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Cal Poly Tops Valpo 8-3 Friday in Series Opener
Will Hagel had a double and a triple for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)
Will Hagel had a double and a triple for the Crusaders. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, March 04, 2011

Valparaiso held a one-run lead midway through Friday evening’s series opener at Cal Poly, but the Mustangs scored three times in the fifth and added four more runs  in the seventh on the way to an 8-3 victory over the Crusaders at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) had two hits to lead Valpo’s offense, driving in one of the three Crusader runs.

Valpo jumped on top in the top of the third.  Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) hit his second triple of the season with one out and scored one batter later on a groundout by Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.).

The Mustangs tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a hit batsman followed by a RBI double from Bobby Crocker, who finished the game 3-for-5 for Cal Poly.

The Crusaders took a 2-1 advantage in the top of the fourth, plating an unearned run.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) reached when the leftfielder dropped a fly ball and then scored one batter later on a triple by Hagel, the first three-bagger of his career.

Elliot Stewart tied the game in the fifth with a one-out home run before the Mustangs added two more runs in the inning.  Back-to-back singles followed by a two-out double from Mitch Haniger put Cal Poly on top 4-2.  The hosts added four more runs in the seventh to increase the advantage to six.

Valpo added a late run in the ninth as Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) reached on an error, moved to third on a double by Hagel, and scored on a pinch hit single by Ben Olejniczak (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.).  The Crusaders could not tack on any more runs though.

Damon McCormick (Louisville, Ky./Saint Xavier H.S.) started and suffered the loss (0-2) for  the Crusaders, working six innings and allowing seven earned runs  on seven hits.  He struck out six.  Mason Radeke earned the win (1-1) for Cal Poly, pitching seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out 14 Valpo hitters.

Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) had both his 13-game hitting streak and 20-game on base streak snapped in the game for the Crusaders.

Valparaiso (1-9) and Cal Poly (2-6) will continue the three-game weekend series on Saturday evening with first pitch slated for 8 p.m. CST.

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