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Bakersfield Defeats Valpo 7-4 in Series Finale
Kyle Gaedele extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kyle Gaedele extended his hitting streak to 13 games on Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Valparaiso fought back from a large deficit after two innings on Wednesday afternoon, but it was not enough as the Crusaders fell to Cal State Bakersfield 7-4 at Hardt Field in Bakersfield, Calif.

The Roadrunners scored seven times in the first two innings before the Crusader relievers shut the door on Bakersfield bats, not allowing a hit after the second inning.

“Our bullpen was fabulous today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We only faced one batter more than the minimum after the second.  (Kevin) Wild threw great.”

Bakersfield scored four times in the opening inning to jump on the board early.  Martin Medina hit a grand slam as the fourth batter of the game, following an error and two singles.  In the second, Medina doubled home another run and the Roadrunners added a RBI groundout and a triple off the bat of Cael Brockmeyer to take the 7-0 lead.

Valpo cut into its deficit in the third.  Three straight singles by Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.), Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.), and Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) loaded the bases to open the inning.  Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) plated the first run on a fielder’s choice and Robby Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) followed with a sacrifice fly.

Justin Frane (Huntertown, Ind./Carroll H.S.) led off the fourth with a walk and moved to second on a single by Bobby Martin  (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.). After a wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet, Frane scored on a groundout by Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.), pulling Valpo within 7-3.

The Crusaders added another run in the ninth.  Morman led off with a single and went to second on a throwing error.  After moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, he scored on a groundout by Scoby.  With two outs Gaedele and O’gara singled, bringing the tying run to the plate, but a flyout ended the game.

Gaedele and Martin led Valpo’s 12-hit attack with three hits each.  For Gaedele, he has extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games dating back to 2010 and his on base streak has now reached 20 games.  For Martin, it was his first three-hit game as a Crusader.

Medina led Bakersfield with his five runs batted in as the Roadrunners had eight hits, all in the first two frames.

Cael Brockmeyer started and earned the win (1-0) for Cal State Northridge (7-2) while Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) suffered the loss (0-1) for the Crusaders.

“We actually played pretty well today,” Woodson said.  “Hagel got a couple of balls up in the zone, but at least he threw strikes.  We turned a couple of double plays and I felt like we played better as a whole.”

Valparaiso (1-8) will have Thursday off before heading to San Luis Obsipo, Calif. over the weekend for a three-game series with Cal Poly.  First pitch in the series opener on Friday night is set for 8 p.m. CST.

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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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