Valpo Moves to .500 With Fifth Straight Win
Ranko Ivetic went 2-for-2 on Monday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valpo Moves to .500 With Fifth Straight Win
Monday, April 13, 2009

Valparaiso’s bats came alive early on a cold, rainy Monday afternoon as the Crusaders scored nine times in the first three innings and went on to defeat Grace 12-0 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

With the victory, the Crusaders move back to .500 with their fifth straight win to make it a perfect 5-0 homestand.

“We swung the bats fine today and took advantage of their mistakes,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “Our pitchers threw strikes with is a big key for us.”

The bats got started early as the Crusaders scored three times in the opening inning.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.), who went 3-for-3 with five runs batted in before being lifted after three innings, doubled home two runs.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) added a sacrifice fly.

The Crusaders scored four more runs in the second, two on a double by Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Ky./Kimberly H.S.) and another on a single by Lenski.  O’Gara singled home the fourth run of the inning as the Crusaders batted around.

Lenski’s two-run single in the third made it 9-0 Crusaders.  Ranko Ivetic (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) added a single in the sixth which ultimately scored Josh Wallace (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) on a fielding error by the left fielder.  Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) added a run-scoring double and a double play ground out completed the scoring.

“It was good we scored early to give us the chance to play nearly everyone,” added Woodson.

Ivetic also went 2-for-2 on the day as Valpo banged out 13 hits on the afternoon.

Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), the first of six Valpo pitchers, earned the victory (2-0), tossing two scoreless innings while allowing just one hit.  Chay Bailey suffered the loss (2-2) for Grace (5-29), allowing seven runs, five hits, and three walks in two innings of work.

 Valparaiso (15-15) will look for its sixth straight victory on Tuesday as the Crusaders head to Fort Wayne to face IPFW.  First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT.