April 29, 201712345RHE
Win: KOWNACKI (13-7) 3.042135
Loss: GROSSMANN (17-10) 1.125552
Valpo Drops Series Finale to Golden Grizzlies
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Valpo Drops Series Finale to Golden Grizzlies

Oakland proved to be too much for the Valparaiso University softball team to handle Saturday on a cold, rainy afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, as the Crusaders lost the series finale to the Golden Grizzlies by a 12-2 final.

How It Happened

  • Both teams put two runners in scoring position with two outs in the first without scoring, but Oakland busted through in a big way in the second. The Golden Grizzlies took advantage of four walks and got three run-scoring hits – capped by a bases-clearing triple from Kelsie Swanson – to take a 7-0 lead.
  • The Crusaders had a golden opportunity to really cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with nobody out with a pair of singles and a walk. But they could score just one run, on a bases-loaded walk from Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno).
  • Junior Stephanie Moreno (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley) singled with one out in the third and came around to score on an Oakland error to make it a 7-2 game.
  • The Golden Grizzlies secured the run-rule decision with four runs in the fourth and a Jamie Squires homer in the fifth.

Inside the Game

  • The run-rule loss was just the Crusaders ‘second of the season and their first since March 17 against Creighton.
  • Junior Lanie Callaghan (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland) went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate on Saturday, picking up three of the Crusaders’ five hits.
  • Valpo left eight runners on base over the five innings and was just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, versus a 6-for-11 performance by Oakland. Over the series’ three games, the Crusaders were just 3-for-31 with runners in scoring position.
  • Junior Kenzie Grossmann (Perry, Mo./Mark Twain [Morehead State]) started for the third straight game and took the loss, falling to 17-10.

Next Up

The Crusaders (24-21, 11-10 Horizon) close out the regular season with a three-game set against Wright State next weekend, starting with a single game Friday at 1 p.m.