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Crusaders Swat Way To Win Over Iowa State
Kelsey Phalen capped a three-hit day with a seventh-inning home run. (Dave Schofield)
Kelsey Phalen capped a three-hit day with a seventh-inning home run. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (8-2)
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Iowa State (4-10)
3/2/2012 | El Paso, Texas | Attendance: 0
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Valparaiso140041616181
Iowa State30010307113
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: McGEE (4-1) 5.2117632
Loss: TORRESCANO (4-5) 4.1119834
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
DUNCAN (VALPO) 413110
RUTKOWSKI (VALPO) 513301
PHALEN (VALPO) 533201
SLATER (ISU) 412100
VARELA (ISU) 212110
MILLER (ISU) 402100

Friday, March 02, 2012

Valparaiso earned its second victory of the season over Iowa State on Friday afternoon by putting together one of the best offensive outputs in program history, downing the Cyclones 16-7 in its opener at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.

“We took a lot of good at-bats today up and down the lineup,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We also did a very nice job responding to Iowa State’s threats.”

The Crusaders got the scoring started innocuously in the first inning, plating just a single run.  Senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) reached on an error with two outs, stole second base and then came home on an RBI single from freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) to open the scoring.  Iowa State came back with three in its half of the first to take a 3-1 lead.

But Valpo would claim the lead for good in the top of the second frame.  A leadoff single by senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) quickly turned into a run, as redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) drove in Phalen with a first-pitch double into left.  Sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) then drew a walk, and the pair of sophomores advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt.

A wild pitch scored Marinec to tie the game at 3-3, and two batters later, Strickland came up with an infield single to plate Wisniewski and give Valpo the lead.  Duncan kept the inning alive with a single of her own and Rutkowski then registered her second double in the first two innings to score Strickland, capping a four-run frame which ended with the Crusaders owning a 5-3 lead.

The teams played scoreless softball until the Cyclones added a run in the fourth to cut their deficit in half.  But the Crusaders answered quickly with another four-spot in the fifth.  With the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) delivered a two-run double to push the lead to 7-4.  Strickland followed with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian), and Doerffler later scored on an illegal pitch, making it 9-4 Valpo after four and a half frames.

Wisniewski scored Phalen with an RBI double in the sixth to extend the lead to six runs, but Iowa State made a dent in the lead in its half of the sixth, scoring three times to cut the Crusader advantage to 10-7.  But Valpo capped one of its top-five offensive outputs in program history with a six-run seventh.  Doerffler walked and Strickland doubled to lead off the frame, both later scoring on an ISU error.  Rutkowski then smacked a two-run homer, her fourth in the last four games, and Phalen would cap the scoring later in the inning with a two-run inside-the-park round-tripper of her own.

All nine Crusader starters picked up at least one hit and scored at least one run on Friday.  Duncan, Phalen and Rutkowski all had three-hit days, while Phalen and Strickland scored three runs apiece.  Rutkowski drove in a team-best three runs.  Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) improved to 4-1, earning the victory with 5.2 innings in the circle in her start, while senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) recorded the last four outs, striking out two.  Iowa State (4-10) starter Tori Torrescano took the loss, falling to 4-5 on the year.

Valparaiso (8-2) will look to extend its best start in program history on Saturday in a pair of games.  The Crusaders take on Brown at 3 p.m. before facing UTSA at 7:30 p.m.  Both games will have live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State