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Win: Jachec (2-2) 8.041108
Loss: Rosenkranz (2-2) 4.098814
Renfro (VALPO) 311010
Skrine (VALPO) 401000
Reinertson (VALPO) 201000
Ryan (VALPO) 301000
Gergely (INS) 533602
Magill (INS) 423100
Baseball Falls in MVC Opener
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Baseball Falls in MVC Opener

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 10-1 to Indiana State on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. to open the Missouri Valley Conference portion of the season.  

How It Happened

  • Indiana State jumped on the board first thanks to a two-out hit in the opening inning.
  • The Sycamores added to the lead when Seth Gergely hit a three-run homer in the second to build the lead to 4-0.
  • Indiana State’s Mike Sears homered in the bottom of the third to make it 5-0.
  • Gergely made it a two-homer game with his three-run blast in the fourth to extend the lead to 8-0 for the hosts.
  • Indiana State added a run in the fifth and one more in the sixth on a Randal Diaz home run to up the lead to 10-0.
  • Valpo’s Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) doubled to deep right center with one away in the top of the seventh, moved to third on a Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) single and scored Valpo’s first run of the game on a ground ball by Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest). That tally extended the game as the Sycamores were two outs away from invoking the 10-run rule.
  • The Beacon pitching staff posted its first zero of the day in the seventh when Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to send the game to the eighth.
  • Hack followed up with another scoreless frame in the eighth to once again extend the contest.

Inside the Game

  • Half of Valpo’s four hits went for extra bases as Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) and Renfro both doubled.
  • Maka had the team’s lone RBI, his eighth of the season.
  • Renfro extended his season-long on-base streak to 15, while Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) failed to reach base in a game for the first time this season, snapping his 14-game on-base streak.
  • Renfro and Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) reached base twice each.
  • Hack yielded two runs on six hits while striking out four in his four innings of relief.  

Up Next

Valpo (7-8) and Indiana State will round out the series with a doubleheader on Sunday starting at noon CT / 1 p.m. ET. Both games will air on ESPN+.