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Crusaders Down Wofford in Extra Innings
Chris Manning had four hits in Sunday's victory at Wofford. (Rick Cochran)
Chris Manning had four hits in Sunday's victory at Wofford. (Rick Cochran)
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Wofford (6-5)
3/4/2012 | Spartanburg, SC | Attendance: 148
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Win: MILLER (2-0) 3.030004
Loss: ECK (2-1) 4.075522
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MANNING (VALPO) 514200
KASKOW (WOF) 613000

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Valparaiso rallied from a four-run deficit midway through Sunday’s game and scored three times in the 11th inning on the way to an 8-7 victory over Wofford at King Field in Spartanburg, S.C. for the Crusaders’ third extra inning victory of the young season.

“We got behind early and just battled,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We had some great at bats.  It was so much different than yesterday.  Today we stayed patient at the plate and looked for pitches to hit.”

Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Ill./El Toro H.S.) led off the 11th with a single, his fourth hit of the day, and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) followed with a double the opposite way.  Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) delivered a sacrifice fly to give the Crusaders a 6-5 lead before Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) singled to center to put runners on the corners with one out.  After Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) was intentionally walked to load the bases, Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) came through with a two-run single to give Valpo a three-run advantage.

Mac Doyle hit a two-run home run for Wofford in the bottom of the 11th to close within one, but Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) struck out Eric Brenk with a man on to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.

“It’s tough to go on the road as long as we do and stay sharp each day, but so far we have done a pretty good job of it,” Woodson added.

The Terriers jumped on top with three unearned runs in the opening inning, taking advantage of a Crusader error.  Brenk had a two-run single and eventually scored on David Roney’s double.

Manning singled home Mark Johnson (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township H.S.) for Valpo’s first run of the game in the third inning before Wofford tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth to take a 5-1 lead.

A Bobby Martin single in the sixth scored Cribbs with an unearned run and the Crusaders added another unearned tally in the seventh on another Manning hit, plating Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.), who reached on a two-base error.

Valpo tied the game in the eighth as Cribbs led off with a walk and Scoby followed with an infield hit.  After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up 90 feet, John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Cribbs.  Vavra followed with a run-scoring single and the Crusaders tied the game at five, forcing the extra innings.

Bobby Martin had three hits in addition to Manning’s four as the Crusaders pounded out 14 total hits on the afternoon.  Matthew Kaskow had three hits to lead Wofford’s 15-hit attack.

“Bobby Martin had two huge RBI hits for us and Manning swung the bat well today,” Woodson said.

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) started an worked six innings for the Crusaders, allowing five runs, only two of which were earned, and nine hits while striking out three.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) earned his second win (2-0) of the year with three innings of scoreless relief, striking out four.

Eric Eck suffered the loss (2-1) for Wofford (6-5), pitching four innings in relief, allowing five runs on seven hits.

Valparaiso (4-4) will return to action on Monday in Spartanburg, traveling to South Carolina Upstate for a 12 p.m. CST contest.

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