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Ryan, Schmack Homer as No. 20 Indiana State Takes Series Opener
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Ryan, Schmack Homer as No. 20 Indiana State Takes Series Opener
Alex Ryan homered in Thursday's series opener.

Valparaiso University baseball seniors Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) and Alex Ryan (Lake Mills, Wis. / Lakeside Lutheran) both launched home runs in the first game of their final collegiate series, but No. 20 Indiana State posted crooked numbers in five of the nine frames including a five-run ninth to prevail 13-4 on Thursday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Schmack is one home run away from tying the program’s career and single-season home run records. The game started with a 24-minute rain delay and it rained on and off throughout during parts of the contest including a steady rain for an inning or two early in the game.  

How It Happened

  • Valpo starter Connor Lockwood (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) retired the side in order in the first, but Indiana State got two in the second including a solo shot that started the inning.
  • The Beacons responded in the bottom of the frame when Ryan ripped a two-out homer down the left-field line to make it 2-1.
  • Lockwood worked a 1-2-3 third, but a two-run homer in the fourth helped the Sycamores expand the lead to 4-1.
  • Indiana State added two unearned runs in the fifth to make it 6-1. The Trees added two more in the sixth including another home run to push the lead to 8-1.
  • Lefty Lucas Foley (Deer Park, Ill. / Lake Zurich) entered the game for the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts. He put up another zero in the eighth, then Schmack led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo shot down the left-field line.
  • Later in the inning, Kade Reinertson (Huxley, Iowa / Ballard Community) ripped an RBI single up the middle to make it 8-3.
  • Indiana State poured on five more runs in the top of the ninth including a pair of two-run homers to make it 13-3. The Sycamores hit five home runs in the game.
  • An RBI single by Ryan Maka (Oak Forest, Ill. / Oak Forest) in the bottom of the ninth cut the lead to nine, but that would be all for the Beacons in the final frame.

Inside the Game

  • Schmack’s home run was his 17th of the season, one away from tying the program’s single-season home run record of 18 set by Brian Wolotka in 2001.
  • Schmack lifted his career home-run total to 35, one shy of tying J.J. Swiatkowski’s (1997-2000) career program record of 36.
  • Ryan’s home run was his ninth this season and the 12th of his career.
  • Valpo boosted its team season home run total to 68, the second most in a single season in program history.
  • The offense collected 10 hits, but the squad did commit three errors.
  • Valpo pitching issued one walk in the game and that one came with two outs in the top of the ninth.

Up Next

Valpo (14-36, 6-19 MVC) will continue the series against No. 20 Indiana State on Friday with a 1 p.m. start on ESPN+.