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Win: Greg Farone (1-0) 3.021105
Loss: Foley (1-1) 3.076611
Schmack (VALPO) 412000
Evan Sleight (UA) 313310
Baseball Beacons Drop Series Finale at No. 17 Alabama
Sunday, February 25, 2024
Baseball Beacons Drop Series Finale at No. 17 Alabama
Grant Jablonski did not allow an earned run in two innings on Sunday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team closed out a three-game series at No. 17 Alabama on Sunday afternoon in Tuscaloosa. The Beacons once again struck first with a first-inning tally, but the Crimson Tide prevailed 11-1 in seven innings.

How It Happened

  • Valpo got the scoring going in the opening inning thanks to a two-out knock by Connor Giusti (Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Fremd [Wisconsin Oshkosh]). His hit scored Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central), who singled and swiped second earlier in the inning.
  • Alabama scored two runs in each of the first three innings and made it 7-1 with one more in the fourth.
  • Valpo reliever Grant Jablonski (Mishawaka, Ind. / Mishawaka) worked a scoreless fifth, but the Crimson Tide eventually put up two more crooked numbers, scoring twice each in the sixth and seventh to invoke the 10-run rule.

Inside the Game

  • Schmack had another productive day, lashing two of the team’s five hits.
  • The lone Beacon extra-base knock of the day came courtesy of Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest), who doubled.
  • Jablonski had the best day of any member of the pitching staff, allowing just one run (none earned) on two hits and one walk over two frames.
  • Valpo has scored in the first inning in three of its last four games and each of the last two.

Up Next

Valpo (2-5) will be back in action on Friday at 3 p.m. against Elon in Elon, N.C.