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Crusaders Drop Extra-Inning Affair at UIC
Alex Lagesse took the tough-luck loss Sunday. (Rick Scuteri)
Alex Lagesse took the tough-luck loss Sunday. (Rick Scuteri)
Valparaiso (29-13, 13-2 Horizon)
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UIC (19-22, 7-7 Horizon)
4/22/2012 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 107
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Win: HEWETT (8-11) 9.040035
Loss: LAGESSE (13-7) 8.071153
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DUNCAN (VALPO) 302000
MARSALLI (UIC) 402000

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A scoreless duel which stretched into extra frames wouldn’t end in Valparaiso’s favor Sunday, as UIC earned a walk-off, 1-0 win in nine innings in Chicago, Ill. in the finale of the three-game series.

Both teams had numerous chances to push across a run prior to the game’s only tally, as the Crusaders left eight runners on base while UIC left eight on as well in the first eight innings.  The first inning saw a scoring chance for both sides, as both Valpo and UIC placed a runner on third with one out.  But the Crusaders saw their threat gunned down at the plate to complete a double play after a fly out to left, while Valpo starter Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) induced a pair of pop-ups to escape the Flames’ threat.

Valpo found itself with a premium chance in the fourth, as with one out, senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) drew a five-pitch walk.  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) followed with a line drive single into right, and senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) walked on four straight pitches to load the bases with just one away.  But a pop out, followed by a strikeout looking kept the game rolling along scoreless.

UIC placed two runners on with just one out in its half of the fourth, but Lagesse went to third to force the lead runner on a grounder back to the circle and then got a fly out to left for the final out.  Then, facing runners on second and third with two outs in the fifth, Lagesse induced a grounder to third to keep the shutout going.  The Flames drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, but redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) caught a line-drive bunt and was able to throw across the diamond to double up the UIC baserunner.

A one-out single by senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) gave the Crusaders a baserunner in the final inning of regulation, but Valpo couldn’t advance the runner past first base.  UIC got a leadoff single from Melissa Preish in its half of the seventh and sacrificed her to second with one out, but she would remain there for the duration of the inning as the game headed into extra frames.

Playing extra innings for the second time in as many days, the Crusaders went down in order in the eighth, while Lagesse pitched around a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth.  The top of the ninth saw Valpo put together one of its best scoring opportunities of the game, as Duncan led off the frame with a single and Rutkowski was hit by a pitch to put two on with nobody out.  A perfect sacrifice by Ichiyama-Drewry moved both runners into scoring position with one away, but a pair of groundouts kept the Crusaders off the board.

UIC got a leadoff infield single from Kara Komp to lead off its half of the ninth, and Komp then stole second on the first pitch, as the throw was in time to catch her but wasn’t able to be corralled.  The Crusaders then intentionally walked Preish to set up a force at any base before Teresa Aguilar reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to short.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, Lagesse and Courtney Heeley dueled through a 10-pitch at-bat, with Heeley fouling off four full-count pitches before the tenth pitch was called a ball for a walk which forced in the game’s only run.

Lagesse fell to 13-7 on the year in taking the tough-luck loss, while Ashley Hewett improved to 8-11 for UIC (19-22, 7-7 Horizon) with the complete-game win.  Duncan registered two of Valpo’s four hits on Sunday, while Rutkowski drew a pair of walks and was also hit by a pitch.

Valparaiso (29-13, 13-2 Horizon) returns home for a key week with two Horizon League series at the Valparaiso University Softball Field next week.  First up is Butler, starting with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.  The games will be broadcast live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso, with live stats available through www.valpoathletics.com.

Live Chat Archive:

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 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 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