HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
KOKOMO 13 MARION 1
LAFAYETTE JEFF 8 WESTERN 7
SETON CATHOLIC 6 OLDENBURG ACADEMY 4…CARDINALS: Scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a 4-1 deficit. Brendon Brown 1-2 RBI….Jake Moynihan 2-4….Luke Leverton 2-4….Nolan Burkhardt 1-3 RBI…PITCHING: Luke Leverton 5IP 6H 4R 2ER 9K
GREENSBURG 4 KNIGHTSTOWN 1
NEW CASTLE 5 SHELBYVILLE 2
MT. VERNON 5 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3
PENDLETON 5 NEW PALESTINE 3
BLUE RIVER 8 MUNCIE BURRIS 2
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
HAMILTON SE 14 RICHMOND 4….RICHMOND commits 11 errors
McCUTCHEON 9 CLINTON PRAIRIE 1
BROWNSBURG 4 HARRISON 2
KOKOMO 12 DELTA 3
LAPEL 13 ANDERSON 0
LINCOLN 8 NORTHEASTERN 0…GOLDEN EAGLES: Win TEC Championship…. Abbey Weaver 1-1 2RBI….Sommer Taylor 2-3 RBI….Jaela Patton 3-4 1R….Alyssa Messer 2-4 RBI….Paige Lunsford 1-3 RBI 2R….Allison Frost 2-4 RBI….PITCHING: Kaleigh Lamb 7IP 3H 0R 0ER 13K
CENTERVILLE 30 BLUE RIVER 0….BULLDOGS: Scored 15 runs in the first inning, managed 13 hits and 11 stolden bases….Hayley Pipenger 3-3 4RBI 5R….Bri Shephard 3-3 5RBI 4R….Haylee Parker 1-3 2RBI 3R….Shaellyn Bennett 3RBI 3R….2-2 4RBI….Morgan Clark 3R RBI….Drew Tubesing 1-1 2RBI 2R….Jade Hill 1-2 RBI 4R….Graci Plyley 1-1 3RBI 2R…PITCHING: Haylee Parker 3IP OH 0R 0ER 5K…Jade Hill 2IP 0H 0R 0ER 1K
KNIGHTSTOWN 15 UNION CITY 10 (8)
FRANKLIN COUNTY 2 RUSHVILLE 1
EASTERN HANCOCK 17 MONROE CENTRAL 0
NEW PALESTINE 8 FISHERS 2
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF
RICHMOND 184, NEW CASTLE 186….Ryder Cate 43, Carson Lafuse , Sam Reising and Jack Webber all 47’s and Alex Brown 50.
CENTERVILLE 215, BLUE RIVER 216, UNION 233…. Mikey Davis 45.
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
NORTHEASTERN 5 SETON CATHOLIC 0
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NFL RETURNS TO LONDON WITH TWO GAMES IN 2021
The National Football League today announced that it will return to playing International Series Games in 2021, with two games to be held at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons will host the New York Jets on Sunday, October 10 and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be at home against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, October 17, with both games kicking off at 2.30 p.m. UK time (9.30 a.m. ET)
The NFL’s London Games series has comprised 28 games over 13 consecutive seasons from 2007-2019. This season’s games will represent the continuation of this important international initiative after the coronavirus pandemic forced all games in 2020 to be played in the United States.
This year’s schedule means that fans in the UK will get to see some of the most exciting quarterbacks in the League, from the first two picks of the 2021 NFL Draft – Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) and Zach Wilson (Jets) – to four-time Pro Bowler Matt Ryan of the Falcons and the Dolphins’ talented play-caller Tua Tagovailoa.
“We are excited to be returning to London and welcoming back our fans for two great matchups,” said Christopher Halpin, NFL Executive Vice-President—Chief Strategy & Growth Officer. “We expect these games to be a celebration of our sport and our robust UK fan base.
“We have been working closely with the UK government, the city of London and the relevant health organisations over the past year in planning the games. Through their successful vaccine rollout and commitment to bringing crowds back to sports events, the time is right for the return of NFL football this fall. We will continue to monitor the COVID environment, putting health and safety first, and will adhere to any and all future COVID regulations and restrictions.”
The UK’s Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “The NFL has become a regular fixture in the UK’s brilliant sporting calendar and I’m delighted to welcome the League back to London for another season. This is a major vote of confidence in our country’s progress to bring coronavirus under control and our ability to stage major sporting events safely. Our Events Research Programme is playing an important role in testing the safe return of fans and will inform our decision making on getting people back watching live sport again safely in greater numbers.”
Todd Kline, Tottenham Hotspur Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the NFL back to Tottenham and to host four more teams and their supporters. It will once again be a tremendous boost for London and our local economy.
“We were thrilled with the feedback we received from the NFL, its coaches, players and fans alike after our first NFL games in 2019. We shall be doing all we can to ensure we create even more great memories for all those that come to experience these two exciting contests later this year.”
The Jaguars will be playing their eighth home game in London, while the Dolphins will play in the UK for the fifth time, and second time as the road team. The Falcons and Jets will both take the field in London for the second time.
“The Jaguars are honored to return to London, our home away from home, and continue in our mission to grow the NFL and promote Jacksonville in the UK and beyond,” said Jaguars team owner Shad Khan. “With Urban Meyer as our head coach, we’ll be arriving with an entirely new look and attitude that I’m confident will meet the approval of our Union Jax supporters. I’m also hoping that many of our loyal fans in Jacksonville can join us in London for a great experience and to ratchet up the homefield advantage. Go Jags!”
Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said: “We’re honored to return to London for the first time since 2014 as part of the NFL International Series and look forward to the world-class experience at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Our league receives great support from passionate NFL fans in the UK and we’re looking to gain more Falcons fans with the trip.”
Fans can register their interest in receiving ticketing information for the London Games by visiting nfl.com/uk.
The full 2021 NFL regular-season schedule will be announced later today, at 8:00 p.m. ET (1:00 a.m. UK time).
2021 NFL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED Complete 18-Week, 272-Game Regular-Season Schedule
Available on NFL.com The NFL announced today its first-ever 18-week, 272-game regular-season schedule for 2021, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 9, in Tampa Bay and concludes with 16 division games in Week 18 – two on Saturday, January 8, and 14 on Sunday, January 9. The 2021 NFL schedule, Powered by AWS, will feature each team playing 17 regular-season games and three preseason games for the first time, providing fans an extra week of regular-season action. It marks the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games. The 17th game will feature teams from opposing conferences that finished in the same standing within their respective divisions the previous season. The AFC was determined to be the home conference for the 17th game in 2021. The NFL’s 102nd season begins with the league’s annual primetime kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, September 9 (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Week 1 continues Sunday, September 12, with a double-doubleheader featuring four Sunday afternoon games in every market and intriguing matchups in both conferences. On CBS, the defending AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Cleveland Browns (4:25 PM ET) in a rematch of their memorable 2020 Divisional Playoff game. On FOX, the Green Bay Packers travel to face the New Orleans Saints (4:25 PM ET) in a meeting of the NFC’s top two seeds from last year’s postseason. Later that day, NBC’s Sunday Night Football begins with the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Chicago Bears (8:20 PM ET) at SoFi Stadium. Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 13, with ESPN/ABC’s Monday Night Football, featuring the Las Vegas Raiders hosting the Baltimore Ravens (8:15 PM ET) at Allegiant Stadium. A year after opening, both SoFi Stadium and Allegiant Stadium are expected to welcome fans for the first time in their Week 1 primetime slates, as well as the Los Angeles Chargers’ home opener against the Dallas Cowboys (4:25 PM ET, CBS) in Week 2. Additionally, each stadium will take center stage in February, as Allegiant Stadium will host the 2022 Pro Bowl on Sunday, February 6, and SoFi Stadium will host Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13. ESPN will televise one game each Monday night in Weeks 1-17. There will be no Monday night game on the final regular-season weekend (Week 18) to provide more flexibility for the scheduling of the opening weekend of the NFL playoffs. Additionally, ESPN/ABC will air two games with playoff implications on the Saturday of Week 18, January 8. These games will be selected following the conclusion of Week 17. Thursday Night Football will air exclusively on NFL Network in Weeks 2-4 and in Week 16, while FOX kicks off its Thursday night slate in Week 5. FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5- 15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) as well as the Saturday, December 25, game between the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers (4:30 PM ET). Those FOX games are slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, and streamed on Amazon Prime Video, beginning with the Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks game on October 7. In total, NFL Network will exclusively televise eight games (four on Thursday night, one game in London, both games in Week 15 on Saturday, December 18 and one of the December 25 games, the Indianapolis Colts visiting the Arizona Cardinals [8:15 PM ET]). Kickoff times for primetime games will remain unchanged this season. Monday and Saturday night games will kick off at 8:15 ET. Sunday and Thursday night games will kick at 8:20 ET. Once again this season, all 32 clubs will have at least one nationally televised game. A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially underdistributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests were announced today and other “cross-flexed” games will be decided during the season. The NFL’s International Series will return in 2021, as the schedule features two games from London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Atlanta Falcons will play host to the New York Jets in Week 5, airing exclusively on NFL Network (9:30 AM ET), while the Jacksonville Jaguars will play host to the Miami Dolphins in Week 6 (9:30 AM ET, CBS). Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 25. The first game will match two NFC North division rivals, as the Chicago Bears travel to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, FOX). The late afternoon game will feature the Las Vegas Raiders visiting the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, CBS). The Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an interconference matchup between two 2020 playoff teams, as the Bills travel to New Orleans to face the Saints on NBC (8:20 PM ET). The regular season will conclude with Week 18 on Saturday, January 8, and Sunday, January 9. For the 12th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for the final week of the season are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. For the first time ever, the NFL’s 32 teams will each play 17 games over 18 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 6 and end in Week 14. Eleven 2021 games are rematches of the 2020 playoffs, including the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football in Week 5 (8:20 PM ET, NBC), a rematch of the AFC Championship Game. Other 2021 schedule notes: • Fifteen games will be Super Bowl rematches. • Aaron Rodgers, the 2020 NFL MVP, and Lamar Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, are scheduled to meet for the first time in their careers when the Green Bay Packers travel to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15 (1:00 PM ET, FOX). • On Sunday Night Football in Week 4, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to New England (8:20 PM ET, NBC), where Brady won six Super Bowls with the Patriots. He can become the fourth quarterback in league history to defeat all 32 teams. • The top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, are scheduled to meet in Week 16 when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to play the New York Jets (1:00 PM ET, CBS). If both players start, it will mark the fourth game in NFL history between rookie starting quarterbacks selected first and second overall. • Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey and Dak Prescott are among the exciting group of stars expected to return to the field in 2021. “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-18. Additionally, in Weeks 5-10, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-17, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday or Monday nights. In Week 15, two of the five matchups designated as TBD will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for such designated Week 15 matchups will be determined and announced no later than four weeks prior to game day. For Week 18, two Saturday games and the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 9. The schedule does not list Saturday games or a Sunday night game in Week 18, but games with playoff implications will be moved to those time slots. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and give “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime. In Week 18, two games will be played on Saturday, one at 4:30 PM ET and one at 8:15 PM ET with the remainder to be played on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM ET and 4:25 PM ET, and one matchup to be played on Sunday night at 8:20 PM ET. Specific dates and start times for Week 18 matchups will be determined and announced following the conclusion of Week 17. Introduced last year and continuing in 2021, a total of 14 teams – seven each in the American and National Football Conferences – will make the postseason. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7. Since 1990 – a streak of 31 consecutive seasons – at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before, including seven of the 14 playoff teams in 2020. AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed. Wild Card Weekend for the 2021 season will feature six games, starting on Saturday, January 15. Wild Card Weekend winners join the top seeds in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 22-23. The AFC and NFC Championship Games, presented by Intuit TurboTax Live, will be played on Sunday, January 30. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 13, in Super Bowl LVI at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium (NBC), marking the first time the league’s final game is played in the Los Angeles area since Super Bowl XXVII in 1993. The NFL is the only sports league that presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets. All postseason games are televised nationally. Westwood One will broadcast on radio all NFL primetime games, the three Thanksgiving Day games and the entire NFL playoffs. SiriusXM subscribers will have access to every live NFL game, as well as exclusive 24/7 talk channel coverage on SXM NFL Radio.
2021 PRESEASON WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX)
WEEK 1 (AUGUST 12-16)
Dallas at Arizona
Tennessee at Atlanta
New Orleans at Baltimore
Miami at Chicago
Buffalo at Detroit
Houston at Green Bay
Carolina at Indianapolis
Cleveland at Jacksonville
Seattle at Las Vegas
L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams
Denver at Minnesota
Washington at New England
N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Kansas City at San Francisco
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay
WEEK 2 (AUGUST 19-23)
Kansas City at Arizona (8/20, ESPN)
Baltimore at Carolina
Buffalo at Chicago
N.Y. Giants at Cleveland
Houston at Dallas
N.Y. Jets at Green Bay
San Francisco at L.A. Chargers
Las Vegas at L.A. Rams
Atlanta at Miami
Indianapolis at Minnesota
Jacksonville at New Orleans (8/23, ESPN)
New England at Philadelphia
Detroit at Pittsburgh
Denver at Seattle
Tennessee at Tampa Bay
Cincinnati at Washington
WEEK 3 (AUGUST 26-30)
Cleveland at Atlanta (8/29, NBC)
Green Bay at Buffalo
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Miami at Cincinnati (8/29, CBS)
Jacksonville at Dallas
L.A. Rams at Denver
Indianapolis at Detroit
Tampa Bay at Houston
Minnesota at Kansas City
Arizona at New Orleans
New England at N.Y. Giants
Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets
Las Vegas at San Francisco
L.A. Chargers at Seattle
Chicago at Tennessee
Baltimore at Washington
2021 NFL SCHEDULE
(Games grouped by start times and listed alphabetically by home team)
GAME LOCAL ET TV
Thursday, September 09, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 13, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Thursday, September 16, 2021
New York Giants at Washington Football Team (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 19, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 20, 2021
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 27, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC
Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Chicago Bears at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 25, 2021
New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 01, 2021
New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 04, 2021
New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 07, 2021
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Philadelphia Eagles 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 08, 2021
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 15, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 18, 2021
New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 22, 2021
New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS
Buffalo Bills at New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, November 29, 2021
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, December 05, 2021
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Washington Football Team at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 06, 2021
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 09, 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX
New York Giants at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 13, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (Mon) 6:15p (MT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Saturday, December 18, 2021
TBD TBD 4:30p NFLN
TBD TBD 8:15p NFLN
Saturday Pool Date/Time/Network TBD
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills TBD TBD TBD
Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns TBD TBD TBD
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts TBD TBD TBD
New York Jets at Miami Dolphins TBD TBD TBD
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles TBD TBD TBD
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 20, 2021
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Thursday, December 23, 2021
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers 3:30p (CT) 4:30p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals 6:15p (MT) 8:15p NFLN
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, December 27, 2021
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Sunday, January 02, 2022
Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Miami Dolphins at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, January 03, 2022
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN
Saturday, January 08, 2022
TBD TBD 4:30p ESPN/ABC
TBD TBD 8:15p ESPN/ABC
Sunday, January 09, 2022
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Washington Football Team at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS
TBD TBD 8:20p NBC*
– Sunday night games in Weeks 5-17 subject to change; Week 18 game TBD
**NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change
In Week 18, games eligible to be played on Saturday at 4:30pm and 8:15pm ET or Sunday at 1:00pm, 4:25pm, or 8:20pm
4-run 10th inning leads Reds past Pirates 5-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning as Cincinnati’s bullpen threw 5 1/3 hitless innings, and the Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Wednesday.
Winker singled off reliever Duane Underwood Jr. (1-2) to lead off the 10th, scoring designated runner Nick Senzel. Nick Castellanos singled and Mike Moustakas walked ahead of Suarez, who drove a pitch into the left-center gap for a three-run double.
Lucas Sims (2-1) worked two perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. The Cincinnati bullpen struck out nine without allowing a hit in relief of Sonny Gray.
“That was the key,” manager David Bell said. “It gave us the opportunity to be able to win it. Tenth inning, our offense came through, but we wouldn’t have been in that situation without our pitching.”
Gray ended a 48-game streak of allowing six hits or fewer, as the Pirates earned seven knocks against him in 4 2/3 innings. Gray also threw four wild pitches, helping Pittsburgh advance runners into scoring position in each of the first five innings, but five strikeouts helped him strand six Pirates.
“I felt good,” Gray said. “It was just kind of one of those days. … There was constantly motion on the bases. You’re just trying to make a pitch.”
Gregory Polanco finally brought a Pirates runner home when his single scored Kevin Newman in the fifth.
“We have to find a way to get runs across,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We had opportunities, especially against Sonny Gray, to put people on base, which people have not done in the last couple of years. We gave ourselves opportunities, then didn’t capitalize on them.”
Trevor Cahill started for Pittsburgh and threw 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball while allowing just one run. He walked one and struck out one.
Moustakas led off the second with a home run to left-center field, his fourth of the season. The RBI was the 600th of his 11-year career.
Amed Rosario’s hit in 10th gives Indians 2-1 win over Cubs
CLEVELAND (AP) Amed Rosario’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
Rosario, who drove in Cleveland’s first run with a sixth-inning double, singled to right on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson (1-1), giving the Indians a sweep of the two-game series.
Cleveland has won eight of nine and 12 of 15.
“We believe in our team, man,” winning pitcher James Karinchak said. “We did that since spring training, we always thought we were going to win and I think we’re going to keep winning.”
Chicago threatened in every inning except the eighth but finished 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 baserunners. Joc Pederson drove in the Cubs’ only run with a double in the sixth.
Josh Naylor began the 10th at second base for Cleveland. Jordan Luplow walked, Rene Rivera sacrificed and pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez was intentionally walked. The Cubs employed a five-man infield and Thompson got Cesar Hernandez to pop out before Rosario ended it.
“I mean it feels really, really good not only for me, but also for the team because we won,” Rosario said. “That’s what matters.”
Nick Martini was the Cubs’ automatic runner in the 10th against Karinchak (1-0). Jason Heyward walked, but ldemaro Vargas struck out attempting to bunt. Pederson popped out, and Eric Sogard took a called third strike.
Willson Contreras was 4 for 5 for the Cubs.
Kris Bryant, who was removed from Tuesday’s game because of a sinus issue, came in to pinch-hit in the seventh. He was hit on the left hand by a pitch from Cal Quantrill to load the bases and replaced by Martini.
Shortstop Javier Baez returned after being scratched Tuesday because of lower back tightness. Baez went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Pederson’s sixth-inning hit snapped an 0-for-18 skid with runners in scoring position for Chicago. The Cubs were 2 for 27 with runners in scoring position and stranded 25 baserunners in the two games.
“It’s a tough game,” Pederson said. “They have some really good pitchers. I didn’t come through in the 10th with two runners on. It doesn’t feel good. That’s for sure.”
Zach Davies gave the run back in the sixth on doubles by Hernandez and Rosario. The right-hander worked 5 1/3 innings.
Sam Hentges pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first major league start. The 6-foot-6 left-hander allowed a baserunner in every inning.
Vaughn hits 1st HR, White Sox top Twins 13-8, win 5th in row
CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Andrew Vaughn hit his first career home run, Yasmani Grandal connected for the second straight day and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 13-8 Wednesday night for their fifth win in a row.
Jose Abreu drove in three runs and Billy Hamilton matched his career high with four hits and also scored three times. The White Sox have won six of seven, boosting the best record in the majors to 21-13.
“It came at a good time,” the 23-year-old Vaughn said of his homer. “It added to the lead. “It felt pretty good.”
Nelson Cruz hit his ninth homer for the Twins, who have dropped three straight and seven of eight. Josh Donaldson drove in three runs.
Dallas Keuchel (2-1) won for the first time since April 18. He retired nine straight after giving up three runs in the first three innings, including Cruz’s homer in the first. He left after 5 2/3 innings, surrendering eight hits and six earned runs while striking out just one.
“We had a lot of things going on tonight that were great,” Keuchel said. “I just wish I could’ve pitched a little longer.”
J.A. Happ (2-1) was tagged for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including Vaughn’s two-run homer in the fourth. Grandal went deep in the fifth off reliever Shaun Anderson.
“Normally he’s pretty good at keeping the damage to a minimum,” manager Rocco Baldelli said of his starter. “We weren’t able to do that today.”
Abreu drove in a run with his first triple since 2019 and Yermin Mercedes followed him with an RBI single in the first to give Chicago the lead for good. Vaughn’s solo homer started the scoring in a five-run fifth and Abreu ended it with a two-run single.
Hamilton tripled and doubled in his third career four-hit game and also stole a base.
Chicago has outscored its opponents by a majors-best 72 runs this season and has scored at least nine runs in each of its last four games.
Cole strikes out 12 in eight innings, Yankees beat Rays 1-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over eight stellar innings, Aaron Hicks had a sacrifice fly and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday night amid a coronavirus outbreak that sidelined shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Cole (5-1) scattered four hits and has five starts this season of at least 10 strikeouts and no walks to break Mike Mussina’s single-season team record set in 2001. He struck out all three batters in his final inning, including Brett Phillips on a 98 mph fastball to end the inning.
“He’s so good and so much fun to watch,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “It was just a lot of fun to watch him operate tonight, and really dominate. He’s an ace. He’s a bulldog.”
Aroldis Chapman completed the four-hitter to get his ninth save as New York won consecutive games, including postseason, against the Rays for the first time since July 16-18, 2019.
COVID-19 protocols impacted the Yankees for the second straight day. Torres was kept out of the starting lineup as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coach and support staff reached seven.
Boone had no update on Torres’ status after the game.
“Anytime we get to play right now it’s like a nice release,” Cole said. “It’s the only thing we have to focus on is playing. We’ve got to focus on winning the game, so we take our minds off everything that’s happened over the past few days and get to take a break from it.”
Boone said there were a number of test results pending. Pitching coach Matt Blake joined third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits as members of the coaching staff testing positive.
Six of the seven are asymptomatic. All are fully vaccinated, which Boone said was blunting the effects of the virus.
Cole has struck out 56 since his last walk on Apr. 12, tying Curt Schilling from May to June 2002 for the longest such streak in a season since at least 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“The guy is super,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He was probably, tonight, above and beyond. He had everything working the way he wanted.”
Cole had been 0-4 in eight previous regular-season starts against the Rays. However, he is 3-0 in four playoff outings.
It was the Yankees’ first 1-0 win since Masahiro Tanaka and Chapman combined on a four-hitter on Aug. 11, 2019 at Toronto.
Dark Knight returns: Harvey, Orioles lose to Mets 7-1
NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey was greeted warmly by Mets fans in his return to Citi Field and harshly by New York’s hitters.
Harvey pitched against his former team for the first time and allowed Kevin Pillar’s two-run triple in a three-run second inning that carried the Mets to their seventh straight win, 7-1 over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
Wearing orange and black instead of blue and orange, Harvey (3-3) gave up a season-high seven runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, and his ERA rose from 3.60 to 4.81 as the last-place Orioles lost for the fifth time in six games.
Taijuan Walker (3-1) lowered his ERA to 2.20, allowing one run and four hits over seven innings as part of a five-hitter.
Dominic Smith had three hits and two RBIs for the NL East-leading Mets, who completed a two-game sweep that finished a 5-0 homestand. New York is on its longest hot streak since winning eight straight from Aug. 3-10, 2019.
Nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham and a star of the team that reached the 2015 World Series, Harvey was dealt three seasons ago after pitching poorly and with Mets management peeved as nightlife column mentions approached the frequency of his sports section headlines.
Harvey received a standing ovation from the pandemic-limited crowd of 8,035 when he warmed up for the first, prompting the 32-year-old right-hander to wave twice with his glove and tip his cap. Fans paid tribute with extended applause when he batted in the second and again when walked off with head bowed when pulled in the fifth.
“I didn’t know what to expect in spring training,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said before the game. “This is a guy that has improved since day one of spring training until now.
“He’s kind of reinventing a little bit from a pitching standpoint of how to attack hitters and utilizing his stuff in different ways and found success.”
On the mound where he pitched one-hit ball for nine nearly perfect innings against the Chicago White Sox in 2013, Harvey fell behind when Pete Alonso doubled on 95.1 mph pitch, and Smith singled and Pillar hit a two-run triple off the left-center field wall on consecutive 85.5 mph pitches. Jose Peraza followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
Run-scoring singles by Smith in the third and Michael Conforto in the fifth made it 5-0. Shawn Armstrong relieved with two on and allowed Smith’s RBI double and Peraza’s run-scoring single.
Harvey had last pitched at Citi Field on May 3, 2018, allowing five runs in two innings of relief in an 11-0 loss to Atlanta. He was dropped from the roster the next day and traded to Cincinnati on May 8 for catcher Devin Mesoraco.
Viewed as a successor to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden, Harvey started the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field and memorably talked manager Terry Collins into letting him go out for the ninth inning of World Series Game 5 with a 2-0 lead against Kansas City in 2015. The Royals tied the score off Harvey and went on to win in extra innings against the bullpen for the title.
Harvey was 25-18 with the Mets from 2012-15, then went 9-19 with a 3.66 ERA from 2015-18 for a 34-37 record during a tenure interrupted by Tommy John surgery and an operation to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He has been a vagabond since, pitching for the Reds, Los Angeles Angels (2019), Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate (2019) and Kansas City (2020). He signed a minor league contract with the Orioles in February and gained a $1 million salary when put on the big league roster.
Harden returns to score 18 points, Nets beat Spurs 128-116
NEW YORK (AP) Forget being a reserve. James Harden was sidelined so long he couldn’t remember what it was like even to be a starter.
It all came back quickly, just as he expected.
“Not to like brag or anything, but I’m like really, really good at this game,” Harden said.
Harden had 18 points and 11 assists in his return from an 18-game absence to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the San Antonio Spurs 128-116 on Wednesday night.
Coming off the bench in an NBA game for the first time since he won the league’s Sixth Man award for Oklahoma City in 2011-12, Harden also had seven rebounds after the longest layoff of his career. He hadn’t played since April 5 because of a strained right hamstring.
He said he had forgotten his routines from his days as a sub.
“But that sixth-man role, I mastered that as well,” Harden said. “I got an award for that role. That role is easy. Come in and impact the game. Do whatever it takes to win, whether it’s defensively or offensively. But that’s my role no matter what, especially on this team.”
Landry Shamet scored 21 points and Nicolas Claxton had a career-high 18 for the Nets. They won their third straight and pulled within 1 1/2 games of Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference lead.
Kevin Durant had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Nets played without Kyrie Irving after he left their victory in Chicago on Tuesday with a facial contusion. They still have had their three superstars play together just seven times.
But they put eight players in double figures and shot 60.8% to wrap up a league-best 22-8 record against Western Conference teams.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points for the Spurs, who missed a chance to secure a spot in the play-in tournament. Dejounte Murray had 15 points and 11 rebounds.
“I just want to win and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to win,” Murray said. “But at the end of the day, the situation we’re in, the last option is getting that play-in berth and going to see what we can do to try to get in the playoffs.”
Brooklyn improved to 28-7 when Harden plays. He had missed 20 of the last 21 games and the Nets were only 12-9 in that span.
“So it was a welcome sight for sure. Happy to have him back,” Shamet said.
Kuzma’s late basket gives Lakers 3rd straight win
LOS ANGELES (AP) Kyle Kuzma’s driving layup with 6.9 seconds remaining gave the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers a 124-122 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night and kept the defending NBA champions’ slim hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament alive.
The Lakers led 121-113 with 2:57 remaining, but the Rockets scored nine straight points to go up by a point in the final minute. After a timeout, Kuzma was able to drive the lane and score the go-ahead points.
