Cleveland 6 Cincinnati 3

Tampa Bay 4 NY Yankees 2

Kansas City 2 Toronto 0

Chicago White Sox 3 Boston 2

Texas 1 Baltimore 0 (10)

Minnesota at LA Angels postponed

Oakland 3 Detroit 2

Seattle 7 Houston 2

Chicago White Sox 5 Boston 1

Arizona 5 Washington 2

Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 0

San Francisco 1 Miami 0

Pittsburgh 6 Milwaukee 5 (10)

NY Mets 2 Colorado 1

San Diego 5  LA Dodgers 2

Atlanta 13 Chicago Cubs 4



Atlanta 129 Indiana 117

New York 122 New Orleans 112 OT

Miami 109 Brooklyn 107

Houston 114 Orlando 110

Toronto 112 Oklahoma City 106

Charlotte 109 Portland 101

Sacramento 121 Dallas 107

LA Clippers 124 Minnesota 105



Boston 6 Washington 3

NY Rangers 5 New Jersey 3

Buffalo 4 Pittsburgh 2

Vegas 5 Anaheim 2

NY Islanders 1 Philadelphia 0

Vancouver 3 Toronto 2

Los Angeles at Colorado postponed



IU East 6 Asbury 1


RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Stewart Cink63636970-19 (265)F
2tEmiliano Grillo68646968-15 (269)F
2tHarold Varner III66686966-15 (269)F
4tCorey Conners67647268-13 (271)F
4tMatthew Fitzpatrick71646868-13 (271)F
4tMaverick McNealy71676667-13 (271)F
7tChris Kirk70676867-12 (272)F
7tCollin Morikawa65686772-12 (272)F
9tRussell Henley69706767-11 (273)F
9tShane Lowry70657266-11 (273)F
9tWebb Simpson71686470-11 (273)F
9tCameron Smith62717466-11 (273)F
13tDaniel Berger67716670-10 (274)F
13tBrian Harman67706770-10 (274)F
13tSungjae Im68656972-10 (274)F
13tDustin Johnson70677166-10 (274)F
13tDenny McCarthy73676767-10 (274)F
18tAbraham Ancer69667070-9 (275)F
18tCharley Hoffman68696771-9 (275)F
18tCharles Howell III66707465-9 (275)F
18tMatt Kuchar70686770-9 (275)F
18tBrian Stuard70686869-9 (275)F
18tMatt Wallace65726573-9 (275)F
18tDanny Willett68716769-9 (275)F
25tWesley Bryan68667567-8 (276)F
25tCameron Davis69697068-8 (276)F
25tTom Hoge67677369-8 (276)F
25tBilly Horschel66677172-8 (276)F
25tTom Lewis72676770-8 (276)F
25tAlex Noren71686869-8 (276)F
25tAdam Schenk68697069-8 (276)F
25tCamilo Villegas69686871-8 (276)F
33tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70696573-7 (277)F
33tDoug Ghim70697266-7 (277)F
33tLucas Glover67697269-7 (277)F
33tSi Woo Kim71677168-7 (277)F
33tAndrew Landry70707067-7 (277)F
33tKevin Streelman67716673-7 (277)F
39tSam Burns72686969-6 (278)F
39tTyrrell Hatton73667366-6 (278)F
39tBrendon Todd70706771-6 (278)F
42tBranden Grace68697369-5 (279)F
42tScott Harrington69716871-5 (279)F
42tChase Seiffert71686971-5 (279)F
42tBrandt Snedeker69716871-5 (279)F
42tMichael Thompson68677272-5 (279)F
42tWill Zalatoris68677173-5 (279)F
48tMatthew NeSmith68727070-4 (280)F
48tIan Poulter69687370-4 (280)F
48tKevin Tway69717070-4 (280)F
51Rory Sabbatini70696775-3 (281)F
52tBrice Garnett69707568-2 (282)F
52tMackenzie Hughes67717173-2 (282)F
52tRyan Moore70697271-2 (282)F
52tRobert Streb68697471-2 (282)F
56tDylan Frittelli71677174-1 (283)F
56tKyoung-Hoon Lee67737073-1 (283)F
58Luke List74667272E (284)F
59tHarry Higgs71687274+1 (285)F
59tRobert MacIntyre70677078+1 (285)F
59tSepp Straka70677375+1 (285)F
62Scott Piercy70707274+2 (286)F
63Lee Westwood71687573+3 (287)F
64Wyndham Clark70707177+4 (288)F
65Sung Kang68687677+5 (289)F


RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Stewart Cink63636970-19 (265)F
2tEmiliano Grillo68646968-15 (269)F
2tHarold Varner III66686966-15 (269)F
4tCorey Conners67647268-13 (271)F
4tMatthew Fitzpatrick71646868-13 (271)F
4tMaverick McNealy71676667-13 (271)F
7tChris Kirk70676867-12 (272)F
7tCollin Morikawa65686772-12 (272)F
9tRussell Henley69706767-11 (273)F
9tShane Lowry70657266-11 (273)F
9tWebb Simpson71686470-11 (273)F
9tCameron Smith62717466-11 (273)F
13tDaniel Berger67716670-10 (274)F
13tBrian Harman67706770-10 (274)F
13tSungjae Im68656972-10 (274)F
13tDustin Johnson70677166-10 (274)F
13tDenny McCarthy73676767-10 (274)F
18tAbraham Ancer69667070-9 (275)F
18tCharley Hoffman68696771-9 (275)F
18tCharles Howell III66707465-9 (275)F
18tMatt Kuchar70686770-9 (275)F
18tBrian Stuard70686869-9 (275)F
18tMatt Wallace65726573-9 (275)F
18tDanny Willett68716769-9 (275)F
25tWesley Bryan68667567-8 (276)F
25tCameron Davis69697068-8 (276)F
25tTom Hoge67677369-8 (276)F
25tBilly Horschel66677172-8 (276)F
25tTom Lewis72676770-8 (276)F
25tAlex Noren71686869-8 (276)F
25tAdam Schenk68697069-8 (276)F
25tCamilo Villegas69686871-8 (276)F
33tChristiaan Bezuidenhout70696573-7 (277)F
33tDoug Ghim70697266-7 (277)F
33tLucas Glover67697269-7 (277)F
33tSi Woo Kim71677168-7 (277)F
33tAndrew Landry70707067-7 (277)F
33tKevin Streelman67716673-7 (277)F
39tSam Burns72686969-6 (278)F
39tTyrrell Hatton73667366-6 (278)F
39tBrendon Todd70706771-6 (278)F
42tBranden Grace68697369-5 (279)F
42tScott Harrington69716871-5 (279)F
42tChase Seiffert71686971-5 (279)F
42tBrandt Snedeker69716871-5 (279)F
42tMichael Thompson68677272-5 (279)F
42tWill Zalatoris68677173-5 (279)F
48tMatthew NeSmith68727070-4 (280)F
48tIan Poulter69687370-4 (280)F
48tKevin Tway69717070-4 (280)F
51Rory Sabbatini70696775-3 (281)F
52tBrice Garnett69707568-2 (282)F
52tMackenzie Hughes67717173-2 (282)F
52tRyan Moore70697271-2 (282)F
52tRobert Streb68697471-2 (282)F
56tDylan Frittelli71677174-1 (283)F
56tKyoung-Hoon Lee67737073-1 (283)F
58Luke List74667272E (284)F
59tHarry Higgs71687274+1 (285)F
59tRobert MacIntyre70677078+1 (285)F
59tSepp Straka70677375+1 (285)F
62Scott Piercy70707274+2 (286)F
63Lee Westwood71687573+3 (287)F
64Wyndham Clark70707177+4 (288)F
65Sung Kang68687677+5 (289)F


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Tires: Firestone
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3Scott Dixon9Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
4Pato O’Ward5Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
5Sebastien Bourdais14Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
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6Rinus VeeKay21Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
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8Marcus Ericsson8Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
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9Alexander Rossi27Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
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Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
11Jack Harvey60Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
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Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
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Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
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Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
15Ed Jones18Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
16Conor Daly20Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
17James Hinchcliffe29Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
18Dalton Kellett4Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
19Jimmie Johnson48Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
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20Max Chilton59Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
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Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
22Colton Herta26Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone
23Josef Newgarden2Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Chevrolet
Tires: Firestone
24Ryan Hunter-Reay28Chassis: Dallara
Engine: Honda
Tires: Firestone

MLB NEWS: Bieber sets K record, fans 13 as Indians beat Reds 6-3

CINCINNATI (AP) If Shane Bieber felt a bit off at the start, it sure didn’t show.

Bieber kept up his record strikeout run, fanning 13 and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday.

Bieber (2-1) became the first pitcher in big league history to begin the season with four straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts.

The AL Cy Young Award winner has 48 strikeouts this year, matching Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan for the most through the first four starts of a season. Bieber has fanned at least eight in a 16 straight starts, one short of Randy Johnson’s major league mark.

“I felt a little slow, a little sluggish at the beginning of the game but was able to get through it and kind of get on a roll there at the end,” Bieber said.

Bieber struck out the side in the seventh. He wrapped up his outing by fanning three more in the eighth around a solo home run by former teammate Tyler Naquin.

After being routed on Friday night and then losing in the 10th inning Saturday when an error with two outs in the ninth allowed the Reds to extend the game, Cleveland manager Terry Francona was happy to be able to give the ball to Bieber on Sunday.

“That’s why you call guys aces. And he certainly has lived up to that,” Francona said. “He’s really accountable for what he needs to do. It’s nice, you got a tough night like you had last night, and you see him running out to the bullpen. That makes you feel a little better.”

Bieber allowed three runs and six hits with two walks.

“He’s the complete package as a pitcher,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He has it all. He deserves all the credit today. We got a few runs off him but not enough.”

Emmanuel Clase struck out the side in the ninth, again hitting 100 mph with his heater.

The Indians hit three home runs, all with two outs, to salvage a win in the all-Ohio series.

Roberto Perez hit a three-run homer off Wade Miley (2-1) over the center field wall with two on in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead.

Jose Ramirez launched a solo drive into the upper deck in the first. Jordan Luplow had a two-run homer in the seventh.

Wade Miley (2-1) took the loss for the Reds, lasting five innings and striking out five.

MLB NEWS: Freeman, Braves pound Cubs 13-4, lose Acuña to injury

CHICAGO (AP) The Atlanta Braves say it’s next man up when it comes to their rash of injuries so far this season.

They might need a few men to step up if Ronald Acuna Jr. has to go on the injured list.

Acuna’s abdominal strain cast a shadow over Atlanta’s 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night, even after the Braves bashed four homers in the first inning against Kyle Hendricks.

Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza and Guillermo Heredia connected during Atlanta’s fast start, and Heredia added his first career grand slam in the sixth for his first multihomer game. But the Braves’ big concern after the win was the status of Acuna, who departed in the fourth after he got banged up during a tough trip around the bases.

“He’s got an abdominal strain, and we’ll know more tomorrow,” manager Brian Snitker said.

Snitker said he isn’t sure if Acuna is going to need a stint on the IL.

“It was so late here that they couldn’t get the test that they wanted, so they’ll get it tomorrow in New York and, like I said, we’ll know more then,” he said.

The loss of Acuna for any significant chunk of time would be a tough blow for Atlanta, which has been hit hard by injuries. The dynamic outfielder began the day with a .433 batting average, seven homers, 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

Heredia finished with a career-high six RBIs, and d’Arnaud drove in three runs. Bryse Wilson (1-0) pitched five innings of three-run ball in his first appearance of the season.

Anthony Rizzo hit two solo drives for Chicago, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. It was Rizzo’s first multihomer game since Aug. 29 at Cincinnati and No. 19 for his career.

“Their lineup is deep with a lot of thump,” Rizzo said, “and just tonight wasn’t Kyle’s night in the first.”

The Cubs bashed six homers during Saturday’s 13-4 victory, but it was the Braves showing off their power in the rubber game of the weekend set.

“As far as the result yesterday, you know obviously it wasn’t ideal. It wasn’t what we wanted,” Heredia said through a translator. “But it’s one of those things where you kind of put it behind you and you come out looking to the next day to kind of have the game that we put together.”

Freeman kicked it off with a one-out solo drive that cleared the bleachers in right for his fifth homer, traveling an estimated 421 feet. D’Arnaud connected for a two-run shot, Adrianza belted a solo homer and Heredia capped Atlanta’s six-run first with another two-run drive.

The Braves hit four homers in the first inning for the first time since May 28, 2003, against Cincinnati. The Cubs allowed four homers in an inning for the first time since the seventh on July 4, 2010, against the Reds.

Hendricks (0-2) was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in four innings in his first start since April 7. The right-hander was slated to pitch Tuesday at Milwaukee, but he was scratched because of an illness.

“Just not very good overall from the start,” Hendricks said. “Not aggressive, falling behind guys and then just everything was flat.”

MLB NEWS: Anderson homers on 1st pitch, White Sox edge Red Sox 3-2

BOSTON (AP) Tim Anderson homered on the game’s first pitch, Dallas Keuchel pitched five solid innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday in the opener of a split-admission doubleheader.

Yasmani Grandal had an RBI double and Yoan Moncada drove in a run with a single for the White Sox, who had lost three straight.

It was just the second loss in the last 12 for the Red Sox, who wore their yellow-and-blue City Series uniforms for the second straight game.

Kike Hernandez homered around the right-field foul pole for Boston, which entered the day with a majors’ most seven come-from-behind victories.

Anderson sent Tanner Houck’s 96.8 mph fastball in Boston’s bullpen.

The doubleheader was scheduled after Friday’s game was postponed due to snow and rain. The second game is slated to start at 5:05 p.m.

Keuchel (1-0) gave up two runs and six hits, breezing through the first seven batters before Bobby Dalbec doubled high off the Green Monster. Liam Hendriks got the final three outs for his second save, striking out Dalbec with a runner on first for the final out.

Making his fifth major league start, Houck (0-2) gave up three runs and six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Red Sox right fielder Hunter Renfroe made a nice over-the-shoulder running grab on the track and had an RBI single.

Boston’s uniforms – void of any red – honor the Boston Marathon with the colors that stretch across the finish line of the famous race. They featured bright yellow tops with powder-blue lettering across the front, numbers on the back and caps, with white pants. They even had matching blue batting helmets.

For the first time since the Red Sox started playing their annual Patriots’ Day game in 1959, Monday morning’s contest will not be in held in conjunction with the Marathon, which was moved to Oct. 11 due to the state’s limits on crowds because of the pandemic.

MLB NEWS: A’s rally to beat Tigers in ninth, win eighth straight

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Matt Olson scored from second base on a fielding error by Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Oakland Athletics past the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.

Sean Murphy hit a tying home run in the eighth as the A’s swept the four-game series.

Olson hit a one-out double off Gregory Soto (1-0) when Tigers center fielder Victor Reyes lost a high fly ball in the sun. After Matt Chapman struck out looking, Murphy walked before pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a sharp grounder that rolled under Candelario’s glove into left field.

Ramon Laureano had an RBI triple for the A’s.

Harold Castro had three hits for the Tigers, including a two-run single in the sixth that snapped Detroit’s 23-inning scoreless streak,

Lou Trivino (1-0) retired three batters for the win.


Both starters pitched effectively but left with no-decisions.

Detroit’s Boyd gave up four hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Murphy’s home run was the first off Boyd this season after the lefty allowed an AL-leading 15 in the shortened 2020 season.

A’s starter Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high eight in six innings and allowed five hits and two runs.

MLB NEWS: Bumgarner back on track as Arizona beats Washington 5-2

WASHINGTON (AP) Madison Bumgarner had his best outing of the season, allowing a run over five innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Washington 5-2 Sunday after Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg was a late scratch.

Bumgarner (1-2) gave up just two hits and dropped his ERA from 11.20 to 8.68 through four starts. He struck out five and walked one, helping Arizona split the four-game series.

“We’re super excited for him,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Bumgarner – who played on three World Series champion teams during his 11 seasons in San Francisco and earned 2014 World Series MVP – had given up at least five earned runs in each of his first three starts in his second season in Arizona.

“He’s a tough man,” Lovullo said. “He put San Fran on his shoulders for several years and that’s his expectation.”

Strasburg – also a World Series MVP, in 2019 – was placed on the 10-day injured list before first pitch with right shoulder inflammation. Strasburg felt discomfort after a bullpen session during the week, and later an MRI later revealed inflammation. Manager Dave Martinez said there was no timetable for his return.

Josh Rojas hit his first career leadoff homer, connecting against Nationals last-minute starter Paulo Espino. The 34-year-old Espino made his fourth career start in the majors and second with Washington.

Espino (0-1) pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and five hits while striking out three and giving up a walk. Two of those five hits were solo home runs – Carson Kelly led off the fourth with a shot to left field.

Trea Turner hit two solo homers, one to left field in the third off Bumgarner and his second of the game to center in the eighth off Taylor Clarke. It was Turner’s sixth multi-home run game and first since Sept. 20, 2019 at Miami. Turner has four homers this season. Washington dropped to 5-8.

Pavin Smith had an RBI double in the seventh as Arizona won for the second time in six games to improve to 6-10.

Stefan Crichton earned his first save of the season.

MLB NEWS: Nola pitches 1st 9-inning shutout, Phillies beat Cards 2-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola laughed when he said he was ready to fight if Phillies manager Joe Girardi didn’t let him start the ninth inning.

No rumble needed.

“I knew he had never had a nine-inning shutout and that was important to him and that’s why I let him go,” Girardi said.

Nola struck out 10 and threw a two-hitter for his first nine-inning shutout in the majors, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Bryce Harper homered and had three hits for the Phillies.

Nola threw a pair of doubleheader-shortened complete games last season, including a shutout. But he never pitched into the ninth inning over his first 142 career starts.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins tossed Nola the ball and saluted the righty after the final out. Nola (1-1) threw 109 pitches and did little more than give a small fist bump when he completed the milestone.

Nola pitched like the ace the Phillies need if they want to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Nola allowed only two singles and retired 13 straight going into the eighth. He did not walk a batter.

Nolan needed to become a stopper — and he came up big a day after the Cardinals’ 9-4 win, shutting down for a day the critics that say he’s not a true ace in a division loaded with stars like Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

“For sure I hear it and, no it doesn’t bother me,” Nola said.

He took no-decisions in his first two starts and lost his last outing, when he needed 92 pitches to get through five innings against the New York Mets. Nola had a nine-pitch first on Sunday, and struck out two in the second, setting the tone for one of the more dominant starts of his career.

Harper sat out Saturday’s loss after waking up with tightness in his lower back. The Phillies’ star outfielder looked fine when he crushed his third homer of the year into the second deck in right. His 111.8 mph shot off righty John Gant (0-1) went 425 feet.

Harper came in batting .238 – yet ranked a solid 11th with a .994 OPS. He also walked and doubled off Gant, and Harper singled off reliever Giovanny Gallegos in the seventh.

Because of the balky back, Harper said he might need a game or two a month off the rest of the year to protect his health for the long haul and would be “smarter and more cautious off the field.”

“September, October, absolutely, I’m going to go out there and do my job to win games,” Harper said.

Gant struck out five and walked five in five innings. Alec Bohm touched him for a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.

Nola has long been considered Philadelphia’s ace, often by success like his 17-win season in 2018. Sometimes by default, when he won 17 games combined over the last two seasons at the top of an underwhelming staff. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft and quickly reached the majors the following year.

“I think of you look at his numbers every year, it says ace,” Girardi said.

Yadier Molina led off the second with a single and that was the Cardinals’ only hit until Paul DeJong singled to open the eighth. Nola struck out Austin Dean to end the eighth and earned a rousing ovation from 10,876 fans at Citizens Bank Park. It was Nola’s 10th strikeout, his 17th career double-digit game.

The Cardinals fell to 7-8 with a team batting average of .221.

“It’s not, `Kumbaya, everything’s OK.’ That’s not it,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.

MLB NEWS: Rays finish Bronx sweep, last-place Yanks lose 5th straight

NEW YORK (AP) Gerrit Cole shook his head, disgusted. Aaron Hicks put hands on hips and bowed his head. By the end of the afternoon, pretty much all of the New York Yankees were appalled, along with their loudly booing fans.

Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a tiebreaking double off Cole in the seventh inning that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 win Sunday and a three-game sweep that extended the Yankees’ losing streak to five games. New York fell to an AL-worst 5-10, its poorest start since 1997.

“I’m frustrated, personally frustrated,” said AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu, who concluded the Yankees were “tight and pressing.”

“No one’s going to feel sorry for us,” he said. “No one’s going to throw softer or throw easier for us. We’ve got to find it within ourselves to to continue to get better and play the way we’re capable of.”

Opener Andrew Kittredge, Ryan Yarbrough (1-2), Diego Castillo and Jeffrey Springs (first big league save) combined on the Rays’ second three-hitter of a series in which New York managed 11 hits in all. Tampa Bay outscored the Yankees 17-7, and New York pushed across just three runs other than on homers.

“We got great players in that room,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone insisted. “They do know that at their core, obviously, we’re getting punched in the mouth right now.”

Cole (2-1) was hurt by slipshod defense that made three mistakes in the Rays’ two-run third inning alone, two by Hicks in center and one by Clint Frazier in left. One of the three runs off Cole was unearned, giving the Yankees a major league-high.

Joey Wendle added a ninth-inning homer off Darren O’Day, prompting boos from the crowd of 10,606, who saved their loudest jeers for the final out.

New York has lost five straight for the first time since Sept. 4-8, getting outscored 30-14.

“You have to strap your boots on and wade through the mud a little bit,” Cole said. “If we stay in that mindset and we leave the field every day exhausted, good things are on the horizon, but I don’t have the magic wand. I don’t know when it’s going to turn.”

Aaron Judge struck out three times and is 4 for his last 28, Hicks has 1 hit in his last 15 at-bats, Gleyber Torres 3 in his last 24, and Giancarlo Stanton, despite a second-inning home run, is 3 for his last 26. Frazier is 1 for his last 24 and does not have an RBI in 40 plate appearances this season.

New York’s batting average is down to .210, one point above AL-worst Cleveland.

Boone said his hitters have to guard against “being obsessed with chasing a result, which is hard to do when you get off to a slow start individually. You want to get a hit so bad that that can sometimes work against you.”

Yarbrough allowed one run and two hits in five innings, and the Rays beat the Yankees for the 18th time in 23 meetings, including in last year’s Division Series. Tampa Bay swept a series for the second time in its last three visits to Yankee Stadium after sweeping just two of their previous 51 series of three games or more in the Bronx.

“It’s just not an easy thing to do. It doesn’t happen very often,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “So you’ve got to enjoy it when it does.”

Cole retired 13 in a row before Wendle singled with one out in the seventh. Tsutsugo, his average down to .146, followed by driving a changeup to right-center for an RBI double and a 3-2 lead.

Tampa Bay had gone ahead 2-1 in the third after Mike Zunino’s leadoff single. Hicks got a late break on Kevin Kiermaier’s bloop to short center, then bobbled the ball and lost a chance for a forceout at second. Yandy Diaz followed with an RBI single as Hicks allowed the ball to kick off his glove for an error that let Kiermaier take third.

Frazier heaved the ball past second as Diaz advanced on Manuel Margot’s go-ahead sacrifice fly.

LeMahieu hit a tying single in the fifth, when Yarbrough struck out Judge with two on and two out. Tampa Bay, off to a slow start in the defense of its AL pennant, got back to .500 at 8-8.

“We just wanted to kind of get back on track,” Yarbrough said.

NBA NEWS: Young, Capela power Hawks past Pacers, 129-117

ATLANTA (AP) Trae Young scored 34 points, Clint Capela had 25 points and 24 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 129-117 on Sunday.

Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each chipped in 23 points and Young had 11 assists for the Hawks, who have won eight of 10 and are 17-6 under interim coach Nate McMillan. Atlanta has won nine of 11 at home.

Young loved how the Hawks kept pushing the ball offensively and giving the Pacers fits. Indiana endured long gaps when it didn’t get back in transition quickly enough or let the Hawks have wide-open looks.

“It was tough to do that when guys are knocking down shots and guys are knocking down 3s like they were and Clint doing what he’s doing in the paint,” Young said. “It’s hard to double a guy in a situation like that.”

Malcolm Brogdon finished with 29 points and Domantas Sabonis and T.J. McConnell scored 18 apiece for Indiana, which had won five of seven on the road.

The Hawks, who led by 20 in the first quarter, let the Pacers cut the lead to three in the second but went back up by 10 on Bogdanovic’s 3 with 6:03 to go in the third.

Indiana was far from done, however, and pulled within one on T.J. McConnell’s fast-break layup at the 2:21 mark of the third. Miles Turner’s layup made it 89-88 before Huerter answered with a 3 in the final minute of the period.

Capela’s putback pushed the lead to eight with 9 minutes remaining before Sabonis’ hook shot forced a 105-all tie with 5:09 to go. After Bogdanovic hit a 3 to make it 115-109 at the 3:19 mark, Capela made it an eight-point lead less than a minute later. That essentially ended the game as the Hawks pushed the lead back to double digits in the final minute.

“We just responded,” said McMillan, the former Pacers coach. “We had the lead. Indiana is going to keep coming at you. They put a small lineup in to change the tempo of the game. They were able to do that, and we got a little rattled, but we got our composure back and were able to execute down the stretch.”

The Pacers, who began the day in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, missed their first 10 attempts beyond the arc before Aaron Holiday hit one to cut the lead to 43-35.

The Hawks made it 30-10 on two free throws by Young at the 3:19 mark of the first. They ended the period up 12 points, but Indiana pulled within three on Jeremy Lamb’s layup with 5:07 left in the second.

Atlanta made it 60-50 at the 1:28 mark on Capela’s fast-break layup. Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds at the break and finished with his second 20-20 game this season and 10th of his career.

“At the end of the day we just couldn’t get enough stops,” McConnell said. “We couldn’t get that one stop to put us over the top. They got loose for a couple of 3s and made us pay.”

Young has 17 games with at least 30 points.

NBA NEWS: Knicks rally late, top Pelicans in OT for 6th win in row

NEW YORK (AP) The Knicks’ longest winning streak in seven years was seconds away from ending and the New Orleans Pelicans were told what to do to stop it.

They didn’t follow instructions, and a few minutes later the Knicks were still rolling right along.

Julius Randle had 33 points and 10 assists, Derrick Rose made huge plays all over the court to spark New York’s streak-saving finish and the Knicks beat the Pelicans 122-112 in overtime on Sunday for their sixth consecutive victory.

“I mean I haven’t had this feeling in a long time, let alone be on a winning streak,” Rose said. “So I’m grateful to be in this situation.”

Rose scored 23 points. He had the assist on Reggie Bullock’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in regulation, blocked a last shot by the Pelicans that would’ve won it and then opened overtime with a steal and layup to give New York the lead for good.

Most of that wouldn’t have been possible if the Pelicans had first listened to Stan Van Gundy’s plan to foul intentionally with a three-point lead, or if once they didn’t, Lonzo Ball hadn’t cheated off Bullock to help on a driving Rose when a layup wouldn’t have hurt.

“We deserved to lose. When you do that, you deserve to lose,” Van Gundy said.

“I don’t care if you’re a senior in high school, you can execute what we were supposed to be doing with 7.8 seconds to go. So no excuse whatsoever.”

The Knicks controlled the extra period from there to extend their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in 2013-14. New York (31-27) entered play sixth in the Eastern Conference, in good shape for its first playoff berth since winning the Atlantic Division in 2013.

“We didn’t play great in the second half, but we found a way to win the game,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Zion Williamson had 34 points and nine rebounds in his first career game at Madison Square Garden, but the Knicks beat the Pelicans for the second time this week.

Eric Bledsoe scored 20 of his 22 points after halftime for the Pelicans, who came back from a 13-point halftime deficit and seemingly had the game under control late in the fourth quarter.



When Alex Palou sits back and soaks in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst, he can take special satisfaction in knowing he took his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory the old-school way.

He earned it.

Palou held off legends Will Power and Scott Dixon – who have seven series titles and two Indianapolis 500 victories between them – to win Sunday afternoon at Barber Motorsports Park in his debut with reigning series champion Chip Ganassi Racing. Palou held off a charging Power by .4016 of a second – the closest margin of victory in the history of this race – to take the checkered flag in his No. 10 SEGI.TV Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

“We did it!” Palou said. “It’s amazing. All of the team did an amazing job. We had the best cars. We’re starting strong, and we’ll keep it strong.”

Six-time and reigning series champion Dixon helped Chip Ganassi Racing take two of the three podium positions by finishing third in his No. 9 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Honda, 2.9881 seconds behind his winning teammate.

NTT P1 Award winner and pole sitter Pato O’Ward finished fourth in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, 3.9741 seconds behind Palou as a fascinating duel between series legends and young stars unfolded over the closing laps on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile circuit.

Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five after starting 16th in the No. 14 ROKiT AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

The race, held under sunny skies and before a capacity-allowed crowd of 20,000, developed into a clash of strategies for the first 70 laps. Palou, Power, Dixon and Marcus Ericsson were among the leading lights who opted for a two-stop strategy, while O’Ward, Bourdais and Graham Rahal were among the contenders who chose a three-stop strategy.

Two stops became the golden ticket, as Palou, Power and Dixon ended up on the podium. But once each of the contenders had made their final stops, regardless of strategy, the race became a contest of brilliant driving and deft usage of Push-to-Pass, not a game of clever fuel mileage calculations on the pit box.

It was the best of both worlds of INDYCAR.

Power scorched the track with fast in and out laps around his last pit stop in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet. Palou led Power by 5.1284 seconds when the Spaniard made his final stop on Lap 60. Power made his final stop on Lap 62 and had trimmed the margin to Palou to 2.3901 seconds on Lap 68, one circuit after Palou took the lead for good when O’Ward made his final stop.

Over the closing laps, Power began to nibble at Palou’s lead through pace and more available Push-to-Pass in his No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet.

The gap evaporated to 1.8038 seconds on Lap 83 of 90, with Power having nearly twice the Push-to-Pass seconds in his firesuit pocket as Palou. The Spaniard had the further complication of dealing with the turbulence from the rear wing of the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet of Conor Daly, who was just ahead of him and racing to stay on the lead lap.

Power closed to within 1.1160 seconds with two laps to go, but Palou padded that margin to 1.8311 seconds at the white flag and staved off everything Power had over the final lap for victory.

“I made one little mistake in (Turn) 9, but with the amount of Push-to-Pass I had left, it could have been pretty good,” Power said. “We had to save some fuel, but I had enough to use Push-to-Pass the last two laps.

“It just blew my mind how fast Alex was in that first stint. I had absolutely nothing for him. He just pulled away, so I figured he was on a three-stop race. I was getting the best lap time I could for the fuel number.”

Said Palou: “It was one of those days when everything went well. We had good fuel mileage, good tire management and good pace.”

Palou’s early fast pace after starting third helped him build a lead of 6.6 seconds shortly before his first pit stop on Lap 31 and a gap of 8.4 seconds on Lap 49. His average speed was 110.025 mph in a rapid race that featured 10 lead changes and just two caution periods for eight laps.

One of those cautions occurred on the first lap.

Chaos unfolded when two-time series champion and three-time Barber winner Josef Newgarden got loose exiting Turn 5 in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, touched the dirt just outside the racing surface and spun. He collected Andretti Autosport teammates Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay, Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP and Max Chilton of Carlin in the melee.

All the drivers involved in the incident were unhurt, but Newgarden and Hunter-Reay were eliminated.

“I got loose coming over the hill,” Newgarden said. “I thought I had the car and touched the grass, and I think once I touched the grass, it pitched me sideways. I feel really bad for anyone that got involved in that. Obviously, my mess created a bigger mess.”

The second caution came on Lap 10 when seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson spun in the No. 48 Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Johnson recovered to finish 19th in his eagerly anticipated NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut.

Fellow rookie Romain Grosjean finished 10th in his series debut in the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda, while rookie Scott McLaughlin placed 14th in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet.

The next event is the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 25 (live coverage starts at noon ET on NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network). The first practice starts at 4:15 p.m. (ET) Friday, April 23 (live on Peacock).




Parsons committed to Penn State in the spring of 2016, decommitted for a while, then recommitted. He was ranked as a top-10 recruit nationally, winning the American Family Insurance National Defensive Player of the Year award as a senior. He also finished as a finalist for the Pennsylvania Mr. Football Class 4A-6A award (17.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 1,239 rushing yards). It did not take long for the Harrisburg product to make an impact for the Nittany Lions, as he led the team in tackles (83, five for loss, with 1.5 sacks) and was named a Freshman All-American despite starting only one of 13 games played in 2018. Parsons led the team in tackles (109, 14 for loss, with five sacks, five pass breakups) and tied for fourth in the FBS with four forced fumbles as a sophomore, garnering first-team Associated Press All-American honors for his play in 13 games (12 starts). He was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection, as well, and the conference’s Linebacker of the Year. Parsons opted out of the 2020 season, citing concerns about COVID-19.


Performance-grade inside/outside linebacker prospect possessing an NFL-ready frame and explosive speed that could make him a highly productive talent at the next level. He’s most impactful when he’s kept clean and allowed to run and chase the action, but carries no physical limitations into the pros. His instincts and play recognition need to catch up with his physical gifts in order to play downhill and find the most efficient routes to the football. His rush talent is a potential wild card in how teams decide to use him, but he’s likely to show rapid improvement and should be a Day 1 starter.


  • Jarring production jump from freshman to sophomore season.
  • Sleek, well-defined frame with powerful lower half.
  • Praised inside program for highly competitive nature.
  • Elite range with burst/speed rarely seen at linebacker.
  • Has foot quickness and change of direction of a running back.
  • Can overcome mental mistakes with explosive athleticism.
  • Size and strength to free himself from blocks.
  • Twitch for lateral gap-to-gap peek-a-boo looking for ball-carrier.
  • Wrap-up tackler with limited broken tackles on his bill.
  • Talented hunter when blitz is dialed up.
  • Able to bend and flatten to quarterback as edge rusher.
  • Wiggle for efficient pathways past A-gap protection.
  • Gains instant depth dropping into coverage.
  • Athletic talent to handle man coverage duties.


  • Needs to prove ability to find solo tackles.
  • Lack of experience and patience shows in early diagnosis.
  • Runs himself out of position with unnecessary early charges.
  • Quick to run rather than scrape with square pads.
  • Has issues battling downhill rushing attacks coming right at him.
  • Loses gap leverage side-stepping lead blocks.
  • Takes on blocks with shoulder over punch and separation.
  • Needs to run feet through the strike as tackler.
  • Stiff hands missed out on easy interceptions.




Waddle was a top-40 overall recruit out of Episcopal High School in Houston before making plays for the Tide. He was a strong contributor on offense (45 receptions, 848 yards, 18.8 average, seven touchdowns) and special teams (16 punt returns, 233 yards, 14.6 average, one TD) as a freshman in 2018, starting three of 15 games played. Waddle was part of one of the best receiving corps in college football history in 2019. He only started three of 13 games played (33 receptions, 560 yards, 17.0 average, six TDs) because he was playing behind two first-round picks in Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, as well as 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. Waddle earned 2019 second-team Associated Press All-American and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year honors by leading the FBS in punt return average (20 returns, 487 yards, 24.4 average, one TD) and also scoring once on a kick return (five returns, 175 yards, 35.0 average). His junior season started off with a bang (28 receptions, 591 yards, 21.2 average, four TDs; four kick returns, 39 yards, 9.8 average; two punt returns, 13 yards, 6.5 average), but a broken ankle suffered while returning a kickoff against Tennessee cost him six games. The second-team All-SEC kick returner suited up for the national title game, limping at times as he contributed (three receptions, 34 yards, 11.3 average) to the team’s win over Ohio State.


Thrilling, game-breaking talent who will come into the league as one of the fastest receivers to ever play the game. His whereabouts pre-snap and post-snap must be accounted for at all times. Despite his size, he’s a legitimate outside option, thanks to his ability to not only take the top off the defense, but also go up and win 50-50 throws. Waddle’s adept at working all three levels, so it will be tough for defenses to predict how offenses will utilize him, as he has the potential to post a higher catch volume in the right offense. Waddle can instantly upgrade a team’s scoring potential, whether it’s with the deep ball, the catch-and-run or as a return man.


  • Cheat-code speed to terrify a defense.
  • Eleven of 20 career touchdowns went for 50-plus yards.
  • Toys with coverage by altering route speed frequently.
  • Impossible to stick with on crossing routes.
  • Agile hips to snap off crisp breaks.
  • Sells the double moves.
  • Impressive fluidity to maintain speed through transitions.
  • Lower-body strength helps to battle against route bullies.
  • Specializes in accessible routes on all three levels.
  • Early to find and adjust to the deep ball.
  • Runs through the throw rather than reaching and slowing prematurely.
  • Obliterates would-be tackle angles with the ball in his hands.
  • Glides, leaps and snares the ball in mid-air.
  • Puts up a good fight as a blocker.
  • 19.3-yard career punt return average with two touchdowns.


  • Coming off ankle injury.
  • Never really tested by coverage in 2020.
  • Will default to body catches on occasion.
  • Had drops when ball was on top of him quickly out of breaks.
  • Hasn’t faced too much press.

PGA: Cink-cess! 47-year-old Cink wins 3rd RBC Heritage title

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) The golf was exceptional for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title truly special was that his family was there to experience his age-defying success.

Cink hugged son Reagan, his caddie, after he closed out his four-shot victory at Harbour Town with a stress-free par on the lighthouse-framed 18th hole. Wife Lisa, their other son, Connor, and his fiancee, Jess Baker, were in the gallery cheering Cink’s second win this season.

“To have a posse like that waiting at the end to celebrate with,” Cink said, “it’s just an experience you don’t get to have in your life that often.”

Maybe the Cink family has more such joyous moments ahead with Stewart’s resurgence on the PGA Tour.

He shot a steady, stress-free 70 to cap off a dominant, record-breaking week at an age – 47 – when many players are looking ahead to the PGA Tour Champions.

Instead, it was Cink finishing four better than Emiliano Grillo and Harold Varner III. Grillo shot a 68 while Varner, who had the highest finish of his career, fired a 66.

The 30-year-old Varner took found plenty of encouragement in the man who beat him.

“He’s old and he’s kicking everyone’s (butt),” Varner said. “Yeah, it inspires me. It inspires me to know that I can play golf for a long time.”

The Cinks had their arms around each other to celebrate.

“I don’t even know if I have the words,” Stewart Cink said.

He won for the second time this season – only he and Bryson DeChambeau have done that. He broke an 11-year winless drought in the season’s first tournament, the Safeway Open back in September.

That one seemed to come out of nowhere. But Cink backed it up with four more top-20 finishes, including a tie for 12th last week at the Masters.

He won $1.278 million, nearly as much as the $1.404 million for his two previous victories at Harbour Town combined.

The second win comes with a major perk – Cink earned an exemption into the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in June. It will be the first U.S. Open since 2017 for the former British Open champion.

Cink became the fourth player to win twice in the same PGA Tour season after turning 47. Sam Snead, Julius Boros and Kenny Perry, who accomplished it twice, are the others.

Cink put on show for the ages by shooting 16-under 126 in the first two rounds – shattering the lowest 36-hole score at Harbour Town of 13-under 129 shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson. Cink added a 69 on Saturday to reach 18 under, two better than Justin Leonard’s 54-hole score in 2002.

Cink carried a five-shot lead into the final round and dared all chasers to come get him. Nobody made a run at Cink, who led by at least three shots throughout.

PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa, paired with Cink, opened with a birdie. But bogeys on the second and fourth holes took Morikawa out of the mix.

Maverick McNealy had five birdies on the front nine to climb to 14-under, four back of Cink, in the middle of the round. Consecutive bogeys on the 11th and 12th ended McNealy’s surge.

Grillo and Varner came the closest at 15-under and were just three back until Cink’s final birdie at the par-3 17th, which made it all but certain he would add another plaid winner’s jacket to the ones he won in 2000 and 2004.

Cink had made 17 birdies and two eagles the first three rounds. He had only two birdies Sunday, but that was more than enough to claim his eighth career victory.

Cink anticipated a dogfight. Instead, he said he fought the course, rather than the field, for most of the day. After his strong play at Augusta National, he was full of confidence.

“I really felt I had the kind of stuff that was going to be very hard to beat,” he said.

He was downright impossible to chase down after his blazing hot start on Thursday and Friday.

“What’s so amazing is this kind of rebirth that Stewart is experiencing at such an older age,” Lisa Cink said. “I’m just in awe of how well he’s playing at this time in his career.”

McNealy (67), Corey Conners (68) and Matt Fitzpatrick (68) tied for fourth at 13-under. Morikawa slipped to seventh after a 72, tied with Chris Kirk (67) at 12-under.

Top-ranked Dustin Johnson closed with his best round of the tournament at 66 to finish tied for 13th at 10-under. Johnson was the November Masters champ, yet missed the cut there last week and was never in contention at Harbour Town.

“I just feel like I made way too many mistakes,” he said. “Around here, you make mistakes, they penalize you pretty big.”

LPGA: Ko wins Lotte Championship with tournament-record 28-under

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) Lydia Ko is golfing like she is a kid again. In other words, she’s tough to beat.

No one came close at this week’s Lotte Championship. Ko torched Kapolei Golf Club and tournament records in the process. A final-round 65 Saturday left her at 28-under 260 and seven shots ahead of everybody.

It brought back vivid memories of the teenager from New Zealand who became the youngest golfer – female or male – to rise to No. 1 the world in 2015. She is the LPGA’s youngest-ever winner, major winner, Rookie and Player of the Year.

Ko, who turns 24 next Saturday, won 14 times in her first 81 starts, including twice as an amateur in 2012 and ’13. But she had only won once since – three years ago – until Saturday.

“When it doesn’t happen you do doubt,” Ko said. “If I said I didn’t doubt myself at all it would be a lie. I wondered if I’d ever be back in the winner’s circle, but obviously I’m grateful for all that’s happened in my career so far.

“It’s been a fun week in Hawaii and to be back in this position is obviously super cool.”

Ko came up three strokes shy of the LPGA record of 31 under. That was set by Sei Young Kim, who finished tied with Inbee Park, 22-year-old Nelly Korda and Irish rookie Leona Maguire at 267.

Park and Kim, both from South Korea, are ranked 2-3 in the world and Korda is fourth. Kim beat Park in a Lotte playoff six years ago, while Maguire was in the midst of a brilliant college career at Duke.

Park, who vacationed in Hawaii as a child, now has five Top-Five finishes at Lotte, but no wins. With her 63, she shared low-round honors Saturday with Jenny Shin.

Shin tied for sixth another two shots back with Wei-Ling Hsu, Sarah Schmelzel, reigning U.S. Women’s Open champ A Lim Kim and 19-year-old Yuka Saso, making her sixth LPGA start.

Saso led after two rounds. Ko and Korda surged ahead Friday, with Ko’s 21 under score after 54 holes a shot better than Lotte’s 72-hole tournament record. That was set at Ko Olina Golf Club, which hosted Lotte its first eight years.

It wasn’t a huge surprise. In Ko’s last round two weeks ago she closed the ANA Inspiration, the year’s first major, with a 62. In her last 100 holes she has just one bogey.

Korda struggled early and when Ko missed a long birdie putt at No. 8 she was three shots ahead. That flipped a switch.

She birdied the next four holes and six of her last 10. She was flawless, again. Low rounds were common this week, but no one came close to catching Ko, who tried to “keep it simple” and admitted she was inspired by Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth’s recent wins.

“I think I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and I know there were expectations,” Ko acknowledged. “I slept great last night. I just said, `Hey, my fate is already chosen.’ I’m just going to play the best golf I can today. I hung in there.”

Ko’s $300,000 first prize pushes her over $11.5 million for her career.

“I think it’s a great on her,” Park said. “She definitely had her really good times and she really definitely struggled in the middle there, and to come back strong like this is great to see.”

Canada’s Brooke Henderson, who won the last two Lotte championships, finished in a tie for 27th.


INDIANA BASEBALL: Hoosiers Earn Series Win with 4-0 Victory at Northwestern on Sunday


EVANSTON, Ill. – The Indiana University baseball team clinched the series win at Northwestern with a 4-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park in Evanston, Ill.

With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 15-8 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Wildcats fall to 12-12 on the year and in league action.


• RHP Gabe Bierman (2-2) earned the win for the Hoosiers, tossing 7.2 shutout innings while striking out six. The righty allowed just two hits and issued one walk on the afternoon.

• Bierman was terrific on Sunday, retiring 14-straight Wildcats at one point before allowing his first hit to lead off the sixth inning.

• After driving in a pair of runs on Saturday, DH Tyler Van Pelt was back at it on Sunday in the second inning, plating the game’s first run. With runners on the corners and one out, Van Pelt earned an RBI with a fielder’s choice to the shortstop.

• In the top of the fourth, OF Morgan Colopy demolished the baseball, clearing the fence in left-center field for a two-run home run. The freshman’s third homer of the season pushed the IU lead to 3-0.

• INF Cole Barr made the Hoosier lead 4-0 with a sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the eighth.


• The shutout is the third this season for the Hoosiers.

• The game also marked the fifth time this year that Indiana limited opponents to two hits or less.

• LHP Ty Bothwell made the most of his appearance, striking out the lone batter he faced to get the Hoosiers out of runners on the corners jam in the eighth inning.

• RHP Matt Litwicki pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.

• OF Grant Richardson had a pair of hits for IU and also scored a run.


• Indiana will return home to Bloomington, Ind. to host Minnesota in a three-game, Big Ten series at Bart Kaufman Stadium on April 23-25.

INDIANA SOFTBALL: Hoosiers Shutout Buckeyes in Series Finale


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Before the game Gabbi Jenkins was honored for breaking the career stolen base record, then went 3-for-3 and added two stolen bases to help the Hoosiers to a 3-0 win against Ohio State on Sunday at Andy Mohr Field. 


•  The Hoosiers struck first in the bottom of the third inning. Taylor Lambert walked, then Jenkins singled to right center, advancing Lambert to third. Grayson Radcliffe hit a sacrifice fly to score Lambert. Bella Norton came on to pinch hit and singles to score Jenkins.

• In the top of the fourth inning Emily Goodin got out of a situation where Ohio State has runners on second and third with one out.

• In the bottom half of the sixth inning the Hoosiers added a third run. Lambert hit into a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a walk from Jenkins. Radcliffe then reached on an error by Ohio State and Lambert scored.

• Goodin ended the game for the Hoosiers with back-to-back strikeouts.  


• Indiana improves to 14-14 on the season. Ohio State drops to 14-13 on the season.

• The Hoosiers shutout Ohio State for the second time in the series. Over the four games Indiana outscored Ohio State 24-11.

• Emily Goodin pitched seven innings to get the complete game shutout and struck out six Buckeyes for the game. Goodin improved to 9-10 on the season.

• For the series Goodin recorded an era of 0.84 in 21.1 innings pitched with 22 strikeouts.

• Gabbi Jenkins added to stolen bases to her total and now has 93 for her career and leads the Big Ten with 21 stolen bags on the season.

• Jenkins went 10-14 and hit .714 for the series with six RBI and four extra base hits.

• Grayson Radcliffe hit .600 for the series with six hits and six RBI.

• Grace Lorsung hit a three-run home run in the third game of the series to tie it 9-9 and recorded 20 putouts at catcher and first base for the Hoosiers. Lorsung had four hits and four RBI for the series.

• The Hoosiers win their second straight series, taking three of four games for the second straight weekend.


• Indiana will travel to Champaign, Illinois for a series against Illinois, April 23-25. 

IU WOMEN’S GOLF: IU Saves the Best Round for Last as Play Wraps in the Indiana Invitational


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Golf put together its best round of the weekend on the final day of the Indiana Invitational at The Pfau Course, besting its previous rounds’ scores by nine strokes. Sunday’s play was highlighted by senior Mary Parsons, who carded a 1-under-par 71.


April 17-18

The Pfau Course • Bloomington, Ind.

Par 72 • 6,254 yards

Live scoring via Golfstat


• Part of the field finished the second round in the morning before moving into the final round. The teams began on split tees, with the Hoosiers all going off of No. 1.

• The tournament marked the final regular season event of the year for the Hoosiers. It was also the first ever competitive event for Indiana at The Pfau Course.

• Sophomore Valerie Clancy earned the best finish for a Hoosier as she tied for 38th. She carded her best round of the event on Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73. Clancy was especially strong on the front nine as she made the turn at 2-under.

• Senior Mary Parsons turned in the best round of any Hoosier this weekend as she fired a 1-under-par 71, moving up 18 spots to finish in tied for 42nd place. Parsons parred or birdied every hole but one and shot a 34 on the front nine.

• Senior Angela Aung tied for 74th place as she matched her second-round score of 78. Aung was even through the front nine before running into some trouble on the back nine.

• Sophomore Hanna Tanaka carded an 83 and was in 91st place. Her round was highlighted by a birdie on No. 11

• Freshman Morgan Dabagia recorded her best round of the weekend on Sunday, improving by five strokes from her previous best. She finished in 96th place.

• Sophomore Maddie Dittoe shot an 85 in the final round and ended in 97th place while junior Arushi Singh, competing as an individual, shot a 92.


Pos.       Name                    R1           R2           R3           Totals (to par)

T38         Valerie Clancy    75           78           73           226 (+10)

T42         Mary Parsons    77           79           71           227 (+11)

T74         Angela Aung       79           78           78           235 (+19)

91           Hanna Tanaka    82           78           83           243 (+27)

96           Morgan Dabagia85           86           80           251 (+35)

97           Maddie Dittoe   82           89           85           256 (+40)

98           Arushi Singh (IND)79       86           92           257 (+41)


Indiana heads to Maineville, Ohio next weekend for the Big Ten Championship at TPC River’s Bend. The event tees off on Friday.


PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: No. 7 Purdue Advances to the Regional Finals


OMAHA, NEB. – The No. 7 seeded Purdue volleyball team (16-6, 14-6 Big Ten) secured its first Regional Final appearance since 2013 with the four-set thriller versus No. 10 seeded Oregon (25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 26-24).

The victory marks the fourth Regional Final appearance in program history (2021, 2013, 2010 and 1982). In the win, Purdue recorded the most decisive set wins in the round of 16 since 2010 when Purdue took down No. 1 Florida 25-19 in the second set on its way to victory.

Three Boilermakers recorded double-digit kills in the outing: Caitlyn Newton (17 kills, 9 errors, 63 attempts), Grace Cleveland (15 kills, 2 errors, 37 attempts) and Jael Johnson (10 kills, 1 error, 19 attempts). Fueling the Boilermakers to match point was Cleveland, who produced five of the team’s final eight points in the fourth set to secure the victory.

Meanwhile, setter Hayley Bush recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 50 assists and 21 digs in the four setter.

Defensively, freshman middle blocker Taylor Trammell was just one shy of Purdue’s NCAA tournament record with her eight block assists, meanwhile Bush led the team in digs (21).

As a team, the Boilermakers hit a .245 hitting clip, while holding the Ducks to just .120 on the day.

Additionally, with Oregon’s No. 16 AVCA national ranking, Purdue moves to a 6-5 record against top-25 opponents this season, including 6-1 in the last seven matchups.

Up Next

No. 7 Purdue will face No. 2 Kentucky in the Regional Finals tomorrow, April 19 at approximately 9 p.m. ET (or 45 minutes following the conclusion of the match prior) on ESPN2. The Boilermakers are looking to make its first NCAA Semifinals appearance in program history.

Set One | 25-17

The Boilermakers took an early 9-2 lead after recording a .500 team attack % and holding the Ducks to a negative mark to start the match. Oregon fought back to an 18-14 deficit before Newton produced a key kill, coming from the back row to put Purdue up 19-14, giving Purdue the go-ahead to finish out the set.

Set Two | 25-16

Despite Purdue trailing 5-6, the Boilermakers went on a 9-1 run to take the 13-7 advantage, in which Johnson contributed four of the points (two block assists, one kill, one ace). Purdue doubled the number of kills compared to Oregon in the set (14-7), with five courtesy of Newton. Leading the way on the block was Trammell, who assisted on three of the team’s five in the set.

Set Three | 22-25

The set saw 13 tied scores and five lead changes. After knotting the score from 12- to 17-all, Oregon took the lead 18-17, an advantage it maintained for the remainder of the set, despite Purdue’s three straight points to cut the lead, 24-22.

Set Four | 26-24

After forfeiting its lead (4-3), the Boilermakers trailed, but remained in striking distance until the close of the set, where the comeback, fueled by Cleveland, secured the victory for Purdue. The junior registered five kills in the final eight points, including match point. With Purdue trailing 17-19, Newton registered a kill before Cleveland evened the match 19-19. After Oregon went up 21-19, Purdue took four straight points, including three by Cleveland. The junior notched the match point to advance Purdue to the Regional Finals.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Two Players Post Top 10 Finishes at Indiana Invitational


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomores Sifat Sagoo and Kan Bunnabodee finished in a tie for sixth and eighth, respectively, in the individual standings as the women’s golf team rallied to place eighth at the Indiana Invitational on Sunday.

Sagoo carded an even-par 216 three-round total (75+70+71), including a pair of below par rounds to complete the previously suspended second 18 and final round Sunday. She posted eight birdies over the final 24 holes to record her first top 10 finish of the season and the third of her career.

Bunnabodee shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to close with a 54-hole total of 1-over 217 (74+73+70). After eagling the par-5 first hole in the second round Saturday, she repeated the feat Sunday on the par-5 12th. Her score over the three rounds marked her first top 10 finish of the year and the second of her career.

The Pfau Course played extremely difficult, as No. 17 Kent State was the only team able to play below par for the weekend. The Golden Flashes finished with an 8-under 856 to take the championship. Michigan’s Ashley Lau, Michigan State’s Valery Plata and Kent’s Emily Price shared titlest honors with a trio of 4-under 212s on the weekend.

The Boilermakers will have a quick turnaround as the Big Ten Championship looms next weekend at TPC River’s Course in Maineville, Ohio. 

2021 Indiana Invitational Final Results

PlayerRound 1Round 2Round 3TotalFinish
Sifat Sagoo75 (+3)70 (-2)71 (-1)212 (E)T6th
Kan Bunnabodee74 (+2)73 (+1)70 (-2)213 (+1)T8th
Ashley Kozlowski80 (+8)76 (+4)75 (+3)231 (+15)T53rd
Thitapa Pakdeesettakul78 (+6)80 (+8)74 (+2)232 (+16)T62nd
Lauren Guiao80 (+8)76 (+4)78 (+6)234 (+18)T69th
Daniela Ballesteros84 (+12)76 (+4)79 (+7)239 (+23T85th

PURDUE SOFTBALL: Home Runs Lead Purdue to Win in Series Finale


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Two home runs in four at-bats over two innings propelled the Purdue softball team to a 6-4 win over Illinois in the series finale on the road Sunday afternoon. Kaitlyn Brannstrom and Rachel Becker drove in four combined runs through the long ball to end the weekend series with a win.

Purdue outhit Illinois 9-8 on the afternoon with six different players picking up a base knock. Becker went 2-for-4, Ryleigh Scott was 2-for-3 with a walk. Brannstrom had a career day with a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI, two runs scored and two extra-base hits.

Pitching dominated the early stages of the game with neither side scoring and only two combined hits over the opening four innings.

Purdue starter Alex Echazarreta was handed a no-decision following four innings of action with a pair of earned runs and four hits against. Illinois hurler Sydney Sickels struck out four, scattered six hits and allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The Boilermakers broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth. Brannstrom roped a leadoff double to right center and later reached third on a sacrifice bunt from Becca Jones. Pinch hitter Kasey Wilhoit drove in the opening run of the game on a sac fly to center field.

Illinois responded in the bottom half of the frame with three runs through a bases-loaded walk, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch to take a 3-1 lead.

Purdue bounced right back in the top of the sixth with two outs. Cora Bassett plated Kiley Goff from second on an RBI double to left center. On the next at-bat, Brannstrom belted a towering three-run homer to dead center to make it 5-3. Becker tacked on another run with a solo shot in the top of the seventh.

Sydney Bates earned the win in relief for Purdue. The righty worked three innings in the circle with four hits and a pair of earned runs against.

Purdue (8-20) – 6, Illinois (18-10) – 4

Winning pitcher: Sydney Bates

Losing pitcher: Tori McQueen (3-4)                       


• Illinois leads the all-time series 32-17.

• Purdue won for the first time when trailing after five innings.

• Becker tallied her 14th multi-hit game of the year.

• Brannstrom recorded her fourth and fifth career extra-base hits.

• Bates’ win was the 34th of her career.

• Purdue’s leadoff hitters were 5-of-7 in the game.


Purdue will hit the road for a four-game series against Michigan State next weekend, starting Friday at 4 p.m.


BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: RV/26 Butler Forces Overtime, No. 10 Georgetown Claims #BIGEASTwsoc Title on Golden Goal


The Butler Bulldogs forced the Georgetown Hoyas to extra minutes in the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship, but ultimately fell by way of Jenna Menta’s golden goal in the 94th minute of play.

The contest was the first women’s soccer tournament title game to extend to overtime since 2008.

How It Happened:

Georgetown wasted no time in the opening minutes of play, as Grace Nguyen scored on a counter attack from Butler’s first play set. Butler buckled down on defense as the Bulldogs offense worked to get an organized look.

The Hoyas would hold the lead through the first 45 minutes of play, despite two late period corner opportunities for Butler. Payton Black had a header attempt off the last corner in the closing minutes of the half, but it just went wide.

Co-Goalkeeper of the Year Stephanie Rodriguez made five incredible saves in the opening period, holding off Georgetown’s attempts at an insurance goal.

The Bulldogs found their stride in the opening minutes of the second period. In the 56th minute, Katie Soderstrom showed off her footwork at the top of the Hoya box and sent the equalizer past two defenders into the near corner of the goal.

The final 35 minutes of play resulted in a stalemate as Rodriguez continued to swat away Georgetown’s advances, making a huge stop off a header from a Hoya corner chance and a diving punch save on a shot in the last seconds of the half.

Time expired on regulation with a score of 1-1 as Butler and Georgetown headed into extra minutes to decide the crown. Georgetown logged a corner kick and a shot on goal in the first three minutes of overtime before Menta, the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, received the ball with open field to work and delivered the golden goal for the Hoyas.

Notable Stats

The contest was the first women’s soccer tournament title game to extend to overtime since 2008.

Butler and Georgetown have gone to extra minutes in the last two meetings between the teams (last in Oct. 2019).

Alana Wood, Morgan Kloosterman and Gretchen Skoglund earned a spot on the 2020 All-Tournament Team

Jenna Menta, Maya Fernandez-Powell, Grace Nguyen, and Julia Leas of Georgetown were also All-Tournament selections.

Menta and Leas were named Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Player, respectively.

Wood and Skoglund each recorded a goal in the 2-1 win over UConn in the semifinals

Rodriguez grabbed eight saves on 22 shots faced in the contest

Soderstrom’s goal was her sixth of the year, moving her to 17 points of the season

Alli Leonard had Butler’s only other on-target attempt

Savich led the team with two shots; Black and Gabby Smith also had looks

Rodriguez, Kloosterman, Aliya Diagne, and Caitlin O’Malley each logged all 94 minutes of play

Offensively, the Hoyas held a 22-6 advantage on shots and a 14-3 edge in corner kicks

Looking Ahead

Butler, currently receiving votes in the United Coaches poll and ranked #14 in RPI, will await 2021 DI women’s soccer championship selection show on Monday, April 19 to see if the Bulldogs will receive an at-large bid the College Cup. Coverage of the selection show will be available live at starting at 1 p.m. ET.

The 2021 DI women’s soccer championship will take place from April 27-May 17 in Cary, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Forty-eight teams will be selected to compete in a single-elimination tournament for this year’s College Cup.

Most Outstanding Offensive Player – Jenna Menta, Georgetown

Most Defensive Offensive Player – Julia Leas, Georgetown

All-Tournament Team

Melina Couzis, UConn

Jada Konte, UConn

Ansley Atkinson, Creighton

Aida Kardovic, Creighton

Morgan Kloosterman, Butler

Alana Wood, Butler

Gretchen Skoglund, Butler

Jenna Menta, Georgetown

Maya Fernandez-Powell, Georgetown

Grace Nguyen, Georgetown

Julia Leas, Georgetown

BUTLER BASEBALL: Xavier Wins Getaway Game over @ButlerUBaseball 16-6


CINCINNATI – Xavier scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure a 16-6 win over Butler on Sunday afternoon. AJ Poynter and Robbie McCargar each homered for the Bulldogs in the seventh inning to highlight the day for BU.

The game got underway with Xavier scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The ‘Dawgs got one run back in the top of the second on an RBI single from Freddie Matos that scored Duncan Hewitt.

The difference in this one came in the fourth inning. BU got a double from Matt McElwain that gave the Bulldogs two runners in scoring position with two outs. Matos broke for home to tie the game on an at-bat with McGrath at the dish. The Xavier third baseman fielded the ball clean, and got the third out of the inning at home with the tag on Matos.

The home team kept their lead intact during the top half of the inning and put the game out of reach in the bottom. Franzoni led off the order with a homer to left and the Musketeers would push forward to score 11 runs off five hits in the inning. BU walked six batters during that stretch and allowed four extra base hits.

Butler’s best inning of baseball came in the seventh inning after a pitching change. Poynter hit a one-out home run down the line in left to open up the scoring. Jacob Margroff then entered the game as a pinch hitter and would get to first base off four balls. BU Head Coach Dave Schrage pinch hit Robbie McCargar after the base on balls and the junior delivered with his team-best fourth home run of the 2021 campaign.

Dan Harwood and Matos would both be involved in the inning for BU with RBI doubles. Each ball found room in left center field. Harwood sent Gray home and he would then come around to score himself off the Matos two-bagger. The 14-6 lead would grow to the 16-6 final with Xavier scoring one run in each the seventh and eighth innings.

Alex Voss got the start on the mound for Butler and would throw two full innings before being replaced on the rubber by Jon Vore. The loss would go to Joe Graziano (0-2), the third BU arm of the game. Butler would send four more student-athletes to the mound before the end of the day. None of those players recorded more than five outs.

Butler’s first BIG EAST home series will feature the Villanova Wildcats playing four games at Bulldog Park. Game one on Friday will get underway at 4 PM. Both the Saturday doubleheader and the finale on Sunday will start at 4 PM.


BALL STATE BASEBALL: Navarro, Peltier Deliver The Shots In 5-2 Cards Win


YPSILANTI, Michigan – Ball State found the clutch hits Sunday afternoon in its 5-2 win over Eastern Michigan. Down 1-0 for several innings, a 2-run single by Noah Navarro and a home run by Ryan Peltier gave the Cards control of the series finale. BSU (21-11) is now tied for first in the league with a 12-4 record.

Navarro went 4-for-4 on the day and stole a base. Adam Tellier had two hits and scored twice.

PIVOTAL PLAYS: With Eastern Michigan holding onto a 1-0 lead, EMU committed an error and walked a batter. Tellier got an infield single, then Navarro hit the go-ahead single on the first pitch to give Ball State a 2-1 lead. Ross Messina added a sac fly moments later and then Peltier delivered a solo shot to make it 4-1. Peltier, who is batting .353 in conference play, said he was looking for one spot on the first pitch. “I got a fastball I could put a good swing on and let if fly,” Peltier said.

O’DONNELL RULES: Trennor O’Donnell got the start and turned in his best outing as a Cardinal. The 6-7 righty pitched into the 6th inning and got the win while allowing just one unearned run. Sam Klein relieved O’Donnell with the bases loaded in the 6th and got out of the jam in a game-changing moment.

RUNNER ON 3RD, DO THE JOB: Messina had two sac flies, hitting the ball in the air with a runner on 3rd base. He leads the team with four sac flies on the year and has a team-best 27 RBIs.

BIG PICTURE UPDATE: Sunday’s win and a Central Michigan loss to Kent State puts CMU and BSU atop the standings at 12-4. Miami’s series with Bowling Green wasn’t played so Miami remains one game back.

UP NEXT: The Cardinals return home next weekend to host Northern Illinois. NIU is 6-10 and currently 9th in the conference standings. There is no general admission to next weekend’s games. Fans can follow @ballstatebb on Twitter or watch online.

BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Completes Series Sweep with Sunday Win at Akron


AKRON, Ohio – – Dominant pitching, and another big inning, helped the Ball State softball team complete its fourth Mid-American Conference series sweep of the season with a 6-0 victory over Akron Sunday afternoon at Lee R. Jackson Softball Field.

It was the Cardinals’ (21-10; 15-0 MAC) 15th straight victory in MAC play, extending the best start to conference play in program history.

The series sweep over the Zips (3-27; 2-14 MAC) sets up a very important MAC doubleheader Tuesday at Miami, as it will be a battle of the league’s two undefeated juggernauts. The Cardinals enter the contest at 15-0 in MAC play, while the RedHawks improved to 16-0 after completing a series sweep of Buffalo this afternoon.

It will be the first of two midweek doubleheaders for the two clubs, as Miami will make the return trip to Muncie on Wednesday, April 28. Right now, it looks like the winner of the series will have the upper hand at claiming the league’s regular season title and berth in the NCAA Tournament as no other MAC program has fewer than five league losses this season.

In Sunday’s win at Akron, sophomore Deborah Jones was perfect in the circle through the first three innings, striking out five of the nine batters she faced. Senior Darcie Huber took over in the bottom of the fourth and looked just as solid, striking out five on her way to picking up her second victory of the series. Junior Tieghan Morio closed the game, throwing the final inning.

Combined, Ball State’s pitchers struck out a season-high 10 batters while allowing just two hits.

On offense, the Cardinals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a one-out solo shot from senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn in the top of the second. Ball State would not stop there, however, scoring three more runs in the inning to give its pitchers all the run support they would need.

Freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy followed the home run with her MAC-leading sixth triple of the season, and came home moments later on a single up the middle by sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn. After H. Wynn stole second and moved to third on a groundout, senior right fielder Haley Dominique drew a walk to put runners at first and third.

Senior catcher Stacy Payton took advantage, doubling down the left field line to push Ball State’s lead to 3-0. A wild pitch followed, allowing Dominique to score from third and make the score 4-0.

Ball State extended the lead to 5-0 courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Janae Hogg in the top of the sixth inning. The final run came courtesy of redshirt sophomore Jazmyne Armendariz’s first career home run with two outs in the top of the seventh.

Overall, the Cardinals pounded out 11 hits in the game, led by two each from junior second baseman Amaia Daniel, Dominique and Payton. Five different players logged RBIs for Ball State, while six different players scored a run.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S TRACK: School Record Relay Highlights


NASHVILLE, Tennessee – It was another record-setting day at the track this weekend as Ball State’s 4x100m relay team recorded a school record time of 45.14 at Vanderbilt. The previous school record mark of 45.20 was set in 2019.

The team of Kennedy Batts, Bryeana Byrdsong, MaQuila Norman and Michelle Lehmann broke the school record and won the event by a fraction of a second over a fast Murray State relay team. Lehmann (11.88) and Byrdsong (11.90) were at the top of the 100m charts as well, both placing in the top four. In 200m, it was Norman (24.26) and Byrdsong (24.30) placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Elka Machan was the top finisher int he 5000m at 16:52.22, two seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher. That time is now 5th-fastest on the conference 5K list.

Alexis Thigpen, currently 6th on the conference charts in the 400m, clocked a 400m of 56.37 at Vanderbilt to place 3rd. Kylee Mastin (2:13.52) and Kayla Jones (2:13.70) competed in the 800m, and Mastin’s time got her in the 10th spot on the conference 800m list. Jones has a 2:13.49 time from last month that ranks her 9th in the conference. Anasja Troutman (14.03) and Batts (14.06) were each in the top five in the 100m hurdles.

The 4×400 relay team also put up a good time, running 3:44.11 to place second in the event. The 3:44.11 time is 3rd in the conference.

Jenelle Rogers high jumped a height of 5’7.25″ to place 2nd of 14 jumpers and she also placed 2nd in the triple jump (38’4″). Abby Denham, a school record performer in javelin earlier this season, tossed136’2″ to place 3rd of 16 throwers.

A meet at Miami next week is the final tuneup before the MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for May 7-8.




NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team had another offensive explosion in a rubber match to defeat NC State 11-2 Sunday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium to clinch another conference series win. The Irish (18-7, 16-7 ACC) are still the only team in the ACC not to drop a conference series this season. Notre Dame has won seven conference series this season, the most in a season since 2006.

“Proud of our guys today,” said head coach Link Jarrett. “To watch them rebound the way they did after Saturday’s performance was impressive. Top to bottom, all the way through the lineup and all around the diamond, there were a few things we could have done better but all in all it was an impressive performance and NC State is a good team.”

The offense got started early with three runs in the first inning to jump out in front. Then in the middle innings, the Irish scored in each of the final four innings to increase their lead. The biggest inning was the seventh when they plated four runs to jump into double figures. It is the sixth time the Irish have scored in double digits this year and three of those games were in rubber matches.

On the mound, the Irish used a trio of pitchers that scattered some hits and kept the Wolfpack (16-13, 9-12 ACC) from making a ton of damage on the scoreboard. Aidan Tyrell pitched four innings and allowed just one run. Tanner Kohlhepp picked up the win after two innings of scoreless relief. Joe Sheridan closed the door for the final three innings to earn his third save on the year.


Defense turned to offense in the first inning for the Irish. With the bases loaded for the Wolfpack, Spencer Myers made a play at the wall to get the final out of the inning and get the Irish out of the jam.

In the bottom of the inning, Myers led the inning off with a single and moved to third on a perfectly timed hit and run with Niko Kavadas at the plate. Carter Putz singled through the right side to score Myers for the opening run of the game. Brooks Coetzee added to that tally with a double down the right field line that scored Kavadas and Putz and put the Irish up 3-0 after the opening frame.

The scored stayed 3-0 until NC State broke through in the top of the fifth with a solo shot from Tyler McDonough. The home run chased Irish starter Tyrell and Kohlhepp came on from the bullpen. Kohlhepp got out of the inning without any damage and the Irish ended up getting the run back in the bottom half of the inning.

Myers led the inning off with a double and made it to third with two outs and Putz coming to the plate. Putz laced a 1-1 pitch to the wall in left to easily score Myers and Putz ended at second for a double and his second hit of the game. After five innings, the Irish held a 4-1 lead.

The Irish added on to their lead in the very next inning with a crooked number up on the scoreboard. Coetzee was stealing home on a squeeze play and the ball got away from the catcher allowing him to score easily. Then with two outs in the inning, Zack Prajzner got a hold of a ball and sent it over the wall in left for a solo home run. It was his third homer of the season and the Irish led 6-1 after six.

The Irish broke the game open in the seventh with four runs scored. Cole came home on a throwing error by the catcher and then Brannigan launched a three-run home run over the scoreboard to give the Irish a 10-1 advantage.

Kavadas put the final exclamation mark on the win with his 13th home run of the season in the eighth. He led the inning off with a solo blast to center for the final run of the game.


The Irish won their seventh ACC conference series with the win, the most since they joined the league. It is the most conference series wins in a season since they had 7 back in 2006.

The Irish are still the only team in the ACC to not drop a conference series this season.

Notre Dame improves to 4-0 in rubber matches and are 6-0 coming off a loss.


With Notre Dame’s midweek matchup against Butler getting canceled, the Irish will be back in action on the road as they head to Boston College next weekend. The Irish kick off the series against the Eagles Friday night at 5:30 p.m. ET and the entire series will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.


INDIANA BASEBALL: No. 22 Sycamores Run-Rule Valpo to Claim Four-Game Sweep


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 22 Indiana State baseball earned its fifth-consecutive victory Sunday afternoon at Bob Warn Field as the Sycamores run-ruled Valparaiso, 12-1, in seven innings to claim its second sweep of the season.

Offense was easy to find as the Sycamores (20-8, 7-1 MVC) put up crooked numbers in the first, third and fourth innings while ISU pitching was stout throughout.

Designated hitter Ellison Hanna II led the way at the plate with a 3-for-3 day while driving in a team high four runs. The Nassau, Bahamas native connected on his second home run of the season in the third inning and fell a double short of the cycle. Aaron Beck continued his scorching weekend at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two runs batted in while Max Wright collected his team-leading eighth home run of the year in the fourth.

ISU recorded seven extra-base hits, including four doubles while outhitting Valpo 12-5. The Sycamores also drew five walks while Indiana State arms did not issue a walk.

Tyler Grauer made his second start of the season for the Sycamores, going five complete and striking out six. The lefty allowed just three hits and one run on the day as he improved to 2-1. Cam Edmonson and Javin Drake tossed scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Drake struck out two in the seventh while Edmonson fanned one in the sixth.

The Sycamores opened the game with four runs on three hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Wright put ISU ahead with a sacrifice fly before Brian Fuentes doubled home two runs with a ball to right field. Hanna II recorded a two-out triple to bring in the fourth run of the inning.

ISU sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits, including a two-run home run over the wall in right field from Hanna II. With two outs, Josue Urdaneta singled and Schaffer singled to setup a two-run double from Beck to cap off the frame. Wright’s solo homer in the sixth extended the lead over Valpo to 12-1.

Zach Fricke fell to 0-2 on the mound after giving up nine earned runs in 2.2 innings. Jon Tieman struck out five for the Brown and Gold in 2.1 innings. Brady Renfro led Valpo at the plate with two of the teams five base hits – including a solo home run in the fifth.


The Sycamores will continue Missouri Valley Conference action as the team travels to Dallas Baptist next weekend for a four-game series with the Patriots.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Isabella Hunter, Danielle Varner Named to MVC All-Tournament Team


ST. LOUIS — Indiana State women’s soccer athletes Isabella Hunter and Danielle Varner have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of Sunday’s championship match.

In the Trees’ semi-final match with Valparaiso, Varner logged 101 minutes while recording two shots with one on goal. For the season, the senior played and started in all 10 matches, registering 893 minutes. She ended with one assist against Northern Iowa on Apr. 3 while tallying seven shots, three coming on goal.

Hunter played in 109 minutes during the Sycamores’ semi-final match against Valpo, registering three shots with one on goal. During her season, she played and started in 10 matches, staying on the field for every minute during the season at 928. Her 2021 spring campaign ended with nine shots and two shots on goal.

MVC All-Tournament Team

Megan Nemec, Loyola (MVP)

Freya Glen, Loyola

Abby Swanson, Loyola

Lindsey Hardiman, Loyola

Keegan Maris, Valparaiso

Lindsey Dusatko, Valparaiso

Nikki Coryell, Valparaiso

Abby Basler, Illinois State

Priya Gillian, Illinois State

Danielle Varner, Indiana State

Isabella Hunter, Indiana State

Emilie Hill, Evansville

Allison Whitaker, UNI

INDIANA STATE SOFTBALL: Sycamores Comeback to Beat Bradley, 5-4


PEORIA, Ill. – The Indiana State softball team won their series finale over Bradley in comeback fashion, by a score of 6-5 on Sunday afternoon at Peterson Hotels Field.

Indiana State improved to 15-19 on the season and 8-7 in MVC play while Bradley fell to 15-13 and 8-7 in Valley action.

Gabbi Schnaiter got the start in the circle, throwing six complete innings and fanning four Braves en route to securing her sixth win of the season. Lexi Benko took over in the seventh inning to shut the door and earned her second save of the year.

Amanda Guercio was a big offensive threat for the Sycamores going 2-for-4 while driving the game-tying run in the top of the seventh inning. Isabella Henning came in clutch to plate Guercio with her game-winning RBI single, to complete rally.

Bradley got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run single from Taise Thompson. Indiana State trailed until the third inning, when Bella Peterson drove in the first run by reaching base on a fielder’s choice. Guercio tied the game with her first-career triple.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Braves bounced back to take the two-run lead from a sacrifice fly and an ISU error.

Abi Chipps led off the top of the seventh with a single to spark the Indiana State offense and Olivia Patton singled to give the Sycamores two base runners. Guercio hit her second triple of the game to bring in Chipps and Patton, tying the game at four runs apiece. Isabella Henning stepped up to the plate and delivered a single to bring in Guercio, to complete the Sycamores comeback.

Pitchers of Record

Win: Gabbi Schnaiter, Indiana State (6-3)

Loss: Morgan Radford, Bradley (5-5)

Save: Lexi Benko (2)


Indiana State will hit the road for a midweek doubleheader with Evansville with first pitch slated to begin at 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 21.


PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Flames Top Mastodons in Final Game of Horizon League Series


CHICAGO – UIC defeated the Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team 11-4 on Sunday (April 18) in Horizon League play at Curtis Granderson Stadium.

The Flames took control of the game with three runs in each of the first two innings. The first inning saw runs score on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and a single. The second inning saw home runs by Ryan Nagelbach and Matt Bottcher knock in the three runs.

Purdue Fort Wayne scored a run in the second, another run in the fifth and then added two in the eighth inning. Jack Lang, Zac Baden, Garett Lake and Andrew Arteaga each had an RBI.

Arteaga finished with a run scored, a hit, an RBI and a walk. Aaron Chapman knocked in a run while adding a walk and a hit. Ryan Mollette scored once with two walks.

Kevin Fee picked up the loss in his first collegiate start. He gave up six runs in 1.2 innings. He was one of seven Mastodons to take to the mound. Cade Willard threw a scoreless inning for the ‘Dons.

Bobby Nickolson started for UIC. He went the requisite 5.0 innings to get the victory. He gave up two runs.

UIC improves to 14-15 (13-10 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 9-18 (6-14 Horizon League). The ‘Dons step out of league play and head to Ohio University next weekend.


EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Craig continues hot weekend as Aces fall in series finale


EVANSVILLE – Tanner Craig turned-in another strong performance at the plate, but it was not enough in Evansville 9-5 loss to Missouri State in the series finale on Sunday.

“Tough loss to lose the overall series. Just didn’t play well enough,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “You have to credit Missouri State for applying pressure in all aspects of the game. I’m anxious to see how this group handles this adversity deep into the season.”

The Aces offense got started early in the game with a pair of runs in the first, but it was big second and fourth innings from the Bears that was difficult for Evansville to overcome. Missouri State struck for four runs in the second frame, all coming with one out and in successive at bats. In the fourth, the Bears added two runs

Single runs for Evansville in the fifth and eighth helped aid the Aces effort, but Dakota Katowski lifted a two-run home run to center that pushed Missouri State further in front en route to the 9-5 win.

At the plate, the Aces were led by a trio who recorded two hits on the day. Simon Scherry, Danny Borgstrom, and Tanner Craig, the three, four, and five hitters, each tallied two hits with Borgstrom recording a pair of RBI.

On the mound, Evansville cycled through seven pitchers as starter Donovan Schultz was credited with the loss after pitching the first two innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits. Drew Dominik pitched most effectively of Evansville relievers, entering in the seventh and throwing a scoreless inning and a third, allowing just one hit and striking-out one.

The Aces return to the road next weekend with a four-game MVC set against Illinois State on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.

EVANSVILLE SOFTBALL: UE rally falls short in series finale


DES MOINES, Iowa – Trailing by a 5-2 margin entering the 7th inning, the University of Evansville softball team staged a furious rally, but came up just short with Drake taking a 5-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at Ron Buel Field.

Leading the Purple Aces (18-16, 6-9 MVC) was the tri of Eryn Gould, Katie McLean and Alyssa Barela, who posted two hits apiece.  Gould reached base three times with two hits and a walk.  Haley Woolf recorded her second home run of the season in the contest.  Izzy Vetter gave up two runs on two hits in three frames while Erin Kleffman tossed the final three innings.  Emily Valtman was the top performer for the Bulldogs (11-25, 5-10 MVC), going 2-3 with four RBI.  Nicole Timmons picked up the win in the circle, allowing four runs on four hits in her six innings.

Evansville took its first lead of the weekend in the second inning when Haley Woolf homered to right field.  It was her second long ball of the season.  The lead held strong until the bottom of the third when Valtman hit a 2-run shot.  Jenna Lis tied the score in the top half of the fourth, hitting an RBI single to score Halie Fain.  Fain pinch ran for Alyssa Barela, who began the inning with a double.

The momentum for UE did not last too long as the Bulldogs put a 3-spot on the board in the bottom of the fourth.  Valtman had the big hit again, posting a 2-RBI single that put Drake in front by a 5-2 score.  The margin remained that way until the top of the seven when the Aces made a final effort to pick up the win.  Walks by Elyse Hickey and Gould, coupled with a Jessica Fehr single, loaded the bases with no outs.  A fielder’s choice by Barela scored the third run of the game.  Marah Wood added an RBI double to get her team within one, but a pitching change for Drake resulted in a pair of strikeouts that ended the game with a 5-4 DU win.

UE returns to Cooper Stadium on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Indiana State.


INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Streaking Hounds Notch Two More Wins


INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 5 ranked UIndy softball team (31-2, 20-0 GLVC) completed another perfect weekend, sweeping visiting Southwest Baptist Sunday at Baumgartner field. The Greyhounds downed the Bearcats by scores of 6-1 and 10-0 to up their win streak to 24 and remain undefeated in GLVC play.

The Hounds’ current 24-game hot streak is good for the fourth-longest winning streak in school history, while its 20 consecutive conference wins marks the second-longest such streak for the program. The 2013 team holds the current record for both overall and GLVC win streaks at 38 and 25, respectively.

Furthermore, UIndy’s win-loss record of 31-2 represents its third-best start to a season through 33 games, as both the 2012 and 2016 clubs started 32-1.

GAME 1 | UIndy 6, SBU 1

The teams battled through fourth-and-a-half scoreless frames to start the day until the Hounds brought the hammer down in the bottom of the fifth.

With two unearned tallies already on the board, the aforementioned hammer came in the form of Taylor Danielson’s bat. Coming off a two-homer, four-RBI day Saturday, the Twin Lakes, Wis., native cleared the bases with a three-run bomb to left field, staking to Hounds to a 5-0 lead.

Later, freshman Sydnee Perry got all of one for a solo shot in the sixth, good for her first collegiate home run.

Senior pitcher Hallie Waters moved to 16-1 on the season, giving up one run and striking out five in five-plus innings. Senior Haylie Foster came on to get the six outs from the circle.

GAME 2 | UIndy 10, SBU 0 (5 innings)

UIndy’s propensity for the long ball continued in game 2 as sophomore catcher Lexy Rees delivered a three-run dinger in the first inning and the Hounds didn’t look back.

Senior Gianni Iannantone added an RBI double and Perry tacked on a two-run single – both in the third inning.

Meanwhile, freshman hurler Kenzee Smith kept her season ERA under 1.00 with her eighth shutout of the year. She fanned five and allowed just one hit to move her pitching record to a perfect 14-0.


The Hounds have homered in each of the last six games, connecting for 18 round-trippers in that span.


The Greyhounds will step out of conference play this week when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio Dominican Wednesday. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

INDIANAPOLIS TRACK: Men Grab Team Title, Women Runner-up at Little State


MARION, Ind. – The UIndy track & field teams competed at the 114th-annual Little State Championships over the weekend, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University Friday and Saturday.. The Greyhound men racked up 108 points to top all the Indiana schools at the strictly non-DI event, while UIndy’s 123 points from its women took second.

The Hounds combined for five individual event titles. On the men’s side, senior Brian Sales won the 400 with a time of 48.92, while Seth Reynolds came just shy of a provisional mark with a winning-time if 14.52 in the 110 hurdles.

For the women, throwers Katrinia Hopkins and Zoe Pentecost took first in the discus and hammer throw, respectively, while Brittney Clark won the pole vault by clearing 3.87 meters.

The Greyhounds secured four of the top five spots in the women’s shot put. Hopkins took runner-up with an outdoor PR of 13.71 meters, while Jada Amis (5th, 13.23) and Rosemary Skripsky (8th, 12.41) both notched personal records.

UIndy also dominated the women’s pole vault, as Lauren Joseph (3.65) followed Clark in second, with Kylie Falcone (3.55) in third and Megan Young (3.45) in fifth.

Sam DeWitt placed third with a PR in the 110-meter hurdles, as did Nathan Herbst in his fourth-place showing in the 1500. Hannah Stein, Shae Biddle and Madelyn Miller each hit a PR in the 800 finishing 5-6-7.


The Hounds remain in the Hoosier State next weekend, competing at the Sycamore Open at Indiana State University.


VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Season Comes to an End Sunday in MVC Title Match


The Valpo soccer season saw its 2021 spring campaign finish just short of the ultimate goal Sunday in Chicago, Ill., as top-seeded Loyola made a 35th-minute goal stand up for a 1-0 final in the title match of the MVC Championship. Senior Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), freshman Lindsey Dusatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) and freshman Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) represented the Brown and Gold on the All-Tournament Team, while Maris also was honored as the winner of the Elite 17 Award.

How It Happened

Valpo had a solid push forward in the 10th minute, as senior Tahelah Noel (Buffalo, N.Y./Christian Central Academy) got to the end line and put a cross into the box for a shot from sophomore Natalie Graf (Williamsburg, Mich./St. Francis), but Graf’s effort was saved by Loyola goalkeeper Grace Droessler.

Coryell was up to the task on a flurry from Loyola in the 29th minute, as the Ramblers had a pair of close-range efforts off of a corner kick that she turned away.

Loyola got on the board in the 35th Megan Nemec’s original shot hit the crossbar and caromed off to the foot of Freya Glen, who knocked it inside the left post from eight yards out.

Valpo had a pair of long-range efforts on frame in the final minutes of the first half that were stopped by Droessler as the match went into halftime with a 1-0 scoreline.

Coryell made a strong diving save on a shot from distance from Loyola’s Jenna Ross in the 53rd minute to keep it a one-goal game.

Valpo earned a corner kick in the 72nd minute which was cleared out of the box by the Loyola defense. After regaining possession, the Brown and Gold got the ball to Alexis Gaffney (Broomfield, Colo./Legacy) at the top of the box, but her shot was blocked by a Loyola defender.

Gaffney’s shot proved to be the last of the match for Valpo as the Ramblers saw out the win.

Inside the Match

Valpo was making its first appearance in the title match of the MVC Championship since joining the conference. Valpo’s last title match came in the Horizon League in 2014.

Valpo fell to Loyola by a 1-0 final for the second time this season, as the Ramblers won by the same scoreline at Brown Field.

The Ramblers’ goal late in the first half snapped the Valpo defense’s shutout streak at 347 consecutive minutes, dating back to April 3.

Loyola finished the match with a 19-6 advantage in shots and put six on goal to Valpo’s three. Coryell made five saves while limiting the Ramblers to the one goal.

Inside the Honors

Maris earned the MVC’s Elite 17 Award, an honor modeled after the NCAA Elite 90 Academic Recognition Award Program and which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA competing at the finals site at each of the MVC’s championships. Maris currently has a perfect 4.00 GPA as a nursing major.

Maris also was one of Valpo’s three All-Tournament Team honorees after playing all 309 minutes of the tournament at left back as part of a defensive unit which surrendered just one goal in three matches.

Coryell earned All-Tournament Team accolades as she made 13 saves over the three tournament matches and posted a pair of clean sheets, while Dusatko received the award for a tournament which was highlighted by her golden goal at Indiana State in the semifinals.

Inside the Season

Valpo closes the spring 2021 campaign with a 5-4-5 record, its first season above .500 since the 2014 season.

As a team, Valpo surrendered the fewest goals in a single season in program history (8) and posted a 0.52 GAA, third-best in a single season.

Coryell’s 0.52 GAA ranks second on Valpo’s individual single-season chart, while her .881 save percentage is also second-best in program history.

Valpo surrendered more than one goal just once in 14 matches and had just one contest (2-0 regular season win over Indiana State) decided by more than one goal.

VALPO SOFTBALL: Softball Falls in Series Finale to Missouri State


The Valpo softball team closed out its MVC home series Sunday at the Valpo Softball Complex against Missouri State, with the visiting Bears coming away 8-0 victors.

How It Happened

Missouri State scored a run in the first two batters into the game. Later in the frame, with runners on second and third and nobody out, junior Taylor Knight (Omaha, Neb./Elkhorn South) recorded back-to-back strikeouts and then induced a grounder to limit the Bears to one run.

The Valpo defense turned a double play in the second inning, as a ground ball to short turned into two outs when Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) threw across the diamond to third to catch the MSU runner on base trying to advance from second to third.

Missouri State struck for five runs in the top of the third, including a grand slam from Darian Frost.

The Bears added a solo homer in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth for the final margin.

Inside the Game

Defensively, Valpo turned a double play in all three games of this weekend’s series.

Junior Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) picked up a double in the sixth inning, her first two-bagger since March 1, 2020.

Juniors Kate Beckemeyer (Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth [Parkland]) and Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) each registered base hits Sunday as well.

Next Up

Valpo is scheduled to play a mid-week doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Loyola starting at 2 p.m. With the potential for weather-related game changes, watch and @ValpoSoftball on Twitter for any updates.


MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Make it 20 in a Row With 9-4 Win Over Buffalo


OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University softball team completed a four-game sweep of the University at Buffalo Bulls by a score of 9-4 on Sunday afternoon for its 20th win in a row. The win streak matches the school record for consecutive wins as the RedHawks improve to 26-6 overall and 16-0 in Mid-American Conference play. Buffalo drops to 9-24, 7-11 MAC.

How it Happened:

Like it has done so often this season, the RedHawks jumped out early, scoring three runs in the first. Adriana Barlow picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly, Karli Spaid scored on a double steal and Kate Kobayashi homered to right field to spot Miami an early 3-0 advantage.

Barlow then made it 4-0 Miami with a solo home run in the third.

Buffalo scored twice in the fourth to cut the deficit to 4-2, but Miami answered in the bottom half of the inning, scoring twice to claim a 6-2 lead. Riley Coyne homered to left and Spaid’s single up the middle scored Holly Blaska.

Spaid capped her outstanding weekend with a three-run blast in the sixth to put the game out of reach, 9-2.

Brianna Pratt picked up the win, throwing 4.0 innings, while striking out eight. Courtney Vierstra came on in relief and struck out three of the seven batters she faced.

Up Next:

Miami hosts Ball State in a crucial double header on Tuesday, April 20. The Cardinals trail Miami by half a game in the MAC standings with a perfect 15-0 MAC record. Game one is slated to begin at 2 p.m.


DAYTON SOFTBALL: UDSB Sweeps Its A-10 Series With George Mason With Two More Wins Sunday


DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team completed the Atlantic 10 series sweep of visiting George Mason Sunday with 1-0 and 2-1 wins at UD Softball Stadium Sunday afternoon. With the wins, Dayton has moved into second place in the A-10 Central standings with two conference series left to play.

Dayton improved to 15-21 on the season and 10-6 in leagues games while George Mason finished the weekend with a 14-12 overall mark and a 9-11 record in conference play.


Dayton 1, George Mason 0

• 2 – three Flyers tallied two hits in the game, the top three hitters in the lineup

• 2B – senior Abby Ehrenborg recorded her team-best ninth double of the season

Winning Pitcher: Sarah Bailitz (4-6) – 7. 0 IP, zero earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts to four walks in her third complete game of the season and first career shutout

Losing Pitcher: Bekah Ansbro (6-4) – 6.0 IP, zero earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts


Dayton 2, George Mason 1

• 7 – as a team, Dayton recorded seven hits in the game to George Mason’s two; six different Flyers tallied a hit in game two

• 9 – for the second time in as many games, freshman Addy Bullis recorded nine strikeouts in the circle for Dayton

Winning Pitcher: Bullis (8-6) – 7.0 IP, one earned run on two hits with nine strikeouts to zero walks

Losing Pitcher: Ansbro (6-5) – 2.0 IP, one earned run on three hits with one strikeout


With an Atlantic 10 bye week this coming week, Dayton will return to action in 10 days with a non-conference double-header at UD Softball Stadium against Eastern Kentucky. The two-game set is slated to get underway at 2 p.m. on April 28 in Dayton.

DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Downs George Mason On Run Rule Sunday


DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team beat George Mason 14-3 in seven innings on Sunday to take the series against the Patriots 3-1.

The Flyers now sit at 14-23 overall on the season and 4-4 in A-10 play. Junior Marcos Pujols hit a two-run home run with UD up 12-3 to put Dayton up 10 and enact the 10-run rule. Pujols went 3-for-5 on the day with three RBIs.

Junior Benjamin Blackwell had another big day at the plate for Dayton. The shortstop went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five runs scored, drawing a walk and a hit by pitch. Blackwell went 9-for-14 on the series with two home runs, seven RBIs, and 12 runs scored. Senior Riley Tirotta also drove in three runs and doubled in the win.

Freshman Parker Bard made his first career start, going six inning and striking out a career-high 10 while giving up just three runs on the afternoon.


Bard went the first six innings, with his 10 strikeouts moving Dayton pitchers up to 353 strikeouts in 2021, the eighth highest total in program history. This year’s team passed the pitching staff from 2006, who struck out 343 on the season.

The freshman was relieved in the seventh by junior Jake Silverstein, who struck out one in a hitless seventh inning in what would turn out to be the last inning of the contest.


Bottom 1: (3-0 Flyers)

Ricciardi walked to lead off the inning and Blackwell would reach on a bunt single. With two on Pujols would bring Ricciardi home with a single to center field to give Dayton a 1-0 lead. Blackwell scored on a fielder’s choice by Tirotta, who would steal second to advance into scoring position. Graduate student Chris Cabrera reached on an error by the George Mason left fielder, allowing Tirotta to score and making it 3-0 Flyers early.

Top 2: (3-1 Flyers)

A one-out double followed by a single pushed across the first run of the game for George Mason.

Bottom 2: (7-1 Flyers)

Senior Mitchell Garrity walked to lead off the inning and he advanced to third on a well-executed hit and run on a base hit by Ricciardi. Blackwell would walk to load the bases and Tirotta would bring home two runs with a double to left center. Two more runs would come home when Cabrera singled to right field, putting Dayton up six runs through two innings.

Top 3: (7-2 Flyers)

Bard would retire the first batter of the inning, but a one-out home run to right center field cut the lead to five.

Top 4: (7-3 Flyers)

A strikeout led off the inning for Bard, but another one-out home run cut the lead to 7-3.

Bottom 4: (8-3 Flyers)

Blackwell led off the inning with a hit by pitch and he moved to third on a single by Pujols. With runners on the corners, Pujols took off on a pitch and purposefully got himself caught in a rundown. Blackwell took off for home and scored on the play making it 8-3.

Bottom 5: (12-3 Flyers)

Graduate student Alex Brickman led off the inning with a hit by pitch, and he moved to second on a single to center field by freshman Chase Melnick. Garrity loaded the bases with his 58th career hit by pitch, extending his own program record, and Blackwell hit his fifth home run of the season, a grand slam, to make it 12-3 in favor of Dayton.

Bottom 7: (14-3 Flyers)

Blackwell reached on an error with one out and Pujols would end the game two pitches later with his home run to right field, putting the Flyers up by at least 10 runs and giving the team the victory.


The Flyers will head to Akron on Tuesday, April 20 at 3 p.m. at Skeeles Field for a midweek showdown against the Zips and the second matchup between the two schools this season. Dayton won the first game 18-7 on March 30.


CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Picks Up Series Win At Memphis


MEMPHIS, TENN. – The University of Cincinnati baseball team doubled up Memphis 8-4 on Sunday at FedExPark to earn an American Athletic Conference series win over the Tigers.

Cincinnati (17-17, 6-7 AAC) belted four home runs and got a quality start from Jalen Wade who went 6.0 innings, giving up a pair of runs on five hits with five strikeouts, no walks and got the win. Max Bergmann came in with the bases loaded and got the final two outs of the ninth for his third save of the campaign. 

The Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first after Cole Harting scored on a wild pitch after leading off with a single. A three-run second inning build on the lead after Griffin Merritt homered to left to score Ryan Nicholson who was hit by a pitch and Jace Mercer hit a two-out, RBI single to center to score Joe Powell.

It was Nicholson’s turn for a round tripper in the third when he hit the second pitch he saw to right field with two outs to score Paul Komistek. UC added single runs in the seventh and eighth on deep solo shots by Mercer and Komistek, respectively.

Mercer was 3-for-5 with a run scored, 2 RBIs and his home run while Merritt had two hits, two RBIs, a double, run scored and home run.

Memphis fell to 12-22 on the season with a 2-10 mark in AAC play.


• UC belted seven home runs with Merritt’s two leading the way.

• Mercer hit .556 for the weekend and slugged .778, totaling 10 hits, including a double and home run, four runs scored, three stolen bases, two RBIs and two walks.

• Merritt had an .875 slugging percentage, six RBIs, two doubles and four runs scored.

• Nicholson had seven hits, batted .538, scored six runs, drew four walks, batted in four, hit a home run and stole a base.

• Komistek drew five walks, had six hits, including a home run, four runs scored and four RBIs.


The Bearcats return to UC Baseball Stadium next weekend, welcoming AAC foe Wichita State in for a four-game set. The teams will play a Friday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. ET along with a 4 p.m. Saturday game and a Sunday finale at 11 a.m. All four games will air on ESPN+ with live stats on

Single-game tickets are available. Fans should visit the baseball ticket page for more information or to make their purchase now! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 fans will be allowed in UC Baseball Stadium for game days.




COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a match befitting of two of the top teams in the country, No. 8 Ohio State came out victorious with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday afternoon.

The win secured the Buckeyes (18-2) a share of the Big Ten East Division championship with Michigan (14-3).

The match was a battle. For just the fourth time this season, the Buckeyes dropped the doubles point. Michigan rolled to a 6-1 win on court one and then took a 6-3 decision on court two. That left the Buckeyes needing four singles wins and Michigan had all of the momentum.

The comeback started with sixth-year senior Kyle Seelig, fittingly on his senior day. Seelig claimed an impressive 6-2, 6-3 victory on court four against Patrick Maloney. Maloney has beaten Seelig earlier this year in Ann Arbor.

Michigan then went back in front 2-1 as John McNally fell 6-3, 6-4 on court two to Ondrej Styler. Cannon Kinglsey lost the first set to Andrew Fenty on court one but rebounded to win 6-4 in the second and then secured a ton of momentum for the team with a 6-3 win in the third.

Robert Cash was leaded 5-2 in the first set before losing 7-5. He then looked to be in complete control, winning the second set 6-0 but would drop the deciding set 6-2. That swung the momentum back to Michigan with two matches to play.

James Trotter and Matias Siimar split the first two sets and then battled into a third-set tiebreaker on court three. Trotter had all the momentum in the breaker and came away with a 7-2 victory to even the score at 3-3.

That left the team match to be decided by OSU freshman JJ Tracy and Michigan senior Nick Beaty. Tracy struggled in the first set and lost 6-4. He was then down a break in the second but rallied for a 7-5 victory. He went down an early break third but again rallied to even the set at 4-4. He held at 5-4 and Beaty held as well for 5-5. Another hold for Tracy at 6-5 and then as he was battling cramps, the Buckeye freshman pulls out the 7-5 victory in the third to give the Buckeyes the win.

The Big Ten broke into East and West divisions this season for men’s tennis to accommodate travel schedules due to Covid. Ohio State and Michigan shared the east title and Illinois won the west title. The Big Ten Tournament is set to begin April 29 in Lincoln, Neb.

#8 Ohio State 4, #7 Michigan 3


1. Cannon Kingsley (OSU) def. Andrew Fenty (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

2. Ondrej Styler (UM) def. John McNally (OSU) 6-3, 6-4

3. James Trotter (OSU) def. Matias Siimar (UM) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)

4. Kyle Seelig (OSU) def. Patrick Maloney (UM) 6-2, 6-3

5. JJ Tracy (OSU) def. Nick Beaty (UM) 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

6. Nino Ehrenschneider (UM) def. Robert Cash (OSU) 7-5, 0-6, 6-2


1. Matias Siimar/Andrew Fenty (UM) def. Justin Boulais/James Trotter (OSU) 6-1

2. Patrick Maloney/Ondrej Styler (UM) def. John McNally/Robert Cash (OSU) 6-3

3. Cannon Kingsley/JJ Tracy (OSU) vs. Nino Ehrenschneider/Connor Johnston (UM) 4-3, unfinished

Michigan 14-3; National ranking #7

Ohio State 18-2; National ranking #8

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,2,1,6,3,5)

Official: Julio Colon T-2:20 A-215



COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ohio State dropped the final game of the three-game weekend series at Maryland 9-4 on Sunday afternoon in College Park.

The loss drops the Buckeyes to 13-12 on the season.

At the plate, Mitchell Okuley led the Buckeyes with three hits which included a pair of doubles and an RBI. Zach Dezenzo and Kade Kern each had two hits in the game. Dezenzo’s two hits were both doubles and he drove in two.

Jack Neely started for the Buckeyes and he 3.0 innings, allowing five runs on four hits with three walks and two punchouts. He took the loss and is now 1-2 on the season.

The Buckeyes struck first with four runs in the third inning. Okuley doubled to right-center to score Nick Erwin Wilson who was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Dezenzo followed with his first double of the game to chase home Sam Wilson and Okuley and then he later scored on a Kern single.

But the lead was short lived as Maryland got a solo home run to lead off its half of the third and then a three-run shot later in the inning to tie the game. The Terrapins pushed two more across in the fourth and then put the game out of reach with three more runs in the sixth.

The Buckeyes will look to rebound as they return home next weekend to host Penn State. Game one of the series is set for 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Top-ranked and undefeated Maryland used an eight-goal run in the second and third quarters to earn an 18-8 victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon in College Park. The Buckeyes are 4-5 on the season while Maryland improves to 9-0.

The Short Story

After an evenly played first quarter, one in which Ohio State took a 2-1 lead at the 8:48 mark on a Johnny Wiseman goal, Maryland knotted the score at 2-all 2:05 before the end of the quarter and then outscored Ohio State 6-1 in the second quarter to open up an 8-3 halftime lead.

The trio of Jack Myers, Tre Leclaire and Johnny Wiseman all scored two goals for the Buckeyes. Leclaire added an assist for a game-high three points. Myers had his ninth consecutive multi-goal game while Leclaire came within three points of 200 for his career.


“Credit to Maryland for a well-played game,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We will get back to work this week and clean up the things we need to in order to get ready for a big game next Saturday at home against Penn State.”

 How the Goals Were Scored

Maryland took a quick 1-0 lead when it won the opening face-off and scored on its first possession, but the rest of the first quarter belonged largely to Ohio State, which scored back-to-back goals by Jackson Reid (9:59) and Johnny Wiseman (8:48) to take an early 2-1 lead.

The Terrapins got the equalizer at 2:05 of the first quarter from Jack Koras and then scored twice more in the opening minute of the second quarter to take a 4-2 lead.

Connor Cmiel’s transition goal that was set up by a caused turnover from Jacob Snyder made the score 4-3 in favor of Maryland at 5:53 of the second quarter. From there, however, the Terrapins scored four straight to close out the quarter and take an 8-3 lead into the locker room.

The third quarter opened with three consecutive Maryland goals as it took an 11-3 advantage. Tre Leclaire was able to stop the run with his first goal of the day and 20th of the season midway through the quarter.

Trailing 14-5 in the fourth quarter, Ohio State put together a two-goal run when Leclaire and Wiseman found the back of the net two and a half minutes apart.

Jack Myers closed out the scoring for Ohio State at the 2:53 mark of the fourth quarter with his 27th tally of the year.

Statistically Speaking

Shots: Maryland 42, Ohio State 36

Ground Balls: Ohio State 35, Maryland 34

Faceoffs: Ohio State 16-of-30, Maryland 14-of-30

Saves: Maryland 13, Ohio State 7

Turnovers: Ohio State 15, Maryland 14

Clears: Ohio State 16-of-19, Maryland 23-of-25

Extra Man: Ohio State 0-for-2, Maryland 0-for-1

This and That

Leclaire has at least one goal in 34 straight games dating back to the middle of the 2018 season.

With three more points, he would become just the fifth player in program history to reach 200 career points.

Myers has 22 points in his last five games on 16 goals and six assists.

Wiseman has multiple points in two straight games.

Connor Cmiel and Eric Wenz both had season-highs in ground balls. Cmiel picked up four while Wenz had five.

Cmiel’s second-quarter goal was the first of his career.

Justin Inacio won 16 face-offs and has 10 or more face-off wins in all eight games that he’s played in this season.

What’s Next

Ohio State closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 24, when it hosts Penn State inside Ohio Stadium beginning at 4 p.m. Prior to the game, the Buckeyes will also honor its senior class. ESPNU will televise to a national audience.



COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State dropped the series finale to Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington by a score of 3-0. The Buckeyes are now 14-13 on the year while Indiana is 14-14.

The Buckeyes got a two-hit performance from Mariah Rodriguez and seven combined strikeouts from starting pitcher Allison Smith and senior Payton Buresch, but couldn’t break through against IU’s Emily Goodin, who struck out six and walked just one over seven innings.

Moments That Mattered

Smith gave up a lead-off double in the bottom of the first but quickly recovered to strike out the next two batters and then induced an inning-ending fly ball. She also got out of trouble in the second inning with two on and one out as the Buckeyes turned their 14th double play of the year on a line out to second base.

Ohio State’s first hit of the game came in the third inning when Mariah Rodriguez singled to third base. Two pitches later, she stole second and then advanced to third on an error but was stranded there on an inning-ending ground out.

Indiana scored twice in the bottom of the third inning via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Grayson Radcliffe and an RBI single from Bella Norton. With just one down, Smith limited the damage thanks to a pop-out to shortstop and an inning-ending strikeout.

In the top of the fourth, Ohio State string together back-to-back hits for the first time on the day when Ashley Prange doubled to right center field and Tegan Cortelleti followed with a single through the left side. With one down, however, the final two outs were recorded via a fielder’s choice and strikeout.

Starting pitcher Allison Smith went 3.1 innings and eventually gave way to Payton Buresch with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Buresch quickly retired the next two batters with a runner on second.

Buresch again worked out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth. Indiana loaded the bases with two outs, but Buresch struck out Desiree Dufek on a 2-2 pitch to strand the three runners.

Indiana tacked on a run in the bottom of the third as Taylor Lambert came in to score from third on an infield error.

The tying run came to the plate for Ohio State in the seventh inning as Carley Gaskill and Meggie Otte hit singles, but Emily Goodin recorded the final two outs to finish off the game.

What’s Next

Ohio State is back home at Buckeye Field this weekend as it hosts Rutgers for a four-game set beginning on Friday evening at 6 p.m. Saturday will feature a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. with the series finale set for Sunday at noon.


XAVIER BASEBALL: Baseball Takes Series Win Against Butler with 16-6 Win on Sunday


CINCINNATI – An 11-run fourth inning powered Xavier baseball past Butler in the series finale, with the Musketeers taking a 16-6 win for the 3-1 series victory at Hayden Field. Xavier closed out the weekend at 14-15 overall and 5-2 in BIG EAST play.

After scoring a pair in the bottom of the first, Xavier headed into the fourth with a 2-1 lead. Luke Franzoni led off the inning with a homer and the Musketeers brought 15 batters to the plate in the inning to score 11 runs on five hits and six walks. After adding another run in the fifth to take a 14-1 lead into the seventh. Butler scored five in the top of the seventh to make it a 14-6 lead for the Musketeers, but a run in the bottom of the inning, plus another Xavier run in the eighth set the final score at 16-6, ending the game on a run-rule with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Trevor Olson picked up the win, going 4.0 innings in the start. Jack Housinger and Jeff Holtz each had a team-high three hits while Ryan Altenberger and Alex Helmin each brought in three RBI.

Xavier had 14 hits to bring the total for the weekend to 39 in the first four games of the Musketeers’ Pledge It campaign to support Vs. Cancer, while Xavier pitchers totaled 34 strikeouts. The campaign continues through the UConn series, running four games beginning next Friday, with a doubleheader Saturday and series finale set for Sunday. For more information or to participate, visit




Waleska, Ga. – Despite a furious comeback effort in the fourth quarter, the Marian football team’s season came to an end Saturday in the first round of the NAIA Postseason, as the Knights fell to Reinhardt 40-29. Marian finishes the season with a 5-2 record.

The first quarter was highlighted by defensive stops from both teams, with Marian shutting down Reinhardt’s first series of the game after Logan Blake and Trevor Adler teamed up for a third down tackle for loss. The Knights marched the ball deep into enemy territory on their first series of the led by Daylen Taylor, but the drive came to a screaching halt after Frankie Young was intercepted near the Eagles goalline. The Knights made the pick look like a punt after the Eagles were pinned on the three, with the defense swallowing Terry Berdin in the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 lead.

Marian looked to pad their lead after the safety with Jalen Jennings running the kickoff back deep into Reinhardt territory, but the Knights’ drive ended in a missed field goal. After forcing a punt Ben Stevens gifted Marian great field position with a positive punt return, but Young was sacked to end the series on fourth down. After the stop, Reinhardt marched the field in six plays, and scored on a naked boot pass to take a 7-2 lead, completing a 64 yard drive.

The two teams traded possessions on the next two series, with Young getting intercepted while the Marian defense forced a punt. The Eagles got one last possession after the Knights went three-and-out, and after a roughing the punter gifted Reinhardt new life, Billy Hall threw a three-yard touchdown to give the home team a 14-2 lead entering halftime.

Punts highlighted the start of the second half, with both teams kicking away on their first possession of the quarter. Marian’s second series showed promise as they drove to the Eagles’ 21, but three straight incompletions ended the series with a turnover on downs. The defense forced a second punt of the quarter, and Marian’s offense again came up empty as Young was intercepted for a third time, with the Eagles taking a deflected pass back to the end zone to take a 20-2 lead.

Reinhardt took over at the end of the third quarter, and began the fourth quarter with a Devyn Collins touchdown, opening a 27-2 lead. Trailing by four scores, Marian turned to Zach Bundalo at quarterback, and the redshirt freshman immediately put points on the board, finding Johnny William for a 35-yard score on a tunnel screen. The Knights failed to convert an onside kick, and Reinhardt ended their short drive with a field goal to go on top 30-9. Bundalo lost a fumble on Marian’s ensuing drive, and Reinhardt again settled for a field goal, pushing their lead to 24.

The comeback rally was on for Marian in the final 9:24 of the game, with Bundalo finding Stevens for a touchdown with 5:45 remaining to get within three scores. The Knights would get the ball back on their own eight after forcing a punt, and Bundalo moved the offense down field in chunks, featuring a 43 yard pass to William, ending the series with a Taylor touchdown. Marian was unable to recover the onside kick with 2:55 remaining, and Reinhardt put the game away with a touchdown at the two-minute mark, taking a 40-22 lead. Bundalo hit Stevens for a late 57 yard score with 1:25 remaining for the game’s final points.

Marian finished with 466 yards of offense, and passed for a season high 391 yards. Bundalo threw for a career-high 285 yards, all of which came in the fourth quarter. William and Stevens both had over 115 yards receiving, with Stevens scoring twice. Dylan Roth led Marian in solo tackles with five, and Sir’Zion Dance led the defense in tackles with 6.5.



NDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Sunday that they have acquired defenseman Jordan Schneider from the Orlando Solar Bears in exchange for future considerations.

Schneider, 26, has appeared in three games for the Solar Bears this season after signing on March 15. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman finished a four-year career at Clarkson University 2019-19, skating in 34 games and earning seven assists. Through 103 NCAA contests, Schneider tallied three goals, 17 assists and 121 penalty minutes.

The Fuel continues their long homestand on Friday night, beginning with a three in three with the Orlando Solar Bears. Following the weekend’s contests Indy will play four games in five days, starting with a road trip to Wheeling on April 28.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.


1890       The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, who will later be known as the Dodgers, play their first National League game. The former American Association team loses to the Beaneaters, who will become known as the Braves in 1912, at Boston’s South End Grounds, 15-9.

1900       The Beaneaters score nine runs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings, but the Phillies recover to beat Boston in 10 innings, 19-17. The 36 runs scored in the South End Grounds set a major league record for most runs scored by two clubs on Opening Day.

1912       The Red Sox, due to a rainout on Opening Day, schedule a two-admission twin bill, with games starting at 10:30 am and 3:15 pm to give morning fans the chance to see the end of the Boston Marathon, and race watchers the opportunity to attend the afternoon contest. Inclement weather also washes away the Fenway Park doubleheader, and, although a Patriots’ Day game will not become an annual event until 1959, the pairing of the holiday along with the big crowd gathered for the 26.2-mile run almost occurs a half-of-a-century sooner.

1912       At Griffith Stadium before the Senators’ 6-0 victory over the A’s, James S. Sherman becomes the first U.S. Vice President to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. William Howard Taft does not attend the game due to the death of Archibald Butt, a friend lost in the sinking of the Titanic.

1927       Calling the play-by-play in the Tigers’ 8-5 victory over the Indians, Edwin Tyson becomes the first person in club history to broadcast a game. The radio personality will begin the game by saying, “Good afternoon, boys and girls, this is Ty Tyson speaking to you from Navin Field,” which will become his familiar refrain on WWJ.

1938       During the first inning, both Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and Phillies’ Emmett Mueller each homer in their first major league at-bats. The pair of rookies will collectively hit a total of 42 home runs during their nine seasons in the major leagues.

1939       At an informal press conference arranged by Universal Pictures, actress Dorothy Arnold tells wire service reporters that she and Joe DiMaggio are engaged and plan to marry sometime this summer. Upon hearing the news, the somewhat surprised Yankee center fielder makes it clear no ceremony will take place during the baseball season, but the couple will exchange vows in November.

1944       Mel Ott hits the first National League round-tripper of the season, the 464th of his career, helping the Giants defeat the Braves, 2-1. Next season, Master Melvin will become the first National Leaguer to amass 500 career home runs.

1948       Yankee starter Allie Reynolds, thinking the Senators are trying to trick him, refuses to leave second base after he hits his first and only career home run, which is unbeknownst to him because he did not see the ball clear the left-field fence. In front of an amused President Truman, New York skipper Bucky Harris finally convinces the skeptical baserunner to round the bases so the Opening Day contest at Griffith Stadium can continue.

1948       The Pirates, wearing their black and gold color scheme for the first time, lose baseball’s traditional opener in Cincinnati, 4-1, in a game that features scuffles between opposing players, an ump, and a photographer, a fan who jumps on the field, and the police. The Bucs, the first team to permanently change their original colors, abandoned the familiar patriotic look of red, white, and blue, choosing instead to use hues that match the Flag of Pittsburgh.

1948       The Red Sox become the first team to hit three consecutive homers on Opening Day when Stan Spence, Vern Stephens, and Bobby Doerr all go deep in the second frame. The long ball proves not to be enough with the A’s 5-4 victory over Boston in 11 innings.

1949       In front of 53,000 fans on Opening Day, Johnny Groth hits home runs in two of his first three at-bats at Tiger Stadium. The 22 year-old rookie’s performance enables Hal Newhowser and Detroit to beat Chicago, 5-1.

1949       On Opening Day, the Yankees unveil a monument in centerfield honoring the legendary Babe Ruth, eight months after his death. The “Bambino’ joins Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins, who were also awarded posthumously with cenotaphs, the team’s highest honor of all.

1949       Pirates right-hander Rip Sewell establishes a National League record when he throws his third Opening Day shutout, blanking the Cubs, 1-0, at Wrigley Field. Rick Mahler (Braves, 1982, 1985,1987) and Chris Short (Phillies, 1965, 1968, 1970) will match the record of the 42 year-old veteran hurler, who also threw zeros to start the 1943 and 1947 seasons.

1956       In the first major league game ever played in New Jersey, the Dodgers begin their Jersey City home game experiment with a 10-inning 5-4 victory over the Phillies at Roosevelt Stadium. A sparse crowd of 12,214, limited by inclement weather, sees Brooklyn backstop Roy Campanella tie the score in the tenth inning with his 1000th career hit, a double down the left-field line.

1960       A record Opening Day crowd at Chicago’s Comiskey Park enthusiastically greets their American League champs, and the patrons warmly welcome the return of Minnie Minoso to the team after his three-year exile to Cleveland. The 34 year-old outfielder doesn’t disappoint the South Side fans when, in addition to hitting a grand slam in the fourth, he blasts a ninth-inning walk-off home run, giving the White Sox a 10-9 victory over Kansas City.

1960       Roger Maris, obtained from the A’s in the offseason, goes 4-for-5 batting leadoff in his first game as a Yankee. The 25 year-old right fielder’s 11 total bases, including two home runs and a double, contribute to the Bronx Bombers’ Opening Day 8-4 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.

1961       At Comiskey Park, Bill Veeck employs eight Little People to work in the stands during the White Sox home opener against Washington. The Chicago owner’s hiring decision is a response to complaints that fans sitting in the box seats couldn’t see over the vendors.

1963       Willie Mays becomes the all-time National League right-handed home run leader when he connects for his 371st career round-tripper, a fourth-inning solo shot off Chicago’s Larry Jackson in the Giants’ 5-1 victory at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco center fielder surpasses Gil Hodges, who established the mark last season.

1968       Nolan Ryan makes quick work of the Dodgers when he strikes out the side on nine pitches in the top of the third inning of the Mets’ 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium. The 21 year-old New York fireballer, who will also accomplish the feat with the Angels in 1972, strikes out 11 batters in 7.1 frames, including Claude Osteen, Wes Parker, and Zoilo Versalles, the victims of his immaculate inning.

1969       Ken Harrelson, along with Dick Ellsworth and Juan Pizarro, is traded by the Red Sox to the Indians for Joe Azcue, Vicente Romo, and Sonny Siebert. The 27 year-old ‘Hawk’ decides to retire but reluctantly returns to the game following conversations with commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who will later say, “the loss of Ken Harrelson would be a tragedy for baseball.”

1972       The demolition of Crosley Field begins when two year-old Pete Rose, Jr. pulls a lever that sends a wrecking ball into the side of the former home of the Reds. The left-field terrace area will become a parking lot but is still distinguishable due to its slope and proximity to York Street.

1972       Sparky Lyle becomes the first reliever to come into a game with a signature entrance song when the Yankee Stadium PA system plays Pomp and Circumstance as the closer approaches the mound. Although the southpaw secures the last out of the team’s 3-2 victory over Milwaukee, the reliever believes the Edward Elgar’s march, selected by PR man Marty Appel, adds more pressure to his closer role and asks the public relations department to put the tradition on hold.

1979       The Mets trade Tim Foli, along with minor league prospect Greg Field, to the Pirates in exchange for second baseman Frank Taveras. Foli, appearing in 133 games, will play a significant role in the club’s world championship this season, batting .291 and providing solid defense at shortstop for the Bucs.

1979       After a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in New York, Goose Gossage sustains a sprained ligament in his left thumb as a result of a clubhouse brawl with Yankee teammate Cliff Johnson. The reliever will be out of action until mid-July, and Johnson, due to the altercation, will be traded to the Indians in June for southpaw Don Hood.

1987       In the 4000th game in franchise history, the Mets drop a 4-2 decision to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The reigning World Champs, who started as an expansion team in 1962, have won exactly half of their last 1000 games, posting a 500-498-2 record during the span that began on July 19, 1980.

