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May 28, 2009
Valparaiso University's Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American Third Team as announced on Thursday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
May 22, 2009
Valparaiso scored five times in the top of the second, but Milwaukee answered with seven in the bottom of the inning as the Panthers posted a 10-7 victory over the Crusaders on Friday morning in an elimination game of the Horizon League Championships in Lorain, Ohio.
May 21, 2009
Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) pitched into the ninth inning, striking out seven and yielding just five hits as Valparaiso defeated Butler 4-2 in an elimination game on the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday afternoon at the Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio.
May 20, 2009
Valparaiso left 13 runners on base Wednesday afternoon, including eight in scoring position, and fell in its first game of the Horizon League Tournament against Cleveland State 4-2 at The Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio.
May 18, 2009
Valparaiso University catcher Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) has been named to the All-Horizon League First Team while outfielder Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) received Second Team All-League honors the conference has announced. In addition, outfielders Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) were each named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.
May 18, 2009
Valparaiso travels to The Pipe Yard in Lorain, Ohio beginning Wednesday morning as the Crusaders begin their quest for the 2009 Horizon League Baseball Championships crown. The fourth-seeded Crusaders will face fifth-seeded, and tournament host, Cleveland State in the first game of the double elimination event.
May 17, 2009
UIC scored two unearned runs on Sunday afternoon, including one in the 10th inning that proved to be the difference, as the Flames defeated Valparaiso 2-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field to wrap up the 2009 regular season for both schools.
May 16, 2009
Valparaiso will play UIC Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field to make up one of the three games rained out between Friday and Saturday. With a win, the Crusaders would finish in third place in the Horizon League and earn the third seed in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament.
May 16, 2009
With standing water still in the outfield by mid-afternoon on Saturday, unplayable conditions at Emory G. Bauer Field have forced the cancellation of the Valparaiso-UIC Horizon League doubleheader.
May 15, 2009
Steady rain in Northwest Indiana has postponed Friday's scheduled Horizon League series opener between Valparaiso and UIC. The two schools will now open the three-game weekend series on Saturday with the regularly scheduled doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field beginning at noon. Friday's game is slated to be made up Sunday morning at 9 a.m.
May 13, 2009
With steady rain coming down throughout Northwest Indiana and more on the way, Wednesday afternoon's schedule baseball game between Valparaiso and Illinois State at Emory G. Bauer Field has been cancelled.
May 12, 2009
Eight Valparaiso pitchers limited the Gary SouthShore RailCats to just three hits on Tuesday evening, but the Northern League hosts came through with a run in the ninth to defeat the college boys 2-1 in exhibition action at the U.S. Steel Yard.
May 12, 2009
The 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship will be played at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. The double-elimination tournament, hosted by Valparaiso University, will run from May 26-30.
May 11, 2009
Valparaiso heads into the final week of the 2009 regular season with lots still on the line. The Crusaders are nearing the 30-win mark and can finish as high as second in the Horizon League standings. This week Valpo plays an exhibition against Gary at the U.S. Steel Yard on Tuesday, hosts Illinois State on Wednesday, and wraps up Horizon League play against regular season champion UIC on Friday and Saturday.
May 10, 2009
Valparaiso scored five times in the seventh and eighth innings of game one and four times in the seventh of game two to come from behind in both games and sweep a doubleheader from Butler 7-6 and 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
May 09, 2009
Valparaiso took the nightcap of Saturday's doubleheader in Youngstown, Ohio, defeating Youngstown State 6-5 in the final regular season road game for the Crusaders in 2009. The Penguins defeated Valpo 8-4 in the opener.
May 07, 2009
Valparaiso University catcher Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Baseball Team as voted upon by CoSIDA.
May 05, 2009
John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) went the distance on Tuesday evening, allowing just five hits while not walking a batter to lead Valparaiso to a 14-2 victory over Northwestern at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
May 04, 2009
As Valparaiso heads into the final two weeks of the regular season the Crusaders are in the thick of a tight Horizon League race. Valpo will open the week on Tuesday hosting Northwestern in non-conference action at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary before playing four conference games this weekend. The Crusaders head to Youngstown State for a doubleheader on Saturday before hosting instate rival Butler in a Mother's Day twinbill on Sunday.
May 02, 2009
Valparaiso scored eight times in the sixth inning to come from behind and defeat Youngstown State 8-7 in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Penguins capitalized on six Crusader errors in the nightcap though to earn a split with a 13-4 victory.
