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Valpo Splits at Wright State in Saturday Baseball
Michael Morman had five hits on the afternoon. (Jeff Golden)
Michael Morman had five hits on the afternoon. (Jeff Golden)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Valparaiso bounced back from a game one loss to Wright State on Saturday afternoon and won the night cap of the doubleheader to remain one-half game in front of the Raiders in the Horizon League race.  Wright State won the opener 10-4 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio before the Crusaders took game two 6-2.

“We swung the bats really well both games today,” said head coach Tracy Woodson as Valpo finished the day with 23 hits in the two games.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) went the distance in game two for his third complete game of the season, earning the victory (5-5) allowing two runs and eight hits despite having to sit through a 28-minute rain delay in the middle of his outing.  He struck out three and walked three for the Crusaders, helping Valpo bounce back after a game one loss.

“Damon’s performance was huge for us,” Woodson said.  “He’s a gamer.  He came back out after the rain delay and continued to pitch well, saving our bullpen for the series finale tomorrow if needed.”

Valpo jumped on top in the third inning as Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) singled and stole second before scoring on a two-out hit by Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.).

The Raiders answered in the bottom of the inning as Jake Hibberd scored on a two-out double by Corey Davis.

The game remained tied into the middle of the fifth when the rains came, forcing the short delay.  After the break, Wright State took the lead.  Back-to-back singles by Dan Marsh and Hibbard to start the inning put two men on.   After a sacrifice bunt, Marsh scored on a ground out by Davis, who had both of the Raider RBIs in the game.

Wright State took the 2-1 lead into the seventh when Valpo finally broke through against Raider starter Michael Woytek.  Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) led off with a single and moved up on a sacrifice bunt.  Michael Morman  (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) tied the game with a one-out double to center and advanced to third on a wild pitch as Bain walked. The walk marked the end of the day for Woytek, who was relieved by Taylor Braun.

Braun was greeted by Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.), who launched his team-leading sixth home run of the season deep over the left field wall, just to the left of the 377-foot mark, giving Valpo a 5-2 advantage.

“Gaedele’s homer was huge,” Woodson said.  “It gave McCormick a lead to work with.”

Valpo took the three-run lead into the ninth when the Crusaders added an insurance run.  Gaedele led off with a single and Scoby was hit by a pitch.  After a sacrifice bunt, Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered a sacrifice fly which gave the Brown and Gold its final margin of victory.

Morman went 3-for-4 in game two while Martin, Hagel, and Gaedele each had two hits as part of a 13-hit attack for the Crusaders.  Marsh and Hibberd each had two hits for Wright State.

Woytek suffered the loss (6-3) in the night cap, pitching 6.1 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits.

The Crusaders opened game one with a quick lead as well, but were unable to hang on.

Gaedele led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single by Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.).  Hagel followed with a RBI double and scored himself two batters later on a hit by Martin, giving the Crusaders a 3-0 lead.

Wright State tied the game in the third on five straight hits, and could have taken the lead but Manning threw Hibberd out at the plate for the inning’s first out.  Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) got out of the jam without further damage.

Martin helped the Crusaders retake the lead in the fourth with a one-out single.  After Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) beat out a bunt for a single, Morman delivered a run-scoring single into centerfield.

Ryan Ashe tied the game for Wright State in the bottom of the fifth with a two-out RBI single.  The Raiders then took the lead for good in the sixth with four unearned runs.  Three straight two-out hits, a single by Hibberd and back-to-back doubles by Tristan Moore and Davis, gave the hosts an 8-4 advantage.

“We have to make plays,” Woodson said.  “They’re going to bunt and put pressure on us and we knew it.  The error in the inning on the bunt really hurt us.”

Wright State added another run in the seventh on a double by Zach Taylor and added the final run in the eighth on a triple off the bat of Kyle Mossbarger.

Valpo managed just one baserunner over the final three innings, a lead-off walk by Hagel, who was promptly erased on a double play.

Casey Henn went the distance for the win (5-3) for Wright State, allowing 10 hits and four runs while striking out four and walking just one.  Gulbransen suffered the loss (5-6) for the Crusaders, giving up nine runs, five of which were earned, and 17 hits in 6.1 innings.  He did not walk any Raiders and struck out two.

Hagel, Martin, and Morman each had two hits for the Crusaders.  Hagel and Martin finished the day with four hits each while Morman was 5-for-8 with two runs and two runs batted in.

Moore went 4-for-5 for the Raiders while Hibberd drove home three runs in the opener.

Valparaiso (21-25, 13-5 Horizon) and Wright State (29-14, 12-5) will wrap up the three-game weekend series on Mother’s Day with a single game beginning at 12 p.m. CDT.

“We have a big opportunity tomorrow to either give ourselves a little room at the top or else see the league race bunch up even more,” Woodson concluded.  “We’ll be ready to go out and battle once again.”

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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Horizon League Tournament
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