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Offensive Onslaught Gives Crusaders Sweep of Twinbill
Ashley Wolter connects on her first inning grand slam in the opener Wednesday.
Ashley Wolter connects on her first inning grand slam in the opener Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

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Valparaiso scored eight runs before making its first out of the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday at IPFW and never looked back, sweeping the Mastodons by scores of 12-3 and 8-4.  Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) drove in four runs in each game to lead the offensive attack, while Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) scored four runs and drove in five on the day.

“I was very pleased with our performance today,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We set some pretty lofty goals coming into today’s doubleheader regarding our play in all aspects of the game, and we accomplished most of those goals.”

The Crusaders took advantage of wildness from IPFW starter Katie Aspegren in the first inning of the opener to load the bases with none out.  Wolter stepped up and deposited her first career grand slam over the scoreboard in left-center field to spot Valpo a four-run lead.

An error, a Gill single and a walk loaded the bases again, and Katie Williams (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech) and Jamie Weinburger (Eagle River, Alaska/Eagle River) drew back-to-back walks to plate two more runs.  Back at the top of the order, Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) laced an RBI single through the right side of the infield, and Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) drew another bases-loaded walk to bring home Valpo’s eighth run of the inning.

IPFW hit two home runs in the bottom of the frame to cut the Crusader edge to 8-3, but that was as close as it would get.  Gill scored Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) with an RBI single in the third and jacked a three-run homer in the fifth inning to complete the scoring in the opener.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) improved to 11-5 with the complete-game victory.  The senior struck out six Mastodons and allowed just one hit in the final four innings.  Aspegren did not record an out for IPFW, falling to 0-1 on the season.

Gill continued swinging the hot bat in the nightcap, driving in Robinson and Wolter with a double to right-center in the top of the first to put Valpo ahead 2-0.  The Mastodons responded swiftly, as Abby Liden tallied two-run homers in both the bottom of the first and the bottom of the second to make it 4-2 in favor of IPFW.

The Mastodons would not plate another run, however, and the Crusaders quickly took the lead back.  Wolter drove in Jacobson in the top of the third to cut the deficit to one, and Gill followed with her second long ball of the day to put Valpo ahead 5-4.  Three more insurance runs crossed the plate in the top of the fifth as Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) recorded her first career home run at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat to close the scoring.

Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) earned the victory for Valpo in relief, striking out four batters in her 2.2 innings of work to improve to 3-1.  Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) allowed just one hit in four innings and struck out seven IPFW batters to earn her second save.  Amanda Olender fell to 3-8, going the distance for the Mastodons (8-17).

Gill led the way at the plate for Valpo, going 5-for-7 in addition to her eight RBIs, while Wolter went 4-for-6 at the dish as well.  Five other Crusaders registered multiple-hit days, while four more players scored at least two runs.  Valpo also excelled on the basepaths, stealing eight bases on just ten attempts, led by two thefts apiece from Robinson and Sundling.

Valparaiso (21-12) returns to Horizon League action this weekend when it travels to current league leader UIC.  The Crusaders and Flames face off for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, both of which will begin at 1 p.m.

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