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Valpo Opens Season with Twinbill Sweep at Morehead State
Jon Gulbransen earned the win in game two of the doubleheader. (Ray Acevedo)
Jon Gulbransen earned the win in game two of the doubleheader. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

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.

“It’s great to start the season with two wins,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We got two great starting pitching performances and had guys swing the bats well.  It’s a tough place to play with the short fence.

The host Eagles opened the scoring in the second inning of game one, on a homer by Michael Bottoms, the first of 10 long balls on the day with both teams utilizing the short porch in both right and right-center fields.

Valpo responded in the fourth with an unearned run scoring on a double play ground out.  Morehead State answered in the bottom of the inning with three runs, including back-to-back blasts to lead off the inning.

Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) tied the game in the fifth with the first of two homers for the junior.  His three-run shot plated Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.), both of whom had walked to lead off the inning.

Lenski added a homer of his own in the sixth to put the Crusaders on top 5-4 and Wallace’s second homer of the game an inning later increased the lead to two.

Morehead State added a run in the eighth, but Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came in for the final two outs of the inning and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 10th career save, moving him into a tie for third on Valpo’s all-time list.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went five innings to earn the victory (1-0), allowing four runs and five hits while striking out four.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) went 3-for-5  for the Crusaders to pace Valpo’s 11-hit attack.  Bottoms went 4-for-5 with a homer to lead the Eagles.

The night cap saw Valpo jump on top in the second with a RBI single by Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.).

The Eagles scored three times in the fifth, all on a homer by Lucas Bainer, to take the lead, but the Crusaders answered with six runs in the sixth.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) led off the inning with a homer.  Scoby hit a three-run shot in the inning while Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) also had a RBI single.

Morehead State scored twice in the bottom of the seven on a two-run homer by Daniel Pugh to close out the scoring.

Scoby finished the game with four runs batted in while Quinnette, Cribbs, and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) had two hits each as part of a nine-hit effort by the Crusaders.  Bottoms finished 3-for-4 for Morehead State.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went five innings for the victory (1-0), walking just one and allowing seven hits while striking out four and allowing just three runs.

Valparaiso (2-0) and Morehead State (0-2) will wrap up their three-game weekend set on Sunday afternoon with a single game beginning at 12 p.m. CST at Allen Field.

Game Notes: Valpo committed just one error in the two games … DeBruin had a hit in game one of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to 17 games dating back to last season, only to have it end in game two.

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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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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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