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Crusaders Fall To North Dakota State, Tulsa
Ashley Wolter slugged two home runs among her four hits Saturday.
Ashley Wolter slugged two home runs among her four hits Saturday.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

North Dakota State box

Tulsa box

Junior Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa) hit two home runs during a 4-for-5 day, but Valparaiso dropped its first two games of the 2008 campaign, falling 4-3 to North Dakota State and 8-5 against Tulsa at the Tulsa Invitational.

“I thought we played some good softball today,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “Both the teams we were playing had already played a number of games, but our players looked just as comfortable at the plate and in the field.  We really put together some swings and made good contact at the plate today.”

The scoring against North Dakota State started in the second inning.  Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) kicked off the frame with a single to left field.  Freshman Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) entered as a pinch-runner and promptly stole second base, setting up Wolter’s two-run shot to put the Crusaders ahead.

The Bison cut the deficit in half on a Melissa Chmielewski solo homer in the fourth inning, and scored three more runs in the fifth.  Leadoff hitter Laurel Pipkin roped a two-run double to put NDSU (9-2) ahead 3-2, and the Bison added an insurance run on a Valpo error later in the inning.

Valpo put together a two-out rally in the sixth inning.  Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) reached on an error, and two batters later, pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) came around to score on a Wolter double.  The Crusaders had the tying run on third with two outs in the frame, but could not bring the runner home.

Wolter ended the game a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate on two doubles and the two-run homer.  Warner added two hits in as many at-bats.  Senior Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) took the loss in the circle, going six innings while giving up just four hits and striking out six.

“I thought Andrea did a great job today for us,” said Schneider.  “She went in there against a team that came in hitting .350 on the season and gave up just four hits.”

The nightcap was delayed five hours due to weather, and the host Golden Hurricane never trailed.  Tulsa put up two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Crusaders cut the lead in half on an RBI single by Warner.  Tulsa (4-6) extended its lead to 6-1 in the fourth frame before Valpo got another two-run homer from Wolter, her ninth career long ball, to slice the margin to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Tulsa put up two more runs in the top of the fifth, however, to go ahead by an 8-3 count.  Valpo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, as Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) laced a 2-RBI single to score Sundling and Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington), but that was it for the scoring on the game.

Warner recorded her second two-hit game of the day, going 2-for-3 in the nightcap, while Wolter drove in all five Crusader runs on the day.  Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) was charged with the loss against Tulsa in her 3.1 innings of work.

Valparaiso (0-2) closes out play at the Tulsa Invitational Sunday morning with a game against Eastern Illinois.  First pitch is slated for 9 a.m.

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