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.
After a storybook run through the Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University softball team returns to the sport’s biggest stage as it embarks to Ann Arbor for the start of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders open tournament play Friday evening against the national number two seed in Michigan on the Big Ten Network, with #23 Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) on the other side of the four-team regional bracket. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the performances last weekend and this weekend's regional action on this week's Valpo Coaches Show.
The Valparaiso University softball team learned Sunday evening that it will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich. for regional play in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders will kick off tournament play Friday at 6 p.m. CT against the number-two national seed and host Michigan, while Notre Dame and Miami (Ohio) comprise the rest of the regional field. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday morning, while broadcast information for the entirety of the regional will be available when released by Michigan.
Incredible. Improbable. Unbelievable. Inconceivable. Whatever adjective you may have chosen to describe the Valparaiso University softball team’s run to the Horizon League Championship title game, the term could have doubled as a description of Saturday’s championship game against Wright State, as the Crusaders rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning before Stephanie Moreno (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) delivered the walk-off double in the eighth to send the Crusaders back to Valpo as Horizon League champions. With the tournament title, the Crusaders earn the league’s automatic berth into the 2016 NCAA Tournament and will find out their destination Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Valparaiso University softball team’s run through the Horizon League Championship continued Friday in a thriller, as the arm of Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) and the bat of Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) combined to give Valpo a 1-0 win over UIC in Chicago. With the victory, the Crusaders advance to Championship Saturday at Flames Field, where they will take on Wright State starting at noon, needing just one win to earn the league title.
One swing of the bat proved to be all the Valparaiso University softball team would need on Thursday afternoon as action continued at the Horizon League Championship, as sophomore Lanie Callaghan (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland) delivered on a second-inning grand slam and senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) made it stand up with a stellar pitching performance in a 4-0 victory over second-seeded Wright State in Chicago. With the win, the Crusaders advance to take on top-seeded UIC Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. - game time has been moved up one hour.