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Crusaders Set For 2013 Horizon League Championship
The Crusaders travel to UIC to defend the Horizon League Tournament crown. (Kevin Fedde)
The Crusaders travel to UIC to defend the Horizon League Tournament crown. (Kevin Fedde)
Youngstown State (17-25)
at
Valparaiso (29-25)
5/8/2013 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 0
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Win: CROZIER (14-8) 5.041119
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (17-11) 1.257010
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EWING (YSU) 413200
WALLACE (VALPO) 201000
ICHIYAMA (VALPO) 211101
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Valparaiso (29-24, 11-9 Horizon)
Wednesday, May 8-Saturday, May 11
at Horizon League Championship (Chicago, Ill.)

Next Up in Crusader Softball: The Valparaiso softball team makes the trip to the Windy City this week to compete in the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship, hosted by UIC. The defending tournament champions, the Crusaders earned the third seed for this year’s tournament with an 11-9 record in league play. Valpo will kick off tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Youngstown State.

Previously: Valpo took two out of three games in the final series of the regular season against Youngstown State, securing the third seed for the league tournament. The Crusaders shut out the Penguins in the series opener, 3-0, and then earned a 6-5 marathon win in 14 innings in the second game. YSU took game three of the series, 3-2 in 11 innings.

Following the Crusaders: Every Valpo game at the Horizon League Championship will have live audio (WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso) and video (Horizon League Network) broadcasts available, with links for both available at ValpoAthletics.com. Live stats will also be running for all of the Crusaders’ tournament games.

Head Coach Jordan Stevens: Jordan Stevens is in his third season at the helm of the Valparaiso University softball program in 2013, having won 105 games as the Crusader head coach. Stevens guided the Crusaders to 42 victories in his second season in charge in 2012, surpassing by seven wins the program's previous single-season wins record. Along the way, Valpo claimed the Horizon League regular season and tournament championships, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

Series Notes: Youngstown St. - Valpo leads all-time series 25-6; Valpo leads series since joining HL 17-2. Crusaders won two of three this season.
Loyola - Loyola leads all-time series 37-24; Loyola leads series since Valpo joined HL 11-10. Ramblers won all three this season.
UIC - UIC leads all-time series 56-13; UIC leads series since Valpo joined HL 9-8. Flames won two of three this season.
Cleveland St. - CSU leads all-time series 16-12; CSU leads series since Valpo joined HL 9-8. Teams split two games this season.
Wright St. - Valpo leads all-time series 18-10; Valpo leads series since joining HL 10-8. Crusaders swept all three this season.

All-Time in HL Championship: Since joining the Horizon League prior to the 2008 season, Valpo owns an 11-9 mark in league tournament action. After going just 1-4 in their first two years in the league in tournament play, the Crusaders have finished at least third in each of the last three seasons, highlighted by last season’s tournament title.
2008 - 0-2; 2009 - 1-2; 2010 - 3-2; 2011 - 2-2; 2012 - 5-1 (champions)

Crusaders Picked Third in Preseason Poll: The head coaches selected Valparaiso to finish third in the Horizon League this season according to the preseason poll. Loyola was the preseason favorite, picking up six of the eight first-place votes and 48 points in all, while UIC and Valpo split the other two first-place votes, with the Flames edging out the Crusaders for second position, 39-37.

Experience Returns in the Lineup: While Valpo graduated a decorated class of six seniors following the 2012 season, the Crusaders welcome back 12 letterwinners in 2013, including six regular starters from last season’s batting order.

Plenty of New Faces: Head coach Jordan Stevens brought in his largest recruiting class to date for the 2013 season. Eight new faces are among the 20 players on this year’s roster - six freshmen and a pair of junior college transfers.

All-League Honorees: Valpo boasted a quintet of players who were honored by the Horizon League as it announced its postseason award recipients on Tuesday. Leading the way was fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama, who earned First Team All-League honors for the second consecutive season. Sophomore Brittany Duncan and freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri both were named to the All-League Second Team. In addition, freshmen Janelle Bouchard and Taylor Weissenhofer each claimed a spot on both the All-League Second Team and the All-Newcomer Team.

30 Wins Within Sight: Entering the tournament, the Crusaders sit just one win shy of the 30-win mark for the season, a mark which has become a regular milestone for the program. Prior to the 2008 season, Valpo had never won more than 27 games in a single season, but over the past five years, the Crusaders have won at least 30 games four times, including in each of head coach Jordan Stevens’ first two years at the helm.

The Short and the Long (and the Long) of It: It looked like the tone for the Youngstown State series would be set by the opening game, as Valpo finished the shutout win in its fastest time of the season (1:21). But the opposite proved to be true, as the Crusaders and Penguins would continue to play the two longest games in the history of the Valparaiso University Softball Field (14 and 11 innings) over the next two games. And of course, after playing 32 innings last weekend, the two teams will square off in the first round of the HL Championship.

Weissenhofer Sets a New Mark: Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer set a new Crusader single-season record in her rookie year last week for strikeouts. Weissenhofer’s sixth strikeout of the nightcap at Western Michigan, which came in the third inning, was her 177th of the season, breaking Andrea Zappia’s previous mark of 176 (2008). Weissenhofer enters the 2013 Horizon League Championship with a league-high 202 strikeouts.

Pitcher of the Week: Weissenhofer earned her second Player of the Week honor to close out the regular season after going 4-0 with a save in the final week of the regular season. The freshman posted a 0.26 ERA by allowing just one run, a 12th-inning home run in game two against YSU, in 26.2 innings in the circle. She struck out 34 batters and walked just six while allowing opponents to hit a miniscule .163 against her. Weissenhofer joined fellow freshman Sierra Pico as two-time award winners this year, while four different Valpo hitters won Player of the Week accolades over the course of the season as well.

Ranieri Enters on a Roll: If the softball season were NBA Jam, freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri would be “on fire!” right now. Ranieri has reached base in each of her last nine plate appearances, going 5-for-5 with four walks since the 10th inning of game two versus YSU. Among those at-bats were the game-tying RBI single in the 12th inning and the game-winning hit in the 14th inning against the Penguins. For the series against YSU, Ranieri went 7-for-10 with six walks (.813 OBP) out of the leadoff spot in the order.

M Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 9th/11 (28.33)
W Track DePauw Invitational Greencastle, Ind.
Apr 5 8th/10 (29)
W Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
M Track Stanford Invitational Stanford, Calif.
Apr 5 No Team Score
Baseball Wright State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 3
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 6
Baseball Wright State 0 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 5 Valpo 2
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 5 Valpo 9
W Tennis Valpo 5 Green Bay, Wis.
Apr 5 Green Bay 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 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
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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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 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