Illinois, ranked 21st in the nation, showed why the Fighting Illini are among the nation's elite team on Tuesday evening, sweeping a doubleheader from the injury-plagued Crusaders 18-0 and 13-0 in Urbana, Ill.
Western Illinois defeated Valparaiso 5-2 in the opening game of the doubleheader then rallied late for a 3-2 victory in the nightcap to spoil Senior Day for the Crusaders on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Brooke Benson hit a two-run, two-out homerun in the top of the seventh in the opener and Becky Sullivan threw a no-hitter in game two as Western Illinois swept a doubleheader from Valparaiso 6-4 and 8-0 on Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Saskia Roberson hit two grand slams in game two to help propel seventh-ranked DePaul to a doubleheader sweep over Valparaiso on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Blue Demons defeated Valpo 8-0 and 14-0.
The Valparaiso-DePaul softball doubleheader scheduled for Monday at the Valparaiso University Softball Field has been postponed due to inclement weather. The twinbill has been rescheduled for Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.
Valparaiso's Mid-Continent Conference doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at UMKC has been postponed due to rain. The Crusaders and Kangaroos will make up the games on Sunday morning, with the doubleheader beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Monica Rowan (Evergreen Park, Ill./Evergreen Park H.S.) and Amanda Gilbertson (Murrieta, Calif./West Albany H.S., Ore.) each drove home two runs in the opener as Valparaiso earned a doubleheader split with UMKC on Friday evening in Independence, Mo. The Crusaders won game one 5-4 before falling 8-0 in the nightcap.
Four hits in the doubleheader by Laurie Grabiak (Saint Louis, Mo./Parkway North H.S.) was not enough for Valparaiso as the Crusaders dropped a twinbill to IPFW 5-4 and 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
The Valparaiso bats were on fire in the first game of the doubleheader as the Crusaders tallied 11 hits on their way to a 7-0 victory over IUPUI on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field. The Jaguars rallied in the sixth of game two though to take a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.
Valparaiso rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the opener of a doubleheader 4-2 over IUPUI on Friday afternoon, but saw the Jaguars mount a comeback of their own in the nightcap to down the Crusaders 5-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Southern Utah scored three runs in the top of the seventh to rally for a 4-3 victory over Valparaiso to spoil the first game at Valparaiso University Softball Field for the Crusaders on Sunday morning.
Stefani Fisco's two-out, two-run single in the eighth of game one and Lacee LePrey's single in the fifth of game two helped Southern Utah sweep a doubleheader from Valparaiso 2-0 and 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Kirchhoff Park. The Mid-Continent Conference opener for both teams was moved from the Valparaiso University Softball Field due to field conditions.
Valparaiso University will have to wait another day to open their new softball field as the Crusaders doubleheader scheduled for Friday against Southern Utah has been postponed due to rain. Valparaiso University Softball Field will now be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The Valparaiso softball team split a doubleheader with IPFW on Tuesday afternoon in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Crusaders rallied for four runs in the seventh in the opener to win 5-3 before dropping the nightcap 11-3.
Valparaiso dropped a pair of games at the Hilltopper Classic on Saturday afternoon in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders fell 14-4 to the hosts, Western Kentucky, in their first game, before losing 1-0 in eight innings to Belmont in the late game.
Twelve walks issued by Valparaiso pitchers paved the way for La Salle to defeat the Crusaders 8-6 on Friday afternoon in Kissimmee, Fla. Valpo's second game against Gardner-Webb was cancelled in the fifth inning due to rain.
For the second straight day, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games in Kissimmee, Fla., defeating Sacred Heart 3-2 in nine innings before falling to Loyola (Ill.) in eight innings on Tuesday.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on Monday, the first day the Crusaders have taken the diamond this season. Valpo defeated Albany 1-0 in their opener before falling 9-1 to Bethune-Cookman in Orlando, Fla.
The 2003 softball season will have a different look to it this year as the Valparaiso University Crusaders move to the new Valparaiso University Softball Field after 21 years of playing at Kirchhoff Park.