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Win: Beaver (2-2) 3.042103
Loss: Krier (1-4) 1.2810722
Kelly (MOST) 422220
Stewart (MOST) 622201
Gollert (MOST) 432100
Rodriguez (MOST) 412210
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Ryan (VALPO) 423101
Baseball Drops Rubber Match to Missouri State
Sunday, April 21, 2024
Baseball Drops Rubber Match to Missouri State
Alex Ryan had two hits including three for extra bases on Sunday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team gave up crooked numbers in each of the first two innings and could not recover in a 14-3 defeat to Missouri State on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) and Kyle Schmack (Wantah, Ind. / South Central) both belted bombs for the Beacons.  

How It Happened

  • Missouri State scored four times in the opening inning, three of which were unearned as the frame was extended by a dropped fly ball.
  • The Bears broke it open with six in the second.
  • A Missouri State run in the fourth extended the lead to 11-0, but Valpo got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Ryan ripped a solo shot.
  • The Beacons moved a step closer in the fifth as Schmack drilled a home run to make it 11-2.
  • Missouri State scored on a solo shot by Zack Stewart in the top of the sixth before Valpo got a run back on a dropped fly ball in the bottom of the inning.
  • Neither team scored again until the top of the ninth, when Missouri State picked up two to widen the gap to 11.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo saw its three-game errorless streak come to an end.
  • Ryan had a big day at the dish, racking up three of the team’s eight hits including a pair of extra-base knocks. The home run was his second of the series, sixth of the season and the ninth of his collegiate career.
  • Schmack ripped his 30th career home run, becoming just the third player in program history with 30, joining J.J. Swiatkowski (36, 1997-2000) and Mark Pederson (32, 1998-2002).
  • The home run was Schmack’s 12th of the season, tying Jake Skrine’s total from last season for the most by a Valpo player since 2002.

Up Next

Valpo (13-25, 4-11) will visit Northern Illinois on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. first pitch in DeKalb, Ill. Live video will be available via NIU All-Access with links to live coverage available on ValpoAthletics.com.