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Crusaders Drop One-Run Decision to Butler
Kelsey Phalen delivered an RBI single Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Kelsey Phalen delivered an RBI single Thursday. (Ray Acevedo)
Butler (21-29, 11-10 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (32-13, 15-3 Horizon)
4/26/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 245
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BRY (9-17) 5.231117
Loss: McGEE (12-4) 2.121102
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
DENNISON (BU) 411000
BOROS (BU) 321110
SULLIVAN (BU) 411000
McNULTY (BU) 301200
FALKENBERRY (BU) 201010
GRAY (BU) 311000
HUEY (BU) 301000
COLEMAN (BU) 101100
DOERFFLER (VALPO) 402200

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Valparaiso’s attempt to sweep a three-game series from Butler was thwarted in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Bulldogs scored three times over the fifth and sixth innings to send the Crusaders to a 5-4 defeat.

For the first time in the series, Valpo found itself trailing after Butler scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.  The Bulldogs’ first tally came following a double steal, as the throw down to third got down the left-field line, allowing Kristen Boros to score the game’s first run.  Later in the frame, Meaghan Sullivan would score on a sacrifice fly to put the Crusaders down 2-0.  Valpo got its first two batters of the game on base, but a trio of strikeouts left the pair stranded.

The Crusaders would claim the lead just one inning later, however.  Senior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) led off the inning by rapping a hard-hit grounder just inside the third-base bag for a double and scored on an RBI single back through the middle of senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia).  Later in the frame, with the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) knocked a grounder of her own just fair down the left-field line to score both Phalen and sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) to make it 3-2 Valpo.

Valpo added an insurance run to its lead in the bottom of the third, as senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) led off the inning with her 13th home run of the season, sending a solo shot to straight-away center field against the prevailing wind to make it 4-2.  But the Bulldogs got an RBI double from Boros and an RBI single from Lauren McNulty in the fifth to tie the game at four.

Butler then claimed the lead with the game’s final run in the top of the sixth.  Megan Gray led off the inning with a first-pitch single, and after advancing 60 feet on outs by each of the next two batters, scored on a bloop single into shallow center field by Alyssa Coleman.  The Crusaders put the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single by Doerffler, but they were unable to move her into scoring position.

Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) took the loss for the Crusaders in relief, falling to 12-4 on the season after giving up the game’s final run in her 2.1 innings of work.  Leah Bry earned the win in relief for Butler (21-29, 11-10 Horizon), throwing 5.2 innings and striking out seven to improve to 9-17.  Doerffler picked up two of Valpo’s seven hits on the day, while senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) reached base in three of her four plate appearances and stole two bases.

Valparaiso (32-13, 15-3 Horizon) still has an opportunity to claim the league regular season title this weekend as it hosts a key three-game set against second-place Loyola.  The series starts with a doubleheader on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, with first pitch slated for 1 p.m.  All the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM, Valparaiso and online at www.valpoathletics.com, which will also have links for live stats.

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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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