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Crusaders Tame Huskies in Game One; Earn Split

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Two Crusader pitchers quieted Northern Illinois' bats and Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) launched her first career home run as Valpo defeated the Huskies 3-0 in game one of their doubleheader Tuesday at a windy Valparaiso University Softball Field. NIU came back to win game two 4-1.

Gill, who had only three career extra-base hits before Tuesday, made the score 3-0 in the second inning when her long fly ball carried the fence in left, scoring Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) from first.

The Crusaders took the lead in the first, scoring when Taylor Callahan's (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) bloop landed in shallow left-center, plating Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) from second base. Callahan, hustling all the way, ended the play on second base with her fifth double of the year.

But the real story of the Crusader win was in the circle, where sophomores Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) scattered seven Husky hits and recorded the third Valpo shutout of the season. Halstead went the first five innings to even her record to 4-4, while Zappia tied her own school record with her third save of the season and pushed her career total to six, also the most in program history.

In game two, Northern Illinois' Paige Granath turned the tables on the Brown and Gold, tossing a three-hit gem for her third win of the season. Granath allowed only one hit past the fifth inning and retired 13 of the last 14 Crusaders she faced.

Valpo, however, did get on the scoreboard first. Gill opened the third with a single and moved up to second when Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) bunted and the throw to second was not in time. The next batter, Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North), bunted the runners to second and third, and Gill scored moments later on a wild pitch.

The Huskies did their damage in the fifth off starter Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield), who allowed only two hits in the first four innings. But in the fifth, three straight two-out hits plated three runs and spelled the end of Kelly's day.

Ashley Clement added some insurance for Northern Illinois in the sixth with her second homer of the year.

Kelly fell to 4-6 with the loss, while Granath improved to 3-2. The Huskies (14-16) tallied eight hits in the second game, three for extra bases.

The Crusaders (13-19) will return to the diamond Thursday afternoon for a single game at Purdue. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with live coverage available on 95.1 FM and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

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 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
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