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Valpo Sweeps Twinbill From North Dakota State; Crusaders Have Won Eight of Last Nine

Friday, May 13, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Mike Arensdorff had three hits and three RBIs and Brian Rzepka had three hits, including a two-run homer, as Valpo swept a doubleheader from North Dakota State by scores of 11-7 and 6-1. Nick Mazzone limited to the Bison to one run over 6 innings in the nightcap as the Crusaders won for the eighth time in their last nine games.

Tyler Lowell added three hits and one RBI on the afternoon. Lowell and Matt Augustine had two doubles each - one in each game. John Giusti, who tripled, finished with three RBIs in the twinbill.

Valpo (19-26) overcame a four-run second-inning deficit in the opener. The Crusaders tied the game with four runs in the second. After Augustine stole third and scored on the catcher's throwing error, Giusti delivered an RBI triple, scoring Jeff Rickert. Rzepka tied the game at 4-4 with a two-run blast - his second of the season - over the left center field fence.

The Crusaders took a 5-4 lead in the third on Aaron Cameron's RBI single to right field. NDSU (6-38-1) knotted the contest at 5-5 in the fourth when Greg Plecki scored on a 4-6-3 double play.

Over the next two innings, Valpo took control, plating three runs in each of the fourth and fifth frames. Perri belted a one-out triple to center in the fourth and touched home on Arensdorff's single. With two outs, Augustine ripped an RBI double to right center and scored on Lowell's double to center. In the fifth, Arensdorff hit a two-run double and Kutansky lifted a sacrifice fly to score Perri, who had singled.

The Bison pulled within 11-7 with two runs in the sixth.

Harvey Yergin (4-6) allowed four earned runs over 6 innings to earn the victory. The sophomore righthander fanned three and walked three. Dallas Cawiezell pitched a one-two-three seventh. NDSU used six pitchers with reliever Shane Bushland (1-5) suffering the loss.

Tim Erickson went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Bison.

In the nightcap, Valpo scored four runs in the first off starter Jay Mitchell, who pitched two-thirds of an inning. Rzepka led off with a single and Perri walked before both scored on wild pitches. Augustine hammered another RBI double to center and Giusti was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Crusaders tacked on two more in the third when Giusti was again hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The second run scored when Rzepka hit into a double play.

Giusti and Rickert were hit by three pitches each as the Crusaders were hit by eight pitches in the twinbill.

NDSU scored its lone run in the fourth when Ryan Langlais tripled to right center and scored on Gavin Hofer's infield single.

Mazzone, who allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. The sophomore southpaw escaped a bases-loaded and nobody-out situation in the second by retiring the next three hitters on a foul out, strikeout and groundout. Adam Knobel struck out all three of the batters he faced in the seventh.

Valpo hosts North Dakota State on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay