February 27, 2021123456789RHE
Jacksonville State11101024X10122
Win: Dylan Hathcock (1-0) 6.030007
Loss: Turzenski (0-2) 5.064346
Schmack (VALPO) 402000
Drudge (VALPO) 402100
Alex Webb (JSU) 423210

February 27, 2021123456789RHE
Jacksonville State00711022X13141
Win: Colin Casey (1-0) 5.041015
Loss: Fields (0-2) 2.247562
Fitzsimmons (VALPO) 302110
Kapers (VALPO) 312100
Alex Carignan (JSU) 413410
Valpo Falls in Doubleheader at Jacksonville State
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Valpo Falls in Doubleheader at Jacksonville State
Steven Fitzsimmons had two hits in Saturday's second game.

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday at Jacksonville State in Jacksonville, Ala. The host Gamecocks won the opener 10-2 before prevailing 13-3 in the second game.

How It Happened – Game 1

  • Jacksonville State scored single tallies in each of the first three innings and added another in the fifth to build up a 4-0 advantage.
  • Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) ripped a triple to drive in a run in the seventh, putting his team on the board. Drudge owns Valpo’s lone homer and lone triple this season.
  • The Gamecocks broke it open with two in the seventh and four in the eighth before a run-scoring double by Jonathan Temple (Turlock, Calif. / Turlock [Modesto JC]) in the ninth accounted for Valpo’s second run.
  • Drudge and Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) had two hits apiece to make up four of Valpo’s six hits in the opener. Half of the club’s hits did go for extra bases, including a Schmack two-bagger and the aforementioned knocks by Temple and Drudge.  
  • Trent Turzenski (Burlington, Wis. / Burlington) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings to take the defeat and fall to 0-2.

How It Happened – Game 2

  • Valpo struck first in Game 2 as Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) lashed a run-scoring single in the second.
  • The bottom of the third was not friendly to the Brown & Gold, as the Gamecocks (4-3) scored seven times to break the game open.
  • Jacksonville State added single runs in the fourth and fifth, before Valpo scored twice in the seventh with Jake Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) and Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) each notching RBI doubles.
  • The Gamecocks tacked on two in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
  • Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) took the defeat and fell to 0-2.  
  • Fitzsimmons and Kapers each had two hits to contribute to Valpo’s 10-hit output.

Up Next

Valpo (1-5) will have a weekend off before returning the diamond on Friday, March 12 to begin a three-game series with Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tenn.