Valpo Softball head coach Amanda Eberhart announced today that Tatum Edwards has joined the program as associate head coach. An All-American during her collegiate playing career who went on to play three seasons of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), Edwards comes to Valpo from Concordia University Nebraska, where she was head coach in 2022.
Softball head coach Amanda Eberhart announced today that three more incoming freshmen have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Valpo softball program for the 2023 season.
The Valpo softball program had a pair of players recognized on Tuesday as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its softball Scholar-Athlete teams. Graduated seniors Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) and Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) were both Honorable Mention Scholar-Athlete selections.
Valpo softball senior shortstop Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) represented the Beacons on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team as the MVC Tournament concluded Saturday afternoon.
After falling behind by seven runs in its MVC Tournament opener against Indiana State Wednesday, the Valpo softball team put together a furious comeback effort, closing to within two runs before succumbing to the Sycamores by a 9-5 final in Springfield, Mo. Valpo’s four seniors all stood out in the final game of their careers, combining for seven of the Beacons’ 10 hits, three runs scored and four RBIs.
Valpo softball senior outfielder Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) picked up a pair of awards on Wednesday morning as the Missouri Valley Conference announced its postseason award recipients. Moeder represented the Beacons on the Second Team All-MVC and on the All-Defensive Team.
Valpo softball junior pitcher Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) was named MVC Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday after a pair of standout performances in the circle against Evansville in the final series of the regular season.
The Valpo softball team heads to the 2022 MVC Tournament this week in Springfield, Mo. As the tenth seed, Valpo opens tournament play against seventh-seeded Indiana State on Wednesday afternoon. The Beacons will have to win five games in a row in the single-elimination bracket to claim the tournament title.
It was a great all-around team effort for the Valpo softball team in its regular season finale against Evansville on Sunday, as the Beacons’ offense and pitching both enjoyed one of their best games of the season in a 10-0 run-rule victory over the Purple Aces to claim the series win.
A beautiful May afternoon was the backdrop for Senior Day Saturday at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the Beacons split the first two games of a three-game series with Evansville. Valpo led from the opening inning on in a 5-1 victory in the opener before dropping a tough 2-1 decision in extra innings in the nightcap. Between games, the program celebrated six team members competing in the final home series of their collegiate careers.
The Valpo softball team finishes out the regular season this weekend with a three-home game series against visiting Evansville, shifted back one day to a Saturday doubleheader and a Sunday single game. On Saturday in between games, the Beacons will hold their Senior Day ceremony, honoring six members of the program competing at the Valpo Softball Complex for the final time this weekend.
The final series of the regular season for the Valpo softball program has been shifted back one day due to forecasted inclement weather on Friday. The Beacons will now face Evansville in a doubleheader at the Valpo Softball Complex on Saturday at noon, and close out the series with a single game on Sunday at noon.
The Valpo softball team put together a seventh-inning rally in its series finale at Illinois State on Sunday, getting the potential tying run to the plate, but were unable to complete the comeback, falling to the Redbirds by a 7-4 final. Illinois State took Sunday’s opener as well, 17-0.
The Valpo softball team owned a 2-1 lead through three innings against host Illinois State Saturday afternoon in Normal, Ill., but the Redbirds were able to take advantage of scoring opportunities in the middle innings to come away with a 6-2 victory. The second game of Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to thunderstorms and will be made up as part of a Sunday twinbill.
The Valpo softball team closed out a thrilling season series win over Loyola on Tuesday afternoon in Chicago, putting six runs on the board over the final two innings to earn a come-from-behind 6-2 victory over the Ramblers. Sophomore Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) had the big blow for the Beacons, delivering a two-out, three-run double in the sixth inning to put Valpo ahead for good.
The regular season slate is fast coming to its end for the Valpo softball team, with four more games on the schedule for this week. The Beacons will head to Loyola for a single game on Tuesday afternoon - moved up one day from the originally scheduled date - before making their final regular season road trip to Illinois State for a three-game weekend series.
Due to forecasted cold temperatures on Wednesday, the Valpo softball team’s mid-week game at Loyola has been moved up one day. The Beacons will now face the Ramblers in Rogers Park on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.
Valpo softball senior shortstop Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington), who already ranked among the program’s all-time best in career stolen bases, installed her name in the single-game record book in that category in Sunday’s series finale at Drake, swiping three bases as the Beacons fell to the Bulldogs by a 5-1 final.
The Valpo softball team looked poised to come away with a split of a doubleheader Saturday at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa, as the Beacons led the Bulldogs 4-1 through four innings, but the hosts scored four runs over the final three frames for a 5-4 walk-off final. That win gave Drake a sweep of the day’s action, as Valpo fell in the series opener, 10-2.
Trailing by four runs before ever stepping to the plate in Wednesday’s opener against Loyola at the Valpo Softball Complex, the Valpo softball team quickly turned the tables, needing just eight batters to push across six runs en route to a 9-7 win in the first game of the day. The visiting Ramblers used a big inning late to put away a 7-1 victory in the nightcap as the two squads split the twinbill.
It’s a busy week of Missouri Valley Conference play for the Valpo softball team this week, with five games over five days. The action starts on Wednesday afternoon, as the Beacons’ lengthy homestand comes to an end with a doubleheader against Loyola. Valpo then hits the road for the first time in nearly a month for a three-game weekend series at Drake.
The Valpo softball team battled gamely against first-place UNI on Saturday afternoon in the MVC series finale at the Valpo Softball Complex and threatened to put runs on the board in numerous innings, but at the end of the day, a pair of solo home runs by the Panthers proved to be the difference as the Beacons fell by a 3-1 final.
The Valpo softball team continued its current homestand on Friday afternoon as conference-leading UNI came to town to kick off the three-game series. The visiting Panthers took both ends of the doubleheader, winning the opener, 9-1, and the nightcap, 5-0.
Coming off a win in non-conference action over Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday, the Valpo softball team returns to MVC play to open Easter weekend, welcoming UNI to the Valpo Softball Complex for a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.
Trailing by two runs entering the bottom of the sixth on a warm Tuesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington) led off the frame with her second home run of the day and Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) came up with the clutch hit later in the inning to give the Beacons a 5-4 lead, an advantage they would maintain through the final out of the seventh to earn the victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. Wednesday’s scheduled home game against Northern Illinois has been canceled due to impending thunderstorms.
It was a rare Monday afternoon matinee at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the host Beacons fell to visiting Southern Illinois by a 12-2 final in the finale of the three-game MVC series.
The Valpo softball team continued Missouri Valley Conference play on Sunday with the first two games of a three-game series with visiting Southern Illinois. The Salukis took both games of Sunday’s doubleheader, winning the opener by a 10-4 final before claiming a 10-1 victory in the nightcap.
The Valpo softball team continues a long homestand through the first three weeks of April with a three-game weekend series against visiting Southern Illinois. Due to projected cold on Saturday, the series has been moved to Sunday/Monday.
Valpo softball junior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) became the program’s first player since 2012 to homer in three consecutive games, as she went deep in both ends of Sunday’s home doubleheader. The Beacons dropped both of Sunday’s games to visiting Bradley, falling by 10-6 and 4-3 finals.
For the first time in 329 days, the Valpo softball team took to the field at the Valpo Softball Complex for regular season action on Saturday. The Beacons got a two-run homer in the seventh inning from Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South), but could not complete the comeback from a four-run deficit as visiting Bradley earned a 4-2 win. With impending rain on the way, the scheduled second game of the doubleheader was pushed back until Sunday.
After playing its first 24 games of the season away from home, the Valpo softball team will finally take to the field at the Valpo Softball Complex this weekend as the Beacons welcome Bradley to town for a three-game MVC series. Saturday's first pitch has been moved up one hour to 11 a.m.
The Valpo softball team concluded a 24-game stretch away from home to open the 2022 season on Tuesday afternoon, dropping a non-conference game at Western Michigan by a 3-0 final.
The Valpo softball team brought the second weekend of MVC play to a close Sunday afternoon in Springfield, Mo., falling to host Missouri State by an 8-0 final.
The Valpo softball team was tied through four innings of its nightcap of an MVC doubleheader at Missouri State on Saturday afternoon before a solo homer in the fifth inning gave the Bears a 3-2 victory. MSU swept the twinbill as it claimed an 8-0 win in the opener as well.
After having its mid-week non-conference game postponed, the Valpo softball team returns to action this weekend with the longest road trip of the Valley schedule, heading to Springfield, Mo. for a three-game series against Missouri State.
Due to forecasted inclement weather on Wednesday afternoon in the Midwest, the Valpo softball team’s scheduled non-conference matchup at Western Michigan has been postponed. The programs are attempting to reschedule the game.
Freshman pitcher Cheyenne Nietz (Machesney Park, Ill./Harlem) tossed the best game of her young Valpo career on Sunday in softball’s series finale at Indiana State, throwing a four-hit shutout as the Beacons earned their first win in MVC play with a 1-0 triumph over the Sycamores. Valpo dropped Sunday’s opener to the Sycamores, 9-0.
MVC play got underway for the Valpo softball team on Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind., as the Beacons fell to host Indiana State by a 10-0 final.
Missouri Valley Conference action gets underway for the Valpo softball team this weekend, as the Beacons make their way downstate to open the conference slate with a three-game series at Indiana State.
The Valpo softball team fell victim to Mother Nature for the first time this season on Sunday, as the Beacons’ finale from the Bluegrass Challenge against Buffalo was canceled due to cold temperatures and field conditions.
Early deficits proved to be too much for the Valpo softball team to overcome on Friday on its second day of competition at the Bluegrass Challenge, as the Beacons fell 4-1 to Eastern Kentucky and 10-2 to host #9/12 Kentucky.
Valpo softball junior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) got the final weekend of pre-conference play off to a great start, tossing a three-hit shutout in the Beacons’ opener at the Bluegrass Challenge, while Ryan Milkowski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) delivered a three-run homer in the 5-0 win over Central Michigan. In the nightcap Thursday, host Louisville scored three runs in the bottom of the first en route to a 3-1 final.
The Valpo softball team closes out the pre-conference slate this weekend with five games at the Bluegrass Challenge. In an amended tournament schedule due to weather, the Beacons will start off with games against Central Michigan and Louisville at Louisville on Thursday. They will then head to Kentucky, taking on the Wildcats and Eastern Kentucky on Friday before closing the weekend versus Buffalo on Sunday.
It was a tale of two games for the Valpo softball team as the Beacons concluded the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday. Valpo woke up with bats on fire, tallying 11 hits in a 10-1 run-rule victory versus Western Illinois, but the Beacons were on the wrong end of a 9-0 game with host Indiana in their tournament finale.
After spending one weekend away from competition, the Valpo softball team returned to the diamond Friday at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind. The Beacons earned a 2-1 victory over Western Illinois in their opener and were within one run late against host Indiana before falling by a 9-4 final.
After a weekend away from competition, the Valpo softball team returns to the diamond this weekend with four games over two days in Bloomington. The Beacons will take on host Indiana and Western Illinois twice apiece. Please note that the games have been moved up one day, to Friday/Saturday, due to weather concerns.
Following a stellar weekend of performances at the Charleston Invitational, Valpo softball junior pitcher Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference today as its Pitcher of the Week.
The Valpo softball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Sunday morning in its tournament finale at the Charleston Invitational, falling 3-0 to Binghamton. Despite the loss, the Beacons concluded the tournament with the best record of the tournament field, posting a 4-1 record.
The drama was palpable for the Valpo softball team Saturday in its opener Saturday at the Charleston Invitational, as the Beacons fell behind Lipscomb, 5-0 after 2 ½ innings, before rallying for a 7-6 victory. Valpo extended its winning streak to five consecutive games with an explosive offensive output in the nightcap, recording 16 hits in a 10-4 win over Holy Cross.
The Valpo softball team got its weekend at the Charleston Invitational off to a winning start on Friday evening, sweeping a doubleheader from host Charleston by final scores of 1-0 and 4-3 to extend its winning streak to three straight games. Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener, while the Beacons used a four-run fifth inning to overcome an early deficit in the nightcap
The Valpo softball team continues early-season play with its furthest trip of the regular season this weekend, heading to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. for the Charleston Invitational. The tournament opens with a Friday twinbill against the host Cougars, and the Beacons will also face Lipscomb, Holy Cross and Binghamton over the course of the weekend.
The Valpo softball team closed out its opening weekend of action from Rosemont, Ill. on a winning note on Saturday afternoon, as a big day at the plate for Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Waterford) and shutdown relief work from Madison Wathen (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) helped the Beacons take down Western Michigan, 9-5.
The Valpo softball team continued its opening weekend of play Friday afternoon against Eastern Illinois at the DePaul Dome Tournament in Rosemont, Ill., falling to the Panthers by an 11-2 final.
The Valpo softball program opened the 2022 season, its first with Amanda Eberhart at the helm of the program, on Thursday evening at the DePaul Dome Tournament in Rosemont, Ill. facing two of the Big East’s projected top-five teams. After falling to the host Blue Demons 8-0 in the opener, the Beacons took Butler to extra innings before dropping a 7-5 final in the international tiebreak.
A new era for the Valpo softball program begins this weekend as the Beacons open the 2022 campaign at the DePaul Dome Tournament in Rosemont, Ill. Valpo will take on DePaul, Butler, Eastern Illinois and Western Michigan over a span of three days.
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced that Emory G. Bauer Field and the Valpo Softball Complex have been upgraded with web streaming capabilities that will allow the department to stream home baseball and softball games on The Valley on ESPN this spring.
Valpo softball head coach Amanda Eberhart announced today a group of five incoming student-athletes who will join the program for the 2023 season — four incoming freshmen and one graduate transfer.
Softball season is right around the corner, as Valpo head coach Amanda Eberhart announced her squad’s schedule for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
The Valpo softball program will take to the field for four days of competition this fall, starting on Sunday at Grand Park in Westfield, and will also host a number of clinics this fall. In addition, the program announced Thursday that Katelyn Massa has joined the staff as a graduate assistant.
Valpo softball head coach Amanda Eberhart announced today that Melisa Shock has joined the program’s coaching staff as an assistant coach. Shock, who spent the previous two seasons on staff at Frostburg State, will work primarily with the team’s pitchers.
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Amanda Eberhart has been hired as head coach of the Valpo Softball program. Eberhart brings seven years of head coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently spending the last three years as the head coach at Omaha, and also has eight seasons of experience on staffs at Big Ten programs.