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Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Five Games
Aubrey Sundling scored the game-winning run versus La Salle.
Aubrey Sundling scored the game-winning run versus La Salle.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

La Salle Box Score

Sacred Heart Box Score 

Valparaiso got an RBI single from Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) in the eighth inning against La Salle to earn a 4-3 victory, and closed out play at the Rebel Spring Games with a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart.

“It was great to get the monkey off our back and win an extra-inning game today,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We were in every single game down here in Florida, and we have played some very good softball recently, leading to this five-game winning streak.”

The Crusaders struck immediately against La Salle in the day’s opener, scoring a run in the top of the first inning.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.] led off the game with a single, and would eventually come around to score on an illegal pitch to put Valpo on the board.

Starting pitcher Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) did not allow a baserunner in the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth frame.  Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out, and after a strikeout, Michelle Sullivan lined a 2-RBI single to the outfield to put La Salle ahead, 2-1.  Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) relieved Franson and closed out the inning without any further damage.

Valpo tied the game up in the fifth inning, as pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) crossed the plate on a single by Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond).  The game went into extra frames tied at two, thanks to a running catch by Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) to start a double play with one out in the seventh.

With the International Tiebreak rule in effect, pinch-runner Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) was placed on second base with no outs to start the eighth inning.  After a strikeout, Warner tallied her RBI single to plate Sundling with the go-ahead run.  In the bottom of the inning, La Salle advanced its runner to third with one out, but again Korb made a great defensive play, nailing Ali Shepherd at the plate for the final out of the game as she tried to score the tying run on a flyout.

“Karen really stepped up defensively in the outfield for us against La Salle,” said Schneider.  “She started the two double plays with two superb throws.”

The Crusaders had more breathing room in the nightcap against Sacred Heart, scoring four runs in the first three innings on their way to the win.  Robinson drove in the first run of the game on a first-inning RBI single on her way to a 3-for-4 game at the plate.  Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) also tallied three hits against the Pioneers.

Zappia earned the decision against La Salle, pitching 4 2/3 innings of one-hit ball to improve to 4-2 on the season.  Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) started against Sacred Heart and allowed just one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings of work, while Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) was credited with the win for her 3 1/3 innings of scoreless softball, running her record to 2-2.

“It was good to see both Carrie and Chris throw some quality innings today,” said Schneider.  “I’m very happy with where our team is right now, as we’re running the bases and pitching well and playing some great defense.  Our hitting is also gradually getting better.”

Valparaiso (8-4) takes its five-game winning streak into Kentucky this weekend, as the Crusaders play at the Kentucky Frostbite Classic.  Valpo opens play versus Longwood on Saturday at 10 a.m. CST and faces the host Wildcats at 12:30 p.m.
 

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
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
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
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
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
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 Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
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
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
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