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Crusaders Split Twinbill at Wright State; Tie Single-Season Wins Record
Andrea Zappia set Valpo's single-season strikeouts record Thursday.
Andrea Zappia set Valpo's single-season strikeouts record Thursday.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Valparaiso split a Horizon League doubleheader with Wright State on Thursday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, taking the opener 3-2 in nine innings before falling 4-2 in the nightcap.  The Crusaders tied the school record for victories in a single season with the win in the first game, while Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) broke the program record for strikeouts in a single season in the opener.

                Valpo hit the board first in the opener in the top of the third inning.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) led off the inning with a walk and moved over to third base on a one-out double by Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka).  Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond) followed with a groundout that plated Korth with the game’s first run.

                Zappia, who came into the day needing three strikeouts to match Valpo’s single-season strikeout record at 139, tied the mark with the final out of the second inning and registered the record-breaking K on Wright State’s Jamie Perkins to end the third frame.  But she found herself in trouble in the fourth, loading the bases with none out on a single and two hit batsmen.  Zappia recorded another strikeout to get the first out, and reliever Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) picked up the second out via strikeout.  But an illegal pitch call during the next at-bat knotted up the game at one.

                The Crusaders had shots to pull ahead in the fifth and sixth innings, as they had a runner on third with less than two outs in both frames, but could not score the go-ahead run and the game remained tied until the ninth inning.  In the decisive frame, Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) reached on a one-out Wright State error, and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) followed with a single down the left-field line.  Two batters later, Korth knocked both Wolter and pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) in with a double to the left-center gap.

                Valpo’s two-run lead was sliced in half with the first batter of the bottom of the ninth, as Kristen Bradshaw hit a solo homer over the left-field wall to cut the lead to 3-2.  But that was as close as Wright State would get, as the Raiders stranded a baserunner at first to end the game.

                The Crusaders also started the scoring in the second game, as Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) came home on an RBI groundout by Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) in the top of the second.  A sacrifice fly by Wolter in the third scored Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) and gave Valpo a two-run lead.

                The Raiders quickly jumped back into the game, scoring a run on an RBI single in the bottom of the third and another on an RBI double in the fourth.  But the critical hit for Wright State came in the fifth, as Bridget Henry connected on a two-run homer to put the Raiders ahead 4-2.  Valpo threatened in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with nobody out, and brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but could not score another run.

                “Coming away with a split on the road today is not a bad position to be in,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We played hard, but just didn’t come up with key hits when we needed them.  We had our chances, but left too many runners on base.  Wright State deserves a lot of credit.  They hit the ball well today and constantly put pressure on us.”

                Zappia earned the decision for Valpo in both games, moving to 16-6 on the season.  She threw ten innings on the day, giving up five runs while striking out ten Wright State hitters, giving her 146 strikeouts on the year.  Heather Bauer took both decisions for Wright State (25-23, 10-7 Horizon) to go to 3-2 on the year.

                Korth led the Crusaders at the plate on the day, going 4-for-6 with three doubles and two RBIs.  Warner also had four hits on the day for Valpo.

                “We did a good job today keeping the score down and giving ourselves chances to win both games,” said Schneider.  “Staying in the hunt for the league championship is the key at this stage of the season, and we are still right in the thick of things.  Now we have to come out this weekend and play our best softball to keep ourselves in the race.”

                Valparaiso (27-14, 9-3 Horizon) returns to the Valparaiso University Softball Field this weekend for a three-game series against Youngstown State.  Saturday’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 2 p.m., and Senior Day festivities honoring the eight Crusader seniors will take place following the second game.
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