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Crusaders Drop Pair to Open Season
Kaitlyn Ranieri had a pair of hits on Friday.
Kaitlyn Ranieri had a pair of hits on Friday.
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Valparaiso (0-1)
2/7/2014 | Buies Creek, N.C. | Attendance: 68
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Win: KRAMER (1-0) 7.0200114
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (0-1) 4.066641
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HANSON (IPFW) 312100
RANIERI (VALPO) 301000
STEWART (VALPO) 301000

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to push any runs across the plate on the opening day of the 2014 season on Friday, falling 6-0 to IPFW and 3-0 to Campbell at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C.

“We’re going to have to make better decisions offensively at the plate and not get in a position to let one big inning beat us moving forward,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.

Valpo threatened immediately in the bottom of the first inning, as sophomore Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) led off with a single and senior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) followed with a four-pitch walk.  But three consecutive strikeouts thwarted the scoring chance, and both sides would go down in order in each of the next two innings.

IPFW broke through for all six of its runs in the top of the fourth inning.  Dani Pugh started the scoring with a two-run homer, followed by RBI singles from Emily Olszewski and Kayti Hanson.  Alex Bousquet capped the six-run frame with a two-run single.  A one-out single from freshman Samantha Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East)  in the fourth inning proved to be the lone baserunner for the Crusaders over the last four innings.

Sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) took the loss for the Crusaders, falling to 0-1 after surrendering six runs in four-plus innings of work.  Sophomore Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) entered in relief and threw three shutout innings.  Miranda Kramer earned the win for IPFW (1-0), striking out 14 and allowing just two hits in a complete-game effort.

Ranieri led off the nightcap against Campbell with a double in the top of the first, while senior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) advanced to second after reaching on an error in the third frame, but the Crusaders couldn’t advance either runner beyond second base.  The Camels scored their three runs in the bottom of the third courtesy of an RBI single by Olivia Scarborough, followed by a steal of home from Stephanie Jones, while Jessica Anderson later scored on a Crusader error.

Senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) got within 60 feet of scoring in the top of the sixth, leading off with a walk and advancing to third on a pair of groundouts, but couldn’t complete the journey.  Then Valpo mounted one last threat in the seventh, getting the tying run to the plate following a Stewart single and a walk from freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) before a fielder’s choice ended the game.

Stewart had a pair of hits in her second career game to lead the Crusader offense.  Pico went the distance in the circle for Valpo, falling to 0-1 despite surrendering just two earned runs.  Courtney Roberts earned the complete-game victory for Campbell (1-0).

Valparaiso (0-2) will look to close the weekend on a winning note on Saturday as the Crusaders play two more games in Buies Creek.  The Crusaders take on UMass Lowell at 4:30 p.m. CT before facing Seton Hall at 7 p.m.  Both games will have live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W 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
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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