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UD Softball Sweeps UMass, Finishes 14-0 at Home

DAYTON – The University of Dayton softball team (34-12, 17-2 A-10) finished the 2015 home season by sweeping the Massachusetts Minutewomen (14-23, 8-11 A-10) 1-0 and 6-0, and wrapped up a perfect 14-0 record at UD Softball Stadium, the first time the Flyers have gone undefeated during the season at home in program history.

Game 1 – Dayton 1, Massachusetts 0

Graduate student Jordan Jennings smacked a walk-off homerun off the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh to give University of Dayton softball a 1-0 victory over Massachusetts in game one of an Atlantic 10 doubleheader.

Freshman Manda Cash earned the win, coming in relief in the seventh, striking out one. SeniorKayla English pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three, with a no decision.

The Minutewomen left 10 base runners stranded in the game. UMass had two runners with two outs and short stop Kayla Haberstich made a clutch play and throw to first to end the top of the seventh inning.

In the top of the second, UMass loaded the bases, but English struck out Quianna Diaz-Patterson, who is second in the nation in batting average (.535). Cash and English combined to strike her out four times today.

UD had four hits in the game, including the homerun by Jennings, a double by Kailee Budicin and singles by Gabrielle Snyder and Tiffany Ricks.
Game 2 – Dayton 6, Massachusetts 0

In the second game of the doubleheader, Manda Cash struck out 10, tying her career high in a game.  She only allowed three hits, and improved her record to 9-1 on the season.

Dayton got the scoring started in the third with three runs. Jaclyn Kweder put the ball in play and reached by error. Natalie Mariano singled to the left side to move Kweder to second. Kathryn Hessput down a sacrifice bunt to advance runners to second and third. Gabrielle Snyder walked to load the bases. Tiffany Ricks got the first run on the board with an RBI single to right field. The inning continued with an RBI fielder's choice by Kailee Budicin.  The inning was capped off by another RBI fielder's choice by Kayla Haberstich.

Dayton added two more runs in the fourth inning, first from a Mariano RBI single, followed by a Snyder RBI double that scored pinch-runner redshirt sophomore Krista Gustafson.

The Flyers added another insurance run in the sixth on yet another RBI fielder's choice from Budicin.  Mariano led the Flyers going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI
The Flyers have clinched a spot in the 2015 A-10 Championship Tournament.  It is UD's fourth appearance in the tournament in the last five seasons.

The Flyers play a three-game, Atlantic 10 series at La Salle in Philadelphia to close out the regular season on Saturday, May 2 at 12 p.m. for a doubleheader and a single game on Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m.
UD Softball Sweeps UMass, Finishes 14-0 at Home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The NCAA has talked with Ohio State freshman JaQuan Lyle, whose recruitment by Louisville is mentioned in a book by an escort alleging that strippers danced and had sex with Cardinals players and prospects.

OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed via email that Lyle met Tuesday with the NCAA, as first reported Wednesday by Yahoo Sports. The email did not mention Louisville, but noted there were no issues at Ohio State.

Former Cardinals forward Chane Behanan didn't have must to say Wednesday about allegations in Katina Powell's book, "Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," that he participated in shows paid for by former basketball staffer Andre McGee.

Behanan says, "all I know is what I've heard" in the book, in which he is pictured with Powell.


WHITEHOUSE, Texas (AP) -- Fire officials say a blaze that destroyed an East Texas home belonging to the grandfather of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel appears to be suspicious.

Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks says crews were called early Wednesday morning to the fire at a house near Lake Tyler that's owned by Paul Manziel, Johnny Manziel's grandfather.

Brooks says no one was at the house at the time. He says no one had been there for the past two days.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- The absence of two veteran receivers and his go-to tight end won't change a thing for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.

Facing the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in an important AFC North matchup, the Ravens (1-3) will be without leading receiver Steve Smith and speedy Michael Campanaro, both of whom were injured last Thursday night in a win over the Steelers.

Tight end Crockett Gilmore, who has 10 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, missed practice Wednesday with a strained calf.

That leaves Flacco with less-heralded wide receivers Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Chris Givens. The primary tight ends are rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle.

Flacco says, "It's my job to see whoever the guy is that's open and give him a chance to make the catch."


BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns coach Mike Pettine called the criticism directed at Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden for not playing in Sunday's game because of a broken finger "unwarranted."

Pettine said he spoke with Haden, who tested his finger during pregame warmups before choosing not to play. Pettine said he's partially responsible for the condemnation toward Haden because he didn't do an adequate job explaining why his top defensive player decided to sit out Cleveland's 30-27 loss.

Pettine said he misspoke and that Haden "wanted to be out there, he wanted to play," but felt he wasn't 100 percent and would have put the team at risk. Pettine called Haden "one of the faces of our franchise."

The Browns have provided a written explanation to the NFL, which is investigating why Haden didn't play after being listed as "probable" on the injury report.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have shaken up their special teams by signing veteran kicker Billy Cundiff and releasing kickoff specialist Jordan Gay.

The Bills also released returner Marcus Thigpen and signed receiver Denarius Moore on Wednesday.

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He has missed two of seven field-goal attempts, including a 30-yarder in a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Carpenter has also missed an extra point.

Cundiff is a 12-year NFL veteran who spent the past two seasons in Cleveland. He was cut by the Browns after missing seven of 29 field-goal attempts, including three from within 39 yards.

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