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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 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