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Valpo Suffers Two One-Run Losses To Southern Utah

Saturday, May 10, 2003

St. George, Utah ? After Valpo rallied for six runs in the final two innings to tie the game at 12-12, Southern Utah delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Crusaders 13-12 in the second game of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader. Southern Utah also edged Valpo 11-10 in the first game. Valpo's Marc Boggio went seven-for-nine with five RBIs in the twinbill, while Kevin Kutansky had five hits and five RBIs. Jeff Mandsager went three-for-four with two RBIs and Kyle Young had two hits and three RBIs in the first game. The Crusaders tallied 26 hits on the day. Southern Utah, which began its game-winning rally with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, won the nightcap on Curt Elliott's bases-loaded RBI single to right.

Valpo (18-30-1, 6-10 Mid-Con) swept a doubleheader from Southern Utah (15-25, 7-9 Mid-Con) on Friday. In splitting the four-game series, the Crusaders trail SUU by one game for fourth place in the Mid-Con. The conference tournament includes the top four finishers during the regular season. Valpo will play a four-game Mid-Con series at Chicago State next Friday and Saturday, while the Thunderbirds host Oakland next Friday and Saturday in a four-game series.

In the first game, Valpo grabbed a 5-0 lead with two runs in the first and three in the third. Boggio, who had four hits in the game, had a RBI single and Mandsager added a RBI double in the first, while Boggio belted a solo homer (his fourth), Eddie Hannan hit a sacrifice fly and Young hammered a RBI double in the third.

After Southern Utah scored two in the fourth, Kutansky gave the Crusaders a 6-2 advantage with a RBI single in the fifth. The Thunderbirds plated four in the fifth to tie the score at 6-6. Young had the key hit - a two-run single - in a four-run Valpo sixth. Mandsager, who had three hits in the game, added a sacrifice fly in the frame.

Southern Utah, trailing 10-6 entering the bottom of the seventh, scored two in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 11-10 lead. Chris Mower belted a three-run double to cap off the Thunderbirds' comeback.

Mower (2-1), who retired the Crusaders in order in the ninth, pitched the final 3 1/3 innings in relief. Adam Knobel (0-2) took the loss, hurling 1 inning. Knobel was relieved in the eighth by Adam Paetznick just prior to Mower's game-winning double. Elliott Gibbs started on the mound for Valpo, allowing six runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked six and struck out one.

In the nightcap, the Crusaders raced out to a 3-0 lead as Boggio had a RBI single in the first and Kutansky and Caleb Kimmel produced a RBI each in the second.

The Thunderbirds exploded for seven runs in the second on four hits and an error. Valpo began chipping away at its deficit in the fourth as Kutansky and Kimmel delivered RBI singles. Brandon Sadler trimmed the Southern Utah lead to 7-6 with a RBI double in the fifth. However, the Thunderbirds responded with a five-run fifth on five hits and one error.

Boggio, a senior, came through once again with a two-run triple in the sixth. In the seventh, Valpo mounted a comeback with four runs ? three coming on Kutansky's bases-clearing double. A freshman, Kutansky scored the game-tying run on a wild pitch. The Crusaders nearly took the lead, but had a runner thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Kutansky (five RBIs) and Boggio (three RBIs) each had three hits in the contest.

Nick Mazzone (0-1) took the loss in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings. Todd Evans started for the Crusaders, allowing seven runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings. Steven Stoker (3-1) was the winner in relief for SUU.

Valpo will host Indiana on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Gary RailCat Stadium.


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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo