Senior Dalton Lundeen was rewarded for his four-hit shutout of Youngstown State this past Thursday with Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honors. Lundeen lowered his earned-run average to 3.12 while collecting his 21st career win. Lundeen and the Crusaders open the Horizon League Baseball Championship Wednesday versus Northern Kentucky.
On a day when their twelve graduating seniors were honored, the Crusaders received five runs batted in, five runs scored, and a save from their departing class. Valpo rallied in the middle innings to overtake Youngstown State, 7-5, at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders leapfrogged UIC in the process, seizing the No. 3 seed in next week's Horizon League Championship.
With the help of four double-play balls, senior Trevor Haas improved to 5-0 in Horizon League play Friday as he kept Youngstown State to one run on five hits over six innings in a 6-1 victory. Josh Clark crossed the plate twice as part of a three-hit afternoon. Valpo will recognize its twelve graduating seniors Saturday afternoon prior to the 1:00 pm first pitch.
Left-handed pitcher Dalton Lundeen took to the pitcher's mound at Emory G. Bauer Field for the final time Thursday and reinforced his legacy with a four-hit shutout of visiting Youngstown State. The senior expended 107 pitches for his 21st career victory including his seventh over the Penguins. Offensively, Shea Molitor reached the 50-RBI plateau while James Stea and Chase Dawson enjoyed multi-hit contests.
The regular season wraps up this weekend as Youngstown State visits Emory G. Bauer Field for a three-game series. Valpo can still finish anywhere from second to fifth place in the Horizon League standings. Head coach Brian Schmack will honor all twelve seniors during Saturday’s Senior Day.
An eight-RBI game and eight shutout innings fetched Jake Hanson and Ellis Foreman the Horizon League's weekly baseball awards. Hanson was named Batter of the Week thanks in large part to a career day Sunday. In the second game of a twinbill against Oakland, the catcher hit two doubles and a homer while piling up eight RBIs. Foreman earned the win in that second game after firing eight shutout frames.
Trevor Haas, Jake Hanson, and Ellis Foreman were all magnificent Sunday in a doubleheader sweep of Oakland at Emory G. Bauer Field. Haas improved to 4-1 on the season as he went the distance in the opener to nail down Valpo's 3-2 win. Hanson accumulated eight RBIs in the second game to power the Crusader offense while Foreman notched eight shutout innings in a 17-2 rout.
Valpo whacked 32 hits in a Friday doubleheader with Youngstown State, but managed just a split with the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. Dalton Lundeen became Valpo's all-time leader in innings pitched as the senior went seven strong in a 15-7 win in the opener. He also moved into sole possession of third place for most career strikeouts (270) while earning career win No. 20.
Eight days before the curtain descends on the regular season, Valpo and Youngstown State will meet for the first time in 2016 in a Friday doubleheader. Two days later, the Crusaders will return to Emory G. Bauer Field for a Sunday twinbill versus the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.