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Valpo Drops Series Finale at Loyola
Lindsey Norway connected on her second homer of the year Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Lindsey Norway connected on her second homer of the year Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Valparaiso (20-15, 5-4 Horizon)
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Loyola (16-12, 4-2 Horizon)
4/7/2013 | Chicago, Ill. | Attendance: 210
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Win: GARDNER (8-5) 7.022258
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (10-8) 1.234304
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DUNCAN (VALPO) 201110
NORWAY (VALPO) 311101
ANDRESEN (LUC) 422000

Sunday, April 07, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning of Sunday’s Horizon League series finale at Loyola, but five unanswered runs sent the Crusaders to a 6-2 defeat.

“We didn’t play well enough to win today, and Loyola played very well,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “From every experience, you can choose whether you want to take something out of it or not.  Hopefully we decide to take something from this weekend, and use it as we continue to strive towards always playing at the highest level.”

The Crusaders started the scoring immediately in the top of the first on Sunday.  Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) worked a 10-pitch walk to lead off the game and moved up to second base on a groundout.  Two batters later, sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) lined a single back through the middle to plate Ranieri and give Valpo a 1-0 lead.

Loyola answered with a run in its half of the first, as Brooke Andresen led off the Rambler turn at the plate with a bunt single before eventually scoring on the third of three straight walks.  Valpo re-claimed the advantage in the top of the second, courtesy of sophomore Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian), who connected on a solo homer to straightaway center field to make it 2-1.

Loyola threatened to tie the game in the third, loading the bases with two outs, but Crusader starter Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) induced a grounder to escape the jam unscathed.  The Ramblers then loaded the bases with one away in the fifth and tied the game on a sacrifice fly from Katy LaCivita, but Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) registered a strikeout to keep the game all square at 2-2.

The Crusaders were unable to push a run across following a leadoff walk in the sixth, and Loyola would plate the game’s decisive runs in the bottom of the sixth.  An error and a single put two runners on with nobody out, and following a strikeout, Lauren Moore tomahawked an RBI single to left-center before Jessica Balzano hit a three-run homer for the game’s final runs.

Weissenhofer took the loss in relief, falling to 10-8 on the year despite registering four of her five outs via strikeout.  Bolton worked the first 4.1 innings, giving up just two runs while striking out three.  Brittany Gardner earned her second complete-game win of the series for Loyola (16-12, 4-2 Horizon), improving to 8-5 on the season.

Valparaiso (20-15, 5-4 Horizon) steps out of league play on Tuesday afternoon for a home doubleheader against Bowling Green, slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch.

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
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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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
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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)
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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
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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.
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