HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

Yorktown 3 Richmond 1

Anderson 15 Eastern Hancock 2

Connersville 3 Batesville 2

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

Franklin County 12 Richmond 0…RICHMOND held to 2 hits

Clinton Central 5 Lafayette Jeff 2

Hamilton Heights 15 Anderson 5

Kokomo 15 Harrison 9

South Adams 10 Winchester 4…FALCONS held to 3 hits. Nevaeh Lanter 2RBI

Union County 21 Hagerstown 1…PATRIOTS 20 hits…Annalea Adams 4-4 3R 2RBI….Sophia Knock 3-5 4RBI….Chloe Greene 4-4 3R RBI….Bailey Mathews 2RBI…Tori Russell 4-4 4R 2RBI….Shelby Hill 2-4 2RBI…PATRIOTS pitching: Chloe Greene 9K’s

TIGERS held to 1 hit

Rushville 10 Lincoln 0….LINCOLN: Jaela Patton 2-3

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston 7 Baltimore 3

Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 0

Minnesota 10 Seattle 2

LA Angels 7 Toronto 5 (11)

Houston 6 Oakland 2

NY Mets 3 Miami 2

Chicago Cubs 4 Pittsburgh 2

Colorado 7 Arizona 3

St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 1

NBA SCOREBOARD

Miami 110 LA Lakers 104

Chicago 122 Toronto 113

Cleveland 129 Oklahoma City 102

Dallas 116 Milwaukee 101

LA Clippers 113 Phoenix 103

Detroit 113 Sacramento 101

Utah 122 Portland 103

NHL SCOREBOARD

New Jersey 6 Buffalo 3

NY Islanders 3 Philadelphia 2

Pittsburgh 5 NY Rangers 2

Boston 4 Washington 2

Carolina 3 Florida 0

Tampa Bay 6 Columbus 4

Winnipeg 4 Montréal 2

Edmonton 3 Ottawa 1

Nashville 7 Detroit 1

Dallas 5 Chicago 1

THE MASTERS-LEADERBOARD

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Justin Rose65  -7 (65)F
2tBrian Harman69  -3 (69)F
2tHideki Matsuyama69  -3 (69)F
4tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70  -2 (70)F
4tPatrick Reed70  -2 (70)F
4tWebb Simpson70  -2 (70)F
4tWill Zalatoris70  -2 (70)F
8tTyrrell Hatton71  -1 (71)F
8tSi Woo Kim71  -1 (71)F
8tJason Kokrak71  -1 (71)F
8tShane Lowry71  -1 (71)F
8tJordan Spieth71  -1 (71)F
13tCameron Champ72  E (72)F
13tMackenzie Hughes72  E (72)F
13tKevin Kisner72  E (72)F
13tMarc Leishman72  E (72)F
13tJon Rahm72  E (72)F
13tXander Schauffele72  E (72)F
13tMichael Thompson72  E (72)F
20tPaul Casey73  +1 (73)F
20tCorey Conners73  +1 (73)F
20tViktor Hovland73  +1 (73)F
20tCollin Morikawa73  +1 (73)F
20tScottie Scheffler73  +1 (73)F
20tHenrik Stenson73  +1 (73)F
20tHudson Swafford73  +1 (73)F
20tJustin Thomas73  +1 (73)F
20tBrendon Todd73  +1 (73)F
20tGary Woodland73  +1 (73)F
30tStewart Cink74  +2 (74)F
30tHarris English74  +2 (74)F
30tTony Finau74  +2 (74)F
30tMatthew Fitzpatrick74  +2 (74)F
30tTommy Fleetwood74  +2 (74)F
30tMax Homa74  +2 (74)F
30tDustin Johnson74  +2 (74)F
30tMatt Jones74  +2 (74)F
30tBrooks Koepka74  +2 (74)F
30tMartin Laird74  +2 (74)F
30tBernhard Langer74  +2 (74)F
30tRobert MacIntyre74  +2 (74)F
30tFrancesco Molinari74  +2 (74)F
30tSebastian Munoz74  +2 (74)F
30tRyan Palmer74  +2 (74)F
30tIan Poulter74  +2 (74)F
30tCharl Schwartzel74  +2 (74)F
30tAdam Scott74  +2 (74)F
30tCameron Smith74  +2 (74)F
30tMatt Wallace74  +2 (74)F
30tBubba Watson74  +2 (74)F
30tBernd Wiesberger74  +2 (74)F
52tAbraham Ancer75  +3 (75)F
52tDaniel Berger75  +3 (75)F
52tPhil Mickelson75  +3 (75)F
52tKevin Na75  +3 (75)F
52tJoaquin Niemann75  +3 (75)F
52tJose Maria Olazabal75  +3 (75)F
52tRobert Streb75  +3 (75)F
52tJimmy Walker75  +3 (75)F
60tBryson DeChambeau76  +4 (76)F
60tDylan Frittelli76  +4 (76)F
60tSergio Garcia76  +4 (76)F
60tLanto Griffin76  +4 (76)F
60tJim Herman76  +4 (76)F
60tBilly Horschel76  +4 (76)F
60tRory McIlroy76  +4 (76)F
60tLouis Oosthuizen76  +4 (76)F
60tCharles Osborne76  +4 (76)F
60tDanny Willett76  +4 (76)F
60tMatthew Wolff76  +4 (76)F
60tIan Woosnam76  +4 (76)F
72tJason Day77  +5 (77)F
72tSungjae Im77  +5 (77)F
72tZach Johnson77  +5 (77)F
75tBrian Gay78  +6 (78)F
75tMatt Kuchar78  +6 (78)F
75tVictor Perez78  +6 (78)F
75tMike Weir78  +6 (78)F
75tLee Westwood78  +6 (78)F
80tPatrick Cantlay79  +7 (79)F
80tFred Couples79  +7 (79)F
80tC.T. Pan79  +7 (79)F
80tVijay Singh79  +7 (79)F
84Tyler Strafaci80  +8 (80)F
85Sandy Lyle81  +9 (81)F
86tJoe Long82  +10 (82)F
86tCarlos Ortiz82  +10 (82)F
88Larry Mize84  +12 (84)F

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Rose torches tough Augusta for 65 and 4-shot Masters lead

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Seven holes into the Masters, Justin Rose was 2-over par and in no position to panic.

He knew Augusta National in April was no picnic compared with the last one in November. He figured if he could get back to around even par by the end of the day he would be fine.

Rose never expected his best score in his 59 rounds at Augusta National.

No one could have seen it coming, either.

Rose made seven birdies and an eagle during a torrid 10-hole stretch for an opening 7-under 65, giving him a four-shot lead Thursday in conditions that might only get tougher the rest of the way.

“It’s incredible,” Rose said. “It’s a good reminder that you just never know what can happen out there.”

It started with a nice hop off the mounds left of the green on the par-5 eighth that set up a 10-foot eagle. Only two of his birdie putts were outside 8 feet. He holed a 12-foot par putt on the one green he missed. Not bad for a 40-year-old from England playing for the first time in a month while resting an ailing back.

Twice a runner-up, including a playoff loss to Sergio Garcia four years ago, Rose tied a Masters record by taking at least a share of first-round lead for the fourth time. The other to do that was Jack Nicklaus. The difference? Nicklaus went on to win two of his six green jackets from that position.

Brian Harman, the last player to get into the 88-man field, and Hideki Matsuyama were wrapping up their rounds of 69 about the time Rose began on a course that was dry and crusty, on greens that were so fast there were splotches of brown.

Among those at 70 were former Masters champion Patrick Reed and Masters newcomer Will Zalatoris. Jordan Spieth overcame a triple bogey from the trees on No. 9 and got a huge break when his chip on the 15th banged into the pin for eagle instead of running down into the water. He shot 71.

Missing were a slew of red numbers on the leaderboard in conditions so difficult that Garcia said after a 76, “I feel like I just came out of the ring with Evander Holyfield.”

Five months ago, in the first Masters held in November because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the turf was so soft that 53 players were under par after the opening round.

Rose shot 65 on a day so tough only 12 players broke par, and the average score was 74.5.

British Open champion Shane Lowry chipped from the back of the 15th green into the water in front of the green. He escaped with bogey and managed a 71. U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci hit a 60-foot putt from behind the ninth green that wound up 75 feet away on the other side.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who set the record last year at 20-under 268, failed to break par for the first time since the opening round in 2018. He three-putted for double bogey on the 18th for a 74.

“I feel sorry for the guys’ first Masters in November, and then they’re walking out there today wondering what the hell is going on,” Kevin Kisner said after a hard-earned 72.

This was no surprise. Augusta National has not had rain in more than a week, and players could not recall the last time greens were this fast during practice rounds, much less with a scorecard in hand on Thursday.

“It’s my 10th year, but I’ve never seen the greens so firm and fast,” Matsuyama said. “So it was like a new course for me playing today, and I was fortunate to get it around well.”

And what to say of Rose? Even in more forgiving conditions, he had never done better than 67.

“I didn’t feel like today was the day for a 65, if I’m honest,” Rose said.

No one needed convincing, least of all Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy, among top players who struggled with the wind and had just as many problems when the ball was on the ground.

DeChambeau, the U.S. Open champion who has been licking his chops about bringing his super-sized game to Augusta National, didn’t make a birdie until the 15th hole and shot 76, his highest score as a pro at the Masters. Patrick Cantlay hit into the water on both par 3s on the back nine and shot 79.

“Guys are going to shoot themselves out of the golf tournament on day one,” Webb Simpson said after a late double bogey forced him to settle for a 70.

IU GUARD ARMAAN FRANKLIN HEADED TO VIRGINIA

Former Indiana guard Armaan Franklin will not be returning to Bloomington to finish out his basketball career. Franklin has announced he will transfer to Virginia to play for Coach Tony Bennett.

“Excited about the next chapter in my hoops life,” Franklin posted to Twitter on Thursday evening. “Still, have to say a big thanks to the IU community, fans, and my teammates for all their support. Know that I appreciate you all so much!”

Franklin averaged 11.4 ppg in his sophomore season.

Mick Cronin gets 2-year contract extension at UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mick Cronin has been rewarded for UCLA’s surprising run to the Final Four with a two-year contract extension.

Athletic director Martin Jarmond announced Thursday that the deal worth a guaranteed $4 million per year runs through the 2026-27 season.

Cronin has compiled a 41-22 record in his first two seasons. The team’s Final Four appearance in the NCAA Tournament was its first since 2008.

“In less than two years in Westwood, through seasons disrupted by a global pandemic, Mick has led UCLA Men’s Basketball back to its rightful place among the nation’s elite,” Jarmond said. “This extension represents the stability and commitment needed to execute the long-term vision that Mick and I share. The future is bright.”

The Bruins were 22-10 this season. They finished fourth in the Pac-12, losing their final four games before landing in the NCAA Tournament as a First Four team. They beat Michigan State before defeating BYU, Abilene Christian, No. 2 seed Alabama and top-seeded Michigan. UCLA lost to top-seeded Gonzaga in the national semifinals.

“I love being at UCLA,” Cronin said. “The commitment from our players over the past two seasons has been rewarding, especially as we have dealt with some unusual challenges during a global pandemic.”

George scores 33 points, Clippers snap Suns’ winning streak

LOS ANGELES (AP) Paul George scored 33 points, Kawhi Leonard added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Phoenix Suns 113-103 on Thursday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.

George was 7 of 9 from 3-point range in 30 minutes in his eighth 30-point game of the season. His season high of 39 points was against Phoenix on Jan. 3. The Clippers made 18 3-pointers, which is the 12th time this season they have made 18 or more in a game.

Leonard scored 19 points in the second half to help the Clippers end of the Suns’ winning streak at seven. Los Angeles trailed 67-61 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter before coming back with an 8-2 run to tie it.

LA led 83-81 at the end of the third quarter before opening the fourth with a 10-2 run to seize control. Its largest lead was 16 points late in the fourth.

Rajon Rondo, who was acquired from Atlanta near the deadline, added 15 points for the Clippers, who are 5-2 during a season-long, nine-game homestand. Even more important, they are assured of taking the season series from the Suns, which would give them a key tiebreaker if both teams would tie at the end of the regular season.

Phoenix, which was coming off a big overtime victory over NBA-leading Utah on Wednesday night, didn’t have enough down the stretch. Devin Booker led the way with 24 points, and Mikal Bridges had 20.

The Suns made 27 of their first 40 shots but were 9 of 31 after their hot start. They were 1 1/2 games behind Utah, but the Jazz’s 19-point win over Portland puts them down 2 1/2 for the conference’s top spot.

Jazz rout Trail Blazers for 23rd straight home victory

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Strong second-half defense helped the Utah Jazz break open a close game and extend their franchise-record home winning streak.

Donovan Mitchell scored 37 points to lead Utah to its 23rd straight victory at home, a 122-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.

Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 21 rebounds, Joe Ingles added 13 points and six assists and Utah dominated the glass by outrebounding Portland 58-41 while snapping a two-game skid.

“This was a must-win,” Mitchell said. “We kind of put our focus on that, not letting three go to teams who are playoff bound.”

Damian Lillard scored 23 points and C.J. McCollum added 19 to lead the Trail Blazers, who lost for the third time in four games.

“We couldn’t get stops,” Lillard said.

Utah surged on offense in the third quarter when it erased a six-point deficit and built a double-digit lead while scoring 40 points on 57% shooting from the field.

Defense keyed the surge. The Jazz held Portland to 19 points on 32% shooting in the quarter. They also had a 19-6 advantage on rebounds.

“Our defense was the biggest thing,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “And our defensive rebounding in the third quarter really broke the game open.”

The Jazz went on a 25-4 run over a six-minute stretch to take a 93-72 lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Mitchell, Gobert, and Ingles combined to make 10 free throws during that stretch. Ingles and Mitchell also combined to score or assist on seven baskets during the decisive run.

Cubs break out of slump, slip by reeling Pirates 4-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Craig Kimbrel’s two-year journey through the wilderness appears to be over.

The seven-time All-Star stuff is back. And the Chicago Cubs closer used every bit of it while finishing off the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-2 win on Thursday to become the 12th pitcher in major league history with 350 career saves.

Kimbrel struck out Dustin Fowler and pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, then retired the Pirates in order for his first five-out save of his 12-year big league career.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” Kimbrel said. “Glad I was able to get here. Plan is to get to 400 now.”

Kimbrel’s 22-pitch performance didn’t exactly leave him gassed. The 32-year-old spent nearly an hour going through his usual postgame workout routine.

“He’s a special one and we’re fortunate to have him,” Chicago starter Jake Arrieta said after working six innings to improve to 2-0. “He’s going to climb the ranks. Especially with the stuff that he still has. He might end up being No. 1 at the end of the day.”

A prospect that seemed far-fetched during Kimbrel’s well-documented struggles. He slogged through 2019 and 2020, going 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 41 appearances for Chicago.

It is fast becoming a somewhat distant memory. Kimbrel has yet to allow a hit in 4 2/3 innings in 2021. Asked what the difference is between now and the last couple seasons, Kimbrel just shrugged his shoulders.

“Throwing strikes,” he said with a laugh.

Lynn pitches 1st shutout of season, White Sox top Royals 6-0

CHICAGO (AP) There wasn’t much doubt Lance Lynn would go back out to finish this one. Manager Tony La Russa turned to him and asked how he was feeling.

“He looked at me and said, `Are you good?'” Lynn said. “I said, `I’m gonna finish it. Does that sound good?’ He goes, `Sounds good.’ And that was pretty much it.”

Lynn pitched a five-hitter for the first complete game and shutout in the major leagues this season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on a rainy Thursday.

Yermin Mercedes kept up his scorching start with a 485-foot homer. Yoan Moncada went deep, and the White Sox gave manager Tony La Russa the win in his first home game on the South Side in 35 years.

Lynn (1-0) struck out 11 and walked none in his second shutout in 238 career starts, his first since a five-hitter against the New York Yankees on May 27, 2014.

Acquired from Texas in the offseason, Lynn threw 79 of 111 pitches for strikes in his fourth career complete game. The 33-year-old right-hander struck out the first three batters and did not allow a runner until Salvador Perez led off the fifth with an infield single.

La Russa saw Lynn’s potential when he managed him in 2011 as a rookie with St. Louis. Lynn went on to become an innings-eating workhorse who can keep hitters off balance with a variety of pitches.

“He was really competitive,” La Russa said. “Now, what he’s added is experience. Ball does different things. He has three different fastballs. He has a nice breaking ball. He’s really just become a veteran pitcher who understands, keeps adding here, adding there so the hitters have to see different things. It’s really impressive.”

Arenado’s late HR lifts Cards over Brewers in home debut

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of his home debut with the Cardinals, lifting St. Louis over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday as fans returned to Busch Stadium for the first time since 2019.

Arenado, a five-time All-Star acquired from Colorado on Feb. 1 after eight seasons with the Rockies, followed a walk to Austin Dean with the score 1-1. Arenado turned on a first-pitch 96.6 mph offering from Drew Rasmussen (0-1) and sent the ball 373 feet to left for his second homer this season.

Arenado pointed to the St. Louis dugout just before rounding first and screamed as he helped the Cardinals to their fourth straight win, setting off cheers from a crowd limited by coronavirus protocols to 13,328.

“Baseball is a magical game and it was magical today,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said. “The story created itself. What an amazing moment for a guy who loves to play the game. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.”

Arenado took his first curtain call after the homer, stepping out of the dugout to the delight of the crowd.

“It doesn’t feel very real right now,” Arenado said. “It will sink in. It’s unbelievable.”

Arenado’s only struggle came early in the day when he found it hard to navigate the bowels of his new stadium. He struggled to find the home dressing room.

“Got lost,” he said.

St. Louis starting pitcher Adam Wainwright said his new teammate wrote the perfect ending.

“I don’t know how much better a man can be at baseball,” Wainwright said. “Everything he brings to the table is exactly what we need.”

Authorities: NFL player Phillip Adams killed 5, then himself

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) Former NFL player Phillip Adams fatally shot five people including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren before later killing himself, authorities said Thursday.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson told a news conference that investigators had not yet determined a motive in the mass shooting Wednesday.

“There’s nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” Tolson said.

Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were pronounced dead in their home in Rock Hill Wednesday along with grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5, the York County coroner’s office said.

A man who had been working at the Lesslie home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside. A sixth victim, Robert Shook, 38, of Cherryville, North Carolina, was flown to a Charlotte hospital, where he was in critical condition “fighting hard for his life,” said a cousin, Heather Smith Thompson.

At Thursday’s news conference, Tolson played audio of two 911 calls, the first from an HVAC company that employed Lewis and Shook. One of them, the caller said, had called him “screaming” and saying that he had been shot, and that his coworker was shot and “unresponsive.”

“I think there’s been a bad shooting,” a different man said in a second 911 call, saying he was outside cutting his grass and heard “about 20” shots fired at the Lesslie home before seeing someone leave the house.

Tolson said evidence left at the scene of the shooting led authorities to Adams as a suspect. He said they went to Adams’ parents’ home, evacuated them and then tried to talk Adams out of the house. Eventually, they found him dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in a bedroom, he said.

Tolson said both a .45-caliber and 9mm weapon were used in Wednesday’s shooting.

A person briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press earlier Thursday that Adams had been treated by Lesslie, who lived near his parents’ home. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

However, Tolson would not confirm that Adams had been the doctor’s patient.

Lesslie had worked for decades as an emergency room doctor, board-certified in both emergency medicine and occupational medicine and serving as emergency department medical director for nearly 15 years at Rock Hill General Hospital, according to his website.

A biography page said he and his wife raised four children and were actively involved with their church, as well as with Camp Joy, which works with children with disabilities and where Lesslie served as camp physician for a week each summer. On Thursday, Tolson said the family had asked that any memorials be made to the camp.

Adams, 32, played in 78 NFL games over five seasons for six teams. He joined the 49ers in 2010 as a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina State, and though he rarely started, he went on to play for New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets before finishing his career with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015.

As a rookie late in the 2010 season, Adams suffered a severe ankle injury. He never played for the 49ers again, getting released just before the 2011 season began. Later, with the Raiders, he had two concussions over three games in 2012.

Whether he suffered long-lasting concussion-related injuries wasn’t immediately clear. Adams would not have been eligible for testing as part of a broad settlement between the league and its former players over such injuries, because he hadn’t retired by 2014.

Van Vleet, Bembry, Horton-Tucker suspended for fighting

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Raptors guards DeAndre’ Bembry and Fred Van Vleet and Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker were suspended one game without pay Thursday for leaving their benches during a fight.

The suspensions, announced by NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, stemmed from the first quarter of Tuesday night’s game, a 110-101 victory by the Lakers.

Bembry will serve his suspension in Toronto’s game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night in Tampa, Florida. Horton-Tucker will miss the Lakers’ game at Miami on Thursday night.

Van Vleet has missed the past two games with an injury. He will serve his suspension when physically able to play.

Also, Toronto’s OG Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell of Los Angeles were fined for their roles, leading to their ejections.

With 2:24 left in the first quarter, Dennis Schroder fouled Anunoby’s layup attempt. Schroder and Anunoby squared off and other players became involved. The ejections were determined by video review.

Anunoby, who received a technical foul, was fined $30,000 for initiating the altercation by grabbing Schroder by the leg and flipping him to the ground.

Harrell, who also received a technical foul, was fined $20,000 for aggressively entering the fray and shoving Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr.

French Open postponed by 1 week because of pandemic

PARIS (AP) For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament said Thursday it will push back the start of this season’s event by one week because of surging virus cases in France.

“This postponement will give us a little more time to improve the health situation and should allow us to optimize our chances of welcoming spectators at Roland Garros,” said Gilles Moretton, the president of the French tennis federation. “Whether for the fans, the players or the atmosphere, crowd presence is essential to the tournament, the first international sporting event of the spring.”

The French Open was scheduled to start on May 23, but first-round matches will now get underway on May 30.

Last year’s tournament was pushed back to September because of the pandemic, with crowds limited to 1,000 per day.

The delay will have a knock-on effect on the grass-court season, but not Wimbledon.

Tennis authorities lengthened the gap between the French Open final and the start of Wimbledon to three weeks in 2015, giving players extra time to get used to the fastest surface in the game. But because of the delay announced Thursday, the season will be reduced to two weeks plus Wimbledon.

“All four Grand Slam tournaments are united in their view on the importance of a meaningful build-up to every Grand Slam … However, given the considerable challenges ahead of the FFT in staging Roland Garros, and to avoid further impact on the rest of the calendar, the grass court season will be reduced by one week in 2021,” the Grand Slam board said in a statement.

Wimbledon was canceled last year because of the pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament wasn’t played.

The move to delay this year’s French Open came as hospitals in the country approach saturation from virus cases. To slow down the pace of infections, new nationwide restrictions have been enforced, including a three-week school closure, a month-long domestic travel ban and the closing of non-essential shops.

The French tennis federation said the decision was taken in order to maximize chances the event will be played “in front of as many spectators as possible” in a safe environment.

Marte (hamstring) put on 10-day IL by Diamondbacks

DENVER (AP) Infielder Ketel Marte was placed on the 10-day injured list by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, a day after hurting his right hamstring against the Colorado Rockies.

Arizona recalled Andrew Young, who had been with its taxi squad, ahead of Thursday’s game at Coors Field.

Marte was injured in the sixth inning of the Diamondbacks’ 8-0 loss. He grabbed the back of his right hamstring while running to first base after hitting a grounder to third and had to be helped off the field.

Manager Torey Lovullo says Marte likely will get an MRI when the team returns home.

“There’s some soreness there; there are some things that we expected,” Lovullo said.

Marte, 27, was hitting .462 with two home runs in the first six games.

$50M suit alleges retaliation over allegations against coach

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) In a $50 million federal racketeering lawsuit, an associate athletic director at Louisiana State University accuses university officials of retaliating against her for reporting racist remarks and inappropriate sexual behavior by former head football coach Les Miles.

Sharon Lewis’ lawsuit said she was denied pay raises and subjected to verbal abuse after going to officials with the allegations against Miles – including her accusation that he told her there were “too many Black girls” employed in athletics and an incident when a female student accused him of “getting on top of her” on his office couch. It also accuses LSU officials of working with a law firm to cover up allegations against Miles, including one that he engaged in “explicit sex acts” with a student.

“This lawsuit is a work of fiction eight years in the making,” Miles’ attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said in an emailed statement. Miles has denied allegations he made sexual advances toward students.

Lewis, a former LSU track and field star, is the associate athletic director for football recruiting and alumni relations at LSU. Her lawsuit, filed in Baton Rouge, is the latest blow to the university after an independent investigator determined the school mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct by student athletes and Miles.

“We are disappointed that a 20 year employee, who has received several promotions throughout her career and currently serves as Associate Athletic Director, is now filing a lawsuit against the university,” LSU lawyer Winston DeCuir said in an email. “Following the press conference by her counsel, we believe that this lawsuit is an attempt to take advantage of the situation for personal benefit,” he added, referring to a news conference earlier in the week.

Numerous LSU officials refused to testify Thursday in Baton Rouge at a legislative hearing about the ongoing scandal, sending DeCuir on their behalf.

Several LSU students told the committee they don’t believe university leaders are doing enough to improve the climate.

“It still feels like the university is waiting for everything to go away,” said Charlie Stephens, a sophomore in LSU’s mass communications school.

Lewis’ lawsuit says that her complaints to LSU about Miles’ behavior resulted in retaliation by Miles, Executive Deputy Athletics Director Verge Ausberry, Senior Associate Athletic Director Miriam Segar and others. It also alleges the formation of an “enterprise” whose members conspired to protect the university from sexual harassment complaints and allegations of violations of federal “Title IX” sex discrimination law. The alleged enterprise included five current or former LSU board members, Ausberry, Segar, former Athletic Director Joe Alleva and attorneys with a law firm – Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips – hired by the university to investigate the allegations.

Vicki Crochet, an attorney with Taylor Porter and a defendant in Lewis’ lawsuit, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, in a letter to a state Senate committee, she defended Taylor Porter’s handling of the allegations. “We stand behind our analysis and the thorough work we did for LSU,” she wrote, saying students’ confidentiality was a top concern.

Miles was recently ousted as head football coach at Kansas after the release of a 148-page review by the Husch Blackwell law firm about LSU’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints campus-wide.

INDIANA BASEBALL: Indiana Baseball Hosts Illinois

SETTING THE SCENE

• The Indiana Hoosiers return home to host Illinois in a three-game, Big Ten series this weekend at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.

• Indiana has dropped their last five contests, three of which by less than three runs. IU’s series loss to Ohio State last weekend was the first for the Hoosiers this season.

• Jeff Mercer is in his third season at the helm of the Indiana baseball program. He led the Hoosiers to a Big Ten regular season title in 2019, earning him Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

INSIDE #IUBASE

• The Indiana pitching staff continues to thrive this season, posting a team ERA of 2.81 with 181 strikeouts in 150.2 innings pitched. IU has allowed just 57 earned runs on 93 hits and has limited opponents to a batting average of .174.

• Offensively, the Hoosiers have been led by INF Cole Barr, who is hitting a team-best .361 on the year with two home runs, seven doubles and 11 RBI. OF Grant Richardson has hit a team-high three home runs and stole a team-best five bases, while INF Jordan Fucci leads IU with 14 RBI.

• The Hoosiers lead the Big Ten in team ERA (2.81), hits allowed per nine innings (5.56) and WHIP (1.12). IU ranks sixth in the nation, second and seventh, respectively, in those categories.

• Individually, RHP McCade Brown leads the Big Ten in strikeouts (49), is second in strikeouts per nine innings (15.75), third in hits allowed per nine innings (4.82) and fourth in ERA (2.57). LHP Tommy Sommer ranks third in ERA (2.45) and sixth in hits allowed per nine innings (5.52).

• Indiana is ranked No. 24 in the nation by Perfect Game. The Hoosiers are also receiving votes in the NCBWA poll.

• Since the start of the 2008 season, Indiana leads the Big Ten in wins (440) and conference wins (188). The Hoosiers have made seven NCAA Regionals over that span, the most out of any current Big Ten team.

•RHP McCade Brown was named the D1Baseball/AstroTurf Player of the Week, the Perfect Game/Rawlings Pitcher of the Week, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after a school-record performance against Penn State on Mar. 13.

• The sophomore hurler matched the Indiana school record with a career-high 16 strikeouts in seven, no-hit innings. He also broke the IU record for most strikeouts in a Big Ten game, eclipsing the previous record of 13.

• LHP Tommy Sommer was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 9. Sommer was outstanding for the Hoosiers this past weekend, helping the team defeat Minnesota, 5-2, on Mar. 5. The Carmel, Ind. native tossed eight shutout innings to earn the win, allowing just two hits, while matching his career-high with 10 strikeouts.

• Indiana OF Grant Richardson was named a First-Team Preseason All-American by both Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named Third-Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball.

• Before the season, Indiana was tabbed to win the Big Ten in 2021 by Perfect Game. OF Grant Richardson was named the Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-Big Ten team. He was joined on the preseason All-Big Ten team by RHP Gabe Bierman and RHP Connor Manous.

• RHP Gabe Bierman, OF Grant Richardson and LHP Tommy Sommer were all named to the Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch List. IU was picked to finish second in the Big Ten behind Michigan in a preseason poll conducted of the league’s coaches.

• After leading the Hoosiers to the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship, Jeff Mercer was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Mercer became the first Big Ten head coach since 1982 (John Anderson, Minnesota) to win a regular season conference title in his first season as the skipper.  He was just the second coach in IU history – in any sport, men’s or women’s – to win an outright Big Ten championship in his (or her) first year.

INDIANA SOFTBALL: Indiana Softball Travels to Purdue

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Softball (8-12, 8-12 Big Ten) heads back out on the road this weekend for four games against the Purdue Boilermakers (6-14, 6-14 Big Ten) in West Lafayette. 

First Pitch

The series will kick off on Friday, April 9 with a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. The series will continue with a game on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with a game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Checking Out The Competition

Purdue: The Boilermakers enter the weekend with a 6-14 overall record. Last time out Purdue went 1-3 against Minnesota. In the Purdue win pitcher Savanah Henley tossed a 1-hitter in a 2-0 victory. Henley is 1-3 on the season with an era of 2.26. Rachel Becker leads Purdue with 27 hits on the season and has nine doubles and 6 RBI.

Last Time Out

Indiana started the series with Iowa with a 4-1 victory in extra innings. The Hoosiers and Hawkeyes were tied 1-1 after seven innings. Back-to-back home runs by Aaliyah Andrews and Annika Baez ignited Indiana to the 4-1 victory. Emily Goodin allowed two hits and no runs through 5.1 innings pitched. On Sunday, the Hoosiers had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning when Iowa scored one run in the seventh and one run in the tenth inning for a 2-1 win. Emily Goodin pitched the whole way for the Hoosiers and tallied five strikeouts.

News and Notes

•  Gabbi Jenkins leads the Big Ten and NCAA in stolen bases in a single game with six. Jenkins ranks second in the Big Ten in total stolen bases with 16.

• Jenkins has 87 career stolen bases and is three away from breaking the 90 career stolen base record set by Aimee Lonigro in 1997. She broke the program single game stolen base record already this year with six against Rutgers on Mar. 13.

•  As a team, the Hoosiers rank fourth in the country in stolen bases at 2.90 per game. 

• The Hoosiers have stolen 39 more bases than their opponents this season.

• Bella Norton leads Indiana in RBI with eight on the season. 

• Brittany Ford hit her first career grand slam in game one against Rutgers on Mar. 13.

• Katie Lacefield and Taylor Lambert had their first home runs of the season on Mar. 13 during game two against Rutgers.

• Gabbi Jenkins leads Indiana in batting average at .328 and has 21 hits including seven extra base hits.

• Macy Montgomery hit her first career single in the Mar. 28 game against No. 25 Michigan.

• Brooke Benson recorded the first walk off of her career when she hit a RBI double in the 11th inning to help the Hoosiers prevail and get the sweep against Rutgers.

INDIANA TRACK: Hoosiers Set to Host Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 2

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – Indiana Track & Field steps back inside the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field complex to host the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 2. Due to weather, the meet will be moved to a one-day meet on Friday, Apr. 9. The first event is scheduled to commence at 3 p.m.

Indiana Schedule of Events

Men’s Track Events— 400m, 110m hurdles, 100m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m, 3000m steeplechase, 4x400m relay, 1500m, 10000m

Women’s Track Events— 400m, 100m hurdles, 800m, 200m, 4x400m relay, 1500m, 10000m

Men’s Field Events— Hammer, long jump, pole vault, javelin, high jump, shot put, and discus

Women’s Field Events— hammer, long jump, pole vault, high jump, shot put, and discus

Last Time Out: B1G North Florida Invite

On day one of the meet, six individuals saw personal records fall. Leah Moran continued to be dominate in the long jump with a mark of 6.39m (20′ 11.75″) to win gold. Mahogany Jenkins broke her personal records in the high jump (1.69m) and triple jump. Alyssa Robinson set a personal best in the 100m with a time of 11.56. Kelsey Harris placed second in the 1500m and garnered a personal record time of 4:16.42. Shaton Vaughn crossed in a time of 53.07 to place third and pick up a personal record. Bailey Hertenstein (2:09.90), Mallory Mulzer (2:11.24), and Maria Anderson (2:11.8) all slashed their previous bests in the 800m. Rikkoi Brathwaite took a new PR in the 200m with a time of. 24.37. Moran and Harris highlighted day two by winning the 800m and triple jump.

Hoosiers in the NCAA

17 Indiana Track & Field student-athletes are currently qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

Men

Rikkoi Brathwaite (26th) – 200m; 20.97

Teddy Browning (22nd) – 1500m; 3:45.40

Shaton Vaughn (38th) – 400m; 53.07

Nathan Stone (2nd) – Pole Vault; 5.45m

Treyton Harris (4th) – Long Jump; 7.87m

Brock Mammoser (14th) – Pole Vault; 5.15m

JaiQuan Earls (20th) – Long Jump; 7.41m

Dom Day (34th) – Long Jump; 7.34m

Nolan Landis (42nd) –

Women

Kelsey Harris (5th) – 1500m; 4:16.42

Kelsey Harris (9th) – 800m; 2:05.39

Alyssa Robinson (30th) – 100m; 11.56

Khayla Dawson (1st) – Shot Put; 17.74m

Leah Moran (2nd) – Triple Jump; 13.25m

Leah Moran (T-6th) – Long Jump; 6.39m

Anna Watson (T-6th) – Pole Vault; 4.20m

Maddy Pollard (7th) – Shot Put; 16.76m

Khayla Dawson (18th) – Discus; 51.70m

Mahogany Jenkins (23rd) – Triple Jump; 12.37m

Hope Purcell (T-35th) – High Jump; 1.70m

Women Ranked

The USTFCCCA came out with their week three national rankings. The Indiana women are currently ranked No. 17 in the country. This is the first time since 2010 That they have reached this mark during the outdoor season. In 2010 they were ranked has high as 19.

In The Hunt

The USTFCCCA announced their mid-season program of the year watchlist. The Indiana Men currently sit in sixth as they shift to the outdoor slate.

Senior Make Return

Due to the cancelation of the 2020 outdoor season because of the ongoing cOVID-19 pandemic, The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility to those seniors who were unable to compete in their final outdoor season. Returning to the squad for the 2021 outdoor campaign are Adam Coulon, Khayla Dawson, Kelsey Harris, Treyton Harris, Leah Moran, Kyle Mau, Mallory Mulzer, and Joely Pinkston.

INDIANA MSOCCER: Hoosier Trio Honored by Top Drawer Soccer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer sophomores Victor Bezerra and Daniel Munie were named to the TDS Men’s Midseason Top-100 Underclassman list, while freshman Joey Maher claimed a spot on the top-100 freshman list by the same publication.

Bezerra, ranked third on the list, was excellent in the early stages of the season, scoring four goals in the opening two matches of the year. He scored a brace against both Wisconsin and Ohio State on his way to scoring a Big Ten-leading six goals. He led the conference in shots (22), shots on goal (13), goals (6) and total points (15). He also added three assists (t-5th) and two game-winning tallies (t-2nd).  

Munie, No. 27 on the list, has tallied two goals this season, including a game-winner in the 88th minute against Michigan State. He has also been a stalwart on the backline of the conference-leading defensive unit. Indiana has yielded just 0.25 goals per game.

Maher, alongside Munie, controlled the backline for a defense that surrendered just two goals in eight matches. He started and played every minute at centerback this season and was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on March 30. The Caseyville, Ill., native ranks No. 25 on the freshman list.

The top-seeded (No. 5) Hoosiers are scheduled to play the eighth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats in the first round of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament at 2 p.m. ET on April 10 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Consistent with IU Athletics’ ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, coaches, staff, spectators and the local community, men’s soccer home matches will continue to be played without fans for the remainder of the year.

NOTRE DAME BASEBALL: #12 ND Baseball: Series Preview – No. 14 Georgia Tech

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team is back home this weekend as they are set to begin another long stretch of games from the friendly confines of Frank Eck Stadium. Up first is the third straight ranked series as No. 14 Georgia Tech is in town for a three game series. It is the second consecutive Top-15 series at Eck Stadium and the Irish look to keep their momentum going after a road series win over No. 17 Pitt.

Home Sweet Home

  • After winning their fourth straight road series on the season, the Irish return home to begin a long stretch of games from Frank Eck Stadium.
  • The Irish begin an eight game homestand this weekend and 15 of their next 19 games will be held at Frank Eck Stadium as they finish the regular season home slate.
  • On deck for the Irish is another Top-15 series as No. 14 Georgia Tech comes to town for the first time since 2017.
  • It is the third straight ranked series for the Irish and four of their last five series have all come against ranked foes.
  • Georgia Tech has a slight edge in the all-time series at 11-9 but the Irish are 3-0 in games played in South Bend.
  • The last time the two teams played in South Bend was the Yellow Jackets first ever trip here and the Irish came away with a series sweep.
  • Georgia Tech enters the weekend with a 14-10 record and 11-7 mark in ACC play.
  • They are coming off a home series loss to Virginia last weekend and a midweek loss to USC Upstate this past Tuesday.

Homers Clinch Series Over No. 17 Pitt

  • Coming off the game two loss where offense was at a premium, the Irish bats made some noise in the 11-5 win to clinch the series.
  • They got rolling in the second inning with a solo home run from Jack Brannigan, his first of the season.
  • After a run in the third, the Irish put their first crooked number on the scoreboard with three in the fourth. Zack Prajzner hit a solo homer while Spencer Myers and Danny Neri also scored in the inning.
  • The game broke open in the fifth when Notre Dame put five runs up after a two-RBI single from Niko Kavadas and a three-run home run from Carter Putz.
  • Myers added to the home run parade in the seventh with a solo home run for the fourth homer of the game for the Irish.
  • It is the first time since May 1, 2018 against Western Michigan that the Irish have had four home runs in a game.
  • Tanner Kohlhepp picked up his second win of the season in relief.
  • With the series win the Irish recorded their fifth ACC series win on the year, the most by any team in the conference so far.
  • The Irish scored in double figures for the fourth time this season and the second time in a rubber match of a series.

Putz, Kavadas Lead Irish To Series-Opening Win

  • The middle of the Irish lineup got the Irish rolling in the series opener against No. 17 Pitt.
  • After three scoreless innings, Carter Putz led the fourth inning off with a solo shot to center to open the scoring. 
  • Two batters later, Niko Kavadas was at it again with his 11th home run of the season to double the lead. 
  • With the home run, Niko sits alone in sixth all-time in program history with 35 career home runs.
  • The pair scored two insurance runs in the ninth to increase the Irish inning heading into the final frame.
  • On the mound Will Mercer, Tanner Kohlhepp and Joe Sheridan combined for the win after allowing just five hits and one run.
  • Kohlhepp grabbed his second win of the season after three innings of scoreless work and did not allow a hit. Sheridan picked up his second save of the season.

Top-25, Here Come The Irish

  • Following five ACC series wins, with four coming on the road and a sweep to begin the 2021 season, people are starting to take note of the Irish.
  • The Irish stayed steady in the polls after splitting the first two games of the series against Pittsburgh on Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Irish have cracked the Top-15 in four of the six polls with the highest ranking being No. 12 by Baseball America followed by No. 13 from D1Baseball, No. 14 from the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 15 from Perfect Game.
  • The Irish highest ranking is No. 12 for the third straight week. It is the highest the Irish have been in any poll since April 24, 2006 when they were also ranked No. 12 by Baseball America. 
  • A week after cracking two of the polls after the series win against Clemson, the Irish appeared in all six polls after the road sweep of Virginia.
  • In the final week of the 2020 regular season, Notre Dame made their first appearance in the Top-25 when they were selected No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball News.
  • It was the first time the Irish were ranked in the Top-25 since the 2015 season, the last time Notre Dame made an NCAA Regional.

Road Less Traveled

  • With the 11-5 series-clinching win over Pitt on April 5, the Irish won their fifth-consecutive ACC road series dating back to the 2020 season.
  • It is the longest road series winning streak for the Irish since they have joined the ACC back in 2014.
  • The last time the Irish won five straight conference road series was back in the 2000-01 seasons when they won six straight conference road series over Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Connecticut and Villanova.
  • The Irish have been dubbed the road warriors as they have won eight of their last 10 ACC road series dating back to the 2019 season.
  • In the shortened 2020 season the Irish finished 9-1 on the road, it was their most road wins since the 2015 season.
  • During his two-year tenure as head coach for the Irish, Link Jarrett’s squad has a 18-4 record on the road.
  • The Irish opened ACC play with a 12-5 start through six series, the best start to conference play since joining the ACC. It is the best start to a conference slate for the Irish since 2008 when they opened BIG EAST play with an identical 12-5 record.

NOTRE DAME MSOCCER: MATCH 17 PREVIEW: VIRGINIA TECH

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame plays its regular season home finale at Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, April 9 against ACC foe Virginia Tech. The game will air on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME vs. VIRGINIA TECH

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Alumni Stadium

Live Stream: ACCNX

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Game Notes: vs. Virginia Tech

SENIOR NIGHT

• The Irish will honor their seniors on Friday evening before the match against the Hokies in a short ceremony.

• The six players to be recognized are Jacob Huber, Michael Lynch, Aiden McFadden, Keagan McLaughlin, Townsend Meyer and Simon Roennecke.

• The six players mentioned above have combined to appear in 62 matches during the 2020-21 campaign.

THE VIRGINIA TECH SERIES

• Notre Dame and Virginia Tech will face each other on Friday evening for the 12th time in series history. The Irish are 6-4-1 against the Hokies in the all-time series.

• The Irish dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Alumni Stadium against Virginia Tech in the fall in the last meeting between the two sides on November 2, 2020.

• Notre Dame is 3-2-0 in matches against the Hokies at Notre Dame.

McCARTNEY MAKES AN IMPACT

• Dawson McCartney joined the Irish this spring after transfering from Dartmouth and has already made major contributions to the Irish squad.

• The senior has recorded four points off a goal and two assists over his four starts.

• McCartney scored his first goal in an Irish uniform against No. 5 Wake Forest and provided the assists on the game-winning goal against Calvin in a midweek matchup and versus UNC in a weekend ACC showdown.

SET PIECE SUCCESS

• The Irish have been excellent on set pieces this season, scoring off corners, free kicks, penalty kicks and even throw ins.

• Notre Dame has scored 10 goals off set pieces during the 2020-21 campaign.

• Four of the goals have come from corners.

• The most recent set piece goal came in the match against UNC off a free kick. McCartney’s service was redirected in by Reese Mayer for his first career goal.

LYNN LEADS THE LINE

• Junior forward Jack Lynn enters the weekend leading the Irish in goals on the season with eight.

• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 21 over his three years at Notre Dame.

• In the final match of the fall regular season, Lynn recorded the first hat trick of his career, scoring three times in the first half in the 4-1 win over Louisville.

• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.

STRONG STARTS

• The Irish have been tough to beat when scoring first this season, posting a 7-2 record when achieving the feat.

• Notre Dame has conceded a total of six goals in the nine games when it has struck first.

• Seven of the nine games when the Irish have scored first have come in the first half.

AIDEN’S ASSISTS

• Senior forward Aiden McFadden is living up to his No. 10 jersey this season, totaling four assists.

• All four of McFadden’s assists have come off crosses, including two from service on corners.

• Despite not getting credited with an assist, McFadden provided the final touch from a Notre Dame player in the double overtime own goal to help the Irish defeat the Cavaliers on Oct. 24.

• McFadden has scored two goals this season, including the game winner over UNC in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in OT in the fall. He also scored in the seventh minute in the win over Duke.

• The senior was selected as the 59th overall pick (third round) by Atlanta United FC in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Look to Keep Rolling in Ann Arbor This Weekend

Ohio State at Michigan

Game 1

Date: April 9, 2021 | Time: 4:00 p.m. | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Listen | Scoring

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Garrett Burhenn (Jr. | RHP | 2-1 | 3.72 ERA | 29.0 IP | 30 K | 11 BB)

Michigan – Steve Hajjar (R-So. | LHP | 1-0 | 2.67 ERA | 30.1 IP | 38 K | 8 BB)

Game 2

Date: April 10, 2021 | Time: 2:00 p.m | Watch: BTN Plus+ | Listen | Scoring

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Seth Lonsway (R-Jr. | LHP | 1-3 | 3.90 ERA | 27.2 IP | 44 K | 16 BB)

Michigan – Cameron Weston (So. | RHP | 3-1 | 3.99 ERA | 29.1 IP | 23 K | 11 BB)

Game 3

Date: April 11, 2021 | Time: 4:00 p.m. | Watch: ESPN2 | Listen | Scoring

Probable Starters:

Ohio State – Jack Neely (Jr. | RHP | 1-0 | 3.63 ERA | 22.1 IP | 31 K | 13 BB)

Michigan – Jacob Denner (So. | LHP | 1-0 | 3.98 ERA | 20.1 IP | 22 K | 7 BB)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As big as last weekend’s series was, this one coming up is just as big. The Buckeyes head north for a three-game series with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. This will be a standard three-game series beginning on Friday evening. Ohio State is currently third in the Big Ten standings at 12-7 and Michigan is just a game in front of the Buckeyes at 13-6.

The Opponent

Michigan is 13-6 on the season and is second place in the Big Ten. The Wolverines are just a half game behind Nebraska for the top spot.

The Wolverines are coming off a 2-2 weekend in College Park, Md., split a pair of games each with Northwestern and Maryland. The most recent game was a 17-7 loss to the Terrapins on Monday.

Michigan is hitting .256 as a team and is the most patient team in the conference, leading the league in walks with 95.

Indiana Weekend Recap

Ohio State swept Indiana in a huge four-game series last weekend. The Hoosiers came into the weekend leading the Big Ten standings and left town a half game behind the Buckeyes.

The shining moment of the weekend came from Seth Lonsway in his complete game, two hit shutout that featured a career-high 17 strikeouts. In a seven inning game, just four outs in the game did not come via a strikeout.

As a whole, the Buckeye pitching staff limited Indiana to just a .154 batting average and struck out 46 batters while allowing just four earned runs over the four games.

At the plate, Zach Dezenzo hit .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs over the weekend. He had a four-hit game in the series finale, including the game-winning walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. He finished with four RBI and three scored runs in the four games.

Sam Wilson had five hits in the four games and three of those hits were doubles.

The Buckeyes took advantage of eight Indiana errors over the four games.

TJ Brock collected two saves on the weekend.

Ohio State Quick Hitters

Ohio State enters the weekend at 12-7 overall and in third place in the Big Ten standings.

The Buckeyes have been led by its pitching safe so far this season. OSU is second in the conference in ERA at 3.69 and leads the Big Ten in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.0.

The Ohio State staff is also second in the Big Ten in hits allowed by batter per nine innings (7.32) and leads the conference in hit batters (38).

Seth Lonsway is third in the conference and 15th nationally at 14.31 strikeouts per nine innings and also tops in the conference with seven hit batters. Ouch.

Lonsway is leads the Big Ten in hits allowed per nine innings at 4.23.

Both Lonsway and Jack Neely are in the Top 10 in the Big Ten in strikeouts and hits allowed per nine innings.

TJ Brock has six saves on the year which is tops in the Big Ten and tied for ninth nationally.

Brock’s father Thomas Brock played baseball for the Wolverines and his mother Kathy played volleyball at Michigan.

Joe Gahm has eight appearances covering four innings and he has yet to allow an earned run.

Freshman Kade Kern continues to lead the team in hitting at .338. He also tops the team with six doubles, 16 RBI and OBP at .405. Kern has five multi-hit games on the season including a five-hit game in the opener.

Thanks to his 8-of-15 weekend against Indiana, Zach Dezenzo raised his batting average to .310 and has five doubles, three homers and a triple. He has hit safely in seven of the last nine games and is hitting .419 with three home runs and three doubles over that stretch.

OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: Ohio State, Michigan Set for Four-Game Weekend Series

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Another chapter in the history of the Ohio State-Michigan softball series will be written this weekend when the Buckeyes and Wolverines meet for four games at Buckeye Field from Friday-Sunday. The entire weekend series will be streamed on BTN Plus with links to live stats available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com. There is no general public ticket availability for the Buckeyes’ home games.

The Basics

Michigan at Ohio State | Friday, April 9 | 4 p.m. | Columbus, Ohio

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Michigan at Ohio State (Gm. 1) | Saturday, April 10 | 1 p.m. | Columbus, Ohio

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Michigan at Ohio State (Gm. 2) | Saturday, April 10 | Approx. 3:30 p.m. | Columbus, Ohio

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Michigan at Ohio State | Sunday, April 11 | 1 p.m. | Columbus, Ohio

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Briefly on the Buckeyes

Ohio State is 12-7 on the season and currently riding a season-high five-game winning streak.

The Buckeyes won three games against Penn State last weekend, outscoring the Nittany Lions 20-4.

Ohio State is fourth in the Big Ten with a .276 team batting average.

Tegan Cortelletti leads the way with a .394 average and 26 hits in 66 at-bats. She’s also a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen bases.

Sam Hackenbracht, this week’s Big Ten Player of the Week, is hitting .333 with four home runs, 12 RBI and a team-best .711 slugging percentage.

In the circle, the Buckeyes possess a 2.12 team ERA, good for sixth-best in the conference, led by the duo of Payton Buresch and Allison Smith.

Buresch’s 1.51 ERA is eighth-best in the conference. Last weekend at Penn State, she tossed 11.0 innings and allowed just four hits and one run.

Smith, meanwhile, is fifth in the league with seven wins thus far and is striking out an average of one batter per inning (64 Ks, 62.0 innings pitched).

On defense, Ohio State is tied for the league lead with 11 double plays turned.

Attendance Policy Update

There will not be any general public ticket availability for the sports of baseball, softball, field hockey and men’s and women’s tennis.

There are too few tickets available for those sports after tickets are allocated to family members of the student-athletes and coaching staffs of the competing teams.

Any remaining tickets will be offered to groups such as students, donors and/or season ticket holders.

This and That

·        Over the last 10 games, the Buckeyes bats have come alive. Ohio State is hitting .341 as a team since March 13 with five starters who are at .400 or better.

·        Hackenbracht has 12 hits in 25 at-bats during that span with four home runs, 12 RBI and a 1.080 slugging percentage.

·        Tegan Cortelletti (.455), Ashley Prange (.423), Niki Carver (.409) and Mariah Rodriguez (.400) have also been hot.

·        Thirty-three of Ohio State’s 88 hits over the last 10 games have gone for extra bases (37.5 percent).

·        Cortelletti has a team-high nine multi-hit games this year, including three outings with three hits.

·        She’s currently sixth in the conference is batting average and fourth in total hits.

·        Niki Carver is six hits shy of 100 for her career. She is also the team’s active career leader with 15 home runs.

Hackenbracht Powers Offense at Penn State

There wasn’t much more that Sam Hackenbracht could have done at the plate in two games at Penn State last weekend.

The sophomore from Massillon, Ohio hit .833 with a .857 on-base percentage, belted three home runs and drove in eight.

In the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader, she was 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI.

Hackenbracht reached base in six of her seven plate appearances.

A Total Team Effort

The Buckeyes’ 12 wins this year have come as a result of both timely hitting and consistent pitching.

The Buckeyes rank fifth in the conference in total runs scored (79) and their average of 4.1 runs per game is also fifth.

Ohio State’s 144 hits as a team is second only to Northwestern and Illinois.

Only Northwestern has a better slugging percentage that’s Ohio State .412 and Ohio State is third in the conference in home runs (12).

The Buckeyes’ pitching staff ranks in the top half of the conference in total earned runs allowed (sixth), batting average against (fourth), and hits allowed (fourth).

OHIO STATE WSOCCER: Buckeyes Advance in Big Ten Regional with 4-2 Win

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 22 Ohio State (7-1-3) knocked off visiting Maryland (0-10-2) 4-2 in the Big Ten Regional Weekend Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes scored four unanswered goals to advance in postseason play.

Freshman Peyton McNamara broke a 1-all tie in the 56th minute to put Ohio State in the lead for good. She added another in the 80th minute. The goals were her fourth and fifth of the season. Assists on McNamara’s second goal went to Kine Flotre and Chloe Delyser, their first career assists. 

The Terrapins struck first with a goal in the 9th minute. The Buckeyes tied it at 1-all on a goal by Kayla Fisher in the 42nd minute.

Fisher’s equalizer was her fifth goal of the year and 14th of her career. The assist went to Izzy Rodriguez, her first assist of the season and 10th for her career.

The Buckeyes added an insurance goal in the 62nd minute when Alyssa Baumbick scored. Assists went to Fischer and Emaly Vatne. It was the first goal of the year for Baumbick, and fifth career. Fischer has three assists this season and nine for her career. Vatne has five career assists and one this season.

After 45 minutes, the Buckeyes led 6-4 in shots with a 4-2 edge in shots on net. For the game, Ohio State owned a 13-11 edge in shots, 9-3 on goal.  

The Buckeyes now await the winner of the Rutgers vs. Michigan State game being played in Columbus Thursday afternoon. Ohio State and the winner of the Scarlet Knights and Spartans game will meet Sunday in Columbus. The game time has not been determined.

OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: Londot Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; Oldenburg Recognized as Coach of the Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rookie Emily Londot was voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year while head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg was named Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and media, the conference announced Thursday.

Londot was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection. Sophomore Mac Podraza earned the first postseason laurels of her career with first team honors. Freshman Rylee Rader, sophomore Kylie Murr and junior Vanja Bukilić all garnered second team All-Big Ten accolades. Londot and Rader also secured a spot on the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. The five total All-Big Ten honorees is the most in one season for Ohio State.

TOP ROOKIE

Londot is the seventh Buckeye in program history to be selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and first since Stacey Gordon was honored in 2001. The 6-foot-3 opposite hitter led all Big Ten freshman and ranked second in the league in kills per set (4.03) and total points (335.5). She has recorded double-digit kills in all 18 matches this season and had at least 20 kills on six occasions. Londot has posted seven double-doubles, including a pair of 23-kill, 17-dig performances.

FEARLESS LEADER

Oldenburg is the second Buckeye head coach to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and media, joining Jim Stone, who achieved the feat three times. Under her guidance, Ohio State was off to its best start in the Big Ten since the 1991 season with a 12-0 record, the most consecutive wins since 2013. It also happened to be the best start under a first-year head coach in program history. Oldenburg is set to lead the No. 9 nationally seeded Buckeyes into the NCAA Tournament, the only head coach in Ohio State history to earn an appearance in the national tournament during their first year at the helm. 

SETTING THE STANDARD

Podraza picked up her first All-Big Ten accolade after ranking second in the conference and 19th nationally with 10.89 assists per set. Her 806 total assists is the top mark in the Big Ten and 16th-highest total in the country. The 6-foot-2 setter has tallied at least 40 assists in 16 outings and surpassed 50 assists five times. She was a four-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season and became the first Buckeye to earn the honor three weeks in a row.

A FORCE AT THE NET

Rader is being recognized by the Big Ten for the first time in her career with spots on the second and all-freshman teams. She leads the Buckeyes and ranks 15th in the country with a .422 hitting percentage. Rader has hit above .400 in 10 matches and has a .404 clip against Top 50 teams. She has been a force at the net, coming in third on the team in total blocks (64). The rookie middle blocker wrote her name in Ohio State’s record book with a career-high 11 blocks against Rutgers on Feb. 27. It was the most blocks by a Buckeye since 2015 and the most by a freshman since 1987. 

DUO ON SECOND TEAM

Murr is once again a second-teamer after receiving the honor back in 2019. She has started every match at libero and checks in at No. 4 in the Big Ten by averaging 4.28 digs per set. Her 317 total digs ranks third among the league’s leaders. Murr has a .933 serve reception rate after handling 280 of 300 attempts successfully.

Bukilić pulled in her first award as a Buckeye with her appearance on the second team. The 6-foot-6 opposite hitter puts away 2.80 kills per set and has accumulated 196 points to rank second on the team.

A GREAT SPORT

Senior Lauren Witte was named the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient. The award is given to student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior while holding a good academic standing and demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The middle blocker has started every match this season and has 1.65 kills per set while hitting .372. She paces Ohio State at the net with 78 total blocks.

Purdue Track & Field: Boilermakers Return to IU Friday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue track & field team travels to Bloomington, Indiana, for the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 2 on Friday, April 9, at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.

The meet commences at 3 p.m. ET, with Purdue’s first event, the long jump, at 4 p.m. The Boilermakers’ final event, the 5,000-meter, is slated to start 8:40 p.m. Due to inclement weather expected in the area, competition will only be held on Friday, with Saturday’s events moved a day earlier.

Twenty-one women will represent the Boilermakers in 11 total events, while 12 men are set to compete in seven events.

JALIL BREWER NAMED BIG TEN MEN’S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Junior Jalil Brewer was named the Big Ten Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on April 7. The honor comes after he won the shot put at the Big Ten North Florida Hawkeye Invitational on April 2 with a mark of 19.70 meters. It was his second win in as many weeks to begin the outdoor campaign. Brewer’s throw is the best in the Big Ten and sixth-best in the nation.

As he earned his first career Big Ten Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week accolade, Brewer is the first Boilermaker recognized with the honor since Ashmon Lucas in 2018.

TOP-25 BOILERMAKERS

In the latest USTFCCCA national rankings, the Boilermaker men and women are both No. 4 in the Great Lakes Region. In the Event Squad Rankings, the men are No. 3 nationally in the 100 and No. 5 in the 200.

Individually, Brewer is No. 6 in the shot put thanks to a winning throw of 19.70 meters on April 2. Freshman Marcellus Moore is No. 11 in the 100 and No. 13 in the 200, with times of 10.25w and 20.55, respectively, while senior Samson Colebrooke is No. 13 in the 100 (10.27w) and No. 22 in the 200 (20.73w), thanks to marks set on April 2. Junior Tamar Greene checks in at No. 12 in the triple jump thanks to a jump of 16.00 meters last week, and freshman Kaia Harris is No. 19 in the discus after she earned a mark of 54.11 meters on April 2.

Additionally, the men’s 4×100 relay team of Colebrooke, senior Malcolm Dotson, sophomore Justin Becker and Moore is No. 12 with a time of 39.57.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN NORTH FLORIDA HAWKEYE INVITATIONAL

The Boilermakers won two events and had three top-10 marks in school history last weekend at the Big Ten North Florida Hawkeye Invitational from April 2-3 in Jacksonville, Florida. Harris led the way with a win in the open discus, as her throw of 54.11 meters placed her second in the school record books.

Brewer won the shot put with a throw of 19.70 meters, which would be No. 4 all-time if he wasn’t already third. Greene added a victory in the triple jump with a mark of 16.00m, which would be No. 6 all-time if he didn’t already hold the No. 5 spot. Senior Brody Smith ran the 1,500 in 3:46.95, which is No. 5 in team history and was good for a sixth-place finish. Moore and Dotson posted top-10 times in school history in the 200m. Moore was second in both the 100m final (10.25w) and 200 (20.55), with his 200 time the fourth-best in Purdue history. Dotson’s 20.84 in the 200 was fourth in the event and ranked No. 10 in the school record books.

EARLIER THIS YEAR AT IU: BIG TEN INDIANA INVITATIONAL NO. 1

Purdue returned to outdoor competition for the first time as a team since June, 2019, and won seven events and recorded two marks that rank in the top 10 in school history at the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 1 from March 26-27.

Sophomore Camille Christopher won both of her events, the 200-meter with the seventh-fastest time in school history and the 100-meter. Sophomore Jessica Bray also notched a top-10 mark with the No. 8-ranked pole vault mark in Boilermaker history. Christopher was joined by Brewer (shot put), Colebrooke (200) and Dotson (400) and as individual winners. Colebrooke and Dotson helped the men’s 4×100 relay team to a win, while the women’s 4×400 relay also was victorious.

Along with its seven wins, the squad tallied three second-place finishes and had four third-place showings. A complete recap from Bloomington, Indiana, can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

UP NEXT: HUSKER BIG TEN INVITATIONAL

Purdue travels to Houston, Texas, next weekend for the Husker Big Ten Invitational. Competition is slated for April 16-17 at the Prairie View A&M Track Stadium

PURDUE WSOCCER: Season Ends With 1-0 Loss

MADISON, Wis. – The 2020-21 season came to an end for the Purdue soccer team with a 1-0 loss to Northwestern on Thursday at the McClimon Track & Soccer Complex in Madison, Wisconsin.

On a rainy, wet evening, the Boilermakers (4-6-2) had a 13-6 advantage in shots, and a 5-3 edge in shots on goal, but the Wildcats (6-6) scored on a penalty kick in the 67th minute to advance to the next round of the Big Ten Regional Weekend.

“I thought we played well enough to win today,” Purdue coach Drew Roff said. “We’ve had a hard time finishing our chances lately, and today, it just really came back to haunt us. We had some really good looks on goal, but finishing wasn’t quite there. That was the difference. The last three or four games we haven’t been scoring, and that’s really been the difference, an inability to finish strong. That’s something we have to address, and we’ll do that this offseason. The team fought hard. I felt like it was a frustrating day for us. A tough way for the season to end. When opportunities present themselves, you have to be ready to take advantage. That’s one area, unfortunately, where we came up short, and if we could do one thing well in this game, it’s finished and take care of opportunities. So, it’s just tough, a tough way to go out.”

Redshirt junior Sarah Griffith led the team with five shots, three on goal. Senior forward/midfielder Hannah Melchiorre, junior midfielder Grace Walsh and sophomore midfielder Gabby Hollar each had two shots, with Melchiorre and Hollar both getting a shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves.

Saturday marked the final match in the Old Gold and Black for Melchiorre and junior defender Julia Ware, who both will be graduating from Purdue University later this spring.

Purdue had eight shots, four on goal in the opening 45 minutes, while the defense held Northwestern without a shot. The Boilermakers also had three corners to NU’s zero.

Griffith had Purdue’s first shot, which was saved in the fourth minute, and the Boilermakers continued to apply offense pressure early. Walsh and Griffith each added shots wide before Melchiorre had an opportunity saved in the 14th minute.

Melchiorre had another shot blocked in the 21st minute, which set up a corner kick, but the Boilermakers could not connect off the set piece. Five minutes later, NU’s keeper made another save on a shot in by Griffith. Hollar then came off the bench and had a shot saved in the 31st, which proved to be the final attempt of the opening half.

While Bova did not see a shot in the first half, she made several catches and stops on crosses into the box. That included an NU chance where Bova beat a sliding attacker to the ball, scooping it up off the wet turf.

Northwestern had 6 shots, three on goal, and Purdue had five shots, one on goal in the second half. The Wildcats had three corners and the Boilermakers had two.

It was a much more even start to the second half, and NU’s first shot of the match came in the 51st minute, which was blocked to set up a corner kick.

Both teams were then unable to get a shot off before a penalty was called on Purdue on a hand ball in the penalty box. Regan Steigleder converted on the penalty kick to give Northwestern a 1-0 lead.

The Boilermakers went right back on the attack, and Griffith had a fantastic opportunity just 77 seconds later, as she sent a shot in that was just tipped out and over the crossbar by the Wildcat keeper. The save set up a corner kick, and junior defender Skylurr Patrick then fired a shot from outside the box that went high.

Northwestern had the next three shots, one which was blocked, another wide, and the third saved. Griffith then had a shot high in the 82nd minute.

In the final five minutes, the Boilermakers tried to connect on the match-tying goal, and got two shots off, but both were wide of the target.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Multiple Records Set in All-Big Ten Volleyball Awards

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – With the Big Ten’s release of postseason awards, five Boilermakers received All-Big Ten accolades, including a program-record four First Team All-Big Ten honors in addition to Jena Otec’s selection as the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in program history.

Receiving First Team All-Big Ten honors was Hayley Bush, Grace Cleveland, Caitlyn Newton and  Otec. Meanwhile Taylor Trammell secured All-Freshman Team recognition and Marissa Hornung the team’s Sportsmanship Award honor.

In total, five Boilermakers were recognized in the awards, voted on my league head coaches.

Senior Jena Otec received her first All-Big Ten nod, securing Defensive Player of the Year in addition to her first All-Big Ten accolade. Not only is it Otec’s first postseason award of her collegiate career, but the first Boilermaker to receive defensive player of the year since it was created in 2001.

Otec, who held the libero position, closed out the regular season with 4.59 digs per set, including two of the three most digs in a single match (including the Big Ten-best: 31 vs. Minnesota and 29 at Ohio State). The Crystal City, Missouri, native recorded a perfect 1.000 reception rate nine times this season, including at No. 1 Wisconsin, at No. 9 Ohio State and at then-No. 24 Michigan. In the second victory at No. 9 Ohio State, Otec was served the ball 34 times without a single error. Otec concluded the Big Ten season with seven 20-plus dig matches.

Cleveland, a Bloomington, Illinois, product set career-highs in multiple categories this season including block assists (nine on three outings) and digs (11). Registering a .299 attack percentage, Cleveland recorded double-digit kills in 13 matches this season in addition to eight with two or fewer errors. Not only did Cleveland record a .350 hitting clip or better in six times throughout the 2021 campaign, her defensive performance led to 1.42 blocks per set. Moreover, Cleveland was one dig shy of a triple threat in the victory at Penn State with 11 kills, nine digs and 10 blocks. It is the second straight year Cleveland received first team honors.

A difference-maker on both offense and defense, Bush averaged 10.62 assists per set and 2.82 digs per set over the 20-match season. In addition to 12 double-doubles, the setter recorded 45 kills throughout the spring, including a .500 or better attack % on five occasions this year, including seven kills and no errors at then-No. 10 Penn State. The Union, Kentucky, native continued to step up in key moments throughout the season and secured a career-best 22 digs vs. No. 6 Minnesota earlier in the year. The All-Big Ten honor is the first of its kind for Bush.

Newton, who received second team honors in 2019, recorded double-digit kills in all but three matches this season, with 11 coming in consecutive fashion. With 281 kills on the season, the full-rotation hitter also recorded five double-doubles over the Big Ten campaign. Setting career-highs in kills (29 vs. No. 6 Minnesota 2/6), digs (15 vs. Illinois 4/3), block assists (6 at Rutgers 3/19) and attacks (84 vs. Minnesota 2/5) this season, Newton has played in all but one set this season.

Trammell was the first Boilermaker to be named to the All-Freshman team since 2014 (Danielle Cuttino). In her breakout year, Trammell led the team with a .397 attack %, which checks in at No. 6 in the Big Ten. Not only did the Lexington, Kentucky, middle blocker out-block all Big Ten freshman, sophomores, juniors and most seniors, her 1.59 blocks per set check in at No. 5 nationally while her 118 total blocks are the third-most in all of Division I.

In addition to the program-record four first team honorees, No. 9 Purdue ties No. 1 Wisconsin as the most recognized by a single program.

Purdue, ranked No. 9 in the AVCA poll, secured its third 14-win Big Ten season in program history, despite two canceled matches during the season.

Up Next

The Boilermakers received the No. 16 overall seed in the NCAA volleyball tournament and are set to play its first match in the second round on Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET against the winner of UCF/High Point. The match will be available to watch on ESPN3.

BUTLER MSOCCER: Butler MSoccer Celebrates Senior Day Saturday as Creighton Visits Varsity Field

Butler will finish off the modified spring season Saturday, hosting Creighton in an 11:30 a.m. kick at Varsity Field on the Butler campus.

A live stream of the match will be available on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).

The Bulldogs will recognize seven seniors in a pre-match ceremony – Justin Savona, Ethan King, Kenzith Andrew, Jack Woods, P.J. Garcia, Usman Gil Ivern and Michael Cohen. Savona has started seven matches so far this season, while King has made appearances in 10 of the team’s 11 contests.

Butler enters the match with a record of 3-6-2, while Creighton stands at 6-4.

In the Midwest division of the BIG EAST standings, Butler currently sits in third with a 3-2-2 conference record. Marquette (5-1-1) and Creighton (5-2) have solidified the top two positions in the Midwest standings and will advance to the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament (along with the top two teams from the conference’s East division).

BIG EAST play during the 2021 spring includes a home-and-home series with the four other Midwest division schools: DePaul, Xavier, Marquette, and Creighton.

In the all-time series between the two schools, Creighton owns a 9-3-1 advantage. Two of Butler’s three wins have come in the BIG EAST Tournament (2019, 2016). All but three of the match-ups have come since Butler and Creighton both joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2013 season.

Included among that all-time series is a 4-2 Creighton win March 17 in Omaha. The host Bluejays used three second-half goals to pull away. Butler’s goals came from Tommy Visser and DJ Hooks. For Hooks, it was his first collegiate goal.

Butler junior keeper Gabriel Gjergji was selected as the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday. It was the second BIG EAST weekly honor of the season for Gjergji and the third of his Butler career.

Gjergji earned the shutout victory with three saves as the Bulldogs defeated Xavier 1-0 in overtime on Saturday in the Bulldogs’ only action of the week. Gjergji’s defense held the Musketeers to seven total shots. Gjergji kept his net clean through almost 100 minutes before Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. ended the match with a golden goal.

Gjergji’s goals against average for the season is 1.02. He has five shutouts, including three in BIG EAST play. Butler has allowed only five goals in seven BIG EAST matches; Creighton scored four of those five goals.

Cabrera, Jr. leads the Bulldogs with four goals and 10 points, as both marks are sixth in the BIG EAST rankings. He had three goals (and one assist) in a 5-0 win over DePaul March 3. He earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week accolades with the performance. It marked the first three-goal game for a Bulldog since Lewis Suddick netted a trio against IUPUI on Aug. 30, 2016.

Hemi Nasser and Visser each have two goals and six points on the season. Cabrera Jr. also leads the BIG EAST with 34 shots on the season. Nasser is fourth with 28.

Butler was predicted to win the BIG EAST Midwest Division, which was voted on by the league’s head coaches earlier this year. The Bulldogs had two players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in sophomore Cabrera Jr. and senior defender Rhys Myers. Spring 2021 All-BIG EAST teams will be announced following Saturday’s regular season finale.

Cabrera Jr. was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2019, after scoring eight goals and starting in every game. Jack Haywood was All-BIG EAST third-team in 2019 after tying for conference high in assists.

BUTLER WSOCCER: Butler Holds Off Creighton for 2-1 Win; Claims Midwest Division Regular Season Crown

Anja Savich led RV/27 Butler to a 2-1 win against Creighton to close out the regular season on Thursday, April 8 at the Sellick Bowl.

The Bulldogs are the BIG EAST Midwest Division Champions for the 2020-21 season, going 9-1 on the year and 6-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler had clinched the title prior to Thursday’s win.

How It Happened

Coming off a two-win week, the Bluejays came out on the attack early at the Sellick Bowl, firing six shots in the first period.

After ten minutes of defense, Anja Savich took advantage of an opportunity off a cross from the right side of the box. Savich had two quick looks at the net that were blocked, but she stopped the Bluejays clear attempt and, off the bounce, sent a rocket into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Butler would stay up 1-0 until midway through the second half. A turnover in the Bulldogs box led to a goal by Ansley Atkinson, tying the match at 1-1.

The Bulldogs would get a chance to answer in the 80th minute. Katie Soderstrom dribbled up the left side of the field and made a move to cut back into the box, ditching the ball to Savich in front of the left post. Savich read the goalie’s shift and tucked a shot into the near corner of the goal.

Butler doubled-down on defense to hold on to the 2-1 win.

Notable Stats

Savich scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season in the win, including the game-winner.

Savich is now tied for first in the BIG EAST in goals

Soderstrom added her fifth assist of the year, which leads the team and is tied for third in the conference

Stephanie Rodriguez made two saves in the win

Rodriguez and Caitlin O’Malley were the only two Bulldogs to log all 90 minutes of play

Creighton led 12-8 in shots, while Butler held a 5-3 advantage in corner opportunities

Morgan Kloosterman received the only yellow card of the match in the 74th minute

Championship Outlook

RV/27 Butler and #10/18 Georgetown will be the No. 1 seeds in the conference tournament. The semifinal round will see Bulldogs will play the No. 2 seed from the East Division and the Hoyas face the No. 2 seed from the Midwest, both of which have yet to be determined.

BUTLER BASEBALL: BIG EAST Opener Sends Butler Baseball to Seton Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler opens up BIG EAST action this weekend with a four-game series at Seton Hall. The Pirates are 3-3 at home this season and were picked third in the preseason coaches’ poll. In recent weeks, Seton Hall has been swept by Davidson, but won a series against Fordham. BU won their weekend series vs. Valpo, but were swept by Ball State last weekend.

Scouting Seton Hall

The Pirates are 7-12 overall heading into the weekend. Preseason Co-Player of the Year Tyler Shedler-McAvoy and first baseman Matt Toke were each recognized as all-conference talents heading into 2021. Shedler-McAvoy is batting .294 over the first 19 games of the year and leads the team in triples (3), home runs (3), and RBI’s (16). Toke and Jerry Huntzinger are the only other Pirates to start in all 19 games. Toke his batting .224 with a team-best seven doubles. Huntzinger has played multiple positions for SHU this season. He is batting .304 from the plate with a team-high 24 hits and 18 runs scored. Yet another impact player in the lineup will be Casey Dana. The senior infielder leads Seton Hall with a .407 BA. He has six doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI.

Tyler Burnham, Ryan McLinskey and David Festa are likely candidates to see the mound this weekend. Festa is 1-2 with a team-best 2.28 ERA. He has 20 strikeouts over 23.2 innings of action and has only allowed six earned runs. Nick Payero is tied with Festa for the team lead in strikeouts with 20. He is 1-1 on the mound after six appearances. McLinskey has started four games for the Pirates in 2021. He has a 3.38 ERA and 17 strikeouts scattered over 16 innings. Burnham is 1-3 on the year with a 5.23 ERA. He has 15 strikeouts in 20.2 innings.

Seton Hall Attendance Policy

Seton Hall Athletics has updated its policy regarding fan attendance at outdoor competitions during this spring semester. Unfortunately, due to capacity limits, the policy does not allow parents or guardians of the opposing team, or members of the general public to attend games.

