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Crusaders Drop Pair to Open Season
Kaitlyn Ranieri had a pair of hits on Friday.
Kaitlyn Ranieri had a pair of hits on Friday.
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Valparaiso (0-1)
2/7/2014 | Buies Creek, N.C. | Attendance: 68
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Win: KRAMER (1-0) 7.0200114
Loss: WEISSENHOFER (0-1) 4.066641
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HANSON (IPFW) 312100
RANIERI (VALPO) 301000
STEWART (VALPO) 301000

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to push any runs across the plate on the opening day of the 2014 season on Friday, falling 6-0 to IPFW and 3-0 to Campbell at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C.

“We’re going to have to make better decisions offensively at the plate and not get in a position to let one big inning beat us moving forward,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.

Valpo threatened immediately in the bottom of the first inning, as sophomore Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) led off with a single and senior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) followed with a four-pitch walk.  But three consecutive strikeouts thwarted the scoring chance, and both sides would go down in order in each of the next two innings.

IPFW broke through for all six of its runs in the top of the fourth inning.  Dani Pugh started the scoring with a two-run homer, followed by RBI singles from Emily Olszewski and Kayti Hanson.  Alex Bousquet capped the six-run frame with a two-run single.  A one-out single from freshman Samantha Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East)  in the fourth inning proved to be the lone baserunner for the Crusaders over the last four innings.

Sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) took the loss for the Crusaders, falling to 0-1 after surrendering six runs in four-plus innings of work.  Sophomore Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) entered in relief and threw three shutout innings.  Miranda Kramer earned the win for IPFW (1-0), striking out 14 and allowing just two hits in a complete-game effort.

Ranieri led off the nightcap against Campbell with a double in the top of the first, while senior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) advanced to second after reaching on an error in the third frame, but the Crusaders couldn’t advance either runner beyond second base.  The Camels scored their three runs in the bottom of the third courtesy of an RBI single by Olivia Scarborough, followed by a steal of home from Stephanie Jones, while Jessica Anderson later scored on a Crusader error.

Senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) got within 60 feet of scoring in the top of the sixth, leading off with a walk and advancing to third on a pair of groundouts, but couldn’t complete the journey.  Then Valpo mounted one last threat in the seventh, getting the tying run to the plate following a Stewart single and a walk from freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) before a fielder’s choice ended the game.

Stewart had a pair of hits in her second career game to lead the Crusader offense.  Pico went the distance in the circle for Valpo, falling to 0-1 despite surrendering just two earned runs.  Courtney Roberts earned the complete-game victory for Campbell (1-0).

Valparaiso (0-2) will look to close the weekend on a winning note on Saturday as the Crusaders play two more games in Buies Creek.  The Crusaders take on UMass Lowell at 4:30 p.m. CT before facing Seton Hall at 7 p.m.  Both games will have live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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 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
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
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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo