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Valpo Baseball Opens Homestand with Shutout Victory
Ben Mahar picked up the win with five scoreless innings on Tuesday. (Fred Villarruel)
Ben Mahar picked up the win with five scoreless innings on Tuesday. (Fred Villarruel)
North Central (20-18)
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Valparaiso (26-21)
5/8/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 108
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Win: MAHAR (2-3) 5.030002
Loss: KLEIN (1-1) 5.295513
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ROSS (NCC) 301000
HLAVAC (NCC) 401000
PACANOWSKI (NCC) 301000
WEDDINGTON (VALPO) 413100
Tyler Weddington had three hits in the victory. (Ray Acevedo)
Tyler Weddington had three hits in the victory. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Three freshmen pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout on Tuesday afternoon as Valparaiso opened its nine-game homestand with an 8-0 victory over North Central at Emory G. Bauer Field.

“All three freshmen that threw today for us pitched well,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “This bodes well for the future for us, as all three have been seeing time at critical spots for us of late.  The trio allowed just three hits and one walk on the day and we got lots of ground ball outs.”

Ben Mahar (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) started and went five strong innings for the win (2-3).  He struck out two and allowed the three hits.  Ryan Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) came on and worked 2.2 innings with one strikeout while Zack Walsh (Batesville, Ind./Batesville H.S.) finished up the final 1.1 with two punch outs.

Valpo’s defense also helped out its hurlers, turning three double plays in the first five innings.

The Crusaders found the scoreboard in the fourth as John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), who led off the inning with a double.  Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) added a RBI single in the fifth, scoring Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.).

The Brown and Gold batted around in both the sixth and eighth innings, scoring three runs in each inning.  Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) had a two-run single in the sixth and Hagel drew a bases loaded walk to make it 5-0 Crusaders. 

In the eighth, Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) drove home a run with a single while Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) and Tyler Weddington (Orange Park, Fla./Culver Military Academy) added back-to-back run-scoring singles.

Weddington finished the game 3-for-4 while Bain, Mahoney, Yoder, and Scoby tallied two hits apiece.  Valpo registered 14 total hits on the afternoon, the fourth time in the last five games the Crusaders have tallied double figure hit totals.

“The only downside today was that we left 14 men on base and that’s way too many,” Woodson added.  “We gave away some at bats.”

Sam Klein suffered the loss (1-1) for North Central (20-18), allowing five runs and nine hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Valparaiso (26-21) continues the homestand on Wednesday afternoon, hosting Ball State.  First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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