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Different Day, Same Story for Crusaders
The Crusaders finished with five hits Sunday - all singles - in the 2-0 loss to Long Beach State
The Crusaders finished with five hits Sunday - all singles - in the 2-0 loss to Long Beach State

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Crusaders received another strong outing from a starter as Chris DeBoo finished the day allowing two runs on nine hits over seven innings. The fifth-year senior struck out two Dirtbags and did not issue a walk.  

But again it went for naught as Valpo dropped the series finale to Long Beach State 2-0 Sunday afternoon.

The starting rotation held up its end of the bargain this weekend combining for 19 innings, while surrendering just five earned runs, good for a 3.32 ERA, but an 0-3 record.  

Through the first five innings of Sunday's game, the leadoff man reached base three times, yet Valpo (1-5) had nothing to show for it as six Crusaders were left stranded.  

Long Beach State (5-3) struck first for the third time in as many games when Ino Patron led off the bottom of the 2nd inning with a double to right center field.  Richard Prigatano singled up the middle on the very next delivery from DeBoo, plating Patron.  Prigatano finished with a 3-for-3 day.

The Crusaders best scoring chance came the following inning when Bryce Hara led off the frame with an infield single.  A wild pitch advanced him to second base before first-baseman Andrew Bain drew a walk.  Tanner Vavra moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt giving Chris Manning and the red-hot Andrew Bynum prime RBI opportunities.  

However, Jon Maciel (1-1) struck out Manning swinging, and Bynum grounded out to end the 3rd inning, leaving the Crusaders with a familiar, empty feeling.

After the squandered opportunity in the 3rd inning, the Crusaders had just one baserunner reach second base.  Valpo has now left 51 runners on base through the first six games.

Maciel retired his last eight batters in a row en route to his first victory of the season.  The junior righty struck out seven Crusaders in seven innings, while walking three and allowing four hits.

Eddie Magallon worked a perfect 9th inning for his first save.  

DeBoo was the hard-luck loser despite throwing an economical 72 pitches over the seven innings.  His record fell to 0-2.  

Karch Kowalczyk threw a scoreless 8th inning, his only blemish a hit-by-pitch on a 1-2 delivery to Colby Brenner.

On a positive note, Valpo tidied up its defense after Friday night's four-error mess.  Catcher Billy Cribbs gunned down two would-be base stealers Sunday.

Valparaiso returns to northwest Indiana for four days before beginning its 17-day, 13-game spring trip.  The Crusaders will begin the stretch by taking on St. Bonaventure Saturday, March 2nd at 10:00 am CST in Port Charlotte, Florida.  The Bonnies are currently 0-2 after dropping their opening series against South Dakota State.

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