Coming off of a thrilling mid-week win, Valpo continues its five-game homestand this weekend as in-state rival Indiana State makes its first-ever trip to the Valpo Softball Complex. The series has been adjusted to feature one game on Friday afternoon and a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
When senior Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, the pressure was off. After all, how could a two-out, bases loaded at-bat trailing by one faze Trepanier when earlier in the day, she had passed the nursing NCLEx prep test required for graduation? So even after falling behind in the count 0-2, Trepanier stayed calm. After watching two balls go by, the senior lined a 2-2 pitch through the left side of the infield to plate the tying and game-winning runs as Valpo rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win Wednesday over Western Michigan in non-conference action.
Due to forecasted temperatures early in the day on Friday, Valpo softball's series this weekend with Indiana State has been adjusted. The two teams will now play a single game on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
Sophomore Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) connected on her fourth home run of the season in the third inning to give the Valparaiso University softball team a 3-0 lead Sunday in its series finale at UNI, but the Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the inning and went on to an 11-3 victory.
The Valparaiso University softball team came out on the wrong end of both ends of a doubleheader at UNI Saturday afternoon as MVC play continued, dropping the opener 17-1 and the nightcap 8-0. The finale of the three-game series has been pushed back an hour, with first pitch now coming at noon on Sunday afternoon.
Valpo hits the road for its lone road weekend in a four-weekend stretch, making the trek to Cedar Falls, Iowa for a three-game series against UNI. This series represents the halfway mark in the Missouri Valley Conference slate.
The Valparaiso University softball team dropped a mid-week Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader in Chicago on Tuesday evening, falling to Loyola by final scores of 4-2 and 9-1.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast for Wednesday, Valpo softball's midweek MVC doubleheader at Loyola has been moved to Tuesday afternoon. First pitch of game one will be thrown at 4 p.m.
Junior Hannah Dybalski (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) connected on her second home run of the week on Sunday afternoon in Valpo’s series finale against Drake, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Bulldogs earned a 14-3 win to complete the series sweep.
Valpo junior pitcher Jenna Edwards (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark [Chattanooga State C.C.]) threw a gem in the nightcap against defending MVC champion Drake Saturday at the Valpo Softball Complex, but in the end, a single run by the Bulldogs in the seventh inning was the decisive tally as Valpo fell, 1-0. Drake won the opener Saturday as well, 10-0, as Bulldog senior Nicole Newman threw a perfect game in the opener before finishing out a combined no-hitter in the day’s second game.
Valpo returns home this weekend as it welcomes defending MVC champion Drake to the Valpo Softball Complex for a three-game series. Valpo enters the weekend coming off back-to-back victories, while the Bulldogs have won seven in a row.
The Valparaiso University softball team parlayed early patience in the batter’s box to a large early lead Wednesday evening at UIC, plating seven runs in the first en route to a 9-6 win over the Flames. Junior Hannah Dybalski (Lebanon, Ind./Lebanon) and freshman Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) each connected on their respective first career home runs in the victory.
One big swing from senior Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) and a strong effort in the circle from junior Jenna Edwards (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark [Chattanooga State C.C.]) lifted the Valpo softball team to a 5-2 victory over Missouri State in the nightcap Monday at the Valpo Softball Complex. The win was the 100th in the head coaching career of Kate Stake. The two squads split Monday’s twinbill, as Missouri State pitcher Steffany Dickerson threw a no-hitter in the Bears’ 6-0 win in the opener.
Valpo freshman outfielder Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week on Monday afternoon after connecting on her third home run of the season last week against IUPUI.
Sunday’s scheduled single game between Valpo and Missouri State has been canceled due to the cold temperatures and wind throughout the day. The game will not be made up. Valpo and MSU will play Monday’s doubleheader as scheduled, beginning at 11 a.m.
The Valparaiso University softball team hosts its first MVC home series of the season this weekend, welcoming Missouri State to the Valpo Softball Complex. Due to forecasted inclement weather for Saturday, the series has been shifted to one game on Sunday and two games on Monday.
The Valparaiso University softball team started the 2019 home campaign at the Valpo Softball Complex on a winning note Wednesday afternoon, earning a 4-1 victory in non-conference action over IUPUI. The day was bookended by home runs from senior Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and freshman Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington).
Due to forecasted weather conditions for Saturday, Valpo’s home softball series this weekend against Missouri State has been adjusted to a Sunday-Monday series. The two teams will play a single game on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. and a doubleheader on Monday morning at 11 a.m.
The Valparaiso University softball team will make a second effort to open the 2019 home campaign on Wednesday afternoon as it hosts IUPUI at the Valpo Softball Complex.
The Valparaiso University softball team had a seventh-inning rally in it on Sunday afternoon in its MVC series finale at Southern Illinois, getting the potential go-ahead run on base, but would come up just short as the Salukis claimed a 5-3 victory.
The Valparaiso University softball team went to extra innings with Southern Illinois Saturday in the nightcap of its MVC doubleheader in Carbondale, but the host Salukis hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as Valpo fell 5-4. SIU earned the sweep on the day, as it won the opener as well, 20-1.
The Valparaiso University softball team continues Missouri Valley Conference play on the road this weekend, heading to Carbondale, Ill. for a three-game series against Southern Illinois. It is the second straight road series to open conference action for Valpo.
The Valparaiso University softball team’s home opener will have to wait for another day, as its doubleheader Wednesday at the Valpo Softball Complex against Central Michigan was canceled. The games will not be made up.
The Valparaiso University softball team looks to open up its 2019 home schedule at the Valpo Softball Complex on Wednesday afternoon when Valpo welcomes Central Michigan to town for a scheduled 1 p.m. doubleheader.
The Valparaiso University softball team finished out its opening MVC series with a win on Sunday afternoon, as it never trailed in a 5-3 victory at Bradley. Freshman Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) led the way at the plate in the win, driving in three runs and reaching base all four times she came to bat.
Senior Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) connected on home runs in consecutive at-bats in the second game of Valpo’s MVC opening day Saturday in Peoria, Ill., but Valpo would drop both ends of the doubleheader to Bradley, 9-1 and 8-3. The third game of the series has been moved back to 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Winners of seven of its last eight games, the Valparaiso University softball team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend on the road at Bradley. The three-game series pits two of The Valley’s hottest teams against each other, as the Braves have won six of their last seven games as well.
After a pair of standout performances in victories last week, Valparaiso University junior pitcher Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week.
The Valparaiso University softball team made sure it would be a happy trip back to campus following its final pre-conference games, as strong pitching and defense resulted in a 2-1, 10-inning victory over host Lipscomb and a 2-0 win over Buffalo at the Lady Bison Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday.
The Valparaiso University softball team got one inning in against Buffalo on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. before the rain and storms arrived, and their continued projected presence through the remainder of the afternoon forced the cancellation of both the game against the Bulls and the day’s second game against host Lipscomb. The games will not be made up.
Coming off a 4-1 record last weekend in North Carolina, the Valparaiso University softball team closes out its preconference slate this weekend with one final road trip, heading to Nashville for the Lady Bison Classic. Valpo is scheduled to face Buffalo and host Lipscomb twice apiece over Saturday and Sunday.
The Valparaiso University softball team closed its swing through the Tar Heel State on Tuesday afternoon with its most impressive win of the season, shutting out North Carolina State in Raleigh by a 4-0 final thanks to a four-run third inning. The win over the Wolfpack is the third victory in program history against an ACC team.
Images of a pitcher alone with their thoughts during offensive half-innings of a possible no-hitter permeate broadcasts of those games. Now imagine having nearly 48 hours to ponder the potential feat. That’s what Valpo softball junior Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) faced on Sunday morning, resuming the suspended tournament opener against Wagner having had nearly two full days to sit on the knowledge she was six outs away from a no-no. But Packard came out and shut the door on the Seahawks, setting down Wagner in order in the final two innings to finish out the no-hitter and a 13-0 Valpo win.
The Valparaiso University softball team enjoyed its best all-around day of the young season Saturday at the Green and White Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. in claiming a pair of victories. Valpo took down College of Charleston in its first game of the day, 5-2, and then run-ruled host Charlotte in the nightcap, 8-0.
The Valparaiso University softball team broke out the bats early on at the Green and White Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday, putting up 11 runs on three innings against Wagner before the game was suspended due to rain with Valpo leading 11-0. That game will be resumed on Sunday morning, while the originally scheduled game against College of Charleston on Friday afternoon has been canceled. Saturday’s games will be played as scheduled.
The Valparaiso University softball team heads to the Tar Heel State to kick off its spring break slate. Valpo will play at Charlotte’s Green and White Invitational March 1-3, taking on Wagner and College of Charleston twice apiece in addition to the host 49ers, before heading northeast to play a single game at North Carolina State on March 5.
The Valparaiso University softball team left the Liberty Challenge in Lynchburg, Va. on a winning note Sunday afternoon, as junior Kelsie Packard (Beloit, Wis./Turner [Rock Valley College]) twirled a four-hit shutout and Valpo’s patience at the plate led to 10 walks in a 7-0 win over Princeton. Earlier in the day, Valpo fell by an 11-5 final score to Wright State.
Due to inclement weather in Lynchburg, Va., the entire tournament schedule of the Liberty Challenge has been pushed back until at least 6 p.m. CT this evening, and with that, Valpo softball’s scheduled games against Princeton and Liberty will not be played on Saturday.
The Valparaiso University softball team split two games on its first day of action at the Liberty Challenge in Lynchburg, Va., picking up its first win of the season with a 12-1 run-rule victory over Delaware State before falling 7-1 to Bucknell.
After a weekend away from competition on the diamond, the Valparaiso University softball team looks to dodge some potential inclement weather and get some games in this weekend at the Liberty Challenge in Lynchburg, Va. Valpo is slated to play Bucknell, Delaware State, Princeton and Wright State in addition to the host Flames.
The Valparaiso University softball team jumped out to a lead against 2018 NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee State in both teams’ tournament finale at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss. on Sunday, but a four-run fifth inning gave MTSU the lead for good as Valpo fell by a 4-2 final.
The Valparaiso University softball team put together a seventh-inning rally at #24 Mississippi State early Saturday afternoon at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss, but eventually fell by an 8-3 final. The two teams would match up again immediately in the first game of bracket play, and Mississippi State’s Alyssa Loza threw a five-inning perfect game in a 10-0 game.
The Valparaiso University softball team opened the 2019 campaign on Friday at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss. Facing a pair of postseason teams from a year ago, Valpo fell in both games, dropping a 6-2 decision to Stephen F. Austin in the opener before taking Middle Tennessee State to extra innings in a 4-1, eight-inning loss.
The Valparaiso University softball team made its mark in its first season of Missouri Valley Conference play, finishing in fourth place and reaching the conference tournament semifinals in one of the nation’s top-10 conferences. Now, entering the 2019 campaign, Valpo returns a solid core of key contributors from last year’s squad and supplements that group with a large contingent of newcomers as it attempts to take another step forward in 2019.
Coming off of a fourth-place finish in its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference, the Valparaiso University softball team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the MVC in 2019 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches.
Emily Richardson threw the 10th no-hitter in the history of the Valparaiso University softball program, shutting down North Carolina Central in a 3-0 victory on Feb. 18, a performance which comes in eighth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.
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 12 and an All-Skills Camp at the ARC on Sunday, January 27.
Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that the program has signed three players to National Letters of Intent. Lauren Kehlenbrink, Ryan Milkowski and Easton Seib will join the Valpo softball program as freshmen for the 2019-20 academic year.
The Valparaiso University softball program announced today its schedule for the upcoming spring 2019 season as Valpo prepares for its second year of competition in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Valparaiso University softball team will be in action on four straight Sundays during the fall season, including a pair of appearances at the Valpo Softball Complex.
Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Eryn McCarver has joined the program’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant entering the 2018-2019 school year.
Valparaiso University softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Valpo alum Jorgi Calombaris has returned to the program as a volunteer assistant for the 2018-19 school year.
Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso University softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Valpo Softball Complex. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2019 through 2024.
Valparaiso University softball associate head coach Monica Wright will be conducting a pitching clinic on Tuesday evenings from January through March.