15 Crusaders Score HL All-Academic Spring Honors

Fifteen student-athletes across five sports were recognized by the league office Wednesday. Men's golf led the way for Valpo with four representatives, while baseball, and men's and women's outdoor track and field each boasted three.

Baseball Youth Camp on Tap

Three day camp from June 23rd-25th will cover technique and fundamentals for kids in grades K-8. The morning (9 am-12 pm) will serve as the "skills camp" portion while the afternoon (1 pm-3 pm) will be the "game camp."

Dodgers Select Kowalczyk in 37th Round of MLB First-Year Player Draft

The Los Angeles Dodgers made former Crusader Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru) their 37th round pick in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft Saturday. He joins Dallas Cawiezell, Bryce Shafer, Bo McClendon, Kyle Gaedele, and Tanner Vavra as Crusaders chosen in the MLB Draft since 2007.

Crusaders Can't Complete Comeback; Season Ends in Mequon

A little less than five hours after the Crusaders ended UIC's season thanks to yet another dazzling pitching performance, Valpo saw 2014 come to a close following a 7-0 defeat to Wright State. The Brown and Gold concluded their season with a 25-28 overall record. The 25 victories were the most ever recorded by a first-year head coach in Valparaiso history.

Crusaders Survive and Advance Behind Lundeen's Gem

Dalton Lundeen's (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) prolific sophomore campaign continued Thursday at Kapco Park as the left-hander heaved 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Crusaders will take on #2 UIC Thursday morning at 11:00 am.

Penguins Cool Down Crusaders in Horizon League Tourney Opener

Five Penguin pitchers combined to give Youngstown State a 7-3 win over Valpo in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament Wednesday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wisconsin. Crusaders will face elimination games the rest of the way as Oakland awaits them Thursday morning at 11:00 am CT.

Valpo Aims for Third Straight HL Tournament Championship Beginning Wednesday

The Horizon League invades the city of Mequon, Wisconsin this week with the league’s NCAA Tournament berth up for grabs in the double-elimination HL Tournament. The Crusaders enter as the third seed and will face Youngstown State at 3 pm CT on Wednesday inside Kapco Park.

Lundeen Lands HL Co-Pitcher of the Year Award; Four Other Crusaders Honored

Five Crusaders received recognition for their respective 2014 seasons Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its baseball awards. Dalton Lundeen was voted Co-Pitcher of the Year; Michael Morman and Chris Manning were named to the First and Second Teams, respectively; pitchers Ellis Foreman and Mario Losi were elected to the Horizon League's All-Freshman Team.

Crusaders Cap Off Regular Season with Sweep of Youngstown State

A seven-run top of the third that saw plenty of pomp and circumstance propelled the Crusaders to a 9-1 victory over Youngstown State Saturday. In the process, Valpo collected its first weekend sweep of the season in Horizon League play.

Crusaders Take Two from Penguins Behind 10 Two-Out Runs

Valpo plated five runs with two outs in the top of the second inning in game one of Friday's doubleheader versus Youngstown State. In the second tilt, they put up four runs in the exact same scenario. The Brown and Gold collected their 10th and 11th victories in Horizon League play behind 6-2 and 5-3 wins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.

Thursday's Baseball Game Washed Out; Valpo/YSU to Play Two Friday

Rain has forced the postponement of Thursday's baseball game between Youngstown State and Valpo. The game will be made up as part of doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 pm ET/12:00 pm CT at Eastwood Field.

Crusaders Close Out Regular Season This Weekend vs. Penguins

The last time the Crusaders were on Eastwood Field, they celebrated their second consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. This weekend the curtain comes down on the regular season and third through sixth place have yet to be determined in the Horizon League.

Foreman Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

The Horizon League announced Ellis Foreman (Round Rock, Texas/Stony Point) as its Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 5th-11th on Monday. Foreman turned in nine dominating innings of shutout ball, striking out 11 Wright State Raiders, walking just one, and yielding six singles.

Foreman's Stellar Start Goes for Naught in Extra-Inning Loss to WSU

Ellis Foreman struck out eleven Raiders in nine shutout innings, but five Wright State pitchers combined to blank the Crusaders 1-0 in 12 innings. WSU's Sean Murphy ended the game with a solo home run to left center.

Crusaders Drop One to Wright State Saturday

A bottom of the seventh that saw Wright State plate three runs after two Crusader miscues was the difference in the Raiders' 6-4 win over Valpo Saturday at Nischwitz Stadiium in Dayton. Dalton Lundeen allowed two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings on the hill; Michael Morman was 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, an RBI, and his 16th stolen base of the season.

Crusaders Romp Raiders in Dayton

Cole Webb tossed eight innings of one-run ball Friday as Valpo defeated the Horizon League regular season champion Wright State Raiders 11-1 at Nischwitz Stadium. Chris Manning, Andrew Bynum, and Andy Burns each had two hits while Bryce Hara collected three RBIs at the plate.

Horizon League Regular Season Champs Await Crusaders in Dayton

The Crusaders hit the road Friday as their final six games will be played in the state of Ohio. Wright State has already wrapped up the Horizon League regular season crown and, in effect, the #1 seed for the Conference Tournament. Valpo and Milwaukee are essentially in a deadlock for third place so plenty is at stake for the Brown and Gold these final two weekends.

Offense Keeps Clicking in 8-4 Win over Western Michigan

Crusader outfielder Chris Manning broke the school record for career runs in the seventh inning on an RBI single off the bat of Karch Kowalczyk. Valpo went on to beat Western Michigan 8-4 Wednesday afternoon at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo. Michael Morman went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs as Mario Losi went eight innings on the hill for his second win of 2014.

Baseball Wins Home Finale Behind 14-Hit Attack

Valpo moved into a tie for third place in the Horizon League standings as the Crusaders defeated Oakland 8-4 Sunday. For six seniors, the win represented their last game at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Baseball Drops Pitchers’ Duel Saturday

On Saturday, the Valparaiso baseball team celebrated the six seniors that would be graduating later this month and looked to send them off with a win, but Oakland pitching had other plans as the Crusaders were blanked in a lightning-quick nine-inning game, falling by a final score of 1-0.

Crusaders’ Offense Comes Alive Late for Extra-Inning Win

It looked like the same old story when it came to the Valparaiso offense on Friday, as the Crusaders picked up just five hits through the first seven innings. But a switch was flipped in the eighth inning, one which started an exciting Valpo comeback as the Crusaders defeated Oakland in 11 innings, 5-4.

Six Crusaders to be Honored Saturday at Baseball's Senior Day

Saturday’s Senior Day highlights the final weekend of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. After Sunday afternoon’s tilt versus the Golden Grizzlies, the Crusaders will pay their final seven regular season games outside the state of Indiana.

Kowalczyk Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

Designated hitter/closer Karch Kowalczyk was announced as the DH on the Capital One Academic All-District Team Thursday. Kowalczyk carries a 3.49 grade point average and is majoring in biology and chemistry.

Crusaders Get Back on Track with 8-3 Win over Cougars

The Crusaders snapped a five-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over the visiting Chicago State Cougars Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Trevor Haas notched his second win of the season as the sophomore scattered eight hits over six innings.

Crusaders Strand 11 Runners in 3-2 Loss to Broncos

Michael Morman hit his first home run in nearly three years; Mario Losi tossed seven innings and allowed three runs in his first appearance since April 6th, but the Brown and Gold were shutout for the final eight innings in their tilt against Western Michigan on Tuesday.

Bullpen Leads Flames to Sweep over Crusaders

Valpo strands nine runners in a 6-3 loss to UIC on Sunday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. Karch Kowalczyk had his seventh multi-hit game of the season in addition to throwing a perfect inning in relief of starter Ellis Foreman.

Deja Vu for Valpo in 5-1 Loss to UIC

For the second straight day, the Crusader offense pushed a run across in the ninth after being flummoxed by a UIC starter for eight innings. Dalton Lundeen tossed seven innings of two-run ball as he punched out five Flames and walked just one.

Flames Strike First in Series-Opening Win over Valpo

Tomas Michelson kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard until the 9th; UIC's Mickey McDonald clubbed a 4th-inning grand slam in a 10-1 Valpo loss at Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday.

Plenty At Stake for Crusaders, Flames This Weekend at Emory G. Bauer Field

With .500 records in conference play, Valpo and UIC are part of a three-team logjam for second place in the Horizon League. Cole Webb and Dalton Lundeen have both been outstanding on the mound in HL play. They're faced with the challenge of containing a UIC offense that is 9th in the country in scoring (7.2 runs/game) beginning Friday at 3:00 pm.

Baseball Drops Midweek Tilt to Ohio Northern

Crusaders post an unearned run off lefty Matt Magni in a 2-1, two-hour loss to the Polar Bears. After yielding two first-inning runs, Trevor Haas settled in to give the Brown and Gold six strong frames.

Crusader Offense Breaks Out vs. Kalamazoo

The Crusaders waited out a 33-minute rain delay to defeat the Kalamazoo Hornets 10-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field Monday. Jeff Edwards, Chris Manning, Karch Kowalczyk, Grant Yoder, and Mark Johnson each had two hits at the plate as Drew Hasler threw five shutout innings to earn his second win of the season.

Webb Named Horizon League's Co-Pitcher of the Week

Senior right-hander shares the honor with UWM's Cody Peterson. Webb threw a two-hit shutout versus the Panthers on Thursday, walking one and striking out a career-high eight batters.

Crusaders Fall 5-0 in Series Finale

Milwaukee's Justin Langley struck out twelve Crusaders over seven innings Saturday at Henry Aaron Field as the Panthers claimed the series with a 5-0 victory. Valpo dropped to 1-7 in series finales as the Brown and Gold were held scoreless for the second straight game.

Panthers Even Series Behind Peterson's One-Hitter

A Jake Hanson infield single in the eighth inning was the lone Crusader hit Friday as Valpo fell 3-0 to Milwaukee. UWM's Cody Peterson and Dalton Lundeen both went the distance but a two-run Panther third inning was the difference.

Webb Spins Two-Hit Shutout vs. Milwaukee

Senior turns in his most dominating start of 2014 in a series-opening 4-0 win over the Panthers at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee. Jeff Edwards provided the lone RBI for Valpo as the Crusaders scored a run off a passed ball, a wild pitch, a balk.

Baseball Enters Hostile Territory Thursday

The last time a Horizon League team won a game at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Kevin Wild was on the mound, Steven Scoby was patrolling right field, and Tracy Woodson was in the dugout. Since April 29th, 2012, the Panthers have won twelve straight at home against HL opponents. The Crusaders look to snap that streak in the first of a three-game set Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT.

Tuesday's Baseball Game at Toledo Cancelled

A forecast calling for cold temperatures and precipitation has prompted Tuesday's non-conference game at Toledo to be cancelled. The contest will not be made up. Valpo will return to the diamond Thursday to kick off a three-game set in Milwaukee. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.

Johnson, Lundeen Sweep Weekly HL Baseball Awards

Dalton Lundeen collected his third Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Award of the season Monday. Lundeen struck out a career-high nine batters and didn't allow an earned run over eight innings Saturday versus Youngstown State. OF Mark Johnson batted .643 for the week, including two home runs, a triple, a double, and four RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader with the Penguins.

Offense Reigns Supreme in Baseball's Split on Saturday

Crusaders romp Penguins 13-1 in game one of the doubleheader; Youngstown State turns the tide in game two with a 12-4 defeat of Valpo to salvage a tilt in the three-game set. Dalton Lundeen was dazzling on the hill as he didn't allow an earned run over eight innings. Mark Johnson had a career day at the plate with two home runs. Karch Kowalczyk drove in a career-high six runs in the first contest.

Baseball Will Play Two Today

With inclement weather expected on Sunday, the Valparaiso Crusaders and Youngstown State Penguins have agreed to play a doubleheader today (Saturday). The first game will start at the originally scheduled 12:00 pm CT time, with game two beginning a half hour after the conclusion of game one. No changes have been made to the probable starting pitchers.

Six-Run Sixth Shoves Valpo Past Youngstown State in Series Opener

All nine batters recorded at least one hit as the back end of the Crusader bullpen preserved a 10-7 series-opening win for the Brown and Gold Friday at Emory G. Bauer Field. Valpo will go for the series win Saturday at 12:00 pm CT.

Baseball Aims to Maintain Dominance at Home vs. Youngstown State

Valpo is 26-5 all-time against the Penguins at Emory G. Bauer Field. At 3-3, the Crusaders are looking to vault into the top half of the Horizon League standings as they welcome Youngstown State to town for a three-game series starting Friday at 3:00 pm CT.

Northwestern Slugs Its Way Past Valpo

Wildcats score twelve unanswered runs in the first five innings as they downed Valpo 12-5 at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston on Tuesday. Jeff Edwards, Mark Johnson, Michael Morman, and Ray Bartolomucci each recorded two hits in the losing effort.

Crusaders to Tangle with Northwestern as .500 Mark Looms

Wildcats lead the all-time series 23-9 but Valpo and Northwestern have split the last twelve meetings since 2000. The Crusaders will trot out RHP Ellis Foreman while the Wildcats will send LHP Dan Tyson to the hill Tuesday in the 3:00 pm tilt at Rocky Miller Park.

Lundeen Lands Second HL Pitcher of the Week Award

The sophomore southpaw held Wright State scoreless through seven innings in Valpo's 2-0 win over the Raiders at Emory G. Bauer Field Saturday. With the victory, Lundeen improved to 3-0 lifetime against Wright State.

Baseball Falls to Raiders in Series Finale

Having already secured the series victory over Wright State, the Valparaiso baseball team was unable to close out a series sweep at Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday, as the Raiders downed the Crusaders by a 4-2 score.

Crusaders Pick Up Big Doubleheader Sweep Over Wright State

The Valparaiso baseball team handed Wright State its first two losses in Horizon League play of the season Saturday at Emory G. Bauer Field, sweeping both ends of the twinbill from the Raiders, 3-1 and 2-0. The victories snapped the Crusaders' six-game losing streak and moved Valpo to 3-2 in Horizon League play.

Crusaders to Battle First-Place Raiders this Weekend

The 8-0 Wright State Raiders come to town for the first Horizon League series of the season at Emory G. Bauer Field. Due to a rain-filled weather forecast for Friday, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon. The second game of the twin bill will start approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Crusaders Can't Turn the Page vs. Northern Illinois

Despite drawing eleven walks, Valpo baseball dropped its sixth straight tilt Wednesday 10-6 to Northern Illinois. Michael Morman went 2-for-3, walked twice, scored three times and swiped three bases as the redshirt sophomore raised his average to .289. The Crusaders will host Wright State in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon.

Valpo Drops Tuesday Night Affair to Notre Dame

Andrew Bynum and Michael Morman both had multi-hit games but the Crusaders fell 11-1 to the Irish. Valpo will host its home opener Wednesday afternoon versus Northern Illinois at 3 pm at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Baseball to Play Northern Illinois Wednesday at Home

The club spent the better part of Monday afternoon getting Emory G. Bauer Field ready for games following four home cancellations already this season. First pitch between the Crusaders and Huskies is scheduled for 3:00 pm CT.

Tuesday's Baseball Game Moved to 7:05 pm CT

The Valpo-Notre Dame baseball game originally scheduled for 4:35 pm CT Tuesday has been pushed back to 7:05 pm CT at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana.

Valpo Strands a Dozen in 5-3 Loss to Butler

Crusaders outhit the Bulldogs 10-8, but leave twelve men on base and commit three errors in a 5-3 loss at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis. Karch Kowalczyk went 4-for-5 at the plate with an RBI double off the left field fence.

Valpo and Butler to Meet on the Diamond Sunday

Crusaders will square off against former Horizon League foe Butler Sunday afternoon at 1 pm in Indianapolis. Single game could change to doubleheader beginning at noon if Bulldogs can't get both of their games in Saturday in Louisville.

Valpo Drops Low-Scoring Contest to Notre Dame Wednesday

Irish prevail 4-1 in a two-hour, two-minute tilt in South Bend. Michael Morman tallied his eighth multi-hit game of the season, but the Crusaders managed just five hits. Ellis Foreman was highly efficient on the mound for Valpo, needing just 79 pitches to record seven innings.

Baseball's Weekend Horizon League Series at Oakland Cancelled

Unplayable conditions at OU Baseball Field have forced the cancellation of this weekend's series. The three-game set will not be made up.

Baseball Adds Afternoon Tilt Wednesday at Notre Dame

In a move to offset a number of cancellations already this season, the Crusaders have added a game versus Notre Dame this Wednesday afternoon inside Four Winds Field at 5:35 pm ET/4:35 pm CT.

Tuesday's Baseball Game at Ball State Cancelled

Tuesday's baseball game against Ball State has been cancelled due to poor field conditions. It represents the sixth contest lost thus far this season. The Crusaders are currently scheduled to play Oakland this weekend in Rochester, Michigan.

Crusaders Drop Pair on the Road to UIC Saturday

Valpo lost a couple of tight contests Saturday to UIC. Dalton Lundeen's 7 2/3 innings and Chris Manning's 4-for-4 day at the plate weren't enough in the morning game as the Flames won 5-4. Spencer Mahoney was 3-for-5 with two runs scored out of the leadoff spot, but two errors and eight runners left on base came back to haunt the Crusaders in a 6-3 defeat in the afternoon tilt.

Baseball Defeats UIC 4-3 in Horizon League Opener

Cole Webb and Tomas Michelson went toe-to-toe for eight innings Friday night in Chicago. Spencer Mahoney scored the game-winning run in the 9th on an error in center field to give Valpo its first win in an HL opener since 2010. The Crusaders move to 4-0 in one-run games.

Crusaders and Flames to Meet in Inaugural HL Series at Granderson Stadium

The newly-constructed Curtis Granderson Stadium in downtown Chicago will play host to Valpo and UIC Friday and Saturday. The Crusaders and Flames have faced each other 16 times over the past two seasons. Valpo enters conference play above .500 for the first time since 1997.

Baseball Adjusts Weekend Schedule at UIC

Crusaders and Flames will meet up Friday night at 5 pm CT before playing a doubleheader beginning at 10:30 am CT at Curtis Granderson Stadium in Chicago.

Crusaders Flex Arms in 7-1 Win over Chicago State

After a 10-day hiatus, Crusaders return to diamond with a decisive 7-1 triumph over the Cougars. Ellis Foreman notched his first career win as he threw six innings of one-run ball. Jeff Edwards tallied his second multi-RBI game of the season while Spencer Mahoney and Andy Burns each had two-hit games.

Wednesday Tilt against Buffalo Cancelled

The thaw continues in Northwest Indiana, but Emory G. Bauer Field remains unplayable as baseball endures its fifth cancellation of the spring. Wednesday's non-conference game against Buffalo will not be made up. Valpo's game versus Chicago State Tuesday at 1 pm is still expected to go on as planned.

Monday's Baseball Game vs. Chicago State Moved to Tuesday

A forecast calling for blustery conditions has moved Monday's Valpo vs. Chicago State baseball game to Tuesday at 1 pm at the Chicago State University Baseball Stadium.

Baseball's Weekend Series Cancelled

Crusaders and Panthers will not play this weekend due to unplayable field conditions. Teams will meet Apr. 17th-19th in Milwaukee in the regularly-scheduled three-game set at Henry Aaron Field.

Tuesday Night's Baseball Game Cancelled

The final game of the Crusaders' spring trip has been cancelled due to unplayable conditions at Daniel Sullivan Field in San Antonio. Valpo will open Horizon League play this weekend versus Milwaukee at a site still to be determined.

Lundeen Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore southpaw tossed a shutout against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in just his second start back from a battle with mononucleosis. Lundeen has yet to allow an extra-base hit in 11 1/3 innings of work this season.

Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader, Steals Series Behind Pair of Pitching Gems

Dalton Lundeen fired a shutout in a seven-inning tilt before Mario Losi scattered five hits over eight innings in Valpo's 5-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday. Catcher Jake Hanson had a pair of RBIs and Karch Kowalczyk went yard for the second straight day in the 4-0 Game 1 win.

Shaky Defense Plagues Crusaders Against Islanders

Karch Kowalczyk hit an opposite-field, three-run homer in the fourth inning, but four errors on the infield coupled with nine strikeouts at the plate led to a 7-4 loss Friday night at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Crusaders Seek to Get Back Above .500 Mark in Corpus Christi

Valpo (5-6) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5-9) clash Friday in the first of a three-game series in southern Texas. Senior Cole Webb (2-1, 3.86) will battle Matt Danton (2-1, 2.53) on the mound in a 6:30 pm first pitch at Chapman Field.

Valpo Burns Bobcats in Extras; Foreman Impresses in Return to Texas

Ellis Foreman made a statement start for Crusaders as the redshirt freshman scattered four hits over seven innings, allowing one earned run. Ben Mahar got the win as he provided the bridge to Karch Kowalczyk in nailing down his fourth save of 2014.

#10 Texas Upends Crusaders 7-1

Crusader bullpen limited the Longhorns to just one earned run in four innings in relief of Dalton Lundeen. Lundeen, who made his first start of the season in front of over 4,500 in attendance, allowed two earned runs in four frames. Michael Morman had two of Valpo's four hits on the evening.

Crusaders to Tangle with #10 Texas Tuesday Night

First-year head coach Brian Schmack will call the shots across the diamond from 46-year veteran Augie Garrido Tuesday night in Austin as Valpo meets #10 Texas for the first time. Kevin Dunn and Greg Swindell will have the call live on the Longhorn Network at 6:00 pm CT.

Manning Goes Deep Twice, Crusaders Fall in Sunday Slugfest

Valpo pushed seven runs across in a busy first two innings before McNeese State rallied back from 7-3 deficit to claim rubber game 15-8 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Crusaders prepare for Tuesday tilt with #15 Texas.

McNeese State Evens Series with Win over Valpo Saturday

Cowboys took advantage of three Crusader errors in an 8-0 win over the Brown and Gold. Michael Clemens struck out two Valpo batters in a five-hit shutout. Sunday's rubber game will begin at 1:00 pm CT.

Crusaders Hang on in Opener versus McNeese State

Crusaders score five early in Louisiana, stave off late Cowboy rally in 6-5 victory. Chris Manning sent a three-run shot to left while Cole Webb threw seven strong innings.

Valpo Baseball Seeks to Tame McNeese State this Weekend in Louisiana

The Crusaders will play their next nine in the deep south as their spring trip begins Friday. Before heading to Texas, Valpo will tangle with McNeese State (5-2) in a three-game series. The Cowboys enter the weekend with 22 stolen bases thus far.

Brian Schmack Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Head baseball coach Brian Schmack sat down with Brad Collignon for this week's episode of the Valpo Coaches Show ahead of his team's spring break trip through Louisiana and Texas. In the #talkingschmack segment, the Crusader skipper addressed what he looks for when determining whether a starting pitcher goes out to the mound in the latter innings.

Gamecocks Take Rubber Game over Crusaders

Jacksonville State plated three runs in the bottom of the 7th as Valpo fell 6-3 in Alabama Sunday afternoon. Chris Manning and Michael Morman both had two-hit games for the Crusaders, who will embark on their Spring Break trip Friday.

Crusaders Return Favor to Jacksonville State with 10-3 Win

One day after falling 10-0 in the series opener, Valpo answers with emphatic 10-3 victory over Gamecocks. Karch Kowalczyk's bases-clearing double in the 7th helped the senior to a five-RBI afternoon. Drew Hasler tossed seven strong innings as the sophomore registered his first win of the season.

Gamecocks Silence Crusader Offense in Opener

Valparaiso was limited to three hits in Friday's 10-0 series-opening loss to Jacksonville State. Second baseman Andy Burns went 2-for-4 for the Crusaders. Valpo sets its sights on evening the series Saturday at 1:00 pm in Alabama.

Baseball Returns to 'Bama for Series vs. Jacksonville State

The Crusaders head south for a three-game set with the Gamecocks. The two teams face off for the first time in 35 years Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm CT. Cole Webb (1-0, 3.00) will take the hill opposite JSU's Taylor Shields (1-0, 1.80) at Rudy Abbott Field in Jacksonville, Alabama.

Brian Schmack Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Crusader head baseball coach Brian Schmack joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week to talk about his team's success this past weekend at Samford and to look ahead to a three-game set with Jacksonville State. The Valpo Coaches Show introduced a special, interactive "#TalkingSchmack" portion in this week's segment.

Mahoney Named Horizon League Batter of the Week

Junior did it all the plate as his .583/.688/.750 weekend versus Samford garnered him the first Horizon League Batter of the Week Award of the season.

Losi Dazzles in Debut; Bullpen Can't Hold Lead

Freshman fires seven innings of two-run ball; Kowalczyk, Palace go yard but Samford scores nine in final three innings in 10-7 come-from-behind win over Crusaders.

Crusader Bats Carry Valpo to Series-Clinching Win

Bynum, Manning, Mahoney, Kowalczyk each had multi-RBI games in an 11-8 victory over Samford in Alabama. Bryce Yoder collected his first collegiate win as Kowalczyk worked a scoreless ninth for his second save in as many days. Crusaders off to 2-0 start for first time since 2009.

Crusaders Open With a Bang, Hang on for 6-5 Win at Samford

Valpo plates four in the 1st inning, tack on two in the 4th to give Webb the win. Kowalczyk notched the save with a nail-biting ninth. Hanson, Mahoney both recorded two-hit games for the Crusaders.

Baseball's Season Opener Moved Up to 4:00pm

With inclement weather heading towards Alabama, first pitch of the Valpo/Samford game has been changed to 4 p.m.

Crusaders Voted 4th in Horizon League Preseason Coaches' Poll

Valpo lands Manning, Hara, Kowalczyk on Preseason All-League Team; Milwaukee Panthers, the 2013 regular season champions, received 33 points and three first-place votes.

What You Need to Know - Valpo Baseball

The Crusaders take to the diamond Friday as their quest to become back-to-back-to-back Horizon League champions begins in Homewood, Alabama versus Samford. Despite recent unprecedented success, head coach Brian Schmack and his team remain hungry.

Kowalczyk Named to NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List

A year removed from a 12-save season, redshirt senior Karch Kowalczyk is one of just 50 relievers named to National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List.

Baseball's Trip to Dominican Republic a Success

Click the video to see highlights of Valpo baseball's trip to the Dominican Republic. The team spent a week in the some of the most underprivileged areas of Latin America as they performed community service, toured historical sites, and played a handful of games.

Baseball Announces Winter Camp Dates

Crusader coaching staff will host hitting camps December 28th and 29th at the Emory G. Bauer indoor complex in Valparaiso. High school-aged campers will have three times to choose from each day.

Baseball Heads to Dominican Republic - for Work and Play

Head coach Brian Schmack and his team begin a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic today. The journey includes community service time with local children at orphanage, games against Dominican & MLB farm teams.

Baseball Inks Four for 2014-15

Delaney, Garbella, Lodden, Van Lanen highlight another stout recruiting class for Crusaders on the diamond. Garbella is a member of the Italian National Baseball Team, while Van Lanen was the #4 prospect out of the state of Wisconsin.

Four Teams Honored at Championship Night

In addition to raising the basketball banners, director of athletics Mark LaBarbera presented rings to the baseball, softball, and men's golf Championship teams from 2012-2013 at the season opener versus Murray State.

2014 Baseball Schedule Released

Out-of-conference contests versus Texas, Notre Dame highlight schedule; Crusaders open 2014 season on Feb. 14th in Homewood, Alabama against Samford. Home opener set for Mar. 14th versus Milwaukee. Get head coach Brian Schmack's take on the spring slate in this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.

Lloyd McClendon Named Manager of Seattle Mariners

Valpo alum Lloyd McClendon was amongst first group to be inducted into Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame; McClendon was drafted by the New York Mets in 1980.

Conclusion of World Series Signals End of Fall Team Practices

Chris Manning led the Grey team to a 2-0 sweep in the best-of-three World Series at Emory G. Bauer Field last week. The Crusaders will continue individual workouts before official practices begin in January.

Fall World Series Starts Saturday

Senior Karch Kowalczyk will captain the Black team while fellow senior Chris Manning will guide the Grey team in Valpo's Fall World Series held at Emory G. Bauer Field. The intrasquad competition represents the conclusion of fall team practices.

Schmack Adds Stalowy, Wolgamot to Staff

After stints at Illinois State and Bellarmine, Mike Stalowy named top assistant at Valpo. Ben Wolgamot, who last served as recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois, slotted as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Wolgamot was an All-Big Ten second baseman at Purdue.

Hit the Links with the Crusaders September 21st

Baseball will hold its annual Golf Scramble Saturday, September 21st at Aberdeen GC. Shotgun start will be at 12:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, and much more.

Dates for Baseball Camps Announced

Head baseball coach Brian Schmack released the dates for this year's Fall Prospect Camp. All players in grades 9-12 are invited to attend on Sunday, October 6th and Saturday, October 26th for skill development and evaluation.

Brian Schmack Named Valparaiso Baseball Head Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Brian Schmack has been named the 17th head coach in Crusader baseball history and just the sixth since 1946.

Woodson Steps Down as Crusader Baseball Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Tracy Woodson has stepped down as the head coach of the Crusader baseball program in order to accept the same position at Richmond.