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Valpo Wins Series Opener in 11 at Youngstown State
Andrew Quinnette had two hits and drove in two runs in the victory.
Andrew Quinnette had two hits and drove in two runs in the victory.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Box Score

                Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) was hit by a pitch to force in the winning run in the top of the 11th inning and Valparaiso withstood a bases loaded, one out situation in the bottom of the inning to defeat Youngstown State 4-3 on Friday evening to open the three-game Horizon League series in Niles, Ohio.

                Elliott Gibbs (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) allowed just two earned runs in 7.1 innings, but did not get a decision on the day.  Following his complete game shutout last weekend against Cleveland State, he extended his streak without allowing an earned run to 16 straight innings before giving up the two in the eighth.

                Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) had three hits and scored three runs for the Crusaders while Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) also had two hits and drove home two.

                The duo started the scoring for Valpo in the top of the fourth as Rodeghero doubled down the leftfield line.  Two batters later, Quinnette singled to right-center to put the Crusaders on top 1-0.  The Penguins got an unearned run back in the bottom of the inning on a one-out groundout by Eric Marzec following a double and a Crusader error.

                The Crusader retook the lead in the sixth with an unearned run of their own.  Rodeghero reach on an error, advancing to second.  He scored on a Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) single to make it 2-1 Valpo.

                A walk to lead off the eighth led to the Brown and Gold’s third run, scoring Rodeghero on a Quinnette single.  Rodeghero reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced into scoring position on an error.

                Youngstown State tied the game in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back singles by Marzec and Dustin Wachter.  With runners on second and third and one out, Jay Clites (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) got a pair of groundouts to keep the game tied going into the ninth.  The Penguins put two runners on with one out in the ninth, but could not score, forcing extra innings.

                The game would stay tied until the 11th when Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) registered a one-out single.  With two outs, Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) singled to put runners on the corners and Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) walked to load the bases.  Lenski was then hit by the pitch to force in Brunelli with the go-ahead run.

                Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on for his third save of the season in the bottom of the inning, but not without some excitement.  Youngstown State loaded the bases with one out, but the freshman closer registered a strikeout and induced a ground ball to end the game.

                Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) earned the win (2-1) with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief while Joe Antinone (1-2) suffered the loss for the Penguins.

                Valparaiso (8-18, 3-3 Horizon League) and Youngstown State (7-17, 1-3) will wrap-up the series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 12 p.m. CDT in Niles.

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