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John Loeffler recorded a single, a walk, and a run scored in Saturday's 6-3 win over Youngstown State.
John Loeffler recorded a single, a walk, and a run scored in Saturday's 6-3 win over Youngstown State.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Crusaders continued their dominance over Youngstown State with a methodical 6-3 win Saturday at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Valparaiso scored first again in Saturday's tilt via an unearned run. Chris Manning hit a chopper on the infield that stayed in the air long enough for Tanner Vavra to beat the force out at second.  The infield hit plated center fielder Bryce Hara for a 1-0 Valpo advantage.

The Crusaders put up a single tally in their half of the second thanks to another chopper, this one off the bat of designated hitter Andrew Bain.

It stayed a 2-0 game until the 6th inning when Valpo extended their lead to three runs. Spencer Mahoney kicked off the frame with a single through the right side and advanced to second base on the play when right fielder Nick Dinello failed to field it cleanly.  

A Kyle Schneider sacrifice bunt moved the Valpo shortstop up to third before Billy Cribbs recorded his 12th RBI of the season with a base hit to left field.

Chris DeBoo was perfect through four innings and allowed just three baserunners through six innings.  

But Youngstown State eventually got to him in the home half of the 7th. Neil Schroth led off the inning with a base hit that fell just in front of a diving Manning in right field. After Drew Dosch reached on a fielder's choice, Josh White doubled down the left line.  

Phil Lipari put the Penguins on the board with a single to left and Valpo saw its lead shrink to 3-1. 

Head coach Tracy Woodson called on Zack Walsh with runners on the corners and one out. Walsh issued a five-pitch walk to Nick Dinello, the first batter he faced. 

Pinch hitter Devin Higgins made it a one-run game with a sac fly to right. 

With runners still on the corners and Kevin Hix at the plate, Dinello took off for second base which drew a throw from Cribbs. As soon as the Valpo catcher fired down to second, Lipari, the runner at third base, dashed home to tie the game 3-3.

Walsh and the Crusaders got out of the inning after Hix followed with a ground out.

After both his runners scored, DeBoo's line was: 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

It didn't stay tied for long as Mahoney led off the top of the 8th inning with a double to left center that just alluded a diving Mike Accardi.

Schneider successfully executed his second sac bunt of the day, advancing Mahoney to third base.

After Cribbs popped out in foul territory for the second out of the inning, Andy Burns delivered in the clutch with an RBI single up the middle to make it 4-3.

Kyle Schneider gave the Crusaders some breathing room with his third hit of the day, a grounder in the six hole. The single scored Vavra, and a throwing error by Lipari allowed John Loeffler to score from second base.

Schneider raised his average to .385 with his 3-for-3 day.

Karch Kowalczyk came on in the 8th inning to shut the door, and tossed two scoreless innings to earn his third save of the season.

Walsh (2-0) swooped in for his second win of 2013.

The Crusaders will go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT. Freshman Dalton Lundeen (1-0, 2.49) will make his first career Horizon League start opposite Lance Horner (0-1, 3.26).

 

 

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W 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
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