The Illinois State softball team traveled to Valparaiso for a three-game set over the weekend, sweeping the Crusaders to wrap the regular season.

The series began Friday and the first run came from Shannon Felde in the third inning.

ISU starting pitcher Morgan Day finished with an outstanding day, totaling seven strike outs for the Redbirds. Day was able to pitch a complete game shutout, giving the team its first win of the weekend with a 1-0 game.

The following day had a little more action with a doubleheader. In the first inning, Allison Spence knocked in a couple runs, making it 2-0.

The Crusaders responded the following inning with two runs of their own. To take the lead, ISU had a big fourth inning, taking the score to 6-2. Valparaiso attempted to mount a comeback, scoring two more runs in the fifth, but still fell short. Felde finished the game by matching her career-best five strike outs. ISU won 6-4.

For the second game of the doubleheader, nobody was able to score until the fourth inning. Andrea Coursey was able to knock in Michele Calabrese, making it a 1-0 game. To end the fifth, ISU was able to turn their 19th double play of the season. The Redbirds completed their sweep of the Crusaders with another 1-0 win.

This completes the Illinois State softball regular season, finishing 17-32, 11-10 MVC. The team now moves onto the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The single-elimination tournament beings May 8 and will be played in Peoria.

BEN ADKINS is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can re contacted at

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