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Valpo Sweeps Cleveland State with Twinbill Victories
Robbie Robinson extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games. (Dave Schofield)
Robbie Robinson extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games. (Dave Schofield)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Led by two more solid pitching performances, Valparaiso completed its weekend sweep of Cleveland State with 10-2 and 14-8 victories over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.  With the wins, the Crusaders hold sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.

“We got two more solid starting performances on the mound today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We continued to swing the bats as well.  We are now making adjustments as the game goes on.  I was happy to see us continue to score even when we get the lead and look to pour it on.”

Game one saw Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) toss his first complete game of the year to earn the win (5-3).  He allowed two runs, but both were unearned, running his consecutive streak of not allowing an earned run to 18 straight innings.  He struck out 14, including the first five batters of the game, and did not walk a batter while scattering just five hits.

Valpo’s bats gave Shafer an early lead from the first inning when Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) singled home Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) with two outs.  The Crusaders scored three more times in the third to extend the advantage on four hits, including three straight singles.

Cleveland State took advantage of a Valpo miscue in the fifth for its first run without a hit in the inning.

The Crusaders got that run and another back in the sixth as Viking starter Coty Bates balked home Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) and Frane added an RBI single.

Three more runs crossed the plate in the seventh, one on a single by Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and two more on a run-scoring hit by Bain.  A Robinson ground out plated the 10th run in the eighth before Cleveland State added a two-out unearned run in the ninth courtesy of a Valpo throwing error.

Robinson went 4-for-5 in game one while Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy) added three more hits as part of a 17-hit attack for the Crusaders.

With 14 strikeouts, he has matched Jim Pomeroy for seventh on Valpo’s all-time strikeout list with 202 for his career.  He also moved into 10th place all-time for career innings pitched with 217.0, and matches eight others for sixth place on the career list with 16 victories.

Bob Suitca had two of Cleveland State’s five hits.  Bates suffered the loss (0-4), allowing six runs, five of which were earned, and 11 hits in 5.1 innings of work.

Valpo again jumped on top in the opening inning of game two.  Frane had a RBI single and David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) plated two with a two-out hit to give Valpo an early 3-0 advantage.

The Vikings got one run back in the top of the second and another in the third to cut the lead to 3-2 before Valpo broke the game open.  The Crusader batted around in the third, sending 10 men to the plate, and scored four times.  Five straight hits to start the inning knocked starting pitcher Jimmy Cowhy out of the game after just two innings and five batters, suffering the loss (1-4) after allowing seven runs and nine hits.

The Crusaders added three more in the fourth and three in the fifth, tallying 13 hits over the third through fifth innings.

Cleveland State scored a run in the fifth and four in the seventh to cut the advantage to 13-7 before a fielder’s choice ground out plated Valpo’s 14th run in the eighth.  The Vikings would add a solo homerun in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) had his first five-hit game as a Crusader while tallying seven hits on the day and Klein went 4-for-5 in the night cap with four runs batted in.  Frane and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) added three hits each as part of the 21-hit attack.  Robinson also had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 13 straight games, a season long for any Crusader this year.

Tyler Wynn went 3-for-5 for Cleveland State (8-24, 2-7 Horizon) while Suitca drove home three runs.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) got the win for Valpo (4-0), allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, and nine hits in 6.1 innings.  He struck out a career-high nine while walking just one.

Valparaiso (15-19, 5-1) has now won 10 of its last 13 and continues its homestand on Sunday afternoon hosting Saint Francis (Ind.) in a non-conference game.  First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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