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Valpo Ends Homestand with Win over Saint Francis
Ryan O'Gara extended his hitting streak to seven straight games on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan O'Gara extended his hitting streak to seven straight games on Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Valparaiso wrapped up its 10-game homestand on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.) at Emory G. Bauer Field.

The Crusaders used a five-run sixth inning to take control of the game, then held off a late Cougars rally to improve to 10-3 at home this season.

Saint Francis (27-16) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third inning.  After a lead-off walk, Travis Potchka tripled in the first run of the game and later scored on a two-out double by Taylor Futterknecht.

Valpo cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the third.  After back-to-back singles by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.), the pair moved to second and third on a double steal.  Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) then plated McCormick with a sacrifice fly.

Cougars’ starter Tristen Peffley (0-1) stifled Valpo early, allowing just one run and five hits through five innings of work.

“This game was frustrating,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We didn’t have good at bats for the most part, just giving them away.”

Valpo’s Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) also went five innings, just allowing the two runs and four hits, but did not figure in the decision.

“Deetjen kept the ball down today and threw strikes,” Woodson added.  He needs to do so to be effective.”

The Crusaders got to Peffley in the sixth, batting around and taking advantage of a couple of Cougar errors.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) doubled to straight away center to tie the game.  After Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) singled Lenski to third, Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), who extended his hitting streak to seven, singled him home.  Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) and McCormick added RBI singles to increase the lead to 5-0, and Muhlsteff eventually scored on a throwing error to complete the Valpo scoring.

Saint Francis rallied late, scoring a run in the seventh on a hit by Jon Saporsantos and added two more in the eighth as the Crusader relief corps hit two batters and walked two more to plate to plate a pair of runners.

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) earned the win (2-0) for the Crusaders in relief while Peffley suffered the loss (0-1), eventually surrendering all six runs, five of which were earned, and nine hits in six innings of work.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) earned his ninth save of the season.

Lenski, Wallace, McCormick, O'Gara and Gaedele all had two hits a piece for the Crusaders as part of a 12-hit attack.  Futterknecht and John Schlichter each went 2-for-5 for Saint Francis.

Valparaiso (18-17) will head to the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Tuesday evening to battle Purdue in a 7 p.m. contest.  The game will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
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
W 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
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