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Robinson Breaks Career Hits Mark as Crusaders Sweep UIC Doubleheader
Shannon Robinson broke Valpo's career hits record Friday.
Shannon Robinson broke Valpo's career hits record Friday.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) went 4-for-4 in the opening game of a Horizon League doubleheader and broke Valparaiso’s career hits record with a single in the sixth inning of the nightcap as the Crusaders swept UIC Friday evening by scores of 12-3 and 10-5.  The third game of the series has been canceled due to forecasted inclement weather for the rest of the weekend.

                “To go into UIC and to sweep them on their home field, the first time we’ve swept them in a doubleheader in program history, is a really great accomplishment for this team,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “Our players are really playing with a sense of urgency right now, and they’re doing a great job meeting their goals.”

                UIC struck first in the opener, scoring two runs in the first on back-to-back illegal pitch calls, but the Crusaders tied the game with single tallies in the next two frames.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) connected on her first homer of the season in the top of the second to cut the deficit in half, and Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) brought home Robinson with an RBI single in the third to tie the game.

                Valpo took its first lead of the game in the fifth inning.  Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) led off the frame with a single and eventually came around to score on an RBI by Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove).  Later in the inning, Robinson stole home on the back end of a double steal to put the Crusaders ahead 4-2.

                Sarah Clynes cut the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, but the Crusaders’ offense exploded in the seventh for eight runs, their second eight-run inning of the week.  Ashburn scored the first run of the inning, and Warner and Wolter came up with back-to-back RBI base hits, followed two batters later by a 2-RBI triple from Korth.  Katie Williams (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech [Kishwaukee C.C.]) joined the party with an RBI single of her own, and Robinson closed the scoring in the frame with a 2-RBI double to tie the career hits mark.

                Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) earned the victory with 4.2 innings of relief work for the Crusaders, improving to 2-3 on the season.  The freshman allowed just one run in her stint while striking out five Flames hitters.  Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) picked up her fifth save of the year and 19th of her career with two perfect innings.  Clynes took the loss in the circle for UIC, falling to 10-12.

                Valpo got all the offense it would need in the nightcap in the first two innings and utilized the longball for most of it.  Warner jacked a homer to left-center field three batters into the game to put the Crusaders ahead 2-0, and Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) followed two batters later with a solo shot down the right field line to make it a three-run game.

                The Crusaders loaded the bases with none out in the second inning, and Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) scored Valpo’s fourth run of the game on a misplay by UIC catcher Stephanie Chavez.  Warner stepped up to the plate and launched her second round-tripper of the game, this one her first career grand slam, to give the Crusaders an 8-0 lead.

                UIC plated three runs in the bottom of the second to cut the deficit to five, but Valpo added another tally in the fifth on Gill’s second home run of the game, her fourth of the week.  The Crusaders scored again in the top of the seventh on a Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) double, and while UIC scored twice in the last half of the seventh, Valpo held on for the win.

                Zappia picked up the relief victory in the nightcap, improving to 12-5 on the year as she struck out nine batters in her 5.1 innings of work.  UIC (16-23, 7-3 Horizon) starter Whitney Orellana fell to 2-6 on the year, giving up eight runs in 1.1 innings in the circle.

                Robinson led the Crusaders at the plate with five hits, including her record 171st in the second game, and four runs scored, while Ashburn also scored four runs.  Warner ended the day with a team-best eight RBIs.

                Valparaiso (23-12, 6-2 Horizon) sits in a tie atop the Horizon League standings with the Friday sweep.  The Crusaders will step out of the league for a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Purdue, with the first game slated to start at 2 p.m. CDT.
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
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
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
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