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Crusaders Split on Day Two at Charleston Southern
Amanda Wisniewski hit a home run and scored three runs against Charleston Southern. (Jon Hendricks)
Amanda Wisniewski hit a home run and scored three runs against Charleston Southern. (Jon Hendricks)
#7 Tennessee (19-3)
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Valparaiso (4-6)
3/2/2013 | Charleston, S.C. | Attendance: 243
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Win: RENFROE (6-1) 7.030026
Loss: PICO (1-4) 5.175553
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Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on the second day of action at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday.  The Crusaders battled in a 5-0 morning loss to #7/9 Tennessee before rebounding with a run-rule victory by a 9-1 final over host Charleston Southern in the afternoon.

“We did a good job today in all facets, despite the split,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We were swinging the bat well for most of the day.  Our pitchers did a good job of making big pitches in key situations, and our defense executed what was given to them.  I was pleased with today, but we need to come out ready to finish strong tomorrow.”

Tennessee jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the day’s opener for the Crusaders, as Raven Chavanne singled to lead off the game and eventually came home on a squeeze bunt.  Valpo had a pair of batters reach in the first on errors, while the Crusaders also loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but could not score either time.  Meanwhile, Valpo starting pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) stranded eight Volunteer runners in the first four innings to keep the deficit at just one run.

Tennessee broke through in the top of the sixth, scoring four more runs for the game’s final margin, as Tory Lewis delivered an RBI single and Kat Dotson a three-run homer.  A one-out single from sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) in the sixth would be the only baserunner for the Crusaders in the final two frames.

Pico took the loss for the Crusaders, falling to 1-4 on the year after giving up five runs in 5.1 innings of work while striking out three Tennessee batters.  Ellen Renfroe improved to 6-1 for Tennessee (19-3) after tossing a complete-game three-hitter.  Duncan picked up two of Valpo’s three base knocks, while fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) added the final base hit.

The second game would go much differently for the Crusaders, as Valpo never trailed.  Redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) claimed the lead for the Crusaders with a two-run double in the second inning, while junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) added a run to the Valpo advantage with a solo homer in the top of the fourth, her second round-tripper of the year.

The Crusaders then broke the game open with a six-spot in the top of the fifth.  Sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) drove in the first run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central), and three consecutive Charleston Southern errors brought home four Crusader runs.  Ranieri drove in the final Valpo run with an RBI single to score Marinec.  Hayes Holdsworth connected on a one-out solo homer in the bottom half of the inning to prevent the shutout, but that would be the Buccaneers’ only run.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) improved to 3-2 with the complete-game win, striking out eight batters in the five-inning outing.  Jennifer Giles took the complete-game loss for Charleston Southern (4-9) to fall to 2-6 on the season.  Ranieri registered a multi-hit game out of the leadoff spot in the order, while Wisniewski went 1-for-1 with two walks and three runs scored and Marinec drove in three runs.

Valparaiso (5-6) closes out play at the Buccaneer Invitational with another meeting against host Charleston Southern Sunday afternoon at noon CT.  Live stats for the game will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.

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 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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