Valpo Baseball Announces 2018 Schedule

The Valparaiso University baseball team has revealed its schedule for the 2018 season, the program’s first year of competition in the Missouri Valley Conference.


Valpo Baseball Announces Incoming Recruiting Class


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced a group of eight individuals who have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusaders for the 2018-19 academic and athletic year.


Baseball Poised for Fall World Series


The Valparaiso University baseball team is set for its annual version of the Fall Classic, which is slated to begin on Monday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. CT at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo In The Valley: Baseball


Continuing the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, is baseball. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in baseball, how Valpo has fared against opponents from The Valley in the past, and hear from head coach Brian Schmack as he talks about what the program is looking forward to entering its first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way in 2018 for his team.


Crusader Baseball Announces Alumni Golf Outing, Game


The Valparaiso University baseball program has announced that this year’s Alumni Golf Outing and Alumni Game will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24.


Valpo Baseball Announces Youth Camp


The Valparaiso University baseball program has announced dates for its annual Youth Camp, which will take place from July 17-19 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Tieman Named Freshman All-American


Valparaiso University baseball freshman Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) received a distinct honor on Wednesday as he was tabbed a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.


Valparaiso University to Join Missouri Valley Conference


Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.


Season Comes to Close with Loss to Oakland


The Valparaiso University baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 6-4 loss to Oakland in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Granderson Stadium in Chicago. The Crusaders finished the season at 24-29 and will bring back the bulk of their team for the 2018 season. Valpo does bid farewell to five seniors who have been key contributors during their time with the program.


Two Crusaders Achieve All-League Honors, Three Others Named to All-Freshman Team


Five Valparaiso University baseball players received recognition on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its all-league teams and league award winners. Seniors James Stea and Jake Hanson were named to the all-league second team. Stea filled an outfield slot, while Hanson earned the honor at designated hitter.The Crusaders had three players named to the Horizon League all-freshman team – pitcher Jon Tieman, pitcher Easton Rhodehouse and outfielder/DH Christian Barczi.


Baseball Ready for Horizon League Tournament in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team enters the most important week of the season playing well at the right time. The Crusaders won four of their final five regular season games to latch down the No. 4 seed in this week’s Horizon League Tournament, which will be hosted by UIC at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


Rain Thwarts Doubleheader Between Crusaders, Panthers


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the cancellation of Saturday’s doubleheader against Milwaukee. The two teams attempted to play the middle game of the series on Friday, but it was pushed back to a Saturday double dip due to steady rain throughout the day. Rain started to fall heavily again on Saturday morning, and was projected to continue for the remainder of the day.


Rain Prevents Friday Baseball at Emory G. Bauer


The Valparaiso University baseball team made every effort to play Friday’s scheduled game against Milwaukee, but Mother Nature had other plans. A relentless rain throughout the day rendered baseball impossible, causing the postponement of the game.


Hanson Recognized on Horizon League All-Academic Team


Valparaiso University senior Jake Hanson was honored by the Horizon League on Friday as the league announced its 2017 baseball all-academic team. Hanson was one of 14 Horizon League players honored for their success both on the playing field and in the classroom.


Crusaders Continue Winning Ways with Walk-off Walk


The Valparaiso University baseball team notched its fourth win in the last five games on Thursday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Freshman Christian Barczi (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North) worked a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to force in the winning run and send the Crusaders into celebration following a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. All four Valpo base runners in the ninth came via walks, two of which were intentional.


Saturday's Senior Day to Culminate Final Home Weekend


The Valparaiso University baseball team will close out the regular season with a three-game series at Emory G. Bauer Field beginning on Thursday afternoon as Milwaukee comes to town. Saturday’s game will mark the final Valpo home athletic event of the 2016-2017 academic and athletic year. It’s also Senior Day for the Crusaders as they recognize James Stea, Nate Palace, Mario Losi, Ellis Foreman and Jake Hanson prior to the game.


Rhodehouse Honored as Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


The stellar performance of Valpo freshman Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) was recognized by the Horizon League as the league unveiled its weekly awards on Monday.


Freshman Relievers Shine in Doubleheader Split with First-Place Flames


The Valparaiso University baseball team came up on the wrong end of a 2-0 pitchers’ duel in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against first-place UIC, but the Crusaders bounced back by pulling out a 7-6 victory in a seesaw Game 2 on Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. After winning three of four during a difficult stretch of four games in two days in two locations, Valpo has clinched a berth in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. Freshman Jake Larson kept the Crusaders in the first game with five shutout innings of relief, then classmate Easton Rhodehouse dominated over four perfect frames to earn the win in Game 2.


Crusaders Sweep Critical Doubleheader from Panthers


The Valparaiso University baseball team took a giant step toward securing its place in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders cruised to an 11-3 win in the opener before holding on for a 7-4 triumph in Game 2. Senior James Stea (Los Alamitos, Calif. / Los Alamitos) homered in both games and also tripled and drove in five in the second game. Valpo can clinch a spot in the league tournament on Sunday with either at least one victory over UIC or at least one Oakland victory over Youngstown State.


Important Stretch of Four Games in Two Days Next Up for Valpo


The Valparaiso University baseball team will embark upon the final seven-game stretch of the regular season with four games in two days this weekend. The Crusaders finally play Milwaukee for the first time all season with a Saturday doubleheader at Henry Aaron Field, then come home for a double dip with UIC on Sunday. Five teams can finish anywhere from third to seventh in the Horizon League, with everyone fighting to avoid being the one team left out of the league tournament.


Crusaders, Boilermakers Washed Out


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Tuesday’s scheduled game against Purdue has been cancelled due to rain. The game will not be made up.


Crusaders Seek to Sweep Season Set from Instate Rival Purdue


The Valparaiso University baseball team will renew an in-state rivalry on Tuesday afternoon as the Purdue Boilermakers make their way to Emory G. Bauer Field. It’s the final midweek game of the season and the last nonleague affair of the year. After this tune up, the Crusaders will gear up for the final seven Horizon League games of 2017, an important stretch for league positioning.


Doubleheader Split a Tale of Two Games for Valpo Baseball


The two games of Sunday’s doubleheader represented quite the contrast to one another for the Valparaiso offense. The Crusaders banged out 18 hits on their way to a 13-3 win over Oakland in Game 1, but didn’t save any firepower for Game 2, when they scratched out just one hit and fell 7-0. The games were originally scheduled to take place in Rochester, Mich., but were moved to Emory G. Bauer Field.


Crusaders to Host Relocated Twin Bill at Emory G. Bauer


The Valparaiso University baseball team received the pleasant surprise of a weekend without leaving town, as Sunday’s doubleheader was moved from Rochester, Mich. to Valpo due to field conditions at Oakland. The Grizzlies took two of three from the Crusaders when they visited Emory G. Bauer Field earlier this season. Oakland will be the home team for both games and have last at-bats.


Crusaders Bounce Back with Game 2 Win to Split Twin Bill


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a tough 4-3 loss to Youngstown State in Game 1 to notch a 6-2 victory in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders coughed up a ninth-inning edge in the opener, but rode a strong pitching performance from Jon Tieman to a Game 2 victory.


Crusaders, Penguins Lock Horns Twice More on Friday


After dropping two of three to Youngstown State last weekend in Niles, Ohio, the Valparaiso University baseball team still has an opportunity to win the season series as the Crusaders welcome the Penguins to Emory G. Bauer Field for a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Last weekend, the Crusaders salvaged the series finale against Youngstown State with a 10-7 win on Sunday.


Sunday Doubleheader Moved to Emory G. Bauer Field


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Sunday’s doubleheader against Oakland scheduled to take place in Rochester, Mich. has been moved to Emory G. Bauer Field.


Larson’s Strong Pitching Performance Helps Crusaders Down Huskies


When the first four Northern Illinois batters of the game drew bases on balls, it looked like it could be a long Wednesday afternoon for the Valparaiso University baseball team. That’s when head coach Brian Schmack summoned Jake Larson from the bullpen. The freshman right-hander delivered 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to propel the Crusaders to an 8-2 victory over the Huskies at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Crusaders, Huskies Postponed to Wednesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that Tuesday’s scheduled game against Northern Illinois has been postponed due to field conditions. The game will be made up on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Garbella Garners Batter of the Week After Continuing Hot Streak


Valparaiso University junior Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) gained attention from the Horizon League office on Monday after his recent trend of success continued this week.


Eggimann Home Run Helps Crusaders Past Penguins


For the third time in the series, the Valparaiso University baseball team engaged in a back-and-forth affair with Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. This time the Crusaders got the last laugh, as Jayden Eggimann belted his first Valpo home run in the top of the ninth, a three-run shot that proved to be the difference in the game.


Series Finale Postponed by Rain


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced that the third game of its weekend series at Youngstown State, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to inclement weather.The series finale is now set for Sunday at 11 a.m. CT at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Crusaders Drop Both Games of Friday’s Doubleheader


The Valparaiso University baseball team had late leads in both games of Friday’s doubleheader with Youngstown State at Eastwood Stadium in Niles, Ohio, but the Crusaders couldn’t hold on to the edge in either game. The Penguins walked off with a 6-5 win in the opener, then rallied for five in the eighth to beat the Crusaders 9-7 in Game 2.


Crusaders, Penguins Set for First Meeting of Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team will make the longest Horizon League journey this weekend as it heads to Youngstown State for a three-game set with the Penguins. Note that the series schedule has been altered due to weather, as the two teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 1 p.m. CT. All five of the meetings between the Crusaders and Penguins will occur in an eight-day span, as Valpo and Youngstown State get together next Friday, May 5 for a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field


Weather Alters Baseball Series


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced a schedule change to its series at Youngstown State this weekend. The Crusaders and Penguins will play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. CT at Eastwood Field due to an unfavorable weather forecast for the remainder of the weekend.


Crusaders Fall to Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered a 10-3 loss to Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) provided a bright spot for the Crusaders by continuing his recent stretch of offensive success with two doubles.


Valpo, Notre Dame Face Off in Midweek Affair


The Valparaiso University baseball team will make the trip to Notre Dame on Tuesday evening for a midweek meeting with the Fighting Irish. The Crusaders will spend the week away from Emory G. Bauer Field as the Notre Dame game will be followed by a three-game weekend set at Youngstown State.


Foreman Wins Horizon League Pitcher of the Week After Shutting Down Wright State


Fifth-year senior Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas / Stony Point) made his first start of the season one to remember on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. He shut down perennial Horizon League powerhouse Wright State to the tune of a complete game shutout.


Foreman Heaves Complete Game Shutout as Crusaders Earn Split with Raiders


Valparaiso University fifth-year senior Ellis Foreman hadn’t started a game all season, but he sure looked comfortable in a starting role in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against Wright State at Emory G. Bauer Field. Foreman did make 23 starts over his first four collegiate seasons, but few of them matched the caliber of Sunday’s gem.


Crusaders, Raiders to Play Two on Sunday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will round out its first four-game league weekend of the season with a pair of contests at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders will look to knock off Wright State after dropping all three games in Dayton earlier this season. The Raiders face a difficult turnaround after playing a home doubleheader then traveling to Valpo on Saturday.


Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split with Lopsided Game 2 Win


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a 14-5 loss in Game 1 to salvage a doubleheader split with Northern Kentucky on Friday, winning Game 2 17-4 at Bill Aker Complex in Highland Heights. Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) was productive at the plate in both games, Giovanni Garbella (San Diego, Calif. / Cathedral Catholic) collected six RBIs in the second game and freshman Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) earned a win in his first collegiate start.


Crusaders Visit Norse for Twin Bill


The Valparaiso University baseball team will have its first four-game weekend of the year, beginning with Friday’s doubleheader at Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders will attempt to continue their success against the Norse after taking two of three against them at Emory G. Bauer Field two weeks ago.


Garbella Cracks Two Home Runs to Help Crusaders Over Cougars


The Valparaiso University baseball team has played the last four games without its most established hitter with first baseman Nate Palace sidelined by an illness, but Giovanni Garbella has helped make sure the offense hasn’t skipped a beat.


Grizzlies Take Rubber Match from Crusaders


The Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t overcome a nine-run Oakland fourth inning on Saturday afternoon in an eventual 19-9 defeat at Emory G. Bauer Field. It was a day of big innings as the Grizzlies set the tone with four runs in the top of the first, while the Crusaders had a six-run fifth to chip into the large hole created by the nine-run fourth. Chad Jacob had three hits to lead Valpo.


Crusaders Draw Even with Late Rally, Fall in Extras


The Valparaiso University baseball team came from behind late for the second straight day, but this time the rally came up shy as Oakland scored three times in the top of the 10th and held on to beat the Crusaders 9-6. The Crusaders plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth to draw even after the Grizzlies had grabbed two insurance tallies in the top of the ninth.


Stea Grand Slam Propels Crusaders to Dramatic Win


One swing of the bat from senior James Stea altered the complexion of Thursday’s series opener between the Valparaiso University baseball team and visiting Oakland. The Grizzlies played long ball early to build the lead, but it was Stea’s big fly that mattered most as his eighth-inning shot over the left-field fence put the Crusaders up 7-6, a lead they did not relinquish.


Crusaders, Grizzlies to Face Off Beginning Thursday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to put together another winning weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field as it welcomes Oakland to town for a holiday weekend set. The three-game series begins on Thursday and runs through Saturday.


Crusaders Suffer First Midweek Loss of Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t keep its run of midweek success alive on Tuesday afternoon in Muncie, Ind., as Ball State defeated the Crusaders 11-2. Valpo received two hits apiece from Chad Jacob, Christian Barczi and Sam Shaikin in the losing effort.


Baseball Looks to Sustain Midweek Success on Tuesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will return to the road as it visits instate foe Ball State in Muncie on Tuesday afternoon. The Crusaders will attempt to remain unbeaten in midweek games as they hold a 5-0 record in midweek affairs entering Tuesday.


Crusaders Fall to Norse in Series Finale


Trey Ganns hit three home runs, Northern Kentucky scored multiple runs in six of the nine innings and the Valparaiso University baseball team couldn’t slow down a powerful Norse lineup in an 18-7 loss on a windy Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders (12-17, 3-6 Horizon) still took two of three in the series after Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of the Norse (11-9, 6-3 Horizon).


Crusaders Fend Off Northern Kentucky Rallies, Sweep Doubleheader from Norse


It wasn’t easy by any means, but the Valparaiso University baseball team pulled off a doubleheader sweep of Northern Kentucky at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday. Both games saw the Crusaders build sizeable leads, then hold on for dear life in exhilarating victories. Valpo picked up an 8-7 win in Game 1, before winning the nightcap 10-9.


Crusaders Begin Home Slate, Host Northern Kentucky


The Valparaiso University baseball team will finally begin its home slate after starting the season with 26 consecutive road games. The scheduled home opener against Western Michigan on Wednesday was canceled due to inclement weather, then the scheduled series opener on Friday was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The Crusaders will finally lift the lid on their home season with Saturday's doubleheader.


Field Conditions Alter Series Schedule


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the postponement of Friday’s scheduled series opener against Northern Kentucky due to unplayable field conditions.


Inclement Weather Cancels Wednesday’s Game Between Crusaders, Broncos


The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the cancellation of Wednesday’s scheduled game against Western Michigan due to anticipated inclement weather.


Crusaders Edge Redbirds in 12-Inning Marathon


It took longer than the regulation nine innings, but the Valparaiso University baseball team grabbed its first one-run win of the season on Tuesday night at Illinois State. A go-ahead bases-loaded walk by Chase Dawson in the top of the 12th helped the Crusaders top the Redbirds 4-3 at Duffy Bass Field. The Crusaders prevailed in a battle of the bullpens that saw both teams go scoreless from the sixth through 12th innings.


Western Michigan, Illinois State Up Next for Valpo Baseball


The Valparaiso University baseball team rounds out a stretch of 26 straight road games to begin the season on Tuesday evening, then finally opens the home slate, weather permitting, on Wednesday afternoon. The Tuesday trip will be to Normal, Ill. to take on Illinois State, while the Wednesday home affair will welcome Western Michigan to Emory G. Bauer Field. Both games this week feature former Valpo assistant coaches on the opposing staff.


Wichita State Walks Off Again as Crusaders Drop Finale


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered its third straight one-run loss on Sunday afternoon in Wichita, Kan. Travis Young, the same player who lashed a walk-off single to beat the Crusaders on Friday night, struck again. This time he snapped a 3-3 tie in the ninth with a one-out walk-off single to right to give the Shockers a 4-3 victory, their third straight one-run win in the series.


Crusaders Incur Second Straight One-Run Loss on Saturday


The Valparaiso University baseball team has been competitive over the course of its tough road schedule to start the season, but one-run losses have been a bugaboo for the Crusaders. Valpo suffered its second straight one-run defeat to Wichita State on Saturday afternoon at Eck Stadium, falling to the Shockers by a score of 3-2.


Wichita State Walks Off with Wild Win Over Valpo


Friday’s game at Eck Stadium featured no shortage of late drama, as the Valparaiso University baseball team put together a thrilling rally for two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 3-2 lead over Wichita State, only to see the Shockers bounce back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. The game culminated with a two-out, walk-off single through the left side by Travis Young, giving the Shockers a 4-3 win.


Valpo, Wichita State Ready for First Ever Meeting


The Valparaiso University baseball team steps outside of league play this weekend as the Crusaders visit Missouri Valley Conference foe Wichita State for a three-game series. This is the final weekend nonleague set for Valpo this year.


Crusaders Best Boilermakers in West Lafayette


A strong start by Grant Inman set the stage, three hits by Chad Jacob helped the cause and a scoreless ninth by freshman Jon Tieman sealed the deal as the Valparaiso University baseball team dispatched instate Big 10 foe Purdue 5-1 on Wednesday night in West Lafayette. This marked the first time since 1977 the Crusaders won at Purdue, and they’ve now captured back-to-back wins against the Boilermakers after a triumph at Emory G. Bauer Field last May.


Crusaders Face Instate Foe Purdue on Wednesday


The Valparaiso University baseball team will step outside of Horizon League activity for each of the next six games, a stretch that begins on Wednesday night at Alexander Field in West Lafayette. The Crusaders will attempt to repeat the success they enjoyed a year ago against their in-state Big 10 foe Purdue.


Crusaders Can’t Capture Rubber Match in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped the rubber match of a three-game weekend series at Granderson Stadium 8-1 to UIC on Sunday afternoon. The Flames jumped in front with two runs in the first inning and later pulled away on a pair of late two-run home runs.


Crusaders Take Game 2, Split Doubleheader with Flames


The Valparaiso University baseball team bounced back from a Game 1 defeat to split Friday’s doubleheader with a 4-2 win over UIC in Game 2 at Granderson Stadium in Chicago. The Flames held on for a 10-7 win in Game 1 as the Crusaders rallied for six unanswered runs but came up short. The win in the nightcap allowed Valpo (8-12, 1-4 Horizon) to notch its first league win of the season.


Crusaders, Flames Begin Set with Twin Bill on Friday


After visiting the defending Horizon League champions to open league play at Wright State, another tough test is in store for the Valparaiso University baseball team with this weekend’s series at UIC. The Crusaders and Flames have amended the weekend slate due to the weather forecast and will play a doubleheader on Friday before finishing the series on either Saturday or Sunday.


Baseball Announces Schedule Changes to UIC Series


The Valparaiso University baseball team has altered its schedule for this weekend’s series at UIC based on the weather forecast. The two teams will take advantage of a forecast that features 73-degree temperatures and mostly cloudy skies on Friday by playing a doubleheader instead of the originally-scheduled single game. The twin bill will begin at 12:05 p.m. CT.


Bats Break Out as Valpo Downs Chicago State


After being limited to two total runs in a three-game weekend series at Wright State, the Valparaiso University baseball team made it clear early on that the offensive struggles would end on Tuesday night at Cougar Stadium in Chicago. The Crusaders had three extra-base hits in the opening inning and scored three times to set the tone for an eventual 13-1 rout of Chicago State.


Crusaders to Clash with Cougars Tuesday in Chicago


The Valparaiso University baseball team has returned from its spring break trip, but will continue the lengthy season-opening stretch of road games on Tuesday afternoon at Chicago State. The Crusaders and Cougars clash in the first of two midweek showdowns between the two teams this season as Valpo tries to bring its six-game skid to a halt.


Crusaders Drop Both Games of Twin Bill at Wright State


The Valparaiso University baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium on Sunday. A go-ahead, fifth-inning home run by Wright State’s Brandon Giltrow turned the tide in Game 1, an eventual 6-1 victory for the Raiders. Wright State scored early an often in Game 2 and went on to prevail 7-0.


Wright State Nips Valpo in League Opener


The Valparaiso University baseball team suffered a 2-1 setback to Wright State on Saturday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Valpo’s Mario Losi and Wright State’s Danny Sexton engaged in a quality pitchers’ duel that was won by Sexton, who tossed a complete game. Losi received no decision despite allowing just one run over seven innings.


Friday’s Game Postponed, Weekend Schedule Adjusted


The Valparaiso University baseball team’s scheduled game at Wright State on Friday evening has been postponed due to inclement weather.The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday. The schedule for this weekend’s series has been adjusted, with the Horizon League opener now scheduled to begin at noon CT on Saturday at Nischwitz Stadium. The doubleheader is slated to get underway at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday.


Crusaders Open Horizon League Play, Visit Defending Champs


The Valparaiso University baseball team will jump right into the Horizon League gauntlet by opposing the defending league champions on the first weekend of conference play. The Crusaders hit the road to face a Wright State team that is the preseason favorite to repeat its league title. The Horizon League season begins at Nischwitz Stadium, the same place last year’s season ended with Valpo falling to Wright State 7-2 in the Horizon League championship game.


Valpo Rally Not Enough as USF Walks Off with 14th Straight Win


A late comeback, strong middle relief work and multi-hit games from three players were not enough for the Valparaiso University baseball team on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders rallied from down three to tie the game at five, but Joe Genord belted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give USF a 6-5 victory and extend the Bulls’ winning streak to 14.


Crusaders Allow Five-Run Third, Fall to South Florida


A big third inning for South Florida doomed the Valparaiso University baseball team on Saturday evening at USF Baseball Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls tallied five runs in the third to snap a 1-1 tie, then held on for an eventual 8-1 win over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Can’t Cool Bulls on Friday


The Valparaiso University baseball team ran into a red-hot South Florida squad on Friday evening in Tampa as USF pulled away for an 11-2 victory. The Bulls improved to 13-1 and extended their best start in school history, while the Crusaders slipped to 6-6 on the year. Junior Chad Jacob cracked a two-run homer in the ninth that got Valpo on the board.


Crusaders Visit South Florida, Hope to Stay Hot


The Valparaiso University baseball team will look to continue its best start since 1997 as it faces a tough test this weekend at South Florida. USF is off to its best start in program history, winning 12 of its first 13. The last time the Crusaders held a winning record through 11 games, this year’s freshmen were not even born yet. Valpo has won five of its last six.


Kapers Named to 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch List


Valparaiso University sophomore catcher Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mount Carmel) was named to the official 2017 Johnny Bench Award Watch list on Thursday. Kapers is one of only two Horizon League players on the list, joining Milwaukee junior Daulton Varsho. The award is given annually to the top Division I collegiate catcher.


Crusaders Pummel Quakers for Fifth Win in Six Games


A day after coming out on the winning end of a pitchers’ duel, the Valparaiso University baseball team brought the bats on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Crusaders busted out for their most productive inning of the season by scoring five times in the fifth and never looked back on their way to a 16-3 rout of Pennsylvania.


Stellar Pitching, Three-Run Ninth Lift Crusaders Over Quakers


Michael Mommersteeg may have been making his first collegiate start, but the freshman southpaw looked like a seasoned veteran on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field, the Spring Training home of the New York Mets. The Crusaders posted a three-run ninth inning to snap a scoreless tie and held on to beat Pennsylvania 3-0 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.


Crusaders Can’t Close Series Sweep Sunday


The Valparaiso University baseball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., as the Dolphins held the Crusaders scoreless for the final five innings of a 6-3 Jacksonville victory.


Late Comeback Lifts Crusaders to Third Straight Win


The Valparaiso University baseball team continued its strong start to the season on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., putting together some late-inning drama for the second consecutive contest. Valpo trailed 2-1 as late as the eighth inning, but scored a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to beat the host Dolphins 5-2.


Crusaders Start Weekend with Extra-Inning Win over Jacksonville


The Valparaiso University baseball team started its spring trip in style on Friday evening in Jacksonville, Fla., prevailing 6-3 in a 10-inning contest. The Crusaders have won back-to-back games, including Friday’s win over an Atlantic Sun contender and strong warm-weather foe.


Valpo Visits Jacksonville to Begin Spring Trip


The Valparaiso University baseball team embarks on its annual spring trip as it heads to Jacksonville, Fla. to meet the Dolphins on Friday evening, the first of eight straight games in the Sunshine State. The Crusaders won’t return to campus until after their first Horizon League series of the year concludes on March 19.


Offense Breaks Out as Crusaders Bury Blazers


The Valparaiso University baseball team pounded out 15 hits on Sunday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala., as the Crusaders had seven players enjoy multi-hit days in a 9-5 victory over UAB. The win allowed Valpo to salvage one game in the three-game weekend series and achieve a Sunday triumph for the second consecutive week.


Crusader Bats Quiet in Saturday Loss to UAB


Valparaiso University baseball player Nate Palace continued his hot start to his senior campaign by launching a home run, but the remainder of the Crusader battles were quiet in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to UAB at Regions Field in Birmingham, Ala. Easton Rhodehouse (Gilbert, Ariz. / Highland) continued his strong start to the season with 2 2/3 scoreless frames of relief.


Crusaders Lose Opener at UAB


The Valparaiso University baseball team entered Friday in a select group of NCAA teams that had not committed an error yet this season, but two miscues in the sixth inning led to two unearned insurance tallies in an eventual 5-1 loss to UAB. The Crusaders (1-3) grabbed an early lead, but their bats were stymied for the rest of the day by UAB (4-1) starter Garrett Whitlock, who went the distance.


Baseball Back in Action Against UAB


The Valparaiso University baseball team will hit the road again this weekend, traveling to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to take on a Blazer team that has won three of its first four games. This marks the second straight series against a team from Conference USA. The series will be played at Regions Field, also the home of the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.


Baseball Picks Up First Win of Season


Sophomore Grant Inman hurled five solid innings, senior Nate Palace launched his first home run of 2017 and freshman Jon Tieman nailed down his first career save as the Valparaiso University baseball team defeated Western Kentucky 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky. The win marked the first of the season for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Suffer Second Straight One-Run Defeat


The late innings haunted the Valparaiso University baseball team for the second consecutive day on Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. Western Kentucky followed Friday’s walk-off win with another one-run victory, nipping Valpo 4-3 after snapping a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth. Junior college transfer Wes Gordon turned in a quality start in his Crusader debut, but received no decision.


Western Kentucky Uses Walk-Off Home Run to Beat Valpo on Opening Day


The Valparaiso University baseball team came within one out of opening the season with a victory on Friday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky., but Western Kentucky’s Kaleb Duckworth belted a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Hilltoppers a 6-5 victory over the Crusaders.


Crusaders Ready for First Pitch of Baseball Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team will begin its annual stretch of road games to start the season as the Crusaders crank up the 2017 campaign on Friday in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders take the diamond against the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky for a three-game weekend series.


Opportunity Knocks as Crusaders Turn the Page to 2017


Some of the household names of recent years have departed from the Valparaiso University baseball team, but head coach Brian Schmack and his staff enter 2017 optimistic about their chances of putting together another quality season.


Valpo Picked Fourth in Baseball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League by a vote of the league’s head coaches.


Valpo Releases 2017 Baseball Schedule


The Valparaiso University baseball program has released its schedule for the 2017 season. The Crusaders will begin the new campaign on Feb. 17 at Western Kentucky for the first of a three-game series, the first meeting between the two teams since 2002. The series will take place at newly-renovated Nick Denes Field in Bowling Green, Ky.


Valpo Announces Three Additions for 2018 Baseball Season


The Valparaiso University baseball team has inked three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2018 season. Head coach Brian Schmack and his staff will welcome junior college transfer Blake Billinger (Los Gato, Calif. / Mountain West [Mission College]) and true freshmen Zach Orn (Royville, Ind. / Eastside) and Andy Samuelson (LaPorte, Ind. / LaPorte) to the program next year.


Valpo Baseball Team Makes World Series Predictions


With the World Series set to begin on Tuesday night in Cleveland, it’s time for the Valparaiso University baseball team to weigh in. Members of the 2017 Crusaders offer their prognostication of what will unfold this week between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.


Lodden Named HL Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Season


Valpo senior outfielder Nolan Lodden received co-Horizon League Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Season accolades, as announced by the league office Thursday. Lodden, a First Team Academic All-American, carried a 3.949 grade-point average in the classroom. On the diamond, he led the Crusaders in batting average (.356), hits (83), runs scored (57), doubles (18), and walks (36).


13 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors


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.


Dalton Lundeen Selected by Detroit Tigers in MLB Draft


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.


Nolan Lodden Named First Team Academic All-American


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's Title Run Concludes Saturday in Dayton


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.


Frantic Comeback Propels Crusaders to Championship Saturday


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.


Foreman Pitches Valpo Past UIC in Elimination Game


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.


Milwaukee Assembles 7th-Inning Rally to Overtake Crusaders


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.


Freshmen Spark Crusaders to 10-7 Win over NKU


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.


Baseball Opens Horizon League Championship Wednesday


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.


Crusaders Clean Up as HL Baseball Awards Announced


Nine Crusaders earned accolades as the Horizon League unveiled its postseason baseball awards Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Dalton Lundeen, Shea Molitor, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney were all First Team recipients. Trevor Haas, Nate Palace, and Josh Clark were elected to the Second Team, while Chase Dawson and Sam Shaikin were named to the All-Freshman Team.


Lundeen Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


Senior Dalton Lundeen was rewarded for his four-hit shutout of Youngstown State this past Thursday with Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lundeen lowered his earned-run average to 3.12 while collecting his 21st career win. Lundeen and the Crusaders open the Horizon League Baseball Championship Wednesday versus Northern Kentucky.


Seniority Rules in Crusaders' 7-5 Victory in Regular-Season Finale


On a day when their twelve graduating seniors were honored, the Crusaders received five runs batted in, five runs scored, and a save from their departing class. Valpo rallied in the middle innings to overtake Youngstown State, 7-5, at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders leapfrogged UIC in the process, seizing the No. 3 seed in next week's Horizon League Championship.


Haas Remains Undefeated in HL Play; Baseball Wins 6-1


With the help of four double-play balls, senior Trevor Haas improved to 5-0 in Horizon League play Friday as he kept Youngstown State to one run on five hits over six innings in a 6-1 victory. Josh Clark crossed the plate twice as part of a three-hit afternoon. Valpo will recognize its twelve graduating seniors Saturday afternoon prior to the 1:00 pm first pitch.


Lundeen's Four-Hitter Leads Crusaders to 4-0 Win Thursday


Left-handed pitcher Dalton Lundeen took to the pitcher's mound at Emory G. Bauer Field for the final time Thursday and reinforced his legacy with a four-hit shutout of visiting Youngstown State. The senior expended 107 pitches for his 21st career victory including his seventh over the Penguins. Offensively, Shea Molitor reached the 50-RBI plateau while James Stea and Chase Dawson enjoyed multi-hit contests.


Saturday's Senior Day Highlights Pivotal Home Weekend


The regular season wraps up this weekend as Youngstown State visits Emory G. Bauer Field for a three-game series. Valpo can still finish anywhere from second to fifth place in the Horizon League standings. Head coach Brian Schmack will honor all twelve seniors during Saturday’s Senior Day.


Hanson, Foreman Sweep HL Weekly Baseball Awards


An eight-RBI game and eight shutout innings fetched Jake Hanson and Ellis Foreman the Horizon League's weekly baseball awards. Hanson was named Batter of the Week thanks in large part to a career day Sunday. In the second game of a twinbill against Oakland, the catcher hit two doubles and a homer while piling up eight RBIs. Foreman earned the win in that second game after firing eight shutout frames.


Show-Stopping Performances Lead Valpo to Sweep of Oakland


Trevor Haas, Jake Hanson, and Ellis Foreman were all magnificent Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of Oakland at Emory G. Bauer Field. Haas improved to 4-1 on the season as he went the distance in the opener to nail down Valpo's 3-2 win. Hanson accumulated eight RBIs in the second game to power the Crusader offense while Foreman notched eight shutout innings in a 17-2 rout.


Crusaders, Penguins Divide Friday Doubleheader


Valpo whacked 32 hits in a Friday doubleheader with Youngstown State, but managed just a split with the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. Dalton Lundeen became Valpo's all-time leader in innings pitched as the senior went seven strong in a 15-7 win in the opener. He also moved into sole possession of third place for most career strikeouts (270) while earning career win No. 20.


Baseball Gets First Look at Penguins Friday, Greets Golden Grizzlies Sunday


Eight days before the curtain descends on the regular season, Valpo and Youngstown State will meet for the first time in 2016 in a Friday doubleheader. Two days later, the Crusaders will return to Emory G. Bauer Field for a Sunday twinbill versus the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.


Delaney Goes Deep Twice in 13-10 Win over Purdue


Dan Delaney delivered a pair of three-run homers in a 13-10 victory over visiting Purdue on Wednesday. The senior struck in the third and sixth innings to help the Crusaders snap a seven-game slide. Delaney reached the 40-RBI plateau in Valpo's final midweek tilt of the season.


Brown and Gold Drop Sunday Doubleheader to NKU


Josh Clark and Dan Delaney cracked homers Sunday, but Northern Kentucky erased deficits in both games of a doubleheader with the Crusaders. Seven Valpo errors resulted in 12 unearned runs crossing the plate for the Norse. The Crusaders return to the diamond Wednesday afternoon when Purdue visits Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball Drops a Pair at WSU Friday


Wright State ascertained its lead in the Horizon League standings Friday with a doubleheader sweep of the Valpo baseball team. Nolan Lodden reached base in all four of his plate appearances in the opener while Nate Palace did so in all five of his trips to the plate in the second game.


Lodden Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team


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.


Baseball Treks to Wright State, Hosts NKU 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.


Crusaders Fall Victim to 9th-Inning Rally at NIU


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.


Offense Goes Cold in DH Sweep to UIC


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.


Saturday's Baseball Game Postponed; Doubleheader Set for Sunday


Rain has caused the postponement of Saturday's baseball game between Valpo and UIC. The two teams will now play two games on Sunday beginning at 12 pm CT.


Crusaders Walk Off Flames in Friday's Series Opener


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.


Crusaders and Flames Collide this Weekend


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.


Baseball Rides Huge 4th Inning to 5th Straight Victory


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.


Crusaders Slug Their Way to 17-6 Win Monday


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.


Late Rallies Lift Crusaders to Sweep of Panthers


Valpo scored nine runs from the sixth inning on Saturday as it rattled off a pair of come-from-behind wins in a doubleheader sweep of Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field. Trevor Haas fired a 128-pitch complete game in the opener before Jake Hanson's two-run single capped off a 7-6 win in the second tilt. Freshman shortstop Sam Shaikin was 5-for-7 in the twinbill.


Lundeen Climbs Strikeout List; Valpo, UIC Split Doubleheader


Senior Dalton Lundeen leapfrogged two former Crusader hurlers Friday to move into fourth place in career strikeouts as he fanned eight UIC batters in the opening game of Valpo's doubleheader against the Flames. The Brown and Gold dropped the first tilt 5-3, but rallied to earn the split by virtue of a 5-2 victory in the second contest. Mario Losi did not allow an earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work to notch his third win.


Baseball Approaches Pivotal Weekend with UIC, Milwaukee


The Crusaders enter a kooky corridor of their Horizon League schedule as four games await them in a 27-hour span. The owners of 7-4 league records, UIC and Valpo will square off Friday in a doubleheader at Curtis Granderson Stadium. The Crusaders will then have to turn around and host Milwaukee, a team one-half game behind them in the standings, in another twinbill Saturday in Valparaiso.


Crusaders Persevere in Slugfest with Chicago State


For the third time in its last four games, Valpo rode double-digit runs to a victory. The Crusaders accrued 15 hits in a 10-6 win over Chicago State on Wednesday at Cougar Stadium. Nolan Lodden finished a home run shy of the cycle as his 3-for-6 afternoon yielded five RBIs. Lodden is now batting .370 on the season.


Molitor Selected as HL Batter of the Week


Eleven hits and eleven runs batted in last week fetched senior infielder Shea Molitor Horizon League Batter of the Week honors. Molitor boosted his batting average from .330 to .362 following his five-game offensive onslaught. Four of his eleven hits went for extra bases: three doubles and a grand slam. Molitor now leads the Crusaders in the RBI department with 30.


Haas Tabbed as HL Pitcher of the Week Nominee


Senior Trevor Haas was chosen as a nominee for Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his first career shutout on Saturday at Oakland. The righty required just 92 tosses and needed no help closing out an 11-0 victory over the Golden Grizzlies. Haas scattered five hits (all singles) and struck out four batters without issuing a walk. Oakland did not have a base runner advance past first base until the ninth inning.


Crusaders Drop 5-3 Finale to Golden Grizzlies


Four Crusader errors generated three unearned runs in a 5-3 loss to the Golden Grizzlies Sunday at Oakland Baseball Field. Shea Molitor drove in all three Valpo runs, but a three-run home run by Oakland's Mike Brosseau proved to be the game winner.


Haas Dominates in 11-0 Shutout of Oakland


A sensational breakout season for Trevor Haas found its defining chapter Saturday at Oakland Baseball Field. The senior was flat-out dominant in a five-hit shutout of the Golden Grizzlies. Haas needed only 92 pitches to earn his second win of the season, lower his earned-run average to 2.40, and more importantly, secure the series win for the Crusaders. Offensively, Nolan Lodden and Nate Palace went yard in the 11-0 victory.


Lundeen Surpasses 300 IP; Crusaders Seize Opener, 10-4


Shea Molitor's ninth-inning grand slam ensured fellow senior Dalton Lundeen would get the win on a day where the left-hander joined elite company. Lundeen became one of just four pitchers in program history to log 300 innings after tossing 6 2/3 IP in Valpo's 10-4 win over Oakland on Friday. Lundeen also took over sole possession of fourth place for most career wins (19).


Crusaders Meet Upstart Golden Grizzlies this Weekend


The Crusaders trek to Michigan for the second and final time in 2016 this weekend when Oakland greets Valpo in a three-game series at Oakland Baseball Field. The two teams are currently in a logjam for third place in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Drops Pitchers' Duel to Irish


The Valpo baseball team dropped a 3-1 affair to the Fighting Irish Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana. Josh Clark, Shea Molitor, Scott Kapers, and Nolan Lodden were responsible for the four Crusader hits. Kapers threw out another two base runners to raise his total this week to five.


Crooked Numbers Propel Crusaders to 8-4 Win at WMU


The Valpo baseball team finished one knock shy of its fourth consecutive 14-hit performance Tuesday afternoon in an 8-4 victory at Western Michigan. Shea Molitor accumulated four hits as he was one of six Crusaders to record a run batted in. Freshman Scott Kapers gunned down three potential base stealers behind the plate.


Saturday Baseball Game at EMU Cancelled


Valpo's baseball game Saturday at Eastern Michigan has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders will return to the diamond Tuesday at Western Michigan at 3 pm ET/2 pm CT, weather permitting.


Weather Claims Another Valpo Baseball Game


For the fourth time in nine days, the Valpo baseball schedule has been adversely affected by weather. Friday's contest between the Crusaders and Eastern Michigan has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at Emory G. Bauer Field. The two clubs hope to meet Saturday in Ypsilanti, as previously scheduled.


Wednesday Game at Notre Dame Pushed Back a Week


A weather forecast calling for rain throughout the day in the South Bend area has prompted the postponement of Wednesday's baseball game between Notre Dame and Valpo. The two teams will instead meet next Wednesday: same time, same place.


Crusaders Club Their Way to 8-6 Win over Redbirds


The Valpo baseball team lumped five extra-base hits with a 7-for-18 mark with runners in scoring position to overtake the visiting Illinois State Redbirds 8-6 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon. Nolan Lodden lacked just a home run for the cycle while Giovanni Garbella drove in three teammates. Six Crusader pitches combined to pile up 16 strikeouts.


Baseball to Host Illinois State, Trek to Notre Dame in Midweek Play


It'll be a family affair for Shea and Blake Molitor when they square off against one another Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Teammates two seasons ago at Des Moines Area CC, the twin brothers will be in opposite dugouts in a midweek tilt between Valpo and Illinois State. One day later, the Crusaders will head to Notre Dame to continue their long-running series with the Irish in a 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT first pitch.


Crusaders, Panthers Split Sunday Doubleheader


With a 5-0 lead entering the fifth inning, Valpo was closing in on a sweep of Milwaukee at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin on Sunday. However, the Panthers rallied to seize a 6-5 win in the nightcap. Lundeen limited the Panthers to just one earned run over eight innings to notch his third win of the season in the first game. The Crusaders won the opener, 7-3.


Snow Day: Winter Weather Prompts Saturday Cancellation


Mother Nature threw another wrench in Valpo and Milwaukee's weekend plans on Saturday. Two inches of snow coupled with heavy winds forced the cancellation of Saturday's game at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders and Panthers are now scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday at Kapco Park in nearby Mequon. First pitch is slated for 12 pm CT.


Friday's Baseball Game at Milwaukee Called Off


Valpo's series opener at Milwaukee has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions at Henry Aaron Field. The Crusaders and Panthers will now play a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 11 am CT.


Crusaders, Panthers Meet in Milwaukee this Weekend


The Crusaders begin their first of eight straight Horizon League games away from Emory G. Bauer Field Friday in Milwaukee when the Panthers host Valpo in a three-game series. Senior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen needs 3 2/3 innings to move into sole possession of 5th place in Valpo history for career innings pitched (currently at 282.2 IP).


Rain Forces Cancellation of Wednesday Tilt at Purdue


Rain in the West Lafayette, Indiana area spoiled Valpo and Purdue's plans for Wednesday night. The two teams were slated to play a 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm CT affair at Alexander Field, but inclement weather prompted a cancellation.


Ball State Nips Crusaders 3-2 on the Diamond Tuesday


Valpo led visiting Ball State for five innings on Tuesday, but a two-run homer helped the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field. Ellis Foreman spotted the Cards just one earned run in 5 1/3 innings, but an offensive lull in the middle frames hamstrung the Brown and Gold.


Crusaders Face Instate Foes Tuesday, Wednesday


Bragging rights are up for grabs this week as the Valpo baseball team faces a pair of Indiana schools in midweek, non-league play. The Crusaders will host Ball State Tuesday at 3:00 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field before traveling to West Lafayette Wednesday evening to take on the Purdue Boilermakers.


Valpo, Wright State Split Saturday Twinbill


Trailing by a run and down to its final out with the bases empty, the Valpo baseball team pulled off an improbable 3-2 comeback win over Wright State in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Raiders salvaged a split, however, taking the afternoon tilt, 7-3. Junior Nate Palace was 4-for-6 with an RBI in his return to the Crusader lineup.


Crusaders Drop Series Opener to Raiders, 9-6


Senior Nolan Lodden reached base four times in his debut in the leadoff spot of the Valpo batting order, but Wright State scored in each of the last five innings to record a 9-6 series-opening win over the Crusaders Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Josh Clark, Shea Molitor, and James Stea each had multi-hit days at the plate.


Crusaders Host Wright State in Home Opener Friday


After opening the season with 18 road games, Valpo returns to Emory G. Bauer Field to pop the top on the 2016 home slate. The Crusaders welcome Wright State to town for a single game Friday and a Saturday twinbill. Like Valpo, the Raiders recorded a sweep in their opening weekend of Horizon League action.


Lodden Rewarded with HL Batter of the Week Honors


A 6-for-12 weekend at the plate accented by six runs batted in, two doubles, and a pair of stolen bases fetched Valpo outfielder Nolan Lodden Horizon League Batter of the Week honors, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. Lodden boosted his average from .312 to a team-high .356 during the Crusaders' three-game sweep of the Northern Kentucky Norse this past weekend in Highland Heights.


Offensive Onslaught Carries Losi, Crusaders to Sweep of NKU


Mario Losi got all the run support he needed and more Sunday afternoon in a 16-1 victory over Northern Kentucky at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights. Valpo set season watermarks in runs and hits (19) while the junior right-hander limited the Norse to one run over six innings for his second win of the season.


Valpo Assembles Late Rally to Overthrow Norse, 6-4


The Valpo baseball team manufactured five runs on eight hits over the final three innings of Saturday's game at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights to roll to a 6-4 victory over Northern Kentucky. Trevor Haas yielded three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings of work to earn his first win of the season. Dan Delaney went yard again to provide the Crusaders with a key insurance run in the ninth inning.


Crusaders Squeeze Out 5-4 Win in Extras at NKU


A successful suicide squeeze play in the 10th inning lifted the Valpo baseball team to a 5-4 victory Friday at Bill Aker Baseball Complex in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Dan Delaney and Josh Clark hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth to help propel the Crusaders to a win in their Horizon League opener.


Crusaders Open HL Play Friday at Northern Kentucky


Horizon League baseball touches down in Highland Heights, Kentucky for the first time this weekend when Valpo visits NKU in a three-game series. Staff ace Dalton Lundeen shoots for his tenth career win in league play in Friday’s 2:00 pm opener at Bill Aker Baseball Complex.


Baseball to Host Youth Camp on April 10th


The Valpo baseball team will be hosting a spring youth camp on Sunday, April 10th at Emory G. Bauer Field. Led by the Crusader coaching staff and players, the three-hour camp will focus on skill development and competition. Any interested participants between the ages of 7 and 13 are encouraged to email assistant coach Nic Mishler at Nicolais.Mishler@valpo.edu


Baseball Falls to Patriots on Saturday


Valpo was in the process of digging itself out of a six-run hole in the top of the sixth Saturday at Dallas Baptist, but a line drive to third base turned into an inning-ending double play. The Crusaders settled for two runs in the frame, but the Patriots answered with three in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 9-2 win over the Brown and Gold at Horner Field in Dallas, Texas.


Lundeen's Masterpiece Helps Crusaders Break Through at DBU


Senior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen silenced a potent Dallas Baptist offense Friday, scattering four hits over nine dominant innings. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, leading the Crusaders to a 6-1 win at Horner Field. Lundeen fired first-pitch strikes to 75% of the Patriots he faced as the southpaw racked up seven strikeouts.


Valpo Drops Pitchers' Duel to Dallas Baptist Thursday


Junior Jake Hanson broke a scoreless tie in the top of the 7th with an RBI single, but Dallas Baptist answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half to steal a 2-1 win over the Crusader baseball team Thursday evening at Horner Field in Texas. Trevor Haas yielded just two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his rotation debut.


Late Rally Lifts Dallas Baptist Past Crusaders


Valpo hurler Ellis Foreman turned in a quality start against a proficient Dallas Baptist offense Wednesday, but the Patriots touched up the Crusader bullpen for seven runs over the final two frames in a 10-4 win over the visiting Brown and Gold. Freshman Scott Kapers drove in two runs and Josh Clark boosted his season average to .340 after a 3-for-4 night at the plate.


Crusaders Begin Four-Game Set with Dallas Baptist Wednesday


Valpo returns to the Lone Star State for the second time in three years as it readies for a four-game series with Dallas Baptist. The Patriots have made five NCAA appearances including a cameo in the 2011 Super Regionals. Texas native Ellis Foreman will get the start in Wednesday’s opener.


Baseball to Add Fourth Game to Dallas Baptist Series


In light of Tuesday's cancellation of its contest against Grambling State, Valpo will play four games at Dallas Baptist. The two teams agreed to add a Wednesday tilt to the series, now making it a four-game set. Wednesday's affair will begin at 6:30 pm CT.


Lundeen Rewarded with Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award


Dalton Lundeen's series-opening victory over Louisiana Tech landed the senior Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lundeen earned his first victory of 2016 last Friday when he limited the Bulldogs to three runs over seven innings of work. The left-hander punched out six batters, and did not issue a walk for the second consecutive outing.


Unplayable Conditions Force Cancellation of Tuesday Baseball Game


Grambling State's baseball field was not quite ready for play just yet. As a result, Valpo's Tuesday tilt versus the Tigers was cancelled. The two teams attempted to find an alternative venue and time, but a suitable arrangement could not be made. The Crusaders will trek on to Texas where they will close out their spring trip with a three-game set at Dallas Baptist beginning Thursday.


Late Defensive Hiccups Cost Crusaders Series vs. LA Tech


A Crusader defense that had patched together a 25-inning errorless streak committed two critical miscues in the eighth inning of a 7-5 loss to Louisiana Tech on Sunday afternoon. The gaffes allowed the Bulldogs to score five runs in their final at-bat and clinch the series victory. The loss spoiled a strong outing from Mario Losi, who yielded just two runs in seven innings of work.


Louisiana Tech Evens Series with 7-2 Victory over Valpo


Shea Molitor drove in a pair of runs for the Crusaders Saturday, but Louisiana Tech tagged Valpo starter Ryan Fritze for six early runs en route to a 7-2 win over the Brown and Gold at J.C. Love Field in Ruston, Louisiana. Junior Mario Losi will take the mound Sunday as Valpo goes for the series win at 1:00 pm CT.


Lundeen Emerges as Top Dog in Battle of Lefties


Fresh off a 3-2 win Wednesday over #12 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Louisiana Tech returned home with a collective 3.39 earned run average and a .320 batting average. Valpo ace Dalton Lundeen greeted the Bulldogs by spotting them just three runs over seven strong innings while the Crusader offense racked up ten hits in an 8-3 win versus LA Tech in the series opener.


Baseball Continues Tour of Pelican State Friday at LA Tech


After splitting a two-game set with ULM this past week, Valpo hopscotches over to Ruston to take on an accomplished Louisiana Tech squad. The Bulldogs, who are averaging 7.6 runs/game through their first eight contests, return home after defeating #12 Arkansas, 3-2, Wednesday in Fayetteville.


Valpo Weathers Infield Hijinks; Wins 9-6 in Extras


Nolan Lodden's two-run single in the top of the 10th inning provided the Valpo baseball team with its second of the win season as the senior's go-ahead knock masked a seven-spot in the visitor's error column. The Crusaders prevailed for a courageous 9-6 victory in extra innings, salvaging a series split with ULM. The leadoff-through-cleanup spots of the Valpo batting order combined to go 9-for-19 with six runs scored and six runs batted in.


Defense Betrays Crusaders in Loss to ULM


The Crusader baseball team was engaged in a slugfest with University of Louisiana Monroe Tuesday night at Warhawk Field before ULM scored eight unearned runs to seal an 18-9 victory. Dan Delaney, Josh Clark, Scott Kapers, Chase Dawson, and Luke Syens all had multi-hit games for Valpo.


Palace Goes Deep Twice, but Early Lead Evaporates in 9-8 Loss


Junior Nate Palace cranked a pair of home runs and Shea Molitor corked a three-run triple Sunday, but New Orleans rallied for a 9-8 victory over the Crusaders at Maestri Field. For Palace, it was his second career multi-HR day at the plate.


Valpo Drops 5-3 Decision to New Orleans


Senior Josh Clark (Granada Hills, Calif./Hillcrest Christian [Riverside City]) tomahawked two hits, scored a run, and drove another in on Saturday, but a three-run bottom of the third proved pivotal in a 5-3 loss to New Orleans.


Crusaders Blanked in Series Opener versus Privateers


University of New Orleans starting pitcher Shawn Semple limited the Valpo offense to just two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work in Friday's series opener at Maestri Field in Louisiana. Freshman Sam Shaikin reached base twice and Jeff Edwards was 1-for-3 at the plate, but the Privateers emerged with a 9-0 win over the Crusaders.


Baseball Makes Maiden Voyage to New Orleans this Weekend


Valpo kicks off a 39-hour, 2,477-mile road trip Friday in the French Quarter with a three-game series versus University of New Orleans. After their meeting with the Privateers, the Crusaders will stay in Louisiana to visit UL-Monroe for a pair before taking on Louisiana Tech for three.


Offense Pours it on Thick in 14-4 Victory over Gamecocks


Seven Crusaders enjoyed multi-hit games as Valpo defeated Jacksonville State 14-4 at Rudy Abbott Field on Sunday. Junior Mario Losi earned the win as the right-hander did not walk a batter in six innings of four-run ball. Shea Molitor's bases-clearing double in the first inning got things rolling. The Crusaders scored 18 third-inning runs in the series.


Gamecocks Storm Back for 11-10 Win


The Valpo baseball team hung a seven spot in the top of the third inning at Rudy Abbott Field Saturday, but Jacksonville State manufactured nine runs thereafter to record an 11-10 walk-off win. Nate Palace launched his first home run of the season while leadoff man James Stea went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.


Valpo Falls in Season Opener at Jacksonville State


The Valpo baseball team broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, but the Gamecocks roared back with four of their own and went on to win 9-3 at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama. James Stea and Jeff Edwards recorded multi-hit games while Dan Delaney drove in two runs.


Crusaders Ready to Rock 'n Roll in 2016


In his third season as head coach, Brian Schmack returns an entire weekend rotation and a core chunk of the club's 2015 lineup. Behind Dalton Lundeen, Nate Palace, Nolan Lodden, and Dan Delaney, the Crusaders expect to be in the thick of things in Horizon League play in 2016.


Baseball Boasts Four on Preseason All-League Team; Picked 3rd in Poll


Nolan Lodden, Dalton Lundeen, Nate Palace, and Bryce Yoder were all recognized Wednesday when the Horizon League released its 2016 Preseason Baseball All-League Team and Coaches Poll. No team received more All-League nods than Valpo. The Crusaders were selected third in the survey of head coaches, two points behind UIC and one ahead of Milwaukee.


Baseball Lands Five on CSM Preseason All-HL Teams


Nate Palace and Nolan Lodden were tabbed as College Sports Madness Preseason All-First Team selections while seniors Dalton Lundeen, Ryan Fritze, and Daniel Delaney were named Second Teamers in the 2016 survey. The five selections equaled the most of any Horizon League club with the exception of Wright State.


Schmack Unveils Details for 6th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced Wednesday that longtime Major League Baseball manager and Valpo alum Lloyd McClendon will serve as guest speaker at the 6th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 23rd inside the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom. Children 13 and under can get in for $35 while adult tickets cost $40. For more information, email Brian.Schmack@valpo.edu.


Baseball Announces Ten-Member Recruiting Class


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack unveiled one of the largest recruiting classes in program history Thursday. Schmack welcomes ten student-athletes from six different states. The class, which consists of four pitchers, two infielders, two outfielders, a catcher, and a utility player, will arrive to Valpo for the 2016-17 season.


Baseball Releases 2016 Schedule


The 100th anniversary of Valpo's inaugural baseball season will get underway on Feb. 19th against Jacksonville State while the home opener is scheduled for Mar. 24th versus Wright State. Non-league contests versus Dallas Baptist, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Illinois State highlight an ambitious 2016 slate.


Baseball Announces Winter Camp Dates


Assistant baseball coach Nic Mishler announced the details and dates for the "Sader Skill & Strength Sharpening Academy" set to begin Monday, Nov. 18th at the team's indoor hitting facility. The camp, which will run every Monday and Wednesday until Dec. 21st, will focus on fundamentals, arm strength, bat speed, and foot speed. Email Nicolas.Mishler@valpo.edu to register today!


Talkin' Schmack: We Tour the U


Ping pong tables, bro tanks, and Trevor Haas tickling the ivories are all showcased in this week's edition of Talkin' Schmack as Haas and fellow pitcher Dalton Lundeen take viewers around the Harre Union.


Talkin' Schmack: Around the World with Luke Gore


Our star of the show sits down with assistant baseball coach Luke Gore to talk life, basketball, and Valparaiso University in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack.


Talkin' Schmack: Clubhouse


A recent alum checks in with head coach Brian Schmack in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack. Viewers also get a behind-the-scenes look at the team's clubhouse, locker room, and indoor hitting facility. Click the video to hear from the skipper and see the guided tour.


Hit the Links with Crusader Baseball on October 10th!


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack has announced Saturday, October 10th as the date for the 2015 Baseball Golf Scramble held at The Course at Aberdeen. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more will be awarded at the event.


Talkin' Schmack: Mind Reader


Orville Redenbacher, bunt defense, and the mind-reading of a high-ranking Valpo Athletics official are all discussed in this week's episode of Talkin' Schmack. Click the video to get a full recap!


Talkin' Schmack: Tire World


This week's installment of Talkin' Schmack takes fans through a day in the life of senior outfielder Josh Clark. Schmack also reminisces on the summer he spent working at a tire factory in the Question of the Week segment.


Valpo Baseball to Conduct Walk-on Tryouts


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced Monday that the team is holding walk-on tryouts for the 2016 team on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd. Prospective players are required to complete a pre-participation physical exam form, have had a physical exam in the past year and ability to provide either sickle cell results or a signed waiver. For more information, contact assistant coach Ben Wolgamot at 219-464-5239.


15 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors


15 Valparaiso student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. Men’s outdoor track and field had five athletes honored, while baseball, men’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field each had three selections to go with one from men’s tennis.


Hasler Selected by White Sox in 34th Round of MLB Draft


The Chicago White Sox selected junior right-handed pitcher Drew Hasler in the 34th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. The selection represents the sixth draft pick in the last six years for Valpo and the 21st in school history.


Lundeen Named to Horizon League All-Tournament Team


Junior starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team on Saturday. The left-hander tossed a 141-pitch shutout of Youngstown State in Valpo's 8-0 victory in the opening game of the Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday. Lundeen finished 2015 with a 3.75 earned run average and five wins for the third consecutive season.


Baseball Concludes Season with Loss to Milwaukee


Valpo and Milwaukee entered the fifth inning tied 2-2, but the Panther offense erupted for a dozen runs in three frames as part of a 14-2 win over the Brown and Gold. Seniors Spencer Mahoney and Mark Johnson both went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Mahoney set the school record for career walks in the second inning with a five-pitch free pass.


Crusaders Drop Morning Tilt to Flames


The Valparaiso Crusaders plated four runs in the latter innings of Thursday morning's contest against UIC, but it wasn't enough as the Flames hung on for an 8-5 win over the Brown and Gold at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana. Valpo will face Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. CT in a win-or-go-home contest.


Lundeen Delivers Shutout to Advance Crusaders


On the back of their ace Dalton Lundeen, the Crusaders recorded an 8-0 win over Youngstown State in the opening game of the Horizon League Championship Wednesday afternoon at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana. The junior scattered seven hits, struck out seven, and walked two en route to his second shutout in his last four starts.


Horizon League Baseball Championship Opens Wednesday


The Horizon League descends upon Northwest Indiana this week as an NCAA Tournament berth is up for grabs at Oil City Stadium. Fourth-seeded Valpo will host the fifth-seeded Youngstown State Penguins in the opening game at 12 p.m. CT. The Crusaders will send Dalton Lundeen to the hill as he shoots for his fifth win of 2015.


Crusaders Land Five on HL Postseason Award List


The Horizon League announced its postseason baseball awards Tuesday. Nate Palace, Spencer Mahoney, Nolan Lodden, Giovanni Garbella, and Chad Jacob were the five Crusaders that earned All-League distinction. For Mahoney, this marks the second time he has received Horizon League postseason accolades.


Valpo Falls in Regular Season Finale


Valpo dropped a 6-2 contest to Wright State in the regular season finale at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton on Saturday. Spencer Mahoney moved to within two walks of the school record for bases on balls in a career while fellow senior Mark Johnson enjoyed a 2-for-3 day at the dish.


Sacrifice Flies Sting Crusaders on Friday


Wright State used a trio of sacrifice flies en route to a 4-1 victory over Valpo at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio on Friday night. Josh Clark and Daniel Delaney led the offensive attack for the Crusaders with two hits apiece.


Crusaders Suffer Setback in Series Opener at Wright State


Dalton Lundeen allowed just two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings Thursday, but Valpo made one too many miscues in its series opener against Wright State on at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. Chad Jacob went 2-for-4 while senior Kyle Schneider provided an RBI double in the Crusader half of the fourth.


Crusaders, Raiders to Tangle with Tourney Seeds on the Line


With the Horizon League regular season wrapping up this weekend, four of the six seeds have yet to be determined for next week’s postseason tournament. A Valpo sweep of Wright State would earn the Crusaders the No. 2 spot - and a highly-coveted first-round bye. At 13-13 in League play, Milwaukee is still in the Brown and Gold’s rear-view mirror for third place.


9th Inning Rally Stalls in 6-4 Loss to Purdue


After trailing 6-0 following the top of the 3rd, Valpo managed to put the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th. However, Purdue reliever Matt Frawley recorded the final two outs of the game via strikeout to preserve a 6-4 Boilermaker victory. Spencer Mahoney led the Crusader offense with three hits.


Fritze Awarded Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


Junior Ryan Fritze was rewarded for his seven shutout innings against Youngstown State on Sunday with a Horizon League Pitcher of the Week award on Monday. Fritze did not allow a hit until the fifth inning as he scattered three hits and punched out a season-high nine batters.


Fritze Leads Valpo to 5-0 Series-Clinching Victory


In their final weekend game of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field, the Valparaiso Crusaders received Ryan Fritze's most dominant start since joining the Brown and Gold. The right-hander scattered three hits over seven shutout innings as Valpo took the rubber game, 5-0, over visiting Youngstown State.


Crusaders Recover to Earn DH Split on Senior Day


Senior Kyle Schneider went 4-for-6 in Saturday's doubleheader versus Youngstown State, including two runs batted in in the nightcap to propel Valpo to a 4-3 win. The Penguins collected a 5-2 win in the opener behind seven shutout innings from lefty Joe King.


Rain Postpones Friday's Game; Valpo, YSU to Play Two Saturday


Afternoon storms forced the postponement of Friday's single game versus Youngstown State. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT. Head coach Brian Schmack will honor Valpo's six seniors prior to first pitch of Game 1.


Baseball Hosts Final Home Weekend Series Beginning Friday


Saturday's Senior Day highlights this weekend’s series at Emory G. Bauer Field as the curtain begins to descend on the 2015 home slate. Seeding for the Horizon League Championship is still very much up in the air with six conference games to play. Valpo has historically fared well against YSU (28-3 in last 31 contests), but the Penguins have been playing .500 baseball since April 2nd.


Crusaders Beat Darkness, Western Michigan on Tuesday


With the clock reading 7:31 pm local time and the sun setting on a rustic Emory G. Bauer Field, Jeff Edwards cracked an opposite-field, 13th-inning single to score Giovanni Garbella and break a 7-7 tie. Spencer Mahoney tallied four hits as he was one of four Crusaders to record three or more hits.


Lundeen Tabbed Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


The southpaw was named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Monday following his three-hit shutout of Milwaukee this past weekend. Lundeen, the 2014 Co-Pitcher of the Year, struck out five Panthers while walking just one in a 117-pitch gem on Friday afternoon. This represents his third career Pitcher of the Week honor.


Milwaukee Claims Series Finale with 8-6 Win


Freshman Giovanni Garbella laced his first career round-tripper in the home half of the seventh to draw Valpo within one run, but Panther catcher Daulton Varsho's ninth-inning two-run homer provided the insurance necessary for Milwaukee as the visitors notched an 8-6 win over the Crusaders in Sunday's series finale at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Panthers Rebound for 8-5 Win over Crusaders


Spencer Mahoney enjoyed another three-hit afternoon, but Milwaukee plated four runs in the final two innings en route to an 8-5 win over Valpo at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday. The series will be decided Sunday afternoon in a 12:00 pm first pitch.


Mahoney Records 200th Hit; Lundeen Tosses Shutout in Opener


Spencer Mahoney's solo shot on the first pitch of the day from UWM starter Brian Keller was all Dalton Lundeen needed as the junior spun a three-hit shutout in Valpo's 6-0 series-opening win over Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday. Mahoney registered his 200th career hit in the fourth with an infield single. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.


Crusaders Open Eight-Game Homestand with Milwaukee


Milwaukee brings one of the league’s best pitching staffs into Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend for a key Horizon League series. Two games separate the Crusaders and Panthers for third place in the Horizon League standings. Furthermore, two games separate Valpo from second-place Wright State within a crowded leaderboard.


Huskies' Two-Out Hits Doom Crusaders in DeKalb


A barrage of two-out hits catapulted Northern Illinois to a 5-3 win over Valpo on Wednesday afternoon at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb. Crusader starter Drew Hasler was coasting through the sixth inning until four straight singles resulted in a 2-0 deficit ballooning to 5-0. Dustin Beasley (2-for-4) recorded the Brown and Gold's lone extra-base hit, a double in the visitor's half of the second inning.


Mahoney's Walk-Off Hit Caps Extra-Inning Victory


Spencer Mahoney's 198th career hit lifted Valpo to a 2-1 win in 11 innings over Chicago State on Tuesday afternoon. The RBI single came with two outs to crack a tied game that had been 1-1 since the visitor's half of the seventh.


Crusaders Seize Series Behind Fritze's Seven Strong


The Crusaders kept the hit parade going Sunday as they parlayed 13 hits into six runs in a 6-2 win in the series finale at Oakland. Spencer Mahoney and Jeff Edwards slugged three hits each while Ryan Fritze limited the Golden Grizzly offense to two runs over seven innings. Valpo improved to 12-8 in Horizon League play after the series win.


Losi Restores Order in 14-1 Win over Golden Grizzlies


Seven Crusaders enjoyed multi-hit games at the plate while Mario Losi delivered seven innings of one-run ball in a 14-1 walloping of Oakland on Saturday. Freshman Giovanni Garbella drove in a game-high three runs in just his third collegiate start. The Crusaders and Golden Grizzlies will meet in the rubber game Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT.


Late Rally Comes Up Short at Oakland


The Crusaders scored all six of their runs between the 6th and 8th innings of Friday's opener against Oakland, but 15 hits fueled the Golden Grizzlies in an 8-6 win over Valpo. Nolan Lodden enjoyed his 14th multi-hit game of the season with a 3-for-5 afternoon at the plate.


Baseball Set to Tangle with Oakland this Weekend


With first place still within reach, the Crusaders head to Michigan to improve upon their 10-7 record in Horizon League play. Dalton Lundeen (3-4, 4.76) will take the ball in Friday's 2:00 pm CT opener in search of his first win away from home. The junior struck out 10 Golden Grizzlies while allowing just one earned run in a complete game effort two weeks ago at Emory G. Bauer Field. Live video is available for all three games.


Crusaders, Flames Split on the Diamond


The Crusaders were 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position on the day, but a two-run double from Daniel Delaney and a two-run single by Shea Molitor helped the Brown and Gold to a 5-4 win in the opening game of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo stranded 14 runners on base in a 4-1 loss in the nightcap.


Big Innings Sink Crusaders in Opener


A pair of five-run frames was more than enough for the Flames as UIC cruised to a 12-3 win over Valpo on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a chance of rain on Sunday, the teams will complete the series Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at 11:00 am CT.


Crusaders Welcome First-Place Flames to Town this Weekend


The second half of the Horizon League schedule launches this weekend and Emory G. Bauer will play host to a dandy. First-place UIC will make the short trip over from Chicago to take on Valpo, who enters the three-game series 1.5 games behind the Flames. The Crusaders boast a 7-1 home record.


Crusader Bats Stall Against Broncos


Western Michigan limited Valpo to just five hits in a 6-1 defeat of the Crusaders at Robert J. Bobb Stadium in Kalamazoo on Tuesday afternoon. Nolan Lodden collected his 29th RBI of the season while Drew Hasler threw six innings of two-run ball in the loss.


Triple Play Turned, All-Time Record Broken in Wild Series Finale Win


Crusaders turn a triple play in the seventh inning, Mahoney becomes the all-time assists leader, and Nate Palace rocketed his seventh home run of the season - all in a 3-hour, 45-minute 15-7 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to complete the three-game sweep.


Valpo Baseball Announces Summer Prospect Camp Date


The Valparaiso baseball program announced plans for its 2015 Prospect Camp on Monday. The single-day camp will be held on June 9th from 9:00am CT until 4:30pm CT at Emory G. Bauer Field. The camp is open to any and all entrants (limited only by number, age, and/or grade level).


Valpo Hangs on for Frantic 8-7 Win over Oakland


Oakland put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the 9th, but Bryce Yoder nailed down his fourth save of the season to safeguard an 8-7 win for the Brown and Gold on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Spencer Mahoney sent a two-run shot over the right-field wall for his first home run of the season. Daniel Delaney went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.


Crusaders Cruise to 9-3 Win Behind Lundeen's CG


Dalton Lundeen threw a career-high 136 pitches to earn his first complete game victory of 2015 as he dispelled Oakland 9-3 on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Nate Palace and Daniel Delaney had two runs batted in apiece as the former went yard for his sixth home run of the season.


Crusaders Greet Golden Grizzlies for Three-Game Set


After playing their last five away from Emory G. Bauer Field, the Crusaders return home to host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies in a three-game series this weekend. Friday's series opener begins an enticing stretch of the schedule that has the Crusaders playing 15 of their next 20 contests at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo is 3-0 in HL series openers thus far.


Valpo Falls in Midweek Contest to Notre Dame


Spencer Mahoney tallied his ninth double of the season while Nolan Lodden raised his season average to .365 after a 2-for-4 day, but the Crusaders were unable to cross the plate in a 6-0 loss to the Fighting Irish Wednesday night at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.


Valpo, Notre Dame to Continue Series Wednesday


Wednesday evening's game between the Crusaders and Fighting Irish will represent the 93rd meeting between the instate rivals. Both clubs will trot out lefties to the mound as Notre Dame (20-10)'s Scott Tully will make his first start - 12th appearance - of the season. Meanwhile, freshman Connor Kaucic receives his third starting assignment for Valpo.


Tuesday's Baseball Game vs. Toledo Cancelled


Tuesday's baseball game between Valparaiso and Toledo has been cancelled due to a dicey weather forecast. The Crusaders will return to the diamond tomorrow evening at Frank Eck Stadium on the campus of Notre Dame. First pitch between the Fighting Irish and the Brown and Gold is slated for 6:05 pm ET/5:05 pm CT.


Crusaders Drop Series Finale to Panthers


Valparaiso fought back from a two-run hole to claim a 3-2 sixth-inning lead, but Milwaukee scored five runs off the Crusader bullpen to win the series finale, 7-3, at Henry Aaron Field on Saturday afternoon. Spencer Mahoney and Daniel Delaney cracked two hits apiece, but Valpo left 12 runners on base in the loss.


Milwaukee Slugs Its Way to 7-6 Win over Valpo


After Shea Molitor's two-out RBI single tied the game in the top of the ninth, Mike Porcaro delivered a single to center to give the Panthers a 7-6 walkoff win at Henry Aaron Field on Friday. Dalton Lundeen struck out ten without walking a batter over seven innings but did not factor into the decision. Nolan Lodden jacked his second home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth.


Crusaders Persevere in Extra-Inning Thriller at Milwaukee


Valpo rallied back from three separate deficits to claim an 11-10 win in 12 innings over Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field on Thursday. Bryce Yoder pitched a career-most 4 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win while Spencer Mahoney and Josh Clark each had three-hit games at the plate.


Crusaders, Panthers Collide in Milwaukee Beginning Thursday


Valparaiso heads to Milwaukee on Thursday for its first Horizon League series away from the pastoral confines of Emory G. Bauer Field. Henry Aaron Field welcomes Valpo for the Panthers’ “official” home opener. The Crusaders enter this weekend two games ahead of UWM for third place in the HL standings.


Baseball Strands 13 in Loss to Ball State


Spencer Mahoney, Nolan Lodden, and Mark Johnson tallied two hits each Tuesday, but Ball State used nine extra-base hits to fly to a 13-4 win over the Crusaders at Ball Diamond in Muncie.


Baseball's Series Finale Cancelled


Impending winter weather has forced the cancellation of Sunday's series finale between Valparaiso and Wright State. The Crusaders will return to the diamond Tuesday afternoon at Ball State. First pitch from the Ball Diamond in Muncie is slated for 4:00 pm ET/3:00 pm CT. A link to the live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.


Crusaders, Raiders Split Saturday Twinbill


Dalton Lundeen surrendered just one earned run over seven innings of the Crusaders' 7-6 game one win, but Wright State put up a three-spot in the seventh inning of the second game to spoil Valpo's bid for a DH sweep. The rubber game of this series will be held Sunday at 1 pm CT.


Key Horizon League Series Comes to Emory G. Bauer Field


Wright State rides into town on an 11-game winning streak ahead of its first road series in Horizon League play. The Raiders enter this series 31-4 in their last 35 league games, but three of those four losses have come at the hands of the Brown and Gold. At 6-0, WSU is two games ahead of 4-2 Valpo in the league standings.


Weather Leads to Change of Weekend Baseball Schedule


Valparaiso and Wright State's three-game series originally scheduled for Friday-Sunday has been adjusted due to cold temperatures. Friday's game has been pushed back a day as part of a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 12 pm CT. Game two will be played 30 minutes after the completion of the first tilt. Sunday's series finale will be played at 1 pm CT.


Balanced Attack Lifts Crusaders to 7-2 Win at Chicago State


Spencer Mahoney and Mark Johnson led a 14-hit day at the plate while Ellis Foreman kept the Cougars off the scoreboard until the seventh inning of Valpo's 7-2 victory over Chicago State Wednesday afternoon in the Windy City. Freshman Luke VanLanen shut the door for the Crusaders, providing two shutout frames of relief.


Losi Dazzles in 4-0 Victory over Youngstown State


Sophomore pitcher Mario Losi shutout the Youngstown State Penguins over nine fabulous innings as Valpo finished off a sweep with a 4-0 victory Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Losi notched his first career shutout in the process, employing three double-play balls to erase potential threats.


Crusaders Clinch Series with 10-8 Win over Penguins


Daniel Delaney and Josh Clark both enjoyed four-hit afternoons while Nate Palace and Nolan Lodden combined to drive in five runs in Valpo's 10-8 series-clinching win over Youngstown State Saturday. Mario Losi will take the hill for the Crusaders on Sunday as the Brown and Gold seek to improve to 4-2 in Horizon League play.


Baseball Welcomes Defending HL Champs to Emory G. Bauer


The Crusaders will take Emory G. Bauer Field quicker than they imagined in 2015, playing Youngstown State in a “neutral” three-game series in Valparaiso. Field conditions at Eastwood Field were deemed unplayable early in the week so Valpo presented the next best opportunity. The Brown and Gold seek to rise above the .500 mark in Horizon League play with a strong showing.


Purdue Prevails 2-0 over Valpo


For the second straight day, the Crusaders received a strong effort from a starting pitcher, but were held scoreless inside a Big Ten park. Purdue defeated Valpo 2-0 at Alexander Field Wednesday afternoon despite Ellis Foreman turning in 6 2/3 innings of stellar pitching.


#24 Indiana Blanks Valpo, 4-0


Freshman Connor Kaucic delivered a quality start against the 24th-ranked team in the nation Tuesday, but Valparaiso was unable to break into the run column against a medley of Indiana pitchers in a 4-0 loss at Bart Kaufman Stadium in Bloomington.


Indiana, Purdue Play Host to Crusader Baseball This Week


Valparaiso hits the road this week to face a pair of Big Ten foes in Indiana and Purdue. Tuesday will represent the Crusaders’ first trip to Bart Kaufman Field since the 2013 NCAA Regionals. Valpo will get its first glimpse of Alexander Field Wednesday evening as the Boilermakers play host in a 5:30 pm ET/4:30 pm CT affair.


Crusaders Dominate in Series Finale at UIC


Nate Palace reached base in all seven of his plate appearances, Daniel Delaney delivered his third home run of the season, and Mario Losi fired seven shutout innings in a 15-1 Crusader victory Sunday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


9th-Inning Rally Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to UIC


Despite being stuck in neutral for the first eight innings, Valparaiso brought the tying run into scoring position in the ninth. However, Flame reliever Ryan Hinchley preserved a 3-2 win for Jake Dahlberg and UIC Saturday at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


Flames Hang Six in Fifth; Defeat Crusaders in Opener


Daniel Delaney (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks [Fresno State]) cracked his second home run of the season, but UIC plated six runs in its half of the fifth en route to an 8-2 win over the Crusaders at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


Crusaders Open HL Play This Weekend in Chicago


Horizon League play commences this weekend as Valparaiso travels to Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago for a three-game series versus the Flames. UIC enters this weekend with the hopes of snapping an early-season cool streak. The Flames’ last win came on Valentine’s Day in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Meanwhile, the Crusaders aim to move closer to the .500 mark behind an offense that has supplied plenty of potency through 11 games.


Baseball Game vs. James Madison Cancelled


The final game of Valparaiso's spring trip has been cancelled due to rain. The Crusaders, who were scheduled to play James Madison today, will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon to open Horizon League play versus UIC in Chicago.


Palace Earns Horizon League Batter of the Week Honors


Sophomore Nate Palace was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday. The first baseman cranked four home runs, drove in 17 runs, and scored 11 times in five games.


Spartans Mount Big Comeback to Overcome Crusaders


Nate Palace ripped his third home run in two games Sunday afternoon at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C., but USC Upstate came back from an 11-3 deficit to claim the series with a 17-13 victory over Valparaiso.


Power Surge Ignites Valpo to 17-5 Win over USC Upstate


Sophomore Nate Palace enjoyed a career day at the plate, launching a pair of home runs as part of a seven-RBI game in the Crusaders' 17-5 victory over the USC Upstate Spartans. Nolan Lodden drove in three runs, scored four times, and walked twice as the junior is the owner of a .476/.577/.810 slash line since moving to the second spot of the batting order a week ago.


Late Comeback Bid Falls Short in Spartanburg


Valparaiso rattled off five runs between the seventh and the eighth innings to trim USC Upstate's lead to 8-7, but the tying run was stranded 90 feet away in the Crusaders' third one-run loss. Outfielder Josh Clark went deep for the first time in his Crusader career.


Baseball Opens Series at USC Upstate Friday


After spending the first half of its spring trip in North Carolina, Valpo heads down to the Palmetto State to engage South Carolina Upstate in a three-game series beginning Friday at Harley Park. The Spartans enter this weekend riding a four-game winning streak that moved them to the .500 mark overall. Meanwhile, Valpo’s offense seems to have found its stride, having amassed 33 runs in their last three contests.


Offense Enjoys Banner Day in 18-5 Victory


Endowed with a 4-3 lead when play resumed, Valpo exploded for 18 runs, its highest output since April 2nd, 2010. Nate Palace accumulated six runs scored, and Dustin Beasley racked up seven runs batted in. Meanwhile, the Crusader bullpen kept a loaded Catamount offense at bay.


Rain Forces Completion of Valpo, Western Carolina Game to Wednesday


Valpo was leading Western Carolina 4-3 in the top of the third inning when rain moved into the Cullowhee, North Carolina area. The two teams will resume play Wednesday afternoon at 4 pm ET/3 pm CT.


Crusaders Capitalize in 8-7 Win over Catamounts


Five Western Carolina miscues parlayed into four unearned runs for the Brown and Gold in their 8-7 victory over the Catamounts at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, North Carolina on Monday night. Ellis Foreman came on in relief in the fourth inning of a game that appeared destined for double-digit run totals and delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Bryce Yoder notched his first save of the season in a stomach-turning ninth.


Lodden's Grand Slam Not Enough in 8-7 Loss to Gardner-Webb


Nolan Lodden smacked an opposite-field grand slam as part of a six-run Crusader fourth inning Saturday, but Gardner-Webb's Kevin Hodge delivered the game-winner on an RBI single in the eighth inning of the Runnin' Bulldogs' 8-7 win over Valparaiso at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.


Bulldog Pitching Befuddles Crusaders Again Saturday


Gardner-Webb managed to keep the Brown and Gold off the scoreboard until junior Dustin Beasley's ninth inning solo jack thwarted the Runnin' Bulldogs shutout attempt in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Valpo's bullpen didn't allow an earned run in three innings of work, but the offense went 0-for-13 at the dish with runners on base.


Lundeen Ks Career-High 10, but Crusaders Fall 5-1


Junior Dalton Lundeen retired 15 Runnin' Bulldogs in a row at one point during his career-high 10-strikeout performance Friday, but three errors came back to bite the Crusaders in a 5-1 loss at John H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.


Baseball Embarks on Spring Trip Beginning at Gardner-Webb


After inclement weather wiped out all three scheduled games last weekend in Nashville, Valpo hits the road for its Spring trip with the hopes of playing nine games in the span of twelve days. Early forecast models hint that the Crusaders may be in for more of the same as the Carolinas have received uncharacteristic winter precipitation already this week.


Baseball Series vs. Belmont Cancelled


Cold weather and ice have created potentially hazardous conditions at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville. As a result, Valpo and Belmont's Sunday doubleheader has been cancelled.


Crusaders Invade Music City this Weekend


Uncanny weather in the lower Midwest caused the cancellation of the Mule Mix Classic. Instead of a round-robin versus Middle Tennessee State, Lipscomb, and Belmont, the Crusaders will face the Bruins three times this weekend in Nashville. Audio and live stats will be available for all three scheduled games. Follow @ValpoBaseball1 for the latest information regarding game times.


Baseball's Weekend Series Altered


A forecast calling for inclement weather in Nashville has forced the cancellation of a round-robin style tournament involving Valparaiso baseball. Valpo will instead face Belmont only this weekend. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday (time TBA), and a single game on Sunday (time TBA).


Crusaders Can't Cash In Sunday versus San Diego State


Valparaiso left 12 runners on base in a 3-0 loss to San Diego State at Tony Gwynn Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Delaney enjoyed his third straight multi-hit game. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a double, capping off a 6-for-11 (.545) weekend.


Aztecs Clinch Series in 22-12 Slugfest


All nine starters recorded at least one hit for the Crusaders including Dustin Beasley and Daniel Delaney, who both homered in Saturday's game. Valpo banged out 12 runs on 16 hits, but San Diego State scored four runs in three different frames and threw up a seven-spot in the eighth inning of a 22-12 slugfest at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, California.


Crusaders Can't Squeeze Opener in San Diego


Junior Dalton Lundeen pitched very well in his 2015 debut, but shaky defense cost Valparaiso in a 5-4 defeat in its season opener versus San Diego State Friday night. The Crusaders recorded four miscues altogether, but three in particular translated into four unearned runs for the Aztecs.


Valpo Set for Season Opener at San Diego State


Valparaiso raises the curtain on the 2015 season Friday evening in Southern California. The San Diego State Aztecs will play host to the Brown and Gold in a three-game set at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs have been picked to finish second in the Mountain West Conference.


What You Need to Know - Valpo Baseball


For the first time in three years, Valpo baseball enters the spring as the hunter as opposed to the hunted. Second-year head coach Brian Schmack welcomes an array of newcomers highlighted by a handful of JUCO-proven transfers. The Crusaders open the 2015 campaign Friday evening in Southern California.


Crusader Baseball Picked 4th in HL Preseason Poll


The Horizon League released its preseason coaches' poll Wednesday afternoon. Valpo received 19 points in the survey, which landed them in fourth place in the six-team conference. The 19 points represent the same total as the 2014 poll.


Oil City Stadium to Host 2015 HL Baseball Championship


Located in nearby Whiting, Oil City Stadium will serve as the host facility for the 2015 Horizon League Baseball Championship.


C.J. Nitkowski Headlines 5th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash


Head baseball coach Brian Schmack has announced that former Major League Baseball player and current Fox Sports analyst C.J. Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) will serve as guest speaker at the 5th Annual Crusader Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 31st inside the Aberdeen Manor Ballroom.


Baseball Unveils 2015 Recruiting Class


Valparaiso head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the signing of four student-athletes to the recruiting class of 2015: C Scott Kapers (Schererville, In./Mt. Carmel), RHP Grant Inman (Ft. Wayne, In./Ft. Wayne Carroll), RHP Montana Quigley (Lake Forest, Ca./El Toro), and SS Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Ca./Chatsworth).


Team Turmoil Crowned Fall World Series Champs


Team Turmoil silenced numerous prognosticators Tuesday at Emory G. Bauer Field when they finished off a sweep of The Moneyballers in the Fall World Series. Mark Johnson was named Most Valuable Player while newcomer Luke Syens claimed the Series' Cy Young Award.


Fall World Series Begins Saturday Morning


Reigning Horizon League Co-Pitcher of the Year Dalton Lundeen will toe the hill opposite sophomore Mario Losi in Game 1 of the Fall World Series Saturday morning at 10 am. Games 2 and 3 will be held Monday and Wednesday, respectively.


Baseball's Golf Outing Scheduled for September 20th


Head coach Brian Schmack has announced Saturday, September 20th as the date for this year's Baseball Golf Scramble. The outing again will be held at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso. Prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, and more will be awarded at the event. Register today!


Baseball to Hold Open Tryouts September 3rd


Valpo baseball announced that the team will hold walk-on tryouts for the 2015 roster on Wednesday, Sept. 3rd at Emory G. Bauer Field. Forms necessary to compete for a walk-on roster spot must be returned to assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Ben Wolgamot at the baseball office no later than Sept. 1st.


Schmack Adds White to Coaching Staff

Head baseball coach Brian Schmack announced the addition of Adam White to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2014-15 school year Wednesday. White spent the 2013-14 season with Oral Roberts. Prior to last season, White served as an assistant coach for three years with the Penn State Nittany Lions.


McClendon Featured in Seattle Times Column

Seattle Times' columnist Larry Stone featured former Crusader and current manager of the Seattle Mariners, Lloyd McClendon, in his Wednesday column. In his first year as skipper, McClendon has transformed a franchise stuck in neutral for the past few seasons into a playoff contender.


15 Crusaders Score HL All-Academic Spring Honors


Fifteen student-athletes across five sports were recognized by the league office Wednesday. Men's golf led the way for Valpo with four representatives, while baseball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field each boasted three.


Baseball Youth Camp on Tap

Three day camp from June 23rd-25th will cover technique and fundamentals for kids in grades K-8. The morning (9 am-12 pm) will serve as the "skills camp" portion while the afternoon (1 pm-3 pm) will be the "game camp."


Dodgers Select Kowalczyk in 37th Round of MLB First-Year Player Draft

The Los Angeles Dodgers made former Crusader Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) their 37th round pick in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft Saturday. He joins Dallas Cawiezell, Bryce Shafer, Bo McClendon, Kyle Gaedele, and Tanner Vavra as Crusaders chosen in the MLB Draft since 2007.


Crusaders Can't Complete Comeback; Season Ends in Mequon

A little less than five hours after the Crusaders ended UIC's season thanks to yet another dazzling pitching performance, Valpo saw 2014 come to a close following a 7-0 defeat to Wright State. The Brown and Gold concluded their season with a 25-28 overall record. The 25 victories were the most ever recorded by a first-year head coach in Valparaiso history.


Crusaders Survive and Advance Behind Lundeen's Gem

Dalton Lundeen's (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) prolific sophomore campaign continued Thursday at Kapco Park as the left-hander heaved 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Crusaders will take on #2 UIC Thursday morning at 11:00 am.


Penguins Cool Down Crusaders in Horizon League Tourney Opener

Five Penguin pitchers combined to give Youngstown State a 7-3 win over Valpo in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament Wednesday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin. Crusaders will face elimination games the rest of the way as Oakland awaits them Thursday morning at 11:00 am CT.


Valpo Aims for Third Straight HL Tournament Championship Beginning Wednesday

The Horizon League invades the city of Mequon, Wisconsin this week with the league’s NCAA Tournament berth up for grabs in the double-elimination HL Tournament. The Crusaders enter as the third seed and will face Youngstown State at 3 pm CT on Wednesday inside Kapco Park.


Lundeen Lands HL Co-Pitcher of the Year Award; Four Other Crusaders Honored

Five Crusaders received recognition for their respective 2014 seasons Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its baseball awards. Dalton Lundeen was voted Co-Pitcher of the Year; Michael Morman and Chris Manning were named to the First and Second Teams, respectively; pitchers Ellis Foreman and Mario Losi were elected to the Horizon League's All-Freshman Team.


Crusaders Cap Off Regular Season with Sweep of Youngstown State

A seven-run top of the third that saw plenty of pomp and circumstance propelled the Crusaders to a 9-1 victory over Youngstown State Saturday. In the process, Valpo collected its first weekend sweep of the season in Horizon League play.


Crusaders Take Two from Penguins Behind 10 Two-Out Runs

Valpo plated five runs with two outs in the top of the second inning in game one of Friday's doubleheader versus Youngstown State. In the second tilt, they put up four runs in the exact same scenario. The Brown and Gold collected their 10th and 11th victories in Horizon League play behind 6-2 and 5-3 wins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Thursday's Baseball Game Washed Out; Valpo/YSU to Play Two Friday

Rain has forced the postponement of Thursday's baseball game between Youngstown State and Valpo. The game will be made up as part of doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 pm ET/12:00 pm CT at Eastwood Field.


Crusaders Close Out Regular Season This Weekend vs. Penguins

The last time the Crusaders were on Eastwood Field, they celebrated their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. This weekend the curtain comes down on the regular season and third through sixth place have yet to be determined in the Horizon League.


Foreman Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

The Horizon League announced Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) as its Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 5th-11th on Monday. Foreman turned in nine dominating innings of shutout ball, striking out 11 Wright State Raiders, walking just one, and yielding six singles.


Foreman's Stellar Start Goes for Naught in Extra-Inning Loss to WSU

Ellis Foreman struck out eleven Raiders in nine shutout innings, but five Wright State pitchers combined to blank the Crusaders 1-0 in 12 innings. WSU's Sean Murphy ended the game with a solo home run to left center.


Crusaders Drop One to Wright State Saturday

A bottom of the seventh that saw Wright State plate three runs after two Crusader miscues was the difference in the Raiders' 6-4 win over Valpo Saturday at Nischwitz Stadiium in Dayton. Dalton Lundeen allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings on the hill; Michael Morman was 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, an RBI, and his 16th stolen base of the season.


Crusaders Romp Raiders in Dayton

Cole Webb tossed eight innings of one-run ball Friday as Valpo defeated the Horizon League regular season champion Wright State Raiders 11-1 at Nischwitz Stadium. Chris Manning, Andrew Bynum, and Andy Burns each had two hits while Bryce Hara collected three RBIs at the plate.


Horizon League Regular Season Champs Await Crusaders in Dayton

The Crusaders hit the road Friday as their final six games will be played in the state of Ohio. Wright State has already wrapped up the Horizon League regular season crown and, in effect, the #1 seed for the Conference Tournament. Valpo and Milwaukee are essentially in a deadlock for third place so plenty is at stake for the Brown and Gold these final two weekends.


Offense Keeps Clicking in 8-4 Win over Western Michigan

Crusader outfielder Chris Manning broke the school record for career runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single off the bat of Karch Kowalczyk. Valpo went on to beat Western Michigan 8-4 Wednesday afternoon at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo. Michael Morman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs as Mario Losi went eight innings on the hill for his second win of 2014.


Baseball Wins Home Finale Behind 14-Hit Attack

Valpo moved into a tie for third place in the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders defeated Oakland 8-4 Sunday. For six seniors, the win represented their last game at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball Drops Pitchers’ Duel Saturday

On Saturday, the Valparaiso baseball team celebrated the six seniors that would be graduating later this month and looked to send them off with a win, but Oakland pitching had other plans as the Crusaders were blanked in a lightning-quick nine-inning game, falling by a final score of 1-0.


Crusaders’ Offense Comes Alive Late for Extra-Inning Win

It looked like the same old story when it came to the Valparaiso offense on Friday, as the Crusaders picked up just five hits through the first seven innings. But a switch was flipped in the eighth inning, one which started an exciting Valpo comeback as the Crusaders defeated Oakland in 11 innings, 5-4.


Six Crusaders to be Honored Saturday at Baseball's Senior Day

Saturday’s Senior Day highlights the final weekend of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. After Sunday afternoon’s tilt versus the Golden Grizzlies, the Crusaders will pay their final seven regular season games outside the state of Indiana.


Kowalczyk Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

Designated hitter/closer Karch Kowalczyk was announced as the DH on the Capital One Academic All-District Team Thursday. Kowalczyk carries a 3.49 grade point average and is majoring in biology and chemistry.


Crusaders Get Back on Track with 8-3 Win over Cougars

The Crusaders snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the visiting Chicago State Cougars Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Trevor Haas notched his second win of the season as the sophomore scattered eight hits over six innings.


Crusaders Strand 11 Runners in 3-2 Loss to Broncos

Michael Morman hit his first home run in nearly three years; Mario Losi tossed seven innings and allowed three runs in his first appearance since April 6th, but the Brown and Gold were shutout for the final eight innings in their tilt against Western Michigan on Tuesday.


Bullpen Leads Flames to Sweep over Crusaders

Valpo strands nine runners in a 6-3 loss to UIC on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Karch Kowalczyk had his seventh multi-hit game of the season in addition to throwing a perfect inning in relief of starter Ellis Foreman.


Deja Vu for Valpo in 5-1 Loss to UIC

For the second straight day, the Crusader offense pushed a run across in the ninth after being flummoxed by a UIC starter for eight innings. Dalton Lundeen tossed seven innings of two-run ball as he punched out five Flames and walked just one.


Flames Strike First in Series-Opening Win over Valpo

Tomas Michelson kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard until the 9th; UIC's Mickey McDonald clubbed a 4th-inning grand slam in a 10-1 Valpo loss at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday.


Plenty At Stake for Crusaders, Flames This Weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field

With .500 records in conference play, Valpo and UIC are part of a three-team logjam for second place in the Horizon League. Cole Webb and Dalton Lundeen have both been outstanding on the mound in HL play. They're faced with the challenge of containing a UIC offense that is 9th in the country in scoring (7.2 runs/game) beginning Friday at 3:00 pm.


Baseball Drops Midweek Tilt to Ohio Northern

Crusaders post an unearned run off lefty Matt Magni in a 2-1, two-hour loss to the Polar Bears. After yielding two first-inning runs, Trevor Haas settled in to give the Brown and Gold six strong frames.


Crusader Offense Breaks Out vs. Kalamazoo

The Crusaders waited out a 33-minute rain delay to defeat the Kalamazoo Hornets 10-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field Monday. Jeff Edwards, Chris Manning, Karch Kowalczyk, Grant Yoder, and Mark Johnson each had two hits at the plate as Drew Hasler threw five shutout innings to earn his second win of the season.


Webb Named Horizon League's Co-Pitcher of the Week

Senior right-hander shares the honor with UWM's Cody Peterson. Webb threw a two-hit shutout versus the Panthers on Thursday, walking one and striking out a career-high eight batters.


Crusaders Fall 5-0 in Series Finale

Milwaukee's Justin Langley struck out twelve Crusaders over seven innings Saturday at Henry Aaron Field as the Panthers claimed the series with a 5-0 victory. Valpo dropped to 1-7 in series finales as the Brown and Gold were held scoreless for the second straight game.


Panthers Even Series Behind Peterson's One-Hitter

A Jake Hanson infield single in the eighth inning was the lone Crusader hit Friday as Valpo fell 3-0 to Milwaukee. UWM's Cody Peterson and Dalton Lundeen both went the distance but a two-run Panther third inning was the difference.


Webb Spins Two-Hit Shutout vs. Milwaukee

Senior turns in his most dominating start of 2014 in a series-opening 4-0 win over the Panthers at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee. Jeff Edwards provided the lone RBI for Valpo as the Crusaders scored a run off a passed ball, a wild pitch, a balk.


Baseball Enters Hostile Territory Thursday

The last time a Horizon League team won a game at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Kevin Wild was on the mound, Steven Scoby was patrolling right field, and Tracy Woodson was in the dugout. Since April 29th, 2012, the Panthers have won twelve straight at home against HL opponents. The Crusaders look to snap that streak in the first of a three-game set Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT.


Tuesday's Baseball Game at Toledo Cancelled

A forecast calling for cold temperatures and precipitation has prompted Tuesday's non-conference game at Toledo to be cancelled. The contest will not be made up. Valpo will return to the diamond Thursday to kick off a three-game set in Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.


Johnson, Lundeen Sweep Weekly HL Baseball Awards

Dalton Lundeen collected his third Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award of the season Monday. Lundeen struck out a career-high nine batters and didn't allow an earned run over eight innings Saturday versus Youngstown State. OF Mark Johnson batted .643 for the week, including two home runs, a triple, a double, and four RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader with the Penguins.


Offense Reigns Supreme in Baseball's Split on Saturday

Crusaders romp Penguins 13-1 in game one of the doubleheader; Youngstown State turns the tide in game two with a 12-4 defeat of Valpo to salvage a tilt in the three-game set. Dalton Lundeen was dazzling on the hill as he didn't allow an earned run over eight innings. Mark Johnson had a career day at the plate with two home runs. Karch Kowalczyk drove in a career-high six runs in the first contest.


Baseball Will Play Two Today

With inclement weather expected on Sunday, the Valparaiso Crusaders and Youngstown State Penguins have agreed to play a doubleheader today (Saturday). The first game will start at the originally scheduled 12:00 pm CT time, with game two beginning a half hour after the conclusion of game one. No changes have been made to the probable starting pitchers.


Six-Run Sixth Shoves Valpo Past Youngstown State in Series Opener

All nine batters recorded at least one hit as the back end of the Crusader bullpen preserved a 10-7 series-opening win for the Brown and Gold Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo will go for the series win Saturday at 12:00 pm CT.


Baseball Aims to Maintain Dominance at Home vs. Youngstown State

Valpo is 26-5 all-time against the Penguins at Emory G. Bauer Field. At 3-3, the Crusaders are looking to vault into the top half of the Horizon League standings as they welcome Youngstown State to town for a three-game series starting Friday at 3:00 pm CT.


Northwestern Slugs Its Way Past Valpo

Wildcats score twelve unanswered runs in the first five innings as they downed Valpo 12-5 at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston on Tuesday. Jeff Edwards, Mark Johnson, Michael Morman, and Ray Bartolomucci each recorded two hits in the losing effort.


Crusaders to Tangle with Northwestern as .500 Mark Looms

Wildcats lead the all-time series 23-9 but Valpo and Northwestern have split the last twelve meetings since 2000. The Crusaders will trot out RHP Ellis Foreman while the Wildcats will send LHP Dan Tyson to the hill Tuesday in the 3:00 pm tilt at Rocky Miller Park.


Lundeen Lands Second HL Pitcher of the Week Award

The sophomore southpaw held Wright State scoreless through seven innings in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Raiders at Emory G. Bauer Field Saturday. With the victory, Lundeen improved to 3-0 lifetime against Wright State.


Baseball Falls to Raiders in Series Finale

Having already secured the series victory over Wright State, the Valparaiso baseball team was unable to close out a series sweep at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday, as the Raiders downed the Crusaders by a 4-2 score.


Crusaders Pick Up Big Doubleheader Sweep Over Wright State

The Valparaiso baseball team handed Wright State its first two losses in Horizon League play of the season Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field, sweeping both ends of the twinbill from the Raiders, 3-1 and 2-0. The victories snapped the Crusaders' six-game losing streak and moved Valpo to 3-2 in Horizon League play.


Crusaders to Battle First-Place Raiders this Weekend

The 8-0 Wright State Raiders come to town for the first Horizon League series of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a rain-filled weather forecast for Friday, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon. The second game of the twin bill will start approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.


Crusaders Can't Turn the Page vs. Northern Illinois

Despite drawing eleven walks, Valpo baseball dropped its sixth straight tilt Wednesday 10-6 to Northern Illinois. Michael Morman went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored three times and swiped three bases as the redshirt sophomore raised his average to .289. The Crusaders will host Wright State in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.


Valpo Drops Tuesday Night Affair to Notre Dame

Andrew Bynum and Michael Morman both had multi-hit games but the Crusaders fell 11-1 to the Irish. Valpo will host its home opener Wednesday afternoon versus Northern Illinois at 3 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball to Play Northern Illinois Wednesday at Home

The club spent the better part of Monday afternoon getting Emory G. Bauer Field ready for games following four home cancellations already this season. First pitch between the Crusaders and Huskies is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.


Tuesday's Baseball Game Moved to 7:05 pm CT

The Valpo-Notre Dame baseball game originally scheduled for 4:35 pm CT Tuesday has been pushed back to 7:05 pm CT at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana.


Valpo Strands a Dozen in 5-3 Loss to Butler

Crusaders outhit the Bulldogs 10-8, but leave twelve men on base and commit three errors in a 5-3 loss at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. Karch Kowalczyk went 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI double off the left field fence.


Valpo and Butler to Meet on the Diamond Sunday

Crusaders will square off against former Horizon League foe Butler Sunday afternoon at 1 pm in Indianapolis. Single game could change to doubleheader beginning at noon if Bulldogs can't get both of their games in Saturday in Louisville.


Valpo Drops Low-Scoring Contest to Notre Dame Wednesday

Irish prevail 4-1 in a two-hour, two-minute tilt in South Bend. Michael Morman tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season, but the Crusaders managed just five hits. Ellis Foreman was highly efficient on the mound for Valpo, needing just 79 pitches to record seven innings.


Baseball's Weekend Horizon League Series at Oakland Cancelled

Unplayable conditions at OU Baseball Field have forced the cancellation of this weekend's series. The three-game set will not be made up.


Baseball Adds Afternoon Tilt Wednesday at Notre Dame

In a move to offset a number of cancellations already this season, the Crusaders have added a game versus Notre Dame this Wednesday afternoon inside Four Winds Field at 5:35 pm ET/4:35 pm CT.


Tuesday's Baseball Game at Ball State Cancelled

Tuesday's baseball game against Ball State has been cancelled due to poor field conditions. It represents the sixth contest lost thus far this season. The Crusaders are currently scheduled to play Oakland this weekend in Rochester, Michigan.


Crusaders Drop Pair on the Road to UIC Saturday

Valpo lost a couple of tight contests Saturday to UIC. Dalton Lundeen's 7 2/3 innings and Chris Manning's 4-for-4 day at the plate weren't enough in the morning game as the Flames won 5-4. Spencer Mahoney was 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, but two errors and eight runners left on base came back to haunt the Crusaders in a 6-3 defeat in the afternoon tilt.


Baseball Defeats UIC 4-3 in Horizon League Opener

Cole Webb and Tomas Michelson went toe-to-toe for eight innings Friday night in Chicago. Spencer Mahoney scored the game-winning run in the 9th on an error in center field to give Valpo its first win in an HL opener since 2010. The Crusaders move to 4-0 in one-run games.


Crusaders and Flames to Meet in Inaugural HL Series at Granderson Stadium

The newly-constructed Curtis Granderson Stadium in downtown Chicago will play host to Valpo and UIC Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders and Flames have faced each other 16 times over the past two seasons. Valpo enters conference play above .500 for the first time since 1997.


Baseball Adjusts Weekend Schedule at UIC

Crusaders and Flames will meet up Friday night at 5 pm CT before playing a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 am CT at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.


Crusaders Flex Arms in 7-1 Win over Chicago State

After a 10-day hiatus, Crusaders return to diamond with a decisive 7-1 triumph over the Cougars. Ellis Foreman notched his first career win as he threw six innings of one-run ball. Jeff Edwards tallied his second multi-RBI game of the season while Spencer Mahoney and Andy Burns each had two-hit games.


Wednesday Tilt against Buffalo Cancelled

The thaw continues in Northwest Indiana, but Emory G. Bauer Field remains unplayable as baseball endures its fifth cancellation of the spring. Wednesday's non-conference game against Buffalo will not be made up. Valpo's game versus Chicago State Tuesday at 1 pm is still expected to go on as planned.


Monday's Baseball Game vs. Chicago State Moved to Tuesday

A forecast calling for blustery conditions has moved Monday's Valpo vs. Chicago State baseball game to Tuesday at 1 pm at the Chicago State University Baseball Stadium.


Baseball's Weekend Series Cancelled

Crusaders and Panthers will not play this weekend due to unplayable field conditions. Teams will meet Apr. 17th-19th in Milwaukee in the regularly-scheduled three-game set at Henry Aaron Field.


Tuesday Night's Baseball Game Cancelled

The final game of the Crusaders' spring trip has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at Daniel Sullivan Field in San Antonio. Valpo will open Horizon League play this weekend versus Milwaukee at a site still to be determined.


Lundeen Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore southpaw tossed a shutout against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in just his second start back from a battle with mononucleosis. Lundeen has yet to allow an extra-base hit in 11 1/3 innings of work this season.


Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader, Steals Series Behind Pair of Pitching Gems

Dalton Lundeen fired a shutout in a seven-inning tilt before Mario Losi scattered five hits over eight innings in Valpo's 5-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday. Catcher Jake Hanson had a pair of RBIs and Karch Kowalczyk went yard for the second straight day in the 4-0 Game 1 win.


Shaky Defense Plagues Crusaders Against Islanders

Karch Kowalczyk hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the fourth inning, but four errors on the infield coupled with nine strikeouts at the plate led to a 7-4 loss Friday night at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Crusaders Seek to Get Back Above .500 Mark in Corpus Christi

Valpo (5-6) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-9) clash Friday in the first of a three-game series in southern Texas. Senior Cole Webb (2-1, 3.86) will battle Matt Danton (2-1, 2.53) on the mound in a 6:30 pm first pitch at Chapman Field.


Valpo Burns Bobcats in Extras; Foreman Impresses in Return to Texas

Ellis Foreman made a statement start for Crusaders as the redshirt freshman scattered four hits over seven innings, allowing one earned run. Ben Mahar got the win as he provided the bridge to Karch Kowalczyk in nailing down his fourth save of 2014.


#10 Texas Upends Crusaders 7-1

Crusader bullpen limited the Longhorns to just one earned run in four innings in relief of Dalton Lundeen. Lundeen, who made his first start of the season in front of over 4,500 in attendance, allowed two earned runs in four frames. Michael Morman had two of Valpo's four hits on the evening.


Crusaders to Tangle with #10 Texas Tuesday Night

First-year head coach Brian Schmack will call the shots across the diamond from 46-year veteran Augie Garrido Tuesday night in Austin as Valpo meets #10 Texas for the first time. Kevin Dunn and Greg Swindell will have the call live on the Longhorn Network at 6:00 pm CT.


Manning Goes Deep Twice, Crusaders Fall in Sunday Slugfest

Valpo pushed seven runs across in a busy first two innings before McNeese State rallied back from 7-3 deficit to claim rubber game 15-8 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Crusaders prepare for Tuesday tilt with #15 Texas.


McNeese State Evens Series with Win over Valpo Saturday

Cowboys took advantage of three Crusader errors in an 8-0 win over the Brown and Gold. Michael Clemens struck out two Valpo batters in a five-hit shutout. Sunday's rubber game will begin at 1:00 pm CT.


Crusaders Hang on in Opener versus McNeese State

Crusaders score five early in Louisiana, stave off late Cowboy rally in 6-5 victory. Chris Manning sent a three-run shot to left while Cole Webb threw seven strong innings.


Valpo Baseball Seeks to Tame McNeese State this Weekend in Louisiana

The Crusaders will play their next nine in the deep south as their spring trip begins Friday. Before heading to Texas, Valpo will tangle with McNeese State (5-2) in a three-game series. The Cowboys enter the weekend with 22 stolen bases thus far.


Brian Schmack Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Head baseball coach Brian Schmack sat down with Brad Collignon for this week's episode of the Valpo Coaches Show ahead of his team's spring break trip through Louisiana and Texas. In the #talkingschmack segment, the Crusader skipper addressed what he looks for when determining whether a starting pitcher goes out to the mound in the latter innings.


Gamecocks Take Rubber Game over Crusaders

Jacksonville State plated three runs in the bottom of the 7th as Valpo fell 6-3 in Alabama Sunday afternoon. Chris Manning and Michael Morman both had two-hit games for the Crusaders, who will embark on their Spring Break trip Friday.


Crusaders Return Favor to Jacksonville State with 10-3 Win

One day after falling 10-0 in the series opener, Valpo answers with emphatic 10-3 victory over Gamecocks. Karch Kowalczyk's bases-clearing double in the 7th helped the senior to a five-RBI afternoon. Drew Hasler tossed seven strong innings as the sophomore registered his first win of the season.


Gamecocks Silence Crusader Offense in Opener

Valparaiso was limited to three hits in Friday's 10-0 series-opening loss to Jacksonville State. Second baseman Andy Burns went 2-for-4 for the Crusaders. Valpo sets its sights on evening the series Saturday at 1:00 pm in Alabama.


Baseball Returns to 'Bama for Series vs. Jacksonville State

The Crusaders head south for a three-game set with the Gamecocks. The two teams face off for the first time in 35 years Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT. Cole Webb (1-0, 3.00) will take the hill opposite JSU's Taylor Shields (1-0, 1.80) at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama.


Brian Schmack Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Crusader head baseball coach Brian Schmack joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about his team's success this past weekend at Samford and to look ahead to a three-game set with Jacksonville State. The Valpo Coaches Show introduced a special, interactive "#TalkingSchmack" portion in this week's segment.


Mahoney Named Horizon League Batter of the Week

Junior did it all the plate as his .583/.688/.750 weekend versus Samford garnered him the first Horizon League Batter of the Week Award of the season.


Losi Dazzles in Debut; Bullpen Can't Hold Lead

Freshman fires seven innings of two-run ball; Kowalczyk, Palace go yard but Samford scores nine in final three innings in 10-7 come-from-behind win over Crusaders.


Crusader Bats Carry Valpo to Series-Clinching Win

Bynum, Manning, Mahoney, Kowalczyk each had multi-RBI games in an 11-8 victory over Samford in Alabama. Bryce Yoder collected his first collegiate win as Kowalczyk worked a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Crusaders off to 2-0 start for first time since 2009.


Crusaders Open With a Bang, Hang on for 6-5 Win at Samford

Valpo plates four in the 1st inning, tack on two in the 4th to give Webb the win. Kowalczyk notched the save with a nail-biting ninth. Hanson, Mahoney both recorded two-hit games for the Crusaders.


Baseball's Season Opener Moved Up to 4:00pm

With inclement weather heading towards Alabama, first pitch of the Valpo/Samford game has been changed to 4 p.m.


Crusaders Voted 4th in Horizon League Preseason Coaches' Poll

Valpo lands Manning, Hara, Kowalczyk on Preseason All-League Team; Milwaukee Panthers, the 2013 regular season champions, received 33 points and three first-place votes.


What You Need to Know - Valpo Baseball

The Crusaders take to the diamond Friday as their quest to become back-to-back-to-back Horizon League champions begins in Homewood, Alabama versus Samford. Despite recent unprecedented success, head coach Brian Schmack and his team remain hungry.


Kowalczyk Named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

A year removed from a 12-save season, redshirt senior Karch Kowalczyk is one of just 50 relievers named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.


Baseball's Trip to Dominican Republic a Success

Click the video to see highlights of Valpo baseball's trip to the Dominican Republic. The team spent a week in the some of the most underprivileged areas of Latin America as they performed community service, toured historical sites, and played a handful of games.


Baseball Announces Winter Camp Dates

Crusader coaching staff will host hitting camps December 28th and 29th at the Emory G. Bauer indoor complex in Valparaiso. High school-aged campers will have three times to choose from each day.


Baseball Heads to Dominican Republic - for Work and Play

Head coach Brian Schmack and his team begin a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic today. The journey includes community service time with local children at orphanage, games against Dominican & MLB farm teams.


Baseball Inks Four for 2014-15

Delaney, Garbella, Lodden, Van Lanen highlight another stout recruiting class for Crusaders on the diamond. Garbella is a member of the Italian National Baseball Team, while Van Lanen was the #4 prospect out of the state of Wisconsin.


Four Teams Honored at Championship Night

In addition to raising the basketball banners, director of athletics Mark LaBarbera presented rings to the baseball, softball, and men's golf Championship teams from 2012-2013 at the season opener versus Murray State.


2014 Baseball Schedule Released

Out-of-conference contests versus Texas, Notre Dame highlight schedule; Crusaders open 2014 season on Feb. 14th in Homewood, Alabama against Samford. Home opener set for Mar. 14th versus Milwaukee. Get head coach Brian Schmack's take on the spring slate in this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.


Lloyd McClendon Named Manager of Seattle Mariners

Valpo alum Lloyd McClendon was amongst first group to be inducted into Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame; McClendon was drafted by the New York Mets in 1980.


Conclusion of World Series Signals End of Fall Team Practices

Chris Manning led the Grey team to a 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three World Series at Emory G. Bauer Field last week. The Crusaders will continue individual workouts before official practices begin in January.


Fall World Series Starts Saturday

Senior Karch Kowalczyk will captain the Black team while fellow senior Chris Manning will guide the Grey team in Valpo's Fall World Series held at Emory G. Bauer Field. The intrasquad competition represents the conclusion of fall team practices.


Schmack Adds Stalowy, Wolgamot to Staff

After stints at Illinois State and Bellarmine, Mike Stalowy named top assistant at Valpo. Ben Wolgamot, who last served as recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois, slotted as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Wolgamot was an All-Big Ten second baseman at Purdue.


Hit the Links with the Crusaders September 21st

Baseball will hold its annual Golf Scramble Saturday, September 21st at Aberdeen GC. Shotgun start will be at 12:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, and much more.


Dates for Baseball Camps Announced

Head baseball coach Brian Schmack released the dates for this year's Fall Prospect Camp. All players in grades 9-12 are invited to attend on Sunday, October 6th and Saturday, October 26th for skill development and evaluation.


Brian Schmack Named Valparaiso Baseball Head Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Brian Schmack has been named the 17th head coach in Crusader baseball history and just the sixth since 1946.


Woodson Steps Down as Crusader Baseball Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Tracy Woodson has stepped down as the head coach of the Crusader baseball program in order to accept the same position at Richmond.


Crusader Baseball Players in Summer League Action

As two-time defending Horizon League champions, the Valparaiso baseball program isn't resting on its laurels, as many Crusaders are preparing for next season by spending their summer sharpening their skills in collegiate wood-bat leagues from coast to coast.


19 Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Recognition

Valparaiso placed 19 student-athletes over seven sports on the Horizon League's 2013 Spring Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office. The 19 honorees tied for the most from any league institution.


Kowalczyk Earns All-Region Accolades

Valparaiso closer Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) earned another honor for his strong 2013 season on Thursday, as he was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Mideast Region.


Vavra Chosen by Minnesota Twins in 2013 MLB Draft

Valparaiso senior second baseman Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) became the fourth Crusader in the last four seasons to be drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as he was chosen in the 30th round by the Minnesota Twins with the 890th overall pick.


Webb, Mahoney Named to All-Tournament Team

Starting pitcher Cole Webb and shortstop Spencer Mahoney were named to Bloomington's All-Tournament Team on Sunday. Webb held #13 Indiana to one run in seven innings, Mahoney went 5-for-12 with a home run in three games.


Crusaders Check Out of NCAA Tournament with 5-4 Loss to Austin Peay

Governors score a run in five separate innings, end Valpo's season at 32-28. Loss caps off a season that included a second Horizon League championship and an NCAA Regional win for the first time since 1966.


LATER, GATORS

Down 4-1, Crusaders storm back for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate the Florida Gators. Kyle Wormington earned the win out of the bullpen, and Spencer Mahoney hit his first career home run as Valpo secured its first win in an NCAA Regional since 1966.


#13 Indiana Deals Valpo a Heartbreaking Loss

Andrew Bain went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cole Webb threw seven innings of one-run ball. However, Hoosiers plate four in the bottom of the 9th to steal 5-4 win from the Crusaders. Facing elimination, Valpo will play Florida on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT.


Valpo Holds Final Workout Before Showdown with #13 Indiana Friday

Woodson, Webb, Vavra addressed media after practice at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington.


Crusaders Primed for NCAA Tournament Friday

Riding a seven-game winning streak, Valpo enters Friday's NCAA Regional tilt versus #13 Indiana looking for its first Tournament win since 1966. Junior Cole Webb (5-7, 3.59) will make his 15th start of the season for the Crusaders as he takes on the Hoosiers and 6'10'' RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.93).


Schedule and Ticket Information for Bloomington Regional

Valparaiso, Indiana, Austin Peay, and Florida will all meet at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend for the NCAA Regionals. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning.


Crusaders are Bloomington Bound

Valpo will open postseason versus host Indiana. Opening game will be Friday at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT.


Join the Crusaders Monday at 11:00am as NCAA Reveals Their Destination

Valpo baseball team will learn where it is heading for the NCAA Regionals during the Selection Show Monday morning at 11:00 am. Fans are welcome to watch along with them at Wings Etc.


GOLDEN BOYS

Dalton Lundeen provided the pitching and Chris Manning supplied the big hit as Valpo tops Wright State 3-0 in Championship Game to cap a dizzying race through the Horizon League Conference Tournament. Crusaders will learn their postseason fate Monday at 11:00am during the NCAA Selection Show.


Crusaders Back in the Championship Game with 6-4 Win over Milwaukee

Valpo scores five in a wild first inning; DeBoo turns in outstanding pitching performance as the Brown and Gold return to the Horizon League Championship Game. Valpo will face winner of the Milwaukee/Wright State game for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch is at 11:00am ET/10:00am CT.


Weather Forces Adjustments to Horizon League Baseball Tournament

Crusaders have Friday off; #3 Valpo will play #1 Milwaukee Saturday morning 11am ET/10am CT.


Valpo Survives Scare; Downs UIC 8-7 in Opening Game of HL Tourney

An 8-2 lead shrivels to 8-7, but Crusaders advance to Saturday's semifinal game versus #4 Wright State/#1 Milwaukee. Five Valpo batters enjoy multi-hit games as Crusaders solve Michelson; Kowalczyk shuts door for his tenth save of the season.


Crusaders Kick Off Conference Tournament Thursday Versus Familiar Foe

#3 Valpo and #2 UIC duel Thursday morning at 11 am ET/10 am CT in both team's first game of the Horizon League Conference Tournament. The meeting is the 16th between the Crusaders and the Flames in the last 13 1/2 months.


Valpo Well-Represented as Horizon League Announces Baseball Awards

Ten Crusaders recognized by Horizon League for their play in 2013; Karch Kowalczyk named Relief Pitcher of the Year. Valpo tied first-place Milwaukee for most recipients in the League.


Chris Manning Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Junior outfielder hit his third home run of the season Saturday in a 3-2 over Youngstown State. For the week, he scored three runs, stole a base, and hit .313 helping the Crusaders win all four of their games.


Seniors Lead Valpo in Nail-Biting Win to Conclude Regular Season

Wormington induces game-ending double play with bases loaded in the 9th; Crusaders hang on 3-2. Valpo will face UIC Thursday morning at 11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT in Niles, Ohio in the Horizon League Conference Tournament.


Crusaders Clinch Series with 7-4 Defeat of Penguins

Chris DeBoo worked into the eighth inning as he earned his fourth win of the year; Bain, Bynum, Burns all had multi-hit games Friday against Youngstown State. Valpo goes for sweep Saturday at 1:00 pm on Senior Day.


Crusaders Slide By Penguins in Series Opener

Youngstown State outhits Valpo 12-7, but mistakes on the bases cost Penguins Thursday. Crusader bullpen works three hitless innings to preserve Cole Webb's fourth win of the season.


Senior Day Highlights Regular Season-Ending Series with Youngstown State

The 2013 regular season comes to a close at Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend with a three-game set versus the visiting Penguins. Milwaukee has clinched the regular-season title, but seeds #2-#5 still remain up for grabs heading down the final stretch.


Crusaders Top Rockets 6-1

Kyle Wormington allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings of work to give Valpo its 25th win of the season Tuesday. Crusaders conclude the regular season with a conference series against Youngstown State beginning Thursday.


For John Loeffler, Less Has Been More

Crusaders first baseman has been a consistent source of production at the plate since arriving from junior college. But self-improvements away from the diamond weigh as greater achievements.


Hopes of Regular Season Repeat Go Up in Smoke after UIC Sweep

Flames score three in the 7th, two in the 8th in a 5-2 win over Valpo. Next weekend's series versus Youngstown State will dictate what seed Crusaders earn in the Horizon League Conference Tournament.


Flames Power Past Crusaders

UIC records eight extra-base hits in 12-5 win over Valpo Saturday afternoon. The loss pushes the Crusaders back into third place in the Horizon League standings. The series concludes Sunday at 1:05 pm at Les Miller Field.


Michelson, Flames Snap Valpo's Winning Streak

Crusaders manage five hits as Michelson tosses complete game shutout; Valpo and UIC continue series Saturday at 2:05 pm in Chicago.


Red-Hot Crusaders Meet Flames with Plenty at Stake

Valpo (24-23, 10-8 Horizon) will travel down I-90 for its final regular-season road series against UIC (21-25, 8-10 Horizon).The Crusaders enter the three-game set having won ten in a row and eight of their last nine HL games. Currently one game out of first-place but just two games ahead of the rest of the pack, the Brown and Gold cannot afford a setback in the Windy City.


5-2 Win Keeps the Crusaders Streaking

Eight of nine starters record hits, staff allows no earned runs against Chicago State in Valpo's 10th straight win; victory gives Crusaders the longest winning streak in the country.


Kowalczyk Earns Second Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award

Kowalczyk's seven saves are tied for first in the Horizon League; his 0.52 earned run average is tops in conference for any pitcher with at least 15 innings pitched.


Another Eighth Inning Rally Caps Wild Weekend at Emory G. Bauer

Valpo benefits from another Panther bullpen implosion, scores four in the 8th to complete sweep 7-6 over Milwaukee; ninth win in a row puts Crusaders at .500 mark, moves them one game back of first-place.


Crazy Comeback Makes It Eight Straight for Valpo

Valpo rides merry-go-round on the basepaths in a five-run 8th inning that gave the Crusaders a 10-7 win to pull within two games of first-place Milwaukee.


Wormington, Kowalczyk Spell Relief in 5-3 Series-Opening Win

Teams combined for 24 hits - all singles - in a tilt that saw all eight runs scored in the first four frames. Wormington threw four shutout innings in relief to earn his third win of the year. Kowalczyk maintained his perfect ERA while notching his sixth save of the season.


Something's Gotta Give

Milwaukee (21-16, 11-4 HL) comes to town riding an eight-game winning streak. Valpo (20-23, 7-8 HL) has a six-game winning streak of its own. The first and second place teams meet for a three-game set that could solidify - or muddy - the top spot in the Horizon League standings.


Friday's Baseball Game Moved to 1:00 PM

A dicey forecast has caused first pitch between Milwaukee and Valpo to be bumped up two hours.


Wild Win Makes It Six in a Row for Valpo

Mahar tossed three innings in relief for freshman Drew Hasler to get the win before Kowalczyk earned his fifth save of the season in a 5-3 Crusader victory. Tanner Vavra scored the winning run from second on a wild pitch.


Crusaders Win 11-4 Over Goshen

Middle of the order goes 9-for-15, knocks in eight runs in rout of Maple Leafs; Ryan Kennedy notches first win of 2013 out of the bullpen. Valpo plays Western Michigan Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.


DeBoo, Loeffler Named Players of the Week

Horizon League named Chris DeBoo Pitcher of the Week, John Loeffler Co-Hitter of the Week after their work on the mound, at the plate against Wright State this past weekend.


Wormington Good as Gold in Sweep of Wright State

Senior tosses six shutout innings in Sunday's 4-0 triumph over the Raiders; win vaults Valpo into second place in the Horizon League standings.


Crusaders Trounce Raiders 17-5

Crusader offense has largest outpouring of the season scoring in all but two innings; Lundeen improves to a perfect 3-0. Valpo aims for the sweep tomorrow at 1 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Manning, Crusaders Flex Muscles in 5-1 Win over Wright State

Valpo smacks seven extra-base hits; DeBoo throws seven efficient innings in the series-opening victory over the visiting Raiders. The two teams continue play Saturday at 1:00 pm CT at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Second Half of Horizon League Play Begins Friday as Wright State Visits Valpo

The Crusaders sit four games back of first-place Milwaukee in the Horizon League standings coming down the home stretch. With only 12 conference games remaining, little room for error exists if Valpo wishes to repeat as regular-season champions.


Valpo Game at Ball State Rained Out

Second game this week to be cancelled because of rain; Valpo welcomes Wright State to town for weekend series beginning Friday


Threat of Severe Weather Prompts Cancellation of Tuesday's Game

The game between Chicago State and Valpo has been cancelled due to impending weather. The Crusaders will travel to Muncie to take on the Ball State Cardinals tomorrow at 2:00 pm CT.


Kowalczyk Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Junior from Peru, Illinois threw 3 1/3 shutout innings last week and earned his fourth save of the season in Valpo's 8-6 win Sunday over #9 Arizona State.


Valpo Flips the Script in 8-6 Win over #9 Arizona State

After being outscored 31-6 in the first two games of the series, Crusaders put on a hitting clinic to beat their second top-10 team in as many years. Freshman Dalton Lundeen earned his second victory of the season in Valpo's first ever win over a Pac-12 team.


Kellogg, #9 Sun Devils Toast Crusaders

For the second night in a row, a big inning paralyzes the Brown and Gold; Chris Manning collects two hits, scores a run in the 15-3 defeat for Valpo.


Sun Devils Shoot Past Valpo in Series Opener

Crusader bullpen surrenders nine runs in a lengthy 8th inning as part of a 16-3 loss to #9 Arizona State Friday night; Valpo gets 12 hits in the defeat.


Valpo Prepares for a Showdown in the Desert with #9 Arizona State

The 9th-ranked Sun Devils welcome the Crusaders for a three-game series at Packard Stadium in Tempe. Junior Cole Webb will put his 1.97 ERA on the line Friday evening versus an efficient Sun Devil offense that ranks in the top 40 in numerous categories.


Crusader Bats Reign Over Roosevelt

Valpo scores in each of the first six innings; set season-high in runs and hits in 15-3 rout over NAIA opponent Roosevelt Lakers. Freshman Drew Hasler earned his first career win for the Brown and Gold. Crusaders head to the desert to face Arizona State in a weekend series beginning Friday.


Broncos Squeeze By Crusaders 5-4

Crusaders hit four Western Michigan batters in their 11th one-run loss of the 2013 campaign Tuesday in Kalamazoo. Valpo returns home for a Wednesday afternoon game against Roosevelt at 2:00 pm.


Crusaders Drop Seesaw Battle to Penguins in Series Finale

Valpo squanders chance to move one game back of second place in the HL; falls 4-3 to Youngstown State Sunday.


Valpo Doubles Up Penguins

Crusaders rip thirteen hits in a 6-3 win at Youngstown State; Kyle Schneider has a perfect 3-for-3 day, Mahoney scores two runs in Valpo's fourth HL win. Crusaders go for sweep tomorrow at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT.


Crusaders Rake, Take Advantage of Five Errors in 9-2 Win over Youngstown State

Valpo cruises past YSU, picks up a game on the Penguins in the standings. Cole Webb notches first win in Horizon League play. Teams back at it Saturday at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT.


Key Horizon League Series Awaits Valpo in Youngstown This Weekend

At 2-7 in conference play, now is the time for the Crusaders to make a move against a Youngstown State team that historically they have had success against (.736 win percentage). First pitch Friday is slated for 2:00 pm CT. Video and live stats will be available for all three games this weekend.


Wednesday Afternoon's Game Versus Goshen Postponed

Forecast of heavy rain postpones tilt against Maple Leafs; makeup date scheduled for April 29th at 3:00 pm.


Flames Claim Series with 4-3 Win Sunday

Crusaders outhit UIC 10-9, but leave 13 runners on base in their ninth one-run loss of the season. Valpo will take on Northwestern and Goshen in mid-week tilts before traveling to Youngstown State next weekend.


Burns & Co. Break Out Bats in 6-2 Win over UIC

Burns, Manning, and Cribbs all record three-hit games against the Flames; pitching staff limits UIC to one hit in Valpo's second Horizon League win of the season Saturday. Rubber game is at 1:00 pm Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Deja Vu for Valpo, Webb in 2-1 Loss to Flames

Crusaders strand eleven runners, Webb surrenders just two runs in eight innings as UIC takes the opening game Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field; series continues Saturday at 1 pm.


Valpo Aims to Get Back on Track Versus UIC This Weekend

UIC (13-13, 3-3 HL) comes to Valparaiso this weekend for a three-game series. It was April 5th last year that the Crusaders began a 24-4 stretch to conclude the regular season. Valpo (10- 17, 1-5 HL) sends Cole Webb (2-4, 1.82) to the hill in Friday's opener.


#20 Notre Dame Scores Three in Last At-Bat to Sneak By Crusaders

Dalton Lundeen delivered seven strong innings for Valpo, but the bullpen couldn't keep the Irish off the scoreboard in the 3-1 loss. Crusaders continue Horizon League play Friday at home against UIC.


Better Late than Never

Down 2-1 for five innings, Valpo puts up a four-spot in the bottom of the 7th inning to take Monday's home opener 5-2 against Purdue North Central. The Crusaders will travel to Notre Dame Wednesday for a showdown with the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish.


Crusaders Drop Pair to Panthers

Mitch Ghelfi goes 7-for-8 against the Crusaders; Panthers win 7-5 in the first game, 8-2 in the second. Valpo commits four errors in night tilt.


Valpo Comes Up Short Against Long, Milwaukee

Jake Long tosses third consecutive complete game in a 2-0 Panther win; Crusaders strand twelve baserunners in their third HL loss. Two teams go at it in a doubleheader tomorrow in Chicago.


Valpo, Milwaukee will Meet in the Middle this Weekend

The Crusaders and the first-place Panthers will clash in Chicago this weekend. Recent weather has led to unplayable conditions at both sites; clubs agreed to a late morning game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday at UIC's Les Miller Field.


This Week's Baseball Schedule Rearranged

Ball State game bumped to April 24th; Crusaders and Milwaukee will play in Chicago on Friday, Saturday


Reserves Power Extra-Inning Win for Valpo in Split with Wright State

Valpo lets three leads slip through its hands in first game of doubleheader; reserves get seven hits, four RBIs in 5-3 win in second game.


Valpo Hits Speed Bump in Horizon League Opener

Wright State erupts for twelve hits; Valpo limited to six in 7-2 loss in Dayton. Doubleheader tomorrow begins at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT.


Defense of Horizon League Title Begins This Weekend in Dayton

Originally scheduled to take place in northwest Indiana, Valpo and Wright State will seek refuge from a blustery forecast in Dayton this weekend. A Friday night game and a doubleheader Saturday signal the opening of Horizon League play for the defending champion Crusaders.


Crusaders Swap Weekends with Wright State

Valpo will travel to Dayton this weekend; Raiders will come to town April 26th-28th


Valpo Concludes Trip with Win over Miami of Ohio

Crusaders overcome five errors, rip twelve hits in 9-6 victory over Miami (OH); DeBoo gets first win of season


Webb's Gem Wasted in Shutout Loss Against UAB

Cole Webb gives up one run on three hits, but suffers yet another tough-luck loss as Valpo musters just three hits in 1-0 defeat


Wormington, Crusaders Blow Past Bucknell

Valpo wins third in a row behind stingy pitching, balanced offensive attack; Crusaders will face UAB Thursday and Miami (OH) Friday before heading back to Emory G. Bauer Field


Another Five-Run Inning, Another First Career Win for Freshman

Four Crusaders record multi-RBI games, Trevor Haas the latest freshman to notch first career win in 9-2 victory over Yale Bulldogs


Five-Run First Frame Sinks Navy

Valpo brings eleven batters to the plate in the first inning; Lundeen tosses 7 innings of one-run ball for first collegiate win


Tuesday Rainout Prompts Wednesday Doubleheader

Continuous rain throughout Tuesday morning made Chain of Lakes Field unplayable; day-night doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday


Final Leg of Spring Trip Kicks Off Tuesday Morning

Crusaders arrive in Winter Haven with 3-5 record on spring trip; Navy, Yale, Bucknell, UAB, Miami of Ohio await Valpo in RussMatt Invitational


Bulls Use Long Ball in 7-3 Series Win

Three Valpo errors, three USF homers in treacherous 7th inning hands DeBoo his fourth loss on season; Crusaders fall to 4-10, head to Winter Haven for five games


Crusaders Get Back to Fundamentals in Win Over USF

Four double plays, five stolen bases fuel 5-2 Valpo victory; Webb throws seven innings, allows one earned run; Vavra has three-hit, three-run game


Two-Run 8th Inning Spoils Stellar Outing from Wormington

Wormington concedes two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, Loeffler homers; Crusaders still fall 3-2 to USF


9th Inning Rally Too Little Too Late Against Toledo

Valpo commits three errors, allows 16 hits in 9-8 loss in final game at Port Charlotte; Crusaders open series at USF Friday


Valpo Breaks Through with Walk-Off Win over Villanova

Kowalczyk knocks in Bain for 7-6 walk-off victory; Crusaders overcome two four-run deficits


Valpo Drops Heartbreaker to Georgetown

Crusaders take lead in 4th inning, cough it up in bottom of 8th; Martin has three-hit day, Manning plates two in 4-3 loss


Crusaders Let One Slip Away Against Northeastern

Cole Webb allows just two runs on five hits over seven innings; bats go cold in 3-1 loss to Northeastern Sunday


Offense Gets Back on Track in 5-4 Comeback Win Over St. Bonaventure

Mahar earns first win of season out of the bullpen; four Crusaders record multi-hit game in 5-4 comeback win over St. Bonaventure


Baseball Begins 13-game Spring Trip Saturday Morning

Five games in Port Charlotte, three in Tampa versus South Florida, five in Winter Haven make up 17-day, 13-game road trip


More Than a Number

A little more than five years after an accident claimed the life of brother and best friend of pitcher Cole Webb, #9 lives on


Different Day, Same Story for Crusaders

Chris DeBoo throws seven solid innings, but offense stalls with runners in scoring position in 2-0 series finale loss to Long Beach State


Crusaders Unable to Capitalize

Andrew Bynum hits first home run of year, Cole Webb's quality start wasted in 3-2 loss to Long Beach State


Hijinks on the Infield Lead to Series Opening Loss in Long Beach

Four infield errors, four walks all part of uncharacteristic sloppy play in Valpo's 7-2 loss to Long Beach State Friday night


Crusaders Return to the Diamond This Weekend in Sunny Southern California Versus Long Beach State

Club will get reprieve from winter weather as it looks to raise record over .500. Wormington, Webb, DeBoo slated to take the hill for Valpo against the Dirtbags in Long Beach.


Valpo Falls at Belmont In Weekend Finale

The Valparaiso baseball team couldn't push across a run after loading the bases with one out in the top of the second, and then surrendered six runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame as Belmont downed the Crusaders, 7-3, Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn.


Webb Rocks Nashville with Eight Shutout Innings

Valpo hangs on for 1-0 victory, collects first win of 2013 campaign behind dominating pitching performance from junior


9th Inning Surge Not Enough for Crusaders in Opener

Brookshire stymies Crusaders for five innings; Valpo strands tying run in 9th to end game in 4-3 defeat


Opening Day Comes as Music to Ears of Baseball Fans Nationwide

Nostalgia of our youth, the anticipation of summer cement baseball as America's pastime


HL Baseball Preseason Polls, Team Announced

Valpo receives three first-place votes, five Crusaders named to Preseason All-Horizon League Team


2013 Baseball Preview: Crusaders Reload as Defense of HL Title Begins Friday

Coming off a banner 2012 campaign, Valpo finds itself in uncharted territory. For the first time since joining the Horizon League, the Crusaders open a season as defending champions.


Todhunter to Be Inducted Into Valpo Hall of Fame

One of the top hitters in Valparaiso baseball history, Jack Todhunter will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 16.


Naumann to Be Inducted into Valpo Hall of Fame

A two-sport standout during his time at Valparaiso, Paul Naumann went on to a long and distinguished coaching career, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


College Baseball Insider Coaches' Poll Announced

College Baseball Insider picks Crusaders to take 1st place again in Horizon League


Perfect Game, Baseball America Break Out Crystal Ball for Horizon League

Baseball America, Perfect Game present contrasting predictions. BA picks Valpo 3rd, while Perfect Game thinks a repeat is in the cards


Against All Odds, Vavra Retains Focus

Despite life-altering eye injuries sustained in youth, senior infielder sets sights on 2013, beyond


Crusaders Receive More Preseason Praise

College Sports Madness names Mahoney Field Player of the Year; accompanies five other Crusaders on preseason All-Horizon League First Team


Valpo Receives Votes in National Preseason Poll

Crusaders one of just a handful of non-BCS schools to be noticed in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll


Valpo Baseball Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

Nine student-athletes have committed to join head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso baseball program. Matthew Gatewood, Brady Harris, Mario Losi, Joppi Martin, Emerson Misch, JP Paciocco, Mark Pall, Jake Perry and Chris Ramsey will join the Crusaders for competition beginning in the 2013-14 season.


Crusaders Finalize 2013 Schedule

The Valparaiso baseball team finalized its 2013 schedule on Monday with the announcement of its opponents for the pair of neutral-site events in Florida.


Valpo Baseball Duo Named to CSBL All-College Team

Valparaiso sophomore Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and junior Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) were both named to the Chicago Suburban Baseball League's 2012 All-College team, the league announced Thursday. Morman hit .415 for the Crystal Lake Cardinals over the summer, while Burns hit .367 for the Lexington Snipes. Both players redshirted last spring for the Crusaders and are looking to make an immediate impact on the field for the 2013 season.


Mahoney Leads Team Bain to Fall Series Championship

Team Bain won the deciding game of the best-of-three baseball Fall World Series over Team Wormington on Thursday afternoon, winning in convincing fashion 9-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Team Bain Wins to Even Baseball Fall World Series

The Valparaiso University baseball team held game two of its Fall World Series on Tuesday afternoon, with Team Bain defeating Team Wormington by a score of 7-3 to even the series at one game apiece.


Team Wormington Takes Game One of Valpo Baseball Fall World Series

Freshman Bryce Yoder (Spencerville, Ind./Eastside) worked two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win and senior Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead Team Wormington to a 9-5 victory over Team Bain in the opening game of the Valparaiso baseball program’s Fall World Series Monday afternoon.


Baseball Golf Outing a Success

Valparaiso baseball alumni and friends of the program gathered on a beautiful, sunny day for the annual golf outing Saturday, Sept. 29th at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, Ind. Following the outing, many gathered at Inman’s to join in a bowling event.


Fall Camp Canceled Due to Scheduling Conflict

The Valparaiso baseball program's fall prospect camp has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict and will not be re-scheduled.


Valpo Baseball Announces 2013 Schedule

Three-game series at Long Beach State and at five-time national champion Arizona State and 19 home games at Emory G. Bauer Field highlight the 2013 schedule for the Valparaiso baseball team, as released this afternoon by head coach Tracy Woodson.


Manning, Yoder Garner Summer Baseball Honors

Valparaiso junior outfielder Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) was named among the top 30 baseball prospects from the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League by Perfect Game USA this week. Perfect Game, which is considered to be one of baseball's largest scouting service, has provided detailed top prospect lists and reports from 25 summer collegiate baseball leagues around the country.


Valpo Baseball’s Parents/Alumni/Friends Day Set for September 29

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold their annual Parents/Alumni/Friends Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a golf outing in the afternoon and bowling in the evening.


Vavra Named Tom Walter Award Winner

Valparaiso senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) has been named one of five winners of the second annual Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, as announced by College Baseball Insider. The Tom Walter Award was established to recognize examples of inspiration in college baseball.


Vavra a Finalist for Tom Walter Award

Valparaiso senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) has been named one of ten finalists for the second annual Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, as announced by College Baseball Insider.


Vavra Named to Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team

Rising senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) capped his stellar 2012 summer baseball season with the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League by claiming a spot on the league’s postseason All-Star team, as well as a share of the batting title, as announced by the league office on Sunday.


Avery, Woodson Agree to Extensions

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery and baseball head coach Tracy Woodson have both agreed to extensions after leading their respective teams to Horizon League championships during the 2011-2012 school year.


Crusader Baseball Players Earn All-Star Honors

Six members of the Valparaiso University baseball team have recently earned All-Star honors in their respective summer baseball leagues. Rising senior Tanner Vavra, junior Sean Kennedy, junior Chris Manning, redshirt sophomore Michael Morman, redshirt junior Andy Burns, and senior Tyler Weddington have each earned mid-season recognition.


Gulbransen Joins Deetjen Pitching in Gary

Valparaiso University alum Jon Gulbransen(2008-2011) joined his former teammate Tyler Deetjen (2009-2012) by signing a professional contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday evening.


Wild Earns Honorable Mention All-American Honors from CBI

Valparaiso University’s Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com for his stellar 2012 season.


Former Crusaders Playing Well in Pro Ball

Three former Valparaiso University baseball players are off to solid starts with their professional teams in 2012. Kyle Gaedele (2009-2011) is playing for the Fort Wayne Tincaps, the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres while Bryce Shafer (2008-2010) is playing for the Boise Hawks, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In addition, Tyler Deetjen (2009-2012) has joined the Gary SouthShore RailCats over the last week and has made two appearances for the independent league team.


Crusader Baseball Adds Six Players

Head coach Tracy Woodson has announced six more additions to the Valparaiso University baseball roster for the upcoming season. This group brings the total number of newcomers to 13 for the 2013 campaign.


Valpo’s Deetjen Signs Pro Contract with Gary SouthShore RailCats

Valparaiso University’s Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) has signed a minor league free agent contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association, an independent professional baseball league.


Three Crusader Baseball Players Named to All-Academic Team

Valparaiso University’s baseball program had three players voted to the Horizon League’s All-Academic Team for their efforts both on the diamond and in the classroom. Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.), and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) were all selected for the 12-member team.


Crusader Baseball Players Competing on Summer League Teams

The 2012 Horizon League regular season and tournament champions are not resting on their laurels this summer as several Crusader baseball players are sharpening their skills for the upcoming 2013 season by playing in collegiate summer leagues throughout the country. The Crusaders are be represented on 14 different teams in nine leagues from the east coast to the west coast.


Valpo’s Mahoney Named to Louisvile Slugger Freshmen All-American Team

Valparaiso University’s Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) has been named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team as selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


Bain Named to Gary’s All-Regional Team

Valparaiso University designated hitter Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) was named to the All-Regional Team following the conclusion of the NCAA’s Gary Regional held Friday through Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard.


Valpo’s Season Ends with NCAA Tournament Loss to #11 Kentucky

Valparaiso’s first NCAA Tournament trip since 1968 came to an end on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., falling 8-1 to #11 Kentucky.


Valpo Falls to #15 Purdue in First NCAA Appearance in 44 Years

Valparaiso scored first and last on Friday evening into Saturday morning, but Purdue scored seven times in between as the 15th-ranked Boilermakers defeated the Crusaders 7-2 at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals in front of 5,047 fans.


Crusaders Conclude Final Tune-up for NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso University arrived at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. for its first look at the stadium for the season and take part in a final practice before opening NCAA Tournament play on Friday evening against #15/15 Purdue. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, the practice was cut short about 20 minutes in as the light rain that had fallen throughout became heavier and the tarp was put on the field.


Crusaders Ready for NCAA Tournament Beginning on Friday

Valparaiso makes its first appearance in the NCAA Division I regionals since 1968 this weekend as the Crusaders head 27 miles down the road to U.S. Steel Yard in Gary for the double elimination tournament. The Crusaders will face #15 Purdue on Friday night at 7 p.m. before facing either #11 Kentucky or Kent State on Saturday.


Valpo-Purdue Game to Air Live on Big Ten Network

The NCAA and Big Ten Network have announced that Friday evening’s NCAA Regional game between Valparaiso and Purdue will be carried live on BTN and also available on BTN2Go. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Game Times, Ticket Information Set for Valpo’s Trip to Gary Regional

Valparaiso will play Purdue at 7 p.m. CDT on Friday evening, June 1 at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. for the opening game of the NCAA Regional Championships. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and college students (with valid ID).


Valpo’s “Road to Omaha” Begins Friday against Purdue in Gary

Valparaiso will need to travel a mere 27 miles to U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. for its first NCAA Division I Regional appearance since 1968 as the Crusaders will face Purdue on Friday evening.


NCAA Tourney Bound!!!! Valpo Baseball Wins Horizon League Title

It has been 44 years since Valparaiso has been to a NCAA Division I (then University Division) Baseball Tournament, waiting one more day did little to damper the enthusiasm of the Crusaders on Sunday afternoon. After falling to UIC on Saturday, setting up the “if necessary” game, the Crusaders exploded with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Flames 14-5 at Les Miller Field to capture the Horizon League Baseball Tournament title and with it the automatic bid into the NCAA Regionals.


Valpo at UIC Horizon League Championship LIVE!!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as top-seeded Valparaiso looks to capture the Horizon League Tournament crown and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon in the championship game. First pitch against tournament host UIC is slated for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.


UIC Nips Valpo 4-3 in Crusaders First Opportunity at Horizon League Title

UIC scored three times in the first and added the winning run in the eighth inning as the Flames defeated Valparaiso 4-3 in the Crusaders’ first try at capturing the Horizon League title. With both teams having one loss in the double-elimination tournament, the two schools will meet back at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. again Sunday afternoon at noon for the title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Follow Valpo's Quest for a Horizon League Title LIVE!!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as top-seeded Valparaiso looks to capture the Horizon League Tournament championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m.


Eighth Inning Rally Sends Valpo to Horizon League Championship

Mark Johnson’s (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township H.S.) two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a late rally as Valparaiso came from three runs down to defeat UIC 4-3 on Friday evening at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill., sending the Crusaders into the Horizon League Tournament championship game on Saturday afternoon.


Valpo Faces UIC in Horizon League Tournament LIVE!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as top-seeded Valparaiso looks to advance to the Horizon League Tournament championship game, facing fourth-seeded UIC on Friday evening. First pitch is slated for 8 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m.


Valpo Routs Youngstown State to Open Horizon League Tournament

Valparaiso scored eight runs in the fifth inning and added five more in the eighth on Thursday evening as the Crusaders opened up play in the Horizon League Baseball Championships with a convincing 16-3 victory over Youngstown State at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo Opens Horizon League Tournament vs. YSU LIVE!!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as top-seeded Valparaiso opens Horizon League Tournament play on Thursday evening against sixth-seeded Youngstown State. First pitch is slated for 8 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 7:45 p.m.


Crusader Baseball Ready for Horizon League Tournament

After capturing its first conference regular season baseball title since 1977, Valparaiso now seeks its first Horizon League Tournament championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships this week in Chicago. The Crusaders will open play in the Horizon League Tournament on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at UIC’s Les Miller Field.


Valpo Well-Represented as Horizon League Announces Postseason Awards

Ten members of the Valparaiso University baseball program received postseason accolades on Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its annual awards. The Crusader award winners were highlighted by Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) being named the Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Year, Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) being named the co-Newcomer of the Year, and Tracy Woodson being honored as the Coach of the Year.


Valpo’s Mahoney Named Horizon League Batter of the Week

Valparaiso University’s Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) has been named the final Horizon League Batter of the Week after helping to lead the Crusaders to a weekend sweep of Youngstown State and the Horizon League regular season championship.


Valpo Enters Horizon League Tournament as Top Seed

Valparaiso will open play as the number one seed in the 2012 Horizon League Baseball Championship which begins this week at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. on the campus of UIC. The Crusaders will play their first game on Thursday evening (May 24) at 8 p.m.


Seniors Lead Valpo Baseball to Horizon League Title

By the time fifth-year senior closer Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) pinch hit for the first time in his career on Saturday afternoon, Valparaiso could already taste an outright Horizon League Championship. His double to the right-centerfield gap drove home the Crusaders’ 12th run of the game as the Brown and Gold defeated Youngstown State 13-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field to clinch the conference crown.


Extra Inning Win Gives Valpo First Horizon League Baseball Crown

Tanner Vavra’s (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) hard smash to short with two outs in the 11th inning scored Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) with the winning run to give Valparaiso an 8-7 victory over Youngstown State on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. With the victory, the Crusaders have clinched at least a share of their first Horizon League regular season title, and first overall conference title since 1977.


Valpo Moves into First Place Tie after Downing Youngstown State 8-3

Valparaiso won its 30th game of the season for the first time since 1999 on Thursday afternoon, and in the process moved into a tie for first place in the Horizon League standings with an 8-3 victory over Youngstown State at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Hosts Youngstown State Seeking First Horizon League Title

Valparaiso wraps up the 2012 regular season this weekend in search of its first Horizon League title. The Crusaders enter the weekend one game behind Wright State in the conference standings. Valpo hosts Youngstown State in a three-game series, culminating with Senior Day on Saturday.


Tuesday’s Baseball Game vs. Chicago State Cancelled

Valparaiso’s scheduled baseball game for Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field against Chicago State has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with the Cougars and will not be made up.


Valpo Posts 8-2 Victory over UIC to Take Weekend Series

Valparaiso jumped out to a five-run lead after one inning on Sunday afternoon, and defeated UIC 8-2 to take two of three games from the Flames in the weekend series at Emory G. Bauer Field.


UIC Snaps Valpo’s Home Win Streak

Valparaiso saw its eight-game home win streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon, falling 8-3 against UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Routs UIC to Open Weekend Series

Valparaiso scored eight times in the sixth inning and added three more runs in each of the next two frames on Friday afternoon to defeat UIC 14-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field in the opening game of a three-game weekend series.


Valpo Hosts UIC in Weekend Series

Tied for first place in the Horizon League standings with just under two weeks to play in the regular season, Valparaiso continues its nine-game homestand this weekend with a key three-game conference series against UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Hagel Delivers Game-Winner in 10th for Crusaders

Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) drove home the winning run with a single in the 10th inning as Valparaiso defeated Ball State 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Opens Homestand with Shutout Victory

Three freshmen pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout on Tuesday afternoon as Valparaiso opened its nine-game homestand with an 8-0 victory over North Central at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Named CBI Central Team of the Week

After posting a 3-1 record last week to move in a first place tie in the Horizon League standings, the Valparaiso University baseball team was named the College Baseball Insider Central Region Team of the Week.


Crusader Baseball Returns Home to Open Nine-Game Homestand

Valparaiso returns home to Emory G. Bauer Field for a pair of midweek contests to open a nine-game homestand wrapping up the regular season. The Crusaders host North Central on Tuesday afternoon before entertaining Ball State on Wednesday. Valpo is looking to extend its five-game home winning streak.


Wormington Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University’s Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) has been named the Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Week after helping lift the Crusaders into a first place tie with Wright State on Sunday.


Crusaders Tied for First After 4-3 Victory at Wright State Sunday

Valparaiso scored single runs in each of the first four innings on Sunday afternoon and defeated Wright State 4-3 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to pull into a tie for first place in the Horizon League with the Raiders.


Valpo at Wright State Sunday LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso battles Wright State for first place in the Horizon League in the final game of a three-game weekend series. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.


Wright State Snaps Valpo’s Win Streak on Saturday Afternoon

Valparaiso saw its nine-game winning streak, the fifth longest in the country, come to an end on Saturday afternoon, as Wright State scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory over the Crusaders at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Valpo at Wright State Saturday LIVE!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso battles Wright State for first place in the Horizon League after a thrilling 12-11 victory on Friday night. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.


Valpo Rallies for Ninth Straight Win to Move into First Place

Valparaiso scored five times in the top of the eighth inning to rally from a four-run deficit and defeat Wright State 12-11 on Friday evening at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders have now won nine straight and have moved into a first place tie with the Raiders in the in the Horizon League standings.


Valpo at Wright State Friday LIVE!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens a three-game Horizon League series on Friday evening against Wright State in a battle for first place. First pitch is slated for 5:30 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m.


Valpo Runs Win Streak to Eight With 7-4 Win at Notre Dame

Valparaiso scored four times in the fourth inning and added three more runs in the seventh on the way to a 7-4 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday evening at Frank Eck Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind. to run the Crusaders’ winning streak to eight straight games.


Valpo at Notre Dame LIVE!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso puts its seven-game winning streak on the line Wednesday evening to battle Big East foe Notre Dame. First pitch is slated for 4:30 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 4:15 p.m.


Valpo Baseball Heads to Notre Dame Before First Place Showdown at Wright State

After earning Honorable Mention National Team of the Week honors, Valparaiso wraps up its final regular season road trip of the season with four more games this week. The Crusaders take their seven game winning streak to Notre Dame on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt before heading to Dayton, Ohio this weekend for a three-game series at Wright State in a showdown for first place in the Horizon League.


Valpo Runs Wins Streak to Seven with Sweep of Milwaukee

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) went the distance in Sunday’s opener while Kyle Wormington (Norman, Okla./North H.S.) and Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) combined to allow just one run in the night cap as Valparaiso swept a doubleheader from Milwaukee 4-1 and 2-1 at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.


Valpo at Milwaukee DH LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up a three-game Horizon League weekend series on Sunday afternoon against Milwaukee with a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is slated for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.


Valpo Baseball Returns to .500 with 9-3 Win at Milwaukee

Every Crusader in the lineup had at least one hit on Friday afternoon as Valparaiso posted its 12th victory in its last 14 games to return to the .500 mark on the season with a 9-3 victory over Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.


Valpo at Milwaukee Baseball LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens a three-game Horizon League weekend series on Friday afternoon against Milwaukee. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 2:45 p.m.


Crusader Baseball Heads to Milwaukee This Weekend

Valparaiso takes its four-game winning streak north to Wisconsin this weekend as the Crusaders take on Milwaukee in a three-game Horizon League series. The Brown and Gold has won nine of its last 10 games overall and 11 of the last 13 to pull within two games of first place Wright State in the Horizon League standings.


Yoder’s Blast Lifts Valpo to Come From Behind Win at IPFW

Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) made his first appearance back to his hometown a memorable one, launching a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give Valparaiso an 11-8 victory over IPFW on Tuesday afternoon at Mastodon Field in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Valpo at IPFW LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso travels to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference game against IPFW. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.


Wild Earns Horizon League Honor; Valpo Pitching Staff Honored Nationally

Valparaiso University’s Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) picked up his third Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor while the Crusaders’ pitching staff as a whole was named the National Pitching Staff of the Week by Insidepitching.com.


Shutout, Ninth Inning Rally Lead Valpo to Sweep of Butler

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener on Sunday and Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange Park, Ill./Lyons Township H.S.) drew a walk-off walk in the nightcap as Valparaiso won both games of a doubleheader against Butler 1-0 and 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field to complete a weekend sweep of the Bulldogs.


Valpo Wins Series Opener from Butler 4-2

Four first inning runs were all that Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) needed on Saturday afternoon to lead Valparaiso to a 4-2 victory over Butler in the opening game of a three-game series at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Rain Forces Postponement of Valpo-Butler Baseball on Friday

Steady rains throughout Northwest Indiana on Friday have forced the postponement of the scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and Butler at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo-Goshen Baseball Cancelled on April 25

Valparaiso's baseball game scheduled against Goshen on Wednesday, April 25, has been cancelled due to conflicts with the Maple Leafs.


Indiana State Wins 16-Inning Marathon over Valpo

In a game that saw both teams go scoreless for 10 straight innings, Indiana State plated the winning run in the bottom of the 16th inning on Tuesday evening to post a 2-1 victory over Valparaiso at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Ind.


Valpo at Indiana State LIVE Tuesday!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso steps out of conference play on Tuesday evening to battle instate foe Indiana State. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 4:45 p.m.


Tickets Still Available for Comedy Night Featuring Bobby Collins

The Valparaiso University baseball program will be hosting Bobby Collins “On the Inside”, an evening of Las Vegas comedy, on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletics-Recreation Center and tickets are still available.


Crusader Baseball Set for Horizon League's Second Half

Winners of five in a row and seven of the last eight, Valparaiso returns to the diamond for four games this week against Hoosier State foes. The Crusaders will travel to Terre Haute on Tuesday for a non-conference game against Indiana State before hosting longtime rival Butler for a three-game weekend series Friday through Sunday to open the second half of Horizon League play.


Valpo Completes Weekend Sweep of Youngstown State

Valparaiso wrapped up a three-game weekend sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon with a 5-4 victory over the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Valpo at Youngstown State LIVE Sunday!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso concludes a three-game Horizon League series on Sunday against Youngstown State. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.


Valpo Shuts Out Youngstown State 10-0 on Saturday

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) tossed eight-innings of shutout baseball leading Valparaiso to a 10-0 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday afternoon in game two of a weekend series at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Valpo at Youngstown State LIVE Saturday!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso continues a three-game Horizon League series on Saturday against Youngstown State. Due to forecasted rain, first pitch is now slated for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.


Valpo Uses Long Ball to Down Youngstown State

John Loeffler (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville H.S.) and Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) both hit three-run home runs on Friday afternoon, helping lift Valparaiso to a 7-4 victory over Youngstown State in the opening game of a three-game Horizon League series at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Valpo at Youngstown State LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens a three-game Horizon League weekend series on Friday afternoon against Youngstown State. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.


Crusader Baseball Reaches Midway in Horizon League Slate

Valparaiso begins a four-game road trip this weekend with a three-game series against Youngstown State at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. The Crusaders have won four of their last five games overall, and will wrap up the first half of Horizon League action with this weekend’s series.


Crusaders Down Broncos to Close Homestand

Valparaiso got solid pitching and some timely hitting on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders wrapped up their brief two-game homestand with a 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at Emory G. Bauer Field to earn a split in the season series between the two schools.


Hagel, Yoder Lead Valpo Past Grace

Will Hagel(Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and Grant Yoder (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider H.S.) combined for nine runs batted in on Monday afternoon, helping lead Valparaiso to a 12-5 victory over Grace at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Wild Earns Second Pitcher of the Week Honor

Valparaiso University’s Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) has picked up his second Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor after tossing a complete game victory over UIC on Friday evening.


Valpo Falls 3-2 to UIC in Finale

Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./Saddleback H.S.) hit a two-run home run for Valparaiso to account for all of the Crusaders’ offense on Saturday afternoon as the Brown and Gold fell 3-2 to UIC in the finale of a three-game weekend series at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo at UIC Saturday Live!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso looks for a three-game sweep at UIC on Saturday afternoon in Chicago. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.


Wild’s Complete Game Lifts Valpo to 3-2 Victory at UIC

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) tossed his first complete game as a Crusader, limiting UIC to just seven hits, leading Valparaiso to a 3-2 victory over the Flames on Friday night at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo at UIC Friday LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso continues a three-game series at UIC on Friday evening in Chicago. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m.


Valpo Wins Marathon to Take Series Opener at UIC

Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) infield single in the top of the 15th drove home Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Ill./El Toro H.S.) with the winning run after Valparaiso tied the game in the ninth inning, and the Crusaders defeated UIC 8-7 to take the opener of a three-game series at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.


Valpo at UIC LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens a three-game series at UIC on Thursday evening in Chicago. First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 5:45 p.m.


Western Michigan Nips Valpo in Ninth

Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) singled home the tying run in the top of the ninth inning for Valparaiso, but Western Michigan plated in the winning run in the bottom of the innings as the Broncos topped the Crusaders 5-4 on Tuesday afternoon at Robert J. Bobb Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.


Valpo at Western Michigan LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso looks steps out of Horizon League action on Tuesday afternoon as Valparaiso heads to Western Michigan. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.


Crusader Baseball Hits the Road for Four This Week

Valparaiso takes to the road for four games this week beginning a stretch in which the Crusaders will play eight of their next 10 games away from Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo will travel to Western Michigan on Tuesday for a midweek contest before heading to Chicago Thursday through Saturday for a three-game Horizon League set with UIC.


Late Rally Falls Short for Valpo in Series Finale Versus Wright State

Valparaiso scored one run and had runners on the corners with one out in the ninth inning on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field, but could not complete the comeback, falling 4-3 to Wright State in the final game of a three-game weekend series.


Wright State Takes Middle Game from Valpo

Wright State won the middle game of a three-game Horizon League weekend series from Valparaiso on Saturday afternoon by the score of 4-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Crusaders Fall to Wright State in Extras

Valparaiso battled back from a five-run deficit to force extra innings on Friday afternoon, but Wright State plated the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Hosts Wright State in Battle of Horizon League Leaders

After sweeping a three-game series from Milwaukee last weekend, Valparaiso returns to Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend to host Wright State in a three-game set. The Raiders are the preseason favorite in the Horizon League this season and the series will be a rematch of last year’s Horizon League Tournament championship contest.


Wild’s Gem Earns Him Pitcher of the Week Honors

Kevin Wild’s (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) has earned Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing nine-plus innings of one-hit baseball last Saturday against Milwaukee, helping the Crusaders to a weekend sweep of the Panthers.


Crusader Baseball Completes Weekend Sweep of Milwaukee

Elliott Martin’s (Irvine, Calif./University H.S.) two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated the tying and go-ahead run as Valparaiso completed a three-game weekend sweep of Milwaukee 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Crusaders Open Home Schedule with Two Shutouts

Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) pitched nine innings of no-hit baseball and Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) delivered the game-winning double in the bottom of the 10th inning of game two on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated Milwaukee 1-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field. In the opener, Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) tossed a six-hit shutout to start the doubleheader sweep as the Crusaders topped the Panthers 7-0.


Rain Washes Out Valpo’s Home Opener vs. Milwaukee

Steady rain in the Northwest Indiana area on Friday afternoon has forced the postponement of Valparaiso’s home-opening baseball game against Milwaukee at Emory G. Bauer Field. The two schools will play a doubleheader on Saturday morning, beginning at 11 a.m.


Crusader Baseball Hosts Milwaukee This Weekend in Home Opener

After playing its first 19 games of the season away from home, Valparaiso returns to the friendly confines of Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend to open a three-game series with Milwaukee as part of a six game homestand spanning the next two weekends. First pitch in Friday’s home opener is slated for 3 p.m. against the Panthers with Saturday’s and Sunday’s games commencing at 1 p.m.


Valpo Baseball to Host Comedy Night Featuring Bobby Collins

The Valparaiso University baseball program will be hosting Bobby Collins “On the Inside”, an evening of Las Vegas comedy, on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Butler Takes Series Finale from Valpo

Valparaiso wrapped up its 19-game road trip on Sunday afternoon, falling 13-8 to Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.


Follow Valpo at Butler Sunday Live!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso looks to take the opening Horizon League series with game three of its weekend series at Butler on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.


Valpo Bats Explode in 15-7 Win at Butler on Saturday

Every Valparaiso hitter had at least on hit by the fifth inning on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders tallied 20 total in a 15-7 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.


Valpo at Butler Live Saturday!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso looks to rebound from Friday's loss with game two of its weekend series at Butler on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m.


Butler Trips Up Valpo in Extras to Open Horizon League Play

Valparaiso opened up its Horizon League schedule on Friday afternoon by playing its fifth extra-inning game of the season already and dropped a 5-4 game in 10 innings against Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.


Follow Valpo at Butler Baseball LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens Horizon League play on Friday afternoon battling longtime rival Butler. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m.


Belmont Defeats Crusaders 5-3 in Wednesday Action

Belmont scored two runs in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon to rally and defeat Valparaiso 5-3 at Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.


Valpo Baseball Closes 19-Game Road Trip This Week

Valparaiso wraps up its 19-game road trip this week while also opening Horizon League play. The Crusaders will stop in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday afternoon for a non-conference tilt at Belmont before heading north to Indianapolis, Ind. Friday through Sunday to being conference action with a three-game series at Butler.


Valpo Rally Falls Short at Winthrop

Valparaiso rallied from six runs down after four innings to close within two, but that is as close as the Crusaders would get on Monday evening, falling 8-6 to Winthrop at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C.


Campbell Takes Two from Valpo in Saturday Action

Valparaiso wrapped up its three-game weekend series at Campbell on Saturday afternoon, dropping both ends of the doubleheader by scores of 3-2 and 7-3 at Taylor Field in Buies Creek, N.C.


Campbell Takes Series Opener from Valparaiso in 10 Innings

Valparaiso forced extra innings for the fourth time in its first 12 games of the season on Friday afternoon, but Campbell became the first team to defeat the Crusaders after the ninth inning, downing the Brown and Gold 6-5 in 10 innings at Taylor Field in Buies Creek, N.C.


Wake Forest Shuts Out Valpo on Wednesday Afternoon

Valparaiso wrapped up a two-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Wake Forest, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Demon Deacons at Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Wake Forest Wins Series Opener Against Crusaders

Valparaiso jumped out to an early lead on Tuesday afternoon against Wake Forest but a nine-run fifth inning by the Demon Deacons proved to be too much for the Crusaders to overcome as the Brown and Gold fell 13-4 at Wake Forest Baseball Park in Winston Salem, N.C.


Deetjen Earns Second League Honor of the Season

For the second time in three weeks Valparaiso University’s Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) has been named the Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Week.


USC Upstate Defeats Valpo 8-2 in Monday Baseball

South Carolina Upstate jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning on the way to an 8-2 victory over Valparaiso on Monday afternoon at Harley Park in Spartanburg, S.C.


Crusaders Down Wofford in Extra Innings

Valparaiso rallied from a four-run deficit midway through Sunday’s game and scored three times in the 11th inning on the way to an 8-7 victory over Wofford at King Field in Spartanburg, S.C. for the Crusaders’ third extra inning victory of the young season.


Baseball Drops Pitcher’s Duel 2-1 at Gardner-Webb

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) went the distance, needing only 71 pitches on Saturday afternoon, but Gardner-Webb pushed across two runs in the fourth inning which proved to be the difference as the Bulldogs defeated Valparaiso 2-1 at J.H. Moss Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C.


Baseball Heads to the Carolinas

Valparaiso heads to the Carolinas this weekend to begin their annual spring break trip. The Crusaders will open play on Saturday at Gardner-Webb before heading to Wofford on Sunday. Monday the Brown and Gold will travel to South Carolina Upstate to conclude the wraparound weekend slate.


Valpo’s Vavra Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso University infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) has been named the Horizon League’s Batter of the Week after hitting .583 in the three-game weekend series against #4 Arkansas.


Valpo Baseball Upsets #4 Arkansas Sunday Afternoon

Will Hagel’s (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) single in the top of the 10th inning drove home Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie H.S.) with what proved to be the winning run on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso shocked fourth-ranked Arkansas 10-9 in front of more than 5,000 fans at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., handing the Razorbacks their first loss of the season.


Valpo Baseball Nearly Upsets #4 Arkansas Saturday

For the second straight day Valparaiso went toe-to-toe with the nation’s fourth-ranked team and on Saturday had the tying and go ahead runners in scoring position in the ninth, before falling to Arkansas 4-3 at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.


Valpo Hangs Tough with #4 Arkansas on Friday

Valparaiso opened a three-game series with fourth-ranked Arkansas on Friday afternoon, dropping a 7-3 game to the Razorbacks at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.


Crusader Baseball Heads to #4 Arkansas for Three-Game Set

After winning a season-opening series for the first time since 2009, Valparaiso heads south this weekend for a three-game series against fourth-ranked Arkansas. Arkansas enters Wednesday’s game against Northwestern State a perfect 4-0 on the year and is averaging more than 7,000 fans per game this year at home.


Valpo’s Deetjen Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University senior Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) has been named the Horizon League’s Pitcher of the Week after tossing seven scoreless innings in the Crusaders’ season opener on Friday.


Crusaders Take Opening Series with 7-4 Win at Murray State

A three-run ninth inning propelled Valparaiso to a 7-4 victory over Murray State on Sunday afternoon at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky., allowing the Crusaders to take the first series of the 2012 season two games to one in which each contest was decided in the ninth inning or later.


Valpo Posts Split in Saturday Baseball Action

Valparaiso plated three runs in the top of the 13th inning on Saturday afternoon to post a 5-2 victory in the completion of the season opener that was suspended due to darkness before falling 2-1 in the regularly scheduled contest at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky.


Valpo-Murray State Opener Suspended Due to Darkness

Darkness was the only winner on Friday afternoon at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky. as Valparaiso and Murray State battled for 12 innings only to remain in a 2-2 deadlock.


Boys of Summer Open 2012 at Murray State

After finishing runner-up in the Horizon League Tournament one year ago, Valparaiso returns to the diamond this weekend to open the 2012 campaign with a three-game series at Murray State. The Crusaders look to get off to a quick start on the road, as the Brown and Gold will be away from home for 19 straight games to open the year.


Crusaders Baseball Poised for 2012 Season

After finishing second in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament, the Valparaiso University baseball team takes to the diamond in 2012 looking to take the next step in moving towards the top of the conference. The Crusaders will look for their first conference title since winning the Heartland Collegiate Conference in 1982 while trying to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1976.


Valpo Baseball Tabbed Third in Horizon League

Valparaiso University has been picked to finish in third place this season in the Horizon League according to the 2012 preseason poll as voted upon by the league’s head coaches.


Hall of Fame Class of 2012 Includes Baseball Player Russ Steinbeck

One of the top outfielders ever to play baseball at Valparaiso University, Russ Steinbeck helped to lead the Crusaders to a pair of Indiana Collegiate Conference championships as well as two NCAA Tournament berths during his career with the Brown and Gold, and on Saturday, February 4, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Coach Woodson to be Inducted into NC State Hall of Fame

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson will be inducted into the North Carolina State University Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 First Pitch Banquet held on Feb. 16 in Raleigh, N.C.


Valpo Baseball Players Excel in the Classroom

Valparaiso University baseball program has posted a combined grade point average of 3.09 for the 2011 fall semester head coach Tracy Woodson has announced. Twenty of the 33 team members achieved a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Valparaiso Baseball Announce 2012 Recruiting Class

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the addition of nine student-athletes that make up the 2012 recruiting class. Joining the Crusader for the 2013 season are Aaron Collins, Jeff Edwards, Ellis Foreman, Jacob Hanson, Drew Hasler, Andrew Hjellming, Scott Jerge, Blayten Magana, and Bryce Yoder.


Coach Woodson Featured in Collegiate Baseball Insider

Valpo head coach Tracy Woodson was featured in a "Nine Innings" article by Collegiate Baseball Insider talking about the World Series and Valpo baseball.


Offense Propels White Squad to Sweep in Fall Series

The White team clinched the best-of-three series Valparaiso University Fall World Series 2-0 over the Black squad on Tuesday afternoon, winning in convincing fashion 14-6 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Bats Dominate Game One of Fall World Series

The Valparaiso University baseball team held game one of its annual Fall World Series on Monday afternoon with the White squad defeating the Black team by a score of 11-7 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


21 Home Dates Highlight Valpo’s 2012 Baseball Schedule

Valparaiso University baseball coach Tracy Woodson has released the Crusaders’ 2012 baseball schedule which features 21 home games, including a nine-game homestand to wrap up the regular season.


Valpo Baseball’s Parents/Alumni/Friends Day Set for September 24

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold their annual Parents/Alumni/Friends Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 with a golf outing in the afternoon and bowling in the evening.


Valpo Announces Final Members of 2011 Recruiting Class

Valparaiso head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has added seven more commitments as well as two Division I transfers to the incoming class of 2011.


Four Crusaders Earn Summer Baseball All-Star Honors

Four Valparaiso University players were selected this past week to compete in their summer baseball league's All-Star Game.


Crusaders Excelling in Summer Baseball Leagues

After helping the Crusaders reach their first Horizon League Championship Game this spring, 12 returning Valparaiso University baseball players as well as five newcomers are honing their skills in collegiate wood bat leagues across the nation this summer.


Three Crusaders Named to All-Academic Team

Valparaiso University's baseball team had three players voted to the 12-member Academic All-Horizon League Team for the 2011 season. Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.), and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) each earned the honor for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.


Gulbransen Becomes Fourth Crusader Currently in Professional Baseball

Valparaiso University's Jon Gulbransen has signed a minor league contract with the Great Falls Voyagers and becomes the fourth former Crusader to be actively playing professional baseball.


Gaedele Becomes Valpo's Highest Draft Choice Ever Going to San Diego

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) became Valparaiso University's highest selection ever in Major League Baseball's Draft after he was picked in the sixth round, number 203 overall by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.


Crusaders Fall to Wright State in Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso fell one run short on Sunday afternoon in the Horizon League championship game, dropping a 4-3 decision to Wright State at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Valpo Advances to Horizon League Championship with Win over Penguins

For the first time in school history Valparaiso has advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League Baseball Tournament with an 8-6 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Valpo Suffers Narrow 4-3 Setback to Wright State

Valparaiso's winning streak at the Horizon League Tournament came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to Wright State at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio in the winner's bracket final of the double elimination tournament.


Valpo Rallies to Outslug UIC 11-9 in Horizon League Tourney

Valparaiso advanced to the finals of the Horizon League Tournament's winner's bracket on Friday afternoon with a thrilling come-from-behind 11-9 victory over UIC at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Wet Weather Pushes Friday's Tournament Games Back

Due to wet playing conditions at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, the start time of Valparaiso's Friday Horizon League Tournament game against UIC has been pushed back. The game is now slated to begin approximately 2 p.m. CDT or 30-45 minutes after the Milwaukee-Butler game which begins at 11 a.m. CDT.


Thursday Slate at Horizon League Championship Washed Out

Due to unplayable field conditions at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio following lengthy periods of rain, the entire slate of games scheduled for Thursday at the 2011 Horizon League Baseball Championship has been postponed until Friday. Valparaiso is now scheduled to take on UIC on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CDT.


Valpo Shuts Out Butler to Open Horizon League Tournament

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) tossed a complete game shutout and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) had four RBIs to pace Valparaiso's 19-hit attack on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders blanked Butler 9-0 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to open up play in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament.


Six Crusaders Earn Horizon League Baseball Accolades

Valparaiso University had six players earn recognition by the Horizon League for their efforts on the baseball diamond in 2011 as the conference announced its year end awards on Tuesday.


Valpo Baseball Set for Horizon League Tournament

Postseason baseball begins on Wednesday for Valparaiso as the Brown and Gold begins play at the Horizon League Tournament. The fourth-seeded Crusaders will battle fifth-seeded Butler to kick off the double elimination tournament beginning at 10 a.m. from Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Gulbransen Named Horizon League's Final Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week as the conference wrapped up its regular season last week.


Valpo Splits at Milwaukee to Close Regular Season

Valparaiso closed out the 2011 regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis. The host Panthers won the opener 6-5 in 10 innings before Valpo scored in eight of the nine innings in the night cap to post a 14-2 victory.


Valpo at Milwaukee DH LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up the 2011 regular season with a Friday afternoon twinbill at Milwaukee. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m. with the chat beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m.


Valpo Falls in Extra Innings at Milwaukee

Valparaiso came from behind twice to tie the game, including once in the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon, but Milwaukee plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Crusaders 4-3 at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.


Valpo at Milwaukee LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins its final series of the 2011 season with a Thursday afternoon affair at Milwaukee. First pitch of the series is set for 3 p.m. with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.


Crusaders Close Regular Season in Milwaukee

The 2011 baseball regular season comes to a close on Thursday and Friday as Valparaiso heads to Wisconsin for a three-game series at Milwaukee. The Crusaders enter the weekend in third place, one-half game out of second, as the Horizon League race is bunched from first to fourth place.


Valpo-UIC Twinbill Canceled on Sunday

Due to steady rains in the Chicago area, Sunday's scheduled Horizon League doubleheader at Les Miller Field between Valparaiso and UIC has been canceled. The games will not be rescheduled.


Valpo Drops Two to Milwaukee in Home Finale

On a cold and rainy afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field, Milwaukee spoiled Valparaiso's Senior Day with a doubleheader sweep of the Crusaders, winning both games by the same 7-3 scores.


Baseball Hosts Milwaukee for Senior Day, Travels to UIC This Weekend

With only two weekends left in the regular season, Valparaiso closes out the home portion of the 2011 schedule on Saturday afternoon hosting Milwaukee in a Senior Day doubleheader. The Crusaders then take to the road on Sunday, traveling to UIC for another twinbill as the Brown and Gold looks to remain in the hunt for a Horizon League title.


Crusaders Fall in Ninth at Wright State

A two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Wright State to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.


Valpo at Wright State Sunday LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up the three-game weekend series at Wright State. First pitch in the rubber match of the series is set for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m.


Valpo Splits at Wright State in Saturday Baseball

Valparaiso bounced back from a game one loss to Wright State on Saturday afternoon and won the night cap of the doubleheader to remain one-half game in front of the Raiders in the Horizon League race. Wright State won the opener 10-4 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio before the Crusaders took game two 6-2.


Valpo at Wright State DH LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins a showdown for first place in the Horizon League at Wright State. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 10 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m.


Valpo-Wright State Baseball Game Times Moved Up Saturday

Due to impending afternoon storms forecast for the Southwest Ohio area, the start time for Saturday's baseball doubleheader between Valparaiso and Wright State has been moved up two hours. Game one of the twinbill will now begin at 10 a.m. CDT at Nischwitz Stadium.


Baseball Heads to Wright State in Battle of League Leaders

First place in the Horizon League is on the line this weekend as Valparaiso heads to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game weekend series at Wright State. The Crusaders enter the weekend with a one-half game lead over the Raiders for the top spot in the conference with just three weekends remaining in the regular season.


Northern Illinois Rallies in Ninth to Top Valpo

Northern Illinois scored once in the eighth and three times in the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon to come from behind and defeat Valparaiso 7-6 at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Ill.


Valpo at Northern Illinois LIVE!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play for the final time in 2011. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.


Crusaders Head to NIU for Final Non-League Tilt

Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play for time in 2011 as the Crusaders head to DeKalb, Ill. on Tuesday afternoon to battle the Huskies of Northern Illinois. The Crusaders enter the game winners in 17 of their last 21 games dating back to a March 30 victory at Northwestern.


Valpo Sweeps Cleveland State to Return to First Place

Valparaiso returned to first place in the Horizon League on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders won both games of a doubleheader against Cleveland State at Emory G. Bauer Field to complete a five-game season sweep of the Vikings. The Crusaders won the opener 5-1 before taking the nightcap 2-1.


Crusaders End April with Split against Butler

Valparaiso returned to Horizon League play at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon and split a doubleheader against Butler. The Bulldogs rallied with six unearned runs in the seventh inning of game one to win 8-6 before the Crusaders took the night cap 11-4.


Horizon League Leaders to Host Butler and Cleveland State

Having moved into first place, Valparaiso looks to continue its momentum in Horizon League play this weekend with doubleheaders against both Butler and Cleveland State. The Crusaders have won 14 of their last 17 games overall, including seven straight conference contests.


Valpo-Purdue Baseball Canceled on Tuesday

Due to heavy rains in the Northwest Indiana area, Tuesday's baseball game scheduled for Emory G. Bauer Field between Valparaiso and Purdue has been canceled.


Gaedele and McCormick Earn Horizon League Honors

Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) have been named the Horizon League's Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively after leading the Crusaders to a series win against Hawai'i over the weekend.


Valpo Takes Series versus Hawai'i Before Sellout Crowd

There was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for the Valparaiso University baseball team on Saturday night as the Crusaders defeated Hawai'i 7-2 to win the weekend series against the Rainbows before a sellout crowd of 4,494 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Follow Valpo at Hawai'i Baseball LIVE on Saturday

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso concludes a three-game series at Hawai'i. First pitch is set for 11:35 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 11:15 p.m.


Hawai'i Snaps Valpo's 10-Game Win Streak

Hawai'i scored five times in the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth on Friday evening as the Rainbows defeated Valparaiso 9-8 in front of a paid attendance of 3,451 at Lew Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii to snap the Crusaders' 10-game winning streak, the second longest in school history.


Follow Valpo at Hawai'i LIVE on Friday

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso contines a three-game series at Hawai'i. First pitch is set for 11:35 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 11:15 p.m.


Perfect 10! Crusaders Win 10th Straight Downing Hawai'i 8-7

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) threw the would-be tying run out at the plate in the ninth inning after hitting a three-run home run earlier in the night, helping Valparaiso defeat Hawai'i 8-7 late Thursday evening at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Crusaders' 10th consecutive win, matching Oregon State for the nation's longest active streak.


Follow Valpo at Hawai'i LIVE Thursday!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins a three-game series at Hawai'i. First pitch is set for 11:35 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 11:15 p.m.


Crusaders Look to Continue Win Streak at Hawai'i

Riding the nation's longest active winning streak, Valparaiso leaves the mainland this weekend for a three-game Easter weekend series against Hawai'i in Honolulu. The Crusaders will take a weekend off from Horizon League action having won nine straight games overall, including four straight on the road.


Valpo-IPFW Baseball Canceled Tuesday

Steady rains throughout the Fort Wayne, Ind. region have forced the cancellation of Tuesday's scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and IPFW. The games will not be made up.


Valpo Wins Ninth Straight, Downs Saint Francis

Valparaiso took advantage of eight Saint Francis (Ind.) errors on Monday afternoon, and scored the game's final eight runs, as the Crusaders defeated the Cougars 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field to run the Brown and Gold's win streak to nine consecutive games.


Frane Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University's Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week for his stellar outing on Friday against Youngstown State.


Valpo Sweeps Youngstown State to Run Win Streak to Eight

A walk-off single by Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) in game one and a three-run eighth inning in the nightcap lifted Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders won the opener 4-3 and took game two 5-2 to sweep the weekend series and run their winning streak to eight straight games.


Rain Postpones Valpo-YSU Saturday Baseball

Rain, which fell throughout the Saturday morning and afternoon hours, has forced the postponement of Saturday's scheduled baseball doubleheader between Valparaiso and Youngstown State at Emory G. Bauer Field. The two schools will make up the twinbill on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.


Valpo Posts 11-1 Series-Opening Victory over Penguins

Valparaiso scored in seven of its eight trips to the plate on Friday morning at a windy Emory G. Bauer Field and defeated Youngstown State 11-1 for its sixth straight victory.


Crusaders to Host Youngstown State, Saint Francis This Weekend

Having won five straight games and eight of its last 10 overall, Valparaiso looks to continue its hot streak this weekend with a three-game Horizon League series against Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday before entertaining Saint Francis (Ind.) in non-conference action on Sunday.


Valpo-YSU Start Time Moved Up Friday

Due to the threat of rain, game one of the three-game series between Valparaiso and Youngstown State has been moved up to an 11 a.m. start on Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Wins Fifth Straight, Downing Chicago State 8-1

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) struck out 13 on Tuesday afternoon helping Valparaiso to its fifth straight win and eighth victory in its last 10 games overall with an 8-1 triumph over Chicago State at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball Returns Home Tuesday to Host Chicago State

Winners of four straight, and seven of its last nine overall, Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play on Tuesday afternoon to face Chicago State at Emory G. Bauer Field in the first game of a five-game homestand.


Crusaders Complete Weekend Sweep at Cleveland State

Valparaiso got a pair of complete game efforts on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader, and the weekend series from Cleveland State at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The Crusaders won the opener 12-2 and took the night cap 6-1.


Valpo at Cleveland State DH LIVE

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up a three-game weekend series with a doubleheader at Cleveland State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.


Crusaders Score Three in the Ninth to Top Cleveland State

A three-run ninth inning broke open a tie game and lifted Valparaiso to a 4-1 Horizon League victory over Cleveland State on a cool, damp Friday evening at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.


Follow Valpo at Cleveland State LIVE!!!

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins a three-game weekend series with Cleveland State. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m.


Boys of Summer Head to Cleveland State for Three

Having reached the midweek point of the 56-game schedule, Valparaiso begins the second half of the season this weekend with a three-game Horizon League series at Cleveland State. The Crusaders look to climb into the top half of the conference standings.


Solid Pitching Lifts Valpo to 6-1 Victory over Wabash

Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) went six innings in his first collegiate start, allowing just one hit, helping to pitch Valparaiso to a 6-1 victory over Wabash on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Indiana State Defeats Valpo with Two Ninth Inning Runs

Indiana State took advantage of a pair of Valparaiso errors in the ninth inning to push across two runs, which proved to be the difference on Tuesday afternoon as the Sycamores defeated the Crusaders 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Closes Homestand With Two Midweek Games

Valparaiso steps out of conference for a pair of midweek home games on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap up a five-game homestand. The Crusaders will entertain Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State on Tuesday before hosting Wabash on Wednesday afternoon.


Bats Come Alive as Valpo Wins Series vs. UIC

Every batter had at least one hit as Valparaiso pounded out 17 hits on Sunday morning and Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) surrendered just one run in eight innings of work as the Crusaders defeated UIC 13-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field, allowing the Brown and Gold to earn a series victory over the Flames.


Valpo Splits Home-Opening Twinbill with UIC

Valparaiso opened the home portion of the 2011 season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a Horizon League doubleheader with UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders won the opener 5-2 before the Flames took the nightcap 5-0.


Valpo's Home Opener Washed Out by Rain

Mother Nature played a cruel April Fool's joke on Valparaiso Friday afternoon, as rain started about 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch in the Crusaders' home opener against UIC, postponing the game until Sunday morning at 11 a.m.


Broadcast Coverage Changes for Crusader Sports Saturday

WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) has announced coverage changes for Crusader spring sports on Saturday. Valpo's softball doubleheader Saturday against UIC, set for a 1 p.m. start, will now be carried live over WVUR's airwaves, while the Crusaders' baseball doubleheader versus the Flames, scheduled to start at noon, will be carried on www.sportsjuice.com. Links for both of Saturday's broadcasts are also available at www.valpoathletics.com.


No Foolin', Valpo Opens at Home Friday

Valparaiso returns to Emory G. Bauer Field for the first time in 2011 this weekend as the Crusaders host UIC in a three-game Horizon League series. Valpo is beginning a five-game homestand against the conference leader and will play 10 of its next 13 contests at the friendly confines.


Gulbransen Pitches Valpo By Northwestern Wednesday

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went seven strong innings matching his career high with 10 strikeouts as Valparaiso wrapped up its 23-game road trip with a 5-2 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill.


Follow Valpo-Northwestern Baseball Action LIVE Wednesday

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso concludes its season-opening 23-game road trip on Wednesday at Northwestern. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.


Baseball Closes Road Trip Wednesday at Northwestern

Valparaiso closes the month of March, and a season-opening 23-game road trip, on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Northwestern. Following the non-conference game against the Wildcats, Valpo will come home to Emory G. Bauer Field for 10 of its next 13 contests.


Valpo Splits Saturday Twinbill at Butler

Valparaiso scored eight times in the final three innings of game one of a doubleheader on Saturday to come from behind and earn a 12-5 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs came back and won the night cap 14-7 though, to take the series.


Follow Valpo-Butler Doubleheader Action LIVE Saturday

Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso continues Horizon League action Saturday afternoon at instate rival Butler. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.


Butler Downs Valpo to Open Horizon League Action

Two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh broke open a tie game on Friday afternoon as Butler defeated Valparaiso 6-2 at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind. in the opening game of Horizon League action.


Follow Valpo-Butler Baseball LIVE Friday Afternoon

Follow along live beginning with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens up Horizon League action Friday afternoon at instate rival Butler. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at 1:45 p.m.


Baseball Opens Horizon League Play at Butler

Valparaiso opens Horizon League action this weekend while nearing the end of a 23-game road trip to begin the 2011 season. The Crusaders head to Indianapolis for a three-game set with longtime rival Butler. The series begins with a single game on Friday before the two schools meet again on Saturday for a twinbill.


Valpo Downs SIU Edwardsville to Close Weekend

Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) and Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) both hit two-run home runs on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated SIU Edwardsville 9-5 at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.


Valpo Baseball Drops Second Straight 1-0 Decision

Valparaiso got a great pitching performance for the second straight day, this time by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.), but the Crusader offensive again was unable to produce a run as the Brown and Gold fell 1-0 to Creighton on Saturday at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.


Valpo Falls in Pitcher's Dual at SIU Edwardsville

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) allowed just one run on Friday evening while throwing his second complete game of the season, but that would be all the runs SIU Edwardsville would need, as the Cougars defeated Valparaiso 1-0 at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.


Baseball Set for Final Weekend Before League Play

Valparaiso spends its final weekend of action before Horizon League play begins by traveling to Edwardsville, Ill. for three games. The Crusaders will face host SIU Edwardsville on both Friday and Sunday while playing a neutral site contest versus Creighton in a Saturday matinee.


Crusaders Fall in 11 Innings at UNLV in Series Finale

An unearned run in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted UNLV to a 6-5 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday at Wilson Stadium in the finale of a four-game weekend series in Las Vegas, Nev.


Valpo Drops Twinbill at UNLV

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) had four hits, including three for extra bases, and drove in four runs in Saturday's doubleheader, but Valparaiso dropped both ends of the twinbill 11-5 and 7-4 to UNLV at Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.


UNLV Takes Game One of Weekend Series from Valpo

Valparaiso opened a four-game weekend series at UNLV on Friday evening, but the Rebels limited the Crusaders to just six hits on the evening while posting a 12-2 win over the Brown and Gold at Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.


Valpo Heads to UNLV for Three-Game Set

Valparaiso will wrap up its two week spring break trip this weekend with a four-game series at UNLV. The Crusaders will look to build some momentum and snap their losing skid before returning to the Midwest while the Rebels are off to a hot start this season after downing #14 Arizona on Wednesday.


Errors Prove Costly in Valpo's Loss at Cal Poly

Five Valparaiso University errors led to four unearned runs for Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon as the Mustangs completed a weekend sweep of the Crusaders, downing the Brown and Gold 7-1 at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.


Cal Poly Shuts Out Crusaders Saturday Night

Valparaiso managed just six hits on Saturday evening as Cal Poly shut out the Crusaders 11-0 at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif. in the middle game of a three-game weekend series.


Cal Poly Tops Valpo 8-3 Friday in Series Opener

Valparaiso held a one-run lead midway through Friday evening's series opener at Cal Poly, but the Mustangs scored three times in the fifth and added four more runs in the seventh on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.


Baseball Set for Three-Game Series at Cal Poly

After a break from action on Thursday, Valparaiso's first complete off day in a week, the Crusaders return to the diamond this weekend, moving to the coast of California for a three-game weekend series with Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Both teams are still looking for its first series win of the season.


Bakersfield Defeats Valpo 7-4 in Series Finale

Valparaiso fought back from a large deficit after two innings on Wednesday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Cal State Bakersfield 7-4 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.


Bakersfield Shuts Out Crusaders on Tuesday

Cal State Bakersfield limited Valparaiso to just four hits on Tuesday afternoon as the Roadrunners defeated the Crusaders 9-0 in the opening game of a two-game midweek series at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.


Valpo Heads to Bakersfield for Midweek Series

Valparaiso continues its west coast swing heading north from Northridge, Calif. up to Bakersfield for a two-game midweek series against Cal State Bakersfield. The Crusaders are nearing the midway point of a 13-game trip to California and Nevada while the Roadrunners are wrapping up a nine-game homestand to open the year hosting Valpo.


Northridge Downs Crusaders to Wrap Up Series

Cal State Northridge scored twice in the seventh and added another run in the eighth to squelch a late Valparaiso rally and defeat the Crusaders 6-3 on Monday afternoon at Matador Field in the final game of a four-game series in Northridge, Calif.


Valpo Splits Sunday Twinbill in Northridge

Valparaiso got solid starting pitching in both games of Sunday's doubleheader against Cal State Northridge, and managed a split of the twinbill winning the opener 2-1 before falling 5-2 in the nightcap at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif.


Crusaders Drop Opener at Cal State Northridge

It took two days to compete, the series opener between Valparaiso and Cal State Northridge finally was completed on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field, with the host Matadors posting a 13-4 victory over the Crusaders in Northridge, Calif.


Valpo-Cal State Northridge Series Altered

The four-game weekend series between Valparaiso and Cal State Northridge has been changed due to forecasted rain in the Northridge, Calif. area late on Saturday.


Series Opener Between Valpo and Cal State Northridge Postponed

Game one of the four-game weekend series between Valparaiso and Cal State Northridge scheduled for Friday afternoon has been postponed due to rain in the Northridge, Calif. Area.


Friday's Series Opening Start Time With Cal State Northridge Has Been Moved Up

Due to forecasted inclement weather in the Northridge, Calif. area, the baseball series opener between Valparaiso and Cal State Northridge on Friday, Feb. 25 has been moved up to 3 p.m. CST.


Baseball Heads West for Four at Cal State Northridge

Valparaiso begins its annual two-week spring trip excursion this weekend as the Crusaders face Cal State Northridge in a four-game weekend series. Valpo is in the midst of a 23-game season-opening road trip which runs through the month of March.


Valpo Falls in Series Finale at Austin Peay

For the third time this weekend Valparaiso jumped on top first, but Austin Peay again rebounded on Sunday afternoon to take the third and final game of the weekend series from the Crusaders 7-3 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.


Crusaders Fall to Austin Peay in Extra Innings

Valparaiso scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to force extras on Saturday afternoon but Austin Peay pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat the Crusaders 11-10 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn. in the middle game of a three-game weekend series.


Rain, Governors Put Damper on Crusader Opener

Valparaiso had to wait out a rain delay of more than four hours to start the 2011 baseball season on Friday, and once the Crusaders took the mound Austin Peay scored three times in both the fifth and sixth innings to rally from behind and down the Brown and Gold 7-3 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.


Valpo Baseball Opens Season at Austin Peay This Weekend

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.


Crusader Baseball Set to Take to the Diamond

The Valparaiso University baseball team takes to the diamond with high hopes for the 2011 campaign. The Crusaders are coming off of a third place finish in last year's Horizon League Tournament, and return 22 players from last year's squad.


Tom Orton Heads to the Hall of Fame on Saturday

A multi-sport athlete while at Valparaiso, Tom Orton was a three-year starter in both baseball and basketball for the Crusaders, and, on Saturday, February 19 he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.


Valpo Baseball Picked Fourth in Horizon League

Valparaiso University has been picked to finish in fourth place this season in the Horizon League according to the 2011 preseason poll as voted upon by the league's head coaches.


A Few Tickets Remain for Jan. 29 Baseball Bash

A limited number of tickets still remain for the fourth annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 29 at Aberdeen Manor. David Kaplan, Chicago Tribune Live host and host of the Tenth Inning Show for Chicago Cubs baseball games will be the featured speaker.


Valpo's Gaedele Named Preseason Third Team All-American

Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason Third Team All-American as the Crusaders prepare for the 2011 season.


Fourth Annual Baseball Bash Set for January 29

Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball program have announced that Chicago Tribune Live host and host of the Tenth Inning Show for Chicago Cubs baseball games, David Kaplan, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash held on Saturday, January 29 at Aberdeen Manor.


Valparaiso Baseball Announces 2011 Recruiting Class

Valparaiso head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has officially announced the members of the 2011 recruiting class that will be joining the team for the 2012 baseball season. The class features nine student-athletes, including seven incoming freshman and two junior college transfers.


White Defeats Black in Valpo Baseball's Fall World Series

The Valparaiso baseball team concluded its Fall World Series this past Saturday (Oct. 16) as the White beat the Black in the final game of the best-of-three intra-squad series. Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) and Ryan O'Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) were named co-Most Valuable Players of the series for the White squad.


Crusaders Host Scout Day

Members of the Valparaiso University baseball team showcased their talents in front of approximately 30 scouts representing Major League Baseball teams on Tuesday afternoon at Emory Bauer Field.


Baseball Alumni Weekend a Success

Last weekend (October 2-3), Valparaiso University's baseball alumni returned to campus to take part in a weekend of activities.


Trips to Hawaii, California, and Las Vegas Headline 2011 Valpo Baseball Schedule

An Easter weekend trip to Hawaii and a spring break trip to California and Las Vegas highlight the 2011 Valparaiso University baseball schedule which has been released by head coach Tracy Woodson.


Gaedele Named “Top Prospect” from Northwoods League

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.), a junior outfielder at Valparaiso University, was recently named the “Top Prospect” of the Northwoods League by Perfect Game.


Baseball's Parents/Alumni Weekend and Golf Outing Set for October 2-3

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold their annual Parents/Alumni Weekend on October 2 and 3 with a variety of activities.


Shafer and McClendon Wrap Up First Pro Season

Two former members of the Valparaiso University baseball team, Bryce Shafer and Bo McClendon, recently completed their first season in professional baseball after they were drafted earlier this summer in the 2010 MLB Draft.


Baseball Walk-on Tryouts Set for Sept. 11

Valparaiso University head coach Tracy Woodson has announced the baseball program will hold walk-on tryouts at Emory G. Bauer Field on September 11 at 8 a.m.


Piotrowicz Joins Valpo Baseball Staff, Schmack Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the hiring of Adam Piotrowicz as an assistant coach while also promoting Brian Schmack to associate head coach.


Valparaiso Baseball Team Adds Three More Commitments

Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball team has added three more players to its 2010 recruiting class as Bobby Martin, Chris Manning, and Kevin Wild will play for the Crusaders next spring.


Valpo's Gulbransen Named to Academic All-Horizon League Team

Valparaiso University left-handed pitcher Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) has been voted to the Academic All-Horizon League Team for his efforts on the field and in the classroom this past baseball season.


Crusaders Shine in All-Star Game

On Tuesday, July 20 in the Northwoods League All-Star Game, Valparaiso University junior outfielder Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and senior catcher Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) each had impressive performances.


Valpo Baseball Team Busy This Summer

It is just past the midway point of the summer baseball season and several current and incoming members of the Valparaiso University baseball team have been busy playing in various summer collegiate leagues around the country. Most notably, three members of the Crusader baseball team have been honored this summer by earning All-Star selections in their respective summer leagues.


Valpo's Woodson Signs Four-Year Contract Extension

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has signed a four-year contract that will extend through the 2014 season Mark LaBarbera, director of athletics has announced.


Valpo Alum Zach Rodeghero Signs with Gary SouthShore RailCats

Zach Rodeghero, a member of Valparaiso University's class of 2008, has signed a contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League and will be in uniform for the team on Monday evening against Joliet.


Valpo's McClendon and Shafer Selected in MLB Draft

Valparaiso University outfielder Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) and pitcher Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) were both selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.


Gaedele and Scoby Earn All-Tournament Team Honors

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) represented Valparaiso University on the 2010 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament team announced on Sunday afternoon following the completion of the tournament.


Crusader Season Ends with 3-1 Setback to Milwaukee

Saturday marked the fourth straight day Valparaiso got a strong pitching performance in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, but for the second time in the tournament the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, eliminating the Brown and Gold from the championship.


Bats Jumpstart Valpo Victory over UIC

Playing in an elimination game for the first time in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, Valparaiso scored eight times in the first three innings on the way to a 10-5 victory over UIC on Friday afternoon at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Milwaukee Defeats Valpo in Thursday Pitcher's Dual

Valparaiso's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) and Milwaukee's Chad Pierce battled one another with both tossing complete games on Thursday afternoon, but it was Pierce that came out on top as the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 3-1 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a winner's bracket game of the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army.


Valpo Advances in Horizon League Championship with Win over Butler

Hosting the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, Valparaiso got off to a solid start on Wednesday, defeating instate rival Butler 7-3 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Shafer Named Pitcher of the Year, Gaedele and Robinson also Earn League Accolades

Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Year as well as to the league's First Team while Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) garnered Second Team All-Horizon League honors the conference has announced. In addition, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) was named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.


Crusader Baseball Set for Horizon League Championship

The 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship takes place at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. as Valparaiso hosts the league's annual postseason tournament. The Crusaders, the tournament's fourth seed, will face Butler on Wednesday morning in the opening game of the event, which will run through the weekend. The league champion will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Valpo to Open Horizon League Championship Battling Rival Butler

Valparaiso University will open the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday morning playing in game one of the tournament at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary as the Crusaders face longtime rival Butler. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.


Valpo Closes Regular Season with Split at UIC on Saturday

Valparaiso closed out the 2010 regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with UIC at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders won the opener 9-8 before the Flames took the nightcap 10-5.


Valpo-UIC Baseball on Friday Postponed Until Saturday

Rain throughout the Chicagoland area on Friday has forced the postponement of Valparaiso's doubleheader with UIC to Saturday at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The two schools will begin game one of the twinbill at 11 a.m.


UIC Rallies to Defeat Valpo Thursday Night

Valparaiso jumped out to a five run lead midway through the game on Thursday evening, but UIC rallied, plating the winning runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Crusaders 13-10 at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.


Promotional Days Set for Horizon League Baseball Championship

Several promotional ticket prices have been planned in conjunction with the Horizon League Baseball Championship to be held next week at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Crusader Baseball Closes the Regular Season in the Windy City

The 2010 regular season comes to a close for Valparaiso this week as the Crusaders head to the Windy City for a three-game series against UIC at Les Miller Field. The two schools will battle in a single game on Thursday evening before wrapping up the campaign on Friday with an afternoon doubleheader.


Rain Cancels Valpo-Butler Baseball on Monday

Constant, steady rains in the Indianapolis, Ind. area on Monday afternoon prevented Valparaiso from meeting Butler on the baseball diamond.


Valpo Earns Senior Day Split with Youngstown State

After dropping game one of Friday afternoon's doubleheader with Youngstown State 15-5, Valparaiso's bats exploded in game two as the Crusaders defeated the Penguins 14-3 to earn a split of the twinbill on Senior Day at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball Hosts Youngstown State Friday for Senior Day

Valparaiso wraps up the home portion of the 2010 regular season on Friday afternoon for Senior Day as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in a Horizon League doubleheader. The Brown and Gold then head to Indianapolis, Ind. on Monday afternoon to battle instate rival Butler in a twinbill.


Crusaders Fall to RailCats in Charity Exhibition Game

Playing their annual exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Wednesday evening, the Valparaiso Crusaders came up on the short end of an 11-2 decision at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a contest designed to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.


Deetjen and Gaedele Lead Valpo Past Northern Illinois

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) struck out 14 hitters in 7.2 innings of work and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) drove home six runs as Valparaiso posted a 10-7 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Splits Twinbill with Butler Saturday Afternoon

After dropping the opener of Saturday's doubleheader 2-1 in 10 innings, Valparaiso fought back in the night cap to earn a split with Butler, downing the Bulldogs 7-2 in game two at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Rally Falls Just Short in Loss to Butler

Trailing by four runs, Valparaiso scored three times in the eighth inning and had the potential tying and winning runs on base in the ninth, but a diving line drive double play ended the Crusaders comeback attempt as Butler defeated the Brown and Gold 8-7 on a rain delayed Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Northwestern Rallies to Defeat Valpo 10-8

Every starter had at least one hit for Valparaiso on Tuesday evening, but Northwestern rallied from a 7-2 deficit, scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Crusaders 10-8 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Valpo to Meet Northwestern and Butler on the Diamond This Week

Valparaiso returns to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Tuesday evening for the third time this year to battle Northwestern. The Crusaders will then return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday and Saturday for a three-game Horizon League series against instate rival Butler.


Milwaukee Takes Baseball Doubleheader from Valpo

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game before winning in 11 innings and then defeated Valparaiso again in the nightcap of the doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.


Valpo Bats Explode in Series Opener at Milwaukee

Valparaiso pounded out a season-high 23 hits on Friday afternoon and snapped the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 18-game winning streak at Henry Aaron Field with a 17-3 victory over the Panthers in Milwaukee, Wis.


Crusaders and RailCats to Raise Money for Boys & Girls Clubs

For the second consecutive season the Valparaiso Crusaders will face off in an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats with proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. This year's game will be played Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard.


Notre Dame Defeats Valpo in SouthShore Showdown

Valparaiso hosted the inaugural SouthShore Showdown on Wednesday evening at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., but it was Notre Dame that came away with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders to spoil the festivities.


Baseball Set to Battle Notre Dame in SouthShore Showdown; Head to Milwaukee for the Weekend

Valparaiso heads back to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Wednesday evening to battle Notre Dame in the SouthShore Showdown. The Crusaders will then return to Horizon League action this weekend, heading to Milwaukee to face the Panthers in another key three-game weekend series.


Rain Prevents Valpo and UIC from Meeting on the Baseball Diamond

Due to steady rains in the Northwest Indiana area, Sunday's scheduled baseball doubleheader between Valparaiso and UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field has been rained out.


Wright State Takes Two from Valpo

Wright State used big innings in both games of Friday's doubleheader to win a pair of games against Valparaiso by the scores of 11-1 and 10-4 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


First Place Crusaders Home for Key Weekend Doubleheaders

Riding a six-game winning streak, Valparaiso looks to stay at the top of the Horizon League standings this weekend with a pair of key conference doubleheaders. Friday the Brown and Gold will host Wright State, the league's preseason favorite, in a twinbill before entertaining UIC in a doubleheader on Saturday.


Valpo Baseball Wins 10th Straight at Home

Valparaiso's baseball team ran its home winning streak to 10 straight games at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon, defeating IPFW 14-4. The Crusaders took advantage of a pair of seven run innings to pull away.


Shafer Repeats as Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has earned his second straight Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor after leading the Crusaders to a victory over Cleveland State on Saturday.


Valpo Baseball Continues to Roll, Wins Fifth Straight

Valparaiso continued its strong play on Sunday afternoon, posting its fifth straight victory overall and ninth straight at Emory G. Bauer Field with an 8-1 win against Saint Francis (Ind.).


Valpo Sweeps Cleveland State with Twinbill Victories

Led by two more solid pitching performances, Valparaiso completed its weekend sweep of Cleveland State with 10-2 and 14-8 victories over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. With the wins, the Crusaders hold sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.


Gulbransen Goes the Distance as Valpo Takes Series Opener from Cleveland State

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed his second complete game of the season on Friday afternoon allowing just two runs and nine hits as Valparaiso won the opener of its three-game series with Cleveland State 9-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Hosts Cleveland State and Saint Francis (Ind.) This Weekend

Valparaiso continues its homestand this weekend with four more games, including a key three game Horizon League series. The Crusaders open up on Friday afternoon hosting Cleveland State before wrapping up the conference series against the Vikings with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, Valpo will step out of conference play to host Saint Francis (Ind.).


Valpo's Bats Explode Early in Victory Over IU-Northwest

Valparaiso erupted for nine runs in the first inning and pounded out 18 hits total on the afternoon as the Crusaders returned to the victory column with a 17-1 triumph against Indiana-Northwest on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Indiana Upends Valpo 11-2

Playing the first of three regular season games at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Tuesday evening, Valparaiso put plenty of runners on base but stranded 16 while suffering an 11-2 loss to Indiana.


Baseball Set to Host Indiana at U.S. Steel Yard

Valparaiso returns to the Northwest Indiana area for its next 12 games, beginning on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Indiana at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. The Brown and Gold will then return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Wednesday afternoon to face Indiana-Northwest.


Valpo's Shafer Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week after posting a 2-0 record on the mound for the Crusaders from April 5-April 11.


Youngstown State Wins Series Finale Versus Valpo

Making up a game which was postponed from Friday due to cold and snowy weather, Valparaiso was unable to complete the weekend sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday morning, falling 8-1 to the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Crusaders Sweep Youngstown State to Open Horizon League Play

Valparaiso scored two runs in the 10th inning of game one and Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) tossed a two-hitter over eight innings in game two as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader from Youngstown State 6-4 and 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio to open Horizon League action.


Snow, Cold Postpone Friday's Valpo-YSU Baseball Game

Frigid temperatures and light snow has caused Friday afternoon's scheduled baseball game between Valparaiso and Youngstown State to be postponed at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.


Valpo Tries for Second Time to Open Horizon League Action

Valparaiso finally begins Horizon League action with a three-game weekend series at Youngstown State. The Crusaders were suppose to have started conference play two weeks ago, but had their series at Wright State cancelled due to rain and snow.


Purdue Snaps Valpo's Four-Game Win Streak

Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Purdue fought back and defeated the Crusaders 14-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, Ind., snapping the Brown and Gold's four-game winning streak.


Valpo to Meet Notre Dame in SouthShore Showdown April 28, Face RailCats May 12

The Valparaiso Crusaders will host in-state rival Notre Dame in the first SouthShore Showdown, Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard, and general admission tickets are on sale now for only five dollars. In addition, the Crusaders will face the Gary SouthShore RailCats in an exhibition game at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday, May 12.


Valpo Baseball Wins Fourth Straight, Downs Wabash 14-6

Valparaiso's baseball team continued its hot hitting attack on Monday afternoon, scoring double figures for the fourth straight games as the Crusaders ran their win streak to a season-high four with a 14-6 victory over Wabash at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Completes Weekend Sweep of Chicago State

Despite being delayed by more than two hours at the start due to rain, Valparaiso completed a weekend sweep of Chicago State, defeating the Cougars 16-4 on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Bats Come Alive on Record-Setting Day for Valpo Baseball

Valparaiso tied a NCAA record with 21 runs in the fifth inning of game one of Friday afternoon's doubleheader on the way to a sweep of Chicago State 26-5 and 13-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo-Chicago State Weekend Baseball Series Adjusted

Due to a chance of rain on Saturday, Valparaiso and Chicago State will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders and Cougars will then be scheduled for just a single game on Saturday, also starting at noon.


Valpo Baseball Holding Chicken Barbeque Cookout May 8

The Valparaiso University baseball team will be holding a chicken barbeque cookout on Saturday, May 8 as the Crusaders host instate rival Butler in a Horizon League doubleheader.


Central Michigan Spoils Valpo's Home Opener

Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) went 4-for-4 with a RBI for the Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon but Central Michigan spoiled Valparaiso's home opener with a 17-4 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball Set for Opening Homestand This Week

Valparaiso opens the home portion of the 2010 baseball season this week with a five-game homestand beginning with a Tuesday afternoon contest against Central Michigan. The Crusaders will then host Chicago State for three games over the weekend, including a doubleheader on Saturday.


Valpo-Wright State Series a Total Washout

More rain Saturday night into Sunday has cancelled the weekend baseball series between Valparaiso and Wright State in Dayton, Ohio.


Field Conditions Prevent Baseball from Playing Twinbill

For the second straight day Valparaiso and Wright State were unable to play baseball at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, as Saturday's doubleheader was postponed due to wet field conditions from the heavy rain and snow in the area on Thursday and Friday.


Valpo-Wright State Series Opener Postponed

After the Dayton, Ohio area got several inches of snow overnight, Friday's schedule Horizon League opener between Valparaiso and Wright State has been postponed until Sunday afternoon.


Baseball Opens Horizon League Slate This Weekend

Valparaiso opens the 2010 Horizon League schedule this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game set with the preseason favorites, the Wright State Raiders. The weekend set wraps up a 23-game road trip for the Brown and Gold to open the season, as Valpo will return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday to host Central Michigan.


Southeast Missouri State Takes Series Finale from Valpo

Valparaiso wrapped up its three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon, falling 8-7 to Southeast Missouri State at Capaha Field in Cape Girardeau, Mo.


Southeast Missouri State Takes Twinbill from Valpo

Valparaiso dropped both games of Friday afternoon's twinbill against Southeast Missouri State, falling 17-4 and 5-3 at Capaha Field in Cape Girardeau, Mo.


Baseball's Weekend Schedule Altered Due to Weather Forecast

This weekend's three-game series between Valparaiso and Southeast Missouri State has been altered due to forecasted inclement weather in the Cape Girardeau, Mo. area.


Valpo Baseball Heads to Southeast Missouri State This Weekend

Valparaiso continues its season-opening 23-game road trip this weekend as the Crusaders head to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face Southeast Missouri State in a three-game series. Valpo looks to continue its momentum after winning two out of three last weekend at Gardner-Webb.


Valpo Splits at Gardner-Webb, Takes Series

Valparaiso bounced back from an opening game 9-4 loss at Gardner-Webb to post a 10-4 victory in the night cap as the Crusaders took the series from the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.


Crusaders Take Series Opener at Gardner-Webb

Valparaiso's offense pounded out 15 hits and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) pitched eight solid innings as the Crusaders defeated Gardner-Webb 7-5 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game series at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.


#19/23 South Carolina Wins Second Straight from Valpo

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Valparaiso the lead, but #19/23 South Carolina responded by scoring in four straight innings on the way to a 7-3 victory over the Crusaders on Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C.


Third Inning the Difference as Valpo Falls to #19/23 South Carolina

Valparaiso took an early 3-0 lead against #19/23 South Carolina on Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C., but the Gamecocks scored 10 times in the third inning, including eight unearned runs, and defeated the Crusaders 12-4 before 5,295 fans.


Crusaders Fall to Fairfield in Ninth

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of work on the mound but Fairfield came through with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Valparaiso 2-1 on Sunday morning at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.


Valpo Bats Silenced by Northeastern

Northeastern pitching limited Valparaiso to just five hits on Saturday morning as the Huskies defeated the Crusaders 7-1 at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla.


Valpo Baseball Nudged by Duquesne in Pitcher's Dual

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went seven strong innings on Thursday, allowing just two earned runs, but Valpo's bats were limited to just eight hits as the Crusaders fell 3-2 to Duquesne at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla.


Valpo Downs Western Michigan Tuesday Afternoon

A five-run sixth inning put Valparaiso ahead to stay on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Western Michigan 10-7 at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.


Baseball Splits on Tuesday in Winter Haven

Valparaiso won its opening game on Tuesday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. for the 1,100th victory in school history, defeating Saint Bonaventure 17-13. The Crusaders then dropped the night cap 16-8 against Maine.


Valpo's O'Gara Named Horizon League Batter of the Week

Valparaiso University's Ryan O'Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Batter of the Week after continuing his hot start to the 2010 season over three games this past weekend.


Valpo Loses Slugfest with Jacksonville 23-14

In a game which saw 37 runs, 45 hits, 11 errors, and 14 walks, Valparaiso came up on the short end of a 23-14 final against Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.


Gulbransen Pitches Valpo to Season's First Win

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) allowed just one run on six hits in eight strong innings for Valparaiso as the Crusaders posted their first victory of the season with a 9-1 triumph over Richmond on day two of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.


Valpo Rallies, Falls Just Short of #20 Oklahoma

Valparaiso rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game at nine, but #22/20 Oklahoma came through with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Crusaders 12-9 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Jacksonville Tournament played at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.


McNeese State Shuts Out Valpo in Series Finale

McNeese State did all of its scoring in the first four innings on Sunday morning, and completed a three-game sweep of Valparaiso with a 12-0 victory at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La.


Early Innings too Much for Valpo to Overcome

McNeese State scored seven times in the first two innings on Saturday afternoon and Valparaiso could not rally from the deficit as the Crusaders fell 8-2 to the Cowboys at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La.


McNeese State Rallies Late to Spoil Season Opener for Valpo Baseball

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went six strong innings for Valparaiso but McNeese State scored four times in the eighth and two more in the ninth as the Cowboys rallied to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 on Friday night at Cowboy Field in Lake Charles, La. in the season opener for both teams.


Valpo Baseball Opens 2010 Season Friday

After posting their first winning record since 1999 one year ago, the Valparaiso Crusaders return to the diamond in 2010 looking to build upon the momentum that was created last season. Head coach Tracy Woodson's squad returns 20 players from the team that went 28-24 in 2009, and posted a 12-11 mark in Horizon League play, placing fourth, the highest for the Brown and Gold since joining the conference.


Valpo Baseball Tabbed Fourth in Horizon League

Valparaiso University has been picked to finish in fourth place this season in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll selected by the league's head coaches.


Miller Named to Stopper of the Year Watch List

Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been selected as one of 40 players to be named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award initial watch list.


Former Crusader Matt Lenski Signs with Gary SouthShore RailCats

Former Valparaiso University catcher Matt Lenski has signed a contract for the 2010 season with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League.


Miller Named Preseason Third Team All-American

Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Preseason All-American Third Team as announced on Monday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


Third Annual Baseball Bash Set for January 30

Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball program has announced that former major leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac will be the featured speaker at the third annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash held on Saturday, January 30 at Aberdeen Manor.


Baseball Adds Two More to Recruiting Class

Valparaiso University baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced that Sam Carius and Kris Singh will join six others that have already committed to play baseball for the Crusaders beginning in 2011


Six Signees Headline Valpo's 2011 Incoming Baseball Class

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the six members of the incoming recruiting class that have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2010-2011 season.


Gaedele Ranked Among Top-100 Collegiate Players

Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) has been ranked the 100th top collegiate baseball player according to www.thecollegebaseballblog.com


Valpo Baseball Has 14 Home Dates Plus 3 Games in Gary as Crusaders Release 2010 Schedule

Valparaiso University coach Tracy Woodson has released the 2010 baseball schedule, which has the Crusaders playing 20 home games at Emory G. Bauer Field in addition to three games at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.


Baseball's Parents/Alumni Weekend Set for October 3-4

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold their annual Parents/Alumni Weekend on October 3 and 4 with a variety of activities.


Gaedele Ranks Second Among Prospect League Prospects

Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) has been ranked as the number two prospect out of the summer Prospect League, formerly known as the Central Illinois Collegiate League, according to Baseball America.


Valpo Baseball Adds Nine for 2010 Season

The Valparaiso Crusader baseball team and head coach Tracy Woodson have announced that nine student-athletes have plans to attend Valparaiso University beginning in the fall of 2009 and will play for the Brown and Gold in the spring of 2010. Joining the program are incoming freshmen Andrew Bain, Matt Carroll, Mike Jacobs, Karch Kowalczyk, Ben Olejniczak, and Greg Stiller along with junior college transfers Robbie Robinson, Will Robinson, and Corey Thibault.


Walk-on Tryouts Set for September 3

Valparaiso University head coach Tracy Woodson has announced the baseball program will hold walk-on tryouts at Emory G. Bauer Field on September 3 at 4 p.m.


Valpo's Jarad Miller Earns Third National Award

Valparaiso University's Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to CollegeBaseballInsider.com's All-America Second Team for his performance during the 2009 season.


Baseball Has Three Players Earn Academic All-League Honors

Valparaiso University had three players represented on the Horizon League's All-Academic Team this season, the conference announced on Wednesday. Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.), and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) each earned the honor this season.


Five Crusader Baseball Players Earn All-Star Honors

Five members of the Valparaiso University baseball team were recently selected to play in the All-Star game of their respective college summer leagues.


Valpo's Miller Earns Another National Honor

Valparaiso University's Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to the All-Ping!Baseball Honorable Mention Team for his efforts on the mound this season.


Valpo's Jarad Miller Named Third Team All-American

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.


Valpo Season Ends with Loss to Milwaukee

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.


Shafer Pitches Valpo Past Butler Thursday

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.


Crusaders Squander Opportunities in Loss to Cleveland State

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.


Four Crusaders Earn Horizon League Honors

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.


Valpo Heads to Horizon League Championships as the #4 Seed

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.


Valpo Falls to UIC in Extra Innings to Close Regular Season

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.


Valpo to Play UIC Sunday Looking to Finish 3rd

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.


Valpo-UIC Twinbill Cancelled Saturday

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.


Rain Washes Out Valpo-UIC on Friday

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.


Valpo's Final Non-Conference Tilt Against Illinois State Cancelled Due to Rain

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.


Crusader Hurlers Limit Gary to Three Hits in Exhibition

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.


2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship to be played at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

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.


Busy Week for Crusaders to Wrap Up Regular Season

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.


Late Inning Rallies Lead Valpo to Sweep of Butler

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.


Valpo Earns Split in Final Regular Season Road Games

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.


Valpo's Lenski Earns Academic All-District V Honors

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.


Crusaders Drill Wildcats in U.S. Steel Yard

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.


Baseball Set for Five Games This Week

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.


Valpo Splits Twinbill with Youngstown State

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.


Valpo Takes Series Opener from Penguins, Wins Fourth in a Row

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.


Valpo Wins Third Straight Downing Northern Illinois

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.


Snelten Pitches Valpo Past Bradley

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.


Valpo Home for Four of Five Games This Week

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.


Shafer Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honors

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.


Valpo Earns Split at Wright State

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.


Crusaders Fall to UIC on Rainy Saturday in Chicago

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.


Valpo-Purdue Game at U.S. Steel Yard Cancelled

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.


Crusaders Set for Five More Games This Week

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.


Valpo Ends Homestand with Win over Saint Francis

Valparaiso wrapped up its 10-game homestand on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.) at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Bats Explode in Game Two as Crusaders Earn Split

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.


Wright State Takes Series Opener from Valpo

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.


Valpo Runs Win Streak to Six Downing Anderson

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.


Valpo to Play Five at Home This Week

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.


Valpo-IPFW Baseball Cancelled on Tuesday, Game Added for Wednesday Against Anderson

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.


Valpo Moves to .500 With Fifth Straight Win

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.


Valpo Completes Weekend Sweep of North Dakota

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.


Valpo Earns Fourth Sweep of the Season Taking Two from North Dakota

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.


Crusaders Fail to Hold Early Lead, Defeated at Indiana

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.


Crusaders Head to Indiana, Host North Dakota This Week

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.


Valpo-North Dakota to Play Twinbill Friday

Valparaiso and North Dakota have added a game to their weekend series, and will now play a doubleheader on Friday in addition to Saturday.


Valpo's Gulbransen Named Pitcher of the Week

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.


Valpo-Robert Morris Canceled on Monday

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.


Valpo Drops Pitcher's Duel at Cleveland State Sunday Afternoon

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.


Gulbransen's Gem Leads Valpo to Split at Cleveland State

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.


Valpo-Cleveland State Baseball Postponed on Friday

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.


Valpo-Northern Illinois Baseball Postponed Until April 29

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.


Valpo Hits the Road This Week for Four Games

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.


Miller Ties Career Save Mark as Valpo Sweeps Milwaukee

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.


Late Crusader Rally Falls One Run Short in Home Opener

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.


Crusaders Open Home Season Thursday and Friday Hosting Milwaukee

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.


Valpo-Milwaukee Series Moved Up to Thursday and Friday

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.


Valpo and Butler Split Saturday's Doubleheader

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.


Valpo Bats Explode in Conference Opener at Butler

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.


Lenski Earns Scholar-Athlete of the Week Honors

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.


Valpo to Play the Gary RailCats in Exhibition Action, One of Three Games at U.S. Steel Yard This Year for Crusaders

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.


Notre Dame Defeats Valpo in Late Innings

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.


Baseball Heads to Notre Dame Before Beginning League Play This Weekend

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.


Saturday's Doubleheader Cancelled Due to Rain

Saturday's scheduled doubleheader between Valparaiso and Tennessee Tech has been canceled due to rains in the Cookeville, Tenn. area.


Valpo Bats Explode in Doubleheader Split with Tennessee Tech

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.


Mississippi State Takes Two from Valpo on Wednesday

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.


Valpo Baseball Continues Road Trip with Six Games This Week

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.


Memphis Finishes Weekend Sweep of Crusaders

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.


Memphis Shuts Out Valpo on Saturday

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.


Errors Prove Costly as Valpo Falls at Memphis

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.


Valpo Downed by #21 Arkansas for Second Straight Day

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.


Late Rally Comes Up Short as Crusaders Fall at #21 Arkansas

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.


Valpo Looks to Continue Best Start in 40 Years at Arkansas, Memphis This Week

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.


Gulbransen Named Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week

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.


Gulbransen Helps Pitch Valpo to Doubleheader Sweep of UALR

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.


Valpo-UALR Baseball Postponed on Saturday

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.


Valpo Suffers First Loss Following Rain Filled Day in Little Rock

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.


Baseball Heads to Little Rock for Weekend Series

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.


Valpo's Series Finale at Morehead State Cancelled on Sunday

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.


Valpo Opens Season with Twinbill Sweep at Morehead State

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.


Baseball's Robert Skaltsas to be Inducted into Valpo's Hall of Fame on February 28

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.


Boys of Summer Set to Open Season Saturday

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.


Valpo Baseball Picked Fifth in Horizon League

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.


Second Annual Baseball Bash to Be Held January 31

The second annual Crusader Baseball Bash will be held on January 31, 2009 featuring Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman.


Valpo to Host Winter Skills Camp

Valparaiso University will host winter hitting and pitching camps from December 20-22 for individuals eight years old through high school.


Bracco and Dietz Added to Crusader Baseball Staff

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.


Challenging Baseball Schedule Awaits Valpo in 2009

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.


Crusader Baseball Team to Play 100-Inning Game to Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

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.


Valpo Baseball Has Success During Summer

Valparaiso University's baseball team has had a great deal of success throughout the summer playing in various leagues around the country.


Walk-on Tryouts to be Held September 2

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.


Valpo Baseball to Hold Fall Elite Camp

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold a Fall Elite Camp at Emory G. Bauer Field for high school age players on September 28.


Osborn Named to Crusader Baseball Staff

Valparaiso University head coach Tracy Woodson announced that Eric Osborn has joined the Crusader baseball staff as an assistant coach.


Three Crusader Baseball Players Named to Academic All-Horizon League Team

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.


Valpo's Rodeghero Named to All-Mideast Second Team

Valparaiso University’s Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Mideast Region Second Team.


Crusader Signee Gaedele Chosen by Rays in MLB Draft

Valparaiso baseball signee Kyle Gaedele of Arlington Heights, Ill. was chosen Friday by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 32nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.


Rodeghero Still on the Wallace Watch as List is Cut to 64

Valparaiso University’s Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) remains on the “Wallace Watch” by the College Baseball Foundation.  The “Wallace Watch” narrowed the field to 64 candidates aiming for the 2008 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award.  The three Wallace Award finalists will be announced following NCAA Super Regional play.


Three Crusaders Named to All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University had three players named to the Horizon League’s All-Tournament Team following the completion of the championships this past weekend.  Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.), Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.), and Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) all were recognized for their play in the five games in which Valpo participated.


Milwaukee Ends Valpo's Tournament Run

Valparaiso run in the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army came to and end on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped an 8-3 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Niles, Ohio.


Offensive Explosion Lifts Valpo to Third Tournament Victory

Valparaiso rallied for the third time this week, coming back from a 3-0 deficit after one, by banging out 16 hits on the way to a 13-4 victory over Wright State on Friday afternoon in an elimination game of the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army held in Niles, Ohio.


Seventh Inning Rally Pushes UIC Past Valpo

UIC scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning without hitting the ball out of the infield, rallying from a three-run deficit to defeat Valparaiso 8-5 on Thursday evening in the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army held in Niles, Ohio.


Crusaders Rally Again for Second Straight Win at Horizon League Championships

  For the second straight day Valparaiso needed to rally in the late innings to complete a comeback as the Crusaders scored once in the eighth and once in the ninth on Wednesday afternoon to defeat third-seeded Youngstown State on the second day of the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army held in Niles, Ohio.


Valpo Defeats Butler to Advance in Horizon League Championships

A two-run seventh inning proved to be the difference for Valparaiso on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Butler 6-5 at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio on day one of the 2008 Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army.


Three Crusader Baseball Players Earn League Honors

Valparaiso University outfielder Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) has been named to the Horizon League’s First Team while second baseman John Giusti (Coventry, R.I./Coventry H.S.) has been selected to the Second Team the league office announced Monday evening.  In addition, relief pitcher Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) has been named to the All-Newcomer Team.


Valpo to Face Butler Tuesday at Horizon League Tournament

Valparaiso is set to make its first appearance in the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army beginning on Tuesday afternoon in Niles, Ohio.  The Crusaders, the tournament’s sixth seed, will face seventh-seeded Butler at 2 p.m. CDT in a single elimination game, with the winner facing third-seeded Youngstown State on Wednesday to begin the double elimination portion of the tournament.


Rodeghero Sets Single Season Hit Record but Valpo Drops Two Heartbreakers to UIC

Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) became Valparaiso’s single season hit record on Saturday afternoon, going 5-for-10 on the afternoon, but the Crusaders dropped a pair of one-run decisions 8-7 and 7-6 to UIC in Chicago, Ill.


UIC Defeats Valpo in Series Opener

UIC scored multiple runs in four different innings on Friday evening as the Flames defeated Valparaiso 11-4 at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. to open a three-game Horizon League series.


Valpo to Close Regular Season at UIC This Weekend

Valparaiso wraps up the 2008 regular season this weekend with a trip to the Windy City to battle the six-time defending Horizon League champion UIC Flames.  The Crusaders enter the weekend in fifth place in the league standings, just percentage points out of fourth and one game out of third while UIC needs a three-game sweep to capture the regular season title.


Valpo Uses Extra Base Hits to Topple Cedarville

Valparaiso used 11 extra base hits and runs in six of eight innings to defeat Cedarville 13-6 on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Baseball to Face Cedarville on Tuesday

Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the Crusaders have added a game against Cedarville University to the schedule for Tuesday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo-Butler Baseball Cancelled on Sunday

The Valparaiso-Butler baseball doubleheader scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled due to heavy and persistant rains in the Indianapolis, Ind. area.  Due to Horizon League policy, the games will not be made up.


Pitching Dominates as Valpo and Youngstown State Split Twinbill

On a day which saw a pair of pitcher’s duals at Emory G. Bauer Field, Valparaiso and Youngstown State split a Horizon League doubleheader on Saturday with the Penguins winning the opener 2-1 and the Crusaders taking the nightcap 3-2.


Brunelli's Homers Not Enough as Iowa Downs Valpo

Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) homered twice on Tuesday evening, but Valparaiso could not overcome four errors defensively and 11 walks from the pitching staff as Iowa defeated the Crusaders 13-5 in Iowa City, Iowa.


Bivens Named Horizon League's Scholar-Athlete of the Week

Valparaiso University’s Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.) has been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week after hitting .333 in four games last week.


Rodeghero Named to Wallace Watch as Well as Horizon League Player of the Week

Valparaiso University’s Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) has been named to the “Wallace Watch” by the College Baseball Foundation as well as named this week’s Horizon League Player of the Week.  The “Wallace Watch” was released, narrowing the field to 100 candidates aiming for the 2008 Brooks Wallace College Player of the Year Award.


20-Run Outburst Helps Valpo Split with Milwaukee

Valparaiso batted around twice in game two of Saturday’s rain-delayed doubleheader, as the offense exploded for 20 runs as the Crusaders defeated the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 20-3 to earn a split of the twinbill.  After waiting nearly four hours to begin play on the afternoon, the host Panthers defeated Valpo 13-5 in the opener in Milwaukee, Wis.


Seven Run Eighth Pushes Valpo Past Milwaukee

  Valparaiso rallied from a 4-0 deficit entering the eighth inning, sending 11 batters to the plate while scoring seven times as the Crusaders opened their three-game weekend series against Milwaukee with a 7-6 victory at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.


Bullpen Sharp as Valpo Downs IPFW

Valparaiso’s bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings and the Crusaders scored four times from the sixth inning on to defeat IPFW 8-4 on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Bradley Takes Two From Valpo

Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) extended his hitting streak to 20 straight games with hits in both games of the doubleheader, but it was not enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders dropped a twinbill 7-5 and 2-1 to Bradley on Tuesday evening in Peoria, Ill.


Valpo to Play Six Games This Week

Valparaiso has a busy week ahead as the Crusaders play three midweek games before a key three-game weekend series in the Horizon League.  The Crusaders head to Bradley for a doubleheader on Tuesday and host IPFW on Wednesday before heading to Milwaukee for the Friday-Saturday series.  Saturday Valpo and the Panthers will play a twinbill.


13-Run Comeback Helps Lead Valpo to Sweep of Butler

Zach Rodeghero’s (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) two-out single in the bottom of the ninth capped a seven-run inning and brought Valparaiso back from a 13-0 deficit to force extra innings before Ryan O’Gara’s (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) sacrifice fly in the tenth gave Valparaiso a 16-15 victory over Butler in the opening game of a doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon.  The Crusaders then completed the sweep of the twinbill with a 7-4 victory in the nightcap.


Butler Takes Series Opener on Windy Day at Valpo

On a day when the wind was blowing out at 31 miles per hour at game time, Butler took advantage of the conditions by hitting four homeruns on the way to defeating Valparaiso 12-10 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday afternoon.


Valpo to Entertain Butler This Weekend in Key Series

Valparaiso wraps up its four-game homestand this weekend with a pivotal three-game Horizon League set against instate rival Butler. The Crusaders are looking to move up the conference standings at the midway point of the conference slate.


Valpo Shuts Out Judson 13-0

Five Valparaiso pitchers combined on a three hitter and the Crusader offense took advantage of 10 Judson walks and four errors as the Brown and Gold defeated the Eagles 13-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Big Eighth Lifts Central Michigan Past Valpo

Valparaiso took a 2-0 lead midway through on Tuesday afternoon, but a 10-run eighth inning by Central Michigan led the Chippewas to a 13-2 victory over the Crusaders in Mount Pleasant, Mich.


Valpo-Wright State Cancelled Due to Rain on Saturday

Due to heavy rains that came into the Valparaiso, Ind. area around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, the scheduled Horizon League doubleheader between Valparaiso and Wright State has been cancelled.


UIC's Offense Too Much for Valpo

UIC combined to score 28 runs on 30 hits on Friday afternoon as the Flames swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 14-12 and 14-4 at Emory G. Bauer Field in Horizon League action.


Brunelli's Pinch Hit Single Leads Valpo to Extra Innings Win

Jason Brunelli’s (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) pinch hit single through the leftside of the infield with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Valparaiso a 10-9 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.) on Wednesday afternoon on a windy day at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Baseball Continues Homestand with Five Games This Week

After a week off of playing games due to the weather, Valparaiso returns to the diamond for five games in four days beginning on Wednesday when the Crusaders will host Saint Francis (Ind.) in a non-conference game that has just been added to the schedule.  Horizon League twinbills against UIC and Wright State on Friday and Saturday will round out the week of action.


Valpo Baseball Schedule Altered for This Week

Valparaiso’s baseball team has two schedule changes for this upcoming week.  The Crusaders’ game against Northwestern, slated for Tuesday, has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with the Wildcats’ Big Ten slate.  In addition, the Brown and Gold have added a game at home on Wednesday afternoon against Saint Francis (Ind.).


Valpo-Chicago State Postponed for Second Straight Day

Sunday marked the second straight day Valparaiso and Chicago State's baseball doubleheader scheduled for Emory G. Bauer Field has been postponed, this time due to a wet playing field from all of the weekend's rains.


Valpo-Chicago State Baseball Postponed

Valparaiso and Chicago State's series opening doubleheader scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to rain.  The two schools will try and make one game up on Sunday as part of a twinbill beginning at noon.


Gulbransen Pitches Valpo Past Northern Illinois

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) pitched seven strong innings for his first collegiate win and Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) went 4-for-4 with four runs batted in as Valparaiso registered a 5-4 non-conference victory against Northern Illinois on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.


Valpo Scores First but Notre Dame Rallies to Down Crusaders

Valparaiso jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, but Notre Dame rallied, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh, and defeated the Crusaders 8-6 on Tuesday evening in Notre Dame, Ind.