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Crusaders Blank IPFW; Sweep Home Opener

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Three Valpo pitchers held IPFW scoreless in 14 innings Thursday, and Allison Whitesell (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) provided the dramatics with a walk-off single in game two as the Crusaders swept their home opener 2-0 and 1-0 from the Mastodons Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned both wins for the Crusaders, whose hurlers recorded nearly as many strikeouts (7) over the two games as hits allowed (8). Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) got the start in the opener and went the first 3.1 innings, while Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) set down the first nine batters in game two and went 5.1 innings. Zappia improved her season record to 3-5.

Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) sparked the Valpo offense in the third inning of game one, singling to lead off before swiping second base. Two batters later, Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) doubled over the head of centerfielder Beatrice Pedraza, scoring Korb and earning Robinson her team-leading 15th RBI of the year.

Zappia escaped a major jam when she entered game one with the bases loaded and one out in the next half inning. The sophomore kept Valpo in front by punching out the first two batters she faced on her way to a four-strikeout game.

The Brown and Gold struck again in the fourth off starter Katie Aspegren (2-8). Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) singled to lead off, moved to second when Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) walked, and took third on a wild pitch. Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) brought Sievert home on a ground-out to the right side.

As the temperature began to fall, both teams saw their bats go cold in the second game, with Halstead and Jenna Connelly whipping through the first two and a half innings without allowing a hit. Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) smacked the game's first hit to left in the Crusader third, and the Mastodons finally broke through with a threat in the fourth.

After nine straight had been retired, Halstead loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk, setting the stage for Michelle Meighen. But Meighen could not deliver, flying out the Korb in center, and the game remained scoreless.

Again the bats went cold, and by the time the bottom of the seventh rolled around only one hit, an IPFW double, had been added to the board. With two outs, Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) roped a triple down the right field line, just beyond a diving Nancy Herron. That set the stage for Whitesell, whose bloop single to left sent the Crusaders home winners.

The wins snapped Valpo's season-high seven-game losing streak, while the Mastodons (3-21) pushed their losing streak to five.

The Crusaders (8-12) continue an eight-game homestand Friday afternoon against conference rival Oakland, with first pitch of their doubleheader scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The two clubs will meet for two more games Saturday afternoon starting at 12:00 p.m. All four games can be heard live on 95.1 FM, WVUR, 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