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Valpo Baseball Opens Season at Austin Peay This Weekend
The Crusaders will take the mound for the first time in 2011 on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
The Crusaders will take the mound for the first time in 2011 on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 Horizon)
Games #1-3 at Austin Peay (0-0, 0-0 OVC)
Friday, Feb. 25, 3 p.m. CST
Saturday, Feb. 26, 12 p.m. CST
Sunday, Feb. 27, 12 p.m. CST
Raymond C. Hand Park - Clarksville, Tenn.

This Week in Crusader Baseball: Valparaiso opens the 2011 baseball season with a three-game weekend set at Austin Peay.  The Crusaders look to get off to a quick start on the road, as the Brown and Gold will be away from home for 23 straight games to open the year.

On the Air: None of this weekend’s games will be broadcast live over the air or online.  Live stats will be available through www.valpoathletics.com for each game though.

Head Coach Tracy Woodson: Tracy Woodson, the 16th head coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his fifth season at the helm of the Crusaders and has a 95-125 (.432) record both for his career as well as at Valpo.  Woodson ranks fourth in school history for career wins by a head coach.  A member of the Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Champion team, he has also managed in the minor leagues through the AAA level.

Probable Starters: Senior Jon Gulbransen (LHP, 4-6, 4.67 in 2010) will be handed the ball for the season opener for the Crusaders.  He will face the Governors’ Ryne Harper (RHP, 4-3, 5.35).  The middle game of the series will see Damon McCormick (RHP, 7-1, 5.35) toe the rubber for Valpo against Austin Peay’s Jack Snodgrass (LHP, did not pitch in 2010).  The series finale will have Tyler Deetjen (LHP, 3-4, 6.02) take the mound against Alex Belew (LHP, did not pitch in 2010). 

Series Notes: Austin Peay leads the all-time series against the Crusaders 14-5 dating back to 1982.  The two schools have not met since 2008 when the two schools split the opening four games of the season.  Valpo went 2-1 in Clarksville, Tenn. in the season-opening series before the Governors won a single contest a week later to open the APSU tournament.

Wrapping Up Last Year’s Action:
Valparaiso finished 2010 with a 24-32 record overall and a 9-10 mark in the Horizon League.  The Crusaders finished the year fourth in the conference during the regular season, and placed third in the postseason tournament hosted by Valpo at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.  Ryan O’Gara led the Crusaders with a .388 batting average and six home runs while Kyle Gaedele batted .373 with seven homers and 63 runs batted in.  As a team Valpo hit .314 offensively with 29 homers and scored 407 runs on the year.  Bryce Shafer led the pitching staff with a 7-4 record and a 4.10 earned run average on his way to being named Horizon League Pitcher of the Year.  He has since been drafted by the Chicago Cubs and is in their minor league system.

Scouting Austin Peay: The Governors finished 2010 with a 28-25 record overall and an 8-13 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.  Austin Peay has been picked to finish seventh in the OVC this season.  Jon Clinard is the Governors top returning hitter after batting .333 with 30 runs batted in a year ago.  He was named to the OVC’s preseason team this year.  As a team Austin Peay batted .304 on the season in 2010 while the pitching staff notched a 6.68 earned run average.

Valpo in Recent Openers:
Last year the Crusaders were swept in a three-game series at McNeese State to open the year.  The opening day loss ended a string of back-to-back season-opening victories for the Brown and Gold.  Valpo swept a two-game series at Morehead State to open 2009 while downing Austin Peay in two of three, including the season opener in 2008.  Prior to 2008, the Crusaders had lost 10 straight season openers.

Gaedele Earns Preseason Honors: Outfielder Kyle Gaedele has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Third Team selection prior to the start of the season.  Gaedele batted .373 with seven homers and 63 runs batted in a year ago while legging out eight triples.

Three Returnees Earned Horizon League Honors in 2010:
Kyle Gaedele was named a Second Team All-Horizon League outfielder in 2010 as well as being named to the Horizon League’s All-Tournament Team.  Outfielder Steven Scoby also earned All-Tournament Team accolades one year ago while catcher Robbie Robinson was named to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.

Valpo Tabbed Fourth in 2011: Valparaiso has been picked to finish in fourth place in the annual Horizon League preseason coaches’ poll.  Wright State, last year’s regular season champion, has been picked to repeat while Milwaukee has been selected second after winning last year’s tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.  UIC was picked just ahead of Valpo while Butler and Youngstown State shared fifth in the poll.  Cleveland State was tabbed seventh.

Keep the Bags Packed:
Valpo will play its first 23 games away from home before finally returning to Emory G. Bauer Field on April 1 to UIC.  Valpo’s travel has the Crusaders heading west after this weekend to play four games at Cal State Northridge, two at Cal State Bakersfield, three at Cal Poly, and four at UNLV as part of the spring trip.  The Crusaders then return to the Midwest March 18 for seven more games prior to the home opener, including the Horizon League opener at Butler March 25-26.

This and That:
Valpo has 12 new faces on the roster this season, including eight freshmen ... Kyle Gaedele enters the season having reached base safely in 11 straight games ... Will Hagel enters 2011 with the team’s longest active hitting streak, seven games.

News Categories
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay