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Crusaders and Titans Split Saturday Twinbill
Janelle Bouchard hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, in Valpo's game one win Saturday. (Steve Booth)
Janelle Bouchard hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, in Valpo's game one win Saturday. (Steve Booth)
Valparaiso (22-19, 7-6 Horizon)
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Detroit (4-36, 1-12 Horizon)
4/20/2013 | Detroit, Mich. | Attendance: 0
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Win: WEISSENHOFER (11-9) 6.031118
Loss: HOFFMAN (2-15) 5.066652
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BOUCHARD (VALPO) 323512
SCHAUB (UDM) 211101
CUPP (UDM) 301000
SEVERSON (UDM) 201000

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Valparaiso softball team broke out its bats in game one of a Horizon League doubleheader at Detroit on Saturday, hitting two grand slams as part of a four-homer performance in a 12-1 victory.  The Titans turned the tables on the Crusaders in the nightcap, taking the day’s second game by a 9-0 score.

Valpo got on the board immediately in the opener.  The Crusaders had just one hit in the top of the first, but it came in the form of a two-out grand slam from freshman Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) after a trio of free passes had loaded the bases.  The Titans cut one run off the deficit in their half of the first on a solo homer from Alyssa Schaub.

Neither team would score in the next two innings, but Valpo found single runs in both the fourth and fifth frames to push the lead to 6-1.  Senior Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) reached base on a double to the wall in right field in the fourth inning, eventually scoring on an RBI base knock from junior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley).  Then in the fifth, after the first two Crusader batters were retired in order, redshirt junior Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) stepped up and smacked a line-drive round-tripper over the fence just right of center field to make it a five-run game.

The Crusaders then put a crooked number on the board in the sixth to secure the run rule shortened victory.  An error, a single and a walk loaded the bases for Valpo with one out, and Marinec worked a five-pitch walk to drive in the first run of the inning.  Junior Amanda Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran), who earlier in the game had pinch-hit and picked up her first career hit, stepped up to the plate with the bases still loaded and drove an 0-1 offering over the fence in right-center field for Valpo’s second grand slam of the day.  Bouchard followed by putting the proverbial cherry on top, capping the scoring by making it back-to-back homers with her second four-bagger of the day.

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) improved to 11-9 with the winning effort in the circle for the Crusaders, going the distance and giving up just three hits and one walk while striking out eight.  Kat Hoffman started and took the loss for Detroit, falling to 2-15 after tossing the first five frames.  Korb and Bouchard combined to reach in all six of their plate appearances, going 5-for-5 with three runs scored and nine RBIs.

The nightcap was not nearly as kind to the Crusaders, as Valpo had just three baserunners on the game.  Meanwhile, Detroit scored two in the first, one in the second and six in the third for the win.  Julia Maksym earned the win for Detroit (5-36, 2-12 Horizon) with a complete-game shutout, making her 1-13 on the year, while freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) took the loss for the Crusaders to fall to 8-7, going 2+ innings and giving up five runs.  Marinec made her first career appearance in the circle for Valpo in the fourth inning of the loss, entering with one on and none out and inducing a line-drive double play and a strikeout to end the frame.

Valparaiso (22-20, 7-7 Horizon) closes out the series with the Titans at noon CT on Sunday.

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 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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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