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Crusaders Close Out Pre-Conference Slate With Triumph
Karen Korb drew three walks, stole two bases and scored two runs on Sunday.
Karen Korb drew three walks, stole two bases and scored two runs on Sunday.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

St. Peter's box score

Valparaiso finished out its pre-conference schedule Sunday with a 3-2 victory over St. Peter’s at the Maryland Spring Break Classic in College Park, Md.

The Peahens hit the board first in the top of the third inning, getting back-to-back RBI singles with two outs to go ahead 2-0.  But the Crusaders responded immediately in the bottom of the frame, as Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) knocked a single into center field to drive in Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) and Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) to knot up the game at two.

Korb would use her speed in the fifth inning to put another run on the board for Valpo.  After a leadoff walk, the junior stole second base, her Horizon League-leading 13th theft of the season, and moved over to third base on a one-out wild pitch.  With two outs, Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) hit a ground ball to shortstop that the St. Peter’s player mishandled, allowing Korb to score the eventual game-winning tally.

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief, moving to 3-2 on the season.  Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) received her first save of the year and 15th of her career, retiring all six batters she faced, including three via the strikeout.  Amber Phillips took the loss for St. Peter’s (0-11).  Freshman Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) paced the Crusader attack at the plate with two hits.

“I think we were fortunate to win today’s game,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We did just enough to come out on top.  Heading into league play, we really need to make a concerted effort to be more focused with our play, especially at the plate.”

Valparaiso (11-6) opens the 2008 home slate at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday with its inaugural Horizon League game, as the Crusaders face off against Green Bay in a doubleheader beginning at noon CDT.

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