C.P.'S DONLEY HELPS HOOSIERS TAKE CWS OPENER: Joey DeNato threw a four-hitter, and Indiana looked right at home in beating Louisville 2-0 on Saturday night in the Hoosiers' first appearance in the College World Series.
The Hoosiers manufactured their runs early, and DeNato (10-2) made them stand up in a masterful performance in front of a TD Ameritrade Park-record crowd of 27,122.
The Hoosiers had chances to break open the game but couldn't muster more than RBI singles by Scott Donley, a Crown Point graduate, in the first and Michael Basil in the third.
Indiana (49-18) has beaten the Cardinals (51-13) in three of four meetings, shutting them out twice. The Hoosiers will play Monday against Mississippi State (49-18), and the Cardinals will face Oregon State (50-12), the No. 3 national seed, in an elimination game.
DeNato allowed three singles and a double in his second complete game. He struck out eight and walked three.
Cody Green (10-4) took the loss.
Indiana is the first Big Ten team in the CWS since Michigan in 1984 and gave the conference its first win in Omaha since the Wolverines beat Stanford in 1983.
Indiana has won all six of its NCAA tournament games after failing to get out of regionals in its only other appearances in 1996 and 2009.
MISSISSIPPI ST. WINS CWS OPENER: Mississippi State took the lead on Wes Rea's two-run double in the eighth inning; closer Jonathan Holder turned back two Oregon State threats, and the Bulldogs beat the Beavers 5-4 on Saturday in the opening game of the College World Series.
CHIEFS EARN SWEEP: The Hammond Chiefs' 17-and-under team (10-1) beat Highland Post 180 4-1 on Saturday, then knocked off the LaPorte Lakers 4-3 in Game 2 at Riverside Park.
David Hladek had two hits and Brandon Garcia an RBI double for the Chiefs in Game 1. Alex Vode had two hits and an RBI against LaPorte, while Jamie Johnson scored twice and stole two bases.
RAILCATS FALL TO FARGO-MOORHEAD: The RailCats got two hits and an RBI from Cristian Guerrero, but a run in the eighth inning gave host Fargo-Moorhead a 4-3 win Saturday.
Brian Kolb hit a leadoff single in the second inning before Drew Martinez put him on second base with a single of his own. An error at third base later allowed both of them to score, giving the RailCats (13-13-1) a 2-0 lead at the time.
Guerrero hit a double in the eighth inning to plate Adam Klein for the RailCats' third run.
HUNTER-REAY WINS AT MILWAUKEE AGAIN: Ryan Hunter-Reay continued Andretti Autosport's domination at the Milwaukee Mile, winning the IndyCar event Saturday for the second year in a row.
Hunter-Reay became the first driver to win back-to-back races at the Mile since Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007 when he was driving for — you guessed it, Andretti.
Andretti drivers have won five of the last nine races at the mile oval.
It's the second win of the season for the defending IndyCar Series champion and it came at the site of the track he used to jumpstart last year's title run. Hunter-Reay reeled off three consecutive wins starting with Milwaukee last season to climb into the championship race.
Penske Racing's Helio Castroneves was second, and teammate Will Power finished third.
SMITH HOLDS OFF LARSON TO WIN NATIONWIDE RACE: Points leader Regan Smith won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, holding off Kyle Larson in the final 10 laps.
It was Smith's second win of the year and 11th top-10 finish in 13 starts. He took the lead with 13 laps remaining when Parker Kligerman had to pit, and although Larson closed the gap a bit toward the end, he wasn't able to overtake Smith's No. 7 Chevrolet.
The 125-lap, 250-mile race was run under threatening weather conditions, but drivers were able to finish with no delays. Paul Menard was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Trevor Bayne.
Smith's final margin of victory was 0.331 seconds. He also won at Talladega in May.
PIERRE THOMAS CAMP THIS WEEK: The Pierre Thomas Football Skill Day with be conducted from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at T.F. South High School.
Registration forms are online at tfd215.org/south. Then go to the sports/football link. Lansing and Lynwood residents have first priority. The camp is open to students entering grades four through eight. No registrations will be taken on the day of the skills event.