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Crusaders Rally for Game Two Tie Against Purdue

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Valparaiso rallied from a four-run fifth inning deficit in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader to force a 4-4 tie against Purdue in a game called after nine innings due to darkness at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Boilermakers rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Crusaders in the opener.

Game two started as a pitcher's dual as Valpo's Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) allowed just one baserunner through three innings and a single in the fourth. Purdue's starter Diana LaRiva went the first three innings, allowing just a walk, and Melissa Burns followed allowing just a walk in the fourth.

Purdue (29-17-1) jumped in front with four runs in the fifth. Staci Falzon doubled to right-center with the bases loaded and two outs to plate three and Andrea Hillsey followed with a double to score Falzon.

Valpo answered with three in the fifth. After Stacy Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) reached on an error, Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond H.S.) followed with a single. Kelly Silvey (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard H.S.) reached on a fielder's choice that erased Adamski from the basebaths and both runners moved up on a throwing error. Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption H.S.) doubled home two and Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids H.S.) singled home Siever to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central H.S.), who came on in the fifth in relief, pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning, allowing the Crusaders to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) led off with a walk and pinch runner Maggie Seidel (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest H.S.) was sacrificed to second. Taylor Callahan (Grayson, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian H.S.) singled to put runners on the corners. Stacy Adamski added a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game but pinch-runner Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial H.S.) was cut down trying to advance to second to end the inning.

Purdue put a runner on second in the seventh and on third in the ninth but Zappia worked out of both jams. The freshman allowed just two hits and struck out three in 4.1 innings of relief. Meanwhile, LaRiva, who re-entered in the circle, sent Valpo down in order each of the last three innings before the game was called on account of darkness.

The game was just the second tie in Crusader softball history, with the other being a scoreless draw against DePaul in 1986.

The opener saw DaQueta Johnson open with a sacrifice fly in the first to give Purdue the lead only to see Valpo answer with three in the bottom of the inning. Emily Tkaczyk (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Mundelein H.S.) walked with one out and Callahan followed with a single. Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) drove home one with a single and Beth Adamski added another with a single. A wild pitch plated the third run.

The Boilermakers battled back with two in the fifth inning to tied on back-to-back RBI singles. Purdue added two in the sixth to take the lead and added an insurance run in the seventh for the victory.

Carroll and Callahan each had two hits in the opener for the Crusaders. Brittany Atteberry (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) went five innings allowing three earned runs and seven hits for the Brown and Gold while LaRiva earned the win in relief for Purdue allowing one hit and striking out six in three innings of work.

Valparaiso (7-29-1) will continue the current homestand on Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader against Loyola (Ill.). First pitch of the twinbill is set for 3 p.m.
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 3rd/5 (82)
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 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 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 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
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