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Valpo Drops Two Games at Cleveland State
Joylyn Ichiyama had a pair of hits, including a homer, Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Joylyn Ichiyama had a pair of hits, including a homer, Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Valparaiso lost two games at league leader Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon, seeing a late-game rally come just short in a 3-2 loss in the opener before getting one-hit in a 7-0 loss in the nightcap.

The Vikings got on the board first in the opener as Jessica Burt led off the game with a double down the left-field line and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Katelyn Ciminelli.  Valpo had a golden opportunity to tie or take the lead in the top of the fourth, but could not plate even one run despite having the bases loaded and nobody out.  CSU took advantage to extend its lead in its half of the fourth when Amy Powell connected on a two-run homer to straight-away center field.

The Crusaders started erasing the deficit in the top of the fifth, getting a solo homer on a line drive to right field off the bat of Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union).  Then in the sixth inning, Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) reached on an error, advanced to second on a passed ball and then came all the way around to score when a pop-up by Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) got caught up in the wind and fell in behind shortstop.  Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) reached on a leadoff walk trailing by one in the seventh, but could not advance past second base.

Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took the loss for Valpo, falling to 13-10 while striking out six in her six innings of work.  Amanda Macenko earned the complete-game win for Cleveland State to improve to 34-13.  During the opener, Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) broke the Crusader single-season record for assists in a single season, ending the day with 138 assists from her third base position, while the team single-season hits mark also fell on a Strickland single in the third inning.

Macenko mowed down the Crusaders in the finale, giving up just a leadoff double to Ichiyama in the seventh along with one walk.  Tess Sito connected on a solo homer in the bottom of the first to give the Vikings the only run they would need, while CSU added three runs apiece in the third and fourth innings to complete the scoring.

Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) fell to 14-5 with the loss in the nightcap, giving up four runs, all earned, in her three innings, while Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) tossed the final three innings.  Macenko earned her 35th win of the 2010 campaign for Cleveland State (41-13, 21-2 Horizon).  Phalen broke Valpo’s single-season mark for putouts in the nightcap, closing Saturday’s twinbill with 366 putouts at first base this year.

“Obviously Cleveland State is the conference champion, and they’re a better softball team than we are right now,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “For us to beat them, we’re going to have to have all three facets of the game working, and today only our defense was where it needed to be.”

Valparaiso (32-18, 12-8 Horizon) concludes the regular season on Sunday with a single game against the Vikings at 11 a.m. CDT.  Live stats and live chat will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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