schedule to take place April 16-17 at Cherokee Run Golf Club.
WABASH MEN’S LAX
Wabash faced DePauw in North Coast Athletic Conference competition at Fischer Field Tuesday afternoon. The Little Giants got a goal from Ethan Stonis in the third quarter in the 18-1 loss to the visiting Tigers.
Stonis tallied his 19th goal of the season with 3:51 remaining in the third period when he scooped up a ground ball after a Wabash (3-8, 0-0-4 NCAC) missed shot attempt. Stonis dodged to the left side of the goal to find an opening for the goal.
DePauw (2-9, 1-3 NCAC) scored the first three goals of the contest in the opening four minutes of the contest on the way to the victory.
Joseph Plencner led the Little Giants with eight shot attempts with five shots on goal. Artie Rogers, Ethan Hendricks, and Stonis each finished with one shot on goal apiece.
Evan Schiefelbein led Wabash with seven ground balls and created a team-high five turnovers on defense. Goalkeeper Matthew Hendrick made eight saves for Wabash in the game. The Little Giants held DePauw to one goal in four man-up opportunities.
Wabash returns to action Saturday at home versus The College of Wooster at 1 p.m.
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team welcomed the Hanover Panthers to Behrens Field on Wednesday (Apr. 12) afternoon for a pair of big Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) contests.
The afternoon saw offense come at a premium as the Grizzlies (10-11, 3-3 HCAC) and Panthers (9-13, 4-2 HCAC) fight for every single run. The opener saw the Franklin take a 3-0 win before the Panthers earned a split with a 3-2 win in the night cap.
Game One: Franklin 3 – Hanover 0
Both offenses were held silent until the bottom half of the fourth inning when Franklin plated all three of the game’s runs. Sydney Bostic led off the inning with her first career home run with a Molly Wallace RBI double and Addie Csikos sac fly following later in the inning.
But the story of game one was sophomore starter Sydney Pitts, who was dominant in the circle and earned her first career shutout. Pitts allowed just two runners to reach third base in the game, scattering six hits and striking out four to improve to 4-3 on the season.
Game Two: Hanover 3 – Franklin 2
The Grizzlies got on the board in the first when a ground out from Genesis Munoz brought Annie Kluemper home for the game’s first run. But the Grizzlies couldn’t tack on any insurance before the game’s deciding blast, a three-run home run from Hanover’s Alex Miller gave the Panthers all their offense.
Back-to-back doubles from Kluemper and Bostic opened the sixth inning and cut the lead to one. The home side loaded the bases with two outs in the inning but couldn’t get the tying run across in their final quality scoring chance of the day.
Stephanni Kleber (3-6) got the start in the circle, tossing six innings of eight hit ball with no walks and two strikeouts. Kluemper, Bostic and Makayla Plymale had two hits each.
The Grizzlies continue a busy week of competition on Thursday (Apr. 14) night, hitting the road for a pair of league games against Rose-Hulman. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
ROSE HULMAN BASEBALL
FLORENCE, Kentucky — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on pitching and defense in game one and an offensive onslaught in the nightcap to sweep Mount St. Joseph 3-2 and 16-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball action on Tuesday.
In the opener, Josh Erpenbeck allowed no earned runs in six innings with four strikeouts to help lead a strong pitching performance in a 3-2 victory. Jonathan Oliger tossed a scoreless seventh, and Schuyler Wilcox pitched the final two innings to earn his third save.
Rose-Hulman relied on its defense to end the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Left fielder Harrison Finch threw out a potential run on a single to end the seventh. The eighth and ninth innings finished with the Fightin’ Engineers turning double plays in the middle infield to secure the win.
Offensively, Colter Couillard-Rodak and Manuel Lopez led the offense with two hits each, including a double. Couillard-Rodak scored one run and Lopez had one RBI.
Finch contributed two hits, and Brett Tuttle added a hit, run and RBI to support the offense.
In game two, Rose-Hulman enjoyed the unique feat of scoring at least one run in all nine innings in a 16-1 victory.
Josh Mesenbrink led the offensive effort with a home run, double, single, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Lopez added three hits, including a triple, with three RBIs and one run scored.
Adam Taylor added three singles, two runs scored and one RBI. Couillard-Rodak also had three singles with one run scored and two RBIs.
Drew Roberts scored three runs, and Kade Kline joined Finch with two hits each as part of a 19-hit attack.
Matthew Rouse led the pitching effort with six innings and just one run allowed with five strikeouts.
Rose-Hulman improved to 14-7 and 5-3 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 9-18 and 1-9 in league games. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to the University of Louisville on Saturday to face Transylvania University in a 2 pm doubleheader.
GAME 1 | Rose-Hulman 3, Mount St. Joseph 2
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Engineers put runs on the scoreboard first, starting the scoring in the third inning. Lopez’s RBI double was the key hit in Rose-Hulman’s three-run inning. Mount Saint Joseph put two runs on the scoreboard before the game was over, but the Engineers still held on for the 3-2 win.
» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the third, when it pushed three runs across.
» Rose-Hulman grabbed the lead at 3-0 in the top half of the third and never lost that advantage.
» Erpenbeck put together six innings of one-run ball for the Engineers.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 40 Mount Saint Joseph hitters in the game, allowing 11 ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out four.
» The Engineers drew six walks from Mount Saint Joseph pitching.
» Lopez led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
» Mount Saint Joseph was led offensively by Joshua Hagans, who went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
» Ryan Caulfield led the Lions pitching staff, throwing four scoreless innings.
GAME 2 | Rose-Hulman 16, Mount Saint Joseph 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Engineers scored in nine different innings on the way to the win. Rose-Hulman broke a 0-0 tie and took the lead for good at 1-0 in the first inning on Mesenbrink’s two-out RBI double.
» Rose-Hulman got three-hit games from four different hitters.
» Rouse struck out five Lions hitters.
» The Engineers power output was led by Mesenbrink, who picked up two extra base hits in the ballgame.
» Mesenbrink and Lopez drove in three runs each for the Engineers. » Every Rose-Hulman starter reached base safely in the win.
» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed three runs across.
» Rose-Hulman grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first and didn’t surrender that lead for the remainder of the game.
» Rouse put together six innings of one-run ball for the Engineers.
» Six Engineers had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» The Engineers had a total of 19 hits.
» The Engineers out-hit the Lions at a 19-5 clip.
» Rose-Hulman went 8-for-24 (.333) with runners in scoring position.
» The Engineers got two hits in five at-bats with the bases loaded.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers limited Mount Saint Joseph to just 2-for-11 (.182) with runners in scoring position.
» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 40 Mount Saint Joseph hitters in the game, allowing five ground balls and 14 fly balls while striking out nine.
» The Engineers drew eight walks from Mount Saint Joseph pitching.
» Mesenbrink led the Engineers at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI.
» Mount Saint Joseph was led offensively by Ryan Murray, who went 2-for-3.
» Evan Webb led the Lions pitching staff, throwing one inning of one-run ball.
TRINE MEN’S LAX
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Trine University men’s lacrosse team scored five goals to start the game and then held off a second half push by Calvin University to remain unbeaten in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play with an 11-0 victory.
Five different members of the Thunder would tally goals in the first seven minutes of the contest to build a 5-0 lead. Scoring during the stretch were sophomores Klein Burkholder (Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg) and Collin Custer (Spanaway, Wash. / Bethel), senior Austin Lindell (Geneva, Ill. / Geneva), junior Noah Markus (Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge) and freshman Charlie Anderson (Howell, Mich. / Hartland).
The final two goals of the quarter would belong to the Knights who cut the deficit to three with a 5-2 score going into the first break of the game.
Trine came out firing again in the second quarter. This time junior Andrew Douglas (Liberty Twp., Ohio / Lakota East) would supply the fire power, scoring a pair of goals just over 30 seconds apart in the fourth minute of the quarter.
Over the final ten minutes of the half Calvin would outscore Trine 2-1 making the score 8-4 at the half. Custer would score the goal for the Thunder the team’s eighth of the half.
The Thunder would strike first in the third quarter, this time aided by a penalty against the home team. Lindell scored his second of the day during the man-up opportunity to make the score 9-4. The final three goals of the period would go to the Knights cut the lead to its smallest since the opening of the game at 9-7.
Lindell would complete a hat trick in the second minute of the fourth quarter and senior Matt Zanichelli (Rolling Meadows, Ill. / William Fremd) would score his five minutes later to push back a four-goal lead at 11-7.
Calvin would put up one more comeback attempt scoring a pair of goals in the tenth minute of the period cutting the deficit back to two at 11-9.
The defense would close ranks over the final five minutes of the of the contest led by sophomore Nick DiPaolo (Flemington, N.J. / Immaculate) who once again turned in a strong performance in goal for the team. He finished the game with 13 saves and a team high seven groundballs. Outside of net the team had a balanced defensive effort with seven different players recording a caused turnover. Junior Eli Pfotenhauer (Greenwood, Ind. / Center Grove) led the team with three.
The team improves to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in MIAA play following the victory. They are set to host Hope College in their next contest, scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 1 p.m.
Bloomington, Ill.- Two sixth-inning home runs kept the #9 DePauw Softball team alive in its 3-2, 2-1 victories over Illinois Wesleyan, improving to 20-6 overall.
DePauw struck early in game one against Illinois Wesleyan, going up 1-0 in the top of the first. With two outs and the bases loaded, Katie Mathies singled to right field, driving in Alyssa Anderson before the Titans closed out the inning with a tagged out at third.
The Titans knotted up the game at one in the bottom of the fifth after Ava Khoury doubled down the left line to drive in Illinois Wesleyan’s Jen Kuhn. In the next inning, DePauw’s Emily Timberman’s two-out homer would put the Tigers back on top heading into the bottom of the sixth with a 2-1 lead.
Ali Dierks’ sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh drove in Grace Smith, giving the Tigers a two-run cushion entering the bottom of the seventh. Down by two, Illinois Wesleyan’s Kuhn homered out to left-center, giving the Titans a chance to come from behind; however, DePauw collected the final two outs with a strikeout followed by a pop-up, winning game one 3-2.
DePauw finished game one with five hits, with Kelsey Bernhard recording two of the five. Illinois Wesleyan’s Jen Kuhns led the Titans with two hits and two runs.
Cami Henry improved to 15-5 after allowing just two runs off of three hits, with ten strikeouts across seven innings. Madie Monk took the loss in the circle moving to 3-2 overall.
In the nightcap, the Tigers scored in the top of the first again with two outs; this time, Paige Price’s single up the middle drove in Bernhard to put DePauw up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the first.
The Titans would hold DePauw to one run up until the top of the sixth, and just like in game one, with two outs, Timberman steps into the box and drives her second home run of the day over center field.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth with a two-run deficit, Illinois Wesleyan cut the Tigers’ lead in half after Bailey Turner’s single through the middle scored Kuhn and advanced Khoury to second. Despite having two on base and one out, the Tigers closed out the inning, giving up just one run.
DePauw would end the contest with three quick outs and extend its win streak to seven with its 2-1 victory over the Titans.
After pitching four innings, Cami Henry improved to 16-5 overall, allowing just three hits and no runs while striking out seven. Kandra Butcher pitched two innings for the Tigers, allowing five hits, one run, and four strikeouts. The Titans’ Natalie Grubczak dropped to 5-2 overall after giving up six hits and two runs; however, they finished game two with ten strikeouts.
The DePauw Tigers return to conference play this Friday, April 15, in a doubleheader matchup against Allegheny. Game one is set for 2 p.m. EDT.
Crawfordsville, Ind. – DePauw snapped its five-game losing streak and collected its first North Coast Athletic Conference win of the season with an 18-1 victory at Wabash. The Tigers improved to 2-9 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC, while the Little Giants dropped to 3-8 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Chris Schaefer scored just 49 seconds into the contest on an assist from Beckett Tasker for the first of eight first-period goals as the Tigers outshot Wabash, 17-1. DePauw led 12-0 at halftime and extended it to 15-0 before the Little Giants scored their lone goal with 3:51 left in the third.
Schaefer paced DePauw with four goals, while Tasker and Henry White each added two. Schaefer assisted on six goals. Ethan Stonis scored Wabash’s only goal.
Patrick Lawton recorded two saves in goal for DePauw, while Jack Gruchacz totaled five. Matthew Hendrick stopped eight DePauw shots.
DePauw outshot Wabash, 52-18, including 26-8 on goal. DePauw won 16-of-22 faceoffs including a 14-of-17 performance for Matthew Roman. Roman led the Tigers with six ground balls as DePauw held a 35-26 advantage.
The Tigers committed 17 turnovers to Wabash’s 21 and DePauw was successful on 19 of 20 clear attempts.
DePauw returns to action on Saturday, April 16, when it hosts Oberlin at 1 p.m.
ANDERSON, Ind. – The Manchester University softball team returned to the win column after splitting a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at rival Anderson University on Tuesday April 12.
Manchester took the opening game of the day by a final score of 4-1. The Ravens managed to pick up a walk-off 3-2 win in the second game of the afternoon to earn a split of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
Manchester led for the entirety of the opening game on Tuesday afternoon. The Black & Gold struck for a pair of runs in the top of the 1st inning as senior Lizzie Smith (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) doubled home both Izzy Dittmar (Warsaw, Ind./Warsaw Community) and Brook Reaves (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo).
Anderson would respond with a run of its own in the home half of the opening inning.
The Spartans would then add single runs in the top of the 3rd and 6th innings, respectively.
In the top of the 3rd, Kodi Douglass (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) hit an RBI single that scored Julianne Gosnell (Amboy, Ind./Oak Hill).
In the top of the 6th inning, Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind./Penn) also connected on an RBI single.
In Tuesday’s opener, both Sanchez and Izzy Dittmar collected two hits.
First-year Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind./Chesterton) improved to 5-2 in the pitcher’s circle this season after an outstanding performance. Karr allowed just one run while scattering seven hits.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Spartans scored both of their runs in the top of the 6th inning. Kodi Douglass got Manchester on the scoreboard after hitting a sac fly to right. Lizzie Smith would then tie the game at 2 after hitting an RBI single to center.
The Ravens would go on to eke out a 3-2 win after scoring the game-winning run in the home half of the 7th inning following an error in the field by the Spartans.
Manchester (9-17, 1-5 HCAC) is scheduled to host Bluffton University on Friday April 12 at the MU Softball Field. Friday’s game is a makeup from an early postponement.
Game time on Friday is currently scheduled for 1 p.m.
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Just like the first meeting, the Forester softball team split with Spring Arbor (12-19, 6-14) Tuesday afternoon at Cougar Softball Field. The split sent HU home with an overall record of 8-21 which includes a 6-12 record in CL action.
Game one favored the Cougars 4-0 as HU’s offense was sparce. Ehler’s crew managed just three hits and never touched home, the fifth time this year they’ve been shutout. Mackenzie Walker, Audrey Barnes and Jenessa Hasty each pounded out a single.
Maddie Turner was tagged with the loss. The rookie hurler surrendered 12 hits and four runs while striking out five in 5.2 innings of work.
The nightcap belong to Huntington 4-3. Karlee Franklin got the job done in the circle. She went the distance to give up seven hits, three runs and three walks while striking out one.
Adelyn Harsh came up big at the plate. In Huntington’s first at-bat, Courtney Mason and Barnes each claimed a single followed by Abigail Reed getting hit by a pitch to set up Harsh’s first RBI-smack and a 1-0 HU advantage.
Two frames later, Harsh launched one over the left field fence with a runner on to up the lead to three.
The Cougars closed the gap to one at 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, but HU quickly countered when Kiera Stacy, who led off with a single, advanced to second on Harsh’s blooper into center and then eventually made her way home on an error. It was the game-winning run as SAU pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to reduce Huntington’s gap to just one.
The Foresters finished with ten hits to SAU’s seven. Harsh finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI while Stacy posted two hits.
HU (8-21, 6-12) hits the road again on Friday to face Grace.
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – After sweeping Marian (17-19, 9-13) in their first meeting several weeks back, the HU baseball team felt the sting of a returned favor Tuesday afternoon by suffering a pair of losses, 5-2, 19-5, to the Knights to make for a 2-2 regular season series draw.
HU’s bats were relatively quietly all day at Forest Glen. In game one, the Foresters managed just three hits with the biggest run-producing smack coming by way of Jarett Gray’s long ball in the ninth. Matt Wolff accounted for the hosts’ other run in the sixth with an RBI-groundout that scored Satchell Wilson who had logged one of three Huntington’s base pokes.
Unfortunately, both runs came too little too late as the Knights jumped in front 4-0 and never looked back.
Max Meisner was charged with the loss on the bump having tossed the first 4.1 innings where he gave up seven hits, three runs and a walk while striking out two.
The Foresters would rather forget the nightcap as they could not match the Marian’s firepower at the plate. The guests exchanged 16 hits, only three for extra bases, ten walks and two hit batters for 19 runs to leave HU in the dust.
It came at the expense of seven different Huntington pitchers taking a turn on the hump with Graham Kollen getting tagged with the loss. He tossed the first 1.2 innings and gave up five hits, six runs and three walks while striking out two.
Ian McCutcheon and Wolff each sent one long to account for the majority of HU’s offense. Wolff’s blast was a solo shot in the fourth while McCutcheon’s was a two-run dinger in the fifth. Langston Ginder also brought in a pair of runs with a double to the left a few batters after McCutcheon’s sailed one over the left field fence.
McCutcheon has piled up nine homers this season, 13 for his career, while Wolff has six to his name this spring.
With these losses, HU drops to 17-15 overall, 15-9 in league play. They return to Forest Glen this weekend to host Bethel.
ST. FRANCIS BASEBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (21-18; 10-13 Crossroads) traveled to Mount Vernon, Ohio to face the Mount Vernon University Cougars (25-12; 18-6 Crossroads) in the final doubleheader of their four-game series for the season and earned a split dropping the opener 10-6 before winning the finale 9-2.
In the opening game, sophomore pitcher Hunter Frost went out to the mound hoping to ride the brilliant performance by Cory Wolter the other day to snap the Cougars’ losing streak to another win against a tough Mount Vernon team and started strong in the first couple innings retiring the side in order in the first and then escaping a threat in the second.
But in the bottom of the third the sophomore hurler ran into trouble. With two outs and a runner on second, Mount Vernon plated the game’s first run with a single up the middle followed by a two-run home run to gain a 3-0 lead over Saint Francis.
Frost surrendered another run in the bottom of the fourth with a bases-loaded walk and then both teams exchanged runs through the next couple innings capped by designated hitter David Miller’s 11th home run of the season.
However, matters worsened in the bottom of the sixth. Mount Vernon hit two RBI-doubles including a bases clearer, driving Frost from the game and blowing the game open at 9-2.
The Cougars didn’t go quietly though as they went back to work with the bats in the top of the seventh. Saint Francis got back in the ball game with three runs on two hits including a two-out two-run single by first baseman Tyler Prince to cut the deficit at 9-5.
That was the closest they would get though as Mount Vernon added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and claimed the opener 10-6.
But come the finale, the Cougars went straight to work in the top of the first setting the tone right from the start.
Catcher Xavier Nolan led off the game with a single and it sparked a rally as the Cougars scored six runs on five hits, a walk, hit batsman, and an error giving starting pitcher Deron Swanson a 6-0 lead to work with before taking the mound.
In the top of the second, third baseman Kaden Sullivan slammed a two-run home run over the left field wall to extend the lead to 8-0, giving Swanson more than enough run support.
The freshman hurler went on to shut down Mount Vernon as he allowed just one run through four innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Cougars bullpen came in and shut down the opposition the rest of the way as Sean Ferguson and Casey Henry combined for just one run allowed on three hits over three innings of combined relief.
Swanson earned the win as the Cougars paved the way to a 9-2 victory to earn the hard-fought split.
The Cougars resume play on Friday afternoon when they return home to Cougar Field for a four-game weekend series against the Grace College Lancers (14-21; 8-14 Crossroads) with a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.
IU SOUTHEAST BASEBALL
NEW ALBANY, IN. – The No. 19 ranked IU Southeast baseball team used a late inning rally to defeat Georgetown College 7-5 on Tuesday as head coach Ben Reel recorded his 500th career win.
The first three innings saw a pitching battle between the two clubs as neither team could muster any offense. Georgetown stranded a runner on third in the first, and the Grenadiers left a man on second in the bottom half of the inning.
IU Southeast starter Garrett Hill pitched the first two innings of the game in his IU Southeast debut, giving up one hit while striking out three. The two teams entered the fourth inning deadlocked in a 0-0 tie as both clubs went three-up and three-down in the third.
Georgetown started off the top of the fourth with a solo home run by Hank Schinelle to take a 1-0 lead. Andrew Cromwell drew a walk and proceeded to take second on a wild pitch and third on a stolen base. Max Flock’s RBI groundout scored Cromwell and gave Georgetown a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers looked to break the game open in the fifth. Georgetown made it a 3-0 game after an RBI double. An RBI single made it a 4-0 game, and with runners on first and third, the Tigers used another RBI single to extend their lead to 5-0.
The Grenadiers scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Berenda reached first on an error and advanced to third on a single from Brandon Boxer. Trevor MacDonald drove Berenda in with a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-1 game.
Neither team scored in the sixth, but the Grenadiers struck in the bottom of the seventh. Ben Berenda led off with a single and Brandon Boxer was hit by a pitch. Pinch runner Daunte DeCello and Boxer advanced to second and third on a passed ball, and both scored on a 2-RBI single by Brayden Hazelwood.
Pinch hitter Marco Romero doubled to put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh. Pinch runner Tyler Mills advanced to third and Hazelwood scored on a wild pitch to narrow the Georgetown lead to 5-4. The Grenadiers tied the game at 5-5 on an RBI fielder’s choice by Trevor Campbell.
The Grenadiers held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the eighth and looked to take their first lead in the contest in the bottom half of the inning. Small ball worked in IU Southeast’s favor in the bottom of the eighth as they took the lead on a sacrifice fly and extended the lead to 7-5 after a Georgetown error.
Gavin Knust allowed a walk in the ninth but got the final two batters to flyout and strike out to secure a 7-5 IU Southeast victory. The Grenadiers moved to 25-11 on the season, and Georgetown College fell to 24-12.
IU Southeast hosts the University of Pikeville for a doubleheader on Wednesday.
IU KOKOMO MEN’S GOLF
FLORENCE, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s golf team finished the River States Conference Championship with a final round 301 to go along with scores of 315-320 in the opening two rounds. The Cougars three-day total of 936 was good for a third-place finish out of 12 teams in the RSC Championship played at Belterra Golf Course.
Midway University finished the 54-hole tournament on top of the leaderboard with a score of 898. The Eagles finished 25 strokes clear of second-place IU East to clinch a berth to the 2022 NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship.
Harley Pugh fired a final round one under par 70 to climb 10 spots up the leaderboard Tuesday to finish in a tie for seventh and lead the Cougars. Pugh paired the 70 with rounds of 83-77 to claim a top ten finish.
Jack Barnes carded a final round 79 to go along with rounds of 76-78 to finish in a tie for tenth at 20 over. Corbin Robison was right behind Barnes, finishing 21 over and in a tie for twelfth after trimming eight strokes from the second round to the final round. Robison coupled his final round three over 74 with rounds of 78-82.
Nate Slack saved his best round for last, turning in a final round 78 to go with rounds of 80-83, good enough for a T-24 finish. Senior Alec Weddell was consistent throughout the week, carding rounds of 81-83-80 to finish the Championship in a tie for 29th.
The Cougars will be in action again April 18, as they travel to Michigan for the Aquinas College Spring Invitational to be held at Kaufman Golf Course in Wyoming, Michigan.
IU NORTHWEST MEN’S GOLF
PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s golf team led by Todd Gehring-Gervase and Jake Martin completed 18 holes at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Invite at Wedgewood Golf Course Tuesday.
Gehring-Gervase led the way after 18 holes by shooting a 77. Martin also completed the invite on Tuesday as the sophomore recorded a score of 96.
IU Northwest Men’s Golf will be back on the links this weekend at the Pilot Invitational hosted by Bethel University Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at Blackthorn Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana. Friday’s tee-off starts at 11 a.m. CT while Saturday starts at 8 a.m. CT.
INDIANA TECH MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Indiana Tech men’s volleyball team head coach Kyle Shondell, and four Warriors garner recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the association announced Monday.
Third-year head coach Kyle Shondell was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year for the first time in his coaching career after leading the Warriors to their best record seen, 29-1 and a trip to the NAIA National Championship for the second year in a row. He also helped Tech to their second Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Conference Champion and first WHAC Conference Tournament Championship this season.
Junior Daynte Stewart earned a spot on the First-Team All-America Team after being named to the Second-Team last season. Stewart has been a force for the Warriors this season, totaling 378 kills which was good for sixth in the NAIA and 171 digs on the season while averaging a .306 attack percentage. The 6’3″ outside hitter also ranked 12th in kills per set with 3.9 and 12th in total points with 432 in the NAIA.
Joey Hermes has been a standout in the back row for the Orange and Black this season. The defensive specialist from Texas improved his spot on the All-America Team from last season as well by earning a spot on the Second-Team All-America Team this season. The junior finished the regular season fourth in the NAIA for total digs with 378 and sixth in digs-per-set with 3.57.
Rounding out the AVCA awards for Tech are sophomores Brandon Jones and Raekwon Rogers who earned a spot on the Honorable Mention list. Jones dished out a total of 791 assists in the regular season, good for 17th in the NAIA. The 5’8″ setter also corralled 150 digs and 51 blocks. Rogers was a menace at the net, posting 119 total blocks on the regular season, good for third in the NAIA while also notching 155 kills on a .307 attack percentage.
Tech opens up play at the NAIA National Championship against Georgetown College today at 11 a.m.
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s softball team earned a crucial split at home against Taylor on Tuesday.
The Lady Lancers (10-19, 7-11 Crossroads League) won the opener 7-1 before falling in game two 7-4 at Coach Phil Dick Field.
As a result, Grace remains in sixth place in the league standings with an important weekend ahead. The Lady Lancers will host seventh-place Huntington on Friday at 3 p.m. and eighth-place Goshen on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Lady Lancers took down the Trojans 7-1 in an impressive performance to start the day.
Jeri Ellis began Grace’s scoring in the second inning with a two-out, two-run single. Jessica Kaurich followed that up with an RBI of her own to give Grace an early edge.
Ellis added another two-out RBI in the fourth inning, propelling Grace to a 4-1 lead.
The Lady Lancers blew the game open with a three-run sixth inning. Kaurich drove in a pair with a single, and Cassandra Hayes produced Grace’s seventh run with a sacrifice fly.
Ellis had no trouble retiring the side from the mound in the seventh, securing the complete-game victory. Ellis allowed just one run on five hits across her seven innings of work. She also hit 2 for 2 with 2 walks, 3 RBIs and 1 run scored.
Kaurich batted 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Taylor Hodgen was 2 for 2 with three runs scored.
Grace scored first to begin the second game as well. Hodgen drove in Tia O’Connor during the second inning.
The Trojans (16-13, 13-5 CL) responded with a two-run home run in the third to grab their first lead of the day.
Taylor used the long ball again in the fifth inning to help build its lead to 5-1.
But Grace was able to rally quickly with one important swing of its own. Ellis and Kaurich reached base with two outs, and Hayes brought them both home with a three-run home run to left field which chopped TU’s lead down to 5-4.
But the Trojans had more runs in store. Taylor plated twice in the top of the sixth to increase the cushion to three, and Grace was unable to respond in the 7-4 defeat.
Alexis Bergman was Grace’s most effective pitcher, tossing 1.2 innings of relief with no runs and one hit. Hayes hit 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
GOSHEN, Ind. – Two home runs by Ri Koteles and another by Grace Schmitt powered the Goshen Maple Leafs offense on Tuesday afternoon. With Mia Pawelski getting the job done on the mound, Goshen upset the #8 Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan 9-6.
Koteles hit her first home run in the first inning – a solo shot in the number two spot. Later in the inning, Ellie Van Heerde and Alyssa McDonald scored unearned runs after a dropped fly ball by the shortstop. Koteles came back up to bat again in the second and hit a two-run homer, scoring Edith Vega. Goshen quickly had a 5-0 lead over the best team in the Crossroads League.
Pawelski didn’t allow any hits in the first two innings and continued to keep IWU off the scoreboard through the fourth. The Wildcats picked up three runs in the fifth, but the Maple Leafs got runs when they needed them.
Pawelski helped her cause with a two-RBI single down the right-field line that scored Claire Ouellette and McDonald. While it increased Goshen’s lead to 7-3, Indiana Wesleyan answered with another trio of runs in the sixth.
With just a one-run lead now, Grace Schmitt sent one over the fence in left-center – the first home run in her collegiate career. Shea VanScoter closed out the game in the final 1.1 innings to earn the save as Goshen won 9-6.
“Getting a win against the top team in the conference is huge,” said head coach Juliaclare Plezbert. “The team has put in a lot of hard work to be able to beat the top teams, and it finally paid off today.”
This was Goshen’s first win over IWU since April 15, 2015, ending a 21-game losing streak. Koteles finished the game going 3-4 with two runs and three RBIs. The program leader in home runs extends her career total to 30. Pawelski allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings. She improves her record to 6-7 this season.
The Wildcats, who were 15-2 in the Crossroads League before today, won game two 20-3 in five innings.
They scored in each inning – with nine runs coming in the third inning alone. Miranda Wehrle was 4-5 at the plate with a home run, three runs scored, and six RBIs. The Wildcats totaled 17 hits in that contest.
Grace Schmitt continued to perform in game two for GC, going 2-3 with two doubles, a stolen base, and two RBIs.
Goshen hosts Mount Vernon Nazarene, who is receiving votes in the NAIA coaches poll, on Friday, April 15 at 1:00 pm.
GOSHEN, Ind. – The Maple Leafs baseball team is 4-2 over its last six games, with a doubleheader sweep of Grace Christian on Tuesday. Goshen displayed their offense in a game one 17-5 win, and the defense in game two’s 3-1 victory.
Fifteen of Goshen’s 17 runs came in two of the six innings they were at the plate. An eight-run third inning was highlighted by RBI doubles from Peyton Smith, Morgan Baker, and Nate Lange. Then Goshen walked in two runs and had RBI singles from Baker and Justin Harris during a seven-run fifth inning.
Kyle Staelgraeve earned the win on the mound for the Leafs. In five innings, he tallied five strikeouts, one walk, and no earned runs allowed.
Offensively, this is the most runs Goshen has scored in a game this season and the most since a 19-5 win over Siena Heights on March 24, 2021. The 16 hits were also a season-high and the team’s most since April 26, 2019, in a 12-2 win over Grace.
Nate Lange and Peyton Smith each had three hits for Goshen – Lange scored three times, and Smith had three RBIs. Baker had four RBIs and two runs, while Jenner Rodammer displayed two RBIs and three runs.
Game two was won in a much different manner, but still impressive nonetheless.
David Lopez got the nod for GC and threw 6.1 innings. He struck out eight batters and walked just one. He allowed one earned run on four hits. He nearly doubled his previous longest outing, which was 3.1 innings at Taylor.
Goshen’s offense started in the second inning when Gabe Kermode’s RBI single scored Baker. Evan Creager followed that in the third with an RBI single that scored Peyton Smith. Grace Christian got one run in the fourth, but Jenner Rodammer answered in the bottom half with a solo shot. The rest of the game was scoreless, and Goshen won 3-1.
Smith was 2-3 in game two with a run. Rodammer, Joseph Cerda, Creager, and Kermode had the remaining Goshen hits.
Goshen is 4-2 in their last six games. This is their best six-game stretch since going 5-1 from February 29 to March 7 in 2019. The team has also swept two doubleheaders in a 72-hour span – something that hasn’t been done since a four-game sweep of Berea College on back-to-back days on March 4-5, 2017.
The Maple Leafs (9-27, 4-20 CL) return to Crossroads League play when they take on Indiana Wesleyan on the road on Friday, April 15. The first pitch for game one is at 3:00 pm.
SOUTHERN INDIANA BASEBALL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball stumbled in its homestand opener, falling 6-4 to Oakland City Tuesday evening at the USI Baseball Field. The Screaming Eagles are 13-18 overall, while Oakland City is 21-16.
USI dug itself an early 5-0 hole, allowing three runs in the top of the first and two more in the third. The Eagles got onto the scoreboard in the third when sophomore first baseman Adam Wildeman (Evansville, Indiana) scored on an error to shrink the margin to 5-1. Wildeman has advanced to third on a single by sophomore third baseman Tyler Wheeler (Sellersburg, Indiana) before scoring on the OCU miscue.
The Mighty Oaks got the run back in the top of the sixth and led 6-1 until the bottom of the seventh. Freshman pinch hitter/catcher Cordell Coburn (Evansville, Indiana) gave the Eagles’ bats a jolt in the seventh with a two-run bomb to left that pruned the deficit to 6-3.
USI creeped closer in the eighth, 6-4, when sophomore rightfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Kentucky) scored on a balk. Robinson had advanced into scoring position on a walk and a base hit by junior leftfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana).
The two run deficit would be as close as the Eagles would come as the Mighty Oaks set USI down in order in the ninth to seal their win.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Gavin Morris (Brazil, Indiana) took the loss for the Eagles. Morris (0-1) allowed the three first-inning runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two in 2.1 innings of work.
Up Next for the Eagles:
The Eagles continues the five-game home stand with a four-game GLVC set versus Truman State University Thursday through Saturday. Thursday’s game is a 6 p.m. start and West Side Nut Club Night at the USI Baseball Field.
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team finished off their Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) bye week with a showdown against NJCAA Division I Kaskaskia College at Jerry Blemker Field Tuesday night and dropped the nine-inning game 13-6.
The Trailblazers looked to get a few players back from injuries and get their bullpen ready for a four-game conference series against Heartland College this weekend.
The Blue Devils jumped out to a big early lead after scoring three runs in the first, three runs in the second and two in the third to take an 8-0 lead.
Vincennes got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning in a big way with a two-run home run by sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio), who returned to the lineup after being in concussion protocol.
Vincennes would get another RBI by sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) on a hit by pitch to cut the deficit to 8-3.
The two teams traded two-run innings in the fifth with VU scoring on a walk by freshman Jordan Roth (Delphi, Ind.) and a fielder’s choice by Sizemore.
Sizemore would pick up a third RBI on the day in the seventh with an RBI single to keep the Trailblazers within five runs of Kaskaskia.
The Blue Devils would add a pair of insurance runs in the ninth and come away with the 13-6 win over the Trailblazers.
Vincennes used 10 different pitchers Tuesday, as VU looked to get some of their relief pitchers time on the mound ahead of the return to conference play this weekend.
Freshman Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) took the mound to start the game for VU and was on a pitch limit as he is returning from injury. Stuteville retired one batter in the game and surrendered three runs on two hits.
Vincennes got some big outs on the mound from freshman Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.) who threw one inning, while allowing four runs on three hits.
Freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) and Braedon Nichols (Sullivan, Ind.) combined to close out the final two innings of play for the Trailblazers.
The trio allowed two runs on two hits and struck out four batters on the mound for Vincennes.
“It starts on the bump and obviously we didn’t get it done with the first couple of guys that ran out there,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “We had a couple of guys that still threw well; Steimel threw well, even though it doesn’t show up in the stats. Then towards the end Luke Osborn and Nick Kapostasy threw well.”
“We’ve got to do a better job on the mound,” Barney added. “Our guys have to get in the zone early instead of falling behind early and hopefully we can do that going forward.”
VU got a big day at the plate from freshman third baseman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) who finished with four hits on five at bats, including a double and a run scored.
Sophomore Connor VanLannen (Clinton, Ind.) came away with three hits on the day, including a double and a pair of runs scored.
“Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) did a great job in the lead-off spot to get three hits,” Barney said. “Peyton Lane had two hits and hit the last ball really well, it just got caught. Evans had four hits, Roth picked up an RBI and Josiah Sizemore had three RBI’s today.”
“We’ve got to continue that and hopefully start stringing it together and coming up with some timely hitting,” Barney added. “If we can do that, we will be very competitive.”
Vincennes look to make a strong return to MWAC Conference play this weekend as the Trailblazers travel to Bloomington, Ill. to face-off against Heartland College.
The Hawks currently sit on top of the MWAC Conference standings with a perfect 16-0 start to their conference schedule.
The first two games of the four-game series will be played on Friday, April 15, with the final two games set for Saturday, April 16. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m. eastern.
“We’ve got to get some quality starts out of our pitching,” Barney said. “That’s the bottom line. It all starts on the mound and that’s where those guys have to step up. Once they do, we will be pretty solid because we can swing it a little bit and we’ve played pretty decent defense, we didn’t play great defense tonight, but we’ve been pretty decent this season.”
“But it’s going to be a challenge, playing at Heartland,” Barney added. “A team that’s 16-0 right now in conference. It’s going to be a battle, so we’re looking forward to it.”
VINCENNES MEN’S GOLF
ROBINSON, Ill. – Vincennes University sophomore and 2021 NJCAA National Qualifier Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Ind.) came away with the top-spot on the leaderboard at Monday’s Lincoln Trail Spring Invitational golf tournament at Quail Creek Country Club in Robinson.
Kirchner finished with a very consistent 36-hole tournament, ending with a 74 in round one, before rallying up the leaderboard with a 74 in round two.
“Bryce had a great performance, winning the tournament by two shots,” VU Golf Coach Dennis Chattin said. “Bryce played great Monday and was three under par in his second round and still finished with a two-shot win. Bryce has been working very hard at his game and is deserving of the win.”
Freshman Paxton Schwomeyer (Oakland City, Ind.) looked to get back on track Monday, finishing in the top-ten with an eighth-place 159.
Schwomeyer was very consistent as well on Monday, with an opening round 79 and a second round 80.
Freshman Luke VanDeventer (Columbus, Ind.) was a third VU scorer in the top-ten, finishing in a tie for ninth with a 160 on the day, with a first round 79 and an 81 final round.
Freshman Caleb Newman (Vincennes, ind.) was the fourth VU scorer, ending with an opening round 83 and a final round 84, good for a tie for 15th place overall.
Freshman Sam Stewart (Floyds Knob, Ind.) was the fifth and final VU golfer on the course Monday, with Stewart starting out very well with an opening round 80 before coming back with a final round 91.
“We continue having problems with getting that fourth score improved and consistent,” Chattin added.
Vincennes as a team finished third, just five shots behind second-place Danville Area and 10 shots behind host Lincoln Trail College with a team score of 627.
The Trailblazers will look to continue their good momentum into their next tournament Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 when VU hosts the Vincennes University Spring Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1883 “Good ballplayers make good citizens.” – Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States. Chester A. Arthur brings the Forest Cities ball club, a recently defunct franchise of the National Association, to the White House, making it the first professional team to visit with a president in Washington, D.C. Later in the season, the country’s Commander-in-Chief will host the new National League’s New York Gothams, who will become better known as the Giants in 1885.
1914 Major league baseball returns to Baltimore as the first Federal League game is played with approximately 27,000 fans in attendance to watch the Terrapins beat the Buffalo Blues at Terrapin Park, 3-2. After the elimination of the hometown Orioles from the National League at the end of the 1899 season, John McGraw’s club joined the new rival American League in 1901, staying in the Charm City for two seasons before moving to New York to become the Yankees, after briefly known as the Highlanders.
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1921 After President Warren Harding, an avid baseball fan, tosses the ceremonial first pitch at Griffith Stadium, Washington loses to the Red Sox, 6-3. The contest marks the first time in six Opening Days contests the Senators have failed when the United States President throws out the first pitch.
1926 On Opening Day, 38-year-old Senators’ hurler Walter Johnson strikes out a dozen A’s batters when he outduels Eddie Rommel for 15 innings, beating Philadelphia at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, 1-0. In his next-to-last season, the’ Big Train finishes the campaign 15-16 (.484) with an ERA of 3.63 for the fourth-place club.
1933 At Sportsman’s Park in the season’s second game, Browns’ flycatcher Sammy West goes 6-for-6, collecting five singles and a double. The southpaw-swinging outfielder’s offensive output isn’t enough when the team drops a 4-3 decision to the White Sox in 11 innings.
1939 In a spring training game played in Norfolk, Virginia, Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig, with apparent muscle loss, especially around his shoulders, goes deep twice in a 14-12 exhibition loss against the Dodgers. The second and ninth-inning home runs will be the last round-trippers the ‘Iron Horse’ will ever hit.
1953 On Opening Day, thanks to the three-hit pitching of Max Surkont, the former Boston Braves win their first game representing the city of Milwaukee by beating the Reds, 2-0 at Crosley Field. The contest marks the first time since Baltimore shifted to New York to become the Highlanders, later renamed the Yankees, fifty years ago that a franchise has moved to a different city.
1954 Not wanting to be associated with Communists, Cincinnati plays its first game as the Redlegs. The team will employ the new widely-accepted moniker for six seasons before the club reverts to the Reds, a shortened version of the Red Stockings, the team’s original name from 1882-1899.
1954 Willie Mays, who missed nearly two seasons due to military service, homers in his first game back, a sixth-inning blast off Carl Erskine that will prove the difference in the Giants’ 4-3 Opening Day victory over Brooklyn. The 22-year-old center fielder’s prodigious poke at the Polo Grounds might have traveled over 600 feet if the upper left-field stands had not impeded the ball.
1954 Seven years after the team had threatened to strike over Jackie Robinson integrating baseball, North Carolina A&T graduate Tom Alston becomes the first black player to appear in a Cardinals uniform. The highly-touted first baseman, acquired from the PCL’s San Diego club in exchange for veteran infielder Dick Sisler and $100,000, pops out to first base in his first major league at-bat.
1954 In the first season opener at Forbes Field in 61 years, Curt Roberts makes his major league debut, becoming the first black to play for the Pirates. In his first at-bat, the former Kansas City Monarch second baseman, signed by 72-year-old general manager Branch Rickey, triples off future Hall of Fame right-hander Robin Roberts in the first inning of the team’s 4-2 victory over beat the Phillies.
1954 In a 9-8 victory over the Braves, Reds’ outfielder Jim Greengrass hits four doubles, tying a 1901 Opening Day record set by Tigers’ first baseman Pop Dillon. In the same contest, Hank Aaron goes hitless in five attempts in his first major league game with the Braves.
1954 Philadelphia A’s second baseman ‘Spook’ Forrest Jacobs becomes the first major league rookie to collect four hits on Opening Day. In 1990, Expo second baseman Delino DeShields, going 4-for-6, becomes the second freshman to accomplish the feat on the first day of the season in the team’s 6-5 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
1954 On Opening Day at Busch Stadium off Chicago hurler Paul Milner, Wally Moon hits a home run off Paul Milner in his first major league at-bat in the Cardinals’ 13-4 loss to the Cubs. The 24-year-old Redbird center fielder, the eventual National League’s Rookie of the Year, also homers in the last at-bat of his freshman season.
1962 On a wintry day, the Mets play their first home game ever when only 12,000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to see the return of National League baseball to the Big Apple. On Friday the 13th, the Pirates score the decisive run on two eighth-inning wild pitches thrown by Ray Diavault, beating the New York expansion team, 4-3.
1962 On Opening Day, Detroit’s starting pitcher Frank Lary pulls a muscle while legging out a seventh-inning triple in the team’s 5-3 victory over New York at Tiger Stadium. Subsequent arm problems resulting from compensating for the injury shortens the Yankee Killer’s career.
1963 Reds’ second baseman Pete Rose triples off Pirates’ pitcher Bob Friend to collect his first major league hit. The future all-time hit leader, who will amass 4,256 hits during his 24-year career, had gone hitless in his first 11 major league at-bats.
1964 After beating the Reds, 6-3, in the traditional Opening Day game in Cincinnati, Houston is in first place for the first and only time as the Colt .45’s. Next season, the team becomes known as the Astros, reflecting Houston’s role in the nation’s space program.
1969 After the Cubs, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, rally to beat the Expos, 7-6, twenty-seven-thousand fans spontaneously swarm Wrigley Field in an early-season frenzy. The fans’ reaction marks the first animated display of affection for the team since 1960, when Don Cardwell threw his no-hitter on Chicago’s north side.
1970 In their home opener at the Oakland Coliseum, a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee, the A’s use gold-colored bases. The MLB’s Rules Committee will quickly ban this colorful innovation, introduced by team owner Charlie O. Finley.
1975 The Astros retire Don Wilson’s number 40 posthumously in tribute to the right-hander, who was found dead of asphyxiation by carbon monoxide in the garage of his family’s home in January. The 29-year-old fireballer, the author of an 18 strikeout game that tied a major league record, spent nine seasons with Houston, compiling a 104-92 record and an ERA of 3.15.
1978 In New York’s Opening Day 4-2 victory over Chicago, Reggie Jackson hits a three-run homer in the first inning, his fourth consecutive round-tripper at Yankee Stadium, after going deep three times in last year’s Fall Classic finale. The game becomes delayed when the crowd celebrates by showering the field with Reggie! Bars, a chocolate and peanut candy bar with a picture of the slugger given to every fan entering the game.
1978 On Opening Day, Roger Maris returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time since being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. After shunning many previous invitations, the prodigal son returns to help Mickey Mantle hoist the club’s World Champion flag when team owner George Steinbrenner promises to install sod and lights on the baseball field at his children’s school in Gainesville (FL).
1980 At Royals Stadium, Dan Quisenberry and Jamie Quirk become the first Q battery when Quiz enters in the seventh inning. The pitcher-catcher combo combine to face nine Tigers in Kansas City’s 3-2 victory, with the 27-year-old right-handed reliever leaving the game after giving up a two-run homer to Champ Summers with two outs in the ninth.
1983 The Phillies, trailing by five runs entering the ninth inning, beat the Mets, 10-9, when Bo Diaz hits a walk-off bases-loaded home run. The Philadelphia catcher’s ‘ultimate grand slam,’ a home run that wins a game when a team is down by three runs in the bottom of the final frame, is tossed by Neil Allen, who faces only the last batter.
1984 On the same date he got his first major league hit 21-years earlier, Pete Rose, as a member of the Expos, doubles off Phillies hurler Jerry Koosman for his 4000th hit, becoming the first player in the National League to reach the milestone. Montreal beats Philadelphia in the Friday the 13th contest at Olympic Stadium, 5-1.
1985 With his team down 7-4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Mariners’ left fielder Phil Bradley erases the three-run deficit with a walk-off grand slam. The game-ending round-tripper comes off Twins’ closer Ron Davis, who had given up a hit and two walks before surrendering the ‘sayonara slam.’
1987 In San Diego’s home opener, the Padres waste no time making up a two-run first inning deficit when the first three batters up in the bottom of the first homer off of Giant starter Roger Mason. Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk all go deep to establish a major league record.
1990 “I chose the Moose because they are funny, neat, and friendly. The Moose would show that the Mariners enjoy playing and that they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.” -AMMON SPILLER, a fifth-grader from Central Elementary School in Ferndale, WA. In front of the first sellout crowd (54,874 fans) at the Kingdome, Mariner Moose makes his debut on Opening Night, Friday the 13th, the first mascot in franchise history. The team chose a suggestion summited by Ammon Spiller, a fifth-grader from Ferndale, WA, from over 2,500 entries submitted by children 14 and under across the Pacific Northwest.
1993 Lee Smith passes Jeff Reardon to become the all-time major league saves leader when the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 9-7. The right-hander reliever tosses a scoreless ninth inning at Chavez Ravine to record the 358th of his career.
1997 Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox official mascot, makes his debut, emerging from the legendary left-field wall to everyone’s surprise on Opening Day. The green furry creature, who is not warmly received at first by the Fenway Faithful, becomes more endearing to the fans when the former player and current broadcaster Jerry Remy begins to create stories about the costumed character, sharing them during televised NESN games.
1998 Before tonight’s game against the Angels, a 500-pound concrete and steel beam falls into the empty loge boxes between third base and left field at Yankee Stadium. The mishap causes the postponement of the next two games scheduled for the Bronx ballpark, with the team scheduling one of the games across the river at Shea Stadium.
1999 At the Kingdome, Rangers’ starter Mike Morgan beats the Mariners for the first time since 1980 when he hurled for the A’s. The interval of 19 years, eight months, and nine days is the longest span a hurler has gone between victories over one team.
2002 After striking out three batters on nine pitches in the top of the ninth inning, Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen gets credit for the win when the Redbirds score a run in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 walk-off victory over Houston. During his immaculate inning, the right-handed reliever’s victims include Daryle Ward, Jose Vizcaino, and Julio Lugo, who all go down swinging.
2004 At SBC Park, Barry Bonds hits his 661st career homer off Brewers hurler Ben Ford to move up to third on the all-time home run career list, passing his godfather, Willie Mays, and leaving the 39-year-old Giant left fielder 53 behind Babe Ruth (714) and needs 94 to tie Hank Aaron (755). Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator Larry Ellison, a Giants fan who also ‘caught’ and gave No. 660 to a grateful Bonds, scoops the historic 468-foot seventh inning blast out of McCovey Cove, decides to keep this wet souvenir.
2005 A nearby pedestrian saves eight-year-old Patrick McCarthy from getting run down by a truck when the boy starts to run into Boston’s Newbury Street traffic. The hero, who prevents the tragic accident by putting out his arm and saying `Whoa, watch out, buddy,’ turns out to be the boy’s favorite player, Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.
2007 The Red Sox purchase right-hander Russ Meyer (1-6, 6.21) from the Reds. The ‘Mad Monk’ will appear in only two games for Boston, posting a 5.40 ERA in five innings of work that includes a start.
2008 At the new Yankee Stadium, workers dig up a tattered David Ortiz jersey buried in the concrete by a Red Sox fan working on the construction site who had hoped to put a hex on the Bronx Bombers. The ballpark’s first ‘souvenir’ fetches a $175,100 bid in an auction to benefit the Jimmy Fund, a charity that raises money for cancer patients and their families at the Dana-Farber Institute.
2008 Reds hurler Johnny Cueto walks his first batter of the season, ending a string of 22 strikeouts without issuing a base-on-balls. The rookie right-hander is the only post-1900 pitcher to fan as many 18 batters without throwing a ball four in his first two starts.
2009 Nick Swisher, who throws 22 pitches, allowing just one hit and one walk before retiring the next three consecutive batters, including a swinging strikeout of Gabe Kapler, becomes the first position player to pitch for the Yankees since Wade Boggs took the mound in 1997. During the 15-5 rout by the Rays at Tampa’s Tropicana Field, the fun-loving first baseman volunteered to pitch the eighth inning to help save the bullpen after starter Chien-Ming Wang lasts only one inning.
2009 In a somber pregame meeting, Philadelphia president David Montgomery informs the players that Harry Kalas, who arrived at Nationals Park with the players on the team bus, collapsed in the broadcast booth and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital. In tribute to the 73-year-old Hall of Fame voice of the Phillies, Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, and Scott Eyre, before their 9-8 victory over Washington, light up a cigarette and pass it around in honor of the broadcaster, whose smoking habit was legendary.
2009 LA’s second baseman Orlando Hudson completes his cycle in the Chavez opener with a sixth-inning triple down the right-field line in the team’s 11-1 rout of the Giants. The 31-year-old Darlington (SC) native, playing his first home game since signing with the team as a free agent, becomes the first Dodger to hit for the cycle at Dodger Stadium and the first franchise player to accomplish the feat in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges did it in 1949.
2010 The ‘Bring Back Orbit’ Facebook group hopes to convince the Astros to reinstate the mascot, replaced by Junction Jack in 2000 when the team moved from the Astrodome to Enron Field. The social media effort pays off when the franchise announces the lovable lime-green outer-space creature’s return for 2013, their first season in the American League.
2011 Chipper Jones spoils Florida’s bid for a shutout when he homers in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Braves’ 5-1 loss at Turner Field. The Atlanta third baseman joins Eddie Murray (1,917) and Mickey Mantle (1,509) in becoming only the third switch hitter in major league history to compile 1,500 RBIs.
2012 Josh Thole’s bizarre base running blunder leads to a very odd double play in the second inning of the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Citizens Bank Park. After successfully reaching second base on R.A. Dickey’s sacrifice bunt, the 25-year-old Mets’ catcher shocks everyone, including the Philadelphia defense, by returning to first base, where he is tagged out to complete the unusual 3-1-6-4 twin killing.
2012 After surrendering a leadoff single to Cameron Maybin to start the game, Aaron Harang strikes out the next nine consecutive Padres in L.A.’s 9-8 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 34 year-old right-hander’s performance is one more than Johnny Podres’ franchise mark of 8 but falls one short of the major league record held by Tom Seaver, who fanned ten straight Friars for the Mets in 1970.
2015 Jon Lester finally attempts a pickoff at first base, ending a streak covering 66 appearances. The Cubs southpaw, who signed a six-year free-agent deal worth $155 million to start for Chicago this season, last threw over to first base on April 30, 2013, while pitching for the Red Sox.
2019 Chris Davis ends his recording-setting streak of consecutive at-bats without a hit with a two-run single in the first inning of the Orioles’ 9-5 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Baltimore first baseman’s safety snaps the major league record at 54 straight hitless at-bats by a position player, easily extending the previous mark of 46 set by utilityman Eugenio Vélez, who established the dubious distinction over two seasons while playing with the Giants (0-for-9) and Dodgers (0-for-37), respectively in 2010 and 2011.
TV SPORTS WEDNESDAY
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|NORTHWESTERN AT ILLINOIS||5:00PM||BTN|
|WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA||12:20PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|CHI. CUBS AT PITTSBURGH||12:35PM||MARQ|
|CLEVELAND AT CINNCINATI||12:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY METS AT PHILADELPHIA||1:05PM||SNY|
|BOSTON AT DETROIT||1:10PM||ESPN+|
|LA DODGERS AT MINNESOTA||1:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|KANSAS CITY AT ST. LOUIS||1:15PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|HOUSTON AT ARIZONA||3:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN DIEGO AT SAN FRANCISCO||3:45PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|OAKLAND AT TAMPA BAY||6:40PM||NBCS-CA|
|MILWAUKEE AT BALTIMORE||7:05PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT NY YANKEES||7:05PM||SPORTSNET|
|SEATTLE AT CHI. WHITE SOX||7:10PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|NBA PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT||TIME ET||TV|
|CHARLOTTE VS ATLANTA||7:00PM||ESPN|
|SAN ANTONIO VS NEW ORLEANS||9:30PM||ESPN|
|NY RANGERS AT PHILADELPHIA||7:00PM||TNT|
|MONTREAL AT COLUMBUS||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|SEATTLE AT WINNIPEG||8:30PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|LOS ANGELES AT COLORADO||9:30PM||TNT|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS BENFICA||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|COPA SUDAMERICANA: SANTOS VS UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA||6:15PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA SUDAMERICANA: MELGAR VS RIVER PLATE||6:15PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|USL CHAMPIONSHIP: MEMPHIS 901 VS FC TULSA||8:00PM||ESPN+|
|COPA SUDAMERICANA: WILSTERMANN VS AYACUCHO||8:30PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA SUDAMERICANA: RACING CLUB VS CUIABÁ||8:30PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA SUDAMERICANA: JUNIOR VS FLUMINENSE||8:30PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA ARGENTINA: SAN LORENZO VS RACING CÓRDOBA||9:00PM||FUBOTV|
|CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: NEW YORK CITY VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC||9:00PM||FS1|
|LIGA MX: GUADALAJARA VS MONTERREY||9:05PM||TELEMUNDO|
|USL CHAMPIONSHIP: OAKLAND ROOTS VS SAN DIEGO LOYAL||10:00PM||ESPN+|
|TAMPA BAY||4||1||.800||–||4 – 1||0 – 0||3 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 1||4 – 1||W 1|
|NY YANKEES||3||2||.600||1||3 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 2||W 1|
|TORONTO||3||2||.600||1||2 – 1||1 – 1||1 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||3 – 2||L 1|
|BOSTON||2||3||.400||2||0 – 0||2 – 3||1 – 2||1 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 3||W 1|
|BALTIMORE||1||4||.200||3||1 – 1||0 – 3||0 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 4||L 1|
|CHI WHITE SOX||3||1||.750||–||1 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||1 – 0||3 – 1||W 3|
|CLEVELAND||3||2||.600||0.5||0 – 0||3 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 2||W 3|
|DETROIT||2||3||.400||1.5||2 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 1||1 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 3||L 1|
|KANSAS CITY||2||3||.400||1.5||2 – 2||0 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 3||L 3|
|MINNESOTA||2||3||.400||1.5||2 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 2||2 – 3||L 1|
|HOUSTON||4||1||.800||–||0 – 0||4 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||4 – 1||W 2|
|LA ANGELS||3||3||.500||1.5||3 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 3||3 – 3||W 2|
|OAKLAND||2||3||.400||2||0 – 0||2 – 3||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 3||L 1|
|SEATTLE||2||3||.400||2||0 – 0||2 – 3||0 – 0||2 – 3||0 – 0||2 – 3||L 3|
|TEXAS||1||4||.200||3||0 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 4||L 2|
|NY METS||4||2||.667||–||0 – 0||4 – 2||4 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 2||W 1|
|PHILADELPHIA||3||2||.600||0.5||3 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 2||L 1|
|ATLANTA||3||3||.500||1||3 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 1||2 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 3||W 1|
|WASHINGTON||2||4||.333||2||1 – 3||1 – 1||2 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 4||L 1|
|MIAMI||1||4||.200||2.5||0 – 0||1 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||1 – 4||L 3|
|CHI CUBS||3||1||.750||–||2 – 1||1 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||0 – 0||3 – 1||W 1|
|ST. LOUIS||3||1||.750||–||3 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||3 – 1||W 1|
|CINCINNATI||2||3||.400||1.5||0 – 1||2 – 2||2 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 3||L 1|
|MILWAUKEE||2||3||.400||1.5||0 – 0||2 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 3||W 1|
|PITTSBURGH||1||3||.250||2||0 – 1||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 3||L 1|
|COLORADO||4||1||.800||–||2 – 1||2 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||4 – 1||W 4|
|SAN DIEGO||4||2||.667||0.5||0 – 0||4 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 2||4 – 2||L 1|
|SAN FRANCISCO||3||2||.600||1||3 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||1 – 1||3 – 2||W 1|
|LA DODGERS||2||2||.500||1.5||0 – 0||2 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||2 – 2||W 1|
|ARIZONA||1||4||.200||3||1 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 3||1 – 4||L 4|
X – CLINCHED DIVISION, Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT
|1 X-FLORIDA PANTHERS||73||52||15||6||110||49||305||216||31-6-0||21-9-6||9-1-0|
|2 X-CAROLINA HURRICANES||74||48||18||8||104||47||247||177||27-7-4||21-11-4||6-3-1|
|3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||73||47||20||6||100||45||279||226||26-8-2||21-12-4||7-2-1|
|4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS||74||47||21||6||100||43||227||191||24-8-4||23-13-2||7-2-1|
|5 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||73||44||21||8||96||42||239||205||22-7-6||22-14-2||5-3-2|
|6 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||75||42||22||11||95||39||247||210||20-12-5||22-10-6||3-6-1|
|7 BOSTON BRUINS||73||45||23||5||95||43||229||199||22-12-2||23-11-3||6-4-0|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||73||41||22||10||92||36||249||212||19-15-5||22-7-5||6-4-0|
|9 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||72||34||29||9||77||32||200||200||19-13-4||15-16-5||6-4-0|
|10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||73||34||33||6||74||30||235||273||18-15-4||16-18-2||2-5-3|
|11 DETROIT RED WINGS||73||28||35||10||66||25||210||281||18-14-7||10-21-3||2-5-3|
|12 BUFFALO SABRES||75||27||37||11||65||24||208||266||14-17-6||13-20-5||4-4-2|
|13 OTTAWA SENATORS||73||27||40||6||60||26||197||237||13-21-3||14-19-3||5-4-1|
|14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||73||26||41||6||58||23||227||271||16-17-4||10-24-2||3-6-1|
|15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||73||23||39||11||57||22||190||265||13-18-6||10-21-5||3-7-0|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||73||20||42||11||51||17||192||279||10-21-4||10-21-7||3-6-1|
|1 X-COLORADO AVALANCHE||72||52||14||6||110||48||275||198||28-4-3||24-10-3||8-1-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||73||45||19||9||99||43||258||181||22-8-7||23-11-2||7-2-1|
|3 MINNESOTA WILD||72||45||21||6||96||40||268||223||26-7-2||19-14-4||7-1-2|
|4 ST. LOUIS BLUES||73||43||20||10||96||41||268||209||25-9-4||18-11-6||8-1-1|
|5 EDMONTON OILERS||74||42||26||6||90||38||256||235||23-12-1||19-14-5||7-2-1|
|6 LOS ANGELES KINGS||75||39||26||10||88||35||217||216||18-16-4||21-10-6||4-4-2|
|7 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||73||42||26||5||89||40||237||210||23-12-0||19-14-5||5-4-1|
|8 DALLAS STARS||73||42||27||4||88||38||215||217||23-10-2||19-17-2||6-3-1|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||74||40||29||5||85||36||238||221||21-14-3||19-15-2||6-3-1|
|10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||74||36||28||10||82||33||217||210||16-14-6||20-14-4||6-2-2|
|11 WINNIPEG JETS||74||35||28||11||81||33||230||232||19-15-3||16-13-8||5-4-1|
|12 ANAHEIM DUCKS||75||29||33||13||71||25||210||245||16-17-5||13-16-8||2-6-2|
|13 SAN JOSE SHARKS||72||29||33||10||68||27||186||229||16-16-5||13-17-5||2-6-2|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||73||24||38||11||59||20||194||260||11-20-6||13-18-5||2-6-2|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||73||23||44||6||52||21||189||255||12-21-3||11-23-3||4-6-0|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||73||22||46||5||49||21||181||271||10-25-1||12-21-4||2-7-1|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT. THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS. THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS. X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE