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.
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.
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.
ValparaisoUniversity’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.
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.
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.
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.
Valparaisotook 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valparaisosplit 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.
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.
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.
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.
Valparaisoscored 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valparaisocame 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.
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.
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.
Valparaisotook 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Valparaisoopened 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.
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.
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.
Valparaisoused 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.
Valparaisopitchers 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.
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.
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.
Valparaisosenior 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.
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.
Valparaisodropped 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.