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Purdue Snaps Valpo's Four-Game Win Streak
Robbie Robinson had two hits and two runs batted in at Purdue. (Dave Schofield)
Robbie Robinson had two hits and two runs batted in at Purdue. (Dave Schofield)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Purdue fought back and defeated the Crusaders 14-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, Ind., snapping the Brown and Gold’s four-game winning streak.

Valpo registered 13 hits, the 11th time in 12 games the Crusaders have tallied at least 10 in a game, but committed five errors defensively and left 11 runners on base. 

“We hit ball well again and had lots of scoring opportunities,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We just didn’t take advantage of them.” 

Valpo’s bats wasted little time warming up on the 81 degree day, as Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) laced the second pitch of the game into the left-centerfield gap for a double.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) followed with another two-bagger on a chapper that bounced over third base to drive home Muhlsteff.  Frane then took third as leftfielder Tyler Spillner bobbled the ball in the corner.  A Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) groundout plated Frane, giving the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.  With two outs, David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) kept the inning alive with a double into right-center.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) chased Purdue starter Connor Sestak with a single through the left side to score Klein, and Valpo led 3-0 before starting pitcher Austen Siwiec (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) even took to the mound.

Siwiec worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first, as the Boilermakers leadoff man Spillner reached on an error and two one walks filled the bases.  The senior struck out Cameron Perkins and induced a flyout to end the inning without surrendering a run.

The Crusaders added to their lead in the second with one out.  Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) doubled down the rightfield line and Muhlsteff followed with a single through the hole on the leftside to make it 4-0 Valpo.

Three unearned runs in the bottom of the second cut the Crusader lead to one, 4-3.  With two outs, Jon Moore reached on an error by Siwiec and following a walk to Spillner, Nick Overmyer put Purdue on the scoreboard with a double to left-center.  Kevin Plawecki followed with a run-scoring infield single to shortstop and Overmyer scored the third run on a wild pitch.

Purdue took the lead in the bottom of the third.  With two outs, David Blount and Jon Moore rode the wind on back-to-back pitches, hitting solo homers to left-center, giving the Boilermakers a 5-4 advantage.

Valpo looked to answer in the fourth without the aid of a hit.  Frane reached base on a wild pitch despite striking out and two walks loaded the bases with two outs.  Robinson laced a line drive to center which was caught to end the Crusader inning.

The Boilermakers added to their lead in the fourth, as Overmyer doubled to lead off the inning and took third on a wild pitch.  A two-out pinch hit single by Stephen Talbert plated Overmyer, increasing the Purdue lead to 6-4.   Valpo threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with none out, but a foul out and a double play erased the threat.

Moore led off the Purdue fifth with a single and stole second.  An error moved him to third and he scored the Boilermakers’ seventh run of the game on a sacrifice fly off of the bat of Overlmyer.

The Crusaders found the scoreboard again in the sixth.  Gaedele ripped a doubled that one hopped the left-centerfield wall and moved to third on a groundout.  With two outs, Robinson singled up the middle to cut Valpo’s deficit to 7-5.

Another unearned run in the bottom sixth allowed Purdue to regain its three run lead.  Blount doubled with two outs to score Talbert, who reached on an error with one out before stealing second.  Purdue then batted around in the next inning.  In the seventh, Kevin Plawecki delivered a two-run double for the Boilermakers to increase the advantage to 10-5.  With one out, Dominick D’Agata hit a pinch hit grand slam the opposite way, making it a nine run Purdue advantage and close out the scoring.

Five Crusaders had two hits a piece, with Robinson driving home two runs, the only multi-RBI player on the team on Tuesday.  Overmyer and Moore each had three hits for Purdue (14-12), leading an offensive attack which also had 13 hits.

Kevin Cahill earned the win (1-2) in relief for Purdue, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out four.  Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) suffered the loss (0-4) for the Crusaders, allowing three runs and three hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Valparaiso (9-17) will remain on the road this weekend as the Crusaders begin a three-game weekend series against Youngstown State.  First pitch of Friday’s series opener is set for 2 p.m. CDT at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.  All three games of this weekend series can be seen live online through the Horizon League Network.

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