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Wormington, Kowalczyk Spell Relief in 5-3 Series-Opening Win
Karch Kowalczyk connected for a single in the 3rd inning of Friday's 5-3 win over Milwaukee. The junior also earned his sixth save of the season, throwing a scoreless 9th. (Steve Booth)
Karch Kowalczyk connected for a single in the 3rd inning of Friday's 5-3 win over Milwaukee. The junior also earned his sixth save of the season, throwing a scoreless 9th. (Steve Booth)

Friday, May 03, 2013

A bullpen that has represented Valpo's biggest weapon in Horizon League play continued its authority Friday over first place Milwaukee.

A back-and-forth battle resulted in a 5-3 Crusaders win over the Panthers in an early start at Emory G. Bauer Field. The win puts Valpo ahead in the first game of the conference series, and snaps Milwaukee’s win streak at eight.

Andrew Bain got the Crusaders started early with a line-drive single to left field on the first pitch.

John Loeffler pushed him across the plate with two outs, as Valpo took an early lead over the Panthers.

The Panthers responded with a series of hits, racking up four singles and two runs in the second inning to regain the lead and establish some momentum in the game.

Not to be outdone, Valparaiso answered back with Karch Kowalczyk capitalizing on a defensive error to start and loading the bases on back-to-back singles from Spencer Mahoney and Billy Cribbs.

The first run of the inning came when Andy Burns was hit by a Jake Long delivery, and Andrew Bain hit another single early in the count to pick up his first RBI of the game, re-taking the lead at 3-2. The Panther defense tightened up after that point, and shut down the inning on a double play.

In the top of the fourth, Milwaukee efficiently put runners on the bases with four singles in a row. Luke Meeteer tied up the game with a single to right field, scoring Ryan Solberg. On that play Derek Peake strayed too far off the bag after advancing to second, and Loeffler - the cutoff man - fired the ball to the shortstop to pick him off for the first out of the inning.

Valpo collected the next two outs on the next two batters, preventing the Panthers from continuing their offensive damage.

Burns led off the bottom of the fourth with his second single on the day, and plated his second run off Bryce Hara’s single to left field. The RBI pushed Valpo back into the lead 4-3.

The Brown and Gold then added an insurance run, as Bain scored on a deep sacrifice fly off the bat of Loeffler.

The rest of the game went quickly, as neither team scored after the fourth inning. Both the Crusaders and the Panthers threatened throughout the game, but they failed to capitalize on early baserunners.

Chris DeBoo got the nod for the start, struggling early as he gave up eleven hits and all three runs to Milwaukee.

Kyle Wormington relieved him after the fourth inning, holding the Panthers to just two hits, walking one and striking out three, earning his third win of the year.

Kowalczyk entered from the DH position to close the game, holding the Panthers and securing the win for the Crusaders.

Overall, both teams had their opportunities, with Valpo collecting 11 hits to Milwaukee’s 13.

Long struggled against Valpo’s offense, giving up eight hits and all five runs before exiting in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Not one batter on either team hit for extra bases; all 24 hits were singles.

The win puts Valparaiso’s record at 21-23 overall, 8-8 in conference play. Milwaukee’s loss drops them to 21-17 overall, with 11-5 in conference.

Game two of the series will be held Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field at 1:00 pm 

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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