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Memphis Finishes Weekend Sweep of Crusaders
Josh Wallace had two hits for the Crusaders in the series finale. (Ray Acevedo)
Josh Wallace had two hits for the Crusaders in the series finale. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Valparaiso was able to tie the game at two in the sixth inning, only to give up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning on Sunday, and dropped a 3-2 game to Memphis at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. to finish off a weekend sweep of the Crusaders.

“This was a good baseball game,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We played better, but just could not get the job done today.”

Memphis (6-5) opened the scoring in the first with a one out double off of the bat of Adam McClain.  A triple in the second, followed by a run-scoring single by Tyler Huelsing made it 2-0 Tigers.

Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) settled down in the middle innings of his first collegiate start, allowing the Crusaders to rally.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) had a pinch hit single up the middle in the sixth to score Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.), tying the game at two.  With runners on the corners and just one out, back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning without any more damage.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brett Bowen led off with a double, and scored what would be the winning run two batters later on a single by Trey Wiedman.

Duke Williams (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen for the Tigers, striking out five in 2.2 innings of work.  Matt Yokley pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Deetjen (0-1) suffered the loss for the Crusaders, allowing three runs in 5.1 innings while giving up nine hits.  He did not walk a hitter.

“Deetjen threw strikes today,” said Woodson.  “It was a good outing for a freshman.”

Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) had two hits, including a triple, for the Crusaders to lead the six-hit offensive attack.  Drew Martinez went 3-for-4 to pace Memphis.

Valparaiso (4-6) will look to snap its losing skid on Wednesday afternoon with a day-night doubleheader in Starkville, Miss. against Mississippi State.  First pitch of game one is set for 2:30 p.m. with the nightcap slated for 6:30 p.m.  Game one can be heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com while game two will be carried live on www.sportsjuice.com.

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