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Win: Krier (1-0) 3.012232
Loss: Anthony Edge (0-1) 2.134321
Ryan Vogel (BRADLEY) 301110
Michael Mylott (BRADLEY) 201000
Isaac Sobieszczyk (BRADLEY) 201000
Nick Hosie (BRADLEY) 201100
Hannahs (VALPO) 513300
Schmack (VALPO) 523301
Beacons Blitz Braves on Easter Sunday at the Yard
Sunday, March 31, 2024
Beacons Blitz Braves on Easter Sunday at the Yard
Carson Husmann had a bases-clearing double against his former team on Sunday.

It was a Happy Easter indeed for the Valparaiso University baseball team as the Beacons downed visiting Bradley 13-2 in seven innings in a game that lasted under two hours on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo put up four runs in the third and broke it wide open with a “touchdown” in the fourth on a day where Carson Husmann (Hanna, Ind. / South Central [Bradley]) delivered a bases-clearing double against his former team and Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) spanked yet another home run to help Valpo to its most lopsided Missouri Valley Conference victory since joining the league.

How It Happened

  • Bradley struck first by scoring twice in the second on a sac fly and RBI single. That was the lone damage in three innings against Valpo starter Kaleb Krier (Altoona, Iowa / Southeast Polk [DMACC]), who yielded two runs on just one hit and picked up the win.
  • Valpo responded to those two early tallies with the aforementioned four spot in the third. After Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) worked a bases-loaded walk, Husmann cleared the bags with a double down the left-field line that served as one of the game’s big blows and extended the lead to 4-2.
  • Valpo poured it on in the fourth, scoring seven times. Liam Patton (Barrington, Ill. / Warsaw [Wabash]) and Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) had RBI singles before Schmack belted a home run to left center to up the cushion to seven at 9-2. The inning was still not over as Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) got in on the act with a two-run double down the left-field line.
  • Hannahs helped Valpo move into run-rule territory as he had RBI singles in both the fifth and sixth innings to make it 13-2.
  • Lefty Lucas Foley (Deer Park, Ill. / Lake Zurich) had his second straight strong outing out of the bullpen, working three scoreless frames of two-hit ball while striking out four and walking none. Bryce Konitzer (Mukwonago, Wis. / Mukwonago [Oakland]) came on to finish things off by putting an Easter egg on the board in the seventh.

Inside the Game

  • Schmack’s home run was his 10th of the season, marking the second straight year a Beacon has reached double figures in that area. Prior to Jake Skrine’s 12 home runs last season, no Valpo player had boasted a single-season double-figure total since Josh Wallace (11) in 2008.
  • The home run was the 28th of Schmack’s career, the third most in program history. He increased his career RBI total to 116, moving into a tie for ninth in program history, joining Todd Poepard (1996-1999) and Nate Palace (2014-2017).
  • Hannahs, who has now reached safely in all 26 games this season, had three hits and drove in three. Schmack also enjoyed a three-hit, three-RBI game.
  • Patton and Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) had two hits apiece and each crossed the dish on three occasions.
  • Valpo racked up 14 hits for the second straight day. Two of the team’s three highest hit totals this season have come in each of the last two contests.
  • The 13 runs marked a season high, outdoing the team’s previous best of 10 on March 8 in Game 2 of a doubleheader at The Citadel. This marked the team’s highest run total since Feb. 26, 2023 at UT Martin (17).
  • Valpo pitching yielded a season-low four hits. This was the fewest hits allowed by Valpo pitching since three on May 14 of last season at Belmont.
  • The 11-run margin of victory was Valpo’s largest since beating UT Martin 17-4 on Feb. 26, 2023. This was Valpo’s most lopsided Missouri Valley Conference victory since joining the league and the team’s second time invoking the 10-run rule, both against Bradley after winning last year’s series finale 10-0 in Peoria.

Up Next

Valpo (10-16, 2-4 MVC) will host Milwaukee on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.