HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
LAPEL 3 ANDERSON 1
WESTFIELD 11 KOKOMO 1
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2 HARRISON 1
NEW CASTLE 7 CENTERVILLE 3….BULLDOGS: Bryce Robertson 2-4 RBI….Zach Thompson RBI
WES-DEL 24 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 3
NEW PALESTINE 9 SCECINA 0
WAPAHANI 12 EASTERN HANCOCK 0
CONNERSVILLE 4 PENDLETON 3
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
LAFAYETTE JEFF 10 TWIN LAKES 3
KOKOMO 12 FRONTIER 0
FISHERS 15 ANDERSON 2
WAPAHANI 6 LINCOLN 1
HAGERSTOWN 7 CENTERVILLE 3
NEW CASTLE 12 KNIGHTSTOWN 1
COWAN 6 SHENANDOAH 5
UNION CITY 22 UNION 4
SHELBYVILLE 7 MOORESVILLE 3
FRANKLIN COUNTY 3 SOUTH DEARBORN 0
SECTIONAL GIRLS TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
LINCOLN 4 NORTHEASTERN 1
BLUE RIVER 5 KNIGHTSTOWN 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
|Chi White Sox||1||Final|
|May 20-23, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1t||Phil Mickelson||70||69||-5 (139)||F|
|1t||Louis Oosthuizen||71||68||-5 (139)||F|
|3||Brooks Koepka||69||71||-4 (140)||F|
|4t||Branden Grace||70||71||-3 (141)||F|
|4t||Christiaan Bezuidenhout||71||70||-3 (141)||F|
|4t||Hideki Matsuyama||73||68||-3 (141)||F|
|7t||Corey Conners||67||75||-2 (142)||F|
|7t||Gary Woodland||70||72||-2 (142)||F|
|7t||Kevin Streelman||70||72||-2 (142)||F|
|7t||Sungjae Im||70||72||-2 (142)||F|
|7t||Paul Casey||71||71||-2 (142)||F|
|12t||Richy Werenski||71||72||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Joaquin Niemann||71||72||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Harry Higgs||72||71||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Martin Laird||70||73||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Jason Kokrak||71||72||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Bryson DeChambeau||72||71||-1 (143)||F|
|12t||Charley Hoffman||73||70||-1 (143)||F|
|19t||Matthew Fitzpatrick||73||71||E (144)||F|
|19t||Padraig Harrington||71||73||E (144)||F|
|19t||Ian Poulter||74||70||E (144)||F|
|19t||Shane Lowry||73||71||E (144)||F|
|19t||Keegan Bradley||69||75||E (144)||F|
|19t||Viktor Hovland||69||75||E (144)||F|
|25t||Daniel Van Tonder||75||70||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Cameron Smith||72||73||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Will Zalatoris||71||74||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Bubba Watson||72||73||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Lee Westwood||73||72||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Tom Lewis||71||74||+1 (145)||F|
|25t||Collin Morikawa||70||75||+1 (145)||F|
|32t||Abraham Ancer||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Tony Finau||74||72||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Patrick Cantlay||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Tyrrell Hatton||71||75||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Scottie Scheffler||72||74||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Matt Wallace||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|32t||Brad Marek||73||73||+2 (146)||F|
|39t||Rasmus Hojgaard||71||76||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Jon Rahm||72||75||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Carlos Ortiz||73||74||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Justin Rose||72||75||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Steve Stricker||76||71||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Cameron Davis||69||78||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Joel Dahmen||74||73||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Rickie Fowler||71||76||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Jimmy Walker||73||74||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Stewart Cink||71||76||+3 (147)||F|
|39t||Rory McIlroy||75||72||+3 (147)||F|
|50t||Adam Hadwin||77||71||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Russell Henley||78||70||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Daniel Berger||79||69||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Jordan Spieth||73||75||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Lucas Herbert||76||72||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Dean Burmester||74||74||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Matt Jones||73||75||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Byeong Hun An||73||75||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Robert MacIntyre||75||73||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Danny Willett||77||71||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Jason Scrivener||73||75||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Brian Gay||77||71||+4 (148)||F|
|50t||Aaron Wise||69||79||+4 (148)||F|
|63t||Robert Streb||77||72||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Wyndham Clark||75||74||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Sam Horsfield||69||80||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Jason Day||74||75||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Patrick Reed||74||75||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Billy Horschel||77||72||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Webb Simpson||75||74||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Ben Cook||72||77||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Talor Gooch||71||78||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Brendan Steele||75||74||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Harold Varner III||73||76||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Garrick Higgo||73||76||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Tom Hoge||74||75||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Henrik Stenson||73||76||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Alex Noren||77||72||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Harris English||75||74||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Emiliano Grillo||77||72||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Chan Kim||75||74||+5 (149)||F|
|63t||Denny McCarthy||73||76||+5 (149)||F|
|Pure Silk Championship presented by Visit Williamsburg|
|May 20-23, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, Virginia|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Sarah Kemp||69||67||-6 (136)||F|
|2t||Jessica Korda||70||67||-5 (137)||F|
|2t||Stacy Lewis||68||69||-5 (137)||F|
|2t||Ana Belac||70||67||-5 (137)||F|
|5t||Moriya Jutanugarn||71||67||-4 (138)||F|
|5t||Wichanee Meechai||70||68||-4 (138)||F|
|5t||Haeji Kang||70||68||-4 (138)||F|
|5t||Sei Young Kim||67||71||-4 (138)||F|
|5t||Wei-Ling Hsu||66||72||-4 (138)||F|
|10t||Lauren Stephenson||71||68||-3 (139)||F|
|10t||Jennifer Song||70||69||-3 (139)||F|
|10t||Katherine Kirk||69||70||-3 (139)||F|
|10t||Megan Khang||68||71||-3 (139)||F|
|14t||Luna Sobron||67||73||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Elizabeth Szokol||68||72||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Nelly Korda||70||70||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||71||69||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Ruixin Liu||67||73||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Emma Talley||71||69||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Anne van Dam||71||69||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Min Lee||69||71||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Min Seo Kwak||70||70||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Brooke Henderson||70||70||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Ryann O’Toole||68||72||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Jiwon Jeon||67||73||-2 (140)||F|
|14t||Vicky Hurst||71||69||-2 (140)||F|
|27t||Mina Harigae||69||72||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Ally Ewing||73||68||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Dani Holmqvist||69||72||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Lizette Salas||73||68||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Amy Olson||69||72||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Stephanie Meadow||72||69||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Albane Valenzuela||71||70||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Louise Ridderstrom||69||72||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Lindy Duncan||72||69||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Perrine Delacour||70||71||-1 (141)||F|
|27t||Jodi Ewart Shadoff||69||72||-1 (141)||F|
|38t||Lindsey Weaver||73||69||E (142)||F|
|38t||Jennifer Chang||72||70||E (142)||F|
|38t||Marissa Steen||70||72||E (142)||F|
|38t||Brittany Lang||70||72||E (142)||F|
|38t||Austin Ernst||72||70||E (142)||F|
|38t||Jenny Coleman||72||70||E (142)||F|
|38t||Nicole Broch Larsen||70||72||E (142)||F|
|38t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||72||70||E (142)||F|
|38t||Katelyn Dambaugh||69||73||E (142)||F|
|47t||Lee Lopez||75||68||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Andrea Lee||70||73||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Janie Jackson||73||70||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Sarah Jane Smith||70||73||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Giulia Molinaro||73||70||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Mo Martin||71||72||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Jasmine Suwannapura||69||74||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Caroline Inglis||69||74||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Dana Finkelstein||71||72||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Jacqui Concolino||72||71||+1 (143)||F|
|47t||Kristy McPherson||69||74||+1 (143)||F|
|58t||Kelly Tan||67||77||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Kyung Kim||74||70||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Matilda Castren||74||70||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Lauren Coughlin||70||74||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Bianca Pagdanganan||73||71||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Maia Schechter||72||72||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Jaye Marie Green||73||71||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Pernilla Lindberg||71||73||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Brittany Altomare||70||74||+2 (144)||F|
|58t||Daniela Darquea||70||74||+2 (144)||F|
|68t||Brianna Do||75||70||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Lexi Thompson||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Na Yeon Choi||71||74||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Paula Reto||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Alena Sharp||72||73||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Dottie Ardina||72||73||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Gemma Dryburgh||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Jane Park||74||71||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Pornanong Phatlum||74||71||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Lauren Kim||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Muni He||71||74||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Tiffany Joh||68||77||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Hinako Shibuno||70||75||+3 (145)||F|
|68t||Kendall Dye||73||72||+3 (145)||F|
PGA: Phil being Phil: Mickelson shares lead in PGA Championship
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The image has become familiar over the years. Phil Mickelson holes a birdie putt and drops that left fist in tempered celebration as he makes his run up the leaderboard in a major.
This was Friday at the PGA Championship, and he kept right on going until he tied for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen going into the weekend at Kiawah Island.
Even at age 50.
Tentative on the toughest stretch as he started dropping shots by missing putts, Mickelson began to look ageless with brilliant iron play and a pair of big birdies that led to a 31 on the front nine of the Ocean Course and a 3-under 69.
Oosthuizen had the best round of the week going, not so much because of his five birdies, but rather a card with no bogeys. That ended on the 18th hole that cost him the outright lead. He still had a 68 and will be in the final group Saturday.
Not to be overlooked was four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, whose two eagles were offset by four bogeys in a round of 71 that left him one shot behind.
Mickelson and Oosthuizen were at 5-under 139, the highest 36-hole score to lead the PGA Championship since the last time at Kiawah Island in 2012 when three players were at 140.
Mickelson is the oldest player to have a share of the lead at the midway point of a major since Fred Couples (52) in the 2012 Masters.
“It’s really fun, obviously, to make a putt on the last hole, finish a round like that and then to have that type of support here has been pretty special,” Mickelson said.
The last birdie was from just inside 25 feet on the ninth hole, with cheers that sounded louder than the limited gallery allowed and carried plenty of hope that Lefty could become golf’s oldest major champion on one of the tougher tracks.
The record belongs to Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship.
Branden Grace had a bogey-free round and was in the lead at 6 under until he hit his tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th and made double bogey, and then made bogey on the closing hole for a 71.
Mickelson was being interviewed on TV when Grace fell back with his double bogey, and this development immediately was conveyed to him. He was not overly excited.
“If you were to tell me that Sunday night, I’d really enjoy that,” Mickelson said. “But right now there’s a lot of work to do. … The fact is I’m heading into the weekend with an opportunity and I’m playing really well and I’m having a lot of fun doing it.”
Mickelson has not won on the PGA Tour in two years. His last major championship was the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. He no longer is among the top 100 in the world.
But he’s Phil Mickelson, who has spent a career leaving fans wondering what he’ll do next.
LPGA: Sarah Kemp takes LPGA Tour lead at firm and fast Kingsmill
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Sarah Kemp shot a 4-under 67 on Friday at firm and fast Kingsmill Resort to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend in the LPGA Tour’s Pure Silk Championship.
“This golf course is made for me because I feel like I’m not long and I have a lot the wedges in, so I can’t imagine it being an advantage for the long hitters and I’m not a bomber,” Kemp said. “If I just hit it down the fairway, it’s firm and fast and they’re rolling out and I’ve had a lot of wedge shots. ”
Kemp rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 fourth — her 13th hole of the day on the River Course— with birdies on the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth, holing a 20-footer on No. 8 to tie Stacy Lewis for the lead at 6 under and finishing with a par on No. 9.
The 35-year-old Australian is winless in her 14-season LPGA Tour career.
“I really turned my putting around at the end of last year,” Kemp said. “I worked really hard. I was annoyed because I had hit the ball great for a couple years and I just didn’t convert the opportunities.”
Lewis scrambled for a closing bogey on the par-4 18th in a 69, dropping only one shot after driving into the water and having to re-tee. She was tied for second with Jessica Korda and Ana Belac.
“I’ve been working on my driver and it’s been really good this week up until this point,” Lewis said. “So, kind of just told myself to forget about it because I know I’m hitting it better than that, and hit a great second drive. Hit 8-iron in there to about probably 18 feet, and then just told my caddie when I made that putt, `That’s what I do. Just keep grinding.’”
The 35-year-old Lewis has 13 LPGA Tour titles, the last in the 2020 Ladies Scottish Open — also in firm and fast conditions.
“I love it,” Lewis said. “You have to think about how far your drive rolls out, which bounce you’re going to get in the fairways. It’s thinking golf is a better way to put it. I love it playing like this. I mean, when it’s lush and green it looks great on TV, but I like playing this kind of golf better.”
Korda eagled the par-5 seventh and 15th holes in a 67. She made a long putt on No. 7 and holed out from 86 yards after laying up on the 15th.
“I really wanted to go for it in two, but they put the tee so far back with how firm it is there was no reason to even try to take on that pin,” Korda said about the 15th. “So I laid up and Kyle (caddie Morrison) and I were like, `It’s just a hard half-shot.′ It landed exactly where we wanted and it and turned straight into the hole. I was like, `Sick!′ So unexpected, but very welcome.”
The winner of the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, she also had four birdies and four bogeys on the course playing much firmer and faster than she expected.
NBA PLAY-IN: Morant, Grizzlies beat Warriors in OT, advance to face Jazz
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies came with aggression, determination and absolutely no fear, going at Golden State every which way – crashing the offensive glass to create extra chances, jumping in the passing lanes to force turnovers and getting far more production from the bench.
The Grizzlies had an answer for every Stephen Curry flurry, and now they’re going back to the playoffs.
Morant made consecutive jumpers in the final 48 seconds of overtime and scored 35 points, and Memphis advanced to the postseason for the first time in four years by holding off Curry and the Warriors 117-112 on Friday night in a thrilling play-in game.
“What a moment in time for the Grizzlies. Took a lot out of us all season long. It’s just a proud moment,” coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We gave it all we had to move on and I know we have more left. What a heck of a game. It took overtime against a heck of a ballclub. There were so many things that don’t show up in the boxscore. We have to keep building, keep fighting.”
Memphis earned the No. 8 seed and advanced to face top-seeded Utah in the first round of the best-of-seven Western Conference playoffs. Game 1 is Sunday in Salt Lake City.
Jordan Poole hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 left in OT for Golden State only to see Xavier Tillman answer with a baseline 3 moments later. Poole lost the ball out of bounds leading to Morant’s basket with 4 seconds left, then Poole made another improbable 3 with 2 seconds remaining.
Morant shined on the big stage – now it gets bigger for him, Dillon Brooks and the Grizz.
“I know it’s a big accomplishment for all of us, but me and Dillon know the job’s not finished,” Morant said. “We’re not trying to be done making it to the playoffs. We have to lock back in to playing Utah who has the best record in the league.”
Morant also contributed six rebounds, six assists and four steals. He shot 14 for 29 with five 3-pointers as Memphis more than doubled its total from deep this time against Golden State to win on the Warriors’ home floor just five days after losing 113-101 in the regular-season finale.
Curry, who became scoring champion against the Grizzlies on Sunday, finished with 39 points and six 3-pointers while dazzling in front of an animated, roaring crowd of 7,505 in the biggest game yet at second-year Chase Center. He committed seven of his team’s 21 turnovers, while Draymond Green had six miscues but also a triple-double with 11 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.
“There were some pivotal turnovers that bit us a little bit, but I think the intentions were right and we were trying to make the right play, and sometimes it doesn’t go your way,” Curry said. “That is something to nitpick for sure. It’s a part of the game you have to have solid possessions and get solid shots. I loved our aggressiveness and our intentions. … It didn’t go our way.”
These teams needed every tick of the clock in the extra period to decide who moved on and who headed home for the offseason following a furious final minute-plus of regulation – and the NBA had to love it.
Andrew Wiggins tied it on a layup with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter on a pretty pass from new star Poole and Memphis committed a shot-clock violation on the other end.
Kyle Anderson made a pair of free throws with 54.9 seconds left after being fouled by Curry, who had just converted two free throws to tie the game at 1:12. Curry drove through the paint and drew the sixth foul on Jonas Valanciunas.
Then Curry let loose, just as he did all season in one of his best years yet at age 33.
Curry’s three-point play with 9:40 left got Golden State to 80-78, then he made a magnificent 3 the next time down while falling backward. Morant hit from deep moments later.
Memphis had to get to the postseason the hard way: winning a pair of play-in games.
The Grizzlies held off San Antonio 100-96 at home Wednesday night, then traveled back to the Bay Area. The Warriors lost a heartbreaker to LeBron James and the Lakers 103-100 at Staples Center on Wednesday.
“Obviously a crushing way to go out, two straight games that were basically gut punches,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We felt like we had control of the game the other night and lost and then really didn’t have the control of this one but could have won, we had the last shot in regulation. The ball just didn’t go our way.”
Golden State missed Curry Splash Brother Klay Thompson for the second straight season, this time as he nurses a torn right Achilles tendon suffered just before training camp that required surgery.
The Warriors fell short of returning to the playoffs for the first time since reaching five straight NBA Finals in 2019 before losing in six games to Toronto.
INDY 500: Hondas dominate speed chart in preview of Indy qualifying
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Dixon put his car back on top of the Indianapolis 500 speed chart Friday.
With much less fanfare, teammate Marcus Ericsson turned some heads by posting the best four-lap average.
Now the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers will strategize how to get their cars, the team has four at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, into the “Fast Nine” qualifying session that determines the pole winner.
Qualifying begins Saturday as the 35-car field is whittled down to 33 until the pole is decided Sunday. The fastest nine drivers on Saturday shoot it out for the pole.
“I think any time a Ganassi car went out today, it improved and it improved in a big way,” said Dixon, the New Zealander who went 233.302 mph and has the first spot in Saturday’s qualifying order.
But under Indy’s unique qualifying format, the six-time IndyCar champ and 2008 race winner will need more than one good lap. He’ll have to string together four strong laps Saturday and four more Sunday.
Dixon might have shown all of his power Friday had he gotten a clean run as track temperatures cooled and speeds ticked up during the final 90 minutes of work Friday.
Ericsson made the most of his opportunity by clocking a 231.949 and edged out Colton Herta, who finished with an average of 231.726.
Mexican driver Pato O’Ward had the top Chevrolet and the third-fastest car at 231.522.
Honda cars continued to dominate on Indy’s oval by claiming seven of the top 10 spots after drivers received the traditional horsepower boost in hot, breezy conditions.
“It’s always interesting on days like this when you have an unfriendly wind in turn two,” 2016 race winner Alexander Rossi after finishing fourth on the four-lap chart. “Turn two is pretty tricky when the conditions deteriorate a little bit. But the Hondas brought some juice this year.”
The biggest surprise was that none of the four cars from the usually strong Team Penske garage finished in the top 10 on either chart.
Things didn’t always go smoothly on the track either.
Dixon complained about a slower car getting in his way during one trial qualifying attempt and O’Ward complained last year’s pole-winner, Marco Andretti, passed him while he was doing a test run.
With 35 cars turning more than 1,100 laps, most in the final couple of hours, some of the traffic should have been expected. Drivers only have two brief practice sessions prior to Saturday’s qualifying and a two-hour window late Sunday still scheduled.
But if Friday was any indication, suddenly warm weather and changing track conditions could turn this weekend into a wild shootout to set up the 33-car starting grid for the May 30 race.
“It’s competitive for sure,” said O’Ward. “Things can change a little bit and since the window of happy, at least with what I’ve been experiencing, is so small, you really have to nail it to put the car in fast nine positions.”
ON THE BUBBLE?
James Hinchcliffe has struggled for speed most of this week but seemed to get some momentum late Friday.
His problems aren’t as big as A.J. Foyt, though.
Three of Foyt’s four drivers — Sebastien Bourdais, Dalton Kellett and Charlie Kimball — have been languishing near the bottom of the speed chart and could get bumped out of the field.
Foyt’s team expanded to four cars for this race and was stretched thin this month when Bourdais was wrecked twice and Kellett once. The crashes required rapid rebuilds of the speedway cars, but the 86-year-old team owner shrugged it off as bad breaks.
The four-time 500 winner said his cars would race if they were fast The team didn’t get any luck in the qualifying draw:
Bourdais drew the 35th and final spot in line while Kimball got No. 34.
“Well, when I was there, you had to beat about 30 or 40 cars, so we’re maybe looking to have to beat (two), and if we cannot beat (two), we need to go on the trailer,” Foyt said. “But I’m quite sure we’re going to make the race. We’ve got some good drivers. We’ve got good crews, and we’re going to be pretty fast. I never went there to run in the back.”
Other candidates who could miss the race include Sage Karam, who had problems Friday, and Marco Andretti, who has complained about his car all week.
Most people expect rookie R.C. Enerson to miss the race — his Top Gun Racing team was a late entrant and Enerson lost practice time when he needed an extra day to complete rookie orientation.
When seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson decided to run the No. 48 Honda on road and street courses, he called Tony Kanaan to drive on ovals.
It’s been a perfect match. As Johnson has been getting acclimated to his new car, Kanaan settled right back in at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kanaan was at the top of the speed chart in Wednesday’s practice and he’s confident he could win next Sunday’s race.
Should Johnson decide to start running ovals, Ganassi would have to figure out a plan.
“I haven’t had any discussion with him about it over the last two, three weeks,” Ganassi said. “It’s up to him. He knows the opportunity is there. I’m not trying to put T.K. out of a job or anything, but he knows the opportunity is there if he wants it.”
Dr. Terry Trammell, a longtime member of IndyCar’s safety team, was named this year’s recipient of the Louis Schwitzer Award on Friday.
Trammell was recognized for biomedical work to help make automobile racing safer. Trammell has helped provide trackside medical care since 1973. In the 1990s, he started collecting data from crashes to help update cars and tracks with technology that could reduce injuries.
The Schwitzer Award recognizes someone who demonstrates the innovative spirt of the pioneering race-car driver, who won the first automobile race at Indianapolis in 1909.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Avs score 3 in 2nd, beat Blues 5-1 to take a 3-0 series lead
ST. LOUIS (AP) Ryan Graves had a goal and two assists, Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche used a three-goal second period to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Friday night and take a 3-0 series lead in their first-round West Division matchup.
Alex Newhook scored his first NHL goal, and Tyson Jost, Brandon Saad and J.T. Compher also scored for the Avalanche, who can complete a series sweep Sunday in Game 4 in St. Louis.
“I think we’re a little opportunistic tonight,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “We had some good opportunities to score some goals, we didn’t execute that well at times and same thing with our breakouts and in the neutral zone.”
Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 21 saves.
Graves broke a scoreless tie at 1:57 of the second period. Graves, who had just gotten out of the penalty box, beat Binnington in a race for a loose puck in left circle and chipped it in the empty net.
“I don’t know how it squeaked out, but it kind of squeaked out in a really good spot for me and fortunately it was the second period, so I had to jump on their guy,” Graves said.
Newhook made it 2-0, burying a rebound off a slap shot by Graves with 7:23 left in the second.
“We knew they’re going to come out hard, obviously down 2-0 back in their building, so it’s just all part of hockey, it’s momentum swings,” Saad said. “We knew they’re going to have that push and I think we did a good job of sticking with it.”
Colorado added to its lead with 3:52 left in the second on a diving swipe of the puck by Jost, finishing off a rush moments after Grubauer got in front of a point-blank chance for Jordan Kyrou.
The Blues unsuccessfully challenged for goaltender interference – giving the Avalanche a power play. But Bozak scored a short-handed goal just nine seconds into the penalty kill to cut the Colorado lead to 3-1.
Blues coach Craig Berube was not pleased with the officiating.
“In every game, we get one or two calls,” Berube said. “It’s usually late in the third period. They’re getting four a game or five, how many did they get tonight? Five? It’s not that lopsided. I’m not sure why we don’t get the calls we deserve. (Colton) Parayko gets tripped in the corner, slew-footed, and they don’t call it, OK? And it cost us a goal.
“It’s terrible! It’s so one-sided, it’s not even funny.”
Grubauer was stellar from the start, making 25 saves in the first two periods and several more in the third period as a desperate Blues team tried to come back.
“You just don’t even notice that he’s been so good in there, he just makes saves so effortless,” Graves said. “So, time and time again, he bails us out when we make mistakes.”
Saad’s second goal of the playoffs with 6:18 left in the third sealed the win for the Avalanche. Compher added an empty-net goal.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Bruins score 3 PPG, beat Capitals 4-1 for 3-1 series lead
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins had to cut short one goal celebration to skate to the defense of a teammate, who was taking some abuse from oft-suspended Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
They didn’t fight back.
They just kept scoring.
After 15 periods of neck-and-neck hockey, the Bruins finally broke one open in their playoff series against Washington on Friday night, getting goals from David Pastrnak and Charlie Coyle 34 seconds apart early in the third period to win 4-1 and send the Capitals to the brink of elimination.
Brad Marchand and Matt Grzelcyk added power-play goals for Boston, which was 3 for 5 with the man advantage.
“We kind of had a mindset of, ‘Hey, let’s make these guys pay,’ in response to the penalties they were taking,” Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy said. “You always want to score … but I think we responded well to the penalties they were taking and ultimately making them pay on the scoreboard.”
Tuukka Rask stopped 19 shots for his 54th playoff victory, breaking the Bruins franchise record that was set by Hall of Famer Gerry Cheevers in 1980. Boston took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series and can advance with a victory in Game 5 in Washington on Sunday.
“It doesn’t really matter who is the hero every night,” said Pastrnak, who netted his first goal of the series and was originally credited for Marchand’s goal. “As long as you win, you feel amazing.”
After three straight overtime games in which neither team managed as much as a two-goal lead, the Bruins made it 2-0 on Pastrnak’s power-play goal 29 seconds into the third. The 25% capacity crowd had barely settled down before Jake DeBrusk’s shot bounced high off the glass behind Ilya Samsonov and landed in the crease for Coyle to poke it into the net.
Behind the play, Wilson put a few extra shots on Nick Ritchie – one of many scuffles in the game. For the second straight game, Rask was the target of a Capitals hit; Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller was sent to the hospital by a high hit from Dmitry Orlov.
“Their guy left his feet, borderline late, and drove right under his chin,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, who added that Miller left the rink for the hospital. “It’s unfortunate for Kevan, but we’ll see how he is.”
Alex Ovechkin made it 3-1 with 15 minutes left in the game when his shot was deflected into the net by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. It was Ovechkin’s first goal of the 2021 playoffs and the 71st of his postseason career, moving him past Steve Yzerman and into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 16th most in NHL history.
But Grzelcyk restored the three-goal lead on Boston’s third power-play goal, with five minutes left.
Samsonov, whose overtime turnover in his playoff debut helped Boston claim Game 3, made 33 saves for Washington. He struggled to hold onto his stick – losing it three times in the second period – and had to skate off a knee injury at one point but remained in the game.
Samsonov was pulled for much of the last three minutes, but the Capitals couldn’t get any closer despite having a 6-on-4 advantage for much of it.
“Just think, we didn’t really bring it today,” forward Lars Eller said. “We were off. Now we’ve got 48 hours to regroup here and I want to see a different team in Game 5 at home. I believe we can do that. I’ve seen it before.”
The Capitals went almost 20 minutes without a shot on goal in the middle of the game and were outshot 37-20 in all. But it was still scoreless until Marchand tipped in Pastrnak’s shot on the power play with 12 minutes left in the second.
“They scored power-play goals tonight,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “Some of the penalties I don’t like, some of them are part of the game. It’s physical out there. At the end of the day, there’s got to be discipline.”
NHL PLAYOFFS: Matt Duchene scores in 2 OT, Predators beat Hurricanes 5-4
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Matt Duchene made his first playoff game in Nashville with the Predators a moment to remember.
He scored his first goal of the series at 14:54 of the second overtime and the Predators beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
“It was just amazing to play here at home,” Duchene said. “I was really disappointed last year when we went to the bubble and we didn’t have games here, so best fans in the NHL. It’s just incredible to play here, and yeah we needed that. It feels good.”
Now the Predators, 0-5 after trailing 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, will try to tie it Sunday in Game 4.
“It was another step in the right direction,” Predators forward Filip Forsberg said.
Duchene scored his first goal of the series in the longest game yet of this postseason and the third-longest in Predators’ history. Roman Josi flipped the puck to Duchene, who skated up the slot and flipped the puck over Alex Nedeljkovic for the victory.
Nashville is 4-3 in games going two or more overtimes.
Ryan Ellis had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Mikael Granlund also scored for Nashville. Juuse Saros had his first career assist and tied the franchise record with 52 saves for only his second postseason victory.
Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists for Carolina, and Jordan Staal, Vincent Trocheck and Brett Pesce also scored.
Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour made clear he wasn’t happy his Hurricanes were called for seven penalties for a second straight game. It could’ve been eight, but officials didn’t call them for delay of game when the puck went over the glass in the first overtime. Nashville finished with three penalties.
“We’re also fighting refs, that’s plain and simple,” Brind’Amour said.
He also didn’t like the hooking penalty on Max LaJoie in the second overtime at 11:40, saying it flipped the momentum. Nashville’s Eeli Tolvanen hit the post 38 seconds into that power play.
“They scored the next shift after because we were out of rotation,” Brind’Amour said. “That’s not how it should go. I didn’t tell them that, but I’m proud of my group because they just battled.”
Asked about Brind’Amour’s comments, Nashville coach John Hynes said, “I’m just focused on our team.”
Johansen put Nashville up 4-3 at 5:01 of the third, redirecting a shot by Ellis. But Pesce tied it with 3:21 left in regulation with a snap shot near the high slot.
Nashville had its biggest crowd in well over a year with capacity expanded to 12,135 for the playoffs, a move quickly followed by Carolina easing its restrictions for Game 1. Keith Urban sang the national anthem, and he and wife/actor Nicole Kidman were on the band stage during the first intermission.
Ellis’ wrister from the right boards through traffic put the Predators up 1-0 at 4:35 of the first period. It was Ellis’ first of this series but the seventh of his career, trailing only Shea Weber (13) and current captain Josi (10) for most among Predators defensemen.
Aho tied it up with his third goal of the series at 15:44. Aho shot the puck, which went off Josi’s backside and off Saros’ glove in the kind of luck the Preds didn’t need to go against them.
The Predators went up 2-1 when Mattias Ekholm flipped the puck that Forsberg tracked down in the left circle before beating Alex Nedeljkovic with a backhander with 24.5 seconds left in the first.
Staal tied it at 3:31 with his third goal this series on a breakaway, beating Saros with a wrister. Trocheck gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the game 13 seconds into their second power play of the second period with a wrister from a tough angle, squeezing the puck between the post and Saros at 12:46 for a 3-2 lead.
NHL PLAYOFFS: Stastny scores in OT, Jets beat Oilers 1-0 for 2-0 lead
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Paul Stastny scored at 4:06 of overtime to give the Winnipeg Jets a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.
Stastny’s screened wrist shot beat goaltender Mike Smith high to the right corner.
“I figured I’d try to use the D as a screen and just put the puck on net,” Stastny said. “I feel like in overtime, whether you’re trying to score or whether you’re trying to generate offense, sometimes that’s the easiest way to do it.
“The puck had eyes and, fortunately, it went in.”
Connor Hellebuyck made 38 saves for Winnipeg and has stopped 70 of 71 shots over the first two games.
“He’s the reason we have a chance,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “He’s the reason we are a playoff team and the reason we have confidence every time we go out there. You just can’t say enough about having a guy who you believe is going to stop every shot.”
Smith made 35 saves for Edmonton, which finished second in the North Division – ahead of third-place Winnipeg – and took the season series 7-2.
Winnipeg won the opener 4-1 on Wednesday night. The series shifts to Winnipeg for games Sunday and Monday nights.
“We dug ourselves a bit of a hole,” Oilers captain Connor McDavid said. “Both games could have gone either way. It’s not the position we want to be in. We’ve been a good road team all year long and had success in that building as well and we’ve been good on back-to-backs.”
McDavid and teammate Leon Draisaitl – the NHL’s top two scorers – have been held off the scoresheet in the first two game.
“Our desperation has to get up,” McDavid said. “We’ve got to be hungry around the net. Some loose pucks laying around there that are waiting to be put in the net, we’ve got to send them on their way. Maybe a little hesitation in certain spots.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Winker hits 3 solo home runs as Reds beat Brewers
CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds needed a lift after being swept in four games by the Giants, and Jesse Winker gave them that and more.
Winker hit three solo home runs while going 4 for 4, leading the Reds over the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Friday night.
“I’m really at a loss for words,” Winker said. “I’m really not paying attention to statistics. Just having fun playing baseball.”
Tyler Naquin added a three-run homer as the Reds bounced back from a 19-4 drubbing by San Francisco on Thursday.
Naquin got things started with his 10th homer, a drive in the first inning off Adrian Houser (3-5).
“It was a great game after the Giants series,” Reds manager David Bell said. “Naquin’s home run set the tone.”
Winker connected for leadoff homers in the third and fifth off Houser. He hit his 11th homer of the season in the eighth, another leadoff drive against Josh Lindblom.
It was Winker’s first three-homer game. He has four multihomer games in his career, two this year.
“Winker is locked in,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s having a great season. He’s dangerous right now.”
This was the first three-homer game for a Reds batter since Eugenio Suarez on Sept. 5, 2020 at Pittsburgh. Winker is the 31st different player in Cincinnati history to homer three or more times in game, a feat that’s been accomplished 39 times overall by Reds players.
“He always had a reputation as a (good) hitter but he wants to be great,” Bell said. “To watch him mature right in front of you. It is really fun to watch.”
Winker took a curtain call after his third homer. As he took his spot in left field in the ninth, the fans gave him a standing ovation with chants of “MVP, MVP.”
“The fans were really, really cool,” Winker said. “It was like you dream it as a kid. It was very special. It is a night I will remember the rest of my life.”
Winker also singled, walked and scored four times, and is now hitting .356.
Reds starter Jeff Hoffman (3-3) battled through five innings, working around four walks and a bases-loaded jam in the second but allowed just one run and two hits.
Lorenzo Cain doubled and singled for Milwaukee and had a sensational diving catch in center to rob Tyler Stephenson of an extra-base hit in the seventh.
“You try not to back yourself into a corner and stick with your strengths,” Houser said, of his approach facing Winker. “He got the best of me tonight.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Pederson, Happ, lead Hendricks, Cubs over Cardinals 12-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) Joc Pederson homered on the first pitch of the game, Ian Happ got two hits during an eight-run burst in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3 Friday night.
Pederson led off with a home run for the 22nd time in his career.
“He’s been a real sparkplug since he’s been back and manning the leadoff spot,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “His at-bats have been quality. He’s a professional hitter. That was a big swing to get us started and really fire up the dugout.”
Kyle Hendricks (4-4) pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Cubs won in the first of 19 games between the NL Central rivals this season.
A crowd of 24,282, the largest this year at Busch Stadium, saw the division-leading Cardinals end their five-game home winning streak.
Nico Hoerner had two hits and scored three times for Chicago. Pederson, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote each drove in two runs.
“I was able to look for something over the plate and I was able to put it on the barrel,” Pederson said.
Hendricks (4-4) allowed one earned run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.
“It feel really good being about to trust my stuff again,” said Hendricks, who got off to a slow start this season. “I appreciate everybody sticking with me. I want to be the guy my team can rely on. I want them to know what they’re going to get when I take the ball out there. Today was another step in the right direction. I made a lot of good pitches.”
Reliever Ryan Helsley (3-2) took the loss.
Hendricks gave way to Tommy Nance with two on and two outs after a fielding error by Rizzo at first base, and an RBI single by Dylan Carlson pulled the Cardinals within 4-3.
“I think we need Kyle historically who he’s been for us to win baseball games,” Ross said. “I think we trust that. Sometimes, I think guys with the track records don’t always get off to the best starts. I thought he threw the ball really well. We need that version of him throughout the season.”
The Cubs combined six hits and three walks to break away in the eighth. Happ, who had three hits, started the inning with a single and later added a double. Bote capped it with a two-run single.
“Listen, it was a 4-3 game going into the eighth,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “It didn’t work out. It was a rough inning. “
Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez pitched six innings, giving up two runs and hitting three batters. He was activated from the 10-day injured list earlier Friday after missing eight games with a sprained right ankle.
“I never lose my focus,” Martinez said. “I felt great today.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Tired Twins shrug off travel, blast Indians 10-0
CLEVELAND (AP) The Twins weren’t too tired to run around the bases.
Max Kepler and rookie Alex Kirilloff drove in two runs apiece in Minnesota’s nine-run fourth inning and the Twins shook off a couple long days of cross-country travel by pounding the Cleveland Indians 10-0 on Friday night.
After flying from Minnesota to California and playing a doubleheader on Thursday, the Twins took a red-eye flight and didn’t arrive in Cleveland until 4:30 a.m. Friday. But they didn’t show any signs of fatigue and looked wide awake in winning the series opener.
“I guess they got a good day’s sleep,” cracked starter Randy Dobnak, who flew in a day earlier than his teammates. “I didn’t notice anybody being super tired.”
Dobnak (1-3) was the beneficiary of the Twins’ biggest inning this season and won his first start after being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul. The right-hander began the season in Minnesota’s bullpen before being demoted on May 3.
Dobnak, who worked as an Uber driver before making it to the big leagues in 2019, allowed just three hits in six innings.
Rob Refsnyder homered for Minnesota’s first run – and then the Twins poured it on in the fourth.
Triston McKenzie (1-3) helped the weary Twins with four walks in the inning before he was mercifully pulled by Indians manager Terry Francona. Reliever Phil Maton, however, wasn’t much better as Kepler hit a two-run double and Kirilloff, who came off the injured list earlier in the day, singled home a pair as Minnesota opened a 10-run lead.
The Indians also committed their first error since May 12 – a span of nine games – to aid the Twins in the fourth.
The night began on an ominous note for the Twins, who have been dealing with injuries all season. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz was scratched with a bruised wrist, forcing manager Rocco Baldelli to rearrange his starting lineup.
The one he came up with worked out just fine.
“It was just the kind of effort you’re always looking to have and these types of games never get old,” Baldelli said. “This was a tough day. This is not an easy set of travel circumstances, lack of sleep right in the middle of a long stretch of games and the guys came out with a good plan and they were bombing tonight.
“The boys put some good swings on the ball.”
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Cabrara’s slam, solo homer lead Tigers over Royals 7-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo (AP) Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer and a grand slam, doubling his season total to four home runs and leading Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 7-5 Friday night for the Tigers’ eighth win in 11 games.
The 38-year-old homered in the second off Mike Minor for the game’s first run, then overcame a 5-3 deficit in the seventh against Greg Holland with his sixth slam, the 491st home run of his big league career.
“We try to make the moves that are going to that are going to give us the best shot,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Sometimes they are going to work and sometimes there are not. He gets into a full count and he’s a good hitter that is starting to put some things together, and he made us pay.”
Cabrera, hampered by a left biceps strain earlier this season, raised his average from .198 to .204 with his 42nd multihomer game. With 2,887 hits, he moved into 41st place.
JaCoby Jones and Jake Rogers started the seventh with singles off Minor, and Tyler Zuber (0-1) relieved.
“I love our guys’ approach right now,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think we showed a little fight coming back a couple of different times after they scored. That is a good sign for us.”
Robbie Grossman singled to load the bases and with Jonathan Schoop at the plate, Jones was thrown out at home after a 2-2 fastball in the dirt got past Salvador Perez and bounced just behind the home plate circle. The catcher made an underhand toss to Zuber, and the pitcher had an easy tag on Jones, who did not slide.
Schoop worked out an eight-pitch walk, Jeimer Candelario took a called third strike, and Holland relieved. Cabrera drove the full-count hanging slider just over the wall in left-center, in front of the fountain area.
“I made the count 3-2 and he gave me a good pitch to hit and came through with a home run,” Cabrera said.
Jose Urena (2-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Bryan Garcia, Jose Cisnero and Michael Fulmer combined for three hitless innings of relief, with Fulmer getting three straight outs for his fourth save in four chances as the Tigers matched their longest winning streak this year at four games.
Minor gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Carlos Santana’s two-run single put the Royals ahead in the second, but the Tigers built a 3-2 lead on RBI singles by Nico Goodrum and Wilson Ramos in the fourth.
Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI single tied it 3-3 in the sixth, and Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer in the bottom half.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Brewers trade 2 relievers, acquire SS Adames from Rays
MILWAUKEE (AP) The slumping Brewers moved to shore up their infield defense by acquiring shortstop Willy Adames from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.
Milwaukee also got pitcher Trevor Richards from the Rays for relievers J.P Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen.
Adames is hitting .197 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 41 games this year but had an .813 OPS last season while helping Tampa Bay reach the World Series. The 28-year-old Richards has a 4.50 ERA and one save in six relief appearances.
“We’re acquiring a shortstop who has proven he’s one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said.
The trade surprised Adames, who already had arrived at TD Ballpark for the Rays’ game with the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida, when he learned about the move. Adames said he’d “been crying the whole afternoon.”
“To get that news out of nowhere, it was tough,” Adames said. “It’s business. You’ve got to see every side of the situation and every view and just take the positive, and just bring the joy with everything we’ve done here. Just continue to have those memories and take it with me.”
The Rays plan to call up Taylor Walls and give him much of the playing time at shortstop, though Joey Wendle will play there on occasion. Tampa Bay also has top prospect Wander Franco and Vidal Brujan at Triple-A Durham.
“You’re talking about as good a defensive shortstop as you’re going to find,” Rays general manager Erik Neander said. “You’re talking about a switch-hitter that can put ball in the play, do a lot of things to help you win tight games.”
Adames said he figured he might get traded eventually because the Rays had Walls and Franco in the organization. He just didn’t think a deal would happen this soon.
“That’s what I was telling the guys,” Adames said. “I said, `It was so surprising because it’s too early.’ I was not even thinking this year, maybe next year. You kind of knew that’s how they work, that’s how the organization works. But to get this news so early, it was tough.”
Neander said Feyereisen will fill an immediate role in Tampa Bay’s bullpen while Rasmussen will get sent to Durham.
The 28-year-old Feyereisen is 0-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 21 this season, though he has allowed six runs over 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances. Rasmussen, 25, is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA and one save in 15 games.
“Their arms we believe have end-of-game potential,” Neander said.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Mets slugger Alonso goes on 10-day IL with sprained hand
MIAMI (AP) New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Wednesday because of a sprained right hand that has bothered him for more than two weeks.
Alonso has been nursing the injury since he was hit by a pitch.
“I want to nip this in the bud,” he said. “This is something where I feel like if I address this now, I’m going to be completely healthy the rest of the season. If we want to win the war, I’ve got to get right.”
The move was made before the start of the Mets’ weekend series at Miami. Alonso said he hopes he can return as soon as he is eligible to come off the IL.
The 2019 NL home run champion is batting .236 with six homers and 19 RBIs. He is 5 for 40 since May 5.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: Yankees CF Hicks to have surgery, out several months
NEW YORK (AP) Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks will have surgery for a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
Hicks will be out for months, New York manager Aaron Boone acknowledged Friday, but the team won’t be sure if the switch hitter has a chance to return this year until after the operation.
The 31-year-old Hicks is batting .194 with four homers, 14 RBIs and a .627 OPS in 32 games. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, retroactive to May 13, and the club initially tried to treat the injury with medicine – knowing if that wasn’t effective, Hicks likely would need surgery.
“I don’t think he’s in a lot of pain, but he feels it,” Boone said. “It doesn’t allow him to swing the bat the way he needs to.”
Brett Gardner was set to start in center field Friday night as the Yankees opened a home series against the Chicago White Sox, who arrived in town with the best record in the American League.
Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is also on the IL with a left quadriceps strain, and Boone said he’d rather keep Aaron Judge in right field.
Center fielder Ryan LaMarre was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Hicks went down, but subsequently hurt his hamstring and landed on the injured list. Touted prospect Estevan Florial, who made his major league debut last year, could be a long-term option in center.
“We’ll just have to figure it out on the fly a little bit,” Boone said.
Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier (neck) was feeling better after missing three straight games and told the staff he was good to go. Frazier was scheduled to meet with team physicians before Friday night’s game and there was a chance he could play, Boone said.
Pitching coach Matt Blake and first base coach Reggie Willits returned to the team. They had been away after testing positive for COVID-19.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: 14 MLB teams reach 85% vaccinated, relax COVID protocols
NEW YORK (AP) — Two more Major League Baseball teams have been able to relax coronavirus protocols after 85% of their players and other on-field personnel completed vaccination, raising the total to 14 of the 30 clubs.
The commissioner’s office and the players’ association said Friday that two additional teams had reached the 85% level of having received final doses and would be able to relax protocols within the next week once they are fully vaccinated. The teams were not identified.
Relaxed protocols include dropping the requirements for facemasks in dugouts and bullpens, and loosening restrictions on mobility during road trips.
In addition, the Dodgers said Dodger Stadium will return to full capacity on June 15. The announcement means at least one-third of the 30 teams will be at full capacity by the All-Star break.
MLB said 84.4% of all Tier 1 individuals such as players, managers, coaches, trainers and support personnel had been partially or fully vaccinated, up 0.5% from the previous week, and 78.8% had been fully vaccinated, up 1.2% from the previous week.
Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer and New York Mets President Sandy Alderson are among the executives who have expressed frustration in recent weeks at the pace of vaccinations for their teams.
There were five new positive results among 10,306 monitoring tests in the past week — two players and three staff — a 0.05% positive rate.
Thus far this season, there have been 59 positive tests — 32 players and 27 staff — among 166,584 samples tested, a 0.035% positive rate. The positive tests are among 22 teams.
Only Texas among the 30 major league teams began this season at 100% after fans weren’t permitted last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Atlanta went to full capacity on May 7.
Others making the move to full capacity in-season are Arizona (May 25), Boston (May 29), Baltimore (June 1), Cincinnati (June 2). Washington (June 11), Philadelphia (June 12), St. Louis (June 14), Milwaukee (June 25) and Minnesota (July 5).
In addition, the New York Yankees and Mets were allowed by New York State to go to 100% capacity starting this weekend, but only for sections with vaccinated fans.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Contract extension for UConn’s Auriemma worth $15M
STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn has extended women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s contract through 2025 in a deal worth $15 million, school officials announced Friday.
Athletic director David Benedict said the five-year extension is retroactive to April 2020 and includes an annual base salary of $600,000. The Hall of Famer will get $2.2 million for speaking, consulting and media obligations in the first year, an amount that will increase $100,000 annually under the contract. It also includes bonuses based on postseason wins.
“Geno Auriemma has meant so much to the University of Connecticut, and to our entire state, for the last 36 years,” Benedict said in a statement. “The program that Geno has built is the gold standard in college athletics and I’m thrilled that he will continue to lead it for the foreseeable future.”
Auriemma, 67, who has led UConn to a record 11 women’s national championships, guided the Huskies to their 13th consecutive Final Four this past season, when they lost to Arizona in the semifinal.
“UConn has been great to me for the last 36 years and I look forward to being here for at least a few more years. I think the future for our program, and UConn Athletics, is exciting,” he said.
Auriemma’s last five-year contract was worth $13 million.
WOMEN’S TENNIS: Simona Halep withdraws from French Open with calf injury
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Third-ranked Simona Halep withdrew from the French Open on Friday because of a calf injury.
The 29-year-old Romanian, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2018, tore a muscle in her left calf at the Italian Open and said it needs more time to heal. The French Open begins May 30.
“Withdrawing from a Grand Slam goes against all my instincts and aspirations as an athlete, but it is the right and only decision to make,” Halep said.
Halep is a three-time finalist at the French Open. She beat Sloane Stephens in the 2018 final in Paris for her first major singles title.
“The thought of not being in Paris fills me with sadness, but I will focus my energy on recovery, staying positive and getting back on court as soon as it is safe to do so,” she said.
Halep is the defending champion at Wimbledon, winning the title in 2019. Last year’s tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s Wimbledon tournament is scheduled to start on June 28.
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball stopped by Transylvania in HCAC tourney
SCORES: Transylvania 12, Earlham 4
LOCATION: Lexington, Kentucky – Kentucky Proud Park
RECORDS: Earlham 24-19 / Transylvania 30-10
LEXINGTON, Kentucky – The Earlham College bats were unable to solve the Transylvania University pitching in 12-4 loss to the Pioneers on Friday afternoon at Kentucky Proud Park, in a winners’ bracket game of the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
Earlham (24-19) will play an elimination game on Saturday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. against the winner of Friday night’s elimination game between Anderson University and Bluffton University.
After yielding three runs to the Pioneers in the top of the first inning, the Quakers rallied with a pair of runs. Danny Dopp laced a one-out double down the first base line, as the Earlham career hits leaders became the first Earlham player to reach the 200 career hits mark. Dopp crossed on Austin Hatfield’s double to left-center, and two batters later Hatfield came home on Maxwell Fries’ double down the third base line to cut the Transy lead to 3-2.
After a scoreless second inning, the Pioneers had a four-run uprising in the third inning keyed by Walter Munday’s three-run double into left-center field.
The Quakers threatened to answer once more in the third with runners aboard on back-to-back two-out hits by Hatfield and Brian Pincura, but a fly out to left ended the Earlham threat.
From there, Earlham was held hitless over the next four innings while Transylvania tacked on two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The Quakers finally broke the Pioneer hex in the eighth with two runs on three hits, including an RBI single by Marc Gendreau.
The Quakers finished the day with nine hits, led by Hatfield and Pincura with two each.
Offensively, Transylvania finished with 19 hits with four players charting three hits each. Munday and Riley Willbur each had three RBI for the Pioneers.
Earlham starter Nick Carrizales took the loss; he allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits over three-and-a-third innings of work with two strikeouts. Dillon Fischer came on the fourth and Chance Strickley pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Quakers.
Collin Johnson earned the win for the Pioneers after scattering five Quaker hits and allowing two earned runs over five innings on the mound.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Falls to Nebraska, 8-5
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University baseball team fell to Nebraska, 8-5, on Friday night at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
With the setback, the Hoosiers fall to 24-14 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Cornhuskers improve to 26-11 on the year and in league action.
• After Nebraska jumped out to an early, 4-0 lead in the top of the second innings, Indiana responded in the bottom of the frame with three runs of their own.
• OF Grant Richardson started the scoring with a solo home run over the fence in left-center field. Four batters later, INF James Espalin plated a run with an RBI single up the middle.
• INF Jeremy Houston followed, plating Espalin with a run-scoring single to right field to make the score 4-3 after two innings.
• The Cornhuskers responded, however, scoring two runs in the third and another in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Houston cut the advantage to 7-4 with an RBI single through the left side.
• IU chipped away again in the bottom of the seventh inning on a run-scoring triple to left field from Richardson. The three-bagger was his second of the season, making the Nebraska lead 7-5.
• Nebraska added a run in the top of the ninth to push the lead to 8-5. In the bottom of the inning, IU was unable to start a rally, falling to the Huskers.
• Houston’s three hits on the night were a career-high.
• Out of the bullpen, RHP Grant Macciocchi was excellent for the Hoosiers, tossing a career-high four innings, allowing no runs with a career-best six strikeouts.
• INF Paul Toetz extended his reached-base streak to 21 games with a single in the bottom of the third inning.
• The Indiana Hoosiers will face the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, May 22 at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind. The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. ET first pitch and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: Hoosiers Add Transfer Michael Durr To Men’s Basketball Program
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that Michael Durr, a 7-0 center who played his first three seasons at South Florida, will transfer and join the program beginning next season. He will have two years of eligibility.
“Michael will add a tremendous physical presence to our team, noted Woodson. “He’s a veteran player who has started more than 80 games at the Division I level. I think he has shown he is an excellent rebounder, his free throw shooting is markedly improved and he can help us offensively and defensively down low. He’s a true center who will make us better. “
He is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Victory Rock Prep School. At Oldsmar Christian School he averaged 12.4 points, 9,6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a junior. He was a part of a team that won the Sunshine Independent Athletic Association state title. He also played for the Atlanta Xpress AAU team.
For his career in three seasons, he averaged 6.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots. He started 85 of the 87 games he played in for the Bulls.
He was born on Dec. 26, 1998 in Atlanta, Ga. and is the son of Jessica Durr.
At South Florida
2020-21: Started all 19 games and averaged a career-best 8.8 points and 7.9 rebounds… finished fourth in the AAC in rebounding, eighth in free throw percentage (79.0) and in blocked shots (0.9)… had a career-high 18 points at Wichita State…also posted career-bests in triples (2) and field goals made (6)… scored in double figures. Nine times and had three double-doubles… finished his season with 13 points and 13 boards with two blocks in the AAC Tournament… had 11 points and 11 caroms with two blocks in the first round of that tournament against Temple… posted 14 points and 7 rebounds against Houston… contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds at Cincinnati… notched 14 points and 9 rebounds against Florida Gulf Coast.
2019-20: Started in 29 of the 30 games in which he appeared and averaged 6.7 points…ranked first on the team and 15th in The American in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game…was first on the team and ninth in The American with 2.3 offensive rebounds per game…ranked 14th in the conference with 0.8 blocked shots per game…registered a career-best four blocked shots against New Mexico State …scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Nebraska …finished with 11 rebounds in a victory over Furman …scored a career-high 15 points and added seven rebounds and one block against Florida State …had 12 points and nine rebounds in a victory against UConn …finished with 11 points and five rebounds at UCF (Jan. 18)…scored 10 points and added four rebounds at UConn …scored a career-high 15 points to go along with eight rebounds in an overtime victory against East Carolina …had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a road win at Temple …scored 13 points and had eight rebounds against Cincinnati.
2018-19: Started in 37 of the 38 games in which he appeared…averaged 5.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game…ranked second on the team and 13th in The American in rebounds per game…ranked seventh in The American in blocks per game…recorded the second-most rebounds (235) in a single season by a freshman in school history…had the sixth-most single-season rebounds by a freshman in AAC history…scored a career-high 13 points to go along with four rebounds in a win over Stony Brook in the opening round of the CBI …pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds in a victory over ECU …had 11 rebounds in his second game with the team in a win over Austin Peay …scored 10 points with four rebounds in a win over Ohio …finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks at Cincinnati …scored 11 points against UConn in the opening round of the AAC Tournament …had 11 rebounds in a win over Florida A&M …recorded 10 rebounds, nine points and two blocks in a win at ECU …grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with eight points and two blocks against Temple …finished with 10 rebounds in consecutive games at UConn (March 3) and at Tulane…had 11 rebounds against DePaul in game two of the championship series (April 3).
PURDUE BASEBALL: Simington’s Slam, 4-Hit Game Power Purdue to Victory
MINNEAPOLIS – A grand slam for the second night in a row, this time as part of a four-hit game for Miles Simington, powered Purdue baseball to another victory at Minnesota, winning 12-5 Friday.
Simington hit his second slam as a Boilermaker – and the fourth of the season for Purdue (13-24) – as part of a seven-run third inning, matching the team’s biggest rally of the year.
Simington also doubled twice as part of his first four-hit game as a Boilermaker. Needing a triple for the cycle, he doubled into the right field corner in the eighth inning, but opted to pull up at second base as he was getting the stop sign from third base coach Greg Goff.
It was Purdue’s second four-hit game of the series after Ryan Howe was 4-for-4 with a walk Thursday. Howe singled and walked three times Friday. He’s been on base in nine of his first 10 plate appearances in the series.
GRAND SLAM NOTABLES
• With Jake Parr hitting Thursday’s grand slam, the Boilermakers have hit a slam in consecutive games for the first time since Kyle Johnson and Kyle Wood did in it March 2016.
• Miles Simington became the first Boilermaker since Johnson with multiple grand slams. Johnson hit both of his in March 2016. Drew Madia (3 from 2009-10) was the last player to hit a slam in consecutive seasons as Simington has now done.
• Purdue’s four grand slams this season are its most since also hitting four in 2008.
• Simington’s slam Friday was an opposite-field blast to left field. Each of the Boilermakers’ first three of the year had been to the pull-side of the field by the hitter.
Simington registered his fourth two-double game of the season and became the first Boilermaker since Zac Fasica in May 2019 to record three extra-base hits in a game. Fascia also homered and doubled twice as part of a four-hit effort in a win vs. Xavier.
Ben Nisle reached base safely twice in Purdue’s seven-run third inning, igniting the rally with a leadoff single and drawing a walk in his second trip to the dish. Nisle later delivered an RBI double for the second night in a row. He has an RBI in four straight games and a hit in nine consecutive contests. Nisle’s double was his ninth extra-base hit during his hit streak and team-leading 22nd of the year in 37 games.
Ricky Castro worked 3 1/3 innings of one-run relief, excelling as the first man out of the bullpen for the second Friday in a row. He struck out three while surrendering just two hits. Mason Gavre snared a line drive via a nice leaping grab at first base to help freshman lefty Joseph Whitman record the final out of the game.
Trent Johnson (3-5) posted a pair of zeros after Purdue registered its seven-run inning to go up 10-2, navigating the extended break while the Boilermakers sent 11 men to the plate. Purdue’s all-time leader in strikeouts per nine innings recorded just one K through 5 1/3 innings Friday, his fewest in any start since 2018. The senior started an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play in the bottom of the second when he speared a comebacker.
Minnesota (4-28) scored all five of its runs on homers, three of which were of the solo variety.
Mike Bolton Jr. opened the game with a base hit and scored before Nisle came to the plate as the third batter of the night. Bolton stole second base to remain perfect on the season at 15-for-15, took third on a balk and trotted home on Skyler Hunter’s RBI single. Bolton also doubled over the center fielder’s head to knock in Purdue’s fifth run of the seven-run third inning. The Boilermakers’ leadoff man has reached base safely at least twice in 12 of his last 14 starts and leads the team with a .458 on-base percentage.
The four-game series continues Saturday with 3 p.m. ET.
BUTLER BASEBALL: Late Surge Pushes @Butler Baseball Past Georgetown 13-7
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Butler scored 12 runs over the final three innings of the game to comeback and defeat the Georgetown Hoyas by the final score of 13-7. Three home runs helped lead the charge late for BU and the ‘Dawgs would plate seven of their 13 total runs in the ninth to secure their 13th win of the season.
Kollyn All, Dan Harwood and James Gargano would all hit home runs for Butler, helping the ‘Dawgs come out on top. All entered the game as a pinch-hitter and supplied a three-run home run in the eighth to give BU a 6-4 lead.
The Hoyas knotted the score at 6-6 by scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the BU bats would allow the Bulldogs to win on the road. Dan Harwood homered to right center to break up the tie and Gargano would tag on three more runs with his shot over the wall in left.
Gargano ended the day 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Brody McGrath scored two runs and recorded two RBI on the day. Fellow middle infielder Jonah Wichman also provided a punch for BU with two hits, three RBI and a run scored.
Nick Eaton took the mound for BU and tossed the first 6.1 innings of action. He struck out six while allowing seven total hits. Only two of the four runs to come around vs. Eaton were scored as earned. Greg Gilbert got two outs on the bump for BU, but the win would go to Derek Drees (1-0). Drees struck out two over his two frames.
McCarthy was the starter for the Hoyas. He tossed six innings and left the mound without a decision. The loss fell to Redfern (0-4).
Butler will end the 2021 regular season tomorrow with a 1 PM contest vs. Georgetown.
NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: ND BASEBALL: No. 3 Irish Shut Out Hokies 4-0 to Clinch Series
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The third-ranked Notre Dame baseball team put together another impressive pitching performance in the 4-0 win over Virginia Tech Friday night at Atlantic Union Bank Park. The Irish tallied their fourth shutout of the season and clinched their 10th ACC series win of the year.
Aidan Tyrell got the Irish (28-10, 24-10 ACC) rolling on the mound with the first 5.2 innings of the game. He allowed just two hits and three base runners as he was one out short of tying his career high for innings pitched. Tanner Kohlhepp came on in relief and got the Irish out of jams in the seventh and eighth to keep the Hokies (27-22, 16-19 ACC) scoreless. In the ninth, Jack Brannigan took the mound with two runners on and proceeded to strikeout the next three batters to pick up his third save of the season.
At the plate, Ryan Cole put the Irish in front with a two-run home run in the third inning. The Irish added a run in the sixth and one in the ninth which was more than enough of a cushion for the pitching staff. With the series win, the Irish finish the regular season undefeated in road ACC series.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish jumped out in front for the second-straight game in the series and it was the long ball that got them ahead this time. With two outs and a runner on first in the third inning, Cole turned on a fastball and it cleared the wall in left for the two-run homer. It was his fifth home run of the season and Notre Dame took an early 2-0 lead.
Tyrell started strong out of the gate and really frustrated the Hokies at the plate. Through the first five innings Tyrell allowed just two hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. He set the Hokies down in order in three of the first five innings.
Notre Dame added a run in the sixth and the inning got going after a leadoff double by Spencer Myers. After making his way to third on a balk, he scored on the sacrifice fly to center by Niko Kavadas. Tyrell and Kohlhepp combined to finish the bottom half of the inning and the Irish led 3-0 after six full frames.
The Hokies looked to get something going in the seventh with the first two runners reaching base. Kohlhepp was able to force a liner right at Zack Prajzner who flipped it over to Jared Miller for the double play and the first two outs of the inning. Then Kohlhepp struck out Nick Biddison to end the inning and end the threat with the Irish still ahead 3-0.
Virginia Tech was threatening once again in the eighth inning as they got their first two runners on base to start the inning. Kohlhepp stayed composed on the mound and induced three straight fly-outs to end the inning and keep the Hokies off the scoreboard.
The Irish added a run in the ninth on the ground rule double by Miller. The Hokies left field lost the ball in the lights and after bouncing into the stands, Kavadas came home to score to increase the lead to 4-0.
In the ninth, the Hokies got two runners on again to begin the inning and Brannigan moved from third to the mound. He punched out the final three batters of the game to preserve the shutout and clinch the series for the Irish.
The Irish will close out the regular season Saturday afternoon against the Hokies for the series finale. Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra. Following the game, Notre Dame will travel south to Charlotte for the 2021 ACC Baseball Championship.
NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: IRISH TOP MIAMI IN REGIONAL OPENER OFF HANKS HOMER
LEXINGTON, Kty. — Notre Dame (32-13) opened the NCAA Regional weekend with a 3-2 win over Miami – OH Friday, as senior Alexis Holloway (14-7) earned the win, and sophomore Leea Hanks hit a three-run homer to put all of Notre Dame’s points on the board.
The victory marks Notre Dame’s 37th win in the NCAA Tournament in program history. The Irish will face No. 1 regional seed Kentucky in the opening game on Saturday (Noon ET).
Holloway pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two hits and no runs, striking out two. Junior Payton Tidd started in the circle for the Irish, pitching 3.2 innings and striking out one.
Hanks made the difference for Notre Dame at the plate, delivering her fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning to account for all of Notre Dame’s runs on the day, extending her hit streak to 10 games. Senior Sarah Genz also made her mark at the plate, totaling two hits on the day. Junior Emma Clark also added a hit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Both sides went three up, three down in the first, and each team added a single in the second, but were kept off the board. Another three up, three down outing met each squad in the third.
In the top of the fourth, Miami led off with a single, followed by a walk. A miscommunication in the infield led to three runners on base with no outs. A fielder’s choice ball delivered the first out, but a sac fly scored Miami’s first run. A subsequent single brought in another run, and Holloway entered the circle for Notre Dame in relief of Tidd. A flyout ended the top of the inning with a Miami 2-0 lead.
The Irish responded in the bottom of the fourth, as junior Emma Clark led off with a single, and graduate student Katie Marino walked, pushing Clark to second. After a foulout, both Marino and Clark stole to reach second and third. Hanks stepped up to the plate and sent a long shot for a three-run homer, earning a 3-2 lead for the Irish. Senior Sarah Genz doubled, but Miami took care of the remaining two outs to head to the fifth.
Even with a walk, the Irish kept Miami off the board in the fifth, and in the bottom half, senior Abby Sweet was hit by her 19th pitch of the season, but the Irish were unable to add to the lead. Both teams were kept from scoring in the sixth.
In the seventh, Hanks took care of the first fly ball, and Holloway struck out the second batter. After a single, Marino fielded a ground ball to Genz at first to secure the 3-2 win.
The Irish will face No. 1 (14 overall) Kentucky on Saturday at Noon ET.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S LACROSSE: NCAA QUARTERFINAL PREVIEW: #3 MARYLAND
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Fighting Irish earned their 10th trip to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals to set up a highly anticipated showdown against undefeated No. 3 seed Maryland at Arlotta Stadium at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 23. The game will air on ESPNU.
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Arlotta Stadium
Schedule: May 23 — 2:30 PM ET
Live Stream: ESPNU
Live Stats: NCAA.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
• Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field in each of the last 15 seasons.
• Notre Dame has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in the 10 of the last 11 campaigns.
• Notre Dame is 16-10 over the last 11 NCAA Championships.
• Notre Dame owns a 21-24 record in its 25 trips to the NCAA Championships.
• The Irish are 9-2 in games played at Arlotta Stadium in NCAA Championships play.
• This is the 13th time overall and 12th time in the last 13 seasons that the Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship.
• Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Championship final weekend in 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and played in the title game in 2010 and 2014.
THE MARYLAND SERIES
• Sunday will be the 14th meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Maryland. The Irish trail the Terrapins 6-7 in the matchup.
• This will be the fifth meeting between the two powerhouses in NCAA tourney play, with the current record at 2-2. The Irish won the two most recent NCAA matchups, winning 7-5 in 2010 (QF) and 11-6 in 2014 (SF).
• The Irish suffered their first defeat of the 2020 season in the most recent matchu, falling 14-9 in College Park.
PAT KAVANAGH: TEWAARATON FINALIST
• Pat Kavanagh has enjoyed a breakout 2021 sophomore season that has propelled him to become the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history.
• The attackman has a team-high 61 points on the season off 36 assists and 25 goals. The 5.55 points per game rank fourth in the country.
• In just 10 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33 assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.
• Of the five Tewaaraton Finalists, Kavanagh leads the group in assists per game (3.27), ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (9).
• Kavanagh’s 36 assists over 11 games ranks second in the NCAA and leads the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.27.
• Kavanagh is the only player in the country to earn US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week honors twice this season (4/6 & 5/4).
• The attackman has been a regular on the SportsCenter Top 10 segment, appearing four times this season with a number of other goals going viral.
• In the final game of the regular season Kavanagh broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.
•Kavanagh couldn’t have started his sophomore season any better, totaling nine points (2G, 7A) in the win over RMU.
• Kavanagh became just the second player in program history to dish out seven assists in a game, joining John Olmstead who accomplished the feat on April 21, 1988 in a win over Wittenberg.
• Kavanagh turned in another monster nine-point performance in the win over No. 4 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, totaling four goals and five assists.
• This performance earned the sophomore US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week, ACC Offensive Player of the Week and USILA Team of the Week status.
• The sophomore has recorded the 10th and 11th games in program history with nine points, tying the then program record, and was the first to do it since his older brother Matt Kavanagh had nine points (3G, 6A) in the win over Syracuse in 2016.
• Kavanagh’s seven-point performance against Duke on April 22 (4G, 3A) marked the most points the Blue Devils gave up to a single player in a game all season.
• The Irish defense leads the ACC and ranks second in the country in scoring defense this season, allowing just 8.45 goals per game despite playing some of the best attacking teams in the country.
• Robert Morris (7 goals), Marquette (3), Duke (8) and Syracuse (8) recorded season lows in scoring against the Irish.
• The close defense is comprised of two grad students in Jack Kielty and Kyle Thornton and senior Arden Cohen.
• Thornton has averaged 1.45 caused turnovers per game to lead the Irish and rank second in the conference.
• Kielty and Cohen have started 47 straight games together.
• The Irish SSDMs are the unsung heroes of the defense, as Ryan Hallenbeck, Danny Cassidy, Nick Harris and Tommy McNamara have done an excellent job throughout the year.
• Hallenbeck (4 goals) Harris (3 goals), Cassidy (2 goals) and McNamara (1 goal) have also made contributions in the transition attack for the Irish.
KIELTY IS ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
• Jack Kielty earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year status following the regular season, giving the Irish four of the last six distinctions for the honor.
• Kielty has put on a defensive clinic this season, locking down some of the best attacking talents in the country.
• Kielty was named US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week following his performance against Duke, holding Michael Sowers to just one assist in the win.
• The defenseman also held Robert Morris’ Ryan Smith (currently 9th in goals per game) to a season low one goal and three points.
ENTENMANN IS ELITE
• Entenmann was named a US Lacrosse Magazine Second Team All-American and selected to the All-ACC Team following the regular season after his remarkable season.
• The sophomore has been playing on another level this season, leading the ACC and ranking second in the country in goals against average (8.37) and fourth in save percentage (.592).
• Entenmann stood on his head in his NCAA tourney debut, making 17 saves on 25 shots (68 percent) in the win over Drexel.
• The Chaminade product made a career-high 18 saves while allowing just three goals in the blowout win over Marquette.
• Six Irish players have been selected as All-Americans over the last two weeks.
• US Lacrosse Magazine tabbed Jack Kielty and Pat Kavanagh as first team selections, Liam Entenmann (second team), Kyle Thornton (third team) and Arden Cohen and Kyle Gallagher as honorable mention selections.
• Inside Lacrosse also picked the same six players, as Kielty was a first teamer, Kavanagh and Thornton on the second team, Cohen and Entenmann took third team honors and Gallagher was an honorable meniton selection.
CORRIGAN BECOMES ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER
• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).
• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.
• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.
• Corrigan has an overall record of 323-167 in his 35 seasons of coaching.
• The head coach is 313-152 in his 33 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
STRONG STARTS FOR THE IRISH
• Notre Dame has dominated the opening 30 minutes of games in 2021, outscoring opponents 92-46.
• The second quarters have been Notre Dame’s best periods to date, recording 57 goals while holding the opposition to just 25.
• The Irish have held a halftime lead in nine of 10 games this season: the Irish led Robert Morris 12-2, Bellarmine 7-4, Marquette 9-2, Cleveland State 8-3, Virginia 7-5, Syracuse 11-8, Duke 7-5, Duke 7-3, Syracuse 13-6 and Drexel 7-3.
CASHING IN ON THE EMO
• The Irish have been clinical in extra-man opportunities this season, boasting the best unit in the country.
• Notre Dame has converted 22-of-40 man-up opportunities into goals for a rate of 55 percent, the best in the ACC and second best in the country.
• Will Yorke has been a key in the success for the Irish, scoring eight goals on the EMO to lead the ACC.
• The Notre Dame duo of Kyle Gallagher and Charlie Leonard have been a force in the 2021 season.
• The Irish have won 61.6 percent of faceoffs this season, going 175-for-284 from the X.
• Kyle Gallagher is 102-for-165 (61.8 percent) on the year with 65 ground balls, a goal and three assists to rank 13th in the country in FO percentage.
• Charlie Leonard has also made an impact at the dot, going 68-of-109 this season with 4 ground balls, three goals and an assist.
• 21 different players have found the back of the net for the Irish in 2021, combining to score 156 goals.
• Seven of the 21 scorers have recorded double digit goal totals on the year.
• All six starters in attack or midfield have each produced at least 20 points on the year.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Suffer Setback at Evansville in Extras
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball fell to Evansville on the road in the opening game of a doubleheader, 5-4, Friday afternoon at Braun Stadium. The Aces walked off the Sycamores in the eighth inning to even the series.
The Sycamores fell to 26-16 overall and 13-9 in Missouri Valley Conference action while the Aces moved to 27-25 overall and 10-15 in conference play.
Wabash Valley CC product Brian Fuentes drove in the first run of the game for the second-straight day after doubling in Max Wright in the first inning of action to give Indiana State the early lead.
Making his fourth career start on the mound, Zach Frey retired the Aces in order in the first before Evansville took advantage of the windy day at the ballpark in the second inning. UE designated hitter Danny Borgstrom sent a 1-2 pitch up into the jet stream and tied the game with his ninth home run of the season.
An inning later, ISU was able to regain the lead when Jordan Schaffer led off the inning with a double to center that got past the diving Kenton Crews. Two batters later, Miguel Rivera brought home Schaffer with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center.
Evansville took its first lead of the contest in the third when Brent Widder connected on a second home run of the season, sending the ball over the wall in left to give the Aces the 3-2 advantage.
With runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth, Schaffer made a run-saving play at shortstop as he dove and then flipped the ball from the ground to second to get the force out.
The Sycamores capitalized on the play in the next inning, with two hits and the tying run coming home. After Beck doubled to left, redshirt freshman Grant Magill drove him in with a ball to right field — the second base hit of the day for Magill.
In extras, Indiana State brought in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to right. The Aces answered with a bunt in the bottom of the eighth to bring the tying 90-feet away. UE tied the game when Troy Beilsmith singled through the left side. A throwing error at third base a batter later moved two runners into scoring position with one out.
Indiana State elected to load the bases with a walk, setting up a double play and Connor Fenlong answered with a strikeout of Mark Shallenberger for the second out of the inning. Down in the count 0-2, Crews made contact and sent a ball to third. The outfielder showed his speed by beating the throw allowing the Aces to plate the game winner.
Frey pitched 4.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits. The right-hander struck out four and issued one walk in the no-decision. Fenlong took the loss, falling to 4-1 on the season. The closer went 2.2 innings in relief, striking out three and walking two. UE was able to spray three hits on Fenlong but none of the two runs allowed were earned as UE scored following errors.
Jakob Meyer earned the win in extras for the Aces moving to 5-1. Meyer allowed just one base hit in two innings. Donovan Schultz tossed 4.2 innings in the start, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out a pair.
Schaffer led Indiana State with three of the teams’ seven base hits. Crews led UE with a three-hit performance, including the game-winning RBI.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Aces add talented guard Gala Camarena for 2021-22
EVANSVILLE – Joining the Aces as the sixth signing for next season, Gala Camarena comes to the River City for the 2021-22 campaign.
Camarena joins Australian teammates Elly Morgan and Kodie Myszka, transfer Celine Dupont, prolific scorer Je’Naiya Davis, and local freshman Maycee Lange as signees for the upcoming campaign.
“Gala is exactly the kind of point guard we were looking for,” said Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. “She is competitive, driven, and knows how to put her teammates in position to be successful on the floor. She is a pass first point guard, but also has the ability to score in transition, shoot the three, and make the defense pay in ball screen action. We are thrilled Gala has chosen UE!”
Camarena comes to Evansville from Tavernes de la Valldigna, Valencia, Spain after a decorated prep career. Playing most recently for CB TerrAlfas in Valencia, Camarena averaged 15 points, while adding five boards and six assists.
“I chose the university of Evansville, because since the beginning the women’s basketball coaches and staff showed me that they wanted me and trusted me as a player,” said Camarena on why she chose UE. “That confidence made me accept the offer quickly. I feel like I will be an important player on the team and in this family. The university facilities are amazing. For me, it’s a dream joining this team.”
Camarena has also appeared for her hometown club, CB Tavernes, and played five seasons for Valencia Basket. Like her new teammate Celine Dupont, Camarena has also played on the international stage, being selected to the Spanish u15 National Team. Camarena was also named to the Valencia community u16 team in 2019.
INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S TENNIS: Women’s Tennis Finishes Runner-Up at Nationals
SURPRISE, Ariz. – There was not a word spoken by the University of Indianapolis women’s tennis team. All that was heard was the muffle cries of excitement from the Barry tennis team, and the occasional sniffle from a UIndy athlete. A near-perfect season ended at the last moment, in a matchup between the nation’s two top ranked teams – it could’ve gone either direction. This time, it did not go in favor of the Greyhounds. The Barry Buccaneers defeated the Greyhound at the final of the NCAA DII Championship, 4-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds, a team known for their doubles acumen, started off in unfamiliar territory, losing two straight matches to surrender the doubles point. Sofia Sharonova and Maria Solnyshkina in the third slot fought tooth and nail to hold on but eventually fell 6-3. And then for the first time this season, the pair of Nikol Alekseeva and Anna Novikova lost a doubles pairing, falling to Barry’s No. 10-ranked duo in a close 6-4 match.
Singles culminated in the match of the year, the showdown of the two best players in all of NCAA Division II women’s tennis: No. 1 Nikol Alekseeva for UIndy vs. No. 2 Deniz Khazan for Barry. Khazan jumped out early with a convincing set one 6-1 win, only the second time in the entire season Alekseeva lost the first set. But set two was a different story, as the resiliency of Alekseeva came to the forefront of the tennis center.
The match was the end-all-be-all for the Hounds, with Sharonova and Novikova both having lost their matches prior; it was win or go home for Alekseeva and the Hounds. Khazan looking to replicate her first set showed control again, attaining a 5-2 lead, but Alekseeva did not fall so easily fighting all the way back to a 6-6 tie. It went into a tiebreaker with Khazan once again scoring quick points leading to another deficit, 5-2. But the Moscow, Russia native fought all the way back to make it 5-5 in the second set tiebreaker. But to the dismay of the Hounds, Khazan’s back-to-back points captured set two to bring the trophy into the hands of Barry University once again.
A moment that felt it lasted a lifetime, the Buc’s hoisted their championship trophy into the air. The Hounds – speechless watching what could’ve been them if just a few points had gone in their favor. A successful season by any measure, with the only loss being in the final match of the national championship.
Prior to the marquee match, Sharonova fell 6-0, 6-3 and Novikova lost 6-4, 6-1. Alina Kislitskaya, Kristina Lagoda and Solnyshkina did not finish their matches.
This result marks the only loss of the season for the Hounds, as they finished 23-1 with a perfect conference record. On the way to the national finals, the Hounds accumulated accolade after accolade, starting with a ITA DII Indoor Team National Championship. They then went on to claim both a GLVC Championship and a NCAA DII Midwest Regional title. The team accomplishments came alongside numerous individuals ones, including several GLVC Player of the Week awards, four All-GLVC honorees and GLVC Player and Freshman of the Year accolades for Alekseeva and Sharonova respectively. The team also featured highly in the rankings the entire season, with four players reaching the top 50 in singles and two pairs reaching the top five in doubles.
The Greyhounds did not hold their head low, knowing that they gave their all to the scorching courts of Surprise, Ariz. Each wear a smirk, knowing that they will be back to claim their title soon enough.
The Hounds hold their silver-trimmed trophy high above their shoulders. After all, they left everything they had on the court and that couldn’t be taken away from them.
GAME 1…INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Greyhounds Endure First Loss at Double-Elimination Regional
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The top two seeds at the NCAA DII Softball Midwest Regional squared off Friday afternoon, with No. 1-seeded Grand Valley State hosting second-seeded UIndy. The Lakers used a four-run third inning to fuel a 6-0 win versus the Greyhounds (44-7).
HOW IT HAPPENED
In a matchup featuring two of the top pitchers in the region, the Lakers applied the pressure early on freshman hurler Kenzee Smith and the Greyhound defense, loading the bases in the top of the first with just one out. They managed to coax a walk to push across the first run of the game, but Smith fanned the next two hitters to minimize the damage.
The Lakers struck again in the third, stringing together six hits and plating four runs. The outburst chased Smith (23-3) from her second career NCAA postseason start, ending her outing at 2 2/3 innings.
Offensively, the Hounds totaled just three hits and two walks against Grand Valley ace Hannah Beatus (23-2); Kamrie Foster had a single and a hit by pitch, while Lexy Rees managed a sixth-inning double.
GAME 2…INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Hounds Slip By Hillsdale in Final At Bat, Advance to Midwest Final
ALLENDALE, Mich. – The No. 7 UIndy softball team capped a rollercoaster of a day with a 7-5 comeback win against Hillsdale College at the NCAA DII Midwest Regional Friday evening. The second-seeded Greyhounds (45-7) won the elimination contest with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, earning a spot in Saturday’s regional final.
Earning a rematch with the team that defeated them earlier in the day, UIndy will face No. 1-seed Grand Valley State tomorrow and will need to defeat the host Lakers twice to capture the Midwest crown. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.
INS & OUTS
Already having gained and lost the lead twice, the Hounds were trailing by a run heading into their final at bat. UIndy wasted no time revving up, as Kamrie Foster (single) and Emily O’Connor (double) led off with back-to-back knocks to put two runners in scoring position, including the potential go-ahead run.
Though the rest of the inning did not feature a hit, UIndy retook the lead and then some, stringing together two walks, a hit by pitch and an RBI groundout; Haylie Foster, Sydnee Perry and Taylor Danielson each picked up a ribbie in the deciding frame.
Lexy Rees was in the mix throughout most of the game, finishing with three runs, three walks and a solo home run. Brooke Montgomery added a sac fly.
INSIDE THE BOX
– UIndy faced deficits of 3-1 after the second inning and 5-4 after the sixth.
– Rees’ solo shot marked the first homer hit in the nine games this far at the regional.
– Gianni Iannatone’s second hit of the night – a third-inning single – upped her career hit total to 200, joining teammate Brooke Montgomery as two of just 11 players in school history to reach the milestone.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S LACROSSE: UIndy Peppers South All-Region Selections
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After reaching the quarterfinal round in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament, the UIndy men’s lacrosse team (10-3, 8-2 GLVC) are rounding out the 2021 season with a handful of Division II honors, the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) released their All-Region selections for both the North and South on Thursday. The Hounds found themselves scattered across the board, six Greyhounds making making their way on Second and Third Teams.
UIndy placed three student-athletes on the All-Region South Second Team, Brian Robb representing the team’s midfielders, the redshirt junior getting his first All-Region selection. Robb totaled 31 points across the 13 games this season, scoring 15 goals and tallying 16 assists in the process. The Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, product was tagged as a USILA Preseason All-American at the start of the season.
The 2021 GLVC Specialist of the Year made his way on the Second Team as well, Kyle Basch earning the spot as the short stick defensive middie. Basch picked up 37 ground balls during the 2021 season, along with 15 caused turnovers to make him one of two players on the roster to total at least 30 and 10 in the two statistical categories. The junior also tallied two points in the team’s final three contests, splitting with a single goal and assist.
Jack Belobrajdic rounds out the team’s All-Region Second Team, the long stick middie pacing the team with 42 ground balls collected during the regular season. With 13 caused turnovers as well, the redshirt senior helped push the Greyhounds to be a top-10 team with an average of 10.77 caused turnovers per game for eighth in the nation.
The Hounds found three other student-athletes inside the All-Region South’s Third Team roster, the team’s top scorer, Drew Billig, earning his first All-Region honor on the attack. Junior teammate Josh Jackson joins him on the defensive list of student-athletes for his first appearance in the accolades, as graduate student Kansai Garey collects his second Third Team honor at UIndy, first in the All-Region South.
MIAMI BASEBALL: Baseball Starts Series Off with 3-2 Win Over Zips
OXFORD, Ohio — Both teams did a chunk of their scoring in the second inning, but the Miami University baseball team came out on top, winning on a run from Benji Brokemond in the fifth inning. Redshirt senior Grant Hartwig pitched 7.0 dominant innings, striking out six batters to spur the RedHawks in a 3-2 victory at McKie Field. With the victory, the RedHawks improve to 22-27 overall and 15-17 in Mid-American Conference play, while the Zips fall to 15-33 overall and 8-29 in MAC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Akron was the first team on the board, scoring two runs in the top of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. However, the RedHawks quickly responded to the Zips. Jacob Hensor doubled to left field and advanced to third on an error by the Akron center fielder. Cole Andrews was able to score on the play, making it 2-1. Brian Zapp used a bunt for a single, allowing Jacob Hensor to score, knotting the game at two.
Brokemond started the bottom of the fifth with a bunt single. Andrews later singled out to the right field as Brokemond was on second, and he scored to put Miami ahead, 3-2. The RedHawk lead would stick for the remainder of the game, with Miami starting the series with the Zips with a victory.
MIAMI GAME NOTES:
Andrews went 2-for-2 at the plate and also contributed one run and one RBI.
Hartwig started on the mound for Miami and threw seven innings, striking out six while allowing just two runs. Webb came in and pitched two innings in relief, allowing no runs and striking out two.
The RedHawks will play a doubleheader against Akron on Saturday, May 22. The first pitch will be at 1 p.m. at McKie Field in Oxford. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.
MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Edged by Notre Dame in NCAA Tourney Opener, 3-2
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Both teams did all of their scoring in the fourth inning as the Miami University softball team (46-9) came up just short in its opening game at the NCAA Tournament Lexington Regional, falling 3-2 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (32-13) on Friday afternoon at John Cropp Stadium.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
It was a pitchers’ duel through three scoreless innings. Senior Courtney Vierstra faced just 10 batters through the first three innings, handing out two strikeouts.
Miami got on the board first when senior Mackenzie Moore hit a sacrifice fly to left field that allowed junior Allie Cummins to cross home. Junior Adriana Barlow then belted a single to center field that plated freshman Holly Blaska to hand Miami a 2-0 lead. The Fighting Irish came back in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 edge off a three-run home run by Leea Hanks.
The RedHawks notched two more hits over their final three innings at the plate with Moore and freshman Karlee Juarez each notching singles, but it was not enough. Vierstra remained strong in the circle, giving up no hits to the Fighting Irish over the remaining innings.
Moore was the lone RedHawk with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a sacrifice fly. Vierstra gave up three runs off four hits and struck out four.
Miami will face Northwestern at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. The Wildcats dropped a 3-2 decision to Kentucky in Friday’s first game at the Lexington Regional. The winner will move on to play the loser of Saturday’s noon game between Kentucky and Notre Dame at 5 p.m.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Bats 11-1 Win Over Tulane Friday
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team scored six runs in the first inning on the way to an 11-1, seven-inning win over Tulane on Friday in American Athletic Conference action at UC Baseball Stadium.
The game ended after seven innings due to the AAC 10-run rule being in effect. Cincinnati (28-24, 17-14 AAC) earned the series win over Tulane (28-21, 17-9 AAC) with Saturday’s finale still to play.
UC’s first five batters of the game reached with Cole Harting and Jace Mercer hitting back-to-back singles, Eric Santiago reaching on and error which scored Harting, Ryan Nicholson’s RBI single to right and Paul Komistek’s three-run, laser shot which landed almost 400 feet from home plate near O’Varsity Way.
Dondrae Bremner got in on the action with a two-out single of his own and he scored the final run of the inning courtesy of a Joe Powell RBI single to right field.
That was all the cushion UC starter Evan Shawver would need, throwing 90 pitches in a 6.0 inning outing, striking out eight and giving up one run on two hits. He notched career strikeout 150 during the game and moved to 3-1 on the year. Dean McCarthy closed out the seventh, striking out two in a one-inning session.
• Harting later added a home run off the base of Fifth Third Arena and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
• Komistek was 2-for-4 with a home run, double and 3 RBIs.
• Nicholson added two hits and two RBIs.
• Powell also had two RBIs and threw out a Tulane runner trying to steal.
The Bearcats and Green Wave conclude their series Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch. UC’s Jalen Wade takes the dish while Tulane has yet to announce a starter.
Saturday’s game will feature the Baseball Bark in the Park event. All pets of Bearcats ticket holders receive free admission if their human has purchased a ticket for the game. View more information online.
UC’s 1961 and 1971 teams will be honored during the game, in the second and third inning, respectively.
Single game tickets are available and fans should visit the baseball ticket page for more information or to make their purchase now! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 fans will be allowed in UC Baseball Stadium for game days.
SATURDAY, MAY 22
1 p.m. • ESPN+
RHP Jalen Wade vs. TBA
WATCH • LIVE STATS
All four games air on ESPN+ with Matt Noonan (pxp) and Andy Nagel (ana) calling the action. Live stats are available at BearcatStats.com.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1914 Ben Tincup becomes the first person from the Cherokee tribe to play in the major leagues. The 21 year-old Phillies right-hander makes his debut at Forbes Field in an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.
1922 The Yankees, the Giants’ tenants in the Polo Grounds since 1913, begin construction on their ballpark in the Bronx. The stadium will become known as the ‘House that Ruth Built,’ acknowledging the Babe’s popularity and influence.
1925 Pete Donohue goes 5-for-5 with four singles and a home run when the Reds beat Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl, 11-2. The 24 year-old right-hander also gets the win, giving up seven hits, only two more than his production at the plate, in the complete-game victory.
1930 Babe Ruth ties a major league record, hitting five homers in two games and six in three games when he had a trio of round-trippers in the second game of yesterday’s doubleheader, two more in the opener of today’s twin bill, adding one more in the nightcap. Teammate Lou Gehrig also goes deep three times in the second game of the doubleheader, a 20-13 Yankee victory over the A’s at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park.
1933 Yankee third baseman Joe Sewell is struck out for the first time this season, a victim of Cleveland’s Wes Ferrell. The 34 year-old infielder, playing in his final season, will strike out only three more times in 524 at-bats.
1938 Ted Lyons records his 200th career win when Chicago beats Washington at Griffith Stadium, 9-2. The future Hall of Famer, nicknamed Sunday Teddy for his success on the Sabbath, winning 52 of 82 decisions on that day of the week from 1939 until 1942, will compile a 260-230 record during a 21-year major league career, all with the White Sox.
1942 Ted Williams is sworn into the U.S. Navy but will remain with the Red Sox until called for active duty. Earlier in the year, a public outcry occurred when the Boston outfielder asked to be reclassified from Class 1-A to 3-A, due to being the sole support of his mother, causing the Quaker Oats Company to drop him from their ads.
1952 The Celler congressional committee concludes the need to regulate baseball is unnecessary. The report states that the major leagues can solve their issues and opposes legislation exempting the sport’s reserve clause from existing antitrust laws.
1954 Due to Reds’ manager Birdie Tebbetts implementing a four-man outfield against Stan Musial, the box score for the contest shows left-handed thrower Nino Escalera coming into the game as a shortstop. In reality, although Escalera replaced infielder Roy McMillian, the rookie manager stationed him in right-center between Cincinnati outfielders Wally Post and Gus Bell.
1957 At Fenway Park, the Red Sox go deep four times in the sixth inning in an 11-0 rout over Cleveland. Gene Mauch, Ted Williams, Dick Gernert, and Frank Malzone all homer on the first 16 pitches thrown by Cal McLish.
1959 Hoyt Wilhelm one-hits the Yankees in the Orioles’ 5-0 victory at Memorial Stadium. Jerry Lumpe’s single in the eighth spoils the knuckleballer’s bid for a no-hitter.
1962 Roger Maris is intentionally walked four times to establish a major league record. The quartet of free passes is issued by four different Halo hurlers in New York’s’ 2-1 victory over the Angels in 12 innings at Yankee Stadium.
1963 Mickey Mantle once again barely misses becoming the first player to hit a home run out of Yankee Stadium. The monstrous walk-off blast off A’s hurler Bill Fischer, giving the Yankees an 8-7 victory, lands just a few feet below the decorative facade down the right-field line.
1968 At Wrigley Field, Pirates’ slugger Willie Stargell hits three home runs and barely misses a fourth in a 13-6 rout over the Cubs. ‘Pops’ also hit a single and a double, which bounced off the railing of the left-field fence back onto the playing field.
1969 With the team routing the Mets 12-0, Braves skipper Lum Harris elects to rest Hank Aaron, making Mike Lum the only major leaguer to pinch-hit for Hammerin’ Hank. Coming off the bench, the 23 year-old Hawaiian-born outfielder delivers a two-run double to right field in his seventh-inning plate appearance at Atlanta Stadium.
1976 Reggie Smith drives in five runs in the Cardinals’ 7-6 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The St. Louis switch-hitter’s third homer of the game, a two-out solo shot in the ninth, proves to be the difference.
1977 The Red Sox (6) and Brewers (5) collectively hit 11 home runs, tying a major league record in Boston’s 14-10 victory at Fenway Park. The round-tripper riot equals the total collected by the Yankees/Tigers in 1950 and matched by the Cubs/Mets in 1967.
1981 After an 11-25 (.306) start, the Twins make a managerial change, replacing Johnny Goryl. Billy Gardner, a very successful minor league skipper, winning six championships in 13 seasons, gets his first opportunity to manage a big-league club.
1982 In his last major league at-bat, Mario Mendoza, who will become a minor league hitting instructor, reaches first on a fielder’s choice, ending his nine-year career with a .215 batting average. The Ranger infielder’s name will become infamous, as players struggling at the plate will become known as performing below the ‘Mendoza Line.’
1983 Cliff Johnson ties Jerry Lynch’s major league mark when he hits the 18th pinch home run of his career. The eighth inning solo shot comes off Tippy Martinez in the Blue Jays’ 5-0 victory over Baltimore at Exhibition Stadium.
1985 Pete Rose becomes the all-time leader in the National League for runs scored when he crosses the plate for the 2,108th time in his career. The Reds’ player-manager surpasses Hank Aaron when he tallies a run in the sixth inning of a 7-4 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field.
1990 During the Cubs’ 2-1 victory against the Reds in a 16-inning contest at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson is walked five times intentionally to set a major league record. Yankees outfielder Roger Maris established the previous mark of four free passes in a game on this date in 1962 and then equaled by Padres shortstop Gerry Templeton in 1985.
1992 Felipe Alou becomes the Expos manager, replacing Tom Runnels, who compiled 68-81 (.456) records during his one-plus seasons at the helm. The new 57 year-old skipper, who will manage the team for a decade, leads the 17-20 Montreal club to an eventual second-place finish in the National League East.
1995 After a brawl between the Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs, which takes more than 30 minutes to sort out, ten players are ejected during ‘Strike Out Domestic Violence Night’ at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The president of the Carolina League will hand down 124 days of suspensions, including every player in uniform, for a specified amount of time.
1998 Brian Cox enjoys a 6-for-6 performance, which includes a grand slam in the team’s ten-run third inning when Florida State demolishes Delaware 27-6 in the NCAA Atlantic II Regionals. Matt Diaz, a freshman for the Seminoles, contributes three home runs to the routing of the Fightin’ Blue Hens.
1998 The Mets send Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz, and Ed Yarnell to the Marlins for Mike Piazza. Florida had acquired the All-Star catcher last week from the Dodgers, along with Todd Zeile in exchange for Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios.
1999 Mark McGwire becomes the third player to launch a ball out of Dodger Stadium when one of his two home runs travels 483 feet in the Cardinals’ 10-7 victory at Chavez Ravine. The slugging first baseman joins Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice in 1969 and 1973, and Mike Piazza, whose Ruthian blast cleared the ballpark two seasons ago.
1999 After a stint on the disabled list and a rainout, Yankees’ right-hander Roger Clemens finally breaks the American League record for consecutive victories with 18, previously shared by Johnny Allen (Indians, 1936-37) and Dave McNally (Orioles, 1968-69). The somewhat anticlimactic accomplishment includes ten no-decisions.
2000 Scoring seven times in the bottom of the ninth, the Brewers make their biggest comeback in franchise history, knotting the score at nine before only 3,913 fans at County Stadium. Jose Hernandez’s solo homer in the next inning completes the come-from-behind victory when Milwaukee beats the Astros, 10-9.
2001 For the second time this season, Barry Bonds homers in six consecutive games. His nine homers during this span establish a National League mark. Senators’ slugger Frank Howard’s 1968 feat of hitting ten homers in six games is the major league record.
2002 The A’s deal a stunned Jeremy Giambi to the Phillies in exchange for pinch-hitter John Mabry. The former Oakland outfielder is four years younger than the Phillies’ utility man, but he doesn’t meet the ‘Moneyball’ approach preached by GM Billy Beane.
2002 Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura approves a $120 million financing framework for a $330 million open-air stadium. The bill has only lukewarm support because they are unsure if they’ll be able to find the required down payment and get a guarantee from major league baseball that a team will play in Minnesota for at least 30 years.
2003 Arturo Moreno purchases the World Champion Angels from Walt Disney for $184 million to become the third owner in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 56 year-old outdoor advertising tycoon, a fourth-generation Mexican-American, is the first Hispanic to have a controlling interest in a major league club.
2004 Oakland retires Reggie Jackson jersey number 9, honoring the slugger who played his first nine Hall of Fame seasons with the A’s, helping the team club capture three consecutive World Series (1972-74). The former Athletics’ right fielder, who had his #44 retired by the Yankees in 1993, becomes the eighth player to have his digits retired by two or more teams.
2006 In a 3-1 loss to the Braves at Petco Park, Jake Peavy fans 16 batters to set a Padres regular-season record for strikeouts and helps the team reach a franchise mark for a nine-inning game with 18 Ks. The 24 year-old right-hander from Alabama, who struck out every batter in the starting lineup at least once, including getting Andruw Jones swinging in three consecutive at-bats, loses the game when the only fly ball he allows lands beyond the fence as Ryan Langerhans takes him deep for a two-run homer in the second frame.
2008 J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell both hit grand slams when the Red Sox beat Kansas City, 11-8. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gives up three runs in 5.1 innings, remains unbeaten, improving his record to 8-0 with the Fenway Park victory.
2008 Entering the game in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, Blue Jays southpaw Jesse Carlson whiffs Sean Rodriguez, Maicer Izturis, and Gary Matthews in the team’s eventual 4-3 victory over the Angels at the Rogers Centre. The 27 year-old Berlin (CT) native becomes the first pitcher since Jack Sanford in 1960 to come into a game with the bases full, then strike out the side.
2009 With a broken-bat triple in the sixth inning, Michael Cuddyer completes the cycle in the Twins’ 11-3 victory over Milwaukee at the Metrodome. In his first three turns at-bat, the Minnesota right-fielder hit a three-run home run in the first inning, doubled to the gap for a ground-rule two-bagger in the third, and singled in the fourth frame.
2010 After setting the mark in his previous game, Mike Redmond’s major league record errorless-streak behind the plate comes to an end when his throw to second base, trying to thwart a would-be base stealer, skips past Mark Grudzielanek. The Indians catcher’s streak started on July 22, 2004, and covered a span of 253 games.
2010 Matt Stairs ties a major league mark when he homers for his eleventh team in San Diego’s 2-1 interleague victory in Seattle. The Padres designated hitter’s fourth-inning homer off Ian Snell ties Todd Zeile’s record, who accomplished the feat by going deep in an Expo uniform in 2003.
2012 Ricky Nolasco becomes the franchise leader in career wins when Miami beats Colorado at Marlins Park, 7-6. The 29 year-old right-hander, who hit a double to put his team ahead, surpasses Dontrelle Willis for the most team victories, improving his record to 69-53 for the South Florida squad.
2014 Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. president to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. During his visit, the Commander in Chief, a White Sox fan, holds FDR’s green-light letter and a pair of spikes worn by Chicago’s “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, who was one of the eight players banned from the game for their alleged role in fixing the 1919 World Series.
2019 Josh Bell, for the second time in two weeks, reaches the Allegheny River on the fly, hitting PNC Park’s fifth ‘splash’ home run since the ballpark opened in 2001. The Pirates’ first baseman accomplishes the feat when he blasts a second-inning Jon Gray changeup 454 feet over the Clemente Wall in right field in the team’s 9-3 loss to the Rockies.
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|Tampa Bay||27||19||.587||1||11 – 12||16 – 7||11 – 8||2 – 1||9 – 9||8 – 2||W 8|
|NY Yankees||26||19||.578||1.5||12 – 9||14 – 10||11 – 14||7 – 1||5 – 2||7 – 3||W 4|
|Toronto||23||20||.535||3.5||10 – 8||13 – 12||8 – 7||1 – 3||5 – 8||6 – 4||L 3|
|Baltimore||17||27||.386||10||6 – 18||11 – 9||8 – 15||0 – 0||8 – 8||2 – 8||L 4|
|Chi White Sox||26||17||.605||–||14 – 8||12 – 9||2 – 3||17 – 9||6 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||23||19||.548||2.5||10 – 8||13 – 11||1 – 3||15 – 9||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Kansas City||20||23||.465||6||10 – 13||10 – 10||4 – 3||9 – 17||4 – 2||4 – 6||L 1|
|Detroit||18||26||.409||8.5||9 – 12||9 – 14||1 – 5||9 – 13||6 – 4||8 – 2||W 4|
|Minnesota||16||28||.364||10.5||8 – 15||8 – 13||1 – 3||8 – 10||4 – 12||4 – 6||W 2|
|Oakland||27||19||.587||–||14 – 13||13 – 6||11 – 9||9 – 1||4 – 7||6 – 4||W 1|
|Houston||26||19||.578||0.5||15 – 9||11 – 10||5 – 4||0 – 3||21 – 10||8 – 2||L 1|
|Seattle||21||24||.467||5.5||12 – 12||9 – 12||6 – 5||6 – 7||6 – 7||3 – 7||L 4|
|Texas||20||27||.426||7.5||11 – 13||9 – 14||10 – 8||4 – 6||6 – 8||2 – 8||W 1|
|LA Angels||19||26||.422||7.5||10 – 13||9 – 13||3 – 7||7 – 6||7 – 12||3 – 7||L 2|
|NY Mets||21||17||.553||–||11 – 4||10 – 13||12 – 6||2 – 5||5 – 1||6 – 4||W 1|
|Philadelphia||22||23||.489||2.5||14 – 9||8 – 14||11 – 13||8 – 3||2 – 4||4 – 6||L 3|
|Atlanta||21||24||.467||3.5||11 – 14||10 – 10||11 – 11||8 – 4||1 – 2||4 – 6||W 1|
|Miami||20||24||.455||4||8 – 10||12 – 14||6 – 7||3 – 6||9 – 8||5 – 5||L 1|
|Washington||18||23||.439||4.5||10 – 10||8 – 13||6 – 9||5 – 5||4 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|St. Louis||25||19||.568||–||14 – 9||11 – 10||10 – 10||12 – 6||3 – 3||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||23||21||.523||2||16 – 9||7 – 12||8 – 6||10 – 12||3 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Milwaukee||21||23||.477||4||10 – 12||11 – 11||4 – 9||10 – 9||6 – 1||3 – 7||L 3|
|Cincinnati||20||23||.465||4.5||11 – 11||9 – 12||0 – 0||10 – 6||6 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||18||26||.409||7||8 – 11||10 – 15||1 – 1||7 – 16||5 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Diego||28||17||.622||–||16 – 10||12 – 7||0 – 0||7 – 6||17 – 11||9 – 1||W 7|
|San Francisco||28||17||.622||–||14 – 5||14 – 12||6 – 4||8 – 3||11 – 8||7 – 3||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||27||18||.600||1||16 – 6||11 – 12||5 – 1||2 – 8||14 – 5||9 – 1||W 5|
|Arizona||18||28||.391||10.5||9 – 9||9 – 19||7 – 13||5 – 1||6 – 12||1 – 9||L 6|
|Colorado||16||29||.356||12||14 – 12||2 – 17||3 – 3||2 – 5||9 – 21||4 – 6||W 1|
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|