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Crusaders Split Sunday Twinbill With Flames
Tarah McShane had a two-run double in the first inning of game two. (Dave Schofield)
Tarah McShane had a two-run double in the first inning of game two. (Dave Schofield)
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Valparaiso (20-19, 5-6 Horizon)
4/14/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 0
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Win: MILLER (15-12) 5.030026
Loss: BOLTON (3-2) 3.176662
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MARINEC (VALPO) 202000

Sunday, April 14, 2013

A pair of clutch early-inning base hits gave the Valparaiso softball team a lead it would not relinquish in Sunday's nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) held UIC down in a 3-1 Crusader victory. The Flames took the day's opener, 10-0, as the two squads split the doubleheader.

After Valpo escaped a UIC threat in the top of the first, the Crusaders took the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) reached on a fielder's choice with one out, moving up to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball. With Brown on third and two outs, the Flames chose to intentionally walk fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union). Sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) made UIC pay for the intentional pass, working a full count before hitting a fly ball down the right-field line, where it would drop for a two-run double.

UIC put two on with two outs in the top of the second, but Pico induced a fly-out to keep the two-run edge, an advantage to which Valpo would add a run in its next turn at the plate. Junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) kicked off the inning with a single back through the middle and moved up to second on a successful sacrifice by senior Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher). Two batters later, freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drove a ball over the left fielder's head down the left-field line, good for a two-bagger which was easily enough to plate Doerffler for a 3-0 lead.

Valpo would get just one more runner into scoring position over the game's final four innings, but it would not matter, as Pico made the three early runs stand up. The Flames plated their only tally in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Courtney Heeley and had two on with two outs, but Pico struck out Natalie Hernandez to maintain the two-run lead. Pico stranded a leadoff single in the sixth on third base and also pitched around a two-out double in the seventh as the Crusaders captured the series finale.

Pico improved to 8-6 on the year with the complete-game five-hitter, while UIC's Devin Miller also went the distance, falling to 15-13 on the season. Ichiyama (two walks) and Ranieri (hit, walk) both reached base twice in the winning effort.

The first game saw the Flames score two in the third on a two-run double from Jenna Marsalli, and then add four runs apiece in the fourth and fifth as UIC (15-20, 9-3 Horizon) earned the run-rule win. Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) fell to 3-2 for Valpo after starting and tossing the first 3.2 innings, while Miller earned the complete-game win for the Flames. The Crusaders were limited to just three hits in the opener, two of which came off the bat of redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist).

Valparaiso (21-19, 6-6 Horizon) steps out of league play for a single game on Thursday afternoon at Notre Dame at 4 p.m. CT. Live stats will be available through 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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
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
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
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