The Valparaiso University baseball team will spend the week in the Lone Star State as Dallas Baptist University hosts the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament. The eight-team, double-elimination event will commence on Wednesday and conclude on Saturday with the winner earning an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. The seventh-seeded Crusaders will face an immediate test in their tournament opener as they clash with host DBU, the No. 2 seed, under the Horner Ballpark lights to conclude the first day of MVC Tournament play.
The Valparaiso University baseball team celebrated its 10-member senior class on Saturday afternoon prior to the regular season finale against Indiana State at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders started five seniors and used four more out of the bullpen in an 8-2 loss to the Sycamores.
The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 16-0 to Indiana State on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Sycamores did all of their scoring in the first four innings in a game that was shortened to seven frames because of the 10-run rule.
The Valparaiso University baseball team was hurt by one big Indiana State inning in Thursday’s series opener between the two Missouri Valley Conference foes at Emory G. Bauer Field. All six hits in the Sycamore sixth were singles, leading to a five-run uprising and an eventual 6-3 victory over the Crusaders. Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Calif. / St. Francis [Mission]) tied the program record for doubles in a single season with his 23rd of the year in the eighth inning.
The regular season reaches its conclusion this week as Valpo welcomes in-state foe Indiana State for a three-game series that begins on Thursday. The Crusaders and Sycamores will go at it in an important set as teams across the conference battle for seeding in next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The series will culminate with Senior Day on Saturday as the Crusaders recognize their 10-member senior class prior to the group’s final game at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Even the most optimistic fans of the Valparaiso University baseball team had to admit that the outlook was bleak with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders hadn’t scored since the second inning and faced a 2-1 deficit with nobody on base and one out left to work. Then, the fortunes turned. The next three batters reached, setting the stage for a two-run single by Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Calif. / St. Francis [Mission]) as Valpo stunned Chicago State 3-2 in walk-off fashion.
The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 8-0 to Illinois State on Sunday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill. The Redbirds sprinted ahead 7-0 through two innings before the Valpo bullpen slowed them down to the tune of one run over seven frames. However, the Crusader offense was stymied by Illinois State starter Matt Walker, who pitched six shutout innings and garnered the win.
After waiting out a three-hour rain delay, the Valparaiso University baseball team was on the wrong end of a 13-3 score at Illinois State on Saturday night at Duffy Bass Field in Normal. The Redbirds used an eight-run second inning to set the tone and eventually invoked the 10-run rule in the bottom of the eighth. Junior Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) drove in all three Valpo runs and launched his eighth home run of the season, moving into a tie for the team lead.
Starting pitcher Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) turned in a complete-game gem, Zack Leone (Pelham Manor, N.Y. / Fordham Prep [Susquehanna]) ripped a go-ahead ninth-inning double and Jayden Eggimann (Mesa, Ariz. / Desert Ridge [Central Arizona / Grand Canyon]) made a game-ending diving catch on a line drive to center. All of it added up to a crisp, entertaining and dramatic 2-1 victory over Illinois State for the Valparaiso University baseball team on Friday night in the series opener at Duffy Bass Field in Normal, Ill.