Sports Digest: Valpo's Lundeen lauded by Horizon League

2014-05-20T21:30:00Z 2014-05-21T15:28:05Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Lundeen lauded by Horizon League nwitimes.com
May 20, 2014 9:30 pm

College baseball

VALPO'S LUNDEEN LAUDED BY HORIZON: Valparaiso sophomore Dalton Lundeen has been named the Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the award with Wright State's Joey Hoelzel.

Lundeen posted a league-leading 2.17 earned run average in 74 2/3 innings. His 5.6 overall strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best in the Horizon League and ranks 24th in the nation. Lundeen is the third Crusader hurler in the last five years to earn the honor, joining Bryce Shafer (2010) and Kevin Wild (2012).

Senior third baseman Michael Morman joined Lundeen on the first team. Morman led the Crusaders with a .304 batting average and was 19-for-19 in stolen base attempts. His 10 doubles paced VU.

Senior outfielder Chris Manning was named to the second team, while pitchers Mario Losi and Ellis Foreman were all-freshman team picks.

Pro football

PENCE, INDY MAYOR LAMENT LOSING SUPER BOWL: Gov. Mike Pence and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard are lamenting the city losing its bid to host the 2018 Super Bowl.

NFL owners selected Minneapolis on Tuesday to host the NFL championship game.

Pence has issued a statement commending the Indianapolis Super Bowl Bid Committee and all those who worked on the city's bid.

Ballard says the Indianapolis committee put forward a very compelling presentation for the NFL owners. Ballard also congratulated Minneapolis for winning the game.

Minneapolis has a new $1 billion stadium that's scheduled to open in 2016.

Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl two years ago.

Pro baseball

TANAKA'S UNBEATEN STREAK STOPPED BY CUBS: Masahiro Tanaka had his regular-season unbeaten streaked snapped at 42, allowing a career-high four runs in six innings, and the Cubs beat the New York Yankees 6-1 on Tuesday night.

The Cubs honored the retiring Derek Jeter before the game, then handed Tanaka his first loss in nine major league starts.

Tanaka (6-1) had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons. He did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7. He hadn't lost a regular-season game since the Seibu Lions beat the Rakuten Golden Eagles on Aug. 19, 2012.

Jason Hammel (5-2) pitched solid ball into the sixth, and Hector Rondon retired Jeter on a grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth to end it.

SOX EDGE ROYALS: Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer, and the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-6.

Andre Rienzo (4-0) limited the Royals to two runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out a career-high eight.

The Royals' record dropped to 5-15 against American League Central opponents.

Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie, who each had three hits, singled before Dunn homered in the eighth off right-hander Aaron Crow, who had allowed two three-run homers in his past two appearances.

Beckham has hit safely in 13 of his past 15 games, while Gillaspie increased his average to .347.

Royals rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura (2-4) took the loss.

College track and field

NOTRE DAME COACH RETIRING AFTER 39 YEARS: Joe Piane is retiring after 39 seasons as Notre Dame's coach for men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams and the men's cross country team.

The school announced Tuesday that Piane will retire at the end of the outdoor track season as the second-longest tenured coach in Notre Dame history. He trails only former baseball coach Jake Kline, who served 42 seasons from 1934 to 1975.

Piane was national cross country coach of the year in 1987 and 2001 and coached 189 All-Americans.

The Irish finished third in the NCAA men's cross country meets in 1990 and 2005. He coached Ryan Shay to the NCAA 10,000 meter outdoors title in 2001 and also guided the outdoor distance medley relay team to a national title in 2012.

Pro basketball

CAVS CONTINUE LOTTERY LUCK, GET NO. 1 PICK AGAIN: The Cleveland Cavaliers have continued their remarkable lottery luck, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year.

It's the third time in four years the Cavs will be atop the draft after moving up from the ninth spot. They had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top spot Tuesday night.

They drafted Kyrie Irving first in 2011 and will hope to do better with this win than last year, when they took Anthony Bennett, who had a forgettable rookie season.

The Milwaukee Bucks fell one spot to second and the Philadelphia 76ers will draft third.

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