March 06, 2023123456RHE
Eastern Illinois03022310121
Win: REHMEIER (3-2) 6.040013
Loss: Seib (2-5) 5.1119934
KAUFMAN (EIU) 403100
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 302000
Softball Closes Out Weekend in Louisville
Monday, March 6, 2023
Softball Closes Out Weekend in Louisville
Emily Crompton returns the ball to the infield following an out. (Courtesy Bellarmine Athletics)

The Valpo softball team brought its three-day weekend in Louisville, Ky. to a close on Monday, falling to Eastern Illinois, 10-0.

How It Happened

  • After a perfect top of the first inning defensively, junior Regi Hecker (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Blue Springs South) led off the bottom of the frame with a single and moved over to third with just one out. But Hecker was unable to advance the final 60 feet to get Valpo on the board.
  • Eastern Illinois grabbed three runs in the top of the second to open the scoring.
  • The Beacon defense prevented the Panthers from adding to their lead in the top of the third, as with runners on the corners and nobody out, Valpo turned a double play which eliminated the lead runner.
  • The Beacons had a golden opportunity to cut into the EIU lead or possibly jump in front in the bottom of the third, loading the bases with one out on an EIU error and a pair of singles. But the Panthers came home on an infield grounder to force Valpo’s lead runner, and a pop-up ended the threat.
  • EIU scored multiple runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to close out the game.

Inside the Game

  • Hecker ended up reaching base successfully in eight straight plate appearances dating back to Saturday with her first-inning single. While she reached on an error in her second time at bat Monday, that ends the on-base streak.
  • Valpo was limited to just four hits, two of which came off the bat of senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South).
  • The Beacons turned their seventh double play of the season with their third-inning twin killing. Their pace of 0.50 double plays/game is tied for 17th nationally.
  • Senior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) took the loss in the circle, falling to 2-5 on the year.

Next Up

Valpo (3-11) heads to Eastern Kentucky for its final weekend of preconference play. The Beacons will play the Colonels three times over two days, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 11.