Valparaiso placed 19 student-athletes over seven sports on the Horizon League's 2013 Spring Academic All-League Teams, as announced by the league office. The 19 honorees tied for the most from any league institution.
The Valparaiso softball team earned its first NCAA Tournament victory in program history Saturday afternoon, defeating Central Michigan 7-4 in an elimination game in Ann Arbor, Mich. By virtue of the win, the Crusaders lived to play another elimination game, but Valpo fell in the final game of the day to #18/22 California 6-0, as Jolene Henderson tossed a no-hitter.
In its opening game of the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Valparaiso held #7/8 Michigan to its second-fewest runs scored at home this season, but the Crusaders could muster just two hits as the Wolverines downed Valpo by a 5-0 final. The Crusaders will take on Central Michigan at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday afternoon.
For the second straight season, the Valparaiso softball team is going to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders are heading to Ann Arbor, Mich. this weekend for the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, starting tournament play against host #7/8 Michigan Friday evening. #18/22 California and Central Michigan are the other two teams in the regional. Every game of the regional will be broadcast live online at ESPN3.com.
Valparaiso fans can purchase tickets for the Crusaders' trip to the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament beginning at 10 a.m. CT Tuesday morning via host Michigan's ticketing website or by calling Michigan's ticket office at 866.296.6849.
Making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in as many years, the Valparaiso softball team will head to Michigan for the Ann Arbor Regional of the 2013 NCAA Softball Tournament. Valpo will open regional play against the host Wolverines, the eighth seed nationally, at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, live on ESPN3.com.
Fans are invited to join the Valparaiso softball team as it learns its destination for the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening. The team will be gathering at Wings Etc. (501 Silhavy Rd, Valparaiso) for a viewing party for the selection show, with the show starting at 9pm CT on ESPNU.
Quite simply, the Valparaiso softball team would not be denied its second straight Horizon League Championship, completing a five-game run of victories with a pair of wins on Saturday over Youngstown State, 2-1 and 11-9, to claim the league title for a second consecutive season. With the tournament crown, the Crusaders will represent the Horizon League in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many years.
The Valparaiso softball team continued its run at the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill. on Friday with a pair of wins, advancing to Championship Saturday after defeating Cleveland State, 4-3 (8 innings), and Wright State, 10-2. The Crusaders will face Youngstown State on Saturday, needing a pair of victories to claim the tournament crown for a second straight year.
The Valparaiso softball team faced elimination for the first time in the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship in Chicago, Ill. on Thursday evening, but stayed alive with a 3-1 victory over host UIC to remain in the hunt for the league crown. Valpo will return to the field for another elimination game at noon on Friday.
Eight unearned runs proved to be Valparaiso’s undoing in its opener of the 2013 Horizon League Championship on Wednesday afternoon, as the third-seeded Crusaders fell by a final score of 9-1 to sixth-seeded Youngstown State in Chicago, Ill. The Crusaders will play an elimination game Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.
The Valparaiso softball team makes the trip to the Windy City this week to compete in the 2013 Horizon League Softball Championship, hosted by UIC. The defending tournament champions, the Crusaders earned the third seed for this year’s tournament with an 11-9 record in league play. Valpo will kick off tournament play Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. against sixth-seeded Youngstown State.
Fifth-year senior Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) earned a spot on the All-Horizon League First Team for the second consecutive season, highlighting a group of five Crusaders honored as the league's postseason awards were announced today. Four players received Second Team All-League accolades, while two of those players also earned a spot on the All-Newcomer Team.
Valparaiso freshman pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) has been named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week after closing out the regular season by allowing just one run in 26.2 innings of work.
Following the longest game in the history of the Valparaiso University Softball Field, Valparaiso and Youngstown State played the second-longest game in the facility's history on Sunday afternoon, but this time, the result would not fall the Crusaders' way, as the Penguins won 3-2 in 11 innings. Despite the loss in the regular-season finale, Valpo will be the third seed for this week's Horizon League Championship.
The Valparaiso softball team was scheduled to take on Youngstown State in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the two teams ended up playing the equivalent of three full games, with the Crusaders completing the sweep courtesy of a walk-off single by Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) in the bottom of the 14th of the nightcap for a 6-5 win. Valpo claimed the opener by a 3-0 score.
The Valparaiso softball team concludes the regular season this weekend as the Crusaders host Youngstown State in the final Horizon League series of the year. Sunday’s game will also serve as Senior Day, with the Crusaders honoring their four graduating seniors prior to the game.
Stepping out of Horizon League play for the final time in the 2013 campaign, the Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games Wednesday evening at IUPUI, rallying for a 5-4 victory in eight innings in the opener before a seventh-inning rally came up short in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.
The Valparaiso softball team stepped out of league play on Tuesday afternoon and swept a doubleheader at Western Michigan, earning a pair of one-run wins by scores of 4-3 and 1-0. Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) broke the Crusaders’ single-season strikeouts record in the nightcap.
The Valparaiso and Cleveland State softball teams attempted to wait out the rain Sunday afternoon in Cleveland, but in the end, the rain would earn the win, as the series finale was canceled and will not be made up.
Valparaiso split a Horizon League doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio, taking game one from host Cleveland State 3-2 before falling in the nightcap to the Vikings, 4-1. The win marked the 100th in head coach Jordan Stevens' tenure with the Crusaders.
The Valparaiso softball team scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead at Purdue Wednesday afternoon, but the Boilermakers scored three in the bottom half of the frame and the Crusaders left the bases loaded in the seventh as they fell by a final score of 4-2.
The Valparaiso softball team continues a stretch of 11 consecutive games away from home this week with four more games. Valpo will travel to Purdue for a single game Wednesday afternoon before playing a key three-game Horizon League series at Cleveland State this weekend.
Valparaiso freshman catcher Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week after hitting four home runs last weekend for the Crusaders. Bouchard becomes the sixth different Crusader to earn weekly honors from the league office this year, including the fourth different hitter.
Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Taylor Lawson has signed a National Letter of Intent and will join the Crusader program as a freshman in the fall of 2013. Lawson becomes the fourth member of Valpo's incoming freshman class for next season.
The Valparaiso softball team closed out a Horizon League series victory at Detroit in emphatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, scoring 12 runs in the first inning alone en route to a 17-0 win over the Titans.
The Valparaiso softball team broke out its bats in game one of a Horizon League doubleheader at Detroit on Saturday, hitting two grand slams as part of a four-homer performance in a 12-1 victory. The Titans turned the tables on the Crusaders in the nightcap, taking the day’s second game by a 9-0 score.
Despite the fickle temperament of Mother Nature so far this spring, the Valparaiso softball team entered this week with just one outright cancellation this season. That changed on Thursday, as the Crusaders' scheduled contest at Notre Dame fell victim to the rain that has plagued the region over the past 24 hours and is forecasted to continue into the evening. The game will not be made up.
A pair of clutch early-inning base hits gave the Valparaiso softball team a lead it would not relinquish in Sunday's nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, as pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) held UIC down in a 3-1 Crusader victory. The Flames took the day's opener, 10-0, as the two squads split the doubleheader.
The Valparaiso softball team took a lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a 3-run homer by Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union), but UIC answered with four runs in its half of the sixth as the Crusaders fell by a final score of 7-4 at the Valparaiso University Softball Field on Saturday.
Due to field conditions, the schedule for this weekend's home softball series against UIC has been altered. The two teams will now play just a single game on Saturday, which is Youth Day at the ballpark, at 1 p.m. The doubleheader will now be played on Sunday starting at noon.
The long ball did in the Crusaders on Saturday in a Horizon League doubleheader at Loyola, as the Ramblers connected on eight home runs over the course of the two games as Valparaiso fell by final scores of 7-0 and 9-1.
The Valparaiso softball team extended its winning streak to seven consecutive games on Wednesday, stepping out of league play to take down Eastern Michigan by final scores of 5-4 and 3-2 (8 innings) in Ypsilanti, Mich.
The Valparaiso softball team completed a series sweep of Wright State and remained atop the Horizon League standings on Tuesday, as led by a 6-for-7 effort at the plate by Jessie Marinec (Alsip, Ill./Marist), the Crusaders took two games from the Raiders at the Valparaiso University Softball Field by final scores of 8-5 and 6-2.
Freshman pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) struck out the first nine batters she faced on Monday en route to a three-hit shutout, while the Valparaiso offense scored in four of its six at-bats in a 5-0 Horizon League victory over Wright State at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
Sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) launched a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday's nightcap at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, giving Valparaiso a 5-2 walk-off victory to complete the doubleheader sweep of Green Bay. The Crusaders scored multiple runs in four of five innings in an 11-3 run-rule win in the day's opener.
A pair of solo home runs in the sixth inning helped Valparaiso slice two runs off a three-run deficit Friday afternoon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but the Crusaders would be unable to push the tying run across home plate, falling 3-2 to Green Bay in the league opener for both squads.
The Valparaiso softball team struck for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 7-5 lead into the seventh inning Thursday in its 2013 home opener at the Valparaiso University Softball Field, but Western Illinois scored five runs of its own in the top of the seventh as the Crusaders would fall by a 10-8 final score.
The Valparaiso softball team will have to wait at least 24 more hours for its home opener, as Wednesday's scheduled single game against Western Illinois has been pushed back to Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Snow accumulation from the storm which moved through over the weekend has forced yet another postponement for the Valparaiso softball team, as Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader at IUPUI will now be played on May 1. Keep an eye on ValpoAthletics.com for any changes in the status of Wednesday's scheduled home game against Western Illinois as well.
Last year during this week, record-high temperatures were being set across the Midwest. This year, Mother Nature hasn't been nearly as cooperative, necessitating the postponement of this weekend's scheduled Horizon League series at home against Wright State. The games will be re-scheduled for April 1 and 2. In addition, the postponed twinbill against Western Illinois from earlier this week has been re-scheduled for a single game at home next Wednesday, March 27.
Valparaiso freshman Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) received her second Pitcher of the Week honor from the Horizon League office after earning a pair of wins in the circle for the Crusaders last week.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games against BCS foes in Clearwater, Fla. at the USF Spring Invitational on Saturday. The Crusaders opened the day with a 4-2 win against Iowa State for their second straight victory, but fell in their nightcap to Maryland, 4-0.
Fifth-year senior Amanda Bolton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon [Arizona]) threw Valparaiso's first no-hitter since March of 2011 on Friday as the Crusaders earned a 9-0 run-rule victory over Temple in their opener at the USF Spring Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.
Valparaiso sophomore outfielder Lindsey Norway (Chicago, Ill./Chicago Christian) became the fifth different Crusader to be honored by the Horizon League office this season, as she was named the league's Player of the Week following an All-Tournament Team performance last weekend at the Hatter Classic.
The Valparaiso softball team claimed the lead Sunday morning against Stetson with a run in the top of the third, but the lead would prove short-lived, as the hosts scored five runs in the bottom half of the frame to send the Crusaders to a 5-1 defeat in the finale of the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla. The Crusaders rallied for a 7-5 victory over Colgate in their opener before falling to host Stetson in the nightcap, 4-3.
Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) allowed just one hit and struck out 20 batters over eight innings of work Friday, earning a win and a save as the Valparaiso softball team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 1-0, and Colgate, 7-0, at the Hatter Classic in DeLand, Fla.
Valparaiso sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while freshman teammate Taylor Weissenhofer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport Township) was tabbed Pitcher of the Week after the duo led the Crusaders to a 3-1 record last weekend at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C.
The Valparaiso softball team closed out action at the Buccaneer Classic in Charleston, S.C. on a high note Sunday afternoon, overcoming a three-run deficit to defeat host Charleston Southern, 6-5, in the tournament finale.
The Valparaiso softball team split a pair of games on the second day of action at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Saturday. The Crusaders battled in a 5-0 morning loss to #7/9 Tennessee before rebounding with a run-rule victory by a 9-1 final over host Charleston Southern in the afternoon.
The Valparaiso softball team cruised to victory in its tournament opener at the Buccaneer Invitational in Charleston, S.C. on Friday, scoring multiple runs in all five innings in a 16-1 run-rule victory over UNC Wilmington.
The Valparaiso softball team commences its 2013 spring break trip this weekend as the Crusaders travel to Charleston, S.C. to take part in the Buccaneer Invitational. Valpo will play a single game apiece against UNC Wilmington and #7/9 Tennessee, as well as two contests against host Charleston Southern.
The youth of the Valparaiso softball program was honored as the All-Tournament Team for last weekend's Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic was revealed, as sophomore Brittany Duncan (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) and freshmen Janelle Bouchard (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Kaitlyn Ranieri (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) represented the Crusaders for their performances during the tournament.
Three games all decided by two runs or loss all went against the Valparaiso softball team on Sunday in the final day of action at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky. The Crusaders fell in the resumption of Saturday's suspended game to South Dakota State, 3-2 in eight innings, before dropping games to Pitt (7-5) and Western Michigan (2-1).
The Valparaiso softball team claimed a victory in extra innings at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic on Saturday, downing Dayton 6-5 in eight innings of work. The Crusaders' second game of the day, against South Dakota State, also went to extra innings, but was suspended after Buchanon Park suffered the same fate as the Superdome during the Super Bowl, as a power outage struck in the eighth inning with the score 2-2. The game will be resumed at 9 a.m. Sunday prior to Valpo's scheduled pair of games.
The Valparaiso softball team got off to a delayed start Friday at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky., as its first game against Western Michigan was canceled due to poor field conditions caused by recent weather. The Crusaders then never got on track in their tournament opener against host Western Kentucky, falling 3-0 Friday evening.
After a weekend off, Valparaiso resumes the 2013 slate this weekend at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky., hosted by Western Kentucky. Valpo will take on Western Michigan, Pitt, South Dakota State and Dayton in addition to the host Hilltoppers over the three-day event.
Fifth-year senior infielder Joylyn Ichiyama (Torrance, Calif./Redondo Union) has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while freshman pitcher Sierra Pico (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) earned Pitcher of the Week accolades following Valparaiso’s opening weekend of the 2013 season.
A six-run fifth inning pushed the Valparaiso softball team to victory on Sunday, as the Crusaders defeated Central Arkansas by a 7-3 final at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn. Valpo’s last scheduled game of the tournament, against Western Illinois, was rained out and will not be made up.
The Valparaiso softball team got the 2013 campaign off to a quick start Saturday morning at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn., downing Jackson State via run rule in five innings, 13-1. The Crusaders couldn’t complete the day one sweep, however, falling to the host Bruins Saturday afternoon in extra innings, 2-1.
Some of the names and faces have changed as the Valparaiso softball program enters the 2013 season, but the goal remains the same: defend the Horizon League regular season and tournament crowns the Crusaders claimed last season and return to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.
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.
Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Jorgi Calombaris, Ashlynn Grubb and Samantha Stewart have all signed National Letters of Intent to join the Crusader softball program as freshmen for the 2014 season.
The Valparaiso softball team has been named an All-Academic Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) after posting a team GPA of 3.367 during the 2011-2012 academic year, which ranked 28th in the nation among Division I programs.
The Valparaiso softball team will play eight games over five dates against collegiate competition while also hosting an alumni game on Homecoming Saturday, as head coach Jordan Stevens announced the Crusaders' fall slate today.
Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens announced today that Lauren Ebstein has been hired as an assistant coach for the Crusader softball program, working directly with the Valpo pitchers and catchers. Ebstein comes to Valpo after spending two seasons as an assistant at Colgate.
Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit ValpoRewards.com to start playing!
Valparaiso softball head coach Jordan Stevens and the Crusader softball program will be hosting a one-day fall softball camp on Sunday, September 16 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The camp, open to athletes in grades 9-12, is a new and exciting style of camp designed to provide athletes a close-up look as to what a typical day in the life of a college athlete is like, with a focus on the softball aspects.