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Valpo Uses Long Ball to Down Youngstown State
Play Video Billy Cribbs launched his first home run on the season in the sixth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Billy Cribbs launched his first home run on the season in the sixth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (13-19, 7-6 Horizon)
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Youngstown State (4-28, 2-11 Horizon)
4/13/2012 | Niles, Ohio | Attendance: 132
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Win: DEETJEN (2-2) 7.2104303
Loss: HARLESS (0-3) 7.2107600
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MANNING (VALPO) 412000
CRIBBS (VALPO) 412301
SCOBY (VALPO) 402000
DOSCH (YSU) 422100
HEATH (YSU) 402000
LIPARI (YSU) 412000
LEON (YSU) 402000

Friday, April 13, 2012

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) and Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) both hit three-run home runs on Friday afternoon, helping lift Valparaiso to a 7-4 victory over Youngstown State in the opening game of a three-game Horizon League series at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Valpo entered the game having hit just seven homers in the 31 previous games, but needed both long balls on Friday to earn the victory.

“I was excited that we swung the bats better today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We got the two big three-run homers which proved to key.”

The Crusaders wasted little time taking the lead, plating four runs in the opening inning.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) reached on an error on a sacrifice bunt.  After a fielder’s choice, Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) singled home Bain with the game’s first run.  Loeffler followed with his three-run shot which cleared the bullpen beyond the right field wall, his second round-tripper of the year.

“Jumping out to the 4-0 lead was huge because it helped to set the tone for the game,” Woodson added.  “We gave them up a couple of runs back and it showed down the stretch that we needed those early runs.”

Youngstown State answered with a run in the fourth on a single by Craig Goubeaux with two outs, which scored Drew Dosch. 

Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) started the Crusader offense again in the sixth with a one-out single.  Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.), returning to the lineup after missing 27 games with an injury, followed with another hit before Cribbs launched his first home run of the season into the left field bullpen.

The Penguins scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth, one on a single by Jason Shirley and another on a Crusader error which led to an unearned run.  A sacrifice fly in the seventh by Dosch plated Youngstown State’s final run. 

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) worked 7.2 innings for the win (2-2), allowing four runs, three earned, on 10 hits.  He did not walk anyone and struck out three.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) earned his third save of the season, pitching the final inning and a third. 

The Penguins did load the bases in the ninth before Goubeaux flew out to left to end the game.

Manning, Cribbs, and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) each had two hits for the Crusaders, as the Brown and Gold tallied 10 hits on the afternoon.  Four different Penguins had two hits each as part of Youngstown State’s 12-hit attack.

Russ Harless suffered the loss (0-3) for the Penguins, working 7.2 innings.  He gave up seven runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits. 

Valparaiso (13-19, 7-6 Horizon) and Youngstown State (4-28, 2-11) will play game two of the weekend series on Saturday afternoon.   First pitch has been moved up to 11 a.m. CDT due to forecasted rain in the Northeast Ohio area.

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