After helping the Crusaders reach their first Horizon League Championship Game this spring, 12 returning Valparaiso University baseball players as well as five newcomers are honing their skills in collegiate wood bat leagues across the nation this summer.
Valparaiso University's baseball team had three players voted to the 12-member Academic All-Horizon League Team for the 2011 season. Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.), and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) each earned the honor for their efforts both on the field and in the classroom.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) became Valparaiso University's highest selection ever in Major League Baseball's Draft after he was picked in the sixth round, number 203 overall by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.
For the first time in school history Valparaiso has advanced to the championship game of the Horizon League Baseball Tournament with an 8-6 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday night at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.
Valparaiso's winning streak at the Horizon League Tournament came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to Wright State at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio in the winner's bracket final of the double elimination tournament.
Due to wet playing conditions at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, the start time of Valparaiso's Friday Horizon League Tournament game against UIC has been pushed back. The game is now slated to begin approximately 2 p.m. CDT or 30-45 minutes after the Milwaukee-Butler game which begins at 11 a.m. CDT.
Due to unplayable field conditions at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio following lengthy periods of rain, the entire slate of games scheduled for Thursday at the 2011 Horizon League Baseball Championship has been postponed until Friday. Valparaiso is now scheduled to take on UIC on Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. CDT.
Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) tossed a complete game shutout and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) had four RBIs to pace Valparaiso's 19-hit attack on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders blanked Butler 9-0 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio to open up play in the 2011 Horizon League Tournament.
Postseason baseball begins on Wednesday for Valparaiso as the Brown and Gold begins play at the Horizon League Tournament. The fourth-seeded Crusaders will battle fifth-seeded Butler to kick off the double elimination tournament beginning at 10 a.m. from Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.
Valparaiso closed out the 2011 regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis. The host Panthers won the opener 6-5 in 10 innings before Valpo scored in eight of the nine innings in the night cap to post a 14-2 victory.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up the 2011 regular season with a Friday afternoon twinbill at Milwaukee. First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m. with the chat beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m.
Valparaiso came from behind twice to tie the game, including once in the ninth inning on Thursday afternoon, but Milwaukee plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th to defeat the Crusaders 4-3 at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins its final series of the 2011 season with a Thursday afternoon affair at Milwaukee. First pitch of the series is set for 3 p.m. with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.
The 2011 baseball regular season comes to a close on Thursday and Friday as Valparaiso heads to Wisconsin for a three-game series at Milwaukee. The Crusaders enter the weekend in third place, one-half game out of second, as the Horizon League race is bunched from first to fourth place.
With only two weekends left in the regular season, Valparaiso closes out the home portion of the 2011 schedule on Saturday afternoon hosting Milwaukee in a Senior Day doubleheader. The Crusaders then take to the road on Sunday, traveling to UIC for another twinbill as the Brown and Gold looks to remain in the hunt for a Horizon League title.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up the three-game weekend series at Wright State. First pitch in the rubber match of the series is set for 12 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 11:45 a.m.
Valparaiso bounced back from a game one loss to Wright State on Saturday afternoon and won the night cap of the doubleheader to remain one-half game in front of the Raiders in the Horizon League race. Wright State won the opener 10-4 at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio before the Crusaders took game two 6-2.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso begins a showdown for first place in the Horizon League at Wright State. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 10 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 9:45 a.m.
Due to impending afternoon storms forecast for the Southwest Ohio area, the start time for Saturday's baseball doubleheader between Valparaiso and Wright State has been moved up two hours. Game one of the twinbill will now begin at 10 a.m. CDT at Nischwitz Stadium.
First place in the Horizon League is on the line this weekend as Valparaiso heads to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game weekend series at Wright State. The Crusaders enter the weekend with a one-half game lead over the Raiders for the top spot in the conference with just three weekends remaining in the regular season.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play for the final time in 2011. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play for time in 2011 as the Crusaders head to DeKalb, Ill. on Tuesday afternoon to battle the Huskies of Northern Illinois. The Crusaders enter the game winners in 17 of their last 21 games dating back to a March 30 victory at Northwestern.
Valparaiso returned to first place in the Horizon League on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders won both games of a doubleheader against Cleveland State at Emory G. Bauer Field to complete a five-game season sweep of the Vikings. The Crusaders won the opener 5-1 before taking the nightcap 2-1.
Valparaiso returned to Horizon League play at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon and split a doubleheader against Butler. The Bulldogs rallied with six unearned runs in the seventh inning of game one to win 8-6 before the Crusaders took the night cap 11-4.
Having moved into first place, Valparaiso looks to continue its momentum in Horizon League play this weekend with doubleheaders against both Butler and Cleveland State. The Crusaders have won 14 of their last 17 games overall, including seven straight conference contests.
Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) have been named the Horizon League's Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively after leading the Crusaders to a series win against Hawai'i over the weekend.
There was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for the Valparaiso University baseball team on Saturday night as the Crusaders defeated Hawai'i 7-2 to win the weekend series against the Rainbows before a sellout crowd of 4,494 at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hawai'i scored five times in the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth on Friday evening as the Rainbows defeated Valparaiso 9-8 in front of a paid attendance of 3,451 at Lew Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii to snap the Crusaders' 10-game winning streak, the second longest in school history.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) threw the would-be tying run out at the plate in the ninth inning after hitting a three-run home run earlier in the night, helping Valparaiso defeat Hawai'i 8-7 late Thursday evening at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii for the Crusaders' 10th consecutive win, matching Oregon State for the nation's longest active streak.
Riding the nation's longest active winning streak, Valparaiso leaves the mainland this weekend for a three-game Easter weekend series against Hawai'i in Honolulu. The Crusaders will take a weekend off from Horizon League action having won nine straight games overall, including four straight on the road.
Valparaiso took advantage of eight Saint Francis (Ind.) errors on Monday afternoon, and scored the game's final eight runs, as the Crusaders defeated the Cougars 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field to run the Brown and Gold's win streak to nine consecutive games.
A walk-off single by Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) in game one and a three-run eighth inning in the nightcap lifted Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders won the opener 4-3 and took game two 5-2 to sweep the weekend series and run their winning streak to eight straight games.
Rain, which fell throughout the Saturday morning and afternoon hours, has forced the postponement of Saturday's scheduled baseball doubleheader between Valparaiso and Youngstown State at Emory G. Bauer Field. The two schools will make up the twinbill on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
Having won five straight games and eight of its last 10 overall, Valparaiso looks to continue its hot streak this weekend with a three-game Horizon League series against Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday before entertaining Saint Francis (Ind.) in non-conference action on Sunday.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) struck out 13 on Tuesday afternoon helping Valparaiso to its fifth straight win and eighth victory in its last 10 games overall with an 8-1 triumph over Chicago State at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Winners of four straight, and seven of its last nine overall, Valparaiso steps out of Horizon League play on Tuesday afternoon to face Chicago State at Emory G. Bauer Field in the first game of a five-game homestand.
Valparaiso got a pair of complete game efforts on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader, and the weekend series from Cleveland State at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. The Crusaders won the opener 12-2 and took the night cap 6-1.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso wraps up a three-game weekend series with a doubleheader at Cleveland State. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.
Having reached the midweek point of the 56-game schedule, Valparaiso begins the second half of the season this weekend with a three-game Horizon League series at Cleveland State. The Crusaders look to climb into the top half of the conference standings.
Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) went six innings in his first collegiate start, allowing just one hit, helping to pitch Valparaiso to a 6-1 victory over Wabash on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Indiana State took advantage of a pair of Valparaiso errors in the ninth inning to push across two runs, which proved to be the difference on Tuesday afternoon as the Sycamores defeated the Crusaders 3-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso steps out of conference for a pair of midweek home games on Tuesday and Wednesday to wrap up a five-game homestand. The Crusaders will entertain Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State on Tuesday before hosting Wabash on Wednesday afternoon.
Every batter had at least one hit as Valparaiso pounded out 17 hits on Sunday morning and Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) surrendered just one run in eight innings of work as the Crusaders defeated UIC 13-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field, allowing the Brown and Gold to earn a series victory over the Flames.
Valparaiso opened the home portion of the 2011 season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a Horizon League doubleheader with UIC at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders won the opener 5-2 before the Flames took the nightcap 5-0.
Mother Nature played a cruel April Fool's joke on Valparaiso Friday afternoon, as rain started about 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch in the Crusaders' home opener against UIC, postponing the game until Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) has announced coverage changes for Crusader spring sports on Saturday. Valpo's softball doubleheader Saturday against UIC, set for a 1 p.m. start, will now be carried live over WVUR's airwaves, while the Crusaders' baseball doubleheader versus the Flames, scheduled to start at noon, will be carried on www.sportsjuice.com. Links for both of Saturday's broadcasts are also available at www.valpoathletics.com.
Valparaiso returns to Emory G. Bauer Field for the first time in 2011 this weekend as the Crusaders host UIC in a three-game Horizon League series. Valpo is beginning a five-game homestand against the conference leader and will play 10 of its next 13 contests at the friendly confines.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went seven strong innings matching his career high with 10 strikeouts as Valparaiso wrapped up its 23-game road trip with a 5-2 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso concludes its season-opening 23-game road trip on Wednesday at Northwestern. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Valparaiso closes the month of March, and a season-opening 23-game road trip, on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Northwestern. Following the non-conference game against the Wildcats, Valpo will come home to Emory G. Bauer Field for 10 of its next 13 contests.
Valparaiso scored eight times in the final three innings of game one of a doubleheader on Saturday to come from behind and earn a 12-5 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs came back and won the night cap 14-7 though, to take the series.
Follow along live with this interactive chat as Valparaiso continues Horizon League action Saturday afternoon at instate rival Butler. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 11 a.m. CDT with the chat beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.
Two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh broke open a tie game on Friday afternoon as Butler defeated Valparaiso 6-2 at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind. in the opening game of Horizon League action.
Follow along live beginning with this interactive chat as Valparaiso opens up Horizon League action Friday afternoon at instate rival Butler. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT with the chat beginning at 1:45 p.m.
Valparaiso opens Horizon League action this weekend while nearing the end of a 23-game road trip to begin the 2011 season. The Crusaders head to Indianapolis for a three-game set with longtime rival Butler. The series begins with a single game on Friday before the two schools meet again on Saturday for a twinbill.
Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) and Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) both hit two-run home runs on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated SIU Edwardsville 9-5 at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.
Valparaiso got a great pitching performance for the second straight day, this time by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.), but the Crusader offensive again was unable to produce a run as the Brown and Gold fell 1-0 to Creighton on Saturday at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.
Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) allowed just one run on Friday evening while throwing his second complete game of the season, but that would be all the runs SIU Edwardsville would need, as the Cougars defeated Valparaiso 1-0 at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.
Valparaiso spends its final weekend of action before Horizon League play begins by traveling to Edwardsville, Ill. for three games. The Crusaders will face host SIU Edwardsville on both Friday and Sunday while playing a neutral site contest versus Creighton in a Saturday matinee.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) had four hits, including three for extra bases, and drove in four runs in Saturday's doubleheader, but Valparaiso dropped both ends of the twinbill 11-5 and 7-4 to UNLV at Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
Valparaiso opened a four-game weekend series at UNLV on Friday evening, but the Rebels limited the Crusaders to just six hits on the evening while posting a 12-2 win over the Brown and Gold at Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
Valparaiso will wrap up its two week spring break trip this weekend with a four-game series at UNLV. The Crusaders will look to build some momentum and snap their losing skid before returning to the Midwest while the Rebels are off to a hot start this season after downing #14 Arizona on Wednesday.
Five Valparaiso University errors led to four unearned runs for Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon as the Mustangs completed a weekend sweep of the Crusaders, downing the Brown and Gold 7-1 at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Valparaiso held a one-run lead midway through Friday evening's series opener at Cal Poly, but the Mustangs scored three times in the fifth and added four more runs in the seventh on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
After a break from action on Thursday, Valparaiso's first complete off day in a week, the Crusaders return to the diamond this weekend, moving to the coast of California for a three-game weekend series with Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Both teams are still looking for its first series win of the season.
Cal State Bakersfield limited Valparaiso to just four hits on Tuesday afternoon as the Roadrunners defeated the Crusaders 9-0 in the opening game of a two-game midweek series at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.
Valparaiso continues its west coast swing heading north from Northridge, Calif. up to Bakersfield for a two-game midweek series against Cal State Bakersfield. The Crusaders are nearing the midway point of a 13-game trip to California and Nevada while the Roadrunners are wrapping up a nine-game homestand to open the year hosting Valpo.
Cal State Northridge scored twice in the seventh and added another run in the eighth to squelch a late Valparaiso rally and defeat the Crusaders 6-3 on Monday afternoon at Matador Field in the final game of a four-game series in Northridge, Calif.
Valparaiso got solid starting pitching in both games of Sunday's doubleheader against Cal State Northridge, and managed a split of the twinbill winning the opener 2-1 before falling 5-2 in the nightcap at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif.
It took two days to compete, the series opener between Valparaiso and Cal State Northridge finally was completed on Saturday afternoon at Matador Field, with the host Matadors posting a 13-4 victory over the Crusaders in Northridge, Calif.
Valparaiso begins its annual two-week spring trip excursion this weekend as the Crusaders face Cal State Northridge in a four-game weekend series. Valpo is in the midst of a 23-game season-opening road trip which runs through the month of March.
For the third time this weekend Valparaiso jumped on top first, but Austin Peay again rebounded on Sunday afternoon to take the third and final game of the weekend series from the Crusaders 7-3 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.
Valparaiso scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to force extras on Saturday afternoon but Austin Peay pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat the Crusaders 11-10 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn. in the middle game of a three-game weekend series.
Valparaiso had to wait out a rain delay of more than four hours to start the 2011 baseball season on Friday, and once the Crusaders took the mound Austin Peay scored three times in both the fifth and sixth innings to rally from behind and down the Brown and Gold 7-3 at Raymond C. Hand Park in Clarksville, Tenn.
Valparaiso opens the 2011 baseball season with a three-game weekend set at Austin Peay. The Crusaders look to get off to a quick start on the road, as the Brown and Gold will be away from home for 23 straight games to open the year.
The Valparaiso University baseball team takes to the diamond with high hopes for the 2011 campaign. The Crusaders are coming off of a third place finish in last year's Horizon League Tournament, and return 22 players from last year's squad.
A multi-sport athlete while at Valparaiso, Tom Orton was a three-year starter in both baseball and basketball for the Crusaders, and, on Saturday, February 19 he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
A limited number of tickets still remain for the fourth annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash to be held on Saturday, January 29 at Aberdeen Manor. David Kaplan, Chicago Tribune Live host and host of the Tenth Inning Show for Chicago Cubs baseball games will be the featured speaker.
Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball program have announced that Chicago Tribune Live host and host of the Tenth Inning Show for Chicago Cubs baseball games, David Kaplan, will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash held on Saturday, January 29 at Aberdeen Manor.
Valparaiso head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has officially announced the members of the 2011 recruiting class that will be joining the team for the 2012 baseball season. The class features nine student-athletes, including seven incoming freshman and two junior college transfers.
The Valparaiso baseball team concluded its Fall World Series this past Saturday (Oct. 16) as the White beat the Black in the final game of the best-of-three intra-squad series. Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) and Ryan O'Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) were named co-Most Valuable Players of the series for the White squad.
Two former members of the Valparaiso University baseball team, Bryce Shafer and Bo McClendon, recently completed their first season in professional baseball after they were drafted earlier this summer in the 2010 MLB Draft.
Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball team has added three more players to its 2010 recruiting class as Bobby Martin, Chris Manning, and Kevin Wild will play for the Crusaders next spring.
Valparaiso University left-handed pitcher Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) has been voted to the Academic All-Horizon League Team for his efforts on the field and in the classroom this past baseball season.
On Tuesday, July 20 in the Northwoods League All-Star Game, Valparaiso University junior outfielder Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and senior catcher Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) each had impressive performances.
It is just past the midway point of the summer baseball season and several current and incoming members of the Valparaiso University baseball team have been busy playing in various summer collegiate leagues around the country. Most notably, three members of the Crusader baseball team have been honored this summer by earning All-Star selections in their respective summer leagues.