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Win: THOMAS (4-3) 7.0300410
Loss: GROSSMANN (1-1) 1.254430
GIBSON (LIP) 423100

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Win: WIREMAN (2-4) 4.220035
Loss: GROSSMANN (1-2) 2.058822
PAUL (EIU) 412200
TOENYES (EIU) 322211
DEVITO (EIU) 322310
Crusaders Fall Twice on Saturday
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Crusaders Fall Twice on Saturday
Carly Trepanier tallied five hits over Saturday's two games.

The Valparaiso University softball team came out on the wrong end of a pair of decisions for the first time this season on Saturday at the Purple/Gold Challenge in Nashville, Tenn, falling to host Lipscomb, 7-0, and to Eastern Illinois, 12-5.

How It Happened – Lipscomb

  • The Crusaders struggled to put together scoring threats in the day’s opener, as they were unable to advance a runner past second base against Lipscomb.
  • Meanwhile, the Lady Bison scored four runs in the second to take the lead for good, and added a single run in the third and two in the sixth.

How It Happened – Eastern Illinois

  • Valpo got out to a fast start versus EIU, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning. Junior Jasmine Ramirez (Litchfield Park, Ariz./Millennium) singled with two outs, and sophomore Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) followed with her first home run as a Crusader.
  • Singles from senior Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and sophomore Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and an EIU error loaded the bases for the Crusaders with one out in the third.
  • Senior Sam Stewart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run, and junior Jenna Stauffenberg (Kankakee, Ill./Bishop McNamara) delivered a two-run single to extend the Crusader lead to 5-0 through three innings.
  • The Panthers rallied for the win, however, connecting on two-run homers in the fourth and fifth innings and then scoring eight two-out runs in the sixth.

Inside the Games

  • Trepanier led Valpo in the opener, going 2-for-4 at the plate, while Stewart drew a pair of walks versus Lipscomb.
  • Trepanier followed with a 3-for-4 effort in the nightcap against EIU. Lawton also reached base twice against the Panthers with a hit and a walk.
  • The Crusaders were just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the two games.
  • Junior Mackenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) took the loss in both outings on Saturday, falling to 1-2 on the year.
  • Saturday’s losses were the first of the year for the Crusaders, snapping a five-game winning streak to start the season.

Next Up

The Crusaders (5-2) look to close out the weekend on a winning note as they take on Stony Brook at 10 a.m. Live stats will be available via