SCOREBOARD

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Arizona 7 Cincinnati 0

San Diego 2 Texas 0

Boston 14 Baltimore 9

Cleveland 5 Detroit 2

NY Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 4 (10)

Kansas City 4 Chicago White Sox 3 (10)

LA Angels at Toronto (PPD)

Pittsburgh 7 Chicago Cubs 1

Seattle 8 Minnesota 6

Milwaukee 9 St. Louis 3

San Francisco 4 Colorado 0

LA Dodgers 3 Washington 0

Miami at NY Mets (Suspended)

Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 6

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NBA SCOREBOARD

Atlanta 105 Charlotte 101

Boston 105 Denver 87

New Orleans 116 Cleveland 109

Milwaukee 124 Orlando 87

San Antonio 119 Dallas 117

Minnesota 121 Chicago 117

New York 102 Toronto 96

Indiana 132 Memphis 125….DESMOND BANE 7PTS, 2REB, 5ASST

LA Clippers 131 Detroit 124

Miami 107 Portland 98

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NHL SCOREBOARD

Buffalo 5 Philadelphia 3

Vegas 1 Arizona 0

Buffalo 5 Philadelphia 3

Colorado 4 Anaheim 1

Pittsburgh 5 New Jersey 2

NY Islanders 3 NY Rangers 2

Washington 8 Boston 1

Nashville 3 Dallas 2

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MASTERS LEADERBOARD

RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Hideki Matsuyama69716573-10 (278)F
2Will Zalatoris70687170-9 (279)F
3tXander Schauffele72696872-7 (281)F
3tJordan Spieth71687270-7 (281)F
5tMarc Leishman72677073-6 (282)F
5tJon Rahm72727266-6 (282)F
7Justin Rose65727274-5 (283)F
8tCorey Conners73696874-4 (284)F
8tPatrick Reed70757069-4 (284)F
10tTony Finau74667372-3 (285)F
10tCameron Smith74687370-3 (285)F
12tStewart Cink74697271-2 (286)F
12tBrian Harman69697474-2 (286)F
12tSi Woo Kim71697472-2 (286)F
12tRobert MacIntyre74707072-2 (286)F
12tKevin Na75707071-2 (286)F
12tWebb Simpson70767070-2 (286)F
18tTyrrell Hatton71747468-1 (287)F
18tCollin Morikawa73697570-1 (287)F
18tScottie Scheffler73727171-1 (287)F
21tHarris English74717370E (288)F
21tViktor Hovland73707273E (288)F
21tShane Lowry71737272E (288)F
21tPhil Mickelson75726972E (288)F
21tJustin Thomas73677573E (288)F
26tAbraham Ancer75697570+1 (289)F
26tPaul Casey73747369+1 (289)F
26tCameron Champ72687772+1 (289)F
26tMatt Jones74697472+1 (289)F
26tLouis Oosthuizen76707271+1 (289)F
26tIan Poulter74737270+1 (289)F
26tCharl Schwartzel74717272+1 (289)F
26tBubba Watson74707372+1 (289)F
34tMatthew Fitzpatrick74707373+2 (290)F
34tRyan Palmer74687375+2 (290)F
34tMichael Thompson72727571+2 (290)F
34tMatt Wallace74727173+2 (290)F
38tMartin Laird74717274+3 (291)F
38tHenrik Stenson73717176+3 (291)F
40tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70767472+4 (292)F
40tMackenzie Hughes72727276+4 (292)F
40tSebastian Munoz74737174+4 (292)F
40tJoaquin Niemann75717076+4 (292)F
40tBernd Wiesberger74667478+4 (292)F
40tGary Woodland73727572+4 (292)F
46tBryson DeChambeau76677575+5 (293)F
46tTommy Fleetwood74707376+5 (293)F
46tBrendon Todd73717673+5 (293)F
49Jason Kokrak71767177+7 (295)F
50tBilly Horschel76717376+8 (296)F
50tJose Maria Olazabal75717575+8 (296)F
52Francesco Molinari74736981+9 (297)F
53Jim Herman76707676+10 (298)F
54Adam Scott74737973+11 (299)F

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Transylvania 15 Earlham 0

Transylvania 11 Earlham 2 (Earlham is now 15-9 in the HCAC)

Georgia Tech 4 Notre Dame 2

Michigan 16 Ohio State 7

Louisville 11 Florida State 4

Cincinnati 10 Central Florida 6

Dayton 11 Davidson 5

Xavier 18 St. John’s 6

Purdue 8 Penn State 5

Rutgers 6 Northwestern 5 (10)

Nebraska 14 Maryland 3

Iowa 6 Minnesota 1

Iowa 18 Minnesota 0

Ball State 13 Akron 2

Central Michigan 5 Bowling Green 1

Central Michigan 13 Bowling Green 4

Ohio 3 Eastern Michigan 2

Toledo 15 Kent State 14 (10)

Miami OH 16 Western Michigan 9

Southern Illinois 8 Northern Illinois 4

Indiana State 8 Illinois State 7 (10)

Bradley 5 Evansville 4

THE MASTERS

Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all.

Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket.

Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th.

Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.”

So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. With a four-shot lead, he went for the green in two on the par-5 15th and it bounded hard off the back slope and into the pond on the 16th hole.

Matsuyama did well to walk away with bogey, and with Schauffele making a fourth straight birdie, the lead was down to two shots with three to play.

The next swing all but ended it. Schauffele’s tee shot on the par-3 16th bounced off the hill left of the green and dribbled into the pond. His third shot from the drop area went into the gallery. It added to a triple bogey, and his third close call in a major.

Never mind that Matsuyama bogeyed three of his last four holes, the first Masters champion with a final round over par since Trevor Immelman shot 75 in 2008.

All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory.

And that’s what he did, soaking in the moment with a few thousand spectators on their feat to celebrate a career-changing moment — for the 29-year-old Matsuyama, and he hopes for an entire country.

“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama said.

Will Zalatoris, the 24-year-ld Masters rookie, holed an 18-foot par putt on the last hole for a 70 and was runner-up. It was the best performance by a first-timer to the Masters since another Dallas kid, Jordan Spieth, was runner-up in 2014 to Bubba Watson.

Spieth had a few fleeting thoughts of coming from six shots behind except for too many missed putts early and missed opportunities late. He bogeyed his last hole for a 70 and tied for third with Schauffele, who shot a 72 with a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card.

Matsuyama finished at 10-under 278 for his 15th victory worldwide, and his sixth on the PGA Tour.

He becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods.

Returning to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, he again put on the green jacket and raised both arms in triumph. Augusta National allowed limited spectators, believed to be about 8,000 a day, and most might have remembered him from a decade ago.

He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn an invitation to the Masters, and he was low amateur — tied with defending champion Phil Mickelson that year — to earn a trip into famed Butler Cabin. He won in Japan as an amateur, and four times after he graduated college and turned pro. His first PGA Tour victory was at the Memorial in 2014, prompting tournament host Jack Nicklaus to say, “I think you’ve just seen the start of what’s going to be truly one of your world’s great players over the next 10 to 15 years.”

That moment came Sunday.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Weaver takes no-hitter into 7th, Diamondbacks top Reds 7-0

PHOENIX (AP) Luke Weaver retired the first 17 batters he faced, Eduardo Escobar homered for the fourth straight game and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Weaver (1-0) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a broken-bat single to Eugenio Suarez, whose ground ball found a hole up the middle. The right-hander hit Alex Blandino with a pitch with two outs in the sixth, the first of three baserunners he allowed.

Weaver – who flashed pinpoint command with a mid-90s fastball – needed just 94 pitches over seven innings to carve through Cincinnati’s red-hot lineup, throwing 63 strikes. He struck out eight. The Reds came into the game hitting .312 as a team, which was tops in the majors.

Rookie Matt Peacock pitched the final two innings to complete the two-hitter.

David Peralta hit a three-run homer in the third, his first of the season, to put the Diamondbacks ahead 4-0. Arizona threatened again in the fourth, but Christian Walker struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

Escobar added a 2-run shot down the right-field line in the fifth to push the D-backs ahead 6-0. His four-game homer streak is a career best.

Jose De Leon (0-1) allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out nine, walked three and gave up eight hits, including the two homers.

Arizona won the three-game series after losing Friday’s opener, cooling off the Reds after a 6-1 start, which was the best opening week for the franchise since 1994.

Brubaker pitches, hits Pirates to 7-1 win over slumping Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) JT Brubaker pitched into the sixth inning and had the first three RBIs of his career to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Sunday.

Brubaker (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts and one walk. His two-run single down the right-field line capped a three-run second inning and gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead.

“I just wanted to put the ball in play,” said Brubaker, who is 2 for 4 this season after also getting a hit in his first career at-bat. “He threw me a fastball and I put a swing on it. If you asked me where it was in the zone, though, I couldn’t even tell you. I’m not that kind of hitter.”

Pittsburgh’s Bryan Reynolds had the third four-hit game of his career.

Trevor Williams (1-1) was hit hard in his return to Pittsburgh, where he spent the first five seasons of his career before being released in November. He was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Pirates catcher Jacob Stalllings said it felt strange to face Williams, who received a video tribute on the scoreboard when he warmed up in the first inning.

“Trevor is one of my really good friends and I just didn’t want to face him,” Stallings said. “It was weird, for sure.”

Wilmer Difo hit his first career pinch-hit home run as Pittsburgh won consecutive games for the first time this season.

Javier Baez accounted for the Cubs’ run with a second-inning homer. Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games and went 1 for 23 with runners in scoring position in losing two of three to Pittsburgh.

The Cubs have had five hits or fewer in six of their first nine games.

“I’m confident in this lineup,” Williams said. “We have guys who can take the ball out of the ballpark on any pitch. When we find our groove, it’s going to be fun to watch.”

Dustin Fowler pulled the Pirates into a 1-1 tie in the second with a run-scoring double immediately before Brubaker delivered his single. Brubaker drove into another run with a grounder in the fourth, and Colin Moran had an RBI single in the fifth.

Difo’s two-run blast in the seventh made it 7-1.

García homers again, Brewers beat Cardinals 9-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Avisail Garcia homered for the second day in a row, Travis Shaw and Manny Pina also connected and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 on Sunday.

Garcia, who homered and drove in five runs in a 9-5 win Saturday, and Shaw hit early drives that helped the Brewers build a 7-0 lead in the second inning.

“Any time you score that many in the top of the first, it kind of settles everybody into the game,” Shaw said. “We poured some more on in the second. The pitching held on, so it was a good day.”

Brett Anderson (1-1) tossed five effective innings for Milwaukee, which has won four of five.

Austin Dean had a two-run double for the Cardinals, who have lost two in a row after a four-game winning streak.

The Brewers scored four times in the first off Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-1) in batting around for the first time this season. Lorenzo Cain began the game with a first-pitch double, Daniel Vogelbach followed with an RBI single and Garcia homered.

The outburst helped Anderson relax on the mound. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the opening frame to give him an RBI before he ever took the mound.

“You don’t anticipate that, but it’s a good problem to have,” Anderson said. “It was good to see the offense clicking on all cylinders. A little tough to get into a rhythm. not the greatest outing by any stretch. But I was able to grind through five.”

Garcia hit homers in back-to-back games for the first time since May 22-23, 2019, when he was with Tampa Bay.

Shaw hit a three-run homer off Ponce de Leon in the second. Shaw left the game as a precautionary measure after fouling a ball off his shin in a fourth-inning plate appearance.

“It’s a little sore, but should be good to go tomorrow,” Shaw said. “Overall, not terrible.”

Shaw went 5 for 10 in the series with four RBIs.

Giants pitchers scatter 8 hits, beat Rockies for sweep

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Anthony DeSclafani and three relievers combined to scatter eight hits and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

DeSclafani (1-0) struck out eight and gave up six hits in six innings. The right-hander pitched with runners on base nearly every inning but repeatedly worked his way out of trouble and lowered his ERA to 0.82.

Brandon Belt homered for the first time this season and Alex Dickerson also connected for the Giants. Evan Longoria had two hits and two RBIs.

Trevor Story and Raimel Tapia had two hits apiece for Colorado.

The sweep was the Giants’ first of the Rockies since 2017. San Francisco has won four straight overall.

DeSclafani struck out Sam Hilliard and Dom Nunez to strand a runner at third to end the fourth, then fanned Josh Fuentes and Hilliard with runners at second and third in the sixth.

San Francisco starters have gone at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in all nine games this season. It’s the Giants’ third-longest such streak to begin a season in the modern era.

Reliever Tyler Rogers pitched out of a jam in the seventh after walking Trevor Story with two outs to load the bases. Rogers then got cleanup hitter Charlie Blackmon to hit a comebacker.

Jose Alvarez retired two batters and Rogers set down four. Wandy Peralta walked two with two outs in the ninth before Story grounded out to complete the Giants’ first shutout this season.

Belt homered off Colorado starter German Marquez in the sixth. Belt also walked, stole second and scored on Longoria’s two-out hit in the first.

Dickerson’s home run also came in the first and cleared the fence in Triples Alley.

Marquez (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Rockies ace struck out seven and walked three.

Kershaw barely outduels Scherzer, Dodgers sweep Nats 3-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of five-hit ball to win an outstanding duel with Max Scherzer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept three games from the Washington Nationals with a 3-0 victory Sunday.

Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three runs for the defending World Series champion Dodgers, who are off to a major league-best start of 8-2 despite playing this series without injured former MVP outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

Kershaw (2-1) struck out six with no walks in his first home start since winning his first World Series ring. The Dodgers’ longtime star barely came out ahead in the fourth career matchup between these two three-time Cy Young Award winners, who have 352 combined victories – 177 for Kershaw and 175 for Scherzer.

Scherzer (0-1) was just as good as Kershaw, pitching six innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts and a walk. McKinstry drove in the sole run during the starters’ duel with a fortunate double in the second inning when Victor Robles lost his long fly ball in the sun.

McKinstry added the second homer of his big league career in the seventh, a two-run shot off reliever Tanner Rainey, giving the 25-year-old rookie a team-leading 10 RBIs this season.

Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth for his second save.

Trea Turner had three hits for the Nationals, who are 1-5 after starting the season late and short-handed due to coronavirus woes. Washington was shut out for the third time in four games, including twice at Dodger Stadium.

Both Kershaw and Scherzer have posted winning records in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest active streaks in the majors. With his victory, Kershaw improved to 177-77 in his career, becoming only the ninth pitcher to go 100 games over .500 since divisional play began in 1969.

Max Muncy got a leadoff single in the second and eventually scored when Robles lost McKinstry’s fly ball to the center field wall in the hazy LA afternoon sun.

Scherzer stayed in his groove and retired the next 10 consecutive Dodgers, but his teammates couldn’t crack Kershaw and the LA bullpen.

Martinez comes off COVID list, hits 3 HRs as Red Sox top O’s

BALTIMORE (AP) J.D. Martinez caught up in a hurry.

Martinez came off the COVID-19 list and hit three home runs, powering the Boston Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 14-9 Sunday for their sixth straight win.

Martinez struck out in the first inning and quickly made some adjustments.

“After that first at-bat, I felt like everything just kind of sped up on me,” Martinez said. “I went to the cage and I was like, `All right, we need to dial this up. We can get it going. Wake up.’ After that, I felt a lot more in control and I felt really good.”

The 33-year-old Martinez was back in the lineup one day after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list because of cold symptoms. He passed the required tests and went 4 for 6, driving in four runs and scoring four times.

Martinez got a chance at a record-tying fourth homer in the ninth inning and struck out swinging. He is the last of 18 major leaguers to homer four times in a game, doing it in September 2017 for Arizona.

This was the fourth time that Martinez has hit at least three homers in a game. A year after batting just .213 with seven home runs in 54 games during the pandemic-shortened season, he is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with five homers and 16 RBIs in eight games.

“He’s locked in. You can tell,” manager Alex Cora said. “This is the guy I saw in (2018 and 2019), He has an idea of what he wants to do. He doesn’t deviate from his process. I think the last swing he was just hoping for a strike to see if he could hit it in the air. That wasn’t the case.”

Martinez hit solo homers in the third, sixth and eighth innings. The three-time All-Star also had an RBI single.

Rafael Devers homered twice and Alex Verdugo added a three-run shot for the Red Sox, who completed a three-game sweep – Boston lost three in a row to Baltimore at Fenway Park to start the season.

“I feel good obviously. I made a couple of changes here and there but I still have the same approach every single game and now things are falling in my favor,” Devers said. “It feels good to be able to contribute as much as I am right now.”

Devers has homered in three straight games for the second time in his career. Boston entered the game ranked near the bottom of the American League with seven home runs.

Bullpen shines as Padres blank Rangers for 3-game sweep

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Trent Grisham and Manny Machado homered, Craig Stammen led a parade of six effective San Diego relievers after starter Adrian Morejon left early with an injury, and the Padres beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Grisham pulled a 1-0 fastball into the right-field stands off Mike Foltynewicz (0-2), who had retired the first nine batters. Machado hammered a 2-2 changeup off Ian Kennedy deep down the left-field line leading off the ninth.

The 22-year-old Morejon retired the first two batters and walked Joey Gallo before departing with an elbow/forearm strain. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Stammen (1-1) took over and pitched through the fourth inning, his longest appearance since May 2017. The 37-year-old struck out three and allowed only a second-inning single to Jose Trevino on a ball that third baseman Ha-Seong Kim bobbled.

Taylor Williams, Tim Hill, Austin Adams, Emilio Pagan and Mark Melancon followed Stammen as the Padres held Texas to five hits, three walks and two hit batters while striking out 10. Melancon is 5 for 5 in save opportunities this season.

The Rangers left 10 runners on, including two each in the sixth and seventh and the bases loaded in the eighth trailing by one run. Pagan struck out pinch-hitter Ronald Guzman looking on a 2-2 fastball to end the eighth.

Foltynewicz became the first Texas starter this season to pitch into the seventh. He finished the inning and allowed one run on two hits and three walks.

Two of the wins in the series were shutouts. On Friday night, Joe Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in Padres history.

Odor snaps late tie with 1st hit as Yankee, NY tops Rays 8-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rougned Odor snapped a 10th-inning tie with his first hit as a Yankee, Gio Urshela homered and drove in three runs, and New York rallied Sunday to avoid a weekend sweep with an 8-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Urshela hit a two-run homer in the third inning. His fourth hit of the day, a two-out single in the 10th off Collin McHugh (0-1), helped the Yankees put away the AL champions, who were on the verge of completing a three-game sweep before giving up a tying run in the eighth.

Odor was in the lineup for the first time since being acquired in a trade from the Texas Rangers. Cleanly shaven after sporting a scruffy beard for years in Texas, he was 0 for 4 before singling to center on a 3-2 pitch to break a 4-4 tie. Gary Sanchez followed with an RBI single before Urshela finished off the Rays, who allowed the fourth run of the inning to score on an error.

Aroldis Chapman (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth, andAlbert Abreu got the final three outs.

Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena hit two-run homers and rookie right-hander Brent Honeywell Jr. sparkled in his major league debut by pitching two scoreless innings as an opener for the Rays, who clung to a 4-3 lead until Gleyber Torres tied it with an eighth-inning single off Ryan Thompson.

Zunino and Arozarena both homered off starter Jordan Montgomery, who riled the Tampa Bay bench early in the game by hitting Rays designated hitter Austin Meadows with pitches twice.

Home plate umpire Marty Foster issued a warning to both benches after Meadows was struck in the back in the first inning. The umpire crew huddled again when a high, inside pitch appeared to glance off Meadows’ left forearm, however Montgomery wasn’t ejected.

Honeywell, once Tampa Bay’s best pitching prospect, had not pitched in a regular season or postseason game since the Triple-A National Championship Game in September 2017. Since then, he’s undergone surgical procedures on his right elbow four times, beginning with Tommy John surgery in February 2018.

The 26-year-old with a backward-breaking screwball breezed through a nine-pitch first inning, then struck out Giancarlo Stanton and Torres before getting Odor to pop to second base to end a 21-pitch outing.

Michael Wacha inherited a 2-0 lead but didn’t keep it long. The right-hander yielded a two-run homer to Urshela while allowing the first five batters he faced to reach, and the Yankees went ahead 3-2 when Aaron Hicks grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.

Arozarena’s second homer in two days gave the Rays a 4-3 edge that Wacha, who allowed three runs and three hits over four innings, turned over to the bullpen.

Strong bullpen leads Indians to sweep of Miggy-less Tigers

CLEVELAND (AP) Logan Allen knows that if he or any of the Indians other starters get into any trouble, help is just a phone call away.

Cleveland’s bullpen has been stellar.

“Unbelievable,” he said.

Allen recovered from a bumpy first inning to get his first win with Cleveland and the Indians leaned on their strong bullpen to complete a three-game sweep Sunday with a 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, who could be without slugger Miguel Cabrera for a while.

Allen (1-1) found his rhythm after hitting a batter on his second pitch and walking two in the first. He hung around and allowed just one run and two hits in five innings. The left-hander, who came to Cleveland in a deal around the 2019 trading deadline, won a rotation job after a strong camp in Arizona.

After Allen left, four Cleveland relievers – Bryan Shaw, Nick Wittgren, James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase – worked an inning each to finish off the Tigers.

Karinchak struck out the side in the eighth and Clase, throwing over 100 mph on seven pitches, worked the ninth for his second save.

“Uncle Bryan came in there and the rest of the boys and took care of business, man,” Allen said, referring to the 33-year-old Shaw and the team’s young relievers. “They’re awesome. Our ‘pen has it. We have the dudes. We have the ability and it’s going to be exciting how this turns out over the next five or six months.”

Jake Bauers and Cesar Hernandez drove in early runs against Jose Urena (0-2), who had more control issues. The right-hander has given up nine walks in 7 2/3 innings this season.

Leading 3-2, the Indians scored two insurance runs in the eighth helped by two throwing errors charged to Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara.

Wilson Ramos homered for Detroit, which scored just six runs in the series and lost both Cabrera and starter Julio Teheran to injuries.

For the first time this season, Cabrera wasn’t in the middle of Detroit’s lineup. The 11-time All-Star was placed on the 10-day injured list before the game with a left biceps strain that was affecting his sweet swing.

Seager HR in 9th, Mariners rally late from 6 down, top Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kyle Seager wasn’t sure he got all of the ball in his final at-bat.

He did.

Seager hit his second homer of the game, a three-run drive in the ninth inning to complete the Seattle Mariners’ comeback from a six-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-6 Sunday.

Seager had four hits and Taylor Trammell also homered for Seattle, which trailed 6-0 going into the sixth. The Mariners won a road series for the first time since Sept. 11-13, 2019, at Arizona.

“We don’t get back in that game unless we hit the ball over the fence,” manager Scott Servais said.

Byron Buxton continued his early season success with a homer, double and single and Luis Arraez had a pair of hits for the Twins.

The Mariners trailed 6-5 going into the ninth. Mitch Haniger and Ty France opened the inning with singles against Alex Colome and Seager followed with his homer.

“It felt good off the bat, was kind of clipped a little bit, so I knew it went really high. I was certainly hoping. But I figured I had enough to get it off the wall. When I saw (right fielder Max) Kepler working toward the wall it felt pretty good at that point,” Seager said.

Colome (0-1) blew a save for the second time in four chances.

“Alex has tremendous late-inning experience and success at this level. He’s our guy and we trust him implicitly late in ballgames,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Drew Steckenrider (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth before Rafael Montero earned his second save in four chances with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Buxton has eight hits in three games to increase his batting average to .500. His 1.231 slugging percentage is tops in the majors.

“Seeing the ball good. Just going up there and having a little bit more fun,” he said.

Angry Stroman lasts 9 pitches in Mets-Marlins’ rainout

NEW YORK (AP) New Mets owner, same old dysfunction.

Marcus Stroman criticized New York for starting Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain. Stroman’s outing lasted just nine pitches before play was stopped, and the game was suspended after a wait of 2 hours, 10 minutes, to be continued as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31.

“This game should have never been started. Not smart at all,” Stroman tweeted during the delay. “Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That’s a miserable feeling.”

The Mets, known for confusion at times under the Wilpon and Katz families, were bought during the offseason by hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, who brought back Sandy Alderson as team president.

Play began at 1:10 p.m. and was halted by plate umpire D.J. Reyburn after seven minutes. Home teams decide whether to start games. Once a game has begun, umpires decide whether to stop play because of bad weather.

“That’s how Stro is, is outspoken. He’s open, talking and he says what he feels,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “He did not share anything this morning. He gets ready. He was doing his routine. He was just waiting for the communication, whether we were going to start on time or not.”

Stroman later tweeted: “Media is always misleading in order to gain clicks off controversy. That’s the devil working.”

“My fault for being concerned about the safety of my teammates and I,” he wrote. “(Francisco) Lindor was standing in a puddle. Aguilar couldn’t hold his bat. I want to see everyone healthy for a full season!”

Rojas said Mets ballpark operations staff consulted with weather services, and he was the one who told Stroman the game was starting on time. Stroman was not made available to reporters after his brief outing.

Rojas did not think the starting pitcher should be consulted on whether to start in these types of situations.

“This is the process,” the manager said. “The starting pitcher is usually not in the middle of the process of what we’re looking (at) there. The communication is the part that they trust. I think it’s comes down to a trust thing. And that’s what happened today.

Angels OF Fowler needs season-ending surgery for torn ACL

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Dexter Fowler has a torn ACL in his left knee that requires season-ending surgery.

A date for the procedure has not been set. Recovery time is expected to be six to nine months.

“Comeback season has commenced,” Fowler said Sunday. “The cards I’ve been dealt, so you’ve got to deal with them and go at it like that.”

Fowler was hurt when he took an awkward step on second base in Friday night’s game against Toronto. At first he thought he was hit by a thrown ball.

The Angels initially thought Fowler had avoided a serious injury but an MRI exam on Saturday found the tear.

“The preliminary tests were fine,” Fowler said. “Thought the ACL and everything was fine, and then woke up the next morning and it was kind of sore. … Went and got an MRI and the doc told me that I tore my ACL and my medial meniscus and strained my MCL.”

Fowler doesn’t think the injury is career-ending.

“I want to continue to play,” the 35-year-old said. “I think I’ve still got a lot left in the tank. Right now I just want to get the knee back right and get going again.”

Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon talked with Fowler on Sunday and said he took the situation as well as can be expected.

“We’re going to miss him,” Maddon said.

He said Jose Rojas and Juan Lagares will play in right field in the near future. It is possible that Jared Walsh could see some playing time there as well.

Third baseman Anthony Rendon was not in Sunday’s lineup against the Blue Jays. Maddon said Rendon felt something in his groin while making a throw Saturday night.

“I don’t know if he’s going to be more than one day,” he said.

NBA

Pacers hang on to beat Grizzlies behind LeVert, Brogdon

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Caris LeVert scored 34 points, Malcolm Brogdon and Domantas Sabonis fell just short of triple-doubles and the Indiana Pacers held on for a 132-125 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

Brogdon had 29 points, matched his season-high with 11 assists and had nine rebounds. Sabonis finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, part of the Pacers grabbing a season-high 53 rebounds en route to their third straight victory.

Memphis center Jonas Valanciunas matched his career high with 34 points and his season high with 22 rebounds. Valanciunas had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis second-half rally.

Ja Morant added 23 points for Memphis.

Memphis got within a single point twice in the final 1:46 but could never overtake the Pacers in the closing minutes. Holding onto leads down the stretch has been a change for Indiana in recent games.

“It’s poise offensively,” LeVert said when asked about the change. “A lot of poise. I feel like once you get one game down, the confidence level goes up, and you feel like you’re supposed to win those games. I feel like that’s where we are right now as a team.”

After Indiana led by 18 in the third, Memphis rallied to bring the deficit to single digits in the fourth but never completely erased the Indiana advantage set in the first half.

“We’ve gotten some timely stops on the defensive end, but we’ve been more patient down there late,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “And you hit some big shots. It’s on the guys. They’re doing a great job of sharing the ball.”

Jenkins said that while his team fought back from the terrible first quarter, mistakes down the stretch kept them from overtaking the Pacers.

“Great fight for the majority of the game, winning the last three quarters,” Jenkins said, “but you can’t give up 40-plus points in the first quarter and dig yourself out of that hole.”

As for the end: “Multiple offensive rebounds (by Indiana). You have a chance to win a ballgame. Those are losing plays. You can’t have those.”

Boston bullies: Celtics’ 31-3 run ends Nuggets’ win streak

DENVER (AP) Brad Stevens could sense the game slipping away. He could feel the rim-rattling dunks and the transition buckets coming.

Instead of Boston bowing to the NBA’s hottest team, though, the Celtics used an epic 31-3 run to halt the Denver Nuggets’ eight-game winning streak with a stunning 105-87 win on Sunday.

“We just needed something to get us going,” Stevens said after his Celtics won for the fifth time in six games. “You know, I thought we were close to going the other way there when it was 76-62.”

Jayson Tatum (illness) and Jaylen Brown (knee) fueled the comeback despite being listed as questionable before tip-off.

Tatum finished with 28 points two days after a career-best 53-point performance against Minnesota, and Brown had 20.

The Nuggets looked well on their way to their ninth straight win when they took a 79-65 lead late in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Facundo Campazzo.

That’s when Brown got hot and Kemba Walker had a rim-rattling dunk that energized the Celtics, who scored the last nine points of the quarter.

The Celtics then scored the first six of the fourth quarter to grab their first lead of the game with 10:32 remaining on Romeo Langford’s free throw.

“I think we just picked up the intensity,” Tatum said. “I think we communicated a lot better. We started switching a little bit more. I think that helped us out, too.

“That was big. Because we could have let it get away from us.”

The Nuggets, who had won 17 of 20, never recovered as the Celtics outscored Denver 31-8 in the fourth quarter, closing out the game with 40-8 overall run. It was a complete reversal from Boston’s 16-point first quarter, when the Celtics made just six of 25 shots.

Michael Porter Jr. led Denver with 20 points despite missing 11 of 12 from beyond the arc. He hurt his right hand but said it had nothing to do with his poor shooting.

“I tweaked it, but it’s nothing serious,” Porter said.

Bogdanovic scores 32 as Hawks beat Hornets 105-101

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Charlotte Hornets hadn’t lost a game all season when leading entering the fourth quarter.

Bogdan Bogdanovic put an end to that 22-game streak by scoring 32 points on a career-high eight 3-pointers as the Atlanta Hawks erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Hornets 105-101 Sunday without Trae Young.

Clint Capela added 20 points and 15 rebounds for the surging Hawks, who have won six of seven to take sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon Goodwin had 17 points and eight assists for Atlanta (29-25) starting in place of Young.

The short-handed Hawks won despite Young (left calf contusion) and reserve Danilo Gallinari (right foot soreness) sitting out along with John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, Tony Snell and Kris Dunn.

“I’m really excited to see us with a full healthy roster,” Bogdanovic said. “It is going to bring us to another level.”

Hawks coach Nate McMillan said he spoke to Bogdanovic about passing up too many open shots recently. The 28-year-old responded by making 9 of 22 shots from the field, including 8 of 16 from beyond the arc.

“We had to lean on him probably a little more tonight because we were without a couple of guys,” McMillan said. “I thought he was aggressive. He had some shots that I thought were tough shots, but he was playing with a lot of confidence.”

Miles Bridges led the Hornets (27-25) with 23 points, and Terry Rozier had 18 points.

The Hawks built a 24-7 lead in the early going, holding the Hornets to just 2 of 13 from the field.

Charlotte battled back to take its first lead midway through the third quarter behind Rozier, who knocked down a pair of 3s from the top of the key. Charlotte later pushed its lead to 10 with 7:16 remaining in the game behind back-to-back driving layups from Brad Wanamaker, a trade deadline acquisition.

But the Hawks rallied to tie it with 2:42 left after Lou Williams connected on two 3s and Capela got free for a dunk off a pretty feed from Goodwin. Williams put the Hawks ahead for good when he scored over Jalen McDaniels on a floating bank shot with 57 seconds left.

DeRozan ends Spurs’ skid with late shot to beat Mavs 119-117

DALLAS (AP) DeMar DeRozan hit the tiebreaking jumper with 0.5 seconds left, giving him 27 of his 33 points in the second half and lifting the San Antonio Spurs to a 119-117 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

Dejounte Murray scored 25 points as the Spurs stopped a season-long five-game losing streak while avoiding the first season sweep by their Texas rival in the 41-year history of the Dallas franchise. The Mavericks won the first two meetings.

Luka Doncic scored 29 points, including a basket for the 10th tie with 19 seconds left in a game that also had 12 lead changes.

On the winning play, DeRozan came around a screen but still had just one defender on him in Dorian Finney-Smith as Doncic peeled off the play. DeRozan hit a step-back 20-footer.

“DeMar is our scorer,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He has taken a lot of responsibility all year long. He’s got courage. He misses some of them. He makes some of them, just like everybody through the ages. He just comes back and does it again.”

Kristaps Porzingis had 31 points and 15 rebounds before fouling out for Dallas, which has followed up two straight victories over strong playoff contenders with losses to struggling Texas rivals.

Dallas was coming off a win over Milwaukee, which was without Giannis Antetokounmpo. The previous loss to Houston came after a victory over NBA-leading Utah.

“We’re a team that’s still learning some lessons about keeping our guard up, navigating through a very busy schedule,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s not an excuse. It’s just a fact. We’ve come a long way.”

Morris scores season-high 33 as Clippers win 5th straight

LOS ANGELES (AP) Marcus Morris Sr. scored a season-high 33 points, Paul George added 32 and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a nine-game homestand with a 131-124 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

George has three straight 30-point games despite dealing with a nagging toe injury. He had six points during the fourth quarter as the Clippers rallied for their fifth straight win.

Morris, who was five points shy of tying his career high, made six 3-pointers and went over 1,000 for his career.

Los Angeles was missing Kawhi Leonard, who sat out to rest as the Clippers were playing their third game in four nights. Everyone else picked up the slack though as they had seven players in double figures.

Josh Jackson scored 26 points and Saddiq Bey added 25 for the Pistons, who have dropped three of their last four.

The Clippers shot 62.5% from the field but trailed for most of the night against the Eastern Conference’s worst team. Mason Plumlee’s layup with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter gave the Pistons a 93-81 advantage before LA started rallying.

The game was tied at 110 with 6:23 remaining before the Clippers seized momentum with a 10-2 run. A 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum gave them the lead for good while George had four points during the run, including a driving dunk on Isaiah Stewart to extend the advantage to five.

Los Angeles extended its lead to 11 points in the final minute.

The Clippers were 25 of 36 from the field for the first half but didn’t lead for the first time until Ivica Zubac’s dunk gave them a 61-60 advantage with 2:06 remaining in the second quarter.

Middleton, Portis lead Bucks past slumping Magic 124-87

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) Khris Middleton scored 21 points, Bobby Portis added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds off the bench and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic 124-87 on Sunday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Milwaukee was again without star Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it mattered little as Middleton shot 8 of 13 from the field and added eight rebounds and five assists to help the Bucks lead wire to wire. Middleton also hit two 3-pointers to give him 1,000 for his NBA career.

“He’s the ultimate professional, so consistent, a great scorer and he does it in a lot of different ways,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said of Middleton. “I think, at the same time, he’s a great leader. He’s really taken on a more impactful leadership role. The scoring and the 3s, everybody sees, but I like how he’s taken on leadership.”

Milwaukee shot 48.9% and made 19 3-pointers to beat the Magic for the sixth straight time – five of those wins coming in Orlando. The Magic shot 37.2% and hit only 8 of 36 3s.

Jrue Holiday added 12 points, five rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee, which never saw its lead dip below 13 points in the second half. Milwaukee pulled its starters early in the fourth period and extended its lead to as much as 37 late.

Brynn Forbes added 13 points off Milwaukee’s bench. Pat Connaughton made all four of his shots and added 11 points.

“The focus of the group was good and both ends of the court some good things were happening,” Budenholzer said. “So, a lot of positives.”

Mo Bamba scored a career-best 21 points for Orlando, which lost its fifth straight game and 18th in 22 games. Bamba, who has gotten significantly more playing time since the team waived Khem Birch, shot 8 of 11 overall and 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He topped his previous high of 19 points set two games ago.

Adebayo has 22 points, Heat down Blazers 107-98

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Bam Adebayo scored 22 points and Jimmy Butler added 20 to lead the Miami Heat to a 107-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

The Heat, who have won six of their last seven games, led by as many as 20 points early in the fourth quarter.

CJ McCollum and Norman Powell each finished with 17 points for the Blazers, who were hurt by 17 turnovers. Damian Lillard had just 12 on an off night when he made just three shots from the field, all 3-pointers.

The Heat were without Victor Oladipo indefinitely because of right knee soreness. Oladipo, acquired by the Heat on March 25 in a trade with Houston, was injured in the fourth quarter of Miami’s victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

Kendrick Nunn started in Oladipo’s place. Nunn, who didn’t play in six straight games after injuring his ankle early in a March 26 game against Charlotte, finished with 15 points.

The Blazers started Jusuf Nurkic, who sat out of Saturday night’s victory over the Detroit Pistons due to injury management of knee inflammation. In his place, Enes Kanter set a franchise record with 30 rebounds in the game, which the Blazers dominated 118-103.

Nurkic, who was on a minutes restriction against the Heat, picked up two quick fouls and went to the bench with 7:02 left in the first quarter. With about 3:50 left in the opening half, Nurkic left the court, his hand on his lower back. But he returned to start the second half.

Derrick Jones Jr.’s 3-pointer put Portland up 29-19 early in the game but the Heat closed the gap in the second quarter and went into the break with a 56-48 lead. The Heat stretched their advantage to 65-50 early in the third quarter.

Portland got another scare in the third quarter when Kanter went down after knocking heads with another player. But he also returned.

Towns, Russell push Wolves to 121-117 win against Bulls

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds, D’Angelo Russell scored 27 and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Chicago Bulls 121-117 on Sunday night.

Ricky Rubio connected on five of his six 3-point attempts and scored 17 points. Rookie Anthony Edwards added 15 points for Minnesota, which held on a game after allowing Boston to come back from 17 down in the second half in an overtime loss on Friday.

“I think, for us, it was just more about staying solid, continuing to play our game plan no matter how things went,” Towns said. “I think we showed a lot of discipline tonight.”

Two days after his first 50-point game, Zach LaVine scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half as Chicago tried to mount a comeback. LaVine was 13 of 28 from the field and 4 of 12 from 3-point territory.

Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and Daniel Theis scored 13, but the Bulls lost for the sixth time in nine games since acquiring the two players at the trade deadline.

“We got a lot of work ahead of us, I’ll tell you that,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said of the team’s defense. “We need to be a whole lot better than we are.”

The Timberwolves have started games slowly this season and have led at halftime just 10 times in their 54 games. But they’ve held 11-point halftime leads in each of their past two games. This time, they made the lead stand.

Minnesota used a 21-8 run in the first quarter to take control. The Wolves took their first lead with 7:28 left in the first and never trailed the rest of the way.

“No game is going to be perfect, but we’ve just got a win, just frustrating losing,” LaVine said. “I feel like we didn’t come out the right way, tried to turn it on in the second half, and, obviously, they’ve got some big-time players on their team. So do we, but we’ve got to figure out a way to win.”

Chicago cut the lead to one several times in the fourth, but Minnesota answered each challenge. After LaVine connected on a 3 to make it 103-102, Russell re-entered the game and helped the closing push with seven points in the final 3:36.

Nets’ Irving out Monday at Minnesota for personal reasons

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving will miss Brooklyn’s game in Minnesota on Monday night, leaving the Nets without two of their three All-Stars.

The Nets said Sunday that Irving was out for personal reasons/family matter. The point guard has missed eight games this season for personal reasons, including a three-game road trip last month.

Irving was ejected from the Nets’ 126-101 home loss to the Lakers on Saturday after verbally taunting Dennis Schroder.

The Nets are already without James Harden because of a right hamstring injury. LaMarcus Aldridge will also miss the game with a non-COVID-19 illness.

ELSEWHERE

Ledecky dominates 1,500 freestyle at California meet

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — Katie Ledecky won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Pro Swim Series meet with the world’s fastest time this year.

She touched in 15 minutes, 40.55 seconds in the outdoor pool on Sunday. Ashley Twichell finished second in 16:06.68.

Ledecky’s time was 17 seconds quicker than the second-fastest swimmer, Simona Quadarella who swam 15:57.03 at the recent Italian Olympic trials. Ledecky set the world record of 15:20.48 in 2018.

Ledecky’s 800 split would have won the individual event in Mission Viejo and would have been the world’s fastest this year as well. Her final time in the 1,500 would have been good enough to place third in the men’s event, won by Jordan Wilimovsky in 15:10.44.

Evander Holyfield returning to ring for exhibition fight vs. Kevin McBride on June 5

Another boxing legend is stepping back into the ring.

Evander Holyfield will fight Kevin McBride in an exhibition on June 5, Triller Fight Club’s Peter Kahn confirmed to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel on Sunday.

Holyfield’s return will be on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez’s unified lightweight title defense against George Kambosos in Miami that will be streamed on Triller.

Holyfield, 58, joins the trend of retired boxers cashing in on exhibition bouts. The highest-profile exhibition bout featured Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. on a Triller card in November 2020 that reportedly sold 1.6 million pay-per-views.

That sparked the recent craze that includes Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, to name a few. Holyfield joins that mix to face McBride, the last fighter Tyson faced in his professional career.

On March 22, Holyfield released a statement through a publicist that said Holyfield and Tyson were in negotiations for a third fight between the two men. They fought in 1996 and 1997, with the second fight ending in a Tyson disqualification after he bit Holyfield’s ear. According to Holyfield, Tyson’s camp turned down a $25 million guarantee to face Holyfield in Miami during Memorial Day weekend.

Sources: Former Tennessee Titans star Eddie George named Tennessee State Tigers coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee State is naming Eddie George its new head football coach, sources told ESPN.

George will replace Ron Reed, who had been with the Tigers since 2010 and compiled a 60-69 record.

Reed’s departure is expected to be announced Monday, with George scheduled to be introduced Tuesday, sources told ESPN.

George starred at running back for the  Tennessee Titans from 1996 to 2003, and the Tigers hope he will bring a much-needed spark to the program. The school is taking a path similar to the one taken by Jackson State, which hired NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders to take over its program in September. Jackson State is 4-3 in Sanders’ first season as coach.

Like Sanders, George doesn’t have extensive coaching experience. Since retiring from the NFL in 2004, George has stayed connected to Nashville while also becoming an actor, with performances on Broadway and in film.

George has been a mentor for various Titans players, especially Derrick Henry, who credits a heart-to-heart conversation with George as a contributing factor to his breakout season in 2018. The Tigers hope having a big name like George will help recruiting and bring more attention to the university. The coaching staff already includes former NFL cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball falls to Transy in a pair of shortened games

(EC RELEASE)

SCORES: G1 – Transylvania 15, Earlham 0 (7 inn.) / G2 – Transylvania 11, Earlham 2 (5 inn.-rain)
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Randal R. Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 15-9 / Transylvania 16-7

RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College baseball struggled to get its bats going in Sunday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Transylvania University and dropped a pair of games to the Pioneers at Sadler Stadium. Transy won the first game of the twinbill, 15-0, in seven innings, and then swept the doubleheader with an 11-2 win in a rain-shortened five-inning affair in game two.

GAME 1
Earlham managed just three hits in game one while Transylvania plated 15 runs on 15 hits, and took advantage of three Quaker errors in the contest.

Devyn Wilson-Cowan belted a solo home run in the Transy second inning to put the Pioneers on the board.

The Pioneers pushed across six runs in the top of the third on six hits and an error, with Riley Willbur’s base hit to left field plating two of the runs. Nick Wade’s two-run single into center keyed a three-run fourth inning for Transy, and the Pioneers scored three more runs in the fifth including two runs on Wade Lopiccolo’s triple to right.

Danny Dopp doubled in the Earlham fourth for the Quakers’ only extra-base hit of the game.

Starter Aidan Talarek lasted two-and-a-third innings on the mound and was charged with the loss. Transy starter Robby Arnett went the distance in the seven-inning affair, striking out eight Earlham batters.

GAME 2
Transy again jumped out to an early lead with a three-run second inning, but Earlham got one of those runs back in the home half of the frame when Isaiah Shake scored on a wild pitch after getting aboard with a double.

The teams traded runs in the third inning, making the score 4-2 in Transy’s favor. Michael Blair homered for the Pioneers, while Cameron Wissel got aboard with a triple to right-center and later crossed on groundout to short.

Transylvania scored five runs in the fourth, two of those on Wade’s double to right field and two more on Wilson-Cowan’s blast over the center field fence for his second home run of the day, extending the Pioneers’ lead to 9-2.

Earlham issued five walks in the top of the fifth to give Transy two more runs, advancing the score to 11-2. The game was stopped after five innings due to rain.

Justin Dillhoff had the start on the mound for Earlham went two-and-a-third innings, and was charged with the loss. Jared Leuthart picked up the win for the Pioneers.

NEXT UP:
Earlham baseball will play five straight games on the road before returning to Sadler Stadium, starting with a single game at Manchester University on Wednesday, April 14. First pitch is slated for 4:15 p.m.

ND BASEBALL: No. 14 Yellow Jackets Edge No. 12 Irish in Series Finale, 4-2 

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 12 Notre Dame baseball team couldn’t get the bats going as it dropped the series finale to No. 14 Georgia Tech 4-2 Sunday afternoon to Frank Eck Stadium.

Runs were at a premium as Notre Dame (15-6, 14-6 ACC) held a 2-1 lead going into the seventh inning. The Yellow Jackets (15-12, 12-9 ACC) scored one run to tie it in the seventh and two in the eighth to end a five game losing streak.

The Irish still come away with the series victory and are the only team in the ACC to win six conference series so far this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Tech got it started in the top of the first with one run across. They loaded the bases with two outs and Tanner Kohlhepp came on from the pen to get a strikeout and limit the Jackets to just one run in the frame.

Irish responded in the bottom half of the second. Jack Zyska and David LaManna both singled to get two runners on for Zack Prajzner. Prajzner ripped the first pitch of the at bat to the wall in left for a double to score Zyska and knot things up at 1-1.

The Irish took the lead in the fifth after Prajzner led the inning off with a walk. He moved to third after a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. With two outs, Ryan Cole doubled down the right field line to score Prajzner and give the Irish their first lead of the game at 2-1.

The score held at 2-1 until the seventh when Tech tied it up. Austin Wilhite singled to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third on an error. Joe Sheridan got the next two batters out but Luke Waddell beat out an infield single to score Wilhite and tie the game at 2-2.

Georgia Tech took the lead back in the very next inning after a Stephen Reid hit a two-run home run to center. The homer gave the Yellow Jackets a 4-2 lead that the bullpen would not relinquish over the final six outs of the game.

UP NEXT
The Irish will be back in action to continue their homestand on Tuesday when they welcome Central Michigan to Frank Eck Stadium for a midweek matchup. Tuesday’s game is set for a 5 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: No. 23 Sycamores Rally from Six Runs to Win Series at Illinois State in 10 Innings, 8-7

NORMAL, Ill. – No. 23 Indiana State baseball scored eight unanswered runs to rally back from a 6-0 deficit Sunday afternoon at a rain-soaked Duffy Bass Field, defeating Illinois State 8-7 in 10 innings. With the victory, Indiana State took the weekend series, 3-1.

As steady rain fell throughout the game, Indiana State (16-8, 3-1 MVC) struggled at the plate notching just five hits during the first seven innings on ILS starting pitcher Sean Sinisko.

On the other side, Illinois State jumped out to an early lead after sending eight batters to the plate in the first. Following a leadoff single and a walk, the Redbirds put a run on the scoreboard with a Jordan Libman single up the middle. Jake McCaw doubled to center to drive in two runs and was able to move to third on a fielding error. Ryan Cermak drove in the fourth run of the inning with a triple to left.

After ISU starting pitcher Javin Drake was removed from the game after just 1.1 innings, the Sycamores bullpen picked up the slack as right-hander Zach Frey tossed 4.1 innings of relief work, striking out four to keep ISU in striking distance.

The Redbirds extended their lead to 6-0 with a run in both the fourth and sixth innings before the Sycamores ended a 17-inning scoreless streak and shutout bid. Brian Fuentes led off the seventh with a triple to the gap in right before being brought home on an RBI groundout from Aaron Beck.

Austin Cross and Ross Kramer then combined to pitch three scoreless innings to keep ISU in the game.

Indiana State put up three runs in the eighth inning of action on back-to-back home runs to pull within two. Max Wright collected his second home run of the series with a two-run blast to right center to pull the Sycamores to within three runs before Fuentes picked up his third home run of the season on a ball over the wall in center. With the home runs, Illinois State was forced to the bullpen.

The comeback Sycamores were not finished though as head coach Mitch Hannahs got back-to-back solo home runs from pinch-hitters Miguel Rivera and Ellison Hanna II to open the ninth inning and tie the game at six runs.

Connor Fenlong sent the teams to extras after working around a two-out walk in the ninth.

New this season to MVC games is the international tiebreaker rule, which puts the last batter from the previous inning on second base to begin extras.

Fuentes bunted Wright over to third to begin the tenth and the fifth-year senior would come home a batter later when Beck recorded his second hit of the day with a single up the middle. Rivera would add an insurance run that would in the end be the dagger for the Redbirds after he singled home Beck with a base hit to centerfield.

Illinois State brought home their seventh run of the day on a single to right after putting runners on the corners. The Sycamores would end the ILS threat though with a 4-6-3 double play to claim the series win.

Fenlong moved to 2-0 on the year after a two-inning and three strikeout performance.

Wright, Rivera, Fuentes and Hanna II each tallied home runs for ISU while Beck finished 2-fo-4 with a double and two RBI. Fuentes went 2-for-3 with a homer and a triple. Rivera and Wright added a pair of RBIs each. Nine of Indiana State’s 13 base hits were extra-base hits.

Erik Kubiatowics took the loss for Illinois State, falling to 0-2 on the season after allowing the go-ahead runs in the extras.

Aidan Huggins led ILS with a three-hit day. Hays and Cermax each tallied two hits each to go along with RBIs.

After 24-straight games on the road to begin the season, Indiana State is set to make its home debut on Friday when Valparaiso comes to town for a four-game MVC series.

Ohio State Baseball Release: Buckeyes Drop Finale on ESPN3

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped the rubber game of this big series between two of the top teams in the Big Ten Conference, losing 16-7 to Michigan to fall to 13-9 on the season while UM improves to 15-7.

Ohio State took the early lead in the second inning as left fielder Scottie Seymour stroked a single to left that scored Colton Bauer, who had walked earlier in the inning.

Michigan countered with three unanswered runs, though, to grab a 3-1 lead through the fourth, added four more in the fifth and did not look back from there.

A two-out triple by Bauer in the sixth stopped the Wolverine’s run, and gave Ohio State its second run of the game. Seymour’s third hit of the game – a triple off the wall in right – resulted in his scoring off an error to make it 7-3 in the seventh.

The Wolverines then broke the game open in the eighth, scoring nine times. Ohio State scored four times in the ninth, including a two-run double by Connor Pohl that extended his on-base streak to 12 games.

Jack Neely started for the Buckeyes – his first experience of the Ohio State vs. Michigan rivalry after transferring in from Texas – and lasted just 2.1 innings, including one constant rain inning, after giving up two hits, two walks, a hit-batter and ultimately two runs that gave Michigan a 2-1 lead in the third. His record is now 1-1 on the year.

Griffin Smith, Bayden Root, Patrick Murphy, Nate Haberthier and Joe Gahm followed on the mound. Root was solid, going 2.2 innings and allowing just one run off three hits while striking out five.

The Buckeyes managed just five hits and two runs off Michigan starter Jacob Denner, who pitched 5.2 innings, walked two and struck out five and improved to 2-0 with the win.

5-2, Though!

As disappointing as it is to not win the series after an opening-game win over Michigan, Ohio State did what it needed the past two weeks by winning five of seven games against Michigan and Indiana, teams that were either in first- or second-place in the Big Ten at the time of the series.

Ohio State is now at the half-way point of the 2021 season and the Big Ten championship race is wide open, and critically important with no Big Ten tournament this year. Ohio State next travels to College Park, Md., next week for a three-game series against the Terrapins.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Scores 11 Unanswered Runs In Win Over Davidson Sunday

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The University of Dayton baseball team won its first Atlantic 10 contest of the season, knocking off Davidson in the series finale on Sunday 11-5 at Wilson Field in Davidson, N.C.

The Flyers improve to 11-22 in 2021 and 1-3 in conference play, knocking a season-high 17 hits and scoring 11 unanswered runs after going down 5-0 after the first three innings.

Senior Riley Tirotta hit his third home run in his last two games, driving home three runs. Graduate student Chris Cabrera also homered in the Dayton victory. Senior Mariano Ricciardi extended his hitting streak to 13 games with three hits and has now reached base in 20 consecutive games. Junior Marcos Pujols also had three hits and an RBI offensively for UD.

Graduate student Ben Olson dominated the Wildcats, entering in relief in the third inning and pitching 6.1 scoreless innings earning his first win of the season.

ON THE MOUND

Sophomore Anthony Hattrup got the ball to start the game for the Flyers, going the first 2.2 innings, giving up five runs on six hits in the outing. Olson entered getting the last out in the third and took it from there. The lefty scattered three hits and struck out five over his 6.1 innings.

SCORING PLAYS

Bottom 1: (1-0 Wildcats)

Hattrup retired the first two Davidson hitters before giving up a 2-2 home run to right field to open the scoring for the game.

Bottom 2: (4-0 Wildcats)

A one-out single was followed by a double to left center to put two on. A sacrifice fly brought home the first run of the inning and after a walk, a double to right center brought home two more and extended Dayton’s deficit to four.

Bottom 3: (5-0 Wildcats)

The Wildcats scored their fifth and final run of the game on a home run in the bottom of the third inning.

Top 4: (5-3 Wildcats)

A walk by Tirotta followed by a hit by pitch to graduate student Eddie Pursinger put two on. A single by Cabrera loaded the bases for senior Mitchell Garrity, who brought home the first run of the game on a ground ball to first. Junior Jay Curtis followed that with an RBI groundout of his own putting Cabrera on third. A base hit to right field by senior Michael Cleary cut the lead to two.

Top 5: (7-5 Flyers)

Junior Benjamin Blackwell led off the inning with a single and was followed by a single from Pujols. Tirotta’s 10th home run of the season brought home all three runs and gave Dayton a lead for the first time in the game. Two batters later Cabrera made it a two-run lead with a home run of his own.

Top 6: (8-5 Flyers)

Back-to-back doubles by Blackwell and Pujols to lead off the sixth inning made it 8-5 Flyers.

Top 8: (10-5 Flyers)

Pujols hit a one-out single to right field and he advanced to second on a walk by Tirotta. Pursinger walked to load the bases and Cabrera brought home his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to left field. Tirotta and Pursinger both also advanced and Tirotta would score during the next at bat on a wild pitch.

Top 9: (11-5 Flyers)

Curtis led off the inning with a single to right field and advanced to second on a passed ball. Cleary moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt and a single by Ricciardi brought home the game’s final run.

UP NEXT

The Flyers will return to Dayton to open a four-game series with George Mason starting Friday, April 16 at Day Air Ballpark, home of the Dayton Dragons. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m.

CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Earns Sunday Comeback Win Over UCF

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to fuel a 10-6 come-from-behind win to earn a series split with UCF in American Athletic Conference action on Sunday at UC Baseball Stadium.

UP NEXT

The Bearcats head out on the road next week for a four-game AAC series at Memphis’ FedExPark. The teams will play a Friday doubleheader starting  at 2 p.m. ET, kick things off at 3 p.m. Saturday and close out the series at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

XAVIER BASEBALL: Xavier Takes BIG EAST Opening Series at St. John’s with 18-6 Win on Sunday

QUEENS, N.Y. – After heading into the fourth inning in a 3-3 tie, Xavier scored multiple runs in three of the final four innings in the seven-inning game to take the 18-6 win in the series finale at St. John’s. Xavier takes the BIG EAST opening series, 2-1.

Xavier scored three runs in the top of the first and the Red Storm responded in the bottom of the second to put the game in tie until the fourth inning. Another three-run frame put Xavier ahead for good, and the Musketeers added another 13 runs combined in the final two innings. SJU added runs in the fifth and the seventh before the final score was set at 18-6.

Xavier moved to 11-14 (2-1 BIG EAST), while the Red Storm dropped to 10-7 (1-2 BIG EAST). The Musketeers return home next weekend to host Butler for a four-game series at Hayden Field, beginning on Friday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Great Eight, Cards Extend Win Streak With Sunday Rout

AKRON, Ohio – The first-place Ball State baseball team routed Akron Sunday to extend its win streak to eight and complete a second consecutive weekend series sweep. Sunday’s 13-2 victory in eight innings moved the Cards to 10-2 in league play.

Trenton Quartermaine delivered the big shot Sunday, crushing a grand slam in the 6th inning with the Cards holding a 3-2 lead. In the previous inning, Quartermaine had scored on an Adam Tellier single. With the game now 7-2, BSU poured it on in the 7th and 8th. Cade Fitzpatrick was the catalyst on a play that scored two runs in the 7th and Aaron Simpson hit a 2-run double and scored the game’s final run on a wild pitch.

Four different Cardinals scored twice and Justin Conant and Nick Powell each had two hits.

Ty Johnson (3-1) started and pitched 5.0 innings, allowing just two runs. Other than a home run allowed in the 5th and a single in the 3rd, Johnson kept Akron zipped up and two other Tylers – Schweitzer and Ruetschle – got the last nine outs.

UP NEXT: The Cards play four games next weekend at Eastern Michigan. Ball State will enter the weekend first in the conference standings, while EMU is 4-12 and in 10th place.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Explosive Offense Leads Baseball to 16-9 Win Over Broncos

OXFORD, Ohio —  The Miami University baseball team exploded for 16 runs, including nine runs in the first inning, en route to a 16-9 win against the Western Michigan Broncos at McKie Field on Sunday afternoon. Benji Brokemond led the way for the RedHawks, going 4-for-5 on the day with three runs scored and three RBI.

With the victory, the RedHawks improve to 18-12 (11-5 Mid-American Conference), while the Broncos fall to 10-12 (10-6 MAC).

HOW IT HAPPENED:

In the bottom of the first inning, the RedHawks exploded for seven hits, two walks, two hit-by-pitches, and nine runs. Senior Michael Morissette had a three-RBI triple, while Brokemond went 2-for-2 in the inning with an RBI. Nate Stone, Will Vogelgesang, Dalton Back, Cole Andrews, Billy Kopicki, and Brian Zapp all had either a single, RBI, or both.

In the bottom of the second inning, junior Nick Neibauer led off with a walk. In the next at-bat, he stole second base, then advanced to third on an error. Morissette walked, then Brokemond double-plated both runners. Brokemond then stole third and scored on a bunt single by Vogelgesang.

In the bottom of the third, Andrews tripled, then scored on a wild pitch. Neibauer then doubled, scoring on a Kopicki single shortly after, giving the RedHawks a 14-7 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, senior Tyler Wardwell came into pinch hit and hit a solo shot to right-center field, giving the RedHawks a 15-8 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Andrews doubled to lead off the inning. Kopicki then drove him in with an RBI single.

GAME NOTES:

Brokemond went 4-for-5 with a double, three RBI, three runs scored, and a stolen base.

Vogelgesang went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Neibauer reached base three times, including a double. He also had a steal and three runs scored.

WHAT’S NEXT:

The RedHawks face off against the Bowling Green Falcons on Friday, April 16 to open up a four-game set on the road. The first pitch at Gary Haas Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bowling Green.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Indiana Women’s Soccer Falls to No. 6 Penn State in Big Ten Regional Weekend Finals

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Number four seeded Indiana women’s soccer fell to the number one seeded No. 6 Penn State, 3-1, at Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa. on Sunday afternoon.

KEY MOMENTS

•Penn State took the lead in the 12th minute after Ally Schlegel received a pass from the midfield for a solo breakaway as she launched it into the near post.

• In the 33rd minute, sophomore Avery Lockwood had an on-target opportunity as the ball went sailing straight down the middle, but Penn State’s keeper stepped in front for the save.

•The Nittany Lions would score again with less than a minute before half as Frankie Tagliaferri received a pass from midfield for a solo breakaway for a 2-0 lead.

•Out of the locker room, junior Oliwia Wos and Lockwood took a couple of shots looking to get Indiana on the board, but both would go just wide of the net.

• In the 60th minute, Penn State extended its lead to 3-0 after Schlegel received a pass just outside the six-yard box for the goal.

• Freshman Anna Bennett launched a shot from five yards out of the goalie box, to cut the Nittany Lions deficit 3-1 in the 73rd minute.

• IU had a couple of on target looks from freshman Gabi Rennie in the 83rd minute and sophomore Bria Telemaque in the remaining seconds, however they couldn’t capitalize as the keeper was able to get in front for the saves.

NOTABLES

• Indiana fell to 6-4-2 while Penn State improved to 10-1-1.

• Chloe Briede made her first career appearance for Indiana. She earned four saves against the Nittany Lions.

• Freshman Anna Bennett scored her second career goal.

• The Hoosiers outshot Penn State 15-10, six of those on goal. Sophomore Avery Lockwood led the team with three shots.

• IU also out cornered PSU 7-2.

Matchups Set For 2020-21 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced the four-team field for the 2020-21 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament that will take place Thursday and Sunday, April 15 and 18 at Penn State’s Jeffrey Field in University Park, Pa.

Rutgers will play Wisconsin in the first semifinal at 5 p.m. (ET) Thursday, while Big Ten champion Penn State will face Iowa in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. (ET) Thursday. The semifinal winners will return at noon (ET) Sunday for the championship game, with the winner earning the Big Ten’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

All three Big Ten Tournament games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network and will also be streamed via the Web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through FOX Sports Go and the FOX Sports app.

Penn State is the defending Big Ten Tournament champion and has won the event a conference-record eight times. Wisconsin has won three Big Ten Tournament titles, most recently in 2014, while Iowa and Rutgers are seeking their first Big Ten postseason championship.

WSOC: Buckeyes Fall to Rutgers 1-0 in Big Ten Regional

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 22 Ohio State (7-2-3) fell to visiting Rutgers (8-2-3) 1-0 in the Big Ten Regional Weekend Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

The game was scoreless until the 80th minute when Rutgers benefited from a corner kick that crossed the Buckeyes’ goal line off an Ohio State player giving the Scarlet Knights the win on an OSU own goal.  

The teams finished the first half scoreless. Both teams managed four shots with the Scarlet Knights owning a 2-1 edge in shots on goal. For the game, Rutgers led in shots 8-5 and 3-1 in shots on net. Rutgers also held a 4-1 advantage on corner kicks.  

Ohio State will now wait to see if it is selected for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

The 2021 NCAA Tournament Selection Show will be held April 19. The entire 48-team NCAA Tournament will be held in Cary, North Carolina, and the surrounding arena.

The women’s national semifinals will be May 13. The national champion will be crowned May 17.

Other dates for the tournaments are:

First round — April 27-28.

Second round —April 30-May 1.

Third round —May 5.

Quarterfinals —May 9.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: IRISH FALL 2-1 IN OVERTIME TO NO. 18 OKLAHOMA STATE

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (6-6-0) gave No. 18 Oklahoma State (12-3-1) all it had and then some on Sunday afternoon, falling 2-1 in overtime. The Fighting Irish outshot the Cowgirls 10-9 and had several near chances to pull ahead in the second half.

Sophomore midfielder Maddie Mercado secured Notre Dame’s lone goal of the game via a free kick during the 27th minute. It marked her second goal of the season, for she has now scored in two straight games.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Notre Dame nearly got on the board first in the 11th minute when Kiki Van Zanten fired a shot off her left foot from about 25 yards. The ball soared to the left-side upper-90, missing the mark by inches as it hit the crossbar and ricocheted out.

Thus, it was Oklahoma State who got on the scoreboard first, striking in the 19th minute. Gabriella Coleman hit a low cross into the box from the left side where Eckert made the initial save. Yet, the deflected ball landed at the feet of Olyvia Dowell who put in the back of the net.

However, the Notre Dame response came in the 27th minute via a free kick just outside the box from Maddie Mercado. The sophomore sailed her shot over the wall, over the goalie’s arms, off the bottom half of the crossbar and in.

Ultimately, the Irish outshot the Cowgirls 5-2 in the first half and boasted a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Ellie Ospeck nearly put the Irish ahead to kick off the second half. The freshman forward received a cross from the right wing just outside the six-yard box. Ospeck’s first touch was a little strong as the goalie was able to run out and meet her shot in the nick of time.

Later on, around the 59-minute mark, Eckert stepped up with a huge play in goal to keep the Cowgirls at bay. The senior keeper cut off a cross from the left side then dove on the loose ball just before an open attacker could reach it.

Notre Dame recorded another near goal in the 68th minute off of a corner kick. Kati Druzina connected on a one-timer but Oklahoma State’s Plotz was in the right position at the right time.

The back-and-forth battle waged all the way into overtime, where the Irish maintained most of the possession in Oklahoma State’s defensive third. However, a turnover which led to a counter-attack down the left wing resulted in a Gabrielle Coleman goal in the 98th minute and the Cowgirl 2-1 victory.

UP NEXT

The Irish close out the regular season with a road matchup against one of the top-5 teams in the country. Notre Dame will be down in Ft. Worth to take on another Big 12 opponent in No. 4 TCU. They will face off Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET from Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS WSOCCER: Hounds Celebrate Senior Day, Fall to Lindenwood in Home Finale

INDIANAPOLIS – A second half spurt by the Lindenwood offense lead to the Hounds demise as they fell 1-0 on Sunday, April 11 at Key Stadium.

The #24 ranked Greyhound’s record falls to 9-3-1 with the loss. The Lions game winning goal came by an unassisted top shelf shot by Maggie Weller in the 76 minutes.

CELEBRATING SENIORS

Goalkeeper Laura Shake, Back Dana Youssef, and Midfelder Eliza Denmeade made up the group of seniors celebrating their last regular season home match in the Crimson & Grey.

Shake, a Lafayette, IN Native, has appeared in seven games throughout the spring 21′ campaign, posting 28 saves and playing a total of 639:26 minutes thus far.

Youssef, a spark plug for the Hounds, has appeared and started in all 13 games of the season, posting two goals, four assists, and 10 shots on goal.

Denmeade appeared and started in her first match for the Hounds today.

SEEING YELLOW

With three yellow cards given, the game was one of the most physical of the Hound’s homestands, a total of 23 fouls were committed throughout the match, with UIndy committing 13 and the Lions committing 10.

Uma Yadav received the Hounds lone yellow card, while Lindenwood’s Kaleigh Kastberg and Mia Corrigan took the two for the Lions.

The Hounds offense shined in the first half of the match, posting eight shots out of the total 13. UIndy finished with six shots on goal, led by Kiki Sauceda who posted two shots on goal out of five shots.

Laura Shake posted two saves in her 90:00 minutes in the goal. While Lindenwood’s Sam Blazek had a game with six saves.

Weller led the Lions with two shots on goal off of two shots.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

-UIndy had seven corner kicks while Lindenwood had three.

-Lindenwood had only three shots on goal on five shots.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will travel to St. Louis on Friday, April 16 where they will face Missouri – St. Louis for their last match of the regular season at 1 p.m. ET.

VALPO WSOCCER: Soccer Prevails in Penalty Kicks, Advances to MVC Semifinal

After 110 tense minutes of soccer at Brown Field Sunday in first-round MVC Championship action resulted in a scoreless draw, third-seeded Valpo proved it was up to the task in the ensuing penalty-kick tiebreaker, converting all five of its attempts to top sixth-seeded Evansville, 5-3, and advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

How It Happened

The two sides contested much of the first half in the middle third of the park, combining for just eight shot attempts over the first 45 minutes, only three of which were on goal.

The best scoring chance for either team in the opening period came late in the half, as a corner kick in the 43rd minute led to Evansville’s Emilie Hall putting a header off the crossbar.

The goal frame proved unkind to Valpo approaching the halfway mark of the second half. In the 64th minute, sophomore Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis) had the ball on the right flank, about 25 yards from goal, and sent a left-footed shot towards the net which rang back off the crossbar.

While the woodwork prevented a goal each way during regulation, it was Valpo freshman goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) who came up with the biggest save to maintain the 0-0 scoreline. Evansville’s Emily Wolak was played in for a one-on-one chance behind the Valpo defense in the 75th minute, but Coryell came off her line and pushed Wolak’s shot wide of goal with a dive to her right.

The fixture went to extra time scoreless, and while Valpo out-shot Evansville 4-1 — including three shots on goal — in the extra 20 minutes, the match hit the 110-minute mark still at 0-0, necessitating the penalty-kick tiebreaker to determine which side would advance in the tournament.

The Penalties

(0-0): Junior Alexis Gaffney (Broomfield, Colo./Legacy) was tasked with taking Valpo’s first penalty in the tiebreaker and converted with perfect placement in the upper-right corner. Evansville’s Nicole Benati scored the opener as well for the Purple Aces.

(1-1): Senior Kiera Pratt (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) went lower left with her effort to make it two successful penalties in as many tries to open the tiebreaker. Evansville’s Emily Olson went high with her attempt as Valpo took the lead.

(2-1): Freshman Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) used a powerful effort towards the upper left for Valpo’s third tally — Evansville goalkeeper Michaela Till got a hand on it, but was unable to keep it out of the net. Kristen Harvey answered for the Purple Aces with a successful try of her own.

(3-2): Graf went just inside the right-hand post, about halfway up the frame, with a well-placed shot to make it four-for-four by the Valpo shooters. Emily Ormson pushed the tiebreaker to a fifth round as she netted her attempt for Evansville.

(4-3): Senior Tahelah Noel (Buffalo, N.Y./Christian Central Academy) found herself on the bottom of the team dogpile after converting a shot into the lower-left corner of the goal to secure Valpo’s advancement in the tournament.

Inside the Match

Valpo advances to the semifinals of the MVC Championship for the first time since joining the conference. Valpo’s last league tournament semifinal appearance came in 2014 en route to claiming the Horizon League Championship.

Sunday’s result officially goes down as a draw, with the penalties serving as a mechanism to determine which team advances in the tournament.

The tie was Valpo’s first non-loss in MVC Championship action. The Brown and Gold were previously 0-5-0 in the Valley Tournament, with three of those defeats coming from 1996-98 during their time as an affiliate member of the conference in women’s soccer.

Valpo is now 2-2 all-time when determining via penalties tournament advancement, but had dropped its previous two penalty tiebreakers. Its only other successful penalty tiebreaker came 4-2 over Oakland in the 1999 Mid-Continent Conference Tournament.

Coupled with a scoreless draw at Evansville earlier this season, Valpo finished a season with multiple draws against the same side for the first time in program history.

Valpo has now played to five draws this year, the program’s largest total since finishing the 2011 campaign with five ties. Four of the draws this season have been of the 0-0 variety, the most scoreless draws in a single season in program history.

Valpo finished the 110 minutes of action Sunday with a 17-10 advantage in shots and put seven on goal to the Purple Aces’ three.

Coryell secured her sixth shutout of the season, tying Valpo’s record for a freshman goalkeeper (Erin Murray, 2004). She also is already tied for sixth in program history for career clean sheets.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“We don’t look at today’s match just as a step in our program’s growth, but as taking the opportunity to push the bar higher for the athletic department. We had great fan support today and our athletes got to experience an exciting atmosphere to play in because this was an event, that we had the opportunity to host an MVC Championship game here on our campus. Today was another chance to celebrate the fact we’re in the Valley, and we want to try to push that standard forward so that every team, every athlete on our campus gets the chance to experience what our players did today.”

“I felt like the first half was really played in the middle third of the field — it didn’t feel like either team had a great sense of control of the match. It took us a bit of time to get into our rhythm. I felt like we had a better handle on the game in the second half — we dealt with winning the ball and keeping it better, and were able to create some more dangerous opportunities.”

“I thought every person who stepped to the line today to take a penalty executed that particular exercise extremely well. Our shots were hard-struck, well-placed, on frame – that was how you would want your team to go out and take PKs, and I’m so proud of how they came through. Then the mental and the emotional piece that goes with it, I felt we managed even better than the physical piece. Everyone was light and positive and lived in the moment.”

Next Up

Valpo (4-3-5) advances to Wednesday’s MVC Championship semifinal at second-seeded Indiana State. In their meeting earlier this year, the Brown and Gold prevailed 2-0 at Brown Field. Wednesday’s match will kick off at 4 p.m. CT and can be seen live on ESPN+.

MIAMI WSOCCER: RedHawks Finish Season With 3-2 Loss to Akron

OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University women’s soccer team dropped a 3-2 decision on Sunday afternoon to the Akron Zips. Miami finishes the season at 4-4 overall, while the Zips improve to 3-5-1.

How it Happened:

Akron scored 11 minutes into the contest to take a 1-0 lead.

Miami knotted the score at 1-1 after Kristina DeMarco found Desiree Grubbs open for a look. Grubbs one-timed the pass and hit the upper left corner of the net to get Miami on the board.

Akron scored twice in the first 16 minutes of the second half to take a 3-1 advantage as both teams battled windy and wet conditions throughout the afternoon.

Jaimie Tottleben rang a shot of the left post with 13 minutes remaining. It was one of two posts Tottleben hit during the day, nearly scoring early in the first half as well.

A goal from Soph Spinell with four minutes to play cut the gap to 3-2 but Miami could get no closer.

Up Next:

This concludes Miami’s 2021 spring season.

Hanover Wins HCAC Spring 2021 Women’s Soccer Title 

HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover College women’s soccer team posted a strong 3-0 win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon to secure the Spring 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship.

Following a unique regular season, which took place over the course of March and April, the Panthers earned the top-slot in the HCAC seeding, following an 8-0 regular season mark, punching their ticket to face the No. 2 seed, Rose-Hulman. The Fightin’ Engineers boasted an 7-1 record, with their lone-loss coming at the hands of Hanover, a 2-1 decision victory for the Panthers.

Hanover got on the board early in the first half, when Jostin Reeves (Greenwood, Ind.) picked up a loose ball, burring it in the back of the net in the 8th minute. In the second half, the Panthers added a pair of insurance goals, the first from Autumn Boothy (Mount Orab, Ohio), who netted a Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) assist in the 59th minute, and a 72nd minute goal from Bri Matis (Liberty Township, Ohio).

For her efforts in the championship, Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio)  was named the HCAC tournament’s most valuable player.

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Big Ten Semifinal Match Set for Wednesday Night

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 6-ranked Indiana Hoosiers men’s soccer team will host the fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins in the 2020-21 Big Ten Tournament semifinal round. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on April 14 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The highly anticipated matchup with be aired on Big Ten Network with Chris Vosters (PxP) and Chris Munroe (Color) on the call.

The winner of the semifinal match will advance to the championship final against the winner of second-seeded Penn State and third-seeded Michigan. The 19th-ranked Nittany Lions are slated to host the No. 20 Wolverines at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday from Jeffrey Field.

The Big Ten Tournament championship tilt will be contested on Saturday, April 17. The time and location for the match is still to be determined.

BALL STATE MEN’S SOCCER: Dombrowski’s Brace Powers Cardinals to West Title, MAC Championship Berth

MUNCIE, Ind. — The Ball State soccer team is headed to the MAC Championship game.

Jenna Dombrowski scored both goals Sunday as the Cardinals held off Eastern Michigan 2-1 in the regular season finale to claim the MAC West Division championship.

Ball State will play Saturday at East Division champion Bowling Green for the conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

“Eastern Michigan is a team that’s battle-hardened,” BSU head coach Josh Rife said. “They’re a veteran team, they’re always in position. To close out the year against a squad like that, you know it’s going to be a tough ask. But I think our group all year long has been ready and answered a lot of challenges that have come their way. Today was no different.”

For the second straight game, it was do or die for the Cardinals (6-2-1). A loss or a draw and Eastern Michigan (6-3-0) would be on its way to the championship game instead.

But the Cardinals prevailed by the same score as they did last month at Eastern Michigan to sweep the season series from the Eagles. BSU overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit in the first one. This one followed a completely different script.

Dombrowski put Ball State on the board in the 19th minute. Nicky Potts’ cross into the box was deflected to her feet, and she sent it past EMU keeper Chelsea Abbots.

She added a second shortly after halftime on a well-executed set piece. Lexy Smith delivered a 50th-minute corner kick into the box where Shelby Kean got a head on it and directed it to Dombrowski. She finished it off to stake the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead.

“I was just really happy I could put it in the back of the net today,” Dombrowski said. “We really had been struggling with scoring off corners, so that was really exciting on the second one. It was just a really great team effort today from start to finish.”

For the second straight game, it was do or die for the Cardinals (6-2-1). A loss or a draw and Eastern Michigan (6-3-0) would be on its way to the championship game instead.

But the Cardinals prevailed by the same score as they did last month at Eastern Michigan to sweep the season series from the Eagles. BSU overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit in the first one. This one followed a completely different script.

Dombrowski put Ball State on the board in the 19th minute. Nicky Potts’ cross into the box was deflected to her feet, and she sent it past EMU keeper Chelsea Abbots.

She added a second shortly after halftime on a well-executed set piece. Lexy Smith delivered a 50th-minute corner kick into the box where Shelby Kean got a head on it and directed it to Dombrowski. She finished it off to stake the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead.

“I was just really happy I could put it in the back of the net today,” Dombrowski said. “We really had been struggling with scoring off corners, so that was really exciting on the second one. It was just a really great team effort today from start to finish.”

INDIANAPOLIS MSOCCER: #4 Men’s Soccer Nets Four During Senior Day

INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 4 UIndy men’s soccer team (11-0-2, 11-0-2 GLVC) hosted Lindenwood (3-10, 3-10) on Sunday afternoon, celebrating six senior for their dedication and excellence as UIndy Greyhounds. The crimson and grey came out swinging against the Lions,  sealing the GLVC regular season title and garnering head coach John Higgins’ his 100th GLVC victory off of a final 4-0 final score.

INS & OUTS

Two Hounds had career games against Lindenwood, one dominating the first half and the other taking control of the second. Senior Jakub Olczyk ended his final regular season game at Key Stadium on a high note, recording a career-high two assists in only one half of action. Kuba led the way for the only two Greyhound goals in that first half, first setting up a chip for Alejandro Steinwascher just inside the 8′ mark of the contest. Olczyk also found Noah Yohannes on a cross in front of the goal, the Indianapolis native, Yohannes, was able to nail his first career score from his senior teammate to give the Hounds a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

Kendall Allen moved into the second half to provide his best scoring performance yet, the junior collecting a pair of goals in the game’s final 21 minutes. At the 70′ mark, senior Mathias Skjeseth was able to see an opening for his teammate to slam in his second goal of the season. Skjeseth’s pass led to the back’s second career assist, the first of the season. Allen’s second goal wasn’t led by a pass, the senior making moves to find his own opening and nail his first career multi-score performance.

Although the offense maintained the highlights in the box score, the Hounds’ defense shut down the Lions’ for their eighth shutout of the season. Lindenwood only attempted five shots on goal the entire contest, Dimitrios Karousos saving all five for another perfect game to bring his goals allowed percentage to 37 percent this season. The Greyhounds were able to celebrate all their seniors honored with game time, as Jack Berger, Ryan Callen, Kyle Kamminga and Ethan Manuszak all were able to step on the field for the regular season home finale.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– With the GLVC regular season title sealed away, the Hounds will hold the No. 1 seed in the upcoming GLVC Tournament.

– The Greyhounds’ four goals is the most scored since November of the 2019 season where they netted four against William Jewell.

– A win in their final game next week would be the first season in program history without a loss in the regular season.

UP NEXT

UIndy will put their skills to the final test this regular season on Friday, April 16, taking on a road contest against the Missouri-St. Louis Tritons. That contest in St. Louis, Mo., will kick off at 3:30 p.m., followed by the 2021 GLVC Men’s Soccer Championships on Monday, April 19.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

INDIANA: Hoosiers Rally for 7-5 Victory over Boilermakers to Wrap Series

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After allowing a five run third inning and watching their 2-0 lead vanish to a 5-2 deficit, the Indiana softball team showed resiliency and battled back for a 7-5 win and a 3-1 series victory on Sunday at Bittinger Stadium. 

Indiana 7, Purdue 5

KEY MOMENTS

•  The Hoosiers struck first in the top of the second inning. Grace Lorsung singled to left field and Katie Lacefield tripled over the head of the left fielder to put Indiana up 1-0.

• Indiana added a second run in the third inning. Taylor Lambert singled and advanced to second on a SAC bunt by Gabbi Jenkins. Grayson Radcliffe doubled down the left field line to drive in Lambert.

• Purdue scored five runs in the bottom half of the third inning to take a 5-2 lead in the game.

• The Hoosiers didn’t take long to respond with two runs in the top of the fourth Brooke Benson connected on an RBI triple and Lambert added an RBI singles to pull Indiana to within one at 5-4.

• Indiana tied the game in fifth inning. Radcliffe started things with a single and stole second base. Radcliffe advanced to third on a passed ball and Grace Lorsung flied out out to left field for the sacrifice to score Radcliffe.

• Indiana went ahead in the sixth inning with two runs to go up 7-5. Benson doubled to right center and Jenkins doubled to left center. Jenkins advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a SAC bunt by Radcliffe.

NOTABLES

• With the win the Hoosiers improve to 11-13 on the season.

• Amber Linton got the win for the Hoosiers and improved to 4-1 on the season. Emily Goodin re-entered the game and got her second save of the season.

• Four Hoosiers had multi-hit games and Indiana tallied 12 hits for the game.

• For the series, Indiana outscored Purdue 18-10 over the four games.

• Aaliyah Andrews hit .429 in the series with six hits in 14 at bats.

• Grace Lorsung hit .556 in the series with five hits and five RBI.

• Emily Goodin pitched 18.1 inning earning two wins and posting an era of 1.96 with 16 strikeouts.

• Gabbi Jenkins broke the Indiana program record for career stolen bases on Friday night and now has 91 for her career.

UP NEXT

Indiana will host Ohio State for four games starting on Friday April 16 at 4:00 p.m. ET at Andy Mohr Field.

PURDUE: Five-Run Third Not Enough in Series Finale

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a five-run explosion in the third inning, the Purdue softball team could not even its weekend series against foe Indiana, falling 7-5 in the finale at Bittinger Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Boilermakers recorded their fifth double-digit hit game of the year, with four players tallying a pair of base knocks. Indiana finished with 12 hits on the afternoon.

Cora Bassett went 1-for-3 with a walk and a season-high three RBI. Rachel Becker drove in a run on a 2-for-4 performance at the plate, and Kaitlyn Brannstrom plated her ninth RBI of the year.

Indiana struck first with runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead.

The Boilermakers surged ahead in the third with five runs on hits. With two on and no outs, Becker laced a single through the left side to drive in Kiara Dillon and put Purdue on the board. Following a Kiley Goff single to load the bases, Bassett belted a bases-clearing triple to the corner in right to give the Boilermakers a 4-2 advantage.

Brannstrom tacked on a run before the inning was done, bringing in Bassett on an RBI groundout.

The Hoosiers battled back with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth, eventually taking a 7-5 lead.

Indiana pitcher Amber Linton tossed two clean innings late to earn the win, while starter Emily Goodin surrendered five runs, three earned, over 4 1/3 innings of action.

Purdue used three arms on the afternoon. Starter Ashley Peters went 3 1/3 innings with six hits and four runs against with a pair of strikeouts. Sydney Bates came on in relief and allowed two runs, only one earned. Alex Echazarreta closed out the game and was saddled with the loss after two innings and one unearned run allowed.

Purdue (7-17, 7-17) – 5, Indiana (11-13, 11-13) – 7

Winning pitcher: Amber Linton (4-1)

Save: Emily Goodin (2)

Losing pitcher: Alex Echazarreta (0-3)

NOTES

• Purdue leads the all-time series 33-27.

• Bassett’s three RBI too her season total to 21.

• Kasey Wilhoit went 2-for-4 with her first two doubles of the campaign.

• Catcher Kaeley Hallada threw out her fifth runner attempting to steal on the year.

• Purdue played its 11th game without an error.

UP NEXT

The Boilermakers will hit the road for a four-game set at Illinois next weekend.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Mastodon Softball Drops Final Game Against IUPUI

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball team dropped its final game against IUPUI 7-4 on Sunday, April 11.

This was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, but weather kept the second game from being played. That game will not be made up.

The Mastodons got two home runs in Sunday’s game, adding to their league-leading total, now at 27. They came on back-to-back at bats in the sixth inning. Alise Hale knocked a three-run shot over the left field wall, then Olivia Stansbury had a solo homer out to right field.

Hale and Stansbury’s homers got the ‘Dons four runs, but it was after IUPUI had already scored seven runs. The Jaguars got two in the second, then three in the third thanks to a three-run homer. IUPUI added two more in the sixth.

Lexi Lucas got the win to improve to 4-8, while Shaina Eyre fell to 4-10 with the loss. Jennah Speth got her first save of the season. Eyre and Lauren McConnell threw three strikeouts each.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 6-19, 5-16 in the Horizon League while IUPUI improves to 9-20, 7-12 Horizon. The Mastodons are back in action on Friday, April 16, when they visit Northern Kentucky, which has not played a game since April 3 due to COVID-19 concerns.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL: Softball earns doubleheader split at SIU

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Marah Wood hit a 3-run blast while Izzy Vetter picked up her 10th victory of the season to help the University of Evansville softball team split Sunday’s doubleheader against Southern Illinois at Charlotte West Stadium.

UE (18-13, 6-6 MVC) opened the day with an 8-2 win before the Salukis (28-7, 10-4 MVC) held on for a 4-1 decision in the second contest.

GAME 1

The offense erupted for eight runs in Sunday’s opener, which was highlighted by a 3-run home run from Marah Wood.  UE wasted little time in jumping out front, plating two runs in each of the first two innings.  Eryn Gould and Wood each posted 1-out hits to bring Alyssa Barela to the plate.  Her successful squeeze scored Gould for the opening run of the game.  Haley Woolf added an RBI single to make it a 2-0 lead.

Mea Adams was hit by a pitch to lead off the second before scoring on a Katie McLean double.  Jessica Fehr added an RBI knock of her own to cement a 4-0 UE lead.  Izzy Vetter kept the Salukis off balance with meticulous pitching and the offense would add some extra insurance in the sixth.  Some 2-out magic padded the lead with Fehr recording her second hit of the day before Gould reached on a walk.  Next up was Wood, who hit a homer to right center to push the lead to 7-0.  A final run would cross the plate in the 7th on a Jenna Lis sacrifice.

SIU scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a Jenny Jansen homer, but it could not overcome the deficit with Evansville clinching the 8-2 victory.  Wood, Fehr and Woolf each recorded two hits apiece while Wood paced the team with three runs batted in.  Vetter won her 10th game of the season, striking out nine batters while giving up two runs on six hits.

GAME 2

Saluki starting pitcher Sarah Harness had another strong start for her squad, fanning 11 batters while scattering four hits across the 7-inning effort.  Evansville looked to be in business early on as Jessica Fehr led the game off with a double, but three strikeouts in a row ended the threat.  In the bottom of the first, SIU pounced with Katelyn Massa hitting a 2-run shot.

In the third, Southern Illinois added another run to their lead.  The Aces were able to push a run across in the fifth when Eryn Gould singled through the right side to score Hannah Hood, who also singled earlier in the inning.  That would be the only run the Aces would score as SIU tacked on one more run to take a 4-1 win and split the doubleheader.

Evansville had four hits in the game while Katie McLean walked twice.  Jaime Nurrenbern went all six innings in the circle, allowing four runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Another road weekend is on tap when the Aces travel to Des Moines, Iowa for a 3-game series on Saturday and Sunday.

OHIO STATE: Ohio State Falls in Series Finale to No. 23 Michigan

COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 23 Michigan won the series finale on Saturday over Ohio State at Buckeye Field, 11-0, on the strength of an eight-run seventh inning. The Buckeyes are now 13-10 on the year while Michigan improves to 16-4.

Starting pitcher Allison Smith allowed a first inning run but then kept Michigan off the scoreboard for the next three innings. The Buckeyes’ offense, however, couldn’t get much going against Wolverine starting pitcher Alex Storako, who struck out 10 in seven innings. In the top of the fifth, Michigan added two runs on a pair of solo home runs to go ahead 3-0 and then put eight on the board in the top of the seventh, all of which came with two outs.

The Buckeyes did manage to get a pair of hits in the bottom of the seventh, the first coming from Mariah Rodriguez, who hit a one-out single to left field. The next was off the bat of Taylor Pack, who followed Rodriguez’s single with one of her own to left. The next two batters, however, made outs to strand a pair in scoring position.

Smith went five innings in the circle and struck out six Wolverines, including all three in the top of the second. She also got out of a bases-loaded jam in the third inning by getting third baseman Taylor Bump to pop up to second base.

At the plate, Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles while Ohio State’s other hits were from Tegan Cortelletti, Niki Carver and Pack. Cortelletti also stole her 15th base of the year (she’s 15-for-15 on the season in stolen base attempts).

Ohio State returns to action on Friday, April 16 when it begins a four-game series against Indiana in Bloomington. The Buckeyes and Hoosiers meet for a single game beginning at 4 p.m. followed by a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

DAYTON SOFTBALL: UDSB Closed Out Its A-10 Series At George Washington Sunday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Dayton softball team closed out its four-game Atlantic 10 series at George Washington with two losses Sunday afternoon. The Colonials claimed a 9-1 win in five innings in game one and wrapped up the series with a 4-1 win in the nightcap.

Dayton is now 11-20 overall and an even 6-6 in conference games while George Washington improved to 20-7 on the season and 12-0 in league action.

GAME ONE

George Washington 9, Dayton 1 (5)

• HR – senior Abby Ehrenborg score the team’s lone run in the first inning with her 11th home run of the season

• 2 – Ehrenborg and senior Briley Sidor each tallied two hits in the game

Winning Pitcher: S. Lange (11-6) – 5.0 IP, one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts to zero walks

Losing Pitcher: Catherine Jensen (0-1) – 1.2 IP, four earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk

GAME TWO

George Washington 4, Dayton 1

• HR – sophomore Katie Reeg knocked out her second home run of the season in the second inning for the Flyers

• 3 – freshman Megan Ward tallied a game-high three hits, her team-best 12th multiple-hit game of the season

Winning Pitcher: F. Weber (8-1) – 4.0 IP, zero earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts to zero walks

Losing Pitcher: Sarah Bailitz (3-6) – 2.2. IP, two earned runs on two hits with zero strikeouts to two walks

UP NEXT

Dayton will take a step out of Atlantic 10 Conference play with a single game at Butler on Wednesday, April 14. The Flyers and Bulldogs are set to square off at 4 p.m. at Butler Softball Field in Indianapolis.

MIAMI SOFTBALL: Vierstra Throws Perfect Game in 8-0 Win Over Akron

AKRON, Ohio – The Miami University softball team completed a four-game sweep of the Akron Zips, concluding with an 8-0 win on Sunday. In the victory, Courtney Vierstra threw a perfect game as the RedHawks outscored Akron 40-7 in the four-game series. Miami has now won 16-straight contests and sits 12-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Miami is 22-6 overall.

How it Happened:

On Friday, Viersta no-hit UA and one-upped herself on Sunday, striking out 12 Zips en route to a perfect game.

Karlee Juarez got Miami’s offense off to a fast start, homering to right field in the top of the first. Allie Cummins then singled to left field to plate Karli Spaid as the RedHawks led 2-0 after one inning of play.

Miami added its second home run of the game in as many innings as Kate Kobayashi knocked a pitch over the right field fence to spot the Red and White a 3-0 advantage midway through the second.

The RedHawks added three more runs in the fourth. A single by Adriana Barlow scored two as the junior extend her MAC leading RBI total. Mackenzie Moore made it 6-0 RedHawks with a single through the right side.

Miami added two more runs in the seventh off of an Akron error and an RBI fly out from Julia Kennedy.

Up Next:

Miami returns to action Friday, April 16, in the first of four home contests versus the University at Buffalo.

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF

INDIANA: Merchent Ties for Fourth in Boilermaker Invitational while Ochsenreiter Earns Title in Boilermaker Individual

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf concluded its stay in West Lafayette on Sunday with freshman Clay Merchent leading the way as he tied for fourth place in the Boilermaker Invitational. In the Boilermaker Individual, Brock Ochsenreiter took home the title as he finished at 7-under.

CHIP-INS

• Four on Indiana’s lineup carded a 74 on Sunday.

• IU led the field in par-3 scoring at 3.08.

• Merchent earned his fourth top-10 finish and second top-5 finish. He shot a 74 with a pair of birdies. He was strongest on the front nine where he was even.

• Junior Mitch Davis earned his second top-10 finish of the season as he was tied for ninth place. He also carded a 74 and picked up four birdies. He put together a streak where he parred or birdied every hole from No. 9 to No. 14.

• Freshman Drew Salyers finished tied for 14th place after carding a 74. He made the turn at 2-under before running into some trouble on No. 13. But he rebounded nicely to pick up his third top-15 finish this season.

• Junior Harry Reynolds carded Indiana’s best round on Sunday with an even-72 and finished tied for 23rd place. He had three birdies on the back nine.

• Senior Ethan Shepherd turned in a 74. After making the turn at 5-over, Shepherd carded four birdies on the back nine and shot a 3-under 33.

BY THE NUMBERS – TEAM

Pos.NameR1R2R3Totals (to par)
T4Clay Merchant726774213 (-3)
T9Mitch Davis697174214 (-2)
T14Drew Salyers697274215 (-1)
T23Harry Reynolds717672219 (+3)
T33Ethan Shepherd717674221 (+5)

CHIP-INS

• Indiana had five competing in the Boilermaker Individual.

• Ochsenreiter shot an even-72 on Sunday to take the victory by one stroke. He finished 7-under on the weekend and earns his first career tournament title. Ochsenreiter parred or birdied every hole but one.

• Sophomore Eric Berggren matched the career-best round he set yesterday with a 71 to finish tied for sixth place. He was 2-under on the weekend.

• Senior Tate Heintzelman tied for 11th place, moving up 14 spots from Saturday. He shot a 70, his best round as a Hoosier. He did card a 69 while with Florida Gulf Coast.

• Senior Evan Yakubov tied for 19th place and shot a 75 on Sunday. Sophomore Drew Giacchetto finished in 35th place and carded a 79 Sunday.

BY THE NUMBERS – INDIVIDUALS

Pos.NameR1R2R3Totals (to par)
1Brock Ochsenreiter696872209 (-7)
T6Eric Berggren727171214 (-2)
T11Tate Heintzelman757370218 (+2)
T19Evan Yakubov747175220 (+4)
35Drew Giacchetto767979234 (+18)

UP NEXT

Indiana travels to Columbus, Ohio April 24-25 for the Kepler Intercollegiate. It marks the final tournament of the regular season for the Hoosiers.

PURDUE MGOLF // Purdue Finishes 3rd at Boilermaker Invitational 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s golf team played consistent golf all weekend and were rewarded with a third-place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational held at the Kampen Course over the weekend. 

Amid cold, windy conditions on Sunday, the Boilermakers shot a 1-over par 289 to finish the 54-hole event in 5-under par 859 (282-288-289), seven shots behind team champion Kent State and five behind Illinois.  

The Boilermakers tied with Minnesota and defeated Indiana by a shot, using birdies on the final holes played by Joe Weiler and Nick Dentino to move past the Hoosiers and into a third-place tie.  

Purdue has now finished in the top three in 11 of the 17 Boilermaker Invitationals all-time. The Boilermakers needed to have a strong finish to put themselves in position for a possible NCAA Regional berth announced in early May.  

Joe Weiler continues to lead the Boilermakers, finishing fourth at 3-under par 213 (69-73-71). Weiler had a consistent final round with 13 pars, three birdies and two bogeys for his eighth round this year of even-par or better.  

Nick Dentino had his best tournament of the season with a pair of bounceback rounds over the final 36 holes. Dentino finished T-17th at even-par 216 (76-71-69). His 4-under par 140 over the final two rounds was the third-best score over the final 36 holes behind only the runner-up and individual champion. His 69 on Sunday was one of just five rounds in the 60s during the blustery final round. 

Cole Bradley recorded his second top-20 finish of the season, placing 20th at 1-over par 217 (72-72-73). Peyton Snoeberger was tied for 33rd at 5-over par 221 and Herman Sekne was tied for 59th at 11-over par 227.  

In the individual tournament held at Ackerman-Allen, Andrew Farraye finished third at 4-under par 212 (72-71-69).  

Purdue has two more chances to improve its NCAA Regionals resume, coming in two weeks at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Ohio State and the Big Ten Championships at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana, in three weeks. 

OHIO STATE MGOLF: Buckeyes Finish Play at Boilermaker Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ohio State and rest of the field at the Boilermaker Invitational faced a cool and breezy day on Sunday and the scoring reflected those conditions as the Buckeyes posted a 298 and finished 10th overall.

Jackson Chandler had the round of the day for the Buckeyes, making three birdies to just two bogeys in a round of 1-under 71. That was his lowest of the tournament and lifted him into a tie for 24th at 3-over.

Elis Svard closed with a 75 and finished at 5-over par while Maxwell Moldovan posted a 76 and was a shot behind Svard at 6-over. Felix Kvarnstrom also had a 76 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 48th at +9 and Adam Wallin rounded out the Buckeye five with a 77.

There was also an individual tournament this weekend on the adjacent Ackerman-Allen Golf Course where Caleb Davern, Grant Engle and Kevin Stone were all in action. Davern led the Buckeye trio with a ninth-place finish following rounds of 72-71-74 (+1). Engle and Stone both finished a shot back at +2 and tied for 11th

This was the first of four consecutive weekends of events for the Buckeyes. They will head to Arizona next week for the ASU Thunderbird Invitational and will return home to host the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on April 24-25. That will then be followed by the Big Ten Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on the final weekend of April.

TEAM       288- 298-298 (+20)  10th

Chandler           75-73-71 (+3)    T24th
Svard                72-74-75 (+5)    T33rd

Moldovan         71-75-76 (+6)    T38th

Kvarnstrom       70-79-76 (+9)   T48th

Wallin              76-76-77 (+12)  70th

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Davern             72-71-74 (+1)    T9th

Stone                74-70-74 (+2)    T11th

Engle                74-72-72 (+2)    T11th

MEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS

OHIO STATE MTEN: Buckeyes Close Road Trip with Another Win, Beat IU 6-1

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 8 Ohio State closed the road portion of the regular season with a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon over Indiana in Bloomington.

The Buckeyes are now 16-2 on the season and have won seven consecutive matches. This also the 23rd straight win over Indiana in the all-time series.

The Buckeyes seem to be hitting their stride with the doubles point. They rolled again on Sunday, winning 6-3 on both courts one and two. John McNally and Robert Cash claimed the win on one and James Trotter and Justin Boulais won on court two. Cannon Kingsley and JJ Tracy were leading 5-4 on court three when the point was clinched.

In singles, Kingsley continued his impressive run. The Northport, N.Y. native is now 23-0 following his 6-1, 6-2 win on court two over Andrew Redding. Kyle Seelig won by the same score on court four to make it 2-0 and then Cash provided the clinching point with a convincing 6-0 6-2 win on court six over Vikash Singh.

James Trotter made it 5-0 with another solid 6-1, 7-5 win, his eighth of the season. Indiana got their lone point with a win on court one but then Tracy capped the day with his 20th consecutive win, a three-set 4-6, 6-4, 10- (10-4) win over Ilya Tiraspolsky.

The Buckeyes will host Michigan State on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and then will take on Michigan on Sunday at Noon. Both matches will be played at the Auer Tennis Complex. Ohio State and Michigan are currently tied for the top spot in the Big Ten East Standings.

#8 Ohio State 6, Indiana 1

Singles
1. Bennett Crane (IND) def. #35 John McNally (OSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-1
2. #46 Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Andrew Redding (IND) 6-1, 6-2
3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Luka Vukovic (IND) 6-1, 7-5
4. Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Patrick Fletchall (IND) 6-1, 6-2
5. JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Robert Cash (OSU) def. Vikash Singh (IND) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles
1. #68 John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) def. Andrew Redding/Patrick Fletchall (IND) 6-3
2. #58 James Trotter/Justin Boulais (OSU) def. Luka Vukovic/Bennett Crane (IND) 6-3
3. William Piekarsky/Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND) vs. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) 4-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Ohio State 16-2; National ranking #8
Indiana 6-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,6,3,1,5)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS

OHIO STATE WTEN: No. 8 Buckeyes Finish Weekend with Shutout Victory vs. the Badgers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a 7-0 shutout of Wisconsin, the No. 8-ranked Ohio State women’s tennis extended its winning streak to nine and improved to 17-3 overall and 14-1 in Big Ten play this season.

Ohio State won the doubles point and posted five singles wins, with Wisconsin (8-9, 7-8 B1G) defaulting court six, for the shutout win. Isabelle Boulais, Kolie Allen and Irina Cantos Siemers notched wins in singles and doubles for the Buckeyes, while Lucia Marzal and Lisa Hofbauer also won in singles and Luna Dormet was victorious with Cantos Siemers in doubles.

The Buckeyes will close the regular season next Saturday, as they host Penn State at noon in the Auer Tennis Complex. A win over the Nittany Lions would give Ohio State a share of the Big Ten title.

In Doubles

·       For the 15th match in a row, the Buckeyes claimed the doubles point. Ohio State has won the doubles match in 17 of 20 matches overall.

·       On court three the tandem of Irina Cantos Siemers and Luna Dormet, ranked 80th, shut out Jordana Ossa and Antonela Stoica, 6-0. The Buckeye duo is 10-0 in dual matches this spring, all in B1G play.

·       The Buckeyes’ No. 62-ranked team of Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen improved to 12-2 in dual matches with a 6-1 win over Nastasya Semenovski and Ava Marham on court one.

·       On court two, the match between Buckeyes Lisa Hofbauer and Lucia Marzal and Badgers Charmaine Seah and Anna Makarova was left unfinished with the Buckeyes ahead 4-3.

In Singles

·       An injury forced a Badger out of the singles lineup, with Wisconsin defaulting court six and putting Ohio State ahead 2-0.

·       No. 10-ranked Cantos Siemers moved the Ohio State lead to 3-0 as she posted a 6-4, 6-1 win over Markham on court one. The Buckeye sophomore is 17-4 overall this year and 14-4 in dual matches, with a 13-3 B1G record.

·       Allen followed with a 6-2, 6-3 win on court three, as she defeated Makarova to clinch the team win.

·       Boulais quickly added a fifth point for the Buckeyes, as she was a 6-2, 6-2 winner against Semenovski on court two.

·       On court five, Marzal rallied for a win against Ossa. After dropping the first set 6-4 Marzal took the second 6-1. In the match tiebreaker, the Buckeye was down 4-2 but rattled off six straight points for an 8-4 lead and closed it out, 10-6. Marzal is first on the team with 18 wins (18-3 overall) and 16 dual match victories (16-2), with a 13-1 Big Ten ledger.

·       The final match was on court four, where Hofbauer defeated Seah, 7-5, 6-3. The Buckeye broke for a 5-3 lead and served out the match to seal Ohio State’s shutout win.

·       Boulais and Allen are both 9-4 in conference matches this spring, while Hofbauer is 8-4. 

The Results

Wisconsin vs Ohio State

Apr 11, 2021 at Columbus, Ohio

(Ty Tucker Tennis Center)

#8 Ohio State 7, #50 Wisconsin 0

Singles competition

1. #10 Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU) def. Ava Markham (UW) 6-4, 6-1

2. Isabelle Boulais (OSU) def. Nastasya Semenovski (UW) 6-2, 6-2

3. Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Anna Makarova (UW) 6-2, 6-3

4. Lisa Hofbauer (OSU) def. Charmaine Seah (UW) 7-5, 6-3

5. Lucia Marzal (OSU) def. Jordana Ossa (UW) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-6)

6. Luna Dormet (OSU) def. No player (UW), by default

Doubles competition

1. #62 Isabelle Boulais/Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Nastasya Semenovski/Ava Markham (UW) 6-1

2. Lucia Marzal/Lisa Hofbauer (OSU) vs. Charmaine Seah/Anna Makarova (UW) 4-3, unfinished

3. #80 Irina Cantos Siemers/Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Jordana Ossa/Antonela Stoica (UW) 6-0

Match Notes:

Wisconsin 8-9, 7-8 B1G; National ranking #50

Ohio State 17-3, 14-1 B1G; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,3,2,5,4)

Official: Julio Colon  T-2:17  A-51 

COLLEGE SWIMMING

XAVIER SWIMMING/DIVING: Men’s Swimming Wins Third-Straight BIG EAST Title

GENEVA, Ohio – Xavier men’s swimming secured its third-straight BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championship on Saturday evening at SPIRE Institute. Xavier collected 11 event championships and had 17 all-conference performances in individual events to take over first on the second day of the meet and built its advantage from there, eventually winning by over 170 points over second-place Villanova.

Xavier finished day one in third place after two relays and a diving event. Xavier took first in the 800 free relay and second in the 200 medley relay to trail Villanova and Providence.

On day two, Xavier grabbed first place in three of the four events on Thursday evening, with titles in the 500 free for Andrew Martin and 50 free for Christian Thomas, as well as a 200 free relay win in school record time, to move the Musketeers into first place, leading second-place Villanova by 11 points.

Xavier used 21 finals swims, including three event wins, to extend that lead on day three. The Musketeers collected championships in the 200 free for Andrew Martin, in the 100 back for Christian Thomas, and the 400 medley relay, as well as five other top-three finishes. The Musketeers headed into the final day with a 77 point lead on second place Villanova.

On the final day, Xavier collected event wins in the first three events, with Andrew Martin repeating as a champion in the mile, Alex Sironen winning the 200 back and Christian Thomas taking the 100 free with a new school-record time to give Xavier a 171 point lead with three events remaining. The Musketeers used a school-record time of 2:57.96 to win the 400 free relay and close out the championship, collecting 862.5 points and topping second place Villanova by 177 points.

Xavier won 11 of 18 racing events, including four of five relays. Andrew Martin and Christian Thomas each won three individual gold medals, and Alex Sironen claimed his first individual gold to help secure the championship. Following the meet, Andrew Martin was named Most Outstanding swimmer on the men’s side.

The championship marks Xavier’s third straight title, and sixth title overall in the eight years since joining the BIG EAST, also winning in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020.

ALL CONFERENCE PERFORMANCES

50 Free – Christian Thomas (1st), Roark Lundal (3rd)

100 Free – Christian Thomas (1st)

200 Free – Andrew Martin (1st)

500 Free – Andrew Martin (1st)

1,650 Free – Andrew Martin (1st), Brett Wilson (3rd)

100 Back – Christian Thomas (1st), Andrew Devine (2nd), Ben Quon (3rd)

200 Back – Alex Sironen (1st), Ben Quon (3rd)

200 Breast – Cameron Weese (3rd)

100 Fly – Joey Mullen (2nd), Alex Sironen (3rd)

200 IM – Jon Bernard (2nd)

400 IM – Jack Parker (3rd)

200 Free Relay – Alex Sironen, Roark Lundal, Andrew Martin, Christian Thomas (1st)

400 Free Relay – Christian Thomas, Ethan Wing, Alex Sironen, Andrew Martin (1st)

800 Free Relay – Ben Quon, Jon Bernard, Ethan Wing, Andrew Martin (1st)

200 Medley Relay – Alex Sironen, Davis Klein, Roark Lundal, Christian Thomas (2nd)

400 Medley Relay – Alex Sironen, Roark Lundal, Joey Mullen, Christian Thomas (1st)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MARIAN FOOTBALL: MARIAN DRAWS ROAD TRIP TO REINHARDT FOR NAIA FCS FIRST ROUND

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Marian football team will travel to Reinhardt in the NAIA FCS First Round as announced by the NAIA Sunday evening during the NAIA FCS Selection Show. Game time will be announced early this week, while the matchup will be played in Waleska, Georgia. Marian is seeded ninth overall, while Reinhardt enters the playoffs as the No. 8 seed. Morningside is the top-ranked team for the second straight season.

THE SERIES

Marian and Reinhardt are meeting for the second time in as many years, having played the Eagles last year in the NAIA FCS First Round. Marian won that game in 2019 17-7, grinding out a rain-soaked 60 minutes of football against the Eagles. Reinhardt shocked the Knights by running back the opening kickoff for a score, but touchdowns Johnny William and Ben Stevens helped the Knights pull away with the win. Marian enters the game 5-1 overall and Reinhardt is 8-0. The Eagles are on an eight-game winning streak, and were Mid-South Appalachian Division winners.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Marian will be looking to make a deep postseason run for the second straight year, having reached the NAIA National Championship game as the National-Runner Up one season ago. The Knights are in the playoffs for the ninth time in program history and hold an 18-6 postseason record all-time. Reinhardt lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the last two seasons, but finished national runner-up in 2017.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Boston Beaneater rookie Johnny Bates becomes the first modern player to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 23 year-old outfielder connects off Harry McIntire in the top of the second inning in the team’s 2-0 Opening Day victory over the Superbas.

1909       The 61-year history of Shibe Park begins with the A’s defeating the Red Sox, 8-1. The Philadelphia stadium, which will be renamed to honor Connie Mack in 1953, is the first concrete and steel ballpark in major league history.

1916       Due to a salary dispute with Joe Lannin, the Red Sox president, the trades Tris Speaker to the Indians for Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and approximately $50,000. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will spend half of his Hall of Fame career in Cleveland, compiling a .354 batting average during his 11 seasons playing for the Tribe after playing nine outstanding seasons in Boston.

1916       The Giants start the season on the road with a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia at the Baker Bowl. The game marks the debut of New York’s new purple plaid uniforms, fortunately, a trend that will last only a year.

1927       Giants first baseman Bill Terry becomes the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam on Opening Day. The New York infielder’s four-run round-tripper comes off Phillies’ right-hander Hal Carlson in the fifth inning of the team’s 15-7 victory at Baker Bowl.

1931       Former Cubs pilot Joe McCarthy makes his debut as Yankee manager, beating Boston at the Bronx ballpark, 6-3. The future Hall of Fame manager, who is the team’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 1460, guides the club to eight pennants and seven World Championships during his 16-year tenure in the Bronx.

1935       Lou Gehrig is named as the fifth captain in Yankee history. The 33 year-old first baseman joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-1921), Babe Ruth (six days in 1922), and Everett Scott (1922-1925) to receive the honor as a player. (Our thanks to Howard W. Rosenberg of www.capanson.com for calling our attention to the correct date for this entry, which is commonly mistaken for April 21).

1953       During an exhibition game in Brooklyn, the Ebbets Field PA announcer informs the crowd, including the new dad as he approaches home plate to bat, “Mickey doesn’t know it yet, but he has just become the father of an eight-pound, twelve-ounce baby boy.” Mickey Mantle Jr., whose given middle name is Elven in memory of the Yankee slugger’s recently deceased dad, is the first of four children, all sons, with his wife, Merlyn.

1955       Pinch-hitting for Warren Spahn, Chuck Tanner, who becomes better known for his managerial skills, hits a home run for the Braves on the first pitch of his first major league at-bat. The 26 year-old outfielder’s eighth-inning round-tripper off Gerry Staley ties the score in Milwaukee’s eventual 4-2 victory over Cincinnati at County Stadium.

1955       At Municipal Stadium, the recently arrived Athletics beat the Tigers, 6-2, in their first game in Kansas City. At first, the franchise’s shift from Philadelphia will be warmly received by the Missouri fans as the A’s draw 1,393,054 patrons to the ballpark in their first season, second only to the Yankees in American League attendance.

1960       In the first game ever played at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, after Vice President Richard Nixon throws out the ceremonial first pitch, Giants’ starter Sam Jones three-hits the Cardinals, 3-1. During the third inning, the umpires noticed that both foul poles were positioned well inside fair territory instead of on the foul line, necessitating the need to improvise a new ground rule until the problem was solved.

1960       The Indians trade Norm Cash to the Tigers in exchange for Steve Demeter. The Tribe, who acquired Cash in an off-season deal with the White Sox, will regret the move, giving away a future American League batting champ, who will hit 373 homers during his 15 years in Detroit for someone who will play only four games with the franchise.

1962       In front of 40,000 fans, the expansion Mets are honored with a ticker-tape parade up lower Broadway. The players, wearing their brand new home uniforms, along with broadcasters and other officials ride in open convertibles, throwing plastic baseballs to the enthusiastic crowd as they drive by.

1962       Pete Richert, making his major league debut, comes out of the bullpen and strikes out the first six batter he faces, a major league record. The rookie southpaw fans four in the third inning in LA’s 11-7 comeback victory over the Reds at Dodger Stadium.

1965       In Cincinnati, Joe Torre hits two home runs in Milwaukee’s 4-2 Opening Day victory at Crosley Field. Next season on the same date, the Braves catcher will do it again, joining teammate Eddie Mathews as the only major leaguers to have hit two round-trippers twice in games played on Opening Day.

1965       At the Astrodome, the Astros lose the first regular-season indoor game to the Phillies 2-0. Houston third baseman Bob Aspromonte, who collected the first Houston hit in Colt Stadium in 1962, also gets the first hit in the Astrodome, and Dick Allen of the Phillies blasts the first National League homer in the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World.’

1965       The A’s mascot Charlie-O the Mule, chosen to highlight the role the Missouri mules played in Allies victory in World War I by lugging ammunition and supplies through the mud and snow of France, makes his debut on Opening Night at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. In a pregame ceremony, Warren Hearnes, the governor of Missouri, presents the 1,400-pound animal to team owner Charlie O.Finley, who rides his namesake much to the delight of the 18,109 fans attending the game against the Tigers.

1966       The first major league game played in Atlanta goes overtime when Pittsburgh beats the hometown Braves, 3-2. With the game deadlocked at 1-1 in the top of the thirteenth inning, starter Tony Cloninger, who will go the distance, gives up a two-run homer to Willie Stargell.

1966       On Opening Day, Jim Lonborg’s 13th-inning balk plates Bob Johnson with the deciding run in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory. The Red Sox reliever miscue on the mound occurs with two outs and the bases loaded at Fenway Park.

1967       On Opening Day at Boston’s Fenway Park, the Red Sox draw only 8,324 to watch the team beat Chicago, 5-4. The eventual American League champs finished last season in ninth place with a 72-90 record.

1970       Phil Roof, followed by Hank Aaron and Felipe Alou, becomes the first of only three major leaguers to play for both the Milwaukee Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers, scoring three runs in the team’s 16-2 rout of Chicago in at White Sox Park. In 1960, the catcher made his major league debut with the Braves, appearing in three games before being traded to the Angels in 1964.

1972       The first players strike in baseball history ends when the owners agree to the addition of salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement as well as to a $500,000 increase in pension fund payments. The owners will cancel the 86 games missed during the 13-day strike, refusing to compensate the players for the time they lost during the work stoppage.

1976       The game against the Padres is rained out at Dodger Stadium for only the second time in the 14-year history of the ballpark. The washout ends a streak started in April 1967, covering a span of 724 straight contests, with subsequent postponements coming much sooner when inclement weather cancels two consecutive home dates in September.

1977       On Opening Day, fans attending the Comiskey Park contest receive a foam ball with the idea of hav­ing the first pitch of the White Sox sea­son being thrown by ev­ery­body in the stands. The concept is the brainchild of Rudie Schaf­fer, team owner Bill Veeck’s right-hand man, also credited with the Bat Day promotion and the innovative ex­plod­ing score­board.

1986       In a humiliating 9–8 extra-inning loss against the Phillies, the Mets blow a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, thanks, in part, to Keith Hernandez’s error allowing the leadoff batter to reach base, opening the floodgates to Philadelphia’s comeback. Six years, the New York first baseman’s Veterans Stadium miscue (albeit placed in the wrong season and different venue) becomes the background of a conspiracy theory detailed in an hour-long Seinfeld episode, The Boyfriend.

1988       Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripken Sr. as the Orioles’ manager after the team gets off to a 0-6 start. The new skipper, who has previously managed the Indians and Giants, will be winless in his first 15 games in the Baltimore dugout.

1988       Bobby Witt ties an American League record, committing four balks in the Rangers’ 4-1 loss in Detroit. The major league record for the most balks in one game is five, established in 1963 by Braves’ right-hander Bob Shaw, which included three in the third inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

1990       Brett Butler walks five times in the Giants’ 13-4 win over the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. The speedy outfielder will score four times after being issued a free pass.

1992       In a doubleheader at Cleveland, the Indians are no-hit by Red Sox hurler Matt Young in the first game but win, 2-1, and in the nightcap, the Tribe gets only two safeties off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a twin bill.

1993       Barry Bonds, who signed a six-year, $43 million deal as a free agent, the richest contract in baseball history, delights the crowd of 56,689 at Candlestick Park by homering in his first at-bat in front of the hometown fans. The clean-up hitter’s second-inning drive to deep right field off Chris Hammond proves to be the difference in the Giants’ 4-3 extra-inning victory over Florida.

1994       Scott Cooper hits for the cycle, the first Red Sox player since Mike Greenwell to accomplished the feat since 1988, driving in five runs to helping the team rout the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, 22-11. The third baseman’s fifth-inning triple is the result of being thrown out at the plate trying to stretch the three-bagger into an inside-the-park home run.

2001       The Blue Jays postpone the game against the Royals when SkyDome’s retractable dome gets jammed during a routine test opening, sending chunks of the roof, some as big as eight feet by six feet, crashing onto the field below. The gaping hole in the dome is clearly visible from the outside of the ballpark, making the damage easy to spot by the city’s commuters on a nearby expressway.

2001       The combat-ready Padres, wearing camouflage jerseys and green caps, finally win the battle against the Giants, after five consecutive losses to the black and orange, 8-3. San Diego donned the uniforms to honor the area’s significant military population.

2002       In their first sellout since winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins, beat the Tigers in the home opener, 4-2, in front of 48,244 loud and enthusiastic fans at the Metrodome. The MLB had considered eliminating the Minnesota franchise under its contraction plan proposed during the off-season.

2002       Barry Bonds, with his 574th career round-tripper, passes former Twin first baseman Harmon Killebrew on the all-time home run list. The Giants’ left fielder hit his milestone homer, which ranks him sixth overall, in the first inning off Nelson Figueroa in the Giants’ 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.

2003       Fenway’s Green Monster, the left-field wall in the major league’s smallest park, has a new look. In the place of a net that was used to collect home runs balls that cleared the wall, the fans now occupy the space, sitting 310 feet away and 40 feet above the field, as they watch Red Sox right-hander Pedro Martinez give up ten runs in 4.1 innings in a 13-6 loss to the Orioles.

2003       With a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Cleveland’s Jacobs Field, the Royals set a franchise record for victories at the start of the season, winning their ninth consecutive game since Opening Day. In 1977, Kansas City won 16 straight from August 31st through September 15th for the overall team’s mark for consecutive wins.

2004       At the Giants’ home opener at SBC Park, the torch is passed both literally and figuratively as Barry Bonds hit his 660th career homer to tie his godfather, Willie Mays, for third on the all-time home run list. The 72 year-old Hall of Famer Mays greets his godson at home plate with a torch studded with $18,000 of diamonds forming the numbers 660, 25, which is Barry’s number, and 1, the number to needed move ahead.

2004       In front of a sellout crowd of 41,626 fans, the Phillies play their first game in their $458 million Pattison Avenue ballpark. On a cloudy day, the Citizens Bank Park history begins with a 4-1 loss to the Reds with right fielder Bobby Abreu hitting the park’s first homer, accounting for Philadelphia’s only run.

2004       A ten-foot bronze statue of Richie Ashburn is unveiled at Citizens Bank Park, the new home of the Phillies. Zenos Frudakis’s work of the five-time All-Star, located behind centerfield in Ashburn Alley, which features the team’s Walk of Fame.

2006       Twenty-two-year-old college senior Jeffrey Maier hits a third-inning two-bagger against Bates to become the all-time career hits leader at Wesleyan, with 169, surpassing the 2003 mark set by Bill Robinson. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound third baseman gained national notoriety a decade ago as a 12 year-old young fan when he leaned over the Yankee Stadium fence to catch Derek Jeter’s fly ball ‘homer,’ which prevented Orioles outfielder Tony Tarasco from catching the ball during the 1996 ALCS.

2008       The Charleston RiverDogs, a Class-A minor league affiliate of the Yankees, commemorate the first visit of Benedict XVI to the United States with a Pope on a Rope Night promotion. The first 1,000 fans attending the South Atlantic League game against Rome at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park receive a soap figurine, bearing a likeness of the Holy Father.

2009       With runners taking off from first and second base, Pirates’ shortstop Jack Wilson turns Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion’s soft liner into a triple play. The triple killing is the Bucs’ first since 1993, and the team’s first on the road in 41 years.

2009       A pair of tickets for the Mets home opener at Citi Field, with a face value of $525 apiece, is auctioned off for $7,500 on eBay. The ducats were owned by Bernard Madoff, who is in jail after pleading guilty last month to defrauding investors, including Mets owner Fred Wilpon, in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

2010       On an unusually warm spring day, the hometown Twins beat Boston, 5-2, in the first regular-season game played at Target Field. Minnesota DH Jason Kubel hits the ballpark’s first home run, a seventh-inning shot into the right-field seats.

2010       With 9,129 fans in attendance, the smallest crowd in the 19-year history of the ballpark, the Orioles lose to Tampa Bay at Camden Yards, 5-1. The club, off to a 1-6 start in the new season, has scored only three runs in their last three games.

2011       The Rakuten Eagles, unable to use their stadium due to the extensive damage caused by last month’s massive earthquake and tsunami, beat the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine Field, 6-4, in Japan’s Pacific League opener. The crowd of 22,525 attending the game is not disturbed after feeling an aftershock at the ballpark caused by an earthquake in Chiba earlier in the day.

2012       Paulo Orlando becomes the first major leaguer to have each of his first three career hits be a triple when he bangs out his second three-bagger in the Royals’ 9-2 victory over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Three days ago, the 29 year-old rookie outfielder also legged out a three-bag base hit off White Sox left-hander John Danks, after being walked in his big-league debut at the plate.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3617.67920-516-129-224-76-41 W
Brooklyn3617.67922-714-106-219-117-31 L
Milwaukee3320.6233.018-815-129-019-104-61 W
Atlanta2925.5377.514-1015-154-315-127-32 W
Miami2825.5288.015-1313-125-516-156-42 W
Charlotte2725.5198.513-1014-157-215-126-41 L
Boston2826.5198.517-1011-164-618-147-33 W
New York2727.5009.516-1011-172-819-175-52 W
Indiana2527.48110.59-1516-125-414-176-43 W
10 Chicago2230.42313.510-1612-144-312-123-72 L
11 Toronto2133.38915.511-1410-193-614-193-71 L
12 Washington1933.36516.510-169-172-78-234-61 L
13 Cleveland1934.35817.011-158-193-513-153-72 L
14 Orlando1736.32119.010-187-184-510-203-75 L
15 Detroit1638.29620.59-157-230-910-224-62 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4013.75524-216-114-218-88-22 W
Phoenix3715.7122.520-817-75-322-98-21 W
LA Clippers3718.6734.022-815-108-222-108-25 W
Denver3419.6426.018-1016-97-118-118-21 L
LA Lakers3320.6237.016-1117-93-620-115-51 W
Portland3122.5859.016-1115-114-516-146-41 L
Dallas2923.55810.513-1116-125-416-166-41 L
Memphis2625.51013.012-1514-104-512-175-52 L
San Antonio2526.49014.012-1713-95-614-193-71 W
10 Golden State2528.47215.016-109-183-713-143-71 W
11 New Orleans2429.45316.015-139-166-313-175-52 W
12 Sacramento2231.41518.012-1510-164-510-154-66 L
13 Oklahoma City2033.37720.09-1911-143-711-201-96 L
14 Houston1439.26426.07-197-205-710-212-82 L
15 Minnesota1440.25926.59-175-233-69-224-61 W

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston63.6673 – 33 – 06 – 30 – 00 – 06 – 3W 6
Baltimore45.44420 – 34 – 24 – 50 – 00 – 04 – 5L 3
NY Yankees45.44423 – 31 – 24 – 50 – 00 – 04 – 5W 1
Tampa Bay45.44422 – 12 – 42 – 40 – 00 – 04 – 5L 1
Toronto45.44421 – 23 – 32 – 10 – 02 – 44 – 5W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland53.6254 – 11 – 20 – 05 – 30 – 05 – 3W 4
Kansas City43.5710.52 – 12 – 20 – 02 – 22 – 14 – 3W 1
Minnesota54.5560.51 – 24 – 20 – 02 – 11 – 25 – 4L 2
Chi White Sox45.4441.51 – 13 – 40 – 01 – 13 – 44 – 5L 1
Detroit36.3332.53 – 30 – 30 – 03 – 60 – 03 – 6L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston63.6671 – 25 – 10 – 00 – 06 – 36 – 3L 2
LA Angels63.6674 – 22 – 12 – 13 – 11 – 16 – 3L 1
Seattle54.55613 – 32 – 10 – 03 – 30 – 05 – 4W 2
Texas36.33332 – 41 – 22 – 11 – 20 – 03 – 6L 3
Oakland37.3003.51 – 62 – 10 – 00 – 02 – 53 – 7W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Philadelphia63.6675 – 11 – 26 – 30 – 00 – 06 – 3W 1
Atlanta45.44422 – 12 – 44 – 50 – 00 – 04 – 5L 1
NY Mets23.40021 – 11 – 22 – 30 – 00 – 02 – 3L 1
Miami26.2503.51 – 51 – 11 – 10 – 30 – 02 – 6W 1
Washington15.1673.51 – 20 – 31 – 20 – 00 – 31 – 5L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati63.6675 – 11 – 20 – 05 – 11 – 26 – 3L 2
Milwaukee54.55611 – 24 – 20 – 04 – 20 – 05 – 4W 2
St. Louis54.55611 – 24 – 23 – 02 – 40 – 05 – 4L 2
Chi Cubs45.44423 – 31 – 20 – 04 – 50 – 04 – 5L 2
Pittsburgh36.33332 – 11 – 50 – 03 – 60 – 03 – 6W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers82.8003 – 05 – 23 – 00 – 03 – 18 – 2W 3
San Diego73.70014 – 33 – 00 – 00 – 04 – 37 – 3W 3
San Francisco63.6671.53 – 03 – 30 – 00 – 05 – 16 – 3W 4
Arizona46.40042 – 12 – 50 – 02 – 12 – 54 – 6W 2
Colorado37.30053 – 40 – 30 – 00 – 03 – 73 – 7L 3

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Washington Capitals4227114582514612613-5-214-6-26-4-0
New York Islanders422711458231259818-2-29-9-27-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4227132562414611816-3-111-10-18-2-0
Boston Bruins3921126481810910410-6-311-6-35-4-1
New York Rangers411916644181331129-7-310-9-35-3-2
Philadelphia Flyers411916644181221489-9-310-7-34-4-2
New Jersey Devils401420634141031324-15-310-5-32-6-2
Buffalo Sabres4110256267981444-13-46-12-24-4-2
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Colorado Avalanche41289460281469617-4-211-5-28-1-1
Vegas Golden Knights402711256271289216-4-211-7-05-4-1
Minnesota Wild4024133512311910914-4-010-9-35-3-2
St. Louis Blues411916644171191287-9-412-7-23-6-1
Arizona Coyotes4219185431611413010-8-39-10-26-4-0
San Jose Sharks401818440131131338-8-210-10-26-4-0
Los Angeles Kings401618638151101177-7-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks42122373111931375-14-47-9-33-6-1
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs4128103592713910514-6-214-4-19-0-1
Winnipeg Jets4125133532513410911-6-214-7-17-2-1
Edmonton Oilers4225152522513412013-8-012-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens381712943161181088-8-29-4-74-4-2
Calgary Flames4117213371610812410-9-17-12-22-8-0
Vancouver Canucks371618335131001209-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators421325430111121598-9-45-16-03-5-2
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Carolina Hurricanes40279458231329914-2-413-7-07-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4128112582714110115-4-013-7-25-5-0
Florida Panthers4226124562513311514-4-312-8-16-4-0
Nashville Predators4323191471811212112-9-011-10-18-2-0
Chicago Blackhawks4219185431711813211-8-28-10-35-5-0
Dallas Stars4015141141141111048-6-77-8-44-3-3
Columbus Blue Jackets431520838131091418-8-67-12-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings43142363413961399-9-45-14-24-4-2