Valparaiso saw the 2006 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders were on the short end of a pair of one-run ball games, dropping a doubleheader to Western Illinois 4-3 and 3-2 in Macomb, Ill.
Valparaiso's hopes of qualifying for the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament came to an end on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders were swept in a doubleheader by Western Illinois 7-2 and 6-4 in Macomb, Ill.
Valparaiso saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Tuesday afternoon in the Crusaders' home finale as the Brown and Gold dropped an 8-3 decision to Northern Illinois at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso University's Matt Gillikin (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a three-hit shutout against Chicago State on Sunday afternoon.
Sunday turned out to be a long day of baseball at Emory G. Bauer Field but in the end Valparaiso finished up three victories over Chicago State to complete a four-game weekend sweep of the Cougars and remain in the hunt for a berth in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament as head coach Paul Twenge won his 500th game as a collegiate coach. Valpo won the completion of the suspended game 7-0, downed the Cougars 4-3 in 14 innings in game one of today's doubleheader and won the nightcap 4-0.
After waiting out a rain delay for more than three-and-a-half hours, Valparaiso needed ten innings to defeat Chicago State in a pitchers' dual 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Game two was suspended with Valpo leading 2-0 after three innings and will be completed prior to the regularly scheduled doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
Valparaiso rallied from an eight-run deficit with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh but Indiana plated a pair in the top of the ninth as the Hoosiers defeated the Crusaders 13-11 on Wednesday evening at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) went 5-for-5 with three runs batted in and Valparaiso tallied at least one hit in every inning but IPFW rallied with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to record a 9-8 win over the Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind.
On what turned out to be a long day of baseball for the Crusaders, Valparaiso defeated Centenary 10-6 in the final game of the four-game weekend series as the Gents ended up taking the series overall. Centenary won 6-5 in eight innings in the completion of yesterday's suspended game and came-from-behind to defeat the Brown and Gold 4-3 in game one of the regularly scheduled doubleheader.
Valparaiso's Nick Mazzone (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) outdueled North Dakota State's Jake Laber in the opener but the Bison's Ryan Williams got the better of Harvey Yergin (Akron Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) in game two as the Crusaders and North Dakota State split a doubleheader by identical scores of 2-1 on Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso University's scheduled baseball doubleheader's game time against North Dakota State on Saturday has been moved up and will now begin at 10 a.m. due to forecasted rain in the Valparaiso area for Saturday afternoon.
Valparaiso saw its three-game winning streak against the Big Ten Conference come to an end on Wednesday afternoon as Purdue scored in every inning on the way to a 13-4 victory over the Crusaders in West Lafayette, Ind.
Valparaiso was limited to just three hits on the afternoon, but they all came in the same inning and combined with a solid pitching effort as the Crusaders won their fifth game in their last six contests defeating Bradley 3-2 in Peoria, Ill.
Valparaiso University's Kyle Obenauf (Salem, Wis./Westosha Central H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after a pair of stellar outings against Northwestern and Oakland.
Kyle Obenauf (Salem, Wis./Westosha Central H.S.) allowed one run in a complete game victory helping Valparaiso earn a doubleheader split with Oakland on Sunday afternoon and take the weekend series winning three of the four contests. The Golden Grizzlies won the opener 7-4 in ten innings before Valpo won the nightcap 7-1.
Oral Roberts completed what turned out to be a three-game sweep of Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles defeated the Crusaders 12-3 in game one of a scheduled doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. Game two was called in the top of the second inning due to thunderstorms and will not be made up.
Kevin Kutansky (Schererville, Ind./Munster H.S.) went 5-for-7 , scored twice, and drove in two runs on Saturday afternoon's doubleheader, but it was not enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders were swept by Oral Roberts 9-6 and 8-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) had two doubles and drove in three runs as Valparaiso won its second straight ball game on Wednesday afternoon, defeating Indiana Tech 5-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
A five-run fifth inning in game two of Saturday's doubleheader helped lift Valparaiso to a split of the twinbill with Southern Utah as the Crusaders won game two 8-4 in Cedar City, Utah. The Thunderbirds topped Valpo 8-3 in the opener.
Valparaiso got off to a rough start in Mid-Continent Conference play on Friday afternoon, giving up seven unearned runs, as the Crusaders dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Southern Utah, falling by scores of 8-1 and 3-2 in Cedar City, Utah.
Valparaiso scored in each of the first seven innings, including eight times in the second as the Crusaders won for the second straight day defeating Marian (Ind.) 20-14 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Michael Arensdorff (Park View, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to help Valparaiso snap its nine-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Illinois Tech on a cool, crisp Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso was limited to just three hits and a seven-run second inning by Notre Dame proved to be more than enough as the Fighting Irish defeated the Crusaders 12-0 on Wednesday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind.
South Dakota State scored twice in the top of the seventh of game two as the Jackrabbits rallied to complete a doubleheader and series sweep of Valparaiso on Monday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Jackrabbits won a pitchers' dual 2-0 in the opener and 8-7 in the nightcap.
South Dakota State scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings in the opener and jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the nightcap as the Jackrabbits spoiled Valparaiso's home opener on Sunday afternoon sweeping the twin bill 8-5 in 11 innings and 6-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Jon Rupno's (Green Bay, Wis./Pulaski H.S.) one-out single in the bottom of the ninth capped Valparaiso's come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Bowling Green in Bradenton, Fla. on Friday morning as the Crusaders snapped a four-game losing skid.
Kevin Perri (South Bend, Ind./Adams H.S.) went 3-for-5 with a homerun and six runs batted in but Austin Peay's offense was even better as the Governors defeated Valparaiso 16-10 to take the rubber game of the weekend series on Sunday afternoon in Clarksville, Tenn.
Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) had three hits, including two homeruns and scored four times and Valparaiso withstood a ninth inning rally from Austin Peay as the Crusaders defeated the Governors 5-4 for their first victory of the season in the middle game of a three-game weekend series in Clarksville, Tenn.
Valparaiso battled back from a five-run deficit on Friday afternoon, but fell one run short of Austin Peay, dropping a 5-4 decision to the Governors in the Crusaders' season opener in Clarksville, Tenn.
WVUR (95.1 FM-Valparaiso) has announced that the student-run radio station will broadcast 37 live baseball games this spring, including several road contests this upcoming season, either over the airwaves or on the internet at www.sportsjuice.com.
Experience should be on the side of the Valparaiso Crusaders as they take to the diamond for the 2006 campaign. Head coach Paul Twenge's squad returns 22 letterwinners, including all nine position starters, from one year ago as well as five starters from the pitching staff.