Indiana Sports Briefs for Tuesday, May 23, 2017


(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) The Pacers hosted four players with local ties in Monday’s pre-draft workout including Purdue’s Vince Edwards who said he has to take what made him successful at Purdue and apply it to the NBA. “I have to do the same. I have to stay versatile. I need to be able to knock down big shots and lock down on defense.” Edwards was joined by Xavier guard and Indy native Trevor Bluiett, Bryce Alford (son of IU All-American Steve Alford) and Ben Davis alum Trevor Thompson. The Pacers will host another group of potential draftees on Tuesday including Cal’s Jabari Bird, Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain, Wake Forest’s John Collins, Iowa’s Peter Jok, UCLA’s T.J. Leaf and Michigan’s Derrick Walton, Jr.


(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) Phase 3 of the Colts offseason program began on Monday as the team began OTAs. It was the first of 10 practices that will be spread over the course of the next three weeks. All of the Colts 2017 draft picks are signed and in attendance and despite no contact or pads the team can still do 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. After all 10 OTA practices are in the books the team will reconvene for mini-camp June 13-15 and then take a bit of a break before training camp opens on July 29.


(CHICAGO, IL) A rough start for John Lackey doomed the Cubs as they fell to the San Francisco Giants 6-4 in Monday’s series opener at Wrigley. Lackey gave up five runs on seven hits, including a pair of homers in five innings of work to fall to 4-4 on the season. Joe Panik and Brandon Belt took Lackey deep while Ty Blach pitcher seven innings of three-run ball. The Cubs were held off the scoreboard until the eighth inning when they exploded for four runs courtesy of two-run homers by Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist. Jon Lester takes the mound for Chicago on Tuesday where he’ll battle Johnny Cueto.


(PHOENIX, AZ) Zack Greinke was dominant as the Arizona Diamondbacks cruised past the Chicago White Sox 5-1. Greinke struck out 12 over 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball to improve to 6-2 and lower his ERA to 2.82. Greinke’s lone misstep was in the fifth inning when Leury Garcia took him deep with a solo home run. Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez was tagged for five runs over five innings while the offense was held to four hits in the game. Dylan Covey takes the mound for Chicago while Patrick Corbin goes for Arizona in Tuesday’s matchup.


(CINCINNATI, OH) The Reds got the first laugh in the Ohio Cup Opener as they topped the rival Cleveland Indians 5-1. Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game while Scott Feldman struck out the first five batters he faced and finished with nine in the game over six innings of one-run ball. Josh Tomlin fell to 2-6 for Cleveland as he gave up five runs over 6 1/3 innings of work to see his ERA balloon to 6.70. Jason Kipnis provided the lone offense for the Cleveland as he connected on his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning. The Tribe will hand the ball to Carlos Carrasco on Tuesday while Cincinnati rolls with Amir Garrett.



The Ball State baseball team wrapped up its regular season Saturday afternoon with a 9-3 victory over Central Michigan. The Cardinals won two of three games at CMU. Thanks to today’s victory and Ohio’s loss, Ball State (30-26, 14-10 MAC) will be the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. The Cardinals will face Ohio, the No. 5 seed, in opening round action this Wednesday, May 24. Ball State broke open today’s game with a five-run second inning. A bases-clearing triple from senior Matt Eppers highlighted the frame, scoring junior Seth Freed, sophomore Griffin Hulecki and senior Alex Maloney. Senior pitcher Kevin Marnon provided a solid effort in relief to earn his team-leading sixth win. The lefty went 3.2 innings, struck out four batters and did not allow a hit or walk. Ball State’s bullpen held Central Michigan to just one hit the final seven innings. Freed finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Senior Sean Kennedy reached base four times on three singles and a walk. Kennedy scored once and tallied one RBI. This is the fifth straight season Ball State has reached 30 wins. For the most up-to-date information on the Ball State baseball team, including schedule updates for this weekend’s series, please follow @BallStateSports, @BallStateBB and @CoachMaloney.

2017 MAC Baseball Championship Schedule
Wednesday, May 24th
Game 1 - No. 3 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 6 Western Michigan, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN3)
Game 2 - No. 2 Central Michigan vs. No. 7 Northern Illinois, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 3 - No. 1 Kent State vs. No. 8 Toledo, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 4 - No. 4 Ball State vs. No. 5 Ohio, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN3)

Thursday, May 25th
Game 5 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN3)
Game 6 - Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 7 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 8 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN3)

Friday, May 26th
Game 9 - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Game 10 - Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Loser, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saturday, May 27th
Game 11 - Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner, 9:30 a.m. (ESPN3)
Game 12 - Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
*Game 13 - Game 11 Winner vs. Game 11 Loser, 4:30 p.m. (if necess.)
**Game 14 - Game 12 Winner vs. Game 12 Loser, 8:00 p.m. (if necess.)

Sunday, May 28th
MAC Baseball Championship Game

Game 15 - Game 11/13 Winner vs. Game 12/14 Winner, Noon (ESPN3)
#Game 16 - Championship Game Replay (if necess.)

*Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11
** Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12

# If both teams have one loss after Game 15, a second championship game will be played approx. 40 minutes following 
game 15.


Colts Fan Fests, presented by the Hoosier Lottery

Franklin, Peru and Yorktown

Colts Fan Fests are free and open to the public, and include live music, autographs and photos with Colts players and cheerleaders, free Colts giveaways and Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum.  Fans may also sign up for one of the Colts Official Fan Clubs, register to win Colts tickets, play on the Colts interactive inflatables and test their skills in the Play 60 Zone. A list of dates for this year’s Fan Fests is provided below.

Colts at Bat” Events

Fort Wayne TinCaps, Indianapolis Indians, Louisville Bats

The Colts will partner with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats for three “Colts at Bat” events. During these events, the Colts will provide several elements for fans attending the baseball games, including player autographs and photos prior to the first pitch, cheerleader autographs and performances, Colts Mascot Blue, free Colts giveaways and Colts In Motion, the team’s traveling museum. Fans may also sign up for one of the Colts Official Fan Clubs and register to win Colts tickets. Attendees must purchase a ticket to the baseball game in order to participate in the “Colts at Bat” activities. A list of dates for this year’s “Colts at Bat” events is provided below.


Special notes:  The Colts encourage all fans to arrive early at summer events. The line for player and cheerleader autographs and photos may be cut off at any time to ensure the tour remains on schedule. Inclement weather or traffic may cause for late arrival or early departure. All Summer Tour events will take place rain or shine. Fans will be allowed one autograph per person; however, fans may get back in line for additional autographs. All Colts event times are local.  Player names for each event will be announced in May, but are subject to change.


2017 Colts Summer Event Schedule


Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

Colts at Bat with the Fort Wayne TinCaps

Parkview Field
1301 Ewing Street

Ft. Wayne, IN 46802

PLAYERS: S Darius Butler and WR T.Y. Hilton*

*Player autographs from 5:30-6:45pm and Cheerleader autographs from 7:30pm-5th inning


Sunday, May 21, 2017 | NOON

Colts at Bat with the Indianapolis Indians

Victory Field
501 W Maryland St
Indianapolis, IN 46225

PLAYERS: OLB Jabaal Sheard and 2017 First Round Draft Pick, S Malik Hooker*
*Player autographs from NOON-1:20pm and Cheerleader autographs from 1:30pm-7th inning


Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 5-7 p.m.

Colts Fan Fest

Courthouse Square, Downtown Franklin

East Court Street, Franklin, IN 46131

PLAYERS: T Anthony Castonzo and T/G Jack Mewhort*


Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 5-7 p.m.

Colts Fan Fest

Courthouse Square, Downtown Peru

5th & Court Streets, Peru, IN 46970

PLAYERS: TE Jack Doyle and TE Erik Swoope*


Friday, June 2, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

Colts at Bat with the Louisville Bats

Louisville Slugger Field

401 East Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

PLAYERS: WR Phillip Dorsett and S T.J. Green*
*Player autographs from 5:30-6:45pm and Cheerleader autographs from 7:30pm-5th inning


Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 5-7 p.m.

Colts Fan Fest

Morrow’s Meadow

1901 S. Tiger Drive

Yorktown, IN 47396

PLAYERS: RB Robert Turbin and K Adam Vinatieri*


*All players are subject to change at any time.