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Gamecocks Silence Crusader Offense in Opener
Senior Andy Burns had a two-hit day for the Crusaders Friday against Jacksonville State. (Ray Acevedo)
Senior Andy Burns had a two-hit day for the Crusaders Friday against Jacksonville State. (Ray Acevedo)
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Jacksonville State (3-1)
2/21/2014 | Jacksonville, Ala. | Attendance: 155
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Win: SHIELDS (2-0) 6.030012
Loss: Webb (1-1) 5.266342
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Burns (VALPO) 402000
LAMBERT (JSU) 322110
PETRONGOLO (JSU) 412110
SEBRA (JSU) 302110
BISHOP (JSU) 502200

Friday, February 21, 2014

Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville [Heartland CC]) had his first multi-hit game of the season Friday, but the Crusaders mustered just three hits total as Jacksonville State used two pitchers to combine for a 10-0 shutout at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Taylor Shields allowed the three hits, walked one, and struck out two Crusaders over six efficient innings. Casey Antley fired three scoreless frames to earn the save for the Gamecocks.

Cole Webb (Tulsa, Okla./Union [Coffeyville CC]) settled in after a shaky beginning to his second start of the season.

Eddie Mora-Loera doubled after Michael Bishop was walked to open the bottom of the first. With both runners in scoring position, Griff Gordon drove in Bishop with a sac fly to center for an early 1-0 JSU lead. Two batters later, Paschal Petrongolo knocked in Mora-Loera with a single on an 0-2 pitch.

Valpo's best scoring opportunity presented itself in the second inning when Ray Bartolomucci (Concord, Calif./De La Salle) followed Burns' leadoff hit with a single of his own. But with two men on and nobody out, the next three batters recorded fly outs.

The teams traded zeroes until the Gamecocks opened the floodgates with a four-run sixth inning. 

The first two Gamecocks reached base before Ryan Sebra sacrificed both into scoring position with one away. A Spencer Mahoney (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) error brought Cal Lambert in from third base. Webb summoned a ground ball off the bat of Tyler Gamble, but Gamble beat the back end of the double-play attempt. Petrongolo scored on the fielder's choice to make it a 4-0 game.

The Jacksonville State offense wasn't done, though, as Michael Bishop ended Webb's afternoon with a two-run single to right field to extend Valpo's deficit to 6-0.

Shields retired the final eight Crusaders he faced before giving way to Antley. The lefty reliever hurled three hitless innings, his only blemish was plunking Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) to lead off the top of the 9th.

Jacksonville State tacked on two runs in the 7th and 8th innings as it cruised to a 10-0 final.

The Crusaders committed an uncharacteristic four errors in the field which led to five unearned Gamecock runs.

Offensively, Mahoney extended his on-base streak to 12 games when he walked to lead off the game for the third time already this season.

Webb (1-1) allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on the hill. He yielded six hits and walked four batters, tying a career high. Of his 87 pitches, 54 were for strikes.

Valparaiso (2-2) will look to Drew Hasler (0-0, 11.25) Saturday to move the Crusaders back over the .500 mark in a 1:00 pm CT first pitch. RHP Zachary Fowler (0-0, 9.00) will counter for the Gamecocks.

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 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
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 UIC
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
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana