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Crusaders Rake, Take Advantage of Five Errors in 9-2 Win over Youngstown State

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cole Webb earned his first Horizon League win of the season Friday as five Crusaders recorded multi hits in a 9-2 victory over the Youngstown State Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Kyle Schneider put Valpo on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning after he dropped a blooper into center off Penguin starter Blake Aquadro to score Spencer Mahoney. The RBI was Schneider's fourth of the season.

At first it appeared as though the Crusaders were going to give that run - and possibly more - right back in the home half of the second as a leadoff walk and two singles loaded the bases for Youngstown State with no one out.  But Webb got catcher Marcus Heath to chase for the first out before coaxing Kevin Hix to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Valpo stayed on the offensive in the 3rd inning, tacking on a run via three consecutive two-out singles.  

Webb (3-5) kept Youngstown State from scoring until the 7th thanks in part to battery mate Billy Cribbs.  Cribbs erased three would-be base stealers; one in the first inning, another in the third, and the last in the sixth.  

The junior was not as precise as he's been in recent starts - as evidenced by twelve baserunners allowed - but Webb didn't need to be as the offense provided him with ample run support.  

Valpo was cruising until standout Drew Dosch represented the tying run at the plate in that 7th inning. With runners on first and second, Ben Mahar got the Penguins' third baseman to ground out to second to end the frame.

Webb's final line was 6 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.  His earned run average actually increased to 1.97 with Friday's outing.

Things got out of hand once Youngstown State skipper Steve Gillispie removed Aquadro (2-5) from the game. A highly flammable bullpen was partially responsible for a ruinous top of the 8th inning.  Four Crusaders crossed the plate in an inning that saw two hits, two walks, and three Youngstown errors.

By the time the smoke cleared, Valparaiso sat comfortably with a 9-2 lead.

Mahar worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames while Ryan Kennedy finished the game with a quick 9th inning.

Andrew Bain finished with three hits, while Tanner Vavra, John Loeffler, Chris Manning and Schneider each recorded two.

"I liked the way we swung the bats today.  Cole battled even though he didn't have his best stuff.  Defensively, we were solid," head coach Tracy Woodson said.

With the 9-2 win, Valparaiso (12-19, 3-7 HL) picked up a game on Youngstown State (9-24, 5-5) in the standings.  

The Crusaders will send Chris DeBoo (2-5, 4.64) to the hill tomorrow versus Patrick O'Brien (2-3, 3.83) at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT at Eastwood Field.

 

 

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