Wilson shines for Kent State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Kent State junior golfer Jared Wilson scored his best collegiate finish over the weekend.

Wilson shot a 5-under-par 67 in Sunday’s final round as he finished second individually at the Boilermaker Invitational and led the Golden Flashes to their first tournament win of the season.

Wilson, who was a two-time state champion at Columbiana High School, placed second in the 80-golfer field with rounds of 73-68-67 for an 8-under 208 on the 7,465-yard Kampen Golf Course.

He was one stroke behind Minnesota senior Angus Flanagan.

The Flashes rallied from a seven-stroke deficit heading into the final round and shot a 9-under 279. The Flashes had a 54-hole total of 12-under 852.

Wilson played in three events for Kent State as a sophomore and three events for Wake Forest as a freshman.

The Flashes will return to action this weekend at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, hosted by Penn State.

Former Raider earns award

SEARCY, Arkansas — Harding University junior Cara Mason has been named the Great Athletic Conference women’s field athlete of the week after a record-setting performance.

Mason, a 2017 graduate of South Range High School, won the shot put with a school-record toss of 47-feet-4 1/2 and the hammer throw with a mark of 158-feet-4 at the Rhodes seven-way meet in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3.

Her shot put was an NCAA provisional mark and the ninth-best toss in Division II this season.

Darvish dominates, Myers powers Padres

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yu Darvish allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, Wil Myers drove in five runs and the San Diego Padres extended their strong start with a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Darvish (1-0), acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December in hopes of helping San Diego chase down the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out six and walked one in a crisp performance as the Padres won their fourth straight. The four-time All-Star worked efficiently, throwing 63 of 95 pitches for strikes and permitting just one runner past second base.

Myers hit a two-run homer to the bushes beyond center field in the sixth off 21-year-old reliever Luis Oviedo (0-1) to put San Diego in front to stay. Myers added a two-run single in the seventh and is batting .370 (10 for 27) during his seven-game hitting streak.

Phil Evans had an RBI double for the Pirates and Trevor Cahill worked five effective innings but Pittsburgh’s modest two-game winning streak ended.

Cahill, signed as a free agent a month ago and given a shot to fill out a patchwork Pirates rotation, bounced back from a rocky 2021 debut by matching Darvish nearly pitch for pitch. Cahill allowed one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, relying heavily on movement to offset a fastball that tops out at 91 mph.

While Cahill was solid, Darvish was masterful. Perhaps just as important for the Padres, he ate up 21 outs to give the bullpen a bit of a break. San Diego relievers entered the game having worked a major league-high 43 innings, including 8 1/3 in Texas on Sunday after starter Adrian Morejon left in the first with an injury.

Indians throw one away

CHICAGO (AP) — First baseman Yu Chang hit Yasmani Grandal with a throw trying to force him at second base as Nick Madrigal raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Monday night.

Adam Eaton homered in his second straight game and rookie Yermin Mercedes got the winning rally started with one out in the ninth when he singled to shortstop against Emmanuel Clase (1-1).

Grandal walked to put runners on first and second before Nick Williams sent a grounder toward Chang. His throw trying to get Grandal at second hit the runner in the head. The ball ricocheted toward the left side of the infield, and Madrigal — running for Mercedes — sped home.

Eaton hit a three-run homer in the third against Triston McKenzie. Dallas Keuchel pitched into the sixth for the White Sox after Carlos Rodon was scratched because of an upset stomach. Codi Heuer (1-0) struck out a career-high four over 2 1/3 innings, and Chicago stopped Cleveland’s four-game win streak.

Keuchel gave up three runs and three hits.


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