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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 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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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