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Wormington, Kowalczyk Spell Relief in 5-3 Series-Opening Win
Friday, May 03, 2013
A bullpen that has represented Valpo's biggest weapon in Horizon League play continued its authority Friday over first place Milwaukee.
A back-and-forth battle resulted in a 5-3 Crusaders win over the Panthers in an early start at Emory G. Bauer Field. The win puts Valpo ahead in the first game of the conference series, and snaps Milwaukee’s win streak at eight.
John Loeffler pushed him across the plate with two outs, as Valpo took an early lead over the Panthers.
The first run of the inning came when Andy Burns was hit by a Jake Long delivery, and Andrew Bain hit another single early in the count to pick up his first RBI of the game, re-taking the lead at 3-2. The Panther defense tightened up after that point, and shut down the inning on a double play.
Valpo collected the next two outs on the next two batters, preventing the Panthers from continuing their offensive damage.
The Brown and Gold then added an insurance run, as Bain scored on a deep sacrifice fly off the bat of Loeffler.
Kyle Wormington relieved him after the fourth inning, holding the Panthers to just two hits, walking one and striking out three, earning his third win of the year.
Kowalczyk entered from the DH position to close the game, holding the Panthers and securing the win for the Crusaders.
Game two of the series will be held Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field at 1:00 pm