Zach Rodeghero, a member of Valparaiso University's class of 2008, has signed a contract with the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League and will be in uniform for the team on Monday evening against Joliet.
Valparaiso University outfielder Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) and pitcher Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) were both selected in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) represented Valparaiso University on the 2010 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament team announced on Sunday afternoon following the completion of the tournament.
Saturday marked the fourth straight day Valparaiso got a strong pitching performance in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, but for the second time in the tournament the Crusaders suffered a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, eliminating the Brown and Gold from the championship.
Playing in an elimination game for the first time in the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army, Valparaiso scored eight times in the first three innings on the way to a 10-5 victory over UIC on Friday afternoon at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Valparaiso's Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) and Milwaukee's Chad Pierce battled one another with both tossing complete games on Thursday afternoon, but it was Pierce that came out on top as the Panthers defeated the Crusaders 3-1 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a winner's bracket game of the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship presented by U.S. Army.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Year as well as to the league's First Team while Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) garnered Second Team All-Horizon League honors the conference has announced. In addition, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) was named to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team.
The 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship takes place at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. as Valparaiso hosts the league's annual postseason tournament. The Crusaders, the tournament's fourth seed, will face Butler on Wednesday morning in the opening game of the event, which will run through the weekend. The league champion will earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Valparaiso University will open the 2010 Horizon League Baseball Championship on Wednesday morning playing in game one of the tournament at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary as the Crusaders face longtime rival Butler. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
Valparaiso closed out the 2010 regular season on Saturday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader with UIC at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders won the opener 9-8 before the Flames took the nightcap 10-5.
Rain throughout the Chicagoland area on Friday has forced the postponement of Valparaiso's doubleheader with UIC to Saturday at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill. The two schools will begin game one of the twinbill at 11 a.m.
Valparaiso jumped out to a five run lead midway through the game on Thursday evening, but UIC rallied, plating the winning runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Crusaders 13-10 at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.
The 2010 regular season comes to a close for Valparaiso this week as the Crusaders head to the Windy City for a three-game series against UIC at Les Miller Field. The two schools will battle in a single game on Thursday evening before wrapping up the campaign on Friday with an afternoon doubleheader.
After dropping game one of Friday afternoon's doubleheader with Youngstown State 15-5, Valparaiso's bats exploded in game two as the Crusaders defeated the Penguins 14-3 to earn a split of the twinbill on Senior Day at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso wraps up the home portion of the 2010 regular season on Friday afternoon for Senior Day as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in a Horizon League doubleheader. The Brown and Gold then head to Indianapolis, Ind. on Monday afternoon to battle instate rival Butler in a twinbill.
Playing their annual exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats on Wednesday evening, the Valparaiso Crusaders came up on the short end of an 11-2 decision at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. in a contest designed to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana.
Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) struck out 14 hitters in 7.2 innings of work and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) drove home six runs as Valparaiso posted a 10-7 victory over Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
After dropping the opener of Saturday's doubleheader 2-1 in 10 innings, Valparaiso fought back in the night cap to earn a split with Butler, downing the Bulldogs 7-2 in game two at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Trailing by four runs, Valparaiso scored three times in the eighth inning and had the potential tying and winning runs on base in the ninth, but a diving line drive double play ended the Crusaders comeback attempt as Butler defeated the Brown and Gold 8-7 on a rain delayed Friday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Every starter had at least one hit for Valparaiso on Tuesday evening, but Northwestern rallied from a 7-2 deficit, scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Crusaders 10-8 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Valparaiso returns to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Tuesday evening for the third time this year to battle Northwestern. The Crusaders will then return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday and Saturday for a three-game Horizon League series against instate rival Butler.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game before winning in 11 innings and then defeated Valparaiso again in the nightcap of the doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee, Wis.
Valparaiso pounded out a season-high 23 hits on Friday afternoon and snapped the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's 18-game winning streak at Henry Aaron Field with a 17-3 victory over the Panthers in Milwaukee, Wis.
For the second consecutive season the Valparaiso Crusaders will face off in an exhibition game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats with proceeds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana. This year's game will be played Tuesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard.
Valparaiso hosted the inaugural SouthShore Showdown on Wednesday evening at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind., but it was Notre Dame that came away with an 8-1 victory over the Crusaders to spoil the festivities.
