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Valparaiso Softball Releases 2013 Schedule
Head coach Jordan Stevens announced the softball team's 2013 schedule today. (Di Geng)
Head coach Jordan Stevens announced the softball team's 2013 schedule today. (Di Geng)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today the Crusaders' 2013 schedule, a schedule which includes 16 home games at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Crusaders are coming off a 2012 campaign in which they won a program-record 42 games, claimed the Horizon League regular season and tournament championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

The Crusaders' 2013 campaign starts in Nashville, Tenn. at a tournament hosted by Belmont University. Valpo will take on Jackson State, Central Arkansas and Western Illinois in Nashville, along with the host Bruins, on Feb. 9-10.

After a weekend off, Valpo's spring break trip commences. The road trip kicks off at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic Feb. 22-24, hosted by Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. Valpo will take on Western Michigan, Pitt, South Dakota State and Dayton in addition to WKU. The Crusaders then trek to Charleston, S.C. for a tournament hosted by Charleston Southern and also featuring UNC Wilmington and perennial top-10 squad Tennessee Mar. 1-3.

The spring break excursion then moves to the Sunshine State, as the Crusaders will play at three different sites within the state of Florida. The first stop is at the Stetson Classic in DeLand Mar. 8-10, featuring games against Stetson, Fairleigh Dickinson and Colgate. Valpo then plays a pair of games at Florida Gulf Coast on Mar. 13, taking on Maine in addition to FGCU. The trip concludes at the USF Spring Invitational in Clearwater Mar. 15-17, with contets versus Temple, Iowa State, Maryland and Cornell.

Upon returning home to Indiana, the Crusaders kick off the 2013 home slate almost immediately, hosting Western Illinois for a doubleheader on Wednesday, Mar. 20. The non-league schedule also includes a home twinbill against Bowling Green (Apr. 9) and road trips to IUPUI (Mar. 26) and Western Michigan (Apr. 30) for doubleheaders, as well as to Eastern Michigan (Apr. 3), Notre Dame (Apr. 18) and Purdue (Apr. 24) for single games.

The Horizon League schedule begins at home for Valpo Mar. 23-24, as the Crusaders welcome Wright State to the Valparaiso University Softball Field for a three-game set. Valpo will also play home series against Green Bay (Mar. 29-30), UIC (Apr. 13-14) and Youngstown State (May 4-5), while traveling to Loyola (Apr. 6-7), Detroit (Apr. 20-21) and Cleveland State (Apr. 27-28) within league play. The 2013 Horizon League Championship is set for May 8-11 and will be hosted by the regular season champion, with the tournament champion earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

W Soccer Belmont Brown Field
Aug 22, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
W Soccer IUPUI Brown Field
Aug 24, 1:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
W Soccer Valpo Phoenix, Ariz.
Aug 29, 9:00 p.m. Grand Canyon
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
W Soccer Valpo Flagstaff, Ariz.
Aug 31, 2:00 p.m. Northern Arizona
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
W Soccer Ball State Brown Field
Sep 5, 7:30 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Sep 7, 2:30 p.m. Western Illinois
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler