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Valpo Flips the Script in 8-6 Win over #9 Arizona State

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just when it seemed to be same song, third verse in this series, the Crusader offense erupted for seven runs in two innings to shock the #9 Arizona State Sun Devils in an 8-6 victory at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

"Offensively, I thought we hit the ball this weekend as well as any.  Today, especially, it all came together," head coach Tracy Woodson said.

The Sun Devils put two on the board before making an out in the first.

Leadoff batter Kasey Coffman doubled into center to start the Sun Devil half of the first frame.

Third baseman Michael Benjamin promptly gave ASU a 2-0 lead with a line-drive homer down the left field line.

Freshman Dalton Lundeen settled in to retire eight of the next nine batters he faced.

Billy Cribbs plated the first Valpo run with his 14th RBI of the year on a double to left field.  The extra-base hit scored Chris Manning and put Spencer Mahoney on third.

Andrew Bynum knotted the game at two apiece with an RBI ground out to short.

After Lundeen threw up a zero in the home half of the second, Valpo continued its assault on Sun Devil starter Alex Blackford. 

Blackford retired Vavra, the leadoff man in the third, before plunking John Loeffler to extend his on-base streak to 29 consecutive games.

Manning, Mahoney, Cribbs and Bynum rattled off four straight singles before Andy Burns delivered the punch to the gut.

Burns laced a fastball off reliever Mark Lambson into the right-center gap for a two-run triple.  

Burns was thrown out at the plate attempting to stretch the triple into an inside-the-park home run, but not before Valpo found itself up 7-2.

Despite the leadoff batter reaching in each of the middle three innings, Valpo was unable to push across any insurance runs until the 7th.

Manning raised his average to .301 in the Valpo half of the 7th with a leadoff double down the left field line.  Mahoney sacrificed him to third before a Darin Gillies wild pitch allowed Manning to race home.  

Valpo took an 8-3 lead heading to the stretch.

The bottom of the 7th was Lundeen's last inning of work as he allowed two two-out singles before being lifted for Ben Mahar.

"Dalton showed a lot of poise and the ability to throw strikes. It was a great outing for a freshman," Woodson said.

Mahar allowed an RBI double to Trever Allen, his first batter, to cut the lead to 8-5.

Mahar returned the favor with a wild pitch of his own allowing Jake Peevyhouse to score, making it an 8-6 game.

With runners on first and third and two outs, Drew Stankiewicz hit a fly ball to left that Andrew Bain awkwardly caught for the final out of the 7th inning.

Lundeen's (2-0) final line was: 6 2/3 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.

Mahar worked an efficient 8th inning before handing off the torch to closer Karch Kowalczyk.

Kowalczyk induced fly outs from the first two batters of the 9th before Peevyhouse singled to right.

The base hit brought Trever Allen, the Sun Devils' home run leader, to the plate representing the tying run.

Kowalczyk got ahead 0-2 before a collective gasp poured out from the crowd as Allen sent a towering fly ball to left that defensive replacement Mark Johnson squeezed for the final out.

The 8-6 win was Valpo's second against a top-10 team in as many seasons.  The victory was also the school's first against a Pac-12 team.

Valparaiso (15-23) will travel back to Indiana before facing Chicago State at home on Tuesday.  First pitch is slated for 3:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo