After matching its regular season Missouri Valley Conference win total from a year ago despite playing in a conference that entered the final weekend of the regular season ranked sixth nationally in RPI, the Valparaiso University baseball team will look to make some noise in the Valley tournament much like it did a year ago. Valpo finished seventh in the regular season standings, creating a matchup with sixth-seeded Missouri State, the defending conference champion, in a single-elimination first-round game on Tuesday.
The Valparaiso University baseball team held a late lead in Saturday’s regular season finale, but Missouri State came from behind for an 8-6 win that ended with a walk-off home run to snap a 6-6 tie. Valpo finished the regular season with six Missouri Valley Conference wins, equaling its conference win total from a year ago despite playing in a conference that is ranked sixth nationally in RPI this season.
The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 11-4 to Missouri State on Friday night at Hammons Field in Springfield despite eight of the nine batters in the Valpo lineup recording hits and the two teams collecting 10 hits apiece. Valpo is now locked into the No. 7 seed for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament and will play sixth-seeded Missouri State in the opening round on Tuesday at Illinois State regardless of the results on Saturday’s final day of the regular season.
The Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a one-run defeat on Thursday night in Springfield, falling 5-4 to Missouri State. Valpo had leads of 1-0 and 3-1, but the Bears scored four in the fifth to take the lead and fended off the visitors for the game’s duration.
The Valparaiso University baseball team has set its summer camp dates for 2019.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will finish out the 2019 regular season this weekend with a three-game Missouri Valley Conference series at Missouri State. Valpo enters the weekend trailing the defending conference champion Bears by one game in the standings and can overtake Missouri State for sixth by winning this weekend’s series. Valpo enters the weekend with a four-game winning streak and the team will shoot to surpass its conference win total from a year ago (six) with at least one victory this weekend.
The Valparaiso University baseball team made it four wins in a row on Tuesday by topping Chicago State 4-3 in the Emory G. Bauer Field finale. Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) finished a home run shy of the cycle, while four Valpo relief pitchers did not allow any earned runs over 4 1/3 innings to help secure the triumph.
Valparaiso University baseball pitcher Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) earned a pair of honors on Monday as he was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week while also being recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as one of six National Players of the Week.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will welcome Chicago State to Emory G. Bauer Field for the home finale on Tuesday. The game is a makeup of a contest that was slated for April 9 and was postponed. This is the final nonconference game of the season for Valpo and presents the team with a chance to nail down its fourth straight win, which would mark the program’s longest winning streak since taking six straight late in 2016. With a win on Tuesday, Valpo can finish with a winning home record for the fourth time in the last five years.