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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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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.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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