Sports Digest: Valpo softball team goes extra innings for sweep

2013-05-04T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T19:43:27Z Sports Digest: Valpo softball team goes extra innings for sweep nwitimes.com
May 04, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

ROYALS' GUTHRIE BLANKS SOX: Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night.

Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012, against the White Sox. Left-hander Paul Splittorff held the Royals' record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.

It was first shutout and fourth complete game for Guthrie (4-0), who threw 11 or fewer pitches in every inning except when he threw 21 in the fourth and the eighth.

Dylan Axelrod (0-1) nearly matched Guthrie, but yielded a two-run triple to Lorenzo Cain in the first inning. Cain's triple to the right-field corner scored Billy Butler, who was hit by a pitch, and Eric Hosmer, who singled for the first of his three hits.

GRANDERSON HIT BY PITCH DURING REHAB: New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, a T.F. South graduate, was hit by a pitch in the upper right arm at extended spring training in Tampa, Fla.

Granderson, rehabbing from a broken right forearm, stayed in the intrasquad game and said he was fine.

 

College softball

VALPO GOES EXTRA INNINGS FOR SWEEP: Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) had a two-out RBI single in the 14th inning, capping a 6-5 win and a Horizon League doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State on Saturday.

Taylor Weissenhofer (17-10) tossed a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 3-0 win in the opener. She returned in the nightcap, tossing 8 2/3 innings of three-hit, seven-seven strikeout relief to pick up another victory. Kimberlin Wallace was 5-for-9 combined with two RBIs for the Crusaders (29-23, 11-8). Tarah McShane was 4-for-6 in the nightcap with two doubles and two runs scored, including the game winner.

Casey Crozier (Valparaiso) went the distance in the marathon nightcap for the Penguins (15-25, 8-12). She is now 12-8 this season.

 

College baseball

VALPO RALLIES FOR HORIZON LEAGUE WIN: Valparaiso scored five runs in the eighth inning to defeat Milwaukee 10-7 in Horizon League action Saturday

John Loeffler led the Crusaders (22-23, 9-8) with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Spencer Mahoney was 3-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.

 

Pro golf

MICKELSON, WATNEY TIED FOR LEAD AT QUAIL HOLLOW: Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship, minus the separation from the rest of the field.

Mickelson hit a shot out-of-bounds and hit another shot that struck a spectator in the head, costing him three shots over the last four holes Saturday in his round of 1-over 73. Watney hit a semi-shank on the par-3 17th that led to double bogey and had to settle for a 71.

They were at 8-under 208, one shot ahead of George McNeill.

 

Auto racing

REGAN SMITH WINS WRECK-FEST AT TALLADEGA: Regan Smith won the crash-filled Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway when NASCAR said he was leading at the final caution flag Saturday night.

The race was delayed three hours by rain and slowed by several cautions, and NASCAR cut the distance by 10 laps as darkness closed in on the track. Then Joey Coulter brought out a caution and NASCAR decided to make one attempt at a green-white-checkered finish.

At least 10 cars were jockeying for position in packs of two on the final lap when Brian Vickers was spun hard into the outside wall. Smith, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne raced three-wide to the finish line and Kahne crossed it first.

But NASCAR decided Smith was leading when the caution came out and was the winner.

HUNTER-REAY WINS POLE FOR SAO PAULO 300: American Ryan Hunter-Reay set a track record Saturday to win the pole position for IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300.

The defending IndyCar Series champion had a lap of 1 minute, 20.430 seconds at the Anhembi street track, 0.307 ahead of Venezuelan EJ Viso and 0.461 in front of Scotland's Dario Franchitti.

Home-crowd favorite Tony Kanaan was fourth despite an injured right hand that caused him problems throughout the day. He will be participating in his 200th consecutive race today, extending the second-longest run in the series. His KV Racing owner, Jimmy Vasser, holds the record with 211.

 

Around the horn

Steady rain Saturday washed out qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway, where the field was set by practice speeds. It put Carl Edwards on the pole for today's race, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Marcos Ambrose. ... Two-time champion Cristie Kerr shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over second-ranked Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen after the third round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship on Saturday. . ... Gene Sauers chipped in for birdie on the par-4 17th a day after making a double bogey on the hole, and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.

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