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Indiana Tops Valpo 13-11 with Two Runs in the Ninth

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Valparaiso rallied from an eight-run deficit with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh but Indiana plated a pair in the top of the ninth as the Hoosiers defeated the Crusaders 13-11 on Wednesday evening at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

The loss is the second straight for the Crusaders in the ninth inning as Valpo fell to IPFW 9-8 on Tuesday night as well.

Valpo jumped on the board in the opening inning, all with two outs. Kevin Kutansky (Schererville, Ind./Munster H.S.) singled and went to third on another base hit by Colin Reynolds (Crookston, Minn./Central H.S.). Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) continued to stay hot, lacing a double to leftfield to score both baserunners.

Indiana bounced back with a run in the second on a run-scoring single by Tyler Cox to bring home Ryan Parker with two outs. The Hoosiers then tied it in the third, again with two outs, as Jon Fixler doubled to the left-centerfield gap to score Ben Greenspan.

Fixler added his second RBI of the game in the top of the fifth to plate Reggie Watson with a two-out single as the Hoosiers took the lead with an unearned run, the first of four in the inning. A bases loaded walk to Parker followed by a two-run double off the bat of Andrew Means made it 6-2 Indiana after five.

The Hoosiers added another unearned run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Watson.

Valpo bounced back with a run in the bottom of the sixth as Tyler Lowell (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest H.S.) singled to left and Reynolds just beat the throw to the plate scoring from second.

Indiana immediately responded with another four-run inning, this time in the seventh. A RBI single by Haas and a three-run inside-the-park homer to dead centerfield off the bat of Watson increased the Hoosier lead to 11-3 at stretch time.

Valparaiso battled back in the bottom of the seventh, erasing the eight-run deficit. A bases loaded wild pitch plated Jon Rupno (Green Bay, Wis./Pulaski H.S.) with the first run in the inning. Kutansky then delivered a bases loaded single up the middle to score John Giusti (Coventry, R.I./Coventry H.S.) and Kevin Perri (South Bend, Ind./Adams H.S.). Another bases filled single by Manthei cut the deficit to four, 11-7. Another wild pitch plated Kutansky and a RBI ground out by Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.), the second out of the inning, made it 11-9. Rupno tied the game with a two-run triple to right as Valpo sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning on the way to tying the game at 11.

The Hoosiers pulled the game out in the ninth as pinch hitter Zach Boswell drilled a double to left field to score two runs as showers began to fall. It became a driving rain storm by the bottom of the ninth as the Crusaders tried to rally again. Rupno got his third hit in as many at bats with two outs but Andrew Means made a diving catch in right-center off the bat of Giusti to end the game.

Joe Vicini (5-3) earned the win in relief for Indiana (19-28), throwing 2.2 scoreless innings after Valpo's rally. Patrick Bracco (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick H.S.) suffered the loss for the Crusaders and falls to 0-1.

Perri, Kutansky, and Rupno all had three hits for the Crusaders as Valpo banged out 15 for the game. The Hoosiers also tallied 15 in the contest with each starter accounting for at least one.

Valparaiso (13-28) will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon to begin a key four-game Mid-Continent Conference series with Chicago State. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is set for noon with the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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