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Valpo-Murray State Opener Suspended Due to Darkness
Tyler Deetjen threw seven scoreless innings on Friday. (MSU Athletics)
Tyler Deetjen threw seven scoreless innings on Friday. (MSU Athletics)
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2/17/2012 | Murray, Ky. | Attendance: 0
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Friday, February 17, 2012

Darkness was the only winner on Friday afternoon at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky. as Valparaiso and Murray State battled for 12 innings only to remain in a 2-2 deadlock.

The game will resume in the top of the 13th on Saturday at noon prior to the regularly scheduled middle game of the series.

Murray State threatened in each of the first two innings.  In the first, the Racers put runners on second and third with one out but Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) induced a strikeout and groundout to end the threat.  Murray State advanced a runner to third with two outs in the second before another groundout ended the inning.

Valpo jumped on top in the fourth.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.).  John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.), making his Crusader debut, singled through the right side to plate Hagel with the game’s first run.  Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) added to the lead one batter later with a RBI single.

Deetjen turned in a solid performance, working seven shutout innings.  The senior southpaw scattered four hits and walked just one while striking out four, but ultimately earned a no decision.

“Deetjen really mixed his pitches well today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “He got a lot of ground balls and got out of a couple early jams.  Our defense helped him out.”

The Racers cut Valpo’s lead in half in the eighth.  Ty Stetson and Brandon Elliott led off with back-to-back singles.  After they each moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt, Stetson scored on a pinch hit ground out by Brandon Eggenschwiler.

Paul Ritzheimer led off the Murray State ninth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) battled Colton Speed before retiring him on a 10-pitch strikeout for the second out of the inning.  Noah Zipko worked another long at bat before singling to right-center to tie the game at two, forcing extra innings.

Murray State looked to win the game in the 10th as Elliott was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Travis Isaak followed with a single up the middle but Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) came up throwing and gunned down Elliott at the plate. 

“In past years we may have folded after losing a lead like this,” Woodson stated.  “I’m happy that we stayed positive and kept battling.”

Ben Mahar (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) went three innings of scoreless extra inning baseball for Valpo, allowing just two hits while striking out three.  Luke Shuemaker went the final five innings on Friday for Murray State, allowing just three hits while not allowing a run and fanning three.

“Mahar threw the ball really well for his debut,” Woodson added.

Martin had three hits for the Crusaders when play was stopped as Valpo had 12 singles on the afternoon.

“We need to come back tomorrow ready to play and get this first game,” Woodson concluded.

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. #21/21 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