VALPO'S RANIERI HONORED: Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after hitting .550 (11-of-20) with three runs and five RBIs.
Her trio of multi-hit games gives her eight in 10 Horizon League contests. She leads the league in batting average (.606), RBIs (15) and slugging percentage (1.121).
CRUSADERS TURN TWO: Valparaiso's Mark Johnson and Dalton Lundeen have been selected Horizon League Players of the Week.
Johnson, who entered action April 8 hitless on the season, erupted with a 9-of-14 binge to secure league batting honors. He also smacked the first two home runs of his career in a doubleheader sweep of Youngstown State. Five of Johnson's seven hits in the series went for extra bases.
Lundeen pitched a gem Saturday to notch his second consecutive Pitcher of the Week honor and third of the season. The southpaw threw eight innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits, while striking out a career-high nine. He lowered his league-leading ERA to 2.00 and has gone at least seven innings in his last four starts.
VALPARAISO SWEEPS CHICAGO STATE: Valparaiso won each singles match in straight sets en route to a 7-0 win over Chicago State on Tuesday.
Dave Bacalla won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles for the Crusaders (17-7).
VU's EMHARDT EARNS LEAGUE AWARD: Valparaiso freshman Charlie Emhardt has been chosen the Horizon League Player of the Week.
In two singles matches, Emhardt defeated Detroit's Ismail Kadyrov 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 before knocking off No. 12 Notre Dame's Alex Lawson 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday at No. 4.
Emhardt has been victorious 15 times in his last 16 singles matches, while he and doubles partner Jeffrey Schorsch have won 16 consecutive matches, a streak that began Feb 8. On Friday, the duo beat Kadyrov and Jay Joshi 8-1. On Sunday, Emhardt and Schorsch provided the lone victory for Valpo in doubles play with an 8-4 defeat of Notre Dame's Dougie Barnard and Matt Dooley.
PUC FALLS TO STRITCH: Purdue Calumet (0-5, 0-3) fell to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Cardinal Stritch 9-0 on Tuesday at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith.
Patrick Mudd won four games to pace PUC, before falling in straight sets at No. 2 singles. Bruno Chiaroni claimed four games in a loss at No. 1 singles. The duo teamed up to win two games in an 8-2 loss at No. 1 doubles.
PEREGRINES SETTLE FOR 9TH: Purdue Calumet finished ninth at Tuesday's Taylor University Invitational, which was shortened due to poor weather conditions, with a team score of 344 on the opening day at Purdue University's Kampen Golf Course before the final round was canceled.
Aaron Mercer, Patrick Mudd and Tim Talley each tied for the team's best round at 84. Jordan Long shot 92.
The Peregrines will next compete in the CCAC Championships at George Dunne National Golf Course April 21 and 22.
'PROUD TO BE VALPO' DAY RAISES OVER $40K: Valparaiso University's "Proud to be Valpo" Day of Giving raised nearly $41,000 in donations from 325 former student-athletes through its inaugural Athletics Alumni Challenge.
More than $26,000 in sport-specific contributions were made across the VU athletic department with football generating the most, just over $8,500. Football won the $5,000 prize for the largest number of alumni to donate, while track and field, men's tennis, swimming and men's soccer rounded out the top five. Men's tennis claimed the $5,000 award for the highest percentage of alumni to donate, followed by men's soccer, men's basketball, volleyball and women's tennis.
YANKEES VS. CUBS POSTPONED BY RAIN: The interleague game between the New York Yankees and Cubs on Tuesday was postponed because of rain.
The teams will make up the game today as part of a day-night doubleheader. New York also postponed ceremonies marking the unveiling of a plaque honoring Nelson Mandela's visit to Yankee Stadium in 1990. The ceremonies, planned during the offseason for Jackie Robinson Day, were rescheduled for tonight.
TOP-SEEDED PACERS TO REST THREE STARTERS IN FINALE: The Pacers plan to rest three starters for tonight's regular-season finale at Orlando now that they are the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday that All-Star starter Paul George, Lance Stephenson and David West will not play.