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#13 Indiana Deals Valpo a Heartbreaking Loss
Junior Cole Webb delivers a pitch in the first inning of Valpo's NCAA Regional game against Indiana. (AJ Mast)
Junior Cole Webb delivers a pitch in the first inning of Valpo's NCAA Regional game against Indiana. (AJ Mast)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Valpo silenced the hometown crowd for eight innings, but a four-run ninth sent the Hoosier fans into a frenzy as #13 Indiana defeated the Crusaders 5-4 Friday night in Bloomington.

"I'm disappointed for the guys. We had the game in hand. I thought we controlled it for eight innings," head coach Tracy Woodson said.

The Crusaders wasted no time making their presence known in front of a capacity crowd at Bart Kaufman Field.

Andrew Bain led off the game with a single to right field before Tanner Vavra and John Loeffler recorded back-to-back singles. With the bases loaded, Chris Manning bounced an Aaron Slegers delivery to second base that brought home Bain from third. The fielder's choice gave Manning his 33rd run batted in of the season.

Valparaiso kept the pressure on in the second inning. Elliott Martin reached on an error by IU shortstop Michael Basil to start the frame. Catcher Billy Cribbs replaced him on the basepaths after a fielder's choice erased Martin. Mark Johnson followed with a four-pitch walk and then Bain gave Valpo a 2-0 lead with a single up the middle on a 0-1 pitch. 

Armed with an early lead, Webb dissected the Big Ten Champion offense utilizing a lively cutter, change up, and a running fast ball to limit Indiana to one run on five hits in seven innings.

The Hoosiers stayed off the scoreboard until Webb's final inning of work - the 7th - when Chad Clark singled in Casey Smith. Smith had reached on a double that represented Indiana's only extra-base hit of the game until the 9th inning.

Webb passed the torch on to Ben Mahar who worked a perfect bottom of the eighth. The reliever sat down the top of the Indiana order including All-American catcher Kyle Schwarber.

Valpo finally got to the Indiana bullpen in the ninth inning as Hara and Bain came in to score on an error by Clark at second base. The bases were loaded with two outs when Loeffler reached on the miscue.

With a 4-1 lead, Woodson went to closer Karch Kowalczyk. Kowalczyk entered the tilt 12-for-12 in save opportunities. The junior retired leadoff man Scott Donley before Basil reached on an infield single. Dustin DeMuth and Casey Smith ripped consecutive doubles to bring the Hoosiers within a run.

With the tying run on second base and the winning run at the plate, Kowalczyk got ahead 0-1 on Clark before the Valpo closer hung a breaking ball that Clark sent over the left field wall. 

Clark's second home run of the year capped the 5-4 Indiana comeback. The Crusaders came into Friday's game 29-0 when leading after eight innings.

Bain finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a walk. 

"We just have to have a short memory. Whether it's an at-bat or a loss like tonight, we've just got to cut it out and be ready to go tomorrow," Bain said after the game.

Valpo will face Florida (29-29) Saturday at 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT. Jim Barbar and Rusty Ensor will have the call again on ESPN3.

 

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