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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 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
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay