Senior Morgan Matalin (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) made sure that the Valpo softball team would leave the state of Florida on a high note Sunday morning, blasting a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Valpo a 7-5 victory over Cleveland State. The Brown and Gold were in position for the potential walk-off win thanks to a clutch game-tying double in the seventh inning from junior Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley]).
The Valpo softball team suffered a pair of losses on Saturday at THE Spring Games in Longwood, Fla., falling 10-4 to North Carolina A&T before dropping a one-run decision to Longwood, 4-3.
The Valpo softball team saw its time at THE Spring Games in Longwood, Fla. begin on Friday with a pair of extra-inning affairs, as the Brown and Gold fell in nine innings to Saint Louis, 3-2, before rebounding for a 5-4 win in 10 innings over Niagara.
Embroiled in a scoreless battle into the seventh inning Wednesday evening at Stetson, the Valpo softball team was unable to come out victorious, as the host Hatters got a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh to account for the only scoring in the 2-0 final.
The Valpo softball team closed out the Stetson Invitational Sunday afternoon in style, run-ruling the host Hatters by a 12-1 final to finish the weekend with a 2-1 record. Sophomore Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) and freshman Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team for their work at the top of the batting order.
It’s rather ironic that, playing on Leap Day for the first time in program history, it was the walk which was the big weapon for the Valpo softball team on Saturday. The Brown and Gold drew a school-record 12 walks in their 11-8 victory over Bethune-Cookman, with sophomore Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) matching the program’s individual single-game record with four free passes. The win over the Wildcats ensured a split on the day for Valpo as it opened action at the Stetson Invitational, as Valpo dropped its first game of the day to Colgate, 4-1.
The Valpo Softball team kicks off its 2020 spring break trip at the Stetson Invitational this weekend, where it will take on Colgate and Bethune-Cookman in addition to the host Hatters over a two-day stretch. Valpo will stick around DeLand for a mid-week matchup against Stetson as well to close out the first half of its time in Florida.
Valpo redshirt junior pitcher Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley]) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week following a pair of dominant performances in wins last weekend.
The Valpo softball team jumped on top of Colgate with a first-inning run in its tournament finale Sunday at the Runnin’ Bulldog Tournament in Boiling Springs, N.C, but the Raiders scored two in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good as Valpo fell by a 5-2 final.