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Valpo Bats Explode in Conference Opener at Butler
Bryce Shafer earned his third win of the  year. (Ron Stevens)
Bryce Shafer earned his third win of the year. (Ron Stevens)
Ryan Shober had four hits for Valpo.
Ryan Shober had four hits for Valpo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Valparaiso scored six times in the top of the third inning to break the game open and tallied 18 total hits on the afternoon as the Crusaders opened Horizon League play on Friday afternoon with a 14-1 victory over Butler at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind.

“I thought we came out and did the things we needed to today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We swung the bats well and scored early.”

Ryan Shober (Inverness, Ill./Fremd H.S.) went 4-for-5 and scored three times while Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) had three hits each.  Lenski also drove home three runs on the afternoon.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went 5.2 innings on the mound to earn his third win (3-1) of the season, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking  out six and walking just three.  Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) went the final 3.1 innings for his first collegiate save, not allowing a hit and fanning three.

“McCormick did a good job getting the three-inning save, which saves our bullpen for the rest of the weekend,” added Woodson.

The Crusaders jumped on top in the third, sending 11 batters to the plate in the inning.  A walk and four straight singles, including RBI knocks by Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) and Lenski put Valpo on the board.  A fielder’s choice added a third run and Gaedele added two more runs with a double into right-center.  A Bulldog error plated the sixth run in the inning and the Crusaders were well on their way to the win.

A Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) single and a sacrifice fly by Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) tacked on two more runs in the fifth while Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) plated another with a double in the sixth.  Gaedele also had a run-scoring single in the inning to make it 10-1 Crusaders.

Lenski, Wallace, and Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) all added RBI singles in the seventh while two errors contributed to Valpo’s final run in the eighth.

Butler plated its lone run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Steve Kaffel.

Eight of the nine Crusader starters tallied at least one hit in Valpo’s offensive attack, as Valpo tallied a season-high for both runs and hits in a game.

Valparaiso (6-10, 1-0 Horizon) and Butler (1-15, 0-1) will wrap up their three-game weekend series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. at Bulldog Park.

Game Notes: Lenski extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games … O’Gara and Scoby’s hitting streaks each reach six straight contests … Shober’s four-hit game was the first of his career as the freshman entered the game with just five career hits … the 14 runs scored were the most by Valpo since the Crusaders scored 20 at Milwaukee on May 3 of last season … Butler committed four errors in the game.

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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