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Valpo Suffers Narrow 4-3 Setback to Wright State
Andrew Bain had two hits and two RBIs for Valpo in the loss. (Jeff Golden)
Andrew Bain had two hits and two RBIs for Valpo in the loss. (Jeff Golden)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Valparaiso’s winning streak at the Horizon League Tournament came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to Wright State at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio in the winner’s bracket final of the double elimination tournament.

“It was a really well played game all around,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “We had a couple of opportunities, but you have to give Wright State credit.  They made some good defensive plays on hard hit balls.”

The Crusaders battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game, but the Raiders pushed the eventual winning run across the plate in the fifth.

The top-seeded and host Raiders plated three runs in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of two hit batsmen and a walk.  Justin Kopale had a RBI ground out and Sam Picchiotti delivered a two-run single, giving Wright State the 3-0 lead.

Valpo battled back, tying the game in the fifth.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.).  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) followed with a two-run single, pulling the Crusaders within a run.  With two outs, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) tied the game with a single to left-center, plating Bain.

Wright State (35-17) answered with another two out run in the fifth.  Dan Marsh led off with a double and scored on Corey Davis’ two-out single, with what proved to be the winning run.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went the distance for Valpo, suffering the loss (6-8).  He allowed 11 hits and the four runs, striking out two and walking two.

“Jon had good stuff,” Woodson said.  “He had one rough inning, but bounced back and was great for the most part.  We had our chances to tie it with runners in scoring position.  I felt like we were that close.”

Jordan Marker earned the win (2-2) with 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits.  He struck out three and walked one.

Morman went 3-for-4 for the Brown and Gold while Bain, Robinson, and Scoby all had two hits as part of Valpo’s 11-hit attack.  Davis, Kopale and Zach Tanner each had two hits for the Raiders.

“We need to bounce right back,” Woodson concluded.  “We deserve to be in that championship game tomorrow.”

Valparaiso (24-31) now has to bounce back on Saturday night to face Youngstown State (14-40) in an elimination game in the loser’s bracket final.  First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. CDT.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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