Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
#21 Illinois Outslugs Valpo for Doubleheader Sweep

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Illinois, ranked 21st in the nation, showed why the Fighting Illini are among the nation's elite team on Tuesday evening, sweeping a doubleheader from the injury-plagued Crusaders 18-0 and 13-0 in Urbana, Ill.

The Illini jumped out in front in the opening inning of game one, batting around and plating eight before Valparaiso retired the side. Two Crusaders left the game after one with injuries, and the Brown and Gold lost a third in game two.

Illinois added six runs in the second and four more in the third while pounding out 16 hits in the game. Valpo tallied just two hits in the opener, a bunt single by Stephanie Reinke (Parker, Colo./J.K. Mullen H.S.) to lead off the fourth and a Kelly Smoker (Kalamazoo, Mich./Comstock H.S.) single to left-center in the fifth.

Each team used three pitchers in the contest, and Illinois hurlers struck out eight.

In the second game, Sherri Taylor through a perfect game as the Illini tallied 14 more hits. After going scoreless in the opening inning, Illinois (37-11-1) scored five times in the second and four more in both the third and fourth innings.

Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) started for the Brown and Gold, throwing three innings and striking out two.

Valpo (7-33) will conclude its season this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders at Oakland. Friday's twinbill will begin at 11 a.m. CDT with Saturday's action starting at 1 p.m. CDT.
W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler