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Valpo Sweeps Two at Rebel Spring Games

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Crusaders pounded out 21 hits Thursday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., downing La Salle and Robert Morris (Pa.) by identical scores of 7-4.

Valpo exploded in the third inning of their game against the Explorers, sending 10 batters to the plate and tallying six runs. With two on and one out, freshman Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) got the line started with an RBI single, setting the scene for Taylor Callahan's (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) two-run double. The next batter, Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) doubled Callahan home, and came in to score moments later on a Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) base hit. Alicia Ashbun (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) capped the frame two batters later, driving home Robinson with a single.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) took care of La Salle from there, pitching the final 3.2 innings and allowing only one hit, earning her first win of the season. Robinson, Ashburn and Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) each had two hits for the Crusaders.

In the second game of the day, the Brown and Gold picked up their best win of the young season over Robert Morris, a 2005 NCAA Tournament participant and the defending Northeast Conference Champions.

The Colonials broke out on top, plating a run in the top of the second before Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) tied it with an RBI in the bottom of the frame. Robert Morris struck back ahead in the top of the third, only to again see the Crusaders answer in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at two.

Valpo finally surged ahead in the fourth, when Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on an Adamski sacrifice, stole third, and scored on a two-out Carroll single.

With the score still 3-2 in the Valpo half of the fifth, the Crusaders loaded the bases with one out, only to see Sievert line back to the pitcher for the second out of the inning. But pinch-hitter Bethany Boomer (Allen Park, Mich./Allen Park) bailed out her teammate, drilling a bases-clearing double to put the game out of reach.

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) pitched the first four innings for her first victory of the year, while Zappia went the final three for her second save. Zappia's five career saves breaks Valpo's all-time record, set by Laura Pajakowski from 1986-89. Zappia has now appeared in all 10 Crusader games this season, and has struck out 33 in 27.1 innings while allowing just 13 hits.

Carroll also continued her strong early season, going 2-of-3 with an RBI, run scored and three stolen bases. Through 10 games, the junior is batting .543 with five doubles, 10 runs scored and eight steals in eight attempts.

The Crusaders (5-5) are back in action Friday at the Rebel Games, taking on Saint Joseph's (Pa.) at 7:50 a.m. before meeting Fairleigh Dickinson at 11:30 a.m.

Valpo-La Salle box score
Valpo-Robert Morris box score
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
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 Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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