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Butler Downs Valpo to Open Horizon League Action
Karch Kowalczyk hit his first homer of the season in Friday's loss. (Jeff Golden)
Karch Kowalczyk hit his first homer of the season in Friday's loss. (Jeff Golden)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh broke open a tie game on Friday afternoon as Butler defeated Valparaiso 6-2 at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, Ind. in the opening game of Horizon League action.

“We battled back to tie the game once after falling behind and closed within one a second time, but could not get the key hits we needed late,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We need to be able to execute.  We can’t give up free outs.  That is hurting us.”

On a cold afternoon, Butler scored the game’s first run in the second inning.  Michael Letzter singled, and scored one batter later as Nick Hladek doubled down the left field line.

The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth with three straight one out singles.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) started the hit parade and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) followed with another hit, putting runners on the corners.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olina H.S.) scored Gaedele with a single up the middle, off of the glove of a leaping second baseman.

Valpo starter Tyler Deetjen (Saint Charles, Ill./East H.S.) cruised through the first five innings, scattering just four hits.  Two Crusader errors in the sixth allowed the Bulldogs to take the lead with two unearned runs, one on a double by Hladek.

Karch Kowalczyk (Peru, Ill./La Salle-Peru H.S.) cut Valpo’s deficit in half with his first home run of the season in the seventh.

Butler broke the game open in the seventh with three more runs.  A RBI single by Corey Moylan and a two-run double off the bat of Grant Fillipitch, accounted for the game’s final runs.

The Crusaders had chances, leaving runners on second and third in the fourth and on the corners in the seventh without scoring any more runs in either inning, four of eight total base runners they would leave on the perches.

Hagel and Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.) each had two hits for the Crusaders as part of a nine-hit attack.  Butler also had nine hits in the game.

Deetjen went 6.1 innings while suffering the loss (1-5), allowing all six runs, only four of which were earned, and nine hits.  He did not walk or strikeout any Bulldogs. 

“Deetjen threw strikes,” Woodson added.  “We got a couple of balls up late, but if we make plays behind him it makes it easier on him.”

Dom Sivestri earned the win (1-1) for Butler, pitching seven innings while allowing just two runs and seven hits.  He walked two and fanned five.

Valparaiso (2-18, 0-1 Horizon) and Butler (8-9, 1-0) will wrap up the three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 11 a.m. CDT.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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