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Crusaders Split Pair of Saturday Nail-Biters at IUPUI

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Valpo and IUPUI hooked up for a pair of extra-inning thrillers Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, with the Crusaders triumphing 2-1 in 10 innings in the opener before dropping the nightcap 6-5 in 11 innings.

Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) was the hero in game one, singling pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) in from third with two outs in the 10th. Grutz was running for junior Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central), who led off the inning with a double to the right-center field gap.

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) was the stellar in the circle en route to her fifth win of the season, surrendering only three hits in 5.2 innings of work. The sophomore escaped trouble in the bottom of the 10th inning, coercing a game-ending double play off the bat of Amy Bowman with two Jaguars on base.

The Brown and Gold scored an unearned run in the first inning, taking advantage of a hit batsman and passed ball to pull in front. IUPUI, however, tied the game in the bottom of inning one before the two clubs went scoreless over the next eight frames.

Devan Craig went the distance in the circle for the Jaguars and suffered the tough-luck loss despite allowing only seven hits.

The Valpo offense was much better in game two, pounding out 12 hits and taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) recorded one of her five hits on the day with the bases loaded, scoring the pinch-running Grutz from third. The next batter, Callahan, reached on a fielder's choice and Adamski scored on an error by catcher Stephenie Thompson.

The Crusaders then tacked on an insurance run in the fourth when Sievert singled again, scoring Adamski who tallied a hit earlier in the inning.

But the Jaguar bats warmed up in the bottom of the fourth, chasing starter Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) with three straight hits to open the frame. Zappia came on in relief with two runs already in and a runner of second, but IUPUI was not done, scoring three more times on six total hits, putting a five spot on the board and jumping in front for the first time all day.

The lead, however, was short lived. Callahan walked to open the Valpo fifth, went to second on a sacrifice, and scored on a double down the left field line off the bat of Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond). Robinson scored the tying run moments later on an error by Jaguar second baseman Cayleigh Harvey.

The teams went silent until the eighth, when the Brown and Gold had a glorious opportunity to plate the go-ahead run. With pinch-runner Bethany Boomer (Allen Park, Mich./Allen Park) and two outs, Sievert singled through the right side, but Boomer was gunned out at the plate to end the threat.

IUPUI won the game in the 11th on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Jenna Crockett.

Zappia threw the final 7.2 innings for the Crusaders (11-17, 3-7 Mid-Con), taking the loss, while Breanna Howell earned the win in relief for the Jaguars (9-22, 4-5 Mid-Con). The two teams will close out their four-game series with a doubleheader Sunday morning beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Game one box score
Game two box score
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 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
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
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