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Suicide Squeeze Bunt In Nightcap Propels Valpo To Twinbill Split With Southern Utah

Monday, April 25, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Aaron Cameron's suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 10th scored Mike Arensdorff with the winning run as Valpo edged Southern Utah 8-7 in the nightcap of a Mid-Continent Conference twinbill. The Thunderbirds outslugged the Crusaders 14-11 in the first game. Arensdorff had eight RBIs in the doubleheader, including seven in the first game. Kevin Perri went 5-for-7 in the twinbill with two triples and two doubles.

Brian Rzepka, who was 5-for-10 on the afternoon, delivered a two-out, two-run game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game to force extra innings. The Crusaders also scored an unearned run earlier in the frame.

In the 10th inning of the nightcap, Arensdorff belted a one-out double off the bottom of the wall. Kevin Kutansky, who had four hits in the game, hit a single to left, advancing Arensdorff to third. Arensdorff then took off for home plate and Cameron laid down a bunt that was fielded by the first baseman as Arensdorff was scoring the game winner.

Valpo (11-21, 4-6 Mid-Con) led 3-0 in the third on Arensdorff's sacrifice fly and Matt Augustine's two-run homer to right center. Southern Utah (17-19, 5-5) plated one in the fourth and two in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 5-3 lead.

Perri's RBI triple in the sixth pulled the Crusaders within 5-4, but the Thunderbirds received a two-out, two-run pinch hit homer from Tyson Olson to extend SUU's lead to 7-4.

Harvey Yergin (2-5), Valpo's fourth pitcher of the game, hurled 2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. A sophomore righty, Yergin escaped a jam in the ninth by recording a one-out strikeout with the go-ahead run on third. He then retired Darren Duckworth on a grounder to first to end the threat.

In the first game, SUU had a 12-0 lead, posting five runs in both the third and fourth frames. Olson's three-run triple highlighted the third and Justin Sotelo's two-run homer keyed the fourth.

Arensdorff's second home run - a three-run shot - helped ignite Valpo's offense, which produced 13 hits.

An eight-run sixth forced SUU to use three pitchers in the inning. Arensdorff had a two-run double, Josh Piazza hammered a two-run triple, Jon Rupno added an RBI double, Jeff Rickert had an RBI single and Arensdorff delivered a two-run single during the eight-hit uprising.

Valpo brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh but could not score.

Valpo hosts Bradley on Tuesday in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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