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Crusaders Split With IPFW Saturday

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Crusaders came out firing on all cylinders in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against IPFW, rolling to a 9-1 win in six innings, but the Mastodons righted the ship in game two, picking up a 5-1 victory at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

Coming off her victory at Purdue Thursday, Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) was excellent in the circle for the Crusaders again Saturday, holding IPFW hitless for the first 3.2 innings and earning her sixth win by allowing only the one hit in five innings of work. The Mastodons managed only two hits in the game, and scored their lone run off reliever Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) in the sixth.

The Valpo offense, on the other hand, pounded out 12 hits, starting with the first batter of the game, Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption), who singled, went to second on a bunt, third on a wild pitch, and scored on a squeeze bunt from Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin).

After two scoreless innings, the floodgates opened in the fourth, starting with Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), who reached on an error by IPFW second baseman Ashley Johnson. Three batters later, Ashley Wolter's (Denver, Iowa/Denver) bunt single was thrown away by the first baseman, allowing Callahan to score from third. The next batter, Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) ripped a double to center, scoring Gill and Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) who had singled earlier. Then with two outs, Sievert drew a walk with Gill on third, and Gill scored on a double steal moments later, running the score to 5-1. Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) closed out the scoring in the inning later in her at bat, plating Sievert on a single to center.

Valpo added another run in the fifth on an RBI single from Wolter, and ended the game on a two-run single from Callahan in the sixth.

In game two, IPFW grabbed their first lead of the day in the fourth when Jenna Beachy scored on a fielder's choice groundout. But the Crusaders tied it in the bottom of the fourth as Callahan singled to lead off, moved to second on a groundout, and scored when centerfielder Kayla Vargo lost Bethany Boomer's (Allen Park, Mich./Allen Park) pop-up in the sun.

But the Mastodons surged in front in the sixth off reliever Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh, highlighted by a two-run triple from Vargo.

Zappia took the loss for the Crusaders to fall to 5-9, while Jenna Connelly earned the win for the Mastodons (8-26), improving her record to 3-13.

Adamski had the biggest offensive day for the Brown and Gold, picking up three hits and improving her batting average to .210. In her last 13 games, the junior is batting .316 (12-for-38) after starting the season in a 5-for-43 slump.

The Crusaders (15-20) will return to action Tuesday afternoon on the road at Saint Joseph's for a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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