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Win: Nate Hardman (1-1) 1.000001
Loss: Jablonski (0-3) 0.211100
Tucker (VALPO) 503100
Evan Waggoner (UE) 402000
Evansville Edges Valpo with Second Straight One-Run Win
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Evansville Edges Valpo with Second Straight One-Run Win
Bobby Nowak pitched six solid innings on Sunday.

With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth and extra innings seemingly on the horizon, one swing of the bat sent host Evansville to a 4-3 victory over the Valparaiso University baseball team on Easter Sunday at Braun Stadium. Eric Roberts unloaded a walk-off home run, negating Valpo’s late rally as the Beacons had tied the game with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

How It Happened

  • Evansville started the scoring with three runs in the third, then Valpo got a run back as Spencer Warfield (Fullerton, Calif. / Servite) lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
  • Outside of the crooked number in the third, Valpo starting pitcher Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central [Kankakee]) put up zeros in the other five frames that he worked. He retired nine straight from the fourth to the sixth.
  • Valpo sliced the lead in half when Nolan Tucker (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) ripped a two-out single to plate a run in the seventh. However, the Beacons stranded the potential tying run at third in that frame as Evansville remained on top by a 3-2 score.
  • Ryan Mintz (Lombard, Ill. / Willowbrook) took over for the seventh and did not yield a run, then Valpo manufactured the tying tally in the top of the eighth. After a Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) triple, Spencer Warfield (Fullerton, Calif. / Servite) laid down a squeeze bunt to tie the game at three.
  • Mintz put up another goose egg in the bottom of the eighth to keep it 3-3, and Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) quickly sent down the first two batters in the bottom of the ninth prior to the game-ending blast.

Inside the Game

  • Nowak struck out six over six innings while allowing three runs on five hits and one walk. He received no decision.
  • Mintz did not yield a run over his two frames while working around three walks and one hit.
  • Tucker registered three of the team’s eight hits, his ninth multi-hit game of the year and his fifth game with three hits or more.
  • Valpo outhit Evansville 8-7, besting the Aces in the hit column for the third straight game in the series. This marked Valpo’s fifth loss of the year when outhitting the opponent.
  • Maka’s triple was his first of the season and the second of his collegiate career. His last three-base hit was March 13, 2022 at SEMO.
  • The Beacons outscored the Aces 17-14 in the series but dropped two of three due to a pair of one-run defeats. Valpo had not lost a one-run game all season but has now done so on back-to-back days. The Beacons are now 3-2 in games decided by the slimmest of margins this year.

Up Next

Valpo (10-14, 2-7 MVC) will play Purdue Fort Wayne at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.