Outfielder Nolan Lodden was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team for District V Friday. The senior carries a 3.94 grade-point average as an electrical engineering major. On the field, Lodden boasts a team-high .353 batting average and has reached base in 31 consecutive games entering this weekend.
Another four Horizon League games await the Valpo baseball team this weekend. Valpo heads to Dayton to take on first-place Wright State in a Friday twinbill. The Brown and Gold will then return to Porter County to prepare for a Sunday doubleheader with Northern Kentucky.
Scott Kapers and Shea Molitor belted home runs as part of a 13-hit barrage Wednesday, but Northern Illinois rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning to overthrow Valpo, 11-10. Nolan Lodden, Josh Clark, and Nate Palace each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the Crusaders' final midweek game away from Emory G. Bauer Field this season.
Valpo managed to score in just one of its 18 offensive innings Sunday as UIC defeated the Brown and Gold in both tilts of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. The pair of Flame victories created a tie for second place in the Horizon League standings between Valpo and UIC.
Valpo had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth when UIC reliever Trevor Lane uncorked a wild pitch allowing James Stea to hightail it home for a 2-1 victory Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Crusader starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen took a perfect game into the sixth inning in an outing that moved him into second place for career innings pitched at Valparaiso.
Just five of Valpo’s final twelve Horizon League tilts are against opponents predicted to finish in the top half of the standings, and three of those occur this weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field. UIC, which sits one game back of Valpo in the standings, takes a 9-18 road record into Friday’s opener. Crusader outfielder Nolan Lodden is currently riding a 27-game on-base streak.
The Valpo baseball team erased a three-run deficit thanks to nine fourth-inning tallies in a 12-4 win over Chicago State Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Every Crusader starter crossed home plate while freshman Grant Inman notched his first collegiate victory. The triumph improved Valpo's record to 19-18.
Sophomore Giovanni Garbella's first-inning grand slam highlighted a 10-run opening frame as the Valpo baseball team cruised to a 17-6 victory over Purdue North Central Monday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Josh Clark and Shea Molitor also went yard in the Crusaders' highest outpouring of runs all season.