VU softball claims second straight Horizon title
Staff and wire report May 11, 2013 11:08PM
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:39PM
CHICAGO — Quite simply, the Valparaiso softball team would not be denied its second straight Horizon League championship, thanks to a pair of wins on Saturday over Youngstown State, 2-1 and 11-9, to claim the title.
The Crusaders had a season-best 16 hits in the championship game victory.
“Obviously it’s great for the players, great for the athletic department and great for our university to win this championship today,” Crusaders coach Jordan Stevens said.
“I’m just really happy for our team — the way they persevered throughout the year. They just continued to work hard and started playing their best softball at the end of the year.”
Freshman catcher Janelle Bouchard was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, as well as the Batter of the Championship, after going 9-for-17 (.529) with a home run and 10 RBI.
Freshman Taylor Weissenhofer earned Pitcher of the Championship accolades as she picked up three of VU’s five victories.
Valparaiso (34-25) will now await the NCAA Selection Show, broadcast live on ESPNU at 9 p.m. today, to learn its destination for the NCAA tournament.
Flames power past Crusaders: Valparaiso’s struggles at Les Miller Field this season continued with a 12-5 loss to UIC on Saturday. The Flames were fueled by eight extra-base hits as they moved into second place in the Horizon League standings.
Lingmerth takes over lead at TPC: David Lingmerth had a two-stroke lead over Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson when the third round of The Players Championship on Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., was suspended because of darkness. Lingmerth was at 12 under par through 17 holes, Woods and Garcia at 10 under through 14 and Stenson at 10 under through 16.