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Crusaders Set for Five More Games This Week
Josh Wallace leads the Crusaders with six homers. (Ray Acevedo)
Josh Wallace leads the Crusaders with six homers. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Valparaiso (18-17, 6-6 Horizon)
Game #36 vs. Purdue (16-18, 5-6 Big Ten)
Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m. CDT - U.S. Steel Yard, Gary
Games #37-38 at UIC (16-17, 10-2 Horizon)
Saturday, April 25 (DH), 1:05 p.m. CDT - Chicago, Ill.
Games #39-40 at Wright State (18-21, 6-6 Horizon)
Sunday, April 26 (DH), 12 p.m. CDT - Dayton, Ohio

This Week in Crusader Baseball: After playing six games last week, Valparaiso will play another five this week beginning with a Tuesday evening affair against Purdue at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.  The Crusaders then head to Chicago on Saturday for a doubleheader against UIC before traveling to Dayton, Ohio on Sunday for a twinbill against Wright State.

On the Air:  Tuesday’s game against Purdue can be heard live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Saturday’s games at UIC and Sunday’s games at Wright State will not be broadcast.  In addition, live stats via Gametracker will be available through www.valpoathletics.com for every game this week.

Pitching Rotation: On Tuesday evening, Valparaiso will send senior John Snelten (RHP, 1-3, 5.79 ERA) to the mound for his fifth start of the season.  Purdue will counter with junior Drew Wurdack (RHP, 1-1, 7.45 ERA), who will be making his third start for the Boilermakers.  The rotation for UIC and Wright State has yet to be determined.

Wrapping Up Recent Action: Valpo extended its winning streak to six straight games on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Anderson in a game that was added to the schedule late because of rain outs.  Valpo dropped the opener of the weekend series with Wright State on Friday 8-1 before splitting Saturday’s twinbill.  The Raiders won the opener 6-2 before the Crusaders exploded for six runs in the opening inning of the night cap on the way to a 14-1 win.  On Sunday, Valpo topped Saint Francis (Ind.) 6-5.

Scouting Purdue: The Boilermakers enter Tuesday’s game looking to snap a three-game losing skid after being swept by Ohio State over the weekend.  Purdue currently sits in fifth place in the Big Ten.  Brandon Havemen leads the Purdue offense hitting .390 on the season while Eric Charles is hitting at a .376 pace.  Dan Black provides the long ball threat with 12 homers and 39 runs batted in for a team that is hitting .306 overall.  On the mound, Purdue pitchers have posted a 6.22 earned run average with opponents hitting .312 against them.

Scouting UIC: The Flames enter the week leading the Horizon League, but have lost two straight games following a brief two-game set at Creighton last weekend.  Jason Ganek leads the UIC offensive attack hitting .325 while Andy Leonard is hitting at a .321 clip.  Jake Carr has a team-best four homers and 21 runs batted in for a team hitting .268 overall. On the mound, Adam Worthington has posted a 2.66 earned run average in eight starts while closer Derek Miramontes is 4-0 with six saves and a 1.67 ERA.

Scouting Wright State: The Raiders enter this week having taken two out of three from Valparaiso last weekend.  Jeff Mercer is leading the Wright State offense hitting .369 with 40 runs batted in.  Michael Schum, the Raiders’ closer, leads the team with a 1.62 ERA in 22 appearances and has eight saves on the season.  As a team, Wright State is hitting .286 while the pitching staff has posted a 5.41 ERA.  The Raiders are currently in a tie for third place with the Crusaders in the Horizon League standings.

Schedule Changes: The March 31 rainout at Northern Illinois has been rescheduled for April 29 in DeKalb, Ill. beginning at 3 p.m.

Home Sweet Home: Valpo is 10-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field this season after finishing 10-6 there one year ago.  Valpo still has 10 games scheduled for its home park this year, in addition to two games in Gary at the U.S. Steel Yard.

Lenski Leads the League in Hitting: Matt Lenski entered the week leading the Horizon League in batting, hitting .429 on the season, and holds a 60-point lead on Wright State’s Jeff Mercer.  He added to his average last week, hitting .478 (11-for-23) in six games.  He also leads the conference in on base percentage (.487), is second in slugging percentage (.600), is tied for third in hits (45), is tied for fourth with 28 runs batted in, and is tied for ninth in homers with four.  The senior catcher has 16 multi-hit games in 28 games played, including a four-hit contest and five three-hit tallies.

Shafer Leads the League in Wins: With his fifth victory of the season over the weekend against Wright State, Bryce Shafer has taken the Horizon League lead in wins.  The sophomore has nine wins in his career at Valpo, and the five wins this year match the most by a Crusader hurler since Marc Boggio won six games during the 2003 season.

Getting it Done Late: Valpo is 12-0 this season when leading after eight innings of play.   

Pitching Among League’s Best: As a team, Valpo pitchers lead the Horizon League limiting opponents to a .274 average on the season.  Crusaders hurlers also are second in the league with a 4.57 earned run average on the year.

Still Perfect in the Field: Ryan O’Gara has yet to commit an error at first base this season in 173 chances.  He leads the team in chances as well as putouts with 160.

Seven in the Magic Number:
Valparaiso is a perfect 9-0 this season when the Crusaders score seven runs or more in a game.   

Miller Sets All-Time Save Mark: Sophomore Jarad Miller has a league-leading nine saves this season and with his save in the opener at Cleveland State on April 4, set Valpo’s career save record.  He now has 18 career saves.  His nine saves this season are just three shy of Justin Craker’s 2001 single season record of 12.

Winning Extra Inning Games: Valparaiso won both games that went extra innings against North Dakota, its first two walk-off victories of the season.  The Crusaders have won five straight extra inning contests dating back to the 2008 campaign.

Sweeping Twinbills: Valparaiso has swept five doubleheaders already this season, after taking both twinbills against North Dakota.  The Crusaders have also recorded sweeps against Morehead State, Arkansas-Little Rock, and Milwaukee.  Valpo managed to sweep just one doubleheader in all of 2008.

A Solid Job Off of the Bench:
Valpo pinch hitters are doing their job, hitting .368 (7-for-19) on the season.  Ranko Ivetic has three hits for the Crusaders in seven pinch-hitting appearances while David Klein is 2-for-3.

Streaking: Ryan O’Gara enters the Purdue game with a team-long seven game hitting streak.  Steven Scoby has hit safely in six straight games for the Crusaders after recording a seven-game streak earlier this season.  Kyle Gaedele and Matt Lenski share the team’s longest streak on the season, having each hit safely in 10 straight games earlier this year.

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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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