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Ryan O'Gara launched his first collegiate homer on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan O'Gara launched his first collegiate homer on Tuesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) went the distance on Tuesday evening, allowing just five hits while not walking a batter to lead Valparaiso to a 14-2 victory over Northwestern at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

Snelten fired his first complete game of his career, striking out eight to improve his record to 3-3 and was aided by plenty of early runs by his offense.

“Snelten pitched well for us tonight,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He showed by going the distance tonight that we have another starter for the Horizon League Tournament.”

Valpo wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the opening inning.  Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) led off with a single the opposite way and Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) followed with a triple to deep centerfield.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) added an infield single to plate Muhlsteff, making it 2-0 Crusaders after one.

The Crusaders then batted for 25 minutes in the second inning, sending 14 batters to the plate and scored nine times.  Two bunt singles got the rally going, the second which saw a throwing error plate two runners and allow Steven Scoby (Delton, Kellogg H.S.), the batter to reach third base.  A wild pitch scored another run and Josh Wallace’s (Bellefountaine, Ohio/Bellefountaine H.S.) two-run single scored two more.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) then delivered the big blow, a three-run homer to left, his first collegiate homer.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows  H.S.) capped the inning with a RBI single into shallow left-center.

“It was nice to get a big lead,” Woodson added.  “We did the little things that inning.  We bunted, stole bases, everything we needed to do.”

Northwestern answered with two runs in the bottom of the third.  Quentin Williams led off the inning with a homer to left and Chris Lashmet added a sacrifice fly.

Gaedele added a RBI double with one out in the fourth and DeBruin added a run on a groundout.  A run-scoring single by Wallace in the fifth increased the advantage to 14-2.

Valpo pounded out 12 hits on the evening, with O’Gara and Wallace picking up three RBIs each. 

Matt Diedrich (0-2) suffered the loss for Northwestern (12-31), allowing eight runs, five hits, and four walks in 1.1 innings.

“Beating a Big Ten team is big for us,” concluded Woodson.

Valparaiso (24-20) will take to the road for the final time during the 2009 regular season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders head to Youngstown, Ohio.  Valpo and Youngstown State will meet in doubleheader action beginning at 11 a.m. CDT. 

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