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Crusader Baseball Completes Weekend Sweep of Milwaukee
Elliott Martin delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning. (Ray Acevedo)
Elliott Martin delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning. (Ray Acevedo)
Milwaukee (6-14, 2-4 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2 Horizon)
3/25/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 187
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Win: WORMINGTON (1-3) 8.082206
Loss: SCHNEIDER (0-4) 7.083311
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SOLBERG (UWM) 403000
MARTIN (VALPO) 413200
Kyle Wormington earned his first win as a Crusader on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Wormington earned his first win as a Crusader on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Elliott Martin’s (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated the tying and go-ahead run as Valparaiso completed a three-game weekend sweep of Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

With the Crusaders trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.  After Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) bunted the runners up 90 feet, Martin bounced a single back up the middle into centerfield to put Valpo on top.  For Martin, it was his third hit of the day.

“Again we kept battling and battling all day,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the win.  “We got a couple of guys on and Martin delivered a big two-out hit.  He found holes today and got the job done.”

Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season and 30th in his Crusader career.

“Jarad’s been really good for us again this year,” Woodson added.  He’s athletic and able to make plays like the final out where he gets off of the mound to field the ball.  I think he may be pitching better than before he got hurt two years ago.”

Milwaukee (6-14, 2-4 Horizon) scored its first run of the weekend series in the second inning with back-to-back singles, a sacrifice bunt, and a ground out off of the bat of Jim Lundstrom. 

Valpo immediately answered to tie the game in the bottom of the inning as Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) singled to center to plate Elliott Martin.

Both starters, Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) for Valpo and Mike Schneider for Milwaukee, pitched well, with the game remaining tied into the fifth.

Ludstrom singled to lead off the inning for the Panthers, moved to second on a bunt and stole third.  With two outs, Paul Hoenecke singled into left-center to put the visitors on top 2-1.

The game stayed that way until Valpo came through with the two big runs in the eighth.

Wormington earned the victory (1-3) for the Crusaders, his first at Valparaiso, pitching eight strong innings, allowing just the two runs on eight hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out six.  Schneider suffered the loss (0-4), allowing all three runs on eight hits in seven plus innings.  He walked one and struck out one.

“Once again our pitching was really good,” Woodson concluded.  “You win games playing defense and throwing strikes and we did a good job of that both today and all weekend long.”

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) and Vavra each had two hits on the day in addition to Elliott Martin’s three, giving the Crusaders three players with multi-hit efforts.

Valparaiso (8-14, 4-2) will continue its homestand next weekend with a three-game series against Wright State.  First pitch in the series opener on Friday afternoon is slated for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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