The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball program and the United Way of Porter County, is currently in the running to receive $25,000 of funding through the Pepsi Refresh project. Fans can vote once per day through the end of the month for “I Need a Hug”, and the top ten ideas in the voting at the end of June will receive funding.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) has received Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Second Team All-Midwest Region honors after her record-breaking 2010 season in the leadoff spot for the Crusaders.
Valparaiso saw its 2010 season come to an end Saturday morning, as Wright State defeated the Crusaders, 4-0, at the Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. Valpo concludes the year with a school-record 35 victories.
Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) continued her tremendous string of pitching performances at the 2010 Horizon League Championship, giving up just four hits as Valparaiso shut out Green Bay, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. The Crusaders advance to face Wright State Sunday morning for the right to earn a berth in the championship series.
A two-run homer in the fourth inning by freshman Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was the difference Friday morning, as fourth-seeded Valparaiso defeated third-seeded UIC, 4-3, in an elimination game in the 2010 Horizon League Championship. With the victory, the Crusaders will play again this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CDT.
Pitching her second game of the day, Valparaiso's Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) hooked up with three-time league Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko in a pitcher's duel, but in the end, the top-seeded Cleveland State Vikings earned a 1-0 victory in eight innings over the fourth-seeded Crusaders at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The loss sends Valpo into the elimination bracket to face UIC Friday morning at 9 a.m. CDT.
Early home runs from Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) propelled fourth-seeded Valparaiso to a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Green Bay in first round action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday morning. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play top-seeded Cleveland State at 1:30 p.m. CDT this afternoon.
A total of five Valparaiso players earned accolades from the Horizon League as the league announced its postseason awards Wednesday. Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) both were named First Team All-League, while Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) and Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) each earned Second Team honors. In addition, Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) was placed on the league's All-Newcomer squad.
Valparaiso takes aim at the 2010 Horizon League Championship and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this weekend as the Crusaders head to the league tournament in Cleveland. Valpo enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will open the double-elimination event on Thursday morning against fifth-seeded Green Bay at 9 a.m. CDT.
Having already posted a school-record 32 victories during the regular season, the Valparaiso softball team will be the fourth seed for the 2010 Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio and will open tournament play against fifth-seeded Green Bay on Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. CDT.
Valparaiso lost two games at league leader Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon, seeing a late-game rally come just short in a 3-2 loss in the opener before getting one-hit in a 7-0 loss in the nightcap.
Seeding for the 2010 Horizon League Championship is on the line this week as Valparaiso heads to regular season champion Cleveland State to close out the regular season slate with a three-game series. The Crusaders still can finish anywhere from the second to fifth seed for this year's championship event.
A three-run home run by Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), her second of the game, in the bottom of the sixth inning completed Valparaiso's rally from a five-run deficit, and the sophomore eventually drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to score Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) with the game-winning run as the Crusaders completed a three-game sweep of Youngstown State with a 9-8 victory Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
It was a record-setting Senior Day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept Youngstown State, 8-0 and 4-1, in Horizon League action. The latter victory was Valparaiso's 31st of the season, the most wins in a single season in school history, while numerous other school records fell during the twinbill.
Valparaiso jumped out to an early lead with a four-run second inning, but Wright State countered with nine runs in the third frame and the Crusaders could not come back, falling 10-5 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon in Fairborn, Ohio.
Valparaiso is set for the most crucial week of the season to date, with six Horizon League contests on the slate. The Crusaders travel to Wright State for a mid-week series Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home this weekend to host Youngstown State. Seniors Carrie Franson and Whitney Warner will be honored during Senior Day ceremonies Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
On an overcast day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Crusader softball team brought some sunshine to the field, dominating in all facets of the game as it swept a key Horizon League doubleheader from Loyola, taking the first game 4-0 before ending the second game by a 9-1 score in five innings. Valpo has now won 29 games this season, just one win shy of matching the school record for victories in a single season.
Valparaiso went toe-to-toe with #23/25 Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon, taking a lead into the bottom of the sixth and rallying to tie the game in the seventh, but a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh gave the Fighting Irish a 7-6 victory at Melissa Cook Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.
Valparaiso takes on its final non-league opponent of the year Wednesday when it makes the short trip east to take on #23/25 Notre Dame. The Crusaders then return home for a three-game Horizon League set this weekend against Loyola.
Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Amanda Wisniewski has signed a National Letter of Intent during the current signing period and will join the Crusaders as a freshman for the 2011 season. Wisniewski joins Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb, who both signed during the early signing period, as incoming freshmen for next year.
Valparaiso played from behind the whole game on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill., and despite a seventh-inning rally, could not complete the comeback as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to UIC in Horizon League action.
Sophomore Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) had her no-hit bid spoiled with one out in the sixth of the nightcap Saturday, but that was the only thing that went against Valparaiso in a 9-1, six-inning victory over UIC in Chicago. The Flames earned a 5-2 win over the Crusaders in the opener.
Valparaiso got a pair of outstanding pitching performances on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a home doubleheader from IUPUI by scores of 2-1 and 4-0. The two wins give Valpo 26 to date this season, already fourth-most in a single year in program history.
After playing just two games last week, Valparaiso has a busy slate on tap this week. The Crusaders will play mid-week non-league doubleheaders Tuesday versus IUPUI and Thursday at Purdue before heading to Chicago this weekend for a Horizon League three-game series against UIC.
Valparaiso sophomore pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been named ‘The People's Choice' this week on the Horizon League Network, and is spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.
Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) hit a three-run homer off the left field foul pole in the third inning of the opener Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, accounting for all the scoring in Valparaiso's 3-0 win over Butler to match the longest winning streak in school history. The Bulldogs avenged the loss with a 3-0 victory over the Crusaders in the nightcap.
Valparaiso has just one three-game series this week, but it is a huge one, as the first-place Crusaders host the second-place Butler Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon and a single game Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Valparaiso infielder Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) have been named the Horizon League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping to lead the Crusaders to a perfect 5-0 record last week with all five victories coming via run rule.
Valparaiso ended its sweep of a three-game series in Detroit on Saturday afternoon with a bang, hitting two grand slams in the fifth inning of a 16-1, five-inning victory over the Titans. The win was the 105th in the careers of seniors Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), making them the winningest class in Valpo softball history.
Valparaiso matched a program record for runs in a single game to cap off a Horizon League doubleheader sweep at Detroit on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders took the opener, 10-0, before exploding for an 18-2 win in the nightcap. Junior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) matched Crusader single-game records, which go back a dozen years, with four hits and six RBIs in the second game.
Valparaiso was sharp in all aspects of the game in a doubleheader sweep of Northern Illinois Wednesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, downing the Huskies 9-0 in the opener and 14-2 in the nightcap. The Crusaders matched their program record of four straight shutouts with the blanking in the day's first game, and also got to 20 wins the fastest of any team in program history.
Valparaiso steps out of league play on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Northern Illinois before returning to Horizon League action at Detroit with a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.
Valparaiso sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this year and the third time in her career after pitching 11 innings of shutout ball in a pair of victories last week.
Valparaiso opened its home campaign at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, along with the Horizon League slate, with a pair of shutout victories over Green Bay Saturday afternoon, defeating the Phoenix 8-0 in the opener and 3-0 in the nightcap. Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) set Valpo's single-season saves record and moved into a tie for first nationally, picking up her seventh save of the year in the latter game.
Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Ind., while Jessie Marinec's (Alsip, Ill./Marist) solo homer to lead off the second was the only run in Valparaiso's 1-0 victory over IPFW. The Mastodons got a walk-off double in the opener to earn a 2-1 win.
Valparaiso takes the field for the first time since its spring break trip with a five-game slate this week. The Crusaders travel to IPFW on Wednesday for a non-league doubleheader and then host Green Bay this weekend at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series.
Junior catcher Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week today for the week ending March 14 after putting together a stellar performance at the plate in Valpo's five games last week.
Valparaiso's 15-day, 17-game, 2,869 mile spring break road trip closed on an extremely high note Saturday, as the Crusaders opened the day with a solid 4-1 win over Missouri State before ending their slate at the KU Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. with a 6-5 walkoff victory over host Kansas.
Valparaiso's Friday game at the KU Invitational against the host Jayhawks has been canceled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders will conclude play in Lawrence with two games Saturday, facing Missouri State at 11 a.m. and Kansas at 1 p.m.
Valparaiso cranked out 13 hits Thursday afternoon at Big 12 foe Kansas, but a pair of Jayhawk three-run innings were too much for the Crusaders to overcome as they fall to the hosts, 6-5, in the opener of the KU Invitational.
Rainy conditions in the weather forecast in the Lawrence, Kan. area have forced changes to Valparaiso's game schedule this weekend at the KU Invitational. Today's game is on as scheduled against Kansas at 4 p.m.
Down 4-0 after two innings in the nightcap Tuesday in Huntington, W.V., Valparaiso scored six runs over the next three frames and kept Marshall off the scoreboard the rest of the way to earn a 6-4 victory and a split of the doubleheader. The Thundering Herd downed the Crusaders 8-0 in the day's opener.
Valparaiso extended its winning streak to eight games Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Alabama State before falling to host Auburn in extra innings, 6-3, as it closed out play at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala.
All cylinders were clicking on Saturday for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders earned an 8-0 run-rule shortened victory over Tennessee State in Auburn, Ala. at the War Eagle Classic to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Valparaiso's offense, held in check over the first half of Friday night's game, exploded to overcome a five-run deficit in an 8-6 nine-inning victory over Gardner-Webb at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala. The win is Valpo's sixth straight and improves the Crusaders' record to 10-3, the best start in school history.
One day after its pitching dominated a pair of games, the Valparaiso offense took center stage Wednesday, totaling 26 hits as the Crusaders earned victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1, and Holy Cross, 7-5, at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The pair of wins extends the Crusader winning streak to five games.
The Valparaiso pitching staff got the job done in a pair of games Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., as four Crusader pitchers combined to allow just one unearned run as Valpo defeated Dayton, 4-1, and Holy Cross, 8-0.
Sophomore infielder/catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week for the week ending Feb. 28 by the league office today after earning All-Tournament honors for Valparaiso last weekend at the Tiger Softball Classic.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on Sunday to end its time at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn, dropping their opener to Indiana State, 13-4, before rallying for a 14-1 victory over Alabama A&M to close tournament play. Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) all earned All-Tournament Team accolades.
Trailing by two runs and down to its final out against host Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Valparaiso rallied for three runs to earn a 4-3 victory over the Tigers. The Crusaders dropped their opener Saturday morning to Indiana State, 6-3.
Valparaiso sophomore infielder Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while sophomore pitcher Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) earned Pitcher of the Week accolades as the league announced its weekly awards today. It is the first career weekly honor for both players.
The Valparaiso softball team opened its 2010 campaign on Saturday, the earliest it has ever began a season, with a split at the Ramada UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Crusaders began the day with a 7-2 loss to the host Panthers, but rebounded in the nightcap with a 4-3 victory over South Dakota.
Coming off of a record-setting 2009 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team is taking aim at even bigger and better things as it prepares for the start of the 2010 season. The season begins this weekend at the UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Follow the Valparaiso softball program through its newly released team blog. Check back frequently for the latest thoughts from head coach Randy Schneider as well as sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland and sophomore pitcher Sam McGee. They will give you a behind the scenes look into the program as the Crusaders begin their quest for a Horizon League title!
Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that high school seniors Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program in the fall of 2010.
The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball team and the United Way of Porter County, is teaming up with book retailer Barnes & Noble for a national fundraiser on Sunday, November 15. 10% of all net proceeds from purchases made that day in any Barnes & Noble bookstore nationwide with the attached bar code will be donated to the “I Need a Hug” program.
The Valparaiso University softball program is inviting back all alumni who suited up for the Crusader softball team for its second annual Alumni Game on Saturday, October 10 at 3 p.m., along with numerous other activities planned throughout the day.
Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program as a freshman for the 2010 season.
Valparaiso outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) represented the Crusaders on the 2009 Horizon League Academic All-League softball team. It marked the second straight season that Korb received the league academic honors.
Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) earned one last accolade for her stellar career both on the field and in the classroom on Wednesday, as she was selected as an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Valparaiso and Loyola engaged in a slugfest Friday evening at the Horizon League Championships, with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions, but after tying the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, the Crusaders could not come out on top, as the Ramblers ended up earning a 10-9 win in eight innings. The loss concludes Valpo's record-setting season at 25-24.