Valparaiso University freshman outfielder Gabby Magnifico (Elmhurst, Ill./York) capped off her rookie season by representing the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team at the 2017 Horizon League Championship, as announced by the league at the tournament’s conclusion Saturday.
Magnifico registered home runs off of two of the league’s four All-League pitchers to lead the Valpo offense in tournament play. Her solo shot in the second inning of Valpo’s opener off of Oakland’s Erin Kownacki accounted for the lone run in a 1-0 victory for the Crusaders. Magnifico then connected for a two-run shot off of Youngstown State’s Maddi Lusk on Thursday to give Valpo an early 2-0 lead in that contest.
Magnifico closed out her freshman year tied for second on the team with six home runs. She also tied for third on the year with 24 runs scored, while with three RBIs in the league tournament, Magnifico bumped her season total to 16 driven in.