VALPO SWEEPS WRIGHT STATE: Cole Webb and Dalton Lundeen each threw seven strong innings, and Karch Kowalczyk saved both games as Valparaiso swept Horizon League-leading Wright State (14-14, 8-2) in a doubleheader, 3-1 and 2-0, Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Webb allowed one run in the opener, and Lundeen teamed with Ben Mahar and Kowalczyk to blank the Raiders in the nightcap.
Spencer Mahoney had a hit and run scored in each game for Valpo (11-13, 3-2).
PUC SPLITS AT ST. FRANCIS: Purdue Calumet split a doubleheader at the St. Francis Spring Tournament in Illinois. The Peregrines lost to Judson 3-2 in the opener, but came back to beat Roosevelt 2-0 to raise their record to 17-5.
In Game 1,Olivia Donley doubled home Abbi Fahse, and Alison Kimble had a sacrifice fly that scored Haley Flexter. Judson rallied to take the lead, while PUC left five runners on base in the final three innings.
In Game 2, Kimble threw the program's second shutout. Skyler Woods had an RBI double in the first, and Ashley Adams had an RBI single. Kimble's record improved to 10-2.
VU BLANKS DETROIT TWICE: Taylor Weissenhofer and Sierra Pico each tossed shutouts as Valparaiso opened Horizon League play Saturday with a 6-0, 9-0 sweep of visiting Detroit.
Weissenhofer allowed two hits over seven innings in the opener, fanning 10, while Pico yielded two hits in five frames in the second game. Kaitlyn Ranieri went 5-for-6 with a home run, three runs and five RBIs on the day. Angie Doerffler and Taylor Lawson were both 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Game 2.
MUDD LEADS PUC AT BLUE TOP: Purdue Calumet freshman Patrick Mudd shot a career-best 73 on Saturday at the Ashford University's Blue Top Invitational in Iowa. Mudd was sixth after the first round. Aaron Mercer shot an 80, Mat Bowen an 81 and Tim Talley carded an 82.
ANANGONO LIFTS FIRE INTO DRAW WITH UNION: Juan Luis Anangono headed in the tying goal from a difficult angle in the 86th minute, and the Fire earned their fourth straight draw in a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. The Fire is winless in five matches (0-1-4).
MCGRAW, STEWART EARN AP HONORS: Breanna Stewart picked up right where she left off as a freshman with a stellar sophomore year.
UConn's 6-foot-4 sensational star earned The Associated Press Player of the Year award Saturday, becoming just the third sophomore to achieve the honor. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year for the second straight season.
Stewart, a unanimous All-American, got 20 votes from the 36-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike received eight votes while Baylor's Odyssey Sims had six. Kayla McBride of Notre Dame received the other two votes.
McGraw is only the second coach ever to win the award in consecutive years, joining UConn coach Geno Auriemma. West Virginia's Mike Carey was second with eight votes. Auriemma was third. McGraw also was honored with the award in 2001.
STEWART EDGES KESELOWSKI FOR POLE AT TEXAS: Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Stewart waited right until the end of the final round to attempt his lap and circled the speedway at 195.454 mph to grab the top starting spot for Sunday's race.
It's Stewart's 15th career pole and first since Atlanta in 2012.
Keselowski made his attempt earlier in the session and turned his lap at 195.419. He was out of his car and watching the scoring pylon as Stewart crossed the finish line, and Keselowski dropped his head in disappointment when he saw he'd been beaten.
Kevin Harvick qualified third as two Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets were in the top three.
KUCHAR TAKES 4-SHOT LEAD AT HOUSTON OPEN: Matt Kuchar overcame windy conditions to match the low round of the day and take a four-shot lead after three rounds of the Houston Open.
The six-time PGA Tour winner had three straight birdies on the back nine at the Golf Club of Houston on Saturday to vault past second-round leader Sergio Garcia with a 4-under par 68 — leaving him at 15 under overall heading into the final round.