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Crusaders Fall at Notre Dame Tuesday
KC Boldt reached in all three plate appearances Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)
KC Boldt reached in all three plate appearances Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Eight runners stranded on base hurt Valparaiso's chances Tuesday afternoon at #25/21 Notre Dame, as the Crusaders eventually fell to the Fighting Irish in six innings, 10-2.

“More than leaving runners on base was the fact we came out flat today,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “By the time we got into the game, we had already handed Notre Dame control of the game.  It's disappointing to come out the way we did, because we're a much better team than what we showed today.  We have to give ourselves the opportunity to play at the level we expect to play at, and we can't do that with the approach we took at the start.”

The Irish got the scoring started in their half of the first, as Alexia Clay reached on a one-out infield single and scored two batters later on a two-run homer to right-center by Dani Miller.  Valpo had a good opportunity to cut into the deficit in the top of the second thanks to a leadoff double to the wall in right by senior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing).  Junior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) was hit by a pitch to put two on with nobody out, but the Crusaders were unable to advance either runner.

Notre Dame put two more runs on the board in the third, as back-to-back singles followed by a sacrifice bunt put two in scoring position with one out for Heather Johnson, who drove them both in with a double to deep center field.  But the Crusaders answered immediately in the fourth, as Boldt walked and senior Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) picked up a one-out single to put a pair of runners aboard.  After a groundout moved both seniors up 60 feet, sophomore Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) lined the first pitch she saw down the left-field line, plating both Valpo runners to cut the deficit to 4-2.

A pair of Crusader errors would allow Notre Dame to add those two runs right back to its lead in its next at-bat.  A leadoff single by Katie Fleury and a Crusader fielding error put two on with none out, and again the Irish sacrificed both runners up into scoring position.  Lauren Stuhr then hit a grounder to second, but the throw home to try to cut down Fleury was well wide as the Irish made it 5-2.  Notre Dame scored another run later in the frame on a sacrifice fly as well to push its lead back to four runs.

Valpo had solid chances to cut into the Irish advantage again in each of the next two innings, as senior Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) led off the fifth with a single and eventually made her way to third, while the Crusaders also placed two in scoring position with two outs in the sixth.  But Valpo was unable to push another run across the plate either time, and Notre Dame closed the game with a four-run bottom of the sixth.

Junior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) took the loss for Valpo, falling to 15-6 after surrendering four runs in 2.1 innings of work in the starting assignment.  Laura Winter improved to 21-3 after tossing the first four innings for Notre Dame (39-8).  Six different Crusaders picked up hits on the day, while Boldt walked twice to go along with her double in her lone official at-bat.

Valparaiso (30-19-1) closes out the regular season at home this weekend with a key three-game Horizon League series against Cleveland State.  The Crusaders play a doubleheader at Saturday at 1 p.m. before closing the series with a single game Sunday at noon, as they look to position themselves for a possible first-round bye in the league tournament or even the top overall seed and hosting privileges.  All three games this weekend can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso or online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats.

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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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