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Valpo Softball Drops Season Opener
Kelsey Phalen got on base twice Friday. (Dave Schofield)
Kelsey Phalen got on base twice Friday. (Dave Schofield)
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2/10/2012 | Ames, Iowa | Attendance: 126
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Win: FISHER (1-0) 7.020028
Loss: McGEE (0-1) 4.054333
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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team opened the 2012 season Friday evening, but couldn’t come out of the night with a victory, falling to UNI 6-0 in the opener of the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Tournament in Ames, Iowa.  The tournament was originally scheduled to be hosted by UNI, but the entirety of the tournament has been moved to Iowa State due to equipment failure at the UNI Dome.

“It’s exciting to actually start playing against somebody else, to see some other pitchers and see what you do against another group to start the season,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “Obviously, it wasn't the way we were hoping to open up the year, but it’s always good to get the season going.”

Valpo went down 1-2-3 in each of its first two innings, and the Panthers claimed a 3-0 lead after the bottom of the second.  A Crusader error allowed UNI’s leadoff hitter to reach base, and the Panthers took advantage immediately with an RBI single from Haley Kriener.  Later in the frame, Whitney Plein picked up a two-RBI single to make it 3-0 UNI

Senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) drew a walk to lead off the top of the third for Valpo and would eventually advance to third with two outs on an error, but couldn’t complete the journey around the bases.  Phalen also picked up a two-out single in the fifth, Valpo’s first hit, and moved into scoring position thanks to a passed ball, but a strikeout ended that Crusader scoring threat.

UNI (1-0) capped the scoring in its half of the fifth with a two-out, three-run home run by Kriener, who ended the night with four RBIs.  The Crusaders placed two more runners on base, as senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) walked in the sixth and freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) singled for her first career hit in the seventh, but neither would cross the plate.

Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) got the start in the circle for Valpo and took the loss, going four-plus innings and surrendering four runs, three earned, while striking out three.  Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) pitched the final two innings and struck out three while giving up two runs.  Jamie Fisher went the distance for UNI and tallied eight strikeouts in her two-hit effort.

“Two big innings hurt us today, and we kind of allowed them to have one of them thanks to an error,” said Stevens.  “But UNI is a good, solid team.  Their pitcher was spot-on today; she was in midseason form and she took it to us.”

Valparaiso (0-1) continues play at the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Tournament in Ames, Iowa on Saturday with a pair of games.  The Crusaders face Nebraska-Omaha Saturday morning at 10 a.m. before taking on the tournament’s new host, Iowa State, at noon.

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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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
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
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 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M 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