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Crusaders Come From Behind to Stay Perfect in League
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry connected on the decisive home run Thursday. (Di Geng)
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry connected on the decisive home run Thursday. (Di Geng)
Valparaiso (25-10, 9-0 Horizon)
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Wright State (17-23, 5-7 Horizon)
4/12/2012 | Wright State | Attendance: 137
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Win: JANSEN (3-1) 5.042213
Loss: DeWITT (11-20) 7.0118863
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MARINEC (VALPO) 413000
ARCHER (WSU) 312311
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Staring a four-run deficit in the face with its perfect record in Horizon League play on the line, Valparaiso stormed from behind with a five-run fifth inning to claim the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth to complete a three-game sweep of Wright State, 8-6, in Fairborn, Ohio on Thursday afternoon.  The Crusaders have now won 13 of their last 14 games.

“Wright State came out very aggressive on us and had a good approach today,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “They jumped on us early, but I was pleased with the way we didn’t get down.  Our mindset didn’t change, and we just continued to chip away at it and eventually earned the win.”

The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Crusaders, as three straight singles loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first for the Raiders.  Two batters later, a bases-loaded walk gave WSU a 1-0 lead, and a Crusader error added another run to the Wright State lead.  An RBI groundout pushed the Raiders’ third run of the frame across the plate as WSU led 3-0 after just one inning.

Valpo cut a run off its deficit in the top of the third, as redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) continued her hot hitting with a leadoff double down the right field line.  A single by sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) put runners on the corners with nobody out, and junior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) connected on a sacrifice fly to cut the WSU lead to two runs.  But the Raiders got that run right back in the bottom of the third with a solo homer from Chelsea Archer, prompting Stevens to go to the bullpen and call on senior Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) in relief.

The Crusaders responded with a run in their half of the fourth, as senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) led off the inning with a walk, moved to third on a single by redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) and scored on an infield grounder from senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia).  But again Wright State answered, this time scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back one-out RBI singles to push its advantage to 6-2 with just three innings to play.

As the Crusaders have all season long, however, they had one big inning in them, this time putting the five-spot on the scoreboard in the fifth.  Sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), who had reached on a fielder’s choice, moved up to third on a one-out double by senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon).  With two in scoring position, freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) knocked a single back up the middle, enough to score both runners to cut the deficit to 6-4.

With Duncan advancing to second on a throw home, Rutkowski was intentionally walked by the Raiders to set up a possible force play with one away.  But Ichiyama-Drewry, seeing Rutkowski walked in front of her for the sixth time in the series and the fourth intentionally, stepped up and delivered the big blow, cranking a three-run homer over the left-center fence to flip the Crusaders into the lead, 7-6.

“I just attribute it to us sticking with it and understanding the flows of the game,” said Stevens on the big inning “We understand that we have to continue to do what we’re good at, and that’s taking good at-bats.  We again made some good adjustments on DeWitt, who really came out strong in the first few innings, but we were able to maintain a good offensive mindset throughout the game.”

Valpo would add an insurance run in the sixth as well, getting that frame going with a leadoff infield single by Doerffler.  Strickland successfully sacrificed the sophomore into scoring position, and Duncan did all the rest, picking up another base knock back through the middle to score Doerffler and make it 8-6 Valpo.  Jansen made sure the Raiders wouldn’t threaten to tie or re-take the lead, setting Wright State down in order in each of the final three innings.

“Shaleigh’s pitching was really clutch for us today,” said Stevens.  “She hasn’t thrown more than an inning in quite some time, but when she came in to a situation where she had to keep us in the game, she was able to do that.  Then, when we took the lead, she was light outs the rest of the way - her fifth and seventh innings were just phenomenal.”

Jansen picked up her first decision in Horizon League play, going five innings to earn the win and improve to 3-1 overall.  Krystian DeWitt took the loss for Wright State (17-23, 5-7 Horizon), suffering the defeat for the third time in the series as she falls to 11-20.  Marinec went 3-for-4 for the Crusaders, her eighth multi-hit game in Valpo’s last 12 contests, while Duncan and Ichiyama-Drewry each picked up two of Valpo’s 11 hits.  Doerffler and Rutkowski each scored two runs as well.

Valparaiso (25-10, 9-0 Horizon) returns home to put its unblemished mark in Horizon League play on the line Saturday afternoon with a twinbill against Youngstown State beginning at 1 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.  Every pitch of the doubleheader can be heard live on WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
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
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