Richardson Throws No-Hitter; Crusaders Close Weekend With Win Over N.C. Central

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” After coming up just two outs shy of her first career no-hitter last weekend, Valparaiso University sophomore pitcher Emily Richardson (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) was able to complete the feat on Sunday, holding North Carolina Central hitless and striking out 11 batters as the Crusaders won their finale at the Buccaneer Invitational, 3-0. The no-hitter was the first by a Valpo pitcher since 2013.


Softball Takes One of Two on Saturday at Buccaneer Invitational

The Valparaiso University softball team split its two games on Saturday from the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C., falling to Eastern Kentucky, 16-3, before bouncing back with its second win over host Charleston Southern in as many days, 5-4.


Softball Claims Two Wins On First Day at Charleston Southern

“Rule 76: No excuses, play like a champion.” The mantra from Wedding Crashers could easily have applied to the Valparaiso University softball team on Friday. Despite touching down in Charleston, S.C. in the wee hours of Friday morning less than 10 hours before first pitch at the Buccaneer Invitational, Valpo put it all together when it took the field, defeating Eastern Kentucky, 7-2, and host Charleston Southern, 6-4, to open tournament play.


Softball Continues Early-Season Play at Charleston Southern

The Valparaiso University softball team continues early-season tournament action this week as it heads to Charleston, S.C. for the Buccaneer Invitational. The Crusaders will face Eastern Kentucky and Charleston Southern twice apiece, as well as one matchup with North Carolina Central.


Crusaders’ Finale at Troy Rained Out

The Valparaiso University softball team saw its opening weekend of play bookended by rain, as after sitting through a rain delay before the season opener Friday, the Crusaders’ finale at the Troy Classic versus SIUE was rained out.


Richardson’s One-Hitter Highlights Split for Softball Saturday

Sophomore Emily Richardson (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest) flirted with a no-hitter on Saturday morning for the Valparaiso University softball team on the second day of action from the Troy Classic, but would eventually settle for a one-hitter as the Crusaders defeated Tennessee State, 9-0. Valpo fell to the host Trojans in its second game of the day, 7-0.


Softball Splits on Opening Day of 2018 Campaign

The Valparaiso University softball team escaped Valpo before the snow hit and enjoyed the relative warmth of temperatures in the 50s on the opening day of the 2018 season at the Troy Classic in Troy, Ala. on Friday. The Crusaders split their pair of games on day one, falling to SIUE 5-0 before rebounding for a 3-1 victory over Tennessee State.


Valpo Softball Set to Open 2018 Season This Weekend

New opportunities await the Valparaiso University softball team as it opens the 2018 season, as the Crusaders make the move to the Missouri Valley Conference. Fourth-year head coach Kate Stake has an experienced squad at her disposal as Valpo returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team, which finished in third place in the Horizon League.


Valpo Softball to Host Pair of Winter Camps

The Valparaiso softball program will be hosting a pair of camps for campers ages 8-21 this winter. The Crusaders will host a Pitching, Catching and Hitting Camp at the ARC on Saturday, January 13 and an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Saturday, February 3.


Valpo Softball Announces 2018 Schedule

The Valparaiso University softball program announced today its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season as the Crusaders prepare for their first season of Missouri Valley Conference play.


Five Players Sign NLIs With Softball During Early Signing Period


Five incoming freshmen have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Valparaiso University softball program for the 2018-19 academic year during the early signing period. The Crusaders will welcome Taylor Herschbach, Taylor Knight, Peyton Moeder, Taylor Tonoian and Jaina Westphal to the team next season.


Three Softball Players Named NFCA Scholar-Athletes


Three Valparaiso University softball players have been named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athletes for their work in the classroom during the 2016-17 academic year, as the organization announced its annual list of honorees this week.


Valpo Softball To Hold Inaugural Hit-a-Thon October 9


The Valparaiso University softball program will be holding its inaugural Hit-a-Thon to raise money for the program, where fans can pledge money on any of the Crusader players or any of the special guests, on Monday, October 9. Kicking the inaugural event off and headlining it will be Valpo men's basketball head coach Matt Lottich.


Valpo Softball Announces Fall Schedule


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced the program’s schedule for the upcoming fall season today, a schedule which features a pair of home dates at the Valpo Softball Complex.


Valpo Softball Holding Walk-On Tryouts, Seeking Team Managers


The Valparaiso softball program will be holding walk-on tryouts for the 2018 season on Thursday, Aug. 24, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Valpo Softball Complex. In addition, the Crusaders are seeking student managers to assist the program during the fall and spring seasons.


Valpo In The Valley: Softball


Concluding the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, is softball. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in softball, how Valpo has fared against opponents from The Valley in the past, and hear from head coach Kate Stake as she talks about what the program is looking forward to entering its first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way in 2018 for her team.


Valpo Softball to Hold Pitching Clinic


Valparaiso University softball associate head coach Monica Wright will be conducting a pitching clinic over four sessions during the month of November.


Valpo Softball to Host Fall Experience Camp


Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso University softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Valpo Softball Complex. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2018 through 2023.


Grable Joins Crusader Coaching Staff as Graduate Assistant


Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Kayti Grable – a three-time All-Region honoree as a player at Northern Illinois University – will join the Crusader coaching staff this fall as a graduate assistant.