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Crusaders Drop Pair of Games Saturday
Amanda Wisniewski hit a pair of home runs in Saturday's opener.
Amanda Wisniewski hit a pair of home runs in Saturday's opener.
Central Arkansas (3-5)
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Valparaiso (2-5)
2/15/2014 | Lafayette, La. | Attendance: 103
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Win: CLAMPITT (2-1) 2.154411
Loss: PICO (0-3) 2.145252
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PARKER (UCA) 433111
BOSWELL (UCA) 413110
WISNIEWSKI (VALPO) 333312

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to come up with a victory Saturday at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La., falling in a slugfest in the day’s opener to Central Arkansas, 10-8, and then failing to get anything going offensively in a 4-0 loss to Boston College.

Central Arkansas got the scoring going in the day’s opener in the top of the second on a leadoff homer, but senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer of her own.  The Bears put up a crooked number in the top of the third, however, taking advantage of four hits, a walk and a pair of Valpo errors to score five runs and take a 6-1 lead.

The Crusaders responded immediately again, this time getting a three-run double from freshman Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 6-4.  Central Arkansas plated another unearned run in the fourth, but again Wisniewski stepped up with a solo homer, her second round-tripper of the day and the 21st of her career, leaving her just one shy of third place in Crusader history.  Junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) drove in Stewart with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to bring Valpo back within 7-6.

The Bears pushed their lead out to four runs with a three-run sixth inning, and the Crusaders were unable to slice into the deficit despite getting two runners on with one out in the bottom half of the frame.  Entering the bottom of the seventh trailing 10-6, Wisniewski drove in Amanda Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) with an RBI single and would later come around to score on a Central Arkansas error.  Valpo had the tying runs on base with two outs, but a strikeout ended the Crusaders’ comeback attempt.

Sophomore Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) took the loss for the Crusaders, starting and throwing 2.1 innings, surrendering five runs, only two of which were earned.  Ciara Clampitt improved to 2-1 with the win for Central Arkansas (3-5).  Wisniewski went a perfect 3-of-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the Crusader offense, while Doerffler and Stewart also had two-hit games as well.

Despite getting runners on base in each of the first six innings of the nightcap against Boston College, the Crusaders were unable to push a run across, stranding nine on base for the game.  The Eagles scored all four of their runs in the sixth innings, including a pair of unearned tallies.

Pico took the complete-game loss for Valpo to fall to 0-4 on the year despite surrendering just five hits.  Nicole D’Argento earned the win for Boston College (2-2) with a complete-game effort in the circle, striking out 11.  Freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) and sophomore Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) each had two hits in the loss to the Eagles.

Valparaiso (2-6) looks to end the tournament with a win on Sunday as the Crusaders face off against Memphis.  First pitch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., with live stats available through ValpoAthletics.com.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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