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Ohio State baseball gets blasted at #24 Florida Gulf Coast, 13-1

Buckeyes and Eagles conclude series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday at Swanson Stadium

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Ohio State baseball team dropped a 13-1 decision to No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Game three of the series is set for 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Ohio State falls to 5-8 overall, while the Eagles improve to 14-2 overall, extending their win streak to 10-consecutive games.


The Buckeyes scored a run in the top of the second when Bo Coolen crossed the dish after a fielding error up the middle by Julio Gonzalez. Coolen reached on a lead-off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch.



Down by one, FGCU tallied three runs in the bottom of the second to jump on top, 3-1. After a lead-off walk, the Eagles strung four straight base-hits together against right-hander Ryan Feltner. The OSU pitcher limited the damage when he struck out lead-off hitter Matt Reardon to leave runners on the corners. However, the Eagles chalked up three more runs in the following at-bat to make it a 6-1 game. FGCU ripped two straight singles off the first pitch vs. Feltner before a hit by pitch loaded the bases. The big blow was when Reardon knocked a three-run double on a 1-1 count off the wall in left to give the Eagles a five-run lead. FGCU added an insurance run in the seventh when Reardon drove a runner around on a triple down the RF line. The home squad plated five more runs in the eighth. Reardon had a career day at the plate for the Blue and Green, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, triple and eight RBI. FGCU starter Kutter Crawford limited the Buckeye bats to one unearned run on three hits with eight strikeouts in six innings of work.



Freshmen Conner Pohl and Noah West each recorded their first collegiate hits in the top of the ninth in pinch-hitting situations.



Starting pitcher Ryan Feltner dropped to 0-3 on the year. He allowed six runs on nine hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work. Left-handed reliever Connor Curlis began the sixth inning. He gave up one run on one hit with four strikeouts and three walks in two innings.  Right-handed pitcher Reece Calvert pitched the eighth inning. He gave up five runs on three hits with two walks, facing four batters. Right-handed reliever Gavin Lyon recorded the final three outs on the mound, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Ohio State and No. 24 Florida Gulf Coast conclude the three-game series at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Right-hander Adam Niemeyer (1-2, 5.14 ERA) squares off vs. left-hander Josh Dye (3-0, 1.86 ERA).


·         The Buckeyes drop to 0-2 all-time vs. FGCU.

·         Ohio State is 1-3 vs. nationally-ranked opponents in 2017.

·         Ohio State left seven runners on base, while FGCU stranded 10 runners.

·         Gantt have reached base safely in all 13 games.

·         Other reach base streaks extended: Coolen (7), McGowan (6), Cowles (5) and Ratcliff (4).

·         Feltner struck out a season-high seven hitters today.

·         Curlis tied his career high with four strikeouts.

·         Hit streaks extended: McGowan (3).

·         Multi-hit games: McGowan (3).

·         Lyon made his second appearance in his OSU career.






Northwestern Wildcats Lacrosse score season-high 18 goals in win over Marquette


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EVANSTON, Ill. — Senior co-captain Christina Esposito scored a career-high six goals and junior Shelby Fredericks dished out a career-high four assists to provide the  14th-ranked Northwestern lacrosse team the offensive spark it needed in a 18-10 win over Marquette at Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium Saturday afternoon. 

The Wildcats had 10 different players score goals in the victory, including multi-goal games by Esposito, senior Danita Stroup and senior Catie Ingrilli. Freshman Meghan Duffy and sophomore Liza Elder each scored their first career goal. Esposito also dished out an assist in the contest to set a new career-high with seven points.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mallory Weisse finished with 11 saves to earn her third victory of the season. Weisse has recorded double-digit saves in three-straight contests and five total this season.

After scoring just eight goals in a pair of losses on the road last weekend, the offense came out firing on all cylinders.  Stroup got the ‘Cats on the board just 62 seconds into the contest and Fredericks found sophomore Leighton Yenor at the 27:53 mark of the first half to extend the lead to 2-0. Ingrilli scored in her seventh consecutive game just a minute and a half later to cap a 3-0 run to start the game.

The Golden Eagles’ (2-5) Julianna Shearer scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to one, 3-2, but Esposito started her big day with an unassisted goal with 23:13 on the clock and Ingrilli matched her career high with her second goal of the day with 18:07 left in the first half to extend the lead back to three, 5-2.

Despite the strong start by the offense, the ‘Cats went cold for a stretch in the first half to let Marquette back in the game. After Ingrilli’s second goal, the visitors scored three of the next four goals over the span of 18 minutes to cut the ‘Cats’ lead to one, 6-5. Northwestern responded however, as Esposito capped a first-half hat trick with 59 seconds left in the half and Stroup scored her second of the game just 11 seconds before the break to give NU a 8-5 lead at halftime.

The strong finish to the first half sparked a run of five-straight by Chicago’s Big Ten Team to put them in control. Junior co-captain Sheila Nesselbush scored 1:13 into the second half and freshman Lindsey McKone found the back of the net after a great feed across the middle by Fredericks just 48 seconds later. Espositio capped the 5-0 run with her fourth goal of the game despite the ‘Cats being a woman down to extend the lead to 11-5.

Stroup matched her career high and recorded her second career hat trick with her third goal at the 18:16 mark. Marquette cut the ‘Cats’ seven-goal lead to five, 14-9, but Elder buried a free-position and Esposito surpassed her previous career high of four goals with 10:10 on the clock to push the lead back to seven, 14-7.

Duffy scored her first career goal on a feed from Esposito with 6:33 to play and fellow freshman Megan Kinna scored her fourth goal of the season 1:14 later. Esposito capped a 3-0 run and gave the ‘Cats their largest lead of the day with four minutes remaining, 17-9.

Sophomore Corinne Wessels capped the scoring for the Wildcats with her second goal of the season on Elder’s first career assist.

The Wildcats had a season-high 31 grounds balls in the contest, with eight individuals picking up at least two. Fredericks led the way with a career-high five to go with her four assists and seven draw controls. The squad also matched its season high with 13 caused turnovers with Kinna and sophomore Nell Copeland leading the way with a pair apiece. Copeland has recorded at least two caused turnovers in three-straight games.

Northwestern will get back on the road for the start of a quick two-game road trip next Sunday at No. 2 North Carolina. The game will be streamed on the Watch ESPN app and is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT.

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Chicago White Sox to honor former pitching ace Mark Buehrle on June 24

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Organization will retire Sox ace’s uniform No. 56 during special pre-game ceremony with commemorative giveaway for all fans

Press Release

The Chicago White Sox will honor former pitcher Mark Buehrle on Saturday, June 24, by retiring his No. 56 jersey during a special tribute before the first pitch vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. Fans will celebrate the southpaw’s 12-season career with the White Sox and have the opportunity to take home a commemorative pin. All White Sox fans in attendance will receive a specially designed No. 56 pin.

“Mark Buehrle is one of the most accomplished pitchers in franchise history,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox chairman. “Mark carried himself with class and professionalism throughout his career, and his popularity with staff, teammates and Sox fans is very well deserved. Although a very humble person, he certainly showed a flair for the dramatic on the mound, from a no-hitter to an unforgettable perfect game to a World Series title. A standout on the field and a standup teammate in the clubhouse, it is our honor to retire Mark Buehrle’s No. 56 and to welcome him into the legendary class of all-time White Sox greats.”

Buehrle will be the 12th player to have his number retired by the White Sox, including former teammates Paul Konerko and Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas. He was drafted by the White Sox in 1998, making his MLB debut in 2000. With the White Sox, Buehrle was a four-time American League (AL) All-Star and three-time AL Gold Glove winner. During his career with the White Sox, the left-hander went 161-119 (.575) with a 3.83 ERA (1,053 ER/2,476.2 IP), 27 complete games, eight shutouts and 1,396 strikeouts over 390 appearances (365 starts). Buehrle ranks among franchise leaders in strikeouts (4th), starts (4th), quality starts (4th, 231), wins (6th), strikeout-to-walk ratio (7th, 2.48), innings pitched (7th) and games pitched (8th).

Buehrle, who was part of the 2005 World Championship team, made four appearances (three starts) with Chicago in the 2005 postseason. He tossed the first of four consecutive Sox complete games in Game 2 of the AL Championship Series vs. the Angels and secured the save in the 14th inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Houston. Buehrle also recorded the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history on April 18, 2007, against the Rangers and the club’s second perfect game on July 23, 2009, vs. the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tickets to Mark Buehrle Day on Saturday, June 24, are available now through all season ticket packages as well as in group sale packages. Individual game tickets to 2017 Chicago White Sox home games at Guaranteed Rate Field will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 3, on, at the Guaranteed Rate Field Box Office or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.




Former White Sox outfielder Tim Raines elected to Hall of Fame

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CHICAGO – Former Chicago White Sox outfielder Tim Raines has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Raines will join Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig in the Class of 2017, with the 78th induction ceremonies to be held on Sunday, July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Raines, 57, becomes the 39th former member of the White Sox organization selected to the Hall of Fame. He received 86.0 percent (380 of 442), eclipsing the required 75.0 percent.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

Raines played 23 major-league seasons with Montreal (1979-90, 2001), the White Sox (1991-95), New York-AL (1996-98), Oakland (1999), Baltimore (2001) and Florida (2002), hitting .294 (2,605-8,872) with 430 doubles, 113 triples, 170 home runs, 980 RBI, 1,571 runs scored, 808 stolen bases, 1,330 walks, a .385 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 2,502 games. His 808 steals currently rank fifth and 84.3 stolen base percentage ranks ninth all-time.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

A seven-time National League All-Star (1981-87), Raines was named the NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News in 1981, posting a .304 average with 71 steals in 88 games. He won the NL batting title and Silver Slugger Award in 1986 after hitting a career-high .334, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 All-Star Game. Raines reached the postseason five times as a player, winning the World Series in 1996 and 1998 with the Yankees.

Raines batted .283 (697-2,461) with 98 doubles, 28 triples, 50 home runs, 277 RBI, 440 runs scored and 143 stolen bases in 648 games with the White Sox. He ranked second on the Sox in runs scored, stolen bases and triples, third in doubles, RBI, batting average, on-base and slugging percentage and fourth in hits from 1991-95.

Raines holds the Sox all-time record with an 82.7 stolen base percentage (143-173). His 51 steals in 1991 are tied for the 10th-most and his 88.2 stolen base percentage (45-51) in 1992 is tied for the sixth-highest in White Sox history. Raines helped guide the Sox to the American League Western Division championship in 1993, hitting .306 (127-415) with a .401 on-base percentage in 115 games. He batted .444 (12-27) with five runs scored in a six-game loss to Toronto in the ALCS.

Raines also spent two seasons (2005-06) on the White Sox coaching staff, serving as the first-base coach for the 2005 World Series Championship team.




Boston Red Sox announce signings of 18 players to 2017 one-year contracts

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Club renews the contract of outfielder Mookie Betts

Press Release

The Boston Red Sox  announced recently that the club has agreed to terms with 18 players on one-year contracts for the 2017 season. In addition, the club renewed the contract of outfielder Mookie Betts for the 2017 season.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement.

Agreeing to terms were pitchers Matt Barnes, Roenis Elias, Heath Hembree, Brian Johnson, Kyle Martin, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Robby Scott, Carson Smith, Steven Wright, and Luis Ysla; catchers Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez; infielders Marco Hernandez and Deven Marrero; and outfielders Andrew Benintendi and Bryce Brentz.

With these agreements, all players on the Red Sox major league roster are under contract for the 2017 season.




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