The Valparaiso University softball team saw both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader with Oakland come down to one run, splitting the twinbill with the Golden Grizzlies to earn the series victory in the key league series. For the second time in three games, senior Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) delivered a walk-off winner in the nightcap, capping a 3-2 victory, while in the opener, the Crusaders’ comeback effort came up just short in a 7-6 loss.
Due to rain in the forecast throughout the day in the Valparaiso area, Saturday's softball doubleheader between the Crusaders and Oakland has been postponed to Sunday. First pitch of Sunday's doubleheader has been set for noon.
It was a dramatic Senior Day for the Valparaiso University softball tea m, as it took until the 11th inning to determine a winner between the Crusaders and Oakland. But in the end, it was a senior who delivered the game-winning blow, as Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) knocked a single back through the middle to score freshman Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) and give Valpo a 3-2 walk-off win over the Golden Grizzlies.
The Valparaiso University softball team faces its final home Horizon League series of the season this weekend as the Crusaders welcome Oakland to town for a single game on Friday afternoon and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday. Valpo will hold its annual Senior Day ceremony prior to Friday's series opener, honoring a class of five seniors.