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Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split at Purdue
Alicia Ashburn drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the nightcap Tuesday.
Alicia Ashburn drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the nightcap Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

Valparaiso scored three times in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday at Big Ten foe Purdue, earning a 4-1 extra-inning victory over the Boilermakers.  Despite holding Purdue to just three hits in the opener, the Boilermakers scored a 3-0 victory as the two squads split the twinbill.

“This was a good day for us, coming away with a win against a Purdue team that’s among the best in the Big Ten and in the top-30 nationally in RPI,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “I thought we really did a good job re-focusing after a disappointing performance in the opening game and we put together all the elements in the second game for a win.”

Valpo hit the scoreboard first in the nightcap, putting a run across the plate in the top of the first frame.  Leadoff hitter Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) reached on an error and stole second base, her tenth steal of the season.  With two outs, junior Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) ripped a double down the left-field line to put the Crusaders ahead 1-0.  Purdue got the run back in the bottom of the third, tying the game on a one-out solo home run by Candace Curtis.

The Crusaders had a golden opportunity to go ahead in the top of the seventh inning, as Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) led off with a single, followed by a two-base Purdue error to give Valpo runners on second and third with nobody out.  But Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River) was called out on a bang-bang play at the plate after a pitch initially got away from Purdue catcher Jenna Alexander, and the Boilermakers recorded two more outs to get out of the inning as the game went to extras.

Pinch-runner Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was placed on second base as the international tiebreaker rule was put into effect at the start of the eighth inning.  Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) promptly drove her in with a single up the middle to put the Crusaders ahead 2-1.  Valpo would add two insurance runs later in the frame on a Purdue miscue, and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) set down the Boilermakers in order in the bottom of the inning to close out the win.

Zappia registered all but one out to improve to 13-5 on the season, tied for the third-most wins in a single season in Valpo history.  She allowed just one run on four hits and struck out six Purdue batters.  Dana Alcocer took the loss for Purdue, falling to 16-8.

The Boilermakers got all the scoring they would need in the opener in the second inning.  With one on and one out, Beth Cinadr hit a two-run homer to left-center field to give Purdue a 2-0 lead.  The Boilermakers would go on to add an insurance run in the fourth on a trio of Crusader errors in the field.  Valpo’s best chance to score in the game came in the top of the fifth, as it had two runners on base with nobody out, but a double play grounder was followed by a groundout to end the threat.

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) fell to 5-4 on the year, taking the loss for Valpo.  Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) entered in relief and threw four brilliant innings, giving up just one hit and an unearned run while striking out three Boilermakers.  Alcocer registered the complete-game win for Purdue.

“I thought our pitching staff did a superb job today,” said Schneider.  “To hold Purdue to just eight hits and four runs over two games when they came into the game batting .285 as a team is a good accomplishment.”

Robinson led the Crusaders at the plate on the day, going 3-for-6 over the twinbill with two runs scored.  Ashburn and Gill each had multi-hit days as well.

Valparaiso (24-13) has a week off until its next doubleheader.  The Crusaders will host Butler in a Horizon League twinbill at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Tuesday, April 22.  First pitch of the opener is slated for 2 p.m.

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 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. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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