For the second straight day Valparaiso posted a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota to wrap up
the four-game weekend series, defeating the Fighting Sioux 6-5 in 10 innings
and 5-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field on Saturday afternoon.
“Our pitching this weekend
was really good,” head coach Tracy
Woodson said. “We got timely hits
when we needed them as well.”
The opener saw Valpo squander
a 5-0 lead only to score the winning run with one out in the 10th
The Crusaders scored four
times in the third inning as Matt Lenski
(Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) continued
his hot hitting with a two-run bases loaded single that scored Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg
H.S.) and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington
Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.).
After a passed ball moved Lenski to second, Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine,
Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) added a
two-run single to plate Dan DeBruin
(Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S) and Lenski.
Valpo added to the lead in
the fifth on a single by Andrew
Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) to again plate Lenski, and
the Crusaders led 5-0.
Two sixth inning errors
allowed the Fighting Sioux to tie the game with five runs in the inning. Nicholas Breener had a two-run double, and
Josh Lagein’s single scored Brenner with the tying run.
The game stayed knotted at
five until the 10th when Lenski led off with a single against
starter Mike Lueck, who was still in the game.
After a pitching change and an out, Ryan
O’Gara (Buffalo Grove,
Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) singled up the middle
on a hit-and-run to put runners on the corners.
David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego
East H.S.), pinch-hitting, then delivered the game-winning hit into left-center.
“It is big when we can have
guys come off of the bench and deliver big hits, especially in extra innings,”
(Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) started and
allowed just three earned runs in 5.2 innings for Valpo, but did not get the
decision as Steve Godawa (Buffalo
Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) earned the win (1-0) with two innings of
Lueck suffered the loss
(0-5), despite tossing nine innings and allowing all six runs, five of which
were earned, and striking out five.
Lenski finished the game
3-for-5 while Quinnette also had two hits as part of Valpo’s 12-hit
attack. North Dakota had 11 hits in the game, but
failed to completely take advantage of five Crusader errors in the game.
In the nightcap, Valparaiso scored five times in the fifth inning for all
of the scoring, four of the runs being unearned as the Crusaders took advantage
of two North Dakota
(6-19) errors. Back-to-back singles by Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester
H.S.) and Gaedele with one out started the rally and DeBruin reached on a bunt
single on a squeeze attempt that plated Cribbs.
A double steal attempt in which the catcher threw the ball into left
field scored Gaedele and moved DeBruin to third, and he scored on a fielding
error by the third baseman. An infield
single by O’Gara loaded the bases, while a hit batsman and walk forced home the
final two runs in the inning.
Meanwhile, Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield
H.S.) went the distance on the mound in the seven inning contest for the
complete game shutout victory (4-2), the first of his collegiate career. He scattered just three hits, including just
one over the first five innings, while striking out six and walking three.
DeBruin had a three-hit game
offensively while O’Gara also had two base hits for the Brown and Gold.
David Lind suffered the loss
(0-3) for the Fighting Sioux, allowing five runs, only one of which was earned,
and six hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Valparaiso (14-15) will look to move back to the .500 mark on
Monday afternoon as the Crusaders complete their homestand hosting Grace. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Emory G.
Bauer Field, with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at