Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2017 through 2022. As part of the camp, the softball program will hold an unofficial visit day the previous day – Friday, Oct. 7 – for any campers who wish to attend.
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.