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Softball Drops Two at Southern Utah

Friday, April 16, 2004

Valparaiso fell a game out of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference after losing both ends of a doubleheader to Southern Utah on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders surrendered a run in the bottom of the seventh in the opener to fall 6-5 and dropped the nightcap 16-14 in Cedar City, Utah.

In the opener, Valpo rallied from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at five in the top of the seventh, only to surrender the winning run in the bottom of the inning on a double, a wild pitch, and a throwing error.

Southern Utah scored an unearned run in the opening inning and gave up another in an RBI single by Dusti Winward. Valpo answered in the fourth on a Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) homerun to left.

The Thunderbirds plated three in the bottom of the inning, two on a homer by Kimberly Tillery. In the sixth, Tricia Speziale (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) led off with a double, Constien hit her second homer of the game to right center. Taylor Callahan (Grayson, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian H.S.) doubled and scored on a Lisa Setzler (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) RBI single. Valpo tied the game in the seventh when Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded.

Lacee LePrey recorded the complete game win for Southern Utah with six strikeouts, while Brittany Atteberry (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) suffered the loss in relief. Speziale and Constien had two hits each for the Crusaders in the opener.

In the nightcap, Southern Utah scored three in the opening inning and before Valpo rallied to take an 8-4 lead after two and a half. Setzler singled home two in the second and Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids H.S.) brough home the other in the inning. Setzler also had the big hit in the third, a grand slam to left with two outs.

The Thunderbirds scored ten unanswered runs from the third through the fifth innings before Valpo plated two in the sixth. Carroll singled home a run and scored on a Stefanie Reinke (Parker, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.) sacrifice fly.

After Southern Utah (27-12, 8-2 Mid-Con) answered with two of their own to build a 16-10 lead, Valpo scored four in the seventh but came up short. Callahan hit a two-run homer to left and Beth Adamski (St. John, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) doubled home another run. The final run scored on a fielder's choice.

LePrey again recorded the win in game two, this time in relief, while Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) suffered the loss out of the bullpen. Callahan had two hits and scored three runs, while Setzler went 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs, and six RBIs in the nightcap. Rowan also scored three times for the Brown and Gold.

Ashley Howerton went 2-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs for Southern Utah, while Winward was 3-for-3 with a homer and drove in three.

Valpo (13-19, 7-3) and Southern Utah will conclude their four-game series on Saturday with another twinbill beginning at 1 p.m. CDT.
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