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Softball Splits at IUPUI Wednesday
Tarah McShane connected on the game-winning homer in the eighth inning of the opener. (Dave Schofield)
Tarah McShane connected on the game-winning homer in the eighth inning of the opener. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (27-22)
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IUPUI (17-28)
5/1/2013 | Indianapolis, Ind. | Attendance: 0
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Win: WEISSENHOFER (15-10) 2.210013
Loss: OPPENHUIS (4-11) 3.021114
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McSHANE (VALPO) 422101
RUPERT (IUPUI) 211010
MOSIER (IUPUI) 211211
LAM (IUPUI) 411201
SCHLOBOHM (IUPUI) 301000

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Stepping out of Horizon League play for the final time in the 2013 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games Wednesday evening at IUPUI, rallying for a 5-4 victory in eight innings in the opener before a seventh-inning rally came up short in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.

The Jaguars claimed a 4-0 lead through three innings of the day’s first game on the strength of two-run homers from Jessica Lam and Ali Mosier in the second and third innings, respectively.  Valpo put one runner on base in each of the first four frames, but only once was able to advance into scoring position.  Junior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) stole second with two outs in the first before a fly out ended the scoring opportunity.

The Crusaders took advantage of a miscue by the Jaguars to tie the game at four-all in the top of the fifth.  Sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) led off the frame with a double to the fence in left, and junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) made it two runners on base as she drew a walk. 

Three batters later, with two outs, Wallace chopped a ball right in front of the plate, but the throw from the IUPUI catcher to first base was well high, allowing McShane to score and Doerffler to advance to third.  Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) made the Jaguars pay right away, drilling the first pitch she saw for a no-doubt homer over the left-field fence to tie the game at 4-4.

Valpo threatened again in the sixth, as Doerffler doubled with two outs and junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) drew a walk behind her, but a pop-out ended that chance.  IUPUI put runners on first and second with one out in the sixth before freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) entered in relief and recorded back-to-back strikeouts.  The rookie then pitched around a leadoff single in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The first two Crusaders went down in order on strikes in the top of the eighth, but McShane came up with the big blow, taking a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left-center field to give Valpo the 5-4 lead.  Weissenhofer and the Crusader defense set IUPUI down in order in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win.

Weissenhofer improved to 15-10 with the win, giving up just one hit and one walk in her 2.2 innings of relief.  Freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) started and tossed the first 5.1 innings, surrendering just three hits.  Jocelyn Oppenhuis took the loss in relief for IUPUI, falling to 4-11 after pitching the last three innings.  McShane went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Doerffler and Wisniewski each reached base twice as well.

The Crusaders were unable to crack the scoreboard in the first six innings of the nightcap, with their best chance coming in the top of the second as freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) led off the frame with back-to-back base hits.  After a sacrifice, both runners were in scoring position with one away, but a strikeout and a ground out kept Valpo off the board.  Meanwhile, the Jaguars took a 3-0 lead in the fourth thanks to a two-run single from Aundria Basquez and a run-scoring double by Mosier.

Valpo went down fighting, putting the potential tying run in scoring position in the top of the seventh.  With one out, Doerffler and Wisniewski dropped back-to-back singles into shallow right-center field, and two batters later, freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) knocked a base hit through the right side of the infield to load the bases. 

Pinch-hitter Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) stepped up and knocked in a run the hard way, getting hit by a pitch to force home pinch-runner Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) and leave the bases loaded with two outs, but a pop out closed out the game in the Jaguars’ favor.

Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) fell to 3-3, taking the loss after throwing the first three-plus innings and giving up a pair of runs.  Junior Ashlyn Michalak (Holland, Ohio/Springfield [Owens C.C.]) pitched the final three innings in relief.  Nicole Natter improved to 2-3 for IUPUI (18-28), throwing the first 6.2 innings, and Cassie Vodde earned the one-out save for her first of the season.  Brown paced the Crusaders’ seven-hit attack with a pair of base knocks.

Valparaiso (27-23) closes out the regular season at home this coming weekend against Youngstown State in a key Horizon League series.  The three-game slate starts off with a doubleheader at 1 p.m., with live audio and stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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 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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo