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Korb Breaks Career Stolen Bases Record as Crusaders Win Twice at Rebel Spring Games
Karen Korb broke Valpo's career stolen bases record Sunday.
Karen Korb broke Valpo's career stolen bases record Sunday.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sacred Heart box score

Holy Cross box score

Junior Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) stole two bases in the third inning of Valparaiso’s 2-0 victory over Sacred Heart Sunday morning at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., breaking the Crusader career stolen bases record previously held by Laura Ebersole.  Valpo came from behind to win the nightcap against Holy Cross, 7-6, to finish the day.

“I was pleased with the fact that we finished today with two wins,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “With the cancellations yesterday, we’ve been sitting around down here for that past two days.  So to get out on the dirt for the first time, you just try and shake off the rust and play the best you can.”

Korb was a critical cog in the third-inning two-out rally that would prove to be the only scoring in the game against the Pioneers.  With two out and nobody on, Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) got things started with a double to right-center field.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.] made it back-to-back two-baggers with a shot down the left field line, plating Ashburn with the game’s first run.

Korb beat out an infield single to shortstop, advancing Korth over to third base.  The two then executed a perfect double steal, as Korth crossed the plate with an insurance tally.  Korb proceeded to steal third base, her fourth theft of the season and 40th of her career, passing Ebersole’s mark of 39 steals.

The rest of the game belonged to senior hurler Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central).  Zappia was dominant in the early going, striking out seven straight batters in the first two innings to open the game.  She would finish the contest with a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 12 batters while walking only two.  Jen Russell took the loss for Sacred Heart despite throwing a complete-game four-hitter.

“I thought we opened the day well with the shutout,” said Schneider.  “Zappia pitched an outstanding game for us and really kept us in the game.  We didn’t hit the ball as well as we wanted to, but a lot of the credit for that goes to Russell, because she did a good job in the circle as well.”

Valpo kicked off the scoring in the nightcap against Holy Cross with a two-out rally in the opening frame.  Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) plated pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) with a single, and Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) brought home Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) with a single of her own to put the Brown and Gold ahead 2-0.

Valpo added three more runs on five hits in the second inning.  With the bases loaded and two outs, Wolter continued her hot start to the season, lining a single into the outfield to score Korb and Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North).  LaFerle added her second RBI single of the game to push the Valpo advantage to five runs.

Holy Cross started to cut into the lead in the fourth inning, pushing across its first run on a passed ball, and then exploded for five runs in the fifth.  With two outs and two runners on, Holy Cross strung together five straight hits, capped by a 2-RBI double by Natalie Cruz, to go ahead by a 6-5 count.

But the Holy Cross advantage would not last long, as Valpo fired back in the bottom half of the frame.  LaFerle got on with a one-out single, her third hit of the game.  KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) pinch-ran for the senior and immediately scored on a triple by Robinson.  Ashburn followed with a perfect suicide squeeze to score Robinson with what proved to be the game-winning run.

Zappia pitched a hitless 2.1 innings in relief against Holy Cross to earn her second win of the day and improve to 3-1 on the season.  She has already struck out 27 batters in four appearances this year, and is just four strikeouts shy of becoming only the third Valpo pitcher to ever reach 300 K’s for her career.  Katie Alexander took the loss for Holy Cross, giving up two runs in two innings of work.

“It was good to see us get a come-from-behind win, as we faced a little adversity after being ahead early in the game,” said Schneider.  “It’s always nice whenever you can get 20 of your players into the game and still come out with a victory.”

Valparaiso (3-2) will play three games tomorrow.  The Crusaders will take to the field for their regularly-scheduled contests against Western Carolina (10 a.m. CST) and Lehigh (2 p.m. CST), before facing Fairfield (4 p.m. CST) in a make-up game from the canceled doubleheader on Saturday.
 

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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
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 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