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John Giusti is seventh all-time at Valpo in assists.
John Giusti is seventh all-time at Valpo in assists.

Monday, March 03, 2008

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Valparaiso (2-4, 0-0 Horizon)
Game #7 at North Carolina State (4-2, 0-0 ACC)
Tues., March 4, 2 p.m. CST - Raleigh, N.C.
Game #8 at Duke (10-0, 0-0 ACC)
Wed., March 5, 2 p.m. CST - Durham, N.C.
Game #9 at North Carolina-Greensboro (5-1, 0-0 SoCon)
Thurs., March 6, 1 p.m. CST - Greensboro, N.C.
Games #10-13 at West Virginia
Fri., March 7, 2 p.m. CST - Morgantown, W. Va.
Sat., March 8, 12 p.m. CST (DH) - Morgantown, W. Va.
Sun., March 9, 12 p.m. CST - Morgantown, W. Va.

This Week in Crusader Baseball: Valparaiso continues its season-opening road trip with seven games this week, beginning in North Carolina.  The Crusaders will face Atlantic Coast Conference foes North Carolina State and Duke before heading up the road to North Carolina-Greensboro.  Valpo then will wrap up the week with a four-game, three-day, set at West Virginia over the weekend.

On the Air:  Valpo’s three games in North Carolina will be broadcast live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) as well as online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.  Nick Kovatch and Dave Schroeder will be providing both the play-by-play and color commentary for the games.

Pitching Rotation: Jon Gulbransen (LHP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toe the rubber for Valpo against North Carolina State and Bryce Shafer (RHP, 0-0, 2.45 ERA) will be on the mound for the Crusaders at Duke.  The rest of Valpo’s rotation at North Carolina-Greensboro and West Virginia are still to be determined.

Wrapping Up Recent Action: The Crusaders dropped all three games at this weekend’s APSU Invitational.  Host Austin Peay rallied for four runs in the ninth to post a 5-4 victory in the opener.  On Saturday, Illinois State tripped up Valpo 9-3 and on Sunday the Crusaders dropped a slugfest with Indiana 17-14.

Shafer and Rodeghero Named to All-Tournament Team: Freshman right-hander Bryce Shafer and fifth-year senior outfielder Zach Rodeghero were each named to the APSU All-Tournament Team.  Shafer struck out seven and allowed just one unearned run in 7.2 innings of work in the opener against Austin Peay, but recorded a no-decision.  Rodeghero was 5-for-14 (.357) with a homerun and two runs batted in over the three games.

Shafer Earns National Honors: Bryce Shafer was named the Insidepitching.com Pitcher of the Week for the Great Lakes Region with his outing on Friday.  His one unearned run performance in 7.2 innings against the Governors came in his second collegiate start.

Rodeghero Keeps on Hitting: Zach Rodeghero has hit safely in all six games this season, and extended his hitting streak to 10 straight dating back to the end of the 2007 campaign.  He is hitting a team, and Horizon League, leading .520 this year and has four multi-hit performances in six appearances.

DeBruin Goes for Two: Dan DeBruin leads the Horizon League with four doubles already this season.  The senior has also hit safely in the last four contests.

Shafer’s Been Dominant in His First Two Starts: Rookie Bryce Shafer has fanned 10 hitters and has an ERA of 2.45 through his first two collegiate starts.  In 11.0 innings of work, opponents have hit just .139 against him, best for any Horizon League pitcher thus far this year.

Giusti Climbing Career Assists List: Infielder John Giusti currently ranks seventh all-time in Crusader history with 327 career assists over four years.  The senior is 12 assists shy of Todd Kirkpatrick’s sixth place total of 339 and 17 short of Chris Moore’s mark of 344 to move into the top-five all-time.

Bivens Likes the Bases Juiced: Brett Bivens has already been to the plate three times with the bases loaded this season, and has produced a hit on each occasion.  Overall, he is 5-for-5 hitting with runners in scoring position and 4-for-4 scoring a runner on third with less than two outs.

Smith Nearly Perfect Thus Far: Derek Smith has not allowed a hit, and walked just one, in 4.1 innings of work in his first action of the year.

Rodeghero Earns First Player of the Week Award: Zach Rodeghero was the Horizon League’s Player of the Week for February 26 after hitting .727 with an on base percentage of .813 for the opening weekend series at Austin Peay.  He had three RBIs, scored six times, and had a pair of doubles.

Valpo Tabbed Seventh:
The Crusaders were picked to finish seventh in the Horizon League preseason poll, with Wright State being the preseason favorite.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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