When one door closes, another one opens, and that’s what has happened for the Valparaiso softball team. Following the cancelation of the Crusaders’ scheduled tournament this coming weekend, head coach Kate Stake added a trip to Kissimmee, Fla. and the Rebel Spring Games to Valpo’s spring break slate.
The Valparaiso softball team’s scheduled games this weekend at Arkansas’ Wooo Pig Classic from Fayetteville, Ark. have been canceled, as the tournament has been called off due to anticipated inclement weather. The tournament will not be rescheduled.
Jenna Stauffenberg tallied four hits Saturday as the Crusader softball team split its final two games from the Samford Invitational. Valpo defeated Alabama State, 8-2, as it scored eight unanswered runs, but fell in the finale against Samford, 12-1.
Leadoff hitter Jorgi Calombaris enjoyed a 7-for-8 day at the plate on Friday, but it would not be enough to lead Valparaiso to a win, as the Crusaders fell in their opener to Houston Baptist, 13-8, and then gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh in a 6-5 loss to host Samford. Tarah McShane connected on a pair of home runs in the opener as well.
After a weekend away from competition, the Valparaiso softball team gets the spring slate started in earnest this weekend with four games at the Samford Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. This is the first of three consecutive weekends with tournament action for the Crusaders. With inclement weather in the forecast, the schedule has been adjusted and Valpo will play two games apiece on Friday and Saturday.
The Valparaiso softball team finished the Mercer Invitational in Macon, Ga. on Sunday with a third-place finish after earning a run-rule victory over IPFW for the second straight day, 9-1. Mollie Lindeman earned the win on Sunday, while Taylor Lawson and Stephanie Moreno represented the Crusaders on the All-Tournament Team.
Crusaders run-rule IPFW, 10-2, in Saturday's opener at the Mercer Invitational for Kate Stake's first win as a collegiate head coach. Valpo fell to Mercer, 5-4, in the nightcap and will face IPFW in its tournament finale Sunday. Taylor Lawson picked up a team-best six hits on the day.
The Valparaiso softball team opened the season at the Mercer Invitational on Friday, falling to Jacksonville State 5-4 and Mercer 12-4. Freshman Stephanie Moreno had four hits on the day to lead the Crusaders.
With the 2015 softball season set to open this weekend, the Horizon League released its preseason poll on Wednesday, and Valparaiso was picked to finish in third place. Before the Crusaders head to Macon, Ga., head coach Kate Stake joined the Valpo Coaches Show to look back at how the fall season and spring practices have prepared the team for the start of the season, and what she hopes to get out of the early-season competition.
With the dawn of the 2015 softball campaign right around the corner, four Valparaiso softball players picked up preseason All-Horizon League accolades from College Sports Madness on Tuesday, highlighted by the selection of junior Kaitlyn Ranieri as the site’s preseason Field Player of the Year.
Valpo softball head coach Kate Stake announced today that Carly Trepanier has signed an NLI with the Crusaders and will join the team as a freshman for the 2016 season. Trepanier was a Second Team All-State honoree last season and helped lead Manteno [Ill.] H.S. to a state title game appearance.
The Valparaiso softball team’s final doubleheader of the fall season has been postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to precipitation over the past 24 hours and forecasted rain into the start of the weekend. The twinbill between the Crusaders and Grand Valley State will now start on Sunday afternoon at noon at the Valparaiso University Softball Field.
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
Valparaiso softball program to host Fall Experience Camp Sept. 13 for players graduating from high school from 2015 through 2019. The camp will allow participants to experience a weekend in the life of a Valpo softball player within a single day. Visit ValpoSoftballClinics.com for more information.
The new head coach of the Valparaiso softball program, Kate Stake, talks about what attracted her to Valpo, what she brings with her from previous assistant coaching stops, and more on this edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Kate Stake has been hired as the new head coach of the Crusader softball program. Stake comes to Valpo with eight seasons of assistant coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently serving as an assistant at mid-major power Hofstra.