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Win: Mazza (3-1) 7.0311211
Loss: McCluskey (1-2) 3.044421
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Etzel (USM) 422000
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Baseball Drops Series Finale at No. 22 Southern Miss
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Baseball Drops Series Finale at No. 22 Southern Miss
Nathan Chasey tossed three scoreless innings on Sunday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 11-5 to No. 22 Southern Miss in the series finale at Peter Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss on Sunday afternoon. Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indiana Hills CC]) hurled three scoreless innings of relief to serve as a Beacon bright spot. This marked the team’s final contest of a seven-game, 11-day road trip.

How It Happened

  • The game was slated for 11 a.m., but the first pitch was not tossed out until 2:01 p.m. after a three-hour delay caused by rain and lightning.
  • The Golden Eagles jumped in front in the opening inning on a two-run homer by Slade Wilks.
  • The Beacons sliced the lead in half on a run-scoring single by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) in the third. They could have had more in the inning as the first out came at the plate as a runner tried to score on a single to left. Valpo also had two on with one away and one run in the bank but could cash in no further.
  • Southern Miss added two in the third, scoring on a sacrifice fly before adding another on the back end of a double steal with runners at first and third.
  • Valpo starter Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) was lifted after three innings, and Chasey took over. He worked the next three frames without yielding a run, permitting just one hit and one walk. He opposed the minimum over his first two innings before facing a second-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth. He wiggled out with no damage done.
  • Southern Miss added two in the seventh on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-1.
  • Southern Miss broke it open with five in the eighth.
  • Valpo scored four times in the ninth including a two-out, two-run two-bagger by Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo). The scoring in that inning started with a wild pitch, and the fourth run of the frame came on Schmack’s second single of the game.

Inside the Game

  • The Golden Eagles outhit the Beacons 8-6.
  • Schmack had Valpo’s lone multi-hit output. This marked his team-leading seventh game of the season with multiple hits.
  • The Hannahs double with two outs in the ninth was Valpo’s first extra-base hit of the game.
  • Hannahs had his 25th career double, four of which have come this season.

Up Next

Valpo (7-6) will be back in action on Friday to start a three-game series in Omaha. The first pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m.