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Win: SCHULTZ (4-0) 8.020017
Loss: Kornacker (0-3) 0.135521
FREED (BU) 613401
Dent (VALPO) 201010
Barry (VALPO) 111201
Kapers (VALPO) 201000
Jorgensen (VALPO) 401000
Barry Homer a Bright Spot for Valpo on Sunday
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Barry Homer a Bright Spot for Valpo on Sunday
Kevin Barry ripped his first career home run in the ninth inning on Sunday.

Long after the final score of Sunday’s Valparaiso University baseball game against Butler is forgotten, Kevin Barry (Bartlett, Ill. / South Elgin) will remember his swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth inning. It had been a long time coming for the Valpo redshirt freshman, who missed last season with an injury and got off to a slow start this season in a small sample size. Getting his first at-bat in a game Butler led 9-0, Barry belted his first collegiate home run down the right field line to get Valpo on the board in a 9-2 defeat.

How It Happened

  • Butler built up a 6-0 lead in an opening inning that was highlighted by a Harrison Freed two-run homer.
  • The Bulldogs (13-9) tacked on a run in the second and two in the fourth.
  • The final five pitchers who saw action for Valpo were impressive on Sunday, combining for 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Tanner Skidmore (Timberville, Va. / Broadway [Potomac State]) helped right the ship for the Valpo pitching staff with 1 2/3 shutout innings, then Jim Jarecki (New Berlin, Wis. / Marquette [Heartland /Bradley]), James Meyer (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville Community), Keegan Bates (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) and Josh Currier (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central) followed with one inning apiece of scoreless relief.
  • Barry’s blast occurred with one out in the ninth when he came to the plate as a pinch hitter. Louie Baker (Gold Coast, Australia / Scottsdale CC) was along for the ride after drawing a base on balls in his lone plate appearance.

Up Next

Valpo (5-14) will begin a busy week of baseball on Tuesday in West Lafayette for a game that begins at 3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET. Links to live coverage will be available on