Baseball Falls 11-1 at Valpo on Windy Friday Afternoon

Craig Goubeaux
Craig Goubeaux

Valparaiso, Ind. -- Valparaiso scored in every inning but the third and got some early help from wind consistently blowing near 30 miles per hour to defeat the Youngstown State baseball team 11-1 on Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Will Hagel went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Kyle Gaedele scored three times for Valpo. Craig Goubeaux led the Penguins with two hits and an RBI in three at bats.

The Crusaders scored three times in the first, and, after YSU scored a run in the second, went on to score the final eight runs of the game.

In the first, Gaedele drew a leadoff walk, and the next two runners reached on a bunt single and a fielder's choice on a bunt. Hagel then singled in two of those runners when his fly ball to center had Neil Schroth turning around. A sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third, and starter Bill Turosky struck out Bobby Martin for the second out. Corey Thibault's infield pop-up played tricks and landed to allow Chris Manning to score the third run, and Hagel was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

Jeremy Banks doubled to lead off the second, and he scored on Goubeaux's two-out single to right.

Valpo tacked on two more wind-aided runs in the bottom of the second. Turosky walked two runners in the inning, and both came in to score when David Leon couldn't come up with Manning's pop-up in the infield.

With the score 5-1, Leon led off the third with a double and immediately went to third on a wild pitch. Valpo starter Justin Frane was able to escape without allowing him to score. Padraic Williams grounded out to third, and, after Joe Iacobucci was beaned, Banks grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Frane went on to retire the next 10 batters in order, and the Penguins didn't have another base-runner until Schroth's single with one out in the seventh. By that time, the Crusaders led 9-1. Valpo added a single tally in both the seventh and eighth innings for the final score.

Turosky, making his first career start in a conference game, allowed six earned runs on six hits and four walks in five innings of work. Frane allowed one run on five hits and one walk in eight innings to improve to 2-1.

The Penguins and Crusaders are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Eastern. For weather updates, check ysusports.com and valpoathletics.com.