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Crusader Pitching Dominates as Valpo Sweeps Pair Tuesday
Sam McGee earned the win over Dayton. (Ray Acevedo)
Sam McGee earned the win over Dayton. (Ray Acevedo)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Valparaiso pitching staff got the job done in a pair of games Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., as four Crusader pitchers combined to allow just one unearned run as Valpo defeated Dayton, 4-1, and Holy Cross, 8-0.

Sophomore Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) tossed six three-hit shutout innings in Valpo’s victory over Dayton, while junior Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) made her first appearance of the season in the circle to close out the win over the Flyers, giving up just the one unearned tally.  In the nightcap, sophomore Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) allowed just four hits while throwing six shutout innings against Holy Cross and redshirt freshman Amanda Bolton (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) ended the game with a scoreless seventh in the circle.

The Crusaders got all their offense against Dayton in the early innings.  Freshman Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) led off the second frame with a solo homer, the first of her career.  In the third inning, sophomore Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) came home on the back end of a double steal for the eventual game-winning run.  Sophomore Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) scored an insurance tally on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), while Marinec was plated later in the frame by a Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) double.

Marinec ended the game against the Flyers 2-for-3 with two runs scored, the only Crusader batter to have a multi-hit game.  McGee improved to 3-0 in the circle with the win, while Sarah Wedel took the loss for Dayton (2-7), falling to 1-2 on the year.

Valpo scored the only run it would need against Holy Cross before an out was even recorded, as freshman Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) crossed the plate on an error following a Rutkowski single.  Three more runs would score in the inning, including a two-run homer by Ichiyama.  The Crusaders added a pair of runs apiece in the sixth and seventh frames, the latter coming on a two-run bomb by Jacobson.

Bridwell and Jacobson each posted two hits in the nightcap, with the former scoring a pair of runs as well.  Ichiyama, Jacobson and Phalen all drove in two runs apiece in the winning effort.  Jansen moved to 2-2 on the season with the win, while Amanda Audette fell to 1-1 with the loss for Holy Cross (1-3).

Valparaiso (7-3) closes out action at the Rebel Spring Games on Wednesday with two more games.  The Crusaders take on Saint Francis (Pa.) at noon CST before facing off again with Holy Cross at 2 p.m.

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