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Wright State Takes Series Opener from Valpo
Steven Scoby threw a runner out at the plate on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Steven Scoby threw a runner out at the plate on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wright State scored two batters into the game and added insurance runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings on Friday afternoon to snap Valparaiso’s six-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders at Emory G. Bauer Field.

R.J. Gundolff led off the game with a triple to the wall in right to lead off the game for the Raiders and scored a batter later on Jake Hibberd’s squeeze bunt to jump on top 1-0 right away.

“I thought the first play of the game set the tone for the day,” Valpo head coach Tracy Woodson said.

Wright State added to its lead in the fourth with a pair of runs.  With runners on second and third, Aaron Fields hit a sacrifice fly and Ryan Ashe added a RBI single to increase the lead to three.

Valpo got on the scoreboard in the fourth as with runners on first and third, the Raider catcher Gerald Ogrinc tried to pick Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) off third base but the throw sailed into left allowing Wallace to score.

The Crusaders threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Ryan O’Gara’s (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) line shot up the middle was snared by starting pitcher Michael Woytek, who doubled Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) off second base.

Gundolff’s RBI single in the seventh made it 4-1 Wright State and the Raiders added two more in the eighth on Kory Twede’s single that chopped over a drawn in infield.  The Raiders added two more unearned runs in the ninth on a triple by Casey McGrew to cap the scoring.

Valpo loaded the bases again in the ninth with no one out, but a ground ball double play and a strikeout ended the threat without the Crusaders scoring.

“We need to be more aggressive at the plate,” Woodson said.  “We take too many good pitches and fall behind in the count.”

Woytek went five innings to earn the win (3-2) for the Raiders, allowing one run on four hits.  He struck out four and walked five.  Michael Schum earned the save (7), pitching the final four innings allowing four hits and fanning four.  Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) suffered the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Lenski and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) each had two of Valpo’s eight hits in the game while McGrew went 3-for-5 to pace Wright State offensively.

Valparaiso (16-16, 5-5 Horizon) and Wright State (17-20, 5-5) will wrap up their three-game series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at noon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  Both games will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

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