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Valpo Completes Weekend Sweep of North Dakota
David Klein delievered the winning hit in game one. (Ray Acevedo)
David Klein delievered the winning hit in game one. (Ray Acevedo)
Dan DeBruin had three hits in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)
Dan DeBruin had three hits in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

For the second straight day Valparaiso posted a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota to wrap up the four-game weekend series, defeating the Fighting Sioux 6-5 in 10 innings and 5-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon.

“Our pitching this weekend was really good,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We got timely hits when we needed them as well.”

The opener saw Valpo squander a 5-0 lead only to score the winning run with one out in the 10th inning.

The Crusaders scored four times in the third inning as Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) continued his hot hitting with a two-run bases loaded single that scored Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.).  After a passed ball moved Lenski to second, Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) added a two-run single to plate Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S) and Lenski. 

Valpo added to the lead in the fifth on a single by Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) to again plate Lenski, and the Crusaders led 5-0.

Two sixth inning errors allowed the Fighting Sioux to tie the game with five runs in the inning.  Nicholas Breener had a two-run double, and Josh Lagein’s single scored Brenner with the tying run.

The game stayed knotted at five until the 10th when Lenski led off with a single against starter Mike Lueck, who was still in the game.  After a pitching change and an out, Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) singled up the middle on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners.  David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.), pinch-hitting, then delivered the game-winning hit into left-center.

“It is big when we can have guys come off of the bench and deliver big hits, especially in extra innings,” added Woodson.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) started and allowed just three earned runs in 5.2 innings for Valpo, but did not get the decision as Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) earned the win (1-0) with two innings of scoreless relief.

Lueck suffered the loss (0-5), despite tossing nine innings and allowing all six runs, five of which were earned, and striking out five.

Lenski finished the game 3-for-5 while Quinnette also had two hits as part of Valpo’s 12-hit attack.  North Dakota had 11 hits in the game, but failed to completely take advantage of five Crusader errors in the game.

In the nightcap, Valparaiso scored five times in the fifth inning for all of the scoring, four of the runs being unearned as the Crusaders took advantage of two North Dakota (6-19) errors.  Back-to-back singles by Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) and Gaedele with one out started the rally and DeBruin reached on a bunt single on a squeeze attempt that plated Cribbs.  A double steal attempt in which the catcher threw the ball into left field scored Gaedele and moved DeBruin to third, and he scored on a fielding error by the third baseman.  An infield single by O’Gara loaded the bases, while a hit batsman and walk forced home the final two runs in the inning.

Meanwhile, Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went the distance on the mound in the seven inning contest for the complete game shutout victory (4-2), the first of his collegiate career.  He scattered just three hits, including just one over the first five innings, while striking out six and walking three.

DeBruin had a three-hit game offensively while O’Gara also had two base hits for the Brown and Gold.

David Lind suffered the loss (0-3) for the Fighting Sioux, allowing five runs, only one of which was earned, and six hits in 4.2 innings of work.

Valparaiso (14-15) will look to move back to the .500 mark on Monday afternoon as the Crusaders complete their homestand hosting Grace.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field, with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

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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 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 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
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Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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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
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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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