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Valpo Downs Central Arkansas to Close Out Action at Belmont
Amanda Wisniewski connected on a three-run homer Sunday. (Jon Hendricks)
Amanda Wisniewski connected on a three-run homer Sunday. (Jon Hendricks)
Valparaiso (2-1)
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Central Arkansas (1-1)
2/10/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. | Attendance: 73
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Win: BOLTON (1-0) 7.0113324
Loss: ARMSTRONG (1-1) 4.297113
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ICHIYAMA (VALPO) 413100
BRYANT (UCA) 402000
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Sunday, February 10, 2013

A six-run fifth inning pushed the Valparaiso softball team to victory on Sunday, as the Crusaders defeated Central Arkansas by a 7-3 final at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn.  Valpo’s last scheduled game of the tournament, against Western Illinois, was rained out and will not be made up.

“We did a nice job of getting out of a lot of challenging situations today and were also able to capitalize offensively on what Central Arkansas gave us,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.

Playing as the visiting team for the first time in the tournament, the Crusaders struck immediately in the top of the first.  Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central), making her first career start, led off the game with a walk and moved up to second on a one-out single by fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union).  Sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) followed with a double to left-center, plating Ranieri and giving Valpo a quick 1-0 lead.  But UCA answered immediately in its half of the first, as Sam Forrest led off with a solo homer to tie the game at one.

Valpo boasted just one baserunner in the next three innings, a one-out single in the second by redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), but could not advance her into scoring position.  Meanwhile, Central Arkansas got a one-out double from Melissa Bryant in the third and loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but both times, fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]), making just her third career start, pitched out of danger to keep the game tied.

The Crusader offense then exploded in the fifth inning with the six-spot to put the game out of reach.  The frame started innocuously enough, as Marinec led off with a double, but was thrown out at home following a base knock by sophomore Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian).  With Norway on third and two outs, an error by the Bears kept the frame alive, allowing Norway to score and junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) to reach base as the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead.

Given extra life in the inning, Valpo took full advantage.  Ichiyama plated Doerffler with an RBI single, and Duncan followed by scoring Ichiyama with an RBI single of her own to push the lead to 4-1.  Sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) then kept the inning alive with her first career base knock, setting up junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley), who came through in a big way, launching a three-run homer to make it 7-1 Valpo.  Central Arkansas scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Bolton induced a pop-up on the infield to close out the victory.

Bolton earned the complete-game win, scattering 11 hits and striking out four batters to earn the third victory of her career from the circle.  Kelsie Armstrong took the loss for Central Arkansas (1-1), surrendering nine hits and seven runs in her 4.2 innings of work.  Ichiyama went 3-for-4 to lead the Crusader offensive attack, while Duncan, Marinec and McShane all had multi-hit games as well.

Valparaiso (2-1) has next weekend off before returning to action at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky.  The Crusaders will play five games over three days at Western Kentucky.

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