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Wright State Snaps Valpo’s Win Streak on Saturday Afternoon
John Loeffler had two hits and drove home Valpo's first run on Saturday. (Rick Cochran)
John Loeffler had two hits and drove home Valpo's first run on Saturday. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (24-21, 16-7 Horizon)
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Wright State (32-15, 17-6 Horizon)
5/5/2012 | Fairborn, Ohio | Attendance: 334
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Win: MARKER (8-1) 2.020010
Loss: WILD (5-2) 7.263332
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HAGEL (VALPO) 313010
TANNER (WSU) 412000
ASHE (WSU) 412201

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Valparaiso saw its nine-game winning streak, the fifth longest in the country, come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as Wright State scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Crusaders at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

“We hung with them yet again,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “It was another pitcher’s duel, unlike last night.  It just comes down to executing.  We left too many on base and didn’t get the big hit.”

The Crusaders had their chances, with base runners in every inning after the fourth in a 2-2 game, but bounced into three double plays and were unable to score with the bases loaded and no one out in the eighth inning.  Valpo finished the game stranding nine runners.

The Crusaders scored first with a run in the opening inning.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) drew a one-out walk and moved to second on an error in which Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) reached base.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) loaded the bases with a single to left, and John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) plated the game’s first run with a RBI ground out.

Wright State answered with two runs in the bottom of the first.  With two outs Tristan Moore drew a walk and Ryan Ashe lined a home run over the right field wall.

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) allowed just three hits over the next six innings, keeping the Crusaders in the game.  Valpo tied the contest in the fourth as Hagel led off with a double and moved to third on a Loeffler single.  Elliott Martin’s (Irivine, Calif./University H.S.) RBI ground out tied the game at two.

“I didn’t think Kevin had his best stuff today,” Woodson added.  He made some pitches when he had to and really battled out there.  This was as warm of a day as it has been in a while.”

Valpo had chances in the next several innings.  The Crusaders put runners on first and second with one out before a double play ball ended the sixth inning.  In the seventh, the Brown and Gold put runners on the corners with two outs but could not deliver the big hit.  Valpo loaded the bases in the eighth with none out, but a shallow fly out and a double play ended the threat.

“I was really disappointed in the eighth, having the bases loaded and none out and we didn’t score,” Woodson said.  “That was the ball game right there.”

The Raiders took advantage and plated the would-be winning run in the bottom of the eighth.  Zach Tanner led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt.  After Ryan Ashe’s single put runners on first and third, Garrett Gray delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Tanner.

The Crusaders had one last chance in the ninth as Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) led off with a single.  Pinch runner Mark Johnson (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township H.S.) moved to second on a bunt and stole third with two outs, but a fly out ended the game.

Hagel finished 3-for-3 for the Crusaders while Loeffler and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton H.S.) each had two hits as part of Valpo’s 10-hit attack on the day. 

Jordan Marker earned the win (8-1), pitching two scoreless innings for the Raiders out of the bullpen.  Wild suffered the loss (5-2), giving up the three runs and six hits in 7.2 innings.

Valparaiso (24-21, 16-7 Horizon), which falls one game behind Wright State (32-15, 17-6) in the Horizon League standings, will look to pull back into a tie with the Raiders on Sunday afternoon in the conclusion of the three-game weekend series.  First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CST at Nischwitz Stadium.

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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
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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
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