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UIC Defeats Valpo in Series Opener
Josh Wallace homered in the ninth for the Crusaders.
Josh Wallace homered in the ninth for the Crusaders.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Box Score

                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.

                UIC’s Mike Kool did not allow an earned run in eight innings of work and the Flames registered 16 hits against the Crusaders.

                Valpo threatened in the top half of the first inning, putting runners on first and second with just one out before back-to-back fly balls to the warning track ending the inning without a run.  UIC then jumped on top in the bottom of the first with three two-out runs.  Jake Carr hit his fourth homerun of the season to straight-away center before a wild pitch and an error plated two more runs.

                “Getting down early hurt us today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.   “We had guys on in the first and didn’t score and they answered with three.  We just couldn’t catch up.”

                The Crusaders found the scoreboard in the fourth as Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) doubled into the leftfield corner and moved to third on a passed ball.  Matt Lenski’s (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) followed with a single to cut the Crusader deficit to 3-1.  The Brown and Gold threatened for more, but left runners on first and second for the second time in the game.

                UIC answered with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth as Brandon Harwell had a run-scoring double and Jason Ganek followed with a RBI single.  The Flames plated two more in the fifth on a ground out and a squeeze bunt following three straight singles to lead off the inning, putting UIC on top 7-1.

                Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) registered an infield single with one out in the eighth for the Crusaders and moved to second Kool threw the ball down the line.  A single by Quinnette put runners on the corners with one out before Lenski scored Brunelli with a sacrifice fly to cut the Valpo deficit to 7-2.

                A triple by Andy Leonard and a double by Steve McGuiggan spearheaded a four-run eighth inning to UIC as the Flames wrapped up the Flames scoring for the evening.

                Valpo tacked on more runs in the ninth as Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) hit his team-leading ninth homerun of the season to lead off the inning.  Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) added a RBI single with two outs to provide the final margin.

                Kool (5-4) earned the victory for UIC allowing just two unearned runs and nine hits in eight innings of work.  Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) suffered the loss (3-5), working five innings allowing six earned runs and nine hits.

                Valparaiso (18-31, 8-11 Horizon League) and UIC (29-19, 15-6) will wrap up the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader in Chicago.  First pitch of game one is set for 1:05 p.m.  The Crusaders need to win one of the  two games to be guaranteed of a fifth place finish and avoiding the first round game in next week’s Horizon League Championships.  The Flames need a doubleheader sweep to win the regular season title.

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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo