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Records Fall as Valpo Splits With Bulldogs
Joylyn Ichiyama registered five hits over Thursday's two games. (Ray Acevedo)
Joylyn Ichiyama registered five hits over Thursday's two games. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

An Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) grand slam in the first inning of the nightcap Thursday in Indianapolis set the tone, as Valparaiso rolled to a 12-2 victory over Butler.  The Bulldogs earned a 3-2 victory in ten innings in the day’s opener.

Four different program records fell on Thursday, including the individual record for RBIs in a single season, set by Wolter on her grand slam.  The senior has now driven in 33 runs on the season.  The Crusaders also broke team single-season marks for hits (previous record 347, now at 372), runs scored (previous record 211, now at 223) and total bases (previous record 488, now at 521).

The scoring in the nightcap started just four batters into the game, when Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) drove in Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) with an RBI single up the middle.  A fielding error loaded the bases with one out, and two batters later, Wolter came through with her second career grand slam.  The home run was the 21st of her career, an ongoing school record, and her eighth of the 2009 campaign, just one off of Karen Constien’s single-season standard.

Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) got the Crusaders going in the second inning, leading off the frame with a triple.  Strickland followed with a walk, and the duo then pulled off a successful double steal to plate Korb.  Two batters later, Ichiyama reached on an error, and pinch-runner Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River) stole second to put two more runners in scoring position.  After an out, Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) stepped up and delivered a two-run single into center field to push the Valpo advantage to 8-0.

Butler scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the second, but Valpo answered immediately in the third, as Korb scored on an error and Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) delivered an RBI single to plate Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden).  The Crusaders closed out the scoring in the fourth when KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) crossed home on a wild pitch and Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) scored on a Bulldog fielding miscue.

Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) took advantage of the massive run support, giving up just the two unearned tallies in her three innings of work to improve to 3-3 on the season and a perfect 3-0 in Horizon League action.  Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to close out the game.  Breanna Fisher started and took the loss for Butler, falling to 10-13 after giving up nine runs in two innings.

The opener was a much tigher affair, as neither team would hit the scoreboard until the fourth.  Conner registered a one-out single in the top half of the inning, and pinch-runner Boldt moved up to second on a Wolter single.  Lagesse then stepped in as a pinch-hitter and drove a single into center field, scoring Boldt.

The Bulldogs responded right away, as Alyssa Coleman launched a homer to center on the first pitch of the bottom half of the fourth.  Butler then took the lead in the fifth, scoring an unearned run on an RBI groundout by Alex Boros.  But the Crusaders moved back into a tie in the top of the sixth, as Ichiyama drilled a solo homer to straightaway center for her fourth long ball of the year, tying the game at two.

Valpo had a golden opportunity to push the go-ahead run across in the top of the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but a pair of fly-outs kept the game all knotted up and sent it to extra innings.  Neither team would get another runner to third until the fateful bottom of the tenth, when Butler’s Erin Falkenberry walked to lead off the frame, moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground ball to close out the game.

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) took the loss for the Crusaders, falling to 8-7 after giving up just two earned runs in a complete-game effort while striking out eight.  Kristen Malinkey earned the victory in relief for Butler (21-25, 10-10 Horizon), pitching 4.1 innings of shutout softball to improve to 5-5.

Valparaiso (24-19, 9-8 Horizon) closes out the regular season with a seven-game homestand, kicking off the week with a twinbill Tuesday against IPFW at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.  First pitch of game one is set for 2 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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