Valparaiso scored in just two innings the entire night, but it proved to be enough as the Crusaders rallied for a 12-11 win over Wright State in Horizon League baseball action Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium.
WSU scored twice in the first on Zach Tanner's first home run of the season to left and on a RBI single from Garrett Gray and added another in the third as Ryan Ashe singled in Jake Hibberd to make it 3-0.
Valpo, however, exploded for seven runs in the fifth and it stayed that way until the Raiders put together a big inning of its own in the sixth, scoring five times. Justin Kopale drove in the first run with a hit up the middle and Michael Timm followed with a two-run down the left field line to make it 8-7. Kyle Mossbarger tied it with a triple to center and a Hibberd ground out plated Mossbarger to give WSU an 8-7 edge.
Wright State tacked on three more runs in the seventh on a two-run Gray home run, his second of the season, and a bases loaded walk to Hibberd to go up 11-7, only to see the Crusaders answer with five in the eighth to regain the lead for good and move into a tie with the Raiders for first place in the Horizon League standings (16-6).
Gray paced the WSU offense by going five for five with three RBI and two runs scored while Ashe and Kopale each had two hits.
Wright State (31-15) and Valparaiso (24-20) continue the three-game series with a single game Saturday at 2:00.