Houston had a final chance, but Kelly Olynyk had the ball stolen by Ben McLemore with 0.9 seconds remaining. Talen Horton-Tucker then hit the first free throw, but missed the second.
Horton-Tucker scored 23 points, and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who were without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Alex Caruso. James was ruled out for the sixth straight game due to a high right ankle sprain, while Davis (groin) and Caruso (foot) aggravated injuries during an overtime win over the Knicks on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles had seven players in double figures as it extended its winning streak to three for the first time since the middle of March.
Horton-Tucker, who hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime of Tuesday night’s win over the New York Knicks, got his fourth start of the season. He also had 10 assists for his fourth double-double of the season while logging a season-high 37 minutes.
Drummond recorded a double-double for the second straight game and was 9 of 13 from the field. Kuzma scored 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 16.
The Lakers (40-30) are in seventh place in the Western Conference with two games remaining. They are one game behind Portland and Dallas in the battle for a top six spot, which would allow them to avoid being in next week’s play-in tournament. However, the Trail Blazers and Mavericks won the season series over the Lakers and hold the tiebreakers.
Olynyk and Armoni Brooks scored 24 apiece for the Rockets (16-54) and Kenyon Martin Jr. added 20. Houston has dropped seven straight and 44 of its last 49.
Top-five recruit Baldwin Jr. to play for father at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) Patrick Baldwin Jr., one of the nation’s top recruits in his class, says he will play college basketball for his father at Milwaukee.
The 6-foot-9 forward is rated as the nation’s No. 4 senior prospect according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. An ankle injury caused him to miss most of his senior season at Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin.
Baldwin chose the Horizon League program over Duke and Georgetown. He announced his decision Wednesday at a news conference at his high school.
His decision is a huge victory for his father, who has posted a 47-70 record in four seasons as Milwaukee’s coach The Panthers went 10-12 this past season and lost in the Horizon League Tournament semifinals.
The elder Baldwin took over Milwaukee’s program after working as an assistant at Northwestern when the Wildcats made their lone NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.
Milwaukee has posted just one winning season – a 20-13 mark in 2015-16 – since earning its last NCAA Tournament berth in 2014. The Panthers are best known for reaching the Sweet 16 in 2005 under Bruce Pearl.
New York Rangers fire coach Dave Quinn, 3 assistants
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers fired coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches Wednesday after missing the playoffs with one of the NHL’s up-and-coming young teams.
The move is the first major one from new general manager Chris Drury, who took over last week after the team fired popular president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton in the beginning of a major front-office overhaul.
In a brief statement issued by the team, Drury thanked Quinn and the otherss and said the Rangers will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.
In three years, Quinn posted 96-87-25 record in rebuilding the Rangers with a much younger team that included No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere this past season. The roster also includes talented forwards Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Pavel Buchnevich, Kaapo Kakko and standout defenseman Adam Fox.
Assistant coaches Jacques Martin, David Oliver, Greg Brown were also fired. Goaltending coach Benoit Allaire was retained.
Quinn, who was hired by the Rangers after a stint at Boston University, is the fourth NHL coach fired this season, joining Claude Julien of Montreal, Ralph Krueger of Buffalo and Geoff Ward of Calgary. Contracts were also not renewed for John Tortorella of Columbus and Rick Tocchet of Arizona.
The Rangers made the expanded playoffs in the 2019-20 season but were swept in the play-in round by the Carolina Hurricanes. New York posted a 27-23-6 record in this shortened 56-game season and finished in fifth place in the tough East Division.
The past week has been wild for the Rangers.
The unexpected firings of Davidson and Gorton came a day after the team called for the removal of NHL head of player safety George Parros, who fined but did not suspened the Capitals’ Tom Wilson for a scrum that injured Panarin. The league fined the Rangers a whopping $250,000.
The firings of Davidson and Gorton were described as unrelated to the Wilson saga.
Williams’ 1,000th match ends in defeat at Italian Open
ROME (AP) Serena Williams’ 1,000th tour-level match ended in defeat as she marked her return to action with a 7-6 (6), 7-5 loss to Nadia Podoroska on Wednesday in the second round of the Italian Open.
The eighth-seeded Williams, who hadn’t played since the Australian Open, came from a break down twice in the opening set and saved the first three set points she faced in the tiebreaker before Podoroska converted her fourth. The Argentine went on to win in 1 hour, 58 minutes.
“It’s tough to have a first match on clay. It was definitely kind of good to go the distance and to try to be out there, but clearly I can do legions better,” said Williams, who has won the Italian Open four times. “Maybe I do need a few more matches, so I’m going to try to figure that out with my coach and my team and see what we would like to do. … I have been training for months, but it feels definitely different on clay to make that last adjustment.”
The 24-year-old Podoroska took a 5-2 lead in the second set but was broken at love the first time she tried to serve out the match. However, she broke Williams again in the 12th game to seal her third career win over a top-10 player.
In the men’s tournament, Rafael Nadal was playing local teenager Jannik Sinner.
Earlier, third-seeded Daniil Medvedev lost 6-2, 6-4 to fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev.
Teri Moren Named Court Coach For 2021 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Indiana women’s basketball head coach Teri Moren has been named a court coach for the upcoming USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials.
This will be Moren’s first time participating with USA Basketball and selections were made by USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. She will take place in the trials held from May 14-16 at Metro State University in Denver.
Moren, along with Memphis head coach Katrina Merriweather, will serve as court coaches to assist the USA U19 coaching staff, including head coach Cori Close (UCLA) and assistant coaches Aaron Johnston (South Dakota State) and Joni Taylor (University of Georgia), with on-court drills and scrimmages during trials. Featuring U19 teams from 16 nations, the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup is scheduled to be held Aug. 7-15 in Debrecen, Hungary. In addition to the USA and host Hungary, teams that will take part in this summer’s U19 World Cup include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, Mali, Russia, South Korea and Spain.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve as a court coach for USA Basketball’s U19 tryouts,” said Moren. “It is with great pride and gratitude to experience this process alongside fantastic coaches and while working with some of the best young athletes in our game today.”
She is entering her eighth season as the head coach of the Hoosiers and her 18th season as a collegiate head coach. She holds a 148-79 record during her time in Bloomington and is the program’s second all-time winningest coach. During her tenure, the Seymour, Ind. native has guided IU to two NCAA Tournament appearances and a 2018 WNIT Championship.
Indiana is coming off one of its most successful campaigns in school history where it advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2020-21. They finished 21-6 overall – its sixth-consecutive 20-win season- and set a school record with 16 Big Ten wins. Four players earned All-Big Ten honors including the nation’s leader in triple doubles junior guard Grace Berger and sophomore forward Mackenzie Holmes. The duo also earned a combined three All-American honors while IU finished the season ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – InterMat and MatScouts announced their 2021 recruiting class rankings this week, naming the Boilermakers’ class the No. 20 and No. 22 groups in the nation, respectively. Head coach Tony Ersland signed five individuals to national letters of intent in the incoming class, all earning top-200 national rankings from MatScout.
The top-25 ranked class marks Ersland’s sixth in seven years as the Boilermakers’ head coach and his first with five top-200 recruits. It’s the first time since 2016 the program inked a trio of top-100 individuals, following the signing of Christian Brunner, Griffin Parriott and Devin Schroder in Ersland’s second class.
Michigan native Stoney Buell is the top-ranked individual in the Boilermakers’ class, earning the No. 74 spot after winning four state titles, followed by Ohio’s Ben Vanadia and Dustin Norris at No. 90 and No. 94, respectively. Ersland’s late additions, Hayden Filipovich and Tristan Ruhlman, also jumped into the top-200 of MatScouts final 2021 rankings, earning the No. 174 and 198 spots.
The group combined for four high school state titles this spring, with Ben Vanadia unable to compete in his state tournament due to injury. Buell took home a 189-pound state title in Michigan, wrestling up two weight classes from his junior season crown, while Norris took home the 126-pound Ohio state championship. Filipovich and Ruhlman won their titles in succession at the Indiana state tournament, winning at 195 and 220, respectively.
Boilermakers to Close Season at Wisconsin
Purdue (15-25) at Wisconsin (17-19)
Friday, May 14 | 4 p.m. ET | BTN+
Saturday, May 15 (DH) | 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET | BTN+
Sunday, May 16 | 1 p.m. ET | BTN+
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In the final week of the regular season, Purdue softball (15-25) will travel to Wisconsin (17-19) for its final four games.
The Boilermakers won seven of the last 12 games, including a split series last weekend against Northwestern and a series win vs. Ohio State (3-1) the week prior. Meanwhile Wisconsin split last weekend at Michigan State won 10 of its last 13 games.
The Boilermakers are led by junior shortstop Rachel Becker, who in addition to leading the team in 11 statistical categories, ranks among the nation’s top 10 with a .469 batting average (9th in the nation), 16 doubles (10th in the nation) and 0.40 doubles per game (10th in the nation).
Freshman Kiley Goff owns 17 walks this season, good for second on the team 10th among all league batters.
Defensively, Purdue is among the top with a fielding percentage of .971, good for 48th in the nation.
Senior outfielder Ryleigh Scott holds a perfect 1.000 fielding %. Last weekend on Senior Day, her over-the-shoulder catch in the seventh inning in Purdue’s 1-0 shutout over Northwestern made SC Top 10, checking in at No. 6.
Pitcher Ashley Peters led Purdue to its fourth shutout of the season and her second complete-game shutout of 2021 vs. Northwestern (5/8).
Infielder Becca Jones is on a five-game hitting streak.
Becker has reached base in 13 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team.
Freshman Kaitlyn Brannstrom’s 26 RBI are the 9th-most by a Big Ten player this season. She is one of only three freshmen in the league to put up as many (Denali Loecker, Nebraska and Billie Andrews, Iowa).
Junior shortstop Rachel Becker leads the team in 11 categories including: runs, hits, batting average, games started and slugging percentage. Nationally, she ranks in the top 10 in three categories: 9th in batting average (.469) and 10th in doubles (16) and doubles per game (.40).
NCAA Regional Cancellation Ends Women’s Golf 2021 Season
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Purdue women’s golf team saw its season come to an abrupt end after the NCAA Regional in Baton Rouge was canceled after three restless days. Heavy rains, thunderstorms and lightning led to unplayable conditions at LSU’s University Club and not a single drive, fairway shot or putt to be made by the 18 teams and six individuals scheduled to compete in the planned 54-hole event.
“The NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee regrets that the 2021 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships regional in Baton Rouge could not be conducted as scheduled this week. The University Club has taken on over seven inches of rain in the past several days,” the NCAA’s Rick Nixon said in a statement. “The Division I Women’s Golf Committee, NCAA staff and the Games Committee in Baton Rouge have been in constant communication throughout the past several days about the course conditions that have led to this unprecedented and most difficult decision.”
“Committee policy states that since play could not take place Wednesday, advancement will be determined by the original seeding of teams used for selection to the 2021 championship, with the top six teams and top three individuals, not on an advancing team, going to the national championships,” Nixon added.
The six top seeded schools advancing to the NCAA Championship from Baton Rouge are LSU, Mississippi, Baylor, Oregon, Maryland and Alabama, while the top three individuals are Karen Fredgaard (Houston); Nataliya Guseva, (Miami (Florida) and Hanna Alberto (Sam Houston).
Meitz, Phee to Race at Pro Swim Series in Indy
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue alumni and Olympic hopefuls Kaersten Meitz and Jinq En Phee are slated to race at the TYR Pro Swim Series Councilman Classic, hosted by USA Swimming in Indianapolis this weekend.
The meet opened Wednesday evening with the 1500-meter freestyle and continues through Saturday evening at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Indianapolis’ premier aquatic center is also hosting the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for diving next month (June 6-13).
Meitz is entered in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle. She’s seeded second in the 400 and among the top eight in the other two events. The 2018 Purdue graduate is a member of the USA Swimming National Team.
As a member of the Malaysian National Team and a 2016 Olympian, Phee is afforded the opportunity to compete in the USA Swimming’s Pro Swim Series. She is entered in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and is seeded seventh in the 100.
PRO SWIM SERIES INDIANAPOLIS – PURDUE’S MEET SCHEDULE
Prelim Time Listed is First Heat of the Event
Finals Nightly at 6 p.m. (Top 16 Qualify)
Thursday, May 13
100 Breaststroke – Jinq En Phee; 1st of 5 Heats at 9:26 a.m.
400 Freestyle – Kaersten Meitz; 1st of 4 Heats at 10:07 a.m.
Friday, May 14
200 Free – Kaersten Meitz; 1st of 6 Heats at 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 15
200 Breast – Jinq En Phee; 1st of 5 Heats at 9:20 a.m.
800 Free – Kaersten Meitz in Finals Session as No. 6 Seed
Meitz headlines a group of Boilermakers – current student-athletes and alumni – slated to race at the U.S. Olympic Trials next month in Omaha. USA Swimming opted to split the trials into two waves of competitions this year. Time standards have been established for both waves and the top finishers from Wave I (June 4-7) have the opportunity to qualify for Wave II (June 13-20). Wave II will serve as the sole qualifier to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian National Championships – set for June 11 to 13 in Kuala Lumpur – will serve as the Olympic qualifier for Phee’s home country. The 2020 Purdue graduate won gold in the 50 and 100 breast at the Southeast Asian Games in the December 2019. Since competing in the 100 breast at the 2016 Olympic Games, she also represented Malaysia at the FINA World Championships in July 2019 and FINA Swimming World Cup in October 2019.
Butler Softball’s Fey and Ricketts Earn All-BIG EAST First Team Honors
NEW YORK – With the BIG EAST Softball Championship presented by JEEP getting under way on Thursday, the Conference announced its annual regular-season awards on Wednesday. Butler’s Lauren Fey and Karli Ricketts earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors. Fey was one of five unanimous selections.
Villanova’s Paige Rauch became the first in league history to sweep BIG EAST Player of the Year and BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year honors in the same season. Regular-season champion DePaul collected BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year recognition, while Blue Demon senior shortstop Maranda Gutierrez was voted BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for the second time. UConn shortstop Jana Sanden was tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year to round out the major award winners.
An All-BIG EAST First Team and All-BIG EAST Second Team were also named, each consisting of 12 players made up of at least two pitchers, with the remaining spots selected at-large. All-BIG EAST Teams and major awards are selected via a vote of the league’s head coaches who are not allowed to vote for their own players or coaching staffs.
Fey is second in the BIG EAST with a .427 batting average. That mark is also 39th in the nation entering this week’s tournament. Fey has walked 21 times (second in the conference) to go along with her 47 hits (third in the conference), which has contributed to her .519 on-base percentage, which is third among BIG EAST batters. Her on-base percentage is just outside the Top 50 nationally. Fey leads the BIG EAST in triples (seven), and is tied for fifth in both runs scored (22) and stolen bases (12).
Fey strikes out once every 18.3 plate appearances, which leads the conference and is 80th nationally.
In the circle, Ricketts has 113 strikeouts on the season, which is second in the league. Those have come in 95.1 innings of work. Ricketts is fourth in the BIG EAST in ERA (2.72) and opponents are batting only .223 against her, which is third in the BIG EAST. At the plate, Ricketts has been the largest source of power for the Butler line-up this season. Her seven home runs and 26 RBI are both tied for fourth in the BIG EAST.
Butler opens the BIG EAST Tournament on Thursday with a noon first pitch against the top-seeded Blue Demons of DePaul. The double-elimination tournament in Storrs, Conn., is scheduled to run through Saturday.
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Paige Rauch, Villanova, Sr., P*
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year
Paige Rauch, Villanova, Sr., P
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Sr., SS
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
Jana Sanden, UConn, Fr., SS
BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team
Lauren Fey, Butler, Jr., 2B*
Karli Ricketts, Butler, Jr., P/DP
Reese Guevarra, UConn, Sr., OF
Jana Sanden, UConn, Fr., SS*
Kailey Wilson, Creighton, So., DP*
Ashley Cantu, Creighton, Sr., OF
Jessica Cothern DePaul, Sr., C*
Natalie Halvorson, DePaul, Sr., P
Gretchen Bowie, St. John’s, Grad., 3B
Marissa Rizzi, St. John’s, Grad., 1B
Paige Rauch, Villanova, Sr., P*
Ryan Henry, Villanova, Jr., DP
All-BIG EAST Second Team
Devon Casazza, UConn, Grad., C
Krista Dalgarn, DePaul, Sr., P
Brooke Johnson, DePaul, So., 1B
Maranda Gutierrez, DePaul, Sr., SS
Kate Polucha, DePaul, Sr., OF/LF
Nicole Sullivan, DePaul, Fr., 3B
Daniela Alvarez, Providence, Jr., P
Kaitlin Mattera, St. John’s, Grad., C
Hailey Arteaga, Seton Hall, Grad., OF
Ally Jones, Villanova, So., C
Angela Giampolo, Villanova, Sr., 2B
Megan Kern, Villanova, Jr., SS
Butler WSoccer Places Three on All-Region Teams
Three Bulldogs earned All-East Region honors as announced by the United Soccer Coaches this week. Junior forward Katie Soderstrom was a first team selection, while fellow junior Anastasia Savich and sophomore Aliya Diagne made the second team.
This is the ninth consecutive year at least one Bulldog has been named to an all-region team and 14th season with a Butler region representative in program history.
Soderstrom earned her second career all-region nod after tabbing six goals and five assists in the 2020-21 season, including a hat trick in the Bulldog’s win over Dayton. She started all 12 games, helping Butler to a BIG EAST Championship appearance. She is a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree and a 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
Savich led the team with nine goals in 2021, which ranked second in the BIG EAST. She tied a program record for goals and points in a single game after scoring four goals (eight points) in Butler’s win over Marian. Starting all 12 games, she led the Bulldogs to a sixth consecutive post-season tournament appearance.
Savich, the 2018 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, is a three time All-BIG EAST selection and two-time all-region pick.
Sophomore Diagne built on her rookie season success and was a solid piece in the midfield for the 2021 Bulldogs. She appeared in all 12 games, making 11 starts, and delivered two goals and two assists on the season. The midfielder earned All-BIG EAST honors for the second consecutive season.
JACK KIELTY NAMED ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the fourth time in the last six seasons, the Atlantic Coast Conference has named a Notre Dame student-athlete the Defensive Player of the Year, as defenseman Jack Kielty earned the honor Wednesday.
Kielty joins Sexton (2018) and Matt Landis (2015 & 2016) as Notre Dame winners of the award.
The ACC accolade is just the latest in a long list of honors for the graduate student. Kielty is a Tewaaraton Award nominee, an All-American and the only defenseman in the country to be named US Lacrosse Magazine’s National Player of the Week during the 2021 season.
Kielty has been a mainstay on the defensive unit over the past four seasons. The grad student has started 46 straight games dating back to the beginning of his sophomore year. Kielty helped lead the Irish to the 2018 ACC Championship title.
Kietly has been a lockdown defender in 2021, holding nine of his 10 main defensive assignments below their season average point total. Over his career Kielty has accrued 119 ground balls and caused 33 turnovers.
CITRON NAMED A WBCA ALL-AMERICAN
ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced its 2021 WBCA High School All-America team on Wednesday, as incoming Notre Dame freshman Sonia Citron was one of just 10 student-athletes recognized. Citron, a 6-1 guard out of Ursuline School, continues to stockpile honors as her prep career comes to a close.
“We congratulate the 10 members of the 2021 WBCA High School Coaches’ All-America team for what they have accomplished in this challenging season,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate their teams and themselves to an elite level of competition. Through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have also lifted the women’s game.”
This was not Citron’s first All-America recognition this year, as she was previously dubbed a 2021 McDonald’s All-American (24th Irish player to be named one) and a 2021 MaxPreps 2nd Team All-American as well.
Citron was also named Section I Miss Basketball in New York after averaging 26.5 ppg, 11.2 rpg and 5.0 apg during her senior year. The New York native had quite the proper sendoff, ending her prep career with 38 consecutive victories at Ursuline, capped by a Southern Westchester Group 1 championship.
The year prior, when Citron was named the 2020 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year, she led the Koalas to their first Section 1 title since 2003.
Citron will be participating in the USA U19 trials May 14-16 before linking up with the Fighting Irish for summer classes and training in June.
|Sonia Citron||6-1||Guard||Ursuline School (New Rochelle, NY)|
|Brooke Demetre||6-2||Forward||Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA)|
|Caroline Durcharme||5-10||Guard||Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, MA)|
|Sania Feagin||6-3||Forward||Forest Park High School (GA)|
|Raven Johnson||5-8||Guard||Westlake High School (Atlanta, GA)|
|Teonni Key||6-3||Forward||Cary High School (NC)|
|Aaliyah Moore||6-1||Forward||Moore High School (OK)|
|Saniya Rivers||6-0||Guard||Eugene Ashley High School (Wilmington, NC)|
|Payton Verhulst||6-1||Guard||Bishop Miege High School (Roeland Park, KS)|
|Jersey Wolfenbarger||6-5||Forward||Northside High School (Fort Smith, AR)|
IRISH PLACE THREE ON ALL-ACC TEAM
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Three members of the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team received All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team accolades on Wednesday, as announced by the league office.
Graduate student defenseman Jack Kielty, sophomore attackman Pat Kavanagh and sophomore goalie Liam Entenmann earned the recognition for the Irish.
Notre Dame’s three honorees make it six straight seasons the Irish have placed at least three student-athletes on the team.
Wednesday’s honors are the first for all three Notre Dame players. The honors were voted on by the five league coaches.
Earlier in the day, Kielty earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year status. The graduate student has been a lock down defender all season for the conference’s top defensive unit and was the only defenseman all season to be named US Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week. Kielty has held nine of his 10 primary assignments in 2021 to below their season averages for points.
Kavanagh has been a revelation in the attack for Notre Dame, averaging 5.9 points per game to rank second in the league. The sophomore broke Notre Dame program records for assists in a season (36) and points in a game (10) during the 2021 campaign. The attackman has also become a mainstay on SportsCenter, regularly appearing in its Top 10 countdown for best plays in the country.
Entenmann has been one of the top shot stoppers in the country during his sophomore season. The goalie leads the ACC and ranks in the top six in the country in both save percentage (.580) and goals allowed per game (8.41). The sophomore made a career-high 18 saves while allowing just three goals in the win over Marquette.
With three selections to the 2021 All-ACC Team, Notre Dame now has 25 honorees over the seven years in which the league has handed out honors (none in 2020 due to COVID-19).
The Irish will look open up play in the NCAA Championships at 5 p.m. ET in Denver with a first round matchup against Drexel. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Hot Bats Help Sycamores Advance in MVC Tournament
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Indiana State softball team is moving on to the second round of the MVC Championship after downing No. 10 seed Valparaiso on Wednesday afternoon 9-5 at Cooper Stadium. With the victory, the Sycamores move to 20-27 on the season.
Valley Freshman of the Year, Isabella Henning had herself a game, going 2-for-4 with a season and career-high four RBIs. Henning’s double in the bottom of the sixth tied her for sixth all-time in the ISU record books with 13 on the year.
Valpo jumped out in front first scoring the first run of the contest on a bases loaded groundout. The Sycamores answered in the bottom of the third plating five runs on a Brown & Gold error, a Lexie Siwek double and a single from Mallory Marsicek, giving the Trees the 5-1 lead.
Isabella Henning drove in another run for the Sycamores with a single left field. Valpo plated a pair of runs on a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. The Sycamores brought in a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth with a double from Henning. Amanda Guercio brought in another run on a groundout.
Pitchers of Record
Win: Lexi Benko, Indiana State (6-9)
Loss: Easton Seib, Valparaiso (1-13)
Indiana State will face No. 6 seed Bradley in the second round of the MVC Championship in Evansville, Ind. at Cooper Stadium with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. ET.
Swart Honored By Horizon League
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced its softball All-League Teams on Wednesday, May 12 and Purdue Fort Wayne’s Madeline Swart was named to the All-League Second Team.
Swart, a sophomore from Wheatfield, Indiana, played in 37 games and started all of them in the leadoff spot. She hit .353 for the season with 42 hits on 119 at bats. She led the Mastodons with 29 runs, which is the sixth-most in the Horizon League. Swart was 10th in the league in doubles with nine.
Swart had 13 games with multiple hits, which was the most on the team. Swart had three hits at UIC (March 20) and against Green Bay (May 1). She had a career-high five RBIs against the Phoenix in a 9-7 win on April 30.
The sophomore infielder led Purdue Fort Wayne to a 12-27, 11-24 record in the Mastodons’ first season in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons’ 11 league wins were the most in a season since 2014.
2021 #HLSB Awards
Player of the Year: Kayla Wedl, UIC
Pitcher of the Year: Elle Buffenbarger, Youngstown State
Freshman of the Year: Jillian Jakse, Youngstown State
Coach of the Year: Brian Campbell, Youngstown State
All-League First Team
Tiffany Giese, Green Bay, OF, R-So.
Samantha Saloun, Green Bay, C, Fr.
Cammie Brummitt, Oakland, 1B, R-Jr.
Lauren Griffith, Oakland, OF/DP, Jr.
Madison Jones, Oakland, 3B, R-Jr.
Natalie Higgins, RMU, RF, Gr.
Samantha Ferguson, UIC, DP/C, So.
Kayla Wedl, UIC, SS, Gr.
Jillian Jakse, Youngstown State, 1B, Fr.
Nikki Saibene, Youngstown State, 3B, R-Jr.
Sydney Campbell, Oakland, So.
Elle Buffenbarger, Youngstown State, R-Jr.
All-League Second Team
Morgan Bihun, Green Bay, 3B, R-Jr.
Jordan Barnes, IUPUI, C, So.
Morgan Gilbert, IUPUI, SS, Fr.
Ava Lawson, Northern Kentucky, OF, R-Sr.
Ella LeMonier, Northern Kentucky, OF, Fr.
Kendyl McKeough, Northern Kentucky, UT, Jr.
Jen Krizka, Oakland, C, So.
Madeline Swart, Purdue Fort Wayne, SS, So.
Alannah Cran, UIC, OF, So.
Alex DeLeon, Youngstown State, SS, R-So.
Marley Hanlon, UIC, Sr.
Maddi Lusk, Youngstown State, Sr.
Jadin Justman, Green Bay, 2B
Samantha Saloun, Green Bay, C
Morgan Gilbert, IUPUI, SS
Madisyn Eads, Northern Kentucky, P
Ella LeMonier, Northern Kentucky, OF
Charlotte Grover, RMU, SS
Dee Dee Caskey, UIC, OF
Jillian Jakse, Youngstown State, 1B
Hailey Niederkohr, Youngstown State, UT
MORGAN GILBERT AND JORDAN BARNES EARN #HLSB ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
INDIANAPOLIS – Jordan Barnes and Morgan Gilbert have been named to the Horizon League Softball All-League Second Team, the league announced on Wednesday (May 12). Gilbert was also rewarded with a nod to the All-Freshman Team.
Barnes finished the season leading the Jaguar offense in batting average (.325), slugging percentage (.506) and on base percentage (.429). The IUPUI catcher also finished the season second on the team with four home runs and 17 RBI. Defensively, Barnes finished the season with seven runners thrown out stealing in 28 attempts.
Gilbert earned her spot on the second team and freshman team after finishing second in the lineup with a .320 batting average and tallying a team-high 49 hits, 14 more than any other Jaguar. Giblert also finished the season with a team-high four triples, drove in 16 runs and only struck out 11 times in 153 at bats. On the base paths, Gilbert was second in the Horizon League with 17 stolen bases, the most by a Jaguar since 2015.
“Congrats to both Jordan and Morgan who were tremendous contributors to the IUPUI softball team,” said head coach Elisabeth Beirne, “We are excited to see what they will do in the future.”
Barnes and Gilbert tied for the longest reached base streak on the season for IUPUI at 15 games. Gilbert’s streak was also a 15-game hitting streak and Gilbert finished with the most multi-hit games on the roster at 13 and was one of two Jags to have four hits in a game this year.
Greyhounds Climb Leaderboard on Day 2 of Nationals
DEARBORN, Mich. – Bolstered by another under-par round by now-co-leader Pilar Echeverria, the UIndy women’s golf team (+23) jumped three spots into third place at the 2021 NCAA DII Championships, held at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Mich. Just 18 holes remain in stroke play, with the top eight teams advancing to the medal/match-play quarterfinals on Friday.
Echeverria engineered her second straight round of 71 and now shares first place with Lynn’s Helen Kreuzer at -2. The Guatemala City native strung together four birdies over one five-hole stretch to help her remain under par. She will be in contention Thursday to become the program’s third individual national championship.
Elsewhere, a number of Greyhounds improved their scores Wednesday as UIndy finished at +2 as a team. Junior Cailyn Henderson moved up nine spots on the individual leaderboard, carding a one-over 73 in round two to settle into a tie for 20th. Senior Anna Kramer (+11, T-28th) and junior Elyse Stasil (+12, T-35th) also made upward moves today, highlighted by the latter’s even-par 72. Sophomore Hunter Nugent is also at +12 to share 35th with Stasil.
UIndy will be in the final groups for Thursday’s final round of stroke play and will be pairing up with team-leader Limestone (+10) and second-place Lynn (+14). Tee times will start at 9:22 a.m. ET. Follow live results here.
Senior Pilar Echeverria fired a one-under 71 Tuesday to open the 2021 NCAA DII Championships, leading the Greyhounds into sixth place after 18 holes at the year’s biggest tournament. With the Hounds teeing off from hole No. 10, Echeverria shook off a couple of earlier bogeys to shoot three-under over her final 15 holes, including a two-under 34 on the front nine. The two-time DII Player of the Year is just one stroke back of leader Camilia Madariaga (-2) of Lynn.
Sophomore Hunter Nugent put together a late charge of her own, birdying two of her final four holes to climb to 25th at +6. Regional-medalist Cailyn Henderson is one back of Nugent in a 10-way tie for 29th, while Anna Kramer (+9) and Elyse Stasil (+12) are tied for 45th and 62nd, respectively.
Trio of Hounds Take Home GLVC Honors
INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced its 2020-21 All-GLVC Baseball selections on Wednesday. Senior Reid Werner, junior Trey Smith, and junior Alex Vela were honored in the selections.
“It’s always great to have some of our guys recognized for a tremendous season and the three guys receiving awards from the conference office are more than deserving,” said Head Coach Al Ready.
Werner and Smith being selected for All-GLVC first team, while Alex Vela received a James A. Spalding Sportsmanship nomination.
The complete game warrior – the Greenwood native has led the Hounds this year with 5 complete games 84.1 innings pitched.
The started has struck out 81 batters thus far in the season, having allowed 30 runs and given up eight homers on the season. Werner has been a force to be reckoned with in the GLVC, landing at fifth in the GLVC with a 2.77 ERA.
“Reid has been outstanding on the mound for us this year,” Ready noted. “He’s given us a chance to win every time he’s pitched,”
Werner has taken 5 wins in the season and has eight assists defensively for the Hounds.
The junior outfielder has been the biggest bat at the plate for the Greyhounds – leading UIndy with a batting average of .395 with six out-of-park slams, seven doubles, and three triples. Along with 34 RBI during 129 at bats.
“Trey has been one of the most consistent hitters In the league,” mentioned Ready. “Both drving and scoring runs,”
Defensively, Smith has posted 46 catches and 42 putouts and has a fielding percentage is .935.
The human highlight reel, making consistent SportsCenter plays – anyone watching Alex Vela play seeing the defensive force that is the UIndy shortstop. Starting 40 games for the Greyhounds, Vela has posted 151 catches on the season, along with 45 putouts, and 103 assists. Vela keeps the UIndy fans on their toes making constant mid-air plays while being one of the most defensively prominate players in the Crimson & Grey.
“Alex Vela has put together an incredible season overall,” Ready said of the shortstop. “He’s an exceptional hitter, and an a-plus defender fielding .975 on a naturally grass field. Plus, he’s one of the best people you’ll ever get to meet in your entire life,”
“All three of these guys reflect exactly what our program is about!” Ready finished.
The Hounds will begin the GLVC tournament tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET when they will face Rockhurst.
Below are the complete 2021 All-GLVC baseball teams and major award winners.
GLVC Player of the Year: Zion Pettigrew, Jr., 3B, Illinois Springfield
GLVC Pitcher of the Year: Riley Martin, Sr., SP, Quincy
GLVC Freshman of the Year: Jake Karaba, SP, Lewis
GLVC Coach of the Year: Ryan Copeland, Illinois Springfield
All-GLVC First Team
Chris Monroe, Jr., 1B, UIS
Jackson Dierenfeldt, So., 2B, DU
Zion Pettigew, Jr., 3B, UIS #
Michael O’Brien, Jr., SS, LEWIS
Dayson Croes, Jr., UT, QU
Jake Wilcox, Fr., UT, WJC
Kal Youngquist, Jr., DH, UIS
Nikko Calabro, So., C, DU
Anthony Hansen, Jr., OF, WJC
Trey Smith, Jr., OF, UINDY
Tyler Stamer, Gr., OF, RU
Austin Alderman, So., OF, UIS
Clayton Engel, Gr., OF, DU
Riley Martin, Sr., SP, QU
Jack Eisenbarger, Sr., SP, RU
Chad Saner, Fr., SP, UIS
Reid Werner, Gr., SP, UINDY
Jake Karaba, Fr., SP, LEWIS
Mason Coon, Jr., RP, UIS
Justin Taylor, Sr., RP, LWU
All-GLVC Second Team*
Michael Ward, Sr., 1B, S&T
Ethan Hunter, Jr., 2B, USI
Aaron Mann, So., 3B, DU
Gino D’Alessio, Fr., SS, QU
Austin Tittle, Gr., UT, LEWIS
Steven Bradbury, Sr., UT, TSU
Joey Polak, Gr., DH, MU
Jacob Kalusniak, Sr., C, QU
Bryce Krizan, Jr., OF, USI
Chris Mathieu, Gr., OF, UIS
Ryan Hutchinson, Sr., OF, MCK
Ethan Owens, Gr., OF, DU
Zack Ehlen, Fr., OF, SBU
Kory Carter, Sr., OF, TSU
Ryan Louck, Jr., SP, MU
Colton Hale, So., SP, UIS
Ryan Carmack, Fr., SP, SBU
Blake Beckmann, Sr., SP, LWU
Tyler Cassmeyer, Jr., SP, LWU
Niko Marshall, So., RP, LWU
Carter Stamm, Fr., RP, USI
# Unanimous selection *Additional member due to a tie
GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Team Award
GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Honorees
Balyer Hinz, DU
Brandon Bannon, UIS
Alex Vela, UINDY
Anthony Rios, LEWIS
Austin Schmitt, LWU
Reese Snyder, MU
Jared Timmermann, MCK
Braden Mahurin, S&T
Josh Shoemaker, UMSL
Jacob Kalusniak, QU
Tommy Kraus, RU
Sammy Barnett, USI
Blake Lutgen, SBU
Kory Carter, TSU
Anthony Hansen, WJC
Baseball Heads to GLVC Tournament
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy Baseball Team will travel to St. Charles, Mo. this weekend where they will begin their try at the Great Lakes Valley Conference title. The Hounds will open the 2021 GLVC Baseball Championship against the number three seeded Rockhurst at 10 a.m. ET.
The Greyhounds hold an overall record of 21-19 and a conference record of 19-13.
“It’s been evident over the course of the regular season that we are able to score runs in a variety of ways,” said Head Coach Al Ready. “We’ve gotten some really good performances out of our starting pitching down the stretch and our pitching staff as a whole has been giving us a really good chance to win each time,”
Senior Reid Werner has continued his reign of power on the Mound for the Greyhounds. With a record of 7-2 on the season and appearing in 12 matchups, Werner has posted a stellar five complete games for the Hounds and struck out 81 batters in 84.1 innings pitched – leading the GLVC in innings pitched. Werner has given up 26 earned runs over the course of the season and has walked only 10 at the plate.
“Reid has had an incredible season for us,” Ready noted.
Werner finds himself in fifth in the GLVC with a 2.77 ERA, The seniors energy fuels the Hounds on and off the field. If not pitching, Werner can be found howling at the top of his lungs at his teammates during all moments of a Hounds matchup.
Corey Bates follows suit with 65 strikeouts on the season in 68.2 innings pitched. The Hounds show depth in the bullpen with Alec Burnett, Matt Rearick, and Chaney Morgan posting notable performances for the Greyhounds.
OUT OF THE PARK
Trey Smith lived up to his 2020 reputation of being a slugger in the 2021 campaign, with a .395 batting average, the Junior has racked up six homeruns, seven doubles, and three triples in 36 games as the leadoff batter for the Hounds. Smith has contributed a team high 34 RBI in his 129 at bats, including leading the team in 51 hits.
John Carpinelli emerged at the plate with four homers, seven doubles, and two triples in 2021. Carpinelli has found a way on base through 24 hits and being walked a team high 32 times. Alex Vela, Hunter Waning, and Brandon DeWitt have proven to be forces for the Hounds offensively as well.
The Hounds have posted 18 out of parkers in the 2021 season, along with 184 RBI.
The Hawks have compiled a 23-17 overall record, with a 20-16 record in the GLVC. The are averaging a .372 on base percentage, while holding opponents to .394. Rockhurst has posted 22 homers throughout the season, and 337 hits.
UIndy Softballers Named NFCA All-Midwest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association Wednesday announced the 2021 NFCA Division II All-Region teams. Greyhounds led the region with four All-Midwest honorees, including both halves of UIndy’s stellar pitching duo of Hallie Waters and Kenzee Smith.
The awards honor softball student-athletes from the Association’s eight regions with first and second-team selections. NFCA member coaches from each respective region voted on the teams, and all the honorees now become eligible for selection to the 2021 NFCA Division II All-America squads.
Waters and Smith both garnered All-Midwest First Team accolades from the coaches. Waters was recently named the GLC Pitcher of the Year, while Smith earned inclusion on the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year Top 30 list.
GLVC Player of the Year Gianni Iannantone and unanimous All-GLVC First Teamer Haylie Foster were also recognized by the NFCA Wednesday, appearing among the All-Midwest Second Team recipients. See below for the complete list All-Midwest Region selections.
NFCA ALL-MIDWEST FIRST TEAM
POS NAME TEAM
P Kenzee Smith UIndy
P Hannah Beatus Grand Valley State
P Hallie Waters UIndy
C Bailey Byers Malone
1B Nikoma Holmen Grand Valley State
2B Sam Catron Hillsdale
3B Carly Sperlich Trevecca Nazarene
SS MaKray Odom Trevecca Nazarene
OF Taylor Shingler Maryville
OF MacKenzie Bedrick Southern Indiana
OF Emma Walbert Truman
UT/P Alyssa Callans Maryville
UT/Non-P Danielle Dennis Illinois Springfield
NFCA ALL-MIDWEST SECOND TEAM
POS NAME TEAM
P Lexie Storrer Rockhurst
P Amanda Weyh Lindenwood
P Shayna Frank Northwood
P Kelsey Byers Malone
C Madison Stoner Hillsdale
1B Gianni Iannantone UIndy
2B Haylie Foster UIndy
3B Allison Rawls William Jewell
SS Lexi Betz Malone
OF Paige Kortz Ferris State
OF Alicia Webb Southern Indiana
OF Renee Bielawa Hillsdale
UT/P Miranda Gajewski McKendree
UT/Non-P Megan Aliverti Wisconsin-Parkside
Baseball to Celebrate Seniors During Final Home Weekend
Evansville (23-23, 6-13 MVC)
at Valparaiso (13-26, 8-12 MVC)
Emory G. Bauer Field | Valparaiso, Ind.
Friday, May 14, 2021, 3 p.m. CT – RHP Ryan Mintz
Saturday, May 15, 2021, Noon CT (Game 1) – TBD
Saturday, May 15, 2021, to follow (Game 2) – RHP Colin Fields
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1 p.m. CT – TBD
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to capture its third straight home series win this weekend as Evansville comes to town for a four-game set. This will mark the final home series of the season as Valpo plans to celebrate its seven-player senior class between games of Saturday’s doubleheader with an on-field ceremony. A series win this weekend would allow Valpo to win every home series this season. However, every weekend presents a challenge in The Valley, one of four conferences in the nation with all of its teams in the Top 175 of the RPI, joining the ACC, Big 12 and SEC.
Last Time Out: Valpo pushed No. 8 Notre Dame to the brink of an upset on Tuesday in midweek action, but eventually fell 7-4 after the Fighting Irish rallied for seven in the eighth. Griffin McCluskey twirled a gem, permitting just one hit over six scoreless innings against an elite offense. Valpo led in the sixth inning or later in all three meetings with the nationally-ranked Fighting Irish this season, but in all three cases Notre Dame pulled out the victory.
On the Air: The Friday and Saturday games are scheduled to be broadcast on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR, the Valpo Sports Network. Links to live audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Series Notes: Valpo owns a 38-21 lead in the all-time series with Evansville including a 3-3 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play. The road team has won both Valley series between these two teams as Valpo traveled to the southern portion of the state for a series win in 2018 before the Purple Aces invaded Emory G. Bauer Field by winning two of three in 2019. These two old foes have been matching up since the 1948 campaign.
Senior Salute: This year’s senior class features four players who have been staples in the program for the last five seasons after making immediate impacts as freshmen in 2017. This will mark the final home weekend for the veteran quartet of RHP Jon Tieman, RHP Easton Rhodehouse, OF Steven Fitzsimmons and OF Riley Dent. In addition, Valpo will recognize LHP Josh Currier, a senior in his fourth year in the program; SS Damon Jorgensen, who is in his third year at Valpo after transferring from Coffeyville; and OF Jonathan Temple, who is in his second season with the Brown & Gold after transferring from Modesto JC.
Schmack in the Record Book: Valpo head coach Brian Schmack moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Valpo record book for career wins by a skipper with the May 7 victory at Bradley. He surpassed Rick Ferchen (1982-1987), who is now fifth with 147 career wins. Entering this weekend’s series vs. Evansville, Schmack needs one more win to join Paul Twenge (1988-2006), Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981) and Tracy Woodson (2007-2013) as the only head coaches in Valpo history to reach the 150-win milestone.
Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack, the 17th head baseball coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his eighth season in charge of the program. Entering the 2021 season, he has served as the head coach for 336 games at Valpo, the fourth-most in program history with Tracy Woodson third at 397. This year, he moves into a tie for third in program history for number of seasons coached with eight, matching Donald Warnke (1946-1953). Schmack has now been at Valpo longer than his predecessor Woodson, whose seven-year run lasted from 2007-2013. Entering the season, Schmack’s win total of 136 ranks fifth in program history, with Rick Ferchen fourth at 147. The former big-league pitcher led Valparaiso to 25 wins in his inaugural campaign in 2014, a school record for victories by a first-year skipper. He followed that up with a 22-win season in 2015, then guided the team to its first winning record since 2013 in 2016. In 2017, Schmack continued his success despite managing a youthful roster that featured 11 freshmen and 15 total newcomers. He led his team to 24 wins, including a strong finish to the regular season that saw them win eight of their last 11. The 2018 season saw Valpo transition to the Missouri Valley Conference. The Brown & Gold made an immediate splash in the highly-respected baseball league, putting together a strong showing in the 2018 MVC Tournament, including a 13-10 victory over host Dallas Baptist, a team that went on to receive an at-large NCAA Regional berth. During the 2019 season, Schmack’s squad equaled its win total from the year prior despite playing in a conference that was ranked sixth nationally in RPI and sent three teams to NCAA Regionals. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.
Notes Wrapping Up May 11 (#8 Notre Dame 7, Valpo 4)
- This marked the first home game against Notre Dame since 1988. The last 35 matchups between the two teams had all taken place at Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish extended their head-to-head winning streak to 11, but many of the recent meetings – including all three this season – have been close contests.
- Kyle Schmack and Angel DiFederico lashed two hits apiece in a game where each team had six hits. The wind was blowing in on a chilly afternoon in Northwest Indiana.
- Griffin McCluskey became just the third pitcher to hold Notre Dame scoreless while pitching six or more innings this season, joining Duke’s Jack Carey and Boston College’s Emmett Sheehan. McCluskey and Carey are the only two pitchers to hold Notre Dame to one hit in six or more innings this year. His final line looked like this: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K.
- The Valpo pitching staff held highly respected Notre Dame slugger Niko Kavadas to 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. A Midseason All-American according to D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game, Kavadas is sixth nationally in slugging percentage, 10th in home runs and fourth in home runs per game.
- Notre Dame entered the game ranked fourth by Baseball America, 10th in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, 15th by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, eighth by D1Baseball.com and sixth by Perfect Game.
- Valpo has played its fair share of close games in Missouri Valley Conference play, as the team has competed in seven one-run affairs in MVC action this season and holds a 5-2 mark in those contests.
- Valpo has played as many one-run games in conference play this season as it did over its first two MVC seasons (2018 and 2019) combined. Valpo had two one-run wins in its MVC tenure entering this season and owns five such victories in conference play this year.
- Overall, eight of the team’s last 14 games have been decided by two runs or fewer.
- The series finale on May 8 at Bradley was an exception to that rule, as Valpo’s 10-3 triumph matched its largest margin of victory in league play since joining The Valley. The squad’s previous seven-run triumph in MVC action came on April 29, 2018 vs. Dallas Baptist. The one-sided win at Bradley was Valpo’s most lopsided victory in any game since beating SIUE 8-0 on April 19, 2019.
On The Rise
- Valpo has secured its highest Missouri Valley Conference win total since joining the league. The team has played 20 MVC contests so far this season – one game fewer than the 21 that it played in each of its first two Valley voyages in 2018 and 2019. The squad won six league games apiece in 2018 and 2019 and already owns eight conference victories this year.
- After starting MVC play 0-8 while facing the top two teams in the league, Valpo has posted an 8-4 mark over its last 12 contests.
- After being picked eighth in the MVC Preseason Poll, Valpo is in position to exceed those expectations. With eight Valley contests remaining, Valpo is tied for fifth in the standings and plays the seventh- and eighth-place teams over the final two weekends.
Home Sweet Home
- When Valpo lifted the lid on its home slate on April 23, it became the final team in the nation to open the home portion of its schedule.
- The team snapped a stretch of 45 consecutive games away from home dating back to May 14, 2019, a 4-3 victory over Chicago State.
- Playing home games is always important in terms of results as Valpo has finished with a winning record at home in four of the last five seasons and 11 of the last 13 campaigns.
- With a 6-3 home record and four home dates remaining, the team can secure a winning home record by garnering at least one victory this weekend vs. Evansville.
Slamming the Door
- Senior Easton Rhodehouse picked up a pair of saves in the weekend series vs. Illinois State, nailing down Valpo victories on April 30 and May 2.
- The May 2 save was the 11th of Rhodehouse’s career, moving him into sole possession of fifth place in program history.
- Rhodehouse needs two more saves to advance another spot and move into a tie for fourth all-time with Justin Cracker (1998-2001).
- Jon Tieman worked the final three innings of a 2-1 victory at Bradley on May 7, registering his second save of the season and the ninth of his collegiate career. The save allowed him to move into a tie for seventh on Valpo’s career list, drawing even with Adam Paetznick.
- After starting the season with a .200 average through his first 11 games, Hannahs is hitting .364 over his last 28 contests, posting a .462 on-base percentage in that time.
- Over the last 10 games, Hannahs is slashing .472/.556/.578 to lead the team in all three areas.
- Angel DiFederico has also been hot at the plate, posting a .417 average over his last eight appearances.
- Steven Fitzimmons had a big weekend at Bradley on May 7-8, posting a team-high batting average of .438 during the four-game set. He drove in five, scored six times and compiled a .500 on-base percentage while slugging .625 in the series.
- After starting the season with a .155 batting average through 15 games, Riley Dent is hitting .312 over his last 24 outings.
In The Other Dugout: Evansville
- Coming off a home series split vs. Southern Illinois including a 6-5 win in the series finale. However, strangely enough, the series against the Salukis was considered a nonconference set as Evansville had already dropped three of four in Carbondale earlier this season in the MVC series between the two teams.
- Picked to finish seventh of eight in the MVC Preseason Poll.
- Led offensively by Kenton Crews, who owns a .338 average. He’s joined over .300 by Troy Beilsmith (.311) and Tanner Craig (.307), who is the reigning MVC Player of the Week and has recorded four home runs over his last eight games including three in the series vs. SIU. He went 9-for-15 against the Salukis.
- Under the direction of longtime head coach Wes Carroll, who is in his 14th
Miami Clinches MAC Title in Doubleheader Sweep of Ohio
OXFORD, Ohio—With a 3-2 win in the opening game of its doubleheader against Ohio University on Wednesday afternoon, the Miami University softball team seized its second-straight Mid-American Conference regular-season championship and will represent the MAC in the NCAA Tournament later this month. The RedHawks clinched the title with five games remaining on their regular-season schedule, including the nightcap of the doubleheader, which the RedHawks captured in five innings, 13-4.
Miami also won the MAC regular-season title in 2019, the last time the league season was played with last season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miami will make its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2016.
The RedHawks move to 42-8 on the season and 32-2 in MAC action. Miami’s 42 wins are a program record, eclipsing the RedHawks’ 41 wins in 2012. Those are the program’s only two 40-win seasons. Ohio drops to 20-23 overall and 16-18 in MAC play.
Freshman Karli Spaid led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and crossed home on a sacrifice fly by junior Riley Coyne to put Miami up, 1-0.
Spaid tripled to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and scored her second run of the day off a junior Allie Cummins sacrifice fly to put Miami up, 2-0.
Ohio knotted the game in the top of the sixth inning, but freshman Holly Blaska hammered a solo home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the sixth to put Miami ahead, 3-2. The Bobcats went down in order in the top of the seventh as the RedHawks picked up the game one win.
Spaid went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs to pace the RedHawks, while senior Courtney Vierstra notched her 24th win in the circle, two runs and four hits while striking out six and walking none in 7.0 innings of work.
The RedHawks opened up a 2-0 lead on a Cummins two-run homer to left center in the bottom of the first inning, handing Cummins sole possession of the single-season RBI record and giving her Miami’s home run record.
A five-run second inning pushed the RedHawk advantage to 7-0. The scoring included RBI doubles by freshman Karlee Juarez and Cummins along with RBI singles from senior Morgan Lott and Blaska.
Ohio cut into the Miami lead in the top of the third, scoring three runs, but a two-run blast to right field from Blaska in the bottom of the inning put the RedHawk advantage at 9-3.
Spaid led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run to center field, tying the single-season home run record that Cummins set earlier in the game. Later in the inning, senior Mackenzie Moore belted a three-run home run to right field to lift Miami to a 13-3 lead.
Cummins was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and three RBI in the second game. Senior Taylor Rathe picked up the win in the circle.
Miami hits the road for a four-game weekend series at Northern Illinois University to round out the regular-season. The RedHawks open the series with the Huskies at 4 p.m. (ET) on Friday, May 14.
No. 4 #UDSB To Face Top-Seeded GW Thursday In First Game Of 2021 #A10SB Tourney
PHILADELPHIA – The fourth-seeded University of Dayton softball team will square off against No. 1 George Washington Thursday in the first game of the 2021 Atlantic 10 Softball Championship hosted by Saint Joseph’s. First pitch between the Flyers and Colonials is set for 11 a.m. at SJU Softball Field.
SCOUTING GEORGE WASHINGTON
George Washington (33-8) finished A-10 play with a 23-1 record, earning the number one seed in the 2021 tournament with a .958 winning percentage and securing the program’s first regular season title. The Colonials’ offense is led by reigning A-10 Player of the Week Jenna Cone with a .421 average (5th A-10) and 17 home runs (1st A-10), one of three players swinging above .400 and, as a team, GW ranks fourth nationally with a .354 average. The Colonial pitching corps boasts a team ERA of 1.87 (15th NCAA) led by current Pitcher of the Week Sierra Lange (17-7) at 1.83 over 141.2 innings pitched with 170 strikeouts (1st A-10) and 17 complete games in the circle.
GW is making its third-straight and seventh overall appearance in the postseason conference tournament in 2021. In 2019, the Colonials were named co-champions with Fordham after the winner-take-all final was rained out.
Dayton (19-24) saw its final two A-10 games against Saint Louis rained out last weekend, finishing the conference season with a 14-8 record to earn the fourth seed at this year’s tournament. Offensively the Flyers have six players hitting above .300 led by freshman Megan Ward (.422, 4th A-10) with 62 hits (1st A-10, 23rd NCAA) and 27 runs scored while senior Abby Ehrenborg (.345) has tallied 16 home runs (2nd A-10) and knocked in 37 RBI) for UD. In the circle, freshman left-handed pitcher Addy Bullis (11-6) carries the team’s low ERA of 1.97 (5th A-10) over 110.0 innings pitched with 107 strikeouts (4th A-10) while sophomore righty Sarah Bailitz has collected a conference-best five saves (5th NCAA) this season in relief.
UD is making its eighth-consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the A-10 tournament this season.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The winners of Thursday’s two first round games will advance to meet in the semifinals, which will be played Friday, May 14 at noon. The two losing teams from the first round will play in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament Thursday evening. The winner of that game will face the loser of the winner’s bracket semifinal on Friday. The championship game will be played at noon on Saturday, May 15.
SPECTATOR POLICY AT SJU SOFTBALL FIELD
Spectators are permitted to attend outdoor Athletics contests hosted at SJU Softball Field. All guests are required to wear masks, physical distancing must be practiced, any/all group gatherings are prohibited, and outdoor restrooms will be provided.
Championship Game Schedule
(Thursday, May 13 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
11:00 AM ET #1 George Washington vs. #4 Dayton
1:30 PM ET #2 Saint Joseph’s vs. #3 Fordham
4:00 PM ET Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
(Friday, May 14 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
12:00 PM ET Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
2:30 PM ET Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
(Saturday, May 15 – Hosted by Saint Joseph’s University)
12:00 PM ET Championship Game
*If necessary game to follow approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 6
Musketeers Place 17th at NCAA Louisville Regional
By: Greg Lautzenheiser, Xavier Athletic Communications
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – Xavier women’s golf finished 17th at the NCAA Louisville Regional on Wednesday evening. The three-day tournament was held at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky.
Xavier posted a score of 302 (+14) on Wednesday. The Musketeers finished the tournament with a 54-hole score of 907 (+43).
Florida State won the regional by three strokes, posting a score of 872 (+8). UCLA’s Emma Spitz won the individual title with a score of 208 (-8).
Xavier’s Emma McMyler finished one-under-par (215), one stroke away from earning one of the three at-large individual qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships.
MARIAN SOFTBALL CLAIMS 12 ALL-CROSSROADS LEAGUE HONORS
AVON, Ohio – The Crossroads League announced their 2021 All-Crossroads League Softball Teams on Wednesday afternoon, releasing the 18-member First and Second Teams, 10-member Honorable Mention Teams, and nine Gold Glove Winners. The Crossroads League Regular Season Champion Marian Knights had eight different players named to the All-Crossroads League Teams, gaining 12 total honors from the league.
All honors are voted on by the 10 softball head coaches in the Crossroads League.
Shelbie Stotts headlined Marian’s First Team All-Crossroads League winners, as the junior was named All-Crossroads League First Team for the second time in her career. Stotts had a strong season, batting .409 in Crossroads League play while leading the Knights with 22 extra base hits. Stotts led Marian in doubles (14) and home runs (6), recording a team-best 38 RBI during the 36-game CL season while slugging .693. Stotts had 52 total hits in her 127 at bats, and held an on-base percentage of .443. In the field Stotts had a perfect fielding percentage recording 93 outs as both a catcher and left fielder, earning All-Crossroads League Gold Glove honors as an outfielder.
Kassidi Cadle was also named to the All-Crossroads League First Team, doing so for the second time in her career. Cadle led Marian in batting during the Crossroads League Regular Season with a .425 average in 36 games, tacking on a team-best 57 hits. Cadle had 20 extra base hits, which included 13 doubles, a team-high six triples, and one home run. The second baseman slugged .634 in league play, which helped lead to a team-best on-base percentage of .455. Cadle also held a fielding percentage of .994 making 116 outs and 46 assists, earning All-Crossroads League Gold Glove honors for the first time in her career.
Rounding out Marian’s All-Crossroads League First Team winners was Savannah Harweger, who claimed First Team honors for the first time in her career. Harweger was second on the team in the league season with a .419 batting average, recording 57 hits while driving home 22 runs. Harweger had seven doubles and two triples in the 36 game league season, scoring 35 runs. Harweger led Marian with 17 stolen bases on the year, and in the field carried a fielding percentage of .958 en route to earning All-Crossroads League Gold Glove honors at the shortstop position.
Sydney Wilson was named Second Team All-Crossroads League, as the junior pitcher earned her first career postseason honor. Wilson completed her first CL season as the Knights ace with a 15-3 record, throwing 13 complete games while shutting out opponents three times. Wilson led the pitching staff with 123 innings pitched, allowing 36 earned runs in 518 batters faced. Wilson struckout 66 batters on the CL season, walking 11 batters while carrying a .970 fielding percentage.
Lanie Horen earned her first career All-Crossroads League Team honor by earning Second Team honors, completing her senior season as the No. 5 hitter on the team with a .352 Crossroads League batting average. Horen had 37 hits and scored 18 runs, recording one triple and one double during league play. Defensively Horen led Marian in the outfield as the team’s centerfielder, recording a perfect fielding percentage in 52 chances. Horen made 50 putouts and had two assists from center, earning All-Crossroads League Gold Glove Team honors for the third consecutive season.
Joining Horen and Wilson on the All-CL Second Team was freshman pitcher Jaylah Guilliam and sophomore third baseman Caitlyn Phillips, as both players earned their first career honor. In her freshman season, Guilliam carried a 2.50 ERA in league play going 10-1 in the circle with three saves. Guilliam had 33 strikeouts and threw four complete games, combining for a five-inning no-hitter against Grace College on April 6. Phillips carried the No. 4 batting average on the team in CL play hitting .354, recording 34 hits. Phillips had two doubles and 10 RBI in league play, recording seven stolen bases while starting all 36 games at third base in her first season as a full-time starter.
Rounding out Marian’s honors was Abbi Wirey, who was named All-Crossroads League Honorable Mention. Wirey split time in left and right field, batting .337 in league play with five doubles, one triple, and one home run. Wirey scored 17 runs and had 16 RBI in her 33 games played during the league year.
Marian will play IU-Southeast in the NAIA Opening Round on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET in the Columbia (Mo.) Bracket.
INDIANS BASEBALL: Kramer and Craig Go Back-To-Back In Second Home Win
(INDIANS PRESS RELEASE)
By Anna Kayser
Back-to-back two-out jacks by Kevin Kramer and Will Craig continued the Indianapolis Indians parade of home runs at Victory Field on Wednesday afternoon to take a 2-0 series lead over the Toledo Mud Hens, 5-3.
The Indians (4-3) two home runs in the third inning tied a single-inning high and were the first back-to-back team home runs of the 2021 season. Kramer’s two-run shot to left field got the Indians on the board, and Craig’s homer to left was his third in the past two games.
RHP Beau Sulser (W, 1-0) set the Mud Hens down in order through the first three innings as the Indianapolis offense heated up. He pitched himself out of a bases-loaded jam after surrendering his first hit of the day in the fourth to hold the Indianapolis lead.
Toledo (2-5) capitalized on an error by shortstop Cole Tucker to lead off the fifth inning and scored two runs of their own in the frame. With two runners on and one out, a double and sacrifice fly cut the Indians lead to one. Both runs were unearned on Sulser’s line.
With a fifth-inning leadoff walk to Travis Swaggerty, a balk by Mud Hens starter Drew Hutchison (L, 0-1), an error by second baseman Isaac Paredes and a wild pitch, the Indians tacked on an insurance run. They then extended the score to 5-2 as Dustin Fowler singled home Craig in the seventh.
Sulser earned his first Triple-A win after tossing 5.0 innigns and allowing two runs (unearned) off four hits. Toledo’s final run came with a home run off LHP Braeden Ogle (S, 1) in the ninth.
Craig went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a home run and a double to lead the Indians offense. It was his second consecutive multi-hit game after beginning the season 1-for-20 through his first five games.
The Indians and Mud Hens square off for the third game of the six-game set on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET in Indianapolis. RHP Cody Ponce (0-0, 6.75) is set to face off against RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00).
INDY FUEL: INDY STUNG BY STINGRAYS IN EXTRA MINUTES
CHARLESTON – After a strong performance from the Fuel throughout the first two periods the South Carolina Stingrays would make a three goal comeback in the third period to force overtime and eventually take the game 5-4 at the North Charleston Coliseum Wednesday night.
The two teams picked up where they left off in terms of energy and speed as both teams exchanged power play opportunities and shots in the first period of the game. The Fuel struck first on the man advantage when Willie Raskob launched a rocket from the top of the right circle at 7:28 in the first. South Carolina’s Max Novack responded when he roofed a backhanded shot that snuck past Dan Bakala at 13:40. Two minutes later Nic Pierog buried a rebound to send the Fuel to the locker room with a 2-1 lead at the end of the first.
Halfway through the second period Jared Thomas drew Stingrays netminder Alex Dubeau out of the crease leaving Diego Cuglietta wide open to light the lamp at 8:59. Less than three minutes later Pierog would get his second of the evening, rocketing a shot from the slot and widening the Fuel’s lead to 4-1 at the conclusion of the second.
The third period is where things would go wrong for the Fuel as South Carolina scored three unanswered goals to force the two teams to overtime. After Indy’s six successful penalty kills the Stingrays finally broke through on a power play chance when Andrew Cherniwchan deflected a shot from the blueline to give South Carolina their second goal of the night. Stingrays stung the Fuel again just minutes later when Caleb Herbert threw the puck in front of the net and Justin Florek was there to bounce the shot in. Cherniwchan scored again with a dagger from in between the circles tying the game at 4-4 and eventually sending the teams to extra minutes.
Finally, Zach Malatesta ended the game with a backhanded shot winning the match for South Carolina at 3:23 in overtime. The Fuel head back to their home state to take on their Hoosier rivals the Fort Wayne Komets in Fort Wayne this Sunday, May 23.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In a 13-7 rout of the Corsicana Oil Cities, Paris Parasites left fielder Clyde Bateman hits four home runs in a game to become the second player in Texas League history to accomplished the feat, joining Oil Cities’ Jay J. Clarke. In less than two months, the 26 year-old slugger, who will lead the circuit in hitting and homers, makes history again when he throws a no-hitter for the Steers (the franchise’s new name after moving to Waco on June 26th) against the Fort Worth Panthers. (Ed. note- Clyde Bateman is also known as Quait Bateman – LP)
1911 The Red Sox come back to beat the Tigers 13-11, overcoming a nine-run deficit in the Bennett Park contest. Duffy Lewis’ tenth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the game that also featured Ty Cobb’s first bases-loaded round-tripper.
1911 In the bottom of the first inning en route to 19-5 rout of the Cardinals, the Giants score 13 runs, tallying a record ten times before the first batter is retired in the Polo Grounds contest. Fred Merkle collects six RBIs, including a three-run inside-the-park round-tripper, in New York’s first-frame offensive barrage.
1929 For the first time in major league history, a game features both teams wearing numbers on the back of their jerseys when the Indians host the Yankees at League Park in Cleveland. The numerals will become a permanent fixture on each club’s attire.
1942 Braves’ pitcher Jim Tobin, en route to a 6-5 victory over the Cubs, becomes the first modern-day hurler to hit three home runs in one game, equalling the feat of Guy Hecker, who hit three inside-the-park round-trippers playing for Louisville in 1886. ‘Ironsides,’ who pinch-hit a homer in the eighth inning of yesterday’s contest, would have hit five consecutive blasts, if his first inning fly ball against the right-field fence had gone out
1947 During the pregame infield practice, a barrage of racial slurs is directed at Jackie Robinson by the Cincinnati fans during the Dodgers’ first visit to Crosley Field this season. Brooklyn shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Southerner from Kentucky with friends attending the game and captain of the team, engages the black infielder in conversation, and then put his arm around his teammate’s shoulder, a gesture that stuns and silences the crowd.
1952 “He grabbed me by the shoulder and said, ‘Larry, you’re going to be in the big leagues and the first time you hit a home run, I’m going to be the announcer to tell the world about it.’ Can you imagine that? He’s 15 years old. I’ll be damned if it didn’t happen.” – LARRY MIGGINS, recalling his prep school friend’s prediction during a school assembly. Larry Miggins, who had shared his dreams of being a big leaguer with a Fordham Prep buddy, hits the first of his two major league round-trippers, going deep off Preacher Roe in the fourth inning of the Cardinals’ 14-8 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. The friend turns out to be Brooklyn’s play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, the 15-year-old classmate with aspirations of being a baseball broadcaster, who had predicted he would call his friend’s first big-league homer during that conversation.
1952 At Shaw Stadium, 19-year-old Bristol (Virginia) pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out twenty-seven batters when he no-hits Welch (West Virginia) in a Class D Appalachian League game. In the ninth inning catcher Harry Dunlop, encouraged by the fans, deliberately mishandles a third strike, allowing the hitter to reach base, giving the Gallatin (PA) native a chance to strike out 27 which he does by whiffing the four batters in the frame.
1954 In an 8-1 victory over the Reds at Connie Mack Stadium, Robin Roberts gives up a leadoff home run to third baseman Bobby Adams. The 27 year-old right-hander then proceeds to retire the next 27 consecutive batters in one of the most memorable games of his Hall of Fame career.
1955 For the first time in his major league career, Mickey Mantle hits home runs from both sides of the plate, finishing the game with three round-trippers – two from the left side and one batting right-handed. The switch-hitting slugger drives in all of his team’s runs in the 5-2 victory over Detroit at Yankee Stadium.
1958 As a pinch-hitter, Stan Musial collects his 3000th hit in the sixth inning off Moe Drabowsky in the Cardinals’ 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. ‘The Man,’ the youngest player to reach the milestone, is the eighth major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
1958 San Francisco teammates Willie Mays and Darryl Spencer each have four long hits, driving in four and six runs respectively, in the team’s 16-9 victory over the Dodgers at LA’s Memorial Coliseum. The Giant center fielder and shortstop combine for 28 total bases with Mays hitting two homers, two triples, a single and Spencer adding two round-trippers, a three-bagger, and a double to the offensive outburst.
1958 In a complete-game effort, Phillies right-hander Robin Roberts gives up six hits, beating the Braves at Connie Mack Stadium, 5-2. The win marks the 31 year-old hurler 191st career victory, which sets a franchise record, surpassing the mark established in 1930 by Pete Alexander.
1960 The Phillies drop their third consecutive 1-0 decision, losing to Jim O’Toole and the Reds at Crosley Field. Giants’ hurlers Jack Sanford and Sam Jones had shut out Philadelphia in the previous two days at Candlestick Park.
1969 With his daughter Jan, along with her classmates, in attendance at chilly Wrigley Field, first baseman Ernie Banks drives in seven runs with two three-run homers and a double in the Cubs’ 19-0 rout of San Diego. Following the consecutive no-run performances by Ferguson Jenkins and Ken Holtzman, Dick Selma adds another, making it the first time in 60 years that the team has shut out its opponents in three consecutive games.
1970 With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning at Wrigley Field, Gary Gentry gives up his only hit, a short fly hit by Ernie Banks that outfielder Dave Marshall gets a glove on, but he cannot hold on to the ball. The Mets right-hander settles for a one-hit 4-0 victory over the Cubs, just missing the opportunity of being the first hurler in franchise history to throw a no-hit game if official scorer Jim Enright had ruled differently on the blooper to left field.
1976 For the sixth consecutive game, George Brett collects at least three hits, batting an incredible .692 during the span. The Royals’ third baseman, who is 18-for-26 against the Orioles, Twins, and White Sox, raises his season’s batting average from .277 to .396 with his torrid pace at the plate.
1980 Fred Lynn’s run-scoring triple in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s 10-5 victory over the Twins completes the 13th cycle in franchise history. The Boston outfielder, who collected four RBIs, hit a double in the first inning, drove in two with a fourth-inning round-tripper, pushed across another run with a single in the sixth frame of the Fenway Park contest.
1982 The Cubs become the first major league team to win 8,000 games when Allen Ripley and Lee Smith combine to shut out Houston in the team’s 5-0 victory at the Astrodome. The milestone comes in the 15,337th contest in the 107-year history of the franchise.
1985 After trailing by eight runs, going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Yankees rally to beat the Twins 9-8. Don Mattingly’s ninth inning two-out three-run walk-off home run at the Bronx ballpark is the finishing touch.
1985 A day before his 43rd birthday, Tony Perez becomes the oldest player to hit a grand slam when he goes deep off Phillies’ reliever Dave Rucker in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 7-3 victory at Riverfront Stadium. The 42 year-old pinch-hitter breaks the seventy-year-old record held by Pirates’ third baseman Honus Wagner and the new mark will last until 46 year-old Julio Franco, 46, hits a base-loaded round-tripper in 2004.
1991 In the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, Skip Caray and Chip Caray, the Braves’ play-by-play announcers, join Cubs legend Harry Caray, the patriarch of the three-generation broadcasting family. The 77 year-old grandfather, known for his warm relationship with the Chicago fans, takes tremendous pride that his son and grandson have chosen to be baseball broadcasters.
1993 One day before his 40th birthday, George Brett hits his 300th career home run, joining Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Carl Yastrzemski, Willie Mays, and Al Kaline as the only players with three hundred homers and three thousand hits. The Royals’ third baseman’s historic ball is picked up by a fan, who happens to be blind, on a veterans’ hospital outing.
2000 Todd Stottlemyre limits the opponents to one run in six innings to earn his 136th career victory when the Diamondbacks beat San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium, 6-2, making the Stottlemyres the first father and son to combine for 300 wins. The 35 year-old Arizona right-hander plans to give the game ball to his dad, Mel, who began chemotherapy early this season for bone marrow cancer.
2000 The Mets release a disgruntled Rickey Henderson, a day after he fails to hustle, turning a likely double into a single. The 41 year-old stolen base leader is batting .219 with no homers and two RBIs at the time of his release.
2001 Still angry with umpire Mike Winters’ ninth-inning check-swing call of the night before, Devil Rays’ manager Hal McRae gets thrown out before the first pitch of the game when he steps out of the dugout to pick up his lost cause.
2001 Alex Rodriguez becomes fifth-youngest (25 years, 289 days) player to hit his 200th career homer. Mel Ott accomplished the feat in 1934 at the youngest age (25 years, 144 days), followed by Eddie Mathews (25 years, 243 days), Jimmie Foxx (25 years, 267 days), and Mickey Mantle (25 years, 280 days).
2002 Thirty-eight home runs shy of the exclusive 500 mark, one-time ‘Bash Brother’ Jose Canseco, 37, retires due to injuries sustained in recent years. The former American League MVP, who was cut by the Expos during spring training, had his best years in Oakland as a teammate of Mark McGwire.
2007 In the comeback, which will become known as the Mother’s Day Miracle, the Red Sox rally for six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Baltimore at Fenway Park, 6-5. Prior to the final frame, Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie had blanked the opponents on three hits before Boston crossed the plate six times, thanks to two singles, two doubles, three walks, and two errors.
2008 Along with the Red Sox’ loss, the Rays’ 2-1 victory over the Yankees in 11 innings puts the team in sole possession of first place for the first time in franchise history. The win makes Tampa Bay seven games over .500 (23-16), a mark never accomplished during the first 11 seasons of the club’s existence.
2009 Ryan Zimmerman’s Nationals-record consecutive hit streak comes to an end at 30 games when he grounds into a ninth-inning force play, ending the day 0-for 3 with two walks in the team’s 6-3 victory at AT&T Park. Only two Washington ballplayers, Hall of Famers Heinie Manush and Sam Rice have had longer hit streaks than the Nats’ third baseman.
2010 Trey Hillman, who compiled a 152-207 record in his two-plus years with the club, is fired by the Royals. The popular and well-respected 47 year-old, who piloted the team to a 12-23 record this season, including today’s victory, will be replaced by the team’s current baseball operations assistant and former Brewers manager, Ned Yost.
2013 Thanks to a seventh-grade history class project, a three-mile stretch of the Kansas K-79 highway, from K-16 highway to Circleville, is designated by the Kansas legislature as the Barnes Brothers Memorial Highway in honor of Ozzie and Virgil. The McAlister middle schoolers’ research about the siblings, who grew up in the community and played with the Braves, Giants, and Dodgers in the 1910-20s, brought to light the many of their major league accomplishments, including being participants in the first brother matchup in big-league history.
2013 Justin Upton, playing In his first game at Chase Field since the January trade that sent him to Atlanta in a seven-player deal, collects four hits, including a home run and a double. The first overall pick by Arizona in the 2005 amateur draft receives a mixed reaction from the crowd, with slightly more cheers than boos during Atlanta’s 10-1 rout of the Diamondbacks.
2015 Corey Kluber becomes one of five pitchers to strike out 18 or more batters without issuing a walk, joining Luis Tiant, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, and Kerry Wood. The 29 year-old right-hander, who goes eight innings to get the victory when the Indians beat St. Louis 2-0 in the Progressive Field contest, also ties Johnson for the most strikeouts in a start lasting less than nine innings.
2016 Chris Heisey’s pinch-hit home run, his third of the season, marks the first time the Nationals have had two pinch-hitters go deep in the same game. Earlier in the contest, Stephen Drew, coming off the bench, blasted a game-tying two-run shot in the sixth inning of Washington’s eventual 5-3 victory over Miami.
2020 “Im not playing unless I get mine. Im not splitting no revenue. I want all mine. Bro, y’all got to understand, too, because yall going to be like: Bro, play for the love of the game. Man, whats wrong with you, bro? Money should not be a thing. Bro, Im risking my life. What do you mean, It should not be a thing? It 100% should be a thing.” – BLAKE SNELL, Rays’ southpaw commenting on a Twitch stream about his salary during 2020 season.
Rays’ southpaw Blake Snell, invoking many fans’ ire, indicates he will not pitch this year if his pay continues to be cut, strongly disagreeing with the owners’ proposal to base salaries on a 50-50 split of revenue with the players. The 27-year-old left-hander, recipient of the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, will receive $43,210 for each day of the schedule, the prorated share of his salary when the season does start.
|Boston||22||16||.579||–||10 – 11||12 – 5||10 – 5||7 – 4||3 – 7||5 – 5||L 3|
|NY Yankees||20||16||.556||1||11 – 9||9 – 7||9 – 12||6 – 1||2 – 1||8 – 2||W 4|
|Toronto||19||16||.543||1.5||7 – 4||12 – 12||7 – 4||1 – 3||5 – 8||6 – 4||W 2|
|Tampa Bay||19||19||.500||3||7 – 12||12 – 7||6 – 8||2 – 1||9 – 9||6 – 4||L 2|
|Baltimore||16||21||.432||5.5||5 – 13||11 – 8||7 – 10||0 – 0||8 – 8||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||21||13||.618||–||11 – 6||10 – 7||2 – 2||12 – 6||6 – 4||7 – 3||W 5|
|Cleveland||20||14||.588||1||10 – 7||10 – 7||1 – 3||15 – 8||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 3|
|Kansas City||16||19||.457||5.5||8 – 12||8 – 7||4 – 3||7 – 13||4 – 2||0 – 10||L 10|
|Minnesota||12||22||.353||9||6 – 11||6 – 11||1 – 3||6 – 7||2 – 9||3 – 7||L 3|
|Detroit||12||24||.333||10||7 – 10||5 – 14||1 – 5||7 – 13||3 – 4||4 – 6||W 3|
|Oakland||23||15||.605||–||13 – 11||10 – 4||11 – 8||7 – 0||2 – 5||7 – 3||W 2|
|Houston||20||17||.541||2.5||11 – 9||9 – 8||5 – 4||0 – 3||15 – 8||5 – 5||W 2|
|Seattle||18||19||.486||4.5||9 – 8||9 – 11||6 – 5||3 – 3||6 – 7||3 – 7||L 4|
|Texas||18||20||.474||5||9 – 10||9 – 10||9 – 5||4 – 6||5 – 4||6 – 4||L 2|
|LA Angels||16||20||.444||6||8 – 9||8 – 11||2 – 5||5 – 3||7 – 11||3 – 7||L 2|
|NY Mets||18||13||.581||–||11 – 4||7 – 9||9 – 5||2 – 5||5 – 1||8 – 2||W 7|
|Philadelphia||20||17||.541||1||13 – 6||7 – 11||10 – 10||8 – 3||2 – 4||7 – 3||W 2|
|Atlanta||17||19||.472||3.5||9 – 10||8 – 9||10 – 9||5 – 2||1 – 2||5 – 5||L 2|
|Miami||16||20||.444||4.5||8 – 9||8 – 11||4 – 5||3 – 6||7 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||13||19||.406||5.5||8 – 10||5 – 9||5 – 9||4 – 2||2 – 5||3 – 7||L 4|
|St. Louis||22||15||.595||–||12 – 8||10 – 7||10 – 10||9 – 5||3 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Milwaukee||20||17||.541||2||9 – 9||11 – 8||3 – 7||10 – 7||6 – 1||3 – 7||W 1|
|Cincinnati||17||17||.500||3.5||10 – 7||7 – 10||0 – 0||9 – 6||4 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||17||19||.472||4.5||13 – 8||4 – 11||5 – 5||9 – 12||3 – 0||6 – 4||L 3|
|Pittsburgh||15||21||.417||6.5||6 – 9||9 – 12||0 – 0||7 – 14||3 – 4||3 – 7||L 1|
|San Francisco||22||14||.611||–||14 – 4||8 – 10||6 – 4||2 – 1||11 – 7||6 – 4||W 2|
|San Diego||21||17||.553||2||9 – 10||12 – 7||0 – 0||4 – 6||14 – 11||5 – 5||L 1|
|LA Dodgers||20||17||.541||2.5||10 – 5||10 – 12||3 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||4 – 6||W 2|
|Arizona||17||20||.459||5.5||8 – 6||9 – 14||6 – 10||5 – 1||6 – 7||3 – 7||L 1|
|Colorado||13||24||.351||9.5||11 – 10||2 – 14||3 – 3||0 – 3||8 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 x-Philadelphia||47||22||.681||—||27-7||20-15||10-2||29-10||8-2||1 L|
|2 x-Brooklyn||46||24||.657||1.5||26-8||20-16||8-4||24-16||6-4||3 W|
|3 xy-Milwaukee||44||25||.638||3.0||25-10||19-15||10-0||28-11||7-3||1 W|
|4 x-Atlanta||39||31||.557||8.5||23-11||16-20||8-3||23-18||6-4||2 W|
|5 x-Miami||38||31||.551||9.0||20-15||18-16||6-6||22-17||7-3||3 W|
|6 x-New York||38||31||.551||9.0||22-11||16-20||3-8||23-17||6-4||1 L|
|7 Boston||35||35||.500||12.5||21-15||14-20||4-7||20-21||3-7||4 L|
|8 Charlotte||33||36||.478||14.0||18-17||15-19||8-3||20-20||4-6||2 L|
|9 Indiana||33||36||.478||14.0||13-21||20-15||7-4||19-21||5-5||2 W|
|10 Washington||32||38||.457||15.5||17-17||15-21||2-9||14-26||5-5||2 L|
|11 Chicago||29||40||.420||18.0||13-21||16-19||6-5||19-20||4-6||1 L|
|12 Toronto||27||42||.391||20.0||16-19||11-23||4-8||17-23||2-8||4 L|
|13 Cleveland||22||48||.314||25.5||13-23||9-25||4-8||16-24||1-9||1 W|
|14 Orlando||21||48||.304||26.0||11-25||10-23||4-7||13-26||3-7||4 L|
|15 Detroit||20||50||.286||27.5||13-21||7-29||1-11||12-29||2-8||3 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 xy-Utah||50||20||.714||—||31-5||19-15||6-5||26-14||6-4||2 L|
|2 x-Phoenix||48||21||.696||1.5||26-9||22-12||7-5||27-12||6-4||2 L|
|3 x-LA Clippers||46||23||.667||3.5||26-10||20-13||9-3||27-13||6-4||1 W|
|4 x-Denver||45||24||.652||4.5||25-11||20-13||8-2||25-15||7-3||1 W|
|5 Portland||41||29||.586||9.0||19-16||22-13||5-6||22-18||9-1||5 W|
|6 Dallas||41||29||.586||9.0||20-15||21-14||7-5||21-20||8-2||1 W|
|7 LA Lakers||40||30||.571||10.0||21-15||19-15||4-8||24-17||5-5||3 W|
|8 Golden State||37||33||.529||13.0||23-11||14-22||5-7||23-17||7-3||4 W|
|9 Memphis||36||33||.522||13.5||16-18||20-15||6-6||17-22||5-5||3 W|
|10 San Antonio||33||36||.478||16.5||14-20||19-16||6-6||17-23||3-7||1 L|
|11 Sacramento||31||38||.449||18.5||16-19||15-19||5-7||18-21||7-3||2 W|
|12 New Orleans||31||39||.443||19.0||18-17||13-22||6-6||18-22||5-5||2 L|
|13 Minnesota||22||47||.319||27.5||12-21||10-26||5-6||14-26||6-4||2 W|
|14 Oklahoma City||21||49||.300||29.0||9-25||12-24||3-8||11-29||1-9||8 L|
|15 Houston||16||54||.229||34.0||8-27||8-27||5-7||10-31||1-9||7 L|
|x-New York Islanders||56||32||17||7||71||28||156||128||21-4-3||11-13-4||3-4-3|
|New York Rangers||56||27||23||6||60||26||177||157||14-11-3||13-12-3||4-6-0|
|New Jersey Devils||56||19||30||7||45||19||145||194||7-18-3||12-12-4||5-4-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||56||40||14||2||82||39||191||124||21-5-2||19-9-0||7-3-0|
|x-St. Louis Blues||55||26||20||9||61||24||162||167||11-11-5||15-9-4||6-1-3|
|Los Angeles Kings||55||21||27||7||49||20||142||165||9-14-5||12-13-2||4-5-1|
|San Jose Sharks||56||21||28||7||49||16||151||199||11-13-4||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|xy-Toronto Maple Leafs||55||35||13||7||77||34||185||144||18-7-3||17-6-4||7-1-2|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||56||36||17||3||75||35||181||147||21-7-0||15-10-3||6-3-1|
|Detroit Red Wings||56||19||27||10||48||17||127||171||12-11-5||7-16-5||3-3-4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||56||18||26||12||48||15||137||187||11-9-8||7-17-4||3-4-3|
|New York City FC||3||2||0||1||8||2||6||1-0-0||1-0-1||6|
|Orlando City SC||3||1||2||0||4||1||3||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|
|Inter Miami CF||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||0-0-1||1-1-0||4|
|Real Salt Lake||2||2||0||0||5||2||3||1-0-0||1-0-0||6|
|Los Angeles FC||3||1||2||0||4||2||2||1-1-0||0-1-0||5|