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EASTERN CONFERENCE

BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS (3)

• GAME 1: MILWAUKEE 101, BOSTON 89

• GAME 2: BOSTON 109, MILWAUKEE 86

• GAME 3: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 3:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 4: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 7 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: BOSTON VS. MILWAUKEE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: MILWAUKEE VS. BOSTON | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

SERIES TIED 1-1

* = IF NECESSARY

MIAMI HEAT (1) VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (4)

• GAME 1: MIAMI 106, PHILADELPHIA 92

• GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 | 7:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 7 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 8 ET | TNT

• GAME 5*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | TBD | TNT

• GAME 6*: MIAMI VS. PHILADELPHIA | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: PHILADELPHIA VS. MIAMI | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

HEAT LEAD SERIES 1-0

* = IF NECESSARY

WESTERN CONFERENCE

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (3)

• GAME 1: GOLDEN STATE 117, MEMPHIS 116

• GAME 2: MEMPHIS 106, GOLDEN STATE 101

• GAME 3: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | SATURDAY, MAY 7 | 8:30 ET | ABC

• GAME 4: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | MONDAY, MAY 9 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 5: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | WEDNESDAY, MAY 11 | 9:30 ET | TNT

• GAME 6*: MEMPHIS VS. GOLDEN STATE | FRIDAY, MAY 13 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: GOLDEN STATE VS. MEMPHIS | MONDAY, MAY 16 | TBD | TNT

SERIES TIED 1-1

* = IF NECESSARY

PHOENIX SUNS (1) VS. DALLAS MAVERICKS (4)

• GAME 1: PHOENIX 121, DALLAS 114

• GAME 2: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 | 10 ET | TNT

• GAME 3: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | FRIDAY, MAY 6 | 9:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 4: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | SUNDAY, MAY 8 | 3:30 ET | ESPN

• GAME 5*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | TUESDAY, MAY 10 | TBD | TNT

• GAME 6*: PHOENIX VS. DALLAS | THURSDAY, MAY 12 | TBD | ESPN

• GAME 7*: DALLAS VS. PHOENIX | SUNDAY, MAY 15 | TBD | TBD

SUNS LEAD SERIES 1-0

* = IF NECESSARY

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Morant scores 47 points, Grizzlies tie Warriors at 1 apiece

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Ja Morant struggled to see out of his left eye after being punched going for a rebound late in the third quarter.

Determined to make up for missing a would-be winning layup at the end of Game 1, the All-Star guard proved he could still find the basket.

Morant scored 47 points to match his postseason high and carry the Memphis Grizzlies into a tie in the Western Conference semifinals with a 106-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

He scored the last 15 points for Memphis, starting with 4:16 left. He drove and turned around a defender before hitting a 7-foot jumper with 1:42 left to put Memphis ahead to stay at 100-99. He finished with 18 in the fourth quarter all while unable to see well out of one eye.

“That loss was on my mind a lot, obviously missing that layup late,” Morant said of his miss at the end of Game 1. “But coming into today, I told myself we needed a win, and we were going to get a win. I just took it upon myself to go out there and do that for us.”

The NBA’s Most Improved Player, who also had 47 in Game 2 against Utah last year, became only the third player in league history to have multiple 45-point games in the postseason before turning 23. The other two? LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

“It’s not just the plays,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. “It’s just the force that he plays with, the spirit that he plays with. It’s infectious. I’ve said it since day one. Like, you know he’s going to be built for moments like this, and this is super impressive”

Ziaire William hit four 3s and finished with 14 points off the bench. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 12 points before fouling out for the third time in eight games this postseason. Brandon Clarke added 10 points.

Now the youngest team to reach the semifinal round in the last 25 years heads to San Francisco for Game 3 on Saturday night knowing the series will return to Memphis for Game 5 with Morant leading the way.

“Ja is a very great player,” Clarke said.

Stephen Curry finished with 27 points on 3-of-11 shooting outside the arc. Jordan Poole added 20 off the bench but was 1 of 6 from 3. Andrew Wiggins had 16, going 1 of 7 from 3. Klay Thompson finished with 12 points and was 2 of 12 from 3. The Warriors shot just 7 of 38 from 3-point range.

Brown scores 30, Celtics beat Bucks 109-86 to even series

BOSTON (AP) There was a moment during the Celtics’ series-opening loss to the Bucks when it seemed as if Jaylen Brown would never make a shot.

Early in Game 2, it felt like he might not miss.

Brown scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, and Boston beat Milwaukee 109-86 on Tuesday night to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at one game apiece.

“It’s the playoffs. That’s it,” Brown said. “We can’t let one game kind of dictate how this series goes. We wanted to be aggressive from the gate.”

Brown shook off a dismal shooting night in Game 1, going 9 for 10 in the first half, including 5 for 5 from the 3-point line. Jayson Tatum added 19 points and eight assists. Grant Williams finished with 21 points. Al Horford had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

“We wanted to come and play like our season was on the line and we did,” Brown said.

The series doesn’t resume until Game 3 on Saturday in Milwaukee.

Boston finished 20 of 43 from beyond the arc and scored 24 points off 16 Milwaukee turnovers.

“We wanted to match their physicality and punch back tonight,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said. “A big message was show them who we are.”

They did that.

The Celtics played without Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart after he was ruled out before the game with a bruised right thigh he sustained in Game 1. Derrick White took his place in the starting lineup, making his first start in a playoff game since 2019 when he was with San Antonio.

“The ship’s got to keep going. Everybody got to do a little bit more,” Tatum said.

Malkin’s tip lifts Penguins past Rangers in 3OTs in Game 1

NEW YORK (AP) Louis Domingue didn’t know what to think when he saw teammate and starting goalie Casey DeSmith skate to the bench midway through the second overtime period.

Domingue stepped in and made 17 saves, and Evgeni Malkin scored on a deflection 5:58 into the third overtime, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Tuesday night.

“I saw him go to the bench and I wasn’t sure why they blew the whistle,” Domingue said of DeSmith, who left with what the Penguins said was a lower-body injury. “I know both of the referees that were there, Jonny Murray and Frederick L’Ecuyer, both French guys. I honestly thought they were joking with me – they were saying I had to go in. After that, I just go out and played. It’s crazy, but I guess that’s my life. It’s hockey.”

On the winning goal, Malkin was positioned in front of the net when he tipped a long shot by John Marino over Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.

“We know we can win every game if we play right, we play smart, we play hard,” said Malkin who also had an assist on Bryan Rust’s tying goal late in the second period. “I think we deserved to win tonight.”

Jake Guentzel scored twice and Rust and Sidney Crosby each had two assists for the Penguins. DeSmith had 48 saves before leaving.

Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Adam Fox and Andrew Copp also scored for the Rangers. Mika Zibanejad had two assists. Shesterkin finished with 79 saves, second to the NHL record of 85 saves by Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo in the 2020 playoffs.

“He’s our best player and showed it again tonight,” the Rangers’ Ryan Strome said of Shesterkin. “I thought we played a good game – a lot of guys battled really hard. … A lot of gutsy efforts by a lot of guys, unfortunately just came out on the wrong side of a 4-3 triple overtime great hockey game.”

Capitals rally late, stun top-seeded Panthers 4-2 in Game 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) T.J. Oshie didn’t see his go-ahead goal get into the net. The Florida Panthers didn’t see this coming, either.

And right away, the top overall seed in the Stanley Cup playoffs finds itself in some trouble.

Oshie scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, Vitek Vanecek stopped 30 shots and the Washington Capitals rallied past the top-seeded Panthers 4-2 in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series Tuesday night.

“It’s one game,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “Our guys played hard tonight. We’ve got to regroup tomorrow and get back to work.”

Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller also scored for Washington, which trailed 2-1 going into the third period. Teams had been 0-39-1 against Florida in the regular season when trailing after 40 minutes, 0-22-0 when doing so on the Panthers’ home ice.

The Capitals must have ignored those numbers. Here’s a number not worth ignoring: The last time Florida led a playoff series 1-0 was in 1997, and the Panthers wasted a chance to change that on Tuesday night.

“We let one slip away,” said Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who returned after missing the final quarter of the regular season with a knee injury. “I’d like to think we’re going to learn a valuable lesson from this.”

Kuznetsov tied the game after a Florida turnover with 11:46 left, then Oshie got behind the defense and tapped Nicklas Backstrom’s pinpoint pass by Sergei Bobrovsky for what became the winner 2:23 later.

“Typically Nicky fashion, sauced it through a guy’s legs and right on my tape,” Oshie said. “I just redirected. Didn’t see it go in, so he had to come tell me that we scored. It’s always nice to get that go-ahead goal.”

Eller wrapped it up with an empty-netter with 49 seconds left.

Claude Giroux and Sam Bennett scored for Florida. Bobrovsky stopped 34 shots for the Panthers, the Presidents’ Trophy winners after an NHL-best 122 points in the regular season – and saw the home-ice advantage slip away in their playoff opener.

Game 2 is Thursday, back in Florida.

Avs erupt for 5 goals in 1st, beat Predators 7-2 in Game 1

DENVER (AP) The fast, scoring-spree start by Colorado led to some feistiness later on with Nashville. But through all those pushes and shoves, the Avalanche maintained their composure.

Precisely what their coach wants to see.

“This isn’t about ego,” Jared Bednar said. “It’s about winning.”

Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews scored 22 seconds apart in a five-goal first period, sending the Avalanche to a 7-2 win over the Predators on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

“We talked about it beforehand – about coming out with a fast start,” said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who made his return after undergoing knee surgery in mid-March. “We were just sticking to our game, playing hard and playing fast.”

Then, they kept their emotions in check.

“No team wants to get blown out, whether it’s at home or on the road,” Landeskog said. “If the results aren’t going your way, then you try to impact the game in a different way. That’s just the way it is.”

The five goals tied the team playoff record for a period and chased Nashville’s backup goaltender David Rittich from the game with 4:56 remaining in the first. Rittich was stepping in for 38-game winner Juuse Saros, who’s sidelined with a lower-body injury.

Andrew Cogliano, Cale Makar and Artturi Lehkonen also scored in the first. Landeskog built the lead to 6-0 when he was credited for a goal in the second period that was kicked in by a Nashville player.

Just the way the night went for Colorado.

MacKinnon scored his second goal of the game in the third period and, coupled with an assist, raised his playoff points per game average to 1.41. It trails only Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61), with a minimum of 40 games.

Matt Duchene scored twice for Nashville.

“We’ve got to be a lot better and push back a lot better than we did tonight,” said Duchene, who was a first-round pick of Colorado in 2009.

Darcy Kuemper finished with 23 saves.

Game 2 is Thursday, which also happens to be Kuemper’s 32nd birthday.

Lindholm, Markstrom lead Flames over Stars 1-0 in Game 1

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Elias Lindholm scored and Jacob Markstrom recorded his second career playoff shutout as the Calgary Flames beat the Dallas Stars 1-0 Tuesday night in the opening game of their first-round playoff series.

Lindholm scored a power-play goal early in the first period. Markstrom stopped all 16 shots he faced as Calgary earned just its second playoff win at the Saddledome since 2015.

Dallas goal Jake Oettinger stopped 25 of 26 shots and lost his NHL playoff debut.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Thursday in Calgary. The series shifts to Dallas for Saturday’s Game 3 and Monday’s Game 4.

Calgary (50-21-11) topped the Pacific Division, while the Stars (46-30-6) entered the playoffs as the first wild-card team in the Western Conference.

Calgary led 1-0 after a dominant opening period. The Flames held the Stars to three shots. Dallas’ first shot on goal came at 11:05.

Both teams had to deal with the loss of a key defenseman at the end of the first period. Calgary’s Rasmus Andersson and Dallas’s John Klingberg were given game misconducts for fighting at the buzzer.

That tussle came after Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Raffl also threw punches at the close of the period. Tkachuk shoved Klingberg hard into the boards behind Calgary’s net in the last few seconds.

Without Klingberg, their power-play quarterback, the Stars went 0 for 5 with a man advantage.

The clubs traded chances in the third. Dallas mustered more sustained pressure in Calgary’s zone in the second period, but still trailed after 40 minutes.

A Blake Coleman goal for Calgary midway through the second period was waived off because of his interference penalty.

Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa was penalized for an illegal check to Coleman’s head in the first period, and the Flames made the Dallas pay by scoring off the ensuring faceoff.

Lindholm won the draw and took a Tkachuk feed from the boards. Lindholm fired a wrist shot that beat Oettinger under his glove at 5:01 of the period.

Coleman, who signed with Calgary last year after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Tampa Bay Lightning, went to the bench in distress after the Hakanpaa hit, finished the period.

NOTES: The Stars ousted the Flames in six games in the first round of the 2020 playoff bubble in Edmonton. … It’s the fourth best-of-seven series in the past 21 years to feature four 40-goal scorers: Flames forwards Lindholm, Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau and Dallas forward Jason Robertson.

Woodruff fans 12, Adames, Tellez homer as Brewers top Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Woodruff struck out 12 to tie his career high, Willy Adames hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Tuesday night.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have won six of their last seven games. The 12 Ks from Woodruff (3-1) came over 5 2/3 innings, in which he gave up all three runs and no walks. The 2021 All-Star had struck out 15 batters over 10 innings in his previous two starts.

“I’ve been working extremely hard on getting back to just kind of myself and making some tweaks and I think tonight it showed up,” Woodruff said. “I know there were strikeouts but, in terms of the way I felt moving down the mound, I felt a lot better tonight.”

It was the first time in franchise history that Brewers starters struck out 10 or more batters in three consecutive games. Corbin Burnes struck out 10 batters Sunday and Eric Lauer struck out 11 on Saturday.

“It’s boring, they strike out everybody,” Adames said. “I only had one groundball today and it was the last out. It’s always good to see the show that they always put on. It’s amazing to see how they execute everything.”

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said “it feels like whoever is up the next day is as good as the guy the day before him.”

Brewers pitchers entered Tuesday with the second-most strikeouts (234) in the majors, behind the Mets.

The Reds have lost seven in a row and have the worst record in the majors at 3-20. The loss tied the Reds’ longest consecutive road-loss streak of 11 games set in 1945.

Cincinnati was without first baseman Joey Votto, who showed symptoms of COVID-19 but hadn’t yet tested positive. The team still put him in the injured list.

Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead in the third inning off starter Tyler Mahle (1-4). One batter reached base on an error and another on a walk before Adames hit his 419-foot home run. It was Adames’ sixth homer.

“Didn’t throw him one fastball,” Mahle said of Adames. “Threw him two sliders, which is my third pitch right now. It was just dumb, sloppy pitching.”

Mahle entered the game with a 6.45 ERA, and lasted only 3 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs.

“We were good with our ball-strike with him and that forced him into a ton of three-ball counts,” Counsell said.

Rowdy Tellez hit a solo homer off Phillip Diehl to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 6-3 in the eighth.

Woodruff gave up back-to-back home runs in the fourth to Tommy Pham and Mike Moustakas. Moustakas’ traveled 429 feet. Aaron Ashby pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Devin Williams earned his second save.

“The Brewers, they threw some really good stuff at us, really from the first inning through the ninth inning,” Reds manager David Bell said.

Anderson homers as White Sox beat Cubs 3-1 at rainy Wrigley

CHICAGO (AP) Playing through rainy, windy conditions at Wrigley Field, Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox did just enough to win.

Anderson homered and Jose Abreu made two nice plays at first base, helping the White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.

“It was one of those games that was up there, toughest weather that I’ve probably played in,” Anderson said. “But good thing we got the win, that we (were) able to finish it.”

The game-time temperature was 45 degrees, and rain blew across the field for much of the night. Even with the extreme weather, each team committed just one error.

“That was one of the toughest games I think I’ve ever played in,” Cubs second baseman Nick Madrigal said. “Just the constant rain, just wet ball, throwing it. Even hitting, you know there’s rain in your face.”

Looking to dig themselves out of a rough start, the banged-up White Sox won for the third time in four games. Michael Kopech pitched four-plus scoreless innings, and Jake Burger had two hits.

Anderson led off the third with an opposite-field drive to right-center on Keegan Thompson’s first pitch of the inning, making it 3-0 with his fourth homer. The dynamic shortstop is batting .359 (14 for 39) in his last 10 games.

“Staying inside of the baseball. Staying middle to right,” Anderson said, “and that’s just my approach.”

The Cubs went with a bullpen day after they placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the bereavement list before the first meeting of the season with their crosstown rivals. Scott Effross (0-1) got four outs in his first big league start, allowing two unearned runs and two hits.

The North Siders put runners on first and second in the third, but Abreu grabbed Seiya Suzuki’s liner and scrambled over to first for the inning-ending double play. The big first baseman started another slick double play in the fifth.

The White Sox threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Abreu bounced into a double play that featured a strong turn by Madrigal.

Nico Hoerner got the Cubs on the board with an RBI double in the sixth. Yan Gomes then struck out swinging against Jose Ruiz, stranding runners at second and third.

“Couldn’t get anything going really offensively,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Tough conditions.”

Reynaldo Lopez (3-0), the first of five White Sox relievers, pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Liam Hendriks got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

“Bullpen was outstanding,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.

Witt Jr hits 1st MLB homer, leads Keller, Royals over Cards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bobby Witt Jr. hit his first major league home run, Brad Keller pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

Witt connected for a solo homer in the second inning. The prized rookie extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

“I thought it was in the gap for a double,” Witt said. “I should have hit that first pitch that was right down the middle. It’s always good to get the first of something out of the way, no matter what it is.”

Witt had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. MJ Melendez got a hit in his big league debut and Edward Olivares had a career-high four of the Royals’ 15 hits.

Keller (1-2) allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out two. He permitted a baserunner in every inning but sixth, but never more than one until the seventh.

“Whenever guys got on I tried to bear down and make pitches,” Keller said. “My fastball command wasn’t as (good) as it could be, but to able to go to the slider and get outs was big for me today.”

Witt homered off Dakota Hudson (2-2), hitting an 0-1 changeup 417 feet into the bleachers in left center.

Witt came up in the fourth with no outs and runners on the corners and grounded into a double play that scored a run.

Hudson left after issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh to Nicky Lopez with the Royals ahead 2-0. Olivares hit an RBI trouble and Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, Witt and Michael Taylor also had RBIs in the inning.

“I was really happy to see (a five-run inning in the seventh) after we had a chance early on and let it slip through our fingers,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “Brad was fantastic. It was probably not his sharpest stuff, but he was really good.”

The Cards got a run in the eighth on Tyler O’Neill’s single.

Judge HRs as Yankees beat Jays 9-1 for 11th straight win

TORONTO (AP) A big blast from Aaron Judge put the surging New York Yankees on the path to yet another win.

Judge homered and drove in three runs, Jameson Taillon allowed one run in six innings, and the Yankees extended their streak to 11 games by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 on Tuesday night.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the ninth, his fifth of the season. New York leads the MLB with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the past 11 games.

“Everything is clicking,” Stanton said. “Timely hitting, the pitching has been great. We’ve just got to keep it going.”

Judge’s game-tying solo homer in the sixth inning was his ninth of the season, pulling him even with teammate Anthony Rizzo for the big-league lead.

“It definitely pumped some life into us,” manager Aaron Boone said of Judge’s 427-foot shot into the second deck.

Judge has 13 RBIs in his past five games, adding a two-run double in New York’s six-run seventh inning.

Taillon (2-1) allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out four to win his second straight decision.

“I thought that’s the best he’s thrown the ball since he’s been here, stuff-wise,” Boone said. “It’s really exciting what he’s doing.”

Josh Donaldson and Marwin Gonzalez each had RBI doubles and Aaron Hicks reached base four times as the Yankees improved to 18-6. It’s the seventh time in franchise history that New York has won 18 of its first 24 games.

New York’s winning streak also is the longest in the majors this season (the Yankees won 13 straight games from Aug. 14 to 27 last year).

Toronto, meanwhile, snapped a streak of 32 games without consecutive losses, dating back to Sept. 24, 2021. The Blue Jays also lost a series for the first time this season.

Toronto went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.

Mr. 2,000: Baker becomes 12th manager to reach 2,000 wins

HOUSTON (AP) Just call him Mr. 2,000.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker won his 2,000th game Tuesday night, becoming the 12th skipper in major league history to reach the milestone and the first Black man to do it.

The benchmark victory came in Houston’s 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners and comes more than 29 years after he collected his first win on April 6, 1993, in San Francisco’s 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

“I’m probably one of the luckiest men to ever walk on this earth,” a grinning Baker said minutes after the final out.

The 72-year-old Baker said being the first Black manager to reach 2,000 wins makes the achievement even more meaningful.

“It means extra,” he said. “It means extra to the culture. It means extra to society. It means extra to my race, and it means extra hopefully for others to get an opportunity (so) I’m not the last.”

It’s the latest milestone in a storied career as a player and manager that has spanned more than 50 years. Baker has reached the World Series twice as a manager, last season with the Astros and in 2002 with the Giants. As a player, he went three times with the Dodgers, winning it all as a big-hitting left fielder in 1981.

So where does this moment rank?

“Right now it’s at the top,” he said. “But I ain’t gonna stop now.”

Ten of the 11 other managers who have accumulated at least 2,000 wins are in the Hall of Fame. Bruce Bochy (2,003), who isn’t yet eligible, is the only exception.

“This should lead straight to the Hall of Fame,” Astros catcher Martin Maldonado said.

Baker’s players presented him with a bottle of vintage Dom Perignon champagne they signed with a gold marker to commemorate the achievement. The team toasted Baker with far more reasonably priced champagne in the clubhouse after the game.

His wife, Melissa, and a group of about 10 friends were at the ballpark. Melissa Baker smiled as she filmed her husband postgame from the stands as the big screen displayed a picture of him with the words “2K Wins” in huge white letters.

Baker’s career record is 2,000-1,745 and he’s the only manager in major league history to take five different teams to the postseason.

He collected 840 wins in 10 years with the Giants, 322 in four seasons with the Cubs, 509 in six years with the Reds, 192 in two seasons with the Nationals and he has 137 in his tenure with the Astros.

“I’m just doing my job,” Baker said. “I’m not that proud of myself yet.”

TOP INDIANA SPORTS RELEASES

New Sectional Assignments approved by IHSAA Executive Committee

the IHSAA Executive Committee approved the sectional assignments in six team sports for the next two

school years.

The Executive Committee accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which determined

the sectional groups for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.

Three committees consisting of school administrators representing each IHSAA district and class were constructed to

realign the sports. The football committee totaled 18 administrators, the basketball and volleyball committee was made

up of 12 members and the soccer committee consisted of nine individuals.

The baseball and softball realignment committee will meet this summer after both state tournaments conclude in June

with their sectional recommendations being presented to the Executive Committee for approval at its August meeting.

Host sites for the next two years will be determined by administrators in each sectional this summer.

READ MORE: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/050322.SectionalAssignments.pdf

Defensive Miscues Lead to Series-Opening Loss

INDIANAPOLIS – A pair of defensive errors by Indianapolis in the sixth inning led to two unearned runs that gave the Louisville Bats a 4-2 lead and eventual 6-3 win over the Indians on Tuesday night.

With two outs and one runner on in a tie ballgame, consecutive errors by Oneil Cruz and Ji-Hwan Bae gifted two runs to the Bats (9-16). Louisville added two more insurance runs in the seventh to put away the Indians (13-11).

The Indians plated the first run of the game in the second inning on a line-drive single by Travis Swaggerty that scored Canaan Smith-Njigba.

Louisville then took its first lead in the fifth on a JT Riddle leadoff home run and bases-loaded infield single off the bat of Albert Almora Jr. Michael Perez hit a run-scoring double in the bottom of the frame to tie the game, 2-2.

Right-hander Matt Eckelman (L, 0-1) pitched an inning in relief and yielded the two decisive unearned runs on one hit and one walk with one punchout.

After the Bats scored two runs in their third consecutive inning, Bae cut the deficit to three runs with an RBI single.

Right-hander Zack Godley (W, 1-0) earned the win with 2.0 innings of relief. He gave up one run on two hits with three strikeouts.

The Indians and Bats continue their series tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM ET. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 7.20) will take the bump for the Indians against RHP Luis Castillo (0-0, 0.00) who will make a major league rehab start for Louisville.

Wrestling Adds Standout Transfer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue head coach Tony Ersland added a standout transfer student-athlete Tuesday, as New York native Jake Null signed a tender to join the Boilermaker wrestling program in 2022-23. A 2020 state champion and three-time New York High School state placewinner, Null has four years of eligibility left and projects to wrestler at 165 or 174 pounds for the Boilermakers.

“We’re excited to welcome Jake to Purdue,” said Ersland. “He has a great skill set, high-level athleticism and he loves wrestling. We can’t wait to start helping him chase his goals.”

Hailing from Dolgeville, New York, Null signed with North Carolina State out of high school and took a redshirt in his first season in college. He competed unattached at 165 and 174 pounds, compiling a 21-8 overall record with seven falls, a technical fall and a major decision. He competed in six tournaments on the year, winning the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open at 174 pounds, placing at the King Open (third) and the Battle at the Citadel (fifth) at 174 as well. He also took fourth at 165 pounds at the Cleveland State Open.

Despite not having a senior high school season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Null won the state title at 160 pounds a junior, going 47-0 with 28 falls. He was second as a sophomore at 160, posting a 41-3 mark, and was third as a freshman at 152 pounds, also going 41-3.

FloWrestling tabbed Null as the No. 27 overall recruit in the Class of 2021, and ranked him sixth nationally at 170 pounds, while MatScouts ranked him 43rd in the class and No. 8 at 170. TrackWrestling.com offered Null his highest individual ranking, tabbing him third in the country at 170 pounds. He was a three-time NHSCA All-American, the 2020 Eastern States Champion and a 2018 USA Wrestling U16 national freestyle All-America pick.

Zoie Allen Transfers to Purdue Soccer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue soccer coach Drew Roff has announced that Zoie Allen has transferred to the program and will join the Boilermakers for the 2022 season.

A forward from Smithfield, Rhode Island, Allen is a transfer from Boston College. She will be eligible to play immediately in the fall and is a junior with three years of eligibility remaining.

“Zoie is a great fit for our program, and I am really looking forward to her joining us in the fall,” Roff said. “She is a very technical and dynamic attacking player with experience playing at a high level. Her ability to thrive in 1v1 situations, and her creativity in the final third, will add another dimension to our team’s attacking play.”

“I chose Purdue because of the amazing academic and athletic opportunities that it has to offer,” Allen said. “I feel that the coaching staff can help me grow as a player and person, and I am super excited to be a part of the program. Additionally, I loved the facilities and feel of the campus when I visited!”

In two seasons at Boston College, Allen played in 22 games with six starts. She had one assist, seven shots and two shots on goal in 750 minutes.

During her sophomore season in 2021, Allen played in eight matches for the Eagles and had one shot in 126 minutes. She registered a season-high 30 minutes and had one shot at Kennesaw State on September 5.

As a freshman in 2020-21, Allen played in all 14 games and made six starts. She recorded one assist, six shots and two shots on goal in 624 minutes. Allen’s first collegiate assist was the game-winner in overtime against Northeastern on April 1. She had a career-best three shots and two shots on goal in 53 minutes at Syracuse on October 22. Allen’s first collegiate start came vs. Duke on October 15, and she logged a career-high 76 minutes in BC’s next match against North Carolina on October 18.

Allen concluded her prep career ranked No. 6 in the Northeast region and No. 147 overall by Top Drawer Soccer. She played club soccer for New England Futbol Club and coaches Matt Jones and Nick Burke. Allen helped her team to NPL national titles in 2015 and 2016 and the ECNL quarterfinal in 2017. Her squad also was a U.S. Soccer Development Academy semifinalist in 2018.

At LaSalle Academy, Allen earned First Team All-State accolades and All-Division I honors in each of her two seasons on the varsity team, and she helped guide LaSalle to state runner-up appearances both years.

Allen is undecided on her major at Purdue, but is interested in pursuing a degree in finance. She was a four-year honor roll student at LaSalle Academy.

Allen’s parents are Karen and Tim, and she has two brothers, Matthew and Tim. Her mother, Karen, played volleyball at Providence, and her father, Tim, played hockey and baseball at Providence. Additionally, Allen’s brother, Matthew, plays hockey at Union College and her brother, Tim, played hockey and baseball at Skidmore College.

Allen will be one of 11 newcomers on the 2022 Boilermakers, as she joins a 10-player signing class that is the 19th-ranked signing class in the country. Allen and the incoming recruiting class will be joined by 22 returning players that will make up the 2022 Purdue Soccer roster.

Those 22 returners helped the Boilermakers to one of the greatest seasons in program history in 2021. Purdue went 15-4-3, its second-best record and second-most wins in team history behind only 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time in program history, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007. The Boilermakers went 8-2-0 in the Big Ten and notched a runner-up finish, both tied for their best-ever marks.

Purdue finished the year ranked No. 24 in the final United Soccer Coaches Top 25 national poll, appearing in the postseason poll for the third time ever and the first since 2007. Individual accolades included an All-America honor, two All-Region accolades, five All-Big Ten Team awards, the Big Ten Forward of the Year and the first two NWSL draft picks in team history.

For more on the Purdue soccer team, visit PurdueSports.com/Soccer and follow and connect with the Boilermakers at @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Iowa Series: Friday at 5pm ET, Saturday Live on BTN

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Game 2 of the Purdue-Iowa series Saturday in Iowa City has been added to the Big Ten Network’s schedule of live telecasts, moving up to a noon ET first pitch to accommodate the TV coverage.

The Boilermakers will play live on the BTN for the second weekend in a row after dispatching Michigan 12-4 live on the network Sunday, clinching a series victory in the process. Games televised live on BTN can be streamed on FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app with a verified pay-TV subscription that includes the Big Ten Network.

The coaching staffs also agreed to move Friday’s game to 5 p.m. ET. In the event of rain Friday, the game will not be moved back and the teams will instead play a doubleheader at noon ET on Saturday. The BTN’s B1G+ streaming platform will provide the live coverage for the other two games of the series regardless of when they are played. The BTN is only carrying the noon ET game Saturday.

Additionally, the Saturday, May 21 home finale vs. Maryland has been moved to a 2 p.m. ET first pitch. Purdue’s annual Alumni Day events are slated for that morning and the Senior Day ceremony will be held prior to the regular-season finale. Team alumni receive two complimentary admissions to both the Alumni Day events and the game at Alexander Field. They also have the option of purchasing additional tickets.

Saturday’s 11 a.m. (local time) game is now slated to be the Boilermakers’ earliest start of the season. Purdue had four games start before noon local time early last season as part of the neutral-site series against Nebraska and Michigan at Minor League Baseball stadiums in Texas and South Carolina.

The Boilermakers have not played at Iowa’s Duane Banks Field since the opening weekend of the 2017 conference season. They’ve made just two trips to Iowa City since 2011.

Keane Earns Third BIG EAST Honor with Record Breaking 5K Race

Barry Keane was named the BIG EAST Men’s Track Athlete of the Week for his record breaking 5000m run last week at the Payton Jordan Invitational, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Keane finished third in the elite field with a time of 13:26.29 on Friday night in Stanford, Calif., to break the old school record by more than four seconds (13:30.55 by Euan Makepeace in 2021). The time is currently the best in the BIG EAST and ranks No. 11 in NCAA Division I.

The redshirt senior from Waterford, Ireland, now holds both the indoor and outdoor Butler records in the 5k after clocking in at 13:25.96 during this past indoor season.

The recognition is Keane’s third of the school year after also earning Track Athlete of the Week on Dec. 14 during the indoor season then again on March 29 early in the outdoor season.

@ButlerUGolf’s Ally Ross Earns All-BIG EAST Honors

Butler graduate student Ally Ross capped off the 2021-22 season and her Bulldog career with her selection to the seven-member All-BIG EAST Team. The conference made the announcement Tuesday, May 3.

The selections were made by the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Ross placed fifth in the BIG EAST Championship and finished in the top five in four of her last five tournaments. Ross, who hails from West Lafayette, Ind., compiled a 74.42 stroke average in 12 tournaments. She posted a total of seven Top-10 finishes, including a win at the Benbow Invitational in March.

Xavier sophomore Emma McMyler has been named BIG EAST Player of the Year in women’s golf. Creighton’s Katherine Lemke has been selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. McMyler and Lemke also are included in a seven-member All-BIG EAST Team. The Xavier and Creighton coaching staffs share BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Breanna Jenco is the head coach at Xavier and Debbie Conry leads Creighton.

BIG EAST Player of the Year

Emma McMyler, Xavier

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Katherine Lemke, Creighton

BIG EAST Coaching Staffs of the Year

Creighton, Xavier

All-BIG EAST Team

Ally Ross, Butler, Gr., West Lafayette, Ind.

Katherine Lemke, Creighton, Fr., Geneva, Ill.

Megan Gormley, Georgetown, So., Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Jessie Kweon, St. John’s, Little Neck, N.Y.

Margot Bechadergue, Seton Hall, Gr., Aix-en-Provence, France

Kara Carter, Xavier, Fr., Kingsport, Tenn.

Emma McMyler, Xavier, So., San Antonio, Texas

Latrell Fleming Joins @ButlerUWBB as Associate Head Coach

INDIANAPOLIS – Latrell Fleming will join Austin Parkinson on the Butler women’s basketball coaching staff as the associate head coach. Fleming and Parkinson have coached together for eight seasons, including seven recently at IUPUI. Over those seven seasons at IUPUI, the Jaguars went 149-60 overall.

Fleming comes to Butler as an experienced coach that focuses on post-play development. Just one month ago, IUPUI forward Macee Williams was selected in the third round of the WNBA Draft. The Phoenix Mercury selected the four-time Horizon League Player of the Year with the 32nd pick making her the first WNBA Draft pick in IUPUI History.

Last year’s 2021-22 campaign at IUPUI was memorable in many ways. The team won the regular season title and tournament championship to make their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Fleming helped the Jags win a school record 14-straight games from Jan. 2 to Feb. 17 against Horizon League competition.

The program also won the regular season and tournament championship during the 2019-20 season, but postseason action was eliminated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, Fleming was on staff for six postseasons at IUPUI, with two of those trips set to take on the NCAA Tournament field.

Prior to his position at IUPUI, Fleming spent two years on the coaching staff at Northern Illinois (2013-15). He began his coaching career at Milwaukee as the program’s video coordinator in 2012-13.

Fleming is a Wisconsin graduate that worked as a student assistant coach with the Badgers under the guidance of Head Coach Bo Ryan from 2001-06. During that time, Wisconsin won three Big Ten Championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times. Highlighting that stretch was the team’s run to the Elite Eight in 2004-05.

Fleming was set to play for the Badgers after a stellar high school career that included winning a State Championship at Dominican in 2001. The McDonald’s All-American nominee was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy heading into his freshman season and therefore was unable to participate.

A Milwaukee native, Fleming now resides in Indianapolis.

Cruz Selected as the 2022 AVCA National Coach of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the fifth time in his 11-year head coaching career, Ball State men’s volleyball head coach Donan Cruz has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year.

Cruz earned the 2022 AVCA Men’s Division I/II National Coach of the Year honor after leading the Cardinals to a 23-3 overall record, along with Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) regular season and tournament titles.

Ball State’s historic season under its first-year head coach is scheduled to continue Thursday, when it makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002. The Cardinals earned the No. 2 seed in the event, as well as a bye into the national semifinals, which will take place at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion May 5-7 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The second coach in program history to earn AVCA National Coach of the Year honors while leading the Cardinals, joining 1995 & 1996 honoree Dr. Don Shondell, Cruz helped restore Ball State’s historic traditions of success by guiding the program to its first outright MIVA regular season championship since 1997. Ball State went 12-2 in league play in 2022, earning Cruz the title of MIVA Coach of the Year.

Under Cruz, who was a four-time AVCA NAIA Men’s National Coach of the Year for his work at Grand View, Ball State reached 20 wins for the first time since the 2016 campaign. The Cardinals started the season off hot, earning back-to-back wins over defending national champion and then-No. 1 ranked Hawai’i. The Cardinals also secured a notable win on the road at then-No. 9 BYU this season.

In conference action, Cruz helped the Cardinals defeat Lewis on the road for the first time since 2010. BSU also swept the two-match season series versus its longest rival, Ohio State, for the first time since 2014. 

Ball State enters the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 4 in the national AVCA Coaches Poll, which is the highest ranking in program history. The Cardinals will face either North Greenville or have a rematch with Hawai’i on Thursday, May 5 at 10:30 pm ET.

CASTEDO AND FREEMAN SELECTED FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP

The University of Notre Dame’s 22nd ranked doubles tandem of Maria Olivia Castedo and Page Freeman were selected for the NCAA Division I women’s tennis championship doubles competition Tuesday evening. Castedo and Freeman are one of 32 doubles teams selected to compete in the May 23-28 tournament that will be hosted by the University of Illinois at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.

Joining Castedo and Freeman from the Atlantic Coast Conference are Jaeda Daniel and Nell Miller of NC State, Ali DeSpain and Samantha Buyckx of Clemson, Georgia Dummy and Karolina Berankova of Duke, Anna Arkadianou and Petra Hule of Florida State, Carol Lee and Kate Sharabura of Georgia Tech, Davenia Achong and Eden Richardson of Miami, Amelia Rajecki and Abigail Rencheli of NC State, Miyuka Komoto and Polina Kozyreva of Syracuse, Emma Navarro and Hibah Shaikh of Virginia, Anna Brylin and Brooke Killingsworth and Case Woooten and Samantha Marintelli each of Wake Forest, and Elizabeth Scotty and Fiona Crawley of North Carolina.

This season, Castedo and Freeman have gone 8-7 on the season, including going 7-7 at No. 1 and 6-6 in challenging ACC action. The two earned ACC wins over Crawley and Scotty of UNC, Drummy and Berankova of Duke, Rhea Verna and Sasha Gorchanyuk of Louisville, Cristina Mayorova and Daniella Medvedeva of Clemson, Katie Andreini and Annie Clark of Virginia Tech and Achong and Richardson of Miami.

Robert Washington Receives Philadelphia Eagles Rookie Minicamp Invite

A phone call from one former Valparaiso University football player to another on Monday carried with it the opportunity of a lifetime.

After two standout seasons at Valpo, running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) has earned a National Football League Rookie Minicamp invite from the Philadelphia Eagles. He learned the news from his agent Randy Fisher, who played football at Valpo from 1996-2000.

“It was a tearful moment,” Washington said. “I couldn’t stop smiling and I couldn’t stop screaming. This is pretty special; it’s a dream come true. It’s unbelievable to see all of the hard work paying off. It really hasn’t hit me yet. It’ll probably hit me when I get to training camp.”

A circuitous collegiate career that featured numerous stops ended with a successful two-year stint in Valpo’s program. In just 17 games, Washington left an unforgettable mark on the program, rushing for 1,758 career yards, a total that ranks ninth in program history. His Fall 2021 total of 211 rushing yards ranks second in program history, and his 14 rushing touchdowns this fall tied a program record that had stood since 1977.

“I’m happy to be able to represent Valpo at the next level,” Washington said. “They gave me the opportunity to show my talent, and that helped me get to this point. I talked to Coach Fox about it, and told him that I’m so happy I can do this for Valpo and for me. The people and the coaches led me to Valpo. My time at Valpo has been so special and went by so fast.”

When Washington transferred into Valpo’s program, he found the right fit for his growth on and off the field.

“Robert signing with the Eagles is exciting for the program as a whole,” Fox said. “It’s an example of the success that we’ve had with transfers, and a lot of that comes back to the players on the team. We have a culture that is very accepting of good players and good people who join our program. They get excited for their individual success and team success as well. We’re proud of how transfers have flourished in our program, and that starts with the current players as well as the ability of our staff to identify transfers who fit the profile of our University.”

Washington was named the Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Year following the Spring 2021 season and earned All-PFL First Team status in each of his seasons with the Brown & Gold. During Washington’s tenure, the program finished with a PFL record of .500 or better in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000.

“This is really exciting and this is great exposure for Valpo’s program,” Fisher said. “It shows that you can attend Valpo, get one of the best educations in the country and get an opportunity in the NFL. There’s a close-knit bond among anyone who has played at Valpo. We’ve got a good group of alumni supporting the current players. It is special to represent him. I was thrilled when he asked me to help him through the process, and even more thrilled when we got him an opportunity with the Eagles.”

Washington and Fisher own a special bond with one Valpo alum representing another.

“For Robert to receive a Rookie Minicamp Invite in this year’s draft speaks volumes,” Fisher said. “Based on the number of rookie undrafted free agents this year, it’s impressive for him to have a rookie minicamp invite. The Eagles are one of the top organizations in the NFL from top to bottom. Howie Roseman is building a solid roster and Nick Sirianni and his staff are some of the best coaches and football minds in the industry. There’s not a better place that I’d want to send Robert; the Eagles will give him a fair look. More than anything, it’s a tremendous opportunity for Robert. He’s put in a ton of work to get to this point in his life. I’ve told Robert that mentally he has to believe that once he’s in the building, he’s not leaving.”

Washington is currently still in Charlotte and will travel on either Wednesday or Thursday before rookie minicamp begins on Friday.  

“When I spoke to Robert after he received the news, he expressed his gratitude for the opportunity that he was given to play at Valpo and be involved in our campus community,” Fox said. “It takes everyone to be successful and that includes the dedication of his coaching staff and teammates. When he tells me that he’s grateful for his opportunity at Valpo, I think of all the people who are part of our program that help make these opportunities possible.” 

Jerome Palm to Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program

What Valparaiso University can offer both academically and athletically led 6-foot-10 forward Jerome Palm (Almere, Netherlands / Echnaton [Hillsborough CC]) to the Valpo men’s basketball program.

Palm will join head coach Matt Lottich’s team as a junior college transfer for the 2022-2023 academic and athletic year. In doing so, he’ll achieve his athletic goal of reaching the Division-I level while working toward his academic goal of earning a degree in business.

“The business school was a big factor for me because I was going to have to change my major to attend a different school that I was looking at,” Palm said. “At the end of the day, it’s always good to get the education; that’s important to have. The coaching staff came to see our point guard play, and they noticed me. They liked me from the moment they saw me. It was very important to me that the coaching staff had seen me play.”

Palm forged bonds with Lottich and the assistant coaches and said the recruiting process made Valpo feel like a natural fit.

“Like a lot of international players, Jerome spent much of his youth playing soccer,” Lottich said. “I think that’s pretty evident when you watch him play and watch his foot speed. What stood out to me the most was his athleticism and ability to change the floor. He’s very communicative. I think his energy will result in an immediate impact for us. He’s a high-level rebounder and a high-level athlete. He has an ability to step out and hit open shots. I think he’s just scratching the surface of what he can be as a basketball player.”

Palm averaged 9.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in 25 contests at Hillsborough this past season after beginning his collegiate career at Daytona State in 2020-2021.

“I’ll definitely be contributing on both the offensive and defensive ends,” Palm said. “The strongest aspect of my game is my defense.”

When asked for the highlight of his basketball career, Palm was quick to point toward his experience competing for a championship-winning Netherlands national team in last summer’s 3×3 national tournament.

“That meant a lot coming from where I come from,” Palm said. “I started playing at 15 years old. Representing my country with my family’s name on my back meant so much to me. That was a really special moment.”

Speaking of special moments, Palm also experienced one when the dream of playing Division-I college basketball became a reality when he made his decision to accept Lottich’s offer to join Valpo’s program. He joins a program with a rich basketball tradition and a member of the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference.

“It means so much to me after all these years,” Palm said. “I’ve worked hard for this moment from the time I started playing basketball. From multiple practices each day to traveling and playing at clubs back home and finally achieving this. People dream of playing Division-I.”

In his spare time, Palm enjoys cutting hair for fun as a makeshift barber. He cuts hair for friends and family members in addition to cutting his own.

Palm joins Quinton Green, Nick Edwards and Maximum Nelson as Valpo basketball newcomers for the 2022-2023 campaign.

Illinois rally downs Sycamores in midweek action

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, ILL. – Illinois utilized a key two-out rally midway through the contest to take the Tuesday night win over Indiana State at Illinois Field, 6-3.

Illinois (23-19) took the lead after a four-run bottom of the fifth as the Fighting Illini took advantage of a Cam McDonald two-run single, while Kellen Sarver added an RBI double in the inning to give the home team the 6-2 lead. The Sycamores (22-14) took a run back in the sixth as Josue Urdaneta scored on a wild pitch and Indiana State put runners on base in eighth

Randall Diaz doubled for the Sycamores as six different Indiana State players recorded hits on the day. Luis Hernandez brought home ISU’s lone RBI in the game, while Diaz, Urdaneta, and Keegan Watson all scored.

Jake Ridgway went the first 3.2 innings in taking the no-decision on the mound for the Sycamores. The redshirt senior allowed four hits and two runs while striking out one. Brennyn Cutts (2-2) went 0.2 innings with two runs coming across in his time on the mound, while Joey Hurth and Raine Richter closed out the contest.

Danny Doligale, Jacob Campbell, and Kellen Sarver all doubled for Illinois as the Illini evened the season series with the Sycamores. Doligale and Campbell both scored twice in the win.

Ryan Kutt (2-2) went into the sixth for Illinois in the midweek start as the junior surrendered five hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out two to take the win. Jack Wenninger and Joseph Glassey also saw time on the mound for the Fighting Illini, before Tommy Green (S, 3) worked the

How They Scored

Illinois took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Jacob Campbell connected on a sacrifice fly to center allowing Danny Doligale to score and giving the Fighting Illini the early lead.

The Sycamores evened the score in the top of the second as Luis Hernandez worked a 2-2 count before connecting on the RBI single through the left side scoring Keegan Watson to make it a 1-1 game.

The Illinois left fielder misplayed Josue Urdaneta’s fly ball in the top of the third allowing Randall Diaz to score as the Sycamores took the 2-1 lead.

Ryan Hampe tied the game up for the Illini in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out RBI single scoring Jacob Campbell to even the score back up at 2-2.

Justin Janas reached on a fielder’s choice bringing home Cal Hejza in the bottom of the fifth sparking a four-run rally with two outs to give Illinois the 6-2 lead. Cam McDonald connected on a two-run single in the inning, while Kellen Sarver added an RBI double to bring home the final run in the frame.

Josue Urdaneta came across the plate on a wild pitch as the Sycamores narrowed the lead down to 6-3 in the top of the sixth inning.

News & Notes

Grant Magill threw out his ninth and 10th attempted base stealers in the 2022 season in the game and added a pick-off in the second inning as the redshirt sophomore continues to keep the opposition uneasy on the base paths.

Jake Ridgway worked his first start on the mound since April 10 and eighth overall in the 2022 season in taking the no-decision on Tuesday night.

Joey Hurth worked his team-leading 20th appearance for the Sycamores in the contest after entering the game in the fifth.

Randall Diaz kept the Indiana State doubles streak alive with a two-out double in the top of the third inning to make it 24 consecutive contests with a two-bagger.

Raine Richter made his fifth appearance of the season after coming into the contest with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

Indiana State and Illinois split the season series as the Sycamores fall to 37-45-2 all-time against the Illini.

Up Next

Indiana State remains on the road this weekend as the Sycamores make the trip to Peoria, Ill. for a three-game series at Bradley spanning May 6-8. First pitch in Friday’s opener at Dozer Park is set for 7 p.m. ET with the game set to be carried live via ESPN3 and 105.5 The Legend.

Hounds Earn Top Seed, Right to Host Midwest Regional

INDIANAPOLIS–Fresh off its league-best 13th GLVC title this past weekend, the University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team learned their NCAA tournament fate on Tuesday night as the Greyhounds were announced as the top seed for the upcoming NCAA DII Midwest Regional.

The Hounds, who finished last season as the national runner-up, earned a First Round bye.  They’ll await the winner of the No. 4 seed Tiffin versus No. 5 seed Wayne State.  That match will take place at 10 am on Friday, May 6.  The winner will take on UIndy at 10 am on Saturday, May 7 with a trip to the Midwest Region title game on the line.

All matches will begin at 10 am at Center Grove High School in Greenwood.

More details will be announced as they become available.  Stay tuned to UIndyAthletics.com for a full preview later this week.

Men’s Tennis Dubbed #2 seed in Midwest Regional

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division II Men’s Tennis Championship bracket was announced on Tuesday night.  The University of Indianapolis earned the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region along with the right to host the First and Second Round.

Making their 15th NCAA Tournament appearance, the Hounds will take on GLIAC foe and the No. 7 seed Davenport on Monday.  The other First Round match up features a pair of conference champions in the No. 3 seed McKendree of the GLVC and the No. 6 seed Tiffin of the G-MAC.  The winners of each match will square off on Tuesday with a trip to the Midwest Region Championship on the line.

All matches will begin at 10 am on Monday and Tuesday at Center Grove High School in Greenwood.

More details will be announced as they become available.  Stay tuned to UIndyAthletics.com for a full preview later this week.

Greyhounds, Graf Second Heading Into Final Round of Regionals

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The UIndy women’s golf team remained in second place after another successful day at the 2022 NCAA DII East Regional Tuesday, held at the par-71 Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. Led by a pair of top-five competitors, the Greyhounds combined for a second-round team score of 297 to craft an 11-stroke cushion over third-place Tiffin.

With just 18 holes left to play, the Greyhounds are looking to stick in the top five to qualify for the NCAA DII Women’s Golf Championships later this month. UIndy will be joined by Tiffin and team-leader Findlay in Wednesday’s final groups, with tee times starting at 11:10 a.m. ET.

Both Catharina Graf (+3) and Anci Dy (+4) will begin the final round in the top five. Graf fired an even-par 71 Tuesday to move into a three-way tie for second, while Dy carded a one-over 72 to take sole possession of fifth. Graf sits just three back of leader Jill Schmitmeyer of Findlay.

Katelyn Skinner (+13, T-21) and Elyse Stasil (+14, 26th) both shot a 77 Tuesday, while Ellen Caton (+27, T-61) carded an 81.

MONDAY

UIndy opened the East Regional with a solid team score of 305, good for second place on the leaderboard.  Two Hounds landed in the top 10 through 18 holes.

Both junior Catharina Graf and freshman Anci Dy carded a three-over 74 on the par-71 course, good for a share of ninth place among the region’s best. Dy led all players with five round-one birdies. Junior Katelyn Skinner (+7) settled at T-20, followed by senior Elyse Stasil (+8, T-26) and freshman Ellen Caton (+17, T-71).

Findlay (292) holds the team lead after day one, building a 13-stroke lead over the field. UIndy, meanwhile, is currently two strokes up on third-place Tiffin and five ahead of fourth-place Lindenwood.

WOMEN’S GOLF PLACES FOURTH AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Carmel, Ind. – The Marian women’s golf team finished fourth at the Crossroads League Championships, as play concluded at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, on Tuesday afternoon. Indiana Wesleyan won the championship, with Taylor University and Bethel placing ahead of Marian.

Marian carded a team score of 947 over the 54-hole outing, taking fourth place with a +83 effort. Marian shot a 317 in round one and a 318 in round two, closing strong through the wet weather on Tuesday with a 312 in the final round. Indiana Wesleyan won the event with a team score of 911, with Taylor carding a 913 in their second place effort and Bethel shooting a 934 over three rounds.

The top golfer for the Knights over the three days was Sidney Parmer, who tied for seventh place with a 232 score for three rounds. Parmer carded a 81 in round one, and ended strong with a 75 in round two and a 76 in round three. Elizabeth Hedrick joined Parmer with a top-15 finish, tying for 14th with a 236 score over 54 holes. Hedrick shot a 79, 77, and 80 in her three rounds.

Mira Nicpon shot a 240 in her three rounds, and finished 18th overall. Nicpon shot a 77 in round one, 87 in round two, and a 76 in her final collegiate round. MacKendzie Dresbaugh finished tied for 21st with a 244 score, shooting an 80 and 84 on Monday, and an 80 in the final round Tuesday. Mackenzi Black finished 30th in the league championship, firing an 84+82+84=250 for her three round score.

Parmer led the tournament with two eagles, and was also one of the top golfers in the field shooting a -4 on par-five holes.

Marian won two tournaments in their 2021-22 season, and had nine top-five finishes.

MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER SIGNS COLE FOGLEMAN

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team released the signing of Carmel native Cole Fogleman, as announce by head coach Mark Castro.

Cole Fogleman is a 5’9″ striker out of Carmel High School, where the local product was a two-year varsity starter. As a Greyhound, Fogleman helped Carmel win the MIC Championship twice, and as a junior helped lead his team to an IHSAA State Championship Runner-Up.

Outside of athletics, Folgeman is a student mentor, and is active in his community in fundraising for local causes. Fogleman holds a 3.5 GPA, and at Marian will major in marketing. Cole is the son of Joe and Stacy Folgeman, and has three sisters, Claire, Abby, and HollyJo.

WOMEN’S GOLF WINS 2022 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the first time in program history, Indiana Wesleyan women’s golf is your 2022 Crossroads League Champions. The Wildcats collected nine birdies and 22 pars on the back nine of Prairie View, overcoming an eight-stroke deficit to win the Championships.

Braedyn O’Dell didn’t let up during her final 18, firing off a 77 and forcing a playoff hole for the individual championship.  Taylor’s Sabrina Langerak and O’Dell would back it up to 18, to see who would take the individual championship. Both golfers dialed up perfect tee shots and layups, leaving them wedges into the Par-5, 18 green. Langerak would stick one closest in the playoff for a birdie, edging O’Dell in the playoff.

O’Dell, Caroline Gibson, and Sydney Leyerle all earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team for the play over the 36-holes.

T1 – Indiana Wesleyan University – 309, 297, 305 – 911

T1 – Taylor University – 302, 304, 307 – 913

3 – Bethel, Ind. – 310, 305. 319 – 934

4 – Marian – 317, 318 , 312 – 945

5 – Mount Vernon – 310, 320, 320 – 950

6 – Grace College – 334, 330, 325 – 989

7 – St. Francis, U of IN – 340, 329, 326 – 995

8 – Spring Arbor – 364, 339, 247 – 1050

9 – Huntington – 359, 351, 353 – 1063

T1 – Braedyn O’Dell – 75, 71, 77    – 223

T4 – Sydney Leyerle – 75, 77, 74 – 226

6 – Caroline Gibson – 75, 80 , 76 – 231

13 – Faith Egenolf – 74, 83, 78 – 235

17 – Makenna Hostetler – 77, 79, 83 – 239

The win sends IWU to the NAIA National Golf Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla. on May 24-27, 2022. This is the second consecutive year IWU has earned a trip to Nationals.

NEWS | Men’s Tennis Quartet Picks Up All-Conference Accolades

CARMEL, Ind. – Four members of the Franklin men’s tennis team earned spots on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) All-Conference teams on Tuesday (May 3) morning.

Senior Ty McCory and freshman Dustin Garrison represented Franklin on the league’s first team, while senior Matt Leming and freshman Nathan Jarboe collected honorable mention honors from the league.

McCory and Garrison both collected First Team All-HCAC honors for the first time in their careers. The duo played together as the No. 1 doubles pairing where they compiled an 8-8 record as a tandem. McCory spent the bulk of the season as the team’s top singles player, where he went 6-10 overall. Garrison saw limited action at the top of the lineup but settled into the No. 2 singles position where he put together a 6-7 record.

Leming and Jarboe also spent the bulk of the year as partners, occupying the No. 3 spot in the doubles lineup and putting together a 7-1 record as a tandem. Both players had identical 7-8 records in singles play, with Jarboe playing primarily at No. 3 singles and Leming entrenched in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. It marks the first all-conference honor for both.

Franklin gets post-season play underway on Wednesday (May 4), when they host Transylvania in the opening round of the 2022 HCAC Championships. The opening serve is set for 4:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to meet #1 Rose-Hulman this weekend at Top Seed Tennis Club in Lexington, Ky.

Four Men’s Tennis Players Named First-Team All-HCAC; Six Total Players Honored

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed four players on the first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis squad, in results released on Tuesday by the league office.

Rose-Hulman’s top four singles players – Joshua Giambattista, Mark Slaninka, Owen Reynolds and Grant Paradowski – each claimed first-team all-HCAC recognition.

Rhian Seneviratne and Arudrra Krishnan also captured honorable mention all-league recognition in balloting by league coaching.

The honors come after Rose-Hulman won its sixth HCAC regular season championship since 2015 with a perfect 5-0 record.  The Fightin’ Engineers enter the HCAC Tournament this weekend as the No. 1 overall seed.

Giambattista finished with 7 singles wins and 6 doubles wins as Rose-Hulman’s No. 1 player this season.  His career totals stand at 31 singles wins, 21 doubles wins and 52 total victories heading into this weekend’s HCAC Tournament.  Giambattista has won two HCAC Player of the Week awards this season.

Slaninka has 11 career singles victories and has compiled a doubles record of 20-6 since 2021.  The senior is 12-6 in doubles play this season and also has a pair of victories at the No. 2 singles flight.

Reynolds has 8 singles wins and 7 doubles wins as a freshman, playing primarily in the No. 3 spot.  He has earned one HCAC Player of the Week honor in 2022.

Paradowski is a 2-time HCAC Player of the Week selection as a freshman this season.  He has a 10-8 singles record and an 11-7 doubles mark, playing primarily at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Seneviratne has won 8 singles matches and 6 doubles matches this year, increasing his career totals to 12 singles and 12 doubles wins.

Krishnan has won 4 singles matches and a pair of doubles contests this year, increasing his career totals to 11 singles and 6 doubles wins.

Rose-Hulman will face either Transylvania or Franklin in HCAC Semifinal action on Saturday May 7 at 1 pm in Nicholasville, Ky.  The HCAC championship match will also take place in Kentucky on Sunday May 8 at 10 am.

WOMEN’S GOLF FINISHES TOP THREE AT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

No. 25 Bethel Women’s Golf competed in the Crossroads League Championship on Monday and Tuesday, finishing 54 holes in third place at Prairie View Golf Course. Jessica Shurety finished the tournament in third place with a 225 (+7), while Maria Pardo Victori, Taeyon Kwon, and Katie Blauw also finished top 20 individually.

MATCH VITALS

Crossroads League Championship: Hosted by Grace

Prairie View Golf Course:  Fishers, Ind.

Round 1 Score: 305 | 3rd

Round 2 Score: 310 | 3rd

Round 3 Score: 319 | 4th

Total Score: 934 | 3rd 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

3. Jessica Shurety: 77 | 72 | 76 || 225

10. Maria Pardo Victori: 78 | 74 | 81 || 233

T11. Taeyon Kwon: 77 | 76 | 81 || 234

19. Katie Blauw: 78 | 83 | 81 || 242

T36. Greta Whitaker:  90 | 84 | 87 || 261

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots will await a possible berth to the NAIA National Championship in Oklahoma City on May 24-27.

PREVIEW: The Hanover women’s lacrosse team set to open play as part of HCAC Tournament

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team is set to compete as part of the Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference Tournament after claiming the no. 2 seed.

The Panthers welcome no. 3 seed Franklin to Alumni Stadium on Wednesday, May 4 for a 4:00 PM contest.

Transylvania claimed the top spot after posting a perfect mark in conference play and will host no. 4 seed Earlham.

The last meeting between the Panthers and Grizzlies saw the Blue and Red win in dramatic fashion following an overtime goal that lifted them to the 10-9 victory.

The Panthers are seeking their second consecutive HCLC Tournament Championship berth after defeating Earlham in 2019, 16-4. (2020 Tournament was canceled due to Covid-19) They would see their season come to an end in the Championship at Transylvania.

Men’s Tennis lands five on All-HCAC list

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2022 Men’s Tennis All-Conference teams with five Panthers being recognized.

Claiming All-HCAC honors were junior Jedrek Brodzki (Warsaw, Poland), senior Pablo Gallart (Serra, Spain), senior Connor Garrison (Louisville, Ky.), and sophomore Joey Keal (Louisville, Ky.).

Freshman Charley Williams (Jeffersonville, Ind.) was named Honorable Mention All-HCAC.

Brodzki led the Panthers as a primary no. 3 singles player posting a perfect 3-0 mark in HCAC action. The junior also competed at no. 2 doubles finishing the 2022 HCAC season strong with a 2-1 mark.

Gallart continued to be a key component of the Panther program finding success at no. 2 doubles, dropping just one match all season in HCAC competition. The All-HCAC accolade marks his third straight.

Garrison, a 2021 All-HCAC selection, saw most of his action come at no. 1 doubles where he went 4-1 among HCAC opponents.

Rounding out the first team accolades was the 2021 Newcomer of the Year, Joey Keal. Keal, who primarily played doubles with Garrison at no. 1 finished the HCAC campaign with a 4-1 mark.

Williams picks up his first All-Conference honor as the no. 3 doubles player for the Blue and Red. He finished the HCAC season at 3-1 overall.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, May 7 as part of the HCAC Tournament taking on the winner of no. 3 seed Anderson and no. 6 seed Manchester.

Arnold & Kibler Named Honorable Mention All-HCAC

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced the 2022 Men’s Tennis All-Conference and major award winners on Tuesday May 3.  A pair of Spartans were honored by the league office this year.

Both Austin Arnold (Coatesville, Ind./South Putnam) and Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) earned Honorable Mention All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.

Arnold and Kibler both earned a trio of singles victories this season. Arnold competed primarily at no. 2 singles while Kibler saw most of his action at the no. 3 singles flight. In doubles action, Arnold won three matches at the no. 1 position while Kibler chipped in a pair of victories, also at the no. 1 doubles flight.

The Black & Gold will gear up for their Opening Round match of the HCAC Tournament, slated for Wednesday May 4 at Anderson. Match time is scheduled for 5 p.m.

HU FINISHES 9TH AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

CARMEL, Ind. – The HU women’s golf team’s season came to an end Tuesday afternoon with a ninth-place finish at the Crossroads League Championships at Prairie View Golf Club. Over the course of three-round event, the Foresters posted a 1063 (359-351-353).

Danielle Tinsley had a great to tourney by firing a 237 (75-84-78) to finish 16th out of 45 golfers for Coach Patrick Davis. Not only did she set a new three-round program record, she also broke the lowest 18-hole score when she carded a 75 in her first round.

Abby Sheehan was a picture of consistency for Huntington to finish with a 262 (87-88-87) for 38th place. Lauren Slottke turned in a 280 (101-89-90) while Lexy Turpchinoff (96-92-98) and Katie Springer (103-90-99) rounded out Huntington’s scores with a 286 and 292 respectively.  

“I am happy we improved from last year’s conference scores and continue improving as a team,” said Coach Davis. “We’ve played smarter with every tournament this spring. Each player has had challenges to overcome, and they all did that this week at conference.

“Danielle continues to lead us, and that’s evident based on the program records she set this week. I am excited for next year as our young core of players continues to improve their game. I’m proud of our senior Kate who has been in our top five all four years. She has been a great player for us, but more importantly a great teammate and a four-year academic honor roll student.”

Indiana Wesleyan fired a 47-over-par 911 to beat out Taylor (913) by two strokes for the league title followed by Bethel (934), Marian (947), Mount Vernon (950), Grace (989), Saint Francis (995), Spring Arbor (1050) and HU (1063).

USI Softball opens postseason play Thursday

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Softball opens Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament play Thursday at 12:30 p.m. when it hosts No. 8-seeded Maryville University in the opening round.

The Screaming Eagles (40-10, 26-2 GLVC) enter the tournament as the top seed after finishing the regular-season by winning 28 of their last 30 games, including a program-record 26 wins in conference play.

USI jumped one spot to No. 15 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association Division II Top 25 poll. The University of Indianapolis, which is the No. 2 seed in the GLVC Tournament, dropped a spot to No. 3 in the latest national poll, while Grand Valley State University stayed at No. 21 to round out the Midwest Region’s presences in the national poll.

If USI wins its opening round game, the Eagles will play the winner of the matchup between No. 5-seeded University of Missouri-St. Louis and No. 4-seeded Lindenwood University Friday at 3 p.m. in the winner’s bracket. USI would play the loser between Missouri-St. Louis and Lindenwood Friday at 10 a.m. in the event of a first-round loss.

The GLVC Tournament semifinals are scheduled for Saturday, while any remaining “if necessary” games along with the championship are scheduled for Sunday.

USI’s games will be carried live on the GLVC Sports Network, while live stats and video can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com. Tickets for the GLVC Softball Championship Tournament must be purchased online and in advance as no cash will be accepted at the gate.

USI Softball Notes

• Eagles looking for fifth GLVC Tournament title. USI is looking for its fifth GLVC Tournament title this weekend and its first since 2018.

• Different format. This year’s GLVC Tournament is following the GLVC Baseball Championship’s format, with the tournament being double-elimination and the championship being a winner-take-all single game.

• Against the field. The Eagles went 13-1 against the GLVC Tournament field this season, including 7-1 against the top five seeds. More impressively is that the Eagles played seeds 2-5 on the road during the regular season.

• GLVC regular-season champions. USI captured its first regular-season GLVC title since 2017 and its first-ever out-right regular-season championship. The Eagles finished in a tie at 19-7 with Rockhurst in 2017 but had the No. 1 seed due to a tiebreaker. They tied with Ashland University at 8-0 in 1995 before winning the GLVC Tournament title.

• Scoreless streak. Lindenwood’s run in the third inning of the Eagles’ game-two win snapped a pair of USI scoreless streaks. The Eagles held their opponents scoreless for 22 consecutive frames this weekend, while freshman pitcher Josie Newman (Indianapolis, Indiana) had not given up a run in her previous 20 innings of work.

• Another plateau. USI’s 40 wins marks the fourth time in program history that the Eagles have reached the 40-win plateau. They won 48 games in 1998, 46 in 2017 and 41 during their national championship run in 2018. It’s also the third time in program history they have reached the 40-win plateau during the regular-season.

• GLVC win total. The Eagles matched the single-season program record for conference wins by picking up its 22nd GLVC victory. USI was 22-6 in 1998 and 2015 and went 21-9 in 2016. This season marks the fourth time in program history the Eagles have reached the 20-win plateau in league play.

• USI moves up on spot in NFCA Top 25. The Eagles moved up one spot to No. 15 in the latest NFCA Division II Top 25 poll. Indianapolis dropped a spot to No. 2, while Grand Valley State remained No. 21.

• Regional rankings. The final set of regional rankings are due out Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles are fighting for a top-two spot in the NCAA II Midwest Region rankings, which would give the Eagles the right to host one of the two Midwest Regionals. The NCAA Division II Tournament selection show is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m. (CDT) on ncaa.com.

• USI ends regular season with four more wins. The Eagles went 4-0 to end the regular season. The Eagles held their opponents to just two runs in 28 innings of work, with junior pitcher Allie Goodin (Evansville, Indiana) going 2-0 with a .054 ERA and senior pitcher Katie Back (Indianapolis, Indiana) going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Newman went 1-0 with a save and a 0.62 ERA.

At the plate, sophomore catcher Sammie Kihega (Greenfield, Indiana) hit .583 (7-12) with three doubles and thre RBI to lead the Eagles. Goodin and junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois) each had four RBI, while Goodin and sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) each had a home run.

• Season leaders. Sophomore first baseman Lexi Fair (Greenwood, Indiana) continues to pace the Eagles at the plate with a .385 batting average, 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and 42 RBI. Back is hitting .374 with eight doubles, two home runs and 26 RBI. The Eagles are hitting .322 as a team and have 10 players with at least 12 RBI and eight with more than 20 RBI.

Junior shortstop Jordan Rager (Fishers, Indiana) has driven in 31 runs, while Martinez and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana) have racked up 30 and 29 RBI, respectively.

In the circle, Newman is 14-3 with a 1.84 ERA, 165 strikeouts and a .170 opponent batting average, while Goodin is 11-2 with a 2.24 ERA and a .228 opponent batting average. In GLVC play, Newman is 11-0 with a 0.95 ERA, .114 opponent batting average and 120 strikeouts.

• Walk-off wins. The Eagles have had 11 walk-off victories this season, including six that have been in the seventh-inning or later and four that have been in extra innings. Six of the walk-off wins have given the Eagles victory via the eight-run rule.

• Eagles in extra innings. USI is 6-1 in extra-inning games this season, including 4-0 in GLVC play.

• Hitting streaks. Goodin and sophomore outfielder Mackenzie Bedrick (Brownsburg, Indiana) each have hit in a team-leading six straight games entering the GLVC Tournament. Martinez and Bedrick each had a team-high 11-game hitting streak earlier in the year.

• Eagles back to 30-win plateau. USI cracked the 30-win plateau for the first time since 2019 and the seventh time in the last 10 years. The Eagles were on pace to crack the 30-win plateau in 2020, winning 15 of their first 19 games before COVID-19 canceled the remainder of their season. The Eagles have reached the 30-win plateau 12 times under Head Coach Sue Kunkle and 19 times in program history.

• Best GLVC start in program history. The Eagles’ 16-0 start to GLVC play this season was the best open to league play in program history. USI’s game-one loss to Indianapolis snapped USI’s 17-game GLVC winning streak, which dated back to the end of the 2021 campaign.

• Win streak. USI’s 18-game winning streak matched the program record, which was first set during the 2005 season. USI followed an 0-8 start to the 2005 season with 18 straight wins.

• Weekly honors. Both Fair and Newman have collected GLVC weekly honors this season. Fair earned GLVC Player of the Week honors for her efforts in USI’s doubleheader sweeps over Illinois Springfield, Truman State and Quincy earlier this season, while Newman was named GLVC Pitcher of the Week after recording a pair of shutouts, including a no-hitter, in USI’s doubleheader wins over Drury and Southwest Baptist.

• Fair on Player of the Year list. Fair was named to the NFCA’s Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 50 list earlier this season. She was one of six players from the GLVC and eight from the Midwest Region to land on the list.

• Newman put together impressive run. Newman saw her string of three straight shutouts come to an end during USI’s win over Indianapolis last week. She had not given up a run for 20 1/3 innings of work until UIndy’s Gianni Iannantone hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

• Bean, Rager put up big numbers. Bean and Rager each have posted a six-RBI game for the Eagles this season. Bean drove in seven runs in USI’s doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist, including a career-high six in USI’s game-two victory, while Rager had six RBI, all in one inning, in USI’s 11-2 win over Truman State.

• OUCH! Fair has been hit by a pitch a league-high 20 times this season. She ranks No. 2 on USI’s all-time single-season list for being hit by a pitch. Marleah Fossett and Mena Fulton were smacked by pitches a respective 21 and 17 times in 2017, while Caitlyn Bradley was hit 12 times in 2016. Fair, who was hit 10 times as a freshman in 2021, is tied with Fossett for No. 2 on USI’s all-time list behind Fulton (37).

• Kunkle claims 600th win. USI Head Coach Sue Kunkle earned her 600th career with USI’s 8-0, game-one win over Quincy. She is the first coach in school history to win 600 games at USI.

• Rager gets half a cycle in one inning. Rager had a two-run triple and a grand slam in one inning during USI’s 11-2, game-two win over Truman State University last month.

• USI breaks triples record. Rager’s triple against Truman State was the Eagles’ 20th on the year, which set a new single-season school record. The former record (19) was set in 1994 and 1995. The Eagles currently have a GLVC-best 24 triples on the year.

• Grand slam club. Rager’s grand slam also was USI’s third of the month, which tied the single-season school record of three (2017). She joins junior second baseman Rachel Martinez (Chicago, Illinois), who hit a grand slam in USI’s 6-2 win over Central Missouri on March 4, and freshman outfielder Kennedy Nalley (Huntingburg, Indiana), who had a grand slam in USI’s 8-0 win over Lynn on March 7.

• 15-plus. Newman has three games under her belt with at least 15 strikeouts. She fanned 17 batters in USI’s game-two win over Quincy and struck out 16 in USI’s game-two win over Missouri-St. Louis. She also had 15 strikeouts in USI’s game-two win over McKendree.

USI Track & Field set to compete for final time at GLVC Championships

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s and Women’s Track & Field will compete at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Championships for the final time Friday-Saturday in Bolivar, Missouri. The meet was originally scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, but was changed to a two-day event due to the forecast of inclement weather.

The Screaming Eagles, who will be in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2022-23, are coming off a strong effort at the GLVC Indoor Championships back in February. USI’s men finished fourth, with junior Titus Winders (Mansfield, Indiana) capturing three conference titles en route to earning GLVC co-Track Athlete of the Year honors, while USI’s women also posted a fourth-place finish.

Led by Winders, the Eagles have three of the top five GLVC times in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters, while junior Madison King (Avon, Indiana) is ranked No. 3 in the 800 meters. Winders ranks first in the 5,000 meters and second in the 10,000 meters, thought he will likely not compete in the 10,000 meters this weekend.

Senior Austin Nolan (Evansville, Indiana) is ranked third in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

USI’s women have several top-five times, with sophomore Cameron Hough (Olney, Illinois) leading the pack in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters, while fellow classmate McKenna Cavanaugh (New Albany, Indiana) ranking second in the steeplechase and fourth in the 1,500 meters.

The GLVC Championships can be watch on the GLVC Sports Network, while live results can be accessed at GoUSIEagles.com.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Men Geared Up for CL Track and Field Championships

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor men’s track and field team is set to compete in the 2022 Crossroads League Championships this week. The track and field championships will be hosted by Bethel University at the University of Notre Dame, and will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Action will begin with field events on Thursday starting at 12:00 pm, including the men’s javelin throw and long jump. Running events will follow, with the 110-meter hurdle prelims starting at 3:50 pm. On Friday, the first event of the day will be the men’s discus throw at 11:00 am followed by the 4×100-meter relay at 11:30 am.

The TU men’s team finished in fifth place one year ago at the 2021 outdoor championships. The squad finished fourth at the indoor league championships earlier this year, ending behind Marian who took the team crown at both meets. The Trojans have had a strong outdoor campaign and have been ranked inside the top-25 all season. The men’s team is currently ranked No. 10 according to the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings.

Taylor owns three No. 1 seeds heading into the championships this weekend. In the 10,000-meters, Alex Helmuth is ranked first in the Crossroads League and fourth in the NAIA. Fellow distance runner Connor White holds the top-seed in the steeplechase, while claiming the third-best time in the NAIA. Mitch De Jong owns TU’s final No. 1 seed, as he is geared up to throw the javelin in hopes of repeating as CL Champion from last year. 

Senior Matthew Sakeuh will compete in two individual events, including the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. Sakeuh holds the No. 2 seed in the 110s and the No. 3 seed in the 400-hurdles.

On the field side, junior Liam Hesting holds top-seeds in three throwing events. Hesting is ranked third in the discus, fourth in the hammer and sixth in the shot put. Sammy Sommers owns the No. 3 seed in the long jump.

Other members of the Taylor crew to watch for will be Zach Hoekstra in the steeplechase as well as Cole Whitehead in the 400-meters. TU’s 4×100-meter relay squad will be a highlight on Saturday, as the squad enters the meet with the third-fastest time in the league.

The championship will be held at the Harris Family Track Stadium on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Additional information can be found on the Championships Central page on the Crossroads League website.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Women Prepared for Track and Field League Championships

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s track and field team is set to compete in the 2022 Crossroads League Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week. The league championships will be hosted by Bethel University at the University of Notre Dame, and will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Action will begin with field events on Thursday starting at 12:00 pm, including the women’s hammer, long jump and pole vault. Running events will follow, with the 100-meter hurdle prelims starting at 3:30 pm. On Friday, the first event of the day will be the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:00 am. 

The TU women’s team finished in third place one year ago at the 2021 outdoor championships. The squad finished fourth at the indoor league championships earlier this year, ending behind Marian who took the team title at both meets. The Purple and Gold have had a strong outdoor campaign and have been ranked inside the top-25 all season. The women’s team is currently ranked No. 12 according to the latest USTFCCCA computer rankings.

An exciting Taylor team to look out for is the No. 1-ranked 4×800-meter relay squad. The group of Brooke Studnicki, Giovanna Domene, Corinne O’Leary and Abbey Brennan holds not only the top-Crossroads League seed, but they also own the fastest-NAIA time this year.

Members of that squad are running other events this weekend as well. Abbey Brennan and Brooke Studnicki are set to double in the 800-meters and 1,500-meters. In the 800, Brennan is seeded first while Studnicki is seeded third. Brennan also holds the top-time in the 1,500 with Studnicki ranked second.

Giovanna Domene will accompany TU’s stellar steeplechase crew as four Trojans hold top-five seeds. Ahna VanderWall is seeded first and Domene is ranked second, while freshmen Audrey Brinkruff and Elayna Kitt hold the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. Domene also holds an impressive No. 1 seed in the 400-meter hurdles.

TU’s sprint squad is geared up to score points this weekend. Junior Audrey Altum owns the No. 2 time in the 100-meter hurdles and the No. 8 time in the 100-meter dash. Senior Eden Siples is ranked fifth in the 400-meters and eighth in the 200-meters. On the field event side, Brooke Russell holds the fifth-ranked mark in the triple jump.

The championship will be held at the Harris Family Track Stadium on the campus of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Additional information can be found on the Championships Central page on the Crossroads League website.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Chosen to Host Opening Round of 2022 NAIA Baseball Championships

KANSAS CITY – For the second time in program-history, Taylor University’s Winterholter Field will serve as a host venue for the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Rounds, as announced by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Taylor was chosen as one of 10 total hosts, scattered throughout the country, that were given the opportunity to facilitate the opening rounds of the 2022 National Championships, which are set to take place from May 16th through May 19th.

The various host locations include Bellevue, Nebraska; Kingsport, Tennessee; Lawrenceville, Georgia; Lewiston, Idaho; Miami Gardens, Florida; Montgomery, Alabama; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Santa Barbara, California; Shreveport, Louisiana; and the beautiful Upland, Indiana.

Each of the ten sites will host either a four-team or five-team, double-elimination tournament, with the winners of each bracket advancing to compete in the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series in Lewiston, Idaho set to begin on May 27th.

2022 marks the second year that Taylor’s Winterholter Field has been chosen as a host venue for the opening round of the national tournament, four years after the program’s first opportunity back in 2018.

Accompanying the honor of serving as host, the Trojans (36-16, 26-10 CL) also receive an automatic bid to compete in the opening round of the national tournament, marking the program’s first appearance in nationals since its previous hosting-opportunity in 2018.

The national field will consists of 46 teams, yet to be determined as the various conference-tournaments are slated to unfold later this week, though Taylor’s spot is locked due to its role as host.

The other 45 teams joining Taylor in the National Championship Opening Rounds will be announced during the NAIA Live National Championship Selection Show, scheduled for 5:00 pm ET on Thursday, May 12th. You can watch the selection show live on the Play NAIA Facebook page.

Vincennes University signs Karyiek Dixon to 2022 recruiting class

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers continue to size with the signing of six-foot-five 230 pound Karyiek Dixon.

“Karyiek will probably play as a four, maybe some three, we’ll see when he gets here,” VU Hall of Fame Head Coach Todd Franklin said. “Obviously he’s a big, strong guy. He’s very bouncy and strong off of two feet and really knows how to use his body.”

“The game is a little different over in Europe, but he’s been in the screen and roll a lot and he uses his body very well,” Franklin added. “He was a rugby player primarily. He falls in line with what we are trying to do. We are trying to get back to having those body types and game types that we’ve had in the first 23 years of my career.”

Dixon comes to Vincennes from London, England where he averaged 18.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game last season for the London Elite Club and was named the 2022 National Basketball League (NBL) Division III South Player of the Year.

Dixon is a former rugby player, who didn’t start playing organized basketball until 2018 and is a very athletic and physical player.

Dixon joined London Elite after playing for Oasis Academy in the Academy Basketball League (ABL) in England.

Dixon received Second Team All-Western Conference honors at Oasis in 2020.

 “Karyiek and Michael Osei-Bonsu, those are two big, strong, linebacker type of body types,” Franklin said. “I think playing rugby has probably helped him learn how to use his body. He had a big year this past year in the highest level of club play that you can over there while maintaining his eligibility. His coaches in England were excited about how much he was improving throughout the year, so he’s an ascending player.”

“He fits with the types of guys that I’ve had down in the post before,” Franklin added. “I’ve lived with those 6-4, 6-5 type of guys and I’ve even gone to a Final Four with Chris Ames at Southeastern Illinois who was 6-2, who went on to start at Ball State. But these guys we are bringing in are big, strong guys with Karyiek, Michael and Victor Lado.”

“Last season, I didn’t like for the first time in my life being pushed around,” Franklin said. “We got pushed around last year. I had never been pushed around before, I’ve been smaller, have had smaller guys and undersized guys but never been pushed around. We’re making a pretty concerted effort for that not to happen this coming year. We’ve added some bulk already and we are still not done. I’m pretty determined to not be out-physicaled next year”

Karyiek Dixon is already drawing comparisons to another Trailblazer named Dixon, 2019 National Champion George Dixon who played at Western Illinois University last season.

“I like the last name too,” Franklin added. “The last Dixon we had in here built like that was pretty good for us and we hope Karyiek has similar success here. He’s got a similar body type and probably has a better natural shot and more bounce than George. George had great feet defensively, so they are all a little bit different, but we hope the Dixon name continues to have success here.”

“George was on a Final Four, almost a National Champion team as a freshman and came very close. Then won the National Championship as a sophomore, so hopefully the next Dixon can carry on that the same way,” Franklin said.

“We’re excited to sign Karyiek,” Franklin added. “We’re just looking to continue to put the guys together. We’ve got a pretty good group so far. Since he is an International guy, he will not be here this summer. We wish he was, but he’s not. Karyiek is just another brick in the wall that we are trying to build here and build it in a way that we have in the past. I think if he is willing and works, I think he will probably be successful here.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Karyiek Dixon to the 2022 Trailblazer recruiting class.

VUVB outside hitter Jagoda Szybinska signs to join twin sister at Northern State

VINCENNES, Ind. – Vincennes University freshman outside hitter Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) got a once in a lifetime opportunity to play collegiate volleyball with her twin sister Natalia and jumped at the chance, signing to play at NCAA Division II Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. next season.

Szybinska’s sister Natalie suffered a torn ACL at the end of last season and will likely have to sit out all of the upcoming 2022 season.

“I chose Northern State University because it is a new challenge for me as a volleyball player and student,” Szybinska said. “I hope that my sister will be back after next season and we could share the court together one more time and sharing the same passion on the court with her as always is an amazing experience.”

“This was definitely unexpected,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said of Jagoda’s signing. “She was planning on coming back for her second year. But she got the opportunity to play at Northern State and it’s a great opportunity for her because her twin sister is there. Those two had never played apart from each other until this past year, so I can’t imagine how challenging it was for both of them to not be on the court together.”

“I just can’t think of a better situation for anyone to go into,” Sien added. “Whether our players leave after two years, one year or even one semester, as long as they get the opportunity to continue with their studies and play volleyball, for me that’s all good. “

Szybinska made a big splash for the Trailblazers this past season, being the team’s second leading scorer with 315 points in her only season with the Blue and Gold.

Szybinska ended the season with a team-leading 275 kills, 109 digs, 35 blocks, 20 aces and a .250 hitting percentage to help guide the Blazers to a 22-4 record and the 2021 Region 24 Championship.

Szybinska recorded double-digit kills in 14 matches last season, including an 18-kill, 11-dig double-double against John A. Logan in October.

Szybinska’s career-high in kills came against Wabash Valley, where she recorded 20 kills in the five-set thriller.

“One thing I am going to miss at VU is all the friends I’ve met this past year,” Szybinska added. “I think my biggest take away from my time at VU was how much fun we had during the games and practices and the good locker room atmosphere we had as a team.”

“Our goal from the beginning of the season was to win the Region 24 Championship,” Szybinska said. “I am very happy to have been a part of that.”

“We’re obviously going to miss her because she is such an exceptional player, but I’m very excited for her to get this opportunity,” Sien said. “She’s going to be playing against some very high-level competition in a very tough conference.”

“If you just look at the numbers, she led us in kills last year and was our second leading scorer, so anybody who puts up those types of numbers is definitely going to be missed,” Sien added. “Jagoda was definitely one of our go to hitters on a number of occasions throughout the year. Her hitting percentage of .250 was exceptional for an outside hitter. We were also so balanced at the net with plenty of hitters that we were also able to use her as a decoy at times. So she had a pretty major part in the success of our team last year.”

Szybinska will be joining a Wolves squad that finished last season with an 18-11 record under Head Coach Brent Aldridge, against a very tough schedule that included matches against 11 NCAA Division II Top-25 teams.

Northern State plays in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) with perennial top programs like Concordia-St Paul, who has won nine NCAA Division II National Championships since 2007, St. Cloud State and Winona State University, who all made the NCAA Division II National Tournament last season and were all ranked in the Top 25.

Szybinska is a General Studies major and plans to choose a major after the upcoming Fall semester.

