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
The nine straight wins
are tied with Stetson and Oregon State for the longest active streak in NCAA
Division I baseball.
“We’re excited about
our winning streak and the way we are playing,” head coach Tracy Woodson said. “We’ll
look to extend it again tomorrow. We are
winning games in different ways each day.”
All 11 runs in the
game were unearned, as the Crusaders also committed four miscues in the game,
leading to Saint Francis’ runs.
The Cougars took
advantage of a pair of Valpo errors in the second inning to take the early
lead. With two outs, back-to-back
throwing errors by the Crusaders plated three Saint Francis runs, giving the
visitors the early lead.
Valpo answered in
the bottom of the second as Michael
Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) reached when the Cougar
centerfielder dropped a fly ball, allowing Ryan
O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), who singled, to score. Morman scored later in the inning on a RBI
single by Sam Carius (Naperville,
Ill./Waubonsie Valley H.S.), For Carius, it was his first collegiate hit and
run batted in in his first collegiate start.
The Crusaders tied
the game in the fourth on a double play ball that scored Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), who had reached
on an error.
Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) allowed just two Saint Francis hits in
seven innings of work, including just one after that second inning, and earned
the win (2-0) when Valpo scored five times in the bottom of the seventh. Upp struck out three while allowing just the
three unearned runs.
“Upp did a nice job
for us today,” Woodson added. “He gave
up the unearned runs early and then really settled in.”
Four Cougar errors
in the seventh inning led to five Valpo runs.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington
Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Chris
Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) both reached on miscues, putting
Valpo on top. Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) added a RBI single and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect
H.S.) delivered a pinch-hit triple to make it 6-3 Crusaders. Ben
Olejniczak (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added a run-scoring single to
plate Hagel and scored the final run on a pair of errors as Cougar starter
Mickey Owen threw the ball away trying to pick him off first.
Owen suffered the
loss (0-5) for Saint Francis (14-30), allowing eight runs, none of which were
earned. He allowed nine hits in seven
Olejniczak, and Carius each had two hits for the Brown and Gold in the win.
takes to the road on Tuesday afternoon, heading to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face
IPFW. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.