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Crusaders Sweep Detroit in Horizon League Twinbill
Tracy Korth led the Crusaders with three runs scored Saturday.
Tracy Korth led the Crusaders with three runs scored Saturday.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

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Valparaiso opened its inaugural season of Horizon League softball action at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Saturday, sweeping Detroit by scores of 10-0 and 3-2.

“It’s always great to win two games to open up league play,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We were happy that the weather cooperated today so that we could get these games in.”

The Crusaders, who batted as the visiting team in both games due to the fact that this weekend’s series was originally scheduled to be played at Detroit, wasted no time winning the opener, scoring runs in each of the five innings to win by run rule.  Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) scored the only run Valpo would need in the top of the first on a 2-out RBI single by Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver).

The Crusaders went on to put up one run in the second, five in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth inning to take the victory in the opener.  Valpo got hits in the game from seven of its nine starters, including a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort from Wolter, while Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) chipped in her first home run of the year.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned the win in the circle, throwing four innings of two-hit ball while striking out eight.  Lauren Memmer suffered the complete-game loss for the Titans, falling to 1-3 on the season.

Valpo jumped on the board first in the nightcap as well, putting up two runs in the top of the fourth.  With one out, Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) doubled to left-center field.  Two batters later, Wolter blasted a shot off the scoreboard in left-center for her third round-tripper of the season to put the Crusaders on top 2-0.

The Crusaders added an insurance run to their tally in the top of the sixth. Robinson reached on a one-out single, and pinch-runner Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) stole her seventh base of the season to get into scoring position.  With two outs, Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) came up with a clutch single up the middle to plate Sundling to put Valpo ahead by a 3-0 count.  Detroit used a walk and two hits in its half of the seventh to score two runs, but Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) struck out Memmer with the tying run on second to end the game.

Zappia won the nightcap as well for Valpo, improving to 9-2 on the season after allowing just two hits in four innings and striking out seven Titans.  Kelly pitched the final three innings for her first save of the season, while Jill Perry took the loss for Detroit (5-13, 0-3 Horizon), dropping her record to 1-4.

Korth and Warner each registered two hits in the nightcap to lead the Crusader offense.  Ten different Valpo players scored runs on the day, led by three tallies from Korth, while Wolter drove in four runs over the two games.  The Crusaders also stole six bases on the day, improving their season total to 65 thefts, the third-most in a single season in team history.

Valparaiso (17-8, 2-0 Horizon) will look to sweep the series when it faces off against Detroit in the finale on Sunday at noon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

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. 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