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Valpo Season Ends with Loss to Milwaukee
Andrew Quinette went 3-for-5 in the loss. (Ray Acevedo)
Andrew Quinette went 3-for-5 in the loss. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Valparaiso scored five times in the top of the second, but Milwaukee answered with seven in the bottom of the inning as the Panthers posted a 10-7 victory over the Crusaders on Friday morning in an elimination game of the Horizon League Championships in Lorain, Ohio.

The loss ends Valpo’s season at 28-24, the Crusaders’ first winning season since 1999.

“We’re excited about our record,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We got better this year and it gives us something to look forward to next year.”

Milwaukee struck first in the opening inning.  After the first two hitters were retired, a walk and three straight singles, including RBI hits by Tim Patzman and Shawn Wozniak, gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

The top of the second was Valpo’s first offensive explosion of the tournament.  With one out, three straight singles loaded the bases with Crusaders.  After a fielder’s choice at the plate made it two outs, Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) looped a single into left-center to score two runs and tie the game.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) followed, ripping a two-run single into right-center and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) added a single up the middle to score Scoby and make it 5-2 Brown and Gold.

The Panthers answered with seven runs in the bottom of second, sending 11 batters to the plate.  Two Crusader errors led to four unearned runs in the inning.  Josh Groves had a two-run single to tie the game and an error on a double play ball with one out put Milwaukee on top.  Lenski threw two runners out trying to steal in the inning though, to keep the Valpo deficit at 9-5 after two.

“We scored to take the lead and we gave it right back,” Woodson said.  “It came down to who would make the most mistakes it seemed.”

The Crusaders got two unearned runs back of their own in the top of the fourth.  With two outs, Scoby singled to right and Lenski followed with a doubled that just dropped fair down the leftfield line.  Back-to-back errors on Panther middle infielders allowed both runners to score and bring Valpo back to within 9-7.  The Crusaders threatened again in the fifth, putting runners on the corners with two outs, but a bouncer back to the mound ended the inning without any runs being scored.

As was the case in their tournament opener, Valpo struggled driving in runs with guys in scoring position.  The Crusaders put runners on the corners again in the seventh, only to be turned away, and through seven Valpo had stranded 10 runners, including four in scoring position.

Alex Berry (Olney, Ill./East Richland H.S.) kept the Panthers at bay after coming in in relief in the second inning.  He pitched 4.2 innings of scoreless ball until a double by Patzman and a single by Wozniak added a run for Milwaukee in the seventh, making it 10-7.

Brad Lusti went the distance for the victory (5-4) for Milwaukee (27-26), allowing just four earned runs and 14 hits.  John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, five of which were earned, in just over an inning.  Berry came on and allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of relief while fanning five.

Valpo outhit the Panthers 14-12 for the game, with DeBruin and Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) each going 3-for-5. 

Tournament Notes: Lenski’s double in the fourth was Valpo’s first extra base hit of the tournament … Valpo left 32 runners on base in three games, including 11 against the Panthers … Lenski finished the season hitting .406 after going 2-for-5.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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