Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that a pair of transfer student-athletes have agreed to join the Crusader softball program. Pitcher Mackenzie Grossmann comes to Valpo after spending two seasons at Morehead State, while infielder Jaymee Lawton joins the Crusaders after playing her freshman year at Utah Valley. Both Grossmann and Lawton will be immediately eligible to play for the defending Horizon League champions in 2017.
13 Valparaiso University student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office today. The men’s track and field team had four honorees from the outdoor season, while the women’s squad had three honorees. Three baseball players earned Academic All-League accolades, while softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis each had one recipient apiece.
The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2016 campaign come to a close in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders fell 8-0 to #23 Notre Dame in an elimination game at the Ann Arbor regional.
Making its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five seasons, the Valparaiso University softball team battled with #2 Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday night, but the Wolverines pushed across five runs in the fifth inning in sending the Crusaders to an 8-0 defeat. With the loss, Valpo will take on #23 Notre Dame in an elimination game on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.