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Six Crusaders Earn Horizon League Baseball Accolades
Will Hagel was a First Team All-Horizon League selection. (Ray Acevedo)
Will Hagel was a First Team All-Horizon League selection. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Valparaiso University had six players earn recognition by the Horizon League for their efforts on the baseball diamond in 2011 as the conference announced its year end awards on Tuesday.

 

Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) earned First Team All-Horizon League honors while Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) were both Second Team selections.  Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.), Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.), and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) were all named to the league’s All-Newcomer Team.

 

Hagel led the Crusaders in batting during the regular season with a .316 average and a team-leading 41 runs batted in.  He ranks fourth in the conference in RBIs and is tied for third with three triples.  The redshirt-junior hit .367 with 26 RBIs during conference action, and enters the Horizon League Tournament with a streak of 25 consecutive games reaching base. 

 

Gaedele ranks among the top-10 in the Horizon League in nine different categories.  A .316 hitter on the season, he led Valpo with seven home runs, 14 doubles, and 49 hits.  He drove in 36 runs and shares the conference lead with 21 stolen bases.  A junior outfielder, Gaedele is now a two-time Second Team All-Horizon League selection.

 

Robinson, an All-Newcomer Team selection one year ago, batted .288 for the Brown and Gold in 2011 with 26 runs batted in.  He finished second on the team in conference play with a .346 mark.  The senior split time between catcher and designated hitter this season, and earned the All-League selection as a utility player.

 

Upp appeared in 10 games for the Crusaders, making three starts on the mound.  He finished the regular season with a 2-0 record with a 3.00 ERA in 30 innings of work.  Opponents hit just .222 against the freshman, the second best mark in the conference.

 

Martin’s bat heated up as the season went along, and he enters the Horizon League Tournament with a 14-game hitting streak.  The Crusader junior infielder batted .269 with 18 runs batted in on the year, and posted a .345 on base percentage.  In conference action, Martin upped his average to .333, third best on the squad.

 

Manning hit .271 in his freshman campaign, starting all 52 games in centerfield for Valpo.  He is tied for second in the Horizon League with four triples and shares the league lead with 21 stolen bases.  Manning batted .300 in conference action with a .390 on base percentage.

 

Valparaiso (22-30, 14-10 Horizon) will open the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday morning against Butler.  First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. CDT from Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

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