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Win: Aristotle Peter (1-1) 9.081126
Loss: Turzenski (1-3) 3.158721
Jorgensen (VALPO) 403000
Jack Wilson (WKU) 423601
Valpo Drops Rubber Match at WKU
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Valpo Drops Rubber Match at WKU
Jeremy Drudge had his team-leading sixth extra-base hit of the season on Sunday. (Chris Kohley, WKU Athletics)

One rough inning plagued the Valparaiso University baseball team on Sunday afternoon at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky. as Western Kentucky’s fourth-inning scoring was the difference in an 11-1 setback for the Brown & Gold. The Valpo bullpen settled in to put up zeros in each of the final four Hilltopper at-bats.

How It Happened

  • A single by Jack Wilson in the opening inning started the scoring, but Valpo got that run back in the top of the second as Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) rapped a ground-rule double and eventually zipped home on a wild pitch to even the score at one.
  • Valpo received a one-out double from Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale) in the third, but he was stranded at third. The guests again threatened to take the lead in the fourth when Damon Jorgensen (Blair, Neb. / Blair [Coffeyville]) singled and eventually moved to third, but the Valpo shortstop was cut down trying to score for the final out of the inning.
  • Western Kentucky scored 10 in the fourth.
  • Valpo pitching returned to form in the fifth frame as Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) put a zero on the board. He gave way to a string of relievers – Zach Fricke (Arlington, Ill. / Buffalo Grove), Alex Rodriguez (Bourbonnais, Ill. / Bradley-Bourbonnais) and Josh Currier (Mokena, Ill. / Lincoln Way Central) – each of whom tossed a scoreless inning.   
  • Valpo loaded the bases in the sixth but did not score – the team’s most significant offensive threat in the second half of the contest.

Inside the Game

  • WKU pitcher Aristotle Peter scattered eight hits and two walks while tossing a complete game.
  • Jorgensen stayed hot with a three-hit day, while Schmack also enjoyed a multi-hit contest.
  • Jorgensen notched his team-leading sixth multi-hit game of the season, while Schmack registered his fifth.
  • Jorgensen owns a seven-game hitting streak, the team’s longest of the season, and he and Fitzsimmons both own 10-game on-base streaks.  
  • This marked Jorgensen’s third straight multi-hit game and his fifth in the last six contests. His three hits on Sunday established his season high and matched a career best. Over the last six games, Jorgensen is hitting a team-best .462 and slugging .731.
  • Drudge doubled for his team-leading sixth extra-base hit of the year. Six of his nine hits this season have gone for extra bases.

Up Next

Valpo (4-9) will be back in action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. ET at No. 17 Notre Dame for the first midweek game of the season. The matchup will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra with links to live video and stats available on