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LOGANSPORT 19 WABASH 9

HAMILTON HEIGHTS 14 ANDERSON 1

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CENTERVILLE 4 HAGERSTOWN 3…..BULLDOGS: Javontae Pamplin RBI 2R…Logan Drook 2-3 RBI…

Keegan Schlotterbeck 1-3 RBI….PITCHING: Cameron Newman 3IP 2H 3R 3ER 4K…Jacob Crowe 4IP 3H 0R 0ER 4K…..TIGERS: Dom Anderson 2-3 RBI…. Kayne Ervin 1-2 RBI…PITCHING: Anderson 6.1IP 6H 4R 2ER 12K

WINCHESTER 11 NORTHEASTERN 6…Winchester scored 7 runs in the top of the sixth inning. GOLDEN FALCONS: Brooks Burelson 3-5 2RBI…Parker Sheets 3RBI….Brayden Tippett 3-4 2RBI

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GREEFIELD CENTRAL 8 MT. VERNON 0

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COWAN 15 HAGERSTOWN 4…Cowan scored 5 runs in the first and nine in the sixth innings.

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MLB tells Athletics to explore relocation if no new ballpark

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Major League Baseball instructed the Athletics to explore relocation options as the team tries to secure a new waterfront ballpark it hopes will keep the club in Oakland long-term.

MLB released a statement Tuesday expressing its longtime determination that the current Coliseum site is “not a viable option for the future vision of baseball.”

“MLB is concerned with the rate of progress on the A’s new ballpark effort with local officials and other stakeholders in Oakland,” MLB said. “The A’s have worked very hard to advance a new ballpark in downtown Oakland for the last four years, investing significant resources while facing multiple roadblocks. We know they remain deeply committed to succeeding in Oakland, and with two other sports franchises recently leaving the community, their commitment to Oakland is now more important than ever.”

A’s President Dave Kaval remains hopeful of a deal, but there is a time crunch.

“We’re going to immediately start working with the league on exploring other markets and working hand in hand with them to identify which ones make the most sense and pursuing that right away,” Kaval told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “We need to keep our options open. People know, we can’t even keep the lights on here at the Coliseum.”

In November 2018, the A’s announced they had found a waterfront location for their new ballpark that would cost more than $1 billion, with picturesque views toward San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Port of Oakland. The goal had been to open in 2023, but now, even if approved by Oakland’s City Council this summer it would not be ready until 2027.

“We’re hopeful that our really exciting plan for a waterfront ballpark that’s privately financed will be taken up by the city council,” Kaval said. “I think it’s something that is kind of a once-a-generational opportunity to re-imagine the waterfront. We’re going to continue to pursue that and we’re still hopeful that that could get approved, but we have to be realistic about where we are with the timelines.”

Early this year, Kaval asked the City Council to make a decision via a vote before it breaks for the summer on a $12 billion privately funded ballpark project and major community development plan featuring $450 million in community benefits, but the team has been given no indication anything is imminent.

“We have an offer in front of the city council that we have not got a response on,” Kaval said. “So I think we’re still doing what we can to pursue the waterfront ballpark, which we think is a dynamic and exciting project but we are running out of time here in Oakland at our existing facility and we need to look at other options to see what might be possible.”

The team’s lease at the Coliseum is up in 2024, but the aging venue where the A’s have played since 1968 is already having lighting and flooding issues.

A’s owner John Fisher said in a statement Tuesday he will honor MLB’s instructions but remains committed to continuing to pursue the waterfront ballpark proposed for construction in the city’s Howard Terminal location, close to the popular Jack London Square neighborhood.

“The future success of the A’s depends on a new ballpark,” Fisher said. “Oakland is a great baseball town, and we will continue to pursue our waterfront ballpark project. We will also follow MLB’s direction to explore other markets.”

The A’s, who previously proposed and withdrew plans for ballparks in Fremont and San Jose, are hopeful MLB’s pressure might help push that process with the city.

Tatis goes on injured list due to health, safety protocols

DENVER (AP) San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was among three players the Padres added to the injured list due to health and safety protocols.

Joining Tatis on the list were utility players Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo, the Padres announced Tuesday before their game at Colorado. San Diego was expected to make corresponding moves later in the day.

Tatis spent time on the injured list last month with inflammation in his left shoulder. He leads the Padres with nine homers and 23 runs.

The 22-year-old Tatis has flourished on the road this season, hitting .385 with six homers and 10 RBIS. His 1.302 OPS on the road is the second-best mark in the majors of any player with at least 40 plate appearances, trailing only Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (1.364).

Profar has reached base safely in eight of his last 10 games. He’s hitting .234 this season with one homer.

Mateo was called upon as a pinch hitter in the ninth Sunday in San Francisco. He had an RBI double in San Diego’s 11-1 win.

He’s hitting .400 over his last six games.

Stokes’ first career hits help Pirates finally solve Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with each of his first two major league hits, JT Brubaker pitched six strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates finally beat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-2 on Tuesday night.

Two days after making his debut, Stokes hit an RBI single in the fourth inning. The right fielder also doubled in a run in the eighth.

“It’s funny but last night I really didn’t sleep,” said Stokes, who was hitless in his first nine at-bats. “I’d be lying to say it didn’t weigh on me a little bit, but now that it’s over it feels great. Getting RBIs on both hits, that’s kind of like icing on the cake. I just wanted to get my first knock.”

Brubaker (3-2) allowed one run on five hits to win for the first time in four starts. He had four strikeouts and one walk while lowering his ERA to 2.58.

“He’s attacking hitters. He’s going right after people,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said of Brubaker, who has allowed two runs or fewer in six of his seven starts this season. “I think with young pitchers, it’s kind of a learned thing and it’s something he was challenged on and he’s stepped up and did a good job.”

The Pirates had lost eight straight games to the Reds, including all four this season by a combined score of 44-9. Pittsburgh has won three of its past 12 overall.

“Every starter wants to go out there and the be the stopper,” Brubaker said. “We’ve been on the short end of the stick a lot against the Reds and just to be able to show we can get them out was a big momentum shift for us.”

NL batting leader Jesse Winker homered and doubled twice for Cincinnati to raise his average to .374. His solo shot in the third inning off Brubaker tied the score at 1-all.

Jeff Hoffman (2-3) lasted four innings, giving up three runs and four hits while striking out four and walking two. Hoffman is winless in his last four starts and fell to 0-3 in three career starts against Pittsburgh.

“There were some good things but then he got behind in the count a little bit too much and had to work a little bit harder than you would like to see,” Reds manager David Bell said.

The Pirates’ Adam Frazier had two hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth off Sean Doolittle, his first of the season. Frazier has a 12-game hitting streak, matching a career best.

The Pirates moved in front 3-1 with a two-run fourth inning. Kevin Newman knocked in a run with a triple to the left-center field wall and scored on Stokes’ single to left.

Phillip Evans hit a run-scoring double in the fifth.

Winker’s second double of the game in the eighth scored Nick Senzel, who also had three hits, and got the Reds within 4-2.

Stokes got the run back in the bottom of the inning by pulling a double down the left-field line.

Bieber extends own MLB strikeout record, Indians beat Cubs

CLEVELAND (AP) On a night when Shane Bieber’s pitch count climbed much faster than his strikeout total, he still came out on top.

That’s why he’s an ace, an All-Star and the reigning Cy Young winner.

“He competes like crazy,” Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said.

Bieber pitched out of some early trouble before extending his own strikeout record and Cesar Hernandez hit a two-run homer, sending the Indians to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

Bieber (4-2) struck out eight and has now fanned at least that many in 20 consecutive starts, a major league mark he builds on every time out. The right-hander’s streak was in jeopardy, but he got Nick Martini for strikeout No. 8 in the seventh – on his 117th pitch.

“He made some mistakes,” Francona said. “I also thought he threw some strikes maybe that weren’t called that didn’t help. That’s part of the game. But you look up and he’s 6 2/3 and two runs and pitched pretty damn good.”

Bieber wasn’t as sharp as usual, giving up nine hits, a homer and needing a career-high 121 pitches to go 6 2-3 innings. But Bieber was satisfied and thankful for help – the Indians turned three double plays behind him and four overall.

“My stuff hasn’t been exceptional like the beginning of the year right now, so to be able to go out there and you got one goal in mind and that’s to win,” said Bieber, who has allowed four extra-base hits in his last two starts.

James Karinchak finished the seventh and worked the eighth. Emmanuel Clase gave up two singles in the ninth, but got Matt Duffy to bounce into a game-ending double play for his seventh save.

Hernandez homered in the fifth off Adbert Alzolay (1-3), who matched Bieber for six innings.

Jose Ramirez added a solo homer for the up-and-down Indians, who have been no-hit twice but won seven of eight.

Eric Sogard homered for the Cubs, who made Bieber work hard and were close to chasing him several times.

“We had some really good at-bats throughout the game,” manager David Ross said. “We just didn’t get something in the gap.”

With his pitch count climbing in the seventh, Bieber gave up a leadoff walk to Joc Pederson and then won a nine-pitch battle with Martini to increase his record. On the strikeout, Pederson was thrown out stealing by catcher Austin Hedges – a huge double play for Bieber.

Hernandez’s third homer pushed the Indians ahead 3-2.

With one out, Alzolay hit Andres Gimenez on the right hand with a pitch initially called a foul ball. Francona won a replay challenge, and after Gimenez stole second, Hernandez made Alzolay pay with his shot to right.

Sogard snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with his first homer since Aug. 29, when he was with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Bieber got ahead in the count and just missed striking out Sogard with a borderline 2-2 pitch that plate umpire Stu Scheurwater called a ball.

Sogard, who moved from second base to shortstop when starter Javier Baez was scratched with lower back tightness, then drove a 3-2 pitch that just ducked inside the right-field foul pole.

Bieber’s first pitch was an early sign he might struggle.

Pederson ripped his 94 mph fastball back at the right-hander, who alertly snagged the comebacker, which had an exit velocity of 112 mph.

“We thought that he might do that,” Bieber said. “I didn’t think he was going to come right back at me. Obviously it’s not like he was trying to. Just glad I caught it.”

Pacers rally late for 103-94 win to snap 76ers streak

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indiana Pacers helped clear up the Eastern Conference’s muddled play-in picture Tuesday.

Philadelphia’s second-half collapse only made it more murky at the top.

Domantas Sabonis recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 16 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds and Caris LeVert added 24 points to help the Pacers rally for a 103-94 play-in round clinching victory.

“We knew that if we won games, we could play our way into it,” LeVert said. “But we’re still trying to move up and see where we can go. This is a good milestone for us, but we’ve still got three, four games here this week.”

Indiana has won three of its last four after finding the energy and effort that seemed to be missing for weeks.

This one was especially pleasant, too, because they ended the 76ers season-long winning streak at eight and prevented them from capturing the conference’s top seed for the first time since 2000-01. A Philadelphia win or losses by the Milwaukee Bucks or Brooklyn Nets would have ended the race for the top spot.

Instead, Brooklyn is two games back and Milwaukee trails by 3 1/2.

This wasn’t typical 76ers basketball, either. Joel Embiid sat out with a non-COVID-19 related illness and though Tobias Harris scored 27 points and Ben Simmons finished with 13, Philadelphia scored just 32 points in the second half – 13 in the third quarter when Indiana got back into the game.

“It’s rare that I would say this was an offensive loss, but I thought this was an offensive loss for us tonight,” 76ers coach Doc Rivers said.

Indiana trailed almost the entire first three quarters before taking a 75-72 lead late in the third.

When Philadelphia answered with an 8-0 run, the Pacers wouldn’t go away. They fought back to tie the score on at 92 on Sabonis’ dunk with 4:34 left, took the lead on LeVert’s two free throws with 3:44 to go and never trailed again.

“We just really dug in (defensively),” Doug McDermott said after scoring 20 points. “They were rolling there in the first half a little bit and I thought it was crucial there at the end of the half that we got it down to about 11 or 12. I thought coach did a really good job of getting us to play defense in the second half.”

Heat clinch playoff spot with 129-121 victory over Celtics

BOSTON (AP) Tyler Herro scored 24 points and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot and sent the Boston Celtics to the brink of the play-in tournament Tuesday night with a 129-121 victory.

Miami moved into a tie with idle Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. The surging Heat won for the 10th time in 13 games. They have three games left in the regular season.

“It does mean something. We don’t want to act like it’s nothing,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’s not everything we want.”

Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson each scored 22 points, Kendrick Nunn had 18 and Goran Dragic 17 for the Heat. They swept the two-game series in Boston.

“To have a chance to play for everything is what everyone wants to do,” Robinson said. “It’s a good first step.”

Miami star Jimmy Butler had 13 before missing the second half with an eye injury.

Kemba Walker led the Celtics in their regular-season home finale with 36 points. Jayson Tatum scored 33 and Evan Fournier 20. Boston has lost seven of 10.

“It’s a pride thing,” Walker said. “Individually, we’ve all got to look into the mirror and say: `Are we giving everything we’ve got?’ And to be honest, we’re not.”

The Celtics, who were already assured of a spot in the 7-10 play-in tournament, trail Miami and Atlanta by three games, but lost the tiebreaker against both teams. Boston has three games left.

“When you have an opportunity to still make the postseason, you can’t complain about that,” Walker said.

It was the first game for the Celtics since they announced Monday that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown would miss the remainder of the season to undergo surgery on his left wrist for a torn tendon.

“We have to find the best version of the group that’s available right now,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

Coming off a 130-124 win over the Celtics on Sunday, the Heat showed the scoring balance – even without Butler – that carried them to the Eastern Conference title over Boston last season.

“That’s who we are when we’re at our best,” Spoelstra said. “The more weapons we have, we’re a more viable team.”

Both teams tightened up defensively in the third quarter, and it became more physical, with Boston’s Marcus Smart briefly having words with Robinson after the pair went to the floor hard when Smart was called for a foul.

Robinson scored eight of his 13 third-quarter points during a 17-4 spree that pushed Miami’s lead to 93-77. The Heat led by 14 entering the final quarter.

Dragic’s 3 gave the Heat a 105-84 edge with 9:02 to play, bringing some boos cascading down from the crowd filled to 25% percent capacity.

“I feel like this is what every player works for when the lights are on,” Herro said. “I’m ready to make another run again.”

Horton-Tucker comes up big in OT as Lakers edge Knicks

LOS ANGELES (AP) Talen Horton-Tucker made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Los Angeles Lakers improved their hopes of avoiding the play-in tournament and prevented the New York Knicks from clinching a postseason berth with a 101-99 victory Tuesday night.

The Knicks trailed 98-93 with 1:56 remaining, but scored six straight points to grab the lead, including Julius Randle’s 3-pointer with 1:11 left. In a game that saw 23 lead changes, Horton-Tucker came up with the big shot when the Lakers needed it most. He scored seven of his 13 points in overtime.

Kyle Kuzma, who missed Sunday’s game due to lower back tightness, led the Lakers with 23 points and Anthony Davis scored 20.

Los Angeles (39-30) is one game behind Portland and Dallas for the sixth seed in the Western Conference with three games remaining in the regular season.

Randle had 31 points and Derrick Rose 27 for the Knicks, who were hoping to clinch their first postseason berth since 2013 with a victory. New York, Atlanta and Miami are all tied at 38-31, but only the Heat have secured their spot in the top six of the Eastern Conference.

The Knicks had a 76-73 advantage going into the fourth quarter and scored nine of the first 11 points in the period to go up 85-75 with 7:39 remaining. The Lakers trailed by seven with 5 minutes left before going on a 9-2 run as Andre Drummond’s layup off Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s assist evened it at 89 with 1:56 to go.

Rose’s jumper with 1:37 remaining put the Knicks up by two, but they were unable to come away with points on their final three possessions. Caldwell-Pope missed a 3-pointer from the corner but Wesley Matthews gathered in the rebound and laid it in to tie it at 91 with 3.1 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Randle missed a driving floater in the lane to send it to overtime.

The Knicks had a 42-40 advantage midway through the second quarter before the Lakers ran off nine straight points – including six by Kuzma – to go up 49-42 with 3:42 remaining. That was the largest lead by any team the first three quarters.

Famed Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan dead at age 37

HONOLULU (AP) Colt Brennan, a star quarterback at the University of Hawaii who finished third in the 2007 Heisman Trophy balloting, died early Tuesday, his father said. He was 37.

Brennan, who had public struggles with alcohol, died at a hospital in California, his father, Terry Brennan, told The Associated Press.

“He just spent one too many times on the dark side of life, and it caught up with him,” Terry Brennan said of his son.

Brennan transferred to Hawaii after stints at Colorado and Saddleback College in California. A certain pro prospect after a record-breaking junior season, he bypassed the NFL draft in order to play his senior year for Hawaii coach June Jones.

Brennan led the Warriors to its finest season ever, going 12-0 in the regular season.

In 2008, Georgia ended Hawaii’s hopes for an unblemished record, defeating the Warriors 41-10 in the Sugar Bowl.

He returned for his senior year, in part, to pay back a school and a coach that gave him a second chance, and he had no regrets.

“Hawaii has inspired me to do a lot of great things,” he told The Associated Press in 2007.

Jones, the former Hawaii coach now with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL, called it sad day for the islands.

“Colt was clearly the star of our program and what he did after the 2006 season by staying in school said a lot about him and how he cared much more about Hawaii and his teammates,” he said. “That’s something that doesn’t happen anymore.”

In a statement Tuesday, the university athletics department called the Irvine, California, native “the focal point of one of the greatest eras in Rainbow Warrior football.”

“He was a phenomenal player and provided us some of the greatest sports memories we’ll ever have. But he was more than that,” the statement said. “For all that he accomplished on the football field and the adulation he received for it, he always remained among the people. He never turned down an autograph, he never turned down a picture with someone.”

Brennan was drafted by Washington in the sixth round of the NFL draft in 2008, but he never played a regular season game in two seasons.

Life after football seemed difficult for him. His former attorney, Michael Green, told the AP in 2013 that the quarterback felt like he had disappointed people with his fledgling football career. He also said at the time that Brennan was still dealing with emotional and physical pain from a head-on crash on the Big Island in 2010.

He was arrested last November at his Big Island home after banging on a housemate’s door with a chair. When he entered the room, the 6-foot-3-inch Brennan fell on the roommate, causing both to fall to the floor. Brennan was arrested for disorderly conduct, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

It was the second time in four months he had been arrested, In August, he was taken into custody for trespassing at the Kona Seaside Hotel after allegedly causing a disturbance and refusing to leave.

In both incidents, police described Brennan as being heavily intoxicated, the Big Island newspaper reported. The charge was later dismissed.

In December 2019, he was arrested on Oahu for driving under the influence, without insurance and leaving the scene of an accident.

Four years before that, he was charged with filing a false report that his vehicle was stolen, the newspaper reported. That case was also later dismissed.

He also pleaded no contest to DUI in 2013 for a traffic stop on Oahu a year earlier.

In 2010, he was a passenger in an SUV that was involved in a head-on crash on the Big Island. He suffered head, rib and collarbone injuries.

A jarring hit that reverberated throughout Aloha Stadium knocked him out and left him with a concussion early in the fourth quarter of a 2007 game against Fresno State.

It wasn’t the first time he had a concussion.

He told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that year that he was 14, in his final year of Pop Warner youth football, when he had a really bad concussion. But that injury didn’t make him want to quit the sport.

Brennan, who used a cane and wore a leg brace, went to California a few months ago for rehab for his injuries, including blood clots in his legs, his father said.

Brennan had been living at an addiction treatment center in Costa Mesa, California, and Terry Brennan said his son also had been a big user of marijuana. Terry Brennan took him to a hospital emergency room on Sunday because his son had been drinking. “I could tell he was not well and needed help,” Terry Brennan said.

But the detox facility was full, so without his family realizing it, Colt Brennan was released. He was unconscious when he was taken back to the hospital, where he later died, his father said.

“They released him out on the street and either he made a call or he got Uber or something,” Terry Brennan said. “And now this is what we’re dealing with.”

He was surrounded by family members when he died.

“His sisters made sure he had the Bob Marley music going by his side,” Terry Brennan said of the reggae his son was fond of from his time in Hawaii. “They had a lei around his chest.”

Hawaii was important to him. “He had all the respect in the world for Hawaii,” his father said. “It was his home.”

His family hopes that toxicology results and an autopsy – including tests on his brain to determine if there was degeneration from repeated head trauma – will give them answers.

Police are also investigating, his father said.

Brennan’s name prominently remains on Hawaii’s all-time records, including accounting for a school record 131 touchdowns from 2005 to 2007. During his stellar Hawaii career, Brennan broke or tied 31 NCAA records.

In 2006, he set a then-school record for 569 yards passing against Arizona State University in a bowl game. He finished his career with 20 games with 400 or more yards and four games with 500 or more yards.

He led the nation in 2006 in several categories, including total offense (422.5), touchdown passes (58), and passing efficiency (185.96).

“I remember the first time I met him, he had that swagger about him, super-confident, didn’t care of what people thought and it really played out on the field,” his former teammate Mike Lafaele said. “What a great leader he was on and off the field. “

Preakness allows Medina Spirit to enter with extra testing

BALTIMORE (AP) Medina Spirit is set to run in the Preakness on Saturday to go for the second leg of the Triple Crown, as long as the Kentucky Derby winner passes a series of additional drug tests.

Maryland racing officials reached an agreement with trainer Bob Baffert on Tuesday to allow Medina Spirit and his other horses to enter races this weekend at Pimlico Race Course subject to extra testing and monitoring. If Medina Spirit, who failed a postrace drug test after winning the Kentucky Derby, comes back clean in test results expected Friday, he is likely to be the favorite to win the Preakness.

“We reached an agreement with Mr. Baffert and his lawyers that allows for additional testing, additional monitoring – essentially a watchlist to ensure the integrity of the sport leading up to the race,” Maryland Jockey Club lawyer Alan Rifkin said. “We’re very pleased to have that and we appreciate Mr. Baffert’s patience and the way in which his lawyers went about it.”

Medina Spirit, fellow Baffert-trained Preakness colt Concert Tour and filly Beautiful Gift, who is expected to run in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on Friday, are all subject to the extra scrutiny.

“Baffert has given these consents to further the interests of horse racing and the public,” lawyer Craig Robertson wrote in a letter to the Maryland Jockey Club. “The integrity of the sport is of the utmost importance to Mr. Baffert, and by consenting to this testing regimen and monitoring, he reaffirms his commitment and dedication to the sport.”

Medina Spirit drew the No. 3 post in a field of 10 horses for the Preakness as the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Concert Tour drew the outside 10th post and is the second choice in the wagering at 5-2.

Ram drew the No. 1 post at 30-1, Keepmeinmind the No. 2 at 15-1, Crowded Trade the No. 4 post at 10-1, Midnight Bourbon the No. 5 post at 5-1, Rombauer the No. 6 at 12-1, France Go de Ina the No. 7 at 20-1, Unbridled Honor the No. 8 at 15-1 and Risk Taking the No. 9 at 15-1.

Keepmeinmind and Midnight Bourbon are the only Kentucky Derby horses returning for the Preakness to challenge Medina Spirit. Trainer Brad Cox opted to skip the race with Mandaloun, who would be named the Derby winner if Medina Spirit is disqualified, and Essential Quality, who went off as the 3-1 Derby favorite.

Medina Spirit won that race May 1 as a 12-1 long shot. He won’t be anywhere close to that if he gets to the Preakness.

“To me, if everyone runs their race that we have seen from them in the past, I think this is Medina Spirit’s race to lose,” NBC Sports analyst Matt Bernier said.

Baffert earlier Tuesday said it was brought to his attention that a veterinarian treated Medina Spirit with an antifungal medication to treat dermatitis that includes the steroid betamethasone. Medina Spirit failed a post-Derby drug test because of the presence of betamethasone.

Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson said at the Preakness draw that test results on the three Baffert horses are expected back Friday. This is an additional layer of blood testing from blood taken last week, Monday and Tuesday on top of the usual postrace tests.

“(The tests) will allow us to ensure that if there is or was any betamethasone or any other medications, whether therapeutic or illegal, in the horse, we will know about them before the race,” Benson said. “Because traditionally most of the testing now will occur after the race, and this allows us to, instead of addressing the issue after the fact, to prevent the issue from becoming a problem.”

Benson said if betamethasone is detected by laboratory testing in any of the horses, officials will ask Baffert to scratch that horse.

Rafael Nadal uncertain about playing in Tokyo Olympics

ROME (AP) Rafael Nadal joined the growing number of tennis players expressing doubts about competing in the Tokyo Olympics.

The third-ranked Nadal, in Rome for the Italian Open, said Tuesday that his status for the Tokyo games is uncertain.

“I don’t know yet. Honestly, I can’t give you a clear answer because I don’t know,” Nadal said when asked whether he would be at the rescheduled Olympics. “I don’t know my calendar.

“In a normal world, I will never see about missing Olympics, of course. Is no doubt about that. Everybody knows how important have been for me (to) always play Olympics.”

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Under these circumstances, I don’t know. Let’s see what’s going on in the next couple of months. But I need to organize my schedule,” the 34-year-old Spaniard continued. “My schedule in a normal year, I normally know my schedule almost 100% since 1st of January till the end of the season.

“This year is something a little bit different, no? We need to be flexible. We need to adapt about the things that are happening.”

Nadal won the singles gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and claimed gold in doubles five years ago at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Nadal is attempting to win a 10th Italian Open to complete his buildup for a 14th French Open trophy.

He is the latest top tennis player to voice his uncertainty about the games, which open July 23.

Four-time champion Serena Williams suggested she won’t go to Japan if coronavirus protocols mean she can’t bring her 3-year-old daughter, while Japanese tennis players Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka have raised concerns about whether the games should even go ahead at all.

“Of course I would say I want the Olympics to happen, because I’m an athlete and that’s sort of what I’ve been waiting for my entire life,” Osaka said. “But I think that there’s so much important stuff going on, and especially the past year.”

Japan has attributed 11,000 deaths to COVID-19, better than many countries, but poor for Asia. The virus and its spreading variants are taxing Japan’s health-care system with only 2% of the population vaccinated.

Public sentiment in Japan continues to run against holding the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. Between 60-80% of Japanese people in polls have said the Olympics should be canceled or postponed.

But local organizers and the International Olympic Committee insist the games will open as planned.

Man City’s dominance cemented by 3rd EPL title in 4 seasons

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Locked out of their stadium for a year due to the pandemic, Manchester City fans couldn’t resist gathering outside, waiting for the moment they’d be crowned champions for the third time in four seasons.

It was a result not inside the Etihad Stadium but a few miles across Manchester at their fiercest rival and nearest Premier League challenger that confirmed the title was reclaimed on Tuesday.

Manchester United losing 2-1 to Leicester left City with an unassailable 10-point lead with three games remaining. Whereas United started the century dominating English football, now City is the force with five titles in 10 seasons and the biggest spenders on transfers and salaries.

While United fans gather outside Old Trafford in protest, at City they come to celebrate the 13 years of investment from Abu Dhabi that has transformed the fortunes of a club that was playing in the third tier until 1999 and won two English titles in the previous century – in 1937 and 1968.

Within minutes of the final whistle blowing at Old Trafford – after Caglar Soyuncu’s 66th-minute header sealed the Leicester win that ended United’s hopes of catching City – a “Champions” banner was unfurled over the entrance to the Etihad.

Soon, fans were setting off blue flares and parading small replica Premier League trophies. They will finally be allowed back into the stadium – up to 10,000 of them – to see City collect the real trophy after the final game of the Premier League season against Everton on May 23.

But it’s not the first trophy they have seen City lift this season, with a fourth successive League Cup won in front of around 2,000 spectators at Wembley last month. And they could yet be allowed to witness, likely in Portugal, the team contesting its first Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29 when a treble could be completed.

“We have missed the fans so much,” City captain Fernandinho said. “We wanted to do this for them. We will enjoy this moment and we hope the fans do too. Rest assured we will continue to do everything we can to bring the Champions League home this season.”

Ending Liverpool’s reign as champions gives Pep Guardiola a third Premier League title in four seasons, adding to the trio of domestic titles he won at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich as coach. And he could yet complete the season by ending his 10-year wait to win the Champions League again, just as he did twice leading Barcelona.

“This has been a season and a Premier League title like no other – this was the hardest one,” Guardiola said. “To come through this season – with all the restrictions and difficulties we’ve faced – and show the consistency we have is remarkable. It is relentless. Every single day, they are there, fighting for success, trying always to be better. They have been so, so resilient.”

In a congested pandemic-impacted season that stretched the resources of teams, City was eight points from the lead in November languishing in 11th place after eight games. But Guardiola turned City’s campaign around, embarking on a 28-match unbeaten after losing at Tottenham in November.

The champions have conceded the fewest goals in the league – 26 – thanks to the resurgence in form of John Stones forming a center back partnership with Ruben Dias, who joined ahead of the season for 68 million euros (then $78 million).

They have also scored the most goals – 72 – even without playing with a recognized striker. Instead 16 players have scored, more than any other team, with a dozen goals provided by midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who has been given more freedom to attack. No longer is City reliant on striker Sergio Aguero, who clinched the 2012 title in stoppage time but has only featured in 11 league games and scored twice.

Indiana, Iowa, Maryland and Michigan Earn Big Ten Weekly Softball Awards

Hoosiers’ Goodin and Norton, Hawkeyes’ Loecker, Terrapins’ McFarland, and Wolverines’ Beaubien and Jimenez each recognized by conference this week

Co-Player of the Week

Bella Norton, Indiana

Sr. – C – McLean, Va. – McLean – Major: Counseling Education

• Batted .583 with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage, plus one home run, six RBI and four runs scored in the Hoosiers’ four-game sweep of Penn State last weekend

• Hit home run and drove in three in series finale on May 8

• Had at least two hits in three of the four games in the series

• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2018, 2019, 2020)

• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor

• Last Indiana Player of the Week: Gabbi Jenkins (April 20, 2021)

Co-Player of the Week

Julia Jimenez, Michigan

So. – IF – Fremont, Calif. – Etiwanda – Major: Undeclared

• Posted a .483 batting average, .813 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in a 4-1 week that secured the Big Ten title for the Wolverines

• Went 7-for-12 at the plate in weekend series at nationally-ranked Minnesota, hitting two home runs in the four-game set

• Had three hits (including a home run) and four RBI in opener of May 8 doubleheader sweep that clinched the conference championship

• Captures her first career Player of the Week citation

• Last Michigan Player of the Week: Faith Canfield (April 29, 2019)

Co-Pitcher of the Week

Emily Goodin, Indiana

Sr. – RHP – Evansville, Ind. – Mater Dei – Major: Kinesiology

• Went 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA and two complete games in 19.0 innings, while striking out 18 in the Hoosiers’ series sweep of Penn State last weekend

• Tossed complete-game three-hitter in opener of May 8 doubleheader, allowing just an unearned run with eight strikeouts

• Also went the distance in eight-inning victory on May 7, yielding only four hits and one run while striking out seven

• Collects her second career Pitcher of the Week plaudit

• Last Indiana Pitcher of the Week: Emily Goodin (Feb. 24, 2020)

Co-Pitcher of the Week

Meghan Beaubien, Michigan

Sr. – LHP – Newport, Mich. – Saint Mary Catholic Central – Major: Biomedical Engineering

• Registered a 2-0 record in the circle last weekend at nationally-ranked Minnesota, tallying a 0.47 ERA with 21 strikeouts and a complete game over 15.0 innings of work

• Allowed just three hits and a run with nine strikeouts in a complete-game victory in the nightcap of a May 8 doubleheader that clinched the Big Ten title for the Wolverines

• Also combined for a shutout in series opener on May 7, going the first five innings while yielding only four hits and striking out eight

• Twice selected for Academic All-Big Ten honors (2019, 2020)

• Garners her seventh career Pitcher of the Week plaudit and second this season

• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (April 27, 2021)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Denali Loecker, Iowa

IF – Ogden, Iowa – Ogden – Major: Business

• Batted .455 with a .636 slugging percentage and .538 on-base percentage, along with five hits (two for extra bases) and three RBI in last weekend’s series victory over Nebraska

• Went 3-for-4 with a bases-clearing double in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader sweep

• Doubled and scored twice in the nightcap of Sunday’s twinbill

• Receives her second career Freshman of the Week award

• Last Iowa Freshman of the Week: Brylee Klosterman (May 4, 2021)

Co-Freshman of the Week

Jaeda McFarland, Maryland

OF – Orange Park, Fla. – Oakleaf – Major: Accounting

• Hit .467 with a .533 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage in last weekend’s series win over Rutgers, adding seven hits, three runs and three steals

• Had at least two hits in the final three games of the series (all Terrapin victories)

• Also scored twice in the nightcap of May 7 doubleheader

• Secures her second career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Jaeda McFarland (April 13, 2021)

Maryland and Michigan Earn Weekly Baseball Honors

Terrapins’ Vought named Player of the Week; Wolverines’ Weston voted Pitcher of the Week; Terrapins’ Savacool earns Freshman of the Week

Player of the Week
Justin Vought, Maryland
C – Sr. – Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – Wyoming Valley West

  • Went 4-for-5 (.800) at the plate with three home runs and four RBI in Saturday’s series-clinching win against Illinois
  • Finished with a 2.600 slugging percentage and a .800 on-base percentage on the weekend
  • Became one of three Terrapins to hit three home runs in a single game and the first since 2009, with all three homers coming in consecutive at-bats after striking out in his first plate appearance
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree wins his first career Big Ten Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Player of the Week: Benjamin Cowles (March 16, 2021)


Pitcher of the Week
Cameron Weston, Michigan
P – So. – Canonsburg, Pa. – Canon-McMillan

  • Threw a complete-game one-hitter in a win at Michigan State on May 8
  • Struck out nine batters, didn’t issue a walk and got 13 outs via ground balls
  • Retired 20 consecutive batters before ending the streak in the eighth inning
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Steven Hajjar (Feb. 17, 2020)


Freshman of the Week
Jason Savacool, Maryland

P – Baldwinsville, N.Y. – Baker 

  • Tossed 8.1 innings of three-run ball against Illinois to get earn his conference-leading sixth win of the season in the first leg of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep
  • Struck out a career-high seven batters to help the Terrapins to their fourth consecutive weekend series win
  • Retired the first 10 batters he faced in order and took a one-hitter into the seventh, holding the league’s best offense to its third-lowest hit total on the season
  • Wins his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Big Ten Freshman of the Week: Jason Savacool (March 24, 2021)

NO. 4 IRISH RALLY TO BEAT VALPO, 7-4

VALPARAISO, Ind. — The fourth-ranked Notre Dame baseball team put on another late rally to come back and defeat Valparaiso 7-4 Tuesday night at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Notre Dame (26-10) trailed 3-0 heading into the eighth inning but put up seven runs in the inning to take their first lead of the game. Two clutch hits with the bases loaded changed the tide for the Irish. Spencer Myers hit a double to left that scored two runners to tie the game. Later in the inning, Carter Putz tripled down the right field line to clear the bases and give the Irish the first lead at 6-3.

After scoring another run in the inning, Aidan Tyrell came on to close the door for the Irish. He got the final six outs to clinch the win. Tanner Kohlhepp was also strong out of the bullpen for the Irish. He struck out a career-high nine batters in four innings of work.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Valpo jumped out in front in the third inning as the first hit of the game for either time brought runners home. Kyle Schmack came up with two outs and the bases loaded and he lifted a single over Miller in right field to score two runs. Valpo added another run on a wild pitch and held a 3-0 lead after the first three innings of play.

Kohlhepp came on for the Irish and he breezed through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Kohlhepp recorded seven of his nine outs via the strikeout over those three innings.

The score stayed at 3-0 until the eighth inning when the Irish bats woke up at the plate in a big way. Brooks Coetzee tripled to left field and scored on the single to right from Jared Miller in the next at bat. Nick Juaire and Zack Prajzner both reached base to load the bases for the Irish.

Myers doubled to left field that scored Miller and pinch-runner TJ Williams to level the score at 3-3. After a walk to Ryan Cole, Putz came to the dish with the bases loaded and two outs. He ripped a triple down the right field line to clear the bases and give the Irish the lead. Putz came home to score on a wild pitch and the Irish lead grew to 7-3.

Valpo got a run back in the eighth inning but Tyrell was able to close the door and secure the win for the Irish.

UP NEXT

The Irish will be off for the next week plus as they have their final exams for the semester. The Irish get back in action next Thursday for their final ACC series of the season. The Irish will travel to Blacksburg for a three-game series. The first game on May 20th is set for a 6 p.m. ET first pitch and will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.

SIX IRISH GARNER ALL-ACC HONORS, SWEET NAMED TO FIRST TEAM

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Six Notre Dame Softball student-athletes earned a total of seven All-ACC honors Wednesday, as voted on by conference coaches. Senior OF Abby Sweet led the way, being named first-team All-ACC for the first time in her career.

In addition to Sweet’s first-team honor, junior OF Emma Clark and freshman DP Karina Gaskins were named to the second team, and graduate student 2B Katie Marino, junior P Payton Tidd and senior P Alexis Holloway earned selection to the third team. Gaskins was also selected to the conference’s All-Freshman team.

Tidd, Clark, Marino, Holloway and Sweet have all previously garnered All-ACC honors in past seasons (teams not awarded in 2020 due to the shortened season).

ABBY SWEET – FIRST TEAM ALL-ACC

Sweet becomes the 10th player in Irish history to earn All-ACC First Team honors (14th overall selection to the first team). The senior has led the ACC in batting average for eight-straight weeks, ending the regular season with a .466 average. She also leads the conference in doubles (16). Named a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, Sweet ranks in the NCAA’s Top 20 for batting (11th), doubles (ninth), HBP per game (eighth, 0.42/game) and OBP (18th, 0.557).

Sweet was named to the All-ACC second team in 2018, and has been named ACC Player of the Week three times this season.

KARINA GASKINS – SECOND TEAM ALL-ACC, ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

True freshman Gaskins leads the Irish with 10 home runs, which rank 10th in the ACC. Her .693 slugging percentage is ninth in the ACC, while she notes RBI at a clip of 0.95 per game, which ranks third in the conference. In the doubleheader at Georgia Tech, she hit four home runs on four-consecutive at-bats. Three of those home runs came in the same game, matching a program record and the NCAA Division I single-game high for 2021.

EMMA CLARK – SECOND TEAM ALL-ACC

Junior Clark consistently ranks in the Top 10 in the ACC in batting, currently sixth in avg. (.410) and seventh in total hits (55). She also ranks fifth in the ACC in stolen bases (23), and wrote her name in the history books against North Alabama, stealing four bases to match a single-game program record. She joined Ruth Kmak as the only two players in Irish history to steal four bases in a game. Kmak’s record came vs. Loyola-Chicago (April 16, 1990).

Clark was also named to the second team and the All-Freshman team in 2019.

KATIE MARINO – THIRD TEAM ALL-ACC

Graduate student Marino has perennially been recognized as one of the conference’s top second basemen. She leads ACC in sacrifice bunts per game and ranks third in sacrifice flies. Marino, one of the first two graduate students in program history, ranks in Top 10 in Irish records in walks (third, 102), assists (third, 429), home runs (ninth, 31) and runs scored (T-eighth, 158).

Marino was named to the conference’s second team in 2019.

PAYTON TIDD – THIRD TEAM ALL-ACC

Junior pitcher Tidd (15-5) ranks in Top 10 in the ACC in ERA (2.18, ninth) and leads the Irish in innings pitched with 122.0. She has pitched nine complete games on the season and been part of four shutouts, with one complete game shutout. Also adding a save, Tidd has joined with Irish pitchers Holloway and Morgan Ryan for two combined no-hitters in 2021. At bat, Tidd has totaled 12 hits, including eight extra-base hits (five doubles, three home runs) with 10 RBI.

As a freshman, Tidd was named All-ACC first team in 2019, and earned selection to the All-Freshman team that year.

ALEXIS HOLLOWAY – THIRD TEAM ALL-ACC

Senior pitcher Holloway (13-6) has continuously fooled batters in the circle all season, ranking eighth in the ACC in strikeouts (104) and ninth in hits allowed per seven innings (5.39). A candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, Holloway has pitched 11 complete games on the season with two individual shutouts and one combined shutout. Through her 114.1 innings pitched in 2021, she has held batters to a .212 average. Up to bat, Holloway has totaled 13 hits, with two doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI.

Holloway was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for her performance in the sweep of then No. 15/13 Virginia Tech. She was named All-ACC second team in 2018.

Butler Softball Set for 2021 BIG EAST Tournament, Opens Play Thursday

The Bulldogs head to Storrs, Conn., for the 2021 BIG EAST Softball Championship presented by JEEP. The double-elimination tournament begins Thursday and is scheduled to run through Saturday.

The top four teams in the BIG EAST standings qualified for the tournament. Butler entered the final weekend of the regular season in fifth place and heading to Omaha for a three-game series with fourth-place Creighton. However, the Bluejays had COVID issues within their program and canceled the remainder of their 2021 season. Butler moved into the fourth position.

The Bulldogs are 16-19-1 overall and 6-11-1 in BIG EAST play. Butler is joined in the BIG EAST Tournament by DePaul, Villanova and UConn, which was the predetermined host for the event.

The Bulldogs and the top-seeded Blue Demons will open the tournament Thursday at noon. Villanova and UConn, the second and third seeds, respectively, will play the second game of the day. Thursday’s games will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network, while Friday and Saturday’s games are slated for FS2.

This will be Butler’s third appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament since the Bulldogs joined the conference prior to the 2013-14 academic year (the 2020 tournament was canceled due to COVID). The Bulldogs won the 2016 title, also as the No. 4 seed, in dramatic fashion. Butler surrendered a grand slam in both games while posting two come-from-behind wins. The tournament format has been changed to double-elimination for 2021. Butler also qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in 2017, falling in the semifinals.

Butler’s strength so far in 2021 has been arguably the deepest pitching staff in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs lead the conference in ERA with a mark of 2.84. Butler also is averaging more than one strikeout per inning pitched (243 in 241.1 innings), the only team in the conference to hit that feat. Opponents are batting only .241 against Butler’s staff this season, which also paces the conference.

Bulldogs rank 2-3-4 in the conference in ERA with Alyssa Graves leading the charge with a 2.38 mark (second in the BIG EAST). Mackenzie Griman (2.67) and Karli Ricketts (2.72) follow in third and fourth, respectively.

Ricketts has 113 strikeouts on the season, which is second in the league. Those have come in only 95.1 innings of work. Opponents are batting only .223 against her, which is third in the BIG EAST. With 95 strikeouts, Graves is fourth in the conference. Opponents are batting only .238 against her, which has come in 91 innings.

In the team’s 18 BIG EAST contests, Butler is third in the conference with a 2.88 ERA and the staff’s 131 strikeouts are 45 more than the next BIG EAST team.

Junior second baseman Lauren Fey is second in the BIG EAST with a .427 batting average. That mark is also 39th in the nation entering this week’s tournament. Fey has walked 21 times (second in the conference) to go along with her 47 hits (third in the conference), which has contributed to her .519 on-base percentage, which is third among BIG EAST batters. Her on-base percentage is just outside the Top 50 nationally. Fey leads the BIG EAST in triples (seven), and is tied for fifth in both runs scored (22) and stolen bases (12).

Fey strikes out once every 18.3 plate appearances, which leads the conference and is 80th nationally.

Ricketts has been the largest source of power for the Butler line-up this season. Her seven home runs and 26 RBI are both tied for fourth in the BIG EAST.

#5 IRISH SET FOR NCAA TOURNAMENT RUN

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the 14th time in program history and eighth time in the last nine completed seasons, the Irish women’s lacrosse team has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Irish have earned the No. 5 overall seed in the tournament, and will open play against Robert Morris this Friday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at Arlotta Stadium. The Irish and Colonials are joined in South Bend this weekend by Virginia and UConn, who will meet on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.

The winners of those two matchups will meet in the second round this Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. ET at Arlotta Stadium with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. Every contest this weekend in South Bend will be streamed live via ESPN3.

#5 NOTRE DAME vs. ROBERT MORRIS

Date/Time: Friday, May 14 – 1 p.m. ET

Location: Arlotta Stadium, Notre Dame, Ind.

Coverage: ESPN3

Live Stats

Twitter Updates: @NDWomensLax

FOR STARTERS

Entering the NCAA Tournament, Kasey Choma leads the Irish with 38 goals and 42 points and has racked up 16 goals in her last four outings.

Bridget Deehan enters the tournament as the ACC’s leader in saves per game at 9.33 and has hit the double-digit saves mark in seven contests while being named the IWLCA’s National Defensive Player of the Week twice.

Four different players have between 39 and 42 points in a balanced Irish offensive attack, including Kasey Choma (42), Jackie Wolak (40), Madison Ahern (40) and Maddie Howe (39).

Savannah Buchanan currently leads the Irish with 27 caused turnovers and her mark of 1.80 caused turnovers per game ranks second in the ACC.

2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT

The 2021 NCAA D1 Women’s Lacrosse Championship features 29 teams, with the top-eight teams nationally seeded and the top-three seeds earning a first-round bye.

A nations-best six schools from the ACC are in the NCAA Tournament, including five of the eight national seeds in #1 North Carolina, #3 Syracuse, #4 Boston College, #5 Notre Dame and #7 Duke.

The winner of the South Bend Regional will meet the winner of the Chestnut Hill Regional next weekend (May 22-23). The Final Four is slated for May 28 & 30 and will be hosted by Towson University at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland.

IRISH IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Irish have now made the NCAA Tournament on 14 occasions, including eight of the past nine completed seasons under head coach Christine Halfpenny.

The Irish will be aiming to earn their fifth trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals with a pair of wins this weekend at Arlotta Stadium (2002, 2006, 2009, 2016).

Notre Dame owns a 7-6 mark all-time in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, including a 4-0 mark at home.

The Irish have made the Final Four on one occasion in 2006.

IRISH VS. OTHER SOUTH BEND REGIONAL PARTICIPANTS

The Irish and Colonials will be meeting for the second time this season after the Irish earned a 16-2 triumph in the first-ever meeting between the two schools on March 6.

Maddie Howe led the Irish with four goals and six points in that victory while Bridget Deehan stopped eight of nine shots she faced.

If Notre Dame and UConn meet in the second round, it would be the first meeting between the two schools.

If the Irish and Virginia meet in the second round, it will be the 10th meeting between the two schools with Notre Dame holding a 6-3 advantage.

Earlier this season, the Irish earned a 12-10 road win on April 3 in Charlottesville with Bridget Deehan making 14 saves and Samantha Lynch netting a team-high four goals.

The Irish and Cavaliers have never met in the NCAA Tournament.

Softball Heads to NIU For Wednesday #MACtion

THIS WEEK IN BALL STATE SOFTBALL: The Ball State softball team closes the 2021 regular season this week with six games on the road … The first two come Wednesday, when the Cardinals travel to Northern Illinois for a 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT doubleheader versus the Huskies … From there, Ball State will make its way to Buffalo for a four-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. … The Cardinals and Bulls are also slated to play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday at noon.

» VENUE UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting department of health guidance, attendance at NIU’s Mary M. Bell Field is limited to 155 fans for softball … Each team’s guests will be allowed in via a pre-determined pass list …  There will be no general public attendance at this weekend’s games at Buffalo.

» HOW TO FOLLOW: Wednesday’s doubleheader at Northern Illinois will be streamed live on NIUTube on NIUHuskies.com, the Huskie all-access channel … Subscriptions are available for purchase on a daily ($6.95), monthly ($10.95) or annual basis and provides access to all home NIU Athletics events streamed on the website for the purchase period … This weekend’s series at Buffalo will be streamed live on the Bulls’ YouTube page … Live stats will be provided courtesy of the home institutions … Fans can also get regular updates by following the team on Twitter – @BallStateSB … Links can be found on the softball schedule page on BallStateSports.com.

» THE RACE FOR FIRST: With six games remaining in the MAC regular season, it’s a two-team race for the league championship and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament which goes with it … Miami enters the week in first at 30-2, five-and-a-half games ahead of Ball State in second at 25-8 … The only way the Cardinals can win the league crown at this point is to win six games and have the RedHawks lose six.

» SERIES VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Cardinals trail the Huskies 33-50 in the all-time series which dates back to a 1-0 NIU victory on April 24, 1981 at the Indiana University Invitational … Last week, the teams split a Tuesday (May 4) doubleheader in Muncie, with NIU winning the opener, 7-2, and the Cardinals taking the nightcap, 5-4 … For the second time in three games, it was junior outfielder Faith Hensley who would provide the walk-off magic in the win, as she drove in the tying run with a blooper into shallow left field, while an error on the play allowed the game-winning run to cross the plate.

ABOUT THE BALL STATE CARDINALS

» The Cardinals enter Wednesday’s doubleheader at Northern Illinois after taking three of four games at Western Michigan last weekend … Ball State won the first three games of the WMU series, before suffering an extra-inning setback in the finale … The Cardinals out-scored the Broncos 37-20 in the series, including a wild 17-11 win in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader … Ball State’s 17 runs and 18 hits in the game were both season highs, with both freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy and junior outfielder Faith Hensley accounting for seven runs apiece … Lissy scored five runs and had a pair of RBI, while Hensley went 4-for-5 with a two-run double in the first, a one-run double in the second, an RBI single in the third and another RBI single in the fifth for five RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

» Ball State enters Wednesday’s doubleheader at NIU ranked second in the MAC and 21st nationally with a .319 team batting average and is fourth in the league with a 4.28 team ERA … Junior outfielder Faith Hensley leads the squad with a .390 batting average, while seven of BSU’s regular starters are batting at least .320 … Sophomore pitcher Deborah Jones has the team’s lowest ERA, at 3.92, and owns a 10-7 record … Junior Tieghan Morio has a team-high 11 wins in the circle, while senior closer Alyssa Rothwell has a league-high four saves to rank eighth nationally.

ONE THING TO WATCH WEDNESDAY: Freshman shortstop Kayla Lissy enters the week riding a career-long 11-game hitting streak, which ties senior catcher Stacy Payton (March 12 vs. SIU – April 4 at CMU) for the longest hitting streak by a Cardinal this season  … Lissy has also reached base safely in each of the last 15 games, four shy of Faith Hensley’s season-high total of 19 (March 5 vs. WKU – April 4 at CMU) … In last Tuesday’s DH versus NIU, Lissy went 3-for-7 with a RBI single in the 5-4 victory.

HENSLEY STILL GOING STRONG: Junior outfielder Faith Hensley is having a breakout season, ranking 136th among all NCAA Division I players with her .390 batting average, while ranking 93rd in on base percentage at .485 … In addition, she leads the team with 45 RBIs, including a career-high seven in the 10-3 win over Alcorn State (March 6) in which she hit two home runs … The seven RBIs tie as the second most in a game in program history, trailing only the eight RBIs current Ball State senior catcher Stacy Payton drove in when she smashed three home runs against Oakland on May 7, 2019.

THE 100 RBI CLUB: Senior center fielder Kennedy Wynn became the 15th player in program history to reach 100 career RBIs with her three-run homer which provided the game-winning run at Miami (April 20) … She is the fourth player on Ball State’s active roster to reach the mark and is currently 13th in program history with 106 RBIs, including 21 this season … Senior first baseman Janae Hogg is Ball State’s active career leader, ranking sixth in BSU annals with 145 RBIs, including 30 this season … Senior catcher Stacy Payton is ninth all time at 136, while senior outfielder Haley Dominique is 10th at 132 … Payton has 37 RBI in 2021, while Dominique is at 32.

WALK THIS WAY: With her fourth of six walks in the series versus Bowling Green, senior first baseman Janae Hogg became the most walked player in program history, passing the 115 drawn by Taylor Rager (2011-14) … Hogg enters Wednesday’s doubleheader with 130 career walks, including 21 this season, which ranks seventh among all active NCAA Division I players … Senior outfielder Haley Dominique is not far behind, ranking fourth all-time at Ball State and 25th among active Division I players with 111 career walks, including 16 this season … It marks the first time in program history BSU has had two players with at least 100 walks on the same team.

NCAA RECORD HOLDER: With her fourth save of the season in last Saturday’s up-and-down, 17-11 victory at Western Michigan (May 8), Ball State senior pitcher Alyssa Rothwell tied the NCAA Division I career record with her 32nd career save … It was her second save of the series, and gave her 12 more saves than any other active NCAA Division I softball player … Rothwell is tied with Mississippi State’s Kellie Willkerson (1999-2002) for the NCAA’s all-time saves mark.

FROM THE BASE PATHS: Ball State ranks third in the MAC with 60 stolen bases this season, with 15 different Cardinals having at least one stolen base … Overall, the team is averaging 1.22 stolen bases per game … Ball State has not averaged more than 1.00 stolen base per game since the 2015 season, when the Cardinals won the MAC Tournament and made their latest appearance in the NCAA Regionals … That year Ball State stole 80 bases over 59 games for a 1.36 swipes-per-game average.

COMEBACK CARDINALS: Ball State has played the role of comeback kids so far this season, trailing at some point during 14 of its program record 25 MAC victories … Throw in non-conference play, and Ball State has trailed in 17 of its 31 wins on the season.

THE BIG INNING: Ball State has scored four-or-more runs in an inning 22 times this season … The Cardinals have done it at least once in each inning, 1-7, including seven times in the third … Ball State’s biggest inning was the nine-run onslaught in the third inning of the 14-5 (5) come-from-behind win over Toledo (May 1) … The Cardinals also had an eight-run first in the series finale at Central Michigan (April 4) on the way to a 16-5 (5) victory … Ball State has scored seven runs in an inning twice this year.

TURNING TWO: Ball State enters the week leading the MAC and tied for ninth nationally with 22 double plays turned this season … Three of those double plays came in last Tuesday’s doubleheader versus Northern Illinois … The total ranks as the third-most in a single season in program history, trailing only the 2012 (33) and 2013 (30) teams.

Billy Wright Returns To Ball State Men’s Basketball Staff

By: Ball State Athletics

Story LinksMUNCIE – Billy Wright, a former Ball State basketball assistant and former head coach at Western Illinois, has been hired as assistant coach at BSU. Wright, a native of nearby Richmond, Indiana, was on James Whitford’s staff at Ball State during the 2013-14 season.

“I am really excited to bring Billy back to Ball State. I have known Billy since his days as a high school coach at Pike, and have had the pleasure of working alongside him for the 13-14 season,” Whitford said. “Billy is an outstanding basketball coach, and a man of character and integrity. He has a track record of developing great guards, such as Marquis and Jeff Teague at Pike, and Kobe Webster.  He also spent time working as an assistant for Jim Molinari, one of the most respected defensive minds in our game.

“Billy had a big impact in our program during the one year he spent with us, and confident he will make an even bigger impact this time around. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Billy, Monica and his son Trey back to the program.”

Wright coached Western Illinois for six seasons, winning 53 games. He led WIU to the league tournament semifinal in 2019, highlighted by a win over conference No. 1 seed South Dakota State.  In 2015, Wright had WIU receiving national votes for the first time ever after a win at 17th-ranked Wisconsin. His team set the school record for 3-pointers in 2016 with 254 and twice he had WIU off to a 7-2 season start, the best the program has had as a member of NCAA Division I. He was also an assistant head coach at Western Illinois from 2008-10 and was elevated to associate head coach from 2010-13.

Before getting into college coaching in 2008, Wright coached 12 seasons at the high school level. He was head coach at Pike in Indianapolis for two seasons.

In his career, Wright has coached seven players who played professionally, including four NBA Draft picks. First-round draft picks Marquis and Jeff Teague and Courtney Lee as well as second-rounder Robert Vaden all came up through Pike High School in Indianapolis when Wright was the head coach there.

As a player, Wright enjoyed a hall of fame career at Bradley, where he led the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996 and a pair of NIT trips. He was a three-time MVC All-Defensive Team pick and a 1993 MVC All-Freshman Team honoree. He was voted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, and was also an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Anniversary Team member that same year.

JAGUARS PLACE LEAGUE-HIGH THREE ON #HLWSOC ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team placed a league-high three individuals on the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office on Tuesday (May 11). Junior Elizabeth Bueckers and seniors Natalie McNally and Valentine Pursey were voted to the 14-member group as chosen by the league’s faculty athletic representatives.

Bueckers was a first team All-Horizon League honoree this past season after starting seven matches in the Jaguars’ midfield before missing the final two contests due to injury. She was second on the team with 19 shot attempts and tops on the squad with seven shots on goal. Her lone tally of the season came in a 1-0 road win at Milwaukee on Mar. 3, stopping Milwaukee’s lengthy home field and Horizon League regular season winning streaks. She was later named the Horizon League’s Offensive Player of the Week on Mar. 5. Buckers, who maintains a 3.95 grade point average while majoring in exercise science, was also selected to IUPUI’s Top 100 students earlier this year.

Pursey was named to the league’s All-Academic Team for the second straight year and was voted second team all-league earlier this season. She capped her final season with a team-high two goals scored in nine games, both of which were game-winners. She tallied the winner in the season opener against Cleveland State on Feb. 3 and also netted the winner against UIC on Mar. 17. She paced the IUPUI attack with 22 shot attempts this season and closed her IUPUI career as the program’s all-time leader in game-winning goals with 15. Pursey, who has a 3.84 grade point average while majoring in sports management, was one of 30 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award earlier this season.

McNally was voted to the league’s All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year and was named first team all-league this spring. She started all nine games and played all 950 minutes in the defensive third, helping anchor a unit that yielded just six goals and registered six shutouts. She also netted a goal in IUPUI’s 3-0 road win at Purdue Fort Wayne on Apr. 5. McNally led IUPUI in minutes played in all four years of her career and finished with four goals and four assists. McNally has maintained a 3.94 grade point average while majoring in health sciences.

Below is the full listing of the 2020 #HLWSOC All-Academic Team.

2020 Horizon League Women’s Soccer All-Academic Team

Lina Feltovich, Cleveland State

Stevie Holbrook, Cleveland State

Julie Ann Piechocki, Detroit Mercy

Olivia Elby, Detroit Mercy

Savanna Hayes, Green Bay

Elizabeth Bueckers, IUPUI

Natalie McNally, IUPUI

Valentine Pursey, IUPUI

Gaby Schwartz, Milwaukee

Haley Johnson, Milwaukee

Mimi Stines, Northern Kentucky

Brittany O’Connell, RMU

Lena Kurz, UIC

Zeeyana Jivraj, Youngstown State

Mast Headlines GLVC Men’s Golf Postseason Honorees

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced Tuesday afternoon its 2021 All-Conference Men’s Golf team and major award winner. UIndy led the league with four All-GLVC selections, with senior Oliver Mast garnering GLVC Player of the Year accolades.

Mast was voted Player of the Year for the second in three seasons, adding to his 2019 award. The senior is the fourth straight Greyhound to earn top recognition from the league’s coaches, and first two-time honoree since Graham McAree in 2016 and 2018. Mast was named GLVC Player of the Week three times this season, most recently on April 9 after winning medalist honors at the Beu Mussatto Invitational. The Fortville, Ind., product ranks No. 31 in NCAA DII with a 71.81 scoring average this spring and is second with 114 birdies.

Both Mast anbd Keegan Bronnenberg had already secured all-league status after finishing in the top five at the GLVC Championships. The conference announced the remaining All-GLVC honorees Tuesday, with senior Erik Edwards and junior Ian Carroll earning recognition via coaches’ vote.

The league also recognized 13 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award nominees and the team award winner, Missouri S&T. With Mast earning 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, which will be announced in May.

A complete list of All-GLVC performers and major postseason award winners can be found below.

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Oliver Mast, Sr., UIndy

GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Carl Miltun, Missouri S&T

GLV COACH OF THE YEAR

Scott Thomas, Maryville

ALL-GLVC TEAM^

Maxwell Schmidtke, Fr., Illinois Springfield

Keegan Bronnenberg, Jr., UIndy*

Ian Carroll, Sr., UIndy**

Erik Edwards, Gr., UIndy****

Oliver Mast, Sr., UIndy**

Alex Locke, Sr., Maryville

Will Holan, Jr., Maryville

Carl Miltun, Fr., Missouri S&T

Chris Ferris, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

Juan Antonio Padilla, So., Missouri-St. Louis

Joel Sylven, Jr., Missouri-St. Louis

^ extra member due to tie

* denotes number of years honored

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES

Josh Fronabarger, DU

Spencer Jury, UIS

Oliver Mast, UIndy

Aser Ruiz, LEWIS

Adam Bain, LWU

Will Holan, MU

Will Postlethwaite, MCK

Fatt Hoe Yong, S&T

Juan Antonio Padilla, UMSL

Patrick Ringwald, QU

Luke Brugman, RU

Zach Williams, USI

Stephen Radley, WJC

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD

Missouri S&T

GLVC Announces Women’s Golf Postseason Honors

INDIANAPOLIS – The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced Tuesday its 2021 All-Conference Women’s Golf team and major award winners. League-champion UIndy made up half of the All-GLVC squad, while Greyhounds head man Brent Nicoson was voted the GLVC Coach of the Year.

Per Conference policy, each of the top-five finishers at the GLVC Championships automatically earned an All-League nod, with the remaining five competitors and major award winners voted on by the 15 head coaches.

Junior Elyse Stasil, who placed sixth at the conference tournament, was among the five student-athletes to earn inclusion by way of coaches’ vote. She joins four teammates on the all-league list, including now five-time All-GLVC honoree Pilar Echeverria. Echeverria was the runner-up at the GLVC Championships, while Hunter Nugent placed third, Anna Kramer fourth and Cailyn Henderson fifth.

Meanwhile, Nicoson earned Coach of the Year for the sixth straight season and has been voted the league’s top mentor nine of the past 10 springs. The Greyhounds won their 11th straight GLVC championship last month and have now had five players on the All-GLVC team each year since 2017. Including last week’s DII East Regional, UIndy has won eight tournaments this season and are currently competiting at the NCAA DII Championships.

The league also recognized 15 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award nominees and the team award winner, Maryville. With Echeverria earning 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, which will be announced in May.

A complete list of All-GLVC performers and major postseason award winners can be found below.

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Emma Thorngren, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Linn Thornqvist, Missouri-St. Louis

GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR

Brent Nicoson, UIndy

ALL-GLVC TEAM

Jennifer Queller, Jr., Illinois Springfield

Pilar Echeverria, Gr., UIndy*****

Cailyn Henderson, Jr., UIndy***

Anna Kramer, Sr., UIndy**

Hunter Nugent, So., UIndy**

Elyse Stasil, Jr., UIndy*

Josefina Haupt, Gr., Lindenwood

Carmen Villaverde, Gr., Maryville

Emma Thorngren, Sr., Missouri-St. Louis

Linn Thornqvist, Fr., Missouri-St. Louis

*denotes number of years honored

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP NOMINEES

Serena Berrey, DU

Ocean Pangan, UIS

Pilar Echeverria, UIndy

Sarah Breslin, Lewis

Lacey Schierl, LWU

Brittany King, MU

Brooke Boatman, MCK

Karson Kimsey, S&T

Sophie Faulkner, UMSL

Ashlyn Sanders, QU

Emma Mullendore, RU

Brooke Moser, USI

Makenna Krysl, SBU

Katie Gastrau, TSU

Kelsi Schmitz, WJC

GLVC JAMES R. SPALDING SPORTSMANSHIP TEAM AWARD

Maryville

Maris, Dugan Earn All-Region Recognition

The Valpo soccer team had a pair of student-athletes receive All-Midwest Region honors as the United Soccer Coaches announced the regional awards on Tuesday afternoon. Senior defender Keegan Maris (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) earned Second Team All-Region accolades, while sophomore forward Kiley Dugan (Irwin, Pa./Penn-Trafford) garnered Third Team All-Region honors.

Maris received the All-Region accolade for her role in Valpo’s robust defensive effort this season. After not playing a competitive match in over two and a half years due to injury, Maris returned this spring and played every minute of every match at left back for the Brown and Gold — 1,379 total minutes over 14 matches. She helped anchor a defensive unit which surrendered just eight goals in 14 matches and posted seven clean sheets, including back-to-back shutouts in the first two rounds of the MVC Championship as Valpo advanced to the conference title match. Maris also contributed on the offensive end with an assist on Valpo’s opening goal in its win over Missouri State late in the regular season schedule, a victory which secured a key three points.

The All-Region award marks yet another addition to the trophy case for Maris from her final season in the Brown and Gold. The MVC Defensive Player of the Week in the season’s opening week this spring, Maris went on to be a First Team All-Conference honoree on the back line. Also a standout in the classroom, Maris was a member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and the recipient of the MVC’s Elite 17 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest GPA in the conference title match. Maris also claimed Valpo’s Laurel Award, presented to the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Dugan received All-Region honors for her work up front for the Brown and Gold this spring. Dugan was a stalwart on the attack for Valpo this year, playing 1,172 of 1,379 possible minutes — by far the most of any Valpo attacker. She played 80 or more minutes nine times over the season’s 14 matches as well. Dugan notched a key goal for the Brown and Gold in the 67th minute against Drake to equalize the match against the Bulldogs less than four minutes after Drake had taken the lead in an eventual draw. Dugan joined Maris as a First Team All-MVC honoree previously as well.

Maris becomes the first Valpo player to earn Second Team All-Region honors since 2014, while the Brown and Gold boasted a pair of All-Region recipients for the first time since 2015.

Softball Heads to MVC Championship

Valparaiso (5-34, 1-23 MVC)

at MVC Championship – Evansville, Ind. – May 12-15

Game #40 – vs. Indiana State (19-27, 12-15 MVC) – May 12 – 2 p.m.

Game #41 (with win) – vs. Bradley (19-21, 12-15 MVC) – May 13 – 1 p.m.

Game #42 (with win) – vs. Missouri State (25-16, 16-6 MVC) – May 13 – 7 p.m.

Game #43 (with win) – vs. UNI (30-17, 20-7 MVC) – May 14 – 2 p.m.

Game #44 (with win) – MVC Title Game – May 15 – 1 p.m.

Next Up in Valpo Softball: Valpo heads to the 2021 MVC Championship this week in Evansville, Ind. As the tenth seed, Valpo opens tournament play against seventh-seeded Indiana State on Wednesday afternoon . The Brown and Gold will have to win five games in a row in the single-elimination bracket to claim the tournament title.

Previously: Visiting Illinois State captured all three games of the final series of the regular season as the Redbirds clinched the MVC regular season title, as Valpo fell by scores of 6-0, 10-0 and 7-1.

Following Valpo Softball: Every game from the 2021 MVC Championship will be broadcast live on ESPN+, with R.C. McBride and Laura Leonard on the call. Live stats for all of Valpo’s tournament games will also be available via 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 119-191 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 Records: Indiana State – 5-15 overall, 3-7 since joining MVC, 0-3 this season

Bradley – 6-8 overall, 5-4 since joining MVC, 1-2 this season

Missouri State – 4-6 overall, 3-5 since joining MVC, 0-3 this season

UNI – 1-14 overall, 1-8 since joining MVC, 0-3 this season

Valpo In Conference Tournaments: In Coach Stake’s first five seasons at the helm of the Valpo program, the Brown and Gold own a 8-6 record in conference tournament play. In that stretch, Valpo is 6-5 as the lower seed and 2-1 as the higher seed. Notably, this is the fifth straight time Valpo has opened the conference tournament against a team which swept it in the regular season – in each of the previous four instances, Valpo has won its opener.

*2015 – Horizon League – 1-2 (W 7-1 vs. Wright State, L 1-0 vs. UIC, L 4-3 vs. Wright State)

*2016 – Horizon League – 4-0 (W 10-6 vs. Youngstown State, W 4-0 vs. Wright State,

W 1-0 at UIC, W 5-4 [8 innings] vs. Wright State)

*2017 – Horizon League – 1-2 (W 1-0 vs. Oakland, L 9-2 vs. Youngstown State, L 8-0 vs. Detroit)

2018 – MVC – 1-1 (W 3-2 vs. Indiana State, L 2-0 at Drake)

2019 – MVC – 1-1 (W 5-0 vs. Evansville, L 4-1 vs. Illinois State)

* – Horizon League Tournament is a double-elimination event

What’s Back and What’s New: Valpo returned 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 returned just 28.4% of last season’s innings pitched and 70 total collegiate innings entering the season. New to the team this year were eight freshmen – six position players and two pitchers.

Moeder Closes Season Strong: Junior Peyton Moeder closed out the season with a pair of strong series at the plate against a pair of top-division teams in Southern Illinois and Illinois State. Moeder went 5-for-8 in the three-game set at Southern Illinois, including a pair of multi-hit games, and then led Valpo with a trio of hits over the three games versus Illinois State. Over the last two weeks, Moeder is 8-for-17 (.471) at the plate and has three multi-hit games to raise her season total to a team-best 10 multi-hit games.

Leading the Way: Moeder’s strong last couple weeks has her atop the team rankings with a .281 batting average. The junior also paced Valpo in batting average in the truncated 2020 campaign as well. Should she end this year leading the team in batting average, Moeder would become the first Valpo player to lead the program in average in consecutive seasons since Kaitlyn Ranieri in 2014 and 2015.

Nearly Flawless: Save for a lone error in late April at Loyola, senior Addi Burke has been flawless fielding her second base position this year. Burke enters the MVC Championship with a .993 fielding percentage (69-70-1), one of just two middle infielders in the conference with a fielding percentage above .990. She ranks 12th in the MVC in assists, while her fielding percentage is poised to crack Valpo’s single-season top-10 as well. Going back over her four-year career, after committing an error in her first career attempt at second base as a freshman, Burke has committed just one error (82-79-1) in her last 160 chances at the position.

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.

Academic Excellence: The success of the Valpo student-athletes in the classroom has been impressive, especially given the challenging circumstances of learning over the past year-plus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 11 of Valpo’s 12 student-athletes who are in their second year of college or later entered this semester with a 3.1 cumulative GPA or better, including five players with GPAs of 3.8 or better – highlighted by junior Maddie Henry carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA as an English and political science double major. Meanwhile, the rookies have gotten the job done in the classroom as well, as seven of Valpo’s eight freshmen posted a first-semester GPA of 3.1 or better – including four who finished their first semester with at least a 3.8.

Jake Schrand named #HLBASE Pitcher of the Week

For the second time this season, Wright State’s Jake Schrand has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, the League office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Schrand struck out nine Milwaukee batters in a seven inning complete game win on Friday afternoon to pick up his fifth win of the season. Schrand scattered six hits and did not walk a batter while not allowing a run. His most impressive inning came early on in the second frame. After back-to-back hits to open the inning put Milwaukee runners on second and third with no outs, Schrand struck out the side, including a pair looking, to get out of the jam and leave the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the second, when the Raiders would find the scoreboard.

The Raiders clinched the Horizon League regular season title last weekend and close out their regular season schedule this weekend with a four-game series against Oakland at Nischwitz Stadium beginning on Friday afternoon. Wright State will host the 2021 Horizon League Championship at The Nisch from May 27-29.

Flyers’ Duo Honored On All-Region Teams

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United Soccer Coaches organization announced their regional men’s soccer teams and recognized two University of Dayton student-athletes for their accomplishments this season.

Senior midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg received First Team All-Southeast Region honors while junior midfielder Kingsford Adjei was named Second Team All-Southeast Region. Both players were one of six student-athletes on their respective teams from the Atlantic 10.

Fjeldberg earned A-10 Offensive Player of the Year accolades for the second straight season and picked up First Team All-Conference as well.

Adjei also repeated as A-10 Midfielder of the Year and was named First Team. He tied Fjeldberg with five goals and four assists, which led Dayton in their nine games this year.

The Flyers won the 2020-21 A-10 regular season title after going 4-1-1 in league play and earning the top seed in the conference tournament.

For more information regarding the Dayton men’s soccer program, check back at DaytonFlyers.com.

Mercer & Schoenle Earn AAC Weekly Honors

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati baseball players Jace Mercer and Garrett Schoenle were tabbed for the weekly American Athletic Conference Honor Roll, the league office announced Monday.

Cincinnati took three of four games at Houston last weekend, finishing off an eight-game road trip with a 5-3 mark.

Mercer hit .556 for the week, slugged .833 and racked up 10 hits, including five doubles along with four runs scored and two walks. He has hit .429 in AAC play, racking up team bests with 42 hits, nine doubles and 12 stolen bases.

Schoenle pitched his first career complete game in the series opener last Friday, going the distance in a 7-2 win over the Cougars. He (5-2) tossed a career-high 127 pitches, carrying the shutout into the ninth inning where he surrendered a pair of runs. The senior gave up 10 hits, struck out three – a season low – with a pair of walks. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth as the Cougars stranded nine.

It was the first nine-inning complete game for a Bearcats hurler since. J.T. Perez against No. 24 UConn on April 20, 2018. Zach Segal, UC’s starter in game two of the series, threw a seven-inning complete game at UC Baseball Stadium two weeks ago

UP NEXT

Cincinnati (24-21, 13-11 AAC) welcomes No. 10 East Carolina for a four-game series at UC Baseball Stadium starting with a Friday doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET. The teams are also slated to meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

OHIO STATE SCORES EARLY IN 5-1 WIN AT PURDUE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State (18-14) scored three times in the bottom of the second inning on a bases-clearing triple by third baseman Nick Erwin to propel the Buckeyes to a 5-1 win over Purdue (11-21) in West Lafayette, Indiana, Tuesday.

The Buckeyes loaded the bases to start the second inning on a walk and back-to-back singles before Erwin recorded his 25th hit, third triple and 13th RBI on the year.

A Connor Pohl single in the seventh plated a pair of Buckeyes after Purdue walked the bases full. The two RBI knock gave Ohio State the 5-1 lead.

Ohio State starting pitcher Garrett Burhenn (5-2) threw six-innings to earn the win. He allowed five hits and one run while striking out six and walking four.

Ohio State managed five hits off eight Purdue pitchers. The Boilers left 11 on base in the loss.

The Buckeyes return to action at Bill Davis Stadium Friday vs. Michigan State. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m.

Musketeers Wrap Up Day Two Action at NCAA Louisville Regional

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. – Xavier women’s golf wrapped up day two action at the NCAA Louisville Regional on Tuesday evening. The three-day tournament is being held at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky.

Xavier posted a score of 299 (+11) on Tuesday. The Musketeers rank 16th with a 36-hole total of 605 (+29).

Florida State lads the 18-team field with a 36-hole total of 577 (+1). North Florida’s Christin Eisenbeiss leads all individuals with a score of 138 (-6).

Day three action gets underway on Wednesday morning at 9:50 a.m.

MARIAN FOOTBALL RELEASES 2021 SCHEDULE

INDIANAPOLIS – Coming off of a 5-2 record and their third consecutive trip to the NAIA Playoffs, the Marian football team has announced their schedule for the 2021 season. The Knights will play nine regular season games in the fall of 2021.

Game 1 | at Madonna | 9.11 | 1 p.m.

Marian will open their 2021 season on the road, traveling to Madonna, who is the newest member of the MSFA-Mideast Division. This will be the first meeting in program history, after the initial meeting this spring was canceled and ruled a Madonna forfeit.

Game 2 | at St. Francis (Illinois) | 9.18 | 1 p.m.

The Knights will stay on the road for their second game of the season, traveling to Joliet, Ill. for a matchup with the Fighting Saints. Marian is 6-1 all-time against St. Francis, having last played in 2016 in the greater Chicago area. Marian won the 2016 matchup 63-14, with Krishawn Hogan scoring three touchdowns while Ethan Darter threw for a career-high 378 yards.

Game 3 | HOME vs Missouri Baptist | 9.25 | 1:05 p.m. | FAMILY WEEKEND

The Knights will open at home against Missouri Baptist on the final Saturday in September, taking on the Spartans in their final non-conference matchup. Marian is 4-0 all-time in the series, having last played at St. Vincent Field on November 4, 2017. Marian’s matchup will also be involved in the annual Family Weekend at Marian University, which with events lasting throughout the weekend.

Game 4 | at Taylor | 10.2 | 1 p.m.

Marian will return to the road to take on Taylor in their second MSFA Mideast game of the season, taking an 11-game win streak against the Trojans to Upland, Ind. Marian won their 2020-21 matchup against Taylor 37-14, and last visited Upland on November 2, 2019.

Game 5 | at Indiana Wesleyan | 10.9 | 1 p.m.

The Knights will extend their stay in Grant County for one additional weekend, taking on the rising Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats in Marion, Ind. The Knights are 2-0 all-time in the short series, winning a scrappy game in March by a score of 23-14. The Knights were gifted by a late TJ Comer interception and Merrick Strykowski field goal that iced the game away earlier this spring.

Game 6 | HOME vs St. Francis (Indiana) | 10.16 | 6:05 p.m.

Marian comes home for their lone night game of the season, taking on St. Francis in a Franciscan Bowl clash at St. Vincent Field. Marian has retained the Franciscan Bowl trophy for three straight seasons, winning the 2020-21 matchup 41-34. Johnny William broke Marian’s all-time career receiving touchdown record in the April contest, while Daylen Taylor ran for over 100 yards in his second career game. The Knights are 9-7 all-time against the Cougars.

Game 7 | HOME vs Concordia | 10.23 | 1:05 p.m. | HOMECOMING

Marian will host Concordia in their 2021 homecoming game, welcoming the Cardinals to St. Vincent Field for the third time in four seasons. Marian is 8-2 all-time against the Cardinals, and will look to avenge their only loss of the 2020-21 regular season when the two sides meet.

Game 8 | at Siena Heights | 11.6 | 1 p.m.

After a bye week, the Knights will take to the road for the final time of the season, heading to Michigan to take on Siena Heights. The Saints gave Marian a game in their last meeting during the 2019 season. Marian holds an 8-0 record all-time against Siena Heights after their spring matchup was canceled, and will look for their third straight win in the series at Adrian, Mich. The last time the two sides met, Marian won by a score of 21-7.

Game 9 | HOME vs Lawrence Tech | 11.13 | 1:05 p.m.

Marian will host Lawrence Tech for the second time in three seasons, ending the regular season at home against the Blue Devils. Marian won the first meeting in the series in 2019 by a score of 46-0.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

(INDIANS RELEASE)

Craig’s Two-Homer Day Leads Indians In Home Opener Win

By Anna Kayser

The Indianapolis Indians lineup began the game with fireworks and never let up on Tuesday night for Victory Field’s home opener, launching two home runs in the first inning and four total on the evening to oust the Toledo Mud Hens, 4-3.

First baseman Will Craig recorded his first two-home run game since July 20, 2018 (1), hitting his first as part of a dual homer frame to open the game and another to score the winning Indianapolis run in the seventh inning. He was joined in the home run fun by Travis Swaggerty, who opened the game with his second leadoff home run of the season (also: May 4 at Iowa), and Andrew Susac.

Indianapolis (3-3) had its early 2-0 erased by Toledo in the third inning following a leadoff triple off the bat of Cole Peterson. Susac then hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to give Indianapolis it’s second lead of the night, 3-2.

The Mud Hens (2-4) offense put together one run in the top of the seventh off Indians pitcher Sean Poppen (W, 1-0) in relief of starter Chase De Jong to tie the game at 3-3. In the final two innings, Nick Mears and Jandel Gustave (S, 3) combined to hold Toledo to one hit.

RHP Matt Manning got the start for the Mud Hens and allowed three of the Indians home runs in 6.0 innings while striking out seven. In his 1.0 inning of work, reliever Wladimir Pinto (L, 0-1) surrendered Craig’s second home run of the night to left field. The Indians offense only recorded four hits on the night, all four of them via the long ball.

Indianapolis and Toledo meet again for the first Wednesday day game at Victory Field. RHP Beau Sulser (0-0, 6.75) is set to take the mound for Indianapolis vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (0-0, 4.50). First pitch is at 1:35 PM ET.

INDY FUEL

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CHARLESTON – Playing their first of two games against the South Carolina Stingrays, the Indy Fuel visited the North Charleston Coliseum for the first time this season. Indy would score the first goal of the game only to give up three unanswered goals in a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night. 

After trading chances through the first couple of minutes of the game, Jared Thomas would give the Fuel the 1-0 lead after he tucked home a cross-ice pass from Nic Pierog. South Carolina would respond less than 20 seconds later when Tim Harrison jumped on a loose puck and fired it over the shoulder of Dan Bakala, tying the teams 1-1. The Fuel would outshoot the Stingrays 15-7 through the first 20 minutes but both teams would go to the locker room tied 1-1. 

Earning a power play midway through the second period, Indy would turn over a puck at their own blue line leading to a Stingrays odd-man rush. Dylan Steman would jump on the Fuel turnover and put home his own rebound to give South Carolina a 2-1 lead. Neither team would score in the remaining nine minutes, sending the Stingrays into the locker room leading 2-1. 

Although earning an early power play in the third period, Indy would be unable to put the puck past Alex Dubeau. South Carolina would earn a power play of their own just past the mid-point of the period when Antoine Waked took a roughing penalty. Stingrays captain Andrew Cherniwchan would give his team a two goal lead after picking up a rebound and backhanding it past Dan Bakala. Indy would pull Dan Bakala in an attempt to tie the game but they wouldn’t be able to score with the extra attacker, falling 3-1. 

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1884     Umpire Van Cort infuriates the visiting Detroit Wolverines when he calls their batter out on a third-strike foul tip in a National League contest played at the South End Grounds. Mike Hines, the Beaneaters’ backstop, clearly did not catch the strike three because the ball becomes wedged in his catcher’s mask.

1910     Issuing just one walk, which spoils his bid for a perfect game, A’s right-hander Chief Bender, who is part Chippewa, throws a 4-0 no-hitter at Shibe Park against the Cleveland Naps (Indians). The home plate umpire is Bill Dinneen, who tossed a no-hit game against the White Sox playing with the Pilgrims (Red Sox) in 1905, making him the only person in big league history to both throw a no-hitter and call one as an umpire.

1915     White Sox hurler Red Faber hurls only 67 pitches in his complete-game 4-1 victory over the Senators. The future Hall of Fame right-hander keeps his pitch count by needing to throw just three pitches to retire the side in both the third and fifth innings.

1937     At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ducky Medwick hits two home runs and two doubles. The Cardinal outfielder’s 12 total bases contribute to the Redbirds’ 15-3 rout over the Phillies.

1941     After five undistinguished seasons of being called the Bees, the National League club in Boston reverts to its original name. New owners of the Braves had hoped to change the team’s image by renaming the franchise.

1948     On WBZ-TV, the first Red Sox game ever televised from Fenway becomes must-see TV when Boston scores three times in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 6-5 walk-off victory. After the White Sox had tallied two runs in the top of the frame to break the 3-3 deadlock, Bobby Doerr’s three-run home run dramatically ends the contest.

1950     Ted Williams apologizes to Red Sox fans for the ‘insulting’ gestures he made after being booed by the Fenway Faithful for allowing the eventual winning run to score on his second error of yesterday’s game. In response to the patrons’ vocal displeasure, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ had bowed three times to various sections of the Boston ballpark and made an obscene gesture with his finger.

1955     After Sam ‘Toothpick’ Jones walks the bases full in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs right-hander whiffs Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente, and Frank Thomas to preserve his 4-0 no-hitter against the Pirates. Unfortunately, only 2,918 fans are on hand at Wrigley Field to witness the first no-hitter ever thrown by a black player and the ninth rookie to throw a hitless game.

1956     At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory. The right-handed ‘Oisk’ also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.

1956     Don Ferrarese gets his first major league victory, blanking the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. The Orioles rookie southpaw loses a no-hitter when Andy Carey leads off the ninth inning with a single.

1958     In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ second round-tripper, a fifth-inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam ever hit by a San Francisco Giant.

1962     Craig Anderson, who will not win another major league game, dropping his next 19 decisions that include 16 this season, gets credit for the wins in both ends of a twin bill when the 5-17 Mets beat the Braves at the Polo Grounds, 3-2 and 8-7. The victories account for the first doubleheader sweep in franchise history and mark the first time a major league team has accomplished the feat with two walk-off homers, thanks to the ninth-inning heroics of Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges.

1966     The first game ever played at Busch Memorial Stadium is an extra-inning affair. Lou Brock drives in the winning run with a 12th-inning single, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Braves.

1968     Luis Tiant improves his record to 5-2 when he tosses his fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Orioles in the first game of a twin bill at Memorial Stadium, 2-0. ‘El Tiante,’ finishing the season with a 21-9 record, will post a league-leading 1.60 ERA in 34 appearances for the Tribe.

1968     The Mets play their 1000th game in franchise history, losing to Chicago at Wrigley Field in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3. The Amazins have compiled a 332-664 record along with four games that ended in a tie during the span, but start their next 1000 games of matchups with a resounding 10-0 rout of the Cubs in the nightcap.

1970     At Wrigley Field, only 5,264 fans are in attendance to see Ernie Banks hit his 500th career home run, but on hand to witness the historic home run is Frank Secory, one of the umpires of the 1953 contest in which Mr. Cub hit his first round-tripper. The second-inning line drive, hit off Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis into the left-field bleachers, bounces back onto the field and is given to the Cub first baseman by Atlanta outfielder Rico Carty.

1971     After taking himself out of the game in the top of the seventh inning, Carl Taylor goes into the clubhouse in Baltimore and sets fire to his baseball equipment and uniform in front of his locker. The soon-to-be suspended 27 year-old Royals’ outfielder, told manager Bob Lemon earlier to get a new left fielder because he was not helping the team or himself.

1972     In a contest that takes five hours and 47 minutes to complete, the Brewers beat the hometown Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, 4-3. Mike Ferraro singles off Bert Blyleven to plate Ron Theobald with the decisive run in the top of the 22nd inning.

1974     In a 4-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Bronx native Ed Kranepool collects his 1000th major league hit. The James Monroe High School graduate will play his entire 18-year career with the Mets, retiring as the all-time franchise leader with 1,418 hits.

1978     At Royals Stadium, a potential game-ending routine flyball to right center becomes an Amos Otis walk-off inside-the-park homer when Reggie Jackson and Mickey Rivers collide in the outfield. The misplay turns a sure Goose Gossage save into a devastating loss for the World Champions Bronx Bombers.

1979     Bill Murray, anchorman on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update reports 42 year-old Chico Escuela (a fictional baseball player portrayed by Garrett Morris) has informed the Mets that he is quitting baseball. Although “baizabol be berry berry good to him,” a crushing blow off the bat of Dodger first baseman Steve Garvey into the Dominican’s infielder’s crotch ends an inspiring comeback.

1990     Blanking the Dodgers at Shea Stadium, 7-0, Frank Viola gets his seventh consecutive win from the start of the season. The Mets southpaw sets a franchise record of nine straight victories, dating back to his past two decisions last season.

1996     Jerry Goff, playing in his first game of the season, ties a modern major league record when he allows six passed balls in the Astros’ 7-6 loss to the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The 32 year-old Houston backup backstop, filling in for starter Rick Wilkins, who caught all 13 frames of yesterday’s extra-inning loss to Montreal, equals the dubious mark for misplaying six pitches in one game shared by Harry Vickers (1902 Reds) and Geno Petralli (1987 Rangers).

1997     In a Jet magazine article, Frank Thomas, “hurt” and “embarrassed” by the portions of his ESPN interview that ABC’s “Nightline” used in their segment about Jackie Robinson, says the piece misrepresented his remarks. The White Sox All-Star was shown saying that he rarely thinks about Robinson’s efforts in breaking down baseball’s color barrier.

1998     The Padres’ home game streak, which started in April of 1983 without a rainout, ends in a scheduled contest against the team, the Mets, that is leading the major leagues with eight washouts already this season. A game in San Diego hadn’t been rained out in the previous 15 years, covering a total of 1,184 games.

1998     Mark Grace is the first player to have his home run ball land in the swimming pool, which is located 415 feet from home plate just behind the right-center field fence of the new Bank One Ballpark. The Cubs’ first baseman, who will become a fan favorite in Arizona after signing as a free agent with the club in 2000, will not accomplish the feat again during his three seasons of playing in the desert.

2000     Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston’s Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.

2000     John Wetteland, in a less-than-spectacular outing, earns his 300th save when he allows five hits and gives up three runs in 1.1 innings of work in the Rangers’ 13-11 victory over the Angels at Edison Field. The right-handed hurler, who will end his career with 330 saves, becomes the 12th reliever in history to reach the milestone.

2001     Baseball is ordered by an arbitrator Alan Symonette to reinstate nine of the 22 ‘resigning’ umpires released two years ago and must give them back pay for missed time. The order also states veteran umpires Frank Pulli and Terry Tata do not need to retire after the season as previously planned.

2001     Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter to become the all-time Blue Jay career leader in round-trippers. The first baseman hits his 204th home run in a Toronto uniform in a 7-2 loss to Seattle at the SkyDome.

2001     At Qualcomm Stadium, Marlin right-hander A.J. Burnett no-hits the Padres, 3-0, in a game in which every opposing regular batter he faces reaches base. Although no Friars reach base with a hit, San Diego has plenty of opportunities when the 24 year-old North Little Rock (AK) native throws 129 pitches, issuing a record nine walks and hitting one batter in the hitless gem.

2004     As the Minute Maid Ballpark crowd responds with a standing ovation, former Iraqi hostage Thomas Hamill throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Astros’ game against Miami. The 44 year-old Houston-based Halliburton subsidiary KBR employee, who escaped after being wounded and captured during an attack on his convoy, throws a strike despite wearing a cast on his throwing arm.

2004     In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big-league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA’s lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball, watching the increasing total displayed on the scoreboard.

2007     Angels’ right-hander Bartolo Colon wins his 12th straight decision against the Rangers as a starter to tie a major league mark. Pedro Martinez, who accomplished the feat facing Seattle from 1998-2004 pitching for the Red Sox, is the only other hurler to win a dozen consecutive starts against an opponent.

2008     In the nightcap of a twin bill against the Blue Jays, Asdrubal Cabrera completes the 14th unassisted triple play in major league history. The Indians second baseman catches Lyle Overbay’s line drive, then steps on second to force out Kevin Mench, and gets the third out tagging Marco Scutaro, the runner from first base.

2008     Buster Posey, who starts the game as the catcher, eventually plays all nine positions for the Florida State Seminoles in a 10-0 victory over Savannah State. The future Giants’ Rookie of the Year, plays every infield position from the second to the fifth inning, then moves to left field to begin the sixth before shifting to center with two outs, strikes out both hitters that he faces in the seventh before becoming the right-fielder for the final out of the frame.

2009     In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases that also included the swiping of second and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to achieve the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies’ right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).

2013     The Cubs and Anthony Rizzo agree to a $41 million, seven-year contract in a deal that could reach $68 million over nine seasons. In January of 2012, Chicago acquired the 23 year-old first baseman and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Cates from the Padres in exchange for right-handed starter Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

2014     Yankee right fielder Alfonso Soriano becomes only the seventh player to collect a thousand hits in both leagues when he singles off Mets starter Bartolo Colon in the bottom of the second inning of the team’s 9-7 loss at the Bronx ballpark. The 38 year-old Dominican outfielder, who is also the first major leaguer to record 100 HRs, 500 RBIs, 500 runs, and 100 RBIs in each circuit, joins Frank Robinson, Dave Winfield, Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera, and Carlos Lee in reaching the milestone.

2015     Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining Mark McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have traveled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins’ 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine.

1951 WORLD SERIES

The ’51 season has been referred to by some as “The Season of Change” as it witnessed the departure of several of the games veteran superstars and the introduction of a new generation of talent. Many of the games biggest names from the previous two decades were nearing the end of their careers and the empty spaces on the line-up cards would need to be filled by players of the same caliber. Luckily for the managers (and the fans), there was no shortage of up-and-coming talent in the various farm systems around the league. Several new rookies on the scene included a young switch-hitter named Mickey Mantle and a phenomenal fielder named Willie Mays. The nineteen year-old Mantle was called up to the big leagues from the Yankees Kansas City franchise and hit thirteen home runs in ninety-six games. Mays had been called up in late May by the Giants from their Minneapolis team (where he was batting .477) and the twenty-year old responded with twenty homers of his own. It seems fitting that in their first year of professional play, both future Hall of Famers found themselves competing against one another in the biggest game of the year; the 1951 World Series.

The Giants had steamrolled their way to the Fall Classic and were determined to dethrone their world champion, cross-town rivals. Manager Leo Durocher’s team had rallied to win the National League pennant after trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13½ games. Beginning August 12, the Giants won sixteen consecutive outings and thirty-seven of their last forty-four to forge a tie for the top of the National League with Brooklyn. They went on to beat the Dodgers in a best-of-three playoff, ending with the infamous Thomson three-run homer off Ralph Branca that gave the Giants a 5-4 victory in the third game at the Polo Grounds. With Brooklyn out of the way, the Bronx was next and the Giants wanted to prove that the last team standing was truly “New York’s baseball team”.

Things continued to go the Giants way as they went on to shock the Yankees in a 5-1 Series opening triumph. Dave Koslo held the Yankees to just seven-hits and Alvin Dark came up big with a three-run homer. Monte Irvin was the game’s “MVP” though with three singles, a triple and the first Series steal of home plate since the Yankees’ Bob Meusel snatched the bag in 1928. Eddie Lopat got his team back in the running in Game 2 while pitching a five-hitter and adding a run-scoring single in the 3-1 victory. However, the biggest play of Game 2 involved a devastating injury that would haunt the New York Yankees for years to come. Willie Mays had led off the top of the fifth with a high shot to right-center in what was to be an easy fly-out. Centerfielder Joe DiMaggio prepared to make the catch while Mickey Mantle followed from rightfield in pursuit. According to several sources, Yankees manager Casey Stengel had instructed Mantle earlier to “take everything he could get” as ” Joe D” was in the twilight of his career. The nineteen-year old speedster pulled up at the last second as DiMaggio made the play and caught his foot on the wooden cover of a drainage outlet. His knee buckled forcing him out of the Series and instigating the start of several leg problems that would haunt Mantle for the rest of his eighteen-season career.

Game 3 remained anyone’s for 4½ innings as the Giants held on to a slim 1-0 lead. All that would change though as the National League champs would capitalize on a crucial error by their American League rivals. With one out in the fifth, Eddie Starky managed to coax a walk off of Series veteran Vic Raschi. The Yankees, thinking the Giants were about to play a “hit-and-run”, “run-and-hit” or “straight steal”, called for a “pitchout” and catcher Yogi Berra responded with a perfect throw to shortstop Phil Rizzuto in plenty of time to catch Stanky. However, the determined veteran kicked the ball out of Rizzuto’s hand on the slide and scrambled up and onto third. Instead of two out and nobody on, Stanky was standing firm on third with only one out. Dark scored him in on his next single and Whitey Lockman delivered the final blow, a three-run homer for the 6-2 victory at the Polo Grounds.

With a two-games-to-one lead in the Series and Games 4 and 5 also at home, the Giants were in a favorable position. Their momentum was slightly stalled though as Game 4 was postponed for a single day due to rain. The inclement weather had allowed the Yankees to rest Game 1 loser Allie Reynolds and the “Bomber’s” ace responded the following day with a clutch, 6-2 win over the Giants’ Sal Maglie. “Joe D” added his eighth (and final) World Series homer and the Yanks were back in business. The victory by Reynolds inspired his fellow pinstripes and they went on to crush the Giants 13-1 in a Game 5 massacre. Yankees utility infielder Gil McDougald, who alternated between second and third for Stengel’s club, nailed a bases-loaded homerun in the third off Larry Jansen. The rocket, which broke a 1-1 tie, was only the third World Series grand-slam (Cleveland’s Elmer Smith in 1920 and the Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri in 1936).

Game 6 was a real nail-biter as both teams went head-to-head for over five innings. With the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, Yankees outfielder Hank Bauer stepped up to the plate against Dave Koslo attempting to break through the 1-1 tie. For Bauer, it was the perfect opportunity to shake off his World Series despair. In thirty-eight previous at-bats in the Fall Classic, Bauer had collected only five hits (all singles), a .132 Series batting average and only one RBI in postseason play. This time the former United States Marine came through with “flying colors” with a bases-clearing triple. Then in the ninth, after the Giants closed within one and had the potential tying run in scoring position, a racing Bauer made a sensational 4-3 game-winning catch on a hit by pinch-hitter Sal Yvars.

Once again, the Yankees had ended the Giants “Cinderella” season and although the Series was nothing compared to the National League playoff in terms of memorable moments (“The Giants Win The Pennant!”), it was a sweet ending for some and a new beginning for others; Game 6 marked the final Major League game for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, who was headed for retirement at age thirty-six, Mantle would appear in eleven more World Series, and Mays would compete in the Fall Classic three more times. The Yankees were now 14-4 in World Series appearances and 1951 marked the start of what would become their second dynasty.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston2215.59510 – 1012 – 510 – 57 – 43 – 65 – 5L 2
NY Yankees1916.543211 – 98 – 78 – 126 – 12 – 18 – 2W 3
Toronto1816.5292.57 – 411 – 127 – 41 – 35 – 86 – 4W 1
Tampa Bay1918.51437 – 1112 – 76 – 72 – 19 – 96 – 4L 1
Baltimore1620.4445.55 – 1311 – 77 – 100 – 08 – 84 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2013.60610 – 610 – 72 – 211 – 66 – 47 – 3W 4
Cleveland1914.57619 – 710 – 71 – 315 – 80 – 08 – 2W 2
Kansas City1618.4714.58 – 128 – 64 – 37 – 124 – 21 – 9L 9
Minnesota1221.36486 – 116 – 101 – 36 – 62 – 94 – 6L 2
Detroit1124.314106 – 105 – 141 – 56 – 133 – 43 – 7W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland2215.59513 – 119 – 410 – 87 – 02 – 56 – 4W 1
Houston1917.5282.510 – 99 – 85 – 40 – 314 – 85 – 5W 1
Seattle1818.5003.59 – 89 – 106 – 53 – 36 – 74 – 6L 3
Texas1820.4744.59 – 109 – 109 – 54 – 65 – 46 – 4L 2
LA Angels1619.45758 – 98 – 102 – 55 – 37 – 103 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets1713.56710 – 47 – 99 – 52 – 55 – 18 – 2W 6
Philadelphia1917.528113 – 66 – 119 – 108 – 32 – 46 – 4W 1
Atlanta1718.4862.59 – 98 – 910 – 95 – 21 – 25 – 5L 1
Miami1520.4294.58 – 97 – 114 – 53 – 66 – 64 – 6L 4
Washington1318.4194.58 – 95 – 95 – 84 – 22 – 54 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2214.61112 – 810 – 610 – 109 – 43 – 08 – 2W 4
Milwaukee1917.52838 – 911 – 83 – 79 – 76 – 13 – 7L 1
Chi Cubs1718.4864.513 – 84 – 105 – 59 – 123 – 06 – 4L 2
Cincinnati1617.4854.510 – 76 – 100 – 08 – 64 – 85 – 5L 1
Pittsburgh1520.4296.56 – 89 – 120 – 07 – 133 – 43 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco2214.61114 – 48 – 106 – 42 – 111 – 76 – 4W 2
San Diego2016.55629 – 1011 – 60 – 04 – 613 – 106 – 4W 2
LA Dodgers1917.52839 – 510 – 123 – 02 – 89 – 53 – 7W 1
Arizona1719.47258 – 59 – 146 – 95 – 16 – 73 – 7W 2
Colorado1223.3439.510 – 92 – 143 – 30 – 37 – 173 – 7L 4

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 x-Philadelphia4722.68127-720-1510-229-108-21 L
2 x-Brooklyn4524.6522.025-820-168-424-166-42 W
3 xy-Milwaukee4425.6383.025-1019-1510-028-117-31 W
4 x-Miami3831.5519.020-1518-166-622-177-33 W
Atlanta3831.5519.022-1116-207-322-186-41 W
New York3831.5519.022-1116-203-823-176-41 L
Boston3534.50712.021-1514-194-720-203-73 L
Charlotte3336.47814.018-1715-198-320-204-62 L
Indiana3336.47814.013-2120-157-419-215-52 W
10 Washington3237.46415.017-1715-202-814-256-41 L
11 Chicago2940.42018.013-2116-196-519-204-61 L
12 Toronto2742.39120.016-1911-234-817-232-84 L
13 Orlando2148.30426.011-2510-234-713-263-74 L
14 Cleveland2148.30426.012-239-254-815-240-1011 L
15 Detroit2050.28627.513-217-291-1112-292-83 L
 
Western Conference
 WLPctConf GBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
1 xy-Utah5019.72531-419-156-426-136-41 L
2 x-Phoenix4821.6962.026-922-127-527-126-42 L
3 x-LA Clippers4623.6674.026-1020-139-327-136-41 W
4 x-Denver4524.6525.025-1120-138-225-157-31 W
Portland4029.58010.019-1621-134-621-188-24 W
Dallas4029.58010.019-1521-146-520-207-31 L
LA Lakers3930.56511.020-1519-154-823-174-62 W
Golden State3733.52913.523-1114-225-723-177-34 W
Memphis3633.52214.016-1820-156-617-225-53 W
10 San Antonio3335.48516.514-2019-156-617-234-61 W
11 New Orleans3138.44919.018-1713-216-518-215-51 L
12 Sacramento3138.44919.016-1915-195-718-217-32 W
13 Minnesota2247.31928.012-2110-265-614-266-42 W
14 Oklahoma City2149.30029.59-2512-243-811-291-98 L
15 Houston1653.23234.08-278-265-710-301-96 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Pittsburgh Penguins5637163773419615622-4-215-12-18-2-0
x-Washington Capitals5636155773319116317-8-319-7-27-2-1
x-Boston Bruins5633167732916813618-7-315-9-46-3-1
x-New York Islanders5632177712815612821-4-311-13-43-4-3
New York Rangers5627236602617715714-11-313-12-34-6-0
Philadelphia Flyers5625238582216320112-12-413-11-44-5-1
New Jersey Devils561930745191451947-18-312-12-45-4-1
Buffalo Sabres561534737111381998-16-47-18-33-7-0
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
x-Vegas Golden Knights5539142803818512421-5-218-9-07-3-0
x-Colorado Avalanche5437134783718613220-4-217-9-26-4-0
x-Minnesota Wild5435145753417814921-5-214-9-37-1-2
x-St. Louis Blues5425209592315816710-11-515-9-46-1-3
Arizona Coyotes5624266542115317612-12-412-14-24-5-1
Los Angeles Kings542126749201421599-14-512-12-24-5-1
San Jose Sharks5521277491615119311-12-410-15-33-5-2
Anaheim Ducks561730943151261796-18-411-12-53-5-2
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Toronto Maple Leafs5435136763418214018-7-317-6-37-1-2
x-Edmonton Oilers5434182703417814716-11-018-7-27-3-0
x-Winnipeg Jets5529233612916615212-13-217-10-12-8-0
x-Montreal Canadiens55242110582315616413-11-311-10-74-5-1
Calgary Flames5223263492213814913-12-110-14-25-5-0
Ottawa Senators5522285492015318713-10-49-18-17-2-1
Vancouver Canucks5121273451813516912-12-29-15-12-8-0
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
xy-Carolina Hurricanes5636128803217913620-3-516-9-35-2-3
x-Florida Panthers5637145793618915320-5-317-9-28-2-0
x-Tampa Bay Lightning5636173753518114721-7-015-10-36-3-1
x-Nashville Predators5631232642615615418-10-013-13-27-2-1
Dallas Stars56231914602115815413-7-810-12-64-4-2
Chicago Blackhawks5624257552216118613-11-411-14-33-5-2
Detroit Red Wings56192710481712717112-11-57-16-53-3-4
Columbus Blue Jackets56182612481513718711-9-87-17-43-4-3

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
Sporting KC311145-10-1-01-0-14
Colorado311123-10-0-11-1-04
Portland310236-31-0-00-0-23
Minnesota300317-60-0-20-0-10