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Bulls Use Long Ball in 7-3 Series Win
Senior Andrew Bain had a go-ahead RBI double Sunday against USF.  The Bulls came back to score five runs and win 7-3.
Senior Andrew Bain had a go-ahead RBI double Sunday against USF. The Bulls came back to score five runs and win 7-3.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The South Florida Bulls took the rubber match of the series Sunday winning a 7-3 tilt over the Valparaiso Crusaders.

In a series plagued with misreads by Crusader outfielders, USF tallied its first run when ninth-place batter Zac Gilcrease hit a fly ball to left field with two outs that carried over a drifting Michael Morman.  Ruled a hit, the play scored designated hitter Luke Maglich who had reached on a clean double two batters earlier.

Shortstop Kyle Teaf immediately followed with a single up the middle for the Bulls' second run.  USF led 2-0 after four innings of play.

Back-to-back singles by Morman and Bryce Hara set up a sacrifice opportunity for catcher Billy Cribbs in the visiting half of the 5th.  Head coach Tracy Woodson called a hit-and-run, and though Cribbs whiffed on the delivery in the dirt, Morman advanced to third base.  With runners on the corner and no one out, the Crusader backstop grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.  Morman scored on the twin killing to cut the Bulls lead in half 2-1.  

The USF bullpen again provided heartburn for skipper Lelo Prado when Alex Vetter was called upon for his first appearance of the season.  The junior walked the first batter he faced.  Valpo was content to give up an out when Andy Burns squared around to sacrifice bunt Cribbs over to second base.  But the first delivery got away from Vetter and struck Burns on the foot.  Chris Manning sacrificed Cribbs and Burns to give Vavra the prime RBI opportunity.

Vavra subsequently grounded out to short to bring in Cribbs and tie the game 2-2.  With Burns on third base, designated hitter Andrew Bain tomahawked a Vetter pitch down the left field line for an RBI double.  The two-bagger gave the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 3-2.

Pitching with the lead for the first time in the ballgame, DeBoo coaxed a groundball out of Teaf, the leadoff batter in the home half of the 7th. The grounder befuddled Vavra, who was tagged with his second error of the game.  DeBoo retired Mendez via an infield pop out and then Ramsay on a comebacker for what should have been the second and third outs of the inning.  

But the leadoff error would prove costly.  Jimmy Falla hit a long drive to left field that flew over the fence at USF Baseball Stadium.  Falla's first home run put USF back on top 4-3. Pinch hitter Anthony Diaz roped a single to left to continue the Bulls attack.  Catcher Chris Norton followed with a towering two-run homer to left field to extend the USF lead to 6-3.  

DeBoo was pulled after the second home run of the inning in favor of lefty Mike Jacobs.  

Jacobs was greeted with similar hospitality, allowing an Austin Lueck solo home run.  In total, the Bulls pushed five runs across on three home runs in the dreadful 7th inning.  

USF (7-8) held on for the 7-3 victory, taking the weekend series in Tampa.  

DeBoo (0-4) finished the day with only two of six runs allowed earned.  He surrendered nine hits and walked none while striking out two.

"We've got to learn to close out games.  It's disappointing to lose two out of three games when you have the lead in all three games," Woodson said after the game.

Valparaiso fell to 4-10 with the defeat.  The Crusaders begin their final swing of the spring trip Tuesday against Navy. 

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
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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