By SoE Staff
The NBA, NHL and college softball playoffs have all reached the finals, and on top of that college baseball's regionals cut that tournament's field from 64 all the way down to 16 in one weekend.
On that note, Davidson reached its first-ever NCAA baseball tournament in the school's 115 years of existence. Instead of being happy just to be there, Davidson knocked out both North Carolina and Michigan to advance to the men's Super Regionals.
That's just getting the arm loose -- here are the Top 5 Athletes on Earth from the past week:
5. Pekka Rinne
Nashville's goalie bounced back from a tough go in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final to allow just one goal each in Games 3 and 4. Rinne's solid performance against the Penguins' dominant offense helped the Predators tie up the series at two games apiece.
4. Edinson Volquez
Despite an inauspicious 0-7 record to start the season, the right-hander dominated last week. He won two games while allowing just one run in 15 innings, highlighted by a highly economical 98-pitch no-hitter over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
3. Kevin Durant
The Warriors made it look easy in the first two games of the NBA Finals, thanks in large part to Durant. KD scored 38 and 33 points, respectively, hit 50 percent from three-point land and grabbed 22 rebounds with 14 assists in those two games.
2. Scooter Gennett
The Cincinnati native, who has been playing part-time after getting claimed off waivers by the Reds in late March, had a historic night on Tuesday. Gennett became the first player in franchise history to record a four-homer game and finished the night with five hits and 10 RBI in total. Take a look at his incredible game by the numbers -- it might be one of the best of all time.
1. Shay Knighten
The Women's College World Series got off to an epic start as Oklahoma took down the nationally top-ranked Florida Gators in Game 1. The contest lasted 17 innings and was finally decided on Shay Knighten's three-run homer in the top of the 17th. Not yet finished, the sophomore then knocked a go-ahead three-run double in Game 2 to clinch the Sooners' second straight title and was named WCWS Most Outstanding Player for her efforts.