Sports Digest: Crusaders tennis sweeps as No. 1 singles star sets mark

2014-03-09T22:00:00Z 2014-03-10T19:09:05Z Sports Digest: Crusaders tennis sweeps as No. 1 singles star sets mark nwitimes.com
March 09, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

BULLDOGS ADVANCE WITH REGION IV WIN: Behind a 93-75 victory over Triton College, South Suburban College won the Region IV championship late Saturday and will advance to the NJCAA nation tournament in Danville, Ill., March 18-22. 

Antonio Levy paced the Bulldogs (28-5) with 35 points and chipped in four assists and six rebounds. Anthony Strickland added 12 points and Eric Woods scored 12.

Women's softball

CRUSADERS DROP TWO IN IDAHO: After a rain-delayed start to the final day of action at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, the Valparaiso offense was never able to get on track, as the Crusaders lost to Indiana (3-1) and Boise State (7-0).

Janelle Bouchard and Amanda Wisniewski knocked doubles for the Crusaders against the Hoosiers as VU scattered five hits.

Against Boise State, the Crusaders also had five hits, all from different batters.

Valparaiso (4-14) heads to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Classic to close out its spring break trip. The tournament begins Wednesday with games against James Madison and Hawai’i.

PNC FALLS IN DOUBLEHEADER TO AQUINAS: Purdue North Central pushed Aquinas University to nine innings in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, eventually losing both. The Panthers (0-6) fell on the road 10-3 and 5-4.

In the second game, a two-out single in the ninth scored the winning run as pitcher Audrey Headley threw the full game.

Ashley Starcevich doubled in both games and went 5 for 8 in the double header. Amy Scott drove in two runs in the first game and another in the second for PNC.

College wrestling

JOHNSON FINISHES SEVENTH AT NAIA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Calumet College junior Eric Johnson earned seventh place at the NAIA Wrestling Championships in Topeka, Kan., with a 16-1 win in his final match.

The junior wrestler began the day on the consolation bracket, and advance to the seventh-place match with a loss to eighth-ranked Garrett Demers of Montana State-Northern.

Johnson was eighth last year, and finished on the awards podium for the second time in his career at Cal College.

Men's Tennis

VU CRUISES TO SHUTOUTS IN ORLANDO: Valparaiso swept its competition at the Star Island Resort in Orlando, Fla., with matching 7-0 victories over St. Cloud State and Robert Morris University.

Jeffrey Schorsch dropped just two games in a pair of matches as he earned his 20th victory as a Crusader. He ties the school record for most singles victories in a season, matching the mark left by Nic Kooyers and Eric Honert.

Honert also won twice in singles, 6-3, 6-2 against St. Cloud State and 6-0, 6-0 against Robert Morris.

Pro hockey

TOEWS LIFTS HAWKS PAST SABRES: Jonathan Toews scored the go-ahead goal 1:34 into the third period, and the Blackhawks snapped a two-game road skid with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.

Patrick Kane celebrated his trip home to Buffalo by also scoring in helping the Blackhawks beat the Sabres for a fifth consecutive time. Cory Crawford made 20 saves in making his 12 straight start.

By improving to 3-3 since the end of the Olympic break, Chicago (38-13-14) avoided its longest road losing streak since a six-game drought from Feb. 2-14, 2012.

Drew Stafford scored for the league-worst Sabres (19-37-8), who had a three-game home winning streak snapped.

Pro basketball

MAVS EXTEND PACERS' SKID TO 4: Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and the Dallas Mavericks extended Indiana's season-long losing streak to four games with a 105-94 victory against the Pacers on Sunday night.

The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.

Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed a game and a half up on Miami for the lead in the Eastern Conference after the Heat lost in overtime to Chicago.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.

Pro soccer

BURLING SCORES WINNER AGAINST FIRE: Bobby Burling headed home in the 88th minute to give Chivas USA a 3-2 home victory over the Fire in their Major League Soccer season opener on Sunday.

Chivas was playing its first game since MLS last month purchased the franchise rights from the owner of Mexican club Guadalajara.

Erick Torres put Chivas ahead with a 56th-minute penalty after drawing a foul from Fire defender Gonzalo Segares, and rookie Thomas McNamara finished Leandro Barrera's near-post cross three minutes later.

Substitutes Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa scored as Chicago leveled the scores with about 20 minutes to go.

Joya, a rookie, scored on his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, about 30 seconds after coming on.

Pro baseball

SOX FINISH IN TIE: Josh Donaldson hit his first home run of the spring and the Oakland Athletics tied the White Sox 2-2 in a game stopped after nine innings Sunday.

Dan Straily and three Oakland relievers held the White Sox to three hits.

Straily went 3 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out two. He gave up two hits — one was Matt Davidson's deep fly to left that Yoenis Cespedes misjudged. Cespedes came in on the ball but it landed well behind him and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double.

Cespedes' woes weren't over. He struck out three times, and in the sixth he was charged with a three-base error for failing to catch Gordon Beckham's fly to the warning track in left-center. That led to Chicago's first run.

RUGGIANO HOMERS TO EXTEND SIZZLING START FOR CUBS: Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.

Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lifting his average to .636.

Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee's rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three innings.

Chicago prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings while walking two and striking out four.

Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.

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