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Crusaders Drop Contest at Ball State; Second Game Cancelled
Whitney Warner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)
Whitney Warner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly Wednesday. (Ray Acevedo)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A three-run first inning by Ball State was too much for Valparaiso to overcome Wednesday afternoon in Muncie, Ind., as the Cardinals defeated the Crusaders 4-3.  The second game was canceled due to inclement weather in the bottom of the first inning.

Valpo jumped on the board immediately in the top of the first inning, as freshman Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) ripped a one-out double to left-center field.  Strickland moved up to third base on a wild pitch before coming home on a bloop single over the shortstop’s head by freshman Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden).

Ball State responded immediately in its half of the first frame, plating three runs.  The Cardinals registered back-to-back hits to start the inning, as Allie Pennock’s single scored Lisa Rozanski.  Two batters later, Alyssa Collins reached on an error, driving in Alicia Barkley to give Ball State the lead.  Collins moved up to second base on a flyout and came around to score on an RBI single by Elizabeth Milian.

Faced with trying to rally from a deficit, Valpo got a baserunner in each of the next three innings before finally making its runner count in the top of the fourth.  Freshman Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) led off with a double off of third base and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt.  Junior Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) followed with a deep fly ball to center, deep enough to bring home Ichiyama to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Ball State registered an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, as Barkley led off with a double, moved up to third on an error and eventually scored on an RBI groundout.  The insurance tally proved to be huge the next half-inning, when the Crusaders pushed another run across.  Rutkowski led off with a single and advanced to second on a BSU error, followed by an RBI single from senior Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) to bring Valpo back within 4-3.  The Crusaders put the potential tying run in scoring position with two out in the seventh, but a pop-up ended the game in the Cardinals’ favor.

Rutkowski led the Crusaders with a perfect 3-for-3 effort at the plate, while Ichiyama added a pair of hits of her own.  Barkley, Milian and Rozanski each tallied two hits for Ball State.  Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took the complete-game loss in the circle for Valpo, scattering ten hits while striking out five batters to fall to 3-1.  Milian improved to 7-7, striking out 12 for the Cardinals.

 

“Ball State has a nice ballteam, and Milian came in the reigning MAC pitcher of the week,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “I was happy we put up nine hits on her, especially once we started being aggressive early in the count, giving ourselves chances to score.  We just watched too many pitches early on to be successful.  Give Ball State a lot of credit, they came out swinging the bats and got three or four hits early in the count in the first inning.  I thought Alex did a good job coming back after that inning and pitching well.”

Valparaiso (12-6) opens the 2009 home campaign at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday, coinciding with the beginning of Horizon League play, as the Crusaders host Detroit in a doubleheader.  First pitch of the opener is slated for 2 p.m., and all the action can be heard live on WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso, and online at www.valpoathletics.com.  Live stats will also be available through the official Crusader website.

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