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UIC's Offense Too Much for Valpo
Justin Frane homered in the nightcap for Valpo.
Justin Frane homered in the nightcap for Valpo.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

                UIC combined to score 28 runs on 30 hits on Friday afternoon as the Flames swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 14-12 and 14-4 at Emory G. Bauer Field in Horizon League action.

                The first game turned into a slugfest during the middle innings, as the two sided combined for 23 runs from the third through sixth frames.

                UIC jumped in front in the second scoring a pair of unearned runs aided by an error and two hit batsmen.  An RBI single by Tony Altavilla, one of four hits and three runs batted in for the game for him, in the third increased the visitors lead to 3-0.

                Valpo answered with two in the third and two more in the fourth, only to see UIC score four in the top of the fifth.  A bases loaded walk to Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) in the bottom of the fifth started a four-run inning for the Crusaders.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) and Brett Bivens (Battle Creek, Mich./Lakeview H.S.) each drove home runs with singles to give Valpo an 8-7 advantage.

                UIC scored six times in the sixth, including back-to-back homers by Kevin Coddington and Altavilla.  The Crusaders again fought back.  Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) started the bottom of the inning with a one-out double and scored on a hit by Brunelli.  Mark Schoeck (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) followed with a run-scoring single and O’Gara added a sacrifice fly.  A Bivens double cut the deficit to one, 13-12.

                Neither team found the scoreboard in the seventh or eighth, but a sacrifice fly in the ninth gave UIC an insurance run.  Valpo brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but could not do any damage.

                Chris Kovacevich (1-3) earned the victory for UIC while Ada Worthington picked up his fourth save after allowing just one hit in the final 3.1 innings of work.  Andy Parker (Ottawa Hills, Ohio/Ottawa Hills H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders.

                O’Gara and Rodeghero both had three hits to pace Valpo’s 14-hit attack while Jake Carr had three hits for UIC in addition to Altavilla’s four-hit performance.

                Game two saw UIC (22-13, 11-3 Horizon League) score eight times in the second and Valpo could not recover.  Back-to-back homers by Carr and Brett Schaefer were the big blows in the inning.  After the Flames added another run in the third, Valpo got on the scoreboard with a RBI groundout by Rodeghero.  Justin Frane (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) homered in the fourth for the Brown and Gold before UIC tacked on two more runs in the fifth on a Rafael Garcia homer.

                Three runs in the sixth put the Flames in front 14-2 and the Crusaders added single runs in the sixth and seventh on a single by Frane and a single by Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.).

                Don Phillis (4-1) went seven innings striking out eight to get the win for the Flames while Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) suffered the loss for the Crusaders.

                John Giusti (Coventry, R.I./Coventry H.S.) went 4-for-5 for Valpo in the night cap to lead the 12-hit attack while Schaefer was 4-for-4 to lead the Flames as they had 14 hits.

                “This was not a good day to be a pitcher,” head coach Tracy Woodson said, talking about the wind blowing out.  “Our pitchers need to learn to keep the ball down.  They took advantage of the wind better than we did.  The second game we just got behind early and couldn’t play catch up.”

                Valparaiso (10-23, 3-7) will host Wright State in another Horizon League twinbill on Saturday.  First pitch at Emory G. Bauer Field is set for noon.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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