Crusaders Continue to Stay Hot, Down Bradley
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Valparaiso was limited to just three hits on the afternoon, but they all came in the same inning and combined with a solid pitching effort as the Crusaders won their fifth game in their last six contests defeating Bradley 3-2 in Peoria, Ill.

With the game scoreless in the fourth, Colin Reynolds (Crookston, Minn./Central H.S.) walked with one out and Josh Piazza (Niles, Ill./Notre Dame H.S.) followed with a single, Valpo's first hit of the day. After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet, Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) singled to right to bring home Reynolds for his first RBI of the year. A passed ball then scored Piazza and Matthew Augustine (Muskego, Wis./Muskego H.S.) followed with a double down the right field line to plate Lazar and give the Brown and Gold a 3-0 lead.

Derek Smith (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) was solid on the mound all afternoon, scattering just five hits and walking one in 5.2 innings while not allowing a run to earn his first collegiate victory (1-1).

Bradley (19-19) scored a pair of runs in the seventh on a fielder's choice and a throwing error by the Crusaders, but Dallas Cawiezell (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) came on to pitch the final two innings to earn his second save of the season. Collin Brennan (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season for the Braves, allowing all three runs and all three hits in four innings of work.

Valparaiso (11-22) will return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. as the Crusaders face Purdue beginning at 3 p.m. CDT. The game will be aired live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.