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Tight Decisions Go Against Crusaders in Final Day at WKU
Amanda Bolton and the Crusaders dropped three games on Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
Amanda Bolton and the Crusaders dropped three games on Sunday. (Dave Schofield)
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2/24/2013 | Bowling Green, Ky. | Attendance: 0
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Win: KING (3-2) 5.084425
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (1-2) 3.165526
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HENRY (PITT) 302100

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Three games all decided by two runs or loss all went against the Valparaiso softball team on Sunday in the final day of action at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders fell in the resumption of Saturday's suspended game to South Dakota State, 3-2 in eight innings, before dropping games to Pitt (7-5) and Western Michigan (2-1).

We were in every game today, but just being in games isn't good enough,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens. “Our at-bats today, especially with runners on base, just weren't very good. We didn't play terribly this weekend; however, we didn't have the toughness to win the close ones. We have to find that in the next three days. It's disappointing because we're better than what we showed, but today, our opponents took it to us.”

The day started by picking up where the Crusaders and Jackrabbits left off before a power outage Saturday evening, in the top of the eighth of a 2-2 game. SDSU resumed with runners on second and third and one out, and following a walk to load the bases, the Jackrabbits plated the game-winning run on a grounder on which the Crusaders were able to just record one out. Valpo had a chance to score the tying run in its half of the eighth, but the Crusaders had a runner thrown out at the plate on a one-out single.

Freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) took the loss for the Crusaders against SDSU, falling to 1-2 despite not giving up a hit in her 2.1 innings of relief work. Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) started and scattered seven hits in 5.2 innings. Jennifer Sutton earned the complete-game win for South Dakota State (5-8). Offensively, sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) each tallied multi-hit games versus the Jackrabbits.

Valpo then picked up regularly scheduled action against Big East foe Pitt in its first full game of the day. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the Crusaders, scoring three runs in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth. Valpo rallied with four runs in its half of the sixth, getting RBI base hits from sophomore Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic), senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) and freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk). The Crusaders had a chance to add more tallies to their side of the scoreboard, as they had the bases loaded with just one out, but a pair of outs kept the deficit at two runs.

Pitt added another run in its half of the sixth on a two-out RBI double to make it a 7-4 game before the Crusaders attempted a furious rally in the top of the seventh. Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) led off the inning with a solo home run to bring the Crusaders within 7-5, and Valpo then loaded the bases on a walk, a single and a Pitt error to move the tying run into scoring position. But a pair of pop-outs and a groundout closed out the game without Valpo plating any more runs.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) took the loss in the circle, falling to 1-2 after giving up five runs in 3.1 innings while striking out six hitters. Savannah King improved to 3-2 with the win for Pitt (5-4). McShane finished the matchup against the Panthers with three hits, while Brown and Ichiyama each tallied a pair of base knocks.

Valpo claimed the early lead against Western Michigan in the bottom of the second, as McShane led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a two-out bases-loaded walk from Ranieri. The Broncos got an RBI single in the top of the third to tie the game and scored the eventual game-winning run on a one-out double in the sixth. The Crusaders had the potential tying run in scoring position with two away in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not push the run across either time.

Bolton earned a no-decision in the start against WMU, giving up just two hits and one run in 4.2 innings of work. Pico took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the season. Mackenzie Shepeck went the distance to improve to 1-2 for Western Michigan (3-8). Ranieri tallied a pair of base hits to lead the Crusaders' six-hit attack.

Valparaiso (3-5) continues the 2013 campaign next weekend at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C., hosted by Charleston Southern. The tournament begins with a game against UNC Wilmington on Friday, Mar. 1.

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