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Crusader Baseball Completes Weekend Sweep of Milwaukee
Elliott Martin delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning. (Ray Acevedo)
Elliott Martin delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning. (Ray Acevedo)
Milwaukee (6-14, 2-4 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2 Horizon)
3/25/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 187
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Win: WORMINGTON (1-3) 8.082206
Loss: SCHNEIDER (0-4) 7.083311
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SOLBERG (UWM) 403000
MARTIN (VALPO) 413200
Kyle Wormington earned his first win as a Crusader on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Wormington earned his first win as a Crusader on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Elliott Martin’s (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated the tying and go-ahead run as Valparaiso completed a three-game weekend sweep of Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

With the Crusaders trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.  After Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) bunted the runners up 90 feet, Martin bounced a single back up the middle into centerfield to put Valpo on top.  For Martin, it was his third hit of the day.

“Again we kept battling and battling all day,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the win.  “We got a couple of guys on and Martin delivered a big two-out hit.  He found holes today and got the job done.”

Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season and 30th in his Crusader career.

“Jarad’s been really good for us again this year,” Woodson added.  He’s athletic and able to make plays like the final out where he gets off of the mound to field the ball.  I think he may be pitching better than before he got hurt two years ago.”

Milwaukee (6-14, 2-4 Horizon) scored its first run of the weekend series in the second inning with back-to-back singles, a sacrifice bunt, and a ground out off of the bat of Jim Lundstrom. 

Valpo immediately answered to tie the game in the bottom of the inning as Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) singled to center to plate Elliott Martin.

Both starters, Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) for Valpo and Mike Schneider for Milwaukee, pitched well, with the game remaining tied into the fifth.

Ludstrom singled to lead off the inning for the Panthers, moved to second on a bunt and stole third.  With two outs, Paul Hoenecke singled into left-center to put the visitors on top 2-1.

The game stayed that way until Valpo came through with the two big runs in the eighth.

Wormington earned the victory (1-3) for the Crusaders, his first at Valparaiso, pitching eight strong innings, allowing just the two runs on eight hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out six.  Schneider suffered the loss (0-4), allowing all three runs on eight hits in seven plus innings.  He walked one and struck out one.

“Once again our pitching was really good,” Woodson concluded.  “You win games playing defense and throwing strikes and we did a good job of that both today and all weekend long.”

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) and Vavra each had two hits on the day in addition to Elliott Martin’s three, giving the Crusaders three players with multi-hit efforts.

Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2) will continue its homestand next weekend with a three-game series against Wright State.  First pitch in the series opener on Friday afternoon is slated for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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