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Crusaders Sweep Tuesday Afternoon Twinbill
Courtney LaFerle went 4-for-5 with four RBIs on Tuesday.
Courtney LaFerle went 4-for-5 with four RBIs on Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Valparaiso took both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field from Northern Illinois, downing the Huskies 5-2 in the opener before earning a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.

The Crusaders got on the board first in the opener, putting up a single tally in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial).  Northern Illinois struck back in the top of the third inning, as with the bases loaded and none out, Jenna Roberts stroked a 2-RBI single into right field to give the Huskies the lead.  But Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) did not let NIU plate another run in the frame.

Valpo reclaimed the advantage in the bottom half of the inning.  With two on and two outs, it was Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) who came through with the clutch hit, lining a 2-RBI double to deep center field to plate Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) and Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River).  The Crusaders received an RBI double from Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) in the fourth inning and an RBI triple by Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) in the sixth frame to close out the scoring.

Kelly earned the victory for the Crusaders with 5.1 innings of work, striking out three batters to improve to 4-3 on the season.  Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Center) closed out the game with 1.2 perfect innings, including four strikeouts, to receive the save.  Taryn Hagemann went the distance for the Huskies, falling to 0-4 on the year.

Valpo received all the runs it would need in the nightcap in the second inning, putting a three-spot on the board.  With two on and one out, LaFerle once again came up with a 2-RBI double, scoring Wolter and Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) to put the Crusaders up 2-0.  Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) added a bunt single later in the frame to plate pinch-runner KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) to give Valpo a three-run lead.

The Crusaders added a single tally in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) and another run in the fourth inning on Korb’s second RBI triple of the day.  Northern Illinois cut the deficit to 5-1 in the top of the sixth thanks to a solo home run from Michelle Nendza and brought the tying run to the plate, but Zappia came in to shut down the threat and earn her second save of the day and third of the year.

Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) allowed just three hits over 5.2 innings while striking out five batters to earn her first collegiate victory, improving to 1-1 on the season.  Joreigh Landers took the loss for Northern Illinois (5-11), falling to 2-3.

LaFerle paced the Crusader offensive attack on the day, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs over the two games.  Wolter tallied three hits in five at-bats, while Korb drove in two runs on her first two career triples.

“We were really excited about the way we hit the ball today,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “With the wind blowing out and [NIU’s] outfield pulled up a bit, we were able to hit six or seven balls over their heads and that was really the difference in the two games.  Our pitching was great for us again, as it has been all year.  It was exciting to see the performance we got out of Carrie in the circle today, as she really had a good game and did a great job keeping the ball in the ballpark for the most part.”

Valparaiso (14-7) returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Central Michigan for a doubleheader against the Chippewas.  First pitch of the opener is slated for 1 p.m. CDT.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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