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Crusaders Claim Third Straight Victory
Taylor Weissenhofer struck out the first nine batters she faced Monday. (Steve Booth)
Taylor Weissenhofer struck out the first nine batters she faced Monday. (Steve Booth)
Wright State (5-20, 2-2 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (16-12, 3-1 Horizon)
4/1/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 75
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Win: WEISSENHOFER (8-6) 7.0300312
Loss: DeWITT (3-9) 6.085223
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FLOYD (WSU) 301000
KITE (WSU) 301000
CLARK (WSU) 201010
ICHIYAMA (VALPO) 312100
McSHANE (VALPO) 312100

Monday, April 01, 2013

Freshman pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) struck out the first nine batters she faced on Monday en route to a three-hit shutout, while the Valparaiso offense scored in four of its six at-bats in a 5-0 Horizon League victory over Wright State at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

"I was very pleased with our pitching and defensive efforts today," said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  "Offensively, we did a nice job of manufacturing runs."

Weissenhofer was dominant early in the shutout effort, retiring the entire lineup via strikeout the first time through the order. In all, the rookie struck out 12 batters and carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, settling for a three-hitter. The only big threat Weissenhofer faced came in the fifth, when she walked back-to-back batters with two outs to load the bases, but the freshman caught pinch-hitter Kristi Boreing looking at strike three to escape the jam. Weissenhofer, who is now 8-6 on the season, pushed her season strikeout total to 105, already eighth-most in a single season in Crusader history.

Valpo scored the only run it would need to win in the bottom of the second, as sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) doubled and scored on a two-out error by the Raiders. The Crusaders added another tally in the third, as the top of the order performed their jobs perfectly. Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) worked a leadoff walk, and junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) moved her over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) then knocked a single back through the circle to score Ranieri and make it 2-0 Crusaders.

Valpo pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth, courtesy of a two-out rally. Senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) picked up a two-out single, and junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) took advantage by driving her in with an RBI double to the left-center gap. The Crusaders capped the scoring with two more runs in the fifth, as McShane's second double of the game scored Ichiyama and freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) plated redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) with an RBI groundout.

Krystian DeWitt took the complete-game loss for Wright State (5-20, 2-2 Horizon), falling to 3-9 despite surrendering just two earned runs. Ichiyama and McShane each had a pair of hits to lead the Crusaders' eight-hit attack, while sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) also reached base twice as well.

Valparaiso (16-12, 3-1 Horizon) looks to win its second straight league series on Tuesday as the Crusaders take on the Raiders in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Live stats for both games will be available through 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. 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