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Gibbs Throws Shutout as Valpo Splits with Cleveland State
Elliott Gibbs tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener.
Elliott Gibbs tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

                Elliott Gibbs (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) threw a four-hit shutout in game one on Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso split its home-opening doubleheader with Cleveland State at Emory G. Bauer Field.  The Crusaders posted a 7-0 victory in game one while the Vikings won the nightcap 4-2.

                Gibbs (1-3) had a no-hitter working through the first five innings before Tom Carter’s double to center led off the six.  The sixth-year senior right-hander allowed a single in the seventh and two hits in the ninth while striking out nine on the afternoon.  Gibbs only walked two in his first collegiate shutout.

                “Gibbs was in control for us the entire game,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “He pitched a gem.”

                Valpo’s bats helped their hurler from the start.  Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) singled home Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) in the first and Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) added an RBI on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.

                Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.), who had two hits in the game, doubled home Justin Frane (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) in the fourth and eventually scored on a Rodeghero single, making it 4-0 Crusaders.

                A Frane double in the fifth scored Lazar, and chased Cleveland State starter Josh Hungerman (1-2), who suffered the loss.  Hungerman went 4.1 innings allowing six runs and nine hits while fanning six.  DeBruin then plated Frane with a double of his own to increase the advantage to six.

                Rodeghero capped the scoring in the seventh, leading off the inning with a blast to right for his third homer of the season.  The fifth-year senior finished the game 4-for-5 with three runs batted in.

                Valpo pounded out 13 hits in the opener, including four for extra bases.  Lazar and DeBruin each had two hits as well in the contest.

                Game two saw the Vikings jump in front in the opening inning on a two-run homer by Kyle Bischof off of Crusaders starter Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.).  A homer by Alex Kerins to lead off the sixth increased the lead to 3-0 and a squeeze bunt in the same inning put Cleveland State up by four.

                Valpo tried rallying in the eighth, as a sacrifice fly by Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) scored McCormick and a wild pitch scored DeBruin to cut the deficit in half.

                The Crusaders could not push any more runs across the plate against the Vikings’ Brian Long (3-1), who went the distance allowing just the two unearned runs while striking out six.  He allowed just four Crusader hits on the afternoon.

                Shafer (1-2) went five innings allowing four runs, three of which were earned, and six hits while suffering the loss.  The Valpo bullpen tossed four innings of shutout ball in relief.

                “Shafer didn’t have his best stuff for us today, but he threw strikes and got through five innings,” Woodson said.

                Valparaiso (6-17, 2-2 Horizon League) and Cleveland State (6-9, 1-1) will wrap up their three-game weekend set on Sunday afternoon, making up the game that was postponed on Friday due to snow.  First pitch at Emory G. Bauer Field is set for noon.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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