Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that the program has added three more newcomers for the 2019 season. The Crusaders will welcome pitcher Jenna Edwards and infielder Megan Flores from the junior college ranks, while catcher/utility Maddie Henry joins the program as an incoming freshman.
Valparaiso University softball players Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) and Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) were honored today as Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes by the Missouri Valley Conference office for their work both on the diamond and in the classroom this season.
Juniors Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) represented the Valparaiso University softball team on the Missouri Valley Conference Softball All-Tournament Team, as announced at the conclusion of the tournament Saturday afternoon.
The fourth-seeded Valparaiso University softball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2018 MVC Tournament on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa with a 3-2 victory over fifth-seeded Indiana State in the Crusaders’ tournament opener. With a berth in Saturday’s championship game on the line Friday evening in the semifinal, Valpo fell victim to a no-hitter from MVC Pitcher of the Year Nicole Newman as Drake claimed a 2-0 win over the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso University softball team heads to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the first time this week, as the Crusaders travel to Des Moines for the postseason event. The fourth seed, Valpo needs three victories to capture the single-elimination tournament and claim the conference championship in its first season of MVC play.
A pair of Valparaiso University softball players were honored with postseason awards Wednesday evening at the Missouri Valley Conference’s annual pre-tournament awards banquet, highlighted by the selection of junior pitcher Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) as the MVC Newcomer of the Year. Packard was also a Second Team All-Conference pick, while junior infielder Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) represented the Crusaders on the conference’s All-Defensive Team.
The Valparaiso University softball team will ride a wave of momentum into next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, as the Crusaders closed the regular season on Sunday in Normal, Ill. with a 4-1 victory over Illinois State. With the win, Valpo secured the fourth seed for the conference tournament and will receive a first-round bye.
A one-hitter from junior Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) and a pair of big innings propelled the Valparaiso University softball team to a 9-0 run-rule victory in five innings over Illinois State in their series opener Saturday in Normal, Ill., a win which clinched the Crusaders’ berth in next week’s Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Valpo fell by a final score of 4-0 in the day’s second game.
The Valparaiso University softball team looks to not only secure a berth in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in its first season of MVC play, but also finish as high up the standings as possible, as the Crusaders conclude the regular season with a three-game series at Illinois State. Valpo enters the weekend with the potential to finish anywhere from third through ninth place in the final regular season standings.