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Valpo Sees Win Streak Snapped at Notre Dame
The Crusaders wait to congratulate Tori Brown after her home run on Wednesday. (Charles McBride)
The Crusaders wait to congratulate Tori Brown after her home run on Wednesday. (Charles McBride)
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4/18/2012 | Notre Dame, Ind. | Attendance: 260
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Valparaiso saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday afternoon, as the Crusaders couldn’t overcome an early six-run deficit to a 6-3 loss at Notre Dame.

“We can’t give good teams extra outs if we’re going to expect to come out on top – we have to be able to catch and throw the softball,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.  “Not doing the little things well cost us today.  Notre Dame is a very good team and you can’t hand a team like that runs.  I did think we swung the bats well today and had good at-bats, but we didn’t do the things we needed to do defensively well enough to win the game.”

The Irish loaded the bases in the first inning on a single, a hit batsman and a walk, the latter two runners reaching with two outs.  Katey Haus then lined an 0-1 pitch into right field to score the first two runs of the game, giving Notre Dame a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

Notre Dame then scored all the runs it would need for the win in the bottom of the second.  The Irish got a leadoff double from Chloe Saganowich, who eventually was on third with two outs.  An infield single from Kelsey Thornton scored Saganowich to make it 3-0, and a solid single into center by Emilee Koerner made it two on.  Amy Buntin stepped in and sent an 0-1 pitch high off the scoreboard beyond the left-center fence to push the Irish lead to 6-0.

The Crusaders, who had tallied a single apiece in each of the first two innings, got on the scoreboard in the top of the third.  Junior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) swung at the first pitch she saw in her second at-bat and lined it to left field, where it just cleared the wall for a solo homer to cut the deficit to 6-1.  For Brown, it was her second home run in as many games.

A leadoff single in the fourth went for naught for the Crusaders, but Valpo would add another run on its ledger in the sixth.  Sophomore Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) led off the inning with a solid first-pitch single back up the middle.  Two batters later, freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) lined an 0-2 pitch to the wall in left center field, deep enough to bring around Doerffler to make it 6-2.

Valpo was unable to cut into the Irish lead any more in the sixth despite having the runner on second with one out, as a fly-out and a pop-out ended the threat.  The Crusaders did move to within three runs with two out in the seventh, as sophomore Amanda Wisniewski (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Huntley) launched a solo home run to deep left field, but a pop-out would end the game in the Irish’s favor.

Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) took the loss for Valpo, falling to 11-3 after giving up six runs in the start.  Fellow senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) took over in the circle in the second inning and tossed 4.1 innings of shutout softball, surrendering just two hits and one walk.  Laura Winter earned the complete-game win for Notre Dame (22-13), improving to 15-8.  Duncan and Doerffler each had two-hit efforts to lead the Valpo offense.

“It was a good bounce-back performance for Alex today,” said Stevens.  “She needs to keep that command going into the weekend.”

Valparaiso (28-11) looks to get back on the winning track this weekend with a three-game Horizon League series at UIC.  The series starts with a doubleheader in Chicago on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., with live stats and live chat for all three games available at www.valpoathletics.com.

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Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
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Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
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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)
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Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
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Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
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M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
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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)
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Apr 13 Valpo 7
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Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
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Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
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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
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Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
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Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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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
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Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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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
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Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
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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
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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
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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
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
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Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
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Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
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