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Western Michigan Nips Valpo in Ninth
Will Hagel tied the game in the ninth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Will Hagel tied the game in the ninth inning. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (8-18)
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Western Michigan (14-10)
4/3/2012 | Kalamazoo, Mich. | Attendance: 291
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Western Michigan030000101590
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BORLIK (5-2) 1.211111
Loss: UPP (0-1) 1.221102
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
HAGEL (VALPO) 412110
LOEFFLER (VALPO) 302110
DUNCAN (WMU) 424000

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) singled home the tying run in the top of the ninth inning for Valparaiso, but Western Michigan plated in the winning run in the bottom of the innings as the Broncos topped the Crusaders 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Robert J. Bobb Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Valpo trailed 4-3 heading to the ninth when Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a ground out.  Hagel delivered the tying run when he lined a single to left-center, scoring Manning.

“Hagel got a pitch up in the zone that he could hit and did something with it,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We swung the bats okay in general, but need to be more patient and let the ball come to us.”

The Broncos scored the winning run in the bottom of the inning.  Patrick Duncan, who went 4-for-4 on the afternoon, singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Caleb Caton drove home the game-winner with a hit to the gap in right-center, giving Western Michigan its seventh straight victory.

The Crusaders jumped on top in the opening inning, as John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) singled home Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.).  Valpo left the bases loaded in the inning though, taking just a 1-0 lead.

Western Michigan (14-10) scored three times in the bottom of the second.  Ryan McMillin homered to open the inning and the Broncos took the lead on a fielder’s choice ground out.  A wild pitch extended the lead to 3-1 before Valpo added a run in the third.

Hagel singled with one out and scored on a Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) hit to left, Valpo’s fourth straight in the inning.  The Crusaders would again strand the bases loaded and trailed 3-2.

Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) led off the sixth inning with a double and was pinch run for by Mark Johnson (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township H.S.).  After a sacrifice bunt, Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) drove home Johnson with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at three.

The Broncos took the lead in the seventh on a two-out throwing error, setting the table for the Crusader rally in the ninth.

Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) started for Valpo, working 6.2 innings.  He allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits.  Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1), pitching the final 1.2 innings and giving up the run in the ninth.

“Our pitching was good enough to win again today,” Woodson added.  “Will did well and Kevin was fine.  He just left one pitch up that they hit.  When we throw strikes we are effective.”

Patrick Borlik, who blew the save in the top of the ninth, was credited with the win (5-2) for the Broncos.

Hagel and Loeffler each had two hits for Valpo as part of a nine-hit effort by the Crusaders.

“We have to forget about today and get ready to go on Thursday,” Woodson concluded.

Valparaiso (8-18) will return to action on Thursday evening to begin a three-game Horizon League series against UIC.  First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. from Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.

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
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