Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Southern Utah Tops Valpo in Extra Innings

Friday, March 30, 2007

Marci Pratt's two-run double in the top of the ninth inning lifted Southern Utah to a 7-5 victory over Valparaiso in Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

The Crusaders had rallied from four runs down in the sixth inning to tie the game and force the extra innings. Down 5-1, Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond H.S.) had a bases loaded two-run double, her second two-bagger of the game, to cut the deficit in half. Following a walk to reload the bases, Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) followed with a two-run single to tie the game.

Southern Utah jumped in front in the fourth as Cassie Cresswell homered to right. Erin Niederhauser made it 2-0 with a single later in the inning.

LaFerle cut the deficit in half with a solo homerun to right-center to lead off the fifth, but Lindi Kennedy's three-run double in the sixth pushed the lead to 5-1.

In the ninth, with two runners on, Pratt doubled off of the fence in left to put the Thunderbirds in front by two, in what would prove to be the final margin.

Robinson and LaFerle each went 3-for-4 for the Crusaders to pace their nine-hit attack. Pratt went 2-for-2 with three walks to lead Southern Utah offensively.

Marissa Gonzalez (7-6) earned the win in relief for the Thunderbirds, working the final four innings and striking out 10 Valpo hitters. Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield H.S.) suffered the loss (5-4) for the Crusaders.

Valparaiso (13-7, 3-1 Mid-Con) and Southern Utah (13-18, 2-2) will wrap up their three-game weekend series at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader beginning at noon. The games will be carried live on WVUR (95.1-FM, Valparaiso) and online at
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler