HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
LOGANSPORT 5 HARRISON 1
SETON CATHOLIC 3 ANDERSON PREP 2…TIGERS: Elijah Falcone 2-4 2R…4SB…Luke Leverton 2-4 RBI…Sam Casper 1-3 RBI….PITCHING: Leverton 7IP 0H 21K’S 1BB
CENTERVILLE 5 UNION CITY 4
LINCOLN 3 UNION COUNTY 0. Mason Dick complete game shutout
HAGERSTOWN 8 NORTHEASTERN 4: TIGERS….KAYNE ERVIN 3-4 4R….QUAID MULL 2-3 2R….DOM ANDERSON 3-5 3RBI….NORTHEASTERN RELEASE: The Knights lost 8-4 to Hagerstown on Wednesday. The Knights trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning and got a 2 rbi single from Carson Terrell that scored Justice Hollingsworth and Keaton Mikesell that tied the game up. The Tigers came back and scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th inning to regain the lead which they never relinquished in fact added 2 more runs in the 5th inning. The Knights were able to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning on rbi singles by Ben Deitsch and Carson Terrell that scored Landen Sum and Kendrick Villenueva.
On the night Treydon York had 2 hits as well as Carson Terrell. Ben Deitsch had 3 hits on the night.
FRANKLIN COUNTY 14 GREENSBURG 5
MT. VERNON 6 NEW CASTLE 2
NEW PALESTINE 12 DELTA 2
SHELBYVILLE 4 YORKTOWN 1
EAST CENTRAL 19 HAUSER 2
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
RICHMOND 23 MUNCIE CENTRAL 0
ANDERSON 5 HAGERSTOWN 4…TIGERS: Hannah Pyle 2RBI….Heather Eales 2H….Marissa Slagle 2H RBI…PITCHING: Pyle 14K’s
HARRISON 18 FRONTIER 0
WINCHESTER 13 NORTHEASTERN 6…NORTHEASTERN RELEASE: The Lady Knights tied the game 6-6 after 3 1/2 innings but were unable to score any runs in their final 3 at bats. They were led by Emma Neeley who doubled, tripled, scored twice and drove in 1 run. Saige Sanders single, doubled, scored and also drove in 1 run. Lilly Null scored twice.
The Lady Knights return to action Thursday at home for Senior Night against Randolph Southern at 5:00. Please come out for our Seniors Kelsey Cottongim, Becca Schneider, and Madison Kinder.
LINCOLN 13 UNION CITY 1
LOGANSPORT 3 KOKOMO 2
WAPAHANI 31 BLUE RIVER 2
CONNERSVILLE 10 FRANKLIN COUNTY 9
NEW PALESTINE 6 YORKTOWN 1
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS
CENTERVILLE 5 TRI 0
NORTHEASTERN 3 WINCHESTER 2: NORTHEASTERN RELEASE: Knights win a tight match tonight against Winchester! Winners for the lady Knights #1 singles Anna Drake, # 2 singles Cadence Wright and #2 doubles Chloé Cook/Claire Coddington. Next match is Friday at Connersville.
Votto breaks thumb as Reds beat White Sox 1-0 in 10 innings
CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati’s Joey Votto fractured thumb during a 10-inning, 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Votto was hit by a Dallas Keuchel pitch in the fourth inning. Votto remained in the game, but in the sixth was replaced at first base by Kyle Farmer.
Votto is not expected to need surgery but could miss up to a month. Hit by a pitch for the 61st time, Votto is hitting .286 on the homestand, which included his 300th home run. He has raised his average to .226 with five homers and 17 RBIs.
Kyle Farmer is among the options at first.
“We’ll figure it out,” manager David Bell said.
Keuchel expressed regret.
“It’s a joy to pitch against him,” Keuchel said. “You never want that to happen. I wish him well.”
Jesse Winker hit a winning single in the 10th inning after Chicago’s Leury Garcia was caught stealing in the top half.
Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray and Keuchel both pitched shutout ball, allowing two hits each in seven innings.
It was only the fourth scoreless tie through nine innings in Great American Ball Park’s history, the first since 2010.
“I knew how this game was going to play out,” Gray said. “I just was focused on winning this game. We needed to win this game.”
Cincinnati stopped its 18-inning scoreless streak as Liam Hendriks (1-1) lost for the first time since signing a $54 million, four-year contract with the White Sox as a free agent.
With automatic runner Tucker Barnhart on second, Nick Senzel singled against Hendriks leading off the 10th as Barnhart took third. Jesse Winker fouled off three pitches before lining the eighth offering from Hendricks into center field. Barnhart scored without a throw.
Hendriks got Barnhart to ground into a bases-loaded groundout that ended the ninth, then started the 10th as the automatic runner on second.
Lucas Sims (1-1) walked Yasmani Grandal leading off. Garcia grounded into a forceout that left runners at the corners and, with Billy Hamilton at the plate, Barnhart threw out Garcia trying to steal second.
“We were trying to be aggressive all game long,” manager Tony La Russa said.
“That’s a big play, right there,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It changes a lot.”
Hamilton then struck out.
Chicago, trying to contend despite losing outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert to injuries this season, lost for the fourth time in their last 12 games.
Gray, making his fourth start after starting the season on the injured list with a muscle strain in his back, struck out eight. He has 19 strikeouts over his last 12 2/3 innings.
Gray extended his major league record of allowing six or fewer hits to 48 consecutive starts.
Rizzo hits winning single in 11th, Cubs beat Dodgers 6-5
CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo sprinted toward the third-base dugout as his teammates tried to mob him. It was quite a scene – and quite a series.
A three-game sweep against the defending champions?
The Cubs will take it.
Rizzo capped Chicago’s two-run 11th inning with an RBI single, and the Cubs beat the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 on Wednesday night to complete the sweep.
Chicago’s Matt Duffy tied it when he drove in Willson Contreras with a two-out single against Garrett Cleavinger (0-3). Duffy stole third and pinch-hitter Tony Wolters walked before Rizzo – who entered the game in the 10th – singled on a sharp grounder to left.
He was mobbed by teammates as he ran off the field following the Cubs’ second game-ending hit in as many days. David Bote hit a winning single in the ninth the previous day in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
“Honestly, we’re just riding the roller coaster right now,” Rizzo said. “We’re up and down, up and down, up and down. When we’re down, we keep fighting to get back up. And when we’re up, we just keep grinding. I think for weeks now we’ve been showing on offense we’re gonna keep coming back.”
Alec Mills (2-0) got the win despite giving up two runs in two innings. Jake Marisnick homered, and the Cubs swept three from the Dodgers at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2008.
“The willingness to continue to fight, to continue to have the same at-bats, to continue to try to make pitches, to not let things spin out of control and get away from us,” manager David Ross said. “They came up with some big hits in big spots and then we came up with big hits in big spots. And it’s just back-and-forth. Guys believing in one another.”
The Dodgers lost for the 13th time in 17 games since a 13-2 start. And manager Dave Roberts can sense the urgency in the clubhouse.
“I think there is,” he said. “And urgency is certainly different from panic. We just expect more of ourselves.”
Los Angeles’ Max Muncy homered for the second straight game when he connected against Adbert Alzolay in the fourth. He also hit an RBI double in the 10th and scored in the 11th.
Josh Naylor homers as Indians edge Royals 5-4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Josh Naylor homered in the ninth inning, sending the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Naylor greeted Wade Davis (0-1) with a leadoff drive to right for his second homer. Nick Wittgren (2-1) struck out the side in the eighth for the win, and James Karinchak worked the ninth for his third save.
“I was trying to be patient for something over the heart of the plate,” Naylor said. “I knew I could set the tone for the inning, whether it was a hit or a walk. Thankfully I was able to put one out.”
Cleveland trailed 4-0 after five innings. It has rallied to win in the first three games of the four-game set.
“You just keep playing, and you play through frustration,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “This is a hard way to win, and I don’t know if we want to draw this up all the time.”
Royals manager Mike Matheny had a different perspective.
“That one hurts more than maybe any other one this year,” Matheny said. “They all hurt. They’re all the same as far as the effort we give. But some losses just seem to sting worse than others, all things considered. We get a good pitcher on the ropes and have a lead.
“We’ve been very accustomed to putting those away. We’ve served on the other side that they did, being able to keep coming back. But it didn’t turn out the way we needed.”
Indians ace Shane Bieber allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits in six innings. He struck out nine to extend his major league record to 19 straight games with at least eight Ks.
“We made some mistakes behind him that didn’t help,” Francona said. “Still, he had six innings and three earnies, with a bunch of strikeouts.”
Kansas City right-hander Brady Singer permitted three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Royals jumped in front on Hunter Dozier’s fifth homer, a 430-foot solo drive to left-center in the second. Dozier’s last seven hits, and 10 of 11 overall, have been for extra bases.
Kansas City added an unearned run in the fourth when Ryan O’Hearn scored on shortstop Andres Gimenez’s throwing error. Jorge Soler made it 4-0 with a two-run double in the fifth.
O’s Means throws MLB’s 3rd no-hitter of season, tops M’s 6-0
SEATTLE (AP) The clubhouse celebration that awaited John Means was more than 50 years in the making for the Baltimore Orioles and more like a playoff berth being clinched rather than a Wednesday win in May.
Only a wild pitch in the dirt kept the Orioles from celebrating perfection. That’s how dominant Means was in throwing the major leagues’ third no-hitter of the season in Baltimore’s 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
A franchise still in the midst of a rebuild and little to celebrate in recent seasons was happy to put the spotlight on its tall lefty who overmatched the Mariners with an array of unhittable fastballs, breaking pitches and a deadly changeup.
No, it wasn’t perfection. But it was about as close as it comes.
“I never really thought I’d be here. I’d always write MLB player when I was a kid on the on the sheet when asked you when you what you wanted to do when you’re older, but I never thought it was a reality,” Means said. “And now that it is, and now I’m able to throw this, it’s crazy and I don’t even know how to describe it.”
This wasn’t a fluke performance – Means has been one of the best pitchers in the American League to start this season. This was domination.
Means (4-0) struck out 12 and walked none. Seattle’s only baserunner was Sam Haggerty after he raced to first swinging on a curveball in the dirt for strike three with one outs in the third inning. The 1-2 pitch bounced away from catcher Pedro Severino and ended up being the only blemish that separated Means from a perfect game.
Haggerty wasn’t on base long, getting thrown out attempting to steal second.
“I could care less that it wasn’t perfect game,” Means said following his first complete game in 44 career big league starts.
Means pitched the first non-perfect no-hitter in which the opposing team did not reached on a walk, hit by pitch or error, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Means threw 79 strikes among 113 pitches, including first-pitch strikes to 26 of 27 batters. When Seattle did make contact against the 28-year-old left-hander, it was weak and there were no threats to fall in for a hit.
Means lowered his ERA to 1.37 and became the first individual Orioles pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Jim Palmer against Oakland on Aug. 13, 1969. It was the 10th no-hitter in franchise history, including six as Baltimore after four as the St. Louis Browns.
“It’s such a crazy feeling. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience. I don’t think I’ve been able to process it yet,” Means said. “But to be in the same breath as Palmer, I don’t think that it gets much better than that.”
In a season in which batters are on track to hit a record-low .234, Means joined a no-hit club that includes gems by San Diego right-hander Joe Musgrove at Texas on April 9 and by Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon against Cleveland on April 14.
In addition, Arizona left-hander Madison Bumgarner pitched a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta on April 25, but that is not recognized as an official no-hitter by Major League Baseball because the game did not go at least nine innings, shortened under pandemic rules in effect for a second straight season.
It’s the first time since 1969 there have been three complete game no-hitters this early in the season.
La Russa’s extra-inning gaffe stings White Sox in loss
(AP) — Hall of Famer Tony La Russa developed a reputation as a master strategist while managing the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals to a total of three World Series championships.
His second tenure with the Chicago White Sox is off to a bumpy start. And a decision in Wednesday’s 1-0 loss at Cincinnati will only raise more doubts about whether he is the right person for the job.
La Russa acknowledged he was unaware of a rule that would have allowed him to use Jose Abreu as the automatic runner at second base rather than closer Liam Hendriks in the 10th inning.
“I’ll re-read that situation,” he said. “I’m guessing you know the rules there. Now, I know.”
The pandemic rule states the runner must be the batter preceding that inning’s leadoff hitter, but there is an exception if it would be the pitcher.
Abreu walked with one out in the ninth before Andrew Vaughn grounded into a double play. Michael Kopech struck out the first two batters in the bottom half before giving up a single and two walks – one intentional – to load the bases.
The White Sox then made a double switch. Jake Lamb went in to play left field in Vaughn’s place and took the pitcher’s spot in the order, with Hendriks taking over for Kopech and replacing Vaughn in the fifth spot.
Chicago got out of that jam, sending the game to extra innings. But when the 10th inning started, Hendriks was on second base when Abreu could have been there.
“You have to use whoever made the last out, and that was Vaughn – not Abreu,” La Russa said. “Vaughn made the last out.”
When a reporter mentioned the exception involving the pitcher’s spot, he acknowledged he was not aware.
“I didn’t know that,” La Russa said. “We all thought that Liam was gonna be the runner and that’s how it went. We wanted a double switch to keep him in the game. If you look to Abreu, back to (Yoan) Moncada, so-forth, that’s not who you want to double-switch out of the game. I wasn’t aware that Abreu could have run. I thought it had to be the guy that made the last out – or that spot in the order.”
The White Sox had runners on first and third with one out. Leury Garcia got thrown out trying to steal second and Billy Hamilton struck out. The Reds won it when Jesse Winker singled in the 10th inning.
La Russa had no second thoughts about attempting to steal, saying “the base was there to be stolen; we didn’t steal it.”
But had he realized Abreu could have started the inning on second base instead of Hendriks?
“If I had known that,” La Russa said. “I didn’t know that. I’ll check the rule. That was why guys on the bench came up and questioned me about Liam was gonna be the runner. I said, `Yeah, I know.’ So we didn’t know it.”
La Russa trails only Connie Mack and John McGraw with 2,744 victories. But when the White Sox hired him to replace Rick Renteria, the move raised more than a few eyebrows.
La Russa, 76, hadn’t filled out a lineup card since 2011, when St. Louis beat Texas in the World Series. And the White Sox, with a fun-loving team that made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, had their sights set high. They are second in the AL Central at 16-13.
La Russa has come under question for leaving Matt Foster and Lucas Giolito in games too long. This time, he was unaware of a rule. And pitcher Dallas Keuchel could see why.
“Honestly, I really had no idea,” he said. “I feel like I’ve seen some wacky and weird stuff happen in this game. In my opinion that’s really one that you kind of chalk up to how lengthy the rulebook is, especially how some of these rule changes have happened in the last couple years. If it’s anybody’s fault, it’s kind of everybody’s fault.”
Red-hot Stanton powers Yankees past Astros again, 6-3
NEW YORK (AP) If it seemed New York Yankees fans eased up on the Houston Astros just a bit Wednesday night, Giancarlo Stanton most certainly did not.
Stanton homered again and knocked in four runs, Aaron Hicks hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Yankees beat Houston 6-3 for their fifth straight victory.
With fans in the Bronx chanting curses at Jose Altuve and several other Astros for the second consecutive night, the Yankees (16-14) got three scoreless innings from their major league-best bullpen and won their 10th in 13 games to move two games above .500 for the first time this year.
“It’s been really intense,” Hicks said. “I think it’s been exciting.”
New York will try for a three-game sweep Thursday afternoon, with ace Gerrit Cole facing Houston for the first time since leaving the Astros for a $324 million, nine-year contract with the Yankees before the 2020 season.
Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz had back-to-back RBI doubles against Jordan Montgomery in a three-run fourth that gave Houston a 3-2 lead, but the Yankees cut down Carlos Correa at the plate with a well-executed relay on Gurriel’s drive off the left-field fence.
New York then rallied with two outs and none on in the fifth, and Stanton tied it when he greeted Ryne Stanek with an RBI double on a 2-2 pitch.
“Right now he’s hitting every mistake. And he’s hitting good pitches and finding holes,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “Stanton’s a very dangerous man. I’ve seen him over the years in the National League. I know he’s been hurt a lot over here, but he’s still a tremendous force.”
The chiseled slugger launched a long drive off rookie starter Luis Garcia in the third, extending his hitting streak to 11 games with his eighth homer of the season and second two-run shot in two nights against the rival Astros.
That gave Stanton home runs in consecutive regular season games for the first time since last July.
“It’s been great to see him. He’s a special person and talent,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I feel like this has been coming.”
Stanton finished 3 for 4 with a walk and has 17 hits in his last six games, raising his batting average from .205 to .314.
“Luckily, it turned pretty quick,” he said.
This is Houston’s first visit to Yankee Stadium since the team’s illegal sign-stealing scam, employed from 2017-18 according to a Major League Baseball investigation, was exposed after the 2019 season.
Blue Jays shuffling back to Buffalo starting June 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, New York, starting in June. And this time, they’ll have a limited number of fans in attendance.
Forced from Canada by that government’s coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays posted a note on their Twitter account on Wednesday saying: “Buffalo, we’re BACK! We’ll see you June 1st.” The words were over a picture of Buffalo’s downtown Sahlen Field, the regular home of the Blue Jays’ Triple-A farm team.
Toronto played its first two homestands at its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and will play its third there from May 14-24. But the Blue Jays did not want to remain in Florida for the hotter, more humid portion of the year.
The Blue Jays return to Buffalo with a homestand that includes games against Miami on June 1-2 and Houston from June 4-6. They’ll travel to Buffalo after a five-game trip that ends in Cleveland.
Toronto last played at 49,000-capacity Rogers Centre on Sept. 29, 2019, an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay.
The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo and were 17-9 at Sahlen Field. They finished 32-28 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and were swept in losing twice at eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the wild-card round.
The Jays are 7-4 in Dunedin this season and 7-10 on the road.
Toronto hopes to return to Rogers Centre at some point this summer.
While the entire 2020 regular-season schedule was played without fans, about 4,300 spectators will initially be allowed to attend games in Buffalo, with the possibility of that number increasing. Capacity is listed at 16,600.
Fans will be required to show proof they’ve been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 to be allowed entry. Canadians could travel to attend games, but would have to face self-quarantine rules upon returning home.
“The only thing lacking from a successful MLB summer at Sahlen Field in 2020 was the ability to share that experience with our great fans,” said Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, which owns the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. “I know Buffalo is ready to get back to the ballpark and give the Blue Jays a `home-away-from-home’ field advantage that will propel them towards another postseason run.”
The Blue Jays and Bisons have made significant upgrades to Sahlen Field since last season. The bullpens have been moved off the field and behind the outfield walls and the lighting has been improved. New batting cages and a weight room have been built, and clubhouses have been renovated.
The stadium’s dimensions measure 325 feet down the lines and 404 feet to center. The ballpark is tight in the alleys, similar to Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
Because the Blue Jays are turning to Buffalo, the Bisons have moved home games to Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, which became open when the New York Yankees moved their Double-A team this season to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Yankees, Mets to lift capacity limits for vaccinated fans
NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees and Mets can increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19 – as along as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19.
And both teams will be giving away free tickets along with vaccinations.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday with Yankees president Randy Levine and Mets president Sandy Alderson.
“Theoretically if you had 100% vaccinated, you could fill the entire stadium with 100% vaccinated,” Cuomo said. “Unvaccinated, it is still the 6-foot social distancing. In other words, our capacity restrictions have been relaxed subject to the federal CDC social-distancing guideline of 6 feet.”
The Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccination will be offered at the ballparks, and a person receiving a vaccination can get a free game ticket.
“If we can encourage more people to get vaccinated by giving away Yankees tickets, we are all in,” the Yankees said in a statement.
The current requirement for fans to show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test will be dropped because it is burdensome, Cuomo said. Masks will continue to be required. Sections for unvaccinated fans will be at 33% capacity.
Cuomo also announced that Broadway theaters will reopen Sept. 14 at 100% capacity and ticket sales could start Thursday. Broadway theaters were closed by Cuomo on March 12, 2020.
On Monday, Cuomo said New York City restaurants could raise capacity to 100% on May 19, two days after 24-hour subway service resumes.
All Major League Baseball teams were required to play the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in empty ballparks. Cuomo allowed the New York teams to start this season at 20% capacity (10,850 at Yankee Stadium, 8,384 at Citi Field) and said on April 26 they could increase to 33% starting on May 19. Cuomo expanded that even further Thursday.
“We’ve been polling our fans,” Levine said. “I think the majority are vaccinated rather than unvaccinated who are coming in. And hopefully those numbers continue to rise. But we will have separate sections and accommodate all our season ticket holders, make sure that they’re fine, and other people coming in.”
Depending on whether season ticket holders and their guests are vaccinated, seat locations may have to be moved. Newly sold tickets will be specified as vaccinated or unvaccinated sections.
Levine is hoping for “full house after full house.”
“The main resistance now is people’s own fears and people’s comfort level,” Cuomo said. “And when you have a set of rules and protocols in place where people feel comfortable, I think it’s going to have more people attending games. I think more people will go to restaurants. I think more people will go to museums if they know they are safe when they go there. You’re vaccinated, you are going to sit with only vaccinated people. I think that’s actually going to increase the public acceptance level.”
Alderson said the Mets envision a gradual return to full capacity.
Mets’ deGrom could return to mound vs D-backs on Sunday
ST. LOUIS (AP) New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom could return to the mound on Sunday against Arizona at Citi Field.
DeGrom first felt soreness in a back muscle after his last outing against Boston on April 28 and was scratched from a scheduled start against St. Louis on Tuesday night. He said he intends to play catch Thursday and hopes to get a go-ahead for a bullpen session Friday.
Mets manager Luis Rojas said that a successful bullpen on Friday would put deGrom on track to start Sunday.
“I was a little bit more sore after my last start. Didn’t think too much of it,” deGrom said Wednesday. “I noticed my mechanics were off. Looked at some of the video and got some of the numbers, and my arm was down a little bit and … flying open. So that’s obviously going to put more stress on my arm.”
Rojas said a scan Tuesday showed inflammation of the latissimus dorsi muscle, a back muscle that connects the upper arm to the spine and the hip.
“Feeling good now. The plan to see the doctor again tomorrow and let him re-evaluate,” deGrom said. “It’s in a good spot, I guess. If it kind of creeps up towards the armpit, then it’s not good, but the spot it’s in is definitely manageable.”
DeGrom said he threw a bullpen last weekend in Philadelphia and first informed the training staff of the issue on Monday. He contacted the team on Tuesday after he woke up and the soreness had not alleviated. The Mets then scratched him, but the game was rained out and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Wednesday.
DeGrom, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a major league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts. He has 59 strikeouts in 35 innings with just four walks. Still, he is just 2-2.
The 32-year-old right-hander has reached 100 mph on 46 of 473 pitches this season and lowered his career ERA to 2.55, overtaking Hall of Famer Tom Seaver (2.57) as the Mets career leader.
Report: Bjorkgren facing uncertain future as Pacers coach
Nate Bjorkgren’s future as head coach of the Indiana Pacers is uncertain due to difficulties with players and staff this season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Bjorkgren, whose style of coaching and communication has often been at the heart of team turmoil, is trying to mend his relationships with key Pacers players and members of the organization, Wojnarowski adds.
The 45-year-old is in his first season as Indiana’s bench boss after spending a combined five campaigns as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. The Pacers have struggled to a 30-34 record, which has them positioned as the Eastern Conference’s ninth seed.
While the Pacers are still likely to feature in the East’s play-in tournament, they entered the 2020-21 campaign having qualified for the playoffs in five straight seasons, and as a top-five seed in the last three.
Knicks agree to 4-year, $13.6M deal with Argentinian guard Vildoza
The New York Knicks have reached an agreement with Argentinian guard Luca Vildoza on a four-year, $13.6-million contract, Vildoza’s agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vildoza played this past season for Baskonia of Spain’s ACB League.
The final three years of the contract will be non-guaranteed, reports Ian Begley of SNY. That will allow the Knicks to evaluate the ball-handler at several points before next season – including during the Summer Olympics – before fully guaranteeing the remainder of the deal, according to Wojnarowski.
Vildoza is considered one of the best point guards playing in Europe and was expected to garner significant interest as a free agent this summer, Wojnarowski notes.
Baskonia agreed to a buyout with Vildoza to allow the 6-foot-3 playmaker to join New York. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to play for the Knicks this season due to immigration processes, physicals, and other protocols, according to Wojnarowski.
Vildoza, 25-year-old helped Baskonia win the 2020 ACB League title and was named Finals MVP after scoring a team-high 17 points in the championship game against Barcelona. Denver Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo won the same award the year prior.
The Knicks will convert Jared Harper’s contract to a two-way deal to open up a roster spot for Vildoza, a source told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Vildoza was a member of Argentina’s national squad at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The team lost to Spain in the final.
Report: Bucks need deep playoff run for Budenholzer to keep job
A first- or second-round playoff exit will likely spell the end of Mike Budenholzer’s tenure as Milwaukee Bucks head coach, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick.
Budenholzer has one year remaining on his contract.
The team may also reportedly fire the 51-year-old if the Bucks advance to the Eastern Conference finals but perform poorly at that stage.
Prior to last summer’s disappointing second-round loss to the Miami Heat, the Bucks collapsed in the 2019 Eastern Conference finals, blowing a 2-0 series lead to the eventual title-winning Toronto Raptors.
However, despite Budenholzer’s previous issues with making adjustments in the postseason, the organization is reportedly optimistic. The Bucks are 41-24 (.631) overall and 5-1 against the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bucks own a 154-63 (.710) record since Budenholzer came on board in 2018. A number of players have enjoyed breakout or resurgent years under his stewardship – chief among them, two-time reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Others who have seemingly benefited from Budenholzer’s arrival include two-time All-Star Khris Middleton and veteran big man Brook Lopez, who’s rebranded himself as a key floor-spacing, shot-blocking role player.
Bagley’s fast start helps Kings race past Pacers 104-93
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Marvin Bagley III kept Sacramento’s slim playoff hopes alive Wednesday night with a breakthrough performance – scoring a season-high 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the the Kings past the Indiana Pacers 104-93.
It has been a long time coming for the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2018, but Bagley started fast, finished strong and appears to be finding his groove, finally.
“This is two of the last three games where he’s put up big-time performances,” coach Luke Walton said. “I was happy for him, happy for his teammates. But that’s part of the fun of the sport. He was really good tonight.”
Bagley had some help, too. Delon Wright added 23 points as Sacramento won its fourth straight – all on the road – and swept the two-game series with the Pacers for the first time in five years. The Kings started the day 3 1/2 games behind San Antonio in the chase for the West’s final play-in spot.
Indiana was led by Domantas Sabonis, who fell just short of his eighth triple-double this season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. The Pacers were trying to become the first team since Phoenix in 2009 to top the 140-point mark in three consecutive games.
But after missing 85 games over the past two seasons, Bagley finally delivered with 24 points, eight rebounds and going 12 of 17 from the field in the first half as Sacramento pulled out to a 56-47 lead.
“I think he just got to his spots early,” Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren said. “It was his physicality around the rim and he got to the spots he wanted to. We’ve got to do a better job of preventing that.”
Bagley’s teammates took care of the rest.
Buddy Hield and Richaun Holmes spurred an early second-half scoring flurry that put the Kinds in complete control midway through the third quarter with a 76-56 lead.
Indiana never recovered.
“He’s such a dynamic athlete, we want him out there flying and rolling and getting out in transition,” Walton said, referring to Bagley. “Just getting him out there like that tonight, I thought was great.”
Bucks edge Wizards 135-134 to earn fourth straight victory
MILWAUKEE (AP) Playing for the second straight night, the Milwaukee Bucks hung tough after Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out in a 135-134 victory over the surging Washington Wizards.
Jrue Holiday scored 29 points Wednesday night to help the Bucks with their fourth straight while withstanding a 42-point performance from Bradley Beal and a triple-double from Russell Westbrook.
“It took a little bit of everybody to find a way to win this game,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
Westbrook had 29 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds for his 179th career triple-double, but the Wizards still lost for just the fourth time in their last 17 games. He’s just two shy of Oscar Robertson, whose 181 career triple-doubles are the highest recorded total in NBA history.
The Bucks led 127-124 when Antetokounmpo picked up his sixth foul with 1:54 left. They played the entire game without two-time All-Star Khris Middleton, who was out with a sore left knee after playing one night earlier in a 124-118 victory over Brooklyn.
They still found a way to win.
“It’s big for us,” said Donte DiVincenzo, who had 19 points. “I think it’s a big thing for us to come together and know we can pull it out in different ways.”
Pat Connaughton had 16 points and made a pair of 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds to answer Wizards baskets. Bryn Forbes added 14 and put the Bucks ahead for good by sinking a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:23 remaining.
Washington trailed by just two points with just over 30 seconds left when Holiday and Connaughton each blocked shot attempts by Daniel Gafford from under the basket. Gafford believed he was fouled.
“I should have really just passed up the ball at the end,” Gafford said. “Russ was right beside me. That would have been the smart play instead of trying to go up with that last layup attempt. It really just cost us the game, to be honest.”
Brook Lopez delivered a putback dunk that gave Milwaukee a four-point lead with 6.8 seconds left.
But the Wizards still nearly pulled it off.
Nikola Jokic, Nuggets start fast, cool off Knicks
DENVER (AP) Nikola Jokic scored 24 of his 32 points in a dominant first quarter in the Denver Nuggets’ 113-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Jokic hit 8 of 9 shots in the first quarter and finished with 12 rebounds to help lead the Nuggets to their 10 victory in 12 games. Denver, which led by as much as 31, moved back into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for third place in the Western Conference.
“Some games I don’t score in the first half and then I score a lot in the second half,” Jokic said. “The team was finding me, I was making shots. It just happened like that.”
Austin Rivers scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter against his former team, Michael Porter Jr. had 17 points, and Facu Campazzo 16 points and nine rebounds.
This one got away from New York early. The Knicks committed three fouls in the game’s first 22 seconds and coach Tom Thibodeau was hit with a technical 28 seconds in. Things got worse from there.
RJ Barrett picked up his third foul with 5:32 left in the first period, the Knicks shot 4 of 24 from the field and went 5:46 between made shots.
“It was pretty much the start of the game. We didn’t come ready to play,” Julius Randle said. “I’m throwing this one in the trash; 2-1 to start the road trip, got a great opportunity in Phoenix so I’m throwing this one in the trash.”
Jokic doubled New York’s point total on his own in the first (24-12).
“When he’s going like that we get to just chill,” Porter said. “We just throw to him and we just chill. If he finds us on the weakside we’re ready to shoot. No big man in the NBA can guard him one-on-one so we let him to go to work.”
Randle had 14 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Rose, Reggie Bullock and Barrett also each scored 14 points. The Knicks had won 12 of 13 before Wednesday night.
Report: Packers offered to make Rodgers highest-paid QB
In one of the Green Bay Packers’ attempts to fix their relationship with Aaron Rodgers, they offered to make the reigning NFL MVP the league’s highest-paid quarterback, sources told Bob McGinn of The Athletic.
Rodgers’ $33.5-million average annual salary ranks fifth in the NFL, according to Spotrac. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes tops all players at $45 million per season.
However, Rodgers’ dissatisfaction reportedly stems from more than just his contract situation. He’s also unhappy with Green Bay’s personnel decisions.
One move that reportedly “drove Rodgers nuts” last year was the release of wide receiver Jake Kumerow just one day after the signal-caller praised the pass-catcher.
The 37-year-old is reportedly determined to not return to the Packers if general manager Brian Gutekunst remains with the team. Rodgers has mocked Gutekunst in group chats with his teammates by referring to the executive as Jerry Krause, reports McGinn.
Krause was the Chicago Bulls general manager during the team’s six NBA title campaigns and was heavily criticized by Michael Jordan.
The Packers believe other clubs may have contacted Rodgers to determine whether he’s interested in playing for them, sources told Rob Demovsky of ESPN. The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are reportedly among those teams.
San Francisco general manager John Lynch said he called the Packers about Rodgers’ availability but his inquiry was quickly rejected.
Rodgers reportedly wants to be more involved in the Packers’ personnel choices and would consider retiring if the situation isn’t improved.
Former quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and running back Jim Brown are the only reigning MVPs in NFL history to not return to their team the following season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Both retired after capturing the award.
Golf super league resurfaces as McIlroy puts stock in legacy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Rory McIlroy returned to the site of his first PGA Tour victory and made it clear Wednesday that he is more interested in creating his place in history than chasing Saudi-backed money in a proposed super league.
Justin Thomas wasn’t far behind in that line of thinking.
The topic occupying most of the chatter at Quail Hollow Club ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship is renewed efforts by a “Super League Golf” to attract top players for a concept of team golf played around the world for massive riches.
The Daily Telegraph in London reported the league is prepared to offer fees ranging from $30 million to $50 million to marquee players, including Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, to join a new circuit that would begin playing as early as September 2022.
“He has listened to their presentation, like all the other top players. No commitment whatsoever,” Johnson’s manager, David Winkle, said in a text.
The Telegraph said Phil Mickelson, who at age 50 is No. 115 in the world ranking, is being offered twice that much as the “de facto leader of the rebels.”
McIlroy, who turned 32 on Tuesday, was the first player to publicly oppose the new league more than a year ago. He has been elected chairman of the Player Advisory Council, meaning he will be the first foreign-born player to join the PGA Tour’s board of directors.
McIlroy referenced the failed attempt to create a European Super League in football, in which 12 clubs were founding members. The backlash was so strong that nine clubs – including all six from England – announced they would withdraw.
“People can see it for what is, which is a money grab, which is fine if that’s what you’re playing golf for is to make as much money as possible,” McIlroy said. “Totally fine. Then go and do that if that’s what makes you happy. But I think the top players in the game – I’m just speaking my own personal beliefs – I’m playing this game to try to cement my place in history and my legacy and to win major championships and to win the biggest tournaments in the world.
“I’m very much against it. I don’t see why anyone would be for it.”
The topic became the focus of chatter at Quail Hollow Club, where the Wells Fargo Championship begins on Thursday with another strong field. The players had a previously scheduled mandatory meeting on Tuesday night with Commissioner Jay Monahan.
NCAA aims for less contact in preseason football practice
(AP) — The NCAA football oversight committee is preparing to recommend changes to preseason camp that will include fewer fully padded practices and the elimination of some old-school collision drills.
The latest move to scale back contact in practice comes in response to a five-year study involving six major college football teams that found more head impact exposure and concussions happened in preseason practice than during games.
The committee’s initial proposal called for at least nine of a team’s 25 preseason practices to be run with players wearing helmets but no other pads, and no more than eight fully-padded, full-contact practices. That proposal went out to NCAA membership for feedback two weeks ago.
The committee is scheduled to meet again Thursday. West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons, the chairman of the committee, said the plan is to hand over a final recommendation for a new preseason model for the Division I Council to consider at its May 19 meeting.
If passed, the new model would go into effect this year.
Lyons refers to the model as 9-8-8: eight days of players practicing in helmets and shoulder pads with no live tackling to the ground, nine days in just helmets and no more than eight full-contact days. The current proposal would also limit full-contact practices to no more than two consecutive days.
“We’re trying to provide as much flexibility within the model as possible and not dictate what days they get to do what, and give each coach the ability to coach how they want to,” Lyons said. “But then also limit the number of contacts that we currently have from a direct hit, head-to-head contacts that you currently have in practices.”
During live-tackling practices, no more than 90 minutes of full contact will be permitted under the initial proposal.
“What I’m hearing, a lot of coaches aren’t using 90 minutes so we may look and say, `Is that 75 minutes?'” Lyons said.
The study found that 48.5% of the concussions recorded occurred during August training camp. The teams involved in the study were Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wisconsin, UCLA, Air Force and Army.
Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches’ Association, said there was some concern among coaches that Army and Air Force awould skew the study data. The two academies play a run-heavy, triple-option offense that can lend itself to more contact, he said.
Overall, though, Berry said the study is helping guide changes many coaches were already moving toward.
“We wanted things based on data rather than assumptions,” Berry said.
NCAA rules currently mandate at least two of 25 preseason practices be contactless and conducted without pads, Berry said, but a survey found most coaches already run about six of those leading up to the season.
He said going to nine padless practices, essentially walk-throughs, seems like a drastic change to coaches.
“To us that’s kind of a giant leap,” Berry said. “We’d rather take a step and then measure the results and say, `OK, we ended up in a good place.’ And take another step and keep improving along those lines.”
Coaches have been moving away from high-impact drills such as Bull in the Ring and the Oklahoma drill, where players mostly just run into each other.
“Most of our coaches aren’t doing it so I don’t know if it’s going to move the needle much,” Berry said. “But I get it.”
Berry said scaling back too much on hitting in practice could lead to players not being properly prepared to protect themselves in games.
“We’re fearful if we go too far in one direction we’d have a lot of injuries in that first game,” Berry said. “There is a process, a teaching progression to get players to learn how to control their bodies.”
The final proposal could look different than the 9-8-8 model, but changes are likely to be small tweaks, Lyons said.
“I think the balance is there,” Lyons said. “Do I think there’s enough there to teach and work through it? I think the answer is yes.”
Indiana Men’s Golf Earns NCAA Bid for Tallahassee Regional
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf earned a bid to NCAA Regionals on Wednesday as the Hoosiers will travel to Tallahassee, Fla. as the No. 8 seed and play at Seminole Legacy Golf Club.
This marks the first team appearance for Indiana in NCAA Regionals since 2013, when the Hoosiers finished 13th in Fayetteville, Ark. It is the 10th team appearance under head coach Mike Mayer.
“First and foremost, it’s been a great team effort; all 11 players on the roster have contributed, they’ve worked hard,” said Mayer. “This is as deep of team maybe as I’ve ever had in my career here at IU. It’s always great to make postseason play, it’s been a while and we are thrilled to be going to play.”
The 2021 NCAA Regionals will be held May 17-19 at one of six sites across the country: The Sagamore Club (hosted by Ball State, Noblesville, Ind.); Seminole Legacy Golf Club (hosted by Florida State, Tallahassee, Fla.); Championship Course at UNM (hosted by New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.); Karsten Creek Golf Club (hosted by Oklahoma State, Stillwater, Okla.); Golf Club of Tennessee (hosted by Vanderbilt, Kingston Springs, Tenn.) and Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club (hosted by Washington, Cle Elum, Wash.)
Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the NCAA Championships, set for May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Hoosiers are in the midst of a season that opened in February with a win at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, the first title at the event since 2009. The team went on to earn three top-5 finishes, including second in the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate and the Hoosier Invitational.
Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that freshman Clay Merchent was named Big Ten Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year – the third Hoosier to do so in program history – as well as to the First Team. Senior Ethan Shepherd also picked up accolades as he was Second Team and the Sportsmanship Award winner.
Complete Tallahassee Regional Field:
- Florida State
- Georgia Tech
- Georgia Southern
- Southern California
- Ohio State
- Florida A&M
NCAA Tournament Appearances Under Mike Mayer
|2020-21||Team: NCAA Regional|
|2017-18||Individual: NCAA – Jake Brown – T14 (Regional)|
|2012-13||Team: NCAA – 13th (Regional)|
|2011-12||Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)|
|2010-11||Team: NCAA – T-8th (Regional)|
|2009-10||Team: NCAA – 9th (Regional)|
|2008-09||Team: NCAA – 12th (Regional)|
|2007-08||Team: NCAA – 10th (Regional) NCAA Finals – 21st|
Jorge Campillo – 2nd
|2006-07||Individual: NCAA – Jorge Campillo – T-72nd (Regional)|
|2005-06||Team: NCAA – T-11th (Regional)|
|2004-05||Team: NCAA – T-18th (Regional)|
|2003-04||Team: NCAA – T-20th (Regional)|
|Individual: NCAA Finals -Jeff Overton – T-20th|
|2002-03||Individual: NCAA – Jeff Overton – T- 38th (Regional)|
Merchent Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year; Shepherd Named to Second Team
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s golf saw two honored by the Big Ten on Wednesday as Clay Merchent was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Big Ten while senior Ethan Shepherd earned Second Team and Sportsmanship Award honors.
Merchent becomes the third Hoosier in program history and the first since Jorge Campillo in 2006 to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year accolades. The Noblesville, Ind. native is also the first Hoosier to earn First Team honors since Brant Peaper did so in 2013.
Merchent’s average of 72.29 is on track to set the program record for best average for a freshman, besting Campillo’s 72.67. It also is currently the eighth-best season average for any Hoosier in the record books. Merchent finished in the top-21 or higher in every stroke play event this spring, including four top-10 finishes and a pair of top-5 finishes.
Shepherd earn Second Team accolades on the heels of finishing ninth at this past weekend’s Big Ten Championship, his second top-10 finish this year. The Greenwood, Ind. native tied for fourth at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at the Pfau Course. Shepherd is averaging a 73.14 this year, bringing his career average to 73.93, which ranks eighth in IU history (minimum 50 rounds).
The Hoosiers earned a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championship and will learn their NCAA Tournament fate this afternoon at 2 p.m. The selection will air as part of GOLF Channel’s College Central coverage.
2021 BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Golfer of the Year: Alex Schaake, Iowa
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Clay Merchent, Indiana
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Tyler Stith, Iowa
ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
Adrien Dumont De Chassart, Illinois
Michael Feagles, Illinois
Jerry Ji, Illinois
Clay Merchent, Indiana
MAC MCCLEAR, IOWA
Alex Schaake, Iowa
James Piot, Michigan State
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota
Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois
Ethan Shepherd, Indiana
John Driscoll III, Northwestern
David Nyfjall, Northwestern
Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State
Cole Bradley, Purdue
Joe Weiler, Purdue
Chris Gotterup, Rutgers
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois
Ethan Shepherd, Indiana
Gonzalo Leal Montero, Iowa
Christian Park, Maryland
Charlie Pilon, Michigan
James Piot, Michigan State
Ben Warian, Minnesota
Daniel Pearson, Nebraska
Eric McIntosh, Northwestern
JonErik Alford, Ohio State
Lou Olsakovsky, Penn State
Joe Weiler, Purdue
Oliver Whatley, Rutgers
Sam Anderson, Wisconsin
No. 2 Indiana Men’s Soccer Match Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (9-1-2) take on the No. 19-ranked Marquette Golden Eagles (8-2-2) in the third round of the 2020-21 NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. ET on May 6 at WakeMed Field in Cary, N.C. A stream of the match will be available at NCAA.com.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Indiana has won the NCAA championship eight times in the program’s storied history and have made an NCAA record 20 College Cup appearances.
• IU is one of three programs (Stanford and Wake Forest) to make the Sweet 16 every season since 2015.
• No program has more NCAA tourney victories (92) than the Hoosiers. UCLA (70) is second.
• The Hoosiers hold a record of 92-34-6 in the NCAA Tournament. The .721 winning percentage is the highest total of any program that has won more than 10 matches.
• IU last hosted the NCAA Championship trophy after defeating Georgetown by a score of 1-0 in 2012.
BIG TEN TRIPLE DOUBLE
• For the third-straight season, Indiana claimed both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, the longest streak in the conference since IU captured four-straight league doubles from 1996-99. No other program has achieved the feat in consecutive seasons.
• This marked IU’s 11th regular season, tournament double in program history. The rest of the conference has seven combined doubles.
• The Hoosiers have won a conference-leading 17 regular season Big Ten regular season championships and 15 Big Ten Tournament crowns.
• Indiana has won the last six trophies handed out by the Big Ten (3 regular season, 3 tournament), meaning 25-of-30 (83.3%) of the current roster has never lost a B1G trophy during their collegiate career.
• Sophomore forward Victor Bezerra was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament after scoring all five Hoosier goals in the tourney. Sophomore keeper Celentano claimed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Tournament after recording two cleansheets (one solo) and making two big saves in the PK shootout. Both, along with Munie, were named to the All-Tournament Team.
#IUMS B1G POSTSEASON AWARDS
• The Indiana men’s soccer team cleaned up the 2020-21 Big Ten Conference postseason awards.
• Bezerra, Celentano, and redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass earned All-Big Ten First Team plaudits, while sophomore midfielder Herbert Endeley and redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie were named to the 2020-21 All-Big Ten Second Team. Freshman defender Joey Maher was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
• Bezerra also earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. He is the third Hoosier to garner the award as he joins Will Bruin (2010) and Eriq Zavaleta (2012). Celentano became the second IU keeper to be named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year (Trey Muse, 2018).
• Todd Yeagley was named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year for the fourth time (2010, ’18, ’19). Yeagley joins his father, Jerry Yeagley, as the only coaches in Big Ten program history to earn the accolade in three-consecutive seasons. Jerry achieved the feat from 2001-03.
• The Hoosiers have not suffered a loss in nine-straight matches, the longest active streak in the Big Ten and the program’s longest streak without a loss since the 2018 (Oct. 3-Nov. 30) campaign. The ’18 team went 11-0-1 before the season ended in NCAA College Cup.
• Head coach Todd Yeagley earned his 150th-career win on March 23.
• Under the direction of Yeagley, the Hoosiers have compiled an NCAA Tournament record of 16-9-2. IU captured the program’s eighth star in 2012 with a 1-0 triumph over Georgetown in Hoover, Ala.
• In the last 44 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 33-2-9. IU is 10-0-6 in the Big Ten Tournament since 2015.
• Redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass suffered a season-ending injury (tibia) against No. 11 Michigan.
LAST TIME OUT
• The third-seeded Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament by way of a 3-1 advantage in penalty kicks over St. Francis Brooklyn on Thursday night in Wilmington.
• Bezerra made it nine-straight matches with at least one goal or one assist with a goal in the 36th minute of play. The Chicago native has tallied a goal in four-consecutive postseason contests.
• St. Francis Brooklyn found the equalizer in the 78th minute to send the match into overtime. After neither squad was able to find the winner, the match went into PKs for the second time in as many matches for each team.
• Celentano came up huge in the shootout and stopped three attempts from the Terriers. Senior forward Thomas Warr, redshirt sophomore forward Ryan Wittenbrink and Bezerra each buried their takes to give IU the 3-1 edge.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• The Marquette Golden Eagles, directed by head coach Louis Bennett, will be playing their second-ever NCAA Third Round match on May 6th. Marquette enters the match with a record of 8-2-2. The Golden Flashes advanced out of the second round via PKs against LMU.
• The 19th-ranked team in the country is led by junior forward Luka Sunesson. The All-Big East First Team player leads Marquette in goals (11), total points (22), and game-winning goals (2) this season.
• Redshirt sophomore keeper Chandler Hallwood, an All-Big East Third Team performer, surrendered 11 goals in 12 starts (7-4-1) this season. He has 43 saves (0.796 save percentage), and five shutouts to his named. He did not allow more than one goal in his final six starts.
• The NCAA Third Round collision with be the 12th meeting between the two programs on the pitch. In the previous 11 matches, IU holds a record of 10-0-1 and a goal differential of 31-9.
• This marks the first match between Indiana and Marquette in the NCAA Tournament.
• IU squeaked out a 1-0 decision against No. 12-ranked Marquette in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic the last time the two programs met on Aug. 21, 2014. Michael Riedford scored the lone Indiana goal in the 32nd minute.
Layden Accepts Invite to USA Basketball U19 Team Trials
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball guard Madison Layden has received and accepted an invitation to the United States U19 National Team trials ahead of the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary, in August. Invitations were issued by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Selection Committee.
After an impressive all-around freshman campaign, Layden will vie for a spot on the 12-member roster out of 27 attendees. The trials will take place May 14-16 at Metro State University in Denver, Colo.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity,” Layden said. “I’m excited to get a chance to compete against and work with some of the best players in the nation. Representing the United States would be a dream come true, but I’m just looking forward to working hard during the week out in Colorado.”
Layden made 21 starts in her first season in West Lafayette. The Kokomo native finished second on the team with 8.7 points per game on a 42.9% field goal clip, going up to nine points per night in Big Ten play.
The Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree made her mark as a facilitator and defender as well. She tallied 48 steals at a 2.1 per game clip, good for seventh and second in a season by a freshman in program history. Layden was one-of-nine rookies nationally to average at least 8.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
She also led the team with 45 triples at a 40.5% mark from distance. Layden finished just shy of the Purdue rookie record for 3-pointers per game at 1.95. Layden was one of just three rookies from the Big Ten this season to earn Freshman of the Week honors this season, after she tied the Purdue freshman record for 3-pointers in a game with six at Iowa on Jan. 18.
UCLA head coach Cori Close will lead the selected team, along with assistants Aaron Johnston (South Dakota State head coach) and Joni Taylor (Georgia head coach). The player pool features 16 collegiate student-athletes, including four from the Big Ten, and 11 high school student-athletes.
USA BASKETBALL U19 NATIONAL TEAM TRIALS
Lauren Betts, Stanford
Sonia Citron, Notre Dame
Caitlin Clark, Iowa
Amari DeBerry, UConn
Brooke Demetre, Stanford
Alexis Donarski, Iowa State
Gabrielle Elliot, Clemson
Sania Feagin, South Carolina
Azzi Fudd, UConn
Hannah Gusters, LSU
Diamond Johnson, NC State
Raven Johnson, South Carolina
JerKaila Jordan, Mississippi State
Greta Kampschroeder, Oregon State
Madison Layden, Purdue
Jordyn Merritt, Florida
Olivia Miles, Notre Dame
Ugonne Onyiah, Cal
Te-hina Paopao, Oregon
Ayanna Patterson, UConn
Angel Reese, Maryland
Jewel Spear, Wake Forest
Payton Verhulst, Louisville
Talia von Oelhoffen, Oregon State
Sakima Walker, Rutgers
Lauren Ware, Arizona
Jersey Wolfenbarger, Arkansas
Weiler, Bradley Earn NCAA Regional Berths in Noblesville
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue golfers Joe Weiler and Cole Bradley were selected to the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championships, announced this afternoon by the NCAA and the Golf Channel.
The duo will be sent to the Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana, as part of 13 teams and 10 individuals looking to advance to the NCAA National Championships held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning in late May. The top individual not on an advancing team will advance to the National Championships. NCAA Regionals will be held May 17 to 19.
The Boilermakers were not selected as a team, ending a run of six straight NCAA Regional berths, the second-longest streak in school history. Purdue only played seven events this season, all coming during the spring, hurting the Boilermakers’ chances.
A second-team All-Big Ten selection, Weiler will see NCAA competition for the second time in his career after helping Purdue qualify as a team in 2019. He finished tied for second at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships, Purdue’s highest finish since Pariya Junhasavasdikul won medalist honors in 2007, and has three top-5 finishes in seven events this spring. Weiler leads the team with a 72.33 stroke average and now owns the fourth- and fifth-lowest stroke averages in school history (4th in 2020 – 72.05). In addition to his Big Ten runner-up finish, he placed tied for fourth at both the Timuquana Collegiate and the Boilermaker Invitational.
Over his last two seasons, he has seven top-10 finishes in 14 events. He currently ranks sixth on the school’s career stroke average list (73.52).
Also a second-team All-Big Ten honoree, Bradley will also appear in his second NCAA Regional. He ranked second on the team with a 73.05 stroke average and recorded three top-20 showings, including a top-20 finish at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships. He was 10th at the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay and owns nine career top-20 showings, the team leader.
Weiler, Bradley Named All-Big Ten
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golf members Joe Weiler and Cole Bradley were named second-team All-Big Ten in voting done by league coaches, the league office announced this afternoon.
It marks the 10th straight year that a Purdue golfer has been named to the All-Big Ten team and the first time since 2017 that Purdue had two golfers named.
Weiler earns All-Big Ten honors for the second time after receiving first-team accolades last year. He finished tied for second at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships, Purdue’s highest finish since Pariya Junhasavasdikul won medalist honors in 2007, and has three top-5 finishes in seven events this spring. Weiler leads the team with a 72.33 stroke average and now owns the fourth- and fifth-lowest stroke averages in school history (4th in 2020 – 72.05). In addition to his Big Ten runner-up finish, he placed tied for fourth at both the Timuquana Collegiate and the Boilermaker Invitational.
Over his last two seasons, he has seven top-10 finishes in 14 events. He currently ranks sixth on the school’s career stroke average list (73.52).
Bradley, meanwhile, earns his first All-Big Ten accolade, also being selected to the second team. He ranked second on the team with a 73.05 stroke average and recorded three top-20 showings, including a top-20 finish at last weekend’s Big Ten Championships. He was 10th at the Hootie Intercollegiate at Bulls Bay and owns nine career top-20 showings, the team leader.
Cascino Assigned to NCAA Regional in Noblesville
Butler senior Michael Cascino has been assigned to the Noblesville, Ind., regional site for the upcoming 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships. Cascino earned a spot in the event by taking the BIG EAST individual title in a playoff.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Committee announced the selections Wednesday, May 5. Cascino will play close to the Butler campus at The Sagamore Club in Noblesville.
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.
Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona State and The Thunderbirds are the hosts for the 2021 championships.
Cascino captured the BIG EAST’s automatic bid in thrilling fashion a week ago, topping Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn on the third playoff hole. Both players finished the 54-hole event at seven-under 209. Cascino forced a playoff with a birdie on the 54th hole, while Eichhorn carded a bogey.
Cascino became the first Butler men’s golfer to claim to BIG EAST title
Field Announced for NCAA Men’s Golf Noblesville Regional
INDIANAPOLIS — Fifth-ranked Texas, the runner-up in the most recent national championship in 2019, headlines the field for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Noblesville Regional, which will be played May 17-19 at The Sagamore Club.
The field of 13 teams and 10 individuals was announced Wednesday afternoon on Golf Channel. Ball State is hosting the Regional in conjunction with the Hamilton County Sports Authority and The Sagamore Club. Texas is the top seed in Noblesville, while North Carolina, Tennessee and North Florida round out the top four seeds. Those teams are all ranked among the top 20 in the country.
The field also features some of the nation’s top-ranked players, including No. 2 Nick Gabrelcik of North Florida, No. 4 Pierceson Coody of Texas, No. 15 Pontus Nyholm of Campbell and No. 24 Cole Hammer of Texas. Hammer, the Big 12 individual champion, has twice qualified for the U.S. Open — last year at Winged Foot and in 2015 at Chambers Bay where, at age 15, he was the third-youngest ever to compete in the event.
Sagamore will also feature some local flavor with three players from teams in the state of Indiana claiming individual spots in the field. Butler’s Michael Cascino is in by virtue of winning the Big East individual title, while Purdue’s Joe Weiler and Cole Bradley earned at-large berths.
The Sagamore Club is a par-72, 7,173-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature design. The club previously hosted an NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional in 2015 with Illinois and SMU sharing the title. Now-major champion Bryson DeChambeau led SMU that year just weeks before winning the individual national championship. Sagamore was also the site of the 2010 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships.
Sagamore is one of six Regional sites across the country along with The Champions Course in Albuquerque, New Mexico (host New Mexico), Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club in Tallahassee, Florida (host Florida State), Golf Club of Tennessee in King Springs, Tennessee (host Vanderbilt), Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma (host Oklahoma State) and Tumblecreek Golf Club in Cle Elum, Washington (host Washington).
The top five teams from each regional, along with the top individual not associated with one of those teams, will advance to the National Championships, May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Noblesville Regional Teams (13) – listed in order of seed
(1) Texas, (2) North Carolina, (3) Tennessee, (4) North Florida, (5) Louisville, (6) South Florida, (7) UAB, (8) Duke, (9) UNC Wilmington, (10) Arkansas State, (11) Campbell, (12) UT Martin, (13) Loyola Chicago
Noblesville Regional Individuals (10) – listed in order of seed
(1) Ross Steelman, Missouri; (2) Angus Flanagan, Minnesota; (3) Joe Weiler (Purdue); (4) Mark Goetz, West Virginia; (5) Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina; (6) Alex Goff, Kentucky; (7) Cole Bradley, Purdue; (8) David Perkins, Illinois State; (9) Michael Cascino, Butler; (10) Henry May, Dayton
MILES & CITRON INVITED TO 2021 USA U19 WORLD CUP TRIALS
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In a little over a week, the future of Notre Dame women’s basketball will be on display at the 2021 USA U19 World Cup Team Trials. Both freshmen, Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron, will be a part of the 27 young athletes invited out to Denver.
Trials will be held May 14-16 at Metro State University. Included on the U19 trials roster are 16 athletes who were college freshmen in 2020-21, nine current high school seniors who will matriculate to college in the fall and another two who are high school juniors from the Class of 2022.
Being teammates on a USA team is nothing new for Miles and Citron if both were to be selected. The duo originally partnered up back in 2019 when they led the U16 National Team to gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Both Miles and Citron started in all six games, as the latter averaged 13.3 points on her way to being named to the All-Tournament Team. Meanwhile, Miles averaged 5.2 points and 7.5 assists.
This past season, Miles jumped onto the collegiate scene at Notre Dame, ending the year with five straight games in double figures, totaling 52 points in said span. Overall, she averaged 9.3 ppg and 3.5 apg.
Over at The Ursuline School, Citron went out on a high note. She was named a McDonald’s All-American, Section I Miss Basketball and a MaxPreps Second Team All-American. Citron finished her prep career with 2,243 career points and 1,192 career rebounds.
The U19 World Cup features teams from 16 nations and will 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.
MEN’S GOLF SELECTED TO NCAA STILLWATER REGIONAL
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the Notre Dame men’s golf team from making the NCAA postseason a year ago, the long wait and months of hard work finally came to fruition on Wednesday, when the Fighting Irish were announced as part of the field for 2021.
Notre Dame will head to the Stillwater, Oklahoma Regional, where they’ll compete at the Karsten Creek Golf Club. The regional, hosted by Oklahoma State, will take place May 17-19.
It marks Notre Dame’s first NCAA Regional appearance as a team since 2012. In addition, the Irish will be attempting to make their first NCAA Championship round appearance in program history.
“Everything this team has done over the past four years has led to this moment. This past year when Covid hit, we were a top-10 team in the country. It’s definitely come to fruition this year. This year’s team has done everything I’ve asked,” Notre Dame head coach John Handrigan said. “It was a very rewarding feeling today to see Notre Dame pop up on the screen. There’s nothing like going to the NCAA Tournament.”
According to the latest team rankings on Golfstat.com, Notre Dame ranks 31st in the country. In addition, the Domers will be the No. 5 seed in Stillwater.
The Irish have averaged 284.22 strokes per tournament, are 44-under-par overall and have secured three top-three finishes this spring. Individually, they are led by senior captain Davis Chatfield, who averages 71.44 strokes per round. Both Palmer Jackson and Tucker Clark follow close behind with a 71.61 average.
“Was expecting the announcement but the feeling is still awesome,” Chatfield said. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past few years to get to this point. Covid spoiled last year and we bounced back from it. Going to Stillwater will be pretty special.”
Three of the six regional sites will have 13 teams and 10 individuals competing, while three will have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams (30 teams total) and the low individual not on an advancing team from each regional site (six individuals total) will advance to the national championships at Grayhawk.
Golf Channel will provide highlights from regional play leading up to coverage of the 2021 championships to be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State and The Thunderbirds.
The men’s championship will be held May 28-June 2, with GOLF Channel providing live coverage of the final day of individual championship play on May 31 as well as the team match play on June 1-2.
Below, you’ll find the list of the 13 teams traveling to the Stillwater Regional:
Karsten Creek Golf Club – Stillwater, Okla.
Hosted by Oklahoma State
SOFTBALL CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AT GREEN BAY
GREEN BAY, Wis. – IUPUI softball will close out its regular season with a four-game series at Green Bay over the weekend. The Jags and Phoenix will play doubleheaders on both Friday (May 7) and Saturday (May 8).
All four games of the series will be streamed on ESPN3.
IUPUI JAGUARS (12-29, 10-21 Horizon) at GREEN BAY PHOENIX (21-19, 16-16 Horizon)
Friday, May 7 // 4:30 p.m. ET (DH) // ESPN3 (game 1) (game 2) // LIVE STATS
Saturday, May 8 // 1 p.m. (DH) // ESPN3 (game 1) (game 2) // LIVE STATS
IUPUI broke a six-game losing streak with a 9-6 win over UIC in the series finale against the Flames. Jennah Speth picked up a win in the circle and hit a two-run home run for IUPUI. Both Morgan Gilbert and Jordan Barnes also added two RBI.
Morgan Gilbert upped her average to .331 on the season after collecting nine hits in the series against UIC. Gilbert went 4-for-4 at the plate in the series opener and finished the weekend with five RBI. Gilbert now leads IUPUI with 46 hits, three triples and 17 stolen bases.
Gilbert is currently riding a 13-game hitting streak, the longest streak for IUPUI this season.
Jordan Barnes is hitting .308 for the Jags and leads the team with a .429 on base percentage.
Jennah Speth leads the team with six home runs and 18 RBI. She is also tied for the team lead with eight doubles and leads the team with 23 walks. Speth collected at least one hit in all four games against UIC.
Speth also leads IUPUI in the circle with a 3.04 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 122 innings. Lexi Lucas is tied with Speth with six wins on the season. Lucas holds a 3.33 ERA and has issued just 14 walks in 119.2 innings pitched this year.
SCOUTING GREEN BAY
Green Bay comes in to the series with a 21-19 overall record and a 16-16 mark in Horizon League play. The Phoenix dropped three of four games at Purdue Fort Wayne in their last series.
Samantha Saloun leads Green Bay with a .357 average and nine doubles. Tiffany Giese is just behind at .353 for the season and is tied for the team lead with 42 hits.
Morgan Bihun is the top power hitter for the Phoenix with nine home runs and 25 RBI.
Kayla Schwebke leads the pitching staff with 10 wins and has a 3.11 ERA in 108 innings pitched. Brittany Baneck holds the top ERA at 3.01 and is 9-4 on the year.
AGAINST GREEN BAY
IUPUI and Green Bay met for a midweek doubleheader earlier this year, splitting the doubleheader. Green Bay took game one 3-2 before IUPUI earned a 6-4 win in game two. Maicey Bedrick hit a three-run home run to begin the scoring for the Jags and Barnes added two RBI in the win.
Greyhounds Capture Regional Crown
CARMEL, Ind. – The UIndy women’s golf team wrapped up a successful week at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf East Regional Wednesday. The Greyhounds earned a 22-stroke team win while junior Cailyn Henderson (+3) secured medalist status, advancing UIndy to the upcoming NCAA DII Championships.
The three-day, 54-hole regional was held Monday through Wednesday at Prairie View Golf Club in nearby Carmel, Ind.
The Hounds hoisted the East Regional trophy for the eighth time in the nine regional tournaments since 2012. It also marked the fourth consecutive year* that a Greyhound has won the individual medal at regionals.
All five Greyhounds had at least one round counted in the daily team score. UIndy earned a one-stroke lead after 18 holes before upping it to 10 through two rounds and finally winning by 22 strokes.
Playing in the final group Wednesday with runner-up Katie Chipman of Grand Valley, Henderson ended her round with 11 straight pars, while Chipman ultimately bogeyed 18 and came one stroke shot.
Both Pilar Echeverria and Hunter Nugent elbowed their way into the top five, with both players carding a 75 Wednesday to finish tied for fourth place at +8.
Junior Elyse Stasil finished at +10 to share ninth among the 48-person field, while senior Anna Kramer took 12th place.
UIndy will be joined by Findaly and Grand Valley at the Nationals. Also punching their tickets were individuals Emma Thorngren of Missouri-St. Louis, who posted the lone red number of the tournament with a third-round 71, Sydni Harding of Northwood and Alice Putoud of Tiffin.
The 2021 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships is scheduled for May 11-15 at TPC Michigan in Dearborn, Mich.
With all five Greyhounds positioned in the top 11, UIndy built a 10-stroke cushion after 36 holes of the NCAA DII East Regional, held at Prairie View Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Leading Findlay by a single stroke after 18 holes, the Hounds upped their advantage in round two with a three-under 291 – easily the lowest team of the event so far. Junior Cailyn Henderson continued to set the pace individually, carding a 73 on Tuesday to share the lead with Findlay’s Jill Schmitmeyer at +1.
Under overcast skies and later periods of rain, a trio of Hounds found themselves in a tie for sixth place through 36 holes. Hunter Nugent, Elyse Stasil and Pilar Echeverria all sit at +5, with the latter’s even-par 72 good for the lowest score of the day. Senior Anna Kramer rounded out the Hounds lineup in 11th at +7.
Led by individual co-leader Cailyn Henderson, the Greyhounds combined for 10-over 298 in the opening round to lead the University of Findlay by one stroke.
— UIndy Athletics (@UIndyAthletics) May 3, 2021
Henderson is locked in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard, as she, Findlay’s Jill Schmitmeyer and Emma Thorngren of Missouri-St. Louis each carded an even-par 72.
Senior Anna Kramer shot -2 on the back nine to move into a share of fifth place with a two-over 74, Hunter Nugent and Elyse Stasil are tied for 10th at +4, while Pilar Echeverria sits in 16th at +5.
UIndy Sweeps GLVC Softball Postseason Honors
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy softball program hoarded the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) major postseason awards for the 2021 season, the league announced on Wednesday. Seniors Gianni Iannantone and Hallie Waters earned Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, while Kenzee Smith was named the league’s Freshman of the Year and Melissa Frost was dubbed Coach of the Year by her peers. In addition to the four major award winners, first, second and third team All-GLVC honorees were recognized, with eight Greyhounds making the list.
The All-GLVC softball teams and winners are voted on by the league’s 15 head coaches. By rule, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players.
GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gianni Iannantone’s name flooded the Conference leaderboards this spring, as the senior ranked in the top five in the following categories: first in RBI (33), second in slugging percentage (.780), second in on-base percentage (.529), second in runs scored (27), third in home runs (7), third in hit by pitch (9), fourth in batting average (.427), and fifth in hits (35). Iannantone was instrumental in the team’s success this season, as the Greyhounds finished atop the GLVC standings with a 37-5 overall record and 26-2 Conference mark. During GLVC action, Iannantone hit for a 1.237 OPS (on-base + slugging), with 15 of her 38 hits of the extra-base variety. The first baseman was also solid in the field, committing just one error in 171 chances (.994 fielding percentage). The Orland Hills, Ill., product earned the spring’s final Player of the Week honor, knocking in 11 in five contests. The first-team recognition is the second of Iannantone’s career, and first unanimously, adding a third All-GLVC award during her time as a Greyhound. Iannantone is the fifth Greyhound to earn Player of the Year honors and first since Casey Williamson secured back-to-back distinction in 2012 and 2013.
GLVC PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Hallie Waters led a two-headed pitching monster for UIndy this season, finishing Conference action with a 1.26 ERA, a .177 opponent batting average, and 102 strikeouts in 78 innings of work. The senior posted a league-best six shutouts, highlighted by three straight seven-inning complete games from March 28-April 3 against Quincy University, University of Southern Indiana, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Most recently, Waters tossed a complete game against Lindenwood University on May 2 on Senior Day. Waters is no stranger to GLVC awards, also earning her second nod to the First Team this spring. The right-hander is the first Pitcher of the Year for the Greyhounds since Morgan Foley in 2016 and fourth in program history.
GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
One of the best pitchers in the country in 2021, Kenzee Smith was named the GLVC Freshman of the Year after earning All-GLVC First Team honors unanimously inside the circle. The rookie hurler led the GLVC this season with a 0.82 ERA, .154 opponent batting average, and 14 complete games. The local product out of Decatur Central garnered a league-high three GLVC Pitcher of the Year accolades this spring, and tossed a no-hitter on April 25 against Missouri S&T. The right-hander struck out a season-high 12 back on March 21 in a league win over Lewis. Recently, Smith was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-30 list, which honors the best players and pitchers across the country. Smith is the first Greyhound since Foley in 2013 to earn top rookie honors and sixth overall.
GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR
Melissa Frost guided the Greyhounds to the top seed in the upcoming GLVC Championship Tournament for the fifth in her career, earning her sixth GLVC Coach of the Year honor on Wednesday and first since 2016. UIndy has been one of the best teams in the country this spring, rising as high as No. 5 in the NFCA national poll. The Greyhounds ran through the Conference, winning the regular season by six games with a 26-2 league mark. Including the three other major award winners wearing Crimson and Grey, eight players earned All-GLVC recognition with three being unanimous on the First Team. Frost now owns six of UIndy’s seven Coach of the Year awards, with former Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Sue Willey earning the first in 1989.
Joining UIndy’s three first-team members is second baseman Haylie Foster, who also was a unanimous selection at second base while posting career bests in batting average, home runs and RBIs. Other UIndy award winners included All-GLVC Second Team honorees Lexy Rees (C), Emily O’Connor (3B) and Sydnie Foster (OF); as well as All-GLVC Third Team performer Kamrie Foster (OF).
The league also recognized 15 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award Individual nominees, with Waters garnering the nod for UIndy. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These individuals must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The honorees are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners.
ALL-GLVC FIRST TEAM
Kenzee Smith, Fr., P, UIndy #
Lexie Storrer, Sr., P, RU
Hallie Waters, Sr., P, UIndy
Gianni Iannantone, Sr., 1B, UIndy #
Haylie Foster, Sr., 2B, UIndy #
Carly Chovanec, Jr., SS, UIS
Calla Wickenhauser, Sr., 3B, UIS
Taylor Downen, So., C, QU
Mackenzie Bedrick, Fr., OF, USI #
Taylor Shingler, Jr., OF, MU
Emma Walbert, So., OF, TSU
Miranda Gajewski, Sr., UTL-P, McK #
Danielle Dennis, So., UTL-NP, UIS #
Hannah Johnson, Gr., DP, LWU#
# unanimous selection
ALL-GLVC SECOND TEAM
Ellie Quaethem, Fr., P, MCK
Amanda Weyh, Fr., P, LWU
Karsyn Smith, Jr., P, DU
Lauren Beier, So., 1B, DU
Shelby Winkelman, Jr., 2B, RU
Whitney Wendel, Jr., SS, LWU
Emily O’Connor, So., 3B, UIndy
Lexy Rees, So., C, UIndy
Sydnie Foster, Sr., OF, UIndy
Alicia Webb, Sr., OF, USI
Hannah Tolley, Sr., OF, MU
Alyssa Callans, Gr., UTL-P, MU
Josie Lindemann, Fr., UTL-NP, RU
Emily Clark, Jr., DP, RU
ALL-GLVC THIRD TEAM
Katie David, Sr., P, LEWIS
Mimi Bradley, Jr., P, UMSL
Mac Kenzie Collier, Sr., P, QU
Kristin Kavalauskas, Jr., 1B, Lewis
Bailey Merritt, So., 2B, MCK
Caitlyn Lowry, Gr., SS, MCK
Allison Rawls, Sr., 3B, WJC
Karli Goocher, Fr., C, LWU
Olivia Magaldi, Gr., OF, Lewis
Kamrie Foster, Sr., OF, UIndy
Lauren Marks, Gr., OF, RU
Sara Serena, Jr., UTL-P, LEWIS
Cameryn Patterson, Fr., UTL-NP, TSU
Lauren Ledbetter, So., DP, WJC
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES
Chloe Falciani-Marshall, DU
Natalie Cokel, UIS
Hallie Waters, UINDY
Meghan Bontrager, Lewis
Stormee Galka, LWU
Hannah Tolley, MU
Caitlyn Lowry, McK
Kate Baxter, S&T
Jessica Mrzlak, UMSL
Courtney Kernich, QU
Maya Gallagher, RU
Katie Back, USI
Emma Ezzell, SBU
Shelby Webster, TSU
Tori Farr, WJC
GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD
Softball Closes Regular Season This Weekend
Valparaiso (5-31, 1-20 MVC)
May 7 – Illinois State (28-9, 14-5 MVC) – noon DH
May 8 – Illinois State – 11 a.m.
Next Up in Valpo Softball: The regular season comes to a close for the Valpo softball team this weekend as the Brown and Gold welcome Illinois State to town for a three-game series. Valpo will honor seniors Addi Burke and Alex Dixon in the final home series of their careers.
Previously: Valpo got a pair of strong pitching performances in its Saturday doubleheader at Southern Illinois, falling 3-0 and 3-1 to the Salukis, and dropped an 8-0 decision on Sunday in the series finale. Valpo’s April 28 doubleheader versus Loyola was rained out after three and a half innings of the opener.
Looking Ahead: The MVC Tournament begins on Wednesday, May 12 in Evansville. Valpo’s first game in the single-elimination event will be on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Following Valpo Softball: Live stats for the series this weekend will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Kate Stake: Kate Stake was hired as head coach of the Valparaiso softball program on July 23, 2014 and is in her seventh season as head coach in 2021. Stake, who is 119-188 at Valpo, led Valpo to the 2016 Horizon League Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament – the third in program history. Stake arrived at Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra. She played her collegiate softball at fellow MVC member Illinois State and is a 2005 graduate of ISU.
Series Notes: The Redbirds own a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series against Valpo, including a 5-2 record since the Brown and Gold joined the Valley. The last meetings came in May 2019, when Illinois State came to the Valpo Softball Complex and swept a three-game series by scores of 1-0, 6-4 and 1-0 before earning a 4-1 victory the next week in a second-round matchup at the MVC Tournament.
Scouting the Opposition: Illinois State enters the weekend with a 28-9 overall record and sits atop the MVC standings with a 14-5 mark in conference play, fighting a trio of teams immediately below it in the standings to try to earn the regular season title. Morgan Day is among the Valley’s top pitchers, owning a 17-5 record with a 1.68 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 142 innings of work, while two-way player Mack Leonard hits .423 at the plate with nine homers and 34 RBIs and has a 10-4 record with a 2.78 ERA in the circle.
Valpo Picked Ninth in Preseason Poll: Valpo was tabbed to finish in ninth place in the MVC preseason polling of its head coaches. Valpo tallied 28 points in the polling, seven points out of eighth place. Southern Illinois topped the poll with 96 points and six first-place votes, while Illinois State received two first-place votes and Drake and UNI one apiece.
Looking Back at 2020: Valpo posted a 9-10 record in last year’s truncated campaign, a schedule which featured three wins over squads which had won their league title the previous season, four extra-inning games and eight one-run games. Sophomore Peyton Moeder led the offensive attack, hitting .310, while all three regular pitchers had ERAs under three, led by freshman Easton Seib’s 2.16 ERA.
What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including eight regulars from the batting order. The Brown and Gold did graduate two of their three main pitchers, however, and return just 28.4% of last season’s innings pitched. Joining the team this season are eight freshmen – six position players and two pitchers.
Celebrating the Seniors: Valpo will celebrate a pair of seniors this weekend as it plays its final home series of the season. Second baseman Addi Burke enters the weekend having played in 148 career games in the Brown and Gold, starting 129 times. She has tallied 80 career hits, scored 32 runs and driven in 26 runs, including connecting on her first career home run earlier this season at Evansville. Burke has been sure-handed at second base this year, posting a .992 fielding percentage and committing just one error. Meanwhile, senior manager Alex Dixon is seeing her four years of service to the Valpo Softball program come to a close as well.
Moeder Enjoys Strong Week: Junior Peyton Moeder hit .625 over Valpo’s 3-game series at SIU last weekend, going 5-for-8 at the plate. She picked up multi-hit games in each of the series’ first two games, going 2-for-3 in each contest, before closing the series with a 1-for-2 effort at the plate. She drove in a seventh-inning run in the second game of the series to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Moeder now owns a team-high nine multi-hit games on the year.
Strong Pitching Performances: While they might not have resulted in wins, Valpo received a pair of strong outings in the circle in its Saturday doubleheader at Southern Illinois, which entered the weekend averaging nearly five runs per game in conference play. The opener saw Caitlin Kowalski scatter six hits over six innings of work while surrendering just three runs. Then, in the nightcap, Easton Seib started and gave up just two earned runs in four-plus innings of work before handing the ball over to Madison Wathen, who tossed two shutout innings and yielded just one hit. For Wathen, it was her third effort in a four-outing stretch of throwing at least two shutout innings of relief.
Tonoian Sets Program Record: Junior catcher Taylor Tonoian etched her name into the program’s record book April 21 at Loyola. From her position behind the plate, Tonoian threw out a Rambler runner attempting to steal in each of the first four innings to set a new record for caught stealings in a single game. Two players had previously combined for three instances of three caught stealings in a game, most recently Jenna Stauffenberg in May 2018. The four caught stealings is also a team single-game record as well.
Baseball Back on the Road to Battle Bradley
Valparaiso (11-23, 6-10 MVC)
at Bradley (14-15, 6-5 MVC)
Dozer Park | Peoria, Ill.
Friday, May 7, 6 p.m. – RHP Ryan Mintz
Saturday, May 8, 1 p.m. (Game 1) – TBD
Saturday, May 8, to follow (Game 2) – RHP Colin Fields
Sunday, May 9, 1 p.m. CT – RHP Zach Fricke
Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to continue its recent hot streak as it vies for a third consecutive series win this weekend against Bradley. However, this time the team will have to do it on the road, where Valpo is seeking its first conference win of the season. The Brown & Gold have collected home series victories in Missouri Valley Conference play each of the last two weekends, taking three of four from both Southern Illinois and Illinois State. Valpo hopes to sustain the success against teams that call the Land of Lincoln home over Mother’s Day weekend in Peoria.
Last Time Out: Valpo batted .336 and averaged 7.5 runs per game during a four-game series against Illinois State last weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field. After riding a quality start by Ryan Mintz to a 3-2 victory on Friday, Valpo split Saturday’s doubleheader thanks to a 17-13 triumph in a zany nightcap. The hosts held an 11-0 lead through two innings and launched five home runs on a day where the wind was howling out at Emory G. Bauer Field. The series finale saw Valpo hold on for a 7-6 victory with help from Riley Dent’s third home run of the weekend, solidifying a series win over the team picked second in the MVC preseason poll.
On the Air: The series will be bookended by ESPN3 appearances as the Friday and Sunday games will air on the digital platform. There will be no video coverage of Saturday’s doubleheader. Links to live video and stats can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.
Series Notes: Valpo holds a 13-18 all-time record against Bradley in a series that dates back to 1991. Valpo is 2-5 against the Braves since joining The Valley including an 11-9 setback that ended at 1:32 a.m. in a 2018 MVC Tournament game at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. The most recent series occurred at Dozer Park and saw Valpo drop two of three despite taking the middle game 5-2.
Schmack in the Record Book: Valpo head coach Brian Schmack enters this weekend at Bradley needing one victory to move into sole possession of fourth place in the Valpo record book for career wins by a skipper. He is currently tied with Rick Ferchen (1982-1987) for fourth with 147 victories apiece. With a series win this weekend, Schmack would 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.
Hannahs Honored as MVC Player of the Week
- Freshman infielder Kaleb Hannahs was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week on Monday, May 3 after helping Valpo to its best offensive weekend of the season and a series victory over Illinois State.
- Hannahs posted a slash line of .556/.636/.667 over five games during the week, leading the team in both batting average and on-base percentage in that stretch. He upped his season average to a team-best .306 and also leads the squad in OBP at .396.
- Hannahs started his week with a 3-for-4 performance in a near upset of a top-10 foe as Valpo fell 8-7 at No. 8 Notre Dame. He became the second Valpo player with a four-hit game this season by putting together a 4-for-4 effort in Game 1 of the May 1 doubleheader vs. Illinois State. He added two more hits and three runs scored in the second game of the twin bill. Hannahs helped Valpo finish out the series victory with a go-ahead single in the third inning of the May 2 series finale, then walked and scored in the seventh to help the Brown & Gold prevail 7-6.
- The rookie also played flawless defense at the hot corner during the week, recording 13 assists and four putouts without committing an error. He made several dandy plays at key moments in the set against the Redbirds.
- Hannahs garnered Valpo’s third MVC weekly award this season, joining two-time MVC Pitcher of the Week Colin Fields. The third baseman became the first Valpo position player to win MVC Player of the Week honors since Sam Shaikin on Feb. 26, 2018.
- After starting the season with a .200 average through his first 11 games, Hannahs is hitting .358 over his last 23 contests.
UDMGOLF’s May To Play In Noblesville, Ind., NCAA Regional May 17-19
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Dayton men’s golf freshman Henry May will be participating in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional at the Sagamore Club in Noblesville, Ind., hosted by Ball State May 17-19.
Although May is the second Flyer to win medalist honors at an Atlantic 10 Championship, he is the first Dayton golfer to advance to the NCAA Regional from Dayton. He carded an eagle on the final hole of the 2021 A-10 Championship to win the individual title, the Rookie Performer of the Year and an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
ABOUT THE CHAMPIONSHIP
Six 54-hole regional tournaments will be conducted May 17-19. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals not on those teams will compete at each of three regionals while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals not on those teams. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals. Team and individual medalist titles will be decided May 28-June 2 at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona State and The Thunderbirds are the hosts for the 2021 championship.
The Sagamore Club – Noblesville, Ind. Hosted by Ball State and Hamilton County Sports Authority
Teams (seeded in the following order):
- North Carolina (ACC)
- North Florida
- South Florida (AAC)
- Arkansas State
- Campbell (Big South)
- UT Martin (Ohio Valley)
- Loyola Chicago (Missouri Valley)
Individuals (seeded in the following order):
- Ross Steelman, Missouri
- Angus Flanagan, Minnesota
- Joe Weiler, Purdue
- Mark Goetz, West Virginia
- Zack Taylor, Coastal Carolina
- Alex Goff, Kentucky
- Cole Bradley, Purdue
- David Perkins, Illinois State
- Michael Cascino, Butler
- Henry May, Dayton
James Kane Returns To Dayton Men’s Basketball Staff
DAYTON – University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that James Kane, who has worked with Grant at every one of his head coaching stops, will return to the Dayton coaching staff as an assistant coach. Kane replaces Anthony Solomon. Kane was on Grant’s first staff at UD in 2017-18. He returns to the Flyers after three seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State.
“We’re excited to announce the addition of James Kane to our coaching staff,” Grant said. “James brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. Having served on our inaugural staff here at Dayton and in various roles with me over the past two decades, James also provides a familiarity with our coaches, support staff, and style of play. He is a relentless worker, teacher, & communicator, and excels as a builder of relationships and trust. He compliments our staff extremely well and will transition seamlessly into our culture and identity.”
Kane first met Grant while Grant was on the coaching staff at the University of Florida, and Kane was an undergraduate student there. Grant gave Kane the opportunity to begin his career in college basketball when he hired Kane as a graduate assistant at VCU in 2006-07. Kane moved up to video coordinator at VCU for two years, and then went to ‘Bama with Grant for two more seasons as video coordinator in 2007.
Kane then moved into coaching on the court at Murray State where he spent six seasons with the Racers, including four on Steve Prohm’s staff. Kane played a major role in Murray State’s success from 2011-17. The Racers were 151-52 record in those six seasons. Murray State advanced to the postseason three times, including the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012.
The Oakland Park, Fla. native first came to Dayton when Anthony Grant was named the Flyers’ head coach in 2017-18, and immediately made an impact, when he was an integral part of recruiting Jalen Crutcher to UD. After the initial year at Dayton, Kane rejoined Prohm at Iowa State.
In Kane’s first season in Ames, Iowa State went 23-12 overall and won the Big 12 Tournament. The advanced to the NCAA Tournament and were led by All-American Marial Shayok, the son of former Dayton Flyer Makor Shayok.
Among the 10 NBA players Kane has worked with are Shayok, and Cousy Award winner Ja Morant at Murray State.
While gaining a reputation as a tireless recruiter and for being outstanding in player development and game planning, his origins as a video coordinator under Grant at VCU and Alabama give him a unique skillset for using technology in the college game.
Kane graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 as a merit scholar with a degree in sport management and a minor in business administration. He spent the 2005-06 season interning for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats in basketball operations and scout analysis. In 2006, he earned a master’s degree in sport management from VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership. He attended the Top Connect Assistant Coaches Conference in 2019 and 2020.
A Colombian-American, Kane is a member of the Latino Association of Basketball Coaches.
OHIO STATE SELECTED FOR NCAA TALLAHASSEE REGIONAL
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s golf team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee, Fla., on May 17-19. This is the 50th all-time NCAA postseason appearance for the Buckeyes.
The tournament will be played at the Seminole Legacy Golf Club, hosted by Florida State. Ohio State is the 11-seed in the 14-team field that will advance the top five teams and the top individual from a non-advancing team to the NCAA Championship. The finals will be at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., later this month.
With the cancelation of last season’s championship, the last time the Buckeyes were in a regional, they had a good time. Ohio State shot 20-under par and finished runner-up at the Myrtle Beach Regional to qualify for the NCAA Championship. They would then go on to finish 13th of 30 at the championships in Arkansas later that month.
This year, the Buckeyes feature a mix of youth and experience. Freshman Maxwell Moldovan leads the team in scoring at 71.57. He has been joined in the lineup by fellow freshman Adam Wallin as well as sophomores Jackson Chandler and Patrick Schmucking. The experience comes from graduates Felix Kvarnstrom and Elis Svard who have both played in over 40 collegiate events in their careers.
Tallahassee Regional Field
- Florida state
- Georgia Tech
- Georgia Southern
- Southern Cal
- Ohio State
- Florida A&M
BUCKEYES SET TO OPEN NCAA TOURNAMENT AT HOME
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After winning Big Ten regular season and tournament titles, the Ohio State women’s tennis team (21-3) now turns its focus to the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes were named the No. 15 seed in the 64-team field and will host first and second round matches this weekend at the Auer Tennis Complex.
Friday, the Buckeyes will take on UIC (19-5) at 2 p.m., preceded by an 11 a.m. match between Ball State (22-3) and Vanderbilt (13-9). The first round winners will meet at noon Saturday for a spot in the NCAA Round of 16. The final four rounds of the NCAA Championship will be held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., May 16-28.
Live scoring and video will be available for all matches in Columbus, with links on the Tournament Central site. Attendance at the matches is limited to team pass lists.
B1G Champs x2
- Last weekend, the Buckeyes won three matches in three days to claim the third Big Ten Tournament title in program history. At the 2021 tournament in Madison, Wis., the No. 1 seed Buckeyes defeated No. 9 Michigan State in the quarterfinals (4-0), No. 4 Iowa in the semifinals (4-2) and No. 2 Michigan in the final (4-1). Luna Dormet clinched the win over the Spartans, Isabelle Boulais rallied for a three-set win to clinch the victory vs. the Hawkeyes and Lisa Hofbauer came from behind to win against the Wolverines and seal Ohio State’s victory.
- Hofbauer was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP and was joined by Dormet on the all-tournament team.
- Ohio State also won the B1G tourney crowns in in 2016 and 2017, with wins over the Wolverines in those finals as well.
- Ohio State was 15-1 in Big Ten play to clinch a share of the 2021 Big Ten title. The Buckeyes and Michigan, who each posted 4-3 wins on the road in the season series, shared the title.
- The 2021 regular season crown is considered Ohio State’s third by the Big Ten, along with 2016 and 2017. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season title in 2000 with a 9-1 regular season record; at that time, the tournament winner was considered the Big Ten champion. Since 2009, the regular season winner is declared the Big Ten champion.
- The Buckeyes won six unofficial Big Ten championships from 1974-79 when women’s tennis was not a sport sponsored by the Big Ten.
Buckeyes vs. the Columbus Teams
- Ohio State has never faced UIC.
- The Flames (19-5) won their second consecutive Horizon League championship to clinch the league’s automatic berth in the national tournament. UIC is 19-5 this year and is making its 17th NCAA Tournament appearance.
- The Buckeyes are 9-0 vs. Ball State all-time, with a 3-0 mark in Columbus. The last meeting between the teams was a 9-0 Ohio State win in Columbus Feb. 16, 1999.
- The Cardinals (22-3) won the Mid-American Conference regular season title to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. This is the second NCAA appearance for the team and first since 2016. Ball State had a 22-match winning streak ended with a 4-3 loss to Toledo Sunday. The doubles tandem of Livia Lukacs and Victoria Sec is ranked 88th this week.
- Ohio State is 4-1 all-time vs. Vanderbilt. The teams met in Nashville in 2020, a 5-2 Commodore victory. The teams faced off twice in 2016, with Ohio State winning 4-3 at ITA National Indoors and 4-2 at home, and the Buckeyes posted a 5-2 road victory in 2017. The first matchup between the teams was a 9-0 Ohio State win in 1976.
- The Buckeyes played at Vanderbilt in their last two NCAA Tournament (2018, 2019) trips, as well as in 2015, but suffered first-round losses and did not take on the home team.
- Vanderbilt (13-9), an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament out of the SEC, is making its 26th consecutive NCAA appearance. The squad won the 2015 NCAA championship and was the national runner-up in 2018. The Commodores are No. 28 in the ITA rankings this week.
- The Commodores’ Christina Rosca is ranked 43rd in singles and Vanderbilt has three ranked doubles teams – No. 28 Holly Staff/Anna Ross, No. 44 Emma Kurtz/Staff and No. 63 Marcella Cruz/Kurtz.
Buckeyes in the NCAA Tourney
- Ohio State is making the seventh consecutive and 17th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
- This is the third time the Buckeyes have been selected to host first and second round matches. The squad topped Youngstown State and UCLA in 2016 as the tournament’s No. 3 seed and in 2017 defeated Buffalo and Notre Dame when it was seeded fourth.
- The squad is looking for its first NCAA Tournament win since reaching the semifinals in 2017. Ohio State lost in the first round in 2019 to Georgia Tech (4-3) and in the opening round to Clemson in 2018 (4-1). Both matches were in Nashville and hosted by Vanderbilt.
- The team’s first NCAA appearance was in 1996. The squad qualified six years in a row from 1999-04, had a three-year stretch from 2008-10 and began the most recent streak in 2014.
- Under head coach Melissa Schaub, the Buckeyes are 7-6 in NCAA play and have both quarterfinal (2016) and semifinal (2017) appearances.
OLEKSAK, GENATEMPO, STUART EARN NAIA ALL-AMERICAN HONORS FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE SEASON
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2020-21 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team was announced on Wednesday, as the NAIA All-America Committee, which consists of the NAIA-Women’s Soccer Coaches Association officers and seven additional women’s soccer coaches, selected the three 11-member teams and the honorable mention teams. Marian women’s soccer earned three All-American honors on the heels of their 21-3 season, with Erin Oleksak, Sydney Genatempo, and Siera Stuartall earning All-American status. Oleksak and Genatempo were named to the First Team, while Stuart earned Second Team honors.
For the second consecutive season Erin Oleksakhas been named to the NAIA First Team All-American Team, continuing her legacy by being the first player in program history to earn multiple First Team honors. Oleksak led the Knights in scoring for the second straight season, turning in her second consecutive 20-plus goal season by scoring 21 on the year, which ranked No. 5 in the NAIA. Oleksak ranked No. 16 in the NAIA with 10 assists, and had the 12th most game-winning goals on the year. The sophomore was also named to the NAIA Tournament All-Tournament Team for the second consecutive season.
“After an unbelievable freshman year, Erin was able to once again be apart of our special attacking play where her and Chloe Ulmer are arguably the best front 2 in the country,” said head coach Gary Yohe. “To see Erin have this success in a year where being a multi-sport athlete was extra difficult has to be something not too many have ever done.”
Sydney Genatempojoined Oleksak on the NAIA All-America First Team list, becoming the second player in program history to be named to the First Team. Genatempo anchored Marian’s backline which led the NAIA in shutouts with 16, which included limiting opponents to five or less shot attempts in multiple games this season. The defender also got involved in Marian’s attack this season on corner set pieces, scoring the first two goals of her career while dishing out four assists. Genatempo assisted on the game-winning goal in the NAIA Opening Round, and scored the game-tying goal in Marian’s come-from-behind win over Martin Methodist at the national tournament.
“Our backline was a massive reason why we led the country in shutouts this year and Syd is a major piece of that along with the others next to her,” said Yohe. “Again, two years in a row as an All-American shows her quality and why we expect her to continue playing a large role her senior season.”
Siera Stuartconcluded her career with NAIA Second Team All-American honors, making one of the NAIA All-American teams for the second consecutive season. The captain was a Third Team honoree as a junior, and had a career-year as a senior putting up career highs in goals scored and assists. Stuart scored four goals on the year, and had a personal best eight assists, which ranked No. 30 in the NAIA this season. Stuart also made several plays on the defensive half of midfield, helping the Knights to an NAIA-best 16 shutouts.
“The captain, the rock, the glue that keeps everything together while others have a bit more freedom, Siera has had an unbelievable career and very deserving of once again being name an All-American,” said Yohe on Stuart.
The Knights turned in their second consecutive season with 20 or more wins finishing with a record of 21-3, ending as an NAIA National Semifinalist.
WOMEN’S SOCCER: JOSEPH, MITCHUM EARN FIRST-TEAM ALL-RSC HONORS
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – First-team honorees Kelsea Joseph and Gabby Mitchum headlined Indiana University East’s representation on the River States Conference women’s soccer all-conference teams announced during the recent league tournament.
IU East produced five total all-conference honorees. The Red Wolves won the RSC Championship tournament for the second consecutive season after tying for the league’s regular-season title.
Joseph repeated as a first-team all-conference performer. She was a key member of the IU East defense that allowed just two goals against conference opponents.
Mitchum earned first-team all-league honors this year after making the second team list in 2019. She posted a 10-4 record in goal in 2020-21 with eight shutouts.
Amidon scored four goals and recorded an assist to earn all-conference recognition for the first time.
Martino tallied a pair of game-winning goals to repeat as an all-conference honoree.
Guenther, another key member of the IU East defense, also made an all-conference list for the second time.
Joseph represented IU East on the women’s soccer RSC Champions of Character team.
IU East completed the 2020-21 season with an 11-4-1 record and the program’s second consecutive appearance in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship.
Big Ten Announces Men’s Golf All-Conference Teams and Individual Award Winners
Illinois’ Adrien Dumont De Chassart and Iowa’s Alex Schaake split Golfer of the Year honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the men’s golf All-Conference teams and individual award winners on Wednesday, as voted on by the conference coaches following the 2021 Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships. Illinois’ Adrien Dumont De Chassart and Iowa’s Alex Schaake were named Big Ten Co-Golfers of the Year, Indiana’s Clay Merchant was tabbed the Freshman of the Year and Hawkeye mentor Tyler Stith claimed Coach of the Year honors.
Dumont De Chassart finished among the top-10 in six out of eight tournaments during the spring season, including a trio of top-five finishes. The Academic All-Big Ten honoree capped his junior season tying for second place at the Big Ten Championships and earning a spot on the All-Championships team. A native of Villers La Ville, Belgium, Dumont de Chassart finished second on the team in stroke average (71.04) in 2021, while tying for the team lead as the Illini’s top finisher at three events this season. This is the 12th Golfer of the Year honor for Illinois and eighth in the last 10 years.
Schaake capped his senior season tying for second at the Big Ten Championships. The 2019 Big Ten Golfer of the Year finished among the top-five in five out of six tournaments during the spring seasons, highlighted by four top-two results. The Omaha native recorded a 70.89 scoring average in 2021, earning a No. 42 Golfstat national ranking. Schaake claims Iowa’s fourth Golfer of the Year honor and the first Hawkeye to repeat as Big Ten Golfer of the Year.
Merchant captured the Freshman of the Year laurel after carding six top-15 finishes during the 2021 campaign. The Noblesville, Ind., native paced the Hoosiers during the final round of the Big Ten Championships, carding a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday to move up 17 spots and tie for 13th place. Merchant becomes Indiana’s third Freshman of the Year honoree and first since Jorge Campillo in 2006.
Stith led the Hawkeyes to finishes of fourth or better in five of seven tournaments this spring. Iowa won the Spartan Collegiate at Sea Island (March 9) and the Hawkeye Invitational (April 18), and placed second at the Big Ten Championships and Big Ten Match Play. Iowa capped the 2021 season with a 288.61 scoring average and a No. 32 Golfstat national ranking. Stith claims his first Coach of the Year laurel and Iowa’s first since Lynn Blevins in 1992.
The All-Big Ten first team features Illinois’ Michael Feagles, Jerry Ji and Dumont De Chassart, Indiana’s Merchent, Iowa’s Mac McClear and Schaake, Michigan State’s James Piot and Minnesota’s Angus Flanagan, with Dumont De Chassart and McClear both earning unanimous first-team nods.
The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the students must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can be found below.
2021 BIG TEN MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AND INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Big Ten Co-Golfers of the Year: Adrien Dumont De Chassart, Illinois/Alex Schaake, Iowa
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Clay Merchent, Indiana
Big Ten Coach of the Year: Tyler Stith, Iowa
ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS
ADRIEN DUMONT DE CHASSART, ILLINOIS
Michael Feagles, Illinois
Jerry Ji, Illinois
Clay Merchent, Indiana
MAC MCCLEAR, IOWA
Alex Schaake, Iowa
James Piot, Michigan State
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota
Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois
Ethan Shepherd, Indiana
John Driscoll III, Northwestern
David Nyfjall, Northwestern
Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State
Cole Bradley, Purdue
Joe Weiler, Purdue
Chris Gotterup, Rutgers
Unanimous selections in ALL CAPS
Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Giovanni Tadiotto, Illinois
Ethan Shepherd, Indiana
Gonzalo Leal Montero, Iowa
Christian Park, Maryland
Charlie Pilon, Michigan
James Piot, Michigan State
Ben Warian, Minnesota
Daniel Pearson, Nebraska
Eric McIntosh, Northwestern
JonErik Alford, Ohio State
Lou Olsakovsky, Penn State
Joe Weiler, Purdue
Oliver Whatley, Rutgers
Sam Anderson, Wisconsin
Amani Brown named 2021 NJCAA All-American
VINCENNES, Ind – Vincennes University Lady Trailblazer Amani Brown just added another award to her name after a stellar career at VU after being named a 2021 NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention this week.
Amani Brown led the Blazers to a 17 – 4 record this past season, while averaging 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
“It means the world to me to be named an NJCAA All-American,” Brown said. “Being an All-American was one of my goals at the start of the season, so for it to actually happen is a blessing and just goes to show hard work will pay off. This is just the beginning of a new chapter and I am grateful and will forever cherish this accomplishment.”
“Amani had a good freshmen year last year and we had an idea that she was going to be a really good player for us,” VU Lady Trailblazers Hall of Fame head coach Harry Meeks said. “Amani is a great kid, we love having her on our team, she always tries to do everything you tell her to in practice and I enjoyed coaching her.”
“This year I thought she had a really good year,” Meeks added. “She had some good guards around her, which allowed her to shine a little bit. Her scoring and assists went up and she’s got the speed and quickness to be a really good player at the next level.”
Brown is the 28th member of the VU Women’s Basketball program to be named an All-American and the 25th under Coach Meeks and adds her name to the banner of All-American in VU history that hangs in the P.E. Complex.
“I am proud to say I’m an All-American, so having my name on that banner with all the great players before me is something I dreamed of and knowing it will be there forever is an even better feeling,” Brown added.
“Most of those names on those banners I coached and I think that’s a mark on your program,” Meeks said. “If you’ve got All-American players, whether their First-team, second-team, etc., at least they’re on the list. They put in the work, they had good stats and people recognized them as being an All-American type player. To me, I’m really proud that we keep putting names in the rafters. That’s important for me, it’s important to the girls that make it to that level and it’s going to be really nice to see Amani’s name go up there.”
For Brown, this honor was obviously not given, it was most definitely earned. It serves as the culmination of hours of hard work and staying focused.
“It takes hard work, mental toughness, effort, attitude and staying disciplined,” Brown said. “Not everything is going to be easy, but staying focused and never giving up on what you really want will get you where you want to be.”
“From my perspective to be an All-American means they reached a certain level with their play and that level makes you better than most,” Meeks said. “I don’t think you can be a person who is not completely invested in what you’re doing and be an All-American player. I think you have to be totally involved in the game, as far as practice, game preparation and game play to get on that list. Some of the girls on our banners are really good basketball players and that gets you a certain status when you get your name up there. I’m really pleased to have to add Amani Brown’s name to that list because she deserves to be up there.”
Trailblazer golf places sixth, Kirchner qualifies for Nationals at Region 24 Championships
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Trailblazer sophomore Bryce Kirchner qualified for the NJCAA Division II Golf National Championships Tuesday after he shot a three-round 224 at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield.
VU as a team finished in a tie for sixth with Lincoln Trail and three shots out of fifth place with a team score of 934.
The short-handed Blazers began the two-day event with 36 holes on Monday. Vincennes only had four active players as Brock Craney and Noah Crays both were not able to compete.
VU started the tournament on a good note, with Kirchner leading the way with a 76, with Matt Jordan following close behind with a 77 and Jackson Roberts and Cole Parmer shooting an 80 and 81 respectively.
The Trailblazers closed out Monday with an impressive team round of 302 as Matt Jordan took six shots off his first-round score to shoot a 71. Kirchner had a 74, Roberts 77 and Parmer 80.
“We had a good showing in the first two rounds Monday,” VU golf coach Dennis Chattin said. “That was the two best rounds we’ve put together this season and we did it with only four players.”
“Matt continued to play well. He had a tough stretch on the back nine of the first round but really played well the other 27 holes. To shoot five over the first round and then come back with a one under 71, knowing he needed a good score to put himself in contention to qualify for Nationals was huge.”
“Bryce shooting a four over then a plus two 74 was a gutsy performance. He had it three under at one point but gave up some strokes coming in. He has been struggling with his putting some, so it was really good to see him playing with confidence again.”
The final day of the event saw the VU golfers dealing with rain. Kirchner finished the tournament with a final round 74. Jordan shot a 77, Parmer continued to improve with a 79 and Roberts finished with an 88.
“Overall we had a good tournament considering we were playing a man short,” Chattin added. “We had our three best rounds of the season back-to-back.”
“The real plus was Bryce Kirchner qualifying as an individual for the National Championships. Bryce is really deserving of getting to play in the championship with the work he puts in. He takes it seriously and really hung tough in the final round.”
“He was two shots outside of qualifying after the first two rounds and shot a 74 in the rain. That’s just being focused. There was a three-man playoff for two spots and after hitting a bad tee shot, he hung in and almost chipped in, hitting the pin on his third shot. Everyone was standing behind the green and it was that TV moment of the crowd letting out a big groan when it hit the pin but didn’t fall.”
“Matt had a good tournament as well, missing the playoff by one shot. He had a double bogey on a par five coming in, which really hurt. Matt is a long hitter and for him to do that on a par five, where he normally gains the advantage, I’m sure was really tough on him to handle.”
“But he was happy for Bryce. They are friends and I just hate it for them that they both couldn’t have gone. Matt has had a great career for us and we will really miss him. Guys like that are hard to replace.”
Bryce Kirchner advances to represent the Blue and Gold at the NJCAA Division II National Championships starting Tuesday May 18 and running through Friday May 21 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.
Parkland – (287, 286, 293) – 866
Rend Lake – (298, 296, 309) – 903
Heartland – (295, 294, 317) – 906
Danville Area – (294, 301, 322) – 917
Illinois Central – (315, 305, 311) – 931
Vincennes – (314, 302, 318) – 934
Lincoln Trail – (301, 316, 317) – 934
Lewis & Clark – (325, 339, 354) – 1018
Bryce Kirchner – (76, 74, 74) – 224
Matt Jordan – (77, 71, 77) – 225
Cole Parmer – (81, 80, 79) – 240
Jackson Roberts – (80, 77, 80) – 245
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|Tampa Bay||17||15||.531||1.5||7 – 10||10 – 5||6 – 6||2 – 1||7 – 7||6 – 4||W 4|
|Toronto||15||14||.517||2||7 – 4||8 – 10||7 – 4||1 – 3||3 – 6||6 – 4||W 1|
|Baltimore||15||16||.484||3||4 – 10||11 – 6||6 – 7||0 – 0||8 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi White Sox||16||13||.552||–||9 – 6||7 – 7||2 – 2||7 – 6||6 – 4||6 – 4||L 1|
|Cleveland||16||13||.552||–||7 – 6||9 – 7||1 – 3||14 – 8||0 – 0||8 – 2||W 4|
|Kansas City||16||13||.552||–||8 – 8||8 – 5||4 – 3||7 – 7||4 – 2||4 – 6||L 4|
|Minnesota||11||18||.379||5||6 – 10||5 – 8||1 – 3||5 – 4||2 – 8||4 – 6||L 2|
|Detroit||9||22||.290||8||4 – 9||5 – 13||1 – 4||4 – 12||3 – 4||2 – 8||W 1|
|Oakland||19||13||.594||–||11 – 9||8 – 4||7 – 6||7 – 0||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 1|
|Seattle||17||15||.531||2||9 – 8||8 – 7||6 – 5||3 – 3||5 – 5||4 – 6||L 1|
|Houston||15||15||.500||3||7 – 7||8 – 8||2 – 3||0 – 3||13 – 7||5 – 5||L 3|
|Texas||15||17||.469||4||7 – 9||8 – 8||9 – 5||3 – 6||3 – 3||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA Angels||13||16||.448||4.5||6 – 7||7 – 9||2 – 4||5 – 3||6 – 9||4 – 6||L 4|
|Philadelphia||16||15||.516||–||12 – 6||4 – 9||7 – 8||7 – 3||2 – 4||6 – 4||W 3|
|NY Mets||12||13||.480||1||6 – 4||6 – 9||9 – 5||1 – 5||2 – 1||4 – 6||W 1|
|Atlanta||14||16||.467||1.5||7 – 7||7 – 9||7 – 8||5 – 2||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 2|
|Washington||12||14||.462||1.5||8 – 7||4 – 7||5 – 6||4 – 2||2 – 5||5 – 5||L 2|
|Miami||13||16||.448||2||6 – 7||7 – 9||4 – 5||2 – 4||5 – 4||5 – 5||W 2|
|St. Louis||18||13||.581||–||9 – 7||9 – 6||10 – 9||8 – 4||0 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|Milwaukee||17||14||.548||1||8 – 8||9 – 6||1 – 5||9 – 6||6 – 1||4 – 6||L 4|
|Chi Cubs||15||16||.484||3||11 – 7||4 – 9||5 – 5||7 – 11||3 – 0||5 – 5||W 3|
|Cincinnati||14||15||.483||3||10 – 7||4 – 8||0 – 0||7 – 5||4 – 8||5 – 5||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||13||17||.433||4.5||5 – 7||8 – 10||0 – 0||5 – 10||3 – 4||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||18||13||.581||–||10 – 3||8 – 10||6 – 4||2 – 1||9 – 6||5 – 5||L 2|
|San Diego||18||14||.563||0.5||9 – 10||9 – 4||0 – 0||4 – 6||11 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||17||15||.531||1.5||8 – 5||9 – 10||3 – 0||2 – 8||9 – 5||2 – 8||L 3|
|Arizona||15||15||.500||2.5||6 – 5||9 – 10||4 – 5||5 – 1||6 – 7||6 – 4||L 2|
|Colorado||12||19||.387||6||10 – 8||2 – 11||3 – 3||0 – 0||7 – 16||4 – 6||W 2|
|New York||37||29||.561||8.0||22-11||15-18||3-8||23-17||8-2||1 L|
|Oklahoma City||21||45||.318||27.0||9-25||12-20||3-8||11-25||1-9||4 L|
|x-LA Clippers||44||22||.667||3.0||25-9||19-13||8-3||26-13||6-4||1 W|
|LA Lakers||37||28||.569||9.5||18-15||19-13||3-7||22-15||3-7||1 W|
|Golden State||33||33||.500||14.0||19-11||14-22||4-7||19-17||5-5||1 L|
|San Antonio||31||34||.477||6.0||13-20||18-14||6-6||16-22||4-6||5 L|
|New Orleans||30||36||.455||7.5||18-17||12-19||6-4||18-20||5-5||1 W|
|x-New York Islanders||53||31||16||6||68||27||148||122||20-3-3||11-13-3||4-4-2|
|New York Rangers||54||26||22||6||58||25||172||149||14-11-3||12-11-3||4-6-0|
|New Jersey Devils||53||18||28||7||43||18||140||184||7-18-3||11-10-4||4-5-1|
|x-Vegas Golden Knights||52||37||13||2||76||36||176||118||19-4-2||18-9-0||8-2-0|
|St. Louis Blues||51||24||19||8||56||22||152||158||10-11-5||14-8-3||5-3-2|
|Los Angeles Kings||51||21||24||6||48||20||137||151||9-12-4||12-12-2||5-5-0|
|San Jose Sharks||53||21||26||6||48||16||145||183||11-11-3||10-15-3||3-5-2|
|x-Toronto Maple Leafs||52||33||13||6||72||32||174||136||16-7-3||17-6-3||5-2-3|
|x-Tampa Bay Lightning||53||36||14||3||75||35||178||133||21-6-0||15-8-3||7-2-1|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||54||17||25||12||46||14||130||178||10-8-8||7-17-4||2-5-3|
|Detroit Red Wings||54||18||27||9||45||16||118||164||12-11-5||6-16-4||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|