February 15, 2020123456789RHE
Win: Hicks (1-0) 5.010018
Loss: Rhodehouse (0-1) 1.143122
Temple (VALPO) 302010
Sims (WKU) 513100
Baseball Drops Season Opener to Western Kentucky
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Baseball Drops Season Opener to Western Kentucky
Riley Dent started his senior

The Valparaiso University baseball team opened up the 2020 campaign on Saturday with a 9-3 setback to Western Kentucky at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky. Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) had a pair of hits in his Valpo debut to highlight the offense.

How It Happened

  • Western Kentucky posted a three spot in the second inning. Justin Carlin lashed a base hit that drove in a run with a second run scoring on an error on the play. A third run crossed the dish on a passed ball.  
  • Valpo opener Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) permitted three runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks in his 1 1/3 innings.
  • The Hilltoppers tacked on two in the third on a pair of run-scoring singles, one of which came with two outs. They pushed across another two-out run in the fourth to make it 6-0. Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) pitched in relief of Rhodehouse and left after 2 1/3 innings.
  • Western Kentucky added a pair in the fifth to open the lead to eight.
  • Valpo notched its first run of the season in the sixth as two walks in the inning set the stage for Troy Jones (Orland Park, Ill. / Carl Sandburg [Triton]) to rip a run-scoring single up the middle to make it 8-1.
  • Michael Mommersteeg (St. Thomas, Ont., Canada / St. Joseph’s) and Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) each tossed scoreless innings out of the Valpo bullpen.
  • Valpo notched a pair of ninth-inning runs on sacrifice flies by Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central).

Inside the Game

  • The starting nine featured four players who were making their Valpo debuts – junior college transfers Temple and Jones and freshmen Schmack and Tucker.
  • Temple reached base three times with a walk to go along with his pair of hits. Schmack drew two walks in addition to his sac fly in his first collegiate game.
  • Rhodehouse (0-1) was hit with the defeat for Valpo, while Michael Hicks (1-0) pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight and walking one to earn the victory for Western Kentucky.

Up Next

Valpo (0-1) will continue the series at Western Kentucky (1-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast via Facebook Live. Links to live video and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com.