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Crusaders Close Frost Classic With Win Over Belmont
Kelsey Phalen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
Kelsey Phalen went 2-for-3 with two RBIs Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (7-2)
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Belmont (1-11)
2/26/2012 | Chattanooga, Tenn. | Attendance: 60
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Win: McGEE (3-1) 5.062225
Loss: VIERRA (0-0) 7.084414
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PHALEN (VALPO) 312200
IRWIN (BEL) 402000

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Valparaiso never trailed on Sunday in a 4-2 victory over Belmont in Chattanooga, Tenn., closing out the Frost Classic with three consecutive wins to end the tournament with a 4-1 record.

“I was happy with how we battled throughout today’s game,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We had some nice clutch two-out hitting that got us out to the lead and we were able to hang on.”

The Crusaders got on the board first on Sunday with a single run in the top of the third, as with one out, sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) stepped to the plate and deposited a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for a solo homer.  Valpo added two more in the fourth, as senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) doubled with one out and scored two batters later on an RBI single by senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia), who then was plated via an RBI single from junior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) to make it 3-0 Valpo.

Belmont scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap to one run, getting a solo homer from Heather Turner in the fourth and a sacrifice fly by Kat Holingsworth in the fifth to cut the deficit to 3-2.  The Crusaders added another run to their lead in the sixth, however.  With one out, redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) picked up a single.  Pinch-runner Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) promptly stole both second and third base to set herself up to score on Phalen’s second RBI base knock of the game.

Belmont led off its half of the sixth with back-to-back singles, necessitating a move in the pitcher’s circle as senior Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) entered in relief.  Jansen pitched the Crusaders out of trouble, retiring all three batters she faced in the sixth in order and then setting the side down 1-2-3 in the seventh to secure the win.

Phalen led the Crusaders’ eight-hit effort with a 2-for-3, two-RBI day as seven Crusaders in all picked up base hits on Sunday.  Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) improved to 3-1 with the win, going 5+ innings and allowing just two runs while striking out five, while Jansen registered her first save of the season with the two perfect innings.  Mia Vierra suffered the complete-game loss for Belmont (1-11).

Valparaiso (7-2) returns to the diamond this coming Friday, March 2 for the first of four games at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas, as the Crusaders will take on Iowa State.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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