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Valpo Heads to Bakersfield for Midweek Series
Valpo continues its tour of California with two more midweek games. (Jeff Golden)
Valpo continues its tour of California with two more midweek games. (Jeff Golden)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Valparaiso (1-6, 0-0 Horizon)
Games #8-9 at Cal State Bakersfield (5-2, Independent)
Tuesday, March 1, 4 p.m. CST
Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m. CST
Hardt Field - Bakersfield, Calif.

This Week in Crusader Baseball: 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. 

On the Air: Neither game at Cal State Bakersfield will be broadcast over the airways or online.  Live stats will be available through www.valpoathletics.com for each game of the series.

Head Coach Tracy Woodson: Tracy Woodson, the 16th head coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his fifth season at the helm of the Crusaders and has a 96-131 (.423) record both for his career as well as at Valpo.  Woodson ranks fourth in school history for career wins by a head coach.  A member of the Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Champion team, he has also managed in the minor leagues through the AAA level.

Probable Starters:
Freshman Cyrus Wimberly (RHP, 0-1, 0.00) will take the mound for Valpo on Tuesday, making his first collegiate start.  He will face Brandon Van Dam (RHP, 1-0, 0.00) from Bakersfield.  In Wednesday’s game, Will Hagel (LHP, 1-0, 9.00 in 2010) will make his first appearance on the mound for the Crusaders in 2011, facing the Roadrunners’ Tyler Shryock (RHP, 0-0, 0.00).

Series Notes: This will be the first meeting on the diamond ever between Valparaiso and Cal State Bakersfield.

Wrapping Up Last Weekend’s Action: Valparaiso took one of four games over the weekend at Cal State Northridge, in a series that was altered by rain.  The opener began on Friday, but only four batters stepped to the plate before the game was suspended to Saturday.  The Matadors eventually won 13-4.  Valpo took the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader 2-1 behind a complete game from Tyler Deetjen.  Northridge won game two of the twinbill 5-2.  In the series finale which got moved to Monday, the Matadors score twice in the seventh and once in the eighth after Valpo tied the game, and won 6-3.

Scouting Cal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners have won four straight games heading into the midweek series with the Crusaders after posting a three-game sweep of Washington over the weekend.  Jeremy Rodriguez is batting .552 with nine runs scored while Oscar Sanay has a .414 batting average with 11 runs batted in.  Bakersfield is hitting .347 as a team thus far this season while the pitching staff has posted a 3.00 earned run average and limiting opponents to just a .256 batting average.

Manning Has Solid Start: Freshman Chris Manning has started off his collegiate career on a strong note, batting .375 with four runs batted in for the Crusaders in seven games.  He has three doubles and the team’s lone triple, and has been successful on all four stolen base opportunities thus far as Valpo’s leadoff hitter.  Manning leads the team with four multi-hit games including a pair of two-hit contests.

Deetjen Solid in First Start: Tyler Deetjen threw his first collegiate complete game, a seven-inning effort, to get the win at Cal State Northridge on Sunday.  The southpaw scattered just four hits and allowed just one run while striking out three.  He did not walk anyone in his second start of the season.

Gaedele Keeps Producing: A .336 career hitter heading into the week, Kyle Gaedele is off to another hot start for the Crusaders.  The junior is batting .370 on the season with a team-leading six runs batted in.  He has also drawn four walks and has a .438 on base percentage.  He also shares the team lead with four stolen bases, and is 29-for-32 swiping bags in his career.

Need to Get the Runners Home:
Over the first two weekends of the season, Valparaiso has struggled at plating runners in scoring position.  Valpo is batting just .219 (16-for-73) this season with runners in scoring position is hitting just .167 (2-for-12) with the bases loaded.

Getting the Early Lead: Valpo scored first in each of its first six games this season, before the string of games came to an end at Northridge on Monday.  In two of the three games against the Matadors in which the Crusaders took the early lead, Northridge answered with runs in the bottom of the same inning.

Gaedele Earns Preseason Honors: Outfielder Kyle Gaedele has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Third Team selection prior to the start of the season.  Gaedele batted .373 with seven homers and 63 runs batted in a year ago while legging out eight triples.

Valpo Tabbed Fourth in 2011: Valparaiso has been picked to finish in fourth place in the annual Horizon League preseason coaches’ poll.  Wright State, last year’s regular season champion, has been picked to repeat while Milwaukee has been selected second after winning last year’s tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.  UIC was picked just ahead of Valpo while Butler and Youngstown State shared fifth in the poll.  Cleveland State was tabbed seventh.

This and That: Kyle Gaedele has reached base safely in 18 straight games dating back to last season ... Gaedele is currently riding an 11-game hitting streak as well, and is the only Crusader to hit safely in all seven games this year ... Ryan O’Gara had hit safely in six straight games to start the year before going hitless on Monday ... Steven Scoby is hitting .333 with four doubles on the year.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
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
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State