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Northwestern Rallies to Defeat Valpo 10-8
Will Hagel went 2-for-3 with two walks and drove home three on the evening. (Dave Schofield)
Will Hagel went 2-for-3 with two walks and drove home three on the evening. (Dave Schofield)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Every starter had at least one hit for Valparaiso on Tuesday evening, but Northwestern rallied from a 7-2 deficit, scoring eight runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Crusaders 10-8 at U. S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind.

Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) had three hits to lead Valpo’s 15 hit attack, the ninth time this season he has had three or more hits in a game.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) added two more, extending his hitting streak to 14 straight games for the Brown and Gold.

“We swung the bats again tonight which is good to see,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We scored some runs early, but need to keep on scoring.”

The Crusaders staked starting pitcher Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) to three runs before he even took to the mound in the opening inning.  Muhlsteff and Gaedele had back-to-back one out singles and Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) loaded the bases drawing a walk.  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) cleared the bases with a double into the gap in left-center.

Northwestern cut into the Valpo lead in the second.  Chris Kontos put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with a triple to right, and scored one batter later on a double by Geoff Rowan.

Valpo immediately got those two runs back in the top of the third.  Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester H.S.) delivered a bases loaded single to score Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) and Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Frane, giving the Crusaders a 5-2 lead.

Three straight two out doubles in the fifth added to the Valpo advantage.  Kowalczyk’s two-bagger into the left-centerfield gap plated Cribbs before Damon McCormick’s (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) bloop double into center scored Kowalczyk, pushing the lead to 7-2 and chasing Northwestern starter Joe Muraski from the mound.

Deetjen, meanwhile, limited the Wildcat offense, scattering seven hits over his five innings of work.  The sophomore left-hander was aided by three double plays that were turned by the Valpo defense.

“We had the decision of whether to leave Deetjen in another inning or two or save him for this weekend,” Woodson said.  “Right now our conference weekend series against Butler is more important than midweek games.”

The Wildcats took advantage of defensive lapses by the Crusaders in the sixth.  Three Valpo errors aided Northwestern in scoring eight times in the inning on just four hits.  Paul Snieder’s grand slam to straight away leftfield capped the inning, and gave Northwestern a 10-7 lead.

“We didn’t make plays on routine ground balls and then gave up runs afterwards or turn what should be a double play,” Woodson added. “That hurts.  We just couldn’t get out of that one inning.”

Valpo tried to fight back in the eighth.  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) led off with a single.  Muhlsteff followed reaching on an error after laying down a sacrifice bunt, moving Scoby to second.  A Gaedele single through the left side scored Scoby, bringing Valpo within two, 10-8.  Snieder came on to pitch as Northwestern’s closer, striking out the first two Crusaders before Hagel singled to left.  Rowan came up throwing, and gunned down Muhlsteff at the plate to end the Valpo threat.  Snieder then retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his 10th save of the year.

Matt Carroll (Rockton, Ill./Hononegah H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders in relief, allowing six runs, only two of which were earned, in just one-third of an inning.  Matt Gailey earned the win (1-1) for Northwestern, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Snieder finished the game 3-for-5 with four runs batted in to lead Northwestern (19-25) while Kontos also had a three hit night.

Valparaiso (18-25) will return home to Emory G. Bauer Field on Friday afternoon to begin a three-game Horizon League series against Butler.  First pitch of the series opener is set for 3 p.m.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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