May 15, 2022123456789RHE
Win: King (4-3) 8.050037
Loss: McCluskey (2-4) 5.062214
Manthey (BRAD) 413000
Renfro (VALPO) 302010
McCluskey Outdueled by Bradley on Senior Day
Sunday, May 15, 2022
McCluskey Outdueled by Bradley on Senior Day

Valparaiso University baseball sophomore Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) turned in a strong pitching performance, but he was outdueled by Bradley’s Nick King in a 2-0 setback in Sunday’s rubber match at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Prior to the contest, Valpo recognized senior players Jake Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel), Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth), Keegan Bates (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North), Zach Fricke (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Buffalo Grove) and Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) in addition to senior managers Sam Miller and Evan Smith in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.

How It Happened

  • The only scoring in the game by either team occurred in the top of second, when Bradley scored twice on four singles and an error.
  • McCluskey did not surrender any damage the rest of the way as he issued just one walk while striking out five and yielding six hits over five innings of two-run ball in a tough-luck loss.
  • The Valpo bullpen continued its recent stretch of success as Fricke, Jacob Rosenkranz (Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson) and Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) combined for four scoreless innings of two-hit relief to give the offense every opportunity. Fricke faced immediate trouble when he entered the game in the sixth by yielding a leadoff double and a wild pitch, but he locked down from there as back-to-back strikeouts kept that runner at third. After a walk, he induced a foul popup to retire the side.
  • Rosenkranz was dominant in his two frames, retiring all six men he faced, before Chasey pitched around a leadoff single in the top of the ninth.
  • Scoring chances were few and far between, but Valpo did strand two in both the fifth and sixth innings. Bradley’s Nick King worked 8+ innings of shutout ball and permitted five hits while walking three and striking out seven before Troy Hickey came on for his third save.

Inside the Game

  • The Valpo bullpen was excellent all weekend, allowing just six hits and three walks over 10 innings of two-run ball, with both runs coming on a two-run homer.
  • Renfro was the lone Beacon with a multi-hit effort on a day where the team was limited to five hits.
  • All five Valpo hits were singles.

Up Next

Valpo (15-30, 4-14 MVC) will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Evansville beginning on Thursday night at 6 p.m. The games will air on ESPN3 with links to live video and stats available on