BIG EAST Standings

Villanova 12-2

St. John’s 9-5

UConn 13-12

Creighton 6-7

Xavier 9-13

Seton Hall 7-12

Butler 5-9

BIG EAST Rankings

– Butler and Villanova are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with a .246 team batting average

– The Bulldogs rank third in the conference with 12 home runs

– Freddie Matos has the fifth-highest batting average in the BIG EAST at .333

– Matos also ranks seventh among BIG EAST players with a .443 on-base percentage

– Aaron Steinhart ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.595) and ninth in BA (.310)

– Connor Schultz ranks fifth in the league with 30 strikeouts

– Jack Myers ranks seventh in innings pitched (26.0) and ERA (3.12)

– John MacCauley has picked off three runners this season, the highest total in the BIG EAST

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll

Jack Myers struck out six batters and did not issue a walk in his matchup vs. Ball State on Friday.  He threw 103 pitches over seven full innings and limited the Cardinals to just one earned run.

Myers on the Mound

Jack Myers has picked up where he left off in 2020. The Bulldog right-hander made four starts in 2020 before the abrupt end of the season due to Covid-19. In 2020, Myers had a 2-2 record with a 4.01 ERA. He struck out 34 batters and only walked two in 24.2 innings. In 2021, Myers is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA. He has 26 strikeouts and just five walks over 26.0 innings. Combine his stats over his last eight starts and Myers has provided Butler with 60 strikeouts and just seven walks over his last 50.2 innings.

Team Leaders at the Dish

– Dan Harwood leads the team with a .421 batting average.

– Freddie Matos leads Butler with 17 total hits.

– Aaron Steinhart is the first Bulldog to reach double figures in the RBI column (13).

– James Gargano always bats near the top of the order and therefore leads BU with 13 runs scored.

– Robbie McCargar has three home runs and a triple in just 19 at-bats to lead BU with a .789 slugging percentage.

Bulldog Pitching

– Alex Voss has the most appearances on the team at seven.

– Nick Eaton has one of the lowest ERA’s on the team at 2.70.

– Jack Pilcher has a team-high two saves.

– Scott Wright and Benji Downs have not allowed an earned runs this season.

– Cory Bosecker made his first start of the season last weekend at Ball State.

BIG EAST Openers

Butler’s last true BIG EAST opener on the road was against Seton Hall in 2017. The ‘Dawgs won game one and three to take the series. Weather impacted the 2018 opening series against Creighton. BU met the Bluejays in Edwardsville, Ill. to split a pair of games. There were no BIG EAST games in 2019 due to Covid.

Streaks

Keenan Taylor has reached base safely in six-straight games. He is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak.

Up Next

Butler will play a four-game series at Xavier next weekend. Game one is set for April 16 at 3 PM.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Red-Hot Cards At Akron This Weekend

Following a sweep over Butler, the Ball State baseball team heads to Akron for a 4-game set this weekend. It’s only league play from here on out for BSU, which currently stands tied for second in the MAC standings.

The Cardinals will roll with the three-headed best of John Baker, Chayce McDermott and Lukas Jaksich again this weekend, a trio that combines for a 9-3 record. At the plate, the Cards have scored 41 runs over the last four games and now have four players slugging .452 or better. BSU is 6-1 with a +25 run differential over its last seven games, with four of those wins coming by at least five runs.

Adam Tellier has emerged as a starter in his first full season and is batting a team-best .400 while leading team in runs (19) and stolen bases (8). Ross Messina is batting .318 and is tied for the team lead with nine XBH.

Akron, in its second season of a varsity baseball reboot, is currently in last place and has lost its last nine games by a total margin of 55 runs.

What To Know For This Weekend

— Nick Powell might be the hottest Cardinal in the lineup. The usual leftfielder went 7-for-12 with two triples and two homers and scored five runs in the series last weekend. He was hitting .184 on March 20 but has packed on 98 points to the average by going 13-for-33 since then.

— Ross Messina, a 2nd team All-MAC player in 2019, hit a clutch 3-run homer last Friday at Butler. The game was 3-2 in the 8th when Messina put the game away. He then added two hits in each of Saturday’s games.

— Ty Johnson recorded his best college outing last Friday at Butler. The tall righty from Indianapolis relieved John Baker and threw 4.1 shutout innings with six strikeouts. Johnson owns an 18-6 stirkeout-walk ratio and a 2-1 record so far this year.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: MAC Titans Collide as Softball Hosts Kent State

» THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team returns to the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex for an important four-game series versus Kent State … Due to weather concerns for the weekend, the teams will be playing a 1 p.m. doubleheader Friday, as well as single games Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (Noon.).

» VENUE UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting department of health guidance, there will be no general public attendance at Ball State softball home games this season.

» HOW TO FOLLOW: While you cannot be there in person, you can still watch this weekend’s games live with a free video stream courtesy of Ball State All-Access … In addition, SL Digital will have the radio call for all four games … Live stats will also be available … Links can be found above or on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.

» TOUGH WEEKEND AHEAD: This weekend’s match-up between Ball State and Kent State features two of the league’s three top programs according to the 2021 MAC Preseason Poll … The Golden Flashes were selected as the favorites to win the league, while the Cardinals were picked third … BSU is currently tied atop the MAC standings at 8-0, while KSU is third at 8-4.

» OFF TO A HOT START: While it was the last team to open MAC play, Ball State has started with a bang, sweeping a four-game home series versus Bowling Green (March 26-28) and a four-game road series at Central Michigan (April 2-4) … It’s the first 8-0 start in league play for the Cardinals since the 2013 team went 12-0 … Ball State is averaging 10.1 runs per game in MAC play and is batting .401, led by senior catcher Stacy Payton’s .560 average … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley has a team-best 12 RBIs, while junior Tieghan Morio and sophomore Deborah Jones are both 3-0 in the circle.

» SERIES VS. KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes hold a 51-32 lead in the all-time series which has only seen four regular season games following the 2013 season … All four games have been played in Muncie, with KSU earning a 7-3 win April 3, 2015 and taking two of three April 6-7, 2018 … The teams split an April 6, 2018 doubleheader with Kent State winning game one, 5-2, and Ball State taking the nightcap, 15-7 (6) … KSU would go on to win the April 7 contest by a score of 4-1 … Overall, KSU holds a slim 19-18 edge in games played in Muncie.

ABOUT THE BALL STATE CARDINALS

» The Cardinals enter the week with a 14-9 (8-0 MAC) record after last weekend’s sweep at Central Michigan … Ball State out-scored the Chippewas 48-to-22 in the series, averaging an impressive 12.0 runs per game … A total of 15 different Cardinals scored at least one run in the series, led by six apiece from senior catcher Stacy Payton and sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn … In addition, 13 players tallied at least one RBI, led by eight each from junior outfielder Faith Hensley and senior first baseman Janae Hogg.

» Ball State enters the Kent State series ranked second in the MAC and 24th nationally with a .322 team batting average and is fourth in the league with a 4.50 team ERA … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley leads the squad and is 45th nationally with a .439 batting average, while six of BSU’s regular starters are batting at least .311 … Junior pitcher Tieghan Morio has the team’s lowest ERA among starting pitchers at 3.79 and has a 5-2 record.

ONE THING TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND: With two of the league’s top offenses on display this weekend, the outcome of the series is going to come down to which team’s pitchers can battle the longest … Ball State enters the weekend averaging a league-best 10.1 runs per game in MAC play, while Kent State is third at 7.83 runs per game … In the circle, Cardinals pitchers are allowing just 4.88 runs per game, compared to 5.25 for Golden Flashes pitching.

HENSLEY STILL GOING STRONG: After leading the squad with a .667 batting average and a 1.333 slugging percentage last week, junior outfielder Faith Hensley was named the MAC Player of the Week for the first time in her career … Hensley is having a breakout season, ranking 45th among all NCAA Division I players with her .439 batting average, while ranking 32nd in on base percentage at .548 … In addition, she leads the team with 24 RBI, including a career-high seven in the 10-3 win over Alcorn State (March 6) … The first four came when she blasted her first career grand slam in the first inning, while the final three came on a sixth-inning home run … The seven RBIs ties as the second most in a game in program history, trailing only the eight RBIs current Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton drove in when she smashed three home runs, including her first career grand slam, against Oakland on May 7, 2019.

THE 100 RBI CLUB: Only 14 players in program history have recorded 100 career RBI for the Cardinals, and three of them are on the 2021 team … Senior catcher Stacy Payton became the latest player to reach the 100 RBI milestone with her single in the fifth inning versus Saint Lewis (Feb. 26) … Payton is second on the team with 21 RBIs this season, raising her career total to 120 which is 10th on Ball State’s career charts … BSU’s active career RBI leader is senior first baseman Janae Hogg, who ranks eighth all-time with 134 RBI … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is 11th on Ball State’s career charts with her 111 career RBI.

WALK THIS WAY: With her fourth of six walks in the series versus Bowling Green, senior first baseman Janae Hogg became the most walked player in program history, passing the 115 drawn by Taylor Rager (2011-14) … Hogg enters the Kent State series with 120 career walks which ranks sixth among all active NCAA Division I players … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is not far behind, ranking fourth all-time at Ball State and 18th among active Division I players with 105 career walks, including 10 so far this season … It marks the first time in program history BSU has had two players with at least 100 walks on the same team.

ONE SAVE CLOSER: Senior Alyssa Rothwell moved one save closer to achieving an NCAA record, earning her 29th career save in the 9-6 win over Samford (March 13) … Rothwell threw the final inning of the game, keeping the Bulldogs hitless and off the scoreboard … At 29 saves, Rothwell is the NCAA’s active career saves leader and has 12 more than any other player in Division I softball … She set the Ball State and MAC single-season saves record with 14 in 2019, which led the nation and tied as the third-most saves in a single season in NCAA Division I history … The NCAA career saves record is currently 32 set by Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002).

ON THE BASE PATHS: Ball State enters the week ranked fourth in the MAC with 29 stolen bases … Junior second baseman Amaia Daniel leads the squad with five, while junior outfielder Faith Hensley and freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy are right behind with four each … In fact, 14 different Cardinals have stolen at least one base this season and the team is averaging 1.26 stolen bases per game … Ball State has not averaged more than 1.00 stolen base per game since the 2015 season, when the Cardinals won the MAC Tournament and made their latest appearance in the NCAA Regionals … That year Ball State stole 80 bases over 59 games for a 1.36 swipes-per-game average.

DOUBLES, TRIPLES AND BOMBS: Of Ball State’s 51 hits in last weekend’s series at Central Michigan, 25 went for multiple bases … The Cardinals enter the week ranked second in the MAC in both doubles (45) and triples (7), while its 18 home runs are tied for fourth … With a pair of home runs at CMU last weekend, raising her season total to four, senior first baseman Janae Hogg upped her career total to 40 and is now second in program history.

EARLY STARTS KEY: The Cardinals are a perfect 12-0 when leading after the fourth inning this season … However, Ball State is 1-7 when trailing and 1-2 when tied after the fourth, with both of the wins coming during the current eight-game winning streak.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: No. 23 Sycamores Open MVC Action with Four-Game Set at Illinois State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 23 Indiana State baseball will play the final four games of its 24-game road swing to begin the season this weekend at Illinois State. The four-game weekend series is set for begin Friday at 1 p.m. ET as the two teams will take to the national stage as ESPNU has picked up the opener. Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Xavier Scruggs (analyst) will call the action. Game two of the series will take place soon after the conclusion of the opener.

Due to impending rain throughout the day on Saturday, the clubs have elected to play a second doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. ET. If a time slot clears on Saturday, the second game of the series could be played on Saturday at a time to be announced, instead of a Friday doubleheader. Stay tuned to GoSycamores.com or @IndStBaseball for the latest scheduling news. Note that the second game of any doubleheader in conference play will be seven innings.

All four games will be available on GoSycamores.com/Listen worldwide with Luke Martin calling the action with select games available on WIBQ 1230 AM in the Wabash Valley. Fans can also follow along via live stats or at @IndStBaseball on Twitter.

Attendance at Duffy Bass Field is limited to player pass list only and not open to the general public.

THE SYCAMORE WEEKEND ROTATION

Game One – LHP Geremy Guerrero (5-0, 1.13 ERA, 39.2 IP, 51 K, 6 BB)       

Game Two – LHP Tristan Weaver (0-2, 10.80 ERA, 13.1 IP, 13 K, 8 BB)

Game Three – LHP Tyler Grauer (1-0, 6.23 ERA, 13.0 IP, 14 K, 2 BB)

Game Four – RHP Javin Drake (1-2, 3.86 ERA, 21.0 IP, 22 K, 11 BB)

NEWS & NOTEWORTHY

» The Sycamores come into play at 13-7 as the team enters Missouri Valley Conference Play. ISU is hitting .264 as a squad led by Max Wright (.324, 6 2B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, .468 OBP) and Josue Urdaneta (.321, 4 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, .429 SLG) while four other ISU batters are hitting above .270 on the year. Indiana State boasts the top team ERA in the MVC at 4.09. ISU’s .975 fielding percentage ranks 48th nationally and best in the MVC.

» Indiana State appears at No. 25 in this week’s Baseball America Top 25 poll.  The Sycamores also sit No. 23 in this week’s Perfect Game Top 25 poll. ISU is receiving votes in the ESPN Coaches poll, as well as the NCBWA poll. It marks the third-straight week that the Sycamores have been nationally ranked and the sixth-straight week that ISU has received votes.

» Indiana State sits at No. 14 in the current RPI ranking after winning seven of its last 10 games, according to WarrenNolan.com. ISU has wins over Pittsburgh (#27), Tennessee (#4), Florida Gulf Coast (#50) as well as a sweep of FIU (#84). ISU also took two of three games at nationally ranked FAU (#87). Currently, Indiana State’s strength of schedule ranks 51st nationally.

» Illinois State enters the play at 11-15 after taking 3-of-4 games from Southern Illinois. The Redbirds are led by Tyson Hays at the plate with a .368 batting average in 15 starts. Jordan Libman (.354) and Jack Butler (.326) also provide strong bats in the order. Friday starter Colton Johnson leads the Redbirds with a 2.09 ERA in six starts. As a team, Illinois State holds a 5.91 ERA and a .967 fielding percent.

» In one of the oldest series in program history, dating back to 1948, Indiana State leads the Redbirds 109-83. The Sycamores took the last series against the Redbirds in Normal in 2019, 2-1. After dropping the opener 4-3, the Sycamores came back to take game two 13-1 and clinch the series with a 6-1 finale win. The two squads also met in the 2019 MVC Championship with ILS taking the first game 10-7 before the Sycamores ended Illinois State’s championship hopes, eliminating the Redbirds 10-6 before defeating Dallas Baptist twice to secure the MVC Tournament Championship.

» The Indiana State pitching staff has been strong this season, combining for a 4.09 team ERA which is 48th nationally. As a team, ISU also ranks 16th with 2.91 walks allowed per nine innings; 22nd with a 3.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 37th nationally with a 1.27 WHIP. Five Sycamores who have pitched at least an inning have ERA’s lower than 4.00 through 20 games led by Connor Fenlong who holds a 0.60 ERA in 16 innings. Starting pitcher Geremy Guerrero has a 1.13 ERA in six starts and 39.2 innings while Connor Cline has a 3.29 ERA in over six appearances.

» Sycamore starting pitcher Geremy Guerrero earned his second MVC Pitcher of the Week honor last weekend. A Metamora, Ill. native, Guerrero retired the first 18 Saint Louis batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Billikens. The left-hander did not allow a runner to reach base until SLU’s Cole Smith led off the seventh with a single. Guerrero struck out seven and did not issue a walk over eight complete innings. He improved to 5-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.13. On the year, the southpaw has pitched 39.2 innings and struck out 51 while issuing only six walks and holding opponents to a .156 average against. Overall, Guerrero ranks first in the MVC and 20th nationally in ERA (1.13) as well as tops in the MVC in strikeout-to-walk ratio (8.50) and victories (5).

» Tyler Grauer sits at 19 career saves and is one shy of moving into a tie for second place. Craig Kozlowski holds the ISU career record with 26 saves from 1982-86. Austin Conway sits in second place with 20 career saves from 2014-17.

» Connor Fenlong continues to pitch the ball well in relief. The right-hander has pitched 15 innings over eight appearances and leads the team with a 0.60 ERA. Fenlong has struck out 14 while allowing just two walks while holding opponents to a 200 average against. He leads the Sycamores with three saves and has been a part of both of ISU’s combined shutouts.

» Outfielder Seth Gergely led Indiana State at the plate with a .500 average (5-for-10) against Saint Louis in three starts, tallying multiple hits in games two and three while hitting his first home run of the season. Gergely put together an .800 slugging percentage and a .545 on-base percentage. The redshirt sophomore drove in three and scored a trio runs while also reaching base with a walk. Over the last six games, Gergely has seen his average jump from .167 to .278. During that span, he has three multi-hit games, including a three-hit game at UAB.

» The Sycamores have put up runs consistently this season, averaging six runs a game while outscoring opponents, 122-90. The Sycamores have outscored opponents 17-1 in the second inning of action as well as combined to outscore opponents 24-10 in the eighth and ninth innings.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Fanning and Vruggink Earn All-Horizon League Accolades

INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday (April 8), the Horizon League announced that Purdue Fort Wayne defender Gabrielle Fanning has been named to the Spring 2021 Women’s Soccer All-League Second Team and forward Rylee Vruggink has been named to the All-Freshman Team.

Fanning (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge High School) started in eight out of the nine games for the Mastodons. She played 700 minutes and contributed two assists and one shot. As a key member of the defensive line, Fanning helped hold opponents to 1.67 goals per game.

Vruggink (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian High School) started in seven of the nine matches for the Mastodons in her freshman season. She recorded three goals and three assists and scored the winning goal against Youngstown State within the first five minutes of overtime. With a .409 shot on goal percentage, Vruggink earned nine shots on goal with 22 attempts. She led the ‘Dons in assists and tied for first in goals. Her nine total points tied for seventh in the league.

Purdue Fort Wayne finished their first season in the Horizon League 3-5-1 (2-5-1 Horizon League). The Mastodons defeated Youngstown State 2-1 and Cleveland State 3-2 and tied Oakland.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Mastodons Welcome IUPUI For Four-Game Series

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team will be back at home this weekend, hosting IUPUI on Friday and Sunday (April 9 and 11) for four Horizon League contests.

GAMES ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY HAVE MOVED TO SUNDAY AHEAD OF FORECASTED WEATHER

Game Day Information

When: Friday and Sunday, April 9 and 11 | DH starting at 1 p.m. both days

Where: Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Live Stats: Live Stats

Video: None

Twitter Updates: @MastodonSB

Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 26-20

Weather: Friday – high 71, chance of storms; Sunday – high 69, chance of rain

Fan Policy: Home pass list only

Know Your Foe

IUPUI is 7-19, 5-11 in the Horizon League. The Jaguars have lost six straight games, coming off a pair of losses at UIC and four against Youngstown State, but they have a series win against Cleveland State. Jennah Speth leads the team with five home runs and 12 RBIs. She also has the team’s best ERA with 3.19 and a record of 4-8.

The Series

Purdue Fort Wayne has played IUPUI more than any other school in its softball history. The two teams have met 46 times, which the ‘Dons lead 26-20. The Mastodons have taken the last two games from the Jaguars, a 3-2 neutral contest in Rosemont, Illinois and a 16-2 drubbing in Fort Wayne in 2018. Morganne Denny and Rachel Everson had two and one RBIs, respectively, in that contest. Denny hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Taking Names and Series Finales

The Mastodons have taken the final game of three series this season: Evansville (8-7), Youngstown State (11-6) and Robert Morris (9-5).

Slugger

Kyndell Ethridge has the fifth-highest slugging percentage in the Horizon League this season at .630.

Goin’ Yard

The Mastodons have 23 home runs this season, which leads the Horizon League, even despite playing at least four fewer games than seven of the nine other League teams. In Horizon League play only, the ‘Dons have six more home runs than the next closest team. The ‘Dons have three different players with four home runs this season: Kyndell Ethridge, Morganne Denny and Meagan Mullaney. Purdue Fort Wayne already has more home runs than in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The ‘Dons need two to tie their mark from 2018.

High-Powered Offense

The Mastodons have scored eight or more runs six times this season. The ‘Dons are 5-1 in such games.

Now Walk It Out

Alise Hale has drawn the third-most walks in the Horizon League this season with 11.

Save a Spot at the Table

Lauren McConnell is one of only two players in the Horizon League with two saves on their résumé this season. The other is Youngstown State’s Maddi Lusk.

A Grand Outing

In the Mastodons’ third game against Cleveland State, Madeline Swart hit a grand slam against the Vikings. It was the third home run of her career, but the first with anyone on base.

Just One Hit

Jadelyn Johnson threw a one-hitter against Cleveland State on Friday, March 12, which the Mastodons won 11-1. She gave up the one hit (a single) on the penultimate at bat of the game after tossing five strikeouts. She became the first Mastodon to throw a one-hitter since Bailey Benefiel threw an eight-inning one-hitter against Nicholls State in 2018.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons dropped a pair of games at Green Bay in a midweek doubleheader. Madeline Swart went 4-for-5 with three doubles on the day.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road for another four-game Horizon League series at Northern Kentucky on April 16 and 17.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: First-Place Wright State Up Next For Mastodon Baseball

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne (9-14, 6-10 Horizon League) travels to first place Wright State 13-8 (13-3 Horizon League) this weekend for four games in the Gem City. Note the adjusted schedule from what was originally announced. The new schedule is based on the weather forecast for the weekend.

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne at Wright State

Schedule:

Friday, April 9 – 2 PM (Doubleheader)

Saturday, April 10 – 11 AM

Sunday, April 11 – 1 PM

Video: ESPN3 Saturday and Sunday

Live Stats: Link

Series History: Mastodons lead 4-0

Fan Policy: Team pass lists only.

Probable Starters:

Purdue Fort Wayne:

GM 1 – RHP Gerald Pintarich (6.38 ERA, 1-1)

GM 2 – LHP Jacob Myer (3.24 ERA, 3-2)

GM 3 – RHP Cameron Boyd (5.23 ERA, 0-4)

GM 4 – TBD

Wright State:

GM 1 – RHP Jake Schrand (4.36 ERA, 2-3)

GM 2 – RHP Bradley Brehmer (3.45, 3-2)

GM 3 – LHP Alex Theis (4.42 ERA, 1-0)

GM 4 – RHP Austin Cline (1.85 ERA, 4-1)

Scouting the Mastodons:

• Jack Lang has 10 multi-hit games.

• Jack Lang, Aaron Chapman and Zac Baden each enter the weekend on a five-game hitting streak. 

• Garett Lake (center field) and Jack Lang (shortstop) have started all 23 games for the ‘Dons at the same position.

• Ryan Robison owns four saves, second most in the league.  

Scouting the Raiders:

• Wright State opened the league season sweeping Northern Kentucky, Youngstown State and UIC. Two weeks ago, they played Youngstown State on the road and dropped three of four. Last weekend was a bye for the Raiders.

• Wright State is hitting .284 as a team. Sammy Sass leads the team with a .370 batting average.

• Tyler Black has seven home runs and is slugging .716.

• Austin Cline has a 0.93 WHIP in 32.1 innings. 

Series History: The ‘Dons are undefeated against Wright State, winning non-league games in 2002 (18-4), 2004 (10-5), 2005 (15-14) and 2006 (7-5). Only the 2005 contest was played in Fort Wayne. The Raiders will come to Mastodon Field this season April 30-May 2.

Zac Attack: Zac Baden was inserted into the starting lineup on March 7 against Youngstown State. In 44 at-bats, he is hitting .386 with 17 hits while walking nine times. The sophomore second baseman has been on base in 14-of-17 games. His on-base percentage of .500 ranks second in the league, as does his batting average.

Oh Myer: Jacob Myer’s ranks in the Horizon League: Innings pitched (41.2, 2nd), ERA (3.24, 5th), opposing batting average (.224, 6th), wins (3, 8th).

Meep, Meep!: Jack Lang owns 11 stolen bases, second in the league. Only Youngstown State’s Phillip Glasser owns more (14).

You Should Know Jack: Jack Lang has 29 hits, fifth best in the league.

Nearing 500: Head coach Doug Schreiber spent 18 seasons as the head coach at Purdue and is in his second season at Purdue Fort Wayne. He enters the weekend with 499 career victories.

Looking Ahead: The Mastodons travel to UIC next weekend.

IUPUI SOCCER: BUECKERS, McNALLY HEADLINE JAGUARS ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE HONOREES

INDIANAPOLIS – Five members of the IUPUI women’s soccer team collected All-Horizon League honors on Thursday (Apr. 8) as the league office announced postseason awards ahead of the start of the postseason tournament. Senior defender Natalie McNally and junior midfielder Elizabeth Bueckers were named first team all-league while seniors Valentine Pursey and Morgan Rymer were voted to the second team. Freshman Sam Slimak was voted to the 12-player All-Freshman Team by the league’s coaches.

IUPUI finished the regular season at 5-1-2 overall and will serve as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.

McNally helped anchor a defense that allowed just three goals this season and recorded six shutouts in eight games. She was the lone IUPUI player to play all 760 minutes during the regular season. She also tallied a goal in the regular season finale from her defensive post as the Jaguars roared to a 3-0 win at Purdue Fort Wayne. For her career, she’s made 70 career starts and rarely come off the field, logging more than 6,200 minutes. It marks McNally’s third career award as she was voted to the All-Freshman Team in 2017 and Second Team All-Horizon as a sophomore in 2018.

Bueckers was regarded as the team’s top attacking player, making seven starts, primarily in the midfield. Her lone score was the game-winner in the Jaguars 1-0 win at Milwaukee on Mar. 3 and she was later named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week. For her career, Bueckers has totaled 12 goals and 27 points, while also tallying five game-winners. It’s Bueckers’ second career award as she was voted to the league’s All-Freshman Team in 2018.

Pursey earned all-league honors for a second straight year after scoring a pair of game-winning goals during the regular season. She tallied game-winners against both Wright State (Mar. 10) and UIC (Mar. 17) and was IUPUI’s top scorer during the regular season. In doing so, she moved into a tie for the program’s all-time lead in game-winners (15) and enters the postseason with 27 goals and 11 assists. Like McNally, she too has made 70 career starts as both a midfielder and forward. It’s Pursey’s third career ballot as she was an All-Freshman honoree in 2017 and second team all-league selection in 2019.

Rymer earned her first career all-league award as part of the stout IUPUI defense that allowed just three goals and recorded six shutouts in eight games. Rymer started all eight matches at a defensive midfield spot and ranks third on the team in minutes played (711) this season. A three-year starter, Rymer has appeared in 69 matches and made 50 starts in an IUPUI uniform.

Slimak earned a spot on the league’s All-Freshman Team after appearing in four matches and making three starts. She fired a season-high four shots at Detroit Mercy on Feb. 24 in her collegiate debut and played a season-high 71 minutes in that contest. Slimak is tops among IUPUI’s freshmen in minutes played in the field (209) and second among IUPUI’s freshmen in total minutes played, trailing only Carlie Werner’s 265, 200 of which were in goal.

The full list of honorees is below. Head coach Chris Johnson’s squad will open the Horizon League Tournament on the road at No. 2 Milwaukee on Sunday (Apr. 11) at 1:00 p.m. CST (2:00 Eastern).

2020 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Award Winners

Player of the Year:  Kailey Ivins, NKU

Offensive Player of the Year: Kailey Ivins, NKU

Defensive Player of the Year:  Mimi Stines, NKU

Goalkeeper of the Year:  Mimi Stines, NKU

Freshman of the Year:  Kathryn Ramicone, CSU

Coach of the Year:  Bob Sheehan, NKU

All-Horizon League First Team

Elena Gutlove, CSU, M

Maddie Young, CSU, F

Natalie McNally, IUPUI, D

Elizabeth Bueckers, IUPUI, M/F

Rachel Phillpotts, MKE, CM

Jelena Sever, MKE, CM

Kailey Ivins, NKU, F

Sami Lopez, OAK, M

Kendra Zak, OAK, D

Olga Massombo, WSU, F

GK: Mimi Stines, NKU, GK

All-Horizon League Second Team

Valentine Pursey, IUPUI, CM

Morgan Rymer, IUPUI, M

MacKenzie Schill, MKE, F

Taylor Hattori, MKE, CM

Lily Menssen, NKU, D

Lindsey Meyer, NKU, M

Chloe Mills, NKU, D

Gabrielle Fanning, PFW, D

Kaoru Hayashi, RMU, M

Grace Haines, UIC, D

GK: Elaina LaMacchia, MKE, GK

Horizon League All-Freshman Team

Kathryn Ramicone, CSU, M

Tia Jokic, DET, M

Sam Slimak, IUPUI, F

Clara Broecker, MKE, D

Kaya Vogt, NKU, M

Sofia Wilmes, NKU, F

Emily Penney, OAK, M

Rylee Vruggink, PFW, F

Brielle Gomez, UIC, D

Lauren Borchert, WSU, F

GK: Marisa Silver, DET, GK and Jessika Seward, WSU, GK

WRIGHT STATE BASEBALL: Raidergang welcomes HL newcomer Fort Wayne for four-game series

THE SERIES

Teams: Wright State (13-8, 13-3 HL)

 Purdue Fort Wayne (9-14, 6-10 HL)

Location: Nischwitz Stadium / Dayton, OH

The Wright State baseball team returns to Nischwitz Stadium this weekend for the first time in nearly a month as the Raiders welcome Horizon League newcomer Purdue Fort Wayne to town for a four-game Horizon League series. Wright State was off last week in the HL’s scheduling model, while Fort Wayne split a home series with Northern Kentucky. Due to expected weather, game times have already been shifted and the series will now begin with a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. with the second game to follow. Saturday’s contest is tentatively scheduled for an 11 a.m. start with the series final on Sunday at 1 p.m.

For Horizon League doubleheaders throughout the season, the first game will be a 7 inning game with the second game being a 9 inning game. If game one of the doubleheader goes extra innings then game two becomes a 7 inning game.

Fans can follow the action with live stats each game, while plans are for the Saturday and Sunday contests to be streamed on ESPN3. All links are available on the team’s schedule page. The capacity at both Nischwitz Stadium is being greatly reduced to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Only individuals from the general public on the COVID-Tracking pass list will be allowed in the venue.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Game 1:

WSU: Jake Schrand, RHP, Jr.

PFW: Gerald Pintarich, RHP, So.

Game 2:

WSU: Bradley Brehmer, RHP, So.

PFW: Jacob Myer, LHP, So.

Game 3:

WSU: Alex Theis, LHP, RSo.

PFW: Cameron Boyd, RHP, RSr.

Game 4:

WSU: Austin Cline, RHP, RSr.

PFW:  TBA

LAST TIME OUT

Wright State went on the road two weeks ago and dropped three of four games to Youngstown State despite outscoring the Penguins 40-35. The Raiders won the Saturday meeting 20-8, the most runs they have scored since a 25-0 victory over Wilmington College in March 2013, while the Wright State record for runs in a game is 32 – set against Youngstown State on April 5, 2012. Wright State connected on six home runs for the second straight series, including a pair from Alex Alders, and have hit at least six homers in all four of its Horizon League series to date.

MASTODON MINUTE

Purdue Fort Wayne is 9-14 overall and 6-10 in Horizon League play after splitting a four-game series against Northern Kentucky last weekend. Jack Lang has 10 multi-hit games, while Lang, Aaron Chapman and Zac Baden each enter the weekend on a five-game hitting streak. Garett Lake and Lang have started all 23 games for the Mastodons at the same position, while Ryan Robison owns four saves, second most in the league. Jacob Myer is ranked in several Horizon League pitching categories: Innings pitched (41.2, 2nd), ERA (3.24, 5th), opposing batting average (.224, 6th), wins (3, 8th). Lang owns 11 stolen bases, second in the Horizon League, while his 29 hits are the fifth-most in the Horizon.

RAIDER REPORT

Wright State has won 22 straight home games at Nischwitz Stadium, the longest active home streak in the country. The Raiders enter this weekend’s four-game set with four more home wins than Davidson, who has won 18 home contests in a row. The Raiders’ 22 straight wins at The Nisch leads all NCAA baseball, ahead of Lindenwood’s 21 straight in Division II and Cal Lutheran’s 16 straight at the D3 level.

CHECKING THE LATEST TRENDS

Quincy Hamilton has reached base in 19 straight games entering the weekend series with Fort Wayne, while Sammy Sass has the longest active hitting streak at 13 games. Sass is one of five Raiders to have had a streak of at least six games with a hit, while his hitting streak has him with the second longest reached base streak on the roster behind Hamilton. Damon Dues’ eight multi hit games paces the Raider offense, while Tyler Black has seven such games (including a team-leading five three-hit games). Black has driven in multiple RBI in eight contests, followed by seven multi-RBI games from Hamilton and Zane Harris.

CONSISTENT AT THE TOP

Alex Sogard’s lineup has started the same way for all 21 games this season entering this weekend, but after that it’s anyone’s guess. Damon Dues, Quincy Hamilton and Tyler Black have been written into the top three spots in the oder for each of the 21 contests, but Zane Harris (13 times in the four spot) and Sammy Sass (10 times as the No. 5 hitter) are the only other two Raiders with double-digit starts in the same lineup position this season.

WRIGHT STATE WSOCCER: Raider trio honored by Horizon League Thursday

A trio of Wright State women’s soccer players were honored for their play this season as the spring 2021 Horizon League Women’s Soccer Awards were announced on Thursday afternoon.

Sophomore Olga Massombo was named First Team All-League, while freshman Lauren Borchert was named to the All-Freshman Team and redshirt freshman Jessika Seward was also named to the All-Freshman Team as a goalkeeper.

The three players helped the Raiders tally a 4-5-0 (.444) mark in the shorted spring season, including a 3-1 record at home.

Massombo started all nine matches this season, logging 685 minutes, one goal, three assists and five points in her first season as a Raider. On the year, Massombo has recorded 13 shots, four on goal. Borchert has appeared in all nine contests this spring with six starts, recording a six points off of three goals. The freshman tallied a team-leading 20 shots this season (10 on goal), including a game-winning goal against Robert Morris in 507 minutes of action. In goal, Seward appeared in eight matches and logged 702 minutes. She finished the season with a 1.54 GAA and a .750 save percentage while recording 36 saves and compiled a 3-4 record in the net.

Around the league, NKU’s Kailey Irvins was named both the Player of the Year as well as the Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Mimi Stines was named Defensive and Goalkeeper of the Year. Cleveland State’s Kathryn Ramicone was named Freshman of the year and Coach of the Year went to Northern Kentucky’s Bob Sheehan.

WRIGHT STATE MSOCCER: Kouadio, Geddis honored with Horizon League Awards

Two Wright State men’s soccer players were honored for their play this season as the Spring 2021 Horizon League Men’s Soccer awards were announced on Thursday afternoon.

Junior Joe Kouadio was named Second Team All-Conference and freshman Chris Geddis was named to the All-Freshman Team.

The two helped the Raiders to a 5-3-1 overall and Horizon League record in the shortened spring season, earning the No. 4 seed in the Horizon League Championship, which kicks off Sunday evening as Wright State travels to one-seeded Northern Kentucky on ESPN+.

Kouadio has appeared in eight matches this season with seven starts, recording six points and netting three goals in his first season in a Raiders uniform. The London, England native recorded a brace in his second game of the season, a 3-2 win on the road at Detroit Mercy. He tallied 14 shots on the season (.214) and seven shots on goal (.500), including one game-winning goal. Geddis was one of two freshman to appear in all nine matches this season, recording six starts while talking six shots and three on goal (.500).

Around the league, Oakland midfielder Noah Jensen was named the Player of the Year, while teammate Dylan Borczak was named Offensive Player of the Year, Jacob Gariber was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Northern Kentucky’s Danny Bermingham was named Goalkeeper of the year and Logan Farrington from Milwaukee was selected as Freshman of the Year. Coach of the Year went to Northern Kentucky’s Stu Riddle.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball To Open Conference Play At Davidson Friday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team will open conference play on Friday with the beginning of a four-game series at Davidson. The Flyers will take on the Wildcats at Wilson Field at 6 p.m. on Friday before returning for a doubleheader slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and finishing the series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.

Friday’s game will be available on ESPN+ and all four games will have live stats available for fans to follow along.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS

Dayton enters the series with a 10-19 record after falling on Tuesday to Morehead State 10-7 at Woerner Field. Senior Riley Tirotta hit his team-leading seventh home run in the loss and junior Benjamin Blackwell also homered for the Flyers on Tuesday. Graduate student Eddie Pursinger led the team with three hits in the contest, while graduate student Chris Cabrera also had a multi-hit performance. Tirotta was also named both the A-10 Player of the Week as well as the Bobby Bragan Slugger of the Week after going 11-18 last week with a cycle and two home runs.

Tirotta currently sits second on the team with a .311 batting average behind Blackwell, whose .327 average leads the flyers. The pair join senior Mariano Ricciardi and junior Marcos Pujols as the only Flyers to start every game for Dayton this year as well as the only four to be hitting over .300 to this point. Tirotta also joins Pursinger and graduate student Alex Brickman as the main producers of the long ball this season, with Pursinger and Brickman each having six home runs to date. The Flyers also find different ways to get on base, as the team leads the A-10 and sits fourth in all of Division I with 56 hit by pitches as a team. Tirotta and senior Mitchell Garrity lead the team with 10 each and Garrity sits first in program history with 53 hit by pitches in his career, which is also good for fourth among active players in Division I.

Senior Hunter Wolfe has been the main force on the mound with a 3-2 overall record to lead the team in wins. The lefty leads the A-10 with 56 strikeouts, which also ranks 15th in Division I. The senior ranks eighth in program history with 181 career strikeouts and sits just three behind Tom Harrison for seventh all-time. Senior Andrew Zapka has been a key contributor out of the bullpen, posting a 0.96 ERA through 9.1 innings this season, while junior Bryce Hellgeth sits second on the team with 30 strikeouts in 18.1 innings while also posting the only save for Dayton this season. As a team, the Flyers rank 17th in the country with 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings, and first in the A-10 with 290 strikeouts, which also ranks 13th in DI, and fifth in strikeouts looking with 92.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

Davidson enters the weekend with a 16-9 record through the team’s first 25 games. The Wildcats have won seven games in a row, including a three-game sweep of North Alabama last weekend. The Flyers ended Davidson’s season last time the two teams met back in the 2019 A-10 Tournament, with Dayton winning two against the Wildcat. This season, Davidson was picked to finish fourth in the Atlantic 10, one spot behind Dayton.

Davidson has done a great job of avoiding double plays this season, and 25 games in the team has grounded into only one double play all year, but the team has turned 16 double plays, which is second in the A-10. Offensively, Alex Fedje-Johnson leads the team with a .326 batting average and has started every game for the Wildcats. Fedje-Johnson also leads the team with 18 walks and 23 runs scored. Five Wildcats, including Fedje-Johnson have hit at least four home runs, alongside John Hosmer, Ruben Fontes, and Trevor Candelaria. While Dayton has done a good job getting on base with the hit by pitch, Davidson’s Ryan Wilson leads the conference with 12 hit by pitches to this point in the season.

The Wildcats also boast two of the top five pitchers in the A-10 in innings pitched with Gabe Levy and Blake Hely, the first two projected starters in the series with Dayton. The duo also both place in the top six in the conference in strikeouts with Levy at 4th with 41 and Hely in sixth with 37. Hely also places fourth in the A-10 with a 2.59 ERA over 41.2 innings. Nolan Devos has been the mainstay out of the bullpen, leading the conference with 5 saves.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Game One: Hunter Wolfe (3-2, 3.16 ERA) vs. Gabe Levy (3-2, 4.81 ERA)

Game Two: Bryce Hellgeth (0-0, 6.38 ERA) vs. Blake Hely (3-1, 2.59 ERA)

Game Three: Cole Pletka (1-2, 6.35 ERA) vs. Jacob Walker (1-1, 4.26 ERA)

Game Four: Anthony Hattrup (0-1, 5.19 ERA) vs. Alex Fenton (1-3, 6.59 ERA)

MATCHUP HISTORY

The Flyers own a 7-4 record against Davidson, with the Flyers owning a seven-game winning streak over the Wildcats dating back to May 12, 2016.

DAYTON MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer Finishes Regular Season At St. Bonaventure Saturday

DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s soccer team finishes up the regular season on Saturday, April 10 at St. Bonaventure with a 3 p.m. kickoff.

SCOUTING THE FLYERS

The Flyers are 3-3-1 overall this season, but lead the Atlantic 10 standings with a 3-1-1 record in league play. A victory Saturday would clinch a postseason spot in the A-10 tournament.

Head coach Dennis Currier is in his 16th season at the helm of the Flyers, totaling 155 victories, the most in UD history. He returns the reigning Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year Jonas Fjeldberg, A-10 Midfielder of the Year Kingsford Adjei, and A-10 Rookie of the Year Toluwalase Oladienbo.

Overall, Dayton is scoring 2.00 goals per game and holding opponents to 1.57 goals each outing. The Flyers are outshooting opposing teams 18.0 to 16.3 as well.

The Flyers are led by reigning A-10 Player of the Week Jonas Fjeldberg, who has five goals and four assists this season, which ranks in the top 10 in the A-10. Junior midfielder Kingsford Adjei has chipped in four goals and two assists as well. Freshman goalkeeper Marc Kouadio has 38 saves in seven starts.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

ST. BONAVENTURE

St. Bonaventure hosts Dayton with a 4-3-1 record on the year and 1-3-1 A-10 mark. The Bonnies are 1-2 at home on the season and coming off a tough 6-1 loss at Saint Louis.

Head coach Kwame Oduro is in his sixth season at St. Bonaventure.

The Bonnies are averaging 1.50 goals each outing and giving up 1.88 goal to opposing squads. SBU is also being outshot 10.8 to 15.5 through eight games.

St. Bonaventure is led by Shea Currey with four goals this season, while Fredrik Hansen has contributed three goals. Goalkeeper Justyn Sandhu has 41 saves and one shutout in eight starts.

THE SERIES

Dayton and St. Bonaventure have met 21 times previously with the Flyers winning 13 games and the Bonnies winning seven. Earlier this season, the meeting ended in the first draw of the series 1-1 in double overtime at Baujan Field.

LAST OUTING

Dayton is coming off a 5-1 thumping at home to Duquesne on April 3 for senior day. Fjeldberg had two goals and two assists in that game to lead the Flyers.

St. Bonaventure suffered a 6-1 loss at Saint Louis on April 3 ending its two game unbeaten streak. The Bonnies allowed four goals in the first 17 minutes and were unable to mount a comeback in the second half.

FJELDBERG DRAFTED BY F.C. CINCINNATI

Dayton Sr. Jonas Fjeldberg was recently drafted in the 2021 MLS Superdraft by F.C. Cincinnati with the 54th pick overall in the second round. He will join up with the team after the completion of his Sr. campaign.

INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

Dayton has been known to have numerous international players and this year is no different. The Flyers’ roster contains eight international players from the countries of Sweden, Ghana, Norway, Nigeria, Bosnia, and South Africa.

RECAPPING THE 2019 SEASON

Dayton last competed in the fall of 2019 and went 13-8 overall and 6-2 in A-10 play. The Flyers got hot late and won five games in a row to take them all the way to the A-10 Championship game before eventually falling to Rhode Island in the final.

The Flyers dominated the A-10 Conference Awards with three major award winners in A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Jonas Fjeldberg, A-10 MFer of the Year Kingsford Adjei, and A-10 Rookie of the Year Toluwalase Oladienbo.

FJELDBERG EARNS A-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Dayton senior Jonas Fjeldberg was named A-10 Player of the Week on April 5 after scoring two goals and adding two assists the previoius week. It was the first A-10 honor for Fjeldberg this season.

UP NEXT

The Atlantic 10 Championship starts on April 15 with the semifinals being held at the site of the No. 1 overall seed in the league standings.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Baseball Travels To St. John’s to Open BIG EAST Play

CINCINNATI  – Xavier baseball (9-13) will travel to Queens, N.Y. to face the St. John’s Red Storm for three-games, starting Friday and running through Sunday.

The series was adjusted from its original four-game schedule, which featured a doubleheader on Saturday, to just a single game each day.

  PROBABLE  STARTERS

 XAVIER ST. JOHN’S

Game 1 Nick Zwack (LHP)             Nick Mondak (LHP)

Game 1 Lane Flamm (RHP)          Ian Murphy  (RHP)

Game 3 Trevor Olson (LHP)          Tyler Roche (RHP)

  OPPONENT NOTABLES

The Red Storm enter the game at 9-5 overall, and were last in action in a series at Fordham running March 19-21.

SJU has series wins over UMass Lowell and Sacred Heart, and split the series with Fordham.

Jake Lazzaro leads Red Storm with a .327 average at the plate, with a team-high 16 hits and 17 runs scored.

Ryan Hogan is batting .300 for the season with 15 hits, including five doubles.

David Williams (.268/.333/.439) has a team-high 12 RBI.

Nick Mondak has made four starts for the Red Storm, with a 1.88 ERA through a team-high 24.0 innings pitched. Mondak has a team-best 26 strikeouts for the season.

Ian Murphy has made four starts, with a 4.24 ERA through 18.0 innings, striking out 16.

Tyler Roche will make his first start on Sunday. Roche has made five appearances, going 4.1 innings total with a 8.31 ERA.

St. John’s finished 2020 with a 5-9 record, including a win over No. 19 Georgia Tech and a pair of wins over California.

In 2019, St. John’s finished 31-23, with the season ending in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals where the Red Storm fell to Xavier, 11-3, with a spot in the BIG EAST Championship series on the line. That was the last match-up between the two schools.

The Musketeers went 3-2 against the Red Storm in 2019, winning 2-of-3 during the regular season series and splitting a pair of games in the BIG EAST Championship. Xavier is 10-14 all time against the Red Storm.

  MUSKETEERS ON THE MOUND

Nick Zwack will take the mound on Friday, making his seventh start of the season. In six appearances, Zwack has a 4.60 ERA through a team-high 31.1 innings pitched after going the full outing in the 7.0 inning outing in game two of Friday’s doubleheader against Dayton, picking up the win to move to 2-2. Zwack has allowed 16 earned runs on the season on 36 hits and 14 walks with 22 strikeouts,

Lane Flamm will make his fifth start of the season on Saturday. Flamm was pitched 20.0 innings with a 4.95 ERA, allowing 11 earned runs on 24 hits and nine walks with 26 strikeouts.

Trevor Olson will get the start on Sunday, he has made seven appearances on the season, including four starts, with a 2.35 ERA through a team-high 30.2 innings pitched. Olson leads the Musketeers with 33 strikeouts with just seven walks allowed and is 2-1 on the season.

Dorsey Chatham has made seven appearances on the mound, leading the bullpen with 11.1 innings pitched. Chatham has allowed seven earned runs for a 5.56 ERA and has 15 strikeouts on the season.

Trey Schramm made his fifth appearance of the season in the final game at Dayton, pitching the final 3.0 innings of a 7.0 inning outing without allowing a run to pick up the win in the 14-11 game. Schramm, who has an ERA of 2.89 in 9.1 innings pitched also has two saves on the season.

  XU AT THE PLATE

Jack Housinger  has a .310 average at the plate, collecting 22 hits on the season, including a team-high seven doubles and team-high matching three home runs. Housinger also leads Xavier with 10 walks. Against Dayton, Housinger batted .533 for the series, with eight hits and nine runs scored.

Andrew Walker  is batting .395 for the season with 17 hits in 43 at bats, including three doubles, a triple and a home run. Walker batted .474 for the Dayton series, going 9-19 at the plate and collecting eight RBI, bringing his season total to 13.

Ryan Altenberger  is batting .571 for the season after finishing the Dayton series hitting .500 (7-14) at the plate with eight RBI. Altenberger has 12 hits in 21 at bats so far this season, and has six walks for a team-best .667 on-base percentage, reaching base safely in all seven games he’s appeared in.

Natale Monastra (.299/.379/.429) leads the Musketeers with 15 RBI after collecting five RBI in the Dayton series. Against the Flyres, Monastra batted .533 with eight hits.

Luke Stephenson (.222/.364/.444) has reached safely in eight-straight games, the longest current streak for the Musketeers. Stephenson finished the UC series with four RBI and four runs scored on three hits and four walks to bring his season totals to six RBI and seven runs scored on six hits.

  UPCOMING SCHEDULE

The Musketeers open up the home portion of the BIG EAST schedule with Butler, starting on Friday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m., and continuing with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning noon. The series finale is set for Sunday at noon.

Xavier is 59-33 all-time against at Butler after going 2-0 against the Bulldogs in 2019 in a rain-shortened series.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Saturday baseball twinbill against Mount St. Joseph rescheduled, relocated

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College baseball doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph scheduled for Saturday, April 10, in Florence, Kentucky, has been moved to a new day and new venue due to the threat of inclement weather on Saturday.

The Quakers and the Lions will now play on Friday, April 9, at Earlham’s Sadler Stadium. The first game of the doubleheader will start at 5:00 p.m.

Mount St. Joseph will be considered the home team for both games, however Earlham’s attendance policies will apply to the venue: attendance will be restricted to the Earlham on-campus community (residential students, faculty, and staff) as well as two guests per Earlham baseball player. Visiting parents and fans are not permitted.

EARLHAM WBB: Thompson named Earlham College head women’s basketball coach

RICHMOND, Indiana – Shanna Thompson, a veteran Division III coach whose experience includes a prior stint in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, has been named Earlham College’s new head women’s basketball coach.

Thompson officially begins her duties at Earlham on May 1.

“We had an impressive number of applications from some highly qualified candidates, but in that crowded field Shanna’s application stood out,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s interim director of athletics and head baseball coach. “She understands coaching and recruiting at the Division III level, she has connections within our region, and she brings a champion’s mindset to the position. I believe she is positioned to accomplish great things with Earlham women’s basketball.”

Thompson joins Earlham women’s basketball from Illinois College, where she has been an assistant coach and head junior varsity coach with the Lady Blues for the past two seasons, working under Head Coach Jennifer McCormick. She assisted with recruiting, player development, particularly with the Lady Blues’ perimeter players, and game and practice strategy, while also coordinating scheduling, academic monitoring, and other administrative duties.

“I am extremely excited and truly humbled to be joining the Earlham College community,” said Thompson. “I know the applicant pool was incredibly strong, so to be given the opportunity to lead this program and these young people is truly a blessing. It became very evident throughout the search process that Earlham is a special place with amazing people who love what they do and love where they do it.”

Prior to joining the staff at Illinois College, Thompson was an assistant coach at fellow HCAC member Bluffton University from 2016 to 2019, where she helped develop three All-HCAC selections was a part of two 20-win seasons recorded by the Beavers. She broke into collegiate coaching at Baldwin Wallace University, where Thompson coached during the 2015-16 season.

Thompson’s coaching resume at the high school level includes three seasons as the assistant girls’ basketball coach and head JV coach at Shaker Heights High School (2012-15), and one season at Central Technical High School in Erie, Pennsylvania (2011-12).

Thompson was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team at Division II Gannon University from 2007 to 2011, including the Golden Knights’ 2010 national semifinalist squad and 2009 team that reached the Atlantic Region championship game. Following graduation, she played for the Cleveland Crush in the semi-professional WBCBL for three seasons, including the Crush’s Northeast Regional Championship teams in 2014 and 2015.

Thompson is a 2011 graduate of Gannon with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport and exercise science. She earned an MBA with a concentration in leadership from Bluffton in 2019.

“I’d like to thank interim athletic director, Steve Sakosits, and the members of the search committee for giving me the opportunity to join the department and be a part of the growth of Earlham College Athletics,” said Thompson. “I believe whole heartedly in the vision of the department and the potential of Earlham Athletics, and I am excited to work with and learn from a group of coaches and administrators that are truly invested in the success of their student athletes as scholars, competitors and people. I am extremely eager to begin working with the incredible women’s basketball student athletes at Earlham and thrilled to be guiding the program into its next chapter.”

Earlham women’s basketball finished the abbreviated 2020-21 season with a 1-6 record, and earned the no. 2 seed in the “blind draw” format for the 2021 HCAC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Quakers have made three HCAC tournament appearances over the last four seasons.

VINCENNES WBB: Lady Blazers winning streak ends at 10 as VU falls in District Semifinal to Rend Lake

VINCENNES, Ind. – Heading into Thursday night’s NJCAA Division I Midwest District Semifinal matchup with the Rend Lake Warriors, the Vincennes University Lady Trailblazers had not lost a game since March 6.

The massive 10-game winning streak did come to an end however, as the Lady Warriors picked up the 83-71 win at the P.E. Complex to advance to the Midwest District Championship game.

All signs looked good for the Blazers early, after Rend Lake scored the first basket, VU went on a 14-4 scoring run to take a seven points lead midway through the first quarter.

Rend Lake would bounce back but were only able to close the margin to four points after the first 10 minutes of play.

VU was aided by an impressive showing out of sophomore point guard and first team All-Region 24 member Shaila Beeler, who scored 11 of VU’s 23 points in the first quarter of action.

The Warriors would take the lead from VU in the second quarter after a 7-0 scoring run gave Rend Lake a five-point lead.

This lead would hold heading into halftime, with VU trailing 40-35 at the break.

The third quarter saw rapid swings on both sides, with Rend Lake growing the lead to 10 points and the Lady Blazers cutting the margin down to just two within a matter of minutes.

Rend Lake would get their lead back to five points heading into the fourth quarter, leading 62-57.

Vincennes would again cut the Rend Lake advantage down to just a basket in the fourth quarter but were not able to take the lead back as a late game scoring run by the Warriors clinched the 12 points victory for Rend Lake.

“We didn’t play horribly, but our execution was off,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Harry Meeks said. “I thought we got frustrated on defense several times. In the overall, total picture, I didn’t think we played that well. But then you have to look at Rend Lake. That first half we pretty much played them even, but in the last four minutes of the first half, that’s when we got down by five.”

“We came out in the second half, we talked about what we needed to do to get back into the game and our execution was just not very good at all. I know the defense tightened up and got better and I think that had a lot to do with it. Rend Lake played a really good basketball game.”

“This is two years in a row that we’ve lost to Rend Lake in the District tournament and we’re just going to have to get better and be able to play in a big game. We’ve never shied away from playing anybody. Most of those kids will be back next year, so we’ll have beat them again. Most of Wabash Valley’s kids will be back, so we’re just going to have to get better and work harder.”

All five starters for VU would reach double-figures Thursday night, led by Amani Brown, who would finish her night with 19 points, while also adding a pair of assists.

Shaila Beeler would finish the game with 15 points, while also adding a team-high six assists.

The frontcourt duo of Alexis Radcliff and Nina Blade held their own on the offensive side of the floor, with each player recording a double-double.

Radcliff and Blade combined to grab 12 of VU’s 15 offensive rebounds on the night.

Radcliff would finish with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Blade ended her night with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Reeva Hammelman finished with 10 points, while also adding three rebounds and three assists.

“Our two inside girls, they basically carried us. Nina and Alexis scoring around the basket. I thought we could have played a little better defense in the post,” Meeks added. “They lobbed over us several times and we were unable to put pressure on the girl making the pass, I think that hurt us a little.”

“Offensively, we got plenty of shots close to the basket. I think we shot under 50-percent on inside shots and you need to make more that 50-percent of those. Our guard play was a little spotty at times and the spotty part came as we didn’t shoot the ball very well. We got good shots and we outscored them everywhere but the free throw line. I don’t think we foul that much, but they called a lot of fouls on us today.”

The Lady Blazers fall to 17-4 on the season and must now wait to see if they will receive one of eight at-large bids to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas, this Sunday.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       In the first game ever played at Fenway Park, the Red Sox beat Harvard, 2-0, in an abbreviated exhibition contest played on a cold and snowy afternoon in front of 3,000 hardy fans. Crimson third baseman and captain Dana Wingate, a sophomore from Winchester, Massachusetts, becomes the first batter in the Boston ballpark, taking the first pitch for ball one before being struck out on a fastball thrown by Casey Hageman.

1913       The Phillies spoil the debut of Ebbets Field, beating the Dodgers, 1-0, in front of a small crowd of approximately 10,000 fans, who brave the frigid weather to witness the pitching duel. Given special permission, Brooklyn opens the season a day early to properly inaugurate its new $75,000 Brooklyn ballpark, which took a year to build.

1916       After helping the team capture its third World Series title, Tris Speaker, declining their request to take a pay cut, is traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and $55,000. The Grey Eagle’s salary of $17,500 believed to be exorbitant by Boston due to the future Hall of Fame outfielder’s batting average dropping to .322 during the previous season.

1947       Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, feuding with the Yankees, is suspended for one year by commissioner Happy Chandler for an assortment of actions deemed detrimental to baseball, including association with known gamblers. The Brooklyn and New York clubs are both fined $2,000, and by order of the commissioner, the teams are not allowed to discuss the matter.

1953       For the first time since 1901, big leaguers play baseball in Milwaukee. In the first game ever at County Stadium, the newly-arrived Braves take on their former crosstown rivals, the Boston Red Sox, in a preseason exhibition game, which the hometown trails, 3-0, and is washed-out after two innings due to rain.

1959       Dr. Creighton Hale recommends Little League pitching mounds be moved back from home plate by 24 inches. The organization’s vice president believes a ball thrown by a youngster at 70 mph from 46 feet would give the batter about the same amount of time to swing at a pitch, proportionately, as the major leaguers have.

1959       At Washington, D.C.’s Griffith Stadium, the Orioles become the first major league team to turn a triple play on Opening Day. Vice-President Richard Nixon, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch substituting for President Eisenhower, sees the hometown Senators post a 9-2 victory over Baltimore, behind a solid seven-hit, complete-game performance by Pedro Ramos.

1962       Keeping a Laotian prince waiting in the White House, President Kennedy opens up Washington’s new $23-million D.C. Stadium by tossing the ceremonial first pitch. Despite a rain delay, JFK stays for the entire game and enjoys seeing Mickey Vernon’s Senators beat the Tigers, 4-1.

1963       As a favor to former Indians infielder Johnny Berardino, now known as Johnny Beradino, who plays Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital, Yogi Berra makes a cameo appearance on the popular ABC soap opera. The Yankee legend, known for his paradoxical contradictions, plays the role of Dr. Lawrence Berra, a brain surgeon.

1964       Much to the chagrin of team executive Branch Rickey, the Cardinals trade Jimmie Coker and Gary Kolb to the Braves for catcher Bob Uecker. After introducing himself, the Redbirds’ new backstop is quickly informed by Rickey, “I didn’t want you. I wouldn’t trade one Gary Kolb for a hundred Bob Ueckers.”

1965       Houston begins playing in the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ when they host an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium in history. In the opening ceremonies, 24 astronauts throw 24 ceremonial first pitches as the Colt .45’s become the Astros.

1966       After sharing space at Wrigley Field in 1961 and Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 during their first five seasons in Los Angeles, the Angels move to nearby Anaheim into their own stadium. The ‘Halos’, now known as the California Angels, host the San Francisco Giants in a preseason exhibition game in the first contest ever played at Anaheim Stadium.

1968       In Atlanta, Georgia, Bill Veeck, the former owner of the Browns, Indians, and White Sox, is among the crowd of marchers taking part in Martin Luther King’s funeral procession, held five days after the civil rights leader is slain in Memphis. The WW II veteran, who spent 15 hours standing in line to pay his respect to JFK at the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in 1963, walks the entire three-and-a-half mile route from Ebenezer Baptist Church to Morehouse College on his wooden leg without the aid of crutches.

1969       Billy Williams hits four consecutive doubles, helping the Cubs beat Philadelphia at Wrigley Field, 11-3. The Chicago outfielder’s quartet of two-baggers ties the major-league record for doubles, shared by 29 players, and last accomplished by in 1963 by Detroit center fielder Billy Bruton.

1970       “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo), What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away, (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey).” – PAUL SIMON, songwriter. On the Dick Cavett Show, Paul Simon tells Mickey Mantle the lyrics to Mrs. Robinson would have been ‘Where have you gone, Mickey Mantle’ but explains to his favorite player, “it’s about syllables, Mick. It’s about how many beats there are.” The songwriter’s well-known lyrics become, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

1976       Orioles’ right-hander Jim Palmer and Boston’s Ferguson Jenkins, both future members of the Hall of Fame, stage a classic pitching duel at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium on Opening Day. The Birds, behind the eight-inning, six-hit effort by ‘Cakes,’ beat the Red Sox and Fergie, who goes the distance, 1-0, thanks to an unearned run scored in the fourth inning.

1976       The White Sox’s owner Bill Veeck, known for his promotional genius, surprises the Comiskey Park crowd on Opening Day when he, Rudie Schaffer, and Paul Richards celebrate the nation’s bicentennial, wearing battered Continental Army uniforms. The trio, caring a fife, drum, and flag, strike a pose in their tattered garb, reminiscent of Archibald MacNeal Willard’s painting The Spirit of ’76, a famous piece of art depicting Revolutionary War veterans, that was displayed at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition 100 years earlier.

1977       After being informed that his uniform No. 15 number is worn by teammate Claudel Washington, new A’s slugger Dick Allen asks to wear #60 and adds an unusual request. Above the digits, the word Wampum replaces the surname of the 1960 graduate of Wampum High School.

1977       “I have never seen such stupid ballplaying in my life.” – RAY KROC, the Padres owner, addressing the fans on the PA system during the home opener at San Diego Stadium. During the home opener against Houston at San Diego Stadium, Ray Kroc, the Padres’ new owner, uses the ballpark’s public address system to thank the fans and berate the players for their poor play. At the start of the fast-food tycoon’s eighth-inning tirade, a streaker jumps over the railing of the stands in left field and runs haphazardly across the field.

1980       In the first minor league game played in Durham (NC) since 1972, the Bulls, a name last used in 1967, the team needs to play the home opener wearing their powder blue road uniforms because their home jerseys go missing two days before the start of the season. Atlanta’s minor league director, Hank Aaron, sends the team a set of used Braves uniforms to wear for away contests after the club decides to continue to wear the road uniforms for the Durham Athletic Park contests.

1980       At the Kingdome, Opening Day starter Mike Parrott gets the win as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 8-6. The 25 year-old Californian will not enjoy another victory for the rest of the season, finishing the season with a 1-16 record.

1981       On Opening Day, Fernando Valenzuela, making his first major league start in place of scheduled starter Jerry Reuss, blanks Houston on five hits at Dodger Stadium, 2-0. During the strike-shortened season, the 20 year-old rookie from Mexico will lead the league in game starts (25), complete games (11), and shutouts (8).

1985       The Mets’ offseason acquisition of Gary Carter pays immediate dividends when he connects for a walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving his new team a 6-5 victory over St. Louis on Opening Day at Shea Stadium. The 31 year-old All-Star catcher is the first player to end his first contest with a New York team with a round-tripper.

1985       Tom Seaver establishes a big-league record with his 15th Opening Day assignment, earning the victory in the White Sox’s 4-2 win over Milwaukee at County Stadium. The right-hander, who also got the first-day nods from the Mets (1968-77, 1983) and Reds (1978-79, 1981), will extend the mark previously held by Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators to 16 next season.

1987       Phil Niekro records his 312th victory, with the help of Steve Carlton, who pitches four shutout innings in relief in the Indians’ 14-3 win over the Blue Jays at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium. The appearance of the two veteran hurlers marks the first time in modern MLB history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game.

1989       On a frigid Sunday afternoon, Rick Sutcliffe adds to the wind chill, striking out 11 batters in the Cubs’ 8-3 win over Pittsburgh. Despite a temperature of 33 degrees, along with a stiff breeze making it feel like eight above, 11,387 fans brave the elements to watch the right-hander’s complete-game effort at Wrigley Field.

1990       Keeping with the team’s tradition of having a rookie select the music, Reds freshman first baseman Hal Morris picks U Can’t Touch This, following the Opening Day 8-4 extra-inning victory at the Astrodome. The iconic MC Hammer tune will become the team’s mantra and the unofficial theme song for the eventual world champs.

1990       On Opening Day, Glenn Davis is hit by a pitch three times, tying a major league record which is shared by many major leaguers. The Houston first baseman’s body blows do not lead to any runs in the team’s 8-4 loss to Cincinnati at the Astrodome.

1990       Delino DeShields, the 21 year-old second baseman of the Expos, goes 4-for-6 to become only the second rookie to collect four hits in an Opening Day debut. Forrest Jacobs, also a second baseman, became the first major league rookie to accomplish the feat in his 1954 Opening Day debut with the Philadelphia A’s.

1990       Randy Myers, in response to a writer informing him after Cincinnati’s 8-4 victory, the Astros weren’t happy about Glenn Davis getting hit three times, says if there is any retaliation, he and his teammates (Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton) clock at least ninety-five on the radar gun. When the Houston Chronicle beat reporter responds with “that’s pretty nasty,” the left-hander counters, “Well, we’re pretty nasty guys,” giving rise to the trio of hard-throwing Reds relievers being called the ‘Nasty Boys.’

1993       Bo Jackson, in his first at-bat after eighteen months of rehab following his hip replacement surgery, connects for a home run with his first swing of the season in the team’s 11-6 Opening Day loss to New York at Comiskey Park. En route to being named the American League Comeback Player of the Year, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, will hit 16 home runs and collect 45 RBIs in 85 games, contributing to the White Sox’s divisional title.

1993       Thanks to a four-run first inning sparked by Eric Young’s leadoff home run, the Rockies defeat the Expos 11-4 for their first win ever. The crowd of 80,227 at Colorado’s Mile High Stadium establishes a new major league Opening Day attendance record.

1993       At the age of 46, Nolan Ryan becomes the oldest pitcher to start and win an Opening Day game when the Rangers win their home opener against the Red Sox, 3-1. Previously, Yankee southpaw Tommy John held the distinction, being 45 years old when he started and beat the Twins in the 1989 opener at the Metrodome.

1998       In a 13-4 Rockies rout of the Reds, Ellis Burks hits two home runs at Coors Field. The homers give the Colorado outfielder four for the season, which accounts for all the hits the .154 batter has collected thus far this season.

1999       Just two days after celebrating his 80th birthday, former Orioles owner Jerold C. Hoffberger dies unexpectedly. The philanthropist enjoyed five American League pennants and two World Championships during his 14-year tenure, before selling the club to Edward Bennett Williams after the 1979 season.

2000       Indians DH Jim Thome earns the platinum sombrero when he strikes out five times, tying a major league record. Cleveland still prevails in the Tropicana Field tilt, posting a 17-4 victory over Tampa Bay.

2000       Each team hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history in the Twins’ 13-7 victory over the Royals. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones, and Matt Lecroy connect consecutively in the sixth for Minnesota, and Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye, and Hector Carrasco go back-to-back-to-back for Kansas City in the eighth frame of the Kauffman Stadium contest.

2001       Willie Stargell, the all-time Pirate career leader in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits, dies from kidney problems at the age of 61. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 World Championship, ‘Pops’, a career .282 hitter, became the oldest player (39) to win an MVP award when he shares the honor with Keith Hernandez.

2001       Pittsburgh’s PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product Sean Casey leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who belted the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of recording the first round-tripper in a major league park’s history. The bat, which was used to hit both historic homers, is sent to the Hall of Fame.

2004       The Yankees and Joe Torre agree to a three-year extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62 year-old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season.

2005       Juan Pierre’s consecutive innings streak comes to an end at 1700 as his name is not in the starting lineup of Florida. The Marlins’ center fielder, whose consecutive game streak stays intact at 340 by entering the contest as an eighth-inning defensive replacement, joins Cal Ripken (Orioles, 1983-86) and Travis Fryman (Tigers, 1995) as the only big leaguers to play every inning for his team during a season.

2006       Cory Sullivan becomes the 11th player in big league history to hit two triples in the same inning, and the first since Gil Coan of the Senators accomplished the feat in 1951. The Colorado leadoff hitter’s two seventh-inning three-baggers contribute to the Rockies’ 10-4 win over the Padres.

2009       Just hours after pitching six shutout innings against Oakland, Nick Adenhart is killed in a hit-and-run car accident. In memory of the 22 year-old right-handed rookie, the Angels postpone tonight’s game with the A’s.

2012       Joining Roy Oswalt, Barry Zito becomes only the second opposing pitcher to whitewash the Rockies at Coors Field, posting a 7-0 victory. The shutout is the Giants left-hander’s first in 274 starts, the longest span in major league history without one.

2016       The Twins, suffering a 7-0 loss to Kansas City, start the season 0-5 for the first time in franchise history, a span that includes the three times the team was winless after four attempts when they played as the Washington Senators before the 1961 season. The eventual nine-game losing streak will be extended to 0-6 with a heartbreaking loss tomorrow when the Royals score two runs in the bottom of ninth before securing a 4-3 walk-off victory in the tenth inning at Kauffman Stadium.

2017       The Halos, trailing 9-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, stun Seattle by scoring seven times in their 10-9 victory in Anaheim. Cliff Pennington’s single into right field plates Mike Trout with the winning run, resulting in a deafening roar at Angel Stadium when the fans react to their team’s incredible comeback.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Baltimore43.5710 – 14 – 24 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 3L 1
Boston43.5713 – 31 – 04 – 30 – 00 – 04 – 3W 4
NY Yankees33.5000.53 – 30 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 3L 1
Toronto34.42910 – 13 – 32 – 10 – 01 – 33 – 4L 3
Tampa Bay24.3331.50 – 02 – 40 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 4L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota52.7141 – 04 – 20 – 02 – 11 – 05 – 2W 2
Chi White Sox44.5001.51 – 03 – 40 – 01 – 03 – 44 – 4W 1
Detroit33.5001.53 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 30 – 03 – 3L 1
Kansas City33.5001.52 – 11 – 20 – 01 – 22 – 13 – 3L 2
Cleveland23.40021 – 11 – 20 – 02 – 30 – 02 – 3W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston61.8571 – 05 – 10 – 00 – 06 – 16 – 1W 2
LA Angels52.71414 – 21 – 01 – 03 – 11 – 15 – 2W 1
Texas33.5002.52 – 11 – 22 – 11 – 20 – 03 – 3W 2
Seattle34.42933 – 30 – 10 – 01 – 30 – 03 – 4L 1
Oakland17.1255.51 – 60 – 10 – 00 – 00 – 51 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia51.8335 – 10 – 05 – 10 – 00 – 05 – 1W 1
NY Mets22.50021 – 01 – 22 – 20 – 00 – 02 – 2W 1
Washington12.3332.51 – 20 – 01 – 20 – 00 – 01 – 2L 2
Atlanta24.33330 – 02 – 42 – 40 – 00 – 02 – 4W 2
Miami16.1434.51 – 50 – 10 – 10 – 30 – 01 – 6L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati51.8335 – 10 – 00 – 05 – 10 – 05 – 1W 5
St. Louis52.7140.51 – 04 – 23 – 02 – 20 – 05 – 2W 4
Chi Cubs43.5711.53 – 31 – 00 – 04 – 30 – 04 – 3W 1
Milwaukee34.4292.51 – 22 – 20 – 02 – 20 – 03 – 4L 1
Pittsburgh16.1434.50 – 11 – 50 – 01 – 60 – 01 – 6L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers52.7140 – 05 – 20 – 00 – 03 – 15 – 2L 1
San Diego43.57114 – 30 – 00 – 00 – 04 – 34 – 3L 1
San Francisco33.5001.50 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 13 – 3W 1
Colorado34.42923 – 40 – 00 – 00 – 03 – 43 – 4W 2
Arizona25.28630 – 02 – 50 – 00 – 02 – 52 – 5L 2

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Brooklyn3616.69222-614-106-219-118-22 W
Philadelphia3516.6860.520-515-119-224-77-31 W
Milwaukee3219.6273.518-714-129-018-95-52 L
Charlotte2624.5209.013-913-157-114-116-41 W
Atlanta2725.5199.013-1014-153-313-125-51 L
Miami2725.5199.015-1312-125-516-155-51 W
Boston2626.50010.016-1010-164-618-145-51 W
New York2527.48111.014-1011-171-818-174-62 L
Indiana2327.46012.09-1514-125-413-175-51 W
10 Chicago2228.44013.010-1612-124-312-114-63 W
11 Toronto2032.38516.011-149-183-513-183-72 L
12 Cleveland1932.37316.511-138-193-513-144-62 W
13 Washington1832.36017.010-168-162-78-233-71 W
14 Orlando1734.33318.510-167-184-510-183-73 L
15 Detroit1636.30820.09-157-210-910-224-61 W
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah3913.75023-216-114-217-88-21 W
Phoenix3615.7062.519-817-75-322-98-21 L
LA Clippers3518.6604.520-815-108-221-108-23 W
Denver3318.6475.517-916-97-117-118-27 W
LA Lakers3220.6157.016-1116-93-620-114-61 L
Portland3021.5888.515-1015-114-516-145-52 L
Dallas2922.5699.513-1016-125-316-157-31 W
Memphis2623.53111.512-1414-94-512-177-34 W
San Antonio2425.49013.512-1712-84-613-182-84 L
10 Golden State2427.47114.515-99-183-712-143-71 W
11 New Orleans2229.43116.514-138-166-313-175-52 L
12 Sacramento2230.42317.012-1510-154-510-145-55 L
13 Oklahoma City2032.38519.09-1811-143-711-202-85 L
14 Houston1437.27524.57-197-185-710-193-71 W
15 Minnesota1339.25026.08-175-223-69-223-71 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Islanders402610456221219217-1-29-9-27-3-0
Washington Capitals4025114542313412213-5-212-6-25-5-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4025132522213511216-3-19-10-17-2-1
Boston Bruins372110648181069310-5-311-5-36-2-2
Philadelphia Flyers391815642171161418-8-310-7-33-4-3
New York Rangers391816541171271089-7-39-9-26-3-1
New Jersey Devils38141863414971214-13-310-5-34-4-2
Buffalo Sabres399246246901374-12-45-12-23-5-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche39269456261409517-4-29-5-27-1-2
Vegas Golden Knights382511252251208814-4-211-7-04-5-1
Minnesota Wild382412250231169714-4-010-8-26-3-1
Arizona Coyotes4019165431611012210-8-39-8-27-3-0
St. Louis Blues391716640151071255-9-412-7-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks381717438121061277-7-210-10-26-4-0
Los Angeles Kings381517636141041107-7-48-10-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks40122173111921315-12-47-9-34-5-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4027103572613310013-6-214-4-18-1-1
Edmonton Oilers4125142522513411513-8-012-6-27-1-2
Winnipeg Jets4024133512412910911-6-213-7-16-3-1
Montreal Canadiens371711943161181038-7-29-4-75-3-2
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Calgary Flames401621335151031249-9-17-12-22-8-0
Ottawa Senators411324430111071538-9-45-15-03-4-3
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes39279357231289414-2-313-7-07-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4027112562613810115-4-012-7-25-5-0
Florida Panthers4126114562513211114-4-312-7-16-4-0
Nashville Predators4122181451810911611-8-011-10-19-1-0
Chicago Blackhawks4118185411611412911-8-27-10-34-6-0
Dallas Stars3814141038131051007-6-77-8-34-4-2
Columbus Blue Jackets421519838131061378-7-67-12-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings42132363213911359-9-44-14-23-5-2