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Valpo Splits Pair in Florida
Joylyn Ichiyama had a three-hit game in the win over Iowa State. (Dave Schofield)
Joylyn Ichiyama had a three-hit game in the win over Iowa State. (Dave Schofield)
Iowa State (11-12)
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Valparaiso (12-9)
3/16/2013 | Clearwater, Fla. | Attendance: 216
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Win: WEISSENHOFER (6-4) 4.041105
Loss: Smith (5-4) 5.054252
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Gomez (ISU) 414000
ICHIYAMA (VALPO) 313301

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games against BCS foes in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders opened the day with a 4-2 win against Iowa State for their second straight victory, but fell in their nightcap to Maryland, 4-0.

“We played well today despite the split,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens. “We got to play two good teams and fought hard all day. We need to come out and finish the trip strong tomorrow.”

The Crusaders would never trail in the opener against the Cyclones, escaping a first-and-third, two-out jam in the top of the first and then receiving a two-out solo homer from fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) in the bottom half of the inning to go up 1-0. Valpo added another run to its ledger in the bottom of the second, as with runners on the corners and one out, the Crusaders attempted a double steal on what would be a strikeout. Both runners stole successfully, including junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) crossing home with Valpo's second run of the game.

Iowa State received a solo homer from Sara Davison to lead off its half of the fourth, but the Crusaders answered with a pair of runs in their half of the frame. A walk and an error set up a two-on, two-out situation for Ichiyama, who picked up her second and third RBIs of the game with a double to left, plating junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) to make it 4-1 Valpo. The Cyclones cut the deficit to two runs with an RBI double in the fifth, but could never advance another runner past second base.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) earned the win in relief, throwing the final four innings and allowing just one run while striking out five, improving to 6-4 on the year. Taylor Smith took the loss for Iowa State (11-12), falling to 5-4 after giving up all four Crusader runs in five innings of work. Ichiyama tallied three hits and drove in three runs to lead the Valpo offensive effort.

The offense wouldn't be as successful for the Crusaders in the nightcap, as Valpo did not advance a runner past second base until the seventh inning. Maryland (11-15) scored two runs in the fourth inning on a pair of sacrifice flies, and added single tallies on two-out base hits in the sixth and seventh innings. Valpo loaded the bases on singles from Ranieri and freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and a walk to senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout ended the game with the tying run at the plate.

Maddie Martin earned the complete-game win for the Terps to improve to 4-6, while Weissenhofer fell to 6-5 after going 6.1 innings for the Crusaders in the circle. Bouchard picked up three of Valpo's five hits in the nightcap.

Valparaiso (12-10) closes out its spring break trip with a single game against Cornell Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. CT.

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
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