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Wormington, Crusaders Blow Past Bucknell
Kyle Wormington won his first game of the 2013 season Thursday against Bucknell.  The senior threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs in the 6-2 victory.
Kyle Wormington won his first game of the 2013 season Thursday against Bucknell. The senior threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs in the 6-2 victory.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Valpo applied pressure on Bucknell and the Bison folded in a 6-2 Crusader victory Thursday afternoon in Auburndale, Florida.  In a neutral-site tilt between two schools that have received considerable ink as of late for their achievements on the hardwood, Bucknell (4-11) committed three errors in the four-run Valpo victory.

Senior Kyle Wormington and Bucknell starter Andrew Andreychik exchanged zeroes for the first four innings.  

For the third straight game Valpo opened the scoring with a crooked number, plating three runners in the home half of the 5th.

Bryce Hara led off the frame with a basehit to center field.  Mark Johnson drew a walk to set up a sacrifice situation for Andy Burns.  Burns laid down the bunt which third baseman Travis Clark threw away.  Hara scored, Johnson advanced to third and Burns trotted over to second base.  Freshman Jake Hanson hit a sacrifice fly to center on the first pitch to bring in Johnson.  

Three batters later, designated hitter Andrew Bain smacked a ball to left center for a hit.  Spencer Mahoney and Tanner Vavra were running on the pitch. and Mahoney scored easily before an effective relay throw erased Vavra at home by a few steps.

Valpo stockpiled three more runs the following inning.  First baseman John Loeffler opened with a walk.  Chris Manning followed with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line. Clark made a barehanded play and threw on to Rob Krentzman, but the first baseman couldn't squeeze it as the ball caromed down the line into foul territory.  Loeffler advanced to third and Manning to second on the play.  

Hara sent a sac fly into center field that deflected off the glove of a sliding Corey Furman.  Both runners scored on the play and Hara slid in to third base with no outs.  Mark Johnson singled home Hara the very next Crusader at-bat, busting the game open at 6-0.

Wormington (1-3) was coasting through the Bucknell lineup until the 8th inning.  The right-hander retired the ninth-place batter before allowing a double to Furman, the leadoff hitter.  The double was Furman's fourth hit of the game. Wormington got the next man out on a groundball back to the mound.  The next four Bison reached base and head coach Tracy Woodson saw his team's six run lead shrink to 6-2.  

Ben Mahar was called upon to work out of the bases-loaded jam.  The sophomore answered the bell, getting Krentzman to fly out to center to end the threat.

Mahar worked an uneventful 9th inning for his first save of the season.

Wormington earned his first win of the season while lowering his ERA to 3.09.  He threw 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and struck out four in the 6-2 victory.

The .500 mark is now on the horizon for the Crusaders as they improve to 7-10.  Cole Webb will make his fifth start for Valpo Friday morning against the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers.  The junior is 2-2 with a 1.86 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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