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Valpo Shuts Out Butler to Open Horizon League Tournament
Steven Scoby delivered four runs batted in as Valpo shutout Butler. (Ray Acevedo)
Steven Scoby delivered four runs batted in as Valpo shutout Butler. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) tossed a complete game shutout and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) had four RBIs to pace Valparaiso’s 19-hit attack on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders blanked Butler 9-0 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to open up play in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament.

Valpo pounded out 18 singles, with every Crusader recording at least one hit as the Brown and Gold posting its highest hit total of the 2011 season.

“Hitting is contagious,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We had even more opportunities early in the game where we didn’t plate some runs, but we’ve hit the ball well the last two games.  We need to keep it going throughout the rest of the  week.”

McCormick earned his sixth win (6-6), scattered seven hits in his fifth complete game of the season, striking out three while walking just one.

“Damon was great for us today,” Woodson added.  “He’s a senior and we really wanted him to get the complete game shutout.  He got us started for the tournament on the right note.”

The Crusader offense was jump-started in the second inning as Valpo scored a pair of times.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) led off with a single.  After back-to-back walks to Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) and Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) loaded the bases, Scoby plated two runs with a single through the right side.

Valpo added to its lead in the third as Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Ill./El Toro H.S.) led off with a bunt single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a RBI single off of the bat of Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.).

A six-run fifth inning broke the game wide open.  A fielder’s choice off of the bat of Martin scored the first run and Scoby added a two-run triple to left, chasing Butler starter Dom Silvestri.  Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) added a run-scoring single after greeting reliever Joel Leichty and scored two batters later following a Bulldog throwing error.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) made it 9-0 Valpo with his single, extending his on base streak to 26 straight games.

“That six-run inning was huge,” Woodson said.  “We kept putting pressure on them the entire game and finally broke through big.”

It was all McCormick from there, as he allowed just one runner to reach base, Andrew Eckhardt, the game’s lead off man, who doubled and moved over with two outs.  He put two runners on in an inning just twice.

Manning went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored while Robinson and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) each had three-hit days.  Martin extended his hitting streak to 15 with his hit in the third inning and Scoby drove home four of the nine runs.

Silvestri suffered the loss (6-5) for Butler (23-27-1), working 4.1 innings.  He allowed 12 hits and seven runs, walking two and striking out one.   Grant Fillipitch and Corey Moylan each had two hits for the Bulldogs.

“Winning the first game in a tournament like this is a must,” Woodson concluded.  “If you get in the loser’s bracket early you end up running out of pitching.  Now we have to take everything day by day, starting again tomorrow.”

Valparaiso (23-30), the tournament’s fourth seed, will advance in the winner’s bracket to face second-seeded UIC at 2:05 p.m. CDT on Thursday.  Butler falls the loser's bracket and will face Milwaukee on Thursday.  The Panthers fell 4-2 to Youngstown State in Wednesday's other game.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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