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Deja Vu for Valpo, Webb in 2-1 Loss to Flames
Billy Cribbs had a two-hit game Friday in the 2-1 loss to UIC. (Dave Schofield)
Billy Cribbs had a two-hit game Friday in the 2-1 loss to UIC. (Dave Schofield)

Friday, April 05, 2013

Add another chapter to Cole Webb's impressive yet infuriating 2013 season.  

For the eighth time this season, Webb (2-5) pitched well enough to win, but the Valpo offense stranded eleven runners en route a 2-1 series-opening loss to UIC Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field.

"I thought it was a well-played game. We had some opportunities, and once again we didn't get it done for Cole Webb.  It's a shame," head coach Tracy Woodson said.

Valparaiso (10-18, 1-6 HL) appeared in be store for a big inning in the 2nd when Billy Cribbs loaded the bases with an infield single off the glove of UIC starter Tomas Michelson with one out.  Chris Manning then scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Andy Burns.  

With the bases loaded and still just one out, center fielder Bryce Hara lifted a fly ball to center too shallow for Mark Johnson to tag from third. Designated hitter Andrew Bain followed with a ground out to short to strand the bases loaded.  Valpo led 1-0 after the second inning.

UIC (14-13, 4-3 HL) pushed a run across in the visitor's half of the 4th when an Alex Grunenwald double to right field brought in Tyler Detmer to tie the game.

The Crusaders had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the 5th inning after two bunt singles and a base hit through the right side loaded the bases with no outs. 

But John Loeffler ripped a Tim Suminski fastball to first that Grunenwald snagged, then stepped on first to double off Tanner Vavra. Manning followed with a pop-up to short to end the frame.

The Flames scored the winning run in the 8th inning courtesy of a two-out single off the bat of Andres Ortegano. Webb deflected the ball, but Burns was unable to make a play off the ricochet.  

Jack Andersen came on in relief of Suminski in the bottom of the 8th and recorded the final five outs to earn his first save of the season.

Suminski (1-0) was called upon in the 4th inning after a blister on the pitching hand of starter Tomas Michelson required the sophomore to exit the game early.  The left-hander scattered six hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief work, striking out two and walking none.

Vavra and Cribbs both tallied two-hit games.  The Crusaders hit into three double plays.  

Cole Webb fired eight innings, allowing six hits, two runs, and struck out seven without walking a batter.  The Valpo offense has scored just 15 runs in the eight starts he has made.

With the 2-1 defeat, Valpo falls to 1-6 in Horizon League play.  

The Flames and the Crusaders continue the three-game series Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field.  Senior Chris DeBoo (1-5, 5.05) will make the start for Valpo.  First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.

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 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
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
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