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Milwaukee Takes Baseball Doubleheader from Valpo
Andrew Bain had two hits in the night cap. (Ray Acevedo)
Andrew Bain had two hits in the night cap. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

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.

“Our starting pitching was good today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We just couldn’t close the first game out.  We had several opportunities to score runs and just didn’t.  The second game seemed to be a let down, especially after we had two on in the first and couldn’t score.”

Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in the opener, and the Crusaders jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Tim Patzman hit a two-out two-run homer in the 11th to cap the comeback.

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) put Valpo on the scoreboard in the top of the first with a run-scoring double.  Robinson followed with another double to plate Gaedele, and scored himself on an error as the Crusaders took a 3-0 lead.

The Panthers answered with three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning though, to retie the game.  A groundout and a two-run single by Paul Hoenecke plated all three runs after a one-out error loaded the bases.

A sacrifice fly off of the bat of David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) scored Robinson in the third as the Brown and Gold retook the lead 4-3.  The game stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth when Hoenecke delivered Milwaukee’s third straight single to knot the game.

Robinson answered immediately for the Crusaders in the seventh, singling home Gaedele with the go-ahead run, and Valpo would maintain its lead until the ninth.

With two outs and a runner on first, back-to-back singles, the latter by Dan Buchholz, tied the game and sent it into extra innings.  Valpo put a runner on third with two outs in the 11th, but that would be its only threat as Patzman ended the game with his blast with two outs in the bottom of the inning.

Austen Siwiec (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) suffered the loss (1-3) in relief for the Crusaders after Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) started and went eight innings, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, and seven hits while striking out seven.  Greg Blahowiak earned the win (1-0) for the Panthers, pitching the final four innings and allowing just one hit.

In the nightcap, Patzman went 3-for-4 for Milwaukee while Jeff Gordon and Cameron Amsrud combined on the shutout, scattering just seven hits and walking just one.

The game was scoreless into the fifth when Valpo threatened, loading the bases with one out.  A line drive double play allowed the Panthers to keep the game scoreless.  In the bottom of the fifth, Cole Kraft broke the scoreless deadlock with a RBI single.  Crusaders starter Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) avoided further damage though, and kept the deficit at just one into the seventh.

Milwaukee added a pair of insurance tallies in the seventh on the way to earning the shutout victory.

Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) had two hits each for the Crusaders, but Valpo hit into three  double plays to end any rallies they tried to start.

McCormick pitched seven innings while suffering the loss (4-1) for the Crusaders, allowing three runs and 10 hits.  He did not walk a batter.  Gordon went 6.2 innings to earn the win (3-0) for Milwaukee (20-19, 9-6 Horizon) while Amsrud finished up for his fifth save of the year.

Valparaiso (18-24, 6-5) will return to the diamond on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders return to U. S. Steel Yard in Gary to battle Northwestern.  First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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