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Crusaders Bounce Back for Doubleheader Split
Ashley Wolter went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)
Ashley Wolter went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs in the nightcap. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Valparaiso pushed the game-winning run across the plate in the top of the seventh in the nightcap Monday in Indianapolis, Ind. to earn an 8-7 victory over IUPUI and salvage a doubleheader split.  The Jaguars defeated the Crusaders in the opener, 10-1.

Valpo got the scoring going in the day’s second game right away, as Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) stepped up with two outs in the top of the first and smashed a two-run homer, her fourth of the season, to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.  The Jaguars cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second when a pair of Valpo errors combined to score Chelsie Hale.

The Crusaders responded in a big way, putting a five spot on the scoreboard in the top of the third.  The first six batters of the inning all reached base safely, with Wolter, Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) all tallying RBI singles.  With the score 6-1, Amy Raker came in out of the bullpen with none out for IUPUI and registered two quick outs, but Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) delivered an RBI double to push the advantage to 7-1.

IUPUI answered right back with four runs of their own, as with the bases loaded, Hale lined a hit into left field that took a bad hop all the way to the fence for a 3-run triple, while Hale would come around to score as well on an error to cut the lead to 7-5.  The Jaguars plated a run on a wild pitch in the fifth and an RBI single in the sixth to knot the score at seven.

With the score tied, Ichiyama got the Crusader rally started in the top of the seventh with a double to left-center field.  Lagesse followed with a walk, after which Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) pinch-ran for Ichiyama.  Two batters later, the Jaguars looked to have an inning-ending double play turned, but the second baseman’s relay sailed wide of first base, allowing Phalen to cross the plate with the go-ahead run.  Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) set down the Jaguars 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the frame, retiring the final two batters via strikeout, to close out the game.

Kelly earned the complete-game victory for Valpo, allowing just three earned runs while striking out nine Jaguar hitters, improving to 5-3 on the season.  Amy Raker took the loss for IUPUI in five innings of relief, giving up just the lone unearned run.  Ichiyama led the Crusader offense with three hits as they rapped out 13 hits on the ballgame.

In the opener, the Jaguars pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the first to take the early advantage.  Valpo struck back with a single tally in the second, as Phalen and Ichiyama led off the inning with back-to-back walks.  Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) stepped in and delivered an RBI single through the left side to plate Phalen.  But IUPUI scored six in the third inning, including a grand slam by Laura Wilcox, and went on to the run-rule victory.

Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) took the loss for Valpo, falling to 1-2 after giving up six runs, five earned, in three-plus innings of work.  Raker earned the relief victory for IUPUI (3-25).

Valparaiso (16-7) returns to action Wednesday as the Crusaders head to DeKalb, Ill. to take on Northern Illinois.  First pitch of the twinbill is slated for 3 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have a link for live stats.

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 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