Cottrill Deals, But Rally Falls Just Shy as Valpo Season Reaches Conclusion
Sophomore Josh Cottrill (Pewaukee, Wis. / Pewaukee) turned in the best outing of his collegiate career in relief and the offense slugged two home runs and pounded out 12 hits, but an early hole was too much to overcome as the Valparaiso University baseball team fell 10-9 to Belmont in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament elimination game on Wednesday afternoon at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind. This puts the finishing touches on a solid season for the Beacons, who boasted their highest overall and MVC-only win totals and winning percentages since joining the league.
Strong Start Not Enough as Murray State Defeats Valpo in MVC Tournament Opener
The eighth-seeded Valparaiso University baseball team held a four-run lead five batters into the game, but an impressive opening inning was not enough as Murray State pulled away for an 11-6 victory in the opening round of the double-elimination Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, hosted by Indiana State at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind.
Valpo Product Chase Dawson to be Honored by Schaumburg Boomers
Former Valparaiso University baseball standout Chase Dawson (Chesterton, Ind. / Andrean) will be honored by the Schaumberg Boomers of the Frontier League on Sunday night as the first 1,000 fans to enter the gates of Wintrust Field will receive a Dawson bobblehead prior to the game against the New York Boulders at 6 p.m.
Maka Receives All-MVC First Team, Skrine Garners Honorable Mention
Valparaiso University baseball sophomore Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) was recognized for his stellar season on Monday night as he was named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team, which was announced at the league’s postseason awards banquet in Terre Haute, Ind. In addition, senior catcher Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) earned All-MVC Honorable Mention.
Baseball Looks to Continue Best Season Since Joining MVC at League Tournament
After being picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll, the Valparaiso University baseball team has exceeded expectations by earning a spot in the eight-team Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, which will begin on Tuesday as the eighth-seeded Beacons take on fifth-seeded Murray State in the opening round. If Valpo beats Murray State in the first round of the double-elimination tournament, the Beacons will play top-seeded Indiana State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT. If Valpo drops the opening game, the Brown & Gold will play an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday.
Valpo Recognizes Seniors Prior to Regular-Season Finale
The Valparaiso University baseball team recognized a trio of seniors prior to Saturday’s Senior Day contest, a 10-3 setback to Illinois State to close out the regular season at Emory G. Bauer Field. Pitchers Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) and Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) along with catcher Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) comprised the senior class. Numerous former Valpo baseball players were in attendance as part of an event hosted by Valpo’s alumni office.
Skrine Launches Two Home Runs, But Illinois State Evens Series
After clinching a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament berth on Thursday, the Valparaiso University baseball team dropped a game that had no impact on which teams comprise the tournament field on Friday afternoon, falling 20-10 to Illinois State at Emory G. Bauer Field. Senior Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) ripped two home runs to increase his team-leading total to 11. The two teams played through intermittent rain over the course of the game.
Baseball Beacons Beat Birds, Clinch MVC Tournament Berth
The Valparaiso University baseball team is going to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
Valpo Baseball Quintet Receives Academic All-District Honors
Five members of the Valparaiso University baseball program were recognized as Collegiate Sports Communicators (CSC, formerly known as CoSIDA) announced its Academic All-District honors on Tuesday.