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Valpo Splits Season-Opening Twinbill at Longwood

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Valparaiso opened its 2007 baseball season on Saturday afternoon splitting a doubleheader with Longwood in Farmville, Va. The Crusaders dropped the opener to the Lancers 4-2 before rebounding to post an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.

A five-run third inning proved to be the difference for the Crusaders in game Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) singled home Jeff Rickert (Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield H.S.) and Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.). Three batters later, Brian Rzepka (South Bend, Ind./Penn H.S.) hit a three-run homer to put Valpo in front 5-2. Manthei and Dallas Cawiezell (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) both came home on the blast.

Longwood answered with a two-run double by Casey Hevers in the bottom of the inning, but the Crusaders tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh. Cawiezell's sacrifice fly plated Arensdorff and Rzpeka, who went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, singled in Manthei.

The Lancers added a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to complete the scoring.

Rickert went 4-for-4 while Manthei was 3-for-4 for the Crusaders in the win as Valpo pounded out 15 hits.

Elliott Gibbs (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) started and worked three innings for the Crusaders, allowing two earned runs, before Jay Clites (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) (1-0) came out of the bullpen, pitching three scoreless innings to earn the victory. Kevin Light (2-2) suffered the loss for Longwood, pitching just 2.1 innings while yielding five runs and eight hits.

In the opener, Harvey Yergin (Akron, Ohio/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) pitched seven strong innings for the Crusaders, allowing just two runs, one earned, and seven hits while striking out two.

Longwood scored a pair of runs in the eighth off of Peter Burg (Saint Joseph, Minn./Saint Cloud Cathedral H.S.) (0-1) which proved to be the difference. Phil Cerreto homered to left-center to lead off the inning and Frank Berry II singled home Jon Quigley who had tripled.

Valpo scored first in the fourth inning on a two-run double by Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.). He plated Arensdorff , who went 3-for-3 with a double in the game, along with Colin Reynolds (Crookston, Minn./Central H.S.).

The Lancers scored a run in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI double and added another unearned run to tie the game in the sixth.

Brian McCullough started for Longwood, working 7.2 innings and striking out nine. Needham Jones III (2-1) earned the win in relief.

Valparaiso (1-1) and Longwood (9-6) will wrap up their three-game weekend series on Sunday afternoon with a 12 p.m. contest in Farmville.
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. #21/21 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