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Mississippi State Takes Two from Valpo on Wednesday
Kyle Muhlsteff drove home three runs in the night cap for the Crusaders. (Rick Cochran)
Kyle Muhlsteff drove home three runs in the night cap for the Crusaders. (Rick Cochran)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mississippi State scored seven times in the first two innings of game one, then rallied for five runs in the final two frames of the nightcap on the way to sweeping a doubleheader from Valparaiso 9-2 and 5-4 on Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss.

In the opener, Valpo scored first as Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.).

The Bulldogs wasted little time responding.  A two-run triple by Ryan Collins keyed a three-run first and Jet Butler added a three-run double in the second as part of a four run inning to put the hosts on top 7-1 after two innings.

A RBI groundout by Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) plated Scoby in the third with Valpo’s final run of the game as Mississippi State would pick up single tallies in the sixth and seventh for insurance.

Ricky Bowen worked five innings allowing two runs and four hits while striking out six for the win (1-0) while Lee Swindle came on and pitched four scoreless innings fanning seven for the save.  Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) suffered the loss (2-1) for Valpo, allowing eight hits and eight runs in 5.1 innings. He struck out six and walked four.

Scoby and O’Gara each had two hits for Valpo in the opener while Butler went 4-for-4 with four runs batted in for Mississippi State.

Game two saw Valpo jump on top in the third inning with four runs.  Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) opened the inning reaching on an error and advanced to second on Damon McCormick’s (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) bunt single.  Scoby followed with a single to load the bases and Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) cleared the bases with a double to left-center.  David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) followed with a single up the middle to plate Muhlsteff and the Crusaders led 4-0.

Mississippi State brought in Drew Hollinghead out of the bullpen and he went six scoreless innings to allow the Bulldogs to stay in the game.  The hosts tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, scoring four times, including a two-run double by Connor Powers that knotted the game at four.

In the ninth, Russ Sneed led off with a double and following a sacrifice bunt, scored the winning run on a ground ball.

“This was a game we wish we could have closed out,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We’re playing against better competition, but that doesn’t mean we can’t finish games.  It’s disappointing we didn’t win the game.”

Jared Wesson earned the win (1-0) pitching the ninth for Mississippi State (10-4), striking out all three hitters he faced.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) Suffered the loss (0-1) in relief.  Alex Berry (Olney, Ill./East Richard H.S.) started and went seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits while fanning six for the Crusaders.

“Berry pitched a great game,” concluded Woodson.

Valparaiso (4-8) will finish its spring trip with a four-game weekend series in Cookeville, Tenn. beginning on Friday afternoon with a twinbill against Tennessee Tech.  First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT with all the action carried live on www.sportsjuice.com.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo