March 15, 202412345RHE
Win: Weatherford (1-0) 5.030003
Loss: McDermott (3-9) 2.134421
Utendorf (VALPO) 201000
Rodas (VALPO) 201000
Krug (VALPO) 201000
Frossard (UE) 222000
Nink (UE) 312300
Willsey (UE) 312000
Softball Falls in MVC Opener at Evansville
Friday, March 15, 2024
Softball Falls in MVC Opener at Evansville
Kim Rodas picked up a base hit Friday.

The Valpo softball team kicked off the Missouri Valley Conference schedule Friday evening on the road, falling at Evansville by an 8-0 final.

How It Happened

  • The Beacons looked poised to potentially open the scoring in the bottom of the first, when Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) and Kayden Krug (Milford, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) connected on back-to-back two-out singles, but Valpo was unable to come up with the run-scoring hit.
  • A two-run double in the bottom of the first opened the scoring for Evansville.
  • The Purple Aces added three runs in the third and two in the fourth before closing out their run-rule win on an RBI single in the fifth.

Inside the Game

  • Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]), who entered Valley play leading the conference in batting average, went 1-for-2 at the plate Friday to bump her average to .440 on the season.
  • With her base hit, Krug is now hitting .379 on the year and is 10-for-22 over the Beacons’ last eight games.
  • Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) saw her seven-game hitting streak and nine-game on-base streak come to an end Friday.
  • Freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) took the loss in the circle Friday, starting and going the first 2.1 innings. Fellow rookie Anna Wilming (Columbus, Ohio/Olentangy Orange) covered the final 1.2 innings.

Next Up

Valpo (6-16, 0-1 MVC) continues the three-game series against its in-state foes on Saturday afternoon with a 2 p.m. first pitch, live on ESPN+.