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Win: Harrison (6-0) 6.1113225
Loss: Fields (2-5) 5.0644210
Neville (SIU) 433211
Dent (VALPO) 423010
Olive (VALPO) 513000
Johnson (VALPO) 503200
Baseball Falls to SIU on Saturday
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Baseball Falls to SIU on Saturday
Parker Johnson had three hits on Saturday.

After a pair of dramatic, walk-off victories on Friday, the Valparaiso University baseball team incurred a 10-4 setback to visiting Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo tied a season high with 15 hits in the defeat. The game was delayed one hour due to rain, but play occurred uninterrupted after the 2 p.m. first pitch.

How It Happened

  • After pushing across a run in the second inning, Southern Illinois tacked on three in the third to grab an early 4-0 lead.
  • Valpo responded in the bottom of the third as Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) lashed a single to center to plate Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) and make it 4-1.
  • SIU added on with one run in the sixth and broke it open with three in the seventh to go up 8-1.
  • Valpo plated two on RBI singles by Renfro and Parker Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins) in the bottom of the seventh, but the Salukis got those back on a two-run homer by Nick Neville in the eighth.
  • Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, working around one walk.
  • Johnson delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to make it 10-4, which proved to be the final score.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo tied the March 20 game at Western Kentucky for its season-high hit total of 15.
  • Dent, Johnson and Matt Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) posted three hits apiece. That marked Johnson’s third three-hit output this season as he owns the most three-hit games on the team. For Olive, the three hits represented a career high and his first career multi-hit performance.
  • Fields allowed four runs on six hits in five frames while fanning 10 and walking two. He posted a double-figure strikeout total for the third time this season.
  • Renfro also had a multi-hit effort, his third of the year and second in the last four games.

Up Next

Valpo (7-21, 2-9) and Southern Illinois (26-11, 6-9) will conclude the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Links to live coverage are available on ValpoAthletics.com.