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INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

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COLUMBUS NORTH 1 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 2 BLOOMINGTON NORTH 0

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NBA PLAYOFFS

MIAMI 97 ATLANTA 94

MEMPHIS 111 MINNESOTA 109

PHOENIX 112 NEW ORLEANS 97

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MLB SCOREBOARD

SAN FRANCISCO 8 OAKLAND 2

SEATTLE 8 TAMPA BAY 4

NY YANKEES 12 BALTIMORE 8

TORONTO 6 BOSTON 5 (10)

KANSAS CITY 6 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0

MINNESOTA 5 DETROIT 4

HOUSTON 5 TEXAS 1

LA ANGELS 4 CLEVELAND 1

MILWAUKEE 12 PITTSBURGH 8

SAN DIEGO 9 CINCINNATI 6

PHILADELPHIA 10 COLORADO 3

MIAMI 5 WASHINGTON 2

ATLANTA 3 CHICAGO CUBS 1

NY METS 3 ST. LOUIS 0

ARIZONA 5 LA DODGERS 3

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

INDIANAPOLIS 4 IOWA 0

SOUTH BEND 8 QUAD CITIES 2

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 4 FLORIDA 2

OTTAWA 5 NEW JERSEY 4

TAMPA BAY 4 COLUMBUS 1

CAROLINA 4 NY RANGERS 3

EDMONTON 5 PITTSBURGH 1

NY ISLANDERS 4 WASHINGTON 1

CALGARY 5 NASHVILLE 4

ARIZONA 5 MINNESOTA 3

DALLAS 3 VEGAS 2

COLORADO 5 ST. LOUIS 3

VANCOUVER 5 SEATTLE 2

ANAHEIM 5 SAN JOSE 2

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COLLEGE BASEBALL

NOTRE DAME 6 MICHIGAN STATE 2

INDIANA 9 BUTLER 1

PURDUE 6 VALPARAISO 5 (10)

BELLMONT 8 EVANSVILLE 2

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

BUTLER 5 IUPUI 0

NOTRE DAME 8 TOLEDO 0

INDIANA 6 PURDUE 3

VALPARAISO 6 LOYOLA CHICAGO 2

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Morant’s last-second layup gives Grizzlies 3-2 series lead

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) First, Ja Morant gave the Memphis Grizzlies and their fans a much-needed energy boost by flying through the air for a big dunk at the end of the third quarter.

Then the All-Star guard took over the game’s final two minutes.

Morant scored the last 13 points for Memphis, and his layup with a second left capped the Grizzlies’ big rally from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to edge the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-109 on Tuesday night and grab a 3-2 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

“Go get a bucket. Ja,” Morant said of the game-winning play.

Morant, named the NBA’s most improved player on Monday, struggled mightily much of the game. But he turned it on in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points – including 9 of 10 at the free-throw line. His lone 3 of the game came with 1:03 left, giving Memphis its first lead since the first quarter.

“Obviously, he had a brilliant fourth quarter,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

The Grizzlies point guard came from the low post as the Grizzlies inbounded the ball with 3.7 seconds left and lost Anthony Edwards at the top of the key. That left him an open lane into the paint he’s so rarely had in this series, beating Jarred Vanderbilt with his left hand on an underhanded layup.

Edwards said he wanted to try to steal the ball.

“Dumb mistake,” Edwards said.

Morant finished with 30 and had 13 rebounds and nine assists. Desmond Bane added 25 points, and Brandon Clarke had 21 off the bench for Memphis, and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 before fouling out.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Anthony Edwards had 22, and D’Angelo Russell added 12 and Taurean Prince 10.

Game 6 is Friday night back in Minnesota with the Wolves now trying to force a seventh game Sunday back in Memphis.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Towns said. “You feel like you got it after all the mistakes made and everything like that. We hit a big 3 to tie the game up with 4 seconds (left). You feel good. You feel good about going into overtime and having a chance to win the game. Just a learning experience.”

The Timberwolves led 99-88 with 6:58 left after three free throws by Towns, and Jackson fouling out for a second straight game. The Grizzlies responded with a 10-0 run to set up a thrilling finish to what had been an ugly, poor-shooting game, and outscored Minnesota 37-24 in the fourth.

Edwards tied it up at 109 for Minnesota with a 3 with 3.7 seconds left. That set up Morant for the final drive to the basket for the game-winner to start the celebration.

Clarke said he told Morant during the hug he thanked God the Grizzlies have him on their team.

“Thank God that you’re as good as you are because we had just fought so hard,” Clarke said. “And hit a really tough 3. And I was just like, it’s fine, though, because we got 12 and we got a player that can make a really, really big-time finish. And I was like, `Yeah, thank God that we got you, man.'”

Jenkins was fined $15,000 Monday for criticizing the officiating after Game 4, a 119-118 win by Minnesota. On Tuesday, his Grizzlies got to the free-throw line more than Minnesota – they just didn’t shoot well once there, making 26 of 39 compared to Minnesota’s 21 of 24.

The Grizzlies opened the game on a 13-2 run and looked liked the team that earned the highest seed in franchise history.

Then Jackson got his second foul on Patrick Beverley’s 3 and went to the bench. The Timberwolves, the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team in the regular season, started knocking down shots, going 7 of 11 outside the arc and leading 31-28 at the end of the first quarter.

Minnesota was up 55-53 at halftime, then outscored Memphis 30-21 in the third. But Morant capped the quarter with a windmill dunk that helped give the Grizzlies some much-needed energy.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Russell came in 17 of 55 overall and 9 of 24 from beyond the arc in this series. He knocked down his first two shots Tuesday, a pair of back-to-back 3s, and finished 2 of 4 from 3 and 4 of 10 from the floor. … Beverley had their first four-point play in the postseason at 8:14 of the first quarter.

Grizzlies: Memphis outrebounded Minnesota 53-42, including 18-6 on the offensive glass. That led to 23 second-chance points for the Grizzlies. Bane got a technical in the second quarter for shoving Timberwolves coach Chris Finch. Bane also opened the game with his 20th 3-point in this series. … Ziaire Williams played four minutes and did not finish the game with a sore right knee.

ON THE BOARDS

Memphis outrebounded Minnesota 53-42, including 18-6 on the offensive glass. That led to 23 second-chance points for the Grizzlies. Clarke had 15 rebounds, nine offensive.

“He’s always in the right spot at the right time,” Towns said of Clarke. “You go up for a block, and he magically around right at the exact spot where the ball is coming off.”

IN THE CROWD

Pau Gasol and Zach Randolph were former Grizzlies in attendance along with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Kentucky coach John Calipari sat near the Timberwolves’ bench. Alex Rodriguez, a Minnesota co-owner, also was in attendance, and Usher was on hand as well sitting next to Morant’s father Tee.

Heat hold off Hawks 97-94, reach Eastern semifinals

MIAMI (AP) If one play could tell the story of a five-game series, consider this one: Trae Young’s final shot from the field was a corner 3-point try that he rushed because he knew a defender was coming his way.

The shot bounced off the side of the backboard.

Take a bow, Miami. Even without Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler, defense carried the day – and carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Victor Oladipo scored 23 points, Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Heat moved into Round 2 of the playoffs by eliminating Young and the Atlanta Hawks 97-94 on Tuesday night.

“The biggest thing about this game was our defense,” Adebayo said.

That was, and is, Miami’s plan. The Heat swarmed Young from the start of Game 1 to the end of Game 5, holding Atlanta’s high-octane scorer to a 15.4-point average in the series on 32% shooting. Young had as many assists as he had turnovers – 30 of each.

“They’re a good defensive team,” Young said. “Their team is more of a system than who they have on their team. No matter who they have out there, they can play. … And when they’ve got a guy that they’re targeting and trying to take away, they do a really good job of doing that.”

Tyler Herro scored 16, Max Strus scored 15 and Caleb Martin added 10 for the top-seeded Heat, who got the clincher with Butler and Lowry sitting out with injuries.

Young went 2 for 12 from the floor, scoring just 11 points. De’Andre Hunter scored 35 for Atlanta, which got 12 apiece from Kevin Huerter and Danilo Gallinari.

“Obviously, I didn’t shoot the ball well,” Young said.

Hunter fouled out with 41.6 seconds left, Miami clinging to a three-point lead at the time. The Hawks got a stop, taking over with 29.2 seconds remaining, and retained possession after a missed shot from Gallinari went out of bounds off Miami.

The Hawks never got another shot off, time expired and Miami moved on.

“They are a hell of a team,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “Those guys compete every second that they’re out on the floor and I have a great deal of respect for how they play.”

Onyeka Okongwu’s three-point play got Atlanta within 79-76 early in the fourth, the Hawks clawing back after being down by as many as 15.

But Herro hit a high-arcing jumper from the lane, Miami got a stop, and Oladipo hit a left-wing 3 on the next Heat possession to push the lead back to eight with 7:29 remaining. That’s how the final minutes went: Atlanta made a charge, Miami would hold it off, all the way to the end.

And now, the Heat get nearly a week off before facing either Philadelphia or Toronto in the East semis. Game 1 will be Monday in Miami.

“We’re all committed to the same goal,” Strus said.

The Heat already knew they’d be without Lowry, who missed his second consecutive game with a strained left hamstring. The surprise was Butler, who reported knee soreness to the team on Monday and didn’t see enough improvement to play on Tuesday.

But Butler and Lowry spent the final few minutes of the first half particularly enjoying what was happening.

A 17-0 Miami run – including 10 in a row from Strus in a span of 67 seconds – turned a three-point deficit into a 54-40 lead late in the second quarter. Miami pushed the lead out to 67-52 on a score by Adebayo with 2:55 left in the third, and the lead was 75-64 going into the fourth.

Atlanta had one last charge to make, getting within two in the final moments – but no closer. Gallinari’s last inbounds pass went to nobody, and the clock ran out.

“I thought it was fitting that we had to get this game with a stop at the end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Clint Capela, who missed the first three games of the series with a right knee injury, left in the third quarter of Game 5 because of continued knee issues. … Atlanta was without Bogdan Bogdanovic (right knee soreness). … Nate McMillan is now 1-8 in postseason games against Spoelstra. The Heat swept McMillan’s Indiana Pacers in Round 1 at the bubble in 2020. … The Hawks went 2-7 against the Heat this season.

Heat: Michigan coach Juwan Howard, the former Miami player and assistant, was in attendance. … It marked the first time Butler had ever been declared inactive for a playoff game. … Miami missed its first eight 3-point tries before Oladipo connected midway through the second quarter. … Martin left just before halftime with an injury around his left hand or wrist, but returned for the second half.

STREAKING

Before this series, Miami had one run of more than 16 consecutive points in its playoff history. It now has three. The Heat had a 21-0 run in Game 3 at Atlanta, and the 17-0 run on Tuesday was the third-largest in team playoff history. Miami had a 19-0 run against New York in 2012, and has had 16-0 runs on four other occasions.

ODD TECH

Miami’s Markieff Morris didn’t play, and got a technical foul anyway. Morris was called for an unsportsmanlike play after he grabbed onto Hunter after the Hawks’ forward stepped into the Miami bench area in the third quarter.

FIRST WIN

Miami beat Atlanta in a series for the first time in three tries. The Hawks had won two previous first-round series that both went to the limit, prevailing 3-2 in 1994 and 4-3 in 2009.

UP NEXT

Miami will play host to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Philadelphia or Toronto on Monday.

Bridges, Paul lead Suns past Pelicans 112-97 for 3-2 lead

PHOENIX (AP) Mikal Bridges scored 31 points in a stellar all-around game, Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-97 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.

The Suns never trailed but also never totally pulled away until the final few minutes against the feisty Pelicans. Once again, Phoenix found a way to close, improving to 50-0 this season when leading after three quarters, including 3-0 in this series.

Bridges closed the Suns’ scoring with two emphatic dunks in the final minute, capping arguably the best game of his pro career.

Brandon Ingram scored 22 points to lead the Pelicans. CJ McCollum added 21.

The Suns took an 89-78 lead into the final quarter after Cameron Payne’s late 3-pointer. The Pelicans – just 36-46 during the regular season – pulled within seven points with less than two minutes left, but Cameron Johnson threw down a one-handed jam on the ensuing fast break to keep the Suns in control.

Phoenix will try to clinch the series in Game 6 on Thursday in New Orleans. If the first five games are any indication, it will not be easy.

Paul bounced back from a subpar Game 4 and Bridges showed why he was one of three finalists for the league’s defensive player of the year, blocking four shots.

It was also an ironman performance for Bridges, who played 47 of a possible 48 minutes yet never looked tired. He made 12 of 17 shots from the field, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals.

Phoenix played its third straight game without All-Star guard Devin Booker, who was still out with a strained right hamstring that happened in Game 2.

The Suns jumped out to a 2-20 lead by the end of the first quarter. They looked much more like the team that led the NBA with 64 wins during the regular season, playing tight defense and making the extra pass on offense to get open shots.

Phoenix led by as many as 17 during the second quarter before settling for a 59-46 advantage. Paul had 16 points before the break while Ayton added 13. Ingram had 13 for the Pelicans.

LIGHTER POCKETS

Suns coach Monty Williams was fined $15,000 for publicly criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA announced before the game. The Pelicans had a 42-15 advantage in foul shots during Game 4, which the Suns lost.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Jose Alvarado was once again tough on defense, forcing an eight-second call in the fourth quarter against Paul, who couldn’t get the ball out of the backcourt.

Suns: Booker has been working out at the team’s practice facility, but it’s still unclear when he’ll be able to return. … Payne gave the Suns a boost with seven points in the first quarter. He averaged just 4.8 points through the first four games of the series. … Phoenix was just 1 of 9 from 3-point range before closing the first half by hitting 4 of 6.

Suns coach Monty Williams fined $15K for criticizing refs

NEW YORK (AP) Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been fined $15,000 for publicly criticizing the officiating in Game 4 of the first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA announced Tuesday.

Williams made his comments to the media following the Suns’ 118-103 road loss Sunday. He said he did not want to take away from the Pelicans’ effort, but he was upset by the disparity in foul shots.

“Forty-two to 15 in free throws – slice it any way you like to, in a playoff game that’s physical, that’s amazing,” Williams said. “Coaches shouldn’t have to come up to the microphone and feel like they’re going to get their head cut off for speaking the truth. It’s not like we didn’t attack the basket. That’s really hard to do. They outplayed us and they deserved to win, but that’s a free-throw disparity.”

It’s the third $15,000 fine assessed in the past two days by the NBA for reactions to a disparity in free throws favoring the home team. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid were fined Monday.

Mitchell to be evaluated with hamstring injury suffered in Jazz loss

Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell will be evaluated Tuesday after sustaining a hamstring injury late in the team’s 102-77 Game 5 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

With the Mavericks running away with the contest and up 28 in the fourth quarter, Mitchell landed hard after making a jump pass and immediately favored his left leg.

He was then seen walking off the floor with a limp and didn’t return to the game.

“I wanted to try and finish, and it tightened up on me, and I couldn’t run back on defense, so I had to come out,” Mitchell told reporters, including The Salt Lake Tribune’s Eric Walden, after the game.

Mitchell said he’d “be fine” for Game 6 on Thursday.

The 25-year-old struggled mightily before he was removed, scoring nine points on 4-of-15 shooting and 0-of-7 from beyond the arc while adding just two rebounds and one assist.

NCAA President Mark Emmert stepping down no later than 2023

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) NCAA President Mark Emmert is stepping down after 12 tumultuous years leading an association that has become increasingly marginalized while college sports has undergone massive changes and been besieged by political and legal attacks.

NCAA Board of Governors Chairman John DeGioia announced the move Tuesday and said it was by mutual agreement. The 69-year-old Emmert will continue to serve in his role until a new president is in place or until June 30, 2023.

The move is not entirely a surprise. The NCAA remains the biggest governing body in college athletics, but it is has been under sharp criticism for years as too heavy handed and even out of date with Emmert serving as the prime target.

Emmert has guided the NCAA through the most transformative period in the history of the more than 100-year-old organization. During the past decade, athletes have gained more power, benefits and ability to earn money than ever before. Amateurism has been redefined.

But Emmert has been viewed by some as not a catalyst for change but as an obstacle standing in the way – or at the least reactive instead of proactive.

“Throughout my tenure I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the experience and priorities of student-athletes,” Emmert said in a release from the NCAA. “I am extremely proud of the work of the association over the last 12 years and especially pleased with the hard work and dedication of the national office staff here in Indianapolis.”

The announcement comes one year after the board approved a contract extension for Emmert that ran through the 2025, a move that left many in college sports bewildered. Emmert’s salary was nearly $3 million in 2021.

The NCAA has suffered a series of damaging court losses in the past decade that peaked with last year’s 9-0 Supreme Court ruling against the association in an antitrust case. The decision undercut the NCAA’s ability to govern college sports and prompted a total overhaul how it operates.

Years after losing an antitrust case over the NCAA’s use of athletes’ names, images and likenesses, the association finally changed its rules last June to allow the athletes to profit as paid sponsors and endorsers. The move came only after state lawmakers passed laws to neuter the NCAA’s power. With Congress unwilling to provide federal protection, the NCAA has been unable to regulate NIL activity with uniform rules – leading to fresh criticism.

Emmert has been called before lawmakers in Washington numerous times over the past two years. Attacking Emmert and the NCAA has become one of the few things that has united Democrats and Republicans during these divisive political times.

Emmert was appointed to the job in April 2010. He had led the University of Washington and LSU prior to taking over in Indianapolis. He replaced Myles Brand, who held the position for seven years before dying of cancer in 2009.

The job Emmert stepped into became increasingly more difficult as big-time college sports such as major college football and basketball grew into billion-dollar businesses.

NCAA revenue has reached more than $1 billion per year under Emmert, primarily through the TV deals for the men’s college basketball tournament, and most of the money is redistributed to more than 1,100 member schools with nearly 500,000 athletes.

Still, the disparity between what the wealthiest schools bring in compared to what the vast majority of schools spend on athletics has made it difficult for them all to coexist under one umbrella organization.

NCAA member schools adopted a new constitution in January and are in the process of “transforming the structure and mission to meet future needs.”

“With the significant transitions underway within college sports, the timing of this decision provides the association with consistent leadership during the coming months plus the opportunity to consider what will be the future role of the president,” DeGioia said. “It also allows for the selection and recruitment of the next president without disruption.”

In a lengthy interview with AP in August, just months after being hammered by criticism for the NCAA’s inability to provide equitable facilities and amenities for the men’s and women’s basketball players participating in the Division I tournaments, Emmert said he was still passionate about the mission of a leading college sports during volatile times.

“And I’m not surprised that people say, `You know, why isn’t this getting fixed? What’s Emmert doing?'” he told AP. “And people also, they want to look to somebody and say, `Well, fix this, damn it!’ And I get that. I understand. And I say it in the mirror sometimes. But the truth is, it’s a very complex system. I think we do need to find ways to fix that and streamline it.”

Hosmer’s 1st HR of season in 8-run burst, Padres beat Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Eric Hosmer hit his first homer of the season and Jake Cronenworth added a bases-loaded triple during an eight-run fourth inning that sent the San Diego Padres past the struggling Cincinnati Reds 9-6 Tuesday night.

“It’s a great start to the road trip,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “Hosmer’s (homer) was the big blow in that inning, but the at-bats seemed to get better as we strung them along and we just passed the baton to the next guy.”

The Padres have won 10 of 11 against Cincinnati since the start of last season.

The Reds who snapped an 11-game losing streak on Sunday, own baseball’s worst record at 3-14.

Joe Musgrove (3-0), who has worked at least six innings in each of his four starts, allowed two earned runs through six innings despite not having his best stuff.

“He gave up two earned runs, gives you six innings, only walked one. If that’s a bad game for him, we’re going to take it,” Melvin said.

Musgrove beat the Reds for the second time this season despite battling back spasms. He came in for treatment during the eight-run fourth.

“I had some stiffness in my back,” Musgrove said. “It wasn’t anything that’s going to stick with me.”

The Reds got a break in the second when catcher Austin Nola’s throw back to Musgrove hit Colin Moran’s bat, allowing Nick Senzel to advance a base to second. Nola was charged with one of his two errors in the game, and Senzel scored on Moran’s single.

In the fourth, Reds starter Reiver Sanmartin (0-3) gave up seven straight hits, including Hosmer’s three-run homer. Sanmartin also issued a bases-loaded walk.

Later in the inning, Cronenworth’s three-run triple off Jeff Hoffman made it 9-1.

“It’s one of those things where hitting’s contagious,” Hosmer said. “The guys in front of us did a great job of getting us going. First time through, their guy was throwing the ball really well. We made some good adjustments.”

In two straight starts against the Padres, Sanmartin (0-3) have been tagged for a combined 14 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings.

Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who came off the 10-day injured list following a strained right hamstring, doubled and scored in the fifth.

Senzel hit a solo homer in the ninth.

“We got down 9-1 and we just continued to play,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We lost the game which is kind of the point, but coming back like that over the long season, those things really do matter.”

NICE PLAY, POP!

The play of the game was made by Reds fan Jacob Kingsley, who was seated in section 119 behind the visitors’ dugout with his wife, Jordan. Jacob caught Luis Campusano’s foul ball on the bounce in the fifth inning with his right hand while bottle-feeding his 11-month old son, Shepherd, with his left.

“Safety first, obviously,” Jacob Kinglsey told Bally Sports. “I saw the ball pop up. Had some fierce competition. Wanted to protect him, baby first. It’s his first Reds game, we have the certificate. This will be a great memory for him.”

Said his wife: “It was like the coolest thing ever.”

GETTING WELL

Cincinnati has 10 players on the injured list, but things are looking up with India and outfielder Tyler Naquin back in the lineup. “We’re really excited to get guys back,” Bell said. “It’s going to continue to happen over the next month, adding to our team some really significant players.” The Reds still are without infielder Mike Moustakas, catcher Tyler Stephenson and starting pitchers Luis Castillo and Mike Minor.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: OF Wil Myers left Tuesday’s game after aggravating a bruise between his right thumb and index finger during his at-bat in the fifth. He will not play on Wednesday, according to Melvin. RHP Mike Clevinger (right knee sprain) will make a rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday after travel issues pushed the outing back a day.

Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (right shoulder strain) is expected to make two more rehab starts at Triple-A Louisville before rejoining the club.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (0-3, 5.54) is looking for his first win of the season in his fourth start. The Reds were outscored 11-2 in his first three outings. He’ll be opposed by Padres LHP MacKenzie Gore (1-0, 1.74), who has struck out 10 in 10 1/3 innings.

Bassitt throws 6 shutout innings, Mets blank Cards 3-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Chris Bassitt pitched six strong innings, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 Tuesday night for their franchise-best sixth straight series win to start a season.

“Awesome,” Bassitt said about the Mets’ early dominance, “We started fast, but I’m more excited about the last six series of the year rather than the first six.”

Bassitt (3-1) struck out six batters and allowed two hits and two walks. Drew Smith and Adam Ottavino combined to pitch two innings of scoreless relief before Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save in four opportunities.

“We had a good game plan going in,” Bassitt said. “Just mixing speeds, mixing locations, and did that well.”

But Bassitt is frustrated for and concerned about his teammates, who have now been plunked a major-league leading 18 times after Mets batters were hit three more times Tuesday night. The righty blamed the baseballs, which he says are “all different.”

“The MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They’re bad,” he said. “Everyone knows it. Every pitcher in the league knows it. They’re bad. They don’t care. MLB doesn’t give a damn about it. We’ve told them our problems with them and they don’t care.”

Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks hit Dominic Smith in the second and Pete Alonso was hit in the helmet by Kodi Whitley in the eighth inning, after which benches and bullpens started to clear. Both benches were warned, and tensions quickly fizzled down. Then Starling Marte was plunked by Aaron Brooks with the bases loaded in the ninth, leading to the final score.

Hicks (1-2) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings before being pulled in the top of the third inning after being struck on the right wrist by a Dominic Smith line drive in the second.

“It’s the best I felt through two,” said Hicks, who left with a right wrist contusion. The X-rays were negative. “I have full faith that it would have been a really good outing today, and my stuff was sharp until that moment.”

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that Hicks threw in the batting cage and “felt pretty good about it, went back out there, and after a couple pitches it started tightening up more and more, and that’s when obviously we took him out.”

Jeff McNeil doubled to right field to leadoff the third and scored on James McCann’s ensuing double to the center field wall to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Marte greeted rookie relief pitcher Andre Pallante with a single down the left field line to drive in McCann and put the Mets up 2-0.

The Cardinals have lost three straight for the first time this season.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW

Marmol lost his first challenge of his managerial career when he challenged second base umpire Charlie Ramos’ call that McNeil beat Brendan Donovan to second base to get a force out to end the fifth inning. Plate umpire and crew chief Mark Wegner announced the ruling on the field stood. The Cardinals had won their previous four challenges in 2022.

CALL FOR ARMS

The Mets have signed veteran right-handed relief pitcher Tommy Hunter on a minor league contract. The 35-year-old did not allow an earned run in 8 1/3 innings over four appearances with the Mets in 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom is continuing to heal from a stress reaction in his right scapula. deGrom will begin strengthening activities but has not been cleared to throw.

UP NEXT

RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 1.58 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets in Wednesday’s series finale; he is 0-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two career starts against St. Louis.

The Cardinals will start LHP Steven Matz (2-1, 5.27 ERA) in his second career start against his former team.

Tigers throw it away: Wild toss in 9th gives Twins crazy win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Baseball is a funny game, the story goes, and Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase and the Minnesota Twins chipped in with another chapter.

The difference between winning and losing can sometimes be so small – and so strange.

Haase made a throwing error on a botched rundown in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a chaotic play that gave the Twins two runs for a wild 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday night.

“Once in a while you walk away and you just kind of throw your hands in the air, and you smile, and you take the win,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Miguel Sano had the final hit for the Twins – and his ill-advised move on the bases wound up helping them win their fifth game in a row.

“It’s a painful loss,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said.

The Twins trailed 4-3 when Tigers closer Gregory Soto (1-1) walked Trevor Larnach and Gio Urshela to start the ninth. Soto – who took just his second blown save in 22 opportunities since the start of last season – bounced back to strike out Max Kepler, who homered earlier and drove in three runs.

Then came the craziness. Cue the circus music.

Sano hit an 108 mph line drive that glanced off right fielder Robbie Grossman’s glove and rolled to the wall for a rocket of a single.

“Just try to hit the ball, a long way,” Sano said. “That’s what I tried to do.”

Larnach thought the ball was going to be caught, so he tagged up at second and didn’t have a head start. So he was held up at third base, after Grossman quickly threw the ball in.

But Sano, after rounding first, kept running toward second once he saw the relay go home. That prompted Urshela to run from second to third, where Larnach was trapped.

Ball in hand, Haase ran up the base line to begin a rundown.

Except that never started, because Haase’s lollipop throw soared over third baseman Jeimer Candelario’s head and into the outfield on a night when the temperature fell to the mid-30s.

“Never had a good grip,” Haase said. “Grabbed a big ol’ mud ball and just sailed it.”

The errant throw let Larnach score easily and Urshela race home for the winning run and a mob of giddy teammates waiting for him at the plate.

“We made some boo-boos on the bases, and we somehow made our way out of it and smell like roses,” Baldelli said.

Haase entered the game in the seventh as a pinch-hitter for Tucker Barnhart.

“Everyone had a little trouble gripping the ball, especially late in the game. It got even more cold, the wind picked up a little bit, it was just dry. Just tough to handle, I guess,” Haase said.

Griffin Jax (1-0) pitched the ninth for the victory, after Javier Baez gave the Tigers the lead with a three-run homer in the eighth against Emilio Pagan.

Baez also hit a two-out RBI double in the sixth to chase Chris Paddack, the only run allowed by the Twins starter. He struck out six and threw 87 pitches, a season high for a Twins pitcher.

CORREA’S COMMITMENT

Carlos Correa reiterated his interest before the game about making his stay in Minnesota more than one season. The All-Star shortstop, whose three-year, $105.3 million contract has an opt-out after this season and next, said he has expressed as much to team officials.

“It’s about happiness, right? I show up every day, and we’ve got a great group of guys to work with,” said Correa, who struck out all three times he faced Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez and is batting .179.

JOIN THE CLUB

Tigers left-hander Andrew Chafin was reinstated from the injured list before the game, further reinforcing a bullpen that entered the evening with the third-best relief ERA (2.29) in the majors. Chafin had sidelined by groin trouble, after signing a two-year, $13 million contract with the team.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Casey Mize (elbow sprain) has begun a throwing program at the team’s minor league facility in Lakeland, Florida, in weather more conducive to rehab. The first overall pick in the 2018 draft landed on the injured list after making two starts. … RHP Matt Manning (shoulder inflammation) is still experiencing tightness and has not been cleared yet for activity. He was placed on the injured list last week.

Twins: RHP Sonny Gray (hamstring strain) is on track to come off the injured list and rejoin the rotation later this week. Gray was hurt in his second start. … C Gary Sanchez missed his fourth straight game with abdominal tightness. He’ll ramp up his activity on Wednesday and ought to be able to avoid the injured list if the pregame session goes smoothly, Baldelli said.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the mound on Wednesday night against the team he spent the previous four seasons with. RHP Joe Ryan (2-1, 1.69 ERA) pitches for the Twins in the middle game of the series.

Pineda threw five scoreless innings last week in his Tigers debut to beat another one of his former teams, the New York Yankees. Ryan beat Kansas City with six scoreless innings in his last turn.

Lynch shines as Royals blank slumping White Sox 6-0

CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Lynch gave the Kansas City Royals exactly what they needed.

Not so much for Dallas Keuchel and the Chicago White Sox.

Lynch pitched six crisp innings, and the Royals handed the White Sox their eighth straight loss with a 6-0 victory Tuesday night.

“I felt like I commanded the ball really well,” Lynch said. “I did what I wanted to.”

Bobby Witt Jr. had two hits and Carlos Santana drove in two runs, helping Kansas City stop a four-game slide. The Royals were outscored 22-12 in a sweep at Seattle over the weekend.

Lynch (2-1) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked two. The left-hander, who made his big league debut almost a year ago, also pitched shutout ball in his previous start, working into the sixth in a 2-0 win over Minnesota last week.

“It’s just amazing from a year ago where he is right now,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “How his demeanor, his rhythm, his repeatability, that’s really a thing that you see the most is he is repeating mechanics that are letting him repeat inside the zone and outside. He had everything today.”

Chicago’s best scoring chance against Lynch occurred in the fourth, when Jake Burger flied out to the warning track in left with Yasmani Grandal aboard after a leadoff double.

The White Sox issued 11 walks and committed two more errors, running their major league-leading total to 20. First baseman Jose Abreu dropped a throw in the fourth, leading to two unearned runs. Shortstop Tim Anderson flubbed a grounder in the eighth for his seventh error in his last six games.

It’s the longest losing streak for Chicago since it also dropped eight in a row in June 2018.

“If you have talent like this and you have to get after guys to get started or they’re walking around smiling or not working, then you’ve got the wrong people,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’ve got the right people. So we’ll be all right. The sooner the better though, because we’re not having any fun.”

Keuchel (1-2) worked four innings in his second straight loss, allowing two runs and two hits. The lefty struck out two and walked five for the reigning AL Central champions.

“We’re too good of a team to really feel bad about ourselves or get down, so we’ll have to pick it back up and eventually we will,” Keuchel said. “Just a matter of will it be tomorrow or hopefully the next day.”

Kansas City put the game away with four runs in the sixth, sending 10 batters to the plate. Witt doubled and scored on Michael A. Taylor’s sacrifice fly. Andrew Benintendi drove in a run with an unusual fielder’s choice, and Santana made it 6-0 with a two-run single against Kyle Crick.

Benintendi’s bases-loaded fly ball to left dropped in front of Andrew Vaughn, who threw to third for the forceout as Edward Olivares scored.

Taylor Clarke got three outs for Kansas City before Brady Singer finished the five-hitter.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi exited in the sixth because of left knee discomfort. “He’s sore, but they didn’t think anything structural,” Matheny said. “Probably get another look at it in the morning.”

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez had surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Jimenez got hurt during Saturday’s 9-2 loss at Minnesota when he stretched for first base while running out a grounder to third. … CF Luis Robert (groin strain) and 3B Yoan Moncada (right oblique strain) ran the bases before the game. Robert could return as soon as Wednesday, and Moncada could start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte as soon as this weekend.

UP NEXT

Right-handers Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.25 ERA) and Dylan Cease (2-1, 3.38) pitch on Wednesday afternoon. Greinke tossed five innings of one-run ball in Kansas City’s 1-0 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. The 38-year-old Greinke is 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his last six starts against Chicago. Cease permitted four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-3 loss at Cleveland last week.

Hurricanes beat Rangers 4-3, win Metropolitan Division title

NEW YORK (AP) Vincent Trochek had a goal and an assist, rookie Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 31 shots and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-3 Tuesday night to win their fifth straight and clinch the Metropolitan Division title.

Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Martinook also scored for Carolina, and Brady Skjei had two assists. The Hurricanes, who won their second straight division title after winning the realigned Central Division in last year’s shortened season, set franchise records with 53 wins and 114 points, topping marks set in 2005-06.

“I think you probably need to take a minute and just realize that it’s a pretty darn good year, we’ve done what we wanted to do,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “What’s great is guys aren’t really that excited about it. They know there’s bigger things we’re trying to accomplish.”

This was matchup of the top two teams in the Metropolitan with first place within reach for the Rangers. Instead, the Hurricanes beat them for the third time in four meetings this season – including twice at Madison Square Garden in 15 days – to take the division.

“I look forward to these kind of games,” Skjei said. “This was a huge win for us. We are very pumped up that we won the division.”

Kochetkov, making his second career start and third straight appearance, had 11 saves in the first period, 11 in the second and nine in the third to improve to 3-0-0.

“It’s a great story, hopefully it continues,” Brind’Amour said of the 22-year-old goalie. “Nothing is fazing him. He looks like he belongs.”

Chris Kreider scored his 52nd goal for the Rangers, who have lost two straight and three of seven and are assured of finishing second in the Metropolitan. Jacob Trouba and Alexis Lafreniere also scored, and Igor Shesterkin finished with 31 saves.

“At times I didn’t like our game, but overall we battled back,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “We know where we’re going to finish. … First, second, wherever you finish, you’re going to play a great team (in the playoffs).”

Aho pounced on a loose puck and fired a shot past Shesterkin for his team-leading 37th of the season 32 seconds into the third to push Carolina’s lead to 4-1.

Trouba pulled the Rangers back within two as he scored from the right point for his career-high 11th with 6:48 left.

With Shesterkin pulled for an extra skater, Lafreniere scored on a one-timer from the right side with 1:02 left to get the Rangers within one. It was his 18th.

After a scoreless first period, the Hurricanes took control with three goals in the second.

The Rangers had three power plays in a 7:09 stretch from late in the first period to early in the second. They managed four shots on goal on the advantages but couldn’t break through against the league’s top penalty-killing unit.

“It’s the game right there,” Brind’Amour said. “They get one there, everything changes. The crowd gets into it, we’re behind the 8-ball, the game’s totally different. That was a crucial part of the game.”

Trochek then gave the Hurricanes the lead as he beat Shesterkin with a slap shot from the left circle off a pass from Skjei – one of six former Rangers on the Carolina roster – at 7:05 of the middle period. It was his 21st of the season.

Martinook made it 2-0 with 6:12 remaining in the second as he deflected a shot by Derek Stepan, another former Ranger, from the right circle past Shesterkin. It was Martinook’s fifth.

“It got me in the big bicep,” Martinook said of his deflection.

Kreider pulled the Rangers back within one as he put a backhander past Kochetkov with 3:02 left. It tied Adam Graves (1993-94) for the second-most goals in a single season in franchise history, just two behind the record set by Jaromir Jagr in 2005-06.

“It’s a hard thing to reflect on after that game … after a loss like that,” Kreider said.

Teravainen restored Carolina’s two-goal as he skated in the left circle and beat Shesterkin for is 21st with 1:41 to go in the period.

The Hurricanes outshot the Rangers 14-11 in the first period with both goalies making several nice stops.

MCDONALD WINNER

Kreider was announced as the Rangers’ winner of the 2022 Steven McDonald “Extra Effort” Award. The award, named for the former NYPD detective shot and injured on the job in 1986, is given annually to a Rangers player selected in fan voting who “goes above and beyond the call of duty.” McDonald’s widow Patti and son Connor – an NYPD sergeant- were in attendance to present the award.

MILESTONES

Kreider’s goal was the 229th of his career, breaking a tie with Bill Cook for 10th place in franchise history. … Aho’s goal gave him 400 career points. … Teravainen got his 100th goal with the Hurricanes. … Carolina F Max Domi played in his 500th career game.

SHORT-HANDED

The Rangers were two men down in the third period after announcing forward Artemi Panarin (upper body injury) and Andrew Copp (lower body injury) would not return to the game.

“(They) should be fine,” Gallant said. “Just being cautious.”

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Host New Jersey on Thursday night to close the regular season.

Rangers: Host Montreal on Wednesday night before wrapping up the regular season Friday against Washington.

Matthews scores 2 to reach 60 goals as Leafs top Wings 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Auston Matthews looked a little sheepish after scoring his 50th goal into an empty net last month. How the Maple Leafs sniper bagged No. 60 was a lot more like it.

Matthews scored twice, the second on one of his patented snapshots, to become just the third player in the NHL’s salary cap era to register 60 goals in a season as Toronto defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Tuesday night.

After being thwarted by Red Wings netminder Alex Nedeljkovic on a couple good looks in the first period, Matthews scored his 59th from in tight with just over four minutes left in the second to set the stage for his 60th in the third.

The 24-year-old kept a puck in at the offensive blue line on a power play and moved into the slot before ripping a puck past Nedeljkovic’s glove to send the crowd at Scotiabank Arena into a frenzy.

“It was pretty special,” Matthews said. “Just the reception from my teammates, the crowd, I mean, everything. It just kind of sends chills down your bones.”

Fans broke into deafening chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” for a superstar they believe is more than deserving of his first Hart Trophy as league MVP.

“Just the way he goes about it, the way he does it, the consistency, some of the things he’s done … you continue to shake your head,” said captain John Tavares, who had the other Toronto goal.

Matthews, who had gone five games without scoring, joined Steven Stamkos in 2011-12 and Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08 as the only players to reach 60 goals since the mid-1990s.

“Pretty unreal,” Tavares added. “A tremendous amount of love from the fans and a great way to do it.”

Matthews has also had a stretch of 51 goals in 50 games.

“It’s unique, it’s rare,” Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said. “I’m just really happy for him. He works extremely hard.”

Jack Campbell made 20 saves to register his fifth shutout of the season for Toronto (53-21-7), which clinched home ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and also set a franchise record with its 30th home victory of the season. William Nylander added two assists.

The Leafs are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Division and will open the postseason next week at Scotiabank Arena against either the Boston Bruins or Tampa Bay Lightning.

“We’re working towards something bigger,” Matthews said. “Definitely a moment for us to enjoy and be happy about. But the job’s not done, the work’s not finished.”

Nedeljkovic stopped 33 shots for Detroit (31-40-10), including those big early saves on Matthews.

“Ned played great,” Wings forward Sam Gagner said. “If you’re scoring 60, you’re finding ways to get it done no matter who you’re matched up against. He’s a really special player.”

Matthews, who suited up for his third straight game after missing three in a row with an undisclosed injury, solved Nedeljkovic with 4:12 left in the second on a backhand.

And after Tavares doubled the Leafs’ lead at 4:03 of the third with his 27th, Matthews buried No. 60 at 5:49 on a play that was close at the blue line.

Some fans threw hats on the ice in honor of the accomplishment, while teammates gave him an ovation on the bench.

“It means a lot,” Matthews said. “Just how tight-knit we are and this locker room, it’s like a family in there and a brotherhood.

“That’s what it’s all about.”

NOTES: Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin, who played for just the 46th time in 2021-22, returned to the lineup after sitting out the last six games with an undisclosed injury. … Alexander Kerfoot got the call on the left side of the Leafs’ top line with Matthews and Mitch Marner as Michael Bunting (lower-body injury) missed his second consecutive contest. … Marner needs three points in the regular-season finale Friday against Boston to become the fourth player in franchise history to reach the century mark, joining Matthews, Darryl Sittler and Doug Gilmour.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: At New Jersey on Friday night.

Maple Leafs: Host the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

Ovechkin injury clouds Capitals outlook week from playoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin did not skate with his Washington Capitals teammates Tuesday morning and his status moving forward is unclear with the start of the playoffs less than a week away.

Ovechkin was listed as day to day with an upper-body injury, and coach Peter Laviolette called his captain a game-time decision to face the New York Islanders in the third to last game of the regular season. But the team is being extra cautious with the 36-year-old star, and Laviolette made that clear when asked if he was optimistic about Ovechkin being ready for the start of the first round.

“I want to say I hope so, but I don’t know,” Laviolette said after Washington’s morning skate. “It depends on how things progress with him, so it’s day to day right now.”

Ovechkin tripped over Toronto goaltender Erik Kallgren’s stick and slammed into the boards left shoulder first early in the third period Sunday night in a shootout loss to the Maple Leafs.. He lay on the ice in pain, skated off and did not return.

The Russian winger has only missed 24 games because of injury during his 17-year NHL career. He has never missed a playoff game.

“He’s always around, and he’s always playing,” longtime teammate Nicklas Backstrom said. “His style of play, you’re going to get injured. But I just think mentally he’s so strong. He plays through everything. It’s just the way he is as a guy. He doesn’t miss games. And it doesn’t matter how hurt he is. He’s one of those guys you can always count on.”

Ovechkin earlier this season passed Jaromir Jagr for third on the career goals list and now trails only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howie. He has 50 this season – the ninth time he has done that, tying Gretzky and Mike Bossy for the NHL record.

Durability has helped Ovechkin play 1,274 regular-season and 141 playoff games since making his debut in 2005.

“Sometimes there’s got to be a little bit of luck to it, but he’s a really strong guy,” Laviolette said. “He hates not playing the game. He hates being out so he’s going to want to be back as soon as possible and we’re going to make sure that he’s in a good spot to do that.”

With Ovechkin expected to be out, Connor McMichael steps into the top line left wing spot alongside Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson. He has not played since April 10.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me to prove myself going into the playoffs and kind of prove to the coaches that when guys do get hurt that I am ready to fill that void,” McMichael said. “Ovi, he will be OK. He is a warrior, and he’s been out before and he seems to always come back so we are looking forward to having him back – whenever that is.”

Djokovic can play at Wimbledon; no vaccination required

(AP) — Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his title at Wimbledon, despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19, because the shots are not required to enter Britain, All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said Tuesday.

Djokovic, a 34-year-old Serb who is ranked No. 1, missed the Australian Open in January after being deported from that country because he was not vaccinated against the illness caused by the coronavirus that has led to the deaths of millions during the pandemic that began in 2020.

During the annual spring briefing ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on June 27, Bolton said that “whilst, of course, it is encouraged” that all players get vaccinated, “it will not be a condition of entry to compete” at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament this year.

Djokovic, in addition to being unable to defend his championship at Melbourne Park after an 11-day legal saga over whether he could remain in Australia, had to sit out tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami because he couldn’t travel to the United States as a foreigner who is unvaccinated.

The U.S. Tennis Association has said that it will follow whatever governmental rules are in place regarding COVID-19 vaccination status when the U.S. Open is held starting in late August.

Djokovic – who has said he got COVID-19 twice, once each in 2020 and 2021 – owns 20 Grand Slam singles titles, tied with Roger Federer for the second-most for a man. They trail Rafael Nadal, who won his 21st at the Australian Open.

Six of Djokovic’s trophies came at Wimbledon, including victories each of the past three times the tournament was held – in 2018, 2019 and 2021. It was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic.

After what happened in Australia, Djokovic said he would be willing to sit out other Grand Slam tournaments if getting vaccinated were a requirement to compete. The next major event is the French Open, which begins on May 22, and tournament director Amelie Mauresmo said last month there was nothing preventing Djokovic from defending his 2021 title in Paris.

The Italian Open, a clay-court tune-up for Roland Garros, also has said Djokovic can play there next month.

Federer plans tournament return at Swiss Indoors in October

Roger Federer intends to return to tournament tennis after what will have been more than a year away from the tour by playing at the Swiss Indoors in October.

The event in Basel announced in a statement posted on its website on Tuesday that the 20-time Grand Slam champion “has officially entered the tournament and will appear on the entry list with the protected ATP ranking” of No. 9.

His agent, Tony Godsick, confirmed to The Associated Press that is Federer’s plan.

Federer’s first match there is scheduled for Oct. 25, according to the website.

The 40-year-old Swiss star has not played a competitive match since losing to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on July 7. Soon after that defeat, Federer had surgery to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee – the third time in a span of 1 1/2 years that knee was operated on.

Federer has won a men’s record eight championships at the All England Club. He and Novak Djokovic are tied for the second-most overall major tennis titles won by a man; they trail Rafael Nadal, who has 21.

Federer said in an interview with a Swiss newspaper in November that he expected to miss Wimbledon this year – it starts on June 27 – and was not sure when, if ever, he might be able to play again at a high level, although he did “want to see one last time what I’m capable of as a professional tennis player.”

In February, Federer and Nadal announced they were both planning to participate in the Laver Cup in London on Sept. 23-25.

That would mark Federer’s return to action for the first time since last July – albeit not at a full-fledged tournament but at a team event founded by his management company.

Federer has won the Swiss Indoors trophy 10 times. The tournament will return this year after being called off in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia removed as host of 2023 worlds in men’s ice hockey

ZURICH (AP) Russia was removed Tuesday as host of the 2023 world championship in men’s ice hockey that was to be played in Vladimir Putin’s home city St. Petersburg.

Citing “concern for the safety and well-being of all participating players, officials, media, and fans,” the International Ice Hockey Federation announced the decision after its ruling council met.

The latest blow to Russia in its favored winter sports follows one day after its signature annual international figure skating competition was pulled by the International Skating Union in the fallout from the country’s war on Ukraine.

The IIHF said its officials “expressed significant concerns over the safe freedom of movement of players and officials to, from, and within Russia.”

Similar reasons were given last month for stripping the 2023 world juniors event from Russia. That championship was to be played in Omsk and Novosibirsk.

Russia had committed to build a new 23,000-seat arena for the men’s worlds that was scheduled for May 2023.

A new host will be picked during the men’s world championships which starts next month in Finland, the governing body said.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

IndyCar adds shootout segment to Indianapolis 500 qualifying

(AP) — Roger Penske has tweaked qualifying for next month’s Indianapolis 500 to add a shootout that will determine the first four starting rows for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Penske told The Associated Press the tweaks will create a high-pressure atmosphere on the second day of qualifying.

“We’re going to have all 33 qualify on Saturday and then come back on Sunday, and take two hours at the best time of the day and send the top 12 out and then the top six,” Penske told AP before Tuesday’s announcement. “I really want to do this, we already do it at other races.

“To have Joe Blow, who is 33rd, get beat by Julian Blow – if you think about it, doing it this way, we’re really going to be able to promote it and it’s going to be a very tense two hours.”

IndyCar most recently has used a “Fast Nine” format at the Indy 500 to determine the first three starting rows. The new format will set positions 13-33 on May 21, the first day of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The second day will feature the fastest 12 drivers all posting a four-lap average for the pole. The field will be cut to six for a “Fast Six” that will determine the first two rows and the ultimate pole winner. It will air live on NBC.

The pole-sitter will receive $100,000 and 12 points in the IndyCar standings. Points will be awarded in decreasing one-point increments for the top 12.

“We have an incredibly deep field heading into this year’s Indianapolis 500,” IndyCar president Jay Frye said in a statement. “The timing is right to implement a new and dramatic way to expand one of the most intense weekends on our calendar. Winning pole position for the `500′ is an incredible feat, and with this new format, it will be even more challenging.”

Only 32 teams have currently announced their intent to run the Indy 500, with the final 33rd entry an unknown a month out from the race. Should there be more than 33 entries, IndyCar will still hold “Last Chance Qualifying” on May 22.

Victory at Victory Field

INDIANAPOLIS –Two pitchers combined to scatter five hits and the offense produced at least nine runs for the 11th time in 2022 as the Indiana baseball program captured a 9-1 victory over Butler on Tuesday (March 26) evening at Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians.
 
Indiana (17-23) opened the scoring with three runs in the second inning, added one in the fifth and one in the sixth inning, and capped the scoring a four-run seventh. Butler (18-23-1) scored their lone run in the ninth inning to break up the shutout.
 
Graduate student Tyler Doanes had his best night at the plate as a Hoosier and his most productive in terms of runs batted in in nearly four years. He drove in four RBIs on the night to tie a career high he set on April 29, 2018, against Texas while playing at West Virginia. On Tuesday, Doanes was 2-for-3 with one double and one triple. He added one run score and one sacrifice fly to his four-RBI stat line.
 
Junior Hunter Jessee led the way with a 4-for-4 night at the plate. He added one walk and one run scored, which came on a straight steal of home. Redshirt-junior Matthew Ellis posted a three-hit game with three RBIs. The left-handed hitter launched a 433-foot home run – his 13th of the season – for his ninth home run over 400 feet this season. Sophomore Samuel Murrison had the other RBI with a sacrifice fly.
 
The duo of senior Braydon Tucker and redshirt-junior Ty Bothwell combined to allow just one run on five hits over nine innings. Tucker got the start and threw four shutout innings with seven strikeouts, while Bothwell (1-1) collected the win with five innings of work and one run allowed on two hits. He walked two and struck out eight Bulldog batters.
 
For Butler, Kollyn All hit a solo home run as part of a 2-for-2 day at the plate. All replaced Garrett Gray in the sixth inning, as Gray was 2-for-2 on the night, as the eighth spot in the order delivered four of the Bulldogs five hits.
 
Scoring Recap
Bottom Second
Matthew Ellis led off the inning with a solo home run to right field and Carter Mathison followed with a base hit. Mathison stole second before a strikeout provided the first out of the inning. Tyler Doanes then tripled to drive in the second run of the frame and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Samuel Murrison.
Indiana 3, Butler 0
 
Bottom Fifth
Hunter Jessee singled and moved to third on a Matthew Ellis base hit with two outs in the inning. Then, for the second time in three games for IU, Jessee stole home.
Indiana 4, Butler 0
 
Bottom Sixth
Brock Tibbitts singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on back-to-back wild pitches. Doanes brought him home with a flyout to center field.
Indiana 5, Butler 0
 
Bottom Seventh
After the first batter of the inning was retired, the next five of the next six batter reached base. After a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a wild pitch, Ellis singled to right field to score two runs. Mathison then singled before the second out was recorded. Doanes capped IU’s scoring with a two-RBI double down the right field line.
Indiana 9, Butler 0
 
Top Ninth
Kollyn All broke up the shutout with a solo home run.
Indiana 9, Butler 1
 
Up Next
The busy week continues with a trip to Illinois State on Wednesday, April 27, in front of the second straight home weekend series. IU will welcome Illinois the three-game conference series beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Hoosiers Sweep Doubleheader Against Boilermakers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana hit four home runs and stole 11 bases as they earned two wins over Purdue on Tuesday at Andy Mohr Field. The Hoosiers won game one, 6-3 and prevailed 7-4 in game two. 

Game 1 Indiana: 6 Purdue: 3

Key Moments

• In the second inning Sarah Stone singled and Tatum Hayes came in to pinch run and stole second and third base. Cora Bassett grounded to the pitcher for an RBI for score Hayes and put Indiana up 1-0.

• Indiana added a second run in the third inning on a sac fly from Brittany Ford that scored Copeland, who was hit by a pitch to get on base.

• Indiana added two runs in the fourth to go up 4-0. Purdue got on the board in the fifth with one run to pull within three at 4-1.

• The Boilermakers pushed across two runs in the sixth to bring the score to 4-3.

• The Hoosiers responded in the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back home runs from Juvia Davis and Brooke Benson to go up 6-3.

Notes

• With their two victories on the day the Hoosiers improve to 25-17 overall and 8-9 in the Big Ten.

• Brooke Benson hammered her seventh home run of the season and Juvia Davis went deep for her first home run of the season.

• The two home runs brought the Hoosiers total to 51, which ties their single season home run record.

• The Hoosiers seven hits in the game.

• Indiana recorded a season high eight stolen bases in the first game against Purdue.

• Grayson Radcliffe, Juvia Davis and Brooke Benson each had multi-hit games.

• Heather Johnson pitched 5.1 inning for the win and Natalie Foor came in to pitch 1.2 inning for the save. Johnson struck out five batters.

Game 2 Indiana: 7 Purdue: 4

Key Moments

• After Purdue took a 1-0 lead in the first inning the Hoosiers came back to score two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead.

• In the fourth inning Aaliyah Andrews and Lindsey Warick hit home runs to put the Hoosiers in front 4-1.

• In the fifth inning Lindsey Warick picked off a runner at second base and Natalie Foor recorded her ninth strikeout of the game to get out of the inning.

• Purdue tied the game with a three-run home run in the sixth inning to even the score 4-4.

• After Cora Bassett was intentionally walked the Hoosiers had the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Grayson Radcliffe lifted a sac fly to put Indiana in front and Brittany Ford hit a single to score two more to put the Hoosiers up 7-4.

Notes

• Aaliyah Andrews hit her second home run of the season and Lindsey Warick her fourth home run of the season.

• The home run by Andrew broke the Hoosiers single season home run record of 51 set in the 2015 season. The Hoosiers now have a program best 53 home runs on the season.

• Natalie Foor recorded a career-high nine strikeouts.

• Heather Johnson came in to pitch 1.1 innings and gave up no runs to record the win for the Hoosiers.

• The Hoosiers tallied 11 hits in game two against Purdue.

• Combined in the two games Indiana hit four home runs and stole 11 bases. For the four home runs they were back-to-back home runs in game one and back-to-back in game two.

• The Hoosiers have now stolen 100 bases on the season.

• Indiana has now won nine of the last 12 games in the series against Purdue.

Up next the Hoosiers host Illinois for a three-game series starting on Friday April 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Boilermakers Overcome a Pair of 2-Run Deficits to Post 6th Walk-off Win

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball rallied back from a pair of two-run deficits to win in walk-off fashion for the sixth time this season, defeating Valparaiso 6-5 on a game-winning hit from Troy Viola in the 10th inning Tuesday at Alexander Field.

The Boilermakers (23-13) snapped a season-long five-game losing streak while improving to 4-2 in extra innings this season. Their six walk-off wins are the most in the nation this year.

CJ Valdez singled to open the bottom of the 10th, keeping his on-base streak alive at 32 consecutive games in his final at-bat of the night. His pinch runner, Jack Firestone, scored the game-winning run on Viola’s well-hit ball into center field. Valparaiso (13-23) moved its left fielder to the infield after Purdue loaded the bases with no outs. Even with a full outfield, Viola hit the ball well enough into center that it would have been a sacrifice fly had the outfielders been in the traditional formation.

Firestone made an excellent read on a line drive off the bat of Cam Thompson that was snared by the third baseman for the first out. Head coach Greg Goff praised Firestone after the game for not being too amped up with the game on the line, avoiding getting doubled off at third base in the process.

In his first collegiate relief appearance, Troy Wansing gave the Boilermakers five important outs as the team’s sixth and final pitcher of the night. He entered the game in the top of the ninth with two on, one out and the Valpo’s lefthanded hitting cleanup man at the plate. Brady Renfroe had delivered a three-run double to give his team a 5-3 lead in his previous at-bat.

The Beacons called for a squeeze bunt and catcher Pablo Lanzarote was able to help cut down the lead runner between third and home. Wansing (3-3) struck out the next batter and then worked around a two-out single and walk in the 10th.

Purdue overcame deficits of 2-0 and 5-3. Evan Albrecht delivered the key RBI with a two-out hit in both instances. The senior came through with a two-run single in the fifth inning to punctuate a three-run frame. Two innings later, Albrecht’s RBI double tied the game after consecutive singles from Viola and Jake Jarvis set the stage.

Logan Danzeisen surrendered just one earned run over four innings in his longest outing as a Boilermaker. Ricky Castro retired eight of the first nine batters he faced before running into some trouble while facing the top of the Valpo lineup for the second time.

Purdue demonstrated its aggressive baserunning in two different innings, sequences that featured runners going first to third on balls that did not leave the infield. Mike Bolton Jr. beat the pitcher to the corner on a race to the third base bag on Curtis Washington Jr.’s RBI infield single in the fifth inning. With second base unoccupied, Washington was able to easily steal his Big Ten-leading 25th bag of the season in front of Albrecht’s two-run single. Lanzarote later caught the Valpo infield off guard when he went first to third on Tanner Haston’s sac bunt in the bottom of the ninth. That gave Purdue the winning run on third with only one out.

Viola joined Jake Stadler, Thompson (2), Albrecht and Valdez as Boilermakers with a walk-off hit this season.

Viola (17 consecutive games) also joined Thompson (36), Valdez (32) and Washington (24) as Purdue’s players to extend their lengthy on-base streaks. Meanwhile, Jarvis’ pinch-hit single in the bottom of the seventh extended his on-base streak at Alexander Field to nine consecutive games. Viola has hit safely in nine straight games at home.

The Boilermakers are back in action Friday when they open a three-game series vs. Michigan. First pitch at Alexander Field is set for 6 p.m. ET.

Boilers to Kick off Big Ten Tournament in Iowa

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.– The Purdue women’s tennis team will make a road trip over to Iowa City, Iowa where they will open Big Ten Tournament play against the Rutgers Scarlett Knights.

Live stats and video will be available for the match.

MATCH INFORMATION

PURDUE (11-12, 3-8) vs. RUTGERS (5-17, 0-11)

Iowa City, Iowa

Wed., April 27 | 11 a.m.

BOILER NOTES

•  Purdue is all-time 5-0 over the Scarlett Knights since they joined the Big Ten Conference.

• The last matchup with Rutgers was on April 15, 2022, and resulted in the Boilermakers taking a 4-1 win.

• On Sunday, the Boilermakers honored Seniors Nathalia Wolf Gasparin and Seira Shimizu for their dedication to the program over the last few years before the match against Minnesota. 

• No. 71 Csilla Fodor boasted a singles win on Saturday over her opponent No. 88 Ava Markham, which gave Fodor her 29th season singles win, sending her to a six-way tie for third overall highest single-season program wins.

• Rutgers closed their regular season play over the weekend with two road matches against Penn State and Ohio State.

• Back in 2012 was the last time that the Boilermakers won the Big Ten Tournament. The tournament was restricted to regular season play only last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best Season in Mastodon Men’s Golf History Comes to an End

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team wrapped up its best season in program history on Tuesday (April 26). The Mastodons took fifth at the Horizon League Championship.

The Mastodons turned in a 302-302-296-900 performance at the league championship. Wright State won the team title with an 851, led by individual medalist Mikkel Mathiesen, who shot 203.

Kasey Lilly led the Mastodons, as he has done all year, tying for 13th. He saw three birdies fall in his final round, finishing with 75-70-75-220. He also had 10 pars. The junior has the best career scoring average in program history with 72.71. His 71.9 average this season is also the best in program history.

Brett Seward had his best round of the week on the final day, finishing with 73-79-72-224. On Tuesday, he started with six pars and three bogeys on the front nine, then turned a corner on the back. He birdied 10, then had three pars before dropping in an eagle on the 505-yard 14th. Then he finished his round with four more pars. His even last round bumped him up five spots on the leaderboard to tie for 20th.

Hunter Mefford carded a 76-77-74-227, taking sole possession of 26th place. He dropped in birdies on holes one, 14 and 18 to pair with 10 pars. Tyler Green also had his best round of the week, shooting 80-76-75-231. He tied for 30th after turning in three birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine. He also had nine pars.

Reece Compton played as the alternate on Tuesday, turning in an 82. His round was highlighted by seven straight pars on the back nine.

Purdue Fort Wayne finishes the season with a 294.2 scoring average as a team, which marks the best in its 19-year history. The Mastodons also had a program best head-to-head win/loss record, going 83-55 in 2021-22.

JENNA BROWN IS IRISH

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Jenna Brown – a 2021 NCAA Champion, two-time Pac-12 champion and three-time Pac-12 Tournament champion – will be donning an Irish uniform for the 2022-23 season. A 5-10 guard from Atlanta, Georgia, Brown brings a valued skillset and high IQ to South Bend, continuing the recent Notre Dame – Stanford pipeline trend that dates back to Lilli Thompson in the 2017-18 season.

“I am so excited to welcome Jenna Brown to our Notre Dame family,” Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said. “She is an exceptional student and is someone who will positively impact this university and our program. Jenna brings a strong work ethic and motor along with an incredible skill set and high IQ. She is a perfect addition to our strong core and I’m looking forward to working with her and mentoring her.”

Mastodon Women’s Golf Season Comes to a Close

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team’s season came to a close on Tuesday (April 26), as the Mastodons finished up their appearance in their second Horizon League Championship.

Anna Olafsdottir had the best performance of the week for the Mastodons. She finished in a tie for 34th with a score of 80-87-79-246. In her final round of the week, she started off by going 2-under in her first six holes. She got birdies on 11 and 15, bookending three pars on the three par-5s in a row. She ended her round with 10 pars.

Casey Bunner capped off her collegiate career with a 38th-place finish with a 79-85-83-247. She turned in two birdies in her final round on holes two and 16 to go with her five pars.

Fellow senior Kennedy Brooker was one shot back for 39th with an 80-87-81-248. She leaves the Mastodon program with the seventh-best scoring average in program history. On Tuesday, she poured in 11 pars with a birdie on the 425-yard 12th.

Laura Caetano turned in 82-86-86-254 to take 42nd place. She had eight pars in her last round of the season. Arny Dagsdottir played in round three after being subbed out in round two. She had her score taken in the last round, shooting 85. She had seven pars.

As a team, Purdue Fort Wayne shot 321-345-328-994 to take ninth place. Oakland won the team title with a 915. Golden Grizzly Amalia Shahzan was the individual medalist with a 212.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s average 18-hole team score of 319.2 was the team’s third-best in program history. Caetano and Olafsdottir own two of three best career averages in program history.

Mastodon Baseball Travels to Michigan State on Wednesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The ‘Dons (12-26, 9-10 Horizon) step out of league play on Wednesday (April 27) to play the Michigan State Spartans (16-21, 3-9 Big Ten). The game is rescheduled from an earlier contest that was rained out.

When: Wednesday, April 27 | 6:30 p.m.

Location: East Lansing, Mich. | McLane Baseball Stadium at Kobs Field

Weather: High of 46, low of 28 | cloudy

Series History: Michigan State leads 4-0. Last meeting: 2004

Live Stats: Link

Watch: BTN+ ($)

Scouting the Spartans: The Spartans will play Notre Dame on Tuesday, prior to the game with the ‘Dons on Wednesday. Michigan State lost 2-of-3 from Northwestern over the weekend. They won the final game 11-7 with Casey Mayes recording three hits and three RBIs with a solo home run.

Probable Starters:

Mastodons: RHP Enas Hayden (0-0, 12.15 ERA)

Spartans: LHP Aidan Arbaugh (0-0, 7.90 ERA)

Over the Last 12 Games: Starting shortstop Jarrett Bickel has 34 assists and 20 putouts with only one error over the last 12 games.

‘Dons Dig The Long Ball:

– The Mastodons are second in the league in home runs with 39.

– The Mastodons’ 39 home runs rank eighth in program history for most home runs in a season and fourth in the Division I era.

– Nine different Mastodons have a home run this season.

– Jack Lang and Ben Higgins are tied for second in the Horizon League in home runs with eight. Cade Fitzpatrick is tied for sixth with seven home eruns.

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

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

‘Dons and Ends:

– Jack Lang has two or more hits in seven of the last 11 games.

– The ‘Dons have nine or more hits in 13-of-19 league games.

– Mitchell Spencer has thrown 52.2 innings, more than 10 innings than the second most on the team: JD Deany (41.1).

In League Games only:

– The ‘Dons lead the league in hits (191), doubles (36), triples (6) and total bases (308).

– Cade Fitzpatrick leads the league in RBIs (22) and is second in slugging (.746).

– Ben Higgins is first in runs (19) and hits (27) and third in walks (14).

– Cade Fitzpatrick and Ben Higgins are tied for first in the league with six home runs.

– Jarrett Bickel is first in doubles (8).

– JD Deany is third in opposing batting average (.237) and batters struck out looking (11) as well as fourth in ERA (3.42).

– Jacob Myer has given up only four walks in league play.

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

Miller Time: Justin Miller owns 171 strikeouts, third most in program history. In second place is Samuel Walker with 179 from 2008-11. Jason Horvath owns the program record with 210 from 2001-04.

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

New Faces: The 2022 Mastodon roster features 15 returners from last season and 18 newcomers.

Up Next: The ‘Dons host UIC this weekend in a three-game series. It will be Senior Day on Saturday for the ‘Dons.

Mastodons Head to Dayton for Doubleheader With Flyers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will play at Robert Morris for three Horizon League softball games this weekend.

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-34, 6-14 Horizon League) at Dayton Flyers (14-20, 9-8 Atlantic 10)

When: April 27 – DH at 3 PM

Where: Dayton, Ohio

Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2

Watch: Game 1 | Game 2

Know Your Foe

Dayton is 14-20, 9-8 Atlantic 10 this season. The Flyers have played just one other Horizon League school this season, which was a 4-2 loss to Northern Kentucky. They beat Butler 6-0 the next day. Emma Schutter is leading the Flyers’ squad with a .404 batting average. Alyssa Cacini has a team-high six home runs and 22 RBIs, and is slugging .529. Kelsey Gumm is leading the pitching staff with a 1.92 ERA and an 8-7 record. As a team, Dayton has a 3.44 ERA.

Series History

The Mastodons and Flyers have met 20 times dating back to 2005, including at least one game every season from 2005-10. The Flyers have a 16-4 edge in the all-time series, and have won all four since reigniting the series in 2016. The Mastodons’ last win came in 2010, which saw Courtney Cronin throw 11 strikeouts in a 7.0-inning shutout performance.

Best When It’s Best

Sonia Solis is batting .440 this season with runners in scoring position. She is also a perfect 4-for-4 when there is a runner on third with less than two outs, and .600 when bases are loaded.

The Complete Pitcher

Jadelyn Johnson threw a complete shutout against Detroit Mercy on Saturday, April 16. Johnson tossed a pair of strikeouts with only one walk in 25 batters. She ran through 25 batters in 1:15.

Speaking of Jade

Johnson was selected as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award this year. She owns a 4.0 cumulative GPA, completed two internships this semester while playing softball, which included attending meetings from the road while with the team.

Breath of Fresh Eyre

Shaina Eyre is seventh in program history with 21 career wins. Eyre is also second in program history in career pitching appearances with 118, behind just Courtney Cronin (122).

1. 63 – Courtney Cronin (2009-12)

2. 59 – Miranda Kramer (2012-14)

3. 40 – Megan Flenniken (2011-14)

4. 24 – Angie Quickery (1992-94)

5. 23 – Rachel Staschuk (2008-11)

6. 22 – Mindy Pomeroy (2001-04)

7. 21 – Shaina Eyre (2018-present)

In League Play…

>> Brooke Wintlend is slugging .633 which is sixth and has an OPS of 1.123 for seventh in the league

>> Alise Hale has scored 14 runs, which is sixth the league. Emma McMillan is seventh in the league with 13.

>> Sonia Solis has the league’s second-best 16 RBIs. Brooke Wintlend’s 14 is fifth in the league.

>> Brooke Wintlend has four home runs, which is second in the league.

>> Taryn Jenkins has drawn the fourth-most walks in the league with nine.

>> Shaina Eyre has struck out 36, which is 10th in the league, and 14 strikeouts looking which is fifth.

>> Lauren McConnell and Shaina Eyre are two of the 10 players with at least one save in league play.

Think Pink!

Friday, May 6 will be the Mastodons’ annual Pink Out game. In early February, Purdue Fort Wayne raised 7,500 dollars for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. The check was delivered to the Vera Bradley Foundation during halftime of a women’s basketball game on February 5. There was a luncheon prior to the game to recognize breast cancer survivors. The softball team will wear pink uniforms to celebrate the Mastodons’ donation to the Vera Bradley Foundation.

Senior Day is Coming Up…

The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will recognize seven seniors on May 7 for Senior Day: Ashley Haas, Shaina Eyre, Camryn Mosher, Alise Hale, Lauren McConnell, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan.

Smarty Pants

Five current Mastodons were named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes in 2021: Shaina Eyre, Ashley Haas, Alise Hale, Jadelyn Johnson and Emma McMillan. Hale is a two-time honoree. All five student-athletes were required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or better over the year to earn the award.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne dropped three games at Robert Morris last weekend.

Next Time Up

The Mastodons will return to Fort Wayne to start their final homestand of the season. The ‘Dons will host Youngstown State at Indiana Tech’s Warrior Park on April 29-30, then host the Northern Kentucky Norse on May 6-7 at the Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field.

Vincent Walker Hired to Lead Valpo Cross Country Program

Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Vincent Walker has been hired as the head coach of the Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country programs. Walker will also serve as the distance coach on the track & field staff.

Walker comes to Valpo after gaining experience in the Big Ten Conference at the University of Minnesota, where he had served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach since 2018. He began his coaching career in the Missouri Valley Conference, where he was part of the cross country and track & field staffs at his alma mater, Southern Illinois University, from 2016 to 2018.

“We’re excited to welcome Coach Walker to Valpo and our running program,” LaBarbera said. “His experience of competing and coaching in The Valley in addition to his experience coaching at a top-ranked Big Ten program give him a unique skill set for moving our student-athletes ahead in their desires to compete successfully. We look forward to adding his enthusiasm and energy to Valpo Athletics.”

During his time at Minnesota, the program boasted eight NCAA First-Team All-Americans, one Olympic Trials qualifier, one NCAA indoor national runner-up, 19 NCAA Division-I First Round qualifiers, four Big Ten champions, one Big Ten indoor track & field team title, 14 All-Big Ten honorees, five NCAA cross country national team qualifiers, 10 NCAA cross country all-region honorees, two Big Ten cross country champions, four All-Big Ten cross country honors, two Big Ten Cross Country Athletes of the Year, one Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year, one NCAA Elite 20 Award and five school records.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Walker said. “I’ve always loved the Missouri Valley Conference, so I’m thrilled to return to the conference where I began my career. When I got on campus for the first time and met the team and coaching staff, it felt like home. Everyone was so welcoming and it made me very excited to be a part of the University.”

During his stint at SIU, Walker instructed two MVC runner-up teams, two NCAA Division-I first-round qualifiers, one MVC track & field champion, four MVC runners-up, four MVC all-conference honorees, one NCAA all-region honoree and four MVC Elite 18 award winners.

“I believe in open and honest communication with my student-athletes,” Walker said. “I want to allow anyone to be able to come up to me and ask questions about the training that we’re doing. I want to make sure everyone knows why we’re training the way we are. I like to get to know my athletes. I want to embrace my role as a teacher and make sure everyone becomes a student of the sport. My goal is to teach our student-athletes lessons through running.”

Walker replaces longtime Valpo head coach Mike Straubel, who retired at the end of the cross country season after 35 years leading the program. Walker becomes just the second Valpo women’s cross country coach in the history of the program, which dates back to 1987.

“It’s quite an honor to follow someone who has been a part of Valpo’s program for the last 35 years,” Walker said. “I want to make him proud and continue his legacy with the program.”

Walker will work hand in hand with head track & field coach Ryan Moore, who is in his 16th season at the helm.

“One of the biggest things that drew me to this position are the interactions that I’ve had with Ryan,” Walker said. “I think we’re both on the same page with a lot of what we’d like to accomplish with the program. We’re both excited for the future of our distance group. There is a really good connection between myself, Ryan and (track & field associate head coach) James (Overbo).”

Walker graduated from Southern Illinois in May 2017 with a degree in university studies and a minor in coaching and philosophy. His high school alma mater is LaSalle-Peru Township in La Salle, Ill.

“We are thrilled to have Vince at Valpo,” Moore said. “He has big shoes to fill coming in behind Mike, but we’re excited about this new start for our cross country and distance programs. The team is excited to have him here after much anticipation. As a coaching staff, we’re thrilled to have him as well. He’s going to be a great addition for us. He’s going to have to be a quick learner and connect with the student-athletes right away, but I’m confident that he can do that and fill that role in a positive way.” 

Delisanti Shoots Six Under on Back Nine to Win MVC Medalist Honors, Named MVC Newcomer of the Year

Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) had a back nine for the ages in Round 3 of the 2022 Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday afternoon.

The Valparaiso University men’s golf freshman is going to the NCAA Tournament after winning medalist honors and the MVC individual crown thanks to an unforgettable day at the par-72, 7014-yard Country Club of Paducah course in Paducah, Ky.

“This was something special; it was a lot of fun,” Delisanti said. “I was with Coach Ron (assistant coach Ron Gring) coming down the stretch and I didn’t know where I stood until my 16th hole. He told me I just needed to beat the player in my group, and I stayed steady and got pretty hot at the end.”

Delisanti posted six birdies and three pars on the back nine to finish those holes in 30 strokes (-6) and card a 67 (-5) for the day, completing the event with a 54-hole score of 213 (-3, 74-72-67). His performance helped Valpo finish as the team runner-up, the program’s seventh top-2 finish of the season.

“On the front nine, I kind of struggled,” Delisanti said. “I wanted to try to make a move early in the front nine to try to put a little pressure on the players ahead of me going into the back nine. I didn’t hit the ball great, and I shot one over par. On the back nine, I knew I had to start getting more aggressive. I did that and ended up making my first putt on Hole 11 for birdie. That settled me in a little bit. On the last seven holes, I had birdie chances on every hole. My putting got hot and I got lucky on a few. It was cool coming off 18 and seeing all of my teammates behind the green. The guys pushed me all year, and it was great seeing their support.”

Following the tournament, Delisanti was tabbed the MVC Newcomer of the Year. Delisanti and Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) were both named to the all-conference team, while VanArragon repeated as the MVC Elite 17 Award winner based on having the highest grade point average among top finishers at the MVC Championship. 

“Our entire team was a part of this runner-up finish,” head coach Dave Gring said. “We are thrilled for Anthony and his medalist finish. He played with amazing determination and desire, especially on the back nine. We will look forward to getting him prepared for the NCAA Regionals. We are hopeful that Caleb can also have an opportunity to compete. We will find that out a week from tomorrow. In the meantime, we are going to enjoy reflecting on the awesome season.”

How It Happened

Delisanti’s epic performance over the final nine holes helped him surge ahead of the field, including MVC Golfer of the Year Matthis Besard of Southern Illinois, who finished as the runner-up. A birdie on the final hole helped Delisanti edge Besard by one stroke for medalist honors.

VanArragon finished tied for fourth, six strokes behind his freshman teammate for the top spot. He finished the tournament with a 219 (+3, 74-72-73).

Freshman Sam Booth (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) had a solid final round with a 76 (+4), finishing the tournament with a 235 (t-25).

Senior Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. Homestead) finished the event at 236 (+20, t-30), while Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) carded a 78 on Tuesday to finish at t-33 with a 237 (+21).

Southern Illinois pulled away for the team title by posting an 874 (+10), 17 shots clear of the remainder of the field. Valpo held off third-place Illinois State for runner-up honors. The Beacons carded a team score of 891 (+27, 300-297-294), including their best round of the tournament on Tuesday. Illinois State finished at 903 (+39) with Drake fourth at 908 (+44).

Inside the Round

Delisanti’s 67 was a personal best and tied for the sixth-best 18-hole score in modern program history. His single-round score in relation to par of five under also ranks tied for sixth in the modern program record book.

The 67 also tied for the third-lowest 18-hole score in MVC Championship history (since 1956). Missouri State’s Max Kreikemeier posted a 67 in Round 2 of this year’s tournament and is also part of that tie for third in conference tournament history.

The team runner-up finish was the program’s seventh top-2 team finish of the season including the fourth straight tournament that Valpo has either finished as the team champion or runner-up. It marked the program’s highest championship finish since joining the MVC.

Delisanti became Valpo’s first conference tournament medalist since Thomas Wettstein won the 2013 Horizon League individual crown while leading Valpo to the team championship.

VanArragon finished the conference championship with a scoring average of 71.35, setting the single-season program record by besting his own mark from his freshman season if his season ends here. He now owns the top three single-season scoring averages in program history. In addition, VanArragon’s season scoring average ranks fifth in the MVC record book (since 2003).  

Entering the NCAA Regional, Delisanti holds a season scoring average of 73.00 that is in position to rank fourth in the program record book, behind only VanArragon’s three seasons.

VanArragon currently has the best career scoring average in modern program history at 72.04.

Willis finished his senior season with a career scoring average of 74.62 that ranks third in the modern program record book.

Valpo finished the conference tournament with a team season scoring average of 292.76, well ahead of the previous modern program record of 296.2 that had stood since 2014-2015.

This marks the second time in the last three seasons that Valpo has won the MVC Newcomer of the Year Award after VanArragon garnered that honor as a rookie.

VanArragon became a three-time All-MVC selection and won the Elite 17 Award for the second straight season.

Delisanti finished with the best par-4 scoring average in the tournament at 3.90 and tied for second in par-3 scoring at 3.17. He produced a tournament-most 12 birdies, six of which came on the final nine holes.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“First of all, I want to congratulate Southern Illinois on a tremendous tournament victory. They played very solid for all three rounds and made very few mistakes.”

“Today’s final round was a tale of two nines. We knew that if we were going to make any move on Southern Illinois that we would need a quick start. Our shot execution simply wasn’t there on the front nine and we only made one birdie. We ended up getting off to a very slow start and as high as +12 for the round. I really admired how the guys stayed focused and positive and that paid off for us on the back nine. We made eleven birdies on the back nine and finally got some putts to drop. We finished very strong and it’s so encouraging to see the guys battle all the way to the end.”

“The primary difference of this tournament for us was our Par-5 scoring. The four Par 5s were statistically some of the easiest on the course throughout the tournament, and we struggled making birdies. We lost a lot of shots to Southern Illinois on the Par 5s, and that was pretty much the difference. We wanted to play the Par 3s better, but those were four of the toughest holes on the course. I thought the guys managed those pretty well.”

“We came up short of our primary goal for the season, but Coach Ron and I are proud of all eight of our players and the effort put forth this year, both on the golf course and in the classroom. Garrett Willis was a tremendous captain for our team this year. Half of our team was brand new with three freshmen and one transfer. These guys gave us everything that we asked of them and more. I’m thrilled with the continued direction of this team and what we were able to accomplish this year.”

Up Next

The NCAA Men’s Golf Selection Show will be on Wednesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. CT on the Golf Channel. Delisanti will compete in an NCAA Regional thanks to his automatic berth, while VanArragon hopes to receive an at-large NCAA bid. Regionals begin on Sunday, May 15. 

ALL-CONFERENCE

Matthis Besard, Southern Illinois

Tom Cleaton, Southern Illinois

Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso

Joe Hodgson, Illinois State

Devin Johnson, Loyola

Max Kreikemeier, Missouri State

Tim Lim, Drake

Griffin Parker, UNI

Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso

Felix van Dijk, Illinois State

Golfer of the Year:  Matthis Besard, Southern Illinois

Newcomer of the Year: Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso

Coach of the Year: Danielle Kaufman, Southern Illinois

Elite 17: Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso

Medalist: Anthony Delisanti, Valparaiso

Softball Earns Series Win Over Loyola With Road Victory Tuesday

The Valpo softball team closed out a thrilling season series win over Loyola on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, putting six runs on the board over the final two innings to earn a come-from-behind 6-2 victory over the Ramblers. Sophomore Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) had the big blow for the Beacons, delivering a two-out, three-run double in the sixth inning to put Valpo ahead for good.

How It Happened

Valpo threatened in the top of the first, as Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) led the game off with a bunt single and stole second, but she was erased from the basepaths.

Loyola took the lead in its first turn at the plate on a two-out RBI single.

The Beacons led off both the third and the fifth innings with singles, but were unable to get either runner past second base.

Meanwhile, Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) was handling the Ramblers offense. Loyola got a one-out double in the fourth, but Seib rolled back-to-back ground balls to prevent Loyola from scoring. The Ramblers then turned their lineup over with consecutive one-out singles in the fifth before Seib registered a big strikeout and got another grounder to keep it a 1-0 game.

Valpo broke through in a big way in the top of the sixth. Westphal led off the inning with a bunt single and moved up to second on a sacrifice by Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley). Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) followed with a liner into shallow left, and when the throw came home, Westphal held at third and Herschbach continued on to second to give Valpo two in scoring position with just one out.

An RBI machine lately, Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) continued delivering in big spots, knocking a single back through the middle to score Westphal with the tying run. When the throw came home again, Kehlenbrink took advantage to move up to second.

A strikeout accounted for the second out, but Addi Weaver (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) followed by working a full-count walk to load the bases for Hecker, and the sophomore wasted no time. Hecker swung at the first pitch and lined it the other way down the left-field line, past a diving effort by the Rambler left fielder and into the corner for a bases-clearing double to give the Beacons a 4-1 lead.

The win wouldn’t come that easy, however, as Loyola came back with a threat in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Valpo allowed just one run to score, however, to maintain a two-run lead into the final frame.

The Beacons got some key insurance in their last turn at the plate, as three two-out singles helped plate a pair of runs. Kehlenbrink and Weaver came up with the run-scoring hits as Valpo extended its lead out to four runs, which proved to be more than enough as Seib easily worked around a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh to close out the win.

Inside the Game

Valpo came away with the season series win over the Ramblers for the second time in four seasons as MVC members. The Beacons split last week’s midweek doubleheader with Loyola in Valpo to make Tuesday’s matchup the rubber match of the series.

The victory was Valpo’s second in the last 14 days that came after trailing through five innings. Prior to rallying for the win earlier this month over Purdue Fort Wayne, Valpo had not won when trailing after five since March of last season.

Hecker’s three-run double not only gave Valpo the lead for good, it was the sophomore’s first RBIs in MVC play this year. Hecker, who went 2-for-4 on the day, posted her fifth multi-hit game and her second three-RBI game of the season.

Hecker had plenty of company when it came to success at the plate Tuesday, as the Beacons put 10 hits on the board — their second-best effort this season in MVC play.

Four Valpo players in all registered multi-hit games in the victory. Westphal picked up a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot for her ninth multi-hit game of the year, tying her for the team high in the category.

Kehlenbrink went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, her fifth multi-hit game and sixth multi-RBI game of the season.

Weaver reached base three times in all in the win, going 2-for-3 with a walk. She extended her streak of reaching base to a season-best seven straight games and tallied her fourth multi-hit game of the year.

Herschbach’s sixth-inning base knock extended her hitting streak to five straight games.

Westphal successfully stole a pair of bases on Tuesday, giving her seven steals over the last four games. She now owns a team-best 13 steals on the season. With 37 career steals, the senior is now alone in sixth place in program history, just two away from a tie for fourth.

Seib was strong throughout the afternoon in the circle after entering in relief early in the first inning. The junior earned her sixth win of the year, scattering seven hits over her seven innings of work and allowing just one run.

Next Up

Valpo (12-28, 3-18 MVC) will try to carry the momentum from Tuesday’s win into the weekend, as the Beacons make their final road trip of the regular season in the form of a journey to Normal, Ill. for a three-game weekend series at Illinois State. The series is slated to open with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.

Sycamores Heading to Evansville for Series Finale

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State softball will make the trip down Route 41 on Wednesday for the series finale against Evansville at Cooper Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 6 ET. The game will be streamed live on ESPN+.

The Sycamores (21-23, 8-12) are coming off a road trip to Carbondale, dropping a series to Southern Illinois while the Aces (23-20, 8-12) won a road series at Bradley last weekend.

Amanda Guercio had a big week at the plate for the Sycamore offense, going 7-for-15 with three home runs and a double while driving in seven runs and scoring five. Entering the Evansville doubleheader on April 20, Guercio was batting .227 and finished the weekend with a .267 average.

During MVC action, Bella Peterson leads all hitters with a .441 average as well as 26 hits which includes 12 doubles and five home runs. Isabella Henning is first with 23 RBIs during league play.

Peterson broke another ISU record on Saturday, passing Leslie Cumberworth for most games played in a career with 213.

Hailey Griffin has turned in six straight scoreless relief outings, improving to 3-0 on the season with 3.1 innings of work in Saturday’s win over SIU where she struck out four batters.

Scouting the Aces

Evansville has won three out of their last four, including a series win over Bradley last weekend in Peoria. The Purple Aces were also in Terre Haute last week, splitting a doubleheader on April 20 at Price Field. The Sycamores won game one 16-3 while Evansville evened the series with a 3-2 victory in game two. Indiana State launched four home runs in the opening game, jumping out to a 8-0 lead after the first inning.

MacKenzie McFeron has been Evansville’s best hitter during MVC games, hitting .327 with 17 hits and 11 runs scored. Alexa Davis and Marah Wood have combined for five home runs and 23 RBIs to lead the Purple Aces offense.

Sydney Weatherford owns a 5-3 record during conference action with a 3.23 ERA and seven complete games over 52 innings pitched. Weatherford picked was able to shut down the Indiana State offense, going the distance in game two of the doubleheader on April 20 where she held the Sycamores to just two runs.

Purple Aces pitcher Izzy Vetter has thrown three no-hitters this season while striking out 163 batters in 139.1 innings in the circle.

Indiana State has the edge in the all-time series, leading 52-49 since 1979. A win on Wednesday would give the Sycamores their first series win over the Aces since 2019.

Up Next

Indiana State will head to Cedar Falls for a three-game series against MVC leader Northern Iowa which marks the Sycamores final road trip of the regular season before the conference tournament begins on May 11 in Springfield, Mo.

BUSKER EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM HONORS; JAGS FINISH FOURTH AT #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Sophomore Shelby Busker earned a spot on the Horizon League’s All-Tournament Team, finishing tied for fourth overall at 9-over 228 (79-73-76) on Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort on Tuesday (Apr. 26). The Jaguars placed fourth as a team at 929 (319-301-309) over the three days.

Oakland earned the team title at 915, defeating second-place Green Bay by 10 strokes. OU’s Amalia Shahzan collected medalist honors by a whopping 15 shots, finishing the event at 7-under 212.

“Our ladies competed so hard this week and this spring,” head coach Jamie Broce said. “We had glimpses of great golf from each of them, but couldn’t quite put it all together.

“Shelby really played solid all week, along with Nerea and Annaliese. Our top two players, Kara and Amelie, didn’t quite have their best stuff, but I could not be more proud. They’re a great group of young people who are fun to coach.”

Busker shot a 3-over 76 on the tournament’s final day while Amelie Svejda carded a 4-over 77 in her final collegiate round. Both Nerea Lancho and Annaliese Fox shot 5-over 78 to round out the Jaguars’ scoring four while Kara Blair carded 6-over 79.

Busker continued her steady hand, making two birdies and finishing with five straight pars to end the tournament. The Jags looked primed to make a move up the board after making three birdies on the par-5 No. 13, but struggled to score down the stretch.

Svejda and Blair both had two birdies each on Tuesday and Fox, who was among the tournament leaders in birdies after two days, made just one on Tuesday. Fox finished tied for 13th at 233 (78-77-78).

Lancho was solid throughout, making five bogeys and 13 pars and ultimately closed tied for 17th at 234 (80-76-78). Svejda also earned a top-20 finish at 235 (83-75-77).

Blair rounded out the group at 243 (82-82-79).

As a team, IUPUI finished second among the field with 164 pars for the week, but struggled to score, making just 21 birdies as a group. Fox had a team-high eight birdies and Busker made six. Lancho was tops on the team with 36 pars over 54 holes while Busker made 35.

“A special thanks to our super senior, Amelie,” Broce said. “She’s an incredible leader and she has matured so much over the course of five years and our program has benefited immensely from her leadership. She’s a fantastic player and an even better human being and as a coach, that’s what I’m most proud of.”

MEN’S GOLF TEAM FINISHES STRONG AT 2022 #HLGOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TUESDAY

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – The IUPUI men’s golf team carded a final round 294 at El Campeon at Mission Inn Resort on Tuesday (Apr. 26), finishing off a seventh-place finish at the 2022 Horizon League Golf Championships. Sophomore Taylor Gardner collected a top-10 finish at even par 216 (70-74-72) for the week while freshman Sam McWilliams shot his second round of par or better for the week with a final round, 1-under 71.

Wright State shot an impressive 13-under 851 to win by 10 shots over second-place Youngstown State. WSU’s Mikkel Mathiesen earned medalist honors at 13-under 203, winning by five shots.

“Our guys made some strong improvements this spring,” head coach Jamie Broce said. “I’m so proud of them. We are building a team with great character and great work ethic and we really finished with a solid effort today.

“Taylor was awesome. He was really just some putts away from being under par each round. Sam, what can you say, he’s such a talented player, but an even better person. With those talented players, our team is looking strong next season.”

IUPUI was steady all day long, shooting a season-best 6-over par, fueled by McWilliams’ 1-under. The freshman made four birdies on the day, including back-to-back makes after the turn to get to 3-under. He made bogey on Nos. 4 and 6 and closed with three straight pars to finish at 1-under.

Gardner shot a final round, even par 72 and was at 2-under after back-to-back birdies on his 11th and 12th holes of the day. He gave back the two shots with back-to-back bogeys on 4 and 5, but steadied the ship with four straight pars to finish.

Sophomore Brock Aten shot a round of 75, including three birdies, and junior Preston Nanthavong came off the bench to card a round of 4-over 76. Nanthavong replaced Colten Girgis for the final round and responded with a countable score of 4-over. Senior Matthew Baxter capped the IUPUI group at 11-over 83. Baxter had a solid round going after a birdie on his tenth hole of the day got him to 1-over. However, things went awry late in the day en route to the 83.

Gardner finished with a team-high 11 birdies and McWilliams paced the squad with 34 pars.

“The whole team is maturing and getting better,” Broce said. “I’m really proud of them.

“I have to offer a special thanks to our lone senior, Matthew Baxter. He helped our young crew and had patience with them all spring. He’s a special young man and we will really miss his leadership and personality.”

Broce’s sqaud is expected to return the bulk of its lineup for next season and has added three true freshmen to bolster the efforts.

JAGS FALL IN MIDWEEK MATCHUP AT BUTLER, 5-0

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team fell to the Butler Bulldogs on Tuesday evening, 5-0. The Jags offense only recorded two hits in the game, Rachael Gregory and Mackenzie Myars each recorded a single.

Butler (27-14) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a sacrifice fly. The extended their lead in the bottom of the second frame with four runs on three hits. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ella White hit a bases clearing triple to right field then Monique Hoosen tripled to right center to score White and extend their lead to 5-0.

The Jags couldn’t plate a run and left four on base in the loss. Carly Metcalf (L, 2-9) took the loss on the mound for IUPUI giving up five runs on four hits in two innings of work. Jasmin Speth entered in the third inning and threw four scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

IUPUI returns home for their last home series of the season when they face Green Bay in a doubleheader on Friday (April 29) at 1:00 PM/3:00 PM and a single game on Saturday (April 30) at 1:00 PM.

Aces open homestand with loss to Bruins

EVANSVILLE – Back at home after two weeks on the road, the University of Evansville baseball team dropped a non-conference midweek contest to Belmont, 8-2, on Tuesday night at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.

“We got tripped up tonight by a hot club. We didn’t play well from the start, but had a chance towards the end,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Look forward to the next couple of days of practice to get ready for Bradley.”

Third baseman Brent Widder and outfielders Mark Shallenberger and Eric Roberts powered Evansville’s offense on the night. Widder recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season, tied for most on the team, while Shallenberger drove in a run with an RBI base-hit in the fifth inning. Roberts helped UE close within one in the seventh with a solo blast, his third home run of the season.

The Aces got out of a jam early in the contest as the Bruins loaded the bases with just one out in the first. Evansville starter Donovan Schultz was able to get out of the situation with a strikeout and a pop-out. After threatening in the first, Belmont added single runs in the second and third to open the scoring.

In the fifth, Evansville got a run back as Mark Shallenberger drove in Danny Borgstrom to halve the Bruins lead. The back-and-forth contest continued in the next half inning as Belmont got a run to go back in front by two runs.

Evansville got a breakthrough in the bottom of the seventh when Eric Roberts launched a homer to right field, getting UE back within one at 3-2.

The Bruins pulled away with a big inning in the top of the eighth, scoring five runs with only one earned, four of which came with two outs, to secure the 8-2 win.

The Aces continue their homestand with a three-game set against Bradley this weekend, beginning with game one on Friday at 6 PM at German American Bank Field.

Softball Splits Twin Bill Versus Regional-Ranked Panthers

INDIANAPOLIS—In a battle of two of the top teams in the Midwest, the second-ranked UIndy softball team spilt a midweek doubleheader versus non-conference Ohio Dominican Tuesday evening. Ranked No. 6 in the latest regional poll, ODU recorded its 15 straight win with a 4-0 victory in game one, but the Greyhounds answered with a convincing 10-2 win to snap its streak and salvage the split.

GAME 1 | ODU 4, UIndy 0

The Panthers broke a scoreless tie in fourth with an RBI double from third baseman Braxton Downs. It marked the only earned run allowed by UIndy starter Kenzee Smith (22-4).

Lexy Rees and Gianni Iannantone led the Greyhound offense with two hits apiece, with Iannantone adding a base on balls.

The final score marked the first time this season to Hounds failed to score a run.

GAME 2 | UIndy 10, ODU 2 (5 innings)

The bats came alive in the second game, as UIndy hung 10 tallies on the board and run-ruled the Panthers in five. UIndy matched a season high with three home runs, with Rees’ three-run bomb supplementing Tara Williams’ pair of dingers. It marked the first multi-homer game for Williams, who finished with a personal-best five ribbies.

Haylie Foster got the complete-game win in the circle, allowing just four hits on zero walks to notched win No. 20.

Maddy Stout got the start in right and Jocelyn Calvin the start at second, as both finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. Iannantone added a single, a walk and two runs scored, and Megan Nichols scored twice.

UP NEXT

Tuesday’s action wrapped up the home slate for the Hounds as they finish the regular season 14-2 at Baumgartner Field. UIndy hits the road to face Maryville and Lindenwood this weekend before the GLVC Tournament starts next week.

Greyhounds Drop Both Games at Ohio Dominican

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The University of Indianapolis baseball team concluded its non-conference portion of the schedule on Tuesday afternoon by dropping a pair of games in a doubleheader against Ohio Dominican. With the two losses, the Greyhounds now sit at 19-22 overall on the season.

GAME 1 | ODU 13, UIndy 3 (7 innings)

Despite the Panthers taking an early two run lead in the opening frame, UIndy answered with two runs of its own in the next half inning on RBIs from Armen Torosian and Jared Bujdos to tie the game. However, an explosive fourth inning by ODU which saw the team cross five runs proved to play a key role in the final result of the game. The Panthers went on to secure the win in seven innings thanks to a big sixth inning of four runs.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-Four different Greyhound batters had at least one hit.

-UIndy had one error while Ohio Dominican had two.

-Three different Hounds saw action on the bump.

GAME 2 | ODU 2, UIndy 1 (7 innings)

A defensive stalemate headlined action in game two in Columbus. The Panthers took a two run lead after the first inning and held it until the third, which saw Dom Brown tally an RBI and a run for UIndy. Neither team could get anything rolling on offense after.

Mike MacDougall had a quality outing as the starting pitcher in five complete innings of work. He allowed just five hits and two earned runs on no walks given up alongside his season-high of eight strikeouts. Justyn Eichbaum tossed one complete inning of work while notching two Ks.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-The Hounds produced four hits from the plate while the Panthers had six.

-Brandon DeWitt led UIndy with two hits while Bo Minor and Bujdos each had one.

-Each team had one error in the contest.

UP NEXT

The Hounds are set to return to action on Friday to begin a GLVC series at Greyhound Park against Illinois Springfield.

Tennis Earns 12th GLVC Title, Lands No. 1 Seeds in GLVC Championship Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s and women’s tennis teams have both earned the honor of being named the Great Lakes Valley Regular Season Champions and receiving the No. 1 seed for the upcoming GLVC Championship Tournament which will be held at Maryville University. 

ON THE MENS SIDE

Earning a historic eighth straight Great Lakes Valley title, bringing its total to a conference best 12, the Hounds show their dominance within the conference in sweeps and depth within their roster.

Currently ranked 11 in the nation, the Hounds are on a seven-match win streak. With having four singles players ranked, and the duo of Zac Faveri and Tom Zeuch holding in the top five in doubles, the Greyhounds are ready to roll into the post season. 

The men face off against Rockhurst at 10 ET at Maryville University on Friday, April 29.

ON THE WOMENS SIDE

Along with the men the women’s team earns their twelfth straight crown, including taking back-to-back titles in the last five seasons.  The Hounds have won eight straight matches.

Currently ranked No. 15 in the nation, the Hounds are led by one position player, and No. 21 ranked Anna Novikova and No. 14 ranked Isabella Dunlap who have shined on the singles court in bringing consistency and energy to the Greyhounds squad.

HOUND BYTES

“We are excited to play for another shot at the titles this weekend,” Said Head Coach Malik Tabet. “Our men’s team is eagar to redeem themselves from last year. They are so looking forward to this weekend. Our women’s team is also looking forward to a great competition and to another shot at repeating.”

TO THE POST SEASON

Both the men’s and women’s squads have earned undefeated conference records in the 2021-22 campaign and will both face against No. 4 Rockhurst to kick off the championship tournament. The championship matches will be played on Sunday, May 1.

JAY WILLIAMS WINS 2022 CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Laconia, Ind. – The Marian men’s golf team finished second at the 2022 Crossroads League Championship, and for the first time in 10 years, the Knights took home the medalist honor as Jay Williams won the individual championship.

Jay Williams began his 2022 Crossroads League run with a strong first round, as the senior dominated the front nine shooting even par, with a birdie on seven canceling out his bogey on one. Williams was sharp off the turn, shooting a birdie on hole 10 and making an eagle on hole 11 to get to three under. Williams shot par for the final seven holes, and ended round one with a -3, 69 score.

In the second round, Williams hit three bogies on the front nine, but made up for his round with a birdie on two and six to come out of the front nine with a 37. On the back nine of the second round, Williams played even par through three holes, making a leap at 13 with a birdie. The senior birdied the 15th hole to get to -1, where he stayed shooting a 71 in the second set of 18 holes. After the first day finished, Williams sat in sole possession of first place with a 140 total.

Williams started his final round on Tuesday like he did in the first two with a bogey on hole one, but got back to even with a birdie on three. A pair of birdies over the next six holes got Williams to -1 at the turn, sitting with a 35. Taylor’s Noah Ross challenged Williams by the turn shooting a -3 on the front nine, as the two shared a stretch of holes tied for first. Williams used a birdie on 11 to get to -2 for the day, as it allowed him to take back sole possession of the lead. The senior hit two bogies on consecutive holes that allowed Ross to stick around, but a birdie on 17 gave Williams the lead again.

Entering the final hole with a two-stroke lead, Williams hit the green with a three-putt opportunity for the win, draining a birdie attempt to win the Crossroads League Championship with a round three score of 70.

Williams’ score totaled at 210 for the three rounds, allowing him to tie his own school record with the -6 effort. Williams win allowed him to become the first medalist for Marian since 2012, when Trey Pfund capped his back-to-back championship seasons.

Marian will now await the NAIA call for the national championship, with the field being announced on Thursday, May 5, following the announcement of the final rankings.

MEN’S GOLF TAKES SECOND AT CROSSROADS LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP; WILLIAMS 2022 MEDALIST

Laconia, Ind. – The Marian men’s golf team completed their best outing of the 2021-2022 season on Tuesday afternoon, as the Knights finished second at the Crossroads League Championship with a 878 three-round score. Jay Williams headlined Marian’s team, as he was crowned as the 2022 Medalist, giving Marian their first individual champion in a decade.

The Knights put up strong numbers throughout the Crossroads League Championship, starting hot on Monday in round one with a team score of 295. Marian’s score was anchored by Jay Williams’ 69, as the senior went -3 in round one. Matthew Chapman went one over after the first round carding a 73, and Brandon Heffner shot a +2 74 in his 18 holes. Seth Kestranek shot a 79 in round one and Patrick Guymon carded an 81, with Marian’s team total sitting two strokes back of Taylor after 18 holes.

In the second round Taylor heated up, dropping 13 strokes off their round one score to lead Marian by 12 after the first 36 holes. The Knights also caught fire in their second round, dropping five strokes off their score to shoot a 290 effort. Williams continued to lead as he carded a 71, ending the day as the overall leader. Chapman shot a 75as he held a top-15 spot, and Heffner went one under, dropping a 71 in the second round to sit in fifth at the end of day one. Kestranek and Guymon both improved their game two, with the freshman shooting a 77 while the upperclassman shot a 73.

In the final round, Marian’s 12-stroke deficit was too much to overcome, as Taylor shot a 289 to win the Crossroads League Championship with an 862 score, topping Marian’s total effort of 878 by 16. In the final round Marian dropped a 293, and for the event their combined score sat five strokes off the school record for 54 holes. Kestranek came out of nowhere in his final round and scored a 71, ending the week tied for 16th with a 227 total. Guymon shot a 78 in his final round to tie for 23rd, totaling 232.

Heffner capped his impressive tournament run with a 78, ending the event tied for seventh overall with a 223 overall score. Chapman finished with a 74 in round three, and carded 222 as the senior tied for fifth in the championship. Williams closed the week strong, hitting six birdies in the final round to help shoot a 70, ending with a three-stroke cushion as he won the Crossroads League Championship with a 210 score.

Williams win in the tournament snaps a 10-year streak without a Marian medalist, winning the tournament for the first time since Trey Pfund’s championship in 2012. Williams’ score of 210 also tied his own school record for a 54-hole outing.

Taylor won the CL Championship, with Marian taking the runner-up for the third straight tournament. Indiana Wesleyan finished third, and St. Francis finished fourth.

Marian will now await the NAIA call for the national championship, with the field being announced on Thursday, May 5, following the announcement of the final rankings.

POWER HITTING KNIGHTS SWEEP ST. FRANCIS

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Behind a two home-run outing from Sierra Norman in game one and a dominant hitting clinic in game two, the Marian softball team finished their season sweep on St. Francis taking two from the Cougars on Tuesday. Marian is now 36-7 on the year and 26-6 overall in Crossroads League play.

Game 1 | Marian 13-4 St. Francis | 6 Innings

Marian put up runs early in the game one win, driving home three in the first inning. Savannah Harweger set the tone with a lead-off single, and Jenna Minnix followed with a single pushing Harweger to third. Shelbie Stotts tagged a sacrifice fly to drive in the first score, and Sierra Norman capped the scoring with a towering two-run home run to center, with her 14th shot of the year making it 3-0.

St. Francis answered in the home half with a run off Olivia Stunkel as the first two batters of the game recorded a base hit, but the freshman sat down the Cougars with three strikeouts. Stunkel scattered two runners in the second inning, and in the third fellow freshman Grace Meyer plated two runs on an opposite field double, giving Marian a 5-1 lead.

Stunkel extended her scoreless streak to three straight innings after shutting down the Cougars in the third and fourth, and in the fifth an error by the St. Francis left-fielder on a Hayley Greene shot to left field scored two more. Meyer added an RBI groundout to drive in another score, making the score 8-1. The Cougars would end Marian’s run with back to back putouts, then added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning driving two doubles and a sacrifice fly to bring the game to 8-3 after five complete.

In the sixth inning, Marian put the game away as Mackenzie Dalton and Harweger roped back to back singles. Minnix walked to load the bases for Stotts who plated a run on a single, and with the bases still full, Norman cranked a grand slam for her second career multi-home run game, giving the Knights a 10-run lead. St. Francis would scratch a run off Emma Maple in the bottom of the sixth, but Norman’s second home run sealed the win as the Knights won 13-4 in six innings.

Norman led Marian with six RBI in the win, homering twice to bring her season total to 15. Harweger, Minnix, and Stotts each had three hits in the win, with Stotts and Meyer combining to score five runs. Stunkel earned her 16th win with the victory, striking out six.

Game 2 | Marian 10-4 St. Francis

The Knights repeated their game one formula and attacked early in the second act, getting a pair of singles from Harweger and Stotts to get two runners on. Norman plated one run with an RBI single, and Greene followed with an RBI single of her own. Norman scored on an error and Caroline Roop got an RBI single to score another, pushing the lead to 4-0 early.

Like in game one, the Cougars scored a run in the first inning as three base hits off Sydney Wilson loaded the bases, with a wild pitch scoring a run for the home team. Marian answered immediately with two runs in the top of the second, getting three straight singles from Caitlyn Phillips, Harweger, and Minnix. Phillips scored on a wild pitch, and Harweger later scored on a fielder’s choice making it 6-1.

Wilson was scoreless in the second, and got more help from the offense in the third as Meyer and Roop singled to lead off the inning. Phillips picked up an RBI two batters later after reaching on an error, scoring Meyer. Roop scored one pitch later stealing home, and Minnix and Stotts finished the inning with RBI singles of their own. The big inning made it a 10-1 score for the Knights, which Wilson protected after a scoreless third.

St. Francis would add on a run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, breaking up Marian’s opportunity for a run-rule win, but Wilson and Maple kept the Cougars off the board for the remainder of the game, locking down the 10-4 win.

Wilson collected her 17th win of the season in game two, going six innings while allowing four runs. Stotts and Harweger led the team at the plate with three hits each, while Minnix, Phillips, Greene, and Roop each had two of Marian’s 17 in the second game.

Marian will play their final road games of the regular season on Friday afternoon, traveling to Mount Vernon Nazarene for a 3 p.m. start.

WILDCATS ESCAPE LANCERS, WIN BOTH GAMES 2-1

MARION, Ind. – No. 8 Indiana Wesleyan softball escaped two close games in a doubleheader against Grace College. Wildcats won both game one and game two in slim victories 2-1. IWU moves to 41-7 on the season and 26-4 in conference play. Wildcats currently continue a 19-game win streak over the Lancers.

Scoreless first five innings, Lancers were the first to get on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Wildcats responded in the top of the inning with a Elisa Koshy single sending in Becca Wyatt.

Avoiding extra innings in the top of the seventh, Wyatt singled to right field to advance Chloe Tragesser to home scoring the deciding run and ending the game.

Wildcats recorded seven hits including two from each Jennah Yost and Wyatt.

Alyssa Wagner pitched a complete game giving up one hit and striking out 10.

Wildcats got on the board in the second inning off a Kamryn Buck double scoring Wyatt. Lancers responded in the third tying the game 1-1.

In the top of the sixth inning an Abby Harvey single scored Alayna Thomas giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead heading into the last inning of play.

In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, a Lancer hit landed in center field in front of Julianne Bell who threw all the way home to Makenzie Swango to tag the runner out as she was sliding into home. Wildcats escaped with a 2-1 victory.

Lancers outhit the Wildcats 7-4. Four different Wildcats recorded a hit.

Wildcats continue chasing the Crossroads League Regular Season title on Thursday, April 28 at Taylor University. Double header is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm.

MEN’S GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

LACONIA, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s golf wrapped up their 2021-22 season Tuesday, finishing third in the 2022 Crossroads League Golf Championships.

T12 – Blake LeFavour –  71, 75, 79 – 225

15 – Daniel Dunn – 77, 75, 74 – 226

T18 – Kyle Sanders – 79, 71, 78 – 228

27 – Jack Dykema – 75, 75, 83 – 233

T30 – Brayden Reece – 74, 80, 81 – 235

Taylor – 293, 280, 289 – 862

Marian – 295, 290, 293 – 878

IWU – 297, 296, 312 – 905

Saint Francis – 301, 298, 309 – 908

Grace – 294, 311, 312 – 917

Spring Arbor – 299, 306, 317 – 922

Huntington – 295, 317, 321 – 928

Bethel – 304, 311, 321 – 936

Mt. Vernon Nazarene – 299, 314, 330 – 943

Schiefelbein Sets New Single-Season Caused Turnover Mark For Wabash Lacrosse

Senior Evan Schiefelbein broke the Wabash single-season record for caused turnovers on Tuesday in the Little Giants’ 28-3 home North Coast Athletic Conference lacrosse loss to Ohio Wesleyan.

Schiefelbein generated three caused turnovers for Wabash (3-12, 0-8 NCAC) to pass Scott Purucker’s previous season-high mark of 42 set in 2016. Schiefelbein’s three turnovers give him 45 for the year with one game remaining in the season.

Wabash scored a man-down goal early in the third period and added two more goals over that 15-minute session. Anthony Nguyen scored his 16th goal of the season after a Wabash (3-12, 0-8 NCAC) penalty after the Little Giants cleared the ball downfield. Nguyen scooped up a loose ball in the offensive end and rushed the net to put the first score on the board for Wabash with 12:39 remaining in the third period.

Nguyen added another goal five minutes later with an unassisted attempt to give him 17 for the season. Joseph Plencner scored the final goal of the night for the Little Giants by picking up his team-leading 24th goal with 2:28 remaining in the third period.

Nguyen and Plencner each finished with two shots on goal. Plencner led the team with six total shot attempts. Nguyen took five total shots. Josh Tayler added four shot attempts.

Schiefelbein scooped up four ground balls to lead the Little Giants on the evening. Cody Bevelhimer matched Schiefelbein’s three caused turnovers In the contest.

Goalkeeper Stephen Krajcir faced a total of 75 shot attempts from Ohio Wesleyan (10-4, 7-1 NCAC). He recorded 16 saves overall in the contest.

Wabash held Ohio Wesleyan scoreless on three extra-man opportunities while scoring on one of the three penalty situations. The Little Giants were 0-2 on extra-man tries.

Wabash closes out the 2022 season on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest at Hiram College.

RECAP | Grizzlies Split Final Road Games of Regular Season on Tuesday

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Franklin College softball team played their final two road games of the regular season on Tuesday (Apr. 26) afternoon with a pair of conference matchups against the Anderson Ravens on tap.

The Grizzlies (19-14, 10-4 HCAC) reached double digit conference wins for the first time since 2019 after taking a 6-3 win in the opener. Anderson (7-25, 3-11 HCAC) gained a measure of revenge in game two, earning a split with a 9-3 victory.

Game One: Franklin 6 – Anderson 3

An Anderson defensive miscue led to the first two runs of the game scoring in the first, with Sydney Rodeghier and Annie Kluemper coming in for the game’s first two runs. Two innings later, Franklin brought home three more with a Genesis Munoz lead-off home run followed by a Shelby Crockett RBI single and a two-run single from Makiah Thomas stretching the lead to 6-0.

Anderson got on the board with a run in the fifth and two in the seventh before the Grizzlies closed things out.

Sydney Pitts (10-3) went the distance in the circle, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with one walk and a career-high six strikeouts. Thomas, Rodeghier and Makayla Plymale had three hits each, with the offense recording 16 base knocks in the contest.

Game Two: Anderson 9 – Franklin 3

Molly Wallace opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first but the Grizzlies’ lead was quickly erased by a six-run Raven first inning that the hosts rode to victory. Wallace and Kluemper drove in runs with singles in the fifth inning to cap the scoring for Franklin.

Up Next

The Grizzlies close out their non-conference schedule on Thursday (Apr. 28) afternoon, hosting the University of Chicago for two games at Behrens Field. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.

Late Rally Falls Short in 12-8 Home Loss to DePauw

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology made a late charge before narrowly falling 12-8 to DePauw University in college baseball action on Tuesday night at Art Nehf Field.

The Fightin’ Engineers trailed 9-0 in the sixth inning, but scored four runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to close within 9-8.

DePauw added three insurance runs to secure the win. 

Josh Mesenbrink led the offense with a single, double and one run scored. 

Adam Taylor and Brett Tuttle each added two singles and two RBIs.  Harrison FInch and Manuel Lopez each scored twice for the Fightin’ Engineers.

DePauw improved to 14-15 on the season, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 19-10.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Wednesday night in another non-conference game at Greenville.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Trailing 9-0, the Engineers first put runs on the board in the sixth inning. Rose-Hulman’s offense started clicking and put up four runs, including a two-run single off the bat of Tuttle.

The Engineers kept the deficit at 9-4 before closing the gap further in the seventh. The Rose-Hulman offense exploded for four runs, highlighted by a one-run single off the bat of Taylor, which tightened the Tigers lead to 9-8. The Engineers were unable to get any closer, as DePauw added three runs to their tally on the way to a 12-8 final.

GAME NOTES

» Rose-Hulman’s highest scoring inning was the seventh, when it pushed four runs across.

» Rose-Hulman went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position.

» Rose-Hulman pitchers faced 51 DePauw hitters in the game, allowing 10 ground balls and 12 fly balls while striking out four.

» The Engineers drew six walks from DePauw pitching.

» Tuttle led the Engineers at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two RBI.

» DePauw was led offensively by sophomore Cameron Macon, who went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBI.

» Senior Will Lucas led the Tigers pitching staff, throwing five scoreless innings.

Defensive Battle Goes Against Men’s Lacrosse

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s lacrosse team came up short in a defensive battle with visiting Adrian College, falling by the score of 9-6.

Sophomore Nick DiPaolo (Flemington, N.J. / Immaculate) played a spectacular game in net despite recording the loss. He finished the game with 15 saves and a team high seven ground balls in his 60 minutes of play. The effort kept the team in the game from start to finish, but unfortunately the Bulldogs’ goalie played just as well across the field to keep the team from making a comeback.

Adrian scored the first two goals of the contest, one coming with nine minutes remaining in the first and the other with 4:45.

The Thunder would respond over the final four minutes of the first quarter, tallying three goals to take a 3-2 lead into the first break of the contest. The first goal came in transition following one of DiPaolo’s saves. The team quickly moved up the field and senior Brian Morris (Metamora, Mich. / Lapeer) would make the final move to score the goal.

The team’s second goal came in the final minute of play, once again in transition this time off of turnover following a bad pass by Adrian. Once in the offensive zone, junior Andrew Douglas (Liberty Twp., Ohio / Lakota East) passed the ball from behind the net to senior Matt Zanichelli (Rolling Meadows, Ill. / William Fremd) who would score the goal.

The final goal of the period would come with just over one second remaining. After the Bulldogs won the faceoff, an offsides call gave the Thunder the ball at midfield. Zanichelli would quickly carry the ball into the zone and pass it off to junior Noah Markus (Woodbury, Minn. / East Ridge) who got off the last second shot to score.

Adrian would tie the game again just over a minute into the second period then would make it a two-goal game over the final seven minutes of the half. They would continue the run by scoring the lone goal of the third period and the first goal of the fourth to hold their biggest lead of 7-3 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game.

With just under 13 minutes in the final quarter, the Thunder would strike again. Sophomore Collin Custer (Spanaway, Wash. / Bethel) would score the goal, his first of the game, cutting the score to 7-4.

The two teams would trade goals over the rest of the contest with the score fluctuating between a four and three goal lead for the Bulldogs, ending in the 9-6 score. Freshman Patrick Doyle (Fishers, Ind. / Cathedral) and Custer would score for Trine during the stretch.

Trine falls to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. The team will secure the four-seed in the upcoming MIAA Tournament by winning their final game of the season, or with a loss by Calvin University. The Thunder will play Kalamazoo College on Saturday, April 30 in their final game of the regular season. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

PILOTS GO SILENTLY AGAINST SAU

MISHAWAKA – Bethel Softball managed just six hits in a doubleheader against Spring Arbor on Tuesday at Gardner Field, losing 10-2 and 10-0 games. The designated player position was productive for the Pilots: Lita Sills went 2-2 with an RBI in game one before Bella Rose tallied the only two hits for the Pilots in game two.

GAME VITALS

Game 1 Score: Spring Arbor def. Bethel 10-2 F/5

Game 2 Score: Spring Arbor def. Bethel 10-0 F/6

Records: Bethel (8-32, 7-25) | Spring Arbor (16-28, 10-23)

NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll:  Bethel – NR | Spring Arbor – NR

Location: Gardner Field | Bethel University | Mishawaka, Ind.

GAME 1 STAT TRACKER

Lita Sills: 2-2, RBI

Emmie Pugh: 1-2, R

Quinn Slattman: 1-2, R

GAME 2 STAT TRACKER

Bella Rose: 2-3

Marissa Navarette: 0-1, BB

INSIDE THE BOXSCORES

With just four games remaining in the Crossroads League regular season, the Pilots now find themselves out of a playoff spot by 2.5 games.

NEXT TIME OUT

The Pilots travel to Huntington to take on the Foresters on Wednesday at 3:00 pm.

DePauw Falls to Wittenberg in Home Finale

Greencastle, Ind. – Wittenberg scored the game’s first eight goals and held on for a 12-4 North Coast Athletic Conference win over DePauw in the final home game for the Tigers. DePauw dropped to 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the NCAC, while Wittenberg improved to 5-9 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Wittenberg scored four times in the first period and extended the lead to 8-0 with 6:49 left in the second. Henry White delivered DePauw’s first score with 2:03 left in the half before Wittenberg added a score with 51 seconds remaining in the half for a 9-1 halftime lead.

The guests extended the lead to 11-1 before White added another goal and Chris Schaefer scored twice in the final 1:20.

White and Schaefer each scored twice for DePauw, while five different Wittenberg players scored two goals each.

Wittenberg outshot DePauw 42-26 and held a 32-30 edge in ground balls.

Patrick Lawton recorded 11 saves for DePauw while Brandotn Shevins totaled 10 for Wittenberg.

The Tigers’ Matthew Roman won 11 of the 20 faceoffs and led DePauw with eight ground balls.

DePauw wraps up the season on Saturday, April 30, with a Noon NCAC contest at Allegheny.

#6 Tigers Remain Undefeated in NCAC After Sweeping Ohio Wesleyan

Greencastle, Ind.: Stretching its win streak to 15, the No. 6 DePauw remains undefeated in the North Coast Athletic Conference following its eighth doubleheader sweep this season, beating Ohio Wesleyan by scores of 6-1 and 5-3. Ohio Wesleyan fell to 10-20 overall and 6-8 in conference play.

DePauw took advantage of two early lineup walks in game one, putting Grace Smith and Kelsey Bernhard in scoring position at the bottom of the first. Paige Price’s single down the line drove in Smith, and some miscommunication by the Battling Bishops allowed both Price and Bernhard to advance. The Tigers would go up 2-0 heading into the top of third after Emily Timberman drove in Bernhard with a sacrifice single to the shortstop.

Leading off in the bottom of the fourth, Drew Bratcher doubled to right-center. Pinch running for Bratcher, Goose Moore would score following a sacrifice groundout by Emma Konrad, advancing her to third, and a well-placed single by Alyssa Anderson for the Tigers’ third run of the afternoon.

Cami Henry came in to relieve starting pitcher Annika Garwood after Ohio Wesleyan managed to load the bases with just one out in the top of the sixth. Henry would give up one run and would squash the Battling Bishops’ hopes of a comeback with the help of a heads-up play by Smith at third, followed by an unassisted line-drive to Henry.

DePauw would put game one away with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bratcher led the Tigers with her second double of the afternoon and would advance to third following a sacrifice bunt by Konrad. Driving in Bratcher was Anderson again with a single to right. The final two runs came off a right-line single by Chase Epp, which advanced Macey Cox, who pinch ran for Anderson and Smith, putting DePauw up 6-1.

Bratcher and Grace each had two of the seven hits in game one. Garwood improved to 2-0 after allowing three hits in five innings, while Henry tallied her second save after one inning of hitless relief. Ohio Wesleyan’s Katie Chittum dropped to 8-11.

In the nightcap, an error in the bottom of the second set the stage for Kate Geary to get into scoring position. Geary stole second just before Katerina Kilgore singled up the middle allowing Geary plenty of time to round third and score.

The Tigers tallied two more runs after loading the bases in the third and scoring after Kilgore was walked and Alissa Dierks was hit by a pitch. Leading off in the fourth, Goose Moore singled up the middle and stole second base before advancing to third following a sacrifice bunt by Price. Bratcher would drive in Moore to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth.

The Battling Bishops drove in three runs in the top of the fifth, cutting DePauw’s lead to one. Leading off for the Tigers, Dierks advanced to first after getting hit by her second pitch of the evening. She would advance to second following a sacrifice groundout by Smith and eventually scored after Moore hit a single and the Battling Bishop’s committed an error, putting the Tigers up 5-3.

Henry improved to 20-5, with Ohio Wesleyan’s Chittum fell to 8-12

DePauw hosts Kenyon College, on its senior day, in a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday, April 30.

Late game rally lifts Panthers to sweep of Transylvania

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover Panthers displayed success at the dish in rout to a sweep of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Transylvania. HC took game one 19-7 before winning the twinbill 20-13.

 GAME ONE

After a Hanover slow start, the Panther offense erupted using a four run second inning to surge ahead. Senior Andrew Littlefield (Louisville, Ky.) led the outburst as he crushed a ball over the right field fence scoring three Panther runs, 4-2.

Hanover added two more runs in the bottom of the third inning as both freshman Jake Danneman (Edgewood, Ky.) and sophomore Eric Roudebush (New Palestine, Ind.) picked up RBI to extend the lead, 6-3.

However, the Pioneers battled back capitalizing on a Panther mishap in the top of the fourth inning to flip the script and claim the 7-6 advantage.

The homerun ball paid dividends once again for the Blue and Red as sophomore Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) smashed a dinger to left field knotting the contest 7-7.

The Blue and Red reclaimed the lead in the fifth inning before tacking on three insurance runs in the seventh inning off RBI by Danneman and Littlefield, 10-7.

Junior Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) helped blow the game wide open in the bottom of the eighth as he singled to left field scoring two runs before homers by freshman Sam Perkins (Louisville, Ky.) and sophomore Alex Christie (Greenwood, Ind.) secured the commanding 19-7 victory.

Junior Matthew Alter (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up the win for the Blue and Red on the bump while junior Charlie Joyce (Indianapolis, Ind.) charted his seventh save of the year.

GAME TWO

Much like game one, the Panthers found themselves trailing early when Christie connected for an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the third inning followed by a senior Charlie Burton (Columbus, Ind.) hit that plated two more runs to push HC on top 3-2.

However, the Pioneers responded in the top of the fifth inning reclaiming the 5-3 advantage when Hanover once again spoiled their rally.

Farnsley provided the clutch hit in the bottom half of the inning with a triple to center field scoring two runs, 5-4.

The Blue and Red tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning with the duo of Burton and Farnsley deeming successful, 8-4.

Transy made another push in the top of the seventh inning connecting for a grand slam to move to 11-8.

Littlefield responded for the Panthers crushing his second homerun of the afternoon off the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning to knot the score 11-11 before Hanover ultimately won the contest with a seven run eighth inning, 20-12.

Hanover returns to action on Wednesday, April 27 when they travel to Denison. Game time is set for 5:00 PM.

FORESTERS WIN BIG IN FINAL HOME GAME

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – Taking a break from league action and playing at Forest Glen for the last time this season, the Huntington baseball team ran away with a 10-1 win over Manchester Tuesday afternoon in a nine-inning contest.

Freshman Grant Simmons had an impressive outing on the mound to notch his first collegiate win. In four innings of work, he struck out three without issuing a walk and scattered two hits.

The Foresters had plenty of firepower at the plate. They scored all ten runs in the first six frames which included plating a pair in their first at-bat for an early lead that they were able to continue building on.

Langston Ginder and Satchell Wilson combined to drive in HU’s first four runs. Wilson would go on to knock in another two with a single through the left side in the fourth. Ian McCutcheon had a similar shot through the left side in the fourth to also drive in a pair of runs.

Matt Wolff was the other Forester to get in on the action with a sacrifice fly in the third and an RBI-single in the sixth.

When all was said and done, Wilson finished 3-for-3 at the plate in addition to drawing a walk and tallying four RBI. McCutcheon, Ginder and Wolff each posted a hit and two RBI.

With just a four-game series at top-seeded Mount Vernon this weekend to close out the regular season, Frame and crew are sitting in a tie with IWU for third in the league standings, four games behind MVNU. Taylor is currently second, two games out of first, with Grace yet to play while IWU is slated to play Marian this weekend.

Marian Knights Prove too Formidable for Cougars to Overcome

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Tuesday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (22-19; 14-15 Crossroads) played host to the Marian University Knights (36-7; 26-6 Crossroads) in a doubleheader at Westendorf Field but fell by scores of 13-4 and 10-4 as their three-game winning streak is snapped.

In the opening game, junior pitcher Mackenzie Rust took the mound for the Cougars, but ran into early trouble as the Knights scored three times in the top of the first capped by a two-run home run to take an early 3-0 lead.

But the Cougars responded in the bottom of the first when center fielder Grace Renbarger led off with a single up the middle and then scored on third baseman Dani Karr’s RBI-double to cut the deficit to two runs.

However, the Knights added to their lead in the top of the third with a two-run double with two outs to make it 5-1. More trouble followed in the fifth when Marian loaded the bases with nobody out and followed with three more runs to extend the lead to 8-1.

After the Cougars battled back to scratch across a couple runs in the bottom of the fifth, a grand slam hit by Marian in the top of the sixth created a deficit too large for the Cougars to overcome as they fell in six innings 13-4.

In the finale, sophomore Erika Turpin started for the Cougars, but matters did not start any better as the Knights went to work immediately once again, plating four runs before the Cougars could bat.

The Cougars scratched across a run themselves off a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame and trailed 4-1 after one inning.

But the Knights got to Turpin in the second and third innings, plating two in the second and four more in the third to extend their lead over Saint Francis to 10-1.

The Cougars clawed their way back to pull to within 10-4 after the fifth inning, but the Knights held them from there as Saint Francis will have to rebound.

The Cougars resume play on Thursday afternoon when they play host to the Huntington University Foresters (13-26; 11-17 Crossroads) in a doubleheader at Westendorf Field beginning at 3:00 pm.

NO. 18 GRENADIERS GET PAST CUMBERLANDS 11-9 IN HOME FINALE

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The No. 18-ranked IU Southeast baseball team concluded the home portion of its schedule with an 11-9 win over (RV) University of the Cumberlands on Tuesday.

The first five batters in the Grenadier batting order combined for 10 hits and scored six runs in the contest. Brody Tanksley led the way with a 3-for-6 outing. He scored twice and knocked in a run.

IU Southeast (32-13) fell behind 4-0 after the top of the first inning but a two-run home run by Marco Romero in his final home game cut the lead in half.

The Grenadiers took the lead in the bottom of the third with a four-run outburst. Marco Romero led off with a single and move to second on an error. He scored on a double by Derek Wagner.

Ben Berenda singled to short to score Wagner. A sacrifice bunt by Trevor MacDonald moved runners to second and third and a walk to Daunte DeCello loaded the bases with one out.

Clay Woeste doubled to center to drive in Brandon Boxer and John Ullom and DeCello was tagged out at the plate, but the Grenadiers led 7-5 after three innings.

Ben Berenda added to the lead in the fourth with a sacrifice fly to drive in Tanksley.

The Patriots cut the deficit to a run in the fifth when a RBI groundout and a home run by Candido Encarnacion plated two runs.

IU Southeast answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Brody Tanksley singled up the middle to score Trevor Campbell, who had tripled.

Clay Woeste drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to pad the lead once again. In the eighth, IU Southeast added some insurance when Trevor Campbell hit his second triple, scoring DeCello.

Zach Gutermuth worked two innings for his first collegiate win. He allowed a run on two hits and struck out a batter. Conner Fries worked the final two innings for his third save.

Brody Tanksley led the way with three hits. Clay Woeste had two hits and drove in four and Campbell and Romero each had two hits in the win.

IU Southeast travels to Midway to conclude the regular season with a series on Thursday and Friday.

Brandi Jones Earns Individual Medalist Honors at RSC Championship; Punches Ticket to NAIA National Championship

FLORENCE, Ind. – Brandi Jones fired a final round one-under 71, propelling her to the top of the leaderboard at the 2022 River States Conference Championship at Belterra Resort Golf Course. Jones finished the 54-hole tournament with a total of 234 (84-79-71) to earn individual medalist honors.

The Peru, Indiana native swept the RSC Fall Preview and Conference Championship, earning her RSC Golfer of the Year and first team All-Conference nods.

Jones now has 12 career wins, none more important than this one, as she becomes the first-ever IU Kokomo golfer (men or women) to qualify for the NAIA National Championship. Jones’ quest for the national championship will begin on May 24 at Lincoln Park West Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Sarah Williams narrowly missed a top-10 spot as she finished in 12th place, shooting 85-84-87-256. Gracie Tucker finished in a tie for 21st at her first RSC Championship, shooting 272 (90-90-92. Olivia Waymouth shot a first-round 91 and finished with a 299, good for a 32nd place finish.

Indiana East earned the team championship as the Red Wolves held off Midway, winning by two strokes to earn a trip to the NAIA National Championship.

Warriors Finish Second at WHAC Championships

AUGUSTA, Mich. – The Indiana Tech women’s golf team finished second at the 2022 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Championships at Stonehenge Golf Club Tuesday, finishing the 54-hole event with a score of 975 (327-330-318), the fifth-lowest score in program history.

Julia Bockstahler led the way with a 237 (81-78-78) to finish in fourth place, setting a new career-low for 54 holes while garnering her second-highest finish of the season. Kim Siercks carded a 243 (79-85-79) to finish in a tie for eighth while Jenna Boucher recorded a career-best 246 (80-86-80) to finish in 12th place.

Brittany Smith finished in a tie for 14th with a career-low 249 (87-81-81) while Lindsey Albrecht rounded out Tech’s lineup with a career-best 264 (90-89-85) to finish in a tie for 29th.

Tech finished 34 strokes behind the University of Northwestern Ohio for the title while Bockstahler was nine strokes out of first place.

Danforth claims single-season hit record in win

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Patrick Danforth set a program record on Tuesday for Grace’s baseball team.

Danforth recorded his 59th hit of the season during Grace’s 7-2 win over IU Kokomo; that mark broke Grace’s program record for most hits in a season.

The previous record of 58 hits was set by Josh Bailey in 1998.

Danforth tied the record with an RBI single in the second inning, and he broke the mark with another RBI in the seventh.

Grace wasted little time getting on the scoreboard on a brisk Tuesday afternoon.

Chris Griffin jumpstarted Grace’s offense with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.

The Lancers tacked on two more runs in the second inning, scoring both with two outs. Danforth and Jeff Pawlik provided back-to-back RBI singles with two outs, lifting the Lancers to an early 5-1 edge.

Grace tacked on another run in the third; Cal Curiel provided a single to allow Austin Carr to race home.

The only other run occurred in the seventh inning courtesy of the milestone man Danforth. With two outs in the inning and Cameron Woehnker on second base, Danforth laced a single to right-center field to bring in Woehnker and secure his place in the record books.

The Lancers’ pitching and defense took care of the rest. Grace kept the Cougars off the scoreboard for the final five innings, making quick work of IUK’s bats.

It was a bullpen game for Grace; the Lancers threw seven pitchers with no one going more than two innings.

Evan Etchison began the game and struck out the side in his lone inning. Hunter Schumacher struck out a pair during his inning of work.

Mason Meyer and Jake Cox each pitched two scoreless innings to conclude the game; Meyer threw the sixth and seventh frames, and Cox pitched the eighth and ninth.

Caleb Farney, Joey Springer and Jake Decker also pitched for the Lancers.

Alex Rich had three hits and two stolen bases in the victory; he moved his single-season hit tally to 58 as well in the game, tying the previous mark for most hits in a season.

Curiel finished 3 for 5 with 1 run, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base, and Carr hit 2 for 4 with a run scored.

The win moves Grace’s record to 17-29; the team’s 17 wins are tied for the fourth-most in team history.

The Lancers will end the regular season this week with a four-game series at Taylor. The series will be held on Thursday and Friday with both doubleheaders beginning at 3 p.m.

Eagles grounded by Panthers, 11-7

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball could not hold off Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday evening, falling 11-7, at the USI Baseball Field on Tri-State Hot Stove League Night. The Screaming Eagles go to 15-26 overall, while the Panthers are 18-24.

USI spotted KWC a 3-0 lead to start the contest before exploding for six unanswered runs for a 6-3 advantage. The Eagles started scoring in their half of the first inning when senior shortstop Ethan Hunter (Terre Haute, Indiana) hit a two-run blast to cut the deficit to 3-2.

The round-tripper was Hunter’s third home run of the season and 17th of his career. The 17 home runs is tied for 10th all-time in USI history.

The Eagles knotted the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly by junior centerfielder Evan Kahre (Evansville, Indiana) before taking the lead, 6-3, with a three-run eruption in the third.

USI sophomore first baseman Michael Conner (Moline, Illinois) kicked off the scoring in the third with an RBI-single for the Eagles’ fourth tally of the game. Sophomore designated hitter Daniel Lopez (Dominican Republic) highlighted the frame with a two-run triple off the left field wall to post the fifth and sixth runs.

After KWC closed the gap with a tally in the fourth, the Eagles regained the three-run advantage, 7-4, with a tally in the fifth when Lopez crossed the plate on an RBI-triple by sophomore third baseman Tyler Wheeler (Sellersburg, Indiana).

The Panthers, however, were not done, rallying to close the gap with a pair of runs in the sixth and took the lead for good, 11-7, with a five-run eighth. KWC would strand three Eagles on base in the final two innings to get the win.

On the mound, freshman right-hander Tyler Hutson (Villa Hills, Kentucky) took the loss in relief. Hutson (1-2) allowed two runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out one.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI finishes the homestand and the 2022 home schedule April 29-May 1 when it hosts Missouri University of Science & Technology for Alumni Weekend and Senior Day. The 2010 NCAA Division II national championship team will be recognized prior to the April 30 doubleheader.

The Eagles have a 25-8 all-time series lead with Missouri S&T. The two teams have not met since 2019 when they split four games, while USI has won seven of the last nine since 2015.

The Miners are 17-19 overall and 5-11 in the GLVC after being swept by the University of Illinois Springfield at home this weekend. Missouri S&T travels to Pittsburg State University Wednesday before visiting USI next weekend.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor and Grace Set to Compete on Thursday

UPLAND, Ind. – In an effort to avoid the potential for rain, Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader with Grace (16-29, 10-22 CL) has been moved to Thursday afternoon, such that the Trojans’ final four-game series of the regular season will unfold over the course of Thursday and Friday, April 28th and 29th.

First pitch for each day is scheduled for 3:00 pm, with a second game to start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of each day’s first game.

With this weekend’ series against Grace, No. 24 Taylor (32-16, 22-10 CL) will close the book on its regular season, subsequently shifting its focus on the Crossroads League Tournament which the Trojans are slated to host from May 6th through the 10th.

Stayed tuned to TaylorTrojans.com for more information regarding the CL Tourney and access to live coverage links for Thursday and Friday’s games.

Fielding errors doom Trailblazers in road matchup at Lincoln Trail

ROBINSON, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team took a short trip north to Robinson for another mid-week showdown with the Statesmen Tuesday afternoon.

Vincennes gave up one big inning to host Lincoln Trail, where three fielding errors led to a big six-run inning for the Statesmen.

VU attempted a comeback but ultimately fell short as Lincoln Trail came away with the 12-7 win.

The Statesmen came into the game looking for some revenge against the Blazers after VU picked up the 5-4 win in 10 innings April 19 at Jerry Blemker Field.

Lincoln Trail got started early, scoring a run in each of the first two innings to grab the early 2-0 advantage.

Lincoln Trail grabbed control of the game in the bottom of the third, when the Statesmen scored six runs on three hits in the inning, while VU surrendered three errors and walked one batter.

Vincennes looked to close the gap in the fourth, with sophomore Peyton Lane (New Paris, Ohio) and freshman Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) leading off the inning with back-to-back doubles.

Evans would come around to score later in the inning on a ground out to cut the deficit to 8-2.

LTC grew their lead back with a pair of runs in the fourth and a run in the fifth before Vincennes scored again in the seventh.

Sophomore Josiah Sizemore (Cambridge City, Ind.) hit a double and scored on a wild pitch. Freshman Mahkai Pelzer (Douglasville, Ga.) reached on an error and would score on an RBI single by freshman Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.)

The Statesmen responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh to take a 12-4 lead.

VU looked to mount a massive late comeback in the ninth, with Pelzer, Egger and sophomore Colin Long (Evansville, Ind.) leading off the inning with three-straight singles.

Colton Evans would drive in a run on an RBI single and freshman Nick Kapostasy (Cincinnati, Ohio) followed him with a sacrifice fly to cut the margin to five.

This would be as close as VU would get though as the comeback attempt fell short with Lincoln Trail picking up the 12-7 win on their home field.

“You give up a big inning and give up six runs, four of them unearned and it’s hard to overcome those crooked numbers,” VU Head Baseball Coach Chris Barney said. “Our guys battled back. We got ourselves back into the game. But we’ve got to do a better job right from the start and not allow so many free bases. A couple free bases and three errors in that inning and all of a sudden you give up six runs in an inning and that’s a tough obstacle to overcome.”

VU had four multi-hit games at the top of their order Tuesday, with Long, Lane and Evans each coming up with two hits, including doubles by Lane and Evans and Evans picking up a pair of RBI’s.

Will Egger entered the game in the seventh to take over behind the plate and recorded two singles in two plate appearances, while also coming away with an RBI.

“It’s good to see those guys back on track a little at the plate today heading into the weekend,” Barney added. “I know that this past weekend Colin and Peyton struggled a little bit, so hopefully this gets them back on track and we can keep everybody else rolling.”

“Will has done a great job for us behind the dish,” Barney said. “He caught the last three innings behind the plate and got a couple of at bats and put a good couple of swings on balls, so it was a good day for all of those guys.”

Freshman Cauy Motsinger (Salem, Ind.) got the start on the mound and threw into the third inning allowing seven runs on four hits in two-plus innings.

Freshmen Eli Steimel (Sullivan, Ind.), Caleb Moore (Wentzville, Mo.), Jake Stuteville (Rockport, Ind.) and Nick Kapostasy each pitched an inning out of the bullpen, with the four combining to allow two runs on three hits, with Moore striking out one and Stuteville striking out two.

“Cauy Motsinger did a great job,” Barney added. “He gave us two innings and if we make plays behind him he would have given us three which is what we were shooting for. Caleb Moore did a good job. I thought Kapostasy at the end did a good job as well as Stuteville who got into a little bit of a jam but got himself out of it.”

“So for those guys and Eli Steimel who I thought did well on the mound too, I thought we got five guys out of the seven that threw that threw pretty decent today,” Barney said.

The Trailblazers will continue to take their show on the road this weekend when VU heads to Godfrey, Ill. for a Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series at Lewis & Clark.

The four-game weekend series is set to begin on Saturday, April 30, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. eastern.

The final two games are scheduled for Sunday, May 1, with first pitch Sunday set for 1 p.m. eastern.

“We talk about it all the time, we’ve got to play good defense, we’ve got to come up with some timely hitting and we’ve got to get some quality starts out of our pitching,” Barney said. “Our bullpen has to be able to sustain what they’ve been able to do for us all year. If we can do that, we’ll have a lot of success this weekend. That’s what we’re trying to get done and hopefully we will be ready to roll for the weekend.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       In the second game of the franchise’s history, Senator infielder Billy Clingman hits the team’s first home run. The 33 year-old switch-hitting shortstop blasts a two-run homer off A’s southpaw Wiley Piatt in the top of the fifth inning of Washington’s 11-5 victory over Philadelphia at Columbia Park.

1909       The White Sox, scoring just three runs during the three-game series, sweeps St. Louis. Chicago blanks the Browns by identical 1-0 scores in all three at South Side Park contests.

1918       Brooklyn wins their first game of the season when they defeat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 5-3. The Robins’ 0-9 losing streak establishes a major league record for the longest start at the beginning of a campaign without a win.

1929       At the Baker Bowl, Clise Dudley becomes the first player to hit a home run on the first major league pitch thrown to him. The Brooklyn relief pitcher will hit a total of three home runs in his four-year career.

1930       Bud Clancy, playing first base during the entire nine-inning game, never touches the ball while it is in play. The first sacker’s lack of work doesn’t hurt the White Sox when they beat the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, 2-1.

1932       The National League fines Cardinal manager Gabby Street for violating the circuit’s policy prohibiting talking to spectators. The Redbird skipper’s nickname suggests he might be a chatterbox, but he insists the moniker stems from his overuse of the word Gabby, a term used in the south when addressing a black male whose name is unknown.

1944       Jim Tobin, using his newly discovered knuckleball, tosses the first of his two no-hitters of the season, defeating Brooklyn, 2-0. The Boston right-hander, who will also throw a shortened five-frame unofficial no-no in June, helps his cause with a solo home run in the eighth inning of the Braves Field contest.

1947       A crowd of 58,000, attending Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium to honor the ailing legend, hears the ‘Bambino’ promote baseball as “the best game in the world.” After the moving ceremony, the fans witness a pitching duel when the 6’4″ Senator right-hander Sid Hudson, who scores the only run in the game, edges Spud Chandler, 1-0.

1947       The largest crowd in the history of Crosley Field enjoys watching the Reds sweep a doubleheader from Pittsburgh, 6-1 and 2-1. The 36,691 fans in attendance will not call their friends from the ballpark with the good news because of removing payphones to thwart betting on the contests.

1961       The expansion Angels play their first home game, bowing to the Twins at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, 4-2. The 74-year-old baseball legend Ty Cobb, in his last-ever visit to a ballpark, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

1963       Red Sox right-hander Gene Conley and White Sox hurler Dave DeBusschere, who both played in the NBA in the offseason, each make a relief appearance during the fourth inning of the Red Sox’s 9-5 victory over the White Sox at Fenway Park. Conley, now with the Knicks as a power guard, is the only person to have played on World Championship teams in baseball (1957 Braves) and basketball (1959–61, Celtics), and DeBusschere, currently employed by the Pistons, will be inducted as a player into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.

1968       After almost being scratched due to a sore throat, Tom Phoebus no-hits the visiting Red Sox, 6-0, after the 1:23 rain delay at the start of the game. The Orioles’ starter also leads the offense, going 2-for-4 at the plate as well as scoring and driving in a run in the Memorial Stadium contest.

1971       Braves outfielder Hank Aaron joins Babe Ruth and Willie Mays as the only major league player to hit 600 career home runs. Hammerin’ Hank’s historic homer, a 350-foot drive over the left-field wall, comes off Gaylord Perry in the third inning of a 6-5 ten-inning loss to the Giants at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.

1972       After 11 games into the new season, the Padres fire the only manager the team has ever known when they replace Preston Gomez with third base coach Don Zimmer. In his three-plus years as the San Diego skipper, Gomez compiled a 180-316 (.363) record, and the expansion team never finished higher than last place in the NL West.

1973       Kansas City’s starter Steve Busby becomes the 13th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating Detroit, 3-0, at Tiger Stadium. The 22-year-old right-hander’s gem is the first-ever no-hit game thrown by a Royals pitcher, and the former UCLA hurler will pitch the second no-hitter in franchise history next season.

1973       Braves hurler Pat Dobson three-hits the Mets and beats Tom Seaver, who also gives up only three hits, 2-0. The Atlanta Fulton County Stadium contest takes one hour and 37 minutes to complete, making it the quickest game ever played in Mets history.

1977       The Cardinals snap a three-game losing streak, routing the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 20-3. Redbirds’ shortstop Garry Templeton crosses home plate five times, a team record.

1981       Fernandomania continues to explode at Chavez Ravine when Dodger rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela pitches his fourth shutout in five starts. The 20-year-old Mexican southpaw, batting over .400, beats the Giants, 5-0, and lowers his ERA to a microscopic 0.20.

1982       Reggie Jackson, who left the Bronx when the team decided not to renew his contract, returns to Yankee Stadium as an Angel, and to the delight of the New York crowd, hits a long home run contributing to California’s 3-1 rain-shortened victory over the home team. The fans show their displeasure about losing ‘Mr. October’ to free agency by chanting “Steinbrenner Sucks” as Jackson rounded the bases while the Yankee owner stands defiantly in his box.

1983       Nolan Ryan becomes the first of three major leaguers this season to breaks Walter Johnson’s 56 year-old record when he notches his 3,509th career strikeout, whiffing pinch-hitter Brad Mills in the eighth inning of the Astros’ 4-2 victory at Olympic Stadium. The 36 year-old fireballer’s feat will also be accomplished by Steve Carlton and Gaylord Perry, respectively, in May and August.

1983       Teammates Fred Lynn and Daryl Sconiers both hit a grand slam, helping California rout the Tigers, 13-3. The pair of Anaheim Stadium round-trippers mark the first time two Angels have hit bases-loaded homers in the same game.

1988       Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt’s single breaks up Nolan Ryan’s no-hitter with one out in the ninth at the Astrodome. Philadelphia will knot the score at 2-2 in the frame, but Houston will prevail, scoring a run in the tenth to hold on to the victory.

1990       At Jack Murphy Stadium, Pirates infielder Wally Backman becomes the first National Leaguer to get six hits in one game since Rennie Stennett, also playing for the Bucs, accomplished the feat with seven in 1975. The third baseman will see his batting average rise 114 points, from .281 to .395, when he collects five singles and a double to help Pittsburgh sink San Diego, 9-4.

1993       Tim Wakefield throws 172 pitches in ten innings of work in the Pirates’ 6-2 victory over the Braves. The Pittsburgh knuckleballer compiles the highest single-game pitch count since the official tabulation of the statistic, beginning in 1988.

1994       Scott Erickson, who allowed the most hits in the majors last season, pitches the Twins’ first no-hitter in 27 years, beating the Brewers at the Metrodome, 6-0. In 1967, Dean Chance no-hit the Indians, but the right-hander allowed a run in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory in the nightcap of the twin bill at Cleveland Stadium.

1996       Barry Bonds joins his father and godfather, becoming only the fourth major leaguer to hit 300 homers and swipe 300 bases as he homers for the Giants in a 6-3 victory over the Marlins. Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays, and Andre Dawson are the only other 300-300 players.

2000       After participating in two brawls at Comiskey Park five days ago, MLB suspends sixteen members of the Tigers and White Sox for a total of 82 games, making it the most severe punishment ever given for a bench-clearing incident. Both managers, Phil Garner and Jerry Manuel, also receive eight-game suspension each.

2000       Former Brewer Jose Valentin hits for the cycle, helping his new team, the Chicago White Sox, defeat the Orioles, 13-4. In Milwaukee, Valentin’s home for the past eight seasons, a player is awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for hitting for the cycle.

2002       Derek Lowe becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hit game at Boston’s Fenway Park since Dave Morehead accomplished the feat against the Indians in September of 1965. Facing 28 batters, the former closer of the team throws only 97 pitches in the 10-0 rout of the Devil Rays.

2003       Needing only 108 pitches, Kevin Millwood becomes the ninth pitcher in Phillies’ history to throw a no-hitter when he keeps the NL-West leading Giants hitless. In 1991, Tommy Greene threw the franchise’s last no-no before Millwood’s 1-0 masterpiece.

2003       Ozzy, the male osprey of a breeding pair that lived for years on Jackie Robinson Ballpark’s left-field light pole, dies at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center after being hit with a thrown baseball that was trying to knock him off a perch he shared with his mate Harriet and their brood of chicks. Class A Daytona Cubs hurler Jae Kuk Ryu was charged with a second-degree misdemeanor by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for harming a protected bird.

2003       The Marlins, on the strength of three homers in the frame, score five times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game against the Cardinals at six runs apiece. The Fish will lose the Pro Player Stadium contest, 7-6, in 20 innings, making it the longest game in franchise history.

2004       At Dodger Stadium, Mike Piazza ties Carlton Fisk for the most career homers by a catcher as he hits Hideo Nomo’s sixth-inning pitch into the stands for his 351st round-tripper as a backstop. The homer, which was his 362nd overall, moves the Mets’ star past Yankees’ Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio on the all-time list.

2004       At Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Chad Moeller becomes the fifth Brewer and the first to hit for the cycle at home. In the 9-8 victory over the Reds, the backup catcher facing Cory Lidle homers in the second inning doubles in the fourth, triples in the fifth, and then singles in the seventh off reliever Ryan Wagner to complete the feat in front of 8,918 enthusiastic fans.

2005       At Busch Stadium, St. Louis’ second baseman Mark Grudzielanek becomes the 16th Cardinal to hit for the cycle and the third to accomplish the rare hitting event at home. The last Redbird to achieve the feat was in 1996 by John Mabry.

2005       Pirates closer Jose Mesa becomes the 19th pitcher in major league history to collect his 300th save when the team beats the Astros at Pittsburg’s PNC Park, 2-0. The 39-year-old right-handed reliever reaches the milestone, en route to compiling 322 career saves, retiring the side in order in the top of the ninth inning.

2007       On the night in which his three sons throw the ceremonial first pitch, Trevor Hoffman is unable to hold on to a two-run lead when the Dodgers score three in the ninth and eventually beat the Padres, 6-5. It’s ‘Trevor Time Desk Clock’ Night, and the usually reliable Padres closer blows the save, thanks to some shady defense, for the second consecutive game.

2008       At Progressive Field, the longest current consecutive-game streak in the big leagues comes to an end at 382 when Grady Sizemore does not appear in Cleveland’s 1-0 loss to the Yankees due to a sprained right ankle he sustained yesterday. The center fielder’s streak is the most by an Indians player since Toby Harrah played in 473 straight contests from 1979-83.

2008       In a move that cost the team over $11 million, the Pirates release Matt Morris after the pitcher lasts only 1.2 innings against the Phillies in his previous start. The 33 year-old right-hander had compiled an 0-4 record with a 9.67 ERA in his five outings with Pittsburgh this season.

2008       Beating the Padres, 2-1, the Diamondbacks break the franchise mark for wins in April, having already won 17 games this month. Brandon Webb, who outduels Jake Peavy, becomes just the third hurler in major league history, joining teammate Randy Johnson (2000, 2002) and Dave Stewart (A’s – 1988) to post six victories before the start of May.

2008       Giving up eight runs in three innings in the 10-1 loss to the Reds, Barry Zito, along with Mike Maroth (Tigers – 2003) and Dave Stewart (Rangers – 1984), becomes only the third pitcher in baseball history to lose six games in April. The battered $126 million Giants hurler, who hasn’t missed a start in his eight-year career, will be demoted to the San Francisco bullpen.

2009       Dexter Fowler ties the modern-day rookie mark with five stolen bases in the Rockies’ 12-7 win over the Padres at Coors Field. On June 28, 1999, San Diego freshman shortstop Damian Jackson swiped five bags at Qualcomm Stadium contest to established the mark in a game that also involved Colorado.

2009       West Virginia State’s Bo Darby homers in his first four plate appearances against Salem International, giving him round-trippers in 5 consecutive at-bats over two games, including the home run in his final at-bat two days ago against the University of Charleston. The Yellow Jackets’ sophomore outfielder will go deep twice more in the second game of the twin bill to finish the day with six four-baggers along with 14 RBIs.

2010       With the help of a five-run ninth inning fueled by Ryan Doumit’s grand slam and Ronny Cedeno’s solo shot off Trevor Hoffman, the Pirates snap a 22-game losing streak in Milwaukee with a 7-3 comeback victory over the Brewers at Miller Park. The Brew Crew’s hometown hex over the Bucs was the longest-held by one team over another since the Browns/Orioles lost 27 consecutive contests to the Indians in Cleveland from 1952-54.

2010       David Wright, with an RBI single to right field off Ramon Troncoso in the fifth inning of New York’s 10-5 victory over L.A. at Citi Field, becomes the eighth and quickest player to accumulate 1,000 hits in a Mets uniform. The 27-year-old third baseman, who surpassed Mike Piazza’s mark of 935 games to reach the milestone, accomplishes the feat in his 868th career contest with the club.

2010       The suddenly streaking Mets win their sixth consecutive game with a doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers, 4-0 and 10-5. The victories mark the first time since August 28th, 1971, that the club has taken both ends of a twin bill from L.A.

2012       Yankee right-hander Ivan Nova fails to tie the franchise mark of 16 consecutive wins established last season by Roger Clemens when he doesn’t get a decision in the team’s 7-6 victory over Detroit. The 26-year-old hurler, who moved ahead of Whitey Ford (1961) and Steve Sundra (1938-39) in his last start, gives up six earned runs on 11 hits in his 5.1 innings of work in New York’s walk-off win in the Bronx ballpark.

2012       Mets left fielder Scott Hairston becomes the tenth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle with his sixth-inning double, plating Rueben Tejada and David Wright. The outfielder’s four hits, which drives in four runs, aren’t enough when Colorado routs New York, scoring 11 times in the fifth, in the Coors Field’s contest, 18-9.

TV WEDNESDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
GEORGE MASON AT VIRGINIA7:00PMACCN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CONNECTICUT AT BOSTON COLLEGE4:00PMACCN
LAMAR AT TEXAS A&M7:00PMSECN
MLBTIME ETTV
NY METS AT ST. LOUIS1:15PMTBS
SNY
BALLY SPORTS
LA DODGERS AT ARIZONA3:40PMMLBN
SPORTSNET
BALLY SPORTS
MILWAUKEE AT PITTSBURGH6:35PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-PIT
SAN DIEGO AT CINCINNATI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT TAMPA BAY6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
COLORADO AT PHILADELPHIA6:45PMNBCS-PHI
ATTSN-RM
BALTIMORE AT NY YANKEES7:05PMYES
MASN/2
MIAMI AT WASHINGTON7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
BOSTON AT TORONTO7:07PMNESN
SPORNTSNET
KANSAS CITY AT CHI. WHITE SOX7:10PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CHI
CHI. CUBS AT ATLANTA7:20PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
DETROIT AT MINNESOTA7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
MARQ
HOUSTON AT TEXAS8:05PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT LA ANGELS9:38PMBALLY SPORTS
OAKLAND AT SAN FRANCISCO9:45PMNBCS-CA
NBCS-BAY
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
FIRST ROUND GAME 5: CHICAGO AT MILWAUKEE7:30PMTNT
FIRST ROUND GAME 5: DENVER AT GOLDEN STATE10:00PMTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
PHILADELPHIA AT WINNIPEG7:30PMNBCS-PHI
SPORTSNET
MONTREAL AT NY RANGERS7:30PMSPORTSNET
MSG
VEGAS AT CHICAGO8:30PMATTSN-RM
NBCS-CHI
ARIZONA AT DALLAS8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
LOS ANGELES AT SEATTLE10:00PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
SOCCERTIME ETTV
SERIE A: SALERNITANA VS VENEZIA12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: FIORENTINA VS UDINESE12:00PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: BOLOGNA VS INTERNAZIONALE2:15PMPARAMOUNT+
SERIE A: ATALANTA VS TORINO2:15PMPARAMOUNT+
ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIP: MIDDLESBROUGH VS CARDIFF CITY2:45PMESPN+
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS VILLARREAL3:00PMCBS
PARAMOUNT+
FRIENDLY: MEXICO VS GUATEMALA8:00PMUNIMAS
CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: PUMAS UNAM VS SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC10:30PMFS1

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
TORONTO126.6676 – 26 – 46 – 30 – 06 – 37 – 3W 2
NY YANKEES116.6470.58 – 33 – 36 – 55 – 10 – 07 – 3W 4
TAMPA BAY98.5292.56 – 53 – 35 – 11 – 21 – 45 – 5L 1
BOSTON711.38953 – 44 – 73 – 84 – 30 – 03 – 7L 4
BALTIMORE611.3535.53 – 33 – 82 – 50 – 03 – 44 – 6L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA98.5296 – 43 – 42 – 25 – 22 – 26 – 4W 5
CLEVELAND710.41223 – 34 – 70 – 35 – 20 – 23 – 7L 5
KANSAS CITY69.40025 – 51 – 40 – 06 – 50 – 34 – 6W 1
CHI WHITE SOX610.3752.54 – 32 – 72 – 12 – 82 – 12 – 8L 8
DETROIT610.3752.54 – 82 – 22 – 43 – 40 – 04 – 6L 3
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SEATTLE116.6477 – 24 – 41 – 06 – 44 – 28 – 2W 4
LA ANGELS117.6110.56 – 55 – 21 – 22 – 06 – 57 – 3W 3
OAKLAND99.5002.54 – 35 – 67 – 40 – 01 – 25 – 5L 1
HOUSTON89.47132 – 46 – 51 – 20 – 06 – 64 – 6W 1
TEXAS611.35352 – 64 – 51 – 20 – 05 – 74 – 6L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS145.7375 – 29 – 35 – 22 – 07 – 38 – 2W 3
MIAMI88.5004.54 – 34 – 56 – 21 – 21 – 26 – 4W 3
ATLANTA810.4445.55 – 63 – 42 – 43 – 23 – 45 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA810.4445.56 – 52 – 52 – 51 – 23 – 25 – 5W 2
WASHINGTON613.31683 – 93 – 43 – 51 – 32 – 52 – 8L 6
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE117.6115 – 36 – 42 – 17 – 40 – 17 – 3W 1
ST. LOUIS97.56313 – 36 – 42 – 36 – 40 – 05 – 5L 3
PITTSBURGH89.4712.54 – 34 – 63 – 15 – 80 – 05 – 5L 1
CHI CUBS710.4123.54 – 63 – 40 – 14 – 52 – 23 – 7L 2
CINCINNATI314.1767.51 – 52 – 92 – 21 – 20 – 81 – 9L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
SAN FRANCISCO135.7225 – 28 – 36 – 41 – 02 – 17 – 3W 5
LA DODGERS125.7060.56 – 16 – 42 – 14 – 04 – 47 – 3L 1
SAN DIEGO117.61126 – 45 – 32 – 24 – 05 – 56 – 4W 1
COLORADO107.5882.56 – 44 – 32 – 32 – 22 – 15 – 5L 2
ARIZONA711.38964 – 73 – 44 – 60 – 02 – 44 – 6W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-FLORIDA PANTHERS80571761205433423634-7-023-10-68-2-0
2 XY-CAROLINA HURRICANES81532081145227219928-8-425-12-47-3-0
3 X-TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS81532171135031025130-8-223-13-57-2-1
4 X-NEW YORK RANGERS80512361084724820126-9-425-14-27-3-0
5 X-TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING80502281084827922427-8-623-14-27-2-1
6 X-PITTSBURGH PENGUINS814525111014226722622-13-523-12-64-5-1
7 X-BOSTON BRUINS80502551054824821525-13-225-12-36-4-0
8 X-WASHINGTON CAPITALS804424121003927223719-16-625-8-66-2-2
NEW YORK ISLANDERS80363410823422223019-15-517-19-53-6-1
10 COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS8036377793225429320-15-516-22-24-5-1
11 BUFFALO SABRES80313811732822928316-18-615-20-56-4-0
12 DETROIT RED WINGS81314010722822530918-16-713-24-33-6-1
13 OTTAWA SENATORS8032417712922326015-21-417-20-36-3-1
14 NEW JERSEY DEVILS8027449632424229616-19-511-25-43-4-3
15 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS80254411612420929014-20-611-24-53-7-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS80204911511720731410-26-410-23-71-9-0
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
1 XYZ-COLORADO AVALANCHE80561861185230722532-5-324-13-36-4-0
2 XY-CALGARY FLAMES805020101104829020225-9-725-11-38-1-1
3 X-MINNESOTA WILD80512271094630325029-8-222-14-58-1-1
4 X-ST. LOUIS BLUES814921111094730723526-9-523-12-68-1-1
5 X-EDMONTON OILERS80472761004328224626-12-121-15-57-2-1
6 X-LOS ANGELES KINGS80432710963923223021-16-422-11-66-4-0
7 X-NASHVILLE PREDATORS8044297954125724325-14-219-15-53-4-3
DALLAS STARS8045305954023124026-10-319-20-25-4-1
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS8042317913825624022-15-420-16-34-3-3
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS80393011893624423119-14-720-16-47-2-1
11 WINNIPEG JETS79363211833424125320-15-316-17-83-6-1
12 SAN JOSE SHARKS80323612762921025618-18-514-18-73-4-3
13 ANAHEIM DUCKS81313614762723026717-19-514-17-93-5-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS80274211652221328513-21-614-21-53-7-0
15 SEATTLE KRAKEN7926476582320727615-21-311-26-34-6-0
16 ARIZONA COYOTES8023507532219830610-27-313-23-41-7-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE