Saturday, April 08, 2006
A five-run fifth inning in game two of Saturday's doubleheader helped lift Valparaiso to a split of the twinbill with Southern Utah as the Crusaders won game two 8-4 in Cedar City, Utah. The Thunderbirds topped Valpo 8-3 in the opener.
had an RBI single in the first and Kevin Perri drove in a run with a bunt single in the second to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead after two in the nightcap. After Southern Utah (17-11, 3-1 Mid-Con) tied the game in the fourth on a fielder's choice and a double, Valpo's bats came alive to help the Crusaders earn the win. Michael Arensdorff
had a sacrifice fly and Tyler Lowell
doubled home two runs for the Brown and Gold. Tyler Lowell
, Brian Rzepka
, and Jon Rupno
all followed with RBI singles as the Crusaders built an 8-2 lead.
Southern Utah added two in the sixth but it would not be enough as the Crusaders posted their first Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season. Nick Mazzone
went six innings to get the win while Jake Noyes took the loss in relief for Southern Utah. Perri went 3-for-4 as Valpo banged out 11 hits in game two.
Valpo jumped in front 1-0 in game one on a Ryan Manthei
single only to see the Thunderbirds tie the game in the bottom of the second. A four-run fourth, capped off by a two-run single by Justin Sotelo, gave Southern Utah a lead they would not relinquish. The Crusaders added two runs in the fifth, aided by a pair of SUU errors, but it would not be enough.
Matt Wilson recorded the win for Southern Utah while Matt Gillikin suffered the loss. Colin Reynolds
had the only multi-hit game for the Crusaders in the opener with two hits in three at bats.
Valparaiso (5-18, 1-3) will return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders host Indiana Tech at Emory G. Bauer Field. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.