March 15, 202312345RHE
Win: Wiles (4-3) 3.010014
Loss: Kowalski (1-7) 3.086600
Herschbach (VALPO) 201000
Meade (ILL) 333000
Beacons Fall at Illinois Wednesday
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Beacons Fall at Illinois Wednesday

The Valpo softball team took to the field for the final time before the start of conference play on Wednesday afternoon in Urbana, Ill., falling by a 9-0 final to Illinois.

How It Happened

  • Illinois scored a pair of runs on sacrifice flies in the bottom of the first to open the scoring.
  • Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) led off the top of the second with a base hit up the middle, but was erased on a double play. Emily Crompton (Salem, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran) drew a walk in that frame as well.
  • Starting pitcher Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) retired six Illini batters in a seven-batter stretch spanning the first and second innings, including a shutout second inning.
  • Illinois scored four runs in the third and three in the fourth to close the scoring.

Inside the Game

  • Wednesday’s game was Valpo’s first at Illinois since 2003.
  • Herschbach has reached base at least once in eight of Valpo’s last nine games.
  • Crompton has drawn four walks over the last four games.
  • Kowalski tossed the first three innings Wednesday, while Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) threw the final frame.

Next Up

Valpo (3-15) is slated to open MVC play Friday afternoon at Southern Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the game broadcasted on ESPN+.