WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Stanford 54 Arizona 53….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/wcbk/events/1041992/stats
Chicago 115 Brooklyn 107
LA Clippers 104 LA Lakers 86
Boston 116 Charlotte 86
Memphis 116 Philadelphia 100…DESMOND BANE 14PTS, 6REB, 1ASST
Atlanta 117 Golden State 111
New Orleans 122 Houston 115
Denver 119 Orlando 100
NBA STATS SUNDAY: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Minnesota 8 Milwaukee 2
Toronto 3 NY Yankees 1
Baltimore 11 Boston 3
Cleveland 9 Detroit 3
Texas 7 Kansas City 3
Houston 9 Oakland 2
LA Angels 7 Chicago White Sox 4
Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 12 St. Louis 1
Chicago Cubs 4 Pittsburgh 3
LA Dodgers 4 Colorado 2
Arizona 3 San Diego 1
MLB BOX SCORES: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events
Detroit 5 Tampa Bay 1
Washington 5 New Jersey 4
Florida 3 Columbus 0
Carolina 1 Dallas 0
Arizona 3 Anaheim 2
Toronto 4 Calgary 2
NHL STATS SUNDAY: https://www.thescore.com/nhl/events
COLLEGE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
Miami Ohio 5 Eastern Michigan 4
Evansville 14 South Dakota State 8
Nebraska 12 Illinois 7
Wake Forest 6 Louisville 3
Michigan 6 Maryland 5
Northwestern 4 Michigan 1
Ohio State 4 Indiana 3
Iowa 8 Purdue 5
Rutgers 6 Penn State 4
|Valero Texas Open|
|Apr. 1-4, TPC San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Jordan Spieth||67||70||67||66||-18 (270)||F|
|2||Charley Hoffman||75||66||65||66||-16 (272)||F|
|3||Matt Wallace||69||68||67||70||-14 (274)||F|
|4||Lucas Glover||73||67||70||66||-12 (276)||F|
|5||Anirban Lahiri||71||69||69||69||-10 (278)||F|
|6t||Brandt Snedeker||72||67||72||68||-9 (279)||F|
|6t||Chris Kirk||72||72||67||68||-9 (279)||F|
|6t||Gary Woodland||71||72||67||69||-9 (279)||F|
|9t||Patton Kizzire||71||74||70||65||-8 (280)||F|
|9t||Sebastian Munoz||68||74||69||69||-8 (280)||F|
|9t||Cameron Tringale||66||69||73||72||-8 (280)||F|
|12t||Matt Kuchar||70||70||70||71||-7 (281)||F|
|12t||Tom Hoge||68||76||66||71||-7 (281)||F|
|14t||Corey Conners||71||74||67||70||-6 (282)||F|
|14t||Erik van Rooyen||71||68||72||71||-6 (282)||F|
|14t||Kyle Stanley||71||68||72||71||-6 (282)||F|
|17t||Luke List||73||71||70||69||-5 (283)||F|
|17t||Ryan Palmer||72||71||70||70||-5 (283)||F|
|17t||Rickie Fowler||76||68||69||70||-5 (283)||F|
|17t||Brandon Hagy||70||70||72||71||-5 (283)||F|
|17t||Keith Mitchell||72||69||71||71||-5 (283)||F|
|17t||Camilo Villegas||64||76||71||72||-5 (283)||F|
|23t||Abraham Ancer||72||73||69||70||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Adam Hadwin||70||73||71||70||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Si Woo Kim||72||72||70||70||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Branden Grace||75||71||70||68||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Keegan Bradley||71||73||70||70||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||70||73||70||71||-4 (284)||F|
|23t||Chesson Hadley||73||72||66||73||-4 (284)||F|
|30t||K.J. Choi||72||74||69||70||-3 (285)||F|
|30t||Hideki Matsuyama||67||74||73||71||-3 (285)||F|
|30t||Rory Sabbatini||71||70||74||70||-3 (285)||F|
|30t||Martin Laird||72||73||72||68||-3 (285)||F|
|34t||Vincent Whaley||69||76||70||71||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Rafael Campos||72||74||68||72||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Lanto Griffin||75||71||69||71||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Joseph Bramlett||72||73||69||72||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Denny McCarthy||71||74||71||70||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Matthew NeSmith||73||71||72||70||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Troy Merritt||76||69||68||73||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Ben Martin||73||73||72||68||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Cameron Champ||77||69||73||67||-2 (286)||F|
|34t||Bo Van Pelt||74||72||73||67||-2 (286)||F|
|44t||Kelly Kraft||75||71||68||73||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Vaughn Taylor||71||74||70||72||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Martin Trainer||70||74||70||73||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Sam Fidone||74||72||70||71||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Chase Seiffert||72||70||74||71||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Doc Redman||72||68||73||74||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Tyler Duncan||73||71||73||70||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Doug Ghim||74||72||72||69||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||70||71||78||68||-1 (287)||F|
|44t||Aaron Wise||75||70||75||67||-1 (287)||F|
|54t||Graeme McDowell||74||71||69||74||E (288)||F|
|54t||Scottie Scheffler||68||78||69||73||E (288)||F|
|54t||Seung-yul Noh||67||76||74||71||E (288)||F|
|54t||Kevin Stadler||69||70||73||76||E (288)||F|
|54t||Tom Lewis||73||72||74||69||E (288)||F|
|59t||Greyson Sigg||73||72||70||74||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Sung Kang||66||76||72||75||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Jimmy Walker||72||72||70||75||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Nick Taylor||73||70||74||72||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Sebastian Cappelen||74||71||73||71||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Tain Lee||73||73||72||71||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||Scott Stallings||77||69||72||71||+1 (289)||F|
|59t||D.J. Trahan||74||71||74||70||+1 (289)||F|
|67t||Pat Perez||70||73||72||75||+2 (290)||F|
|67t||Sepp Straka||71||72||74||73||+2 (290)||F|
|69t||Cameron Davis||71||71||73||76||+3 (291)||F|
|69t||John Huh||72||73||71||75||+3 (291)||F|
|69t||Charl Schwartzel||71||73||74||73||+3 (291)||F|
|69t||Padraig Harrington||70||74||74||73||+3 (291)||F|
|69t||Beau Hossler||74||72||73||72||+3 (291)||F|
|74||Joel Dahmen||74||72||73||73||+4 (292)||F|
|75||Kristoffer Ventura||74||72||77||70||+5 (293)||F|
|76||Ryan Moore||71||72||78||73||+6 (294)||F|
|77||Brendan Steele||70||76||76||73||+7 (295)||F|
|78||Will Gordon||72||74||77||73||+8 (296)||F|
Stanford holds off Arizona 54-53 to win women’s NCAA title
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tara VanDerveer hugged each of her Stanford players as they climbed the ladder to cut down the nets, capping a taxing whirlwind journey and ending an exhausting championship drought for the Cardinal.
It took 29 years, that included 10 weeks on the road this season because of the coronavirus, for VanDerveer and the Cardinal to be crowned NCAA women’s basketball champions again.
“We had some special karma going for us,” VanDerveer said. “Had the comeback against Louisville, dodge a bullet against South Carolina, dodge bullet against Arizona. Sometimes you have to be lucky. I’ll admit it, we were very fortunate to win.”
Haley Jones scored 17 points and Stanford beat Arizona 54-53, giving the Cardinal and their Hall of Fame coach their first national championship since 1992 on Sunday night.
“Getting through all the things we got through, we’re excited to win the COVID championship,” VanDerveer said. “The other one was not quite as close, the last one. But we’re really excited. No one knows the score, no one knows who scored, it’s a national championship.”
It wasn’t a masterpiece by any stretch with both teams struggling to score and missing easy layups and shots, but Stanford did just enough to pull off the win – it’s second straight by a point.
Stanford (31-2) built a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter before Arizona (21-6) cut it to 51-50 on star guard Aari McDonald’s 3-pointer.
After a timeout, Jones answered with a three-point play with 2:24 left. That would be Stanford’s last basket of the game. McDonald got the Wildcats with 54-53 with 36.6 seconds left converting three of four free throws.
“I just owe it all to my teammates, they have confidence in me when I don’t have confidence in myself,” said Jones, who was honored as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. “I saw they needed me to come up big and I did.”
The Cardinal, after another timeout couldn’t even get a shot off, giving Arizona one last chance with 6.1 seconds left, but McDonald’s contested shot from the top of the key at the buzzer bounced off the rim.
“I got denied hard. I tried to turn the corner, they sent three at me. I took a tough, contested shot and it didn’t fall,” said McDonald, who fell near midcourt, slumped in disbelief while the Cardinal celebrated.
It’s been quite a journey for VanDerveer and the Cardinal this season. The team was forced on the road for nearly 10 weeks because of the coronavirus, spending 86 days in hotels during this nomadic season.
“It was a long, very difficult journey being on the road, sleeping in hotels, living out of your bag. It’s just a lot. You’re on the bus, you’re on planes all the time and there’s just never really an end in sight so it’s difficult,” Jones said.
“But I think from that experience and losing on the road and dropping one at home I think it just really kind of grew this extra like chip on our shoulder almost.”
The team didn’t complain and went about their business and now have another NCAA championship. Along the way the Hall of Fame coach earned her 1,099th career victory to pass Pat Summitt for the most all time in women’s basketball history.
NBA NEWS: Holiday, Bucks ink 4-year extension worth at least $134M
MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday followed up his biggest game of the season by making a long-term commitment to his new team.
Holiday agreed to a four-year contract extension that would be worth at least $134 million if he exercises his option for the final season. The Bucks announced the agreement Sunday.
“I’m a Buck for life,” Holiday said in a video posted on the Bucks’ Twitter account. “Just know that I’m glad to be a part of Bucks Nation. Let’s do some big things, man. I’m really excited.”
The announcement came one day after Holiday had a season-high 33 points as well as 11 assists and seven rebounds in a 129-128 victory at Sacramento. Holiday’s performance enabled the Bucks to withstand the absence of reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who sat out with a sore left knee.
The move represents the latest step in the Bucks’ heavy investment in their trio of Holiday, Antetokounmpo and two-time All-Star Khris Middleton as the franchise chases its first NBA title since 1971.
The Bucks posted the NBA’s best regular-season record each of the last two seasons but lost in the Eastern Conference finals in 2019 and in the second round of the playoffs last year. Entering Sunday, Milwaukee owned a 32-17 record and was two games behind Philadelphia and Brooklyn in the East standings.
“Jrue is one of the top guards in the NBA and we are thrilled to sign him to this extension,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. “Adding him to our team has made us better on both ends of the floor. He’s an elite defender and an impactful offensive player with the ability to score, shoot and facilitate.”
Holiday had a $26.7 million player option remaining for the 2021-21 season as part of the five-year, $126 million contract he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in July 2017.
NBA NEWS: Bulls beat Nets 115-107, snap 6-game skid
CHICAGO (AP) Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Zach LaVine added 25 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 115-107 on Sunday to snap a six-game losing streak.
Tomas Satoransky had a season-high 19 points and 11 assists as Chicago won for the first time since acquiring Vucevic before the trade deadline.
“We understand it’s going to take some time, and we’ve had some guys out of the lineup,” said Vucevic, who has played five games with the Bulls.
“What I really like is it’s a motivated group of guys and they want to win. It’s all been positive. Hopefully, we can grow together and get some wins.”
Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 15 assists to lead short-handed Brooklyn, which played without James Harden and Kevin Durant. Jeff Green added 21 off the bench. The Nets had won five straight and 10 of 12.
“We couldn’t get as many stops as we needed,” Irving said. “In the second quarter, they created separation and we were playing catch-up.
“You’ve got to give the Bulls credit. They came to play and they made shots.”
Brooklyn led by as many as nine points in the first quarter, but Chicago closed the gap to 28-25 and then posted a 32-18 advantage in the second for a 57-46 halftime lead. The Bulls closed the first half with a 16-5 run with Satoransky leading the way with nine points.
Chicago continued the surge early in the second half, extending the lead to 74-56 midway through the third quarter. The Bulls took an 89-72 edge into the fourth.
Brooklyn pulled within seven points on a couple of occasions late, but LaVine sealed it with a 3-pointer with 1:22 remaining to make it 112-102.
NBA NEWS: Clippers rout short-handed Lakers 104-86, end 2-game skid
LOS ANGELES (AP) Marcus Morris scored 22 points and the Los Angeles Clippers dominated the short-handed Lakers in a 104-86 victory on Sunday to end a two-game skid.
Kawhi Leonard had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and Paul George added 16 points for the Clippers.
“We set the tone early defensively, we were physical and got into bodies,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Lakers trailed the entire game in which they were without injured All-Star duo LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as well as Andre Drummond and Wesley Matthews. They’ve dropped six of nine.
Montrezl Harrell led the Lakers with 19 points against his old team. Marc Gasol was the only starter in double figures with 11 points.
Kyle Kuzma’s shooting typified the Lakers’ offensive woes. He was held to six points as one of four starters who combined to shoot 12 of 41.
“We got to play the right way on the offensive end,” Kuzma said. “Defensively, we’ll be all right. Offensively, we got to find ways to play together. Can’t win games scoring in the 80s and 90s. Got to find ways to incorporate everyone.”
The Clippers built a double-digit lead midway through the second that the Lakers never reduced to single digits the rest of the way.
“Credit the Clippers’ defense,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “They got up into us and we didn’t handle their pressure at all and we had a tough shooting night. We got to play through their pressure and physicality better than we did.”
Five different Clippers powered a 12-3 run to start the third, with George’s 3-pointer capping the spurt that created their largest lead of 24 points. They matched that lead later in the quarter on a 3-pointer by Luke Kennard, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the fourth.
The Clippers stretched their lead to 20 points in the second, running off 10 in a row that ended with back-to-back 3-pointers by Marcus Morris.
Aaron Gordon’s 24 points leads Denver past Orlando 119-109
DENVER (AP) Aaron Gordon scored 24 points against his former team, rallying the Denver Nuggets past the Orlando Magic 119-109 Sunday night.
Gordon scored Denver’s first dozen points, then helped the Nuggets erase an 18-point halftime deficit for their 14th win in 17 games and their 10th straight over the Magic.
Jamal Murray added 22 points and Michael Porter Jr. 20 for Denver, which got 17 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds from Nikola Jokic. Chuma Okeke and Terrence Ross led Orlando with 19 points each.
Denver coach Michael Malone said before tip-off that he didn’t have to give Gordon any advice about keeping his emotions in check going against his former team that dealt him to Denver last week after seven seasons in Orlando.
“I haven’t gotten the sense from Aaron that he’s hyped up more because it’s Orlando than he was for Atlanta or Philly or the Clippers. I don’t get the sense that he’s that type of guy,” Malone said. “I haven’t said anything to him. What I tell our entire group is that this game is all about us.
“If we think we can just show up because we’re playing a team that doesn’t have maybe a marquee name, we’re going to find ourselves in a ballgame.”
They sure did.
The Nuggets trailed by double digits for most of the first half, and after cutting their deficit to 54-47, they surrendered the final 11 points of the second quarter and trailed 65-47 at halftime.
Denver erased all of that in the third quarter, but Ross put Orlando back on top 86-85 with a jumper in the closing seconds.
But the Nuggets pulled away in the final minutes for their fourth consecutive win since the big trade for Gordon.
Tatum’s 22, 3-pointers lift Celtics over Hornets, 116-86
BOSTON (AP) Jayson Tatum had 22 points and eight rebounds, and the Boston Celtics blew past the short-handed Charlotte Hornets 116-86 on Sunday.
Evan Fournier had four 3-pointers and 17 points. Robert Williams finished with 16 points and eight rebounds to help Boston post its second straight victory.
The Celtics trailed by nine in the first quarter before taking command in the third, outscoring the Hornets 40-27 for a 28-point lead. Boston made 21 3-pointers.
“The last two games, moving the ball has been good,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Hopefully we can play defense like we did tonight more often.”
Williams said he thinks a big part of their recent success defensively is simply that they are trusting each other more on that end of the floor.
“I feel like this is a big win obviously keeping the pace we’re on, keeping it rolling,” Williams said. “But we’ve got to have a lot more wins to get where we want to be.”
Terry Rozier led Charlotte with 22 points and seven assists. Devonte’ Graham added 11 points. The 30-point loss is the Hornets’ worst of the season. The Hornets (25-24) began the night in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, but with only a 1 1/2 game lead over the Celtics (25-25) in eighth. Boston’s win dropped the Hornets to fifth and the margin between them to a a half-game.
Charlotte was without three of its top scorers. LaMelo Ball (fractured right wrist) and Malik Monk (sprained right ankle) were joined by Gordon Hayward on the injured list Friday after he sprained his right foot during a win at Indiana.
The Hornets are 5-3 since Ball’s injury on March 20 but have lost two of their last three, with two games left on a six-game trip.
Hayward’s injury derailed his first chance to play against his former club Sunday after he declined a player option with the Celtics last offseason and was dealt to the Hornets, ending his disjointed three-year stint in Boston.
MLB NEWS: Castellanos strikes back with his bat, leads Reds over Cards
CINCINNATI (AP) Nick Castellanos came out swinging with his bat a day after being ejected for inciting a bench-clearing melee, hitting a three-run homer and triple to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-1 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Tyler Naquin also a three-run shot for the Reds, who won two in a row to take the opening series in matchup of NL Central teams that earned wild-card spots last season.
“You want to win always, but what happened yesterday really heightened the mood,” Naquin said.
The fiery Castellanos flexed and jawed at St. Louis reliever Jake Woodford after scoring on a wild pitch on Saturday night. Catcher Yadier Molina took exception, grabbed Castellanos and a series of scuffles ensued that spilled into the outfield. Castellanos was the only player tossed.
There was no spillover from the trouble in the wrap-up game.
Castellanos kept up his big series with a triple in the fourth inning, scoring on a single by Votto. Then with two on and two outs in the fifth, he hit a 91 mph fastball from Carlos Martinez (0-1) into the Reds bullpen in left-center field for a 4-1 lead.
Castellanos went 6 for 11 in the series, scoring six runs and driving in five. He homered twice, tripled and doubled.
“There is more energy in the clubhouse, more energy on the field,” Castellanos said, clearly ready to move on from the Saturday incident. “Reds Country is happy right now.”
Naquin, who started in left field for the ailing Jesse Winker, homered into the right-field seats during a six-run sixth inning.
“It just wasn’t real pretty for a little bit of the last part of the game,” Cards manager Mike Shildt said. “It’s not something I’m concerned about because it’s something we won’t see regularly.”
MLB NEWS: Zach Davies wins Chicago debut as Cubs beat Pirates 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) Zach Davies worked quickly. He moved the ball around the plate. He made a couple of big pitches at key moments.
It was a familiar scene for the Chicago Cubs. Only Davies was wearing their uniform this time.
Davies pitched into the sixth inning in his Cubs debut, leading his new team to a 4-3 victory over the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
“It’s great. It’s a little bit different playing on this side of the field,” Davies said, “and get to experience that kind of crowd cheering for you instead of against you.”
Ian Happ homered and Kris Bryant reached three times as Chicago earned its second straight win after losing on opening day. Joc Pederson also drove in a run with a groundout.
Davies, acquired in the December trade that sent Yu Darvish to San Diego, permitted two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out five and walked three.
The 28-year-old Davies spent his first five seasons in Milwaukee, so Bryant and the Cubs knew what the Pirates were dealing with on a sunny afternoon at Wrigley Field.
“It’s crazy, just to see him on our side now. … Just how he quicks he works and the fastball, changeup, cutter and curve, all the pitches for strikes,” Bryant said. “Going to keep you off balance.”
Pittsburgh played without third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left wrist. Hayes, one of the preseason favorites for NL Rookie of the Year, got hurt on a swing during Saturday’s 5-1 loss.
Hayes hit a two-run homer during Pittsburgh’s 5-3 victory Thursday but he also is highly regarded for his fielding skills. And his absence was particularly noticeable when Phillip Evans, Hayes’ replacement at third, was unable to stop Javier Baez’s hard-hit grounder in the sixth, allowing Bryant to score and handing the Cubs a 4-2 lead with the error.
MLB NEWS: Trimmer Guerrero helps Jays finish series win over Yanks
NEW YORK (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. dropped 42 pounds after an underwhelming 2020.
He’s hoping less can be more – and the 22-year-old sure still looks like a heavy hitter.
Guerrero and Randal Grichuk homered off Domingo German in the Yankee right-hander’s return from a domestic violence ban, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York 3-1 Sunday to win a season-opening series against their AL East rival.
A slimmed-down Guerrero had a hit in all three games, including an opposite-field shot leading off the second inning against German.
“He makes the lineup a lot better,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “That’s what we think could happen. That was a beautiful swing to go opposite field.”
It was Guerrero’s first longball of the season after he hit .262 with nine homers in 60 games last year. The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero went on a diet over the winter, and teammates have remarked on his energy this spring.
“I feel a lot better this year,” he said via translator.
Grichuk wrapped a two-run drive around the left-field foul pole two batters after Guerrero, helping Toronto take two of three.
“We were coming in with confidence,” Montoyo said. “It’s even better now.”
T.J. Zeuch pitched four scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, and left-hander Ryan Borucki (1-0) got two outs to escape a jam in the sixth. Julian Merryweather got his second save with a perfect ninth.
