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Speziale's Double Lifts Valpo to Sweep of UMKC

Friday, April 23, 2004

Tricia Speziale's (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) bases loaded doubled broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Valparaiso to a 5-2 victory over UMKC on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field to give the Crusaders a doubleheader sweep. Valpo won the opener 7-1.

Valpo battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the nightcap and with the game tied in the sixth, Lisa Setzler (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) reached on an infield single to shortstop. Kelly Silvey (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard H.S.) and Brittany Atteberry (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) walked to load the bases. Speziale cleared the bases with her double to center to put Valpo in front for good.

UMKC jumped in front in the opening inning as Lindsey Ramsey doubled, one of three she had on the day, and scored on a Veronika Weaver single. The Kangaroos added a run in the fourth as Emily Adkins scored on an RBI single by Kacie Tietgen.

The Crusaders tied the game in the fourth as Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) doubled off the wall in left and scored on a Taylor Callahan (Grayson, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian H.S.) single. Callahan eventually scored when Stephanie Reinke (Parker, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.) singled.

The game then remained tied until the sixth. Atteberry registered the victory in relief, going the last 3.1 innings in relief, striking out four. Tisha Abell suffered the loss for the Kangaroos. Rowan had a pair of hits for Valpo, while Ramsey and Eryn Knecht tallied two hits each for UMKC.

In the opener Valpo jumped in front in the opening inning as Speziale homered to center, scoring Silvey in front of her. Speziale finished the day with five RBIs. UMKC cut the lead in half in the second as Knecht scored on an infield single by Tietgen.

The Crusaders added a run in the third as Beth Adamski (St. John, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) singled home Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.). The Brown and Gold finished the scoring in the fourth, plating four more. Constien doubled home two runs, Callahan added a sacrifice fly, and the final run scored on an error by the centerfielder.

Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) picked up the win, scattering four hits over the first five innings. Silvey, Speziale, and Constien all notched a pair of hits for the Crusaders, while Ramsey had two for UMKC. Weaver started and suffered the loss for the Kangaroos.

Valparaiso (15-23, 9-5 Mid-Con) and UMKC (7-31, 5-9) will wrap-up their four game weekend series on Saturday afternoon with another doubleheader. The first pitch is set for noon.
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