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Softball Drops Home Contest Against UIC
Joylyn Ichiyama connects on a 3-run homer Saturday. (Kevin Fedde)
Joylyn Ichiyama connects on a 3-run homer Saturday. (Kevin Fedde)
UIC (14-19, 8-2 Horizon)
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Valparaiso (20-18, 5-5 Horizon)
4/13/2013 | Valparaiso, Ind. | Attendance: 195
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Win: MILLER (14-12) 7.054439
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (10-9) 5.287244
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SCHMIT (UIC) 413301
ICHIYAMA (VALPO) 312401
NORWAY (VALPO) 312000

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team took a lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a 3-run homer by Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), but UIC answered with four runs in its half of the sixth as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 7-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday.

Valpo took the lead in its first time at-bat as the top of the order teamed up to produce a run. Freshman Kaitlyn Ranieri(Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) worked a leadoff walk on a full-count pitch and moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran). Ichiyama followed by taking the first pitch she saw and driving it over the center fielder's head, bringing home Ranieri to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

UIC put together a two-out rally to place three runs on the board in the third. After a throwing error on a bunt with two outs extended the inning, Melissa Preish tied the game with an RBI double to the fence in center field and Coryn Schmit followed with a round-tripper to right field, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead on three unearned runs.

The Crusaders pitched around UIC putting runners into scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings, and Valpo then re-claimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Sophomore Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) led off the frame by tomahawking an eye-level pitch through the left side of the infield, and two batters later, Ranieri drew her second walk of the day to put two on with one out. After a pop-out, a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, but that would prove irrelevant, as Ichiyama launched a fly ball to right-center field which bounced off the top of the fence and over for a three-run homer, putting the Crusaders ahead 4-3.

But the lead proved to be short-lived, as the Flames would score the final four runs of the game in the top of the sixth. Two walks and an error on a sacrifice bunt attempt loaded the bases with one out, and a single through the right side from Natalie Hernandez plated two runs to give UIC a 5-4 lead. It looked like Valpo would escape the inning down just the one run as a line-out created a double play opportunity, but an error on the back end allowed another Flames run to score, and Schmit added another insurance run with an RBI double. The Crusaders drew a leadoff walk in the sixth, but that would be their only baserunner in the final two innings.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) took the loss for Valpo in the start, falling to 10-9 after pitching 5.2 innings and giving up just two earned runs out of the seven surrendered. Devin Miller picked up the complete-game win for UIC (14-19, 8-2 Horizon), improving to 14-12 on the year. Ichiyama and Norway both had two-hit games for the Crusaders, while Ranieri also reached base twice out of the leadoff spot.

Valparaiso (20-18, 5-5 Horizon) closes out its three-game series against the Flames on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at noon. Live stats for both games can be found at ValpoAthletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
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