SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Valparaiso arrived in Springfield for the first time Thursday, falling 5-4 to Missouri State in the series opener.
Logan Wiley got the Bears started well, striking out four over the opening two innings.
He didn’t give up a hit until the third: a solo shot into the left field dugout for a 1-0 Crusaders lead.
Missouri State would respond in kind during the bottom of the inning behind a solo shot to dead center from Jack Duffy, his second of the year.
Duffy was followed by John Privitera who launched a bullet to left, initially ruled a home run.
The officials would meet and reverse the call, however, ruling the ball bounced off the wall and remained in play.
Privetera would return to second before being straned on base.
Valpo would regain the lead in the following frame with a pair of runs, only to lose it again an inning later.
A sac bunt from Privitera plus RBI singles from Drew Kotowski and Brooks Zimmerman gave the Bears a 5-2 lead.
The Crusaders would close it back to 5-4, but could not complete the comeback as Missouri State won 5-4.
The series will continue Friday with a 6:30 first pitch as the Bears continue to attempt to avoid loss number 35.
Another loss would mark the most defeats in a single Missouri State program history.