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Valpo Breaks Out the Bats For HL Tournament Win Over YSU
Sam McGee tossed a two-hitter Friday morning. (Ray Acevedo)
Sam McGee tossed a two-hitter Friday morning. (Ray Acevedo)
Youngstown State (29-21-1)
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Valparaiso (38-18)
5/11/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 0
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Win: McGEE (15-5) 6.020012
Loss: HASLETT (8-8) 0.033210
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THOMAS (YSU) 301000
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DUNCAN (VALPO) 312100
WISNIEWSKI (VALPO) 312301

Friday, May 11, 2012

A 10-hit attack which included three home runs was more than enough for Valparaiso to advance in the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship Friday morning at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Crusaders also got a two-hit effort in the circle from Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) in a 10-0 victory in six innings over Youngstown State in an elimination game.  Valpo advances to face either Butler or Loyola in another elimination game at 4 p.m. on Friday.

McGee pitched Valpo’s second straight two-hit complete-game shutout, following in the footsteps of the effort of Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) from Thursday night against UIC.  McGee didn’t allow a baserunner until a one-out walk in the fifth inning, and later surrendered a two-out single for the first hit against her as YSU placed two runners on.  But McGee induced a pop-out to escape the mini-jam, and then pitched around a one-out single in the sixth to secure the shutout.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders’ offense was clicking on all cylinders right out of the gate Friday.  Senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) led off the bottom of the first with a single and advanced to second on an YSU error before redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) knocked a single back through the middle to score Strickland.  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) then lined a shot off the YSU first baseman’s glove for a single to plate sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), and later in the frame, senior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) lifted a sacrifice fly to straightaway center, scoring Marinec to give Valpo a 3-0 lead through one inning.

The Crusaders added another run in the second, as freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) reached to lead off the frame on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Doerffler.  Two more runs hit the board for Valpo in the third as well.  Duncan led off with an infield single as a pop-up fell between two YSU fielders, and senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) launched a no-doubt homer to left field to make it 6-0 Crusaders.

After going down 1-2-3 in both the fourth and fifth innings, Valpo closed out a run-rule win with a four-spot in the sixth.  Ichiyama-Drewry led off the frame with a line drive down the left-field line that barely cleared the wall for a solo homer, pushing the lead to 7-0.  Back-to-back singles by senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) and Norway set the stage for sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley), who cracked a three-run homer to center field to close the ten-run win.

McGee pushed her record to 15-5 on the season with the win, while YSU starter Kayla Haslett was charged with the loss, falling to 8-8 after failing to retire any of the five hitters she faced.  Eight of Valpo’s nine batters combined for the Crusaders’ 10 hits, led by two apiece from Duncan and Wisniewski.  All nine Crusaders in the order crossed the plate as well, with Norway scoring a pair of runs.

Valparaiso (39-17) will face the loser of the 1:30 p.m. Butler-Loyola game at 4 p.m. in an elimination game to determine who advances to Championship Saturday.  Live stats and live video will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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