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Win: Lund (4-3) 5.052226
Loss: Hammel (1-4) 2.186602
Billinger (VALPO) 312000
Jones (VALPO) 302200
Shadid (BRAD) 534201
Dominguez (BRAD) 434201
Baseball Drops Series Finale at Bradley
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Baseball Drops Series Finale at Bradley
Brent Jones provided Valpo's scoring with a two-run double on Sunday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell to Bradley 13-2 in seven innings in the rubber match of a three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park in Peoria. Brent Jones (Ankeny, Iowa / Ankeny Centennial [Iowa Central]) had a two-run double to account for Valpo’s scoring.

How It Happened

  • Valpo threatened in the opening inning, but came away empty handed despite a single, double and walk. A caught stealing proved costly in the inning.
  • Bradley (29-14, 9-6) jumped on the board when Connor O’Brien drove in Luke Shadid with a single to third base in the bottom of the first. Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]) made a diving stop on the play, but his throw to first was late. A nice play by Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) in the hole at short retired the side without further damage.
  • Bradley expanded the lead in the bottom of the second with one swing of the bat by Luke Shadid, who cracked a two-run homer.
  • The Braves scored four times in the third inning, a frame that ended the day for Valpo starting pitcher Jarrett Hammel (Brook, Ind. / South Newton [Saint Joseph’s College]) after he allowed six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Bradley took a 7-0 lead to the fourth.
  • Valpo got on the board in the top of the fourth. Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Caliof. / St. Francis [Mission]) ripped his second double of the day and eventually came around to score as part of the two-run double by Jones.
  • Bradley added two in a strange fourth inning that featured a lost-in-the-sun double and a collision at first base on a thrown ball from third that allowed a run to score.  
  • After a single tally in the fifth, the Braves ended the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh including a game-ending two-run homer by Dan Bolt.

Inside the Game

  • In the first innings alone, Billinger went 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI single in this series.
  • Billinger had three doubles in the series including his first two-double day of the season on Sunday. He had three multi-double games a year ago.
  • Billinger is up to 34 doubles in his career, moving him into a tie with Shaikin as Valpo’s active leader. The mark needed to crack the Top 10 in program history in career doubles is 38.
  • Jones broke through with two hits, his first multi-hit game since March 29 at DBU and the double was his first extra-base knock since March 16 against Northern Illinois.

Up Next

Valpo (10-31, 3-12) will be back in action on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET to battle Michigan State in East Lansing. The game will be broadcast on BTN+ with live audio and stats available courtesy of Michigan State Athletics.