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Crusaders Take Two at Rebel Spring Games
Jill Jacobson threw a three-hit shutout against Holy Cross Tuesday.
Jill Jacobson threw a three-hit shutout against Holy Cross Tuesday.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Lehigh Box Score

Holy Cross Box Score

Valparaiso avenged Monday’s loss to Lehigh with a win over the Mountain Hawks on Tuesday, 2-1, and followed with a 7-0 victory against Holy Cross in action at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.

The Crusaders scored first against Lehigh in the bottom of the second inning.  Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) lined a one-out double to the left-center field gap.  Two batters later, pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) stole home on the back end of a double steal with Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River) to put Valpo ahead 1-0.

Lehigh answered immediately in the top of the third frame with a solo homer from Lisa Sweeney, but neither team would score again until the sixth inning.  With two outs and nobody on base, Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) hit a double to left field.  Warner followed by reaching on a Mountain Hawk error, and Wolter alertly came all the way around to score the game-winning run.

“To beat Lehigh [35-18-1, 17-1 in Patriot League in 2007] is a great win for our program,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “They came into the game undefeated, but we put together one of the best defensive games I’ve seen in my years here at Valpo and earned the win.”

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) earned the victory for the Crusaders to improve to 1-2 on the year, throwing all seven innings for her fifth career complete game.  The Valpo defense turned two double plays, and Kelly and the Crusaders combined to strand 11 Mountain Hawk runners on base.

“Stephanie really stepped up today and pitched an outstanding game against a very good team,” said Schneider.  “Defensively, we managed the ball real well.”

The story of the nightcap against Holy Cross was freshman outfielder/pitcher Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), who did not pitch in high school after her sophomore year.  Jacobson made her first collegiate start in the circle and dominated Holy Cross, throwing a three-hit shutout and striking out eight batters.

“We were really excited to see Jill have such a good outing in her first start of the year,” said Schneider.  “To come out and throw a game like that means a lot for our depth in the circle, as it adds another quality arm to the already-deep staff.”

All of Valpo’s offense came in the fourth inning.  The Brown and Gold tallied seven runs on seven hits in the frame, including a big two-run double from Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]).  Warner, Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) each added RBIs in the frame, while Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) capped her first career three-hit day with an RBI single of her own.

“We hit the ball really well against Holy Cross, especially in the fourth inning,” said Schneider.  “We got the opportunity to play all our position players and get another good win against a quality program.”

Valparaiso (6-4) looks to extend its three-game winning streak when it returns to the field tomorrow.  The Crusaders will face LaSalle at noon CST and Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. CST.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
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
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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