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Crusader Softball Splits on First Day of San Diego Classic II
Sara Strickland went 3-for-4 in the opener Friday. (Dave Schofield)
Sara Strickland went 3-for-4 in the opener Friday. (Dave Schofield)
CSU Bakersfield (6-17)
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Valparaiso (12-8)
3/16/2012 | San Diego, CA | Attendance: 75
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Win: McGEE (5-2) 6.052125
Loss: HILLER (1-3) 2.013321
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SANDOVAL (CSUB) 302000
STRICKLAND (VALPO) 423200

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games to open the San Diego Classic II on Friday, defeating CSU Bakersfield 10-2 in six innings via run rule before dropping a 1-0 decision to the University of San Diego.

The Crusaders gave up a run in the top of the first to CSU Bakersfield in the day’s opener, but answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the frame.  Freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) led off with a walk, and after a pair of outs, fellow rookie Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) walked as well.  Senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) stepped up and delivered her eighth home run of the season to put Valpo ahead 3-1 after one inning.

The Roadrunners got an unearned run in their half of the second, but senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) teamed up with Duncan to plate the game’s next two runs.  In the bottom of the third, Strickland singled with two outs and came around to score on an RBI double by Duncan.  Two frames later, the duo again combined for a two-our run, as Strickland reached on an infield single and Duncan drove her in with a two-bagger to make it 5-2 Crusaders.

Valpo then closed out the game via run rule with a five-run sixth inning.  Redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) drove in two runs with a single to push the lead to 7-2, and two batters later Norway plated Marinec with a single of her own.  With two runners in scoring position and one out, Strickland delivered the decisive blow, doubling to drive in both Norway and sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) to give the Crusaders the eight-run win.

Strickland led the Crusader offense in the opening win, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Duncan also posted a pair of hits and Norway added a pair of runs.  Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) improved to 5-2 with the complete-game win, giving up just one earned run in her six innings of work while scattering five hits.  Marissa Hiller took the loss in the start for CSUB (6-17), falling to 1-3 after giving up three runs in two innings of work.

The nightcap proved to be a pitcher’s duel, as senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) battled with San Diego’s Cassidy Coleman through three scoreless innings.  The Crusaders put two runners on with nobody out in the fourth, but couldn’t push a run across, and a two-out RBI double by USD’s Morgan Kurtz put the Toreros ahead 1-0 in the bottom half of the frame.

Valpo had a pair of optimum scoring opportunities in the final two innings, but couldn’t plate the game-tying run.  A single, walk and hit by pitch loaded the bases for the Crusaders in the sixth with nobody out, but a double play forced the potential tying runner at the plate and a flyout ended the inning.  Then, in the seventh, Valpo placed runners on first and third with one out, but a strikeout and flyout closed out that threat.

Lagesse took the hard-luck loss, falling to 5-5 on the year despite surrendering just the lone run on four hits in her six innings of work.  Coleman earned the win for San Diego (13-11), improving to 5-4 with five-plus shutout innings, while Jenny Lahitte earned her second save by tossing the final two frames.

“We really battled well in the first game, where we got off to a slow start and just stuck to it,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “Sam threw well and we got rolling in that game.  It was a good way to start the weekend.  In the second game, we did too many things to ourselves that cost us the victory, and that is a shame because Alex threw one of the best games of the year in a difficult environment.”

Valparaiso (12-9) takes to the field for two more games on Saturday on the campus of San Diego State.  The Crusaders take on the host Aztecs at 6:30 p.m. CDT before facing Long Beach State at 9 p.m.

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