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Win: Ethridge (2-0) 6.072219
Loss: Fields (0-3) 5.077716
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Dent (VALPO) 513000
Southern Miss Nips Valpo in Saturday Slugfest
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Southern Miss Nips Valpo in Saturday Slugfest
Riley Dent paced Valpo with three hits on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team rallied for nine runs over the final three innings including a six-run eighth, but it was not enough in a 13-11 setback to Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon at the Lake Area Classic in Lake Charles, La. Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) had three hits to lead a 15-hit onslaught, while Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) enjoyed a four-RBI day.

How It Happened

  • After Valpo had taken the early lead in each of the first two games in the event, this time the Brown & Gold played from behind. The Eagles got three in the opening inning including a two-run triple.
  • Temple clubbed a two-run double to right center with two outs in the bottom of the first, a clutch hit that chased home Nolan Tucker (Cedar, Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) and Troy Jones (Orland Park, Ill. / Carl Sandburg [Triton]) and helped Valpo pull within one.
  • The Eagles (8-2) tacked on one in the third on a solo shot by Matthew Guidry, then added three in the fifth to make it 7-2.
  • Valpo got a gift run in the seventh on one hit with help from an error, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk to Temple.
  • Southern Miss seemingly put the game out of reach with five in the top of the eighth to increase the edge to 12-3. Guidry hit a three-run homer, his second long ball of the day, to highlight the frame. An error, a wild pitch and three walks led to the other two Southern Miss runs.
  • Valpo fought back in the bottom of the eighth by scoring six times. Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) roped a triple to left center that made Southern Miss pay for a walk and a hit batter, as both of those runners scored. Later in the inning, an infield hit helped Temple record his fourth RBI of the day, then Christian Barczi (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North) belted a two-run double to make it 12-9. Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) drove in a run on an RBI bouncer for the other tally in that frame.
  • The Eagles added one in the top of the ninth, then Valpo got a pair of unearned runs by capitalizing on a Southern Miss error in the bottom of the ninth. Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]) tripled to drive in one, then Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) doubled to score another.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo had its second double-figure run total of the last four games by scoring a season-high 11 while pounding out 15 hits to match a season high. Valpo previously had 15 base knocks in a 14-10 setback at Louisville last weekend.
  • Valpo hadn’t enjoyed a 15-hit output since March 16 of last season (vs. Northern Illinois), and has now done so twice in a four-game span.
  • The 11 runs were the most scored by Valpo in a loss since a 14-13 setback on March 2, 2018 vs. CSUN.
  • The 11 runs were the most allowed by Southern Miss this season.
  • Dent had his second three-hit effort and third multi-hit game of the year.
  • Jorgensen, Temple and Barczi had two hits apiece. Barczi and Jorgensen each had their second two-hit game on the young year, while Temple moved into the team lead with three multi-hit games.
  • Temple drove in four runs to move into a tie with Tucker for the team lead with six. Temple also joined Tucker as the only Valpo players with a four-RBI game this year. In fact, nobody else has more than two in a contest.
  • Valpo had no triples this season entering Saturday, but Drudge and Jorgensen both tripled in the game against Southern Miss. Both men had their first extra-base knock of the season.
  • Barczi’s double was his first extra-base hit of the year, while DiFederico notched his first RBI in a Valpo uniform.
  • Valpo had season highs in doubles (four) and extra-base hits (six). The four doubles were Valpo’s most since March 29 of last season at DBU (also four), and the six extra-base hits were the team’s most since nine on May 8, 2018 at Western Michigan.
  • Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) and Keegan Bates (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) each worked scoreless innings out of the Valpo bullpen. Starter Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) took the loss after allowing seven runs on seven hits and striking out six in five frames.

Up Next

Valpo (1-8) will continue the Lake Area Classic on Sunday at 4 p.m. CT against host McNeese State. Links to live video and stats are available on ValpoAthletics.com.