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Crusader Softball Splits Again on Monday

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Crusaders moved to 2-2 on the young season, defeating Tennessee State 4-2 before falling 7-6 to Yale at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Monday.

Freshman Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) earned her second win in as many starts in the opener, going 6.1 innings and allowing two unearned runs on only five hits. The left-hander struck out four and walked only one, and has allowed only one earned run in her first 13.1 collegiate innings.

Offensively, the Crusaders got things going early, when leadoff hitter Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) reached second on an error and stole third, scoring two batters later on a Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) single. Callahan came around to score later in the inning on a Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) sacrifice fly.

With the score 2-1 in the Valpo third inning, Carroll again sparked the Crusader offense, doubling to lead off the frame and scoring on another Callahan RBI single. Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) provided the Crusaders some insurance in the sixth, tripling home Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) from first base.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) recorded the final two outs of the game to record the fourth save of her career, tying Laura Pajakowski's 17-year-old school record.

In the day's second game, the Valpo offense put on a show, pounding out 10 hits and scoring six runs, but the defense faltered, committing four errors leading to three unearned Yale runs.

The Bulldogs struck early, scoring a pair of first inning runs off two hits and a Crusader error. But Valpo answered back in the top of the second, tying the game on an Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) two-out double.
Yale increased the lead to 5-2 in the third, but again the Brown and Gold came right back. Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) provided the two-out blow this time, singling home Robinson to make it 5-3.

Then in the sixth, with the score now 7-3, Callahan tripled to lead off the inning and came around to score on a Robinson single. The next batter, Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption), tripled home Robinson to bring Valpo within two. The Crusaders again mounted a rally in the seventh, when with two outs and the bases loaded, Robinson reached on an error scoring Ashburn, but Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North), running hard from second, was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

Megan Enyeart was the offensive star for Yale, going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI. Rebecca Wojciak pitched 6.2 for the win, while Zappia went the first two innings and suffered the loss.

The Crusaders (2-2) will return to action Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games, squaring off with South Dakota State at 9:40 a.m. before taking on Holy Cross at 11:30 a.m.

Valpo-Tennessee State box score
Valpo-Yale box score
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. #21/21 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