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Crusader Softball Opens HL Play With Two Victories
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry had a career-high four hits in the opener. (Andy Nisch)
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry had a career-high four hits in the opener. (Andy Nisch)
Valparaiso (15-9, 1-0 Horizon)
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Detroit (7-15, 0-1 Horizon)
3/24/2012 | Detroit, Mich. | Attendance: 0
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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: LAGESSE (7-5) 7.052213
Loss: MAKSYM (4-10) 5.095410
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
ICHIYAMA-DREWRY (VALPO) 414000
SCHAUB (UDM) 401000
CUPP (UDM) 311201
GARCIA (UDM) 301000
LONG (UDM) 301000
HOFFMAN (UDM) 301000

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Valparaiso got off to a 2-0 start in Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon, earning a pair of victories over host Detroit by scores of 7-2 and 12-3.

The day started off on the wrong foot for the Crusaders, as Detroit’s Sara Cupp connected on a two-run homer in the Titans’ first at-bat to give UDM an early 2-0 lead.  It would take a few innings for Valpo to even things up, as the Crusaders first got one run back in the top of the second when a single by redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) plated redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union).  Valpo was then able to tie the game in the fourth as senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Marinec.

The teams would remain knotted up at two apiece until the top of the sixth inning, when the Crusaders seized control.  Freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) led off the inning with a solid single into center field, and Rutkowski followed by launching her ninth home run of the season over the right-center field fence to give Valpo a 4-2 lead.  Ichiyama-Drewry proceeded to keep the momentum with a liner down the left field line and was able to advance to second on an error by the Titans.  Pinch-runner Amanda Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) came home one batter later, as senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) singled into left, followed by another Detroit misplay  to make it 5-2 Valpo.

Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) helped keep the lead at three runs by setting down the Titans in order in the bottom of the sixth, part of a stretch of 13 consecutive outs.  Valpo then gained a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, as sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) doubled off the wall on the first pitch in the inning and Duncan poked a two-run homer over the left-center fence two batters later.  The Titans tallied a pair of two-out hits in the seventh, but could not cut into the Crusader lead.

Lagesse earned the complete-game win to improve to 7-5, scattering five hits over her seven innings, while Julia Maksym fell to 4-10 for Detroit after surrendering five runs in five-plus innings.  Ichiyama-Drewry set a new career high by going 4-for-4 in the opener, while Duncan and Rutkowski each had a pair of hits as well and Marinec drove in two runs.

The story of the second game, at least for the first six innings, was the performance of senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) in the circle.  McGee walked the leadoff Titan in the bottom of the first, a runner who was promptly picked off, and allowed a leadoff double in the fifth for the only two baserunners in the first six innings.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders slowly built a lead.  Valpo led from the first frame, plating a run in the opening inning when senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) singled with two outs, stole second and came home on a solid single from Duncan.  The Crusaders then added another run in the fifth as Phalen, who led off the inning with a single, eventually scored on a Doerffler base knock.  Valpo pushed its lead to 4-0 in the sixth on a two-run homer by Ichiyama-Drewry, also scoring Rutkowski.

The Crusader bats absolutely exploded in the seventh inning, putting up an eight-run frame on eight hits, a hit batter and two Detroit errors.  Eight different Valpo players scored runs in the inning, while six hitters picked up at least one RBI.  Doerffler tallied hits in both of her at-bats during the frame, posting a double and a single, while Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) entered as a pinch-runner partway through the inning, scored a run and then recorded a base hit when her turn in the order came back around.

Valpo looked poised for a 12-0 win, but could not register the final out of the seventh inning, as Detroit had the bases loaded after a single, an error and a walk.  The Titans would pick up three consecutive singles to score three runs with the bases loaded and the lead cut to 12-3, but senior Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) entered in relief and induced a grounder back to the circle on the first pitch to close out the sweep.

“Two wins are a great way to start off Horizon League play, but we're going to have to find a way to be more consistent at the plate for seven innings,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “We have to learn that when we get our opponents in a position to keep them down, we take advantage.”

McGee improved to 7-2 with the win, allowing no earned runs in her 6.2 innings of work while striking out five.  Detroit (7-16, 0-2 Horizon) starter Karyn McCarty took the loss, surrendering five runs on 11 hits in two separate stints in the circle in falling to 2-4.  Doerffler, Duncan and Phalen all picked up three hits apiece in the nightcap, while four different Crusaders scored two runs apiece.

“I thought that we got two good performances from our starting pitchers for the second straight doubleheader today,” said Stevens.  “They both were in control for the most part and did a good job keeping runners off the basepaths.”

Valparaiso (16-9, 2-0 Horizon) looks for the series sweep on Sunday at 11 a.m. CDT.  Live stats and a live chat will be available through www.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