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Crusaders Win One Monday at Rebel Spring Games
Shannon Robinson went 4-for-8 on the day with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Shannon Robinson went 4-for-8 on the day with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Western Carolina Box Score

Lehigh Box Score

Fairfield Box Score

Valparaiso dropped its first two games Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., falling to Western Carolina, 4-3, and Lehigh, 1-0, both in eight innings.  The Crusaders bounced back, however, defeating Fairfield, 12-4, in their final game of the day.

“It was a long day for us,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We played three games, and two of them were hard-fought battles.  We lost a couple nailbiters in the eighth inning, and whenever you get to that point in a position to win, you have to figure out how to win.  But I’m confident we’ll learn from these experiences and take them with us the rest of the year.”

Valpo got on the board in the bottom of the first against Western Carolina.  Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) walked with one out, stole second base and came home on an Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) single.  Wolter proceeded to steal second and took advantage of a Catamount error to score and put the Crusaders ahead 2-0.

A 2-RBI single by Heather Pritchard in the top of the third inning knotted up the game at 2-2, but Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.] tripled and scored on an error in the bottom half of the inning to put the Crusaders back on top by a 3-2 count.  Valpo maintained the one-run lead until the top of the sixth, when the Catamounts put together two hits to tie the game at three.

The score was still 3-3 after seven innings, necessitating the use of the International Tiebreaker in the eighth inning, which places a runner on second with none out.  The Catamounts pushed across a run on a Crusader error to take a 4-3 lead, and while Valpo loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the frame, a lineout ended the game.

Lauren Ross earned the win for Western Carolina, while Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) was charged with the loss for Valpo, dropping her to 0-2 on the season.  Wolter went 2-for-3 on the game, while Korb stole two bases.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) was dominant for the Crusaders in the circle against Lehigh, giving up just two hits through seven innings.  But her counterpart was just as strong, as Lisa Sweeney allowed just a second-inning single to Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) as the game went into the International Tiebreaker at 0-0.

Valpo got its runner over to third base with one out in the top of the eighth frame, but Sweeney struck out two Crusaders to end the threat.  In the bottom of the inning, pinch-hitter Brooke Lewis blooped a single down the right-field line with two outs to plate the winning run.  Zappia fell to 3-2 on the season despite giving up just three hits while striking out four batters.  The senior has not allowed an earned run in her last 19 innings of work.

“Andrea is on fire for us right now,” said Schneider.  “She just had another great day in the circle.  Any game we put her out there to pitch, we can win.  Ashley is doing a great job for us at the plate as well.”

The Crusaders rebounded for a mercy-rule victory against Fairfield, putting up six runs in both the first and fourth frame on their way to a 12-4 five-inning win.  Korb, Robinson and Wolter each tallied two hits in the game, while freshman Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) drove in three runs.

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) earned her first decision of the year, going to 1-0.  The senior tossed four innings, while Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) closed out the game by working the fifth frame.

“I was proud of our team for going out there in the third game and bouncing back,” said Schneider.  “We didn’t hang our heads; instead, we went out there and competed and came away with a victory.  Right now, we’re playing a lot of players, using this as an opportunity to see who can play ball and to try to find lineups with the right chemistry.  When we do and we put our best team out there, we will be a pretty good ballclub.”

Valparaiso (4-4) returns to the field Tuesday with two more games.  The Crusaders face off against Lehigh again at noon CST, and follow with their second contest of the trip versus Holy Cross at 4 p.m.
 

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