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Smolar, Knobel Combine On One-Hitter As Valpo Defeats Western Michigan

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Jordan Smolar allowed just a bunt single over 8 innings and Adam Knobel pitched a hitless ninth to earn his sixth save as Valpo defeated Western Michigan 4-1. Brian Rzepka singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and Kevin Kutansky delivered a two-run double in the frame to give the Crusaders a three-run lead.

Kutansky, who had three of Valpo's four RBIs, gave the Crusaders a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly to right field. Rzepka's infield single and Kevin Perri's ringing double to left field set the table for Kutansky.

The game evolved into a pitcher's duel between Smolar and the Broncos' Bryan French as neither team scored again until WMU tied the game in the seventh on Matt Bolton's sacrifice fly to right.

Smolar (1-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first by inducing Nathan Marquardt to hit into a third-to-second-to-first double play, ending the threat. Beginning with the double play, Smolar retired 10 straight before issuing two walks in the fourth. The junior righthander struck out Andy Roy to end the inning.

Smolar's attempt for a no-hitter was spoiled in the fifth when R.C. Dickerson sucessfully placed a bunt between Smolar, second baseman Jon Rupno and first baseman Mike Arensdorff. After Adam Rosales walked with two outs, Smolar ended the frame by retiring Travis May on a grounder back to the mound.

In the sixth, the Broncos' Justin Carter led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. Smolar responded by retiring Kyle Maunus on strikes and Roy on a grounder to Rupno.

Smolar, who struck out six and walked seven, finished strong by recording three straight outs in the eighth on a fly ball to right and two groundouts to John Giusti at shortstop.

Valpo (12-25) broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth. Ryan Manthei led off by belting a double to left center. Giusti, who had two hits, reached on an infield single, advancing pinch runner Jeff Rickert to third. Rzepka, who had two hits on the day, lined a single to left, scoring Rickert to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.

Following a pitching change, Perri's sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Arensdorff was issued an intentional walk before Kutansky ripped a two-run double down the left field line to extend the advantage to 4-1.

Knobel, a senior, issued a one-out walk to Joe McDonald. Following a pop up to Rupno, Dickerson reached on an error before Bolton fouled out to Arensdorff to end the game. The save for Knobel was the 12th of his career, moving him within one of tying Justin Craker for Valpo's all-time lead.

French (1-3) pitched a solid game, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in 7 innings. The righthander struck out four and did not issue a walk.

WMU (21-15) currently leads the Mid-American Conference West Division with an 11-2 mark.

Valpo travels to Michigan to play Oakland on Saturday and Sunday in Mid-Continent Conference doubleheaders each day. Both twinbills begin at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET).

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
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
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
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo