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Win: JD Deany (1-1) 5.193306
Loss: Lockwood (0-2) 1.033000
Jack Lang (PFW) 544502
Brauch (VALPO) 423000
Valpo Falls to Purdue Fort Wayne
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Valpo Falls to Purdue Fort Wayne

The Valparaiso University baseball team fell 11-3 to Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  

How It Happened

  • Purdue Fort Wayne scored three unearned runs in the opening inning, then added another unearned tally in the second. The first two innings featured three Valpo errors plus a passed ball.
  • Valpo got back in the game with one swing of the bat in the second as Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) belted a two-run homer to left to slice the deficit in half.
  • Purdue Fort Wayne produced three more runs in the fourth including a two-run homer to up the lead to 7-2.  
  • The Mastodons added a solo shot in the top of the eighth, then a bases-loaded walk to Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) forced in the third Beacon run of the day in the bottom of the eighth.
  • A pair of Valpo pitchers found success out of the bullpen. Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, and later Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.
  • The second homer of the day for Purdue Fort Wayne’s Jack Lang occurred in the eighth, a three-run blow that made it 11-3 and capped the game’s scoring.

Inside the Game

  • Following his first home run this past weekend, Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic) enjoyed a big day at the plate on Tuesday, racking up a career-high three hits to lead the team.
  • Redshirt freshman Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) collected two hits, extending his hitting streak to seven with his second multi-hit effort of the season, both of which have come in the last three games.
  • Maka’s long ball was his first of his collegiate career.

Up Next

Valpo (9-10) will visit UIC for Game 1 of a three-game series on Friday at 4:05 p.m. in Chicago. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.