The Valparaiso University softball team jumped out to a lead against 2018 NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee State in both teams’ tournament finale at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss. on Sunday, but a four-run fifth inning gave MTSU the lead for good as Valpo fell by a 4-2 final.
The Valparaiso University softball team put together a seventh-inning rally at #24 Mississippi State early Saturday afternoon at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss, but eventually fell by an 8-3 final. The two teams would match up again immediately in the first game of bracket play, and Mississippi State’s Alyssa Loza threw a five-inning perfect game in a 10-0 game.
The Valparaiso University softball team opened the 2019 campaign on Friday at the Bulldog Kickoff Classic in Starkville, Miss. Facing a pair of postseason teams from a year ago, Valpo fell in both games, dropping a 6-2 decision to Stephen F. Austin in the opener before taking Middle Tennessee State to extra innings in a 4-1, eight-inning loss.
The Valparaiso University softball team made its mark in its first season of Missouri Valley Conference play, finishing in fourth place and reaching the conference tournament semifinals in one of the nation’s top-10 conferences. Now, entering the 2019 campaign, Valpo returns a solid core of key contributors from last year’s squad and supplements that group with a large contingent of newcomers as it attempts to take another step forward in 2019.