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Valpo Baseball Wins Fourth Straight, Downs Wabash 14-6
Karch Kowalczyk had four hits and four RBIs on Monday. (Dave Schofield)
Karch Kowalczyk had four hits and four RBIs on Monday. (Dave Schofield)

Monday, April 05, 2010

Valparaiso’s baseball team continued its hot hitting attack on Monday afternoon, scoring double figures for the fourth straight games as the Crusaders ran their win streak to a season-high four with a 14-6 victory over Wabash at Emory G. Bauer Field.

The Crusaders pounded out 18 hits, then 10th time in the last 11 games the Brown and Gold has had 10 or more in a contest.  Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) went 4-for-5 with four runs batted in while Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) had four hits in six at bats.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) drove home four runs with his three-hit day as well.

“We swung the bat really well today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said after the game.  “We got lots of two-out and two-strike hits which we need to do.”

Valpo struck first in the opening inning.  Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) drew a two-out bases loaded walk and Robinson followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0 Crusaders.  The Brown and Gold added to the lead in the third, again with two outs.  Two straight walks followed by a Kowalczyk single plated the fourth run while Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) and Muhlsteff followed with a single and double respectively, increasing the advantage to six.

“Muhlsteff continues to hit the ball well and Karch had a couple of big hits,” Woodson added.

David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.) added a run-scoring double in the fourth and Kowalczyk came through again with a two-out hit to make it 8-0 Valpo.

Wabash (11-13) got on the scoreboard in the sixth on a double by Montana Timmons, who went 3-for-3 on the day for the Little Giants.  Timmons then scored on a single by David Seibel to cut the Crusader lead to 6-2.

Valpo responded with four more runs in the bottom of the inning, including a two-RBI double by Kowalczyk.  Muhlsteff added a two-out solo homer to left, his fourth of the campaign.  A two-run double by Robinson in the seventh increased Valpo’s advantage to 14-2 before the Little Giants scored four in the eighth to close the scoring.

Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) started and went 5.1 innings for the win (3-3) for the Crusaders, allowing two runs and eight hits.  He did not walk a batter and struck out seven.  Four Crusader relievers got the final 11 outs to secure the win.

Jarad Miller (Fort Wayne, Ind./Carroll H.S.) came in (in the ninth) and was just filthy to close out the game,” concluded Woodson.

Keegan Leckrone started and suffered the loss (2-3) for Wabash, allowing six runs and six hits in three innings.  He walked five and struck out two.

Valparaiso (9-16) will look to extend its winning streak to five on Tuesday afternoon, heading to West Lafayette, Ind. to face Purdue.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m. CDT.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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