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Valpo Rallies, Falls Just Short of #20 Oklahoma
Kyle Gaedele hit his first homer of the year Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele hit his first homer of the year Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Valparaiso rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game at nine, but #22/20 Oklahoma came through with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Crusaders 12-9 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Jacksonville Tournament  played at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Crusaders started the game quickly, as Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) hit a two-run homer to left in the opening inning.

“We swung the bats well today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “Gaedele hit a laser in the first and everyone contributed with the bats.”

Oklahoma answered with five runs in the bottom of the second, all of which came with two outs, and were unearned due to a Crusader error.  Garrett Buechele delivered the big hit, a grand slam to left, his second homer of the year.

“It’s frustrating when you make mistakes and they lead to runs,” Woodson added.  “In this case one error led to five.”

Valpo got one run back in the top of the third as Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) led off with a double to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  The sophomore scored on a groundout by Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.)

Two more Sooner singles and a walk contributed to two more Oklahoma runs in the third, and the Sooners tacked on two more in the fifth to build a 9-3 advantage before the Crusaders began their rally in the seventh.

The Crusaders loaded the bases with one out when Gaedele singled through the right side to plate two.  O’Gara followed with a double to right adding two more Valpo runs, giving the junior six runs batted in on the young season.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered a pinch hit single, his first collegiate RBI to bring the Brown and Gold within one, and a wild pitch tied the game at nine.

Oklahoma plated three runs in the eighth on four hits and two wild pitches which proved to be the deciding runs, as the Crusaders managed just one base runner in the ninth in their final comeback attempt.

Scoby, Gaedele, and O’Gara all had two hits each for the Crusaders to pace Valpo’s 10-hit attack, while Buechele was the only Sooner with two hits.  Oklahoma also had 10 hits in the game.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) started for Valpo, working five innings and allowing six hits and nine runs, only two of which were earned.  He did walk six and struck out two.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) in relief.

“Shafer didn’t have a great performance with six walks,” Woodson said.  “He was decent and we got him off the hook.”

Jeremy Erben (2-0) earned the win in relief for Oklahoma (5-0) with Ryan Duke picking up his third save of the year.

Valparaiso (0-4) will return to tournament play on Saturday as the Crusaders host Richmond.  First pitch is slated for 11 a.m. CST in Jacksonville.

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