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John Loeffler had two hits and three runs batted in on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
John Loeffler had two hits and three runs batted in on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
UIC (16-30, 9-15 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (28-21, 18-7 Horizon)
5/11/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 162
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Win: DEETJEN (5-2) 8.082212
Loss: BEGEL (5-7) 5.177733
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MCNAMARA (UIC) 402000
DE LAROSA (UIC) 402100
VAVRA (VALPO) 422010
MANNING (VALPO) 422100
HAGEL (VALPO) 422310
LOEFFLER (VALPO) 422300
MARTIN (VALPO) 512300
CRIBBS (VALPO) 322110
SCOBY (VALPO) 422100

Friday, May 11, 2012

Valparaiso scored eight times in the sixth inning and added three more runs in each of the next two frames on Friday afternoon to defeat UIC 14-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field in the opening game of a three-game weekend series.

With the victory, the Crusaders move seven games over the .500 mark at 28-21 for the first time since 2001.  Valpo also remains tied with Wright State atop the Horizon League standings at 18-7 in conference play.

The offense took a bit of time to get going, as UIC scored the game’s first two runs.  Ryan Boss hit a two-out solo home run to open the scoring in the top of the fourth and Alex De La Rosa singled home John Coen in the fifth to put the Flames on top 2-0.

UIC starter Joey Begel faced the minimum through the first five innings, allowing a single and two walks, but getting two double play plays and a caught stealing to keep the Crusaders off of the scoreboard. 

“Begel had his good stuff, especially early,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “But we did a good job of working the counts and pitching his pitch count to rise, and we were finally able to get to him in the sixth.”

Valpo sent 12 batters to the plate in that sixth inning, including stretch of seven straight hits.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) tripled home Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.), who had walked, with the Crusaders’ first run.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) followed with a single to center to tie the contest.

“Scoby’s triple and Bain’s at bat with the infield were both huge for us,” Woodson added.  “They gave us a lot of confidence.  Scoby’s been swinging the bat well for us lately.”

Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) followed with a perfect bunt single and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) followed with the fourth straight hit, a single, to load the bases.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) put Valpo on top with a single through the right side, scoring two, and John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) ended Begel’s day with a double to the gap in right-center, increasing the lead to three.  Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) added the sixth run with a single and Cribbs completed the eight-run uprising with a two-run single to left-center.

“Once our bats came alive we had some great at bats,” Woodson added.

The Crusaders added three more runs in the seventh on a ground-rule double by Hagel and a two-run double by Martin.  Manning was hit with the bases loaded in the eighth to force in a run while Loeffler doubled home two more to cap the Crusader scoring.

“We didn’t get away at bats today, even late in the game,” Woodson commented. “That’s something I’ve been telling the guys over and over.”

The 14 runs were more than enough for Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.), who worked eight innings for the victory (5-2).  He gave up just the two runs on nine hits and struck out two, while walking just one.

“Deetjen did a nice job in tough conditions today,” Woodson said.  “It was warm out and the wind was blowing out.”

Begel suffered the loss (5-7) for UIC (16-30, 9-15 Horizon), allowing seven runs and seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. He also walked three while fanning three.

Valpo pounded out 16 hits on the afternoon against four Flames pitchers, with Hagel, Loeffler, and Martin all driving home three runs each. 

Valparaiso and UIC will play game two of the three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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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
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 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
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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
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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