Sports Digest: Crusaders finish regular season with baseball sweep

2014-05-17T21:30:00Z 2014-05-19T19:56:09Z Sports Digest: Crusaders finish regular season with baseball sweep nwitimes.com
May 17, 2014 9:30 pm

College baseball

CRUSADERS FINISH REGULAR SEASON WITH SWEEP: Valparaiso scored seven runs in the third inning on its way to a 9-1 victory over host Youngstown State on Saturday to earn its first weekend sweep of the season in Horizon League play.

Bryce Hara went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored as the Crusaders wrapped up regular-season play.

Valpo (23-26, 12-12) owns the third seed for the league tournament and will face the sixth-seeded Penguins again at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis.

Auto racing

MCMURRAY PULLS OFF SURPRISE WIN IN ALL-STAR RACE: Jamie McMurray picked up a $1 million payday by winning the Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night.

McMurray restarted the final 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag in second on the outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards. The two battled door-to-door for a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway, with McMurray surging slightly ahead several times.

The two cars appeared to touch more than once, and McMurray finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.

McMurray then pulled away for his first victory in the event.

Kevin Harvick finished second; Matt Kenseth was third, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who complained earlier he was driving a dump truck, was fourth.

Edwards faded all the way to fifth.

Kurt Busch was 11th after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day.

BLANEY EARNS NATIONWIDE POLE IN IOWA: Ryan Blaney will start from the pole today in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway after winning qualifying Saturday.

Blaney, who won a NASCAR Truck Series race in Iowa in 2012, took the pole for the first time in the Nationwide Series.

Sam Hornish Jr. will join Blaney on the front row, followed by Michael McDowell, Regan Smith and Dylan Kwasniewski.

Series points leader Chase Elliott will start sixth in the Nationwide's first stand-alone race of the season.

Pro basketball

PACERS, HEAT EAGER FOR NEXT PLAYOFF BATTLE: After spending a whole season talking about Indiana and Miami squaring off in the Eastern Conference finals, the long-anticipated rematch begins today when the top-seeded Pacers face the two-time defending NBA champion Heat in Game 1 of this best-of-seven series.

Miami has won the last two playoff bouts — winning three straight to oust the Pacers 4-2 in the second round in 2012 before blowing out the Pacers in Game 7 last year in the conference finals.

This year, the Pacers made it clear from the start they wanted the No. 1 seed to assure Miami had to play in Indy if there was a Game 7.

All they have to do now is prove they can beat the champs.

DELLE DONNE SCORES 23 TO HELP SKY BEAT LIBERTY: Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points, and the Sky spoiled the New York Liberty's return to Madison Square Garden with a 79-65 win Saturday night.

Jessica Breland added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points for the Sky (2-0).

DREAM EDGES FEVER IN DOUBLE OT: Angel McCoughtry hit a 3-point shot from the top of the key with 8.8 seconds to play in the second overtime, and the Atlanta Dream held on for a 90-88 win over the Fever.

McCoughtry led the Dream (2-0) by scoring 27 points in a reserve role.

Erlana Larkins had a double-double for the Fever (0-2), scoring 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Rookie Natasha Howard scored 21 points, and Briann January had 20.

The Fever played again without All-Star forward Tamika Catchings (back).

Pro hockey

RANGERS ROUT CANADIENS IN GAME 1: Martin St. Louis started the scoring and Henrik Lundqvist posted his first win in Montreal in more than two years and the New York Rangers routed the Canadiens 7-2 to open the NHL Eastern Conference final on Saturday afternoon.

St. Louis, who is scheduled to attend his mother's funeral with his teammates today, got the opening goal before Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers. New York had scored only four goals in its past nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.

Rene Bourque and Lars Eller scored for Montreal, which saw star goalie Carey Price apparently injure his right leg when he was run over early in the second period.

Around the horn

Louis Oosthuizen birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd in the Byron Nelson Championship.

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