INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCORES

BORDEN 2 AUSTIN 0

COWAN 15 WINCHESTER 5

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 6 N. CENTRAL 2

INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON 9 CROTHERSVILLE 5

TRINITY LUTHERAN 5 SHAWE MEMORIAL 4

WARREN CENTRAL 7 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 3

FORT WAYNE SOUTH 4 MANCHESTER 2

HERITAGE 11 GARRETT 7

MCCUTCHEON 10 MACONAQUAH 0

MARTINSVILLE 5 MONROVIA 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL BRACKETS:

4A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/GRaPr8_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-4a-baseball-state-tournament.htm

3A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/N0yQqs_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-3a-baseball-state-tournament.htm

2A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/VVB-2M_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-2a-baseball-state-tournament.htm

1A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/c26pK8_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-1a-baseball-state-tournament.htm

INDIANAPOLIS ALL-CITY BASEBALL TEAMS

1ST TEAM

BROCK BUCKLEY, PITCHER

SCHOOL/YEAR: COVENANT CHRISTIAN, SR.

AIDAN RAY, PITCHER

SCHOOL/YEAR: SCECINA, SR. 

JAKE DILL, CATCHER

SCHOOL/YEAR: CARDINAL RITTER, JR. 

TYLER FIELDS, 1ST BASE

SCHOOL/YEAR: HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, SR.

JP POLACKIN, 2ND BASE

SCHOOL/YEAR: BISHOP CHATARD, JR. 

KYUSS GARGETT, SHORTSTOP

SCHOOL/YEAR: CATHEDRAL, JR. 

DAVID MENDEZ, 3RD BASE

SCHOOL/YEAR: SCECINA, SOPH. 

AIDEN DUNCAN, OUTFIELD

SCHOOL/YEAR: BISHOP CHATARD, JR.

ANDREW WIGGINS, OUTFIELD

SCHOOL/YEAR: HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, JR. 

PATRICK MAZUR, OUTFIELD

SCHOOL/YEAR: CATHEDRAL, SOPH. 

BRAD NARDI, DH

SCHOOL/YEAR: COVENANT CHRISTIAN, JR.

JACK MURRAY, UTILITY

SCHOOL/YEAR: BISHOP CHATARD, JR. 

ETHAN BAKER, UTILITY

SCHOOL/YEAR: HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, SR.

BEN GOMEZ, UTILITY

SCHOOL/YEAR: CATHEDRAL, SR. 

2ND TEAM

ETHAN KIMMERLE, PITCHER, JR., COVENANT CHRISTIAN

JACKSON WOEHR, PITCHER, SR., COVENANT CHRISTIAN

DIEGO PETTIFORD, CATCHER, JR., CRISPUS ATTUCKS

JACK ANNEE, CATCHER, SR., BISHOP CHATARD

ZACK GONZALEZ, 1ST BASE, SR., CARDINAL RITTER

TREY REPLOGLE, SHORTSTOP, SR., COVENANT CHRISTIAN

DAVID AYERS, 3RD BASE, JR., CATHEDRAL

JONATHAN DORSCH, OUTFIELD, SR., HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

NOLAN MOORE, OUTFIELD, SOPH., COVENANT CHRISTIAN

LUKE SOULTZ, OUTFIELD, SR., SCECINA

HONORABLE MENTION

BISHOP CHATARD: DANNY SITZMAN, RYAN KEATING

CARDINAL RITTER: JONATHAN SCHMIDT

CATHEDRAL: JT STINER, ELI BENNETT, CARSON JOHNSON, ALEXANDER WRIGHT, HENRY BIRK, DYLAN HASLETT, NICK BASSI, CHRIS KLUG

CRISPUS ATTUCKS: HECTOR LORA, JACSON PAYTON, ADRIEN JOHNSON, SHAKYRAN DAVIS

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN: RYAN WILLIAMS, TYLER ALLEMEIER

HERRON: BEN EICHACKER, NICK BAZAN, LUKE CHERRY, JASON GLASER

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SCORES

LAKE CENTRAL 12 MERRILLVILLE 0

COWAN 9 WES DEL 6

BOONE GROVE 6 HEBRON 1

ARGOS 27 OREGON DAVIS 3

MISHAWAKA MARIAN 15 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 1

SOUTHMONT 16 CLINTON PRAIRIE 2

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 16 BLUE RIVER VALLEY 2

ROSSVILLE 11 SHERIDAN 0

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 3 EVANSVILLE REITZ 2

HAMMOND NOLL 19 LAKE STATION EDISON 4

TRITON CENTRAL 15 INDIANAPOLIS SECINA 3

NORTH MIAMI 4 W. CENTRAL 2

MORGAN TWP. 12 WESTVILLE 1

NORTHEASTERN 7 CENTERVILLE 2

EASTERN 7 TIPTON 0

CATHEDRAL 13 HERRON 2

KNOX 9 PLYMOUTH 0

RIVERTON PARKE 11 ATTICA 0

YORKTOWN 2 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 0

SWITZERLAND COUNTY 4 N. DECATUR 3

JIMTOWN 10 LAKELAND 3

BENTON CENTRAL 10 W. LAFAYETTE 0

WEST VIGO 6 EDGEWOOD 5

PROVIDENCE 5 MITCHELL 3

ANGOLA 9 GARRETT 1

TRINITY LUTHERAN 7 HENRYVILLE 3

HARRISON 5 KOKOMO 1

NEW PALESTINE 8. MERIDIAN 4

HANOVER CENTRAL 11 RIVER FOREST 1

WESTVIEW 11 LAVILLE 0

CARMEL 6 ZIONSVILLE 1

PENDLETON HEIGHTS 13 ANDERSON 0

LINTON STOCKTON 11 S. RIDGE 0

COLUMBIA CITY 14 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0

MUNSTER 4 HIGHLAND 0

CARROLL 2 DEKALB 0

MOORESVILLE 9 MARTINSVILLE 3

TERRE HAUTE NORTH 2 BROWNSBURG 1

COLUMBUS NORTH 10 E. CENTRAL 0

PIKE CENTRAL 11 WASHINGTON 1

PIONEER 10 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 0

NORTH POSEY 1 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0

PORTAGE 12 CHESTERTON 2

TECUMSEH 16 WOOD MEMORIAL 0

UNION COUNTY 9 HAGERSTOWN 1

CASTLE 3 EVANSVILLE NORTH 0

NOBLESVILLE 2 FISHERS 0

WESTERN BOONE 8 SEEGER 0

CLINTON CENTRAL 8 S. NEWTON 0

NEW CASTLE 7 JAY COUNTY 2

NORTH CENTRAL 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 1

WHITELAND 13 FRANKLIN 1

SHELBYVILLE 6 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 5

HERITAGE HILLS 8 MOUNT VERNON 3

SOUTH RIPLEY 6 MILAN 0

TWIN LAKES 3 MACONAQUAH 1

RONCALLI 5 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1

LOGANSPORT 9 LAFAYETTE JEFF 3

WESTVIEW 11 LAVILLE 0

GIBSON SOUTHERN 18 PRINCETON 3

EASTERN 13 PAOLI 0

SULLIVAN 2 S. KNOX 0

PERRY CENTRAL 4 FOREST PARK 1

HUNTINGTON NORTH 8 HOMESTEAD 4

CONNERSVILLE 14 GREENSBURG 1

AVON 7 DECATUR CENTRAL 3

NORTHEAST DUBOIS 4 SPRINGS VALLEY 2

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SECTIONAL BRACKETS:

4A BRACKETS:https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/Letqac_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-4a-softball-state-tournament.htm

3A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/UipPdc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-3a-softball-state-tournament.htm

2A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/ZB7XQM_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-2a-softball-state-tournament.htm

1A BRACKETS: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/list/RjUhgc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-1a-softball-state-tournament.htm

INDIANA SOFTBALL POLLS

CLASS 4A

1. RONCALLI, 75

2. WHITELAND COMMUNITY, 66

3. MOORESVILLE, 65

4. NEW PALESTINE, 61

5. BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, 55

6. COLUMBUS NORTH, 48

7. PENDLETON HEIGHTS, 40

8. CENTER GROVE, 39

9. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) 34

10. LAKE CENTRAL, 29

T-10. SHELBYVILLE, 29

12. VALPARAISO, 20

13. CASTLE, 11

14. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH, 10

15. PENN, 6

CLASS 3A

1. TRI-WEST HENDRICKS, 30

2. GIBSON SOUTHERN, 26

3. YORKTOWN, 25

4. SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH’S, 24

5. CONNERSVILLE, 18

6. LEO, 17

7. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL, 16

8. BENTON CENTRAL, 15

T-8. NEW PRAIRIE, 15

10. WESTERN, 13

T-10. FRANKLIN COUNTY, 13

12. INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD, 11

13. HERITAGE 8

14. SCOTTSBURG, 5

15. DANVILLE COMMUNITY, 3

CLASS 2A

1. PIONEER, 30

2. SULLIVAN, 26

T-3. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 21

T-3. HEBRON 21

5. BOONE GROVE, 16

6. SOUTH VERMILLION, 15

7. EASTSIDE, 14

8. NORTH POSEY, 13

9. WHEELER, 11

T-9. NORTH NEWTON, 11

11. UNION COUNTY, 10

12. CASCADE, 8

T-13. EASTERN (GREENTOWN), 7

T-13. FRANKTON, 7

T-13. MADISON-GRANT, 7

CLASS A

1. TECUMSEH, 59

2. HAUSER 54

3. RISING SUN, 44

4. CASTON, 43

5. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS), 36

6. WEST CENTRAL, 35

7. WEST WASHINGTON, 32

T-7. CLAY CITY, 32

9. ROSSVILLE, 29

10. FREMONT, 18

11. BARR-REEVE, 17

12. SPRINGS VALLEY, 15

13. NORTHEAST DUBOIS, 13

14. EDINBURGH, 11

15. COWAN, 9

INDIANA GIRLS TRACK REGIONAL SCORES

PORTAGE: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Portage%20Regional.pdf

KOKOMO: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Kokomo%20Regional.pdf

LAFAYETTE JEFF: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Lafayette%20Jefferson%20Regional.pdf

MARION: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Marion%20Regional.pdf

BEN DAVIS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Ben%20Davis%20Regional.pdf

FRANKLIN: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Franklin%20Community%20Regional.pdf

BLOOMINGTON NORTH: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Bloomington%20North%20Regional.pdf

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20track/2021-22/2021-22%20Evansville%20Regional.pdf

(INDIANA BOYS TRACK REGIONAL PERFORMANCE LISTS)

VALPARAISO: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20VALPARAISO%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

GOSHEN: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20GOSHEN%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

LAFAYETTE JEFF: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20LAFAYETTE%20JEFFERSON%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

MARION: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20MARION%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

LAWRENCE CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20LAWRENCE%20CENTRAL%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

GREENFIELD CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20GREENFIELD%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

BLOOMINGTON NORTH: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20BLOOMINGTON%20NORTH%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL: HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20EVANSVILLE%20REGIONAL%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS REGIONAL BRACKET: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20tennis/2021-22/2021-22%20State%20Championship%20Bracket.pdf

NBA PLAYOFFS

DALLAS 119 GOLDEN STATE 109

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=2022052406&HOME=6&VIS=9&FINAL=TRUE

NBA WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/WIRE.ASP

NHL PLAYOFFS

NY RANGERS 4 CAROLINA 1

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=2022052413&HOME=13&VIS=07&FINAL=TRUE

EDMONTON 5 CALGARY 3

BOX SCORE:

http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2022052406&home=06&vis=03&final=true

NHL WIRE:

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

MLB SCORES

TAMPA BAY 4 MIAMI 0

TORONTO 8 ST. LOUIS 1

ARIZONA 8 KANSAS CITY 6

NY YANKEES 7 BALTIMORE 6 (11)

MINNESOTA 2 DETROIT 0

BOSTON 16 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

HOUSTON 7 CLEVELAND 3

LA ANGELS 5 TEXAS 3

OAKLAND 7 SEATTLE 5

COLORADO 2 PITTSBURGH 1 (10)

CHICAGO CUBS 11 CINCINNATI 4

LA DODGERS 9 WASHINGTON 4

ATLANTA 6 PHILADELPHIA 5

MILWAUKEE 4 SAN DIEGO 1

SAN FRANCISCO 13 NY METS 12

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP

MLB WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/WIRE.ASP

MINOR LEAGUE SCORES

INDIANAPOLIS 8 ST. PAUL 5

BOX SCORES: HTTPS://WWW.MILB.COM/GAMEDAY/INDIANS-VS-SAINTS/2022/05/24/664760#GAME_STATE=FINAL,LOCK_STATE=FINAL,GAME_TAB=BOX,GAME=664760

SOUTH BEND 6 GREAT LAKES 4

QUAD CITIES 3 FORT WAYNE 1

COLLEGE BASEBALL

EAST CAROLINA 7 S. FLORIDA 4

CINCINNATI 8 TULANE 1

MEMPHIS 7 CENTRAL FLORIDA 6

HOUSTON 10 WICHITA STATE 7

GEORGE MASON 7 RHODE ISLAND 3

ST. JOSEPH’S 2 ST. LOUIS 1

VCU 4 RICHMOND 3

PITTSBURGH 12 GEORGIA TECH 6

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11 WAKE FOREST 8

NORTH CAROLINA 9 CLEMSON 2

LIBERTY 4 FLORIDA GULF COAST 3

EASTERN KENTUCKY 5 N. FLORIDA 3

LIPSCOMB 12 KENNESAW STATE 10

JACKSONVILLE STATE 8 JACKSONVILLE 4

ARMY 8 BUCKNELL

ALABAMA 5 GEORGIA 3

FLORIDA 2 SOUTH CAROLINA 1 (10)

VANDERBILT 3 OLE MISS 1

LOUISIANA MONROE 8 GEORGIA STATE 5

APPALACHIAN STATE 10 LITTLE ROCK 3

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Doncic, Mavs avoid sweep with 119-109 win over Warriors

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks had to wait out a rain delay in the middle of the game and sweat out some tense moments near the end.

Once they did, they avoided a sweep and were still alive in the Western Conference finals.

Doncic had 30 points and 14 rebounds, and the Mavericks beat Golden State 119-109 in Game 4 on Tuesday night, when there was a 16-minute rain delay at the start of the second half and the Warriors cut a 29-point deficit down to single digits late.

“Just got to finish the game. A win is a win,” said Doncic, who was 10-of-26 shooting with only three made 3s but got plenty of help from his supporting cast.

It was the 10th double-double in his 14 games this postseason for Doncic, who also had nine assists. When he had 40 points in Game 3, Reggie Bullock shot 0 for 10 with seven misses from 3-point range.

Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Bullock added 18 points on 6-of-10 – all 3-pointers. Jalen Brunson had 15 points and Maxi Kleber, who was 2-of-14 shooting (all 3s) in the first three games, made two 3s before halftime and was 5-of-6 shooting overall for 13 points.

“Everybody in that locker room felt like we had more basketball to play,” Finney-Smith said. “We just wanted to get the win any way. … Feel like we came out desperate that first half.”

The loss snapped the Warriors’ nine-game winning streak in Western Conference finals games, though they are still firmly in control of this series headed back to California for Game 5 on Thursday night.

“It was almost like an ego win (for Dallas). You come out and really have nothing to lose. So that confidence started early,” Stephen Curry said. “And we really didn’t do nothing to slow it down, and then that’s when the avalanche starts. You tip your hat to them.”

Curry had 20 points and returned to the game with 3:22 left – his first appearance in the fourth quarter – after the Warriors had cut a 29-point deficit to 110-102. But they never got closer even after Curry and other starters returned to the floor.

“Just made the decision to see if we could pull off a miracle, but it wasn’t meant to be,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Dallas was great tonight. They deserved to win. This is the conference finals. This is how it’s supposed to be.”

Doncic then drove for a dunk and Bullock had his sixth 3-pointer, among the 20 long-range makes for the Mavericks, who have now have 11 games this postseason with at least 15 3s.

“I still believe we can win. Swept or not swept, if you lose, you lose,” Doncic said. “Got to go game by game.”

No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Only three of the 146 teams to fall in that deep hole have even been able to force a seventh game.

The Mavericks have been swept in a best-of-seven only once in their 34 such series. That was against Oklahoma City in the first round of the 2012 playoffs, after Dallas won its only NBA title the previous season.

Rain leaking through the roof at American Airlines Center caused the delay after halftime. There was heavy rain outside, and there were at least two leaks. One was dropping water near the Golden State bench, and at the other end of the court water appeared to be falling in the stands.

It was the second such delay this season in the 21-year-old building. The start of a March 21 game against Minnesota was delayed 15 minutes because of water dripping near the visitors bench.

Dallas went ahead to stay with a 25-6 run over a nearly 7-minute span of the second quarter during which the Warriors missed nine of 10 shots and had two turnovers.

Golden State was up 31-29 after a jumper by Moses Moody, then had only one made basket the next seven minutes. A 3-pointer by Davis Bertans put the Mavericks in the lead for good.

The Mavericks had a 62-47 halftime after Doncic drove for a hard layup, responding to Curry’s basket at the other end.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

A moment of silence just before tipoff came hours after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school about 375 miles away in Uvalde, Texas, which is west of San Antonio in the southern part of the state. The moment also recognized a teacher-coach from Palestine, Texas, who was killed when his car was hit by a wrong-way driver when driving the just more than 100 miles home from Game 3 on Sunday night. Two students with him were injured.

CURRY’S 100th 20

Curry had his 100th career 20-point playoff game. He is only the 16th player to accomplish that. All others ahead of him are either in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, are still active players, or are retired and not yet eligible for Hall induction – such as Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.

PORTER OUT

The Warriors were without Otto Porter Jr., who averaged 10.5 points on 82% shooting the first two games before leaving Game 3 because of a sore left foot. He didn’t dress Tuesday.

STOPPING SHORT

Draymond Green went to the free throw line midway through the third quarter and his first attempt came to a complete stop on the wide back side of the rim. After Doncic and Green stood in the lane together laughing about that, the ball was eventually knocked down. Green then missed the second attempt as well, and rebounded by Doncic.

Report: Teams asking Lakers for 1st-rounder in Westbrook trade talks

Potential trade partners for Russell Westbrook are driving a hard bargain in negotiations.

Teams are demanding at least one future first-round pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in order to assume the remaining $47 million on Westbrook’s contract if he exercises his player option for next season, sources told The Athletic’s Jovan Buha.

However, the Lakers have reportedly ruled out the notion of sacrificing a first-rounder to offload the massive deal.

It’s unclear which clubs recently discussed acquiring Westbrook, though it isn’t the first time the Lakers have apparently contemplated the inclusion of draft picks in a potential trade. During reported negotiations with the Rockets in January, Houston apparently would have swapped John Wall for Westbrook if Los Angeles tossed in their 2027 first-rounder.

Some members of the Lakers’ organization are reportedly open to bringing back the former MVP next season, believing they can remedy his struggles with a new coach and retooled roster.

Westbrook, 33, fell short of expectations in his debut season with the Lakers after they parted with Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to acquire him from the Washington Wizards in a draft-day multi-team swap last year.

The nine-time All-Star put up 18.5 points per game – his worst mark since his sophomore year – along with 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game as Los Angeles went 33-49 and missed the playoffs. After the season, Westbrook remarked he was “never given a fair chance” in L.A. and said it “wasn’t true” that he could play like his usual self with James and Davis.

Westbrook also admitted he didn’t fully get along with former head coach Frank Vogel, who began benching the guard for extended fourth-quarter minutes midway through the season. The Lakers fired Vogel on April 11 – a day after the end of their season – reportedly due in part to Westbrook’s unsuccessful integration into the roster.

Chicago Bulls’ Zach Lavine has successful left knee surgery; full recovery expected

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The team announced the surgery was successful and that LaVine is expected to make a full recovery. LaVine, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, managed discomfort in his knee for most of the second half of the season after he landed awkwardly grabbing a rebound against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 14.

LaVine flew to Los Angeles just before the All-Star break to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed LaVine’s ACL surgery in 2017 and Tuesday’s procedure. He received a platelet-rich plasma therapy and a cortisone shot, and had fluid drained from his left knee, to continue playing the rest of the season. He missed 13 of the team’s final 43 games for maintenance on his knee.

“I have to go into the offseason and figure out how to get back to 100 percent, I played this year not at 100 percent. [I will] figure out the best plan, strategy to get my knee feeling back to normal,” LaVine said on a video conference with reporters following the Bulls’ first-round loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Everybody has to deal with stuff throughout the year, I don’t think anybody is playing at 100 percent. If you want to play, you’re going to do whatever you can.”

LaVine averaged 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 67 games this season while shooting 47.6% and 38.9% from 3. He made the All-Star game for the second consecutive season despite laboring through the injury for stretches in the second half.

At his season-ending news conference, Bulls vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas said he wanted LaVine in Chicago long-term and the status of LaVine’s knee would not affect the team’s interest in re-signing him this summer.

“What he had to go through the second part of the season, we definitely appreciate him being in and battling in every game,” Karnisovas said then. “He’s another one that is going to see doctors and going to get healthy, but I enjoyed again the second year with Zach, two years in a row being an All-Star, working with Zach and getting to know him. He has a great relationship with Billy, he has a great support system here with our coaching staff and front office, so I hope he’s here for a long time.”

Oilers win 5-3, push Flames to the brink of elimination

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored his second goal of the game with 3:27 left in regulation, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the second-round playoff series.

Evander Kane scored his NHL-leading 11th and 12th goals of the postseason, and Zach Hyman added a goal for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl added two assists and Mike Smith made 29 saves.

Connor McDavid also had two assists. He has 25 points in 11 playoff games for the Oilers, who earned a third straight victory over their provincial rival.

Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund scored for Calgary, and Rasmus Andersson added a short-handed goal from his own end in the third period to tie the game at 3. Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots.

Calgary will look to stave off elimination on Thursday at home in Game 5.

After trailing 3-0 after the first period and 3-2 through two periods, Calgary tied the game in the third on an Edmonton power play when Andersson fired a 150-foot clearing attempt from his own end that somehow fooled Smith at 10:56.

With the Oilers wobbling, Nugent-Hopkins poked in his fourth goal of the playoffs from in front of Markstrom.

Andersson then took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking with 2:40 left to effectively kill off the game before Kane iced it by scoring into an empty net.

Edmonton also held a 2-1 series lead in the first round against the Los Angeles Kings only to play what the Oilers described as their worst performance of the month in a 4-0 loss. This time, they took a stranglehold on the series without their best effort.

Markstrom, who had allowed 14 goals in the series before getting pulled after two periods with Calgary trailing Sunday’s Game 3 by a 4-0 score, played the puck behind his own net on the first shift, but put it right on Nugent-Hopkins’ stick. He scored his third.

The goal was the third-fastest in Oilers’ playoff history, just short of McDavid (19 seconds in 2020) and Fernando Pisani (16 seconds in 2006).

One of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie, Markstrom recovered to deny Darnell Nurse on a chance a couple minutes later before Smith was at full stretch on a Johnny Gaudreau one-time chance.

Calgary winger Tyler Toffoli then took a tripping penalty and the Oilers made the Flames pay when Hyman outmuscled a hobbled Chris Tanev – back in the lineup for the first time since Game 6 of the opening round despite a suspected upper-body injury – in tight, scoring his fifth goal of the series and seventh of the playoffs at 9:53.

The Flames, who topped the Pacific Division in the regular season, pushed back with a couple of decent shifts, but Kane, who was coming off a natural hat trick in Game 3, made it 3-0 with 66 seconds remaining in the period on a shot that nicked blueliner Nikita Zadorov.

Calgary showed some life on slick power play in the second with Kane off for slashing. Lindholm eventually picked the top corner for his fifth goal at 9:04 after the Oilers twice failed to clear the defensive zone.

Backlund got the Flames within one at 3-2 just 36 seconds later when he stepped past Duncan Keith and fired his fourth past Smith.

Smith made a good stop on a Lindholm power-play chance early in the third before Edmonton got its second man-advantage with 11 minutes left in regulation.

Markstrom kept his team within striking distance with a terrific pad stop on Draisaitl, who was looking to become the first player in NHL history to register a record three-plus points in four straight playoff games, with a terrific pad stop before Andersson’s shocking tying goal from well inside his own blue line.

Rangers power past Hurricanes 4-1 in Game 4 to even series

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers got the kind of strong, all-around effort from the start they needed and stormed past the Carolina Hurricanes.

Andrew Copp had a goal and two assists, and Frank Vatrano and Adam Fox each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers beat the Hurricanes 4-1 in Game 4 Tuesday night, evening the second-round series.

Mika Zibanejad also scored, Ryan Lindgren had two assists and Igor Shesterkin stopped 30 shots for the Rangers, who won their fifth straight at home in the postseason. In the series, New York won two at home after opening with two losses at Carolina.

“Everyone’s kind of contributing and has been over the course of the playoffs,” Copp said. “It’s not just one line, one D-pairing, it’s throughout the lineup. … Just trying to build off some of the momentum we’ve created these last two games.”

The Rangers have won two straight against the Hurricanes after losing eight of the previous nine meetings, including a three-game sweep in the qualifying round of the 2020 playoff bubble and three of four in the regular season.

“We’re confident,” Copp said. “We get two games where we win, we play well, we give up two goals total. Now the reverse of the talk of you guys is on them now. We just got to kind of block all that out and stay with our game. Guys are feeling better about themselves and we got to ride this momentum into Carolina.”

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant liked what he saw from his team, calling it `close’ to one of the most complete games by his team this postseason.

“We had a little bit of a letdown in part of the second and little bit in the third, too,” he said. “But for the most part we did a real good job.”

Teuvo Teravainen scored and Antti Raanta finished with 24 saves for the Hurricanes, who fell to 0-5 on the road in the postseason to go along with their 6-0 mark at home.

Carolina has scored just six goals in the series, including one in each of the last two games. The Hurricanes were 0 for 2 on the power play to fall to 0 for 9 against the Rangers.

“I am confident eventually they are going to find their way to the back of the net,” Carolina’s Sebastian Aho said. “We just have to find ways to score. We got to score on the power play.”

Game 5 is in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Thursday night, and Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Teravainen spoiled Shesterkin’s shutout bid when he scored his third of the playoffs at 6:33 of the third, pulling the Hurricanes within 3-1. However, Copp scored from the right side with just under nine minutes remaining.

There was more pushing and shoving between players in the closing seconds of the game, with the Rangers’ Ryan Reaves and Carolina’s Max Domi being separated by officials as they exchanged words.

Trailing 2-0, Carolina got its first power play midway through the second period, but couldn’t convert. About a minute into the Hurricanes’ advantage, the Rangers had a 2-on-1, short-handed chance but Raanta made a sprawling save on Zibanejad.

The Rangers pushed their lead to 3-0 with 3:12 left in the middle period as Lindgren fired a shot that Raanta stopped. However, as the puck trickled through his pads, Zibanejad swooped in behind him and knocked it in for his fifth of the playoffs.

Shesterkin made a spectacular glove save going from right to left on Brett Pesce 1:20 into the game on the Hurricanes’ first shot on goal, drawing a big roar from the home crowd that was buzzing even before the puck drop.

The Rangers were unhappy with a fight that broke out at the end of Game 3 on Sunday between Lindgren and Domi. New York coach Gerard Gallant was also seen yelling at Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo.

In this one, Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba delivered a hard hit on Domi along the side boards as the Hurricanes forward was falling to the ice. Carolina’s Steven Lorentz skated into Trouba and the two dropped gloves with less than 8 1/2 minutes left in the first. Lorentz drew a 10-minute misconduct and a minor for instigating in addition to the fighting majors he and Trouba received.

Vatrano took advantage as he fired a one-timer off a pass from Copp past Raanta with 6:29 left. It was his third of the playoffs.

Fox made it 2-0 just 2:11 later as he deflected a shot by Lindgren from the top of the left circle past Raanta.

Minutes later, DeAngelo – the target of several derisive chants from Rangers fans in the opening period – and Reaves were separated as they were jawing at each other.

RECORDS

The Rangers’ five straight home playoff wins matched a franchise record accomplished four times previously. The last was during their Stanley Cup championship run in 1994.

CLIMBING LISTS

Aho got his 26th career postseason assist, breaking a tie with Ron Francis for the most in franchise history. His 44th postseason point moved him past Eric Staal into sole possession of the top of the franchise scoring list. … Teravainen got his 19th goal to move past Francis into sole possession of fifth place in franchise playoff history. His 42nd point tied Kevin Dineen for the fifth-most points in franchise playoff history.

Schwindel hits 2 homers, Cubs power past Reds 11-4

CINCINNATI (AP) Frank Schwindel homered twice in a game for the first time in his career, Marcus Stroman recovered from a rough start to pitch five effective innings, and the Chicago Cubs rolled past the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 on Tuesday night.

The Cubs have hit a major league-leading 19 homers since May 14, going deep in 10 of 11 games. Schwindel has three homers in the first two games of the four-game series at Cincinnati.

“Definitely a good day, looking to build on that,” Schwindel said. “Had a pretty good last week or so. I don’t know if it’s weather, baseballs, whatever, I’ll take it.”

Stroman (2-4) needed 37 pitches to get through the first, allowing four singles and two runs to the first five batters. But he cruised after that, retiring 14 of his final 16 batters with two walks. He struck out eight.

“Not ideal to throw 37 pitches in the first inning (but) I always battle. It’s something I’ve always done,” Stroman said. “I was able to settle down, really focus on my mechanics. I’m a little bit of a mess with my mechanics. Just fighting it a little bit.”

Stroman felt like he was finding his groove just before being placed on the COVID-19 injured list on May 8. Tuesday’s start was his second since May 1.

“For him to settle in and get through five was really impressive for me,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “His fastball command got a little bit better. Some balls in the first inning found some grass. It was a tough first inning, but he just settled in.”

Robert Gsellman worked the final three innings, allowing two runs, for his first save.

The Cubs led 3-0 in the first against Tyler Mahle (2-5) thanks to a sacrifice fly by Seiya Suzuki and Schwindel’s two-run homer.

Alfonso Rivas drove in two runs in the third with his first career triple to put the Cubs ahead 5-2.

“Whether you get beat by several runs or one run, it doesn’t get any easier to take,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It makes it tough when you get behind like that. We are so used to having Tyler (Mahle) on top of his game. Tonight just wasn’t his night.”

Schwindel went deep against Mahle again in the Cubs’ five-run fifth, his sixth homer this season. He has five multi-hit games in eight appearances against the Reds, batting .333 in that span.

“His timing just continues to get better and better,” Ross said. “Just staying on the baseball, using the whole field. That’s really rewarding when you drive the ball, get it in the air to right field. Really big hits for us.”

Andrelton Simmons added a two-run single later in the fifth. Mahle was charged with a season-worst eight runs in four-plus innings. He has allowed 16 homers to the Cubs, his most against any team.

“I fell behind some guys and made some bad pitches,” Mahle said. “Falling behind Schwindel wasn’t good. I had to throw the fastball when everyone in the world knew I was going to throw the fastball.”

HAPP-LESS

Ian Happ, who has destroyed the Reds since being drafted by the Cubs out of the University of Cincinnati, went 0-for-5 at the plate on Tuesday, ending a streak of 19 consecutive appearances in which he has reached base against the Reds, dating to April 30, 2021. Happ had a home run, double and four RBIs in Monday’s series opener.

WHAT A RELIEF

With the Reds trailing 10-3 in the ninth, shortstop Matt Reynolds made his second appearance on the mound. He allowed one run on one hit and hit two batters. Reynolds last pitched on May 4, allowing two hits in 1/3 of an inning in an 18-4 loss at Milwaukee.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: Schwindel started at designated hitter after Yan Gomes was scratched with left oblique soreness. … C Willson Contreras was not placed on the injured list Tuesday, which was the last day the Cubs could backdate the move. Contreras is day-to-day with right hamstring tightness.

Reds: 2B Jonathan India’s hamstring was examined on Monday and it is not fully healed. It could be up to two weeks before he plays again.

UP NEXT

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 4.89 ERA) is looking to rebound after allowing a career high-tying four homers on Friday against Arizona. RHP Luis Castillo (0-2, 4.60) will make his fourth start since beginning the season on the IL with a right shoulder strain.

Sonny day: Gray’s 7 shutout innings send Twins past Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Sonny Gray was fully aware of the solid start the Minnesota Twins needed from him, with injuries piling up on their pitching staff.

He delivered a gem, showing just why the Twins were willing to part with their most recent first-round draft pick to get him.

Gray struck out a season-high 10 over seven sharp innings, carrying the Twins past the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.

“He knew that this was something that we were all desiring right now from him, and it seemed to kind of fire him up and allow him to focus,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You can see that at times being a lot to handle, when you know your team really needs you for something like that. I think he eats it up.”

Gray (2-1) allowed four hits and one walk in by far his best of six starts with his new team. The Twins, who are 23-8 since April 21, have won each of the last four games with Gray on the mound after he returned from a strained hamstring.

“I just feel like myself,” said Gray, acquired from Cincinnati in March for right-hander Chase Petty, a 19-year-old who was the 26th overall pick in the 2021 draft.

The Twins have surged out in front of the AL Central this season on the strength of their rotation depth, an improvement jump-started by the trade for Gray. They have eight pitchers currently on the injured list, and earlier this month they lost starter Chris Paddack for the year and more to Tommy John surgery.

“The fans have been great. Everyone in that clubhouse feels like brothers,” Gray said. “Yeah, it’s feeling more and more like home.”

Gio Urshela had three hits and an RBI, and Carlos Correa hit a run-scoring double against Tigers rookie Beau Brieske (0-4), who remains winless in six career starts. Detroit dropped to 3-15 in its last 18 games at Target Field.

Max Kepler scored from first on Urshela’s two-out single in the second inning, when third base coach Tommy Watkins opportunistically watched shortstop Javier Baez direct left fielder Willi Castro to send his relay throw to second base without looking at Kepler as he rounded third.

That’s all Gray needed. He turned the game over to Tyler Duffey in the eighth, and Jhoan Duran worked the ninth for his fourth save.

“We didn’t react to his spin. We didn’t respond to the fastball. He had his way with us,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said, after lamenting the sixth-inning stranding of Jonathan Schoop after he reached second base with none out.

BIG HELP

Twins center fielder Byron Buxton made a vintage leaping catch as he fully extended following a long sprint to grab a line drive as he landed at the warning track to take an extra-base hit away from Jeimer Candelario in the fourth inning. Gray raised both arms to celebrate Buxton’s snag.

“Plays like that are what can keep a starter in the game,” Gray said. “That’s just what he does, though. We’re so spoiled.”

FILLING IN

Brieske needed 90 pitches to finish four innings, with six hits and one walk allowed. The Tigers have five starting pitchers on the injured list – Tyler Alexander, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Michael Pineda and Eduardo Rodriguez – and another one, Spencer Turnbull, who’s been out since last year.

LOWER LEVERAGE

The Tigers have bumped right-hander Michael Fulmer back in the bullpen pecking order while he works through some struggles.

“I told him I’m not going to lose faith in him,” Hinch said before the game.

Fulmer struck out the side in the seventh. In his five previous appearances, he gave up eight hits, six runs and six walks over five innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: Manning (shoulder inflammation) was pulled with two outs in the second inning from his rehab start with Triple-A Toledo after 43 pitches. He gave up two hits and two walks.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Rony Garcia (0-0, 2.57 ERA) is scheduled to be the team’s 12th starting pitcher this season, to be followed Wednesday afternoon by several fellow relievers. Garcia entered the picture when the Tigers decided to give Tarik Skubal an extra day to rest a bruised shin. With steady rain in the forecast, though, the bullpen game might not be necessary.

Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-2, 5.14 ERA) is on track to make his seventh start of the season in his careful return from COVID-19. Bundy threw 54 pitches over three scoreless innings on May 17, his first outing after a 13-day layoff.

Red Sox pound White Sox 16-3, extend win streak to 6 games

CHICAGO (AP) Trevor Story and Christian Vazquez each hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox set season highs in runs and hits in a 16-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Story’s homer off Dylan Cease capped a four-run first inning. Vazquez hit a three-run shot off Matt Foster to highlight a six-run sixth. Kike Hernandez hit Cease’s first pitch for a homer, and Rafael Devers led off the fourth with a homer off Jose Ruiz as the Red Sox extended their winning streak to six games.

“We’re working very hard to get to the next step,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We’re almost there, like reset the season and still believe we have a good team and can compete with the big boys in this division and the league.”

The White Sox fell for the fourth time in seven games.

Designated hitter J.D. Martinez had four of the Red Sox’s 19 hits.

Boston’s 16 runs were its most since scoring 20 in a win over Tampa Bay on Aug. 11, 2021.

Nick Pivetta (3-4) was staked to a 10-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings and pitched six innings of five-hit ball. Pivetta has allowed five earned runs in his last 28 innings (1.61 ERA).

Story is 11 for his last 31 (.355) with seven homers and 18 RBIs. Story is 5 for 10 lifetime against Cease.

“He’s been working so hard at it since Day One, and he’s getting a lot of opportunities and doing damage in the zone,” Cora said.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hit his first home run since May 4, a two-run shot off Pivetta in the fourth. Tim Anderson had two hits, including an RBI single in the fifth.

The seven runs allowed by Cease (4-2) were his most since Aug. 29, 2019, when he surrendered eight against the Twins. Cease had his shortest outing since Sept. 11, 2021, when he lasted 2 2/3 innings against the Red Sox. Cease pitched five innings of one-run ball at Boston on May 7.

“They definitely had some comfortable swings in there,” said Cease, who wondered if he was tipping his pitches. “We’ll have to see. I don’t really want to say it’s one way or the other without knowing for sure. But it’s possible.”

Boston’s win streak is its longest since winning nine straight April 5-14, 2021.

Chicago pitcher Vince Velasquez, making his first relief appearance since May 21, 2021, for the Phillies, pitched three hitless innings.

GLOVE WORK

Red Sox: Manager Alex Cora has not ruled out playing Martinez in the outfield. Martinez hasn’t played the outfield since 2021, when he appeared in 36 games. “Right now, the plan is not to play him for now, but probably at one point he’s going to have to play,” Cora said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (rib stress fracture) threw 15 pitches at the minor league complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Cora said Sale, who hasn’t pitched this season, is scheduled to throw two more bullpen sessions, live batting practice and a simulated game before starting a minor league rehab assignment.

White Sox: OF Luis Robert was placed on the COVID-19 related injured list. “Certainly, he’s not going to play in the Boston series and very likely not going to play against the Cubs this weekend,” general manager Rick Hahn said of Robert, who was experiencing mild symptoms. . INF Jake Burger was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte and played the final three innings at second base for the first time in his career. . RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) threw batting practice to OF Eloy Jimenez (right hamstring tendon tear) prior to Tuesday’s game, and Hahn anticipates both players will start a minor league rehab assignment within a week.

NEXT UP

Red Sox: LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 3.90) will face the White Sox on Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. Hill allowed four runs in two innings of a 12-6 win May 19 over the Mariners.

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.84) will face the Red Sox on Wednesday. Giolito allowed two runs in five innings of a 6-2 loss May 18 at Kansas City.

Pederson hits 3 HRs, drives in 8, Giants outslug Mets 13-12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Joc Pederson homered three times and drove in a career-high eight runs, including a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, and the San Francisco Giants outslugged the New York Mets 13-12 in a wild game Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford hit a game-ending single off closer Edwin Diaz and the Giants – after blowing a late six-run lead – somehow recovered to pull off two improbable comebacks of their own.

San Francisco squandered an 8-2 lead by giving up seven runs in the eighth to fall behind 11-8. Pederson tied it with a three-run homer in the bottom half, but the Giants trailed 12-11 going into the bottom of the ninth before rallying with two outs to end their five-game losing streak.

Francisco Lindor homered and drove in six runs for the Mets, including a bases-loaded triple that put them ahead in the eighth.

Watson accuser felt ‘scared’ and threatened by Browns QB

CLEVELAND (AP) One of the women accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct while she gave him a massage felt “scared” and threatened by a comment he made following a therapy session.

Appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis, who is among 22 women who have sued Watson over allegations he behaved inappropriately with them, provided graphic details of an encounter with the three-time Pro Bowler.

She also said at the end of a massage, Watson told her: “I know you have a career to protect,” and “I know you don’t want anyone messing with it just like I don’t want anyone messing with mine.”

Solis was asked by reporter Soledad O’Brien why Watson’s message frightened her.

“Because that sounded like a threat to me,” she said.

During the interview airing Tuesday night, Solis and another massage therapist, Kyla Hayes, both provide details of their meetings with Watson, who is facing civil lawsuits by the 22 women alleging various sexual acts during massages he received while playing for the Houston Texans.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing and has maintained any sex with the women was consensual. Two grand juries in Texas have declined to indict Watson on criminal complaints filed by 10 women.

Solis and Hayes both said they feel offended by the five-year, $230 million contract Watson received in March from the Browns. Watson’s deal is both the richest in NFL history and fully guaranteed.

“It’s just like a big screw you,” Solis said. “That’s what it feels like. That we don’t care. He can run and throw, and that’s what we care about.”

Added Hayes, “It was sick to me. … I felt like he’s being rewarded for bad behavior.”

The Browns, who have spent two decades in a futile search for a franchise QB, pursued Watson along with several other teams. They convinced him to waive his no-trade clause and join Cleveland after he initially rebuffed the team. The Browns sent three first-round draft picks and six overall to the Texans for Watson.

One of Watson’s lawyers, Leah Graham, was asked to explain on the show why, if he was only seeking professional massages, did Watson end up having sex with some of the women.

“Well, in every massage, I will tell you he did go, intending just for a professional massage, and only those three instances where sexual conduct occurred – consensual sexual activity – it occurred after the massage session had ended,” Graham said. “And Mr. Watson has testified and is insistent that that sexual activity was initiated by the plaintiff in every single instance.”

During his introductory news conference with the Browns in March, Watson was adamant he has “never assaulted, disrespected or harassed any woman in my life.” He also said he had no intention of settling the lawsuits outside of court.

Watson is also facing possible discipline from the NFL, which is independently investigating whether he violated its personal-conduct policy.

League investigators interviewed Watson in Houston last week. It’s not known if the inquiry has been completed.

The league could wait for a resolution in the lawsuits before announcing a decision or hand out discipline with a caveat that things could change if new information surfaces.

Former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, a disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the league and NFL Players Association, is the one deciding whether Watson violated the personal-conduct policy. If Watson is suspended and appeals, Commissioner Roger Goodell would handle any reexamination.

The Browns are eager to find out whether they’ll be without Watson for an extended period. The team resumed offseason team activities Tuesday and will have mandatory minicamp next month. Training camp is scheduled for July.

Watson treated some of his new teammates to a trip to the Bahamas last week. A team spokesman said he reported for the voluntary offseason program that resumed this week. The Browns will have a media availability Wednesday.

Goodell: Pro Bowl game ‘doesn’t work’

The NFL is examining new options to honor its top performers in place of a traditional Pro Bowl game, league commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.

“The (Pro Bowl) game doesn’t work. We need to find another way to celebrate the players,” Goodell told reporters, including NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The NFL discussed eliminating the traditional Pro Bowl game during its annual spring meeting in Atlanta and is reportedly exploring the potential of showcasing the players without having a game.

A decision should come this summer after the league discusses the matter with players and its television partners, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Fans and players have heavily scrutinized the All-Star contest, citing the lack of intensity compared to a regular-season contest, with some players opting out of the game entirely.

The Pro Bowl has remained uncompetitive despite handing out incentives of $80,000 to players of the winning team and $40,000 to those on the losing team.

The league previously attempted to spice up the game by electing team captains and holding a fantasy football-style draft to assign each team’s roster. The exhibition contest even went virtual in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year’s edition of the game drew 6.69-million viewers across all platforms, making it the smallest audience since 2006, according to The Spun’sAndrew McCarty.

The NFL has played the traditional Pro Bowl game since 1938.

NFL revamps Rooney Rule to include quarterbacks coaches

(AP) — The NFL has expanded the Rooney Rule again, this time to include quarterbacks coaches in a further effort to diversify the coaching ranks.

The change was announced Tuesday at the owners meeting in Atlanta by Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. The oft-criticized Rooney Rule, adopted in 2003 to enhance opportunities for minorities to gain head coaching jobs and enhanced several times to include front office positions, now will requires one minority or female candidate from another team to be interviewed for quarterbacks coach. Previously, the rule covered head coach, general manager and all coordinator jobs.

Such current head coaches as Zac Taylor of the Bengals, Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers, and Brian Daboll of the Giants have advanced from QB coach to the top spot.

In March, the owners approved for this season that all 32 clubs must employ a female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority to serve as an offensive assistant coach. The person will receive a one-year contract and work closely with the head coach and offensive staff to gain experience.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the end of the meetings that the league’s investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct by now-Cleveland quarterback Deshaun Watson is close to a conclusion. He did not provide a timeline on any decision or potential discipline for Watson, who is facing civil lawsuit from 22 women.

An additional change made Tuesday forbids teams from hiring a new head coach until after the wild-card playoff round, Goodell said. Teams can’t conduct head coach interviews with candidates from other NFL teams until the third day after the season ends – if the candidate’s team is not in the playoffs. For potential hires who are in wild-card round games, there will be a two-day hiatus following their game before interviews.

Significantly, teams can’t hold in-person head coach interviews with anyone working for another team until after all wild-card games. But interviews with in-house candidates or those not working in the NFL are allowed before the wild-card round.

The idea is to provide more preparation time for interviews.

Goodell said he was not aware of an upsurge in ownership discontent with Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder despite reports that several teams are in favor of a suspension if recent claims of financial improprieties by the franchise are accurate. The Commanders are being investigated.

The owners also discussed possibly dropping the Pro Bowl or totally revamping it.

“What we tried to lay out is what we are talking to the players association and many players about: what works and doesn’t work,” Goodell said. “The conclusion was the game itself doesn’t work and we needed to find a different way to celebrate our players, these being our Pro Bowl players and best players in our league.

“We talked a lot about some of the events around the Pro Bowl are extremely popular. Things we will build on.”

Earlier, Indianapolis was awarded the next two NFL scouting combines. The city has staged the winter event since 1987 for players entering the draft.

Indianapolis was granted hosting rights for the 2023 and 2024 combines. This was the first time the NFL put the combine up for bidding, with Dallas and Los Angeles also seeking to host.

“Indy’s vision brings together its long legacy of successfully hosting the combine and executing the evaluation process, with an exciting focus on innovating and further growing the event from a fan and media perspective,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL executive vice president of club business and league events.

“Indy is a city built to host major sporting events, and I’m proud the combine will continue to stay in our city,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said.

Studies showed that the 2022 combine generated an estimated $9.6 million in economic impact for the city.

Irsay and his family plan a new legacy program focused on mental health and designed to benefit Indianapolis residents as well.

In 2023, the combine will take place Feb. 28-March 6, and in 2024 the dates are Feb. 27-March 4.

The league also announced four new international home marketing areas, with the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams adding New Zealand and the Philadelphia Eagles granted Australia, New Zealand and Ghana, making them the first NFL franchise to enter a market in Africa. The Eagles and Rams can activate in their newly awarded markets on June 1.

The expanded program, launched in January, now includes 19 teams granted access to 30 international areas across 10 countries. Each team has access to international territories for marketing, fan engagement and commercialization as the NFL seeks to become more global.

Rodgers absent as Packers conduct voluntary OTAs this week

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers was one of several notable veterans missing as the Green Bay Packers began voluntary organized team activities this week.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Tuesday that Rodgers isn’t expected at all this week. The Packers conduct more OTAs next week, but Rodgers will be participating in “The Match” golf exhibition with fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes on June 1.

“I talked to him for a while last night, which was great, just to kind of update him on just where we are and go over a few, like we do every offseason,” LaFleur said. “There’s always tweaks to what you’re doing. He’s in great spirits and it was a great conversation. But I wouldn’t anticipate seeing him at least this week.”

During an appearance on Pat McAfee’s SiriusXM and YouTube draft special last month, Rodgers said he planned on joining the Packers for their mandatory minicamp in June and “probably a few more days in May.”

Rodgers skipped all the OTAs as well as the Packers’ minicamp last year during a standoff with team management, though he reported to training camp on time and produced a second straight MVP season while leading the Packers to a third consecutive NFC North title.

He has said on multiple occasions that his relationship with team officials such as general manager Brian Gutekunst has improved quite a bit over the last year. That’s part of the reason Rodgers signed a contract extension rather than seeking a trade or retiring.

Rodgers’ presence this offseason could be particularly helpful as he adjusts to an overhauled receiving corps following the trade of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. The Packers drafted three receivers, traded up to take North Dakota State’s Christian Watson in the second round with the 34th overall pick and also selected Nevada’s Romeo Doubs in the fourth round and Nebraska’s Samori Toure in the seventh round.

Watson said Tuesday he has spoken with Rodgers “a few times” since the draft.

“I definitely would like to see him out here, but I know there’s going to be some vets that will come later in the process,” Watson said. “We have some vets out here who are kind of taking us under their wing right now, and (we’re) being able to learn from them. When he comes, he comes, and I’m definitely going to pick his brain when he does.”

Rodgers’ absence should give backup quarterback Jordan Love more reps as the 2020 first-round draft pick continues to make up for the time he lost from the pandemic-imposed virtual offseason his rookie year. Love started the Packers’ 13-7 loss at Kansas City last season when Rodgers was unavailable due to a positive COVID-19 test.

“I think that’s Aaron’s game plan is, he doesn’t really need this time right now, so I enjoy it,” Love said. “Him not being here, it just means more reps for me and more reps for everybody else in the quarterback room. So obviously I’m loving it.”

NOTES: Other notable Packers missing from Tuesday’s volunteer workout included cornerbacks Jaire Alexander and Rasul Douglas, wide receivers Allen Lazard and Sammy Watkins and outside linebackers Rashan Gary and Preston Smith. LaFleur said Watkins, who signed with the Packers last month, has “been here throughout the majority of the offseason.” . LaFleur said the Packers would conduct joint practices with the New Orleans Saints during training camp. Details and dates are still being worked out.

Ravens acquire Fuller in another attempt to help secondary

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with cornerback Kyle Fuller.

The Ravens announced the move Tuesday.

Fuller spent last season with the Denver Broncos. Prior to that, he played in 80 games for the Chicago Bears from 2014-20, intercepting 19 passes.

Fuller went to Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore before playing at Virginia Tech.

The Ravens finished last in the NFL against the pass last season, thanks in part to a knee injury that cost cornerback Marcus Peters the season. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey went down with an injury as well and didn’t play in the final four games.

Baltimore used a first-round draft pick this year on safety Kyle Hamilton, and the Ravens added safety Marcus Williams via free agency. Fuller’s arrival is another attempt to shore up the secondary.

Amid NIL drama, Alabama lands ESPN 300 QB Eli Holstein, former Texas A&M commit

As the Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher saga continues, Saban struck a blow Tuesday with Eli Holstein’s commitment to Alabama.

Holstein, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback out of Zachary High School in Zachary, Louisiana, is No. 59 on the ESPN 300.

Holstein originally committed to Fisher and Texas A&M in June 2021 but decommitted from the Aggies in March.

While Arch Manning remains the top uncommitted quarterback in the 300 (No. 1), Holstein was the third-ranked available signal-caller prior to committing to Alabama.

He becomes the fourth ESPN 300 recruit for the Tide, joining cornerback Jahlil Hurley, safety Elliot Washington and defensive end Yhonzae Pierre.

Big Ten Announces Baseball All-Big Ten Honors and Individual Award Winners

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten on Tuesday announced the 2022 baseball individual award winners and All-Big Ten teams, as selected by the conference coaches. Maryland’s Chris Alleyne was named the Big Ten Player of the Year, Iowa’s Adam Mazur earned Pitcher of the Year honors, Hawkeyes’ Keaton Anthony claimed Freshman of the Year recognition and Terrapins’ head coach Rob Vaughn was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Alleyne becomes the first Maryland standout to claim Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Alleyne paced the Terrapins this season, batting .354 with a Big Ten best 22 home runs and 73 RBI, along with 23 stolen bases. The Philadelphia native is the first Maryland player ever to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a single season and the first NCAA Division I player to do it since 2018.
 
Mazur becomes the second Iowa hurler to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades and the second in as many years. The Woodbury, Minnesota, native went 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in eight Big Ten starts where he led the league in ERA (2.59), wins (5) and innings (55 2/3).
 
Anthony becomes the second Iowa player to capture Big Ten Freshman of the Year plaudits and the first since 1994. Anthony earned Freshman of the Year, second-team All-Big Ten and All-Freshman team honors after hitting .360 (67-of-186) with 20 doubles, 14 home runs, 53 RBIs and 43 runs scored during the regular season. Ten of Anthony’s home runs came in Big Ten play and his 20 doubles are second-most in program history.
 
Vaughn was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year, becoming the first Maryland head coach to earn the honor. The Terps earned the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Baseball Tournament after going 44-10 this season, the program’s best regular season in program history, and clinching the outright Big Ten Championship. Those 44 wins are a program record for a single season and includes a program-record of 24 home wins and 19 road wins. Maryland also won every single conference series during the regular season for the first time.
 
The Big Ten also announced the Sportsmanship Award honorees from each institution. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
 
The complete list of All-Big Ten teams and award winners can be found below.
 
Player of the Year: 
Chris Alleyne, Maryland
Pitcher of the Year: Adam Mazur, Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Keaton Anthony, Iowa
Coach of the Year: Rob Vaughn, Maryland
 
All-Big Ten First Team

C – Matt Wood, Penn State
1B – Peyton Williams, Iowa
2B – Kevin Keister, Maryland
SS – Danny DiGeorgio, Rutgers
3B – Nick Lorusso, Maryland
OF – Chris Alleyne, Maryland
OF – Clark Elliott, Michigan
OF – Ryan Lasko, Rutgers
SP – Adam Mazur, Iowa
SP – Ryan Ramsey, Maryland
SP – Jason Savacool, Maryland 
RP – Dale Stanavich, Rutgers
DH – CJ Valdez, Purdue
At-Large – Matt Shaw, Maryland
 
All-Big Ten Second Team

C – Nick Cimillo, Rutgers
1B – Justin Janas, Illinois
2B – Patrick Herrera, Northwestern
SS – Zach Dezenzo, Ohio State
3B – Branden Comia, Illinois
OF – Cam McDonald, Illinois
OF – Keaton Anthony, Iowa
OF – Ethan O’Donnell, Northwestern
SP – Cole Kirschsieper, Illinois
SP – Emmett Olson, Nebraska
SP – Jared Kollar, Rutgers
RP – Ben Beutel, Iowa
DH – Josh Spiegel, Penn State
At-Large – Luke Shliger, Maryland
 
All-Big Ten Third Team*

C – Matthew Ellis, Indiana
1B – Chris Brito, Rutgers
2B – Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Rutgers
SS – Mitch Jebb, Michigan State
3B – Matt Frey, Michigan
OF – Troy Schreffler Jr., Maryland
OF – Joe Stewart, Michigan
OF – Danny Doligale, Illinois
SP – Jackson Smeltz, Purdue
SP – Nathan Florence, Rutgers
SP – Nick Dean, Maryland
RP – Kyle Bischoff, Michigan State
DH – Maxwell Costes, Maryland
At-Large – Marcus Ernst, Ohio State
At-Large – Kade Kern, Ohio State
 
All-Big Ten Freshman Team

C – Bryan Broecker, Michigan State
1B – Brock Tibbitts, Indiana
2B – Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Rutgers
SS – Evan Goforth, Indiana
3B – Josh Pyne, Indiana
OF – Keaton Anthony, Iowa
OF – Carter Mathison, Indiana
OF – Trey Lipsey, Ohio State
SP – Sean Sullivan, Northwestern
SP – Ryan Szczepaniak, Michigan State
SP – Troy Wansing, Purdue
RP – Brody Brecht, Iowa
DH – Anthony Steele, Penn State
At-Large – Garrett Anglim, Nebraska

Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Taylor Jackson, Illinois
Tyler Doanes, Indiana
Brendan Sher, Iowa
James Heffley, Maryland
Matt Frey, Michigan
Zach Iverson, Michigan State
Andrew Wilhite, Minnesota
Brice Matthews, Nebraska
Mike Doherty, Northwestern
Brent Todys, Ohio State
Mason Mellott, Penn State
Tanner Haston, Purdue
Brad Norton, Rutgers
 
*Additional honorees due to ties

2022 MAC Baseball Specialty Awards, All-Conference Teams Announced

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Today the Mid-American Conference announced the All-MAC First Team, Second Team & Specialty Award selections for the 2022 season. The teams were voted on by the league’s head coaches. The league’s All-Defensive Team has also been announced.

Eastern Michigan’s Matt Kirk was named MAC Player of the Year, while Ball State’s Tyler Schweitzer was tabbed the MAC Pitcher of the Year. Western Michigan’s Dylan Nevar earned Freshman of the Year honors, while Ball State’s Ryan Brown was selected as the Freshman Pitcher of the Year. Ball State rounded out the specialty award selections as Ryan Peltier earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Rich Maloney was named Coach of the Year.

In his first season in Ypsilanti, Kirk finished the 2022 regular season tied for first in the NCAA Division I ranks in total doubles (25). Additionally, Kirk had some of the best numbers in the Mid-American Conference this season. The Milford, Ohio native led the league in hits (80 – 37th nationally), doubles (25), home runs (17 – 44th nationally), and total bases (156 – 14th nationally). Moreover, Kirk ranks top-10 in the MAC in slugging percentage (.693 – second in the MAC; 45th nationally), OPS (1.101 – second), RBIs (49 – seventh), and runs scored (50 – sixth). Furthermore, Kirk’s 25 two-baggers this season tie the EMU single-season program record. When it came to power at the plate, Kirk’s 17 round-trippers in 2022 is tied for fourth all-time in EMU’s single-season history.

Schweitzer was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year and he also collected an All-MAC First Team accolade in the process. This is the sixth time that Ball State has won MAC Pitcher of the Year recognition. During the season, he was a three-time MAC Pitcher of the Week honoree. He is tied for second in the NCAA with 10 wins. He leads the MAC in overall wins and leads the MAC in conference-only wins with nine. He is third in the conference with 102 strikeouts and tied for 26th in the NCAA. He is second in MAC games with a 1.96 ERA and third overall with a 2.27 ERA. He ranks third in opponent batting average in both MAC games with a .192 and overall with a .199.
 
Maloney was voted MAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career with the Cardinals. He led Ball State to its fifth MAC regular season championship with a 32-7 mark in conference games. During the season, he won his 900th game at Northern Illinois. He moved his win total to 915 after a series sweep at Miami. He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 120th in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 83rd among NCAA DI coaches all-time.

Nevar is the fifth Bronco to be named the MAC Freshman of the Year and first since Connor Smith in 2016. He started 53 of 54 games for the Broncos this season and posted a .325 batting average. A native of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Nevar led Western Michigan in home runs (11), doubles (20) and slugging percentage (.614). The 20 doubles tied for second in the MAC and also tied for the second-highest single-season total in WMU program history. As a team, WMU totaled a new single-season program-record 131 doubles, which led the league and currently ranks ninth in the NCAA.The redshirt freshman’s .614 slugging percentage was sixth-best in the conference, while his 1.020 OPS ranked 11th. Nevar finished second on the Broncos and tied for seventh in the MAC with 49 runs batted in. His 11 home runs also tied for seventh-most in the league, while his 64 total hits tied for 10th.  

Brown was named the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was an All-MAC Second Team selection. He is the third pitcher to win MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year He had a stellar first season in Muncie and currently has 56 strikeouts. He enters the weekend with a 4-2 record in 39 2/3 innings. He is holding opponent hitters to a .168 batting average and has an ERA of 2.50. In MAC only contests, he has an ERA of 1.71 and has held opponents to a .160 average.
 
Peltier earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons. It is the third-straight year that a Ball State player has won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He has been a highlight machine for the Cardinals at third base. He has made numerous difficult plays look routine throughout the season and has a team-high 91 assists. Offensively, he leads the team with 19 doubles. He has added 47 runs scored, 39 RBIs, seven home runs, and two triples.

2022 MAC Baseball Specialty Award Winners
Player of the Year: Matt Kirk, Eastern Michigan
Pitcher of the Year: Tyler Schweitzer, Ball State
Freshman of the Year: Dylan Nevar, Western Michigan
Freshman Pitcher of the Year: Ryan Brown, Ball State
Defensive Player of the Year: Ryan Peltier, Ball State
Coach of the Year: Rich Maloney, Ball State
 
All-MAC First Team
C – Connor Charping, Western Michigan
1B – Trenton Quartermaine, Ball State
2B – Mario Camilletti, Central Michigan
3B – Colin Kasperbauer, Ohio
SS – Justin Simpson, Central Michigan
OF – Zach Cole, Ball State
OF – Matt Kirk, Eastern Michigan
OF – Justin Kirby, Kent State
SP – Tyler Schweitzer, Ball State
SP – Jonathan Brand, Miami
SP – Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan
SP – Kyle Jones, Toledo
RP – Sam Klein, Ball State
DH – David Novak, Miami
At-Large – Jakob Marsee, Central Michigan
 
All-MAC Second Team
C – Mason Minzey, Ohio
1B – Cade Sullivan, Western Michigan
2B – Daniel Warkentin, Eastern Michigan
3B – Ryan Peltier, Ball State
SS – Mike McNamara, Kent State
OF – Amir Wright, Ball State
OF – Drew Lechnir, Central Michigan
OF – Josh Johnson, Kent State
SP – Ty Johnson, Ball State
SP – Jordan Patty, Central Michigan
SP – Zach Maxey, Miami
SP – Connor Brandon, Toledo
RP – Ryan Brown, Ball State
DH – Garret Pike, Toledo
At-Large – Kyle Gurney, Bowling Green
 
All-MAC Defensive Team
C – Justin Miknis, Kent State
1B – Cade Sullivan, Western Michigan
2B – Mario Camilletti, Central Michigan
3B – Ryan Peltier, Ball State
SS – Jeron Williams, Toledo
SS — Ryan Johnston, Bowling Green
OF – Zach Cole, Ball State
OF – Jakob Marsee, Central Michigan
OF – Matt Kirk, Eastern Michigan
P – Eddie Kutt IV, Ohio

Adieu, Jo: French salute injured, retiring Tsonga at Open

PARIS (AP) Much as he wanted to avoid tears, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga simply could not. And, he said later, he knew he would not. So they flowed freely during the final moments of his final match at the French Open, the final singles match of his professional tennis career, and he wiped them away with the black sweatband on his left wrist.

They were not there because of the right shoulder that was so painful he couldn’t properly swing his racket by the end of a 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4), 6-2, 7-6 (0) loss to No. 8 seed Casper Ruud on Tuesday in Court Philippe Chatrier. They were there because he knows he is done trying to win matches, done hearing the supportive roars from spectators, done experiencing the highs and lows of a professional tennis career that featured a spot at No. 5 in the rankings, a run to the 2008 Australian Open final and France’s first Davis Cup title in 16 years – but also a series of injuries.

He’s been limited to a total of 18 matches since the start of 2021, turned 37 last month, has a family now and knew this trip to Roland Garros would be the perfect way to bid adieu.

“It was pure madness today. One of the best atmospheres I have seen in my career (for) my last match. I couldn’t have asked for something better,” Tsonga said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better script, apart from the fact that I could have won.”

He appeared to have a chance to extend the match by breaking to go up 6-5 in the fourth set. But at the end of that game, he wrenched his shoulder, and that was that. Ruud quickly broke back, and Tsonga was visited by a trainer, who tried to help the situation but could not. During a three-minute medical timeout, a band in the stands got fans to clap and chant “Jo! Jo!” to the rhythm of a drumbeat, then played “La Marseillaise” as some in the seats sang along to France’s national anthem.

When play resumed, Tsonga could barely even serve, tapping the ball at barely more than 60 mph (100 kph) – less than half as fast as the booming offerings he was known for – and even tried hitting one shot left-handed as the tiebreaker ended in a shutout. No matter. The locals gave Tsonga a prolonged standing ovation, and he went up near the net, knelt and rested his forehead on the ground, creating a splotch of the rust-colored clay on his face.

Asked later what he’ll miss the most as he leaves the sport, he replied: “The adrenaline, stepping on a big court like this one. Adrenaline you can feel when you have 15,000 people shouting your name.”

It all offered the most compelling moments of Day 3, which included first-round victories in the men’s bracket for U.S Open champion Daniil Medvedev, No. 7 seed Andrey Rublev and No. 24 Frances Tiafoe, who had been 0-6 at Roland Garros.

Danish teenager Holger Rune eliminated No. 14 Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Women who advanced to the second round included 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2018 champion Simona Halep, No. 9 Danielle Collins, No. 11 Jessica Pegula and No. 22 Madison Keys.

Tsonga leaves with 121 wins in Grand Slam matches, a record for a French man. It is a tough time for tennis in the land of the French Open: For the first time since 1980, there were zero men or women from the country seeded in the tournament.

Another member of Tsonga’s talented generation, Gilles Simon, has said he will retire at the end of the season. Yet another, Gael Monfils, missed Roland Garros because he needs heel surgery – although he was there Tuesday for a postmatch retirement ceremony in Chatrier, along with so many folks who mean so much to Tsonga: other players; a group of his coaches dating to when he was a kid; his wife and children; his parents.

There were video tributes from the greatest four male players of this era – Novak Djokovic (who called Tsonga’s retirement “a big loss for professional men’s tennis”), Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray (“You’ve been a great ambassador for the sport,” he told Tsonga) – and a series of speeches.

“You’ve been an inspiration to me and many young players around the world,” said Ruud, a 23-year-old from Norway who joked about being sad at age 10 when his favorite player, Nadal, lost to Tsonga at the Australian Open. “Thank you for all the memories.”

No. 3 seed Paola Badosa, whose 6-2, 6-0 victory over France’s Fiona Ferro followed Tsonga vs. Ruud in Chatrier, said she got “super emotional” watching the whole scene. Later, she ran into Tsonga as they were doing interviews and told him kiddingly she was upset that all the hullabaloo over him delayed the start of her match – then asked him to pose with her for a photo.

He obliged.

What awaits Tsonga now? He said he’ll need to have medical tests Wednesday on his shoulder, which he said was in bad enough shape he couldn’t hold his baby.

But Tsonga took pride from playing – well, trying to play – until the end, rather than conceding the match.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the way I want to finish, but I finished on the court, playing like I did all my career, running after the ball,” Tsonga said. “It was emotional for me. And anyway, it’s going to stay a good moment in my head. Yeah, in a way, I finished like I wanted to finish.”

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Pirates Select Contract of No. 25 Prospect Cal Mitchell

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they have selected the contract of their No. 25 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, outfielder Cal Mitchell. He is the fourth Indianapolis Indian from the 2022 squad to be added to the Pirates’ active roster this season and the first position player, following pitchers Cam Alldred, Yerry De Los Santos and Beau Sulser.

Mitchell, 23, has been nothing but consistent at the plate for the Indians this season. In 34 games, he leads the team with a .306 batting average (38-for-124) and has gone hitless in consecutive games only once (April 28-29). Mitchell has hit safely in 14 of 16 games played in May with six two-hit performances, adding to his team-leading total of 11 multi-hit games this season. On May 13 at Charlotte, he launched a pair of home runs for his second career two-homer game and first since June 30, 2021 at Double-A Hartford.

After ranking among Double-A Northeast leaders in hits (4th, 107), average (8th, .280) and RBI (9th, 61) with Altoona in 2021, Mitchell was promoted to Indianapolis on Sept. 20. To round out the season, he hit safely in his first four Triple-A games and five of seven in an Indians uniform.

Mitchell was selected by Pittsburgh in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, Calif.) High School.

Indians Complete Comeback Over Saints for Extra-Inning Win

ST. PAUL, Minn. – With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Oneil Cruz launched a two-run home run off the batter’s eye to cap a four-run comeback by the Indianapolis Indians. They went on to beat the St. Paul Saints in 11 innings on Tuesday afternoon, 8-5.

Following scoreless ninth and tenth frames with the contest tied at five, the Indians (22-19) plated three runs off Juan Minaya (L, 0-1) in the top of the 11th to take their first lead of the game. The go-ahead run scored with two outs on an infield single by Hoy Park.

The Saints (16-25) took an early lead with three runs in the second inning on a two-out, bases-clearing double by Roy Morales. The line drive – which deflected off Jared Oliva’s glove as he attempted a diving snag – snapped Cam Alldred’s 16.2-inning scoreless streak. St. Paul then took a 4-0 lead with one run in the fourth inning.

Mason Martin crushed team-leading ninth home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning to give Indy it’s first run of the ballgame. It was the slugger’s fourth home run in his last five games.

St. Paul plated it’s last run in the bottom of the fifth before being held hitless through the final six frames against Blake Weiman, Hunter Stratton and Austin Brice (W, 1-1).

The Indians mounted their four-run comeback with a pair of two-run innings in the sixth and seventh. A double-steal by Travis Swaggerty and Ji-Hwan Bae forced a throwing error by catcher Caleb Hamilton to score one run. Bae would then score on an RBI groundout by Canaan Smith-Njigba. In the seventh, Cruz followed with his fifth home run of the season.

Smith-Njigba and Bae each doubled and extended their on-base streaks to 25 and 21 games, respectively. Travis Swaggerty doubled in the sixth to stretch his hitting streak to six games. Cruz and Martin have both homered in consecutive games.

Indy and St. Paul will square off for a doubleheader tomorrow with Game 1 slated for 6:07 PM ET. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 4.78) will take the mound for the Indians in the first game with RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-1, 8.38) countering for the Saints. St. Paul will start LHP Devin Smeltzer (1-2, 3.86) in Game 2 while Indy has yet to name a starter.

NFL Awards NFL Combine to Indianapolis for 2023 and 2024

INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2022) – At the NFL Spring League Meeting today in Atlanta, Indianapolis was awarded the 2023 and 2024 NFL Combine, continuing the city’s proven track record of hosting and growing the marquee event since 1987.

This was the first time the NFL put the Combine out for bid, a process similar to the one for other League events including Super Bowl and NFL Draft.  The official bid process for Combine started in December 2021, with proposals due in April 2022.

“After close review by our internal team, the Fan Engagement & Major Events Advisory Committee, and the National Invitational Camp staff, Indianapolis remains the best city to host and grow the NFL Combine in 2023 and 2024,” said Peter O’Reilly, NFL Executive Vice President of Club Business & League Events. “Indy’s vision brings together its long legacy of successfully hosting the Combine and executing the evaluation process, with an exciting focus on innovating and further growing the event from a fan and media perspective.” 

After hosting for the last 35 years (1987-2022), Visit Indy, the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, the City of Indianapolis, IU Health and the Indiana Sports Corp collectively submitted the successful proposal alongside the Indianapolis Colts.

“Indy is a city built to host major sporting events, and I’m proud the Combine will continue to stay in our city,” said Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts.

Taking place in Indy for over three decades, the event has grown immensely – the 2022 NFL Combine generated an estimated $9.6 million in economic impact for the city and was attended by the most fans ever in the history of the event.

“We know many cities want to host the NFL Combine, and we’re incredibly appreciative the NFL continues to put its faith in Indy,” said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy. “We are proud so many media, agents, scouts, coaches, and athletes organically called to keep the event here. And after more than three decades of hosting the Combine, our excitement has only grown when it comes to continuing our work with the NFL and the National Invitational Camp to make the event better every year for all those stakeholders as well as the growing number of fans who want to experience it in person.”

A couple of highlights of Indy’s bid include:

A new Combine fan experience outside Lucas Oil Stadium for fans to enjoy prior to stepping inside Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the on-field workouts.

A new legacy program focused on mental health, led by the Irsay Family and their “Kicking the Stigma” program, benefiting Indy residents.

The 2023 NFL Combine will take place Tuesday, February 28 – Monday, March 6.

The 2024 NFL Combine will take place Tuesday, February 27 – Monday, March 4.

Colts Sign RB Ty’Son Williams, Waive C Alex Mollette

ndianapolis –The Indianapolis Colts today signed free agent running back Ty’Son Williams and waived center Alex Mollette.

Williams, 6-0, 220 pounds, spent the last two seasons (2020-21) with the Baltimore Ravens. In 2021, he played in 13 games (three starts) and registered 35 carries for 185 yards and one touchdown. Williams also caught nine passes for 84 yards. As a rookie in 2020, he spent time on the Ravens’ active roster and practice squad but did not see game action. Williams originally signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2020.

Mollette, 6-2, 300 pounds, was signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2022. Collegiately, he played in 52 games (46 starts) at Marshall (2016-21) and earned starts at center, left guard and right guard.

Goalkeeper Elliot Panicco Recalled by Nashville SC

INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, May 24, 2022) – Indy Eleven announced today that goalkeeper Elliot Panicco has been recalled by Major League Soccer side Nashville SC from his loan with Indiana’s Team, effective immediately.  

Panicco ends his stint with the Boys in Blue after starting all 10 of the squad’s USL Championship regular season matches to date in 2022. The native of Paducah, Ky., registered an even 1.00 goals against average and notched two shutouts while collecting a 5W-3L-2D record in goal.

“Over the last couple of months Elliot Panicco proved his status as one of the USL Championship’s top goalkeepers,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry. “We thank Elliot for his efforts on behalf of Indy Eleven and wish him the best of luck as he returns to Nashville.”

Indy Eleven continues its USL Championship campaign this Saturday, May 28, with the renewal of its annual Racing Indy Game at Carroll Stadium. Fans are encouraged to make it a full day in downtown Indy, as the special 4:00 p.m. ET kickoff will allow patrons to experience both the 500 Festival Parade (starting at noon) and the Eleven’s special afternoon contest against New Mexico United to follow. Full details surrounding the Racing Indy Game – including a limited-edition Indy Eleven/IMS jersey and scarf for purchase – and future promotional dates at Carroll Stadium can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions.

Tickets for next Saturday’s matinee match – and all Indy Eleven regular season contests – are available starting at just $15 and can be purchased online at indyeleven.com/tickets. Fans who cannot make it to The Mike can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Baseball Gameday: Big Ten Tournament

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Postseason baseball has arrived, as the Indiana baseball program will take on Maryland in its first game at the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers and Terrapins will play at 6 p.m. ET at Charles Schwab Field on the Big Ten Network.

Indiana (25-30) is the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and are one of three teams to advance to the Big Ten Tournament each year since 2014 – the first season it was hosted in Omaha. Maryland (44-10) earned the top seed after winning its last six conference games and last seven games overall.

Gameday Info

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

IU: Ty Bothwell, LHP, R-Jr.

UMD: Jason Savacool, RHP, So.

TV: Big Ten Network

Live Audio: bit.ly/IUAudio

Live Stats: bit.ly/IUStatbroadcast

Quick Hitters

Indiana and Maryland will meet for the fourth time at the Big Ten Tournament in program history and the 20th time overall.

Indiana placed four student-athletes on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis was named third-team All-B1G by the conference coaches.

Freshman Carter Mathison became IU’s freshman home run leader at Michigan and his 17 home runs are the second highest total in B1G history for a freshman.

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

Redshirt-junior Matt Ellis is No. 4 on the Big Ten home run charts with 18 longballs. Of his 18 home runs, 13 have traveled 400 feet or more.

Indiana’s pitching staff ended the regular season as the top strikeout staff in the Big Ten with a school record mark. That mark is currently a B1G single season record.

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

Head coach Jeff Mercer owns 97 victories as the Indiana frontman and is poised to become the eighth IU skipper to reach 100 victories in the cream and crimson.

Scouting the Opponents

Maryland clinched the Big Ten regular season title by winning six straight games to close out the conference season.

The Terrapins finished 44-10 overall on the season and 18-5 in conference play. Maryland won seven straight games overall to close out the regular season.

Seven of the nine everyday hitters own a batting average of .300 or better, led by Big Ten Player of the Year Chris Alleyne’s .354 average and Big Ten-best 22 home runs and 73 RBIs.

In all, Maryland had six hitters reach the 10-home run mark and four drive in 50-plus RBIs.

No Maryland pitcher suffered more than two losses on the season, led by a 10-0 mark from Ryan Ramsey, who tossed a perfect game against Northwestern.

Jason Savacool posted an 8-2 mark with a 2.72 ERA and a Big Ten-best 109 strikeouts.

Series Notes

Indiana and Maryland will meet for the 20th time in program history and 19th as members of the Big Ten Conference.

Indiana owns a 12-7 advantage on the all-time ledger; however, Maryland is 3-0 against the Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament.

Indiana and Maryland met at the Big Ten Tournament in 2015 and 2016 in Minneapolis.

It has been a series of spurts for each team, as IU won the first four games, before Maryland evened the series with four straight victories. IU won the next five, before the two teams have split the last six meetings.

Three meetings have been decided by one run, while four have been double-digit victories, all by IU.

The Hoosiers have outscored the Terps, 130-72, in the 19 previous meetings.

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Ellis, Four Freshmen Earn All-B1G Honors

OMAHA, Neb. – Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis was tabbed third-team All-Big Ten, while the quartet of Evan Goforth, Carter Mathison, Josh Pyne and Brock Tibbitts each earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Graduate student Tyler Doanes earned the Sportsmanship Award for IU.

The quartet of all-freshman honorees are tied for the most since Indiana placed five student-athletes on the team during the 2012 season. That season, Chad Clark, Kyle Hart, Kyle Schwarber, Chris Sujka and Sam Travis each appeared on the all-freshman squad.

With his selection to the All-Big Ten third team, Ellis is the first catcher since Schwarber (2013 & 14) to earn all-conference honors. The power hitting backstop is currently ranked among the top 40 in both home runs and RBIs with a team-leading 18 and 64, respectively.

Ellis has reached base safely in 49 of 55 games on the season and homered in five of the eight Big Ten series in 2022. He has three multi-home run games and enters the Big Ten Tournament tied for No. 7 on Indiana’s single-season home run charts with Schwarber (2013) and Alex Smith (1986).

Goforth saw time on the field throughout the season but was thrust into a starting role when Phillip Glasser was injured midway through April. Over the last 20 games of the season – 15 of those conference contests – is hitting .361 with nine RBIs and five runs scored.

With an Indiana freshman-record 17 home runs on the season, Mathison leads all Big Ten rookies and is tied for No. 3 nationally among freshmen in home runs at 17. His 53 RBIs are tied for second among B1G rookies and No. No. eight nationally. He has added a team-best 52 runs scored to go along with 35 walks and eight stolen bases.

Pyne enters the Big Ten Tournament with a .329 batting average and a B1G freshman-best 54 RBIs. He is tied for the team lead with 69 hits, including 19 doubles, which sits tied for No. 10 on the single season charts. Of his 19 doubles, 14 came in Big Ten play, a total that ranks No. 2 on IU’s single season conference-only charts. He reached base safely in 49 of 53 games played and leads the team with 21 multi-hit games.

Moving from catcher to first base to start his freshman season, Tibbitts has been a stalwart with the glove and the bat. His nine home runs rank No. 3 among B1G rookies and are third on the team entering the postseason, while his 43 RBIs give IU a trio of 40-RBI freshmen for the first time in program history. He has reached base in 46 of 55 games played in 2022, with a hit in 36 of those games.

Indiana (25-30) opens Big Ten Tournament play against No. 10 Maryland (44-10) at Charles Schwab Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the game will air on the Big Ten Network and Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network.

2022 Big Ten Team and Individual Honors

Player of the Year: Chris Alleyne, Maryland

Pitcher of the Year: Adam Mazur, Iowa

Freshman of the Year: Keaton Anthony, Iowa

Coach of the Year: Rob Vaughn, Maryland

All-Big Ten First Team

C – Matt Wood, Penn State

1B – Peyton Williams, Iowa

2B – Kevin Keister, Maryland

SS – Danny DiGeorgio, Rutgers

3B – Nick Lorusso, Maryland

OF – Chris Alleyne, Maryland

OF – Clark Elliott, Michigan

OF – Ryan Lasko, Rutgers

SP – Adam Mazur, Iowa

SP – Ryan Ramsey, Maryland

SP – Jason Savacool, Maryland 

RP – Dale Stanavich, Rutgers

DH – CJ Valdez, Purdue

At-Large – Matt Shaw, Maryland

All-Big Ten Second Team

C – Nick Cimillo, Rutgers

1B – Justin Janas, Illinois

2B – Patrick Herrera, Northwestern

SS – Zach Dezenzo, Ohio State

3B – Branden Comia, Illinois

OF – Cam McDonald, Illinois

OF – Keaton Anthony, Iowa

OF – Ethan O’Donnell, Northwestern

SP – Cole Kirschsieper, Illinois

SP – Emmett Olson, Nebraska

SP – Jared Kollar, Rutgers

RP – Ben Beutel, Iowa

DH – Josh Spiegel, Penn State

At-Large – Luke Shliger, Maryland

All-Big Ten Third Team*

C – Matthew Ellis, Indiana

1B – Chris Brito, Rutgers

2B – Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Rutgers

SS – Mitch Jebb, Michigan State

3B – Matt Frey, Michigan

OF – Troy Schreffler Jr., Maryland

OF – Joe Stewart, Michigan

OF – Danny Doligale, Illinois

SP – Jackson Smeltz, Purdue

SP – Nathan Florence, Rutgers

SP – Nick Dean, Maryland

RP – Kyle Bischoff, Michigan State

DH – Maxwell Costes, Maryland

At-Large – Marcus Ernst, Ohio State

At-Large – Kade Kern, Ohio State

All-Big Ten Freshman Team

C – Bryan Broecker, Michigan State

1B – Brock Tibbitts, Indiana

2B – Josh Kuroda-Grauer, Rutgers

SS – Evan Goforth, Indiana

3B – Josh Pyne, Indiana

OF – Keaton Anthony, Iowa

OF – Carter Mathison, Indiana

OF – Trey Lipsey, Ohio State

SP – Sean Sullivan, Northwestern

SP – Ryan Szczepaniak, Michigan State

SP – Troy Wansing, Purdue

RP – Brody Brecht, Iowa

DH – Anthony Steele, Penn State

At-Large – Garrett Anglim, Nebraska

Sportsmanship Award Honorees

Taylor Jackson, Illinois

Tyler Doanes, Indiana

Brendan Sher, Iowa

James Heffley, Maryland

Matt Frey, Michigan

Zach Iverson, Michigan State

Andrew Wilhite, Minnesota

Brice Matthews, Nebraska

Mike Doherty, Northwestern

Brent Todys, Ohio State

Mason Mellott, Penn State

Tanner Haston, Purdue

Brad Norton, Rutgers

*Additional honorees due to ties

Purdue Begins Big Ten Tournament Play vs. Rutgers

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

QUARTERFINAL

Purdue (29-19, 9-12 B1G) vs. Rutgers (41-14, 17-7 B1G)

Wednesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. / Big Ten Network

SECOND ROUND

Purdue vs. Iowa (33-17, 17-7) or Penn State (25-27, 11-13 B1G)

Thursday, May 26 at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. ET / Big Ten Network

Charles Schwab Field / Omaha, Nebraska

Double Elimination Tournament

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Wednesday: Wyatt Wendell (R-Jr, RHP) vs. RU’s Jared Kollar (Grad, RHP)

SERIES HISTORY VS. RUTGERS

All-Time: Rutgers leads 9-8

All-Time at Big Ten Tournament: First Meeting

Last Meetings: Rutgers won 2 of 3 (March 2021 in West Lafayette)

Last Neutral-Site Meeting: Rutgers 6, Purdue 5 (February 2010 in Clearwater, Fla.)

First Meeting: Purdue 15, Rutgers 9 (March 1999 in Boca Raton, Fla.)

OMAHA, Neb. – Purdue baseball is back in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since playing for the title in 2018 and opens the eight-team, double-elimination event vs. the only first-time qualifier in the field this season, taking on Rutgers Wednesday afternoon.

First pitch at the renamed Charles Schwab Field Omaha is set for 2 p.m. ET as the second of four quarterfinal games Wednesday. Iowa and Penn State are also in the same half of the bracket. Thursday’s schedule features elimination games at 10 a.m. and winner’s bracket games at 6 p.m. The event continues through Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship game.

All four matchups in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament are first-time meetings this season. The Boilermakers are the only team in the field to play at least six of the other seven tournament qualifiers, Rutgers being the lone exception.

Purdue is 11-0 in neutral-site games, sweeping its first three series of the season as part of its program-record 15-0 start. Rutgers is 22-9 away from home this year but has yet to play a neutral-site game.

The Boilermakers reached the championship game in three of their last seven Big Ten Tournament appearances – 2008, 2012 and 2018. They’re the No. 7 seed for the first time since the tournament expanded to eight teams in 2015. Ohio State won the tournament as the seven seed the last time the event was held in 2019. Northwestern also reached the championship game as the No. 7 seed in 2017. Since the tournament expanded to eight teams, the 2018 edition featuring Minnesota and Purdue in the final marked the only time the top two seeds have squared off on championship Sunday.

Tyler Powers is the only active Boilermaker to play in the Big Ten Tournament. He started all four games at second base in 2018 and finished the tournament 5-for-12 with three walks, five runs scored and just one strikeout. Curtis Washington Jr. (SEC Tournament at Arkansas) and Sam Franco (MAAC Tournament at Manhattan) have also started games at NCAA DI conference tournaments. Franco and Rutgers catcher Nick Cimillo were teammates at Manhattan from 2019 to 2021. Washington was a freshman at Arkansas when the Razorbacks qualified for the 2019 College World Series. Washington was on the travel roster but did not play in either of UA’s games in Omaha.

Wyatt Wendell is set to join Tanner Andrews (2017, 2018), Joe Haase (2012), Matt Morgan (2011) and Matt Bischoff (2008, 2009) as recent Boilermakers to start on the mound in both a season opener and Purdue’s opening game at the Big Ten Tournament. If Troy Wansing starts this week, he’ll be the first true freshman to start a Big Ten Tournament game on the mound for Purdue since Kyle Cook in 2008. Andrew Bohm started the title game in 2018 as a redshirt freshman.

SERIES HISTORY AT BIG TEN TOURNAMENT

vs. the 2022 Field

• Maryland – Maryland leads 1-0 (Last: 2017)

• Rutgers – First Meeting

• Iowa – Iowa leads 2-1 (Last: 2010)

• Illinois – Tied 3-3 (Last: 2018)

• Michigan – Michigan leads 3-2 (Last: 2018)

• Penn State – Purdue leads 2-0 (Last: 2011)

• Indiana – Purdue leads 4-2 (Last: 2012)

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First-Team Honors for Valdez Leads All-Big Ten Teams

OMAHA, Neb. – As a pure designated hitter that was a consistent run producer while batting in the heart of the order all season, CJ Valdez garnered first-team All-Big Ten recognition to headline the all-conference accolades for Purdue baseball.

Jackson Smeltz and Troy Wansing were also recognized for their leading roles on the pitching staff. Smeltz was recognized as a third-team All-Big Ten starting pitcher. Wansing was selected as a starting pitcher on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Senior Tanner Haston was spotlighted as Purdue’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Haston has played in a team-high 30 games off the bench and is the only Boilermaker to see action in all three outfield positions this season.

Valdez is the first Boilermaker to be named to an All-Big Ten first team since 2012. He has made all of his 44 starts this season as a DH – batting third or fourth in every start – and has yet to play the field defensively. He opened the season with a 34-game on-base streak and enters the Big Ten Tournament batting .323 with a .436 on-base percentage. The Arizona native is second on the team with 43 RBI, becoming one of just six Boilermakers in the last 20 years with a pair of five-RBI game. He batted .361 with 33 RBI while seeing action in 26 of Purdue’s 29 wins.

Smeltz proved himself the ace of the pitching staff, registering a 2.83 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings over his 10 starts before an injury. He dominated rival Indiana to the tune of 13 strikeouts in a one-hit shutout in April, earning National Player of the Week and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors. It was the last of his four double-figure strikeout performances, matching single-season and all-time strikeouts leader Matt Bischoff for the most by a Boilermaker in the last 20 years. Smeltz’s mark of 12.40 strikeouts per nine innings will eclipse a program record (minimum 30 innings) that has stood since 1965.

Wansing made 12 of his 14 appearances as a starting pitcher, opening the season in the rotation and saving his finest performance for a must-win rubber game May 15 at Northwestern. He worked 5 2/3 shutout innings that day in Evanston to help the Boilermakers qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. The lefty struck out at least five batters in six of his outings and with 57 punchouts is only seven shy of Purdue’s freshman record. Wansing is averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings and has surrendered only two homers in 48 2/3 innings.

Valdez gives the Boilermakers an all-conference DH for the second year in a row after Mike Bolton Jr. was a third-team honoree last year. Prior to last season, Purdue had not had an all-conference DH since 2006. Valdez is the first Boilermaker to be a first-team performer at DH since all-time hits leader Daryl Hallada in 2000.

Smeltz joins Gareth Stroh (2017) as Purdue’s only left-handed starting pitcher to be an all-conference honoree this century. Wansing joins Jordan Minch (2013) and Trent Johnson (2018) as Purdue starting pitchers to be selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team since the league adopted the first-year honors in 2009.

The Boilermakers begin the Big Ten Tournament on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET vs. Rutgers, the only team in the field Purdue did not play in the regular season.

Edey Named to Canada Basketball’s Summer Core National Team Roster

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Canada Basketball and the Senior Men’s National Team program revealed Tuesday the summer core roster ahead of the upcoming third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifier, listing Purdue junior center Zach Edey on the roster.

Fourteen of the country’s top players from across the NBA, NCAA and international leagues have committed to representing Canada between now and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

Each player has agreed to a three-year commitment with the Senior Men’s National Team. This group of players is complementary to the winter core roster, who previously played for Canada during the opening two windows of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers in November and February. To further develop system consistency and cohesion, rosters for all upcoming Senior Men’s FIBA competitions will be composed of core players from both the summer and winter pools to ultimately give the program the best chance to qualify for the upcoming World Cup and Olympics.  Should a player be unavailable to play, their attendance at training camp is expected.

Dates of competitions and training camp are not known at this time, but are expected to be held over the summer into late August.

The only collegiate player on the roster, Edey is joined by NBA standouts R.J. Barrett, Dillon Brooks and Jamal Murray among others.

The 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American (AP) after averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in just 19.0 minutes per game, while leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at 64.8 percent – the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history.

Edey is the only player in the last 30 years to average 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 20 minutes per game. In fact, he is one of five players to accomplish that in under 25.0 minutes per game.

Edey recorded 11 double-doubles on the season and was named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points in wins over North Carolina and Villanova in November. He tallied a career-high 25 points against Michigan State in February and scored 20 or more points in nine games. He will carry a streak of 17 straight games in double-figures into next season.

Edey was at his best against ranked teams. In nine games against ranked squads, Edey averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

Purdue Travels to NCAA East Prelims

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – NCAA competition commences as the Purdue track & field team travels to Bloomington, Indiana, for the NCAA East Preliminary Round from May 25-28.

Twenty-one Boilermakers will compete in 24 events for a berth at the NCAA Championships. The four-day meet will be held at Indiana’s Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex.

The men compete on Wednesday, May 25, and Friday, May 27, and the women compete on Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28. On Wednesday, Purdue’s first event is at 10 a.m. ET, while the men continue competition from 6-9:45 p.m. On Thursday, the Boilermaker women are in action from 6:30-9:10 p.m. The men return to the track on Friday, with the squad’s running and field events from 5-9 p.m. The weekend concludes on Saturday, as the women are set to compete at 1 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m.

Fans can follow all the action with live results, a live video stream and the complete event schedule (PDF). Tickets are available at IUHoosiers.com. Direct links can be found on the track & field schedule page on PurdueSports.com/TrackField and on IU’s East Prelims headquarters page. Additional updates are available by following the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

A complete breakdown of Purdue’s athletes, their events and the specific times when they will be competing is outlined below.

Eleven Purdue women qualified in 14 events, as the team will be represented by juniors Jessica Bray (pole vault) and Camille Christopher (100m, 200m, 4×100), sophomores Naomi Campbell (4×100), Kaia Harris (discus), Saran Kouyeth (100, 4×100, 4×400), Annamaria Leszczynska (400m hurdles), Kerris Roberts (100m, 200m, 4×100), K’Ja Talley (400m hurdles, 4×400) and Cierra Williams (400m, 4×400) and freshmen Shianne Dacosta (400m, 4×400) and Rieko Wilford (triple jump).

For the men, 10 Boilermakers will compete in 10 events, thanks to seniors Kelly Cook Jr. (hammer throw), Curt Eckstein (10,000m), Tamar Greene (triple jump), Amir Harris (4×100) and Antonio Mitchell II (100m, 200m, 4×100), junior Justin Becker (4×100), sophomores Jabari Bryant (400m hurdles), LJ Hill (triple jump) and Safin Wills (long jump, triple jump, 4×100) and freshman Tyneilus Morrow (4×100).

The NCAA East Prelims, along with the West Prelims, feature 48 qualifiers in each individual event and 24 teams in each relay. The top 12 finishers in every event from both the east and west will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 8-11.

JESSICA BRAY: POLE VAULT

Making her second consecutive NCAA appearance, Bray competes in the pole vault on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. She qualified with a mark of 4.02 meters and is seeded No. 48. Last year at the NCAA prelims, the Fishers, Indiana, native cleared 4.17 meters, third-best in program history, and finished 16th after entering the meet seeded No. 47.

JABARI BRYANT: 400m HURDLES

Bryant will race in the 400m hurdles, with the first round on Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. and the quarterfinals on Friday at 7:25 p.m. In his NCAA debut, Bryant is seeded No. 36 with a time of 51.63, which is No. 6 in school history and the second-fastest since 2016. The Tallahassee, Florida, native earned the top-10 mark earlier this year on Indiana’s track.

CAMILLE CHRISTOPHER: 100m, 200m, 4×100

As she qualified for her third NCAA prelims, Christopher will run in the 100m and 200m for a second year in a row. The first round is on Thursday, with the 100m at 7 p.m. and the 200m at 8:45 p.m., while the quarterfinals are on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (100m) and 7:50 p.m. (200m). Christopher is seeded No. 18 in the 100m in 11.29w and No. 27 in the 200m in 23.26.

A Noblesville, Indiana, native, Christopher is No. 4 in school history in the 100m (11.41) and tied for No. 4 in the 200m (23.26), both the fastest by a Boilermaker since 2018. The marks were set last weekend at the Big Ten Championships, as she earned a pair of podium finishes, highlighted by a bronze medal in the 200m. A year ago at the prelims, Christopher was 23rd in the 100m and 26th in the 200m.

KELLY COOK JR.: HAMMER THROW

In the first event of the meet, Cook Jr. will compete in the hammer throw on Thursday at 10 a.m. He is the No. 17 seed with a throw of 66.08m that is No. 5 in school history. Cook Jr. was sixth in the hammer throw 10 days ago at the Big Ten Championships. In his first year as a Boilermaker, the Buena Vista, Calif., native is making his fourth NCAA prelim appearance. It comes after a trio of berths at William & Mary, highlighted by a 24th-place finish nationally in the discus at the 2019 NCAA Championships.

SHIANNE DACOSTA: 400m, 4×400

Dacosta qualified in the 400m, where she will run in the first round on Thursday at 7:25 p.m. and the quarterfinal on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. She is seeded No. 32 with a time of 53.31. The freshman from Clarendon, Jamaica, native will make her NCAA debut this week.

CURT ECKSTEIN: 10,000m

Eckstein will race in the 10,000m on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. He qualified for his 12th NCAA competition and fourth east prelims and is the No. 25 seed. With a time of 28.54.93, the Oldenburg, Indiana, native is second in program history in the event. Eckstein won silver in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships on May 13 and was 19th at the 2021 NCAA prelims.

TAMAR GREENE: TRIPLE JUMP

A three-time All-American, two-time Big Ten champion and four-time Big Ten medalist in the triple jump, Greene will compete at his sixth career NCAA event and third east prelims. He is seeded No. 32 in the triple jump with a mark of 15.56m-w and will compete on Friday at 6 p.m. Greene, who was 12th at the NCAA Championships in 2021, is No. 3 in program history with a jump of 16.37m. A Nassau, Bahamas, native, Greene was sixth at Big Tens, the sixth time indoors or outdoors he has reached the triple jump podium.

KAIA HARRIS: DISCUS

Harris will compete at her second NCAA prelims in as many years in the discus on Saturday at 1 p.m. She is the No. 7 overall seed with a throw of 56.53m. The mark, which is No. 2 in the school record books, was set a month ago at Indiana. From West Lafayette, Harris was fourth at Big Tens in the discus less than two weeks ago and 31st at the 2021 east prelims.

LJ HILL: TRIPLE JUMP

Hill makes his NCAA debut in the triple jump on Friday at 6 p.m. He is seeded No. 23 with a jump of 15.64m. Just shy of a spot on Purdue’s top-10 list, the mark was achieved earlier this season in Bloomington. At the Big Ten Championships, the Hoover, Alabama, native made the finals and was ninth in the triple jump.

SARAN KOUYETH: 100m, 4×100, 4×400

Kouyeth qualified for her second east prelims and will compete in an individual event for the first time in the 100m. The first round is on Thursday at 7 p.m. and the quarterfinal is set for Saturday at 6:35 p.m. She is seeded No. 37 with a time of 11.46, sixth-fastest in program history. Last season, the Sandy Springs, Georgia, native helped Purdue qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 4×400, where the Boilermakers placed 20th nationally.

ANNAMARIA LESZCZYNSKA: 400m HURDLES

Leszczynska will run in the 400m hurdles and is seeded 39th with a time of 59.22. The first round is on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. and the quarterfinal is at 7:25 p.m. on Saturday. From Nicholls, Australia, Leszczynska is competing at her second career NCAA meet in the 400m hurdles, and she was 29th at prelims a year ago.

ANTONIO MITCHELL II: 100m, 200m, 4×100

In his first season in the Old Gold and Black, Mitchell II qualified in the 100m and 200m. The first round is on Wednesday, with the 100m at 7 p.m. and the 200m at 8:45 p.m., while the quarterfinals are on Friday at 6:35 p.m. (100m) and 7:50 p.m. (200m). Mitchell II is the No. 11 seed in the 200m, in 20.35w, and the No. 16 seed in the 100m in 10.12w.

Mitchell II has top-10 marks in school history in both events, with a 10.25 in the 100m that is No. 5 all-time and a 20.69 in the 200m that ranks No. 8. From Moreno Valley, California, he won silver in the 200m at the Big Ten Championships and was fourth in the 100m, both with his regional-qualifying times. Mitchell II is making his second NCAA appearance and first at Purdue after racing in the 4×100 at the 2021 west prelims.

KERRIS ROBERTS: 100m, 200m, 4×100

Roberts will make her NCAA debut and run in the 100m and 200m. In Thursday’s first round, the 100m is at 7 p.m. and the 200m is at 8:45 p.m., while Saturday’s quarterfinal has the 100m at 6:35 p.m. and the 200m at 7:50 p.m. Roberts qualified with the No. 37 seed in the 200m, in 23.46, and the No. 44 100m time of 11.52.

The Waterloo, Iowa, native has top-10 times in school history in both events. Roberts is No. 6 in the 200m, in 23.58, and tied for No. 10 in the 100m, in 11.65. At the Big Ten Championships, she was fifth in the 200m and ninth in the 100m.

K’JA TALLEY: 400m HURDLES, 4×400

Talley is back at the NCAA prelims in the 400m hurdles for the second year in a row after she was 13th last season. Talley will run in the first round on Thursday at 8:20 p.m., with the quarterfinal set for Saturday at 7:25 p.m. She is seeded No. 9 with a time of 57.42, third-fastest in Purdue history. That mark came in the prelims at the Big Ten Championships for the Dearborn, Michigan, native.

RIEKO WILFORD: TRIPLE JUMP

Wilford will compete in her first NCAA event in the triple jump on Saturday at 6 p.m. She is seeded No. 33 with a jump of 12.79m. It is No. 5 in Purdue history and the best since 2014. At her first outdoor Big Ten Championships, the University Place, Washington, native was seventh and reached the podium for the first time.

CIERRA WILLIAMS: 400m, 4×400

Williams is back at the NCAA East Prelims for the second consecutive year in the 400m. The first round is on Thursday at 7:25 p.m. and the quarterfinal is on Saturday at 6:50 p.m. Williams is the No. 29 seed with a time of 53.17. The mark, set at Indiana last month, is fifth-fastest in program history and the best since 2018. An Indianapolis native, Williams was 40th in the prelims last season and posted an eighth-place finish at Big Tens two weeks ago.

SAFIN WILLS: LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, 4×100

Wills, the Big Ten triple jump champion, qualified in the long jump and triple jump, where he will compete on Wednesday and Friday respectively, both at 6 p.m. He is the No. 7 overall seed in the triple jump, thanks to a mark of 16.20m, and No. 15 in the long jump with a jump of 7.83m. Both rank No. 5 in the school record books. Wills’ triple jump of 16.20m came at Indiana in April, and he matched it at Big Tens to win the title. The Rock Hall, St. Andrew, Jamaica, native also reached the podium in the long jump at the Big Ten meet where he was fourth.

WOMEN’S 4×100 RELAY

The women’s 4×100 relay runs on Saturday at 5 p.m. The squad is the No. 14 seed thanks to a time of 44.51 that is No. 6 in program history. Kouyeth, Roberts, Campbell and Christopher are coming off a fourth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships. That time of 44.53 was just shy of their season-best of 44.51, achieved in early April at Texas A&M. At the 2021 NCAA prelims, the Boilermakers were 14th in 44.54, then the sixth-fastest time in the record books, thanks to Kouyeth, Talley, Campbell and Christopher.

WOMEN’S 4×400 RELAY

The four-day meet concludes with the women’s 4×400 relay on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. Talley, Williams, Kouyeth and Dacosta are the No. 11 seed with a mark of 3:34.31. Set in late April at IU, it’s tied for No. 8 all-time. The 4×400 is back after finishing 20th nationally last season, as a team that included Talley, Williams and Kouyeth was 12th at prelims.

MEN’S 4×100 RELAY

The men’s 4×100 relay is seeded No. 21 with a time of 39.78. The quarterfinal is on Friday at 5 p.m. to begin the day on the track. Amir Harris, Mitchell II, Becker, Morrow and Wills are set to represent the Boilermakers, as their season-best mark was achieved at the Drake Relays in late April. A year ago, Becker helped Purdue reach the NCAA Championships and finish 19th overall after the squad posted a time of 39.06 at prelims, the second-fastest mark in school history.

UP NEXT: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships is up next, from June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon. Junior Isaiah Martin has qualified in the decathlon, an event that is not contested at the NCAA East Prelims, and he will be joined by Boilermakers who finish in the top 12 in their events this week.

2022 Women’s Soccer Fall Schedule Features Matches with Six NCAA Tournament Teams

Coming off a successful 2021 season that included a 15-5-1 overall record and an NCAA Tournament appearance, the Bulldogs have once again assembled a challenging slate for the upcoming 2022 season. The schedule features 12 home matches at the Sellick Bowl and includes six opponents who also appeared in last season’s NCAA Tournament field.

Butler’s non-conference schedule features four Big Ten foes, including 2021 Big Ten Champion and Elite Eight participant, Michigan. The Bulldogs will also see a rematch with national tournament opponent Wisconsin, plus a pair of regular-season rematches against Illinois and Northwestern, both of whom Butler defeated, 3-1, last season.

The early portion of the schedule also includes an in-state rivalry game with Ball State (Sept.15) and three additional home contests for which Western Michigan, Wright State and Dayton will visit the Sellick Bowl. Butler will open the fall campaign with two exhibition matches, including a trip to face Cincinnati on Aug. 7 and the home opener versus local foe, IUPUI, on Aug. 11.

The final 10 games of the Bulldogs’ regular season are comprised of BIG EAST contests. Butler will face a gauntlet of high-quality opponents, which was showcased last season when five of eleven conference members were selected for the NCAA Tournament field. Conference play begins with a bang on Sept. 22 when last year’s regular-season champion, Xavier, comes to town for a highly anticipated clash at the Sellick Bowl. A second home match, also with likely major postseason ramifications, will take place Oct. 23 when Georgetown visits the Butler campus.

The Bulldogs close the regular season Oct. 27 on the road at Creighton. The 2022 BIG EAST Tournament begins several days later as the top six teams in the league standings will fill out the bracket in search of the BIG EAST’s automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Under the guidance of Co-Head Coaches Tari St. John and Rob Alman, the 2022 Dawgs will look to lean on their incredible run of success and consistency as part of a highly competitive BIG EAST Conference. In the previous five seasons, Butler has finished no lower than 3rd in the conference standings, a stretch that includes two runner-up finishes and a Midwest Division crown in 2020.

Over those same five seasons, the Dawgs have achieved an outstanding .750 winning percentage in BIG EAST play, compiling a conference record of 29-7-8. The program has regularly advanced in postseason play, making three appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament championship game and advancing to the semi-final match in 2021 after compiling a 7-2-1 regular-season record.

All of this recent success has followed Butler’s historic 2015 Conference Tournament Championship, which was the first BIG EAST Championship win for any sport at Butler.

In the fall of 2022, Co-head coaches Tari St. John and Rob Alman return an experienced and talented squad, including All-BIG EAST first team selection Katie Soderstrom, second-team pick Aliya Diagne, and All-Freshman honorees Emma Martin and Lauren Doerr. Additionally, a highly-touted incoming class has been signed and is set to be announced in the coming weeks.

ButlerXCTF Set for NCAA East Regional in Bloomington

The Butler track and field teams will have five student-athletes competing at the NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary Round this week with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet will take place at the Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind., beginning on Wednesday.

Athletes must rank in the Top 12 of the 48 qualifiers in each event to reach the NCAA Championships, which will held from June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.

Wednesday

Three Bulldog men will run Wednesday night, beginning with Jesse Hamlin in the 1500m race at 6:30 p.m. Hamlin has the seventh-best qualifying mark in the field with his school record time of 3:38.85. The top five in each heat and the next four fastest finishers will advance to the next round which starts at 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

Matthew Wigelsworth’s qualifying time of 1:48.56 is No. 28 in the field of 48 in the 800m race. Heats for the event are scheduled to begin at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday. If Wigelsworth places in the top three of his heat or has one of the next six best times, he will race again on Friday at 7:05 p.m. for the opportunity to get to Eugene, Ore.

The final Bulldog to compete Wednesday night will be Barry Keane in the 10,000m at 9:10 p.m.. This race will decide who advances to the NCAA Championships. Keane’s time of 28:15.60 ranks fifth in the field.

Friday

Keane is also entered for the 5000m race on Friday night at 8:10 p.m. With a school record time of 13:26.29, he is also the fifth-fastest qualifier in the event in the East regional. The top five in each heat plus the next two fastest times will advance to Eugene.

Second rounds will take place in the 800m and 1500m Friday night with the potential for Wigelsworth and Hamlin to run in them as well if they advance through Wednesday’s first rounds.

Saturday

Rebecca Coan will compete in the high jump at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Her leap of 1.75m ranks tied for 42nd among qualifiers.

Mia Beckham will conclude the meet for Butler when she runs in the 5000m race at 8:10 p.m. Beckham’s 16:10.00 qualifying time is ranked No. 37 in the field of 48. The top five in each heat and the next two fastest times in the field will qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Cardinals Host Bobcats, Chippewas, Rockets for MAC Tournament

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team returns to the friendly confines of the Ball Diamond at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for the 2022 Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Cardinals earned the opportunity to host the MAC Tournament after winning the regular season title.

Toledo and Central Michigan will get the tournament started on Wednesday, May 25, with game one of the day at 10:30 a.m. The Cardinals and Bobcats are scheduled for a 4 p.m. first pitch.

Ball State is coming off a sweep of Miami to conclude the regular season.  The Cardinals enter with an overall record of 38-17 and finished 32-7 in MAC play and are the No. 1 seed. Central Michigan, the No. 2 seed, enters the week with a 38-16 overall record with a 30-7 conference mark. The No. 3 seed Toledo Rockets have an overall record of 32-23 and posted a 23-16 conference record. Ohio is the No. 4 seed and enters with a 29-22 overall mark with a 21-15 MAC record.

Ball State History in the MAC Tournament

Ball State enters the week with a 31-39 record in MAC tournaments. The Cardinals are 1-6 against Ohio in MAC tournaments. Ball State and Toledo have met three times in the MAC tournament with BSU winning two of the three matchups. BSU and CMU have met nine times in the MAC tournament with the Cardinals having a 4-5 mark against the Chippewas.

“CY” Schweitzer

Tyler Schweitzer was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year and he also collected an All-MAC First Team accolade in the process. This is the sixth time that Ball State has won MAC Pitcher of the Year recognition. During the season, he was a three-time MAC Pitcher of the Week honoree. He is tied for second in the NCAA with 10 wins. He leads the MAC in overall wins and leads the MAC in conference-only wins with nine. He is third in the conference with 102 strikeouts and tied for 26th in the NCAA. He is second in MAC games with a 1.96 ERA and third overall with a 2.27 ERA. He ranks third in opponent batting average in both MAC games with a .192 and overall with a .199. He is expected to get the start against Ohio.

Fresh Prince of Pel-Tee-Air

Ryan Peltier earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons. It is the third-straight year that a Ball State player has won the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He has been a highlight machine for the Cardinals at third base. He has made numerous difficult plays look routine throughout the season and has a team-high 91 assists. Offensively, he leads the team with 19 doubles. He has added 47 runs scored, 39 RBIs, seven home runs, and two triples.

What Can Brown Do for You?

Ryan Brown was named the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year and was an All-MAC Second Team selection. He is the third pitcher to win MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He had a stellar first season in Muncie and currently has 56 strikeouts. He enters the weekend with a 4-2 record in 39 2/3 innings. He is holding opponent hitters to a .168 batting average and has an ERA of 2.50. In MAC only contests, he has an ERA of 1.71 and has held opponents to a .160 average.

Maloney Magic        

Rich Maloney won his 900th game as a head coach at NIU earlier this season. He moved his win total to 915 after a series sweep at Miami. He is currently ranked 16th among active NCAA DI coaches. He is currently ranked 120th in all-time wins across all divisions. He is 83rd among NCAA DI coaches all-time.

Triple “Cole”mination

Zach Cole was named to the All-MAC First Team as an outfielder. He leads the NCAA with nine triples and set a new BSU single season record in the process. He is a two-time MAC Player of the Week. He leads the MAC with a .728 slugging percentage, on-base percentage plus slugging percentage of 1.172, is third in the conference with a .400 batting average in conference only games and fifth with an overall batting average of .361 and he is fourth in the conference in on-base percentage for conference games with a .483. He is fifth in conference game home runs with 11 and sixth in overall home runs with 12.

The Wright Stuff

Earlier this seaon, Amir Wright earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team. He was named to the All-MAC Second Team. He leads the MAC as the toughest to strikeout and is tied for 13th in the NCAA with a 14.9, he has only struck out 14 times in 209 at bats. He has reached safely in 53 of 55 games this season and produced two streaks of 26-straight games of reaching safely. He is tied for second in the MAC in overall triples with six and tied for third in conference only games with four. He is third in MAC games in hits with 55 and third in overall hits with 73. He is seventh in overall batting average of .349 and 10th in conference only games with a .367. He is sixth in overall walks. He has produced a fielding percentage of 1.000.

Trenton Trots

Trenton Quartermaine earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team at first base. He was a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week. He leads the MAC in RBIs with 63 overall and 53 in conference games. He reached safely in 28-consecutive games this season. He is fourth in overall home runs with 14 and 11th in conference only home runs with nine. He is eighth in the conference in overall walks with 31. He is fifth in overall putouts with 337 and ninth in the conference in putouts with 244.

Power Bats

The Cardinal offense features 12 guys that have combined for 66 home runs. BSU is tied for 73rd in the NCAA in home runs and is third in the MAC. The team has produced 362 RBIs and has produced 398 runs.

Kloser Klein   

Sam Klein earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team as a relief pitcher, which is his first all-conference nod. He was a two-time MAC Pitcher of the Week selection. He is tied for 15th in the NCAA with 11 saves. He leads the MAC in saves for overall and conference only games. He has 40 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings of work. He has an ERA of 1.45 in MAC games and is holding MAC hitters to a .103 batting average. He has an overall record of 3-2.

“Magic” Johnson      

Ty Johnson was named to the All-MAC Second Team. He has a 7-3 record. Johnson has tallied 70 strikeouts in 70 innings of work with an ERA of 5.14 and a WHIP of 1.16. He has held opponents to a .226 batting average.

Solid Staff

The Cardinal pitching staff is fifth in the NCAA with 7.39 hits allowed per nine innings, which leads the MAC. The Ball State pitching staff is tied for 12th in the NCAA and leads the MAC in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.6.

Cardinals vs. Bobcats: The Series

Ohio enters the weekend with a 68-56 series lead against Ball State. The Cardinals are 30-30 at home against the Bobcats. The two squads split the four-game series earlier this season. BSU is 18-23 against Ohio under Coach Maloney.

Scouting Ohio

Ohio is led by Colin Kasperbauer, Mason Minzey, and Edward Kutt IV as all three earned a spot on an All-MAC Team. Kasperbauer leads the team with a .389 batting average and has a team-high 70 hits. He has scored 49 runs, notched 48 RBIs, has 18 doubles, four triples, and has hit three home runs. Minzey has a .304 batting average with a team-high 50 RBIs and team-best 20 doubles. He has scored 44 runs with eight home runs and a triple. Kutt IV is expected to get the start on the mound against the Cardinals. He leads the Bobcats with 80 innings pitched. He has tallied a team-high 79 strikeouts. He enters the tournament with a 5-4 record and an ERA of 5.18. Isaiah Peterson and AJ Rausch are both hitting over .300 for Ohio as they are hitting .342 and .317, respectively.

Cardinal fans, the 2022 MAC Tournament is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased at the gate on game day.

Ticket prices at the gate:

– All-Tournament pass: $30

– Daily pass: $10

– MAC Students with ID: Free

Beer will be sold at the ballpark. Cash only. No cards accepted. Additional information, including the full tournament schedule, can be found here: http://bit.ly/22TourneyInfo.

Fans and spectators should also be advised that since this is a ticketed event, only service animals will be permitted in stadium.

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: https://getsomemaction.com/tournaments/?id=164&path=baseball

NEFVE’S CAREER WITH THE IRISH COMES TO A CLOSE WITH LOSS AT NCAA TOURNAMENT

Senior Axel Nefve wrapped up a stellar career as a member of the University of Notre Dame’s men’s tennis program as he fell to the top player in the country today in the second round of the NCAA individual singles tournament.

Coming off a win in the opening round against the top player from Penn yesterday, Nefve would have the tough task playing against Ben Shelton of Florida. It took a set to get going but after Nefve dropped the opening set 6-0, he would respond right away early in the second.

After each player held to start the second set, Nefve broke the lefty Gator to take a 2-1 lead. Nefve would consolidate that service break by holding at love to start a stretch where he would win 8 consecutive points on his own serve in route to a 4-2 lead. However, the top player in the country would break back two games later to even the set. Both players would hold out to force a second set tiebreak. In the tiebreak, with the wind picking up, the Irish captain would find himself down quickly and then would succumb to his opponent by a final 6-0, 7-6(1) score.

Nefve leaves Notre Dame with 49 dual match singles wins for the Irish, almost exclusively in the top half of the lineup and most at the top two positions. He has 39 dual match doubles wins and has been a nationally ranked singles and doubles player throughout his career.

During the 2021 spring season, Nefve won 14 straight dual matches spanning from the 2nd match of the ACC season through the 2nd round of the NCAA team tournament.

He was a member of three NCAA qualifying teams (no team tournament in 2020) and was a three-time NCAA qualifier as an individual. In 2021, he advanced to the second round of both the NCAA Singles and Doubles championships in addition to his second round singles appearance this week. Nefve was named First Team All Atlantic Coast Conference in 2021. Postseason conference awards for this year are forthcoming.

He graduates from the Mendoza College of Business and will pursue a masters degree before embarking on a professional tennis career. Thank you and good luck, Axel!

CHAYSE PRIMEAU JOINS THE IRISH

The University of Notre Dame hockey team has added forward Chayse Primeau as a graduate transfer for the 2022-23 season.

Primeau joins the Irish after spending the past four seasons with the University of Omaha (NCHC). He played 117 career games with the Mavericks while scoring 29 goals and adding 43 assists for 72 points. He scored nine goals and had 14 assists for 23 points in each of the last two seasons and was a Second Team All-NCHC honoree following the 2020-21 campaign.

A 6-3, 185-pound native of Margate City, New Jersey, Primeau led the Mavericks in scoring after the abbreviated, conference only 2020-21 season and was fifth on the team in 2021-22. He had two power-play goals and three game winners as a senior.

Prior to joining the Mavericks, Primeau skated for the Lincoln Stars (2016-17) and the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2017-18) of the USHL.

Primeau majored in Business Administration at Omaha and is the son of Keith and Lisa Primeau and has two brothers, Corey and Cayden, and a sister, Kylie. Keith played in over 900 NHL games, while Cayden is in the Montreal organization and has played 18 games in the Canadiens’ net over the past three seasons. Cayden is currently playing for Laval in the AHL playoffs with former Irish defenseman Tory Dello.

NCAA East Preliminary awaits for Indiana State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field begins competition at the NCAA East Preliminary Round Wednesday, with 12 Sycamores set to compete over the course of four days at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana.

Strength in Numbers

Indiana State’s 12-athlete delegation is its largest for an NCAA East Preliminary Round since 2015, when the Sycamores sent 19 athletes to regionals.

Seven of Indiana State’s athletes used top marks at the MVC Outdoor Championships to qualify. Quincy Armstrong (400m hurdles), Jayla Bynum (shot put), Nathan Kiger (high jump), JaVaughn Moore (200m), Wyatt Puff (discus), Luigi Rivas (110m hurdles) and Shomari Rogers-Walton (triple jump) each had season-best marks at Drake Stadium to earn top-48 spots in their respective events.

Trees On Top

Indiana State claimed its 11th MVC Men’s Outdoor Championship in program history, overcoming a 24.5-point deficit on the final day of competition. The Sycamores scored 112 points on Championship Sunday and finished the meet with 178 points, 4.5 ahead of Illinois State.

ISU also earned a second-place finish on the women’s side, its highest finish since a runner-up result in 2018.

The Sycamores finished the season by winning three of the four MVC Track and Field Championships, as Indiana State also swept the men’s and women’s indoor titles in February. ISU last won three titles in one season in 2014.

Back for More

Indiana State has five athletes who are competing at the NCAA East Preliminary Round for a second consecutive season.

Ryann Porter was the top finisher among those five, as she advanced to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor National Championships and was named an Honorable Mention All-American.

Also advancing to regionals for a second straight season were sprinters JaVaughn Moore and Noah Malone, and thrower Wyatt Puff.

Meet the Sycamores

Indiana State’s 12 athletes in the NCAA East Preliminary Round are scheduled to compete in 13 different events over the next four days. Below is a summary of each qualified Sycamore, along with their event schedules and season highlights.

Quincy Armstrong | 400m Hurdles | Wed., May 25 | 8:20 p.m. (first round) | Fri., May 27 | 7:25 p.m. (quarterfinals)

Armstrong put together his best 400m hurdles time of the season at the MVC Outdoor Championships, running 52.07 to earn all-conference honors. He has run his four fastest times this season, with three of those going under 53 seconds. Armstrong enters the field seeded 46th and owns the ninth-fastest 400m hurdles time in school history.

Jayla Bynum | Shot Put | Thurs., May 26 | 7 p.m.

Bynum has a penchant for showing up when it matters most, as her top two marks in the shot put this season have come at the MVC Indoor Championships and MVC Outdoor Championships. Her throw of 15.41m (50-06.75) was a career-best mark and also put her sixth in program history in the event. Bynum was the final athlete to earn a spot in the shot put field and is seeded 48th in the event.

Nathan Kiger | High Jump | Fri., May 27 | 1 p.m.

Kiger had his best performance of the season at the MVC Outdoor Championships, clearing 2.08m (6-09.75) to earn his spot in the field. The mark was his best since the 2021 MVC Indoor Championships and earned him one of the final spots in the high jump field. Kiger enters the week seeded 45th in the event.

Noah Malone | 200m | Wed., May 25 | 8:45 p.m. (first round) | Fri., May 27 | 7:50 p.m. (quarterfinals)

Malone ran his best wind-legal time in both the 100m (10.34) and 200m (21.10) at the MVC Outdoor Championships, but it was his wind-aided 20.34 in the 200m at the Gibson Invitational that qualified him for the NCAA East Preliminary Round. Malone holds the T12 Paralympic World Records in both the 100m and 200m. He enters regionals seeded 10th in the 200m.

JaVaughn Moore | 100m and 200m | Wed., May 25 | 7 p.m. (100m first round) | 8:45 p.m. (200m first round) | Fri., May 27 | 6:35 p.m. (100m quarterfinals) | 7:50 p.m. (200m quarterfinals)

The school record holder in the 100m, Moore is one of three Sycamores competing in multiple events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. He ran a wind-legal 10.13 in the 100m at the MVC Outdoor Championships, setting a meet record, and has also run a wind-aided 10.06 this season. Moore qualified in the 200m with his career-best time of 20.72 at the MVC Outdoor Championships. He is seeded eighth in the 100m and 43rd in the 200m.

Brett Norton | Shot Put | Wed., May 25 | 7 p.m.

Norton is one of two Sycamores competing in the men’s shot put at the NCAA East Preliminary Round. He set a career-best mark of 17.85m (58-06.75) at the Pacesetter Sports Invitational and is coming off an MVC Outdoor Championships performance that saw him score in both the shot put and discus. Norton enters the week seeded 38th in the event.

Ryann Porter | Triple Jump | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m.

An Honorable Mention All-American last season, Porter is looking to punch her ticket to Eugene for a second consecutive year. The wire-to-wire leader in the Valley in the triple jump, her wind-aided mark of 13.17m (43-02.50) puts her 14th in the region entering this week’s competition. Porter’s career-best wind-legal mark of 13.05m (42-09.75) came at last year’s NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Wyatt Puff | Shot Put and Discus | Wed., May 25 | 7 p.m. (shot put) | Fri., May 27 | 1 p.m. (discus)

Puff is one of three athletes competing in multiple events for the Sycamores and earned all-conference honors in the discus at the MVC Outdoor Championships while also scoring in the shot put. His career-best mark of 53.90m (176-10) in the discus came at the MVC Championships and earned him all-conference honors. Puff also has a season-best mark of 17.69m (58-00.50), which he set at the Sycamore Open. He enters the week ranked 44th in both the shot put and discus and ranks inside the top 10 in school history in both events.

Luigi Rivas | 110m Hurdles | Wed., May 25 | 6 p.m. (first round) | Fri., May 27 | 6:15 p.m. (quarterfinals)

Rivas is one of two true freshmen on the Indiana State roster to qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, with his performance at the MVC Outdoor Championships earning him a spot in the field. He ran a wind-aided 14.03 at Drake Stadium to qualify and also has a wind-legal time of 14.09, set at the War Eagle Invitational. Rivas is seeded 46th in the event.

Shomari Rogers-Walton | Long Jump and Triple Jump | Wed., May 25 | 6 p.m. (long jump) | Fri., May 27 | 6 p.m. (triple jump)

Rogers-Walton is one of three Sycamores competing in multiple events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, as he will compete in both horizontal jumps. He set a career-best mark of 15.57m (51-01.00) in the triple jump at the MVC Outdoor Championships, while his wind-aided mark of 7.68m (25-02.50) in the long jump came at the Gibson Invitational. Rogers-Walton is also coming off an outdoor season-best wind-legal jump of 7.51m (24-07.75) at the MVC Outdoor Championships. He is seeded 28th in the long jump and 30th in the triple jump.

William Staggs | Pole Vault | Wed., May 25 | 6:30 p.m.

Staggs is one of two freshmen in the regional field from Indiana State and has already experienced success in Bloomington this season. The MVC Outdoor Freshman of the Year cleared a season-best mark of 5.14m (16-10.25) at the Billy Hayes Invitational and has cleared five meters twice in the last three meets. Staggs enters the competition seeded 37th in the event.

Selene Weaver | Pole Vault | Thurs., May 26 | 6:30 p.m.

Weaver has also experienced success in Bloomington, as her career-best mark of 4.08m (13-04.50) came at the Billy Hayes Invitational. A model of consistency, she has cleared 3.9 meters in five of the last six meets, with the lone exception coming in unfavorable conditions at the Drake Relays. Weaver enters the week seeded 41st in the event.

What’s On Deck?

The top 12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

Porter tabbed MVC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Sycamores place 30 on MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State sophomore Ryann Porter was named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, as announced by the conference Tuesday.

Porter, who has a 4.00 GPA as an elementary education major, was one of 30 Indiana State student-athletes named to the MVC Track and Field Scholar Athlete Teams. The Sycamores’ 30 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honorees were the most among any school in the conference.

To be eligible, athletes must be a sophomore or higher, have a cumulative GPA above 3.30 and score at either the MVC Indoor or Outdoor Championships.

Porter and Maddie Welsh (biology) had the top GPA among the women’s honorees, while Tahj Johnson had the top GPA among ISU’s men’s honorees at 3.99 as an applied medicine major.

Indiana State 2022 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team Honorees

Erica Barker – 3.72 GPA, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Kelsey Bowlds – 3.84 GPA, Applied Medicine

Landis Brandon – 3.80 GPA, Applied Medicine

Jayla Bynum – 3.77 GPA, Psychology

Cloe Clark – 3.40 GPA, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Maggie Falater – 3.86 GPA, Elementary Education

Elias Foor – 3.80 GPA, Exercise Science

Faith Frye – 3.58 GPA, Nursing

Kamille Gaskin-Griffith – 3.97 GPA, Economics

Alexis Grider – 3.79 GPA, Geography and Sustainability

Napoleon Hernandez – 3.53 GPA, Psychology

Thomas Hickerson – 3.86 GPA, Nutrition and Wellness

Tahj Johnson – 3.99 GPA, Applied Medicine

Nathan Kiger – 3.35 GPA, Engineering

Cale Kilian – 3.44 GPA, Exercise Science

Jackson Krieg – 3.85 GPA, Finance

Kevin Krutsch – 3.65 GPA, Sport Management

Sierra Long – 3.60 GPA, Nursing

Mia Mackenzie – 3.81 GPA, Nursing

Emmanuel Odubanjo – 3.50 GPA, Professional Aviation Flight Technology

Ryann Porter – 4.00 GPA, Elementary Education (MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year)

Wyatt Puff – 3.90 GPA, Computer Science

Jocelyn Quiles – 3.85 GPA, Master of Business Administration

Ben Shepard – 3.76 GPA, Aviation Management

Riley Tuerff – 3.63 GPA, Applied Medicine

Selene Weaver – 3.92 GPA, Applied Medicine

Maddie Welsh – 4.00 GPA, Biology

Callan Whitehouse – 3.58 GPA, Safety Management

Wyatt Wyman – 3.60 GPA, Aviation Management

Devon Zeck – 3.55 GPA, Master of Business Administration

Jachec, Schaffer on First Team to lead six Sycamores honored on MVC postseason squad

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Matt Jachec and Jordan Schaffer were both honored on the Missouri Valley Conference First Team in leading six Sycamores to receive conference honors as announced by the league office on Tuesday morning.

Jachec (SP) and Schaffer (SS) both picked First Team nods, while Josue Urdaneta (2B) and Seth Gergely (OF) were honored on the Second Team. Sean Ross (OF) added an Honorable Mention selection, while Jachec, Gergely, and Grant Magill (C) all were named to the All-MVC Defensive team as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Jachec receives the recognition for the first time in his collegiate career as the Hampshire, Ill. native put together a dominant starting campaign as the Sycamores’ ace. The redshirt sophomore went at least 5.2 innings in all 13 starts in the 2022 season and posted seven quality starts on the year in pacing the Indiana State pitching staff.

The right-hander finished the regular season sitting in the top-15 in the NCAA in strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.78, 14th), and walks allowed per nine innings (0.91, 5th), while finishing in the top-10 in the MVC in total strikeouts (70). He tied for the conference lead with eight wins and finished first among all MVC starters with a 3.13 ERA. Jachec added a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage over his 19 chances and added two pickoffs off the mound.

Schaffer is back on the First Team for the second consecutive season as the redshirt senior finished among the Sycamores leaders in multiple offensive categories including hits, runs, batting average, and stolen bases. The West Terre Haute, Ind. native finished the regular season with a .333 batting average with 61 hits, while scoring a team-high 43 runs.

The Sycamores’ regular leadoff hitter was among the conference leaders in on-base percentage (.429) and slugging percentage (.464), while getting hit by an MVC-leading 22 pitches. He put together two double-digit on-base streaks in 2022 and added 10 doubles, one triple, and four home runs to his career totals this season.

Gergely earns Second Team recognition for the first time in his collegiate career as the redshirt junior centerfielder was among the league’s best in conference play this season. The Tallmadge, Ohio native connected at a .336 clip from the plate in the regular season but improved his average to an ISU-best .368 in MVC action. He finished fourth in the conference with a .450 on-base percentage in MVC games, while adding eight doubles. Gergely also tied for the Sycamores’ lead with three triples in 2022 and posted just one error over his 89 chances in the field this season.

Urdaneta also earns Second Team recognition for the first time as the Maracaibo, Venezuela native has been one of the MVC’s top hitters in 2022. The redshirt sophomore opened the season with an 18-game hitting streak on his way to posting a .337 batting average with a team-high 66 hits. Urdaneta paced Indiana State with 22 multi-hit games on the season and finished second on the Sycamores with 35 RBI. He added five home runs and tied with Gergely for the team lead with three triples on his way to posting 96 total bases on the year.

Ross garnered Honorable Mention honors after a strong season for the redshirt senior. The San Diego, Calif. native was among the MVC leaders in multiple offensive categories on the year including batting average (.367) and doubles (16), while adding a strong presence and arm in right field. He finished the 2022 regular season sitting 24th in the NCAA in doubles per game (0.42) and finished among the national leaders in hits per game (1.36).

Magill earned All-Defensive recognition for the first time as the redshirt sophomore catcher routinely shut down opposing running games in the 2022 season. The Highlands Ranch, Colo. native recorded an MVC-leading six pickoffs on the season and threw out 12 baserunners attempting to steal on the year. Magill threw out nearly half of his stolen base runners in MVC play this season with six putouts in 13 chances.

Southern Illinois shortstop Kaeber Rog and Evansville pitcher Nick Smith were tabbed Joe Carter Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively by the conference office. Evansville’s Wes Carroll was named the league’s Dan Callahan Coach of the Year. Rog was also named Newcomer of the Year and DBU rookie third baseman Luke Heefner earned Freshman of the Year honors. Illinois State outfielder Ryan Cermak recorded Defensive Player of the Year award for a second-straight season.

Up Next

Indiana State will play in tonight’s elimination game against No. 8 Valparaiso at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. in the MVC Baseball Tournament’s First Round. Game time between the Sycamores and the Beacons is projected for 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

Sycamores add Oakland transfer Alona Blackwell ahead of 2022-23 season

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head women’s basketball coach Chad Killinger announced the addition of guard Alona Blackwell to the program Tuesday morning.

“Alona will give us more versatility on the perimeter, both offensively and defensively,” Killinger said. “Her size and ability to shoot the three fit needs that we were definitely trying to address. She’s had previous success in college and we’re looking forward to working with her and helping her get back to playing at a high level.

Blackwell joins the Sycamores after spending the past three seasons at Oakland, where she appeared in 72 games, including 38 starts. She averaged 8.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for the Golden Grizzlies, scoring in double-figures 27 times during her three seasons in Rochester. Oakland improved its win total in each of her three seasons on campus, including 15 wins during the 2021-22 season. Blackwell was also a member of the 2019-20 Horizon League All-Freshman Team.

Blackwell appeared in 18 games last season for Oakland, making five starts and averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. She had a season-high 17 points and five rebounds in a win over Purdue Fort Wayne, scoring the last five points in the game to help the Golden Grizzlies overcome a late deficit. Blackwell also had 11 points in wins over UIC and Detroit Mercy, while knocking down multiple 3-pointers in each of her three double-figure scoring games of the season.

The 2020-21 season saw Blackwell put up career-best numbers for the Golden Grizzlies, as she finished second on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game and third in the Horizon League with 1.8 3-pointers per contest while starting 23 of Oakland’s 24 games. She also added career-bests of 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists for Oakland, while helping lead the Golden Grizzlies to a 12-8 mark in Horizon League play. Blackwell had 12 games with double-digit points, including a pair of 20-point games. She scored a career-high 24 points against Cleveland State and had 22 points against Toledo. Blackwell also had a stretch of five straight games with double-figure scoring to begin the month of January, making multiple 3-pointers in all five of those games. She grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in a win over Youngstown State and finished the season with five or more rebounds in seven different games.

Blackwell’s debut campaign with Oakland saw her earn Horizon League All-Freshman Team honors while also being named the conference’s Freshman of the Week on three separate occasions. She averaged 8.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 30 games for the Golden Grizzlies, including 10 starts. After being inserted into the starting lineup in February, Blackwell’s scoring output jumped to 12.6 points per game over the final month of the season. She scored in double-figures in nine of her 10 starts, including each of the last four games of the season, and finished the year with 12 double-digit scoring games. Blackwell had a season-high 18 points in 24 minutes in a win over Lourdes, knocking down a season-best four 3-pointers in that game. She also connected from deep four times against Wright State, scoring a team-high 17 points against the Raiders. Blackwell had a season-high four rebounds on three different occasions, including against Michigan.

Blackwell becomes the third Michigan native on the Sycamores’ 2022-23 roster, joining Adrian Folks (Southgate) and Del’Janae Williams (Detroit).

Blackwell joins incoming freshmen Bella Finnegan and Lily Niebuhr, who both signed in November, and transfers Chelsea Cain and Ella Sawyer, who both signed in April, as additions to the Sycamore roster for the 2022-23 season.

Indiana State Women’s Basketball 2022-23 Newcomers

Alona Blackwell // 5-10 // G // Grand Rapids, Mich. // East Kentwood HS/Oakland

Chelsea Cain // 6-0 // F // Prairieville, La. // Dutchtown HS/Nicholls State

Bella Finnegan // 6-0 // G // Hometown, Ill. // Mother McAuley HS

Lily Niebuhr // 6-3 // C // Chaska, Minn. // Chaska HS

Ella Sawyer // 5-9 // G // Adelaide, Australia // Cabra Dominican College/Austin Peay

Mastodons Open Postseason Play With Youngstown State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team will make their first appearance in a league postseason tournament since 2016 on Wednesday (May 25) when the Mastodons open the 2022 Horizon League Championship. The ‘Dons will play Youngstown State in a noon start in an elimination contest. The ‘Dons are the No. 4 seed. The Penguins are No. 5.

When: Wednesday, May 25 noon

Where: Nischwitz Stadium (Dayton, Ohio)

Weather: Rain

Series History: Youngstown State leads 12-5

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Scouting the Penguins: Youngstown State is led by Horizon League Pitcher of the Year Matt Brosky. The junior posted a league-best 2.91 ERA and led the league with 89.2 innings pitched. Braeden O’Shaughnessy earned All-League First Team honors at second. He hit .366 on the year with seven home runs.

A Win And…: Should the ‘Dons win on Wednesday over the Penguins, they would advance to double elimination play on Thursday against either Wright State or Oakland.

All-League: Jack Lang and Cade Fitzpatrick were named to the 2022 All-Horizon League Second Team. Rex Stills was selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Everyday Jack: Jack Lang has played in 203 career games. He is only the third Mastodon to reach the 200 mark. His 203 total ranks second in program history. The program leader in games played is Shane Trevino (2012-16) with 234.

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

EZ 4 JD: Only once in league play did JD Deany have a start allowing more than three earned runs. He picked up his first career complete game in game one at UIC on May 8, 2022. He went the distance in the seven inning contest, allowing two runs for the ‘Dons to win 3-2.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons tied for second in the league in home runs with 49.

– The total is tied for second in program history for home runs in a season. The 2010 team hit 55 home runs. The 1998 team hit 49 home runs.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

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

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

On Brian Skelton:

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

– Skelton has walked only two batters in his last nine appearances.

– Nine of his 15 appearances on the season have been longer than one inning.

Smarty Pants: Garett Lake and Alex Evenson were named to the 2022 Horizon League Academic All-League Team.

3 In 2 In 1!: Twice this season a Mastodon has hit three home runs in a doubleheader. Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (Feb. 26). Cade Fitzpatrick hit three home runs in a twin bill against Youngstown State (March 20).

POTW X2:Jacob Myer was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week on April 12 after not allowing any runs in 8.2 innings. He got the win against Michigan and Milwaukee. On April 19 Ben Higgins was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week. He went 9-of-13 (.692 batting average) with a .750 on-base percentage, 1.154 slugging percentage and a 1.904 OPS. He had two home runs, six RBIs and three runs scored.

Lucky 13: The Mastodons’ 13 league wins are their most since the 2016 team won 14 games in the Summit League.

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 180 strikeouts, second most in program history. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

Three Mastodons Earn Horizon League Baseball Honors

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A trio of Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons were honored on Tuesday (May 24) by the Horizon League baseball head coaches. Graduate student third baseman Jack Lang and junior catcher Cade Fitzpatrick were named to the 2022 All-Horizon League Second Team. Freshman pitcher Rex Stills was selected to the All-Freshman Team.

Lang (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) led the Mastodons in on-base percentage (.402), runs (45), hits (57), total bases (102), walks (27) and stolen bases (12). He tied for the team-lead in home runs with 10. Lang had 17 multi-hit games. He started 48 games at the hot corner.

Fitzpatrick (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central High School / Ball State) hit a team-best .321. He was at his best in league play, ranking second in triples (3), third in slugging percentage (.645) and 10th in batting average (.355) in the league. He threw out 10 would be base stealers in league play, second best in the Horizon League.

Stills (Valparaiso, Ind. / Wheeler High School) compiled a 2.90 ERA over 40.1 innings pitched on the season. He recorded 34 strikeouts. Stills had nine outings in 2022 with no earned runs allowed.

They helped the ‘Dons reach the league tournament for the first time since 2016. The Mastodons will open the 2022 Horizon League Championship on Wednesday (May 25) in a noon start against Youngstown State.

Lindsay Brown Selected to Assist USA Boys U19 Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball assistant coach Lindsay Brown was selected to be an assistant coach with the USA Boys Under-19 National Team at the Boys U19 Pan American Cup in Guatemala.

Brown joins Theo Edwards (Associate Head Coach, CSUN) under Head Coach Charlie Sullivan (Springfield College head coach). The roster consists of five outside hitters, three middle blockers, two setters and two liberos, totaling 12 athletes.

The Boys U19 team defeated Chile in straight sets (26-24, 25-26, 25-11) on May 23. They will take on Costa Rica and Mexico on May 24 and 25. The quarterfinals, semifinals, third-place and first-place matches are May 26-28.

The top four teams in the eight-team tournament will qualify for the 2023 FIVB U19 World Championship.

David Ragland named head men’s basketball coach at UE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – David Ragland has been named the 16th head men’s basketball coach in University of Evansville history.  The announcement of the 8th Division I head coach in Purple Aces history was made by Director of Athletics Dr. Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried.

At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, a community introduction will take place at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The event will be open to the public.

“As we moved through the search process for our new head men’s basketball coach, David Ragland separated himself from the other candidates and established himself as the clear choice to lead our program,” Siegfried said.  “David brings a pedigree that will help our program in every way while his familiarity with the Evansville community will help to reengage our supporters.”

In a coaching career that has spanned nearly two decades, Ragland’s experience has seen him contribute to an impressive group of programs that includes Butler, Utah State, Valparaiso, Vincennes, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Indiana State, and Frank Phillips College.  He joins the Evansville program following a 1-year stint as an assistant coach at Butler University.

Prior to his tenure with the Bulldogs, Ragland enjoyed a successful tenure at Utah State where his squads achieved at least 20 wins in each of his three seasons while finishing with an overall mark of 74-24.  The Aggies made two NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure while the 2019-20 squad posted a 26-8 mark before the postseason was canceled due to COVID-19.

“I want to thank Dr. Siegfried and President Pietruszkiewicz for putting their trust in me to lead this program.  It is a dream come true to return home.  Evansville is such a special place for my family and myself and the opportunity to come back to where it all started means the world,” Ragland exclaimed.  “Growing up in the city, I understand what the Purple Aces program means to the community.  From day one, I will work to establish a program that the entire University of Evansville campus community and the city of Evansville will be proud of.  My family and I are excited to be home.”

Ragland has worked at two current Missouri Valley Conference institutions, including a 2-year stint at Valparaiso.  His first season with the program saw them accumulated 24 victories in 2016-17 while finishing with a Horizon League regular season championship and a spot in the postseason NIT.  Highlighting the roster for VU was Horizon League Player of the Year Alec Peters, who was the 54th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

From 2010 through 2014, Ragland was an assistant coach at Indiana State where the Sycamores put forth one of the top stretches by a mid-major program in recent memory.  ISU recorded 80 victories along with four postseason appearances, including a spot in the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11.  Ragland was an assistant at Northern Kentucky (2015-16) and Bowling Green (2014-15) following his stint with the Sycamores.  He contributed to a 24-11 mark at NKU, which included an NCAA Tournament berth.

His first head coaching opportunity came at Vincennes University where he led the Trailblazers to a 44-19 record in two years at the helm.  The 2009-10 campaign saw them post a 22-10 mark and a run that took the program to the NJCAA District Tournament Finals.  Ragland opened his coaching career at Frank Phillips College where he was part of a squad that went 25-5 in 2004-05.

Graduating from Harrison High School, Ragland was named an All-State Honorable Mention basketball player. He began his collegiate career at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, where his team went on to the NCAA Division II Final Four during his freshman year. Following his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Sothern Indiana where he played two seasons, propelling the Screaming Eagles to a total of 47 victories and leading the team in assists both years.

Ragland and his wife, Annie, have two children: Ava and Joshua.

Softball Adds Three Incoming Freshmen for 2023 Season

Softball head coach Amanda Eberhart announced today that three more incoming freshmen have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Valpo softball program for the 2023 season.

Kimberli Rodas is an infielder from San Bernadino, Calif. Playing for Cajon H.S., Rodas has helped the Cowgirls to a 24-6 record this year and recently drove in the game-winning run as Cajon won the CIF-SS Division 5 championship — the school’s first such title since 2006. A four-year varsity starter, Roads has earned All-League honors on multiple occasions. She plays her travel ball for Corona Angels Howard and also has international experience playing for Mexico, earning a silver medal last year at the Junior Pan American Games.

Lexi Szostak is a pitcher and infielder from Roselle, Ill. Playing for Lake Park H.S., Szostak enjoyed a standout season at the plate in 2021, tying a school record with 11 home runs. She also ranked second on the team with 39 RBIs and 15 stolen bases while hitting .341. Szostak plays her travel ball for Midwest Machine Fastpitch.

Lyna Vasquez is a catcher and infielder from Moreno Valley, Calif. A four-year letterwinner and team captain for Valley View H.S., Vasquez leads her team in triples this season and has reached base at better than a .400 clip. This comes after she paced her squad in doubles last season as a junior, helping her team to a 16-5 record. Vasquez plays travel ball alongside Rodas for Corona Angels Howard, placing third in the Colorado Showcase and qualifying for the 2021 AFCS.

The signing of the three incoming freshmen gives the Beacons a total of eight newcomers for next season, as they join previously announced graduate transfer Cami Henry and incoming freshmen Kaia Garnica, Jori Heard, Erika Perez and Aliese Schmaltz.

Tucker Earns All-MVC First Team Status; Fields, Nowak and Hannahs Also Recognized

Four members of the Valparaiso University baseball team received recognition as the Missouri Valley Conference unveiled its postseason awards on Tuesday.

Valpo’s list of honorees is headlined by redshirt freshman second baseman Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central), who achieved All-MVC First Team status. Junior pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) was tabbed to the All-MVC Second Team, while sophomore closer Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Kankakee) earned Honorable Mention. In addition, sophomore third baseman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) earned a place on the MVC All-Defensive Team.

Tucker, who enjoyed four-hit games on three occasions this season, is hitting .374 overall and is in position to finish with Valpo’s best batting average since Ryan O’Gara hit .388 in 2010. Furthermore, Tucker finished MVC play with a .384 conference batting average after entering the season with a .188 career average over two injury-riddled seasons. The Beacon second baseman ranks second in the league in hitting at .374 and ninth in on-base percentage at .440. His conference-only average of .384 also ranks second in the league.

Fields leads the MVC and ranks 10th in the nation with 109 strikeouts. He leads the MVC and ranks third nationally with 14.08 strikeouts per nine innings. His 109 strikeouts this season rank fifth in single-season program history, while his 259 career strikeouts also rank fifth in program lore.

Nowak has nailed down eight saves this season, one away from cracking the single-season top five in the program record book. He owns Valpo’s highest single-season save total since 2014 and ranks ninth in program history for career saves.

Hannahs posted a .948 fielding percentage in 135 chances at third base, posting 36 putouts and 92 assists while starting six double plays.

Tucker becomes just the second Valpo player to earn first team all-conference honors since the program joined the MVC and first since Blake Billinger in 2018. Hannahs adds to a trophy case that already includes 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year and 2021 All-MVC Second Team by becoming Valpo’s first MVC All-Defensive Team honoree since both Scott Kapers and Jayden Eggimann received that nod in 2018.

Valpo will open the MVC Tournament on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. vs. Indiana State with the winner advancing to the double-elimination portion of the event beginning on Wednesday in Springfield, Mo.

2022 All-Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Teams

First Team Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)

Connor O’Brien, Bradley @* Jr. 1B San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo)

Cole Moore, DBU + Jr. 1B Georgetown, Texas (McLennan CC)

Nolan Tucker, Valparaiso RFr. 2B Cedar Lake, Ind. (Hanover Central)

Brent Widder, Evansville Jr. 3B Sheboygan, Wis. (Sheboygan North)

Jordan Schaffer, Indiana State@ RSr. SS Terre Haute, Ind. (West Vigo)

Kaeber Rog, Southern Illinois Jr. SS Willemstad, Curacao (Trinity Christian Academy)

Ryan Wrobleski, DBU RSo. C Eden Prairie, Minn. (North Iowa Area CC)

Mark Shallenberger, Evansville Jr. OF St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis Priory)

Ryan Cermak, Illinois State @ So. OF Riverside, Ill. (Riverside-Brookfield)

J.T. Weber, Southern Illinois + Sr. OF Metropolis, Ill. (Massac County)

Matt Jachec, Indiana State RSo. SP Hampshire, Ill. (Hampshire)

Shane Gray, Evansville + Sr. SP West Jefferson, Ohio (West Jefferson)

Nick Smith, Evansville So. SP Boonville, Ind. (Boonville)

Matthew Steidl, Southern Illinois Jr. RP Gallatin, Tenn. (Pope John Paul II)

Chandler Arnold, DBU Jr. RP Mesquite, Texas (Odessa College)

@2021 First Team; + 2021 Second Team; *2019 First Team

Second Team Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)

Tanner Craig, Evansville $ 5th 1B Scottsburg, Ind. (Austin)

Josue Urdaneta, Indiana State RSo. 2B Maracaibo, Venezuela (Avant Garde Academic)

Miguel Santos, DBU So. 2B Fort Worth, Texas (McClennan CC)

Grey Epps, Southern Illinois Sr. 2B Clarksville, Tenn. (Rossview)

Ryan Rodriguez, Southern Illinois Jr. 3B Cathedral City, Calif. (Rancho Mirage)

Luke Heefner, DBU Fr. 3B Cedar Hill, Texas (Homeschool)

Simon Scherry, Evansville ^ So. SS Santa Claus, Ind. (Heritage Hills)

Drake Baldwin, Missouri State + Jr. C Madison, Wis. (Madison West)

Jace Grady, DBU + So. OF Austin, Texas (Elgin)

Spencer Nivens, Missouri State RFr. OF Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Seth Gergely, Indiana State RJr. OF Tallmadge, Ohio (Sinclair CC)

Jacob Kisting, Bradley Fr. SP Verona, Wis. (Verona Area)

Jared Hart, Illinois State Jr. SP Cedar Park, Texas (Wabash Valley CC)

Colin Fields, Valparaiso Jr. SP Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville)

Trey McDaniel, Southern Illinois +& Sr. RP Williamsville, Mo. (Greenville)

Drew Dominik, Evansville 5th RP Oak Forest, Ill. (Blackhawk CC)

^ 2021 Honorable Mention; +2021 Second Team; & 2019 Honorable Mention; $ 2019 Second Team

Honorable Mention Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)

Evan Berkey, Evansville Gr. 2B LaQuinta, Calif. (CSU-Bakersfield)

Nick Gile, Illinois State Sr. 3B Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Creighton)

Grant Wood, Missouri State Sr. 3B Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson College)

Keaton Rice, Bradley $ Sr. C Genesco, Ill. (Genesco)

Sean Ross, Indiana State RSr. OF San Diego, Calif. (Pensacola State College)

Eric Roberts, Evansville Sr. OF Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton)

Nathan Bandy, Southern Illinois So. OF Mountain Home, Ark. (Providence Academy)

Ryan Vogel, Bradley So. OF Metamora, Ill. (Metamora)

Derek Salata, Illinois State Jr. SP Westchester, Ill. (Nazareth Academy)

Colin Wyman, Illinois State Gr. RP Pflugerville, Texas (Navarro College)

Nick King, Bradley Sr. RP Columbia, Mo. (Wabash Valley College)

Bobby Nowak, Valparaiso So. RP Cedar Lake, Ind. (Kankakee)

$2019 Second Team

All-Defensive Team Yr. Pos. Hometown (Previous School)

Cole Moore, DBU Jr. 1B Georgetown, Texas (McLennan CC)

Greg Nichols, Illinois State So. 2B Roseville, Calif. (Sacramento City College)

Kaleb Hannahs, Valparaiso So. 3B West Terre Haute, Ind. (West Vigo)

Luke Cheng, Illinois State So. SS Olney, Md. (Sherwood)

Grant Magill, Indiana State RSo. C Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Mountain Vista)

Nate Humphreys, DBU Fr. OF Midlothian, Texas (Midlothian)

Ryan Cermak, Illinois State So. OF Riverside, Ill. (Riverside-Brookfield)

Seth Gergely, Indiana State RJr. OF Tallmadge, Ohio (Sinclair CC)

Matt Jachec, Indiana State RSo. SP Hampshire, Ill. (Hampshire)

JOE CARTER PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kaeber Rog, Southern Illinois

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Nick Smith, Evansville

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Kaeber Rog, Southern Illinois

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Luke Heefner, DBU

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ryan Cermak, Illinois State

DAN CALLAHAN COACH OF THE YEAR

Wes Carroll, Evansville

Vincennes University baseball players receive All-Conference honors

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) received Second-Team All-Conference honors this past weekend at the 2022 Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) Baseball Tournament in Normal, IL.

VU sophomore Luke Osborn (Perrysville, Ind.) was named All-Conference Honorable Mention and sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) was named to the 2022 MWAC Rawlings Gold Glove Team.

VU shortstop and Northern Kentucky signee Peyton Lane earned Second-Team All-Conference honors after posting a .399 batting average, with 22 doubles and 29 RBI’s, while drawing 18 walks in 50 games this season.

Lane closed out his Trailblazer career with a .375 batting average with a staggering 133 hits, 44 doubles and 72 RBIs in two seasons.

Lane recorded 56 extra base hits in 401 plate appearances in his two seasons with the blue and gold, including eight home runs last season as a freshman.

“Being named Second-Team All-Conference means that my time and hours put in with my team are starting to pay off,” Lane said. “It wouldn’t have been possible without them. It is a great feeling going into the next stage of my career.”

“My biggest takeaway I have no matter what is going on is that the people to the left and right of me on the field are battling with me and we all had each other’s backs,” Lane added. “It was amazing to be a sophomore leader on the team this past season. I tried to instill in the younger players that no matter what, play for your teammates on the field, no matter what is going on. I truly feel everyone on the team bought into that and we all had each other’s backs.”

Freshman Colton Evans served as VU’s main utility player. Beginning the year at third base, but also spent time in the outfield and second base throughout the year.

Evans broke onto the scene in a big way in his first season of college baseball, ending the season with a .411 batting average in 55 games, recording 81 hits, including 17 doubles, four triples and three home runs and 42 RBIs with a 1.032 OPS.

“It felt good to know that all of my hard work was starting to pay off,” Evans said. “Receiving this honor also continues to give me something to work for day in and day out next year.”

“My biggest takeaway from this past season was that you have to appreciate the moment every day,” Evans added. “Baseball is a precious game and we are lucky to continue to play it for as long as we can. Appreciating the game and the friendships/lessons that come with it are extremely vital.”

“One of the major things I learned this season was that you go into college baseball in August not really knowing the people you are going to play with and you leave in May having close friends that will last a lifetime,” Evans said. “Adversity will always come in the game and it’s all about how you answer back.”

Sophomore Luke Osborn served as one of VU’s top relief pitchers this past season and ended the year with a very impressive 1.50 ERA in 36 innings of work on the mound.

Osborn pitched in 21 games this past season and recorded four wins and six saves on the year. Osborn struck out 27 batters and only allowed six earned runs this past season.

Osborn closed out his two-year VU career with a 3.68 ERA in 58 and two-thirds innings and 43 strikeouts.

“It’s a great honor to be named an All-Conference Honorable Mention,” Osborn said. “It’s great to see all the hard work that I’ve put into this season rewarded and it’s motivation to put in more work to go above and be All-Conference.”

“My biggest takeaway from my time at Vincennes University is that you can’t be perfect on the baseball field and you will fail,” Osborn added. “You can’t let those failures determine your next outing or game.”

“My advice for the next class of VU baseball players would be to not take a second for granted because the time will fly by,” Osborn said.”

Rounding out the VU baseball honorees is sophomore center fielder Colin Long who was named to the 2022 MWAC Rawlings Gold Glove Team after posting a .979 fielding percentage this past season.

Long committed only three errors all season in 47 games for the Blazers, while recording 138 putouts and one outfield assist.

Long also handled himself well at the plate all season, ending with a .392 batting average, with 69 hits, including nine doubles, three triples and a team-leading four home runs.

Long had a season-high eight game hitting streak earlier in the season and had a pair of four-hit games and eight three-hit games this past season.

Long had his sophomore season cut short after a knee injury forced him to miss seven of the final eight games of the season.

“It means a lot to me that I was picked to the 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Team because defense is something that I truly have worked on to better myself on the field for my teammates and especially the pitching staff,” Long said. “It’s a good feeling making plays for my pitchers when they know I got their back out there and they can trust me to do my job.”

“The friendships I have made and the chance to play college baseball in a really good conference while also getting a really good education is something I will never forget,” Long added. “I would tell the incoming freshman at VU that it means a lot to be a part of the VU baseball team and to be able to put on the Vincennes jersey because you are surrounded by a really good group that wants you to better yourself every day. Whether it’s in the classroom or on the field, you will be surrounded by people that care about you and want you to succeed.”

The Vincennes University baseball team closed out the 2022 Spring season with a record of 25-32 and a 15-17 record in MWAC Conference play.

The Trailblazers finished fifth in the MWAC conference and recorded an impressive 17 wins at Jerry Blemker Field this past season.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Ready for 2022 Outdoor Track and Field National Championships

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to compete at the 2022 NAIA Outdoor National Championships on May 25 through May 27 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Trojans have 23 athletes competing in 15 events.

Both teams enter the championships with high expectations. The Taylor men’s program recently received the No. 9 ranking in the latest national poll, with five athletes ranked in the top-10 in their respective events. The women are coming off a program-best 10th-place finish at indoor nationals and landed 16th in the latest national poll, which is based off times and marks accumulated over the course of the outdoor season. The ladies have four athletes ranked in the top-10 in their respective events.

On the men’s side, Taylor is sending 12 student-athletes who will participate in 10 different events. The Trojans hold two of the top-five spots in a highly competitive men’s 10,000-meter race, with Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen set to race under the lights Wednesday night. Helmuth holds the No. 4 seed and Van Prooyen is seeded fifth.

In the steeplechase, Connor White and Zach Hoekstra will represent the Trojans. White enters the race seeded third overall and Hoekstra holds the No. 15 seed. Other track event qualifiers include Matthew Sakeuh who is ranked 19th in the 110-meter hurdles and Nate Conkel who is ranked 21st in the 800-meter run. TU’s 4×100-meter relay squad also earned a spot at the national meet, as Sakeuh, Cole Whitehead, Braden Bixler and Sammy Sommers are seeded 38th.

Taylor has four athletes entered in field events. Junior Sammy Sommers holds the No. 1 seed in the long jump and is set to compete Thursday afternoon. Mitch De Jong owns the No. 7 seed in the javelin throw and Damon Knowles is ranked 12th in the pole vault. Liam Hesting, a multi-event competitor, will be throwing both the hammer (No. 19) and the discus (No. 11).

On the ladies’ side, Taylor is sending 11 athletes who are scheduled to compete in five events over the three-day championship. TU’s elite 4×800-meter relay team, who finished as the runner-up at indoor nationals in March, will be back in action on Wednesday night. The group of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan enter the championships ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Brennan and Studnicki will also be running the 800-meteres for TU where they are seeded fourth and 16th, respectively.

Taylor will race four women in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Ahna VanderWall and senior Giovanna Domene hold the TU’s highest seeding in the event, entering the race with the seventh and eighth-best times in the country. Mollie Gamble is seeded 20th and Audrey Brinkruff holds the No. 26 seed.

Sprinters Audrey Altum and Patience Sakeuh will pull double-duty for the Trojans by competing in the 100-meter hurdles and 4×100-meter relay. Altum is seeded 14th in the hurdles while Sakueh is ranked 18th. Eden Siples and Ashley Hall will join Altum and Sakeuh in the 4×100-meter relay where the squad is seeded 39th. 

The top-eight competitors in each event will earn All-American honors.

Action at the 2022 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will kick off at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium on Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for the men’s javelin throw.

Fans can access the pay-per-view broadcast, live results, full events schedule and more by visiting Taylor Outdoor Track and Field National Championship Central at https://www.taylortrojans.com/2022-outdoor-track-field-championships.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       During a fluke snowstorm in Cleveland, Ted Lewis becomes the first Boston American (Red Sox) hurler to throw a shutout when he blanks the Blues at League Park, 5-0. The 28-year-old right-hander from Wales will become the president of Massachusetts State College and the University of New Hampshire.

1903       The court arraigned the entire Schenectady Frog Alleys squad for playing baseball on a Sunday after the team hosted the Albany Senators yesterday in a New York State League contest played at Island Park. When the jury acquits Captain Ben Ellis, the plaintiff of a test case for the charges against the Class D team, county officials discharged the detained players for violating blue laws.

1906       The Americans (Red Sox) halt a twenty-game losing streak, with 19 of the losses occurring at home, when Jesse Tannehill goes the distance, blanking Chicago at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, 3-0. Boston will finish last in the American League with a woeful 49-105 record.

1910       In the nightcap of a twin bill in Chicago, Jack Coombs’ scoreless streak ends at 53 innings during a 5-2 loss in a game shortened by darkness. The A’s right-hander will throw 13 shutouts in 38 games he starts and will finish the season with a 31-9 record and an ERA of 1.30.

1917       Trailing 5-0 at the start of the bottom of the ninth at League Park, the Indians come back to beat the Yankees, 6-5. After Tris Speaker steals home on an 0-2 count to tie the score, New York hurler Alan Russell throws the next pitch to the backstop, plating Bill Wambsganss with the winning run in Cleveland’s incredible walk-off victory.

1919       Casey Stengel, traded by the Dodgers in the off-season to the Pirates, calls time and steps out of the batter’s box to give the razzing Ebbets Field fans the ‘bird.’ The Pittsburgh right fielder doffs his hat, allowing a sparrow to fly out, much to the amazement and amusement of the fans.

1922       After being called out for trying to stretch a single into a double, Babe Ruth throws dirt into the umpire’s eye, goes after a heckler in the stands, and finishes his tirade by standing on the dugout roof, calling the crowd “yellow” cowards. These actions will result in a one-game suspension and a $200 fine and will cost the ‘Bambino’ his Yankee captaincy, which he has held for less than a week.

1923       Crossing the plate for the 1,741st time, Ty Cobb surpasses Honus Wagner’s record for most runs scored in a career. The ‘Georgia Peach’ will tally 2,245 runs during his 24-year tenure in the major leagues, which stands until 2001, when Rickey Henderson breaks the record.

1935       At Forbes Field, Boston Braves outfielder Babe Ruth hits three homers and a single in the team’s 11-7 loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Sultan of Swat’s seventh-inning solo shot off Gary Bush, a blast that clears the ballpark’s roof, will be the Bambino’s 714th and final home run.

1937       Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane’s career ends after Yankee hurler Bump Hadley beans him with a 3-1 inside fastball. Near-death at first, the Tiger catcher/manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and returns to the team only as its skipper.

1941       In a 10-3 victory over New York at Yankee Stadium, Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams goes 4-for-5 to raise his batting average to over .400 for the first time this season. The ‘Splendid Splinter’ will finish the campaign batting .406.

1945       Leon Culberson completes a rare unassisted double play in the Red Sox’ 5-0 loss to the Browns at Fenway Park. After making a running catch of a short fly to center, the Boston outfielder races into the infield and steps on second base to double up Vern Stephens.

1951       At Shibe Park, the much-heralded Giant rookie Willie Mays makes his major league debut against the Phillies. The 20-year-old outfielder, who hit .477 in 35 games with the Minneapolis Millers before being called up, goes hitless in five trips to the plate but makes two outstanding defensive plays to contribute to New York’s 8-5 victory.

1953       En route to a 10-3 Braves victory over Cincinnati at County Stadium, Max Surkont establishes a major league record by striking out eight consecutive batters, a feat not matched until future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver mows down ten straight San Diego hitters in 1970. After his streak reaches seven, the Milwaukee moundsman endures a thirty-five-minute rain delay before getting Andy Seminick, leading off in the fifth inning, to look at a third strike to set the mark.

1960       At Busch Stadium, George Crowe’s two-out ninth-inning pinch-hit home run to deep right field gives the Cardinals a 5-3 walk-off victory over Milwaukee. The round-tripper is “Big George’s” major league-leading 11th career homer coming off the bench, breaking the mark he shared with Smoky Burgess and Gus Zernial when the season began.

1968       Tigers right fielder Al Kaline suffers a broken arm when struck by a pitch thrown by Lew Krausse in the top of the sixth inning in the team’s 2-1 victory over the A’s at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The 33-year-old future Hall of Famer will miss 37 games for the eventual World Champions.

1979       The umpires stop the game when Pirates left fielder Bill Robinson loses Joel Youngblood’s fly ball in the mist at Shea Stadium. Due to the fog, the 11-inning contest ends after a 73-minute delay in a 3-3 tie.

1981       Joining Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski becomes the fourth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games. Yaz makes it memorable by scoring the winning run in the Red Sox’ 8-7 victory over Cleveland at Fenway Park.

1982       Future Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins reaches the 3,000 strikeout plateau when he whiffs Gary Templeton in the third frame of the Cubs’ 2-1 loss to San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium. Next season, the 39 year-old Canadian-born right-hander will finish his 19-year major league career with a total of 3,192 K’s in 4,500.2 innings.

1983       In the third inning of an eventual 6-0 loss to the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, Pirates’ starter Jim Bibby (4) and reliever Jim Winn (3) combine to walk seven consecutive batters to tie a major league mark. In 1909, Senators’ southpaw hurler Dolly Gray, who will win only 15 games of his 66 career decisions during his three big league seasons, established the dubious record in his rookie year.

1989       The Mariners trade their ace, Mark Langston, along with minor leaguer Mike Campbell to the Expos for Brian Holman, Gene Harris, and 6′ 10″ southpaw Randy Johnson. The left-handed ‘Big Unit’ will become a mainstay in Seattle’s rotation for a decade, compiling a 130-74 (.637) record, and next season will throw the first no-hitter in franchise history.

1998       Cardinals’ first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1 when he connects off John Thomson in the bottom of the first frame for the team’s lone run in the team’s 6 1 loss to the Rockies at Busch Stadium. Last season, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. hit 24 home runs before the sixth month of the year.

1999       The Diamondbacks tie a 68-year-old major league record when their catcher, Damian Miller, starts three double plays. Arizona’s 3-2 victory over San Diego at Bank One Ballpark also features two 100-mph pitches thrown by southpaw Randy Johnson.

2000       The Devil Rays release 35-year-old Dwight Gooden (2-3, 6.63) after acquiring the 1985 Cy Young Award winner from the Astros on April 13 for cash considerations, allowing the right-hander to pitch for his hometown team. Next month, Doc signs as a free agent with the Yankees, posting a 4-2 record for the Bronx Bombers in the final season of his 16-year tenure in the major leagues.

2001       At Fenway Park, Hideo Nomo strikes out 14 en route to a 4-0 one-hitter against Toronto. The 32-year-old Japanese right-hander faces one batter over the minimum of 27, yielding a leadoff double to Shannon Stewart in the fourth inning.

2001       Kerry Wood gives up only one hit, a seventh-inning leadoff single to Mark Loretta, in the Cubs’ 1-0 victory over Milwaukee. The 24-year-old right-hander strikes out 14 batters in the Wrigley Field gem.

2002       With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24), and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven round-trippers in three games. The Dodger outfielder’s nine big flies in a week also break a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.

2002       Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the ‘Big Train,’ Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the Big Unit’s historical victim.

2002       The YES cable network hires former major league pitcher David Cone as a part-time television analyst. The assignment also includes serving as a studio analyst on selected pregame and postgame shows, covering five games for the Staten Island Yankees (Class A), and being a WCBS announcer for the June 14 Yankees-Mets game.

2003       Buddy Groom throws two-thirds of a scoreless eighth inning in the Orioles’ 13-10 victory over Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington. The outing is the 38 year-old southpaw’s 638th major league contest with zero plate appearances, surpassing Bob Stanley’s mark for the most games pitched without coming to bat.

2005       In a game against the Orioles, the Mariners starting battery consists of a pair of veterans when southpaw Jamie Moyer and backstop Pat Borders appear in the same lineup. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the age of the players marks the first time in major league history that the starting pitcher and catcher for a team has consisted of two players 42 years or older.

2006       At Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, California-born Rick Guttormson becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter in interleague play in Japan. The former Padres minor league pitcher of the year holds the Golden Eagles hitless as the Yakult Swallows beat Rakuten, 6-0.

2006       After having a 6-0 lead over the Tigers in the first inning, the Royals lose, 13-8, when the bullpen gives up eight runs in the last two innings. The defeat is the 13th consecutive loss for Kansas City.

2007       Mark Reynolds, batting cleanup for the first time in his brief career, goes 5-for-5 in the Diamondbacks’ 13-3 victory over the Astros. The Arizona Rookie third baseman falls a double shy of the cycle, hitting a home run in his last at-bat, which barely clears the right-field fence at Chase Field.

2008       Former major league pitcher Geremi Gonzalez, signed by the Cubs as an amateur free agent in 1991, is killed by lightning standing on a dock in western Venezuela. The 33-year-old right-hander, who compiled a 30-35 record, also hurled for the Devil Rays, Red Sox, Mets, and the Brewers before being released by Milwaukee in 2006.

2009       The Indians, trailing by ten runs in the fourth, rally to beat the Rays, 11-10. Victor Martinez’s walk-off, two-out, two-run single off Jason Isringhausen in the bottom of the seven-run ninth inning puts the finishing touch on the incredible comeback at Progressive Field.

2011       Paul Splittorff, the winningest pitcher in Royals history, dies at 64 of complications from skin cancer. The likable left-hander became a popular broadcaster for the team, serving as an analyst for the FOX Sports affiliate in Kansas City.

2011       Jo-Jo Reyes makes his 28th straight start without recording a victory, tying the major league record shared by Cliff Curtis (1910-11, Braves, Cubs, Phillies) and Matt Keough (1978-79, A’s). The Blue Jays southpaw, who leaves the game trailing 5-0 to the Yankees after just three innings of work, hasn’t won a start since June 13, 2008.

2011       In the 12th inning of an eventual 7-6 loss to Florida, the Giants lose catcher Buster Posey for the season after a brutal collision at home plate with Scott Cousins, who scores the go-ahead run. An MRI will confirm last season’s Rookie of the Year has a fractured left fibula and three torn ligaments in his left ankle and will need season-ending surgery to repair the damage.

2011       Yankee closer Mariano Rivera becomes the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games for the same team. The 41-year-old Panamanian right-hander, who has compiled 572 saves and 75 wins during his 17 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, is closing in on the all-time saves record established by Trevor Hoffman with 601.

2013       Angel Pagan becomes the first Giant to hit a walk-off, inside-the-park home run since Bill Terry accomplished the feat at the Polo Grounds in 1931. The center fielder’s tenth-inning, two-run round-tripper gives San Francisco a dramatic 6-5 victory over Colorado.

2015       Jeremy Guthrie becomes the second starter since 1914 to give up 11 earned runs without recording at least one out in the second inning when he gives up nine hits, including four homers, and issues four walks in the Royals’ 14-1 loss to New York at Yankee Stadium. In 2007, Astros right-hander Jason Jennings allowed 11 earned runs while lasting just two-thirds in a contest against the Padres at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

2017       Drew Pomeranz, who whiffs 11 batters in six innings, and four Red Sox relievers tie a major league record, combining to strike out 20 batters in the team’s 6-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. After Nomar Mazara strikes out but reaches first base on the strike-three wild pitch, Boston’s closer Craig Kimberly proceeds to mow down the next three hitters, two swinging and one looking, to record four strikeouts in the final frame to equal the mark.

2019       En route to their 19–4 blowout of the Blue Jays, the Padres hit a franchise-record seven home runs, breaking their previous mark of six established in 1998 against the Reds Cinergy Field. The Rogers Centre contest, in which the Friars scored multiple runs in seven different innings, features Wil Myers (2), Hunter Renfroe (2), Ian Kindler, Eric Hosmer, and Austin Hedges also going deep to set the new team standard.

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT10:00AMESPNU
MLBTIME ETTV
COLORADO AT PITTSBURGH12:35PMMLBN
ATTSN-RM
ATTSN-PIT
DETROIT AT MINNESOTA1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NY METS AT SAN FRANCISCO3:45PMMLBN
SNY
NBCS-BAY
LA DODGERS AT WASHINGTON4:05PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
MASN/2
OAKLAND AT SEATTLE4:10PMNBCS-CA
ROOT SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT SAN DIEGO4:10PMBALLY SPORTS
MIAMI AT TAMPA BAY6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. CUBS AT CINCINNATI6:40PMMARQ
BALLY SPORTS
BALTIMORE AT NY YANKEES7:05PMMLBN
MASN/2
YES
PHILADELPHIA AT ATLANTA7:20PMMLBN
NBCS-PHI
BALLY SPORTS
BOSTON AT CHI. WHITE SOX8:10PMNESN
NBCS-CHI
CLEVELAND AT HOUSTON8:10PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT LA ANGELS9:38PMBALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 5: MIAMI AT BOSTON8:30PMESPN
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 5: ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO8:00PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
COPA ARGENTINA: PLATENSE VS BELGRANO2:05PMFUBOTV
COPA ARGENTINA: GIMNASIA LA PLATA VS LINIERS4:10PMFUBOTV
COPA LIBERTADORES: NACIONAL VS RB BRAGANTINO6:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: VÉLEZ SARSFIELD VS ESTUDIANTES6:00PMBEIN SPORTS
US OPEN CUP: ORLANDO CITY SC VS INTER MIAMI7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: LOUISVILLE CITY VS NASHVILLE SC7:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: NEW YORK CITY VS NEW ENGLAND7:30PMESPN+
COPA LIBERTADORES: PEÑAROL VS COLÓN8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: CERRO PORTEÑO VS OLIMPIA8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: INDEPENDIENTE DEL VALLE VS AMÉRICA MINEIRO8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA LIBERTADORES: ATLÉTICO MINEIRO VS DEPORTES TOLIMA8:00PMBEIN SPORTS
US OPEN CUP: NEW YORK RB VS CHARLOTTE8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: MINNESOTA UNITED VS UNION OMAHA8:00PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: SPORTING KC VS HOUSTON DYNAMO8:30PMESPN+
NWSL: OL REIGN VS KANSAS CITY CURRENT10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
US OPEN CUP: LA GALAXY VS LOS ANGELES FC10:30PMESPN+
US OPEN CUP: SACRAMENTO REPUBLIC VS SJ EARTHQUAKES10:30PMESPN+

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES3013.69816 – 714 – 616 – 812 – 42 – 16 – 4W 1
TAMPA BAY2517.5954.514 – 911 – 88 – 44 – 510 – 76 – 4W 1
TORONTO2320.535714 – 89 – 129 – 101 – 310 – 56 – 4W 1
BOSTON2022.4769.510 – 1010 – 125 – 115 – 69 – 48 – 2W 6
BALTIMORE1826.40912.512 – 116 – 158 – 134 – 63 – 44 – 6L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA2716.62815 – 812 – 86 – 514 – 37 – 68 – 2W 6
CHI WHITE SOX2121.5005.59 – 1112 – 108 – 67 – 124 – 35 – 5L 1
CLEVELAND1821.46278 – 810 – 133 – 48 – 64 – 53 – 7L 1
DETROIT1428.33312.59 – 135 – 156 – 64 – 91 – 85 – 5L 2
KANSAS CITY1428.33312.58 – 156 – 131 – 59 – 121 – 52 – 8L 6
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON2816.63613 – 615 – 103 – 68 – 114 – 76 – 4W 1
LA ANGELS2717.614115 – 812 – 95 – 46 – 212 – 105 – 5W 3
TEXAS1823.4398.510 – 128 – 113 – 62 – 19 – 135 – 5L 3
SEATTLE1826.4091010 – 88 – 183 – 116 – 45 – 63 – 7L 1
OAKLAND1827.40010.56 – 1412 – 137 – 75 – 94 – 83 – 7W 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS2916.64413 – 816 – 813 – 75 – 210 – 56 – 4L 1
ATLANTA2023.465811 – 129 – 117 – 87 – 64 – 65 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA2023.465811 – 139 – 105 – 101 – 210 – 74 – 6L 1
MIAMI1823.439910 – 128 – 1111 – 52 – 43 – 104 – 6L 1
WASHINGTON1430.31814.55 – 179 – 135 – 112 – 55 – 103 – 7L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE2716.62814 – 613 – 109 – 615 – 71 – 26 – 4W 1
ST. LOUIS2419.558311 – 913 – 104 – 69 – 46 – 56 – 4L 1
CHI CUBS1824.4298.57 – 1511 – 91 – 29 – 87 – 106 – 4W 3
PITTSBURGH1725.4059.510 – 147 – 113 – 19 – 194 – 44 – 6L 1
CINCINNATI1230.28614.55 – 117 – 192 – 27 – 110 – 134 – 6L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS2913.69015 – 514 – 87 – 58 – 210 – 59 – 1W 2
SAN DIEGO2815.6511.511 – 817 – 79 – 510 – 48 – 57 – 3L 1
SAN FRANCISCO2319.548612 – 1111 – 88 – 74 – 47 – 73 – 7W 1
ARIZONA2322.5117.512 – 1111 – 119 – 76 – 55 – 95 – 5W 2
COLORADO2022.476914 – 116 – 115 – 86 – 34 – 84 – 6W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT