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Fall World Series Starts Saturday

Friday, October 04, 2013

It's remarkable to think four months have passed since the Crusaders grabbed the attention of the college baseball world by dismissing the Florida Gators from the NCAA Regionals via a 5-4 nailbiter in Bloomington, Indiana.

Perhaps what's more remarkable is the heightened level of standards considering the sea of change that swept through Valparaiso in the summer of 2013.

Last year's associate head coach Brian Schmack now sits at the head of the table - and with his promotion came a brand new staff. Shortstop Spencer Mahoney is the lone rollover from an infield that won a combined 67 games in 2012 & 2013. Kyle Wormington, Chris DeBoo, and Mike Jacobs have recorded their final outs as collegiate pitchers.

"If anything, I believe we have higher expectations this year with Coach Schmack. In the past, our whole emphasis was on making the NCAA Tournament. Now, we are looking to start and do much better on our spring trip. We usually start off slow, but we would like to maintain a highly competitive level of ball for the entire season start to finish. We believe Coach Schmack and his staff will help continue our past success and build upon it. We're all very excited," senior Chris Manning said.

While a significant amount of productivity has graduated, core players still preoccupy the roster.

Karch Kowalczyk, last season's Horizon League Relief Pitcher of the Year, is back for his senior season as is Manning, a two-time All-Horizon League outfielder. A pair of 2013 All-HL Newcomers Cole Webb and Bryce Hara return for one more season as well. Starting pitcher Dalton Lundeen is just a few months removed from a freshman season where he posted a 5-1 record to accompany a 3.73 earned run average. Webb and Lundeen provide Schmack with ready-made options for the weekend rotation.

Furthermore, Valpo's recent run of success has boosted the caliber of recruits the coaching staff has been able to attract.

"Being able to mention a Regional victory over Florida along with back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances has definitely allowed us to target a higher profile student-athlete," Schmack said.

These new pieces will be on full display Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field in Game 1 of the team's Fall World Series. Games 2 & 3 (if necessary) will be held on Monday and Wednesday at 3 p.m.

The two teams will be captained by seniors: Kowalczyk the Black team, and Manning the Grey team.

Black Team

Andy Burns
Mark Johnson
Chris Ramsey
Bryce Hara
Karch Kowalczyk
Cole Webb
Ellis Foreman
Ethan Gasbarro
Ray Bartolomucci
Chet Joslyn
Matt Gatewood
Andrew Bynum
Mario Losi
Scott Jerge
Kyle Schneider

Grey Team

Chris Manning
Spencer Mahoney
Jeff Edwards
Jason Condit
Nate Palace
Zack Walsh
Ben Mahar
Bryce Yoder
JP Paciocco
Jake Hanson
Emerson Misch
Grant Yoder
Trevor Haas
Drew Hasler
Dalton Lundeen

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