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Crusaders Down Broncos to Close Homestand
Will Robinson earned his second win of the year on Tuesday. (Rick Cochran)
Will Robinson earned his second win of the year on Tuesday. (Rick Cochran)
Western Michigan (14-15)
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Valparaiso (12-19)
4/10/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 71
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Win: ROBINSON (2-2) 6.042115
Loss: PORTER (0-1) 1.155301
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Valparaiso got solid pitching and some timely hitting on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders wrapped up their brief two-game homestand with a 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at Emory G. Bauer Field to earn a split in the season series between the two schools.

Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) earned the victory (2-2), allowing just two runs, only one of which was earned, and scattering four hits while striking out five.  Zack Walsh (Batesville, Ind./Batesville H.S.) and Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) pitched the final three innings of scoreless relief as the Crusaders avenged a ninth-inning loss to the Broncos last Tuesday.

“Will threw the ball well today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “He got ahead of hitters early in the game.  Zack came on for us and continued to throw the ball well.”

Western Michigan (14-15) scored first with an unearned run in the third, taking advantage of two Crusader errors in the inning as well as a wild pitch.  The Broncos added to the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Duncan, which plated Ryan McMillan, who led off the inning with a triple.

After Bronco starter Matt Nestor held Valpo scoreless for five innings, the Crusaders finally broke through against reliever Monty Porter, who ultimately was charged with the loss (0-1).  Two singles and an error loaded the bases before Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) drove home Valpo’s first run of the game with a sacrifice fly.  Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) followed with a run-scoring single and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) earned a RBI when he reached on an error, giving Valpo a 3-2 lead.

“Bobby Martin stepped into the lineup today and got a couple of hits,” Woodson said.  “That was a good thing to see.”

Valpo added to its lead in the seventh.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) reached with a bunt single to reach base safely in his 17th straight game, and Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) added a one-out single.  After John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) was hit by a pitch, Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) brought home the Crusaders’ fourth run with a ground out.  Cribbs followed with a two-run single to right and the Crusaders had a 6-2 lead, which was more than enough for its bullpen.

“We swung the bats well late in the game,” Woodson added.  “We had four bunt hits today which is something we haven’t done lately.”

Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) paced Valpo’s 11-hit effort with a 3-for-5 day while both Martins, Bobby and Elliott, had two hits each. 

Valparaiso (12-17) has now won four of its last five games and will head to Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio to begin a three-game weekend series against Youngstown State.  All three games, Friday through Sunday, can be seen live online through the Horizon League Network.  First pitch in Friday’s series opener against the Penguins is set for 2 p.m. CDT.

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