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Wright State Takes Middle Game from Valpo
Chris Manning plated both runs with sacrifice flies on Saturday. (Rick Cochran)
Chris Manning plated both runs with sacrifice flies on Saturday. (Rick Cochran)
Wright State (14-10, 6-2 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (8-16, 4-4 Horizon)
3/31/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 107
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Win: ELLIOTT (1-0) 5.020002
Loss: WILD (1-1) 7.052227
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KOPALE (WSU) 402100
PICCHIOTTI (WSU) 412000
VAVRA (VALPO) 302010

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wright State won the middle game of a three-game Horizon League weekend series from Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon by the score of 4-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

The Crusaders managed just four hits on the afternoon, but committed three errors defensively and allowed two of the four runs to be scored with two outs after surrendering all seven runs on Friday in the same situation.

“We didn’t swing the bats well today, but what I’m even more disappointed in was our lack of communication in the field,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “That just can’t happen and we need to do a better job of that.”

Valpo looked poised for a big inning in the first as Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) and Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) drew back-to-back walks to lead off the game.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Wright State changed pitches just three batters into the contest.

Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) plated Bain on a sacrifice fly, and Andrew Elliott induced two more outs as the Raiders escaped the first trailing by just one.

“We had a chance to do some damage early and just didn’t do it,” Woodson added.  “They brought Elliott in and he did a good job keeping us off of the board for five innings.”

Wright State scored a pair of runs in the fourth to take the lead.  Corey Davis led off the inning with his second home run in as many days.  A bases loaded fielder’s choice off of the bat of Kyle Mossbarger made it 2-1 as Tristan Moore scored.

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) did not surrender another run to Wright State as he worked through seven innings.  Despite taking the loss (1-1), Wild allowed just the two runs on five hits while striking out seven.

“He’s really throwing the ball well right now,” Woodson stated.  “He’s pitching with confidence.  We just need to find a way to get him some run support.”

The Raiders added a run in the eighth with two outs as Ryan Ashe singled and Justin Kopale followed with a double into the gap in left-center.

The Crusaders answered in the bottom of the eighth as Bain and Vavra singled to lead off the inning and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Hagel.  Manning delivered his second sacrifice fly of the game to cut the deficit to one, but Valpo could not plate the tying run.

Wright State added one more insurance run in the ninth on a throwing error to close the scoring.

Vavra went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Valpo’s four-hit offense while Bain scored both runs.  Kopale and Sam Picchiotti each had two hits apiece for the Raiders.

Andrew Elliott earned the win (1-0) with five innings of scoreless relief for the Raiders, allowing just two hits.  Michael Schum picked up his fourth save of the year, allowing one run and two hits in two innings of work.

Valparaiso (8-16, 4-4 Horizon) and Wright State (14-10, 6-2) will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon.  First pitch is slated for 1 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