The Valparaiso University baseball team jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Tuesday night, but host Notre Dame scored three runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to notch a 4-3 victory at Frank Eck Stadium. Starting pitcher Keegan Bates (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) did not permit a hit through the first four innings.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will make its annual visit to instate foe Notre Dame on Tuesday. The two teams will renew a long history against one another as Valpo competes in its fifth straight game outside of Missouri Valley Conference play. This kicks off an instate week for Valpo, which hosts Evansville for a conference series beginning on Friday.
Senior Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Calif. / St. Francis [Mission]) provided the bright spot of the day for the Valparaiso University baseball team, launching one home run in the first game and two in the second game of a twinbill at SIU Edwardsville’s Simmons Complex. The Cougars won the opener 4-3 before taking the nightcap 16-6 in eight innings.
Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) set the tone right away when the junior right-hander struck out the side in each of the first two innings. He went on to accumulate 12 strikeouts over six frames, the most by any Valpo pitcher in a single game since 2011. Tieman was the winning pitcher in Valpo’s 8-0 shutout of SIU Edwardsville in Friday’s series opener at Simmons Complex.
The Valparaiso University baseball team will step outside of Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend for a nonconference series at SIU Edwardsville leading into the Easter holiday. The two teams will play a single game on Friday before clashing in a scheduled doubleheader on Saturday.
The Valparaiso University baseball team slugged three home runs on the way to an 11-1, seven-inning victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Blake Billinger (Los Gatos, Calif. / St. Francis [Mission]), Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) and Jeremy Drudge (Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth) all went yard in a game that saw Valpo outhit the Broncos 12-3. Freshman starting pitcher Keegan Bates (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) turned in six quality innings to garner the victory.
The Valparaiso University baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday against an Indiana State team that is receiving votes nationally. The Sycamores won the opener 8-0 before Valpo senior Chase Dawson (Chesterton, Ind. / Andrean) drove in four in the nightcap in an 11-5 defeat at Bob Warn Field.
Senior Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) continued his power surge, but the Valparaiso University baseball team dropped Friday’s series opener 13-2 at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute. The Sycamores did all of their scoring in the first two innings before securing the run-rule victory.
High-level competition is the rule rather than the exception in the Missouri Valley Conference, and that’s the case again this weekend for the Valparaiso University baseball team. Valpo makes the short trip to Terre Haute for a three-game series against instate foe Indiana State, a team that is off to the best start in program history.