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Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Milwaukee
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Baseball Drops Doubleheader at Milwaukee
Christian Hack logged an inning out of the Valpo bullpen on Tuesday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to host Milwaukee at Franklin Field in Franklin, Wis. on Tuesday. The Panthers edged the Beacons 3-2 in the opener before earning an 8-3 victory in the nightcap. This marked Valpo’s final day of baseball prior to the start of the Missouri Valley Conference slate.

How It Happened – Game 1

  • Each team threatened in a lengthy first inning, but it was the Panthers who cashed in on their scoring chance. Valpo stranded the maximum in the top of the first, while a bloop, two-out double drove in a pair of Milwaukee runs in the bottom of the inning to put the hosts out to a 2-0 lead.
  • Valpo got on the board in the top of the third, producing a two-out run on a groundball single by Adam Brauch (Waukee, Iowa / Dowling Catholic). That sliced the lead in half and made it 2-1.
  • The Panthers got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer.
  • Valpo’s Angel DiFederico (New Haven, Ind. / New Haven) started the top of the fourth with a double, then scampered home on a sacrifice fly by Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) to make it 3-2.
  • That was the extent of the game’s scoring as the Panthers held on for the one-run win in the seven-inning affair.

Inside the Game – Game 1

  • Brauch ripped a pair of hits, his sixth multi-hit game of the year. He accounted for half of Valpo’s hits.
  • A DiFederico double represented Valpo’s lone extra-base knock.
  • This marked Valpo’s third one-run game of the year as the Beacons dropped to 1-2 in such contests. It was the team’s eighth game decided by two runs or fewer (4-4).
  • Valpo starter Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) took a tough-luck loss, allowing three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three in four innings. Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) pitched the final two innings and did not yield a run while walking none and permitting just two hits.
  • Thurston saw his nine-game hitting streak come to an end.

How It Happened – Game 2

  • Milwaukee batted first in Game 2 since the game was a makeup that was originally scheduled for Emory G. Bauer Field. The Panthers jumped in front by scoring twice in the top of the first.
  • The Panthers doubled the lead in the second inning, which featured a pair of triples.
  • The Beacons loaded the bases with nobody out in the second, but settled for a single run. Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) led off the inning with a walk and eventually came around to score the first Valpo run of the day.
  • Valpo turned to the bullpen and Grand Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) in the third, and he put a zero on the board as Milwaukee stranded a runner at third. That kept the Panther edge at 4-1.
  • Milwaukee produced two runs in the top of the fourth, a frame that started with two outs and nobody on base. The inning was extended by a dropped third strike.
  • Valpo climbed back into the game in the bottom of the fourth and Thurston came through with a two-out single that plated two. Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) followed with a base hit of his own, but Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) was cut down at the plate on a close play where Milwaukee’s catcher was ruled to have applied the tag on the sliding Ryan. That ended the inning and kept the Milwaukee lead at 6-3.
  • The Panthers added an unearned run against Christian Hack (Oak Forest, Ill. / Tinley Park) in the fifth to expand the gap to four.
  • Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) entered the game in the top of the sixth and sent down the side in order.
  • Milwaukee tallied a run in the top of the seventh to boost the lead to 8-3. The Beacons limited the damage to one as Hannahs corralled a line drive that was scorched to third and doubled off the runner at second to end the inning. Valpo didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth and 8-3 stood as the final.

Inside the Game – Game 2

  • Thurston posted two hits, his eighth multi-hit effort of the season, the third-most on the team. He reached base three times, also drawing a walk.
  • Valpo was outhit 13-6, but did draw seven walks while permitting just one base on balls.

Up Next

Valpo will open Missouri Valley Conference play with a three-game home series against Indiana State at Emory G. Bauer Field. All three games will air on ESPN3. The series is slated to commence at 3 p.m. on Friday. As always, stay tuned to ValpoAthletics.com and @ValpoBaseball on Twitter for potential weather-related schedule updates.