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Crusaders Fail to Hold Early Lead, Defeated at Indiana
Matt Lenski went 4-for-4 with a walk on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Matt Lenski went 4-for-4 with a walk on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-1 lead and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) went 4-for-4 on the afternoon for the Crusaders, but Indiana battled back to defeat Valpo 9-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Sembower Field in Bloomington, Ind.

“We had too many opportunities, especially early, and didn’t take advantage of them,” head coach Tracy Woodson said. “We let chances get away.  We swung the bats well and hit the ball well early.”

Lenski had four singles and a walk, and drove in the first run for the Crusaders while raising his team-leading average to .418 on the season.  In the opening inning, the senior catcher singled through the right side to score Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) and put Valpo on top early.

The Hoosiers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a single by Josh Phegley, but the Crusaders immediately answered with three more runs in the second.  Ryan Shober (Inverness, Ill./Fremd H.S.) singled up the middle to score Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) and two batters later Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) doubled to the gap in right-center to plate both DeBruin and Shober.

Again Indiana answered, this time taking advantage of a Valpo error.  A Vince Gonzalez single scored two unearned runs, cutting the lead to 4-3.  The Hoosiers took the lead with three runs in the third.  An Alex Dickerson double, one of three hits on the afternoon for him, scored the first run and he eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Evan Crawford also added a run-scoring single in the inning as the hosts went on top for good.

A Dickerson single in the fourth increased Indiana’s lead to 7-4 before Valpo mounted its next threat in the seventh.  Muhlsteff led off with a single and Lenski followed with a base hit of his own.  Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) doubled to left to score Muhlsteff, leaving runners on second and third with no one out.  The Crusaders were not able to push another run across the plate though, and headed into the stretch trailing 7-5.

Indiana added two more insurance runs in the seventh, including a homerun by Dickerson, to cap the scoring.

Muhlsteff also had three hits for the Crusaders on the afternoon as Valpo banged out 12 hits on the day.  Tyler Rogers also had a three-hit day for the Hoosiers, as Indiana recorded 15 for the game.

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) started for Valpo and suffered the loss (0-3), allowing seven runs, four of which were earned, and nine hits in five innings of work.  Matt Carr earned the victory (1-3) in relief for Indiana  Chris Squires pitched the final 2.2 innings for his first save of the year. (13-17) pitching three innings and allowing just one run.

Valparaiso (10-15) will open a five-game homestand on Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field with a doubleheader against North Dakota.  First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.

Game Notes: Muhlsteff extended his hitting streak to nine straight games … Lenski’s four-hit game was the first of his career at Valpo … Muhlsteff had his third three-hit game of the season.

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