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Crusaders Roll New Mexico State, 9-1
Sara Strickland went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)
Sara Strickland went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (11-3)
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New Mexico State (13-10)
3/6/2012 | Las Cruces, N.M. | Attendance: 200
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Win: LAGESSE (5-1) 7.041125
Loss: NEWMAN (8-6) 3.043100
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MARINEC (VALPO) 423101
OLIVE (NMSU) 312000

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team continued its strong start to the 2012 campaign as it continued its spring break trip with a 9-1 victory over New Mexico State Tuesday evening in Las Cruces, N.M.

Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) had one of her best outings of the season to date in the circle on Tuesday, going the distance and giving up just a single run on a two-out RBI triple in the sixth inning.  Lagesse scattered four hits over her seven innings of work and struck out five Aggie batters en route to improving to 5-1 on the season.

The Crusaders opened the scoring in the top of the third inning with a trio of runs.  Redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) led off the frame with a single, while freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) reached on an error.  The duo moved up into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, and then senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) came through with a two-out two-run triple to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) followed with an RBI single to plate Strickland and make it 3-0.

Valpo added a single run in the sixth as another leadoff hit came around to score.  Senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), fresh off her second consecutive HL Player of the Week honor, led off the inning with a double, advancing to third on an error by the Aggie center fielder.  A passed ball then let Rutkowski come home to make it 4-0 Valpo.  New Mexico State responded with an RBI triple by Tiare Jennings in its half of the sixth to cut the lead to three entering the final inning.

The Crusaders then threw a five-spot on the board in the seventh.  Singles by sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and Duncan were sandwiched around a walk to Strickland, loading the bases with nobody out.  Three batters later, senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) stepped in and delivered a grand slam to break the game wide open.  Marinec followed with a round-tripper of her own to close the scoring.

Marinec led the Crusaders with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, scoring a pair of runs as well, as Valpo tallied 12 hits on the night.  Strickland added a 2-for-3, 2-R, 2-RBI performance, while Duncan and Phalen each contributed two hits as well.  Amber Olive tallied two of four hits for New Mexico State (13-10), which saw starter Alex Newman take the loss after throwing three innings, falling to 8-6.

Valparaiso (11-3) looks to continue its strong start to the season on Friday as the Crusaders open play at the Diamond Devil Classic, hosted by Arizona State.  Valpo actually opens the tournament against this same New Mexico State squad at 2 p.m. CST before taking on the host and nation’s fifth-ranked team at 6:30 p.m.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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
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