March 30, 2019123456789RHE
Win: Johnson (4-1) 6.030036
Loss: Fields (2-2) 3.185554
Dent (VALPO) 403000
Glenn (DBU) 402210
Jones (DBU) 412010
Dent Leads Valpo in Defeat at DBU
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Dent Leads Valpo in Defeat at DBU
Riley Dent had three of Valpo's five hits on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team ran into one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s top arms on Saturday as DBU right-hander MD Johnson dazzled to the tune of six shutout innings in which he yielded just three hits, lifting the hosts to an 8-0 victory over visiting Valpo at Horner Ballpark in Dallas. Junior Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) was his team’s top performer with a three-hit output to go along with an impressive catch in left-center.

How It Happened

  • Valpo freshman starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) struck out DBU’s Bryce Ball looking to retire the side in the bottom of the first as the Patriots stranded a man at second.
  • However, DBU put up a crooked number against the rookie righty in the second. The first run was walked in, then Ben McConnell laid down a beauty of a bunt single along the third-base lane to make it 2-0. It ended up being a four-run frame as DBU sent 10 men to the plate.
  • Fields bounced back to put a zero on the board in the third, but was chased from the game in the fourth, an inning that saw DBU tack on a run on an infield single despite a valiant diving effort by Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth).
  • Tanner Skidmore (Timberville, Va. / Broadway [Potomac State]) threw one pitch to get out of the fourth, inducing a line-drive double play. However, DBU eventually tacked on three in the fifth to expand the lead to 8-0.
  • James Meyer (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) worked around a pair of walks to get through the bottom of the sixth without allowing a run.
  • Mike Kornacker (Lemont, Ill. / Lemont [St. Laurence]) turned in two scoreless frames out of the bullpen, keeping DBU off the board in the seventh and eighth innings.

Inside the Game

  • Dent singled in the third, fifth and eighth innings to account for the team’s first, third and fourth hits of the day. He enjoyed his eighth multi-hit game of the season, the second-most on the team. It was also his third three-hit showing in 2019, tied with Billinger for the most on the team. Dent added an impressive diving catch in left-center in the seventh inning to his quality day at the dish.
  • This marked the second time in a week’s span that Meyer has entered a game and put a zero on the board, his second straight outing that consisted of a scoreless inning.  
  • Fields (2-2) took the defeat after allowing five runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out four in 3 1/3 innings.
  • Johnson (4-1) got the win to continue his strong season after limiting Valpo to just three hits over six scoreless innings while walking three and fanning six.

Up Next

Valpo (5-18, 0-2 MVC) and DBU (20-6, 2-0 MVC) will round out the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Horner Ballpark. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available.