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UIC Rallies to Defeat Valpo Thursday Night
Kyle Gaedele homered twice and had three hits in Friday's loss to UIC. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele homered twice and had three hits in Friday's loss to UIC. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Valparaiso jumped out to a five run lead midway through the game on Thursday evening, but UIC rallied, plating the winning runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Crusaders 13-10 at Les Miller Field in Chicago, Ill.

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) both had three hits and Gaedele homered twice for the Crusaders, but the Brown and Gold could not overcome five errors defensively.

“We had the lead and just gave it away,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We swung the bats well early but in the last four innings we gave away at bats.  Defense was not very good and that hurt us as well.”

After a 29 minute rain delay before the start of the game, Valpo found the scoreboard in its first at bat.  Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) and Gaedele registered back-to-back one out singles.  After the two runners moved up 90 feet following a passed ball, Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) loaded the bases with a two out walk.  A bounding ball up the middle off the bat of Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) was misplayed by the shortstop for an error, allowing Frane to cross the score.  The Crusaders were unable to plate any more runners in the inning though, stranding the bases loaded.

UIC scored a pair of runs in the second, both coming with two outs.  Andy Leonard’s single to right scored Chris Rutta to tie the game, and Leonard scored one batter later on a double to the right-centerfield gap by Ty Rubio.  Two walks later, the Flames loaded the bases before Bryce Shafer’s (Wabash, Ind./Northfield H.S.) third strikeout of the game ended the inning without any more damage.

Gaedele wasted little time retying the game, taking the second pitch of the third inning and hitting a blast deep beyond the leftfield wall for his sixth round-tripper of the season.  O’Gara followed with a double just inside the third base bag and moved to third on a single through the right side by Robinson.  Hagel gave Valpo the lead 3-2 with a double just to the left of the 401 mark in dead center, scoring O’Gara and moving Robinson to third.  With one out Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) drew a walk to load the bases, chasing UIC starter Michael Heesch from the mound.  Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) then added to the lead with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Robinson, and giving the Crusaders a 4-2 advantage after two-and-a-half innings.

The Flames answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third to retake a 5-4 lead.  A single to center by Leonard with the bases loaded scored the first run and two more runs scored on a bunt single by Steve McGuiggan combined with a throwing error by Shafer.

Valpo’s offense picked back up with two outs in the fourth.  O’Gara went the opposite way with his fifth homerun of the year to tie the game at five.  Robinson followed with a single into left-center and Hagel followed with a double to the same gap that found its way to the wall, scoffing Robinson to give the Crusaders a 6-5 lead.

The Brown and Gold continued to add to its lead in the fifth.  Kyle Muhlsteff (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza H.S.) hit a ball deep that the leftfielder Rutta jumped for, only to have the ball bounce off of his glove and over the fence for a two-run homer, giving Valpo an 8-5 lead.  After a walk to David Klein (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East H.S.), Gaedele hit a ball to left-center that also ricocheted off of Rutta’s glove and over the fence for his second homer of the game.

UIC bounced back in the bottom of the fifth, all with two outs.  Back-to-back doubles by Rubio and McGuiggan scored a run and Jason Ganek followed with a RBI single.  Another RBI hit by Matt Serna and a throwing error by Muhlsteff allowed two more runs to score, pulling the Flames within 10-9 and ending the day for Shafer.  Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) came on to get the final out of the fifth, preserving the lead.

The Flames tied the game in the sixth as Rubio’s single up the middle scored Andy Leonard with two outs.

UIC took the lead in the bottom of the eighth as Joe Betcher drew a two out walk.  He then took off for second and Deetjen’s pick off attempt sailed into the dirt, allowing Betcher to race around and score the go ahead run.  Two singles and a McGuiggan double later, and the Flames added two more insurance runs heading into the ninth.  Valpo went down in order one last time, failing to score in each of the last four innings.

Valpo finished the game with 14 hits, all of which came from the top six hitters in the Crusader lineup.  McGuiggan and Rubio led UIC’s 16-hit attack with four hits each with McGuiggan also driving home four runs.

Brad Riegler earned the win (3-2) in relief for the Flames, pitching the final 6.2 innings.  Deetjen suffered the loss (3-3) for the Crusaders, working the final 3.1 innings.

Valparaiso (21-29, 8-9 Horizon) and UIC (21-27, 14-8) are scheduled to wrap up the 2010 regular season on Friday with a doubleheader at Les Miller Field.  First pitch of game one is set for 1:05 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