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Win: Parks (2-1) 3.010003
Loss: Tieman (2-7) 5.166545
Troyer (UE) 513200
Drudge (VALPO) 403100
Baseball Drops Series Opener to Evansville
Friday, April 26, 2019
Baseball Drops Series Opener to Evansville
Jeremy Drudge had three of Valpo's four hits on Friday.

One tough inning hurt the Valparaiso University baseball team in Friday’s series opener at Emory G. Bauer Field. Visiting Evansville put a six spot in the sixth in an eventual 8-1 win. Freshman Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) collected three of Valpo’s four hits.

How It Happened

  • Neither team got on the board in the first three innings as Valpo starting pitcher Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) and Evansville’s Adam Lukas traded zeros. After permitting a bloop single to lead off the game, Tieman sent down nine straight.
  • Evansville (20-18, 7-3) jumped on the board in the fourth inning on a triple by Tanner Craig and then Craig scored on an error moments later to make it 2-0. Valpo had a quick response in the fourth when Drudge placed a double down the right-field line to slice the lead in half.
  • When Lukas walked back-to-back men to begin the fifth, his fifth and sixth walks of the day, the Evansville starter was given the hook. Left-handed reliever Michael Parks came on with his team clinging to a 2-1 lead. He worked out of the jam with three consecutive outs.
  • That set the stage for a prosperous sixth for Evansville where the Purple Aces batted around to the tune of six runs on four hits. Parks (2-1) was strong in relief, going three scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Tieman (2-7) took the defeat.
  • Josh Currier (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central) worked two scoreless innings while Tanner Skidmore (Timberville, Va. / Broadway [Potomac State]) put up a goose egg in his frame of work for Valpo.

Inside the Game

  • Drudge enjoyed a career-high three hits. He has heated up of late and has as many hits in Valpo’s last three games (five) as he did in his first 19 appearances.
  • Valpo’s top of the lineup was unusually quiet, although Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) and Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) did draw two walks apiece.
  • Valpo batters have worked 14 walks over the last two games.
  • Skidmore has not allowed a run in any of his last three outings, while Currier has turned the same trick with a scoreless streak that spans four innings.

Up Next

In the unlikely event that the weather cooperates, Valpo (8-28, 1-9) will host Evansville on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. If the current forecast holds, we will be letting you know about a schedule change on Saturday morning. When the second and third games of the series are played, live audio and stats will be available.