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Crusaders Fail to Hold Early Lead, Defeated at Indiana
Matt Lenski went 4-for-4 with a walk on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Matt Lenski went 4-for-4 with a walk on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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.

“We had too many opportunities, especially early, and didn’t take advantage of them,” head coach Tracy Woodson said. “We let chances get away.  We swung the bats well and hit the ball well early.”

Lenski had four singles and a walk, and drove in the first run for the Crusaders while raising his team-leading average to .418 on the season.  In the opening inning, the senior catcher singled through the right side to score Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) and put Valpo on top early.

The Hoosiers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by Josh Phegley, but the Crusaders immediately answered with three more runs in the second.  Ryan Shober (Inverness, Ill./Fremd H.S.) singled up the middle to score Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) and two batters later Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) doubled to the gap in right-center to plate both DeBruin and Shober.

Again Indiana answered, this time taking advantage of a Valpo error.  A Vince Gonzalez single scored two unearned runs, cutting the lead to 4-3.  The Hoosiers took the lead with three runs in the third.  An Alex Dickerson double, one of three hits on the afternoon for him, scored the first run and he eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Evan Crawford also added a run-scoring single in the inning as the hosts went on top for good.

A Dickerson single in the fourth increased Indiana’s lead to 7-4 before Valpo mounted its next threat in the seventh.  Muhlsteff led off with a single and Lenski followed with a base hit of his own.  Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) doubled to left to score Muhlsteff, leaving runners on second and third with no one out.  The Crusaders were not able to push another run across the plate though, and headed into the stretch trailing 7-5.

Indiana added two more insurance runs in the seventh, including a homerun by Dickerson, to cap the scoring.

Muhlsteff also had three hits for the Crusaders on the afternoon as Valpo banged out 12 hits on the day.  Tyler Rogers also had a three-hit day for the Hoosiers, as Indiana recorded 15 for the game.

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) started for Valpo and suffered the loss (0-3), allowing seven runs, four of which were earned, and nine hits in five innings of work.  Matt Carr earned the victory (1-3) in relief for Indiana  Chris Squires pitched the final 2.2 innings for his first save of the year. (13-17) pitching three innings and allowing just one run.

Valparaiso (10-15) will open a five-game homestand on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field with a doubleheader against North Dakota.  First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.

Game Notes: Muhlsteff extended his hitting streak to nine straight games … Lenski’s four-hit game was the first of his career at Valpo … Muhlsteff had his third three-hit game of the season.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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