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Crusader Softball Inks Three During Early Signing Period

Monday, November 17, 2008

Valparaiso softball head coach Randy Schneider announced today that Hayley Bridwell, Jennifer Hermanson and Jessie Marinec have all signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period and will join the Crusaders as freshmen for the 2010 season.

Bridwell, a second baseman/outfielder out of Lemont [Ill.] H.S., hit .422 with 13 stolen bases as a junior at Lemont.  She also plays ASA ball for the Beverly Bandits 18U Gold team.

“With the graduation of Karen Korb and Ashley Wolter next year from our outfield, we felt like we needed to add a player that has the ability to steal 20+ bases as a freshman and has the experience to make an immediate impact from the left side of the box,” said Schneider.  “Hayley has that ability, and I’m truly excited about her future here as a Crusader.  She fits what we’re all about as both a hitter and a runner, and her opportunity to spend one more year with the Beverly Bandits Gold team will prepare her even more for this level.”

Hermanson, a second baseman/outfielder out of Beecher [Ill.] H.S., hit better than .400 as a junior last year.  She was tabbed a Second Team All-State performer by the Illinois Coaches Association.  Hermanson’s addition next year will give Valpo three Beecher graduates, joining current sophomore Jill Jacobson and current freshman Alex Lagesse.

“Jennifer comes from one of the most successful high school programs in the state of Illinois,” said Schneider.  “A big part of getting your program to a championship level is recruiting players that are used to winning championships, and we have tapped into a great situation at Beecher.  When recruiting Jennifer, we were looking for a player versatile enough to play a number of positions, and Jennifer fits that description.  She is very athletic and can move, both out of the box and on the basepaths.”

Marinec, a pitcher/shortstop out of Marist [Ill.] H.S., was named among the Top 100 Chicago area players by both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times prior to her junior season, but suffered a season-ending injury prior to the start of the season.  She also currently plays alongside Bridwell in the Beverly Bandits Gold program, and previously helped the Alsip Crunch win a number of tournaments.

“Jessie is back and 100% healthy for her senior year,” said Schneider.  “She is a contact hitter that has the ability to play a number of positions, including pitcher.  She has power and speed to go along with her overall athleticism and will make an immediate impact in our program for 2010.  With another year at Marist and with the Beverly Bandits Gold program, she will be prepared for the transition into NCAA Division I softball.  Jessie is a player that can hit eight to ten home runs and steal bases, which fits the future of our program.”

“Overall, we are truly excited about our class of recruits,” concluded Schneider.  “With the graduation of only four seniors next year, we feel this class will be an immediate fit into our program.  Our goal for the future is to be strong, athletic and fast, and Jessie, Hayley and Jennifer are all very athletics players who meet our needs heading into the 2010 season.”

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
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 Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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
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
W 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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
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