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|DESMOND BANE 6PTS, 3REB 2ASST|
|AT&T Byron Nelson|
|May 13-16, TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas|
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|1||Sam Burns||65||62||–||-17 (127)||2:00 PM ET|
|2||Alex Noren||65||64||–||-15 (129)||2:00 PM ET|
|3||Kyoung-Hoon Lee||65||65||–||-14 (130)||1:50 PM ET|
|4||Doc Redman||64||67||–||-13 (131)||1:50 PM ET|
|5||J.J. Spaun||63||69||–||-12 (132)||1:40 PM ET|
|6t||Carlos Ortiz||67||66||–||-11 (133)||1:10 PM ET|
|6t||Seamus Power||65||68||–||-11 (133)||1:20 PM ET|
|6t||Charl Schwartzel||65||68||–||-11 (133)||1:20 PM ET|
|6t||Patton Kizzire||69||64||–||-11 (133)||1:30 PM ET|
|6t||Matt Kuchar||67||66||–||-11 (133)||1:30 PM ET|
|6t||Jordan Spieth||63||70||–||-11 (133)||1:40 PM ET|
|12t||Roger Sloan||66||68||–||-10 (134)||12:20 PM ET|
|12t||Bronson Burgoon||68||66||–||-10 (134)||12:30 PM ET|
|12t||Hank Lebioda||67||67||–||-10 (134)||12:30 PM ET|
|12t||Sebastian Munoz||66||68||–||-10 (134)||12:40 PM ET|
|12t||Brandt Snedeker||66||68||–||-10 (134)||12:40 PM ET|
|12t||Ben Martin||65||69||–||-10 (134)||12:50 PM ET|
|12t||Vincent Whaley||69||65||–||-10 (134)||12:50 PM ET|
|12t||Joseph Bramlett||64||70||–||-10 (134)||1:00 PM ET|
|12t||Ted Potter, Jr.||66||68||–||-10 (134)||1:00 PM ET|
|12t||Wyndham Clark||66||68||–||-10 (134)||1:10 PM ET|
|22t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||64||71||–||-9 (135)||11:55 AM ET|
|22t||Marc Leishman||66||69||–||-9 (135)||11:55 AM ET|
|22t||Charles Howell III||65||70||–||-9 (135)||12:10 PM ET|
|22t||Lee Westwood||71||64||–||-9 (135)||12:10 PM ET|
|22t||Sepp Straka||68||67||–||-9 (135)||12:20 PM ET|
|27t||Nelson Ledesma||68||68||–||-8 (136)||10:45 AM ET|
|27t||Mark Hubbard||65||71||–||-8 (136)||10:55 AM ET|
|27t||Adam Schenk||66||70||–||-8 (136)||10:55 AM ET|
|27t||Ryan Armour||70||66||–||-8 (136)||11:05 AM ET|
|27t||Michael Kim||69||67||–||-8 (136)||11:05 AM ET|
|27t||Russell Knox||69||67||–||-8 (136)||11:15 AM ET|
|27t||Ryan Palmer||67||69||–||-8 (136)||11:15 AM ET|
|27t||Sean O’Hair||67||69||–||-8 (136)||11:25 AM ET|
|27t||Aaron Wise||64||72||–||-8 (136)||11:25 AM ET|
|27t||Daniel Berger||69||67||–||-8 (136)||11:35 AM ET|
|27t||Austin Cook||68||68||–||-8 (136)||11:35 AM ET|
|27t||Sung Kang||67||69||–||-8 (136)||11:45 AM ET|
|27t||Si Woo Kim||66||70||–||-8 (136)||11:45 AM ET|
|40t||Mark Anderson||68||69||–||-7 (137)||9:40 AM ET|
|40t||Rob Oppenheim||68||69||–||-7 (137)||9:40 AM ET|
|40t||Luke List||68||69||–||-7 (137)||9:50 AM ET|
|40t||Jhonattan Vegas||65||72||–||-7 (137)||9:50 AM ET|
|40t||Bryson DeChambeau||69||68||–||-7 (137)||10:05 AM ET|
|40t||Brice Garnett||68||69||–||-7 (137)||10:05 AM ET|
|40t||Michael Gligic||65||72||–||-7 (137)||10:15 AM ET|
|40t||Patrick Rodgers||71||66||–||-7 (137)||10:15 AM ET|
|40t||Pat Perez||70||67||–||-7 (137)||10:25 AM ET|
|40t||Jon Rahm||68||69||–||-7 (137)||10:25 AM ET|
|40t||Scott Brown||66||71||–||-7 (137)||10:35 AM ET|
|40t||Scottie Scheffler||67||70||–||-7 (137)||10:35 AM ET|
|40t||Bo Hoag||66||71||–||-7 (137)||10:45 AM ET|
|53t||Talor Gooch||69||69||–||-6 (138)||8:00 AM ET|
|53t||Wes Roach||68||70||–||-6 (138)||8:00 AM ET|
|53t||Scott Stallings||67||71||–||-6 (138)||8:10 AM ET|
|53t||D.J. Trahan||69||69||–||-6 (138)||8:10 AM ET|
|53t||Troy Merritt||68||70||–||-6 (138)||8:20 AM ET|
|53t||Keith Mitchell||67||71||–||-6 (138)||8:20 AM ET|
|53t||Luke Donald||65||73||–||-6 (138)||8:30 AM ET|
|53t||Harris English||70||68||–||-6 (138)||8:30 AM ET|
|53t||Cameron Champ||72||66||–||-6 (138)||8:40 AM ET|
|53t||Satoshi Kodaira||67||71||–||-6 (138)||8:40 AM ET|
|53t||Dylan Meyer||66||72||–||-6 (138)||8:50 AM ET|
|53t||Rory Sabbatini||67||71||–||-6 (138)||8:50 AM ET|
|53t||Michael Gellerman||67||71||–||-6 (138)||9:00 AM ET|
|53t||Brian Stuard||69||69||–||-6 (138)||9:00 AM ET|
|53t||Wesley Bryan||67||71||–||-6 (138)||9:10 AM ET|
|53t||Martin Laird||72||66||–||-6 (138)||9:10 AM ET|
|53t||Hideki Matsuyama||68||70||–||-6 (138)||9:20 AM ET|
|53t||Will Zalatoris||70||68||–||-6 (138)||9:20 AM ET|
|53t||Cameron Percy||68||70||–||-6 (138)||9:30 AM ET|
|53t||Johnson Wagner||67||71||–||-6 (138)||9:30 AM ET|
Curry, Embiid help 76ers top Magic, clinch top seed in East
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid and the 76ers are happy to have earned home-court advantage for the playoffs – but they are a long way from their goal.
Seth Curry scored 20 points, Embiid had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Philadelphia clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 122-97 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Ben Simmons added 13 points and nine assists to help the 76ers improve to 48-23. Philadelphia could’ve clinched earlier this week, but lost at Indiana on Tuesday and at Miami on Thursday. Embiid didn’t play against the Pacers due to illness and logged just 25 minutes against the Heat while still looking sluggish.
But he was more engaged in the second quarter against the undermanned Magic, helping Philadelphia outscore Orlando 39-19 in the period to take firm control. Embiid showed the edge that has made him arguably Philadelphia’s most-loved athlete when he picked up a technical for a confrontation with Shane Bacon with 3:16 left in the period.
“I’m happy about what we accomplished, but we have a long way to go,” Embiid said. “Now’s the time to lock in and go get the whole thing.”
Philadelphia fans reigned down “M-V-P!” “M-V-P!” chants on Embiid in the first half. And those cheers will get even louder in the postseason, as the city announced this week that the 76ers’ home arena can have 50 percent capacity when the playoffs begin. That will mean about 10,000 fans can be in attendance, or about double the current allowance.
The 76ers improved to 28-7 at home.
“Home-court advantage helps a lot,” Embiid said. “We’ve been dominant at home; we barely lose here. It means a lot to have the No. 1 seed.”
Embiid, Simmons and the rest of Philadelphia’s starters relaxed on the bench in the fourth quarter with the 76ers up big.
“I told our guys to enjoy the second,” coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s not what we want, but it’s part of what you can get on your way to what you want.”
Ignas Brazdeikis scored 21 points for the Magic. They have lost six straight.
“They’re great, they’re an elite team, championship level, ton of talent,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “That game was important to them. The second quarter when they really turned up the defense, it was a struggle.”
The 76ers last took the top seed in 2001 when Allen Iverson won the MVP, Larry Brown the Coach of the Year and Aaron McKie the Sixth Man award. That team reached the NBA finals before losing to Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and the Lakers in five games.
Philadelphia has made the playoffs 10 times since, but hasn’t gotten close to the finals. The club started from scratch under former GM Sam Hinkie, famously rebuilding beginning in 2013-14. The 76ers won just 47 games over the first three seasons of The Process before using high draft picks on Simmons and Embiid helped turn things around.
They will enter the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but the hope of a Process-produced championship has remained elusive. Philadelphia hasn’t even reached the conference finals during the recent stretch, and last year’s first-round playoff exit cost former coach Brett Brown his job.
Bogdanovic scores 22 as Jazz top Thunder 109-93
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, and the Utah Jazz beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-93 on Friday night to inch closer to claiming the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
The Jazz have the league’s best record and a 1 1/2-game lead on idle Phoenix in the race for the top seed in the West. Utah can clinch the top seed with a win at Sacramento on Sunday or a loss by Phoenix against San Antonio on Saturday or Sunday.
Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Jazz, who had lost two straight.
Veteran All-Star guard Michael Conley returned after missing nine games with a right hamstring injury and scored 10 points in 16 minutes.
“I went out there and had fun,” he said. “It was a lot of fun getting to the paint and making plays. Got to the free-throw line a lot. Kind of feeling out the game and picking and choosing my spots to be aggressive.”
Conley was on a minutes restriction and did not play in the second half.
“They know I want to play and they’re always there to protect me from myself,” Conley said.
The Jazz were glad to see him back and hope he finds his groove in time for the playoffs.
“Mike’s a huge part of what we do,” Gobert said. “He’s one of our leaders, he’s our most experienced player. We know that we’re going to need him.”
Svi Mykhailiuk scored 19 points, and Theo Maledon and Gabriel Deck each added 18 for the Thunder, who lost their ninth straight. Oklahoma City entered the night tied for the league’s third-worst winning percentage.
The Jazz led 61-47 at halftime. Bogdanovic scored 13 points in the first half and Gobert had nine points and 11 rebounds. Mykhailiuk scored 17 points in 11 minutes in the first half for the Thunder.
Mavericks beat Raptors to clinch top-6 spot, avoid play-in
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks no longer have to worry about that NBA play-in tournament. They are guaranteed a top-six finish in the Western Conference.
“That’s great. … When we were in the 12th or 13th spot, everybody had us out of the playoffs,” Doncic said. “But now we’ve made the playoffs. We’re going to have a couple of days off, and that’s what we needed.”
Doncic had his 11th triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as they held on to beat the also-ran Toronto Raptors 114-110 in their regular-season home finale Friday night.
The Mavericks (42-29), who had a 9-14 record on Feb. 4, have won nine of 11 to move a season-high 13 games over .500. Being in the top six means an extended break before the playoffs start after a condensed regular-season schedule, though with 10 fewer games than usual, because of the pandemic.
“Avoid the play-in is significant, it’s important. There’s just too many advantages to not being in the play-in situation,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “So I’m happy for our guys. They worked hard for this.”
Kristaps Porzingis, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, made a 3-pointer on the game’s first shot and the Mavs never trailed, though the undermanned Raptors cut it close late. Toronto used only seven players, going without its top seven scorers – mostly because of injuries, but also with the season winding down and the Raptors out of contention for even a play-in spot in the East.
Toronto, which trailed by 19 points early in the second half, was within 105-102 on Malachi Flynn’s 3-pointer with three minutes left, which followed a Mavericks turnover after his layup.
“The group kind of all played well,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.
Dorian Finney-Smith responded to Flynn’s 3 with one of his own for Dallas, and Doncic then drove for a one-handed slam. Doncic had earlier rebounded his own missed short jumper and followed that with a nifty layup.
“Let’s just find ways to keep getting better, keep sticking together and keep grinding out wins like this,” Mavs guard Jalen Brunson said. “It isn’t going to be pretty, but we’ve got to grind out wins.”
Nets’ Big 3 expected to end three-month absence Saturday
NEW YORK (AP) Brooklyn’s Big Three is set to play together for the first time in three months.
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden are all expected to play Saturday when the Nets host the Chicago Bulls.
“I think tomorrow will be the day. So if everything stays the same, then those three will play tomorrow,” coach Steve Nash said Friday.
The three All-Stars have played in the same game just seven times since the Nets acquired Harden from Houston in mid-January. going 5-2.
They haven’t been together since a Feb. 13 victory at Golden State. Durant then missed the next 23 games with a left hamstring injury.
Harden just returned Wednesday from his own 18-game absence with a right hamstring injury, but Irving missed that game with a facial contusion. He had no concussion symptoms and is set to return Saturday.
“I think if they can play together tomorrow, it’s positive,” Nash said. “They got a chance to be out there together. Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent from a performance standpoint, it is an experience.”
The Nets end their regular season Sunday against Cleveland. Nash said the lineups for that game could depend on the standings, where the Nets are a game up on Milwaukee for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Hampson homers, triples as Rockies beat Reds 9-6
DENVER (AP) Garrett Hampson led off the first inning with a triple, one of 15 hits for Colorado, and the Rockies spoiled Wade Miley’s encore to his first career no-hitter with a 9-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Miley (4-3) was roughed up one start after holding the Cleveland Indians hitless on May 7. His bid for consecutive no-hitters ended on his second pitch when Hampson tripled. Hampson later scored on Miley’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
“What I was really happy about tonight were the at-bats against Miley,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He was close to 70, 75 pitches in the third inning. The aggressive at-bats and we wore him down.”
Hampson also homered and singled. Charlie Blackmon and Yonathan Daza had three hits apiece to back a solid outing by Colorado starter German Marquez.
The Rockies scored four times in the third on five hits and a walk and chased Miley after three more hits to start the fourth.
The left-hander gave up eight runs on 11 hits and struck out five in three-plus innings, his shortest start of the season.
“I felt better than I did seven days ago, 100%,” Miley said. “And that was a little bit to a fault because I tried to do a little too much with my cutter and I couldn’t command it. The big thing tonight was the changeup wasn’t there. Never got a feel for it and threw it in stupid counts. It wasn’t a good pitch for me tonight.”
Colorado’s hitters didn’t let Miley dictate.
“When he’s on I think it’s because the other team does what he wants them to do,” Hampson said. “He’s so good at putting a certain pitch in a location where you can’t do damage. We were able to really be stubborn, get him in the zone, just try to get him in the middle.”
Marquez was sharp before allowing a two-run homer to Jonathan India in the seventh. The right-hander was removed after walking Alex Blandino.
Marquez (2-4) allowed four runs on eight hits and struck out eight in six-plus innings.
“He was good. He made it tough on us,” Reds manager David Bell said. “We weren’t able to get much going early and that kind of sets the tone for the game.”
Hampson hit a solo homer in the seventh before Eugenio Suarez launched a two-run shot off Yency Almonte in the top of the eighth.
Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Daza drove in three runs and Josh Fuentes had two hits and two RBIs for Colorado.
Bryant hits 2-run homer, Cubs outlast Detroit 4-2
DETROIT (AP) Kris Bryant homered in his return to the starting lineup. Jake Arrieta came back from a longer layoff and made his presence felt as well.
Bryant hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and the Chicago Cubs went on to a 4-2 victory over the Tigers, snapping Detroit’s four-game winning streak Friday night. Bryant dealt with health problems during Chicago’s previous series at Cleveland, and Arrieta hadn’t pitched at all this month because of a right thumb abrasion.
“It’s nice to be back out there in the rotation,” Arrieta said. “Look forward to just rolling with this group and being out there every five days.”
Arrieta (4-3) faced the minimum number of hitters until the bottom of the sixth, when Detroit’s Jake Rogers and Robbie Grossman hit consecutive home runs with two out. That was all the scoring for the Tigers, who entered the night with the second-worst record in baseball, percentage points ahead of Minnesota.
Tarik Skubal (0-6) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.
Joc Pederson had three hits for the Cubs, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Arrieta allowed two singles and a walk through the first five innings, but each of those baserunners was immediately erased by a double play. He was taken out after the sixth. Three Chicago relievers went an inning apiece.
“Should have gone deeper in the game, but it is what it is, and a win’s a win,” Arrieta said. “It’s a nice way to start the series.”
Craig Kimbrel struck out of the side in the ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.
Bryant was removed from Tuesday’s game because of a sinus issue, and when he pinch-hit the following day he was hit on the left hand by a pitch. He was healthy enough to start Friday, and he opened the scoring with his 10th homer of the season.
The Cubs added two more runs in the fifth. Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double, and Javier Baez made it 4-0 with a run-scoring single.
Skubal struck out five with one walk, and he ended on a decent note with a perfect sixth against the bottom of the order.
“That sixth inning, I don’t know how many pitches it was, but I went right after guys,” Skubal said. “Got some soft contact and was able to get through six innings.”
Arrieta was activated from the injured list before the game. He allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings in his previous start April 30 at Cincinnati.
Arrieta got the first two outs of the sixth before Rogers hit his first home run of the year.
“I felt good today,” Rogers said. “A big thing for me today was just kind of relax up there and let the pitcher provide the power.”
Abreu, Dozier collide, Royals snap 11-game skid, beat Chisox
CHICAGO (AP) White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Kansas City batter Hunter Dozier were forced to leave after a frightening collision on a popup, and the Royals ended an 11-game losing streak by beating Chicago 6-2 Friday in the opener of a doubleheader.
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Michael A. Taylor had a two-run drive as the Royals stopped Chicago’s six-game winning streak.
“That one was heavy,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said. “Guys came out with a little bit of life and gave us a little bit of room.”
“You just need a little bit of that reinforcement with the good things that happened. We had guys taking walks, getting singles, working deep counts,” he said.
After popping up in the second inning, Dozier jogged out of the batter’s box with his head down and grazed past catcher Yasmani Grandal. Dozier took another couple of steps and then slammed hard into Abreu as he was tracking the ball, knocking both players to the ground about 20 feet from the plate.
Grandal caught the ball as trainers and medical staffs came onto the field. After few minutes, Abreu got up and left the field walking on his own, but the AL MVP looked dazed with his arms draped around two staffers.
Abreu suffered a facial bruise and cut, along with a bruised left knee. Tests for a concussion were negative and his status was day-to-day.
Dozier was put on the seven-day concussion injured list.
“We all went in and checked on (Abreu),” Chicago’s Tony La Russa said. “He’s sore, but it could have been worse.”
La Russa said Abreu told him he wanted to play in Friday’s second game. That won’t happen.
“He’s a stallion,” La Russa said. “Hopefully we can dedicate a win to him in the second game.”
After the opener, Matheny said Dozier was still being checked by medical staff.
“That was violent. That was scary,” Matheny said. “It looked like (Dozier) was trying to get away from the catcher and didn’t see Abreu coming in.”
When play resumed, Taylor homered on the first pitch from Lucas Giolito (2-4).
Brad Keller (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings to help Kansas City end its longest losing streak since a 12-game slide in 2012.
Carlos Santana added an RBI for the Royals, who won for the first time since May 1 at Minnesota when they had the best record in the majors.
Giolito scuffled while allowing five hits and walking three in six innings. Abreu and Andrew Vaughn each had sacrifice flies for Chicago, which entered with the best record in the majors.
“Not great, I gave up five runs,” Giolito said. “We had a nice winning streak and it’s over. I thought I threw the ball well, but a three-run homer, two-run homer. It’s not good.”
The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first on Abreu’s flyball.
Taylor’s homered made it 2-1 and Perez homered in the third.
Vaughn’s sacrifice fly in the fourth cut it to 5-2. Santana singled in the final run in the seventh.
LaFleur on Rodgers: ‘We want him back in the worst way’
(AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur reiterated his hope that he’d get to continue working with Aaron Rodgers this season while offering no news on the quarterback’s status.
“I’ve got nothing new to update, and we still obviously feel the same way,” LaFleur said Friday after the opening workout of the Packers’ rookie minicamp.
“We want him back in the worst way. I know he knows that and, you know, we’ll continue to work at it each and every day.”
After ESPN reported just before the draft that Rodgers doesn’t want to return to Green Bay, Packers CEO Mark Murphy posted a column on the team’s website in which he said “this is an issue that we’ve been working on for several months.” Murphy acknowledged that he, Gutekunst and coach Matt LaFleur had met with Rodgers “on a number of occasions” during the offseason.
Gutekunst has indicated he doesn’t plan to trade Rodgers, who has three years remaining on his contract. LaFleur said after the draft that he “can’t fathom” Rodgers not being in Green Bay.
The Packers addressed their quarterback depth Thursday by signing Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett held the same position with Jacksonville during Bortles’ tenure as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback. Bortles spent the 2019 season and portions of 2020 with the Los Angeles Rams, who run a similar offense to Green Bay.
Until the Packers signed Bortles, the only quarterbacks on their roster were Rodgers and 2020 first-round draft pick Jordan Love. Tim Boyle, who backed up Rodgers last season, has since joined the Detroit Lions.
“You’re always going to have three if not four guys typically in an offseason program and in training camp,” LaFleur said. “(We liked) Blake’s familiarity with Hackett, with being in the Rams’ offense, with a lot of carryover in terminology and just his overall experience in this league. I mean this is a guy that started a lot of games and has had a lot of success.”
Two more quarterbacks – Kurt Benkert and Chad Kelly – were at the rookie minicamp Friday as tryout candidates.
Kelly appeared in one game in 2018 for the Denver Broncos, who selected him out of Mississippi with the final pick in the 2017 draft. Benkert signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia in 2018 but hasn’t played in an NFL game.
LaFleur was asked whether he’d have to go into offseason workouts preparing Love for the possibility of being the starter just in case the Rodgers’ situation doesn’t get rectified. Love didn’t play a single down during his rookie year as the Packers went 13-3 and lost in the NFC championship game for a second straight season.
“I’m not going to make any assumptions about anything at this point,” LaFleur said. “We’re just going to take it day by day. But I think every player on our roster has got to have the mentality that they’re going to be the guy. If not, when you do get your opportunity, you will not be prepared for it. So that is always what we stress to every player on this football team.
“In football, unfortunately there’s some uncontrolled circumstances that can happen, and you might be one play away from getting your opportunity. And in this league, you might only get one opportunity, so you better prepared for that.”
NOTES: The Packers have signed seven of their nine draft picks. The list is headed by second-round pick Josh Myers, a center/guard from Ohio State. The Packers also signed each of their six third-day picks: Ole Miss offensive lineman Royce Newman, Florida defensive lineman T.J. Slaton, Appalachian State cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles, Wisconsin offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen, Boston College linebacker Isaiah McDuffie and Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill. Their first-round pick (Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes) and third-round selection (Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers) remain unsigned.
AP source: Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton injures knee offsite
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that Broncos wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton sustained a serious knee injury Friday while working out on his own.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamilton is suspected to have torn an ACL, as first reported by NFL Network.
That not only imperils his $2.183 million salary for 2021, but it also squelches trade talks for the fourth-year pro from Penn State.
This is the second time this month that a Broncos veteran has been hurt away from the team’s facilities.
On Friday, the Broncos cut Ja’Wuan James, a week after putting him on the non-football injury list after the right tackle tore an Achilles tendon while working out away from the team’s headquarters.
The Broncos weren’t obligated to pay James’ $10 million-plus salary for 2021 because he got hurt while working out on his own, and the team is similarly off the hook for Hamilton’s $2.183 million salary for the upcoming season.
The Broncos players were the first of 20 teams to announce last month that they would boycott voluntary offseason workouts, citing COVID-19 concerns and the success of the 2020 season, which followed a virtual offseason.
Players are protected against lost wages if they sustain an injury at a team’s facility. They don’t have the same protection if they’re injured working out anywhere else.
That’s a point the NFL’s management council reiterated in a memo to all team executives and head coaches last week after James got hurt.
In the memo, the league encouraged teams to “remind players of the significant injury-related protection provided if they choose to work out at the club facility and the risks they undertake in choosing to train in non-NFL locations.”
The NFL Players Association responded with a memo to players that called the league “gutless to use a player’s serious injury as a scare tactic to get (players) to come running back to these workouts” at team headquarters.
Hamilton’s injury came just as the Broncos were trying to trade the fourth-year receiver who has five career TD catches and who is buried in a deep position group that features Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Tim Patrick.
With James out, the Broncos signed free agent tackles Bobby Massie and Cameron Fleming this week to compete for the right tackle job in training camp.
The Broncos opened their three-day rookie minicamp on Friday. Although on-field work for veterans begins Monday, the only mandatory part of the offseason program is a minicamp in mid-June.
Medina Spirit cleared to run, Preakness back to semi-normal
BALTIMORE (AP) Fans are back at Pimlico Race Course to witness another chance at a Triple Crown.
The Preakness will feel somewhat back to normal, even if everything carries a giant asterisk.
The limited capacity of 10,000 fans expected Saturday is far less than the crowd of 100,000 that usually packs the grandstand and infield and is a fraction of the 50,000 who saw Medina Spirit win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs two weeks ago. The Bob Baffert-trained colt was cleared Friday to run in the second leg of the Triple Crown after failing a post-Derby drug test.
All eyes are on the Preakness to see what will happen next in horse racing’s latest chapter of drama.
“If Medina Spirit goes and wins the Preakness on Saturday, the general public is going to just immediately say, `Oh, well, look, there’s still something funny going on,'” NBC Sports betting analyst Matt Bernier said. “If he doesn’t run well for whatever reason, the general public will still look at it and say, `See, something funny was going on in the Kentucky Derby.’ It’s a no-win situation for Bob Baffert, for everyone involved with the horse and for the industry as a whole.”
Because of the presence of the Derby winner with a Triple Crown still possible when the starting gates open, the Preakness is usually the safest bet on the sport’s calendar. The past two years broke that trend: the races were out of order in 2020 because of the pandemic, and the 2019 Preakness came out on the short end the Derby mess after first-place finisher Maximum Security was disqualified and Country House was named the winner – though both horses skipped the Preakness.
Medina Spirit is a tainted champion after 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone in his postrace blood sample May 1. But he’ll get another opportunity in the Preakness after he and stablemate Concert Tour passed three additional prerace drug tests agreed to by Baffert and Maryland racing officials.
“While we acknowledge the challenging circumstances that prompted this further need for transparency, it reflects, above all else, that the principles of integrity, accountability, and safety in our sport are non-negotiable.” said Craig Fravel, CEO of 1/ST Racing, a branding arm of the Stronach Group that owns Pimlico Race Course.
Medina Spirit opened as the 9-5 morning line favorite and Concert Tour the 5-2 second choice. By Friday evening, Midnight Bourbon had become the 5-2 favorite.
“I’ve got people calling me (saying), `I really like your horse,'” owner Ron Winchell of Winchell Thoroughbreds said of Midnight Bourbon. “It’s hard not to be overly optimistic.”
Aside from the circus surrounding Medina Spirt and Baffert – who is not in Baltimore and has left assistant Jimmy Barnes in charge – there is plenty of optimism about 10 horses running in front of fans again at the Preakness. It may not be a full-out party like the Derby and won’t feature a jammed infield, but the Black-Eyed Susan drinks will be flowing again at Pimlico.
“Welcome, to say the least,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Midnight Bourbon. “It was such a rush of get back to during the Derby this year. We just hadn’t had fans or anything, and you almost weren’t ready for it. But the energy level leading up to the race, during the race, wow, it was so welcome. And we needed it.”
The short turnaround from the last Preakness Oct. 3 gave Barnes less time to recover from a broken right hand after a paddock accident at the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5. He’s just glad to be back doing his job and doesn’t mind filling in for Baffert.
“I’m used to it,” Barnes said. “I travel all the time. I’m always on the road, and if Bob’s there sometimes, great. If Bob can’t make it, then I just have to pick up the slack and just march on and try to do my best and try to produce a win.”
Aside from the out-of-order 2020 Triple Crown, Baffert-trained Derby winners are undefeated in the Preakness. The previous two, Justify in 2018 and American Pharoah in 2015, went on to win the Belmont.
“The Derby’s the hardest race to get through to begin with,” Barnes said. “To get here, I don’t know. It seems like the horses that run well in the Derby really show up here. At least every one of ours has.”
Baffert’s Authentic lost a stretch duel to filly Swiss Skydiver in the first October Preakness with no fans in attendance. 1/ST Racing chief marketing officer David Wilson said that didn’t feel right and is hopeful about a limited-capacity Preakness this year and a bright future.
“It just felt strange,” he said. “It’s going to be great to have fans back and we’re kind of treading slowly. And I hope by Preakness 147, we’ll have a packed house.
Burns keeps rolling with 2nd-round 62, 2-shot lead at Nelson
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) Now that Sam Burns has figured out how to turn an early lead into a victory, it’s already time to try again.
Burns birdied six of his last eight holes Friday for a 10-under 62 and a two-stroke lead over Alex Noren at 17 under after the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Noren shot 64 to get to 15 under, and K.H. Lee had his second 65 to reach 14 under. Doc Redman bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 67 that left him 13 under.
J.J. Spaun was 12 under, following a first-round 63 that left him tied with Jordan Spieth with a 69. Spieth shot 70, leaving the local favorite in the group at 11 under that included Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel.
Scoring went up overall along with the wind a day after the new home of the Nelson, the par-72 TPC Craig Ranch north of Dallas, surrendered 94 rounds in the 60s in its debut. In the second round, there were 93 scores of 70 or higher.
The tougher conditions didn’t affect Burns, playing for the first time since his first PGA Tour win two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship in Florida.
Before Burns won at Innisbrook, the 24-year-old Louisiana native had twice failed to convert 54-hole leads, in the Houston Open last fall and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.
Now he has a tour-best five 36-hole leads this season after following a 65 with the lowest round of his career. Burns is trying to become the first to get his first two PGA Tour victories in consecutive starts since Camilo Villegas in 2008.
“The biggest thing for me is just seeing the hard work that we put in it, start seeing results from that,” Burns said. “A lot of times you don’t know how long the results are going to take. It’s cool to see some feedback from the progress we’ve made back home and seeing it in tournament play as well.”
Already with a four-hole run of birdies on the back nine, Burns put his tee shot in the stadium setting of the par-3 17th inside 4 feet, then hit a short approach on the par-5 18th to 2 feet for birdie.
Another birdie came on the par-4 14th, when Burns laid up on the 318-yard hole while bulked-up playing partner Bryson DeChambeau drove the green and two-putted for birdie for the second day in a row. Burns made a 17-footer.
DeChambeau, who played at nearby SMU and is one of three top-10 players in the field, had two late bogeys for a 68 to get to 7 under. Sung Kang, the 2019 winner and defending champion after last year’s cancellation, is 8 under after a 69.
Spieth didn’t make any putts beyond 12 feet a day after a 55-footer for eagle on the final hole pulled him even with Spaun.
Still, Spieth was in his best position in five years for a top-10 finish – or better – at the Nelson. That hasn’t happened in the decade since Spieth contended on Sunday as a 16-year-old amateur before tying for 16th.
Not only are Spieth’s thoughts on the best finish in his hometown event, the three-time major winner and others are peeking at next week’s PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
“There is no reason for me not to trust everything I’m doing,” said Spieth, who ended a nearly four-year victory drought in San Antonio the week before finishing third at the Masters. “At this point, I’ve got an opportunity to contend here, and if I can get myself a chance on Sunday, that is the best prep for this tournament and also next week.”
Burns and Spieth already have spots in the PGA. Lee, who has never won on the PGA Tour, doesn’t. A Nelson victory would put the 29-year-old South Korean in the field.
Hideki Matsuyama shot 70 and was right on the Nelson’s record-low cut line at 6 under in his first appearance since becoming the first Japanese winner at the Masters. Jon Rahm, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 69 and was 7 under.
Mickelson changes his mind, accepts exemption to US Open
(AP) — Phil Mickelson is assured at least one more crack at the major that has given him the most heartache. He accepted a special exemption Friday to play the U.S. Open.
Mickelson becomes the first player since Vijay Singh in 2010 to receive an exemption without having won the U.S. Open, and he’s not without merit. He has won five majors – all of them except the U.S. Open – to go along with his 44 victories on the PGA Tour.
He has been eligible for every U.S. Open dating to 1994, but the 50-year-old Mickelson has fallen out of the top 100 in the world ranking. He had said in February 2020, a month before golf shut down because of the pandemic, that he would not accept an exemption even if the USGA offered him one.
He was prepared to go through 36-hole qualifying on June 7, a week before the U.S. Open returns to Torrey Pines in his hometown of San Diego.
“Winning the U.S. Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I’ve come close so many times,” Mickelson said. “You can’t win if you don’t play. I’m honored and appreciative of the USGA for the opportunity and look forward to playing in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on.”
No one has suffered more in the U.S. Open than Mickelson, who needs only that major to complete the career Grand Slam. He holds the U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes, and two moments stand out.
In 2006 at Winged Foot, he took a one-shot lead to the final hole when he missed the fairway well to the left and then curiously tried to hit 3-iron around a tree blocking his path to the green. It hit the tree, his third shot plugged in a bunker and he failed to get up-and-down, making double bogey to finish one shot behind.
And then at Merion in 2013, he had the 54-hole lead for the first time and was still leading when he hit wedge over the par-3 13th green and made bogey on the easiest hole. He made another bogey with a wedge in his hand from 121 yards away on No. 15 and closed with a third bogey to finish two shots behind.
He also was runner-up at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999 when Payne Stewart made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole, twice at Bethpage Black (2002 to Tiger Woods, 2009 to Lucas Glover) and Shinnecock Hills in 2004 to Retief Goosen when Mickelson made double bogey on the 17th hole.
“Phil Mickelson’s incredible USGA playing record and overall career achievements are among the most noteworthy in the game’s history,” said Mike Davis, outgoing CEO of the USGA. “We are thrilled to welcome him to this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.”
Mickelson grew up playing the public course along the Pacific bluffs, and he is a three-time winner of the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines. The last one was 20 years ago, and he has been critical of the redesign by Rees Jones to get the South Course ready for the 2008 U.S. Open.
He has not finished in the top 10 at the tour event at Torrey since a runner-up finish 10 years ago.
Mickelson tied for 18th in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, five shots out of the playoff won by Tiger Woods. Lefty curiously chose not to carry a driver that week on a course measuring 7,643 yards at sea level.
Mickelson failed to qualify for the U.S. Open in 1993, when he lost in a playoff for the final spot to a player who made a 50-foot putt on him. He didn’t play at Erin Hills in 2017 because his oldest daughter was graduating from high school that week.
He was prepared to go through qualifying again, and was adamant about it at Pebble Beach in February 2020 when he said, “I am either going to get in the field on my own or I’ll have to try to qualify. I’m not going to take a special exemption.”
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Baseball downs Manchester in game one of HCAC opening round series
SCORES: Earlham 7, Manchester 6
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 22-18 / Manchester 19-21
RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College’s five-run sixth inning helped propel the fourth-seeded Quakers past seventh-seeded Manchester University, 7-6, in game one a best-of-three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Opening Round series on Friday evening at Sadler Stadium.
The series will conclude on Saturday, May 15, at Sadler Stadium with game two starting at 12:00 p.m., followed by the “if necessary” game three approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game.
Earlham (22-18) broke open a 2-2 game in the sixth, plating their five runs on a pair of hits and two Manchester errors. Maxwell Fries opened the frame with a walk, and a two-base Spartan error on Nathan Lancianese’s grounder to third put both runners in scoring position. Isaiah Shake pushed the Quakers’ first run of the frame across on a fielder’s choice grounder, which allowed Fries to score on obstruction.
Christian Lancianese’s base hit into center field allowed twin brother Nathan to score, giving Earlham a 4-2 advantage. Four batters later, Danny Dopp belted a triple to plate three runners and extend the Quakers’ lead to 7-2.
Manchester scored three runs in the eighth to cut the Earlham lead to 7-5, including a solo home run by the Spartans’ Joe Henschel.
The Spartans plated an additional run in the ninth to pull to within a single run, 7-6, and had a pair of runners aboard. Earlham reliever Domanick Michael induced a fly ball to left field to end the game and clinch the Quaker victory.
The game began with Earlham posting a pair of runs in the third on a Dopp double into center field that scored Marc Gendreau, with Dopp coming home later in the frame on a wild pitch to put the Quakers up 2-0. Manchester got one run back in the top of the fifth, then knotted the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth when Aidan Stevens singled home Zach White on a base hit to center.
Joey Gerbus got the start on the mound for Earlham and lasted seven inning on his way to the win, improving his record to 7-1. Gerbus allowed three earned runs on six hits while striking out three Spartan batters. Michael earned his eighth save of the season after closing out the ninth for the Quakers.
Dopp finished the day 2-for-3 with four RBI, allowing the senior from South Haven, Michigan, to claim the Earlham career RBI record. He finished the day with 140 runs batted in over his Earlham career, eclipsing the previous record of 138 held by Eric Elkus (2014-17).
INDIANA BASEBALL: No. 21 Hoosiers Fall on the Road at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 21-ranked Indiana University baseball team fell on the road at Michigan, 10-3, in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday evening at Fisher Stadium.
With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 23-11 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The Wolverines improve to 24-12 on the year and in league action.
• After Indiana took the lead on a two-run single from INF Cole Barr in the top of the third inning, the Wolverines responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame and three more in the fourth to seize control of the game. Barr finished the game with two hits on the day.
• OF Grant Richardson earned an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning.
• INF Jeremy Houston had a pair of hits and two runs scored.
• RHP Reese Sharp tossed two shutout innings of relief, allowing just one hit with one strikeout.
• RHP Nathan Stahl pitched an inning of relief, allowing no runs while striking out a pair.
• INF Paul Toetz and OF Drew Ashley both extended their respective reached-base streak to 18 games each.
• The No. 21 Indiana Hoosiers will continue the team’s three-game series at Michigan on Saturday, May 15 in Ann Arbor. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET.
INDIANA SOFTBALL: Goodin Throws No-Hitter, Hoosiers Top Terrapins in Game One of Series
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Emily Goodin tossed the third no-hitter of her career and the Hoosiers (24-17) took the first game against Maryland on Friday.
• The Hoosiers got runners on in both the first and second inning but could not capitalize.
• In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bella Norton threw out a runner going from first to second base.
• Indiana broke through in the sixth inning as Brooke Benson walked and Taylor Lambert and Gabbi Jenkins each bunted for singles to load the bases with no outs.
• After a force at home, Bella Norton singled for an RBI and Grace Lorsung drove in a run with a groundout. That gave Indiana a 2-0 lead in the game.
• The Hoosiers improved to 24-17 this season.
• Emily Goodin (17-12) tossed her third career no-hitter and 28th in Indiana program history. It was also Goodin’s 17th complete game of the season.
• Goodin struck out six batters in the game and now has 163 strikeouts on the season. Her 163 strikeouts rank 15th on the Hoosies all-time list for strikeouts in a season.
• Goodin moved into fifth on the Hoosiers all-time career strikeout list and now has 573 career strikeouts.
• Bella Norton extended her hitting streak to 14 games.
• Taylor Lambert tallied two hits in the game.
Indiana will continue the series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m.
PURDUE SOFTBALL: Boilermakers Shut Out in Wisconsin Series Opener
MADISON, Wis. – Despite a late push by the Boilermakers which saw five hits in the final two innings, the Purdue softball team (15-26) fell 5-0 to Wisconsin (18-19) at Goodman Softball Complex. The winning run was recorded in the third inning by the Badgers.
Purdue registered 8 hits in the outing. Five came within the final two innings, and despite loading the bases in the sixth, the Wisconsin defense held firm. Kasey Wilhoit produced the team’s lone double while Becca Jones and Sydney Bates led the day with two hits apiece.
Lefty Ashley Peters (5-7) struck out four batters in the first four innings, the most for the sophomore since notching four at Minnesota (4/2/21). Meanwhile Savanah Henley and Sydney Preston saw time in the circle, with Preston credited with the final Wisconsin out in the bottom of the sixth.
The bases were loaded for Purdue in the second and sixth inning.
With one out on the board in the top of the second, Becca Jones singled through the middle. Sydney Bates, the next batter up, sent the ball up the right side for Purdue’s second hit of the game. Jones put the pressure on the Badger defense by advancing to third on a Wisconsin fielder’s choice throwing error, however the Boilermakers were unable to capitalize on the positioning, receiving the third out before
Purdue loaded the bases in the sixth inning. With two outs and a Boilermaker on first, Jones singled to left field, advancing pinch runner Savanah Henley to second. Bates singled up the middle, sending Jones to second and Henley to third, but the Badger outfield caught the final out.
Wisconsin put the first two runs up in the second inning, followed by another two in the fifth and a lone run in the sixth to seal the game.
Purdue will be back for a doubleheader tomorrow at Wisconsin, with the first game slated for a 1 p.m. ET start on Big Ten Network Plus.
BUTLER BASEBALL: St. John’s Sweeps Friday Doubleheader at @Butler Baseball
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs moved to 10-21 on the season after taking two losses in a Friday doubleheader to visiting St. John’s. The Red Storm pitching was the difference in the first day of action. BU was limited to just three hits in each contest. They left 10 runners on base in the opener and 11 in game two.
BIG EAST doubleheaders feature one seven-inning game followed by a full nine-inning contest. In game one, Nick Mondak led the Red Storm to a 9-0 victory with six full innings on the mound. His fourth win of the season included 10 strikeouts and just one walk. The final inning went to relief pitcher Josh Lajoie. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Connor Schultz felt some discomfort on the mound after the third inning and would be replaced in the game by Cory Bosecker. Benji Downs would work the final two innings for BU. Schultz allowed three runs off seven hits before exiting the game. Bosecker was a bright spot in the first game with four strikeouts in just two innings.
Matt McElwain got the start in right field for BU and recorded two of the team’s three hits. He and Duncan Hewitt each recorded a double in the setback.
Game two featured Jack Myers taking on Ian Murphy. Myers went seven full innings, but didn’t get any run support leading to the 4-0 STJ victory. He struck out four and walked two. All three runs against him were earned. Greg Gilbert would get the final six outs for BU.
On the other side, the win went to relief pitcher Geoff Mosseau. Nick Guzzi, Joe Joe Rodriguez and Ethan Routzahn also made appearances for the Red Storm. Two of Butler’s three hits went against the starter and the Johnny bullpen would take it from there to give the visitors a 4-0 win.
Aaron Steinhart delivered two of Butler’s three hits to end the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a walk. Jonah Wichman also saw extended playing time at shortstop and would end the game 1-for-4.
Butler and St. John’s will end the four-game series tomorrow with another doubleheader on the schedule. First pitch is set for 1 PM.
BUTLER SOFTBALL: Butler Softball’s BIG EAST Tournament Run Comes to an End Friday
Butler’s run in the 2021 BIG EAST Tournament and ultimately the 2021 season came to a close Friday with a pair of losses in the double-elimination tournament.
After a win over top-seeded DePaul Thursday afternoon, the Bulldogs advanced to Friday play. The Bulldogs dropped the opening game by a 4-1 margin to UConn, which is serving as the 2021 host. Facing elimination, the Bulldogs fell to Villanova 14-5 later in the day.
UConn and Villanova will meet Saturday with the BIG EAST title on the line.
With the pair of results, Butler concludes the 2021 season with a mark of 17-21-1.
In the opener, the host Huskies used eight hits to push across singles runs in four separate innings for a 4-1 decision.
Butler took an early 1-0 lead on a Zoe Herdman sacrifice fly in the second inning. UConn responded with runs in both the second and third frames to take a 2-1 lead before a pair of late insurance runs.
Lauren Fey had three of the Bulldogs’ five hits in the contest.
Alyssa Graves gave up three runs in 4.0 innings of work, taking the loss. She struck out three. Mackenzie Griman came on in relief for the final two frames.
UConn’s Payton Kinney picked up the win, pitching the final 4.2 innings while not allowing a run.
In the second game, a late surge by Villanova turned to 3-2 Butler lead after four innings into a 14-5 Wildcats win.
Butler’s fourth inning included an RBI single from Fey and a two-run single from Maddie Moore as the Bulldogs built that 3-2 advantage. Villanova regained the lead in the top of the fifth on a Megan Kern two-run homerun before Herdman tied the game at 4-4 with a solo home run to right center.
That 4-4 tie was short-lived as Villanova scored five runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Villanova had 14 hits in the contest. Herdman and Alyssa Garcia each had two hits in the game for Butler.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Paige Rauch picked up the win for Villanova.
The Bulldogs will return a strong nucleus next season, which will be enhanced by a talented group of newcomers.
BALL STATE SOFTBALL: Make it 33: Alyssa Rothwell Sets NCAA Career Saves Record
BUFFALO – – You can officially call her the GREATEST CLOSER IN NCAA DIVISION I SOFTBALL HISTORY!!!
Ball State softball senior closer Alyssa Rothwell struck out five batters, including the final one of the game looking, to register her NCAA-record breaking 33rd career save in Friday’s 6-3 victory at Buffalo.
“Alyssa has worked so hard for this moment,” head coach Lacy Wood said. “She has overcome so much in her career, and continues to comeback fighting harder. I am so proud of her commitment to not only her craft, but her commitment to this program as well.”
In picking up her fifth save of the season, Rothwell moved past Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002) for the NCAA’s all-time saves mark after tying the record in last Saturday’s 17-11 win over Western Michigan (May 8).
“I can’t put into words what it means or feels like to be an NCAA record holder, because the feeling and moment is just too good to explain,” Rothwell said. “Having a team and coaches who trust you to get out of the stickiest situations has always been a great feeling.
“When I first started closing, I never really thought about breaking any records along the way. My main focus was helping my team as best as I could, and thankfully a record came with it. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates over the past five years to share in this moment. They all played a special part in getting me to this record.”
In striking out five of the seven batters she faced, it was another dominating performance for “The Closer” who ranks first in program history with a 7.72 strikeouts-per-seven-innings average. Over 294.2 career innings of work, Rothwell has amassed 325 career strikeouts. It’s a total that ranks seventh in BSU annals.
“I am so happy I could break the record with an amazing performance,” Rothwell added. “The game I tied the record with was not the prettiest, but that’s how sports work. You can’t always have your best game, but it doesn’t matter as long as you get the job done. I just happened to have one of my better games today to beat the record.”
To get to the record-breaking moment, however, the Cardinals (34-18, 28-8 Mid-American Conference) once again turned to two very familiar situations; a 20th come-from-behind win of the year and a 26th inning with four-or-more runs.
After a scoreless opening inning, Ball State jumped on the board first thanks to a leadoff home run from senior catcher Stacy Payton to lead off the second. It was the 26th bomb of her career and was followed four batters later by an RBI single up the middle from senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn.
However, the Bulls (18-32, 16-19 MAC) followed with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.
The score remained 3-2 until the top of the fifth, when Ball State exploded for four runs. Over the last three games, the Cardinals have scored 19 runs in the fifth inning, including a 10-spot in the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Northern Illinois.
Senior right fielder Haley Dominique started the rally with a single up the middle, while Payton drew a walk and junior second baseman Amaia Daniel singled up the middle to load the bases.
After senior first baseman Janae Hogg was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run, senior designated player Delanie Johnson smashed an RBI single through the right side to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run. A sac fly from K. Wynn and a RBI groundout from sophomore third baseman Haley Wynn drove in a pair of insurance runs.
That was all the run support Ball State’s pitching staff would need as sophomore Deborah Jones and Rothwell combined to shut out the Bulls over the final five innings.
Jones was credited with the win after entering the game in relief with one out in the second inning. Over her 3.2 innings of work, she allowed just one hit and three total base runners while striking out five to improve to 11-7 on the year.
Rothwell would enter in the top of the sixth, fanning five of the seven batters she faced to earn the record-breaking save.
That was not the only good news for the Ball State softball program this week, however, as it also learned alumna and former coach Jennifer Gilbert was one of 15 softball athletes selected to participate in the Olympics for Team Canada.
BALL STATE BASEBALL: Home Runs, Baker Take Cardinals To First Place
MUNCIE – A split last weekend at Central Michigan got the Ball State baseball team within a game of first place, and the deficit has been cut to zero. Ball State (31-14, 22-7) routed Kent State 8-2 on Friday afternoon, and coupled with a Central Michigan loss at Western Michigan, move into 1st place in the MAC standings.
Home runs by Ryan Peltier and Chase Sebby were the big shots in Friday’s win, more than enough for John Baker to earn his 6th win of the season and 24th of his career.
PELT A LONGBALL IN THE 1ST: A wacky 1st inning for BSU provided all the scoring the Cardinals would need. With two outs, a dropped third strike and a hit batter allowed Peltier to bat with runners on. He lifted a fly ball over the fence in right, his 4th homer of the season. The 3-run shot would stand up behind Baker, who pitched 8.0 innings with just one run allowed.
VINTAGE JOHNNY B: Baker sat down the first 16 Kent State batters he faced before allowing an infield single in the top of the 6th. Kent State finally put together a couple hits in the 9th, and only two KSU runners reached 3rd base against him. Baker struck out seven with no walks in a 107-pitch clinic that included 77 strikes and 30 balls.
BIG INNING: A leadoff double by Noah Navarro, followed by a 2-run single by Nick Powell, put the game away in the 7th. Ball State scored five runs in the inning, highlighted by a 2-run homer by Sebby on a towering flyball out to left field. Trenton Quartermaine also had an RBI single in the bottom of the 7th, and moments later made a slick play at 1st base in the 8th.
Powell (hitting a team-best .342) and Ross Messina each had two hits and scored twice. Justin Kirby, Kent State’s 8-hole hitter, was the only visiting player with two hits. Collin Romel pitched well for KSU, a quality start of 6.0 innings and two earned runs. Only one Cardinal baserunner reached 3rd base against Romel between innings 2-6.
TOMORROW: Fans should note Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. Chayce McDermott will start the first game against expected KSU starter Luke Albright. Lukas Jaksich will take the ball in the late game.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Program-Record Four Soccer Players Named All-Region
MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State had four players named to the United Soccer Coaches Association Division I Women’s All-Midwest Region teams.
The Cardinals set a school record for most all-region selections. The program previously had three players honored three times – 2006, 2015 and 2016.
Nicky Potts, Tatiana Mason and Lexy Smith earned second-team all-region honors, while Emily Simmons was named to the third team. The quartet helped Ball State to the MAC West Division championship and a spot in the league’s title game.
Potts, an all-region midfielder for the second year in a row, led the Cardinals with four assists and also added a goal in this shortened spring season. The redshirt junior from Nuneaton, England, ran her career totals to 10 goals and seven assists.
Mason led Ball State with four goals in 10 games and also added a pair of assists for a team-best 10 points. The junior forward from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the Cardinals’ active leader in both goals and assists with 12 each for her career.
Smith and Simmons helped to anchor a Ball State back line that surrendered only nine goals in 10 games and limited opponents to an average of 3.5 shots on goal per game.
Smith, a junior from Rochester Hills, Michigan, started all 10 games and played every minute while also adding three assists. Simmons, a senior from New Hamburg, Ontario, started the first six games before her season was cut short by injury.
Ball State finished the season with a record of 6-3-1 after winning five of its final six regular season contests to secure its spot in the MAC Championship game for the second time in the past three seasons.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S LACROSSE: #5 IRISH SHUTOUT ROBERT MORRIS, 16-0, IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Nine different players found the back of the net and the Irish defense was stout for a full 60 minutes as #5 Notre Dame earned a 16-0 victory over Robert Morris in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
With the victory, Notre Dame (10-6, 5-5 ACC) advances to take on the winner of UConn/Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this Sunday (May 16) at 1 p.m. ET at Arlotta Stadium. The Irish will be aiming to earn their fifth trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a victory on Sunday.
“I was really proud of our effort today,” said Irish head coach Christine Halfpenny. “We’ve talked about playing together, playing in twos, and to get a shutout in the NCAA Tournament is a testament to the great effort and energy we played with today. I think a difference-maker in the NCAA Tournament is great depth, and it’s something we showcased today.”
The shutout was the first-ever in the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Tournament and third overall in program history (4/9/10 – 16-0 vs. Villanova & 2/24/19 – 27-0 vs. Kent State). Bridget Deehan stopped all six shots she faced before Lilly Callahan made a save in relief to keep Robert Morris off the board. The Irish also forced 10 Colonials turnovers, including two by Hannah Dorney.
Kasey Choma (3G, A) and Savannah Buchanan (4A) led the Irish with four points each while Madison Mote earned a hat trick and Madison Ahern, Maddie Howe and Andie Aldave each netted a pair of goals.
Alison Harbaugh netted the first goal of her Irish career in the closing moments and Jackie Wolak, Katie Enrietto and Keelin Schlageter rounded out the scoring for Notre Dame.
As a team, the Irish earned a 12-5 advantage in draw controls with Aldave leading the way with five and Buchanan collecting four.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish controlled the contest from start-to-finish and earned a 10-0 halftime lead with five different players each netting two goals in the first 30 minutes. The Irish got a pair of markers each by Ahern, Choma, Aldave, Mote and Howe to go with four saves by Deehan to earn the double-digit lead. Buchanan assisted on a trio of Notre Dame’s goals in the first half.
The Irish defense also caused eight Colonials turnovers in the opening half, including a pair by Dorney.
Deehan made two more saves in the second half to keep Robert Morris scoreless before Callahan made a point-blank save later in the frame to preserve the shutout.
Six different players found the back of the net in the second half for Notre Dame, including Choma, Enrietto, Mote, Wolak, Schlageter and Harbaugh’s first career goal in the closing minutes.
Notre Dame (10-6, 5-5 ACC) will take on the winner of UConn/Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this Sunday (May 16) at 1 p.m. ET at Arlotta Stadium.
That contest will be streamed live via ESPN3.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S LACROSSE: NCAA FIRST ROUND PREVIEW: DREXEL
OTRE DAME, Ind. – The Fighting Irish earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will take on Drexel in the first round matchup. The game will be played at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver. Opening faceoff is slated for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 15. The game will air on ESPNU.
Location: Denver, Colorado | Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium
Schedule: May 15 — 5 PM ET
Live Stream: ESPNU
Live Stats: NCAA.com
Twitter Updates: @NDlacrosse
For a more in-depth look at the matchup – Game Notes: Notre Dame
• Notre Dame and Maryland are the only two programs to earn a spot in the NCAA Championship field in each of the last 15 seasons.
• Notre Dame has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship in the nine of the last 10 campaigns.
• Notre Dame is 15-10 over the last 10 NCAA Championships.
• Notre Dame owns a 20-24 record in its 24 trips to the NCAA Championship.
• This is the 13th time overall and 12th time in the last 13 seasons that the Irish have earned one of the eight national seeds for the NCAA Championship.
• The Irish are 9-2 in games played at Arlotta Stadium in NCAA Championships play.
• Notre Dame advanced to the NCAA Championship final weekend in 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 and played in the title game in 2010 and 2014.
THE DREXEL SERIES
• Saturday will be the sixth meeting all-time between Notre Dame and Drexel. The Irish lead the all-time series with a record of 4-1.
• This Saturday’s matchup will be the first meeting between the two sides in postseason play.
• The Irish were victorious in the most recent matchup, coming away with a 6-5 decision during the 2012 season in Philadelphia.
CORRIGAN BECOMES ALL-TIME DI PROGRAM WINS LEADER
• With the win over No. 1 Duke on April 10, Baumer Family Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Corrigan broke the NCAA record for most wins at a DI program with 311, passing Bob Shillinglaw (Delaware).
• Corrigan became just the third coach in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse history to reach the 300-win mark at a single school with the win over Marquette on April 10, 2019.
• Corrigan is one of just four active Division I coaches to reach the 300-win mark in his career.
• Corrigan has an overall record of 322-167 in his 35 seasons of coaching.
• The head coach is 312-152 in his 33 seasons at Notre Dame.
• Corrigan is the longest tenured men’s lacrosse coach at the DI level.
• Pat Kavanagh has enjoyed a breakout 2021 sophomore season that has propelled him to become the fourth Tewaaraton Finalist in program history.
• The attackman has a team-high 59 points on the season off 36 assists and 23 goals. The 5.9 points per game rank fourth in the country.
• In just 10 games Pat became the all-time single-season ND assist record holder, passing older brother Matt (33) for the record. Matt’s 33 assist season came in an 18-game 2014 season.
• Kavanagh’s 36 assists over 10 games ranks second in the NCAA and leads the ACC in assists per game with an average of 3.6.
• Kavanagh is the only player in the country to earn US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week honors twice this season (4/6 & 5/4).
• The attackman has been a regular on the SportsCenter Top 10 segment, appearing three times this season with a number of other goals going viral.
• In the final game of the regular season Kavanagh broke the program record for points in a game with a 10-point showing off five goals and five assists in the blowout win over No. 9 Syracuse.
• Kavanagh couldn’t have started his sophomore season any better, totaling nine points (2G, 7A) in the win over RMU.
• Kavanagh became just the second player in program history to dish out seven assists in a game, joining John Olmstead who accomplished the feat on April 21, 1988 in a win over Wittenberg.
• Kavanagh turned in another monster nine-point performance in the win over No. 4 Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, totaling four goals and five assists.
• This performance earned the sophomore US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week, ACC Offensive Player of the Week and USILA Team of the Week status.
• The sophomore has recorded the 10th and 11th games in program history with nine points, tying the then program record, and was the first to do it since his older brother Matt Kavanagh had nine points (3G, 6A) in the win over Syracuse in 2016.
• Kavanagh’s seven-point performance against Duke on April 22 (4G, 3A) marked the most points the Blue Devils gave up to a single player in a game all season.
• The Irish defense leads the ACC and ranks third in the country in scoring defense this season, allowing just 8.5 goals per game despite playing some of the best attacking teams in the country.
• Robert Morris (7 goals), Marquette (3), Duke (8) and Syracuse (8) recorded season lows in scoring against the Irish.
• The close defense is comprised of two grad students in Jack Kielty and Kyle Thornton and senior Arden Cohen.
• Thornton has averaged 1.5 caused turnovers per game to lead the Irish and rank second in the conference.
• Kielty and Cohen have started 46 straight games together.
• The Irish SSDMs are the unsung heroes of the defense, as Ryan Hallenbeck, Danny Cassidy, Nick Harris and Tommy McNamara have done an excellent job throughout the year.
• Hallenbeck (4 goals) Harris (3 goals), Cassidy (2 goals) and McNamara (1 goal) have also made contributions in the transition attack for the Irish.
CASHING IN ON THE EMO
• The Irish have been clinical in extra-man opportunities this season, boasting the best unit in the country.
• Notre Dame has converted 22-of-37 man-up opportunities into goals for a rate of 59.5 percent, the best in the ACC and second best in the country.
• Will Yorke has been a key in the success for the Irish, scoring eight goals on the EMO to lead the ACC.
• The Notre Dame duo of Kyle Gallagher and Charlie Leonard have been a force in the 2021 season.
• The Irish have won 61.1 percent of faceoffs this season, going 160-for-262 from the X.
• Kyle Gallagher is 95-for-153 (62.1 percent) on the year with 64 ground balls, a goal and three assists to rank 13th in the country in FO percentage.
• Charlie Leonard has also made an impact at the dot, going 60-of-99 this season with 36 ground balls, three goals and an assist.
ENTENMANN IS ELITE
• Entenmann was selected to the All-ACC Team following the regular season after his remarkable season.
• The sophomore has been playing on another level this season, leading the ACC and ranking fourth in the country in goals against average (8.41) and sixth in save percentage (.580).
• The Chaminade product made a career-high 18 saves while allowing just three goals in the blowout win over Marquette.
STRONG STARTS FOR THE IRISH
• Notre Dame has dominated the opening 30 minutes of games in 2021, outscoring opponents 85-43.
• The second quarters have been Notre Dame’s best periods to date, recording 54 goals while holding the opposition to just 24.
• The Irish have held a halftime lead in nine of 10 games this season: the Irish led Robert Morris 12-2, Bellarmine 7-4, Marquette 9-2, Cleveland State 8-3, Virginia 7-5, Syracuse 11-8, Duke 7-5, Duke 7-3 and Syracuse 13-6.
• 21 different players have found the back of the net for the Irish in 2021, combining to score 146 goals.
• Seven of the 21 scorers have recorded double digit goal totals on the year.
• All six starters in attack or midfield have each produced at least 20 points on the year.
• The Irish have been an unselfish unit, averaging 9.3 assists per game, ranking fourth in the country and first in the ACC.
ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
• Jack Kielty earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year status following the regular season, giving the Irish four of the last six distinctions for the honor.
• Kielty has put on a defensive clinic this season, locking down some of the best attacking talents in the country.
• Kielty was named US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week following his performance against Duke, holding Michael Sowers to just one assist in the win.
• The defenseman also held Robert Morris’ Ryan Smith (currently 9th in goals per game) to a season low one goal and three points.
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL: Sycamores Score Late to Take Series Opener Over Southern Illinois
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball secured its ninth series-opening victory of the season Friday after taking the opener from Southern Illinois 5-4 at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores moved to 25-12 overall and 12-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference while the Salukis fell to 33-16 and 10-11 in League action.
Left-hander Geremy Guerrero pitched a solid seven innings in the start but came away with the no-decision as the Salukis scored three runs late to erase a 4-1 deficit. SIU scored a run in the seventh and led off the eighth with a base hit which signaled the end of the day for Guerrero.
ISU looked to clear the bases with a double play, but after a challenge by the Salukis, the runner at second was called safe. SIU would get one run in on a fielder’s choice a batter later before Philip Archer doubled in the tying run.
Jordan Schaffer would kickstart the offense in the bottom of the eighth with a leadoff single before swiping his team-leading 11th stolen base to move into scoring position. Outfielder Aaron Beck then picked up his lone hit of the day to bring in Schaffer with a one-hop single to right field.
The Sycamores put up a crooked number in the first inning as the team loaded the bases and Josue Urdaneta drew a walk. Designated hitter Mitch Barrow collected his fifth base hit of the season with a two-RBI single to right field.
Southern Illinois would get on the board in the second when Nick Neville picked up a solo home run to center. Schaffer added another run for the Sycamores in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, scoring Barrow from third.
Fenlong would pick up the win in relief, moving to 4-0 on the season. The right-hander pitched two innings and allowed one hit while retiring one Saluki on a punchout. Guerrero struck out seven and allowed seven base hits in his outing.
Schaffer led the team on a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a hit-by-pitch. Barrow drew a walk and drove in two runs.
Trey McDaniel took the loss for SIU, falling to 4-4 on the season. Mike Hansell started for Southern and went just 3.1 innings allowing four earned runs.
The Sycamores will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at Bob Warn Field.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE BASEBALL: Flames Take Opener From Mastodons
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Alex Evenson had three hits and three runs knocked in but the Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team fell to UIC 22-7 on Friday (May 14) afternoon at Mastodon Field.
Trenton Stoner made it a 2-2 game with a two-RBI double in the first inning. His hit to right field scored Aaron Chapman and Evenson.
UIC responded with a six-run second inning. They took control of the game with four runs in the fourth.
Stoner finished with three hits and one run scored in addition to his pair of RBIs.
The Mastodons scored four runs in the ninth with Dylan Stewart knocking in two in a pinch hit role. Andrew Arteaga had a hit and a run for the ‘Dons.
Gerald Pintarich started on the mound and took the loss. He is now 1-6. Jacob Key started for the Flames. He picked up the win to move to 6-3 on the year.
UIC’s Matt Bottcher knocked in seven runs and had three hits and two runs scored. Thomas Norton and Cory Moore each had four hits.
The Mastodons fall to 10-29 (7-22 Horizon). UIC improves to 22-16 (21-11 Horizon). The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday (May 15) in a noon start at Mastodon Field.
EVANSVILLE BASEBALL: Aces battle back to surge to 13-6 series-opening win
EVANSVILLE – Battling back from an early deficit, a late surge from the University of Evansville baseball team helped the Aces capture a 13-6 series-opening win over Valparaiso on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
“Great come from behind win for us today. Dug ourselves a hole down 5-0, but grinded out a couple of big innings,” said Aces head baseball coach Wes Carroll. “Eric Roberts had a big day with 5 RBI’s and it was great to our offense step up in the first game of a weekend series. We need to be ready to play 1st pitch tomorrow.”
The Aces were tasked with overcoming an early deficit as Valpo pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the second, all unearned that were generated following errors.
The battle back began in the fourth as Danny Borgstrom doubled to left center, scoring Simon Scherry. Following Borgstrom’s double, Eric Roberts drove a two-run home run to right, narrowing Valpo’s lead to just two at 5-3.
Valpo added an insurance run on a solo home run in the sixth, but Evansville had all the answers in the next two innings. A leadoff single from Brent Widder started what would be an explosive inning for Evansville. After a groundout advanced Widder to second, Valpo pulled starting pitcher Ryan Mintz. Evansville responded with back-to-back walks from Ben Komonosky and Troy Beilsmith to load the bases and force another change on the mound for the home team.
With the bases loaded, Tanner Craig pushed the Aces closer with a base hit to left, scoring Widder. Kenton Crews then tied the game with a bases loaded walk.
Continuing to bat with full bases, Simon Scherry was hit by a pitch, scoring Beilsmith and giving the Aces their first lead at 7-6 with still just one out. After an Evansville pop up put two outs on the board following another pitching change, Roberts added to his RBI total with a bases-clearing double, scoring three runs before being thrown-out trying to stretch his hit to a triple as the Aces earned a 9-6 lead.
The momentum continued to favor Evansville in the eighth as four-straight Aces reached base to open the inning. The bases were loaded following a pair of walks and a base hit, which Beilsmith took advantage of, ripping a double down the left field line, scoring Widder and Wilkes. Komonosky scored off a wild pitch during the next at bat and Crews flew out to right, scoring Beilsmith as the Aces took a 13-6 lead.
Starter Shane Gray’s day came to an end prior to the eighth inning, completing his outing with seven innings of work, allowing just one earned run and tallying three strikeouts.
Drew Dominik came on in relief and allowed just one hit over the final two innings, while recording a pair of strikeouts, inducing a double play to end the game in the ninth to hand Evansville a 13-6 win.
Evansville and Valparaiso return to the field on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at Noon at Emory G. Bauer Field in Valparaiso, Ind.
INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S LACROSSE: Greyhounds Face GLVC Rematch in NCAA Quarterfinal
ST.CHARLES, Mo. – The UIndy women’s lacrosse team earned the berth into the 2021 NCAA DII Women’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament with the top seed in the Midwest Region, avoiding the first round that has bounced them the last two appearances in the event. The first contest, the quarterfinal round, will be against an opponent they’ve seen twice already in the last four games. Their game against second-seeded, No. 2-ranked Lindenwood will kick off on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in St. Charles, Mo., the winner advancing to the NCAA semifinal round in Salem, Va.
The first rounds started the tournament early on Friday, settling the final eight teams for Sunday’s contests. All eight teams can look ahead to the possibilities of who they play unless they move into the semifinal, the top four teams all being reseeded to decide the time on Friday, May 21. The winners will move onto the NCAA Championship round, fighting for a spot as the top of Division II at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 23.
The Hounds’ automatic big from the GLVC Championship victory came from taking down their rival Lindenwood, who owned the top seed in the tournament. The two programs battled an even head-to-head fight until the Hounds surged five-straight unanswered goals, two of them coming from GLVC Freshman of the Year Sarah Klein. The Lion’s laid 11 shots in each half at UIndy’s net, Cassidy King garnering eight saves as the Greyhounds’ protector. Grace Gunneson led all scorers with slamming four goals in the contest, adding an assist to set a team-high five points in the title game.
VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Anderson, Cookerly, McCarthy Set to Return In Fall for Valpo Volleyball
Some of the key pieces of the success of the Valpo volleyball program over the last few years have announced that they will return for the fall 2021 campaign, as setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll), libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and middle hitter Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) will each utilize the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA to fall sport student-athletes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 2020-21 season.
For all three, it was a pretty easy decision to take advantage of the opportunity for one more season in the Valpo uniform.
“I immediately knew that I wanted to continue playing volleyball for another year when Carin presented the idea to the seniors last fall,” Cookerly said. “I knew I wanted to continue my education eventually, but there is no better time than now. My love for the game of volleyball is unmatched, and after talking with my family and my coach, it was a no-brainer to play the game I love for another season.”
“The day I heard we could potentially get a fifth year, I called my mom and said I wanted to stay — I love this team and was already dreading saying goodbye,” McCarthy said. “After playing volleyball my whole life, I wanted to go out on a season with a semi-normal schedule.”
For Anderson, the decision was as immediate as the others, with the added consideration of the impact of this past season being moved to the spring.
“I recently started the sports administration graduate program here at Valpo, so I would still be a student at the university next year,” Anderson said. “Being able to play another year fell into my original plan of being here for five years. Not being able to play this year due to the overlap between volleyball and softball did play into it, as I was not ready to be done with my volleyball career. Now I am able to finish my playing career with four volleyball seasons under my belt.”
The closeness of the trio of seniors and the culture of the program as a whole also were key factors in helping make their respective decisions to return easy ones.
“I went into Rylee’s room after talking with my parents and she said she was staying, and there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to come back,” McCarthy said. “We are bringing back three out of the six from my class and I can honestly say they are my best friends.”
“I am excited to be back with the volleyball program for my last season because it gives me the opportunity to play one more time with Peyton and Rylee,” Anderson said. “I am grateful to be welcomed back into the program that centers its values around culture and being a family. I love being a part of that atmosphere.”
And as far as on-the-court success goes, across the board, all three feel like the Valpo volleyball program is poised for a breakthrough.
“The thing that excites me the most about the opportunity to stay here for another year is our potential,” Cookerly said. “Since joining the Valley, we have continually built on previous years in our successes, and I think our potential for next year is through the roof. I also think we have the right people on the team to do something with that potential.”
“As far as the team goes, I want to play postseason — I believe we had a chance this year before our season came to an end due to COVID,” McCarthy said. “I think this team is ready to go out and prove we belong in the top-three of the Valley.”
“For my final season, I hope to continue to help the program make a run at clinching our first MVC regular season title and conference championship,” Anderson said. “We bring back a team full of veterans and will be able to welcome in the new players to begin building our program right away for those conference titles.”
Anderson will return to the volleyball court in the fall of 2021 after opting out of the spring 2021 season due to it running concurrently with the softball season. Despite not playing this past year, she ranks ninth among active Division I players with 3,850 career assists and is fourth in program history in career assists. Anderson, who played every set of her first three seasons from 2017 through 2019, was an MVC All-Freshman Team selection in 2017 and a First Team All-MVC choice in 2018.
Academically, Anderson completed her bachelor’s degree in sports management in December 2020 and is currently enrolled in the sports administration master’s program. She is a two-time MVC Honorable Mention Scholar-Athlete and has received the MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
Cookerly continued her standout career this spring, as she was named the MVC Libero of the Year for a second consecutive season and earned a spot on the AVCA All-Midwest Region Team. Her average of 5.78 digs/set this spring was good for ninth nationally and is third in a single season in program history. Cookerly now owns 2,514 career digs, over 350 more than any other active player in the country. She ended the shortened season second in Valpo history and third in MVC history in career digs, and is just outside the NCAA’s top-15 all-time in the category as well.
Academically, Cookerly will receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing this month and will continue on in Valpo’s College of Nursing and Health Professions into the DNP program with plans to become a nurse practitioner. She was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year this season, is a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team honoree and has twice been named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
McCarthy enjoyed another strong season out of the middle for Valpo this spring, finishing second on the team with 0.87 blocks/set and contributing 2.30 kills/set on .240 hitting offensively. She was a First Team All-MVC selection in 2019 and led the conference in blocks in 2018. McCarthy enters the fall 2021 campaign just 141 kills shy of 1,000 for her Valpo career and also owns 331 career blocks, just 20 away from cracking Valpo’s career top-10 in the category.
Academically, McCarthy is studying communication and will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in December 2021.
MIAMI SOFTBALL: RedHawks Outlast Huskies in Series Opener, 7-6
DeKALB, Ill.—A pair of home runs that comprised the scoring in a five-run third inning propelled the Miami University softball team to a 7-6 win at Northern Illinois University on Friday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 43-8 overall and 33-2 in Mid-American Conference action, while the Huskies drop to 19-34 overall and 13-24 in MAC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Junior Riley Coyne hit an RBI double to plate freshman Karli Spaid in the top of the first inning to give Miami a quick 1-0 lead. Junior Allie Cummins then stole home to extend the Miami lead to 2-0. NIU scored in the bottom of the inning to cut the MU lead in half, 2-1.
Cummins homered to left field to lead off the top of the third inning for the RedHawks. Later in the inning, sophomore Kate Kobayashi drilled a grand slam to right center to extend the Miami lead to 7-1. The Huskies tacked on two runs in the bottom of the third and three in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 7-6, which would be the final margin.
Senior Mackenzie Moore was the lone RedHawk with a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two doubles. She also scored a run.
With a home run and two runs scored, Cummins moved into sole possession of first in both single-season categories at Miami. Cummins now has 15 home runs on the season and 53 runs scored.
Miami returns to the diamond at NIU for a 2 p.m. (ET) doubleheader against the Huskies on Saturday, May 15.
DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Adds Kobe Elvis
DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Kobe Elvis, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound guard from Brampton, Ontario, has signed with the Flyers. Elvis is transferring to UD from DePaul and will have four years of eligibility at Dayton.
“We’re excited to announce the addition of Kobe Elvis to our basketball family,” Grant said. “Kobe brings talent and skill to our backcourt, and combines that with a great work ethic and an unselfish mentality. He has demonstrated a knack for being able to score the ball and facilitate for his teammates. He will fit very well into our program and campus community.”
Elvis played in all 19 games last season at DePaul, starting four games. On a team that had 10 players score at least 4.9 points a game, he averaged 5.2 points a game while playing 20.2 minutes per contest. He had 36 assists and 14 steals in his 19 games, and shot .423 (41-97) from the floor, and .419 (14-49) from beyond the arc. He also shot .500 from the line, but only attempted eight free throws all year.
In high school, Elvis was a standout in the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association (OSBA). He played for Bill Crothers Prep in 2019-20 and was none of five players named to First Team All-Star for the OSBA.
He averaged 26.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game for Crothers Prep, leading the team to the championship game of the OSBA Final 8 Championships. Elvis averaged 33.7 points per game in three tournament games including a 47-point performance in the semifinal victory and 30 points in championship game. He also shot 52% from the field and 84% from the line during the regular season.
As a junior in 2018-19 playing for Southwest Academy, he was the OSBA Player of the Year after averaging 28.0 points and 4.7 assists per game. He led the OSBA in scoring while shooting over 50% from the field and 35% from three-point range.
The OSBA features some of the top players in Canada including recent NBA draft picks Ignas Brazdeikis, Justin Jackson and Thon Maker.
Elvis took the momentum from being named 2019 OSBA Player of the Year into a strong Put together summer performance. He was the Most Outstanding Player at the 17U Under Armour Rise Championship Bracket and named All-UA Rise First Team while playing with the Northern Kings. He also played for UPLAY Canada in the Nike EYBL and averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists in four games.
Elvis joins a highly-touted group of newcomers to the Dayton men’s basketball program. UD already has two other transfers – 6-foot-8 Toumani Camara (Georgia) and 6-foot-9 Richard Amaefule (East Tennessee State) – and four freshmen newcomers – 6-foot-3 Lynn Greer III of Philadelphia, 6-foot-8 DaRon Holmes of Goodyear, Ariz., 6-foot Malachi Smith of The Bronx and 6-foot-7 Kaleb Washington of Mableton, Ga.
DAYTON SOFTBALL: UDSB Advances To A-10 Finals With 7-1 Win Over Fordham
PHILADELPHIA – The University of Dayton softball team has advanced to the 2021 Atlantic 10 Championship title game with its 7-1 win over Fordham on Friday. Junior Megan Gist’s home run in the third inning kick started a four-run frame which proved to put the game out of reach.
Dayton improved to 21-24 on the season. Fordham is now 37-9 and will play in an elimination game with George Washington later today. The winner of today’s second game will square off against Dayton in tomorrow’s finals.
• 10 – for the 13th time this season Dayton tallied double-digit hits, compared to Fordham’s three hits
• 3 – freshman Taylor Erschen equaled her single-game career high with three RBI on what proved to be the game-winning three-run double in the third inning
• 3 – freshman Megan Ward tallied three hits on the day, one of three Flyers with multi-hit games
Winning Pitcher: Addy Bullis (13-6) – 7.0 IP, zero earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts to zero walks. Bullis worked her ninth complete game of the season
Losing Pitcher: Devon Miller (13-4) – 3.1 IP, three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts to three walks
Dayton advanced to the program’s second appearance in the Atlantic 10 Softball Championship, its first since 2015. Third-seeded UD will face the winner of tonight’s elimination game between No. 1 George Washington and No. 3 Fordham. First pitch for the finals is set for 12 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at SJU Softball Field. With a win tomorrow, Dayton will claim its first A-10 Championship title and earn the league’s automatic berth in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
DAYTON BASEBALL: Baseball Adds Doubleheader Sunday At West Virginia To The Schedule
DAYTON – The University of Dayton baseball team has scheduled a doubleheader on Sunday against West Virginia starting at 12 p.m. at Monongalia County Ballpark in Morgantown, W.Va. This comes after UD’s series with VCU was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols within VCU’s program.
SCOUTING THE FLYERS
Dayton has won seven games in a row entering the doubleheader with West Virginia. The Flyers are coming off a four-game sweep of Richmond last weekend, putting the team’s overall record at 18-23 and UD’s conference record at 8-4. In the series against the Spiders, Dayton as a team hit 12 home runs, putting the program at 56 on the year, which is the sixth-highest season home run total in program history. The team is five behind the teams from 2000 and 2002, which both hit 61.
Offensively this season, UD has been led by junior Benjamin Blackwell. The Dayton shortstop is sixth in the Atlantic 10 with a .359 batting average and is tied for first in the conference with 55 hits. Blackwell also ranks in the top 10 in the conference in slugging percentage (10th), on-base percentage (6th), runs scored (2nd), doubles (tied for 7th), and hit by pitches (tied for 5th). Senior Riley Tirotta has also been a main force in the UD lineup, leading the team with 12 home runs and 45 RBI. Tirotta has also been dangerous on the basepaths, leading Dayton with 11 stolen bases. Senior Mariano Ricciardi joins Blackwell and Tirotta as the three to start every game in 2021. The second baseman owns a 21-game hitting streak dating back to March 26, sporting a .346 batting average this season.
Senior Hunter Wolfe has been the main force in the rotation for the Flyers. The lefty ranks third in the conference in strikeouts with 78 and eighth with a 3.48 earned run average in 62 innings over 10 starts for Dayton. Wolfe is one of five pitchers in the history of the program to eclipse 200 strikeouts in his UD career joining Luke Trubee, Cameron Hobson, Mike Hauschild, and Burny Mitchem, who holds the program record with 320 career strikeouts. Graduate student Ben Olson has also been pitching well for the Flyers. In Olson’s last three appearances, the lefty owns a 3-0 record with just three earned runs over 19.1 innings with 18 strikeouts. As a pitching staff, Dayton has struck out 378 batters this season, fourth most in program history and just three strikeouts behind the third highest total in 2012.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
West Virginia enters the weekend with an overall record of 18-23 as well. The Mountaineers are coming off a 4-1 victory over Marshall on Tuesday. WVU will also host Miami (Ohio) for games on Friday and Saturday before taking on the Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
Offensively Austin Davis leads the charge for West Virginia, sporting a .306 batting average in 40 games this season. Davis has also been tough to get out on the basepaths, leading the team and ranking tied for fourth in the Big 12 with 13 stolen bases in 16 attempts in 2021. Paul McIntosh has been a source of power for WVU, leading the team with seven home runs and tying for second with 20 RBI. He and Matt McCormick are tied and four behind Mikey Kluka, who leads the team with 24 RBI.
On the mound, Jackson Wolf leads the charge with a 3.31 ERA in 11 starts for West Virginia. The senior leads the Big 12 in looking strikeouts with 30 and third with 86 total strikeouts. He is one of just three in the conference to hold opposing hitters to a batting average below .200, coming just under that at .199. Out of the bullpen, Noah Short has made 19 appearances spanning 22.1 innings. Short has posted a 2.82 ERA to go alongside 28 strikeouts. Jacob Watters leads relief pitchers on the team with 37 strikeouts in just 18.2 innings as well.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.
CINCINNATI BASEBALL: Baseball Drops Game One To No. 11 ECU, 8-4
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team suffered an 8-4 loss in the first game of a Friday doubleheader in American Athletic Conference action at UC Baseball Stadium.
Cincinnati (24-22, 13-12 AAC) had tied things up at 2-2 in the bottom of the first, but the Pirates (34-10, 16-5 AAC) hit their way to five runs in the second and hung on late as UC rallied with two runs and two men on with a pair of outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Starter Garrett Schoenle (5-3) had his shortest outing of the season, giving up seven runs, but only four earned, on seven hits in the loss. Max Bergmann came on in relief and gave up five hits and a single run in 6.0 innings, his longest career outing.
ECU’s Gavin Williams gave up the two early runs and settled down, striking out eight in 6.0 innings of work. He moved ot 8-0 on the season.
Game two of the series was slated to start at 4:50 p.m. ET on Friday. Single-game tickets are available. Fans should visit the baseball ticket page for more information or to make their purchase now! Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, 1,000 fans will be allowed in UC Baseball Stadium for game days.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Buckeyes Drop Opener with MSU, 10-7
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State seniors Conner Pohl and Brent Todys both extended their career-high hitting streaks on Friday night but Michigan State did a little more hitting in a 10-7 victory.
The Buckeyes are now 18-15 on the season. Game two of the series will be Saturday afternoon with a 3:05 first pitch.
Pohl drove a ball out the opposite way to left to leadoff the fourth inning for his team-high 11th home run of the season. He has now hit safely in the last 15 games. Todys followed him one batter later with a double up the gap in right to extend his hit-streak a career-high 13 games. Both players added two more hits and each finished with three hits apiece.
Colton Bauer came off the bench and had two hits and two runs batted in.
Seth Lonsway started for the Buckeyes, allowing six runs on five hits in five innings and suffered the loss. Bayden Root had a solid outing, covering the final three innings and allowing just one run.
Michigan State loaded the bases with no outs in the second. After a sacrifice fly and a strikeout, Lonsway was an out away from getting out of the jam with limited damage but Dillon Kark hit a two-out, three-run homer to start MSU to a 4-0 lead.
The Buckeyes got a Pohl homer to start the fourth and then a double by Todys and a single by Sam Wilson to cut the lead in half at 4-2. The Spartans then answered right back with two more in the top of the 5th and the big blow came in the seventh as they scored four times to take a 10-2 lead.
The Buckeyes chipped away with two runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Todys and a pinch-hit RBI single by Bauer. They then made it interesting in the ninth, scoring three times on four hits and bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. But Archer Brookman struck out swinging to end it.
Ohio State senior left-hander Griffan Smith will make his first start of the season on Saturday.
OHIO STATE FOOTBALL: SELECT FOOTBALL TV DESIGNATIONS, GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Television designations for three 2021 Ohio State University football games, along with two kickoff times, have been announced for the upcoming season.
The Buckeyes begin their 132nd season of football at Minnesota on Sept. 2 and the game will be televised by FOX. Kickoff time at TCF Bank Stadium is still to be announced. The game will mark the second time in the last five seasons that Ohio State opens its season on a Thursday on the road against a conference opponent. In 2017, Ohio State defeated Indiana 49-21 on a Thursday night in Bloomington.
Nine days after opening at Minnesota, the Buckeyes will host Oregon inside Ohio Stadium at noon as part of FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff. It will be the first time the two teams are playing in Columbus in 33 years, since a 31-6 Ohio State victory in 1987. The teams last met in the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship game, a 42-20 Ohio State win to secure the program’s eighth national championship.
Ohio State’s annual showdown with Michigan, set for Nov. 27 in Ann Arbor, will kick off at its traditional time slot of noon and it will also be televised by FOX.
Additional game times and network carriers are expected to be announced by the Big Ten Conference later this month.
2021 Ohio State Football Schedule
All Times EDT
Sept. 2 – at Minnesota – Time TBA on FOX
Sept. 11 – Oregon – Noon on FOX
Sept. 18 – Tulsa
Sept. 25 – Akron
Oct. 2 – at Rutgers
Oct. 9 – Maryland
Oct. 23 – at Indiana
Oct. 30 – Penn State
Nov. 6 – at Nebraska
Nov. 13 – Purdue
Nov. 20 – Michigan State
Nov. 27 – at Michigan – Noon on FOX
XAVIER BASEBALL: Musketeers Sweep Series-Opening Doubleheader with a Pair of Shutouts Against Georgetown
CINCINNATI – Xavier opened up a five-game series against the Georgetown Hoyas with a pair of shutout wins on Friday, taking a 9-0 win in the seven-inning series opener, and taking the 2-0 win in nine innings in game two.
Xavier took a 2-0 lead in the second inning of game one, and pushed it to 5-0 in the third inning adding four more in the sixth to make it a 9-0 lead, with Xavier’s offense fueled by home runs from Alex Helmin, Natale Monastra and Garrett Schultz. Nick Zwack pitched a complete-game shutout for the seven-inning outing, including a perfect game through 5.2 innings and picked up his sixth win of the year.
Xavier jumped out to a two-run lead again in the second inning of game two, which was all the offense the Musketeers would need for the sweep of the doubleheader. Ethan Bosacker and Michael Dillon pitched a combined shutout to kept the Hoyas off the board for the day, with Xavier picking up the 2-0 win.
The Musketeers moved to 21-21 on the year and 12-8 in BIG EAST play. Georgetown fell to 4-19 overall and 4-14 in BIG EAST play. The series will continue tomorrow with a single game, set for 1:00 p.m. and then wrap up on Sunday with a doubleheader set to begin at noon. Game two of Sunday’s doubleheader will be a non-conference match-up.
Xavier will celebrate Senior Day ahead of Saturday’s game.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Four-Run Eighth Caps Indians Comeback Win
A four-run eighth sparked by a tie-breaking one-out single off the bat of first baseman Christian Bethancourt led the Indianapolis Indians to their first comeback win of the season over the Toledo Mud Hens, 6-2.
Down 2-1 entering the final three frames, Andrew Susac sent his second home run of 2021 into the left field lawn to tie up the game in the seventh. The Indians (5-4) then capitalized on two errors in the eighth inning and recorded two hits with runners in scoring position to extend their lead out of the Mud Hens reach.
The scoring began in the bottom of the second when Chris Sharpe swiped his first bag of the season to get into scoring position for Anthony Alford. Alford, who began his campaign with the Indians 0-for-12 through his first six games, singled home Sharpe for the 1-0 lead. He finished the night with his second consecutive multi-hit game.
With five shutout frames from starter James Marvel, Indianapolis held its narrow lead until the sixth inning. With no outs and runners at the corners, a hit batter and wild pitch scored the first Toledo run. A bases-loaded two-out walk issued by reliever Braeden Ogle scored the go-ahead Mud Hens run. Marvel exited the game through 5.1 innings and was charged with both runs.
Toledo (3-6) held the Indians to three hits through six innings before Susac opened the seventh with his home run. The Mud Hens pitching staff then surrendered three hits during the four-run eighth.
Shea Spitzbarth (W, 1-0) stranded a pair of runners at the corners with no outs to earn his first win in an Indians jersey this season. With a four-run lead, Jandel Gustave worked around three baserunners of his own to close out the game.
Robbie Ross Jr. (L, 0-2) took a blown save after surrendering the home run to Susac and the first Indianapolis run scored in the eighth. Nolan Blackwood allowed the final three runs.
Bethancourt and Susac followed Alford in the bottom half of the order with multi-hit games. Each of the five Indians RBI on the night came from the final four batters in the lineup.
The six-game series continues on Saturday night in another 7:05 PM ET first pitch at Victory Field. RHP Steven Wright (0-0, 0.00) makes his first start of the season vs. RHP Rony Garcia (0-0, 4.50).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1862 The Union Grounds, the new home of the Eckfords, opens in Brooklyn. The Williamsburg ballpark is the first baseball facility to be enclosed entirely by a fence, allowing paying customers only to view the games.
1901 Watty Lee throws the first shutout in American League history when the visiting Washington Senators blank the Americans at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, 4-0. The 21 year-old southpaw, who will finish the season with a 16-16 record, will be the author of two of the eight shutouts thrown in the Junior Circuit’s inaugural season.
1912 After days of taking verbal abuse from Highlander fans at Hilltop Park, Ty Cobb jumps into the stands near the Tigers dugout and pummels Claude Lueker, who has no fingers on one hand and only two fingers on the other, due to an industrial accident. The ‘Georgia Peach’ lands at least a dozen punches to the head of the heckler, knocking his victim down before kicking the hapless fan in the lower body with his spikes.
1918 In a game that takes only 2 hours and 47 minutes to play, Senators’ legend Walter Johnson goes the distance in an 18-inning contest, defeating Larry Williams, who also tosses a complete game, and the White Sox at Comiskey Park, 1-0. Eddie Ainsworth, who advances to third base on the ‘Big Train’s’ single, scores the winning run on a wild pitch.
1919 After both teams play a dozen scoreless innings at Ebbets Field, the Reds break out in the top 13th inning, scoring ten runs off Robins starter Al Mamaux, charged with only one earned run in his complete-game 10-0 loss in the Brooklyn ballpark. Cincinnati’s right-hander Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his previous start, is the beneficiary of the blowout, also goes the distance to improve his record to 4-0.
1941 Joe DiMaggio begins his 56-game hitting streak with a hit against White Sox pitcher Edgar Smith. The Yankee outfielder will collect at least one hit in every game until July 17, when his unrivaled accomplishment, which captures the attention of a nation, is stopped in Cleveland with the help of outstanding defensive plays by third baseman Ken Keltner.
1944 In front of a paltry crowd of 1,014 fans at Crosley Field, Reds’ 32 year-old southpaw Clyde Shoun, in his first start of the season, no-hits the Braves, 1-0. Chuck Aleno’s fifth-inning round-tripper off Jim Tobin, the third baseman’s only homer of the season, accounts for the lone run in the 79-minute contest.
1952 Virgil Trucks throws the first of his two no-hitters this season, blanking the Senators, 1-0, thanks to a two-out, two-strike ninth-inning home run by Vic Wertz. Due to a parade honoring war hero General Douglas MacArthur in downtown Detroit, a sparse crowd of only 2,215 fans is in attendance at Briggs Stadium to witness the second no-no in franchise history, the first since George Mullin accomplished the feat in 1912.
1956 Sal Maglie, obtained on waivers by Cleveland last season from the Giants, is shipped to the Dodgers for a hundred dollars after impressing Brooklyn in an exhibition game. The ‘Barber’ will post a 13-5 record along with a 2.89 ERA for the eventual NL Champs, finishing second to teammate Don Newcombe in the balloting for both the Cy Young and MVP awards.
1960 After being traded from the Phillies, Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his Cub debut. Thanks to three outstanding defensive catches, including Walt Moryn’s game-ending grab, the Winston-Salem, NC native becomes the first pitcher to keep the opponents hitless in a first start after being traded.
1961 Teammates Felipe and Matty Alou both homer in the Giants’ 14-1 victory over Chicago at Candlestick Park. In the first inning, Felipe’s grand slam scores the first four runs of the game, and his younger brother puts on the finishing touch of the rout with an eighth-inning round-tripper.
1961 The American Basketball League’s Cleveland Pipers, owned by George Steinbrenner, hire John McLendon, Jr. as the franchise’s head coach, making him the first African American to be named to a top leadership position in any major professional sport. The well-respected college coach, leaving the post midway through the 1961-62 ABL season, will become the first of many of the future Yankee owner’s employees to resign over the years due to interference from the front office.
1968 Hoping to fill the void created when the Braves moved to Atlanta, the White Sox play the first of nine games in Milwaukee. A crowd of 23,403 fans watches the Pale Hose lose to the Angels, 4-2, in the first American League contest to take place in Milwaukee since 1901.
1968 “If they think we’re stupid for playing this game, how stupid are they for coming out to watch us.” – DENNY McLAIN, commenting about the small crowds at Tiger Stadium at the start of the season. At Tiger Stadium, the biggest crowd since Opening Day greets Denny McLain with a chorus of boos, showing their displeasure about comments he made on a local radio station where he called the fans “the biggest front-runners in the world.” The right-hander, who will label the same fans the best in the world when they howl their approval after his 30th victory, was critical of their support at the start of the season because of Detroit’s low attendance.
1970 After going 0-4 on Opening Day, Rico Carty proceeds to get a hit in 31 straight games. This season’s batting champ’s sixth-inning RBI single at Crosley Field sets the record for the longest hitting streak for the Braves since the franchise relocated to Atlanta.
1973 Nolan Ryan, who lasted just one-third of an inning in his previous start, throws the first of his seven career no-hitters, including another one in two months. The ‘Ryan Express’s 3-0 gem is the first no-hit game to be played in Kansas City’s Royals Stadium.
1976 In his first major league start, rookie right-hander Mark Fidrych throws a complete-game two-hitter in the Tigers’ 2-1 victory over Cleveland. ‘The Bird’, who holds the Tribe hitless for the first six innings, amuses his teammates and delights the Detroit fans with his unorthodox antics, which includes talking to the ball.
1978 The Twins, after the team’s owner overcomes his misgiving about Mike Marshall’s demeanor, sign the All-Star retired right-handed reliever, who will lead the league in saves next season with 32. Minnesota wins seven of its next eight games, with their new closer picking up four saves and win during the span.
1981 At Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, the Indians’ Len Barker pitches the 11th perfect game in major league history, defeating the Blue Jays, 3-0. Catfish Hunter was the last pitcher to accomplish the feat, hurling a perfecto for the A’s in 1968.
1989 The 12-24 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams, replacing him with hitting coach Cito Gaston, after several well-publicized run-ins with the team’s star. George Bell had made it widely known he did not want to be Toronto’s designated hitter, despite his skipper’s insistence he fill that role for the club.
1991 England’s Queen Elizabeth is President George Bush’s guest at the Oriole game at Memorial Stadium. The O’s, who play in a city named after a British Lord, drop a 6-3 decision to Oakland.
1991 The Red Sox and White Sox play a contest that lasts four hours and 11 minutes, setting a new record for the slowest game ever played in nine innings. Boston’s 9-6 victory at Fenway Park features ten pitchers who throw a total of 352 pitches.
1997 In an 8-2 win over San Diego, the Cubs score half their runs when Brian McRae, Doug Glanville, and Sammy Sosa all triple in the bottom of the seventh inning off Friar right-hander Tim Scott. Chicago third baseman Jose Hernandez also chips in with a run-producing three-bagger during the fourth inning of the Wrigley Field contest.
1998 On the day the Marlins trade Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Charles Johnson, Jim Eisenreich, and Manuel Barrios to the Dodgers for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile, the team hangs on to beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 8-7. In the first inning, the Fish connect for nine consecutive hits, a franchise record, and score seven runs, all without the help of their recently departed teammates.
2002 Astros’ bench coach Tony Pena is named manager of the Royals, replacing interim skipper John Mizerock, who had taken over the reins when the team released Tony Muser on April 29. Buck Showalter and Bucky Dent were rumored to be candidates for the position.
2005 The White Sox drop a 6-2 decision to the Orioles, marking the first time this season the team never had a lead in a game. The streak of being ahead in 37 straight games establishes a major league record from the beginning of a season and ties the 1934 Yankees and the 1942 Cardinals for the third-longest span in major league history.
2006 For the first time in baseball history, teams meet in a day-night, home and away interstate doubleheader. The Sioux Fall Canaries (SD) and Sioux City Explorers (IA) of the American Association (Independent) split the twin bill, with the I-29 rivals each losing its home game.
2008 Ryan Braun, National League’s Rookie of the Year last season, and the Brewers come to terms on a $45 million, eight-year deal, the richest and longest in franchise history. The generous contract for a “zero-plus” player (less than one-year major league service) replaces the $455,000, one-year renewal the team gave him during spring training.
2010 Owasso High School junior Dylan Bundy, needing his team to win both ends of a doubleheader to stave off his team’s elimination from the state tournament, throws the final five innings of the opener and the first five innings of the nightcap. The future first-round pick (4th) of the Orioles, who will throw 181 pitches over the two games en route to striking out 20 batters in 10 innings, helps the Rams beat Jenks, 10-7 and 5-4, advancing his teammates to the Oklahoma state championship game. (Our thanks to Rick Heaton, sports editor/associate editor of the Owasso Reporter, for his help in providing details of this entry.)
2013 Royals TV honors longtime broadcaster Fred White, who died today due to complications from melanoma, with a half-inning of silence to start the game. The Homer (IL) native, an employee with the organization for the past 40 years, was the team’s play-by-play announcer for 24 years, covering a span from 1974 to 1998.
2015 At Target Field, Jose Bautista hits home runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings, contributing to the Blue Jays’ 11-3 victory against Minnesota. The Toronto right-fielder, last season’s homer leader, has clouted four round-trippers in a span of five at-bats, including his last plate appearance in yesterday’s game.
2015 Mariner right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the fourth-youngest hurler to record his 2,000th career strikeout when he whiffs Sam Fuld in the fifth inning of the team’s 4-3 victory against Oakland at Safeco Field. Bert Blyleven, Walter Johnson, and Sam McDowell are the only three pitchers to reach the milestone faster than King Felix.
2016 Danny Valencia third home run of the game, a ninth-inning two-run shot off Steve Geltz, gives the A’s an eventual 7-6 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field. The 31 year-old third baseman’s round-tripper is his fifth this season, all coming in the three-game weekend series in Tampa Bay.
2018 MLB suspends Mariner infielder Robinson Cano for 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. The All-Star second baseman tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic used for treating pulmonary edema, high blood pressure, kidney problems, and heart failure.
2019 Edwin Jackson becomes the first major leaguer to toil for 14 teams when he starts the game for the Blue Jays against the Giants. In his no-decision outing, the 35-year-old right-hander throws 77 pitches in five innings, allowing three runs and six hits in the team’s eventual 4-3 at San Francisco’s Oracle Park.
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|NY Yankees||21||17||.553||2||11 – 9||10 – 8||10 – 13||6 – 1||2 – 1||7 – 3||W 1|
|Toronto||20||17||.541||2.5||7 – 5||13 – 12||7 – 4||1 – 3||5 – 8||6 – 4||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||21||19||.525||3||9 – 12||12 – 7||7 – 8||2 – 1||9 – 9||6 – 4||W 2|
|Baltimore||16||22||.421||7||5 – 14||11 – 8||7 – 11||0 – 0||8 – 8||3 – 7||L 3|
|Chi White Sox||23||14||.622||–||13 – 7||10 – 7||2 – 2||14 – 7||6 – 4||8 – 2||W 1|
|Cleveland||21||15||.583||1.5||10 – 7||11 – 8||1 – 3||15 – 8||1 – 1||8 – 2||L 1|
|Kansas City||17||21||.447||6.5||8 – 12||9 – 9||4 – 3||8 – 15||4 – 2||1 – 9||L 1|
|Detroit||13||25||.342||10.5||8 – 11||5 – 14||1 – 5||8 – 13||3 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||12||24||.333||10.5||6 – 12||6 – 12||1 – 3||6 – 8||2 – 10||2 – 8||L 5|
|Oakland||24||16||.600||–||13 – 11||11 – 5||11 – 9||8 – 0||2 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Houston||22||17||.564||1.5||13 – 9||9 – 8||5 – 4||0 – 3||17 – 8||7 – 3||W 4|
|Seattle||19||20||.487||4.5||10 – 9||9 – 11||6 – 5||4 – 4||6 – 7||3 – 7||W 1|
|Texas||18||22||.450||6||9 – 10||9 – 12||9 – 5||4 – 6||5 – 6||5 – 5||L 4|
|LA Angels||16||21||.432||6.5||8 – 9||8 – 12||2 – 6||5 – 3||7 – 11||3 – 7||L 3|
|NY Mets||18||14||.563||–||11 – 4||7 – 10||9 – 5||2 – 5||5 – 1||7 – 3||L 1|
|Philadelphia||21||18||.538||0.5||13 – 6||8 – 12||10 – 11||8 – 3||2 – 4||7 – 3||W 1|
|Atlanta||18||20||.474||3||9 – 11||9 – 9||10 – 9||6 – 2||1 – 2||6 – 4||W 1|
|Miami||17||21||.447||4||8 – 9||9 – 12||4 – 5||3 – 6||8 – 7||5 – 5||L 1|
|Washington||15||19||.441||4||9 – 10||6 – 9||6 – 9||4 – 2||3 – 5||3 – 7||W 2|
|St. Louis||23||16||.590||–||12 – 8||11 – 8||10 – 10||10 – 5||3 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|Milwaukee||20||19||.513||3||9 – 11||11 – 8||3 – 8||10 – 8||6 – 1||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||18||19||.486||4||13 – 8||5 – 11||5 – 5||9 – 12||3 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cincinnati||17||19||.472||4.5||10 – 7||7 – 12||0 – 0||9 – 6||4 – 10||5 – 5||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||16||22||.421||6.5||7 – 10||9 – 12||0 – 0||7 – 14||4 – 5||4 – 6||W 1|
|San Francisco||23||15||.605||–||14 – 4||9 – 11||6 – 4||3 – 2||11 – 7||6 – 4||L 1|
|San Diego||22||17||.564||1.5||10 – 10||12 – 7||0 – 0||5 – 6||14 – 11||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||21||17||.553||2||11 – 5||10 – 12||4 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||5 – 5||W 3|
|Arizona||17||22||.436||6.5||8 – 8||9 – 14||6 – 12||5 – 1||6 – 7||2 – 8||L 3|
|Colorado||15||24||.385||8.5||13 – 10||2 – 14||3 – 3||2 – 3||8 – 18||5 – 5||W 3|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 xyz-Philadelphia||48||23||.676||—||28-7||20-16||10-2||30-11||8-2||1 W|
|2 x-Brooklyn||46||24||.657||1.5||26-8||20-16||8-4||24-16||6-4||3 W|
|3 xy-Milwaukee||45||25||.643||2.5||25-10||20-15||11-0||29-11||8-2||2 W|
|4 x-Atlanta||40||31||.563||8.0||24-11||16-20||9-3||24-18||6-4||3 W|
|5 x-Miami||39||31||.557||8.5||21-15||18-16||6-6||23-17||8-2||4 W|
|6 x-New York||39||31||.557||8.5||23-11||16-20||3-8||23-17||6-4||1 W|
|7 Boston||35||35||.500||12.5||21-15||14-20||4-7||20-21||3-7||4 L|
|8 Charlotte||33||37||.471||14.5||18-18||15-19||8-3||20-20||3-7||3 L|
|9 Indiana||33||37||.471||14.5||13-22||20-15||7-5||19-22||4-6||1 L|
|10 Washington||33||38||.465||15.0||18-17||15-21||2-9||15-26||6-4||1 W|
|11 Chicago||30||40||.429||17.5||14-21||16-19||6-5||20-20||5-5||1 W|
|12 Toronto||27||44||.380||21.0||16-19||11-25||4-8||17-24||1-9||6 L|
|13 Cleveland||22||49||.310||26.0||13-23||9-26||4-8||16-25||1-9||1 L|
|14 Orlando||21||50||.296||27.0||11-25||10-25||4-8||13-28||3-7||6 L|
|15 Detroit||20||51||.282||28.0||13-22||7-29||1-11||12-29||2-8||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 xy-Utah||51||20||.718||—||31-5||20-15||7-5||27-14||7-3||1 W|
|2 xy-Phoenix||49||21||.700||1.5||27-9||22-12||7-5||28-12||7-3||1 W|
|3 x-Denver||47||24||.662||4.0||25-11||22-13||9-2||26-15||7-3||3 W|
|4 x-LA Clippers||47||24||.662||4.0||26-10||21-14||9-3||27-14||5-5||1 L|
|5 xy-Dallas||42||29||.592||9.0||21-15||21-14||7-5||21-20||8-2||2 W|
|6 Portland||41||30||.577||10.0||19-16||22-14||5-6||22-19||8-2||1 L|
|7 LA Lakers||40||30||.571||10.5||21-15||19-15||4-8||24-17||5-5||3 W|
|8 Golden State||38||33||.535||13.0||24-11||14-22||5-7||24-17||7-3||5 W|
|9 Memphis||38||33||.535||13.0||18-18||20-15||6-6||19-22||7-3||5 W|
|10 San Antonio||33||37||.471||17.5||14-20||19-17||6-6||17-23||2-8||2 L|
|11 New Orleans||31||40||.437||20.0||18-17||13-23||6-6||18-23||4-6||3 L|
|12 Sacramento||31||40||.437||20.0||16-19||15-21||5-7||18-23||6-4||2 L|
|13 Minnesota||22||48||.314||28.5||12-22||10-26||5-7||14-27||6-4||1 L|
|14 Oklahoma City||21||50||.296||30.0||9-26||12-24||3-9||11-30||1-9||9 L|
|15 Houston||17||54||.239||34.0||9-27||8-27||5-7||11-31||2-8||1 W|
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Conference
|x-New York Islanders||56||32||17||7||71||28||156||128||21-4-3||11-13-4||3-4-3|
|New York Rangers||56||27||23||6||60||26||177||157||14-11-3||13-12-3||4-6-0|
|New Jersey Devils||56||19||30||7||45||19||145||194||7-18-3||12-12-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||56||40||14||2||82||39||191||124||21-5-2||19-9-0||7-3-0|
|x-St. Louis Blues||56||27||20||9||63||25||169||170||12-11-5||15-9-4||6-1-3|
|Los Angeles Kings||56||21||28||7||49||20||143||170||9-14-5||12-14-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||56||21||28||7||49||16||151||199||11-13-4||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|xy-Toronto Maple Leafs||56||35||14||7||77||34||187||148||18-7-3||17-7-4||7-1-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||56||36||17||3||75||35||181||147||21-7-0||15-10-3||6-3-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||56||19||27||10||48||17||127||171||12-11-5||7-16-5||3-3-4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||56||18||26||12||48||15||137||187||11-9-8||7-17-4||3-4-3|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|