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Valpo Bats Explode in 15-7 Win at Butler on Saturday
Billy Cribbs went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in in the victory. (Rick Cochran)
Billy Cribbs went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in in the victory. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (5-13, 1-1 Horizon)
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Butler (9-10, 1-1 Horizon)
3/17/2012 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 152
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: WILD (1-0) 6.065546
Loss: HERNANDEZ (0-4) 2.297711
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MARTIN (VALPO) 413310
MANNING (VALPO) 533210
YODER (VALPO) 413210
CRIBBS (VALPO) 423410
PADOVE (BU) 202100
CALDERON (BU) 322100

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Every Valparaiso hitter had at least on hit by the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders tallied 20 total in a 15-7 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders scored all 15 runs in the third through fifth innings, sending 29 total batters to the plate in the three frames while registering 14 hits.

“I thought we swung the bats extremely well today top-to-bottom,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We told them we had to keep adding to the lead when we got it and we did just that.”

Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in while Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) had a 3-for-4 afternoon with three RBIs.  Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) and Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) each had three hits as well while driving in two runs apiece.

“This was big for Yoder’s confidence I believe,” Woodson added.  “He didn’t have many at bats coming in and he could be a big presence for us.”

Butler scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning on a walk, a single, a sacrifice bunt, a squeeze bunt, and a single to take the early lead.

Valpo responded in the top of the third though, plating eight runs while sending 12 men to the plate.  Cribbs scored the first run, scoring on a throwing error as Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) stole second.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) followed with a run-scoring single to tie the game at two and John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) added a double to put two men aboard with one out.  Martin drove home both runners with a single up the middle, giving Valpo a 4-2 lead, which the Crusaders would not relinquish.

The Crusaders loaded the bases with two outs in the inning and Cribbs broke the game open with his second hit of the inning, a bases clearing double to the gap in right-center.  Cribbs scored one batter later on a Bain single and it was 8-2 Valpo after three.

The bats stayed hot in the fourth as Hagel led off with a triple and scored on a Martin sacrifice fly.  Yoder added a run-scoring single in the inning as did Cribbs and the Crusaders led 11-2.

Jimmy Risi hit a solo home run for Butler in the fourth to pull the Bulldogs within eight before Valpo tacked on four more runs in the fifth.  Vavra led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly.  With two outs, Manning delivered a two-run double scoring Loeffler and Scoby and scored himself one batter later on a double by Yoder to make it 15-3 Crusaders.

Butler scored single runs in the fifth and sixth after loading the bases in both innings and added two more runs in the eighth to close the scoring.

Valpo finished the day with six extra base hits, four doubles and two triples, in posting its highest hit output of the season.

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) earned the win (1-0), working six innings, allowing five runs on six hits while striking out six.  Mike Hernandez suffered the loss (0-4) for the Bulldogs, surrendering seven runs on nine hits in just 2.2 innings.

“Wild pitched well,” Woodson added.  “I think when you have to sit that long like he did a couple of times it can make it tough to pitch.  He gutted out six innings for us.”

Valparaiso (5-13, 1-1 Horizon) and Butler (9-10, 1-1) will play the rubber game of the three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon.  First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CDT at Bulldog Park.

“I told the guys 15 runs won’t be on the scoreboard tomorrow when we show up at the park,” Woodson concluded.  “We have to go back and start over and earn it again.  We had lots of energy today and we need to carry that over into tomorrow.”

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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 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 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