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9th Inning Surge Not Enough for Crusaders in Opener
Senior Kyle Wormington tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs for the Crusaders in their season-opening 4-3 loss to Belmont Friday night.
Senior Kyle Wormington tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs for the Crusaders in their season-opening 4-3 loss to Belmont Friday night.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Belmont southpaw Chase Brookshire proved why he was voted the Ohio Valley Conference preseason pitcher of the year Friday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped their season opener 4-3.

Valpo struggled offensively in the five innings Brookshire (1-0) tossed.  The senior was efficient and aggressive in the strike zone, ringing up eight Crusaders while yielding three hits and one walk.  

"Once he (Brookshire) got out of the game, we started to swing the bats better.  With three good pitches, he's a tough pitcher to face in your first game," head coach Tracy Woodson said.

The Bruins drew first blood in the bottom half of the opening frame.  First baseman Judah Akers hit a deep fly ball to center field that befuddled Bryce Hara, falling near the track for a triple.  The hit scored shortstop Scott Moses.

Belmont outfielder Neil Hickman ripped a Kyle Wormington pitch to left center for a double that scored designated hitter Josh Davis to extend the deficit to 2-0 in the bottom half of the fourth.

Wormington (0-1) battled all afternoon as he lasted 6 2/3 innings, surrendering two earned runs on nine hits and three free passes.  The senior struck out four in the losing effort.  

The Crusaders struggled to find rhythm for the first eight innings, but the bats came alive in the 9th.  Junior Chris Manning recorded a one out hit between shortstop and third-base before Michael Morman laced a double down the left-field line, scoring Manning. 

Sophomore Mark Johnson was called on to pinch hit for Jake Hanson with Morman on second base.  Johnson skied a ball to left field, but Joseph Stovall was unable to corral it, committing Belmont's third error of the game in the process.  Scott Moses hit designated-hitter Andrew Bain the very next at-bat loading the bases for Hara.   

Hara smoked a groundball to second, and the ball eluded the first baseman Akers on the backend of the double play attempt, allowing Johnson to score.

With Hara on first base and two outs, second-baseman Tanner Vavra stepped in as the potential go-ahead run.  Moses got Vavra to fly out to right field to end the game, erasing the Crusaders' hope for a Music City Miracle.  

Wormington was saddled with the loss.  

Bain reached base three times by virtue of a single, walk and the hit-by-pitch.  

Morman's double was Valpo's lone extra-base hit.

The Crusaders are 0-1 heading into tomorrow's 3:00 pm game versus the Ohio Bobcats.

Junior college transfer Cole Webb will get the start for Valpo.

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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
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo