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Seton Catholic 10 Indy Shortridge 1…CARDINALS: Nolan Burkhardt 2-4 2RBI….Sam Casper 2-4 RBI….Lennon Cornell 2-2…Trey Pipenger RBI 2R….PITCHING: Luke Leverton 17K’s, 2H 0ER
Centerville 6 Shenandoah 3…: BULLDOGS…Keegan Schlotterbeck 3-4 2R RBI…Bryce Robertson 2-4 RBI…Logan Drook 2RBI…Jacob Crowe 3B….PITCHING, Bulldogs recorded 9K’s (Cameron Newman 5K’s)
Wapahani 11 Blue River 1
Anderson 11 Indy Tech 0
Greenfield Central 11 New Castle 1
Harrison 8 Kokomo 5
Lafayette Jeff 8 Logansport 2
Pendleton Heights 5 Yorktown 0
Mt. Vernon 9 Delta 6
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Kokomo 13 Taylor 0
Danville 7 McCutcheon 3
Western Boone 20 Lafayette Jeff 1
Hagerstown 12 Monroe Central 1…TIGERS: Marissa Slagle 3-5 2R 5RBI…Hallie Rogers 2-4 RBI…..Kyley Farmer 2-4 RBI….Meghan Dale 2RBI…Hannah Pyle 2RBI…Pitching: Tori Kelley 12K’S
Franklin County 6 Centerville 0…BULLDOGS 3H, 4SB (BULLDOGS RELEASE) Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 6-0 loss to Franklin County on Wednesday. Franklin County scored on a triple by Bree Bischoff in the first inning, a single by Kloe Bolos in the first inning, a single by Anne Becker in the first inning, and a walk by Bolos in the second inning. The Bulldogs struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Franklin County, giving up six runs. Franklin County got things moving in the first inning. Bischoff tripled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs. A double by Jocie Collins in the third inning was a positive for Bulldogs. Michaela Ferman was credited with the victory for Franklin County. The hurler allowed three hits and zero runs over seven innings, striking out 16. Haylee Parker took the loss for Bulldogs. The righty went one inning, allowing five runs on five hits and striking out one. Collins, Bri Shepherd, and Parker each collected one hit to lead Bulldogs. Maci Lake went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Franklin County in hits. Franklin County didn’t commit a single error in the field. Becker had the most chances in the field with 16.
Greenfield Central 20 Northeastern 1…
Eastern Hancock 11 Knightstown 1
Pendleton Heights 12 Delta 0
Tri 6 North Decatur 0
New Palestine 5 Avon 4
Maconaquah 13 Marion 3
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Franklin County 4 Centerville 1
Centerville lost their season opener 4-1 to Franklin County. Sophomore Gracie Helms won her match at #1 Singles. Bailey Miller and Gabby Duke both had strong performances, but just came up short.
Oakland 4 LA Dodgers 3 (10)…BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74572/stats
Boston 9 Tampa Bay 2….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73130/stats
Cleveland 4 Kansas City 2….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74055/stats
Minnesota 3 Detroit 2….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74553/stats
Texas 2 Toronto 1….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74160/stats
Seattle 8 Chicago White Sox 4…..BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74406/stats
Baltimore 4 NY Yankees 3 (11)….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74816/stats
Atlanta 7 Washington 6….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73331/stats
Cincinnati 11 Pittsburgh 4….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74431/stats
Milwaukee 4 Chicago Cubs 2 (10)….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73246/stats
Atlanta 2 Washington 0….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73331/stats
Philadelphia 8 NY Mets 2….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73899/stats
San Francisco 3 San Diego 2 (10)….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/74356/stats
St. Louis 7 Miami 0….BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/75025/stats
Colorado 8 Arizona 0…..BOX SCORE: https://www.thescore.com/mlb/events/73354/stats
Indiana 141 Minnesota 137….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522444/stats
Washington 131 Orlando 116…STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522445/stats
Boston 101 New York 99….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522447/stats
Brooklyn 139 New Orleans 111….https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522446/stats
Memphis 131 Atlanta 113….DESMOND BANE: 5PTS, 4REB,2 ASST…STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522449/stats
Houston 102 Dallas 93….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522448/stats
Charlotte 113 Oklahoma City 102…STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522450/stats
Denver 106 San Antonio 96….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522451/stats
Phoenix 117 Utah 113 OT….STATS: https://www.thescore.com/nba/events/522452/stats
Edmonton 4 Ottawa 2
Toronto 3 Montréal 2
St. Louis 3 Vegas 1
Minnesota 8 Colorado 3
Los Angeles 4 Arizona 3
HOOSIER BASKETBALL MAGAZINE TOP 60 WORKOUT
Shamar Avance, Lawrence North
Blake Barker, Columbus North
Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff
Jalen Blackmon, Marion
Joey Bomba, Bloomington South
Brett Bosley, Paoli
Vincent Brady, Indianapolis Cathedral
Jayden Brewer, Ben Davis
Vinny Buccilla, Hamilton Southeastern
Zane Burke, Fort Wayne Blackhawk
Chrishawn Christmas, Gary West
Quentez Columbus, South Bend Adams
Connor Davis, Parke Heritage
Koron Davis, Bowman Academy
Gus Etchison, Hamilton Heights
Braydon Flagg, New Prairie
Trey Flatt, Covenant Christian (Marion)
Chase Garrett, South Spencer
Brycen Graber, Barr-Reeve
Lincoln Hale, Linton-Stockton
Langdon “LT” Hatton, North Harrison
Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central
Curt Hopf, Barr-Reeve
DJ Hughes, Lawrence North
Brady Hunt, Delta
Kooper Jacobi, Silver Creek
Greg Jenkins, Lawrence Central
Trent Johnson, Mishawaka
Edward Jones Jr, Pike
JR Konieczny, South Bend St. Joe
Lane Lauderbaugh, South Decatur
Christopher Mantis, Lowell
Kaden McCollough, Shenandoah
Styles McCorkle, Greenwood Christian
Miles McGowen, Mooresville
Foster Mefford, Southwestern (Hanover)
Colson Montgomery, Southridge
Jake Moynihan, Seton Catholic
Benny Ogayonne, Franklin Central
Jackson Paul, Churubusco
Quimari Peterson, Gary West
Darrell Reed, Hammond
Logan Rohrbacher, East Central
Kyle Ross, Lake Central
Coleman Sater, Edgewood
Ian Scott, Plainfield
Blake Sisley, Heritage Hills
Lane Sparks, Greensburg
Payton Sparks, Winchester
Isaiah Stafford, Indianapolis Attucks
Malik Stanley, Warren Central
Caleb Swearingen, Northview
Jayden Taylor, Perry Meridian
Pierce Thomas, Brownsburg
Naylon Thompson, Fort Wayne Luers
Kolden Vanlandingham, Northeastern
Isaac Vencel, Bloomington North
Brian Waddell, Carmel
Kobe Ward, Danville
Blake Wesley, South Bend Riley
Brody Whitaker, Greencastle
Cale Wireman, Kouts
Cole Wireman, Kouts
Harold Woods, Hammond
SELECTED BUT INJURED:
Connor Hickman, Bloomington South (Bradley)
SELECTED BUT UNABLE TO ATTEND:
Luka Balac, Munster Andrew
Luke Brown, Blackford
Blake Davison, Leo
Owen Dease, Evansville Reitz
Caleb Furst. Fort Wayne Blackhawk
Luke Goode, Homestead
Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek
Joseph Phinisee, McCutcheon
Isaiah Swope, Castle
INDIANA PACERS BASKETBALL: Holiday brothers lead Pacers past Timberwolves
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Aaron Holiday scored 22 points, brother Justin Holiday had 21 and the short-handed Indiana Pacers beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 141-137 on Wednesday night.
The Pacers were without All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis and three other injured starters, and had lost nine of 10 home games.
“It was a tribute to how we were playing together and playing fast,” Justin Holiday said. “Hopefully when we get everybody back, we can continue to do this.”
Karl-Anthony Towns led NBA-worst Minnesota with 32 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Anthony Edwards had 27 points.
“We just didn’t play hard enough in the beginning,” Towns said. “They played with urgency and desperation from the beginning.”
Aaron Holiday wrapped it up with two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining.
Justin Holiday hit four 3-pointers in the final quarter, when the Timberwolves rallied to make it a one-possession game. T.J. McConnell made a key 3-pointer for a 138-132 lead with 24.9 seconds remaining. He finished with 19 points.
“Credit everyone who played tonight,” McConnell said. “They came in ready.”
Aaron Holiday scored 14 points in the second quarter, and the Pacers outscored the Timberwolves 42-25 in the period for a 21-point halftime lead. The Pacers had a season-high 77 points at the break.
“Their second unit carved us apart,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. “We didn’t have a will to guard the ball.”
The Pacers led 69-44 in bench scoring.
Caris LeVert added 18 points for the Pacers. They shot 59% from the field.
NBA NEWS: Booker, Paul lead Suns to 117-113 OT win over Jazz
PHOENIX (AP) Deandre Ayton kept bouncing up and down in the lane, tipping rebounds off missed shots to his Phoenix teammates on the perimeter. Devin Booker wasn’t having a great night shooting, but kept chucking the ball toward the rim anyway.
Then there’s Chris Paul, the Suns’ veteran point guard who is a constant whirlwind of discussion and dribbling that never stops.
“Teams struggle with our energy,” Ayton said.
On a night that the Suns were far from perfect, that energy carried them to yet another win. Booker scored 35 points, Paul added 29 and Phoenix beat the Utah Jazz 117-113 in overtime Wednesday night in an entertaining matchup between the top two teams in the NBA.
The Suns scored the first five points in overtime and never trailed again. Booker had a couple of clutch mid-range jumpers to keep the Jazz behind and Paul made a 3-pointer with a minute left that pushed Phoenix ahead 114-108.
Utah pulled to 114-112 on Mike Conley’s layup with 21 seconds left, but could never tie it. Paul hit two free throws with 7.8 seconds left to finally seal it and wrap up the season series with a game left. Phoenix has won seven in a row.
“It was real intense,” Booker said. “I thought both teams played hard, defended really well.”
The Suns pushed ahead 100-96 in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder with two minutes left. Donovan Mitchell made a contested 3-pointer with 10.4 seconds left for Utah to tie it at 102.
Booker’s 3 at the buzzer was off the mark. If the Suns were deflated, they didn’t show it.
“That’s just part of the game,” Suns forward Cameron Johnson said. “We’ve seen crazier things. We had to get ready in overtime and get back after them.”
Said Paul: “I think we did a good job of weathering the storm.”
Mitchell led Utah with 41 points. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 18 rebounds.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Arizona parts ways with Sean Miller amid NCAA investigation
(AP) — Arizona had stuck by men’s basketball coach Sean Miller through an NCAA infractions investigation that stretched nearly four years.
When the school didn’t extend his contract beyond next season, it became clear a decision would need to be made.
The wait came to an end Wednesday when the school announced Miller was leaving after 12 seasons and associate head coach Jack Murphy will serve as interim head coach.
“We appreciate Sean’s commitment to our basketball program and to the university,” Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke said in a statement. “After taking the many factors involved into account, we simply believe that we need a fresh start and now is the time. I want to thank Sean, Amy and their sons for their service to the university and wish them the very best in the future.”
Miller and the Wildcats have been in the NCAA’s crosshairs since being ensnared in a 2017 FBI investigation into shady recruiting practices.
The NCAA issued a Notice of Allegations last year and the case is currently going through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process. Arizona issued a self-imposed postseason ban this year and finished 17-9, 11-9 in the Pac-12.
Miller became the third Wildcats coach to reach 300 wins with the program and went 302-109 in 12 seasons. Arizona reached the Elite Eight three times, won five Pac-12 regular-season titles and three Pac-12 Tournament titles under Miller.
But Arizona failed to reach the Final Four under Miller and had not won an NCAA Tournament game since reaching the Sweet 16 in 2017. The school said it will honor the final year of Miller’s contract.
“After conferring with Dave Heeke since the season’s end, it has become clear that our men’s basketball program – and our University – needs to write a new chapter in our history, and that begins with a change of leadership,” university President Robert C. Robbins said. “Arizona Basketball means so much to so many and, as stewards of the program, we must always act in the best interests of the university. I believe our future is bright, and I look forward to welcoming a new head coach to the Wildcat family.”
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Keon Johnson is 2nd Vols player to declare for NBA draft
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee freshman guard Keon Johnson says he’s declaring for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent, becoming the Vols’ second freshman to leave after one season.
Johnson announced his decision Wednesday on social media, saying he has been thinking, praying and consulting with family and coaches since Tennessee’s season ended in a first-round loss to Oregon State in the NCAA Tournament.
“I am forever thankful to God for blessing me with talents, surrounding me with a solid support system and positioning me to take this next big step,” Johnson wrote.
He thanked Tennessee coach Rick Barnes, the rest of the Vols’ staff and fans. Jaden Springer declared for the draft last week.
The 6-foot-5, 186-pound Johnson started 17 games and was the second-leading scorer, averaging 11.3 points a game. Johnson averaged 12.1 points a game in Southeastern Conference play, including a career-best 27 in a win at Kentucky in February.
He also led Tennessee in charges drawn and was third with 1.1 steals per game.
GOLF: Woods was driving almost 90 mph when he crashed SUV near LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) Tiger Woods was driving nearly 90 mph – twice the posted speed limit – on a downhill stretch of road when he lost control of an SUV and crashed in a wreck that seriously injured the golf superstar, authorities said Wednesday.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva blamed the Feb. 23 crash outside Los Angeles solely on excessive speed and Woods’ loss of control behind the wheel. The athlete will not face any citations for his third high-profile collision in 11 years.
“The primary causal factor for this traffic collision was driving at a speed unsafe for the road conditions and the inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway,” the sheriff told a news conference.
Woods was driving 84 to 87 mph (135 to 140 kph) in an area with a speed limit of 45 mph (72 kph), Villanueva said.
The stretch of road is known for wrecks and drivers who frequently hit high speeds. Due to the steepness of the terrain, a runaway truck escape lane is available just beyond where Woods crashed.
There was no evidence that the golfer tried to brake, and investigators believe Woods may have inadvertently stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal in a panic, said sheriff’s Capt. James Powers, who oversees the sheriff’s station closest to the crash site.
Woods was wearing a seat belt at the time, and the vehicle’s airbags deployed. He told deputies that he had not taken medication or consumed alcohol before the crash, sheriff’s officials said.
“Those questions were asked and answered,” Powers said.
Detectives did not seek search warrants for blood samples, which could have been screened for drugs or alcohol, or his cellphone. Authorities said there was no evidence of impairment or of distracted driving, so they did not have probable cause to get warrants. Investigators did search the SUV’s data recorder, known as a black box, which revealed the vehicle’s speed.
On Twitter, Woods thanked the people who called 911, as well as the first responders who pulled him out of the wreck and transported him to the hospital.
“I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time,” Woods wrote in a statement.
Documents show that Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and did not remember driving. At the time of the wreck, Woods was recovering from a fifth back surgery, which took place two months earlier.
NFL NEWS: Bengals show another veteran the door, release RB Bernard
CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals continued to part with veterans when they released running back Giovani Bernard on Wednesday.
Bernard, a fan favorite who had a year left on a two-year contract that would have paid him $4.1 million in 2021, played his entire eight-year NFL career in Cincinnati and established himself as a reliable blocking back and receiver. The 29-year-old Bernard became a starter for the last 10 games of 2020 after Joe Mixon suffered a foot injury.
A 2013 second-round draft pick by the Bengals, he played in 115 games with 30 starts, rushing for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. His 342 receptions are the most by a running back in Bengals history, and his 2,867 receiving yards are the second most.
The Bengals had already traded defensive end Carlos Dunlap in midseason last year and released defensive tackle Geno Atkins last month. Both had been with the Bengals for 11 seasons. Receiver A.J. Green, who’d spent his entire 10-year career with the team, signed with Arizona as a free agent.
Bernard’s best performance on the ground during his stint as a starter last year was 83 yards in a Monday Night Football upset of the the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 21, his best since the 2017 season. He finished 2020 with 124 carries for 416 yards and three touchdowns, to go along with 47 receptions for 355 yards and another three scores.
Cincinnati let Bernard go after extending the contract of feature back Mixon last fall with a four-year, $48 million deal and the re-signing of Samaje Perine, who played in all 16 games last year, to a two-year pact.
“No better friend, teammate and mentor” than Bernard, Mixon said in a tweet Wednesday. “I’ll always cherish our time together and can’t thank him enough for all he has meant to my career. Wherever he goes is getting a great player and even better person.”
NFL NEWS: Nike suspends sponsorship of Deshaun Watson amid allegations
(AP) — Nike has suspended its endorsement contract with Deshaun Watson amid allegations of sexual assault and harassment against the Houston Texans quarterback.
“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson,” Nike said in a statement released Wednesday. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Watson has been accused of sexual assault or harassment in lawsuits filed by 22 women. One of those women, Ashley Solis, said Tuesday during a news conference that she was assaulted and traumatized when she tried to give Watson a massage in March 2020.
The Associated Press usually does not name victims of sexual assault, but Solis has chosen to publicly identify herself.
Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has called the allegations “meritless” and questioned the claims against Watson, alleging they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client.
The Houston Police Department said last week it was investigating Watson after someone had filed a report with the agency about Watson. Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 women, said it was not Solis but another of his clients who filed the first report with police.
The NFL has been in contact with Buzbee during its own investigation.
Watson was signed to a deal with Nike in 2017 when he entered the NFL. Last November, he teamed with the company to provide jerseys for Yates High School in Houston. George Floyd graduated from Yates in 1993 and played football for the school.
Watson’s red Nike cleats that he wore in Houston’s 53-32 win over the Atlanta Falcons during Week 5 in 2019 were sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Watson was the first player in NFL history to pass for at least 400 yards and five TDs with five or fewer incompletions in a single game.
Solis said in her statement that since the alleged assault, she suffers from panic attacks, anxiety, depression and is no longer comfortable working as a massage therapist.
MLB NEWS: Reds keep rolling, hit 4 HRs to back Castillo, sweep Pirates
CINCINNATI (AP) The names might not ring out like Rose, Morgan, Bench and the Big Red Machine.
But Tyler Naquin, Nick Castellanos, Jonathan India and these Cincinnati Reds are breaking loose for runs in bunches.
Naquin hit another leadoff homer and the high-scoring Reds kept rolling, backing Luis Castillo to rout the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-4 Wednesday for their fifth straight win.
Coming off their first playoff appearance in seven years, the Reds have started a season 5-1 for the first time since 2016.
“The determination to win games is there,” Reds manager David Bell said. “And by no means do I sense any sort of letup. Guys are way too smart for that. They know what’s ahead of us.”
Their 56 runs are the most in Reds franchise history through the first six games of a season. The 1976 team with Morgan, Rose, Bench and Tony Perez scored 51 en route to a second straight World Series championship.
The Pirates absorbed the brunt of Cincinnati’s rampage this week, outscored 30-8 in the three-game series sweep.
“We’re definitely ready to get out of Cincinnati,” manager Derek Shelton said.
Naquin jumped on Chad Kuhl’s first pitch for his second career leadoff home run, and second in as many days. He became the first Reds batter with leadoff home runs in consecutive appearances since Eddie Milner on June 24-25, 1984.
A day after hitting two homers and driving in seven runs, Naquin started the Reds toward another romp by keying a five-run first inning.
“I’m really happy for Tyler,” Bell said. “He’s getting some opportunities here early and he’s absolutely made the most of it and been a big part our first week.”
Castellanos homered in the fifth. Tyler Stephenson and Aristides Aquino hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth.
MLB NEWS: Reds’ Jonathan India drilled in head with 94-mph fastball
Cincinnati Reds rookie Jonathan India is off to a scorching start in his first MLB season, but the third baseman had what will hopefully be the most frightening moment of his career on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chad Kuhl drilled India in the head with a 94-mph fastball in the bottom of the third inning. India laid motionless on the ground for a few seconds, but fortunately he popped up and was able to shake it off. He remained in the game.
The location of the pitch was clearly unintentional. Kuhl immediately crouched down and looked extremely concerned for India’s well-being. Luckily, everything turned out fine.
MLB NEWS: Ramírez homers twice, Bieber fans 12, Indians beat Royals
CLEVELAND (AP) When Jose Ramirez’s shot to deep right field narrowly missed being a home run, Shane Bieber knew what was coming next.
A legit one.
“Foul ball, homer, foul ball, homer,” the Cy Young Award winner said. “You know he’s on it and he’s going straighten it out. Sure enough, he did.”
Ramirez’s second two-run homer of the game snapped a tie in the eighth inning and sent the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday after Bieber struck out 12 for the second straight game.
Ramirez’s one-out shot in the eighth off Greg Holland (0-1) gave the Indians their first home win in 2021 after they were shut out 3-0 on Monday.
In the sixth, Ramirez, who was fooled by a pitch and struck out in his first at-bat, hit a long foul to right before connecting for a two-run homer to bring in Cleveland’s first runs at Progressive Field this season.
“This just in,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Josey’s pretty good.
It was the kind of performance the Indians have come to expect from their All-Star third baseman, who finished second in the MVP voting last season and third in 2017 and 2018.
“He’s a gamer, man,” Bieber said. “It never turns off. Whether it’s going good or it’s not, he’s the same guy and he brings that same energy and that’s why we rely on him so much. Not just physically, but as a leader in the clubhouse, the way he goes about everything.
“Really can’t say enough about the guy. He comes up in big moments like he did today and that’s why he’s our guy.”
Emmanuel Clase (1-0) pitched the eighth – all nine of his fastballs were over 100 mph – and Nick Wittgren worked the ninth for his first save since Sept. 4, 2019.
Salvador Perez homered for the Royals.
MLB NEWS: Twins rally for 3-2 victory over Baddoo, Tigers
DETROIT (AP) Jorge Polanco hit a two-run double in the sixth inning and the Minnesota Twins held off Akil Baddoo and the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.
Baddoo hit an RBI triple and threw a runner out from left field – another impressive day in this stellar start to his big league career. But the rookie was doubled off third after his big hit – it was a rough day on the bases for the Tigers, who also ran into two outs at home in the sixth.
Wilson Ramos homered for Detroit, and Matthew Boyd (1-1) allowed three runs in seven innings.
Kenta Maeda (1-0) pitched six mostly strong innings, allowing two runs and seven hits. He yielded two singles, a double and a walk in the sixth, but Detroit didn’t score.
Willi Castro was thrown out at home for the first out while trying to score from first on Miguel Cabrera’s double. Then, with the bases loaded, Jonathan Schoop hit a fly to right. Kyle Garlick caught it and threw Cabrera out at home – with Baddoo waiting on deck.
“What a relief,” Maeda said through a translator. “If it weren’t for those two plays, I don’t think our team win would have been there.”
Castro said he paused a bit on Cabrera’s hit, since left fielder Jake Cave tried to make a diving catch. Cave got up quickly and threw to shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who made the throw home to retire Castro.
“Obviously that’s an aggressive play, and there’s no outs,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think it was more about them executing.”
Polanco, who was thrown out twice at home himself in an extra-inning loss Tuesday, got his key hit after Castro was unable to field Nelson Cruz’s hard two-out grounder to the shortstop. That infield single left men on first and second, and Polanco drove them both home to erase a 2-1 Detroit lead.
Cruz was initially called out on his hit – Schoop, the second baseman, fielded the ball after it bounced off Castro and threw to first – but the call was overturned after a video review.
“That’s a really big play,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “It looked like a really close play from the dugout.”
MLB NEWS: Martinez (2B, 2 RBI), Vázquez HR leads Red Sox past Rays 9-2
BOSTON (AP) Christian Vazquez homered, Xander Bogaerts had three hits and J.D. Martinez went for extra bases for the seventh game in a row on Wednesday to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 and complete a three-game sweep.
Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) allowed one run, three hits and three walks over seven innings with seven strikeouts. The Red Sox, swept by lowly Baltimore in their opening series over the weekend, beat the defending AL champion Rays in three straight by a combined 26-9.
Coming into the series, the Rays had won eight straight at Fenway Park and 13 of 14.
“On Sunday, going home it was a tough one,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whose team now heads to Baltimore. “Hopping on this plane, it’s going to be a different feeling. But nothing changes. We need to work to get better.”
Ryan Yarbrough (0-1), who pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings in his first outing this season, added three more scoreless before Bogaerts singled in a run and scored on Vazquez’s line drive over the Green Monster in the fourth. Vazquez also homered on Tuesday night to tie it in the ninth inning before Boston won it in the 12th; he caught the entire game.
“He needed a break, but obviously he’s really good against lefties,” Cora said. “He’s one of the toughest ones in that clubhouse. He wants to play every day. That catching position is a tough one; He nails it.”
Boston added six in the fifth — all with two outs — thanks to sloppy Tampa fielding.
Martinez doubled with runners on first and second to score two runs — his major league-leading sixth double this season. Bogaerts singled on a hard-hit ball that shortstop Willy Adames couldn’t handle, then Vazquez followed with an RBI single.
Hunter Renfroe then hit a grounder to shortstop and Adames threw it wide of first base. As the ball rolled around in the netting above the photo pit next to the dugout, both Bogaerts and Vazquez scored.
Christian Arroyo followed with a double to make it 9-1 and send the Rays to their fourth straight loss. In all, Yarbrough was charged with a career-high nine runs – six of them earned – and nine hits in five innings.
MLB NEWS: Springer has another issue while awaiting Blue Jays debut
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) George Springer is now dealing with another issue while waiting to make his debut with the Toronto Blue Jays, after starting the season on the injured list with a strained left oblique muscle.
Springer was on track to play Thursday for the Blue Jays in their first home game before feeling tightness in his right quad while running the bases.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said before Wednesday’s series finale at Texas that Springer ran the bases after taking live batting practice before Tuesday’s game. Montoyo said there were no issues with the oblique.
The 2017 World Series MVP with Houston signed a $150 million, six-year contract during the offseason.
Montoyo said the Blue Jays were still gathering information on Springer’s quad and waiting for the results of an MRI exam. He didn’t know the severity of the additional soft-tissue issue.
“Everybody’s concerned because those injuries, you just never know where they are,” Montoyo said. “It’s tough because you’ve got to be careful, just like with the oblique. Because if you pull it worse then you’re really out for a long time. So that’s the one thing about those injuries for anybody, that you have to be patient, be careful.”
Springer opened the season on the injured list after not playing any exhibition games since March 21. The outfielder was initially scratched from a March 9 game because of tightness in his abdominal muscles.
When talking to reporters Tuesday, the 31-year-old expressed excitement about the opportunity to play Thursday, when the Blue Jays host the Los Angeles Angels at their spring training home in Dunedin, Florida.
Montoyo described Springer as “a little disappointed” on Wednesday.
The manager said Springer stopped running when he felt the tightness, and when that hadn’t subsided later, he realized it was more than a cramp and had an MRI.
2021 NBA MOCK DRAFT 2.0
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: G, Cade Cunningham
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 220 lbs | Class: Freshman | Oklahoma State: 20.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 4.5 apg
2. Houston Rockets: G Jalen Suggs
Ht./Wt: 6-4, 205 lbs | Class: Freshman | Gonzaga: 14.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.6 apg
3. Detroit Pistons: G Jalen Green
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 186 lbs | G League Ignite: 17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: C Evan Mobley
Ht./Wt: 7-0, 210 lbs | Class: Freshman | USC: 16.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 3 bpg
5. Orlando Magic: F Scottie Barnes
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 227 lbs | Class: Freshman | Florida State: 10.3 points, 4 rpg, 4.1 apg
6. Washington Wizards: G Jonathan Kuminga
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 210 lbs | G League Ignite: 15.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
7. Toronto Raptors: G Davion Mitchell
Ht./Wt: 6-2, 205 lbs | Class: Junior | Baylor: 14 ppg, 5.5 apg
8. Orlando Magic: G Keon Johnson
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 186 lbs | Class: Freshman | Tennessee: 11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
9. Oklahoma City Thunder: G Moses Moody
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 205 lbs | Class: Freshman | Arkansas: 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg
10. New Orleans Pelicans: F Jalen Johnson
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 220 lbs | Class: Freshman | Duke: 11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
11. Indiana Pacers: G James Bouknight
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 190 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Connecticut: 18.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg
12. Sacramento Kings: C Kai Jones
Ht./Wt: 6-11, 218 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Texas: 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
13. Golden State Warriors: G Corey Kispert
Ht./Wt: 6-7, 220 lbs | Class: Senior | Gonzaga: 18.8 ppg, 5 rpg
14. Memphis Grizzlies: G Chris Duarte
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 190 lbs | Class: Senior | Oregon: 17.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg 2.7 apg
15. New York Knicks: G Ziaire Williams
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 185 lbs | Class: Freshman | Stanford: 10.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg
16. Boston Celtics: G Franz Wagner
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 220 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Michigan: 12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3 apg
17. Atlanta Hawks: F Usman Garuba
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 229 lbs | Spain (Real Madrid): 5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
18. Oklahoma City Thunder: G Josh Giddey
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 205 lbs | Adelaide 36ers (Australia’s National Basketball League): 11 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 6.7 apg
19. Charlotte Hornets: C Charles Bassey
Ht./Wt: 6-11, 235 lbs | Class: Junior | Western Kentucky: 17.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg
20. San Antonio Spurs: G Josh Christopher
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 215 lbs | Class: Freshman | Arizona State: 14.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
21. New York Knicks: G Cameron Thomas
Ht./Wt: 6-4, 210 lbs | Class: Freshman | LSU: 23 ppg, 3.4 rpg
22. Houston Rockets: C Isaiah Jackson
Ht./Wt: 6-10, 206 lbs | Class: Freshman | Kentucky: 8.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg
23. Denver Nuggets: G Jaden Springer
Ht./Wt: 6-4, 204 lbs | Class: Freshman | Tennessee: 12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg
24. Los Angeles Lakers: G Tre Mann
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 190 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Florida: 16 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.5 apg
25. Los Angeles Clippers: G Max Abmas
Ht./Wt: 6-1, 165 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Oral Roberts: 24.5 ppg, 3.8 apg
26. Houston Rockets: C Neemias Queta
Ht./Wt: 7-0, 245 lbs | Class: Junior | Utah State: 14.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg
27. Philadelphia 76ers: G Ayo Dosunmu
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 200 lbs | Class: Junior | Illinois: 20.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 5.3 apg
28. Brooklyn Nets: G B.J. Boston
Ht./Wt: 6-7, 185 lbs | Class: Freshman | Kentucky: 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg
29. Phoenix Suns: F Greg Brown
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 205 lbs | Class: Freshman | Texas: 9.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg
30. Utah Jazz: G Sharife Cooper
Ht./Wt: 6-0, 180 lbs | Class: Freshman | Auburn: 20.2 ppg, 8.1 apg
31. Oklahoma City Thunder: G David Duke
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 205 lbs | Class: Junior | Providence: 16.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg
32. Milwaukee Bucks: G Jared Butler
Ht./Wt: 6-3, 195 lbs | Class: Junior | Baylor: 16.7 ppg, 4.8 apg
33. New York Knicks: F RaiQuan Gray
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 260 lbs | Class: Senior | Florida State: 11.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg
34. Orlando Magic: G Marcus Bagley
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 215 lbs | Class: Freshman | Arizona State: 10.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg
35. New Orleans Pelicans: F Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 230 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Villanova: 15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpb
36. New Orleans Pelicans: G Nah’Shon Hyland
Ht./Wt: 6-3, 173 lbs | Class: Sophomore | VCU: 19.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2 apg
37. Detroit Pistons : C Filip Petrusev
Ht./Wt: 6-11, 235 lbs | Mega Basket (Serbia): 23.6 ppg, 7.6 rpb
38. Oklahoma City Thunder: F Roko Prkacin
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 220 lbs | Cibona (Serbia): 13 ppg, 6.7 rpg
39. Chicago Bulls: C Isaiah Todd
Ht./Wt: 6-10, 210 lbs | G League Ignite: 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg
40. Sacramento Kings: G Miles McBride
Ht./Wt: 6-2, 200 lbs | Class: Sophomore | West Virginia: 15.4 ppg, 4.7 apg
41. New Orleans Pelicans: C Jericho Sims
Ht./Wt: 6-10, 245 lbs | Class: Senior | Texas: 8.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg
42. Brooklyn Nets: G Terrence Shannon Jr.
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 210 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Texas Tech: 12.5. ppg, 4.1 rpg
43. Toronto Raptors: C Day’Ron Sharpe
Ht./Wt: 6-11, 265 lbs | Class: Freshman | North Carolina: 9.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg
44. Boston Celtics: G Joel Ayayi
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 180 lbs | Class: Senior | Gonzaga: 11.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg
45. Philadelphia 76ers: F Herbert Jones
Ht./Wt: 6-8, 210 lbs | Class: Senior | Alabama: 10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg
46. Detroit Pistons: G Daishen Nix
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 224 lbs | G League Ignite: 8.8 ppg, 5.3 apg
47. Toronto Raptors: G Aaron Henry
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 210 lbs | Class: Junior | Michigan State: 15.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
48. San Antonio Spurs: G David Johnson
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 210 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Louisville: 12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.3 apg
49. Atlanta Hawks: F Matthew Hurt
Ht./Wt: 6-9, 235 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Duke: 18.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg
50. Brooklyn Nets: G Quentin Grimes
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 205 lbs | Class: Junior | Houston: 17.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg
51. New Orleans Pelicans: G Ron Harper Jr.
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 245 lbs | Class: Junior | Rutgers: 15.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg
52. Memphis Grizzlies: G M.J. Walker
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 213 lbs | Class: Senior | Florida State: 13.1 ppg, 2.5 apg
53. Detroit Pistons: G Scottie Lewis
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 189 lbs | Class: Sophomore | Florida: 8.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg
54. Oklahoma City Thunder: G John Petty Jr.
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 184 lbs | Class: Senior | Alabama: 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2 apg
55. Charlotte Hornets: G Buddy Boeheim
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 195 lbs | Class: Junior | Syracuse: 16 ppg, 2.7 apg
56. Indiana Pacers: G Terrence Clarke
Ht./Wt: 6-7, 194 lbs | Class: Freshman | Kentucky: 10.7 ppg, 3 rpg
57. Charlotte Hornets: G McKinley Wright IV
Ht./Wt: 6-0, 196 lbs | Class: Senior | Colorado: 15.3 ppg, 5.7 apg
58. New York Knicks: C Luka Garza
Ht./Wt: 6-11, 265 lbs | Class: Senior | Iowa: 23.8 ppg, 8.7 rpb
59. Brooklyn Nets: G Johnny Juzang
Ht./Wt: 6-6, 210 lbs | Class: Sophomore | UCLA: 14.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg
60. Indiana Pacers: G Ochai Agbaji
Ht./Wt: 6-5, 215 lbs | Class: Junior | Kansas: 13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg
NFL MOCK DRAFT 4.0
1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — QB TREVOR LAWRENCE, CLEMSON
2. NEW YORK JETS — QB ZACH WILSON, BYU
3. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (VIA MIA) — QB JUSTIN FIELDS, OHIO STATE
4. DENVER BRONCOS (VIA ATL) — QB TREY LANCE, NORTH DAKOTA STATE
5. CINCINNATI BENGALS — WR JA’MARR CHASE, LSU
6. MIAMI DOLPHINS (VIA PHI) — TE KYLE PITTS, FLORIDA
7. DETROIT LIONS — WR DEVONTA SMITH, ALABAMA
8. CAROLINA PANTHERS — T PENEI SEWELL, OREGON
9. ATLANTA FALCONS (VIA DEN) — CB PATRICK SURTAIN II, ALABAMA
10. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (VIA DAL) — QB MAC JONES, ALABAMA
11. NEW YORK GIANTS — T RASHAWN SLATER, NORTHWESTERN
12. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (VIA SF) — CB JAYCEE HORN, SOUTH CAROLINA
13. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS — WR JAYLEN WADDLE, ALABAMA
14. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — T CHRISTIAN DARRISAW, VIRGINIA TECH
15. DALLAS COWBOYS (VIA NE) — CB CALEB FARLEY, VIRGINIA TECH
16. ARIZONA CARDINALS — WR ELIJAH MOORE, OLE MISS
17. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS — T TEVEN JENKINS, OKLAHOMA STATE
18. MIAMI DOLPHINS — LB MICAH PARSONS, PENN STATE
19. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM — WR RASHOD BATEMAN, MINNESOTA
20. CHICAGO BEARS — OL ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER, USC
21. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS — EDGE KWITY PAYE, MICHIGAN
22. TENNESSEE TITANS — WR TERRACE MARSHALL JR., LSU
23. NEW YORK JETS (VIA SEA) — CB GREG NEWSOME II, NORTHWESTERN
24. PITTSBURGH STEELERS — LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH, NOTRE DAME
25. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (VIA LAR) — S TREVON MOEHRIG, TCU
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS — EDGE JAYSON OWEH, PENN STATE
27. BALTIMORE RAVENS — EDGE AZEEZ OJULARI, GEORGIA
28. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS — CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR., FLORIDA STATE
29. GREEN BAY PACKERS — DI CHRISTIAN BARMORE, ALABAMA
30. BUFFALO BILLS — EDGE JAELAN PHILLIPS, MIAMI
31. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — OT SAM COSMI, TEXAS
32. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — WR RONDALE MOORE, PURDUE
Ex-Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph charged with first-degree murder
Former Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph has been arrested on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder with a firearm in Palm Beach County, Florida, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s officers responded to a double shooting early Wednesday morning in Lake Park, Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said one male was found dead in West Palm Beach, while another was transported from the scene of the shooting to the hospital.
The sheriff’s office did not have additional information, and the arrest report was not immediately available.
Rudolph, 25, was FSU’s leading receiver in 2015 and 2016 and finished his career with 2,311 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns before leaving early to enter the NFL draft. He went undrafted but spent time with both the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins, as well as having a stint in the Canadian Football League.
Rudolph finished his NFL career with eight catches for 101 yards.
He gained national attention in 2016 for eating lunch with an autistic student during a team visit to Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida. Leah Paske, the student’s mother, posted video of the moment to Facebook, where it quickly went viral.
NBA NEWS: Report: Kawhi widely expected to re-sign with Clippers
The pending Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes may be short-lived.
The Los Angeles Clippers are widely expected to re-sign the superstar forward if he declines his player option to become a free agent this offseason, report The Athletic’s Sam Amick and John Hollinger, citing team sources and rival NBA executives.
Leonard penned a three-year, $103-million deal with Los Angeles as a free agent in 2019 after leading the Toronto Raptors to an NBA title. The 29-year-old has seldom addressed his future but did say in December he believes opting out of the final season of his contract is the wisest move.
“Obviously, if I’m healthy, the best decision is to decline the player option,” he said at the time. “But that doesn’t mean I’m leaving or staying. I’m focused on the season, like I said. We’ll talk about that when the time is right.”
By declining his $36-million player option and becoming a free agent, Leonard can attempt to negotiate a far more lucrative maximum contract spanning four seasons.
With Leonard presumably secure, the Clippers’ core appears to be in good shape. The team signed star swingman Paul George to a reported four-year, $190-million extension in December, tying the 30-year-old to the club through 2024-25. George, like Leonard, had a player option for next season in his deal, but it was voided by the extension.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: Report: Baylor’s Mitchell declaring for NBA draft
Baylor guard Davion Mitchell will hire an agent and declare for the 2021 NBA draft, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Mitchell is a projected lottery selection in this year’s draft. ESPN ranks him as the No. 12 prospect.
He was one of the Bears’ most important players during their run to the national championship. Mitchell led Scott Drew’s squad with 5.5 assists per game during the regular season while ranking third on the team in scoring with 14.1 points per contest.
The junior finished with 15 points, six rebounds, and five assists during Monday’s NCAA Tournament final against Gonzaga, helping Baylor secure its first national title.
The 2021 NBA Draft is scheduled for July 29.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS: LSU star Trendon Watford declares for 2021 NBA draft
LSU sophomore forward Trendon Watford announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 Watford said he plans to hire an agent and is focused on his professional career.
Watford averaged 16.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 28 games (all starts) this season.
Over two seasons with LSU, Watford had averages of 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 59 games (58 starts).
The NBA draft is scheduled for July 29.
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU GETS PITT TRANSFER
Pitt guard Xavier Johnson announced he plans to transfer to Indiana Wednesday. Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game last season.
Johnson shot 50% on 2s and 32.1% on 3s last season. He scored more than 1,000 points in his career at Pitt.
OHIO STATE BASEBALL: Dezenzo and Lonsway Named Big Ten Player & Pitcher of the Week
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Last weekend was a big weekend for the Ohio State baseball team with a sweep of then league-leading Indiana. Two of its leaders, Zach Dezenzo and Seth Lonsway, were recognized by the Big Ten as the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Dezenzo, a junior Alliance, Ohio, hit .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs over the weekend. He had a four-hit game in the series finale, including the game-winning walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth. Dezenzo scored the tying run in the bottom of the eighth and then delivered the hit to score the winning run in the ninth. He finished with four RBI and three scored runs in the four games.
For the season, Dezenzo has raised his batting average to .310 and has five doubles, three homers and a triple. He has hit safely in seven of the last nine games and is hitting .419 with three home runs and three doubles over that stretch.
Lonsway had a special day in the 6-0 win in game one on Saturday. He struck out a career-high 17 Hoosiers in a seven inning, complete game, two-hit shutout. He threw just 95 pitches and remarkably, just four outs in the game did not come via the strikeout.
The Celina, Ohio native is third in the conference and 15th nationally at 14.31 strikeouts per nine innings. He has been a bit up-and-down this year with his command, but on Saturday, in front of approximately 20 MLB scouts, he was in control and nearly untouchable.
As big as last weekend’s series was, this one coming up is just as big. The Buckeyes head north for a three-game series with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ohio State is currently third in the Big Ten standings at 12-7 and Michigan is just a game in front of the Buckeyes at 13-6.
BIG 10 BASEBALL: Ohio State and Rutgers Earn Baseball Weekly Honors
Buckeyes’ Dezenzo named Player of the Week; Buckeyes’ Lonsway earned Pitcher of the Week; Scarlet Knights’ Sweeney captured Freshman of the Week
Player of the Week
Zach Dezenzo, Ohio State
SS – Jr. – Alliance, Ohio – Alliance
- Hit .533 (8-of-15) with two home runs in a four-game sweep of conference leader Indiana
- Had a four-hit game in Sunday’s series finale, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth
- Hit two home runs as he registered a .563 on-base percentage and .933 slugging percentage
- The Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Ohio State Big Ten Player of the Week: Dominic Canzone (April 15, 2019)
Pitcher of the Week
Seth Lonsway, Ohio State
P – Jr. – Celina, Ohio – Celina
- Threw a complete-game two-hit shutout with a career-high 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Indiana on April 3
- Recorded 17 of the 21 outs via the strikeout in 7.0 innings of action
- Threw just 95 pitches in the game
- Wins his fourth career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award and first of the season
- Last Ohio State Big Ten Pitcher of the Week: Seth Lonsway (May 20, 2019)
Freshman of the Week
Jordan Sweeney, Rutgers
1B – Egg Harbor, N.J. – Egg Harbor Township
- Tallied five RBI on seven hits and scored two runs while batting .583 last weekend vs. Penn State
- Recorded two home runs and two doubles as he registered a .583 on-base percentage and 1.250 slugging percentage
- Put Rutgers ahead to stay with an eighth-inning grand slam in Sunday’s 6-4 win
- Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
- Last Rutgers Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Ryan Lasko (March 30, 2021)
INDIANA WSOCCER: Indiana Women’s Soccer Set to Face Michigan in Big Ten Regional Weekend on Thursday
Number four seeded Indiana women’s soccer heads to University Park, Pa. for a match with number five seeded Michigan on Thursday, April 8. The game will be at top-seeded Penn State’s Jeffery Field with the teams set to take the pitch at 6 p.m. ET. on Big Ten Network Plus.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan (5-3-3) is concluded its regular-season with a double-overtime, 1-1 draw against Rutgers on Saturday. Senior Nicki Hernandez scored the lone for the Wolverines. Hernandez leads the attack with six goals. Senior goalkeeper recorded 11 saves against the Scarlett Knights. She ranks second in the Big Ten in saves per game (4.73) with 52 saves on the season.
Michigan leads the series 17-6-4. Indiana defeated the Wolverines 2-0 for the first time since 2006 at U-M Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana wrapped up its 2021 spring season at Purdue where the in-state rivals battled 110 minutes before coming to a 0-0 draw at Folk Field on Sunday. Anna Bennett looked to strike first in the fourth minute, but it went wide. Sophomore Avery Lockwood had an on target shot in the 42nd minute, but Purdue’s goalie was there for the save. Senior Melanie Forbes saw a great opportunity in the 105th minute but it went wide. Senior Hanna Németh had the best chance with under a minute left in double-overtime, but the keeper pounced on the ball to keep the game scoreless.
NEW HOOSIERS HAVE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
•Indiana women’s soccer welcomed six new freshmen to Hoosier Nation. Four freshmen earned starts in the first five games of the season – Anna Aehling, Anna Bennett, Gabi Rennie and Jen Blitchok. Sofia Black and Zoe Tiger have also provided great minutes off the bench for the Hoosiers.
•Bennett and Aehling are the only two freshmen who have started in all nine of IU’s games this season.
•The freshmen love to share the ball as three Hoosiers Bennett (2), Aehling (1), Rennie (1), Blitchok (1) totaled seven of Indiana’s eight assists to earn their first career points.
FRESHMEN FIND THE NET
•Gabi Rennie scored her first collegiate goal in victory over the Spartans on Wednesday, March 31.
•Sofia Black scored her first collegiate goal in the 2-0 win against Michigan. Classmate Bennett scored the gamewinner against Wisconsin for her first career goal.
•Freshman forward Jen Blitchok recorded her first points after netting a brace in Indiana’s 3-2 victory over Maryland on March 7. She is the second Hoosier to earn a brace this season. Senior Melanie Forbes also scored a pair of goals against Iowa on Feb. 28.
NEWS AND NOTES
•Indiana wrapped up the regular-season with a 6-4-1 record, its best finish since 2013. This is the most B1G points in program history (19).
•IU earned its sixth conference win with a 2-1 victory over Michigan State to tie the program record for most conference wins since 1998 and 2013.
•Indiana achieved its first five conference win season since 2013 when the Hoosiers went 6-5-0 in conference play. This is also a new record of conference wins under head coach Erwin van Bennekom after the Hoosiers went 4-5-2 in his first season in 2019.
•The Hoosiers defeated Michigan in Ann Arbor for the second time in program history and the first time since 2006.
•Indiana earned its fourth shutout this season against Michigan on Sunday, March 28.
•Eight different Hoosiers have recorded a point along with five assists on eight goals.
•Senior goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has earned five victories this season along with four shutouts. She ties first along with two others (Shannon Flower, Ashley Davis) for most conference wins in a single season for Indiana. Kopel ranks second with 26 and counting for most career victories in the Indiana women’s soccer program. She also holds Indiana’s program record for career shutouts with 21. She also holds the record for most shutouts in a season with nine.
• Kopel recorded a new season high of seven saves against Ohio State.
INDIANA WRESTLING: Indiana Wrestling Adds Two Signees
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU head coach Angel Escobedo announced the additions of Robert Major (Carmel, Ind.) and Alec Freeman (Evansville, Ind.) to the Indiana wrestling program on Wednesday.
Despite not placing at the state tournament in Illinois in his first three years, Robert Major moved to Indiana and put an exclamation point on his high school career.
Major, who finished with a high school record of 165-14, went undefeated in his senior campaign all the way up until the final match in the state finals, where he finished runner-up at 160 pounds in a thrilling 15-11 match.
In his senior year at Carmel High School, Major was named Most Outstanding Wrestling and was a First Team All-State Academic honoree. He finished in eighth-place in Greco to earn Fargo All-America honors.
“Robert had the most exciting state finals match at the Indiana State championships this past season,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said. “He fell short but became a fan favorite because of the high scoring back and forth match. Robert is hard working, a great student, and very motivated in being the best. Robert will be a great addition to our culture. Welcome to the IU wrestling brotherhood!”
Alec Freeman placed three times in the Indiana state tournament and saved the best for last as he finished runner-up at 132 pounds and helped his team, Evansville Mater Dei to a State Championship.
Freeman finished his high school career with a 117-9 overall record, after not cracking the varsity lineup as a freshman and was a two-time Semi-State Champion.
“I choose Indiana University because of my dream to wrestle for Indiana University since I was very young,” Freeman said. “I have also been excited about Coach Escobedo’s vison for the wrestling program ever since he became the head coach. Many members of my family have graduated from Indiana University including my father which also influenced my decision.”
“Alec wrestled for Evansville Mater Dei where he was a state runner up , multiple time state placer and helped his team win a state title,” Escobedo said. “Alec is a hard worker, very technical, and has a huge upside. He is coached by two former IU wrestling alums Greg Schaefer(high school head coach) and All-American Matt Coughlin (club coach). Alec embodies the culture we are building. Welcome to the IU wrestling brotherhood!”
Purdue Soccer: Big Ten Regional Weekend Begins Thursday vs. Northwestern
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team faces Northwestern in the opening match of the Big Ten Regional Weekend on Thursday, April 8, at 6 p.m. ET, in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Boilermakers (4-5-2) are seeded No. 5 in the west region, while the Wildcats (5-6) are the No. 4 seed. The winner advances to play No 1-seed Wisconsin, which earned a first-round bye, on April 11. UW is hosting all three matches at the McClimon Track & Soccer Complex.
Fans can watch live on BTN+, and live stats will be available at UWBadgers.com. Updates also can be found by following Purdue Soccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
Thursday’s contest is a rematch of a 1-0 Purdue victory at Folk Field on March 13.
Purdue is coming off a 0-0 draw against in-state rival Indiana on Saturday night. The Boilermakers retained the Golden Boot Trophy for a sixth consecutive season with the double-overtime result, and concluded the regular season with a 3-1-2 record in West Lafayette.
Purdue is fourth in the Big Ten with 12.73 shots per match and a 0.777 goals-against average. The Boilermakers are sixth in total assists (10) and assists per match (0.91).
Individually, redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith paces the conference with 4.55 shots per match and 2.36 shots on goal per match, both of which rank in the top-16 nationally. She also is sixth with five total goals and joins freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija at No. 6 in the Big Ten with two match-winning goals. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova ranks No. 3 in the league in minutes played (1041:54) and No. 4 in goals-against average (0.777) and shutouts (4).
Griffith also leads the team with 11 points, while Kevdzija is No. 2 on the team with seven points, three goals, 21 shots and 11 shots on goal. Bova has allowed nine goals and made 33 saves for a .786 save percentage, while she also has an assist.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHWESTERN
Purdue is 16-6-1 all-time against Northwestern following a 1-0 victory on March 13 at Folk Field. The two teams have met twice before in postseason play, as the Boilermakers earned a 3-1 win in 2007 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Wildcats won in 2017, 1-0 in Evanston.
EARLIER THIS YEAR AGAINST NU
A 74th-minute goal by Griffith helped Purdue blank Northwestern, 1-0, on March 13, at home. It was the second consecutive match that the Boilermakers held the opposition scoreless for the first time this season.
The Boilermakers were out-shot 8-7, but had a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Griffith led the team with two shots, both on goal. It was her first match-winner in 2020-21 and the fourth of her career. Bova made two saves and earned her second shutout of the season and 13th of her career.
The game-winning goal began with junior defender Julia Ware, who centered the ball to senior defender Maya Lambert from the near sideline, 25 yards from Purdue’s endline. Lambert dribbled several yards before she sent a long ball up the field to meet a sprinting Griffith, 25 yards in front of Northwestern’s goal. Griffith dribbled to her left into the 18 and buried the match-winner into the far corner.
Lambert was recognized as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on March 16 after her performance against NU.
A complete recap, including box score, highlights and photos is available at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern is 5-6 on the season and 2-3 on the road. The Wildcats have lost two in a row, 1-0 at Ohio State and 2-1 against Illinois, following a two-match win streak. Eight of NU’s matches this year were shutouts, five for Northwestern and three for the opposition, including Purdue.
NU is fifth in the conference in assists (13) and points (37) and sixth in goals (12) and goals per match (1.09).
LAST TIME OUT: BOILERMAKERS RETAIN GOLDEN BOOT TROPHY
In a hard-fought, physical rivalry match, Purdue kept the Golden Boot rivalry trophy for the sixth consecutive season with a 0-0 draw against Indiana on April 3 at Folk Field.
Purdue had 18 shots, eight on goal, against a defense-focused Indiana squad. Meanwhile, the Boilermaker defense limited the Hoosiers to four shots, two on goal. IU did not have a shot in the second half and the first overtime. Redshirt junior forward Sarah Griffith led the team with seven shots, five on goal, and freshman forward Nicole Kevdzija had four shots and two shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made two saves and earned her fourth clean sheet of the season.
Saturday also was Senior Night, as senior forward/midfielder Hannah Melchiorre and Ware were recognized as they played their final match at Folk Field. Melchiorre and Ware will both be graduating from Purdue University later this spring.
A complete recap, which includes a photo gallery and the box score, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
UP NEXT: AT WISCONSIN
The winner between Purdue and Northwestern will face No. 1-seeded Wisconsin on Sunday, April 11. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. CT, in Madison, and the contest will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The winner of Sunday’s match, along with the conference’s three other Regional Weekend winners, will face off in the Big Ten Tournament next weekend.
PURDUE WRESTLING: Purdue’s Ersland Adds Two Indiana State Champions
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue wrestling head coach Tony Ersland bolstered his 2021 recruiting class this week, signing Indiana natives Hayden Filipovich and Tristan Ruhlman to national letters of intent. The pair both won state titles in their final season of high school competition and push the Boilermakers’ Class of 2021 to five signees.
With the addition of Fililpovich and Ruhlman, Ersland’s incoming class has four individual state titles in 2021, as early signees Stoney Buell and Dustin Norris both topped the competition in Michigan and Ohio, respectively. Ben Vanadia was heavily favored to win an Ohio state title before his season ended early with an injury.
“The addition of Tristan and Hayden only increases my excitement for this incoming group,” said Ersland. “We started this class off with a great group in the fall, and we’ve now been able to go out and find a couple more likeminded guys, who have incredible character and fit what we’re trying to do on-and-off the mat.”
HAYDEN FILIPOVICH * 197 * INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA
“There are a lot of things to like about Hayden. He’s a very bright young man with outstanding achievements in the classroom, and he’s just beginning to show what he’s capable of on the wrestling mat. He loves the weight room, has shown a ton of growth in the last year and has us very excited about his upside.” – Tony Ersland
• Four-year letterwinner at Lutheran High School of Indianapolis
• 2021 Indiana High School State Champion at 195 pounds, finishing a perfect 44-0 and earning the first state championship in school history
• Was named the 2021 1A Wrestler of the Year by IndianaMat.com
• Won the semi-state, regional and sectional championships as a senior after winning the sectional, but finishing second at regionals and semi-states as a junior
• Placed eighth at 182 pounds at the 2020 Indiana high school state championships
• 2020-21 (195): 44-0
• 2019-20 (182): 34-7
• 2018-19 (182): 31-2
• 2017-18 (170): 29-11
• TOTAL: 138-20 (.873)
• Full name: Hayden Filipovich
• Major: Intends to major in business economics
• Birthday: Sept. 10, 2002
• City Born: Indianapolis, Indiana
• Parents: Nathan and Allisan Filipovich
• Siblings: Sisters, Addison, Hadleigh
TRISTAN RUHLMAN * 285 * BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA
“Tristan is the type of heavyweight all coaches love. He learned how to wrestle at the lower weight classes, wrestling 145 pounds as a freshman and exploding all the way to 220 this season. That skill set and the outstanding results of his senior season have him poised to make an impact at the next level.” – Tony Ersland
• Four-year varsity letterwinner at Bloomington South High School
• 2021 Indiana High School State Champion at 220 pounds, compiling a perfect 27-0 record and earning the program’s first state title since 2007
• Placed fifth in Indiana at 170 pounds as a junior, finishing 36-4 on the year
• Two-time recipient of the “B-Man” award, given by his teammates to a representative of the school in the areas of loyalty, desire, training, citizenship, self-sacrifice and skill
• Three-time regional and sectional champion (2019-21) and 2021 semi-state champion
• Ranked 11th nationally at 220 pounds by FloWrestling (3/31)
• 2020-21 (220): 27-0
• 2019-20 (170): 36-4
• 2018-19 (160): 32-2
• 2017-18 (145): 23-16
• TOTAL: 118-22 (.843)
• Full name: Tristan Ruhlman
• Major: Intends to major in biology
• Birthday: May 1, 2003
• City Born: Baltimore, Maryland
• Parents: Rob and Laura Ruhlman
• Siblings: Brother, Delaney
PURDUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Oriyomi Transfers to Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Sharon Versyp announced Mide Oriyomi has transferred to play for the Boilermakers. Oriyomi will arrive in West Lafayette as a junior after two seasons at Northeastern.
“We’re excited to bring Mide into our family,” Versyp said. “She is a versatile guard who can play multiple positions inside and out. She has an elite rebounding ability to rebound out of her area on offense and defense. Her length and wingspan allow her to guard a variety of positions. She runs the floor very well and is a very effective scorer in transition, as well as a great stroke shooting the ball from the perimeter. We are excited to get her on campus to continue her growth and make an impact on our program.”
Oriyomi spent two seasons at Northeastern, playing 45 games with 22 starts. She averaged 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.1% from the field and playing 22 minutes per game. .
As a sophomore, the Hamilton, Ontario, native had a major uptick in stats, falling a couple of rebounds shy of averaging a double-double on the year with 11.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She was one of six players from the Colonial Athletic Association to average at least 10 points and seven rebounds last year.
Her sophomore jump was aided by 11 games in double figures, including a career-high 22 points against WNIT semifinalist Delaware in January. Oriyomi’s improvements earned her a Third Team All-CAA nod this season.
Oriyomi was a three-year versity player at Kings Christian Collegiate, serving as the team captain in 2018-19. She was tabbed All-Star Second Team Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association and All-Academic during her time with the Cavaliers.
BUTLER WSOCCER: RV/27 Butler Hosts Creighton to Close Out Regular Season
Butler women’s soccer (8-1, 5-1) will finish regular season play as they host Creighton (4-4, 4-3) on Thursday, April 8. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. and the game will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
The Bulldogs are currently in first place of the BIG EAST Midwest Division and have secured their spot in the BIG EAST Tournament.
Butler has been receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches national poll. The Bulldogs are also ranked 4th in the East Region poll.
Butler leads the series against Creighton, 10-1-1 and have won the last six matches.
The Bulldogs visited Creighton on March 18, coming away with a 4-0 win.
Four different Bulldogs scored in the win over the Bluejays earlier this season.
Anja Savich leads Butler with 15 points off of seven goals (also a team-high) and one assist.
Savich’s 15 points and seven goals are good for second in the BIG EAST and first in the Midwest Division.
Katie Soderstrom has the team high in assists with four to go along with five goals.
Soderstrom is tied for first in Midwest Division in assists (T-4th overall).
Butler leads the Midwest Division in goals and assists this season (T-3rd overall).
14 Butler players have recorded at least one goal this season.
Stephanie Rodriguez was selected as 2021 Preseason BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year.
Rodriguez, Soderstrom, and Savich were all named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. With three honorees, Butler had the most representation of any team.
Last Time Out
Butler has not played since March 28 when they won a double-overtime game at Marquette, 1-0. The winning goal came off the foot of Katie Soderstrom in the 104th minute and to give her five goals on the season. Alli Leonard got the assist on the goal.
Rodriguez made six saves to maintain her fifth clean sheet this season and fourth in BIG EAST play. She now has 14 shutouts in her Butler career, which ranks third all-time in Butler history.
Butler’s game that was scheduled against Xavier on April 3 was cancelled due to COVID-19 related issues within the Xavier program.
Creighton is currently second in the Midwest Division with a 4-4 record, and 4-3 in BIG EAST play. The Bluejays are coming off of a 2-1 win against DePaul on April 4.
Aida Kardovic leads Creighton scoring with seven points off of three goals and one assist. Madison Radke leads the Bluejays in assists with two. Kardovic and Radki swept offensive, defensive and freshman honors in the most recent BIG EAST weekly awards.
Last time against Creighton, the Bulldogs won 4-0 behind goals from Aliya Diagne, Alli Leonard, Morgan Kloosterman, and Payton Black. Stephanie Rodriguez made eight saves in the shutout.
Butler in the National Polls
Butler is current receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches poll and are ranked fourth in the East Region standings. The Bulldogs are also in the top-30 list on TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The New BIG EAST
Women’s soccer teams will play divisional schedules with six teams in the East (Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova) and five teams in the Midwest (Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Marquette and Xavier). The divisional teams will play home and home matches against each divisional opponent. Both schedules have two bye weeks built in for rescheduling purposes if necessary. The women’s championship will be hosted at Providence, April 15-18.
The top two teams in each division will meet in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament on Friday, April 16 in Providence, R.I. Butler (8-1-0, 5-1-0) and Georgetown (9-0-1, 7-0-1) are locked in as the No. 1 seeds from their respective divisions. The second qualifier from each division will be determined Sunday, April 11 following the final conference match-ups.
NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: SOCCER ADDS TWO TO INCOMING CLASS
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s soccer team is pleased to announce two additions to their incoming class. Defender Aba Dunbar and forward Hulda Osk Jonsdittor are both heading to South Bend next fall to complete the incoming class. Head coach Nate Norman is excited for the pair that will be joining the Irish on campus next season.
“We are very excited to add Hulda and Aba to an already very strong class,” said Norman. “Both of them are very talented on the field but are wonderful people off the field. We believe we have one of the strongest recruiting classes in the country and can’t wait to work with every one of these women.”
Dunbar is a defender from Coronado, California and comes to the Irish from a family of athletes. Her dad is a Notre Dame alum and rowed crew while her mom played basketball at the Naval Academy. She played club with LAFC Slammers and has had multiple runs in the US National Team player pool from 2015-18.
Osk comes to South Bend from Akureyri, Iceland after attending the University of Akureyri and Húsavík College. She rose through the youth ranks in Iceland and played at least 29 games with every level of the Icelandic Youth National Team. She has tallied over 160 caps with the highest senior level team in Iceland.
Coronado HS (LAFC Slammers)
- Played on the U14 and U15 US Girls National Team
- Member of the US National Team player pool from 2015-2018 and the US Olympic Development player pool in 2017
- Received 3 “Islander Awards” from Coronado High School for Academic Excellence
- Involved in Community Service with the Junior Optimist Octagon International Club
- Played club for LAFC Slammers and coach Ziad Khoury
- Named to the 2018 USSDA National Tournament Best XI
- Finished runner-up at the 2019 ECNL National Championship
- 2019 ECNL Southwest Conference Champions
- Also won the ECNL Southwest Conference in 2017
- 2016 Cal South National Cup Champions (State Champions)
- 2016 Far West Regional Finalist
- Daughter to Christian and Kelly Dunbar
- Dad rowed crew at Notre Dame and mom played basketball at the Naval Academy
- One of five siblings
- Undecided on a major
Aba on why she chose Notre Dame:
“I chose to commit to the University of Notre Dame because I want to attend a school where I will be surrounded by good people. I love the environment that students, student-athletes, and faculty members alike have created there; everyone is constantly challenging themselves in their respective fields, while also intently serving others.”
Norman on Aba:
“Aba is a very technical and smart player that can play in the midfield or in the back line. She is very strong on the defensive end, whether it be winning 50/50 challenges or in 1v1 battles. She is very strong in possession and has a fantastic range of pass. We believe she will be a perfect fit for our program and are very excited to have her next year.”
Hulda Ósk Jónsdóttir
University of Akureyri (Þór/KA)
- Tallied over 160 caps with the highest senior level team in Iceland
- Has played 29 games at each level of the Icelandic Youth National Team
- Played club for Þór/KA and coach Andri Hjörvar Albertsson
- Won the National Champion with Þór/KA in 2017 and Champions of the Champions in 2018
- Clinched the Reykjavík Championship with KR in 2016
- Named Most Promising Player for Völsungur in 2013, KR in 2015 and Þór/KA in 2016
- Daughter to Jón Helgi Vigfússon and Sólveig Ómarsson
- Has three siblings; Viktor, Vigfús and Elfa
- Intends to pursue a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration
Hulda on why she chose Notre Dame:
“Notre Dame has all the qualities that I’ve been dreaming of for a long time and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of this family. Playing and studying in this kind of environment will help me become a better player and a person. Can‘t wait!”
Norman on Hulda:
“Hulda is an extremely dynamic attacking player who has played at the highest level in Iceland for a number of years. We expect Hulda to come in and make an immediate impact. She is a very dangerous 1v1 attacking player who can create a high volume of chances for herself and her teammates. She is a really fun and exciting player to watch and we can’t wait to have her as part of our program going forward.”
EARLHAM BASEBALL: Home runs power baseball past Defiance
SCORE: Earlham 9, Defiance 1
LOCATION: Richmond, Indiana – Randal R. Sadler Stadium
RECORDS: Earlham 13-7 / Defiance 4-16
RICHMOND, Indiana – Three Earlham College home runs ultimately proved to be all the offense the Quakers would need as the Maroon and White downed visiting Defiance, 9-1, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference baseball matchup on Wednesday at Sadler Stadium.
Defiance posted its lone run of the game in the first inning Nate Kaffenbarger’s grounder to short that plated Lucas Thomeier.
The Yellow Jackets held that lead into the home half of the third when Earlham’s Brian Pincura drew a one-out walk and eventually crossed on a wild pitch, tying the game at 1-1.
Earlham finally took the lead in the fourth on Christian Lancianese’s solo home run, with Cameron Wissel scoring later in the frame on a sac fly to extend the Quakers’ lead to 3-1.
Austin Hatfield’s round-tripper in the fifth put Earlham in front, 4-1, and the lead became 5-1 in the sixth when two Defiance errors allowed Marc Gendreau to get aboard and later score.
Three Earlham hits and two Defiance errors worked together to get three Quaker runs across and give the Maroon and White an 8-1 advantage. Maxwell Fries belted his first collegiate home run in the eighth inning, putting Earlham in front 9-1, with a solo shot over the “Maroon Monster” in left field.
Earlham starter Phoenix Guzzi earned the win after holding Defiance to just four hits with two strikeouts over five complete innings of work.
Earlham baseball will face Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, April 10, at 1:00 p.m. in an HCAC doubleheader.
INDIANA STATE BASKETBALL: Sycamore Men’s Basketball Announces Three Transfers to Join Program
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz announced today the first three student-athletes to join the Sycamore program for the 2021-22 campaign.
All three are transfers coming from Schertz’s previous stop at Lincoln Memorial University. Guard Cameron Henry comes in with two years of eligibility remaining, while fellow guard Xavier Bledson has three to play, and forward Simon Wilbar will join the Sycamores with four seasons of eligibility remaining.
“I think one of the biggest keys to our sustained success at LMU was our continuity and the players’ ability to acquire corporate knowledge over their time with us,” said Schertz. “Taking over a new program I think these three guys will be invaluable in terms of helping to establish the culture here relative to how we work, compete and play.”
Cameron Henry // 6-6, 210 // Redshirt Senior // Guard
Chesterfield, Va. (Lloyd C. Bird HS / Lincoln Memorial)
Henry joins the Sycamores after a stellar three-year run at Lincoln Memorial. The guard averaged double-digits in all three seasons in the blue and gray, culminating in a 15.1 point, 6.0 rebound, and 4.3 assist per game average during his final season in Harrogate. Henry showed a prolific ability to score from anywhere on the floor, averaging 39.2 percent from beyond the three-point line during his career while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor overall.
His junior campaign shines as the most productive from the counting stats perspective, scoring 13.7 points per game while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 42.2 percent from three. Henry also averaged 8.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per contest.
During his time with the Railsplitters, Henry was named to the All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team in both 2021 and 2020. The guard was a D2CCA Southeast All-Region Secon Team member in 2020, a 2019 South Atlantic Conference All-Freshman Team member, and earned the SAC’s Defensive Player of the Year award in 2020.
As a prep player, Henry earned multiple all-conference, all-region, and all-state recognitions at Lloyd C. Bird high school and led the Skyhawks to the 2016-17 Virginia High School League Class 5A state title. Henry was ranked as a two-star recruit by Verbal Commits.
Coach Schertz on Cameron Henry:
“Cam is a guy that brings incredible versatility to our program on both ends of the floor and impacts winning in a myriad of ways,” said Schertz. “His combination of skill, basketball IQ, length, and lateral quickness check a lot of our boxes and we expect him to have a significant impact for us this season.”
Xavier Bledson // 6-6, 215 // Redshirt Junior // Guard
Gainesville, Ga. (Gainesville HS / Lincoln Memorial)
Bledson spent two seasons playing at LMU, utilizing a redshirt season between his first and second years in Harrogate. The Gainesville, Ga. native averaged 10.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per contest during the 2020-21 campaign, more than doubling his averages across the board from his first season with the Railsplitters.
As a true freshman, Bledson played in 22 games, making three starts and averaging 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. Prior to his college days, the guard played at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga. He led the Red Elephants to the 2018 Georgia Class 6A state title game and was rated as a two-star shooting guard by Verbal Commits.
Coach Schertz on Xavier Bledson:
“Xavier is a basketball savant, his IQ, feel, and understanding of our system on both ends of the floor are as good as anyone I’ve ever coached,” said Schertz. “He’s a ferocious competitor and a terrific leader who never complained about coming off the bench for us despite leading the South Atlantic Conference in assists and field goal percentage. I look for Xavier to positively impact our program on and off of the court.”
Simon Wilbar // 6-11, 235 // Redshirt Sophomore // Forward
Fort Myers, Fla. (Canterbury School / Lincoln Memorial)
After redshirting his true freshman campaign at Lincoln Memorial, Wilbar saw action in 12 games during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign. The big man averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in just 4.6 minutes per game.
Wilbar was also a two-star recruit per Verbal Commits out of high school, starring at Canterbury School in Cypress Lake, Fla. The forward led the Cougars to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 3A championship game as a junior and followed it up with a senior season that saw him average 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game on the way to being named News-Press All-Area Second Team.
Coach Schertz on Simon Wilbar:
I am really excited to add Simon to our program,” said Schertz. “His rare combination of size and skill makes him as talented as any player I have ever worked with. Having had the opportunity to coach Simon already, I have no doubt he has the inner fiber to reach his potential. We are beyond fortunate to have him on board here at ISU.”
EVANSVILLE MSOCCER: Aces conclude regular season with matchup with Drake
EVANSVILLE – In a season unlike any other in program history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team closes-out the regular season at 6 PM on Thursday against Drake in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup at Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Last Time Out: Loyola Chicago 3, Evansville 0
In its final road game of the season, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team fell to Loyola Chicago, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Loyola Soccer Park in Chicago.
“Loyola has done a good job in the past of protecting their home field and they did that again today,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We didn’t respond well to an early mistake and Loyola capitalized on our indecisiveness. We’ve got to regroup and prepare for Thursday night against Drake who currently sits in second and comes to Evansville and we feel like we’ve got an opportunity to get a result.”
Loyola’s attack got rolling early as the Ramblers found the back of the net twice inside the game’s first 16 minutes. In the the 13th minute, Loyola’s Billy Hency opened the scoring with a goal coming off a stolen pass that was dribbled into the 18 and slipped past Aces keeper Matt Bryant.
Three minutes later, the Ramblers scored their second as Hency contributed again, crossing a ball into the box and finding Fabian Becerra, who finished it.
Evansville had some chances in the 24th minute, generated by freshman Pablo Guillen. In a span of 13 seconds, Guillen recorded three shots, beginning with a free kick that was blocked by the wall. Guillen quickly collected the rebound and fired a shot that was again blocked as the wall dissolved.
After the Aces gathered that rebound, the ball was distributed back to Guillen whose cross was deflected and who ended the spell with a shot that missed wide.
In the 29th minute, Hency added a brace, scoring his second goal of the match, dribbling into the box and finishing into the side netting to give the Ramblers a 3-0 lead at the half.
Evansville’s defense improved in the second half, specifically due to Bryant’s effort in goal. The redshirt junior made four saves in the second half and held the Ramblers from adding to their total as Loyola earned the 3-0 win.
Previewing the Matchup: Drake
Evansville and Drake are meeting for the 37th time in the all-time series with the Bulldogs owning an 19-15-2 advantage in the series.
The Aces and Bulldogs met earlier this season on March 26 as Drake captured a 2-1 victory at home.
The last time Evansville met Drake at Arad McCutchan Stadium came on October 19, 2019, as the Aces suffered a 2-0 loss to the Bulldogs.
Drake has won three-straight matches in the series and four of the last five with its lone loss during that stretch coming to the Aces in Evansville on Oct. 13, 2018 on a game-winning goal in th 89th minute.
Four of the last six games in the series have been shutouts for the winning side.
Drake enters the weekend with a 4-2-1 overall record having won back-to-back matches. All seven matches for the Bulldogs have come in Conference play.
After not scoring in its first two matches of the season, Drake’s offense has turned-up the heat here over the last five matches.
Evansville looks to snap a program-long 22-game winless streak, going 21-0-1 during that stretch with the lone draw coming against Bradley this season on March 22.
With the Aces loss to Loyola on Sunday, Evansville was mathematically eliminated from the MVC Championship. Drake comes into the weekend sitting in a tie with Loyola for second in the Conference standings with both teams holding a 4-2-1 record in Valley play. The Bulldogs own the tiebreaker over the Ramblers having a 1-0-1 record over Loyola this season.
Graham Excels in Valley Play
Competing in his second collegiate season, sophomore Nkosi Graham has begun to hit his stride in MVC play this year.
In two non-conference games, Graham recorded just one shot.
In the seven MVC games since, Graham has recorded 15 shots, including a career-high four shots twice.
Bryant’s Home is the Road
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Matt Bryant has made road matches his home away from home between the posts.
In his career, Bryant has played in 10 matches, making six starts, and spending 675 minutes on the pitch for the Aces.
Oddly, none of Bryant’s career starts have occurred at Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Also, Bryant has played just 54 minutes in his career in goal at McCutchan, while spending 621 minutes between the posts for Evansville on the road.
INDIANAPOLIS SOFTBALL: Softball Inches Up Coaches’ Top 10
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The UIndy softball team continued its climb up the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Poll, climbing two spots to No. 7 this week. Riding an impressive 14-game winning streak, the Greyhounds earned their highest ranking in the national poll since May of 2016.
The Hounds represent the lone GLVC school in the poll this week, with Grand Valley State (17th) being the only other Midwest Region team in the top 25. Meanwhile, Augustana supplanted North Georgia at the top spot, earning 10 of 16 first-place votes.
NFCA DII TOP 25 COACHES POLL
|RK||TEAM (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Augustana (S.D.) (10)||17-3||389||2|
|2.||North Georgia (4)||18-2||383||1|
|3.||Valdosta State (1)||22-3||365||4|
|4.||Texas A&M-Commerce (1)||21-8||351||3|
|10.||West Texas A&M||21-7||261||10|
|17.||Grand Valley State||16-4||145||15|
Others receiving votes: Western Washington (15), Lubbock Christian (13), Texas A&M International (10), Biola (9), Auburn Montgomery (3), Southeastern Oklahoma State (3), Northwest Nazarene (2), Anderson (1).
VALPO SOFTBALL: Softball Returns to Road This Weekend at UNI
Valparaiso (5-18, 1-8 MVC)
April 10 – at UNI (15-13, 6-3 MVC) – noon DH
April 11 – at UNI – 11 a.m.
Next Up in Valpo Softball: The Valpo softball team hits the road again this weekend as it travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa for its three-game MVC series against UNI.
Previously: Valpo opened its home schedule last weekend with its first home games in 23 months, dropping a three-game series to Indiana State by scores of 13-3, 10-0 and 8-2.
Looking Ahead: Valpo’s final non-conference game of the season awaits mid-week next week, as the Brown and Gold travel to Northern Illinois. Valpo then returns home for its Valley series against Missouri State next weekend.
Following Valpo Softball: Sunday’s game is scheduled for a live broadcast on ESPN3. Live stats for all three games will be available as well at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Kate Stake: Kate Stake was hired as head coach of the Valparaiso softball program on July 23, 2014 and is in her seventh season as head coach in 2021. Stake, who is 119-175 at Valpo, led Valpo to the 2016 Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament – the third in program history. Stake arrived at Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra. She played her collegiate softball at fellow MVC member Illinois State and is a 2005 graduate of ISU.
Series Notes: UNI leads the all-time series between the two programs, 11-1. Valpo took one of three games in the teams’ first meeting as MVC opponents during the 2018 season, while the Panthers swept a three-game series in Cedar Falls in 2019 in the most recent matchups. Peyton Moeder reached base four times in the most recent three-game set.
Scouting the Opposition: UNI enters the weekend at 15-13 overall and 6-3 in MVC play, most recently sweeping a three-game series from Evansville last weekend. Reigning MVC Player of the Year Sammey Bunch leads the Panthers, hitting .425 with 33 runs scored and 28 RBIs. As a team, the UNI pitching staff has a 3.61 ERA and has allowed opponents to hit .270 against them.
Valpo Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll: Valpo was tabbed to finish in ninth place in the MVC preseason polling of its head coaches. Valpo tallied 28 points in the polling, seven points out of eighth place. Southern Illinois topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes, while Illinois State received two first-place votes and Drake and UNI one apiece.
Looking Back at 2020: Valpo posted a 9-10 record in last year’s truncated campaign, a schedule which featured three wins over squads which had won their league title the previous season, four extra-inning games and eight one-run games. Sophomore Peyton Moeder led the offensive attack, hitting .310, while all three regular pitchers had ERAs under three, led by freshman Easton Seib’s 2.16 ERA.
What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight regulars from the batting order. The Brown and Gold did graduate two of their three main pitchers, however, and return just 28.4% of last season’s innings pitched. Joining the team this season are eight freshmen – six position players and two pitchers.
Home Sweet Home: When Valpo steps on the field for the opener against Indiana State on Friday afternoon, it will be hosting a home game at the Valpo Softball Complex for the first time in 699 days. The game against the Sycamores is this season’s home opener, and the Brown and Gold did not play at home during the shortened 2020 campaign. The last home games came on May 4, 2019 as Valpo closed that regular season against Illinois State. Notably, Valpo’s 7-5 win on April 20, 2019 against Indiana State is the program’s last home win.
Herschbach Enjoys Strong Week: Junior Taylor Herschbach put together a strong week at the plate in Valpo’s three-game series last weekend against Indiana State. Herschbach reached base in five of her six plate appearances, going 4-for-5 with a walk. She recorded an RBI double in the opener versus the Sycamores, and then went a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the series finale – her second three-hit game of the year. Herschbach’s performance last week lifted her season batting average to .306, the highest among Valpo’s regulars.
Flawless Fielding: Senior Addi Burke has been surehanded manning second base for the Brown and Gold this year. Burke successfully fielded 10 chances (two putouts, eight assists) last weekend without committing an error, maintaining her 1.000 fielding percentage this year. Her perfect fielding percentage has come on 88 chances (40 putouts, 48 assists), fourth-most among MVC players with a 1.000 fielding percentage – of the three players ahead of her, two are first basemen and one is a catcher. Her 48 assists are good for seventh in the conference as well. Meanwhile, at the plate, Burke connected on a pair of doubles last weekend against Indiana State and has six doubles on the year, tied for fourth in the MVC.
AJ Steps Into the Lineup: Five starts = a five-game hitting streak for freshman Alexis Johnson. She entered the starting lineup for the first time before game two at Evansville, and in the five games since, she has picked up at least one hit in every game, going 6-for-14 at the plate. Against Indiana State last weekend, Johnson went 3-for-8 over the three games, tallying a pair of doubles and scoring a run.
Getting On Base: Sophomore Ryan Milkowski has been a pro this season at getting on base any way possible, leading the team in both walks (10) and hit by pitches (6) in addition to her 12 hits to post a team-best .438 on-base percentage, good for 11th in the MVC. Last weekend against Indiana State, Milkowski reached in five of her nine plate appearances, going 4-for-8 with a walk and a double. She picked up at least one hit in all three games and reached base multiple times in two of the three outings.
MIAMI VOLLEYBALL: Wojick and Powell Named to All-MAC Teams
CLEVELAND, Ohio—The Mid-American Conference announced its annual postseason awards, and Miami University volleyball senior outside hitter Sarah Wojick (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) was named to the All-MAC First Team, while senior middle hitter/outside hitter Avarie Powell (Middletown, Ind./New Castle) was selected to the All-MAC Second Team.
Wojick paced the team at 2.91 kills per set with a .300 hitting percentage and owned a team-leading 289.0 points on the season. She was in double figures for kills in 15 of Miami’s last 19 matches, including a career-high 22 kills at Central Michigan on March 26. Wojick also notched a career-high three service aces and tied a career high with 10 digs on March 26 against the Chippewas. Wojick hit above .300 in 10 matches this season and had three or more blocks in nine matches.
Powell averaged 2.57 kills per set and led the team with a .318 hitting percentage, while amassing 261.5 points on the season. She hit over .350 in 12 matches, recorded double figures for kills in nine matches and amassed three or more blocks in nine matches. Powell closed out her senior campaign recording double figures for kills in Miami’s last six matches and hitting over .400 in four of the RedHawks’ last five matches. Powell also was named to the MAC All-Tournament Team.
Wojick and Powell helped Miami win its last five matches of the regular season, the last three wins coming in five sets, to catapult the RedHawks into a MAC Tournament berth. The RedHawks earned a spot in the four-team tournament, marking Miami’s fifth-straight appearance in the MAC Tournament semifinals.
A complete look at the MAC postseason awards is below:
2020-21 MAC Coach of the Year
Danijela Tomic, Bowling Green
2020-21 MAC Player of the Year
Rachel Bontrager, Western Michigan
2020-21 MAC Defensive Player of the Year
Taylor Sharrits, Akron
2020-21 MAC Co-Setters of the Year
Hanna Laube, Bowling Green & Logan Case, Western Michigan
2020-21 MAC Freshman of the Year
Logan Case, Western Michigan
2020-21 All-MAC First Team
Kia Holder, Ball State
Petra Indrova, Bowling Green
Hanna Laube, Bowling Green
Katelyn Meyer, Bowling Green
Lisbeth Rosario-Martinez, Central Michigan
Savannah Thompson, Central Michigan
Franki Strefling, Eastern Michigan
Sarah Wojick, Miami
Vera Giacomazzi, Ohio
Tia Jimerson, Ohio
Taylor Alt, Toledo
Rachel Bontrager, Western Michigan
Logan Case, Western Michigan
Maggie King, Western Michigan
2020-21 All-MAC Second Team
Taylor Sharrits, Akron
Katie Kidwell, Bowling Green
Milla Malik, Buffalo
Alex Haffner, Kent State
Savannah Matthews, Kent State
Avarie Powell, Miami
Lauren Park, Ohio
2020-21 All-Freshman Team
Lauren Gilliland, Ball State
Milla Milak, Buffalo
Caitlin O’Farrell, Ohio
Sam Steele, Ohio
Taylor Alt, Toledo
Logan Case, Western Michigan
XAVIER WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer Hosts Marquette on Thursday
CINCINNATI – Xavier women’s soccer (3-5, 2-3 BIG EAST) will host the Marquette Golden Eagles (5-4, 3-4 BIG EAST) at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at the XU Soccer Complex.
A live stream of the match will be available through the BIG EAST Digital Network.
GAME DETAILS vs. Marquette (BIG EAST)
April 8, 2021 – 1 PM
Cincinnati, Ohio – Hayden Field
Marquette is 5-4 overall and 3-4 in BIG EAST play, with their BIG EAST wins coming against Xavier as well as a season-sweep of DePaul.
Elsi Twombly and Kylie Sprecher each have three goals on the season. Twombly also has two assists for a team-high eight points.
Lauren Schill and Mikki Easter have split time in-frame this season, with Schill making five starts, with 26 saves and six goals against, while Easter has made four starts, making 13 saves with four goals against.
Xavier is 3-9 all-time against the Golden Eagles.
In the first match-up, on March 19, the Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and added a third goal shortly after the break. The Musketeers cut it back to a two-goal deficit on a score from Grace Blumfeldt midway through the second half, but couldn’t pull any closer in the final 20 minutes of play.
LAST TIME OUT
Xavier moved to 2-3 in BIG EAST play after taking a 3-2 double overtime win at DePaul on Sunday, March 28.
Rachel Butler scored in the first half and Molly McLaughlin added a tally in the second half to give Xavier a 2-0 lead going into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
DePaul answered with goals in the 83rd minute, as well as in the final 90 seconds of regulation to for overtime.
In the second overtime period, Maddie Thiss scored off a corner kick from Carrie Lewis to secure the win for the Musketeers.
Maddie Thiss’ goal was her first of the season and second as a Musketeer, bringing her season total to three points. Thiss’ goal was her first game-winner at Xavier. She finished with two shots, both on-frame.
Rachel Butler’s first half goal was her first of the season and third as a Musketeer.
Molly McLaughlin’s second half goal was her second of the season, bringing her to a team-high four points. McLaughlin led the Musketeers with eight shots, including five on frame.
Hayley Jakovich picked up an assist on McLaughlin’s goal, her first of the season.
Xavier held a 14-9 advantage overall on shots, a 9-5 advantage on shots on goal, and a 4-3 advantage on corners.
Olivia Jenkins played the full time in-goal, picking up her third win of the season, collecting two saves with two goals against.
Jakovich and Grace Brauer played the full 106 minutes on Xavier’s backline. Allie Anderson also played over 100 minutes for the Musketeers.
Xavier extends its unbeaten streak against DePaul to five matches, dating back to 2017.
Xavier closes out the regular season on Sunday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m., hosting DePaul.
The Musketeers will celebrate Senior Day prior to the match.
Molly McLaughlin scored her second goal of the season in the second half against DePaul, giving her a team-high four points. McLaughlin leads Xavier with 30 shots, 16 on-goal.
Maddie Thiss’ game-winner against DePaul made her the sixth Musketeer to score on the season. Combined with an assist on Grace Blumfeldt’s goal against Marquette, Thiss has three points on the season, matching Blumfeldt, who also has a three points on a goal and an assist.
Rachel Butler scored her first of the season in the first half against DePaul, joining Gabrielle LoPresti and Mackenzie Tucker who each with two points on a goal.
Hayley Jakovich picked up an assist on Molly McLaughlin’s goal against DePaul. Jakovich leads the team in 736 minutes played on the season.
Olivia Jenkins has played the bulk of the time in-frame, starting all eight games so far, making 17 saves with 15 goals against for a GAA of 1.92.
Ashley Bowles entered for the final 30 minutes against Marquette, not facing a shot.
Xavier claimed its first BIG EAST title in 2019, winning both the regular season and conference championship to advance to its first NCAA Tournament since 2000. The Musketeers led the BIG EAST in shots (151), points (62), assists (22) and goals (20), while allowing less than a goal (0.67) per contest over nine league games.
In addition to winning the conference titles, Xavier collected its first-ever NCAA tournament win, over Virginia Tech, on the way to a school-record 17 wins in 2019.
Xavier returns 10 players who made regular starts in 2019, including preseason all-conference picks Molly McLaughlin and Brooke Sroka. In total, Xavier returns 21 letter-winners from the 2019 squad.
The Musketeer returnees account for 25 of Xavier’s 43 total goals last season, and 65 percent (13 of 20) of goals scored during BIG EAST play. Xavier also added a pair of transfers to join deep freshman class.
Among the departures were First Team All-BIG EAST Selections Samantha Dewey and Grace Bahr.
MARIAN UNIVERSITY SELECTED AS NAIA WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENING ROUND HOST SITE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Wednesday the group of hosts for the 2020 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Opening Rounds. Selections of each site were made in part by the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Selection Committee.
For the third time in four years, the Marian women’s soccer team and Marian University has been selected as a host for the NAIA Opening Round. The NAIA Opening Round will be played on April 15 and 17 at St. Vincent Field.
Each of the 10 opening round sites will feature four teams. Play will be from April 15-17 and will have a single day of rest between the first game and the championship. The winner of each will advance to the final site in Foley, Ala., beginning on April 27, 2021.
Marian was one of three Crossroads League schools selected to host the NAIA Women’s Soccer Opening Round, joining Indiana Wesleyan and Spring Arbor.
Teams, opponents, and schedules for the Opening Round will be released on Monday, April 12. Game one of the NAIA Opening Round will kick-off at 4:00 p.m. from St. Vincent Field on April 15.
INDY FUEL: AHL VETERAN BROADHURST SIGNS WITH INDY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indy Fuel, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs announced Wednesday that they have signed forward Terry Broadhurst to a standard player contract for the 2020-21 season.
Broadhurst, 32, joins Indy after he split the 2019-20 season between the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Through 23 total games last year, Broadhurst tallied one goal and eight assists. Through an eight-year career, the 5-foot-11, 161-pound forward has 292 AHL games under his belt registering 47 goals and 91 assists.
Broadhurst will join the Fuel as they begin a four-game week, beginning with a Wednesday night matchup against South Carolina.
Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1934 At Shibe Park, 15,000 fans witness the first legal baseball game between major league teams played on a Sunday in the city of Philadelphia. In a hometown exhibition game, the Phillies beat the A’s, 8-1.
1947 In an exhibition game played against the Indians in Sheffield, Alabama, second-year player Whitey Lockman breaks his leg sliding into second base trying to break up a double play. Except for two appearances as a pinch-hitter, the Giants sophomore outfielder will miss the rest of the season.
1953 Bernice Lombardi finds her husband Ernie lying on the bed after the former major league catcher slit his throat from ear to ear with a razor he found in a relative’s bathroom. The former Reds’ backstop, battling a similar bout of depression that caused his teammate Willard Hershberger to commit suicide in 1940, is given little hope to live, at the time, but manages to survive his horrific self-inflicted wound.
1963 The Tigers claim Denny McLain on first-year waivers from the White Sox. The right-hander, who will become the game’s last 30-game winner playing in the Motor City, will win the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award in 1968, helping Detroit to win its first World Series in 23 years.
1963 In his first major league plate appearance, Pete Rose works out a walk-off Earl Francis in the Reds’ 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh at Crosley Field. The eventual all-time hit leader will be held hitless, going 0-for-3, but does score his first major league run when Frank Robinson homers in the bottom of the first inning.
1963 After being promised the Secretary of Labor would intervene to mediate their dispute, the D.C. Stadium striking vendors do not appear at the ballpark, and President Kennedy doesn’t have to cross a picket line to toss out the ceremonial first pitch. The Senators lose the game 3-1, and JFK’s suggestion of playing Tom Brown doesn’t pan out as the rookie first baseman fans three times.
1964 Five days before the start of the season, right-hander Jim Umbricht, the only pitcher to post a winning record in Houston’s first two seasons, loses his well-publicized battle with cancer when he succumbs to malignant melanoma. The popular 33 year-old Colt .45’s relief pitcher, whose uniform number 32 will be retired by Houston, underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his leg before the 1963 season, returning to the club to post a 4-3 record along with a 2.61 ERA in 35 games.
1966 At the Astrodome, the Astros and Dodgers play baseball’s first game on synthetic grass. Thanks to the Monsanto chemical company, who proposed using an experimental playing surface of nylon grass, the plan to play on an all-dirt field, necessitated by the need to paint the dome’s glass panes to reduce the glare which prevented natural grass from growing, was alleviated by the use of ‘AstroTurf.’
1969 Red Sox outfielder Tony Conigliaro, playing his first game since being severely injured, makes a dramatic comeback, connecting for a two-run homer in the tenth inning and scoring the eventual winning run in the top of the 12th in Boston’s Opening Day’s 5-4 victory. The 24 year-old Revere, Massachusetts native, known as the Pope of Kenmore Square, will experience moderate success during the next two seasons, but will never fully recover from the damage sustained in his left retina after being hit by a pitch thrown by Jack Hamilton on August 18, 1967.
1969 The Pilots make their major league debut, defeating the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 4-3. Scoring all of their runs in the top of the first inning, Seattle’s leadoff hitter Tommy Harper starts the game with the franchise’s first hit, and then crosses the plate with its first run, when Mike Hegan, the next batter, hits the first homer in team history.
1969 The Royals play their first game in the history of the franchise and join the winner circle along with the other three new clubs making their debuts today. Reliever Moe Drabowsky picks up the win when Kansas City beats the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3.
1970 As partial compensation for the loss of Curt Flood, who refuses to report to Philadelphia, the Cardinals send minor league prospect Willie Montanez to the Phillies. The former St. Louis outfielder had taken exception to the trade without his consent, ultimately leading to his unsuccessful challenge of the reserve clause to the U.S. Supreme Court.
1974 Braves outfielder Hank Aaron passes Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader with his 715th, going deep in the fourth inning off Dodger hurler Al Downing in Atlanta’s home opener. ‘Hammerin’ Hank’ equaled the Bambino’s mark on Opening Day in Cincinnati.
1975 In the season opener at Fenway Park, Tony Conigliaro, who retired four years ago after being traded to the Angels in 1970, plays in the first game of his attempted comeback with the Red Sox. As a designated hitter, the 30 year-old Pope of Kenmore Square, who will collect only seven hits in 21 games, singles in his first at-bat in Boston’s 5-2 victory over the Brewers.
1975 Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in major league history as his Indians defeat the Yankees 5-3. The Tribe’s new player-manager hits a home run in his first at-bat as the designated hitter.
1984 A pitch thrown by Mike Torrez, in the Mets’ 3-1 victory over Houston at the Astrodome, damages Dickie Thon’s face, compromising the promising 25 year-old shortstop’s career. The orbital bone around the left eye is broken by the remorseful right-hander’s fastball, ending the infielder’s season and impacting his future as a major leaguer due to problems with depth perception as a result of the injury.
1986 Will Clark homers in his first major league at-bat, facing future Hall of Fame right-hander Nolan Ryan. The 22 year-old Giants rookie first baseman’s first inning-solo round-tripper contributes to the team’s Opening Day 8-3 victory at the Astrodome.
1986 Jim Presley hits two home runs, helping the Mariners beat the Angels, 8-4, in a dramatic extra-inning comeback Opening Day victory. The Seattle third baseman’s two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth off Donnie Moore knots the game at four runs apiece, and his two-out grand slam off Ken Forsch in the following frame ends the Kingdome contest.
1988 Gary Carter, celebrating his 34th birthday with a 3-for-3 day including a home run, is doubled off second base after Howard Johnson lines out to right field to end the game on a bizarre play. Shortstop Juan Samuel, who had started to throw the relay from outfielder Chris James back to the mound, tags the Mets’ catcher straying off the bag for the final out in the Phillies’ 5-1 victory at Veterans Stadium.
1989 In Anaheim, Olympic hero Jim Abbott makes his major league debut, losing to his childhood hero Mark Langston and the Mariners in an eventual 6-2 Angels defeat to Seattle. The 21 year-old southpaw, who never played in the minor leagues after being drafted in the first round by California in the amateur draft last year, pitches without the use of a right hand.
1991 The Reds establish the record for consecutive Opening Day wins when the team beats the Astros at Riverfront Stadium, 6-2, their ninth straight, thanks to a solid outing from Tom Browning, who gives up five hits in 8.1 innings. Cincinnati surpasses the winning streak of eight lid lifters in a row the Mets put together from 1971 through 1978.
1991 In a 5-4 Opening Day loss to the Brewers at Arlington Stadium, future Hall of Famer Goose Gossage (2008) relieves in a game started by Rangers hurler Nolan Ryan (1999), also an eventual member of Hall of Fame. The matchup marks the first time in major league history that a 300-game winner appears in the same contest with a teammate who has 300 saves.
1993 Contributing to the Indians’ 15-5 rout of New York at Cleveland Stadium, Carlos Baerga becomes the first major leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. In the seventh, the Tribe’s second baseman, batting right-handed, goes deep off Steve Howe, and, later in the frame, connects with a pitch thrown by Steve Farr from the left side of the plate.
1994 Kent Mercker no-hits Los Angeles, 6-0 at Dodger Stadium. The Braves left-hander was one of the three Atlanta pitchers, along with Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena, in 1991 to also no-hit the Padres, but this victory is his first complete game in the major leagues.
1994 🇰🇷Chan Ho Park becomes the first Korean to play in the major leagues when he makes his pitching debut at Chavez Ravine. In one inning of work, the 21 year-old Kongju City native gives up two runs on one hit, walking two and striking out two batters in the Dodgers’ 6-0 loss to Atlanta.
1997 In a 14-8 Mariners victory over the Indians at the Kingdome, M’s pitcher Josias Manzanillo, who doesn’t wear a protective cup, is hit the groin by a Manny Ramirez 107 mph line drive. Now a firm believer in the use of protective gear, the 29 year-old reliever will be put on the 15-day disabled list for surgery needed to repair a tear in his testicles.
1999 Jim Abbott, after participating in 243 major league games, finally gets his first at-bat, grounding out to third base in the Brewers’ 9-4 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. The 31 year-old southpaw, born without a right hand, signed with Milwaukee in the offseason after spending the first nine years of his career in the American League.
2000 Blue Jay southpaw David Wells’ nine-hit complete game 4-0 shutout against Texas at The Ballpark in Arlington snaps Kenny Rogers’ 19-game home winning streak. ‘The Gambler’s’ accomplishment, compiled while hurling for the Yankees, A’s, Mets, and Rangers, is the third-longest in major league history.
2003 At the home opener at PNC Park, Pittsburgh unveils a sculpture of Ralph Kiner. The Hall of Fame home run hitter, depicted in the bronze artwork gripping a Kiner-model Louisville Slugger bat, joins Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner, and Roberto Clemente as other former Pirates honored with a ballpark statue.
2003 At Wrigley Field, a few of the 29,138 patrons at the Cubs opener show their displeasure when the Canadian national anthem, “O’ Canada,” is performed before the game against the Expos. Their reaction comes as a result of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” getting booed at the Islanders-Canadiens hockey match in Montreal by fans in opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq.
2003 By going went 4-for-4 along with three walks, Rockies’ first baseman Todd Helton sets a club record by reaching base in all seven plate appearances in Colorado’s 15-12 loss at Coors Field. Chris Stynes also set a franchise mark for most plate appearances in a game with eight.
2003 In a frigid 35-degree home opener, with the fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his first major league home run, a grand slam into the right-field bleachers. After being greeted with a warm reception in the pregame ceremonies and a standing ovation after making a great defensive play, Godzilla receives a thunderous applause and curtain call from the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd after his fifth-inning bases-full poke against the Twins.
2004 After showing a video tribute for him on the scoreboard, Jimmy Carter, a close friend of Padres owners John and Becky Moores, throws the ceremonial first pitch in the first major league game played at Petco Field. During his one term in office, the 39th Chief Executive became the first president not to throw a ball on an Opening Day since the tradition started in 1910 with William Taft, but does do the honors before Game 7 of the 1979 World Series at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.
2004 In the first game at their new downtown ballpark, the Padres come from behind twice to beat the Giants in 10 innings at Petco Park, 4-3. After Trevor Hoffman blows the save in the ninth, San Diego scores in the bottom of the frame, knotting the score at 2-2 and then scores more two runs in the tenth after falling behind again in overtime.
2005 Jimmy Carter, who was not invited by the current administration to be part of the American delegation for today’s funeral of Pope John Paul, attends the home opener at Turner Field. The former president and his wife Roslyn, who both stayed for the entire game, enjoy watching the Braves beat the Mets, 3-1.
2008 An emotional Bill Buckner returns to Fenway Park for the first time in more than a decade to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Red Sox home opener. The beleaguered former Boston first baseman, best known for letting Mookie Wilson’s grounder roll between his legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, receives a heartfelt standing ovation from the stunned crowd as he slowly walks from left field to the pitcher’s mound.
2008 The Mets are beaten by a pitcher who is older than Shea Stadium when 46 year-old southpaw Jamie Moyer pitches six strong innings, getting the win in the Phillies’ 5-2 victory at the team’s 45 year-old ballpark. With their loss, the Amazins’ finish with an excellent 29-16 (.644) won-loss record in home openers in the aging Queen’s venue.
2008 At the Play Ball, Chicago! Event in the Windy City, the U.S. Postal Service unveils a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The tune was written on a New York City train a century ago when songwriter Jack Norworth, who claimed never to have seen a major league game, wrote the lyrics after seeing a sign about a contest at the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants.
2008 Alongside of the four retired numbers in the left-field corner, the Mets, on the last Opening Day played in the Queens’ ballpark, unveil a disc with the name of Shea, honoring the namesake of their stadium. William A. Shea, a New York attorney, is credited for bringing the National League back to the Big Apple following the departure of the New Giants and Dodgers after the 1957 season.
2009 Striking out twice in his first two at-bats against the Marlins at Land Shark Stadium, Daniel Cabrera establishes a dubious batting record when he strikes out 16 times in 16 consecutive at-bats. The Nationals right-handed starter had shared the mark of 15 with Juan Eichelberger (Padres, 1980) and Mike Thurman (Expos, 1998).
2010 In a deal that covers one season beyond his arbitration-eligible years, Yovani Gallardo (13-12, 3.73) agrees to sign a $30.1 million, five-year contract to stay with Milwaukee. The 24 year-old Brewer right-hander, considered the ace of the staff, was the team’s second-round pick in 2004.
2011 After being informed by MLB that he faces a 100-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy for the second time, Rays’ outfielder/DH Manny Ramirez announces his retirement as an active player. The 12-time All-Star, best known for helping the Red Sox win two World Championships, ends his 19-year big league career with a .312 batting average and 555 home runs.
2013 On a controversial game-ending strike call by plate umpire Marty Foster, Joe Nathan retires second baseman Ben Zobrist on a pitch that is clearly out of the strike zone to earn his 300th career save when the Rangers beat Tampa Bay in Arlington, 6-5. The Texas right-handed reliever becomes the 24th major-leaguer to reach the milestone.
2014 Yankee third baseman Yangervis Solarte becomes the first player in major league history to double six times in the first seven games of his career when he collects a pair of two-baggers in the team’s 14-5 loss to Baltimore in the Bronx. The 26 year-old rookie, who will be traded to the Padres in July, along with minor leaguer Rafael De Paula, for Chase Headley and cash, ends the day with a .429 batting average, going 12-for-28 since the start of the season.
2015 Adrian Gonzalez becomes the first major league player to hit five home runs in the first three games of the season when he goes deep three times in the Dodgers’ 7-4 victory over San Diego at Chavez Ravine. The Los Angeles first baseman joins Carl Furillo (1955) and Jimmy Wynn (1974) as the only players in franchise history to have homered in the first three games of a campaign.
2016 Trevor Story becomes the first player in major league history to homer six times in the first four games of a season when he goes deep twice in the Rockies’ 13-6 loss to San Diego at Coors Field. The 23 year-old Colorado rookie shortstop is the fifth player to homer in four consecutive contests to start a season, and a feat also accomplished Chris Davis (Orioles, 2013), Nelson Cruz (Rangers, 2011), Mark McGwire (Cardinals, 1998), and Willie Mays (Giants, 1971).
2016 The Cardinals establish a major league record with three pinch-hit home runs when the team rallies from a four-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 7-4. Jeremy Hazelbaker, Aledmys Diaz, and Greg Garcia each come off the bench to hit solo shots in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, respectively, contributing to the 0-3 Redbirds’ first victory of the season.
2017 Tommy Hansen, who did not hit a home run as a member of the freshman team last season, becomes the first high schooler in history to hit three consecutive grand slams in one game when he goes deep three times in Roncalli’s 12-1 win over Metamora Township (IL). Five other players in a high school game have also hit a trio of bases-full round-trippers in a high school contest, but none accomplished the feat in consecutive at-bats.
2017 The Phillies, using nine hits, none of which is a homer, and four walks, score 12 first-frame runs en route to a 17-3 rout of the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The dozen tallies mark the biggest first inning in franchise history.
2019 Chris Davis breaks the record for the longest hitless streak in major league history at 0 for 47, surpassing dubious mark Eugenio Velez set with the Giants and Dodgers in 2010-11. The Baltimore fans, who had begun regularly booing the Orioles outfielder with the $161 million fully guaranteed contract, were very supportive when he lined out to deep left field in the fifth inning in the game against the A’s to take his place in baseball infamy.
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|Cleveland||2||3||.400||1.5||1 – 1||1 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 3||0 – 0||2 – 3||W 1|
|Houston||5||1||.833||–||0 – 0||5 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 1||5 – 1||W 1|
|LA Angels||4||2||.667||1||4 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||1 – 1||4 – 2||L 1|
|Seattle||3||3||.500||2||3 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 3||W 1|
|Texas||3||3||.500||2||2 – 1||1 – 2||2 – 1||1 – 2||0 – 0||3 – 3||W 2|
|Oakland||1||6||.143||4.5||1 – 6||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 4||1 – 6||W 1|
|Philadelphia||5||1||.833||–||5 – 1||0 – 0||5 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 1||W 1|
|NY Mets||1||2||.333||2.5||0 – 0||1 – 2||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 1|
|Washington||1||2||.333||2.5||1 – 2||0 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||1 – 2||L 2|
|Atlanta||2||4||.333||3||0 – 0||2 – 4||2 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 4||W 2|
|Miami||1||5||.167||4||1 – 5||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 3||0 – 0||1 – 5||L 3|
|Cincinnati||5||1||.833||–||5 – 1||0 – 0||0 – 0||5 – 1||0 – 0||5 – 1||W 5|
|St. Louis||4||2||.667||1||0 – 0||4 – 2||3 – 0||1 – 2||0 – 0||4 – 2||W 3|
|Chi Cubs||3||3||.500||2||3 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 3||0 – 0||3 – 3||L 2|
|Milwaukee||3||3||.500||2||1 – 2||2 – 1||0 – 0||2 – 1||0 – 0||3 – 3||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||1||5||.167||4||0 – 0||1 – 5||0 – 0||1 – 5||0 – 0||1 – 5||L 5|
|LA Dodgers||5||2||.714||–||0 – 0||5 – 2||0 – 0||0 – 0||3 – 1||5 – 2||L 1|
|San Diego||4||3||.571||1||4 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||4 – 3||4 – 3||L 1|
|San Francisco||3||3||.500||1.5||0 – 0||3 – 3||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 1||3 – 3||W 1|
|Arizona||2||4||.333||2.5||0 – 0||2 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 4||2 – 4||L 1|
|Colorado||2||4||.333||2.5||2 – 4||0 – 0||0 – 0||0 – 0||2 – 4||2 – 4||W 1|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Brooklyn||36||16||.692||—||22-6||14-10||6-2||19-11||8-2||2 W|
|2 Philadelphia||35||16||.686||0.5||20-5||15-11||9-2||24-7||7-3||1 W|
|3 Milwaukee||32||18||.640||3.0||18-7||14-11||9-0||18-9||6-4||1 L|
|4 Charlotte||26||24||.520||9.0||13-9||13-15||7-1||14-11||6-4||1 W|
|5 Atlanta||27||25||.519||9.0||13-10||14-15||3-3||13-12||5-5||1 L|
|6 Miami||26||25||.510||9.5||14-13||12-12||5-5||16-15||4-6||1 L|
|7 Boston||26||26||.500||10.0||16-10||10-16||4-6||18-14||5-5||1 W|
|8 New York||25||27||.481||11.0||14-10||11-17||1-8||18-17||4-6||2 L|
|9 Indiana||23||27||.460||12.0||9-15||14-12||5-4||13-17||5-5||1 W|
|10 Chicago||21||28||.429||13.5||10-16||11-12||4-3||11-11||3-7||2 W|
|11 Toronto||20||31||.392||15.5||11-13||9-18||3-5||13-17||3-7||1 L|
|12 Cleveland||18||32||.360||17.0||11-13||7-19||3-5||13-14||3-7||1 W|
|13 Washington||18||32||.360||17.0||10-16||8-16||2-7||8-23||3-7||1 W|
|14 Orlando||17||34||.333||18.5||10-16||7-18||4-5||10-18||3-7||3 L|
|15 Detroit||15||36||.294||20.5||9-15||6-21||0-9||10-22||3-7||1 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Utah||38||13||.745||—||22-2||16-11||3-2||16-8||8-2||2 L|
|2 Phoenix||36||14||.720||1.5||19-8||17-6||5-2||22-8||9-1||7 W|
|3 LA Clippers||34||18||.654||4.5||19-8||15-10||7-2||20-10||8-2||2 W|
|4 Denver||33||18||.647||5.0||17-9||16-9||7-1||17-11||8-2||7 W|
|5 LA Lakers||32||19||.627||6.0||16-11||16-8||3-6||20-11||4-6||1 W|
|6 Portland||30||20||.600||7.5||15-10||15-10||4-4||16-13||6-4||1 L|
|7 Dallas||28||22||.560||9.5||12-10||16-12||5-3||16-15||7-3||1 L|
|8 Memphis||26||23||.531||11.0||12-14||14-9||4-5||12-17||7-3||4 W|
|9 San Antonio||24||25||.490||13.0||12-17||12-8||4-6||13-18||2-8||4 L|
|10 Golden State||24||27||.471||14.0||15-9||9-18||3-7||12-14||3-7||1 W|
|11 New Orleans||22||29||.431||16.0||14-13||8-16||6-3||13-17||5-5||2 L|
|12 Sacramento||22||29||.431||16.0||12-14||10-15||4-5||10-14||5-5||4 L|
|13 Oklahoma City||20||31||.392||18.0||9-17||11-14||3-7||11-20||3-7||4 L|
|14 Houston||14||37||.275||24.0||7-19||7-18||5-7||10-19||3-7||1 W|
|15 Minnesota||13||39||.250||25.5||8-17||5-22||3-6||9-22||3-7||1 L|
|New York Islanders||39||25||10||4||54||22||118||90||16-1-2||9-9-2||6-4-0|
|New York Rangers||38||18||15||5||41||17||125||103||9-6-3||9-9-2||6-3-1|
|New Jersey Devils||37||13||18||6||32||13||91||118||4-13-3||9-5-3||3-5-2|
|Vegas Golden Knights||38||25||11||2||52||25||120||88||14-4-2||11-7-0||4-5-1|
|St. Louis Blues||39||17||16||6||40||15||107||125||5-9-4||12-7-2||3-6-1|
|San Jose Sharks||38||17||17||4||38||12||106||127||7-7-2||10-10-2||6-4-0|
|Los Angeles Kings||38||15||17||6||36||14||104||110||7-7-4||8-10-2||3-7-0|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||40||27||10||3||57||26||133||100||13-6-2||14-4-1||8-1-1|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||39||26||11||2||54||25||132||97||15-4-0||11-7-2||5-5-0|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||41||15||18||8||38||13||102||131||8-6-6||7-12-2||3-6-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||41||13||22||6||32||13||90||128||9-8-4||4-14-2||3-5-2|