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Valpo Softball Announces Schedule for 2010 Campaign
The Crusaders are scheduled to play 18 home games in 2010. (Ray Acevedo)
The Crusaders are scheduled to play 18 home games in 2010. (Ray Acevedo)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced his schedule for the 2010 season today, featuring 18 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.

The season begins the weekend of Feb. 12-14 at the Ramada UNI-Dome Classic, where Valpo will face Dayton, North Dakota, and Green Bay (non-league matchup) in addition to the host Panthers.  The tournament will mark the earliest start to a Crusader softball season in program history.

“We’re playing a bit earlier this year, which we’re hoping helps to break up our preseason training,” said Schneider.  “UNI always puts on a good early-season tournament, and it should be a good experience for us playing over there.”

The Crusaders then hit the road for a massive trip, playing 19 games in a 16-day span.  The journey kicks off Feb. 27 at Tennessee State’s Tiger Spring Classic, also featuring Alabama A&M and Indiana State.  Valpo will then play two games apiece at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla. against Holy Cross and Dayton before traveling to Auburn’s War Eagle Classic, where it will play Gardner-Webb, Tennessee State and Alabama in addition to the host Tigers.State

From there, Valpo heads to Huntington, W.V. for a doubleheader March 9 at Marshall, alma mater of Crusader assistant coach Rachel Folden.  The trip concludes at Kansas’ KU Invitational, where the Crusaders will face off against the host Jayhawks three times and play versus Missouri State twice.

“Our spring trip is certainly going to be challenging for us this year because of the amount of travel involved,” said Schneider.  “But it will be a good team-building experience for us with a number of quality games against good competition, in particular getting to play at a pair of big schools in Auburn and Kansas.”

The home slate at the Valparaiso University Softball Field kicks off March 17 with a non-league doubleheader against Western Illinois.  The Crusaders are also slated to play home twinbills against Northern Illinois and IUPUI outside of league play, while traveling to IPFW for a doubleheader and Purdue for a single game.

The Horizon League schedule begins with a three-game series against Green Bay at home, with two games March 27 and a single contest March 28.  Valpo will play three-game series against each of the other eight league schools, also hosting Butler, Loyola and Youngstown State while hitting the road to play Detroit, UIC, Wright State and Cleveland State.  The top six finishers in the league regular season standings will advance to the Horizon League Championship, to be contested May 13-15 at the regular season champion.  The tournament champion will earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo