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Valpo Baseball Returns to .500 with 9-3 Win at Milwaukee
Billy Cribbs delievered the go-ahead hit for Valpo in the fifth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Billy Cribbs delievered the go-ahead hit for Valpo in the fifth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (20-20, 13-6 Horizon)
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Milwaukee (17-21, 10-9 Horizon)
4/27/2012 | Milwaukee, Wis. | Attendance: 147
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: DEETJEN (4-2) 7.093105
Loss: SEMMELHACK (3-6) 5.0105342
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
MANNING (VALPO) 533010
MARTIN (VALPO) 423200
MEETEER (UWM) 403000

Friday, April 27, 2012

Every Crusader in the lineup had at least one hit on Friday afternoon as Valparaiso posted its 12th victory in its last 14 games to return to the .500 mark on the season with a 9-3 victory over Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.

“Our offense really carried us today as we swung the bats well,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We got a few two out runs which is always big.”

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) went seven strong innings, allowing just three runs, only one of which was earned, and nine hits to earn the win (4-2).  The southpaw struck out five and did not walk a hitter on the afternoon.

“Most of the hits Deetjen allowed were on fastballs,” Woodson added.  “He got most of his outs on off-speed stuff and got the job done.”

With the victory, Valparaiso is now 20-20 on the season, and has moved back to the .500 mark for the first time since starting the season 4-4 following a March 4 victory at Wofford.  The Crusaders are now 13-6 in Horizon League play.

Valpo jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a Milwaukee error in the opening inning.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) registered back-to-back singles with one out before Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) loaded the bases after reaching on an error.  John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) was walked to force in the game’s first run and Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) plated another run with a fielder’s choice.

The Panthers scored in the second on a fielder’s choice by Michael Porcaro that scored Ryan Solberg, who doubled with one out, but Valpo answered that run with one of its own in the third.  Manning drew a walk and moved to third on a single by Hagel.  Loeffler grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Manning to cross the plate, giving Valpo a 3-1 advantage.

Milwaukee (17-21, 10-9 Horizon) tied the game in the fourth, as Phil Striggow reached on an error and scored on a two-out double by Tell Taylor.  Porcaro followed with a hit as the Panthers knotted the game at three.

Again Valpo answered Panther runs, scoring twice with two outs in the top of the fifth.  Martin singled and Mahoney doubled before Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) brought home both runners with a single into right.

“I thought Cribbs hit was huge,” Woodson stated.  “I think that may have hurt them a little bit with us doing all of the damage in the inning with two outs after they tied the game.”

The Crusaders built on their advantage in the sixth with Vavra drawing a walk and Manning following with a single.  Loeffler drove home Vavra with a single and Manning scored on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt off of the bat of Martin.  Loeffler scored on a throwing error as Cribbs reached, giving Valpo an 8-3 advantage.

Valpo added one final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.), plating Martin.

While the Crusader offense was adding runs, Deetjen allowed just one hit over the final 10 batters he faced in the fifth through seventh innings before Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) came on to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, fanning three.

“Sean Kennedy has been big picking up innings for us lately,” Woodson added.  “He’s done a good job.”

Martin and Manning each finished the day with three hits while Loeffler drove home three runs for the Brown and Gold.  Vavra reached base four times, drawing a pair of walks in addition to two hits, as Valpo finished the day with 17 hits as a team.

Luke Meeteer went 3-for-4 to pace Milwaukee’s 11-hit attack.

Eric Semmelhack suffered the loss (3-6) for the Panthers, allowing five runs, three of which were earned, and 10 hits in five innings of work while walking four.

Game two of the three-game weekend series, slated for Saturday, has already been postponed due to forecasted rain and/or snow and temperatures in the 30s.  The two schools will wrap up the weekend series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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