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Key Horizon League Series Awaits Valpo in Youngstown This Weekend
Senior Chris DeBoo will make the start Saturday versus Youngstown State.
Senior Chris DeBoo will make the start Saturday versus Youngstown State.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Valparaiso (11-19, 2-7 Horizon)
at
Youngstown State (9-23, 5-4 Horizon)

Games #31-33

Friday, April 12th, 2:00 p.m. CDT
Saturday, April 13th, 12:00 p.m. CDT
Sunday, April 14th, 12:00 p.m. CDT
Eastwood Field - Niles, Ohio

This Week in Crusader Baseball: After a frustrating series loss at home to UIC and a couple of rainouts, Valpo will take its aggression out on Horizon League foe Youngstown State Friday-Sunday at Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio. If the Crusaders have any intention of retaining their regular season crown, a sweep is a good first step. After a number of chances to stay within striking distance of Milwaukee have slipped through the hands of the local nine, the Crusaders find themselves with their backs against the wall. This weekend should provide a litmus test for a team whose expectations have yet to be met.

On the Air: Video will be available courtesy of Penguin Vision through valpoathletics.com as well as live stats for all three games. 

Head Coach Tracy Woodson: Tracy Woodson, the 16th head coach in Valparaiso University history, is in his seventh season at the helm of the Crusaders and has a 166-201 (.452) record both for his career as well as at Valpo. Woodson ranks third 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: Junior RHP Cole Webb (2-5, 1.88) will take the ball Friday in the first game of the set for the Crusaders. Youngstown State will counter with LHP Blake Aquadro (2-4, 4.50). Saturday’s matchup will feature RHP Chris DeBoo (2-5, 4.64) opposite junior RHP Patrick O’Brien (2-3, 3.83). It’ll be a battle of freshmen as LHP Dalton Lundeen (1-0, 2.49) will get the start on Sunday, while the Penguins will send RHP Lance Horner (0-1, 3.26) to the hill.

Series Notes: Valparaiso has Youngstown State’s number, leading the all-time series 39-14 (.736). The Crusaders swept both series last year including an 8-7 victory in extras on May 18th that clinched the regular season Horizon League title. Going back even further, the Crusaders have won eleven in a row over the Penguins. Valpo’s last loss to Youngstown State came on May 14th, 2010.

Looking Back: Valparaiso finished 2012 with a 35-25 record overall and a 22-8 mark in the Horizon League. The Crusaders took first place in both the regular season and Horizon League Tournament in Chicago before they made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 44 years.

Scouting the Penguins: Youngstown State currently stands at 9-23 overall. The Penguins have split the first two games in each of their series thus far.  YSU most recently took two out of three against the first-place Milwaukee Panthers at home. The Penguins opened the season with losses in 11 of their first 13 games. 

Senior Blake Aquadro, Friday’s starter, is no stranger to the Crusaders. The southpaw has worked six games including four starts against Valpo in his career. For his lifetime, Aquadro has thrown 20 innings, allowing 27 hits, 15 earned runs, eight walks, and seven strikeouts versus Valparaiso. Since his freshman year, Aquadro has neither walked nor struck out a Valpo batter in 9 1/3 innings pitched. He’s won one decision, while losing two all-time against the Brown and Gold. Aquadro has hit 12 batters in 42 innings pitched this season.

Patrick O’Brien gets the ball Saturday for the Penguins. The junior started against the Crusaders last May in Valpo in a 13-2 Youngstown State loss. He’s been the most reliable starter for the Penguins in 2013, allowing exactly one hit per inning pitched while walking just eight batters in 47 innings. While O’Brien has kept the free passes to a minimum, he has yielded a team-high five home runs.

Right-hander Lance Horner will take the mound Sunday in the series finale. First-year skipper Steve Gillispie used Horner exclusively as a reliever early on, but his numbers stuck out from a bullpen that has been the Achilles’ heel for the Penguins in 2013. Gillispie has yet to find a sure Sunday starter, but last Sunday’s performance against first-place Milwaukee earned Horner a second audition. He kept the Panthers to two runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

To no one’s surprise, third baseman Drew Dosch leads the Youngstown State offense. The junior leads the Penguins in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, slugging percentage, walks, and on-base percentage. A shoe-in for First Team All-Horizon League third baseman, Dosch has maintained his offensive prowess without last year’s partner-in-crime Jeremy Banks.

With Horner in the rotation, junior Nic Manuppelli is one of the few that lends credibility to the Penguin bullpen. The right-hander can throw it by batters, but command has been a concern for the closer (6 walks in 15 2/3 innings pitched)

First baseman Marcus Heath represents a power threat (4 HR) for Youngstown State, though a high strikeout-to-walk ratio hints that the junior is an all-or-nothing type. Shortstop Phil Lipari was named Horizon League Batter of the Week last week after going an impressive 8-for-10 with seven RBIs, four runs scored, and four stolen bases against Milwaukee. His 20 walks are second-most on the club. Junior infielder Nick Dinello is batting .320 with two doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs in just 50 at-bats.

Et Cetera: Through 30 games, Valpo has neither scored nor allowed double digits runs in a contest...Beginning Friday, the Crusaders enter a stretch of 15 games in 18 days...Cole Webb has turned in a quality start in all but one of his eight starts. He has received just 15 runs of support in those eight outings...Andrew Bain is 14-for-31 (.452) at the plate with runners in scoring position...It wasn’t until their 52nd game last season - Game 1 of the Horizon League Tournament on May 23rd - that the Penguins reached 9 wins.


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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)
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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
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 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
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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
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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
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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