Freshman starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) had the best performance of his young career and got better as the game went on, propelling the Valparaiso University baseball team to a 5-2 victory over Northern Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Chicago State. Eight quality innings from Fields helped Valpo take the rubber match of the three-game weekend series.
The Valparaiso University baseball team split a doubleheader on Saturday against Northern Illinois, winning the opener 7-6 before dropping the nightcap 5-2 at Chicago State. Chase Dawson (Chesterton, Ind. / Andrean) collected three hits in the first game and five for the day including a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning of the victory. Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) continued his strong junior season by retiring all nine men he faced to earn the win in relief.
The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced changes to this weekend’s series against Northern Illinois.
A high-scoring first four innings gave way to a bullpen battle over the final five frames in a game that saw host Tennessee Tech hold on to edge the Valparaiso University baseball team 12-8 on Tuesday. Valpo’s offense was strong early, racking up eight runs in the first four frames.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will play the final four games of a stretch of 16 straight road contests to open the season this week, starting with a visit to Cookeville, Tenn. to take on Tennessee Tech in midweek action on Tuesday. The team will return to the Midwest following Tuesday’s game and will clash with Northern Illinois in a three-game series this weekend. Due to the weather situation, stay tuned for any additional information about location and time changes for the weekend series.
The Valparaiso University baseball team came back to tie Sunday’s game in the seventh inning, but No. 24 South Carolina responded with three in the seventh and four in the eighth to pull away for a 12-6 victory. Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Calif. / St. Francis [Mission]) and Brent Jones (Ankeny, Iowa / Ankeny Centennial [Iowa Central]) turned in three hits apiece and both homered in the series finale at Founders Park in Columbia, S.C.
The Valparaiso University baseball team came within three outs of adding to the program’s long list of wins over Top 25 opponents, but No. 24 South Carolina started the ninth with back-to-back home runs and walked off with a 3-2 victory. Junior starting pitcher Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) may very well have pitched his best game in a Valpo uniform on Saturday, holding a quality Gamecocks offense to just one run (none earned) on six hits and no walks over eight innings.
The Valparaiso University baseball team was originally scheduled to take on No. 24 South Carolina on Friday night at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET. Due to an unfavorable forecast, the start time was moved to 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET, but then the game started on a two-hour rain delay. Baseball was finally played starting at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, but then rain came again after four innings, causing the contest to be suspended. It will be resumed on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. with Valpo down 4-1.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will continue a rigorous stretch with perhaps its toughest test yet this weekend in Columbia, S.C. Valpo will visit South Carolina, a perennial baseball powerhouse, for a three-game weekend series. The Gamecocks are ranked 20th nationally by Baseball America and 24th in the latest D1Baseball.com poll. This will mark Valpo’s first games against a nationally-ranked opponent since beating No. 25 Illinois in a midweek game last April. This continues a stretch of eight straight games against opponents who played in NCAA Regionals last season.