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Crusaders Enjoy Strong Start to Fall Season

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Valpo softball team kicked off their fall season with an impressive performance at the Chicagoland Fall Classic in Orland Park, Ill. this weekend, going 4-2 over the three-day event and finishing in third place out of 25 of the Midwest's top teams.

The Crusaders dominated with tough pitching, as Crusader hurlers Andria Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central), Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral), Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) and Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) combined to post a 0.53 ERA, allowing only three earned runs in six games. Zappia and Franson threw 23 innings of scoreless softball over the course of the event, racking up 15 strikeouts.

Friday the Brown and Gold went 2-0, picking up a 4-2 win over Saint Xavier (Ill.) and dropping Illinois Community College 7-0. Junior transfer Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) had a pair of hits as the Crusaders wiped away a 2-1 deficit with three sixth inning runs against Saint Xavier (Ill.). In the nightcap, Franson and Zappia combined to record the shutout against Illinois Community College while Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) and Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) keyed an eight-hit Valpo offense.

Saturday, the Crusaders picked up their biggest win of the weekend, downing defending Horizon League Champion UIC 2-0. Zappia pitched 6.1 scoreless innings and Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) followed a sixth-inning double by Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) with a two-run homer to give Valpo the win. The Brown and Gold will join UIC in the Horizon League for the 2008 season after one final run in the Mid-Continent Conference this spring.

Later Saturday, three Crusader pitchers held Indiana scoreless for 6.2 innings before the Hoosiers scored in the seventh to earn the win. Valpo stranded runners in scoring position in five of seven innings during the game, but could not push a run across and lost for the first time in the tournament.

In Sunday's action, Valpo blanked Northern Iowa 4-0 and lost 3-2 to UW-Parkside.

Korth led the Valpo offense with a .470 batting average over the weekend while Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) batted .400 and Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) boasted a .364 average.

Randy Schneider's Valpo squad has two games left on the fall schedule this Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against IPFW. The Crusaders and Mastodons will square off in doubleheader action beginning at 12:00 p.m.
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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 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
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
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
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Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo