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Milwaukee Ends Valpo's Tournament Run
Dan Debruin went 3-for-5 for the Crusaders.
Dan Debruin went 3-for-5 for the Crusaders.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso run in the Horizon League Baseball Championships presented by the U.S. Army came to and end on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped an 8-3 decision to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Niles, Ohio.

                The Crusaders, the number six seed, finished the tournament in third place, posting three victories in the double elimination event over five days.  Valpo’s season concluded with a 21-35 record.

                Valpo’s offense was jump-started in the opening inning with a lead-off single by Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.), extending his hitting streak to 16 straight games.  With Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.) at the plate, DeBruin stole second on a 1-2 count, giving the Crusaders an early runner in scoring position.  Bivens fought off pitch after pitch before lacing the 10th toss off of the first baseman’s glove for a run-scoring single, putting Valpo in front 1-0 before Elliott Gibbs (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) even took to the mound.

                Milwaukee answered with two in the bottom of the first, stringing together three hits and two hit batsmen.  Shawn Wozniak had a run-scoring single through the right-side and Ben Long followed with another RBI hit through the same hole.  After a hit batsman loaded the bases with one out, Gibbs induced Josh Groves into a double play ball.

                The Panthers threatened again in the second, loading the bases.  Alex Berry (Olney, Ill./East Richland H.S.) came on to strand the three runners, keeping the Valpo deficit at just one.  Milwaukee left five runners in scoring position through the first three innings.

                The Crusaders, as they had all tournament long, fought back again.  Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) led off with a single into centerfield.  Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) followed with a hit through the hole at shortstop and Matt Lenski’s (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) second hit of the day loaded the bases with one out.  Designated hitter Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) ripped a single into left-center to plate both Wallace and Quinnette, putting Valpo on top 3-2.

                Milwaukee again answered the Valpo run as Steve Wozniak doubled with one out.  Ben Long singled past a diving Bivens at short to score Wozniak, tying the game at three after five innings of play.  The Panthers took the lead in the sixth as Jesse Hart doubled into the leftfield corner to score Wes Munson and Cole Kraft added a run scoring single to plate Hart, giving Milwaukee a 5-3 lead.  The Panthers added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, including two on a double by Doug Dekoning for insurance.

                The Panthers’ Brad Lusti (4-4) allowed just three runs on 10 hits in six innings of work while Craig Meier came on for the final three innings, allowing just a ninth inning single to DeBruin.  Berry (1-6) suffered the loss for Valpo, allowing three runs and six hits in 4.2 innings of relief.

                DeBruin and Lenski both finished with three-hit days for the Crusaders while Long went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in for Milwaukee (24-35).

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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