April 23, 202312345RHE
Win: Mackenzie Hupke (7-7) 5.020036
Loss: Seib (6-16) 2.056640
Emily Valtman (DRA) 412200
Addie Lightner (DRA) 312300
Herschbach (VALPO) 201010
Kehlenbrink (VALPO) 101000
Beacons Fall in Series Finale to Drake
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Beacons Fall in Series Finale to Drake
Lauren Kehlenbrink rounds first in the midst of snowflakes after a single Sunday.

Drake scored in each of the first four innings as the Valpo softball team dropped its series finale to the visiting Bulldogs on Sunday, 8-0.

How It Happened

  • Drake took the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the first.
  • Valpo put a pair of runners on base in its first turn at the plate, as fifth-year Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) knocked the first pitch she saw up the middle for a one-out single. Herschbach later stole second before freshman Kim Rodas (San Bernardino, Calif./Cajon) drew a walk, but the duo was stranded.
  • The Bulldogs pulled away with three runs in the second and added another in the third to push the lead to 6-0.
  • Herschbach reached scoring position for the second time in the bottom of the third, drawing a four-pitch walk and moving up to second on a groundout before being left on base.
  • Drake plated two more runs in the fourth for the final margin in the run-rule decision.

Inside the Game

  • Herschbach extended her on-base streak to 10 consecutive games with her first-inning single, lengthening her career best and a Valpo season best. She is just one game shy of matching the program’s longest on-base streak over the last four seasons.
  • Senior Lauren Kehlenbrink (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway South) picked up Valpo’s other hit on the day with a second-inning single, as the Beacons were limited to two base knocks on Sunday.
  • Junior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) drew a walk to add to the free passes drawn by Herschbach and Rodas.
  • Senior Easton Seib (Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs South) started and took the loss, going 2+ innings. Freshman Cadence Augustine (Beaverton, Mich./Beaverton) had the best pitching appearance of her young collegiate career, striking out one in two shutout innings while giving up just one hit and one walk.

Next Up

Valpo (8-33, 4-16 MVC) plays its final four road games of the regular season next week, starting with a Tuesday evening showdown at UIC at 5 p.m. With a win, the Beacons would sweep the three-game season series from the Flames.