1987       Thanks to Rob Deer’s three-run homer to tie the score and Dale Sveum’s two-run winning shot, the Brewers rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, beating the Rangers, 6-4. The Milwaukee victory sets an American League record as they win their 12th straight game to start the season.

1996       In the eighth, the Rangers fall one run short of setting a modern major-league mark, scoring 16 runs in one inning in their 26-7 rout of the Orioles. In 1952, the Red Sox tallied 17 times in the seventh frame in a 23-3 rout of Detroit at Fenway Park.

1997       The Cubs lose their 13th consecutive game to match the longest losing streak in the franchise’s 122-year history. Reliever Turk Wendell, wearing #13, is tagged with the loss when Chicago drops a 6-3 decision to Mets at Shea Stadium.

1997       In the first major league game ever played in Hawaii, the Cardinals edge the Padres, 1-0, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The three-game set, known as Padres Paradise Series, find the hosts dropping two of three contests to the Redbirds.

1998       Equaling their largest margin of victory when keeping an opponent scoreless, the Mets rout Cincinnati at Cinergy Field, 14-0. Outfielder Bernard Gilkey crosses the plate in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and eighth inning, becoming only one of four players in franchise history to score five runs in one game.

1998       The Devil Rays, en route to finishing last in the AL East, improve their record to 10-6, beating the Angels at Anaheim, 6-0, becoming the first expansion team to be four games over .500 at any point in their inaugural season. In contrast, the 1962 Mets posted a 3-13 mark in the first 16 games in the history of the franchise.

1999       A sore back puts Oriole third baseman Cal Ripken, Jr. on the disabled list for 22 games. The injury marks the first time the Iron Man, who, in 1995, broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record by playing in 2,131 straight games, has been placed on the DL during his 19-year career.

2000       Veteran hurler Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting four batters in one game. Astro Richard Hidalgo also ties a modern major league record by getting hit three times in a game, twice by Hershiser and a third time by Dodger reliever Matt Herges.

2002       Mariners’ third baseman Jeff Cirillo ties the major league record for consecutive errorless games at the hot corner by playing his 99th contest without a miscue. John Wehner, a journeyman infielder with the Dodgers, Pirates, and Marlins, established the mark during a span of eight-plus seasons.

2004       After faking a throw to third base before throwing to first, A’s right-hander Justin Duchscherer, is called for a balk by umps Paul Emmel and Mike DiMuro as the result of stepping toward home plate before beginning his pick-off move. The Oakland hurler’s mound miscue ends the 14-inning contest, giving the Mariners a 2-1 balk-off victory at Safeco Field.

2005       David Wright’s seventh-inning grand slam at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park establishes a club record for home runs hit in a game. The Mets go deep seven times (Reyes-2, Diaz-2, Piazza, Wright, and Mientkiewicz) when they rout the Phillies, 16-4.

2009       Daniel Cabrera puts the ball in play when he grounds out to first and then reaches base safely for the first time in his six-year career when he walks on four straight balls thrown by Florida’s Hayden Penn. The Diamondbacks’ right-hander had previously struck out in all of his 18 major league at-bats, including one in today’s game, setting a major-league mark for consecutive strikeouts.

2009       The Marlins, for the third successive day, rally from behind in the top of the ninth, completing a three-game sweep against the Nationals. The last team to win three consecutive times after trailing in the ninth inning were the 1998 Tigers, who came back dramatically in a trio of mid-September contests to beat Toronto and Minnesota.

2012       En route to an 11-4 victory in Washington, Jose Altuve, Brian Bogusevic, and Matt Downs all collect three-baggers in Houston’s five-run first frame. It is the first time in franchise history the Astros hit three triples in one inning.

2013       After stealing second base, Jean Segura changes his mind about swiping third and ends up on first, thinking he is out because teammate Ryan Braun is on second base, heads for the dugout before getting back to first, realizing he is still safe. Two pitches later, the bewildered Milwaukee baserunner tries to steal second base again, becoming the first player to have taken second base once and then is caught stealing the same bag in the same inning.

2013       According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Matt Harvey becomes the first pitcher in modern major league history to win his first four games while giving up less than a total of ten hits. The 24 year-old Mets right-hander easily outduels his mound opponent, Washington’s former phenom, Stephen Strasburg, prompting the Citi Field crowd to start chanting, “Har-vee’s be-tter, “Har-vee’s be-tter.”

2019       When right-hander Adam Ottavino faces the Royals’ Terrance Gore in the seventh inning of the New York’s 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, the matchup becomes the first zero vs. zero confrontation to take place in a big-league game. The 33 year-old reliever, whose the first Bronx Bomber to wear the uniform #0, strikes out the Kansas City outfielder, the second Royals player ever to don a cipher and the first since George Scott wore it in 1979.


It seems strange that one can look back at a Hall of Fame pitcher’s career that includes three-hundred seventy-three wins and still come away with a thought of what if? Yet, such is the case when one looks back at the career of Grover Cleveland Alexander. Despite putting up numbers that rivaled the two legendary hurlers of his day, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson, it has often been the opinion of some that Alexander could have done more. It is thought that, due to war service and his battle against personal demons, he lost his chance to surpass his rival’s career win marks and perhaps even eclipse Cy Young’s all-time victory total of five-hundred eleven.

Born in Elba, Nebraska on February 26, 1887, Alexander developed his strength as a youth husking corn on his father’s farm. Later, while working digging postholes for the phone company, he also played ball on the side and gained notice for his pitching ability . He was signed by Galesburg (Illinois) of the Illinois-Missouri League, and was 15-8 half way through the season when his suffered his first case of misfortune. While running from first to second, Alexander was struck in the head by the shortstop’s throw to first to complete a double play. The blow rendered him unconscious and after recovering he was left with blurred vision. Galesburg, withholding his ailment, sold him to Indianapolis of the American Association who, after finding out about his vision, then shipped him to Syracuse of the New York State League. Finally, over time his vision cleared up and he responded with a fine 29-14 record for Syracuse in 1910.

The National League’s Phillies purchased Alexander in 1911 and he had a remarkable rookie big league season, winning twenty-eight games, striking out two-hundred twenty-seven batters (a National League rookie record that stood for seventy-three years) and topped the loop with seven shutouts. He followed up with seasons of nineteen and twenty-two wins respectively, led the league in strikeouts (one-hundred ninety-five) in 1912, and shutouts again in 1913 with nine. Alexander’s shutout totals were even more impressive because in Philadelphia he pitched in the hitter friendly Baker Bowl. Following a twenty-seven win campaign in 1914, he began a run of three seasons that put him in the class of the contemporary greats of his time, Mathewson and Johnson. From 1915-17 Alexander reeled off three consecutive thirty win seasons (31,33, 30) led the league in ERA with microscopic figures of 1.22, 1.55 and 1.83, and topped the National League (NL) in shutouts (twelve, a still held Major League record sixteen, and eight). He worked tirelessly averaging three-hundred eighty-four innings pitched, while twice pitching two complete games in one day, winning both times. He helped the Phillies reach the World Series in 1915, winning their only game as Philadelphia lost to Boston.

Alexander came at the batter with an easy sidearm motion and excellent control of his fastball and curve. “He looked like he was hardly working at all, like he was throwing batting practice,” is how one teammate described him. Although he was known for an excellent curveball, (Alexander himself once said “The main thing with me is my curves”), Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes described his fast ball as “kicking in about three inches on a right-handed batter.” Why then would the Phillies trade a pitcher with so much talent coming off such great seasons? Philadelphia shipped Alexander to the Chicago Cubs before the 1918 season suspecting their star pitcher would join the war effort. Their suspicions proved correct as Alexander shortly after the start of the season joined the Army. During the one year he served he engaged, and was witness to, some heavy combat and he returned home a changed man who became withdrawn. He became an alcoholic and suffered bouts of epilepsy.

Despite his ailments, Alexander remained a fine pitcher and gave the Cubs some fine seasons from 1919-25, winning twenty games twice (twenty-seven in 1920 and twenty-two in 1923), leading the league in ERA twice (1.72 in1919 and 1.91 in 1920), and was the Alex of old — walking just thirty batters in three-hundred five innings pitched in 1923. Halfway through the 1926 season the Cubs (wary of his constant drinking) traded him to the Cardinals. Although his best years were behind him, Alexander pitched well and contributed to St. Louis’ first pennant winning year. That put the aging, ailing Alexander on the big stage in the World Series against the Babe Ruth / Lou Gehrig led Yankees. However, Alex wasn’t one to be intimidated and he twice knotted the Series for the Cardinals winning Game 2 and Game 6. He then took a seat in the St. Louis bullpen thinking full well his Series work was complete, only to soon find out he would be needed, and would end up being associated with one of the most often told World Series stories that is legend to this day.

The Cardinals led Game 7 of the 1926 World Series 3-2, with two out, in the seventh inning when Redbird pitcher Jesse Haines developed a finger blister and walked three straight hitters. St. Louis Manager Rogers Hornsby was forced to make a pitching change and to everyone’s surprise signaled for Grove Cleveland Alexander to come in and face powerful hitting rookie Yankee second baseman Tony Lazzeri. Legend has it the Alex entered the game either recovering from a hangover or simply having been woken up from a bullpen nap. While neither of them has ever been proven true, the record shows Alexander calmly took on the task and was up to it. Surviving a 1-1 pitch mistake (Lazzeri pulled one foul deep down the leftfield line) the crafty veteran snapped off a curveball to fan Tony, strand three runners, and escape danger. Alex then retired the Yankees in order in the eighth and got their first two hitters in the ninth. That left Babe Ruth as the last New York hope. Pitching carefully, Alexander went to a full count on the Babe before just missing and walking him. To everyone’s surprise Ruth tried to steal second and was thrown out making the Cardinals 1926 World Champions.

Alexander had one more twenty win season in him (twenty-one in 1927) and won a respectable sixteen in 1928. The Cardinals released him in 1929, after he went 9-8, and he then returned to the Phillies in 1930 but did not win a game in his last Major League season. He then played some semipro ball, but the drinking and epilepsy had taken its toll and he soon left baseball completely. He finished tied with Christy Mathewson for third in career wins, second to Walter Johnson in all-time shutouts with ninety, led the league in ERA four times, and in strikeouts six seasons. He won the NL Pitching Triple Crown (wins, strikeouts, ERA) three times, and was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1938. At one point in the 1940’s, he was an attraction at a New York Circus where he would answer patron’s questions about his career, mostly about the famous strikeout of Lazzeri. He returned to Nebraska in 1950 where he died on November 4. In 1953, a film was made about Grover Cleveland Alexander’s life (‘The Winning Team’) and he became a ballplayer not only named for a U.S. President, but one that was portrayed by one, as future Chief Executive Ronald Reagan landed the role.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston106.6254 – 56 – 16 – 34 – 30 – 07 – 3L 2
Tampa Bay88.50023 – 45 – 45 – 40 – 01 – 36 – 4W 3
Baltimore79.43831 – 66 – 34 – 50 – 03 – 43 – 7L 1
Toronto79.43833 – 34 – 64 – 21 – 32 – 44 – 6L 2
NY Yankees510.3334.53 – 62 – 45 – 100 – 00 – 02 – 8L 5
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Kansas City95.6437 – 32 – 23 – 12 – 24 – 26 – 4W 2
Cleveland87.5331.54 – 14 – 60 – 07 – 50 – 06 – 4W 1
Chi White Sox88.50023 – 35 – 52 – 13 – 33 – 45 – 5W 2
Minnesota68.42932 – 54 – 31 – 32 – 11 – 33 – 7L 1
Detroit610.37543 – 33 – 70 – 03 – 63 – 43 – 7L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Seattle106.6255 – 45 – 23 – 13 – 32 – 17 – 3W 1
LA Angels85.6150.55 – 23 – 32 – 15 – 31 – 16 – 4W 1
Oakland97.56315 – 64 – 10 – 04 – 02 – 59 – 1W 8
Houston78.4672.51 – 56 – 30 – 00 – 37 – 53 – 7L 1
Texas79.43833 – 64 – 36 – 41 – 20 – 04 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets74.6364 – 13 – 35 – 30 – 02 – 17 – 3W 1
Philadelphia87.53317 – 21 – 56 – 62 – 10 – 04 – 6W 1
Miami78.46723 – 64 – 24 – 20 – 32 – 16 – 4L 1
Atlanta79.4382.53 – 44 – 55 – 82 – 10 – 05 – 5W 1
Washington58.38533 – 42 – 41 – 22 – 12 – 54 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati96.6007 – 22 – 40 – 05 – 12 – 45 – 5L 1
Milwaukee87.53314 – 54 – 20 – 07 – 50 – 06 – 4L 1
St. Louis78.46722 – 45 – 45 – 42 – 40 – 04 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh79.4382.54 – 33 – 60 – 05 – 72 – 26 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs69.40034 – 52 – 41 – 25 – 70 – 03 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers133.8136 – 07 – 33 – 00 – 08 – 28 – 2L 1
San Francisco96.6003.55 – 14 – 51 – 22 – 15 – 17 – 3W 1
San Diego107.5883.55 – 55 – 20 – 02 – 25 – 56 – 4W 1
Arizona610.37572 – 34 – 72 – 22 – 12 – 54 – 6W 1
Colorado412.25094 – 60 – 61 – 20 – 03 – 102 – 8L 1


Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia3917.69622-517-1210-225-77-34 W
Brooklyn3819.6671.523-715-126-320-136-41 L
Milwaukee3521.6254.018-917-129-020-106-41 L
Atlanta3126.5448.515-1116-154-317-138-21 W
Boston3126.5448.518-1013-164-618-148-26 W
New York3127.5349.018-1013-172-819-177-36 W
Miami2928.50910.516-1313-155-517-156-41 W
Charlotte2828.50011.014-1214-167-215-144-61 W
Indiana2630.46413.09-1617-145-414-185-52 L
10 Toronto2434.41416.014-1510-193-615-206-43 W
11 Chicago2333.41116.011-1812-155-313-134-61 W
12 Washington2333.41116.012-1611-172-79-236-44 W
13 Cleveland2036.35719.011-169-203-614-163-72 L
14 Orlando1839.31621.510-208-194-511-212-82 L
15 Detroit1740.29822.510-167-240-910-234-61 L
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah4215.73726-316-125-219-96-41 L
Phoenix4016.7141.523-917-76-324-108-21 L
LA Clippers4019.6783.023-817-118-223-108-21 W
Denver3620.6435.519-1017-107-119-128-22 W
LA Lakers3522.6147.017-1218-103-621-115-51 W
Portland3224.5719.516-1216-124-517-144-61 L
Dallas3026.53611.513-1417-126-417-175-52 L
Memphis2926.52712.013-1616-104-612-187-32 W
Golden State2829.49114.017-1011-193-715-145-51 L
10 San Antonio2728.49114.012-1815-105-615-203-71 W
11 New Orleans2532.43917.016-149-186-314-174-63 L
12 Sacramento2334.40419.012-1611-184-611-171-91 W
13 Oklahoma City2037.35122.09-2011-173-811-220-1010 L
14 Houston1542.26327.07-218-215-710-232-81 W
15 Minnesota1543.25927.510-195-243-69-233-71 L
NHL Division Standings
Washington Capitals4629134622716314114-6-215-7-26-4-0
New York Islanders4528134602412710518-2-210-11-26-4-0
Pittsburgh Penguins4528143592515212616-3-212-11-16-3-1
Boston Bruins4325126562112511014-6-311-6-37-2-1
New York Rangers4523166522215111811-7-312-9-37-1-2
Philadelphia Flyers452018747181281629-10-411-8-33-4-3
New Jersey Devils441424634141091504-17-310-7-31-8-1
Buffalo Sabres45122673191111545-14-47-12-35-3-2
Colorado Avalanche433094643015410118-4-212-5-29-1-0
Vegas Golden Knights443111264311479816-4-215-7-07-2-1
Minnesota Wild4327133572613211517-4-010-9-36-3-1
Arizona Coyotes4520205451712114111-8-39-12-24-6-0
St. Louis Blues431918644171241357-10-412-8-23-6-1
San Jose Sharks441822440131181498-10-210-12-24-6-0
Los Angeles Kings421620638151141277-9-49-11-23-7-0
Anaheim Ducks461425735131031475-16-49-9-33-6-1
Toronto Maple Leafs4528125612714712014-7-314-5-26-2-2
Winnipeg Jets4527153572714412011-7-216-8-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers4326152542613712013-8-013-7-26-2-2
Montreal Canadiens4219149471812511910-10-29-4-74-6-0
Calgary Flames4419223411811612910-9-19-13-24-6-0
Vancouver Canucks3817183371410312210-9-27-9-16-3-1
Ottawa Senators451526434131221649-10-46-16-03-6-1
Carolina Hurricanes4329104622514010416-3-413-7-06-3-1
Florida Panthers4528125612714312314-4-314-8-26-3-1
Tampa Bay Lightning4429132602814911516-5-013-8-25-5-0
Nashville Predators4624211491912113013-9-011-12-16-4-0
Chicago Blackhawks4521195471912713911-8-210-11-35-5-0
Dallas Stars43171412461612210910-6-87-8-46-2-2
Columbus Blue Jackets461522939131141548-8-77-14-22-7-1
Detroit Red Wings4616246381510314510-10-46-14-24-4-2