March 06, 202412345RHE
Win: Nuismer (6-3) 5.050013
Loss: McDermott (3-7) 3.086612
Skapyak (VALPO) 301000
Rodas (VALPO) 301000
Hecker (VALPO) 201000
Bush (VALPO) 101000
Utendorf (VALPO) 201000
O'Brien (OMAHA) 323300
Beacons Fall to Omaha Thursday
Thursday, March 7, 2024
Beacons Fall to Omaha Thursday
Regi Hecker picked up a base hit Thursday.

The Valpo softball team opened up the Connie Claussen Classic in Omaha, Neb. Thursday afternoon, falling 8-0 to host Omaha.

How It Happened

  • Omaha scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two more in the second to take a 4-0 lead.
  • The Beacons got back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the third from sophomore Kam Utendorf (Columbus Grove, Ohio/Columbus Grove [Black Hawk College]) and senior Kayla Skapyak (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), but were unable to get the lead runner past second base.
  • The Mavs closed the scoring with a four-run fourth inning. Valpo got a runner to third base in the top of the fifth in an attempt to extend the game, but the runner was erased at the plate on a squeeze attempt.

Inside the Game

  • Five different Beacons picked up one hit apiece to account for Valpo’s five hits as a team.
  • Utendorf finished the day 1-for-2 at the plate, boosting her batting average to .419.
  • Freshman Natalie Bush (Hudsonville, Mich./Unity Christian) had a pinch-hit double in the fifth inning, the first extra-base hit of her collegiate career.
  • Freshman Sydney McDermott (Stout, Ohio/Portsmouth West) started in the circle and took the loss, throwing three-plus innings.

Next Up

Valpo (5-14) continues action from Omaha with two games on Friday. The Beacons will rematch against the host Mavs at 1 p.m. before taking on Kansas City at 3:30 p.m.