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Valpo Wins Ninth Straight, Downs Saint Francis
Sam Carius had two hits for the Crusaders in his first collegiate start. (Ray Acevedo)
Sam Carius had two hits for the Crusaders in his first collegiate start. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Valparaiso took advantage of eight Saint Francis (Ind.) errors on Monday afternoon, and scored the game’s final eight runs, as the Crusaders defeated the Cougars 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field to run the Brown and Gold’s win streak to nine consecutive games.

The nine straight wins are tied with Stetson and Oregon State for the longest active streak in NCAA Division I baseball.

“We’re excited about our winning streak and the way we are playing,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We’ll look to extend it again tomorrow.  We are winning games in different ways each day.”

All 11 runs in the game were unearned, as the Crusaders also committed four miscues in the game, leading to Saint Francis’ runs.

The Cougars took advantage of a pair of Valpo errors in the second inning to take the early lead.  With two outs, back-to-back throwing errors by the Crusaders plated three Saint Francis runs, giving the visitors the early lead.

Valpo answered in the bottom of the second as Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) reached when the Cougar centerfielder dropped a fly ball, allowing Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), who singled, to score.  Morman scored later in the inning on a RBI single by Sam Carius (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley H.S.), For Carius, it was his first collegiate hit and run batted in in his first collegiate start.

The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth on a double play ball that scored Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), who had reached on an error.

Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) allowed just two Saint Francis hits in seven innings of work, including just one after that second inning, and earned the win (2-0) when Valpo scored five times in the bottom of the seventh.  Upp struck out three while allowing just the three unearned runs.

“Upp did a nice job for us today,” Woodson added.  “He gave up the unearned runs early and then really settled in.”

Four Cougar errors in the seventh inning led to five Valpo runs.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) both reached on miscues, putting Valpo on top.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) added a RBI single and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered a pinch-hit triple to make it 6-3 Crusaders.  Ben Olejniczak (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added a run-scoring single to plate Hagel and scored the final run on a pair of errors as Cougar starter Mickey Owen threw the ball away trying to pick him off first.

Owen suffered the loss (0-5) for Saint Francis (14-30), allowing eight runs, none of which were earned.  He allowed nine hits in seven innings.

Robinson, Olejniczak, and Carius each had two hits for the Brown and Gold in the win.

Valparaiso (15-21) takes to the road on Tuesday afternoon, heading to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face IPFW.  First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT.

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 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