13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.
The Detroit Tigers selected Dalton Lundeen in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday. Lundeen recorded career podium finishes in all three major pitching categories. His 347 1/3 innings pitched are a program record. His 22 wins tied him with John Grippi for the third-most in Valpo baseball history. Lundeen's 275 strikeouts also rank third in the program's long-standing tradition of pitching excellence.
Senior outfielder Nolan Lodden was elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American First Team on Friday. Lodden amassed a 3.94 grade-point average as an electrical engineering major in the classroom. On the diamond, he tallied team watermarks in hits (83), runs (57), doubles (18), and walks (36) in 2016. This marks the first such honor in program history.
Valpo baseball's first winning season under the Brian Schmack Era came to a close Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium with a 7-2 loss to the host Wright State Raiders. Chase Dawson, James Stea, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney were all named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team.
An eighth-inning solo homer off the bat of freshman Scott Kapers resurrected the Brown and Gold, and capped a roaring offensive rebuttal as memorable as it was loud. The Crusaders scored 12 of the game's final 13 runs while the bullpen surrendered a lone unearned run over eight frames in a signature 12-7 victory over Milwaukee Panthers in Game 7 of the Horizon League Baseball Championship.
Facing the possibility of elimination, redshirt junior Ellis Foreman fired seven innings of two-run ball to boost the Valpo baseball team to a 4-2 victory over UIC Thursday night at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Nate Palace's two-run double in the first inning put Valpo ahead for good. The triumph prolongs the Crusaders' season to Friday, where they'll face the loser of Wright State versus Milwaukee.
Valpo took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning of their second-round contest against Milwaukee before the Panthers put together a five-run frame. Nolan Lodden and Dan Delaney each had three-hit games at the dish. The Crusaders will face UIC at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT Thursday in an elimination game.
Rookies Scott Kapers and Chase Dawson combined for a 5-for-5 day at the plate with six runs scored en route to a queasy 10-7 Crusader victory over Northern Kentucky at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Dalton Lundeen notched his 22nd career victory for Valpo after going six innings. The Crusaders advance to face the second-seeded Milwaukee Panthers on Thursday at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT.
Six teams will duke it out for an NCAA Tournament berth this week in Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders enter the Horizon League Championship as the No. 3 seed and will oppose the sixth-seeded Northern Kentucky Norse Wednesday afternoon. The winner will face a rested Milwaukee club Thursday.