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Butler Trips Up Valpo in Extras to Open Horizon League Play
Andrew Bain went 3-for-5 and put the Crusaders in front with a single in the seventh. (Rick Cochran)
Andrew Bain went 3-for-5 and put the Crusaders in front with a single in the seventh. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (4-13, 0-1 Horizon)
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Butler (9-9, 1-0 Horizon)
3/16/2012 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 160
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Loss: MAHAR (1-3) 2.021101
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Valparaiso opened up its Horizon League schedule on Friday afternoon by playing its fifth extra-inning game of the season already and dropped a 5-4 game in 10 innings against Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders carried a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning when Pat Gelwicks hit a two-run home run to deep right to tie the game at four.  Valpo put runners on the corners in the ninth with one out but could not take the lead, forcing bonus baseball.  The Crusaders also got a two-out double from John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) in the tenth, but could not plate the run.

“We swung the bats well today but just didn’t execute,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We didn’t execute with men in scoring position and less than two outs, especially with runners on third.”

In the tenth, Ryan Wojciechowski’s two-out single through the right side plated pinch runner Bob Akin with the winning run.

Valpo jumped on top early as Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) led off the second with a single and scored when Loeffler followed with a double to left-center. 

Butler answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, taking advantage of a pair of Crusader errors.  Griffin Richeson drove in the first run on a squeeze bunt and Michael Fries followed with a RBI double, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage.

The game remained a pitcher’s duel between starters Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) of Valpo and Butler’s Dom Silvestri until the seventh inning.

“Deetjen didn’t have his best stuff today, but he battled to a point where he could have won the game,” Woodson added.

Martin led off with a single and Loeffler followed with a walk.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) singled to right to load the bases.  With two outs, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), playing in his hometown, singled up the middle to plate two, giving the Crusaders the lead.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) followed with another hit up the middle, scoring Scoby, and the Crusaders had a 4-2 lead.

“Bain’s the guy we want at the plate with men in scoring position,” Woodson stated.  “He shortens up his swing and puts it in play and did it again today.”

Valpo maintained the advantage until the bottom of the eighth when Butler tied the game.

Chase Byerly earned the win (1-0) for the Bulldogs, pitching 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits while striking out three.  Ben Mahar (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) suffered the loss (1-3) for the Crusaders, giving up the run in the tenth after pitching two innings.

Bain went 3-for-5 to pace Valpo at the plate with the two runs batted in while Vavra, Martin, Loeffler, and Scoby each had two hits as part of an 11-hit attack.  Scoby extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games with his two hits.

Mike Hoscheit went 3-for-4 for the Bulldogs as Butler tallied 14 hits on the day.

Valparaiso (4-13, 0-1 Horizon) and Butler (9-9, 1-0) will play game two of their three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon.  First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CDT at Bulldog Park.

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