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Flames Claim Series with 4-3 Win Sunday
Junior Chris Manning had two hits and two runs scored in Sunday's 4-3 loss to UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Junior Chris Manning had two hits and two runs scored in Sunday's 4-3 loss to UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Valpo stranded seven runners in the last three innings of Sunday's 4-3 loss to UIC as the Crusaders lost their ninth one-run loss of the season.  

The Crusaders had to play catch up as Ryan Shober singled in Ryan Boss in the top of the 2nd to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.

Down 2-0, Valpo got on the board in the home half of the 4th inning. Shortstop Spencer Mahoney plated Chris Manning with the third of three consecutive Crusader singles off starter Ian Lewandowski.  

The Flames added two insurance runs in the top of the 5th. Andres Ortegano and Tyler Detmer hit back-to-back doubles off Kyle Wormington with one out. With a 3-0 count on UIC first baseman Alex Grunenwald, Detmer took off for third base.  The pitch was called a ball and Billy Cribbs' throw down to third was in plenty of time, but Detmer's slide dislodged the ball out of third baseman Andy Burns's glove.

Detmer scored on the next play when designated hitter Ryan Boss grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed the outfielder to scamper home.

Down three runs, Valpo had golden opportunities in each of the final three innings.  The Crusaders loaded the bases in the seventh inning with two outs before Lewandowski got cleanup hitter John Loeffler to fly out to center field to end the threat.

UIC skipper Mike Dee called on closer Jack Andersen to get the final six outs of the game after Lewandowski (3-1) allowed the first two batters in the 8th inning to reach.

Cribbs hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Manning before Burns laid a bunt down the first base line that Andersen overthrew the first baseman.  The error, which allowed Andrew Bynum to score from second base, made it a 4-3 game.

Bryce Hara followed with a single to put two men on for left fielder Andrew Bain. Andersen coaxed a pop-up off the bat to Bain for the third out of the 8th inning.

Tanner Vavra led off the bottom of the 9th with a flare to right field.  It was the third straight frame that the leadoff man reached for Valparaiso.

A Loeffler sacrifice bunt moved Vavra up to second. Manning was hit on the first delivery from Andersen before Bynum flew out to right field.

Mahoney represented the last hope for the Crusaders, but the sophomore got under a 2-0 fastball for a popout to short right field for the final out. 

Wormington (1-6) was tagged with the loss. The senior worked five innings, surrendering eight hits, three earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

The bullpen allowed just one hit in four innings of work.

Valparaiso (11-19, 2-7 HL) will have Monday off before traveling to Crestwood, Illinois on Tuesday to take on the Northwestern Wildcats (14-10, 4-5) of the Big Ten. First pitch is slated for 6:30 pm CT at Standard Bank Stadium.

 

 

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