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John Giusti is seventh all-time at Valpo in assists.
John Giusti is seventh all-time at Valpo in assists.

Monday, March 03, 2008

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Valparaiso (2-4, 0-0 Horizon)
Game #7 at North Carolina State (4-2, 0-0 ACC)
Tues., March 4, 2 p.m. CST - Raleigh, N.C.
Game #8 at Duke (10-0, 0-0 ACC)
Wed., March 5, 2 p.m. CST - Durham, N.C.
Game #9 at North Carolina-Greensboro (5-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Thurs., March 6, 1 p.m. CST - Greensboro, N.C.
Games #10-13 at West Virginia
Fri., March 7, 2 p.m. CST - Morgantown, W. Va.
Sat., March 8, 12 p.m. CST (DH) - Morgantown, W. Va.
Sun., March 9, 12 p.m. CST - Morgantown, W. Va.

This Week in Crusader Baseball: Valparaiso continues its season-opening road trip with seven games this week, beginning in North Carolina.  The Crusaders will face Atlantic Coast Conference foes North Carolina State and Duke before heading up the road to North Carolina-Greensboro.  Valpo then will wrap up the week with a four-game, three-day, set at West Virginia over the weekend.

On the Air:  Valpo’s three games in North Carolina will be broadcast live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) as well as online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  Nick Kovatch and Dave Schroeder will be providing both the play-by-play and color commentary for the games.

Pitching Rotation: Jon Gulbransen (LHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toe the rubber for Valpo against North Carolina State and Bryce Shafer (RHP, 0-0, 2.45 ERA) will be on the mound for the Crusaders at Duke.  The rest of Valpo’s rotation at North Carolina-Greensboro and West Virginia are still to be determined.

Wrapping Up Recent Action: The Crusaders dropped all three games at this weekend’s APSU Invitational.  Host Austin Peay rallied for four runs in the ninth to post a 5-4 victory in the opener.  On Saturday, Illinois State tripped up Valpo 9-3 and on Sunday the Crusaders dropped a slugfest with Indiana 17-14.

Shafer and Rodeghero Named to All-Tournament Team: Freshman right-hander Bryce Shafer and fifth-year senior outfielder Zach Rodeghero were each named to the APSU All-Tournament Team.  Shafer struck out seven and allowed just one unearned run in 7.2 innings of work in the opener against Austin Peay, but recorded a no-decision.  Rodeghero was 5-for-14 (.357) with a homerun and two runs batted in over the three games.

Shafer Earns National Honors: Bryce Shafer was named the Insidepitching.com Pitcher of the Week for the Great Lakes Region with his outing on Friday.  His one unearned run performance in 7.2 innings against the Governors came in his second collegiate start.

Rodeghero Keeps on Hitting: Zach Rodeghero has hit safely in all six games this season, and extended his hitting streak to 10 straight dating back to the end of the 2007 campaign.  He is hitting a team, and Horizon League, leading .520 this year and has four multi-hit performances in six appearances.

DeBruin Goes for Two: Dan DeBruin leads the Horizon League with four doubles already this season.  The senior has also hit safely in the last four contests.

Shafer’s Been Dominant in His First Two Starts: Rookie Bryce Shafer has fanned 10 hitters and has an ERA of 2.45 through his first two collegiate starts.  In 11.0 innings of work, opponents have hit just .139 against him, best for any Horizon League pitcher thus far this year.

Giusti Climbing Career Assists List: Infielder John Giusti currently ranks seventh all-time in Crusader history with 327 career assists over four years.  The senior is 12 assists shy of Todd Kirkpatrick’s sixth place total of 339 and 17 short of Chris Moore’s mark of 344 to move into the top-five all-time.

Bivens Likes the Bases Juiced: Brett Bivens has already been to the plate three times with the bases loaded this season, and has produced a hit on each occasion.  Overall, he is 5-for-5 hitting with runners in scoring position and 4-for-4 scoring a runner on third with less than two outs.

Smith Nearly Perfect Thus Far: Derek Smith has not allowed a hit, and walked just one, in 4.1 innings of work in his first action of the year.

Rodeghero Earns First Player of the Week Award: Zach Rodeghero was the Horizon League’s Player of the Week for February 26 after hitting .727 with an on base percentage of .813 for the opening weekend series at Austin Peay.  He had three RBIs, scored six times, and had a pair of doubles.

Valpo Tabbed Seventh:
The Crusaders were picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League preseason poll, with Wright State being the preseason favorite.

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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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