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Valpo Well-Represented as Horizon League Announces Postseason Awards
Kyle Wormington (co-Newcomer of the Year), Tracy Woodson (Coach of the Year), and Kevin Wild (Pitcher of the Year) garnered three of the Horizon League's five specialty awards.
Kyle Wormington (co-Newcomer of the Year), Tracy Woodson (Coach of the Year), and Kevin Wild (Pitcher of the Year) garnered three of the Horizon League's five specialty awards.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ten members of the Valparaiso University baseball program received postseason accolades on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its annual awards.  The Crusader award winners were highlighted by Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) being named the Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Year, Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) being named the co-Newcomer of the Year, and Tracy Woodson being honored as the Coach of the Year.

Wild also was named to the Horizon League’s First Team along with teammates Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) and Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.).  Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.), Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.), Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) were all Second Team All-Horizon League selections.  Wormington, Vavra, Mahoney, and Martin all were named to the Horizon League’s All-Newcomer Team as well.

Wild finished the season 5-3 overall with a 2.87 earned run average in 14 starts.   Opponents batted just .244 against him on the year in 97.1 innings and he struck out 56 hitters.  All five of the senior’s victories came in conference action, where league foes batted just .214 against him.  The right-hander had three complete games on the season, including one shutout, and took a no-hitter into the 10th inning against Milwaukee back on March 24.

Wormington posted a 6-5 record with a 3.24 ERA in 14 starts in his first season with the Brown and Gold.  The junior college transfer struck out 55 while walking just 16 in 94.1 innings of work, and opponents batted .264 against him.  All six of the right-hander’s wins were against league competition and he finished the year with one complete game.

Woodson guided the Crusaders to their first Horizon League title in school history and the first regular season conference title for the Brown and Gold since 1977.  Valpo posted a 32-22 record on the year, including a 22-8 mark in the Horizon League, winning the conference by two games.  His Crusaders were tabbed third in the preseason poll, but won 24 of their last 28 games overall, including 16 of their last 18 conference games.

Vavra batted .327 in his first year at Valpo with four triples and 16 runs batted in.  He stole a team-high 15 bases in 19 attempts on the year and posted a .419 on base percentage after walking 15 times and being hit by a pitch on 18 occasions.  The junior second baseman also laid down 20 successful sacrifice bunts.

Mahoney led the Crusaders hitting a team-high .344 on the season with 16 RBIs.  The freshman shortstop posted a .430 on base percentage and drew 14 walks, despite missing half of the season due to injury.  When leading off an inning in 2012, Mahoney batted a blistering .522, helping to jump-start the Valpo offense.

Deetjen tied for the team-lead in victories, notching a 6-2 record on the year.  The senior southpaw led the Horizon League in innings pitched with 103.1, logging three complete games.  He had a 3.40 ERA while striking out 56 batters and walking just eight on the season, ranking among the top-10 in the country for both strikeout-to-walk ratio and walks per nine innings.  He was a perfect 6-0 in Horizon League action this season.

Martin, a junior, started all 54 games for the Brown and Gold, posting a .307 average on the season.  His offensive production increased in Horizon League games, as he hit .385 in conference action.  The third baseman drove in a team-leading 47 runs on the year, including 38 against conference foes.  In league play, his .436 slugging percentage and .444 on base percentage were tops among any Valpo hitter.

Manning, a Horizon League All-Newcomer Team selection one year ago, batted .300 for Valpo with 33 runs batted in on the season.  The Crusader sophomore centerfielder started all 54 games this season and he finished second on the team with 40 runs scored.  He also stole 11 bases in 14 tries.

Hagel, a First Team All-Horizon League first baseman one year ago, moved to leftfield prior to the 2012 campaign.  The fifth-year senior hit .302 with 41 runs batted in on the year, making 54 starts.  He finished second on the team with 10 doubles, and posted a .401 slugging percentage for the Brown and Gold.

Bain earned Second Team All-Horizon League honors this season as a utility player.  Bain played the outfield, second base, and was the designated hitter for the Crusaders as a junior.  He finished the season batting .311 with a team-leading 73 hits and laid down 10 sacrifice bunts. 

Valparaiso (32-22, 22-8 Horizon) will open Horizon League Tournament play on Thursday evening as the Crusaders face an opponent to be determined based upon the results of Wednesday’s games.  Valpo will play at 8 p.m. at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. on the campus of UIC.

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 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
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