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Win: Loftin (1-1) 6.0222511
Loss: Jablonski (0-1) 1.286601
Skrine (VALPO) 301000
Reinertson (VALPO) 311000
Chance (MSU) 422210
Hancock (MSU) 322120
Hines (MSU) 412201
Clark (MSU) 332111
Mershon (MSU) 312010
Valpo Drops Midweek to Mississippi State
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Valpo Drops Midweek to Mississippi State

The Valparaiso University baseball team got off to a promising start against a power-five conference foe on Tuesday night in Starkville, Miss., but 2021 national champion Mississippi State rallied from a 2-0 hole to score 12 unanswered runs and top the Beacons 12-2 in seven innings.  

How It Happened

  • Starting pitcher Griffin McCluskey (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) tossed two shutout innings, inducing double plays in each of his frames on the mound. The Beacons turned a 43 DP in the opening inning and a L64 twin killing in the second.
  • The Beacons struck first in the top of the third, manufacturing two tallies thanks to two walks, an infield single, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) lifted the sac fly for the first Valpo run, then Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) crossed the dish on a wild pitch.
  • Valpo went to the bullpen in the third as Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) took over, putting a zero on the board.
  • The Bulldogs broke through in the fourth, taking the lead with six runs on six hits.
  • Mississippi State added one in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to invoke the 10-run rule.

Inside the Game

  • Reinertson and Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) accounted for the two Beacon hits.
  • Valpo worked five walks including two each from Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) and Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central).
  • McCluskey’s final line featured no runs on two hits while working around three walks and striking out one in two innings.

Up Next

The spring trip continues as Valpo (6-4) will visit No. 22 Southern Miss this weekend for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. in Hattiesburg, Miss. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.