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Crusaders Take Opening Series with 7-4 Win at Murray State
Chris Manning delivers a first inning home run at Murray State on Sunday. (MSU Media Relations)
Chris Manning delivers a first inning home run at Murray State on Sunday. (MSU Media Relations)
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2/19/2012 | Murray, Ky. | Attendance: 173
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Win: ROBINSON (1-0) 3.043300
Loss: SALTSMAN (0-1) 2.001122
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BAIN (VALPO) 523100
RHODES (MUR) 413100

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A three-run ninth inning propelled Valparaiso to a 7-4 victory over Murray State on Sunday afternoon at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky., allowing the Crusaders to take the first series of the 2012 season two games to one in which each contest was decided in the ninth inning or later.

“There were definitely a lot of positives this weekend,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “Our pitching was tremendous and defensively we played with consistency.  We made some good plays on the infield.”

With the game tied at four entering the ninth, Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) led off the inning being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) drew a walk and Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) delivered a two-run triple down the rightfield line, putting the Crusaders on top 6-4.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) followed with a single up the middle and Valpo had a three-run lead.

“There’s a different attitude with this team late in the game,” Woodson added.  “They have been working hard and believe they can be successful.  The excitement they showed following that go-ahead triple is something I haven’t seen from our guys in a long time.”

Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on in the bottom of the inning and notched his 29th career save to secure the victory.

Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) started the scoring for Valpo in the opening inning with a two-run homer, the first by a Crusader this season.  Bain also scored after reaching on a one-out single.

The Racers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on a Dylan Wheeler single. 

Valpo extended the lead to 4-1 in the fifth.  Following a single by Bain and a walk to Manning, Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered a two-run double, extending his hitting streak to 16 straight games in the process.

Jacob Rhodes made it a 4-2 game in the sixth with a RBI double and Murray State tied the game in the eighth.  With two outs, three straight hits, the last a two-run single through the right side by Colton Speed knotted the game at four before Valpo answered in the top of the ninth.

Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.), who picked up the save in the opener of the series, earned the victory (1-0).  The fifth-year senior worked three innings before giving way to Miller in the ninth.  Tyler Saltsman suffered the loss (0-1) for Murray State.

Bain finished the game with three hits while Hagel added two as part of Valpo’s eight-hit attack.  Rhodes went 3-for-4 to lead Murray State (1-2) at the plate.

Valparaiso (2-1) will return to action next Friday afternoon in Fayetteville, Ark. facing nationally-ranked Arkansas.  First pitch in game one of the three-game set is slated for 3:05 p.m.

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