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Valpo Swept in Mid-Con Opener at Southern Utah

Friday, April 07, 2006

Valparaiso got off to a rough start in Mid-Continent Conference play on Friday afternoon, giving up seven unearned runs, as the Crusaders dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Southern Utah, falling by scores of 8-1 and 3-2 in Cedar City, Utah.

The Thunderbirds took advantage of a two-out error by Valpo in the fifth inning of game one to score five unearned runs and jump in front. Justin Sotelo hit a three-run homer to cap the inning.

Southern Utah added three more in the seventh. Trevor Dimick singled home two and Jacob Romney had a pinch-hit infield single that plated the eighth run.

Kevin Kutansky (Schererville, Ind./Munster H.S.) singled to center in the eighth to score Jon Rupno (Green Bay, Wis./Pulaski H.S.) with two outs for Valpo's lone run in the opener. Kutansky was the only Crusader with two hits in the opener as the Brown and Gold managed just four total for the game.

Kasey Hubbard (3-3) started and went eight solid innings for the Thunderbirds to earn the win, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out six. John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.) (1-1) started for Valpo allowing all eight runs, three of which were earned and suffered the loss.

Valpo jumped in front in the fourth inning of game two. Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) had a two-run single through the hole on the left side of the infield to score Kutansky and Michael Arensdorff (Park View, Iowa/North Scott H.S.).

The Thunderbirds answered with one in the bottom of the frame on a single by Keli'I Zablan. They then added what proved to be the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth in the seven-inning game. A bases loaded hit batsman and a sacrifice fly brought in the two runs that made the difference in the nightcap.

Larry Ellenbrook (3-3) went the distance for Southern Utah to record the victory, allowing two runs and ten hits while walking none and striking out seven. Harvey Yergin (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) (0-5) was the tough luck loser for the Crusaders, throwing a complete game and allowing just one earned run and seven hits.

Rodeghero and Colin Reynolds (Crookston, Minn./Central H.S.) both went 3-for-3 for the Brown and Gold in the nightcap.

Valparaiso (4-17, 0-2 Mid-Con) and Southern Utah (16-10, 2-0) will conclude their four-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon with another twinbill in Cedar City. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CST at Thunderbird Park.
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