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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.