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Crusaders Drop Twinbill at Purdue
Lisa DeBruzzi hit a three-run homer in the first game Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Lisa DeBruzzi hit a three-run homer in the first game Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Miscues cost the Valparaiso softball team in both ends of a doubleheader Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., as the Crusaders fell to Purdue, 5-3 in the opener and 9-0 in the nightcap.

 

The Boilermakers got the scoring started in the opener right away as Liane Horiuchi led off with a walk and proceeded to steal second and third.  Molly Garst followed with a walk and in the same motion took off for second.  Crusader pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who had received the throw back to the circle, wheeled to try to catch Horiuchi off of third, but her attempt was errant, allowing Horiuchi to score and Garst to advance to third.  Garst would come home on an RBI single one batter later to give Purdue a 2-0 lead after one inning.

But the Crusaders counter-punched immediately in the top of the second, putting together a two-out rally.  Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) got it started with a single to right-center, and Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) followed with a walk to put two runners on for Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle).  The junior unloaded on a 1-0 pitch to left field for her third home run of the season and second in the last three days, putting Valpo on top 3-2.

Lagesse kept Purdue off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when a two-out triple brought home the tying run.  Then, after two were out in the fifth, miscues cost the Crusaders again, as a catcher’s interference call, a hit batsman and an infield single loaded the bases, and another catcher’s interference stoppage plated the go-ahead run for Purdue.  The Boilermakers added an insurance tally in the sixth on a fielding error by Valpo, and while the Crusaders brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the seventh with one out, they were unable to push anything more across the plate.

Lagesse took the loss for Valpo, falling to 11-4 on the year after giving up four runs (three earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings of work.  Suzie Rzegocki registered the complete-game win for the Boilermakers, allowing just four hits while striking out eight.

The nightcap saw the Crusaders strand seven runners on base, including at least one in scoring position in four of the five innings, while they were unable to push a run across the plate.  Meanwhile, Purdue took advantage of four Valpo errors to score four unearned runs in the second game and the Boilermakers scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth, including a game-ending three-run homer by Shelby Krammer, to end the game via run rule.

Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) took the loss for Valpo in the nightcap, giving up four runs in 3.1 innings in the circle, but just one of the four tallies was of the earned variety.  Rzegocki earned her second complete-game win of the day for Purdue (19-21), improving to 15-16 while scattering five Crusader hits in her five innings of work.

Valparaiso (26-10) will look to rebound in its return to Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders make the short trip west into the Second City to take on UIC.  First pitch of the twinbill is slated for 1 p.m., and live stats and live chat for both games will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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