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Valpo Upsets Oral Roberts 7-3 on Sunday Afternoon as Arensdorff Ties Career Hit Record

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Valparaiso ended Oral Roberts' 40-game home Mid-Continent Conference regular season winning streak that dated back to May 19, 2002 on Sunday afternoon as the Crusaders posted a victory in Tulsa, Okla. for the first time ever, defeating the Golden Eagles 7-3.

The Crusaders had only defeated the Golden Eagles just three times in the first 45 meetings between the two schools, winning last on April 20, 2003 at Emory G. Bauer Field in Valparaiso 3-1. Their first win at Oral Roberts came in the final regular season meeting between the two as Mid-Continent Conference foes.

Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) went 4-for-4 in the victory, tying Valparaiso's career hit record with 251, equaling that of Mark Pedersen.

Valpo wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the opening inning. Arensdorff singled and stole second, moving around to third as the throw sailed into centerfield. Dallas Cawiezell (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) singled to left to bring home the first run of the game.

Oral Roberts (24-15, 7-1 Mid-Con) answered with single runs in the bottom of the first and second. Chad Rothford singled home the first run while Brendan Duffy added a base hit in the second to put the Golden Eagles on top.

The Crusaders battled back, retaking the lead in the fourth. Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) tripled home Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) to tie the game and then scored on a Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) double.

Jeff Rickert (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton H.S.) led off the fifth with a single and Arensdorff followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Back-to-back wild pitches plated both runners, increasing the lead to 5-2. Lazar drew a bases loaded walk later in the inning to score Cawiezell and Wallace followed reaching on an error to plate Brunelli, increasing the lead to five, 7-2.

Nick Mazzone (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) settled down, moving quickly through the middle innings, taking the five-run lead into the seventh.

The Golden Eagles cut into the lead in the seventh. Rothford singled home Duffy to cut Valpo's lead to four. Oral Roberts loaded the bases with two outs in the inning, but Cawiezell, who came on earlier in the inning, struck out Pat Warfle to get out of the jam. Cawiezell then finished the final six outs, working the final 2.2 innings, to complete the victory.

Mazzone (3-4) earned the win, working 6.1 innings and allowing just three runs and seven hits. Marcus Tackett (3-2) suffered the loss, lasting just 3.1 innings for the Golden Eagles.

Valparaiso (15-23, 4-4) will return home on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders host Butler in non-conference action. First pitch of the doubleheader at Emory G. Bauer Field is set for 1 p.m.
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Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
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Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
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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)
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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
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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
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Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
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M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
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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
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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
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Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State