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Valpo Falls in Extra Innings at Milwaukee
Robbie Robinson finished a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Robbie Robinson finished a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Valparaiso came from behind twice to tie the game, including once in the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon, but Milwaukee plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Crusaders 4-3 at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) went the distance for Valpo suffering the loss (5-6).  He pitched well, but gave up the game-winning single to Sam Sivilotti with one out in the 10th inning.  McCormick allowed the four runs on 10 hits and struck out four while walking just two.

“It’s extremely frustrating losing today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “I thought for the most part we played a good ball game.  Damon pitched well and we didn’t commit any errors defensively, which have cost us games in the past.  However, we didn’t get down a few key bunts nor did we score a couple of runners from third, and that’s the difference.”

Valpo struck first in the second inning.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) doubled to the gap in left-center with one out and ended up on third when the leftfielder had trouble picking up the ball along the wall.  Robinson scored one batter later on a wild pitch, giving the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

Milwaukee answered in the bottom of the second.  With two outs Paul Striggow tripled to deep center, just out of the reach of a diving Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), plating a pair of runs and giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

Both McCormick and Milwaukee starter Chad Pierce prevented any more runs from going up on the scoreboard from the third through sixth innings before the Crusaders tied the game in the seventh.  Robinson led off the inning with his third home run of the season, a blast to deep leftfield.

Again Milwaukee retook the lead in the bottom of the frame.  Mark Strey led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  With two outs, Cole Kraft singled up the middle, giving the hosts a 3-2 advantage, which they would take to the ninth inning.

Robinson led off the ninth with his third hit of the day, a single up the middle, and David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) pinch ran for him.  Robinson finished the day just a triple from the cycle.

“Robbie swung the bat well today,” Woodson said.  “This was probably the best he has swung for an entire game all season.”

Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) sacrificed Klein to second and Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) delivered a game-tying double to the gap in left-center.  He was stranded at third though, as Valpo was unable to push the go-ahead run across the plate.

“We executed that inning to get the tying run home,” Woodson said.  “Robinson got on to lead off, we pinch ran for him, Martin got the bunt down, and Thibault delivered the big hit.”

The Crusaders threatened in the top of the 10th, putting the first two runners on, but a strikeout-caught stealing double play helped prevent Valpo from scoring.

Milwaukee plated the game-winning run as Kraft walked to lead off the 10th and moved to second on a single by Doug Dekonning.  Sivilotti then delivered the game-winning hit to the gap in left-center, just by the diving Manning.

Robinson led Valpo’s 11-hit attack with his 3-for-4 afternoon wile Martin had a pair of doubles in three at bats and also had the sacrifice bunt.

Kraft and Sivilotti each had two hits for Milwaukee as the Panthers tallied 10 on the afternoon.

Pierce went nine innings, allowing three runs and 10 hits, striking out six and did not walk anyone, but earned a no decision for Milwaukee.  Cuyler Franzke earned the win (1-1) in relief, pitching the 10th inning.

Valparaiso (21-29, 13-9 Horizon) and Milwaukee (26-25-1, 14-9-1) will wrap up the regular season on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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