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Valpo Softball Extends Winning Streak to Six Straight
Jessie Marinec tallied four hits and scored four runs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Jessie Marinec tallied four hits and scored four runs Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
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Valparaiso (9-2)
3/3/2012 | El Paso, Texas | Attendance: 167
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Win: LAGESSE (4-1) 5.052211
Loss: BRADY (0-1) 2.178612
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Saturday, March 03, 2012

The Valparaiso softball team continued the best start in program history and extended its winning streak to six straight games with a pair of victories Saturday at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.  The Crusaders opened the day with a 10-2 run-rule win over Brown before defeating UTSA in the nightcap, 10-6.

“Our approaches at the plate were again very good today,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “Shaleigh did a nice job as well keeping us in the second game against UTSA, which is a quality opponent.”

The Crusaders have now scored in double figures in three straight games as well and now have four double-digit efforts on the season.  Leading the offensive yet again on Saturday was senior catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), who continued her torrid stretch of play with a 5-for-6, 4 R, 6 RBI effort over the two games.  Rutkowski tallied a pair of doubles in the opener before blasting two home runs against UTSA, giving the senior six round-trippers on the year, already tied for eighth-most in a single season in program history.

But Rutkowski got plenty of offensive help Saturday, as Valpo hit .451 as a team over the two contests.  Redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) went 5-for-7 with four runs scored, while redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) posted a 3-for-5 day with two triples, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) drove in four runs on Saturday as well.

The Crusaders never trailed in the opener against Brown, as an RBI single by senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) and a sacrifice fly by Rutkowski gave Valpo a 2-0 lead after one inning.  After putting up one run in the second, the Crusaders exploded for six in the third inning, including a 2-RBI double by Rutkowski and sac flies from Ichiyama-Drewry and freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian). 

Then, one run shy of a run-rule win, Rutkowski doubled with one out in the fourth and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) to secure the shortened victory.  Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) earned the complete-game win to improve to 4-1 on the year, while Sam Brady took the loss for Brown (1-2).

Valpo also led for the entirety of the game against UTSA, but the Roadrunners stayed in the game throughout.  The Crusaders opened the scoring with a four-run second inning on a solo homer by Rutkowski and a three-run blast from Wisniewski.  The teams then traded single runs before UTSA scored three in the third to cut Valpo’s lead to 5-4.

The Crusaders added another run to their lead in the top of the fourth thanks to an RBI double by Wisniewski, and then scored three more in the fifth inning.  Rutkowski launched her second long ball of the game, this one of the two-run variety, and Phalen added an RBI as well to push the lead to 9-4.  Valpo’s lead was six entering the bottom of the seventh, but UTSA loaded the bases with two runs already in and two outs, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Lagesse set down Molly Fichtner looking on strikes to end the game.

Senior Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) earned the win in relief to improve to 2-0, throwing four innings of two run ball after entering in the third inning.  UTSA (7-10) starter Katy Akins took the loss for the Roadrunners.

Valparaiso (10-2) looks to extend its winning streak on Sunday as the Crusaders face host UTEP in their tournament finale.  Live stats for the game, which is scheduled for a noon CST first pitch, will 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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 UIC
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
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