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Known for highlight catches, former Seton Hill standout Derek Orndorff is showing HR power at Liberty

Derek Orndorff has become known for his highlight catches in center field.

The grad student baseball player at Liberty has made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays three times in less than a year. He even grabbed the show’s No. 1 highlight on Feb. 19 with a diving snag on the warning track against Florida.

But Orndorff, a former Seton Hill standout, is no one-trick pony.

As good as he is with a glove, he might be better with a bat in his hands.

Whether he is using leather or aluminum, he thrives in the power alleys and swings for the fences. He might soon be making late-night highlights for his towering home runs.

Orndorff launched two homers Sunday, giving him 10 for the season, a total that leads NCAA Division I.

He appears to be saving his best for last as he chases a career at the next level. Bookend stops

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2021 WNBA Playoffs first-round takeaways: Mercury escape in thriller over Liberty; Sky pull away from Wings

The 2021 WNBA Playoffs got underway on Thursday night with the single-elimination first round, and the second game of the doubleheader between the Phoenix Mercury and New York Liberty was a showcase for this format. After a thrilling, back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Mercury escaped with an 83-82 win thanks to a last-second free throw by Brianna Turner.

Skylar Diggins Smith went for 22 points, four rebounds and five assists, while Brittney Griner added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. But it was Sophie Cunningham who stole the show, stepping up in the absence of Diana Taurasi to bury six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 21 points. 

The first game of the night was not quite so dramatic. While the Chicago Sky did allow the Dallas Wings to get back in the game in the second half, they pulled away in the fourth quarter to make sure they would

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