Wednesday, April 17, 2013
By the time the rain started to fall at Emory G. Bauer Field, the Roosevelt Lakers pitching staff had already experienced the storm.
Valparaiso (14-21) set season-high watermarks in runs and hits as the Crusaders distributed a 15-3 thumping over the Lakers Wednesday.
Six Crusaders had multi-hit games while four knocked in at least two runs.
Valpo scored early and often as Bryce Hara came in on a John Loeffler single to right field for the first run of the game. Chris Manning followed with an RBI ground out to short to make it 2-0.
Kyle Schneider recorded his first of two hits on the day in the 1st inning to plate Loeffler. Wednesday was Schneider's third multi-hit game in the last week.
The Crusaders added single tallies in the second and third frames thanks to a Hara sac fly and a Jake Hanson RBI single.
Drew Hasler (1-0) made his first career start as a Crusader. The freshman resided in the strike zone all five innings he tossed, neither walking a batter nor getting to three balls in any count.
His lone blemish came in the top of the 4th when Laker first baseman Ryan Pacyga deposited a fastball over the left field fence to trim the Crusader lead to 5-1.
Valpo put the game out of hand with a six-run 5th inning.
Andrew Bynum started the onslaught with a leadoff double to right center. Valpo followed with five more hits capped off by a two-run single from Schneider.
Loeffler added a two-run double in the 6th for the 14th and 15th runs. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Tanner Vavra was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
The Crusaders will quickly pack their bags as they depart Thursday morning for Tempe as a three-game series awaits them in Arizona.
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