MLB Schedule – March 31st

Rays at Phillies

Red Sox at Nationals

Pirates at Blue Jays

Royals at Rangers

Rockies at Mariners

Dodgers at Angels

Cubs at Astros

Tigers at Marlins

Yankees at Braves

White Sox at Brewers

Indians at Diamondbacks

Athletics at Giants

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Ball State Baseball Cardinals Wrap Up Home Stand Versus Ohio

Game #26 – Ohio at Ball State
Friday, March 31, 3 p.m.
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Game #27 – Ohio at Ball State
Saturday, April 1, 1 p.m.
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Game #28 – Ohio at Ball State
Sunday, April 2, 1 p.m.
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Projected Starting Pitchers
Friday – BJ Butler, RHP (2-3, 1.31 ERA, 36 Ks)

Saturday – Evan Marquardt, RHP (1-3, 3.60 ERA, 28 Ks)

Sunday – Kevin Marnon, LHP (2-3, 3.77, 29 Ks)

 

Around the Horn
Opening Pitch: Both teams are looking to get that winning feeling back in their dugout. Ball State and Ohio have each lost five straight games heading into Friday’s series opener.

 

Since scoring 10 runs at Dayton on March 19, Ball State has been held to an average of 3.8 runs per game over its last five contests.

 

In the same span on the pitching front, Ball State’s team ERA has jumped nearly a run, from 2.76 to 3.67.

 

Series History: In a scheduling quirk, this is the third consecutive series between the two teams to be played in Muncie. The Cardinals took two of three games against the Bobcats in 2016 and scored 43 runs in the series.

 

Senior C/1B Caleb Stayton hit .454 against Ohio with two home runs and seven RBIs in the 2016 series. One of his home runs was a grand slam.

 

Ohio leads the all-time series, 60-46.

 

Seth Freed Heating Up: Newcomer Seth Freed hit his first home run as a Cardinal in Sunday’s game against Kent State. He also tallied a triple and scored twice in the 9-4 loss. The infielder is hitting .450 over his last six games with four RBIs and four runs scored.

 

Going Streaking: Sophomore OF Roman Baisa enters the weekend riding an eight-game hitting streak. He finished with a hit and three walks on Tuesday against Butler. Meanwhile, junior INF Seth Freed has reached base in 10 straight contests.

 

Battle on the Mound: Ball State and Ohio have the two team ERAs in the MAC. Ohio leads the league with a 3.53 ERA while Ball State ranks second at 3.67.

 

Scoring Early Equals Wins: Ball State is 9-4 when scoring first and 2-10 when the opposition scores first. The Cardinals have been solid at holding leads as well, going 11-1 when leading after six innings.

Silvia Panizzutti of @CAB_Athletics is the Henry County High School Athlete of the Week

Silvia Panizzutti of Knightstown High School is the KWG Productions Henry County High School Athlete of the Week.

Panizzutti is a senior foreign-exchange student at KHS.

Silvia is from Italy and has little to no experience playing softball. However, after a successful season and a Lady Panther on the basketball team, she continued to join her friends on the diamond.

In the preseason scrimmage, Panizzutti was one of a few players that helped kickstart the Panthers hitting against Blackford.

She continues to progress daily and the coaching staff is excited to see how the team progresses this season.

TO NOMINATE AN ATHLETE, PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO KALEB AT KWGPRODUCTIONS@COMCAST.NET AND INCLUDE THE ATHLETE’S NAME, GRADE, SCHOOL, SPORT, A STATEMENT AS TO WHY THE STUDENT-ATHLETE SHOULD RECEIVE THE AWARD, AND YOUR NAME. ANYONE CAN SUBMIT A NOMINATION. NOMINATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59PM ON THURSDAY NIGHTS. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE KWG PRODUCTIONS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES ON FRIDAYS AT NOON. THE WINNERS CERTIFICATE WILL THEN BE MAILED TO THE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS OFFICE.

 

Purdue Baseball Visits Ohio St. for First Time Since 2012

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION
Purdue (13-11, 1-2 B1G) at Ohio State (10-14, 0-3 B1G)
Friday to Sunday, March 31 to April 2 at 6:30, 6 and 1 p.m. ET / Game 2 on BTN, BTN2Go
Bill Davis Stadium / Columbus, Ohio
All-Time Series: OSU leads 145-62-1 / All-Time in Columbus: OSU leads 77-23
2016: OSU swept a 3-game series (April 29-May 1 in West Lafayette)
Last Series in Columbus & Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. OSU: Purdue won 2-of-3 (March 2012)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: Tanner Andrews (Jr, RHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State
Saturday: Gareth Stroh (So, LHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State
Sunday: Mike Kornacker (So, RHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) – For the last of its seven consecutive weekends on the road to begin the season, Purdue baseball makes its first visit to Ohio State in five years.

First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium in the Ohio’s state capital is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (all times ET). The Boilermakers will make their season debut on the Big Ten Network on Saturday.

Purdue has not visited Columbus since winning the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park, the home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The Boilermakers’ first conference weekend of that dual-championship season was its last visit to Ohio State’s campus. The Buckeyes were the first-ever opponent at Alexander Field in 2013 and also made the trip to West Lafayette in 2014 and 2016.

Ohio State is in the midst of a nine-game homestand that concludes Wednesday with a midweek game against Kent State. While Purdue plays its first two conference weekends on the road, the Buckeyes are at home for their first two. But they’re just 2-6 since opening their home schedule March 18, getting swept by Xavier and Minnesota the last two weekends.

The road team has won each of the last seven Purdue-OSU series dating back to 2007. The teams did not play in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

BATS QUIET SINCE SCORING 16 IN MIDWEEK OPENER
• The Boilermakers have experienced lots of ups and downs offensively over the first month and a half of the season. During the recent seven-game win streak, the offense peaked with a 16-run outburst in the midweek opener at Ball State. But Purdue has scored just eight runs in its five games since. The pitching has picked up the slack and helped the Boilermakers win two of those games. Purdue has surrendered runs in only nine of the 43 innings in which it has been in the field over the last five. However, 15 of the 19 runs against have been scored in just five frames.
• Evan Warden (14) and Harry Shipley (12) enter the weekend ranked 1-2 nationally in hit by pitch. The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in that category (36) as well as sacrifice bunts (25) and sac flies (17). Purdue is also second in doubles (54), but has had the most base runners erased in the conference via ground ball double plays (18) and caught stealings (14).

FOUR BOILERMAKERS RIDING NOTABLE STREAKS
• Nick Dalesandro, Ross Learnard, Skyler Hunter and Tanner Andrews all enter the weekend riding a notable streak. Dalesandro and Hunter have reached base safely in 20 and 14 consecutive games. Leanard and Andrews have pitched 14 and 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Dalesandro’s reached base safely streak is the longest among active Boilermakers and the first 20-game single-season run by a Purdue player since Kyle Wood (24) in 2014. Learnard (17 IP) and fellow reliever Dalton Parker (19 2/3 IP) have both allowed run(s) in only one inning this season. Learnard’s streak is the longest by a Purdue pitcher since Matt Gibbs worked 17 consecutive scoreless innings, also all as a reliever, in 2014.
• The Boilermakers are 5-1 on Fridays this season behind Andrews. He’s the first Purdue pitcher since Joe Haase in April 2012 to work at least six scoreless innings in consecutive starts. Haase was also the last Boilermaker to lead Purdue to three shutout wins in a season, which Andrews has already done. Andrews is big reason why Purdue has won two weekend series and has yet to be swept this year. From 2014 to 2016, the Boilermakers only won three weekend series. Purdue has won as many games this month (10) as it did in all of last season. The Boilermakers had not had a 10-win month since going 10-5 in May 2012, a month that culminated with the Big Ten Tournament title in Columbus.

QUICK LOOK AT OHIO STATE
• The Buckeyes’ sweep at Alexander Field the final weekend of April last year ignited their late-season surge. They won 18 of 22 down the stretch, including five games at the Big Ten Tournament to claim the title, en route to qualifying for an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2009. But Ohio State lost a number of experienced upperclassmen from last year’s team and has struggled on weekends this year. The Buckeyes are just 6-13 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• Fishers, Indiana, native Tre’ Gantt leads OSU in batting average (.318), hits (28), runs (18), doubles (6) and walks (18). Jacob Barnwell (.301) is the only other regular batting over .270 as the Buckeyes’ team batting average has dipped to .240. Ohio State has hit 22 home runs in 24 games, but the long balls have accounted for 33 percent of their extra-base hits (67). The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in homers but only ninth in slugging percentage (.393). By comparison, of Purdue’s 71 extra-base hits in 24 games, only 11 (15 percent) have been homers.
• Right-handers Jake Post, Adam Niemeyer and Ryan Feltner have comprised the weekend rotation for much of the season, but Ohio State has opted to not announce its starting pitchers prior to the series this week. Seth Kinker has excelled as a relief ace, surrendering just four extra-base hits while striking out 21 in 22 innings. He has a win and three saves in 12 appearances. Lefty Connor Curlis (25 Ks in 20 2/3) earned the game two start against Minnesota last weekend in place of Niemeyer.

Ball State Football Cardinals Display Skills at Annual Pro Day

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ten former Ball State football players worked out in front of NFL scouts Thursday at the Cardinals’ annual Pro Day.

 

Nine seniors from the 2016 team put their skills on display — defensive backs Corey Hall and Martez Hester, wide receiver KeVonn Mabon, offensive lineman Drake Miller, defensive linemen Joshua Posley and John Whitman III, and linebackers Zack Ryan, Aaron Taylor and Sean Wiggins.

 

Additionally, Muncie native Jamill Smith, who played for the Cardinals from 2010-13, was back to take part. A former All-MAC receiver and return man, Smith has spent the past three seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League, helping the team to a Grey Cup title last year.

 

Each participant began the day in the football weight room, rotating between the 225-pound bench press, broad jump and vertical jump. The tests continued on the turf field in the Jo Ann Gora Student Wellness and Recreation Center. The 40-yard dash, shuttle run, three-cone drill and position-specific drills were all measured on the field by scouts from 10 NFL teams.

 

Thursday’s participants are seeking to join a growing group of former Cardinals who have played in the NFL recently. That group currently includes New Orleans Saints receivers Willie Snead IV and Jordan Williams-Lambert and New York Giants quarterback Keith Wenning.

 

Snead, who exploded two years ago as an undrafted free agent, has caught 141 passes for nearly 1,900 yards and seven touchdowns over two seasons with the Saints.

 

Earlier Thursday, the current Ball State football team continued spring practice prior to the Pro Day activities. Under second-year head coach Mike Neu, the Cardinals are building toward their annual Spring Game set for Saturday, April 15 at noon.

 

Ball State will hold its Spring Fan Jam that same day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., coinciding with home competitions for the baseball, softball, track and field, and men’s tennis teams.

MTEN | Need To Know: NC State, Georgia Tech & IUPUI

March 30, 2017


By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame men’s tennis team returns to action this weekend when it welcomes NC State, Georgia Tech and IUPUI to the Courtney Tennis Center.

Match 17
WHO: No. 43 Notre Dame (10-6, 2-2 ACC) vs. NC State (10-10, 1-4 ACC)
WHERE: Courtney Tennis Center | Notre Dame Ind.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET Friday

Match 18
WHO: No. 43 Notre Dame vs. No. 15 Georgia Tech (11-3, 3-1 ACC)
WHERE: Courtney Tennis Center | Notre Dame Ind.
WHEN: Noon ET Sunday

Match 19
WHO: No. 43 Notre Dame vs. IUPUI (6-13)
WHERE: Courtney Tennis Center | Notre Dame Ind.
WHEN: 5 p.m. ET Sunday

RESULTS: Live Stats vs. NC State | Live Stats vs. Georgia Tech | Live Stats vs. IUPUI | WatchND (if indoors)

On The Wolfpack

  • NC State enters Friday’s match with a .500 record, but with a 1-4 ACC mark, having lost four of its five matches. The Wolfpack lost four in a row to open conference play before defeating Clemson 5-2 last time out.
  • The Wolfpack is led by two ranked singles players: No. 87 Nick Horton (10-8 dual record) and No. 92 Alexis Galarneau (13-5). Also with double-digit wins are Georgiy Malyeshev (12-8) and Igor Saveljic (11-8).  
  • In doubles, Horton and Galarneau come in ranked No. 63 and boasting a 9-5 dual record. 
  • The Irish are 4-1 all-time against NC State, including 2-1 under Callaghan Family Head Men’s Tennis Coach Ryan Sachire. The Irish defeated the Wolfpack 6-1 in last season’s finale.

On The Yellow Jackets

  • Georgia Tech comes into the contest with a No. 15 national ranking, with the Yellow Jackets having won nine of their last 10 matches. Georgia Tech will face Boston College on Friday before swinging west to face the Irish.
  • Georgia Tech is led by ninth-ranked Christopher Eubanks (9-1 dual record) and No. 102 Andrew Li (7-4), while Cole Feigel (10-1), Carlos Benito (9-2) and Daniel Yun (8-2) also boast impressive singles records.
  • In doubles, Georgia Tech’s Benito and Carlos Divar rank 75th nationally with a 7-3 dual record.
  • Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are tied at 2-2 in the series, with the Yellow Jackets collecting a 5-2 victory last season.

On The Jaguars

  • IUPUI will play Xavier on Friday and Butler on Saturday before squaring off with Notre Dame on Sunday. The Jaguars have lost five straight entering the weekend.
  • IUPUI is led by David Bradley with a 10-7 record. 
  • Notre Dame is 4-0 against IUPUI, but has not faced the Jaguars in Sachire’s tenure. The Irish and Jaguars last met in the 2013 season. 

Last Time Out

The Irish traveled to Blacksburg last weekend and walked away with a 4-3 victory over Virginia Tech. After winning the doubles point, the Irish got wins from seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi, but the score remained tied with the final match on the court. Freshman Matt Gamble clinched the win for Notre Dame at No. 4, rallying to defeat Henrik Korsgaard 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

On The Horizon

The Irish are one win away from reaching the 1,200th dual win in program history.

Rankings Rundown

Notre Dame dropped six spots to No. 43 in the most recent Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis Rankings.

The Irish also boast two players in the individual rankings. Seniors Josh Hagar and Eddy Covalschi moved up one spots to No. 11 in the most recent Oracle/ITA Division I Men’s Tennis doubles rankings, having gone 18-7 on the season, including 8-4 in dual play this spring. Hagar comes in at No. 45 in this week’s singles rankings.

A Weather Note

Each match is scheduled to be played outdoors at the Courtney Tennis Center. The matches will be played outdoors unless inclement weather prevents it. According to Intercollegiate Tennis Association rules: “Matches shall be played outdoors unless the projected weather forecast for a minimum of:

  • two hours out of a three-hour time period in Division I
  • two hours out of a four-hour time period for all other divisions

from the start of the match, according to www.weather.com is:

a. A high of less than 50°; or
b. Sustained winds (not including wind gusts) of more than 20 miles per hour.
c. If the outdoor conditions have changed by the end of the doubles play, it is understood that both coaches and the Referee may agree to move the match indoors. If play is suspended at any other point during the match due to weather, play must resume outdoors within one hour of the delay. If this is not possible, matches must be moved indoors.

As of Thursday morning, the forecast for Friday is a high of 45° with a 50 percent chance of rain, while Sunday calls for a high of 58° with a 20 percent chance of rain. Be sure to follow @NDMensTennis on Twitter for the most updated information on the location of each match.

Keeping Up With The Irish

All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at UND.com, with links for each match available on the men’s tennis schedule page. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDMensTennis.

For the latest on all things Irish men’s tennis, follow @NDMensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Men’s Tennis on Facebook.

WTEN | Inside Irish: Virginia Tech

March 30, 2017


By Joanne Norell

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 27th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s tennis team heads east for a single matchup this weekend, taking on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

Match 19
WHO: No. 27 Notre Dame (15-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (7-8, 0-6 ACC)
WHERE: Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center | Blacksburg, Va.
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. ET Friday 
RESULTS: Live Stats

On The Hokies

  • After starting the season 7-2, Virginia Tech has lost its last six matches, all in conference play. 
  • The Hokies are led in the rankings by No. 92 Natalie Novotna (11-3) and No. 102 Francesca Fusinato (10-5).
  • Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Virginia Tech 10-0, including 8-0 under head coach Jay Louderback. The Irish defeated the Hokies 4-3 last season. 

Last Time Out

Notre Dame went 1-1 over the weekend, dropping a 4-3 loss to NC State before rebounding in a 5-2 victory over Miami at home. Against the Hurricanes, the Irish won the doubles point, then got singles wins from juniors Allison Miller and Brooke Broda to go ahead 3-0. Miami picked up a win at No. 6, but senior Mary Closs shut the door with a three-set win to improve to 10-3 in dual matches and 4-2 in ACC play. Senior Monica Robinson also won for the Irish.

Singles Standouts

The Irish are a collective 78-26 in dual singles matches this season. Junior Allison Miller leads the Irish with a 15-3 dual mark, followed by freshman Zoe Spence at 14-4 and senior Monica Robinson at 13-3. Also with 10 wins this season are senior Mary Closs (10-3) and junior Brooke Broda (10-4)

Rankings Rundown

The Irish dropped spots in the latest Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Tennis Rankings this week, coming in at No. 27.

Keeping Up With The Irish

All indoor home matches will be streamed live on WatchND. Live scoring will be available for all home tennis matches at UND.com, with links for each match available on the women’s tennis schedule page. Live match updates will also be shared on the team’s Twitter account, @NDWomensTennis.

To keep up with all things Irish women’s tennis, be sure to follow @NDWomensTennis on Twitter and like Notre Dame Women’s Tennis on Facebook.