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Indiana State Defeats Valpo with Two Ninth Inning Runs
Michael Morman scored the game's first run. (Jeff Golden)
Michael Morman scored the game's first run. (Jeff Golden)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Indiana State took advantage of a pair of Valparaiso errors in the ninth inning to push across two runs, which proved to be the difference on Tuesday afternoon as the Sycamores defeated the Crusaders 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) worked eight innings, allowing just four hits and did not walk any Sycamores, but suffered the tough luck loss (2-5).  He struck out six, moving into the top-five all-time at Valpo for punch outs with 225 over his four-year career.

“Gulbransen pitched well again today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “The two errors in the ninth hurt.  We have to make those plays.”

Gulbransen had retired 13 straight hitters entering the ninth when Tyler Wampler led off with a single to right with Valpo leading 2-1.  Two Crusader errors on back-to-back sacrifice bunt attempts loaded the bases.  Koby Kramer tied the game with a single to center off of reliever Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.).  A bases loaded hit by pitch to Jon Hedges with one out then put the Sycamores on top.

Valpo took the lead in the third as Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) led off with a walk and moved to second on a balk by Indiana State starter Sean Manaea.  After he was sacrificed to third by Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), he scored on a two out wild pitch.

Indiana State (16-10) tied the game in the fourth on a two-out home run around the right field foul pole by Robby Ort.

The Crusaders retook the lead in the fifth as Bain singled up the middle with two outs.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) scored Bain by lining a double into the right field corner, which just stayed fair, and put Valpo on top 2-1 until the ninth.

Valpo had a chance to add to the lead in the seventh as Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) led off with a double and moved to third with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat.

“We had a guy on third with the opportunity to make it 3-1,” Woodson added. “We have got to score him.  That would have changed the situation in the ninth.  Situational parts of the game we don’t perform well at right now.”

Colin Rea earned the win (6-1) in relief, pitching a scoreless eighth while Chris Machado tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save of the year.

The Crusaders scattered just six hits on the afternoon while Indiana State tallied just five.

Valparaiso (6-21) will wrap up its five-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon with another non-conference contest.  Wabash will visit Emory G. Bauer Field with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo