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Morehead State30201006112
Win: STEM (2-1) 7.042135
Loss: Kowalski (0-4) 3.275333
MONTOYA (MOR) 413200
Johnson (VALPO) 401000
Rodas (VALPO) 301010
Garnica (VALPO) 101000
Crompton (VALPO) 101100

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Win: Kasey Wolfe (2-0) 5.051125
Loss: McDermott (1-3) 4.286430
Johnson (VALPO) 402100
Kelby Goodrum (PC) 412000
Kasey Wolfe (PC) 312010
Maddi Wood (PC) 212411
Beacons Drop Pair Saturday in South Carolina
Saturday, February 17, 2024
Beacons Drop Pair Saturday in South Carolina
Alexis Johnson registered three hits over Saturday's two games.

Senior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) tallied three hits over Saturday’s pair of games for the Valpo softball team at the Pinnacle PC Invitational in Clinton, S.C., as the Beacons fell 6-2 to Morehead State and 6-1 to Presbyterian.

How It Happened – Morehead State

  • The Eagles jumped on top in their first turn at the plate, putting three runs on the board in the top of the first.
  • MSU added two more runs in the third to extend its lead to 5-0.
  • Valpo cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth, as senior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) drew a one-out walk and came around to score on a grounder from sophomore Lexi Szostak (Roselle, Ill./Lake Park) to make it a 5-1 game.
  • Morehead State responded with a single run in the top of the fifth to push its lead to 6-1.
  • The Beacons looked to put a rally together in the bottom of the sixth, when senior Emily Crompton (Salem, Ill./Christ Our Rock Lutheran) delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to score junior Kaiah Fenters (Speedway, Ind./Speedway). Following Crompton’s run-scoring hit, Valpo still had two runners on with just one out, but consecutive outs ended the threat.
  • Valpo extended the game with two outs in the seventh on back-to-back base hits from Johnson and sophomore Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon), but was unable to get the potential tying run to the plate.

How It Happened – Presbyterian

  • The Blue Hose opened the scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first and added another single run in the third.
  • Valpo got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, as Johnson connected on an RBI single to plate sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) to bring the Beacons with 2-1.
  • Presbyterian answered immediately, however, pushing four runs across in the bottom of the fifth to cap the scoring.
  • The Beacons put a pair of runners on base in both the sixth and the seventh innings, but were unable to convert any of those runners into runs.

Inside the Games

  • Four different Beacons picked up hits in the opener against Morehead State, as they were limited to four hits as a team.
  • Rodas reached base twice in the opener, tallying a hit and drawing a walk.
  • Valpo racked up seven hits in the nightcap, led by a 2-for-4 effort from Johnson — the ninth multi-hit game of her career.
  • Utendorf reached base in all three plate appearances against Presbyterian, going 1-for-1 with a pair of walks.
  • The Beacons were held to 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position over the two games.
  • Senior Caitlyn Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) was charged with the loss in the circle against MSU, starting and going 3.2 innings. Sophomore Cadence Augustine (Beaverton, Mich./Beaverton) threw 1.2 shutout innings of relief in that contest.
  • Freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) started and took the loss against Presbyterian, tossing 4.2 innings. Fellow rookie Anna Wilming (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange), who started the game at first base, moved over into the circle and registered the final four outs without surrendering a run.

Next Up

Valpo (1-7) closes its second weekend of competition Sunday morning with a 9 a.m. CT first pitch against Youngstown State. Live stats will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.