With just six regular season games remaining, the importance of each contest keeps growing, and this weekend's series with Oakland is the most important yet for the Valparaiso University softball team. With just 1.5 games separating second through sixth in the Horizon League standings, this weekend's series could prove to have a big impact on the final positions.
Due to weather concerns, the schedule for the softball series this weekend between Valparaiso and Oakland has been adjusted. The two squads are now slated to play a Friday doubleheader, with first pitch at 11 a.m. The series is scheduled to conclude with a single game on Saturday at noon.
The Valparaiso University softball team took to the field for its final non-league action of the regular season Wednesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill. as the Crusaders visited Northern Illinois. But despite scoring first in both games, Valpo was unable to come away with a victory, as the Huskies rallied for a 7-4 win in the opener and a 5-2 win in the nightcap.
Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) homered in back-to-back at-bats in the Valparaiso University softball team’s opener at Detroit Mercy on Saturday, including a second-inning grand slam, as the Crusaders downed the Titans, 10-5. Valpo was unable to complete the series sweep, falling 4-2 to Detroit Mercy in the series finale.
Propelled by a fifth-inning grand slam from junior Lanie Callaghan (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland), the Valparaiso University softball team opened a key Horizon League series at Detroit Mercy Friday afternoon with a 9-3 victory over the Titans.
The Valparaiso University softball team failed to get going Tuesday afternoon at home in a doubleheader against a strong Central Michigan team, as the Chippewas dealt the Crusaders a pair of defeats by finals of 6-0 and 8-0.
The Valparaiso University softball team takes a brief step out of Horizon League action with a mid-week doubleheader on Tuesday at home against Central Michigan before starting the home stretch of league play with their final road series of the year this weekend at Detroit Mercy.
There would be no late-game heroics necessary for the Valparaiso University softball team on Saturday afternoon, as after waiting out a pre-game rain delay, the Crusaders jumped on top of Cleveland State with three first-inning runs and never looked back in an eventual 5-0 victory over the Vikings to complete the series sweep.
Down three runs entering the seventh inning, and still trailing down to its final strike? No problem Friday for the Valparaiso University softball team. Senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) tied the nightcap with Cleveland State with a two-out, two-strike base hit in the seventh, and classmate Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) delivered the game-winning blow with a homer in the eighth to give Valpo a 4-3 win and the doubleheader sweep. The Crusaders scored the first five runs en route to a 5-3 victory over the Vikings in the day’s opener.