Valparaiso University baseball freshman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) capped a stellar rookie season with another high honor as he was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper on Wednesday.
A pair of academic and athletic standouts represented the Valparaiso University baseball program on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference released its 2021 Scholar-Athlete Teams.
The Valparaiso University baseball team was one of the final four teams standing at the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament in Carbondale, Ill., but a strong run that featured a pair of victories came to an end on Friday night with an 11-5 defeat to host Southern Illinois.
After Thursday’s dramatic win over Illinois State, the Valparaiso University baseball team is awaiting its opponent, game date and game time for the next round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
When it was Matt Olive’s turn to pick up his teammates, the Valparaiso University baseball freshman came through in the most significant moment possible.
The Valparaiso University baseball team faced a quick turnaround with the first game of the day on Wednesday following a resilient, extra-inning win over Missouri State that wrapped up late Tuesday evening. Top-seeded DBU defeated Valpo 12-2 in seven innings to begin the double-elimination portion of the MVC Tournament at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale. Valpo will be back in action in an elimination game that begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
The route may have been circuitous, but the bottom line remains unchanged: The Valparaiso University baseball team survived and advanced late Tuesday evening at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.
A trio of Valparaiso University baseball players garnered recognition on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference released its all-league teams and postseason awards. Third baseman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) highlighted the Valpo honors by earning the MVC Freshman of the Year distinction.
For the second consecutive Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, Valpo will match up with Missouri State in the opening round after the two teams completed the regular season against one another. Much like 2019, Valpo finished the regular year by incurring a road sweep at the paws of the Bears. Eighth-seeded Valpo will face off with fifth-seeded Missouri State for the fifth consecutive game on Tuesday, this time with the season on the line in a win-or-go-home round to begin the MVC Tournament. If Valpo prevails on Tuesday, it will advance to the double-elimination portion of the event and take on top-seeded DBU on Wednesday at 10 a.m.