Sports Digest: Valpo softball team splits at Detroit

2013-04-20T21:15:00Z 2013-05-06T21:58:10Z Sports Digest: Valpo softball team splits at Detroit nwitimes.com
April 20, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

SOX ERROR LEADS TO TWINS WIN: Ryan Doumit doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Alexei Ramirez's throwing error, and the Minnesota Twins beat the White Sox 2-1 on Saturday.

Doumit led off with a double off Hector Santiago (0-1). After Aaron Hicks popped up a bunt attempt, Eduardo Escobar hit a slow grounder that shortstop Ramirez fielded cleanly but bounced his throw to first base. Escobar was safe on an infield hit and Doumit scored to help Minnesota snap a four-game skid against the White Sox.

Vance Worley pitched seven strong innings, giving up one run and five hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

Casey Fien (1-1) got one out for the win.

LUCROY HOMERS AS BREWERS BEAT CUBS: Jonathan Lucroy homered; Hiram Burgos pitched five innings in his major league debut, and the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of shoddy fielding by the Cubs in a 5-1 win Saturday night.

Burgos held the Cubs to one run and five hits with a strikeout and no walks to help the Brewers win their sixth straight game.

The Brewers scored first when Lucroy hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot to left center field in the second inning off Cubs starter Edwin Jackson (0-3). Jackson lost to the Brewers for the second time this season.

 

Pro basketball

MILLER LEADS NUGGETS PAST WARRIORS: Andre Miller scored a playoff career-high 28 points and sank a nifty layup with 1.3 seconds left that lifted the Denver Nuggets to a 97-95 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

Miller drove left past rookie Draymond Green, did an up-and-under between two defenders under the basket and banked the ball off the glass with his right hand.

The Warriors inbounded the ball and Stephen Curry's desperation 3-pointer wasn't anywhere close as the horn sounded and the Nuggets celebrated their 24th straight win at the Pepsi Center.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets posted an NBA-best 38-3 home record during the season.

ANTHONY LEADS KNICKS OVER CELTICS: Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points, and the New York Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 85-78 on Saturday in their playoff opener.

After knocking the Celtics from the top of the Atlantic Division, the Knicks took the first step to knocking them out of the playoffs by holding Boston to three baskets and eight points in the final period.

Game 2 is Tuesday night before the Celtics host Game 3 on Friday in what will be their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.

 

Auto racing

SLUMPING FRANCHITTI WINS POLE IN LONG BEACH: Dario Franchitti has won the pole for today's IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.

Franchitti came into the weekend ranked last in the IndyCar standings and off to the worst start of his career. But he insisted he's not concerned about the start, and proved it with a big last lap in Saturday's qualifying.

Franchitti's last lap was 1:07.2379 and bounced Ryan Hunter-Reay off the pole at the last second.

Will Power was third and was followed by Takuma Sato, Mike Conway and Helio Castroneves.

 

College softball

VALPO SPLITS AT DETROIT: Janelle Bouchard homered twice and drove in five runs to power Valparaiso to 12-1 opening-game win over host Detroit in a Horizon league doubleheader Saturday.

Amanda Korb (4 RBIs) and Jessie Marinec also had long balls for Valpo, while Taylor Wiessenhofer limited the Titans to three hits in six ininngs. Valpo (22-20, 7-7) managed just two hits in a 9-0 loss in game two.

 

Pro golf

HOFFMAN TAKES LEAD AT RBC HERITAGE: Charley Hoffman's quick start gave him a two-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson after three rounds of the RBC Heritage on Saturday.

Hoffman had four birdies on his first five holes to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 66 and keep out front at 11 under on a windy, cool day at Harbour Town Golf Links. Simpson also didn't make a bogey on the way to a 65, tying the lowest round of the tournament.

Kevin Streelman shot a 69 and was alone in third at 8 under.

The round started with 91 players making the cut, tying the tour high set in 1981.

 

Around the horn

Jeff Larentowicz scored in the 83rd minute to lift the Fire (2-4-1) to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew (2-2-3) on Saturday night. Chicago won for the second time in three matches to climb out of a tie at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. ... The Blackhawks lost to Phoenix 3-2 in a shootout.

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