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UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

DAYTON -– The University of Dayton softball team (32-12) came out on the winning side of an offensively charged battle with crosstown rival Wright State (15-27) 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon at UD Softball Stadium.  On a gusty day, the two teams combined for 21 hits.
Wright State got things started in the first with a RBI double, which was answered right back in the bottom half of the inning on a sophomore Hannah DeSalvo RBI single.  UD took the 3-1 first inning lead on a two-run Tiffany Ricks homerun, her tenth on the season and third in three games.
WSU tied the game back up in the second on back-to-back home runs from Alexis Mayle and Kate Pfeffer.  They took the 4-3 lead in the third on an unearned run scored on a single.
Dayton retook the lead in the bottom half of the third with a four-run inning that got started with a freshman Kayla Haberstich RBI single that scored two.  This was followed by a bases loaded walk issued to graduate student Jordan Jennings.  The inning was capped off by a sacrifice fly by freshman Jaclyn Kweder.
Jennings kept things going in the fifth with a solo homerun to extend the lead to four runs.  It was her second homerun of the season, and 23rd in her career.
In the sixth UD and WSU traded runs on a couple of RBI groundouts, first from Pfeffer, then from freshman Kailee Budicin after a Ricks lead-off triple.  Ricks finished three of four on the day with 2 RBI and three runs scored, and was a double away from the cycle.
The Raiders attempted the comeback in the seventh, and scored a run on a RBI triple, but freshman Manda Cash shut things down for the Flyers earning her seventh save of the season, tying her for the NCAA lead.  She went three and a third innings, tying her longest relief appearance of the season.
Senior Kayla English earned the victory for UD, her 17th on the year.  She is now four wins away from breaking the all-time record at Dayton, and has won each of her last five starts.

The Flyers are right back in action tomorrow evening in Akron against the Zips at the Lee R. Jackson Field.  First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.
UD Tops Wright State in Softball, 9-5

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HAWKS-CAVALIERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA Finals with a 118-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night to win the Eastern Conference title.

By sweeping the top-seeded Hawks, the Cavs earned their second trip to the finals, where they will face either Golden State or Houston.

It will be the fifth straight visit to the league's showcase event for the inimitable James, who returned to Cleveland after four years in Miami to try and end this city's championship drought dating to 1964.

Jeff Teague scored 17 and Paul Millsap 16 for Atlanta, which won a team-record 60 games during the regular season and made the conference finals for the first time since 1970. But the Hawks were no match for the Cavaliers and had no answer for James, who nearly averaged a triple-double in the four games.

HAWKS-KORVER SURGERY

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will have surgery on the right ankle he injured in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Korver went to New York on Tuesday to get a second opinion from a specialist and it was determined he'll need an operation to repair his ankle. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer did not say what damage Korver has in his ankle and there is no timetable for his return.

The NBA's best 3-point shooter in the regular season, Korver was injured when he was scrambling for a loose ball and his ankle was rolled on by Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova.

Korver made 221 3-pointers this season, helping the Hawks win 60 games and get to the conference finals for the first time since 1993-94. Korver made a 3-pointer in 51 straight games this season. He holds the league record with 127 consecutive games.

ROCKIES-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Skip Schumaker hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds ended a nine-game losing streak -- their longest in 17 years -- with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Players piled out of their dugout for a wild celebration near second base after Schumaker's pinch hit ended the Reds' longest slump since they dropped 11 in a row under manager Jack McKeon in 1998.

Cincinnati had the second-longest losing streak in the majors this season, trailing Colorado's 11-game slide from April 28 to May 13.

Brooks Brown (0-2) walked Marlon Byrd opening the ninth. Kristopher Negron's sacrificed, and Schumaker hit an opposite-field liner that landed just inside the left-field foul line. Jay Bruce led the charge of Reds players onto the field, and injured pitcher Johnny Cueto poured a bottle of water of Schumaker's head.

Aroldis Chapman (3-3), who had given up runs in each of his prior two appearances, escaped a two-on threat in the ninth by striking out Nolan Arenado.

REDS-CUETO

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds starter Johnny will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Results on Tuesday showed no major damage in the right elbow. Cueto, who won 20 games last season, had to skip a scheduled start over the weekend because of stiffness.

Manager Bryan Price says Cueto will throw in the next few days and see how the elbow feels. If the stiffness is gone, he will have a bullpen session. The Reds would then consider when to let him start again.

RANGERS-INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mitch Moreland hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Prince Fielder also connected for a three-run shot as the Rangers (23-23) got back to .500 for the first time since the sixth game of the season. Fielder is batting .583 (14 for 24) with five homers and 15 RBIs in his last five games.

Moreland's fifth homer came on a 2-0 pitch from Nick Hagadone (0-1) with one out.

Josh Hamilton, playing his second game of the season for Texas, was hitless in four at-bats and is 0 for 7 in his return to the Rangers.

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