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Belmont Defeats Crusaders 5-3 in Wednesday Action
John Loeffler launched a two-run home run in the seventh. (Rick Cochran)
John Loeffler launched a two-run home run in the seventh. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (4-12)
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Belmont (11-7)
3/14/2012 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 179
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: SNODGRASS (1-0) 2.030000
Loss: RABAKOZI (0-1) 1.032211
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
BAIN (VALPO) 502000
MANNING (VALPO) 312000
LOEFFLER (VALPO) 412201
MITCHELL (BEL) 502100
CRAIG (BEL) 312120
TURNER (BEL) 312010

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Belmont scored two runs in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon to rally and defeat Valparaiso 5-3 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.

The Crusaders took the lead in the fourth as Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) singled, moved to second on a balk, and scored on a single to left by Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.). 

The host Bruins answered with a pair of runs as Zac Mitchell doubled down the right field line, plating a pair of runners.

Trailing 2-1, John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) put the Crusaders on top with one swing of the bat, homering to right, scoring Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) in the top of the seventh inning.

Valpo’s 3-2 lead only lasted until the bottom of the inning as Belmont (10-7) scored a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and a single.  The Bruins added an insurance run in the eighth and the Crusaders were unable to push across any late runs.

Loeffler, Manning, and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) each had two hits for Valpo as part of an 11-hit attack while Scoby extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games.  Manning has reached base safely in all 16 games for the Crusaders while Cribbs has reached in all 15 games in which he has played.

“We swung the bats well today, but fundamentally we cost ourselves,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “A couple of missed cutoffs, a couple of walks, a hit batsman, and an error cost us four of the five runs.”

Belmont finished the game with 10 total hits against six Valpo hurlers.  Rob Rabakozi (Burbank, Ill./Reavis H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders, working the seventh inning.  Jessie Snodgrass picked up the win (1-0) in relief for the Bruins while Garrett Fanchier pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his fifth save of the season.

“The real season starts Friday,” Woodson added.  “We need to forget about what we have done so far and start fresh.  I feel good about where we are at as a team and we’re excited to start league play.”

Valparaiso (4-12) will return to Indiana on Friday afternoon, traveling to Indianapolis, to open Horizon League action.  The Crusaders will face Butler in a three-game series, with Friday’s opener commencing at 2 p.m. CDT at Bulldog Park.

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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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W 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 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