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.

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.