Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
UIC Nips Valpo 4-3 in Crusaders First Opportunity at Horizon League Title
Jarad Miller makes the tag on Alex Lee at the plate on Saturday. (Steve Woltmann)
Jarad Miller makes the tag on Alex Lee at the plate on Saturday. (Steve Woltmann)
UIC (23-33)
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Valparaiso (34-23)
5/26/2012 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 612
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Win: HOFFMAN (1-3) 3.011010
Loss: WORMINGTON (6-6) 7.164333
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BETCHER (UIC) 412201
COEN (UIC) 402000
VAVRA (VALPO) 412000
Billy Cribbs holds on as Joe Betcher collides with him at the plate in the eighth inning. (Steve Woltmann)
Billy Cribbs holds on as Joe Betcher collides with him at the plate in the eighth inning. (Steve Woltmann)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

UIC scored three times in the first and added the winning run in the eighth inning as the Flames defeated Valparaiso 4-3 in the Crusaders’ first try at capturing the Horizon League title.  With both teams having one loss in the double-elimination tournament, the two schools will meet back at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. again Sunday afternoon at noon for the title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

“Those three runs in the first were a killer,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We fought our way back into the game but it was not enough.”

After a Jacob McNamara walk to lead off the game, Joe Betcher hit a two-run home run to left with one out in the first to put the Flames on the scoreboard.  Alex Grunenwald followed with a double, and scored on a two-out error, giving UIC the early 3-0 lead.

Valpo answered with a run in the bottom of the frame as John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) doubled down the rightfield line to score Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.).

The Crusaders continued to chip away against UIC starter Mike Schoolcraft in the fifth.  With two outs, Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) doubled and scored on a hit by Manning, pulling Valpo within one.

An unearned run in the seventh allowed Valpo to tie the game.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt.  Manning reached on a throwing error, allowing Vavra to move to third, and he scored on a ground out by Loeffler.

UIC answered with the winning run in the top of the eighth as Alex Jurich’s single with two outs plated Jon Ryan.

The Crusaders managed just one base runner against Chris Hoffman over the final two innings as Hoffman earned the win (1-3) out of the bullpen, pitching the final three frames.

Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) suffered the loss (6-6), giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits.  He walked three and struck out three.

Vavra led Valpo’s offense with a pair of hits as the Crusaders (34-23) managed just six total on the afternoon.  Betcher and John Coen each had two hits for UIC (23-33), as the Flames finished the game with eight.

“We have to come out tomorrow and play a better overall game,” Woodson added.  “We’re still alive.”

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 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
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