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Valpo Wins Third Straight Downing Northern Illinois
Tyler Deetjen earned his first collegiate win on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Tyler Deetjen earned his first collegiate win on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter Wednesday afternoon as Valparaiso earned its third straight victory, defeating Northern Illinois 12-2 at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb, Ill.

Valpo’s offense staked Deetjen to a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound as each of the first four hitters reached in the opening inning.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) doubled to left to score Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) with the game’s first run.  A bases loaded fielder’s choice off the bat of Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) plated Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) with the second run and Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) added a third run with a single up the middle to score Lenski.

The Huskies found the scoreboard in the third as Joe Buonavolanto’s two-out single, the first hit of the day against Deetjen, scored Pat Minogue, who reached on a walk and advanced on a groundout.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) made sure Valpo got the run back in the third, drawing a leadoff walk.  He then stole second, moving to third when the throw went into the outfield.  Kyle Gaedele’s (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) sacrifice fly to right then scored McCormick to increase the lead to 4-1.

The Crusaders added to the lead, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four times.  Five straight singles, including RBI hits by Scoby, Quinnette, and McCormick, kept the baserunners moving.  Quinnette scored on a wild pitch for the fourth run of the inning, making it 8-1 Brown and Gold.

A run-scoring single by Muhlsteff in the seventh and a two-run double by Gaedele in the eighth allowed Valpo to continue adding on.  The Crusaders added one final run in the ninth as Bo McClendon’s (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) fly ball was dropped by the rightfielder allowing Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy) to score.

“We swung the bats well again,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “It’s always a positive when we’re able to build upon our lead.”

Northern Illinois (15-28) added an unearned run in the ninth following two Crusader errors for the final run of the game.

Deetjen went five innings for his first collegiate victory (1-1), allowing two hits and one run while striking out five.  Kyle Glancy suffered the loss (1-1), pitching 4.1 innings and allowing eight runs, seven earned.

“Deetjen pitched really well today,” added Woodson.  “We only took him out because of his pitch count.  Our bullpen was really solid then.”

Five Crusaders had two hits each as the Brown and Gold pounded out 13 on the afternoon.  Valpo also took advantage of five Husky errors.

Valparaiso (21-19) will return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday afternoon to open a three-game Horizon League series against Youngstown State.  First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

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. #21/21 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