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Crusaders Drop Two One-Run Games to Bowling Green

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Valparaiso rallied from deficits in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader with Bowling Green to tie the Falcons late, but dropped one run decisions in both contests, falling 7-6 in 10 innings in the opener and 5-4 in the nightcap.

The opener was a pitchers' dual through five innings until Bowling Green struck with three in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead into the late innings. The Crusaders tied the game in the eighth to force extra innings.

With two outs in the eighth, Jason Brunelli (Greenfield, Wis./Greenfield H.S.) singled home Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) and Mark Schoeck (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) to cut the deficit in half. Dallas Cawiezell (Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) followed with a pinch-hit run-scoring single and Jeff Rickert (Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield H.S.) tied the game with a base hit that scored Brunelli.

In the Falcons tenth, Josh Dietz hit a three-run homer to put Bowling Green in front. Valpo battled back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Michael Arensdorff (Eldridge, Iowa/North Scott H.S.) doubled home Brunelli and Rodeghero but Rickert was thrown out at the plate trying to tie the game.

Rickert went 4-for-4 in the game for the Crusaders, as the Brown and Gold pounded out 14 hits in the loss. Derek Smith (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo H.S.) (0-1) suffered the loss in relief for Valpo while Phil Hettlinger (1-0) earned the win for the Falcons.

In game two, Valpo jumped in front with a Ryan Manthei (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper H.S.) double in the top of the first. Bowling Green (6-3) answered with two in the bottom of the frame.

Brian Rzepka's (South Bend, Ind./Penn H.S.) two-run single in the third put the Crusaders back in front, only to have the Falcons answer with two more in the bottom of the inning.

Valpo tied it in the top of the fourth on Arensdorff's RBI ground out that brought Joe Lazar (Traverse City, Mich./Central H.S.) home.

Bowling Green scored in the winning run in the fifth on a single by Jeffrey Telmanik and Kurt Wells came on to get the save for the Falcons.

Elliott Gibbs (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.) (0-1) suffered the loss for Valpo, working 4.1 innings and striking out six.

Valparaiso (2-5) will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders face Akron in a single game in Bradenton. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CST.
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