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Ladies Spoil Saturday, Sweep Crusaders

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Errors cost the Crusaders four unearned runs Saturday afternoon, and the Centenary Ladies took full advantage, sweeping Valpo by identical 4-2 scores at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

Game one got off to an inauspicious start, as for the second straight contest Emerald Doria led off with a solo home run against Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral). Unlike Friday, however, Halstead settled in to get out of the inning with no further damage and gave the Crusaders a chance to get back in it.

In the second, Valpo did exactly that, loading the bases with no one out on a walk, hit by pitch and bunt single. The next batter, Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) walked to force in a run and tie the game. Unfortunately, the Brown and Gold could not capitalize further, as Ashley Lail danced out of danger with a strikeout, force at home and groundout.

Halstead would breeze into the fourth inning, but she surrendered a leadoff hit in that frame to Lail. Two batters later, Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) entered the circle with Lail on second and one out. After a single put runners on first and third, the Crusaders caught Lindsey Jones, the runner on first, in a rundown between first and second. But as she was being chased back to first base, Ashburn's throw ticked off her back and into foul territory allowing Lail to cross home with the go-ahead run.

The Ladies would add two insurance runs in the seventh, and they proved to be crucial, as Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) singled home Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) with two outs in the seventh. That would it, though, for the Crusaders who saw Halstead take the loss, falling to 7-6, while Lail went the distance and improved to 16-13.

The second game saw Centenary break through early again, scoring an unearned run in the second after a throwing error by starter Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield). The Ladies added three more in the fourth, aided by another Kelly throwing error, to put the game away.

Valpo scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, with Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) taking home on a double steal in the fourth and Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) singling in one more in the fifth.

Kelly (4-7) suffered the loss and Lail threw six more innings in game two to earn her 17th win of the season for the Ladies (30-22, 12-8 Mid-Con).

Korb was the top Crusader offensively, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and laying down her team-leading 20th sacrifice bunt of the year. Sievert was the only other Valpo player with more than one hit, adding a single and her team-leading fifth triple.

The Brown and Gold (18-24, 5-11 Mid-Con) take a brief break from conference play Tuesday night when they welcome in-state rival Notre Dame for a single game beginning at 5:00 p.m. Coverage on 95.1 FM and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics kicks off at 4:50 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