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Errors Prove Costly as Valpo Falls at Memphis
Billy Cribbs had a double and an RBI Friday. (Rick Cochran)
Billy Cribbs had a double and an RBI Friday. (Rick Cochran)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Valparaiso committed three errors on Friday afternoon, and after tying the game at five, saw Memphis score the game’s final four runs on the way to a 9-5 victory over the Crusaders at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.

“We kicked the ball around some today, and gave them some runs,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We can’t do that and expect to win ball games.”

The Crusaders jumped on top first in the opening inning as Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) led off the game reaching on an error and Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) followed with a double.  A groundout by Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) plated DeBruin and Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) followed with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 Valpo.

Memphis took advantage of Valpo mistakes in the fourth to score three times, including one unearned tally.  A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases without an out, and a fielder’s choice scored two runs, including one on an errant throw.  A fielding error allowed the third run to score for the Tigers, and give the hosts their first lead of the game.

A sacrifice fly in the fifth and a run-scoring double by Jacob Wilson in the sixth gave Memphis a 5-2 lead before the Crusaders tied the game in the seventh.  Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) doubled home a run and scored himself on Ryan Shober’s (Inverness, Ill./Fremd H.S.) first collegiate round-tripper to left.

The Tigers answered with three in the bottom of the seventh.  A leadoff homer by Brett Bowen gave Memphis (4-5) the lead for good and the Tigers scored two more times while sending eight hitters to the plate in the frame.  Another sacrifice fly in the eighth capped the scoring.

Brennon Martin (2-0) earned the win for Memphis, allowing four earned runs in seven innings of work while giving up eight hits and striking out two.  Heith Hatfield pitched the final two innings to earn his third save of the season, fanning three.

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) suffered the loss (0-2) for Valpo out of the bullpen, allowing three runs and three hits in just 0.2 innings while walking one.

Wallace and Muhlsteff each had two hits for Valpo while Cole Shelton drove home three runs for Memphis.

Valparaiso (4-4) and Memphis will play game two of their weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. contest at USA Stadium.

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