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Valpo Drops Tournament Finale to East Carolina
Brittany Duncan hit her third home run of the year Sunday. (Rick Scuteri)
Brittany Duncan hit her third home run of the year Sunday. (Rick Scuteri)
East Carolina (10-13)
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Valparaiso (11-8)
3/11/2012 | Tempe, Ariz. | Attendance: 167
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Valparaiso1100100374
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: CHRISTIAN (8-7) 4.041101
Loss: LAGESSE (5-4) 7.095223
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
OSHIRO (ECU) 422100
LEWIS (ECU) 402000
VELASQUEZ (ECU) 402100
RUTKOWSKI (VALPO) 302000

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Valparaiso failed to end the Diamond Devil Invitational on a winning note on Sunday morning, losing to East Carolina by a 5-3 score.

“We simply just didn’t play well enough to win,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “There are some lessons to learn from being here, but those lessons didn’t lead to wins.  We competed hard in every game this weekend, but ultimately we have to raise the standards of what is good enough so that we can pull games out.  We will take what we can from this weekend and work this week in practice so we come out ready to go on Friday.”

The Crusaders plated runs in each of the first two innings on Sunday to claim an early 2-0 advantage.  Redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), batting in the two-hole for the first time this season, reached on a fielder’s choice in the opening frame and came around to score on an RBI double from senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon).  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) then connected on a one-out solo homer in the second to give Valpo an early two-run lead.

East Carolina responded with single runs in the third and fourth, scoring the former on an RBI groundout and the latter thanks to a pair of Crusader errors.  ECU then took the lead for good in the fifth on RBI singles by Kristi Oshiro and Priscilla Velasquez, sandwiched around a one-out error that plated Rebecca Lee.  Velasquez’s RBI single made it 5-2 ECU, but the Crusaders avoided further damage as sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) threw out the trailing Pirates’ baserunner at the plate to end the top of the fifth.

As so often happens, Wisniewski led off the bottom of the fifth after her defensive play to end the top half of the frame, and the sophomore led off in style with a solo home run, her fifth round-tripper of the year, to cut the lead to 5-3.  That would be as close as the Crusaders would get, however, as a one-out single by Marinec in the fifth and a pair of baserunners in the sixth went for naught.

Senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) led the Crusaders with a pair of hits on Sunday, as six different Valpo players combined for its seven hits.  Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) fell to 5-4 in the circle, taking the loss in a complete-game effort despite surrendering just two earned runs.  Reliever Sarah Christian earned the win for East Carolina (10-13), improving to 8-7 after throwing the last four innings.

Valparaiso (11-8) looks to get back on the winning track next weekend as the Crusaders conclude their spring break trip at the San Diego Classic II.  Valpo will kick off the five-game weekend with a pair of games on Friday, taking on CSU Bakersfield at 3 p.m. CDT and San Diego at 9 p.m.

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. #21/21 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