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Valpo Posts 11-1 Series-Opening Victory over Penguins
Will Hagel had three hits and drove home three runs in the 10-run win on Friday. (Jeff Golden)
Will Hagel had three hits and drove home three runs in the 10-run win on Friday. (Jeff Golden)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Valparaiso scored in seven of its eight trips to the plate on Friday morning at a windy Emory G. Bauer Field and defeated Youngstown State 11-1 for its sixth straight victory.

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) went eight solid innings, allowing just one run and five hits for the victory (2-1), walking just one and striking out four.

“It was a good day for Justin to pitch,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “He threw the ball over the plate and their big hitters are all left-handed.  With the wind whipping straight in from right it was definitely to his advantage and he used it.”

Valpo took advantage of the wind in the first couple of innings, jumping out to the lead.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) led the game off with a walk and Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) followed with a bunt single.  Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) laced a single which scored a pair of runs, giving Valpo the lead before Corey Thibault (Tustin, Calif./Foothill H.S.) added a wind-blown infield single to plate Manning with the third run of the inning.

Youngstown State answered with a run in the second as Jeremy Banks doubled and Craig Goubeaux delivered a two-out single, cutting the Valpo lead to 3-1.

The Crusaders added two more in the bottom of the second.  A pair of walks put two men aboard and Manning popped up in the infield which the wind blew around before the ball was eventually dropped for an error, scoring both runners.

“We put the ball into play and forced them to make some plays in the first couple of innings,” Woodson said.  “They weren’t able to make them and then we were able to build on our lead.”

The Penguins threatened in the third, putting runners on the corners with only one out, but Banks hit into a double play that Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) and Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) turned in the middle of the diamond.

“That double play was huge for us,” Woodson added.  “I thought it was the turning point in the game.”

Frane cruised through the middle innings, retiring 11 straight hitters from the third through seventh innings beginning with that double play ball.

Valpo manufactured a run in the fourth as Morman walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Gaedele.  Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) tripled home Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) with two outs in the fifth and Thibault followed with a run-scoring double, increasing the lead to 8-1.

Gaedele tripled in the sixth and scored on a Scoby sacrifice fly in the sixth before Martin singled home Hagel with the 10th run of the game in the seventh.  Hagel delivered the final RBI with a double in the eighth.

Hagel finished the day with his first three-hit game of the season, driving home three runs as well for the third time this year.  Martin and Thibault each had two hits and two runs batted in as well, as Valpo tallied 12 hits on the afternoon.  Gaedele scored three times, drawing a pair of walks in addition to his triple.

Goubeaux had two of Youngstown State’s five hits on the afternoon to lead the Penguin attack.

Bill Turosky started and suffered the loss (1-1) for the Penguins, allowing eight runs, six of which were earned, and six hits in five innings of work.  He walked four and struck out just two.

Valparaiso (12-21, 7-3 Horizon), winner of nine of its last 11 games, and Youngstown State (8-23, 3-4) will close out their three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for noon at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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 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
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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo