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Four Crusaders Named to Preseason All-League Teams
Taylor Weissenhofer was tabbed preseason Pitcher of the Year by College Sports Madness.
Taylor Weissenhofer was tabbed preseason Pitcher of the Year by College Sports Madness.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Four Valparaiso softball players have been selected to the College Sports Madness preseason All-Horizon League teams, highlighted by the choice of sophomore Taylor Weissenhofer (Orland Park, Ill./Lockport Township) as the league's Pitcher of the Year.

Weissenhofer, who also earned a spot on the preseason First Team, enjoyed one of the most dominant seasons by a pitcher in Crusader history last year as a freshman. A Second Team All-League and All-Newcomer Team honoree, Weissenhofer went 21-12 with six saves, a 2.43 ERA and 234 strikeouts in 195.2 innings pitched during her rookie campaign. She paced the league and set a new Valpo single-season record for strikeouts, ranking 30th nationally in strikeouts per seven innings. Weissenhofer also led the league in saves, ranked second in wins, third in opponents' batting average and fifth in ERA.

Weissenhofer led the group of four Crusader honorees, all four of whom enter the 2014 campaign as sophomores. She was joined on the preseason First Team by catcher Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and outfielder Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central). Bouchard, a Second Team All-League and All-Newcomer Team choice last year, hit .323 with 23 runs scored and 53 RBIs, leading the league in runs batted in with a mark which ranks second in Crusader history. She also tied for the league lead with 15 doubles, and capped her season by being named Most Valuable Player of the league tournament, hitting .529 with a record-tying 10 RBIs, four runs scored and four doubles in helping the Crusaders capture their second straight league title.

Ranieri was also a Second Team All-League choice last year following a stellar freshman campaign. Ranieri hit .314 with 35 runs scored and 16 RBIs as a rookie, ranking fifth in the league in runs scored. She finished second among Horizon League players with 31 walks and 61 hits in 2013 as well, marks which were good for second and fifth, respectively, in Valpo's single-season record book.

Sophomore pitcher Sierra Pico (Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) rounded out the quartet of Valpo preseason honorees, earning a spot on the Second Team. The two-time league Pitcher of the Week posted an 11-10 record with 64 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA as a freshman in 2013. Pico ranked seventh in the league in wins and tenth in strikeouts as a freshman.

Valparaiso opens the 2014 campaign this weekend at Campbell's Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C., kicking off with games Friday against IPFW and the host Camels.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay