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Winning Ways Continue For Valpo Softball
Joylyn Ichiyama had the game-tying double in the seventh inning of game two. (Dave Schofield)
Joylyn Ichiyama had the game-tying double in the seventh inning of game two. (Dave Schofield)
Valparaiso (19-12)
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Eastern Michigan (10-14-1)
4/3/2013 | Ypsilanti, Mich. | Attendance: 0
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Valparaiso5000000580
Eastern Michigan2020000450
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: BOLTON (3-1) 3.010011
Loss: IGNOWSKI (6-4) 7.085537
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
BOUCHARD (VALPO) 302200
BLAHARSKI (EMU) 401000
LUCAS (EMU) 311010
STANTON (EMU) 311010
LOE (EMU) 311201
HOSTETLER (EMU) 201010

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team extended its winning streak to seven consecutive games on Wednesday, stepping out of league play to take down Eastern Michigan by final scores of 5-4 and 3-2 (8 innings) in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Valpo got all the offense it would need in the opener in the top of the first inning before two were out.  A walk, a bunt single and another base knock loaded the bases with nobody out for sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn), who drilled a single back through the middle to score freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) with the game’s first run.

Two batters later, sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) knocked a double over the center fielder’s head, plating junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union).  Freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) followed with a double of her own, sending a shot to the fence in right field which brought home Duncan and McShane to make it 5-0 Crusaders.  Valpo would load the bases with two outs later in the frame, but a line-out ended any further threat.

Eastern Michigan scored two on a bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch in the bottom of the first, and then moved within 5-4 on a two-run homer by Courtney Loe in the third.  The Eagles followed the round-tripper with a single, but reliever Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) entered and induced a groundout to keep the Crusaders in the lead.

Valpo was unable to push any runners into scoring position after its offensive explosion in the first inning, but Bolton allowed just two baserunners in her three innings of work to help maintain the one-run advantage.  A two-out single in the sixth prompted a move to Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township), who got the EMU batter swinging on strikes.  Weissenhofer then pitched a perfect seventh inning to lock up the win.

Bolton earned the win with her three shutout innings, improving to 3-1 on the year, while Weissenhofer registered her fifth save of the season.  Jenna Ignowski fell to 6-4 with the complete-game loss for Eastern Michigan.  Bouchard was the only Crusader with a multi-hit game, while Ranieri walked twice in addition to a base hit.

Valpo’s first threat of the nightcap came in the top of the third, as the Crusaders loaded the bases on three walks with two out, but a pop-up came the game scoreless.  Eastern Michigan would strike first, scoring in the bottom of the third.  The Eagles had runners on first and second with one out, with a single up the middle scoring the lead runner.  Valpo was able to get both subsequent runners in rundowns, however, eventually completing the unconventional double play to keep the deficit at just one run.

Ichiyama tied the game in the top of the fifth with her fourth home run of the season, but the Eagles answered with a solo round-tripper from Amanda Herron to go back ahead 2-1.  The Crusaders entered the top of the seventh still trailing by one run, but manufactured the tying tally.  Ranieri led off with her fourth walk of the twinbill and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt.  After Ichiyama was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base, Duncan lined a single through the left side, scoring Ranieri and tying the game at 2-2.  Valpo loaded the bases with one out, but a fielder’s choice force at the plate and a fly-out kept the game all tied up.

Weissenhofer entered in relief for the second time on the day in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the side around a two-out single and setting the stage for Crusader heroics in the eighth.  Junior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) led off the inning by working a leadoff walk, moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt and came home with the winning run when Ranieri connected on a single back up the middle.  Weissenhofer closed the game by again striking out the side.

Weissenhofer earned the win in relief, improving to 10-6 on the year by registering all six of her outs via strikeout.  Lindsay Rich took the loss in relief to fall to 4-4 for Eastern Michigan (10-15-1), giving up the game-winning run in 1.2 innings of work.  Ichiyama picked up a pair of extra-base hits and also drew two walks in the nightcap, while Ranieri recorded her second straight game with two walks and a base hit.

“I like how we came out attacking in game one,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We were able to hang on to that one, got good pitching from Amanda and Taylor to close down their scoring.  I was pleased with our fight in game two – our pitchers battled through some tough situations and gave us a chance to stay close and come back.  We had some nice clutch hits in the seventh and eighth innings.  I thought we executed well all day long.”

Valparaiso (20-12) gets a couple days away from action before returning to Horizon League play at Loyola on Saturday with a doubleheader which begins at noon.

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