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NFL owners approve rule change for OT in playoffs
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The NFL is changing its sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the ball in the playoffs.
Concerned that the coin toss to begin the extra period has too much impact on postseason game results, the owners voted Tuesday to permanently approve a proposal presented by the Colts and Eagles.
Beginning this season, if the team possessing the ball first in overtime scores a touchdown on that series, the opponent still gets a possession. In recent seasons, that touchdown would have ended the game.
That second possession of overtime would extend beyond the initial 15-minute period if needed. Should that team tie the game, it then would become sudden death.
Rich McKay, the Falcons president and chairman of the competition committee, admitted that Kansas City’s victory in January over Buffalo that came on the first series of OT, was a factor in the balloting by owners. He said that was well beyond the required 24 votes, but would not reveal the exact numbers.
“I think what the stats show is there is a clear issue we can say since the change (in rules) in 2020,” McKay added, “and the problem comes in the postseason.”
Since the previous overtime rule was instituted for the regular season in 2012, the team that wins the coin toss has won the game half of the time (76 of 152 games). However, both teams have had at least one possession in 82% of the games (124 of 152).
Those numbers changed quite a bit in the postseason. Since 2010, when that rule was instituted for the playoffs, seven of the 12 overtime games have been won on an opening possession touchdown, and 10 of 12 have been won by the team that won the coin toss.
“That data was compelling to us and to the league,” McKay said. “An amendment was added (to the original proposal by the Colts and Eagles) to not make a change in the regular season, but in the postseason, where our problem principally lies.”
The Titans had recommended that both teams possess the ball in overtime unless the team receiving the kickoff scores a touchdown and a 2-point conversion. That would end the game. But the owners, perhaps believing the Tennessee suggestion was too gimmicky, went with the other proposal.
Under previous rules, the 10-minute overtime in the regular season only continued if the team getting the ball first failed to score or kicked a field goal. Should the side receiving the kickoff make a field goal, the team that first played defense would get a possession in which it can score a touchdown and win, or kick a field goal and play would continue – if time allowed.
Of course, in the postseason, when there are no ties, overtimes continue until someone has more points.
Earlier Tuesday, Carolina coach Matt Rhule voiced his support of a potential change – something that many owners agreed with, if only for the postseason.
“You get a shot, I get a shot,” Rhule said, “and may the best team win.”
Troy Vincent, who oversees NFL football operations, echoed Rhule’s sentiment, saying that football fans have expressed the same opinion.
“The fan wants to see his quarterback touch the ball, and the data drove us to that,” Vincent said.
The owners also approved an anti-tampering rule that prohibits a team seeking an assistant general manager from asking permission for an interview until after the draft. As Vincent explained, someone in personnel for one team who has been involved in draft preparation should not be available for hire by another club until the draft is over.
Once the draft has concluded – this year that is April 30 – the employing team must grant permission for such interviews.
Ravens sign Harbaugh to 3-year extension through 2025
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have signed coach John Harbaugh to a three-year contract extension through 2025.
The Ravens announced the move Tuesday. Harbaugh is entering his 15th season at the helm. Baltimore went 8-9 in 2021 – only the second losing record of his tenure – when injures derailed what looked like a promising season.
The Ravens are 148-96 under Harbaugh, plus a Super Bowl victory at the end of the 2012 season. He also guided Baltimore to the AFC title game in 2008 and 2011.
In nine visits to the postseason, Harbaugh is 11-8. He was the AP’s NFL coach of the year in 2019.
Blank says Falcons’ talks with Watson were only preliminary
ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday the team had only preliminary interest in dealing for Deshaun Watson before the quarterback accepted a trade to Cleveland.
Blank said more investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations made by nearly two dozen women against Watson while he was with the Houston Texans would have been necessary before Atlanta’s interest could have become more serious.
The Falcons were seen as a final contender for Watson before his trade to the Browns on March 18.
“I think we had an obligation, felt an obligation, we ought to at least have a conversation with him,” Blank said in a video news conference with Atlanta reporters from the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida. “Where it would have gone from there, I really don’t know.”
Watson, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, did not play last season and is facing a possible NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after massage therapists accused him of sexual assault and harassment.
Blank noted a grand jury twice decided against pursuing criminal charges against Watson.
“The civil allegations were very serious and I think were taken very seriously and what will come from that I’m not sure,” Blank said. “Certainly we would have done even more work had we gotten to the point we seriously were considering a trade.”
Blank said the team’s conversation with Watson’s representatives was relatively brief.
“We had an hour and 15 minute phone call and that was the extent of it,” he said.
Atlanta’s interest in Watson led to the trade of longtime starting quarterback Matt Ryan to Indianapolis for a third-round draft pick. They then agreed to a deal with Marcus Mariota, who previously played for Falcons coach Arthur Smith with the Tennessee Titans.
Blank said the difficult trade of Ryan was necessary to steer the franchise on a more solid financial foundation. Blank said he bemoaned the team’s inability to re-sign two key defensive players, linebackers De’Vondre Campbell and Foye Oluokun, the past two years because too much of their salary cap had been committed to the quarterback position.
The Falcons’ financial burden grew through a series of restructures of Ryan’s deal the past several years designed to provide temporary relief while pushing back the payments.
“At some point you have to pay the bank,” Blank said. “You can restructure the debt, personal debut or business debt, as often as you want but at some point there is a day of reckoning.”
Blank said by 2023 “we’ll probably be in the top two or three teams in the league in terms of being in an under cap position, which gives us the opportunity to keep our own, which is really important.”
Jaguars to play 1 home game annually at Wembley through ’24
(AP) — With other NFL teams encroaching on the United Kingdom, the Jacksonville Jaguars want to establish a stronghold on the overseas market.
The Jaguars received formal approval Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Florida, to move forward with a three-year contract to play annually at Wembley Stadium. The deal gives the small-market franchise exclusivity at one of London’s most iconic sporting venues.
Jacksonville will have full control of the home game for the first time, a change that should lead to increased local revenue for a team playing more than 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) from its base. The Jaguars will be in charge of ticketing, merchandise sales and game-day management.
“It’s important that we protect our position, and we think this has done that by having certainty that we’ll be the only team that’s playing at Wembley,” team president Mark Lamping told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “If we execute properly, not only will it give us more control, it will allow us to have the game presentation be much more similar to what our fans have come to see in Jacksonville and it should become more profitable.”
Jacksonville played a “home game” at Wembley every year between 2013 and 2019 and would have played there again in 2020 had COVID-19 not halted international travel. The league and the Jaguars returned to London last year by playing one of two NFL games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But the Jags prefer to be at 86,000-seat Wembley, which produces greater ticket revenue and is closer to Jaguars owner Shad Khan’s soccer team, Fulham FC. They also believe being at Wembley every year could separate them from the rest of the league at a time when competition is more fierce for international revenue.
In December, the league awarded home marketing rights in the U.K. to six teams: Chicago, Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota, the New York Jets and San Francisco.
“For the past 10 years, it’s been only the Jaguars,” Lamping said. “Other teams that have seen how things have gone for us in the U.K. and how it’s helped grow the game. Now you have big-market teams that are coming into London, not necessarily with the same commitment of games that we’re making.”
The 8,500-mile round trip is significant for Jacksonville’s financial stability. The Jaguars credit about 11% of their local revenue to playing abroad.
Jacksonville’s ticket, television, sponsorship and stadium revenue streams are smaller than NFL teams in larger markets. Earning money in London helps offset some of the disparity, and the game remains a critical part of the team’s long-term plan.
“It’s hard to believe it will have been three years since our last game at Wembley,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “But that changes this autumn, and we look forward to coming back to our London home.
“We have built a great fan base already in the U.K., and I look forward to that increasing as we reaffirm our commitment to the playing of one home game per season in the U.K. for the long term, as was always the ambition when we first played in 2013.”
Bears sign veteran quarterback Siemian to back up Fields
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears signed veteran quarterback Trevor Siemian to a two-year contract on Tuesday to back up Justin Fields.
Siemian has appeared in 33 games and started 29 while throwing for 6,843 yards, 41 touchdowns and 27 interceptions for the Denver Broncos (2015-17), New York Jets (2019) and New Orleans Saints (2020-21). He starred at Northwestern before getting drafted by Denver in the seventh round in 2015.
Fields is coming off a shaky rookie season after Chicago traded up to draft him with the No. 11 overall pick. The Bears also have Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles on their roster.
The Bears decided to make big changes after going 6-11 and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. They hired general manager Ryan Poles to replace Ryan Pace and Matt Eberflus to take over for Matt Nagy. Chicago also traded star pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Goodell: ‘No time frame’ for decision on Watson’s potential discipline
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league is still investigating the allegations against Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“We’re looking at this seriously,” Goodell said, according to Stephen Holder of The Athletic. “Our investigators will hopefully have access to more information and that will help. … (An) independent party will make a final decision on findings.
“There’s no time frame on (a decision for a potential suspension),” he added, per Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports.
A second grand jury recently declined to indict Watson following a police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions. The 26-year-old still faces 22 lawsuits from women who say he committed sexual assault and sexual misconduct.
The Browns acquired Watson from the Houston Texans on March 18 in exchange for a package that includes three first-round draft picks. Cleveland then signed him to a fully guaranteed five-year, $230-million contract.
“We’ve been very clear with every club, whether the criminal matter gets resolved or not, that the personal conduct policy is very important to us,” Goodell said, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. “They understand that’s something we’re going to pursue.”
Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said they concluded a deep investigation into Watson’s situation before making the deal.
Watson didn’t appear in any games last year even though the NFL ruled him eligible to play. The three-time Pro Bowler, who in 2020 threw a career-high 33 touchdowns and led the NFL with 4,823 yards, requested a trade from the Texans in January 2021 amid a fractured relationship with upper management.
Panthers not closing door on Newton return; QB searching for ‘best fit’
The Carolina Panthers aren’t closing the door on a Cam Newton return as the team aims to add to its quarterback room.
“I love Cam Newton,” head coach Matt Rhule said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s David Newton. “He’s an amazing leader. He’s an amazing football player. Everything we do has to be right for the organization, right for him.”
Rhule has kept in touch with the veteran passer in recent months, Newton adds. General manager Scott Fitterer also said last week that the signal-caller returning remains on the table, though it would have to be on the right terms.
The Panthers may not be the only team eyeing Newton. The 32-year-old said Tuesday that other teams are circling him.
“I have teams that are interested in signing me,” Newton said in a text to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “I am waiting on the best fit as it pertains to winning a championship and getting a fair chance to play.”
Newton returned to the Panthers for an eight-game stretch last season but struggled to make a lasting impression. He was 0-5 as a starter and threw four touchdowns to five interceptions.
Sam Darnold is currently penciled in as the starter heading into the draft, though Rhule said he wants to bring in another quarterback, per Newton. Carolina holds the No. 6 pick in the draft, but Rhule noted the team isn’t guaranteed to select a quarterback there.
Saints sign Dalton to reported 1-year deal
The New Orleans Saints signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, the team announced Tuesday.
They agreed on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million that includes $3 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Dalton spent the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears. He began the campaign as the starter before suffering a knee injury in Week 2, making room for Justin Fields to take over. Dalton eventually started four more games during the season, with Fields sidelined.
The 34-year-old Dalton finished last year with a 63.1% completion rate while passing for 1,515 yards and eight touchdowns against nine interceptions.
The three-time Pro Bowler, who enjoyed his first nine NFL seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals, also had a one-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020.
Dalton is expected to back up Jameis Winston in New Orleans. Winston, who started seven games for the Saints last season before tearing his ACL, returned to the team this offseason on a two-year contract.
New Orleans’ depth chart also features Taysom Hill, who started five games under center in 2021. However, head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that Hill will mainly focus on playing tight end in 2022, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.
The Saints had to start four different quarterbacks last season.
2022 NFL DRAFT: TOP 5 LINEBACKERS
NAKOBE DEAN GEORGIA: GRADE 6.40
Explosive, three-down linebacker with the demeanor and quickness to become a volume tackler while holding down third-down duties at a high level. Dean’s play recognition is a work in progress, which limits reaction time and forces him to deal with more blockers than he’ll see as he gains more experience. Quick feet and plus agility will bring him to ball-carriers at a high rate but a lack of size and length means he’ll need to fine-tune his approach as a tackler to make sure he finishes what he starts. He might lack measurables, but he has the toughness and technique to see a boost in his performance once his play becomes more proactive.
- Explosive athlete with access to instant acceleration.
- Piled up impact stats in the major categories.
- Rarely voids gap by running around a block.
- Fearless to attack and fit a gap with force.
- Hand snap to meet and play off the blocker.
- Agility and quickness for effective lateral flow.
- Patrols with excellent track-down speed/range.
- Runs through the ball-carrier.
- Athletic ability to cover backs out of the backfield.
- Feet to match man routes or burst to targets from zone.
- Blitzes get home thanks to timing, burst and leverage.
- Built like a stocky back, lacking ideal size and length.
- Instincts and play diagnosis are just average.
- Triggers on an incomplete read.
- Tardy response allows climbing blocks a chance.
- Can be swallowed up when lingering on second level.
- Traffic seems to find him in lateral pursuit.
- Average stopping power and length as open-field tackler.
- Inconsistent to body-up and finish.
DEVIN LLOYD UTAH GRADE: 6.38
Highly productive and highly physical, Lloyd could create interesting discussions in draft rooms as teams work through his process versus production. Lloyd can be a little inconsistent with early diagnosis and fit recognition and unorthodox in how he flows to the football. With that said, he has a stat sheet full of production in every major category, including 43 tackles for loss over the last three seasons. He plays with the willful demeanor of an NFL alpha linebacker and is sneaky talented as a rusher either blitzing or aligning off the edge. Lloyd will make plenty of plays and should become a good starter as an inside or strong-side linebacker, but inconsistent process could limit his consistency.
- Ability to play multiple linebacker positions.
- Filled the 2021 stat sheet across all categories.
- Tremendously physical and aggressive.
- Keeps play-side shoulder clean when outside.
- Steps downhill and will thump a lead block inside.
- Keeps eyes on the ball through the scrap.
- Slippery upper half improves block beating.
- Good back-side burst to pursue the football.
- Body-up, wide-armed tackler.
- Sneaky talented pass rusher with sudden hand swipes.
- Tight lower body with upright pursuit.
- Some inconsistencies with blocking scheme recognition.
- Struggled to find his fits against BYU zone blocking.
- Undisciplined and lacking body control in lateral flow.
- Can be caught at odd angles with pads turned.
- Average contact balance through take-on.
- Eliminates himself from cutback lanes unnecessarily.
- Heavy feet and clunky hips in coverage duties.
CHRISTIAN HARRIS ALABAMA GRADE: 6.27
Long, athletic inside linebacker whose strengths and weaknesses could make him a target for a move outside. Harris’ lack of desired recognition will result in missteps and mistakes that could prove much more costly on the NFL level. However, he could thrive as a chase-and-hit, weakside linebacker, where he can play faster. He can handle some coverage chores but it’s not his strong suit. Harris has the physical attributes and athletic ability to make plays as an eventual starter but he might lack three-down versatility.
- Three-year starter for elite program.
- Adequate physicality and technique for the role.
- Flips shoulders to slip under climbing blocks.
- Loose hips with burst-driven feet for sudden, lateral pursuit.
- Step-for-step pursuit speed versus wide-flowing runners.
- Adequate gap constriction when stepping into his fits.
- Gets to lead shoulder take-on to prevent being squared.
- Athletic talent to make plays in the backfield.
- Wide and agile as an open-field tackler.
- Five of 10 career sacks came in SEC Championship and College Football Playoff games.
- High-cut and upright in space.
- Played with low-burn energy versus Florida.
- Instincts and field vision are suspect.
- Will misread the blocking scheme and land out of position.
- Peripheral blockers catch him sleeping.
- Needs better use of hands to get rid of blockers earlier.
- Could be targeted and exploited in passing game.
QUAY WALKER GEORGIA GRADE: 6.27
Walker had to wait his turn at Georgia, but he has become a well-schooled, instinctive linebacker ready for the NFL game. He has good size and clear eyes from the second level, with a talent for recognizing play design. He plays disciplined, team-oriented football but is unlikely to become a top-level playmaker as a pro. His chase speed and body control are just average when ranging to tackle or covering in space. Walker is dependable and consistent and projects as a good backup with eventual starter potential at inside linebacker.
- Instinctive, with confident eyes in the box.
- Plays with lively, ready feet.
- Quick recognition into response.
- Mirrors runner’s lane choice from his perch.
- Recognizes blocking scheme and play design.
- Sees past climbing blockers.
- Snappy hands to play off blocks quickly.
- Keeps outside shoulder uncovered.
- Consistent hustle away from the ball.
- Reliable, face-up tackler near the line.
- Has some tightness in his hips.
- Upright in second-level movements.
- Average body control in scrape to the football.
- Play strength doesn’t always match his size.
- Inconsistent finding the best level to elude block.
- Gets stuck to blocks that find him.
- Erratic vision and response in coverage.
- Will overrun his target in space.
DAMONE CLARK LSU GRADE: 6.25
Long, well-built inside linebacker packed into an athletic frame. Athleticism, toughness and tackling talent helped Clark piled up production in 2021 despite a lack of game-to-game consistency. Play recognition and instincts are erratic and could continue to be, but his game against Alabama should be weighed more heavily in his favor, as it shows what he’s capable of against bigger, better opponents. Clark profiles as an early backup and special teams performer with projectable upside in the middle. However, the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in March is likely to sideline him for the 2022 season and could cause him to drop lower than his tools warrant on draft day.
- Exceptional football character.
- Benefitted from playing alongside Devin White and Patrick Queen.
- Brings a consistent physicality to the field.
- Maintains separation from blockers.
- Able to fit in firmly and stop short-yardage carries.
- Instincts and recognition showed in-season development.
- Played exceptional football in loss to Alabama.
- Crashes down like a wave on ball-carriers.
- Plays with reactive agility to shine as open-field tackler.
- Has issues reading play-fakes and mesh-point action.
- Misdirected by false keys.
- Pursuit speed is more build-up than burst-based.
- Needs to challenge and stack blocks to squeeze the gap.
- Route recognition and challenge from zone is average.
- Likely to miss 2022 season after undergoing spinal fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in March.
George returns, Clippers rally in 4th, beat Jazz 121-115
LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George’s return jolted the Los Angeles Clippers back to life.
The All-Star guard scored 34 points after missing three months with an elbow injury, helping his team rally from a 25-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 121-115 on Tuesday night.
“It’s a big morale boost,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “Guys were getting worn down and tired. We needed that.”
Seeing George hit back-to-back 3-pointers in front of the Clippers bench was all Lue needed.
“I was like, `OK, he’s good, he’s ready,'” the coach said.
Reggie Jackson added 21 points for the Clippers, who snapped a five-game skid with a 39-point fourth quarter after trailing by 16 early in the period.
From there, the Clippers outscored Utah 34-12 to end the game. The Clippers took their first lead of the game, 110-109, on a jumper by Isaiah Hartenstein. During the spurt, George hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game.
George hadn’t played since Dec. 22 while rehabbing a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
“I feel good,” he said. “There’s no pain.”
George initially wanted to have surgery after getting hurt, but the doctor told him that type of injury heals and the ligament would reattach itself to the bone.
“Thankfully we went that direction,” he said.
Antetokounmpo’s 40 points, late block lead Bucks past 76ers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game is no laughing matter. His jokes? Well, they could use some work.
Antetokounmpo scored 40 points and had a game-deciding block of Joel Embiid in the final seconds to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 118-116 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night in a matchup of two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.
Khris Middleton added 22 points and Jrue Holiday had 18 for the Bucks, who pulled within a half-game of idle Miami for first place in the East.
Milwaukee was clinging to a two-point lead when Antetokounmpo swatted away Embiid’s put-back attempt with 1.6 seconds left.
“Spectacular block,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.
“Just a special block,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
It was an amazing play.
Antetokounmpo, though, seemed more eager to test out his material from his postgame read, a book titled “Dad Jokes,” and opened his postgame press conference like this:
Q: What do you call a cow on the floor?
A: Ground beef
Antetokounmpo seemed amused by the joke, which drew only light chuckles from reporters. If not an air ball, it certainly seemed like a miss.
His game, however, continues to get rave reviews.
Bulls alone in 5th place after 107-94 win over Wizards
WASHINGTON (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 107-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Nikola Vucevic scored 27 points for Chicago, which is trying to stay in the top six in the Eastern Conference and avoid the play-in round of the postseason. The Bulls (44-32) took a half-game lead over Toronto (43-32) for fifth place in the East, and they lead seventh-place Cleveland (42-33) by 1 1/2 games.
“I thought our ball movement today was really good,” said Bulls coach Billy Donovan, whose team had 26 assists and eight turnovers. “I thought we generated good shots.”
Chicago has played 12 of its last 15 on the road, but the Bulls now have only six games remaining in the regular season – and the next five are at home.
Rui Hachimura scored 21 points for the Wizards, who had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.
“He was really good, his level of aggression,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “Once again the quick decisions, I think he’s getting better in that area.”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 20 points for the Wizards.
The Bulls rebounded from a loss to the New York Knicks the previous night, and they overcame a scoreless first half from Zach LaVine, who finished with 14 points. DeRozan was just 2 of 12 from the field at the half, but he went 10 of 15 in the second.
Mavs rout Lakers 128-110 with LeBron sitting, AD near return
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 34 points in a triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks routed the Lakers 128-110 on Tuesday night with Los Angeles missing LeBron James because of an ankle issue while anticipating the return of long-injured Anthony Davis.
James and Davis didn’t play after being listed as doubtful, which was actually an upgrade for Davis. The eight-time All-Star hasn’t played since Feb. 16 because of a right mid-foot sprain. His first full practice since the injury was Monday in Dallas.
The question is when the superstars, who have played just 21 games together this season, return. The Lakers (31-44) are tied with San Antonio for the final play-in spot in the Western Conference with seven games remaining for both teams, although the Spurs have the tiebreaker.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel was non-committal about the status of James and Davis for the finale of a three-game road trip in Utah on Thursday. LA completes a back-to-back Friday at home against New Orleans. The Pelicans are ninth in the West, a game ahead of the Lakers and Spurs.
“With those guys out, we’re at a talent deficit, so the focus and execution has to make up for it,” Vogel said. “This is just the latest dose of adversity that this year’s team has faced. When you lose ‘Bron, OK, you have to adjust yet again throughout a season of setbacks.”
Durant scores 41, Nets rally past Pistons 130-123
NEW YORK (AP) Kevin Durant scored 41 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied past the Detroit Pistons 130-123 on Tuesday night.
Durant connected on 14 of 23 shots, 4 of 6 from 3-point range and all nine of his foul shots while adding 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks to help the Nets overcome a double-digit deficit in the second quarter.
“I want to get better shots sometimes, but like a couple of them are like, `I’m hot, let me risk it,'” Durant said. “I was just trying to get the best shots that I can. Sometimes it might be over a guy in the lane, but I feel like that’s open and I have to keep knocking them down.”
Kyrie Irving added 24 points in his second home appearance since New York exempted athletes from a private employer mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations last week. Andre Drummond added 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 34 points. Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey each had 15.
The Pistons went ahead 55-43 following Frank Johnson’s short jumper with 5:54 left in the second quarter. Durant followed with a four-point play and the Nets pulled within 64-58 at halftime.
Brooklyn opened the second half on a 22-8 run and took an 80-72 lead on Drummond’s put-back with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter.
“We can’t hang our hat on the second half, we have to play a complete game,” Drummond said. “It’s never going to be easy to make that turn against great teams. Not that the Pistons aren’t a great team. They played a great game, but we just turned it up in the second half.”
Fleury, Wild beat Flyers 4-1, extend win streak to 7 games
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves and won his second straight start for Minnesota, and the Wild extended their winning streak to seven games with a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
Matt Dumba, Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway and Kevin Fiala scored for the Wild. The victory ended a streak of three consecutive overtime wins by the score of 3-2 for Minnesota.
Morgan Frost scored a power-play goal in the third period for Philadelphia, ending Fleury’s shutout bid. Martin Jones made 33 saves as Philadelphia lost its third straight.
Fleury, the three-time Stanley Cup winner who has the fourth-most playoff wins in NHL history, was acquired by Minnesota in a trade-deadline deal that sent a conditional 2022 first-round draft pick to Chicago. The 37-year-old former Vezina Trophy winner won his debut with the Wild on Saturday in a 3-2 victory over Columbus.
After a fan threw a bouquet of flowers onto the ice for Fleury – after his nickname of Flower – following his debut, several more did so Tuesday after he was announced as the game’s No. 1 star.
“Like I said last time, it still feels like a figure skater picking up those flowers,” Fleury said. “Obviously, it’s very nice of the people. They don’t need to waste money on flowers. It’s OK.”
Dumba opened the scoring for Minnesota after a tic-tac-toe pass from Frederick Gaudreau and Matt Boldy, who found Dumba in front of the net. Dumba beat Jones on the glove side.
Kaprizov gave the Wild a two-goal lead less than two minutes later. The star second-year forward used a screen from teammate Joel Eriksson Ek and scored on the power play for his 37th goal of the year.
Matthews scores league-leading 49th, Leafs beat Bruins 6-4
BOSTON (AP) Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 49th goal and had an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs ended Boston’s four-game winning streak with a 6-4 victory on Tuesday night.
Matthews’ goal late in the second period was the fourth of five straight scored by the Maple Leafs, who held a 6-1 lead and flustered the Bruins into a string of retaliatory hits and penalties.
“I just thought we didn’t give them a lot,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We managed a couple of the strong pushes that they had, but otherwise a real patient game and we took advantage of the opportunities that we had.”
Colin Blackwell scored his first goal since joining Toronto in a trade at the deadline. Morgan Rielly, Alexander Kerfoot and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist.
John Tavares added two assists and Erik Kallgren had 23 saves after entering in the first period, replacing Petr Mrazek, who left with a groin injury. The Leafs also lost a pair of defensemen to injuries, but had more than enough offense before the Bruins cut the margin.
“I didn’t think it was overly chippy, to be honest with you. There was no fights or anything like that,” Rielly said. “Overall, the team did a good job of staying focused on the outcome of the game. We protected each other when we had to, but I don’t think it was out of control by any means.”
David Pastrnak scored his 38th goal for Boston. Jake DeBrusk, Curtis Lazar, Taylor Hall also scored for the Bruins, who could not keep up with the speedy Maple Leafs.
Jeremy Swayman allowed six goals on 25 shots before being replaced by Linus Ullmark at the start of the third period.
Woods arrives at Augusta National as Masters talk mounts
(AP) — Tiger Woods flew to Augusta National on Tuesday, sparking even greater speculation the Masters next week could be his first time competing against the best since a car crash 14 months ago severely injured his right leg.
Various plane-tracking websites showed a Gulfstream registered to Woods leaving South Florida at about 9 a.m., and the twitter handle “Eureka Earth” showed the private jet on the runway at Augusta’s regional airport.
SI.com’s “Morning Read” cited a source as saying Woods was at Augusta National with 12-year-old son Charlie. Woods’ agent at Excel Sports did not immediately respond to a voicemail from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Woods has not said anything publicly or even walked in a way that suggested he would be ready to play his first major – and first PGA Tour event – since the Masters in November 2020.
Speculation began to pick up when Phil Mickelson was removed from the list of players who plan to compete in the Masters, which starts April 7. Woods was still on the active invited players list, and when asked a week ago for guidance on a decision, his agent said it was too early.
Unlike regular tournaments, players don’t have a commitment deadline. Woods is a five-time Masters champion who can play every year. It’s up to him to tell Augusta National whether he will play, and that can happen all the way up until the start of the tournament.
Woods was seen playing at The Medalist near his home in Jupiter Island, Florida, over the weekend. He presumably was at Augusta National to see how his legs could hold up on one of the toughest walks in golf. The course has elevations on nearly every hole.
He played in December in the PNC Championship with his son – they finished runner-up – in a 36-hole tournament in Florida where Woods was able to ride in a cart and the format was a scramble.
“But to be able to be out here and play, call it six rounds of golf, a practice round, pro-am, four competitive days, it’s the cumulative effect of all that. I’m not able to do that yet. I’m still working on getting to that point,” Woods said six weeks ago at Riviera, where he was host of the Genesis Invitational.
During an interview on CBS Sports that weekend, Woods gave no timetable on a return and said he wouldn’t want to show up just to play.
“I need to feel that I’m confident that I can beat these guys, and I got to do the legwork at home. It’s on me,” he said.
Woods has been seen moving well but slowly in his few public appearances, such as at Riviera or three weeks ago when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
His last Masters victory, in 2019, followed four surgeries on his lower back and was among the most remarkable comebacks in sports. Later in the year, he won the Zozo Championship in Japan for his 82nd career PGA Tour title, tying Sam Snead for the all-time record.
He played only nine times during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. And then Feb. 23, while recovering from a fifth back surgery, he drove his SUV over a median and it tumbled down a hillside in the coastal suburbs of Los Angeles.
Doctors said he shattered tibia and fibula bones in his right leg in multiple locations. Those were stabilized by a rod in the tibia. A combination of screws and pins were used to stabilize additional injuries in the ankle and foot.
Woods has said amputation was discussed at one point.
Whether he chooses to play at Augusta National does not affect the field. The Masters is an invitational and does not have an alternate list.
Marte, Diamondbacks finalize $76 million, five-year deal
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to anchor their offensive future around Ketel Marte’s ample talents.
The club announced on Tuesday that it had finalized a $76 million, five-year contract with Marte that begins in the 2023 season and includes a team option for the 2028 that could be worth up to $13 million.
It’s a significant financial commitment for a franchise that’s chasing bigger spenders like the Dodgers and Padres in the NL West.
“I don’t think it’s lost on anyone that he’s our best player,” general manager Mike Hazen said. “We have talked about what we need to do to win, and turn around from where we are today, and you do that with elite players.
“Ketel is certainly an elite player,” he said.
The 28-year-old Marte has clearly been the D-backs’ best hitter over the past few seasons. The only problem has been keeping him on the field. Marte batted .318 with 29 doubles and 14 homers last season despite being limited to 90 games because of hamstring injuries.
He was one of the best players in baseball in 2019, hitting .329 with 32 homers and finishing fourth in the NL MVP voting.
“It’s a special moment for me,” Marte said. “The organization knows what they have in me. It’s something I’ll take with me even after I retire – that confidence they have in me.”
Marte is also a good defender at multiple positions though the D-backs hope to play him mostly at second base this season.
Hazen said securing Marte to a long-term deal is important as the team tries to build back toward playoff contention. Arizona lost 110 games last season, which was the second-worst year in franchise history. The D-backs last made the playoffs in 2017 and won their only World Series title in 2001.
Trevor Bauer files defamation lawsuit against The Athletic
LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sued The Athletic and former reporter Molly Knight on Tuesday, accusing them of “creating and spreading the false narrative” that he had fractured a woman’s skull during a sexual encounter.
The 26-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against The Athletic Media Co. and Knight, alleges two counts of defamation.
A woman obatined a protection order against Bauer under California’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act last June as the result of an alleged assault that left the woman with “severe physical and emotional pain,” said Marc Garelick, the woman’s attorney.
Los Angeles prosecutors said in February they decided not to charge Bauer, determining there was insufficient evidence to win a conviction.
The Athletic reported last June 30 that “there were signs of a basilar skull fracture,” citing a declaration by the woman.
The lawsuit says “CT scan results included in the medical records attached to the complainant’s declaration and possessed by The Athletic definitively concluded that she had `no acute fracture.'”
Athletic spokesman Taylor Patterson said in an email: “We are aware of legal action taken by Trevor Bauer. We’re confident in our reporting and plan to defend against the claim.”
Knight did not immediately respond to an email sent to an address on her website. She announced she was leaving The Athletic on July 30, 2021.
Bauer said of the woman during a video posted on YouTube in February: “The disturbing acts and conduct that she described simply did not occur.”
The lawsuit claimed The Athletic and Knight defamed Bauer “by creating and spreading the false narrative that Mr. Bauer fractured the complainant’s skull. There was no basis for that assertion because the complainant’s own medical records – which The Athletic possessed – showed that she had no such fracture. Nonetheless, consistent with their prior and subsequent expressions of animus toward Mr. Bauer, The Athletic and Ms. Knight publicized that false attack.
“Defendants acted with actual malice because they deliberately ignored the truth – which was evident in the medical records possessed by The Athletic – and because the defendants’ defamatory statements were part of a campaign to harass Mr. Bauer,” the lawsuit said. The suit alleged The Athletic posted a link to the story on its Twitter account and Knight amplified “the inaccurate claim” on Twitter.
The lawsuit said The Athletic, after being contacted by Bauer’s lawyer, published an update that said “Trevor Bauer’s representatives emphasized that medical records showed that while the woman was initially diagnosed with signs of a basilar skull fracture, a subsequent CT scan found no acute fracture.” The lawsuit said that “was insufficient and inaccurate” and that “an emergency room physician observed that the complainant presented with indications of a possible basilar skull fracture, which was ruled out by the only CT scans the woman had. “
Angels don’t plan to limit Syndergaard’s innings
It appears to be all systems go for Los Angeles Angels right-hander Noah Syndergaard to start the 2022 campaign.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday there are no plans to limit Syndergaard’s innings this season, according to SoCal News Group’s Jeff Fletcher.
Syndergaard has made just a pair of appearances since the 2019 campaign, having undergone Tommy John surgery in March 2020.
The flamethrower signed a one-year, $21-million contract with the Angels in November, surpassing Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson for the highest annual average salary for a pitcher in team history.
Syndergaard joins an Angels team looking for its first postseason berth since 2014. The 29-year-old will look to help stabilize a rotation that finished 22nd in ERA (4.78) last season.
The one-time All-Star spent the first six years of his career with the New York Mets, posting a 47-31 record with a 3.32 ERA and 9.74 K/9 across 718 innings.
Medvedev closes in on No. 1 ranking, makes Miami quarters
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Daniil Medvedev is one win away from returning to No. 1.
Shaking off a slow start, the top-seeded Medvedev reached the quarterfinals of the Miami Open on Tuesday by defeating Jenson Brooksby of the U.S. 7-5, 6-1.
Medvedev has yet to drop a set in his three Miami matches. He’ll face either No. 8 seed and defending Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz or unseeded Lloyd Harris in the quarters – and if Medvedev prevails there, he’ll be assured of supplanting Novak Djokovic and returning to No. 1 in the world rankings.
“I’m not the kind of guy who’s going to say, `Yeah, I’m the best,'” Medvedev said.
The computer might say it for him soon enough. The Russian held the No. 1 ranking briefly, lost it to Djokovic again about a week ago and is now closing in on capturing it again.
Brooksby jumped out to an immediate lead, breaking Medvedev’s first service game and wound up serving for the first set – two points away at 5-4, 30-15.
It was all Medvedev from there.
Medvedev won 11 of the remaining 13 points in the set, breaking Brooksby to tie it up, holding at love for 6-5 and then breaking again to finish off the 7-5 win. The second set was never in doubt, with Medvedev running out to a 3-0 lead and winning 16 of the 19 points played on his serve.
“Jenson has the potential to be a top player,” Medvedev said. “When you say top, you never know – No. 1, No. 3 or No. 10 – but he’s a really good player and I think he’s playing better than his ranking.”
No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany and No. 6 Casper Ruud of Norway will meet in another quarterfinal. Zverev beat Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-4, 6-4, while Ruud ousted 10th-seeded Cameron Norrie of Britain 6-3, 6-4.
No. 9 Jannik Sinner of Italy also advanced, beating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-3. Kyrgios was docked a point, and then a game, for outbursts.
Sinner will play either No. 28 Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. or Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina in the quarterfinals.
Report: NHL salary cap rising to $82.5M next season
The NHL informed its general managers that the salary cap will increase by $1 million to a total of $82.5 million beginning next season, reports TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
The league has operated with a cap ceiling of $81.5 million since 2019-20.
This would be the first increase and first change to the NHL’s salary cap since it rose by $2 million for that same campaign.
When the league and the NHLPA renegotiated the CBA in June 2020, it was reported that part of the agreement called for the cap to remain close to $81.5 million for three seasons. Ultimately, it didn’t fluctuate from that figure at all.
The cap ceiling rose every season from 2013-14 until the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 campaign.
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Colts To Induct Tarik Glenn Into Ring Of Honor In 2022
Indianapolis – Former Indianapolis tackle/guard Tarik Glenn will be inducted into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor at Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2022 season. The game will be selected in May when the NFL schedule is released.
Originally selected by the Colts in the first round (19th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, Glenn played his entire 10-year career with Indianapolis and was a member of the Super Bowl XLI championship team. He started 154 career regular season games and 13 postseason contests. A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2004-06), Glenn started every regular season and postseason game for the team across nine different seasons (1997-2002, 2004-06). As a rookie, he started all 16 regular season games at right guard before becoming a stalwart at left tackle, where he started the final 151 games (regular season and postseason) of his career.
“We’re really excited about Tarik Glenn going into the Ring of Honor,” said Colts Owner & CEO Jim Irsay. “He’s so deserving. I spoke with Tarik and he’s so excited. I know how much our fans love him. That’s great news because he’s a special guy.”
Indianapolis registered a 1,000-yard rusher in nine of Glenn’s 10 seasons with the team. Running back Edgerrin James led the league in rushing yards in back-to-back seasons (1999 and 2000). The Colts had a 1,000-yard receiver in eight of Glenn’s seasons and wide receiver Marvin Harrison led the NFL in receiving yards two times (1999 and 2002). In Peyton Manning’s nine seasons (1998-2006) behind Glenn, he eclipsed 4,000 passing yards seven times. Additionally, Manning led the league in quarterback rating three times (2004-06) and was named Associated Press MVP two times (2003 and 2004).
Glenn will become the 18th honoree in the Ring of Honor, joining: Owner Robert Irsay (1996), WR-Bill Brooks (1998), Head Coach Ted Marchibroda (2000), OL-Chris Hinton (2001), QB-Jim Harbaugh (2005), “Colts Nation” (2007), Head Coach Tony Dungy (2010), WR-Marvin Harrison (2011), RB-Edgerrin James (2012), RB-Eric Dickerson and RB-Marshall Faulk (2013), C-Jeff Saturday (2015), General Manager Bill Polian (2016), QB-Peyton Manning (2017), WR-Reggie Wayne (2018), DE-Dwight Freeney (2019) and DE-Robert Mathis (2021).
INDY ELEVEN: Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco Named to USL Championship Team of the Week
TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 29, 2022) – The USL Championship announced its Team of the Week for Week 3 of the 2022 regular season this afternoon, a list that included Indy Eleven goalkeeper Elliot Panicco. The 25-year-old netminder is the first member of Indiana’s Team to make the league’s weekly Best XI ledger during the young season.
Panicco earned the nod by making five saves throughout Indy Eleven’s 1-1 draw at archrival and Eastern Conference leader Louisville City FC last Saturday night, helping the squad to a well-earned first point of the campaign.
The native of Paducah, Ky., who joined Indy Eleven on loan from MLS’ Nashville SC just prior to the start of the regular season on March 3, currently ranks tied for second across the USL Championship with 11 saves, which have contributed to his 73.3 save percentage and a 1.33 goals against average in his three starts thus far. 2022 marks Panicco’s second straight year in the Championship and comes on the heels of a standout 2021 campaign with Austin Bold FC, when he finished second in the league with 11 shutouts from his 28 appearances.
The Championship’s Player of the Week is selected by the USL National Media Panel, which is made up of representatives from each media market in the Championship. Continue below to see the full Week 3 Team of the Week contingent.
Panicco and the rest of the Boys in Blue return to the Circle City for their 2022 Home Opener at IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium this Saturday, April 2, against LA Galaxy II. Fans can secure tickets for that 7:30 p.m. kickoff and all 2022 matches at “The Mike” via a plethora of ticketing avenues – including single-game tickets, 2022 Season Ticket Memberships, discounted group tickets for parties of 10 or more, and expanded Premium Hospitality options – by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.
USL Championship Team of the Week – Week 3
GK – Elliot Panicco, Indy Eleven: Panicco recorded five saves as Indy withstood strong pressure from LIPAFC rival Louisville City FC to earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium and the side’s first point of the season.
ZIONSVILLE’S IMES PICKS PENN STATE
Zionsville’s Logan Imes, a 6-4 guard, has committed to play basketball at Penn State. Imes was recently named to the IBCA “Supreme” 15 underclass all-state team.
Imes, averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a junior. He choose Penn State over Akron, Bradley, Butler, Creighton, Drake, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, UMass, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
PARRISH ENTERS TRANSFER PORTAL
Sydney Parrish has decided to enter the transfer portal after finishing her sophomore year at Oregon. The former Indiana Miss Basketball from Hamilton Southeastern made the announcement on twitter:
“I first would like to thank the University of Oregon and our athletic department for the amazing experiences I’ve had, opportunities I’ve been given and memories I’ve gotten to make these past two years,” the 6-2 guard wrote in a statement published to Twitter. “The relationships I have made at Oregon will last me a lifetime and I would not trade it for the world. Thank you for everything, Duck Nation. You will always have a special place in my heart.”
Parrish started 32 games this past season averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and an assist.
Indy lands 2024 U.S. Olympic swim trials, ending Omaha’s run
For the first time in the event’s history, the next U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials will be in a football stadium.
On Tuesday, USA Swimming partnered with Indiana Sports Corp to announce that its upcoming trials for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will move from Omaha, Nebraska, to Lucas Oil Stadium.
Two-time Gold medalist Lilly King echoes that sentiment of her home state. King played an instrumental role in helping Indiana Sports Corp make the Hoosier state the new home for Team USA’s big show.
“You always want to swim at home. And even though Evansville is home, Indy is my swimming home. So, just being able to be here and swim in this stadium. It’s going to be just absolutely unbelievable,” King added, “I’m just so excited to swim in front of a home crowd. I know that energy, I’m really going to be able to feed off of it and I am really excited.”
The capacity for the 2024 trials will nearly double the prior events’ numbers. Lucas Oil Stadium can hold up to 35,000 ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
Scott Davison, president and chief executive officer of OneAmerica and the Indiana Sports Corp’s local organizing chair, said, “I think Omaha did a great job, but they, USA Swimming, was looking for something even bigger, and, surely, with Lucas Oil Stadium, we can hold a much bigger crowd and take the sport to the next level.”
Come the summer 2024, King will be competing for a spot on her third Olympic team in her own backyard. All eyes will be on Indy, again, and especially in the pool in the house that Peyton Manning built.
Boilers Register Team-Record 19 Strikeouts in 10-9 Loss
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 16 Purdue baseball registered a program-record 19 strikeouts but UIC scored 10 unanswered runs over the final three innings to stun the Boilermakers 10-9 Tuesday at Alexander Field.
Purdue (18-2) led 9-0 entering the seventh inning, but the visitors from Chicago scored three run in the seventh, four in the eighth and three in the ninth to steal the game. The Boilermakers’ seven-game home win streak dating back to the 2021 season finale came to an end. They also suffered their first loss of the season in the traditional nine innings.
The Flames (6-12) scored all three of their ninth-inning runs with two outs. Bryan Rosario delivered the game-tying hit, a two-run single, and Luke Picchiotti followed with the go-ahead single. Overall, UIC scored nine of its 10 runs with two outs.
In the bottom of the ninth, a leadoff four-pitch walk to Troy Viola and sacrifice bunt from Tyler Powers put the tying run in scoring position. But the Flames’ Matt Zahora regrouped and retired the next two batters to close out the game.
Six different Boilermakers recorded a strikeout. Troy Wansing struck out the side in each of the first two innings. CJ Backer followed with four Ks vs the first six batters he faced, punching out five over 2 2/3 innings of one-hit relief. Landon Weins recorded the record-breaking 19th strikeout for the second out of the ninth inning.
Previously, Purdue had struck out 18 in an April 2019 midweek date at Indiana, a non-conference game that went 10 innings.
The Boilermakers have recorded a double-figure strikeout total in 14 of their first 20 games and are averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings this season.
Evan Albrecht led the way offensively Tuesday with three RBI and his sixth three-hit game, raising his average to .409. He’s 10-for-18 with five RBI in the last four games and has scored a run in seven straight games.
Cam Thompson delivered an RBI single in his first at-bat to extend his RBI streak to 13 consecutive games. Mike Bolton Jr. connected for an RBI double in the second inning. CJ Valdez had two hits and an RBI before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. All three players have reached base safely in every game they’ve played this season.
But Albrecht’s RBI single in the fifth inning proved to be the Boilermakers’ final hit of the game. As the 9-hole hitter, Albrecht batted for a third time with one out in the fifth inning. But Purdue sent only 15 men to the plate over the game’s final four innings.
The Boilermakers were scheduled to play at Indiana State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, but the game has already been called off due to thunderstorms in the forecast beginning in the five o’clock hour. ISU was in favor of starting the game at 1 p.m., but Purdue was unable to depart campus early enough Wednesday to accommodate the afternoon start. The coaching staffs agreed to call the game Tuesday to allow ISU an opportunity to find a replacement opponent for Wednesday. The two teams are scheduled to play Wednesday, April 6 in West Lafayette. A doubleheader is unlikely in part because next week is already a scheduled five-game week for the Boilermakers.
Berggren Shoots Career Low at Butler Spring Invitational
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana closed out March with four individuals competing in the Butler Spring Invitational at the Highland Golf and Country Club on Tuesday.
Junior Eric Berggren fired a career-low round of 69 (-1) in the final round to become the sixth different Hoosier to shoot under 70 this season. He finished tied for 15th overall in the event with a two-round total of 144 (+4).
Butler Spring Invitational • Indianapolis
Highland Golf and Country Club
Par 70 • 6551 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Top Indiana Player: Eric Berggren – 144 (75-69; +4)
• Berggren tallied three total birdies in the round to post a team-low round of 1-under 69. His birdie conversions came on No. 1, No. 3 and No. 11. He finished tied for 15th overall and second among Big Ten golfers.
• Fifth-year senior Evan Yakubov shot a 3-over 73 in the second round and sunk birdie putts on No. 6, No. 12 and No. 16. He finished tied for 27th overall at 7-over 147.
• Sophomore Robbie Bender III added one birdie to the IU total on her final scorecard of 6-over 76. Freshman Ethan Chelf finished the tournament with a round of 8-over 78.
• All four Hoosiers competed as individuals.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-15. Eric Berggren – 144 (75-69; +4)
t-27. Evan Yakubov – 147 (74-73; +7)
t-43. Robbie Bender III – 149 (73-76; +9)
t-81. Ethan Chelf – 155 (77-78; +15)
Indiana will return to team competition for the final two regular-season tournaments of the year. IU will first head north to the Boilermaker Invitational (April 9-10) before closing the season with the Kepler Intercollegiate (April 23-24).
Indiana Posts Best Round of Chattanooga Classic
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Indiana women’s golf team wrapped up the penultimate regular season tournament with a 20th-place finish at the Chattanooga Classic played on the Council Fire Gold Course. IU shot 303 (+15) in the final round, the best outing of the tournament.
Chattanooga Classic • Chattanooga, Tenn.
Council Fire Golf Course
Par 72 • 6234 yards
Live scoring via Golfstat
Team Standings: 20th/20 – 955 (326-326-303; +91)
Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 223 (75-76-72; +7)
• Freshman Áine Donegan secured three birdies in her opening five holes of the round to finish at an even par 72. She was the top Hoosier finisher in the event after shooting a 7-over 223.
• Donegan tied for 31st overall and was tied for third among Big Ten golfers.
• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira tied her career-low round with a 73 (+1) on Tuesday. She converted a pair of birdies during the final round.
• Senior Maddie Dittoe matched her tournament-low round with a 7-over 79.
• Sophomore Morgan Dabagia posted her best round of the week at 7-over 79. She knocked in a birdie opportunity on the second green, her fourth birdie of the tournament.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-31. Áine Donegan – 223 (75-76-72; +7)
t-95. Beatriz Junqueira – 241 (83-85-73; +25)
t-98. Maddie Dittoe – 243 (79-85-79; +27)
103. Morgan Dabagia – 248 (89-80-79; +32)
The Hoosiers will close out the regular season as hosts of the IU Invitational at The Pfau Course from April 9-10 before playing the Fox Chapel Golf Course in Pittsburgh for the 2022 Big Ten Championships from April 22-24.
IUSD Dominates Big Ten Postseason Awards
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana swimming and diving was heavily represented in the Big Ten postseason awards as the Hoosiers hauled in five of the eight honors available, the conference office announced on Tuesday (March 29).
The Big Ten Champion men’s team won three awards, with junior swimmer Brendan Burns and redshirt senior diver Andrew Capobianco sweeping the athlete honors and IU head swimming coach Ray Looze earning Big Ten Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year.
IU also swept the women’s diving awards, as head diving coach Drew Johansen earned Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. NCAA Platform national champion Tarrin Gilliland was picked as the league women’s diver of the year.
Big Ten Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Drew Johansen
Chosen the CSCAA Women’s Diving Coach of the Year a week ago, Drew Johansen earned his third-career Big Ten coach of the year award and first on the women’s side.
Johansen led the IU women’s diving trio of sophomores Tarrin Gilliland and Anne Fowler and senior Kristen Hayden to a combined seven All-America honors, three medals and 84 points at the national meet. In the 3-meter, Hayden and Gilliland placed second and third, respectively, before Gilliland captured the Platform national title one night later.
In February, the Hoosier ladies won three medals at the Big Ten Championships.
Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Year: Tarrin Gilliland
Tarrin Gilliland is the first Hoosier to be named Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Year since IU athletes claimed the award six times between 2003 and 2009. It’s Gilliland’s first time winning the award through just her sophomore season.
Gilliland repeated as the NCAA’s Platform diving national champion, scoring a 372.95 in the final. For the second straight season, she posted first team All-America performances in all three events at the national meet. Gilliland also won bronze in the 3-meter dive.
At the conference meet, Gilliland was crowned the Big Ten Platform diving champion for the first time this year with a career-best 382.80. She was also a bronze medalist on the 3-meter springboard.
Big Ten Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Ray Looze
After leading the Hoosier men to their fourth conference title in six years and third top-five finish in four full seasons at the national meet, Ray Looze was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the 11th time in his career. It’s Looze’s sixth such award for the men’s program.
At the national meet, the Hoosiers were the highest placing Big Ten team with 265 points, 100 points more than the next-best conference rival, Ohio State. During the week, Indiana swimmers broke three program records and captured 32 All-America honors.
In the fifth Big Ten Championship during Looze’s tenure, Indiana swimmers tallied 14 medals. Two of IU’s relays, the 800 freestyle and 400 medley, won gold.
The Hoosier men finished the regular season 9-0 to extend a stretch of 15th straight dual meet wins that goes back to 2019.
Big Ten Men’s Swimmer of the Year: Brendan Burns
Brendan Burns earned a laundry list of accolades during his junior season, capped with his first-career national championship coming in the 200 Butterfly. Burns set a program record and posted the fifth-best time in American history, 1:38.71, for IU’s first 200 fly title since 1973.
Burns also set a program record in the 100 Backstroke (44.15) and with his teammates in IU’s 400 Medley Relay (3:00.76) at the national meet to earn silver in both. He also placed ninth in the 100 fly.
In February, Burns was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships for the second consecutive year after claiming gold in all five races he swam in. As an individual, Burns won conference titles in the 100-and-200 back races and 200 fly, then boosted the champion 800 free and 400 medley relays.
Burns won four Big Ten Men’s Swimmer of the Week awards throughout the season, bringing his career total to five.
Big Ten Men’s Diver of the Year: Andrew Capobianco
For the second straight season, Andrew Capobianco was named the Big Ten Men’s Diver of the Year.
Capobianco was the first diver to complete the Big Ten triple since Olympian David Boudia in 2011, winning gold in all three events at the conference meet. For the feat, Capobianco was named the Big Ten Diver of the Championships for a second straight year.
The redshirt senior carried his success into the NCAA meet, where he earned silver in each of the springboard events before placing ninth on the Platform to close his season. Behind Burns’ 46, Capobianco had the second-most points of any Hoosier at the meet, scoring 43 towards IU’s fifth-place finish in Atlanta.
Hoosiers Host Midweek Game Against Kent State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana softball team will host a non-conference game against Kent State on Wednesday March 30 at Andy Mohr Field.
Date: Wednesday, March 30
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Stadium: Andy Mohr Field
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Twitter Updates: @IndianaSB
Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day
The Hoosiers will be participating in the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program and will be wearing gold laces. The proceeds from the laces are going to families at the Riley Children’s hospital. If you would like to help support the cause and donate to the Riley Children’s Foundation click here.
The Hoosiers lead the all-time series against Kent State 6-2, but the Golden Flashes have won the last two games, both played in the 2006 season.
Scouting the Opponent
Kent State comes in with an overall record of 7-13 going into their doubleheader with Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday March 29. The Golden Flashes are hitting .192 as a team. They are led offensively by utility player Savannah Wing who is hitting at a .310 clip. Jessica LeBeau has pitched 47.1 inning for Kent State with a 2.51 era.
Last Time Out
The Hoosiers went 1-2 against Ohio State in Columbus. The Hoosiers beat OSU 17-5 in the second game of a doubleheader on March 25. For the weekend Indiana hit .349 with eight home runs.
Stanton Earns 700th Career Victory
With the Hoosiers 2-0 victory over Sam Houston State on March 19 IU head coach Shonda Stanton earned her 700th career victory. Stanton is in her 24th year as a head coach. Before arriving in Bloomington, she coached at Marshall for 18 seasons and is the winningest coach in Marshall history with 560 wins.
Copeland Freshman of the Week X2
Indiana pitcher/infielder Brianna Copeland was named Co- Freshman of the Week by the Big Ten on March 8. A look at her numbers at the Hoosier Classic March 4-5. Copeland went 2-0 in the circle with an era of 0.82 and 11 strikeouts. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with her first career home run and three RBI. Copeland earned the Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor again this week on March 28. In the Hoosiers 17-5 win over OSU Copeland hit two home runs and hit .500 for the weekend with six RBI.
The Long Ball
The Hoosiers have already surpassed their home run total from a season ago. Indiana has 30 home runs through 25 games this season. Last year the Hoosiers tallied 28 home runs in 44 games.
Big Weekend for Bassett
Junior infielder Cora Bassett had a strong weekend March 4-5 against Western Illinois and Valpo. Bassett hit .750 on the weekend going 9-for-12 at the plate with a 1.417 slugging percentage and six RBI. Bassett hit two home runs and stole three bases.
Attacking the Next 60 Feet
The Hoosiers rank seventh among NCAA DI softball teams in stolen bases at 2.40 per game. Tatum Hayes ranks first in the Big Ten in stolen bases with 18 and 12th in the NCAA. The Hoosiers have stolen 63 bases this season compared to 14 from their opponents.
The 2021 Season
In the 2021 season the Hoosiers won or split nine of their 12 Big Ten series. They finished fifth in the Big Ten standings and were one game out of fourth. Gabbi Jenkins set the career record for stolen bases with 96 and Emily Goodin finished with 583 career strikeouts, rankings fourth best in program history. Jenkins and Grace Lorsung earned All-Big Ten First Team honors and Goodin and Grayson Radcliffe earned Second Team honors. Four Hoosiers (Jenkins, Goodin, Radcliffe and Bella Norton) earned NFCA All-Region honors. In the classroom the team had a 3.69 GPA, 12 Academic All-Big Ten selections and Jenkins and Radcliffe earned CoSIDA First Team All-District honors.
The Hoosiers graduated seven seniors from Team 48 and have added seven newcomers to the roster for this season. The 2022 roster features 20 student-athletes with 10 upperclassmen. Grayson Radcliffe returns for her final season. The 2021 All-Big Ten Second Team performer hit .315 with 39 hits, 25 RBI and 16 stolen bases last season. The Hoosiers also return First Team All-Big Ten and All Freshmen Team standout Grace Lorsung. Lorsung tallied 29 hits and 20 RBI in 2021.
Fresh Faces in Bloomington
The Hoosiers signed four freshmen and added three transfers. Making their collegiate debuts will be Heather Johnson, Kinsey Mitchell, Brianna Copeland, Taylor Minnick and transfer Sarah Stone. Indiana added All-Big Ten student-athlete Cora Bassett from Purdue and Lindsey Warick from Missouri.
Jenkins Transitions into Coaching Role
The Hoosiers all-time leader in career stolen bases Gabbi Jenkins is out of eligibility, but will still be impacting the Hoosiers this season. Jenkins has stepped into a role as volunteer assistant coach and will continue to mentor the Hoosier student-athletes. In her final playing season, Jenkins earned All-Big Ten First Team honors as she hit .331 with 24 stolen bases and set an Indiana record for single season doubles with 18.
Ford Comes Up Big in Opening Weekend
Senior Brittany Ford hit .625 over four games for the Hoosiers in their opening weekend of play. In eight at bats she tallied two home runs, two runs, five hits, three extra-base hits, seven RBI, 12 total bases and a 1.500 slugging percentage. In the Hoosiers first game of the season, against Louisville she came off the bench to pinch hit and hit a home run in her only at bat. In game two she got the start and hit a grand slam to help the Hoosiers to an 11-1 win over Florida Atlantic. It is the second straight season she has hit a grand slam. Ford had at least one hit in all four of
the Indiana games this past weekend. Ford collected RBI in three of the four games and had multiple RBI in two of the games.
Johnson Shines in Florida
Freshman Heather Johnson made her first career start on Feb. 26 against No. 3 Florida State. Johnson retired 15 of the 20 batters she faced and had 4 strikeouts. She helped the Hoosiers to a 1-0 lead through five innings. The next day Johnson earned her first victory with a complete game shutout of Hofstra.
30 NFL Teams Attend Purdue Football Pro Day
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The eyes of the NFL were on Purdue Football alums Tuesday, as nine Boilermakers participated in the team’s annual Pro Day. Thirty NFL teams arrived in West Lafayette to see which Boilermakers could be a good fit for them to choose in next month’s NFL Draft.
The following Boilermakers participated in the day’s events: Jaylan Alexander, Jackson Anthrop, David Bell, Zander Horvath, George Karlaftis, Greg Long, Dedrick Mackey, DaMarcus Mitchell and Tyler Witt.
While Bell and Karlaftis participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month, Tuesday’s Pro Day gave the two First Team All-Americans and the seven other Boilermakers the opportunity to showcase their skills on their home turf.
The majority of the events took place inside the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. However, the Boilermakers braved freezing temperatures, featuring a wind chill of 21 degrees, to run the 40-yard dash.
Unofficial results for Pro Day can be found below. All of the Boilermakers hope to hear their name called during the 2022 NFL Draft, set for April 28-30 in Las Vegas.
Soldati Wins 3rd Straight, 11th Career Big Ten Coach of the Year Honor
ROSEMONT, Ill. – Purdue’s 14th NCAA championship title and six other top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships earned Adam Soldati his 11th career Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year award.
Tyler Downs won the national title on platform Saturday. Greg Duncan and Jordan Rzepka were also championship finalists to earn All-America accolades.
All five of Purdue’s men’s divers qualified for the NCAA Championships this season. The Boilermakers scored a meet-high 81 points in the diving events, helping Purdue finish 15th overall in the team scoring. Of the divers’ seven top-10 finishes, five came from freshmen.
Soldati was recognized as the men’s Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year after the Boilermakers scored in all three diving events at NCAAs for the 11th time under his tutelage. His 11 career Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year honors are most among the league’s active coaches. He was recognized by the league for the third year in a row.
In Soldati’s 17 seasons at Purdue, he has won the award eight times for his work with the men and three times with the women. The 11 total awards are believed to the second most in conference history, behind only Indiana’s Jeff Huber (13). The Big Ten’s end-of-the-year awards for swimming & diving were established for the women in 1984 and 1987 for the men.
SOLDATI AS BIG TEN DIVING COACH OF THE YEAR
• Men: 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2021, 2022
• Women: 2009, 2014, 2020
Downs led the way as a top-10 finisher in all three events, joining fellow Olympian Andrew Capobianco as the only divers to accomplish the feat this season. They shared top-scoring honors with 43 points each. Downs was also top six in all three events at the Big Ten Championships, highlighted by bronze on 1-meter.
Rzepka finished top 10 on 1-meter and platform in his debut at the NCAA Championships. He ripped a pair of 90-point dives in the final two rounds of the platform prelim, accounting for the top-scoring dive (98.05) of the day on the tower in the process. At Big Tens, he won silver on both 3-meter and 10-meter.
Duncan closed out his college career as a multi-year All-American on both springboards. He and Downs became Purdue’s first duo of full-fledged (top 8) All-Americans in a springboard event since 2017. That also marked the last year the Boilermakers had multiple full-fledged All-Americans on both a springboard and the tower. Duncan’s career at Big Tens came to a close last month with six career top-five finishes on the springboards.
As the runner-up in the platform consolation final, senior Ben Bramley finished top 10 on the tower at NCAAs for the third time in his career. He joined Duncan as another four-year All-American.
After not scoring at Big Tens, freshman Sam Bennett qualified for NCAAs on 3-meter and came up just one place shy of a scoring finish by placing 17th at the national championship meet.
PURDUE’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDER SOLDATI
• 2009 – David Boudia on 3-Meter & Platform
• 2010 – David Boudia on 1-Meter & 3-Meter
• 2011 – David Boudia on 1-Meter & 3-Meter
• 2013 – Casey Matthews on 3-Meter
• 2015 – Steele Johnson on 1-Meter & Platform
• 2017 – Steele Johnson on 1-Meter & 3-Meter
• 2018 – Steele Johnson on 3-Meter
• 2021 – Brandon Loschiavo on Platform
• 2022 – Tyler Downs on Platform
While the accomplishments of the Purdue women were not factored into the voting this week, the Boilermakers also sent four divers to NCAAs while qualifying in all three events. All-American Maggie Merriman finished fifth on platform.
Though it’s not recognized as an NCAA event, the Boilermakers also shined at the USA Diving Winter Nationals in December. Downs swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards while also teaming with Duncan to win the 3-meter synchro competition. Purdue had multiple medalists in men’s 1-meter and women’s 10-meter.
Beginning in 2015, the Big Ten coaches opted to move the voting for swimming & diving’s yearly awards until after the NCAA Championships.
2021-22 BIG TEN MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING ANNUAL AWARDS
• Swimmer of the Year: Brendan Burns, Indiana
• Diver of the Year: Andrew Capobianco, Indiana
• Swim Coach of the Year: Ray Looze, Indiana
• Diving Coach of the Year: Adam Soldati, Purdue
2021-22 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING ANNUAL AWARDS
• Swimmer of the Year: Maggie MacNeil, Michigan
• Diver of the Year: Tarrin Gilliland, Indiana
• Swim Coach of the Year: Bill Dorenkott, Ohio State
• Diving Coach of the Year: Drew Johansen, Indiana
Stefanovic Selected for State Farm 3-Point Championship
NEW ORLEANS – Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic has been selected to the TaxAct Men’s 3-Point Championship roster for the 33rd annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Convocation Center in New Orleans on Thursday, March 31. Stefanovic is one of eight players selected for the event that will air live on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT.
Stefanovic, a senior from Crown Point, Indiana, was a big part of Purdue’s success this year, helping the Boilermakers to a 29-8 overall record and an appearance in the Sweet 16. He averaged 10.4 points per game, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 38.0 percent from long distance. His 87 made 3-pointers were the third most in the Big Ten and the ninth most in a season in school history. He finished his career with 226 trifectas, the seventh most in Purdue history. He would finish his career with 980 career points, 270 rebounds and 242 assists while playing in 128 career games with 80 starts.
He scored over 20 points four times as a senior, including a career-high 23 points against both North Carolina and Bellarmine. He would add 22 points against Illinois and Northwestern. He made at least four 3-pointers in eight games as a senior, including a season-best six against Northwestern.
Intersport, producers of the event, invites twenty-four of the nation’s elite men’s and women’s college basketball players to compete for slam dunk and 3-point shooting bragging rights. The night features the Great Clips Slam Dunk Championship, the TaxAct Men’s 3-Point Championship, the Rocket Mortgage Women’s 3-Point Shooting Championship and the Applebee’s Team Shootout. The winners of the TaxAct Men’s and Rocket Mortgage Women’s 3-Point Championships will then compete in the State Farm Battle of the Champions.
For more than 30 years, several of the top players in college basketball have competed in the College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships including: Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Allan Houston, Wesley Matthews, Yogi Ferrell, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, Kristi Toliver, Tiffany Hayes and Ariel Atkins.
Butler Baseball Beats Bellarmine 7-4 in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Butler opened up a 7-0 lead at Bellarmine on Tuesday afternoon and would use just two pitchers to collect a 7-4 victory against the Knights. Cole McDaniel (2-2) was credited with the win and Adrian Vega entered the game for his first save of the 2022 campaign.
McDaniel took care of the first 5.1 innings of the contest and didn’t allow a Bellarmine hit until the fourth inning. He only struck out one, but put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat to record their 11th win of the season. Adrian Vega was also a big part of the equation for BU, throwing the final 3.2 innings of action. Vega struck out six during his time on the mound and only walked one.
Butler was led by Billy Wurch offensively. The BU second baseman went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs scored and a walk. Wurch didn’t collect an RBI in the contest, but five of his teammates did; led by Aaron Steinhart with two.
Travis Holt and Steinhart opened up the scoring for the Bulldogs in the third inning. The visitors would own a 3-0 advantage with Holt singling through the left side to score Wurch and Steinhart pushing a ball through the right side of the infield which sent both Holt and Nick Ortega home.
BU took full control of the action in the fifth inning by scoring four more runs. Wurch scored on a wild pitch and Garret Gray would get an RBI on a single through the right side of the infield. Bellarmine made a pitching change early in the fifth and the new arm struggled to find the zone. Ryan O’Halloran and James Gargano each drew a base on balls with the bags loaded leading to the 7-0 score.
Only two of the four Knight runs went down as unearned in the scorebook. They broke up the shutout in the bottom of the fifth and pushed three runs across home plate in the sixth to take us to the final score of 7-4. Each club had six hits on the afternoon.
Butler will host a four game series against Eastern Illinois this weekend. There will be single games on Friday and Sunday with a doubleheader lined up for Saturday.
Kasey Lilly Moves Up 21 Spots in Second Round of Butler Spring Invitational
INDIANAPOLIS – Kasey Lilly of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team moved up 21 spots on the leaderboard at the Butler Spring Invitational on Tuesday (March 29).
Lilly helped the Mastodons move up three spots, firing a 291 after an opening round of 297. The ‘Dons’ 588 topped Horizon League foe Green Bay by one shot.
Lilly’s round was a 1-over 71, which came by way of two birdies and 14 pars. He got birdies on 11 and 17 and tied for 17th with his 145.
Tyler Green matched his first round with a 73 for a 146. He tied for 22nd, carding three birdies, including back-to-back on holes five and six. Green finished with the best par-3 scoring for the week, a 2.88 average.
Hunter Mefford moved up on day two, turning in a 76-72-148 for 34th. He also birdied hole five, then got a second on hole eight.
Brett Seward also matched his opening round of 75, finishing with 150 for 51st. He had 11 pars and a birdie on 12.
Burke Pitz tied for 66th with a 75-78-153. His last round of the week featured birdies on five, 12 and 17 to go with six pars.
Reece Compton (75-77-152, T-61st), Jadden Ousley (77-77-154, T-74th), Luke Miller (77-82, T-93), Corey Ryan (81-79- 160, T-95) competed as individuals.
The Mastodons will be back in action on April 10-11 at The Jewell, hosted by Northern Kentucky in Batavia, Ohio.
Schweitzer Named MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week
CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday. Tyler Schweitzer was named the MAC Co-Pitcher of the Week after a stellar outing on the mound for Ball State.
Tyler Schweitzer threw a gem on Monday. He picked up his fourth win of the season behind a career-high 11 strikeouts in just 5.2 innings of work. He surrendered just three hits and did not give up any runs. Schweitzer currently leads the MAC with 12.53 strikeouts per nine innings.
The Cardinals are scheduled to return to action on Friday, April 1, for game one of a four-game series at Toledo.
From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney
“Tyler did an outstanding job showing command of all his pitches. He gave our team a big lift.”
#13 IRISH RUN BY NORTHERN ILLINOIS, 11-2
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The 13th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team got back on track with a 11-2 win over Northern Illinois Tuesday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium.
The Irish plated double-figure runs for the eighth time this season and were active on the base paths. They had seven total team steals, the most in a game since March 2, 2020, when they had seven against Presbyterian. Zack Prajzner led the way at the plate with a team-high three hits and three runs. Ryan Cole set a career high with three steals for the game.
It was a staff day on the mound as five different pitchers saw action for the Irish. The staff limited the Huskies to two runs, the ninth time this season they have given up two runs or less.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish got off to a fast start after they put up the game’s first run in the bottom of the first. Jared Miller took an 0-1 pitch clear over the wall in left for his first home run of the season. It was the 13th game this season the Irish scored first and they held a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
Notre Dame added to its lead in the second as four runs came across in the inning. Prajzner got the scoring started in the inning with a single through the right side to score a run. TJ Williams added a run after his double to left field scored David LaManna. Prajzner scored on a passed ball for the third run of the inning and Williams scored on a ground out from Miller. After two full innings, Notre Dame held a 5-0 lead.
Northern Illinois got two runs back in the top of the third to make it a three-run ballgame. The Irish got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fourth when Prajzner scored his second run of the game, this time on a wild pitch. After four innings, the Irish led 6-2.
Freshman Roman Kimball was extremely effective for the Irish on the mound. He was the first out of the bullpen and pitched 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed just one hit while tallying a career-high four strikeouts. He struck out three batters in a row between the fourth and fifth inning and earned his first win of his collegiate career.
The Irish broke the game open in the sixth inning with five runs coming across in the frame. Prajzner drove in a run on a single to right and had another run score on the play on an error by the right fielder. Prajzner scored his third run of the game after Brannigan got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Williams scored in the inning on a fielder’s choice by Carter Putz and Joey Spence drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left field. After the inning was complete, Notre Dame held an 11-2 advantage.
Fellow freshman Jack Findlay was also strong out of the bullpen for the Irish. He also tossed 2.1 innings of work and did not allow a single batter to reach base.
The Irish are off for another ACC road series as they head south to Tallahassee. The Irish are set to face the fifth-ranked Seminoles for a three-game series starting on Friday night. The series opener is set for a 7 p.m. ET first pitch from Dick Howser Stadium and the game will be streamed on ACC Network Extra.
VOLLEYBALL ADDS GRAD TRANSFER KAYLYN WINKLER FROM SMU
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Head coach Salima Rockwell announced the addition of graduate transfer Kaylyn Winkler Tuesday afternoon. Winkler joins the Fighting Irish after spending the past three years at Southern Methodist University, and a freshman season at Northeastern.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kaylyn to the Fighting Irish volleyball family!” Rockwell said, “She is an explosive attacker with great vision who is also a very natural blocker. We are excited about the experience and leadership that she will provide, and also her infectious personality that will be a wonderful complement to our current team. We can’t wait for her to get to campus.”
Last season, Winkler earned second team All-American Athletic Conference honors and was a two-time AAC Weekly Honor Roll member. She led the conference with a .384 hitting percentage and ranked fourth in the AAC with 1.09 blocks per set. She led the team with 114 blocks on the year and recorded double-digit kills in seven matches.
As a junior, she was a member of the AAC’s All-Academic team, and was named to the weekly honor roll twice. She led the Mustangs with 33 block assists and totaled 45 during the shortened season. Her .315 hitting percentage led the team and was seventh in the American.
In her first year in Dallas, was second on the team with 60 blocks in 65 sets played. She tallied a season-high 19 kills in the matchup with Memphis and tallied double-digit kills four times.
Indiana State Softball Set For Midweek Contest at Illinois
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Sycamore softball will head to Urbana, Ill. on Wednesday for a matchup against the Illini with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Eichelberger Field.
Indiana State (16-12, 4-2) and Illinois (14-12, 1-1) last met in 2019 when the two teams split a doubleheader.
Last Time Out
The Sycamores won their second series in-a-row to begin MVC play, taking two out of three from Bradley for ISU’s first series win over the Braves since 2017.
Bradley took game one of the series with a 9-1 victory. Indiana State committed five errors and tallied just five hits in the loss. Bella Peterson paced the Sycamore offense, going 2-for-2 at the plate including an RBI double to drive in the only run of the game for the Trees.
Indiana State took game two in dramatic fashion, scoring six runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 7-6 walk-off victory. The Sycamores finished the game with 10 hits, six of them coming in the game’s final frame. Isabella Henning finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Bella Peterson went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Sycamore offense. Lexie Siwek also reached base three times, finishing 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
The series finale on Monday saw the Sycamores win the series, escaping with a 5-4 win as Bradley scored two runs in the seventh and left the bases loaded but Cassi Newbanks came in and closed out the game for her first career save.
Scouting the Illini
Illinois is led by Head coach Tyra Perry who is in her seventh season with the program and 21st overall as a Division I head coach. She has amassed over 500 career victories in her career. The Illini have four All-Big Ten honorees who returned from last season.
At the plate, the Illini are led by Megan Ward who is currently batting .383 with a team-high 11 doubles and 18 runs. Right behind her is Avrey Steiner who has a .380 average and has recorded a team-high 35 hits. Delaney Rummell ranks in the top-10 in the Big Ten for home runs with seven this season. Illinois offense ranks second in the conference with a .308 batting average.
Sydney Sickels has been the top pitcher for the Illini this season, currently owning a 6-5 record and a 2.93 ERA across 71.2 innings of work. She has struck out 97 batters which is eighth-most in the Big Ten. Tori McQueen has a 5-4 record and a 3.04 ERA over 13 appearances, logging 48.1 innings and striking out 68 batters.
Indiana State and Illinois have met 12 times prior, with the Illini holding a 10-2 advantage in the series.
Around the Horn
-Indiana State picked up their first series win over Bradley since 2017 and has won their first two series to begin conference play in 2022.
-The Sycamore offense ranks second in the MVC with a .279 average and 204 hits.
-Cassie Thomerson’s .492 OBP leads the conference.
-Bella Peterson ranks within the top-five of the MVC in multiple offensive categories: First in doubles (10), second in average (.393), second in slugging (.719), third in OBP (.472), second in hits (35) and fifth in walks (15).
-Lexi Benko’s 2.24 ERA ranks third in the MVC.
Indiana State will continue conference play as they travel to Normal, Ill. for a three-game series against Illinois State beginning on Saturday.
Sycamore football takes field for first spring practice
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It was a brisk Tuesday morning as Indiana State football took the field for its first official practice of the 2022 spring slate. The Sycamores hit the field for the first of 15 scheduled practices this spring leading up to the Blue-White Game on April 30.
ISU started with a fast pace over the first morning session spending time on special teams, positional work, and also an offense-defense segment at the end of practice in their first time on the field since November 20.
Head Coach Curt Mallory was glad to see the team back out on the field and knew the energy was going to be there on opening day.
“These guys put a lot of work getting ready for this,” Mallory said. “It started the day after Thanksgiving break and the guys stayed committed to the process in the weight room and on the field. We saw guys make tremendous gains over the offseason and they were itching to get going today.”
Coming into the spring season, Mallory received a contract extension that will carry through the 2027 football season and he touched on that heading into his sixth year at the helm of the program.
“Obviously my wife and I are ecstatic about it,” Mallory said. “We love Terre Haute and being a part of the Sycamore family and couldn’t be happier. It goes by quick and doesn’t feel like we’ve been here for five years. Being from Indiana and having family here, this is home.”
Eyes will be on the Indiana State offense this spring with several coaching adjustments made over the offseason. The Sycamores introduced Mike Bath as the new offensive coordinator earlier this month, while also announcing changes with Tyler Funk (offensive line) and Patrick Shepard (tight ends) also assuming new coaching roles on the staff.
Mallory saw some positives from the offense throughout the first day of camp and looks forward to the energy that will be reflected under Bath’s leadership.
“I’ve known Mike for some time and we’ve worked together before,” Mallory said. “He has a lot of energy and I know the offense is going to move fast and play with urgency. From today, we have to take care of the ball better and clean things up, but that comes with practice and repetition. I like what we’ve been seeing so far.”
Redshirt senior wide receiver Dante Hendrix is a familiar name for many Indiana State fans as the Florence, Ky. native returns to camp again this spring. He looks to build off a season impacted by injury, but saw the 6-3 athlete lead the Sycamores in receptions (42), yards (447), touchdowns (3), and receiving yards per game (74.5).
“I feel close to 100 percent this spring and definitely feel confident in moving out there on the field,” Hendrix said. “Taking away from last season, one of the focuses we need to continue to establish is putting four quarters together. This offseason, we’ve been emphasizing that to the guys about putting together a complete game. We have a lot of guys with potential to help us out this fall, but need to keep improving every single day.”
Defensively, the Sycamores lost several key playmakers including All-Missouri Valley Conference defensive lineman Inoke Moala. However, rising redshirt sophomore linebacker Geoffrey Brown has emerged as one of the leaders on the unit and looks forward to seeing what the team can do this spring.
“I feel great out there and feel like I can be a leader with some of the younger guys,” Brown said. “The whole team attacked the offseason with the intent of getting back to where we were in 2019. We planned on getting bigger, stronger, and faster and having that translate to the field.”
The Sycamores will be back on the field two more times this opening week before strapping on the full pads over the next week at Memorial Stadium.
Kasey Lilly Moves Up 21 Spots in Second Round of Butler Spring Invitational
INDIANAPOLIS – Kasey Lilly of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team moved up 21 spots on the leaderboard at the Butler Spring Invitational on Tuesday (March 29).
Lilly helped the Mastodons move up three spots, firing a 291 after an opening round of 297. The ‘Dons’ 588 topped Horizon League foe Green Bay by one shot.
Lilly’s round was a 1-over 71, which came by way of two birdies and 14 pars. He got birdies on 11 and 17 and tied for 17th with his 145.
Tyler Green matched his first round with a 73 for a 146. He tied for 22nd, carding three birdies, including back-to-back on holes five and six. Green finished with the best par-3 scoring for the week, a 2.88 average.
Hunter Mefford moved up on day two, turning in a 76-72-148 for 34th. He also birdied hole five, then got a second on hole eight.
Brett Seward also matched his opening round of 75, finishing with 150 for 51st. He had 11 pars and a birdie on 12.
Burke Pitz tied for 66th with a 75-78-153. His last round of the week featured birdies on five, 12 and 17 to go with six pars.
Reece Compton (75-77-152, T-61st), Jadden Ousley (77-77-154, T-74th), Luke Miller (77-82, T-93), Corey Ryan (81-79- 160, T-95) competed as individuals.
The Mastodons will be back in action on April 10-11 at The Jewell, hosted by Northern Kentucky in Batavia, Ohio.
BEDRICK NAMED #HLSB PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Maicey Bedrick has been named the #HLSB Player of the Week for her efforts in the Jaguars’ three-game sweep of Detroit Mercy.
Bedrick totaled 13 total bases batting .556 (5-for-9) with four runs, three doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBI. She went 3-for-4 in the Jaguars’ 9-1 opening win of the weekend with a double, triple and home run, racking up four RBI. She also drove in three RBI going 1-for-2 with a double in the series finale win, 11-3. The junior started in left field each game.
Bedrick is batting .294 (15-for-51) with a team-high 16 RBI in 23 games this season. This is her first #HLWBB Player of the Week award.
TILLERY, TOURNEMIRE LEAD JAGUARS ON FINAL DAY OF BUTLER SPRING INVITE
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI golf team got final round 76’s from sophomore Kevin Tillery and redshirt freshman Morgan Tournemire on the final day of the Butler Spring Invitational at Highland Golf and Country Club on Tuesday (Mar. 29). Tournemire finished tied for 29th among the 98-player field at 7-over 147 (71-76) for the week.
Tournemire got to even par midway through his round in chilly temperatures on Tuesday, making birdies on hole Nos. 4 and 7 to offset two early bogeys. Winds picked up over the course of the day and scoring became more difficult as Tournemire ultimately closed at 76. Tillery did virtually the opposite, overcoming a slow start to later maintain his round of 76 which included a birdie on the short par-4, No. 6.
Sophomore Josh Yoder ended his round at 79 and his tournament at 154 (75-79), just behind Tillery’s 153 (77-76).
Preston Nanthavong rounded out the group with a final round 155 (75-80), largely hindered by three bad holes. Nanthavong played three holes – his first and final two of the day – to eight over, while playing the other 15 holes to 2-over on the day.
Tournemire finished the tournament with a team-high four birdies while Tillery and Nanthavong had a team-high 22 pars over 36 holes. Tillery and Tournemire were particularly impressive on the par-3’s, each playing them to 1-over for the week.
Valparaiso captured the team title at 9-over 569 (279-290), outpacing host Butler by six shots and third-place Morehead State by seven. The trio of James Hill (Detroit Mercy), Anthony Delisanti (Valpo) and Luke Armbrust (Illinois) finished atop the leaderboard at 1-under 139.
The Jaguars will return to action on Apr. 9-10 when they compete in the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.
WOMEN’S TENNIS FACES BUTLER THEN BEGINS #HLTENNIS PLAY THIS WEEKEND
INDIANAPOLIS – After a 5-2 victory over Western Illinois last weekend, the IUPUI women’s tennis team will face in-state foe, Butler on Wednesday (March 30) at 4:00 PM then travels to Milwaukee on Saturday (April 2) at 1:00 PM and UIC on Sunday (April 3) at 2:00 PM to being Horizon League play.
The Jags enter the weekend with an overall record of 2-12 after defeated Western Illinois last weekend. Christina Stankovic, Meghan Bernard, Sarah Lounsbury and Marta Krakowski all recorded singles wins.
Butler enters the weekend with a 6-12 overall record and are coming off a 4-1 loss at UIC. Katie Beavin recorded the sole point for the Bulldogs.
The Jags will travel to Milwaukee to begin Horizon League play on Saturday. The Panthers are 5-10 and are coming off a 4-3 loss against Valparaiso. Mayya Perova and Babette Burgersdijk recorded singles wins in the loss.
UIC enters the weekend 10-3 and are currently on a six-game win streak. Agnes Gustafsson, Tamara Malazonia and Ana Jover all recorded singles wins for the Flames.
The Jags will look to continue their recent success with the three-match road trip.
JAGS BEGIN FOUR-GAME ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team begins a four-game road trip Wednesday night at Miami (OH). The Jags face the RedHawks on Wednesday (March 30) at 5:00 PM then travels to Youngstown State to continue Horizon League play with a three-game series.
IUPUI enters the week after a three-game sweep of Detroit Mercy improving their record to 5-22 overall and 3-3 in conference. Maicey Bedrick batted .556 (5-for-9) on the weekend with 13 total bases and five extra-base hits to earn #HLSB Player of the Week. She totaled seven RBI. Freshman Kendal Calvert leads the team batting .329 (28-for-85) with 16 runs.
Isabelle Waggner earned her first win of the season with a shutout of Detroit Mercy. She posts a 2.94 ERA (14er/33.1ip) with 13 strikeouts. Madison Bryant leads the team with three wins and 74 strikeouts in 69.2 innings pitched.
Miami (OH) enters the week 13-10 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The Jags have faced the RedHawks twice this season with a 1-1 record. IUPUI defeated Miami on Feb. 19, 5-3, but later fell on Feb. 20, 12-1.
Sophomore Karli Spaid leads Miami at the plate batting .400 (28-for-70) with a team-high 11 home runs and 18 RBI. Allie Cummins leads the team in RBI with 19 on eight home runs. Fifth-year student Courtney Vierstra posts a 2.23 ERA (20er/62.2ip) with a team-high 73 strikeouts.
The Jags will travel to Youngstown State for one game on Friday (April 1) at 3:00 PM then they will face the Penguins on Saturday (April 2) for a doubleheader with the first game starting at 12:00 PM. YSU enters the weekend 16-12 overall and 5-1 in Horizon League play.
Fifth-year student Yazmine Romero leads the Penguins batting .392 (38-for-97) with four doubles and six RBI. Junior Conchetta Rinaldi leads the team in RBI with 22. Elle Buffenbarger leads the Penguins on the mound with a 2.90 ERA (36er/87ip) and a team-high 106 strikeouts.
IUPUI will look to continue their three-game win streak as they travel to both Miami (OH) and Youngstown State.
Isaac Rohleder shoots even par in final day at Butler
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Leading the University of Evansville men’s golf team in the final day of the Butler Spring Invitational was Isaac Rohleder, who recorded an even round of 70 to lead the Purple Aces.
Rohleder got off to a strong start, finishing the front nine holes at 1-under. He completed the day with a 70 to improve to a tie for 8th in the final individual standings with a 2-round tally of 142. Dallas Koth and Caleb Wassmer tied for 34th on the final leaderboard with totals of 148. Koth recorded a 77 on Tuesday while Wassmer carded a 78.
Henry Kiel and Carson Parker both made a large jump in the final round. After scoring an 80 on Monday, Kiel scored a 74 and finished with a total of 154 strokes. Parker made a 10-stroke jump, dropping his score from an 85 to a 75. He finished with a 160. Nicholas Gushrowski improved on the individual side, going from an 81 to a 77 to score a 157.
Valparaiso took the team title with a 569, defeating Butler by six strokes. The Beacons finished at 10-over on Tuesday, but their commanding lead following the opening round was enough to clinch the victory. Evansville and Green Bay tied for the 8th position. Both had scores of 589. Following a scorecard playoff to break a 3-way tie for the individual medalist, it was James Hill of Detroit Mercy earning the win.
UE will be back in action on April 11 at the Big Blue Intercollegiate in Nashville.
Valpo Falls to Purdue Fort Wayne
The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 11-3 to Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
How It Happened
- Purdue Fort Wayne scored three unearned runs in the opening inning, then added another unearned tally in the second. The first two innings featured three Valpo errors plus a passed ball.
- Valpo got back in the game with one swing of the bat in the second as Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) belted a two-run homer to left to slice the deficit in half.
- Purdue Fort Wayne produced three more runs in the fourth including a two-run homer to up the lead to 7-2.
- The Mastodons added a solo shot in the top of the eighth, then a bases-loaded walk to Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) forced in the third Beacon run of the day in the bottom of the eighth.
- A pair of Valpo pitchers found success out of the bullpen. Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, and later Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.
- The second homer of the day for Purdue Fort Wayne’s Jack Lang occurred in the eighth, a three-run blow that made it 11-3 and capped the game’s scoring.
Inside the Game
- Following his first home run this past weekend, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) enjoyed a big day at the plate on Tuesday, racking up a career-high three hits to lead the team.
- Redshirt freshman Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) collected two hits, extending his hitting streak to seven with his second multi-hit effort of the season, both of which have come in the last three games.
- Maka’s long ball was his first of his collegiate career.
Valpo (9-10) will visit UIC for Game 1 of a three-game series on Friday at 4:05 p.m. in Chicago. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Men’s Golf Leads Butler Spring Invitational Through 18 Holes
The Valparaiso University men’s golf team enters Tuesday with an opportunity to close out a team championship at the Butler Spring Invitational, hosted at the par-70, 6551-yard Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.
The team has earned four runner-up finishes this season including an impressive showing at last week’s Twin Oaks Intercollegiate. This time, the Beacons are hoping to wrap up their first tournament title of the 2021-22 campaign. The tournament was originally slated for 54 holes but was shortened to 36 due to cold temperatures and inclement weather.
How It Happened
Valpo leads instate rival Butler by seven strokes for the top spot in the 12-team tournament. Head coach Dave Gring’s team carded a Round-1 score of 279 (-1), while the hosts are second at 286. The Beacons own a significant edge on both Missouri Valley Conference schools that are participating with Bradley fifth at 291 and Evansville eighth at 293.
Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) sits tied atop the player leaderboard in a 98-golfer field after carding a 68 (-2) in Monday’s round. He is even with Luke Armbrust of Illinois for medalist honors. The No. 24 Illini are not participating as a team, but have individuals in the field.
Three Valpo golfers shot under par in Monday’s round as Caleb VanArrangon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) and Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) both finished at 69 (-1). The teammates are part of a five-way tie for third, just one stroke back of Delisanti and Armbrust.
Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) stroked a 73, while Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) turned in a 74.
Inside the Round
Valpo’s team score of 279 is its second-best of the season, behind only a 278 in the first round of the Twin Oaks Intercollegiate last week. In fact, this marks the second straight week that Valpo has turned in one of the best single-round team scores in modern program history (since the program’s 2009 relaunch). Last week’s 278 ranks second in the program record book, and this week’s 279 ranks third. The program record of 273 was established in the first round of the Golfweek Program Challenge on Sept. 7, 2014.
Delisanti’s 68 represented the best 18-hole score of his young collegiate career, outdoing his previous best of 69 (GCU Invitational). Furthermore, Willis’ 69 tied his career low.
Valpo leads the tournament field in both par-4 scoring (4.05) and par-5 scoring (4.70).
The Beacons have the second-most birdies of any participating squad with 13. The top birdie production has come from Willis with five, followed closely by VanArragon with four.
Delisanti is one of only two players in the tournament who achieved an eagle on Monday. He eagled the par-5 12th hole.
Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring
“Today’s round had the coldest temps that we have played in well over a year or two. It’s challenging to get the golf ball to effectively compress on the clubface of the club when temps are not much over freezing. The guys were prepared with their gear and they made some terrific adjustments with their club distances to manage through the cold temperatures. The conditions for the practice round yesterday were even worse than today, and I knew that we would be ready to play today. The guys maintained a really good attitude with the two delayed starts to the round and playing in the mid-30 degree temps.”
“We had a slow start to the round, and I could tell the guys were still adjusting to playing in the cold temps. The team played much steadier during the middle of the round, with a lot of pars and some quality birdies. I was very pleased with the finish to our round with the guys making some really good birdies and a lot of solid pars. Despite the cold temps, the ball-striking was very good. We talked about playing the Par 3s at even par and taking advantage of some of the Par-4 scoring opportunities.”
“Anthony started his round with 11 consecutive pars. He never got frustrated with missing the birdie opportunities and he had some quality up and downs to save par. The eagle on Hole 12 was tremendous, knocking-in a wedge from 115 yards. Our team celebrates those types of shots, and that’s not the first eagle from the fairway by the team this year. Anthony hit 14 out of 18 greens in regulation, eight out of 14 fairways and he had 30 putts – just a very solid round on all fronts. Add to that Garrett and Caleb finishing at one under, and it was a good day for the Beacons. We are looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”
The Beacons will attempt to close out the team title with the second and final round on Tuesday. The 18 holes will begin at 10 a.m. CT / 11 a.m. ET with a shotgun start. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Jack Lang Homers Twice as ‘Dons Dim The Beacons 11-3
VALPARAISO, Ind. – Jack Lang hit two home runs to help lead the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons over the Valparaiso Beacons 11-3 in non-league baseball action on Tuesday (March 29).
JD Deany (1-1) started on the mound and picked up the win for Purdue Fort Wayne. The right-hander went 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. He allowed no walks and fanned six. Kyle Mauer, Brendan Reid and Braxton Wilson combined to allow no runs and no hits over the final 3.2 innings.
Lang went 4-for-5 at the plate, finishing with five RBIs and four runs. Ben Higgins went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs. Senior Garett Lake also helped out for the Mastodons, going 3-for-5 with an RBI.
The Mastodons got the scoring started early, putting three on in the top of the first. Lake’s run-scoring single was the big hit in the inning.
The Beacons failed to push any runs across before the Mastodons offense got back to their scoring ways the next inning. Purdue Fort Wayne scored once on an RBI single off the bat of Lang, which brought the score to 4-0 in favor of the Mastodons.
Valparaiso narrowed Purdue Fort Wayne’s lead to 4-2 before the Mastodons stretched the advantage to 7-2 in the fourth inning. The Mastodons notched three runs in the frame, two of them coming across on a two-run homer from Higgins.
Purdue Fort Wayne kept the Beacons scoreless before expanding their lead in the sixth inning. The Mastodons drove in a run on Lang’s leadoff dinger, bringing the Mastodon advantage to 8-2.
Valparaiso got within 8-3 until the eighth when Lang hit a three-run home run. It scored Peyton Williams and Jarrett Bickel.
» It is the Mastodons’ first win over Valparaiso since 2007.
» Four Mastodons had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» Purdue Fort Wayne hitters hit three homers in the game.
» The Mastodons out-hit the Beacons 14-9.
» Lang stole two bases.
» Valparaiso was led offensively by Ryan Maka, who went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Connor Lockwood (0-2) started and took the loss for Valpo.
» The ‘Dons improve to 4-19. Valpo falls to 9-10.
» The Mastodons host Wright State this weekend.
Mastodon Softball Drops a Pair of Non-League Games to Kent State
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodon softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Kent State on Tuesday (March 29) afternoon.
GAME 1 | Kent State 11, Purdue Fort Wayne 1
Camryn Mosher went 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Mastodons in the opener. The run batted in came in the second inning. It scored Alise Hale from second base.
Jadelyn Johnson (0-4) got the ball to start for Purdue Fort Wayne and took the loss.
Brayden Lickey added a walk for the ‘Dons.
Kent State scored three runs in the first and fourth innings. They scored four in the second and one in the fifth.
» Kent State was led offensively by Madyson Cole, who went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.
» Andrea Scali led the Golden Flashes’ pitching staff, throwing five innings of one-run ball.
GAME 2 | Kent State 8, Purdue Fort Wayne 0
Senior Shaina Eyre (1-8) started and took the loss in the circle for Purdue Fort Wayne (4-21).
Epiphany Hang led the way offensively for the Mastodons, going 1-for-2 in the ballgame.
Purdue Fort Wayne did not advance a runner past second base in the game. The Mastodons went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position, last placing a runner as far as second in the third, when junior Thais Uyema made it into scoring position with nobody out.
» Purdue Fort Wayne pitchers limited Kent State to just 2-for-11 (.182) with runners in scoring position.
» Hang led the Mastodons at the plate, going 1-for-2.
» Kent State was led offensively by freshman Dylan Robertson, who went 1-for-2 with a home run for two RBIs.
» Kylie Ringler led the Golden Flashes’ pitching staff, throwing five shutout innings.
Purdue Fort Wayne will return to league play on Friday (April 1) at approximately 4 p.m. It will follow a Mastodon baseball game against Wright State at noon.
Baseball Drops Two on the Road Against Kentucky Wesleyan
OWENSBORO, Ky. – The University of Indianapolis baseball team traveled to Owensboro, Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon and dropped a non-conference twin bill with Kentucky Wesleyan at Panther Park. With both losses, the Hounds now sit at 7-13 overall on the season.
GAME 1 | KWC 8, UIndy 2 (7 innings)
The Greyhounds trailed by five runs after the opening inning of play but made a small bounce back in the second. A leadoff double by Armen Torosian opened the door for Aaron Blake to bring him home on an RBI single. A few batters later, Jared Bujdos would send Blake around to score on an RBI single of his own to cut the deficit down to three.
Despite this attempt from UIndy to claw back into the game, Kentucky Wesleyan would completely keep the Hounds off the scoreboard for five straight innings while also scoring lone runs in the fifth and sixth to keep a comfortable distance.
On offense, the Greyhounds out-hit the Wildcats at 8-7. Brandon DeWitt was a bright spot in the lineup after going a perfect 3-3 from the plate. On the mound, Jakob Hughes collected the start and went four complete with a pair of strikeouts. Derek Galdoni and Nolen Wolf each threw one complete from the bump to close out the contest.
GAME 2 | KWC 4, UIndy 1 (7 innings)
Kentucky Wesleyan jumped out ahead 4-0 through the first four innings before UIndy finally found the scoreboard in the fifth. Zack Williams collected a leadoff walk and quickly found his way to second base on a wild pitch. With Williams in scoring position, Caleb Vaughn stepped up and belted an RBI single to center field and brought Williams across the plate. This proved to be the only piece of run support the Greyhound offense could provide through the seven inning loss.
The Hounds managed just two hits in the game, both coming off the bats of Vaughn and DeWitt. Carter Nowak was the starter on the bump where he tossed 3-2/3 innings with four strikeouts. Chaney Morgan and Justyn Eichbaum both saw action out of the bullpen.
The Hounds will continue their road trip with a four game conference series at Truman beginning on Friday.
Bronnenberg’s T3 Highlights Busy Week for Men’s Golf
LEXINGTON, Ky.—The UIndy men’s golf team split its forces this week, competing at both the Findlay and Butler Spring Invitationals, both held Monday and Tuesday. The “Crimson Team” placed fourth among 19 Midwest Region teams, while the “Grey Team” settled at 12th place among a mostly-DI field.
Findlay’s tournament was held at The University Club of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., while the Butler event was hosted at nearby Highland Golf and Country Club on Indy’s north side.
FINDLAY SPRING INVITATIONAL
The Hounds’ top five plus one individual took on the region’s best at Findlay’s annual spring tournament. UIndy (296-282-287=865) found itself in 11th after 18 holes, but the Greyhounds finished the tourney with a pair of under-par team scores to climb to fourth place.
Reigning national-champion Keegan Bronnenberg led the way with remarkably-consistent scores of 70-70-70 to finish at -6 and share third place. He carded an eagle on hole No. 7 in the first round and racked up six birdies in the third round before finishing four shots back of medalist Joel Sylven of Missouri-St. Louis.
The Greyhounds’ second-round team score as boosted by a pair of three-under 69s – one from Cam Carroll (T36) and one from Jacob Nickell (T53). CJ Jones (T40) finished his tournament with a final-round 71, while Oliver Mast (T47) had his best round when he opened the week with a one-over 73. Individual Ian Carroll (73-72-71) improved his score each round to finish at even par and tie for 12th place.
BUTLER SPRING INVITATIONAL
Six other Greyhounds were in action this week as well, making the crosstown trek to Highland. The event was shortened to 36 holes after a lengthy frost delay Monday morning.
Sophomore Bryce Robertson (74-79) and senior Collin Powers (75-78) carded matching 153s to finish at +13 and share 66th place in the 98-man field.
Ethan Stanley (+14) tied for 74th, freshman Ty Stansfield made his collegiate debut with a T88 finish, while Noah Wolfe (+20) shared 95th. Individual-competitor Jarrod Millar (+14) tied for 74th.
The Hounds head east to West Virginia for the West Liberty Invitational. The tournament is set for April 4-5 at the Palmer Course at Oglebay Resort in West Liberty, W.V.
Romig Dubbed IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week
University of Indianapolis women’s lacrosse standout, Peyton Romig, has been dubbed the IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week as announced by officials on Tuesday. Romig led the Hounds to two victories over the past week with 32 draw controls.
Defensive Player of the Week
Payton Romig – University of Indianapolis
Romig racked up 32 draw controls in the Greyhounds’ 2-0 week. In the 15-8 win over No. 16 Tampa, the midfielder posted two goals, a ground ball and 18 draw controls. Romig added a pair of goals, three ground balls, a caused turnover and 14 draw controls in the 14-6 win against Walsh. Indianapolis is now ranked second in the ILWomen/IWLCA Division II Poll with a 7-1 record.
RHIT Baseball – Krajecki Grand Slam Leads RHIT Past Wabash 7-1
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology outfielder Andy Krajecki blasted a grand slam home run among five RBIs to lead the Fightin’ Engineers past Wabash College 7-1 in college baseball action on Tuesday.
Krajecki hit his grand slam own the left field line in the fourth inning to turn a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 lead that Rose-Hulman would not relinquish.
Dalton Busboom added a 4-4 performance with a double, one run and one RBI. Brett Tuttle scored two runs to provide offensive depth.
Josh Erpenbeck (1-1) started on the mound and picked up the win for Rose-Hulman (9-4). The right-hander went four innings, giving up one run on three hits, allowing no walks and striking out three. Korey Marlow tossed three scoreless innings with two strikeouts, and Schuyler Wilcox closed the game with two shutout innings and three strikeouts.
Rose-Hulman improved to 9-4 on the season, while Wabash dropped to 12-3. The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Anderson University in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opening doubleheader on Saturday at noon.
Baseball drops road opener
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Earlham College baseball team dropped its road opener to Wittenberg University with a final score of 10-5 on a rainy Tuesday evening.
The Quakers fell to 11-4 while the Tigers improved to 9-4.
Andrew Bradley brought one runner home off of two hits on the evening to lead the Quaker offense. Designated hitter Michael Medley scored one run from two hits and three at bats.
Nick Carrizales started the game on the mound and was given the loss after two Wittenberg home runs in the bottom of the second inning. David Lally recorded one strikeout and two hits in two innings of relief, and Nate Hemmerich closed out the game with three innings pitched and two strikeouts.
The Tigers scored on a two-run single to left field in the bottom of the first inning. Things got worse for Earlham in the bottom of the second when the Tigers hit a two run single, followed by a pair of home runs for a total of six scores in the inning.
Trailing 8-0, Earlham got its first run of the game via a walk by Devin Basley which brought Robby Shondel home. A fielder’s choice play from Maxwell Fries later in the inning allowed shortstop Zach Swearingen to reach home plate and make the score 8-2.
Medley reached home in the top of the fourth inning after an error by the Tiger catcher.
The scored off of a walk in the bottom of the fourth before a two-run fifth inning from the Quakers. Bradley shot a double to right center field that allowed Nathan Lancianese to stroll around the basepath for the stand-up score. Later in the inning, Christian Lancianese hit a single through the left side to bring Bradley home for a score.
The Tigers added a final run during the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Quakers will have a quick turnaround as they host DePauw University in Sadler Stadium on Wednesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.
Baseball’s Five-Game Winning Streak Snapped At Rose-Hulman
The Wabash baseball team saw its five-game winning streak end Tuesday evening with a 7-1 loss at Rose-Hulman.
Wabash (12-3) came into the game averaging 13 hits and 9-1/2 runs per game but were limited to three hits in the nine-inning affair at Rose-Hulman (9-4). The loss is the eighth in a row against Rose in games played in Terre Haute. The Little Giants’ last road win at Rose-Hulman came in 2003.
The host Fightin’ Engineers struck first by scoring a run in the bottom of the second inning. Wabash tied the game in the top of the fourth. AJ Reid opened the inning with a double. Noah Luebbehusen delivered a one-out single to score Reid from second and tie the game at 1-1. Rose-Hulman scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth inning with a grand slam off the bat of Andy Krajecki, who finished the game with 5 RBI overall.
Rose added two more runs in the seventh inning to provide the six-run cushion.
Reid, Luebbehusen, and Liam Patton picked up the only hits for the Little Giants. Wabash was held to six base runners for the evening, adding a walk and two hit batters to its totals for the game.
Tavic Simmons took the loss on the mound after working four innings of four-hit baseball. He surrendered five earned runs and two walks overall. Grant Stratton game up one earned run, four hits, and one walk to go with three strikeouts in three innings of relief work. Gavin Patrick pitched the eighth inning for Wabash and struck out one batter.
The Little Giants look to regroup on Saturday when they begin North Coast Athletic Conference play with a home doubleheader against Allegheny College beginning at noon.
Tigers Fall to Division II Carson-Newman
Jefferson City, Tenn. – DePauw dropped to 6-9 on the season with its fourth-straight loss as it fell to Division II Carson-Newman by a 13-3 score in eight innings. The Eagles improved to 18-15 with the win.
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Cameron Macon singled with one out and scored on Kyle Callahan’s double down the left field line.
Carson-Newman took the lead in the bottom of the second as Kilian Daughtry drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on an error after Zach Boze reached on a fielder’s choice. Harrison Travis followed with a three-run homer to make it 3-1.
Spencer Bright led off the Eagles’ fifth with a single and came home on Henry Jackson’s triple. After Gunnar Ricketts reached on a bunt single, Andrew Carpenter moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt and Daughtry drove in two with a double. Daughtry then scored on Travis’ triple which extended the Eagles’ lead to 7-1.
DePauw’s Cameron Allen singled with one out in the sixth and Macon followed with a two-run homer to cut the lead to 7-3.
Carson-Newman responded with two in the bottom of the sixth as Carpenter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Daughtry followed with an RBI single. A run-scoring single from Bright in the seventh followed by Jackson’s sacrifice fly and Ricketts’ double pushed the lead to 12-3. The Eagles wrapped up the win with the 10-run rule after scoring an unearned run in the eighth on Spencer Williams’ bases loaded single.
Macon had two of DePauw’s four hits, while Travis had three of Carson-Newman’s 15. Jackson, Ricketts, Daughtry, Williams and Bright each added two.
Justin Pelley started and took the loss for the Tigers to drop to 0-1, while Ryan Smithson improved to 1-1 after allowing just four hits and striking out seven with no walks in six innings.
DePauw returns to action tomorrow with a 5 p.m. game at Earlham.
Oles Snap Grizzlies’ Winning Steak on Tuesday
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Franklin College baseball team resumed its four-game Florida road trip on Tuesday (Mar. 29) afternoon with a rematch against St. Olaf College.
The Grizzlies (14-5) saw their four-game winning streak end as the Oles (5-5) narrowly claimed a 4-3 victory. Tysen Lipscomb, and Matthew Earley had two hits each for Franklin, who finished the game with 10 runners left on base.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies put two runners on in the second and third innings but couldn’t get the opening run in. With the game scoreless through five innings, the Oles broke the seal with a three-run sixth inning, getting all three runs off Franklin starter Damian Tillie. The Grizzlies finally cashed in when they came up in the sixth, with Colby Reed driving in a pair with a bases loaded single to cut the lead to 3-2.
One inning later, Noah Wood smacked a two-out triple and came in to score when Matthew Earley followed with a single. But the Oles took advantage of an error in the eighth to score the go-ahead run and held off Franklin in their final two trips to the plate.
Tillie made his first career start for the Grizzlies, allowing two earned runs on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over five innings of work. Chris Foote (2-1) tossed the final four innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with five strikeouts to lower his team-leading ERA to 1.26.
The Grizzlies close out their four-game Florida trip on Wednesday (Mar. 30) afternoon, taking on Williams College. First pitch is set for 10:00 a.m.
Trine Comes Up Short in Slugfest at Ohio Northern
ADA, Ohio – The Trine University baseball team dropped a non-conference game on Tuesday 12-11 with Ohio Northern University. The Thunder (5-10) slugged 14 hits and took a 6-5 lead after trailing by three runs but ultimately did not have enough steam to overcome a second wave of Polar Bear (7-9) offense in the bottom of the fifth.
Tyler Robinson [Schaumburg, Ill. / Schaumburg] and Avery Fulford [Conifer, Colo. / Conifer] led off the game with hits that put runners on first and third. Easton Rhodes [Auburn, Ind. / DeKalb] provided a two-out extra base hit that scored both baserunners to give Trine a 2-0 lead.
Starting pitcher Kade Keele [Fort Wayne, Ind. / New Haven] worked around two that reached in the bottom half of the inning to keep the zero on the board. Unfortunately it would not last long as Ohio Northern plated five over the next inning and two-thirds to chase Keele from the game.
More two-out magic in the fourth allowed the Thunder to get the game back to even at 5. Gary DeMartino [Beavercreek, Ohio / Owens C.C.], Matt Weis [Trenton, Ill. / Triad] and Adam Stefanelli [Westerville, Ohio / Westerville North] got solid contact for consecutive base hits with Weis scoring DeMartino. Matthew Martin [Eureka, Ill. / Eureka] made it four in a row to get Weis and Stefanelli home.
An error by the Polar Bear defense gave Trine the opportunity to use small ball to take the lead. Dalton Nikirk [Bedford, Ind. / Bedford North Lawrence] moved the runner to second on a bunt and a wild pitch placed Nikirk 90 feet from home. Brenden Warner [Richland, Mich. / Hackett Catholic Prep] knocked a single into right field to take a 6-5 edge.
Two homeruns for Ohio Northern in the bottom of the fifth helped the Polar Bears to put up a crooked number in the inning and take an 11-6 lead. Through adversity, the Thunder battled back. Trine scored runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings in a comeback attempt.
DeMartino, Weis and Stefanelli contributed to two more runs in the sixth with three straight singles. Aided by a balk, DeMartino and Weis came around to score on Stefanelli’s hit to center field. The seventh saw Warner score Fulford on a groundball up the middle. Fulford led off the frame with a double into left. That got the score to 11-9, but a solo homerun by Ohio Northern in the bottom half of the inning added insurance.
The solo shot would be the difference maker as Weis and Stefanelli scored in the top of the eighth on an error and wild pitch to get to the final score of 12-11.
Fulford (3-for-5) and Weis (3-for-4) had three hits apiece and scored three times to pace the offense. DeMartino and Stefanelli had multiple hits as well. Warner, Rhodes, Stefanelli and Martin drove in two runs apiece.
On the mound, Josh Hoogewerf [Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point] received the loss (0-2). Freshman right-hander Noah Brettin [Rolling Prairie, Ind. / New Prairie] tossed a scoreless inning in relief.
Trine will begin Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play on Saturday, April 2 against the Comets of Olivet College. It will serve as the home opener at Jannen Field for the 2022 season, with first pitch taking place at 1 pm.
PILOTS PLAY LONG BALL IN SPLIT AT USF
FORT WAYNE – Bethel Softball split a pair of games on Tuesday at Saint Francis, losing game one 4-1 before belting their way to a 6-4 game two win. The Pilots hit five extra-base hits on the day, including a trio of home runs.
Game 1 Score: Saint Francis def. Bethel 4-1
Game 2 Score: Bethel def. Saint Francis 6-4
Records: Bethel (3-15, 2-8) | Saint Francis (9-7, 1-3)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Saint Francis – NR
Location: Westendorf Field | University of Saint Francis | Fort Wayne, Ind.
GAME 1 STAT TRACKER
Quinn Slattman: 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Haley Ragonesi: 1-3, 2B
Ryann Norris: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 K
GAME 2 STAT TRACKER
Quinn Slattman: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
Hannah Frady: 2-3, HR, 3 RBI, R, 7.0 IP, W, 9 H, 4 ER
Amber Asher: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Bella Rose: 2-4, R
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
The Pilots notched their first win of the season when allowing their opponent to score in the first inning. They were previously 0-9, including the game one loss.
Haley Ragonesi has upped her hit streak to ten straight games and has reached base in 12 of 16 games she’s played this season.
The Pilots committed five errors on the day, but only one came around to hurt the Pilots.
The Pilots slugged .470 as a team on the day.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots continue their schedule away from Gardner Field with a trip to Michigan to take on Spring Arbor on Friday.
PILOTS SETTLE FOR SPLIT AGAINST MARIAN
MISHAWAKA – Bethel Baseball locked down a thrilling 6-4 victory in game one before being nearly no-hit in an 8-0 game two loss to Marian on Tuesday. Pilot starting pitching combined for 4.2 innings of 1 hit, 1 run ball but it was a scheduled bullpen-managed day for the staff.
Game 1 Score: Bethel def. Marian 6-4
Game 2 Score: Marian def. Bethel 8-0
Records: Bethel (10-20, 4-10) | Marian (14-14, 6-8)
NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll: Bethel – NR | Marian – NR
Location: Jenkins Stadium | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.
GAME 1 STAT TRACKER
Jeremy Wiersema: 1-3, 2B, SB, RBI, 2 R
Corbin Greenslade: 1-2, 3 RBI
Frank Plesac: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K
Sullivan Swingley: 3.0 IP, W, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K
GAME 2 STAT TRACKER
Andrew Sarno: 1-3
Thomas Dolan: 1-3
Ty Mickiewicz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
Brad VanOverberghe: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
The Knights left 14 runners on base in game one.
The Pilots threw 13 different pitchers in the double header, with pitchers on strict pitch counts due to four doubleheaders over the course of seven days. Brad VanOverberghe made an appearance in both games, totaling 3.0 hitless innings on the day.
Corbin Greenslade was an injury replacement in game one and came up with the clutch hits to help the Pilots secure the victory.
Thomas Dolan broke up the Marian no-hitter with a bloop single over third base in the bottom of the sixth inning.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots travel to Winona Lake on Friday for a doubleheader against Grace.
Panthers sweep MSJ with late game heroics
HANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers opened Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Tuesday afternoon, sweeping the MSJ Lions in dramatic fashion. Hanover claimed game one in 13 innings 15-4 before taking game two 9-5.
After giving up four runs in the top of the first inning the Panthers began to rally. Sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) paced the comeback in the bottom half of the inning as he doubled soring senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.). Hanover tacked on another run as sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) provided a sacrifice fly pushing the difference to 4-2.
However, MSJ drove in three more runs in the top of the second inning when the Panthers delivered a breakout inning.
Leading the offense was senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) with a single to left field that scored Litttledfield, 7-4. They cut the deficit to one run later in the inning as Farnsley delt the RBI plating two more Panther runners.
The fourth inning would see HC tack on another run as Christie hit a deep fly ball to left field that scored freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.), 9-7.
Hanover added four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as freshman Andrew Oesterling (Batesville, Ind.) drove in three with a double to left field. Sophomore Brady Pennington (Speedway, Ind.) provided the final run with an RBI that pulled HC within 14-13.
The game tying knock came in the ninth inning with Christie connecting on the clutch hit forcing extra innings.
They would plate the game winning run in the bottom of the 13 inning in climactic fashion as Danneman took home plate on a MSJ wild pitch, 15-14.
Junior Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the win for the Blue and Red pitching five complete innings with eight strikeouts.
The Panthers carried the momentum into the night cap as sophomore Eric Roudebush (New Palestine, Ind.) charted an RBI in the bottom of the second inning to put HC on top 1-0.
They added an insurance run in the fourth inning with Pennington reaching home off a Danneman RBI single, 2-0.
MSJ knotted the contest in the next half inning before the Hanover offense responded as junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) scored Farnsley.
The game would ultimately be decided in the sixth inning with the Panthers scoring two runs including the game winner off a Burton sacrifice fly.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, April 2 when they welcome HCAC foe Manchester. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1:00 PM.
Softball Suffers Road Setback at Calvin
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Manchester University softball team was swept by the Calvin University Knights in a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday March 29. The Black & Gold fell by final scores of 7-2 and 22-3.
In the opening game of the afternoon, first-year Julianne Gosnell (Amboy, Ind./Oak Hill) collected a pair of hits and scored a run.
Kodi Douglass (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) added an RBI single in the opener.
The Black & Gold collected seven hits in the first game of the afternoon.
In the second game of the afternoon, first-year Morgan Michael (Quincy, Mich./Quincy) went 2-2 at the plate with a run scored.
Delayne Sanchez (Osceola, Ind./Penn) had an RBI double in the 4th inning of the second game against the Knights.
Manchester will play another MIAA member in Olivet College on Thursday March 31 as non-conference play continues.
The Spartans are scheduled to host the Comets at the MU Softball Field in a doubleheader with first pitch coming at 3:30 p.m.
FORESTERS SPLIT WITH SAU IN TUESDAY’S SLUGFEST
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Offense came easily for the HU baseball team Tuesday afternoon at Forest Glen. Unfortunately, it also came easily to Spring Arbor in the opener as they outslugged their hosts 16-14 before Huntington trounced their guests 15-2 in the nightcap for the series split.
Game one was a hitter’s delight with each team pounding out 21 hits. The slugfest saw runs scored in every frame with the top of the ninth proving the winning moment. SAU (14-11-1, 8-8) strung together three straight hits with the final two knocking in a run each time to turn a 14-14 deadlock into a two-run advantage for the visitors that stood the test of time as HU left one runner stranded in their last at-bat.
Eleven different Foresters posted a base poke with Satchell Wilson going 4-for-5 at the plate and logging four RBI to lead Frame’s crew. Ian McCutcheon added three hits and two RBI while Jarett Gray and Sam Kimmorley collected two hits apiece in addition to driving in two runs each.
The nine-inning affair was up for grabs from start to finish as the contest featured six lead changes and two ties before the Cougars had the last say.
Each team put five pitchers on the bump with Graham Kollen taking the loss for Huntington having thrown the final 1.2 frames during which he gave up six hits and two runs while striking out two.
Huntington continued their tear at the plate in the nightcap with Max Moser coming up big in three out of his four at-bats. He kicked off his hot streak with a two-run double in the second, drove in two more runs with a single to left center in the third and then capped things off with a dinger in the fifth.
Moser was one of four Foresters to knock one out of the park. Daniel Lichty sent one yard in the bottom of the first, McCutcheon launched one over the left field fence in the third and Gray cleared the right field fence in the fifth.
In addition to Moser’s three base smacks, other Foresters to log multiple hits included Lichty (2 hits, 3 RBI), McCutcheon (2 hits, 2 RBI), Wilson (2 hits) and Gray (2 hits, 1 RBI).
While HU enjoyed a hit fest, Joey Butz tossed a dandy to make sure the Cougars did not. He went the distance, striking out 13 along the way, to give up just two hits, two runs and two walks for the complete-game win.
With this split, Huntington moves to 12-12 overall, 10-6 in league play. HU returns to Forest Glen on Friday to host Marian at 3:00 p.m.
#9 IWU TOO MUCH FOR HUNTINGTON
HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Up against their second Top 20 team in as many outings, the HU softball team suffered two losses, 11-3, 8-0, to #9 Indiana Wesleyan Tuesday afternoon.
Jenessa Hasty got her team on the board right away when she tripled in Breanna Hines in the first. Unfortunately, it was short-lived as the Wildcats came roaring back to unleash for ten runs in the next frame. The guests tapped into six hits, worked four walks, stole two bases and took advantage of a hit batter and an HU error in the second to make for their big inning.
Huntington would go on to outscore IWU 2-1 the rest of the way, but it was too little too late as the lead proved too monstrous to overcome and was cut short compliments of the run-rule. Breanna Hines and Courtney Mason each logged an RBI single in the second and fifth respectively to account for HU’s final two runs.
Adelyn Harsh took the loss for Ehler’s crew. she tossed the first 1.1 frames and gave up six hits, eight runs and two walks.
The Wildcats (22-4, 7-1) made quick work of the nightcap, holding their hosts scoreless while finding home eight times to call it quits after six. Mason and Harsh were the only two Foresters to hammer out a hit.
Maddie Turner tossed the first four innings to be charged with the loss after giving up six hits, seven runs and four walks while striking out three.
The Foresters (3-16, 1-7) are back in action on Friday to host Goshen at 3:00 p.m.
Cougars Split Bethel Pilots Behind Rust’s Strong Pitching
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (9-7; 1-3 Crossroads) played host to the Bethel University Pilots (3-15; 2-8 Crossroads) at Westendorf Field, and split the doubleheader by winning the opener 4-1 before dropping the finale 6-4.
In the opener, junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust took the mound and set the tone from the start while her teammates went to work for her in the bottom of the first. Saint Francis scored the game’s first run on a fielding error by the Pilots and then third baseman Dani Karr singled home shortstop Abby Erwin to give Saint Francis a 2-0 lead.
The score stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the third, when with two outs, catcher Tori Miller hit a double to left-center field scoring first baseman Taylor Horsley and adding a third run for the Cougars.
On the mound, Rust continued to dominate the Pilots. She escaped a couple threats in the fourth and fifth innings, and after a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth plated a fourth run, the junior hurler was set to finish what she started.
Bethel did get on the board in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, but no more as Rust retired the side in order in the seventh to earn the complete-game victory and give Saint Francis the win. Through seven innings, Rust allowed just one run on four hits and just one walk while striking out six batters.
In the finale, freshman pitcher Erika Turpin started for the Cougars, and did allow a first-inning run, but settled in after that. Then in the bottom of the first, the Cougars tied the score back up as left fielder Grace Renbarger walked to lead-off the inning, and came around to score on designated hitter Regan Peppler’s double.
But in the top of the third, Turpin ran into some trouble. With one out, a two-run home run put Bethel back on top, and then a fielding error followed by another two-run shot gave the Pilots a 5-1 lead, driving Turpin from the game.
Freshman Mia Werner came in to relieve Turpin, and pitched brilliantly the rest of the way, giving her teammates a chance to come back.
At the plate, the Cougars chipped away, scoring once in the fourth and then once again in the sixth and seventh to close the deficit to within 6-4, but with the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, a pop out ended the game as the Cougars had to settle for the split.
The Cougars resume play on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Spring Arbor, Michigan for a road doubleheader against the Spring Arbor University Cougars (8-11; 2-6 Crossroads) beginning at 3:00 pm.
OFFENSE LEADS NO. 17 GRENADIERS TO 16-7 WIN OVER CAMPBELLSVILLE
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The No. 17 ranked IU Southeast baseball team defeated Campbellsville 16-7 to improve to 20-9 on the season.
The IU Southeast offense showed up early in the contest, scoring twelve runs in the first two innings of the game. Grenadiers starting pitcher Tyler Yotkewich threw a scoreless top of the first in his only inning of work.
After the first three IU Southeast batters reached in the bottom of the first, Marco Romero got the scoring started with a two-run double to give the Grenadiers a 2-0 lead. Ray Aponte drove in a run on the third error of the inning by Campbellsville. Brandon Boxer gave the Grenadiers a 4-0 lead on an RBI single.
Ben Berenda drove home two more Grenadiers to give them a 6-0 lead. A John Ullom double brought the lead to 7-0, and IU Southeast took a 9-0 lead on a two-RBI single by Brody Tanksley.
The Grenadiers did more damage in the second inning. Ben Berenda drove in his third run of the day on a sacrifice fly. A Clay Woeste RBI single gave the Grenadiers an 11-0 lead, and a passed ball allowed John Ullom to score to extend the lead to 12-0.
Campbellsville fought back, scoring six runs on five hits in the top of the third. After three innings of play, the Grenadiers led 12-6.
The Grenadiers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first run was scored on another Campbellsville error. Brandon Boxer drove in the Grenadiers’ 14th run of the game on an RBI single. IU Southeast led 14-6 after five innings.
In the top of the sixth, Campbellsville added a run to make it a 14-7 game. The Grenadiers responded in the bottom half of the six, taking a 15-7 lead on an RBI groundout by Tyler Mills. A John Ullom RBI single in the bottom of the seventh gave IU Southeast a 16-7 lead.
The Grenadiers would go on to win by a score of 16-7. The Grenadiers scored 16 runs on 11 hits as they benefitted from six Campbellsville errors. Ben Berenda led IU Southeast with 3 RBIs. Eight different Grenadiers recorded an RBI in the contest. Brandon Boxer and Brody Tanksley each had three hits in the game.
The Grenadiers used 10 pitchers in the nine-inning game. None of the pitchers recorded more than three outs, a strategy that IU Southeast has implemented throughout the season.
No. 17 IU Southeast heads to Oakland City for a three-game RSC series this weekend.
Brandi Jones Earns Top 10 Finish at TPC Deere Run
SILVIS, Ill. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s golf team competed at TPC Deere Run on Monday and Tuesday as part of the TPC Deere Run Invitational hosted by William Penn University.
The 36-hole tournament featured 18 holes each day in less than ideal conditions. The final round never saw temperatures above 45 degrees with wind blowing upwards of 20 miles per hour.
Brandi Jones finished in a tie for 10th, shooting 162 for the tournament. Jones fired a first-round 76 before shooting a final round 86. The Peru, Indiana native finished the tournament with 18 pars and two birdies.
Gracie Tucker finished in a tie for 58th place, shooting 94-98 while Olivia Waymouth tied for 65th with rounds of 100-98.
Titans swept in matchup at Saint Xavier
CHICAGO, Ill. – IU South Bend held an early lead in both games of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but No. 25 Saint Xavier battled back to earn the sweep over the Titans, winning the opener 12-6 and the nightcap, 5-4.
Olivia Zarantonello led the way with five base hits across both games, including her first home run of the season coming in game one. Emily Anglin finished a combined 4-for-8 with 4 RBI and a double while Maddie Leisher was 3-for-9 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
The Titans (9-15, 0-2 CCAC) opened the day with three runs in the top of the 1st, highlighted by a two-out, two-RBI double from Anglin, scoring Maddy Edwards and Shelby Baker. The Cougars (13-5, 2-0 CCAC) responded with three runs of their own in the 2nd inning, then after another run-scoring base hit from Anglin in the 3rd, took the lead with four runs in the bottom half of the inning for a 7-4 lead.
The home team added three more in the next inning, before Zarantonello’s homer cut the Saint Xavier lead to 10-6, but the Cougars would retire seven of the next eight batters to close out the game 1 win.
Another run driven in from Anglin to start game two, along with an RBI from Danielle Gebhart on a bases-loaded walk put the Titans ahead 2-0 after two innings. Saint Xavier responded again, scoring single runs in the 3rd and 4th to even the score. A two-out triple in the bottom of the 5th would break the tie in favor of the home team, scoring three runs to put the Cougars up 5-2.
In their last chance at the plate during the 7th inning, Zarantonello singled and Jozie Ramer hit a two-out double, allowing Leisher to score a two-RBI double and cut the lead to 5-4. The comeback would finish just short, with the final out coming on a hard-hit ball to center.
The Titans will look to bounce back on Friday, when they head to Trinity International for a doubleheader with the Trojans. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET.
PNW Belts Six Home Runs in Game 2 to split with No. 10 GVSU
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Purdue Northwest softball team smashed six home runs en route to a 14-9 victory over 10th-ranked Grand Valley State to earn a doubleheader split on Tuesday after dropping the first game to the Lakers, 6-3, at GVSU Softball Field.
The victory for the Pride (11-5, 1-1 GLIAC) was just the second in program history over GVSU, the first win in Allendale and ended an eight-game losing streak to the Lakers with the last victory being a 7-6 decision on April 10, 2019, at Dowling Park in Hammond, Indiana. The Pride lost two of four matchups against GVSU last season by just a run.
It also marked the second win over a ranked opponent since head coach Tristan Zink took over the PNW softball program. The Pride defeated then-ranked No. 13 UIndy at home last season in a 7-5 decision at Dowling Park.
The offensive spark that got the Pride started in Game 2 came off the bat of Selena Michko (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) when she deposited a two-out blast over the center-field fence to put PNW up 2-0.
Madison Schultz (Lafayette, Ind./Faith Christian) stepped up to the plate next and answered Michko with a home run of her own for the first of two back-to-back home runs for the Pride.
GVSU (16-3, 1-1 GLVC) got a run back in the bottom of the second before PNW took a 6-1 lead in the third by way of a two-run home run by Jocey Gault (West Lafayette, Ind./Harrison) that was immediately followed by Michko’s second long ball of the game.
The Lakers notched a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the PNW lead down to 6-3. The three-run lead would remain until the top of the fifth when Schultz blasted a one-out, 1-1 pitch over the right-center fence for her second home run of the game for an 8-3 Pride lead.
Briana Poehler (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) followed Schultz with a single then advanced to third on an Aubrey Shroyer (Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon) double. Poehler would later score on a wild pitch just before Shroyer made it 10-3 when she crossed the plate on a RBI ground out off the bat of Amanda Noblett (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central).
When the Lakers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Pride stood tall and added four more in the top of the sixth.
Allison Arnold (Tucson, Ariz./Naperville North) got the sixth-inning scoring going when she obliterated a pitch over the left center fence to also score Bravo, who led off the inning with a walk. The home run for Arnold was her first of the game but the second of the day. She sent the first pitch she saw in the first game to deep left-center field.
Gault and Michko then drew walks and were eventually brought around to score for a 14-6 PNW lead by way of a Poehler ground out and a Shroyer single, respectively.
Grand Valley notched a run in the bottom of the sixth and then tallied a pair in the bottom of the seventh for the final 14-9 margin.
Five PNW batters earned two hits each including Bravo, Arnold, Michko, Schultz and Shroyer.
Michko and Schultz drove in three each, while Arnold and Gault each produced a pair of runs.
Gabby Paliska (Palos Park, Ill./Lincoln-Way East (Wisconsin-Green Bay)) (4-1) picked up the win in the circle going five innings and giving up six runs, with five being earned, as well as three walks while striking out three. Abbie May (LaSalle, Ill./Saint Bede Academy) hurled the final two innings of the game giving up six hits and three earned runs.
Game 1 saw the Pride jump out to a quick 1-0 lead thanks to Arnold hitting her first home run of the day.
Grand Valley took a 2-1 lead after the bottom of the second and saw the Pride claw their way back into a 2-2 tie when Kelsi Dillon (Braidwood, Ill./Reed-Custer (Georgian Court)) singled to left field to score Arnold.
The PNW bats went silent over the fifth and sixth innings against All-American pitcher Hannah Beatus (7-1) as the Lakers jolted out to a 6-2 lead.
PNW got a run back in the top of the seventh when Shroyer reached on an error and Gault scampered in from third to cut it down to 6-3. PNW would load the bases with two outs to put the tying run on first, but a fly out to left field ended the game.
Maddison Roop (Hudson, Ill./University) (2-2) took the loss for the Pride as she gave up four runs with two being earned on eight hits and a pair of walks and strikeouts in four innings. May tossed the final two innings, giving up two runs with one earned on four hits and striking out three.
PNW will finally get to open the home portion of their schedule with a pair of GLIAC doubleheaders this weekend when the Pride welcome in Wayne State on Saturday and Saginaw Valley State on Sunday. First pitch from Dowling Park is scheduled for noon each day.
Ouellette, VanScoter guide Goshen to game two win in Spring Arbor
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Claire Ouellette had a perfect game at the plate, and Shea VanScoter only allowed two hits in 5.1 innings in Goshen’s 8-7 game two victory in Spring Arbor on Tuesday. The Cougars won game one 4-1.
Spring Arbor got on the board in the first inning of the first contest when starting pitcher Emmalee Hamp hit a solo shot to left. They added a run in the fourth from Jade Nowe’s double and two in the fifth on a single from Maddie Gillett.
Down 4-0, Goshen struck in the sixth when VanScoter scored with the RBI going to Olivia Gibson. That was all the Maple Leafs could put on the board, though, as they lost 4-1. Mia Pawelski allowed four earned runs and five hits in six innings on the mound. Her ERA is at 3.78 for the season, and she has a 4-4 record.
For Spring Arbor, Hamp struck out seven over seven innings and walked one. She was 2-3 at the plate – scoring half of the Cougars’ runs.
Goshen answered by winning game two. It started with the first of Claire Ouellette’s four singles. In the first inning, she brought Alyssa McDonald around to score. Gibson doubled with the score tied at one in the third, and Ri Koteles scored. Later that inning, Carissa Fillingame hit a two-run single to push the lead to 4-1.
SAU scored once in the bottom half, but GC added another three runs in the fourth. Grace Schmitt hit a two-run double and later scored from Fillingame’s double. Goshen led 7-2.
Shea VanScoter was getting the job done on the mound. She allowed just two hits in 5.1 innings pitched. The freshman has an ERA of 2.18 this year.
The Cougars scored five of the last six runs, but Goshen survived and won 8-7.
Spring Arbor is now 8-11 and 2-6 in the Crossroads League, while Goshen is 12-10 and 2-6 in the CL. Goshen next plays on Friday, April 1, at 3:00 pm at Huntington.
Baseball loses twice to MVNU by two runs each
GOSHEN, Ind. – Despite solid performances on the mound from Jack Bennett and Camm Nickell, the Maple Leafs were unable to snag a win against Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday, losing 5-3 and 3-1.
Bennett pitched seven innings for the Leafs in game one. He struck out four and walked two. And while he allowed three runs, none of them were earned runs. The teams combined for nine errors in the first game.
The Cougars led 5-0 until Goshen started a late rally. In the bottom of the ninth, Jenner Rodammer got on base via a dropped fly ball, and Nate Lange scored on the play. Nickell scored on a single by Morgan Baker, and Rodammer scored on one from Joseph Cerda. The rally ended there, and MVNU won 5-3.
Peyton Smith had two singles and a walk for Goshen. Joshua Rubio had his first double of the season.
For Mount Vernon, Josh Pettit gave up no earned runs and three hits in six innings as he earned the win. He struck out 13 while walking three.
There were no errors between the teams in game two, and all the scoring happened early. The Cougars sealed it after their second batter of the game. Andrew Miller snuck a two-run home run down the left-field line to give MVNU a 2-0 lead with no outs in the first. In the bottom of the inning, Peyton Smith singled and scored Lange, who had singled earlier in the frame. Mount Vernon tacked on another run in the top of the second, but that would be the end of the scoring for both teams in the seven-inning game. MVNU won 3-1.
Goshen had at least one hit in every inning, but they couldn’t bring those baserunners around to score. Nickell struck out nine batters in six innings for GC. He only allowed two earned runs and walked three. Logan Fox only struck out three in seven innings on the mound for the Cougars (16-9, 11-3 CL). However, he only walked one and allowed one run.
Rodammer went 2-3 for Goshen (4-20, 1-13 CL). He has had multiple hits in eight of his last nine games and is hitting .375 this season.
Goshen hosts Taylor on Thursday, March 31, at 1:00 pm. Taylor is receiving votes in the NAIA coaches poll. The teams will then play at Taylor on Saturday, April 2, at 1:00 pm. Stay tuned for weather updates.
Eagles shut down by Saints, 15-8
ST. Louis, Mo. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball could not dig itself out of an early hole and lost to Maryville University, 15-8, Tuesday afternoon in St. Louis, Missouri. The Screaming Eagles are 11-11, this spring, while Maryville is 13-10 in 2022.
The Eagles found themselves in a large hole after five inning as the Saints built a 12-0 margin that included a nine-run fifth. USI started a comeback in the sixth with a five-run frame that included a grand slam by sophomore designated hitter Gavin McLarty (Buckner, Kentucky) as the Eagles shrank the gap to 12-5. The grand slam was McLarty’s first hit and home run of the season.
USI tried to close the gap with three more runs, including a solo home run by sophomore rightfielder Trent Robinson (Louisville, Indiana) in the eighth and a two-run double by junior second baseman Lucas McNew (Floyds Knobs, Indiana) in the ninth that cut the deficit to 15-8. The seven run deficit would be as close as the Eagles would come as the Saints closed out the win and the regular season sweep.
Up Next for the Eagles:
USI opens the GLVC 2022 conference slate this weekend when it hosts a four-game series at the USI Baseball Field April 1-3. The series starts Friday with a 6 p.m. single game.
The Eagles trail all-time series with the Hawks, 48-41, after splitting six games last spring. USI lost three of four with Quincy at home during the regular season, but bounced back to win both meetings in the GLVC Tournament at Lindenwood University.
Taylor Trojans Prove too Much for Cougars to Overcome
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday afternoon, the University of Saint Francis Cougars (19-10; 8-6 Crossroads) played host to the RV Taylor University Trojans (20-9; 11-3 Crossroads) at Ash Centre World Baseball Academy, but lost both games by scores of 13-1 and 11-0.
In the opening game, freshman pitcher Deron Swanson took the mound to start for the Cougars, and surrendered a first-inning run to put Taylor on top 1-0. After the Cougars went in order in their half of the frame, the Trojans went back to work in the second, as Swanson gave up four straight walks all with two outs, and a two-run single as Saint Francis fell behind 3-0.
Swanson’s day was finished after the second inning, but matters didn’t get any better for the Cougars.
A solo home run in the top of the third, followed by a two-run home run in the top of the fourth put the Cougars in an even bigger deficit, now trailing 7-1 after four innings.
Both teams went scoreless in the next two innings, but come the top of the seventh, the Trojans put the game away. It started with a two-run home run, and then a couple more walks, and then three straight hits, two singles and a double, plated six more runs for Taylor, and the Cougars had no answer in the bottom of the frame, as they fell by 12 via mercy rule with just three hits.
In the finale, sophomore Hunter Frost started for the Cougars, and began strong as the game went to the third inning scoreless. Then in the top of the third, the Trojans got the scoring started as they plated the first run of the game on a fielding error by Saint Francis.
Come the fourth, a single and then a two-run home run drove Frost from the game as Taylor extended their lead to 3-0. Meanwhile on offense, the Cougars struggled to string hits together as they were rendered scoreless through the first five innings.
In the top of the sixth, a two-out two-run double plated two more runs for Taylor, and then in the seventh it all unraveled for the Cougars. It started with a leadoff walk, and then what followed was five hits and a couple more walks as Taylor scored six more times, and finished off the shutout as the Cougars suffered the tough sweep.
The Cougars resume play on Friday afternoon when they travel to Marion, Indiana to begin a four-game series against the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (12-13; 8-5 Crossroads) with a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm.
Carney named CCAC Pitcher of the Week
CHICAGO, Ill. – Following his complete-game shutout last Monday, IU South Bend pitcher Payton Carney was named the CCAC Pitcher of the Week.
Carney led the Titans (9-16, 3-6 CCAC) to a 4-0 victory over Calumet last week, by throwing the second nine-inning complete game shutout in program history. The sophomore scattered three hits and worked around a pair of walks while striking out six for the win.
Carney’s award is program’s second-ever CCAC Pitcher of the Week honor since the team’s debut in 2016. The Hudsonville, Mich. native holds a 1-2 record in three starts with an opponent’s average of .222 on the year.
IU South Bend hosts St. Francis for a single game at Rex Weade Stadium on Wednesday, before welcoming Olivet Nazarene for a weekend doubleheader on Saturday.
Eagles struggle despite strong third round
ATHENS, Ala.— University of Southern Indiana Women’s Golf had an impressive third round, but the damage was already done as the Screaming Eagles finished 8th out of nine teams Tuesday at the Spring Bulldog Bash hosted by Union University at the Canebrake Golf Club.
The Eagles completed the tournament with a three round score of 993 (+129). USI was consistent in round one and two after carding a 336 then 337 in back-to-back rounds respectively. The Eagles found the most success in round three after shooting a 320 (+32).
Sophomore Katelyn Sayyalinh (Rockford, Illinois) nabbed a tie for 29th out of 52 competitors after carding a two-day score of 242 (+26). Sayyalinh ended the invite strong after shooting a 78 (+6) to lead all USI golfers. Junior Kelci Katterhenry (Newburgh, Indiana) placed 32nd in the field of play after shooting a three-round score of 250 (+34). Katterhenry carded an 82 (+10) in rounds two and three to jump three spots in the standings.
USI found more success from senior Hannah Herma (DeMotte, Indiana) after shooting a two-day score of 251 (+35) to capture a tie for 33rd. Herma shot an impressive 83 (+11) in round one but stumbled in round two after carding an 86 (+14). Herma rebounded with a tournament personal best 82 (+10) in the third round.
University of Montevallo won the Bulldog Bash after carding a three-round team score of 898 (+34). Rachel Stephens of Christian Brothers University and Paola Rosario of Shorter University tied for 1st place after each golfer shot 221 (+5) after two days of play. Stephens competed as an individual.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Crawford Powers Explosive Offense as Taylor Takes Two
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Taylor University baseball team surpassed the 20-win mark on Monday afternoon, when the Trojans took two against St. Francis (19-10, 8-6 CL) while outscoring the Cougars 24-1 throughout the day.
Conner Crawford spotlighted the Trojan offense effort throughout the day, smashing three home runs en route to six runs-batted-in. Meanwhile, Trojan starters, Luke Shively and Noah Huseman, were masterful from the mound, piling up a plethora of strikeouts in what was nearly a scoreless doubleheader.
In game one, Taylor won its fourth game of the season via the 10-run mercy rule, defeating St. Francis by a score of 13-1 in seven innings.
Shively (7-0) earned his league-leading seventh win of the season, completing six innings of work and allowing just one run on three hits. Shively’s seven wins now grant him a share of the eighth spot in the nation, while his earned-run average settled at the league’s second-best mark of 1.31 by the end of his outing. Meanwhile, the Trojan righty sat down eight Cougars via the strikeout, bumping his league-leading season-total to 60.
All things said and done, Shively went about his work fairly quietly on the mound, whereas the Taylor bats were nothing but loud at the plate. Each of the nine Taylor starters reached base throughout the game, crowding the bases en route to 13 runs scored.
TJ Bass and Crawford duked it out in the run-production category, the two combining for three home runs and seven of Taylor’s 13 runs. Crawford held the edge with two home runs, meanwhile Bass fought not to lose hold of his league-leading RBI total and added four more throughout game one.
As out late, though, Crawford has been particularly hot at the dish, hauling in 15 RBI and blasting five home runs in his last five games, all the while maintaining a .500 batting average in that stretch.
Infielders, Camden Knepp and Nick Rusche, continued to work their craft in game one as well, the two combining for five runs scored. The senior shortstop leads the league with 34 runs scored thus far in the 2022 season, while Knepp’s three game-one runs planted him at second with 31.
Crawford’s hot-streak at the dish extended into game two, when he smashed his third home run of the day in the fourth inning and drove in his sixth RBI in the seventh to give Taylor starting pitcher, Noah Huseman (3-2), more than enough run-support to secure the win.
The game was fairly close throughout until the Trojans blew it open with a six-run seventh, after which the score ballooned to 11-0. With that cushion Huseman cruised to his third win of the season.
Huseman diced his way through the Cougar lineup, collecting a career-high 11 strikeouts in six innings of work while surrendering just two hits. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the strikeouts came in bunches for Huseman, as testified to by a second and fifth inning in which he struck out the side.
Crawford’s three-home-run day increased his season-total to nine, which marks a career-high with more than half of the conference-season and postseason yet to play. The Westerville, Ohio, native’s nine home runs sit second in the league, while his RBI-total leaped into a share of the league-lead with Bass at 43.
With solid performances of their own, Michael Pinarski and Ben Kalbaugh, each matched Crawford with three RBI in game two, the Trojan trio going a combined 6-11 at the plate en route to nine-combined runs driven in.
As Crawford and Bass have been jockeying for the league-lead in RBI, Huseman and Shively have done similar concerning strikeouts. After his eight-strikeout outing in game one, Shively increased his lead over Huseman to 13, a lead that quickly diminished to just two, however, due to Huseman’s career-effort. Now, Shively and Huseman sit comfortably at the top of the league, with just one other Crossroads League pitcher within 10 ticks of their strikeout-totals.
While the two Trojan starters each put forth masterful efforts from the mound, neither achieved complete games as the comfortable leads carved space for two relievers to finish each game. Freshman, Conner Miller, completed game one with a one-two-three seventh, while lefty, Jack Ross, finished game two with a pair of strikeouts.
RV Taylor (21-9, 11-3 CL) has now won seven games-in-a-row and, as of now, is set to play next on Thursday, March 31st, when they are scheduled to travel to Goshen to take on the Maple Leafs at 1:00 pm ET. Keep an eye out for updates regarding game time and location, however, at TaylorTrojans.com.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1922 A frail-looking Christy Mathewson, who served as class president in 1899, is elected as Bucknell’s “B” Club first president. The beloved future Hall of Famer, who will die prematurely in 1925 from tuberculosis after being accidentally gassed in a training exercise during WWI, played on the school’s football team as a placekicker and excelled as a pitcher on the baseball team.
1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale’s refusal to report to spring training ends when the hurlers agree to the Dodgers’ offer of $235,000, signing for $130,000 and $105,000, respectively. The LA starters’ joint holdout lasts for 32 days, paving the way for other players to be more aggressive when negotiating with owners.
1978 The Red Sox obtain Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall from the Indians for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton, designated hitter Ted Cox, and catcher Bo Diaz. The 23-year-old ‘Eck,’ before becoming a Hall of Fame closer, will win 20 games as a starter for Boston this season.
1979 After hitting only .231 in 61 games last season, Ron Blomberg is released during spring training by the White Sox, completing one year of his long-term deal. Chicago owner Bill Veeck had surprisingly signed the first baseman/DH, who had played in only one game during his last two seasons with the Yankees, to a generous four-year, $500,000 contract in 1977 that included an additional $80,000 signing bonus.
1984 The Padres obtain Yankee veteran third baseman Graig Nettles for pitcher Dennis Rasmussen and prospect Darin Cloninger. The 39 year-old infielder’s postseason experience will prove to be invaluable for the NL’s West Division champs, but his on-field contributions will be minimal, hitting just .228 in 124 games.
1991 A sold-out Joe Robbie Stadium plays host to the Yankees and the Orioles exhibition game, which draws 67,654 fans, a spring training attendance record. The two-day series between the AL East rivals is part of South Florida’s efforts to be awarded a National League expansion team.
1992 The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the crosstown rival Cubs in exchange for 32 year-old All-Star slugger George Bell, who spends two seasons with his new team before retiring. Sosa will pass Ernie Banks as the franchise’s all-time home run leader, going deep 545 times during his 13-year tenure with the North Siders.
1993 After 43 years, Peanuts character Charlie Brown finally hits a home run, a game-winning round-tripper batting against his nemesis Royanne Hobbs. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.
1995 New York Southern District judge Sonia Sotomayor, after careful consideration of the case, rules that the owners’ use of replacement players is in good faith regarding the negotiation for a new collective bargaining agreement, resulting in the players returning to work under the terms of the expired contract. The future Supreme Court Justice’s decision ends the 232-day work stoppage, with fans showing their displeasure about the loss of last season and the cancellation of the World Series by not immediately supporting their local teams when the games resume in late April.
2001 In the East Room, President George W. Bush tells a group of Hall of Famers he is sending an invitation to kids from all over the nation to play baseball on the White House lawn on a junior-size baseball field planned for construction outside the Oval Office. The Commander in Chief enjoys a moment of levity with the group, citing the beloved Yogi Berra as an inspiration for his command of the English language.
2001 Dwight Gooden, choosing to end his career as a member of the World Champion Bronx Bombers, announces his retirement from baseball. The 36-year-old ‘Doc,’ who compiles a 194-112 record (.634) in 16 seasons playing for the Mets, Yankees, Indians, Astros, and Devil Rays, will have a position within the organization, remaining on owner George Steinbrenner’s payroll.
2003 Major League baseball returns to Brooklyn for a day when the Mets appear at KeySpan Park, the Coney Island home of the short-season single-A Cyclones, for the team’s final preseason workout. Rain cancels the practice session, but fans enjoy meeting the players and collecting autographs, with the profits made from beverage and other sales donated to charities in the NYC area serving children.
2006 As a result of the recently released book detailing Barry Bonds allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, Bud Selig appoints George Mitchell to head an investigation into the use of steroids in baseball. The former Senate Majority Leader will have the authority to expand the probe, which will be made public into events before the Fall of 2002, covering a period when the substances became banned by major league baseball.
2012 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest starting pitcher to make an Opening Day roster when the Rockies announce that the 49 year-old southpaw will face Houston in the second game of the season. Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was the same age as the Colorado left-hander when he opened the season with L.A. in 1972, but ‘Old Sarge’ appeared strictly in relief for the Dodgers.
2016 Arizona State University announces the Sun Devils plan to wear retro uniforms with a commemorative patch on the sleeve to honor alum Rick Monday for his patriotic gesture in 1976. The ASU graduate, who led the school to the 1965 College World Series championship over Ohio State, saved the American flag from being burned by two protesters at Dodger Stadium during the American Bicentennial.
2019 Christian Yelich becomes the only Brewer player in franchise history to hit a home run in each of his team’s first three games when he goes deep in the first inning of a 4-2 victory over St. Louis. The outfielder’s trio of round-trippers has all come at Miller Park at the expense of the Cardinals.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|COASTAL CAROLINA AT WAKE FOREST||4:00PM||ACCN|
|MLB SPRING TRAINING||TIME ET||TV|
|WASHINGTON VS HOUSTON||1:05PM||MLBN|
|LA ANGELS VS COLORADO||4:05PM||MLBN|
|OAKLAND VS LA DODGERS||9:05PM||MLBN|
|DALLAS AT CLEVELAND||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|DENVER AT INDIANA||7:00PM||ALT|
|ORLANDO AT WASHINGTON||7:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MIAMI AT BOSTON||7:30PM||ESPN|
|CHARLOTTE AT NEW YORK||7:30PM||MSG|
|MINNESOTA AT TORONTO||7:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|SACRAMENTO AT HOUSTON||8:00PM||NBCS-CA|
|ATLANTA AT OKLAHOMA CITY||8:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|MEMPHIS AT SAN ANTONIO||8:30PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHOENIX AT GOLDEN STATE||10:00PM||ESPN|
|NEW ORLEANS AT PORTLAND||10:00PM||ROOT SPORTS|
|WINNIPEG AT BUFFALO||7:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|NY RANGERS AT DETROIT||7:30PM||TNT|
|LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON||9:30PM||SPORTSNET|
|ST. LOUIS AT VANCOUVER||10:00PM||SPORTSNET|
|SAN JOSE AT ARIZONA||10:00PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|VEGAS AT SEATTLE||10:00PM||TNT|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XY-MIAMI||48||28||.632||—||27-12||21-16||11-2||30-16||4-6||1 W|
|2 MILWAUKEE||47||28||.627||0.5||26-12||21-16||10-3||29-18||7-3||1 W|
|3 BOSTON||47||29||.618||1.0||26-12||21-17||9-7||30-17||8-2||1 L|
|4 PHILADELPHIA||46||29||.613||1.5||21-17||25-12||6-9||27-18||6-4||2 L|
|5 CHICAGO||44||32||.579||4.0||26-10||18-22||10-5||29-19||4-6||1 W|
|6 TORONTO||43||32||.573||4.5||20-16||23-16||9-5||27-20||8-2||3 W|
|7 CLEVELAND||42||33||.560||5.5||24-14||18-19||9-6||25-21||4-6||1 W|
|8 BROOKLYN||40||36||.526||8.0||17-20||23-16||9-6||28-19||7-3||1 W|
|9 CHARLOTTE||39||37||.513||9.0||20-19||19-18||6-7||23-23||7-3||1 L|
|10 ATLANTA||38||37||.507||9.5||24-14||14-23||8-6||23-24||7-3||2 W|
|11 NEW YORK||34||42||.447||14.0||16-21||18-21||4-10||19-27||6-4||4 W|
|12 WASHINGTON||32||43||.427||15.5||19-19||13-24||6-7||23-24||3-7||1 L|
|13 INDIANA||25||51||.329||23.0||16-22||9-29||2-13||11-36||3-7||4 L|
|14 DETROIT||20||56||.263||28.0||12-26||8-30||5-9||16-32||2-8||3 L|
|15 ORLANDO||20||56||.263||28.0||10-27||10-29||2-11||10-36||4-6||3 L|
|W||L||PCT||CONF GB||HOME||ROAD||DIV||CONF||LAST 10||STREAK|
|1 XYZ-PHOENIX||61||14||.813||—||31-8||30-6||8-4||36-9||9-1||8 W|
|2 X-MEMPHIS||53||23||.697||8.5||28-10||25-13||9-5||33-14||9-1||5 W|
|3 GOLDEN STATE||48||28||.632||13.5||29-9||19-19||10-3||28-18||4-6||3 L|
|4 DALLAS||47||29||.618||14.5||27-12||20-17||13-2||34-16||7-3||2 W|
|5 UTAH||45||31||.592||16.5||26-11||19-20||13-1||29-17||4-6||5 L|
|6 DENVER||45||31||.592||16.5||22-15||23-16||6-9||27-20||5-5||2 W|
|7 MINNESOTA||43||33||.566||18.5||25-13||18-20||11-4||29-20||6-4||1 L|
|8 LA CLIPPERS||37||39||.487||24.5||21-16||16-23||7-7||22-26||3-7||1 W|
|9 NEW ORLEANS||32||43||.427||29.0||18-21||14-22||6-9||21-24||5-5||1 W|
|10 SAN ANTONIO||31||44||.413||30.0||14-23||17-21||6-8||21-24||6-4||4 W|
|11 LA LAKERS||31||44||.413||30.0||20-18||11-26||3-11||16-29||3-7||3 L|
|12 PORTLAND||27||48||.360||34.0||17-22||10-26||1-13||11-34||2-8||4 L|
|13 SACRAMENTO||27||49||.355||34.5||16-23||11-26||5-8||17-29||3-7||1 L|
|14 OKLAHOMA CITY||22||53||.293||39.0||10-27||12-26||5-9||15-32||2-8||1 W|
|15 HOUSTON||20||56||.263||41.5||11-26||9-30||3-13||11-38||3-7||1 L|
EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS.
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE
|1 FLORIDA PANTHERS||66||45||15||6||96||42||271||195||27-6-0||18-9-6||7-2-1|
|2 CAROLINA HURRICANES||67||44||15||8||96||43||225||161||24-5-4||20-10-4||4-3-3|
|3 NEW YORK RANGERS||67||43||19||5||91||39||206||174||22-6-3||21-13-2||7-3-0|
|4 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING||66||42||18||6||90||40||219||185||20-6-4||22-12-2||5-5-0|
|5 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS||68||40||18||10||90||37||227||182||19-10-5||21-8-5||6-3-1|
|6 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS||66||42||19||5||89||40||245||201||24-7-2||18-12-3||6-3-1|
|7 BOSTON BRUINS||66||41||20||5||87||39||204||180||20-11-2||21-9-3||7-2-1|
|8 WASHINGTON CAPITALS||68||37||21||10||84||32||225||197||16-14-5||21-7-5||6-3-1|
|9 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS||67||32||30||5||69||28||219||250||18-14-3||14-16-2||4-4-2|
|10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS||65||29||27||9||67||28||178||181||17-13-4||12-14-5||6-3-1|
|11 DETROIT RED WINGS||66||26||32||8||60||23||189||253||17-12-5||9-20-3||2-6-2|
|12 BUFFALO SABRES||67||24||33||10||58||21||184||237||12-16-5||12-17-5||6-2-2|
|13 NEW JERSEY DEVILS||66||24||37||5||53||21||203||239||16-14-3||8-23-2||4-6-0|
|14 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS||67||21||35||11||53||21||172||237||13-15-6||8-20-5||3-6-1|
|15 OTTAWA SENATORS||66||23||37||6||52||22||171||217||12-19-3||11-18-3||3-6-1|
|16 MONTREAL CANADIENS||67||18||38||11||47||16||173||254||10-19-4||8-19-7||3-3-4|
|1 COLORADO AVALANCHE||67||47||14||6||100||44||255||185||26-4-3||21-10-3||6-3-1|
|2 CALGARY FLAMES||66||40||18||8||88||38||232||162||21-7-6||19-11-2||6-3-1|
|3 MINNESOTA WILD||65||41||20||4||86||36||241||203||24-7-1||17-13-3||8-1-1|
|4 NASHVILLE PREDATORS||67||39||24||4||82||37||221||195||21-11-0||18-13-4||6-4-0|
|5 LOS ANGELES KINGS||68||36||23||9||81||33||196||194||18-14-4||18-9-5||4-4-2|
|6 EDMONTON OILERS||67||37||25||5||79||34||233||216||21-12-0||16-13-5||7-2-1|
|7 ST. LOUIS BLUES||65||36||20||9||81||34||230||188||21-9-4||15-11-5||4-4-2|
|8 DALLAS STARS||65||37||25||3||77||33||192||194||21-9-1||16-16-2||5-5-0|
|9 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS||68||36||28||4||76||32||216||206||20-13-3||16-15-1||4-6-0|
|10 WINNIPEG JETS||67||32||25||10||74||31||209||207||19-13-2||13-12-8||7-3-0|
|11 VANCOUVER CANUCKS||68||32||27||9||73||29||193||195||14-13-5||18-14-4||3-4-3|
|12 SAN JOSE SHARKS||65||29||28||8||66||27||173||204||16-14-4||13-14-4||5-3-2|
|13 ANAHEIM DUCKS||68||27||30||11||65||23||191||221||16-15-4||11-15-7||0-8-2|
|14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS||67||24||33||10||58||20||184||235||11-17-5||13-16-5||4-4-2|
|15 SEATTLE KRAKEN||66||21||39||6||48||19||176||233||11-18-3||10-21-3||4-5-1|
|16 ARIZONA COYOTES||66||20||41||5||45||19||168||240||9-22-1||11-19-4||3-6-1|
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