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Five-Run First In Game One Propels Valpo To Twinbill Split With Western Illinois

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Valparaiso, Ind. - Matt Augustine had three hits and three RBIs to help Valpo to an 8-5 victory over Western Illinois in the first game of a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader. Western Illinois won the nightcap 8-3. Mike Arensdorff, who had five hits in the twinbill, drove in all three Crusader runs in the second game.

Valpo's Brian Rzepka finished the afternoon with five hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Kevin Kutansky added four hits and two RBIs on the day.

In the first game, Valpo (10-18, 3-5 Mid-Con) had a five-run uprising in the first inning. After Kevin Perri led off with a walk, Rzepka and Arensdorff delivered back-to-back bunt singles to load the bases. Kutansky's two-run single plated Perri and Rzepka, and Augustine followed with a ringing two-run double off the left center field wall. Josh Piazza belted a double down the right field line to give the Crusaders a 5-0 lead.

Augustine struck again in the second inning with an RBI line drive single to left field to score Rzepka, who reached on a one-out single.

Matt Gillikin (1-2), who pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, retired 16 of the first 19 batters he faced. In the sixth inning, Western Illinois (12-21, 3-1) trimmed its deficit to 6-3 on a two-run single by Joe Pacyga and a sacrifice fly by Steve Knapp.

The Crusaders, who finished with 13 hits, responded with a tally in the bottom of the sixth. After John Giusti singled and stole second, Rzepka brought Giusti home with a thunderous triple to right center.

Arensdorff, who is hitting .354 overall, extended Valpo's lead to 8-3 with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. The Leathernecks had a late rally in the ninth, scoring two runs for the final margin.

Valpo received strong relief help from Dallas Cawiezell and Adam Knobel. Cawiezell, a freshman, pitched 2 2/3 innings and Knobel hurled the final inning. Gillikin allowed three earned runs on four hits, while fanning five and walking four. Cawiezell yielded two runs on two hits and struck out one, while walking one. Knobel struck out two of the four batters he faced.

Jon Adams (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.

In the nightcap, WIU grabbed a 3-0 lead with one in the second and two in the third. The first run scored on a double play, while the pair of runs in the third came as a result of Dan Davy's RBI groundout and Kyle Malan's RBI single.

Arensdorff's RBI single produced an unearned run in the third to cut the Leathernecks' advantage to 3-1.

Western Illinois came back with three in the fourth on Davy's RBI single, a balk and a passed ball to increase its lead to 6-1. The latter two runs were unearned.

In the seventh, Arensdorff remained hot at the plate, lining a two-run double into the left center gap to pull Valpo within 6-3. Consecutive RBI doubles by Jake Gloude and Nick Simmons in the bottom of the seventh provided some insurance for WIU.

Nick Mazzone (1-1) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. The sophomore lefty struck out two and walked two. Bobby Mahon (1-1) earned the win, allowing two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. John Matlick pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for his second save.

Valpo hosts Butler on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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