Sports Digest: Valpo's Kowalczyk on Stopper of the Year list

2014-02-11T22:00:00Z 2014-02-13T17:21:24Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Kowalczyk on Stopper of the Year list nwitimes.com
February 11, 2014 10:00 pm

College baseball

VALPO'S KOWALCZYK ON STOPPER OF THE YEAR LIST: Valparaiso's Karch Kowalczyk is part of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's 50-name Preseason Stopper of the Year list.

Kowalczyk was named the Horizon League's Relief Pitcher of the Year in 2013 after registering 12 saves and compiling a 1.73 earned run average. He allowed 25 base runners in 26 innings pitched.

A national recipient will be announced during the College World Series.

Women's track and field

VALPO'S DROZDOWSKI EARNS HORIZON LEAGUE HONOR: Valparaiso's Sarah Drozdowski was named the Horizon League's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.

Drozdowski broke her own school record in the weight throw twice last weekend. She placed fifth at the Meyo Invitational with a toss of 60 feet, 8 inches. She bested that mark a day later at the Windy City Invitational, placing second (61-4 3/4).

Women's golf

LETRIOMPHE FINAL ROUND CANCELED; VU PLACES 17TH: Tuesday's final round of the LeTriomphe Collegiate Invitational in Broussard, La., was canceled due to wet grounds. Valparaiso finished 17th. Erika Pfaender tied for 47th with a two-round total of 161.

Men's basketball

IRISH EDGE CLEMSON IN DOUBLE OT: Steve Vasturia made a pair of 3-pointers in the second overtime, and Eric Atkins added 16 points as Notre Dame survived squandering a six-point lead late in regulation to beat Clemson (15-8, 6-5) 68-64 Tuesday night.

Vasturia hit the first 3 to give the Irish a 63-62 lead early then added a second with 62 seconds left that gave Notre Dame a 66-64 lead. Pat Connaughton then added a pair of free throws to help the Irish overcome a career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds by Clemson's K.J. McDaniels.

The Fighting Irish (13-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) avoided falling below .500 for the first time this late in the season since finishing 14-16 during the 1998-99 season.

XAVIER CLEANS UP WITH SWEEP OF BUTLER: Semaj Christon scored 15 points, and Isaiah Philmore had 10, leading Xavier past longtime rival Butler 64-50.

It was the second straight win for the Musketeers (17-7, 7-4 Big East) and gave Xavier a season sweep in a series it has dominated recently. The Musketeers have won eight of the last 10 against the Bulldogs.

Butler (12-12, 2-10) was led by Elijah Brown with 14 points and Alex Barlow with 11. It has lost three straight and five of six.

BAKER LEADS NO. 4 WICHITA STATE PAST SIU: Ron Baker scored 19 points; Cleanthony Early added 18 and fourth-ranked Wichita State overcame a sloppy start to beat Southern Illinois 78-67 and remain unbeaten. The Shockers (13-0 Missouri Valley Conference) became the first team to start 26-0 since Memphis in 2008.

Southern Illinois guard Anthony Beane scored 25 points. Desmar Jackson and Jalen Pendleton added 13 points each for the Salukis (10-16, 6-7), who saw their four-game winning streak end.

College football

HOOSIERS TO HOST SIX GAMES IN 2014: Indiana will have six home games on its 2014 football schedule including the conference opener against Big Ten newcomer Maryland.

The schedule released by the school Tuesday has Indiana opening its season Aug. 30 by hosting Indiana State. It's the third straight year the in-state teams will meet in the season opener at Memorial Stadium.

The Hoosiers only other nonconference home game is against North Texas on Oct. 4. In addition, the Hoosiers will host Big Ten rivals Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue, while visiting Iowa, Michigan, Rutgers and Ohio State.

Because of the conference realignment, Indiana will not face Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern or Wisconsin.

Tickets go on sale today.

 

Around the horn

Michael Jordan's wife, Yvette, has given birth to the couple's identical twin daughters, Jordan's spokeswoman Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press. Portnoy said Yvette Jordan gave birth to Victoria and Ysabel on Sunday in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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