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Starck, Kutansky Lead Valpo To Sweep Of Southern Utah

Friday, May 09, 2003

St. George, Utah ? Tom Starck struck out a career-high 12 and went the distance in the first game and Kevin Kutansky drove in all five runs in the nightcap as Valpo swept a doubleheader from Southern Utah by scores of 4-2 and 5-4. Caleb Kimmel belted a two-run homer for the decisive runs in the first game. Jeff Mandsager had four hits, including three doubles, and Eddie Hannan had four hits and two RBIs in the twinbill. Marc Boggio, who earned the victory in the second game, had three hits in the contest. Adam Paetznick escaped a jam in the bottom of the seventh to record his Mid-Continent Conference-leading eighth save.

With the sweep, Valpo (18-28-1, 6-8 Mid-Con) moved one full game ahead of Southern Utah (13-25, 5-9 Mid-Con) into fourth place in the Mid-Con. The top four teams during the regular season qualify for the conference tournament. Each team in the Mid-Con is scheduled to play six more conference games.

Starck (3-1), who has recorded 34 strikeouts in his last three starts, allowed just four hits in pitching all 9 innings. The junior lefty yielded two earned runs and two walks in hurling his second complete game.

The Crusaders tied the first game at 1-1 in the second inning when Hannan singled home Mandsager, who had doubled. Mandsager and Hannan hammered consecutive doubles in the fourth to give Valpo a 2-1 lead.

After the Thunderbirds tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth on a RBI single by Jake Reynolds, Hannan singled and Kimmel hit a two-out, two-run blast in the seventh for what proved to be the game-winning runs.

Wes Matthews (2-3) suffered the loss for Southern Utah, allowing four runs and nine hits, while fanning five and walking none.

In the nightcap, Kutansky, a freshman, hit a two-run double in the second and belted his first career homer ? a three-run shot ? in the fourth, to propel the Crusaders to a 5-0 advantage. Mandsager doubled, Hannan drew a walk and Kyle Young executed a successful sacrifice bunt prior to Kutansky's double. The homer by Kutansky, just inside the left field foul pole, followed a walk to Mandsager, a bunt single by Hannan and another sacrifice bunt.

Southern Utah scored three in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut its deficit to 5-4. Boggio (4-5), who pitched 6 innings, gave way to Paetznick in the bottom of the seventh. A junior righthander, Paetznick had runners on second and third with one out, but escaped by fanning Reynolds and recording the last out on a fly ball to Mandsager in right field.

Shane Perkins (2-5) took the loss, allowing five runs and nine hits, while striking out one and walking two in a 7-inning complete game.

The two teams play another doubleheader in St. George, Utah on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m. CDT.

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