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Late Rally Falls Short for Valpo in Series Finale Versus Wright State
Andrew Bain tags out Sam Picchiotti trying to steal in the top of the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)
Andrew Bain tags out Sam Picchiotti trying to steal in the top of the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)
Wright State (15-10, 7-2 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (8-17, 4-5 Horizon)
4/1/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 168
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BRAUN (2-0) 6.032216
Loss: WORMINGTON (1-4) 7.084425
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PICCHIOTTI (WSU) 413000
LOEFFLER (VALPO) 412100
John Loeffler crosses home plate in the bottom of the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)
John Loeffler crosses home plate in the bottom of the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Valparaiso scored one run and had runners on the corners with one out in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field, but could not complete the comeback, falling 4-3 to Wright State in the final game of a three-game weekend series.

“Today seemed like the same story,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We pitched well enough to win the game and did a good job defensively.  It’s just not happening with the bats right now.  We need to be more aggressive in hitting counts and we are not doing that.”

Trailing 4-2 entering the ninth, John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) singled with one out and moved to third when Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) followed with a hit just past the diving first baseman, Jake Hibberd.  Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) came through with Valpo’s third straight single, scoring Loeffler and moving Manning to third.  Raider closer Michael Schum induced a strikeout and ground out to end the comeback bid though.

The Raiders jumped on top in the opening inning as Hibberd, who led off the game being hit by a pitch, scored on a two-out single by Ryan Ashe.

The Crusaders answered with a two-out run of their own in the bottom of the inning as Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) came across home plate on a single by Loeffler.

Hibberd doubled with one out in the third for Wright State and scored two batters later on a single by Tristan Moore to put the Raiders back on top for good.  Kody Krizman delivered a two-out hit in the sixth to score Moore, making it 3-1 visitors.

Valpo fought back in the sixth, as Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a walk and third on a fly out.  Elliott Martin’s (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) right back to the box which ricocheted off of starting pitcher Taylor Braun scored the Crusaders’ second run of the game.

Wright State (15-10, 7-2 Horizon) added what proved to be an important insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Moore as the Crusaders tried to rally late.

Braun earned the win (2-0) for the Raiders, pitching six innings while allowing two runs on three hits and striking out six.  Schum picked up his fifth save of the year, despite allowing a run on three hits in the ninth.  Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) suffered the loss, giving up all four runs on eight hits in seven innings.

Loeffler was the lone Crusaders with two hits as Valpo managed just seven on the afternoon.  Sam Picchiotti paced Wright State with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

Valparaiso (8-17, 4-5) will step out of Horizon League action on Tuesday afternoon, traveling to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a game against Western Michigan.  First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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