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Win: Haislip (5-3) 5.010025
Loss: Kowalski (1-14) 4.056443
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Thompson (MUR) 323200
Softball Drops Series Finale to Murray State
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Softball Drops Series Finale to Murray State
Alexis Johnson reached base twice Sunday.

The Valpo softball team concluded its Easter weekend series at Murray State Sunday afternoon on a warm, sunny day, falling to the host Racers by a 6-0 final.

How It Happened

  • Fifth-year Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) drew a one-out walk in the top of the first for Valpo’s first baserunner of the day, but was stranded on first.
  • The Racers scored one run in the first and added three more in the second — two of which were unearned — to take a 4-0 lead.
  • Junior Alexis Johnson (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) was hit by a pitch with two outs in the third before being erased on a fielder’s choice.
  • The Racers capped the scoring with a pair of runs in the fourth.
  • Freshman Lyna Vasquez (Moreno Valley, Calif./Valley View) worked a two-out walk in the fifth, but wasn’t able to advance into scoring position.
  • The Beacons had a pair of baserunners in the sixth, as Johnson led off with a sharp single and senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) drew a walk later in the inning.

Inside the Game

  • Batting in the leadoff spot on Sunday, Johnson reached base twice with her single and hit by pitch.
  • Herschbach’s walk was her team-best 14th free pass of the season.
  • Making her first start of the weekend at catcher, Vasquez caught a pair of runners stealing — including one on a back pick in the first inning. The freshman has seven caught stealings to her credit this season.
  • Junior Caitlin Kowalski (Temperance, Mich./Notre Dame Academy) started and took the loss, going four innings. Senior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) entered in relief and tossed a pair of shutout innings.

Next Up

Valpo (4-28, 1-12 MVC) steps away from Valley play for the final time this season on Tuesday afternoon when the Beacons travel to DeKalb, Ill. for a twinbill against Northern Illinois. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 2 p.m.