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Shutout, Ninth Inning Rally Lead Valpo to Sweep of Butler
Steven Scoby had four hits on the afternoon, including this RBI single in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Steven Scoby had four hits on the afternoon, including this RBI single in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Butler (19-20, 11-6 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (17-20, 7-10 Horizon)
4/22/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 0
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Win: WILD (4-1) 9.040035
Loss: SCHNITZER (3-1) 8.051112
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GELWICKS (BU) 403000
SCOBY (VALPO) 302100
Kevin Wild went the distance for the shutout in game one. (Ray Acevedo)
Kevin Wild went the distance for the shutout in game one. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener on Sunday and Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) drew a walk-off walk in the nightcap as Valparaiso won both games of a doubleheader against Butler 1-0 and 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field to complete a weekend sweep of the Bulldogs.

“We always want to win two out of three,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the twinbill.  “It wasn’t a pleasant day to play as a hitter with the cold and the wind but I felt we had opportunities all day long.  We didn’t execute bunts most of the day, but had a big one in the ninth along with a couple of big hits to get the sweep.”

Wild was masterful for the Crusaders yet again in Sunday’s opener, tossing his first collegiate shutout and second complete game of the season in the win (4-1).  The senior right-hander walked just three and struck out five in going the distance.

“Wild does not walk guys and that keeps runners off base and out of scoring position, especially to lead off innings,” Woodson said.  “Our defense was good all day and turned a big double play behind him.”

Butler had two scoring threats early in the game, putting runners on the corners with one out in the first before back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.  The Bulldogs put runners on first and third against in the third, this time with two outs, but Wild induced an inning-ending ground out.  He gave up two two-out singles in the fifth as well, but those would be the last hits he would allow on the day.

Valpo manufactured the game’s only run in the second as John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on Mahoney’s sacrifice bunt.  With two outs, Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) delivered the big hit, a single into right that plated Loeffler with the game’s only run.

The Bulldogs’ Brad Schnitzer nearly matched Wild, also going the distance.  He allowed just five Valpo hits and walked one while striking out two before taking the loss (3-1).

Scoby went 2-for-3 with the big RBI for Valpo while Pat Gelwicks had three of Butler’s four hits in the opener.

The Crusaders had to battle back twice in game two to complete the sweep.  Butler (19-21, 7-11 Horizon) scored in the opening inning on a single by Gelwicks, a sacrifice bunt, and a RBI hit by Jimmy Risi.

Valpo answered in the bottom of the second as Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) singled home Loeffler with two outs to tie the game at one.

A Marcos Calderon home run to lead off the fifth put the Bulldogs on top, but Valpo hurler Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) kept the Bulldogs in check after the long ball.  He finished with a no decision pitching eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits and one walk.  The junior struck out seven.

“Worm did a great job of keeping us close,” Woodson added.  “Elliott Martin made a couple of big plays at third and Spencer was terrific at short.”

Wormington’s effort allowed Valpo to rally in the ninth.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) reach on a throwing error to start the inning and Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) laid down a perfect bunt and beat it out for a single.  After a fielder’s choice retired Bain at third and moved Vavra to second and put Manning aboard at first, Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) singled to left to load the bases.  Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) hustling down the line to beat out an infield single to short, plating Vavra to tie the game at two.  With two outs, Mahoney drew a full count walk to score Manning with the game’s winning run.

“Things are going our way right now,” Woodson concluded.  “We’ve played so many close games this year and I really think that has made us a better team. We know we can come through late in games.”

Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) earned his first victory (1-0) as a Crusader, pitching a one, two, three ninth inning while Chase Byerly suffered the loss (1-2), allowing the pair of unearned runs in the ninth.

Martin went 3-for-5 in the nightcap for the Crusaders while Vavra, Mahoney, and Scoby all had two hits as part of Valpo’s 13-hit effort in game two. 

Winners of 10 of its last 12 overall and six straight Horizon League games, Valparaiso (18-20, 12-6) will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference tilt with IPFW.  First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT.

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
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