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Ladies Spoil Saturday, Sweep Crusaders

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Errors cost the Crusaders four unearned runs Saturday afternoon, and the Centenary Ladies took full advantage, sweeping Valpo by identical 4-2 scores at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

Game one got off to an inauspicious start, as for the second straight contest Emerald Doria led off with a solo home run against Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral). Unlike Friday, however, Halstead settled in to get out of the inning with no further damage and gave the Crusaders a chance to get back in it.

In the second, Valpo did exactly that, loading the bases with no one out on a walk, hit by pitch and bunt single. The next batter, Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) walked to force in a run and tie the game. Unfortunately, the Brown and Gold could not capitalize further, as Ashley Lail danced out of danger with a strikeout, force at home and groundout.

Halstead would breeze into the fourth inning, but she surrendered a leadoff hit in that frame to Lail. Two batters later, Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) entered the circle with Lail on second and one out. After a single put runners on first and third, the Crusaders caught Lindsey Jones, the runner on first, in a rundown between first and second. But as she was being chased back to first base, Ashburn's throw ticked off her back and into foul territory allowing Lail to cross home with the go-ahead run.

The Ladies would add two insurance runs in the seventh, and they proved to be crucial, as Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) singled home Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) with two outs in the seventh. That would it, though, for the Crusaders who saw Halstead take the loss, falling to 7-6, while Lail went the distance and improved to 16-13.

The second game saw Centenary break through early again, scoring an unearned run in the second after a throwing error by starter Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield). The Ladies added three more in the fourth, aided by another Kelly throwing error, to put the game away.

Valpo scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, with Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) taking home on a double steal in the fourth and Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) singling in one more in the fifth.

Kelly (4-7) suffered the loss and Lail threw six more innings in game two to earn her 17th win of the season for the Ladies (30-22, 12-8 Mid-Con).

Korb was the top Crusader offensively, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, and laying down her team-leading 20th sacrifice bunt of the year. Sievert was the only other Valpo player with more than one hit, adding a single and her team-leading fifth triple.

The Brown and Gold (18-24, 5-11 Mid-Con) take a brief break from conference play Tuesday night when they welcome in-state rival Notre Dame for a single game beginning at 5:00 p.m. Coverage on 95.1 FM and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics kicks off at 4:50 p.m.

Game one box score
Game two box score
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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