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Crusaders Stay Alive at HL Championship With Win Over CSU
KC Boldt smacked her team-record 11th home run for the game-winning run Friday. (Dave Schofield)
KC Boldt smacked her team-record 11th home run for the game-winning run Friday. (Dave Schofield)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Junior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) retired 15 of the last 16 batters she faced, while senior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) delivered the deciding blow with a leadoff homer in the sixth as Valparaiso stayed alive at the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State Friday.  With the win, the Crusaders play again Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Boldt, who homered twice against the Vikings in Sunday's second game to account for all three Crusader runs in that contest, stepped to the plate with the game tied to lead off the top of the sixth.  The senior worked a 1-1 count before connecting on a changeup, sending it to straightaway center for the game's decisive run.  The homer was Boldt's 11th of the season, a new single-season Crusader record, while she is also now tied with junior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) atop Valpo's single-season RBI chart with 42.

The Vikings got on the scoreboard first in Friday's elimination contest, striking in the bottom of the first.  Lagesse got the first two outs of the inning, but an infield single by Tess Sito kept the CSU inning alive.  Dara Toman followed with a walk to put two on, and then Andrea Nagy hit a hard grounder that ricocheted off Sadie Conner's (Washington, Ill./Washington) glove at third base and over towards Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) at shortstop. 

Doerffler attempted to make the flip back to Conner for the force and the final out of the frame, but her throw was too high for the Crusader third baseman, allowing Sito to come all the way around and score to give CSU a 1-0 lead.  The Vikings still had runners on second and third with two outs, but Lagesse induced a full-count grounder from Katelyn Ciminelli to the right of second baseman Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley), who made the play on her backhand and made the throw to first for the final out.

Neither team had a substantial threat until Valpo tied up the contest in the top of the fourth.  Junior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) reached on an error by Toman at second base to lead off the frame, and Boldt followed with a first-pitch rocket just inside the third-base bag for a double, advancing Strickland to third. 

Two batters later, Conner grounded a ball deep into the 5-6 hole, where Andrea Nagy got to it and made the long throw to first.  Conner beat the throw by a step, and Strickland, who held at third initially, took off on the throw to first.  Ciminelli attempted to fire home to nail Strickland, but catcher Amy Powell was ruled to have obstructed the Crusader junior's attempt to score, tying the game.  Valpo still had runners on second and third with one out at that point, but Sito got a groundout and a foul flyout to keep the game tied at one apiece.

Boldt's leadoff homer in the sixth would be the only remaining hit of the game for the Crusaders, but it turned out to be plenty, as Lagesse shut the Vikings down after the first inning.  The junior did not allow a CSU runner past first base the remainder of the game, at one point retiring 14 straight Cleveland State batters.  CSU's last threat came in the bottom of the seventh, when Ciminelli grounded a full-count single through the left side with two outs, but Lagesse got Brittany Bate to ground out to Conner to close out the victory.

Lagesse improved to 13-12 on the season with the complete-game win, allowing just the unearned run on three hits and two walks.  Sito fell to 25-18 for Cleveland State (29-21), surrendering five hits and two runs despite striking out 10 batters.  Boldt and Conner both picked up multi-hit games in the Crusader victory.

Valparaiso will play for a shot to advance to Championship Saturday at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, taking on the loser of the Butler/UIC game earlier in the day.  Live stats, live video and live chat for the game will all be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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
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
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
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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