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Wild’s Complete Game Lifts Valpo to 3-2 Victory at UIC
Kevin Wild tossed a seven-hitter in his complete game effort. (Rick Cochran)
Kevin Wild tossed a seven-hitter in his complete game effort. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (10-18, 6-5 Horizon)
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UIC (11-17, 5-6 Horizon)
4/6/2012 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 255
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Win: WILD (2-1) 9.072205
Loss: EVAK (2-4) 8.273323
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BAIN (VALPO) 403100
GRUNENWALD (UIC) 403000

Friday, April 06, 2012

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) tossed his first complete game as a Crusader, limiting UIC to just seven hits, leading Valparaiso to a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Friday night at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.

Wild did not walk anyone and struck out five to earn the victory (2-1).

“Wild was very good tonight and efficient with his pitches,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “I’m disappointed with our offense.  We should have scored three or four more runs to give him some cushion.  We need to be able to add on and didn’t do that tonight.”

UIC struck first with a run in the second inning.  Alex Jurich and Alex Grunenwald had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning and moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt.  Nick Addison then delivered a sacrifice fly to center to put the Flames on top 1-0.

Valpo answered in the top of the third.  Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) led off with a single and Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) followed with a walk.  After a sacrifice bunt by Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) moved the runners into scoring position, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) came through with a game-tying single to left.

The Crusaders took the lead in the fifth as Scoby led off with a single.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) was hit by a pitch and both runners moved  up on a ground out.  With two outs, Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) singled to right-center, scoring both runners, giving Valpo a 3-1 advantage.

“Martin got the big two-out hit for us,” Woodson stated.

Wild cruised through the middle five innings before a double by Alex De LaRosa with one out in the eighth gave UIC a runner in scoring position.  After he moved to third on a wild pitch, Cody Dykema’s sacrifice fly brought the Flames within a run.

The Flames threatened in the ninth, putting a runner on first with two outs, but Wild got Joe Betcher to fly out to deep left to end the game.

Brian Evak pitched 8.2 innings for UIC, taking the loss (2-4).  He allowed three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three.

Bain went 3-for-4 for the Crusaders while Scoby had two hits and Martin had two runs batted in.  Valpo finished the game with seven hits.

“Bain got on base and had a big RBI hit,” Woodson added.  “When the top of the order gets on base it makes us go.”

Grunenwald paced UIC with three of the Flames’ seven hits.

“We need to come back tomorrow and finish the job,” Woodson concluded.

Valparaiso (10-18, 6-5 Horizon) will go for the three-game sweep of UIC (11-17, 5-6) on Saturday afternoon.  First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. at Les Miller Field.

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