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Crusaders Announce 2014 Spring Schedule
Jordan Stevens and the Crusaders are two-time defending league champions. (Rick Osentoski)
Jordan Stevens and the Crusaders are two-time defending league champions. (Rick Osentoski)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the 2014 spring schedule for the two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball program, a schedule which includes 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field and features at least 12 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.

"Every year, our goal is to play at the highest level possible and our schedule this year allows us to do just that," said Stevens. "We are very excited to be playing in some of the places that we get to go and play the caliber of teams we get to play, all in preparation for the challenging Horizon League season."

The 2014 slate starts out Feb. 7-9 at the UNI Dome Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Crusaders will take on the host Panthers, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season, twice. The tournament also features a re-match against Central Michigan, against whom Valpo earned its first NCAA Tournament win in program history last year, as well as games against Drake and Saint Louis.

The next weekend, Valpo will travel to Lafayette, La. for the Ragin' Cajun Invitational, hosted by perennial power Louisiana. The Ragin' Cajuns ended last season ranked #12 nationally and earned a berth in the NCAA Super Regionals. The Crusaders will also face Central Arkansas (twice), Boston College and Memphis in Lafayette.

After a weekend off, the Crusaders' spring break trip will commence at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. Feb. 28-Mar. 2. While the schedule for the tournament, hosted by eight-time national champions Arizona, has not yet been set, other teams in attendance include 2013 NCAA Tournament participant San Jose State, Indiana, UT-Arlington and Northern Colorado.

Valpo then ventures north to play in the state of Idaho for the first time in program history Mar. 7-9 at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho. The Crusaders will play two games apiece against Weber State and host Boise State, as well as one contest against Indiana.

The spring break trip concludes in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as the Crusaders will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to take part in the Rainbow Wahine Classic Mar. 12-15. Every team in the tournament field advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year, including one Super Regional participant in #9 Oregon, as well as James Madison, BYU and the host Rainbow Wahine. Following one game apiece against each of the other teams, bracket play will be held to crown a tournament champion.

Upon their return to the mainland, Valpo hosts Western Michigan on Mar. 19 for a single game to kick off the home slate. The Crusaders will also host North Dakota (Apr. 4) and Northern Illinois (Apr. 8) for single home games, as well as Eastern Michigan (Apr. 2) and IUPUI (Apr. 29) for home doubleheaders in non-league action. Valpo travels to Eastern Illinois (Mar. 26), Notre Dame (Apr. 15) and Western Illinois (Apr. 22) for single games outside of league play as well.

Horizon League play kicks off for the Crusaders at Youngstown State Mar. 22-23. The league slate, in which every team will play one three-game series against every other team, sees Valpo host Detroit (Apr. 5-6), Cleveland State (Apr. 12-13) and Oakland (Apr. 18-19), while the Crusaders will also travel to UIC (Mar. 29-30), Wright State (Apr. 26-27) and Green Bay (May 3-4). The Horizon League Championship will be contested May 7-10 at the home of the regular season champion, with the tournament champion earning the league's automatic berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

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 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
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
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
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