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Valpo Wins Ninth Straight, Downs Saint Francis
Sam Carius had two hits for the Crusaders in his first collegiate start. (Ray Acevedo)
Sam Carius had two hits for the Crusaders in his first collegiate start. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Valparaiso took advantage of eight Saint Francis (Ind.) errors on Monday afternoon, and scored the game’s final eight runs, as the Crusaders defeated the Cougars 8-3 at Emory G. Bauer Field to run the Brown and Gold’s win streak to nine consecutive games.

The nine straight wins are tied with Stetson and Oregon State for the longest active streak in NCAA Division I baseball.

“We’re excited about our winning streak and the way we are playing,” head coach Tracy Woodson said.  “We’ll look to extend it again tomorrow.  We are winning games in different ways each day.”

All 11 runs in the game were unearned, as the Crusaders also committed four miscues in the game, leading to Saint Francis’ runs.

The Cougars took advantage of a pair of Valpo errors in the second inning to take the early lead.  With two outs, back-to-back throwing errors by the Crusaders plated three Saint Francis runs, giving the visitors the early lead.

Valpo answered in the bottom of the second as Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic H.S.) reached when the Cougar centerfielder dropped a fly ball, allowing Ryan O’Gara (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove H.S.), who singled, to score.  Morman scored later in the inning on a RBI single by Sam Carius (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley H.S.), For Carius, it was his first collegiate hit and run batted in in his first collegiate start.

The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth on a double play ball that scored Andrew Bain (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor H.S.), who had reached on an error.

Kevin Upp (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte H.S.) allowed just two Saint Francis hits in seven innings of work, including just one after that second inning, and earned the win (2-0) when Valpo scored five times in the bottom of the seventh.  Upp struck out three while allowing just the three unearned runs.

“Upp did a nice job for us today,” Woodson added.  “He gave up the unearned runs early and then really settled in.”

Four Cougar errors in the seventh inning led to five Valpo runs.  Kyle Gaedele (Arlington Heights, Ill./Rolling Meadows H.S.) and Chris Manning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro H.S.) both reached on miscues, putting Valpo on top.  Robbie Robinson (Brea, Calif./Olinda H.S.) added a RBI single and Will Hagel (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect H.S.) delivered a pinch-hit triple to make it 6-3 Crusaders.  Ben Olejniczak (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) added a run-scoring single to plate Hagel and scored the final run on a pair of errors as Cougar starter Mickey Owen threw the ball away trying to pick him off first.

Owen suffered the loss (0-5) for Saint Francis (14-30), allowing eight runs, none of which were earned.  He allowed nine hits in seven innings.

Robinson, Olejniczak, and Carius each had two hits for the Brown and Gold in the win.

Valparaiso (15-21) takes to the road on Tuesday afternoon, heading to Fort Wayne, Ind. to face IPFW.  First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CDT.

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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
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 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
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
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
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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