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Crusaders Fall Twice at Rebel Spring Games

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Crusaders continued their season-opening run at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday, falling 4-3 in eight innings to Sacred Heart and dropping a 7-2 decision to Saint Bonaventure.

In the day's first game against Sacred Heart, the Crusaders got on the board in the top of the first inning after the red-hot Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) doubled to lead off the game and stole third. Three batters later, Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) delivered the clutch two-out hit to put Valpo up.

The Pioneers did their damage in the bottom of the second off starter Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral). With runners on second and third and one out, Betsy Harvey singled in one run, and two batters later Jaqui Riley singled home two more.

The Brown and Gold would respond in the top of the fifth, when Carroll singled home Allison Whitesell (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) from second. Valpo then tied the score in the sixth when Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Robinson double.

With the two teams tied after the regulation seven innings, Sacred Heart's Ashley McDonough came through with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth to win it for the Pioneers.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) picked up the loss despite pitching a terrific six innings. The sophomore allowed only two hits and one walk, striking out six. Through eight appearances this year, Zappia is 0-3 but boasts a 1.02 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 20.2 innings. Megan Spehar went the distance to earn the win.

In the second game, Saint Bonaventure sent nine to the plate in the second inning and scored five times to put the Crusaders out of reach. The score was tied at two after one inning thanks to a two-run Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) single, but that would be all the offense Valpo would get.

Carroll went 2-for-3 in the game, and is now batting a sizzling .536 through the first eight games of the season. The junior has five doubles, a triple, 3 RBI, four stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .786.

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) suffered the first loss of her career, moving to 3-1, while Christine Keleher earned the win for the Bonnies.

The Crusaders (3-5) resume play at the Rebel Spring Games Thursday in Orlando, Fla., taking on La Salle at 1:20 p.m. before meeting Robert Morris (Pa.) at 5:00 p.m.

Valpo-Sacred Heart box score
Valpo-Saint Bonaventure
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