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Crusaders Roll Over Penguins at Horizon League Championships
Alex Lagesse earned the complete-game win over Youngstown State Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Alex Lagesse earned the complete-game win over Youngstown State Friday. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Valparaiso scored in four of its five at-bats Friday morning, eventually downing Youngstown State by run rule, 10-2, in five innings in loser’s bracket action at the Horizon League Championships in Pendleton, Ind.  With the win, the Crusaders stay alive in the double-elimination tournament and move on to face Loyola at 3 p.m. CDT.

Crusader seniors Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) and Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) each reached multiple milestones during the victory Friday morning.  Korb registered her 100th career run scored, 100th career stolen base and 150th career hit, the former two extending program career records while the latter ranks fourth in Valpo history.  Wolter launched a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth inning to tie Valpo’s single-season home run record at nine, while she also drove in the deciding run in the fifth inning, giving her 88 career RBIs, tying Gina Rhoda for the most in Crusader history.

“I was really proud of our kids, coming back after a tough loss yesterday,” said Crusader assistant coach Scott Goodwin.  “Alex really did a great job in the circle for us today, and we also hit the ball well and made some key plays in the field.”

Youngstown State got out to the early lead, as Jordan Ingalls registered a two-out RBI single in the top of the first to plate Haley Thomas.  But Valpo responded immediately in its half of the frame.  Korb got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, while Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) followed with a double to put two runners in scoring position.  Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) brought Korb home with a sacrifice fly, while Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) blooped a double into left field to score Strickland.

The Crusaders added two more runs in the second, as Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) lined a single up the middle to put herself on base for Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who launched her third home run of the season to right-center field to increase the lead to 4-1.  The seniors added to the lead in the fourth, as Korb hit an opposite field solo homer prior to Wolter’s two-run shot.

The Penguins cut into the lead slightly in the fifth, as a Kim Klonowski double scored Thomas.  But Lagesse pitched out of a bases loaded, one out jam later in the frame, as she induced a lineout back to the circle and a groundout to second to keep the lead at 7-2.  The Crusaders would then end the game in the bottom of the inning, as Jacobson plated pinch-runner Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River) with an RBI double, while fellow pinch-runner Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) scored on an illegal pitch.  YSU then intentionally walked the bases loaded with one out to set up a force at every base, but Jacobson beat the throw home on a grounder by Wolter to end the game.

Jacobson, Strickland and Wolter each registered two-hit days for the Crusaders, who picked up ten total hits in the five innings, including six of the extra-base variety.  Lagesse earned the complete-game victory in the circle, scattering eight hits but holding YSU to 2-of-14 with runners in scoring position to improve to 5-5 on the season.  Cheryl Cale took the loss for Youngstown State (8-42), falling to 7-24 on the year after giving up seven runs in her 3.2 innings of work.

Sixth-seeded Valparaiso (25-23) advances in the loser’s bracket to face fourth-seeded Loyola at 3 p.m. CDT Friday.  The Crusaders went 1-2 against the Ramblers this year in Chicago, including a 15-inning victory in the series opener.
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 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
W 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
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