Valparaiso left 12 runners on base in a 3-0 loss to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Aztecs got on the scoreboard in its half of the second.
Ryan Muno led off the inning with a double to the right-center gap. He advanced to third on a ground out to the second baseman, and later scored on a Spencer Thornton sac fly to center.
The Aztecs extended their lead to 2-0 the following inning.
Starting pitcher Mario Losi (Anaheim, Calif./Canyon) retired the first two batters of the frame without resistance before issuing a walk to Danny Sheehan. Sheehan executed a delayed steal and moved over to third when the middle infield was tardy in covering catcher Ray Bartolomucci (Concord, Calif./De La Salle)'s throw. After Seby Zavala reached first base via a walk, Losi was called for a balk, forcing in Sheehan from third base.
San Diego State starter Mark Seyler bended but never broke versus the Crusader lineup. In six shutout innings of work, Seyler surrendered three walks and three hits and struck out eight.
Steven Pallares provided Seyler with an insurance tally in the fifth. The San Diego State center fielder stroked a solo homer to left to make it 3-0.
Losi supplied his team with much-needed quality innings following yesterday's 22-12 offensive frenzy. The righty scattered three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked a pair and struck out one.
Bryce Yoder (Spencerville, Ind./Eastside) came on in relief of Losi in the bottom half of the seventh. Yoder threw 1 2/3 perfect innings to keep the Crusaders within striking distance.
A San Diego State bullpen that had allowed 11 runs over the previous two games sealed the win for the Aztecs, however.
Four hurlers combined to stymie the Crusader offense over the final three innings.
Daniel Delaney (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks [Fresno State]) enjoyed his third straight multi-hit game. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a double, capping off a 6-for-11 (.545) weekend.
Spencer Mahoney (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) ripped a double for the third straight game as part of a 1-for-4 afternoon. Mahoney has now reached base safely in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season.
Valpo will return home to prepare for the Mule Mix Classic in Nashville, Tennessee next weekend. The Crusaders are scheduled to face Middle Tennessee State on Friday, Lipscomb on Saturday, and Belmont on Sunday. Links to the live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.