May 01, 2009
Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) drove in the go-ahead run and Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) followed with two-run double as Valparaiso scored three times in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and the Crusaders went on to defeat Youngstown State 6-4 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field for the Brown and Gold's fourth consecutive victory.
April 29, 2009
Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter Wednesday afternoon as Valparaiso earned its third straight victory, defeating Northern Illinois 12-2 at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Ill.
April 28, 2009
John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) allowed just two runs and five hits in 7.1 innings of work on a cool, wet Tuesday afternoon to lead Valparaiso to a 5-2 victory over Bradley at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 27, 2009
With three weeks left in the regular season, Valparaiso looks to improve its positioning among the middle of the pack in the Horizon League with five games this week. The Crusaders will step out of conference to host Bradley on Tuesday while travelling to Northern Illinois on Wednesday. The Brown and Gold then will host Youngstown State in a key three-game Horizon League set this weekend.
April 27, 2009
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the week after picking up his conference-leading sixth victory of the season in Valpo's 2-1 win at Wright State on Sunday.
April 26, 2009
Behind the pitching of Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.), Valparaiso defeated Wright State 2-1 in the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to salvage a split of the twinbill after the Raiders took the opener 16-1.
April 25, 2009
Valparaiso battled through three rain delays, fought back from a five-run deficit, and had the tying runs on base in the ninth on Saturday afternoon, but the Crusaders ended up falling 14-12 to UIC at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.
April 21, 2009
Tuesday afternoon's baseball game between Valparaiso and Purdue at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. has been cancelled due to steady rains in Northwest Indiana.
April 20, 2009
After playing six games last week, Valparaiso will play another five this week beginning with a Tuesday evening affair against Purdue at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. The Crusaders then head to Chicago on Saturday for a doubleheader against UIC before traveling to Dayton, Ohio on Sunday for a twinbill against Wright State.
April 19, 2009
Valparaiso wrapped up its 10-game homestand on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.) at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 18, 2009
Valparaiso's bats exploded for six runs in the opening inning of game two on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field helping the Crusaders to a doubleheader split against Wright State. The Raiders won the opener 6-2 before Valpo took the nightcap 14-1.
April 17, 2009
Wright State scored two batters into the game and added insurance runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings on Friday afternoon to snap Valparaiso's six-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 15, 2009
Valparaiso won its sixth straight game on Wednesday afternoon, giving the Crusaders their longest winning streak since 2001, as the Brown and Gold defeated Anderson 4-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 14, 2009
Valparaiso continues what has turned into a 10-game homestand this week with five more games between Wednesday and Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders will host Anderson on Wednesday and face Wright State in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday before wrapping up the weekend hosting Saint Francis (Ind.) on Sunday.
April 14, 2009
Tuesday's scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and IPFW has been cancelled due to consistent rains in the Fort Wayne, Ind. area. The game will not be made up. In addition, the Crusaders have added a game for Wednesday afternoon against Anderson at Emory G. Bauer Field beginning at 4 p.m.
April 13, 2009
Valparaiso's bats came alive early on a cold, rainy Monday afternoon as the Crusaders scored nine times in the first three innings and went on to defeat Grace 12-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 11, 2009
For the second straight day Valparaiso posted a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota to wrap up the four-game weekend series, defeating the Fighting Sioux 6-5 in 10 innings and 5-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon.
April 10, 2009
Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) singled home Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning of game two to give Valparaiso its fourth doubleheader sweep of the season on Friday afternoon, as the Crusaders downed North Dakota 3-2 and 2-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
April 08, 2009
Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-1 lead and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) went 4-for-4 on the afternoon for the Crusaders, but Indiana battled back to defeat Valpo 9-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Sembower Field in Bloomington, Ind.
April 07, 2009
Valparaiso steps out of conference play all week beginning on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders wrap up their road trip facing Big Ten foe Indiana. Valpo returns home on Friday to begin a weekend homestand against North Dakota with doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday.
April 06, 2009
Valparaiso and North Dakota have added a game to their weekend series, and will now play a doubleheader on Friday in addition to Saturday.
April 06, 2009
Valparaiso University's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after leading the Crusaders to a series-opening victory at Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon.
April 05, 2009
Monday's scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and Robert Morris (Ill.) scheduled for Emory G. Bauer Field has been canceled due to rain and snow in the Northwest Indiana area.
April 05, 2009
On a cool, crisp, Sunday afternoon, Cleveland State's Brian Long outdueled Valparaiso's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) as both pitcher's went the distance at Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain, Ohio as the Vikings won the weekend series finale 3-1 against the Crusaders.
