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Renfro Rips Homer in Season-Opening Setback to Kansas
Friday, February 17, 2023
Renfro Rips Homer in Season-Opening Setback to Kansas
Griffin McCluskey got the opening day start for the Beacons.

After tying for the team lead in home runs last season, Valparaiso University baseball junior Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) wasted no time in jumping out to the early team lead in 2023. His opening-day home run served as the highlight of the squad’s 5-1 setback to Kansas in Corpus Christi, Texas on Friday.

How It Happened

  • Kansas struck first with a run in the opening frame, then posted three runs in the third to leap out to a 4-0 lead.
  • The big swing of the bat from Renfro got Valpo on the board in the fourth, slicing the deficit to three as his blast sailed over the right-field fence.
  • The Jayhawks got that run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly.
  • Junior Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) allowed four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking four in his four frames. He recorded two strikeouts as part of a scoreless second and caught a pair of Jayhawks looking in his final inning of work, putting up a goose egg in the fourth.
  • The lone arm to work in relief was Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indiana Hills CC]), as the righty logged the remaining four innings. He kept Kansas to one run on four hits while walking three and fanning four.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo pitching notched 10 strikeouts on opening day.
  • Renfro’s dinger was Valpo’s lone extra-base knock, but Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central), Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) and Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) were also in the hit column.
  • The home run by Renfro was the 12th of his career.
  • The last Valpo player to homer on opening day was Jeremy Drudge in 2021 at UAB.

Up Next

The series between Valpo (0-1) and Kansas in Corpus Christi, Texas continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FloSports (subscription required) with links to live video, audio and stats available on ValpoAhtletics.com.