Valparaiso heads back to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. on Wednesday evening to battle Notre Dame in the SouthShore Showdown. The Crusaders will then return to Horizon League action this weekend, heading to Milwaukee to face the Panthers in another key three-game weekend series.
Riding a six-game winning streak, Valparaiso looks to stay at the top of the Horizon League standings this weekend with a pair of key conference doubleheaders. Friday the Brown and Gold will host Wright State, the league's preseason favorite, in a twinbill before entertaining UIC in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Valparaiso's baseball team ran its home winning streak to 10 straight games at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon, defeating IPFW 14-4. The Crusaders took advantage of a pair of seven run innings to pull away.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has earned his second straight Horizon League Pitcher of the Week honor after leading the Crusaders to a victory over Cleveland State on Saturday.
Led by two more solid pitching performances, Valparaiso completed its weekend sweep of Cleveland State with 10-2 and 14-8 victories over the Vikings on Saturday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field. With the wins, the Crusaders hold sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) tossed his second complete game of the season on Friday afternoon allowing just two runs and nine hits as Valparaiso won the opener of its three-game series with Cleveland State 9-2 at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso continues its homestand this weekend with four more games, including a key three game Horizon League series. The Crusaders open up on Friday afternoon hosting Cleveland State before wrapping up the conference series against the Vikings with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, Valpo will step out of conference play to host Saint Francis (Ind.).
Valparaiso erupted for nine runs in the first inning and pounded out 18 hits total on the afternoon as the Crusaders returned to the victory column with a 17-1 triumph against Indiana-Northwest on Wednesday afternoon at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso returns to the Northwest Indiana area for its next 12 games, beginning on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders host Indiana at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary. The Brown and Gold will then return to Emory G. Bauer Field on Wednesday afternoon to face Indiana-Northwest.
Valparaiso University's Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Pitcher of the Week after posting a 2-0 record on the mound for the Crusaders from April 5-April 11.
Making up a game which was postponed from Friday due to cold and snowy weather, Valparaiso was unable to complete the weekend sweep of Youngstown State on Sunday morning, falling 8-1 to the Penguins at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.
Valparaiso scored two runs in the 10th inning of game one and Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) tossed a two-hitter over eight innings in game two as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader from Youngstown State 6-4 and 4-0 on Saturday afternoon at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio to open Horizon League action.
Valparaiso finally begins Horizon League action with a three-game weekend series at Youngstown State. The Crusaders were suppose to have started conference play two weeks ago, but had their series at Wright State cancelled due to rain and snow.
Valparaiso jumped out to a 4-0 lead but Purdue fought back and defeated the Crusaders 14-5 on Tuesday afternoon at Lambert Field in West Lafayette, Ind., snapping the Brown and Gold's four-game winning streak.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will host in-state rival Notre Dame in the first SouthShore Showdown, Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at U. S. Steel Yard, and general admission tickets are on sale now for only five dollars. In addition, the Crusaders will face the Gary SouthShore RailCats in an exhibition game at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday, May 12.
Valparaiso's baseball team continued its hot hitting attack on Monday afternoon, scoring double figures for the fourth straight games as the Crusaders ran their win streak to a season-high four with a 14-6 victory over Wabash at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Due to a chance of rain on Saturday, Valparaiso and Chicago State will play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon at Emory G. Bauer Field. The Crusaders and Cougars will then be scheduled for just a single game on Saturday, also starting at noon.
Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) went 4-for-4 with a RBI for the Crusaders on Tuesday afternoon but Central Michigan spoiled Valparaiso's home opener with a 17-4 victory at Emory G. Bauer Field.
Valparaiso opens the home portion of the 2010 baseball season this week with a five-game homestand beginning with a Tuesday afternoon contest against Central Michigan. The Crusaders will then host Chicago State for three games over the weekend, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
For the second straight day Valparaiso and Wright State were unable to play baseball at Nischwitz Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, as Saturday's doubleheader was postponed due to wet field conditions from the heavy rain and snow in the area on Thursday and Friday.
Valparaiso opens the 2010 Horizon League schedule this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for a three-game set with the preseason favorites, the Wright State Raiders. The weekend set wraps up a 23-game road trip for the Brown and Gold to open the season, as Valpo will return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday to host Central Michigan.
Valparaiso continues its season-opening 23-game road trip this weekend as the Crusaders head to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face Southeast Missouri State in a three-game series. Valpo looks to continue its momentum after winning two out of three last weekend at Gardner-Webb.
Valparaiso bounced back from an opening game 9-4 loss at Gardner-Webb to post a 10-4 victory in the night cap as the Crusaders took the series from the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.
Valparaiso's offense pounded out 15 hits and Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) pitched eight solid innings as the Crusaders defeated Gardner-Webb 7-5 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game series at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, N.C.
Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to give Valparaiso the lead, but #19/23 South Carolina responded by scoring in four straight innings on the way to a 7-3 victory over the Crusaders on Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Valparaiso took an early 3-0 lead against #19/23 South Carolina on Tuesday evening at Carolina Stadium in Columbia, S.C., but the Gamecocks scored 10 times in the third inning, including eight unearned runs, and defeated the Crusaders 12-4 before 5,295 fans.
Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) allowed just one run in 6.1 innings of work on the mound but Fairfield came through with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Valparaiso 2-1 on Sunday morning at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) went seven strong innings on Thursday, allowing just two earned runs, but Valpo's bats were limited to just eight hits as the Crusaders fell 3-2 to Duquesne at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla.
Valparaiso won its opening game on Tuesday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla. for the 1,100th victory in school history, defeating Saint Bonaventure 17-13. The Crusaders then dropped the night cap 16-8 against Maine.
Valparaiso University's Ryan O'Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) has been named the Horizon League's Batter of the Week after continuing his hot start to the 2010 season over three games this past weekend.
In a game which saw 37 runs, 45 hits, 11 errors, and 14 walks, Valparaiso came up on the short end of a 23-14 final against Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) allowed just one run on six hits in eight strong innings for Valparaiso as the Crusaders posted their first victory of the season with a 9-1 triumph over Richmond on day two of the Jacksonville Tournament held at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
Valparaiso rallied from a six-run deficit to tie the game at nine, but #22/20 Oklahoma came through with three runs in the bottom of the eighth and defeated the Crusaders 12-9 on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Jacksonville Tournament played at Sessions Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
McNeese State scored seven times in the first two innings on Saturday afternoon and Valparaiso could not rally from the deficit as the Crusaders fell 8-2 to the Cowboys at Cowboy Diamond in Lake Charles, La.
Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) went six strong innings for Valparaiso but McNeese State scored four times in the eighth and two more in the ninth as the Cowboys rallied to defeat the Crusaders 7-6 on Friday night at Cowboy Field in Lake Charles, La. in the season opener for both teams.
After posting their first winning record since 1999 one year ago, the Valparaiso Crusaders return to the diamond in 2010 looking to build upon the momentum that was created last season. Head coach Tracy Woodson's squad returns 20 players from the team that went 28-24 in 2009, and posted a 12-11 mark in Horizon League play, placing fourth, the highest for the Brown and Gold since joining the conference.
Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been selected as one of 40 players to be named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award initial watch list.
Valparaiso University junior relief pitcher Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) has been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Preseason All-American Third Team as announced on Monday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Head coach Tracy Woodson and the Valparaiso University baseball program has announced that former major leaguer and current MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac will be the featured speaker at the third annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash held on Saturday, January 30 at Aberdeen Manor.
Valparaiso University head baseball coach Tracy Woodson has announced the six members of the incoming recruiting class that have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program for the 2010-2011 season.
Valparaiso University coach Tracy Woodson has released the 2010 baseball schedule, which has the Crusaders playing 20 home games at Emory G. Bauer Field in addition to three games at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.
Valparaiso University's Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) has been ranked as the number two prospect out of the summer Prospect League, formerly known as the Central Illinois Collegiate League, according to Baseball America.
The Valparaiso Crusader baseball team and head coach Tracy Woodson have announced that nine student-athletes have plans to attend Valparaiso University beginning in the fall of 2009 and will play for the Brown and Gold in the spring of 2010. Joining the program are incoming freshmen Andrew Bain, Matt Carroll, Mike Jacobs, Karch Kowalczyk, Ben Olejniczak, and Greg Stiller along with junior college transfers Robbie Robinson, Will Robinson, and Corey Thibault.
Valparaiso University had three players represented on the Horizon League's All-Academic Team this season, the conference announced on Wednesday. Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.), and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) each earned the honor this season.