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Valpo Splits Twinbill with Butler Saturday Afternoon
Damon McCormick earned his fifth victory of the year in the night cap. (Dave Schofield)
Damon McCormick earned his fifth victory of the year in the night cap. (Dave Schofield)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

After dropping the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader 2-1 in 10 innings, Valparaiso fought back in the night cap to earn a split with Butler, downing the Bulldogs 7-2 in game two at Emory G. Bauer Field.

Valpo started the offense early in game two as Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) led off the opening inning with a double and moved to third when Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) reached on a fielding error.  With one out, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) singled into left, putting the Crusaders on top 2-0.  Two batters later, Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) tripled home Robinson, giving the Brown and Gold a three run advantage.

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.), who had his 15-game hitting streak snapped in the opener, led of the third with his seventh triple of the season, tying Ken Manning (1989) and Rob Hadrick (1997) for most three-baggers in a season in school history.  Gaedele scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by Robinson.

Butler (18-24, 8-11 Horizon) cut the lead in half in the fifth.  A two out single by Andrew Eckhardt followed by a double by Brian Padove pulled the Bulldogs within 4-2 at the halfway mark.

The Crusaders immediately answered, scoring two more times in the fifth.  Robinson singled home Frane with one out and scored himself on a two out single by Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.).

Valpo tacked on one more insurance run in the sixth as Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.) led of the inning with a single and moved to third on Muhlsteff’s 20th double of the season, one shy of the school’s single season record.  A wild pitch then scored Bain with the game’s final run.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) went the distance to earn the win (5-1) for Valpo, scattering just six hits and allowing the two runs.  He struck out six and walked just two.  Jared Earle suffered the loss (3-2) for Butler, allowing six runs, only two of which were earned, and eight hits in five innings of work.

Robinson led the Crusaders with four runs batted in while Scoby and Muhlsteff also had two hits each as Valpo pounded out 10 for the game.

The opener was a pitcher’s dual between Bryce Shafer (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) and Mike Hernandez.  Shafer went nine strong innings while Hernandez went all 10 as the Bulldogs earned the extra innings victory.

Butler manufactured the game’s first run in the second inning.  Corey Moylan and Kyle Schultz led off with singles and moved up 90 feet following a sacrifice bunt.  Michael Letzter scored Moylan on a sacrifice fly to right field to give the Bulldogs the lead.

Shafer worked out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the sixth, ending the inning with a strikeout and a fly out before Valpo tied the game in the bottom of the inning.  McCormick led off with a walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single by Muhlsteff, one of three hits for the senior in the game.  Scoby then scored McCormick on a sacrifice fly to right, tying the game at one.

Shafer went nine innings, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out 11 before giving way to Gaedele in the 10th.  Kyle Waggoner led off the inning with a walk and moved up on a single by Grant Fillipitch.  Another single by Moylan plated the Bulldogs’ winning run as the Crusaders went scoreless in the bottom of the inning against Hernandez.

Shafer’s 11 strikeouts give him 225 for his career, moving him past Tom Starck into fourth place on Valpo’s career list. 

Hernandez allowed just eight hits and one walk in the 10-inning win (4-3), striking out six.  Gaedele suffered the loss (0-1) in relief.

Muhlsteff led the Crusaders with three of the team’s eight hits while Moylan had a three-hit effort for the Bulldogs.

Valparaiso (19-27, 7-7) will remain at Emory G. Bauer Field on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders host Northern Illinois.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

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