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Early Innings too Much for Valpo to Overcome
Ryan O'Gara had his third RBI of the season Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Ryan O'Gara had his third RBI of the season Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, February 20, 2010

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.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) pitched six solid innings in relief of Austen Siwiec (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy), allowing just one run and five hits without walking a hitter.  The southpaw fanned 10, but the Crusader bats could not recover.

“Gulbransen was outstanding in relief,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He was just phenomenal.  Siwiec struggled a little bit today.”

The Cowboys struck for three in the opening inning on just two hits, and took advantage of a Crusader error and two walks.  In the second McNeese State added four more in the second on six more hits.  A solo homer by Blake Ellender stared the scoring and the Cowboys added five more singles, two stolen bases, and took advantage of a wild pitch in the inning.

Valpo finally broke through against starter and winning pitcher Tyler Davis (1-0) in the third as Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) doubled home Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) for his third extra base hit and third RBI of the young campaign.

McNeese State added a run in the fifth on a double by Andy Riche, the only other scoring until the ninth. 

David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) had a pinch hit single in the final frame and advance to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball.  Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy) came through with a single to centerfield to cap the scoring.

“We didn’t quit today,” Woodson added.  “We had several opportunities in the game where we got guys on, but just couldn’t get them in.  We got too far behind.”

Davis limited Valpo to just two hits and the one run in five innings of work on the mound for the hosts, striking out five and the Cowboy bullpen allowed just four hits the rest of the way while striking out six more Valpo hitters.

Siwiec suffered the loss (0-1), going just two innings and allowing eight hits and seven runs, six of which were earned.

Valparaiso (0-2) and McNeese State (2-0) will wrap up the three-game weekend series on Sunday morning with an 11 a.m. contest at Cowboy Field.  Will Robinson (Placentia, Calif./Valencia H.S.) will toe the rubber for the Crusaders against Jonathan Conrad.

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