German (0-1) allowed three runs over three innings in his first appearance since Sept. 18, 2019. He missed all of last season serving an 81-game ban under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after an alleged incident involving his girlfriend, with whom he has at least one child.
MLB NEWS: Phillies pitchers dominate again, sweep Braves on Bohm hit
PHILADELPHIA (AP) A whole lot of stellar pitching and just enough hitting gave the Philadelphia Phillies a good start on their quest to dethrone the three-time NL East champion Atlanta Braves.
Alec Bohm had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, Zach Eflin gave Philadelphia another strong start and the Phillies completed a three-game sweep of the Braves with a 2-1 win Sunday.
Philadelphia’s pitching staff was the story of the season-opening series as the starting trio of Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Eflin surrendered only three runs, 11 hits and one walk while recording 24 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings against NL MVP Freddie Freeman and an Atlanta lineup that led the majors in 2020 with 556 hits.
The Phillies bullpen, which posted a 7.06 ERA in 2020, didn’t yield a run in 7 1/3 innings in the set.
“Everyone did their job,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “The starters came in and did their job. The bullpen did their job. To limit this team to the amount of runs that we did is not easy to do.”
Philadelphia’s pitching held Atlanta’s lineup in check with Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Marcell Ozuna combining to go 3 for 44 (.068) in the three-game set.
“We’re going to go through this in this game,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ll probably go through this in July or August. We faced some good pitching. But I’d rather face a team like us (as an opponent) early than late when we get our offense going and get some at-bats.”
Eflin went seven strong innings, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out eight. The lone mistake he made was hanging a curveball to Travis d’Arnaud, who pierced the winds blowing into Citizens Bank Park with a tying, solo homer in the seventh that ended Atlanta’s 19-inning scoring drought.
“We know that those guys can hit,” Eflin said. “It’s a huge goal to go into a start and try to limit the amount of pitches they can hit. You stress weak contact against them. It’s great to pitch deep into the game for the first start, keep them off balance, get some double plays when I needed to and kept them guessing.”
PGA: Spieth recaptures magic at Texas Open for 1st victory since 2017
Jordan Spieth recaptured the winning magic that propelled him to become the world No. 1 on Sunday, firing a final-round 66 to win the Texas Open by two.
The victory over Charley Hoffman marks Spieth’s 12th career win and his first since the 2017 Open Championship.
“This is a monumental win for me, one I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Spieth said afterward, according to Golf Digest’s Dave Shedloski.
The 27-year-old began the final round sharing the lead with Englishman Matt Wallace, but he quickly started to separate himself from the field. He made two early birdies and didn’t look back.
Hoffman made things interesting with a back-nine charge, but Spieth came up with an important birdie on the par-4 17th to give himself a two-shot cushion going into the last hole.
All he needed to do was tap in for par to snap a winless drought that lasted nearly four years.
“There were a lot of times I wasn’t sure if I’d be here with you, talking to you about this right now,” he told the Golf Channel’s Steve Sands during his post-win interview. “I never really doubted in myself to be able to get back to where I wanted to go, but when you lose confidence, a lot of the time it’s hard to see the positives going forward.”
Spieth’s win at TPC San Antonio comes 1,351 days after he claimed his third major championship at the 2017 Open.
He also moves to No. 38 in the world rankings the week before heading to Augusta National in pursuit of his second career green jacket.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Ohio State Rallies Past Indiana, 4-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Indiana University baseball team fell on a walk-off, two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to Ohio State, 4-3, at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday afternoon.
With the setback, the Hoosiers fall to 11-7 on the season overall and in Big Ten play, while the Buckeyes improve to 12-7 on the year and in league action.
• After three scoreless innings, the Hoosiers jumped on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and two outs, INF Jeremy Houston hit a sharp grounder to the OSU shortstop, who was unable to handle the two-hopper. DH Grant Macciocchi took advantage, scoring from third base on the error.
• Ohio State scored an unearned run on a sac fly in the bottom of the sixth, only for IU to retake the lead with an unearned run of the team’s own in the eighth.
• After a leadoff double to center field from OF Morgan Colopy, C Collin Hopkins laid down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away by the pitcher for an error, plating Colopy.
• OF Drew Ashley followed two batters later with an RBI double down the left-field line, pushing the Indiana lead to 3-1.
• Ohio State plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie it up and then won the game on a two-out, walk-off single from OF Zach Dezenzo in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 4-3.
• RHP Gabe Bierman was brilliant for the Hoosiers, tossing seven innings and allowing just one unearned run on three hits. He also struck out five batters in his quality start.
• Colopy went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored for the Hoosiers, while OF Grant Richardson had pair of hits and two stolen bases.
• The Hoosiers will return home to Bloomington, Ind. to host a three-game series with Illinois at Bart Kaufman Field starting on Friday, April 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: 10 Inning Thriller Comes Up Short For The Hoosiers At Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa – On sunny Sunday after in Iowa, Indiana Softball completed its series with Iowa. Going all the way to the 10th inning, the Hoosiers came up short in the series finale by a score of 2-1.
• At the bottom of the first the Hawkeyes attempted to put two on with no outs as the Hoosiers got a double play and Emily Goodin struck out the final batter to end the threat.
• Bella Norton singled to lead off the second for Indiana. In to pinch run, Tatum Hayes stole second to put one in scoring position. Hayes was stranded to end the inning.
• Goodin continued her strong outing in the second. With one out, Goodin fielded two balls to Annika Baez at first and recorded the final two outs.
• Gabbi Jenkins had a hard-hit ball for a double in the third with two outs but was left on base after a quick out.
• Taylor Lambert got Indiana some base production by notching a single to right center during the fifth. Jenkins cranked one out to right field that brought Lambert all the way home to put the Hoosiers up 1-0 late.
• The Hawkeyes tried to find the equalizer in the sixth as Goodin let up just her first hit of the afternoon by way of a single. The runner advanced to third but Goodin struck one out and the Hoosiers defense picked up the other out to preserve the 1-0 lead.
• Brittany Ford pinch hit in the seventh where she saw a single hit to right field. Katie Lacefield reached on a fielder’s choice to second base, but a double play ended the frame.
• Three outs away from the win, the first out came from a grounder to Brooke Benson. After having two in scoring position, Radcliffe made a clutch catch for the second out. With bases loaded, Iowa plated a run and sent the contest to extras.
• The eighth was a three up, three down inning for both the Hoosiers and Hawkeyes.
• Norton hit a one double in the ninth to get the offense going. Desiree Dufek drew the walk before Baez grounded out and advanced both Norton and Dufek into scoring position. Despite the base production Indiana couldn’t get a run across.
• In the bottom half of the ninth, two strikeouts and a catch by Jenkins in foul territory extended the game further.
• Iowa got the run they needed to get the 2-1 victory in the 10th.
• This is the second of the series and third of the season for the Hoosiers that went to extra innings.
• Four Hoosiers tallied hits against the Hawkeyes.
• Gabbi Jenkins led the Hoosiers at the plate with two hits and one RBI. The RBI came off a double in the fifth inning.
• Bella Norton recorded three hits including a double in the ninth inning.
• Tatum Hayes had the lone stolen base. She entered as a pinch runner.
• Emily Goodin pitched a complete 10-inning game. She ended the day with two runs on six hits. This was her second complete game of the season.
• The Hoosiers got on base in all but three innings on Sunday afternoon.
Indiana will embark on a road trip to face in-state rival Purdue the weekend of Apr. 9. The Hoosiers are scheduled to play four games against the Boilermakers. The first game is set for Friday followed by a doubleheader on Saturday and the series finale on Sunday.
All dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Check IUHooisers.com for the latest information.
INDIANA WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Big Ten Regional Weekend Announced; No. 4 Seeded Hoosiers Set to Play Michigan
Rosemont, Ill. – Indiana women’s soccer earned the No. four seed in the Big Ten Regional Weekend and will face No.5 seeded Michigan in University Park, Pa., as released by the Big Ten Conference on Saturday, April 3.
The Hoosiers will face the Wolverines on Thursday, April 8 at No. 1 seeded Penn State’s Jeffery Field. Kickoff time is still TBD.
All 14 teams will compete in a single-elimination Big Ten Regional Weekend on April 8 and 11 at four campus sites. The winning team at each of the four regional locations will advance to the four-team Big Ten Tournament, to be played on the campus of the highest-remaining seed following the Regional Weekend. The Big Ten Tournament semifinals are set for April 15, with the tournament championship game scheduled for April 18. Game times and television coverage for all Big Ten postseason women’s soccer games will be announced at a later date.
For the Regional Weekend, the schools are seeded and assigned to their regional sites based on the same divisional alignment used during the Big Ten football season.
Following the Regional Weekend, the April 15 semifinals will be reseeded with the highest remaining seed playing host to the lowest remaining seed, while the second-highest remaining seed faces the second-lowest seed in the other semifinal. The winners of those games will meet for the Big Ten Tournament title on April 18, with the champion receiving the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament.
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Omaha Bound
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue Boilermakers (14-6) are headed to the 2020 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships, slated to take place entirely in Omaha, Nebraska in the CHI Health Center Omaha Convention Center.
The Boilermakers were selected as the No. 7 overall seed in the 48-team tournament, their highest ranking since 2011. As one of the top 16 seeds, Purdue will have a bye for the first round.
No. 7 seeded Purdue will face the first round winner of High Point vs. UCF on Thursday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3. The opponent matchup is slated for the day prior at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3.
Entering postseason, Purdue recorded the program’s second 14-win Big Ten season since 1987, joining 2011 as the only other team to accomplish the feat. Additionally, the Boilermakers produced a 5-5 record in top-25 matchups, including 3-1 on the road at top-10 opponents in the month of March.
Purdue’s lone matchup against High Point came in the first round of the 2017 NCAA tournament, with then-freshmen Caitlyn Newton and Jena Otec appearing in the 3-1 victory in Salt Lake City, Utah. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers are 3-0 against UCF, with their last meeting against the Knights coming in September 2009.
The Boilermakers enter the tournament with a 30-21 (.588) NCAA postseason record and will be the team’s sixth consecutive and 22nd overall appearance.
PURDUE BASEBALL: Big Inning Burns Boilermakers in Another Rubber Game Loss
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Trent Johnson worked seven innings of three-hit ball in the finest outing of the season by a Boilermaker, but Iowa scored seven times in the eighth inning to blow open the pitcher’s duel and take the rubber game of the series 8-5.
Ben Norman doubled to lead off the eighth inning as the first of eight Hawkeyes to reach base safely to begin the frame. Iowa (9-9) racked up five hits, two walks, two hit batters and a sac fly during the extended rally, sending 12 men to the plate. Purdue (4-13) used four pitchers in the inning.
Miles Simington and Cam Thompson doubled back-to-back into the same left-center gap in the fourth inning to account for the Boilermakers’ first run. Simington also doubled over the center fielder’s head in the ninth and has a double in five consecutive games. He finished the homestand a team-best 11-for-26 and was the only Boilermaker to hit safely in all six games. Thompson had three doubles while finishing the weekend 5-for-7. He was also hit by a pitch twice for an on-base percentage of .778.
Johnson had only one true 1-2-3 inning but was efficient all the same. Even with five strikeouts and four walks (one intentional) he needed only 99 pitches to complete seven innings, matching his longest outing as a Boilermaker. The only run Iowa scored with Johnson on the mound came on a two-out wild pitch in the third inning.
Purdue did not go quietly after the Hawkeyes’ big inning, scoring four times over the final two frames. Each of the first four batters of the bottom of the eighth had a productive plate appearance as the Boilermakers forced Iowa to put its closer, Dylan Nedved, on the mound after he had pitched 3 1/3 innings in Friday’s 10-inning affair. As the second baseman for the first 7 ½ innings, Nedved had delivered a two-run double in the top half of the frame. Nedved got a couple big outs to finish off the eighth but Purdue scored three times against him in the ninth.
Cam Baumann and Duncan Davitt teamed up for 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, successfully pitching to contact. Together they had two strikeouts, one walk and three hit batters over 35 batters faced.
Tyler Powers singled twice and executed a pair of sacrifice bunts, extending his career-long reached base safely streak to 11 consecutive games. He has been on base in every game he has played dating back to March 12, matching the longest streak on the team this season.
Purdue fell to 0-3 in rubber game this season. The Boilermakers also remained winless in Big Ten rubber games at home since May 2009. They’ve lost 13 consecutive home games to decide a conference series during the unlikely streak.
Purdue returns to action Saturday when it takes on Penn State in East Lansing as part of a three-team pod hosted by Michigan State.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Softball Celebrates Easter with Series Sweep at CMU
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – – The Ball State softball team opened Easter Sunday with eight first-inning runs and never looked back, scoring a dominating 16-5 (5) victory over Central Michigan at Margo Jonker Stadium.
With the win, the Cardinals completed their second Mid-American Conference series sweep of the season, improving to 8-0 in league play and to 14-9 overall. It was the program’s first-ever sweep of a series longer than two games versus the Chippewas (4-18, 2-10 MAC).
The four-game series sweep also moved the Cardinals’ all-time record (since 1975) to 1076-1076-2. It’s the first time Ball State has been at-or-above .500 as a program since a 3-0 win over Ohio State on May 1, 1984.
After back-to-back singles from sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn and senior right fielder Haley Dominique, Ball State’s run barrage started with senior first baseman Janae Hogg’s 40th career home run.
H. Wynn finished the day 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Hogg added a sacrifice fly in the top of the third, driving in Ball State’s 16th and final run, to end the game with a team-high four RBI.
Overall, 10 different players recorded at least one hit for the Cardinals, helping the team finish the contest with 16 total hits. Seven different players also tallied at least one RBI, while 10 scored at least one run.
Ball State senior outfielder Kennedy Wynn drove in the fourth run of the eight-run opening inning with a RBI double to left-center field. Freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy followed with a two-run triple to right, upping the lead to 6-0 and driving in what proved to be the game-winning run.
Back at the top of the order, H. Wynn and Dominique collected their second hits of the inning, driving in a run each with a double and single, respectively.
While Central Michigan was able to get five runs in the bottom of the inning, including a grand slam, Ball State’s lead was never really in jeopardy as a double play sparked the BSU defense. CMU would add a walk after the double play, but enter sophomore pitcher Deborah Jones who induced a pop up to third base to end the hour-long opening inning.
Jones would go on to dominate in her time in the circle, allowing just three hits over her 4.1 innings of work without surrendering a run. She also registered three strikeouts, including getting the final batter swinging to end the game and improve to 5-2 overall and to 3-0 in MAC play.
The Cardinals would go on to counter CMU’s five runs with two more in the second and six more in the third.
K. Wynn plated the first run in the second with her second RBI single of the game, while H. Wynn followed two batters later with her second RBI double in as many at bats.
Scoring in the six-run third started with an RBI double from senior designated player Delanie Johnson. Junior Amaia Daniel followed with a two-run double, while to more runs scored on an error by the CMU pitcher. The final run came in the next at bat, courtesy of Hogg’s sacrifice fly.
The Ball State softball team returns home next weekend, when it hosts Kent State for a four-game series at the Softball Field at First Merchants Ballpark Complex. The teams will play a 3 p.m. game Friday, a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at Noon.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting country health department guidance, there will be no general public attendance at Ball State softball home games this spring.
BALL STATE WSOCCER: Soccer’s Streak Snapped at Western Michigan
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Ball State soccer team saw its four-game unbeaten streak snapped Sunday with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan.
The Cardinals dropped to 4-2-1 on the season, falling out of first place in the MAC West Division, but they remain in control of their own destiny for the division title. Western Michigan improved to 4-2-2.
A pair of set pieces led to both Western Michigan goals Sunday. Emily Dahl scored the first in the 30th minute on a rebound after Maitane Bravo saved the initial play off WMU’s lone corner kick of the game. Hannah Redoute scored the second in the 61st minute after a long free kick into the box.
The Cardinals generated 10 corner kicks of their own but — like in the scoreless draw between these teams last month when they had 12 of them — could not score.
Ball State had some chances, especially with pressure early in the game. Shelby Kean hit a rocket off the crossbar from the top of the box in the 37th minute. Jenna Dombrowski had a look in the closing seconds of regulation that sailed just high.
But the Cardinals could not find the equalizer, and then Redoute’s goal made the task even tougher over the closing third of the game.
Ball State now enters what is scheduled to be the final week of the regular season. The Cardinals visit Northern Illinois on Thursday and then host Eastern Michigan on Sunday. EMU currently leads the division at 6-2-0 and is not slated to play again until Sunday’s match.
ND BASEBALL: No. 17 Pitt Edges No. 12 Notre Dame, 3-2
PITTSBURGH — The 12th-ranked Notre Dame baseball team could not get the bats going on Sunday and fell 3-2 to No. 17 Pitt at Charles L. Cost Field. The series is even at 1-1 as the two teams will battle it out in the rubber match set for Monday afternoon.
Graduate transfer John Michael Bertrand was on his game once again for the Irish (12-5, 11-5 ACC). He pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just three hits with seven strikeouts to keep the Irish in the game. It is the fifth straight start for Bertrand that he has pitched seven or more innings.
Unfortunately for the Irish, they could not get it going at the plate and the Panthers (13-9, 9-8 ACC) evened the series heading into the series finale on Monday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Another pitcher’s duel was on tap as both starters limited the number of hits early on. Neither team scored a run until the bottom of the fourth when Pitt broke through. Bertrand had retired the previous nine batters when Ron Washington Jr. hit a solo home run to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.
The Irish offense remained dormant until the top of the seventh and it all got started with an infield single by Spencer Myers. He was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Prajzner and then came home on Ryan Cole’s two-out RBI single to right center. The hit tied the game at 1-1 through seven innings.
The Panthers got back in front in the eighth. Nico Popa hit a two-run home run to right field to regain the lead for the Panthers with just one inning remaining.
In the ninth, the Irish got a run back after Myers scored on a sacrifice fly from Prajzner. That is all the Irish could muster in the ninth and they fell in the second game of the series.
The series will be on the line when the two teams meet on Monday afternoon. The final game of the series will start at 1 p.m ET and will be aired on the ACC Network Extra. The Irish have not named a starter for the rubber match.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH DANCING FOR THIRD TIME IN FOUR SEASONS
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the third time in the past four seasons, the Notre Dame volleyball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament.
The Irish (14-3, 13-3 ACC) will meet Army (6-2, 4-2 Patriot League) in the first round at noon ET on Wednesday, April 14 and the winner of that matchup will take on tenth-seeded Oregon in the second round at noon ET on Thursday, April 15. Both of those matches will be streamed live via ESPN3. For a complete tournament bracket, click here.
NOTRE DAME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This marks Notre Dame’s 21st appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The Irish have an all-time record of 11-9 in their first match of the tournament.
Notre Dame has advanced to at least the NCAA Tournament round of 16 on six occasions.
Notre Dame’s best finish at the NCAA Tournament came in 1993, when the Irish advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating No. 8 Nebraska and Minnesota.
The last time the Irish made it to the second weekend of play came in 2005, when Notre Dame defeated Dayton and Northwestern in the first two rounds at home to advance to the round of 16.
The Irish played UCLA in their last match in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 6, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin.
The NCAA Championship field has been reduced to 48 teams this season with the top-16 seeds earning byes to the second round. The field includes 30 automatic qualifiers and 18 at-large selections.
The entirety of the tournament will be played in Omaha, Nebraska, with the first two rounds set for April 14-15, the regional semifinals and finals set for April 18-19, the national semifinals set for April 22 and the national championship set for April 24.
The Irish were one of four ACC programs to make the field, joining Louisville, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.
BIG 10 MEN’S SOCCER: 2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Bracket Announced
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2020-21 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament bracket Sunday, with Indiana earning the No. 1 seed after securing the Big Ten Championship on Friday. The Big Ten Tournament begins on Saturday, April 10, at campus sites.
As the No. 1 seed, Indiana (7-1-0 Big Ten) will host No. 8 seed Northwestern (2-7-1) on Saturday in quarterfinal action. Northwestern and Wisconsin tied for eighth place with identical 2-7-1 records, however Northwestern earned the No. 8 seed based on its 1-0-1 record against the Badgers this season.
Penn State earned the No. 2 seed (6-1-1 Big Ten) and will play host to No. 7 seed Ohio State (3-5-1) on Saturday, while No. 3 seed Michigan (5-3-1) will welcome No. 6 seed Michigan State (4-6-0) to An Arbor, and No. 4 seed Maryland (4-3-1) will host No. 5 seed Rutgers (4-4-0).
The semifinals will take place on Wednesday, April 14, at the sites of the highest remaining seeds in each half of the bracket, while the final is scheduled for Saturday, April 17, at the highest remaining seed. Game times and television coverage for all Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament games will be announced at a later date.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MSOCCER: Mastodons Host Wright State on Monday Afternoon on Senior Day
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne (3-5, 3-5 Horizon) hosts Wright State (4-3-1, 4-3-1 Horizon) on Monday (April 5) afternoon at the Hefner Soccer Complex. It will be Senior Day for the Mastodons.
Game Day Information
Who: Wright State at Purdue Fort Wayne
When: Monday, April 5 | 1 PM ET
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Series History: Wright State leads 12-1-1
Weather: 66 at kick, rain possible in the morning
Fan Policy: Pass list only, first 30 PFW students with ID, masks and social distancing required
Uniforms: White with goalkeepers in blue
TODAY… IS SENIOR DAY:
• Mathias Mikalsen will be recognized prior to the game during Senior Day festivities. He has played in 26 games with 14 starts during his two-year Mastodon career. This season he has two goals and two assists. This includes a game-winning goal against Green Bay. Last year he was named to the Summit League Academic Honor roll and this past fall he was named to the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• Wright State has won two of their last three matches, with their loss in that time to a Green Bay team the ‘Dons defeated earlier this season.
• Seven different Raiders have scored this season.
• Joe Kouadio leads the team with three goals.
ABOUT THE ‘DONS:
• The Mastodons won 4-2 last week with Luke Benford, Logan Lee, Vukasin Bulatovic and Mathias Mikalsen scoring goals.
• Erik Josson has played all 720 minutes for the ‘Dons this season.
• The ‘Dons have yet to play an overtime game this season.
The Raiders lead 12-1-1. The Mastodons’ only win came in 2005. The tie came just a few years ago, in a scoreless contest on Aug. 25 to open the 2017 season.
LAST TIME OUT:
Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a 4-2 win over Detroit Mercy. It was the first time the Mastodons scored four goals in a league game since 2015.
Six different ‘Dons have recorded an assist this season.
16 different players have started a match. Two Mastodons (Nathaniel Edwards and Erik Josson) have started every game.
The Mastodons have won a pair of Horizon League Player of the Week Awards this season. Logan Lee was named the Offensive Player of the Week following his two goal performance at IUPUI. Erik Josson was named the Defensive Player of the Week after his second straight shutout in a 2-0 win over Green Bay.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER: WSOC Celebrates Senior Day with Matchup Against IUPUI
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will return to the Hefner Soccer Complex for their final Horizon League match on Monday (April 5) against IUPUI. Monday’s match will begin at 4 p.m. after the men’s soccer game at 1 p.m. against Wright State. The final home match will serve as senior day where Cesiley LaCourt, Eliese LaCourt, Lorah Pund and Emily Gunsett will be recognized.
NOTE THE START TIMES FOR THE DOUBLEHEADER HAS CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINALLY ANNOUNCED TIMES
Game Day Information
Who: IUPUI (4-1-2, 4-1-2 Horizon League) at Purdue Fort Wayne (3-4-1, 2-4-1 Horizon League)
When: Monday, April 5 | 4 p.m. ET
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Series History: Purdue Fort Wayne leads 7-5-4
Live Stats: Link
Weather: 72 and Cloudy
Fan Policy: Pass list and first 30 Purdue Fort Wayne students with ID
SCOUTING THE MASTODONS
The Mastodons return to the Hefner Soccer Complex after a 1-1 tie against Oakland at the Grizz Dome on Tuesday (March 30). The ‘Dons got a result against an Oakland team that has the second most points in the Horizon League. Oakland entered the contest on a four-game win streak. Oakland’s Alexa Sabbagh scored for the Golden Grizzlies at the 33rd minute after passes by Hollie Clement and Sami Lopez. Oakland rested on the 1-0 lead the remainder of the first half. It stayed a 1-0 game until 64:24 when Mackenzie Evans scored her first collegiate goal after a corner kick by Rylee Vruggink. Cesiley LaCourt took the pass from Vruggink and sent the ball to Evans where the sophomore found the back of the net two yards outside the goal box. The first overtime featured little offense, with the Golden Grizzlies and ‘Dons each recording one shot on goal. The second overtime saw Purdue Fort Wayne control the majority of the play with the ‘Dons taking all four shots in the period. The final attempt came with less than 15 seconds left when Emily Gunsett’s shot was saved to make the final 1-1.
SCOUTING THE JAGUARS
IUPUI comes to Purdue Fort Wayne with a 4-1-2 record after falling to Northern Kentucky 1-0. NKU netted the day’s only score after a corner kick in the 60th minute for the winner. IUPUI out-shot NKU 14-11 and put six attempts on-frame. Mimi Stines had six stops for the Norse while Meyer led all players with four shots. IUPUI leads the conference in goals allowed with two and goals against average (0.38). The Jaguars have recorded five shutouts during the season.
The last time the ‘Dons and Jaguars met was on October 15, 2017. The Jaguars earned the victory 2-1 after Krissy Kirkhoff scored for the Jaguars in the second half, knocking in a shot from 15 yards out in minute 62. IUPUI controlled the first 20 minutes of the match, and got the first goal in minute 24 from Krissy Kirkhoff. Just 47 seconds later, Jessica Schoenfeldt knocked in a shot from eight yards out. Emma Gaggioli snagged a career-high 13 saves in goal.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The ‘Dons will play their third outdoor match of the season on Monday. So far, Purdue Fort Wayne has played five matches indoors and two outdoors. The Mastodons had two consecutive home matches outdoors at Zollner Stadium and Hefner Field #2.
Rylee Vruggink and Kailyn Wade each lead the team with three goals. Vruggink also has three assists to lead the team with nine points while Gabrielle Fanning contributes two. Lorah Pund has started all eight games in goal for the ‘Dons. She has 38 saves on the season. She had a season high nine saves against Cleveland State on February 25.
THAT’S A BIG ROSTER!
This year’s roster of 27 is the program’s largest roster in program history. The 2020-21 roster has 11 freshmen, nine sophomores, two juniors and five seniors.
IUPUI SWIMMING AND DIVING: JAGS SET FOR SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League Swimming and Diving Championships kick off on Monday. The full week of competition at the Natatorium will be closed to the public but all sessions will be streamed on ESPN3/+.
The week begins on Monday (April 5) with the Men’s 1-meter and Women’s 3-meter. On Tuesday (April 6) the divers will be back in action with the Men’s 3-meter and Women’s 1-meter. On both days the prelims for the event start at 9 a.m. ET and the finals will start at 2 p.m. ET.
Swimming will begin its competition on Thursday (April 8) with the prelims beginning at 9:15 a.m. The finals for the first night of competition will begin at 4:30 p.m. On Friday (April 9) the schedule will be the same with 9:15 a.m. prelim start and 4:30 p.m. final start. For the last day of the championships, Saturday (April 10), the prelims will begin at 10:15 a.m. and the finals will start at 6 p.m.
IUPUI will be looking to improve upon a third-place finish for the women’s team and fourth-place finish on the men’s side last year.
MIAMI BASEBALL: RedHawks Earn Complete Series Sweep over Eagles
YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Miami University baseball team completed the series sweep over the Eastern Michigan Eagles with a 5-4 win. Both Michael Spinozzi and Kevin Napoleon combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless innings for the ‘Hawks, while Benji Brokemond reached base five times, pacing the RedHawks offense in their 5-4 victory.
With the road series sweep, the ‘Hawks continue the season with a 17-9 overall record (10-2 Mid-American Conference), while Eastern Michigan falls to 8-13 (4-8 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Brokemond led off the game with a bunt single. Will Vogelgesang then doubled to left-center, driving in Brokemond. Dalton Back then doubled down the right-field line, allowing Vogelgesang to score, giving the RedHawks a 2-0 lead.
At the top of the third, Nate Stone drew a walk. Cole Andrews then reached on a hit by pitch, giving the ‘Hawks a pair of runners on base. Tyler Wardwell bunted for a single, which allowed Stone to advance home on the throw, giving the RedHawks a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Stone led things off with a triple to right-center field. Andrews then singled, driving in Stone. Nick Neibauer walked, then a single by Michael Morissette loaded the bases. Brokemond then drew a walk, allowing Neibauer to score and give the ‘Hawks a 5-4 lead.
Brokemond went 3-for-4 with an RBI, run scored, and a pair of walks.
Stone went 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, and a pair of walks.
Back went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Andrews went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Spinozzi threw 3.1 scoreless frames out of the bullpen, striking out four and allowing just one hit, picking up the win.
Napoleon threw two scoreless innings, not allowing a base runner while picking up the save.
Following the series sweep of Eastern Michigan, the RedHawks return home to welcome the Western Michigan Broncos for a four-game set. The first game is scheduled for Friday, April 9th, with a 5 p.m. first pitch at McKie Field.
WRIGHT STATE VOLLEYBALL: Raiders to meet Samford in second straight NCAA appearance
Fresh off its first Horizon League Championship in program history, the Wright State volleyball team will take on Samford in the opening round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship. The Raiders learned their opponent Sunday afternoon as part of ESPN’s live Selection Show.
The Raiders will take on the Bulldogs on April 14 at 7 p.m. in first round action, with the match being televised on ESPN3. The entire NCAA Volleyball Championship will be played in a neutral-site format in Omaha, Nebraska. The Wright State-Samford winner advances to take on the No. 4 overall seed Texas in the second round on April 15.
The Raiders punched their ticket to their second-straight NCAA Championship on Saturday, taking down UIC in a thrilling five-setter to give Wright State its first tournament title in program history. Nyssa Baker was named the Horizon League Tournament MVP, while Mallory Ladd and Celia Powers were each named to the All-Tournament team.
This will be Wright State’s second straight NCAA Volleyball Championship appearance after the Raiders earned an at-large bid into the 2019 tournament. That selection was the first at-large bid to an NCAA Championship in Wright State athletics history, with the Raiders ultimately falling to Purdue in the opening round.
Wright State played just third five set matches this spring and only had six matches that went more than three sets on the way to running through Horizon League play undefeated. Jenna Story was named the Horizon League’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row, becoming the fourth player in League history to win back-to-back honors, while Lainey Stephenson earned HL Setter of the Year honors, the first Raider to earn that distinction. Additionally, third year head coach Allie Matters was named the HL’s Co-Coach of the Year, while Powers and Teddie Sauer joined Stephenson and Story with Horizon League First Team honors.
Samford earned its third-straight Southern Conference Tournament title on Saturday and has now won the SoCon Tournament in four of the last five seasons under head coach Keylor Chan. Samford is led by outside hitter Lauren Deaton, who was named the SoCon Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and the SoCon Player of the Year. Sierra Rayzor and Corinne Meglic joined Deaton on the All-Conference team this season and Kenya McQuirter was named the league’s Freshman of the Year.
The Raiders and Bulldogs have met once before, way back in September 1994, a 3-0 Wright State win as part of the Billiken Invitational in St. Louis.
Wright State enters the NCAA Championship with a 16-1 overall record and was undefeated in Horizon League play on the way to its second straight Horizon League regular season title, while Samford holds a 15-3 overall mark.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Sweep Hoosiers on Dezenzo’s Walk-off
COLUMBUS, Ohio – What a weekend for Ohio State baseball. The Buckeyes completed a four-game weekend sweep of Indiana on Sunday, thanks to a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth from Zach Dezenzo.
Ohio State’s 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon vaulted the Buckeyes ahead of Indiana in the Big Ten standings. The Hoosiers came into the weekend leading the league at 11-3 and leave town 11-7. Ohio State is now 12-7 overall on the year.
Dezenzo grounded out in his first at-bat and then singled in each of his next four trips to the plate, none bigger than the one in the ninth.
“I was really confident going into that at-bat because I’ve been hitting the ball so hard,” said Dezenzo. “He threw me a really good slider on the first pitch and I took it. I was sitting fastball, and got one, and put a good swing on it. It was such a good feeling.”
Believe it or not, this was Dezenzo’s first walk-off hit at any level. He was 4-of-5 on the day and hit .533 on the weekend.
Patrick Murphy picked-up the win in relief, going 1.2 innings allowing no runs on two hits and two strikeouts. Will Pfennig started and went 3.1 innings and surrendered just one run on one hit.
Joe Gahm came on in relief of Pfennig in the fourth and after getting the second out, he walked a guy to load the bases. A grounder to Dezenzo at short was mid-handled, leading to the first run of the game. Dezenzo would later atone for that error in a big way.
The Buckeyes tied the game in the sixth when Kade Kern fouled-out down the first base line with bases loaded. The Indiana first baseman fell to the ground after the catch, allowing Mitchell Okuley to tag and score to tie the game.
In the eighth, Indiana scored twice thanks to a throwing error by pitcher Bayden Root and a double down the left field line. The Hoosiers looked to have the momentum and turned to right-hander John Modugno out of the pen. He came on in relief of starter Gabe Bierman who went 7.0 innings and allowed just the one run on three hits.
Modugno got the first out of the eighth but then walked Okuley and Dezenzo singled. Conner Pohl laced an RBI single to right center that saw Okuley score Dezenzo scamper around to third. Kern followed with another single through the left side to score Dezenzo and the game was again tied.
Murphy worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning and then gave way to Dezenzo and the bats in the bottom of the inning. Nick Erwin drew a one-out walk in a very good at-bat. Sam Wilson then hit a single to left on an 0-2 pitch putting runners at first and second. After Okuley fouled-out for the second out, Dezenzo lined a ball down the left field line for the game winner.
The Buckeyes will look to keep the momentum rolling as next weekend brings another huge series. Ohio State and Michigan open a three-game set in Ann Arbor on Friday evening. The first two games will be streamed on BTN Plus and the series finale on Sunday will be on ESPN2.
OHIO STATE SOFTBALL: SB: Ohio State Earns 9-0 Five-Inning Win over Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s bats stayed hot on Sunday as the Buckeyes celebrated the Easter holiday by besting Penn State 9-0 in five innings at Beard Field in State College. Ohio State improved to 12-7 on the season and extended their winning streak to a season-best five games.
The Short Story
Nine different players collected hits for Ohio State, as the Buckeyes jumped on Penn State starting pitcher Bailey Parshall early with three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Sam Hackenbracht continued her torrid weekend, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI. Niki Carver also hit a home run while Ashley Prange and Taylor Pack had multi-hit games.
In the circle, Payton Buresch went four innings and allowed just two hits to improve to 5-1 on the year. Freshman Emily Ruck closed the game out in the fifth inning and ended the game with back to back strikeouts.
How the Runs Were Scored
Ohio State scored three runs on three hits in the top of the first with the biggest blows coming in the form of a Carver triple and Prange RBI single.
The Buckeyes extended their lead to 4-0 in the second as Meggie Otte singled home Lindsey Potter, who pinch ran for Taylor Pack after she singled to center field to lead off the half inning.
A 4-0 lead ballooned to 7-0 in the top of the third. Carver led off the frame with a solo home run to right center, her fourth round-tripper of the year, and both Kaitlyn Coffman and Mariah Rodriguez picked up RBIs before the inning was over.
Prange’s two-out single in the top of the fourth set the stage for the next batter, Hackenbracht, who hit a two-run home run to left center that made the score 9-0. It was Hackenbrach’s third home run in two games this weekend against the Nittany Lions.
This and That
In 11 innings this weekend, Buresch has scattered just four hits and has a 0.64 earned-run average.
The Buckeyes improved to 14-4 in the last 18 meetings against Penn State.
Carver and Hackenbracht and now tied for the team lead with four home runs on the season.
Prange has a season-high five-game hitting streak.
The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 23-10 over the first and second innings of games this season.
Ohio State associated head coach Jen McIntyre threw out the first pitch before the game on Sunday. She played at Penn State from 1995-98 and was an assistant coach there from 2002-13.
Ohio State and Penn State complete their four-game series tomorrow afternoon with a 4 p.m. contest in State College. It will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
OHIO STATE VOLLEYBALL: Buckeyes Receive No. 9 National Seed in NCAA Tournament
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s volleyball team (15-3) was selected as the No. 9 overall seed in the 2020-21 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championships on Sunday afternoon. As a top-16 seed, the Buckeyes will have a first-round bye.
Instead of having the typical campus hosts, the entire tournament will take place in Omaha, Neb. at the CHI Health Center Omaha. Ohio State will open the tournament on Thursday, April 15 at noon in the second round against the winner of Missouri-South Dakota. Ohio State’s region includes No. 1 seed Wisconsin, No. 8 seed Florida and No. 16 seed BYU.
Jen Flynn Oldenburg is making her first appearance as a head coach in the national tournament. She is the only head coach in Ohio State history to earn an appearance in the NCAA Tournament during their first year at the helm.
It is Ohio State’s 23rd NCAA Tournament qualification all-time and the first tournament bid since the 2016 season. The Buckeyes are 35-22 (.614) overall in the NCAA Tourney and have advanced to the Regional Semifinals over 70 percent of the time (16 of 22 postseason appearances).
The Big Ten Conference led all conferences with six teams selected for the championship tournament. The Buckeyes are joined by Wisconsin, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota.
OHIO STATE MSOC: Buckeyes Fall to Spartans 1-0
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Ohio State (3-5-1 B1G) fell to Michigan State (4-6-0) 1-0 Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the regular-season finale.
The Buckeyes celebrated the careers of nine seniors during pregame ceremonies. Joe Ortiz, Joshua Jackson-Ketchup, Noah Lawrence, Mitch Bergman, Matteo Bennati, Samuel Buzzas, Xavier Kennedy, David Abonce and Matt Kiley were all honored along with their families and friends for their dedication to the Ohio State program.
The game against the Spartans was played under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s.
Neither team was able to mount much of an offensive attack over the first 70 minutes before the Spartans scored in the 73rd minute.
The Spartans took nine shots, five on net. The Buckeyes took four shots but did not get one through to the frame.
Lawrence was credited with four saves.
The Buckeyes will find out their opponent in the Big Ten Tournament upon completion of all games this weekend.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: IU Finishes Second at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf completed play in the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at The Pfau Course on Sunday, earning a second-place team finish. Senior Ethan Shepherd, who competed as an individual, finished tied for fourth place.
Hoosier Collegiate Invitational • Bloomington, Ind.
The Pfau Course
Par 71 • 7,432
Indiana Team Standing: 2/9 Teams – 892 (301-296-295)
• The field started on split tees. Those in the IU lineup went off of No. 1 while the individuals went off No. 10.
• Indiana finished in second behind Michigan State. The Hoosiers’ final round was their best score of the event at 295. All five Hoosiers in the lineup finished tied for 21st of better.
• Michigan State’s James Piot won the event as he finished at 2-over-par 215. Memphis’ Oskar Ambrosius carded a 66 on Sunday, a tournament low. There were only three rounds all weekend that were under par. The tournament marked the first-ever competitive collegiate event to take place at The Pfau Course.
• Junior Harry Reynolds and freshman Drew Salyers both finished tied for seventh place with a tournament total of 10-over-par 223. Reynolds carded a 75 on Sunday, while Salyers’ put together an impressive 70 to move up 17 spots. Salyers parred or birdied every hole but two on his way to the best round for any Hoosier in the event and one of the three rounds under par in the field.
• Junior Mitch Davis and sophomore Eric Berggren tied for 15th place at 12-over for the weekend. Davis shot a 74 on Sunday, highlighted by a pair of birdies on the front nine. Berggren carded a 76 in the final round.
• Freshman Clay Merchent tied for 21st place, shooting a 77 on Sunday.
• Senior Ethan Shepherd led the group of Hoosiers competing as individuals, tying for fourth after turning in a 70 in the final round. He was strongest on the back nine, making the turn at 1-under.
• Brock Ochsenreiter moved up 10 spots on the final day to finish tied for seventh place, also carding a 1-over-par 72.
• Indiana’s individuals also included senior Evan Yakubov (T34), senior Tate Heintzelman (T46) and sophomore Drew Giacchetto (60).
BY THE NUMBERS – TEAM
|Pos.||Name||R1||R2||R3||Totals (to par)|
|T7||Drew Salyers||77||76||70||223 (+10)|
|T7||Harry Reynolds||75||73||75||223 (+10)|
|T15||Mitch Davis||74||77||74||225 (+12)|
|T15||Eric Berggren||77||72||76||225 (+12)|
|T21||Clay Merchent||75||75||77||227 (+14)|
BY THE NUMBERS – INDIVIDUALS
|Pos.||Name||R1||R2||R3||Totals (to par)|
|T4||Ethan Shepherd||76||73||72||221 (+8)|
|T7||Brock Ochsenreiter||75||76||72||223 (+10)|
|T34||Evan Yakubov||73||82||76||231 (+18)|
|T46||Tate Heintzelman||82||77||75||234 (+21)|
|60||Drew Giacchetto||86||83||89||258 (+45)|
Indiana stays in the Hoosier state next weekend, traveling to West Lafayette for the Boilermaker Invitational.
DAYTON VOLLEYBALL: UDVB To Face Towson In NCAA Tournament First Round
DAYTON – The University of Dayton volleyball team is set to square off against Towson in the first round of the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament on Wednesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The match will be available via live stream on ESPN3.
Dayton will be making the program’s 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this year after claiming its 14th Atlantic 10 Championship title Saturday with a 3-0 win over VCU at UD’s Frericks Center.
This will be the fourth meeting between Dayton (13-1) and Towson (6-0), the Colonial Athletic Association’s tournament champions, with the Flyers claiming the win in all three matches.
The 48-team tournament will be played in its entirety at CHI Health Center Arena in Omaha, Neb. First- and second-round matches will be played April 14 and 15, and regional semifinals will be played April 18, at the convention center. Regional finals will take place on April 19 at the arena.
DAYTON WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Sweeps Bonnies With 2-0 Win In Series Finale
DAYTON – The University of Dayton women’s soccer team swept the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, closing out the three-game series with a 2-0 win on Easter Sunday at Baujan Field.
The Flyers improve to 7-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies drop to 0-6-0 overall and in the A-10.
• Junior Lexy Kidd scored her first collegiate goal with a PK in the 43rd minute. Freshman Madison Wilson drew the penalty.
• Wilson also drew a penalty in the box in the 67th minute. She took the PK and also buried it to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead. It was her third goal of the season.
• The Flyers dominated with 24 shots to just two shots for the Bonnies.
• Dayton also had six corner kicks, while SBU had none.
• SBU had 15 fouls and a yellow card, while the Flyers had 11 fouls and a yellow card.
• The Flyers close out the regular season at Saint Louis for two matches at Hermann Stadium. The first match is Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET and the finale is Sunday, April 11 at 1 p.m. ET
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1913 In an exhibition game against the Yankees, 25,000 fans watch the Dodgers play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beats New York, 3-2, with Casey Stengel hitting the park’s first home run, an inside-the-parker.
1925 Babe Ruth collapses at a railroad station in Asheville, North Carolina. The “bellyache heard round the world,” so dubbed when a writer suggests that a hot dog and soda binge caused the illness, will require hospitalization and an operation, keeping the Yankees slugger out of the lineup until May.
1934 Babe Ruth, sponsored by Quaker Oats, agrees to do a weekly show on NBC radio. The Sultan of Swat’s broadcast salary for the 13-week series will be $4000 more than his reported Yankee contract of $35,000.
1934 Reds president Larry MacPhail hires 26 year-old Red Barber to broadcast the team games on WSAL. The not-so-old “Ol’ Redhead” will spend the first five years of his Hall of Fame career in Cincinnati, calling the contests from the stands of Crosley Field.
1935 The Braves, returning north from spring training, beat North Carolina State College, 6-2, in a contest called in the seventh inning because the teams run out baseballs, having used the 100 put aside for the game. Collegiate southpaw Olney Ray Freeman strikes out a 40 year-old Babe Ruth on a two-strike curveball, a feat the lefty would brag about until his death in 2008.
1957 The Phillies trade five players, Ron Negray, Tim Harkness, Elmer Valo, Mel Geho, and Ben Flowers (the player to be named later), and send $75,000 to the Dodgers to obtain much-touted Cuban infielder Chico Fernandez. Philadelphia’s new shortstop plays three seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, batting just .242, before being traded to the Tigers.
1966 Don Larsen, the last active major leaguer who played for the Browns, is released by the Orioles. As a rookie in 1953, the Michigan City, Indiana native posted a 7-12 record for the hapless franchise, which lost 100 games in its final season in St. Louis.
1971 At RFK Stadium, 45,000 fans watch the last Opening Day game the Senators will play in the District of Columbia. Dick Bosman goes the distance, blanking the A’s on six hits in Washington’s 8-0 victory over Oakland.
1972 The season opener between the Astros and Reds is canceled due to the player strike which started on April 1. The work stoppage cancels Opening Day for the for the first time in major league history, with a total of 86 games not played until both sides agree on an increase in pension fund payments with the owners also adding salary arbitration to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
1972 The Expos trade 28 year-old All-Star right fielder Rusty Staub, who is stunned by the transaction, to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Ken Singleton and infielders Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen. ‘Le Grand Orange,’ a fan favorite in Montreal, will miss most of the season due to injuries but will play a major role in New York’s ‘Ya Gotta Believe’ pennant-winning team in 1973.
1976 In a deal negotiated in the groundskeeper’s office under the third base stands at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, 31 year-old right-hander Tom Seaver agrees to a three-year contract with the Mets. The pact makes ‘Tom Terrific,’ who posted a 25-9 record last season while leading the league in strikeouts with 243, the first hurler in baseball history to earn $200,000 annually.
1979 Oriole manager Earl Weaver notches his 1,000th career victory when Baltimore beats Chicago on Opening Day, 5-3, at Memorial Stadium. The future Hall of Fame skipper will finish his 17-year managerial career, all with the Birds, with a 1480-1069 (.583) record.
1983 On Opening Day, Tom Seaver, making his first appearance with the Mets since 1977, combines with Doug Sisk to blank the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 2-0. ‘Tom Terrific,’ who will go on to extend the record to 16, ties Walter Johnson’s major league mark with his 14th Opening Day assignment.
1988 With a 6-3 Opening Day victory over the Padres, Houston wins its 2,000th game in franchise history. The Astros score five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, making starter Mike Scott the winning pitcher.
1989 At Riverfront Stadium, Dodgers’ hurler Orel Hershiser’s scoreless-inning streak ends at 59. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Todd Benzinger’s single scores Barry Larkin, who had been picked off after getting a base hit to lead off the game, but was safe on the ‘Bulldog’s’ throwing error.
1993 At Camden Yards, William Jefferson Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to successfully throw the first pitch of the season from the pitcher’s mound. Orioles starter Rick Sutcliffe doesn’t fare as well when the Birds lose to the Rangers, 7-4.
1993 At Shea Stadium, the Rockies lose their National League debut, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Mets and Dwight Gooden, who pitches a four-hit complete game for the victory. Right-hander David Nied starts the contest for Colorado, and Andres Galarraga collects the franchise’s first hit with a second-inning single.
1993 In front of 42,334 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, the Florida Marlins, making their major league debut, defeat the Dodgers, 6-3. Joe DiMaggio throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the team retires uniform number 5 in tribute their late president Carl Barger, the number of his favorite player, fittingly Joe DiMaggio.
1993 On Opening Day, Greg Maddux, signed as a free agent in the offseason, allows no runs and scatters five hits to his former team over 8.1 innings. Mike Stanton gets the last two outs in the Braves’ 1-0 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
1993 Eric Fox, inserted into the game as a late-inning defensive replacement, hits a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the A’s a 9-4 Opening Day victory before 43,370 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It will be the outfielder’s only homer of the season.
1997 At Olympic Stadium, the Rockies set a franchise record with seven home runs, including three by Larry Walker, who is pulled from the game in the eighth inning by Rockies manager Don Baylor. The Colorado skipper doesn’t want to run up the score against the Expos with his team ahead 15-1.
1998 After five attempts, the Diamondbacks win their first game in franchise history when Andy Benes pitches seven strong innings, and Matt Williams paces the attack with three hits in the team’s 3-2 victory over San Francisco at Bank One Ballpark. Arizona’s 0-5 start is the second-longest season-opening losing streak for an expansion team in its first season, surpassed only by the 1962 Mets, who didn’t record a victory until their tenth game.
2003 The Royals become the first major league team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100-games the prior year. Runelvys Hernandez, the winner of a coin toss, making him the Opening Day starter, wins his second game when he allows two hits in seven innings, beating the Indians, 2-1.
2003 To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to most home games at U.S. Cellular Field. The free passes will not be available during the Cubs series scheduled for June.
2004 Braves’ general manager John Schuerholz announces the team has exercised the option to retain Bobby Cox as the team’s manager through the 2005 season. The 62 year-old skipper, ninth all-time in managerial wins with 1,906, has won a record 12-consecutive divisional titles.
2005 2005 The Nationals, formerly known as the Expos, lose their inaugural season opener, bowing to the Phillies, 8-4. The franchise, which played its initial 36 years in Montreal, becomes the first team to represent the nation’s capital since the Senators left Washington to become the Texas Rangers in 1971.
2005 The Royals become the first team since 1901 to overcome a ninth-inning deficit of four runs on Opening Day when they rally to beat the White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, 9-7. Kansas City center fielder Carlos Beltran’s two-run walk-off homer is the keynote hit in the team’s six-run final frame.
2005 Johan Santana’s streak of 22 straight starts of allowing three or fewer runs comes to an end when the southpaw gets the victory in the Twins’ 8-4 win over Seattle at Safeco Field. Last season’s Cy Young Award winner has the second-longest streak of giving fewer than four runs in consecutive outings, trailing only Dwight Gooden’s 24 in 1985.
2006 Sluggerrr, the Royals’ Mascot, celebrates his tenth birthday at Kauffman Stadium. In the offseason, the nearly seven-foot-tall lion with a crown built into his skull, is very active in the Kansas City community, visiting local schools, encouraging youngsters to be good students and good citizens.
2009 Jordan Schafer becomes the tenth Brave in franchise history and the 99th overall player overall to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie center fielder, who never played in a level higher than Double-A, goes deep off Philadelphia’s Opening Day starter Brett Myers in the second inning at Citizens Bank Park.
2010 Receiving mostly cheers from the standing-room-only crowd at Nationals Stadium, President Barack Obama, wearing a White Sox cap and a Nats jacket, continues a 100-year tradition when he throws the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s home opener against Philadelphia. The Commander-in-Chief’s toss is high and wide, but third baseman Ryan Zimmerman makes a lunging grab of the ball.
2010 Jason Heyward becomes the eleventh Braves player in franchise history to homer in his first major league at-bat. The much-touted 20 year-old rookie, with the hometown fans chanting, “Let’s go, Heyward!”, hits a three-run homer in the first inning off Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field.
2010 The Red Sox and their ace, Josh Beckett, come to terms on a $68 million, four-year contract extension. The agreement keeps the team’s Opening Day starter in Boston along with recent free-agent acquisition John Lackey, giving the club a potent 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation for the next five years.
2010 Matt Stairs plays for his twelfth major league organization, equaling Deacon McGuire’s record (1884 to 1912) for the most teams ever played with by a position player. The 18-year veteran, who also joins pitchers Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for being on a dozen different clubs, flies out in a pinch-hitting role for the Padres in a 6-3 loss to Arizona at Chase Field.
2011 Nine different pitchers each contribute a hitless inning apiece when the High Desert Mavericks (Adelanto, California) no-hit the local Victor Valley Community College Rams, 12-0. Hurlers James Gillheeny, Tim Boyce, Nick Czyz, Austin Hudson, Johnathan Hesketh, Ogui Diaz, Jose Jimenez, John Housey, and Chris Kirkland share the equal workload for the California League’s Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Mariners.
2012 “In memory of Shannon Stone and dedicated to all fans who love the game,” -the inscription on the statue honoring a fan who died last season at the stadium while attending a game last season. Six year-old Cooper Stone helps to unveil the statue depicting him and his dad holding hands and having a conversation wearing their baseball caps in front of a gate at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Bruce Greene’s sculpture pays tribute to his father, who died last season while attending a game with him, as a result of falling twenty feet, onto the concrete behind the scoreboard in left field, after reaching for a ball thrown into the stands by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton.
2012 J.P. Arencibia’s three-run homer in the 16th inning, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 7-4 victory over Cleveland, ends the longest opening-day game in major league history. The Progressive Field marathon surpassed the 15-inning Opening Day contests between Cleveland and Detroit in 1960 and Philadelphia and Washington in 1926.
2013 Joining Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), and Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis, who collects a grand slam and five RBIs in the Orioles’ home opener, becomes the fourth player in major league history to homer in his first four games of the season. The 27 year-old Baltimore first baseman also breaks the RBI mark for the same span, driving in 16 runs, four more than the previous record shared by three players.
2014 Ike Davis becomes the second player in franchise history to deliver a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam when he goes deep off J.J. Hoover in New York’s’ 6-3 victory over Cincinnati at Citi Field. The only other Met who accomplished the feat is the team’s current third base coach Tim Teufel, who went yard off the bench with the bases loaded in 1986 against Philadelphia.
2015 A.J. Preller continues his makeover of the Padres, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, minor league prospects, and the 41st overall draft pick. By pulling off the stunning deal on the day before the season begins, the San Diego GM increases the club’s payroll significantly, with most of the cost involving taking on the remaining $46.35 million still owed Upton, who will now join his brother B.J. as a teammate.
2016 For the first time in more than six decades, the Cubs and White Sox start the same season with two victories and no losses. The last time both Chicago teams were undefeated after two games occurred in 1951, two seasons before Ernie Banks played his rookie year.
2019 Rays’ left fielder Tommy Pham, going 1-for-5 in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Giants at Oracle Park, extends his on-base streak to 40 games, setting a new franchise record. Johnny Damon established the previous mark when he reached base in 39 consecutive games in 2011.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-1915
HAVANA (AP)-Jack Johnson, exile from his own country, today lost the heavyweight championship of the world to Jess Willard, the Kansas cowboy, the biggest man who ever entered the prize ring and a “White Hope” who at last has made good. The Negro was knocked out in the twenty-sixth round with a smashing swing to the point of the jaw.
For twenty rounds Johnson punched and pounded Willard at will, but his blows grew perceptibly less powerful as the fight progressed, until at last he seemed unable or unwilling to go on. Johnson stopped leading and for three or four rounds the battle was little more than a series of plastic poses of the white and black gladiators. So it was until the twenty-fifth round, when Willard got one of his wildly swing-ing windmill right-hand smashes to Johnson’s heart. This was the beginning of the end.
When the round closed, Johnson sent word to his wife that he was all in, and told her to start for home. She was on the way out and was passing the ring in the twenty-sixth round when a cyclonic right to the jaw caused Johnson to crumple on the floor of the ring, where he lay, partly outside the ropes, until after the referee had counted ten and held up Willard’s hand in token of the cowboy’s newly won laurels.
Johnson was slow in responding to the gong for what proved to be the final round, while Willard seemed fresh. Willard delivered four blows in this round left to the face, a right to the stomach, a left to the body, and the final right swing to the jaw that stretched the Negro out for the count. Johnson seemed powerless to make any defense. He was shaky from the start of the round.
There is much discussion tonight as to whether Johnson really was knocked out. In the sense of being smashed into unconsciousness, he certainly was not put out. The consensus of opinion is that Johnson felt that there was no possibility of his winning and when knocked down chose to take the count rather than rise and stand further punishment. Johnson often has stated that fighting is a business, and that he would not foolishly submit to repeated knockdowns when he found he had met his master.
A second or two after Jack Welch, the referee, had counted ten Johnson quickly got up. A moment later a rush of spectators to the fighting platform all but smothered the pugilists. Some fifty or more of the several hundred soldiers stationed about the fight arena jumped into the ring and under escort of the soldiers Willard and Johnson went to their dressing rooms. Willard was escorted half way to the city from the Marianao race track, where the fight was held, by a troop of Cuban cavalry. Crowds lined the streets and narrow roadways, and the new white champion was loudly cheered. He was decidedly the favorite all through the fight and tonight is the hero of the island.
Jack Johnson won the heavyweight title in 1908. He was controversial in that day for twice marrying white women, and in 1912 he was convicted of violating the Mann Act and sentenced to a year in prison for taking his wife across state lines. Free on appeal, he fled the country. He had defended his title three times abroad before losing to Jess Willard.
1896: The first Olympic Games of the modern era were opened by King George of Greece in Athens. Baron Pierre de Coubertin of France, founder of the modern movement, saw his dream come true as 311 athletes from 14 nations assembled at the foot of the Acropolis. There were no gold medals; each winner received a silver medal and a crown of olive branches.
1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers broke Wilt Chamberlain’s 11- year-old N.B.A. record of 31,419 career points when he poured in 22 against the Utah Jazz in Las Vegas. Jabbar, the extraordinary 7-foot-2-inch center, whose record still stands, retired with 38,387 points in 1988.
1993: Trailing by 73‚71 with 11 seconds left in the N.C.A.A. title game in the Superdome at New Orleans, the University of Michigan’s Chris Webber called a timeout his team didn’t have. The Wolverines were assessed a technical foul because of the blunder, and North Carolina won its third national championship and second under Coach Dean Smith, 77‚71.
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Philadelphia||34||16||.680||—||20-5||14-11||8-2||23-7||6-4||1 L|
|2 Brooklyn||34||16||.680||—||20-6||14-10||5-2||18-11||7-3||1 L|
|3 Milwaukee||32||17||.653||1.5||18-7||14-10||9-0||18-9||7-3||3 W|
|4 Atlanta||26||24||.520||8.0||12-9||14-15||3-3||13-12||6-4||3 W|
|5 Miami||26||24||.520||8.0||14-12||12-12||5-5||16-15||4-6||4 W|
|6 Charlotte||25||24||.510||8.5||13-9||12-15||7-1||14-11||5-5||1 L|
|7 New York||25||25||.500||9.0||14-10||11-15||1-6||18-15||5-5||1 W|
|8 Boston||25||25||.500||9.0||15-9||10-16||3-5||17-13||5-5||2 W|
|9 Indiana||22||26||.458||11.0||8-14||14-12||5-3||13-16||5-5||1 W|
|10 Chicago||20||28||.417||13.0||10-16||10-12||3-3||10-11||2-8||1 W|
|11 Toronto||19||30||.388||14.5||10-12||9-18||3-5||12-17||2-8||1 W|
|12 Washington||17||31||.354||16.0||10-16||7-15||1-7||7-22||3-7||3 L|
|13 Cleveland||17||32||.347||16.5||11-13||6-19||3-5||13-14||3-7||5 L|
|14 Orlando||17||33||.340||17.0||10-15||7-18||4-4||10-17||4-6||2 L|
|15 Detroit||14||35||.286||19.5||9-15||5-20||0-9||10-22||4-6||1 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||38||11||.776||—||22-2||16-9||3-2||16-6||9-1||9 W|
|2 Phoenix||34||14||.708||3.5||18-8||16-6||5-2||20-8||8-2||5 W|
|3 LA Clippers||33||18||.647||6.0||18-8||15-10||7-2||19-10||7-3||1 W|
|4 Denver||31||18||.633||7.0||15-9||16-9||7-1||16-11||8-2||5 W|
|5 LA Lakers||31||19||.620||7.5||16-11||15-8||3-6||20-11||4-6||1 L|
|6 Portland||30||19||.612||8.0||15-10||15-9||4-4||16-12||7-3||1 W|
|7 Dallas||27||21||.563||10.5||11-10||16-11||5-2||15-14||7-3||4 W|
|8 Memphis||24||23||.511||13.0||12-14||12-9||4-5||12-17||6-4||2 W|
|9 San Antonio||24||23||.511||13.0||12-16||12-7||4-6||13-17||3-7||2 L|
|10 Golden State||23||27||.460||15.5||14-9||9-18||3-7||12-14||3-7||3 L|
|11 New Orleans||22||27||.449||16.0||14-13||8-14||6-3||13-17||5-5||1 W|
|12 Sacramento||22||28||.440||16.5||12-14||10-14||4-5||10-13||6-4||3 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||29||.408||18.0||9-15||11-14||3-7||11-20||3-7||2 L|
|14 Houston||13||36||.265||25.0||6-18||7-18||4-7||9-18||2-8||4 L|
|15 Minnesota||12||38||.240||26.5||7-17||5-21||3-6||8-22||3-7||2 L|
|Baltimore||3||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||3 – 0||3 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 0||W 3|
|Tampa Bay||2||1||.667||1||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||L 1|
|Toronto||2||1||.667||1||0 – 0||2 – 1||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||W 1|
|NY Yankees||1||2||.333||2||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 1|
|Boston||0||3||.000||3||0 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 3||L 3|
|Detroit||2||1||.667||–||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||L 1|
|Kansas City||2||1||.667||–||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||2 – 1||L 1|
|Minnesota||2||1||.667||–||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||W 2|
|Cleveland||1||2||.333||1||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||1||3||.250||1.5||0 – 0||1 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 3||1 – 3||L 2|
|Houston||4||0||1.000||–||0 – 0||4 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 0||4 – 0||W 4|
|LA Angels||3||1||.750||1||3 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||0 – 0||3 – 1||W 2|
|Seattle||2||1||.667||1.5||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||W 1|
|Texas||1||2||.333||2.5||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||W 1|
|Oakland||0||4||.000||4||0 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 4||0 – 4||L 4|
|Philadelphia||3||0||1.000||–||3 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 0||W 3|
|Miami||1||2||.333||2||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||W 1|
|NY Mets||0||0||.000||1.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|Washington||0||0||.000||1.5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0|
|Atlanta||0||3||.000||3||0 – 0||0 – 3||0 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 3||L 3|
|Chi Cubs||2||1||.667||–||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||W 2|
|Cincinnati||2||1||.667||–||2 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||W 2|
|Milwaukee||1||2||.333||1||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||1||2||.333||1||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 2|
|St. Louis||1||2||.333||1||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||3||1||.750||–||0 – 0||3 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||3 – 1||W 3|
|San Diego||3||1||.750||–||3 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||3 – 1||L 1|
|San Francisco||1||2||.333||1.5||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 1|
|Arizona||1||3||.250||2||0 – 0||1 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 3||1 – 3||W 1|
|Colorado||1||3||.250||2||1 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 3||1 – 3||L 3|
|New York Islanders||38||24||10||4||52||21||117||90||15-1-2||9-9-2||6-4-0|
|New York Rangers||37||17||15||5||39||16||117||99||8-6-3||9-9-2||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||36||13||17||6||32||13||88||113||4-12-3||9-5-3||4-4-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||36||24||10||2||50||24||113||84||14-4-2||10-6-0||5-4-1|
|St. Louis Blues||37||16||15||6||38||14||103||118||4-8-4||12-7-2||2-7-1|
|San Jose Sharks||37||17||16||4||38||12||105||122||7-6-2||10-10-2||6-3-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||36||14||16||6||34||13||98||102||6-6-4||8-10-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||38||25||10||3||53||24||125||95||12-6-2||13-4-1||6-3-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||38||26||10||2||54||25||130||93||15-4-0||11-6-2||6-4-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||40||14||18||8||36||12||98||129||7-6-6||7-12-2||3-6-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||40||13||22||5||31||13||88||125||9-8-3||4-14-2||4-5-1|