May 12, 201812345678RHE
Illinois State1800003113160
Win: Headrick (3-6) 6.063316
Loss: Ferketic (4-5) 2.0109402
Shaikin (VALPO) 412301
Miller (ILS) 513100
Sadler (ILS) 523301
Grimm (ILS) 523200
Valpo Drops Middle Game at Illinois State
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Valpo Drops Middle Game at Illinois State
Sam Shaikin had two extra-base hits and drove in all three Valpo runs on Saturday.

After waiting out a three-hour rain delay, the Valparaiso University baseball team was on the wrong end of a 13-3 score at Illinois State on Saturday night at Duffy Bass Field in Normal. The Redbirds used an eight-run second inning to set the tone and eventually invoked the 10-run rule in the bottom of the eighth. Junior Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) drove in all three Valpo runs and launched his eighth home run of the season, moving into a tie for the team lead.

How It Happened

  • After Valpo gained an early edge in the series opener, it was Illinois State (19-27, 6-11 MVC) that struck in the opening inning on Saturday. Jake McCaw rolled a seeing-eye single through the right side with two down in the bottom of the first, allowing Tyson Hays to cross the dish and put the Redbirds in front 1-0.
  • Valpo (17-28, 6-11) threatened in the top of the second with a pair of two-out singles, but left runners at the corners. In the bottom of the second, a two-run double by John Rave expanded the lead to 3-0 before Owen Miller made it a four-run affair with a run-scoring single. A Valpo throwing error scored another run and extended the inning. Collin Braithwaite singled in another run, and eventually Illinois State fully capitalized on the extended inning as Noah Sadler ripped a three-run homer to make it 9-0.
  • The top of Valpo’s order got the team on the board in the third, as Chase Dawson (Chesterton, Ind. / Andrean) and Shaikin clubbed consecutive doubles to make it 9-1.
  • Valpo starting pitcher Trey Ferketic (Laguna Niguel, Calif. / JSerra [UC San Diego]) exited after two innings as the Crusaders went to the bullpen for the first time in the series by summoning Jarrett Hammel (Brook, Ind. / South Newton [Saint Joseph’s College]) for the third.
  • Hammel did his job, producing two scoreless innings including a 1-2-3 fourth. That trend continued when Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) entered the game and hurled two shutout frames. A single by Miller in the sixth was the first Illinois State hit since the Sadler home run.
  • Illinois State scored three times in the seventh and had the potential winning run (10-run rule) at third when Chad Jacob (Irvine, Calif. / Woodbridge) charged in to make a nice play, recovering after a slight juggle to end the inning and extend the game.
  • However, the Redbirds used two walks and two hits to produce a run in the bottom of the eighth, ending the game by 10-run rule.

Inside the Game

  • Shaikin’s home run was his eighth of the season and allowed him to move back into a tie for the team lead for home runs. The long ball was the 12th of his Valpo career.
  • Dawson doubled for the second straight day and increased his season total to nine. Shaikin had a pair of extra-base hits as he delivered his 12th double of the year, also the second straight day he ripped a two-bagger.
  • Shaikin, who drove in all three Valpo runs, recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season and his fifth game this year with three RBIs or more.
  • Rhodehouse has not allowed an earned run in five appearances in conference play.
  • Hammel has worked 10 straight scoreless innings over his last five appearances.
  • Ferketic (4-5) was hit with the loss after allowing nine runs (four earned) on 10 hits in two innings. Brent Headrick (3-6) picked up the win after yielding three runs on six hits and striking out six over six frames.
  • This was the first time on record Valpo has lost by the 10-run rule. The Horizon League does not have a 10-run rule, but the rule does exist in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Up Next

The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT with Wes Gordon getting the ball for the Crusaders. Links to audio and stats are available on