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Bakersfield Defeats Valpo 7-4 in Series Finale
Kyle Gaedele extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Valparaiso fought back from a large deficit after two innings on Wednesday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Cal State Bakersfield 7-4 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.

The Roadrunners scored seven times in the first two innings before the Crusader relievers shut the door on Bakersfield bats, not allowing a hit after the second inning.

“Our bullpen was fabulous today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We only faced one batter more than the minimum after the second.  (Kevin) Wild threw great.”

Bakersfield scored four times in the opening inning to jump on the board early.  Martin Medina hit a grand slam as the fourth batter of the game, following an error and two singles.  In the second, Medina doubled home another run and the Roadrunners added a RBI groundout and a triple off the bat of Cael Brockmeyer to take the 7-0 lead.

Valpo cut into its deficit in the third.  Three straight singles by Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.), and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) loaded the bases to open the inning.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) plated the first run on a fielder’s choice and Robby Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) followed with a sacrifice fly.

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) led off the fourth with a walk and moved to second on a single by Bobby Martin  (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.). After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet, Frane scored on a groundout by Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.), pulling Valpo within 7-3.

The Crusaders added another run in the ninth.  Morman led off with a single and went to second on a throwing error.  After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, he scored on a groundout by Scoby.  With two outs Gaedele and O’gara singled, bringing the tying run to the plate, but a flyout ended the game.

Gaedele and Martin led Valpo’s 12-hit attack with three hits each.  For Gaedele, he has extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games dating back to 2010 and his on base streak has now reached 20 games.  For Martin, it was his first three-hit game as a Crusader.

Medina led Bakersfield with his five runs batted in as the Roadrunners had eight hits, all in the first two frames.

Cael Brockmeyer started and earned the win (1-0) for Cal State Northridge (7-2) while Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders.

“We actually played pretty well today,” Woodson said.  “Hagel got a couple of balls up in the zone, but at least he threw strikes.  We turned a couple of double plays and I felt like we played better as a whole.”

Valparaiso (1-8) will have Thursday off before heading to San Luis Obsipo, Calif. over the weekend for a three-game series with Cal Poly.  First pitch in the series opener on Friday night is set for 8 p.m. CST.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State