Southeast Missouri State Takes Series Finale from Valpo
David Klein drove home four runs for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)
Southeast Missouri State Takes Series Finale from Valpo
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Valparaiso wrapped up its three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon, falling 8-7 to Southeast Missouri State at Capaha Field in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

The Crusaders rallied from a 5-0 deficit to take a 6-5 lead, but the Redhawks scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to go in front for good.

Southeast Missouri State (11-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second, scoring on a two-out single.  The Redhawks added to the lead with four runs in the fifth, beginning with a leadoff homer by Louie Hasletine.  A double and two-run single plated the other three runs in the frame.

Valpo rallied in the sixth, tying the game with just three hits while taking advantage of a pair of errors.  David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) put the Crusaders on the scoreboard with a three-run double.  He eventually scored on a balk, and Valpo’s fifth run was plated courtesy of a SEMO error.

The Crusaders took the lead 6-5 in the seventh on a RBI single by Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy). 

The hosts answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead, keyed by a two-run single by Casey Jones.  Valpo tried to fight back again, pulling within a run in the ninth on a leadoff homerun by Klein, but left the tying run on first base when the game ended.

Heinkel and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) each had three hits as part of Valpo’s 12-hit attack, while Klein had two more while driving home four runs.  Michael Adamson led SEMO with three RBIs.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) started for Valpo and worked five innings but got a no decision.  Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) suffered the loss (0-3) in relief for the Crusaders.  Nick Thomas (3-0) picked up the win out of the bullpen for the Redhawks while Shae Simmons picked up his second save of the year.

Valparaiso (5-15) will return to the diamond on Friday evening to open up Horizon League play with the first of a three-game weekend series in Dayton, Ohio.  First pitch of the series opener against Wright State is set for 5:30 p.m. CDT.