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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.