Local Sports Headlines: April 14, 2022

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Indianapolis Indians Coverage    

That’s a No-No! Three Indians Hurlers Combine to No-Hit Saints

On a chilly night at CHS Field, three Indians pitchers – Chase De Jong, Austin Brice and Yerry De Los Santos – iced the Saints offense from start to finish en route to a 5-0 shutout for Indianapolis’ fifth consecutive win and the club’s 15th no-hitter in franchise history. The teams face off in game three of the six game series tonight at 7:37 pm Eastern Time.

Indians Record: 6-2   WP: Chase De Jong (1-0)

St. Paul Record: 5-3    LP: Cole Sands (0-1)

Indiana University Baseball rallies in the top of the ninth to beat Indiana State
In the midst of a long road swing, the Indiana baseball program showed some grit in a 6-5 come-from-behind win at Indiana State on Tuesday evening on Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute.  With just one hit entering the ninth inning, junior Hunter Jessee freshman Carter Mathison and graduate student Tyler Doanes provided the three biggest hits of the season for Indiana (13-18) to this point. Jessee drove in one RBI with a two-out single and Mathison followed it with a full-count three-run home run to tie the game. Doanes on his birthday hit the go-ahead home run to left-center field three pitches later.
Indiana State (19-9) opened the scoring three runs in the second inning and added solo home runs in the fourth and eighth innings to make it a 5-1 game. The Hoosiers scored one in the third inning, before the five-run ninth capped the comeback. Doanes led the offense with a 1-for-2 day at the plate, two walks and two runs scored. Freshman Brock Tibbitts provided the first hit of the game, a double in the fourth inning, while Mathison provided three of the six RBIs in the game. Senior Peter Serruto plated the first run with an RBI groundout. Junior John-Biagio Modugno (ND) got the start for IU and allowed three runs on five hits over his two innings of work in the no decision. The right-hander struck out three before handing the ball to junior Ty Bothwell for the next four innings. He allowed one run on three hits and struck out three. Freshman Ryan Kraft (2-1) earned his second victory of the season with 1 1/3 innings of one-run work and senior Braydon Tucker (3) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Randall Diaz led all players with three hits and added two RBIs, and Aaron Beck hit a home run as part of a two-hit game. Jordan Schaffer doubled, drove in one RBI, and walked twice in the contest. On the mound, Joey Hurth (4-2) took the loss for Indiana State with five runs allowed on three hits. He walked two and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings of work. Indiana heads to Big Ten-leading Rutgers for a three-game series that begins at 2pm on Friday. The series continues a 10-game road swing for the Hoosiers.

Indiana University Rowing earns Big Ten Boat of The Week Honor
Following its second competition of the 2022 season, 20th-ranked Indiana rowing received its first Big Ten Boat of the Week honor as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Indiana’s First Varsity 8 earned the honor after collecting two of IU’s six wins last Saturday (at the OSU Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The crew featured Katherine Nelson as the coxswain, followed by Sophie McCartin, Piper Maaka, Laura Feinson, Phoebe Inall, Ella Cunningham, Niamh Monk, Catherine Ryan, and Ruby Leverington.
During the morning session, IU’s 1V8 finished in 6:37.2, six seconds better than Oklahoma (6:43.5) and 11 seconds in front of conference foe Michigan State (6:48.9). That afternoon, IU outpaced the Spartans in a duel, going 6:42.0 to the opponent’s 6:51.0. In each race, Indiana’s top boat was able to build an early lead and stave off its competitors the rest of the way. The Hoosiers are back in action this weekend at the Big Ten Invitational in Sarasota, Florida. The two-day event will take place this Friday and Saturday and feature some of the top competition in the country.  

Four former Indiana University Men’s Basketball Players are in the NBA Playoffs
Seven former Indiana men’s basketball players wrapped up their NBA regular seasons on Sunday. With the playoffs looming, a handful of former Hoosiers will extend their seasons with aspirations of claiming the Larry O’Brien Trophy in June. The 2021-22 NBA Playoffs began Tuesday Night with the NBA Play-In games. Four Hoosiers, OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors), Romeo Langford (San Antonio Spurs), Juwan Morgan (Boston Celtics) and Victor Oladipo (Miami Heat) will all be involved in the playoffs.
OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors– Anunoby completed his fifth year with the Raptors and averaged a career-high 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in 48 games played… he has started 227 career games… the 24-year-old has shot 37.2% from 3-point range in his career, the highest percentage of any former Hoosier in the NBA who has played at least 300 games… started all but one game he has played in the last three seasons… part of the 2019 World Championship team.
Thomas Bryant, Washington Wizards– Bryant is a five-year veteran who began his career with the Los Angeles Lakers but has played the last four seasons with Washington… he was sidelined at the beginning of the season recovering from knee surgery and played in 27 games… he averaged 7.4 points and 4.0 boards… he is a career 59.0% shooter.
Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets– This past season was his 14th in the league and sixth with the Rockets… he played in 57 games and started 46… he averaged 13.4 points and 2.0 rebounds… he shot 41.2% from 3-point range… he has shot 37.1% from long range and is a career 81.0% shooter from the line… he has averaged 16.4 points in his career, the fifth highest total of any former IU player in the NBA… his 1,746-career made 3-pointers is an all-time high for any former IU player in the NBA.
Romeo Langford, San Antonio Spurs-Langford just completed his third season in the NBA… this past year he played 44 games with Boston before being traded to San Antonio late in the season… in 48 total games this year, he averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds and shot a career-best 34.1% from 3-point range… he played 94 games in three seasons with the Celtics.
Juwan Morgan, Boston Celtics– Morgan has played in 52 games over three NBA seasons with Utah, Toronto, and Boston and recently signed a two-year deal with the Celtics…  played one game with Toronto and Boston this year and is on the Celtics playoff roster… was a member of the 2022 USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team and averaged 12.3 points with the Maine Red Claws this season.
Victor Oladipo, Miami Heat– Injuries have limited the nine-year veteran and former All-Star to 41 games over the last two seasons with Indiana, Houston and Miami… after recovering from surgery on his quad tendon, he played in eight games for the Heat and averaged 12.4 points and shot 41.7% from 3-point range… he has averaged 17.4 points in 462 career games, the fourth best mark of any Hoosier to play in the NBA.
Cody Zeller, Portland TrailblazersAfter eight seasons in Charlotte, Zeller signed as a free agent with the Portland Trailblazers in 2021-22… came off the bench in 27 games and averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds and shot 56.7% from the field… he fractured his knee cap and underwent season ending surgery… for his career, he is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 494 career games.

Indiana Fever waive Forward Emma Cannon
The Indiana Fever have waived Forward Emma Cannon on Wednesday. Cannon joined the Fever in the middle of the 2021 season and was re-signed on February 4. With Indiana, Cannon averaged 6.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 18.4 minutes per contest in 12 games, while starting the first six games of her career. She signed the first of three 7-day contracts with Indiana on July 28, before ultimately being signed for the rest of the season on September 6th. She played for the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces before she came to the Fever in the 2021 season. Cannon played her College Basketball at Central Florida from 2007-10 and Florida Southern from 2010-11, and went undrafted in 2011 WNBA Draft.

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