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Wormington Good as Gold in Sweep of Wright State
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Kyle Wormington provided the exclamation point Sunday on a dominating weekend for Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field.
The Crusaders (18-23, 7-8 Horizon) completed the sweep of visiting Wright State with a 4-0 statement win.
Valpo entered the weekend in fifth place in the Horizon League, but with some help from Milwaukee, now find themselves in a tie for second with Youngstown State.
Wormington threw six scoreless frames, scattering five hits, while walking one. The righty fanned five batters en route to his second win of the season.
"From innings one through nine, our overall execution today was outstanding," head coach Tracy Woodson.
Bryce Hara scored the first run of the day for Valpo in the 1st inning on a fielder's choice off the bat of Chris Manning.
The Crusaders were unable to cash in on a scoring opportunity in the 4th after a Spencer Mahoney double put him and John Loeffler into scoring position with one out.
Wright State starter Robby Sexton recorded two strikeouts to strand the bases loaded as Valpo clung to its 1-0 lead.
Sexton was lifted after five innings of one-run baseball.
Valpo scored two runs in the 6th inning off reliever E.J. Trapino to extend its lead to 3-0.
An Andrew Bynum RBI groundout and a Billy Cribbs sac fly gave the local nine some breathing room.
Woodson called on Ben Mahar to work the 7th and 8th innings. The sophomore was as economical as he was effective, coaxing five ground ball outs in two innings.
Karch Kowalczyk worked an uneventful 9th inning to seal the deal.
Mahoney reached base three times while tallying two hits. The shortstop also scored a run.
Though Hara was hitless on the day, the center fielder scored twice and stole two bases.
With the 4-0 win, Valpo now owns its first four-game winning streak of the season.
The Crusaders look to make it five in a row Monday afternoon as they host Goshen College at 3:00 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Freshman Trevor Haas (1-1, 5.68) will make the start.