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Softball Rallies to Complete Series Sweep of Green Bay
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry delivered the game-tying 2-RBI double in the sixth inning Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry delivered the game-tying 2-RBI double in the sixth inning Sunday. (Ray Acevedo)
Green Bay (10-12, 0-3 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (20-10, 6-0 Horizon)
4/1/2012 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 154
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Win: LAGESSE (10-6) 7.043327
Loss: NANNEMANN (6-5) 6.094401
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MOHRFELD (GB) 411101
PEERENBOOM (GB) 311000
RIVERA (GB) 311201
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STRICKLAND (VALPO) 312000

Sunday, April 01, 2012

For the first time this season, Valparaiso put together a late-game rally to earn a come-from-behind victory, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a three-run deficit and defeat Green Bay, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, completing a three-game Horizon League series sweep of the Phoenix.

“I think Green Bay came out with a lot of energy today,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “They came out with a really good plan.  I think their pitcher probably wanted some revenge from yesterday, and she threw really well.  I feel the fact today’s game was tighter is more of a credit to what Green Bay did than about how our approach was.”

Neither team’s bats could get going early, as Crusader hurler Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) set down the first nine Phoenix hitters she faced in order, including four on strikes.  Meanwhile, Green Bay pitcher Ashley Nannemann was nearly as dominant, as the only blemish against her in the first three innings was when senior Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) reached on an error to lead off the third.  Phalen would advance to third base with two outs, but couldn’t complete the journey as the game remained scoreless.

The shutout was snapped four pitches into the top of the fourth, as Green Bay’s Hailey Mohrfeld led off the frame with a solo shot off the scoreboard beyond the center-field fence to give the Phoenix its first lead of the series.  Valpo threatened in its half of the fourth, getting its first hits of the game courtesy of back-to-back base knocks with one out from senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) and freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn), but a pop-up and a ground-out ended the threat.

Green Bay would add two insurance runs to its lead in the top of the sixth inning.  Dani Peerenboom led off the inning for the Phoenix with a grounder back up the middle, and with two outs and Peerenboom on second, Alli Rivera took the first pitch she saw and hit a home run to straightaway center field to push the Green Bay advantage to 3-0.

“I think that home run really energized our team,” said Stevens.  “It became the ‘uh-oh’ moment, where they knew that we better get something together.  When it was a one-run game, we were just plodding along, and I think we felt comfortable with where the game was.  But when the home run came, it really lit a fire.”

But the Crusaders, who had scored at least five runs in an inning three times the previous day in a doubleheader sweep, had one more big inning left in them.  Sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) got the rally started with a base hit through the left side.  Strickland then launched a fly ball to right center that nearly left the yard, falling for a long single, as the senior had to hold off behind Doerffler, waiting to see if it would be caught.

With runners on the corners, Duncan hit a fly to the warning track in left, where it was caught for a sacrifice fly, as Doerffler crossed the plate to get the Crusaders on the board.  Senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) followed with a grounder to the right side which was knocked down by the Phoenix second baseman, but the defense couldn’t turn it into an out, as it went for an infield single for Rutkowski to again put runners on the corners, still with just one out.

The big blow then came off the bat of redshirt junior Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), who drove the first pitch she saw into the left-center gap, easily deep enough to plate both Strickland and Rutkowski to tie the game at three apiece.  After pinch-runner Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) was inserted at second following Ichiyama-Drewry’s two-bagger, Phalen stepped up and battled through an eight-pitch at-bat which culminated with a single right back through the middle, bringing Bridwell around to complete the four-run frame and  give Valpo the lead it would not relinquish. 

Lagesse hit a Phoenix batter with one out in the seventh to put the tying run aboard, but Ichiyama-Drewry made a nice lunging catch at a foul liner to record the second out and a soft looping liner to Doerffler at short closed out the Crusader win.

Lagesse improved to 10-6 on the season with the complete-game win, ending the day with seven strikeouts while surrendering just four hits.  Nannemann fell to 6-5 for Green Bay (10-12, 0-3 Horizon).  Strickland was the only Crusader to pick up multiple hits Sunday, as eight different batters combined for Valpo’s nine hits.

“Any win is a good win, whether it’s a run-rule win or a one-run win,” said Stevens.  “You take something from every game, and we’ll take something from this one, move on and start to prepare for Bowling Green.”

Valparaiso (20-10, 6-0 Horizon) will step out of Horizon League play with a non-league doubleheader this Wednesday, April 4 at Bowling Green.  First pitch of the opening game is slated for 2 p.m. CDT, and live stats will be available for both games through www.valpoathletics.com.

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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