Southern Utah scored five runs in the top of the 10th inning and held on to defeat Valpo 16-12 in an elimination game at the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Sean Peickert had four hits and four RBIs for the Crusaders, while Eddie Hannan added four hits and one RBI. Kyle Young tallied two hits and three RBIs. Valpo finished the season with a 22-33-1 record.
Fourth-seed Valpo lost to top seed Oral Roberts 8-0 in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Dennis Bigley tossed a one-hit, complete game and struck out 12 for the Golden Eagles. Eric Snyder had the Crusaders' lone hit, a single in the seventh. David Castillo and Bigley each hit solo homers for ORU.
Valpo, the #4 seed, will play #1 seed Oral Roberts on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference Baseball Tournament at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. The double-elimination tournament runs through Saturday. The tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tom Starck struck out 11 and allowed just three hits over eight innings, and Marc Boggio hurled a complete-game as Valpo swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader from Chicago State by scores of 8-2 and 6-1. The Crusaders scored five runs in the final two innings of the first game to earn the win. Jeff Rickert's two-run single was the key hit in the eighth. Jeff Mandsager belted a three-run homer and Kevin Kutansky added a two-run blast in the nightcap.
The Valparaiso University Crusaders will meet the Indiana University Hoosiers in a spotlight college baseball game at RailCats
Stadium on Wednesday, May 14. RailCats Stadium is a state-of-the-art baseball facility located along the Indiana Toll Road in downtown Gary.
Valparaiso University's Tom Starck was selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in three weeks after an impressive performance in a 4-2 win over Southern Utah last Friday.
After Valpo rallied for six runs in the final two innings to tie the game at 12-12, Southern Utah delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the Crusaders 13-12 in the second game of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader. Southern Utah also edged Valpo 11-10 in the first game. Valpo's Marc Boggio went seven-for-nine with five RBIs in the twinbill, while Kevin Kutansky had five hits and five RBIs. Jeff Mandsager went three-for-four with two RBIs and Kyle Young had two hits and three RBIs in the first game. The Crusaders tallied 26 hits on the day. Southern Utah, which began its game-winning rally with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, won the nightcap on Curt Elliott's bases-loaded RBI single to right.
Tom Starck struck out a career-high 12 and went the distance in the first game and Kevin Kutansky drove in all five runs in the nightcap as Valpo swept a doubleheader from Southern Utah by scores of 4-2 and 5-4. Caleb Kimmel belted a two-run homer for the decisive runs in the first game. Jeff Mandsager had four hits, including three doubles, and Eddie Hannan had four hits and two RBIs in the twinbill. Marc Boggio, who earned the victory in the second game, had three hits in the contest. Adam Paetznick escaped a jam in the bottom of the seventh to record his Mid-Continent Conference-leading eighth save.
Justin Lata, Adam Knobel, Kyle Cummings and Adam Paetznick limited Wisconsin-Milwaukee to three hits as Valpo defeated the Panthers 6-1 in the home finale at Emory G. Bauer Field. Marc Boggio had two hits and two RBIs, Eric Snyder had two RBIs and Jeff Mandsager added two hits for the Crusaders.
Western Illinois staged comebacks in both games of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader and swept Valpo by scores of 10-5 and 8-4. Marc Boggio had two doubles in the first game to become Valpo's all-time doubles leader with 57. Sean Peickert had a big day at the plate with five hits, including a homer and two doubles.
Marc Boggio's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Valpo to a 5-4 Mid-Continent Conference victory over Western Illinois. The Crusaders split the doubleheader as the Leathernecks came back to win the second game 3-2. In Valpo's victory, Sean Peickert had two doubles and two RBIs, and Tom Starck struck out 10 batters in 8 innings.
Kyle Obenauf and Adam Paetznick combined for a 1-0 shutout and Justin Lata, Adam Knobel and Nick Mazzone tossed a two-hitter in a 3-1 nightcap win as Valpo swept Bradley in a twinbill. Brandon Sadler had two RBIs and Eddie Hannan finished with three hits on the day.
Valparaiso University's Tom Starck was selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after a masterful performance in a 4-1 victory over Oakland on Saturday. A junior lefthander from Kenosha, Wis./St. Joseph's, Starck struck out a career-high 12 batters without issuing a walk in the 9-inning, complete-game win.
Valpo scored in five of the seven innings of the nightcap and went on to defeat Oakland 10-8 to gain a split of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader. Oakland won the first game 10-7. Kevin Kutansky had three hits and four RBIs on the day. Marc Boggio and Jeff Mandsager also tallied three hits each in the twinbill. Jeff Rickert had a two-run double and Eddie Hannan added a solo homer in the victory, while Sean Peickert belted a two-run homer in the first game.
Valpo's Tom Starck struck out a career-high 12 in earning a complete-game 4-1 victory over Oakland in the first game of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader. Oakland won the second game 4-1. Marc Boggio had three RBIs in the Crusaders' win, while Brandon Sadler belted his fourth home run in the nightcap. Eric Snyder had four hits on the day for Valpo.
Jeff Mandsager's two-run double highlighted a five-run third inning and Valpo went on to defeat Northwestern 5-3. Eric Snyder went three-for-four with a RBI, while Sean Peickert and Caleb Kimmel each had two hits and one RBI. Mandsager also had two hits for the Crusaders. Four Valpo pitchers limited the Wildcats to seven hits. Starter Kyle Obenauf earned his second win, allowing one run and four hits, while striking out four and walking one. Jordan Smolar retired all three batters he faced for his first save.
Senior Todd Evans was selected as the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after defeating Oral Roberts 3-1 on Sunday. A righthander from Valparaiso, Ind./HS, Evans was impressive against the Golden Eagles, allowing just an unearned run and six hits in six-plus innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter, while earning his second win of the season.
Todd Evans allowed one run and six hits in 6 innings, and Marc Boggio and Brandon Sadler belted solo homers to propel Valpo to a 3-1 Mid-Continent Conference win over Oral Roberts and a split of a doubleheader. Adam Paetznick pitched the seventh inning to record his league-leading fifth save of the season. The Golden Eagles won the first game 8-6. Jeff Mandsager had four RBIs in the first game for the Crusaders.
Valpo had a big comeback fall short in the first game and then fell victim to a three-run seventh-inning rally as the Crusaders were swept in a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader by scores of 9-8 and 5-4. Marc Boggio (two triples) and Sean Peickert (two-run homer) had four hits and four RBIs each in the twinbill. Eric Snyder also tallied four hits on the day.
Marc Boggio's two-run homer in the seventh inning tied the game at 4-4, but Purdue scored six times in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Crusaders 10-4. Brandon Sadler had two hits and two RBIs, and Boggio also had two hits for Valpo (8-18-1).
Brandon Sadler had four hits and two RBIs, but Valpo lost a doubleheader to IPFW by scores of 6-2 and 5-2. Marc Boggio belted his first homer of the season in the second game for the Crusaders (8-17-1).
Marc Boggio, Adam Paetznick and Tom Starck turned in impressive pitching performances as Valpo (8-15-1) swept IPFW in a doubleheader by scores of 2-1 and 7-6. In the first game, Boggio limited the Mastodons to one run on four hits in 6 innings before Paetznick pitched the seventh for the save. Starck struck out seven, while allowing three earned runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings in the nightcap. Paetznick struck out the last batter with the tying run on third to record his fourth save. Brandon Sadler had two hits and four RBIs in the second game.
Eddie Hannan had three hits, including two doubles, in Valpo's 7-2 loss to Indiana. The junior second baseman also scored both Crusader runs. Nick Mazzone, a freshman outfielder, added two hits and one RBI for Valpo (6-15-1).
Valpo's scheduled home baseball game on Tuesday against Northwestern has been cancelled due to inclement weather and wet field conditions. No make-up date has been determined. The Crusaders will travel to play at Indiana on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Jeff Mandsager belted a two-run homer in the first game, but Valpo was swept in a doubleheader by Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park. Valpo (6-14-1) lost 8-4 in the first game and 6-0 in the nightcap.
This Saturday, the Valpo baseball team will play Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a doubleheader at the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park. The first game will begin at approximately 5 p.m. after the Brewers' game against the defending National League Champion San Francisco Giants.
After sweeping a doubleheader from Butler on Saturday in Valparaiso, the Crusaders (6-11-1) were swept 8-4 and 6-0 by the Bulldogs. Valpo's Sean Peickert went 4-for-7, which included two doubles, on the day.
Three Valpo pitchers turned in impressive performances as the Crusaders (6-9-1) swept a doubleheader from Butler by scores of 3-2 and 2-0. In the first game, Marc Boggio hurled a complete-game, three hitter and Kevin Kutansky drove in the winning run with a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the nightcap, Elliott Gibbs and Adam Paetznick combined on the three-hit shutout. Gibbs struck out nine in 6 innings. Eric Snyder's RBI sacrifice bunt and a passed ball accounted for Valpo's runs. Snyder and Kyle Young had two hits each on the day.
Valpo scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge Saint Joseph's 10-9 in the home opener. With the bases loaded and one out, Eric Snyder hit a fly ball to medium center field that was dropped by the Pumas' centerfielder. As a result of the error, Ryan Eberhardt scored and Mike Arensdorff followed with the game-winning run. Eddie Hannan belted a homer and had three RBIs, while Brandon Sadler hammered a two-run homer and Caleb Kimmel added a solo shot. Arensdorff and Sean Peickert tallied three hits each for Valpo.
Valpo's Marc Boggio delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning to force a 5-5 tie, but Akron scored four times in the top of the eighth and defeated the Crusaders 9-5 in eight innings. Sean Peickert went three-for-three with an RBI for Valpo (3-8-1). Boggio and Brandon Sadler had two RBIs apiece.
Despite solid pitching performances, Valpo fell to Youngstown State and Akron in a day/night doubleheader. The Crusaders (3-7-1) lost 4-1 to YSU in the first game before dropping a 3-2 contest to Akron in the nightcap. Marc Boggio hurled 6 innings, allowing two earned runs against the Penguins, while freshman Elliott Gibbs pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs against the Zips. Jeff Mandsager had an RBI in each game for Valpo.
After having five games canceled due to wet conditions, Valpo (3-5-1) travels to play one game against Youngstown State and two against Akron this weekend. All of the games will be played at Youngstown. On Saturday, the Crusaders will play YSU (3-9) at 3 p.m. EST and Akron (2-8) at 6 p.m. EST. On Sunday, Valpo is scheduled to play Akron at noon EST. The Crusaders have not played a game since March 11.
Valpo's home baseball games against Ball State, scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, and against Winona State on Thursday (2 p.m.), have been postponed due to wet field conditions. The game against Ball State could be rescheduled.
Valpo has canceled its baseball games on Friday and Saturday due to wet playing conditions. The Crusaders were scheduled to play at Bethel on Friday and on Saturday at home against Indiana Tech. Valpo's scheduled home opener is now set for Tuesday against Lewis at 2 p.m.
Valpo and Xavier finished in a 5-5 tie in an 11-inning game that ended due to darkness. Kyle Young's grand slam with nobody out in the ninth sent the contest into extra innings. Young drove in all five Crusader runs as the senior catcher also delivered an RBI single in the fourth inning. Nick Mazzone went 4-for-5, while Sean Peickert and Young went 2-for-5 each for Valpo (3-5-1).
Valpo has compiled a 1-2 record on its Florida Spring Trip thus far. On Sunday, Todd Evans pitched 5 1/3 innings and earned the win as the Crusaders defeated Duquesne 7-5. Adam Paetznick pitched the final inning to record the save. The offense was ignited by Caleb Kimmel and Brandon Sadler, both of whom delivered RBI doubles. On Monday, the Crusaders' comeback attempt fell short in the late innings as Valpo lost to Holy Cross 5-3. Eddie Hannan belted a solo homer and Jeff Mandsager hit an RBI single for the Crusaders.