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Valpo Downs Western Michigan Tuesday Afternoon
Kyle Gaedele drove home three runs in the win on Wednesday. (Dave Schofield)
Kyle Gaedele drove home three runs in the win on Wednesday. (Dave Schofield)

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A five-run sixth inning put Valparaiso ahead to stay on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated Western Michigan 10-7 at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla.

With two outs, Bo McClendon (Chesterton, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) delivered a run-scoring single  and Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) followed with his third hit of the day to tie the game at four.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) delivered a two-run triple to put Valpo on top and scored on a single by Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.).

“We got a bunch of key two-out hits in the inning,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.

The Broncos pulled within 7-6 with a two-run homer by Ryan McMillin in the eighth, but Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came on to get the final five outs for his first save of the season.

“Miller had good stuff today,” Woodson said.  “He was throwing hard.”

The Crusaders added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, posting their third win in five games.

Valpo started the scoring in the second on RBI singles by Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) and Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) before Western Michigan tied the game in the third.  Single runs in the fourth and fifth gave the Broncos a 4-2 lead heading into Valpo’s five-run inning.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) earned the win (1-0) for Valpo, going 7.1 innings and allowing just three earned runs and five hits while fanning seven.

“Bryce pitched the best I’ve seen him throw in his three years here,” Woodson added.  “He handled the wind and allowed just one earned run until the wind-blown homer.”

Frane and Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) each had three hits as part of a 14-hit attack by the Crusaders while Gaedele drove home three runs.

Brian Stroud suffered the loss (0-2) for Western Michigan (0-7), allowing 12 hits and seven runs in six innings of work.  He struck out nine.

Valparaiso (3-6) will face Duquesne on Thursday at Lake Myrtle Stadium in Auburndale, Fla. beginning at 12 p.m. CST.

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