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Valpo Softball Rolls to Win Over UNC Wilmington
Jessie Marinec had a three-hit game for the Crusaders Friday. (Rick Scuteri)
Jessie Marinec had a three-hit game for the Crusaders Friday. (Rick Scuteri)
Valparaiso (4-5)
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UNC Wilmington (6-8)
3/1/2013 | Charleston, S.C. | Attendance: 87
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Win: WEISSENHOFER (2-2) 5.021167
Loss: ROWLAND (3-4) 2.067522
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DUNCAN (VALPO) 423502
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Friday, March 01, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team cruised to victory in its tournament opener at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Friday, scoring multiple runs in all five innings in a 16-1 run-rule victory over UNC Wilmington.

“Today we approached the game as we always should, and I was very pleased with the way we went about our at-bats and our aggressive nature on defense,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We need to keep the energy up for tomorrow.”

The Crusaders took the lead for good thanks to the long ball in the top of the first inning.  Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) led off the game with a single and advanced to third with two outs.  Sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) stepped up and connected on a full-count pitch, sending a two-run homer over the right-center field fence for a 2-0 Valpo lead.

Valpo then posted its biggest inning of the day with a five-run second frame.  A two-run double from junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) plated junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) and freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) to start the scoring, and a Ranieri single then scored redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist).  Doerffler later scored on an error by the Seahawks, and Wisniewski capped the scoring in the inning by drawing a bases-loaded walk, her second free pass of the frame, to bring home fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) to make it 7-0 Crusaders.

Doerffler and senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) both scored on a Wilmington error to give Valpo a nine-run lead in the third, and Duncan followed with her second two-run homer of the game to push the edge to 11-0.  Then, in the fourth inning, Bouchard led off with a solo home run.  Junior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) contributed a pinch-hit RBI single to score Doerffler, and Ranieri came home on a sacrifice fly by Ichiyama, making it 14-0.

UNC Wilmington (6-8) scored its lone run of the game on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fourth, but Valpo capped the scoring with a two-run fifth inning.  Doerffler picked up her third RBI of the game, driving in Wisniewski with a single, and a fielder’s choice scored Marinec with the game’s final run.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) earned the win in the circle for the Crusaders to improve to 2-2 on the year, surrendering just two hits while striking out seven batters.  Casey Rowland, the first of three Seahawk pitchers, fell to 3-4 with the loss, giving up seven runs in her two innings of work.

Duncan led the 13-hit Valpo attack, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored.  Ranieri went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs out of the leadoff spot, while Bouchard, Marinec and Doerffler all had multi-hit games out of the bottom third of the order.  Doerffler also had three RBIs and three runs scored, while Wisniewski drew three walks in her four plate appearances.

Valparaiso (4-5) returns to action with a pair of games tomorrow.  The Crusaders will take on #7/9 Tennessee at 10 a.m. CT before facing host Charleston Southern at 2 p.m.  Live stats for both games will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M 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 Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
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