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Win: Liberatore (6-0) 9.020032
Loss: Fields (2-4) 5.055542
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Watkins (INS) 322120
Enriquez (INS) 312020

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Win: Ward (4-1) 4.110011
Loss: Rhodehouse (1-1) 2.034411
Shaikin (VALPO) 423000
Watkins (INS) 534401
Valpo Drops Doubleheader at Indiana State
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Valpo Drops Doubleheader at Indiana State
Chase Dawson drove in four in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against an Indiana State team that is receiving votes nationally. The Sycamores won the opener 8-0 before Valpo senior Chase Dawson (Chesterton, Ind. / Andrean) drove in four in the nightcap in an 11-5 defeat at Bob Warn Field.

How It Happened – Game 1

  • Indiana State jumped out to the early lead as CJ Huntley blooped a two-out single to shallow right to drive in a pair.
  • The Sycamores (27-7, 4-2) added a run in the third as Roby Enriquez doubled and scored on a base hit by Romero Harris. That expanded the lead to 3-0.
  • Valpo starting pitcher Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) settled in to put zeros on the board in the fourth and fifth innings, but then he exited after issuing a walk and a hit batter to the first two batters of the sixth.
  • That sixth inning turned into a four-run frame for the Sycamores, who built up a 7-0 lead. It included a two-run triple by Luke Fegen. Indiana State tacked on one more in the eighth.
  • Indiana State’s Colin Liberatore threw a complete-game two-hitter to pick up the victory and improve to 2-0.

Inside the Game – Game 1

  • Dawson reached base three times in a game where the rest of the team combined to reach twice. In addition to cracking one of Valpo’s two hits, Dawson drew two of the team’s three walks.
  • Fields took the defeat after allowing five runs on four walks and five hits in five innings. He saw his record fall to 2-4.
  • This marked Valpo’s seventh doubleheader of the season. There has only been one weekend that did not involve a weather-related schedule change, and that was the series played in Dallas against DBU.

How It Happened – Game 2

  • The first three Valpo batters of the game had base hits, allowing Valpo to exceed its Game 1 hit total before the first out was recorded. The third hit in that string was a triple that Dawson yanked into the right field corner, plating a pair. Later in the inning, the Valpo senior scampered home on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 Valpo.
  • Indiana State got two back right away in the bottom of the first with both runs scoring on sacrifice flies. Valpo pitcher Zach Fricke (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Buffalo Grove) did limit the damage as the Sycamores stranded a runner at third.
  • Ellison Hanna connected on a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth to put Indiana State in front 4-3. Both runs were unearned as the inning had been extended by an error.
  • Valpo wrestled the lead back in the fifth inning on another quality swing by Dawson. He cracked a two-run double down the right-field line, driving in a pair to give Valpo a 5-4 edge.
  • Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) did a nice job limiting the damage when he inherited a first-and-third, no out jam in the bottom of the fifth. He induced a double play followed by a pop fly, holding the Sycamores to a single tally that tied the game at five.
  • Indiana State scored four in the sixth to regain the lead as a go-ahead bloop single by Clay Dungan was followed by a Jarrod Watkins three-run homer.
  • Indiana State added two in the bottom of the eighth to make it 11-5, which proved to be the final score.

Inside the Game – Game 2

  • Valpo has jumped ahead in the first inning in seven of the team’s last 11 games.
  • Dawson’s triple was his third of the season and the 11th of his career. That allowed him to move into a tie for seventh in program history for career triples. He now has the most triples by a Valpo player since Kyle Gaedele (2009-2011) finished his career with 12.
  • Dawson scored his team-leading 20th run of the season. He has scored 126 runs in his career, one shy of climbing into the Top 10 in program history.
  • Dawson’s four RBIs bumped his season total to 18, while he also ripped his fifth double of the year.
  • Shaikin enjoyed a three-hit showing, his second of the season and first since March 3 at UNCW.

Up Next

Valpo (6-24, 1-8) will return home on Tuesday to host Western Michigan in a game that begins at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. Links to live audio and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com.