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Crusaders Let One Slip Away Against Northeastern
Senior Billy Cribbs had another RBI single Sunday.  The Crusader catcher is now tied for the team lead with three.
Senior Billy Cribbs had another RBI single Sunday. The Crusader catcher is now tied for the team lead with three.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Junior Cole Webb didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning, but Northeastern (5-4) scored one in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings as Valpo (2-6) dropped the second game on the spring trip 3-1 Sunday.

The bipolar offense managed six hits, all off Husky starter Kevin Ferguson.  

Sophomore Spencer Mahoney scored the lone Valpo run in the second inning.  Mahoney scorched a line drive off the glove of first baseman Rob Foncesa that allowed for a double.  With Chris Manning at the plate, Mahoney stole third base standing up. Manning then got called out on strikes for the second out of the inning.

Senior Billy Cribbs didn't let the opportunity go to waste though.  He delivered an RBI single to left field for a 1-0 Valpo lead. 

Webb was especially sharp early on as he retired the first 13 Huskies in succession.  Northeastern outfielder Brad Burcroff broke the streak with a one-out walk in the fifth inning.  Webb responded by coaxing a double play groundball off the bat of Connor Lyons.  

Catcher John Puttress broke up Webb's no-hit bid in the sixth inning with a crisp leadoff single to left field.  A wild pitch scooted Puttress up to second base.  Webb got the next two batters to fly out to center field.  With Puttress on third base, leadoff hitter Aaron Barbosa ripped a 1-1 fastball off the right field fence for an RBI triple.  

The Huskies nearly took the lead on the very next play when Michael Foster hit a shot up the middle.  Crusader second baseman Tanner Vavra made a diving play to his right, got up, and threw Foster out to strand Barbosa at third base and keep it a 1-1 game.

Webb was breezing through the heart of the Husky order in the 7th inning when Burcroff, Lyons, and Puttress all strung together two-out singles.  Puttress's second hit of the day plated Burcroff, the eventual game-winning run.  

First baseman Andrew Bain led off the top of the 8th with a single.  Vavra laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second.  Husky skipper Neil McPhee lifted the southpaw Ferguson for righty Michael Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald got Michael Morman to ground out to second, and third baseman Elliott Martin followed with a fly out to center, stranding Bain.  

Northeastern made it a 3-1 game in the bottom of the 8th inning when Barbosa single-handedly manufactured an insurance run.  The outfielder walked and promptly stole second.  Home plate umpire Mark Spicer called a balk on Crusader reliever Zack Walsh to advance Barbosa to third base.  Foster hit a chopper to short that gave Barbosa enough time to score as Mahoney's only play was to retire Foster at first.  

Fitzgerald worked a perfect 9th inning for his first career save.  Kevin Ferguson (2-1) tossed 7 1/3 well-pitched innings for Northeastern, earning his second win of the season in the process.  The lefty threw exactly 100 pitches on the afternoon, 70 of them for strikes.  He scattered six hits, walked none, and struck out five Crusaders.

It was another unjust loss for Cole Webb, whose record slid to 1-2.  His final line read: seven innings, five hits, two runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.  The junior's ERA actually increased to 2.05 with the outing, a testament to his outstanding work to date.  Webb's WHIP currently sits at an attention-grabbing 0.64.  

"I liked the way we swung the bats.  We had some hard hit balls that were right at guys.  But we didn't have enough intensity throughout the game today," head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.

Valparaiso's record fell to 2-6.  They take on the Hoyas of Georgetown University (3-3) tomorrow at 11:00 am Eastern/10:00 am Central at North Charlotte Regional Park.  

Northeastern improved to 5-4 with the victory.  

 

 

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