Crusader Baseball Players in Summer League Action

As two-time defending Horizon League champions, the Valparaiso baseball program isn't resting on its laurels, as many Crusaders are preparing for next season by spending their summer sharpening their skills in collegiate wood-bat leagues from coast to coast.

19 Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Recognition

Valparaiso placed 19 student-athletes over seven sports on the Horizon League's 2013 Spring Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office. The 19 honorees tied for the most from any league institution.

Kowalczyk Earns All-Region Accolades

Valparaiso closer Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) earned another honor for his strong 2013 season on Thursday, as he was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-Mideast Region.

Vavra Chosen by Minnesota Twins in 2013 MLB Draft

Valparaiso senior second baseman Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) became the fourth Crusader in the last four seasons to be drafted in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as he was chosen in the 30th round by the Minnesota Twins with the 890th overall pick.

Webb, Mahoney Named to All-Tournament Team

Starting pitcher Cole Webb and shortstop Spencer Mahoney were named to Bloomington's All-Tournament Team on Sunday. Webb held #13 Indiana to one run in seven innings, Mahoney went 5-for-12 with a home run in three games.

Crusaders Check Out of NCAA Tournament with 5-4 Loss to Austin Peay

Governors score a run in five separate innings, end Valpo's season at 32-28. Loss caps off a season that included a second Horizon League championship and an NCAA Regional win for the first time since 1966.


Down 4-1, Crusaders storm back for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate the Florida Gators. Kyle Wormington earned the win out of the bullpen, and Spencer Mahoney hit his first career home run as Valpo secured its first win in an NCAA Regional since 1966.

#13 Indiana Deals Valpo a Heartbreaking Loss

Andrew Bain went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Cole Webb threw seven innings of one-run ball. However, Hoosiers plate four in the bottom of the 9th to steal 5-4 win from the Crusaders. Facing elimination, Valpo will play Florida on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm ET/1 pm CT.

Valpo Holds Final Workout Before Showdown with #13 Indiana Friday

Woodson, Webb, Vavra addressed media after practice at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington.

Crusaders Primed for NCAA Tournament Friday

Riding a seven-game winning streak, Valpo enters Friday's NCAA Regional tilt versus #13 Indiana looking for its first Tournament win since 1966. Junior Cole Webb (5-7, 3.59) will make his 15th start of the season for the Crusaders as he takes on the Hoosiers and 6'10'' RHP Aaron Slegers (9-1, 1.93).

Schedule and Ticket Information for Bloomington Regional

Valparaiso, Indiana, Austin Peay, and Florida will all meet at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Indiana this weekend for the NCAA Regionals. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning.

Crusaders are Bloomington Bound

Valpo will open postseason versus host Indiana. Opening game will be Friday at 7 pm ET/6 pm CT.

Join the Crusaders Monday at 11:00am as NCAA Reveals Their Destination

Valpo baseball team will learn where it is heading for the NCAA Regionals during the Selection Show Monday morning at 11:00 am. Fans are welcome to watch along with them at Wings Etc.


Dalton Lundeen provided the pitching and Chris Manning supplied the big hit as Valpo tops Wright State 3-0 in Championship Game to cap a dizzying race through the Horizon League Conference Tournament. Crusaders will learn their postseason fate Monday at 11:00am during the NCAA Selection Show.

Crusaders Back in the Championship Game with 6-4 Win over Milwaukee

Valpo scores five in a wild first inning; DeBoo turns in outstanding pitching performance as the Brown and Gold return to the Horizon League Championship Game. Valpo will face winner of the Milwaukee/Wright State game for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch is at 11:00am ET/10:00am CT.

Weather Forces Adjustments to Horizon League Baseball Tournament

Crusaders have Friday off; #3 Valpo will play #1 Milwaukee Saturday morning 11am ET/10am CT.

Valpo Survives Scare; Downs UIC 8-7 in Opening Game of HL Tourney

An 8-2 lead shrivels to 8-7, but Crusaders advance to Saturday's semifinal game versus #4 Wright State/#1 Milwaukee. Five Valpo batters enjoy multi-hit games as Crusaders solve Michelson; Kowalczyk shuts door for his tenth save of the season.

Crusaders Kick Off Conference Tournament Thursday Versus Familiar Foe

#3 Valpo and #2 UIC duel Thursday morning at 11 am ET/10 am CT in both team's first game of the Horizon League Conference Tournament. The meeting is the 16th between the Crusaders and the Flames in the last 13 1/2 months.

Valpo Well-Represented as Horizon League Announces Baseball Awards

Ten Crusaders recognized by Horizon League for their play in 2013; Karch Kowalczyk named Relief Pitcher of the Year. Valpo tied first-place Milwaukee for most recipients in the League.

Chris Manning Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Junior outfielder hit his third home run of the season Saturday in a 3-2 over Youngstown State. For the week, he scored three runs, stole a base, and hit .313 helping the Crusaders win all four of their games.

Seniors Lead Valpo in Nail-Biting Win to Conclude Regular Season

Wormington induces game-ending double play with bases loaded in the 9th; Crusaders hang on 3-2. Valpo will face UIC Thursday morning at 11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT in Niles, Ohio in the Horizon League Conference Tournament.

Crusaders Clinch Series with 7-4 Defeat of Penguins

Chris DeBoo worked into the eighth inning as he earned his fourth win of the year; Bain, Bynum, Burns all had multi-hit games Friday against Youngstown State. Valpo goes for sweep Saturday at 1:00 pm on Senior Day.

Crusaders Slide By Penguins in Series Opener

Youngstown State outhits Valpo 12-7, but mistakes on the bases cost Penguins Thursday. Crusader bullpen works three hitless innings to preserve Cole Webb's fourth win of the season.

Senior Day Highlights Regular Season-Ending Series with Youngstown State

The 2013 regular season comes to a close at Emory G. Bauer Field this weekend with a three-game set versus the visiting Penguins. Milwaukee has clinched the regular-season title, but seeds #2-#5 still remain up for grabs heading down the final stretch.

Crusaders Top Rockets 6-1

Kyle Wormington allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings of work to give Valpo its 25th win of the season Tuesday. Crusaders conclude the regular season with a conference series against Youngstown State beginning Thursday.

For John Loeffler, Less Has Been More

Crusaders first baseman has been a consistent source of production at the plate since arriving from junior college. But self-improvements away from the diamond weigh as greater achievements.

Hopes of Regular Season Repeat Go Up in Smoke after UIC Sweep

Flames score three in the 7th, two in the 8th in a 5-2 win over Valpo. Next weekend's series versus Youngstown State will dictate what seed Crusaders earn in the Horizon League Conference Tournament.

Flames Power Past Crusaders

UIC records eight extra-base hits in 12-5 win over Valpo Saturday afternoon. The loss pushes the Crusaders back into third place in the Horizon League standings. The series concludes Sunday at 1:05 pm at Les Miller Field.

Michelson, Flames Snap Valpo's Winning Streak

Crusaders manage five hits as Michelson tosses complete game shutout; Valpo and UIC continue series Saturday at 2:05 pm in Chicago.

Red-Hot Crusaders Meet Flames with Plenty at Stake

Valpo (24-23, 10-8 Horizon) will travel down I-90 for its final regular-season road series against UIC (21-25, 8-10 Horizon).The Crusaders enter the three-game set having won ten in a row and eight of their last nine HL games. Currently one game out of first-place but just two games ahead of the rest of the pack, the Brown and Gold cannot afford a setback in the Windy City.

5-2 Win Keeps the Crusaders Streaking

Eight of nine starters record hits, staff allows no earned runs against Chicago State in Valpo's 10th straight win; victory gives Crusaders the longest winning streak in the country.

Kowalczyk Earns Second Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award

Kowalczyk's seven saves are tied for first in the Horizon League; his 0.52 earned run average is tops in conference for any pitcher with at least 15 innings pitched.

Another Eighth Inning Rally Caps Wild Weekend at Emory G. Bauer

Valpo benefits from another Panther bullpen implosion, scores four in the 8th to complete sweep 7-6 over Milwaukee; ninth win in a row puts Crusaders at .500 mark, moves them one game back of first-place.

Crazy Comeback Makes It Eight Straight for Valpo

Valpo rides merry-go-round on the basepaths in a five-run 8th inning that gave the Crusaders a 10-7 win to pull within two games of first-place Milwaukee.

Wormington, Kowalczyk Spell Relief in 5-3 Series-Opening Win

Teams combined for 24 hits - all singles - in a tilt that saw all eight runs scored in the first four frames. Wormington threw four shutout innings in relief to earn his third win of the year. Kowalczyk maintained his perfect ERA while notching his sixth save of the season.

Something's Gotta Give

Milwaukee (21-16, 11-4 HL) comes to town riding an eight-game winning streak. Valpo (20-23, 7-8 HL) has a six-game winning streak of its own. The first and second place teams meet for a three-game set that could solidify - or muddy - the top spot in the Horizon League standings.

Friday's Baseball Game Moved to 1:00 PM

A dicey forecast has caused first pitch between Milwaukee and Valpo to be bumped up two hours.

Wild Win Makes It Six in a Row for Valpo

Mahar tossed three innings in relief for freshman Drew Hasler to get the win before Kowalczyk earned his fifth save of the season in a 5-3 Crusader victory. Tanner Vavra scored the winning run from second on a wild pitch.

Crusaders Win 11-4 Over Goshen

Middle of the order goes 9-for-15, knocks in eight runs in rout of Maple Leafs; Ryan Kennedy notches first win of 2013 out of the bullpen. Valpo plays Western Michigan Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

DeBoo, Loeffler Named Players of the Week

Horizon League named Chris DeBoo Pitcher of the Week, John Loeffler Co-Hitter of the Week after their work on the mound, at the plate against Wright State this past weekend.

Wormington Good as Gold in Sweep of Wright State

Senior tosses six shutout innings in Sunday's 4-0 triumph over the Raiders; win vaults Valpo into second place in the Horizon League standings.

Crusaders Trounce Raiders 17-5

Crusader offense has largest outpouring of the season scoring in all but two innings; Lundeen improves to a perfect 3-0. Valpo aims for the sweep tomorrow at 1 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Manning, Crusaders Flex Muscles in 5-1 Win over Wright State

Valpo smacks seven extra-base hits; DeBoo throws seven efficient innings in the series-opening victory over the visiting Raiders. The two teams continue play Saturday at 1:00 pm CT at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Second Half of Horizon League Play Begins Friday as Wright State Visits Valpo

The Crusaders sit four games back of first-place Milwaukee in the Horizon League standings coming down the home stretch. With only 12 conference games remaining, little room for error exists if Valpo wishes to repeat as regular-season champions.

Valpo Game at Ball State Rained Out

Second game this week to be cancelled because of rain; Valpo welcomes Wright State to town for weekend series beginning Friday

Threat of Severe Weather Prompts Cancellation of Tuesday's Game

The game between Chicago State and Valpo has been cancelled due to impending weather. The Crusaders will travel to Muncie to take on the Ball State Cardinals tomorrow at 2:00 pm CT.

Kowalczyk Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Junior from Peru, Illinois threw 3 1/3 shutout innings last week and earned his fourth save of the season in Valpo's 8-6 win Sunday over #9 Arizona State.

Valpo Flips the Script in 8-6 Win over #9 Arizona State

After being outscored 31-6 in the first two games of the series, Crusaders put on a hitting clinic to beat their second top-10 team in as many years. Freshman Dalton Lundeen earned his second victory of the season in Valpo's first ever win over a Pac-12 team.

Kellogg, #9 Sun Devils Toast Crusaders

For the second night in a row, a big inning paralyzes the Brown and Gold; Chris Manning collects two hits, scores a run in the 15-3 defeat for Valpo.

Sun Devils Shoot Past Valpo in Series Opener

Crusader bullpen surrenders nine runs in a lengthy 8th inning as part of a 16-3 loss to #9 Arizona State Friday night; Valpo gets 12 hits in the defeat.

Valpo Prepares for a Showdown in the Desert with #9 Arizona State

The 9th-ranked Sun Devils welcome the Crusaders for a three-game series at Packard Stadium in Tempe. Junior Cole Webb will put his 1.97 ERA on the line Friday evening versus an efficient Sun Devil offense that ranks in the top 40 in numerous categories.

Crusader Bats Reign Over Roosevelt

Valpo scores in each of the first six innings; set season-high in runs and hits in 15-3 rout over NAIA opponent Roosevelt Lakers. Freshman Drew Hasler earned his first career win for the Brown and Gold. Crusaders head to the desert to face Arizona State in a weekend series beginning Friday.

Broncos Squeeze By Crusaders 5-4

Crusaders hit four Western Michigan batters in their 11th one-run loss of the 2013 campaign Tuesday in Kalamazoo. Valpo returns home for a Wednesday afternoon game against Roosevelt at 2:00 pm.

Crusaders Drop Seesaw Battle to Penguins in Series Finale

Valpo squanders chance to move one game back of second place in the HL; falls 4-3 to Youngstown State Sunday.

Valpo Doubles Up Penguins

Crusaders rip thirteen hits in a 6-3 win at Youngstown State; Kyle Schneider has a perfect 3-for-3 day, Mahoney scores two runs in Valpo's fourth HL win. Crusaders go for sweep tomorrow at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT.

Crusaders Rake, Take Advantage of Five Errors in 9-2 Win over Youngstown State

Valpo cruises past YSU, picks up a game on the Penguins in the standings. Cole Webb notches first win in Horizon League play. Teams back at it Saturday at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT.

Key Horizon League Series Awaits Valpo in Youngstown This Weekend

At 2-7 in conference play, now is the time for the Crusaders to make a move against a Youngstown State team that historically they have had success against (.736 win percentage). First pitch Friday is slated for 2:00 pm CT. Video and live stats will be available for all three games this weekend.

Wednesday Afternoon's Game Versus Goshen Postponed

Forecast of heavy rain postpones tilt against Maple Leafs; makeup date scheduled for April 29th at 3:00 pm.

Flames Claim Series with 4-3 Win Sunday

Crusaders outhit UIC 10-9, but leave 13 runners on base in their ninth one-run loss of the season. Valpo will take on Northwestern and Goshen in mid-week tilts before traveling to Youngstown State next weekend.

Burns & Co. Break Out Bats in 6-2 Win over UIC

Burns, Manning, and Cribbs all record three-hit games against the Flames; pitching staff limits UIC to one hit in Valpo's second Horizon League win of the season Saturday. Rubber game is at 1:00 pm Sunday at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Deja Vu for Valpo, Webb in 2-1 Loss to Flames

Crusaders strand eleven runners, Webb surrenders just two runs in eight innings as UIC takes the opening game Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field; series continues Saturday at 1 pm.

Valpo Aims to Get Back on Track Versus UIC This Weekend

UIC (13-13, 3-3 HL) comes to Valparaiso this weekend for a three-game series. It was April 5th last year that the Crusaders began a 24-4 stretch to conclude the regular season. Valpo (10- 17, 1-5 HL) sends Cole Webb (2-4, 1.82) to the hill in Friday's opener.

#20 Notre Dame Scores Three in Last At-Bat to Sneak By Crusaders

Dalton Lundeen delivered seven strong innings for Valpo, but the bullpen couldn't keep the Irish off the scoreboard in the 3-1 loss. Crusaders continue Horizon League play Friday at home against UIC.

Better Late than Never

Down 2-1 for five innings, Valpo puts up a four-spot in the bottom of the 7th inning to take Monday's home opener 5-2 against Purdue North Central. The Crusaders will travel to Notre Dame Wednesday for a showdown with the 24th-ranked Fighting Irish.

Crusaders Drop Pair to Panthers

Mitch Ghelfi goes 7-for-8 against the Crusaders; Panthers win 7-5 in the first game, 8-2 in the second. Valpo commits four errors in night tilt.

Valpo Comes Up Short Against Long, Milwaukee

Jake Long tosses third consecutive complete game in a 2-0 Panther win; Crusaders strand twelve baserunners in their third HL loss. Two teams go at it in a doubleheader tomorrow in Chicago.

Valpo, Milwaukee will Meet in the Middle this Weekend

The Crusaders and the first-place Panthers will clash in Chicago this weekend. Recent weather has led to unplayable conditions at both sites; clubs agreed to a late morning game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday at UIC's Les Miller Field.

This Week's Baseball Schedule Rearranged

Ball State game bumped to April 24th; Crusaders and Milwaukee will play in Chicago on Friday, Saturday

Reserves Power Extra-Inning Win for Valpo in Split with Wright State

Valpo lets three leads slip through its hands in first game of doubleheader; reserves get seven hits, four RBIs in 5-3 win in second game.

Valpo Hits Speed Bump in Horizon League Opener

Wright State erupts for twelve hits; Valpo limited to six in 7-2 loss in Dayton. Doubleheader tomorrow begins at 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT.

Defense of Horizon League Title Begins This Weekend in Dayton

Originally scheduled to take place in northwest Indiana, Valpo and Wright State will seek refuge from a blustery forecast in Dayton this weekend. A Friday night game and a doubleheader Saturday signal the opening of Horizon League play for the defending champion Crusaders.

Crusaders Swap Weekends with Wright State

Valpo will travel to Dayton this weekend; Raiders will come to town April 26th-28th

Valpo Concludes Trip with Win over Miami of Ohio

Crusaders overcome five errors, rip twelve hits in 9-6 victory over Miami (OH); DeBoo gets first win of season

Webb's Gem Wasted in Shutout Loss Against UAB

Cole Webb gives up one run on three hits, but suffers yet another tough-luck loss as Valpo musters just three hits in 1-0 defeat

Wormington, Crusaders Blow Past Bucknell

Valpo wins third in a row behind stingy pitching, balanced offensive attack; Crusaders will face UAB Thursday and Miami (OH) Friday before heading back to Emory G. Bauer Field

Another Five-Run Inning, Another First Career Win for Freshman

Four Crusaders record multi-RBI games, Trevor Haas the latest freshman to notch first career win in 9-2 victory over Yale Bulldogs

Five-Run First Frame Sinks Navy

Valpo brings eleven batters to the plate in the first inning; Lundeen tosses 7 innings of one-run ball for first collegiate win

Tuesday Rainout Prompts Wednesday Doubleheader

Continuous rain throughout Tuesday morning made Chain of Lakes Field unplayable; day-night doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday

Final Leg of Spring Trip Kicks Off Tuesday Morning

Crusaders arrive in Winter Haven with 3-5 record on spring trip; Navy, Yale, Bucknell, UAB, Miami of Ohio await Valpo in RussMatt Invitational

Bulls Use Long Ball in 7-3 Series Win

Three Valpo errors, three USF homers in treacherous 7th inning hands DeBoo his fourth loss on season; Crusaders fall to 4-10, head to Winter Haven for five games

Crusaders Get Back to Fundamentals in Win Over USF

Four double plays, five stolen bases fuel 5-2 Valpo victory; Webb throws seven innings, allows one earned run; Vavra has three-hit, three-run game

Two-Run 8th Inning Spoils Stellar Outing from Wormington

Wormington concedes two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, Loeffler homers; Crusaders still fall 3-2 to USF

9th Inning Rally Too Little Too Late Against Toledo

Valpo commits three errors, allows 16 hits in 9-8 loss in final game at Port Charlotte; Crusaders open series at USF Friday

Valpo Breaks Through with Walk-Off Win over Villanova

Kowalczyk knocks in Bain for 7-6 walk-off victory; Crusaders overcome two four-run deficits

Valpo Drops Heartbreaker to Georgetown

Crusaders take lead in 4th inning, cough it up in bottom of 8th; Martin has three-hit day, Manning plates two in 4-3 loss

Crusaders Let One Slip Away Against Northeastern

Cole Webb allows just two runs on five hits over seven innings; bats go cold in 3-1 loss to Northeastern Sunday

Offense Gets Back on Track in 5-4 Comeback Win Over St. Bonaventure

Mahar earns first win of season out of the bullpen; four Crusaders record multi-hit game in 5-4 comeback win over St. Bonaventure

Baseball Begins 13-game Spring Trip Saturday Morning

Five games in Port Charlotte, three in Tampa versus South Florida, five in Winter Haven make up 17-day, 13-game road trip

More Than a Number

A little more than five years after an accident claimed the life of brother and best friend of pitcher Cole Webb, #9 lives on

Different Day, Same Story for Crusaders

Chris DeBoo throws seven solid innings, but offense stalls with runners in scoring position in 2-0 series finale loss to Long Beach State

Crusaders Unable to Capitalize

Andrew Bynum hits first home run of year, Cole Webb's quality start wasted in 3-2 loss to Long Beach State

Hijinks on the Infield Lead to Series Opening Loss in Long Beach

Four infield errors, four walks all part of uncharacteristic sloppy play in Valpo's 7-2 loss to Long Beach State Friday night

Crusaders Return to the Diamond This Weekend in Sunny Southern California Versus Long Beach State

Club will get reprieve from winter weather as it looks to raise record over .500. Wormington, Webb, DeBoo slated to take the hill for Valpo against the Dirtbags in Long Beach.

Valpo Falls at Belmont In Weekend Finale

The Valparaiso baseball team couldn't push across a run after loading the bases with one out in the top of the second, and then surrendered six runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame as Belmont downed the Crusaders, 7-3, Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn.

Webb Rocks Nashville with Eight Shutout Innings

Valpo hangs on for 1-0 victory, collects first win of 2013 campaign behind dominating pitching performance from junior

9th Inning Surge Not Enough for Crusaders in Opener

Brookshire stymies Crusaders for five innings; Valpo strands tying run in 9th to end game in 4-3 defeat

Opening Day Comes as Music to Ears of Baseball Fans Nationwide

Nostalgia of our youth, the anticipation of summer cement baseball as America's pastime

HL Baseball Preseason Polls, Team Announced

Valpo receives three first-place votes, five Crusaders named to Preseason All-Horizon League Team

2013 Baseball Preview: Crusaders Reload as Defense of HL Title Begins Friday

Coming off a banner 2012 campaign, Valpo finds itself in uncharted territory. For the first time since joining the Horizon League, the Crusaders open a season as defending champions.

Todhunter to Be Inducted Into Valpo Hall of Fame

One of the top hitters in Valparaiso baseball history, Jack Todhunter will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 16.

Naumann to Be Inducted into Valpo Hall of Fame

A two-sport standout during his time at Valparaiso, Paul Naumann went on to a long and distinguished coaching career, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.

College Baseball Insider Coaches' Poll Announced

College Baseball Insider picks Crusaders to take 1st place again in Horizon League

Perfect Game, Baseball America Break Out Crystal Ball for Horizon League

Baseball America, Perfect Game present contrasting predictions. BA picks Valpo 3rd, while Perfect Game thinks a repeat is in the cards

Against All Odds, Vavra Retains Focus

Despite life-altering eye injuries sustained in youth, senior infielder sets sights on 2013, beyond

Crusaders Receive More Preseason Praise

College Sports Madness names Mahoney Field Player of the Year; accompanies five other Crusaders on preseason All-Horizon League First Team

Valpo Receives Votes in National Preseason Poll

Crusaders one of just a handful of non-BCS schools to be noticed in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll

Valpo Baseball Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

Nine student-athletes have committed to join head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso baseball program. Matthew Gatewood, Brady Harris, Mario Losi, Joppi Martin, Emerson Misch, JP Paciocco, Mark Pall, Jake Perry and Chris Ramsey will join the Crusaders for competition beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Crusaders Finalize 2013 Schedule

The Valparaiso baseball team finalized its 2013 schedule on Monday with the announcement of its opponents for the pair of neutral-site events in Florida.

Valpo Baseball Duo Named to CSBL All-College Team

Valparaiso sophomore Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and junior Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) were both named to the Chicago Suburban Baseball League's 2012 All-College team, the league announced Thursday. Morman hit .415 for the Crystal Lake Cardinals over the summer, while Burns hit .367 for the Lexington Snipes. Both players redshirted last spring for the Crusaders and are looking to make an immediate impact on the field for the 2013 season.

Mahoney Leads Team Bain to Fall Series Championship

Team Bain won the deciding game of the best-of-three baseball Fall World Series over Team Wormington on Thursday afternoon, winning in convincing fashion 9-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Team Bain Wins to Even Baseball Fall World Series

The Valparaiso University baseball team held game two of its Fall World Series on Tuesday afternoon, with Team Bain defeating Team Wormington by a score of 7-3 to even the series at one game apiece.

Team Wormington Takes Game One of Valpo Baseball Fall World Series

Freshman Bryce Yoder (Spencerville, Ind./Eastside) worked two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win and senior Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs to lead Team Wormington to a 9-5 victory over Team Bain in the opening game of the Valparaiso baseball program’s Fall World Series Monday afternoon.

Baseball Golf Outing a Success

Valparaiso baseball alumni and friends of the program gathered on a beautiful, sunny day for the annual golf outing Saturday, Sept. 29th at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, Ind. Following the outing, many gathered at Inman’s to join in a bowling event.

Fall Camp Canceled Due to Scheduling Conflict

The Valparaiso baseball program's fall prospect camp has been canceled due to a scheduling conflict and will not be re-scheduled.

Valpo Baseball Announces 2013 Schedule

Three-game series at Long Beach State and at five-time national champion Arizona State and 19 home games at Emory G. Bauer Field highlight the 2013 schedule for the Valparaiso baseball team, as released this afternoon by head coach Tracy Woodson.

Manning, Yoder Garner Summer Baseball Honors

Valparaiso junior outfielder Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) was named among the top 30 baseball prospects from the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League by Perfect Game USA this week. Perfect Game, which is considered to be one of baseball's largest scouting service, has provided detailed top prospect lists and reports from 25 summer collegiate baseball leagues around the country.

Valpo Baseball’s Parents/Alumni/Friends Day Set for September 29

The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold their annual Parents/Alumni/Friends Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a golf outing in the afternoon and bowling in the evening.

Vavra Named Tom Walter Award Winner

Valparaiso senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) has been named one of five winners of the second annual Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, as announced by College Baseball Insider. The Tom Walter Award was established to recognize examples of inspiration in college baseball.

Vavra a Finalist for Tom Walter Award

Valparaiso senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) has been named one of ten finalists for the second annual Tom Walter College Baseball Inspiration Award, as announced by College Baseball Insider.

Vavra Named to Northwoods League Postseason All-Star Team

Rising senior infielder Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie [Madison]) capped his stellar 2012 summer baseball season with the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League by claiming a spot on the league’s postseason All-Star team, as well as a share of the batting title, as announced by the league office on Sunday.

Avery, Woodson Agree to Extensions

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that men’s soccer head coach Mike Avery and baseball head coach Tracy Woodson have both agreed to extensions after leading their respective teams to Horizon League championships during the 2011-2012 school year.

Crusader Baseball Players Earn All-Star Honors

Six members of the Valparaiso University baseball team have recently earned All-Star honors in their respective summer baseball leagues. Rising senior Tanner Vavra, junior Sean Kennedy, junior Chris Manning, redshirt sophomore Michael Morman, redshirt junior Andy Burns, and senior Tyler Weddington have each earned mid-season recognition.

Gulbransen Joins Deetjen Pitching in Gary

Valparaiso University alum Jon Gulbransen(2008-2011) joined his former teammate Tyler Deetjen (2009-2012) by signing a professional contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Tuesday evening.

Wild Earns Honorable Mention All-American Honors from CBI

Valparaiso University’s Kevin Wild (Brown Deer, Wis./Brown Deer H.S.) has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by for his stellar 2012 season.

Former Crusaders Playing Well in Pro Ball

Three former Valparaiso University baseball players are off to solid starts with their professional teams in 2012. Kyle Gaedele (2009-2011) is playing for the Fort Wayne Tincaps, the Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres while Bryce Shafer (2008-2010) is playing for the Boise Hawks, the Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In addition, Tyler Deetjen (2009-2012) has joined the Gary SouthShore RailCats over the last week and has made two appearances for the independent league team.

Crusader Baseball Adds Six Players

Head coach Tracy Woodson has announced six more additions to the Valparaiso University baseball roster for the upcoming season. This group brings the total number of newcomers to 13 for the 2013 campaign.

Valpo’s Deetjen Signs Pro Contract with Gary SouthShore RailCats

Valparaiso University’s Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) has signed a minor league free agent contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association, an independent professional baseball league.