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Rain, Governors Put Damper on Crusader Opener
Steven Scoby had three hits and scored twice for Valpo in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Steven Scoby had three hits and scored twice for Valpo in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, February 18, 2011

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.

Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) and Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) each had three hits for the Crusaders, but Valpo left 12 runners on base in the season opener.

Valpo jumped on top first with a pair of runs in the third inning after two were out.  Scoby doubled to left and freshman Chris Manning  (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) followed with an RBI triple to right. Manning also scored on the play following a throwing error.

The Crusaders threatened to add on in the fourth, loading the bases with no one out, but the Governors’ starter, Ryne Harper, struck out the next three hitters to end the threat.  Austin Peay then got on the scoreboard with a single run in the fourth on a lead-off home run by John Hogan. 

O’Gara answered for the Crusader in the top of the fifth.  With Scoby on third and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) on first, O’Gara delivered with a single through the right side with one out to plate Scoby and move Gaedele around to third.  Two more strikeouts ended the inning with just the one run for Valpo.

The Governors took the lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs.  Three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly put the hosts on top 4-3.  Austin Peay added two more runs in the sixth, two of which were unearned.  Four hits and an error in the inning allowed the Governors to take the four-run lead, which proved to be the final margin of victory.

Valpo threatened two more times, putting two on with one out in the seventh and loading the bases in the  eighth, but could not push any more runs across the plate.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders, working five innings and allowing four runs and eight hits.  The senior walked two and struck out five.  Jeremy Dobbs earned the win (1-0) in relief for Austin Peay, pitching 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball, allowing just two hits and fanning four.

Jordan Hankins led Austin Peay’s offense, going 4-for-5 with two runs batted in.

Valparaiso (0-1) and Austin Peay (1-0) will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for game two of the three-game weekend series.  First pitch is set for noon.

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