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Offense on Display in Valpo's Friday Split

Friday, April 21, 2006

Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) drilled a two-out game-winning single to the left-centerfield gap in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, sending Valpo to a 4-3 win, but two Centenary grand slams gave the Ladies the nightcap 12-5 Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

LaFerle's big hit came after Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) reached on an error with one out in the inning, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The senior streaked around the bases on LaFerle's liner, and slid around the tag of catcher Megan Hall with the winning run.

Before the late heroics, the Crusaders had built a 3-0 lead with the help of some shaky Centenary defense. After Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) singled to lead off the second inning, second baseman Lindsey Jones dropped the throw at first on Beth Adamski's (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) sacrifice attempt. Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) laid down one of her three sacrifice bunts to move the runners along, and after an intentional walk to Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond), Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) got the hosts on the board with a run-scoring single. The next batter, Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) looped a single into center to plate another run, and Sievert made it 3-0 when her long fly ball brought Robinson in from third.

The Ladies got on the board with a run in the fourth and tied the game in the sixth inning when, with a run already in, Robinson's pickoff throw to third with two outs skipped by the bag and into left field.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) threw the game's first 3.1 innings, gave way to Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) for 2.1 innings, and came back to record the final four outs and notch the win. Ashley Lail went the distance for the Ladies and took the loss.

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) started in the circle in game two, and was rudely greeted by shortstop Emerald Doria, who blasted the sophomore's second pitch out the park for her eighth home run. After three more singles in the inning, Lail lofted a sacrifice to the outfield to make the score 2-0.

In the third, Kelly took her turn in the circle, and just a her predecessor had, promptly served up a home run, this time to centerfielder Lauren Flowers. Three batters later, two doubles were in the scorebook and another run had crossed, pushing the Ladies' lead to 4-0.

But Valpo roared back in the bottom of third, showing off their own muscle at the plate. Sievert singled to lead off the inning, Korb followed her with a walk, and LaFerle drove Sievert home with a double to deep left-center. Next up was Callahan, and the junior tattooed the first pitch she saw over the wall in center, tying the game. Two batters later, Gill drilled one off that kissed off the top of the fence, popped straight up in the air, and landed over the wall for her second career home run, and a 5-4 Crusader lead.

The score remained 5-4 until the fifth, when the visitors put runners on first and second with one out. Pinch hitter Brittney Broussard then grounded a potential double-play ball to third, but Callahan could not field it cleanly and the bases loaded. Two batters later, Doria made Callahan and the Crusaders pay, sending a long fly out to center and putting Centenary up for good.

In the seventh, Flowers answered her teammate with a grand slam of her own, again capitalizing on a Crusader error that extended the inning. Zappia, who allowed both grand slams, took the loss to fall to 7-11, but did not allow an earned run. Lail (15-13) came on in the third and earned the win.

The split was the seventh consecutive doubleheader the Brown and Gold have split, and ninth in their last ten twinbills. Doria finished the day as the Ladies' (28-22, 10-8 Mid-Con) offensive star, going 3-for-7 with two homers, three runs scored and five RBI. Wolter led Valpo's 17-hit attack by going 3-for-6 out of the number nine hole.

The Crusaders (18-23, 5-9 Mid-Con) get another crack at Centenary Saturday afternoon, with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. The games will be aired on 95.1 FM, WVUR, and online at www.valpo.edu/athletics beginning at 8:00 p.m.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 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 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
W 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
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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