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Valpo Hits Speed Bump in Horizon League Opener
Kyle Wormington (1-4) didn't make it through the 3rd inning in his start Friday at Wright State.  The Crusaders fell 7-2 in its Horizon League opener.
Kyle Wormington (1-4) didn't make it through the 3rd inning in his start Friday at Wright State. The Crusaders fell 7-2 in its Horizon League opener.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The backbone of the Crusaders bended Friday as the pitching staff allowed seven runs and twelve hits in Valpo's Horizon League opener against Wright State in a 7-2 loss.

Senior Kyle Wormington (1-4) showed no signs of trouble through his first two innings before the Raiders brought ten batters to the plate in a clamorous 3rd inning.  The offensive barrage featured six hits, a hit batter, a sac fly and five runs before it was all over.  Wormington was pulled after 2 1/3 innings, his shortest conference start as a member of the Crusaders.

Raider starting pitcher Casey Henn (3-3) retired 15 of 16 Valpo batters between the second and sixth innings en route to his third win of the season.  The senior surrendered two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings pitched.

Valpo put a run on the board in the second inning when Bryce Hara scored on a Mark Johnson sacrifice fly to left field.  Hara reached via a bunt.  The play was originally scored a basehit before changed to an error immediately after the game.  Chris Manning bunted Hara over to second.  A wild pitch advanced him to third base before the fly ball plated him.

Shortstop Justin Kopale singled up the middle to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning.  A John Brodner sacrifice bunt preceded six consecutive Raiders reaching base, including a two-run triple off the bat of catcher Garrett Gray.  

Dalton Lundeen was called on to relieve Wormington with the bases loaded and one out in the 3rd.  The lefthander allowed a Beau Phillips sac fly before getting Valpo out of the jam.  

Wright State scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the 5th inning via a Kopale sac fly and a Brodner infield single.  

After a lackluster four innings, the Crusaders showed signs of life in the visitor's half of the 7th when Manning laced a liner back up the middle past Henn to score Elliott Martin.  However, Henn quickly got Mark Johnson on strikes and Billy Cribbs to fly out to center to end the inning.

Southpaw Cody Kopilchack chucked 1 2/3 shutout innings out of bullpen for Wright State in the 7-2 Raider victory.

Valparaiso (8-12, 0-1) suffers its first loss in Horizon League play.  

The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT.  Cole Webb (2-3) will make the start in game one opposite Joey Hoelzel (0-2, 6.00).  Chris DeBoo (1-4, 4.68) will be on the hill for game two.  Wright State has yet to announce a starter for the second game.

 

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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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