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Crusaders Drop Opener in Boise on Friday
Janelle Bouchard had a base hit for the Crusaders on Friday.
Janelle Bouchard had a base hit for the Crusaders on Friday.
Weber State (10-5)
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Valparaiso (3-11)
3/7/2014 | Boise, Idaho | Attendance: 75
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: FLINT (6-1) 7.020047
Loss: PICO (1-6) 7.033236
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
KULP (WEBER) 301000
SILVA (WEBER) 301000
ROBINSON (WEBER) 311000
MARINEC (VALPO) 301010
BOUCHARD (VALPO) 301000

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Valparaiso softball team opened up action at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho on Friday afternoon, falling to Weber State 3-0.

“We couldn’t muster anything offensively today, and when we did have chances to score, we couldn’t put good swings on the ball,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We pitched very well, well enough to get the win.  Some bad decisions defensively cost us today as well.  We need to get to a mindset in which we know we’re a good club, even though we’re not showing that right now – we know we have the ability to do better.”

While the Crusaders had just two hits on Friday, they placed runners on base in five of the seven innings.  Valpo’s best threat came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a one-out walk and hit by pitch were followed by a Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) single to load the bases with just one away.  But an infield fly and a strikeout ended that scoring chance.  The Crusaders also placed runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings, but were unsuccessful in pushing anything across the plate.

Weber State scored the only runs it would need in the top of the second, taking advantage of runners on second and third with one out, scoring both on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.  The Wildcats added an insurance tally in the fourth frame, as an unearned run came across on a groundout.

Fifth-year senior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) joined Bouchard with a base hit for the Crusaders on Friday, while sophomore Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drew a pair of walks as well.  Sophomore Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) took the loss in the circle for Valpo despite giving up just three hits and two earned runs, falling to 1-6 on the year, while MaCauley Flint improved to 6-1 with the complete-game win for Weber State (10-5).

Valparaiso (3-11) continues tournament play on Saturday with a pair of games, taking on Weber State at 11 a.m. and the host Broncos at 3 p.m.  Both games will have live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler