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Valpo Scores First but Notre Dame Rallies to Down Crusaders
Dan DeBruin scored three times for Valpo at Notre Dame.
Dan DeBruin scored three times for Valpo at Notre Dame.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Box Score

                Valparaiso jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings, but Notre Dame rallied, scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh, and defeated the Crusaders 8-6 on Tuesday evening in Notre Dame, Ind.

                The Crusaders wasted little time jumping on the scoreboard.  Dan DeBruin (Combined Locks, Wis./Kimberly H.S.) and Matt Lenski (Milwaukee, Wis./Marquette University H.S.) had back-to-back singles up the middle to lead off the game.  A walk to Zach Rodeghero (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic H.S.) loaded the bases and DeBruin scored on a passed ball.  An infield single by Josh Wallace (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine H.S.) plated Lenski and a double play groundout scored Rodeghero to give Valpo a 3-0 lead before taking the field.

                Valpo added on to the lead in the second.  A one-out double by Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) and a two-out walk to DeBruin set the Crusaders up in scoring position.  Lenski drove home Gulbransen with a bounding ball through the leftside and Rodeghero added a single to right to score DeBruin for the second time on the day.  Rodeghero’s single chased Notre Dame starter Brian Dupra after just 1.2 innings of work and Valpo holding a 5-0 advantage.

                “We don’t score first very often,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We swung the bats well and did the little things.  We just need to be able to add to the lead once we get it.”

                Notre Dame cut into the Crusader lead in the bottom of the fourth innings as Evan Sharpley took advantage of a strong wind out to leftfield, just clearing the fence for a two-run homer off of John Snelten (Ingleside, Ill./Antioch H.S.).  The Fighting Irish then put two more runners on in the inning with just one out before the redshirt-junior induced his second double play ball of the game, keeping Valpo’s lead at 5-2 through four.

                Snelten worked into the sixth inning for his longest outing since 2006 before giving way to Jay Clites (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer H.S.) with runners on first and third and one out.  A squeeze bunt by Ross Gaston scored A.J. Pollack and two batters later Sean Gaston had a two-run pinch hit double to the left-centerfield gap to tie the game at five.  One pitch later, Greg Sherry doubled down the rightfield line and the Fighting Irish led 6-5.

                “We’re trying to stretch Snelten out,” said Woodson.  “He pitched well.  He had a good changeup today.”

                Snelten finished with a no decision, allowing four runs and eight hits in his 5.1 innings of work while striking out two.  He did not walk a batter.

                Valpo tied the game in the seventh as DeBruin led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Rodeghero, his third hit on the afternoon.  Wallace followed with a RBI single back through the box to tie the game, scoring DeBruin for the third time on the day.

                Pollack put Notre Dame back on top in the bottom of the seventh with a homerun down the leftfield line that went over the top of the foul pole.  Evan Sharply doubled and Jeremy Barnes followed with a single through the hole on the leftside to increase the Fighting Irish lead to 8-6.

                Tony Langford (2-0) kept Valpo off of the scoreboard in the eighth to earn the victory and Kyle Weiland earned the save pitching a 1-2-3 ninth.  Steve Godawa (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) suffered the loss (2-2) for the Crusaders.

                Rodeghero led the Crusader offense going 3-for-4 while Lenski and Wallace each had two hits.  Pollack and Sharpley each went 3-for-4 for Notre Dame (17-9-1).

                “I’m proud of our guys.  We played well today,” concluded Woodson.

                Valparaiso (8-21) will begin a nine-game homestand on Wednesday afternoon hosting Northern Illinois.  First pitch against the Huskies is set for 3 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.

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