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Valpo Rally Falls Short at Winthrop
3/12/2012 | Rock Hill, S.C. | Attendance: 288
Monday, March 12, 2012
Valparaiso rallied from six runs down after four innings to close within two, but that is as close as the Crusaders would get on Monday evening, falling 8-6 to Winthrop at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Crusaders trailed 8-2 before beginning their comeback attempt. In the fifth, Kyle Schneider (Mishawaka, Ind./Penn H.S.) led off with a walk, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) single.
Valpo scored three more times in the seventh to cut the deficit to two, plating all of the runs with two outs. Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) singled and moved to second when Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) reached on an error. Manning singled home Bain and moved into scoring position on the throw with Vavra taking third. A wild pitch plated Vavra and Bain scored as Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) singled.
The Brown and Gold loaded the bases in the eighth as the first three hitters reached on a walk and two errors, but three straight strikeouts ended the threat. Valpo added a base runner in the ninth, but again could not tie the game.
Valpo struck first in the opening inning, as Bain singled and Vavra followed with a double. Hagel delivered a sacrifice fly and gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead.
Winthrop (3-14) answered with a run in the bottom of the first and took the lead for good with five more tallies in the second, taking advantage of two Crusader errors.
Vavra hit a solo home run in the third for Valpo before Justin Hopper answered with a two-run blast in the fourth, giving the Eagles an 8-2 lead.
Each of the top four hitters in the Valpo lineup, Bain, Vavra, Manning, and Hagel, had two hits each as part of the Crusaders’ 11-hit effort. Winthrop had six hitters with multi-hit games while Hopper drove home three runs.
Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) started and suffered the loss (1-2) for the Crusaders, working 1.2 innings while allowing five runs, four earned, and four hits. Michael Gilroy picked up the win (1-2) for the Eagles, giving up two runs on five hits. Preston Johnson pitched the final 2.1 innings for the save.
Valparaiso (4-11) will play its final non-conference game before opening Horizon League action on Wednesday afternoon, facing Belmont. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. in Nashville, Tenn.