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Northern Illinois Rallies in Ninth to Top Valpo
Michael Morman hit his second homer of the season on Tuesday. (Jeff Golden)
Michael Morman hit his second homer of the season on Tuesday. (Jeff Golden)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Northern Illinois scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon to come from behind and defeat Valparaiso 7-6 at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Ill.

Jeff Zimmerman delivered a two-out, bases loaded single that landed just fair down the leftfield line to score Jamison Wells with the game-winning run.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t win the game, especially after we built the lead,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We gave away a couple of outs that came back to cost us and had two opportunities with a runner on third and less that two outs that we didn’t score.  It was the little things that came back to bite us.”

Northern Illinois (21-21) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning on a triple by Alex Jones, scoring Alex Beckman, who walked with one out.

Valpo answered with three in the second, taking advantage of three two-out hits.  Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) singled and Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) followed with a double putting runners on second and third.  Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) delivered a three-run home run to left, his second round-tripper of the season.

The Huskies answered with a run in the third on a two-out single by Troy White before Valpo added two more runs in the fourth.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) led off with a walk and moved up 90 feet on a balk.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) reached on an error, scoring Hagel.  With two outs, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) delivered a run-scoring single to make it 5-1 Crusaders, but the Brown and Gold ended up leaving the bases loaded in the inning without scoring another run.

A Valpo error and a double by Joe Etcheverrey pulled the Huskies within two in the fifth before Valpo added another run in the seventh.  Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) led off with a triple and scored one batter later on an error.

Leading 6-3 heading into the eighth, Northern Illinois drew a two-out walk before Zimmerman doubled to center, making it a 6-4 game.

In the ninth, two singles and a walk loaded the bases before a hit batsman plated the first run of the inning.  A bases loaded balk tied the game when the ball slipped out of Kevin Wild’s (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) hand in the rainy conditions.  After an intentional walk reloaded the bases, Zimmerman delivered the game-winning hit with two outs.

Wild suffered the loss (1-1), working 3.1 innings of relief, the first three of which he allowed just two hits.  Ben Etcheverrey earned the win (3-1) as the sixth and final pitcher of the day used by the Huskies.

Martin finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored for the Crusaders while Morman and Bain each had two hits as well.  Wells led Northern Illinois with three hits.

Valparaiso (20-24) returns to the diamond this weekend for a big three-game weekend series against Wright State as the top two teams in the Horizon League battle in Dayton, Ohio.  Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 12 p.m. CDT.

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