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Valpo Splits Doubleheader At IPFW Wednesday
Alex Lagesse pitched six shutout innings in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)
Alex Lagesse pitched six shutout innings in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Ind., while Jessie Marinec’s (Alsip, Ill./Marist) solo homer to lead off the second was the only run in Valparaiso’s 1-0 victory over IPFW.  The Mastodons got a walk-off double in the opener to earn a 2-1 win.

“There were good pitching performances by both teams today,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “Neither team was really able to hit the ball well.  I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t able to lay down bunts when we had opportunities to move runners into scoring position, and I thought we looked at too many pitches.  I did think Alex pitched a very good game in the second game and Shaleigh came in and slammed the door.”

Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) led off the day’s second game with a triple, but was eventually cut down at home on an infield groundball.  But Marinec put the Crusaders in front at the start of the second frame, driving a 1-0 pitch over the scoreboard beyond the left-center field fence.  Valpo would get just two other runners into scoring position the rest of the way, one of them on a two-out triple by Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) in the seventh, but could not push another run across the plate.

But another tally was not necessary as the duo of Lagesse and Jansen shut down the Mastodons.  Lagesse scattered four hits through the first four innings, with only a fourth-inning double putting an IPFW runner in scoring position.  She then retired the final eight batters she faced, closing out a six-inning, four-hit, no-walk effort to improve to 6-3.  Jansen came in for the seventh and retired the side in order, including a pair of strikeouts, for her sixth save of the year, second-most in the nation.

Marinec extended her team-best hitting streak to eight games with her round-tripper in the nightcap.   Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), who entered the game ranked seventh in the nation in batting average, went 2-for-2 in the second game, while three other Crusaders also tallied hits.  Amanda Olender took the loss for IPFW in her five innings of work, falling to 3-3.

The Mastodons put up the first run in the opener with a pair of doubles, but Valpo knotted things up in the top of the third.  Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) led off the frame with a single and stole second.  With two outs, Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) knocked a single into center field to score Brown.  It looked like the Crusaders might take the lead on a double by Rutkowski, but Ichiyama was gunned down at the plate to keep the game tied at one.

Valpo would get just one runner into scoring position the remainder of the game, a runner on second with one out in the fourth, but back-to-back strikeouts ended that threat, starting a stretch where the last 11 Crusaders to bat were retired in order.  Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) kept the Mastodons off the scoreboard after the opening frame until the seventh, when a one-out double with a runner on first by Ava Hall gave IPFW (13-10) the walk-off victory.

McGee suffered her first loss of the season, falling to 6-1 this year, but struck out seven Mastodon hitters in her 6.1 innings of work.  Courtney Cronin went the distance for IPFW, striking out ten to improve to 7-6.  Ichiyama had a two-hit effort in the opener for the Crusaders.

“I thought we should have hit the ball a bit better today, but Cronin especially is a pretty decent pitcher and pitched well against us,” said Schneider.  “It was great to see the pitching performances we got, to help keep us in two one-run ballgames.”

Valparaiso (16-7) returns to action with its home and Horizon League openers this Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against Green Bay.  First pitch of the doubleheader is slated for noon, with live stats available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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