April 04, 2009
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed seven scoreless innings in the opener for Valparaiso to lead the Crusaders to a doubleheader split with Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon at Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain, Ohio. Valpo won the opener 10-5 but fell 7-6 in the night cap when a late ninth inning rally fell just short.
April 03, 2009
Valparaiso and Cleveland State will have to wait one more day to open their three-game weekend series as Friday's schedule opener slated for Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain, Ohio has been postponed due to steady rains. The game will be made up on Sunday at a time still to be determined.
March 31, 2009
Tuesday afternoon's scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill. has been postponed due to rain and soggy field conditions at Ralph McKinzie Field. The game has been rescheduled for April 29 beginning at 3 p.m. in DeKalb.
March 30, 2009
After winning two out of three last weekend against Milwaukee to open the home campaign, the Valparaiso University baseball team returns to the road this week for four games. The Crusaders will head to DeKalb, Ill. for a non-conference tilt against Northern Illinois on Tuesday before heading to Cleveland State for a three-game Horizon League series Friday and Saturday.
March 27, 2009
Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) earned saves in both games of Friday's doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field to tie Adam Knobel for Valparaiso University's career save record with 14 as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader from Milwaukee 4-2 and 7-5.
March 26, 2009
Valparaiso scored three times in the ninth inning with two outs and had both the tying and winning runs on base, but could not knot the score on Thursday afternoon in the Crusaders' home opener, falling to Milwaukee 6-5 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
March 25, 2009
After playing 18 straight games on the road, the Valparaiso Crusaders will open the home portion of the 2009 baseball season this weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo will host Milwaukee in a single game on Thursday before the two schools meet for a doubleheader on Friday to wrap up the series.
March 24, 2009
Valparaiso's home opening baseball series slated for this Friday and Saturday against Milwaukee has been moved up to Thursday and Friday due to the threat of inclement weather over the weekend.
March 21, 2009
Valparaiso won the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against Butler 10-5 at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind., but the host Bulldogs rallied to take the series finale, defeating the Crusaders 5-2 in game two of the twinbill.
March 20, 2009
Valparaiso scored six times in the top of the third inning to break the game open and tallied 18 total hits on the afternoon as the Crusaders opened Horizon League play on Friday afternoon with a 14-1 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.
March 20, 2009
Valparaiso University catcher Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) has been named this week's U.S. Army Horizon League male Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
March 19, 2009
Valparaiso University will play an exhibition baseball game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on May 12, one of three games the Crusaders will play at the U.S. Steel Yard this year.
March 18, 2009
Valparaiso pulled even with Notre Dame in the sixth inning on Wednesday evening, but the Fighting Irish took advantage of the Crusader bullpen in the late innings and defeated the Brown and Gold 10-4 at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind.
March 16, 2009
Valparaiso will finally wrap up a season-opening 18-game road trip this week while starting Horizon League play on Friday. The Crusaders make the short trip to Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon to battle the Fighting Irish before heading to Indianapolis for a three-game set against instate rival Butler on Friday and Saturday to open conference action.
March 14, 2009
Saturday's scheduled doubleheader between Valparaiso and Tennessee Tech has been canceled due to rains in the Cookeville, Tenn. area.
March 13, 2009
Valparaiso hit four homeruns in game two of Friday's doubleheader to earn a split of the twinbill with Tennessee Tech at Bush Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn. The host Golden Eagles rallied to win the opener 6-4 before the Crusaders bounced back to win the nightcap 12-8.
March 11, 2009
Mississippi State scored seven times in the first two innings of game one, then rallied for five runs in the final two frames of the nightcap on the way to sweeping a doubleheader from Valparaiso 9-2 and 5-4 on Wednesday at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville, Miss.
March 09, 2009
Valparaiso will look to snap its five-game losing skid this week as the Crusaders play six games. Valpo begins the week with a day-night twinbill at Mississippi State on Wednesday before heading to Tenneessee Tech for a four-game weekend series beginning on Friday.
March 08, 2009
Valparaiso was able to tie the game at two in the sixth inning, only to give up the go-ahead run in the bottom of the inning on Sunday, and dropped a 3-2 game to Memphis at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. to finish off a weekend sweep of the Crusaders.
March 07, 2009
Memphis hurlers Ryan Fraser and Marcus Barnes combined on an eight-hit shutout on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers defeated Valparaiso 6-0 at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
March 06, 2009
Valparaiso committed three errors on Friday afternoon, and after tying the game at five, saw Memphis score the game's final four runs on the way to a 9-5 victory over the Crusaders at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn.
March 04, 2009
Valparaiso scored four times in the final two innings, and had the tying run at the plate in the ninth, but fell just short on Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 9-6 decision to #21 Arkansas at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
March 03, 2009
Valparaiso scored twice in the ninth, and left two more runners on base on Tuesday afternoon, but it was a little too late as the Crusaders fell 7-3 to #21 Arkansas at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
March 02, 2009
Valparaiso continues its southern swing this week as the Crusaders play five more games in its season-opening 20-game road trip. The Crusaders will head to Arkansas, ranked #21 by Baseball America, on Tuesday and Wednesday, before facing Memphis for a three-game weekend series.
March 02, 2009
Valparaiso University's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week after tossing eight innings of shutout baseball on Sunday against Arkansas-Little Rock.
March 01, 2009
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed eight shutout innings of two-hit baseball in the opener, and Valparaiso scored eight times in the first five innings of game two on the way to a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Little Rock, 2-0 and 10-8, on Sunday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock, Ark. to take two out of three games in the weekend series.
February 28, 2009
Overnight rains made field conditions unplayable and a forecast for more inclement weather conditions in Little Rock, Ark. has forced the postponement of game two of the weekend series between Valparaiso and Arkansas-Little Rock on Saturday afternoon. The two schools will make up the game on Sunday as part of a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
February 27, 2009
After a four-and-a-half hour rain delay prior to the start of the game, and another 31 minute stoppage in the top of the eighth inning, Arkansas-Little Rock handed Valparaiso its first loss of the season on Friday evening, as the Trojans defeated the Crusaders 5-0 at Gary Hagan Field in Little Rock, Ark.
February 25, 2009
After posting two wins to open the season last weekend, the Crusaders set forth on their annual spring trip this weekend, beginning on Friday with a three-game set at Arkansas-Little Rock. The Crusaders will play 14 games between Friday and March 14 around the south, looking to build upon the success of opening weekend.
February 22, 2009
The final game of a three-game weekend series between Valparaiso and Morehead State scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been canceled due to snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
February 21, 2009
Valparaiso got two solid starting pitching performances and hit five homeruns on the afternoon as the Crusaders opened the 2009 season with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State, 6-5 and 8-5, at Allen Field in Morehead, Ky. on Saturday. The Crusaders have opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 1997.
February 20, 2009
A pure hitter, Robert Skaltsas is one of the top baseball players in the history of the Crusader program and, on February 28, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
February 16, 2009
As the Valparaiso University baseball team gets set to take to the diamond for the 2009 season, the Crusaders will be looking to build upon last year's third place finish at the Horizon League Tournament. Valpo is coming off of a 21-35 season overall one year ago and an 8-13 mark in Horizon League play, finishing sixth during the regular season.
February 05, 2009
Valparaiso University has been picked to finish in fifth place this season in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll selected by the league's head coaches.
December 14, 2008
The second annual Crusader Baseball Bash will be held on January 31, 2009 featuring Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman.
November 10, 2008
Valparaiso University will host winter hitting and pitching camps from December 20-22 for individuals eight years old through high school.
September 29, 2008
Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the additions of Patrick Bracco and Josh Dietz to complete his staff for the 2009 season.
September 22, 2008
Twenty-four home games, including 23 to be played at Emory G. Bauer Field and another at U.S. Steel Yard highlight a challenging 2009 baseball schedule head coach Tracy Woodson has announced.
September 18, 2008
The Valparaiso University baseball program and the Make-A-Wish Foundation are partnering to present the Valparaiso Baseball 100-Inning game to be held on September 27, 2008 at Emory G. Bauer Field starting at 8 a.m.
August 21, 2008
Valparaiso University's baseball team has had a great deal of success throughout the summer playing in various leagues around the country.
August 20, 2008
Valparaiso University head coach Tracy Woodson has announced the baseball programs will hold walk-on tryouts at Emory G. Bauer Field on September 2 at 3 p.m.
August 12, 2008
The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold a Fall Elite Camp at Emory G. Bauer Field for high school age players on September 28.
July 28, 2008
Valparaiso University head coach Tracy Woodson announced that Eric Osborn has joined the Crusader baseball staff as an assistant coach.
July 25, 2008
Valparaiso University's Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.), John Giusti (Coventry, R.I.), and Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) have been named to the Horizon League's Academic All-Conference Team in baseball.
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