HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
LOGANSPORT 8 KOKOMO 5
LOGANSPORT 11 KOKOMO 0
MARION 20 MUNCIE CENTRAL 10
MARION 14 MUNCIE CENTRAL 7
CENTERVILLE 7 COWAN 4…BULLDOGS: game tied 3-3 into the bottom of the fifth, Bulldogs scored 4. Jacob Crowe 1-3 2R…Logan Drook 2-3…Collin Clark 1-2 RBI….Zach Thompson 1-4 RBI….Jamari Pamplin HR 1-2 RBI…PITCHING: Logan Drook 4.2IP 1H 2R 2ER 9K’s
CENTERVILLE 6 COWAN 5….BULLDOGS: 4 hits…Jamari Pamplin HR 2-3 2RBI 2R 2SB….PITCHING: Alex Wandersee 4IP 2H 4R 4ER 5K 4BB…Jacob Crowe 1IP 3K’s…Jamari Pamplin 2IP 1H 1R 1ER 1K 3BB
LINCOLN 21 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 10….GOLDEN EAGLES: scored 9 in the fourth, five in the fifth and 6 in the sixth after trailing 6-1. LINCOLN had 17 hits with Gavin Sherwood 3-3 4RBI 2SB…Bryce Pennington 3-3 RBI…Mason Dick 2-3 4RBI 3R….Gavin Trent 2-4 2RBI 2R….Landon Hicks 2-3 2RBI 3R…Cameron Gumm 3-3 RBI 2R…Noah Payne 1-3 2RBI 2SB
SHENANDOAH 5 KNIGHTSTOWN 3…PANTHERS: Managed only five hits…Gunnar Hannis 2-3
NEW CASTLE 11 DELTA 1
NEW CASTLE 4 DELTA 3
TRITON CENTRAL 12 EASTERN HANCOCK 2
EASTERN HANCOCK 18 TRITON CENTRAL 10
SHELBYVILLE 7 SOUTHWESTERN 6
DALEVILLE 1 FRANKLIN COUNTY 0
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
McCUTCHEON 7 BENTON CENTRAL 0
McCUTCHEON 5 BENTON CENTRAL 1
PORTAGE 10 HARRISON 8
WESTFIELD 10 KOKOMO 8
KOKOMO 7 WESTFIELD 5
MARION 15 MUNCIE CENTRAL 3
LINCOLN 12 CENTERVILLE 7…GOLDEN EAGLES scored seven runs in the first inning. Kaylee Gabbard 2-4 RBI…Allison Frost 1-2 2RBI…Mallory Burns 2-4 RBI 2R…Jaela Patton 3-3 2RBI 2R…Sommer Taylor 3-4 2RBI….BULLDOGS: Harmony Owens 2-2 2RBI…Jade Hill 2-4 3R
NORTHEASTERN 9 HAGERSTOWN 6….TIGERS: Tori Kelley 2-4…Hannah Pyle 1-3 2RBI…Heather Eales 1-3 2RBI…Hallie Rogers RBI…Marissa Slagle RBI
KNIGHTSTOWN 2 COWAN 0…PANTHERS won despite managing only two hits
COWAN 13 KNIGHTSTOWN 1…PANTHERS managed one hit
EAST CENTRAL 5 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 2
NEW PALESTINE 11 SEYMOUR 1
PENDLETON HEIGHTS 12 BROWNSBURG 2
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK @ EATON INVITATIONAL
RICHMOND BOYS FIFTH
RICHMOND GIRLS TENTH
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Pittsburgh 6 Minnesota 2
Seattle 8 Boston 2
Kansas City 2 Detroit 1
Houston 16 LA Angels 2
NY Yankees 2 Cleveland 1
Tampa Bay 5 Toronto 3
Oakland 7 Baltimore 2
Chicago White Sox 2 Texas 1
St. Louis 2 Cincinnati 0
Milwaukee 4 Chicago Cubs 3
Washington 7 NY Mets 1
Arizona at Atlanta postponed
Philadelphia 7 Colorado 5
Miami 5 San Francisco 2
LA Dodgers 5 San Diego 4
New York 120 Toronto 103
Milwaukee 132 Philadelphia 94
Indiana 115 Detroit 109
San Antonio 110 New Orleans 108
Miami 106 Chicago 101
Dallas 108 LA Lakers 93
Minnesota 101 Utah 96
Denver 129 Houston 116
Pittsburgh 4 New Jersey 2
St. Louis 5 Colorado 3
Washington 6 NY Islanders 3
Florida 4 Carolina 3
Dallas 2 Detroit 1
Toronto 4 Winnipeg 1
Calgary 5 Montréal 2
Minnesota 6 San Jose 3
Vegas 5 Anaheim 1
Vancouver 4 Ottawa 2
Arizona 4 Los Angeles 0
New York City FC 5 FC Cincinnati 0
Nashville FC 2 CF Montréal 2
Toronto FC 2 Vancouver 2
San Jose 3 FC Dallas 1
Los Angeles FC 1 Seattle 1
New England DC 1 DC 0
Inter Miami CF 2 Philadelphia 1
Real Salt Lake 2 Minnesota 1
Atlanta 3 Chicago 1
Austin 3 Colorado 1
Portland 2, Houston 1
ANDERSON AT EARLHAM PPD…(SINGLE GAME MONDAY)
Illinois 12 Purdue 4
Ball State 6 Northern Illinois 5
Notre Dame 13 Boston College 9
Notre Dame 5 Boston College 2
Villanova 8 Butler 1
Dallas 9 Indiana State 0
Illinois State 6 Evansville 3
Wichita State 6 Cincinnati 1
Central Michigan 12 Akron 0
Central Michigan 3 Akron 2
Maryland 8 Iowa 6
Maryland 2 Northwestern 1
Kent State 4 Miami Ohio 1
Rutgers 4 Michigan 2
Ohio State 7 Penn State 0
Southern Illinois 10 Valparaiso 4
NCAA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Kentucky 3 Texas 1
Pacers use late 12-0 run to beat Pistons 115-109
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers were without their two best inside players and getting dominated on the boards, yet found a way to win thanks to a timely defensive switch, balanced scoring and the Detroit Pistons’ sloppy ballhandling.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 26 points, Caris LeVert had 25 and the Pacers had a late 12-0 run to beat the Pistons 115-109 on Saturday night.
The Pacers were without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and center Myles Turner and got outrebounded 62-39, yet rallied in the fourth quarter after coach Nate Bjorkgren switched to a zone defense.
“It was great switching to the 2-3 zone,” LeVert said. “We were able to get out in the open court and get some layups.”
The Pacers trailed 101-97 with 4:41 remaining when LeVert made a layup to start the run. Brogdon hit a 3-pointer and added a layup, the latter making it 109-101 with 2:42 remaining.
“Credit the guys for being active in it,” Bjorkgren said of the zone.
The Pistons had 18 turnovers compared to the Pacers’ four.
“I think we out-competed them in a lot of areas,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “But the turnovers are the difference.”
Edmond Sumner added 22 points for the Pacers. They swept the season series from the Pistons for the first time since 2016-17 and have won 10 of 12 at home against Detroit.
“They made their runs and we could have quit, but we fight to the final buzzer,” said Pacers guard T.J. McConnell, who had 13 assists and five steals. “It speaks volumes about the guys we have in this locker room.”
Jerami Grant, who missed the previous game with a quad injury, led the Pistons with 25 points. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 21 rebounds.
The Pistons have lost six in a row on the road and seven of nine overall to fall to 18-43.
Sumner scored 14 of his 22 points in the first quarter to help the Pacers take a 35-25 lead.
Knicks extend winning streak to 9, beat Raptors 120-103
NEW YORK (AP) The last time the New York Knicks had a winning streak this long was also their last playoff appearance.
They might be surging toward another one.
Julius Randle had 31 points and 10 rebounds, RJ Barrett added 25 points and 12 boards, and the Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 120-103 on Saturday for their ninth straight victory.
Derrick Rose scored 19 points for the Knicks, who are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title.
“We’re peaking but we can still get a lot better,” Randle said. “Obviously offensively we’re playing well, but defensively for a full 48 minutes I feel like we can be a lot better.”
The Knicks have moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games remaining and improved to 21-10 at home, where an announced crowd of 1,981 fans sounded louder at a time of year when basketball season is usually over at Madison Square Garden.
“Since the fans have been back it’s been amazing winning here,” Barrett said. “They give us such a boost and we’re really playing hard together because we want to make them proud.”
Randle, coming off a 40-point performance Wednesday against Atlanta, had 20 more by halftime Saturday. The Knicks then broke open a close game while he was on the bench to start the fourth quarter and Barrett made the big shots down the stretch to turn away his hometown team.
“That’s the best part about our team,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Julius is our engine but we have a lot of guys stepping up.”
Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby each scored 27 points for the Raptors, who were trying for a season-high fifth straight victory. The entered the day tied for 11th, a game behind surging Washington for the final play-in position in the East.
There were 14 lead changes in the first three quarters and neither team led by more than nine, before the Knicks opened the fourth with a big burst.
Obi Toppin hit a pair of 3-pointers during that 14-3 spurt, with the second making it 102-86 with 9:13 remaining.
Toronto never really got close and the Knicks won the season series for the first time since 2010-11.
The Knicks finished at 56% from the field, 51.6% from 3-point range and 83.3% from the foul line.
“It was weird. I told the team in the locker room, I said, `We really executed things pretty well,’ and then it didn’t work out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I guess it was just, again, they made them, we didn’t make them.”
The Knicks shot 61% in the first half and opened their biggest lead at 55-46 when Reggie Bullock made his third straight 3-pointer. They led 64-59 at halftime.
Pascal Siakam had 26 points for the Raptors but Kyle Lowry was 1 for 10, missing all eight 3-pointers.
Antetokounmpo has big day, Bucks trounce 76ers 132-94
MILWAUKEE (AP) Giannis Antetokounmpo moved into second place on Milwaukee’s career scoring list and helped the Bucks deliver the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers their fourth straight loss.
Antetokounmpo had 24 points and the Bucks beat the 76ers for the second time in three days, 132-94 on Saturday. Playing without All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the 76ers matched their lowest point total and suffered their most-lopsided defeat of the season.
Embiid didn’t play due to a sore right shoulder. Simmons missed a fourth straight game because of an unspecified illness.
Khris Middleton found Antetokounmpo for a dunk early in the third quarter that enabled the reigning two-time MVP to overtake Glenn Robinson and become the Bucks’ second-leading career scorer. Antetokounmpo increased his career total to 12,223.
Robinson scored 12,010 points for the Bucks from 1994-2002. The Bucks’ leading scorer is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 14,211 points while playing for Milwaukee from 1969-75 and went on to finish his career with an NBA-record 38,387 points.
“It’s a great compliment,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’ve got to keep working hard. It’s a marathon. It’s not a sprint. So I’ve got to keep working hard, keep believing in myself, keep polishing my skills, keep having great teammates that I love to be playing (with), a great coaching staff. It’s good. It’s a lot of hard work that paid off, but I’ve got to keep moving forward.”
Antetokounmpo also had 14 rebounds and seven assists despite playing just 24 minutes. He sat out the entire fourth quarter with most of the other Bucks starters.
Philadelphia (39-21) dropped a full game behind the Brooklyn Nets (40-20) in the Eastern Conference standings. Milwaukee (37-22) is third in the East, 2 1/2 games behind Brooklyn and 1 1/2 back of Philadelphia.
“I’m not concerned about our overall health,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said. “I’m just concerned about the amount of games we’re missing.”
Rivers added that “we’ve got to get rhythm with all of our guys playing,”
Bobby Portis added 17 points for the Bucks. Bryn Forbes and Jordan Nwora scored 13 each. Jrue Holiday had 12. Donte DiVincenzo and Pat Connaughton added 11 apiece.
Shane Milton and Tyrese Maxey scored 15 points each to lead the 76ers. Dwight Howard had 12 points and 12 rebounds but also picked up his 15th technical foul. Howard’s next technical foul will result in a one-game suspension.
Doncic, Mavs stun Lakers with rally in Davis’ 2nd game back
DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic was swarmed by double teams with the Lakers trying to force someone other than the Dallas sensation to beat them again in Los Angeles star Anthony Davis’ second game back from a long injury absence.
That someone was Dwight Powell.
Doncic had 18 points and 13 assists, four of them helping Powell score 12 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Los Angeles 108-93 on Saturday night.
The Mavericks swept the two-game home set against the defending NBA champs – and Davis’ first two games in nearly 10 weeks – while moving a game ahead of Portland for the all-important sixth seed in the Western Conference. The No. 7 team has to make the playoffs through a play-in format.
Powell, who finished one point off his career high, was 11 of 12 from the field and had a six-point run with the bucket that gave the Mavericks their first lead since the first quarter at 89-87. The Mavericks outscored LA 62-35 in the second half.
Doncic was just 6 of 15 from the field with all that defensive attention and the Mavericks missing the Slovenian star’s European sidekick, Kristaps Porzingis, after the 7-foot-3 Latvian sprained his left ankle in the 115-110 Dallas victory two nights earlier.
The 22-year-old, two-time All-Star had five assists in the fourth quarter and a long step-back 3 that gave Dallas its first 10-point lead at 101-91.
“They were double-teaming me. In Europe I used to do this a lot,” Doncic said. “I know how it goes. But here the floor is wider, so it’s kind of easy.”
The Lakers, still without fellow star LeBron James and also missing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with a right ankle sprain two nights after he led LA with a season-high 29 points in the first loss, dropped the season series with Dallas. LA has lost four of five and is just 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mavericks for fifth place in the Western Conference.
Davis was sluggish again coming off the absence forced by right calf and heel issues, finishing 5 of 19 from the field. The eight-time All-Star’s best stretch came late in the second quarter, when he scored 10 of his 17 points to help the Lakers turn a four-point edge into a 58-46 halftime lead.
But after Davis returned with 8:34 remaining and the Lakers leading by three, they were outscored 28-10 the rest of the way.
“It’s going to be a work in progress,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “He’s playing with a new teammate (Andre Drummond). He’s got to get his legs under him. It’s going to be a little disjointed at times. Hopefully it doesn’t cost us too many games.”
Vogel expanded the minutes restriction on Davis to 25 from 15, and he ended up playing 28:19, missing all six 3-point attempts and going 7 of 8 on free throws with three rebounds.
“I’m getting to the shots,” Davis said. “Everything’s short. Just a legs thing, a rhythm thing. The good thing about it, they all felt good.”
Dallas was missing another starter after Josh Richardson reported right hamstring tightness during the morning shootaround. The void was filled by Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith (21 points) and JJ Redick, who hit one of his two 3s on an 8-0 run that took less than two minutes.
All five of Powell’s fourth-quarter baskets were layups or dunks, with Doncic setting up most of them.
“He’s always been great against trapping defenses,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “I never mind seeing trapping defenses on him because he’s so great at delivering the ball.”
Porter scores career-high 39 points, Nuggets beat Rockets
DENVER (AP) Michael Porter Jr. scored a career-high 39 points, Nikola Jokic had 24 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the undermanned Houston Rockets 129-116 on Saturday night.
P.J. Dozier started at guard in place of the injured Will Barton and added a career-high 23 points for the Nuggets. They are 13-3 in their last 16 games while dealing with a wave of backcourt injuries.
“I was really pleased offensively,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “We came from a game last night where the ball wasn’t moving a whole lot (118-97 loss at Golden State). It was kind of being held and we didn’t make the defense work for us. Tonight, we had 36 assists – that’s a great number for us. Getting one win in this league is hard. I’ve said that before and I’m happy we got it.”
The Rockets, too, have been besieged by injuries and roster upheaval and only seven players logged playing time against the Nuggets. D.J. Wilson led Houston with 25 points, Kelly Olynyk had 21 and Kenyon Martin Jr. 18.
Denver swept the three-game season series. “It’s definitely tough when you’ve got nobody coming in to save you,” Olynyk said of the Rockets’ seven-man rotation. “You’re basically rotating one guy in the second half there. It’s nice because you can get in a rhythm and for a young guy you don’t have to look over your shoulder at all. But you’re going to have to figure it out and make plays and all that. It’s definitely good experience for these young guys.”
The Nuggets asserted themselves from the outset with Dozier and Porter setting the tone early by hitting 3-pointers in the opening minutes. Porter finished with eight.
A length-of-the-court pass from Jokic to Dozier resulted in a running dunk in the last second of the second quarter that gave the Nuggets a 72-50 halftime lead.
Houston played the Nuggets evenly through the third quarter, but still trailed 102-82 heading into the final period. The Rockets could make little headway into the deficit the rest of the way as the Nuggets began substituting freely midway through the final quarter.
Timberwolves rally to beat Jazz in Utah for 2nd time
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Anthony Edwards is making it increasingly tougher for opponents to find a way to stop him.
Edwards had 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a career-high five steals to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
The rookie guard stayed active on defense and relentlessly pressured the rim on offense, giving Minnesota a much-needed boost at critical junctures. That all-around effort showed up most with his steals. Edwards, a former defensive back in high school, showed great anticipation in disrupting passing lanes. It helped him get out in transition and attack the rim for multiple easy baskets.
“Anything I do defensively is going to translate on the offensive end,” Edwards said.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell added 23 points for the Timberwolves, who beat league-leading Utah on the road for the second time this season.
As a team, Minnesota tallied 13 steals against the Jazz.
“If we’re giving up that many possessions, you make it virtually impossible,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “You have to almost be perfect in other aspects of the game.”
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points and made seven 3-pointers to lead the Jazz, who lost at home for just the fourth time overall this season. Mike Conley added 18 points and seven assists, and Rudy Gobert grabbed 17 rebounds.
Utah scored only 56 points over the final three quarters after tallying 40 points in the first quarter alone.
“We just couldn’t find a way to score, especially in the second half,” Gobert said. “They played hard, they played with energy and they forced us into a lot of turnovers.”
The Jazz erased an 11-point deficit with a 12-0 run and took a 93-92 lead on Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 3:41 left. But Towns put the Timberwolves back ahead with a layup and Minnesota held Utah scoreless until the final seconds.
“We stayed disciplined to what we wanted to do and how we wanted to get the job done and it worked out for us,” Towns said.
The Timberwolves trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half before rallying to overtake the Jazz in the third quarter. Minnesota went ahead for the first time when Jaden McDaniels scored a layup off a steal, putting the Timberwolves up 62-61.
Heat waste big lead, then hang on late to beat Bulls 106-101
MIAMI (AP) The start was great for the Miami Heat. The finish, not so much.
And the result was just good enough.
Duncan Robinson made seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Kendrick Nunn had 22 and the Heat held off a big Chicago rally to beat the Bulls 106-101 on Saturday night.
Bam Adebayo had 20 points and 10 assists for the Heat, and Jimmy Butler added 20 points. Miami never trailed, but saw what was a 24-point lead cut to two in the final moments before hanging on.
“That’s as much of a must-win as we’ve had this year,” Robinson said.
Coby White scored 31 points for Chicago, and Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 14 rebounds. The Bulls outscored the Heat 60-45 in the second half, but wound up losing for the seventh time in their last 10 games.
“I think the guys fought and battled,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said.
The teams will meet in Miami again Monday. The Heat remained seventh in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind sixth-place Boston, while Chicago fell 1 1/2 games behind No. 10 Washington in the race for the final play-in berth.
“There was definitely an edge, probably an angst, about trying to do whatever we had to do to get this win tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And that’s simply the way it has to be the rest of the year.”
White made three free throws with 30.3 seconds left, and the Heat turned the ball over on their ensuing possession. White got free for a dunk to get Chicago to 103-101, but Nunn made a pair of free throws and Miami would survived.
The Heat were coming in off a 15-point loss in Atlanta on Friday night, one that cost Miami the tiebreaker with the Hawks and a chance to move up the Eastern Conference playoff standings. And the mandate from Spoelstra was simple: “Bring a much better game,” he said.
It didn’t take long to see that his team was listening – for a half, anyway.
Miami built a 24-point lead in the first half. The only game in which they had a bigger first-half lead all season was Feb. 5 against Washington, when they led by 28 in the second quarter – another game where the Heat were smarting from what they considered a bad loss, that one being a three-point defeat to the Wizards two nights earlier.
It was 61-41 at the half. But the Heat went frigid to start the second half, scoring only 22 points in the first 15 minutes after intermission, and Chicago got as close as three on a 3-pointer from Denzel Valentine with 7 minutes left to end what was a 21-7 spurt by the Bulls to start the final quarter.
“We just started playing poised basketball,” Valentine said. “We were just taking advantage of mismatches, just playing really smart, and also our energy picked up on the defensive end.”
The Heat did the same, just in time.
“We don’t care if we won by half a point,” Adebayo said. “As long as there’s a `W’ at the end.”
DeMar DeRozan scores 32 points, Spurs beat Pelicans 110-108
NEW ORLEANS (AP) DeMar DeRozan scored 11 of his team-high 32 points in the final 7:40 and made all 12 of his free throws in the San Antonio Spurs’ 110-108 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
With the Spurs clinging to a 104-103 lead with 2:04 left, DeRozan scored the next four points, and the Pelicans could not respond.
DeRozan played an outstanding floor game despite being limited with a right quad contusion that nearly prompted coach Gregg Popovich to hold him out of the game.
“There was no doubt I was going to play,” DeRozan said. “It’s really sore, but I’ve played with worse. It feels fine. I’m glad I didn’t get hit on it again.”
The Pelicans damaged their chances by committing 19 turnovers and going 17 of 32 from the foul line. San Antonio made 27 of 32 free throws.
“I think even with that the opportunities were there,” Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We had some defensive rebounds down the stretch that we couldn’t get. (But) the free throws and turnovers made it a close game. We shot the same number of free throws that they did and they made 10 more. That’s going to be tough to overcome.”
Derrick White added 22 points for the Spurs, hitting four 3-pointers. White also blunted a Pelicans rally by blocking a layup attempt by 7-foot center Jaxson Hayes, which led to a lane jumper by DeRozan that ignited his 11-point run in the final 7:40.
Popovich marveled at DeRozan’s stamina and resilience in playing through bumps and bruises.
“He seems to never get tired, and he’s always ready to go,” Popovich said. “He wants the ball, he wants to score, but he’ll get it to his teammates if that’s appropriate. He loves being in that situation. He’s the best on our team with that.”
Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Ingram had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. Williamson had the shaky foul-shooting bug, going 7 of 13 on free throws.
“They hit tough shots and made free throws, and some of those rebounds we need to get – we didn’t get them,” Williamson said. “It’s as simple as that. It is frustrating a little bit, because those are things we can change. All I can say in that is take the lesson, learn from it and try to get better.”
After taking just one shot in the second quarter, Ingram took nine shots in the third quarter and made five, scoring 11 points to help New Orleans cut it to 85-84. The Spurs were 1 of 8 from long range in the quarter and were outscored 34-28.
Gant sharp for 6 innings, Cards send Reds to 6th loss in row
ST. LOUIS (AP) John Gant earned his first victory as a starter since 2018 by throwing six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals sent the Cincinnati Reds to their sixth straight loss, 2-0 on a rainy Saturday.
Andrew Knizner, subbing for injured catcher Yadier Molina, and Nolan Arenado each drove in a run. Dylan Carlson added three singles as St. Louis won a series for just the second time this season.
After waiting out a rain delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes before throwing his first pitch, Gant (1-2) allowed just three hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth start of the season.
It was Gant’s first win as a starting pitcher since Sept. 9, 2018, at Detroit. He had won 11 games in relief since then.
Genesis Cabrera pitched the seventh and Giovanny Galllegos went the final two innings. Neither reliever gave up a hit.
The Reds lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Wade Miley (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings.
Arenado hit an RBI single in the first.
The Cardinals added a run in the sixth when Knizner doubled off the left-field wall.
Piña’s pinch-hit homer powers Brewers over Cubs 4-3
CHICAGO (AP) Pinch-hitter Manny Pina connected for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Chicago Cubs for a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
Brent Suter (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Freddy Peralta, helping Milwaukee to its fourth win in five games. Josh Hader got three outs for his fourth save in four opportunities, working around a leadoff walk.
Keston Hiura had three hits and Kolten Wong finished with two as the Brewers bounced back from a 15-2 loss in the series opener Friday.
“Yesterday had already passed and we came here this morning to keep fighting,” Pina said.
Cubs manager David Ross was ejected by plate umpire Corey Blaser in the ninth following a strike one call on Jake Marisnick with a runner on first and none out. Marisnick struck out on three pitches.
“That looked extremely high,” Ross said. “That was a bad call. I mean, plain and simple.”
Jason Heyward homered for Chicago, which had won four in a row. Eric Sogard had three hits.
The Cubs jumped in front on Nico Hoerner’s two-run double in the second. After a shaky start, Adbert Alzolay retired 12 in a row.
Hiura broke up Alzolay’s streak with a leadoff double in the fifth. Making his major league debut in his hometown of Chicago, pinch-hitter Corey Ray walked with two out to put runners on the corners.
Ross then brought in left-hander Rex Brothers, who walked Wong and Omar Narvaez to force in a run. Brothers also hit Tyrone Taylor in the foot to force in another run, tying it at 2.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell credited Ray’s walk for sparking the rally.
“The biggest part, we got Brothers in the game,” he said. “That was probably earlier than they wanted and it turned the game for us.”
Pina’s blast with one out in the seventh off Andrew Chafin (0-1) put the Brewers on top. Pina’s second homer of the season and third career pinch homer drove in Wong, who led off with a single.
“Sometimes the manager doesn’t want to use the backup catcher in that situation,” Pina said. “But that was good for him today to think Manny was the right guy to change the game.”
Heyward went deep against Devin Williams with two out in the eighth.
Seager (1B, 2B, 3B), Flexen lead Mariners past Red Sox 8-2
BOSTON (AP) Kyle Seager singled, doubled and tripled, Sam Haggerty and Ty France also had three hits apiece, and Chris Flexen limited Boston to four hits over seven innings on Saturday to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-2 victory over the Red Sox.
Seager singled in a run in the first inning, tripled home two more in the second and doubled in the fifth. Seager, who homered in his last at-bat on Friday night, had two chances to complete the cycle on Saturday, but he struck out on three pitches in the seventh and popped out in foul territory in the ninth.
“The thought crossed my mind,” he said. “It’s not something you go into the game thinking about. So that was pretty cool for me. It was definitely something that gets you thinking.”
Flexen (2-1) gave up one run, striking out seven while walking one and hitting a batter. He took a two-hit shutout into the seventh before Rafael Devers doubled high off the Green Monster and scored on Marwin Gonzalez’s single to make it 5-1. Bobby Dalbec grounded out to end the threat.
It was the third time in Flexen’s four starts this season that he has allowed one or fewer runs.
“Confidence is growing every time out there with Flex,” manager Scott Servais said. “He feels like he belongs. I love the way he’s growing.”
Nathan Eovaldi (3-2) snapped a personal three-game winning streak, allowing five runs — four earned — on seven hits in five innings. He struck out three, walking one batter, hitting another and throwing two wild pitches.
Devers doubled off the left field wall again in the ninth to make it 8-2.
TROUBLE IN THE TRIANGLE
The Mariners scored three in the second inning when Haggerty singled, stole second and took third on France’s slow roller that a charging Devers couldn’t barehand. Seager followed with a high fly ball that turned center fielder Alex Verdugo around in the deepest part of the park.
The ball one-hopped the 420-foot marker, with both runs scoring before Seager chugged into third without a throw. He scored on Eovaldi’s wild pitch to make it 4-0.
“Absolutely terrible aim,” said Seager, who also had a long double in the fifth. “I’m glad to hit a ball hard, so that was really nice.”
Seager also scored in the fifth when shortstop Xander Bogaerts fumbled what could have been Taylor Trammell’s inning-ending grounder behind second base. Haggerty hit a solo homer in the eighth to make it 6-1 before Seattle tacked on two more in the ninth.
“(Seager) probably should have had a couple of homers. Those balls to center, that’s a long way out there,” Servais said. “Our offense really rolls when he’s swinging the bat that way.”
Seager has five hits in his last two games to snap an 0-for-20 skid. After reports that he had purged some of his unlucky bats from his locker, Seager joked that clubhouse manager Ryan Stiles had ordered him “right-handed bats.”
“Nothing’s that weird when you’ve been around Kyle Seager,” Servais said. “He needed to clean out some garbage. Those bats that weren’t working, he got rid of those.”
Perez, Cahill lead Pirates over Twins 6-2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Michael Perez had three hits and three RBIs, helping Trevor Cahill and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Saturday.
Cahill (1-2) permitted one run and two hits in six innings. The right-hander retired the Twins in order in five of his innings.
It was Cahill’s longest outing since he also worked six innings for the Angels at Baltimore on May 10, 2019. It also was his first win for the Pirates after two rough starts that left him with a 9.69 ERA going into the game.
“This guy’s a veteran guy – he understands how to pitch, he understands how to use his stuff,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “Obviously today he had much better feel for his breaking ball and was able to execute it.”
Minnesota lost for the 10th time in 12 games. Michael Pineda (1-1) allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Jake Cave had two of the Twins’ three hits.
Minnesota continues to sputter at the plate. In the last five games, the Twins have been shut out twice and held to two runs twice.
“There have been some inconsistencies, and there are some days where a group of guys are swinging it well,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “And we haven’t linked it up. We haven’t found a way to put it all together with really good at-bats on a daily basis.”
The Pirates jumped on Pineda for three runs in the second. With one out, Erik Gonzalez singled and advanced to third when Gregory Polanco dumped a shift-beating pop fly into short left for a double.
“Polanco put a ball in play,” Shelton said. “Gonzo put a ball in play. Maybe they weren’t hit really hard. They were well-placed and we were able to build off it and capitalize on it.”
Todd Frazier drove in a run on a fielder’s choice grounder that Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco threw away for an error. Perez then made it 3-0 with a two-run double.
The damage could have been worse, but Byron Buxton made a diving catch in left-center to rob Kevin Newman of a hit.
The Twins got one back in the bottom of the second on Cave’s RBI double, but they left the bases loaded.
Perez and Newman hit back-to-back homers to start the fifth, and that was more than enough for Cahill and Pittsburgh’s bullpen.
On his home run, Perez was behind in the count and looking for an off-speed pitch from Pineda, but instead connected on a fastball that caught too much of the plate.
“When I was watching (Pineda’s) videos I noticed that on a 1-2 or 0-2 count he usually would go to a slider,” Perez said through a translator. “However, when I saw that fastball come in it just looked pretty, and I took a good swing at it.”
Singer sharp, and unearned run lifts Royals over Tigers 2-1
DETROIT (AP) Brady Singer took the mound in the bottom of the first and struck out the side.
The Kansas City right-hander already looked like he was in a nice rhythm – and the way Detroit’s Matthew Boyd matched him, this turned into a quick afternoon at the ballpark.
Singer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Royals took advantage of some defensive sloppiness by the Tigers in a 2-1 victory Saturday. The game was over in 2 hours, 10 minutes – the shortest nine-inning contest in the major leagues this year – although Singer was apparently too focused to notice.
“I had no idea how quick the game was,” he said.
Willi Castro homered for Detroit in the fifth, but that wasn’t enough to overcome Kansas City’s two runs in the top of that inning. Singer (1-2) allowed three hits and struck out eight.
Scott Barlow worked the eighth, and Josh Staumont pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.
The shortest previous nine-inning game this season, according to the Stathead tool at Baseball-Reference.com, was actually the previous night, when Minnesota blanked Pittsburgh 2-0 in 2:17.
“You see the pace that was played today,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Both pitchers had great pace, and that comes with the catchers knowing what to call and having the pitcher in rhythm.”
Boyd (2-2) was on the wrong end of this pitcher’s duel, allowing one earned run and three hits in eight innings. It was the fourth straight quality start for the left-hander.
The Tigers have lost eight of nine.
“We’re better than how we’ve played, and we’re getting it handed to us pretty often right now,” Hinch said. “Our guys are pretty frustrated.”
The Royals did not have a baserunner until Jorge Soler doubled to lead off the fifth. With men on first and third and one out, Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to first. Jonathan Schoop threw to second for the force, but his throw was a bit high and took away any chance of a double play. Soler scored to make it 1-0.
Michael A. Taylor followed with a single to right, and Victor Reyes threw to third to try to catch Benintendi. The ball bounced past third for an error on Reyes, and Boyd wasn’t in position to back up the throw. The unearned run that came home on that play was ultimately the difference in the game.
“I think it’s just us figuring out ways to win,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “Today it was pressure on the bases, in my opinion caused some things to happen.”
Kansas City went down 1-2-3 in every other inning but the fifth.
Castro’s homer to right came on the Detroit infielder’s 24th birthday.
Astros’ Odorizzi out after 5 pitches with forearm tightness
HOUSTON (AP) Astros newcomer Jake Odorizzi exited his start against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday after just five pitches because of tightness in his right forearm.
Odorizzi retired leadoff man David Fletcher on a flyball, grimacing on his final pitch. Catcher Jason Castro went to check on him and quickly motioned to the dugout.
Houston manager Dusty Baker and trainers talked to Odorizzi for a couple of minutes before he was taken out of the game. Kent Emanuel relieved and made his major league debut after seven years in the minors.
Odorizzi got a late start to the season after not signing with the Astros until March 8. His deal guarantees him $20.25 million over two years or $23.5 million over three seasons if a player option is exercised for 2023.
Odorizzi entered the game 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA in two starts this season.
An All-Star in 2019 with Minnesota, Odorizzi was looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2020 season when he pitched just 13 2/3 innings.
Houston’s Altuve doing well after positive COVID-19 test
HOUSTON (AP) Houston second baseman Jose Altuve said Saturday that he tested positive for COVID-19 but he never felt bad and hopes to return to the lineup soon.
“I felt really good all the way through, and I feel really good right now,” he said. “And I’m happy to be back here.”
The 2017 AL MVP was among five Astros who were placed on the COVID-19 list on April 14. The four other players returned to the roster within a few days, but Altuve remained on the list until Friday.
Altuve still hasn’t been added to the active roster, and it’s unclear how much time he’ll need before that happens.
Altuve said Saturday that he received the first dose of one of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines before testing positive, and that he has no idea how he contracted the virus.
“It doesn’t matter if you got the vaccine or not, it’s not good to find out you were tested positive,” he said. “Nobody wants to get that. And on top of that, you have to stay away from the team for 10 days. So I was just ready for those 10 days to be over and to be able to get back to the field and play.”
Altuve is off to a strong start in 2021 after a down year in last season’s pandemic-shortened campaign. He is hitting .318 with one homer, three doubles and five RBIs in 11 games. He can’t wait to get back in the lineup after his extended absence.
“It’s been very difficult just to watch the guys play on TV and not be able to be there with them like I normally do,” he said.
He was able to do cardio and weight training while away from the team and is now working on baseball activities as he nears his return.
“I think the running is the most important for me, and then swinging,” he said. “If I feel good running and swinging then I can go out there and play a game.”
Brewers’ Yelich heads back to Milwaukee for MRI on sore back
CHICAGO (AP) Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is returning to Milwaukee for an MRI on his strained lower back.
The 2018 NL MVP had been eligible to be activated from the injured list during this weekend’s three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.
“Nothing bad happened yesterday,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He did the day of work that we were expecting. We’re just at a plateau, and so we’re just trying to rule everything out and see if we can get any new bit, just another piece of information. It’s frustrating for Christian.”
The Brewers also said they placed pitchers Brett Anderson and Josh Lindblom on the injured list. Right-hander Phil Bickford and outfielder Corey Ray were recalled from the team’s alternate site.
Yelich hasn’t played since April 11. The Brewers placed him on the injured list April 17, with the move retroactive to April 14.
He is batting .333 with one homer and six RBIs in nine games this season.
The Brewers also have been missing center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who went on the injured list April 14 with a quadriceps strain. Counsell said Cain would hit on the field Saturday and it “could be a stepping-stone day for him.”
“Running at full speed is going to be the last thing you conquer during this,” Counsell said. “He hasn’t been on the field hitting yet. We’re putting him out there today. That’s progress.”
Milwaukee swept a series in San Diego this week without Yelich and Cain thanks to the play of some reserves. Billy McKinney has homered in three of the Brewers’ last four games, and Tyrone Taylor has gone 4 for 9 with one homer.
Anderson left Friday’s 15-2 loss to Chicago in the first inning. Pressed into duty after Anderson’s unexpected exit, Lindblom allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The Brewers said Anderson had a strained right hamstring.
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-RB NAJEE HARRIS (ALABAMA)
Harris did not start a contest in his first two years with the Tide because of the team’s depth at the position. He carried the ball just 61 times as a freshman, rushing for 370 yards (6.1 per) and three scores, and caught six passes for 45 yards (7.5 per) for the national champions. Harris nearly doubled his workload as a sophomore with 117 totes for 783 yards (6.7 per) and four touchdowns (four catches for seven yards receiving). Harris was suspended for the first quarter of the 2019 season opener, reportedly for missing a team function. He started the other 12 games of his junior year, garnering second-team All-SEC honors by covering 1,224 yards and scoring 13 times on 209 carries (5.9 per) while also catching 27 passes for 304 yards (11.3 per) and seven touchdowns. Harris eschewed the NFL to return to Alabama in 2020, helping the Tide win another national title and also winning the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top back as well as first-team All-SEC honors. He ranked second in the FBS with 251 carries, third with 1,466 yards, and he topped all backs with 26 touchdowns on the ground. He also scored four times as a receiver (43-425-9.9) to lead the nation in TDs. Harris also set school career records with 57 total scores, 3,843 rushing yards, and 46 rushing touchdowns. The 13-game starter won the SEC Championship Game MVP award (31-178, two TDs rushing; 5-67, 3 TDs receiving) and scored three times (22-79, two TDs rushing: 7-79, one TD receiving) in the national title game before accepting an invitation to the Senior Bowl. This success was not a surprise, given that he was the No. 1 recruit in the country and the Bobby Dodd National High School Running Back of the Year as a senior (2,776 yards, 36 TDs) at Antioch High School in California.
Plus-sized runner who elevated his game and draft stock with a well-rounded performance in 2020. Harris showed improved short-area creativity and elusiveness to go with his trademark physicality. Creates additional yardage with both wiggle and power, but he lacks desired top gear to change games in a flash. He handled a heavier lift in 2020, with almost 300 total touches in 13 games. Harris’ value as a third-down option out of the backfield and as a personal protector should not be underestimated after his performance in his senior year. His running style could shorten his career, but he’s a tough, three-down runner who can immediately upgrade a running game.
- Great size with the demeanor for the game.
- Runs decisively and with urgency.
- Rarely fumbles.
- Able to gather and cut on short notice.
- Downhill wiggle to slalom around bodies.
- Change of direction is crisp.
- Makes large number of tacklers miss for being a physical back.
- Has tools to handle inside/outside duties.
- Follows and bursts to daylight off of lead blocks.
- Violent finisher who is ready to thump when challenged.
- Plus balance to keep run on track through first contact.
- Talent as route runner and pass catcher was on full display in 2020.
- Soft hands with above-average ball skills.
- Willing and able in pass protection.
- Runs with inconsistent feel for tempo.
- Lacks speed to threaten for the big play.
- Gets in a hurry, hindering his ability to find developing blocks.
- Runs with low knee action and average burst between tackles.
- Average acceleration out of his cuts.
- Takes on heavy contact on a consistent basis.
- Running style could lead to challenges with durability.
2021 NFL DRAFT PLAYER PROFILE-QB JUSTIN FIELDS (OHIO STATE)
Fields was Mr. Football in Georgia as a senior at Harrison High School, so it was natural for him to accept UGA’s offer as one of the top recruits in the country. He appeared in 12 games as a true freshman, playing behind Jake Fromm (27-of-39, 69.2%, 328 yards, four TDs passing; 42-266-6.3, four TDs rushing) and earning a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. He decided to move on to Ohio State in January 2019, as Fromm was expected to start again that year. Fields was granted a waiver from the NCAA that allowed him to play immediately for the Buckeyes. He earned Heisman Trophy finalist, second-team Associated Press All-American and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, ranking third in the country in touchdown throws (41, against just three interceptions) and fourth in passing efficiency rating (181.4) in 14 starts. He was named MVP of the Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 299 yards and three TDs in a win over Wisconsin before losing to Clemson in the national semifinals. Fields was quite familiar with Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence as they grew up 20 miles apart in Georgia and were considered the top two prospects in the 2018 recruiting class. Fields took Ohio State a step closer to a national title in 2020, winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished the year ranked sixth in the country in completion percentage (158-of-225, 70.2%, 2,100 yards, 22 TDs, six INTs passing) and rushed for five scores (81-383-4.7) in eight starts. His postseason efforts as a passer were up and down. He struggled against Northwestern in the team’s Big Ten Championship Game victory (12-of-27, 44.4%, 114 yards, 2 INTs), bounced back while playing through injury in the semifinal win over Clemson (22-of-28, 78.6%, 385 yards, six TDs, one INT), and then came up short against Alabama in the title game (17-of-33, 51.5%, 194 yards, one TD). Fields’ father, Ivant, played football at Eastern Kentucky.
Like Dak Prescott before him, Fields enters the league with dual-threat capabilities but is more of a pocket passer with the ability to extend plays or win with his legs when needed. He was up and down in 2020, but a bounce-back performance against Clemson — including an impressive second half after suffering an injury — said a lot about his toughness and leadership. He sees the field fairly well inside the Buckeyes’ quarterback-friendly offense but needs to become a full-field reader and prevent his eyes from becoming transfixed on primary targets. He sticks open throws with accuracy and velocity thanks to a sturdy platform and good drive mechanics. He’s also comfortable throwing into intermediate holes of a zone. A slower operation time and a lack of a twitchy trigger will require him to work with better anticipation and pressure recognition pre- and post-snap. He takes more sacks than coaches will be comfortable with but he also digs his way out of holes and creates explosive plays. Fields operates with a quiet confidence and has experience overcoming adversity. He should continue to improve and become a solid NFL starter within a couple of seasons.
- Toughness/willingness to do what it takes is always on display.
- Never lost a Big Ten game as a starter.
- Vast improvement in 2020 with fumbles per snap.
- Good size with stout lower body to stave off sacks/tackles.
- Lateral footwork to side-step downhill blitzers.
- Usually finds a firm, sturdy passing base beneath him.
- Plenty of zip for long, field-side throws.
- Attention to drive mechanics generates velocity when needed.
- Makes quality reads when deciphering high-low concepts.
- Confident and comfortable throwing into intermediate zone windows.
- Willing to take a big hit to deliver a pass.
- Good command and accuracy on boot action to the right.
- Keeps defenses honest with his legs.
- Picks up tough yards on the ground when team needs it.
- Needs to improve pocket mobility for clean launch points.
- Below-average feel for edge pressure, running himself into pressure points.
- Field vision is average in face of the blitz.
- Missed open blitz beaters in the middle of the field against Indiana.
- Gradual operation time prevents expedited release.
- Needs to release ball earlier on anticipatory throws.
- Needs to improve eye manipulation as a pro.
- Stagnant eyes invite coverage to the passing party.
- Forces receivers to slow for deep throws.
- Pet spin move as runner got him clocked against Clemson.
LSU banning Derrius Guice indefinitely
LSU is set to ban former running back Derrius Guice from the athletics program indefinitely and will also erase his statistics from its record books, a school spokesperson told ESPN’s Heather Dinich.
Guice’s ban is the result of a response to an independent investigation released in March revealing how the school regularly mishandled allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. The former Tigers back was charged for domestic violence incidents three separate times in 2020 and had two women accuse him of sexual assault during his freshman year in 2016.
LSU is also terminating its relationship with longtime law firm Taylor Porter.
Taylor Porter, who has been the university’s law firm for the last 80 years, conducted a 2013 investigation that revealed former head coach Les Miles had been accused of texting female students and kissing one of them.
Only three of the Tigers’ 16 board members were informed and involved in the Taylor Porter investigation after agreeing that further review by the entire board was not necessary.
Taylor Porter’s counsel David Shelby stated the firm made no recommendations about those involved in the process and denied claims of participating in a cover-up.
Former Michigan Wolverines signee Xavier Worthy commits to Texas Longhorns
As Steve Sarkisian was coaching in his first spring game at Texas, he got a boost off the field.
Xavier Worthy, who had signed with Michigan in the 2021 class, announced Saturday on social media that he has committed to the Longhorns after asking for a release. He was ranked No. 62 overall and the No. 8 wide receiver in the 2021 ESPN 300.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Worthy caught 54 passes for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last high school season in 2019 at Central East High School in Fresno, California, and was the second-highest-ranked prospect in Michigan’s class behind quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
Worthy tweeted on April 15 that “due to circumstances beyond my control, things did not go as planned” on attending Michigan.
He also visited Alabama during the Iron Bowl against Auburn and had strongly considered the Crimson Tide when Sarkisian was still offensive coordinator.
Capitals dominate Islanders 6-3 to stay in 1st in East
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Daniel Sprong scored twice in injured Alex Ovechkin’s place on Washington’s top line, Ilya Samsonov made 21 saves and the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 6-3 Saturday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists, and Nic Dowd, Garnet Hathaway and T.J. Oshie also scored as the Capitals won for the second time in three nights at Nassau Coliseum.
Washington, which also won 1-0 in a shootout on Thursday, remained in first place in the tight East Division, one point ahead of second-place Pittsburgh. The Islanders are in third, two points behind the Penguins, and three ahead of Boston.
“We generated some chances early in the game and that gave us momentum,” Kuznetsov said. “If we’re missing a player like Alex, we have to step up.”
The Capitals also improved to 17-7-2 on the road, one win ahead of Winnipeg for the most road wins this season. The Capitals have won five of seven meetings with the Islanders, and the teams meet for the final time during the regular season Tuesday in Washington.
“It was a tough game for us,? Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We dug ourselves a little bit of hole, found our way out of it, then we put ourselves right back in a hole.”
Anthony Beauvillier, Adam Pelech and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Islanders. Ilya Sorokin finished with 24 saves.
Ovechkin missed the contest with a lower-body injury. It was the first game Ovechkin missed due to injury during the abbreviated 56-game season. The 35-year-old Ovechkin – sixth on the all-time goals list at 730 – also missed four games earlier while on the league’s COVID-19 list. The Capitals were 3-0-1 in those four game, including two wins over the Islanders.
“We were able to keep the lines intact and get contributions from everywhere,? Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said.
Ovechkin has 24 goals in 43 games this season. He hadn’t missed a game because of an injury since March 2015 and has missed just 18 games during his 16-year career because he was hurt.
Sprong had his previous two-goal game against the Islanders in January 2018 when he playing for Pittsburgh. Laviolette said was confident inserting Sprong – a healthy scratch on Thursday – in Ovechkin’s spot in a pinch and gratified with the result.
“He played a real good game,” Laviolette added. “He was dangerous. He was attacking the game with speed as well.”
Samsonov improved to 13-3-1 this season and handed the Islanders just their third regulation loss in 25 home games (19-3-3). Samsonov also earned the shutout win over the Islanders on Thursday. The 24-year-old netminder has never started more than three straight games.
Trailing 2-1 after 20 minutes, the Islanders tied at 7:37 of the second as Pelech surprised Samsonov with a long slap shot on a coast-to-coast effort. It was his third goal of the season and first short-handed tally of his career.
Dowd put the Capitals back ahead for good with 7:39 left in the period when his high shot from the left faceoff circle eluded Sorokin. Sprong extended the lead to 4-2 about 2 1/2 minutes later. Defenseman Brendan Dillon assisted on both goals.
Pageau brought the Islanders within one with a power-play goal with 2:48 remaining in the second.
However, the Capitals maintained pressure in the third and added to their lead. Kuznetsov added his ninth of the season at 7:35 when his high shot eluded Sorokin, who had a difficult night while falling to 12-5-1 on the season.
Sprong added his second of the contest and ninth of the season with 5:17 remaining to complete the scoring.
“I thought our line created a lot chances from the start,” Sprong said. “We clicked pretty well. We just have to build on it.”
Hathaway notched his fifth of the season 2:33 into the game when his angled shot from the left corner eluded Sorokin. Oshie made it 2-0 at 10:55 with his 17th goal.
Beauvillier got the Islanders on the scoreboard with a power-play goal with 5 1/2 minutes left in te opening period as he knocked a loose puck past Samsonov for this 10th.
Pageau said he was glad the teams would play again following his squad’s frustrating home loss.
“The nice thing is we have a chance to go back to Washington and hopefully steal the two points,” he said. “We just have to focus on what we have to do. When we play and trust each other, that’s when we are at our best.”
Golden Knights rout Ducks 5-1 for team-best 9th straight win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chandler Stephenson scored two goals in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights cruised to their franchise-record ninth consecutive victory, 5-1 over the last-place Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night.
Stephenson had the first three-point night of his career, while Shea Theodore and William Karlsson got goals against their former team as the Knights rolled toward their fourth straight playoff appearance. William Carrier also scored for Vegas, which completed the season series with seven wins over Anaheim in eight meetings.
The Knights lost forwards Tomas Nosek and Nicolas Roy to undisclosed injuries early in the game, but Vegas still hasn’t lost since April 7 with just nine games left in the regular season.
“It’s an impressive run,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said. “I don’t care who you’re playing to win nine in a row, and we’ve done it all kinds of different ways. The bottom line is I think our foundation has been good every night, which gives us a chance to win. Tonight was a real dig-deep win.”
Robin Lehner made 23 saves in his second win at Honda Center in nine days. The veteran goalie blanked the the NHL’s worst offensive team 4-0 in Anaheim on April 16.
“As a group, we’re scoring up and down the lineup,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists. “That alleviates some of the pressure on the top guys. If we’re not scoring on the power play, we’re creating momentum. We’re scoring from the (defense) more. All of that contributes.”
Sam Steel scored for the Ducks, who have lost four straight and nine of 12. Anaheim is playing out the string on its first stretch of three consecutive non-playoff seasons since 2002.
“They’re obviously a team that’s hitting their stride right now, and it’s all at the right time,” Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “Top to bottom, they’re playing championship-caliber hockey from the net out. Measuring ourselves against them, we weren’t close in those games. The effort is there, but they’re a team that’s swarming, and they do a lot of things to make it hard on you.”
John Gibson stopped 26 shots for Anaheim, but the goalie is winless in eight consecutive home starts since March 8.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf didn’t play in the final two periods due to an upper-body injury.
“We’ve got a number of our top players not in our lineup, and they’re a team that is not in a rebuild,” Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins said. “They’re a Stanley Cup-contending team, and we’re going to have to play just a full 60 minutes of no mistakes to contend with them. Our turnover rate was high, and if you turn over the puck like that, they will make you pay.”
Stephenson opened the scoring just 28 seconds in after a turnover by Anaheim’s David Backes. Max Pacioretty threw a backhand pass from the goal line into the slot, extending his points streak to a career high-tying seven games with the assist.
Later in the first period, Theodore threaded a beautiful outlet pass past two napping Ducks to set up a breakaway for Stephenson, whose quick release beat Gibson’s blocker for his 12th goal.
Pietrangelo then made a sharp pass through two Ducks defensemen to Carrier, who buried it for his fifth goal.
Steel broke up Lehner’s shutout bid with a rebound goal while on one knee in the Knights’ crease early in the third period. Steel’s goal was his first since March 28.
Karlsson added his 10th goal in his last 13 games against the Ducks on a rebound moments later.
Colton Herta matches dad, grabs pole in tight IndyCar field
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This new IndyCar season, so full of promise as fans return to races and with a field from first to last that’s tighter than ever, took a familiar turn when the Herta kid put it on the pole at St. Petersburg.
It was Colton Herta, the 21-year-old second-generation driver, who edged out his rivals for the top starting spot in Sunday’s race on the 1.8-mile downtown temporary course that runs along Tampa Bay.
Herta is a legitimate title contender and part of a youth wave leading a changing of the guard in IndyCar. And yet this pole-winning run came 16 years after his father, Bryan, won the pole at St. Petersburg. Colton Herta now has five career poles, four at the same tracks where Bryan also won poles: St Pete, Laguna Seca, Portland and Mid-Ohio.
“It’s cool to kind of carry on the legacy as best I can, more importantly getting the job done for myself and my team,” he said.
Team owner Michael Andretti this year moved Bryan Herta to the No. 26 Honda as the race strategist for his son for the first time in IndyCar. The pairing of fathers and sons has not often worked at this level — it failed most recently with both Michael and Marco Andretti, as well as Bobby and Graham Rahal — but the Hertas are giving it a go.
“I’m excited obviously for my dad to be on the car. That was the first pole he shared with me,” Colton Herta said. “He was super excited about it.”
The two don’t have much race work together yet. The run Saturday helped Herta bounce back from a disappointing IndyCar opener when Herta was enveloped in a first-lap crash last weekend in Alabama.
His pole-winning run put Herta at the front of a field separated by just 0.17955 seconds from first to 24th in qualifying.
“Such a hypercompetitive field we have this year,” Herta said. “Extremely competitive.”
Jack Harvey qualified second for Michael Shank Racing and was followed by Josef Newgarden, who triggered the first-lap crash at Barber Motorsport Park that wrecked Herta last week.
Newgarden, a two-time IndyCar champion, has shaken off the uncharacteristic accident. But Newgarden finished second in the title race last year, Herta third, and the drivers are both 22nd and 23rd in the standings. Ryan Hunter-Reay, also collected in last week’s crash, is last in points.
“It certainly wasn’t a fun mistake. You make an error, you fly off the track, it just affects you,” Newgarden said. “It’s a harder pill to swallow when it’s first lap right in front of a pack, then you just kind of take out a couple of guys that were innocent bystanders. That’s just not a fun one to have go down. I don’t really remember the last time I’ve had a moment like that, to be honest with you.
“For me, I stew on it for 24, 48 hours. This one was a little bit longer. Then I put it on the shelf and we’re back racing again. You have to focus on the next thing.”
Simon Pagenaud qualified fourth behind Team Penske teammate Newgarden, while Sebastien Bourdais, a St. Petersburg resident and two-time winner of the race, was fifth. Pato O’Ward rounded out the Fast Six after winning the pole for the season opener.
Alex Palou, winner of his first career IndyCar race last week at Barber, qualified 10th.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, making his second IndyCar start and first on a street course, qualified 23rd. He also avoided qualifying last a week ago — small victories, Johnson said.
Team Penske has signed Will Power to a contract extension that takes him at least through 2023 and crosses one of the names off of Roger Penske’s to-do list.
Pagenaud is also in a contract year for Penske’s IndyCar team, as is Brad Keselowski on the NASCAR side. Keselowski last year signed a one-year extension that put him right back into another round of negotiations.
But in IndyCar, both Power and Pagenaud went into the year as former Indianapolis 500 winners and series champions hoping to continue at Team Penske. It expanded this year to four cars to include rookie Scott McLaughlin. Penske typically prefers to run three-car operations.
Power has 39 career victories and is six pole positions away from tying Mario Andretti’s record of 67.
“I really love being with the team and they’ve been very loyal to me,” Power said.
Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua bout could have record $150 million site fee, sources say
The proposed site fee to stage the Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia exceeds $150 million, shattering the record for any site fee for a boxing event, according to ESPN’s Mark Kriegel.
Fury and Joshua each will net around $75 million, and the rest, several million dollars, will be allocated for “expenses,” including to pay for undercard fights.
To put it in context, the site fee for one of Joshua’s fights against Andy Ruiz was $60 million, according to The Athletic.
However, nothing is final yet. Matchroom managing director Eddie Hearn received a proposed memorandum of understanding for the fight’s financial backers, per sources, but he’s still waiting on a legally binding document to make the transaction official.
Last weekend, Hearn said July 24 or early August are the tentative dates for the superfight. He also added that an announcement was imminent after weeks of negotiations with Top Rank, Fury’s promoter.
“There have been drafts going backwards and forwards between our lawyers and Top Rank’s lawyers,” Hearn said at a news conference. “It’s close. Zero hold-up.”
The fight between the two Britons will unify all four major heavyweight belts. Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts while Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has the WBC title after beating Deontay Wilder in February 2020.
Ryan Garcia abruptly pulls out of July fight against Javier Fortuna
Ryan Garcia’s next fight is off.
The lightweight contender announced on Instagram that he is pulling out of his July 9 fight against Javier Fortuna. Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) did not list a specific reason for his withdrawal.
“At this time it is important to manage my health and wellbeing,” Garcia wrote in a post published on Saturday. “I have decided to take some time off to focus on becoming a stronger version of myself. I hope to be back soon and am looking forward to stepping back into the ring when I am my healthiest self.”
Teofimo Lopez Jr., who owns the WBO, WBA and IBF lightweight belts and is the WBC’s “franchise” champion in the division, took to Twitter to support Garcia.
Garcia, 22, was scheduled to face Fortuna (36-2-1, 25 KOs) in a defense of a minor WBC lightweight belt. Garcia’s announcement came less than two weeks after Golden Boy Promotions announced the July bout.
Garcia is coming off a knockout win over former title contender Luke Campbell in January. The win helped legitimize Garcia’s status as one of boxing’s rising stars.
Oosthuizen-Schwartzel surge to Zurich Classic 3rd-round lead
AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen got away with an unremarkable first 11 holes Saturday at the Zurich Classic before lifting his team atop the leaderboard with a finishing flourish.
Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel birdied six of their final eight holes at a windy TPC Louisiana to shoot a 9-under 63 and take a one-shot lead at 19-under 197 into Sunday’s final round of the PGA Tour’s lone regular-season team event.
“It was a very rough first 10 holes for me,” Oosthuizen said, referring to his inability to get a single birdie in best ball play during that stretch, when Schwartzel carried the team by making three of his five third-round birdies.
Schwartzel got the South African pair going when he birdied No. 4 with a nearly 58-foot putt.
“In the beginning, it was all on him,” Oosthuizen said.
But Oosthuizen birdied No. 12 and the final three holes, highlighted by his 33-foot putt on the par-3 17th. Oosthuizen missed an eagle on the par-5 18th by 4 inches before tapping in for the lead while wearing a somewhat disgusted look because of his narrowly missed previous putt from nearly 17 feet.
Oosthuizen then allowed a smile while fist-bumping Schwartzel in acknowledgment of a successful round that included nine birdies.
Now Oosthuizen heads into Sunday in pole position for his first PGA Tour triumph since winning at St. Andrews in 2010. Schwartzel has not won since 2016 at the Valspar Championship played near Tampa.
The tournament will close with an alternate-shot round.
“It’s going to be tough tomorrow,” Oosthuizen said. “Anyone within four shots of the lead has got a chance with the format that it is tomorrow. … The way the wind is the whole week, I think the golf course plays very tough, especially in alternate-shot.”
In all, 17 teams were no more than four strokes back.
Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith also shot a 63 to move into a tie for second at 18 under with Cameron Champ and Tony Finau, who shot a 67 after Finau’s tap-in birdie.
“Cam is playing great, putting great. I’m feeling a lot better over the ball today than I did the first two rounds,” Leishman said. “If I can play good, Cam keeps doing what he’s doing, I think we’ve got a good chance.”
Tied for fourth at 17 under were the teams of Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler, and Norwegians Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura, who’d shared the lead after the first and second rounds.
Watson said his team had a good day in light of the conditions, even as they rued birdie putts that missed by an inch on 6 and 2 inches on 7.
“We had a couple putts that broke one way but the wind was coming the other way, so it made it very tricky,” Watson said.
Ryan Palmer and Spaniard Jon Rahm, the defending champs from 2019, shot a third-round 65 to remain in contention at 15 under and tied for ninth with nine other teams.
Saturday’s action included some exceptional shots by players further back in the field, including Sam Ryder’s double eagle from 206 yards on the par-5 second hole and Wyndham Clark’s 106-yard approach from the muddy edge of a water hazard on 16.
Clark stood in the water in bare feet with his pants rolled up and splattered virtually all of himself with mud as he sent his ball to the edge of the green, about 15 feet from the hole, from where he made par.
“The first thing that went through my mind was snakes,” Clark said. “And then I was like, well, there’s alligators all over this golf course right now … and it’s also one of the ponds where there’s big ones.
“I got in quick, and within probably 15 seconds of being in there I pulled the trigger,” Clark added.
Clark and teammate Erik van Rooyen were among the teams at 15 under.
Ryder and Doc Redman, who shot a third-round 66, were tied for 19th at 13 under.
WOMEN’S GOLF: Clancy Leads the Way on Day Two of the Big Ten Championship
MAINEVILLE, Ohio – Indiana Women’s Golf continued play in the 2021 Big Ten Championship on Saturday with round two at TPC River’s Bend. Sophomore Valerie Clancy carded a 2-under-par 70 to lead the Hoosiers.
TPC River’s Bend • Maineville, Ohio
Par 72 • 6,300 yards
Live scoring via Golfstat
• The Hoosiers started play on the No. 10 tee.
• As a team, Indiana improved by 19 strokes from Friday’s first round.
• Clancy moved up 30 spots on the player leaderboard on Saturday and is now tied for 22nd at 3-over. Her 70 in the second round is the lowest for her this season and ties Mary Parsons as the lowest for any Hoosier in 2021. Clancy, who improved seven strokes from the opening round, carded four birdies on the day. She was especially impressive on the back nine, making the turn at 2-under.
• Freshman Morgan Dabagia moved up five spots, carding a 76 on Saturday. It was improvement of seven strokes from her first-round 83. She collected four birdies on the day.
• Parsons carded an 85 and is in 73rd place. She was 4-over at the turn before running into some trouble on the front nine.
• Senior Angela Aung and sophomore Hanna Tanaka are tied for 74th place. Aung carded a 78, a six-stroke improvement from yesterday. Tanaka cut an impressive eight-strokes off her Friday score, shooting a 77 on Saturday.
• Junior Maddie Dittoe carded an 85 in the second round as in 77th place.
BY THE NUMBERS
|Pos.||Name||R1||R2||Totals (to par)|
|T22||Valerie Clancy||77||70||147 (+3)|
|T69||Morgan Dabagia||83||76||159 (+15)|
|73||Mary Parsons||76||85||161 (+17)|
|T74||Hanna Tanaka||85||77||162 (+18)|
|T74||Angela Aung||84||78||162 (+18)|
|77||Maddie Dittoe||84||85||169 (+25)|
The field returns to TPC River’s Bend in the morning for the final round. The Hoosiers will again tee off of No. 10, beginning at 8:27 a.m.
MEN’S TENNIS: Hoosiers Fall to No. 16 Illinois
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s tennis team dropped a 4-0 match to No. 16 Illinois in their final regular season match on Saturday at the IU Tennis Center.
Illinois won the doubles point with 6-3 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
The Fighting Illini won singles matches at 1, 6 and 2 to secure the 4-0 win.
Luka Vukovic won a tightly contested first set, 7-6 against No. 61 Zeke Clark.
Ilya Tiraspolsky was up 5-3 in his second set when the match was abandoned.
Up next the Hoosiers (6-9) travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Big Ten Tournament, where they will take on Wisconsin on April 29 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
#16 Illinois 4, Indiana 0
1. #86 Aleks Kovacevic (ILL) def. Bennett Crane (IND) 6-0, 6-2
2. #54 Siphosothando Montsi (ILL) def. Andrew Redding (IND) 6-2, 6-4
3. Carson Haskins (IND) vs. Alex Brown (ILL) 5-7, 0-4, unfinished
4. Luka Vukovic (IND) vs. #61 Zeke Clark (ILL) 7-6, unfinished
5. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND) vs. Hunter Heck (ILL) 2-6, 5-3, unfinished
6. Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Vikash Singh (IND) 6-1, 6-2
1. #18 Alex Brown/Zeke Clark (ILL) def. Patrick Fletchall/Andrew Redding (IND) 6-3
2. Siphosothando Montsi/Noe Khlif (ILL) def. Bennett Crane/Luka Vukovic (IND) 6-3
3. Ilya Tiraspolsky/William Piekarsky (IND) vs. Aleks Kovacevic/Hunter Heck (ILL) 3-5, unfinished
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Purdue Concludes Big Ten Relays with Win and Two Thirds
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Purdue track & field team completed the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays with a victory and two third-place finishes on Saturday at Demirjian Park in Champaign, Illinois.
Competing in a total of six events on Saturday, the Boilermakers were led by freshman Vinajah Adderley’s first collegiate win and third-place showings from sophomore Alexis Zatta and the women’s 4×100 relay team.
Adderley’s victory was in the open triple jump. Her winning mark of 11.66 meters, a career-record, came on her fourth jump and bested Wisconsin’s second-place finisher by 0.10 meters.
The final event for the Boilermakers was the 4×100-meter relay, where Purdue finished third. Freshmen Saran Kouyeth, K’ja Talley and Naomi Campbell and sophomore Camille Christopher ran a season-best time of 45.48 seconds. It is the third-fastest mark in the Big Ten this year.
Zatta was third in the high jump, as she cleared 1.70 meters to record her third consecutive top-three finish in the event. Additionally, sophomore Mackenzie Barrett was eighth with a jump of 1.65m.
Freshman Simi Akinrinsola recorded a personal-best throw in the open shot put. She placed fourth overall with a mark of 13.00 meters, which topped her previous PR of 13.00m.
To begin the day, freshman Johnny Vanos was sixth in the hammer throw with a mark of 56.39 meters.
Additionally, the men’s 4×800 relay team was sixth, as freshman Ian Hunter, junior Kyle Griffith, sophomore John Pieper and freshman Luke Upton finished in 7:39.13.
This weekend’s Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays officially opened the new Demirjian Park, and Illinois’ new facility will host the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month.
On Friday’s opening day of competition, Purdue notched four second-place finishes, had three third-place showings and added 14 personal-best marks. Christopher led the way as she was second in the 200 and fifth in the 100. Senior Jaden Mattox (open long jump) and freshmen Marcellus Moore (200m) and Ian Shaw (5,000) also earned runner-up finishes on Friday. A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.
Up next, Purdue travels to a pair of meets next weekend, with the Jesse Owens Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, from April 30-May 1, and the Big Ten Indiana Invitational No. 4 in Bloomington, Indiana, on May 1.
SOFTBALL: 7-Run Sixth Lifts Purdue to Saturday Win
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Rallying from five-runs down, the Purdue softball team pulled within one game of winning its weekend series with a 9-6 decision. The Boilermakers drove in eight runs over the final three innings and notched a season-high seven extra-base hits.
Alex Echazarreta belted her second home run of the campaign as a part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI day. Rachel Becker drove in a pair of runs and went 3-for-4 at the plate. Ryleigh Scott, Kaitlyn Brannstrom and Kiley Goff also picked up a pair of hits, as Purdue matched its season high with 15 hits.
Michigan State took an early lead with four runs over the first and second innings, before the Boilermakers responded.
After Kasey Wilhoit reached on an error then moved to third on a Cora Bassett double, Becker drove in Purdue’s first run of the game on an RBI single through the left side of the infield. The Spartans bounced back to open a 6-1 lead with a pair of scores in the bottom of the fourth.
Purdue pulled a run back in the top of the fifth when Kaitlyn Brannstrom singled down the right field line to plate Becker in from second.
An inning later, the Boilermakers seized control of the game for good. Purdue’s offense turned seven hits into seven runs with five extra-base hits in the frame. With Goff and Becca Jones on the corners and no outs, Echazarreta blasted a 3-2 delivery well over the wall in left field to cut the gap down to one run.
Two batters later, again with runners on the corners, Becker sent an easily catchable ball down deep in foul territory in left field for an out, allowing Wilhoit to tag up from third with some heads-up running.
Scott then gave Purdue the lead on an RBI single to center, followed by insurance RBI on back-to-back doubles from Brannstrom and Kaeley Hallada. Purdue’s 9-6. The three-run lead was more than enough for reliever and winning pitcher Savanah Henley.
The southpaw threw six innings out of the bullpen, striking out seven and scattering five hits. As Purdue made its rally, Henley faced the minimum for the final three frames, needing only 29 pitches to finish out the game.
Purdue (10-21) – 9, Michigan State (8-16) – 6
Winning pitcher: Savanah Henley (3-5)
Losing pitcher: Ashley Miller (4-4)
Purdue will look to win the four-game series tomorrow with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
WOMEN’S GOLF: Bunnabodee Remains in Contention at Big Ten Championship
MAINEVILLE, Ohio – Sophomore Kan Bunnabodee remains within striking distance of the Big Ten Championship’s individual title after the second round Saturday. She posted a 1-under par 71 for a 36-hole tally of 3-under 141 (70+71) and is tied for third on the leaderboard, two strokes off championship leader Laura Van Respaille of Maryland.
The Boilermakers combined to improve their team score from the first round by four strokes and will enter Sunday’s final round sixth in the standings with a two-round score of 10-over 586 (295+291).
Bunnabodee rallied after opening the front nine Saturday at 2-over 38 with a 3-under 33 in the second nine to remain in contention. She birdied the first three holes of the final nine, scoring par on the remaining six.
Junior Danielle du Toit carded an impressive second round with a 1-under 71. She eagled the par-five sixth hole and had three birdies in the round. She is tied for 46th in the individual standings with a 36-hole score of 7-over 151.
Sophomore Daniela Ballesteros is tied for 35th on the player leaderboard and will enter Sunday’s finale 5-over with a two-round score of 149 (72+77).
Freshman Ashley Kozlowski is tied for 38th after two rounds with back-to-back 75s on the weekend.
Michigan State and Maryland are tied for the team lead with a pair of 36-hole scores of 9-under 567.
BASEBALL: Villanova Evens Weekend Series with 8-1 Win at Bulldog Park
INDIANAPOLIS – Gordon Graceffo threw eight complete innings against Butler on Saturday afternoon to lead the Wildcats to an 8-1 victory over Butler. These two teams will meet at 12 PM on Sunday to decide who wins the weekend series.
Graceffo only allowed one Butler run off four hits over his eight frames of work. The right-hander struck out five and only issued one walk. With Graceffo taking the win (4-2), Connor Schultz would be hit with the loss (2-4). Shultz allowed two runs in the first inning, but settled in nicely after to keep BU in it.
Run support came in the fifth for Butler as Jonathan Shoop sent a sac fly to deep right field, scoring Andy Bennett. The 2-1 deficit was blown wide open however in the seventh with Villanova scoring four runs.
Three doubles and a walk opened up the top of the seventh and would signal the end of the day for Schultz. Greg Gilbert would get BU out of the seventh and Benji Downs would come on for the eighth. Nova scored two more runs against Downs after a two-run shot from Rotondo. The final inning of work would go to Nick Miketinac out of the bullpen.
Butler only had one hit over the first four innings, and would end this game with four total. After a stellar performance from Graceffo, Cameron Mathes would take care of the ninth for the visitors. He struck out two of the three batters he faced to give Nova their first win of the conference season.
Brody McGrath led BU with two of the team’s four hits. Other ‘Dawgs to get on base included Andy Bennett and Shoop.
SOFTBALL: Splits Saturday Doubleheader at Providence
Butler split a Saturday doubleheader at Providence, rebounding from an opening loss to take a 9-2 win later in the afternoon.
Butler is now 16-16 on the season and 6-8 in BIG EAST play. Providence is 3-12 (2-9 BIG EAST).
Lauren Fey had two hits, scored three runs and drove in four in the second game. The two hits included her first home run of the season and the second of her Butler career.
Butler jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and then put the game away with a four-run fifth inning.
Alyssa Garcia went 3-for-3 and Maddie Moore also had two hits for the Bulldogs, who had a total of eight hits.
Mackenzie Griman went the distance for the Bulldogs, picking up the win by surrendering only six hits and two runs in seven innings. Griman struck out two and is now 2-2 on the season.
Tori Grifone took the loss for Providence, getting the start but only going two innings.
Providence scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, posting a 7-2 win in the first game of the twinbill. Those three runs came on a home run by Grifone, her first of the season.
Providence added two insurance runs in the bottom of the third.
Daniela Alvarez pitched the first four innings to earn the win for the Friars. She allowed two runs. Sarah Gunderson picked up the save by throwing the final three frames.
Ricketts had a solo home run for the Bulldogs, her team-best seventh of the season.
Ricketts took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs (two earned) over the first two innings. Alyssa Graves came on in the relief over the final four innings.
The teams are scheduled for a single game Sunday. That first pitch has been pushed back to 1 p.m.
MEN’S GOLF: Edwards Moves to the Top of the BIG EAST Leaderboard Entering Sunday’s Final Round
Butler’s Claire Edwards moved into the lead entering the final round of the 2021 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP.
Edwards shot an even-par 72 Saturday, which was the round of the day at the Club at Gateway in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Edwards was tied for fifth after Friday’s opening round and four shots off the individual lead.
Edwards posted five birdies on the round and shot a two-under 34 on the back nine of the 6,072-yard Club at Gateway course. Edwards shot a three-over 75 in the opening round and stands at three-over 147 entering the final round.
Xavier’s Morgan Tinsley and Andie Shukow are each one shot back at 148 (+4). First round leader Katie Allen of Creighton is alone in fourth at 149 (+5).
Xavier holds the 36-hole lead at 20-over 596. The Musketeers overcame a five-shot deficit after the first round. Creighton is second at 602 (+26). Seton Hall is third. Butler is fifth at 625 (+49), which is one shot behind St. John’s (624; +49). Georgetown is sixth (644; +68). Butler’s second-round 309 was seven shots better than Friday’s score.
Katelyn Le, Ally Ross and Megan Skoog each shot second-round 79s (+7) Saturday. Le is tied for 24th at 159 (+15), while Ross is 27th (161; +17) and Skoog stands in 28th (166; +22).
Graduate student Rayna Oosterhuis shot a nine-over 81 Saturday to follow up her opening-round 79. She is 26th at 16-over 160.
Play will conclude Sunday with a final 18 holes. Play is scheduled to begin each day at 8 a.m. ET. Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.
Team Standings – After 2 Rounds
- Xavier – 300-296—596 (+20)
- Creighton – 295-307—602 (+26)
- Seton Hall – 301-309—610 (+34)
- St. John’s – 313-311—624 (+48)
- Butler – 316-309—625 (+49)
- Georgetown – 321-323—644 (+68)
Individual Leaders – After 2 Rounds
1. Claire Edwards, Butler – 75-72—147 (+3)
T2. Andie Shukow, Xavier – 75-73—148 (+4)
T2. Morgan Tinsley, Xavier – 72-76—148 (+4)
4. Katie Allen, Creighton – 71-78—149 (+5)
T5. Abby Kiefer, Xavier – 77-73—150 (+6)
T5. Gabby Tremblay, Creighton – 73-77—150 (+6)
T7. Mikayla Fitzpatrick, Xavier – 76-75—151 (+7)
T7. Maddie Sager, Seton Hall – 75-76—151 (+7)
T9. Lizzie Win, Seton Hall – 74-78—152 (+8)
T9. Emma McMyler, Xavier – 77-75—152 (+8)
T9. Katie Berrian, Creighton – 76-76—152 (+8)
MEN’S TRACK: Makepeace, Bedard, and Keane Break 5,000-Meter Record at Oregon Relays
Euan Makepeace, Simon Bedard and Barry Keane broke the previous Butler men’s outdoor 5,000-meter record at the Oregon Relays late Friday night. The Butler trio finished fifth, sixth and seventh in the elite field as part of the invitational race at the meet.
Makepeace lead the Bulldog finishers with a time of 13:30.55, crushing his previous best from earlier this year by nearly 15 seconds. Bedard and Keane filed in right behind at 13:34.83 and 13:35.00, respectively.
All three Bulldogs move to the top of the BIG EAST in the event and jump to 10th, 13th and 14th nationally for the distance.
The prior record, set by Scott Overall in 2006, sat at 13:38.19. The 5,000-meter was the last remaining distance record that was outside of the direction of current head coach Matt Roe. Every men’s indoor and outdoor middle to long distance Butler record is now in his tenure.
All top-four finishers in the race, Oregon’s Cole Hocker (13.19.98) and Cooper Teare (13:20.24), along with Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat (13:20.48) and Wesley Kiptoo (13:21.2), are recent NCAA champions.
Hocker most recently won three 2021 national indoor titles in the indoor mile, 3,000-meter, and distance medley relay. Teammate Teare is also a champ as part of the 2021 indoor distance medley relay team and was the runner-up to Hocker in the 3,000-meter. Kurgat won the 2019 Cross Country Championships and Kiptoo won the 2021 indoor 5,000-meter.
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BASEBALL: Messina’s Homer The Big Shot In 6-5 Victory
MUNCIE – The Ball State baseball team beat the rain and Northern Illinois Saturday, as Ross Messina’s 3-run homer lifted the MAC-leading Cards to a 6-5 win. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed to Sunday due to potential rainy conditions. Sunday’s series finales will be a 1 p.m. ET.
THE KEY INNING: The Cardinals (24-11, 15-4 MAC) got five runs in the bottom of the 2nd, gaining a huge advantage in a 7-inning game. With two outs, a walk by Justin Conant kept the inning alive, and literally on the next pitch Adam Tellier delivered an RBI single to make it 1-0. A wild pitch would score Conant for the second run before Messina pulled a no-doubter out to left to make it 5-0.
Tellier added an RBI groundout later in the game to give BSU a 6-3 lead. That ended up being an important run because NIU (7-26, 6-13) rallied in the 7th inning.
HELD OUR GROUND AT THE END: BSU led 6-3 when NIU strung together a series of hits. Three singles and an error allowed the visitors to pull within 6-4. Two more singles made it 6-5 and NIU had runners on 2nd and 3rd. Three different pitchers worked the final frame for BSU, with freshman Sam Klein getting the final two outs for his first career save.
ON THE MOUND: Ty Johnson pitched 4.0 innings into the 7th in relief of starter Lukas Jaksich. Johnson was in control most of the day until finding trouble in the final inning. He struck out six with no walks and retired 12 of the 15 batters he faced. Andre Orselli came in to close before giving way to Klein, who struck out two pinch hitters to end the game with NIU threatening to tie or lead.
BIG PICTURE LOOKING AHEAD: BSU, at 15-4 in league play, remains in first place. The Cardinals are tied with Central Michigan, which won twice on Saturday. Ball State is at Bowling Green next weekend and at Central Michigan May 7-9.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD: Rogers, Distance Runners Shine At Miami
OXFORD, Ohio – Battling rainy conditions and athletes from most of the MAC ahead of the upcoming outdoor conference championships, the Ball State track & field team turned in a triple jump win and eight top-4 finishes Saturday at Miami’s RedHawk Invitational.
Jenelle Rogers won the triple jump to lead BSU, which took a distance-runner-heavy team to the meet that featured several MAC teams to create at least a halfway feel of a conference championship. Rogers, who marked 11.68 at Vanderbilt last week, record 11.62 this time for first place. Half of the 10 entries in the event were from MAC schools.
“Jenelle winning is really good. That’s not her primary even so she competed really well,” head coach Brian Etelman said. “We showed a lot of grit in tough conditions and those who did well really stepped up and overcame the weather.”
Karlie Zumbro and Kylee Mastin were at the top of a long list of runners in the 800m, both finishing in the top 4. Zumbro, who rarely runs standalone 800m races, placed 2nd of 45 in the event, clocking 2:14.82.
“Karlie’s time was a PR and a really good mark for a heptathlete,” Etelman said. “Among attached runners who are representing schools, she placed first and won. The 800 is her best in the heptathlon and that’s what she’ll need to close to have a shot at winning at the MAC meet.”
Just behind Zumbro was Mastin, who owns a time of 2:13.52 from last week and ran 2:16.97 to place 4th among the field of 45.
Elka Machan placed 2nd of 39 runners in the 1500m with a mark of 4:34.86. Grace Dean was right behind her with a PR time of 4:36.68 in third place. In the steeplechase, Cayla Eckenroth (11:12.20) was 4th of 14 runners, right with teammate Juliana Stogsdill at 11:12.57 in 5th place. Emmalyne Tarsa was in the middle of the pack in the 5K with an 18:30.09 time.
In field events, Charity Griffith was 4th in the high jump at 1.65m. Abby Denham, who already owns the school record javelin throw at 43.51m, measured 40.77m on Saturday to place 4th of 26 throwers.
Jennah Rodgers turned in a competitive run to place 7th of 18 runners in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.76.
The Cardinals will now continue to train and prepare for the MAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are May 7-8 at Miami.
MEN’S TENNIS: Men’s Tennis Completes 7-0 Sweep Over Binghamton
MUNCIE, Ind. – A great start in doubles action put the Cardinals on the winning track today in its second to last match of the season as Ball State (16-5, 5-4 MAC) defeated Binghamton (0-6, 0-6 MAC) Saturday afternoon at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center by a score of 7-0.
The Ball State duo of Eli Herran and Bryce Bonin were the first twosome off the court at the No. 3 position. Herran and Boning only gave up one game to Binghamton’s Adi Ben and Luke Karniewich, winning the match 6-1. On the top court, Danilo Kovacevic and Chris Adams secured the doubles point with their 6-4 defeat over Michael Pawlowicz and Shourya Verma.
After that, the Cardinals dominated singles play taking all six courts from the Bearcats with five of those competitions being decided in straight sets.
Kovacevic earned match point for Ball State today with his 6-4, 6-0 take down against Binghamton’s No. 1 player Pawlowicz.
The Ball State men’s tennis team will close out its 2021 spring season on Sunday against Buffalo with a Noon start at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
Prior to the start of tomorrow’s contest, the Cardinals will pay tribute to their four seniors, Chris Adams, Bryce Bonin, Khamasi Muhiga and Alec Robillard.
WOMEN’S GOLF: Moritz, Kim Honored with MAC Postseason Awards
STOW, Ohio — The Ball State women’s golf team had a pair of players earn postseason awards at the conclusion of this weekend’s MAC Championships.
Junior Hadley Moritz was named to the All-MAC Second Team, while senior Liz Kim was voted by her peers as the MAC Sportswoman of the Year.
Moritz led the Cardinals this season with a 76.12 scoring average to rank fifth in BSU single-season annals. She finished in the top 25 in four of the Cardinals’ six events in this shortened season and posted a pair of top-10s.
Kim’s 76.41 average places her seventh on the BSU single-season charts. She also had four top-25 finishes in six starts this season.
The Sportswoman of the Year Award is presented each year to the golfer who best represents the game of intercollegiate golf to others. Kim is the third Ball State player to win the award, joining Kirsty O’Connor in 2010 and Sarah Westaway in 2014.
2021 MAC Women’s Golf Awards
All-MAC First Team
Caley McGinty, Kent State
Kory Nielsen, Kent State
Emily Price, Kent State
Chloe Salort, Kent State
Lauren Ingle, Northern Illinois
All-MAC Second Team
Jenn David, Akron
Hadley Moritz, Ball State
Olivia Loberg, Eastern Michigan
Marissa Kirkwood, Kent State
Jasmine Ly, Northern Illinois
Golfer of the Year
Caley McGinty, Kent State
Co-Coach of the Year
Lisa Strom, Kent State
Kim Kester, Northern Illinois
Sportswoman of the Year
Liz Kim, Ball State
Caley McGinty, Kent State
Emily Price, Kent State
Lauren Ingle, NIU
Chloe Salort, Kent State
Ivana Shah, Akron
WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Closes out MAC Championships in Sixth
STOW, Ohio — The Ball State women’s golf team moved up one spot in Saturday’s final round to finish the MAC Championships in sixth place.
Freshman Kiah Parrott and junior Morgan Lewis led the Cardinals with scores of 77 and 78, respectively, on the closing day. Scores were slightly better Saturday, but Silver Lake Country Club continued to challenge the field.
Parrott and Lewis finished just one stroke apart for the 54-hole event. Parrott tied for 21st, while Lewis tied for 23rd.
Kent State, the nation’s 13th-ranked team, built further on its overnight lead to claim its 22nd consecutive conference championship. The Golden Flashes finished 36 shots clear of second-place Northern Illinois.
Kent State also featured the tournament’s individual medalist, Caley McGinty, and runner-up, Emily Price.
Ball State collected a pair of awards in the post-tournament ceremony with Hadley Moritz being named to the All-MAC Second Team and Liz Kim winning the MAC Sportswoman of the Year honor.
1. Kent State, 878 (+14)
2. Northern Illinois, 914 (+50)
3. Akron, 920 (+56)
4. Toledo, 943 (+79)
5. Eastern Michigan, 945 (+81)
6. Ball State, 965 (+101)
Ball State Scores
T21. Kiah Parrott, 238 (+22): 80-81-77
T23. Morgan Lewis, 239 (+23): 81-80-78
T32. Hadley Moritz, 243 (+27): 78-84-81
T36. Liz Kim, 245 (+29): 81-82-82
48. Elizabeth Amendola, 268 (+52): 96-86-86
(NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS)
SWEET NAMED FINALIST FOR USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — University of Notre Dame senior outfielder Abby Sweet has been named a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year Award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball and recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female players across the country.
Sweet is the third player in Irish history to be selected as a Top 25 Finalist for the award, joining Emilee Koerner (2013) and Karley Wester (2015 & 2016). She is one of four ACC players to make the list for 2021.
Sweet is one of the nation’s best at the plate, ranking among the top not only in the ACC, but across Division I softball. On the season, the senior and team captain owns a .470 batting average, and has led the ACC in that category since March 13.
Entering this weekend, Sweet’s .477 avg. ranked 12th in the nation, while her 51 total hits were first in the ACC and tied for 14th in the nation. She was also the toughest player to strike out in the ACC, striking out just five times on 107 at-bats. Sweet was tied for the conference lead in doubles (13, T-10th nationally), and led the ACC in total bases (85, 39th nationally) and on-base percentage (0.545, 29th nationally).
She has proven to be a challenge to pitchers all season, evidenced both by her low strikeout-to-at-bat ratio, as well as her 12 HBP. She was hit by four pitches in the second game of the March 27 doubleheader vs. NC State, totaling six HBP on the day (two from the first game). The four HBP tied for the most in a single game taken by any Division I player in NCAA history, and are the single most this season. In that game, Sweet never posted an at-bat, as she was hit on all four plate appearances, as the game ended her 16-game hit streak.
BASEBALL: No. 6 Irish Erase Nine-Run Deficit to Sweep Doubleheader, Claim Series Over Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The sixth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team had a comeback you had to see to believe to sweep the doubleheader and claim the series against the Boston College Eagles. The Irish (20-8, 18-8 ACC) trailed 9-0 and scored 12 runs in the eighth inning of game two to clinch the rubber match 13-9 after winning game one of the doubleheader 5-2.
“Boston college is a very good team, their starting pitchers pitched very well and they grinded out at bats offensively,” said head coach Link Jarret. “Today was an exceptional testament to the toughness of our team. First of all, (Tanner) Kohlhepp told me he wanted to stay loose after closing game one and start game two. He did just that. It was a neat moment.”
It is the largest come from behind win for the Irish since 2009 when they erased a 9-0 deficit and beat St. John’s 11-10 in the BIG EAST tournament. With the series win, the Irish continue to be the only ACC team to not drop a conference series this season.
“To find ourselves down 9-0 and not playing well was really a frustrating feeling for our guys – but they continued to grind and eventually we were able to get their starter out of the game, he pitched great,” said Jarrett. “There were so many key parts that led to scoring 12 runs in the eighth. I have never been through anything as amazing as that inning in my baseball career. (Zack) Prajzner’s home run and (Jack) Brannigan steal of home stand out but were far from the only excitement. (David) LaManna’s at bat was obviously huge. Liam (Simon) then had a great bottom of eighth and Aiden (Tyrell) helped close it out.”
The Irish rally started in the seventh with one run followed by a 12-run eighth inning to take their first lead of the game. David LaManna got the go-ahead hit as he beat out an infield single to score two runs with two outs in the inning to put the Irish up 10-9. The Irish scored three more runs after a steal home from Jack Brannigan and a two-RBI double from Kyle Hess. Liam Simon and Aidan Tyrell shut the door on the comeback win to clinch the series.
“In the meeting room at the hotel we went through each at bat of the eighth and that session was also one of the most unique and enjoyable moments I have had with any team,” stated Jarrett.
John Michael Bertrand and Tanner Kohlhepp paced the Irish in the win in game one. The duo combined to allow just two runs and five hits in the game. With a one run game in the ninth, Niko Kavadas put the stamp on the win with a two-run home run to give the Irish some breathing room.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
The Eagles took the early lead in the second game of the doubleheader in the bottom of the first. A leadoff double by Frelick and two consecutive ground outs brought him home for the game’s first run.
The Eagles had a big inning in the third. They loaded the bases twice and scored five runs for their biggest scoring inning of the weekend. Boston College tacked on two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to lead 9-0.
Notre Dame got on the board in the seventh with their first run of the game coming from Zack Prajzner scoring on a Spencer Myers groundout.
The Irish bats got the long ball going in the eighth, as they had two leave the yard. Kavadas hit a solo shot for his second of the day and Prajzner hit a three-run blast to pull the Irish within 9-5.
Hess also scored in the inning after Myers beat out an infield single and forced an errant throw from the second baseman making it a three run game. Myers made it a two run game when he came home on the walk from Carter Putz. The Irish got it down to a one run game at 9-8 after Ryan Cole scored on the walk from Brannigan.
Notre Dame took its first lead after LaManna legged out an infield single to score Cole and Kavadas and give the Irish a 10-9 advantage. The Irish kept it coming in the inning with three more runs. Brannigan stole home and then Hess scored two on a bases-loaded ground rule double to right to increase the lead to 13-9.
In the final two innings, Simon and Tyrell held off any Eagle rally as the Irish wrapped up another ACC series win.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
The Irish got rolling in the first inning, loading the bases with no outs. Myers came home to score the game’s first run on the sacrifice fly from Putz. Then some heady base running led to the next Irish run. Kavadas broke towards second and as the throw went to second, Cole sprinted home and beat the throw to give the Irish a 2-0 lead.
Notre Dame added a run in the second as Myers picked up his second hit of the game to score Prajzner. After two innings of play, the Irish led 3-0.
The score stayed that way until the seventh inning thanks to the stellar outing from Bertrand. After getting out of a bases loaded jam in the second, Bertrand retired the next 11 batters to keep the Eagle offense at bay.
In the seventh, the Eagles finally broke through and scored two in the inning to bring it within one at 3-2 through seven. Kohlhepp came on in relief in the seventh and collected the final two outs of the inning.
Heading into the ninth, the Irish got some insurance runs from who else but Kavadas. He took a 2-2 fastball the other way and it cleared the wall in left center for a two run homer. It was Kavadas’ 14th home run of the season and he is now tied for 10th all-time for most home runs in a single season.
Kohlhepp closed the door for the Irish over the final few innings, retiring all eight batters he faced. He collected his second save of the season to even the series up for the Irish.
STATS OF THE GAME
- The nine-run deficit is the largest come from behind victory for the Irish since 2009 when they trail 9-0 and defeated St. John’s 11-10.
- The Irish scored 12 runs in the eighth inning, eight of those runs coming with two outs. It is the most runs in an ACC game since the Irish joined the league in 2014.
- Niko Kavadas hit his 14th and 15th home runs of the season in the doubleheader, he now sits tied for ninth in Notre Dame history for the most home runs in a single season.
The Irish will return to campus to prepare for a midweek contest on Tuesday. Notre Dame will welcome Valpo back to campus for the second meeting of three between the two schools this season. Tuesday’s game is set for a 5 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.
(INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS)
TRACK AND FIELD: Men’s Shuttle Hurdle Relay Squad Claims Second-Consecutive Drake Relays Title; Sycamore Women Victorious at Home
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State men’s shuttle hurdle relay team headlined a day of strong performances at the Drake Relays while the Sycamore women were victorious at the Sycamore Open in Terre Haute on Saturday.
At the Drake Relays, Indiana State’s men placed sixth overall in the team standings with 13 points in five events, falling only to Iowa State (32), Houston (21), North Carolina A&T (18), Air Force (15) and North Dakota State (15). The Sycamore women tied with Illinois State for 15th overall at four points each.
Back in Terre Haute at the Sycamore Open, the split squad Sycamores were victorious on the women’s side with 141.5 points, overtaking Southeast Missouri State (95.5), Saint Louis (89.5), Southern Indiana (77), Illinois Wesleyan (71), Lipscomb (61), SIU Edwardsville (55.5), Illinois-Chicago (48), IUPUI (34), Vincennes (19), Evansville (14), Carroll (10), Bethel (4). The Sycamore men placed second with 99 points falling only to Saint Louis with 110 points. They defeated SIU Edwardsville (82), Southeast Missouri State (80), Southern Indiana (60.5), Evansville (57), Vincennes (53.5), Illinois-Chicago (53), Lipscomb (39), Illinois Wesleyan (37), Bethel (10) and Carroll (10).
For the second-consecutive Drake Relays, the Sycamore men’s shuttle hurdle relay team claimed the Drake Relays title following another impressive effort in historic Drake Stadium. The team, composed of Daryl Black, Quincy Armstrong, Avery Taylor and Matthew Lewis-Banks took the title after racing across the line with a time of 59.89. Black, Lewis-Banks and Taylor were all members of the 2019 Drake Relays title team.
Freshman Noah Malone claimed his second victory of the weekend in Des Moines on Saturday, winning the Paralympic section of the 200-meter dash with a wind-aided time of 21.58, a time faster than the Americas and USA Para records. His time of 21.07 from the EIU Dual meet is still atop the Missouri Valley Conference.
During the first event on the track for the Trees on the women’s side, the women’s shuttle hurdle relay squad of Ryann Porter, Riley Tuerff, Jayla Williams and Kamille Gaskin-Griffith placed fourth with a time of 59.77. Their time was less than a second away from 10th in Sycamore history.
The men’s 4X100-meter relay team brought home three points for the Trees on the blue oval. Jarel Shaw, JaVaughn Moore, Jhivon Wilson and Malone placed seventh on Saturday afternoon, recording a time of 40.74. The squad’s time of 40.60 from the Crimson Tide Invitational is currently second in the conference.
The two Sycamore finals qualifiers at Drake had strong performances on the final day of the Relays, beginning with Moore in the 100-meter dash. The Marietta, Ga., native placed fifth in a strong field of competition, ending with a time of 10.49. Matthew Lewis-Banks had the best day of his season in the men’s 110-meter hurdle final, taking sixth with a Valley-leading time of 14.10.
In the field at the Drake Relays, Nathan Kiger took sole ownership of the third position in the MVC in the men’s high jump after posting a clearance of 2.08m (6-09.75) for fifth in the competition. Senior Nick Schultz placed sixth right behind him at 2.03m (6-08.00).
The final events on the track at Drake featured the men’s and women’s 4X400-meter relay. The men’s team of Ben Shepard, Will Smith, Mitchell Cline and Tahj Johnson placed first in the unseeded section of the event, clocking the Valley-leading time of 3:14.74, helped by a 47.62 anchor from Johnson.
In the women’s section of the 4X400-meter relay, Iyanla Hunter, Rebecca Odusola, Sierra Long and Riley Tuerff placed fourth behind a time of 3:47.78. Their time is now the third-best time in the Missouri Valley Conference.
At the Sycamore Open, the Sycamores earned a sweep atop the standings of the women’s discus throw. Freshman Hannah Redlin led the way in first-place with a personal-best toss of 48.40m (158-09), the 10th-best mark in Sycamore history. Redlin is now third in the MVC. Lauren England took placed second behind Redlin with a mark of 45.34m (148-09) while Elaina Walls took third at 44.36m (145-06).
Jayla Bynum continued to bring home victories for the Blue & White after claiming a win in the women’s shot put behind a toss of 14.41m (47-03.50), just an inch off of her personal-best. Brittnee James took third with a mark of 13.17m (43-02.50).
The victories didn’t end there for the Trees in the field. Janea Bell matched her season-best in the women’s high jump en route to a victory, ending with a clearance of 1.65m (5-05.00). Marisa Marshall placed fourth behind a clearance of 1.55m (5-01.00).
It was a silver finish for Kaitlyn Davis in the women’s long jump at the Sycamore Open. Davis took second behind a final jump of 5.56m (18-03.00) while her teammate, Brittney Walker, placed fourth overall with a leap of 5.45m (17-10.45).
Freshman Selene Weaver finished as the runner-up in the women’s pole vault, recording a final clearance of 3.80m (12-05.50). Her clearance of 3.86m (12-08.00) from the Ole Miss Classic is still first in the MVC.
Also in the throws at the Gibson Track & Field Complex, James managed to take third in the women’s hammer throw after recording a throw of 50.09m (164-04) in the event. Her mark of 55.32m (181-06) from the Gibson Invite is still ninth in the Valley.
Picking up the first victory on the track for the Indiana State was Zoe Sullivan in the 100-meter hurdles. The freshman clocked a time of 14.56 en route to the victory at the Sycamore Open while her teammate MacKenzie Stoltz placed fifth at 15.59.
Sophomore Daija Springer followed up that performance with a second-place finish in the women’s 100-meter dash where she clocked a time of 12.62.
Ethan Breen got the winning started on the men’s side for the Blue & White in the 5000-meter run. During the first event on the track, Breen clocked a winning time of 15:09.61, a 17 second victory over the field. Fellow Sycamore Jackson Krieg took fourth in race, crossing the line at 15:34.72.
Also earning a top-three finish on the track for the men was Blayne Harrington in the men’s 100-meter dash. Harrington crossed the finish line with a time of 11.04 to take bronze. In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Caine Wilson also placed third after posting a time of 55.18.
Indiana State picked up a sweep in the men’s long jump in Terre Haute on Saturday, led by Dearis Herron with a leap of 7.06m (23-02.00). He was followed in second by Frankie Young III at 7.02m (23-00.50) and Mitch Conard in third at 7.01m (23-00.00).
In the men’s pole vault, freshman Gavin Holz took second after recording a personal-best clearance of 4.75m (15-07.00), improving his position in the MVC to fourth in the conference.
Wyatt Puff also had a big day in the field at Indiana State, taking second in the shot put with a toss of 16.79m (55-01.00). Puff currently sits in sixth in the Valley with a throw of 17.27m (56-08.00) from the EIU Dual Meet. To end the day for the Trees, Noah Bolt placed third in the discus throw with a mark of 48.05m (157-08).
Indiana State will be back in action next Friday and Saturday in Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Open before returning home on May 7 for the Pacesetter Sports Invitational.
Other Notable Performances – Drake Relays
Distance Medley Relay
9. Russell, Smith, Wyman, Kilian – 9:54.39
Other Notable Performances – Sycamore Open
Men’s 100m Dash
6. Mike Adams Jr. – 11.24
Men’s 200m Dash
8. Mitch Conard – 22.94
Women’s 200m Dash
4. Zoe Sullivan – 25.89
6. Juan Tirado – 1:56.29
Men’s 110m Hurdles
6. Bryce Byrdson – 15.45
8. Mitch Conard – 16.01
Men’s 400m Hurdles
7. Garrett Wagner – 57.90
Women’s 400m Hurdles
6. Eva Grace Quinlan – 1:04.79
6. Erica Barker – 19:03.72
Women’s Triple Jump
4. Dominique Wood – 11.30m (37-01.00)
5. Brittney Walker – 11.22m (36-09.75)
Men’s Hammer Throw
5. Noah Bolt – 52.42m (172-00)
7. Joe Barnes – 51.42m (168-08)
6. Cloe Clark – 29.34m (96-03.00)
BASEBALL: Dallas Baptist Uses the Long Ball to Claim Series Opener over Sycamores, 8-5
DALLAS – After nearly a three-hour weather delay, Dallas Baptist would use four home runs to claim the series-opening victory over No. 19 Indiana State, 8-5, Friday night at Horner Ballpark.
First pitch between the top two programs in the Missouri Valley Conference came just after 10 p.m. ET in Dallas and it was a pitchers’ duel through the first three innings of action.
Geremy Guerrero retired the nine batters he faced until Patriot left fielder River Town reached on a fielding error at third base. Dallas Baptist would make Indiana State pay for the miscue as two-hole hitter River Glenn sent a ball off the foul pole in left field for a two-run home run to jump ahead.
Indiana State (20-9, 7-2 MVC) answered back in the top of the fifth as the team sent seven batters to the plate. Sean Ross and Josue Urdaneta kickstarted the rally with back-to-back one-out walks. Both runners would move up on a failed pickoff attempt before Jordan Schaffer cleared the bases with a single to the gap in right field to tie the game.
Two batters later, redshirt senior Max Wright would tally his team-leading ninth home run of the season off the scoreboard in right field to give the Sycamores their first lead of the game at 4-2.
Town would put the Patriots (20-9, 5-0 MVC) back in front with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fifth. Following a one-out single and a two-out walk – Guerrero’s first walk of the game – Town went opposite field with a three-run blast to left.
Dallas Baptist junior Blaine Jones took Austin Cross deep over the wall in left with a solo home run – his sixth homer of the season – extending the Patriot lead over Indiana State to 6-4. Glenn added his second home run of the night with a two-run bomb in the eighth.
Guerrero went 6.1 innings on the mound, allowing just three base hits. The left-hander struck out eight and issued just one walk, but the five runs – four earned runs – would be enough to hand the Metamora, Ill. native his first loss of the season, falling to 7-1.
Schaffer was the lone Sycamore to record multiple hits while also driving in three of the five runs for ISU.
Dominic Hamel (7-1) earned the win for the Pats after pitching five complete innings and striking out 10. The Sycamores were able to pick up five walks against the righty while spraying three hits around the field. Peyton Sherlin tossed a career-long four innings out of the bullpen for the Patriots, striking out four and allowing just one base hit.
Glenn tallied two of DBU’s four home runs to go along with four RBIs to lead the Patriots. Town added a home run and three RBIs from the leadoff spot.
The two squads will return to the diamond on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both games will be available on the Patriot Broadcasting Network as well as on GoSycamores.com and on WIBQ 97.9 FM in the Wabash Valley.
SOFTBALL: Sycamores Drop Series Opener to Salukis
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team fell in the series opener against Southern Illinois, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Price Field.
Indiana State drops to 16-21 on the season and 9-9 in MVC play while Southern Illinois improves to 30-10 and 12-6 in Valley action.
Olivia Patton led the Sycamores offense with a season and career high four hits in a game. The lefty slapper was perfect at the plate for the fourth time in her career.
Southern Illinois struck first in the top of the second with a two-out single and pushed two runs across the plate on an ISU error. The Salukis extended their lead after capitalizing on yet another Sycamore error to give them a 3-0 lead.
The Sycamores got on the board in the bottom of the third. Mallory Marsicek reached on fielder’s choice and advanced around to third on a passed ball. Amanda Guercio brought in Marsicek with two out single. Indiana States comeback ultimately fell short, 3-1.
Pitchers of Record
- Win: Sarah Harness, Southern Illinois (16-4)
- Loss: Gabbi Schnaiter, Indiana State (6-4)
- Save: None
(PURDUE FT. WAYNE ATHLETICS)
BASEBALL: ‘Dons Fall to Ohio in Athens on Saturday
ATHENS, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne baseball team dropped a non-league contest at Ohio 9-1 on Saturday (April 24).
The Mastodons took an early lead thanks to a single from Trenton Stoner that scored Jack Lang. Lang reached on the previous at bat with a double down the right field line.
The ‘Dons’ lead was short-lived, as Ohio tallied two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ohio’s lead ballooned to its final line of 9-1 after scoring runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.
The Mastodons had two runners reach scoring position, but they were left on base. The ‘Dons finished with five hits from five different players.
Justin Miller struck out five Bobcats in 6.1 innings on the mound. He falls to 3-5 with the loss. Ohio’s Logan Jones improves to 3-3 after five innings with just one earned run.
The Mastodons drop to 9-21, while Ohio moves to 20-13. Purdue Fort Wayne will return home and to Horizon League play next week, when the ‘Dons welcome Wright State to Mastodon Field on Friday (April 30). First pitch for that game will be approximately 3 p.m. following the Purdue Fort Wayne softball doubleheader with Green Bay.
TRACK: TERRY LEADS IUPUI’S EFFORTS AT SYCAMORE OPEN
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Making their final preparations for the upcoming Horizon League Championships, IUPUI athletes accounted for a school record and four personal bests at the Sycamore Open, hosted by Indiana State on Saturday (Apr. 24). Marie Terry was exceptionally strong, lowering her own school record in the 400m hurdles as part of two personal bests on the day.
Terry finished second in the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:02.86, taking more than a second off her prior best effort. That came after she had run a personal best in the 100m hurdles, clocking a time of 15.80 to shave three-hundredths of a second off her prior best. Kayla Wolnik was just behind her at 16.05 and Mikayla Miller crossed at 19.25.
Amani Miles put down a personal best 100m time of 12.75, finishing third overall from the slower of the two heats. Lana Pham was tops among IUPUI’s three entries in the high jump, clearing 1.50m (4′ 11”) on her second attempt on Saturday. Miller cleared 1.45m (4′ 9”) and Wolnik cleared a personal best 1.35m (4′ 5”).
The pole vault, which was moved indoors due to inclement conditions, saw freshman Sabrina Robison place third overall with a best jump of 3.70m (12′ 1.5”) and Kelly Zehnder clear 3.10m (10′ 2”).
Lauren Palmer paced the long jumpers at 4.77m (15′ 7.75”) and Wolnik had a best jump of 4.71m (15′ 5.5”). Miller posted a best jump of 4.28m (14′ 0.5”). Zehnder was tops among IUPUI’s two entries in the triple jump at 10.72m (35′ 2”) and Palmer’s best effort was 10.31m (33′ 10”).
Miller also competed in the shot put and had a best throw of 8.76m (28′ 9”) and javelin, where her best throw of the day was 27.16m (89′ 1”). Wolnik also competed in the javelin and had a best throw of 20.29m (66′ 7”).
The day began with the Jaguars’ 4×100 relay team putting down a time of 49.17 as Terry, Miles, Palmer and Wolnik opened up a busy day. The group just missed the school record, falling a tenth of a second off the mark.
WOMEN’S GOLF: Women’s Golf Increases Lead at GLVC Championships
(U OF I RELEASE)
FISHERS, Ind. – With two of three rounds in the books, the UIndy women’s golf team extended its lead at the 2021 GLVC Championships on Saturday with a second-round team score of 307, outpacing second-place Missouri-St. Louis by 17 strokes.
Two Greyhounds find themselves in the top three with 18 holes, including co-leader Hunter Nugent (+5). The three-day, 54-hole tournament is being held at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in nearby Fishers, Ind., through Sunday.
More details to come.
The third and final round awaits the 15-team field morning tomorrow/ Tee times starting at 8 a.m. ET, with the Hounds’ first time set for 9:03 a.m. Live results are available here.
The Hounds topped the team leaderboard with a first-round 304 – 15 strokes ahead of second-place Maryville.
Competing in her final GLVC Championships, reigning conference medalistPilar Echeverria shot -1 over the final seven holes Friday to enter the clubhouse in a tie for third at +3.
Right there with her is sophomore Hunter Nugent, who conversely is playing in her first conference tournament. After COVID canceled the 2020 event, Nugent made her GLVC debut Friday with a three-over 75, tying Echeverria in third to sit two back of leader Emma Thorngren of Missouri-St. Louis.
All five of the Hounds would end up in the top 10 through 18 holes. Junior Elyse Stasil shot even par on the back nine to sit in sixth at +4, junior Cailyn Henderson is tied for seventh at +6, while senior Anna Kramer finds herself in a four-way tie for ninth at +7.
MEN’S LACROSSE: #14 Hounds Best #9 Lions on Senior Day
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INDIANAPOLIS – After falling to No. 9 Lindenwood (8-2, 8-2 GLVC) back on March 13, the No. 14 UIndy men’s lacrosse team (8-2, 8-2) hosted the Lions for a rematch on Saturday. The Greyhounds celebrated six seniors at Key Stadium during the contest, starting the game aggressive and taking the 11-9 victory. The senior squad for the team consisted of Kansai Garey, Jordan McKenzie, Jack Belobrajdic, Tanner Tracy, Nate Webber and Duncan Weir.
INS & OUTS
The Hounds came out on offensive with one of their most overwhelming starts this season, netting five-straight unanswered goals to kick off the game. Garey was able to knock in the first shot in the contests’s first two minutes of action, Drew Billig assisting on that shot and scoring a pair of his own goals for the early lead. Austin Barnett would be a stone wall for the Greyhounds’ defense, the goalkeeper not allowing a single goal in the first quarter and collecting four saves against Lindenwood.
The Lions were able to come out of the gate in the second quarter to bring the game within a handful of goals, taking the score to 7-5 before Brian Robb tossed a pass to lead Billig into a goal in the final 30 seconds of the first half. With a three-goal lead heading into the second half of action, the trio of Robb, Billig and Garey each were credited a score in the third quarter to extend the lead to six. With 12 more shots coming from Lindenwood in the fourth quarter, Barnett and the defense were able to collect five more saves in the contest to hold on a late-game surge from the Lions.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Saturday’s win against Lindenwood makes this the fourth ranked win against a ranked opponent this season.
– The Lions’ 50 shots is the most the Greyhounds have faced this season.
– Billig’s six points ties a career-high for the junior, amounting four goals and two assists in the win.
Assistant coach Austin Grimes on the senior’s impact for the program …
“The senior group we celebrated today was a lot of guys who came back for the extra year after losing last season. This group is made up of men that have been here from almost the start of the program, along with some transfers who took a chance on a young program. We can’t thank them enough for wanting to come back this year to finish what they started.”
UIndy will have one more game to complete next week before their run in the 2021 GLVC Men’s Lacrosse Tournament, taking on Davenport up north in Michigan. That contest in Grand Rapids will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE: #1 Women’s Lacrosse Wins Regular Season Finale
(U OF I RELEASE)
INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 1-ranked UIndy women’s lacrosse team (12-1, 6-1 GLVC) made their way back to the Hoosier state on Saturday after a quick road trip out west, hosting the McKendree Bearcats (9-3, 4-2) for the regular season finale at Key Stadium. The Greyhounds ran their offense in circles around the Bearcats, ending the day on a 24-5 final score.
INS & OUTS
The Hounds not only powered through McKendree on 24 shots in the first half of action, the defense held up their usual dominance by only allowing four attempts at the goal in the game’s first 30 minutes. After a 3-1 lead was established five minutes into the game, UIndy would send the ball flying for seven-straight unanswered goals in a span of 12 minutes, a pair of goals coming each from Quinn Malcom, Sarah Klein and Peyton Romig. After the Bearcats broke that streak with a man-up goal, the Greyhounds ran five more unanswered goals to end the first half on a 15-2 lead.
UIndy would take the second half similarly to the first, going on scoring run after scoring run on the Bearcats. The Hounds would going on streak of three goals three different times, Abigail Lagos tallying three goals during the stretch to put down McKendree. The Hounds throughout the game were able to take nine shots from the free position off of Bearcats fouls, UIndy converting six of them into scores. Lagos led the team after the final horn sounded with eight points off of six goals and two assists, leading the team also in those two statistical categories.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Sophomore Delaney Stahrr recorded a career-high four caused turnovers to lead the team in halting the McKendree offense.
– Peyton Romig’s 16 draw controls marks the ninth contest this season of double-digit DCs.
– UIndy’s 35 shots on goal is the ninth game this season the team has totaled 30 or more shots on goal.
Head coach James Delaney on what the team needs to be focused on for the upcoming GLVC Tournament …
“We just need to get back to work on cleaning up some of the things we need to do to be successful in big games. We have a great team that I believe in and a team that I know can do special things in the month of May. For us, it’s just about getting back to work at practice this week and becoming the best version of ourselves.”
Sarah Klein on the importance of a good regular season finale …
“It was important for us to bounce back from Thursday and gather ourselves to prepare for the GLVC Tournament. As a team, we wanted to work hard against McKendree and end the season on a strong note to give us the confidence we need as we head into the post season.”
The Greyhounds will travel to Lebanon, Ill., next weekend for the upcoming 2021 GLVC Women’s Lacrosse Championships, still awaiting their first round opponent as the rest of the GLVC finishes the rest of their contests this weekend. The championship will be held on McKendree’s campus, kicking off on Friday, April 30. You can catch all the updates on the women’s lacrosse season at uindyathletics.com.
BASEBALL: Baseball Falls to SIU on Saturday
After a pair of dramatic, walk-off victories on Friday, the Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a 10-4 setback to visiting Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo tied a season high with 15 hits in the defeat. The game was delayed one hour due to rain, but play occurred uninterrupted after the 2 p.m. first pitch.
How It Happened
- After pushing across a run in the second inning, Southern Illinois tacked on three in the third to grab an early 4-0 lead.
- Valpo responded in the bottom of the third as Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) lashed a single to center to plate Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) and make it 4-1.
- SIU added on with one run in the sixth and broke it open with three in the seventh to go up 8-1.
- Valpo plated two on RBI singles by Renfro and Parker Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins) in the bottom of the seventh, but the Salukis got those back on a two-run homer by Nick Neville in the eighth.
- Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, working around one walk.
- Johnson delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to make it 10-4, which proved to be the final score.
Inside the Game
- Valpo tied the March 20 game at Western Kentucky for its season-high hit total of 15.
- Dent, Johnson and Matt Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) posted three hits apiece. That marked Johnson’s third three-hit output this season as he owns the most three-hit games on the team. For Olive, the three hits represented a career high and his first career multi-hit performance.
- Fields allowed four runs on six hits in five frames while fanning 10 and walking two. He posted a double-figure strikeout total for the third time this season.
- Renfro also had a multi-hit effort, his third of the year and second in the last four games.
Valpo (7-21, 2-9) and Southern Illinois (26-11, 6-9) will conclude the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Links to live coverage are available on ValpoAthletics.com.
(OHIO STATE ATHLETICS)
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Lonsway Outstanding in 7-0 Game 2 Win over Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Seth Lonsway shut down Penn State with seven strong innings on the mound and the offense scored plenty for the second consecutive game as Ohio State took game two from Penn State, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes won the opener on Friday, 11-6.
Lonsway limited Penn State to just three hits while striking out six and walking three to improve his record to 2-4 this season. He allowed the first two batters of the game to reach base, but got out of the inning and then cruised for the next six innings.
The Buckeyes, who have won seven consecutive games at home and eight of 10 this year at Bill Davis Stadium, are now 15-12 on the season while Penn State drops to 8-18.
The Buckeyes jumped on Penn State starter Conor Larkin (2-5) for three runs in the first. Mitchell Okuley walked, advanced to third on a single by Zach Dezenzo and scored on Kade Kern’s single to center for his team-leading 21st RBI of the season.
Then with one down, Brent Todys’ sacrifice fly scored Dezenzo and Kern later scored on a wild pitch.
Ohio State increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth. Nick Irwin tripled for the second consecutive game and scored on a sac fly by Okuley.
The lead grew to 6-0 in the sixth with doubles from Todys and Marcus Ernst. Todys’ hit scored Kern, who led the way offensively with two hits, three runs scored and an RBI. Todys had a pair of RBI.
Four walks in the eighth led to Ohio State’s seventh run.
Will Pfenning was solid for the Buckeyes out of the bullpen. He came in to start the eighth and faced the minimum number of batters in his two innings of work.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a 1 p.m. game Sunday at Bill Davis Stadium.
MEN’S LACROSSE: PENN STATE SLIPS PAST OHIO STATE AT THE SHOE, 10-9
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 15 Ohio State lost a 10-9 decision to Penn State on Saturday at Ohio State to conclude the regular season. The Buckeyes are 4-6 and will have a chance to continue their season next week with a home game in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. An opponent and game time will be announced in the coming days.
The Short Story
The Buckeyes led 9-8 with under two minutes to play before Penn State scored twice in the final 1:08 to complete its comeback. Dylan Folds netted both of the goals, including the game-winner with just 23 seconds remaining. Ohio State did get two shots off during its final possession but both were saved by PSU goalie Aleric Fyock.
How the Goals Were Scored
- Tre Leclaire (5:15) and Jack Myers (4:38) scored back-to-back goals in the first quarter to stake the Buckeyes to a 2-1 lead. Penn State tied the game at 2-all with 20 seconds remaining in the opening quarter and then took their first lead of the day at 3-2 four and a half minutes into the second quarter.
- The Buckeyes finally broke a long scoring drought with a man-up goal by Ryan Terefenko at the 6:44 mark of the second quarter. Five minutes later, Myers scored his second of the day to give the lead back to Ohio State at 4-3. Penn State would score as the second quarter expired for a 4-4 halftime tally.
- Ohio State put together back-to-back goals quickly in the third quarter (14:05 and 11:43) by Leclaire and Jackson Reid to open their largest lead of the day at 6-4.
- Penn State answered back to a two-goal rally of its own but Myers’ third of the day gave the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead at the end of the three quarters.
- The Nittany Lions and Buckeyes traded goals over the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter, but Myers put Ohio State in front 9-8 with 4:02 to play with his fourth tally of the afternoon.
- PSU’s Mac O’Keefe found Foulds open in front of the goal with 1:08 to play to tie the game at 9-9 and the Nittany Lions then won the ensuing faceoff to gain a possession that ended with Folds scoring again with 23 seconds remaining.
- Ohio State did have one final scoring opportunity as time expired but was turned away by PSU goalie Aleric Fyock.
This and That
- Leclaire’s goal with 14:05 remaining in the third quarter gave him 200 career points and makes him just the fifth player in program history to reach that milestone. The others are: Terry Gilmore (250, 1976-79), Logan Schuss (237, 2010-13), Joel Dalgarno (227, 2006-09) and Jesse King (208, 2012-15).
- Alec Van de Bovenkamp made 13 saves on the afternoon, just one off of his season-high set on March 20 vs. Maryland. He stopped 10 shots in the second half.
- In addition to 12 saves, Van de Bovenkamp also picked up six ground balls.
- Seniors Eric Wenz and Jeff Henrick both caused two turnovers.
- Jack Myers has scored multiple goals in all 10 games and leads the team with 41 points on 31 goals and 10 assists.
- Grant Mitchell had two points on the day (1G, 1A) and is the sixth player this season to register double-figure points (6G, 5A, 11 points).
Shots: Penn State 43, Ohio State 35
Ground Balls: Penn State 32, Ohio State 28
Faceoffs: Penn State 13-22, Ohio State 9-22
Clears: Ohio State 23-24, Penn State 21-22
Extra Man: Ohio State 1-1, Penn State 0-1
Saves: Penn State 15, Ohio State 12
Turnovers: Penn State 15, Ohio State 14
Ohio State will now turn its attention to the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will be the fourth seed and host a quarterfinal game on Saturday, May 1 at either 6 or 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. More information of times and matchups will be announced at a later date.
SOFTBALL: Explosive First Inning Propels Miami to 14-0 Win at Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio—An eight-run first inning spurred the Miami University softball team to a 14-0 win at the University of Toledo on Saturday afternoon. The RedHawks improve to 30-7 on the season and 20-1 in Mid-American Conference play, while Toledo drops to 19-15 overall and 9-9 in MAC action.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- A two-run triple by senior Mackenzie Moore and two-run double by freshman Holly Blaska—her second extra base hit of the inning—to go along with an RBI double by senior Lily Wilmot and RBI single from junior Allie Cummins propelled Miami to an explosive eight-run first inning.
- Junior Riley Coyne blasted a two-run home run to center field in the third inning to push the RedHawks’ lead to 10-0.
- Moore hammered a two-run homer to left field to tack on two more runs to the Miami total and extend its lead to 12-0 in the fourth inning.
- Miami notched two more runs when Blaska and senior Morgan Lott crossed home on a fielding error to hand the RedHawks a 14-0 edge in the fifth inning, which would be the final margin.
- Lott and Wilmot were each 2-for-2 at the plate, while Blaska and Moore were each 2-for-3. Moore notched four RBI to lead the RedHawks. Blaska, Moore, Coyne, Lott and junior Maclai Branson each scored two runs.
- Senior Courtney Vierstra pitched 3.0 innings of the shutout, giving up just two hits while striking out six to earn the win in the circle. Freshman Taylor Turner entered the game in relief to pitch the final 2.0 innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two.
Miami rounds out a four-game series at Toledo with a 12 p.m. game on Sunday, April 25.
BASEBALL: Baseball Falls to Kent State, 4-1
OXFORD, Ohio — The Miami University baseball team played game three of their four-game series with Kent State and fell 4-1 on Saturday morning at McKie Field. With the loss, the RedHawks fall to 19-14 (12-7 Mid-American Conference), while the Golden Flashes improve to 16-18 (9-10 MAC).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Trailing at 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, sophomore Billy Kopicki led off with a double to left field. Kopicki later scored on a groundout, cutting the Kent State lead to three.
- Junior Sam Bachman threw seven innings, striking out eleven while allowing just two earned runs.
- Will Vogelgesang went 1-for-3 on the day with a walk.
The RedHawks will face off against the Kent State Golden Flashes in the final game of the series on Sunday, April 25. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at McKie Field.
TRACK: Track & Field Wraps Up At RedHawk Invitational
OXFORD, Ohio – The University of Dayton track and field team had its final tune-up before the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships today. The Flyers competed at the 2021 RedHawk Invitational, hosted by Miami University at the George L. Rider Track in rainy conditions.
- Sophomore Casey Bogues won the javelin throw with a mark of 47.05m, winning the event every time she has competed this year.
- Graduate student Lainey Studebaker won the 1500m race in a PR time of 4:31.05.
- Taylor Flight took second place in discus with a mark of 46.39m.
- The Flyer 4×100 relay team of Malana Johnson, Rayana Burns, Jahmia Bridges-Butler, and Gabbie Johnson took bronze with a time of 48.85.
9. Taylor Flight – 50.51m
14. Hannah Lindenman – 48.21m
19. Grace Homan – 43.55m PR
1. Casey Bogues – 47.05m
9. Corey Rinella – 33.73m
25. Jahmia Bridges-Butler – 20.50m
5. Taylor Flight – 13.34m
8. Grace Homan – 12.60m PR
14. Aden Lumbley – 9.73m
2. Taylor Flight – 46.39m
7. Grace Homan – 40.82m PR
18. Aden Lumbley – 28.54m
9. Corey Rinella – 1.55m
20. Liz Lechowicz – 18:57.61 PR
21. Kate Lechowicz – 19:01.48
22. Reilly Madsen – 19:10.72 PR
3. Dayton – 48.85 (Malana Johnson, Rayana Burns, Jahmia Bridges-Butler, Gabbie Johnson)
1. Lainey Studebaker – 4:31.05 PR
20. Zoe Chappelle – 4:54.71 PR
21. Kelly Wilker – 4:56.12
22. Abby Carter – 4:56.60
29. Melissa Weidner – 5:00.49 PR
33. Jenna Eggleston – 5:05.74 PR
10. Emily Sreenan – 2:18.77
15. Victoria Angelopoulos – 2:20.77
37. Aileen Hull – 2:30.37
40. Palmer Madsen – 2:31.70
42. Angela Braga – 2:32.44 PR
45. Margaret Allen – 2:38.01
The Flyers will compete at the 2021 Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 1-2 in Fairfax, Va. The Championships, being hosted at George Mason Stadium, will be closed to all spectators. This will allow for proper social distancing to occur between all teams and student-athletes. No tickets will be available to the public and teams WILL NOT be provided a complimentary pass list.
BASEBALL: Baseball Falls 6-1 To Wichita State On Saturday
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati baseball team struggled to get the offense going and dropped a 6-1 decision to visiting Wichita State on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference game at UC Baseball Stadium.
The teams moved up Saturday’s first pitch by five hours, starting at 11 a.m. ET to avoid forecasted inclement weather in Cincinnati.
UC (18-18, 7-8 AAC) hit the ball hard all day but stranded nine runners in the loss. WSU (20-14, 8-6 AAC) had a 1-0 lead in the first and snapped a five-game losing streak.
The starting pitchers from both sides pitched solid games and it was a 2-1 affair headed to the seventh. From there the Shockers scored four runs in the final three innings to put things away. Jace Kaminska picked up his fourth win of the season after going 5.2 innings and giving up one run on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. UC’s Beau Keathley took the loss and fell to 1-1 on the year. Keathley gave up a run in the first but settled down, going six innings and striking out five.
UC got on the board in the sixth after a Dondrae Bremner RBI single scored Ryan Nicholson who reached on catcher’s interference.
The teams close out the four-game set at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday with UC going for its second-straight series win. Bearcats RHP Jalen Wade and Shockers LHP Spencer Hynes will be on the hill.
All four games will air on the ESPN+ platform with Matt Noonan (pxp) and Andy Nagel (ana) calling the action. Live stats will also be available on BearcatStats.com.
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.
WOMEN’S GOLF: Xavier Moves Into First Place on Day Two of BIG EAST Championships
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Xavier women’s golf moved into first place at the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday afternoon. The three-day tournament is being held at the Club at Gateway.
The Musketeers hit eight-over-par (296) – 11 strokes better than next best team (Creighton) – on Saturday to move into first place. Xavier has a 36-hole total of 596 (+20) to rank first with one round of golf left at the conference championships.
Xavier has a six-stroke lead over Creighton with 18 holes of golf remaining. The Bluejays have posted a 36-hole total of 602 (+26).
The final round of golf gets underway on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.
t-2. Andie Shukow – 75 (+3), 73 (+1): 148 (+4)
t-2. Morgan Tinsley – 72 (E), 76 (+4): 148 (+4)
t-5. Abby Kiefer – 77 (+5), 73 (+1): 150 (+6)
t-7. Mikayla Fitzpatrick – 76 (+4), 75 (+3): 151 (+7)
t-9. Emma McMyler – 77 (+5), 75 (+3): 152 (+8)
- Xavier – 300 (+12), 296 (+8): 596 (+20)
2. Creighton – 295 (+7), 307 (+19): 602 (+26)
3. Seton Hall – 301 (+13), 309 (+21): 610 (+34)
4. St. John’s – 313 (+25), 311 (+23): 624 (+48)
5. Butler – 316 (+28), 309 (+21): 625 (+49)
6. Georgetown – 321 (+33), 323 (+35): 644 (+68)
SOFTBALL: MARIAN SWEEPS TAYLOR, CADLE SETS TRIPLES RECORD ON SENIOR DAY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian softball team celebrated their senior day in style on Saturday, as the Knights swept the Taylor Trojans to win the season series. Marian rallied back with a three-run sixth inning to take game one 3-1, while exploding for 10 hits and seven runs in a 7-3 game two victory. In the game two win, Kassidi Cadle broke the Knights’ single season triples record, passing teammate Shelbie Stotts. Marian is now 37-11 overall this season, and improve to 24-6 in Crossroads League play, trailing Indiana Wesleyan by one game with one week remaining in the regular season.
Game 1 | Marian 3-1 Taylor
Game one was nearly identical to the first meeting of the season between Taylor and Marian, as two of the Crossroads League‘s marquee pitchers in Sydney Wilson and Maddi Evans locked into their second head-to-head matchup of the season. Wilson was perfect through the first inning, while Evans worked around Kassidi Cadle‘s double to come away unharmed in the first. Wilson stranded a lead-off single in the second inning to leave a runner in scoring position, but in the third the Trojans were able to turn a pair of singles into a run after a Kara Tucker sacrifice fly.
Taylor led 1-0 after the third inning, and Evans continued to haunt Marian’s hitters retiring nine straight batters from the second through fourth innings. Evans streak continued to 12 straight after getting a strikeout to start the fifth, and despite Raegan Hiatt reaching on an error to break the drought, the Taylor pitcher picked up a strikeout and fly out to close the fifth.
Wilson had to work in the sixth inning after allowing two base runners, but got a pop up to first base to strand a single and hit batter. With time running out on the game, the Marian bats came back to life in the bottom of the sixth, with Caitlyn Phillips and Savannah Harweger hitting back to back infield singles. A groundout moved the runners into scoring position, and Shelbie Stotts worked a five-pitch walk to load the bases. Two batters later, Sierra Norman won a six-pitch fight at the plate, and took advantage of a dropped foul ball. With her new life, the freshman roped a single to left field, scoring both Phillips and Harweger to take a 2-1 lead. Stotts added to the lead by stealing third, and finding her way home after a throw to third on the steal was dropped.
Owning a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning, Marian’s ace picked up two strikeouts in the final frame, with Wilson getting a groundout back to the circle to put a stamp on the game one win. For Wilson, the junior recorded a complete game win, allowing six hits while striking out five batters on 82 pitches. At the plate, Marian had four hits with Harweger, Cadle, Phillips, and Norman each tacking on one, while the freshman’s two-RBI single stood as the game-winning hit.
Game 2 | Marian 7-3 Taylor
The scoring started early in game two, as the Trojans brought home a pair of runs in the top of the first inning off of Jaylah Guilliam, as the freshman gave up two-out single to Evans. The Knights responded with a run in the bottom of the first, with Sarah Kush tagging an RBI single through the left side, scoring Stotts who picked up a two-out double for Marian’s first hit of game two. Taylor would add another run in the top of the second after Caitlin Grim ripped a one-out double to the fence in right field, giving the visitors a 3-1 lead.
Guilliam settled in with a perfect third inning, and her offense responded with a pair of runs in the home side of the inning. Harweger led off with an infield single, and two pitches later Cadle tripled to right-center, recording her third three-base hit of the week. Cadle’s triple was the eighth of the season, setting Marian’s single season record. After the RBI hit, Stotts reached on a fielding error, driving in the senior to tie the game 3-3.
Both sides were retired in order in the fourth inning, and after a three-up, three-down inning from Guilliam in the fifth, Marian’s bats came back with a fury of fifth inning hits. Harweger tripled to right center to kick-start the inning, and Cadle singled through the hole on the left side to give Marian a 4-3 lead. Marian loaded the bases after a Stotts single and Sarah Kush single, and three batters later Lanie Horen drew a walk on four straight pitches to score Marian’s fifth run. Abbi Wirey capped the big inning with a two-RBI single to center field, pushing Marian ahead 7-3.
The run support was all that was needed for Guilliam, as the freshman threw a clean three-out sixth inning, before picking up a strikeout in a one-hit seventh inning to lock down the complete game win. In the win, Guilliam allowed just four hits and struckout four batters, allowing three earned runs. Guilliam retired 15 consecutive batters from the second through seventh innings, and 17 of the final 18 batters faced.
Marian had 10 hits in the win with three extra base hits, with four players recording two hits. Harweger and Cadle each tripled recording two hits in the win, and Stotts had a 2-4 day with two runs scored, including one double. Norman went 2-3 and made 10 putouts at first base.
Marian will play their final home games of the season on Tuesday, April 27 at 3 p.m. when they host the University of St. Francis.
(IU EAST ATHLETICS)
IU East wins RSC Women’s Tennis Championship over Asbury (Ky.) for first title
By IU East Sports Information
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – Eva Caballero walloped one last unreturnable forehand, and then the Red Wolf celebration began.
Indiana University East claimed the first River States Conference Women’s Tennis Championship title and national tournament berth in program history with a 4-1 win against Asbury (Ky.) University in the championship title match April 24 at the indoor courts at Top Seed Tennis Club.
Caballero won the clinching match by a 7-6 (5), 6-3 score at No. 3 singles. Her final forehand resulted in an Asbury error and a joyous Red Wolf celebratory huddle.
“What a great day to make program history!” said IU East coach Jacob Rankin. “The girls came out on fire and never looked back.
“We played amazing doubles, and then played the best singles up and down the line that I’ve seen all year. So proud of them, and can’t wait for nationals!”
IU East will take a 13-8 record into the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship scheduled to begin May 18 in Mobile, Ala.
IU East defeated Asbury enroute to the program’s first regular-season conference title earlier this month, but the Red Wolves faced a reinforced Eagles roster on April 24.
Marino made it 2-0 in the team scoring with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles. Camila Caballero picked up the third Red Wolf win by a 6-4, 6-0 score at No. 1.
Eva Caballero had rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set and a 3-0 deficit in the first-set tiebreaker to take the lead on the No. 3 court. She pushed through the second set by a 6-3 score to clinch the championship.
IU East held leads in the third set on the remaining courts. IU East will learn its draw for the national tournament on May 4.
RSC WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL — APRIL 24, 2021 (TOP SEED TENNIS CLUB)
No. 1 IU East def. No. 3 Asbury, 4-1
1. Camila Cabellero (IUE) def. Giovana Kelm (AU), 6-4, 6-0
2. Linda Marino (IUE) def. Kendall Jablonowski (AU), 6-1, 6-4
3. Eva Caballero (IUE) def. Grace Gorby (AU), 7-6 (5), 6-3
4. Amonette Theron (IUE) leads Alexandra Lerma (AU), 6-3, 2-6, 3-2, unfinished
5. Nora Ribeiro (IUE) leads Isabella Gutierrez (AU), 4-6, 6-0, 3-2, unfinished
6. Luciana Iriarte (AU) def. Ashlyn Hubbard (IUE), 6-3, 6-4
1. Camila Caballero-Linda Marino (IUE) def. Giovana Kelm-Grace Gorby (AU), 6-0
2. Eva Caballero-Amonette Theron (IUE) def. Alexandra Lerma-Kendall Jablonowski (AU), 6-1
3. Luciana Iriarte-Allie Sutton (AU) lead Nora Ribeiro-Shelby Good (IUE), 5-2, unfinished
WOMEN’S GOLF: Garner jumps four spots on leaderboard on day two at HCAC tourney
EVENT: 2021 HCAC Women’s Golf Championship
SCORE: Round 2 – 7th of 9 teams
LOCATION: Harrison, Ohio (Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club)
COURSE: Par 73, 5905 yards
HARRISON, Ohio – Fourth-year Megan Garner was the top Quaker performer of the day, firing a 94 to climb four spots on the individual leaderboard during second-round play at the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Tournament, held Saturday at the Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club.
Garner’s 94 on Saturday gave her a 36-hole score of 192 (+46), and moving her into a tied for 25 on the leaderboard.
Fellow fourth year Claire Waggener carded a 103 in Saturday’s second round, giving her a 189 (+43) through 36 holes, and tied for 20th overall. Myra Robinson shot a 104 in the second round for a two-day tally of 207 (+61), tied for 36th overall, while Daniela Joseph shot a 107 on Saturday for a second-round total of 209 (+63). Her score placed her 39th among individuals. Brittney Chong rounded out the Earlham five with a second-round score of 115, putting her 46th on the leaderboard with a 224 (+78) for the tournament.
Earlham finished the day with a 408 (+116) in the second round and a 797 (+213) for the championship, placing the Quakers seventh out of nine teams.
Rose-Hulman continues to lead the tournament with a 36-hole score of 651 (+67), including a second-round tally of 322 (+30). The Fightin’ Engineers’ Precious Saelee leads the field of 48 golfers with a six-over 152, after carding a 75 in Saturday’s second round.
Earlham women’s golf wraps up play in the 2021 HCAC Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday, April 25. The Quakers will tee off starting at 11:33 a.m.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1876 The Chicago White Stockings make their National League debut with a 4-0 victory over the Grays at the Louisville Baseball Park. The franchise, which will also be known as the Colts and Orphans before becoming the Cubs in 1903, will finish in first place in the circuit’s inaugural season.
1901 On Opening Day at Bennett Park in Detroit, the Tigers tally ten times in the bottom of the ninth to beat Milwaukee, 14-13. The contest is the American League’s first game in Detroit.
1904 At American League Park, the Senators remain winless since the start of the season when they lose their eighth consecutive game, bowing to New York 4-1. Highlander right-hander Jack Chesbro picks up the first of his record 41 victories he’ll record this season.
1933 Yankees rookie hurler Russ Van Atta goes 4-for-4 and shuts out the Senators, 16-0, in his major league debut. The 26 year-old southpaw will finish his rookie season with a 12-4 record, batting .283 in 67 plate appearances.
1933 At Griffith Stadium, the benches clear when Yankee outfielder Ben Chapman viciously spikes Buddy Myer and then responds to the Senators infielder’s retaliation by punching and hurling anti-semitic remarks at the injured Jewish second baseman. The ugly 20-minute brawl, which spreads into the stands and includes over 300 fans getting into the action, will result in suspensions and fines for the players involved.
1933 Philadelphia’s 25 year-old shortstop Dick Bartell becomes the first major leaguer to stroke four consecutive doubles in a nine-inning game. Rowdy Richard’s quartet of two-baggers helps the Phillies defeat the Braves at the Baker Bowl, 7-1.
1937 Giants southpaw Cliff Melton becomes the first rookie to fan at least ten batters in his major league debut, finishing with 13 strikeouts in a complete-game loss to the Braves at the Polo Grounds. The 25 year-old from Brevard, NC, who loses the 3-1 contest due to New York’s weak defense in the ninth inning, will hold the rookie record for K’s in his debut until Dodger freshman Karl Spooner whiffs 15 batters in his first major league start in 1954.
1948 Larry Doby ties a major league record by striking out five times in one game. The Indians’ right fielder’s performance doesn’t hurt the Tribe when the team beats Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 7-4.
1958 In front of 60,635 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Dodgers beat the Cardinals, 5-2, setting a National League record for the largest crowd to attend a regular-season night game. The mark will last until 917 more patrons show up next season on Opening Night to watch their team defeat the Redbirds again.
1963 In the second year of their existence, the Mets win a game on a Thursday for the first time in franchise history when they beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-2. During their inaugural season, the expansion team failed to register a victory in the 15 games played on the fifth day of the week.
1967 Jim Lefebvre commits three errors in the fourth frame, paving the way for the Braves’ 7-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles third baseman commits a fourth error, booting Hank Aaron’s grounder in the top of the ninth inning.
1970 Earl Wilson nearly scores after he strikes out when Minnesota catcher Paul Ratliff, trapping a third strike, inadvertently rolls the ball to the mound instead of tagging the batter or throwing to first base. With the Twins heading towards the dugout, the Detroit hurler runs around the bases and is heading home when outfielder Brant Alyea retrieves the ball and throws it to shortstop Leo Cardenas covering the plate, resulting in a unique 7-6-7 run-down play.
1972 After getting off to a 4-7 start, the Padres fire Preston Gomez and replace the only manager the team has known since their inception in 1969 with 41 year-old third base coach Don Zimmer. The Cuban-born skipper averaged over 103 losses per season during his three-year tenure with the expansion team.
1975 Dodger starter Andy Messersmith strokes three doubles at Candlestick Park. The trio of two-baggers contributes to the team’s 6-5 victory over the Giants, with the right-hander scoring two runs and driving in another en route to his victory.
1976 During the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Cubs’ 30-year-old fly chaser, who served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field by L.A. executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks.
1977 George Foster has seven RBIs, scores five runs times, bangs out four hits (two home runs, double, and a single) when the Reds rout the Braves, 23-9. Cincinnati ties a National League record by scoring 12 runs in one inning.
1978 After the Cardinals get off to a slow start, the team fires manager Vern Rapp and replaces him with fan-favorite Ken Boyer. The former Redbirds’ third baseman will pilot the club to a fifth-place finish, compiling a 62-81 record during his tenure in the dugout this season.
1978 The Phillies replace their Revolutionary Era twin mascots, Philadelphia Phil and Philadelphia Phillis, with the Phillie Phanatic, who makes his debut at Veterans Stadium in a game against the Cubs. According to his official biography, the large, furry, green bipedal flightless bird with an extendable tongue, a native of the Galápagos Islands, is the team’s biggest fan.
1981 Hoping to give his pitchers an edge, Maury Wills gets the Kingdome’s ground crew to enlarge the batter box, making it a foot closer to the mound. Before the game, A’s skipper Billy Martin shares his suspicions with the umpire Bill Kunkel, and subsequently, the American League suspends the exposed Mariners manager for two games for “doctoring the batter’s box.”
1984 In a 2-1 victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium, Mets right-hander Dwight Gooden becomes the first teenager to strike out ten batters in a major league game since Bert Blyleven accomplished the feat with the Twins in 1970. The 19 year-old rookie will lead the National League with 276 strikeouts this season.
1986 Although Craig Lefferts, a usually reliable relief pitcher, gives up the lead in the 12th inning, he saves the day when he drives an 0-2 curveball over the fence, giving the Padres a 9-8 walk-off victory over the Giants at Jack Murphy Stadium. The 28 year-old weak-hitting southpaw, not expected to play due to a 102-degree fever before the game, becomes the first hurler (and the last to date) to end a game with a home run since 1969 when Orioles right-hander Jim Hardin went deep off Royals’ reliever Moe Drabowsky.
1987 Billy Bean becomes the tenth rookie to collect four hits in his major league debut. Detroit’s left fielder compiles a pair of singles and a pair of doubles, batting leadoff in the team’s 13-2 rout of Kansas City at Tiger Stadium.
1989 With former players on hand, including Billy Herman, Andy Pafko, and Billy Williams, the Cubs celebrate the 75th anniversary of Wrigley Field with a 4-0 victory over L.A. at the Friendly Confines. The ‘ceremonial’ first pitch of the game, a spitball, is thrown by 97 year-old Bob Wright, who appeared in two games for Chicago in 1915 when the team played their home games at West Side Park.
1995 At Miami’s Joe Robbie Stadium, the 257-day baseball strike comes to an end when the Dodgers beat the Marlins, 8-7, with outfielder Raul Mondesi providing much of the offense with two home runs and four RBIs.The work stoppage caused last season to end early, forcing the cancellation of the World Series and delaying the opening of this campaign.
1997 In a 13-8 Mariners victory over the Blue Jays at the SkyDome, center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. hits three home runs, two off Roger Clemens and one off of Mike Timlin. The blast barrage gives Junior 13 homers this month, breaking the record for the most round-trippers hit in April.
1997 The Indians establish a team record, hitting eight home runs in one game when Matt Williams (3), David Justice (2), Manny Ramirez, Sandy Alomar, and Chad Curtis all go deep in an 11-4 rout of the Brewers at County Stadium. With the additional three homers slammed by Milwaukee, the teams combine to tie a major league mark for round-trippers in a nine-inning night game, with 11.
1998 The ‘Iron Man’s’ streak continues when Cal Ripken plays in his 2,500th consecutive game, an 8-2 Orioles’ victory over Oakland at Camden Yards. The Baltimore third baseman goes two-for-five, knocking in three runs during the milestone contest.
1999 The fifth monument unveiled in Yankee Stadium history pays tribute to Joe DiMaggio, who died last month at 84. “Joltin’ Joe” becomes the fifth Bronx Bomber to be honored in this fashion, joining Miller Huggins (1931), Lou Gehrig (1942), Babe Ruth (1949), and Mickey Mantle (1996).
1999 On the day the team pays tribute to Joe DiMaggio, life-long Yankee fan Paul Simon, standing in centerfield, performs his 1968 classic Mrs. Robinson. The singer-songwriter’s iconic lyrics, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” brings cheers from the enthusiastic sellout crowd at the Bronx ballpark.
2000 Supporting the work stoppage by Cuban-Americans over the Elian Gonzalez controversy, Marlins Alex Fernandez, Vladimir Nunez, Michael Tejera, and Mike Lowell, Rays’ Jose Canseco, and Mets’ Rey Ordonez and Cookie Rojas do not participate in today’s games. The protest over an immigration ruling stems from the federal district court’s decision that the five year-old boy must be returned to his father in Cuba, taking him away from the maternal relatives living in Miami.
2001 Rickey Henderson breaks the career walks record established by Babe Ruth in 1935 when he receives his 2,063rd base on balls. The 42 year-old Padres outfielder takes his historic stroll leading off the ninth inning on a free pass issued by Philadelphia’s Jose Mesa in the team’s 5-3 loss at Qualcomm Stadium.
2007 In a sixteen strikeout performance against the Diamondbacks in a 3-2 Padres loss at Chase Field, Jake Peavy comes within one check-swing from tying Tom Seaver’s major league record of ten consecutive strikeouts. The right-hander loses his bid to equal the mark when Eric Byrnes walks after apparently swinging on a 3-2 pitch, a questionable called made by the first base umpire Jeff Kellogg.
2012 David Wright becomes the Mets’ all-time RBI leader with 735 runs batted in when he hits a two-run home run in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Marlins at Citi Field. The 29 year-old third baseman passes Darryl Strawberry’s franchise mark with his sixth-inning blast off Mark Buehrle.
2015 A Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, rated as a three on a scale from one to 10, is auctioned for $1.32 million in online bidding to an anonymous buyer. Robert Edward Auctions of New Jersey announced the same card, sold by an unnamed owner, fetched $791,000 at auction in 2008.
2015 For the first time, a team takes the field with three Canadian position players in the starting lineup. Outfielders Michael Saunders (Victoria) and Dalton Pompey (Mississauga), along with catcher Russell Martin (East York), collectively go 1-for-9 in the Blue Jays’ 4-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
2017 Chris Coghlan avoids being tagged at home plate when he goes airborne, soaring over Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina to score in the Blue Jays’ 6-5 victory over St. Louis in 11 innings. The improbable run, driven in by Kevin Pillar’s triple, gives the team a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning of the Busch Stadium contest.
2017 On a frigid night at Coors Field, Trea Turner completes the third cycle in Nationals history with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning in the team’s 15-12 victory over the Rockies. The 23 year-old former NC State baseball standout joins Christian Guzman (2008) and Brad Wilkerson (2005), who have also accomplished the feat after the franchise moved to Washington, D.C.
BASEBALL BIOGRAPHY-FRANK BAKER
A Maryland farm boy, Baker was a powerful slugger in the dead ball era, leading or tying for the league lead in homers four consecutive seasons (1911-14), although 12 was his top total. Baker earned his memorable nickname in the 1911 World Series, when he hit game-winning home runs on successive days against the Giants’ future Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Marquard and Christy Mathewson. The lefthanded hitter was the third baseman in Connie Mack’s fabled Philadelphia A’s “$100,000 Infield,” together in the years 1911-14. Teamed with him were Stuffy McInnis, Eddie Collins, and Jack Barry. Connie Mack broke his team up rather than pay the higher salaries brought on by Federal League competition, and after Baker sat out 1915 in protest, Mack sold him to the Yankees in 1916 for $35,000. In 1920, Baker was again out of the game, due to the illness and subsequent death of his first wife. He returned to the Yankees as a part-time player and helped the team win its first two World Championships in 1921 and ’22. His final at-bat was in the 1922 WS. Baker managed in the Eastern Shore League in 1924-25 and discovered Jimmie Foxx, delivering him to Connie Mack after the 1924 season. He lived a quiet life on his farm near Trappe, MD, where he was born, making appearances at Old Timers’ Games in New York and Philadelphia until his death in 1963.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1933
The History of the 1933 Midsummer Classic
Baseball’s newest contribution to the romance of American sports, the All-Star Game, made its debut on July 6, 1933, at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. It was initiated at the insistence of Arch Ward, a sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, to coincide with the celebration of the city’s “Century of Progress” Exposition. By the 1930’s, baseball had already established itself as America’s favorite pastime and the national exposition provided the perfect stage to introduce baseball’s best to the rest of the country. Many did not believe that a contest of this magnitude could possibly live up to the fan’s expectations, especially for those who lived in the far western states and had never been to a major league baseball game.
The novel idea of a single game made up of the most exciting assemblage of ball-playing talent ever brought together on the diamond at one time, seemed too good to be true. In 1933 and 1934, All-Star teams were selected by the managers and the fans. The National League’s manager John McGraw and American League’s Connie Mack were chosen to lead a line-up of big hitters including Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and the one and only Babe Ruth. “We wanted to see the Babe,” said Bill Hallahan, the National League starter. “Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn’t make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.”
With fellow All-Star, Charlie Gehringer on first in the bottom of the third, The Babe drove one into the right-field stands, the first homer in All-Star history. The crowd, according to one account, “roared in acclamation” and the first All-Star Game, won by the American League on the strength of Ruth’s homer, was a resounding success.
BASEBALL HISTORY-THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES
THE FIRST ORIOLES
Baltimore had a gritty taste of baseball in the late 19th century with a team of hard-nosed Orioles who hit with their fists as often as they did with bats. The team read like a “Who’s Who” of 19th century stars, including Wee Willie Keeler, Wilbert Robinson, Hughie Jennings, John McGraw and Ned Hanlon. These Orioles joined the new American League as a charter franchise in 1901.
But behind the scenes, American League President Ban Johnson believed for his fledgling league to succeed he needed a team in New York City. With the help of two businessmen he maneuvered the Orioles out of Baltimore and into New York, where they eventually became the Yankees. The city of Baltimore would go another half-century without a major league team.
ST. LOUIS BROWNS HISTORY
Meanwhile, about 800 miles to the west, the future Orioles were born when St. Louis joined the American League in 1902 with a team transplanted from Milwaukee (the original Milwaukee Brewers had been an American League charter franchise in 1901 but finished dead last). The team was christened the Browns in honor of the St. Louis Brown Stockings, an American Association team which had won four consecutive pennants in the 1880’s.
The Browns debuted on April 23, 1902, defeating Cleveland 5-2 at Sportsman’s Park. It was a rare highlight for a team that finished sixth that first season, and rarely did much better during the next half-century. They endured so much losing that sportswriters said of St. Louis, “First in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League.”
The Browns had a brief run of first-division success in the early 1920’s led by George Sisler, the premier hit-maker of his era. Sisler’s 257 hits in 1920 stood as the single season standard until passed by Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki in 2004; his .420 average in 1922 is still the third highest single season average on record since 1900. Sisler was backed by a solid outfield trio of Ken Williams (1922 home run champion), Baby Doll Jacobson and Jack Tobin.
During this brief run of quality, the Browns made a momentous mistake unnoticed in most quarters. They dismissed a young, front office executive named Branch Rickey, who went on to build dynasties with the Cardinals and Dodgers.
After the brief glory of the early 1920’s, the Browns fell back to second division status, reaching a new level of haplessness in 1939 when they drew only 81,000 fans FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON.
The Browns fortunes turned upward one more time when they captured the 1944 pennant with the leadership of manager Luke Sewell and slugging shortstop Vern Stephens (league leading one-hundred nine runs batted in). The success hardly won the Browns respect, as the running joke at the time said that baseball talent was so diluted by World War II, even the Browns could win.
Although they won two of the first three games, the Browns lost their only World Series to their cross-town rival Cardinals. They finished third in 1945, and then plummeted to the bottom of the American League never to see the first division again.
An executive with a flair for promotion named Bill Veeck bought the team in the early 1950’s, but his imagination could not hide reality – the team was in dire straits with minimal attendance and no money to attract or retain talent.
Veeck sold the team to a Baltimore conglomerate after the Browns played their final game on September 27, 1953, losing 2-1 to the Chicago White Sox. Fittingly, it was the team’s 100th loss of the season.
In fifty-two years of competition, the Browns won one pennant, finished in the first division only twelve times, while finishing seventh twelve times and eighth (last) fourteen times.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES HISTORY
The Baltimore Orioles picked up where the Browns left off, losing their inaugural game to Detroit, 3-0 on April 13, 1954. They would lose ninety-nine more games that season and finished 57½ games behind Cleveland (which set the American League record at the time of 111 wins).
The Orioles made an inspired choice by hiring well respected baseball executive Paul Richards into the front office, and, with an emphasis on pitching and defense, the team began a steady climb. By the early 1960’s the Orioles were a young club on the rise, and when they completed the one-sided trade with Cincinnati for Frank Robinson prior to the 1966 season, they became a powerhouse.
Led by Robinson’s triple crown season (.316 average, 49 homers and 122 RBIs) they won their first World Series championship in 1966. Earl Weaver succeeded Hank Bauer midway through the 1968 season and the Orioles marched to three consecutive pennants, winning 109, 108 and 101 games in 1969-71. They won five of the first six American League East titles and the 1970 world championship.
Along with the fiery Robinson’s leadership on and off the field, they featured slugging first baseman Boog Powell, an air tight defense with Brooks Robinson and Mark Belanger on the infield and Paul Blair anchoring the outfield. Their pitching dominated, reaching its apex in 1971 when all four starters – Dave McNally (21 victories) Jim Palmer (20), Mike Cuellar (20) and Pat Dobson (20) – each won 20 games.
Weaver and the front office kept the Orioles in contention through the 1970’s and the advent of free agency, when they lost many of their stars in the later part of the decade. Continued player development, astute trades and pitching were the keys, as Weaver juggled lineups and players through some offensively challenged years.
They made it back to the World Series in 1979, although they lost to Pittsburgh in seven games. They were back again in 1983 with new manager Joe Altobelli and defeated Philadelphia. This time, the sluggers were Eddie Murray, Ken Singleton and Cal Ripken, Jr., and the dominating pitchers were Mike Boddicker, Scott McGregor, Mike Flanagan and Tippy Martinez.
The Orioles hit a downward spiral after the 1983 championship. During the next decade the team finished no better than third place, frequently doing much worse – such as the last-place 107 loss effort in 1988.
The franchise and the fans were rejuvenated by the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992. The Orioles won a wild-card berth in 1996 and the American League East in 1997. The franchise experienced another lull well into the next decade, as an emphasis on redeveloping the farm system and young talent slowed results on the field.
Overall, since moving to Baltimore, the Orioles have had considerably more success than their St. Louis forefathers, winning eight division titles, six American League pennants and three world championships.
QUOTE: “We wanted to see the Babe. Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn’t make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.” – Wild Bill Hallahan
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|Tampa Bay||11||10||.524||1.5||4 – 5||7 – 5||6 – 5||2 – 1||1 – 3||6 – 4||W 1|
|NY Yankees||9||11||.450||3||4 – 7||5 – 4||5 – 10||3 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 3|
|Toronto||9||11||.450||3||3 – 3||6 – 8||6 – 4||1 – 3||2 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||8||12||.400||4||1 – 8||7 – 4||4 – 5||0 – 0||3 – 6||4 – 6||L 3|
|Kansas City||12||7||.632||–||8 – 5||4 – 2||4 – 3||4 – 2||4 – 2||7 – 3||W 3|
|Chi White Sox||11||9||.550||1.5||5 – 3||6 – 6||2 – 2||4 – 3||5 – 4||6 – 4||W 3|
|Cleveland||8||11||.421||4||4 – 5||4 – 6||0 – 3||7 – 6||0 – 0||3 – 7||L 4|
|Minnesota||7||12||.368||5||3 – 6||4 – 6||1 – 3||2 – 1||1 – 6||2 – 8||L 1|
|Detroit||7||14||.333||6||4 – 7||3 – 7||0 – 0||3 – 8||3 – 4||2 – 8||L 3|
|Oakland||14||7||.667||–||8 – 6||6 – 1||2 – 0||7 – 0||2 – 5||10 – 0||W 13|
|Seattle||13||8||.619||1||6 – 5||7 – 3||5 – 2||3 – 3||2 – 1||7 – 3||W 1|
|Houston||10||10||.500||3.5||4 – 5||6 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 3||10 – 5||4 – 6||W 3|
|LA Angels||9||10||.474||4||6 – 4||3 – 6||2 – 1||5 – 3||2 – 6||3 – 7||L 4|
|Texas||9||12||.429||5||3 – 6||6 – 6||6 – 4||1 – 4||2 – 1||5 – 5||L 2|
|Philadelphia||10||10||.500||–||8 – 4||2 – 6||6 – 6||2 – 1||2 – 3||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Mets||8||8||.500||–||5 – 2||3 – 6||6 – 4||0 – 3||2 – 1||5 – 5||L 1|
|Atlanta||9||10||.474||0.5||4 – 4||5 – 6||5 – 8||2 – 1||1 – 0||5 – 5||W 2|
|Miami||9||11||.450||1||4 – 7||5 – 4||4 – 2||0 – 3||3 – 3||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||8||10||.444||1||5 – 5||3 – 5||2 – 3||4 – 2||2 – 5||6 – 4||W 1|
|Milwaukee||12||8||.600||–||4 – 5||8 – 3||0 – 0||8 – 6||3 – 0||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||10||10||.500||2||8 – 6||2 – 4||4 – 2||6 – 8||0 – 0||6 – 4||L 1|
|St. Louis||10||10||.500||2||4 – 4||6 – 6||6 – 6||4 – 4||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||10||11||.476||2.5||4 – 3||6 – 8||0 – 0||5 – 7||2 – 2||6 – 4||W 1|
|Cincinnati||9||11||.450||3||7 – 5||2 – 6||0 – 0||5 – 3||2 – 7||2 – 8||L 6|
|LA Dodgers||15||6||.714||–||7 – 2||8 – 4||3 – 0||0 – 0||9 – 4||6 – 4||W 1|
|San Francisco||13||8||.619||2||7 – 2||6 – 6||5 – 4||2 – 1||5 – 1||6 – 4||L 1|
|San Diego||12||11||.522||4||5 – 8||7 – 3||0 – 0||2 – 5||7 – 6||4 – 6||L 1|
|Arizona||9||11||.450||5.5||2 – 3||7 – 8||2 – 3||5 – 1||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Colorado||7||13||.350||7.5||7 – 7||0 – 6||2 – 3||0 – 0||3 – 10||4 – 6||L 1|
|NBA Division Standings|
|New York||34||27||.557||6.5||21-10||13-17||3-8||22-17||9-1||9 W|
|Oklahoma City||20||40||.333||24.0||9-21||11-19||3-8||11-22||0-10||13 L|
|LA Clippers||43||19||.694||0.5||24-8||19-11||8-2||26-10||9-1||4 W|
|LA Lakers||35||25||.583||7.5||17-13||18-12||3-6||21-14||4-6||3 L|
|Golden State||30||30||.500||12.5||18-10||12-20||3-7||16-14||7-3||1 W|
|San Antonio||30||29||.508||3.0||13-19||17-10||6-6||16-20||6-4||2 W|
|New Orleans||26||34||.433||7.5||16-16||10-18||6-4||14-18||4-6||1 L|
|NHL Division Standings|
|New York Islanders||48||29||14||5||63||25||136||113||19-3-3||10-11-2||5-4-1|
|New York Rangers||48||24||18||6||54||23||158||128||12-8-3||12-10-3||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||47||14||27||6||34||14||118||166||4-17-3||10-10-3||1-9-0|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||47||34||11||2||70||33||160||103||18-4-2||16-7-0||9-1-0|
|St. Louis Blues||45||20||19||6||46||18||131||142||8-11-4||12-8-2||4-6-0|
|San Jose Sharks||47||18||24||5||41||13||125||163||8-11-2||10-13-3||1-8-1|
|Los Angeles Kings||45||17||22||6||40||16||120||136||8-11-4||9-11-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||48||30||13||5||65||29||159||130||14-7-3||16-6-2||5-3-2|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||47||31||14||2||64||30||156||122||18-6-0||13-8-2||5-5-0|
|Detroit Red Wings||50||17||25||8||42||16||115||158||11-10-5||6-15-3||4-3-3|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||49||15||25||9||39||13||118||166||8-8-7||7-17-2||1-8-1|
|New York City FC||2||1||0||1||6||2||4||1-0-0||0-0-1||3|
|Inter Miami CF||2||1||0||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-0-0||3|
|Orlando City SC||2||0||2||0||1||1||0||0-1-0||0-1-0||2|
|Los Angeles FC||2||1||1||0||3||1||2||1-1-0||0-0-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||1||1||0||0||2||1||1||0-0-0||1-0-0||3|