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#23 DePaul Sweeps Crusaders

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) and Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) hit seventh inning home runs in game two, but it was not enough as #23 DePaul swept Valpo 9-0 (5 inn.) and 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in Valparaiso, Ind.

Robinson got the Crusaders on the board with one out, belting her second longball of the year well beyond the centerfield fence. Then, after a Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) single, Ashburn cranked her fourth of the year just the beyond the wall in left. Ashburn's four homers are the fifth most in a single-season at Valpo, and five shy of Karen Constien's record-setting 2004 campaign.

Early in the second game, the Crusaders had several chances to take a quick lead, but stranded four runners in the first two innings on their way to 10 left on base in the game. With the score 1-0 in the Blue Demon third, Sandy Vojik drove in three runs with a double giving the visitors a nice working margin.

The Brown and Gold had another great chance to score in the fourth, loading the bases with no one out on hits from Ashburn and Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central), and a walk to Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial). But the next two hitters grounded into force plays at home, and Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) struck out swinging to end the threat.

Stephanie Blagaich (4-1) went six shutout innings for the win, while Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) tossed a complete game but suffered the loss, falling to 4-7.

Game one was all Blue Demons, as the 2005 College World Series participants got going early. After a two-out error in the first, DePaul collected three straight hits to plate three straight runs in the frame.

After another run in the second, DePaul put up another three-spot in the third and got some icing on the cake when Marcy Wilus went yard in the fourth.

Blagaich threw four shutout innings for the Blue Demons (16-9), earning the win, and Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) lasted only 2.2 innings, taking the loss.

Robinson, LaFerle and Ashburn all had solid days at the plate, recording three hits apiece.

The Crusaders (10-16) return the diamond Friday afternoon to open a crucial four-game series against Mid-Con rival IUPUI. Friday's doubleheader is set to begin at 4:00 p.m., while first pitch for Saturday is slated for 12:00 p.m.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
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
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
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
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