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Valpo Earns Split in Final Regular Season Road Games
Kyle Gaedele had three hits in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele had three hits in the opener. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Valparaiso took the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader in Youngstown, Ohio, defeating Youngstown State  The Penguins defeated Valpo 8-4 in the opener. 6-5 in the final regular season road game for the Crusaders in 2009.

“We came out here to get a split and we got that done,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We are excited about that.  Now we have to get ready to come back home and play again tomorrow.”

Valpo jumped on top early in game two, taking advantage of four Penguin errors in the game, the first scoring Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) in the opening inning.  An Anthony Porter RBI single in the bottom of the inning tied the game at one though.

Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Kellogg H.S.) plated Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) with a double in the second and eventually scored himself on a Penguin passed ball.

David Leon cut the YSU deficit in half in the bottom of the inning with a single, but the Crusaders added to their lead in the fourth as Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) scored O’Gara with a single.  Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) added a run-scoring double in the fifth and a bases loaded walk to Scoby in the same inning made it 6-2 Crusaders.

Youngstown State (14-33, 10-14 Horizon) scored three times in the bottom of the fifth, starting with a Valpo error.  John Koehnlein, who was 3-for-5 in the game, had a run-scoring single, as did Jeremy Banks, and Joe Iacobucci’s sacrifice fly made it 6-5.

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on in relief in the sixth and pitched three scoreless innings while Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) recorded his 14th save of the season, despite allowing a one-out triple in the ninth.

“Frane did a great job today keeping the lead for us,” Woodson said.  “That was big for us.  Jarad got hit a bit, but got the save, which is all we needed.”

Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) earned the win (2-1) for Valpo, going five innings while allowing five hits and four runs.  Matt Tucker suffered the loss (0-4) for YSU, allowing nine hits and four earned runs in four innings.

In the opener, the Penguins took advantage of three Valpo errors and jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Crusaders could get on the scoreboard.  An opening inning error on a ground ball put Youngstown State on top.

The Penguins added four runs in the second, started with three singles and a ground out to produce the first run.  Derek Carr, who drove in three runs in the opener, had a two-run double and then scored on Koehnlein’s triple, making it 5-0 hosts.

Another error in the fourth made it 6-0 YSU before Valpo got its first run, and hit, of the game on a Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) homer.  Gaedele went 3-for-4 in game one, accounting for all but to Valpo hits.  The Crusaders added another run in the sixth, taking advantage of two hits batsmen and a walk, prior to a wild pitch.

Iacobucci homered in the bottom of the sixth and two hit batters, a sacrifice bunt, and a RBI single by Porter made it 8-2 Penguins.

Valpo added two late runs in the eighth on back-to-back homers by Andrew Quinnette (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) and O’Gara, but it was not enough.

Phil Klein went seven strong innings for the win (4-1) on the mound for Youngstown State, allowing just two runs and two hits while striking out 12 Valpo hitters.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) suffered the loss (5-6), pitching six innings, allowing 10 hits and seven runs, five of which were earned.

Valparaiso (25-21, 10-10) will return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Sunday afternoon to begin a six-game regular season-ending homestand.  The twinbill against Butler begins at noon, with all the action carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com.

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