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Late Inning Rallies Lead Valpo to Sweep of Butler
Dan DeBruin had five hits on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
Dan DeBruin had five hits on the day. (Ray Acevedo)
Steve Godowa got the game one win in relief. (Ray Acevedo)
Steve Godowa got the game one win in relief. (Ray Acevedo)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Valparaiso scored five times in the seventh and eighth innings of game one and four times in the seventh of game two to come from behind in both games and sweep a doubleheader from Butler 7-6 and 6-3 on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) combined to go 5-for-8 with four runs scored in the twinbill while Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs in the opener as the Crusaders moved a season-high six games over .500 (27-21, 12-10 Horizon), and within a half-game of second place in the Horizon League heading into the final week of regular season play.  Valpo has now won nine of its last 11 contests overall and is 17-6 since April 10.

“When DeBruin makes things happen at the top of the order, we go,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “It’s exciting where we’re at right now.”

In the opener, Butler (11-35, 6-16) jumped on top in the opening inning on a RBI single by Kyle Schultz.  After Valpo answered in the bottom of the inning with a run-scoring double by Lenski, the Bulldogs added five more runs over the next three frames to take a 6-1 lead.

Lenski’s second RBI double of the game in the fifth added Valpo’s second run, scoring DeBruin for the second time in the game.

The Crusaders tacked on three more runs in the seventh, starting with a run-scoring single by DeBruin.  Lenski’s RBI groundout plated DeBruin, and later in the inning, Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) singled home Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.), who had struck out but reached on a wild pitch with two outs.

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) led off the eighth with a triple to dead center and scored on Steven Scoby’s (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) sacrifice fly to tie the game.  Back-to-back singles by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) and DeBruin put two runners on, and with two outs, Lenski dropped a single in shallow right to score McCormick.

Meanwhile, Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) came on in relief in the fourth inning and pitched 4.2 innings of one hit ball.  He struck out three to earn the win (3-0) while Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

“Godawa was the biggest key to us winning this game,” Woodson said.  “He held the game right where it was giving us the opportunity to make the comeback.”

DeBruin and Lenski both had three hits to pace Valpo’s 14-hit attack while Gaedele and McCormick each had two hits a piece.

Jamie Feldheiser suffered the loss (2-3) for Butler, which had 11 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance from Grant Fillipitch.

In game two, McCormick’s first round-tripper of the season to rightfield gave the Crusaders an early lead in the third inning.  Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) added to the lead in the fourth with a RBI double that plated Scoby.

Butler tied the game in the sixth, taking advantage of four walks and an infield single, two of the free passes with the bases loaded.  The Bulldogs then took the lead in the seventh on an error by the Crusaders.

Again Valpo rallied in the seventh.  Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) had a RBI single to score DeBruin and Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) scored on a passed ball to give the Crusaders the lead.  Scoby then added a two-run single with two outs for insurance on the way to Valpo’s third consecutive victory.

“We don’t give up when we get behind,” added Woodson.  “We had some big hits late.”

Matt Stucky (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran H.S.) earned the win (2-0) in relief for the Crusaders while Miller notched his second save of the day and 16th of the season with another 1-2-3 ninth.

DeBruin and Scoby each had two hits as the Crusaders overcame three errors in the field.

Matt Sokolowski started and suffered the loss (1-6) for Butler, allowing four runs and five hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Valparaiso will next play an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday night at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary beginning at 6 p.m.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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