“Jagoda was a wonderful addition to the Vincennes University community,” Szybinska’s advisor and VU English as an Additional Language Program Chair and Assistant Professor of English Emily Yetka said. “Jagoda was great to have in class, especially in discussions because she is very knowledgeable about many topics. Also, she has had so many different life experiences from sailing with her father to navigating coffee shops in Greece with only her native Polish and her English to communicate.”

“Just as Jagoda’s classmates learned much from her, so did I,” Yetka added. “It is such a treat to learn from my students. I am sad to see her leave but so happy for her because she is going to play Division II volleyball with her twin sister. Natalia and Jagoda have played volleyball together since they were in elementary school and make a great team. I can’t wait to see what the Szybinska twins will accomplish when they are reunited, on and off the court.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department wishes Jagoda Szybinska good luck as she continues her academic and playing careers at Northern State University next season.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Collect Five Honors from WHAC

UPLAND, Ind. – The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference recently announced its 2022 All-WHAC awards, including its All-Academic Team and Champions of Character Team. Taylor claimed five of those accolades.

The trio of Teegan Heiniger, Nathanael Love and Bennett Booker represented TU on the Academic All-WHAC Team for their work in the classroom. Student-athletes must have reached junior academic standing with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 and above to be eligible for the honor.

Taylor also took two spots on the WHAC Champions of Character Team, which recognizes one student-athlete from each institution that best represents the NAIA’s five core character values of respect, integrity, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Love was selected from Taylor to receive the honor, while TU head coach Chad Newhard was named the WHAC Champions of Character Coach.

2022 RSC Baseball Championship: May 5-8 at VA Memorial Stadium (Chillicothe, Ohio)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — It’s time for the 2022 River States Conference Baseball Championship! The six-team, double-elimination tournament will take place Thursday-Sunday, May 5-8 at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. It will be the fifth time in a row the RSC Baseball Championship comes to the stadium.

VA Memorial Stadium is located at 17273 State Route 104, Chillicothe, Ohio, 45601. Ballpark information can be found at ChllicothePaints.com.

The team champion this weekend will receive the RSC’s only automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, which will be held May 16-19 at host sites around the country. The top six teams of the nine teams in the RSC standings qualified. 

No. 1 overall seed Indiana University Southeast won the RSC Regular Season Championship to claim the top spot in the bracket. The Grenadiers (35-13, 20-4 RSC), ranked No. 18 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll, play the first game of the championship on Thursday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. versus No. 6 seed University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (23-30, 10-12 RSC).

No. 2 seed Point Park (Pa.) University (34-12, 18-6 RSC) squares off versus No. 5 seed Oakland City (Ind.) University (28-19, 11-11 RSC) in the second game of the opening day at 3:00 p.m. Oakland City is a first-time qualifier in its second year in the league.

No. 3 seed Indiana University Kokomo (26-19, 16-7 RSC) faces No. 4 seed Midway (Ky.) University (17-29, 13-10) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to complete the first day of action. 

The championship continues with three games each on Friday and Saturday following the same schedule of 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The championship round is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. with another championship game if necessary at 3:00 p.m.

The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will broadcast live streaming video of all games of the championship. Subscribe for $7.95 per game or $19.99 for the entire tournament. Live stats will be provided on PrestoStats.

Admission at VA Memorial Stadium is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for students with that price gaining entrance for an entire day. No tournament passes will be sold. Concessions will be available. No outside food, drink or coolers are allowed in the stadium. 

Click the link above for the complete championship bracket and schedule. Check back at this site for links to live coverage as well as scores, stats and updates throughout the championship. 

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, May 5
Gm 1 — No. 1 IU Southeast (35-13) vs. No. 6 Rio Grande (Ohio) (23-30), 11:00 a.m.
Gm 2 — No. 2 Point Park (Pa.) (34-12) vs. No. 5 Oakland City (Ind.) (28-19), 3:00 p.m.
Gm 3 — No. 3 IU Kokomo (26-19) vs. No. 4 Midway (Ky.) (17-29), 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6
Gm 4 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 11:00 a.m. 
Gm 5 — Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 3:00 p.m. 
Gm 6 — Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
Gm 7 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 11:00 a.m.
Gm 8 — Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6, 3:00 p.m. 
Gm 9 — Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 8
Gm 10 — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 11:00 a.m.
Gm 11 — Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10 (if necessary), 3:00 p.m.

2022 RSC Softball Championship: May 5-7 at Championship Park (Kokomo, Ind.)

KOKOMO, Ind. — The 2022 River States Conference Softball Championship is set for Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7 in Kokomo, Ind. There will be six teams descending upon Championship Park for a double-elimination tournament. It is the first year that the multi-field, turf-surfaced facility will host the conference championship.

Championship Park is located at 600 S. Goyser Road, Kokomo, IN 46901. More information at the facility website ChampionshipPark.org.

The top three teams from the RSC East & West Divisions qualified for the postseason. The team champion will receive automatic qualification to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round to be played May 16-18 at host sites around the country.

No. 1 overall seed University of Rio Grande (Ohio) leads the bracket with a record of 37-11 overall, 22-2 RSC. The RedStorm won the RSC East Division and had the best conference record this year. Rio Grande will play its first game on Friday, May 6 at 12:00 p.m.

No. 2 overall seed St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College won the RSC West Division in its first year in the conference. The Pomeroys are 26-12 overall and a division-best 19-7 RSC. St. Mary-of-the-Woods has a bye into Friday at 12:00 p.m. as well. 

The championship begins with two games on Thursday, May 5. The winners move on to face the division champions with the losers going to an elimination round Friday at 2:00 p.m.

IU Southeast (22-23, 16-10 RSC) is the No. 2 seed out of the RSC West and will play Point Park (Pa.) University (22-20, 13-13 RSC), the No. 3 seed from the RSC East, on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. The winner will play Rio Grande in the next round.

Ohio Christian University (23-19, 18-8 RSC) is the No. 2 seed from the RSC East. The Trailblazers open up versus the No. 3 seed from the RSC West, Midway (Ky.) University (29-14, 16-10 RSC), on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. That winner will face SMWC in the next game. 

Play continues Friday at 4:00 p.m. for the winner’s bracket final and then again at 6:00 p.m. for another elimination game. Saturday will begin at 10 a.m. with just three teams remaining. The championship round is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with another championship game if necessary 30 minutes following. 

Rio Grande has already clinched an automatic bid to the NAIA Softball National Championship Opening Round as RSC Regular Season Champion. If Rio Grande were to win the RSC Championship, the postseason tournament runner-up would earn the conference’s second automatic bid to nationals. 

The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will broadcast live streaming video of all games of the championship. Subscribe for $7.95 per game or $19.99 for the entire tournament. Live stats will be provided on PrestoStats.

Admission price is $12 for daily admission, $20 for a weekend pass, and children 6 and under are free. Tickets purchased by Debit/Credit Card ONLY. 

Click the link above for the complete championship bracket and schedule. Check back at this site for links to live coverage as well as scores, stats and updates throughout the championship. 

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 5-7 at Championship Park (Kokomo, Ind.)

Thursday, May 5
Gm 1 — (West #2) IU Southeast (22-23) vs. (East #3) Point Park (Pa.) (22-20), 3:00 p.m.
Gm 2 — (East #2) Ohio Christian (23-19) vs. (West #3) Midway (Ky.) (29-14), 3:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6
Gm 3 — (Overall #1) Rio Grande (Ohio) (37-11) vs. Winner Game 1, 12:00 p.m.
Gm 4 — (Overall #2) St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) (26-12) vs. Winner Game 2, 12:00 p.m.
Gm 5 — Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 2:00 p.m. (Loser Elim.), 2:00 p.m.
Gm 6 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 2:00 p.m. (Loser Elim.), 2:00 p.m.
Gm 7 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 4:00 p.m.
Gm 8 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Loser Elim.), 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7
Gm 9 — Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Loser Elim.), 10:00 a.m.
Gm 10 — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 1:00 p.m.
Gm 11 — Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10 (if necessary), 30 minutes following

RHIT Men’s Tennis – 4 Named All-HCAC

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology placed four players on the first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis squad, in results released on Tuesday by the league office.

Rose-Hulman’s top four singles players – Joshua Giambattista, Mark Slaninka, Owen Reynolds and Grant Paradowski – each claimed first-team all-HCAC recognition.

Rhian Seneviratne and Arudrra Krishnan also captured honorable mention all-league recognition in balloting by league coaching.

The honors come after Rose-Hulman won its sixth HCAC regular season championship since 2015 with a perfect 5-0 record.  The Fightin’ Engineers enter the HCAC Tournament this weekend as the No. 1 overall seed.

Giambattista finished with 7 singles wins and 6 doubles wins as Rose-Hulman’s No. 1 player this season.  His career totals stand at 31 singles wins, 21 doubles wins and 52 total victories heading into this weekend’s HCAC Tournament.  Giambattista has won two HCAC Player of the Week awards this season.

Slaninka has 11 career singles victories and has compiled a doubles record of 20-6 since 2021.  The senior is 12-6 in doubles play this season and also has a pair of victories at the No. 2 singles flight.

Reynolds has 8 singles wins and 7 doubles wins as a freshman, playing primarily in the No. 3 spot.  He has earned one HCAC Player of the Week honor in 2022.

Paradowski is a 2-time HCAC Player of the Week selection as a freshman this season.  He has a 10-8 singles record and an 11-7 doubles mark, playing primarily at No. 4 singles and No. 2 doubles.

Seneviratne has won 8 singles matches and 6 doubles matches this year, increasing his career totals to 12 singles and 12 doubles wins.

Krishnan has won 4 singles matches and a pair of doubles contests this year, increasing his career totals to 11 singles and 6 doubles wins.

Rose-Hulman will face either Transylvania or Franklin in HCAC Semifinal action on Saturday May 7 at 1 pm in Nicholasville, Ky.  The HCAC championship match will also take place in Kentucky on Sunday May 8 at 10 am.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1871       Bill Lennon becomes the first catcher to throw a runner out trying to steal second. The Fort Wayne Kekiongas (NA) backstop accomplishes the feat in the seventh inning of the very first major league game ever played.

1901       Fred Brown makes his major league debut, the first appearance of a brief nine-game career, all for the Boston Beaneaters over two seasons. The 22-year-old outfielder, who goes 4-for-20 at the plate without making an error in the field, will enjoy a far more extensive career as a politician, winning a Senate seat as a Democrat in then-conservative New Hampshire in 1932 after serving as the state’s governor.

1910       President William Taft leaves Robison Park, where the Cardinals are routing the Reds, to catch a great pitching duel between the Naps’ Cy Young and the Browns’ Joe Lake at Sportsman’s Park. The chief executive will stay to the last out of the American League contest, which ends in a three-to-three tie after 14 innings of play.

1919       A SRO crowd attends the first-ever major league game played on a Sunday in Brooklyn. The Ebbets Field contest, in which the Dodgers beat the Braves, 6-2, was made possible when the New York Legislature passed the Sunday Baseball Bill into law.

1931       To put less strain on Babe Ruth’s leg, the Yankees have him play first base, moving Lou Gehrig to right field. The ‘Iron Horse’ commits an error in the outfield, helping the Senators beat the Yankees, 7-3.

1939       In his first-ever at-bat in Detroit, Boston rookie Ted Williams becomes the first player to hit a homer that clears the right-field seats at Briggs Stadium. The 20-year-old’s prodigious poke proves to be the difference when the Red Sox edge the Tigers, 7-6.

1944       For the first time in the city’s history, blacks are allowed to buy grandstand seats in St. Louis. The Browns and Cardinals are the last major league teams to integrate seating for fans, restricting the minority to the bleachers in previous years.

1954       The Phillies and Cardinals set a major league record by using 42 players in one game, including future Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (1995), Robin Roberts(1976), Red Schoendienst (1989), StanMusial (1969). Philadelphia wins the eleventh-inning contest at Busch Stadium, 14-10, collecting three singles, a double, and two bases-on-balls in the final frame.

1954       In a contest delayed 12 minutes by snow, the Braves, thanks to Warren Spahn’s six-hitter, move out of last place when the team beats the Pirates and former teammate Max Surkont, 6-1. The reported temperature in Milwaukee dropped to 37 degrees during the game.

1956       Boston manager Pinky Higgins accepts a Red Sox schedule printed in braille from Francis B. Ierardi, the founder and manager of the National Braille Press. The slate of games, which will appear in the May 7th publication of the Weekly News, marks the first time a baseball schedule has been available for the blind.

1963       In a 7-5 loss to Chicago at County Stadium, Bob Shaw commits five balks to establish a new major league mark. After walking Billy Williams in the third inning, the Braves’ right-hander balks three times, allowing a run to score.

1963       The first reported use of the familiar refrain “Let’s Go Mets” is heard at the Polo Grounds in the bottom of the ninth inning during a rout by San Francisco. With the Amazins’ trailing by 13 runs and down to their last out with no one on base, the rallying cry begins to be chanted by some of the ‘New Breed,’ the affectionate name given the fans of the National League expansion team.

1966       In a 6-1 victory over L.A. at Candlestick Park, Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League home run leader when he strokes his 512th career round-tripper off Dodger starter Claude Osteen. The San Francisco center fielder passes another Giant, breaking the mark established by Mel Ott in 1946.

1968       The Simon and Garfunkel tune “Mrs. Robinson” debuts on the Billboard’s Top 40 survey. The song’s lyrics include the memorable question for the Yankees’ former center fielder, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.”

1969       At Anaheim Stadium, Royals’ center fielder Bob Oliver collects six hits, including a double and home run, in the expansion team’s 15-1 rout of the Angels. The 26-year-old rookie accomplishes the rare event in the franchise’s 24th game in history.

1969       At the Astrodome, Houston sets a National League record, turning seven double plays against the Giants, with first baseman Curt Blefary taking part in all of them. The abundance of twin killings helps the Astros to win the game, 3-1.

1970       With his third-inning RBI single in the Braves’ 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh, Rico Carty establishes an Atlanta team record by getting a hit in his 23rd consecutive game. The 30-year-old left fielder, who hasn’t had a hitless game since Opening Day, will win the National League batting title with a .366 average.

1975       In the team’s 8-6 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park, the Astros’ Bob Watson scores the major league’s one-millionth run, winning $10,000 and one million Tootsie Rolls provided by the event’s sponsor. The Houston first baseman crosses the plate on Milt May’s homer just seconds ahead of the Reds’ Dave Concepcion to earn the distinction, thanks to a teammate’s awareness of the situation from a clubhouse TV, alerting the trotting baserunner to run home at full speed.

1976       Illinois Eugene F. Schlickman, a co-author of the House of Representative Resolution 747 declaring today as Rick Monday Day, will be in attendance when Los Angeles’ GM Al Campanis presents Rick Monday with the flag that was about to burn on the field at Dodger Stadium. Last month, the former Marine reservist ran in from his position, swiping the ‘Stars and Stripes’ away from a father and a son, who intended to set the Stars and Stripes on fire.

1981       Jose Cruz’s three-run home run in the first inning proves to be the difference in the Astros’ 5-4 win over the Chicago. The Houston left fielder’s brother, Hector, homers for the Cubs in the sixth frame of the Wrigley Field contest, making the natives of Arroyo, Puerto Rico the tenth different pair of siblings to go deep in the same game.

1981       Ron Davis establishes a major league mark for consecutive strikeouts by a reliever when he fans eight straight Angel batters in the Yankees’ 4-2 victory over California. The right-handed reliever, entering the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, gets Don Baylor to pop up, and then he proceeds to strike out all of the other hitters he faces en route to his second save of the season.

1984       Dave Kingman’s 180-foot pop-up enters a drainage valve located in the Metrodome roof, and much to the surprise of the Twins infielders waiting to make the catch, the ball doesn’t drop back into play. The A’s slugger goes to second base with a ground-rule double, with the will ball staying put in the lining of the dome until tomorrow.

1985       Baltimore’s Cal Ripken, en route to baseball’s all-time mark for consecutive games played, breaks Brooks Robinson’s club record when he plays in his 464th straight contest. The Orioles shortstop marks the occasion by hitting a double and a home run in the Birds’ 8-6 loss to the Twins at the Metrodome.

1989       Junior Felix becomes the 53rd player in major league history to hit a home run in his first at-bat. The Blue Jay rookie’s initial blast comes off California’s Kirk McCaskill in a 10-inning loss to the Angels, 3-2.

1989       At Arlington Stadium, before the Rangers’ 11-7 loss to the Yankees, Barbara Bush, wife of the 41st president of the United States, becomes the first First Lady to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a regular-season major league game. George’s spouse and the mother of George W., the managing general partner of the team, does the honors after promoting her literacy program.

1991       At Shea Stadium, Mackey Sasser and Mark Carreon, the first two batters in the ninth inning, both go deep as pinch-hitters off Jeff Brantley to knot the score at two runs apiece in the Mets’ eventual 4-2 victory over San Francisco in 12 innings. It is the first time in the 30-year history of the franchise that two pinch-hitters have hit back-to-back round-trippers.

1991       Chris James establishes the club record for RBIs in a game by driving in nine runs with a pair of homers and two singles, helping the Indians crush the A’s, 20-6. The first baseman’s offensive output will account for 22% of the 41 runs he will drive in for Cleveland this season.

1996       A fifth-inning home run by Mark Lewis is the only hit Ranger right-hander Roger Pavlik yields in his 3-1 complete-game victory over Detroit. Teammate Ken Hill, who retired the last 26 batters he faced yesterday, also allowed only one hit, making Texas the first American League club in 79 years to have one-hitters thrown in consecutive games.

1999       After 6,136 at-bats without a bases-loaded homer, Mark Grace hits his first career grand slam in the Cubs’ 12-11 victory over Colorado at Wrigley Field. The Chicago first baseman’s accomplishment now leaves Reds’ shortstop Barry Larkin as the active player with the longest drought with the bases juiced, a span of 5,817 at-bats.

2000       Doug Glanville collects five hits in a game for the second time in his career in the Phillies’ 14-1 pounding of Cincinnati at Veterans Stadium. The Philadelphia outfielder’s first hit, a lead-off two-bagger, is the first of four consecutive doubles hit in the bottom of the first frame to start the game, tying a major league record.

2001       En route to a Blue Jay 8-3 victory over Seattle, Raul Mondesi strokes four extra-base hits, collecting 12 total bases. The outfielder’s 4-for-4 performance includes two home runs, a pair of doubles, and six RBIs.

2005       The fifth pair of 300-game winners in baseball history face off against each other when Cubs starter Greg Maddux (305) bests Roger Clemens (329) and the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 3-2. The other pair of milestone moundsmen includes Don Sutton vs. Steve Carlton (1987), Don Sutton vs. Phil Niekro (1987), Don Sutton vs. Tom Seaver (1986), and Tim Keefe vs. Jim ‘Pud’ Galvin (1892).

2006       In its May 8 issue, Forbes Magazine estimates the New York Yankees are the first baseball team worth more than $1 billion. At the opposite end of the economic study are the $209 million Devil Rays, valued the least among the 30 major league teams.

2006       On the first pitch he sees in his first major league at-bat, Mike Napoli hits a home run at Detroit’s Comerica Park. The Angels catcher becomes the third player in franchise history to make such a dramatic debut, joining Don Rose (1972) and Dave Machemer (1978), who also accomplished the feat.

2006       With the team’s new owners looking on, the groundbreaking ceremony takes place for the new ballpark the Washington Nationals hope to play in at the start of the 2008 season. Theodore Lerner, head of the ownership group chosen by MLB yesterday to buy the team, has already thought of changes for the $611 million neighborhood ballpark.

2007       Except for Nick Altrock’s 1933 at-bat against the A’s Rube Walberg, the second inning Chase Field matchup of Mets first baseman Julio Franco against Diamondback fireballer Randy Johnson marks the oldest hitter-pitcher confrontation in big-league history. With a mere 92+ years of age between them, the nearly 49-year-old goes deep off the southpaw, who is four months shy of 44, to extend his record as the oldest player to homer, and with his ninth-inning swipe of second, he continues to be the most senior to steal a base.

2008       Yogi Berra is one of the 15 inaugural honorees to be inducted into the newly conceived New Jersey Hall of Fame. Although the Yankee legend considers fellow inductee Albert Einstein to be “a pretty smart guy,” he is not convinced the Nobel Prize winner for physics would have made a good manager.

2009       With their 7-2 win over Arizona, the Dodgers establish a National League record for consecutive victories to open a season at home. Their 11-0 start surpasses the NL mark shared by the 1918 Giants, 1970 Cubs, and 1983 Braves and is one shy of the major-league record set by the Tigers in 1911.

2009       Ryan Howard’s grand slam powers the Phillies past St. Louis at Busch Stadium, 6-1. The slugging first baseman’s seventh career grand salami ties Mike Schmidt’s franchise record.

2009       In the bottom of the second inning with two runners aboard at Dodger Stadium, the Diamondbacks pull off their second triple play in franchise history. The 6-4-3 triple killing starts with shortstop Josh Wilson’s backhanded grab of Casey Blake’s scorching line drive (1), with his throw to Felipe Lopez doubling off Russell Marin at second (2), and Matt Kemp becoming the third out when the relay easily beats him back to first base (3).

2010       The Phillies announce the team is discussing with the Philadelphia Police Department the appropriateness of its use of a stun gun at Citizens Bank Park. Yesterday, a city police officer tasered a 17-year-old when the young fan jumped onto the playing field of Citizens Bank Park.

2010       During the seventh-inning stretch in a game against Detroit, the fans honor Ernie Harwell with a standing ovation upon hearing of the broadcasting icon’s death. In September, the 92-year-old Hall of Fame announcer, who started his major league career with Brooklyn in 1948 and spent 42 years broadcasting Tiger games, shared with the public of diagnosis with inoperable bile duct cancer.

2010       “He brings out the best in his players and exemplifies what the sport of baseball is supposed to be about — hustle, grit, loyalty, and determination.” – U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), praising Braves’ manager Bobby Cox. At the United States Capitol, Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) present Bobby Cox framed copies of their statements submitted into the Congressional Record on April 20 honoring the Braves’ skipper. The 68-year-old skipper has announced he will be retiring at the end of the season, after 51 seasons in professional baseball.

2012       A winning bid made at Heritage Auctions of items from the collection of LA songwriter Seth Swirsky includes an anonymous buyer paying $418,250 for the baseball hit by Mookie Wilson that rolled through the legs of Bill Buckner in Games of the 1986 World Series. Reggie Jackson’s third home run ball from Game 6 of the 1977 Fall Classic ($65,725), the Ranger cap that Jose Canseco was wearing in 1993 when a ball bounced off his head over the wall for a homer ($11,950), and a 1965 baseball signed by the Beatles from the Shea Stadium concert ($65,725) also fetch record amounts.

2013       En route to his first major league win, Marlin rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez hurls one-hit ball, striking out nine in the team’s 2-0 victory over Philadelphia. Mike Dunn’s perfect eighth and closer Steve Cishek save follows the 20-year-old’s superb seven-inning outing to preserve the one-hitter at Citizens Bank Park.

2018       Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols records his 3,000th career hit when he singles off Mike Leake in the fifth inning of the team’s 5-0 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. The historic safety ties the ten-time All-Star with Roberto Clemente for 31st on baseball’s all-time hit list, who he will pass with his second hit later in the contest.

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT SOUTH CAROLINA7:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
FLORIDA AT FLORIDA STATE7:00PMESPNU
MLBTIME ETTV
ARIZONA AT MIAMI12:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT KANSAS CITY1:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT NY METS1:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
SNY
PITTSBURGH AT DETROIT1:10PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT CLEVELAND1:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT HOUSTON2:10PMROOT SPORTS
ATTSN-SW
TAMPA BAY AT OAKLAND3:37PMNBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
PITTSBURGH AT DETROIT4:40PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT CLEVELAND4:40PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
TEXAS AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
NY YANKEES AT TORONTO7:07PMMLBN
YES
SPORTSNET
LA ANGELS AT BOSTON7:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
NESN
CHI. WHITE SOX AT CHI. CUBS7:40PMNBCS-CHI
MARQ
CINCINNATI AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
WASHIGNTON AT COLORADO8:40PMMLBN
MASN/2
ATTSN-RM
SAN FRANCISCO AT LA DODGERS10:10PMMLBN
NBCS-CA
BALLY SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI7:30PMTNT
WEST SEMIFINALS GAME 2: DALLAS AT PHOENIX10:00PMTNT
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: BOSTON AT CAROLINA7:00PMESPN
EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO7:30PMESPN2
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: ST. LOUIS AT MINNESOTA9:30PMESPN
WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: LOS ANGELES AT EDMONTON10:00PMESPN2
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE:REAL MADRID VS MANCHESTER CITY3:00PMCBS
PARAMOUNT+
COPA ARGENTINA: SARMIENTO VS FLANDRIA3:45PMFUBOTV
COPA SUDAMERICANA: METROPOLITANOS VS WANDERERS6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA SUDAMERICANA: ATLÉTICO GOIANIENSE VS DEFENSA Y JUSTICIA6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA SUDAMERICANA: ANTOFAGASTA VS LDU QUITO6:15PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA ARGENTINA: NEWELL’S OLD BOYS VS ITUZAINGÓ6:30PMFUBOTV
MLS: CINCINNATI VS TORONTO FC7:30PMESPN+
NWSL CHALLENGE CUP: OL REIGN VS WASHINGTON SPIRIT8:00PMCBSSN
COPA SUDAMERICANA: ESTUDIANTES VS NACIONAL8:30PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA SUDAMERICANA: FLUMINENSE VS JUNIOR8:30PMBEIN SPORTS
COPA SUDAMERICANA: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS ATLÉTICO MINEIRO8:30PMBEIN SPORTS
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC VS PUMAS UNAM10:00PMFS1

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES186.75010 – 38 – 310 – 58 – 10 – 010 – 0W 11
TORONTO1510.6003.59 – 66 – 47 – 60 – 08 – 45 – 5L 2
TAMPA BAY1410.58349 – 75 – 35 – 12 – 45 – 47 – 3W 2
BOSTON1014.41784 – 46 – 105 – 114 – 31 – 03 – 7W 1
BALTIMORE816.333105 – 63 – 104 – 80 – 23 – 43 – 7L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA159.6258 – 47 – 56 – 37 – 22 – 29 – 1W 4
CLEVELAND1012.45543 – 37 – 90 – 35 – 23 – 43 – 7W 3
CHI WHITE SOX1013.4354.57 – 63 – 72 – 13 – 94 – 34 – 6W 2
KANSAS CITY814.36466 – 82 – 60 – 37 – 60 – 33 – 7W 1
DETROIT714.3336.54 – 83 – 62 – 43 – 60 – 03 – 7L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA ANGELS1510.6008 – 57 – 51 – 36 – 26 – 57 – 3L 2
HOUSTON1311.5421.54 – 49 – 72 – 40 – 010 – 67 – 3W 2
SEATTLE1212.5002.57 – 25 – 101 – 26 – 44 – 44 – 6L 2
OAKLAND1014.4174.54 – 86 – 67 – 60 – 31 – 22 – 8L 5
TEXAS914.39154 – 95 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 95 – 5W 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS188.6929 – 49 – 49 – 42 – 17 – 37 – 3W 2
MIAMI1211.5224.56 – 66 – 58 – 21 – 21 – 47 – 3L 3
PHILADELPHIA1113.45868 – 63 – 73 – 71 – 25 – 25 – 5L 2
ATLANTA1115.42376 – 75 – 83 – 64 – 33 – 44 – 6L 2
WASHINGTON916.3608.53 – 116 – 53 – 71 – 35 – 63 – 7W 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE168.6678 – 48 – 42 – 112 – 50 – 18 – 2W 1
ST. LOUIS1310.5652.57 – 56 – 53 – 36 – 42 – 24 – 6L 1
PITTSBURGH913.40965 – 74 – 63 – 15 – 101 – 24 – 6L 1
CHI CUBS914.3916.54 – 75 – 71 – 25 – 72 – 23 – 7L 1
CINCINNATI320.13012.51 – 72 – 132 – 21 – 30 – 131 – 9L 7
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS157.6829 – 26 – 52 – 14 – 05 – 56 – 4W 2
SAN DIEGO158.6520.56 – 49 – 42 – 28 – 15 – 57 – 3W 1
SAN FRANCISCO149.6091.56 – 58 – 47 – 61 – 02 – 26 – 4L 2
COLORADO1310.5652.59 – 54 – 52 – 65 – 22 – 15 – 5L 1
ARIZONA1213.4804.55 – 77 – 66 – 62 – 23 – 46 – 4W 2