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Damon McCormick had a RBI single at Duke.
Damon McCormick had a RBI single at Duke.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Box Score

            Duke scored three times in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday afternoon to rally and defeat Valparaiso 5-4 in Durham, N.C.

            Gabriel Saade’s two-run single up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Blue Devils their 11th win without a defeat this season.  Duke trailed 4-2 heading into the ninth, before Jake Lemmerman singled home the first run of the inning.

            “Again we have to get the ball down while pitching,” head coach Tracy Woodson said afterwards.  “When we don’t they hit it and that’s what happened in the ninth today.”

            With the game tied at one, a three-run fifth inning put Valpo on top.  After Justin Frane (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) led off the inning with a walk, John Giusti (Coventry, R.I./Coventry H.S.) followed with a single.  Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) loaded the bases with another hit before Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) put the Brown and Gold on top with a run-scoring single of his own.  Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) followed with a two-run single putting Valpo in front 4-1. Rodeghero extended his hitting streak to 12 straight games, dating back to last season.  

            Duke scored first in the opening inning as Gabriel Saade led off the game with a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly.

            The Crusaders tied the game in the top half of the fourth inning as Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) singled home McCormick.  McCormick walked and eventually stole third prior to Wallace’s game-tying single.

            Valpo then erupted for the three runs in the fifth inning before Duke added a run in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Alex Hanssan to cut the Brown and Gold lead to two.  The Crusaders had a chance to add an insurance run in the ninth, but stranded a runner on third.

            “We had a chance to add another run, yet we didn’t execute in the ninth,” Woodson added.  “We’re playing well enough to win games.  We just have to get the job done.”

            Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) had another solid outing for the Crusaders on the mound, allowing just three hits and two runs in seven strong innings of work.  Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) in relief for Valpo.

            “Bryce didn’t walk anyone today, and anytime he gives us seven innings like this we need to get him a win,” Woodson said.

            Ryan Perry (1-0) earned the win in relief for Duke (11-0).

            Valparaiso (2-6) will head to Greensboro, N.C. on Thursday afternoon to face North Carolina-Greensboro.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CST with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

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. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo