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Extra Inning Win Gives Valpo First Horizon League Baseball Crown
Tanner Vavra's shot to short gave Valpo the win.  He finished with four hits on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
Tanner Vavra's shot to short gave Valpo the win. He finished with four hits on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
Youngstown State (9-41, 7-22 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (31-22, 21-8 Horizon)
5/18/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 114
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Loss: MANUPPELLI (1-4) 3.041012
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Tanner Vavra’s (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) hard smash to short with two outs in the 11th inning scored Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) with the winning run to give Valparaiso an 8-7 victory over Youngstown State on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  With the victory, the Crusaders have clinched at least a share of their first Horizon League regular season title, and first overall conference title since 1977.

Valpo won an Indiana Collegiate Conference tournament title in 1982 and AMCU-8 Blue Division championships in 1987 and 1988, but last won a conference regular season championship in the ICC in 1977.

“It may not have been pretty, but a championship is a championship,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “For what we’ve been able to accomplish as a program here, this is a great thing.  I’m really excited about it.  Now we want to come out tomorrow and play for an outright title as well as the number one seed in the conference tournament.”

The Crusaders scored five times in the first inning and eventually built a 6-0 lead before the Penguins came back to tie the contest with a pair of runs in the ninth inning.  Valpo had the leadoff runner aboard in each of the final seven innings, but left 16 runners on base in the game.

“It was not a good day for us offensively other than the first inning,” Woodson added.  “We let them get back in the game and did not execute a few times when we had the leadoff runner aboard.  We had chances to extend the lead and didn’t do it.  We were lucky to win the game today.”

With the game tied at seven in the 11th, Mahoney reached on a bunt single and moved to third on Andrew Bain’s (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) two-out single to right.  Vavra then hit a hard smash that the Penguin shortstop Phil Lipari could not handle, allowing Mahoney to score the winning run.

The Crusaders jumped on top quickly on Friday, with the first six hitters all notching singles.  Bain led off with a hit and Vavra followed with a bunt hit.  The duo executed a double steal putting both runners in scoring position before Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) delivered a two-run single for the game’s first runs.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) followed with a hit to right putting runners on the corners before Elliott Martin’s (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) bunt single squeezed home Manning.

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) registered the sixth straight hit to load the bases with a single that dropped in left-center before Mahoney plated Hagel with a sacrifice fly.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) put Valpo on top 5-0 with a single to center, as the Crusaders sent 10 men to the plate in the opening inning.

“In the first inning we executed,” Woodson stated.  “We bunted, hit, ran the bases, a little of everything.  Unfortunately we have the tendency to relax, and we can’t do that, especially with the wind blowing out.”

Valpo added to the lead in the second with a RBI single by Loeffler that scored Manning before the Penguins began their comeback.

Jeremy Banks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to put Youngstown State on the scoreboard.

The Crusaders answered with a run in the bottom of the sixth and Manning doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Vavra, who led off the inning with one of his four hits on the afternoon.

Youngstown State scored three runs in the seventh before adding two more in the ninth, as Drew Dosch tied the game with a RBI single, scoring an unearned run.

Valpo finished with 20 hits on the afternoon, including the four hit days by Vavra and Mahoney.  Manning and Hagel each added three hits, with Manning also driving home three runs.

Dosch went 4-for-5 for the Penguins as part of Youngstown State’s 13-hit attack on the day.

Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township H.S.) earned the win (2-0) pitching a scoreless top of the 11th for the Crusaders, striking out a pair while allowing just one hit.  Nic Manuppelli suffered the loss (1-4) for the Penguins, allowing just the one unearned run on four hits in three innings of work.

“Sean Kennedy and (Ben) Mahar were really good for us in relief today,” Woodson stated.

Valparaiso (31-22, 21-8 Horizon) and Youngstown State (9-41, 7-22) will close out the 2012 regular season on Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field.  First pitch is set for 1 p.m. with Senior Day activities beginning approximately 12:40 p.m.  The Crusaders enter the final day of the regular season with a one game lead over Wright State in the Horizon League standings after the Raiders fell at Milwaukee for the second straight day, 9-3, on Friday.

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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
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 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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
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
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana