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Deetjen and Gaedele Lead Valpo Past Northern Illinois
Tyler Deetjen fanned 14 Huskies while earning the win on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tyler Deetjen fanned 14 Huskies while earning the win on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) struck out 14 hitters in 7.2 innings of work and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) drove home six runs as Valparaiso posted a 10-7 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Deetjen’s 14 strikeouts marked a career high for the sophomore, and matched the team’s high this season with Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.), who came on to earn his first collegiate save in the game.  Deetjen allowed seven runs, six of which were earned, and nine hits, but walked just two for the win (3-2).

“Tyler pitched great today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He allowed our offense to continue to build upon our early lead.”

Gaedele paced Valpo’s offensive attack.  He went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly, the six runs batted in, and scored a run.  He now has a team-leading 53 RBIs on the season.

“Gaedele took advantage of his RBI opportunities,” Woodson added.  “Overall we did some good things today.”

Valpo jumped on top in the opening inning.  Four straight singles, including run-scoring hits by Gaedele and Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) put the Brown and Gold on top 2-0 before the first batter was retired.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) added a RBI single and David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) added another run on a fielder’s choice, putting the Crusaders on top 4-0.

An error and a hit batsman put runners on base for Valpo again in the second and Gaedele drove both runners home with a single into centerfield.  Gaedele’s sacrifice fly in the fourth then made it 7-0 Valpo.

Northern Illinois (19-28) got on the scoreboard in the fifth on a two-out single by Brian Riegler and added two more runs in the sixth, also with two outs.

A Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) sacrifice fly in the sixth pushed Valpo’s lead to 8-3 before the Huskies tried to rally in the eighth.  Nine batters came to the plate as Northern Illinois scored four times, closing within 8-7.

Valpo tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on a single up the middle by Gaedele, through a drawn in infield.  He scored Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.), who doubled to tie the school’s single season two-bagger mark with 21, as well as Scoby.

Muhlsteff went 3-for-3 for the Crusaders while Scoby was 2-for-2 with two sacrifices and a hit by pitch as the top three in the Valpo lineup combined to go 8-for-9 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs.  Frane also had a two-hit game as Valpo had 13 total hits on the afternoon.

Joe Buonavolanto and Jordin Hood each had three hits for the Huskies as part of their 13-hit attack.

Brian Smith suffered the loss (0-3) on the hill, allowing seven runs and seven hits in four innings of work.

Valparaiso (20-27) will return to the diamond on Wednesday evening for an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats, a professional independent league team.  First pitch is set for 6 p.m at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.  Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.  The Crusaders then close out the home portion of the regular season on Friday afternoon with a Senior Day doubleheader against Youngstown State.  First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo