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September 19, 2006
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.
August 11, 2006
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.
July 11, 2006
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.
June 20, 2006
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.
May 11, 2006
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.
May 06, 2006
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.
May 05, 2006
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.
April 30, 2006
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.
April 29, 2006
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.
April 28, 2006
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.
April 27, 2006
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.
April 25, 2006
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.
April 25, 2006
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.
April 22, 2006
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.
April 21, 2006
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.
April 20, 2006
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.
April 19, 2006
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.
April 18, 2006
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.
April 17, 2006
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.
April 15, 2006
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.
April 13, 2006
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.
April 11, 2006
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.
April 09, 2006
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.
April 08, 2006
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.
April 07, 2006
Due to heavy rains in Indianapolis, today's Valpo-IUPUI softball doubleheader has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
April 04, 2006
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.
April 01, 2006
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.
March 31, 2006
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.
March 30, 2006
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.
March 28, 2006
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.
March 25, 2006
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.
March 24, 2006
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.
March 20, 2006
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.
March 20, 2006
Valparaiso University alumni are invited to gather at the Brown and Gold's April 11 doubleheader against Northern Illinois for Crusader Softball Alumni Day.
March 13, 2006
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.
March 11, 2006
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.).
March 10, 2006
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.
March 09, 2006
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.
March 09, 2006
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.
March 08, 2006
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.
March 07, 2006
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.
March 06, 2006
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.
March 05, 2006
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.
March 01, 2006
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.
January 26, 2006
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.
December 05, 2005
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.
November 29, 2005
Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2007 season.
November 15, 2005
Valparaiso University head softball coach Randy Schneider has announced his 2006 softball schedule.
October 10, 2005
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).
October 03, 2005
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.
September 07, 2005
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.
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