Kate Stake Resigns as Valpo Softball Head Coach
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Kate Stake has resigned from her position as head coach of the softball program.
Valpo Softball to Host Elite Prospect Camp
The Valpo softball program will be hosting its Elite Prospect Camp on Saturday, August 14 at the Valpo Softball Complex from 12:30-5 p.m.
Hecker Named to MVC All-Tournament Team
Valpo freshman outfielder Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) represented the Brown and Gold on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team as the MVC Championship concluded Saturday afternoon.
Hecker Homers as Softball Season Comes to End Wednesday
The Valpo softball team refused to go down quietly in its MVC Championship opener Wednesday afternoon in Evansville, Ind., scoring multiple runs in each of the final two innings. It wouldn’t be enough, however, as the Brown and Gold saw their season come to an end at the hands of Indiana State, 9-5.
Burke Named to MVC All-Defensive Team
Valpo softball senior second baseman Addi Burke (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn) represented the Brown and Gold on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Defensive Team as the MVC announced its postseason honors on Wednesday morning.
Softball Heads to MVC Championship
Valpo heads to the 2021 MVC Championship this week in Evansville, Ind. As the tenth seed, Valpo opens tournament play against seventh-seeded Indiana State on Wednesday afternoon. The Brown and Gold will have to win five games in a row in the single-elimination bracket to claim the tournament title.
Softball Holds Senior Day Saturday
The Valpo softball team closed out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, falling to visiting Illinois State, 7-1, as the Redbirds secured the MVC regular season title. Following the game, Valpo honored a pair of seniors in its Senior Day ceremony – second baseman Addi Burke (Mesquite, Texas/John Horn) and manager Alex Dixon (Milan, Ind./Milan).
Softball Drops Pair to Illinois State Friday
The Valpo softball team began its final series of the regular season with a Friday doubleheader against Illinois State, falling to the visiting Redbirds by final scores of 6-0 and 10-0.
Softball Closes Regular Season This Weekend
The regular season comes to a close for the Valpo softball team this weekend as the Brown and Gold welcome Illinois State to town for a three-game series. Valpo will honor seniors Addi Burke and Alex Dixon in the final home series of their careers.
Softball Falls in Series Finale at SIU
The Valpo softball team closed out the road portion of its 2021 regular season schedule on Sunday in Carbondale, Ill., falling 8-0 to host Southern Illinois.
Softball Gets Strong Pitching In Saturday Doubleheader at SIU
The Valpo softball team got strong performances in the pitcher’s circle in both ends of its Saturday MVC doubleheader at Southern Illinois, but the Salukis emerged victorious in both contests, 3-0 in the opener and 3-1 in the nightcap.
Softball Twinbill Versus Loyola Rained Out
The Valpo softball team led visiting Loyola, 3-2, through three and a half innings of the opening game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at the Valpo Softball Complex before storms reached campus, forcing the cancelation of the entire twinbill. The games will not be made up.
Five Games on Tap For Softball This Week
Five games are on deck this week for the Valpo softball team as the regular season nears its conclusion. Valpo will host Loyola in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon before making its final road trip of the regular season, a journey to Carbondale, Ill. this weekend for a three-game set at Southern Illinois.
Seventh-Inning Rally Comes Up Short For Softball Sunday
The Valpo softball team put together a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap of Sunday’s MVC doubleheader with Drake, getting the potential winning run to the plate with one out, but the rally came up short as the Bulldogs earned the 6-3 win. Drake won the opener as well by a 10-2 final.
Saturday Softball Canceled Due to Rain
Mother Nature was the winner Saturday at the Valpo Softball Complex, as persistent rain throughout the day forced the cancelation of Saturday’s action against Drake. The series will be shortened from three games to two games, with the two teams now set for a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon.
Tonoian Sets Program Record as Softball Falls to Loyola Wednesday
Valpo softball junior catcher Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) broke the program’s single-game record for runners caught stealing, throwing four runners out on the basepaths Wednesday as the Brown and Gold fell by a 7-1 final score at Loyola.
Softball Continues MVC Play This Week
The Valpo softball team continues Missouri Valley Conference play this week with four games over a five-day stretch. The week kicks off with a single game at Loyola Wednesday afternoon before the Brown and Gold return home for a three-game series against Drake this weekend.
Softball Falls in Series Finale to Missouri State
The Valpo softball team closed out its MVC home series Sunday at the Valpo Softball Complex against Missouri State, with the visiting Bears coming away 8-0 victors.
Softball Drops Pair of Home Games Saturday
The Valpo softball team returned home for the first time in two weekends Saturday for an MVC doubleheader against visiting Missouri State, but the Bears came away with 8-3 and 8-0 victories.
Softball Closes Non-Conference Slate Wednesday
The Valpo softball team played its final non-conference game of the season Wednesday afternoon with a trip to DeKalb, Ill., where host Northern Illinois came away with a 9-3 victory.
Softball Faces Four Games This Week
The Valpo softball team steps out of non-conference play for the final time this year with a mid-week game at Northern Illinois before returning to MVC action with a three-game home series against Missouri State.
Softball Closes Weekend Series Sunday at UNI
The Valpo softball team out-hit host UNI over the course of Sunday’s doubleheader, 21-19, but was unable to come away with a victory as the Valley weekend series came to an end, as the Panthers finished with 9-3 and 10-5 wins.
Softball Drops Series Opener at UNI
The Valpo softball team opened up its three-game MVC series against UNI in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday, falling to the host Panthers by a 9-0 final.
Softball Returns to Road This Weekend at UNI
The Valpo softball team hits the road again this weekend as it travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa for its three-game MVC series against UNI.
Herschbach Posts Three-Hit Day; Softball Falls to Indiana State
Valpo softball junior Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) reached base in all four of her plate appearances in the series finale versus Indiana State on Saturday from the Valpo Softball Complex, including a trio of base hits, but the Sycamores came away 8-2 victors to close out the series.
Softball Opens Home Slate Friday
The Valpo softball team opened the 2021 home schedule Friday with an MVC doubleheader at the Valpo Softball Complex, but visiting Indiana State came away with a pair of victories, topping Valpo by finals of 13-3 and 10-0.
Softball Set For Home-Opening Series
For the first time in nearly two years, the Valpo softball team will take to its home field this weekend, as the Brown and Gold welcome Indiana State to the Valpo Softball Complex for their three-game MVC series.
Burke Hits First Career Homer; Valpo Falls to Evansville Sunday
The Valpo softball team jumped out to a 3-0 lead in its series finale at Evansville Sunday, but the host Purple Aces scored five unanswered runs to earn a 5-3 victory.
Softball Drops Saturday Twinbill at Evansville
The Valpo softball team dropped both ends of an MVC doubleheader at Evansville Saturday afternoon in Evansville, Ind., falling 2-1 in a game one pitcher’s duel before the Purple Aces claimed an 8-4 win in the nightcap.
Softball Falls to Notre Dame Wednesday
The Valpo softball team briefly stepped away from Missouri Valley Conference action on Wednesday, falling at Notre Dame by an 8-0 final as three different Fighting Irish pitchers combined on a no-hitter.
Softball Takes On Notre Dame, Evansville This Week
The Valpo softball team takes a brief stop away from MVC action with a Wednesday evening non-conference game just down the road at Notre Dame. The Brown and Gold return to MVC play this weekend with a three-game series at Evansville, closing out a stretch of 19 consecutive games away from home to open the season.
Softball Earns Shutout Win Over Bradley to Close Weekend
The Valpo softball team got big outs from its pitchers with the bases loaded in the first two innings, and the offense did the rest from there, as the Brown and Gold closed out their opening weekend of MVC play with a 4-0 road win at Bradley on Sunday afternoon.
Softball Drops Conference Openers at Bradley
The Valpo softball team opened Missouri Valley Conference play Saturday with a doubleheader at Bradley. The Brown and Gold jumped out to the lead in the opener before the Braves rallied for a 5-3 victory, and Bradley completed the doubleheader with a 16-1 win in the nightcap.
Softball Set For Start of MVC Play
After getting in 13 games during the pre-conference slate, the Valpo softball team kicks off MVC play this weekend with the trip to Peoria, Ill. to face off with Bradley in a three-game series. Valpo will play each of its first two MVC series on the road before finally opening its home schedule on April 2.
Moeder Posts Four-Hit Game; Softball Falls to WKU
Junior Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) recorded her first career four-hit game and the Valpo softball team took a 2-0 lead over WKU in the sixth inning Sunday in its pre-conference finale from the Red & Black Challenge in Louisville, Ky., but the Hilltoppers used a big bottom of the sixth to earn the 9-2 win.
Softball Drops Games to Louisville, WKU Saturday
The Valpo softball team opened its final pre-conference weekend Saturday at the Red & Black Challenge from Louisville, Ky., falling 8-0 to host Louisville and 8-5 to Western Kentucky in the first day of tournament action.
Softball Finishes Pre-Conference Slate at Louisville
The Valpo softball team closes out pre-conference play this weekend at the Red & Black Challenge, hosted by Louisville. Valpo will take on WKU twice and the host Cardinals once in its final tuneups before MVC action starts next weekend.
Softball Closes Weekend With Pair of One-Run Wins
It took two totally different paths to get there, but in the end, the result was the same, as the Valpo softball team earned a pair of one-run victories to close the Thundering Herd Round Robin on Sunday. Valpo bested Saint Francis (Pa.) early Sunday morning, 4-3, and then took down a perennially strong Marshall team with a rally in the tournament finale, 5-4.
Softball Drops Saturday Contest at Marshall
The Valpo softball team continued action from the Thundering Herd Round Robin in Huntington, W.V. on Saturday, falling 9-1 to host Marshall. Junior Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led the Valpo offense as she recorded a multi-hit day.
Milkowski Hits Home Run as Valpo Falls to BGSU in Opener at Marshall
Valpo softball sophomore Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) connected on her first career home run to lead off the sixth inning Friday against Bowling Green in Huntington, W.V., but the Falcons came away with a 6-1 victory in both teams’ opener at the Thundering Herd Round Robin.
Softball Continues Early-Season Play This Weekend at Marshall
The Valpo softball team continues pre-conference action this weekend at the Thundering Herd Round Robin from Huntington, W.V. Valpo will play four games over a three-day span, facing Bowling Green and Saint Francis (Pa.) in addition to a pair of contests against host Marshall.
Softball Offensive Outburst Earns Split Saturday at Belmont
It was a multitudinous line of Valpo runners crossing the plate in its second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Belmont, as the softball team closed out the twinbill with a 9-1 run-rule win over the host Bruins. The day finished with a split, as the opener went the way of Belmont on a walk-off triple in the bottom of the seventh for a 2-1 final.
Valpo-WKU Softball Game Friday Canceled
WKU and Valpo have announced that their Feb. 26 softball game in Bowling Green, Ky. has been canceled because of Valpo travel delays due to COVID testing and follow-up protocols. The game will not be made up.
Softball Returns to Action at WKU, Belmont
After a weekend away from competition, the Valpo softball team returns to action with three games over two days this weekend. In place of the originally scheduled twinbill at Tennessee State, Valpo will play a single game at Western Kentucky on Friday evening before continuing on to Nashville for a doubleheader at Belmont Saturday afternoon.
Softball Falls in Weekend Finale to Kansas City
The Valpo softball team jumped on top of Kansas City early Sunday in its tournament finale at The Dome in Rosemont, Ill. courtesy of Brittany Anderson’s (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) second home run in as many days, but the Roos came back to earn a 10-2 victory.
Softball Earns Saturday Split Behind Kowalski’s One-Hitter
It was a dream debut for freshman pitcher Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy), as in her first collegiate start, she tossed a one-hitter to lead Valpo to a 3-1 victory over Western Illinois in the first of two games for the Brown and Gold Saturday at the DePaul Dome Tournament in Rosemont, Ill. In its second game, Valpo dropped a 3-2 decision to Kansas City in the international tiebreak.
Softball Drops Season Opener to DePaul Friday
The Valpo softball team kicked off its 2021 season on Friday afternoon at The Dome in Rosemont, Ill., falling to tournament host DePaul by an 8-0 final.
Softball Ready for Season-Opening Weekend at Rosemont Dome
The Valpo Softball team kicks off its 2021 season this weekend as it makes the short trip to Rosemont, Ill. for the DePaul Dome Tournament. Valpo will take the field four times over three days, facing Western Illinois once and Kansas City twice in addition to the opener against the host Blue Demons.
Valpo Softball Announces 2021 Schedule
It might feel barely above zero degrees outside, but inside, Valpo Softball is deep into preparations for the 2021 campaign — a season which starts this weekend as the program announced the entirety of its 2021 game schedule today.
Valpo Softball Signs Four Newcomers
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that four student-athletes have signed to join the Brown and Gold as incoming freshmen for the 2021-22 school year.
Former Valpo Student-Athletes Combat COVID-19 as Frontline Workers
In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, former Valparaiso University student-athletes working in the medical field across the country have gone beyond the expected in their efforts to combat the virus and treat patients in need of their care.
Swanson Joins Softball Program as Graduate Manager
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake rounded out her staff for the 2020-21 school year with the addition of Kelsie Swanson to the program as the team’s graduate manager.
Mario Hernandez Joins Valpo Softball Coaching Staff
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today the addition of Mario Hernandez to the softball program’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. Hernandez will serve as the team’s hitting coach.
Valpo Softball Adds Pitcher Caitlyn Kowalski
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Caitlyn Kowalski, a right-handed pitcher from Temperance, Mich., will join the softball program as an incoming freshman for the 2021 campaign.