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Butler Takes Series Finale from Valpo
Chris Manning had three hits for the Crusaders. (Rick Cochran)
Chris Manning had three hits for the Crusaders. (Rick Cochran)
Valparaiso (5-14, 1-2 Horizon)
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Butler (10-10, 2-1 Horizon)
3/18/2012 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 186
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Win: STOUT (2-0) 3.042214
Loss: WORMINGTON (0-3) 3.288733
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MANNING (VALPO) 413100
CALDERON (BU) 424200

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Valparaiso wrapped up its 19-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, falling 13-8 to Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Crusaders took an early 6-2 lead but 10 straight runs by the Bulldogs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth gave the hosts the series win two games to one.  Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) was a home run from the cycle to pace the Crusaders offensively, going 3-for-4 with a RBI.

Valpo jumped on top quickly with three runs in the opening inning.  Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) was hit by a pitch with one out.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) followed with back-to-back walks to load the bases, and everyone moved up on a wild pitch which plated the first run.  Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) then came through with a single up the middle to increase the lead to 3-0.

Butler answered with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Three straight singles loaded the bases to open the inning and back-to-back ground outs brought home a pair of runners.

Valpo put three more on the board in the second to increase the lead to 6-2.  With two outs, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) and Vavra singled and Hagel drilled a home run to deep right-center, his first round-tripper of the year.

“Butler settled down after the first two innings,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “Wormington was elevating ball and they were hit today.”

In the bottom of the second, Marcos Calderon scored from third when Griffin Richeson was caught on a delayed double steal to end the inning. 

Butler took the lead in the fourth, scoring six times.  Jimmy Risi hit a solo home run and Pat Gelwicks delivered a three-run double to the gap in left-center, putting the Bulldogs on top.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 10-6 in the fifth on a double by Marcos Calderon.  Risi added a two-run double in the sixth as Butler scored 10 unanswered runs.

The Crusaders got two runs back in the seventh with two outs.  Manning doubled to score Martin and Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) followed with a single to bring Valpo within 13-8.

Martin also had two hits as part of Valp’s nine-hit effort on the afternoon while Calderon went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Risi had three hits and three RBIs for the Bulldogs.

Eric Stout earned the win (2-0) out of the bullpen for Butler (10-10, 2-1 Horizon), working three innings.  Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) suffered the loss (0-3) for the Crusaders, allowing eight runs and seven hits in 3.2 innings.

“We’re in the same spot we were to start last year, going one and two to open the year,” Woodson said.  “We need to come back from it starting next weekend.”

Valparaiso (5-14, 1-2) will finally return to Emory G. Bauer Field for the home opener on Friday afternoon, hosting Milwaukee.  First pitch of the series opener is slated for 3 p.m.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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