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Valpo Hangs Tough with #4 Arkansas on Friday
Will Hagel congratulates Chris Manning on his home run. (Rick Cochran)
Will Hagel congratulates Chris Manning on his home run. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (2-2)
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#4 Arkansas (6-0)
2/24/2012 | Fayetteville, Ark. | Attendance: 6194
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Loss: DEETJEN (0-1) 5.2106633
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FICOCIELLO (AR) 512100
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Elliott Martin tags out a Razorback at third base. (Rick Cochran)
Elliott Martin tags out a Razorback at third base. (Rick Cochran)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valparaiso opened a three-game series with fourth-ranked Arkansas on Friday afternoon, dropping a 7-3 game to the Razorbacks at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas jumped on top in the bottom of the second, drawing a pair of two out walks.  A fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, and after a stolen base Bo Bigham delivered a two-run single to center.

“That was one of two double plays that we failed to turn and that cost us three runs today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “You have to be perfect against teams like this and we weren’t.  I’m not disappointed with our effort though because we battled the whole game.”

A two-out double by Jake Wise in the third increased the lead to 3-0 before Valpo got on the scoreboard.

Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Ill./El Toro H.S.) delivered his second home run of the season, a solo shot, to lead off the top of the fourth.

“Manning just hit another bomb,” Woodson said.  “It was similar to the one he hit at Murray State.”

Wise added another RBI single in the fifth and Arkansas tacked on two more runs in the sixth to make it 6-1.  Valpo again battled back in the top of the seventh though.

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) led off with a double and Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) followed with a walk.  After a ground out advanced both runners 90 feet, Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) plated both runners with a single to left.

Tim Carver closed out the scoring for the Razorbacks with a RBI single in the seventh.

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) started for Valpo and suffered the loss (0-1), working 5.2 innings and allowing six runs and 10 hits.  DJ Baxendale earned the victory (2-0) for Arkansas, pitching six innings and allowing three runs on five hits.

Valparaiso (2-2) and Arkansas (6-0) will play the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.  First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.

Game Notes: Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) had his 33-game on base streak and 16-game hitting streak dating back to last season come to an end … Manning increased his hitting streak to 10 straight games … Manning did not homer at all in 2011 and already has two this season … Valpo has never defeated a Southeastern Conference opponent.

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
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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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