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Crusaders Fall Short in Slugfest with Indiana
Joe Lazar had a three-run homer for the Crusaders.
Joe Lazar had a three-run homer for the Crusaders.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso’s bats were alive on Sunday afternoon, but Indiana had just a little more fire power as the Hoosiers defeated the Crusaders 17-14 in Clarksville, Tenn.

                The two sides combined for 39 hits, including four by Valpo’s Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.) and five by the Hoosiers’ Josh Phegley, who hit for the cycle, who also had five runs batted in.

                The Crusaders rallied from a 9-3 deficit with seven runs in the fourth inning to take a 10-9 lead.  After Indiana retook a 16-10 advantage, the Crusaders fought back to within three and had the tying run on base in the ninth with two outs, but could not plate any more runs.

                “We had two good comebacks today, but it was not enough,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.

                Indiana started the scoring with two runs in the opening inning, and Valpo matched the Hoosiers in the top of the second.  An infield single by Bivens scored one and an Indiana balk tied the game.  The Hoosiers added a run in the bottom of the second, only to be matched by a Josh Wallace (Bellfontaine, Ohio/Bellfontaine H.S.) homer to lead off the third.

                The Hoosiers scored six times in the bottom of the third to build the 9-3 advantage, capped by a two-run homer off the bat of Ethan Wilson.

                Valpo quickly answered putting up seven runs in the fourth, all with two outs.  Wallace singled home the first run and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) followed with a run-scoring double.  Justin Frane (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) added a two-run double and Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) capped the inning with a three-run blast to right-center, his second career round-tripper.

                Phegley’s homer in the bottom of the fourth put Indiana back on top by a run, and the Hoosiers added five more in the fifth to build a 16-10 lead.  A Frane homer in the sixth brought Valpo back within five before Wallace singled home two runs in the seventh.  Another Crusader scored on a double play ball, and the Brown and Gold headed into the seventh inning stretch down just two.

                Indiana (3-3) added a run in the bottom of the inning and the Crusaders, despite loading the bases with two outs in the ninth, could not plate another run in the game.

                “Our pitchers did not get the ball down again today, and with the wind blowing out it hurt us,” Woodson added.  “We did swing the bats well though.”

                Kyle Leiendecker earned the win (2-0) in relief for Indiana while Jay Clites (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders.

                Valparaiso (2-4) will now head to Raleigh, N.C. on Tuesday afternoon for a battle with North Carolina State.  First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CST with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay