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Crusaders Tied for First After 4-3 Victory at Wright State Sunday
Jarad Miller notched save #35 of his career on Sunday. (Rick Cochran)
Jarad Miller notched save #35 of his career on Sunday. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (25-21, 17-7 Horizon)
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Wright State (32-16, 17-7 Horizon)
5/6/2012 | Fairborn, Ohio | Attendance: 408
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Win: WORMINGTON (4-5) 7.093204
Loss: KOPILCHACK (4-4) 2.233341
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SCOBY (VALPO) 412000
GRAY (WSU) 413000
DAVIS (WSU) 403000

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Valparaiso scored single runs in each of the first four innings on Sunday afternoon and defeated Wright State 4-3 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to pull into a tie for first place in the Horizon League with the Raiders.

“I’m excited with the way we played the whole weekend,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.

The Crusaders, which went 7-1 on the road trip, now return home for the final nine games of the regular season, including the final six conference contests.  Valpo has won 19 of its last 22 games over the last month.

After splitting the first two games of the weekend series, both one run contests as well, Valpo jumped on top with single runs in each of the first four innings.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) led off the game with a walk and scored on a two-out double by Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.).

Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) launched a one-out home run in the second for his second round-tripper of the inning to put the Crusaders up 2-0.  In the third, Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) led off with a walk and again Valpo took advantage, as Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) drove him home with a double.

Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton H.S.) led off the Crusader fourth with a double, moved to third on a bunt, and scored on Manning’s sacrifice fly to put Valpo on top 4-0.

“We took advantage of their walks and hit batters,” Woodson added.  “We still had chances to extend the lead even more and didn’t do it, leaving too many runners on.”

Valpo would not get another hit until the ninth, but starter Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) cruised through the first six innings on the hill.  He allowed one unearned run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly following a hit batter and an error, but that was it until the seventh.

“I think this was Worm’s best outing of the year,” Woodson said.  “He had three pitches working and for the most part put them where he wanted to.”

Wright State tried to rally in the seventh, as Ryan Ashe led off with a single and moved to third as Garrett Gray followed with a double.  Justin Kopale singled home Ashe to make it 4-2 and Wormington left with runners on the corners.  Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) came on and struck out the first hitter he faced before getting Michael Timm to hit a sacrifice fly, making it a one-run game.  A foul out ended the inning with Valpo still on top 4-3 heading to the ninth.

Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on to pitch a one-two-three ninth, striking out Tristan Moore to end the game and register his seventh save of the season.  It also marked the 35th career save for the Crusader closer.

“This was the best Miller has thrown in a long time,” commented Woodson.  “It’s been big for us that Sean Kennedy has been able to come in for us as another quality arm out of the pen helping to set up our back end.”

Wormington picked up the victory (4-5), working seven plus innings, allowing just two earned runs and nine hits.  He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four.  Cody Kopilchack suffered the loss (4-4) for Wright State (32-16, 17-7 Horizon), pitching just 2.2 innings allowing three runs on three hits.  He walked four and hit one as well.

Gray and Corey Davis each went 3-for-4 for the Raiders as the hosts had nine hits on the afternoon.  Valpo managed just five, with Scoby going 2-for-4, but the Crusaders took advantage of seven Wright State walks.

“We need to keep playing good baseball,” Woodson concluded.  “I think we have lots of things we can do this year to make it a special season and not just a good one.”

Valparaiso (25-21, 17-7) will return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon, stepping out of conference action to face North Central.  First pitch is set for 3 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