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Zappia Breaks Single-Season Wins Record as Crusaders Knock Off Youngstown State
Shannon Robinson tied Valpo's career doubles record Sunday.
Shannon Robinson tied Valpo's career doubles record Sunday.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Box Score

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned her program-record 18th victory of the season Sunday with a complete-game effort, while Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) tied the career doubles record as Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State, 13-5, in the final game of a three-game set.  The Crusaders also set a team single-season record for RBIs in a season during the victory.

                “At this point, we’re in the position we wanted to be in coming into the season,” said Crusader head coach Randy Schneider.  “We wanted an opportunity to win the Horizon League regular season championship, and now we have that chance next weekend.”

                Runs hit the board in a flurry for both sides in the game’s first inning.  The Penguins got a 2-run homer from McKenzie Bedra, and Kristen McDonnell followed with a solo shot to give Youngstown State a 3-0 lead after one half inning of play.  But the Crusaders quickly responded in their half of the inning.

                Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) led off with a single and Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) reached on a YSU error.  Robinson promptly drove in both runners with a double to the right-center field gap to cut the deficit to one.  Later in the inning, Robinson stole home on the back end of a double steal to knot up the game at three.

                The Penguins regained the lead briefly in the top of the third on a solo home run by Katy Potokar, but again Valpo responded, this time in a big way.  Wolter walked and Robinson singled to start off the bottom half of the frame, and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) laid down a sacrifice bunt that Penguin pitcher Cheryl Cale tossed down the right-field line, allowing Wolter to score.

                Robinson followed with her second run of the game when Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) stepped up and knocked a single into right-center.  Two batters later, pinch-runner Kayla Grutz (Bellevue, Iowa/Bellevue) stole home on another double steal on which LaFerle advanced all the way to third on a YSU error.  Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) proceeded to knock in another run with a sacrifice fly, plating LaFerle to put Valpo ahead 7-4.

                The Crusaders added another run in the fourth on a solo homer by Wolter, her fifth of the season and 12th of her career, tied for second-most in Valpo history.  The Penguins crawled back to within three runs on a home run by Rochelle Vanyi in the top of the fifth, but once again Valpo answered in the bottom half of the frame.  Korth scored LaFerle with an RBI single, and Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) stole home on the back end of the Crusaders’ third successful double steal of the game to make it a 10-5 ballgame.

                Valpo closed out the game in the sixth inning.  Robinson plated Korb with her record-tying two-bagger to make it a six-run game, which moved Wolter over to third.  Cale proceeded to unleash a wild pitch that plated both Wolter and Robinson, the latter scoring from second with the final run of the game, as the Crusaders won via run rule.

                Zappia moved to 18-6 with the record-breaking win, striking out six Penguin batters in her six innings of work.  Cale took the loss for Youngstown State (11-31, 5-14 Horizon), falling to 7-7, after entering in relief in the first inning.

                Robinson led the Valpo offense on the day with a 3-for-4 effort with three runs scored and three RBIs, including her two doubles.  LaFerle went 2-for-2 with two runs scored as well, while Wolter scored four times on the day.  The Crusaders’ running game was in full display on Sunday, as Valpo stole eight bases on the day, with eight different players swiping bags.

                “It was good to see our hitters get some confidence at the plate today and hit some balls hard after struggling during some games early this week,” said Schneider.  “We also did a great job staying very aggressive on the basepaths.”

                Valparaiso (29-15, 11-4 Horizon) also set a new mark for victories at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Sunday, winning its 11th home contest of the season.  The Crusaders close out the home slate on Tuesday, when they host Notre Dame for a single game.  First pitch will be at 5 p.m. CDT.
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
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