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Win: Mike Hlavacek (1-0) 6.051105
Loss: YERGIN (0-2) 6.0104313
LAZAR (VALPO) 302000
Jesse Griswold (ILST) 423000
Late Inning Runs Push Illinois State Past Valpo
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Illinois State scored three runs in the sixth and added another in the seventh on the way to a 5-1 victory over Valparaiso on Tuesday afternoon in Bloomington, Ill.

The Redbirds jumped in front in the second, scoring an unearned run as the Crusaders tried to turn a double play.

Valpo tied the game in the top of the sixth. Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) doubled to lead off the inning, the 12th time in 13 games the fifth-year senior has tallied at least one hit. Arensdorff came around to score on a single by Brian Rzepka (South Bend, Ind./Penn H.S.).

In the bottom of the inning, five singles plated three runs for Illinois State (9-9). Kevin Kosler's single to left drove in the first run of the frame, and proved to be the game-winner. The Redbirds tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a fielder's choice to provide the final margin of victory.

Colin Reynolds (Crookston, Minn./Crookston H.S.) and Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) had two hits each for the Brown and Gold, which managed just six total for the contest. Jesse Griswold went 3-for-4 to lead the Redbirds.

Harvey Yergin (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) suffered the loss (0-2) for the Crusaders, working six innings allowing three earned runs and 10 hits. Mike Hlavacek (1-0) picked up the win for Illinois State, working six innings, allowing five hits and just the one run.

Valparaiso (2-11) will return to the diamond on Friday for the Crusaders' home opener at Emory G. Bauer Field as the Brown and Gold face Chicago State in a doubleheader. First pitch is slated for noon with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at