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Valpo Downs SIU Edwardsville to Close Weekend
Bobby Martin hit a two-run homer in the victory. (Jeff Golden)
Bobby Martin hit a two-run homer in the victory. (Jeff Golden)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) and Bobby Martin (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge H.S.) both hit two-run home runs on Sunday afternoon as Valparaiso defeated SIU Edwardsville 9-5 at the Simmons Cooper Complex in Edwardsville, Ill.

“We swung the bats well today,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We had a lot of two-out RBIs, and scored our men that were in scoring position.  We played fundamental baseball and executed like we needed to.  It was nice to jump out in front early and continue to score runs.”

Valparaiso jumped on top in the third inning scoring a pair of unearned runs.  Martin reached on an error to lead off, and with two outs scored on a RBI single by Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.).  Steven Scoby (Delton, Mich./Delton Kellogg H.S.) followed with a run-scoring double giving the Crusaders a two-run advantage.

The Crusaders added to the lead in the fifth.  Manning singled, stole second, and eventually scored on a run-scoring single by Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.).  Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) added a RBI double before Robinson added a two-run blast to increase the advantage to 6-0.

SIU Edwardsville (5-13) cut into the Valpo lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring twice on two singles sandwiched around a double.

Valpo got a run back in the sixth as Cyrus Wimberly (Rockford, Ill./Guilford H.S.) hit a sacrifice fly to score Martin, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

Martin added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth with a home run, which also plated Robinson who led off the inning with a single.

The Cougars tried to rally in the eighth, scoring three times on four singles and a walk, but that would be all the hosts would get as the Crusaders snapped their losing streak heading into conference play next weekend.

Martin, Robinson, and Manning all had two hits for Valpo to pace the Brown and Gold’s 10-hit attack.  Zach Hawkins went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in to pace SIU Edwardsville.

Jon Gulbransen (Appleton, Wis./Fox Valley Lutheran H.S.) started and worked 7.1 innings for the Crusaders to earn the win (1-3), allowing five runs on 10 hits.  He did not walk any batters while striking out four.  Josh Malin suffered the loss (1-2) for the Cougars, pitching seven innings, allowing eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits.  He walked one and struck out four.

Valparaiso (2-17) will return to action on Friday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. as the Crusaders face Butler in the first of a three-game series to open Horizon League play.  First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CDT.

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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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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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
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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