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Crusaders Shut Out Kangaroos in Sweep

Friday, May 05, 2006

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) tossed Valpo's first complete game shutout of the season in game one and Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) struck out 10 in 6.2 innings in game two as the Crusaders swept UMKC 4-0 and 1-0 Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

Halstead's gem saw only four Kangaroos reach base, three on hits and another on an error. The sophomore did not allow a runner to reach third base en route to her eighth victory of the season and third career shutout despite not recording a single strikeout.

Kelly, on the other hand, overpowered the visitors from the start, striking out the side in the first inning and adding two more punch-outs in the second. The 10 whiffs are a season-high for a Crusader pitcher and complemented the freshman's line of four hits and one walk.

Kelly was relieved with two on and two outs in the seventh inning of a 0-0 game by Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central). Zappia threw only four pitches in recording an out, but earned the win when the Crusaders scored in the bottom of the seventh.

Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) opened the frame with her fourth hit of the day and 50th of the season, a sharp single to left field. The next batter, Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) blistered one off the wall in right sending Robinson to third. The Crusaders won the game on a ground ball off the bat of Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) two batters later.

In game one, Valpo started earlier in their support of Halstead, going up 1-0 in the third when LaFerle doubled in Robinson with two outs. The Crusaders struck again in the fourth on an RBI hit from senior Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption).

Sievert, playing in her final series as a Crusader, was honored between games one and two by Head Coach Randy Schneider who presented the Valpo captain with a framed jersey and plaque.

The Brown and Gold busted open the first game in the sixth inning with some help from the field itself. With two outs and runners on second and third, Robinson's grounder to short took a bad hop over the head of Kim Hoiting, scoring Sievert and Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka).

Robinson went 3-for-3 in game one, including her 13th double of the year, tying the single-season school record set just last year by Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids). Robinson's 50 hits on the season have her within three of the single-season school record, set by Krista Bane in 1991.

The Crusaders (21-29, 8-14 Mid-Con) and Kangaroos (10-43, 5-17 Mid-Con) will wrap up their 2006 seasons Saturday afternoon with two more games beginning at 12:00 p.m. Both contests can be heard live on 95.1 FM, WVUR, and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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