Sports Digest: Valparaiso softball team splits with Cleveland State

2014-04-12T21:30:00Z 2014-04-14T18:53:07Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso softball team splits with Cleveland State nwitimes.com
April 12, 2014 9:30 pm

College softball

CRUSADERS SPLIT WITH CLEVELAND STATE: Valparaiso (14-24, 6-3) bounced back from a 3-2 loss in the opener against Cleveland State (18-12, 2-2), overcoming a three-run deficit in the nightcap for a 6-4 win Saturday in a Horizon League doubleheader.

PUC SPLITS WITH ST. FRANCIS: Purdue Calumet (22-6) split a doubleheader with St. Francis (Ill.) at the Munster Community Park Complex, winning 8-0 and losing 2-1.

Sophomore Shelbie Jones pitched her third shutout of the season in Game 1, holding the Saints to two hits with seven strikeouts en route to her 10th win.

College football

ZAIRE SERVES NOTICE OF QB RACE IN IRISH SPRING GAME: Malik Zaire made a statement that he plans to challenge Everett Golson for the starting quarterback job at Notre Dame.

The sophomore left-hander threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the spring scrimmage on Saturday.

Golson, the former starter back from a yearlong academic suspension, threw for 154 yards on 13 of 24 passing and ran for a score.

The school also announced Saturday that the field at Notre Dame Stadium would be converted to artificial turf before the fall.

ILLINI QBS SHOW THEIR STUFF IN SPRING GAME: Illinois quarterbacks Riley O'Toole and Wes Lunt led the Blue team to a 38-7 win over the Orange during the intra-squad scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.

The Illini's spring game gave Tim Beckman and his coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate the team's performance.

The three main contenders for quarterback each had playing time. Veteran senior O' Toole went 12-16 with 126 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore transfer Lunt, a favorite for his arm strength and accuracy, had a slow start but went 6-14 with 99 yards and one interception. The dynamic but inconsistent thrower Aaron Bailey went 6-8 with 25 yards and one interception.

NORTHWESTERN PLAYERS SEE PUSH AS SPARK FOR CHANGE: No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change to the college sports landscape.

The question is whether forming a union to bargain for better health insurance and work conditions is the right move for them.

Quarterback Trevor Siemian and linebacker Collin Ellis say they will vote against it later this month. Others won't reveal which way they're leaning.

Either way, they seem to agree on this: They have no issue with their coach or school.

Pro soccer

AMARIKWA SCORES FOR FIRE IN TIE WITH IMPACT: Quincy Amarikwa scored in the 54th minute, and the Fire tied the Montreal Impact 1-1 on Saturday at Olympic Stadium, leaving both teams winless.

Off a corner, midfielder Jeff Larentowicz's header rang off the crossbar before falling to Mike Magee, who squared it across to Amarikwa in the 18-yard box for his third goal of the season. Chicago is 0-1-5.

Auto racing

HARVICK SURVIVES SHOOTOUT FOR FIRST DARLINGTON WIN: Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory Saturday night, passing Dale Earnhardt Junior two laps from the end of the longest race in the track's 65-year NASCAR history.

Harvick earned his first pole here Friday night and had the most dominant car on the track. But he had to make it through a restart with 10 laps left and two tries at a green-white-checkered finish — NASCAR's version of extra innings.

Earnhardt finished second, his best career showing at a track where his late father won nine times. Jimmie Johnson was third, last year's Southern 500 winner Matt Kenseth fourth and Greg Biffle fifth.

Harvick led 239 of the 374 laps, seven more than planned.

HUNTER-REAY WINS POLE IN ALL-ANDRETTI FRONT: Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe made it an all-Andretti Autosport front row for today's 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hunter-Reay snatched the pole away from his teammate with a late qualifying lap Saturday at 1 minute, 7.8219 seconds on the temporary course through the streets of downtown. Hinchcliffe wound up second after his lap at 1 minute, 7.9403 seconds.

Sebastien Bourdais was third, followed by Josef Newgarden, rookie Jack Hawksworth and Simon Pagenaud.

Honda drivers made up five of the Fast Six spots, with Bourdais the only Chevrolet representative.

TOWNSEND BELL TO DRIVE FOR KV RACING IN INDY 500: KV Racing will field a third car in the Indianapolis 500 that Townsend Bell will drive.

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