SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Bears ended a tough regular season on a high note Saturday, sweeping Valparaiso on a walk-off two-run home run from Freshman shortstop Mason Hull.
Missouri State honored its three seniors before the game: outfielder Brooks Zimmerman, LHP Davis Schwab and LHP Jake Lochner.
Only Zimmerman, however, saw action Saturday but he made the most of it.
The left-fielder doubled home a run in the third to tie the game at two before touching home himself on an Anthony Herron double for a 3-2 lead.
The series finale was the epitome of back and forth with only two scoreless innings, but no frames of more than two runs.
The Crusaders would retake the lead the lead in the 4th, 4-3 and hold it until the 8th.
That’s when the Bears launched their rally effort.
Down 6-4, Missouri State posted a sac fly and RBI single from Drew Privitera to tie the game at 6-6.
Then in the bottom of the 9th with a runner on first, Hull launched his first career walk-off home run into the left field bullpen to claim an 8-6 victory.
“It was awesome,” Hull said. “It was nerve-wracking coming up there, but it’s a good result. I love all three of those guys. They’re my good friends. I’m happy we could get a win for them.”
“The whole theme of the weekend was obviously to win the weekend and get momentum for Tuesday,” Bears Head Coach Keith Guttin said. “We did that the first two days, just kind of took a while to get it the third day.”
That Tuesday he’s referring to is Missouri State’s fourth straight game with Valpo.
The Bears will face the Crusaders once more, but this time in a play-in game for the Missouri Valley Tournament on Tuesday.