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Snelten Pitches Valpo Past Bradley
John Snelten earned the win on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
John Snelten earned the win on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) allowed just two runs and five hits in 7.1 innings of work on a cool, wet Tuesday afternoon to lead Valparaiso to a 5-2 victory over Bradley at Emory G. Bauer Field.

The fifth-year senior, who had struck out just nine hitters all season coming in, tied his career high with seven strikeouts while walking just one to get the victory (2-3).

“I think he had his best breaking ball of the year,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He was able to locate it and kept hitters off balance.”

Valpo struck first in the third inning.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) singled with one out to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) followed with a walk.  Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) hit a ground ball that appeared to be a double play ball, but the shortstop dropped the flip, loading the bases.  With two outs, Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) doubled to right-center to score all three unearned runs.

“Lenski’s been put in that situation all year and again he came through today,” added Woodson.

Bradley (14-24) got a run back in the fourth on a single by Adam Kimble, the last hit Snelten would surrender until the eighth.

Valpo tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth as Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) doubled to lead off the sixth and was sacrificed to third by Lenski.  Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) and Ranko Ivetic (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) drew walks to load the bases, chasing Braves’ starter Justin Ziegler.  Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Savier H.S.) greeted reliever Brad Altback with a two run single to increase the lead to 5-1.

“Those were two big runs for us,” said Woodson.

The Braves tried to rally in the eighth as Tommy Fitgerald doubled to score Tim Scanlan and a Crusader error, their third of the game, put two on with one out.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) pitched out of the jam and Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on to pitch the ninth for his 11th save of the season, one of the Crusaders’ single season record.

“He just comes in and throws strikes,” Woodson said of Miller.

Valpo managed just five hits off of Bradley pitchers, including three off the starter Zieglre whoe went 5.2 innings and allowed all five runs, just two of which were earned.

Bradley had just five hits as well off of Crusader hurlers, all coming from the top four hitters in the lineup.

Valparaiso (20-19) will return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill. to face Northern Illinois.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in a make up game from the March 31 postponement due to rain.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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