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Arensdorff, Manthei Help Valpo To Split With Centenary As Mid-Con Season Opens

Friday, April 09, 2004

Shreveport, La. - Mike Arensdorff belted a two-run homer and Ryan Manthei had two hits and two RBIs to lead Valpo to a 7-5 victory over Centenary in the Mid-Continent Conference opener. Centenary won the nightcap 9-6.

In the first game, Valpo (5-19, 1-1) scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-1 lead. Kevin Kutansky touched home after a wild pitch and Manthei followed with a two-run double.

Tyler Lowell, who went 4-for-6 with one RBI in the twinbill, drove home Eddie Hannan, who led off the fourth inning with a triple.

Centenary cut the Crusaders' lead to 4-2 with a run in the fourth. Arensdorff answered with his fourth roundtripper of the season in the fifth after Jeff Rickert led off the inning by reaching on an error.

The Gents scored three in the seventh to trim their deficit to 6-5. Valpo responded with an unearned insurance tally in the eighth.

Tom Starck (2-5) earned the victory, pitching 6 1/3 innings. The senior southpaw allowed five runs on seven hits, while fanning seven and yielding five walks. Patrick Paulus hurled 2 2/3 innings of shutout ball for his second save.

David Ruffing (5-3) suffered the loss, pitching 7 innings. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits, while striking out seven and walking three. Blake Adkison had three hits and three RBIs for Centenary.

In the nightcap, Centenary scored five times in the first three innings and broke the game open with a four-run fifth.

Kevin Perri (.375) had two hits, including a two-run homer, and Troy Garrett added a two-run single for the Crusaders. Arensdorff (.333) had two hits.

Kyle Obenauf (1-4) started on the mound, pitching 2/3 of an inning. Nick Rotunno (3 1/3) and Adam Knobel (2) pitched in relief for Valpo.

Kevin Willborn (4-3) went the distance for the Gents, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits, while striking out six and walking one. A.J. Howes had two hits and three RBIs for Centenary.

Centenary hosts Valpo in another doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon CST.
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
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Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler