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Valpo Splits Season-Opening Twinbill at Austin Peay
Zach Rodeghero went 3-for-4 in game two of the twinbill.
Zach Rodeghero went 3-for-4 in game two of the twinbill.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

                Valparaiso opened the 2008 baseball season on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader split in Clarksville, Tenn.  The Crusaders opened with a 15-6 victory over Austin Peay in game one only to have the Governors win the nightcap 12-4.

                Valpo’s win in game one marked the first time since the Crusaders defeated Pittsburgh in 1997 that Valpo won the season opener.

                Valparaiso scored nine times in the fifth inning of the opener, aided by two Governor errors and five walks, to rally from a 5-2 deficit.  Five straight walks in the inning brought home the first four runs of the inning, and Justin Frane (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) singled home two more as part of his 3-for-5 effort in his collegiate debut.  Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) also had a run-scoring single in the inning, and Valpo plated the final two runs on a error.

                Valpo added single runs in the sixth and eighth, and two more in the ninth.  Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.) had a two-run single to center in the opening inning and added another RBI hit in the ninth as part of a four-RBI day.

                Derek Smith (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) entered the game in relief for Valpo in the bottom of the fifth, and did not allow a hit or run in 4.1 innings of work to record the victory.  Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) got the start in the opener, working 3.1 innings and allowing just one hit, but five runs, three of which were unearned.

                Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) and Frane each had three hits as Valpo banged out 16 to start the season.

                Austin Peay scored a run in the first and four more in the fourth, including a pair of unearned runs.  Valpo’s pitching staff limited the Governors to just four hits in the opener.
                Game two saw the Governors score six times in the first three innings off of starter Alex Berry (Olney, Ill./East Richland H.S.), only two of which were earned.  Valpo tallied single runs in the second and third, one off of a sacrifice fly by McCormick and the other as Brunelli stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.

                Austin Peay struck for four more runs in the fifth, two on a Greg Bachman singles as he went 3-for-5 in the game.  Valpo added a run in the sixth on a Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) single and another in the eighth as Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) drove one in.  The Governors tacked on two in the bottom of the eighth to close the scoring.

                Rodeghero went 3-for-4 in the nightcap with an RBI and finished the day with five hits.  Quinnette also had two hits for Valpo, which managed just six in game two.  Austin Peay tallied 12 hits, and drew six walks from Crusader pitching.

                “We did a lot of good things for opening day,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “All of our freshmen that we played contributed.  The biggest problem was the number of walks (15) in the doubleheader, but I think that will turn around.”

                Valparaiso (1-1) and Austin Peay (1-1) will wrap up their three-game weekend series with the rubber match on Sunday afternoon with a single game beginning at 12 p.m. CST in Clarksville.

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