Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Late Rally Comes Up Short as Crusaders Fall at #21 Arkansas
Justin Frane had a pinch hit RBI in the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)
Justin Frane had a pinch hit RBI in the ninth. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele had two RBIs and three hits.
Kyle Gaedele had two RBIs and three hits.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Valparaiso scored twice in the ninth, and left two more runners on base on Tuesday afternoon, but it was a little too late as the Crusaders fell 7-3 to #21 Arkansas at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

Freshman Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in for the Crusaders.

“Kyle hit the ball hard today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “That was good to see.”

Arkansas (6-1) jumped in front early, scoring four times in the opening inning.  Zack Cox had a two-run double in the inning, the second extra base hit for the Razorbacks.

The lead grew to 6-0 in the second as Arkansas capitalized on a Crusader error, and plated a pair of unearned runs.

Three straight hits in the top of the fourth put Valpo on the scoreboard.  Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) and Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) each had one out hits, and Gaedele followed with a run-scoring single to right.

The Razorbacks added one final unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, and the teams traded zeros on the scoreboard until the ninth.

“We gave up too many runs early,” said Woodson.  “That’s a killer for us.”

Ranko Ivetic (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) led off with a pinch hit single.  With one out, Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) walked and Muhlsteff was hit by a pitch.  Gaedele singled up the middle to score Ivetic, and a groundout followed to plate O’Gara, cutting the lead to 7-3.  Geoffrey Davenport got the out to record the save for Arkansas though.

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) started and suffered the loss (0-1) for Valpo, working 3.2 innings and allowing all seven runs, only four of which were earned.  He also allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out one.

The Crusader bullpen came in and tossed two-hit ball over the final 4.1 innings of work.

“Snelten didn’t have any offspeed stuff today, and they were hitting the fastball,” concluded Woodson.  “Our bullpen did a great job though.”

Drew Smyly (1-0) earned the win for Arkansas, pitching five innings, allowing just one run and five hits while striking out five.

Valparaiso (4-2) and Arkansas (6-1) will wrap up the two-game midweek series on Wednesday afternoon with a 3:05 p.m. contest at Baum Stadium.

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