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Bryce Shafer allowed just three hits in six innings of work. (Ray Acevedo)
Bryce Shafer allowed just three hits in six innings of work. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went six strong innings for Valparaiso but McNeese State scored four times in the eighth and two more in the ninth as the Cowboys rallied to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 on Friday night at Cowboy Field in Lake Charles, La. in the season opener for both teams.

Shafer went six full innings, allowing just three hits and one run.  He did walk five and struck out seven. 

“Bryce threw pretty well overall,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He was pretty dominant.  We have got to hold onto the lead for him to get the win though.”

Valpo’s bats started early, with the Crusaders scoring in each of the first four innings.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) led off the game with a single, moved around the bases, and scored on a groundout by Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.).  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) added a solo homer with two outs in the opening inning to make it 2-0 Crusaders.

Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) led off the second with a single, moved to second on a walk and third on a ground out.  A groundout by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) scored the game’s third run.  Valpo added an unearned run in the third when Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) reached on an error to lead off the inning and scored on a double by O’Gara.  A Scoby single with two outs in the fourth scored Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./LaSalle-Peru H.S.) gave the Crusaders a 5-0 advantage.

McNeese State found the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth before Valpo added another run in the top of the eighth on a single by Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Brea H.S.) which plated Gaedele.

With two outs in the eighth, reliever Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) struck out Bryn Thompson, but the ball got away allowing him to reach safely.  The Cowboys then scored four times to pull within one, keyed by a three-run triple off the bat of Andy Riche.

A two-run double with one out in the ninth by Matt Fontenot won the game for the Cowboys.

 O’Gara and Scoby each had two hits for the Crusaders to pace their seven-hit attack.  Riche had three hits, including the big triple, to pace McNeese State. 

Jaden Dillon earned the win (1-0) for the Cowboys in relief, working the final five innings allowing just one run and one hit while striking out four.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for Valpo.

Valparaiso (0-1) and McNeese State will play game two of the three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a 4 p.m. start.  Austen Siewic (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) will take to the hill for  the Crusaders against the Cowboys’ Tyler Davis.

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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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