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Baseball Splits With Valparaiso
Release: Wednesday 03/23/2013 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Both games were decided in the final inning as the Wright State baseball team split a doubleheader with Valparaiso Saturday at Nischwitz Stadium.  The Raiders took the opener 6-5 while the Crusaders won the nightcap 5-3 in 10 innings.

Valpo opened the scoring in game one with two runs in the top of the second, only to see WSU answer with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame as Beau Phillips doubled in Cody Gardner.  The Raiders then tied it in the fourth on a Crusader error.

After Valparaiso regained the lead at 3-2 with a run in the fifth, Wright State again tied it in the bottom of the fifth as Garrett Gray hit a solo home run to left, his second of the season.

A two-out, two-run single by Andrew Bain put the Crusaders back in front in the sixth, but, again, WSU responded with two in the bottom of the seventh.  After John Brodner and Mark Fowler singled, Gray plated both runners with a triple to the gap in left center.

It stayed that way until the Raiders came up with the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth.  Fowler led off with a hit, but only moved up to second as the next two batters were retired.  After Kieston Greene was intentionally walked, Joe Ford also walked and Jeff Limbaugh followed with a single up the middle to drive in Fowler with the winning run.

Limbaugh finished with three hits in the opener while Fowler, Gray and Phillips each had two.

The second game again saw Valparaiso take the early lead with two runs in the second before Wright State gained the advantage with three in the third.  After Brodner singled and went to second on a Fowler bunt, a Michael Timm double to left center made it 2-1  and Gray followed with a hit to right to tie the contest.  A Gardner sacrifice fly later drove in Gray to give WSU the lead.

The Crusaders, however, quickly tied it with a run in the fourth and it stayed that way until they scored twice on two two-out singles in the 10th.

Timm, Greene and Justin Kopale each had two hits in the second game.  Travis Hissong, who picked up both the win and the loss on the day for the Raiders, struck out seven in 3.2 combined innings.

Wright State (8-12, 3-3 Horizon) hosts Bowling Green Tuesday at 6:30.

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