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Crusaders Defeat Eastern Illinois, 6-1
Whitney Warner went 3-for-4 at the plate Sunday.
Whitney Warner went 3-for-4 at the plate Sunday.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Box Score

Valparaiso closed out action at the Tulsa Invitational Sunday morning by earning its first victory of the 2008 season with a 6-1 win over Eastern Illinois.

“We had another good day at the plate,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “For our first weekend outside, we are hitting the ball incredibly well right now.  We definitely have a ballclub with a lot of power that can put a bunch of runs on the board.”

The Crusaders kicked off Sunday’s scoring in the second inning.  Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) continued her hot start at the plate with a leadoff single.  Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) followed with a walk, and after a sacrifice moved the runners up, Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) tallied an infield single to bring home pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue).  Wolter added Valpo’s second run of the inning on the back end of a double steal.

Eastern Illinois (0-2) cut Valpo’s lead down to 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out home run, but the Crusaders responded immediately in the bottom of the frame.  Three consecutive one-out singles, including two bunts for base hits, loaded the bases for Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond), who knocked in Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) with a sacrifice fly to put Valpo ahead by a 3-1 count.

Valpo added another run in the fifth inning on a solo homer by Warner, her first career long-ball.  The Crusaders pushed their final two runs across the dish in the sixth frame, as Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) scored on a Panther error and Robinson crossed the plate on an RBI single by Warner to close the scoring.

Warner went 3-for-4 on the day with 2 RBIs, her first career three-hit game.  The sophomore closed out the tournament 7-for-9 at the plate.  Korb also recorded her first career three-hit game, going 3-for-4 and adding a stolen base, leaving her just two thefts shy of Valpo’s career record in the category.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned the victory to move to 1-1 on the young season, going six innings and allowing just three hits while striking out six and walking none.  Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) stepped into the circle for the first time in her Crusader career in the seventh inning, striking out one batter.

“Andrea really pitched some good softball in both games for us this weekend,” said Schneider.  “It was also good to get Jill an inning of work in this game, and she performed well.  I am also impressed with our defense at this point of the season.  Having just one error through three games is incredible for our first weekend outside.”

Valparaiso (1-2) returns to the field at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.  The Crusaders are scheduled to play 10 games in five days, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 1 against Fairfield.

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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
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