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Softball Completes Series Sweep
Jessie Marinec tallied six hits Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)
Jessie Marinec tallied six hits Tuesday. (Dave Schofield)
Wright State (5-21, 2-3 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (17-12, 4-1 Horizon)
4/2/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 0
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Win: PICO (7-4) 6.185521
Loss: WEAR (2-10) 6.0118646
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FLOYD (WSU) 402100
KITE (WSU) 412201
MARINEC (VALPO) 424100

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team completed a series sweep of Wright State and remained atop the Horizon League standings on Tuesday, as led by a 6-for-7 effort at the plate by Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), the Crusaders took two games from the Raiders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field by final scores of 8-5 and 6-2.

"I thought we played well today," said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  "I thought we came out in the first game with a very good mindset, wanting to get on top early, which we did.  We were then able to get out of big situations with their threats - Sierra did a good job gutting out her game and Taylor did a good job in relief."

Wright State claimed the lead early in game one, as Katelyn Kite connected on a two-run homer in the top of the first.  But the Crusaders took the lead for good in the bottom of the second.  A walk and a pair of singles loaded the bases with nobody out, and a Raider error followed, allowing both Marinec and sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) to score.  Junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) drove in sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) later in the inning with a sacrifice fly, giving Valpo a 3-2 lead.

Valpo added a run on an RBI single from Marinec which scored fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) in the third, a run which the Raiders answered with an RBI double in their half of the fifth, cutting the Crusader lead to 4-3.  But the Crusaders gained breathing room with a three-run fifth inning.  With nobody out, McShane launched a fly ball over the right fielder's head all the way to the wall, plating both Marinec and pinch-runner Amanda Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) to make it 6-3 with the two-run triple.  Freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) followed by knocking a single through the right side to score McShane.

Wright State cut the lead to three runs with a two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth, but the Crusaders responded in kind, as Duncan scored on a grounder from Bouchard in the bottom half of the frame.  The Raiders would again move to within three runs in the seventh, bringing the potential tying run to the plate with one out.  Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) entered in relief and shut down the Raiders, striking out the final two batters of the game to secure the victory.

Freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) earned the win for the Crusaders, improving to 7-4 after throwing the first 6.1 innings.  Weissenhofer picked up her league-high fourth save of the year by recording the final two outs.  Montana Wear took the complete-game loss for Wright State, falling to 2-10.

Marinec led the 11-hit Crusader attack with her first career four-hit game in the opener, while McShane went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as well.  Bouchard drove in three runs and Duncan reached base all four times she came to the plate, including a trio of walks.

Wright State again would grab the lead for a short time in the nightcap, scoring a run on an RBI single in the top of the second.  Valpo pushed across a pair of tallies in the bottom half of the second on an RBI triple from Marinec and an RBI grounder by Bouchard, but the Raiders tied the game at 2-2 in the third with a run-scoring double.  The Raiders later loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Weissenhofer made her second relief appearance of the day and induced a pop-out to keep the game all square.

Weissenhofer set the side down in order each of the next two innings, and the Crusaders would finally take control in the bottom of the fifth.  Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) led off with a single, and junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) reached on a fielder's choice to put two on with nobody out.  Two batters later, Duncan walked to load the bases, and Marinec followed by knocking a single back through the middle to score Ranieri.  Later in the inning, Bouchard stepped up and delivered a two-run double to the gap, giving Valpo a 5-2 lead.

Wright State would put a runner in scoring position with two outs in each of the final two innings, but couldn't cut into the Crusader advantage.  Meanwhile, Valpo concluded the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, as sophomore Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) led off the inning with a double and came home later in the frame on a two-bagger from Ichiyama.

Weissenhofer picked up the win in relief in the nightcap, improving to 9-6 thanks to scattering two hits and striking out seven in 4.1 innings of work.  Krystian DeWitt suffered the complete-game defeat for Wright State (5-22, 2-4 Horizon), falling to 3-10.  Marinec went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the series finale, while Ichiyama and Bouchard also recorded multi-hit games as well, the latter driving in three runs in the process.

"In the second game, I thought we did a nice job of making some adjustments on DeWitt late in the game," said Stevens.  "She threw very well for four innings, and we were able to finally take some good swings on her the last couple innings.  The pitching and defense both again did a nice job and gave us a chance to win, and we were able to come up with some timely hits when we needed them."

Valparaiso (18-12, 5-1 Horizon) steps out of league play on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Eastern Michigan.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. CT, and live stats will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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 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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo