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Win: Vetter (7-3) 7.0311212
Loss: Kowalski (4-6) 6.022267
Burke (VALPO) 301000
Tonoian (VALPO) 211111
Beckemeyer (VALPO) 301000
Gould (UE) 111121
Fehr (UE) 301100

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Win: Kleffman (3-1) 3.052212
Loss: Seib (1-7) 4.187725
Westphal (VALPO) 413100
Woolf (UE) 402000
Wood (UE) 312201
Fehr (UE) 312000
Softball Drops Saturday Twinbill at Evansville
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Softball Drops Saturday Twinbill at Evansville
Alexis Johnson recorded her first two career hits in the Brown and Gold and drove in a pair of runs.

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.

How It Happened – Game One

  • Valpo loaded the bases in the first on a walk and two hit batters, but was unable to take the lead.
  • Evansville used a leadoff homer and a bases-loaded single to take a 2-0 lead in its first time at the plate. The Purple Aces still had the bases full with one out, but were held to just the two runs thanks to a timely strikeout from freshman Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) and a fly ball.
  • Valpo cut the deficit in half as junior Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) drove the first pitch she saw over the left-field wall to lead off the fourth inning.
  • The Brown and Gold wouldn’t be able to even up the score, however, as Evansville’s Izzy Vetter retired 12 of the final 13 batters she faced.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • Valpo took its first lead of the day in the top of the second inning. Sophomore Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) drove a one-out double to the right-center gap, and two batters later, freshman Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) made her first career hit a run-scoring knock, connecting on an RBI single back up the middle.
  • The first two batters reached for Evansville in its half of the second, and Lindsay Renneisen followed with a three-run homer to give UE a 3-1 lead.
  • Kehlenbrink recorded a base hit for a second straight inning in the top of the third, this time an RBI single to score junior Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) and cut the deficit to 3-2.
  • Valpo reclaimed the advantage in the top of the fifth with back-to-back two-out RBI hits — a run-scoring double by junior Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) followed by an RBI triple by Johnson — to pull ahead, 4-3.
  • Evansville connected on a pair of two-run homers in its half of the fifth to go ahead for good, and the Purple Aces closed the scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Inside the Games

  • Kowalski took a tough-luck loss in the opener, as she allowed just two hits — both of which came in the first inning — in the losing effort. The freshman struck out seven UE batters.
  • Tonoian reached in two of her three plate appearances in the opener.
  • Valpo exploded for a season-high 11 hits in the nightcap, led by a three-hit effort from Westphal — her second career three-hit game against the Purple Aces. The junior also stole a pair of bases.
  • Westphal was one of four Valpo players to record multiple hits in the finale. Johnson registered the first two hits of her Valpo career and drove in a pair of runs, while Moeder and Kehlenbrink each had two-hit performances as well.
  • Sophomore Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) struck out five in 4.1 innings of work in the nightcap and was assigned the loss.

Next Up

Valpo (5-14, 1-4 MVC) looks to close the series against the Purple Aces with a win on Sunday. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m., and live stats will be available via