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Valpo Softball Closes Out Weekend With Victory
Jordan Rutkowski tallied four hits on Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
Jordan Rutkowski tallied four hits on Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (3-1)
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Drake (2-2)
2/12/2012 | Ames, Iowa | Attendance: 164
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: LAGESSE (2-0) 7.053234
Loss: GRONEWOLD (1-1) 7.0105543
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
RUTKOWSKI (VALPO) 424000
PIERCE (DRAKE) 311010
CRADDOCK (DRAKE) 211010
VANDE WALL (DRAKE) 301100
RANDEL (DRAKE) 201000
DUFFEK (DRAKE) 301000

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team closed out the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Classic on a three-game winning streak, as the Crusaders defeated Drake on Sunday afternoon, 5-3, in Ames, Iowa.

"Yesterday and today, we just had a totally different approach than on Friday," said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  "The way we played the last two days really paid off with a couple of wins against quality programs, and today was a good win to close the weekend."

The Crusaders took it to the Bulldogs right away on Sunday, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.   The first two Valpo batters went down in order before senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) drew a two-out walk.  After Strickland stole second and advanced to third on an error, freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) tallied an RBI single to give Valpo the lead.

Two batters later, redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) picked up an RBI single to score Duncan.  Then senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) registered the Crusaders’ third two-out RBI base hit of the inning, recording a base knock which scored senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) to give Valpo a 3-0 lead after just one-half inning.

Drake would cut the Crusaders’ lead to one run in the bottom of the first, scoring runs on a wild pitch and an RBI double to make it 3-2 after one frame.  The teams would then go scoreless for the next four innings, with each team mounting just one threat over that time.  A pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs for Valpo in the fourth, but a flyout ended the Crusaders’ threat.  Meanwhile, Drake got a leadoff double in the fifth from Nicole Randel, who advanced to third with one out, but a groundout and a lineout squelched any chance of the Bulldogs tying the contest.

With just a one-run lead heading into the sixth inning, the Crusaders got a pair of key insurance runs.  Rutkowski led off the inning with her third hit of the day, a single, setting the stage for Ichiyama-Drewry.  The redshirt junior blasted her first home run since May 8, 2010, pushing the Crusaders’ lead up to 5-2.  Drake scored one run on a Valpo error in the bottom of the sixth, but would get no closer, as the Bulldogs couldn’t do anything with a leadoff double in the seventh inning.

"Both teams came out strong today in the first inning and then both buckled down defensively," said Stevens.  "Joy came up with a big hit to give us some separation in the top of the sixth.  Drake came back and had opportunities, but Alex did a good job battling and keeping us in the game."

Valpo was led Sunday by Rutkowski, who registered her first four-hit day since March of 2010, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored in the winning effort.  Duncan, Phalen and Ichiyama-Drewry each picked up two hits as well on Sunday.  Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) improved to 2-0 with the complete-game victory, surrendering two earned runs over the seven innings while giving up just five hits.  Jordan Gronewald took the loss for Drake (2-2), falling to 1-1 on the season after going the distance on Sunday.

"It was a good weekend all around," said Stevens.  "We got good performances from a number of different players.  It was a good start to the season, and now we just have to keep working on things and head down to Chattanooga in two weeks."

Valparaiso (3-1) will start its spring break road trip in two weekends, as the Crusaders travel to Chattanooga, Tenn. to take part in the Frost Classic.  Valpo’s first games in the tournament come on Friday, Feb. 24, when Valpo faces East Tennessee State and UT-Chattanooga.

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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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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