Valpo Pulls Away to Beat Baseball, 16-3

David Leon
David Leon

Chicago -- Valparaiso scored eight runs in the fifth inning to blow open a close game and went on to beat the Youngstown State baseball team 16-3 on Thursday night in a winners' bracket game of the 2012 Horizon League Baseball Tournament.

Valparaiso advances to play No. 4 UIC in the winners' bracket final at 9 p.m. Eastern on Friday while YSU will play an elimination game against the winner of Wright State and Milwaukee at 4 p.m. Eastern.

Valpo led 2-0 after the first, and Craig Goubeaux hit a solo homer in the third for YSU to cut the margin to 2-1. The Crusaders then scored eight times in the fifth, once in the sixth and five times in the eighth.

Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen allowed just one run on six hits and two walks in eight innings to improve to 7-2.  Youngstown State starter Pat Shedlock was charged with five of the eight runs that scored in the fifth and seven overall. He surrendered seven hits and four walks while striking out two in four innings.

David Leon had two of Youngstown State's eight hits, and Jeremy Banks extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a ninth-inning single. Steven Scoby posted four of Valpo's 18 hits, and Spencer Mahoney and John Loeffler both had three RBIs and scored twice.

Valparaiso scored twice in the first inning on two sacrifice flies to go up 2-0. Andrew Bain was hit while squaring to bunt on Shedlock's first pitch, and Tanner Vavra followed with a hustle double to put runners on second and third. Chris Manning and Will Hagel then hit back-to-back sacrifice flies to bring them in.

Goubeaux hit a solo home run with one out in the third to get the Penguins on the board and break up Deetjen's string of seven straight outs to start the game. David Saluga followed with a bloop single to left, but Deetjen got Phil Lipari to bounce into a 3-6 double play to end the inning.

Valpo left the bases loaded for the second time of the game in the fourth inning, with Shedlock getting a huge assist from Dan Hurlimann's running grab in deep right center to end the inning. The Penguins weren't as fortunate in the fifth as Valpo got a leadoff walk on a 10-pitch at bat and back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out. The Crusaders had five more hits and two sacrifice flies in the inning and led 10-1 after the eight-run frame.

Bain brought in Mahoney on a sacrifice fly, Valpo's fifth of the game, in the sixth inning to push the lead to 11-1. The Crusaders added five runs in the eighth for their final tally. Jason Shirley singled in Banks and Padraic Williams with a two-out single in the ninth.