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Yergin, Valpo Bats Lead Crusaders to Sweep of Oakland

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Rochester, Mich. - Harvey Yergin hurled a complete-game victory and Valpo pounded out 26 hits on the day as the Crusaders swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader from Oakland by scores of 8-2 and 7-4. Mike Arensdorff had five hits, including two home runs, and finished with four RBIs in the twinbill.

Jon Rupno had four hits and three RBIs, while Matt Augustine also totaled four hits. Seven Crusaders had two hits in the first game and four notched multi-hit performances in the nightcap.

In the opener, Valpo's 16-hit attack and Yergin's dominant pitching put the Crusaders in firm control of the game. A sophomore, Yergin (3-6) retired 20 straight batters from the third inning until there were two outs in the ninth. He limited the Golden Grizzlies to two ninth-inning runs, allowing five hits overall. The righthander struck out seven and did not issue a walk.

Valpo (14-25, 6-10 Mid-Con) took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Kevin Perri singled and Arensdorff followed with a two-run homer over the right center field wall. The Crusaders extended their lead to 4-0 in the sixth when Perri singled and came home on Kevin Kutansky's two-run homer to left center.

The lead grew to 8-0 with a single run in the eighth and a trifecta in the ninth. Jeff Rickert delivered an RBI single in the eighth, scoring Josh Piazza, who hit a one-out double. Solid situational hitting produced the trio of runs in the ninth. Kutansky's sacrifice fly plated Brian Rzepka, who led off with a double. Piazza added another sacrifice fly as Perri scored his third run of the game. Rupno's RBI bunt single brought Arensdorff home with the eighth run.

Oakland (10-29, 7-11) spoiled Yergin's shutout attempt with two outs in the ninth. Nate Recknagel doubled and Ty Herriott followed with a two-run homer to center field.

In addition to Arensdorff, Rupno and Augustine, Rzepka, Perri, Piazza and Rickert each had two hits in the opener.

Kevin Hale (3-3) suffered the loss, pitching 6 1/3 solid innings. He allowed four runs on 10 hits, while fanning three and walking none.

In the nightcap, a four-run third inning broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the difference. After Rupno's RBI single tied the game in the second, Valpo took advantage of three Golden Grizzllies' errors in the third. John Giusti singled, advanced to second on a throwing error and scored on another throwing error that allowed Rzepka to reach second. After a balk and a walk, Perri stole second base. Rzepka scored when the catcher's throw went into center field. Arensdorff belted an RBI double to left field and, with one out, scored on Piazza's RBI groundout.

Oakland trimmed its deficit to 5-3 with single runs in the third and fourth. Herriott's sacrifice fly and Ryan Heath's solo homer accounted for the offense.

Arensdorff's second homer of the day, his fourth on the season, and Rupno's RBI single in the fifth increased the lead to 7-3. Oakland scored one in the sixth on Bryan Marulli's RBI double for the final margin.

Arensdorff had three hits in the second game, while Augustine, Rupno and Giusti each had two.

John Snelten (2-0) earned the win in relief, allowing one run in 2 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Bryan Bishop took the loss, allowing four earned runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

With tomorrow's action and two additional weekends of Mid-Con games remaining, Valpo (6-10) is challenging Centenary (6-8) and Oakland (7-11) for the fourth and final spot in the Mid-Con Tournament to be held May 26-28 at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Centenary, which was swept in a doubleheader Saturday at first-place ORU, plays another twinbill Sunday against the Golden Eagles (13-1).

Valpo and Oakland conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET).







M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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 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
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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