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Softball Falls Twice on Friday
Kimberlin Wallace had a pair of hits against Louisiana. (Rick Osentoski)
Kimberlin Wallace had a pair of hits against Louisiana. (Rick Osentoski)
Valparaiso (2-3)
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Central Arkansas (2-5)
2/14/2014 | Lafayette, LA | Attendance: 75
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Win: STUDIOSO (1-2) 2.200013
Loss: PICO (0-2) 6.274322
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LAWSON (VALPO) 412000
BOUCHARD (VALPO) 302000
TAYLOR (UCA) 302100
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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Valparaiso softball team dropped a pair of one-run games to open the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational on Friday in Lafayette, La., falling victim to a walk-off homer in a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas and seeing its rally come up one run short in a 3-2 loss against host #20/20 Louisiana.

The Crusaders opened the tournament against Central Arkansas, falling behind 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning on an RBI double from Briana Whisenhunt.  Valpo would claim the lead with a three-run fifth frame, however.  Four consecutive singles, including RBI base knocks from freshman Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), senior Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and sophomore Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central), plated the three runs for the Crusaders.  Valpo actually had the bases loaded with one out looking for more, but a pair of strikeouts ended any additional threat.

The Crusaders went down in order in each of their final two times at bat, while Central Arkansas cut Valpo’s lead to 3-2 with back-to-back doubles to lead off the sixth inning.  The Bears then scored twice in the seventh, leading off the inning with a walk.  Sophomore Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) induced a pair of groundouts, which advanced the runner to third, to move within one out of the victory, but Sarah Bigej connected on a two-run walk-off home run to send the Crusaders to the loss.

Pico went the distance in the circle for Valpo, falling to 0-2 on the season.  Kylee Studioso improved to 1-2 for Central Arkansas (2-5) with 2.2 innings of hitless relief.  Sophomore Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) each had two of the Crusaders’ eight base hits.

“We have to have consistent approaches at the plate from everybody for an entire game, not just two or three innings,” said Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens on the opener.  “Even with that, we had an opportunity to close the game out and weren’t able to get it done.”

In the nightcap against the 20th-ranked team in the nation, sophomore Mollie Lindeman (Hebron, Ind./Hebron [PNC]) stepped into the circle and limited the Ragin’ Cajuns, who advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals last season, to their lowest run total of the season.  In the second inning, Lindeman walked the bases loaded with one out, but escaped with no damage by inducing a strikeout and a flyout to end the frame.

Haley Hayden connected on a two-run homer in the third, while Corin Voinche delivered a one-out solo round-tripper in the fourth for the Ragin’ Cajuns only runs.  Lindeman stranded two runners on base in each of those two frames to keep the deficit at a manageable three runs.  The Crusaders then moved within 3-2 in the sixth, as senior Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Community [Lake Land C.C.]) led off with a double and Calombaris followed with her first career home run.  But Valpo’s final six batters would go down in order.

Wallace picked up a pair of base hits as the Crusaders were limited to just four hits by Christina Hamilton, who improved to 2-0 in the circle for Louisiana (4-2-1).  Lindeman took the loss in the complete-game effort for Valpo despite striking out five batters.

“We played well against a very good Louisiana team, but we still need some more consistency in our approach,” said Stevens on the nightcap.  “We got a solid performance in the circle, but have to cut down on walks and need to be able to bounce back better after big hits.  It was a tough loss for us – we did compete well, but we can’t be happy with just competing.”

Valparaiso (2-4) looks to get back on the winning track on Saturday with two more games.  The Crusaders will rematch against Central Arkansas at 9 a.m. and then take an extended break before closing out the day versus Boston College at 7 p.m.  Live stats for both games will be available through ValpoAthletics.com.

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. 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