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Valpo Runs Win Streak to Eight With 7-4 Win at Notre Dame
Will Robinson picked up his third victory of the season on Wednesday. (Rick Cochran)
Will Robinson picked up his third victory of the season on Wednesday. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (23-20)
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Notre Dame (23-21)
5/2/2012 | Notre Dame, Ind. | Attendance: 328
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Win: ROBINSON (3-2) 5.062231
Loss: RUBBINACCIO (0-1) 3.254440
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BAIN (VALPO) 512100
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MAHONEY (VALPO) 412110
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DeFILIPPIS (ND) 413100

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Valparaiso scored four times in the fourth inning and added three more runs in the seventh on the way to a 7-4 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday evening at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. to run the Crusaders’ winning streak to eight straight games.

The Brown and Gold defeated the Fighting Irish for the first time since 2001, when Notre Dame was ranked #1 in the nation.

“Our defense was good tonight and we executed on offense, especially in our two big innings,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.

The Crusaders had chances in each of the first three innings, drawing three walks and having two batters hit by pitches, but were unable to push a run across the plate.

Notre Dame (23-21) found the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third inning as Eric Jagielo singled home Mac Hudgins with the bases loaded.  A double play got Valpo out of the inning though with just the one run scoring.

Valpo answered with four two-out runs in the top of the fourth.  Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) reached on a hustle double and took third on a wild pitch as Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) drew a walk.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) tied the game at one with a single up the middle.  Bain and Scoby then took off on a double steal, and when the throw got away, Scoby crossed the p late.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) followed with a RBI single, as did Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), and the Crusaders had a 4-1 lead.

“We had some chances early and didn’t take advantage of the free passes,” Woodson said.  “It was nice to get another chance and we were able to capitalize, and then kept the inning going.”

Jagielo drove home the Irish’s second run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to cut Valpo’s deficit to two.

The Crusaders added to their lead in the seventh as Manning drew a one-out walk and moved to third when Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect HS.) singled to center and went to second on an error.  Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) singled to left, scoring two runs, making it 6-2 Valpo.  Mahoney added a RBI hit two batters later to score Martin, giving Valpo a five run lead.

Despite putting the leadoff man on in seven of the nine innings, Notre Dame could not cut into Valpo’s lead until the ninth, scoring a pair of runs.  A run-scoring single by Kevin DeFilippis and a ground out by Ryan Bull plated the final two runs before the Crusaders secured their 15th victory in their last 17 games.

Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) worked the first five innings to earn the victory, allowing just two runs on six hits.  He walked three and struck out one. 

“Will Rob being able to throw five innings is a big confidence boost for him,” Woodson added.

Kyle Rubbinaccio, the first of seven Notre Dame hurlers, suffered the loss (0-1).  He gave up four runs and five hits while walking four in just 3.2 innings on the hill.

Bain, Vavra, and Mahoney each had two hits to pace Valpo’s 10-hit attack while DeFilippis went 3-for-4 for the Irish.

“We’re definitely getting hot at the right time,” Woodson added.  “I hope we can go into Wright State and play well.  If you play well results usually take care of themselves.”

Valparaiso (23-20), now 5-0 on this current eight-game road trip, will head to Dayton, Ohio this weekend for a three-game series against Wright State with first place in the Horizon League on the line.  The Crusaders trail the Raiders by just one game in the standings.  First pitch on Friday night is set for 5:30 p.m. from Nischwitz Stadium.

 

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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