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Southern Utah Rallies to Defeat Valpo

Sunday, April 06, 2003

Southern Utah scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally for a 4-3 victory over Valparaiso to spoil the first game at Valparaiso University Softball Field for the Crusaders on Sunday morning.

The Valpo defense stiffened to begin the game as Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) worked out of a bases loaded jam in the opening inning, allowing the Crusaders to strike first.

In the second, a walk a Corey Burns (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg H.S.) single, the first hit at the new field, and a hit batter loaded the bases for Amy Mitchell (Star, Idaho/Eagle H.S.). The freshman drew a walk to score Gilbertson with the first run of the game. Laurie Grabiak (Saint Louis, Mo./Parkway North H.S.) the grounded out to score Burns and put Valpo up 2-0.

Southern Utah (14-13, 3-0 Mid-Con) scored a run in the fourth as Precious Gallo doubled home Jessica Heineman to cut the lead in half. Gallo had two hits on the afternoon.

The Crusaders added a run in the sixth as Burns doubled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a second wild toss.

The Thunderbird bats came alive in the top of the seventh as Ashley Howerton singled, plating two runs, the second on a throwing error by Valpo which advanced her to third. Lacee LePrey then hit a sacrifice fly for the go-ahead run.

Valpo (4-16, 0-3) advanced runners to second and third in the seventh, but Tracy Evans-Jones came on to save the game for Southern Utah. LePrey started for the Thunderbirds, working 5.1 innings and striking out 12 before Mandy Brown came in to pick up the win.

Gilbertson worked 6.1 innings for Valpo, allowing all four runs on five hits and striking out three.

Game two of the doubleheader was not played due to travel obligations for Southern Utah.

The Crusaders will return to action to continue their home stand on Wednesday afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader against Butler.


Valparaiso University Softball Field Firsts
All on Sunday, April 6, 2003 against Southern Utah

Game- Southern Utah 4, Valparaiso 3
First Pitch- 10:01 a.m., Amanda Gilbertson (Valpo) threw a ball to Precious Gallo.
First Baserunner- Gallo walked in the top of the first.
First Valpo Baserunner- Karen Constien hit by pitch in the bottom of the first.
First Hit- Corey Burns (Valpo) single in the bottom of the second.
First Double- Burns in the bottom of the sixth.
First Triple- None.
First Homerun- None.
First Run- Gilbertson (Valpo) in the bottom of the second.
First RBI- Amy Mitchell (Valpo) drove home Gilbertson with a walk in the bottom of the second.
First Strikeout- Gilbertson fanned Stefani Fisco (SUU) in the top of the first.
First Putout- Ashley Howerton (SUU) was retired Constien to Burns on a sacrifice bunt in the top of the first.
First Winning Pitcher- Mandy Brown (SUU)
First Save- Tracy Evans-Jones (SUU)

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