Valpo Stuns Florida With First NCAA Win Since 1966
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Valparaiso won its first NCAA tournament game since 1966, scoring four times in the seventh inning and holding on to eliminate Florida with a 5-4 victory Saturday in the Bloomington regional.
The Crusaders (32-27) had only two hits in the seventh, but took advantage of mistakes by Florida (29-30), which led 4-1. Gators third baseman Josh Tobias made an error with the bases loaded, allowing Valpo's first run of the inning. The Crusaders got two more on bases-loaded walks to Tanner Vavra and John Loeffler. The go-ahead run came on Chris Manning's run-scoring fielder's choice.
Florida, which outhit Valparaiso 13-6, put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Kyle Wormington (6-7) struck out Taylor Gushue and got Harrison Bader to ground out to end it.
Daniel Gibson (2-1) took the loss for the Gators, who dropped both of their NCAA tournament games.
Source: Associated Press