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Mid-Con Play Opens This Week for Crusaders

Monday, April 16, 2007

Valparaiso (10-19, 0-0 Mid-Con)
Game #30 at Northwestern (9-20, 3-9 Big Ten)
Tues., April 17, 3 p.m. CDT - Evanston, Ill.
Games #31-34 vs. Centenary (16-18, 0-0 Mid-Con)
Fri., April 20, 3 p.m. CDT - Emory G. Bauer Field
Sat., April 21, 12 p.m. CDT (DH) - Emory G. Bauer Field
Sun., April 22, 1 p.m. CDT - Emory G. Bauer Field

This Week in Crusader Baseball:
Valparaiso is set to open its final season of Mid-Continent Conference action this weekend as the Crusaders entertain Centenary in a four-game series on Friday through Sunday. Saturday's tilt is a doubleheader. Prior to kicking off league play, the Crusaders will head to Northwestern on Tuesday for a non-conference contest.

On the Air: Tuesday's game at Northwestern will be broadcast live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics. In addition, the student-run radio station plans on carrying both Friday and Sunday's games against Centenary. Saturday's twinbill against the Gents will be carried online at www.sportsjuice.com.

Pitching Rotation: Matt Evans (0-0, 1.17 ERA) will make his first collegiate start on Tuesday afternoon for the Crusaders at Northwestern. The weekend rotation has yet to be set for the Centenary series, but it will include pitchers Nick Mazzone (2-4, 3.28), Harvey Yergin (2-5, 4.23), Elliott Gibbs (2-3, 4.60), and Ranko Ivetic (1-3, 7.94). The game-by-game lineup will be available later in the week.

Wrapping Up Last Week's Action: The Crusaders dropped their first home game of the season last Tuesday afternoon 5-1 to instate foe Indiana State. Valpo bounced back over the weekend, splitting a pair of doubleheaders against North Dakota State. On Saturday, the Bison won the opener 12-4 before Valpo won the nightcap 7-1. In Sunday's twinbill, the Brown and Gold opened as 9-6 victors before falling 9-2 in game two. Nick Mazzone tossed a complete game victory on Saturday, allowing just one run and four hits in the seven innings. Josh Piazza hit .545 (6-for-11) in three starts while Jeff Rickert hit .500 with a .652 on base percentage. Zach Rodeghero also hit .500 with five runs batted in, including a pair of extra base hits.

Scouting Northwestern: The Wildcats snapped a five-game losing skid on Sunday afternoon with a 6-5 victory over Illinois in 10 innings. Antonio Mule leads Northwestern at the plate hitting .364 while Jake Owens is hitting at a .345 clip with a team-leading 20 runs batted in. Dan Schwartz leads the Wildcat pitching staff with his 3-2 record and team-best 3.74 earned run average.

Scouting Centenary: The Gents open Mid-Continent Conference play on the road having played just five games outside of Shreveport, La. all season. Centenary won three out of four games over the weekend against former league foe Chicago State. Matt Webb leads the Mid-Con in hitting, connecting at a .371 pace with a team-leading four homeruns. Calvin Sanchez is batting .358 as well on the top hitting team in the league (.285). On the mound, Brandon Fulenchek anchors the staff with a 5-2 record and a 3.19 ERA. Jeremy Sheehan has also won five games on the year and has a 4.01 ERA.

Rickert Named Mid-Con Player of the Week: Fifth-year senior Jeff Rickert is the reigning Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after hitting safely in four of five games last week. The Crusader infielder hit .500 while drawing seven walks (.672 on base percentage) and scoring six runs in games against Indiana State and North Dakota State.

Piazza's Turn to Streak: After seeing teammates Michael Arensdorff and Brian Rzepka each register 12-game hitting streaks earlier this season, catcher Josh Piazza has begun working on one of his own. He enters the week having hit safely in nine straight contests.

Arensdorff Second in the Mid-Con with 44 Hits: Michael Arensdorff's 44 hits on the year rank second in the Mid-Con this season. He is only two hits behind Western Illinois' Brett Pendell for the league's top spot.

Walking Man Also Hits: Jeff Rickert has drawn 21 base on balls in just 29 games this season, the second highest total in the league. Coupled with his .355 batting average, Rickert has been on base at a .455 clip this season.

Opponents Dip Near Mendoza Line against Mazzone: Nick Mazzone, who tossed a four-hit victory against North Dakota State last weekend, has moved into second in the Mid-Con for opponent batting average. The opposition is hitting just .222 against the southpaw in 35.2 innings. Left handers are hitting just .161 against Mazzone, helping to lead to a 3.28 earned run average on the year.

Three Starters Among Mid-Con Leaders: Three members of Valparaiso's starting pitching staff rank among the top eight in the Mid-Continent Conference in earned run average. Nick Mazzone is second in the league with his 3.28 ERA while Harvey Yergin is seventh at 4.23. Eliott Gibbs is eighth in the Mid-Con with a 4.50 ERA.

Cawiezell Turns into Valpo's Stopper: Dallas Cawiezell registered his second save of the season and fifth of his career against North Dakota State. His five saves are tied for 10th most in a Brown and Gold uniform during an individual career.

Arensdorff Third All-Time in Total At Bats: Michael Arensdorff has moved into third place on Valpo's career at bats list with 735. He is just two at bats shy of Mark Pedersen for second place and 26 shy of Marc Boggio's career mark of 761.

Rzepka Also Moves Up At Bats List: Brian Rzepka has moved into sixth place all-time with 655 career at bats following. He is five at bats shy of Rob Hadrick for fourth place in school history.

Arensdorff Closing in on Hits Record: With 44 hits this season, Michael Arensdorff now has 241 for his Valpo career. He is 10 base hits shy of Mark Pederson's school record of 251 and currently sits in third place on the Crusaders' all-time charts. His next hit will tie Marc Boggio for second all-time in a Valpo uniform.

Arensdorff Also Fourth in Career Doubles: Michael Arensdorff also ranks fourth on Valpo's career two-bagger list with 50 career doubles. The fifth-year senior already has 10 doubles this season to lead the team.

Yergin Sixth on Innings Pitched List: Harvey Yergin has moved into sixth place on Valpo's career innings pitched list with 272.2 over his four-year career with the Brown and Gold. With just one more inning he will match Jeff Brooks for fifth place on the career list and with two more will equal Tim Juran's mark in fourth place.

Butler Game Rescheduled as Part of Twinbill: The Valpo-Butler game that was rained out on April 3 in Indianapolis will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 1 at Emory G. Bauer Field. The start time for the games has been moved up to 1 p.m. CDT.

Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: The Crusaders were selected to finish in sixth place in the Mid-Continent Conference preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches. Oral Roberts was picked to win the league crown followed by Western Illinois and Oakland. Southern Utah was tabbed fourth and Centenary fifth.
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