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Win: Jones (11-5) 7.062223
Loss: Edwards (4-9) 6.074420
Herschbach (VALPO) 302000
Ivey (LUC) 202210

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Win: Dolezal (7-5) 5.021103
Loss: Richardson (0-2) 2.024430
Trepanier (VALPO) 201000
Anderson (VALPO) 211101
Shields (LUC) 322100
Ivey (LUC) 312300
Softball Drops Pair at Loyola Tuesday
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Softball Drops Pair at Loyola Tuesday
Brittany Anderson hit her third homer of the season Tuesday.

The Valparaiso University softball team dropped a mid-week Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader in Chicago on Tuesday evening, falling to Loyola by final scores of 4-2 and 9-1.

How It Happened – Game One

  • It took Valpo just three batters into the opener to jump on top of the Ramblers. Senior Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) led off the game with a walk, stole second and eventually came home on a single into center from fellow senior Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]).
  • Loyola responded with a two-out RBI single in its half of the first to even the score at 1-1.
  • Valpo had a golden opportunity to regain the lead in the top of the third, as a Trepanier walk and a base hit from freshman Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) put two runners in scoring position with only one out. But a strikeout and a foul popup ended that threat.
  • Valpo would reclaim the advantage in the top of the fifth thanks to the wheels of freshman Jaina Westphal (Waterford, Wis./Burlington). Westphal led off the inning with a single, and then on a sacrifice bunt, the rookie raced all the way around to third base as the bag was unattended. Trepanier then delivered a fly ball to medium-deep left field, more than enough to allow Westphal to come home on the sacrifice fly and give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead.
  • The lead would be short-lived, however, as Loyola scored three runs on four hits in its half of the fifth to go ahead 4-2.
  • Valpo got a leadoff single from freshman Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) in the seventh to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but a hard liner back up the middle was snagged by Loyola pitcher Kiley Jones and turned into a double play.

How It Happened – Game Two

  • For the second straight game, Valpo took an early 1-0 lead. This advantage came courtesy of sophomore Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll), who lined an 0-1 pitch over the wall down the left-field line for a leadoff homer in the second.
  • Loyola answered immediately, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1.
  • The Ramblers then plated four runs apiece in the third and fourth innings for the final margin.

Inside the Games

  • Wednesday’s doubleheader marked the 66th and 67th games in the all-time series between Valpo and Loyola. The Ramblers are the second-most common opponent in Valpo program history, behind only fellow Second City program UIC.
  • Anderson’s home run in the nightcap was her third of the season, tying her for second on the team, and the fourth of her career.
  • Trepanier finished the opener with a 0-for-0 batting line, drawing a pair of walks and recording a sac fly. Her double in the nightcap was the 181st hit of her career, tying her for seventh in program history, just one back of sixth place.
  • Herschbach picked up a pair of base hits in the opener, joining Trepanier in reaching base twice in that game.

Next Up

Valpo (12-19, 2-11 MVC) continues conference play this weekend with a three-game series at UNI. The series opens with a noon doubleheader on Saturday from Cedar Falls, Iowa.