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Crusaders Return Favor to Jacksonville State with 10-3 Win
Senior Karch Kowalczyk had a career-high 5 runs batted in Saturday at Jacksonville State. (Ray Acevedo)
Senior Karch Kowalczyk had a career-high 5 runs batted in Saturday at Jacksonville State. (Ray Acevedo)
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Jacksonville State (3-2)
2/22/2014 | Jacksonville, Ala. | Attendance: 400
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Win: Hasler (1-0) 7.071122
Loss: FOWLER (0-1) 4.083321
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Mahoney (VALPO) 533100
Kowalczyk (VALPO) 503500
GAITHER (JSU) 302000
SEBRA (JSU) 402000
BISHOP (JSU) 412000

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Crusaders shook off yesterday's offensive hiccup with a definitive 10-3 win over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Saturday in Alabama.

"Today says a lot about our guys and how they answered after yesterday. I'm extremely proud of them," head coach Brian Schmack said afterwards.

Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) drove in a career-high five runs with a 3-for-5 day. Spencer Mahoney (La Grange Park, Ill./Lyons Township) also had 3-for-5 afternoon at the dish, scoring three runs out of the leadoff spot. 

On the hill, Drew Hasler (South Bend, Ind./Mishawaka Marian) had his best outing yet as a Crusader. The sophomore fired seven innings, yielding one run on seven hits. Hasler both walked and struck out a pair en route to his first win of the season and the second of his career.

Much like they did in last weekend's series at Samford, the Crusaders wasted no time getting runs on the scoreboard. Valpo did all its damage with two outs in the first. Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) and Kowalczyk smacked back-to-back singles before a walk to Andy Burns (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville [Heartland CC]) loaded the bases. Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) put the Crusaders on top with a single to left that scored Manning. Kowalczyk was waved home but was unable to elude Daniel Gaither's tag at the plate for the third out.

Hasler worked around a walk and a hit in the bottom of the first before Valpo tacked on two runs in the following frame.

Gamecock starter Zachary Fowler issued a free pass to Bryce Hara (Irvine, Calif./Northwood [Irvine Valley College]), the leadoff man in the inning. Freshman Nate Palace (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) sacrificed the center fielder into scoring position in the next Crusader at-bat. The Crusaders struck again with two outs when Mahoney corked an RBI double and Jeff Edwards (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) followed with a single that plated Mahoney. 

Valpo led 3-0 after two innings. 

Hasler kept Jacksonville State scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Josh Bobo singled in Paschal Petrongolo with two away. Eleven of the next twelve Gamecock batters were retired as the 6'6'' right-hander got into a groove, summoning an assortment of ground ball and fly ball outs.

The first five batters of the inning reached in a top of the 7th where the Crusaders hung four runs on the board. Manning drove in catcher Jake Hanson (Yorkville, Ill./Aurora Christian) who led off the frame with a single through the left side of the infield. Kowalczyk dealt the knockout punch with a bases-loaded double to left. The three-run extra-base hit made it 7-1 Valpo.

Kowalczyk added two more RBIs to his stat sheet in the 8th when he drove in Edwards and Mahoney with a shot up the middle.

Valpo prevailed 10-3 in a game that saw 15 Crusader hits.

The Brown and Gold (3-2) send freshman Mario Losi (0-0, 1.29) to the mound for the series win tomorrow at 1:00 pm CT. Links to the audio and live stats will be available at valpoathletics.com.

 

 

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