Baseball Completes Series Sweep at Valparaiso
Release: Friday 04/01/2012 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

The Wright State baseball team completed a three-game series sweep at Valparaiso Sunday, holding off a late Crusader rally for a 4-3 win.

WSU scored a run in the first as Jake Hibberd was hit by a pitch to start the game, went to second on a Corey Davis bunt and scored one out later as Ryan Ashe had a hit through the right side of the infield.

Valpo answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning and it stayed that way until the Raiders again went up a run with a tally in the third.  Hibberd again got things started with a one-out double and another two-out hit, this time by Tristan Moore up the middle, drove him in.

Wright State extended the lead to 3-1 with a run in the sixth as Kody Krizman delivered a two-out hit to left center to plate Moore and made it 4-2 an inning later as hits from Sam Picchiotti and Hibberd along with a Davis walk loaded the bases for Moore, who had a sacrifice fly to right.

That fourth run turned out to be the decisive one as Valparaiso used three straight one-out hits to make it 4-3 in the ninth off of Michael Schum and had runners at first and third.  Schum, however, recovered to record his fifth save of the year as he retired the final two batters on a strikeout and a ground out.

Taylor Braun (2-0) picked up the win as he went the first six innings, allowing just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts.  Jordan Marker threw two scoreless frames with a strikeout before Schum came on in the ninth.

Offensively, Picchiotti led the way with three hits while Hibberd had two hits and two runs scored and Moore two hits and two RBI.

Wright State (15-10, 7-2 Horizon), now winners of six straight and nine of its last 10, wraps up its eight-game road swing Tuesday with a 3:00 contest at Xavier before hosting Youngstown State in a three-game set Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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