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Strong Pitching, Hitting Propel Valpo To Sweep of IUPUI

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Chris Halstead tossed her second shutout in as many days and Brittany Atteberry pitched 6 shutout innings in the nightcap as Valpo swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader from IUPUI by scores of 2-0 and 7-1. Megan Carroll, who broke Valpo's single-season doubles record with 12, went 5-for-7 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs. Taylor Callahan was 3-for-6 with three RBIs.

The Crusaders (11-38-1 overall), who improved their Mid-Con record to 10-11 and reside in the fifth place, must wait for the results of next weekend's conference games in order to learn their fate for the four-team Mid-Con Tournament. IUPUI (18-21, 8-8 Mid-Con) hosts UMKC for doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.

Halstead, (6-17) scattered six hits, while fanning two and walking one. The freshman righthander matched Friday's performance when she tossed a five-hitter for her first career shutout (1-0). Carroll, who had three hits in the opener, gave Halstead the only run she needed by belting a two-out third-inning home run over the right center field fence.

Beth Adamski and Callahan combined for an insurance run in the fourth as Adamski led off with a double to right center and scored on Callahan's sharp single to center.
Halstead escaped jams in the sixth and seventh frames. In the sixth, she stranded Sarah Needy at third by retiring the last two Jaguars on consecutive groundouts. With two outs in the seventh and runners on first and second, Valpo catcher Shannon Robinson ended the game by picking off Susan Jones at second base.

Devan Craig (8-12) suffered the loss, allowing six hits in 6 innings. The righthander struck out one and did not yield a walk.

In the nightcap, Valpo's bats exploded for 11 hits, including four doubles and a triple. A five-run fourth broke a 2-0 game wide open as the Crusaders plated three runs on four hits before making an out. Ann Sievert led off with a double and scored on Kelly Silvey's two-bagger to left center. With Silvey on third, Alicia Ashburn successfully placed a sacrifice bunt, scoring the senior leftfielder. Following Mallory Gill's single, Carroll ripped her Valpo single-season record 12th double to left center, bringing Ashburn home for a 5-0 lead. With one out, Robinson drew a walk before Callahan delivered an RBI single to center. Carroll also scored on the throw as Valpo extended its advantage to 7-0.

In the previous inning, Robinson's RBI triple scored Carroll, who had doubled. Robinson then touched home on Callahan's RBI single.
Atteberry (5-11) kept the IUPUI offense at bay, resisting serious Jaguar threats in the first, second and third frames. The senior righthander got stronger as the game grew older, retiring seven of the last eight batters. Atteberry limited the Jaguars to six hits, while striking out one and walking three. Kayla Grutz pitched the final inning for Valpo, allowing one run on Stacey Speshyock's RBI double with two outs.

Seniors Silvey, Atteberry and Amy Mitchell were recognized between games in their final home date. Valpo will travel to Wisconsin on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. contest.
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