Richardson Throws No-Hitter; Crusaders Close Weekend With Win Over N.C. Central

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” After coming up just two outs shy of her first career no-hitter last weekend, Valparaiso University sophomore pitcher Emily Richardson (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) was able to complete the feat on Sunday, holding North Carolina Central hitless and striking out 11 batters as the Crusaders won their finale at the Buccaneer Invitational, 3-0. The no-hitter was the first by a Valpo pitcher since 2013.


Softball Takes One of Two on Saturday at Buccaneer Invitational

The Valparaiso University softball team split its two games on Saturday from the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C., falling to Eastern Kentucky, 16-3, before bouncing back with its second win over host Charleston Southern in as many days, 5-4.


Softball Claims Two Wins On First Day at Charleston Southern

“Rule 76: No excuses, play like a champion.” The mantra from Wedding Crashers could easily have applied to the Valparaiso University softball team on Friday. Despite touching down in Charleston, S.C. in the wee hours of Friday morning less than 10 hours before first pitch at the Buccaneer Invitational, Valpo put it all together when it took the field, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 7-2, and host Charleston Southern, 6-4, to open tournament play.


Softball Continues Early-Season Play at Charleston Southern

The Valparaiso University softball team continues early-season tournament action this week as it heads to Charleston, S.C. for the Buccaneer Invitational. The Crusaders will face Eastern Kentucky and Charleston Southern twice apiece, as well as one matchup with North Carolina Central.


Crusaders’ Finale at Troy Rained Out

The Valparaiso University softball team saw its opening weekend of play bookended by rain, as after sitting through a rain delay before the season opener Friday, the Crusaders’ finale at the Troy Classic versus SIUE was rained out.


Richardson’s One-Hitter Highlights Split for Softball Saturday

Sophomore Emily Richardson (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) flirted with a no-hitter on Saturday morning for the Valparaiso University softball team on the second day of action from the Troy Classic, but would eventually settle for a one-hitter as the Crusaders defeated Tennessee State, 9-0. Valpo fell to the host Trojans in its second game of the day, 7-0.


Softball Splits on Opening Day of 2018 Campaign

The Valparaiso University softball team escaped Valpo before the snow hit and enjoyed the relative warmth of temperatures in the 50s on the opening day of the 2018 season at the Troy Classic in Troy, Ala. on Friday. The Crusaders split their pair of games on day one, falling to SIUE 5-0 before rebounding for a 3-1 victory over Tennessee State.


Valpo Softball Set to Open 2018 Season This Weekend

New opportunities await the Valparaiso University softball team as it opens the 2018 season, as the Crusaders make the move to the Missouri Valley Conference. Fourth-year head coach Kate Stake has an experienced squad at her disposal as Valpo returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team, which finished in third place in the Horizon League.


Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camps

The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a pair of camps for campers ages 8-21 this winter. The Crusaders will host a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp at the ARC on Saturday, January 13 and an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Saturday, February 3.


Valpo Softball Announces 2018 Schedule

The Valparaiso University softball program announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season as the Crusaders prepare for their first season of Missouri Valley Conference play.


Five Players Sign NLIs With Softball During Early Signing Period


Five incoming freshmen have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valparaiso University softball program for the 2018-19 academic year during the early signing period. The Crusaders will welcome Taylor Herschbach, Taylor Knight, Peyton Moeder, Taylor Tonoian and Jaina Westphal to the team next season.


Three Softball Players Named NFCA Scholar-Athletes


Three Valparaiso University softball players have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year, as the organization announced its annual list of honorees this week.


Valpo Softball To Hold Inaugural Hit-a-Thon October 9


The Valparaiso University softball program will be holding its inaugural Hit-a-Thon to raise money for the program, where fans can pledge money on any of the Crusader players or any of the special guests, on Monday, October 9. Kicking the inaugural event off and headlining it will be Valpo men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich.


Valpo Softball Announces Fall Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced the program’s schedule for the upcoming fall season today, a schedule which features a pair of home dates at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Valpo Softball Holding Walk-On Tryouts, Seeking Team Managers


The Valparaiso softball program will be holding walk-on tryouts for the 2018 season on Thursday, Aug. 24, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Valpo Softball Complex. In addition, the Crusaders are seeking student managers to assist the program during the fall and spring seasons.


Valpo In The Valley: Softball


Concluding the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, is softball. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in softball, how Valpo has fared against opponents from The Valley in the past, and hear from head coach Kate Stake as she talks about what the program is looking forward to entering its first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way in 2018 for her team.


Valpo Softball to Hold Pitching Clinic


Valparaiso University softball associate head coach Monica Wright will be conducting a pitching clinic over four sessions during the month of November.


Valpo Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso University softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Valpo Softball Complex. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2018 through 2023.


Grable Joins Crusader Coaching Staff as Graduate Assistant


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Kayti Grable – a three-time All-Region honoree as a player at Northern Illinois University – will join the Crusader coaching staff this fall as a graduate assistant.


Lawson Granted Hardship Waiver, Will Return In 2018


The Valparaiso University softball program has announced that Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) has been granted a hardship waiver due to injury for the 2017 season. Lawson will return to the Crusaders for her additional season of athletic eligibility as a fifth-year senior in 2018.


Monica Wright Promoted to Associate Head Coach


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Monica Wright, the program’s pitching coach, has been promoted to associate head coach.


Packard Named NJCAA All-American


The Valparaiso University softball team will be welcoming an All-American to the program this fall, as incoming junior pitcher Kelsie Packard was recently tabbed an NJCAA Division III All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after helping to lead Rock Valley College to the 2017 national title.


Valparaiso University to Join Missouri Valley Conference


Valparaiso University president Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D., announced today that the University has accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference on July 1, 2017. The Crusaders will begin competing for MVC championships in the 2017–2018 academic year.


Stewart, Trepanier Earn All-Region Accolades


The Valparaiso University softball team was represented by two players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region squads, as announced by the NFCA on Thursday. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) received Second Team All-Region honors, while sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) earned a spot on the Third Team.


Magnifico Named to All-Tournament Team


Valparaiso University freshman outfielder Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) capped off her rookie season by representing the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team at the 2017 Horizon League Championship, as announced by the league at the tournament’s conclusion Saturday.


Softball Closes Season at Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2017 season come to an end on Friday afternoon at the Horizon League Championship, as the Crusaders finished the tournament in fourth place with an 8-0 loss to Detroit Mercy. Valpo ended the season with 28 wins – its highest win total since 2013 – and senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) finished out her final year with four program single-season records.


Softball Falls to Youngstown State Thursday


The road to defending the Horizon League crown got a bit more challenging for the Valparaiso University softball team on Thursday, as the third-seeded Crusaders were dealt a 9-2 defeat by second-seeded Youngstown State. Valpo now has to win twice on Friday to reach Championship Saturday.


Crusaders Take Down Oakland in Tournament Opener


A solo homer from freshman Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) proved to be the lone run the Valparaiso University softball team would need in its opener at the Horizon League Championship Wednesday afternoon, as after waiting out a lengthy pre-game rain delay, the Crusaders got a one-hit effort in the circle by junior Kenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) to take down Oakland by a 1-0 final in a rain-shortened five-inning affair. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play Youngstown State Thursday afternoon at 5 p.m.


Softball Heads to Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team begins defense of its 2016 Horizon League Championship this week in Chicago, as the third-seeded Crusaders look for their second straight league title and fourth in the last six years. Valpo begins the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Oakland.


Sam Stewart Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week


Tuesday proved to be a historic day for the Valparaiso University softball program, as senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week following her outstanding performance in the final weekend of the regular season. Stewart is the first player in program history to earn a National Player of the Week award.


Stewart Tabbed Horizon League Player of the Year; Calombaris, Trepanier Earn All-League Honors


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) received the Horizon League’s top honor on Tuesday, as the league announced that Stewart has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches. In addition, classmate Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) joined Stewart as a First Team All-League selection, while sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) earned a Second Team All-League spot for the second straight year.


Stewart Earns Horizon League Player of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after enjoying a weekend to remember in the final home series of her career, reaching base in all 11 of her plate appearances and breaking Valpo’s single-season home runs and walks records.


Late Heroics Cap Series Sweep For Softball


It was a script seniors could hardly dream of for the final home game of their careers, as longtime neighbors and classmates Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) scored the tying and winning runs on a pinch-hit single from freshman Hannah Dybalski (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) in the sixth inning of Valpo’s 2-1 victory to close out the regular season Sunday afternoon against Wright State. With the win, the Crusaders clinched the third seed in the Horizon League Championship this week and will open tournament play against sixth-seeded Oakland Wednesday afternoon.


Crusaders Sweep Wright State on Senior Day


Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) enjoyed a Senior Day to remember at the Valpo Softball Complex on Saturday, breaking Valpo’s single-season home runs and walks records and ending game two of the doubleheader sweep of Wright State with a two-run homer which closed out a 9-1 victory. Freshman Morgan Matalin (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) delivered a walk-off victory in eight innings in the opener with her first career homer, giving the Crusaders a 4-3 win. Prior to the twinbill, the Crusaders honored their senior trio on Senior Day: Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) and Stewart.


Softball Closes Regular Season This Weekend


Having already secured a berth into next week's Horizon League Championship, the Valparaiso University softball team looks to close out the regular season on a high note this weekend as the Crusaders welcome Wright State to town for a three-game series. Prior to Saturday's doubleheader, Valpo will honor its three-player senior class: Jorgi Calombaris, Taylor Lawson and Sam Stewart.


Calombaris Earns Academic All-League Honor


Valparaiso University softball senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named to the Horizon League’s Academic All-League squad, as announced by the league office Friday morning.


Final Regular Season Softball Series Adjusted


Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on this spring's softball schedule, as the Crusaders have moved their scheduled game tomorrow against Wright State to Sunday afternoon at noon. Valpo's Saturday doubleheader versus the Raiders, also slated for a noon start, is on as scheduled and will continue to serve as the program's Senior Day.


Valpo Drops Series Finale to Golden Grizzlies


Oakland proved to be too much for the Valparaiso University softball team to handle Saturday on a cold, rainy afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the Crusaders lost the series finale to the Golden Grizzlies by a 12-2 final.


Comeback Comes Up Short As Crusaders Fall Twice to Oakland


As it has done so often this season, the Valparaiso University softball team rallied in the seventh inning to force extra innings in its nightcap with Oakland Friday from the Valpo Softball Complex, but in the end, the Crusaders couldn’t close out the comeback, as the Golden Grizzlies scored in the 11th inning for a 4-3 final. Oakland took both of Friday’s games, claiming the opener by a score of 9-2.


Crusaders Host Key League Series Against Oakland


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.


Softball Schedule Adjusted This Weekend


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.


NIU Takes Two From Crusaders Wednesday


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.


Stewart Homers Twice As Crusaders Split With Titans


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.


Crusaders Take Series Opener at Detroit Mercy


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.


Crusaders Drop Twinbill to Central Michigan


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.


Softball Prepares For Regular Season Home Stretch


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.


Shutout Secures Softball Series Sweep


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.


Late Heroics Close Out Doubleheader Sweep For Cardiac Crusaders


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.


Valpo Falls Twice to League-Leading UIC Wednesday


The Valparaiso University softball team dropped both ends of a Horizon League doubleheader against league-leading UIC Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, falling 5-0 in the opener and 3-2 in nine innings in the nightcap.


Crusaders Drop Series Opener to UIC


There were just two run-scoring blows on Tuesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, but unfortunately for the Valparaiso University softball team, both came off the bats of visiting UIC players, as the Flames handed the Crusaders a 6-0 loss in their Horizon League series opener.


Softball Continues League Play With Six Games This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team passes the midway point of Horizon League play this week as it faces six games in a five-day stretch. The Crusaders conclude their current homestand with a three-game series versus league-leading UIC at the Valpo Softball Complex on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then travel to take on Cleveland State for a three-game set on Friday and Saturday.


Gloomy Weather Can’t Hold Down Crusaders as Softball Beats Green Bay


Rain overnight and throughout the morning looked to put the kibosh on playing Wednesday afternoon, but the Valparaiso softball program put in the necessary work to get the field playable, and then taking advantage of a window of opportunity, put in work on the field during the game to take down Green Bay by a 4-0 score and earn the series victory over the Phoenix.


Crusaders, Phoenix Split League Twinbill Tuesday


Once the rain finally cleared up Tuesday afternoon, the Valparaiso University softball team was able to get in a Horizon League doubleheader with Green Bay at the Valpo Softball Complex – a series which was originally scheduled to be played in Green Bay. The Phoenix walked off with a 4-3 win in the opener, but the Crusaders rebounded with an offensive outburst in the nightcap for a 13-2 victory and a doubleheader split.


Softball Set to Continue Homestand This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team continues a 10-game homestand at the Valpo Softball Complex this week as the Crusaders welcome Green Bay to town for a doubleheader on Tuesday and a single game on Wednesday. Because the Horizon League series was originally slated to be hosted by Green Bay before being moved to Valpo, the Phoenix will be the designated home team for all three games of the series.


Crusaders Rally To Close Out Series Win Over YSU


It was a wild ride Sunday for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders jumped out to a quick lead on Youngstown State before surrendering the lead in the top of the sixth, only to reclaim the advantage in the bottom half of the inning and then receive clutch relief work from freshman Lindsay Zdroik (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) to close out a 6-5 victory which secured the series win over the Penguins.


Nightcap Win Gives Softball Split Saturday


For the second straight Saturday, the Valparaiso University softball team rebounded after a loss to earn a doubleheader split in league play, as the Crusaders fell in the opener to Youngstown State, 6-1, before earning a 4-1 win in the nightcap at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Valpo Softball to Host Green Bay Series Next Week


Fans hoping to catch the Valparaiso University softball team at the Valpo Softball Complex this season have a few more opportunities to do so now, as the program announced Friday that its mid-week series next week versus Green Bay has flipped sites and will now be hosted at Valpo. The Crusaders and Phoenix will face off in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Wednesday at noon.


Softball Claims Win Over IUPUI In Home Opener


The Valparaiso University softball team opened its home season on Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex on a winning note, carrying over its offensive prowess from the weekend as the Crusaders scored the first seven runs of the game en route to a 7-3 victory over IUPUI.


Valpo Announces Schedule Changes For Weekend Softball Series


The Valparaiso University softball team has announced changes to the schedule for this weekend's Horizon League series with Youngstown State. The Crusaders will now host YSU for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m., with the series wrapping up on Sunday with a single game at noon.


Softball Set to Open Home Slate This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team gets to showcase its talents at home at the Valpo Softball Complex this week, with four games scheduled to kick off this season's home slate. The Crusaders will open the week with a non-league matchup against IUPUI on Wednesday before hosting Youngstown State for a three-game Horizon League series on Friday and Saturday. The program will be sponsoring a "Be The Match" bone marrow registry drive throughout Saturday's doubleheader, starting at 10 a.m.


Offense Leads the Way In Softball Split Saturday


Offense was the name of the game Saturday in Highland Heights, Ky., as the Valparaiso University softball team combined for six home runs, 22 runs scored and 25 hits over a doubleheader split with Northern Kentucky. The Crusaders dropped the opener, 12-9, before rebounding with a 13-5 victory in the nightcap. Sophomore Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) led the way with three home runs over the doubleheader, while freshman pitcher Lindsay Zdroik (Elgin, Ill./St. Edward) earned her first collegiate victory in the nightcap.


Crusaders Rally to Claim Horizon League Opener


It wasn’t for the faint of heart, but the Valparaiso University softball team came out of its Horizon League opener at Northern Kentucky on Friday victorious, as the Crusaders scored five times in the seventh inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and eventually earn a 7-4 victory.


Softball Falls In Extra Innings Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team faced extra innings for the first time this season in its final tune-up for Horizon League play, but were unable to come out victorious, falling 4-3 in Chicago to Loyola on Tuesday afternoon.


Valpo Softball Continues Road Stretch With Four Games This Week


A stretch of 22 straight games away from home to open the 2017 season concludes this week for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders head to Loyola for a single non-league game on Tuesday before opening up Horizon League play this weekend at Northern Kentucky.


Grossmann Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week


Valparaiso University junior pitcher Kenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after a pair of strong performances helped lead the Crusaders to two wins to close out the Hawkeye Invitational.


Softball Game at Loyola Moved Up to Tuesday


With a high temperature barely projected to hit the freezing mark on Wednesday, the Valparaiso University softball team has had its non-league encounter at Loyola moved up to Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


Crusaders Cap Hawkeye Invitational With Sunday Win


The Valparaiso University softball team left Iowa City on a winning note Sunday afternoon, never trailing in taking down South Dakota State by a 3-1 final to improve to 12-6 on the season.


Softball Rallies For Walk-Off Win Saturday


Entering the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night against South Dakota trailing by one run was no obstacle to coming out victorious for the Valparaiso University softball team, as the Crusaders strung together four straight singles – the last a walk-off base hit from junior Jenna Stauffenberg (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) – to score a pair of runs and earn the 5-4 win over the Coyotes.


Crusaders Drop Pair of Games in Iowa Friday


The Valparaiso University softball team started out action at the Hawkeye Invitational from Iowa City, Iowa on Friday with a pair of games. The Crusaders fell in their tournament opener to Creighton, 12-4, and then dropped a 3-0 decision to host Iowa in the nightcap.


Softball Heads to Amended Hawkeye Invitational


Winners of its last four games, the Valparaiso University softball team closes out its tournament slate this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye Invitational. The weekend's schedule has been adjusted, as Valpo will now take on Creighton and Iowa on Friday, South Dakota on Saturday and South Dakota State on Sunday.


Montgomery Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honor


Valparaiso University junior pitcher Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) has been tabbed the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 12 following a number of strong performances in the circle last week, including one of the best efforts of the season against a top-10 Alabama squad.


Crusaders Pick Up Pair of Sunday Victories


The Valparaiso University softball team closed out its 11-day, 10-game road trip with two wins on Sunday from the Leon Smith Classic in Oxford, Ala., avenging a loss earlier this year to Eastern Illinois with a 3-2 victory and finishing tournament play with a 5-2 win over Alabama State. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) delivered her third multi-homer game of the season in the nightcap.


Crusaders Rally For Saturday Win Over Tennessee State


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first win from behind this season on Saturday, scoring four unanswered runs to defeat Tennessee State, 4-2, in action from the Leon Smith Classic in Oxford, Ala.


Softball Splits On Opening Day At Leon Smith Classic


The Valparaiso University softball team earned a split of the day’s action thanks to the big bats of senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) in the day’s finale in an 8-6 victory over SE Missouri State, as Trepanier delivered the game-winning hit in the seventh inning. The Crusaders dropped a 1-0 decision to a strong Belmont squad in the opener of the Leon Smith Classic from Oxford, Ala.


Crusaders Edged By Top-Ten Alabama Squad Wednesday


The Valparaiso University softball team put together a tremendous team effort in its biggest challenge of the 2017 season to date, facing a #9/11 Alabama squad which entered the game at 20-2 on the season. Junior pitcher Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ill./Lebanon) led the way with a tremendous effort in the circle, throwing a four-hitter against a strong Crimson Tide offense, but the Crusaders eventually fell by a 1-0 final.


Softball Heads to Alabama This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team faces a perennial national championship contender in mid-week action as the Crusaders face #9/11 Alabama. Valpo will move on to the Leon Smith Classic over the weekend, hosted by SE Missouri State in Oxford, Ala., where the Crusaders will take on Belmont, Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois and Alabama State in addition to host SE Missouri State.


Trepanier Named Horizon League Player of the Week


Valparaiso University sophomore infielder Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after recording multiple hits in all four of the Crusaders’ games last weekend in Nashville, Tenn. at the Purple/Gold Challenge.


Softball Claims Wild Win Over Stony Brook


The Valparaiso University softball team came out of a topsy-turvy battle with Stony Brook on Sunday morning in Nashville, Tenn. right-side up, as the Crusaders held off one final rally from the Seawolves to earn a 10-9 victory in their finale at the Purple/Gold Challenge.


Crusaders Fall Twice on Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team came out on the wrong end of a pair of decisions for the first time this season on Saturday at the Purple/Gold Challenge in Nashville, Tenn, falling to host Lipscomb, 7-0, and to Eastern Illinois, 12-5.


Crusaders Defeat Stony Brook, Set Mark For Best Start


The Valparaiso University softball team is 5-0 for the first time in program history as the Crusaders opened the Purple/Gold Challenge in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Stony Brook. Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) continued her hot start to the season at the plate, while sophomore Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) tied a program single-game record in the field.


Softball Returns to Action At Lipscomb


After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso University softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend, as the Crusaders carry the best start in program history into the Purple/Gold Challenge, hosted by Lipscomb in Nashville, Tenn. Valpo will face Stony Brook twice and Eastern Illinois, in addition to the host Bison.


Stewart Named HL Batter of the Week


Valparaiso University senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) has been named the Horizon League softball Batter of the Week after her powerful performance at the plate helped lead the Crusaders to a 4-0 opening weekend of play last weekend.


Crusaders Close Out Perfect Opening Weekend Sunday


The Valparaiso University softball team finished up an undefeated weekend of action to open the 2017 season Sunday from the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., defeating Howard by an 11-4 final. The Crusaders took on Appalachian State following their win over the Bison, but the meeting was declared No Game after being called in the middle of the fifth inning due to a drop-dead time.


Big Bats Lead Softball To Pair of Wins Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C. on Saturday, taking down UMBC, 5-4, and host North Carolina A&T, 7-2. The Crusaders combined for seven home runs over the two victories, including two in each game from senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).


Softball Opens Season With Win at North Carolina A&T


The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off the 2017 season on a winning note Friday at the Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, N.C., taking down host North Carolina A&T by a 3-0 final behind a one-hit effort in the circle from juniors Ashlyn Montgomery (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) and Mackenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]). Senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) connected on her fourth career home run in the seventh inning as well.


With It Or On It: Crusaders Look For Repeat Success in 2017


Last season saw the Valparaiso University softball team put together a run for the ages, culminating with the program earning its third Horizon League Championship in the last five seasons. Seven starters from that team return in 2017 for the Crusaders, who open the season this weekend in North Carolina. But Team 35 is also a youthful squad, as nine of Valpo’s 19 players are in their first season with the Crusader program.


Crusaders Tabbed Third in Softball Preseason Poll


Coming off of a Horizon League Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish third in the Horizon League in 2017, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Valpo Softball Announces 2017 Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the Crusaders’ 2017 schedule as they embark on the defense of last season’s Horizon League Championship, including 15 home games at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camps


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a pair of camps for campers ages 8-21 this winter. The Crusaders will host an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Sunday, January 15, and a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp at the ARC on Sunday, February 5.


Valpo Softball Signs Four Players to NLIs


Four newcomers have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valparaiso University softball program for the 2017-18 academic year during the early signing period. The Crusaders will welcome three freshmen - Brittany Anderson, Ashley Barker and Addi Burke – as well as a junior college transfer in Kelsie Packard.


Softball Announces 2016 Fall Schedule


The Valparaiso University softball team will play eight games over four dates during the 2016 fall season. The schedule includes a pair of games on both Saturday and Sunday of Homecoming Weekend.


Valpo to Host Fall Pitching Clinic


Valparaiso University softball pitching coach Monica Wright will be hosting a weekly fall pitching clinic beginning Sept. 12, with a total of six sessions held on Monday evenings at the Valpo Softball Field open to applicants between the ages of eight and 18.


Valpo Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


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.


McShane Returns to Crusaders as Graduate Assistant


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that 2015 Crusader alum Tarah McShane will return to the program this fall, joining the program as a graduate assistant.


Softball Adds Pair of Transfers to Program


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 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors


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.


Softball Season Comes to An End Saturday


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.


Crusaders Fall to #2 Michigan in NCAA Opener


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.


Valpo Softball Set For Trip to Ann Arbor NCAA Regional


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.


Crusaders Heading to Ann Arbor For 2016 NCAA Tournament


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.


Crusaders’ Tournament Run Culminates With Walk-Off Championship Game Win


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.


Softball Wins Thriller Over UIC, Advances to Championship Saturday


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.


Callaghan’s Big Swing Paces Crusaders In Win Over Wright State


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.


Crusaders Take Down Penguins in Tournament Opener


The Valparaiso University softball team put together one of its most impressive offensive outputs of the season on Wednesday in its opener at the 2016 Horizon League Championship, as the sixth-seeded Crusaders took down third-seeded Youngstown State by a 10-6 final in Chicago. With the win, Valpo advances to face Wright State Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.


Crusader Softball Set For Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team heads to the Horizon League Championship this weekend, hosted by UIC in Chicago, as the tournament’s sixth seed. The Crusaders, who claimed tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, will face third-seeded Youngstown State at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon to open play at the double-elimination event. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the team's path the past couple weeks to make the tournament field, along with looking ahead to the tournament this weekend, in this edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Weissenhofer, Trepanier Earn All-League Accolades


The Valparaiso University softball team had a pair of players honored Tuesday as the Horizon League announced its postseason award recipients, as senior pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) was named a Second Team All-League honoree and freshman infielder Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) joined Weissenhofer on the Second Team while also earning All-Freshman Team accolades.


Softball Clinches Tournament Berth With Win at Wright State


The Valparaiso University softball team secured its spot in the field for the 2016 Horizon League Championship on the final day of the regular season Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, clinching the berth by virtue of a 6-5 win in the opener of a doubleheader with Wright State. The Raiders dealt the Crusaders a 9-1 loss in the nightcap. Valpo will open tournament play Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. against Youngstown State at UIC.


Crusaders Drop Extra-Inning Affair to Wright State


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a heartbreaker to Wright State Friday evening in Dayton, Ohio as the Raiders downed the Crusaders, 3-2 in nine innings.


Final Regular Season Series On Tap For Softball


The Valparaiso University softball team closes out the regular season this weekend with a three-game series at Wright State. The Crusaders enter the final weekend of play one game back of Oakland for a berth in the Horizon League Championship.


Wednesday Softball Doubleheader Canceled


The Valparaiso University softball team’s scheduled doubleheader Wednesday against Northern Illinois has been canceled and will not be made up.


Crusaders Split Pair of One-Run Decisions Sunday


The Valparaiso University softball team saw both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader with Oakland come down to one run, splitting the twinbill with the Golden Grizzlies to earn the series victory in the key league series. For the second time in three games, senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) delivered a walk-off winner in the nightcap, capping a 3-2 victory, while in the opener, the Crusaders’ comeback effort came up just short in a 7-6 loss.


Softball Doubleheader Postponed to Sunday


Due to rain in the forecast throughout the day in the Valparaiso area, Saturday's softball doubleheader between the Crusaders and Oakland has been postponed to Sunday. First pitch of Sunday's doubleheader has been set for noon.


Marathon Game Goes Crusaders’ Way On Senior Day


It was a dramatic Senior Day for the Valparaiso University softball tea m, as it took until the 11th inning to determine a winner between the Crusaders and Oakland. But in the end, it was a senior who delivered the game-winning blow, as Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) knocked a single back through the middle to score freshman Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and give Valpo a 3-2 walk-off win over the Golden Grizzlies.


Senior Day On Tap As Crusaders Host Oakland


The Valparaiso University softball team faces its final home Horizon League series of the season this weekend as the Crusaders welcome Oakland to town for a single game on Friday afternoon and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. Valpo will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony prior to Friday's series opener, honoring a class of five seniors.


Weissenhofer Tosses One-Hitter As Crusaders Defeat IPFW


Behind the third one-hitter of the season in the circle from senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township), the Valparaiso University softball team claimed a 6-0 victory Tuesday afternoon in non-league action at IPFW.


Crusaders and Titans Split In Saturday Softball Action


The Valparaiso University softball team scored in each of the final four innings of its series finale with Detroit Saturday afternoon to earn a 9-1 run-rule victory over the Titans in five innings. The Crusaders’ attempt at a seventh-inning stunning rally in the opener brought the potential winning run to the plate, but Detroit ended up with a 9-6 victory as the two squads split the doubleheader.


Softball Falls to Detroit Friday


The Valparaiso University softball team dropped its series opener against Detroit at home on Friday afternoon, falling 9-2.


Crusaders Drop Contest at Nationally-Ranked Notre Dame


The Valparaiso University softball team received home runs Wednesday evening from sophomores Stephanie Moreno (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) and Brenna Boyle (St. John, Ind./Andrean), but it would not be enough to overcome a seven-run deficit as #18 Notre Dame defeated the Crusaders by a 7-3 final at Melissa Cook Stadium.


Crusader Softball Faces Four Games This Week


The Valparaiso University softball team steps out of league play briefly in mid-week action, making the short trip to face nationally-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday, before returning home to face off with Detroit in Horizon League play this weekend for three games over two days. Head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show this week, discussing midweek games at this point of the year, the contributions of Carly Trepanier and what the Crusaders need to do to come out victorious in the upcoming league series.


Valpo Splits League Twinbill With CSU


The Valparaiso University softball team received key plays both in the circle and at the plate from senior Mollie Lindeman (Hebron, Ind./Hebron [PNC]) late in the opener of a Horizon League doubleheader against Cleveland State Saturday in Valpo, as the Crusaders claimed the twinbill’s first game, 2-1. The Crusaders’ repeated attempts at rallying in the nightcap were thwarted by the Vikings, as CSU emerged with a 10-7 win.


Valpo Falls in Series Opener to Cleveland State


A sixth-inning rally brought the Valparaiso University softball team even with Cleveland State Friday afternoon in the Horizon League series opener in Valparaiso, but the Vikings connected on a 3-run homer in the seventh inning to send the Crusaders to a 5-2 defeat.


Softball Falls in Series Finale at UIC


The Valparaiso University softball team evened up Wednesday’s Horizon League series finale at UIC with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, but the Flames scored three unanswered runs as the Crusaders dropped a 5-2 decision.


Crusaders Drop Pair of Games at UIC


The Valparaiso University softball team continued Horizon League play Tuesday afternoon with a short trip to Chicago for a doubleheader at UIC, falling by scores of 3-1 in the opener and 4-2 in the nightcap.


Softball Set For Six League Showdowns


The Valparaiso University softball team passes the halfway mark of the Horizon League schedule this week, as six league games await the Crusaders over the next five days. The week kicks off with a three-game road series Tuesday and Wednesday - just a short road trip over the state line to UIC. Valpo then returns home this Friday and Saturday to host Cleveland State.


Rubber Game of Green Bay Series Canceled


The Valparaiso University softball team’s final game of the three-game Horizon League series with Green Bay has been canceled due to inclement weather and will not be made up.


Crusaders Split League Twinbill With Green Bay Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team put 15 runs on the board in a home Horizon League doubleheader for the Crusaders against Green Bay Tuesday afternoon, but it would only be enough for a split, as after downing the Phoenix 11-1 in game one, Valpo fell in the nightcap to Green Bay, 12-4.


Softball Hosts Green Bay in Mid-Week Action


Surprise home games are on the docket for the Valparaiso University softball team this week, as late winter weather has left Green Bay's field unplayable and forced the mid-week series between the Crusaders and the Phoenix to be moved to Valpo. The Crusaders will play host to a Tuesday doubleheader, followed by a single game on Wednesday - both days featuring noon start times.


Weissenhofer Picks Up Pitcher of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Softball Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after tossing a pair of shutouts for the Crusaders last week.


Crusaders Shut Out NKU In Sunday Doubleheader Sweep


The Valparaiso University softball team had to wait almost 48 hours to take the field at home against Northern Kentucky this weekend in Horizon League action, but the Crusaders made up for lost time on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Norse twice by final scores of 2-0 and 8-0 for the doubleheader sweep. Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) tossed her second one-hitter of the season in the nightcap.


Valpo-NKU Saturday Game Canceled


Friday, it was rain. Today, it is a combination of wintry mix and cold temperature/wind chill that has forced the cancellation of the Valparaiso University softball team's Horizon League contest with Northern Kentucky. Sunday's doubleheader has been pushed back to a 2 p.m. start, with both games scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN3.


Softball Weekend Series Moved Back; GB Series Moved to Valpo


The Valparaiso University softball team will have to wait one more day to play its first home Horizon League game of the season, as its series against Northern Kentucky has been shifted back later in the weekend to Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Crusaders will now host Green Bay in next week’s Horizon League series – a series originally slated to be played in Wisconsin.


Crusaders Sweep Home-Opening Twinbill Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team made its return to campus for the first home games of the 2016 season a happy one Tuesday afternoon, as the Crusaders earned victories in both halves of a non-league doubleheader against Bowling Green, 4-3 and 6-0.


Softball Slated to Open Home Schedule


The Valparaiso University softball team kicks off the home schedule with five scheduled games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field this week. The Crusaders open up home play Tuesday afternoon with a non-league twinbill against Bowling Green before welcoming Horizon League newcomer to campus for a three-game series this weekend.


Crusaders Drop Series Finale at YSU


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in the series finale of its league-opening series Sunday afternoon at Youngstown State, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Penguins.


Valpo Softball Falls in League-Opening Doubleheader


The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off the 2016 Horizon League slate Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader in Youngstown, Ohio, but the Crusaders found runs tough to come by as they dropped both ends of the twinbill to Youngstown State, 4-1 and 3-0.


Softball Series Adjusted This Weekend


The Valparaiso softball program's Horizon League-opening series this weekend at Youngstown State has been adjusted due to potential inclement weather. Saturday's doubleheader will remain unchanged, but Friday's single game has been moved to Sunday at noon CT. Due to the change, Sunday's game will not be broadcast on ESPN3.


Crusaders Drop Twinbill at CMU


The Valparaiso University softball team took to the field Tuesday for the final time before the start of Horizon League play, but dropped both ends of a road doubleheader at Central Michigan, 10-1 and 5-3.


Softball Back In Action In the Midwest


The Valparaiso University softball team returns to action in the Midwest this week with a slate of five games. The Crusaders will head to Central Michigan for a non-league doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon before opening the Horizon League schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Youngstown State. Check out head coach Kate Stake's thoughts on the opening portion of the season in this week's edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Weissenhofer Claims Pitcher of the Week Accolade


Valparaiso University senior pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after a solid weekend in the circle for the Crusaders last weekend. The award is the third weekly honor of Weissenhofer’s career.


Weissenhofer Gem Highlights Sunday Split for Softball


Valparaiso University senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) tossed one of the best games of her career, posting a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts as the Crusaders took down Santa Clara in Las Vegas on Sunday, 10-0. The Crusaders battled host UNLV in the finale of the Rebel Classic, but ultimately fell to the Rebels by an 8-5 final.


Crusaders Fall in Hard-Fought Battle With Wisconsin


The Valparaiso University softball team engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Big Ten foe Wisconsin at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday evening, but a pair of runs in the sixth would allow the Badgers to claim a 7-5 victory over the Crusaders.


Win Over DePaul Highlights Softball Opening Day in Vegas


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first win in program history over DePaul on Friday in the Crusaders’ tournament opener at the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., shutting down the Blue Demons in a 5-1 win over their fellow Midwest foe. Valpo took on Utah State in its second game of the day, falling to the Aggies by an 18-4 final.


Nadler Earns All-Tournament Accolade


Valparaiso University sophomore outfielder Taylor Nadler (New Haven, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) was named to the All-Tournament Team at USC Upstate’s Spartan Invitational following the tournament’s conclusion on Sunday.


Walk-Off Win Highlights Softball Action Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team earned its first victory of the 2016 campaign Saturday at the Spartan Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C., as sophomore Taylor Nadler (New Haven, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) connected on a two-run walk-off homer to give the Crusaders a 4-2 win over Presbyterian in their first game of the day. Valpo fell in its tournament finale to Elon by a 10-5 final.


Softball Drops Two Friday at USC Upstate


The Valparaiso University softball team continued spring break action Friday with a pair of games to open play at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. The Crusaders fell in the tournament opener to SIU Edwardsville, 15-1, before losing 12-4 to the host Spartans.


Crusaders Continue Spring Break Play in South Carolina


The Valparaiso University softball team continues spring break action this weekend at the Spartan Invitational, hosted by USC Upstate. The Crusaders will take on SIU Edwardsville, Presbyterian and Elon in addition to the host Spartans over a two-day span.


Valpo Drops Tournament Finale to Ball State


The Valparaiso University softball team finished up action at the Hilltopper Spring Fling in Bowling Green, Ky. on Sunday morning, dropping its finale against Ball State, 8-1.


Late Heartbreak Again For Softball Team Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team suffered a seventh-inning defeat for the second straight day as it continued play at the Hilltopper Spring Fling from Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, as Southeast Missouri pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to break a tie and send the Crusaders to a 3-2 walk-off loss.


Softball Drops Pair on First Day of Action at WKU


The Valparaiso University softball team was two outs away from its first win of the year Friday in its opener at the Hilltopper Spring Fling from Bowling Green, Ky., but Western Carolina scored three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 5-4 win. The Crusaders fell to host WKU later in the day, 7-1.


Crusader Softball Continues 2016 Campaign at WKU


After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso University softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to the Hilltopper Spring Fling, hosted by Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. Valpo will face Western Carolina, Southeast Missouri and Ball State in addition to host WKU.


Crusaders To Host Pitching Camp March 18


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a Pitching Camp on Friday, March 18 at the Crusaders’ baseball facility, located off of Warbler Drive. The camp is open to players ages 8-20.


Softball Concludes Season-Opening Weekend


The Valparaiso University softball team finished out its opening weekend of the 2016 campaign on Sunday at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational on Sunday in Miami, Fla., falling to #10 Florida State, 16-5, and to the host Panthers, 9-1.


Softball Falls Twice on Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a pair of games Saturday as it continued the opening weekend of play at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational in Miami, Fla. The Crusaders dropped an early-morning matchup against LIU Brooklyn, 6-1, before losing to St. John’s 12-0 in the afternoon. Senior Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) broke Valpo’s career strikeouts record in the game against the Red Storm.


Crusaders Drop Season Opener to Illinois


The Valparaiso University softball team opened the 2016 campaign Friday evening at the Juiceblendz FIU Invitational in Miami, Fla., but was unable to come out victorious, as the Crusaders fell to Illinois by a 6-1 final. Senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) drew three walks in the opener, the first of which made her Valpo’s all-time career leader in the category.


What You Need to Know: Valpo Softball


The Valparaiso University softball team returns to the diamond this weekend in Miami, Fla. to kick off the 2016 season. The Crusaders are looking to improve upon their mid-pack finish in league play from last season, as a veteran group returns for second-year head coach Kate Stake. Stake shares her thoughts on the upcoming season in this edition of the Valpo Coaches Show.


Valpo Softball Welcomes Andie Kalemba to Crusader Family


It’s a special day in any athlete’s career when they get the chance to sign with a Division I school to continue playing their chosen sport. Monday evening, the Valparaiso University softball program –in conjunction with Team IMPACT – had the opportunity to welcome a very special new member into the team in a moving signing ceremony, as 12-year-old Andie Kalemba signed a Letter of Agreement to officially be drafted into the Crusader squad and immediately become a part of the Valpo program. Check out the video spotlighting Andie as she joined the Crusaders this week.


Crusaders Tabbed Fourth in Softball Preseason Poll


The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Horizon League as the league office released the 2016 preseason poll on Wednesday.


Crusader Softball Announces Winter Camps


The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a trio of camps for youths ages 8-18 this winter, as due to popular demand, a Pitching Clinic has been added on Sunday, January 17. Previously announced were an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Sunday, January 17, and a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp to be held at the ARC on Sunday, January 31.


Crusaders Announce 2016 Softball Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the Crusaders’ schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, a slate which includes games against seven NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusader Softball Inks Seven to NLIs


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that seven student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader softball program as freshmen for the 2017 season.


Softball Announces Fall Slate of Games


The Valparaiso University softball program will play eight games over four dates of competition this fall, including a pair of home dates at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Softball to Hold Walk-On Tryouts


The Valparaiso softball program will be holding fall tryouts for the 2016 season on Wednesday, Aug. 26, starting at 4 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Softball Adds Taylor Williams to Coaching Staff


Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake announced Monday that the program has added Taylor Williams as a graduate assistant for the upcoming 2016 season. Williams comes to Valpo after a successful career playing at Virginia.


Crusader Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Sept. 27 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, allowing participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2016 through 2020.


Softball Adds Wright as Assistant Coach


Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the addition of Monica Wright to the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach, directly responsible for working with the program’s pitchers. Wright comes to Valpo from Bowling Green, where she spent the last four seasons guiding the Falcons’ pitchers. Fans can follow Coach Wright on Twitter @CoachMWright3


Ranieri Repeats as Second Team All-Region Honoree


A stellar junior campaign from Valparaiso University outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri has led to a second straight All-Region honor, as Ranieri repeated as a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday. With the award, Ranieri is now eligible for All-American honors.


Nadler Earns All-Tournament Team Honor


Valparaiso freshman outfielder Taylor Nadler capped a standout rookie season for the Crusaders by being named to the 2015 Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team, as the tournament concluded Saturday.


Pair of One-Run Heartbreakers End Crusaders’ Season


The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2015 season come to an end Thursday afternoon at the Horizon League Championship in Rochester, Mich. in gut-wrenching fashion. Valpo dropped a pitcher’s duel to open play against UIC, 1-0, before seeing a furious rally in the seventh inning come up just short, falling 4-3 to Wright State in an elimination game.


Crusaders Ride Big Inning to Tournament-Opening Win


Valpo scored six runs in the second inning, propelling the Crusaders to a 7-1 win over Wright State in their opener at the Horizon League Championship Wednesday. Mollie Lindeman went the distance in the circle for the win, which advanced Valpo to take on UIC Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT. During the win over the Raiders, Kaitlyn Ranieri matched Valpo's career walks record, while Taylor Nadler completed a streak of 10 straight plate appearances reaching base, tied for eighth-most in NCAA history.


Valpo Set to Head to HL Softball Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team takes aim at the 2015 Horizon League title this week, as the Crusaders head to Oakland, site of the Horizon League Championship. The Crusaders open tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. CT against third-seeded Wright State. Check out thoughts from head coach Kate Stake heading into the tournament, in the attached Valpo Coaches Show.


Three Crusaders Receive Horizon League Postseason Honors


A trio of Valparaiso University softball players received postseason accolades from the Horizon League Tuesday, as the league announced its postseason award winners. Junior Kaitlyn Ranieri repeated as a First Team All-League honoree. Freshman Taylor Nadler earned Second Team All-League accolades and also received a spot on the All-Freshman Team, where she was joined by fellow rookie Stephanie Moreno.


Softball Fifth Seed for Horizon League Championship


The Valparaiso University softball team finished the regular season in a tie for fourth place in the Horizon League standings and has earned the fifth seed for the Horizon League Championship, which begins Wednesday at Oakland. The Crusaders will face third-seeded Wright State to open the tournament Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. CT.


Crusaders Claim Senior Day Sweep; Earn Way Into HL Championship


Crusaders honor seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway on Senior Day before Saturday's doubleheader, and then earn a spot in the Horizon League Championship with 7-5 and 9-5 wins over Youngstown State. Taylor Nadler reached base in all eight of her plate appearances Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri broke Valpo's single-season walks record as well.


Softball Picks Up Key Win Friday Afternoon


The Valparaiso University softball team kicked off its three-game series with Youngstown State Friday from the Valparaiso University Softball Field with a big win, taking down the Penguins by a 9-7 final in the series opener. Kaitlyn Ranieri and Taylor Nadler each scored three runs in the winning effort. Valpo hosts YSU on Senior Day Saturday at 11 a.m., with ceremonies before the game to honor Crusader seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway.


Crusaders to Host YSU to Close Regular Season


The final weekend of the regular season is upon the Valparaiso University softball team, and it is a critical one, as the Crusaders take on Youngstown State in a three-game set beginning Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Valpo seniors Tarah McShane and Lindsey Norway will be honored prior to the start of Saturday’s doubleheader at 11 a.m. in Senior Day ceremonies as they play the final home series of their careers.


Valpo Falls to Bowling Green Wednesday


Ashlyn Montgomery and Mollie Lindeman combined on a four-hitter Wednesday, while Taylor Lawson and Sierra Pico picked up two hits apiece, but it wasn't enough for Valpo to earn the win, as the Crusader softball team fell at Bowling Green, 2-0. Valpo returns home to host Youngstown State this weekend in the final series of the regular season.


Crusaders to Play One Game Wednesday at BGSU


The Valparaiso University softball team will play a single game Wednesday afternoon at Bowling Green to close out its non-league schedule, taking on the Falcons at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. The single game replaces the previously-scheduled doubleheader. Valpo will then return home for the final Horizon League series of the season, starting Friday against Youngstown State.


Crusaders Drop Series Finale Sunday


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in its series finale at Detroit Sunday afternoon, 5-4, after rallying to tie the game on a two-run homer by Tarah McShane in the top of the seventh inning.


Long Ball Helps Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split


Three home runs, including a pair of mammoth blasts from freshman Stephanie Moreno, accounted for all seven of the runs for the Valparaiso University softball team in its nightcap at Detroit on Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders took down the Titans, 7-5. Valpo rebounded from a 16-3 loss to Detroit in Saturday’s opener.


Softball Travels to Detroit This Weekend


A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball program this weekend, as the Crusaders travel to Detroit for a three-game set. Valpo will take on the Titans twice on Saturday and once on Sunday in the penultimate weekend of league play, fighting for a spot in the postseason tournament field.


Valpo Sweeps Key League Doubleheader at CSU


There were players making key plays and coming up with key hits up and down the roster of the Valparaiso University softball team on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, as the Crusaders swept Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader by scores of 7-4 and 7-6, the latter win coming in 10 innings.


Crusaders Bested by Vikings Friday


The Valparaiso University softball team led after its third time at bat in its series opener at Horizon League foe Cleveland State Friday afternoon, but the Vikings scored eight unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell by a 9-2 final.


Valpo Drops Pair of Road Games Tuesday


The Valparaiso University softball team fell in a pair of non-league contests Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill., dropping 12-4 and 4-2 decisions to Northern Illinois. Taylor Weissenhofer struck out a season-best seven batters in the nightcap.


Softball Closes Weekend With Rally to Win Over UIC


The Valparaiso University softball team snapped its losing streak in style Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, coming from four runs down to score a 9-4 victory over UIC in Horizon League play. Sophomore Jorgi Calombaris led the way offensively with a career-best five RBIs.


Valpo Falls in Pair of Slugfests Saturday


The Valparaiso University softball team fell short in a pair of comeback attempts in Horizon League play Saturday afternoon against UIC, dropping league games by final scores of 11-9 and 11-5 to the Flames. Taylor Nadler picked up five hits to lead the Valpo offense Saturday, while Kaitlyn Ranieri connected on two home runs and Tarah McShane hit a home run as well.


Friday Game Postponed; Crusaders, Flames to Play Saturday, Sunday


A key Horizon League series awaits the Valparaiso University softball team this weekend, as the Crusaders host UIC at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series. But the Crusaders will have to wait one more day to open the series, as Friday’s game has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for 1 p.m., while today’s postponement will be made up Sunday at noon. Saturday will also serve as Alumni Day for the Crusader softball program, as Valpo welcomes back more than 20 former players.


Crusaders Drop Pair at Wisconsin


The Valparaiso softball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader at Wisconsin Wednesday afternoon on a cool, overcast day in Madison, Wis., dropping the opener 10-2 and the nightcap 11-2. Mollie Lindeman connected on her first home run in a Crusader uniform in the first game.


Softball Falls in Non-League Contest to IPFW


On an overcast day Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Valparaiso softball team struggled to finish innings offensively, leaving 10 runners on base in a 5-2 loss to IPFW.


Crusader Softball Steps Out of League Play


A full week with six games awaits the Crusader softball team this week, starting with a pair of non-league dates. Valpo will step out of Horizon League play Tuesday at home against IPFW at 3:30 p.m. - which will serve as the program’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day - and then head to Wisconsin for a twinbill Wednesday afternoon.


Softball Drops Doubleheader Versus Oakland


The Valparaiso softball team took the lead early in both ends of a doubleheader against Oakland in Horizon League action on Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Golden Grizzlies would come from behind to send the Crusaders to a pair of losses, as Valpo fell 7-2 and 6-3. Taylor Lawson scored three runs on the day to lead the Crusaders.


Crusaders Drop Series Opener to Oakland


The Valparaiso softball team fell in its Horizon League series opener to Oakland on Friday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, 8-0. Freshman Taylor Nadler went 2-for-2 to lead the Valpo effort.


Softball Start Time Friday Moved Up


Another day, another schedule adjustment for the Valparaiso softball team. This time, with this weekend’s series already having been moved to the Valparaiso University Softball Field from Oakland, Friday’s game time has been pushed up to 11 a.m. due to the threat of rain in the afternoon. Saturday’s twinbill remains as a 1 p.m. start.


Long Ball Dooms Crusaders in Twinbill at IUPUI


The Valparaiso softball team fell victim to the home run ball in a non-league doubleheader Wednesday afternoon on a warm, sunny day in Indianapolis, giving up seven home runs as the Crusaders dropped the two games by final scores of 6-4 and 11-3 to IUPUI.


Valpo Softball Ready For Five-Game Week


For the first time since March 15, the Valparaiso softball team will leave home this week. The Crusaders travel to Indianapolis for a non-league doubleheader at IUPUI on Wednesday. Valpo will then return home for its Horizon League series versus Oakland, which was originally scheduled to be played at Oakland. The Crusaders will host the Golden Grizzlies for a single game Friday at 3pm and a doubleheader Saturday at 1pm.


Softball Series Finale Sunday Canceled


Spring still hasn't completely sprung in Valparaiso, and with the combination of rain that moved through early Sunday afternoon and projected wind chill factors later in the afternoon below the league's minimum threshold, the Crusader softball team's series finale against Wright State has been canceled and won't be made up.


Crusaders Split Pair of Slugfests With WSU


Runs weren’t hard to come by for the Valparaiso and Wright State softball teams in a doubleheader Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as a pair of high-scoring games saw squads overcome large deficits. The Crusaders held a six-run lead in game one before WSU rallied for an 11-9 win, but in the nightcap, Valpo overcame a three-run deficit for a 9-7 victory.


Softball Set to Host Wright State This Weekend


The Valparaiso softball team continues Horizon League play this weekend as the Crusaders host Wright State in a three-game series at home. The series has been shifted a bit due to weather, as the two squads are now slated to play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m.


Cold Forces Adjustment to Softball Weekend Series


With a high temperature that’s not even expected to crack 30 degrees on Friday, the Valparaiso softball team has adjusted its weekend series at home against Wright State. Friday’s single game has been moved to Sunday, with a 1 p.m. first pitch. Saturday’s doubleheader remains unchanged, with first pitch of the twinbill slated for 1 p.m.


Kate Stake Joins the Valpo Coaches Show


Valparaiso softball head coach Kate Stake joins the Valpo Coaches Show to look back on the pre-league portion of the schedule and how the season has shaken out to date for the Crusaders.


s’No’w Way Softball Can Play: Tuesday Twinbill Canceled


The Valparaiso softball team got three games in at home last weekend, but Mother Nature decided that Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader with Central Michigan would be a no-go, as multiple inches of snow on Monday forced the cancellation of the twinbill with the Chippewas. Valpo is slated to return to action at home Friday afternoon to kick off a three-game Horizon League series with Wright State.


Valpo Splits Saturday League Twinbill With Phoenix


The Valparaiso softball team plated 17 runs in a Horizon League doubleheader at home Saturday against defending league champion Green Bay, but it would only be enough for a split of the two games, as after capturing the opener by a 10-2 final, the Crusaders dropped a 12-7 decision in the nightcap. Kaitlyn Ranieri reached base in all eight of her plate appearances on the day.


Crusaders Fall in Horizon League Opener


The Valparaiso softball team struck the first blow Friday afternoon in its Horizon League opener at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against Green Bay in a rematch of last season’s championship, but the Phoenix responded with seven unanswered runs as the Crusaders fell 7-2. The series will conclude with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.


Crusaders Finish Out Rebel Spring Games With Split


The Valparaiso softball team split for the third straight day Sunday to close out its time in the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., falling to South Dakota 9-1 before taking down Saint Peter’s by a 10-5 final. The games were the last on Valpo’s spring break trip, and the Crusaders now return home this week. The original home opener for Wednesday against Eastern Illinois has been canceled, meaning that Valpo will open the home slate and Horizon League play simultaneously Friday afternoon versus Green Bay.


Crusaders Pick Up Another Win Saturday


It was another day of split decisions for the Valparaiso softball team Saturday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. Valpo would drop the opener to Albany in eight innings, 6-5, suffering its fifth one-run loss of the season. But the Crusaders rebounded with a 4-2 win over Niagara in the nightcap.


Crusaders Split Pair at Rebel Spring Games


The Valparaiso softball team, playing in its final spring break event of the year, snapped a seven-game losing streak in their second game of the day at the Rebel Spring Games, beating Albany, 9-2. The Crusaders fell to Bucknell in their first game of the day, 6-2. Jorgi Calombaris went 3-for-6 with three runs scored on the day.


Dunn, Calombaris Named Athletes of the Month


Valparaiso sophomore men's tennis player Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) and sophomore softball player Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for February.


Valpo Finishes Out Colorado State Classic Monday


The Valparaiso softball team closed action at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Monday afternoon. Valpo dropped the resumption of Sunday’s suspended game to the host Rams, 5-4 in nine innings, and then fell to Colorado State 8-3 in the tournament finale.


Crusaders-Rams Suspended In Extra Inning Sunday


The Valparaiso softball team continued play at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sunday. Facing the host Rams in the nightcap, the Crusaders battled CSU to a 2-2 tie through eight innings before the game was suspended due to darkness. The game will be resumed on Monday before Valpo’s tournament finale against the Rams. In Sunday’s opener, the Crusaders fell 13-1 to Omaha.


Crusaders Drop Pair at Colorado State


The Valparaiso softball team finally got action underway at the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday, but the results wouldn’t fall the Crusaders’ way, as Valpo dropped run-rule decisions to Omaha (11-2) and Drake (8-0).


Crusaders’ Game Friday Afternoon Canceled


The Valparaiso softball team will have to wait until Saturday to play its first game at the Colorado State Classic, as its scheduled game Friday against Drake was canceled with snow still on the outfield grass. The Crusaders are still scheduled to play their two games Saturday and Sunday.


Crusaders Pick Up Six Games in Florida


When one door closes, another one opens, and that’s what has happened for the Valparaiso softball team. Following the cancelation of the Crusaders’ scheduled tournament this coming weekend, head coach Kate Stake added a trip to Kissimmee, Fla. and the Rebel Spring Games to Valpo’s spring break slate.


Calombaris Claims Player of the Week Award


After posting three multi-hit games in four contests last week, including her first career four-hit game, Valparaiso sophomore Jorgi Calombaris has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.


Crusaders’ Weekend Tournament Canceled


The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled games this weekend at Arkansas’ Wooo Pig Classic from Fayetteville, Ark. have been canceled, as the tournament has been called off due to anticipated inclement weather. The tournament will not be rescheduled.


Valpo Splits Pair of Games Saturday


Jenna Stauffenberg tallied four hits Saturday as the Crusader softball team split its final two games from the Samford Invitational. Valpo defeated Alabama State, 8-2, as it scored eight unanswered runs, but fell in the finale against Samford, 12-1.


Crusaders Fall Twice on Opening Day at Samford


Leadoff hitter Jorgi Calombaris enjoyed a 7-for-8 day at the plate on Friday, but it would not be enough to lead Valparaiso to a win, as the Crusaders fell in their opener to Houston Baptist, 13-8, and then gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss to host Samford. Tarah McShane connected on a pair of home runs in the opener as well.


Softball Resumes Spring Slate at Samford


After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend with four games at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. This is the first of three consecutive weekends with tournament action for the Crusaders. With inclement weather in the forecast, the schedule has been adjusted and Valpo will play two games apiece on Friday and Saturday.


Crusaders Close Out Mercer Invitational With Win Over IPFW


The Valparaiso softball team finished the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Ga. on Sunday with a third-place finish after earning a run-rule victory over IPFW for the second straight day, 9-1. Mollie Lindeman earned the win on Sunday, while Taylor Lawson and Stephanie Moreno represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


Softball Splits Two on Second Day in Georgia


Crusaders run-rule IPFW, 10-2, in Saturday's opener at the Mercer Invitational for Kate Stake's first win as a collegiate head coach. Valpo fell to Mercer, 5-4, in the nightcap and will face IPFW in its tournament finale Sunday. Taylor Lawson picked up a team-best six hits on the day.


Crusaders Drop Pair on Opening Day at Mercer


The Valparaiso softball team opened the season at the Mercer Invitational on Friday, falling to Jacksonville State 5-4 and Mercer 12-4. Freshman Stephanie Moreno had four hits on the day to lead the Crusaders.


Softball Picked Third in Preseason Poll; Stake Joins Valpo Coaches Show


With the 2015 softball season set to open this weekend, the Horizon League released its preseason poll on Wednesday, and Valparaiso was picked to finish in third place. Before the Crusaders head to Macon, Ga., head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show to look back at how the fall season and spring practices have prepared the team for the start of the season, and what she hopes to get out of the early-season competition.


Four Crusaders Earn Preseason All-League Honors


With the dawn of the 2015 softball campaign right around the corner, four Valparaiso softball players picked up preseason All-Horizon League accolades from College Sports Madness on Tuesday, highlighted by the selection of junior Kaitlyn Ranieri as the site’s preseason Field Player of the Year.


Trepanier Inks NLI With Valpo Softball


Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Carly Trepanier has signed an NLI with the Crusaders and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season. Trepanier was a Second Team All-State honoree last season and helped lead Manteno [Ill.] H.S. to a state title game appearance.


Softball Announces 2015 Slate


17 home games over 11 dates at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, at least six games against 2014 NCAA Tournament participants highlight the Crusader softball schedule for the 2015 campaign.


Softball to Host Pair of Camps


Softball program to host All-Skills Camp January 18, Hitting and Pitching Camp February 15.


Crusaders’ Final Home Doubleheader Postponed to Sunday


The Valparaiso softball team’s final doubleheader of the fall season has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to precipitation over the past 24 hours and forecasted rain into the start of the weekend. The twinbill between the Crusaders and Grand Valley State will now start on Sunday afternoon at noon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Softball, Six Players Earn NFCA Academic Honors


Crusaders earn All-Academic Team Honors from the NFCA for a fourth consecutive year, while six players received All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades as well.


Crusaders Raising Money as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Activities


The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.


Crusaders Announce Fall Schedule


The Valparaiso softball team will take to the field to play eight games over four days this fall, including a pair of home doubleheaders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusader Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp

Valparaiso softball program to host Fall Experience Camp Sept. 13 for players graduating from high school from 2015 through 2019. The camp will allow participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. Visit ValpoSoftballClinics.com for more information.


Kate Stake Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

The new head coach of the Valparaiso softball program, Kate Stake, talks about what attracted her to Valpo, what she brings with her from previous assistant coaching stops, and more on this edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.


Valparaiso Announces Hiring of Kate Stake as Softball Head Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Kate Stake has been hired as the new head coach of the Crusader softball program. Stake comes to Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra.


Valparaiso to Host Nike Softball Camp in Late June

For the first time, Valparaiso will be hosting a Nike Softball Camp – an immersive overnight softball experience – from June 23-26 for youths ages 8-18.


Ranieri Earns Second Team All-Region Accolade

Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) added another award to her list of honors on Thursday, as she was named a Second Team All-Midwest Region honoree by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). With the award, Ranieri becomes eligible for All-American honors.


Valpo Falls in Horizon League Championship

The Valparaiso softball team came up one step short of capturing its third consecutive Horizon League title on Saturday in Dayton, Ohio, falling to top-seeded Green Bay in the championship game by a 9-0 score. Junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) and sophomores Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.


McShane Delivers Walk-Off Winner; Crusaders Advance to Championship

Another day just called for more walk-off heroics from the Valparaiso softball team, this time courtesy of junior Tarah McShane, who lined a two-run, two-out single into left field to give the Crusaders a 5-4 win in eight innings over UIC and send Valpo to Championship Saturday. The Crusaders lost their first game of the day to Green Bay, 9-1, and will have to beat the Phoenix twice on Saturday to earn the league title.


Three-Hit Shutout Advances Crusaders in HL Championship

Making her second start of the day, Valparaiso sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) twirled a three-hit shutout as the third-seeded Crusaders defeated second-seeded Wright State 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at the 2014 Horizon League Championship. With the win, Valpo advances in the winner’s bracket and will play next on Friday morning at 10 a.m. CT.


Doerffler Walk-Off Double Clinches Tournament Opener

For the third time in her career, senior Angie Doerffler delivered a walk-off hit in the Horizon League Championship, this time a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give third-seeded Valparaiso a 4-3 victory over sixth-seeded UIC in the opener of the 2014 Horizon League Championship from Dayton, Ohio. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play second-seeded Wright State this afternoon.


Ranieri Named Co-Player of the Year as Three Crusaders Honored

Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) was named the Horizon League co-Player of the Year and earned a First Team All-League spot as the league announced its postseason honors Wednesday morning. In addition, freshman Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) was tabbed a Second Team All-League honoree and was joined on the All-Freshman Team by fellow rookie Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East).


Valpo Set For 2014 Horizon League Championship

The Valparaiso softball team looks to make it three consecutive Horizon League titles this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Dayton, Ohio for the 2014 Horizon League Championship. Valpo will be the third seed for the tournament and opens play against sixth-seeded UIC at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday.


Crusaders to Open League Tournament as Third Seed

The Valparaiso softball team will be the third seed for this week’s Horizon League Championship and will open tournament play at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday morning against sixth-seeded UIC from Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders are in search of their third consecutive league title.


Crusaders Close Out Regular Season With Win

Valparaiso’s bats came alive Sunday, pounding out 14 hits in a 7-3 victory at Green Bay to finish up the regular season. With the win, the Crusaders close out the season in a tie for third place in the Horizon League standings and will be the third seed for the upcoming Horizon League Championship.


Valpo Drops Pair at Green Bay

The Valparaiso softball team entered this weekend with a chance to earn the Horizon League regular season championship, but following Saturday’s action, it was Green Bay which had the chance to celebrate a title, as the Crusaders dropped a pair of road games to the Phoenix by final scores of 5-0 and 3-1.


Crusaders Drop Pair at Indiana Wednesday

The Valparaiso softball team closed out the non-league portion of its regular season Wednesday at Indiana, falling to the Hoosiers in the resumption of a suspended game, 5-0, before dropping an 8-0 decision in the nightcap.


Softball Home Finale Canceled

The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled home doubleheader Tuesday against IUPUI has been canceled due to poor field conditions. The games will not be made up. The Crusaders will return to action Wednesday afternoon at Indiana.


Crusaders Fall in Series Finale

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to get much going offensively on Sunday in its series finale at Wright State, falling 3-0 to the Raiders.


Pair of Records Fall as Crusaders Split at Wright State

Seniors Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) and Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) both broke program career records on Saturday as the Valparaiso softball team split a Horizon League doubleheader at Wright State. The Crusaders took the opener from the Raiders, 4-2, before falling 11-3 in the nightcap.


Crusaders Lose Lead Late in Loss at Notre Dame

Valparaiso used back-to-back home runs in the first inning to claim an early lead at #21 Notre Dame, a lead it would carry into the fifth inning before the Irish scored six runs late as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 7-2 Thursday evening.


Crusaders Earn Road Sweep Tuesday

The Valparaiso softball team continued its strong play of late Tuesday in Macomb, Ill., sweeping a non-league doubleheader from Western Illinois by scores of 3-1 and 5-4, holding off Leatherneck threats in the seventh inning of both games. With the pair of wins today, the Crusaders have now won 11 of their last 13 games.


Valpo Set to Hit Road Again

After three straight weeks of nothing but home games, the Valparaiso softball team plays six games in three different locations this week. A non-league doubleheader at Western Illinois and a single game at nationally-ranked Notre Dame set the Crusaders up for a huge Horizon League series this weekend at Wright State.


Crusaders Split Twinbill Against Oakland

On a Senior Day where runs were at a premium at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, Valparaiso earned a 2-1 win in the first game of the doubleheader against Oakland before falling in extra innings for the first time this season, losing the nightcap 4-2 in eight innings.


Crusaders Explode Offensively to Close Out Run-Rule Win

Leading by just one run heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Valparaiso softball team batted around the order, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs to finish off a 11-3, six-inning victory in Horizon League play over Oakland Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Softball Adds April 30 Date at Indiana

What will surely be the longest start-to-finish game in Valparaiso softball history is set for an April 30 conclusion, as Valpo and Indiana have agreed to resume their suspended March 1 game in Bloomington on the final day of the month, nearly two months later. The Crusaders and Hoosiers will then play a full second game following the conclusion of the suspended game.


Senior Day on Horizon For Softball This Weekend

The Valparaiso softball team closes out its 19-day, 14-game homestand on Easter weekend as the Crusaders welcome Horizon League newcomer Oakland to town for a three-game series. Valpo will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday in between games, honoring the six members of this year’s senior class.


Ranieri Earns Horizon League Weekly Award

Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after capping another stellar week at the plate with a walk-off double on Sunday to give the Crusaders the series win over Cleveland State.


Walk-Off Win Keeps Crusaders Atop Horizon League

In a game full of many twists and turns, it was Valparaiso’s Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) who delivered the final blow, driving a double to the left-center gap to score Taylor Lawson (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) as the Crusaders walked off with the 7-6 win in eight innings over Cleveland State. Valpo ends the weekend at 7-3 in Horizon League play and atop the league standings.


Sunday Softball First Pitch Moved Up to 11AM

A reminder to fans that first pitch of softball's series finale against Cleveland State Sunday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been moved up to 11 a.m. If you can't make it out to the field, watch live on the Horizon League Network.


Crusaders Split Saturday Softball Twinbill With CSU

The Valparaiso softball team bounced back from a loss in Saturday’s opener against Cleveland State in a Horizon League doubleheader, overcoming a three-run deficit in the nightcap for a 6-4 win to pull out a spit of the twinbill. The Vikings hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to send the Crusaders to a 3-2 loss. First pitch of Sunday's series finale has been moved up to 11 a.m.


Softball Continues Homestand With CSU This Weekend

Owners of five straight victories, the Valparaiso softball team continues its long homestand this weekend with a key Horizon League series against Cleveland State. The Crusaders enter the weekend in second place in the league standings.


Jordan Stevens Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens joins the Valpo Coaches Show this week as the Crusaders carry a five-game winning streak into this weekend's home Horizon League series against Cleveland State.


Walk-Off Homer Caps Softball Doubleheader Sweep

An entertaining afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field was capped in the most entertaining way possible for Crusader fans, as sophomore Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning of the nightcap, giving Valparaiso a 4-3 victory over Northern Illinois and a sweep of the doubleheader. Valpo rallied from a four-run deficit for an 8-6 win in the opener.


Third Straight Blanking Completes Softball Sweep

The Valparaiso softball team made it a complete series shutout of Detroit in Horizon League play on Sunday, delivering the Titans a third straight blanking in an 8-0, run-rule victory at the Valparaiso University Softball Field to improve to 5-2 in league action.


Valpo Posts Pair of Shutouts For League Wins Saturday

The Valparaiso softball team got a pair of shutout efforts in the circle Saturday from sophomores Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) and Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) as the Crusaders swept a Horizon League home doubleheader from Detroit by final scores of 6-0 and 9-0.


Blame It on the Rain - Softball Friday Game Canceled

For the third time since returning from its spring break trip, the Valparaiso softball team has had a game canceled, as rain over the past 36 hours forced the Crusaders to call off their scheduled home game against North Dakota on Friday. The game will not be made up. In addition, Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit will now start at 2 p.m.


Emhardt, McShane Named Valparaiso Athletes of the Month for March

Men's tennis freshman Charlie Emhardt (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) and softball junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Athletes of the Month for the month of March.


Crusaders Post 20 Runs In Doubleheader Split

Big innings proved instrumental in both games as the Valparaiso softball team split a home doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against Eastern Michigan. The Crusaders scored 11 runs over the final two innings to earn a 13-3 victory in six frames in the opener, but the Eagles combined for nine runs in the first and last innings of an 11-7 decision in the nightcap.


Crusaders Drop Home Opener Tuesday

The Valparaiso softball team opened a long homestand Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field with its home opener, falling to Western Michigan in a single game, 5-0.


Flurry of Home Games Lie Ahead for Softball

The Valparaiso softball team will start its home schedule with a bang this week, playing seven games over five days at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. Four non-league games will open the home slate before a three-game Horizon League series against Detroit this weekend.


Crusaders Split Sunday Against UIC

For the second straight weekend, the Valparaiso softball team split a Horizon League doubleheader, as the Crusaders fell in the opener Sunday in Chicago against UIC, 10-2, before leading start-to-finish in a 6-2 win in the nightcap. The games were moved from Flames Field and were played at Cacciatore Stadium on DePaul’s campus.


Valpo-UIC Saturday Softball Game Canceled

Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on Valparaiso's spring sports, this time forcing the cancellation of the Crusaders' game Saturday against UIC at DePaul. The forecast looks much better for Sunday's 2:30 p.m. doubleheader between the Crusaders and Flames, also slated to be played at DePaul.


Crusaders Drop 3-0 Decision at EIU Thursday

The Valparaiso softball team was limited to just two hits Thursday afternoon in Charleston, Ill., as Eastern Illinois defeated the Crusaders by a 3-0 final.


Softball Weekend Series Moved, Schedule Adjusted

Valparaiso's Horizon League series this weekend at UIC has been moved to DePaul's Cacciatore Stadium. In addition, the schedule has been adjusted, as the Crusaders and Flames will now play a single game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.


Road Schedule Continues for Valpo Softball

The Valparaiso softball team will attempt to continue its spring schedule with four road games this week. The Crusaders are slated to travel to Eastern Illinois for a single game Thursday afternoon before making the short trek to Chicago for a three-game Horizon League series versus UIC this weekend.


Softball Splits Saturday Twinbill at YSU

The Valparaiso softball team opened up Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio, splitting a pair of high-scoring games with Youngstown State. The Crusaders captured the opener 7-4 before falling in the nightcap, 12-9. The third game of the series, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, has been canceled due to forecasted cold conditions.


Softball Set to Open League Play

The Valparaiso softball team looks to get Horizon League play off on the right foot this weekend as the Crusaders open the league slate with a three-game series at Youngstown State. The opening series is a rematch of last season’s final day of the Horizon League Championship, when Valpo downed the Penguins twice to claim the league title.


McShane Earns All-Tournament Accolade; Mid-Week Postponement

Valparaiso softball junior Tarah McShane (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central Catholic) has been named to the All-Tournament Team at the Rainbow Wahine Classic last weekend. Also Monday, head coach Jordan Stevens announced that Wednesday's scheduled home opener against Western Michigan has been postponed.


Crusaders Split on Final Day of Rainbow Wahine Classic

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on its final day of action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, beating BYU 6-4 before falling to Hawai’i in bracket play to close its spring break trip, 8-4.


Valpo Falls Against #2/4 Oregon Thursday Evening

Facing the nation’s second-ranked team for the second time in program history, Valparaiso struck for a run in the bottom of the first inning, but couldn’t push anybody else across the plate, falling to #2/4 Oregon 5-1 Thursday evening at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Crusaders Drop Two On First Day at Hawai’i

The Valparaiso softball team lost a pair of games on the first day of action at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday. One swing was the difference in a 4-0 loss in the Crusaders’ opener against #RV/-- James Madison, while Valpo then fell 8-0 to host Hawai’i in the nightcap.


Valpo Hits Hawaii for Final Leg of Spring Break Trip

The Valparaiso softball team closes out spring break action with its first-ever trip to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Crusaders will face the nation’s second-ranked team in Oregon and another squad receiving votes in James Madison, as well as BYU and the host Rainbow Wahine. All five teams in the tournament field advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season.


Crusaders Fall Twice on Sunday

After a rain-delayed start to the final day of action at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho on Sunday, the Valparaiso offense was never able to get on track, as the Crusaders lost to Indiana, 3-1, and Boise State, 7-0.


Softball Splits Pair of Saturday Games

The Valparaiso softball team split two games Saturday in Boise, Idaho at the Springhill Suites Invitational, earning revenge on Weber State for Friday’s loss with a 10-7 victory before surrendering three runs in the bottom of the sixth to Boise State in a 6-5 loss.


Crusaders Drop Opener in Boise on Friday

The Valparaiso softball team opened up action at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho on Friday afternoon, falling to Weber State 3-0.


Softball Heads to Boise This Weekend

The Valparaiso softball team continues its 2014 spring break trip this weekend at the Springhill Suites Invitational, hosted by Boise State in Boise, Idaho. The Crusaders will play two games apiece against the host Broncos and Weber State, while also taking on Indiana once.


Crusaders Split Pair of One-Run Decisions Sunday

The Valparaiso softball team played a pair of one-run games on Sunday at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., falling 1-0 to UT-Arlington before a walk-off home run from senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) gave the Crusaders a 7-6 win over Longwood.


Rain Affects Crusader Softball Weekend Schedule

Leave it to Mother Nature to follow the Valparaiso softball team all the way to Tucson, Ariz., as the Crusaders' schedule at the Wildcat Invitational was altered Saturday due to wet weather.


Crusaders Drop Pair on Opening Day at Arizona

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to get its spring break trip off on a winning note Friday, falling to Iowa (8-0) and #10/9 Arizona (9-1) on the opening day of the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.


Softball Opens Spring Break Trip at Arizona

After a weekend off, Valparaiso opens its 2014 spring break trip this weekend at Arizona’s Wildcat Invitational. The Crusaders will play five games in a 48-hour span, facing Iowa, Indiana, Longwood and UT-Arlington in addition to the nationally-ranked Wildcats.


Wisniewski Claims Player of the Week Accolade

Valparaiso senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) has been named Horizon League Player of the Week after her stellar performance at the plate for the Crusaders at last weekend's Ragin' Cajun Invitational.


Crusaders Drop Tournament Finale to Memphis

A pair of errors from Valparaiso led to four unearned runs for Memphis early on in the Crusaders’ finale at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. on Sunday, and Valpo would not be able to recover, falling 7-3 to the Tigers. Senior Amanda Wisniewski (Skokie, Ill./Huntley) represented Valpo on the All-Tournament Team after hitting .538 with four runs scored and four RBIs over the course of the weekend.


Crusaders Drop Pair of Games Saturday

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to come up with a victory Saturday at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La., falling in a slugfest in the day’s opener to Central Arkansas, 10-8, and then failing to get anything going offensively in a 4-0 loss to Boston College.


Softball Falls Twice on Friday

The Valparaiso softball team dropped a pair of one-run games to open the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational on Friday in Lafayette, La., falling victim to a walk-off homer in a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas and seeing its rally come up one run short in a 3-2 loss against host #20/20 Louisiana.


Softball Schedule Changes For This Weekend

The Valparaiso softball team's schedule for this weekend at the Ragin' Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. has been adjusted yet again.


Crusaders Continue Early-Season Play in Louisiana

The Valparaiso softball team continues the 2014 campaign this weekend at Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajun Invitational in Lafayette, La. The Crusaders will play five games over three days, highlighted by games on Friday against #6/4 Michigan as well as the 20th-ranked hosts. Valpo will also take on Central Arkansas, Boston College and Memphis at the tournament. The game against BC will be held off-site at Teurlings Catholic H.S.


Crusaders Close Opening Weekend With Victory

The Valparaiso softball team made it two straight wins to close out the opening weekend of play Sunday at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C., defeating UMass Lowell by a final score of 5-2.


Softball Posts Record-Setting Offensive Performance in Saturday Win

The Valparaiso softball team set numerous program records on Saturday, earning its first victory of the season with a 24-1, run-rule shortened victory over Big East foe Seton Hall in Buies Creek, N.C. as part of Campbell’s Hampton Inn Invitational.


Crusaders Face Schedule Changes at Campbell

Due to delays in getting Saturday's action started at the Hampton Inn Invitational at Campbell, Valparaiso's tournament schedule has been shifted around. The Crusaders will now play Seton Hall this evening at 5 p.m. CT and UMass Lowell Sunday morning at 10 a.m. CT. Further updates will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.


Crusaders Drop Pair to Open Season

The Valparaiso softball team was unable to push any runs across the plate on the opening day of the 2014 season on Friday, falling 6-0 to IPFW and 3-0 to Campbell at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C.


Softball Tabbed First in HL Preseason Poll

For the first time in program history, the two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball team has been selected to win the league in preseason polling of the league's head coaches. The poll was released by the league office Thursday afternoon on the eve of the 2014 campaign.


What You Need to Know - Valpo Softball

With the Valparaiso softball team opening the 2014 campaign this weekend at Campbell's tournament, read up on what to expect from the Crusaders entering the season, and watch head coach Jordan Stevens on the Valpo Coaches Show as he previews the coming year.


Four Crusaders Named to Preseason All-League Teams

Four Valparaiso softball players have been selected to the College Sports Madness preseason All-Horizon League teams, highlighted by the choice of sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) as the league's Pitcher of the Year.


Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camp Dates

The two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball program will host a pair of camp dates this winter. The Crusaders’ hitting/pitching camp will be held Sunday, January 19, while an all-skills camp will be held Sunday, February 23. Both camps are open to youths grades 2-12.


Valparaiso Softball Announces Nine Signees

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that nine players have signed to join the two-time defending Horizon League champion Crusader softball program as freshmen for the 2015 season.


Four Teams Honored at Championship Night

In addition to raising the basketball banners, director of athletics Mark LaBarbera presented rings to the baseball, softball, and men's golf Championship teams from 2012-2013 at the season opener versus Murray State.


Crusaders Adjust Spring Schedule

Following a facility conflict that forced the cancellation of the UNI Dome Invitational on the opening weekend of the 2014 softball season, the Valparaiso softball program has found a replacement tournament in Buies Creek, N.C. at Campbell's Hampton Inn Invitational.


Softball Earns Team, Individual Academic Awards From NFCA

The Valparaiso softball program has again earned All-Academic Team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after posting a team GPA of 3.343 during the 2012-2013 academic year, while individually, nine Crusaders were recognized as All-America Scholar Athletes by the NFCA as the organization announced its annual academic awards this week.


Ichiyama, Lagesse Join Crusader Coaching Staff

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that former Crusaders Joylyn Ichiyama and Alex Lagesse will both serve as assistant coaches for the Valpo softball program in 2014.


Crusaders Announce 2014 Spring Schedule

Head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the 2014 spring schedule for the two-time defending Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball program, a schedule which includes 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field and features at least 12 games against NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago.


Crusaders Announce Fall Softball Schedule

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the Crusaders' 2013 fall schedule, a slate which includes eight games over four days.


Lindeman Joins Crusader Softball Roster

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Mollie Lindeman has transferred into the Crusader softball program. Lindeman will be immediately eligible for the 2014 season and has three years of eligibility remaining.


Crusader Softball to Host Trio of Camps This Fall

The Valparaiso softball program, two-time defending Horizon League champions, will be holding one individual and two team camps this fall. The Crusaders' fall experience camp will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15 on campus, while Valpo will host an 18U/16U team camp Sept. 7-8 and a 14U/12U team camp Oct. 19-20 at Imagination Glen Park in Portage.


19 Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Recognition

Valparaiso placed 19 student-athletes over seven sports on the Horizon League's 2013 Spring Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office. The 19 honorees tied for the most from any league institution.


Valpo Softball to Host Trio of Summer Camps

The two-time Horizon League champion Valparaiso softball program will be hosting three camps this summer, covering players at all grade levels.


Crusaders Win NCAA Tournament Game For First Time in Program History Before Bowing Out

The Valparaiso softball team earned its first NCAA Tournament victory in program history Saturday afternoon, defeating Central Michigan 7-4 in an elimination game in Ann Arbor, Mich. By virtue of the win, the Crusaders lived to play another elimination game, but Valpo fell in the final game of the day to #18/22 California 6-0, as Jolene Henderson tossed a no-hitter.


Crusaders Fall to Michigan in NCAA Tournament Opener

In its opening game of the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Valparaiso held #7/8 Michigan to its second-fewest runs scored at home this season, but the Crusaders could muster just two hits as the Wolverines downed Valpo by a 5-0 final. The Crusaders will take on Central Michigan at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Set for 2013 NCAA Tournament

For the second straight season, the Valparaiso softball team is going to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders are heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. this weekend for the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, starting tournament play against host #7/8 Michigan Friday evening. #18/22 California and Central Michigan are the other two teams in the regional. Every game of the regional will be broadcast live online at ESPN3.com.


Ticket Information and Full Schedule for Ann Arbor Regional of 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament

Valparaiso fans can purchase tickets for the Crusaders' trip to the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. CT Tuesday morning via host Michigan's ticketing website or by calling Michigan's ticket office at 866.296.6849.


Crusaders Heading to Ann Arbor for NCAA Tournament

Making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years, the Valparaiso softball team will head to Michigan for the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament. Valpo will open regional play against the host Wolverines, the eighth seed nationally, at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, live on ESPN3.com.


Join Softball For Selection Show Viewing Party

Fans are invited to join the Valparaiso softball team as it learns its destination for the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening. The team will be gathering at Wings Etc. (501 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso) for a viewing party for the selection show, with the show starting at 9pm CT on ESPNU.


Valpo Softball Completes Tournament Run; Claims Second Straight HL Championship

Quite simply, the Valparaiso softball team would not be denied its second straight Horizon League Championship, completing a five-game run of victories with a pair of wins on Saturday over Youngstown State, 2-1 and 11-9, to claim the league title for a second consecutive season. With the tournament crown, the Crusaders will represent the Horizon League in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years.


Crusaders Win Twice; Return to Championship Saturday for Second Straight Year

The Valparaiso softball team continued its run at the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill. on Friday with a pair of wins, advancing to Championship Saturday after defeating Cleveland State, 4-3 (8 innings), and Wright State, 10-2. The Crusaders will face Youngstown State on Saturday, needing a pair of victories to claim the tournament crown for a second straight year.


Softball Stays Alive With Win Over UIC

The Valparaiso softball team faced elimination for the first time in the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill. on Thursday evening, but stayed alive with a 3-1 victory over host UIC to remain in the hunt for the league crown. Valpo will return to the field for another elimination game at noon on Friday.


Valpo Drops Horizon League Tournament Opener

Eight unearned runs proved to be Valparaiso’s undoing in its opener of the 2013 Horizon League Championship on Wednesday afternoon, as the third-seeded Crusaders fell by a final score of 9-1 to sixth-seeded Youngstown State in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders will play an elimination game Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Crusaders Set For 2013 Horizon League Championship

The Valparaiso softball team makes the trip to the Windy City this week to compete in the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship, hosted by UIC. The defending tournament champions, the Crusaders earned the third seed for this year’s tournament with an 11-9 record in league play. Valpo will kick off tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Youngstown State.


Five Crusaders Earn Postseason Horizon League Accolades

Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team for the second consecutive season, highlighting a group of five Crusaders honored as the league's postseason awards were announced today. Four players received Second Team All-League accolades, while two of those players also earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.


Weissenhofer Brings Home Final Pitcher of the Week Honor

Valparaiso freshman pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after closing out the regular season by allowing just one run in 26.2 innings of work.


Not Quite Deja Vu As Crusaders Fall in Extras

Following the longest game in the history of the Valparaiso University Softball Field, Valparaiso and Youngstown State played the second-longest game in the facility's history on Sunday afternoon, but this time, the result would not fall the Crusaders' way, as the Penguins won 3-2 in 11 innings. Despite the loss in the regular-season finale, Valpo will be the third seed for this week's Horizon League Championship.


Crusaders Take Marathon to Complete Doubleheader Sweep

The Valparaiso softball team was scheduled to take on Youngstown State in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the two teams ended up playing the equivalent of three full games, with the Crusaders completing the sweep courtesy of a walk-off single by Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) in the bottom of the 14th of the nightcap for a 6-5 win. Valpo claimed the opener by a 3-0 score.


Valpo Softball Closes Out Regular Season at Home This Weekend

The Valparaiso softball team concludes the regular season this weekend as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in the final Horizon League series of the year. Sunday’s game will also serve as Senior Day, with the Crusaders honoring their four graduating seniors prior to the game.


Softball Splits at IUPUI Wednesday

Stepping out of Horizon League play for the final time in the 2013 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games Wednesday evening at IUPUI, rallying for a 5-4 victory in eight innings in the opener before a seventh-inning rally came up short in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.


Crusaders Take Pair From Broncos

The Valparaiso softball team stepped out of league play on Tuesday afternoon and swept a doubleheader at Western Michigan, earning a pair of one-run wins by scores of 4-3 and 1-0. Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) broke the Crusaders’ single-season strikeouts record in the nightcap.


Softball Series Finale Canceled

The Valparaiso and Cleveland State softball teams attempted to wait out the rain Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, but in the end, the rain would earn the win, as the series finale was canceled and will not be made up.


Crusaders and Vikings Split Softball Twinbill Saturday

Valparaiso split a Horizon League doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, taking game one from host Cleveland State 3-2 before falling in the nightcap to the Vikings, 4-1. The win marked the 100th in head coach Jordan Stevens' tenure with the Crusaders.


Crusaders Fall at Purdue Wednesday

The Valparaiso softball team scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead at Purdue Wednesday afternoon, but the Boilermakers scored three in the bottom half of the frame and the Crusaders left the bases loaded in the seventh as they fell by a final score of 4-2.


Valpo Softball Continues Road Swing This Week

The Valparaiso softball team continues a stretch of 11 consecutive games away from home this week with four more games. Valpo will travel to Purdue for a single game Wednesday afternoon before playing a key three-game Horizon League series at Cleveland State this weekend.


Bouchard Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Valparaiso freshman catcher Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after hitting four home runs last weekend for the Crusaders. Bouchard becomes the sixth different Crusader to earn weekly honors from the league office this year, including the fourth different hitter.


Lawson Signs NLI to Join Crusader Softball Program

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Taylor Lawson has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman in the fall of 2013. Lawson becomes the fourth member of Valpo's incoming freshman class for next season.


Crusaders Cruise to Win Over Detroit

The Valparaiso softball team closed out a Horizon League series victory at Detroit in emphatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, scoring 12 runs in the first inning alone en route to a 17-0 win over the Titans.


Crusaders and Titans Split Saturday Twinbill

The Valparaiso softball team broke out its bats in game one of a Horizon League doubleheader at Detroit on Saturday, hitting two grand slams as part of a four-homer performance in a 12-1 victory. The Titans turned the tables on the Crusaders in the nightcap, taking the day’s second game by a 9-0 score.


Softball Game at Notre Dame Canceled

Despite the fickle temperament of Mother Nature so far this spring, the Valparaiso softball team entered this week with just one outright cancellation this season. That changed on Thursday, as the Crusaders' scheduled contest at Notre Dame fell victim to the rain that has plagued the region over the past 24 hours and is forecasted to continue into the evening. The game will not be made up.


Crusaders Split Sunday Twinbill With Flames

A pair of clutch early-inning base hits gave the Valparaiso softball team a lead it would not relinquish in Sunday's nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) held UIC down in a 3-1 Crusader victory. The Flames took the day's opener, 10-0, as the two squads split the doubleheader.


Softball Drops Home Contest Against UIC

The Valparaiso softball team took a lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a 3-run homer by Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), but UIC answered with four runs in its half of the sixth as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 7-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday.


Schedule Adjustment for Softball Weekend Series

Due to field conditions, the schedule for this weekend's home softball series against UIC has been altered. The two teams will now play just a single game on Saturday, which is Youth Day at the ballpark, at 1 p.m. The doubleheader will now be played on Sunday starting at noon.


Crusaders Fall Twice at Home on Tuesday

The Valparaiso softball team dropped a pair of games to visiting Bowling Green Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field by final scores of 6-3 and 5-0.


Promotions on Tap for Crusader Home Softball This Week

A number of promotions are set for this week's Valparaiso softball home games, highlighted by Saturday's doubleheader against Horizon League foe UIC being designated as Youth Day.


Valpo Drops Series Finale at Loyola

The Valparaiso softball team carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning of Sunday’s Horizon League series finale at Loyola, but five unanswered runs sent the Crusaders to a 6-2 defeat.


Crusaders Drop League Doubleheader at Loyola

The long ball did in the Crusaders on Saturday in a Horizon League doubleheader at Loyola, as the Ramblers connected on eight home runs over the course of the two games as Valparaiso fell by final scores of 7-0 and 9-1.


Winning Ways Continue For Valpo Softball

The Valparaiso softball team extended its winning streak to seven consecutive games on Wednesday, stepping out of league play to take down Eastern Michigan by final scores of 5-4 and 3-2 (8 innings) in Ypsilanti, Mich.


Softball Completes Series Sweep

The Valparaiso softball team completed a series sweep of Wright State and remained atop the Horizon League standings on Tuesday, as led by a 6-for-7 effort at the plate by Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), the Crusaders took two games from the Raiders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field by final scores of 8-5 and 6-2.


Crusaders Claim Third Straight Victory

Freshman pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) struck out the first nine batters she faced on Monday en route to a three-hit shutout, while the Valparaiso offense scored in four of its six at-bats in a 5-0 Horizon League victory over Wright State at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Walk-Off Homer Caps Crusader Doubleheader Sweep

Sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) launched a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday's nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, giving Valparaiso a 5-2 walk-off victory to complete the doubleheader sweep of Green Bay. The Crusaders scored multiple runs in four of five innings in an 11-3 run-rule win in the day's opener.


Valpo Falls in Horizon League Opener

A pair of solo home runs in the sixth inning helped Valparaiso slice two runs off a three-run deficit Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Crusaders would be unable to push the tying run across home plate, falling 3-2 to Green Bay in the league opener for both squads.


Crusaders Drop 2013 Home Opener

The Valparaiso softball team struck for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 7-5 lead into the seventh inning Thursday in its 2013 home opener at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but Western Illinois scored five runs of its own in the top of the seventh as the Crusaders would fall by a 10-8 final score.


Softball Home Opener Pushed Back 24 More Hours

The Valparaiso softball team will have to wait at least 24 more hours for its home opener, as Wednesday's scheduled single game against Western Illinois has been pushed back to Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Snow Forces More Softball Postponements

Snow accumulation from the storm which moved through over the weekend has forced yet another postponement for the Valparaiso softball team, as Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader at IUPUI will now be played on May 1. Keep an eye on ValpoAthletics.com for any changes in the status of Wednesday's scheduled home game against Western Illinois as well.


Softball Weekend Series Postponed

Last year during this week, record-high temperatures were being set across the Midwest. This year, Mother Nature hasn't been nearly as cooperative, necessitating the postponement of this weekend's scheduled Horizon League series at home against Wright State. The games will be re-scheduled for April 1 and 2. In addition, the postponed twinbill against Western Illinois from earlier this week has been re-scheduled for a single game at home next Wednesday, March 27.


Pico Earns Second League Weekly Award of Season

Valparaiso freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) received her second Pitcher of the Week honor from the Horizon League office after earning a pair of wins in the circle for the Crusaders last week.


Crusaders End Spring Break Trip on Winning Note

The Valparaiso softball team concluded its spring break journey on a winning note on Sunday, downing Cornell in its finale at the USF Spring Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. by a 4-3 score.


Valpo Splits Pair in Florida

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games against BCS foes in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders opened the day with a 4-2 win against Iowa State for their second straight victory, but fell in their nightcap to Maryland, 4-0.


Bolton Throws No-Hitter As Crusaders Roll Temple

Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) threw Valparaiso's first no-hitter since March of 2011 on Friday as the Crusaders earned a 9-0 run-rule victory over Temple in their opener at the USF Spring Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.


Valpo Splits Pair at Florida Gulf Coast

The Valparaiso softball team split two mid-week games on Wednesday, downing Maine 3-0 before falling on a walk-off base hit to host Florida Gulf Coast, 11-10.


Norway Takes Home League Weekly Honors

Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) became the fifth different Crusader to be honored by the Horizon League office this season, as she was named the league's Player of the Week following an All-Tournament Team performance last weekend at the Hatter Classic.


Softball Falls in Finale at Stetson

The Valparaiso softball team claimed the lead Sunday morning against Stetson with a run in the top of the third, but the lead would prove short-lived, as the hosts scored five runs in the bottom half of the frame to send the Crusaders to a 5-1 defeat in the finale of the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla.


Crusaders Split Two Saturday at Stetson

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla. The Crusaders rallied for a 7-5 victory over Colgate in their opener before falling to host Stetson in the nightcap, 4-3.


Dominant Pitching Leads Crusaders to Pair of Wins Friday

Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) allowed just one hit and struck out 20 batters over eight innings of work Friday, earning a win and a save as the Valparaiso softball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, and Colgate, 7-0, at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla.


Duncan, Weissenhofer Sweep Horizon League Weekly Honors

Valparaiso sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while freshman teammate Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) was tabbed Pitcher of the Week after the duo led the Crusaders to a 3-1 record last weekend at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C.


Crusaders End Buccaneer Classic on Winning Note

The Valparaiso softball team closed out action at the Buccaneer Classic in Charleston, S.C. on a high note Sunday afternoon, overcoming a three-run deficit to defeat host Charleston Southern, 6-5, in the tournament finale.


Crusaders Split on Day Two at Charleston Southern

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on the second day of action at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday. The Crusaders battled in a 5-0 morning loss to #7/9 Tennessee before rebounding with a run-rule victory by a 9-1 final over host Charleston Southern in the afternoon.


Valpo Softball Rolls to Win Over UNC Wilmington

The Valparaiso softball team cruised to victory in its tournament opener at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Friday, scoring multiple runs in all five innings in a 16-1 run-rule victory over UNC Wilmington.


Crusader Softball Opens Spring Break Trip at Charleston Southern

The Valparaiso softball team commences its 2013 spring break trip this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Charleston, S.C. to take part in the Buccaneer Invitational. Valpo will play a single game apiece against UNC Wilmington and #7/9 Tennessee, as well as two contests against host Charleston Southern.


Valpo Places Trio on Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament Team

The youth of the Valparaiso softball program was honored as the All-Tournament Team for last weekend's Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic was revealed, as sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and freshmen Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) represented the Crusaders for their performances during the tournament.


Tight Decisions Go Against Crusaders in Final Day at WKU

Three games all decided by two runs or loss all went against the Valparaiso softball team on Sunday in the final day of action at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders fell in the resumption of Saturday's suspended game to South Dakota State, 3-2 in eight innings, before dropping games to Pitt (7-5) and Western Michigan (2-1).


Crusaders Continue Play at Hilltopper Classic Saturday

The Valparaiso softball team claimed a victory in extra innings at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic on Saturday, downing Dayton 6-5 in eight innings of work. The Crusaders' second game of the day, against South Dakota State, also went to extra innings, but was suspended after Buchanon Park suffered the same fate as the Superdome during the Super Bowl, as a power outage struck in the eighth inning with the score 2-2. The game will be resumed at 9 a.m. Sunday prior to Valpo's scheduled pair of games.


Crusaders Drop Opener at WKU

The Valparaiso softball team got off to a delayed start Friday at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky., as its first game against Western Michigan was canceled due to poor field conditions caused by recent weather. The Crusaders then never got on track in their tournament opener against host Western Kentucky, falling 3-0 Friday evening.


Valpo Softball Returns to Action at Western Kentucky

After a weekend off, Valparaiso resumes the 2013 slate this weekend at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky., hosted by Western Kentucky. Valpo will take on Western Michigan, Pitt, South Dakota State and Dayton in addition to the host Hilltoppers over the three-day event.


Ichiyama, Pico Sweep League Weekly Honors

Fifth-year senior infielder Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while freshman pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) earned Pitcher of the Week accolades following Valparaiso’s opening weekend of the 2013 season.


Valpo Downs Central Arkansas to Close Out Action at Belmont

A six-run fifth inning pushed the Valparaiso softball team to victory on Sunday, as the Crusaders defeated Central Arkansas by a 7-3 final at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn. Valpo’s last scheduled game of the tournament, against Western Illinois, was rained out and will not be made up.


Crusader Softball Splits Two to Open 2013 Season

The Valparaiso softball team got the 2013 campaign off to a quick start Saturday morning at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn., downing Jackson State via run rule in five innings, 13-1. The Crusaders couldn’t complete the day one sweep, however, falling to the host Bruins Saturday afternoon in extra innings, 2-1.


Crusader Softball Set For 2013 Season

Some of the names and faces have changed as the Valparaiso softball program enters the 2013 season, but the goal remains the same: defend the Horizon League regular season and tournament crowns the Crusaders claimed last season and return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.


Valpo Tabbed Third in 2013 HL Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in third place in the Horizon League standings for the 2013 season in preseason polling by the league’s head coaches.


Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camps

The Valparaiso softball program will be holding a pair of camps this winter. The Crusaders' Jan. 20 camp has been filled up, but spots are still available for the Sunday, Feb. 17 all-skills camp.


Eight Crusaders Named NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Eight Valparaiso softball players were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes for their performance in the classroom during the 2011-2012 academic year.


Valparaiso Softball Releases 2013 Schedule

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the Crusaders' 2013 schedule, a schedule which includes 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Crusaders are coming off a 2012 campaign in which they won a program-record 42 games, claimed the Horizon League regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.


Crusader Softball Announces Three Signees

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Jorgi Calombaris, Ashlynn Grubb and Samantha Stewart have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader softball program as freshmen for the 2014 season.


Crusader Softball Earns All-Academic Team Honor

The Valparaiso softball team has been named an All-Academic Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after posting a team GPA of 3.367 during the 2011-2012 academic year, which ranked 28th in the nation among Division I programs.


Crusader Softball to Host Fall Progressive Camp

The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a Fall Progressive Camp, broken into four sessions on Tuesdays starting Oct. 23 and ending Nov. 13.


Crusader Softball Announces Fall 2012 Schedule

The Valparaiso softball team will play eight games over five dates against collegiate competition while also hosting an alumni game on Homecoming Saturday, as head coach Jordan Stevens announced the Crusaders' fall slate today.


Ebstein Named Assistant Softball Coach

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Lauren Ebstein has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader softball program, working directly with the Valpo pitchers and catchers. Ebstein comes to Valpo after spending two seasons as an assistant at Colgate.


Valpo Athletics Launches New Social Media Fan Engagement Program

Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!


Jordan Stevens, Carin Avery Agree to Extensions

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that softball head coach Jordan Stevens and volleyball head coach Carin Avery have both agreed to extensions.


Valpo to Host Fall Softball Camp

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens and the Crusader softball program will be hosting a one-day fall softball camp on Sunday, September 16 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The camp, open to athletes in grades 9-12, is a new and exciting style of camp designed to provide athletes a close-up look as to what a typical day in the life of a college athlete is like, with a focus on the softball aspects.


Softball Places Three on Academic All-League Squad

Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran), Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) represented the Valparaiso softball team on the Horizon League Academic All-League squad for their work on the field and in the classroom during the 2012 season.


Crusaders Announce Three More Additions for 2013 Season

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that three more players have committed to join the Crusader softball program beginning with the 2013 campaign. The Crusaders add a pair of junior college transfers in pitcher Ashlyn Michalak (Temperance, Mich./Springfield [Owens C.C.]) and outfielder Kimberlin Wallace (Newton, Ill./Newton Community [Lake Land C.C.]), as well as incoming freshman pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy).


Crusader Softball Enjoys Historic 2012 Season

42 victories. A Horizon League regular season championship. The Horizon League tournament championship. A trip to the NCAA Tournament. All were accomplishments never before achieved by the Valparaiso softball program until the 2012 season, a campaign which saw the Crusaders reach numerous other milestones along the way.


Crusaders Close Out Season With One-Run Loss to Kentucky in NCAA Tournament

Even facing an early five-run deficit, the Valparaiso softball team refused to say die on Saturday afternoon, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to pull within one of Kentucky. But in the end, the Crusaders couldn’t find the game-tying tally, as Valpo fell 5-4 to the Wildcats in the Louisville Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, ending its historic season with a 42-19 record.


Crusaders Fall in Heartbreaking Fashion to #9/7 Louisville to Open NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso was within one out of springing a major upset on #9/7 Louisville to open its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, but a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh by Alicja Wolny sent the Crusaders to a 6-4 loss on Friday evening at Ulmer Stadium in Louisville, Ky. With the loss, Valpo will play an elimination game in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. CDT against Kentucky, live on ESPN.


Three Crusaders Earn All-Region Honors

Valparaiso placed a program-record three players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region teams, as announced on Wednesday morning. Redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) earned First Team honors, while senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) and freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) both were named to the Second Team. For all three, it is their first career All-Region honor.


Saturday Game Times at Louisville Amended

Saturday's game times at the Louisville Regional of the 2012 NCAA Tournament have been changed due to television programming. The three games on Saturday are now scheduled for 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. CDT, and all three will be broadcast live on ESPN.


Crusaders Ready For First NCAA Tournament Appearance

After capturing the Horizon League Championship last weekend, Valparaiso embarks on its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Crusaders will kick off the tournament at the Louisville Regional against the 15th seed nationally, #7/9 Louisville, at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday on ESPN2. The other two teams in the double-elimination regional are #21/19 Michigan and #-/RV Kentucky. Every game of the regional will be either on ESPN2 or ESPN.


Crusaders Placed in Louisville Regional for 2012 NCAA Tournament

Valparaiso softball’s first-ever NCAA trip will take place in Louisville, Ky., as the Crusaders learned Sunday evening that they had been placed in the Louisville Regional of the 2012 NCAA Softball Tournament. Valpo will open regional play against the host Cardinals, the 15th seed nationally, at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 18, a game which will be televised live nationwide on ESPN2.


Crusaders Walk Off Twice To Win Horizon League Championship, Advance to NCAA Tournament!

The Valparaiso softball team will be going to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after winning a pair of games over Loyola on its home field Saturday afternoon to capture the 2012 Horizon League Championship, both coming by 2-1 scores and both thanks to walk-off game-winning hits by tournament MVP Angie Doerffler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran).


Crusaders Take Down Bulldogs; Advance to HL Championship Saturday

It took extra innings on Friday afternoon, but Valparaiso loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with nobody out and pinch-runner Hayley Bridwell (Lemont, Ill./Lemont Township) scored the walk-off run on a Butler error to give the Crusaders a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs in an elimination game at the 2012 Horizon League Championship. With the win, Valpo advances to Championship Saturday at the league tournament and will take on Loyola at noon. The Crusaders will have to win two games in order to capture the tournament title.


Valpo Breaks Out the Bats For HL Tournament Win Over YSU

A 10-hit attack which included three home runs was more than enough for Valparaiso to advance in the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship Friday morning at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Crusaders also got a two-hit effort in the circle from Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) in a 10-0 victory in six innings over Youngstown State in an elimination game. Valpo advances to face either Butler or Loyola in another elimination game at 4 p.m. on Friday.


Crusaders Down UIC, Stay Alive in Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso senior pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was stellar in a two-hit effort in the circle, matching Valpo’s individual single-season wins record, while the Crusaders’ offense gave her three early runs to work with as Valpo remained alive in the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship with a 3-0 victory over UIC Thursday evening.


Crusaders Fall in HL Tournament Opener

Top-seeded Valparaiso dropped its opening game at the 2012 Horizon League Softball Championship Thursday morning at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, falling to fifth-seeded Butler, 6-1. With the loss, the Crusaders fall into the loser’s bracket and will play again Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. against third-seeded UIC in an elimination game.


Crusaders to Face Butler Thursday Morning

Top-seeded Valparaiso will open its action at the 2012 Horizon League Championship on Thursday morning by taking on fifth-seeded Butler at 11 a.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Duncan Named HL Newcomer of the Year; Five Crusaders Honored

Valparaiso freshman designated player Brittany Duncan was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the All-League First Team by seniors Joylyn Ichiyama-Drewry, Alex Lagesse and Jordan Rutkowski, while redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec was a Second Team selection as the league released its postseason awards on Tuesday.


Crusaders Set to Host 2012 Horizon League Championship

For the first time in program history, the Valparaiso softball team will host the Horizon League Championship on campus beginning on Wednesday morning, May 9. The Crusaders, who earned hosting rights by capturing the outright league regular season title, will play their first game on Thursday morning, May 10 at 11 a.m. against the winner of fourth-seeded Youngstown State and fifth-seeded Butler.


Duncan Claims Final HL Player of the Week Honor

For the second time this season, Valparaiso freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week. Duncan bookends the regular season with league weekly honors, as she was previously named Player of the Week after the first week of play.


Crusaders Close Regular Season With Doubleheader Sweep

The Valparaiso softball team closed out the 2012 regular season on a high note on Saturday afternoon, sweeping a doubleheader at Cleveland State by scores of 6-4 and 13-1 (6 innings) to finish out the regular season at 37-16 overall and 19-5 in Horizon League play. The regular season champion Crusaders set a new single-season record for victories with the win in the opener.


Valpo Softball Clinches Outright Regular Season Crown

The Valparaiso softball program earned the outright Horizon League regular season championship on Friday evening, thanks to a 7-0 victory at Cleveland State. The outright title means that Valpo also earns hosting rights for the 2012 Horizon League Championship next Wednesday-Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, with the tournament champion earning the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The victory on Friday also marked the 35th of the 2012 season for the Crusaders, matching the program’s single-season wins record.


Crusaders Close Out Non-League Slate With Sweep of WMU

Valparaiso closed out the non-league portion of the regular season, as well as the home slate at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, with a sweep of a doubleheader from Western Michigan on Wednesday afternoon, defeating the Broncos 2-0 in the opener and 3-2 in the nightcap.


Valpo Softball Set to Close Regular Season

Valparaiso closes the regular season this week with a chance to secure the outright Horizon League title with a three-game series at Cleveland State. The Crusaders have already clinched at least a share of the regular season championship, and need to win just one of three against the Vikings for the outright title. The home slate concludes earlier in the week as Valpo hosts Western Michigan for a non-league twinbill on Wednesday afternoon.


Crusaders Earn Senior Day Win; Clinch Share of HL Title

Senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) struck out a career-high 11 batters in a three-hit gem, while senior Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) delivered the big blow with a two-out, two-run double in the fifth as Valparaiso earned a victory on Senior Day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field with a 2-0 win over Loyola. The win, combined with results later in the afternoon, guaranteed the Crusaders at least a share of the Horizon League regular season title with one weekend of play left, the program’s first-ever league title.


Valpo Drops Doubleheader to Loyola

The Valparaiso softball team scrounged up just five hits on Saturday in dropping a Horizon League doubleheader to Loyola by scores of 3-2 (8 innings) and 4-1 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Drop One-Run Decision to Butler

Valparaiso’s attempt to sweep a three-game series from Butler was thwarted in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Bulldogs scored three times over the fifth and sixth innings to send the Crusaders to a 5-4 defeat.


Valpo Takes Twinbill From Bulldogs

The Valparaiso softball team got back on the winning track Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, dispatching of Horizon League foe Butler 9-1 in just five innings in the first game of the doubleheader before earning a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.


Crusaders to Host Summer Softball Camps

The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a pair of softball camps this summer. The Crusaders will host a camp for youths ages 13 and up on June 18-20, and will host another camp for children ages 12 and under on July 16-18. Both camps will be held on the Valpo campus at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Set For Six Key Home Games This Week

Valparaiso faces a key week of Horizon League play as it looks to secure its spot atop the league standings. The Crusaders host a three-game series against Butler in mid-week action from the Valparaiso University Softball Field before welcoming second-place Loyola to Valpo for three games this weekend. Sunday’s series finale against the Ramblers will be Senior Day for the Crusaders, as they honor a group of seven players in their final season with the Valpo softball program.


Crusaders Drop Extra-Inning Affair at UIC

A scoreless duel which stretched into extra frames wouldn’t end in Valparaiso’s favor Sunday, as UIC earned a walk-off, 1-0 win in nine innings in Chicago, Ill. in the finale of the three-game series.


Valpo Suffers First League Defeat of 2012

Valparaiso pushed four runs across the plate in the eighth inning of the opener at UIC Saturday afternoon to earn a 7-3 victory and push its winning streak to open Horizon League play to 13 games, but the Flames got a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning of the nightcap to send the Crusaders to a 5-3 defeat and split the doubleheader.


Valpo Sees Win Streak Snapped at Notre Dame

Valparaiso saw its 11-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday afternoon, as the Crusaders couldn’t overcome an early six-run deficit to a 6-3 loss at Notre Dame.


Crusaders Put 11-Game Win Streak On the Line This Week

Valparaiso has four road games on the docket this week, none of which require a long trip away from its Northwest Indiana campus. The Crusaders, who have won 11 straight contests, will travel east on the Toll Road to take on Notre Dame in a single game Wednesday afternoon before heading up to Chicago for a three-game Horizon League series against UIC this weekend as they attempt to remain unbeaten in league action.


McGee Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso senior pitcher Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after tossing a pair of shutouts last week and setting the Crusader career record for victories.


Crusaders Move to 12-0 in Horizon League Action

Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) scattered six hits in a complete-game shutout to set the Crusader career record for wins by a pitcher, while Valparaiso used a five-run third inning offensively to propel itself to a 7-0 victory over Youngstown State Sunday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The win concluded a three-game sweep of the Penguins, extended the Crusaders' winning streak to 11 straight games and improved Valpo's Horizon League record to 12-0.


Record Comeback Highlights Doubleheader Sweep

Trailing by 12 runs after two innings of the nightcap Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, Valparaiso stormed back with 13 straight runs, capped by a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), to set a program record for the largest come-from-behind victory as it earned a 13-12 win over Youngstown State. The comeback win closed out a doubleheader sweep as Valpo also captured game one, 4-3.


Crusaders Come From Behind to Stay Perfect in League

Staring a four-run deficit in the face with its perfect record in Horizon League play on the line, Valparaiso stormed from behind with a five-run fifth inning to claim the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth to complete a three-game sweep of Wright State, 8-6, in Fairborn, Ohio on Thursday afternoon. The Crusaders have now won 13 of their last 14 games.


Softball Remains Undefeated in League Play; Sweeps Wright State

Valparaiso ran its Horizon League record to 8-0 on Wednesday afternoon, sweeping a mid-week doubleheader at Wright State by scores of 4-2 and 10-0 (6 inn.) in Fairborn, Ohio. Senior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) matched the Crusaders’ career wins record by earning the victory in the nightcap.


Rutkowski Among 25 Finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Valparaiso senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) has been selected as one of 25 finalists nationwide for the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honor, as awarded by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America.


Crusader Softball Faces Busy Week of League Action

Valparaiso returns to Horizon League play this week with a pair of three-game league series, hitting the road to take on Wright State in mid-week action before returning home to host Youngstown State this weekend.


Valpo Earns Doubleheader Sweep at Bowling Green

Valparaiso got a pair of shutouts in the circle from seniors Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson), while redshirt sophomore Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) led the offensive attack with a five-hit day as the Crusaders swept a doubleheader from Bowling Green, 4-0 and 5-0, Wednesday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ohio.


Crusaders Step Out of League Play at Bowling Green

Valparaiso has a light schedule on the docket this week, as the Crusaders play just a single doubleheader, stepping out of league play for a twinbill at Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon.


Rutkowski Earns Third HL Weekly Honor of Season

Valparaiso senior catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) has been named the Horizon League’s co-Player of the Week after breaking the Crusaders’ single-season RBIs record and matching the program’s single-season home runs mark in the midst of another impressive week. It marks Rutkowski’s third weekly honor from the league office this year, matching the most weekly awards to a position player in a single season in Horizon League history.


Softball Rallies to Complete Series Sweep of Green Bay

For the first time this season, Valparaiso put together a late-game rally to earn a come-from-behind victory, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a three-run deficit and defeat Green Bay, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, completing a three-game Horizon League series sweep of the Phoenix.


Pair of Shutouts, Impressive Offense Highlight Doubleheader Sweep

Valparaiso got stellar performances in all facets of the game on Saturday afternoon in sweeping a Horizon League doubleheader from Green Bay, 8-0 and 17-0, at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The opener ended via run rule on a record-tying home run from senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), while the nightcap was highlighted by a 12-run fourth inning for the Crusaders.


Crusaders Drop One-Run Decision to Purdue

A three-run home run by senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) gave Valparaiso the lead over Purdue in the third inning, but the Boilermakers answered with two runs in the fourth and the Crusaders were unable to push across the tying run as Purdue claimed a 4-3 victory over Valpo Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Softball Hosts Four at Home This Week

Valparaiso comes home for four games in the friendly confines this week, as the Crusaders host Purdue in non-league action on Thursday afternoon before welcoming Green Bay for a three-game Horizon League set this weekend.


Valpo Softball Completes Weekend Sweep of Detroit

Valparaiso senior pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) faced just one batter over the minimum, while the Crusader offense scored multiple runs in four out of five innings as Valpo completed a sweep of the opening weekend of Horizon League play with a 9-1 run-rule victory over Detroit Sunday afternoon in Detroit, Mich.


Crusader Softball Opens HL Play With Two Victories

Valparaiso got off to a 2-0 start in Horizon League play on Saturday afternoon, earning a pair of victories over host Detroit by scores of 7-2 and 12-3.


Crusaders Roll to Twinbill Sweep of IUPUI

Playing under sunny skies and record-high temperatures for the earliest home opener in program history, the Valparaiso softball team easily captured a doubleheader sweep of visiting IUPUI, earning wins by scores of 8-1 and 7-1 Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusader Softball Returns to the Midwest

Valparaiso returns to the Midwest this week with its earliest home opener in program history, hosting a doubleheader on-campus at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Tuesday against IUPUI at 3 p.m. The Crusaders then open the Horizon League slate this weekend with a three-game series over two days at Detroit.


Softball Sees Sunday Game Washed Out

Continued inclement weather in the San Diego area has forced Valpo softball's scheduled game against UNLV on Sunday to be canceled. The Crusaders will return home from their spring break trip for their home opener on Tuesday, a doubleheader against IUPUI beginning at 3 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Rain Washes Out Saturday Slate at San Diego Classic II

Mother Nature apparently didn't get the memo that the Valparaiso softball team was closing out spring break in San Diego, Calif., as despite record-high temperatures and abundant sunshine back in Valpo, rain in the San Diego area forced the cancellation of the entire slate of games on Saturday at the San Diego Classic II, including the Crusaders' scheduled matchups with San Diego State and Long Beach State.


Crusader Softball Splits on First Day of San Diego Classic II

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games to open the San Diego Classic II on Friday, defeating CSU Bakersfield 10-2 in six innings via run rule before dropping a 1-0 decision to the University of San Diego.


Valpo Softball Completes Spring Break Trip in San Diego

Valparaiso closes its spring break trip as it attempts to get back on the winning track this weekend at the San Diego Classic II, co-hosted by San Diego State and the University of San Diego. The Crusaders will play both host schools, as well as CSU Bakersfield, Long Beach State and UNLV over the three-day span.


Marinec Earns HL Player of the Week Honors

Redshirt sophomore middle infielder Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the second time in her career Tuesday after matching her career home run total last week with four round-trippers.


Valpo Drops Tournament Finale to East Carolina

Valparaiso failed to end the Diamond Devil Invitational on a winning note on Sunday morning, losing to East Carolina by a 5-3 score.


Valpo Softball Falls to Creighton, Pacific

The Valparaiso softball team dropped a pair of games at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. on Saturday, falling to Creighton in eight innings, 3-1, before coming out on the wrong end of a 7-2 decision against a Pacific squad receiving votes in the national top-25 poll.


Crusaders Drop Two at Diamond Devil Invitational

For the first time all season, the Valparaiso softball team lost back-to-back games, dropping both of its contests at the opening day of the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Crusaders lost their opener against New Mexico State, 8-5, and battled the defending College World Series champions, #5 Arizona State, before eventually falling, 6-2.


Spring Break Continues For Valpo Softball at Diamond Devil Invitational

Valparaiso continues its annual spring break trip as it kicks off the Diamond Devil Classic in Tempe, Ariz. with its second straight game against New Mexico State on Friday. The Crusaders will also take on host #5 Arizona State on Friday evening, and will face Creighton, Pacific and East Carolina over the duration of this weekend’s tournament.


Crusaders Roll New Mexico State, 9-1

The Valparaiso softball team continued its strong start to the 2012 campaign as it continued its spring break trip with a 9-1 victory over New Mexico State Tuesday evening in Las Cruces, N.M.


Rutkowski Repeats as HL Player of the Week

Senior catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) has repeated as the Horizon League Player of the Week after breaking Valpo’s career home run record last weekend in the midst of yet another spectacular weekend at the plate, hitting .714 over the Crusaders’ four games at the UTEP Invitational.


Crusaders Drop One-Run Game at UTEP

Valparaiso led by a run with just one out needed to close out what would have been its seventh straight win, but the Crusaders surrendered a grand slam and then couldn’t push across the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh as they dropped a 7-6 decision at UTEP Sunday in the finale of the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.


Valpo Softball Extends Winning Streak to Six Straight

The Valparaiso softball team continued the best start in program history and extended its winning streak to six straight games with a pair of victories Saturday at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas. The Crusaders opened the day with a 10-2 run-rule win over Brown before defeating UTSA in the nightcap, 10-6.


Crusaders Swat Way To Win Over Iowa State

Valparaiso earned its second victory of the season over Iowa State on Friday afternoon by putting together one of the best offensive outputs in program history, downing the Cyclones 16-7 in its opener at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas.


Valpo Softball Travels to El Paso This Weekend

Valparaiso looks to continue its strong start to the 2012 season at the UTEP Invitational in El Paso, Texas this weekend. The four-game, three-day event sees the Crusaders face off against Iowa State, Brown and UTSA in addition to the host.


Rutkowski Named HL Player of the Week

Valparaiso softball senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after enjoying an outstanding weekend at the plate last weekend at the Frost Classic.


Crusaders Close Frost Classic With Win Over Belmont

Valparaiso never trailed on Sunday in a 4-2 victory over Belmont in Chattanooga, Tenn., closing out the Frost Classic with three consecutive wins to end the tournament with a 4-1 record.


Valpo Breaks Out the Bats For Two Wins in Chattanooga

Led by a three-home run day from senior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), the Valparaiso softball team put up 17 runs in two victories Saturday at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeating UT-Martin 8-4 before beating Niagara via run rule in five innings, 9-1.


Crusader Softball Earns Split on Day One at Frost Classic

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on the opening day of action at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeating East Tennessee State in eight innings, 4-2, before falling to host UT-Chattanooga, 7-0.


Crusader Softball Travels to Chattanooga

After a weekend off, Valparaiso resumes the 2012 slate this weekend at the Frost Classic, hosted by UT-Chattanooga. The Crusaders will also take on East Tennessee State, UT-Martin, Niagara and Belmont over the course of the three-day tournament.


Duncan, Lagesse Sweep Horizon League Weekly Awards

After helping Valparaiso to a 3-1 opening weekend at the Ramada Inn Classic in Ames, Iowa, freshman Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and senior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) have been named Horizon League Batter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.


Valpo Softball Closes Out Weekend With Victory

The Valparaiso softball team closed out the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Classic on a three-game winning streak, as the Crusaders defeated Drake on Sunday afternoon, 5-3, in Ames, Iowa.


Valpo Softball Picks Up Two Wins Saturday

Valparaiso earned a pair of victories Saturday at the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Classic in Ames, Iowa, using a stellar pitching performance to down Nebraska-Omaha 6-0 before breaking out the bats for an 11-5 victory over Big 12 foe Iowa State in the nightcap.


Valpo Softball Drops Season Opener

The Valparaiso softball team opened the 2012 season Friday evening, but couldn’t come out of the night with a victory, falling to UNI 6-0 in the opener of the Ramada Inn UNI Dome Tournament in Ames, Iowa. The tournament was originally scheduled to be hosted by UNI, but the entirety of the tournament has been moved to Iowa State due to equipment failure at the UNI Dome.


Season-Opening Tournament Moved to Ames

Originally scheduled to be held at UNI, softball's season-opening weekend at the UNI Ramada Dome Tournament has been moved to Ames, Iowa on the campus of Iowa State. In addition, the Crusaders' opener Friday evening against UNI will start one hour earlier, at 6 p.m.


Crusader Softball Ready to Start 2012 Campaign

Last season saw the Valparaiso softball team finish just one-half game out of the Horizon League regular season championship and advance to the final day of the league tournament for the second consecutive year. With 15 out of 18 letterwinners back from last year’s team, the 2012 iteration of the Crusaders enters this season with their eyes set at the top of the Horizon League standings.


Valpo Tabbed Fourth in 2012 HL Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fourth place in the Horizon League standings for the 2012 season in preseason polling by the league’s head coaches.


Valpo Softball to Host Trio of Clinics

The Valparaiso softball program will be holding a number of clinics this winter. The Crusaders host a holiday clinic on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at the Athletics-Recreation Center for youths from 8th-12th grades. On Sunday, Jan. 29, Valpo will host hitting and pitching clinics for youths ages 8-18. Then Sunday, Feb. 19 marks the end of the winter camp season when high school students are invited to experience the Valparaiso Crusader advanced clinic.


Valpo Softball Signs Six During Early Signing Period

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that six athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Crusader softball program starting in the fall of 2012.


Eight Crusaders Named NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Eight Valparaiso softball players were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes for their performance in the classroom during the 2010-2011 academic year.


Valpo Earns All-Academic Honors From NFCA

The Valparaiso softball team has been named an All-Academic Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), as announced by the organization today.


Crusaders to Hold Alumni Event Homecoming Weekend

The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting an alumni event, including a softball game and a cookout, on the Saturday of Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 1.


Valpo Announces 2012 Softball Schedule

A trip through the Southwest for the first time in program history highlights the early-season schedule, and Valparaiso will also host 17 home games this season as Valpo head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the Crusaders’ 2012 softball schedule.


Valpo to Host Fall Softball Camp

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens and the Crusader softball program will be hosting a one-day fall softball camp on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The camp, open to athletes in grades 9-12, is a new and exciting style of camp designed to provide athletes a close-up look as to what a typical day in the life of a college athlete is like, with a focus on the softball aspects.


Crusader Softball to Hold Walk-On Tryouts

The Valparaiso University softball program will be holding walk-on tryouts on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 from 3-5 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Former Olympian Malerich Added to Crusader Coaching Staff

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Leslie Malerich, who pitched Merrillville H.S. to the 1997 IHSAA state title and went on to play for the Italian national team, most notably in the 2004 Olympics, has joined the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant coach. Stevens also announced that former Crusader KC Boldt will return as a graduate assistant as well.


Valpo to Host Youth Softball Camp

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens and the Crusader softball team will be hosting a youth summer camp on campus at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for youths in grades 3-8 on July 11-13.


Strickland Earns All-Region Accolade for Second Straight Year

Valparaiso junior outfielder Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) received Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Second Team All-Midwest Region honors for the second straight season in recognition of her stellar 2011 campaign for the Crusaders.


Conner Earns Defensive Championship Honor; Joined by Strickland on All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso senior third baseman Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) was named the Defensive Player of the Championship as the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship came to an end Sunday afternoon. Conner also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team, joined by junior outfielder Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon).


Crusaders Fall to Butler to Close Season

Valparaiso put the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh inning of an elimination game in the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship Friday evening against Butler in Chicago, Ill., but in the end, the Crusaders came up one run short, falling to the Bulldogs, 5-4 to conclude the 2011 season.


Crusaders Stay Alive at HL Championship With Win Over CSU

Junior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) retired 15 of the last 16 batters she faced, while senior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) delivered the deciding blow with a leadoff homer in the sixth as Valparaiso stayed alive at the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship with a 2-1 victory over Cleveland State Friday. With the win, the Crusaders play again Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Crusaders Down Loyola, Advance in HL Championship

Second-seeded Valparaiso got a stellar complete-game outing in the circle from junior Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) in an elimination game Thursday afternoon at the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill., propelling the Crusaders to a 4-1 victory over top-seeded and host Loyola. Valpo advances to take on fourth-seeded Cleveland State in an elimination game Friday morning at 11 a.m.


Crusaders Fall to Butler in HL Championship Opener

Second-seeded Valparaiso dropped its first contest in the 2011 Horizon League Championship Thursday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. to third-seeded Butler by a 3-1 score. The Crusaders will turn around immediately and play an elimination game against host Loyola.


Seven Crusaders Receive HL Postseason Honors

Valparaiso was well represented Tuesday afternoon as the Horizon League announced its postseason softball All-League squads, as juniors Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) and Sara Strickland (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) both earned First Team honors to lead seven Crusaders overall who were honored on Tuesday.


Valpo Set for 2011 HL Championship

Valparaiso enters the 2011 Horizon League Softball Championship this week as the tournament's #2 seed after concluding the regular season just one-half game out of the top of the league standings. With the #2 seed comes a bye, meaning the Crusaders could earn the tournament title with as few as three victories.


Boldt Earns Final HL Player of the Week Honor of the Season

Valparaiso senior outfielder KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) earned the Crusaders' second straight Horizon League Player of the Week honor after being nearly perfect at the plate in the final week of the regular season, culminating with a pair of home runs Sunday against Cleveland State to help Valpo clinch second place in the league standings.


Crusaders Sweep Twinbill, Finish Regular Season in Second

It was only apropos that on Senior Day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Sunday afternoon, senior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) drove in all three Valparaiso runs in the nightcap with a pair of home runs as the Crusaders won 3-0 over Cleveland State. The Crusaders also claimed a victory in the resumption of the suspended game, 4-2, to close the regular season in second place in the Horizon League standings.


Series Opener With Cleveland State Suspended

Valparaiso did everything in its power to complete the opening game of a scheduled three-game series with Cleveland State on Saturday, but in the end, the umpires ruled the field unplayable and suspended the game with the Crusaders leading 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The game will be resumed Sunday at noon, with one game following the conclusion of the suspended game.


Crusaders Fall at Notre Dame Tuesday

Eight runners stranded on base hurt Valparaiso's chances Tuesday afternoon at #25/21 Notre Dame, as the Crusaders eventually fell to the Fighting Irish in six innings, 10-2.


Valpo Set to Conclude Regular Season

Entering the week tied atop the Horizon League standings, Valparaiso concludes the 2011 regular season with four scheduled games. The Crusaders step out of Horizon League play to take on nationally-ranked Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon before ending the regular season with a three-game series at home against Cleveland State this weekend.


Conner Claims HL Player of the Week Honors

Valparaiso senior infielder Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a series victory at Green Bay this past weekend, culminating with her career record-tying home run in the sixth inning of the series finale.


Sunday Victory Puts Valpo Softball Into First Place

Senior Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) went 4-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs, capping the day with her 22nd career home run to match the Crusader all-time record, as Valparaiso completed a series win over Green Bay with a 10-5 victory Sunday morning in Green Bay, Wis. The win puts the Crusaders in a tie for first place in the league standings with one week remaining in the regular season.


Valpo Softball Splits HL Doubleheader Saturday

Valparaiso's offense got rolling in the second game Saturday at Ben Garot Field in Green Bay, Wis., as the Crusaders set or matched a bevy of program records in a 12-0, five-inning victory over Green Bay in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Unfortunately for Valpo, the offense wasn't there after nine days off in the opener, as the Phoenix claimed a 2-1 victory as the two squads split the twinbill.


Softball Twinbill Saturday Moved to Morning

Valparaiso's softball doubleheader at Green Bay Saturday has been moved up to a 10 a.m. start in an attempt to get both games in before forecasted rains Saturday afternoon.


Rain, Rain Go Away: Second Straight Softball Game Canceled

The constant rains of the past week, combined with the possibility of more rain this afternoon, have rendered Valparaiso's softball field unplayable and forced the cancelation of Thursday afternoon's scheduled contest against Big East leader DePaul. The game will not be made up.


Valpo Softball Team Puts Win Streak on the Line This Week

Valparaiso rides a five-game winning streak into this week, one in which it will host Big East leader DePaul on Thursday before traveling to Green Bay for its final league road three-game series this weekend.


Norway Signs NLI to Join Crusader Softball Program

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that high school senior Lindsey Norway has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman in the fall of 2011.


April Showers Force Saturday Softball Cancellation

Mother Nature finally claimed a home game from the Valparaiso softball team on Saturday, as rain throughout the day and into the night on Friday has forced the cancellation of the Crusaders' scheduled single game against IPFW.


Crusader Softball Sweeps Twinbill; Moves Into Second in HL

Valparaiso completed a three-game series sweep of Wright State by taking both ends of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, winning the opener via run rule, 11-1 in six innings, before earning a 4-2 victory in the nightcap. The pair of wins moves the Crusaders into second in the Horizon League standings with just two league series remaining.


Valpo Takes Series Opener Against Wright State

Junior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) tied Valparaiso's career RBI record with a fourth-inning single, and an insurance run in the sixth inning proved vital as the Crusaders earned a 2-1 victory Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in the opener of a three-game series with Wright State.


Overnight Rains Force Softball Schedule Change

Due to heavy rains overnight, the schedule for Valparaiso's softball series at home against Wright State has been adjusted. The two teams will now attempt to play one game this afternoon (Wednesday) at 5pm, and then play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 2pm.


Crusader Softball Returns Home This Week

Coming off of an eight-game road trip, Valparaiso returns home this week for the first four games of a five-game homestand. The Crusaders host Wright State for a Wednesday doubleheader and Thursday single game in Horizon League action before stepping away from league play Saturday for a matchup with IPFW.


Valpo Sweeps Doubleheader at Youngstown State

Junior Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning to erase a one-run deficit and propel Valparaiso to a 4-2 win over Youngstown State in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon in Youngstown, Ohio. The Crusaders came out on the winning end of a slugfest in the nightcap, 14-11.


Crusader Softball Doubleheader at YSU Rained Out

The Valparaiso softball team had its doubleheader at Youngstown State rained out on Saturday afternoon. In lieu of the regularly scheduled three-game series, the Crusaders and Penguins will now play just a single doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. CDT. The third game of the series will not be made up.


Valpo Drops Series Finale to Bulldogs

For the second time in two days, Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel, as Butler made two first-inning runs stand up to hand the Crusaders a 2-0 defeat Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind.


Valpo Earns Butler Split With 7-1 Win in Nightcap

Senior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) drove in five runs, capped by a three-run homer in the seventh inning, as Valparaiso rolled to a 7-1 victory over Butler in the nightcap of a Horizon League doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. A pitchers' duel in the opener went against the Crusaders, as the Bulldogs pulled out a 2-0 victory.


Crusaders Travel For Two Key HL Series This Week

Valparaiso continues a stretch of nine road Horizon League games in a nine-day span with a busy week this week. The Crusaders travel to Butler for a doubleheader Tuesday and a single game Wednesday before heading to Youngstown State for a three-game weekend series.


Valpo Drops Series Finale at Loyola

Valparaiso tallied just two hits on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill. as the Crusaders fell in their series finale against Loyola, 8-0.


Valpo Splits Extra-Inning Twinbill at Loyola

Valparaiso split a pair of extra-inning games at Loyola in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday afternoon as it began a nine-game in nine-day road trip, winning the opener 5-2 in nine innings before falling in the finale, 5-4 in eight innings.


Crusaders Tie in Nightcap With Purdue Thursday

For the first time in six seasons, the Valparaiso softball team had a game end in a tie, as its nightcap with Purdue Thursday evening at the Valparaiso University Softball Field was called after five innings due to darkness with the score 4-4. The Boilermakers scored eight runs in the final two innings to hand the Crusaders an 8-2 defeat in the opener.


Crusader Softball To Close Homestand, Starts Road Trip

Valparaiso closes a stretch of nine home games over 14 days with a non-league doubleheader at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Thursday against Purdue. The Crusaders then hit the road for a nine-day, nine-game road trip with a three-game series this weekend at Loyola.


Crusaders Drop Series Finale to UIC

A nine-run second inning by UIC was the difference Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as Valparaiso could not overcome the large deficit, eventually falling to the Flames in six innings, 17-6.


Valpo Splits HL Softball Twinbill With UIC Saturday

Valparaiso earned a split of its Horizon League doubleheader with UIC Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field by virtue of a 5-2 victory in the nightcap. The Flames claimed a 4-1 win in the opener, snapping Valpo's school-record 13-game winning streak.


Broadcast Coverage Changes for Crusader Sports Saturday

WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) has announced coverage changes for Crusader spring sports on Saturday. Valpo's softball doubleheader Saturday against UIC, set for a 1 p.m. start, will now be carried live over WVUR's airwaves, while the Crusaders' baseball doubleheader versus the Flames, scheduled to start at noon, will be carried on www.sportsjuice.com. Links for both of Saturday's broadcasts are also available at www.valpoathletics.com.


Crusaders Slug Way to Doubleheader Sweep at NIU

Valparaiso broke out the bats in a big way Wednesday afternoon, busting out for a combined 25 runs and 30 hits in 17-6 and 8-5 victories over Northern Illinois in DeKalb, Ill., extending the Crusaders' program record winning streak to 13 games.


Five Games Await Valpo Softball This Week

Valparaiso puts its program-record 11-game winning streak on the line with five games in the week ahead. The Crusaders open play with a non-league twinbill Wednesday afternoon at Northern Illinois before hosting UIC for a three-game Horizon League series this weekend.


Lagesse Named HL Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso junior pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after posting victories in all three of her appearances last week, highlighted by a perfect game on Saturday.


Crusaders Win 11th Straight; Complete Sweep of Detroit

Valparaiso concluded a perfect start to Horizon League play this weekend with a 7-1 victory Sunday afternoon over Detroit at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, completing a three-game sweep of the Titans and registering their 11th consecutive victory, an on-going program record.


Lagesse Tosses Perfect Game; Crusaders Set Program Win Streak Record

Junior Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) threw a perfect game, retiring all 15 batters she faced, in the Horizon League opener Saturday against Detroit as Valparaiso won 8-0 in five innings. The Crusaders then captured the nightcap in five innings as well by a 10-0 score for their tenth straight victory, a new program record for longest winning streak.


Crusaders Beat Michigan State For Eighth Straight Win

The Valparaiso softball team opened the 2011 home campaign at the newly renovated Valparaiso University Softball Field with a victory, downing Big Ten opponent Michigan State by a 6-4 count on Thursday afternoon. The win extended the Crusaders' winning streak to eight straight games.


Crusaders Sweep IUPUI in Twinbill Tuesday

Valparaiso decisively swept a doubleheader at IUPUI Tuesday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind., winning the opener 10-3 before taking the nightcap via run rule, 9-1 in six innings to extend its winning streak to seven games. Junior Sara Strickland broke the Crusader record for career runs scored in the first inning of the second game, while freshman Angie Doerffler set a mark for consecutive hits that ranks among the top-10 in NCAA history.


Valpo Returns to Play With Six Games in Six Days

Six games are on the slate for Valparaiso this week, as the Crusaders open the week with a twinbill at IUPUI Tuesday before opening the home campaign against Michigan State Friday. Horizon League play then begins this weekend with Valpo hosting Detroit for a three-game series.


Crusaders Win Two More to Close Out Rebel Spring Games

The Valparaiso softball team will be leaving Florida on a winning note, as the Crusaders closed out their spring break trip Friday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. with a 3-0 victory over Wagner and an 11-5 win over Penn, extending their winning streak to five games.


Crusaders Run to Two Victories Wednesday

Valparaiso matched a program single-game record with eight stolen bases in a 9-1 run-rule victory over Florida A&M, and added five more steals in a 4-0 shutout of Temple as the Crusaders won twice Wednesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.


Valpo Splits Pair in First Day of Action at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso used a four-run sixth inning to snap a three-game losing streak as it defeated Robert Morris, 4-2, in its second game of the day Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders dropped a 2-0 decision to South Dakota in the day's opener.


Valpo Falls to Syracuse Sunday Afternoon

The Valparaiso softball team closed play Sunday at Florida's Lipton Invitational by taking on its second consecutive opponent receiving votes for the nation's top-25, but could not earn a victory as the Crusaders fell to Syracuse 6-0.


Another Day, Another Split for Crusader Softball Team

For the second straight day, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games at the Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., defeating Gardner-Webb Saturday morning, 4-1, before falling to a Pacific squad receiving top-25 votes, 7-1.


Crusaders Split Pair of Games To Open Lipton Invitational

Valparaiso opened play at #2/3 Florida's Lipton Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Friday with a pair of games, earning a split of the two contests. The Crusaders began the day with a quick 8-0 five-inning win over North Dakota State before competing well with the top-five host Gators, as only one big inning was the difference in a 13-4 Valpo loss.


Valpo Continues Spring Break Trip at Florida's Lipton Invitational

Valparaiso continues its spring break trip to Florida with a stop in Gainesville this weekend to take part in the Lipton Invitational, hosted by the University of Florida. The host Gators are the second top-ten squad the Crusaders will face this week, while two other teams receiving votes in the national polls are on the docket as well.


Crusaders Take #8/5 Michigan to the Brink Wednesday

The Valparaiso softball team gave #8/5 Michigan its toughest test of the 2011 season to date, heading into the seventh inning tied on Tuesday afternoon, but the undefeated Wolverines pushed across a run in the bottom half of the frame to hand the Crusaders a 2-1 defeat in Orlando, Fla. Valpo was unable to come up with a similar effort in the nightcap, falling 6-1 against UCF.


Marinec Named HL Batter of the Week

Valparaiso sophomore infielder Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week after picking up hits in all five games last weekend as the Crusaders won Stetson's Hatter Classic. It marks the first weekly honor from the league office for Marinec.


Crusaders Win Hatter Classic With Victory Over Bethune-Cookman

The Valparaiso softball team will be bringing home some hardware from its annual spring break trip to Florida, as the Crusaders defeated Bethune-Cookman on Sunday morning, 5-2, in the championship game of the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla.


Valpo Drops Pair Saturday at Hatter Classic

The second day of action at the Hatter Classic was not as kind to the Valparaiso softball team as was the first day, as the Crusaders dropped a pair of close decisions, falling 1-0 in eight innings to Bethune-Cookman and 5-3 to host Stetson on Saturday.


Crusaders Win Two at Hatter Classic Friday

A pair of solid pitching performances and the home run ball helped the Valparaiso softball team to a pair of wins to open play at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla. on Friday. The Crusaders opened play with a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern before defeating host Stetson by a count of 5-2.


Valpo Set for Start of Spring Break Trip

Valparaiso kicks off its annual spring break trip to Florida at Stetson's Hatter Classic Feb. 25-27, playing five games over the course of three days. The Crusaders then take to the field Mar. 1 at UCF, playing a top-ten Michigan squad in addition to the host Knights.


Valpo Splits Twinbill With Iowa State Sunday

Valparaiso run-ruled a BCS opponent for the first time in the modern era, trouncing Iowa State 11-2 in five innings to close play at the Cyclone Indoor Invitational Sunday afternoon in Ames, Iowa. The Crusaders bounced back from an 11-4 defeat against the Cyclones in the opening game of Sunday's twinbill.


Valpo Splits on Opening Day of Softball Season

Valparaiso head coach Jordan Stevens earned his first victory at the helm of the Crusaders as they pounded out 16 hits in a 9-4 victory over Western Illinois in their second game at the Cyclone Indoor Invitational in Ames, Iowa. In the season opener, Valpo dropped a 2-1 decision to Creighton.


Valpo Softball Set to Begin 2011 Campaign

A program on the rise, the Valparaiso University softball team took another step forward last year, winning a school-record 35 games and advancing to the final day of the Horizon League Championship. 15 of 18 letterwinners return from that squad for the 2011 campaign, which begins this weekend at Iowa State's Cyclone Indoor Invitational.


Crusaders Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League standings for the 2011 season in preseason polling by the league's head coaches.


Crusader Softball Program to Host Winter Clinics

The Valparaiso University softball program will be hosting beginner and advanced hitting and pitching clinics on Sunday, Jan. 30, as well as an advanced all-skills clinic on Sunday, Feb. 20 and a beginner all-skills clinic on Sunday, March 20.


Crusader Softball Inks Pair of Signees

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that high school seniors Brittany Duncan and Tarah McShane have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program in the fall of 2011.


Rigorous Slate Awaits Crusader Softball in 2011

Nine opponents who appeared in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including perennial national powers DePaul, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame, highlight the Valparaiso softball schedule for the 2011 season, as released today by Crusader head coach Jordan Stevens.


Valpo Announces 2010 Fall Schedule

The Valparaiso softball team announced its 2010 fall schedule today, featuring games each of the next three weekends, including a home game at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Sunday, Oct. 10 against DePaul.


Jordan Stevens Named New Crusader Softball Head Coach

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Jordan Stevens has been named as the new head coach of the Crusader softball program.


Schneider Steps Down as Crusader Softball Coach

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Randy Schneider has resigned his position as head softball coach for the Crusaders, effective immediately, to pursue other coaching endeavors. A national search for Schneider's successor will begin immediately.


Crusader Assistant Folden Topping NPF in Home Runs

Valparaiso softball assistant coach Rachel Folden, a third-year catcher with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch league, currently leads the nation's top softball league in home runs.


“I Need a Hug” Program In Running For Funding Through Pepsi Refresh Project

The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball program and the United Way of Porter County, is currently in the running to receive $25,000 of funding through the Pepsi Refresh project. Fans can vote once per day through the end of the month for “I Need a Hug”, and the top ten ideas in the voting at the end of June will receive funding.


Strickland Earns Second Team All-Region Honors

Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) has received Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I Second Team All-Midwest Region honors after her record-breaking 2010 season in the leadoff spot for the Crusaders.


Lagesse Named to Horizon League All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso sophomore pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was one of nine players named to the All-Tournament Team at the 2010 Horizon League Championship.


Crusader Season Ends in 4-0 Loss to Wright State

Valparaiso saw its 2010 season come to an end Saturday morning, as Wright State defeated the Crusaders, 4-0, at the Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. Valpo concludes the year with a school-record 35 victories.


Lagesse Twirls Another Shutout, Crusaders Defeat Green Bay 1-0

Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) continued her tremendous string of pitching performances at the 2010 Horizon League Championship, giving up just four hits as Valparaiso shut out Green Bay, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. The Crusaders advance to face Wright State Sunday morning for the right to earn a berth in the championship series.


Crusaders Advance in HL Championship With One-Run Victory

A two-run homer in the fourth inning by freshman Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was the difference Friday morning, as fourth-seeded Valparaiso defeated third-seeded UIC, 4-3, in an elimination game in the 2010 Horizon League Championship. With the victory, the Crusaders will play again this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CDT.


Valpo Drops Second-Round Pitcher's Duel to Cleveland State

Pitching her second game of the day, Valparaiso's Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) hooked up with three-time league Pitcher of the Year Amanda Macenko in a pitcher's duel, but in the end, the top-seeded Cleveland State Vikings earned a 1-0 victory in eight innings over the fourth-seeded Crusaders at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio. The loss sends Valpo into the elimination bracket to face UIC Friday morning at 9 a.m. CDT.


Crusaders Take Opener From Green Bay at Horizon League Championship, 4-0

Early home runs from Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) propelled fourth-seeded Valparaiso to a 4-0 victory over fifth-seeded Green Bay in first round action at the Horizon League Championship in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday morning. With the win, the Crusaders advance to play top-seeded Cleveland State at 1:30 p.m. CDT this afternoon.


Five Crusaders Earn Postseason Horizon League Honors

A total of five Valparaiso players earned accolades from the Horizon League as the league announced its postseason awards Wednesday. Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) both were named First Team All-League, while Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) and Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) each earned Second Team honors. In addition, Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist) was placed on the league's All-Newcomer squad.


Valpo Ready for 2010 Horizon League Championship

Valparaiso takes aim at the 2010 Horizon League Championship and the corresponding automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament this weekend as the Crusaders head to the league tournament in Cleveland. Valpo enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will open the double-elimination event on Thursday morning against fifth-seeded Green Bay at 9 a.m. CDT.


Crusaders Earn Fourth Seed for Horizon League Softball Championship

Having already posted a school-record 32 victories during the regular season, the Valparaiso softball team will be the fourth seed for the 2010 Horizon League Softball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio and will open tournament play against fifth-seeded Green Bay on Thursday, May 13 at 9 a.m. CDT.


Crusaders Fall in Series Finale at CSU

Valparaiso could not defeat Horizon League regular season champion Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon in both teams' regular season finales, falling to the Vikings 5-1 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Valpo Drops Two Games at Cleveland State

Valparaiso lost two games at league leader Cleveland State on Saturday afternoon, seeing a late-game rally come just short in a 3-2 loss in the opener before getting one-hit in a 7-0 loss in the nightcap.


Crusader Softball Closes Regular Season at CSU This Weekend

Seeding for the 2010 Horizon League Championship is on the line this week as Valparaiso heads to regular season champion Cleveland State to close out the regular season slate with a three-game series. The Crusaders still can finish anywhere from the second to fifth seed for this year's championship event.


Strickland Named HL Batter of the Week

Sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) has been named the Horizon League Batter of the Week after breaking Valpo's single-season hits and total bases records last week.


Crusaders Rally From Deficit to Complete Sweep of YSU

A three-run home run by Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden), her second of the game, in the bottom of the sixth inning completed Valparaiso's rally from a five-run deficit, and the sophomore eventually drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to score Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) with the game-winning run as the Crusaders completed a three-game sweep of Youngstown State with a 9-8 victory Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Set New Wins Record in Sweep of Youngstown State

It was a record-setting Senior Day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders swept Youngstown State, 8-0 and 4-1, in Horizon League action. The latter victory was Valparaiso's 31st of the season, the most wins in a single season in school history, while numerous other school records fell during the twinbill.


Crusaders Drop Series Finale to Wright State

Valparaiso jumped out to an early lead with a four-run second inning, but Wright State countered with nine runs in the third frame and the Crusaders could not come back, falling 10-5 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon in Fairborn, Ohio.


Valpo Loses Pair at Wright State

Valparaiso dropped both ends of a Horizon League doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Wright State, losing to the Raiders 5-4 in the opener and 6-2 in the nightcap.


Six Crucial League Games Await Valpo Softball This Week

Valparaiso is set for the most crucial week of the season to date, with six Horizon League contests on the slate. The Crusaders travel to Wright State for a mid-week series Tuesday and Wednesday before returning home this weekend to host Youngstown State. Seniors Carrie Franson and Whitney Warner will be honored during Senior Day ceremonies Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Rain Claims Final Game of Loyola Series

Overnight rains combined with a heavy burst of precipitation this morning have forced the cancellation of Valparaiso's scheduled series finale with Loyola on Sunday. The game will not be made up.


Valpo Takes Both Ends of Doubleheader From Loyola

On an overcast day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, the Crusader softball team brought some sunshine to the field, dominating in all facets of the game as it swept a key Horizon League doubleheader from Loyola, taking the first game 4-0 before ending the second game by a 9-1 score in five innings. Valpo has now won 29 games this season, just one win shy of matching the school record for victories in a single season.


Valpo Drops Heartbreaker at #23/25 Notre Dame

Valparaiso went toe-to-toe with #23/25 Notre Dame Wednesday afternoon, taking a lead into the bottom of the sixth and rallying to tie the game in the seventh, but a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh gave the Fighting Irish a 7-6 victory at Melissa Cook Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.


Crusader Softball Travels to Notre Dame, Hosts Loyola

Valparaiso takes on its final non-league opponent of the year Wednesday when it makes the short trip east to take on #23/25 Notre Dame. The Crusaders then return home for a three-game Horizon League set this weekend against Loyola.


Crusader Softball Signs Wisniewski to NLI

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Amanda Wisniewski has signed a National Letter of Intent during the current signing period and will join the Crusaders as a freshman for the 2011 season. Wisniewski joins Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb, who both signed during the early signing period, as incoming freshmen for next year.


Valpo Drops Series Finale at UIC

Valparaiso played from behind the whole game on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Ill., and despite a seventh-inning rally, could not complete the comeback as the Crusaders fell 4-3 to UIC in Horizon League action.


One-Hit Gem by McGee Helps Valpo Earn Split Saturday

Sophomore Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) had her no-hit bid spoiled with one out in the sixth of the nightcap Saturday, but that was the only thing that went against Valparaiso in a 9-1, six-inning victory over UIC in Chicago. The Flames earned a 5-2 win over the Crusaders in the opener.


Crusaders Drop Twinbill at Purdue

Miscues cost the Valparaiso softball team in both ends of a doubleheader Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., as the Crusaders fell to Purdue, 5-3 in the opener and 9-0 in the nightcap.


Pair of Pitching Performances Propel Valpo to Sweep of IUPUI

Valparaiso got a pair of outstanding pitching performances on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders swept a home doubleheader from IUPUI by scores of 2-1 and 4-0. The two wins give Valpo 26 to date this season, already fourth-most in a single year in program history.


Valpo Softball Prepares for Busy Week

After playing just two games last week, Valparaiso has a busy slate on tap this week. The Crusaders will play mid-week non-league doubleheaders Tuesday versus IUPUI and Thursday at Purdue before heading to Chicago this weekend for a Horizon League three-game series against UIC.


Lagesse Named ‘The People's Choice' on HLN

Valparaiso sophomore pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been named ‘The People's Choice' this week on the Horizon League Network, and is spotlighted in the featured video on the HLN website via phone interview.


Valpo-Butler Series Finale Rained Out

Rain which is expected to continue through the afternoon has forced the cancellation of Valparaiso's Horizon League series finale with Butler on Wednesday. The game will not be made up.


Crusaders Split Pair in League Twinbill Against Butler

Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) hit a three-run homer off the left field foul pole in the third inning of the opener Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, accounting for all the scoring in Valparaiso's 3-0 win over Butler to match the longest winning streak in school history. The Bulldogs avenged the loss with a 3-0 victory over the Crusaders in the nightcap.


Valpo Returns Home for Key Three-Game League Series

Valparaiso has just one three-game series this week, but it is a huge one, as the first-place Crusaders host the second-place Butler Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon and a single game Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Conner, Lagesse Sweep Horizon League Weekly Accolades

Valparaiso infielder Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) and pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) have been named the Horizon League Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after helping to lead the Crusaders to a perfect 5-0 record last week with all five victories coming via run rule.


Crusaders Close Out Series Sweep With Emphatic Win

Valparaiso ended its sweep of a three-game series in Detroit on Saturday afternoon with a bang, hitting two grand slams in the fifth inning of a 16-1, five-inning victory over the Titans. The win was the 105th in the careers of seniors Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette) and Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove), making them the winningest class in Valpo softball history.


Valpo Puts Up 28 Runs, Sweeps Twinbill at Detroit

Valparaiso matched a program record for runs in a single game to cap off a Horizon League doubleheader sweep at Detroit on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders took the opener, 10-0, before exploding for an 18-2 win in the nightcap. Junior KC Boldt (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) matched Crusader single-game records, which go back a dozen years, with four hits and six RBIs in the second game.


Valpo Cruises to Doubleheader Sweep of Northern Illinois

Valparaiso was sharp in all aspects of the game in a doubleheader sweep of Northern Illinois Wednesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, downing the Huskies 9-0 in the opener and 14-2 in the nightcap. The Crusaders matched their program record of four straight shutouts with the blanking in the day's first game, and also got to 20 wins the fastest of any team in program history.


Softball Hits the Field For Five Games This Week

Valparaiso steps out of league play on Wednesday with a home doubleheader against Northern Illinois before returning to Horizon League action at Detroit with a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.


Lagesse Earns Second Pitcher of the Week Honor of Season

Valparaiso sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this year and the third time in her career after pitching 11 innings of shutout ball in a pair of victories last week.


Series Finale Against Green Bay Canceled

Steady overnight rains that are expected to continue throughout Sunday have forced the cancellation of the Valparaiso softball team's series finale today against Green Bay.


Crusaders Open League Play With Pair of Shutouts

Valparaiso opened its home campaign at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, along with the Horizon League slate, with a pair of shutout victories over Green Bay Saturday afternoon, defeating the Phoenix 8-0 in the opener and 3-0 in the nightcap. Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) set Valpo's single-season saves record and moved into a tie for first nationally, picking up her seventh save of the year in the latter game.


Valpo Splits Doubleheader At IPFW Wednesday

Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) combined on a four-hit shutout in the nightcap Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Ind., while Jessie Marinec's (Alsip, Ill./Marist) solo homer to lead off the second was the only run in Valparaiso's 1-0 victory over IPFW. The Mastodons got a walk-off double in the opener to earn a 2-1 win.


Crusaders Ready to Return to the Field for Five Games

Valparaiso takes the field for the first time since its spring break trip with a five-game slate this week. The Crusaders travel to IPFW on Wednesday for a non-league doubleheader and then host Green Bay this weekend at the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game series.


Crusader Twinbill Against Western Illinois Canceled

Valparaiso's scheduled home-opening doubleheader against Western Illinois on Wednesday has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions. The games will not be made up.


DeBruzzi Earns HL Batter of the Week Accolades

Junior catcher Lisa DeBruzzi (Carlisle, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week today for the week ending March 14 after putting together a stellar performance at the plate in Valpo's five games last week.


Valpo Closes Long Road Trip With Pair of Wins

Valparaiso's 15-day, 17-game, 2,869 mile spring break road trip closed on an extremely high note Saturday, as the Crusaders opened the day with a solid 4-1 win over Missouri State before ending their slate at the KU Invitational in Lawrence, Kan. with a 6-5 walkoff victory over host Kansas.


Friday's Game Washed Away for Crusaders

Valparaiso's Friday game at the KU Invitational against the host Jayhawks has been canceled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders will conclude play in Lawrence with two games Saturday, facing Missouri State at 11 a.m. and Kansas at 1 p.m.


Valpo Drops One-Run Decision at Kansas

Valparaiso cranked out 13 hits Thursday afternoon at Big 12 foe Kansas, but a pair of Jayhawk three-run innings were too much for the Crusaders to overcome as they fall to the hosts, 6-5, in the opener of the KU Invitational.


Crusader Softball's Weekend Schedule Altered

Rainy conditions in the weather forecast in the Lawrence, Kan. area have forced changes to Valparaiso's game schedule this weekend at the KU Invitational. Today's game is on as scheduled against Kansas at 4 p.m.


Valpo Rallies for Twinbill Split at Marshall

Down 4-0 after two innings in the nightcap Tuesday in Huntington, W.V., Valparaiso scored six runs over the next three frames and kept Marshall off the scoreboard the rest of the way to earn a 6-4 victory and a split of the doubleheader. The Thundering Herd downed the Crusaders 8-0 in the day's opener.


Lagesse Named Horizon League Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso sophomore right-hander Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week today after going 4-0 for the Crusaders in the circle last week.


Valpo Splits to Close Out War Eagle Classic

Valparaiso extended its winning streak to eight games Sunday with a 5-0 victory over Alabama State before falling to host Auburn in extra innings, 6-3, as it closed out play at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala.


Crusaders Roll On for Seventh Straight Win

All cylinders were clicking on Saturday for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders earned an 8-0 run-rule shortened victory over Tennessee State in Auburn, Ala. at the War Eagle Classic to extend their winning streak to seven games.


Come-From-Behind Win Gives Valpo Best Start in School History

Valparaiso's offense, held in check over the first half of Friday night's game, exploded to overcome a five-run deficit in an 8-6 nine-inning victory over Gardner-Webb at the War Eagle Classic in Auburn, Ala. The win is Valpo's sixth straight and improves the Crusaders' record to 10-3, the best start in school history.


Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Five Games

One day after its pitching dominated a pair of games, the Valparaiso offense took center stage Wednesday, totaling 26 hits as the Crusaders earned victories over Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1, and Holy Cross, 7-5, at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The pair of wins extends the Crusader winning streak to five games.


Crusader Pitching Dominates as Valpo Sweeps Pair Tuesday

The Valparaiso pitching staff got the job done in a pair of games Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., as four Crusader pitchers combined to allow just one unearned run as Valpo defeated Dayton, 4-1, and Holy Cross, 8-0.


Rutkowski Earns Weekly League Honor

Sophomore infielder/catcher Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) was named the Horizon League Batter of the Week for the week ending Feb. 28 by the league office today after earning All-Tournament honors for Valparaiso last weekend at the Tiger Softball Classic.


Crusaders Earn Split for Second Straight Day

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on Sunday to end its time at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn, dropping their opener to Indiana State, 13-4, before rallying for a 14-1 victory over Alabama A&M to close tournament play. Jennifer Hermanson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher), Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) and Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) all earned All-Tournament Team accolades.


Late Rally Gives Valpo Split Saturday at Tiger Softball Classic

Trailing by two runs and down to its final out against host Tennessee State Saturday afternoon at the Tiger Softball Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Valparaiso rallied for three runs to earn a 4-3 victory over the Tigers. The Crusaders dropped their opener Saturday morning to Indiana State, 6-3.


Phalen, Jansen Sweep Horizon League Weekly Awards

Valparaiso sophomore infielder Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) was named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while sophomore pitcher Shaleigh Jansen (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa Township) earned Pitcher of the Week accolades as the league announced its weekly awards today. It is the first career weekly honor for both players.


Valpo Closes UNI Dome Classic With Two More Victories

Valparaiso extended its win streak to three games as it closed its season-opening weekend at the UNI Dome Classic with wins Sunday over Dayton (2-1) and North Dakota (9-1).


Crusader Softball Opens Season With Split at UNI Dome Classic

The Valparaiso softball team opened its 2010 campaign on Saturday, the earliest it has ever began a season, with a split at the Ramada UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Crusaders began the day with a 7-2 loss to the host Panthers, but rebounded in the nightcap with a 4-3 victory over South Dakota.


Valpo Softball Set for Start of 2010 Season

Coming off of a record-setting 2009 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team is taking aim at even bigger and better things as it prepares for the start of the 2010 season. The season begins this weekend at the UNI Dome Classic in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


Crusaders Tabbed Sixth in Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Horizon League standings for the 2010 season in preseason polling by the league's head coaches.


Crusader Softball Team to Host Winter Instructional Camps

The Valparaiso University softball team will be hosting a hitting camp on Sunday, January 17 and a pitching camp on Sunday, January 24, open for youths ages 8-18.


Valpo Softball Launches New Blog!

Follow the Valparaiso softball program through its newly released team blog.  Check back frequently for the latest thoughts from head coach Randy Schneider as well as sophomore outfielder Sara Strickland and sophomore pitcher Sam McGee. They will give you a behind the scenes look into the program as the Crusaders begin their quest for a Horizon League title!


Valpo Softball Announces Schedule for 2010 Campaign

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced his schedule for the 2010 season today, featuring 18 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Softball Program Inks Two Recruits to NLIs

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that high school seniors Angie Doerffler and Amanda Korb have both signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program in the fall of 2010.


Valpo Softball “I Need a Hug” Program Teaming Up With Barnes & Noble November 15

The “I Need a Hug” program, a partnership between the Valparaiso softball team and the United Way of Porter County, is teaming up with book retailer Barnes & Noble for a national fundraiser on Sunday, November 15. 10% of all net proceeds from purchases made that day in any Barnes & Noble bookstore nationwide with the attached bar code will be donated to the “I Need a Hug” program.


Crusaders Plan Second Annual Softball Alumni Game for October 10

The Valparaiso University softball program is inviting back all alumni who suited up for the Crusader softball team for its second annual Alumni Game on Saturday, October 10 at 3 p.m., along with numerous other activities planned throughout the day.


NPF Standout Folden Joins Crusader Coaching Staff

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that former National Pro Fastpitch Rookie of the Year Rachel Folden has joined the Crusader program as an assistant coach.


Crusader Softball Program Announces Fall 2009 Schedule

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today his squad's schedule for the fall 2009 season, featuring three home doubleheaders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Sign Second Team All-State Pitcher from Arizona

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Amanda Bolton (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) has agreed to join the Crusader softball team for the 2010 campaign.


Brown Inks NLI to Join Crusader Softball Program

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Tori Brown (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison) has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader softball program as a freshman for the 2010 season.


Korb Represents Crusaders on Academic All-League Squad

Valparaiso outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) represented the Crusaders on the 2009 Horizon League Academic All-League softball team. It marked the second straight season that Korb received the league academic honors.


Korb Receives Third-Team Academic All-American Honors

Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) earned one last accolade for her stellar career both on the field and in the classroom on Wednesday, as she was selected as an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Korb Receives Third-Team Academic All-American Honors

Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) earned one last accolade for her stellar career both on the field and in the classroom on Wednesday, as she was selected as an ESPN the Magazine Third Team Academic All-American as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Crusaders See Season End in Extra-Innings Slugfest With Loyola

Valparaiso and Loyola engaged in a slugfest Friday evening at the Horizon League Championships, with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions, but after tying the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, the Crusaders could not come out on top, as the Ramblers ended up earning a 10-9 win in eight innings. The loss concludes Valpo's record-setting season at 25-24.


Crusaders Roll Over Penguins at Horizon League Championships

Valparaiso scored in four of its five at-bats Friday morning, eventually downing Youngstown State by run rule, 10-2, in five innings in loser's bracket action at the Horizon League Championships in Pendleton, Ind. With the win, the Crusaders stay alive in the double-elimination tournament and move on to face Loyola at 3 p.m. CDT.


Crusaders See Season End in Extra-Innings Slugfest With Loyola

Valparaiso and Loyola engaged in a slugfest Friday evening at the Horizon League Championships, with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions, but after tying the game with two outs in the top of the seventh, the Crusaders could not come out on top, as the Ramblers ended up earning a 10-9 win in eight innings. The loss concludes Valpo's record-setting season at 25-24.


Korb Repeats as First Team Academic All-District Honoree

Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V First Team for a second straight year, as announced by CoSIDA today. Korb is now eligible for Academic All-American consideration.


Crusaders Drop Heartbreaker at Horizon League Championships

Valparaiso led 4-1 entering the seventh inning of Thursday's first round game at the Horizon League Championships in Pendleton, Ind., but Green Bay struck for six runs in the top of the inning to earn a 7-4 victory.


Strickland Named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year; Korb, Wolter, Ichiyama Also Honored

Freshman Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) was named Newcomer of the Year and represented Valparaiso on the All-League First Team as the Horizon League announced its award winners on Wednesday evening. Seniors Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) and Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) each were named to the All-League Second Team, while Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) joined Strickland on the All-Newcomer Team.


Crusaders Set for Horizon League Softball Championships

Valparaiso enters the 2009 Horizon League Softball Championships as the sixth seed, opening the tournament with a matchup against seventh-seeded Green Bay on Thursday morning. The Crusaders are looking for their first postseason win as a member of the Horizon League.


Valpo Heads to Horizon League Championships as Sixth Seed

The Valparaiso softball team will enter the 2009 Horizon League Championships as the sixth seed, the league announced today. The Crusaders will open the tournament against seventh-seeded Green Bay on Thursday, May 7 at 8 a.m. CDT in Pendleton, Ind.


Crusaders Drop Regular Season Finale

Freshman Jordan Rutkowski (Alden, N.Y./Alden) went 3-for-3 at the plate and Valparaiso set a new program record for stolen bases in a single season, but it was not enough Sunday, as Cleveland State won by a 7-1 count in both team's regular season finale.


Crusaders Fall Twice on Senior Day

The Valparaiso softball team honored its four seniors on Senior Day following Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland State, but the Vikings spoiled the day, taking the opener 6-2 before winning the nightcap 10-5.


Korb Repeats as Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Week

For the third time this season and the fourth time in her career, Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) has been honored by the Horizon League as its U.S. Army Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.


Mother Nature Wins Again as Thursday Action is Canceled

Valparaiso's scheduled game on Thursday against #19/20 DePaul at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been canceled due to forecasted rain throughout the day. The game will not be made up. Valpo will return to the field Saturday with a doubleheader against Cleveland State beginning at 2 p.m.


Valpo Twinbill Against IPFW Canceled

Valparaiso's scheduled home doubleheader against IPFW on Tuesday has been canceled due to wet field conditions from overnight rains. The games will not be made up. The ‘Think Pink' event, with breast cancer survivors in attendance and with $10 pink t-shirts available for purchase to benefit the Porter County Breast Cancer Society, will now be held this Sunday.


Seven-Game Homestand Caps Crusader Softball Regular Season

Valparaiso closes out the regular season with a flurry of home games this week, as the Crusaders will host seven contests over four dates. Non-league midweek twinbills against IPFW and nationally-ranked DePaul precede a three-game weekend series against league foe Cleveland State.


Records Fall as Valpo Splits With Bulldogs

An Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) grand slam in the first inning of the nightcap Thursday in Indianapolis set the tone, as Valparaiso rolled to a 12-2 victory over Butler. The Bulldogs earned a 3-2 victory in ten innings in the day's opener.


Korb Earns Scholar-Athlete of the Week Honors

Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) has been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the third time in her career.


Valpo Drops Heartbreaker at Butler

Valparaiso led Butler 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh in Horizon League action Wednesday in Indianapolis, but the Bulldogs scored four runs in their last at-bat to steal a 4-3 victory from the Crusaders.


Crusaders Head to Butler for Key Three-Game Set

A busy schedule gets a bit calmer for Valparaiso this week, as the Crusaders have just one three-game series, a mid-week set in Indianapolis against Horizon League rival Butler that provides an opportunity for Valpo to move up the Horizon League standings. The series has been adjusted to allow time for the field to dry from recent rains, as Valpo and Butler will now play one game Wednesday before a doubleheader on Thursday.


Valpo's Finale at Green Bay Canceled

The final game of Valparaiso's three-game weekend series at Green Bay has been canceled due to persistent precipitation Sunday in the area. The game will not be made up. Valpo returns to action on Wednesday, April 22 in Indianapolis with a doubleheader against Butler.


McGee Tosses Shutout as Crusaders Split With Green Bay

Freshman Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) dealt a five-hit shutout in the nightcap of a twinbill Saturday afternoon in Green Bay, Wis., as Valparaiso defeated the Phoenix, 3-0. The Crusaders rallied from a five-run deficit in the opener before succumbing in nine innings, 6-5.


Last At-Bat Heroics Earn Crusaders Split With Purdue

Tied heading into the bottom of the seventh, junior catcher Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) came up with the big hit, dropping in a walk-off single to plate pinch-runner Aubrey Sundling (Huntington, Ind./Huntington North) as Valparaiso defeated Purdue in the nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Thursday, 3-2. The Boilermakers earned a 7-1 victory in the opener.


Crusaders Host Purdue, Play at Green Bay

Coming off of a tripleheader sweep on Saturday, Valparaiso will play five games this week. The Crusaders will host Purdue in a doubleheader at home on Thursday before traveling to Green Bay this weekend for a key three-game league series with the Phoenix.


Korb Named U.S. Army Horizon League Scholar-Athlete of the Month

Valparaiso senior Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) has been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the month of March, the league office announced today.


Crusaders Sweep Tripleheader From Youngstown State

The Valparaiso softball team took full advantage of a tripleheader Saturday at Horizon League foe Youngstown State, sweeping the three games by scores of 13-8, 3-1 and 8-0. Freshman Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) set the Crusader single-season runs scored record, crossing the plate eight times on the day to increase her season total to 37.


Crusaders-Penguins Showdown Postponed

Valparaiso's scheduled single game with Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio on Friday has been postponed due to persistent rain throughout the day. The Crusaders and Penguins will now attempt to play a tripleheader on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. CDT. All three games can be heard live on www.sportsjuice.com.


Crusaders Fall Twice at Notre Dame

Valparaiso had its highest scoring output against Notre Dame in 24 years Thursday at Melissa Cook Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind., but it was not enough, as the Fighting Irish took the nightcap by a 17-9 score. The Crusaders dropped the opener to the Irish as well, 11-0.


Valpo Softball Hits Road for Five Games

Valparaiso looks to bounce back this week as the Crusaders play five games in a three-day span. Valpo starts its trek east with a non-league doubleheader at Notre Dame on Thursday before playing a key Horizon League series at Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday.


Crusaders Fall in Series Finale at Loyola

Valparaiso got out to a quick 2-0 lead on Sunday in its series finale on a cold, blustery day in Chicago, but Loyola scored one run in each of the final three innings, including a leadoff walkoff homer in the bottom of the seventh, to take a 3-2 victory.


Crusaders Win Longest Game in Program History in Split With Loyola; Wolter Sets Career Home Run Mark

Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the top of the 15th inning, and Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) capped her complete-game win with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 15th as Valparaiso defeated Loyola, 4-3, in the longest game in team history. The Ramblers took the nightcap from the Crusaders by a 4-1 score.


Crusaders Drop a Pair to Wright State

Valparaiso was unable to garner a victory over Wright State Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as the Raiders won the resumption of Wednesday's suspended game, 9-0, before taking the series finale by a 6-2 count.


Crusaders Drop Game to Wright State; Game Two Suspended

Freshman Sara Strickland (Phoenix, Ariz./Horizon) hit a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh to send Valparaiso's series opener with Wright State to extra innings, but the Raiders put up four runs in the tenth and held on for a 9-7 win. Game two was suspended due to darkness after four innings with Wright State ahead 5-0, and will be resumed Thursday at noon.


Crusader Softball Set for Six League Games

A crucial week is in store for Valparaiso, as the Crusaders will play one-third of their remaining Horizon League contests over the next six days. Valpo will host Wright State on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to the Windy City to take on Loyola Saturday and Sunday.


UIC Series Completely Washed Out; Crusaders Return to Action Wednesday

Due to unplayable field conditions from lengthy periods of precipitation this weekend, Valparaiso's scheduled Monday doubleheader against UIC at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been canceled and will not be made up. The Crusaders will return to action at home Wednesday against Wright State with a twinbill slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch.


Crusader Weekend Series Against UIC Altered

Due to the threat of unsavory weather this weekend, the schedule for Valparaiso's three-game weekend series against Horizon League foe UIC has been adjusted. The Crusaders and Flames are now scheduled to play a single game Sunday and a doubleheader on Monday.


Crusaders Explode Offensively in Back End of Doubleheader Split

Valparaiso put up its highest scoring output in over two years, scoring multiple runs in all five innings as it downed Northern Illinois in the nightcap Wednesday in DeKalb, Ill., 13-1. The Huskies struck first in the opener and went on to a 5-3 victory over the Crusaders as the two squads split the twinbill.


Crusaders Announce 2009 Promotion Schedule

The Valparaiso softball team announced today its promotional schedule for the 2009 campaign, highlighted by a giveaway of a pair of Allegiant Air tickets from South Bend to Orlando during the April 30 doubleheader against DePaul.


Valpo Travels to NIU, Hosts UIC

Valparaiso continues play this week with five games over three dates. The Crusaders travel to Dekalb, Ill. to face Northern Illinois in a twinbill on Wednesday before returning home for a three-game series against Horizon League foe UIC this weekend.


Crusaders Bounce Back for Doubleheader Split

Valparaiso pushed the game-winning run across the plate in the top of the seventh in the nightcap Monday in Indianapolis, Ind. to earn an 8-7 victory over IUPUI and salvage a doubleheader split. The Jaguars defeated the Crusaders in the opener, 10-1.


Crusaders Conclude Weekend Sweep With 8-0 Victory

Valparaiso improved to 3-0 to start the 2009 Horizon League campaign with an 8-0, five-inning run rule victory over Detroit Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Ride Late-Inning Heroics to Doubleheader Sweep in Horizon League Opener

Trailing by four runs late Saturday against Detroit, Valparaiso came all the way back, as a Sadie Conner (Washington, Ill./Washington) 3-run homer set the stage for a walk-off RBI single by Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) in a 5-4 victory. The nightcap was dominated by Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield), who tossed a two-hitter en route to a 7-0 Crusader win.


Crusaders Drop Contest at Ball State; Second Game Cancelled

A three-run first inning by Ball State was too much for Valparaiso to overcome Wednesday afternoon in Muncie, Ind., as the Cardinals defeated the Crusaders 4-3. The second game was canceled due to inclement weather in the bottom of the first inning.


Lagesse Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honors

Freshman pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been tabbed the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts last week, including tossing a no-hitter against Bryant.


Crusader Softball Heads to Ball State, Hosts Detroit

Coming off of a successful spring trip, Valparaiso returns to the state of Indiana with a 12-5 record and five games this week. Valpo plays at Ball State on Wednesday before opening Horizon League play with three games against Detroit this weekend. Please note the start time for Saturday's doubleheader has been moved to 2 p.m.


Korb Earns Horizon League Accolades

Crusader outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) earned a pair of Horizon League accolades on Friday. The senior was named the league's Player of the Week and followed by being named the U.S. Army Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for the week ending March 8.


Crusaders Conclude Spring Trip With Two More Wins

Senior Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) connected for a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to give Valparaiso a 5-4 win against Penn on Thursday at the Rebel Spring Games, and the Crusaders followed with an easy 9-1 victory over Yale in their final game in Orlando.


Crusaders Run Away With Two Victories Wednesday

Valparaiso registered 14 stolen bases without getting caught once over its two games on Wednesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., leading to victories over Buffalo (4-1) and Robert Morris (9-3).


Crusaders Down La Salle, Fall to South Dakota

Freshman Sam McGee (Bloomington, Minn./Jefferson) tallied Valparaiso's third straight shutout in the opener as the Crusaders defeated La Salle Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., 9-0 in five innings. In the nightcap, South Dakota rallied for three two-out runs in the seventh inning to earn a 3-1 victory over Valpo.


Lagesse Throws No-Hitter as Crusaders Record Two Shutouts Monday

Freshman pitcher Alex Lagesse (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) threw a no-hitter, while freshman Kelsey Phalen (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) hit two home runs as the Crusaders cruised to a 12-0 victory over Bryant Monday at the Rebel Spring Games. Senior Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) tossed a three-hitter in the nightcap as Valpo completed the sweep with a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart.


Crusaders Sweep South Dakota, Saint Francis at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso won back-to-back games for the first time this season on Saturday, defeating South Dakota, 3-1, and Saint Francis (Pa.), 4-2, at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.


Trend Continues as Crusaders Split a Pair in Florida

For the third straight day, the Valparaiso softball team split two games at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The Crusaders defeated Fairfield in the opener, 8-1, before dropping a 6-3 decision to Holy Cross in the nightcap.


Korb Named One of 30 Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Valparaiso senior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran) has been named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the softball division.


Valpo Downs Holy Cross, Falls to Fairfield

The Valparaiso softball team captured its first game Thursday at the Rebel Spring Games, out-slugging Holy Cross 12-7, but fell in the nightcap to Fairfield in eight innings, 4-3.


Crusaders Split Opening Pair at Rebel Spring Games

Behind a complete-game shutout with 13 strikeouts from Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield), the Valparaiso softball team earned a 4-0 victory in its opener at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday. In the nightcap, the Crusaders led before giving up five runs in the seventh inning, falling to Niagara 7-4.


Remainder of Frost Classic Canceled

Valparaiso's final three games this weekend at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. have been cancelled due to unplayable field conditions caused by inclement weather.


Crusaders Drop Season Opener to Missouri State

Valparaiso held a 6-2 lead after the top half of the sixth in its season opener Friday against Missouri State at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., but the Bears scored five times in their final two at-bats, including a walk-off solo homer in the seventh, to take the 7-6 win. Valpo's scheduled opener against Sacred Heart was wiped out due to rain.


Crusader Softball Squad Set to Open 2009 Campaign

The Valparaiso University softball program ascended to even greater heights last season, winning a school-record 30 games under the tutelage of head coach Randy Schneider. Now, entering the 2009 campaign, Schneider has the Crusaders positioned to maintain their sport among the league's best squads.


Crusaders Tabbed Fifth in Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League standings for the 2009 season in preseason polling by the league's head coaches.


Crusader Softball Squad to Host Winter Clinics

The Valparaiso University softball team will be hosting various clinics on Sunday, January 18, 25 and February 1 at the Athletics-Recreation Center for youths ages 9-17.


Crusader Softball Inks Three During Early Signing Period

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Hayley Bridwell, Jennifer Hermanson and Jessie Marinec have all signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Crusaders as freshmen for the 2010 season.


Crusaders to Conduct Hitting and Baserunning Clinic

The Valparaiso University softball team will be conducting a hitting and baserunning clinic for youths ages 18 and under at the Athletics-Recreation Center on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon.


Crusaders Enjoy Success During Fall Campaign

The Valparaiso softball team wrapped up its 2008 fall season with an undefeated 6-0 record while also getting the chance to play eight intra-squad scrimmages.


Crusaders Announce 2009 Schedule

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider released his schedule for the 2009 campaign today, featuring 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders to Hold Alumni Game Saturday

The Valparaiso softball team will be hosting an alumni game this Saturday, October 4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Announce 2008 Fall Schedule

The Crusader softball team will be hosting games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field each of the next five weekends as its 2008 fall schedule gets under way.


Incoming Freshmen Experiencing Summer Tournament Success

Three members of Valparaiso softball's incoming freshmen class have tasted success at ASA national tournaments this summer, highlighted by a national championship won by Alex LaGesse of the Lemont Rockers DD.


Trio of Crusaders Earn Academic All-League Honors

Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North), Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) have all been named to the 12-person Academic All-Horizon League softball team.


Crusaders End Season as Nation's Best Stealing Bases

The Valparaiso University softball team closed out the 2008 season as the nation’s most prolific team on the basepaths, leading all Division I softball squads with 2.57 stolen bases/game as the NCAA released its final official statistics update Tuesday.  The Crusaders outpaced Women’s College World Series participant Alabama, which closed the year with 2.47 steals/game, for the top spot in the rankings.


Crusaders to Conduct Defensive Skills Camp

The Valparaiso University softball team will be conducting a three-day defensive fundamental skills camp for youths ages 18 and under at the Valparaiso University Softball Field August 11-13.


Softball Sees Best Season in School History End

Valparaiso ended the best season in the school’s history of softball on Friday evening with an 8-1 loss to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the consolation bracket of the Horizon League Championships hosted by Loyola in Chicago, Ill.   


Valpo Falls to UIC in Horizon League Championships

Valparaiso’s bats were quieted on Thursday evening in Chicago, Ill. as the Crusaders managed just three hits in dropping a 2-0 decision to UIC in the Brown and Gold’s first game of the Horizon League Championships held at Loyola.


Korb, Zappia Earn Academic All-District Honors

Valparaiso University’s Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) both were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V First Team as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  Both Korb and Zappia will now be eligible for Academic All-American consideration.


Three Crusaders, Schneider Earn Horizon League Accolades

Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) each received First Team All-Horizon League honors, while Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) earned Second Team accolades and Randy Schneider was named Co-Coach of the Year as the league announced its award winners Wednesday evening.


Crusaders Head to Horizon League Championship as Second Seed

Valparaiso opens Horizon League Championship play on Thursday evening as the second seed, facing  the winner of a first-round game between UIC and Youngstown State.  The Crusaders, who have already set a school record with 30 victories this season, are looking to win the double-elimination tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.


Crusaders Head Into Horizon League Championship as Second Seed

Fresh off of a record-setting regular season, the Valparaiso softball team heads into this weekend’s 2008 Horizon League Championship as the second seed.  The tournament will be contested in Chicago, Ill. at Loyola Softball Park, starting on Thursday, May 8.


Valpo Splits Twinbill at Cleveland State to Close Out Regular Season

Valparaiso took the opening game of a doubleheader at Cleveland State on Sunday, 1-0 in eight innings, giving itself a shot to win the Horizon League regular season championship in the finale, but the Vikings rebounded for a 4-1 win over the Crusaders in the nightcap.


Crusaders' Doubleheader at Cleveland State Postponed

The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled doubleheader at Cleveland State on Saturday has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.  The two teams, who were scheduled to play a three-game series, will now just play one doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. CDT.  Valpo can win the Horizon League regular season championship if it sweeps the twinbill.


Crusaders Fall to Notre Dame in Home Finale

Valparaiso played even with Notre Dame for the first four innings Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Fighting Irish pushed ahead a run in the fifth inning and went on to earn a 6-0 victory.


Crusaders Head Into Final Week of Regular Season With Shot at League Championship

Valparaiso enters the final week of regular season play this week with a shot at capturing the Horizon League championship in a weekend series at Cleveland State.  Prior to the decisive three-game set, Valpo will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule, as well as its home slate, with a single game against Notre Dame.


Zappia Breaks Single-Season Wins Record as Crusaders Knock Off Youngstown State

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned her program-record 18th victory of the season Sunday with a complete-game effort, while Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) tied the career doubles record as Valparaiso defeated Youngstown State, 13-5, in the final game of a three-game set.  The Crusaders also set a team single-season record for RBIs in a season during the victory.


Crusaders Break Single-Season Wins Record

Senior Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) knocked a two-run single up the middle in the fifth inning on Senior Day to give Valparaiso the lead for good as the Crusaders beat Youngstown State in the opener, 4-1, to set a new program record for wins in a single season with 28.  The Penguins bounced back to defeat Valpo in the nightcap, 7-2.


Crusaders Split Twinbill at Wright State; Tie Single-Season Wins Record

Valparaiso split a Horizon League doubleheader with Wright State on Thursday afternoon in Dayton, Ohio, taking the opener 3-2 in nine innings before falling 4-2 in the nightcap.  The Crusaders tied the school record for victories in a single season with the win in the first game, while Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) broke the program record for strikeouts in a single season in the opener.


Notre Dame Game Date Changed

The Valparaiso softball team’s home game against Notre Dame, originally scheduled for next Thursday, May 1, will now be held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.  First pitch will remain at 5 p.m. CDT.


Pitching Carries Crusaders Into First Place

Valparaiso pitchers Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) combined to allow just one Butler baserunner past first base on the day as the Crusaders swept a Horizon League doubleheader from the Bulldogs by identical 2-0 scores.  The sweep moves Valpo into first place in the league standings.


Crusaders Ready for Key Stretch of Seven League Games This Week

Valparaiso returns to Horizon League play with a full slate of games this week, playing seven league contests in a six-day span. The Crusaders are set up for a run at the top spot in the league, as they enter the week in second place.  There will be a tailgate held beginning at 1 p.m prior to Tuesday's doubleheader with Butler, with a first pitch of 2 p.m.  Open to all fans, the tailgate will feature free food and music.


Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split at Purdue

Valparaiso scored three times in the top of the eighth inning of the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday at Big Ten foe Purdue, earning a 4-1 extra-inning victory over the Boilermakers.  Despite holding Purdue to just three hits in the opener, the Boilermakers scored a 3-0 victory as the two squads split the twinbill.


Crusader Softball Team Carries Four-Game Win Streak into Purdue

Valparaiso steps out of league play this week, as the Crusaders’ only action is a doubleheader Tuesday at Big Ten foe Purdue.  Valpo enters the twinbill on a four-game winning streak and has won six of its last seven games, and carries two consecutive wins against the Boilermakers into the pair of games.


Gill Earns Player of the Week Honors

Senior infielder Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) has been named the Horizon League’s Player of the Week after leading the Valparaiso softball team to a 4-0 record last week.


Robinson Breaks Career Hits Mark as Crusaders Sweep UIC Doubleheader

Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) went 4-for-4 in the opening game of a Horizon League doubleheader and broke Valparaiso’s career hits record with a single in the sixth inning of the nightcap as the Crusaders swept UIC Friday evening by scores of 12-3 and 10-5.  The third game of the series has been canceled due to forecasted inclement weather for the rest of the weekend.


Doubleheader at UIC Pushed Up to Friday Evening

The Crusader softball team’s first taste of Horizon League road action will come one day earlier than expected, as Valpo’s doubleheader at UIC has been moved to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 11 due to forecasted weather over the weekend.


Offensive Onslaught Gives Crusaders Sweep of Twinbill

Valparaiso scored eight runs before making its first out of the opening game of a doubleheader Wednesday at IPFW and never looked back, sweeping the Mastodons by scores of 12-3 and 8-4.


Crusaders Begin Seven-Game Road Stretch This Week

After breaking numerous team and individual records last weekend, Valparaiso takes to the road this week, facing off against non-league foe IPFW in a doubleheader at Fort Wayne on Wednesday before returning to Horizon League action this weekend at current league leader UIC.  Please note that the start times for Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game at UIC are 1 p.m. CDT.


Valpo Drops One-Run Decision to Loyola

Valparaiso came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 pitchers’ duel Sunday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as Loyola pushed across an unearned run in the third inning for the game’s only tally.


Record-Breaking Day Propels Crusaders to Doubleheader Sweep

Three school records fell Saturday afternoon as Valparaiso swept a doubleheader from defending Horizon League regular-season champion Loyola at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.  The Crusaders rallied for a 7-3 win in the opener and took a tight 2-1 decision in the nightcap.  With the first win, head coach Randy Schneider earned his 100th victory at Valpo and 200th overall.


Zappia Receives Scholar-Athlete of the Month Honors

The Horizon League announced today that Crusader senior pitcher Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) has been named its U.S. Army Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for the month of March.


Crusaders Drop Doubleheader at #18/25 DePaul

Valparaiso took early leads in both ends of a doubleheader Thursday afternoon against #18/25 DePaul in Chicago, Ill., but the Blue Demons rallied for victories in both games, taking the opener, 6-2, and the nightcap, 8-2.  Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) stole three bases on the day, tying Valpo’s single-season stolen bases record with 21 on the year.


Crusaders Head to Nationally-Ranked DePaul, Return Home for League Series Vs. Loyola

The Valparaiso softball team travels to nationally-ranked DePaul on Thursday for a doubleheader against the Blue Demons before returning home to the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game Horizon League series against Loyola on Saturday and Sunday.  Crusader head coach Randy Schneider will pick up his 100th win at the helm of the Valpo program with the team's next victory.


Korb Receives Scholar-Athlete of the Week Honors

The Horizon League announced today that junior outfielder Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) has been named its U.S. Army Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.


Crusaders Fall in Series Finale to Detroit

Valparaiso rallied from an early four-run deficit to tie the game in the fourth inning Sunday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but Detroit scored the final three runs of the game to earn a 7-4 victory in the finale of the three-game series.


Crusaders Sweep Detroit in Horizon League Twinbill

Valparaiso opened its inaugural season of Horizon League softball action at the Valparaiso University Softball Field Saturday, sweeping Detroit by scores of 10-0 and 3-2.


Korb Selected to Attend NCAA Leadership Conference

Valparaiso's Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) has been selected to attend the 2008 NCAA Leadership Conference May 25-27 at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Crusaders' Weekend Series against Detroit Moved to Valpo

The Valparaiso softball team’s three-game weekend series against Detroit has been moved from Detroit to Valparaiso due to unplayable field conditions at Buysse Ballpark.  The two squads will now play a doubleheader at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.


Crusaders Split Doubleheader At Central Michigan

Valparaiso’s offense carried the day Wednesday as the Crusaders split a doubleheader at Central Michigan, dropping the opener, 4-3, before rebounding for a win in the nightcap, 8-6.


Crusaders Sweep Tuesday Afternoon Twinbill

Valparaiso took both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field from Northern Illinois, downing the Huskies 5-2 in the opener before earning a 5-1 victory in the nightcap.


Valpo Opens Home Slate with Extra Innings Split

Valparaiso opened its 2008 home campaign on Monday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field splitting a doubleheader with Ball State.  Both games went extra innings with the Crusaders winning the opener 1-0 in eight while the Cardinals took the nightcap 4-3 in nine innings.


Crusaders' Weekend Series Canceled; Game Time Change for Tuesday

The Valparaiso softball team’s weekend series against Green Bay has been canceled due to forecasted temperatures in the Valparaiso area and will not be made up.  The Crusaders will now open the home campaign on Monday with a doubleheader against Ball State at 2 p.m. CDT.


Zappia Earns Horizon League Pitcher of the Week Honor

For the second time this season, senior Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week.  Zappia earns this week’s accolade after going 2-0 with a save at last weekend’s Maryland Spring Break Classic, including a complete-game victory over #23 Maryland, Valpo’s first over a ranked opponent in the tenure of head coach Randy Schneider.


Crusaders Close Out Pre-Conference Slate With Triumph

Valparaiso finished out its pre-conference schedule Sunday with a 3-2 victory over St. Peter’s at the Maryland Spring Break Classic in College Park, Md.


Crusaders Defeat #23 Maryland in Saturday Action

Valparaiso used a seven-run fourth inning Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md. to defeat #23 Maryland, 7-5, in action at the Maryland Spring Break Classic.  The win was the first over a ranked opponent in the five-year tenure of head coach Randy Schneider.  The Crusaders dropped their first game of the day to Niagara, 5-3.


Crusaders Allow Just Four Hits in Friday Split

Valparaiso pitchers allowed just four hits on Friday at the Maryland Spring Break Classic in College Park, Md., as the Crusaders split a pair of games.  Valpo dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to Lehigh in its opener before bouncing back for an 8-0 win over UMBC.


Crusader Softball Game Time Changed

Valparaiso’s March 23 game against Green Bay at the Valparaiso University Softball Field will now begin at 3 p.m. CDT.  The game had previously been slated to start at noon.


Jacobson Tabbed as League's Pitcher of the Week

Freshman outfielder/pitcher Jill Jacobson (Beecher, Ill./Beecher) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after her outstanding performance in her first career start in the circle last week against Holy Cross.


Zappia Earns Scholar-Athlete of the Week Recognition

Senior pitcher Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) has been named the U.S. Army Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week after her outstanding performance last week at the Rebel Spring Games.


Crusaders' Weekend Tournament Canceled

The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled games this weekend at the Kentucky Frostbite Classic in Lexington, Ky. have been canceled due to inclement weather.  The games will not be made up.


Zappia Receives Horizon League Honor; Named One of 30 Candidates for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

Valparaiso senior pitcher Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) has been named one of 30 candidates nationwide for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in the softball division.  In addition, Zappia was honored by the Horizon League as its Pitcher of the Week.


Crusaders Extend Winning Streak to Five Games

Valparaiso got an RBI single from Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) in the eighth inning against La Salle to earn a 4-3 victory, and closed out play at the Rebel Spring Games with a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart.


Crusaders Take Two at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso avenged Monday’s loss to Lehigh with a win over the Mountain Hawks on Tuesday, 2-1, and followed with a 7-0 victory against Holy Cross in action at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.


Crusaders Win One Monday at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso dropped its first two games Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., falling to Western Carolina, 4-3, and Lehigh, 1-0, both in eight innings.  The Crusaders bounced back, however, defeating Fairfield, 12-4, in their final game of the day.


Korb Breaks Career Stolen Bases Record as Crusaders Win Twice at Rebel Spring Games

Junior Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) stole two bases in the third inning of Valparaiso’s 2-0 victory over Sacred Heart Sunday morning at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., breaking the Crusader career stolen bases record previously held by Laura Ebersole.  Valpo came from behind to win the nightcap against Holy Cross, 7-6, to finish the day.


Softball Doubleheader at Rebel Spring Games Canceled

The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled doubleheader at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. against Fairfield today has been canceled due to travel difficulties for the Stags.


Warner Named Horizon League Player of the Week

Sophomore Whitney Warner (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) has been named the Horizon League softball Player of the Week today after kicking off the season with seven hits in three games last weekend at the Tulsa Invitational.


Crusaders Defeat Eastern Illinois, 6-1

Valparaiso closed out action at the Tulsa Invitational Sunday morning by earning its first victory of the 2008 season with a 6-1 win over Eastern Illinois.


Crusaders Fall To North Dakota State, Tulsa

Junior Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa) hit two home runs during a 4-for-5 day, but Valparaiso dropped its first two games of the 2008 campaign, falling 4-3 to North Dakota State and 8-5 against Tulsa at the Tulsa Invitational.


Game Against Tulsa Postponed; Tournament Schedule Revised

Valparaiso’s season-opener at the Tulsa Invitational against the host Golden Hurricane has been postponed for a second time.  In addition, the tournament schedule has been revised for the rest of the weekend.


Crusaders Aim to Build on Record-Setting Campaign in 2008

The Valparaiso University softball program has been on the upswing the past few years, climbing to a school record-tying 27 victories last season while setting team single-season records for home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage and stolen bases.  The Crusaders will look to continue their upward momentum in 2008 as they enter the Horizon League, as head coach Randy Schneider returns his entire pitching staff, along with six starting position players.


Crusader Games Moved at Tulsa Invitational

Due to inclement weather in the forecast for Thursday afternoon at the Tulsa Invitational, the Crusaders’ schedule for the tournament has been adjusted.


Crusaders Picked Fifth in Horizon League Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been tabbed to finish in fifth place in the Horizon League in preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.


Softball Team to Hold Two Days of Clinics

The Valparaiso University softball team will be hosting pitching clinics on Sunday, January 20 and defensive skills/hitting clinics on Sunday, February 3 for youths from 10-18 years old.


Crusaders Announce 2008 Softball Schedule

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider announced his 2008 schedule today, which is highlighted by 16 home games over ten dates at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Ink Seven Softball Recruits to NLIs

Head coach Randy Schneider announced today that the Valparaiso softball team has signed seven players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.  The group of seven players, which includes an NFCA High School All-American and four players considered Top Prospects from the class of 2008 by Rivals.com, will join the Crusader program as freshmen for the 2009 season.


Crusaders Boast 12 NFCA Scholar-Athletes

12 Valparaiso softball players have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athletes for their performance in the classroom last season.  The 12 honorees helped the Crusaders to the sixth-best cumulative team GPA in Division I softball.


Crusaders Among Nation's Top-Ten Academically

The Valparaiso University softball team posted the sixth-highest team grade point average in the nation among Division I schools last year, as released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).


Crusader Softball Team Announces Fall Schedule

Head coach Randy Schneider announced today that the Valparaiso softball team will be playing eight games, including two games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, during the fall of 2007.


Crusaders Add Campos to 2008 Freshman Class

Head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Jenna Campos will join the Valparaiso softball team for the 2008 season.  With the addition of Campos, the Crusaders have five incoming freshmen for their first season of Horizon League play.


Five Players Receive All Mid-Con Accolades

For the second consecutive year, five members of the Valparaiso softball team earned All Mid-Continent Conference recognition as the league announced its annual awards today. Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) and Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond) were named to the First Team, while Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids), Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) earned Second Team honors.


Three Crusaders Earn Academic All-District Honors

Valparaiso University's Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North), Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) have all been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).


Crusaders Tie Single-Season Victory Record

Valparaiso closed out its 2007 season Monday afternoon with a 5-0 victory over Oakland in Rochester, Mich. The win gives the Crusaders a final record of 27-19, matching the 1986 and 1987 Valpo squads for the most wins in a season in school history.


Valpo Splits Twinbill With Oakland; Callahan, Robinson Set School Records

Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) broke Valparaiso's career hits record Sunday, while Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ont./John Redmond) surpassed the Crusader single-season hits record as Valpo split a doubleheader with Oakland Sunday in Rochester, Mich. The Crusaders dropped the opener in nine innings, 2-1, before bouncing back with an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.


Crusaders Drop Doubleheader to Western Illinois

Valparaiso closed out its 2007 home season Saturday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against Western Illinois, dropping both games of the doubleheader to the Westerwinds, 4-1 in eight innings and 5-3.


Westerwinds Edge Crusaders in Pitchers' Duel

Valparaiso's Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) and Western Illinois' Kamren Ferguson hooked up in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Westerwinds pushed the lone run of the game across in the sixth inning to win 1-0.


Valpo Falls Twice at Michigan State

Valparaiso traveled to East Lansing, Mich. to take on Big Ten foe Michigan State Thursday afternoon, but the Spartans came away with the doubleheader sweep, winning by scores of 7-4 and 8-1. Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) tied the Valpo record for doubles in a career with the 35th two-bagger of her career.


Crusaders To Close Out Regular Season

Valparaiso will play eight games in a five-day span beginning Thursday to close out regular season play. Series against Western Illinois and Oakland will determine whether the Crusaders make the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time in four seasons.


Crusaders Split Doubleheader With Centenary

Taylor Callahan's (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) 14th double of the season set a new school record and led off a four-run eighth inning in the series finale against Centenary in Shreveport, La. Saturday, as Valpo won the second game of the doubleheader, 5-1. The Ladies took Saturday's opener from Valpo by a 7-1 score.


Valpo Drops Series Opener at Centenary

A furious two-out rally in the seventh inning fell one run short for Valparaiso Friday evening in Shreveport, La., as Centenary held on for a 6-5 victory in the series opener.


Crusaders Head to Centenary

Valparaiso will look to make a push for the top spot in the conference this weekend as the Crusaders head to Centenary for a key three-game series against the Ladies.


Crusaders Sweep South Dakota State

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) tossed a one-hitter with a career-high 12 strikeouts, while Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin [Elgin C.C.]) gave Valpo all the offense it would need with a first-inning grand slam as the Crusaders defeated South Dakota State in the opener of a doubleheader Saturday, 5-1. The Brown and Gold completed the doubleheader sweep, taking the nightcap from the Jackrabbits, 5-2.


Valpo Softball Schedule Advisory

Due to unplayable field conditions at the Ellig Sports Complex in Fargo, N.D., Sunday's scheduled doubleheader at North Dakota State has been canceled and will not be made up.


Crusaders Downed by Notre Dame

Valparaiso registered seven hits Thursday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind. against the Fighting Irish, but was unable to push any runs across the plate, falling to Notre Dame, 5-0.


Crusaders Emerge Victorious in Slugfest with Purdue

Valparaiso jumped out to a 9-1 lead after three innings and held on for a 12-11 victory Wednesday afternoon over Big Ten foe Purdue at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. With the win, the Crusaders extend their winning streak to five games.


Crusaders Poised for Six Games

Winners of seven of its last nine games, the Crusader softball team will play four different teams over the next five days, kicking off the stretch with a home game against Purdue Wednesday at 4 p.m.


No-Hitter Propels Valpo to Sweep of IPFW

Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) and Carrie Franson (Poynette, Wis./Poynette) combined on Valparaiso's first no-hitter in over five years as the Crusaders won the opener over IPFW 8-0 in five innings Monday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. In the nightcap, Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) hit two home runs to propel the Crusaders to a 6-1 victory for the sweep.


Callahan Earns Mid-Con Player of the Week Honors

Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week today after hitting .478 over the Crusaders' seven games last week.


Crusaders Defeat IUPUI in Rubber Game of Series

Valparaiso struck right away Saturday, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning and rolling to a 6-1 victory over IUPUI in the final game of a three-game series at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Split Two With IUPUI; Adamski Sets School Record

Valparaiso dropped the opener Friday to IUPUI in Valparaiso, Ind., 7-3, but bounced back for a 6-3 win in the nightcap to split the Mid-Con doubleheader. Beth Adamski (Saint John, Ind./Lake Central) registered her 965th career putout late in game one, becoming Valpo's career leader in the category.


Crusaders Return Home For Start of Homestand

Valparaiso begins its longest homestand of the 2007 season this weekend, as the Crusaders host IUPUI for a doubleheader Friday beginning at 2 p.m. CDT and a single game Saturday starting at noon. Valpo will follow with a Monday doubleheader versus IPFW beginning at 3 p.m.


Crusader Softball Schedule Advisory

The Crusader softball team's schedule for this coming weekend has been amended. Valpo and IUPUI will now play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 2 p.m. CDT, and will follow on Saturday with a single game beginning at noon.


Valpo Splits Pair at Northern Illinois

Valparaiso emerged victorious over Northern Illinois in an extra-inning slugfest, 8-6, in game one of the two teams' doubleheader Tuesday in DeKalb, Ill., but the Crusaders fell in the nightcap, 4-1.


Crusaders Sweep Both Ends of Doubleheader

The Crusader softball team took full advantage of its first games in nine days Monday, sweeping a doubleheader from Saint Joseph's (Ind.) at a cold and snowy Valparaiso University Softball Field, 5-2 and 5-1.


Crusaders' Games at Notre Dame, Oakland Postponed

Valparaiso's scheduled game Wednesday afternoon at Notre Dame has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up Thursday, April 19 at 4 p.m. CDT. Also, the Crusaders' scheduled series this weekend at Oakland has been postponed until May 6-7.


Softball Hits the Road To Take On Notre Dame, Oakland This Week

Valparaiso hits the road for four games this week, starting with a single game Wednesday afternoon at in-state foe Notre Dame. The Crusaders follow this weekend with a trip to Rochester, Mich. for a three-game series against conference rival Oakland.


Valpo Splits Saturday's Doubleheader with Southern Utah

Mallory Gill's (Beloit, Wis./Memorial H.S.) grand slam which came as part of a six-run fifth inning helped Valparaiso rally from a five-run deficit to defeat Southern Utah 7-6 in game one of a doubleheader on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Thunderbirds won the nightcap 8-0.


Southern Utah Tops Valpo in Extra Innings

Marci Pratt's two-run double in the top of the ninth inning lifted Southern Utah to a 7-5 victory over Valparaiso in Mid-Continent Conference action on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Home Opener Against Purdue Postponed

Valparaiso's home-opening doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday against Purdue has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather. The two teams will now play a single game at 4 p.m. on April 18.


Crusaders Open Home Slate This Week

Fresh off of a three-game sweep of UMKC, Valpo will open the 2007 home campaign with a doubleheader Wednesday versus Big Ten foe Purdue, beginning at 2 p.m. The Crusaders will also host Southern Utah for a three-game conference series Friday and Saturday.


Callahan Named Mid-Con Player of the Week

Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after batting .667 for the Crusaders during their three-game sweep of UMKC last weekend.


Crusaders Sweep Kangaroos in Mid-Con Doubleheader

Valparaiso emerged from its first Mid-Continent Conference series of the season perfect, as the Crusaders earned wins by scores of 4-2 and 14-1 in Saturday's doubleheader to complete the sweep of the three-game set.


Crusaders Cruise to 5-0 Victory over UMKC

Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) pitched a gem, holding the Kangaroos hitless over the final five innings, and Karen Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran North) jumpstarted the Crusader offense with two hits and three stolen bases as Valparaiso opened Mid-Con play with a 5-0 win over UMKC Friday in Kansas City, Mo.


Crusaders Open Mid-Con Campaign at UMKC

Valparaiso opens its final season of Mid-Continent Conference action this weekend as the Crusaders take on the Kangaroos of UMKC in Kansas City in a three-game series.


Valpo-IPFW Doubleheader Cancelled

Softball's scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday at IPFW has been cancelled due to weather conditions. The games will not be made up.


Valpo-IPFW Doubleheader Postponed

Valparaiso's scheduled doubleheader Saturday at IPFW has been postponed and rescheduled for next
Wednesday, March 21. The opening pitch of the first game is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT.


Valpo Splits Pair at East Tennessee State

Valparaiso split a doubleheader Tuesday at East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tenn. The Crusaders fell in the opener, 4-3, before rebounding to capture the nightcap, 4-1.


Crusaders Fall Twice to Gardner-Webb

Valparaiso had its eight-game winning streak snapped Monday, as the Crusaders fell at Gardner-Webb by scores of 11-1 and 5-4. The winning streak ends as the second-longest such streak in program history.


Carroll, Zappia Honored by Mid-Con

Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) have been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, after leading Valparaiso to an 8-2 record last week at the Rebel Spring Games.


Crusaders Lengthen Winning Streak to Eight Games

Valparaiso earned two more one-run victories Saturday as the Crusaders closed out action at the Rebel Spring Games, defeating Colgate, 2-1, and Fairleigh Dickinson, 3-2. The wins extend Valpo's winning streak to eight games, and move the Crusaders to 9-3 overall, the best 12-game start in program history.


Crusaders Win Two More; Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

Valparaiso won a pair of one-run decisions Friday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., downing Detroit, 5-4, and Monmouth, 3-2. The two victories extend the Crusaders' win streak to six games, the longest such streak by a Valpo softball team in 18 seasons. Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) broke the school record for assists in a career in the opener and registered the game-winning home run in the nightcap.


Valpo Takes Two More Victories at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso continued its spring break trip at the Rebel Spring Games Thursday with two more victories, defeating Penn 4-2 and 2006 NCAA Regional participant Lehigh, 2-1. Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) earned the win in both games for the Crusaders.


Valpo Explodes Offensively to Win Twice at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso's bats came alive Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games, exploding for 22 hits and 21 runs over the two contests as the Crusaders defeated Sacred Heart, 13-6, and Georgetown, 8-0. Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) led the Crusader attack with six hits, including four extra-base knocks, in eight at-bats.


Crusaders Drop Two at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso's season continued Monday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. The Crusaders dropped an extra-inning decision to Saint Peter's, losing 3-2 in eight frames, before falling in their nightcap to Penn, 9-1 in six innings.


Crusaders Open Season With Split at Rebel Spring Games

Valparaiso kicked off the season with an 8-2 victory over Detroit, but lost 1-0 to Tennessee State in its second game at the Rebel Spring Games Sunday in Orlando, Fla.


Valpo Softball Ready for Breakout Season

After registering 22 wins in 2006, the most by a Crusader squad in 17 years, the 2007 Valparaiso University softball team is poised for a breakout season.


Crusaders Picked Fourth in Mid-Con Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been tabbed to finish in fourth place in the Mid-Continent Conference in preseason polling of the league's head coaches.


Valpo to Hold Softball Coaches Clinic

The Valparaiso University softball program will be hosting a Coaches Clinic on February 10th and 11th at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Release 2007 Softball Schedule

Valparaiso head softball coach Randy Schneider unveiled today his schedule for the 2007 campaign.


Crusaders Boast Eight NFCA Scholar-Athletes

Eight Valpo softball players have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athletes for their performance in the classroom last season.


Valpo Inks Four Signees During Early Signing Period

Valparaiso softball coach Randy Schneider announced today that four players have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Kathryn Boldt, Lisa DeBruzzi, Jill Jacobson, and Jamie Weinburger will join the Crusader program as freshman for the 2008 season.


Crusaders Enjoy Strong Start to Fall Season

The Valpo softball team kicked off their fall season with an impressive performance at the Chicagoland Fall Classic in Orland Park, Ill. this weekend, going 4-2 over the three-day event and finishing in third place out of 25 of the Midwest's top teams.


2006 Softball Camps Set for October 7

The Valparaiso softball team will host its 2006 softball camps Saturday, October 7 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Name Eric Breece Graduate Assistant Coach

Eric Breece, a 2006 graduate of Michigan State University, has joined the Valparaiso University softball program as a Graduate Assistant Coach, the school announced today.


Tracy Korth Joins Valpo Softball Program

Valparaiso University Head Softball Coach Randy Schneider today announced Tracy Korth (Elgin, Ill./Larkin), a transfer from Elgin Community College, will join the Crusader softball team beginning in the 2007 season.


Newcomer Franson Named Wisconsin Player of the Year

Carrie Franson (Arlington, Wis./Poynette), part of the 2007 Valpo recruiting class, has been named the Division 3 Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) for the second straight year.


Crusaders Place League-High Five on All-Conference Teams

Freshman Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) grabbed a spot on the All-Conference First Team while teammates Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond), Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) and Andrea Zappia (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central) landed on the Second Team when the Mid-Con announced their year-end honors Thursday night.


Softball Season Ends With Split

The Crusaders closed out the 2006 softball season Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field against UMKC, winning game one 2-1 before falling 4-2 in the nightcap.


Crusaders Shut Out Kangaroos in Sweep

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) tossed Valpo's first complete game shutout of the season in game one and Stephanie Kelly (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield) struck out 10 in 6.2 innings in game two as the Crusaders swept UMKC 4-0 and 1-0 Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Swept at Western Illinois

Ann Sievert (Davenport, Iowa/Assumption) hit the first home run of her career and freshman Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) went yard for the second time in as many games, but it was not enough as the Crusaders were swept Sunday at Western Illinois 4-2 and 6-4.


Crusader Twinbill at Western Illinois Postponed

The Valparaiso softball team's doubleheader at Western Illinois has been postponed due to inclement weather in Macomb. The two teams are now scheduled to conclude their four-game series with a doubleheader on Sunday, with first pitch of game one set for 10 a.m.


Crusaders Bounce Back to Earn Split at Western

After dropping game one 8-0 in five innings Friday afternoon at Western Illinois, the Crusaders bounced back in game two behind an Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver) homer to win 8-2 and earn a split.


Notre Dame Surges Past Valpo 6-2

The Crusaders broke out to a brief 2-1 lead over Notre Dame Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University softball field, but the Fighting Irish scored three times in the third inning and held on for a 6-2 win.


Schultz Selected for NCAA Leadership Conference

Valparaiso University's Jessica Schultz (Hubertus, Wis./Hartford Union H.S.) has been selected to attend the NCAA Leadership Conference this May at Disney's Yacht Beach Club in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


Today's Valpo-Notre Dame Game Postponed

Today's 5:00 p.m. game between Valpo and Notre Dame at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been postponed until Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. because of weather conditions in Northwest Indiana.


Ladies Spoil Saturday, Sweep Crusaders

Errors cost the Crusaders four unearned runs Saturday afternoon, and the Centenary Ladies took full advantage, sweeping Valpo by identical 4-2 scores at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Offense on Display in Valpo's Friday Split

Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin) drilled a two-out game-winning single to the left-centerfield gap in the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, sending Valpo to a 4-3 win, but two Centenary grand slams gave the Ladies the nightcap 12-5 Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Wolter's Longball Gives Valpo Split at IPFW

Valpo's lone hit in game one was a big one, a solo homer off the bat of freshman Ashley Wolter (Denver, Iowa/Denver), and two Crusader pitchers made it hold up in a 1-0 win over IPFW Thursday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Mastodons came back to win game two 4-3.


Softball to Host Coaching Clinic April 23

Valparaiso University Head Softball Coach Randy Schneider today announced the Crusaders will be hosting a Softball Coaching Clinic for parents, coaches or fans interested in learning the sport of softball, April 23 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Athletics-Recreation Center.


Crusaders Split at Saint Joseph's

Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) launched her team-leading fifth home run of the season in the eighth inning of game two Tuesday at Saint Joseph's, helping the Crusaders to a 3-1 win after dropping the opener 3-2 in Rensselaer, Ind.


Robinson Selected to Canadian Elite Team

Valparaiso sophomore catcher Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) has been named to Canada's Elite Team, a group of 18 players from around the country selected to represent their nation this summer.


Crusaders Split With IPFW Saturday

The Crusaders came out firing on all cylinders in game one of Saturday's doubleheader against IPFW, rolling to a 9-1 win in six innings, but the Mastodons righted the ship in game two, picking up a 5-1 victory at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Softball Races Past Purdue

For the second time in their last three games in West Lafayette, Ind., the Crusaders shutout the Purdue Boilermakers by a 2-0 score, downing the hosts Thursday afternoon at the Varsity Softball Complex.


Crusaders Tame Huskies in Game One; Earn Split

Two Crusader pitchers quieted Northern Illinois' bats and Mallory Gill (Beloit, Wis./Memorial) launched her first career home run as Valpo defeated the Huskies 3-0 in game one of their doubleheader Tuesday at a windy Valparaiso University Softball Field. NIU came back to win game two 4-1.


Seven Run Surge Salvages Crusader Split

Taylor Callahan (Pendergrass, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) slugged her first home run of the season in the first inning of Sunday's second game at IUPUI, leading the Brown and Gold to a 7-3 win and a split of the day's action after the Jaguars took game one 2-0.


Crusaders Split Pair of Saturday Nail-Biters at IUPUI

Valpo and IUPUI hooked up for a pair of extra-inning thrillers Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, with the Crusaders triumphing 2-1 in 10 innings in the opener before dropping the nightcap 6-5 in 11 innings.


Today's Valpo-IUPUI Doubleheader Postponed

Due to heavy rains in Indianapolis, today's Valpo-IUPUI softball doubleheader has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m.


#23 DePaul Sweeps Crusaders

Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond) and Alicia Ashburn (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) hit seventh inning home runs in game two, but it was not enough as #23 DePaul swept Valpo 9-0 (5 inn.) and 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in Valparaiso, Ind.


Valpo and Oakland Split for Second Straight Day

Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral) tossed six shutout innings in game two to help Valpo salvage a split Saturday afternoon against Oakland, winning 3-1 after dropping the opener 3-2 at a frigid Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Split Pair of Pitcher's Duels

For the second straight day at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, pitching reigned supreme, as the Crusaders downed Oakland 2-1 in the opener before falling 1-0 in eight innings in the nightcap Friday afternoon.


Crusaders Blank IPFW; Sweep Home Opener

Three Valpo pitchers held IPFW scoreless in 14 innings Thursday, and Allison Whitesell (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) provided the dramatics with a walk-off single in game two as the Crusaders swept their home opener 2-0 and 1-0 from the Mastodons Thursday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders and Chippewas Cancelled

Today's Valpo-Central Michigan doubleheader at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions in Northwest Indiana. No make up date has been scheduled at this time.


Thunderbirds Out-Slug Crusaders in Sweep

Southern Utah's big bats overpowered the Crusaders for the second straight day, sweeping Valpo 11-3 (6 inn.) and 14-8 Saturday afternoon in Cedar City, Utah.


Crusaders Drop Two to Open Mid-Con Play

Valpo returned to action for the first time in nearly two weeks Friday afternoon at Southern Utah, and dropped 13-6 and 6-4 decisions to the Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah.


Valpo's Wednesday Action at Purdue Re-Scheduled

Valpo's Wednesday doubleheader at Purdue has been re-scheduled as a single game Thursday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. due to forecasted inclement weather in the West Lafayette, Ind. area.


Crusader Softball Alumni Day April 11

Valparaiso University alumni are invited to gather at the Brown and Gold's April 11 doubleheader against Northern Illinois for Crusader Softball Alumni Day.


Megan Carroll Named Mid-Con Player of the Week

Crusader junior Megan Carroll (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference's Player of the Week after leading the Brown and Gold to five wins at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla.


Valpo Wraps Up Spring Trip With Two Losses

The Crusaders wrapped up their spring trip Saturday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., falling to Eastern Illinois 2-1 and losing 3-0 to Monmouth (N.J.).


Crusaders Notch Another Victory in Friday's Action

The Crusaders won their third straight, downing Saint Joseph's (Pa.) 6-1 Friday morning at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. before falling to Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in their second game of the day.


Valpo Sweeps Two at Rebel Spring Games

The Crusaders pounded out 21 hits Thursday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., downing La Salle and Robert Morris (Pa.) by identical scores of 7-4.


WVUR Announces 2006 Broadcast Schedule

Valpo's student-run radio station, WVUR, 95.1 FM, has announced they will broadcast 23 home and road softball games this season, either online at www.sportsjuice.com or over the WVUR airwaves. All live broadcasts on WVUR will also be available online at www.valpo.edu/athletics.


Crusaders Fall Twice at Rebel Spring Games

The Crusaders continued their season-opening run at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Wednesday, falling 4-3 in eight innings to Sacred Heart and dropping a 7-2 decision to Saint Bonaventure.


Valpo Splits a Pair Tuesday in Orlando

Valpo scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come back and defeat Holy Cross 5-4 Tuesday at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. after falling to South Dakota State 3-2 earlier in the day.


Crusader Softball Splits Again on Monday

The Crusaders moved to 2-2 on the young season, defeating Tennessee State 4-2 before falling 7-6 to Yale at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. Monday.


Crusaders Open 2006 Season With Split

The Crusader softball team opened their 2006 schedule Sunday morning in Orlando, Fla., defeating Saint Peter's 7-1 before falling to Maine 5-1 on the first day of action at the Rebel Spring Games.


Young Crusaders Begin 2006 Season With High Hopes

The Valparaiso softball team begins play this weekend with a talented core of young players poised to turn a late-season surge last year into a strong 2006 and a run at the Mid-Continent Conference title.


Valpo Softball Selected Fourth in the Mid-Con

Valparaiso University's softball team was selected to finish in fourth place in the Mid-Continent Conference according to the preseason poll conducted of the league's head coaches.


Nine Softball Players Named 2004-05 NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes

Nine Valparaiso University softball players have been named 2004-05 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Scholar Athletes for their performances in the classroom and on the field last season.


Valpo Inks a Pair for 2007

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2007 season.


2006 Schedule Features 23 Home Dates

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced his 2006 softball schedule.


Crusaders Among Best in Nation Academically

The 2005 Valparaiso University softball team finished among the top-30 in the nation in team GPA as released by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).


Crusaders Earn Four Wins in Fall Action

The Valparaiso softball team concluded fall play with four wins and two losses. Leading the way for the Crusaders were sophomore pitcher Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.), who earned two victories, and sophomore catcher Shannon Robinson (Toronto, Ontario/John Redmond H.S.), who ended fall play with a team-high .517 batting average.


Crusader Softball to Hold Day Camp This Fall

The Valparaiso University softball team will be holding a day camp on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Individual Softball Instruction Available This Summer

Individual softball instruction is available this summer through Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider.


Callahan Named to Mid-Con First Team; Three Crusaders Earn Second Team Honors

Valparaiso University third baseman Taylor Callahan (Grayson, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian H.S.) was named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team while three other Crusaders earned Second Team honors from the league as the postseason honors were handed out on Thursday.


Crusaders Close Regular Season with Win

Valparaiso closed out the 2005 regular season with a 5-4 victory over Illinois-Chicago on the road Thursday evening.


Wisconsin Sweeps Twinbill from Crusaders

Valparaiso traveled to Wisconsin on Tuesday for a doubleheader only to see the Badgers sweep the twinbill 11-1 and 10-2.


Halstead Named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University's Chris Halstead (Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week after recording three victories including a pair of conference shutouts last week.


Strong Pitching, Hitting Propel Valpo To Sweep of IUPUI

Chris Halstead tossed her second shutout in as many days and Brittany Atteberry pitched 6 shutout innings in the nightcap as Valpo swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader from IUPUI by scores of 2-0 and 7-1. Megan Carroll, who broke Valpo's single-season doubles record with 12, went 5-for-7 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs. Taylor Callahan was 3-for-6 with three RBIs.


Crusaders Split Doubleheader with Jaguars

Chris Halstead threw her first career shutout and Taylor Callahan came home with the only run of the game to give the Crusaders a 1-0 victory over IUPUI in the opener Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Jaguars earned a split by virtue of a 2-1 win in the nightcap.


Crusaders Drop Twinbill to DePaul

Valparaiso ran into a pair of solid pitching performances from DePaul hurlers as the Blue Demons swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 9-1 and 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Earn Midweek Split with St. Joe's

Valparaiso's bats were alive in the opening game of the doubleheader with Saint Joseph's (Ind.) on Tuesday afternoon as the Crusaders posted a 5-0 shutout victory at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Pumas bounced back in the nightcap with a 2-0 victory.


Snow Prevents Twinbill Between Valpo and Oakland

Valparaiso's softball games against Oakland scheduled for today in Rochester, Mich. have been postponed due to the snowy conditions in the area.


Valpo Drops Game One to Oakland; Game Two Suspended

Valparaiso dropped game one of its doubleheader to Oakland 2-0 on Friday afternoon in Rochester, Mich. The Crusaders led in game two 7-0 in the bottom of the second when the game was suspended due to rain.


Softball Drops Two to IPFW Thursday

Valparaiso managed just one run in two games on Thursday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader 3-1 and 3-0 to IPFW at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Drop Double-Dip to Loyola

Valparaiso tallied nine hits in each game of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon but Loyola (Ill.) came out on top on the scoreboard in each one, defeating the Crusaders 8-2 and 5-3 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Rally for Game Two Tie Against Purdue

Valparaiso rallied from a four-run fifth inning deficit in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader to force a 4-4 tie against Purdue in a game called after nine innings due to darkness at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Boilermakers rallied for a 6-3 victory over the Crusaders in the opener.


LaFerle Named Mid-Con Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Courtney LaFerle (Elgin, Ill./Larkin H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after helping lead the Crusaders to a weekend sweep of first place Southern Utah.


Crusaders Complete Weekend Sweep of First Place Thunderbirds

For the second straight day Valparaiso posted a doubleheader sweep of first place Southern Utah. The Crusaders defeated the Thunderbirds by scores of 4-3 and 6-2 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday afternoon.


Crusaders Sweep Twinbill from First Place Southern Utah

Valparaiso posted its first doubleheader sweep of the season on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders defeated first place Southern Utah 6-4 and 3-2 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Wisconsin Tops Valpo Wednesday Evening

Wisconsin scored seven unearned runs capitalizing on five Crusader errors on Wednesday night at the Badgers defeated the Valparaiso 9-0 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo-UIC Postponed on Tuesday; Crusaders Game Wednesday Against Wisconsin Pushed Back to 5 p.m.

Valparaiso's scheduled softball game for Tuesday against Illinois-Chicago has been postponed due to rain. The Crusaders will face Wisconsin on Wednesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field beginning at 5 p.m. Please note, the starting time for the game against the Badgers has been changed from the original schedule.


Valpo and UMKC Split for Second Straight Day

Valparaiso won the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader from UMKC 4-2 but was unable to complete the sweep as the Kangaroos bounced back for a 1-0 victory in the nightcap in Kansas City, Mo.


Crusaders Split Twinbill at UMKC

Valparaiso split a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader with UMKC on Friday evening in Kansas City, Mo.


Valpo-South Dakota State Softball Cancelled on Wednesday

Due to the threat of storms in the Valparaiso area on Wednesday and South Dakota State having to make travel arrangements, the softball game that was scheduled has been cancelled.


Callahan's Slam Not Enough for Valpo

Taylor Callahan hit a grand slam in the opener, but it was not enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader 9-8 and 8-0 to Northern Illinois on Tuesday afternoon in DeKalb, Ill.


Bowling Green Defeats Crusaders 5-1

Maggie Seidel (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest H.S.) had two hits including an RBI but it was not enough for the Crusaders as Valparaiso fell to Bowling Green 5-1 on Monday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Atteberry's Tosses Shutout as Valpo Splits with Western

Brittany Atteberry (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central H.S.) tossed a five-hit shutout in the nightcap helping Valparaiso earn a 3-0 victory over Western Illinois and split a doubleheader at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Westerwinds won the opener 5-3.


Western Illinois Spoils Valpo's Home Opener

Western Illinois spoiled Valparaiso's home opener on Friday afternoon as the Westerwinds swept a Mid-Continent conference doubleheader from the Crusaders 1-0 and 2-0 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in the Crusaders' home opener.


Valpo to Host Nike Softball Camp This July

Valparaiso University will host a Nike Softball Camp July 17-21 for girls ages 10-18.


Valpo's Home Opener against Michigan State Postponed

Valparaiso University's 2005 home opener against Michigan State slated for Thursday afternoon has been postponed after heavy rains came through the Valparaiso area late Wednesday night.


Notre Dame Takes Doubleheader from Valpo

Valparaiso suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon, as the Fighting Irish defeated the Crusaders 5-0 and 10-0 in Notre Dame, Ind.


Crusaders Lose Final Two at Centenary

Megan Carroll went 3-for-4 with a homerun and two RBIs in the opener, but Centenary swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader against Valparaiso on Satuday 7-2 and 9-1 in Shreveport, La.


Crusaders Drop Opening Mid-Con Twinbill at Centenary

Valparaiso opened Mid-Continent Conference play on Friday evening dropping a doubleheader to Centenary 9-7 and 4-2 in Shreveport, La.


Saturday's Valpo-IPFW Softball Doubleheader Postponed

Saturday's scheduled softball doubleheader between Valparaiso and IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions.


Texas Tech Defeats Valpo 11-0

Texas Tech errupted for seven runs over the first three innings and held Valparaiso to just one hit as the Red Raiders defeated the Crusaders 11-0 on Sunday morning to conclude the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan.


Crusaders Lose Two at Shocker Invite

For the second straight day Valparaiso dropped a pair of games at the Shocker Invitational as the Crusaders lost 4-1 and 7-1 to UMKC and Wichita State on Saturday in Wichita, Kan.


Crusaders Blanked at Shocker Invitational

Valparaiso fell in a pair of games at the Shocker Invitational on Friday morning in Wichita, Kan. The Crusaders lost 2-0 to Texas Tech and 8-0 to #18 Nebraska.


Crusaders Drop a Pair at #12 Oklahoma

Valparaiso's softball team dropped a doubleheader on Thursday evening, falling to #12 Oklahoma 7-2 and 9-2 in Norman, Okla.


Valpo Offense Struggles in Doubleheader Loss at Wichita State

Valparaiso's offense continued to struggle on Wednesday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader to Wichita State 9-0 and 9-0 in Wichita, Kan.


Valpo Drops Final Two at SIU Classic

Valparaiso lost its final two games of Southern Illinois Classic on Sunday, falling 4-3 to Kansas and 4-0 to Ball State in Carbondale, Ill.


Valpo Softball Drops a Pair to Open Season

Valparaiso opened its 2005 softball season on Saturday by dropping a pair of games at the Southern Illinois Classic in Carbondale, Ill. The Crusaders fell 6-0 in the opener to the host Salukis and then dropped an 8-0 decision to Ball State.


Youthful Crusaders Seek in Search of Mid-Con Title in 2005

After reaching the championship round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in 2004, the Valparaiso Crusaders have raised their expectations heading into the 2005 season.


Valpo Softball Picked Third in Preseason Poll

Valparaiso University's softball team has been picked to finish third in the Mid-Continent Conference for the 2005 season according to the preseason poll as selected by the league's head coaches.


Valpo Softball to Offer Two Clinics this January

Valparaiso University's softball team is offering a hitting clinic on January 16, 2005 and a fielding clinic on January 23, 2005 at the Athletics-Recreation Center for girls in grades 4-12.


Crusaders Release 2005 Softball Schedule

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced his 2005 softball schedule.


Crusaders Sign Three for Class of 2006

Valparaiso University softball coach Randy Schneider has announced that three players signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders during the early signing period.


Valpo Softball Concludes Fall Season

Valparaiso's softball team played seven games during its fall campaign, posting a 2-4-1 record over two weekends.


Valpo Adds Two More to Incoming Softball Class

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has added two more signees to his 2004 recruiting class. Joining the Crusaders in the fall will be Stacy Adamski and Carly Rossner.


Valpo to Host Softball Clinics this Summer

Valparaiso University will hold several summer softball clinics during the summer of 2004 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Four Crusaders Named to Mid-Con All-Tournament Team

Valparaiso University had four players named to the Mid-Continent Conference Softball All-Tournament Team following the league championships held this past weekend.


Crusaders Fall Short Against Centenary for Second Time

For the second time on Saturday Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Year Cheyenne Davies proved to be too much for Valparaiso as Centenary defeated the Crusaders 4-0 to win the Mid-Continent Conference Softball Tournament held in Macomb, Ill.


Valpo Defeats Western Illinois to Advance to Championship Round

Valparaiso defeated Western Illinois 8-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament in Macomb, Ill. to advance to the championship round and face Centenary in a rematch of the opening game of the day.


Valpo Drops Pitcher's Dual 1-0 to Centenary

Valparaiso University came up on the short end of a 1-0 pitcher's dual on Saturday morning in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament held in Macomb, Ill.


Crusaders Upset Southern Utah in Mid-Con Tourney

Valparaiso recorded its first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament victory in school history on Friday afternoon, defeating regular season champion Southern Utah 3-1 in the first round held in Macomb, Ill.


Constien and Rowan Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District V Honors

Valparaiso University softball players Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) and Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) have each been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District V First Team the organization announced today.


Constien Named to Mid-Con First Team

Valparaiso University catcher Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference First Team the league announced tonight.


Crusaders Set to Battle Southern Utah in Opening Round of Mid-Con Tournament

Valparaiso University's softball team will face Southern Utah on Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m. in the first round of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament held in Macomb, Ill.


Crusaders Swept by Westerwinds to End Regular Season

KarenMarie Pena limited Valparaiso to just six hits over two games as Western Illinois swept a Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader from the Crusaders 4-0 and 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in Macomb, Ill.


Crusaders Clinch First Tourney Berth Since 2000

Valparaiso University clinched its first Mid-Continent Conference Tournament berth since 2000 and earned its first victory over Western Illinois since 1997 with a 7-5 win in the opening game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon in Macomb, Ill. The Westerwinds bounced back with a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.


Five Run Fifth Propels Loyola over Valpo

Five straight singles led to five runs on Tuesday afternoon to help lead Loyola (Ill.) to a 6-0 victory over Valparaiso at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Tuesday's Valpo-Loyola Game Moved to 4 p.m.

Valparaiso University's softball game scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been moved to 4 p.m. and will be a single contest as opposed to a doubleheader.


Valpo Earns Split with Centenary

Valparaiso took advantage of five Centenary errors in the opening game of the doubleheader to score eight unearned runs on the way to a 9-4 win on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso Softball Field. The Ladies returned the favor in game two, converting four Crusader errors into five unearned runs on the way to a 6-1 win to split the twinbill.


Centenary Takes Two from Valpo

Valparaiso's seventh inning rally fell one run short in game two on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader to Centenary 1-0 and 5-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Softball Inks Eight to Play at Valpo

Valparaiso University softball coach Randy Schneider has signed eight players to National Letters of Intent during the spring singing period.


Loyola Rallies Twice to Sweep Crusaders

Valparaiso jumped out to early leads in both games of the doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, but ended up surrendering runs late in each one and fell to Loyola (Ill.) 5-4 and 3-2 in Chicago.


Constien Earns Mid-Con Softball Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) was named the Mid-Continent Conference Softball Player of the Week after leading the Crusaders to a four-game sweep over UMKC last weekend.


Constien's Power Lifts Valpo to Series Sweep of UMKC

Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) homered twice in the opener and once in game two to help Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of UMKC on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University softball field. The Crusaders won the opener 7-2 and the nightcap 2-0.


Speziale's Double Lifts Valpo to Sweep of UMKC

Tricia Speziale's (Elmhurst, Ill./York H.S.) bases loaded doubled broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Valparaiso to a 5-2 victory over UMKC on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field to give the Crusaders a doubleheader sweep. Valpo won the opener 7-1.


Valpo-IPFW Cancelled for Second Straight Day

For the second straight day, the Valparaiso-IPFW softball game scheduled for Wednesday in Fort Wayne, Ind. has been cancelled.


Valpo-IPFW Doubleheader Cancelled

Valparaiso's scheduled softball doubleheader for Tuesday afternoon against IPFW has been cancelled due to the forecasted storms in the Valparaiso area.


Flames Silence Valpo Bats

Valparaiso tallied just three hits combined on Monday afternoon, dropping a doubleheader to Illinois-Chicago 15-0 and 8-0 in the Windy City.


Crusaders Drop Final Two in Series with Southern Utah

Valparaiso ended its four game series with Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon, getting swept in a doubleheader by the scores of 9-1 and 8-4 in Cedar City.


Softball Drops Two at Southern Utah

Valparaiso fell a game out of first place in the Mid-Continent Conference after losing both ends of a doubleheader to Southern Utah on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders surrendered a run in the bottom of the seventh in the opener to fall 6-5 and dropped the nightcap 16-14 in Cedar City, Utah.


DePaul Ends Valpo's Win Streak

Sarah Martz threw a perfect game in the opener and Jessica Evans drove in four runs in the night cap as DePaul ended Valparaiso's five-game winning streak with a doubleheader sweep, 10-0 and 12-3, on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago.


Make-up Date Set for IPFW Doubleheader

Valparaiso will make up its softball doubleheader at IPFW on Wednesday, April 21 with the first pitch of the twinbill set for 3 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Crusaders Record First Mid-Con Series Sweep Since 2000

For the first time since the 2000 season, the Valparaiso Crusaders have swept a Mid-Continent Conference series, defeating Oakland by scores of 5-2 and 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo Comes from Behind to Sweep Oakland

A two-run double by Taylor Callahan (Grayson, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian H.S.) in the bottom of the sixth put Valpo in front as the Crusaders rallied for a 7-4 win over Oakland in game two to sweep a doubleheader at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Crusaders took the opener 7-1.


Crusaders Split at St. Joseph's

Valparaiso went on the road and split a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at St. Joseph's, dropping the opener 2-1 before rebounding for a 3-1 victory in the nightcap in Rensselaer, Ind.


Crusaders Sweep Mid-Con Twinbill From IUPUI

Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) threw a pair of complete games to lead Valparaiso to a doubleheader sweep of IUPUI on Saturday afternoon in Mid-Continent Conference action. The Crusaders won the opener 5-3 and took game two 4-0 in eight innings in Indianapolis.


Crusaders Split with IUPUI in Mid-Con Opener

Valparaiso opened Mid-Continent Conference play on Friday afternoon with a doubleheader split against IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Crusaders won the opener 5-3 but the Jaguars rebounded for an 8-0 victory in the nightcap.


Crusaders Snap Losing Skid, Defeat Northern Illinois

Valparaiso University snapped its five-game losing skid with a 2-0 victory over Northern Illinois on Wednesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to cold.


Crusaders Drop a Pair at #11 Michigan

Valparaiso ended its weekend road trip on Sunday afternoon dropping a pair of games to 11th ranked Michigan 10-0 and 7-0 in Ann Arbor, Mich.


Crusaders Drop Two at Michigan State

Valparaiso's softball team dropped a doubleheader against Michigan State 10-2 and 4-0 on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.


Valpo-Indiana State Softball Cancelled on Thursday

Valparaiso's softball doubleheader scheduled for Thursday afternoon against Indiana State has been cancelled due to rain.


Crusaders Earn Doubleheader Split with Purdue

For the first time since 1985, the Valparaiso softball team defeated Purdue, winning the opening game of the doubleheader 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. The Boilermakers took the nightcap 8-0.


Stenglein Perfect Against Crusaders

Steffany Stenglein struck out 14 while firing a perfect game to lead Notre Dame past Valparaiso 9-0 on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field in the Crusaders home opener.


Softball vs. Notre Dame Moved to Tuesday

Valparaiso's softball game with Notre Dame scheduled for Monday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been moved to Tuesday due to the weather. First pitch is still scheduled for 3 p.m.


Valpo Softball Postponed on Tuesday

Valparaiso's softball doubleheader that was scheduled for Tuesday at IPFW has been postponed due to snowy conditions in the Fort Wayne area.


Valpo Takes One of Three

Valparaiso's softball team won one of three games on Saturday at the Southeast Missouri State Classic in Cape Girardeau, Mo.


Constien and Blankenbaker Sweep Mid-Con Softball Awards

Valparaiso University's Karen Constien (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North H.S.) and Ashlee Blankenbaker (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) have been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively.


Valpo Splits at Sycamore Classic

Valparaiso's softball team split the final two games of the Sycamore Classic held in Terre Haute, Ind. on Sunday.


Valpo Takes One of Three on Opening Day

Valparaiso opened its 2004 softball season on Saturday afternoon posting a 1-2 record in Terre Haute, Ind. at the Sycamore Classic.


Valpo Softball Picked Seventh in Mid-Con Poll

Valparaiso University's softball team was picked to finish in seventh place in the Mid-Continent Conference according to the annual preseason poll selected by the league's head coaches.


Valpo to Offer January Softball Clinics

Valparaiso University softball coach Randy Schneider will be holding three softball clinics in January.


Crusader Softball Signs Two Early

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced the signings of two student-athletes that have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Crusaders beginning in 2005.


Softball Concludes Fall Season

Valparaiso's softball team has concluded its fall season posting a 2-7 record over three weekends.


Crusaders Announce 2004 Softball Schedule

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced his 2004 schedule, which will feature 11 home dates and 21 total home contests.


Nelson Named Assistant Softball Coach

Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced the addition of Kari Nelson as an assistant coach for the Crusaders.


Randy Schneider Named Head Softball Coach at Valpo

Valparaiso University athletic director Bill Steinbrecher has announced that Randy Schneider has been named the new head softball coach for the Crusaders.


Rowan Named to Mid-Con Second Team

Valparaiso University's Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) has been named to the Mid-Continent Conference Second Team as a utility player.


Stieger Retires as Softball Coach at Valparaiso

Valparaiso University head softball coach Dr. Jerry Stieger has announced his retirement from coaching effective immediately.


Valpo Softball Season Ends with Doubleheader Loss at Oakland

The Valparaiso University softball team saw its 2003 campaign come to a close on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders dropped a doubleheader to Oakland by scores of 8-0 and 7-2 in Rochester, Mich.


Crusaders Downed by Oakland in Doubleheader

The Valparaiso softball team dropped both ends of its doubleheader to Oakland on Friday afternoon, falling 7-0 in the opener and 8-1 in the nightcap in Rochester, Mich.


#21 Illinois Outslugs Valpo for Doubleheader Sweep

Illinois, ranked 21st in the nation, showed why the Fighting Illini are among the nation's elite team on Tuesday evening, sweeping a doubleheader from the injury-plagued Crusaders 18-0 and 13-0 in Urbana, Ill.


Western Takes Final Two from Valpo

Western Illinois defeated Valparaiso 5-2 in the opening game of the doubleheader then rallied late for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to spoil Senior Day for the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Western Illinois Sweeps Mid-Con Doubleheader from Valpo

Brooke Benson hit a two-run, two-out homerun in the top of the seventh in the opener and Becky Sullivan threw a no-hitter in game two as Western Illinois swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 6-4 and 8-0 on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Notre Dame Sweeps Valpo Softball

Notre Dame's offense exploded for 29 hits over two games as the Fighting Irish swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 11-0 and 15-1 on Wednesday afternoon in Notre Dame, Ind.


#7 DePaul Sweeps Valpo Softball

Saskia Roberson hit two grand slams in game two to help propel seventh-ranked DePaul to a doubleheader sweep over Valparaiso on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Blue Demons defeated Valpo 8-0 and 14-0.


Valpo-DePaul Softball Postponed on Monday, Rescheduled for Tuesday

The Valparaiso-DePaul softball doubleheader scheduled for Monday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been postponed due to inclement weather. The twinbill has been rescheduled for Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.


Kangaroos Silence Valpo Bats on Sunday

Kari Thurman and Lindsey Davis each threw two-hits shutouts on Sunday morning as UMKC swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 6-0 and 8-0 in Independence, Mo.


Crusaders Doubleheader at UMKC Postponed on Saturday

Valparaiso's Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at UMKC has been postponed due to rain. The Crusaders and Kangaroos will make up the games on Sunday morning, with the doubleheader beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Valpo Wins Opener, Drops Nightcap at UMKC

Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) and Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) each drove home two runs in the opener as Valparaiso earned a doubleheader split with UMKC on Friday evening in Independence, Mo. The Crusaders won game one 5-4 before falling 8-0 in the nightcap.


Mastadons Take Two from Valpo

Four hits in the doubleheader by Laurie Grabiak (Saint Louis, Mo./Parkway North H.S.) was not enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders dropped a twinbill to IPFW 5-4 and 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Crusaders Split with IUPUI for Second Straight Day

The Valparaiso bats were on fire in the first game of the doubleheader as the Crusaders tallied 11 hits on their way to a 7-0 victory over IUPUI on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Jaguars rallied in the sixth of game two though to take a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.


Crusaders Rally to Win Opener, IUPUI Rallies to Win Nightcap

Valparaiso rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the opener of a doubleheader 4-2 over IUPUI on Friday afternoon, but saw the Jaguars mount a comeback of their own in the nightcap to down the Crusaders 5-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Valpo-Butler Softball Postponed for Wednesday

The Valparaiso-Butler softball doubleheader that was scheduled for Wednesday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been postponed due to wet field conditions.


Southern Utah Rallies to Defeat Valpo

Southern Utah scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally for a 4-3 victory over Valparaiso to spoil the first game at Valparaiso University Softball Field for the Crusaders on Sunday morning.


Thunderbirds Take Two from Valpo in Mid-Con Opener

Stefani Fisco's two-out, two-run single in the eighth of game one and Lacee LePrey's single in the fifth of game two helped Southern Utah sweep a doubleheader from Valparaiso 2-0 and 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Kirchhoff Park. The Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams was moved from the Valparaiso University Softball Field due to field conditions.


Softball Must Wait to Open New Field

Valparaiso University will have to wait another day to open their new softball field as the Crusaders doubleheader scheduled for Friday against Southern Utah has been postponed due to rain. Valparaiso University Softball Field will now be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.


Crusaders Home Opener, Field Dedication Set for Friday

The Valparaiso University softball team will truly come home on Friday afternoon as the Crusaders play their first game at the new Valparaiso University Softball Field.


Gilbertson Named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week

Valparaiso University pitcher Amanda Gilbertson (Murrietta, Calif./West Albany, Ore. H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Pitcher of the Week.


Crusaders Home Opener Slated for Thursday Postponed

Valparaiso's softball team will have to wait another week before opening its new field as the Crusaders game scheduled for Thursday against Loyola (Ill.) has been postponed due to wet grounds.


Valpo Gains Split at IPFW

The Valparaiso softball team split a doubleheader with IPFW on Tuesday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Crusaders rallied for four runs in the seventh in the opener to win 5-3 before dropping the nightcap 11-3.


Crusaders Fall at Western Michigan

Valparaiso dropped its sixth straight game on Wednesday afternoon 4-1 to Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, Mich. The second game of the doubleheader was called due to rain.


Valpo Falls to Detroit 12-10 in Bracket Play at the Hilltopper Classic

Valparaiso rallied from a 10-1 deficit to tie the game at 10, but eventually fell 12-10 to Detroit on Sunday morning at the Hilltopper Classic.


Crusaders Fall Twice at Hilltopper Classic

Valparaiso dropped a pair of games at the Hilltopper Classic on Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders fell 14-4 to the hosts, Western Kentucky, in their first game, before losing 1-0 in eight innings to Belmont in the late game.


Speziale Named Mid-Con Softball Player of the Week

Valparaiso University's Tricia Speziale (Emhurst, Ill./York H.S.) has been named the Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week after her performance on the Crusaders spring trip at the Rebel Games.


Crusaders Drop Two at Hilltopper Classic

Valparaiso lost a pair of games at the Hilltopper Classic on Friday evening. The Crusaders dropped their opener 10-7 in 10 innings to Detroit before losing 15-5 to Loyola (Ill.) in Bowling Green, Ky.


Crusaders Split to Conclude Spring Trip

Valparaiso wrapped-up its spring trip splitting a pair of games on Saturday in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders dropped their opener 5-0 to Rhode Island before bouncing back to beat Sacred Heart 5-1.


Crusader Walks Lead to La Salle Victory

Twelve walks issued by Valparaiso pitchers paved the way for La Salle to defeat the Crusaders 8-6 on Friday afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla. Valpo's second game against Gardner-Webb was cancelled in the fifth inning due to rain.


Valpo Softball Falls to Detroit and UCF

Valparaiso dropped a pair of games on Wednesday afternoon at the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Crusaders lost the opener 6-3 to Detroit before falling to UCF 5-0 in the nightcap.


Crusaders Down Sacred Heart, Fall to Loyola

For the second straight day, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games in Kissimmee, Fla., defeating Sacred Heart 3-2 in nine innings before falling to Loyola (Ill.) in eight innings on Tuesday.


Crusaders Split on Opening Day

The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on Monday, the first day the Crusaders have taken the diamond this season. Valpo defeated Albany 1-0 in their opener before falling 9-1 to Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, Fla.


Valpo Moves to New Home Looking to Continue Climb in the Mid-Continent Conference

The 2003 softball season will have a different look to it this year as the Valparaiso University Crusaders move to the new Valparaiso University Softball Field after 21 years of playing at Kirchhoff Park.


Carroll Signs to Play Softball at Valpo

Valparaiso University head softball coach Jerry Stieger has announced the signing of Megan Carroll to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Brown and Gold in the spring of 2004.


Crusaders Tabbed Sixth in Preseason Coaches Poll

The Valparaiso University softball team has been selected to finish sixth in the Mid-Continent Conference in the preseason poll as voted on by the conference head coaches.


Callahan Signs National Letter of Intent with Crusaders

Valparaiso University head softball coach Jerry Stieger has announced the signing of Taylor Callahan for the 2004 season.


Valpo's 2003 Softball Schedule Set

The Valparaiso University softball team will play over 50 games this spring as head coach Jerry Stieger has released his 2003 schedule.


Softball Completes Fall Season

The Valparaiso softball team struggled in its final fall tournament, dropping all four games at the IUPUI Tournament over the weekend.


Softball Wins Two at NIC Tournament

The softball team opened its fall season over the weekend finishing with a 2-3 record at the NIC Invitational held in Moline, Ill.


Govert Joins Valpo Softball Staff

Valparaiso University's head softball coach Jerry Stieger has announced that he has added Amy Govert to his staff as an assistant coach.