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Win: Eddington (4-0) 6.021146
Loss: Nowak (4-2) 4.077646
Maka (VALPO) 513200
Nivens (MOST) 522201
Hull (MOST) 322020
Kelly (MOST) 312020
Lopez (MOST) 412000
Baseball Drops Series Finale on Blustery Sunday in Springfield
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Baseball Drops Series Finale on Blustery Sunday in Springfield

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 9-6 to Missouri State on a windy Sunday afternoon at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Matt Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) continued to swing a hot stick as he cracked two extra-base hits including a solo home run and drove in three, while Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) continued a recent offensive surge of his own with three hits.

How It Happened

  • Valpo grabbed an early lead when Maka went to the opposite field with a double to left to plate a two-out run in the opening frame.
  • Missouri State scored five times in the second including a two-run homer by Spencer Nivens to take a 5-1 lead.
  • The Bears scored twice more in the fourth – an inning that started with two outs and the bases clear – to increase the lead to six at 7-1.
  • Righty Josh Cottrill (Pewaukee, Wis. / Pewaukee) came into the game in the fifth inning and put up a zero despite pitching around a two-out error. A soft two-out single to the right side of the infield allowed Missouri State to tack on a run in the sixth, extending the lead to 8-1.
  • An opposite field home run by Olive in the seventh reduced the lead to six at 8-2. The Beacons could have had more in that inning, but a sprawling catch in right field took away a hit.
  • Missouri State added a solo shot in the seventh to make it 9-2.
  • Olive notched his second extra-base hit in as many innings with a two-out double to plate a run in the bottom of the eighth. The frame continued when Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) ripped a single to the left side of the infield to score another and close the gap to five at 9-4.
  • Lefty Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth for the Beacons.
  • A run-scoring single by Maka in the top of the ninth cut the lead to four at 9-5. The Bears made a ninth-inning pitching change and Valpo then moved a step closer when an Olive walk forced in a run to make it 9-6. Missouri State then escaped as Valpo stranded the potential tying run at first.

Inside the Game

  • Olive notched his sixth multi-hit game of the season in just 16 contests. In six games since returning from a hamstring injury, he has recorded three multi-hit outputs, has a hit in all six games and has three home runs.
  • Olive had his third double and fifth home run of the season.
  • Maka’s three-hit game represented his fifth of the season and his 11th multi-hit output.
  • This was Maka’s fifth multi-hit game in his last six outings including three three-hit contests during that stretch.
  • Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) reached base four times, all via the base on balls. He became the first Valpo player to work four walks in a game since Spencer Mahoney on April 2, 2014 vs. Northern Illinois.

Up Next

Valpo (16-19, 7-11) will visit Western Michigan on Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT.  Links to live audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.