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Valpo Heads to UNLV for Three-Game Set
Chris Manning is off to a solid start in his freshman season. (Jeff Golden)
Chris Manning is off to a solid start in his freshman season. (Jeff Golden)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Valparaiso (1-11, 0-0 Horizon)
Games #13-16 at UNLV (12-3, 0-0 MWC)
Friday, March 11, 8:05 p.m. CST
Saturday, March 12, 4:05 p.m. CST (DH)
Sunday, March 13, 1:05 p.m. CST
Earl E. Wilson Stadium (3,000) - Las Vegas, Nev.

This Week in Crusader Baseball: Valparaiso will wrap up its two week spring break trip this weekend with a four-game series at UNLV.  The Crusaders will look to build some momentum and snap their losing skid before returning to the Midwest while the Rebels are off to a hot start this season after downing #14 Arizona on Wednesday.

On the Air: Live video for this weekend’s series can be seen through www.valpoathletics.com courtesy of UNLV.  Live stats will also be available through www.valpoathletics.com for each game of the series.

Head Coach Tracy Woodson: Tracy Woodson, the 16th head coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his fifth season at the helm of the Crusaders and has a 96-136 (.414) record both for his career as well as at Valpo.  Woodson ranks fourth in school history for career wins by a head coach.  A member of the Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 World Champion team, he has also managed in the minor leagues through the AAA level.

Probable Starters: Damon McCormick (RHP, 0-2, 7.11) will take the mound for the Crusaders in the series opener on Friday.  On Saturday, Tyler Deetjen (LHP, 1-2, 7.31) and Jon Gulbransen (LHP, 0-2, 4.41) are slated to toe the rubber for Valpo while Justin Frane (RHP, 0-2, 2.40) will be handed the ball on Sunday for the series finale.  At this time UNLV has not announced its starting rotation.

Series Notes: This will be the first meeting on the diamond ever between Valparaiso and UNLV.

Wrapping Up Cal Poly:
The Mustangs got three days worth of solid pitching performances last weekend to sweep the Crusaders in the three-game series.  In the opener on Friday, Cal Poly scored three in the fifth and four in the seventh on the way to an 8-3 victory.  Saturday, three pitchers combined to scatter six hits as the Mustangs shutout Valpo 11-0.  Sunday’s series finale saw the Crusaders commit five errors in a 7-1 setback. 

Scouting UNLV: The Rebels have won five of their last six games following a 9-7 victory over #14 Arizona on Wednesday night.  UNLV is hitting .320 as a team with 15 home runs and 121 runs scored in 15 games.  Rance Roundy leads the way batting .527 with 10 doubles, five homers, and 21 runs batted in.  Trent Cook has hit at a .404 clip with 16 RBIs.  The Rebels pitching staff has been solid, led by Tanner Peters who is 3-0 and has not allowed an earned run in 21.0 innings of work.

Walking Machine: Ryan O’Gara may be hitting just .194 heading into the weekend for the Crusaders, but he is doing his job getting on base.  He ranks second on the team with a .383 on base percentage after drawing 11 walks in 11 games.

Frane Does a Little of Everything: Justin Frane has started on the mound, came on in relief, and appeared at the plate already this season.  Having made one start and four relief appearances, the senior has a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings.  At the plate he is hitting .400.

Gaedele Keeps Producing: A .336 career hitter heading into the weekend, Kyle Gaedele is off to another hot start for the Crusaders.  The junior is batting .356 on the season with a team-leading six runs batted in.

Go Speed Racers: Kyle Gaedele and Chris Manning have the Crusaders off and running on the base paths.  As a team Valpo is 19-for-23 in stolen base attempts, with Gaedele 7-for-8 on the season and Manning 4-for-5.  Gaedele is now 32-for-35 swiping bases in his two plus year career with Valpo.

Gulbransen Moving Career List: Jon Gulbransen ranks eighth on Valpo’s career innings pitched list with 252.0 at Valpo.  He just passed Chuck Donley (1991-1995) who threw 27.1 innings during his career and is just 11.1 innings behind former teammate Bryce Shafer (2008-2010) for seventh.

Career Lists Part Two: Jon Gulbransen also continues to climb the career strikeouts list at Valpo.  The southpaw has fanned 196 hitters during his career, ninth most all-time.  He is six Ks away from matching Jim Pomeroy’s (1996-1999) 202 strikeouts for eighth on the career charts.

Need to Get the Runners Home: Valparaiso has struggled at plating runners in scoring position throughout the first part of the season.  Valpo is batting just .184 (21-for-114) this season with runners in scoring position is hitting just .133 (2-for-15) with the bases loaded.

Gaedele Earns Preseason Honors: Outfielder Kyle Gaedele has been named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Third Team selection prior to the start of the season.  Gaedele batted .373 with seven homers and 63 runs batted in a year ago while legging out eight triples.

Valpo Tabbed Fourth in 2011: Valparaiso has been picked to finish in fourth place in the annual Horizon League preseason coaches’ poll.  Wright State, last year’s regular season champion, has been picked to repeat while Milwaukee has been selected second after winning last year’s tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

This and That: Ben Olejniczak has come off of the bench and is 2-for-4 in a pinch hitting role this year ... Chris Manning is hitting .385 against left-handed hurlers ... Robbie Robinson has reached base in four straight games ... Kyle Gaedele and Bobby Martin each have four-hit games this season.

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