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Valpo Opens Home Slate with Extra Innings Split
Andrea Zappia carried a perfect game into the seventh inning Monday and eventually earned her seventh win of the season.
Andrea Zappia carried a perfect game into the seventh inning Monday and eventually earned her seventh win of the season.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

Valparaiso opened its 2008 home campaign on Monday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field splitting a doubleheader with Ball State.  Both games went extra innings with the Crusaders winning the opener 1-0 in eight while the Cardinals took the nightcap 4-3 in nine innings.

The opener was a pitcher’s duel.  Valpo’s Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central H.S.) carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before a single by Alicia Barkley led off the inning.  The Crusaders had a chance to win the game in the sixth with runners on the corners, but Ball State picked off the one on third.

The Crusaders finally won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) opened the inning on second base due to the international tiebreaker.  Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) laid down a sacrifice bunt but the throw from the pitcher went off of Kamilah Holle’s glove and into rightfield allowing Korth to score the winning run.

Zappia went the distance to earn the win (7-2), striking out nine while allowing just two hits and one walk.  Elizabeth Milain suffered the loss for the Cardinals allowing just the one unearned run on four hits.  Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver H.S.) went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Crusaders.

The second game began as yet another pitcher’s duel, with neither team able to push a run across the plate until the sixth.  Ball State had a runner on third with one out in the second, but a fielder’s choice caught Alyssa Collins at the plate.

The Cardinals finally broke the scoreless deadlock with two outs in the sixth.  A single, error, and single loaded the bases and Kate Wilczynski doubled to right, just out of the reach of a diving Wolter to plate the three unearned runs.

Valpo answered in the bottom of the inning.  Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond H.S.) led off the inning with a double to center and Wolter followed with an RBI single.  Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove H.S.) singled to put two aboard, and after KC Boldt (Red Wing, Min./Red Wing H.S.) pinch ran for Warner, LaFerle tied the game with another double to center.

The game remained tied into extra innings before Ball State (17-13) broke the deadlock.  With Collins on second to lead off the ninth, Wilczynski singled with one out to plate the winning run.

Kelly went all nine innings for the Crusaders in the loss (3-3), allowing eight hits but no earned runs.  She fanned eight and walked just one.  Milian (9-5) earned the win in relief, allowing just one hit in 3.2 innings in the circle.

Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North H.S.), Warner, and Korth all had two hits as part of Valpo’s eight hit attack in the game for the Crusaders.

“It was a great day of softball all around,” head coach Randy Schneider said afterwards.  “Two extra inning games where we won one and lost one.  When you are in those types of games, it only means you are getting better.  The pitching was really good for us today.”

Valparaiso (12-7) will continue the homestand on Tuesday afternoon with a 3 p.m. CDT doubleheader against Northern Illinois.

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
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 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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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