The Valparaiso University softball team rallied from a two-run deficit to tie Wednesday’s MVC game with Loyola at the Valpo Softball Complex at 2-2 through four innings, but the Ramblers reclaimed the lead in their next turn at-bat as Valpo eventually fell by a 5-2 final.
As the regular season winds down, Valpo takes the field for four MVC games this week. The Brown and Gold close out a five-game homestand with a home game Wednesday at Loyola, and then faces their final road conference tests of the year this weekend at Evansville.
Valpo Softball freshman outfielder Peyton Moeder (Shawnee, Kan./Mill Valley) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week following her strong performance at the top of the Valpo batting order last week.
This time, the heroics came in the sixth inning rather than the seventh, but that was about the only difference in yet another late-game come-from-behind win for Valpo Softball, as senior Jaymee Lawton (Goodyear, Ariz./Desert Edge [Utah Valley]) delivered her second three-run double of the game in the sixth inning of Saturday’s doubleheader opener against Indiana State to give Valpo a 7-5 win and secure the series victory. The Sycamores scored six runs in the first inning of the nightcap on their way to a 9-1 win in the finale.
Two days ago, it was senior Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) delivering the game-winning hit. Friday afternoon, Trepanier was waiting 60 feet away on third base with the potential game-winning run in the MVC series opener against Indiana State as freshman Taylor Herschbach (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township) stepped to the plate. After a timeout which allowed Trepanier to talk to Herschbach, the rookie matched Trepanier’s feat from Wednesday, knocking a single through the right side of the drawn-in infield to give Valpo a 7-6 walk-off win.
Coming off of a thrilling mid-week win, Valpo continues its five-game homestand this weekend as in-state rival Indiana State makes its first-ever trip to the Valpo Softball Complex. The series has been adjusted to feature one game on Friday afternoon and a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
When senior Carly Trepanier (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) stepped to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon at the Valpo Softball Complex, the pressure was off. After all, how could a two-out, bases loaded at-bat trailing by one faze Trepanier when earlier in the day, she had passed the nursing NCLEx prep test required for graduation? So even after falling behind in the count 0-2, Trepanier stayed calm. After watching two balls go by, the senior lined a 2-2 pitch through the left side of the infield to plate the tying and game-winning runs as Valpo rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win Wednesday over Western Michigan in non-conference action.
Due to forecasted temperatures early in the day on Friday, Valpo softball's series this weekend with Indiana State has been adjusted. The two teams will now play a single game on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
Sophomore Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) connected on her fourth home run of the season in the third inning to give the Valparaiso University softball team a 3-0 lead Sunday in its series finale at UNI, but the Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the inning and went on to an 11-3 victory.