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Softball Season Ends With Split

Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Crusaders closed out the 2006 softball season Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against UMKC, winning game one 2-1 before falling 4-2 in the nightcap.

Valpo's game one win was their 22nd of the season, the highest win total for a Crusader squad since the 1989 team went 23-15 and the fourth most wins in a single-season in program history. The win was also the school-record 55th of Head Coach Randy Schneider's four-year career.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) took the ball in game one and stymied the Kangaroo offense from the start. The sophomore went the distance and surrendered only a seventh inning run on six hits. In the sixth, Zappia struck out Sarah Allen for her 100th punchout of the season, becoming one of only four Crusaders to strike out at least 100 in a year.

Valpo's game one offense came early, when Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) walked with one out in the first inning, stole second and advanced to third on an error. Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) singled Korb in moments later for her 51st hit of the year and team-high 24th RBI. Robinson's hit total is the second highest in school history behind Krista Bane's 53 in 1991, and her RBI total is the fifth best ever. Friday, Robinson doubled for the 13th time this season, matching Megan Carroll's (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) year-old school record.

In the second inning, the Brown and Gold struck again when Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) raced in to score on a Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) double off the wall in right. Callahan finished the year with a team-high 25 runs scored, matching her 2004 season, and leaving the junior with 64 in her career, the fifth-best total in program history.

In game two Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) started in the circle for the first time all season and was greeted rudely by the Kangaroos, who slapped four doubles off the sophomore in the first inning and plated four runs.

The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the seventh when the hosts mounted a frantic comeback. After a line drive double play left only pinch-runner Korb on base with two outs and no runs in, senior captain Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) singled in her final at bat and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Callahan was next, and she rifled a single off third-baseman Monica Canisales' glove to drive in Korb. Robinson then took her turn and reached when Callahan hustled to beat a force play at second on a ground ball to shortstop, scoring Sievert from third. Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin), the potential winning run, then stroked a laser into centerfield but right at Allen who made the catch to end the ballgame.

Cori Mead (3-19) earned the victory for UMKC (11-44, 6-18 Mid-Con) by tossing four scoreless innings. Taia Jones did the most damage in the game for the Kangaroos, driving in two and scoring another run on two hits.

The Crusaders (22-30, 9-15 Mid-Con) finish the season in fifth place in the Mid-Continent Conference for the second straight year, one spot out of the conference tournament field.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
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
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