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Gulbransen Goes the Distance as Valpo Takes Series Opener from Cleveland State
Jon Gulbransen tossed a complete game in the win on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jon Gulbransen tossed a complete game in the win on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed his second complete game of the season on Friday afternoon allowing just two runs and nine hits as Valparaiso won the opener of its three-game series with Cleveland State 9-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Gulbransen struck out six and walked just one on the afternoon to earn the win (3-2) as the Crusaders moved to 3-1 in Horizon League play for the first time since joining the league prior to the 2008 season.

“We got a ‘w’,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “That’s the most important thing.  Gulbransen was just outstanding.  I don’t even think he had his best stuff, but we made some plays and turned some double plays to get out of innings.”

Valpo jumped on the Vikings from the opening inning, taking advantage of a pair of errors.  Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) stole second, moving to third following a throwing error on catcher Alex Gnezda.  With two outs, Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) hit a ground ball to third which Kyle Shaffer threw wildly to first, allowing Muhlsteff to score and giving the Crusaders the early lead.

Cleveland State tied the game in the third with three singles, the last by Shaffer plating Josh Lowe.

The Crusaders took the lead for good in the fifth with three runs on just two hits.  Viking starter Anthony Sambula hit the first two batters of the inning.  Following a sacrifice bunt by Muhlsteff, Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) delivered a two-run single to put Valpo in front.  Gaedele followed with a triple to center, plating Frane and making it 4-1 Crusaders.

A Tyler Wynn double in the sixth scored Shaffer with the Vikings second run of the game, but that would be all they could manage on the afternoon against Gulbransen.

A three-run seventh gave Valpo some breathing room as the Crusader took advantage of a pair of walks and the third Viking error of the game.  A Gaedele single in the eighth scored Valpo’s final insurance run as the Crusaders took the opener of the three-game weekend series.

“Our offense took advantage of some of their mistakes which is the key,” Woodson said.  “We also got some big hits today.”

Sambula suffered the loss (4-4) for Cleveland State, working 6.1 innings and allowing eight runs, six of which were earned, and eight hits.  He struck out four and walked two.

Valpo managed 10 hits on the afternoon, with Frane, Gaedele, Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) each managing two a piece.  Frane and Gaedele each drove home two runs as well.

Valparaiso (13-19, 3-1 Horizon) and Cleveland State (8-22, 2-5) will return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 12 p.m.

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. 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