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Crusader Softball Earns Split on Day One at Frost Classic
Jordan Rutkowski had three hits and two RBIs in the opener Friday. (Dave Schofield)
Jordan Rutkowski had three hits and two RBIs in the opener Friday. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (4-1)
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East Tennessee State (1-8)
2/24/2012 | Chattanooga, Tenn. | Attendance: 45
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: McGEE (2-1) 8.072216
Loss: WOLFF (4-2) 3.222101
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
RUTKOWSKI (VALPO) 403200
HORNER (ETSU) 312111
EVERETT (ETSU) 402000

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on the opening day of action at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeating East Tennessee State in eight innings, 4-2, before falling to host UT-Chattanooga, 7-0.

The Crusaders got on the board first in the opener against ETSU, striking for two runs in the top of the third inning.  Freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) led off the frame with a single, and two batters later, senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) knocked out a double, with Norway coming all the way around to score on an error by the Bucs.  Two batters later, senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) helped Strickland complete the circuit of the bases with a two-bagger of her own, making it 2-0 Valpo.

ETSU would score a single run in the fourth and fifth innings to knot the score up at two apiece, however.  The Bucs cut the deficit in half with a Casey Horner solo homer in the fourth, and then received a two-out RBI single by Annie Martin in the fifth to make it two-all.  ETSU had a runner on third with two outs in the seventh, but could not push across the winning tally, as the game went into extra innings.

Playing under international tiebreak rules, where a runner is placed on second with nobody out to start the eighth inning, Norway started the frame at second base, but was still stuck there three batters later after two outs and a Strickland hit-by-pitch.  But a passed ball, exacerbated by a throwing error by the ETSU catcher, allowed Norway to score and Strickland to advance to third, where she came home on a Rutkowski RBI single for the final margin.  The Bucs loaded the bases with two outs in their half of the eighth, but senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) induced a fly-out to secure the win.

McGee improved to 2-1 with the complete-game win, scattering seven hits over her eight innings of work while striking out six.  Relief pitcher Katie Wolff took the loss for East Tennessee State (1-8), surrendering the two eighth-inning runs.  Rutkowski led the Crusaders, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs on the game.

“It took a bit for us to get going against East Tennessee State, but we battled through for a win,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We got a big baserunning play and a key hit in the eighth inning to propel us to victory.”

The nightcap would not be as kind to Valpo, as the Crusaders managed just four hits.  Valpo placed just one runner in scoring position in the loss to UT-Chattanooga, as Strickland doubled with two outs in the first but was stranded.  Meanwhile, the Mocs scored three apiece in the first and second innings to take an early 6-0 lead and cruise to the win.  Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took the loss for Valpo, falling to 2-1 after starting and giving up three runs while recording just one out, while Michelle Fuzzard earned the shutout for UT-Chattanooga (5-4).

“We actually hit the ball better in the second game, but they didn’t fall in,” said Stevens.  “We helped Chattanooga a lot by putting too many runners on base via walk and error in front of their key hitters, and they made us pay.”

Valparaiso (4-2) returns to action on Saturday with two more games at the Frost Classic.  Valpo will face UT-Martin at 12:15 p.m. CST and turn right around to take on Niagara at 2:30 p.m.  Live stats for both games will be available through www.valpoathletics.com.

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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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