February 11, 202212345RHE
Eastern Illinois1004611131
Win: Rehmeier (1-0) 3.062212
Loss: Nietz (0-1) 2.2810521
Milkowski (EIU) 433802
Cravens (EIU) 403100
Prichard (EIU) 323100
Tonoian (VALPO) 212000
Softball Falls to Eastern Illinois Friday
Friday, February 11, 2022
Softball Falls to Eastern Illinois Friday
Taylor Tonoian had a two-hit day Friday.

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.

How It Happened

  • EIU cracked the scoreboard first in the top of the opening inning, but Valpo starter Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) limited the damage to just one run, stranding the bases loaded with a fly-out.
  • Valpo tied the game in the bottom of the second with back-to-back two-out hits. Taylor Tonoian (Saugus, Calif./Saugus) connected on a double and came around to score on an RBI single from Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South).
  • The Panthers took the lead for good on a two-out grand slam in the top of the fourth.
  • The Beacons immediately got one run back in their half of the fourth, stringing together three straight singles to plate a run as Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) drove in pinch-runner Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central).
  • Valpo threatened to put up a crooked number of its own in that frame, loading the bases with nobody out to bring the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but was unable to add to its one run.
  • EIU capped the scoring with a six-run top of the fifth inning.

Inside the Game

  • Valpo totaled seven hits offensively on Friday, led by a 2-for-2 effort at the plate from Tonoian, who now has hits in each of her first three at-bats of the season.
  • Hecker and Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) each tallied a hit as well to extend their respective hitting streaks to three consecutive games to open the campaign.
  • Johnson made her 2022 debut with her pinch-running appearance Friday, as 17 players have now appeared through the season’s first three games.
  • The game matched up sisters batting third in the order for their respective teams, as Ryan Milwkoski (Olathe, Kan./Olathe West) hit third and played first base for Valpo, while sister Lindy — in her first season at EIU — caught and batted third for the Panthers.

Next Up

Valpo (0-3) closes out the opening weekend of action on Saturday afternoon when it faces Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Live stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.