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Valpo Splits Sunday Twinbill in Northridge
Tyler Deetjen (left) and Corey Thibault celebrate Valpo's first win of the season on Sunday. (Jeff Golden)
Tyler Deetjen (left) and Corey Thibault celebrate Valpo's first win of the season on Sunday. (Jeff Golden)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Valparaiso got solid starting pitching in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader against Cal State Northridge, and managed a split of the twinbill winning the opener 2-1 before falling 5-2 in the nightcap at Matador Field in Northridge, Calif.

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) went the distance in the opener, a seven-inning game, allowing just one run and four hits while fanning three and not walking any Matador hitters.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) also went seven strong innings in his first collegiate start, allowing just six hits.  He allowed all five runs in the game, three of which were unearned.

“We got great efforts from both Deetjen and Frane today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “They threw strikes which is the key.  Unfortunately the error in the three-run third proved costly for us in game two.”

The opener was all Deetjen.  The Crusaders got him his two runs of support in the fourth.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) led off with back-to-back singles, Valpo’s only two hits of the game.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) walked to load the bases and back-to-back sacrifice flies by Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) and Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) plated the only two runs of the contest.

Deetjen allowed just one Northridge hit through four innings and was touched for the lone run in the fifth.  Justine De Marco doubled with one out and Marty Bowen singled him home one batter later, but that was the only run the junior would surrender on his way to his first career complete game.

Deetjen earned his first win (1-1) of the season while Vincent Roberts was suffered the loss (0-2), allowing just two runs and two hits while striking out seven in six innings of work.

Valpo jumped on top in game two as well, as the Crusaders have now scored first in all six games this season.  Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) led off the inning being hit by a pitch and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) followed with a single. Gaedele then extended his hitting streak to 10 straight games and his on base streak to 17 in a row with a run-scoring single to plate Thibault with the game’s first run.  After Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) walked to load the bases, Kowalczyk drew a bases loaded free pass for his second RBI of the day.

Northridge answered in the bottom of the third with three unearned runs.  A throwing error plated two Matador runs, with the third eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly, giving the hosts the lead.  Frane did not allow another run until the seven as a walk, a triple, and a single, all with two outs, gave Northridge a pair of insurance tallies.

Manning finished game two 3-for-5 with the runs scored for Valpo while Gaedele added two more hits.  Scoby had his hitting streak snapped at 10 games in the night cap as he went hitless.

Alex Muren earned the win (1-0) for the Matadors, pitching two scoreless innings of relief, while Josh Goossen-Brown earned his first save of the season, striking out six.  Frane suffered the loss (0-1).

Valparaiso (1-5) and Cal State Northridge (4-3) will wrap up the four-game series on Monday afternoon, making up one of the rain outs from earlier in the weekend with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. CST.

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 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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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