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Valpo Earns Fourth Sweep of the Season Taking Two from North Dakota
Billy Cribbs had the game-winning single in game two. (Ray Acevedo)
Billy Cribbs had the game-winning single in game two. (Ray Acevedo)
Justin Frane earned the win in game two.
Justin Frane earned the win in game two.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) singled home Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning of game two to give Valparaiso its fourth doubleheader sweep of the season on Friday afternoon, as the Crusaders downed North Dakota 3-2 and 2-1 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

With two outs and no one on base, Scoby reached on an error and stole second.  Cribbs then singled into left-center for his second hit of the game to give the Brown and Gold the win.

“We needed a big hit and we finally got it,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.

The game was a pitcher’s dual throughout though.  Valpo scored first in the third as Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) was hit by a pitch with two outs.  A single by Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) advanced Gaedele second and he then stole third.  Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) came through with a single through the left side.

Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) kept the Fighting Sioux off of the scoreboard until the sixth.  Andrew Marek and Andrew Gudmunson both singled to put runners on the corners.  With one out, pinch runner David Dafforn stole home on a pickoff attempt at first as the batter showed bunt for a squeeze play to tie the game.

North Dakota (6-17) threatened again in the seventh of the game scheduled for just seven innings, loading the bases, but Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came in and got a strikeout and ground out to get out of the threat.

Brandon Baumbagtner went 10.2 innings on the mound for the Fighting Sioux, allowing just the one run and five hits while striking out five and walking four.  Jameson Benson then suffered the loss (0-2) allowing the unearned run in the 12th inning.

Frane recorded his first collegiate victory (1-0), pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless relief allowing just four hits and fanning two.  Neither Crusader hurler walked a batter in the nightcap.

The opener was also a pitcher’s dual between Derek Biermaier and Alex Berry (Olney, Ill./East Richland H.S.) into the seventh inning.

Valpo broke through with three unearned runs as Scoby reached on a one out error and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) followed with a double.  A walk to Gaedele loaded the bases and DeBruin put the Crusaders on top with a single into center.  Mulhsteff followed with a sacrifice fly to plate McCormick and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette  University H.S.) added a run-scoring single to make it 3-0.

The Fighting Sioux responded in the eighth as Andrew Sadler had a two out single and Marek added a base hit to cut the lead to 3-2.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) got a bases loaded strikeout of Gudmunson though to get out of the jam and pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.

Berry earned the victory (2-4), pitching 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs and four hits while striking out five.

“Both starters were outstanding today,” Woodson said.  “They have been good all year.”

Lenski, who went 4-for-4 at Indiana on Wednesday, had a 3-for-3 game, including a double while DeBruin also had two hits.

“He (Lenski) was tremendous in the opener,” Woodson added.  “He’s a better hitter now that he can go the other way instead of just pulling everything.”

Valparaiso (12-15) and North Dakota (6-17) will wrap up their weekend series with another doubleheader on Saturday.  First pitch at Emory G. Bauer Field is set for noon with the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
W 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
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