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Valpo Completes Weekend Sweep of Youngstown State
Play Video Tanner Vavra had two hits and two runs batted in for the Crusaders in the win
Tanner Vavra had two hits and two runs batted in for the Crusaders in the win
Valparaiso (15-19, 9-6 Horizon)
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Youngstown State (4-30, 2-13 Horizon)
4/15/2012 | Niles, Ohio | Attendance: 127
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Win: WORMINGTON (2-5) 8.063214
Loss: AQUADRO (0-7) 6.164200
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VAVRA (VALPO) 402200
MARTIN (VALPO) 502100
MANNING (VALPO) 402000
HEATH (YSU) 412000
LEON (YSU) 402200

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Valparaiso wrapped up a three-game weekend sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon with a 5-4 victory over the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

“It’s hard to win three games in a series, especially on the road,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “This wasn’t the prettiest game in the world, but we got the job done.”

Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) went eight strong innings for the win (2-5), allowing just three runs, only two of which were earned, and six hits.  He struck out four and walked just one.  He retired the final 12 hitters he faced.

“Worm settled down nicely,” Woodson said.  “He left the ball up a little early.  He was very effective with the changeup and slider when he needed them.”

The Crusaders scored first for the third time in the series as John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) doubled in the third inning and moved to third on Chris Manning’s (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) single.  A double play allowed Loeffler to cross the plate.

Youngstown State (4-30, 2-13 Horizon) tied the game at one in the bottom of third, taking advantage of a Crusader error.  With two outs, David Leon singled to drive home Dan Hurlimann.  The Penguins took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Jeremy Banks doubled home Jason Shirley, giving the hosts their first advantage of the weekend.

Valpo retook the lead in the fifth, utilizing three bunts.  Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) singled and moved to second when Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt.  After Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) advanced the runners with a bunt of his own, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) tied the game with a RBI ground out.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) put the Crusaders on top with a two-out bunt single, plating Martin.

“We played a little small ball today,” Woodson added.  “It’s not always my favorite thing in the world to do, but we had some guys bunt for hits and got the job done.”

Marcus Heath led off the Youngstown State fifth with a triple and scored one batter later on a groundout to tie the game at three. 

The Crusaders retook the lead in the seventh as Vavra delivered a two-out single, scoring Martin who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  A much needed insurance run was added in the top of the ninth as Cribbs doubled and scored on a single by Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.), putting Valpo on top 5-3.

The Penguins threatened in the ninth, scoring a run on a ground out by David Leon, scoring Craig Goubeaux.  A two-out walk put the tying run aboard, but Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) struck out Drew Dosch to end the game and pick up his fourth save of the season.

Vavra, Elliott Martin, and Manning each had two hits apiece as part of Valparaiso’s 11-hit attack on the afternoon.  

Blake Aquadro suffered the loss (0-7) for Youngstown State, pitching 6.1 innings while allowing four runs, only two of which were earned, and six hits. 

“I like where we are at right now,” Woodson concluded.  “Now we need to maintain where we are at and get going in the second half.”

Valparaiso (15-19, 9-6) has won seven of its last eight games overall and five straight as the Horizon League has reached the midway point in the conference schedule with the Crusaders in second place in the standings.  The Crusaders will return to the diamond on Tuesday evening, traveling to Terre Haute, Ind. to face Indiana State in non-conference action.  First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

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