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DBU Tops Valpo in MVC Opener
Thursday, April 1, 2021
DBU Tops Valpo in MVC Opener
Kyle Schmack reached base three times in Thursday's series opener.

The Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a 6-1 setback to Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite DBU in Thursday’s conference opener at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) reached base three times, while Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) had two hits and drove in the Valpo run.

How It Happened

  • Valpo starting pitcher Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) struck out a pair as part of a 1-2-3 opening inning, but DBU pushed across three runs on four hits in the last of the second to grab a 3-0 lead.
  • Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) took over on the mound for Valpo in the third and did quality work, putting up zeros in both the third and fourth before using a double play and a strikeout to face the minimum in the fifth, his third consecutive scoreless frame.
  • The Brown & Gold got on the board in the top of the fifth as Dent placed a double down the left-field line to cut the DBU lead to 3-1. The two-bagger put the potential tying run in scoring position with only one away, but the Patriots escaped the inning without further damage.
  • Mintz was touched for a run in the sixth before departing after 3 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball. He walked just one and struck out three in a solid relief outing.
  • Valpo righty Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) came on to get the final out of the sixth, then heaved a scoreless seventh. He fanned a pair and walked one while yielding no hits.
  • DBU added two runs in the bottom of the eighth to account for the final score.

Inside the Game

  • Schmack base three times – twice via being hit a pitch before his seventh-inning single extended his hitting streak to nine games. Schmack became the first Valpo player to be hit by a pitch twice in a single game since Brent Jones on April 16, 2019 vs. Western Michigan.
  • Dent notched a pair of hits, his fifth multi-hit output of the year.
  • Dent’s double represented his team-leading fourth, while he lifted his season RBI total to nine, second on the club. The two-base hit by Dent was the team’s lone extra-base knock of the evening.
  • Chasey worked shutout ball for the seventh time in his 10 outings this season, while Mintz did his best work of his last four appearances.

Up Next

Valpo (5-13, 0-1) and DBU (15-7, 1-0) will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. at Horner Ballpark. Links to live video, audio and stats courtesy of DBU Athletics can be found on ValpoAthletics.com.