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Crusaders Close Out Season With One-Run Loss to Kentucky in NCAA Tournament
Lindsey Norway picked up a hit and scored Valpo's fourth run Saturday. (Jeff Reinking)
Lindsey Norway picked up a hit and scored Valpo's fourth run Saturday. (Jeff Reinking)
Kentucky (30-29)
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Valparaiso (42-19)
5/19/2012 | Louisville, Ky. | Attendance: 0
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: RILEY (9-7) 4.234113
Loss: McGEE (15-6) 1.235222
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
DILL (UK) 401100
RILEY (UK) 401000
JOINER (UK) 301010
CARROLL (UK) 311010
O'BRIEN (UK) 211000
HOWARD (UK) 201000
JOLLY (UK) 311100
STRICKLAND (VALPO) 301100
ICHIYAMA-DREWRY (VALPO) 301100
PHALEN (VALPO) 311100
NORWAY (VALPO) 311000

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Even facing an early five-run deficit, the Valparaiso softball team refused to say die on Saturday afternoon, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to pull within one of Kentucky.  But in the end, the Crusaders couldn’t find the game-tying tally, as Valpo fell 5-4 to the Wildcats in the Louisville Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, ending its historic season with a 42-19 record.

After both sides went down 1-2-3 in their respective halves of the first inning, Kentucky put five runs on the board in the top of the second inning.  A wild pitch scored Ginny Carroll before a two-out single by Emily Jolly plated Alice O’Brien to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.  A Crusader throwing error kept the UK inning alive and brought two more runs across the plate, and an RBI single from Kara Dill capped the five-run frame for Kentucky, giving it an early 5-0 lead.

Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who had entered in relief after Dill’s RBI base knock in the second, pitched around a few hits to keep the Wildcats at five runs over the next few innings.  Kentucky opened the top of the third with back-to-back singles, but the senior got a pair of flyouts followed by a groundout to keep the Wildcats off the board.  Then, following a leadoff single in the fifth, Lagesse induced a 6-4-3 double play to erase the lead baserunner and continue to put up zeroes.

Meanwhile, the Valpo offense came alive after being retired in order in each of the first four innings by UK starter Rachel Riley.  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) led off the frame with a five-pitch walk, and pinch-runner Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) moved up to second on a throwing error by the Wildcats.  With two on and none out, senior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) lined a double down the left-field line for Valpo’s first hit, scoring Bridwell and moving senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) to third, still with nobody out.

Senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) stepped in and kept the train rolling, dropping a single into shallow center, just in front of the UK center fielder, to score Rutkowski and cut the lead to 5-2.  Freshman Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) then hit a grounder to short, where the Wildcat shortstop tagged out Ichiyama-Drewry for the first out. 

But her throw to first in an attempt for the double play was wild and sailed down the right-field line, allowing Phalen to come all the way around to score and Norway to advance to third.  Two batters later, senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) knocked a single back through the middle, cutting the deficit to one run as Norway crossed the plate with the fourth run of the inning.

Lagesse pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the top of the sixth and stranded a two-out walk in the seventh to keep Kentucky at five runs.  The Crusaders went down in order in their half of the sixth, but put the potential tying run on base in the seventh with two outs as Norway knocked a single into shallow right field.  A strikeout ended the game, however, sending Kentucky into a second elimination game later Saturday night and closing the Crusaders’ season.

Lagesse pitched 5.1 innings of scoreless softball in relief on Saturday, along the way breaking Andrea Zappia’s Crusader career strikeouts record in her final appearance.  Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) fell to 15-6 in her starting assignment, although just two of the five runs she allowed were of the earned variety.  Riley picked up the win for Kentucky (30-29) to improve to 9-7, while Chanda Bell registered her fourth save.

Valparaiso (42-19) closed out a season which ranked as the best in program history.  The Crusaders’ 42 wins were a new program single-season record, while the team earned its first Horizon League regular season and tournament championships to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.  A full recap of Valpo’s 2012 campaign will be available at www.valpoathletics.com early next week.

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