Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
#3 - Sara Strickland
2009-10 Softball
POS.
OF/IF
B/T
L/R
HT.
5'4"
YR.
So.
HOMETOWN
Phoenix, Ariz.
HIGH SCHOOL (PREV. SCHOOL)
Horizon
Sara Strickland

2011: Started all 56 games for the Crusaders in the outfield ... named to the NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region for the second consecutive season ... named a First Team All-Horizon League honoree for the third straight year, the first player in league history to earn First Team accolades in each of her first three seasons ... named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team ... finished the season with a .378 batting average, the second-best mark in the Horizon League and fourth-best in a single year all-time at Valpo ... ninth in the Horizon League with 30 RBIs ... led the Horizon League in hits (68), doubles (16) and total bases (96), all three marks ranking second in their respective categories in Crusader single-season history ... fifth place in the Horizon League with 37 runs ... broke Valpo career records for runs scored (126), hits (192), doubles (44) and total bases (281) during her junior year ... also already ranks second all-time at Valpo in walks (69) and stolen bases (67) through three seasons ... had a .441 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage ... posted 21 multi-hit games ... drove in at least two runs eight different times and scored at least two runs on eight separate occasions ... stole 14 bases in 15 attempts ... swiped two bases in a game on four occasions ... went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored at Iowa State Feb. 13 ... went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs, and two runs scored in a victory over Stetson Feb. 25 ... had a 12-game hitting streak from Mar. 5-Mar. 25 ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases against Florida A&M Mar. 9 ... had two stolen bases and scored three runs while going 2-for-4 at IUPUI Mar. 22 ... went 3-for-3 with two home runs, three RBIs, and three runs scored against UIC Apr. 3 ... had two stolen bases, two runs scored, and RBIs while going 2-for-2 against Wright State Apr. 21 ... went 7-for-13 with three RBIs and two runs scored at the Horizon League Championship.

2010: Started all 56 games in center field for the Crusaders … earned Second Team All-Midwest Region honors from the NFCA … a First Team All-League honoree … set new Valpo single-season records for hits (69) and total bases (102) in a season … registered second-best marks in school history for batting average (.394), on-base percentage (.478) and tied for second in doubles (14) and triples (5) … scored 43 runs and drew 26 walks, both third-best in a single season in program history … 25 stolen bases rank fourth on the Crusader single-season charts … was caught stealing just five times ... through just two seasons, already ranks among Valpo’s career top-10s in batting average (.383, 1st), on-base percentage (.472, 1st), slugging percentage (.571, 2nd), stolen bases (53, 2nd), runs (89, 4th), doubles (28, 5th), walks (51, t-6th) and total bases (185, 10th) ... finished among Horizon League's top-10 in on-base percentage (2nd), triples (2nd), batting average (3rd), doubles (t-3rd), runs scored (4th), hits (5th), total bases (5th), stolen bases (5th), walks (7th) and slugging percentage (.583, 8th) … led Horizon League in league-only play in batting average (.446) and on-base percentage (.526) … ranked 35th in nation in triples, 53rd in batting average, 58th in stolen bases/game and 75th in on-base percentage ... posted 20 multi-hit games and scored multiple runs 11 times … stole two bases in six separate games ... went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases Feb. 28 versus Alabama A&M … drew three walks Mar. 2 against Holy Cross … drove in season-high three runs against Gardner-Webb Mar. 5 … had four straight two-hit games Mar. 9-13 … had another four-game multi-hit streak Mar. 27-31, including a 3-for-3 game in nightcap of doubleheader against Green Bay … went 4-for-7 with four runs scored in twinbill sweep of Northern Illinois Mar. 31 … posted 3-for-4, two runs scored effort in finale at Detroit Apr. 3 ... again registered three hits in opener Apr. 13 against IUPUI ... went 3-for-4 at #23 Notre Dame Apr. 21 ... put together eight-game hitting streak Apr. 24-May 8 ... had multiple hits in five of those games ... scored two runs in both ends of doubleheader Apr. 27 at Wright State ... went 4-for-5 with four runs scored in series finale against Youngstown State May 2 ... stole five bases in the Horizon League Championship, including two apiece against UIC and Green Bay in elimination games May 14 ... played for Northern Illinois Lightning 18-and-over team during the summer.

2009: Appeared in all 49 games for the Crusaders, making 48 starts as a freshman … named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year and was a member of the All-League First Team and All-Newcomer Team … demolished school record for runs in a single season, breaking previous mark of 33 in Valpo’s 35th game and closing season with 46 runs scored … finished season second in the Horizon League in runs scored, as well as on base percentage (.466), doubles (14) and stolen bases (28) … placed third in the league in walks (25) and fourth in batting average (.369) … moved into second on Valpo’s all-time single season charts in OBP and doubles, and third in batting average, hits (55), walks and stolen bases … also picked up 83 total bases, tied for fourth in a single year in Valpo history … already sixth in Crusader career record book for stolen bases … finished year 24th nationally in stolen bases/game, 26th in runs/game and 44th in doubles/game … performed even better in Horizon League play, posting a batting line of .380/.457/.648, all of which ranked seventh in the league … finished league-only action second in the league in runs scored (20) and doubles (8), fourth in total bases (46) and tied for fourth in hits (27) … had 15 multi-hit games and scored multiple runs 15 times on the year … also recorded multiple stolen bases in five outings … had a season-long 11-game hitting streak March 9-22 … reached base 20 straight games March 9-April 4 … had a rare 0-for-0 day with three runs scored and a RBI March 9 against Bryant, thanks to three walks, a sacrifice and three stolen bases … tallied three hits and three steals March 11 vs. Robert Morris … went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, three RBIs and first career home run March 25 at Northern Illinois … also drove in three runs and had a homer next time out April 1 against Wright State … tallied three hits in Valpo’s 15-inning win at Loyola April 4 … had 6-for-10 day with eight runs scored, two RBIs and four extra-base hits in tripleheader sweep at Youngstown State April 11 … scored four runs in opener against the Penguins, most by a single player in an HL game on the season … was hitting over .400 as late as April 16 … reached base six times and scored four runs in the Crusaders’ three HL Championship games … played summer ball for the Arizona Outlaws, which took fifth place at the TCS Nationals.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Huskies ... a four-time All-Region selection ... earned First Team All-State honors as a junior ... received Second Team All-State accolades three times as well ... team captain as a senior ... named to the 5A North Senior All-Star Team ... played for prestigious AZ Hotshots Gold ASA squad ... AZ Hotshots Gold won each of its five games at 2008 ASA 18U Gold national tournament en route to a top-five finish ... also played soccer and volleyball.

Personal: Sara is the daughter of Richard Strickland and Karen Throckmorton ... major is sociology: criminology ... born June 20, 1990.

M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo