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Loss: Quigley (0-1) 1.033311
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Baseball Bats Produce 10 Runs in Series Finale vs. Louisville
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Baseball Bats Produce 10 Runs in Series Finale vs. Louisville
Zach Fricke got the start on the mound for Sunday's series finale.

The Valparaiso University baseball team enjoyed its most successful offensive day of the season thus far, posting 10 runs on 15 hits in a 14-10 defeat at No. 3 Louisville on Sunday. It was a big day for freshman Nolan Tucker (Cedar, Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central), who spanked a home run and drove in four, the highest RBI output by a Valpo rookie in eight seasons.

How It Happened

  • Valpo struck first in the opening inning, producing a run in a frame that started modestly with two outs and nobody on base. Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) singled and eventually scored on an error to allow Valpo to notch an unearned tally.
  • Tucker belted a solo homer down the left-field line with two outs in the top of the second, doubling the lead to 2-0.
  • The Cardinals responded and got even in the bottom of the second, scoring twice on three hits against Valpo starting pitcher Zach Fricke (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Buffalo Grove).
  • Valpo jumped back in front in the top of the third. For the third time in as many innings, the Brown & Gold pushed across a run in a frame that started with two outs and nobody on. Temple stroked a single and crossed the dish as Troy Jones (Orland Park, Ill. / Carl Sandburg [Triton]) smashed a run-scoring double to left.
  • A passed ball helped Louisville pick up an unearned run that came on a sac fly in the bottom of the third, leveling the score at three.
  • Louisville went ahead on a run-scoring double with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. The Cardinals (4-3) added two in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 6-3, but Valpo got those two runs right back in the top of the sixth on a two-run single by Tucker.
  • Louisville exploded for six in the sixth, an inning that featured four doubles including two two-run doubles and another run-scoring two-bagger. Yet another two-run double in the bottom of the seventh made it 14-5 in favor of Louisville.
  • The Valpo bats battled back to produce five runs over the final two innings. Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) spanked an RBI double for his first career hit and Temple stroked a run-scoring single to account for two eighth-inning runs. Valpo got three more in the ninth thanks to a two-run double by Kevin Barry (Bartlett, Ill. / South Elgin) and a sacrifice fly by Tucker.  
  • On a day where outs were hard to come by, freshman hurler Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth for Valpo and permitted just one hit. He has not allowed a run in either of his appearances so far.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo posted a season-high 15 hits and was outhit just 16-15 against the nation’s No. 3 team. This marked Valpo’s highest hit total in a game since March 16, 2019 against Northern Illinois. It was the team’s first double-figure run total since beating Western Michigan 11-1 on April 16 of last season.
  • The 10 runs were the most scored by Valpo in a loss since March 2, 2018, a 14-13 setback vs. CSUN.
  • The 10 runs were the most allowed by Louisville since a 16-11 loss vs. No. 22 Miami on April 19 of last season.
  • Temple and Tucker each racked up three hits while Christian Barczi (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North) and Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) had two apiece. Tucker collected four RBIs to grab the team lead with five.
  • Tucker became the first Valpo freshman to drive in four in a game since Grant Yoder on April 24, 2012 at Purdue Fort Wayne (then IPFW).
  • Tucker’s big day also included his first career home run as he launched the team’s second long ball of the year.  

Up Next

Valpo (1-5) will begin its annual spring trip on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Lake Area Classic in Lake Charles, La. The team will play a pair of games on Friday, battling Southern Mississippi at 2 p.m. CT and McNeese State at 6 p.m. CT. Links to live coverage will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.