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Valpo Splits Sunday Twinbill in Northridge
Tyler Deetjen (left) and Corey Thibault celebrate Valpo's first win of the season on Sunday. (Jeff Golden)
Tyler Deetjen (left) and Corey Thibault celebrate Valpo's first win of the season on Sunday. (Jeff Golden)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

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.

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) went the distance in the opener, a seven-inning game, allowing just one run and four hits while fanning three and not walking any Matador hitters.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) also went seven strong innings in his first collegiate start, allowing just six hits.  He allowed all five runs in the game, three of which were unearned.

“We got great efforts from both Deetjen and Frane today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “They threw strikes which is the key.  Unfortunately the error in the three-run third proved costly for us in game two.”

The opener was all Deetjen.  The Crusaders got him his two runs of support in the fourth.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) led off with back-to-back singles, Valpo’s only two hits of the game.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) walked to load the bases and back-to-back sacrifice flies by Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) plated the only two runs of the contest.

Deetjen allowed just one Northridge hit through four innings and was touched for the lone run in the fifth.  Justine De Marco doubled with one out and Marty Bowen singled him home one batter later, but that was the only run the junior would surrender on his way to his first career complete game.

Deetjen earned his first win (1-1) of the season while Vincent Roberts was suffered the loss (0-2), allowing just two runs and two hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

Valpo jumped on top in game two as well, as the Crusaders have now scored first in all six games this season.  Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) followed with a single. Gaedele then extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games and his on base streak to 17 in a row with a run-scoring single to plate Thibault with the game’s first run.  After Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) walked to load the bases, Kowalczyk drew a bases loaded free pass for his second RBI of the day.

Northridge answered in the bottom of the third with three unearned runs.  A throwing error plated two Matador runs, with the third eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly, giving the hosts the lead.  Frane did not allow another run until the seven as a walk, a triple, and a single, all with two outs, gave Northridge a pair of insurance tallies.

Manning finished game two 3-for-5 with the runs scored for Valpo while Gaedele added two more hits.  Scoby had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games in the night cap as he went hitless.

Alex Muren earned the win (1-0) for the Matadors, pitching two scoreless innings of relief, while Josh Goossen-Brown earned his first save of the season, striking out six.  Frane suffered the loss (0-1).

Valparaiso (1-5) and Cal State Northridge (4-3) will wrap up the four-game series on Monday afternoon, making up one of the rain outs from earlier in the weekend with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. CST.

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Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State