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Kyle Muhlsteff registered his first four-hit game at Valpo Tuesday against Central Michigan. (Dave Schofield)
Kyle Muhlsteff registered his first four-hit game at Valpo Tuesday against Central Michigan. (Dave Schofield)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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.

Muhlsteff extended his hitting streak to five straight games with his first four-hit effort of his career at Valpo, but it was not enough as the Chippewas scored the final 11 runs of the game while pounding out 19 hits and taking advantage of five Crusader errors.

“We just weren’t very good today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We fought back to tie the game at four but then we just didn’t pitch.  A couple of early errors didn’t help either.”

Central Michigan (11-9) opened the scoring with two runs in the first, following a throwing error on a bases loaded fielder’s choice.  A run-scoring triple by Ricky Clark in the fourth increased the lead to 3-0 before Valpo tied the game.  Paul Heinkel (Fond du Lac, Wis./Winnebago Lutheran Academy) drove home David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) and Muhlsteff with a double and scored on a squeeze bunt by Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.).

The Chippewas retook the led in the fifth on a solo homer by Nate Theunissen but the Crusaders retied the game as Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) scored an unearned run on a RBI single by Muhlsteff.

With two outs in the sixth, four straight singles plated two runs for Central Michigan, giving the visitors the lead for good.  Thirteen batters then came to the plate in the eighth, as the Chippewas scored eight times on eight hits while also taking advantage of a pair of Valpo miscues.  A two-run pinch-hit double in the ninth and a error allowed Central Michigan to score the final three runs.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) started and suffered the loss (2-3) for the Crusaders, working 5.2 innings and allowing six runs, five earned, and nine hits.  He walked four and struck out six.  Bryce Morrow earned the win (1-0) for the Chippewas, pitching five innings and allowing four runs, three of which were earned, and seven hits while walking two and fanning three.

Heinkel, who along with Muhlsteff accounted for six of Valpo’s 10 hits on the afternoon, had two hits for the Brown and Gold, raising his average up to .444.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) had a single in the opening inning to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games.

Dale Cornstubble went 4-for-6 with three runs batted in for Central Michigan while Theunissen and Billy Anderson also had three hits each.

Valparaiso (5-16) will continue its five-game homestand on Friday afternoon entertaining Chicago State in the first of a three-game series.  First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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